Monday, 14 March 2016

Thwarting out Communal Forces is the way out to ‘Save India’ - Elyas Thumbe

Our nation India has been loved world over because of its diverse culture, religious tolerance and broad based liberty. Democracy and secularism is its very base of existence which strengthens the bonding of country’s integrity. The forefathers of our country who fought for the freedom have laid the foundation for the nation’s unity in diversity.

But, the prevailing destructive condition of our country is the concern of every peace loving citizen of our nation. People are living in a very fearful and insecure conditions because of widespread communal terror. Our history of co-existence and religious harmony is shattered because of the ongoing hate and murders in the name of religion and culture. The tentacles of communal designs have spread over to every grass root which are now curbing the fundamental rights of freedom, rights to eat- speech and even to think.

Unending incidents of killing and burning alive of Dalits and Adivasis in the name of caste and untouchability, killings of Muslims in the name of religion and culture, killings of progressive thinkers in the name of intolerance, killings of RTI activists, attacks on churches, attacks and violence in the name of holy cow, imposing false cases on NGOs, false propaganda of love jihad - forceful conversion - population growth, violent hate speeches, etc. have created an insecure atmosphere in the minds of every citizen in the country. Lynching of Muhammad Akhlaq in Dadri, burning alive of two Dalit children in Haryana and burning of an elderly Dalit in UP, killing of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Rao Pansare, MM Kalburgi, lynching of Shahabuddin in Dimapur, Nagaland are a few of the examples apart from numerous communal riots reported in various parts of the country.

The very terrible aspect of this destruction is invisible protection by the rightist governments to the perpetrators and defending affirmations from the rightist elected representatives. Even when the international community is expressing shock over the prevailing anarchy and insecurity, the Prime Minister of our country is maintaining his studied and calculated silence. Present Indian Prime Minister has the unusual crave of floating dialogue for every matter, but, has never spoken against fascist communal terror. The Prime Minister’s so called ‘good days ahead’ proves to be good day for the rightist agenda. Hence, the self-proclaimed ‘dharma rakshaks’ are creating havoc in the country without the fear of law and order.

A systematic planning of saffronizing the country’s educational system and Indian history are going on as part of the ‘communalization of our country’, hatched by ‘Sangh’. Hate and intolerance are precisely and sensibly inducted in the syllabuses. History of kings and their monuments are treacherously portrayed as anti-Hindu. Imposing so called ‘Sanathan Culture’ in educational institutions are posing a threat to the process of nation building.

Price hike, farmers’ suicides, anti-farmer land acquisition bill, stringent unfavorable labor laws, liberal imperialist FDI policies, unholy economic and military alliance with Israel, uncontrolled mining policies and destruction of Adivasi habitats, etc. are heading the nation towards a great misery. This all blatantly shows that the government at Center is interested in safeguarding the comforts of only rightist designs and corporate agenda.

It is the time now to all peace loving Indian citizens to unite and protect the nation from the clutches of the fascist forces and their communal agenda. Keeping silent and kneeling down in front the destructive elements really helps the perpetrators to continue further with broad impunity. Our nation needs strong resistance against such anti-national elements and we all should unite to fight against this anti-people rule to build our nation on the foundation of peace and love.

BJP’s Bihar Rout
Recent Bihar assembly election is memorable not because of the victory of ‘grand alliance’ but for the humiliating defeat of BJP. Out of total 243 seats, ‘Maha Gathbandhan’, an alliance of JDU, BJD, INC bagged 178 seats and NDA, the alliance of BJP,RLSP, LJP and Manjhi’s HAM diminished to just 58 seats. BJP had a high ambition to form a government in Bihar with a scheme of grabbing Non BJP states one by one into its parlor. It had worked out many tricks to gain caste based votes in Bihar. Clasping Dalit backed parties like HAM LJP and RLSP did not fetch votes to NDA.  Prime Minister NarendraModi himself rallied many times in Bihar wherein he announced a special package of whopping Rs.1.25 lakh crores. BJP leaders used diverging cards like ‘Holy cow’ and ‘Pakistan’. Like in Loksabha, this time too, NDA had used the media profusely to impress the voters. In spite of playing all types of tricks, gimmicks and caste politics this assembly elections witnessed the destruction of BJP and its allies in Bihar. ‘Modi Wave’ proved to be a ludicrous myth.

Surprisingly BJP is slowly losing its base in Gujarat and MP as well. In the Panchayat election held in Gujarat in the month of November 2015, it has lost its 21 district Panchayat out of 31 districts and Congress gained majority of seats. In BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh too, the party has been losing its grip to Congress.  Out of 8 Municipal Committee election BJP lost in 5 local bodies. The bye election held in Ratlam Parliamentary constituency in Madhya Pradesh in December, BJP lost its seat.

By assuming power at the Center with an unprecedented majority, BJP with its RSS ideology has vested all its efforts to design BJP rule in all states in the country.  Bihar election result is a very clear indication that the people in the country have absolutely disappointed by the communal and corporate rule by the BJP. Bihar assembly election result proves that the communal politics will perish if the secular parties unite. However, the result is not an indication of popular governance by the JDU, RJD and INC, but it was peoples’ united decision to vote them in the absence of a strong alternative, to defeat communal BJP. Bihar election strategy will be likely to become a key strategy for these parties. BJP’s defeat has also devastated the sensation of ‘superman’ which was built around Modi. Yet, the ‘grand alliance’ model in Bihar has inspired all secular parties to unite and to stay on to anti-BJP alliance movement throughout the country.

The secular parties like Congress, JDU, JDS, RJD, NCP and CPM though their ideologies are based on secularism and socialism, have miserably failed to act upon it in their rule. There are several instances wherein some of these pseudo-secular parties established ties with communal parties for the sake of power. They do not follow what they preach. Dalits, Minorities, backward communities have faced series of agony during their regime. Present backwardness, poverty, hunger, fear, etc. are the result of the partisan and pro-capitalist rule by these so called secular parties. Hence, alternative secular parties like SDPI should be grown up in the country to get the share in power.

 Mandir Politics to lure Voters
It was ‘Ram Janma bhoomi Issue’ which was polarized the Hindu votes in favor of BJP to gain power at the Center. As a result BJP won and increased its number of Parliament seats in the 1989, 1991 and 1996 Loksabha elections whereas in 1984 election it got only 2 seats. The self-proclaimed ‘Ram Janma bhoomi’ issue created a sentiment of religious fervor in Hindu community to support BJP for the construction of ‘Ram Mandir’ at the site of Babri Masjid. Rathyathra, shilayathra, etc. were militant, masculine and anti-Muslim in nature. Demolition of Babri Masjid was a ghastly incident and a black dot in the history of democratic secular India. This conspiracy and barbaric act triggered waves of violence between Hindus and Muslims erupted all over the country, killing over 2,000 people and created a clear division between the two communities.

Now, Vishwa Hindu Parshad (VHP) is raking up the same issue of ‘Ram Mandir’. It has been stacking stones and doing pujas in the vicinity of Babri Masjid site. Fresh lots of stones meant for construction of ‘Ram Temple’ arrived at the office of the VHP in Ayodhya and ‘Shila Pujan’ (prayer of the stones) has been performed. Meanwhile Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said that there was a “Signal” from the Modi Government that the temple will be built “now”. The other VHP & RSS leaders are trying to keep the issue live in the minds of people by issuing statements and making propaganda of the subject of building Ram Mandir.

The “Babri Masjid – Ram Janma Bhoomi” case is still pending in the Supreme Court and there is a prevailing order of maintaining status quo. However, in the context of assembly election of Uttar Pradesh scheduled in 2017, VHP under the protection cover from Modi led BJP government at the Centre is igniting religious sentiments in Hindu community through such mischievous acts.

We should be very cautious in expressing our concern in this matter because an immediate outburst will accelerate the publicity and motif of BJP and Sangh nexus. It is the very idea of BJP/VHP to infuriate the Muslims in this matter and to enrage them to come to the streets paving way for the communal outfit to orchestrate riots aimed at polarization of votes. BJP is in a desperate move to capture power in UP assembly through any sort of venomous political game and gimmicks.

It is to be noted that the BJP and Sangh nexus has steered hundreds of communal clashes in UP during these 3 years of Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party government through fabricated and flimsy reasons. Creating insecurity in the minds of Hinds, igniting religious sentiments and creating image of savior of Hindu Sanathan Dharma is the malicious strategy of these right wing nexus to win upcoming assembly election of UP in 2017.

Corruption with ‘Clean’ Certificate
Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival and BJP MP former cricketer Kirti Azad have made strong allegation of corruption on the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection with DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association) scam. There is a lot of melodrama in this connection as the CBI raid on CM Arvind Kejriwal’s office without any notice or genuine reason really raised the eyebrows of the opposition parties. Arvind accuses that CBI is playing buffoons at the hands of PM Narendra Modi. His allegation on CBI and PM, that the raid was nothing but to trace some documents in connection with the DDCA scam. The raid without any authenticity ridiculed the dignity of a high office of democratically elected body which compelled CM Arvind to call PM Narendra Modi as a ‘psychopath’.

In spite of BJP’s own MP’s allegation with proof and appointment of an enquiry commission by the Delhi Government to enquire in to the DDCA scam and role of Jaitley in it, PM Narendra Modi instead of ousting him, has declared Arun Jaitly as a clean man like L.K. Advani. This partisan policy of PM and BJP is mockery of the democracy.  Tainted ArunJaitly is still continuing in his portfolio shamelessly whereas BJP MP Kirti Azad is continuing to make strong allegations on him with confidence. BJP ideologue Ram Jethmalani’s outburst and support towards Kirti Azad also really symptomatic.

In another incident, the criminal complaint lodged by BJP leader Subramaniyan Swamy led to summon Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to a local court against allegation of cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now defunct daily National Herald. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, AICC treasurer Moti Lal Vohra, Gen. Sec Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda the other directors of Young Indian Ltd(YI), a company incorporated in 2010 which took over the ‘debt’ of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald. The allegation on them was that they have conspired to cheat and misappropriated funds by just paying Rs.50 lakh by which Young Indian obtained the right to recover Rs. 90.25 crore which the AJL had owed to the Congress Party.

Sonia Gandhi and Congress leaders were playing lot of sentimental drama and alleging on Central BJP government that this is nothing but political vengeance. Sonia Gandhi’s assertion ‘I don’t fear’ really echoes in the ears of common people in the country as why should she fear as she is encircled by political power and capability. Congress Party’s statement saying Sonia Gandhi is innocent is really ridiculous. During Congress regime thousands of youths belonging to Muslim, Dalit communities and Adivasi were pushed into jails under the draconian law UAPA for no crime committed by them and hundreds of riots were reported across the country making lives of thousands miserable. Now the congress leaders are shedding tears for the fate of their leaders. One can imagine how many thousands of parents and family members of those innocents would shedding tears for their jailed innocent sons.

Juvenile Justice Act
Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 is a proposed Act of the Parliament of India. It aims to replace existing  Indian juvenile delinquency law, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, so that juveniles in conflict with Law in the age group of 16–18, involved in Heinous Offences, can be tried as adults.It was passed on 7 May 2015 by the Lok Sabha amid intense protest by several Members of Parliament. It was passed on 22 December 2015 by the Rajya Sabha as well.

There was a hue and cry across the country against letting free of a gang rape accused due to existing JJ Act. It was the concern over the age of the perpetrator accused in the horrible gang rape case in Delhi in December 2012 in which one of the perpetrator was 6 months short for age of 18 when the offence happened. In this case, a maximum punishment can be given for a juvenile is 3 years confinement in a juvenile home.

The new Juvenile Just Bill 2015 will allows the judiciary to try the accused of heinous crimes aged from 16 to 18 under Indian Penal Code. The matters should be presented to the Juvenile Justice Board on a case by case basis, which will decide then based on an assessment of the mental state of the child as whether the crime was committed with or without an understanding of its consequences.  Based on this assessment, the juvenile offenders will be treated under either IPC or the JJ Act.

There is strong resistance from several organizations and activists saying that the decision taken to amend the act was emotional, irrational and unscientific. They won’t find any justification in reducing the age of juvenile from 18 to 16 for sending them to jail. They stress to understand the psychology of the youngster, their hormonal changes and their emotional upheavals during the age of growth when he is neither a child nor an adult. Those who are opposing the JJ Act argue that the adolescent need therapeutic treatment and on the contrary imprisonment would make close proximity with criminals which may lead to treat them as their role models.

There is also a concern about the atmosphere where the child is living is the factor behind creating mental status and character. Poverty, exploitation, crime, lawlessness, obscenity, lack of education, family factor, media influence, etc. are the factors of influence on the minds and character of the child. The opinion is that the government has to rethink its policies and schemes as instead of toughening the juvenile law it should enact to protect the child and its mental growth.

Global Warming
Global Warming is the increase of Earth's average surface temperature due to effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth. This is a type of greenhouse effect. Too much of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is acts as a blanket, trapping heat and warming the planet. Burning fossils fuels like coal, oil and natural gas for energy or cut down and burn forests to create pastures and plantations, carbon dioxide accumulates and overloads our atmosphere.

Climate change is the greatest environmental threat of our time, endangering our health, economy and national security. Extreme weather, sea level rise, imbalance in ecological system, increased cyclonic activity, and changes in ambient temperature and precipitation patterns, have affected or are projected to affect the subcontinent.
Impacts of global warming on climate of India
The effect of global warming on the climate of India has led to climate disasters as per some experts. India is a disaster prone area, with the statistics of 27 out of 35 states being disaster prone, with foods being the most frequent disasters. The process of global warming has led to an increase in the frequency and intensity of these climatic disasters. According to surveys, in the year 2007-2008, India ranked the third highest in the world regarding the number of significant disasters, with 18 such events in one year, resulting in the death of 1103 people due to these catastrophes. The anticipated increase in precipitation, the melting of glaciers and expanding seas have the power to influence the Indian climate negatively, with an increase in incidence of floods, hurricanes and storms. Global warming may also pose a significant threat to the food security situation in India.

According to the The Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, if the process of global warming continues to increase, resulting climatic disasters would cause a decrease in India’s GDP to decline by about 9%, with a decrease by 40% of the production of the major crops. A temperature increase of 2° C in India is projected to displace seven million people, with a submersion of the major cities of India like Mumbai and Chennai.

Floods in India
India is the most flood distressed state in the world after Bangladesh, accounting for 1/ 5th of the global deaths every year with 30 million people displaced from their homes yearly. Approximately 40 million hectares of the land is vulnerable to floods, with 8 million hectares affected by it. Unprecedented floods take place every year at one place or the other, with the most vulnerable states of India being Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Gujarat, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. The climatic history of India is studded with a very large number of floods, which have wreaked havoc on the country’s economy.

Other climatic disasters in India - Droughts: Of the total agricultural land in India, about 68% is prone to drought of which 33% is chronically drought prone, receiving rainfall of less than 750mm per year. This is particularly the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. The World Record for Drought was in 2000 in Rajasthan, India.

According to researches, unabated global warming will lead to exacerbation of the droughts, cutting down the water availability in the plains of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. India’s initial National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) on Climate Change projects that Luni; the west flowing rivers of Kutchh and Saurashtra are likely to experience acute physical water scarcity. The river basins of Mahi, Pennar, Sabarmati and Tapi are also likely to experience constant water scarcities and shortages.
The Indian economy is considered as one of the fastest growing major economies. However, the country is plagued by climatic disasters that continue to wreak havoc on its economy. As a result, majority of the people of India continue to live in poverty, with malnutrition and diseases corroding the society. In this light, a comprehensive mitigation and adaptation plan needs to be drafted and implemented for better preparation and response to such climate disasters that are generated as a result of global warming.
India should act to control the global warming coping with International measures.  While taking steps to control emissions, the government should protect welfare of the people as the measures should not affect the economic growth, alleviation of poverty, industrial production, etc.

The people of our country is struggling in the hands of communal BJP government. Instead of giving good governance for the welfare of all people of the country irrespective of cast creed color, it has the essence only in establishing saffron interests and corporate welfare. It’s proud and prodigy lies especially in the promotion of the Vedic and Brahminical ideology. At one side the BJP leaders speaks about development of all and on the other side they spew venom on minorities and Dalits.  Learning tough lessons from the election result of Bihar, the BJP may embrace new tactics to garner votes in the coming elections in the country. Obviously, inspiring from the success of Muslim Rasthriya Manch (MRM) floated by RSS, it is now preparing to form Isai Manch (IM) to deceive and exploit Christian community as well. SDPI is reaching out to the people to create awareness and unite them against these communal forces and their evil design of divisive politics.

The age old pseudo-secular parties like Congress, RJD, JDS, SP, BSP, JDU, etc. have miserably failed to fight against communal forces and communal parties. Their mild voice and even sometime silence encouraged the communal parties to grow to such an extent. These so called secular parties including CPM have done nothing to the welfare of poor people, farmers, labors and rural folk during their rule. Corruption, nepotism and hooliganism are the work force to these parties. Dynastic politics and upper cast hegemony are the controlling powers in these so called secular parties which is a mockery of democracy.

Party with Unique Features Solution to the Problems of India
Our country is respected the world over because of its diverse culture, religious tolerance and for its democratic traditions. The illustrious leaders of our country who fought for the freedom have laid the foundation for the nation’s unity in diversity. The country exists because its people believe in peaceful coexistence. But, at present, fear and suspicion have started to spread like a dark fog all over the nation. Communal terror is threatening peaceful co-existence and religious harmony.  Screams of anarchy and insecurity has been increasingly heard in the country. While the citizen are protesting against the wave of intolerance, the ruling parties just showing insensitivity.

Efforts to destruct secular values in educational system, killings of Dalits in the name of cast, lynching of Muslims in the name of beef, killings of progressive persons for questioning and criticizing the cultural shibboleths and beliefs, attacks on Christians in the name of conversion, killings of RTI activists, false cases on social and rights activists, nerve-wracking price hikes, farmers suicides, anti-farmer land acquisition bill, anti-labour laws, rampant corruption, etc. are widespread in the country. The ruling parties are not taking these issues as serious and just indulged in cast based politics and thus insulting our constitution and democracy.

After the demolition of Babri Masjid, Muslims and Dalits maintained distance from powerful political parties and started identifying and voting the regional secular parties like SP, BSP, RJD, JDU, NCP, JDS, etc. However, these regional parties instead of empowering the poor and the downtrodden communities, they exploited them for their selfish benefits.

SDPI is the alternative for all these political parties, whenever any sort of anti-constitutional and anti-people moves are adopted by the governments or by the opposition parties, be them in states or at the Centre. It is committed to protect the welfare of every citizen irrespective of his/her caste, creed and color. We have been inspired by the support of the people all over the country. As a political party we stand on our feet and through Campaigns across the country we are geared up to thwart out the communal forces in our county with the support of Masses. SDPI is committed to change the country as a welfare nation and believes that people’s welfare itself is nation’s welfare. Let’s struggle till Dalit atrocities, Caste Discrimination and Attacks on the Weak come to an End in our beloved Country. 

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Bihar Battlefield by Elyas Muhammad Thumbe

Elyas Muhammad Thumbe

Bihar is one of the most influential states in Indian politics. Late Jaya Prakash Narayan – the warrior of safeguarding Indian democracy and the brain behind Janata Movement during emergency period, were from Bihar. The state Bihar has witnessed many regional parties, importantly JDU, RJD, LJP which have campaigned major role in previous central and state ruling.

Bihar is the state rich in human and natural resources with fertile land covered by ever flowing revers.  Hardworking Biharis have made the state ever green and the landscape is bursting with agriculture. Though Bihar has such rare and invaluable wealth it has been lagging far behind in the graph of Indian development. The poor and poverty stricken Biharis strewn over many states of the country in search of livelihood. Poverty, illiteracy, lack of education, child labor, lack of basic infrastructures like electricity, road, sanitation, health are very common which turned the life of citizen into dark and dim. Lawlessness, nepotism, casteism, corruption, hooliganism have crossed all its limitations in Bihar.

25 years back, the people dejected from the earlier Congress regime, have shifted their loyalty and opted the regional political group? JANATA Parivar with a dream of bringing a change in Bihar. But, even after 25 years of ruling by Janata Parivar, no change has ever been seen, instead the scenario led from worse to worst.
Now with the general assembly election’s declaration in the state, almost all parties of the country are ready to show their vigor in Bihar assembly election like a war field.

The conditions of towns and suburban areas in the state are far from any modern developmental concepts.  Open drains, filthy streets, pot hole – dusty – damaged roads made the life of urban civilians unbearable. Electricity is the biggest challenge for the people. Frequent and continuous cut off of electricity supply is very common in the urban areas and electricity is a rare thing in rural areas. Bihar has the lowest per capita income in the country at Rs 5,772 against the national average of Rs 22,946 indicates that productivity, development and economy has fell down drastically. Atrocities on Dalits, Tribals and minorities are still a big challenge in Bihar where caste politics and feudalism is in its highest point. All parties including ruling government are uttering the hymn of ‘Bihar awaits changes’. BJP is trying in full volume with an ambition and with every gimmicks to capture Bihar into its parlor. It has formed NDA alliance coping with Lokjanshakthi of Ramvilas Paswan and Hindustan Awami Morcha of former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. At the same time Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar Yadav have also joined hands grabbing Congress with them. The alliance of RJD-JDU-Congress has been promoted as ‘Maha Ghatbandhan’ (grand alliance). Samajvadi Party, at the last moment has changed its mind to quit the grand alliance dissenting in seat sharing matters. SP and NCP have come into mutual understanding and declared to jointly come into the fray. Similarly CPI, CPM and other communist parties have formed an alliance for a joint fight. Social Democratic Party of India, popularly known as SDPI has declared its contention in 5 constituencies. Meantime, All India Majlis e Ithihadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Party owned by Owaisi Brothers has also decided to contest in 24 constituencies.

Two election surveys indicated that there are 50:50 chances for both ‘Maha Ghatbandhan’ and NDA, which exposes a massive battle between parties and alliances in Bihar assembly election. People in Bihar have firmly understood that the ruling parties in the state and at Center have contributed nothing to Bihar.

The Urban and rural areas in the state are in such a pathetic situation, that one can say that they are far away literally from any development. Lives of civilians have become agonizing due to open drainages, filthy and garbage strewn streets, dilapidated roads, undisciplined traffic system, corruption in all walks of life, etc. The biggest problem in the state is disruption of power supply, to which the government has not shown willpower to set it right. The condition in the rural areas too is totally miserable. It will be a special day if there is power supply of 8 hours in a day in the rural areas.

Caste politics has the prime role in Bihar politics which has impacted badly and directly on exercising social justice. 25 years of Janata rule has counterfeited the people’s expectation of changes in Bihar. In the past years, infighting in Janata Parivar had led to division which resulted in formation of separate parties which fought against each other in previous elections with mutual animosity. Now, these parties joined together in the name of ‘grand alliance’. The success of this grand alliance in this assembly election will be depending upon the mindset of the workers and leaders of these parties as they need to ally at the grass root level too. It has to overcome factionism within and discontent among the ticket aspirants.  However, no doubt, the charisma of Lalu Yadav and Nitish Yadav will attract major votes of Yadavs and other OBC communities. The people from all over India are curiously and positively awaiting to see how successful the commitment of ‘grand alliance’ could be in keeping away the BJP from capturing power in Bihar.  Strictly speaking, JDU is sole responsible for solidifying BJP which was once week in Bihar by forming alliance with it in the previous elections. The previous JDU-BJP alliance had strengthened the base of BJP in Bihar. The reason for parting ties by RJD with right wing BJP is only because the candidature of Narendra Modi as PM which RJD was not ready to cope with. If the PM candidate would have been other than Narendra Modi, perhaps RJD wouldn’t have parted tie with BJP.  Hence, the minority communities in Bihar may not be attracted to JDU.

NDA alliance is also nothing but a muddle. Alliance by Dalit based parties like LJP and HAM with right wing BJP is nothing but an anomaly. Both Ramvilas Paswan and Jitan Ram Manjhi have stood up on the political foundation by fighting against upper cast hegemony, untouchability, inequality, etc. Nevertheless, these political leaders have turned back from their ideological abode and embraced the right wing BJP only for gaining opportunities. Hence, the people from their own community may not support them.  BJP and PM Narendra Modi are calculating that they may get the votes through speeches and promises. Narendra Modi’s recent declaration of a special package of Lakhs crores for Bihar is kept aside by the people of Bihar as deceiving, as his declaration of “Ache Din” during the 2014 Loksabha election has already been proved a damp squib. His promises like bringing back black money, lowering prices, development, etc. are all big lies. After BJP coming into power in the center, there is an increase in communal violence in the country, increase in hate speeches, saffronisation of education-culture and even the history, about which people have been disappointed by it as the party has been trying to build the country on the basis of rightwing nationalism. Narendra Modi and BJP playing ‘development card’ outwardly, while in the background the RSS, their master is hell-bent  in promoting Hindutwa, communal polarization and corporatization turning the situation in Bihar even more worse.  Hence, the option for the people in Bihar is to choose less harmer ‘Mahaghatbandhan’ than most harmful ‘NDA”.

The communist alliance in Bihar is not promising to people’s wishes as previous election results show that there is no popularity for them. Though NCP and Congress parties do not have massive vote bank in Bihar, we can see little seats for them which may not cross single digit. Now, MIM has freshly stepped in Bihar, willing to contest in 24 seats, is mainly eyeing on Muslim vote bank. But, Muslims in Bihar are not familiar with MIM as the party is very new to them and there is no base in the state. They are well aware that the party has no any clear stand and solution about the issues of Muslims in Bihar. The Muslims are well aware that the violent and exaggerated speeches are not the solution for Indian Muslims.

Social Democratic Party of India is contesting in 5 constituencies with confidence of opening a new chapter of its history in Bihar politics. The cadre based party and has a presence in 10 districts with thousands of cadres. SDPI has been actively working in Bihar for about 5 years, has addressed lot of local issues pertaining to the public in general and of Muslims and Dalits in particular. Huge public participation has been witnessed in its pre-election rallies and conferences held in different districts of Seemanchal. Keeping an eye on Muslim - Dalit and OBC votes, the party has fielded 3 Muslim and 2 Adivasi candidates. SDPI, with the objective of building a hunger free – fear free nation, has committed to eradicate corruption, communalism and corporatization in the country through inclusive politics. The country is eagerly watching whether SDPI will open its chapter of political power by winning assembly seats in this election.

With this speculation, calculation and analysis one can say that the assembly election in Bihar will be a battlefield which will bring a clear message to the parties, public and to the country as well.


A Report on Socio-Political Conditions - 2015 [by Elyas Muhammad Thumbe]

A Report on Socio-Political Conditions - 2015

A political party with the objectives of “Hunger Free and Fear Free India” and with an aim to bring “Power to People” through Social Justice and Democracy, it is the characteristic of our party to study and analyze ‘Socio Political and Economic Conditions’ in our nation.

I. Nation
1. Present Political Scenario
The mixture of RSS, BJP, Corporate and Media has resulted to the massive win of Narendra Modi bandwagon. It’s not a victory of BJP, it’s of corporates only who promoted Mr. Narendra Modi to be a prime-minister at their disposal. We have seen Hindutva right-wing in action at many parts of the country, most clear was 2002 in Gujarat. Now the country is on the edge to see the developmental right-wing in action. They are very much determined and trained in acquiring lands and giving those at low rates to corporate, which may turn up into a ‘Development’ hoax few days after.

Black money, muscle-power, religion, caste, regionalism, liquor, drugs and other enticements or coercive measures were used extensively by all parties and candidates. For instance, more than 200 crores of cash and over 2 crore litres of liquor were seized by the police across the country during the elections which were meant to be distributed among the electorate. As can be imagined, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Corporate media itself has revealed that more than 30,000 crore rupees were spent to advertise and promote Narendra Modi alone. Flouting the official limit to election expenditure of 70 lakhs per candidate with impunity, each candidate in the fray spent an average of 8 crore rupees during this election. The farcical nature of the so-called largest parliamentary elections of the world can be perceived from such revealing facts.
Undoubtedly, India’s corporate world has launched a concerted campaign to adopt top politicians and enlist their support. Hence the media projected Narendra Modi as a development messiah. Industry will do business with whoever comes to power — so long as it can wrest concessions. But in the last election coroporates did not spell political equidistance. Industry strongly favoured Narendra Modi. Modi has a zealously pro-business agenda, with further deregulation, tax-breaks and public-private partnerships, along the “Gujarat Model” of development.
Modi government is now busy with service to corporate resulting in the sale of valuable public assets and capturing of forest and agricultural land. The exercise is against economic logic and it endangers the freedom, security and livelihood of Indian common mass and it undermines the social integrity of the country.

Forest Rights Act being diluted and sabotaged by the NDA government to cater to the interests of a corporate minority.

In addition the Prime Ministers of office is trying to down play the existing forest and environmental acts pressing the concerned ministries to give node for some projects without considering the rules and regulations. Prime minister’s office sought forest clearance for some projects, without meeting all conditions under the Forest Rights Act (FRA). 
The government bringing major changes in the existing Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013. It is in many ways aimed to please industry bodies. It is clear that the poorest of the poor, who often cultivate lands but are not the owner, may be left high and dry with no compensation. The government has amended Section 10(A) of the Act to expand sectors where assessment and consent will not be required. For five sectors, the consent clause has been removed. So the government or private individuals/companies will no longer need mandatory 80% consent for land acquisition in those five sectors.
By omitting the social assessment part, the government in essence has got away with a very important hurdle. In the earlier law, the assessment was meant to find out how many people will be impacted. So apart from the land owner, all those who are dependent on the land also needed to be compensated. But the new ordinance ensures that only land owners will be compensated.

The BJP government at the centre is ruling the country through passing ordinances without giving any opportunity to debate or oppose by the other parliamentarians in the houses which is very harmful to a democratic country like India. Fearing to fail in getting approval of the Upper House due to the lack of their party’s Rajya Sabha members, the government has hitherto has passed 8 ordinances. Modi government is bypassing the parliament powers and playing “Ordinance Raj”. Out of 11 ordinances it has passed the most contentious are Insurance ordinance and Land Acquisitions ordinance which will enact against welfare of common masses and beneficial for the corporate.

Other anti people steps taken by Modi Government
  1. Labour law amendment which includes amendment in minimum wages. This is intended to please the job owners especially corporate companies.
  2. 20% cut in public health budget which is a cut of 6000 Cr. This will further reduce health care facilities to the poor in the country.
  3. 30% cut in farmer budget. Fertilizers and water supply and Electricity supply for agricultural purpose will cost more.
  4. De controlling of 108 drug prices after accepting 1,50,000 dollars donation from 5 pharmaceutical companies including Sun Pharma and Adani Pharma.

As for the common mass in India, they are generally disappointed. People are unhappy with the performance of Narendra Modi government. During its first 100 days it has failed to keep its promises on rising prices and inflation. Tall promises were made during the election campaign, raising people's expectations on inflation and price rise, but all in vain.

3. GM Seeds
Narendra Modi and BJP are now trying to play double faced game on Genetically Modified Seeds. Though the party stood firm against GM crops earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seemingly playing down the policy. To a question on the subject he responded as follows, “I am all for technology,” Modi said. “We should not discard a technology that helps farmers; we must have faith in science…. We must put technology and science to use, with regulations, and add value to produce.” GM crop is a controversial topic. Although GM cotton has been cultivated across the country for over a decade, India has not approved commercial cultivation of any GM food crop yet.  Confined field trials have been permitted for some food crops like brinjal, potato and mustard. While a government panel of experts had recommended cultivation of GM brinjal, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh had blocked the move after consultations with sections of scientists and anti-GM activists.
The BJP-run governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had stoutly opposed field trials of GM crops two years ago, joining others such as Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Rajasthan. In the 2009 election manifesto, the BJP had said that if it came to power, “no genetically modified seed will be allowed for cultivation without full scientific data on long-term effects on soil, production and biological impact on consumers.
 All food and food products produced with genetically modified seeds will be branded as ‘GM Food’”. In a resolution on agriculture during a national executive meeting in Mumbai in May 2012, the BJP had asked the central government to immediately impose a moratorium on GM crops in the country because they “will not increase productivity”. The crops will pollute traditional seeds through cross-pollination, the resolution added. Several farmers’ organisations have been vehemently opposed to the adoption of GM crops, saying Bt cotton has added to the growing list of causes that have made farming non-remunerative. Several farm groups oppose the system because of the growing domination of multinational corporations in the seed and input markets. If the GM seed policy is implemented in our country Multi National Companies will enjoy monopoly on our food.

4. Communal Agenda
Narendra Modi, is a divisive politician who let the Gujarat riots happen under his leadership. He is known as the perpetrator of violence, violator of civil and human rights and the right to free speech; a politician who was driven by his corporate funders from Reliance to Vedanta. Moreover, he represented a Hindu nationalistic figure who would divide Hindus and Muslims and carry on his politics of Hindutva, not directly, but driven by his foot soldiers, and those of RSS and various other Hindu nationalist parties and groups. He represents the traditional and regressive ideas of societal growth or rather – downfall.
The very idea of India and its pluralism is under attack with the coming of the Narendra Modi led BJP Government at the Centre. Instead of losing heart, we should defend the plural, secular fabric of the country not as Muslim or Hindu, but united as Indians.

5. Politics of Hatred
Hate speeches by BJP/VHP leaders are on the increase. Food Processing Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s statement dividing political spectrum of India as Ramzade and Haraamzade has created big controversy. Yogi Adithyanadh, Thogadiya, Amith shah and others continue their raid with sharp and dirty words. In view of coming assembly elections in few states like UP, Bihar the ruling party at the centre BJP is trying to polarise Hindu votes by raking up Hindutwa sentiments. Its parliament member’s utterances like “haramzade”, propaganda like ‘Tejo Mahalay’ calling Hindu community to increase their population, false propaganda of Love Jihad, etc. are the clear indication of communal politics to ignite the sentiments of Hindutva and corroborating Hindu vote bank. The very idea of creating the feeling of insecurity in the minds of majority community is very dangerous for the co-existence, integrity and tranquillity in the nation.

6. Hate Crimes
Hate crimes have a way of spreading and multiplying in the absence of speedy intervention by the state. The onus is, therefore, on those in power to act swiftly against such attacks and erase the impression that those involved in the crimes would be protected from the legal consequences of their actions. But shockingly, sections of the BJP have sought to rationalise the attack. It is astonishing to note Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on such issues. He has not shown the ability to rise above his own past record, to erase the shadow of the 2002 events. His government has failed to be firm in its actions against hate crimes as Modi has always argued that the Constitution is his holy book and that law is equal for all faiths.
It is incumbent on the peace- and justice-loving to come together to defeat the forces of hatred, bigotry, fanaticism, intolerance and jingoism.

7. Saffronisation of Education
While The Rashtriya Swamayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has never deviated from its core ideology of forming a ‘Hindu Rastra’, it is the systematic attempt of rewriting history with saffron ink through its vast network of educational institutes like vidya bharti, one of the largest chain of private schools in India, catering mainly to lower middle class, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (VKA) which specialises in hostels for adivasi children along with other activities and Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, which runs single pre-school teacher centres, where students are taught basic reading and writing of Sanskrit and Sanskrit behaviours, is a clear indicator of RSS’s slow but deliberate attempt of “saffronising” the education system of the country and in the process, feeding large number of young brains with their core ideology of Hindutva.

Now one might think how a right wing Hindu Nationalist group can rewrite the history of a mighty nation like India. The HRD ministry’s approval of creation of The Bharatiya Shiksha Niti Ayog (BSNA), which has been constituted by the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, that is mandated to suggest corrective steps to Indianize the education system.
Coincidentally, the major attempts in recent past to change the course of Indian history and revamping the education system, where minorities were portrayed as main problems of the nation and Muslims, Christians and Parsis referred to as foreigners, where struggle for freedom was portrayed as war against the Muslims; all done in the name of instilling nationalism and national pride have been done in the last two terms of the BJP rule. First with Murli Manohar Joshi, the then HRD minster, going all out to saffronise the education system by bringing changes in NCERT text along with huge changes in the reconstitution of major educational bodies like Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, the NCERT and the Indian Council of Historical Research to include members having pro BJP/RSS stand. And now with Smriti Irani, the current HRD minster, trying to bring Vedas, ancient Hindu texts and Unpanishads in the syllabus of class 8th, 9th and 10th.
·         Inclusion of Geetha in school syllabus:  Madhya Pradesh and Haryana State Governments have decided to introduce the Bhagwat Gita in the public school curriculum in the States from the next academic session.  This will bring a change in curriculum for school students in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh which will include the study of shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita as part of their syllabus.

·         Suryanamaskaar and Vandemadarm made compulsory in BJP ruling states which is against the principles of secularism and hurt the religious sentiments of the students and people as well.

Manipulation of History
·         Aero planes were there 7000 years back which could go to other planets.
·         Artificial insemination as karna was born to kunti before marriage
·         Plastic surgery was present as Ganesha got an elephant head
·         Had nuclear weapons stored in asthralaya ( now Australia) by Pandavas
·         Taj Mahal was Shiva temple called Tejo Mahalaya a vedic temple

Manipulation of India's modern history
·         The Muslims are solely blamed for the partition of India.
·         The RSS is pictured as an organisation is presented as central to the Freedom Movement. Dr. Keshavrao B. Hegdewar is one of the tallest leaders of the freedom struggle. Statements of a large number of national leaders have been quoted in praise of the RSS.
·         Godse the killer of the Father of the Nation being glorified. RSS released documentary film on Godse on January 30th 2015. Hindu Mahasabha has planned construction of a temple for Godse in Lucknow.

8. Right To Education
The state is slowly withdrawing from public education as it discards the principles of welfare state. Though the government has passed the rule RTE, it has been miserably failed to implement it. Educational standard in the schools run by the state is deteriorating as the schools are lacking infrastructures, trained resources, competitive curriculum, etc.

9. Politics of Terrorism
The socio-political scenario in India is clouded with shocking news which gives signs of conspiracy against Muslims, partly under the auspices of government machinery. Muslim youths were arrested, tortured and detained in jail for several years in the incidents like Malegaon bomb blast,  Samjhouta train explosion, Ajmer bomb blast, Makka Masjid Bomb blast –etc. Later the investigation proved that a network of fundamentalist Hindus were behind this anti-national inhuman terrorism.
Governments, no matter whether it is lead by BJP or Congress, are promoting False Flag Operations, blame Muslims and look for political gain on the dead bodies. Other political parties also fail to come out of the prejudice against Muslims. Directly or indirectly, they also make benefit from this politics of terrorism. Transparency is far away from the entire set up of government functioning. But the present political class governing the country in the centre or states will never allow transparency to take place. Because once it is established, their self-centered politics will have no takers inside.

National Security state (Killings of country’s own citizens)
Recent gruesome killings of 20 people of labours at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and 5 Muslims in Hyderabad are another additions to the series of fake encounter killings of citizens in the democratic country like India. 
Debates over fake encounters notwithstanding, such cases are growing in the country, more so in states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, MP and the north eastern regions. Kashmir still remains a state where the military has all the say. Government figures show that in the last four years, 555 fake encounter cases were registered across India, with majority being reported in Uttar Pradesh (138), followed by Manipur (62), Assam (52), West Bengal (35), Jharkhand (30), Chhattisgarh (29), Odisha (27), Jammu and Kashmir (26), Tamil Nadu (23) and Madhya Pradesh (20). Only 144 cases, out of 555, have been solved so far. Many incidental witnesses of the recent encounter of 5 Muslim youth in Hyderabad have been proving that it was exactly a stage managed. The BJP government is sure to intensify surveillance and demonisation with the help of innumerable intelligence outfits.

10. Anti-Constitutional Nature of Shivasena
Shivasena’s MP Sanjay Rawath’s recent statement to annul the voting rights to Muslims is exceptionally anti-constitutional. Such statements are never beneficial for the welfare of our country and damage the sentiments of the community.  His statement depicts the temperament of his party as no any leaders from his party either condemned or retracted. Shivasena is notorious for such kind of politics as it has always maintained its stand against the integrity of the national sentiments by issuing communal and sectarian statements.

11. Draconian laws
India is a largest democratic country in the world. Indian constitution advocates socialism and secularism which guarantees social justice, freedom and security to all.  The governments in the country are responsible to protect its citizen, their rights and sovereignty of the nation. But, to the utmost dismay, the government is taking away the lives of its own people under the garb of draconian laws. Thousands of people have become the victims by the draconian UAPA and AFSPA laws. Widespread misuse of AFSPA by the army in Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur has made the life of the people in those states a frightening. The army can kill anyone without any fear of judicial action against them. The draconian UAPA law has also become a tool by the police and intelligence agencies to target the people.
 Reports says thousands of innocent youths are lingering in Indian jails for the crime not committed by them. There are several cases where the youths have come out from the jail getting clean chit by the court after passing their several invaluable years. The police can arrest anybody under this law under the pretext of mere suspicion. Like AFSPA, the UAPA is also grossly misused by the Police and intelligent agencies. Muslims are the main victims of these anti people draconian laws and Daliths, Tribals and Christians have also scapegoats of this cruel law. Several organisations, human rights activists, NGOs have protested against the draconian laws in vain as their voice does not reach to the dumb ears of the government. If such anti-people law continues in the country the value of justice, security and freedom will lose its credibility. 
Other state level laws.

12. Foreign Policy
Foreign policy of the country has undergone drastic changes since last 30 years. America and it’s allies are utilising India as an instrument to achieve their Political, Economical and Communal targets. Since 1992, after establishment of full diplomatic relationship with Israel, our country is witnessing mysterious incidents like explosion and attacks on civilians – including demolition of Babri masjid.  These are part of global conspiracy to destabilize Muslims. India is parting away from its traditional Non Aliance Foreign Policy and establishing close ties with colonial powers is against the very characteristics of secular-socialist-democractic like India. The policies like nuclear deal, FDI, make in India, joint military exercises etc are the signs indicating the India is bowing in front of the imperial powers by just sacrificing its own people’s welfare.

13. Corruption
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Ernst & Young study 'Bribery and Corruption: Ground Reality in India' revealed that the national loss due to corruption in 2012 was Rs. 36,400 crores. India ranked 94th out of 175 countries in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.
While petty bribes have been commonplace throughout its history, corruption in India seems to have reached epic, unprecedented proportions. A barrage of corruption scandals like 2G, Coalgate has shown   how pervasive and pernicious India's corruption pandemic has become. All major parties are beneficiaries of the plunder. In the question of money parked illegally in foreign banks we can see that BJP is no less different from the Congress regime. It is believed that most of the Sangh Parivar financiers are keeping money overseas.
All the folds of administration and social life in India are under the grip of corruption due to the influence of criminals in politics. Even the police and judiciary is not free from this menace. Insecurity feeling is very strong among people and life has become horrible. This has negatively affected the development of the country. Money earmarked for development of public facilities and welfare of people goes in to the pockets of contractors, government servants and politicians.

14. Muslim Politics
The global Islamophobia has merged with the rise of Hindutwa communalism in India. This demonization of Islam, has been intensified. The case of Muslims in India is very glaring. At no point of time it could get substantial chunk of minority votes, but in the eyes of colonial powers they represented their religion. Today's Islamophobia in India has been preceded by the long old Muslim hatred. Hindu communalists represented by some sections of landlords and other feudal segments later joined in by some middle class intellectuals, intensified their hate campaigns after their massive loss in the 1937 Assembly elections. After partition tragedy many a Muslim communalists left for Pakistan, and Hindu communalism got deflated for some time, especially due to the murder of Mahatma Gandhi by the follower of RSS ideologue. It kept itself up by various hate other campaigns and in the decades of 80, matching with the rise of global Islamophobia, rose up in a parallel fashion. What this teaches us is that the ideas demonizing other do get translated into violence in due course, at many places. One must put a caution here that the Hate other, psychology can prevail for a long time, without violence taking place as in many states of India, like Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana etc.
The violence in turn gives rise to fear psychosis, ghettoisation and strengthening of conservative orthodox sections in the community, something witnessed to a great extent amongst the Muslim minority in India. This strong coincidence of coming up of global phenomenon with its intensification in India is particularly striking. One is not sure whether this demonization necessarily will go through all these stages. Will the liberal ethos of Western countries protect the Muslims of those countries from what Muslims have undergone in India? How does one overcome the present impasse?
The burden on the shoulders of Islam, the Muslims and humanists is very heavy. One difference from the earlier campaigns against the communists to the present
campaign against Muslims is that the latter since it is associated with a religious community, so it seeps down easily at more broad and deep layers in the society. Here one will definitely need more intense ideological propagations, and awareness programs about the humane interpretation of religions. While some efforts are there, the problem demands much more than that.
Muslim based parties like Muslim League, Indian National League, AIUDF (All India united Dedmocratic Party of India), Welfare Party of India, Majlise Ithihadul Muslimeen (MIM) have failed
·         MUSLIM LEAGE: Decades old party which is existing only in Kerala and limited itself and its political activities into Kerala  which has no vision about the welfare of the Muslims in the country and about other communities as well. It has been lingering behind Congress Party even though the latter has betrayed and failed to fulfil the welfare of Muslims in particular and other oppressed classes in general.

The party which popped up after the demolition of Babri Masjid as a movement to restore the dignity or reconstruction of the masjid, but couldn’t stand by it. They do not have a clear political stand on any political issue.
·         AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front): A regional party in Assam has not succeeded in taking up the issues of Assam Muslims. The party is lacking a broad vision about the Muslims in the country.
·         WELFARE PARTY OF INDIA: A political offshoot of Jamat e Islami Hind, which still has to prove their mass support.  

MIM, the political party hitherto worked in Hyderabad city premise has now extended their work to other parts of India. They have succeeded in obtaining good number of seats in Nanded Corporation, Aurangabad Corporation and two legislative assembly seats in Maharashtra. A party which did not show any allegiance towards Muslim issues on very crucial occasions like communal violence, fake encounter killings, false allegation of terrorism on Muslims and false allegations of explosions and terror attacks on Muslims including one took place in Hyderabad itself, is now coming up shouting for Muslims. The agenda behind this change in policy is to be explored.

15. Muslim, Dalit parties fail to unite 
The new generation political parties launched by Muslims and Dalits have failed to evolve a common strategy in the recent Lok Sabha Election. Muslim parties have failed to have a correct assessment of the undercurrents prior to the election and failed to have a common strategy with fatal results reducing the number of Muslim MPs to an all-time low. Alternate experiments have not yet attained traction because of multitude of difficulties like language, culture, improper leadership, etc. The fear factor among the Muslims is a major disadvantage along with the still powerful priestly class, feudal control and casteism among the Muslims.

16. Reservation
Reservation for the minorities still remains problematic. The enactment of reservation still faces many obstacles and it may require nationwide agitation to press for the implementation of R N Mishra Commission. Most of the functions of the country are being shifted to private sector. There should be strong and clear enactments for reservation in private employment sectors.  

17. Dalits
Casteism still remains a reality in blood and bones of the country. Adivasis and Dalits who have been the victims of caste for centuries are still denied of the basic rights. The last few elections marked failure of BSP in Uttar Pradesh politics. Deviation of the BSP leaders especially Miss. Mayavathi from the basic aims and objectives of the party caused this fall. Now it is clear that security, protection of rights, development and inclusion of Dalit community in to the main stream of life are not secure in the hands of BSP or any other political parties like LJP lead by Ram Vilas Paswan who is in the BJP camp now. Leaders are utilising Dalith problems only to ensure that their personal carrier is safe and secure. Atrocities against Daliths are on the increase. Planned programmes are going on to crush their dignity and confidence. A political programme with Muslims will be useful for both the communities.

18. Healthcare
New government has scrapped price controls on a range of life saving drugs made by western multinationals and leading Indian drug makers bowing to the pressure of drug companies. This is part of the neo-liberal strategy and very bad days are ahead for the common man.

19. Media
The so-called mainstream Indian media is notorious for its anti-Muslim and anti-poor bias.  At the same time it is also true that a large section of media has distanced from the communal agenda of RSS and exposed RSS time to time. Now they are competing to celebrate the very man they have despised a few months ago. Coupled with this is the corporatisation of media houses. Big business houses like Reliance have already bought over many newspapers and channels. The recent experience in Nepal has taught us many lessons. The Indian media has not even spared to use the mournful situation of Nepal in singing Modi tune.  

20. SECULAR PARTIES – Losing the credibility
The recent Loksabha election and succeeding assembly assembly elctions in the country have revealed the clear picture of the present Indian political trend setting. The century old Congress has failed in all angles to gain the hearts of the voters of new generation. Its 50 years of rule in the country has miserably failed to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition and discrimination. Muslims, the biggest minority community in India has, this time, distaned away from Congress because the party has neither took care of the community to lift up from the present extreme backwardness nor fulfil to provide justice to the community against all kinds of discrimination, exploitation and victimization. The rural poor and urban middle class families have also stayed away from Congress due to its failure in curbing price hike, low budget allocation for poor, unprecedented corruption and irresponsive to farmers issues etc.

During the election campaign the Congress party was trailing due to lack of leadership and visionary approach. Rahul Gandhi who had been entrusted to lead the party has miserably failed to address the public, to present the future India and to compete against ‘dashing & rhetoric’ Narendra Modi. Even after the humiliating defeat, the congress, instead of soul searching it has still depending upon Rahul Gandhi and dynasty politics. Congress Party, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi has despondently failed to challenge the anti people, anti farmer moves of Narendra Modi government.

The Third Front an amalgamation of secular parties like JDS, JDU, SP is a cheering step to challenge and stop the advancement of communal BJP. This Janatha Parivar should workout for the internal integrity and should never break out or divide. Earlier, the people in India have seen the experiments of Janatha Parivar, during its tenure,  it has spent its valuable time in just leg pulling, infighting, blaming, groupism etc. In spite of this negative aspect, the Indian people are looking towards Third Front as a hope to fulfil their needs. The JDS and SP have no any good record of governance during its ruling in the respective states. However, a clear manifesto and work plan needed for the third to lead the nation. The Third Front should include the equal minded-secular regional parties into its fold to make the front more stronger and confident.

21. Aam Admi Party
Immediately after the thrilling win in the Delhi Poll, descending session started in the Aam Aadmi Party. Heavy inner fight has diminished the image of the party. AAP is not total solutions for the problems faced by the people of India. It uphold the anxieties of a middle class. Fatal problems faced by the poor, backward and down trodden are not included in their agenda. The RSS back ground of Anna Hazare movement, which incidently became the base of AAP, leaves a taint of doubt on the party.

The Left Front, at one time, ruling in West Bengal and Kerala has lost its glory and its popularity has been fading drastically.  It has failed to maintain its secular credentials as in many aspects the Left parties were leaning towards in the right path. In several occasions it has stood on behalf capitalists instead of the welfare of common public and social justice.

22. Farmers Suicides
India is an agrarian country with around 60% of its people is depending on agriculture directly or indirectly. Tragedy is that the farmers are committing suicide and every year its numbers are increasing which is a serious concern. As per the report of The National Crime Records Bureau, in the year 2012, 13,754 farmers committed suicides in our country. The report shows, during 1995 to 2013, a total of 2,96,438 farmers have ended their life which comes to an average of 16,469 suicides every year. The government always used to blame this phenomenon on erratic monsoon, but the reality is far different from that. Poor rate of crops, rising debts, outstanding loans, low crop yield, successive crop failure, etc are the actual reasons for the mental agony of the farmers. These issues can be solved by the government through concrete steps and with a strong will. Farmers issues like depleted water channel, unsuitable macro-economic policies with respect to taxes, non-farm loans, faulty market system and structure, improper policies of agro import and export, interrupted power supplies, scarcity of fertiliser, lack of supporting prices to their crop, compensation for the loss of crops, etc.

23. Land Acquision Bill
The BJP government in the centre has introduced ‘The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquision, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Second Bill, 2015 despite a strong opposition from various parties. Centre’s move to introduce the bill is very much questionable as the first bill which was introduced in 2013 was unanimously supported by all parties including BJP was still has not been tested so far. The proposed bill is anti-farmer and protecting the interest of the corporate.

24. Black Money
Billions of black money from India stashed in foreign bank especially in Switzerland. Narendra Modi, while his election campaign has promised the people of this country that he will bring back the black money safeguarded in foreign banks and distribute to every Indian people within 100 days if he forms the government. However, even after one year, Narendra Modi’s government has not shown any grip and guts to bring back the black money. Modi Government’s inaction and inability in this regard is suspicious and questionable. An Indian government bank has disclosed itself that it has acted as a hawala operator to foreign safe heaven banks have also did the same things. But, the question is why the government has not even taken any single steps against it. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists(ICIJ) and Julian Assange have leaked out an adequate amount of data in this context.  But, why the government has not taken any initiation to probe and analyse the date.  Surprisingly, this kind of gesture of the government indicates that the government itself is hushing up unearthing Indian black money.

25. Cattle Slaughter Ban
The Maharashtra state government’s ban on cow and cattle slaughter ban is anti democratic. Beef is the cheap protein food for poor and middle class family in India. The livelihood of millions of families is depending on beef business, leather industry, cattle trade etc. This ban will cause huge loss in Indian economy. The Maharashtra governments’ move in banning the beef is nothing intervening into the right of food of Indian civilians.

26. Justice Not Prevail
Delhi court’s verdict acquitting the case of 28 years old Hashimpur massacre case is surprising and irritating. The PAC (Provisional Armed Constabulary) a paramilitary force which had come to Hashimpur to control the riots and to provide security to the citizens has massacred cold blooded 42 Muslims. In spite of eyewitnesses, circumstantial evidences, media reports and other proofs, the acquittal by the court is very much disappointing and losing the confidence over the judicial system of our country. The justice for the deceased families in particular and for the public in general was denied by the inefficient, bigoted police and intelligence agencies. This denial of justice will end in creating insecurity and mistrust in the minds of the masses.
There are lots of examples in independent India, where justice was denied to the minorities, dalits, adivasis and other deprived communities. For instance, Mumbai riots(1992-93), Nellie, Assam(1985), massacre of Sikhs in Delhi, Kairlanji, kambalapalli, Gujarath riots(2002), Demolition of Babari Majsid etc. It is the duty of the government and judiciary to provide justice to all its citizen irrespective of religion, cast, creed, color, class and status.

II. International

President Barak Obama has overturned all expectations of the world that US will change its imperialistic policies. Still the world is facing the threats of American imperialism, its aggression and tyranny. US and her allies so called war against terrorism has taken the lives of millions of innocent civilians. Its aggression on Iraq under the disguise of war against ‘weapons of mass distruction” has proved nothing but a lie and deceit.  It has continued to be the single gravest threat to the Muslims around the world. Its occupation in Afghanistan, Iraq and runs countries like Yemn and Somalia through proxies; supports dictators not only in the Arab world but also in Central Asia. It has left Afghanistan and Iraq in ruins, drowning the people in poverty, suffering, diseases and deaths. Democratically elected nations are defamed and labelled “extremist”, while brutal religious or secular regimes are welcomed with open arms and labelled “moderate”.

Only naïve people will think that a county will change once a new administration takes over. So far U S president Barrack Obama has proved to be no different from earlier ones. He has killed more people than anybody else.

28. ISRAEL CONNECTIONS - Israel, the predator
The notorious Israel has been expanding its occupation through violence, genocide and bloodshed. Last year, the world witnessed the genocide of thousands of innocent people including women and children in Palestine. It has proved as a predator through bombarding on schools, hospitals, markets, houses and streets to brutally kill thousands of innocent people. In spite of reprimands and resolutions by UN, EU and US to stop its occupation, Israel has been expanding its colonisation illegally in the neighbouring countries by driving out the Palestinians and Arabs from their homes through using military force.
The newly elected president Benjamin Nethanyahu has won the election by promising two things.         One is denial of status to Palestine and the other is denial of voting rights to Israeli Arabs. Such an extreme level of antagonism is very harmful for the regional security and integrity of Gulf countries but also threat to global civilisation.

The imbroglio in Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen is really a matter of concern. Reinstating democracy through Arab Springs in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, the hue and cry for the justice and massive unification of its people has made the Western colonial forces disgruntled. The colonial forces have worried because the dictators of the Arab countries who were dancing the tunes of it have lost their throne. Had the struggle succeeded, it would have lead to democratization, restoration of basic human rights and eventual development of the region. The neo-colonialists and their Arab clients could not withstand such a sea change in the region.

Iraq under Saddam Hussain before the occupation was a prosperous country. Like any other Arab dictatorship, former Iraqi regime was brutal in attacking, killing and torturing dissidents who opposed it. But as far as everyday life for millions of Iraqis, the standard of living was considerably high. There was no hunger; education and health care were free. Since 1991 US attack , 13 years of really harsh economic sanctions, and eight years of brutal  military occupation  we have there one of the worst military  dictatorships  in history of the country.

The real motives behind U.S. violent aggression were: 1) to capture Iraq’s oil resources; and 2) to ensure the military superiority of Israel in the region and 3) to continue the dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Since 2003, nearly 1.5 million innocent Iraqi civilians – mostly women and children – have been killed and more than 5 million Iraqis have become refugees. The invasion has a cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to U S war veterans. In addition to the destruction of Iraq’s health services and the education system, the U.S. brought into Iraq a culture of corruption and violence unheard of in Iraq’s history. The present Iraq is ruled by a Shia dictatorship.

The democratically elected government in Egypt has lost its root due to a coup by the military. The so called progressives and westoxicated urban middle class and the elite which benefited from cleptocratic Mubarak regime supported the return of military boots. It is also the story of how the western colonial powers can manage the overthrow of democratically elected governments. The main fear was that real democracy in Arab world would overthrow western hegemony.

During Qaddafi’s regime, Libya had attained exceptional properity and the country became a force to be reckoned with. The intervention by NATO had nothing to do with democracy or human rights. It was the thirst for oil, pure and simple. Qaddaffi’s fall was his decision to give up nuclear project which made invasion easy. His tragic death is to be lamented. The current anarchy is a result of the struggle between regional tribes, western oriented groups, Islamists and the remnants of Libyan army. Any time a military strongman like Al Sisi of Egypt is expected to take over soon with the help of the West.

For decades, Iran has been demonized in the West and subjected to strident propaganda campaign on behalf of Israel and Gulf dictators. The U.S. and Britain continue meddling in Iran internal affairs, including fomenting unrest and inciting violence. However, Iran itself is playing a sectarian role in the region helping some of the dirtiest and brutal regimes like that of Basharul Assad in Syria and supporting Iraq.

Situation in Syria would leave anyone really confused. Over 150,000 Syrians, including 10,000 children are dead, and 6.5 million are internally displaced, and 2.5 million have fled beyond the country’s borders.  On one side Iran supported Alavi regime is killing Syrian people in large numbers. On the other side the opposition groups funded by Saudi, UAE and U S are busy fighting each other. The Islamist groups are fighting against one another. But one thing is very clear. Both U S and Israel prefer Assad regime. A beleaguered minority regime (Alavi Shias make up only 10% of the population) is easy to manipulate.

The Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabab in Somalia and ISIS in Levant Region have pushed the world into a mysterious and agonising situation. It is very difficult to pass judgment on the Islamic State and such groups who have given a lot of reasons for anti-Islamic propaganda. One thing is certain: they give enough bloody stories for the western media. Some of their notions are idiotic like restoration of slavery prior to the establishment of Khilafat. There is enough evidence that IS gets inspiration from ancient fiqhi or madhabi (mostly Hambali) books. In addition to IS there are lunatic fringe groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria which resorts to extreme tactics like bombing girls schools. So it is only prudence and wisdom not to jump into hasty conclusions and to be carried away by romantic dreams about Islamic rule.

It is sad but true only Muslim countries face military invasion. Most of the refugees and internally displaced people are Muslims (5.197 million by the latest count). Disunity among the counties carved out by imperial powers, abundance and resultant misuse of natural resources, lack of basic freedom and democracy, absence of strong civil society groups are the evils that prevent the Muslim world to resist invasion and killings.

Sectarian differences which could be easily controlled in a more peaceful and inclusive society have broken out to create horrible blood shed, most often fuelled by the regimes in the region.

In 2001, Afghanistan was invaded and occupied because the U.S. accused the former Afghan government (known in the West as the “Taliban”) of harbouring “al-Qaeda” elements allegedly responsible for  9/11 attacks.
The entire country is now decimated and thousands of innocent Afghan civilians, mostly women and children have been killed since the 2001 invasion. (Violent deaths: 1.4 million, non- violent deaths 4.2 million, the long-term cost of the Afghan War at $1.5 trillion to $2.0 trillion.) The real motive behind the attack is the geo-strategic importance of Afghanistan relative to the energy-producing region in Central Asia. The current regime is controlled by US. As per reports, external intelligence agencies play a very crucial role in Afghanistan as part of their strategy to contain Pakistan. Both Mohamed Ashraf Ghani, the President, and Abdullah Abdullah, the CEO, are very close to U S and the West.
Only the cities are under their control and Taliban enjoys a free ride in the county side. After the end of the 13-year international combat mission, Taliban has the initiative and has made alarming gains in even in north. However it is too early to predict the outcome of their resurgence.

Like in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. is sowing the seeds of violence in Pakistan by pitting one Pakistani group/tribe against the other. The arming and financing of militias like Tahrik-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jundullah by the U.S. is designed to destabilize Pakistan and the eventual break-up of the nation. Russian intelligence agencies are also very active in the country providing fuel to sectarian passions. It is believed the bomb blasts supposedly organized by the Shia and Sunni groups are actually the handiwork of U S, Russian and Israeli intelligence agencies.

The problem in Pakistan is that the army has become a U.S. proxy waging a war against its own people. It is corrupt and has vast business and real estate interests. The country is ruled by a western oriented clique which is against the interests of   the people. The Bhuttos are a typical example. The Government’s reliance on U.S. funding allows the U.S. to hold the nation hostage to U.S. conditions, including the freezing of Pakistan’s nuclear and missiles programme.

Under U.S. pressure the Pakistani army is attacking the tribal areas in the north-western provinces and Waziristan. Thousands of innocent Pakistani civilians have been killed in indiscriminate bombardments. In addition, the attacks have caused a humanitarian crisis of two to three million internal refugees.

Bangladesh has recently become a piece in the great game to control Islam and Muslims. Hazina Wajid is using the incidents in 1971 civil war to crush Islamic parties like Jamate Islami Bangla Desh, according a plan prepared by her son Sajeed Wajid who lives in U S. The Awami League government was originally a product of a great conspiracy to divide Pakistan in which U S and Israel were also parties. There is every reason to believe that a deep conspiracy is in the pipe line to undermine the Islamicity of Bangladeshi Muslims.

31. Buddhist Terror
A recent disturbing development is the rise of anti-Muslim terror among the extremist Buddhist groups in Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are natives to Rakhine or Arakan. The Burmese military junta has been very severe in their citizenship policies claiming that Rohingya Muslims are intruders without citizenship rights. The Rohingya population of Arakan, estimated at nearly 800,000, subsisted between the nightmare of having no legal status, little or no rights and the occasional ethnic purges carried out by the Burmese with the support of the government and Buddhist monks. The worst of such violence in recent years took place between June and October last year. Ashin Virathu, an extremist Buddhist monk is spewing venom against the Muslims and has taken the carnage to other parts of the country.

 In Sri Lanka after the bloody suppression of the Tamil Tigers the Buddhist monks have taken on the Muslims who have   been leading a peaceful life. Budha Bala Sena(BSS), a racial Buddhist terror group under Galagodathe Gnanasara, announced at a convention held in Colombo recently   that they would form an alliance with similar minded non- Muslim groups. The guest of honor was Ashin Wirathu, from Myanmar. Later Gnanasara claimed he was in discussions “at a high level” with RSS to form what he called a “Hindu-Buddhist Peace Zone” in South Asia. RSS spokesman, Ram Madhav, now with BJP has written comments sympathetic to BBS and Mr. Wirathu’s group 969 in Myanmar on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The efforts of Narendra Modi to rope in Buddhist nations in South East Asia are to be viewed in the light of these developments. Between the lines we can also read it as a remake of old imperialist world order. India is trying to play the role of local strongman in the service of white imperialists. Her blue water navy is intended to chock the Malacca Straits through which most of the oil and resources to China are shipped.

32. Global Economy
The global economic scene is fraught with many problems including the decline of US as a military superpower and a giant in terms of production and consumption. The Asia Pacific region led by China is becoming the focus of economic growth. The growth rate of most of the developed countries hovers around 1-2 %. The capitalist model of development has proved to anti-people and anti-nature.  The great banking debacle in the US has proved beyond doubt that the current model is on the death bed. The minuscule rich is becoming richer at astronomical rates while the working class has not gained much since 1970s. But in no measure we can underrate the influence of international capital. There is tremendous penetration of monopoly capital into all areas of human activity like media internet international diplomacy and consumer patterns of common man.

On the other hand the alternative systems like communism and socialism themselves offspring of the west have failed to present a viable economic development model which is sustainable and eco-friendly.

A return to development anchored on moral values is possible if Muslims are ready to chart their own course. Problems like global warming, degradation and depletion of natural resources and destruction of environment are issues to be tackled only with changes in man’s behaviour and greed.

India has to build up a strong alliance with its powerful neighbour China. The obstacles for
this alliance like border disputes, military strategies, diplomatic differences should be settled amicably. Alliances with China will be very advantageous to India as this biggest neighbour has lots of potential like technology, natural resources, flourishing economy etc.  India needs to revamp it’s weaken ties with its neighbours like Pakistan and Bangladesh so as to reinforce

regional and internal security, integrity and tranquillity. The close relation with all Indian neighbours will boost the nations trade and economy and end the boiling situation at the borders.