Remembering the Great Bengal Famine of 1943

Remembering the victims of great
Bengal famine of 1943. Indians
seems to be one of the most
insensitive lot on earth.
Country
India
Location
Bengal
Period
1943–1944
Total deaths
4 to 7 million
Observations
Policy failure, war
Succeeded by
Last catastrophic famine; major
famines ended with the end
ofBritish ruleThe Bengal famine of
1943 struck the Bengal province
of pre-partition India. Estimates
are that
between 7 and 10 million
peopledied of starvation,
malnutrition and disease, out of
Bengal’s 60.3
million population, half of
themdying from disease after
food became available in
December
1943

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We are like vultures

Most of us in our society exhibit
traits of vultures. We start
hovering and crowding around
individuls we think are lost, weak,
or dying. We try to check by
provocations, then one of us will
take a tiny bite and dive back,
others would follow suit. If the
victim ignores and does not take
steps and keep lying they all
would fall upon him dis-entrail
him. No wonder that, not only
members of majority communiy,
but even linguistic marginals
within our community or
otherwise, without a big group –
like you won’t venture into a
jungle or desert alöne – dread to
live in Muslim dominated areas in
Delhi, not to speak of other
smaller minorities like Christians,
Parsis, Bahais. They are well
organised in net works of
kinships ever ready to indulge
and over-power the victims. Apart
from these community elders,
leaders and Muslim media are
ever ready to drown and supress
any conscientious voice from
within and confuse the world. I
will chronicle their machination
separately

What great personalities of the world have to say about social activism.

Social Justice is the belief that
every individual and group is
entitled to fair and equal rights
and participation in social,
educational, and economic
advantages. Some people see
social justice as charity but the
difference is that social justice.
Justice calls us not to do things
FOR the poor but rather do
things WITH them, in service and
in community. Charity is giving
someone clothes while justice is
helping them find a job or gain
skills for a job so they can buy
the clothes. It is best defined by
the by the famous Lao Tzu
proverb, “Give a man a fish; you
have fed him for today. Teach a
man to fish; and you have fed
him for a lifetime”
1. “You must be the change you
wish to see in the world.” –
Mahatma Ganhdi
2. “The world changes according
to the way people see it, and if
you can alter, even by a
millimeter, the way people look at
reality, then you can change the
world.”-James Baldwin
3. ‘Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that
ever does.’ -Margaret Mead
4. ‘ In Germany, they came first
for the Communists, And I didn’t
speak up because I wasn’t a
Communist; And then they came
for the trade unionists, And I
didn’t speak up because I wasn’t
a trade unionist; And then they
came for the Jews, And I didn’t
speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . .
And by that time there was no
one left to speak up.’ – Pastor
Martin Niemöller
5. “Once social change begins it
can not be reversed. You can not
un-educate the person that has
learned to read. You can not
humiliate the person who feels
pride. You can not oppress the
people who are not afraid
anymore.” -Cesar Chavez
6.”Do not wait for leaders; do it
alone, person to person.”- Mother
Teresa
7. “Neutrality helps the
oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the
tormentor, never the
tormented.”- Elie Wiesel
8. “The ultimate measure of a
man is not where he stands in
moments of comfort and
convenience, but where he
stands at times of challenge and
controversy.”- Martin Luther King
Jr.
9. “How wonderful it is that
nobody need wait a single
moment before starting to
improve the world.”- Anne Frank
10. “I wish to do something
Great and Wonderful, but I must
start by doing the little things like
they were Great and Wonderful”-
Albert Einstein

2 returns from death row: New D.N.A finger printing technology

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Superior Courts can now order C.B.I probe

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A five judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of Supreme Court K.G Balakrishnan dismissing an Appeal filed by Government of West Bengal in Midnapore massacre case, ruled that superior courts can order CBI probe into a case without the consent of a state government using their sound descretion despite Law and Order being in the State List and mandatory provisions in Special Police Establishment Act. The Bench evoked powers granted by Article 32 and 226 of Constitution of India which obligates superior courts to protect fundamental rights of citizens. Bench:C.J, K.G Balakrishnan, justices R.V Ravindran, D.K. Jain, P Sathasenam, J.B Panchal. Attorney General: Goolam Vahanvati.

Open personal vindictiveness brings Supreme Court under public reproach

Justice Ajit Prakash Shah

Welcoming a judgement

Elevation of one of India’s finest justices Mr. Ajit Prakash Shah blocked buy Supreme Court of India Justice Mr. Kapadia actuated by personal vendetta – over my dead body attitude – over an old tiff they had when the two were on Mumbai Bench. With chances of alternate absorption in Law Commission also becoming dim on the face of the fact that Justice Kapadia is slated to become the next Chief Justice of India and his unforgiving and open vindictive attitude towards Mr. Shah, Mr. Shah has opted to work for the handicapped in Prakash Amte’s ashram in Maharashtra. Justice Shah is credited with many underdogs and marginalized friendly judgments, the latest one this week where he ruled homeless dwellers living in huts on Govt.lands cannot be uprooted without being provided alternative accommodations. He is also credited with decriminalization of same gender sexuality. The attitude and naked vindictiveness and unjust attitude of Justice Kabadia has brought the highest court under reproach of common man. I have always known Justice Shah as Man of Heart, not because of his judgments of which I have never been a follower for want of time but because in his every address I happen to be an audience he touched my heart. Without fail in every speech he motivated we lawyers towards generosity, charity, social activism and social work. In the law day function this year he set a term with our bar that the function should feature an oath ceremony. He administered an oath on moral rectitude and respect to law, constitution and professional ethics.

Concert or coincidence

How come, strangers with whom I have no concern at all would single me out to pick quarrel, intidimate, and at times to assault, in my place of living and place of work. Twice attempt on life was made. Once I have been stripped. Constantly being uprooted and resettling. Now even defacating and pissing has become a luxury. It is said thrice may be coincidence but fourth may be design.

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