India: Aftermath of racist, anti-immigrant laws’ implementation

first_imgStudents try to breach a police barricade in New Delhi during a December 2019 protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens.The Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens have increased tension and hostility among various communities in India. In particular, these racist and anti-immigrant policies have fueled communal turmoil and expanded state-endorsed police terror on marginalized groups of people. In response to these acts of horror, minority/oppressed communities have built power in the streets, staged sit-ins, and organized protests at two prominent Muslim-majority universities – Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The pushback against the state’s genocidal tactics shows promise that a movement is in the making. The state is attempting to choke any expression of discontent against the CAA and NRC by supporting communal violence against India’s oppressed communities and kidnapping and caging community organizers.On Dec. 11, India’s Parliament passed the CAA, which provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented religious minorities who migrated to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Afghanistan but excludes Muslim migrants. (CNN, Dec. 17) Prior to the implementation of the CAA, India’s Supreme Court mandated that Assam, a province that boarders Bangladesh, publish an NRC. (Vox, Sept. 17, 2019) Last year the Indian government, led by the fascist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), announced that it will implement an NRC in every province in order to determine who can and cannot remain in India. (Vox, Sept. 17, 2019)According to the Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, “Illegal migrants are like termites” and have no right to stay in India. (Live Mint, April 11, 2019) In August of 2019, Assam issued its final NRC report; 2 million people living in this province are now facing the threat of deportation. (Reuters, Sept. 7, 2019) Both the CAA and NRC are inherently anti-im/migrant and anti-poor policies that target Muslims, Hindu laborers, tribal community members, and anyone who cannot meet the CAA and NRC’s capricious and cruel criteria.Since the CAA and NRC’s implementation, minority/oppressed communities have issued a direct and militant response to the government: We reject the CAA and the NRC. Indeed, beginning in December Muslim women led a sit-in at Shaheen Bagh, a working-class neighborhood in Delhi, that lasted for more than three months. (Al Jazeera, March 24) An excerpt from Janta Ka Reporter states that: “To be in Shaheen Bagh was something else. It was magical; it was exhilarating. It was like watching the triumph of the human spirit, the victory of fortitude against adversity. Soon, it became a pilgrimage centre of secular India harping on the notions of a shared past. Muslim women were shortly joined by Hindu sisters; some came in from colonies like Lajpat Nagar and Sarita Vihar, others joined gradually from neighbouring cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur and Ghaziabad. “A little later, a formidable Sikh contingent arrived as reinforcement. Then a delegation of Christian nuns came in, giving Shaheen Bagh the look of a miniature India. Some came from Kerala, some from Chhattisgarh, some from Punjab, and the women of Shaheen Bagh accommodated them all. And the protest began showing signs of a movement.” (Aug. 25) Student-led anti-CAA and anti-NRC demonstrations were also underway at JMI’s and JNU’s campuses. However, those who work in the service of BJP soon exerted efforts to squash the movement at these universities. In December, Delhi police began attacking JMI’s students, firing tear gas into the campus’s libraries, mosques and classrooms. Dozens of students were mercilessly beaten, kidnapped and caged by law enforcement officials. (Al Jazeera, Dec. 18) On Jan. 5, students at JNU were attacked by members of a student group closely affiliated with BJP. Right-wing nationalists struck Aishe Ghosh, president of JNU’s Students’ Union, with an iron bar and cracked her head. (New York Times, Jan. 17) In February, the state exerted its most desperate attempt to quell the anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests by staging the Delhi Riots, an event that claimed the lives of 53 people and injured 500. An investigation by Amnesty International India reports that Delhi police were “complicit and an active participant” in the Delhi Riots. (Al Jazeera, Aug. 28)Now, law enforcement officials are channeling their efforts to oppress the masses by kidnapping and caging prominent student organizers. On Aug. 25 Sharjeel Imam, a PhD candidate at JNU, was charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, an anti-terrorism law, for his alleged involvement with the Delhi Riots. However, Imam has been in police custody since Jan. 28, which means he could not have participated in the violence that took place in February. Meeran Haider, a student at JMI, is also facing outrageous charges under the UAPA. As we work towards abolishing police in the United States, we must be in radical solidarity with all who have been harmed at the hands of law enforcement officials around the world. We know that it is right to rebel against the state and we are with those who refuse to let the CAA and NRC determine whether or not their existence is enough to remain in India. We are also in deep solidarity with Sharjeel Imam, Meeran Haider, and all political prisoners. It is absolutely vital that their work and dedication to the struggle be central to how we exert our efforts in the current uprising. We must continue to demolish the oppressor’s power and build the people’s power — tear down the walls, free them all!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Legislature Begins 2018/2019 Expenditure Public Hearings

first_imgThe Joint Standing Committee on Ways, Means, Finance, and Development Planning, Public Account and Expenditure of the House of Representatives and the Senate will today begin scrutinizing the Expenditure Component of the FY US$562.2 million Draft Budget in public hearings, after nearly a month of closed-door hearings of the revenue portion.According to the daily schedule, at least 10 ministries and agencies are expected to appear before the Joint Committee, to justify their allocation in the budget, including giving an account on how their previous allocations in the 2017/2018 were expended.The press director of the House of Representatives, Isaac G. Redd yesterday told journalists that Expenditure Hearing will begin Thursday, June 15, and end on Tuesday, June 19.Those ministries and agencies which are expected today, include ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Information, Youth and Sports, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Liberia Revenue Authority, the Monrovia City Corporation and the Governance Commission.On Friday, authorities of the ministries of Education, Public Works, University of Liberia, Booker Washington Institute, Tubman University, West African Examination Council and Cuttington University are expected to appear for expenditure public hearings. Others are ministries of Transport, Commerce, Post and Telecommunication, National Transit Authority and international partners.Meanwhile, analysts are raising contentions, citing some contradiction about government’s priorities.At the Ministry of Information recent press briefing, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, said the projected revenue is US$474 million does not represent what is stipulated in the draft budget, which puts the total revenue at US$515,771 million.This means a budget shortfall is imminent, a situation which the country has experienced since the era of Amara Konneh, former Minister of Finance who introduced the medium term budget.It may be recalled that Minister Tweah said the budget was crafted under “extreme difficulty.”“The President has managed to rationalize the fiscal space. We have to be able to move a good share of resources to pro-poor activities. We are doing a lot of rationalization relative to last year’s public sector investment. We have moved up from US$55 million to US$73 million, so we have found US$20 or more millions to add to public sector investment,” Tweah said.In his presentation to the House, Minister Tweah told lawmakers that the budget is “not perfect,” but it is an instrument in the direction of moving the country forward.Furthermore, in its introduction of the draft budget, Tweah admits that the current outlook of the economy is increasingly challenging.“Not only is it impacted by the slow recovery from the EVD and the uncertain commodity price shock, but also by the slower than-needed progress toward economy-wide diversification, the draw down of peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia as well as the alarming depreciation in the value of the Liberian currency,” Mr. Tweah said.“Additionally, as we strengthen our efforts to diversify the economy, coupled with continued infrastructural investments as well as prudent policy measures to tackle this mild recession, relatively low but stable growth is highly anticipated,” he said.“Real GDP growth is projected at 3.9 percent in 2018 compared to a projection of 2.5 percent in 2017. This represents a downward revision of the values relative to FY2017/18 projections of 5.2 percent for 2018 and 3.2 percent for 2017.”In the draft budget, infrastructure and basic services are allotted the highest amount put at US$188,769,526; energy and environment get US$132,846,998; health gets US$73,395, 544, followed by social development services with US$46,880,559 among others.Among the low funded sectors in the draft budget includes commerce with US$600,000; municipal government is allotted US$4,772,347, and accountability and transparency get US$17,802,194.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New mayor puts ‘Finest City’ back on San Diego Web site

first_imgJerry Sanders was sworn in as mayor of California’s second-biggest city Monday and restored the title of “America’s Finest City” to San Diego’s Web site in his first official act. The Associated Press reported Sunday that city officials had quietly dropped the self-proclaimed title from the Web site in August after a series of scandals involving San Diego’s elected officials. “It disappeared as if somehow the citizens were to blame for the problems that we have right now,” Sanders said. “Starting today, that will be back on the city’s Web site.” The FBI has raided City Hall, a $1.37 billion pension shortfall led the previous mayor to resign and two councilmen were convicted of taking bribes from a strip club owner. Last week, Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham resigned after taking $2.4 million in bribes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals last_img read more

How will Mike Gundy and Co. close out 2015 recruiting? (Part II)

first_imgScreen Shot 2014-12-30 at 2.24.15 PMJalin Barnett is an absolute monster. (via Twitter)Read Part I hereAnother long time OSU target is Lawton offensive guard Jalin Barnett. Barnett was strongly considering the Sooners and Arkansas for a long period, but it appears he has narrowed his options to the Cowboys and Cornhuskers, according to ESPN reporter Mitch Sherman.Barnett told Sherman on Saturday he is planning a visit to Stillwater, and Robert Allen reports that the 300-pound lineman will make a visit on Jan. 16.Five-star wide receiver Tyron Johnson will announce his college decision during the Under Armour All-American game Jan. 2 between OSU, LSU and Texas Tech as his top three favorites.Here’s a look at what he’s doing in UA All-American practices…The 6-foot-2 standout from New Orleans is rated as the top prospect in Louisiana, and is scheduled to make an official visit to Stillwater on Jan. 16.After his last visit to Stillwater, Johnson had this to say about OSU: “Oklahoma State had some real nice facilities and I really like Coach Eric Henderson.“He is a New Orleans guy so it’s like a little piece of home is up there. They play in the Big 12 and you know how much they throw the ball in that league.”P.S. -Tyron Johnson is really good at football. (Tyron Johnson pictured below)OSU’s receivers would be LOADED in 2015. (Via 247)There are also several targets on the defensive side of the ball for OSU. The first, Tim Settle, has been a long time target for OSU.Settle named OSU in his top four recently along with Virginia Tech, USC, and Washington State. Settle is a 6-foot-2, 320-pound defensive tackle from Manassas, Virginia.It seems unlikely OSU can lure the big defensive tackle away from his home state as Virginia Tech seems to be the favorite, but the Pokes have hung around to the final cut and he seemed to really enjoy his last visit to Stillwater.“Their weight room was top notch,” Settle said. “It had everything you needed that most colleges don’t have, and their training coach was amazing. The campus was beautiful.”Landing Settle would be a huge bolster to the defensive line, and Settle could contribute immediately next season with the loss of several linemen to graduation.Christian Folau is another defensive back to keep an eye on at the Army All-American game on Jan. 4. Folau, a former Stanford commit, visited Stillwater last month.Folau talked to Scout at the beginning of December: “I am high on Utah and Oklahoma State. Me and my family will weigh out the options, once everything settles down.”Folau seemed to be a lock to commit to Wisconsin before head coach Gary Andersen bolted for Oregon State. The four-star linebacker from Salt Lake City has Oklahoma State in his final options so it appears the Cowboys are right in the mix to land his services.He will announce his commitment at the Army All-American Game on Jan. 4.Jan. 16 is shaping up to be one of the biggest recruiting days of the year in Stillwater. Impressing recruits late in the recruiting cycle could sway several top-rated prospects decisions and the momentum from Bedlam may help in recruiting efforts.Keep an eye out for the Cowboys to make some progress on the recruiting wish list at the All-American games in the upcoming week as Gundy looks to put the finishing touches on the 2015 recruiting class.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more