Tuesday, December 16, 2014



[Quite an eyeopener.
The public call for cutting off heads must be a grave criminal
offence; yet there is hardly any report, let alone uproar, on that.]


PM exploring solution for Ayodhya issue: Sankaracharya
By Jyoti Punwani, Mumbai Mirror | Dec 15, 2014, 08.39 AM IST

Does PM Narendra Modi have a plan for the construction of a Ram mandir
in Ayodhya? If the Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati of the Kanchi
Kamakoti Peetham is to be believed, the PM is in touch with Muslims to
build the temple on the disputed site and also a mosque one kilometre

Addressing the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's first Virat Hindu Sammelan in
Mumbai, the swami said it was good to take Muslims along on this issue
keeping in mind that all parties concerned have their prestige at
stake. "Modi is a good man and enjoys the people's trust. All Hindus
should unite and support him on this," said the swami, and the
response from the audience was lukewarm.

***In contrast, they responded enthusiastically to the inflammatory
speech by the diminutive young Sadhvi Saraswati from Madhya Pradesh.
Asking Hindus to wage war, she said that December 6, which the VHP has
declared to be 'shaurya diwas', (Bravery Day - the day on which the
VHP demolished the Babri Masjid), should be observed by *cutting off
the heads* of traitors.***  [Emphasis added.]

Describing the Owaisi brothers from Hyderabad and the Imam Bukhari as
"Geedar (vulture) ki aulad" and barking dogs, she questioned their
loyalty to the country. The recurring themes of the sammelan, held at
the sprawling MMRDA ground at BKC, were cow protection, love jihad,
the Ram mandir, religious conversion and the fall in the global Hindu
population. ***Speaker after speaker asserted that the entire world -
Africa, Arabia, Australia, Russia - was Hindu*** [emphasis added]. But
now just 100 crore Hindus were left across the world and the VHP was
their armour.

The claim that the entire world was Hindu and it is just that they
have forgotten this was made repeatedly. Russia was specifically
referred to. Russia was originally Rishangaha, the abode of rishis,
said one speaker. It was thus a Hindu Rashtra. ***It is the duty of
Hindus now to make Russians Hindus, said one speaker*** [emphasis
added]. ***Exhorting the audience to give up Lux and Liril and switch
to 'go mutra' shampoo and soap, Pravin Togadia said*** [emphasis
added] the sale of products made from cows urine would enable farmers
to become so rich that they wouldn't have to sell their cows once they
stopped giving milk. Outside the venue were shops selling these
products, marked as 'gou brand.'

Among the demands made by the speakers, who included Jain munis and
Buddhist monks, was banning pornography to prevent rape, and the
***enactment of a law that no marriage could take place without
parental permission*** [emphasis added]. This would solve the problem
of 'love jihad', they said. The need for Hindus to unite and give up
caste differences was emphasised by every speaker.

A large section of those who had come were followers of Swami Narendra
Acharya of Ratnagiri. Accordingly, he was the last speaker. A surprise
entrant on stage was Laxmi [Tripathi], the transgender rights
activist, who tied a rakhi on Pravin Togadia's wrist.


Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders want whole world converted to Hinduism

Monday, 15 December 2014 - 7:30am IST | Agency: dna

Dhaval Kulkarni

Stressing India's identity as a Hindu rashtra, calling for a law
against conversions, construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya,
culling "gaddars" (traitors), scoffing at Mahatma Gandhi's leadership
of the freedom movement, fears of Hindus being under threat,
preventing cow slaughter and ensuring that the entire world was
converted to Hinduism -- these were some themes that found prominence
in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's (VHP) 'Virat Hindu' sammelan in Mumbai
on Sunday as Hindutva demagogues and religious leaders addressed the

RSS sahkaryavah (joint general secretary) Dattatreya Hosabale, VHP
international working president Dr Pravin Togadia and senior leader
Ashok Singhal, Kanchi mutt pontiff Jayendra Saraswathi, Narendra
Maharaj of Nanij and Buddhist and Jain religious leaders were present.

"If conversions are wrong, then why is no law against conversions
passed in Parliament? We will not allow the conversion of Hindus,"
said Togadia, with posters of the proposed Ram Temple and Lord Krishna
driving Arjuna's chariot in the background. Lashing out at subsidies
for Haj pilgrims, he called on Hindus to follow religious practices,
befriend at least one Dalit or adivasi family, help poor Hindus, unite
against conversions and cow slaughter, not follow untouchability and
use soaps and shampoos made from cow urine and dung. "Bharat Hindu
Rashtra hai, yahi hamara nara hai," said Togadia, while the crowd
repeated the slogan after him.

Togadia claimed that earlier, even Arabia, Africa, Europe were Hindu
areas, and the number of Hindus which once stood at 700 crore had
shrunk to just 100 crore now. "Hindus numbered 30% in Bangladesh, but
are just 8% now. In Pakistan, Hindus were 10% but are just 1%," he
said, pointing to how the Kashmir valley had been cleansed of Hindus.

Togadia warned that while 82% of India comprised of Hindus, if they
were not alert, their numbers would shrink to half after decades and
said that "200 crore hands of Hindus" should rise up to protect their
co-religionists. "The Ram Mandir will be constructed, even if anyone
wants it or not," said Togadia, while calling for stopping cow
slaughter and conversions.

Narendra Maharaj claimed that Hindus were under threat in India with
laws like that against superstitions targeted against them.

Pointing out that December 6, when Hindutva storm troopers had felled
the Babri masjid at Ayodhya, was celebrated as "Shaurya Diwas,"
***firebrand Sadhvi Saraswati said the proper way to celebrate this
was not by unfurling flags but through each Hindu cutting the head of
at least one "gaddar" (traitor)*** [emphasis added].

Lashing out at the hardline Owaisi brothers who head the AIMIM,
Saraswati spoke on the alleged 'Love Jihad' campaign to "misguide" the
"girls of Bharat" to reduce the numbers of Hindus and increase those
of Muslims.

"History is witness to the fact that where the number of Hindus goes
down, that part of the country is separated from it," she warned,
while scoffing at claims that the Mahatma had ensured freedom from the

Kamal Lochan Das of ISKCON said the deep meaning of the name of the
VHP was that they wanted to ensure that the entire world became Hindu.
He claimed that the name of Russia was derived from the penance of
'Rishis' there. "Isnt Russia a Hindu Rashtra?" questioned the
religious leader, while calling for Hindus to work till the entire
world became a "Hindu Rashtra."

The Kanchi pontiff lauded prime minister Narendra Modi as a "good man"
and called for the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya. Warkari
sect leader Bhaskargiri Maharaj said earlier, the sentiments of Hindus
had been trampled upon.

Jain muni Vinamsagarji Maharaj warned of the consequences of taking on
Hindus and called for those who had been converted to other faiths to
be reverted back to Hinduism.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's HAPPENING ALL OVER by Fr Cedric Prakash


Not that the intelligent Indian IS SURPRISED!

Everything is ON EXPECTED lines!
The "events" are meticulously planned and are being strategically executed

Plenty of thinking has gone into MAINSTREAMING the bunch of THOUGHTS
of Golwalkar, Sarvarkar and Hegdewar

So you begin by demonizing the minorities.....
"Tell A LIE A THOUSAND TIMES and people will  believe you"

The strategy of the Nazi Goebbels is evidently clear
Then the divisive game is at plenty :" WE" or "THEY"
Either you are sons of Ram or ILLEGITIMATE children
You create a sense of "MAJORITARIANISM"
This COUNTRY belongs to US- kind-of-attitude
So you talk about Sanskrit; and myths and lies of how advanced we "have been"
(They will send THEIR CHILDREN to ENGLISH-medium schools and to "phoren" lands
(Our HRD MINISTER has studied "three days" in YALE and then goes to an ASTROLGER!!!

They conveniently forget that we have a Constitution
wedded to SECULAR and DEMOCRATIC principles!
So the BHAGWAD GITA has to become the Sacred Book and NO LONGER the CONSTITUTION
They suffer from amnesia -
and have to be reminded that the ARYANS FIRST INVADED India
They forget that Sardar Pastel BANNED them
That Nehru contributed greatly to India's ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT
That GODSE is NOT a patriot but ONE OF THEM who MURDERED  Mahatma Gandhi
That Ambedkar led thousands of Dalits to the Buddhist fold
Yes. they forget plenty......

And then they begin their "GHAR-WAPASI " programmes
With FORCE and FRAUD with bribes...
creating of course a LAW AND ORDER PROBLEM

They will very CONVENIENTLY say(with the MEDIA in their pockets)
Just like the ONE in GUJARAT!
So overnight they will attempt to throw out ARTICLE 19 and ARTICLE 25 from the Constitution
Desperately trying to DESTROY the PLURALISTIC FABRIC and the SANCTITY of DIVERSITY of our Country

The "big guy" will continue to talk ALL KINDS OF CRAP with his "acchhe din" still fooling some of the people
But the fact is that HE IS ONE OF THEM
Indians ARE MORE INTELLIGENT -and certainly will NOT ACCEPT that that they are "unable to see through things"

Its still NOT late for the REST OF US to RISE UP as ONE
and with TAGORE let us say WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!
and pray
"Into that heaven of FREEDOM my Father- Let my COUNTRY AWAKE!"
                                                                                                 -  Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
                                                                                                   (December 13th 2014)

Thursday, December 11, 2014


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1 JANUARY 2015

1. At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious leaders. In doing so, I pray for an end to wars, conflicts and the great suffering caused by human agency, by epidemics past and present, and by the devastation wrought by natural disasters. I pray especially that, on the basis of our common calling to cooperate with God and all people of good will for the advancement of harmony and peace in the world, we may resist the temptation to act in a manner unworthy of our humanity.
In my Message for Peace last year, I spoke of “the desire for a full life… which includes a longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced”.[1] Since we are by nature relational beings, meant to find fulfilment through interpersonal relationships inspired by justice and love, it is fundamental for our human development that our dignity, freedom and autonomy be acknowledged and respected. Tragically, the growing scourge of man’s exploitation by man gravely damages the life of communion and our calling to forge interpersonal relations marked by respect, justice and love. This abominable phenomenon, which leads to contempt for the fundamental rights of others and to the suppression of their freedom and dignity, takes many forms. I would like briefly to consider these, so that, in the light of God’s word, we can consider all men and women “no longer slaves, but brothers and sisters”.
Listening to God’s plan for humanity
2. The theme I have chosen for this year’s message is drawn from Saint Paul’s letter to Philemon, in which the Apostle asks his co-worker to welcome Onesimus, formerly Philemon’s slave, now a Christian and, therefore, according to Paul, worthy of being considered a brother. The Apostle of the Gentiles writes: “Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother” (vv. 15-16). Onesimus became Philemon’sbrother when he became a Christian. Conversion to Christ, the beginning of a life lived Christian discipleship, thus constitutes a new birth (cf. 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Pet 1:3) which generates fraternity as the fundamental bond of family life and the basis of life in society.
In the Book of Genesis (cf. 1:27-28), we read that God made man male and female, and blessed them so that they could increase and multiply. He made Adam and Eve parents who, in response to God’s command to be fruitful and multiply, brought about the first fraternity, that of Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel were brothers because they came forth from the same womb. Consequently they had the same origin, nature and dignity as their parents, who were created in the image and likeness of God.
But fraternity also embraces variety and differences between brothers and sisters, even though they are linked by birth and are of the same nature and dignity. As brothers and sisters, therefore, all people are in relation with others, from whom they differ, but with whom they share the same origin, nature and dignity. In this way, fraternity constitutes the network of relations essential for the building of the human family created by God.
Tragically, between the first creation recounted in the Book of Genesis and the new birth in Christ whereby believers become brothers and sisters of the “first-born among many brethren” (Rom 8:29), there is the negative reality of sin, which often disrupts human fraternity and constantly disfigures the beauty and nobility of our being brothers and sisters in the one human family. It was not only that Cain could not stand Abel; he killed him out of envy and, in so doing, committed the first fratricide. “Cain’s murder of Abel bears tragic witness to his radical rejection of their vocation to be brothers. Their story (cf. Gen 4:1-16) brings out the difficult task to which all men and women are called, to live as one, each taking care of the other”.[2]
This was also the case with Noah and his children (cf. Gen 9:18-27). Ham’s disrespect for his father Noah drove Noah to curse his insolent son and to bless the others, those who honoured him. This created an inequality between brothers born of the same womb.
In the account of the origins of the human family, the sin of estrangement from God, from the father figure and from the brother, becomes an expression of the refusal of communion. It gives rise to a culture of enslavement (cf. Gen 9:25-27), with all its consequences extending from generation to generation: rejection of others, their mistreatment, violations of their dignity and fundamental rights, and institutionalized inequality. Hence, the need for constant conversion to the Covenant, fulfilled by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, in the confidence that “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more… through Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:20-21). Christ, the beloved Son (cf. Mt 3:17), came to reveal the Father’s love for humanity. Whoever hears the Gospel and responds to the call to conversion becomes Jesus’ “brother, sister and mother” (Mt 12:50), and thus an adopted son of his Father (cf. Eph 1:5).
One does not become a Christian, a child of the Father and a brother or sister in Christ, as the result of an authoritative divine decree, without the exercise of personal freedom: in a word, without being freely converted to Christ. Becoming a child of God is necessarily linked to conversion: “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). All those who responded in faith and with their lives to Peter’s preaching entered into the fraternity of the first Christian community (cf. 1 Pet 2:17; Acts 1:15-16, 6:3, 15:23): Jews and Greeks, slaves and free (cf. 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:28). Differing origins and social status did not diminish anyone’s dignity or exclude anyone from belonging to the People of God. The Christian community is thus a place of communion lived in the love shared among brothers and sisters (cf. Rom 12:10; 1 Thess 4:9; Heb 13:1; 1 Pet 1:22; 2 Pet 1:7).
All of this shows how the Good News of Jesus Christ, in whom God makes “all things new” (Rev 21:5),[3] is also capable of redeeming human relationships, including those between slaves and masters, by shedding light on what both have in common: adoptive sonship and the bond of brotherhood in Christ. Jesus himself said to his disciples: “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (Jn 15:15).
The many faces of slavery yesterday and today
3. From time immemorial, different societies have known the phenomenon of man’s subjugation by man. There have been periods of human history in which the institution of slavery was generally accepted and regulated by law. This legislation dictated who was born free and who was born into slavery, as well as the conditions whereby a freeborn person could lose his or her freedom or regain it. In other words, the law itself admitted that some people were able or required to be considered the property of other people, at their free disposition. A slave could be bought and sold, given away or acquired, as if he or she were a commercial product.
Today, as the result of a growth in our awareness, slavery, seen as a crime against humanity,[4] has been formally abolished throughout the world. The right of each person not to be kept in a state of slavery or servitude has been recognized in international law as inviolable.
Yet, even though the international community has adopted numerous agreements aimed at ending slavery in all its forms, and has launched various strategies to combat this phenomenon, millions of people today – children, women and men of all ages – are deprived of freedom and are forced to live in conditions akin to slavery.
I think of the many men and women labourers, including minors, subjugated in different sectors, whether formally or informally, in domestic or agricultural workplaces, or in the manufacturing or mining industry; whether in countries where labour regulations fail to comply with international norms and minimum standards, or, equally illegally, in countries which lack legal protection for workers’ rights.
I think also of the living conditions of many migrants who, in their dramatic odyssey, experience hunger, are deprived of freedom, robbed of their possessions, or undergo physical and sexual abuse. In a particular way, I think of those among them who, upon arriving at their destination after a gruelling journey marked by fear and insecurity, are detained in at times inhumane conditions. I think of those among them, who for different social, political and economic reasons, are forced to live clandestinely. My thoughts also turn to those who, in order to remain within the law, agree to disgraceful living and working conditions, especially in those cases where the laws of a nation create or permit a structural dependency of migrant workers on their employers, as, for example, when the legality of their residency is made dependent on their labour contract. Yes, I am thinking of “slave labour”.
I think also of persons forced into prostitution, many of whom are minors, as well as male and female sex slaves. I think of women forced into marriage, those sold for arranged marriages and those bequeathed to relatives of their deceased husbands, without any right to give or withhold their consent.
Nor can I fail to think of all those persons, minors and adults alike, who are made objects of trafficking for the sale of organs, forrecruitment as soldiers, for begging, for illegal activities such as the production and sale of narcotics, or for disguised forms of cross-border adoption.
Finally, I think of all those kidnapped and held captive by terrorist groups, subjected to their purposes as combatants, or, above all in the case of young girls and women, to be used as sex slaves. Many of these disappear, while others are sold several times over, tortured, mutilated or killed.
Some deeper causes of slavery
4. Today, as in the past, slavery is rooted in a notion of the human person which allows him or her to be treated as an object. Whenever sin corrupts the human heart and distances us from our Creator and our neighbours, the latter are no longer regarded as beings of equal dignity, as brothers or sisters sharing a common humanity, but rather as objects. Whether by coercion or deception, or by physical or psychological duress, human persons created in the image and likeness of God are deprived of their freedom, sold and reduced to being the property of others. They are treated as means to an end.
Alongside this deeper cause – the rejection of another person’s humanity – there are other causes which help to explain contemporary forms of slavery. Among these, I think in the first place of poverty, underdevelopment and exclusion, especially when combined with a lack of access to education or scarce, even non-existent, employment opportunities. Not infrequently, the victims of human trafficking and slavery are people who look for a way out of a situation of extreme poverty; taken in by false promises of employment, they often end up in the hands of criminal networks which organize human trafficking. These networks are skilled in using modern means of communication as a way of luring young men and women in various parts of the world.
Another cause of slavery is corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain. Slave labour and human trafficking often require the complicity of intermediaries, be they law enforcement personnel, state officials, or civil and military institutions. “This occurs when money, and not the human person, is at the centre of an economic system. Yes, the person, made in the image of God and charged with dominion over all creation, must be at the centre of every social or economic system. When the person is replaced by mammon, a subversion of values occurs”.[5]
Further causes of slavery include armed conflictsviolencecriminal activity and terrorism. Many people are kidnapped in order to be sold, enlisted as combatants, or sexually exploited, while others are forced to emigrate, leaving everything behind: their country, home, property, and even members of their family. They are driven to seek an alternative to these terrible conditions even at the risk of their personal dignity and their very lives; they risk being drawn into that vicious circle which makes them prey to misery, corruption and their baneful consequences.
A shared commitment to ending slavery
5. Often, when considering the reality of human trafficking, illegal trafficking of migrants and other acknowledged or unacknowledged forms of slavery, one has the impression that they occur within a context of general indifference.
Sadly, this is largely true. Yet I would like to mention the enormous and often silent efforts which have been made for many years by religious congregations, especially women’s congregations, to provide support to victims. These institutes work in very difficult situations, dominated at times by violence, as they work to break the invisible chains binding victims to traffickers and exploiters. Those chains are made up of a series of links, each composed of clever psychological ploys which make the victims dependent on their exploiters. This is accomplished by blackmail and threats made against them and their loved ones, but also by concrete acts such as the confiscation of their identity documents and physical violence. The activity of religious congregations is carried out in three main areas: in offering assistance to victims, in working for their psychological and educational rehabilitation, and in efforts to reintegrate them into the society where they live or from which they have come.
This immense task, which calls for courage, patience and perseverance, deserves the appreciation of the whole Church and society. Yet, of itself, it is not sufficient to end the scourge of the exploitation of human persons. There is also need for a threefold commitment on the institutional level: to prevention, to victim protection and to the legal prosecution of perpetrators. Moreover, since criminal organizations employ global networks to achieve their goals, efforts to eliminate this phenomenon also demand a common and, indeed, a global effort on the part of various sectors of society.
States must ensure that their own legislation truly respects the dignity of the human person in the areas of migration, employment, adoption, the movement of businesses offshore and the sale of items produced by slave labour. There is a need for just laws which are centred on the human person, uphold fundamental rights and restore those rights when they have been violated. Such laws should also provide for the rehabilitation of victims, ensure their personal safety, and include effective means of enforcement which leave no room for corruption or impunity. The role of women in society must also be recognized, not least through initiatives in the sectors of culture and social communications.
Intergovernmental organizations, in keeping with the principle of subsidiarity, are called to coordinate initiatives for combating the transnational networks of organized crime which oversee the trafficking of persons and the illegal trafficking of migrants. Cooperation is clearly needed at a number of levels, involving national and international institutions, agencies of civil society and the world of finance.
Businesses[6] have a duty to ensure dignified working conditions and adequate salaries for their employees, but they must also be vigilant that forms of subjugation or human trafficking do not find their way into the distribution chain. Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers. Every person ought to have the awareness that “purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act”.[7]
Organizations in civil society, for their part, have the task of awakening consciences and promoting whatever steps are necessary for combating and uprooting the culture of enslavement.
In recent years, the Holy See, attentive to the pain of the victims of trafficking and the voice of the religious congregations which assist them on their path to freedom, has increased its appeals to the international community for cooperation and collaboration between different agencies in putting an end to this scourge.[8] Meetings have also been organized to draw attention to the phenomenon of human trafficking and to facilitate cooperation between various agencies, including experts from the universities and international organizations, police forces from migrants’ countries of origin, transit, or destination, and representatives of ecclesial groups which work with victims. It is my hope that these efforts will continue to expand in years to come.
Globalizing fraternity, not slavery or indifference
6. In her “proclamation of the truth of Christ’s love in society”,[9] the Church constantly engages in charitable activities inspired by the truth of the human person. She is charged with showing to all the path to conversion, which enables us to change the way we see our neighbours, to recognize in every other person a brother or sister in our human family, and to acknowledge his or her intrinsic dignity in truth and freedom. This can be clearly seen from the story of Josephine Bakhita, the saint originally from the Darfur region in Sudan who was kidnapped by slave-traffickers and sold to brutal masters when she was nine years old. Subsequently – as a result of painful experiences – she became a “free daughter of God” thanks to her faith, lived in religious consecration and in service to others, especially the most lowly and helpless. This saint, who lived at the turn of the twentieth century, is even today an exemplary witness of hope[10] for the many victims of slavery; she can support the efforts of all those committed to fighting against this “open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ”. [11]
In the light of all this, I invite everyone, in accordance with his or her specific role and responsibilities, to practice acts of fraternity towards those kept in a state of enslavement. Let us ask ourselves, as individuals and as communities, whether we feel challenged when, in our daily lives, we meet or deal with persons who could be victims of human trafficking, or when we are tempted to select items which may well have been produced by exploiting others. Some of us, out of indifference, or financial reasons, or because we are caught up in our daily concerns, close our eyes to this. Others, however, decide to do something about it, to join civic associations or to practice small, everyday gestures – which have so much merit! – such as offering a kind word, a greeting or a smile. These cost us nothing but they can offer hope, open doors, and change the life of another person who lives clandestinely; they can also change our own lives with respect to this reality.
We ought to recognize that we are facing a global phenomenon which exceeds the competence of any one community or country. In order to eliminate it, we need a mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself. For this reason I urgently appeal to all men and women of good will, and all those near or far, including the highest levels of civil institutions, who witness the scourge of contemporary slavery, not to become accomplices to this evil, not to turn away from the sufferings of our brothers and sisters, our fellow human beings, who are deprived of their freedom and dignity. Instead, may we have the courage to touch the suffering flesh of Christ,[12] revealed in the faces of those countless persons whom he calls “the least of these my brethren” (Mt25:40, 45).
We know that God will ask each of us: What did you do for your brother? (cf. Gen 4:9-10). The globalization of indifference, which today burdens the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters, requires all of us to forge a new worldwide solidarity and fraternity capable of giving them new hope and helping them to advance with courage amid the problems of our time and the new horizons which they disclose and which God places in our hands.
From the Vatican, 8 December 2014

[1] No. 1.
[3] Cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 11.
[4] Cf. Address to Delegates of the International Association of Penal Law, 23 October 2014: L’Osservatore Romano, 24 October 2014, p. 4.
[5] Address to Participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements, 28 October 2014: L’Osservatore Romano, 29 October 2014, p. 7.
[6] Cf. PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE, Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection, 2013.
[7] BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate, 66.
[9] BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate, 5.
[10] “Through the knowledge of this hope she was ‘redeemed’, no longer a slave, but a free child of God. She understood what Paul meant when he reminded the Ephesians that previously they were without hope and without God in the world – without hope because without God” (BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Spe Salvi, 3).
[12] Cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 24 and 270.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014


Dear Friends .
Under the aegis of the Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD) -a  programme on December 10th- Human Rights Day -is once again  being organised!
from 230 pm to 530 pm(ending with a candle light demonstration)
at the Sardar Baug footpath, in front of Roopalee Cinema ,
             Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad

Gujarat continues to witness growing human rights violations-in every possible sphere; the poor, the marginalised, the dalits, the adivasis, the minorities, women and children -are generally the victims!
We request you to participate this event and encourage others to do so
 We thank you in anticipation for the same.
Kindly excuse  cross-posting.Thanks
yours sincerely,
Fr Prakash

Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
"PRASHANT"   (A Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace)
Hill Nagar, Near Kamdhenu Hall, Drive-in Road, Ahmedabad - 380052,Gujarat, INDIA
Tel :+91 (0)79-27455913/66522333
Cell : 9824034536
Fax:+91 (0)79-27489018



Dear Colleagues,

All human beings are born free. They are equal in self respect and rights. They are rational and sensitive. They should behave with one another in a brotherly manner.

On December 10th 1948, the General Body of the United Nations accepted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then, 10th December is observed as the Human Rights Day all over the world.   Acceptance of this declaration was a proof of the common man’s agonies during the Second World War, his opposition to war and terrorism and his faith and belief in a more meaningful life. The Movement for Secular Democracy has been observing the Human Rights Day in the State since 1998.

In this declaration, thirty Articles have been incorporated along with the prologue. These Articles acknowledge human rights of common people all over, however, the situation of human rights is today very serious in the world, in our country and in our State of Gujarat.  Instead of appreciating the values of democracy and human rights, ‘might is right’ prevails all over. Those who are mighty and are invested with power, exhibit unlimited high-handedness with plenty of lies! The powerful trample upon those who are poor, depressed and deprived and add to their sufferings, pain and agony! The rights of those are made subjects of ridicule.

But we are concerned about the rights of the common people and consider it as our duty to raise our voice on their behalf. Let us therefore, commit ourselves for human rights of the deprived and suffering people.  Let us also commit ourselves to fight for their rights.

Our Demands include:

·         Give equal economic rights to all
·         Stop making changes in the Centre’s Land Acquisition Act
·         Stop making changes in the Centre’s Labour Laws
·         Stop making changes in Centre’s Right to Information (RTI)
·         Remove immediately the difficulties faced by the ‘bar-coded ration card-holders in the State
·         Stop advertisments which portray women as low and obscene
·         Prevent cruelty and rapes of women and provide them with protection and security
·         Implement strictly the Domestic Violence Law (2005)
·         Let the State Government enhance the grants given for multipurpose activity centres of women’s organisations
·         Prevent the privatisation and commercialisation of education in the State and implement the Right to Education (RTE)
·         Provide basic facilities in the residential areas of the minorities
·         Cancel the semester system which is burdensome to the parents, guardians, teachers and students
·         Protest against the removal of ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ and as well as the ‘Nirbhaya Diwas’ and ensure immediate implementation of the law against the Sexual Harassment (2013)
·         In order to prevent the ever-increasing sexual violence on children, effectively implement POSCO (the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012)
·         Implement the recommendations of the Justice Verma Committee
·         Provide alternative residences to the slum-dwellers or regularise the same
·         Implement effectively the National Food Security Act (2013)
·         In the ‘Swach Bharat Mission’ (Clean India Mission) include 75 areas of the country that are highly polluted industrially
·         There should be no rethinking on the six environmental laws of the country and implement the original laws forcefully and immediately
·         Immediately pay the compensation to silicosis victims as per law
-          and  several others

Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD)
People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)
Ahmedabad Jilla Sarvodaya Mandal
Nagrik Sahshaktikaran Manch
Ahmedabad Womens’ Action Group (AWAG)
All India Mahila Sanskrutik Sangathan (AIMSS)
Ahmedabad Muslim Women’s Association (AMWA)
Majoor Mahajan Sangh (Women’s Group)
Punruthan Mahila Sangh
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)
Gujarat Sarvodaya Mandal
Centre for Development (CFD)

Date    :           Wednesday, 10th December 2014 
Time   :           2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
                        5.30 pm candle light demonstration 
Venue :           Sardar Bagh, Opp. Roopalee Cinema, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad 380 001



-Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*

Human Rights 365’ is the theme of the 2014 Human Rights Day on December 10th.

For the first time since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by a UN General Assembly Resolution 217A (III) of 10 December 1948 with a clarion call that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, the need is felt that it is just not one day but every single day should be Human Rights Day! How true!

This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, states the UN website “encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

The theme itself is a challenging one which necessitates that human rights cannot be relegated to lip-service acts or to our observance just once a year through dharnas, rallies, and public shows etc. These do have a place given the fact that being human, we need to awake and to be awakened about the grim realities around us. But such a day should also motivate us to act very concretely on serious issues which affect common people day in and day out.

Let us look at what is happening in various parts of India and particularly in Gujarat in order to understand the way human rights are daily violated. Newspapers today carried news items about women being raped in the cities of Ahmedabad and Surat and just a couple of days ago, India was once again shocked by a young executive being raped in a taxi-cab in New Delhi. Some of these cases make the news very specially if the middle class or the rich are the victims; but the situation in India is such that most women-victims are poor, they are often tribals or dalits and just do not have the opportunity of either garnering the necessary sympathy and support or the police and judicial action to bring the culprits to book.

There is another significant article in one of the leading papers today of the way the livelihood of the salt-pan workers, in the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, is threatened.   The article states “these salt-pan workers are caught between two extremes as on one side they struggle for drinking water.....and on the other – the flooding (from a canal from the Narmada Project) threatens to wash away their salt produced” and ultimately livelihood.

The irony is while the rich, powerful and vested interests of Gujarat have gone all ga-ga about the Narmada Dam, this project has caused unmitigated suffering to the tribals of the area. Apart from the destruction to flora and fauna, and ecological destruction, thousands of tribals have been displaced over the years.  The increase in the height of the dam is clearly violative of the rights of the people in the area. The tragedy is that the waters from this dam are being used for industrial purposes and by urban centres like Ahmedabad – hardly benefitting the poor in the parched areas of Gujarat.

Another news items speaks about ‘thirteen child labourers being rescued in Surat’.  All these children are from Bihar and aged between nine and thirteen years. Gujarat might easily have one of the highest percentages of child labourers in the country. It is common knowledge that children from Rajasthan are smuggled across the border to work in the cotton fields of North Gujarat; there are several children working in the diamond polishing units and even in the ‘kitlis’ (tea stalls) all over Gujarat. It is not uncommon to see children working in brick-kilns, quarrying works and other intensive labour works not only in Gujarat but in several other parts of the country.

Farmers too are being given a rough deal all across India and particularly in States like Gujarat. ‘The Right to fair compensation and transparency in Land Acquisition & Rehabilitation & Resettlement Act, 2013’ was passed by the previous UPA Government in order to rectify the wrongs done to the farmers. This Act came into force from January 1st 2014. Very strangely, the Government of Gujarat which talks about a so-called ‘Development Model’ (complete with myths, illusions and half-truths) has not yet made this Act operational but has come out with some ‘draft rules’ which seriously violate the rights of farmers.

And what does one have to say about minority rights? Those who trampled upon the rights of the minorities; who killed people at will; who looted, burnt and raped have either not been punished, claim immunity or are out on bail. Thanks to vested interests who have bought up media houses, a sense of ‘majoritarianism’ has permeated into sections of Indian society. So a Union Minister can get away using the most abusive and derogatory remarks on minority communities; so an NGO subscribing to a fundamentalist and fascist ideology can go into a Christian school to intimidate and harass and make ridiculous demands from the management there.

The list of human rights violations on the poor, vulnerable and sub-alterns and on those who defend them is endless indeed!

In his message for the day, the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon states, “I call on States to honour the obligations to protect human rights everyday of the year, I call on people to hold their Governments to account.”  The world will be watching if he has the courage to say these words to the Prime Minister of India and to the Chief Minister of Gujarat when he comes to the so-called “Vibrant Gujarat Summit” early in January 2015.

Yes, because of what is happening in Gujarat and other parts in India, human rights for all have to be promoted and protected on not just one day but on every single day of the year!

10th December, 2014