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Economics for Children [Lessons based on Marx’s ‘Capital’] – Ranganayakamma

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Children must receive scientific facts also. Science is a knowledge which elucidates the real matters, with proofs, regarding the nature that we exist in and the society that we live in.

One need not learn all the aspects of science related to Nature. Every person need not thoroughly learn the medical sciences. It would suffice if they are familiar with the routine hygiene principles to practice on a daily basis. When ailments descend on people, the clinicians will take care of the diseases. Every person need not have the medical knowledge as much as clinicians do. This also applies to the other natural sciences.

However, this is not the case with the science that teaches us regarding the society, that we live in. We are human beings, not animals. The animals are born and are dead the same way as they were born. They do not need any mind of science or knowledge. The human being, however, must know about human relations. The Economic science explains relations among humans and their ways of living. This is the science that portrays the lives of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Every person must be aware of this knowledge.

– Ranganayakamma, Economics for Children [Lessons based on Marx’s ‘Capital’] now available for sale.

For purchasing this book contact:

B.R. Bapuji, Sweet Home Publications, Hyderabad. ph: 99482838, email: brbapuji@gmail.com

472 Pages just at Rs. 150/- with illustrations and questions and answers at the end of each chapter. A very useful book for learning Economics…

– Ranganayakamma, Economics for Children [Lessons based on Marx’s ‘Capital’] now available for sale.

For purchasing this book contact:

B.R. Bapuji, Sweet Home Publications, Hyderabad. ph: 99482838, email: brbapuji@gmail.com

for each book: 150 + registered postal charges 25

The relevance of Kawasi Hidme’s unheard story by Sushmita Verma (Art by Sushmita) – ‘Colours of the Cage’

Being an adivasi, a woman and being born in a region desired by greedy multi national companies does not serve one well. That is the story of Hidme and many more like her in the regions of Bastar, Chattisgarh. Kawasi Hidme was a young girl, full of energy from Borguda village in Sukma, Bastar region. She helped her widowed aunt till a small piece of land. The rice grown was just enough for them and Hidme would, during the season, sell Mahua in the local market. Like every girl of her age, she would be excited about the occasional fairs from where she can buy colourful bangles and other items which were otherwise not available in the local market.

In January 2008 just after harvest, as in previous years, a fair was organised in Ramram, the nearby village. Kawasi accompanied her aunt and her other cousin sisters to the fair and to buy ribbons andchoodis. There she joined a group of other tribals who were dancing and singing. Having danced vigorously, she soon became thirsty and approached the nearby hand-pump for water. But as soon as she held the pump, someone very forcefully grabbed her. She looked up angrily and was shocked to see Police personnel. They had surrounded her and began dragging her by her hair towards their vehicle parked outside the fair. With hands and feet tied, she was thrown on the floor of the truck and driven to the Police station.

IMG_20150425_020702This was just the beginning- the start of the atrocities that were to be perpetrated on Kawasi Hidme for the subsequent seven years or so. As the staff at one police station would satisfy themselves, she would be sent to another. Repeated torture resulted in a death like situation for her. The policemen however, got apprehensive that she might die in the station itself. That would be a major problem. Her detention had to be formalised and she had to be sent to prison. This was not something uncommon for this area- adivasi girls like Hidme were detained and tortured for months on end and would ultimately be falsely charged under draconian laws such as the Chattisgarh Public Security Act, UAPA, etc.

However before sending her to the prison, the formality of producing her before the court remained. Kawasi’s condition was such that she had to be admitted to the hospital. It was only after a few days that she was produced before the local Magistrate. The Police had conveniently accused her of an offence that related to the murder of 23 CRPF personnel and the Magistrate remanded her to the Jagdalpur prison. On reaching the prison, the excessive physical and possibly sexual torture ultimately paid its toll and her body suddenly ejected her uterus. She bled profously. Horribly scared, she somehow attempted and suceeded in putting her flesh back into her body.

IMG_20150425_021009Till then, she couldn’t share her experience with anyone, but now in prison she would be comfortable to talk to the other Gondi speaking women inmates. The next day as her uterus was again thrown out of her body, Kawasi decided to cut it off. She asked an inmate for a blade and when all the girls had gone out of the barrack, she sought to operate herself so as to end the pain. As she was about to act, a girl entered the barrack and screamed on seeing the bleeding Hidme. The other women inmates gathered. The blade was taken away from her and the jailor was called, who sent her to the city civil hospital for treatment. After a surgical operation at the hospital she was brought back into jail.

In court, the fabricated case against Kawasi was not progressing. The Police had mentioned two women and two policemen as witnesses. The two women never came to depose before the court and the two policemen denied having any information about her involvement. The evidence put up was itself suspicious at face value. The offence in which Kawasi was alleged to be involved, took place on the 9th September 2007. Statements of police personnels (with ‘remarkable memories’) were recorded on 5thDecember 2007, mentioning names of around 50 Naxalites supposedly calling out to each other. This list did not contain Kawasi Hidme’s name. However after 15th December 2007 when the police personnels added a few more names, her name suddenly appeared in newly recorded statements. And finally in court they denied her involvemnet.

Soni Sori, an adivasi teacher, was also in prison during this period and could interact with Kawasi. Soni Sori had undergone a similar treatment in police custody. She was administered electric shocks and stones were inserted in her private parts. After her release Soni Sori had informed human rights activists about Hidme’s condition who in turn, with sympathetic lawyers, started raising their voices for Kawasi. One such lawyer argued before the Court that as all the witnesses were complete, orders to release Hidme should be given. The judge replied that since she had already spent seven years in jail, there should not be a problem in spending a couple of months more! So Hidme stayed incarcerated for many more subsequent months. Finally in late March 2015, as none of the charges against her could be proved the Court ordered her release.

On the date of her release, Soni Sori and her nephew, Linga Kodopi went to receive her from Jagdalpur jail. When Linga took her back to her village, her friends failed to identify her and as she called out to each one of them, they started weeping. Though she was now free, her body was almost completely wasted. She had undergone multiple operations for gallstones. And each operation resulted in further exhaution. The mental injury is almost beyond repair. She regularly faces depression and sudden mood swings. On the other hand, the IG of Bastar, Kalloori has planned to fabricate Kawasi in a further case as she continues to speak of her violations and join Soni Sori in their fight against these injustices

This is not just the story of Kawasi Hidme, but rather the story of thousands of Adivasi women and men incarcerated for longest years of youth and vitality.The hard question we need to ask here is, who is going to compensate for their lost years? In the absence of legal aid, the torture these young women and men have undergone are never proved . The even more shocking part is that we do not hear such stories in the mainstream media. Soni Sori was one of the few women whose voice did reach mainstream media, the reasons being her own courage and the extent of gruesome torture she underwent. Though among aware citizens, it is not unknown that the Police frame adivasis and vulnerable people in regions like Bastar in false cases by branding them as naxals, but serious documentation on it especially when it comes to women still remains minimalistic. But all this fades in the midst of the footage that mainstream media devotes to coverage of the IPL, paid-news reports or events that do not concern us. This has created an illusion in the minds of our youth that a good life means a good job and abundant money with no concern for society at large. The few courageous women who decide to stand up against the mighty and powerful state apparatus face hostility at every step of their work. Recently when Soni tried to help Bhima Madkam, a local injured in a police firing, from Madenar village in Bastar to file a complaint, the police started harassing and threatening her saying that they will send her back to the jail by getting her bail order cancelled by the Court on grounds that she is ‘instigating people against the State’.

Apart from investigatng the case and arresting people, the police in these areas also assume the role of delivering justice. The growing impunity they enjoy is disturbing. The power that comes from holding the gun with absolutely no accountability is indulging. They assume the role of the overarching patriarchal figure who under the pretext of ‘protecting’ society, extracts ‘small’ (sexual or otherwise) favours, ‘teaches’ the accused a lesson and gets away easily unnoticed. Unless we broaden the discourse and dialogue on these issues, there is faint hope that anything is going to change for the better.

Hidme’s question keeps haunting us: “I was never involved in any Maoist activity… What was my fault?” We, as concerned citizens, have to decide if we are prepared for more such questions or are we going to stand up and challenge these injustices?

(Note : Support for the facts related to Kawasi Hidme’s case has been taken from Jagdalpur Legal Aid group’s lawyer, also a large part has been translated from information available in Hindi on activist Himanshu Kumar’s facebook page. The relevance of Kawasi’s story in our lives is becoming more important than ever before, hence I chose to talk about her story. All views expressed are mine)

source: https://.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/the-relevance-of-kawasi-hidmes-unheard-story-by-sushmita-verma-art-by-sushmita/

77 year old man shows Porn films to three children and raped them

Daily Thanthi, a tamil daily reports a news about a 77 year old man who showed Porn films to 3 children and raped them. He is sentenced to 3 life imprisonments and 10,000 Rs. fine along with each imprisonment by Women Court under IPC 366 (A). Each imprisonment subjects to 10 years. The other IPCs charged against him are section 342, 376, 506(2).

V. Somasundaram (77) resides in Vannarappettai and runs a tailor shop.  He has allegedly been setting a voyeuristic look at 3 (female) children at the age of 9,12 & 10. He send them to buy tea for him and took them inside his house. Played porn films to them. When the children objected to his molestations, he tied their hands and legs and raped them. He had threatened the children not to say that to anybody and would kill their family members in such instance. But one of the victim child reported this to her mother. Following this a complaint was launched in Royapuram Women’s Police Station and cases were filled against him and during the judicial enquiry he was sentenced with above punishement.

What does the above act convey to us?

Can we hold the Films, media, porn sites also responsible for this?

 

Related Links:

http://www.dailythanthi.com/article.asp?NewsID=743708&disdate=7/11/2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsJoVOMCKwU&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuySs22ug1M&feature=plcp

http://saavinudhadugal.blogspot.in/2012/07/blog-post_424.html

 

Is it not Shameful to survive over Women’s Body

New Delhi: Advertisement for a new skin whitening product for private parts has sparked outrage on the Internet with people blasting the commercial as an “ultimate insult to women.” This is the latest in a long list of skin whitening products to have earned the wrath of women including a wide range of fairness creams.

The television commercial for the “intimate” product promises its “special pH-balanced formula cleans and protects the affected area, and even makes the skin fairer.” Fairness products are regularly endorsed by film stars and celebrities in India despite protests from feminists that they promote insecurity and discrimination amongst women.

Magazines and advertising agencies have taken the flak for heavily using photo editing software on pictures of models endorsing such products to make them look fairer than they are in real life. The obsession with fair skin is often linked to a woman’s marital prospects.

Outrage over fairness product for private parts

Advertisements for these products almost always show a woman seeking a man’s approval after having her skin lightened with the help of the products.

“Ok this is the ultimate insult. Skin whitening for your vagina,” Rupa Subramanya, a writer with the Economics Journal for Wall Street Journal, India tweeted. User Neha who tweets as @ThePunjew said: “What a bummer, there’s no shade card yet to monitor fairness progress!”

“Geebus H! If you thought the fair skin fad wasn’t messed up enough already, presenting the next level,” said comic writer Sahil Rizwan.

Filmmaker Vic Sarin was recently in India to shoot parts of his latest documentary project, tentatively titled Hues that touches upon the issue of skin colour and racism. In an interview to The New Indian Express Sarin said: “We are all hypocrites when it comes to the skin colour.” People fight against skin colour bias, but they go back home and stock up on fairness creams, he said.

Several recent products have taken the fairness cream debate forward with deodorants for underarms and skin lightening for men. Many prominent male celebrities endorse these products. Cricketer Virat Kohli who endorses a fairness cream told the Times of India, “I signed on because even though I don’t necessarily use fairness creams myself, a lot of men do, and it has a strong mass appeal. Of course it’s not girly to look after yourself.”

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“This is an absolute piece of shit. This advertisement re-iterates that Women is merely a sexual product.”

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/outrage-over-fairness-product-for-private-parts/246059-3.html

Mobile phone based report for Community Radio from Idinthakarai

Mobile phone based report for Community Radio from Idinthakarai, Kudankulam
MARCH 22, 2012
SOURCE: HTTP://KAFILA.ORG/2012/03/22/MOBILE-PHONE-BASED-REPORT-FOR-COMMUNITY-RADIO-FROM-IDINTHAKARAI-KUDANKULAM/#MORE-12101
tags: anti-nuclear protest, community radio, Kudankulam,Udayakumar
by ponni

Recording of a report by Sundari from Idinthakarai, the village in Kudankulam where many are on fast unto death and 15000 people have gathered in protest of the Nucelar Plant. Sundari is a long time local activist in the region who has been part of the struggle against the Nuclear plant.

Police have cracked down on the village and there is now a complete blockade. Journalists are not being allowed at all. This is an effort to get news out regularly. This recording has been made possible by the efforts of activists who work with enabling reporting for community radio through mobile phones. These broadcast and others that will follow, will be sent to community radio networks within Tamilnadu and around the country. Please spread the news. A translation is available below.

Sundari reports from Idinthakarai here.

I am calling from Idinthakarai. Can I speak now?

My name is Sundari. I am from Idinthakarai. We have been in a protest against the Nuclear Plant since the past 219 days. Till now, we have not caused any nuisance to the government or the public. We are holding a Peaceful Protest. The Chief Minister told us that she will stand by the people. When Manmohan Singh declared that he will open the nuclear plant, she said that the wishes o the local people is what matters to her. She closed the plant saying it is against the wishes of the people. Now suddenly, in a completely unexpected manner, has brought it the paramilitary and police. We are being tortured as much as the people in Sri Lanka must have been. There is no water. They have stopped the electricity connection to our village. Even milk packets have not been allowed in for the children. They are not allowing any journalists inside. They are not allowing anyone from the nearby villages to come in. No one is being allowed out of the village. All forms of transport have been stopped, including buses. Any people who come to help us are being arrested immediately. They sent the police and told us to ask Udayakumar to surrender. They are forcing us to make him surrender. They are threatening us with harm and say they can do what they want and there is nothing we can do about it. Here we are, women, children, pregnant women- we are all here. Around 15000 of us have gathered here. This is not an individual struggle of Udayakumar. This is a struggle that all of us people here, who live here, are fighting for our soil, our ocean and our livelihood. This struggle is for that. Now why the state pretending like this individual person is has fought this struggle. That is a huge crime. We are all in this struggle together. How can they isolate him like this? We cannot have Udayakumar surrender. We have said, brings vans for all 15000 of us and we will climb into them calmly and peacefully and court arrest. We are ready for that. But they won’t accept that. From Kuthakuli 180 people have been arrested. About 48 among them are women. They have small children that they have left behind. Their cattle are standing unfed. They have taken these women put them in a dungeon and tortured them. This is wrong. What crime have they committed? They have simply performed their democratic right and duty to protest. This is not a struggle that began yesterday. It has been on for seven months. How come we don’t have the right to protest? People who have murdered ten people can roam free in this country. But here, our children don’t have milk. My heart breaks to think of the brutality of the government. We are unable to silence the cries of the hungry children. This is manifold of what has happened to the people in Sri Lanka. The world knows what is happening. What has happened to us should not happen to any people across the world. All we ask for is that you give milk for our children. We are asking that you arrest all 15000 of us. We will not allow for Udayakumar to be arrested alone. We are struggling peacefully. Tell us if we have harmed a single person. This is a fast unto death through peaceful means. Tell us if this is wrong. And all this for the nuclear plant that is so harmful for all of humanity. How is this fair? In a situation where women in labour have not been able to leave. We have kept her at home. What if something happens to that mother or child? Where will we go? All I am asking is- What have we done wrong? Why are we being tortured? We are in the midst of so much torture. They have blocked our village of completely. They have not let any journalists in. Every five minutes the security personnel come and intimidate us with guns and people run helter skelter. And they retreat and come back again. They are intimidating us. It breaks my heart to think that this is a democracy and that the Chief Minister is a woman. Many of us are on fast unto death. Nobody has come to our support. So I plead with you- the plant has not even been opened yet and already we are in this state. How are we going to live on this earth at this rate? I plead to with you to let the world know and this should not happen to anybody else. I plead with you. Thank you

news courtesy: R.r. Srinivasan via face book.

http://soundcloud.com/ponni-arasu/sundari-kundankullan

 

Koodankulam protesters solidarity movement starts relay fast in Chennai.

Koodankulam protesters solidarity movement starts relay fast in Chennai.
Venue: Thaayagam, MDMK office, Egmore, Chennai. Time: 9 a.m to 5 p.m

We request all democratic forces to join hands.

The struggle that has been on for decades against the koodankulam nuclear power plant has gained momentum in the last 7 months as a significant and co-ordinated people’s struggle. However the current turn of events have landed this extraordinary people’s movement into a critical juncture. Facing unjust slander by the central government on the antecedants of the leaders and their monetary status and demolishing the utterly unscientific proclamations of the Indian nuclear power scientist lobby the ordinary working masses, the fisher people of Koodankulam have stood by their resolve and continue till this moment even as guns are being pointed at their tiny coastal village from all directions possible. The Tamilnadu government whom the people of koodankulam trusted has let go of its promises and has announced the plant open just after the sankarankovil by election.

In this situation, thousands and thousands of police, para military and industrial security forces and rapid action forces have arrived upon the democratic and peaceful struggle of the people and have literally laid a siege making idinthakarai a forsaken island. This is not just illegal but its against the grains of democracy.

If the state thinks it can bend the will of a peaceful protest using its ugly hands of force we can’t just stand witness to this and there cannot be a greater injustice to keep quiet on the face of such state violence against its own people. In order to protest many groups and individuals have come together in the name of koodankulam protesters solidarity movement and have started a relay fast from today. On the first day of the fast women writers and activists took part in the fast.
The fast today was started solemnly and many leaders including mallai sathya of MDMK, Vanni arasu of Viduthalai siruthaigal katchi came to felicitate the fast. Many tamil writers, artists and activists took place and registered their emotional and political solidarity to the biggest struggle of our times.

Demands of the relay fast
1. The enormous police force gathered in koodankulam should be immediately withdrawn. Section 144 which has been clamped for almost a month is ill motivated to fizzle out a peaceful and democratic struggle and hence it has to be removed.

2. It is a shameful and heinous precedent if a government thinks it can resolve a struggle by stopping electriciry and drinking water to a village with thousands of people. Similarly food, medicines, hygiene facilities, and essential material like milk for the children should be restored to the community immediately.

3. The children of the protesters who are locked up in the siege on Idinthakarai have not been able to write their school final exams. This is a clear cut child rights violation. The children should be enabled to write their exams with due protection.

4. We request the Chief minister of Tamil nadu to hold a open minded dialogue with the protesting fisher people and resolve the issue of their threatened livelihoods.

5. The koodankulam people are struggling to safeguard their livelihoods, the life of their children and for the safety of tamilnadu. Even if one cannot accept thir demand they do not deserve to be threatened at gun point and we urge all democratic forces to raise their voices against this unjust violence that is being unleashed on a peaceful struggle.

The wage gap

இன்று பெல்ஜியத்தில், பெண்ணுக்கும் ஆணுக்கும் சமமான ஊதியம் வழங்கவேண்டிய அவசியத்தை முன்னிறுத்தி “சமவூதிய நாளாக” (EQUAL PAY DAY) பல தொழிற்சங்கங்கள் அறிவித்திருக்கின்றன….