THE 12-day strike by the students of the Model School at the National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH) ended successfully on August 27 with the institute agreeing to all the major demands raised by the students. The institute now has a new director while the principal and the vice principal of the Model School have been removed.
A NATIONAL Convention on Adivasi Exclusion from Education was jointly organised by the Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch (AARM), Centre for Adivasi Research and Development (CARD), and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) in New Delhi on August 18, 2018. 224 adivasi participants, including 117 adivasi students, many adivasi teachers and also parents and guardians attended the convention from 14 states. As many as 31 delegates spoke in the convention bringing their varied experiences and suggestions making the discussions lively and educative.
IN the last week of the Monsoon Session, the Lok Sabha passed four bills amending laws related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The move aims at plugging loopholes in the existing laws and reducing the compliance burden for taxpayers. The Central GST (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Integrated GST (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Union Territory GST (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the GST (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2018 were passed.
EARLIER this year, the All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN) called for observing August 20 as National Scientific Temper Day (NSTD), in order to commemorate the cold-blooded murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, well known campaigner against superstition and for scientific temper, on that day in 2013. To the horror of the nation, the original suspicion was confirmed by the very similar murders over the next three years of Govind Pansare, Prof M M Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh.
A CONFERENCE to protect the constitution of India, not just de-jure but also de-facto, was held at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi on August 16. This was the fifth in the series. The previous ones were held in different parts of the country. The hall was fully packed and there were people even outside who could not get entry due to space constraints.
FOR the first time, CITU has decided to conduct a ‘samuhik jagaran’ programme all over the country on the night of August 14, 2018.
This was to remember the sacrifices made by thousands of workers, peasants and common people who made immense sacrifices in the struggle for freedom from British colonialism and to rededicate to the fulfilment of their aspirations.
A RECEPTION Committee for the historic ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally’ on September 5, 2018 was formed with eminent Marxist economist Prabhat Patnaik as chairman. In a meeting held on July 31, 2018 at BTR Bhawan a reception committee of 300 was formed with many eminent persons and intellectuals and leaders of different class and mass organisations.
THESE are very busy days. It seems even 24 hours are not sufficient for my search. Google is not of much help, it is only trying to make me understand what it is, not where it is. Indeed, the search is for that thing which is available at a premium these days – conscience.
IN tough times, when the basic fabric of brotherhood in a country like India is being torn apart, will there be signs of hope? ‘Mulk’ – a recently released Hindi film produced and directed by Anubhav Sinha is one of the signs of hope! There have been many reviews about the film, about the idea it builds around the Mulk (country/nation). But I would like to begin with the forthright comments of the director.