December 09, 2016

Secular Action Network -December 2016

Newsletter of All India Secular Forum Volume. 11 No.9 December 2016 C O N T E N T S Editorial 1. Forum News -TOT on National Integration, Peace and Justice 2. CSSS News - Seminar on RSSS ideology versus Ambedkar’s ideology 3. Bhopal Fake Encounter 4. Appreciating the Humamn Rights Defenders 5. Profiles in Peace 6. Poem - What is wrong if ‘You” don’t have cash in your hand? 7. A note on historical similarities 8. Freedom of Religion – UN Report 9. A Satire on Ache Din 10. नोटबंदी: कारपोरेट की अगुवाई में मोदी का जनता पर हमला – भाकपा (माले) रेड स्टार 11. Interview - Trust and openees: Essential Ingredients of Inter-faith Dialogue – Interview with Dr. Loyd Allen 12. Resource - E-Digest - Gandhi’s Assassination - Godse and RSS Connection -Book on Ambedkar and Hindutva Politics -------------------------------- Ph. 022-26149668, 022-26135098 E-mail: csss2work@gmail.com Editor: Ram Puniyani, ram.puniyani@gmail.com, www.pluralindia.com Advisory Board: L.S. Hardenia, Irfan Engineer, Dhirendra Panda, Mohammad Arif. -- From the Editor’s Desk The month was dominated by the fall outs of demonization. Nearly 86% of circulating currency has been demonetized creating havoc with the life of average people. The seventy deaths in queues have raised several questions about the motive of the step by Modi Sarkar. One guess is that it is to deflate the opposition parties in the forthcoming elections of UP in particular. Another point is that this Government has written off huge debts for the corporate world, making the bank coffers empty, and this is meant to draw out the money of average people to bank deposits to fill the big gap created by Corporate’ loot. The dilemma is that despite many people standing in queues they seem to be supporting the move as being good in the long term. It seems the propaganda of this government is too strong, but any propaganda cannot sustain for long. Even those who have done this hoarding of black money in big quantum seem to be undisturbed by this move. As such what has been demonetized is just five percent of the black money as 80% of black is deposited in banks abroad, what is called ‘safe heavens’, and fifteen percent is in the form of real estate, jewelry etc. Modi had promised that he will bring back the black money from those banks so that Rs fifteen lakhs will be deposited in everybody’s account. This is being quoted by people off and on. It seems one of the reasons behind this move may be to show that he is serious about black money and is doing so much for that. Surely, this move is a cover up to hide his failure to fulfill his promise and large number of citizens will gradually realize the pain and discomfort caused by his ill conceived move. The interview by Vinod Sharma carried by us, sums up the issues very well. Ram Puniyani (Editor) - Link http://www.csss-isla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SAN-December-2016-New1.pdf