Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Solutions against extremism through pluralism, Lenin Raghuvanshi

Lenin Raghuvanshi is speaking in the second Global Tolerance Forum 2015 "Solutions
against extremism through pluralism".Please listen speech in follows

‘Banaras Convention’ for a comprehensive, medley, plural and inclusive culture: 

is noted that in this program along with me Ms. Helle Merete Brix​, a
journalist, author and lecturer, Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik, a president
of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and Ex- Prime Minister of
Norway, Mr. Suleman Nagdi​, Loretta Napoleoni, an Italian journalist and
political analyst, Haras Rafiq, Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi​, Tino
Sanandaji, a Kurdish economist, Iyad El-Baghdadi, a writer, human rights
activist and Maryam Faghihimani were the key speakers.

Please read follows links:

#drammen #tolerance #varanasi #kashi #modi #RG #india #pluralism 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


It is quite exciting and pleasing to bring forth the first issue of the Journal of People’s Studies (JPS). Most of the individuals associated with the journal, along with their academic and scholarly commitments, have been part of various socio-cultural, economic and political processes. This is the uniqueness of JPS collective, which one cannot find in most mainstream journals. While scanning on several journals it was observed that most of the journals are discipline-centric, and what was missing in those were ‘the people’.

It is available at

#people #pvchr

Saturday, September 5, 2015

RSS nationalists like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

» 09/04/2015 20:03

RSS nationalists like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood
The ultranationalist paramilitary Hindu organisation is holding a conference this week, with in attendance many government ministers and officials, including Prime Minister Modi. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, nationalists want to impose their ideology on the government’s agenda. The main points of discussion are economic, social and religious, as well as border disputes with Pakistan and Bangladesh, not to mention India’s growing Muslim population.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) – Members of the Hindu ultranationalist paramilitary groupRashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) “now influence directly the programmes of the ruling BJP* government. Many of them are from the higher castes and work in the public service. They have been trying to link up with business interests in order to rule through people who share the same ideology,” said Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights.
Mr Raghuvanshi, who is a medical doctor and a Dalits right advocate, spoke to AsiaNews about a meeting this week that brought together members of the RSS and members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in New Delhi.
Some 93 Sangh Parivar (Hindu ultranationalist) leaders from 15 RSS-affiliated groups gathered, including senior Union ministers (Interior, Defence, Development and Human Resources, Relations with Scheduled Tribes), and government officials. Prime Minister Modi was expected at today’s session.
The Dalit rights advocate reiterated what opposition parties, led by the Congress Party, have already said namely that the meeting “sends a clear message that the group’s hold over the government is now in the open rather than in the background.”
Officially described as a simple routine meeting for discussions within the movement, the event underlines increasing Hindu nationalist sway over government policies and confirms the RSS’s role as the BJP’s ideological mentor.
For many analysts, this meeting is the most importance since Modi’s election just over a year ago. Its stated aim is to propose changes to the country’s political and economic reforms, following the release of disappointingQ2 data, which reported a lower than expected growth.
On the first day (Wednesday), growth and development topped the agenda. Yesterday, the focus was on internal and external security, in particular the border dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir and the border agreement with Bangladesh.
With regards to Bangladesh, speakers expressed concern over last week’s census data on religion, which indicated that the Muslim population was growing faster than Hindus.
RSS nationalists blame the trend on illegal Muslim immigration from Bangladesh and Nepal, warning that it could change the demographic balance in Indian states, like Assam and West Bengal, that border the two countries.
By contrast, for Raghuvanshi "Muslims in India are not a problem;” instead, “Hindu nationalists are.” The latter “can be compared to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt."
And he is not alone in his assessment of the situation. The “RSS-BJP meet demonstrates that remote control is now overt control. Modi may be PM but Bhagwat is the boss BJPGovt puppet of RSS& oligarchs,” twitted Manish Tewari, an important Congress Party leader.
For Randeep Surjewala, general secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC),** "The fact that some Union ministers honoured with their presence unelected rascals from a supposedly non-political organisation and received expressions of esteem from the RSS for the work that they are doing is a grave travesty of democracy."
* The Bharatiya Janata Party or Indian People’s Party is a political organisation whose ideology is based on Hindu nationalism.
** The AICC is the presidium or central decision-making assembly of the Indian National Congress Party.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mysterious silence of NHRC in my case: Testimony of Lenin Raghuvanshi.

This matter concerns not only the life and the reputation of a human rights defender, but also the very legitimacy of human rights work in general.

Mysterious silence of NHRC in my case: Testimony of Lenin Raghuvanshi

Since 1993, I am working as a full time Human Rights Defender, for rights of survivors, in India. I live under constant death threats for my human rights work. Threat, intimidation, attack, false implication and defamation are occupational hazards of the process of social transformation towards a plural democracy based on rule of law, non-violence and justice. But, mysterious non-support of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), a premier human rights institution of India, in my cases as a Human Rights Defender, is a real life-time surprise for me.
I am busy in supporting the NHRC to deliver justice for the survivors of Human Rights abuses, since its inception. However, some system in the NHRC is bent on helping malign my image, or delaying the support process, or eye-wash tactics in matters related to my rights as a Human Rights Defender. An urgent appeal of the Asian Human Rights Commission, based in Hong Kong, (The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India fails to provide adequate remedy to a human rights defender in Uttar Pradesh), is a classic example.
Every time, the Honourable High Courts of UP and Delhi have provided me with immediate and effective remedies, in comparison to the Human Rights Defenders desk of the NHRC. I appeal to the NHRC for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the systematic attack on me and Shruti Nagvanshi, due to People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights' (PVCHR's) support to a woman survivor and her family. But, there is no step towards any independent investigation by the NHRC, or real time support by Human Rights defenders desk too. There is only one trend, that justice delay is justice denied. (Case No. 4419/24/72/2013, 15443/24/72/2013, 15444/24/72/2013, 22763/24/72/2013, 23165/24/72/2013 & 39430/24/72/2013)
In this case, we criticized the national and international players through our writing on blog and emailing such as this. Now, a few international players are involved, to oppose us to establish the era of 'corporate fascism' in context of 'sectarian fascism' of Hindutva.
Simultaneously, Shruti Nagvanshi and Shirin Shabana Khan intervened in the case of rape of a Danish woman, at Paharganj police station in New Delhi. Both of them are first complaints to the NHRC, but the NHRC did not send a report to them for comment, and marked the case as a closed case'.
Edmund Burke rightly says, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." So, we are continuously pursuing the case for justice. We received the consequence of false implication by the police of Paharganj Police Station in New Delhi. I, and associates of PVCHR, filed many petitions, but the NHRC responded as mere eye-wash tactics. We received surprised responses from the Home Ministry of India and office of Honourable President of India, but there is a mysterious silence of the NHRC. Why?
India should develop a national law for the protection of human rights defenders, and strengthen the capacity and mandate of the NHRC's focal point on defenders.
The NHRC needs to establish and resource a full-time dedicated focal point, to intervene in cases where human rights defenders are at risk, and to investigate and promote accountability where threats and attacks occur.
This matter concerns not only the life and the reputation of a human rights defender, but also the very legitimacy of human rights work in general.
Few links: