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State Terrorism – Tyranny

Justice Saldhana at the request of PUCL Karnataka and Transparency International led a People’s Trinunal into attacks on churches in Karnataka.

The full report has now been released and can be read here.

|Statement| Communal Mob Attack in Bangalore

People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Bangalore, strongly condemns the brutal and organised mob attack on Brother Phillip Noronha by members of Jaya Karnataka Vedike, in presence and with support of inspector BN Gopalakrishna, inspector of Whitefield Police Station. Brother Phillip was kidnapped in a van, beaten up and roughed up by these vigilante elements and finally taken to his school where media were present and recorded the lawless actions. The Inspector also assaulted the brother in the presence of TV and media people, without any apparent provocation. This grave assault on Br. Philip mirrors the worsening climate of intolerance within the state, in particular the undeclared police sanction and cooperation for such hooliganism. The grave, unjust and serious physical violence of this recent episode is a matter of utter shame and disgrace to the current State administration and our Police Force.

The modus operandi of the attack itself recalls the way communal forces have engaged in moral policing in Dakshina Kannada district often with the cooperation of the police. It is in this context that the attack on Brother Phillp assumes a serious dimension when the attackers seem to have the backing of the media as well as the police going by the fact that the attack was played out in front of the media and in the presence of the police.

The quality of individual rights available to all citizens of this country depend upon the integrity and impartiality of the police force, and severe acts of omission and commission of this kind in curtailing and controlling vigilante violence reflects very poorly on the role of the police in ensuring respect for the law of the land.

PUCL demands immediate investigation into the beating of Brother Phillip Noronha, particularly into the role of police, who participated in this heinous attack either overtly or covertly. We further demand that all perpetrators of this attack be arrested based upon the FIR which has been registered against them. We also demand most severe disciplinary action be meted out to concerned police officials, to discourage future police complicity in vigilante violence.

Consultation meeting – Urban Poor v/s Karnataka Manuvadi Govt

Consultation meeting
Urban Poor v/s Karnataka Manuvadi Govt

10:30 AM on 3rd July 2010
Senate Hall
Central College
Dr.Ambedkar Veedhi
Bangalore 560068

Reason for and background to the seminar

Oppose the Auction of Karnataka

May 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Demand People Friendly & Environment Friendly Development

Protest in Bangalore | Town Hall | 3 June 2010 | 5:00 PM |

The Chief Minister of Karnataka has announced that the two-day Global Investors Meet in Bangalore will bring 3 lakh crores of investment as well as around 3 lakh new jobs. The promise of 3 lakh jobs to be created by the GIM and the prosperity it will bring to Karnataka does not appear to be true. Read below to find out the real costs and real facts of the GIM.

False Promise of Investment and Job Creation

  • As per government data (from Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, the total FDI approved in Karnataka between 2000- 2010 is around 30,000 crores and the actual amount invested less than that. So how will 3 lakh crores be realised in 2 days, if the last 10 years brought in only 30,000 crores?
  • Further , the 3 lakh crores were supposed to bring in 3 lakh jobs. Now if the actual amount will be much lesser, how many jobs actually get created?
  • Also, here 1 job is being created for an investment of 1 crore (3 lakh crores = 3 lakh jobs)
  • However, for the same 1 crore which is invested in the small and Medium Industries , 20 jobs can be created.

Examples of Existing Investments and jobs created in Karnataka

  • The Government has approved MS Zuari fertilisers and chemicals ltd. to establish a urea plant in Mastihole Village, Hukkeri Taluk, Belgaum with an investment of 4565 crores. It is supposed to create1560 jobs. It means an investment of 3 crores for one job!
  • Similarly, the Government has approved a proposal to M/S India Cements limited to establish a 2 MTPA Cement plant and 60 MW coal Based thermal Power plant at Ganapur, Burugupalli of Chincholi Taluk, Gulbarga District with an investment of 850 crores. The promise of job creation is only 175. It means that 5 crores are invested to create one job. (Sources : Government Orders – CI 27 SPI 2010, CI 32 SPI 2010)

Jobs Lost Due to the GIM

The government has already acquired 50000 acres and is in the process of acquiring another 100000 acres. Hence a total of 1,50,000 acres are being acquired. Even by conservative estimates, farming on 1 acre of land can support at least 5 people. Hence the 1,50,000 acres of land being acquired will support atleast 7,50,000 people! Now once this land is acquired, all these jobs are lost. Even assuming that the GIM really creates 3 lakh jobs and that all these jobs(including managers, technical experts etc) are distributed amongst those who lost jobs, it still leaves 4.5 lakh people jobless as a result of the land acquisition for the GIM.

In its defense the government has stated that mostly non-agricultural land has been required. However seeing the gazette notifications for the land acquisition, we see that the government is lying. For instance, one of the Government Orders ( CI66SPQ2010, Bangalore , dated – 17 Feb 2010) says that 1,542 of land has been acquired in Bailahongala, Belgaum. Out of 1,542 acres acquired just 25 acres of land is barren, the remaining 1517 acres or 99.8% land acquired is agricultural land.

What Else are the People of Karnataka Losing?

There is a net loss of employment due to GIM. In addition, we will also lose valuable capital, water and electricity. The 3 lakh crore investment will not come directly from private firms. A large part of that will be from bank loans. Money in the banks consists of the savings of people of the state or is tax money which is with state owned banks. So in effect it our own money being diverted to them and coming back in the form of FDI.

All these industries will require water and electricity. No new water can be created. So even though there is an existing water crisis, Billions of Litres will be divested to these new industries. We also already have an electricity crisis with many rural areas having 16 hour power cuts. Where will we get more power to supply to these industries. It is also a matter of shame that many of these destructive industries are provided massive subsidies of water and electricity, while the farmers in the state are committing suicide.

Karnataka for Auction?

Hence, by organizing the GIM the state government has sold Karnataka, piece by piece. People voted for a government to rule the state, and not sell the state and its resources.The entry of Special Economic Zones will be a major blow to the lands, environment and labour relations of the people of Karnataka. Already Orissa stand as a glaring example for us to understand what is going to happen in the investment friendly states like Karnataka. POSCO and Tatas have been targeted by the activists for their role in police firing and lathi charge on innocent people in Orissa. Over 100 people resisting POSCO in Orissa were injured recently and even their medical care is being denied. Over a dozen people were killed by police firing in Kalinganagar earlier and recently the police killed one more adivasi. We strongly object the entry of such a model of development which sheds human blood instead of human welfare.

If the state of Karnataka Is going ahead with the this kind of a development paradigm at the cost of the life and livelihood of the Dalits , Adivasis and the Farmers , the Global investors meet raises a set of questions like what will be social, environmental, economic and political costs involved in this entire process? Why is this whole process being rushed through without public consultations and political consultations?

In order to achieve overall inclusive development, we need to look at it from the perspective of increasing the purchasing power of the people of the state. However, these foreign direct investments will actually decrease the purchasing power of the people. Keeping this in mind, people from across the country need to oppose this form of investor led development. We demand that the state works towards a development approach which is based on strengthening local economic systems. The GIM however does not do anything to strengthen the local economic system or the people and hence the government should immediately stop this mode of development. It is the responsibility of all of us, the people of Karnataka to force the government to abandon this destructive mode of development. We appeal to all citizens of Karnataka to join this resistance for a people friendly and environment friendly development policy. Ultimately, it is matter of our jobs, our money, our natural resources and our lives.
Issued by-
PUCL-Karnataka, Peoples’ Solidarity Concern, Social Action Committee, Stree Jagruti, Sichrem, SCM, Radical IT Domestic Workers Union, Alternative Law Forum, Pedestrian Pictures, NAPM, Janasahayog, National Alliance for Peoples Movement, Karnataka Janapara Vedike, Samanatha Mahila vedike , Swabhimani Dalitha Shakthi

|Press Release| Government intereference in SHRC and Backward Classes Commission

Friday, 30 April 2010

Press statement

Condemning the state government and BJP’s interference in the independent functioning of State Human Rights Commission and Backward Classes Commission

The large number of incidences of abuse & exploitation of children, women, dalits, disabled, minorities, farmers & other vulnerable sections are increasing. The dislocation & displacement of these sections in the name of development are aggravated the situation bad to worse. The law & order is out of gear, the authorities responsible for protecting people are exploiting causing severe damage to lives, livelihood and rights of common people specially, the weaker and vulnerable sections. The Commissions constituted under constitution of India to protect people’s rights and livelihoods are under the attack of state government. The recent incidences of highhandedness & undemocratic decisions of state government by curtailing the powers of such constitutional authorities is a setback & dangerous.

The PUCL-K condemns the recent efforts of the BJP administration to silence and intimidate independent statutory authorities in the state. The PUCL-K is disturbed by the way the BJP administration has sought to interfere with the functioning of both the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission as well as the Backward Classes Commission.

The reported remarks of the BJP’s spokesperson that Justice S R Nayak was fighting for his own rights rather than fighting for human rights is a calculated attempt to humiliate a former Chief Justice and the present Chairman of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

One can only understand by these remarks that the BJP administration is upset with the independent stands taken by Justice Nayak which has embarrassed the government.

One in particular would like to draw the attention to the series of Orders issued by Justice Nayak which has repeatedly chastised the State Government for its turning a blind eye to moral policing in Dakshina Kannada. Justice Nayak has repeatedly warned the state that ‘Unless the State authorities, particularly the law enforcing authorities of the State nip these ugly heads of moral policing in the bud, there is likelihood of these forces engulfing the entire coastal belt and the State resulting in communal upsurge’

Justice Nayak has also been very active on a range of human rights issues right from slum dwellers rights to the rights of construction workers to the rights of sex workers. He has proved to be an able defender of human rights and a great ally of human rights struggles in Karnataka. As such targeting Justice Nayak is nothing but an attempt by the Government to immunize itself from any criticism of its abysmal human rights record.

With regard to backward Classes Commission, the issue of a circular by the Karnataka government to clip the powers of the Backward Classes Commission is another attempt by the State Government to denigrate and degrade independent statutory authorities.

The Karnataka Backward Classes Commission under its Chairperson, C.S. Dwaraknath has been functioning effectively to fulfil its mandate under Section 9 of the Karnataka State Commission for   Backward Classes Act, to examine requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a Backward Class in the lists.

In particular, the PUCL-K would like to commend the Chairman for holding a unique meeting with members of the transgender community to examine the possibility of their inclusion as backward classes. His intervention in protecting the rights of kadugollas when their huts burnt by upper caste in Kurumayyana Gudlu,Gubbi taluk; and special package recommended to safe guard their interest is still pending with government. Similarly, the way he responded to uphold the rights of Alemari community, the rehabilitation of a small invisible dakleru community, series of measures initiated by him and the members of the Backward Classes Commission within the constitutional mandate created hopes in small communities in backward classes.

Such being the sterling contributions towards building an inclusive and democratic Karnataka, the comments and actions by the Government against these two authorities are indeed a step backward.

Therefore the PUCL urge that if the Goverment is serious in its intention to abide by the Constitutional mandate of ensuring justice social, economic and political, then it must forthwith

  1. Apologize to Justice Nayak for the intemperate remarks made against him by both BJP party spokesperson as well as senior government functionaries
  2. Withdraw the circular which in effect destroys the statutory independence of the   Backward Classes Commission.

We request you to publish this press statement in your newspaper to draw the attention of the public & government so as to protect democratic and constitutional spirit and uphold human rights of common people.

Thanking you

  • Arul Selva,  Secretary  PUCL – Karnataka
  • Y J Rajendra, Vice President   PUCL – Karnataka

Dated: Friday, 30 April 2010

Bajrang Dal attack on students in Mangalore

January 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Another case of Moral Policing

Fact finding report on Bajrang Dal attack on students of Vivekananda Pre-University College, Mangalore on 15th November 2009
Prepared by : PUCL, Dakshina Kannada

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Asghar Ali Engineer on Communal Riots

|e-Book| Cultural Policing in Dakshina Kannada

March 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Human Rights, Report 

Cultural Policing in Dakshina Kannada

A Report by the People’s Union For Civil Liberties – Karnataka

Table of contents:

Chapter I- Introduction

1.1 Need and Purpose of the Report
1.2 Background to Dakshina Kannada
1.3 Consolidation of Hindutva Forces in Karnataka
1.4 Methodology

Chapter II – Vigilante Attacks in Dakshina Kannada

2.1 Amnesia Pub Incident
2.2 Intimidation of Independent Voices
2.3 Valentine’s Day Offensive
2.4 Continuing Attacks with Renewed Impunity

Chapter III – Understanding Cultural Policing in Dakhina Kannada

3.1 Strategy of Cultural Policing
3.2 Role of Organizations Professing Hindutva
3.3 Role of the Police
3.4 Role of the Media
3.5 Role of the Public
3.6 Impact of Cultural Policing

Chapter IV – Cultural Policing leading to Social Apartheid:
Violation of the Constitutional Order

Chapter V – Civil Society’s Response to Cultural Policing

5.1 Komu Souharde Vedike (KSV)
5.2 Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD)
5.3 Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI)
5.4 People’s Movement for Enforcement of
Constitutional Rights and Values
5.5 Celebrating Valentine’s Day
5.6 Pink Chaddi Campaign
5.6 Karnataka State Human Rights Commission

Chapter VI – Dealing with Cultural Policing

6.1 Political Strategy
6.2 Legal Strategy
6.3 Socio-Economic Strategy

Chapter VII – Issues for Further Debate

7.1 Legal Issues
7.2 Cultural Issues

Chapter VIII – Recommendations

Chapter IX – Postscript


Annexure I : Communal Report Card of Karnataka:
Since the BJP Came to Power

Annexure II : Statements of the Home Minister of

Karnataka in Response to Communal Incidents in Karnataka

Annexure III: Incidents of Cultural Policing Reported in
the English Press

Annexure IV : Extracts of Incidents of Cutural Policing
Reported in the Kannada Press

Annexure V : Orders of the Karnataka State
Human Rights Commission

Download the complete e-book

News Reports on Violence in Sagar Shimoga [September 2003]

September 11, 2003 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Communal Violence, Human Rights 

VHP, Bajrang Dal blamed
DH News Service SHIMOGA, Sept 15

The Karnataka Vimochana Ranga has condemned the “planned” acts of violence unleashed by the Bajrang Dal and the VHP in Sagar town for fulfilling their political aims.

In a statement issued here today, District Convenor Kashinath said that the violent incidents in Sagar were part of the Sangh Parivar’s belief that it can come to power by unleashing violence in the manner of the Gujarat pogrom.
Hundreds of Ganapathi idols have been peacefully immersed in the district. It’s only during processions and immersion of idols installed by the Sangh Parivar outfits that trouble and violence break out, the statement said. Residents of Shimoga should unite against these reactionary and violent forces and stop them from carrying out their pogroms, the statement urged.

Bus stand: Transport Minister Ramanath Rai will lead a team of officials to Shimoga to survey the site allotted for the construction of the new private bus stand. Civilians of Shimoga had met the chief minister under the leadership of Leader of the Opposition D H Shankaramurthy and urged him not to shift the present bus stand to the proposed Millaghatta tank area.


Kagodu chides Bangarappa over his fiery statements

‘‘I will not set fire to anything rather I will put down the fire started by others’’, district minister and Bangarappa’s arch rival Kagodu Thimmappa said here today.

Addressing a press conference in SHimoga city on Monday, Mr Thimmappa refused to react in kind to inflammatory statements made by Bangarappa in Sagar and Soraba on Sunday. No political leader of any stature should indulge in such inflammatory statements which have the power to incite communal passions.

There have not been any poll-related violence in Shimoga district so far. All political parties should take pride in this and should continue this good tradition, Mr Thimmappa urged.

He said that the Shimoga District Congress Committee will complain to the Election Commission about the inflammatory statements being made by Bangarappa.

He noted that Bangarappa by his speech in Sagar on Sunday had confirmed suspicions that he had instigated the communal disturbances in the town on Sept 11, 2003.

Referring to Kumar Bangarappa’s re-entry into the Congress, Mr Thimmappa said that he had not caused any rift in the family. Kumar had voluntarily decided to join the Congress and the decision was entirely his. No Congress leader had any role to play in this decision, he said.

Reacting to Deve Gowda’s statement that Congress is purchasing people, he said the party has no need for such tactics.

Dismissing statements that Sagar constituency had not seen any progress, Mr Thimmappa challenged Bangarappa to visit villages in Soraba taluk where he had started hospitals and health centres during the past four years. The projects for which Mr Bangarappa had only laid foundation stones fourteen years ago were completed now, during his tenure as district minister, he pointed out.

In view of Bangarappa’s defection, Block Congress units have been reorganized, Mr Thimmappa said and added that the Congress will emerge victorious in the district in the ensuing polls. Seeking to remove the confusions about SAS, he said that the government has already ordered a review of the construction value.

People should pay taxes as per the new system and any extra payment will be adjusted in the coming financial year, he said. The Congress party needed an able Brahmin candidate in Shimoga district. If K H Srinivas had joined the party bit early (Srinivas came into Cong fold last week), he could have been given the ticket, Thimmappa said here today.

Referring to Kimmane Rathnakar joining the Congress, he said that efforts in this regard were being made for a long time. He will surely get a ticket from the party to contest the assembly polls, he said.

K H Srinivas to Shimoga

Mr K H Srinivas who has joined the Congress will be in Shimoga on March 31 where he will meet party workers and address them. He will be given the campaign responsibility, Mr THimmappa said.

District congress president Mir Aziz Ahmed, general secretary N Ramesh, CADA president Prasannakumar, Sagar TMC president T N Srinivas, DCC secretary Shivananda were among those present on the occasion.


CoD begins clash probe in Sagar
The CoD has begun investigating into the September 11 communal clashes in Sagar town.

CoD inspector C K Shashidhar who is in Sagar now visited both the rural and town police stations and examined the cases filed, the number of people arrested and those chargesheeted.

He also visited the taluk office to verify the compensation awarded.

Mr Shashidhar is trying to get all the relevant information about the incident and told Deccan Herald that the investigation will be completed within fifteen days.

It may be recalled that former MLA L T Thimmappa Hegde, former MP K G Shivappa, politician Mohammad Qoya and others had visited Kagodu Thimmappa in Bangalore and demanded an enquiry into the incident.

Mr Thimmappa had forwarded the request to the home minister and a CoD enquiry was instituted on February 7 this year.

Communal clashes rock Karnataka town [September 2002]

September 28, 2002 by · Leave a Comment
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[Source] [From September 2002]

New Delhi: South Indian city of KR Nagar witnessed a rise in communal temperature on September 13 evening following a clash between two youths taking on a communal colour.

The tension led to communal clashes in the Karnataka state town the following morning and police resorted to lobbing of teargas shells and lathi-charge to bring the situation under control, the police said.

Ten persons were injured in the melee and one person, identified as “Ravi” was taken to K R Hospital for treatment. Incidents of stone-throwing, arson and looting were also reported in several areas of the town.

An argument between two youths belonging to Hindu and Muslim communities respectively at the Manchanahalli bus-stand in the town is said to have led to communal clashes, said the police.

In a related incident in the same area, two groups resorted to stone-throwing in Harapanahalli area during the immersion of Ganesha idol, and police had to resort to caning and lobbing of teargas shells to bring the situation under control. A tense situation prevailed in the town and prohibitory orders were clamped in the area.

A total of 15 persons including five policemen were injured in the stone throwing. The clash is said to have occurred when a Hindu nationalist outfit Yuvashakti Sangha took out a Ganesha idol procession through Banageri and members of Hindu and Muslim communities had an argument over the volume of a loudspeaker.

South India did not know communal riots, that is Hindu-Muslim clashes, until about a decade ago when the North-based Hindu nationalist organisations like the RSS, BJP and VHP introduced this virus there. Now they have floated outfits like the Hindu Munnani which are on the lookout how to vitiate the communal harmony on one pretext or the other in order to convert the resulting communal polarisation into a vote-bank for the Hindu nationalist BJP and similar outfits.

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