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Protest over the arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato September 29, 2009

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Chhatradhar Mahato, the leader and spokesperson of the PCPA (People’s Committee against Police Atrocities)* was arrested along with eight others, by policemen impersonating as journalists on Saturday, 26 September, 2009 from Kantapahari charged with sedition and also charges under the stringent UAPA – Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

We know from The Times of India, dated 28.09.09:–

“Koushik Sinha and Prasanta Roy, counsels for the accused claimed that police had tortured Chhatradhar and eight others so badly that they were unable to walk properly. The prosecution however argued that they were injured when they “fell down while trying to escape.” Chhatradhar was charged under UAPA sections 16/B, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40, where he is accused of raising funds for a terror organization, attempting to murder security force members and conspiring against the state to create terror. He also faces charges under IPC sections 120B, 121, 121A and 307 – sedition, waging war against the state and attempt to murder.”

“Policemen impersonating as journalists to arrest Mahato came in for criticism from intellectuals and journalists on Sunday. Incensed with the impersonation, Press Club, Kolkata shot off letters to Union home minister P. Chidambaram, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, chief secretary Ashok Mohan Chakrabarti and home secretary Ardhendu Sen condemning the way Chhatradhar was arrested”.

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Humanists’ Association & Science and Rationalists Association of India have strongly condemned the arrest and demanded immediate, unconditional release of Chhatradhar in a press release. The news was published in ‘Sambad’, ‘Akdin’ and some other papers.

We know that policemen have to be in uniform and not only disclose their own identity while arresting someone, but also inform the reason for arrest. According to the Indian constitution, Mahato had the right to know why he was being arrested. The whole methodology was illegal and unethical.

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* People’s Committee against Police Atrocities was formed on 7 November 2008, with 10 members from each of 98 villages in the tribal-inhabited Jangalmahal spread among the poorest and most neglected districts of West Bengal (Bankura-Purulia-Midnapur).

But why this PCPA — why was it necessary to unite?

On 2 November, 2008, a landmine exploded near the convoy of the W.Bengal chief minister in Jangalmahal. The next few days saw unheard of atrocities in the villages of Bankura and Purulia. Women were manhandled, old village teachers were shamed, stripped in front of students …

On 6 November, under the leadership of police superintendent of Lalgarh, policemen under the pretext of looking for the culprits (Maoists) intensified their search and misbehavior. The thin, dark-skinned, undernourished villagers were treated as something worse than animals. It is on this day that a tribal woman Chitamoni Murmu lost both her eyeballs with the sharp stroke of the butt of a policeman’s gun. The long neglect and poverty were bearable, but active misbehavior, torture and molestation were not to be borne by this peaceful and self-reliant people. They decided to protest. Yes, protest against ‘Police Atrocities’.

Mahato’s role as an able and upright leader among the poorest ethnic group in Bengal became clear soon. He spoke in all his public meetings about justice and led his men and women who gathered in thousands to peaceful demonstration. It was difficult to find anything unreasonable in all his speeches or demands. As Mahashweta Debi pointed out, he was the able leader of the most tenacious people’s movement of the era.

Now the cowardly arrest of Chhatradhar by disguised policemen and his torture, without any clear proof of his charges only make such bodies like PCPA more justifiable. It only makes it legitimate to unite against police atrocities – everywhere – all the more. Hundreds of young men and bread-earners of poor tribal village families were maimed and arrested without any proof of their involvement; women who went in peaceful processions demanding their release were mercilessly beaten up and ended in hospitals – in the last 3 months.

We have to agree with PCPA secretary Shibu Soren when he says – “If Maoists trigger a mine blast, how can he(Chhatradhar Mahato) be blamed for it? If CPM backed goons ransack and set fire to opposition party leaders’ houses, will Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee & Biman Bose be arrested?”

আমরা যুক্তিবাদী – আগষ্ট ২০০৯ August 25, 2009

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আমরা যুক্তিবাদী – জানুয়ারি ও মে ২০০৯ August 20, 2009

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আমরা যুক্তিবাদী – আগষ্ট ও নভেম্বর ২০০৮ August 12, 2009

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এবার থেকে আমরা এই ওয়েবসাইটে ‘আমরা যুক্তিবাদী’ পত্রিকা প্রকাশ করব। এবারে আগষ্ট ও নভেম্বর ২০০৮ সংখ্যা দুটি প্রকাশ করা হল।

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PRABIR GHOSH’S LATEST BOOK IN BENGALI contains – A to Z of Guerilla warfare and other essays February 9, 2009

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Che Guevara’s works on guerilla war has been highly appreciated by all left-inclined social thinkers including the Marxists. This great detailed and incisive work by Prabir is undoubtedly more advanced and relevant in today’s society. It is expected to get high applause and genuine recognition from today’s Marxist social workers and thinkers. Please read ‘GUERILLA JUDDHER A to Z theke AZADI’ by Prabir Ghosh and Sumitra. Publisher: DEY’S PUBLISHING, KOLKATA.

The Ghastly Death of Rizwanur September 23, 2007

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            Protest of Rizwanur’s students and colleagues

Ref: The ghastly death of Rizwanur on 21st September, in Kolkata.

All unite in protest against the role of police and Priyanka’s parents. Be with Priyanka and demand enquiry & punishment for the culprits.We demand suspension of Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee for talking and acting against legal & human rights of citizens.

                                                                  

 On behalf of:

Humanists’ Association &   

Science and Rationalists’ Association of India 

For detail news please click here-

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070923/asp/frontpage/story_8351056.asp 

Picture courtesy: Anandabazar Patrika  

কাজোড়াতে বিশেষভাবে পালিত হলো আন্তর্জাতিক মানবতাবাদী দিবস September 18, 2007

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International Humanists’ Day: 14th Anniversary September 11, 2007

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HUMANISTS’ ASSOCIATION was born on September 11, 1993. Even after 14 long years the relevance of a secular haman society is increasing. In the wake of the demolition of Babri Masjid we felt the need to stress on the new religion ‘HUMANISM’ and our organization was born; and on 10th December, the same year 54 of us officially embraced ‘Humanism’ as our religion.  Eight years back on the same day the world saw the biggest act of ‘terrorism’ in America that killed thousands of innocent people.

We feel the spread of Humanism as a creed is the answer to all acts of violence, of terrorism, of exploitation, and of corruption in this world. So, friends– spread the message and be united.

SHAMELESS WRATH ON ‘LAJJA’ August 11, 2007

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By Sumitra Padmanabhan
General Secretary,
HUMANISTS’ ASSOCIATION

    We strongly condemn the incident of violence on Taslima Nasreen in Hyderabad on August 9, 2007.

    There is nothing ‘unfortunate’ about it as described by the MIM hief, Sultan S. Owaisi. Fortune has nothing to do with man’s misdeeds. omeone has to take responsibility for any wrong that has been done wilfully.

    We demand strict action as per the law of the country against the three MLAs Md. Muqtada Khan, Syed Ahmed Pasha, Md. Moazam Khan and also the MIM chief and his son Akbaruddin for misbehaving in public and attempting to kill or fatally hurt an invited guest.

   It is a shame that for these fundamentalists Religion is so flimsy a dogma that it can be easily hurt or tarnished by an individual’s efforts.

   All the writings of religious leaders put together cannot counter a small book by Taslima. It justifies the name of the book ‘Lajja’–‘Shame’.The upholders of religion need to resort to brickbats– chairs, laptops and what not!

   As regards the legislators, the less said the better. They have proved by their own actions that they neither believe in Law nor do they have strong enough conviction in Religion. An exemplary legal action would be the only answer.

    Thanks to Mr. Innaiah for bravely facing the situation and to Taslima for rousing the issue yet another time.

BBC documentary DESI DNA on August 6th, 2007 August 4, 2007

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Please watch BBC documentary DESI DNA on INDIAN CULTURE  in  BBC2 on August 6th, 2007. Rationalism

too is a part of Indian culture… watch Prabir Ghosh interviewed in KOLKATA. It will be broadcast in UK and EUROPE at 10:00 PM (UK time).