Women Folk School on neo-dalit campaign against politics of division,exploitation and hatred with an alternative of unity of broken masses on base of reconciliation, democracy, secularism and non violence
Neodalit campaign that inculcated from synergetic culture of Varanasi reached from the villages of Varanasi to the other side of the world in Peru to observe March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. People lit up candle to support the campaign. At first candle was lighted by Deewai Rodriguez of Philippines and Elias Schmidt of Germany. Among the supporters of the Neodalits were working president of the World Buddha Association Rajbodh Kaul, dalit politician Uditraj, tribal leader Dayamani Barla, photographer Alessio Mammo, freelance filmmaker Joy Guha along with the people from the different communities.Marian Dass an NRI living in London has said we will observe in London. Congratulations for the launch of Neo Dalits movement. How secular & inclusive & a common platform for our people scattered and shattered in various faiths or no faith, various languages, regions etc.
700 people in 5 different blocks of Varanasi, at 70 places across India and in ten other countries people came out to support the neodalit campaign by participating in the programme.
In this context the PVCHR and Savitri Bai Phule Mahila Panchayat organized a debate on Neo-dalit campaign in context of gender perspective at the Pararkar Bhavan of Varanasi district on March 22. During the programme women folk school passed the Banaras declaration on Neo dalit Movement.
The programme started with the garlanding of the portrait of Savitri Bai Phule the first female teacher of India and lightening of the lamp by the chief guest Bindu singh and special guest Nasreen Fatima. At first in the programme poster against child marriage and sticker for violence free home and office were launched. During the programme Shirin Shabana Khan, Dr Lenin and Katyayini Singh spoke on the topics. The programme was convened by Shruti and Bindu Singh was the chief guest.
Speaking in the programme Shruti said that the society has been following the caste based and patriarchal system and even today it runs on the derivative of the same in shape of injustice or delayed justice (impunity). There are marginalized people in the villages who are victim of silence. These erroneous customs have been utilized by the powerful elite and un-accountable corporate now days to capture the culture, art, natural resources and even labour of the marginalized. Those who use influence to grab the rights of people employ religion and caste as tool to engage victims in to false fight and thereby establish their supremacy. There is only one alternative against politics of division based on hatred and that is unity of broken people.
What will be our strategy against politics of hatred, violence and exploitation? First unity is unity against caste system, a historical system of exclusion i.e. unity among the lower castes people that have been suppressed since centuries with the progressive anti-caste people born in upper caste. This will be first of its kind unity, which will not be against any person born in to upper caste communities neither against any religion.
Shirin Shabana Khan said that second unity is unity among minorities who suffered with communal fascism, those who believe in communal harmony and people with secular values against neo-fascism. Unity of all poor from all communities against the suffering with neo-liberal policy is the third kind of unity. Since those broken with different kinds of suppression and exclusion means dalit therefore these three kinds of unities is base of impart the neodalit movement.
Head of Gramya organization Bindu Singh said that this initiative will not be on the front of a political party but on a social level which will induce political parties to work for the people as neo dalit agenda.
Nasreen Fatima from Lucknow said that women are making an appeal today that all progressive people with Dalit and OBCs should unity against caste system, secular people and Minorities should unite against communal fascism and poor should unite and participate in the neo-dalit Movement. They should take people from the path of justice, fraternity, rule of law and non-violence to a people’s movement only then will the society specially the women will be free from torture and atrocities.
Without the participation of the women there can be no sustainable stand against injustice, exploitation, atrocity, inhuman acts and communalism. The Banaras declaration in support of Neo-dalit movement was translated in to several languages and programme for debate and support were organized.
If there are people who need to rest and take good care of their health, then it’s the charity workers in India.
These are people who work for long hours and go to remote villages to provide the necessary humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities.
Why India in specific? It is a country prone to earthquakes and adverse climatic hazards like typhoons and hurricanes.
Imagine going through the rubble, trying to rescue people trapped in there. Besides, they go to the camps to distribute aid.
It’s one job that you work for long hours but have no option because of the dire need to handle the humanitarian crisis.
A workout is essential for the physical and emotional health of the aid workers. Apart from that, here are some other reasons they need to workout
- Helps to maintain proper weight
- Controls blood sugar level
- Improves one’s mood
- Sharpens your cognitive and psychomotor skills
- Reduces the risk of lifestyle diseases
With all these benefits, what are the best workout activities for aid workers?
The best form of exercise is a sport, though it needs time. Outdoor sport is the best option since they make you engage in a full-body workout.
Another unique advantage of it is the social interaction that aids in emotional well being. The social circle of friends you make from these sporting events relieves you of the stresses of life from either home or at work.
Besides, they aid in exercise specific body parts too. Look at table tennis, for example, as you hit the ball with the paddle, your hands get enough exercise.
Don’t you need your hands to type reports or distribute the meals for earthquake victims? You don’t need to hold the paddle like a professional to enjoy the benefits; as long as there is hand movement, you are good to go.
Taking nature walks
What aid workers see in their line of duty requires a relaxing activity after a hard day. At times, intense physical exercise may not be an option due to fatigue.
Do you know walking is a better physical exercise than running? Interacting with nature away from the norm stimulates the production of “feel good” hormones from the brain, giving an aid worker the much-required positive feeling.
It makes the mind deviate from the normal daily challenges and appreciate nature, which makes you meditate upon good things in life.
What a good way of relaxing both the body and mind? Are you looking for a “me” time to reflect on your life?
Generally, nature is a strong anti-depressant better than the conventional medicine used in treating depression.
India boasts of hills and mountains known as summits of India. As an aid worker, you have the privilege of living in such a place.
As you go up the mountain and come down your exercise and sweat to maintain a healthy body weight.
It’s an intense exercise that requires preparation and practice. Check on your program and schedule a date when you have minimal activities at work.
You can use this as a team-building activity to have the team spirit to get to the top of the hill.
Doing it alone may not be the best option; you need encouragement and support to climb the steep gradients, jump the rocky places, and pass the scary caves associated with Indian mountains.
It’s an activity you can do weekly or monthly; with the kind of work at charity organizations, it’s impractical to do it daily.
Moreover, it also equips you as the aid worker with skills on how to navigate such places. You never know, you might find that will be your next area of assignment.
The exercises mentioned above need time and dedication. What if you want to have a daily workout plan, then the fitness center should be your next stop.
At the gym, you have a structured fitness plan that needs even more dedication and patience.
Before you enroll in your local gym, get to know if it’s in line with your schedule. Make sure you have a clean bill of health from your physician to be sure of your state of health.
At this point, talk to your fitness instructor on what you want to achieve out of the training sessions to tailor the fitness activities to your goal.
What are the options do you have as a beginner?
- Bodyweight training
- Cardiovascular exercises
- Dumbbell workouts
- Weight lifting
- General full-body workout
Who said you couldn’t exercise at home? Once you have the dedication and the zeal to achieve your goal, nothing bars you from reaching your goal.
Use technology to your advantage in this case. Get mobile apps with customized workout plans which need no sophisticated equipment and start the program.
Monitor your progress to help you keep in check with your achievements and failures. What you need to know when working out from home
- Organize a place within the home specifically for workout
- Have a daily target and strive to reach it
- Exercise early in the morning before anything else
- Change into workout clothes
- Start small and intensify as you progress
- Allow your family members to be your support system
A workout is a doable activity despite one’s work schedule in the charity organization. Most people use time as an excuse for not working out, yet there are some of the events that you can do with your family members as you bond- taking nature walks.
It’s upon you as the aid worker to look for what works for you as long as you engage in a workout activity to improve your health.
Humanitarian aid can take any angle as long as they achieve their objective. There are many approaches that the nonprofit making organizations can take just to make sure that they drive the point home. Just one unique way is through a foosball game. Human right victims are people who need love and care. They have gone through enough in their life such that now you only need to engage then in activities that will give them hope and a sense of belonging. A foosball game is an ideal idea. The fact that it gives them the chance to engage in physical activity forgetting about their current situations makes the healing process fast. Even if they have no idea about the game, you can engage a foosball couch to give them the chance to learn the basic rules on how to play foosball.
Why specifically a foosball game?
Diverts their attention
The moment the body and mind are idle, they easily think of the past events which bring bad memories to them. They need to have an activity that shifts their attention to more positive things which in turn reduces the stress levels. There is no way a human right victim can get to depression when they play foosball.
Alleviates insomnia and sleeplessness
As long as there is nothing to occupy the mind of human right victims; they may spend the whole night just thinking of the negative things that have happened in their lives. Insomnia hurts emotional health. With foosball, at the end of the day, the player is tired and both the body and mind relax especially after a hot shower. The only thing they think about is just to have a good sleep. When they wake up, they are better and high in spirit.
Enhances their quality of life
This is a population that has undergone the worst things in life. They are trying to come up with things that will improve their lives. Of course, they are not just engaging in foosball alone. They may be at work or doing other constructive things in their life. Foosball is a way of bringing hope to them. This means that the quality of life of these people is enhanced and they can forget the past event to move on with life.
Boosts their creativity levels
Foosball is a mind game, you have to master the game, follow the rules, observe your opponent with a bid to notice his or her strengths and weaknesses to your advantage. To human right victims, this is a virtue that enhances their cognitive development. They now have the zeal to think of the best thing to do with their lives. They are now informed of their rights and what they need to do when faced with various human rights challenges. In the long run, they know what they need to so with their lives.
Just like foosball, this is a game that enhances both physical and emotional health. It means that they can deal with various issues with ease.
Human rights violations is an act that many people in the world today are engaging in because of ignorance, hatred lack of awareness about human rights. Many peoples rights that include both the old and the young are being violated on a daily basis. Many people think that this act is mostly experienced in third world countries where human rights awareness has not been developed. Surprisingly, such violations are high in
developed countries. Most of these individuals undergo various difficulties that range from depression to personal health. However, there are many ways that have been adopted by various countries to help such individuals overcome life challenges while they are at their homes or charity centers.
Foosball therapy for the victims of human rights can be one of the best techniques for helping these individuals.
First and foremost, foosball is one of the very interesting games in the world today simply because of its nature. Although people are not yet well informed about this game, small foosball tables can be a strong solution for dealing will stress among these people. Stress can quickly reduce the lifespan of an individual more than any other disease because it affects the heart and the brain. Organizing foosball completions for such people will help them have good memories and developing happiness in them, therefore, reducing stress.
Secondly, football as therapy helps in keeping these victims active. Engaging in foosball games requires concentration and creativity. All the body parts are usually involved in the game more especially the hands. Blood flow in the body gets boosted and therefore the body becomes more active. Furthermore, activeness increase appetite for food since most of the violated victims lack appetite because their mind is always thinking about how they have gone through difficulties.
Nevertheless, vengeance and hatred are some of the things that are very hard to be erased from the hearts of these people. They are always thinking of how they can get a chance of revenging back and destroying their violators. However, football games can help soften and eventually cure their hearts. Convincing these people to start focusing on future developments rather than revenge is easier while they are playing foosball.
Healthwise, physical activities are the best in terms of maintaining general body health and foosball is one of the physical activities. It is very difficult to find those people that spend some of their times undertaking physical activities sick. Heart diseases such as heart attack and high blood pressure are some of the main diseases that such victims suffer from. Foosball can greatly help reduce such diseases. Additionally, they are most likely to suffer from obesity since most of them just sit because of the trauma they underwent. Football is a natural remedy for cutting weight because it burns the calories in the body.
Moreover, in terms of socialization, foosball tournaments bring people together and promote interactions. It is very hard to get a violated person conversing with people under normal circumstances because of fear and brain damage. However, a foosball competition that has been organized properly will enable such people to share memories in a lively way as they encourage each other.
Therefore, classic foosball equipment needs to be availed at these competitions. Since many help centers are usually filled up with human rights victims, space is usually a big problem. Using small football tables will be a good idea so that many people can take part in this game.
Rape victims have the right to be given justice for what they have experienced and aside from that they also have the right to have access to the necessary interventions they might need after their traumatic experience. Rape requires numerous structures, including attacks, such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contacts or dangers. For the most part, rape occurs when someone touches any part of someone else’s body sexually, even through clothing, without the consent of that person. Several types of sexual activities that fall under the category of rape include limited sex (rape), homosexuality (oral or paroxysmal intercourse), assaulting a child, crossing, stroking and attempting to rape. Rape in any frame is regularly an overwhelming misdemeanor. Aggressors can be outsiders, partners, companions or relatives. Aggressors represent rape by perversity, danger, coercion, control, weight or traps. Whatever the conditions, no one asks for or is essentially subjected to sexual punishment.
Rape survivors’ need therapy to help them remove the trauma because of their experience. There are a lot of things to consider when planning activities that can help them recover. The factors that need to be considered are age, development of the victim in terms of coping up with trauma, availability of the victims’ support group, and the victim’s attitude towards other people. Several survivors of rape will find that they can recover moderately quickly, while others will feel the long-term consequences of their exploitation throughout their lives.
Here are some activities that rape victims recover:
Bond with family and friends
Rape affects the victim, as well as friends and family. If there are people who can best help the rape victims to recover it would be the people closest to them. Rape victims are vulnerable to be depressed due to the traumatic experience and it is when they need their loved ones the most to help them emotionally. It is very important to be very careful in saying things to the victims. Bonding activities should be something that can make the victims feel happy and comfortable. It can be as simple as eating with them or watching a movie, it can be anything as long as it will make them feel happy and comfortable
Consult a psychologist
If there is a professional who can help the victims the most when it comes to mental health, it is the psychologist. Consulting a psychologist can help victims to deal with trauma.
Exercise is a good way to make people feel better but for rape victims, will these be worth it? Yes it is, and studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are not just physically fit but also mentally healthy. Rape victims are more likely suffering from anxiety and/or depression after their traumatic experience and it is very urgent to help them recover mentally so they can go on with their life with a positive mindset. Exercise doesn’t need to be in a gym because some victims might not be comfortable being around other people they don’t know. There are exercises that they can do at home or they can also try playing sports as an exercise. There some sports for small spaces at home like table tennis, badminton, chess, etc. Good thing it’s convenient nowadays to find the best and affordable sports equipment online, thanks to PPP.
Going to a place where they haven’t visited yet will give the victims the feeling of having a fresh start. It would be great if they can be with nature too so they can relax and forget the negative thoughts and memories. It will also give them that feeling that there are more things to look forward in life.
Dealing with trauma brought by rape is a mental battle and it can’t be won if the victims will do it alone. They need people most especially their loved ones to be there for them.
I am surprised that there is no action by NHRC, UN,EU and other International actors working for Human Rights defender. Few People are working in our organization from Europe are also silent. Why? Europe needs market of India? Europe wants to support Hindu Fascist understanding due to their financial interest with India? Where is European value or International value? People like me are working for international values are facing the threat and intimidation. Thanks to Sina from Germany (now in News Zealand) and all associates of PVCHR for their psychological support in recent incident.
I received wonderful support by many people such as, “I was shocked to read about your situation. I did not know that you and your family have been facing so many difficulties and dangers. …….. And yes, the reacting or not reacting of Europe is shocking too. What you say is sadly true. When it comes to financial interests, international values are frighteningly often put aside. People like you are a big light of hope for this world. Keep standing and fighting! May you and your family be protected by all the good powers in this world and in the cosmos!. Until then all my best wishes to you! Don’t give up, the world would be a darker place without people like you!”
I am gratified to share that on 14th March, 2013 FIR (First Information Report) lodged against Mr. Sunil Gupta H/o Sapana Chaurasiya after the long struggle in Mahila (women) Thana Sadar Varanasi case no. 4/13 under section 328/52/458 A/323/504/506 IPC.
I am taking this opportunity to thanks to all of you for providing solidarity to Ms. Sapana Chaurasiya and also to me. I am also giving thanks to those who were silently standing.
Sunil Kumar Gupta, the husband of the corpus has appeared before this court along with five years child who his admittedly born out of wedlock. The question of his country of his custody may arise but for the purpose, corpus may apply before the proper forum in separate suit if she is so advised. The petition stands disposed of, accordingly, her husband, Sunil Kumar Gupta, is restrained from making any kind of interference in the peaceful life and liberty of the corpus. (Order date 18 March 2013 in Habeas Corpus writ petition no 8753 of 2013 filed by Sunil Kumar Gupta on behalf of Sapana)
Recently Sapana is nominee of Hindustan Times woman of year 2013.
Issue: Intimidation, right to life with dignity, threat to human rights defender, Violence against women
Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) Secretary General / Executive Director Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi received a notice from police station of Catt in Varanasi on January 24, 2013 at around 2.30 pm on complain of perpetrator Mr. Sunil Kumar Gupta on 16 January 2013, the day when the news were published after the press conference of survivor Mrs. Sapana Chaurasiya. But no action on complain on 3 December and 5 December 2012 about violence against woman, threat on December 16 and 20, 2012 by husband of Mrs. Sapana to Shruti Nagvanshi & Lenin Raghuvanshi respectively and again threat on Lenins’ mobile on 16 January 2013.
PVCHR office received a 23-year-old woman Sapana Chaurasiya who was in trouble due to the atrocities by her husband. He used to abuse her every now and then, attacked her dignity in public by humiliating her in front of people, sexually assaulted her and made MMS. She suffered all this at the hand of her husband. She was not allowed to talk to any of the relatives, friends or neighbours and was threatened of dire consequences if she would speak to someone.
It is possible that his previous wife too was tortured like this and out of frustration she committed suicide in the house. However he could convince the in-laws and there was no case filed against him therefore he has a high spirit to commit such offences against the woman he marry. He would take names of musclemen while talking and flaunt their names as in close proximity. One the victim tried lodging a complaint with the Khojwa police-out-post but instead of listening to her woes the cops there tried to convince and threaten her to go back.
Once when she was upset with the torture of her husband she escaped to her mother’s house. But then he sent her a packet in which there were her clothes that were cut in to tiny pieces. He told her that I have sent your clothes now but if you do not return back soon I will do the same with your children so if she wanted has children to live she should come back. Even then she refused to go back. Then her brother Shyamsunder was lifted by cops and held captive in the police station. He was set free only when she went back.
Testimony of Sapana Chaurasiya:
I am Sapana Chaurasiya age 23 years. My mother is Munni Devi and father late Ramnarayan Chaurasia, a resident of Samne Ghat (Shivaji Nagar Colony) police station Lanka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. We are a family with two brothers and four sisters, of which I am the youngest sister.
I was sent by my mother along with a neighbourhood woman Kiran, who used to frequent our place often in Shivaji Nagar to get a picture clicked for my marriage. After getting the picture clicked the woman took me to Sandesh restaurant telling she wanted to offer me some sweets. But after some time there came a man called Sunil son of Kanhaiya Gupta, resident of B24/151, Kashmiri Ganj, Ram Mandir, Khojwa, police station Bhelupur along with few other friends. He came with friends Vinod, Dhobi, Banti and Lamboo and a lawyer and asked me to sign a paper. I started crying when they forced me to do so and I said how could I do this how could I marry like this? I told them my mother was not here and I cannot sign but Kiran forced me to sign. This was June 26, 2005.
Four days later I was forced to marry with him at a Shiv temple and he then took me home. As soon as I reached his home he started misbehaving with me in front of his other family members and when I resisted he slapped me in front of them. I was not aware about his family till then. It was after reaching his house that I got to know he had a son and a daughter (who were 17 and 15 years of age by then). I was not aware of all this till then. By the evening I told him that I will not stay any more with him then he convinced me to stay on making an excuse of illness. I thought it to be fait accompli and became ready to stay.
But my husband was a horrible man who abused me every now and then. There was nothing in between us as there is a sweet relationship between husband and wife in common. He never treated me like wife. Whenever I asked to leave for my mother’s house he would refuse permission. He made sure I do not talk to anyone in his family, among his relatives or friends. He had asked everyone and threatened them to stay away from me.
He never treated me like a wife is treated by her husband and neither did his family members considered me their daughter-in-law. In fact I never got treated as human in that house. My parents were not allowed to some and see me either.
My husband made MMS of our physical relationships and whenever I refused to make a relationship he threatened me that he would make those MMS public and defame me. He regularly threatened me that he would kill my brother.
His previous wife too had committed suicide probably out of this behavior in the house. However in absence of a legal case he is thinking himself safe.
My husband has been involved in many criminal activities. He takes names of musclemen while talking and flaunt their names as in close proximity. Once I had gone to lodge a complaint with the Khojwa police-out-post but instead of listening to her woes the cops there tried to convince and threaten me to go back.
Once when I was upset with the torture and escaped to her mother’s house he had sent me a packet in which there were clothes that was cut in to tiny pieces. He told me that I have sent your clothes now but if you do not return back soon I will do the same with your children so if I wanted children to live I should come back. Even then I refused to go back. Then my brother Shyamsunder was lifted by cops and held captive in the police station. He was set free only when I went back.
Sunil used to inject me medicines meant for mentally challenged person to make me mentally weak. My face went dry and I could not even take care of my little son who is 5 years old. When I became very ill due to the adverse impact of the medicines I was admitted to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) under a famous psychiatrist. There at the hospital the counselor asked me why I was not willing to live with my husband but out of fear I could not tell them the exact situation. Sunil has already fed the doctors and staff that his wife was not willing to live with him neither did she wanted to go anywhere with him.
Sunil used to change his behavior in front of others and acted as if he loved me a lot. His acting could have confused anyone.
Sunil continuously tried to make me mentally weak and often said if I die he would get enormous money. He had got my life insurance done.
Once when I was under serious impact of the medicine he gave me a horrible hair cut and then called up everyone to show me and said see she has gone mad and done such a haircut. I was unable to understand anything then and thought what was going on with me. Even today thinking of those days gives me chill.
If I go back my husband will kill me. I love my son a lot and want to live for him. To all I plead that if they want me to live I shall not be sent back to my husband’s house as I cannot live with him in any condition. I shall be given divorce and my son should be saved.
India is a beautiful country. A land of great and long History populated by many different peoples, from many different origins, and who have many different religious, political and philosophical views. This cultural mix in the long term and the amazing natural diversity made India one of the richest countries of the world. A land of diversity. But India seems incapable to enjoy this wealth with wisdom. Many abuses are committed against peoples due to their caste or their religion and nature is more and more systematically ransack for privates interests. In that context, I would like to propose an explanation of the causes of this situation in order to suggest subsequently a way to improve the situation for all, and more particularly for the most marginalized.
According to me, the mains problems facing the country came from two thinks: the implementation of a “culture of impunity” – which is a sharing believe that few can act without be accountable for their actions – at the social, economic and political level, and the meet of this cognitive problem with a context of market democracy and economic globalisation. This explanation will try to explain how the combination of those two factors – cognitive and contextual – allow the rise of a neo-fascism state – an authoritarian state which want to make one country with one nation – and the implementation of an aggressive neo-liberal capitalism – which perpetuate social and economic injustice. By this way, we will see how the neo-fascist Hindustan project is use to perpetuate caste domination and allow the Indian leaders to realize profit by selling the country to national and international companies, and we will understand how this economic deregulation marginalized lower castes and therefore, strengthening social division on castes.
After that, I will take time to propose a way to change this situation by calling for the creation of a “neo-Dalit” movement – combining shudras and ati-shudras from all regions. I will also try to explain why this popular movement seems to be the best way to remove this “culture of impunity” and how opinion leaders from all communities have a great role to play on this major gathering.
I would add that I am writing this article because I believe that many problems that face India today are linked together and therefore cannot be separate both in understanding and resolution. For that reason, I believe that the most effective way to resolve them is to address the problem in a comprehensive approach that takes into account the political, economic and sociological and seek to solutions which take care about those different “linked problems” and based on a popular movement.
A multidisciplinary approach to a better understanding of the actors and factors
India has one of the highest GDP rates of the world. As a “developing economy” in a global world-wide economy, the country tries more and more to insert themself on the international market for goods and capital. This amazing economic growth is beautifully accompanied by the establishment of democracy, and seems made India as a paradise under construction. But this lovely frontage hiding many inappropriate practices which create poverty, brutality and nature destruction. Let’s begin this round trip of those practices by a little bit of economic policy.
We can describe Indian economic policy as a conversion to the neo-liberalism religion with a brutal “shut up” ritualization. On one hand, politicians use India as a reservoir of raw materials. They allows big corporation to rape nature, and destroyed a fragile ecosystem who’s allow rural peoples to live since the down of live, and they sell all the national key infrastructure – such as water, electricity, health, telecommunication, transport, education, natural resources – to privates companies in order to make money through corrupt practices. This privatization process of state and land is also strongly encouraged by neo-liberalist global institutions – as the World Bank, the international monetary funds, etc.
In the other hand, such practices of piracy again People – who is dispossesses of the wealth of his country by political and economic leaders – are allows by authoritarian and violent measures that government takes again peoples who trying to mutiny again this spoliation. Police is using torture, army is sending against citizens who is supposed to defender and hazardous legislation which makes both of them safe from any penalty for the violation of human rights are enacted – as the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which is as much used against terrorists than against peoples who attempt to peacefully criticize these policies. During that time, other legal texts are enacted to protect and attract multinational companies in order to provide to them fiscal and legal advantages on a very broad definition of what we call the “freemarket”– as the Nuclear Civil Liability Bill which limits liabilities of Transnational companies (TNC) for nuclear industrial disaster!
By this way, Indian leaders try to create a good “investment climate” for big corporation, allow them to play their dangerous economic game with all the right and no duties, and with a few and controlled popular contestation. A beautiful dream for TNC and a daily nightmare for rural and urban workers. Furthermore, we should understand that this situation is dangerous, not only because this seems to foreshadow the establishment of an authoritarian regime which allow brutal political repression with impunity, but also because this political impunity is put in place alongside with the implementation of an economic policy of corporates impunity.
But this political and economic culture of impunity cannot only be fully understand by the opening of Indian market to the international one or by the corruptive practices that plague public and private institutions. Behind those external factors, there is a cognitive reason which is also very important to understand such behaviors among actors. I want to talk about the caste system.
Indian society has lived for hundreds of years on a strict and rigid social hierarchy based on the Brahmanism stream within Hinduism. The caste system – which so many peoples see wrongly as concomitant to Hinduism – is a social organisation of society which allows upper caste to do whatever they want – including mental and physical tortures – to lower castes and women, who are considered as inferior. Those last ones have just to accept this supremacy theoretically founded by gods but actually righting by human to implement an unequal political regime. This believe created a cognitive complex of inferiority and superiority – respectively for the lower and the upper castes – which allowed the implementation of a national culture of caste and social impunity, itself perpetuate by a culture of silence created by fear, pain and lack of self-esteem of the lower casts.
But the story doesn’t stop here, because all those “cultures of impunity” which allow a minority group to govern and exploit the majority of the peoples can be partly questioned by civil society organisations and protest movement who want to reverse this cognitive and social pyramid or, at least, flatten it. For those reasons, power holders use many means to divide lowers castes majority and divert them from the key issues that face India – through communitarianism hatred – and ensure their freedom of act as leaders – by enact draconian laws to so-called protect peoples from communitarianism terrorism act that they contribute to create themself.
So, politics impunity and economic impunity are two side of the same social impunity coin. Social activists and lower castes who want defend their right and critics the system are beating by the police and the army without any respect for their humanity, while neo-liberalism allows upper castes and big corporation to make profit with all impunity, because peoples fighting each other for religion issues or because they do not dare to attack the Brahmanism power.
In this division process of the poorest majority, those who try to keep their power use classical methods in order to conserve their social position. They know that hate call for hate. This is a universal law. And when government leaders begin to feed communal hatred between their own citizens and practice authoritarian political repression, we can qualified it as a “neo-fascist” state because he implement a national culture of hatred against difference, and love – or at least blind respect – for authority.
As an example, we can take the case of the chief minister of Gujarat who calls for genocide again Muslim community in 2002 to revenge the death of 53 Hindu who are burned alive on a railway coach in still unclear circumstance. To achieve his bloodies aim; Nerendra Modi used violence rhetoric of hate in the media in order to stigmatized Muslim and victimized Hindu. And it is well knows that victimization feeling is the best way to create genocider which, as terrorist, feed their murder-craziness with the blood of the martyr and the blindness of hatred fascist ideologies – as Hindustva project or Islamiste one. Mr. Modi was next hailed as a hero by RSS and re-elected in Gujarat. Then, in 2009, this genocider was awarded by Ratan Tata (from Tata Group) and Mukesh Ambani (from Relience Industries) and received from them the Gujurat Garima award for the development of his policies – which at same times endorsed him for prime minister national elections.
What does this example means? Just that some political leaders have an interest to create divisions on society in order to conserve their power? Or maybe just that the true aim of the Hindustva project is to divide peoples in order to allow traditional power holder – upper casts – to keep ruling the country and keep easily running their business with economic leaders? Or just that those who promote genocide and mass-killing can do it with impunity and that there are actually reward for this?!?
Actually, This example highlight well that neo-fascism and authoritarian Hindustva project which feed communal hatred and divide the poorest majority of the society is also promoted by economic leaders in order to hide the implementation of an economic policy of impunity, which is supposed to make India as an attractive country for foreign investments and enrich both politic and economic leaders.
So, we can say that all those political repression, police torture, bureaucratic corruption, economic exploitation of human and nature, and rigid hierarchy of social domination are allow as much by the implantation of those social, political and economic cognitive cultures of impunity than by external factor such “the dangerous cross-currents of neo-liberal capitalism and communal neo-fascism”[i]. As much by the actors cognition than by the contextual factors.
Lenin, Executive Director/Secretary General and founder-member of Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) is a Ashoka fellow,2007 Gwangju Human Rights awardee ,2008 , ACHA peace star awardee and Weimar Human Rights Award, Germany, 2010.
Being an Ayurvedic physician by profession, has been working for the rights of child and bonded labors and other marginalized section of people in Uttar Pradesh. In 1996, he and his wife, Shruti Nagvanshi founded PVCHR to break the closed, feudal hierarchies of conservative villages by building up local institutions and supporting them with a strong human rights network.
Purpose of visit to Bangalore?
Testimonial therapy plays crucial role in fight for justice and helps the victims of casteist aggression, police torture, communal violence or any other kind of injustice, to come out of the trauma. After successful results in states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand, PVCHR is planning to initiate the ‘testimonial therapy’ in Karnataka with the help of like-minded organizations.
What is Testimonial Therapy?
In developing countries where torture is perpetrated, there are few resources for the provision of therapeutic assistance to the survivors. The testimonial method represents a brief cross-cultural psychological approach to trauma. The method was first described in Chile in 1983, and has since been used in many variations in different cultural contexts.
The aim of the testimony is to facilitate integration of traumatic experiences and restoration of self-esteem. It is also useful as it channels the victims into socially constructive actions like production of a document that could be used as indictment against the offenders.
We have four step approach, we earnestly listen to the narrations of victim as nobody listens to them emotionally, appropriately or completely. And then we prepare the narration systematically in ‘I’ form and read it before victim, while victim edits it wherever he feels the need. It helps the victim to present himself/herself in placid way before the concerned people or authorities. We hold testimonial ceremonies where-in testimonials are read out and survivors are facilitated. It boosts up the morale and confidence among them. This creates an atmosphere of understanding among the survivors of different kind of violence and between different communities. Finally, we keep them following up as per UN standards, until everything becomes normal.
You are working for cause of human rights since 1996, what is the status of human rights in India, especially northern part?
Casteism, creed, racial feelings, pre-independence British hegemony, communal forces and vested political interests have infused the practice of rights’ violation among the people. Rights’ violation has been taking place in new forms and on raise even-after serious guidelines. Sangh Parivar, with a slogan of ‘Hindu-Hindi-Hindustani’ and with issues like Kashmir and north-east, have been engaged in spreading hatred among the different communities, leading to gross violation of minorities’ human rights. Unfortunately, we bound to organize a convention on “Reducing Police Torture against Muslim Minorities” recently. Even after six decades of independence and enactment of constitution, Dalits are still victims of caste violence. Atrocities and extortion on Dalits, fake encounters, refusal to register FIR against the dominant class, arbitrary arrests on false charges, illegal detentions and custodial deaths of Dalits are still common. There is no bigger corruption than ‘casteism’ in India and it has to be eradicated first. There is a strong relation between caste/class/ community and violation of human rights.
Amidst coarse violation of human rights, there is a need to work for unity against the ‘divide and rule’ movements.
There are national and international laws, measures, guidelines, campaigns for awareness; still there is increase in rights’ violation by individuals and authorities.
In India, there are several laws, guidelines and rules ®ulations are formulated to uphold the human rights, these are excellent in its own, but the implementing authorities are ineffectual. Either these institutions that are responsible for implementation itself are pervaded with rights’ violation or are under the influence of the violators. There is a need of radical change in psyche & practice of casteism, communalism, impunity among the people in administration, law& order, judiciary and society, in this regard.
What about awareness and education of Human Rights among common people?
It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the protection of rights’ of its citizens. It needs conviction, plans, strategies, education and proper implementation. Here, in India, governments are lacking seriousness in this regard. Lack of rights’ education among both oppressors and victims has led to gross violation of rights. Government should take an initiative to teach human rights’ as a subject in for all students in schools & colleges through a systematic curriculum; especially among minorities of all kinds- religious, caste, linguistic or sexual.
What response you have been receiving to your struggle, by people and authorities?
Initially it was poor, but after our successful endeavors, people from different section of the society started supporting the cause. We have very good communiqué with administration, law & order authorities and state & national human rights’ commissions and response too.
How longer one can rely on others to fight for him or his people or his community? One has to fight for the justice for himself, his people and his community. We have succeeded in producing that kind of numerous individuals in this journey of struggle. To be a successful social transformation, there is a need of action from both the ends, i.e. from authorities and the people.
‘Silence’ is the biggest promoter of impunity. We wanted to break the culture of silence, silence against impunity. Through our struggle people have achieved it to a good extent.
What are the difficulties you face in this struggle?
Difficulties are integral part of this struggle. My family, friends and relatives were apprehensive when I changed my field from medical doctor. Later I faced discouragement from the community. And, followed by many-more kinds of hardships posed from vested interests and political powers, as they always wanted to sabotage the voice of oppressed. Threats have become common these years.
These hardship helped me to expand my cause. It got widespread support from the nook and corner of the state; communities working at International level for the rights too have joined the hands.
What you want to convey to your fellow Rights’ defenders?
Pointing out at casteism and injustice, my grand-father, a Gandhian and freedom fighter always used to say “Struggle is still pending after the freedom; it is not against British but against our own people.”
I would like advice youths that ‘be always connected to society, especially marginalized section of people and rule of law, with the values of justice, secularism, democracy and non violence. Use the all possible means to raise the voice for justice, especially Information Technology has to be utilized to amplify the unheard voice of people.’