Right wing politics booming in Kerala floods

Those who spread hatred have become all-round. When Kerala is stumbling in an attempt to recover from the biggest disaster in a hundred years, then Rajiv Malhotra, an alleged intellectual living in America in this hour of crisis, writes on Twitter-

“Please donate to help the Hindus in Kerala. Christians and Muslims all over the world have invested a lot of money to help their people and advance their agenda.”

Malhotra later deleted his tweet but by then more than 1000 people had retweeted it. It was also liked by media-generated faces such as Mohandas Pai, who these days constantly show their communal and divisive thinking.

It is a matter of relief for the flood victims that the militant and dedicated people like Indian Navy Commander Vijay Verma were engaged in their rescue and not the alleged intellectuals sitting in the US like Rajiv Malhotra. A pregnant woman was rescued by a naval helicopter. While rescuing, the woman’s water bag was torn. The woman was taken to Kochi Hospital on Friday. His name was Sajida Jabil. They gave birth to their child within two hours of being rescued. Think if Malhotra and those with similar thinking would have been entrusted with the task of rescue, what would they have done to such forced people.

A State Festival

This sedentary group does not even realize that the biggest festival of Kerala, Onam which lasts for ten days, will not be celebrated this time. Onam is not a festival related to any particular religion, but a state festival. People of all religions are involved in this. The people of the state are able to celebrate the festival even in the midst of these hatred yields.

There are also people of special consideration who feel that this disaster was bound to come in Kerala because Malayalees eat beef. Right-wing groups have linked this situation to Hindus and cows.

For example, look at the tweet by Prashant Patel Umrao that linked the floods of 1924 and 2018, writing, “After the genocide of Hindus in Moplah in 1924, natural calamity came and now in 2018 after killing cows and insulting the gods.” Natural disaster has come. ”

The reference to Moplah and the Malabar rebellion of 1921 is that it was a revolt of the Muslims of northern Kerala against the British high officials and their Hindu allies. The rebellion lasted for six months in which more than 10,000 people died. In history, this rebellion is recorded as the first major nationalist rebellion against the British in South India. Reading the tweets of the likes of Umrao, I wonder which deities got angry during the Hudhud in December 2016 in Chennai or in 2014 in Visakhapatnam. In 2013, there was a disaster in Kedarnath, the home of the deity himself, then why the gods were angry.

Lord Ayyappa who is being discussed here is revered in Sabarimala in Kerala. The Supreme Court is hearing in this case whether women of 10 to 50 years of age should be allowed to enter the temple or not. Subject to blind faith and pseudo politics, it is being spread that women want to enter the Sabarimala temple during menstruation, so Ayyappa has given this punishment to the people.

S. Gurumurthy, who was recently inducted into the Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India, jumped in the Sabarimala case with his religious arguments. He tweeted that the Supreme Court should consider before its verdict that the flood relation in Kerala is related to the Sabarimala temple. Is it because Sabarimala has cut itself off from the rest of Kerala?

“If there is a possibility of even one percent in thousands, people will never want any decision (of the Supreme Court) against Ayyappa’s will,” Gurumurthy tweeted.

Can S. Gurumurthy explain how Indian law will be able to establish the issue of women’s entry into Sabarimala in relation to the Kerala floods? And if this is the result of Lord Ayyappa’s displeasure, then only women between 10 and 50 years of age should have suffered. Why are those men who have suffered in this flood, who want to keep the status quo in Sabarimala. What is the fault of those children who are younger than 10 years.

Does Gurumurthy and people like him want to convince this country that God is watching the proceedings of the Supreme Court and he is so angry that he has punished millions of Keralites by flooding it? It is only due to the consummate rightists of the present era that they have made the venerated deities their tools of hatred and petty politics. What else would be worse.

BJP’s Vaibhav Agarwal made a different story fly in the air. Agitating the active role of the security forces in disaster management and the help of 600 crores provided by the central government, Agarwal blamed the Left Government of Kerala for 300 deaths. Apparently it was an attempt to take political advantage and show the BJP government at the Center to be the Messiah of Kerala, so that it seemed that Pinnarayi Vijayan was sitting hand in hand. This commentator does not even know that the people of Kerala are not criticizing the Chief Minister at the time of the disaster.

In contrast, the ruler of Dubai, Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maqdoom, tweeted in Malayalam, English and Arabic that the people of Kerala have a huge contribution in the development story of their country. He also announced help. He did not discriminate among the people of Kerala on the basis of religion.

This is the ground of morality of right-wing politics, where humanity is ashamed.

 

Violence with Dalits in Maoist links

On Tuesday morning, Pune police raided several cities in the country and arrested five social workers, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers. The raids were conducted in Delhi, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Goa and Mumbai. During the police action, laptops, pen drives and mobiles were taken into their possession during searches in the houses of social workers.

Human rights activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha has been arrested from Delhi, human rights advocate Sudha Bhardwaj from Faridabad, social activists Vernon Gonzalvis and Arun Parera from Mumbai and Kavi Varvara Rao have been arrested from Hyderabad. Apart from these people, police have also raided the houses of Ranchi social activist Father Stan Swamy, Kranti Tekula and Goa’s Dalit thinker Anand Teltumbde.

This action taken by the Pune Police has been done in the case of violence in Bhima Koregaon in January this year. In this case, about three months ago, the Pune police arrested five social workers and lawyers. The police named it the Urban Naxal Network. The police claim that during the interrogation of these five people, the names of all these people have come out against whom action has been taken on Tuesday.

What is the whole matter

There is a village named Bhima Koregaon in Pune district of Maharashtra. Two hundred years ago, on 1 January 1818, there was a fight in this village between the East India Company and the Maratha army led by the Peshwas. In this battle, the Marathas were defeated by the soldiers of the Dalit Mahar caste, fighting on behalf of the East India Company. Mahars are considered untouchables in Maharashtra. Since the Peshwas were Brahmins, this battle is also seen as the victory of the Mahars over the Brahmins.

To celebrate this victory of Bhima Koregaon, Dalits gather from all over Maharashtra on January 1 every year. This year, two hundred years of this battle were completed. Therefore, around 250 different organizations across the country organized a ‘Yalgar Parishad’ on 31 December 2017. Thousands of people attended this event and on the very next day, on January 1, lakhs of Dalits had gathered near Bhima Koregaon War Memorial.

It was told in the reports that a group of people started throwing stones at this gathering of Dalits with saffron flags. After this, violence erupted here in which many vehicles were set on fire. This violence did not stop here and one person died in it.

Dalits allege that this violence was instigated by Hindutva organizations. They said that such organizations were inciting people against Dalits for the last several days. On January 3, the Pune police registered a case against Milind Ekbote, the head of the ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ and Sambhaji Bhide, the head of the ‘Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan’. Both of them were accused of inciting violence against Dalits. Milind Ekbote was also arrested in this case, but he was soon released on bail. Whereas Sambhaji Bhide was never arrested.

When the investigation took a U-turn

The investigation of the case took a major U-turn in April. Till now, allegations of violence with Dalits were being leveled against the Hindu organization. But in April, the police started raiding the house of the organizers of ‘Yalgar Parishad’. The raids were carried out at the homes and offices of social activist Roma Wilson, human rights advocate Surendra Gadling, social activist Mahesh Raut, Professor of English at Nagpur University, Shoma Sen and Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale.

In June, the police arrested these five people. The police alleged that these people had contact with Maoist organizations and the ‘Yalgar Parishad’ was getting financial help from the Maoist organization.

The police also said that on January 1, just before the gathering of Dalits in Bhima Koregaon, the Yalgar Parishad held a secret meeting which was supported by the Naxalites. An action plan for violence was prepared in this meeting.

Two days after the arrest of these five people, the police made two public letters. Police said that they had recovered this letter from Roma Wilson and another person and the letter mentioned the conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

From here, this entire matter has changed. Now the violence in Bhima Koregaon has been left behind and the whole case has become a conspiracy to kill the Prime Minister by the alleged Maoists. The arrests on Tuesday are also being linked to the increasing investigation in this direction. Many doubts have arisen over the credibility of the alleged letter which was issued by the police. Because no investigation has been done so far. That is why many human rights activists have also questioned the role of the police in this case.

Arrest arrest

These arrests on Tuesday have raised questions by eminent intellectuals from across the country. Famous historian Ramachandra Guha has tweeted about this, “As a biographer of Gandhi, I have no doubt that if Mahatma were alive today, he would surely have stood in court in defense of Sudha Bhardwaj; Had the Modi government not even arrested him (Gandhiji) yet. ”

Famous writer Arundhati Roy has also opposed these arrests. Talking to the BBC, he said, “Instead of those who murdered the public and lynched, lawyers, poets, writers, Dalit rights fighters and intellectuals are being raided here.” This shows where India is headed. The killers will be honored, but those who speak against justice and Hindu majoritarianism are being criminalized. Is this a preparation for the coming elections? ”

Rahul Pandita, author and journalist of the book ‘Hello Bastar’, also tweeted with surprise at these arrests, “This is madness. Sudha Bhardwaj has nothing to do with Maoists. He is a social worker whose work I have been a fan of for many years. ”

Senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan said, “This is clearly a declaration of emergency. These people (government) are behind every person who has also spoken against the government on the question of rights. They are against any kind of protest. ”

 

Bhima Koregaon: FIR FIRed Over 75 Other FIRs

The ‘conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister’ and ‘Urban Naxal’, both these issues were included in the discussions around the country last week. The discussion started when the Pune police raided several cities across the country together on the morning of 28 August and detained several social / human rights activists, journalists and lawyers. The Pune Police has alleged that all these people are associated with banned Maoist organizations and are part of their urban network. It is also alleged by the police that these people work to incite people to overthrow the government of the country.

The Pune Police has taken this action during the investigation into the violence in Bhima Koregaon this year. On January 1, one person was killed and property worth crores was damaged in the Bhima Koregaon area of ​​Pune. The violence was sparked by tensions between Dalits and local Maratha communities. After this incident of violence, around 75 FIRs were registered in different police stations of Maharashtra. In an FIR, allegations of inciting violence were leveled against Hindutva organizations and in some cases against Dalits.

Who Were Accused?

One of these 75 FIRs was the most discrete. In this, neither Dalits nor Hindu organizations were directly accused of inciting violence. This FIR says that there was a conspiracy of Maoists behind the violence in Bhima Koregaon. This FIR was registered eight days after the incident. Based on this, when the newslaundry started investigating the person who filed this FIR, we were confronted with shocking incidents and information one after the other. Here we will briefly mention the flaws associated with that FIR, the circumstances of its registration and the political aspirations of the lodger.

The name of the person who lodged the FIR is Tushar Damgude. Tusshar is a businessman based in Pune. They believe that they had filed the FIR on January 8, in which the Maoists were expected to be involved. Surprisingly, Tushar was continuously active on his social media between January 1 and January 8, ie from the time of the incident to the registration of the FIR. He was continuously writing about this incident on Facebook, but he did not mention the Maoists’ involvement in Bhima Koregaon violence even once during this whole week. During this time, he was repeatedly writing and telling about the possible causes of this violence.

The entire case changed after Tusshar’s same FIR was registered on January 8. The Pune Police, bypassing all other complaints, focused its attention on this FIR of Tushar. As a result, the issue of violence in Bhima Koregaon became secondary while issues like ‘urban naxalites’ and ‘conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister’ came up. In order to understand this dramatic change in the investigation of Bhima Koregaon violence, it is necessary to understand the whole sequence in a sequential manner.

A village named Koregaon Bhima, located in Pune district of Maharashtra, is famous for the battle between the British East India Company and the Maratha army led by the Peshwas on January 1, 1818. In this battle, the Marathas were defeated by the soldiers of the Dalit Mahar caste, fighting on behalf of the East India Company. Mahars are considered untouchables in Maharashtra. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar belonged to this caste. Since the Peshwas were Brahmins, this battle is also seen as the victory of the Mahars over the Brahmins.

For years, Dalits from across Maharashtra gather in Bhima Koregaon to celebrate this victory. This year, two hundred years of this battle were completed. Therefore, around 250 different organizations organized a ‘Yalgar Parishad’ on 31 December 2017. Thousands of people participated in this event held in Shaniwarwada, Pune. The very next day, on January 1, lakhs of Dalits had gathered near the Bhima Koregaon War Memorial, where shortly after stone pelting started and violence erupted.

Dalits allege that stone pelting was started by Hindutva organizations. They say that such organizations were inciting people against Dalits for the last several days. On the very next day of the incident, almost the same things about violence were revealed in all newspapers. After this, several FIRs related to this incident were filed in different police stations of Pune. On January 3, the Pune police registered a case against Milind Ekbote, head of ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ and Sambhaji Bhide, head of ‘Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan’, for inciting violence.

On the other hand, along with local Dalit leaders, a case was registered against Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and student leader Omar Khalid for inciting violence. The case against Jignesh Mevani and Omar Khalid was filed by Akshay Bikkad and Anand Dhond, who were associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. Pune police was investigating all these cases that on January 8, Tushar Damgude lodged a new FIR at Pune, Vishrambagh police station. It was from here that for the first time in this case a ‘conspiracy of Maoists’ came to light.

In the FIR lodged by Tushar, he said, “I came to know about the Yalgar Parishad held on December 31 through Facebook, after which I reached there.” He further stated in his FIR, “Sagar Gorkhe, Sudhir Dhawale, Jyoti Jagtap, Jignesh Mevani, Umar Khalid and others were present on the dais.” In his complaint, accusing Sudhir Dhawale, Tushar said that he could provoke Yalgar Parishad He was giving a speech saying, “When there is a persecution, there should be a rebellion in the city, and if there is no rebellion, it is better that before the night is over,

Everyone burnt to ashes. This is a declaration of war. We have to bury this new Peshwai in the cemetery, in the cemetery. ”

In his complaint, Tushar said that many activists associated with the Kabir Kala Manch were also present in the Yalgar Parishad and apart from making inflammatory speeches, they were distributing the literature that provoked people. He further stated in the FIR, “Many people present here may have contact with the banned organization CPI (Maoist). The objective of these people is to seduce the Dalits and make them of Maoist ideology and then promote enmity in the society by taking the path of violence. These people had to provoke the general public.

Taking action on the same FIR of Tushar Damgude, the Pune Police has so far arrested around ten people from across the country and raided the houses and offices of many others. But there are many reasons why many questions arise on this FIR of Tusshar Damgude. The first reason is that the things said in this FIR are completely different from what Tushar Damgude had said on the very next day of this incident.

Tusshar is very active on Facebook and around 16,000 people follow him here. He himself says that he actively writes on Facebook on many social and political issues and his writing is the reason for his popularity. Tushar has also been writing from time to time on the issue of Bhima Koregaon. Not only after the violence, but before the violence on January 1, he was continuously writing on this issue. Sometimes they were questioning the victory of the Dalits in the battle of Bhima Koregaon, and sometimes on the people coming to join the Yalgar Parishad.

He also wrote about Omar Khalid in December 2017 that Omar Khalid is coming here to talk about Dalits but when he comes here, you must ask him where the Dalits of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kashmir went. The Facebook wall of Tushar Damguda is full of articles with vilification and objectionable words towards left-thinking people.

Article written on facebook on 2 January

He also wrote in detail about the violence on January 1 on Facebook. Surprisingly, nothing was written in his article as he later wrote in his FIR. On January 2, Tusshar wrote about the incident, “What did not happen in Maharashtra for the last 60 years happened yesterday.” The reason for this is that in the last few years many historians have been born in Maharashtra who are making new claims every day. Taking these claims to be true, some people get on the way. ”

He further wrote, “Marathas are very aggressive and also emotional. He has killed hundreds of people for his honor and it has been recorded in history. Teasing them means playing with fire. ”

Tushar also wrote in this article that, “These historians who created unrest in the past have coined the stories that after the death of Sambhaji Maharaj, Marathas did not even come to perform their last rites and remain hidden in their homes of fear. Such claims were spread on social media. It was clear that Maratha society would not tolerate these claims and these would only lead to controversy. ”

Tushar further writes, “The two groups met face to face in Koregaon. Blue flags and saffron flags were waved, announcements were made, abuses and scuffles started. Everyone knows what happened after that. Me and some of my friends were at that place all day long. We saw everything from who said what, who did what. ”

There was no mention of Maoists or the conspiracy of Yalgar Parishad behind this violence anywhere in this article of Tushar. Rather, this article used to say almost the same things which had also appeared in all other reports. In several reports related to the violence of January 1, it was revealed that many objectionable posters and banners were installed in Bhima Koregaon in the last days of December. In these banners, many such things related to the battle of Bhima Koregaon and the murder of Sambhaji Maharaj were written which made the atmosphere there tense and on January 1, the possibility of violence was started.

Article written on facebook on 5 January

On January 5, Tusshar wrote another article on Facebook. He wrote this article while sharing the copy of the FIR filed against Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid. In it, he wrote, ‘My young friend Akshay Bikkad has done the courageous task of registering an FIR against Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid in the case of inciting violence yesterday.’ Even after seeing and appreciating this FIR, Tushar did not think that he himself had to register an FIR in this case or whether he had allegedly seen something else in the Yalgar Parishad on 31 December.

Talking to Newslaundry, Tushar says, “On 31 December, the Yalgar Parishad takes place. In this, some people say that if there is no rebellion, the city should be burnt to ashes before nightfall. And the very next day the city burns to ashes. In this case, why not consider that the people involved in the Yalgar Parishad have burnt the city. ”

On this, we asked Tushar that if this is the case, why did he not register an FIR immediately after the violence or even after two-three-four days? Tushar says, “I was talking to my relatives about this.”

 

The truth of the miraculous reduction in deaths from encephalitis in Gorakhpur?

In the last-last month of August, a statement was prominently printed in all the major Hindi newspapers of Uttar Pradesh citing Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Yogi’s statement was that there has been a huge reduction in the number of deaths due to encephalitis i.e. Japanese fever at Baba Raghavdas Medical College in Gorakhpur. Newspapers rode this statement of the Chief Minister and exaggerated the claims of reduction in deaths due to Japanese fever.

Newspapers published reports from various sources that the number of deaths due to encephalitis in BRD Medical College has come down considerably due to the efforts of the government. Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharthnath Singh also claimed that there has been a decrease in deaths from encephalitis.

Now the claims of ‘heavy’ and ‘miraculous’ reduction in the number of deaths from encephalitis (AES / JE) have come under controversy. A close study and analysis of the data coming out of the BRD Medical College shows that the statistics of death due to Japanese fever is being manipulated at the administrative level. The National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP), the national data release organization for encephalitis, reported a substantial reduction in deaths from encephalitis in the month of July, altering its own data within a month.

NVDCP had shown 118 deaths from AES in UP and 6 deaths from JE in the month of July, but in the figures released till August, the number of deaths from AES has been reduced to 110 and the number of deaths from JE is only 3 while the figures for deaths in other states. Has increased. This makes it more suspicious that the data is being deliberately manipulated to claim reduction of deaths from encephalitis. While the actual situation is something else.

BRD Medical College Gorakhpur

On August 26, in a news published in the Lucknow edition of Dainik Jagran, the Chief Minister was quoted as saying that there were only 10 deaths due to encephalitis, compared to 200 deaths last year. It was reported in the Times of India on August 31 that deaths from encephalitis had decreased by 50 percent. According to the medical superintendent of BRD Medical College, it was told in the news that ‘183 children died from January to August last year whereas only 88 children have died in the same period this year. It was also said in this news that 80 children died in the month of August last year whereas in August this year only 6 children died.

First of all, we talk about the data of BRD Medical College. In the newspapers, figures were quoted by the Principal of BRD Medical College and Medical Superintendent of Nehru Hospital that deaths from encephalitis had reduced by 50 percent.

In support of the aforesaid claims, BRD Medical College did not release any comprehensive data which could be investigated. The data obtained by this journalist from trusted sources of BRD College clearly shows that the claim of reduction in the number of deaths from encephalitis by 50% is false. Till August last year, there were 182 deaths in BRD Medical College, while 135 children died of encephalitis this year. Thus far there has been a decrease of 47 in deaths from encephalitis compared to the year 2017.

It is not clear whether the BRD Medical College has included the data of patients from Bihar in its figures.

BRD Medical College prepares data for all its patients. BRD Medical College has a dozen districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh – Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Santakbirnagar, Balrampur, Gonda, Mau, Ghazipur, etc. besides half a dozen districts of western Bihar – East Champaran, West Champaran, Siwan. , Gopalganj, Chapra etc. patients come for treatment. Even a few patients from Nepal come here for treatment.

Now BRD Medical College is presenting the data of the patients of Bihar who come here separately, whereas the patients of Bihar are also included in the figures of last year. With this help, efforts are being made to reduce deaths due to encephalitis.

How to understand data

In order to do a comparative study of encephalitis data accurately, it is necessary to see it at three levels. First at BRD Medical College level, second at Uttar Pradesh level and third at national level. Analysis of the data at all three levels reveals the correct picture.

If the state government is claiming a miraculous reduction in deaths from encephalitis, it should issue a report on the number of deaths and deaths of patients in BRD Medical College for the last five years in August and the number of deaths and deaths all over Uttar Pradesh.

If deaths are less then how can the death rate rise by 12 percent

According to the figures of BRD Medical College, this year, the number of encephalitis patients is almost half as compared to last year, while there is a decrease of 40 in deaths, but surprisingly, the death rate in the college has increased by 12% over the previous year. This year the rate of total deaths has reached 35 percent.

In simple terms, understand the claim of the government in such a way that the deaths due to encephalitis have reduced very much, but the total number of patients who died in the medical college has increased more than last year.

The incidence of encephalitis in BRD Medical College is reduced by half but the jump in death rate by 12% is also surprising because this time the facilities for treating encephalitis in BRD Medical College have increased. Till last year there were 228 beds for children, which has increased to 200 more beds this year. The number of ventilators has also been increased. Trust the claim of the BRD Medical College Administration, then doctors are also in sufficient numbers for treatment, then how has the death rate increased?

 

There is an outbreak of encephalitis in Gorakhpur and surrounding districts since 1978. In the last 40 years, there have never been such figures in which there has been a sharp decline in the number of patients with encephalitis but the total deaths have increased compared to that. The death rate here has not been more than 30 percent. This is reinforcing those discussions that BRD Medical College is manipulating the data for encephalitis.

This has happened before also. In the year 2015, the BRD Medical College administration was accused of not only allocating AES numbers to 500 patients for reducing encephalitis cases and other diseases were written to these encephalitis patients. This is the reason that the graph of sudden encephalitis cases and deaths in 2015 shows a decline in the figures of a decade in the BRD Medical College, but then in 2016, the graph of encephalitis cases and deaths increased.

Now the question is arising that BRD Medical College is not repeating the story of 2015 again?

BRD ban on release of encephalitis data for 10 months

Before the oxygen scandal of August 10, 2017, BRD Medical College used to provide statistics of encephalitis cases and deaths to the media everyday. Even after a few days after the oxygen scandal, the media kept on giving statistics, but in September 2017, it was stated by the BRD Medical College Administration that the authorized information about encephalitis will now be given from the District Information Office.

Gorakhpur’s District Information Office continued to issue daily updates of encephalitis via email in media offices till the last week of October 2017. But suddenly the encephalitis updates stopped being released. Asked about it, it was said that ‘above’ is forbidden.

On the other hand, the BRD Medical College administration also stopped giving updates on encephalitis. Despite this, for some days, the media kept getting information about encephalitis from some sources. Then the BRD administration also transferred many employees on suspicion of giving data to the media.

The BRD Medical College administration later said that the PRO would give information about encephalitis but they never gave information about it. When asked about this, the principal, the PRO or the medical superintendent often gives a rounding answer. It was also said that the media spreads sensation by misrepresenting the data.

NVBDCP data disturbances

The National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) releases data on encephalitis at the national level. These figures have different state-wise figures of AES and JE. Usually these figures are updated every month. These data are sent by the states to NVBDCP. In the data released by the NVBDCP till August 31, 2018, the number of deaths in UP has been surprisingly low as compared to July 31, 2018. This has happened only in Uttar Pradesh. How can it be that by 31 July 2018, the number of deaths from AES in UP will decrease from 118 to 110 by August 2018?

 

Gorakhpur University student union due to postponement Dalit-backward growth?

Gorakhpur University’s student union elections have been postponed for the second year in a row, many decisions are being taken for this decision which came just two days before the voting. The election was postponed despite the release of the election program last year. Despite the university’s order, the students have not given up yet, despite being discharged, they are constantly demanding to conduct elections through demonstration and memorandum.

Even though it was a student union election, the SP and BJP were directly in it. After winning the traditional Lok Sabha seat of the BJP in the Lok Sabha by-election in March 2018, the SP wanted to give it another blow through the students’ union elections, while the BJP wanted to retain its credibility by winning the student union. Both the parties were looking at the students’ union elections related to the preparations for 2019. The parties had made the students’ union election a question of prestige. This is the reason that when the election was postponed in the last minute in a dramatic manner, there is speculation whether the election has been postponed to save the ABVP from defeat.

Last year too, due to no election, this time students were protesting for a long time in protest over the demand for students’ union elections, sieging the Vice Chancellor. Finally, when the university administration did not budge, the students sat on indefinite fast. Admitting defeat, the university sent the election proposal to the Uttar Pradesh government, which was accepted. After the election date came, politics started regarding ticket distribution. The ABVP gave Ranjit Singh Srinet a ticket and the Samajwadi Students’ Assembly nominated Annu Prasad, along with Sachin Shahi from NSUI, Bhaskar Chaudhary from Ambedkarite Student Union for Rights. Also, Anil Dubey, Aishwarya Pandey, Prince Singh and Indresh Yadav were in the fray as independents.

32 other candidates were trying to wager on all the posts including Vice President, General Secretary and Library Minister. Despite 8 contenders for the post of president, a direct fight was being considered between ABVP and Samajwadi Students’ Assembly, due to which all eyes were set on these two student organizations.

Events

On September 9, supporters of Independent candidate Indresh Yadav informed the Election Officer that Indresh had been kidnapped. Indresh has been an active member of the Samajwadi Student Assembly in the past. Indresh’s supporters alleged that Annu Prasad was behind the kidnapping. This form was the last day of withdrawal. In a dramatic manner, Indresh Yadav reached the SP office in the evening and in a press conference with SP District President and Annu Prasad announced Annu’s support in the election. After some time, Indresh’s photo with Akhilesh Yadav started going viral through social media. Indresh could not withdraw the form but went missing from the campus.

Here, ABVP gave ticket to Ranjit Singh Srinet, while Anil Dubey was an active activist of ABVP for a long time. There was a lot of resentment among the workers for Anil not getting the ticket, which he also expressed on social media. There was an open discussion in the campus that due to the renovation of the ABVP office and the cast factor, Ranjit was given the ticket.

With this step of ABVP, the atmosphere of Gorakhpur University campus was divided among the casteist factions. It seemed that the old days of fighting of Thakur and Brahmin supremacy had returned to the campus. Anil Dubey himself also explains the money power and caste of the opposition (Ranjit Singh) behind his ticket.

On the other hand, the candidates of Samajwadi Students’ Assembly were in a strong position. The same report was given to BJP state general secretary Pankaj Singh who visited Gorakhpur on 10 September. After this, Pankaj Singh asked the city councilors to campaign in support of the ABVP candidate. The next day former Mayor Satya Pandey and some BJP leaders also went to campus.

Voting was to be held on 13 September. On 11 September, the supporters of the candidate for the post of ABVP, Ranjit Singh Srinet, reached the Law Department shouting slogans, indecent on the refusal of the teachers. When the students doing class in the department got information, they beat up the miscreants. The supporters of ABVP rebel Anil Dubey were also among the beaten. There was a scuffle on both sides for half an hour. Immediately after this violent incident, all classes were closed. Within the next 2 hours, the teacher’s union announced the boycott of the students’ union election. It was also supported by the employees union of the university.

In a hurry, with the postponement of the students’ union elections, the holiday was announced till 13 September. The holiday was later extended for two days. The fight between the two parties in the students’ union election was not an unforeseen event, but the manner in which it was exaggerated indicates that everything happened in a planned manner. No one familiar with the history of university student union elections can easily accept the decision to postpone elections on the basis of the “incident and turbulent atmosphere created on campus”.

In 2017, the election was postponed in the same dramatic manner. Even then the chances of elections were low, but under the pressure of the students, the university administration had to agree.

The circumstances in which the adjournment of the election was decided raises many questions. For example, during the election campaign hundreds of times the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee were torn apart, then the administration was silent, why this strictness suddenly ?,

Secondly, was it a coincidence to leave after the controversy in the university, boycott the Teachers ‘Union Students’ Union election, support them to the Employees Union and take two days off postponing the election?

Third, due to the readiness with which the election was postponed, why was action not taken against the culprits when the faces of the viral videos are clearly visible?

Fourth, the hurry to postpone the election in a hurry just two days before the vote raises a natural question. Was the university administration under pressure from “above”?

Fifth, will the university administration compensate the candidates for reasonable expenses in the event of the election being canceled?

Some Unfortunate Events

In 2016, the unity of Dalit-backward students was broken by upper caste domination

In 2016, for the first time in the Gorakhpur University Students ‘Union elections, an OBC became the President of the Students’ Union. ABVP candidate was defeated by Arvind Yadav aka Aman Yadav. This result had shocked the entire state, because till now, only Brahmins or Thakurs had become president on the post of president. This was possible due to the solidarity of Dalit and OBC students, but it was not sudden. Since 2014, Gorakhpur has not remained untouched due to the slogan of Dalit, OBC and minority solidarity under social justice across the country due to the incidents of Una scandal, Rohit Vemula’s death and increasing Dalit oppression.

The victory increased the confidence, then the birth anniversary and tribute meetings of Dr. BR Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule, Phoolan Devi, VP Mandal, Savitri Bai Phule started being organized in the campus. Even during the JNU episode, demonstrations were organized here in support of JNU, in which a large number of students took part. By the time the 2017 students’ union elections were over, the issue of Savarna vs others had become dominant in the campus. As unity of Dalit and backward students strengthened here, ABVP became weaker.

Former Alumni Association president Arvind alias Aman Yadav says that Dalit and backward students are discriminated against here. I myself have faced caste bruises in the university, Dalit and backward caste students had to think a hundred times before I won the election for the post of president here. But now a lot of change has taken place, this time two Dalit candidates for the post of president were not only in the fray but were also among the contenders for victory.