The Asian Age – Nitish Kumar opposes citizenship bill

Bihar CM assures students’ body he will write to PM

Manoj Anand

Guwahati – Assam – India, 19 May 2018. In what may be called a shot in the arm for All-Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has not only opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, but also announced to write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointing out the imminent threat to the identity of indigenous population of Assam and the Northeast if the bill is passed.

Mr Kumar said this to an AASU delegation, which met him in Patna on Wednesday as part of its strategy to take the movement to national level and form a strong political lobby against the proposed legislation.

“The support of Bihar chief minister is a major development for our cause as we need strong leaders at the national level to take up this issue and support our stand. Well aware of the history of the students movement in the state and the problem of cross-border infiltration, he has assured us to write to the PM,” AASU advisor, who was part of the delegation, said.

“He also told us that in a secular country like India, citizenship cannot be granted on the basis of religion,” he added. Harivansh Narayan Singh, MP from Bihar and a member of the Joint Parliamenta-ry Committee, was also present in the meeting.

The student body which is leading a movement against the proposed bill has already met leaders from 11 national and regional political parties, including the TMC, Shiromani Akali Dal, TDP, DMK, AIADMK, CPM, CPI, Congress(I), BJP and BPF over the issue.

It will also meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to build a strong political opinion against the bill.

“We have also sought an audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue. But for reasons best known to him, the meeting has not been fixed yet,” the students leader said.

The student body further claimed that their movement was gaining momentum, both on the streets and at political level. At the state-level, regional units of the AASU are organising protest activities apart from its collaboration with the 28 ethnic bodies of Assam, while another movement was also launched with the Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad.

The Tribune – Political leaders were on target of terror module, claims probe

Balwant Garg, Tribune News Service

Faridkot – Panjab – India, 18 May 2018. A week after the arrest of two members of a terror module in Faridkot, their interrogation has revealed that they were “planning to kill” some political leaders and those who were allegedly involved in desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Sandeep Singh (26) of Bangi Nihal Singh village in Bathinda and Amar Singh (48) from Chatha village in Sirsa district of Haryana, believed to be members of Khalistan Zindabad, a subgroup of a terror module, were arrested on May 10 from the Faridkot-Kotkapura road.

Police investigation revealed that both belonged to poor families and they were “incited to take revenge” by showing gruesome and horrific pictures of 1984 riots on a Facebook page in the name of “Gabbar”, a pseudonym, from Germany.

“Gabbar” was funding both Sandeep and Amar and they were promised Rs 1 lakh per killing, said sources in investigation teams.

They claimed the RSS and Shiv Sena were the main targets of this terror module. Investigation agencies have managed to get the names of some leaders of these groups in Moga and Jalandhar districts who were on this list. A woman in the area who was arrested by the police for the alleged theft of a “Bir” in Muktsar some time back was another target.

The police have seized two pistols and 40 cartridges from them. The pistols are China-made and the cartridges are believed to be made in Pakistan, says a police officer.

Both were in constant touch with Australia-based Gurjant Singh Khalsa, who runs the International Sikh Federation, through social media and were using encrypted VoIP calls. In these encrypted calls made to Canada, Australia, German and Qatar countries, pistol, cartridges and killings were discussed with coded names.

The police are taking the help of Interpol to investigate in foreign countries, said insiders.

Melle Leeuw – Macharius buurt – Leuven NMBS

Melle Leeuw
04 April 2018

Terminus of tram 2
Buses 27, 28, 94 and 96 to Gent-Sint-Pieters stop here too

Two trams at the terminus
The tram on the left is about to leave
The one one the right has just arrived

The tram terminus is just outside Stad Gent


Macharius buurt
05 April 2018

Buitenhof – Back entrance to the Eyüp Sultan Moskee

Leuven NMBS
07 April

Isn’t it the 16:19 to Blankenberge again !

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Catch News – How Sikh groups are trying to align with Dalits & minorities against Hindutva

Rajeev Khanna

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 18 May 2018. Incensed at the attempts by Hindutva outfits to interfere in Sikh religious matters and distort the community’s history, Sikh groups are now trying to align with other religious minorities as well as Dalits.

“We stand with the Dalits, Muslims, Christians and other minorities of India and will not allow the designs of the Brahminical forces including the RSS to succeed”. This is the message being sent out by various Sikh outfits.

Members of the United Sikh Movement (USM) that claims to represent various political and social groups that are outside the ambit of the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) disclosed that they are now in touch with various groups and organisations representing the Dalits and minorities that are facing an onslaught from the Brahminical forces across the country.

“We want to raise the question – what is happening across India? They are out to finish off everything that makes them uncomfortable. Even the Hindus are now questioning their motives and are feeling insecure and threatened. One day they change the name of colleges and on another change the name of roads.

What was the purpose of changing the name of Dyal Singh College to Vande Mataram Dyal Singh College in Delhi when it is well known that Vande Mataram has been converted into a sort of a war cry against the Muslims.

Then they go on to create a controversy over a picture of Mohammad Ali Jinnah,” said Captain Chanan Singh at a USM briefing in Chandigarh on Friday.
Along with him another USM leader Dr Bhagwan Singh told Catch, “We are in touch with people like Mayawati, Prakash Ambedkar and groups like All India Milli Council along with several other organisations. We plan to hold a seminar and a meeting shortly where we will be chalking out our future course of action.”

“We are opposed to idolatry, we never fast, we never perform yagnas and havans. We have got nothing to do with Brahminism yet the Brahminical groups are trying to meddle into our affairs.

They are bringing out books referring to our Gurus as robbers and thieves while saying that some of them committed suicides. They are being called ‘Gau Bhakts’. Anyone opposing them is told to go to Pakistan.

We warn them to mend their ways failing which they will be the ones being sent to Pakistan. We will be forced to take to the streets and come out with an Elan-e-Jang,” said Captain Chaman Singh.

The blasphemous content in books printed by Shree Bharati Prakashan in Dr Hedgewar Bhawan Parisar in Nagpur has taken the Sikh world by storm. People even outside the political domain are also agitated over reports on such literature being brought out and circulated across the country.

It is the uproar over these books that was first reported by Catch that has led to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) demanding strict action against the publishers of these books.

Media reports quote a statement released by SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal stating that the SGPC has taken up the matter with the union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis expressing the displeasure of the Sikhs over the distortion of the Sikh history and facts relating to the Gurus in the books that are being circulated.

Longowal has reportedly demanded immediate withdrawal of the controversial book while cautioning Hindutva groups to restrain from indulging in such activities.

But several Sikhs believe that an apology would not do in this case. They want the state government under Captain Amarinder Singh to register criminal cases against the culprits and arrest them.

A large number of Sikhs are of the view that the Hindutva organisations like the RSS have infiltrated into the Sikh institutions like the SGPC and the Akal Takht through the SAD that is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“It is a chain. The Badals (Parkash Singh and Sukhbir Singh) led SAD have become the servants of the BJP and the SGPC has become the servant of the SAD. Things have today come to a pass that no one cares about the directives coming from the Akal Takht Jathedar or the SGPC.

There used to be a time when the directives of the Akal Takht Jathedar were sacrosanct. The SGPC itself stands accused of having published books that have shown the Gurus in poor light,” said Captain Chanan Singh.

A large number of Sikhs have been questioning the RSS and other Brahminical groups of their contribution to the Indian freedom struggle in the context of their propagating their version of cultural nationalism.

Given the increasing beligerence of Hindutva forces, the resistance from Sikh groups is only likely to rise.

The Hindu – Magic no: 111 – a cliffhanger likely in Karnataka

Only cross-voting or abstentions from the Congress-JD(S) combine could help B.S. Yeddyurappa; now there are only 221 members as H D Kumaraswamy was elected from two seats.

Nagesh Prabhu

Bengaluru – Karnataka – India, 19 May 2018. The new one-man Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of B S Yeddyurappa, which is seven members short of a majority of 111 in the Karnataka House of 221 members, thus faces an uphill task in proving its strength during the floor test on Saturday.

Although Karnataka has a 224-seat Assembly, polls were held for 222 seats. Elections to two seats were deferred. Further there are now only 221 members as Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy was elected from two constituencies, Channapatna and Ramangaram.

The BJP won the highest number of seats with 104 MLAs. The Congress with 78 MLAs, the JD(S) with 36 and three others are also individually not in a position to form the government.

Three possibilities

Before the Assembly begins its session at 11 am on Saturday, all political parties are expected to hold a meeting of their respective legislature groups and issue a whip.

There are three possible scenarios that Mr Yeddyurappa could hope for to save his government.

In the first scenario, seven members of the Congress-JD (S) combine must indulge in cross-voting. Failing that, the Chief Minister could win the trust vote if 14 newly elected members do not take oath as MLAs before the vote of confidence procedure begins, thereby reducing the members in the House to 207.

The BJP, with 104 members, will then have more than the half-way mark.

In a third scenario, 14 members of the Congress – JD(S) combine could abstain from voting when Mr Yeddyurappa moves the confidence motion. This again reduces the number of MLAs voting to 207.

However, in case seven members of the opposition either cross-vote in favour of Mr. Yeddyurappa or do not vote at all, they face disqualification for six years under the Anti-Defection Law.

While the BJP claimed it has the support of MLAs from other parties, the Congress and the JD(S) insist that they are united and have the numbers to form the government.

However, the allies have also expressed fears of the BJP luring their MLAs and getting them to resign their seats or abstain from voting during the floor test. Congress sources meanwhile said Anand Singh, three-time MLA who won from Vijayanagara (Ballari) on their ticket, has not joined the other party MLAs.

“The BJP is using the Enforcement Directorate to threaten us. It has threatened Anand Singh as well”, JD(S) State president H D Kumaraswamy said.

Congress leaders also released a recording of a telephonic conversation, purportedly between mining baron G Janardhan Reddy and Basanagouda Daddala, a Congress MLA, where the former is heard wooing the latter into the BJP camp.

Releasing the recording, V S Ugrappa, Congress MLC said it clearly proved that the BJP was resorting to “dirty tricks” to woo MLAs and engineer defections ahead of trust vote. However, Union Minister and Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar rubbished the conversation as “fake”.