World Bank Tribunal rules a Black man has no rights to his identity

By Frank Watkins

Courtesy: Pambazuka News | 13 October, 2015

The last time a Black man was stripped of his inalienable rights to his identity in the US was during the institution of slavery. In 2015, the World Bank Administrative Tribunal took its jurisprudence back to the dark ages, ruling that a Black complainant of Ethiopian origin, who accused the World Bank of violating his rights to his identity – professional and personal – has no basis for legal protection from defamation.Read More »

When Brinda Karat Became Emotional In Kandhamal

By Binu Mathew

Courtesy: Countercurrents.org | 04 September, 2015

Acclaimed film maker K.P Sasi and I were standing in a corner of the courtyard of Phulbani Government Guest House having a coffee. It was about 8 A.M in the morning of 31st August. A vehicle stopped nearby and Brinda Karat came rushing towards us. She was visibly emotionally upset. She had gone to visit the seven innocent men convicted in the Swami Laxmananda murder case.Read More »

`No More Violence, We Want Peace And Justice!’, Say People Of Kandhamal

By Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti O Sadbhabana Samaj

Courtesy: Countercurrents.org | 01 Sept., 2015

Marking the completion of seven years of communal violence in Kandhamal, Odisha, more than 5,000 Adivasi Christians and Dalit Christians gathered at Raikia, Kandamal upholding the need for Justice, Peace and Harmony. Thousands of people marched from Beradakia Chowk to Raikia College Chowk, covering a distance of one and half kilomenters, shouting slogans `We Want Peace, Not Violence’, `Stop Atrocities on Minorities and Women’, `In the Name of Religion and Caste Do Not Divide People’, `We Demand Appropriate Compensation’. The rally was organised by Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti O Sadbhabana Samaj, the organisation of victims and survivors of Kandhamal communal violence.Read More »

Kandhamal: A Shame To Secular Polity Of India

By Binu Mathew

Courtesy: Countercurrents.org | 29 August, 2015

Kandhamal is described as the Kashmir of Odisha. It is one of the most beautiful places in India I ever visited. With rolling hills and forests interspersed with lush green paddy fields, flowing rivulets and ponds and a cool breeze blowing Kandhamal is a beholders delight. I may call it a paradise on earth! Beneath all this beauty there is turbulence, fear and a paralysing anxiety that grip the people living in this so called ‘paradise’. For the Christian minorities who belong mostly to Adivasi and Dalit communities Kandhamal is a living hell.Read More »

`No More Kandhamals!’ Kerala Expresses Solidarity!

By Binu Mathew & K.P. Sasi

Courtesy: countercurrents.org | 27 August, 2015

On August 25, 2008 the biggest communal violence after Gujarat took place in Kandhamal in Odisha. Over 350 churches and worship places which belonged to the Adivasi Christians and Dalit Christians were destroyed, around 6,500 houses were destroyed, over 90 people were killed, over 40 women were subjected to rape, molestation and humiliation and several educational, social service and health institutions were destroyed and looted. More than 56,000 people have been displaced. Several cases of forced conversion to Hinduism by the Sangh Parivar have been reported. This organised communal attack which was the biggest on the history of Christian community during the last three centuries, also spread to different parts of Odisha and other states as well. It is a matter of shame that the relief and compensation provided by the Government for the victims and survivors of Kandhamal have been minimal.Read More »