Archive for March, 2012

INDIA: Plight of Gujarat riot victims shocks UN rapporteurs

March 28, 2012
Published: Sunday, Mar 25, 2012,
By Roxy Gagdekar | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

At a time when the world is witnessing the rise of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, two women in the team of United Nations Special Rapporteur Christof Hynes were crying while Hynes himself was shocked to see the alleged violation of human rights in the state. The team was shown the accusations against Modi in the 2002 riots and the encounter cases. At the end of the presentation, Hynes said was that he was now in a position to put forward the cases of violation of human rights in the state at the international level.

Modi is at the centre of many accusations about extra-judicial deaths in the state. A woman, who is one of the key witnesses in the Gulbarg massacre, said that the police refused to consider her as a witness in the Gulberg massacre, even though she was present in Ehsan Jafri’s house and saw him calling up the CM and begging for help again and again.

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2012


by Badri Raina



Boys will be boys,

but girls must not be girls;

girls must extinguish themselves,

knowing that boys are churls.


Nature meant such things to be,

nature is a male;

nature is always sentient,

it is girls who always fail.


Archives of revealed wisdom

god handed down to men;

girls must thus be told

what to do, and when.


When men kill in millions,

and devastate the earth,

women must pick up the pieces,

and get down to giving birth


to new armies of machos

who never do any wrong;

who rape the womb they came from,

who plunder with a song


upon their conquering lip,

and anthem in their heart,

while woman ploughs the ground

to sustain the murdering lot.


Yes, there are sensible men as well,

and women who are not;

which must mean that all of us

together right the rot.



March 8, 2012


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