MICHAEL J Schaack, captain of police in Chicago at the time of the Haymarket episode, was in charge of arresting the revolutionaries and framing up charges against them during the historic trial. He was thus deeply involved in the matter from beginning to end and was also a witness to the last days of the martyrs and their martyrdom.
For more than 5 years there is no news of the brother of Abu Talib, a poultry vendor in Azamgarh. Abu Talib and his brother used to work in Mumbai in the jewellery industry. Rashid, the brother, had come home from Mumbai for Ramzan. He was scheduled to return after Eid. However, the Crime Branch of Mumbai police came to Abu Talib one day and said that Rashid was a terrorist. They asked Abu Talib to meet them unofficially which he refused. He told them they can interrogate him formally but he will not meet them unofficially.
THE CPI(M) which is contesting two Lok Sabha seats (Araku and Tirupati) and 33 assembly seats has undertaken intensive campaigning meeting the people. Its top leaders including Polit Bureau members Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat, B V Raghavulu, Central Secretariat member V Sreenivasa Rao, CC member K Hemalatha, J&K state secretary Mohd Yusuf Tarigami, Tripura LF ministers Jitendra Choudhary and others campaigned for CPI(M) candidates.
IN a memorandum submitted to the chairperson of the National Commission for Women on April 30, the national women’s organisations demanded immediate action into the shocking incident of abduction and gang rape of four dalit girls in Bhagana village of Hissar district in Haryana on March 23. The memorandum noted that the perpetrators who have been arrested are sons of highly influential jat families with strong political connections with ruling party.
THE Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in lower Assam which had witnessed carnage over the years have, once again, been transformed into a killing zone since May 1 last. The memories of the 2008 ethnic and communal clashes in Darrang-Udalguri districts and the gruesome incidents of the 2012 July-August riots in Kokrajhar-Chirang-Baksa districts within BTAD are still fresh in the minds of the people. The 2012 riots left over 100 dead and 4.85 lakh displaced, some of whom even today live in refugee camps.
THESE ‘coolie lines’ are mini-India. Not that ‘mini’ though, hundreds living in shanty rooms, busy local markets, life tuned to working hours of the jute mills, growth and decline of the jute economy. You can hear overlapping of Hindi of Samastipur, Odishi of Keonjhar, Telugu of Nellore, Urdu and slashing Bengali at the same time. ‘Coolie’ is a term, the legacy of which dates back to the opening of a series of jute mills beside the river Ganges by British entrepreneurs in Barrackpore.
THERE is still an ongoing debate in the US and in some key European countries on the question of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the role of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the bloodletting. There are signs that that Washington, London and Berlin are already mellowing in their attitude towards Narendra Modi, but civil society in those countries is reluctant to give the Gujarat chief minister a clean chit In the first week of April, a US congressional panel — the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) — has started hearings on religious freedom in India.
THE struggle for implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act for the “disadvantaged groups” and “weaker sections” --- as given in the act and upheld by the Supreme Court --- is being carried out for the third successive year in Mumbai and receiving an overwhelming response from the downtrodden sections. The movement has widened in scope as well as intensity during these three years, with more and more parents coming forward to avail of free education for their children.
THE cry for reservation in the private sector is growing louder. Promises were made during the election campaign. But, the very fundamental question still remains. That is, whether the existing policy of reservation in government and public sector is being implemented in its true spirit or not. The experience shows it is not.