21Jul/17

[Press Release] SASG calls on public to urgently respond to UK Government consultation on Caste

Press Release

21 July 2017

SASG calls on public to urgently respond to UK Government consultation on Caste

On March 28th 2017, the UK Government opened a public consultation to seek views on “the most effective way to implement a legal ban on caste discrimination”.

Introducing the consultation, found here, the UK Government asks for views on “how best to ensure that there is appropriate legal protection against caste discrimination by formally making caste an aspect of race in the Equality Act 2010 or through developing case law in the courts and employment tribunals”.

As a result of the recent General Election, the consultation has been extended beyond its initial 16 week period, for a further 8 weeks.

The closing date of the consultation is now 18 September 2017, after which no further responses will be accepted.

Human rights campaigners, academics, Dalit community organisations and individuals affected by caste discrimination (represented under ‘Caste in the UK’), all agree that the most effective way to outlaw caste-based discrimination is to add caste to the Equality Act 2010. They have prepared this guidance for completing the consultation.

SASG calls on the public (even if you are not South Asian or affected by caste yourself) to urgently respond to consultation.

Further reading: www.southasiasolidarity.org/caste_consultation

 

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07Jun/17

[Press Release] SASG Urges UN Special Rapporteur to Investigate the Spiral of Human Rights Violations in India

The London based human rights organization South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG) has launched an online petition urging UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsák-Ndiaye to investigate the growing human rights violation in India particularly the attacks on religious minorities and Dalits.

“Human rights violations which target religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Christians, and Dalits are occurring on a vast and horrific scale in India today. While violence against Muslim and Christian communities have been increasing since the early 1990s, and upper caste atrocities on Dalits are a longstanding phenomenon, there has been a massive escalation in both since Narendra Modi ‘s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre in 2014. Emboldened by the victory of the BJP, Hindu supremacist gangs with links to the ruling party, or in some parts of India directly set up by the state, are the chief perpetrators of these abuses which are occurring unchecked. Below we outline some of the types of extreme violations affecting Muslims, Christians and Dalits.” Reads the petition. Continue reading

11May/17

Professor Makarand Paranjape audio extract

Paranjape reveals his true colours

Professor Makarand Paranjape of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) reveals his true colours at a public talk hosted by Prakash Shah at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.

The talk was co-sponsored by the Indic Academy

In this talk, Paranjape repeats the propaganda of the right-wing Hindu nationalists currently in power in India and their lies about Dalits and minorities. He openly declares himself to be a ‘Hindu activist’.  He calls his own institution, JNU,  a ‘den of parasites’, calls JNU students ‘incompetent’ and ‘nincompoops’ because of quotas (positive discrimination for oppressed groups), says their degrees are ‘worthless’ and complains about the number of women students. Continue reading

30Apr/17

Review of Letters to Namdeo Dhasal: poems by Chandramohan S.

Edited by Deeptha Achar (Desirepaths Publishers, 2016, 67 pages, Rs.150/US$ 6

ISBN 978-93-81030-75-2)

‘They ask me why do you write poems?

I write poems – people have the right to bear arms.’

These lines, taken from his one-stanza masterpiece Write Poetry, encapsulate the very essence of Chandramohan’s attitude in his second collection, Letters to Namdeo Dhasal. These poems are unapologetically weapons, fighting against the pre-modern notion of caste in all its insidious 21st century glory. As Deeptha Achar points out in her introduction, Chandramohan’s choice to write in English ‘renders caste as a contemporary category’. Continue reading

14Mar/17

Statement on the 15th Anniversary of the Gujarat Genocide

South Asia Solidarity Group  stands in solidarity with the survivors of the Gujarat genocide 2002 in their search for justice.  On the fifteenth anniversary of the state-sponsored,  anti-Muslim  pogrom we are holding, on 17 March, a remembrance event for those who lost their lives. It is titled Modi, Hindu nationalism and the criminalisation of Muslims .

In 2002, the state government of Gujarat with openly genocidal intent, unleashed  a most brutal onslaught  upon the Muslim community. The proportions and stratagem of this assault outstripped  all previous communally- charged  pogroms against minorities in India.  The Gujarat  pogroms became a blue print of all the many horrific but carefully engineered attacks on minority communities in India which followed – with Gujarat described by the killers as the laboratory of the Hindu State. Continue reading