Re: [ZESTCaste] SREE VAISHNAVI MARRIAGE BUREAU (MALA AND MADIGA ONLY) CONTACT:- 9133 434 434

2010-08-07 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
ha ha ha ha ha ha. Look at the name!

On 6 August 2010 15:42, blandinar...@ymail.com blandinar...@ymail.comwrote:




 THE MARRIAGE BUREAU STARTED IN THE YEAR 2009, ARRANGED MANY ALLIANCES FOR
 THE TOTAL SATISFACTION OF MATCH SEEKERS. THE BUREAU HAS BEEN MAKING PROGRESS
 RAPIDLY WITH THE ACTIVE SUPPORT OF VIDE NET WORK AND THE HELP OF THE NEAR
 AND DEAR.

 SREE VAISHNAVI MARRIAGE BUREAU (MALA AND MADIGA ONLY) CONTACT:- 9133 434
 434

 



[ZESTCaste] RESIST FORCED EVICTION OF STUDENTS IN THE NAME OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES [2 Attachments]

2010-07-06 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
-- Forwarded message --
From: Tanya Matthan tanyamatt...@gmail.com
Date: 6 July 2010 09:22
Subject: Fwd: RESIST FORCED EVICTION OF STUDENTS IN THE NAME OF COMMONWEALTH
GAMES
To: Ayesha Matthan ayeshamatt...@gmail.com, yasmin matthan 
ymatt...@hotmail.com, Arun Matthan arunmatt...@yahoo.co.in, anoop kumar 
anoopkh...@gmail.com, CHITTIBABU PADAVALA afchittib...@gmail.com, Bindu
Menon binme...@gmail.com, lalit batra lalitba...@gmail.com,
bhamat...@gmail.com, bendan...@gmail.com, Deepti Mehrotra 
deept...@gmail.com, Vidyun Sabhaney vidyunsabha...@gmail.com




Please do read this and pass this on to as many people as possible.


---
Down with eviction of students from College Hostels!
Onwards to students self-activity!!

The current administration of Delhi University has attempted to reshape the
University through a series of sinister agendas - be it the introduction of
semester system, the European Studies Programme or the biometric
identification system. All of them have shared one thing in common:
the thwarting of democratic debate on proposals for change, and the routine
violation of regulatory protocols.

The latest episode has been the eviction of students (2,000 students
according to reports) from a number of hostels in Delhi University in order
to make them available for the Commonwealth Games. Hostels are being
renovated and beautified for the officials and visitors of the Games,
while students are scrambling around for their own accommodation. The
students, like the 40,000 families on the Yamuna bank, are now among the
many that have been displaced in the name of national glory. What comes into
question is the fact that the University has agreed to avail of 20
crores of rupees from the Commonwealth Games project without taking any
cognisance of how and where such resources are generated. It has thus become
an accomplice in the larger process of reckless corporatisation that the
whole city is undergoing in the bid of becoming a “global city”.

This has left students at the mercy of private accommodation, with its
unregulated rents and precarious guarantees. Rents are rising in
anticipation of the increased demand for PGs and flats, forcing many
existing residents to move out and making accommodation unaffordable for
incoming residents as well. The University has made no attempt to devise a
mechanism to control or subsidise rents. The inflated prices that students
pay are in effect the costs they bear for the cosmetic surgery DU is
undergoing, and by extension, the hidden burden they carry for the
Commonwealth Games. Some newspaper reports even indicate that hostel fees
may increase after the hostels have been “upgraded”. Moreover, the lack of a
viable and safe alternative has compelled many girls seeking admission in DU
to rethink their decision. The University has also failed to consider living
conditions around campus, especially from a gender-sensitive perspective. We
can only begin to imagine what it must be like for those with physical
disabilities to navigate around dug-up roads, unmarked holes and hazardous
construction material.

The students are told that their eviction is “for their own good”. It is
“for them” that the authorities are “improving student infrastructure”,
making “world-class” hostels. Where was this concern for well-being when the
college authorities took the decision to evict students? Not once was there
any dialogue with students about this “upgradation”, or about the best and
most suitable way to go about it. Instead, the whole decision-making process
was shrouded in mystery, leading to utter chaos and confusion: while Hansraj
made its hostel residents sign a bond last year declaring they had no
objection to being evicted between July and October 2010, Miranda House
students have still not been officially informed about the eviction!

We cannot allow the University to get away with such deliberate and
avoidable irresponsibility. We
make the following demands from the University:
• We demand the provision of alternate accommodation for evicted students.
• This accommodation should be at par with the hostels, both in terms of
prices as well as
qualitative conditions such as basic amenities and safety.
• We also demand, as conscientious members of a larger community, that this
provision not be met at the cost of another section of society.

On our part, let us work towards creating another space, a commune perhaps,
an imaginative and practical alternative that is self-governed by members of
the university community, a cooperative living space that meets its own
needs and conducts itself in a responsible and
democratic fashion.

If you are angered by what you see around you in the University, and indeed,
in the city, if you want to speak out against the shrinking of democratic
space and are ready to reclaim what is rightfully yours, please come and
join us!

THIS IS OUR UNIVERSITY! LET’S

[ZESTCaste] Re: Invite to join a discussion forum on Chhattisgarh

2010-07-05 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
On 4 July 2010 21:01, Shubhranshu Choudhary s...@cgnet.in wrote:




 Dear Chittibabu Ji

 Trust this finds you well.

 Chhattisgarh Net is an online discussion group on issues related to
 Chhattisgarh and its people. (  www.36garh.notlong.com)

 We think we would benefit from an exchange with concerned people like you
 who are interested in Chhattisgarh/tribal/people living in forest and would
 share their experiences with us.

 We think Dalits and tribals should get together

 To join please reply to this mail

 May we also request you to forward this request to whoever you think may be
 interested.

 Please also have a look at People's Website of Chhattisgarh at
 www.cgnet.in which is an outcome of the discussion group.

 We look forward to an enriching experience for all of us.

 With regards
 Shubhranshu
 for Moderators, CGnet




















[ZESTCaste] Tehelka School of Journalism is looking for sponsors to train Dalits

2010-07-02 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
-- Forwarded message --
From: Source sou...@tehelka.com
Date: 30 June 2010 12:21
Subject: Re: Hi
To: CHITTIBABU PADAVALA afchittib...@gmail.com


Dear Mr Padavala,

Thank you for the mail. Yes, I do understand the pressing need to ensure
equal representation and participation of Dalits in mainstream media and
totally support your idea.
However, since Tehelka does mainly non-commercial journalism, it's very
tough for us to offer any scholarships as of now but I do really want to
help make the media a more accessible profession for Dalits. So I have
already initiated the process of looking for sponsors and as soon as I have
something lined up, I will inform you.
In the meanwhile, in case there is any development on your side, please do
let me know.

warm regds
Gunjan



- Original Message - From: CHITTIBABU PADAVALA 
afchittib...@gmail.com

To: Source sou...@tehelka.com
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: Hi



 Dear Ms. Gunjan Batra,

 Let me first thank you for your kind and positive response. A couple
 of days ago Tehelka reporter Ms. Sanjana called me up and told me that
 Tehelka School of Journalism decided to reserve five seats for dalits
 but I was to get the funding for the students. While I assure you that
 I shall do everything in my capacity to contribute to your efforts, I
 am baffled by this idea. What is the point of reserving 5 seats for
 Dalits if they have to pay fees?
 Probably a look at ACJ's Dalit scholarship scheme is useful. I think
 ACJ's model is good enough to emulate, and if you want to, can even be
 bettered.

 On top of waiving the fees and providing free meals and accommodation,
 ACJ also offers Rs. 4,000 nominal stipend per month per each Dalit
 student. Now that an organisation came forward to top the stipend up
 with 4,000 more, Dalit students will get 8,000 per month.

 From this year on, we are ( a group of Dalit and non-Dalit journalist,
 activists and students campaigning for (larger) presence of Dalits in
 mainstream English journalism) also planning to conduct a 3 month
 intensive English coaching for Dalit applicants for ACJ before
 entrance test/interview. Many distinguished journalism trainers came
 forward to become part of this program. ACJ is providing meals and
 accommodation for the students during this period and an NGO
 notionally agreed to bear the travel expenses for the students.

 I am narrating the whole thing in detail just to give you an idea of
 one of the important components of our campaign. I am particularly
 encouraged by your assurance that you would consider any suitable
 candidate we refer to you. Is it possible for you to write an
 endorsement such as the one written by  Sashikumar or N. Ram in
 whichever way you think could serve the purpose of inviting potential
 dalit candidates to enter journalism and also to create
 non-discriminatory atmosphere among the media houses?

 Here, a highly discouraging fact is that despite an intensive campaign
 involving many journalists, Dalit organizations, email groups,
 students unions and progressive individuals through presentations and
 counseling sessions across the country and individualized
 brainwashing, we managed to get only 107 applications for ACJ
 entrance test and sadly not many of them could attend the exam and
 only a handful of them cleared it and not more than five got seats.
 Mr. Sashikumar told me about a joke among the teachers that even most
 of them would fail if they were to take the GK component of the ACJ
 entrance test. And, the Dean is planning to soften the criteria to
 make test less exclusivist.
 This unfortunate state of affairs - unwillingness among young Dalit
 people to become journalists and unwillingness of the media houses to
 recruit Dalits - is not likely to change immediately but we are
 positive about change if many more hands join the effort. Your
 contribution to this will really, really make a difference.

 Luckily, Tehelka Journalism College's dates could actually help many
 unsuccessful candidates for ACJ to make use of the intervening time to
 prepare more seriously and get into the course. We are in touch with a
 majority of the 107 Dalit students applied for ACJ this year. We can
 reach out to them and encourage them to apply for Tehelka School of
 Journalism.

 An invitation and assurance from you in your name would really help
 these young people. Mr. Tejpaul himself could consider writing one if
 he thinks it is an important issue. Meanwhile, if you authorize me to
 do so, I shall find out from my contacts among the NGOs - among whom
 an organization which offered monthly stipends and laptops for Dalit
 students to study at ACJ- if they could extend the same to Tehelka
 Journalism College.

 I have not discussed it with anybody involved in the campaign yet but
 you can even think of making at least the certificate program in
 writing open to Dalit students for free. It is easy for us then to get
 some sponsors

[ZESTCaste] On Hubert Harrison

2010-07-02 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
   February 20, 2009
 Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918
By JEFFREY B. PERRY
Reviewed by Scott
McLemeehttp://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/custom/page/page-id/contributor/user-id/59

*In the early years* of the 20th century, Hubert Harrison was among the
country's best known and most brilliant African-American intellectuals. His
reflections on the state and methods of literary criticism appeared in *The
New York Times.* Scores more essays ran in scores of other publications. He
lectured on history, sociology, and popular science to audiences both black
and white -- quite literally in the street, at times, where he drew large
crowds and worried the police. Any heckler who dared to challenge Harrison
soon thought better of it; his witty replies reduced them to laughter, if
not shamefaced silence. Well before the Harlem Renaissance, he worked out
ideas and strategies that would echo in the civil rights struggle and the
black power movement of later decades.

But by then, the source of that echo was long forgotten; Harrison had
disappeared from the story of the struggle for racial justice and meaningful
democracy. The circumstances are so paradoxical that it hurts. For the very
qualities making him such a catalytic force -- independence of spirit,
headstrong radicalism, and love of argument for its own invigorating sake --
also made him enemies. There is a price for speaking one's mind, and
Harrison paid it. Following his death in 1927, no tribute to him appeared in
the country's most prominent journals of African-American thought.

*This intriguing figure* has been rediscovered only over the past decade or
so, thanks almost entirely to the efforts of Jeffrey B. Perry. If ever a
scholar has served as recording angel -- rescuing memory from the ruins of
time -- it is Perry, who spent decades researching Harrison while employed
as a postal worker. In 2001, he edited *The Hubert Harrison Reader,* which
provided a generous selection of writings otherwise scattered in crumbling
periodicals, many of them now very rare. His new book, *Hubert Harrison: The
Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918,* is the first part of a two-volume
biography.

It portrays not only the life of a complex individual but also the world of
a lost civilization. To see Harrison whole means reconstructing an era when
self-educated young black intellectuals created literary societies to
exchange books and argue over them -- an era when open-air meetings gathered
around street-corner orators who lectured on evolution, feminism, and other
controversial topics.

Born on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix in 1883, Harrison was in
many ways like other immigrants who reached the United States in 1900. He
was thwarted by limited educational, political, and occupational
opportunities at home, as Perry puts it, and possessed of both a desire
for more education and a propensity for self-education. He found work at
the post office in New York while attending high school classes at night,
where he soon won acclaim for his oratorical skills and exceptionally
thorough command of classical and English literature.

That Harrison did not continue to university studies is something of a
puzzle. But it is clear that Harrison found ample exercise for his talents
in African-American literary circles, and in the growing Socialist Party,
which by its peak in 1912 had elected hundreds of candidates to office
around the country. He wrote theoretical essays showing a deep interest in
contemporary social thought, bourgeois and Marxist alike. And he kept up a
vigorous schedule of lectures, often holding more than 1,000 listeners rapt
as he spoke for two hours or longer.

A memorable description of Harrison in this period comes from Henry Miller
-- a profoundly apolitical writer but one who, decades later, recalled being
awestruck when the speaker mounted his soapbox. There was no one in those
days, Miller recalled in his autobiographical novel *Plexus, * who could
hold a candle to Harrison He was a man who electrified one by his mere
presence. Beside him, the other speakers, the white ones, looked like
pygmies, not only physically but culturally, spiritually. When interrupted
by a question or a diatribe from the crowd, Harrison always retained his
self-possession, his dignity. He would cock his ear to catch every last
word then smile broadly and reply -- always fair and square, wrote
Miller, always full on, like a broadside. (How he would fare today, in an
era of sound bites and fractional attention spans, is a melancholy thought.)


*Harrison's range* of interests was encyclopedic, but he found his center of
gravity as a thinker and activist in the fight for African-American rights.
He occupied a distinctive -- and, apparently, rather uncomfortable --
position within the debates of his era. Harrison had no use at all for
Booker T. Washington's program of slow economic improvement and patient
accommodationism. The struggle 

[ZESTCaste] 12-Month Journalism course in Mumbai

2010-06-29 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
Journalism Mentor http://www.journalismmentor.in/index.html

Course Details http://www.journalismmentor.in/coursedetails.html

Admission Process
   Application Packet
http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#2
Application Form
http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#3
Autobiography http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#4
Statement http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#5
Certificates  http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#6
Application Fees
http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#7
Interview
http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#8
Fees http://www.journalismmentor.in/admissionprocess.html#9

Mentors/Faculty http://www.journalismmentor.in/mentors.html

Over a Cup of Tea http://www.journalismmentor.in/overacupoftea.html

Student Activities http://www.journalismmentor.in/studentactivities.html

In the News http://www.journalismmentor.in/inthenews.html

FAQ http://www.journalismmentor.in/faq.html

  Contact Us http://www.journalismmentor.in/contactus.html

*  ___

 *   The newspaper is
of necessity
something of a
monopoly, and
its first duty is to
shun the
temptations of
monopoly. Its
primary office is
the gathering of
news. At the peril
of its soul it must
see that the
supply is not
tainted. Neither in
what it gives, nor
in what it does not
give, nor in the
mode of
presentation,
must the
unclouded
face of truth
suffer wrong.
Comment
is free but facts
are sacred.

 C P Scott

*
 ___*






Admission to Journalism Mentor is a three-step process.

Step 1
Completing and sending all elements of the Application Packet.

Step 2
Appearing for an interview after pre-selection.

Step 3
On intimation of your admission, sending the fee for the programme and
reporting for the programme on the designated day.

Application Packet
The application packet consists of five elements. Only when all the five are
received will your application packet be considered complete and eligible
for consideration.

1. A completed Application Form.
2. You need to submit a 500-word autobiography.
3. You need to submit a 500-word statement telling us why you want to be a
journalist.
4. You need to submit self-attested copies of Certificates and Mark Sheets.
5. Application fee of Rs. 500. Draft has to be drawn in favour of “JM
Foundation for Excellence in Journalism”.

Please see details below about the five elements of the application packet.

Application Form
1. Download application form from the web site
*HERE*http://www.journalismmentor.in/formmail.html.

2. Print the application form
3. Complete the application form
4. Send the application form along with the other four components of the
application packet to the address below:

Journalism Mentor
302 Shubham Centre “A” CHSL
Cardinal Gracias Road
Chakala, Andheri East
Mumbai 400 099

Autobiography
A 500-word autobiography written by the candidate (only then does it become
an autobiography) has to be submitted. For those students who want to pursue
a career in Indian language media, the autobiography may be submitted in the
Indian language of their choice.

Statement
A 500-word statement telling us why you want to become a journalist should
be sent. You need to tell us what are the reasons that have led you to
contemplate journalism as a career or calling. For those students who want
to pursue a career in Indian language media, the statement may be submitted
in the Indian language of their choice.

Certificates / Mark Sheets
All certificates and mark sheets till the last examination passed will have
to be sent. They have to be self-attested, which means that the candidate
will have to sign the same attesting that it is a true copy. Since all
applications are based on an honour code, the discovery of any certificate
or mark sheet as being false at the time of admission will imply an act of
deceit and shall be reported to the necessary authorities under the laws of
the country.

Application Processing Fee
Rs. 500/- bank draft or pay order drawn in favour of “Journalism Mentor”
will have to be sent along with attested copies of certificates, mark sheets
and the filled application form.

Interview
Candidates will be interviewed on basic knowledge of the world, general
knowledge, basic mathematical and verbal skills and, most importantly, to
ensure that their statements and autobiographies are indeed a reflection of
their personalities.

Fees
The Mentorship Fee is Rs. 200,000 (Rs. Two lakh) excluding the cost of
books, stationery including CDs, DVDs, pen drive, and any photocopies. The
fee has to be paid in two installments by bank draft or pay order drawn in
favour of “JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism”. *The first
installment of Rs. One Lakh has to be paid at the 

[ZESTCaste] A two month course in (Citizen)Journalism in Mumbai (deadline July 15)

2010-06-29 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
   home http://www.journalism.org.in/index.html   citizen journalism   about
us http://www.journalism.org.in/aboutus.html
contacthttp://www.journalism.org.in/contact.html



*CERTIFICATE COURSE IN CITIZEN JOURNALISM
*The two-month ten-sessions course is designed as a weekend programme. It
will be conducted at the Journalism Mentor Centre at Andheri East every
Saturday morning. We are also exploring the possibility of having the
sessions at other locations across Mumbai, and across the country.

Citizen Journalism with its variants in Public Journalism or Civic
Journalism acquired the accoutrements of a movement in the early 2000s,
particularly in the United States. But the origins of Citizen Journalism are
as old as journalism, when pamphlets and reports were issued by citizens.
Some of the most powerful pieces of journalistic writing can be traced back
to individual initiatives of citizens as reporters not reporters as
professionals.

The need for citizens as journalists and for citizen journalists has been
increasingly felt as media companies with their business and professional
news gathering models do not necessarily commit enough resources to covering
issues that beset a democracy such as ours or do not have any incentive to
cover problems from a wide swathe of society. But not covering these
problems and issues does not wish away the reality. And that is precisely
where citizen journalists can reclaim the conversation. It needs to be
remembered that the freedom of the press in India is an extension of the
freedom of expression given to each citizen.

JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism believes that India needs
vigorous citizen journalism since it is well nigh impossible, for various
reasons, for the news media organizations to cover all issues that need to
be brought into the public eye. Hence, we have launched a Citizen Journalism
initiative, which will both train citizen journalists and also provide them
with a forum where they report.

Course Contents: Some of the key areas covered in the course include Citizen
Journalism backgrounder and how it is practiced globally, basics of
reporting, news gathering, presenting the story through words and pictures,
ethics including accuracy and fairness, laws including slander and privacy,
introduction to IPC and Criminal Procedure Code, civic laws and use of
technology in Citizen Journalism.

Every student will be provided an email id and their work will be put on a
portal dedicated to citizen journalism called CitizensReport.in

Eligibility: Anyone interested in doing citizen journalism. Basic language
skills needed.

*Fee:* Rs. 3000/- (Includes reading material, year-long access to email
firstname.lastn...@citizenjournalists.in and posting privileges to
www.CitizensReport.in, the Citizens Reporting portal being launched by JM
Foundation for Excellence in Journalism.)

*Class Size:* 15 per batch.

Classes Begin: August 1, 2010. Every Saturday 12 to 3pm

To register:
1. Email Name, Contact Details and CV to 
citizenjournal...@journalism.org.in
2. Send a draft or cheque of Rs. 3000 favouring JM Foundation for
Excellence in Journalism AND a hard copy of the CV to 302 Shubham Centre
A CHSL, Cardinal Gracias Road, Chakala, Andheri (East), Mumbai 400 099.

Registration Deadline: July 15, 2010

*Queries:* Call 022-28261785/8929 or email Shishir Joshi/Aloke Thakore at
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[ZESTCaste] SOURCE - Tehelka School of Journalism of Certificate and Diploma courses

2010-06-16 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
http://www.tehelka.com/Source/index.asp
16 June 2010,Wednesday


http://www.tehelka.com/Source/Application_Form.pdf

http://www.tehelka.com/Source/DCJ.pdf

http://www.tehelka.com/Source/CCJ.pdf


[ZESTCaste] Fellowships for Dalit Professionals

2010-06-09 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
 Fellowship for Dalit Professionals
 Dalit Foundation, New Delhi
 Location: Anywhere in India
 Last Date: June 20, 2010
 Email: fundrais...@dalitfoundation.org


 About Dalit Foundation: Dalit Foundation is a non-government
organization, the first grant-making institution in south Asia working
for the empowerment of Dalit communities. Established in June 2003,
the Foundation’s mission, vision and programme objectives focus
exclusively on empowerment of Dalit communities and eradication of
caste based discrimination. It is committed to support individuals,
community-based organizations, and networks that work to secure social
change and protect the rights of Dalits.

Dalit Foundation provides small grants and fellowships to individuals
and organizations working among Dalits in India. The focus areas are
combating caste violence, eradication of manual scavenging, building
leadership among Dalit women and youth, rights over natural resources,
health and education, etc. The aim is to build the capacity of our
partners in order to execute effective grass-root level interventions.

We are also committed to building a strong line of leadership for the
Dalit movement and promoting Dalit art and culture through our various
other programmes including the Fellowship Programme for Dalit
Professionals.

About the Fellowship
In order to increase the participation of Dalit students and
professionals in the Dalit Movement, Dalit Foundation awards
fellowships to dynamic Dalit professionals from the fields of
engineering, law, medicine and journalism. As part of the fellowship,
the selected candidates will be required to carry out the following
activities:

• Development of a comprehensive data base of Dalit Professionals from
all across the country and from leading professional fields
• Establishment of support and counselling groups for Dalit students
in leading professionals institutes of the country
• Establishment of a network of professionals in each of the four
zones (North, South, East and West), with a cadre of 20 professionals
for each zonal group
• Formation of a national level core group


Criteria for selection:
1. The person who has completed Master’s studies from the respective field.
2. The person who has strong motivation and record of such initiative
during the campus life.
3. The person who is not an office bearer of any political party.
4. The female candidates to be given priority.
5. The person has the capability to do such work.

Period of fellowship: Shall be one year and it can be continued based
on performance.

Fellowship amount: Rs. 1/- per month






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[ZESTCaste] An eye-opening article on Gandhi's views on and practice of Chastity

2010-06-07 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
Why one more article on Gandhi's sexual life? Very often, the talk about
Gandhi's sexuality sounds as disgusting as his own views and actions.It is
still necessary to use well-researched and mildly written pieces such as
this in our campaigns against this monster called Mahatma-image which still
rules the minds of our headmasters, principals and recently, even some
professors and academics. Mr. Adams continues to believe Gandhi is a great
man and even says such ways are common to great men. Yet, the central point
of the article really damaging: Gandhi's claims to Brahmacharya were
actually retrospective constructs. He started talking about Brahmacharya
only after there was criticism against his 'perverse' ways of forcing
children and women to sleep with him naked.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/thrill-of-the-chaste-the-truth-about-gandhis-sex-life-1937411.html

Thrill of the chaste: The truth about Gandhi's sex life

With religious chastity under scrutiny, a new book throws light on Gandhi's
practice of sleeping next to naked girls. In fact, he was sex-mad, writes
biographer Jad Adams

 *Wednesday, 7 April 2010*
[image: No sex please: Gandhi, above, 'tested' himself by sleeping with
naked grand-nieces Manu, left, and Abha, right]
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/thrill-of-the-chaste-the-truth-about-gandhis-sex-life-1937411.html?action=Popup

*Alamy*

No sex please: Gandhi, above, 'tested' himself by sleeping with naked
grand-nieces Manu, left, and Abha, right

   -
   
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/thrill-of-the-chaste-the-truth-about-gandhis-sex-life-1937411.html?action=Popupgallery=no

It was no secret that Mohandas Gandhi had an unusual sex life. He spoke
constantly of sex and gave detailed, often provocative, instructions to his
followers as to how to they might best observe chastity. And his views were
not always popular; abnormal and unnatural was how the first Prime
Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, described Gandhi's advice
to newlyweds to stay celibate for the sake of their souls.

But was there something more complex than a pious plea for chastity at play
in Gandhi's beliefs, preachings and even his unusual personal practices
(which included, alongside his famed chastity, sleeping naked next to
nubile, naked women to test his restraint)? In the course of researching my
new book on Gandhi, going through a hundred volumes of his complete works
and many tomes of eye-witness material, details became apparent which add up
to a more bizarre sexual history.

Much of this material was known during his lifetime, but was distorted or
suppressed after his death during the process of elevating Gandhi into the
Father of the Nation Was the Mahatma, in fact, as the pre-independence
prime minister of the Indian state of Travancore called him, a most
dangerous, semi-repressed sex maniac?

Gandhi was born in the Indian state of Gujarat and married at 13 in 1883;
his wife Kasturba was 14, not early by the standards of Gujarat at that
time. The young couple had a normal sex life, sharing a bed in a separate
room in his family home, and Kasturba was soon pregnant.

Two years later, as his father lay dying, Gandhi left his bedside to have
sex with Kasturba. Meanwhile, his father drew his last breath. The young man
compounded his grief with guilt that he had not been present, and
represented his subsequent revulsion towards lustful love as being related
to his father's death.

However, Gandhi and Kasturba's last child wasn't born until fifteen years
later, in 1900.

In fact, Gandhi did not develop his censorious attitude to sex (and
certainly not to marital sex) until he was in his 30s, while a volunteer in
the ambulance corps, assisting the British Empire in its wars in Southern
Africa. On long marches in sparsely populated land in the Boer War and the
Zulu uprisings, Gandhi considered how he could best give service to
humanity and decided it must be by embracing poverty and chastity.

At the age of 38, in 1906, he took a vow of brahmacharya, which meant living
a spiritual life but is normally referred to as chastity, without which such
a life is deemed impossible by Hindus.

Gandhi found it easy to embrace poverty. It was chastity that eluded him. So
he worked out a series of complex rules which meant he could say he was
chaste while still engaging in the most explicit sexual conversation,
letters and behaviour.

With the zeal of the convert, within a year of his vow, he told readers of
his newspaper Indian Opinion: It is the duty of every thoughtful Indian not
to marry. In case he is helpless in regard to marriage, he should abstain
from sexual intercourse with his wife.

Meanwhile, Gandhi was challenging that abstinence in his own way. He set up
ashrams in which he began his first experiments with sex; boys and girls
were to bathe and sleep together, chastely, but were punished for any sexual
talk. Men and 

[ZESTCaste] Perhaps, the most foolish article on Dalits I have read in recent times

2010-04-15 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
This article will qualify to be - without anything else even remotely
challenging it - the most foolish article ever written on any dalit topic
among those posted in this network in recent times. If this Mountain chap is
real, he is either having cheap fun or simply mad or a costable with
writerly pretensions! I never thought this countercurrents is a great
website but it is a new low in their utter unconcern for any standards. This
article pretends to be an attack on Maoists- a necessary task- but actually
insults Dalits. I don't remember reading anything more humiliating to Dalits
than the following: my Dalit comrades point out that 85% of India Dalits
still believe in the one, unifying tenent of
Hinduism, varna/caste/color. Simply put, most Dalits believe they are being
punished by God for sins in a previous life and their lot as untouchables,
Dalits, is Gods Will. If God willed your punishment  today with the promise
of a better re-birth in the next life , than trying to lift yourselfs and
your childrens lot above that of cleaning the communal toilets is going
against Gods Will.
Outrageous! May be this author is worse enemy of Dalits than the types I
guessed: a member of Communist Party of India (Marxist).
On 12 April 2010 16:29, Siddhartha Kumar mailsiddharth...@gmail.com wrote:



 http://www.countercurrents.org/mountain100410.htm

 Why India's Dalits Dont Trust The Maoists

 By Thomas C. Mountain

 10 April, 2010
 Countercurrents.org

 India's Dalits really, really distrust the Maoist movement of India
 and Nepal. As the Maoist movement begins to challenge for state power
 in Nepal, and has struck a serious level of alarm in the ruling elite
 in India, this question has important ramifications for the future of
 south Asia.

 The Dalit movement in India is the largest and fastest growing threat
 to the status quo, followed at some distance by the Maoists.
 Interestingly, almost all the Dalit leadership I know, mostly mid
 level cadre in the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), India's third largest
 national party and main force in the Dalit liberation movement, are
 ex-Maoists.

 When asked why they distrust the Naxalites, the common term for the
 Maoist movement, they point out, to start, the fact that almost all
 the rank and file fighters in the Maoist movement are Dalits or
 tribals and that almost all the leadership are high caste. The
 Dalits I know have had first hand experience with just how casteist
 the Naxalite/Maoist leadership is.

 When delving into the political line put forth by the Maoist
 movement in India and Nepal, it is rare to find mention of
 caste/varna, let alone any attempt to address caste/varna(color) in
 any sort of historical perspective. It would seem that the Maoist
 leaders would prefer to blend class with caste and avoid any dealing
 with such a potentially divisive question.

 The Dalit movement exemplified by the BSP cadre I know is firmly
 rooted in organizing Dalits into community collectives and focused on
 mobilizing Dalits in exercising their voting rights. When it is
 pointed out that no ruling class has ever peacefully relinquished
 their priviledges, i.e; through elections, my Dalit comrades point out
 that 85% of India Dalits still believe in the one, unifying tenent of
 Hinduism, varna/caste/color. Simply put, most Dalits believe they are
 being punished by God for sins in a previous life and their lot as
 untouchables, Dalits, is Gods Will. If God willed your punishment
 today with the promise of a better re-birth in the next life , than
 trying to lift yourselfs and your childrens lot above that of cleaning
 the communal toilets is going against Gods Will. Sounds like a
 brilliant scheme for social control using a religion, Hinduism, in the
 opinion of all the Dalits I know.

 Taking into consideration just how mentally enslaved most Dalits
 remain, moving the masses of Dalits from being so crushed and broken
 to real liberation might take a series of steps instead of one giant
 leap, or so my Dalit comrades seem to feel. Dalits may have to see for
 themselves that casting a vote is not going to midwife any real
 liberation for the rank and file. While acknowledging that a series of
 trial and error may mark their struggle and that the Maoist scorn such
 an approach, Dalits feel that if the Maoist movement continues to
 ignore varna/caste while still dependent on Dalits to win power,
 Dalits are doomed to see their struggle for equal rights and justice
 betrayed by the new Brahmins, the leaders of todays Maoist movement.

 One fact remains utterly non debatable and that is that India and
 Nepal remain overwhelmingly a society of villages. Equally non
 debatable is that in India and Nepal's villages, caste rules . How the
 Maoist movement can hope to succeed without even addressing this issue
 in any real way bodes ill for any hopes the Maoist movement offers any
 real solutions to the most barbaric, inhumane system of human
 oppression in the world, Apartheid 

[ZESTCaste] OUTRAGEOUS! CONDEMN THE SHAMEFUL ATTACK ON KANCHA ILIAIAH!

2010-03-16 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
OUTRAGEOUS! CONDEMN THE SHAMEFUL ATTACK ON KANCHA ILIAIAH!

On 15 March 2010 18:02, Siddhartha Kumar mailsiddharth...@gmail.com wrote:


 http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=OU+students+force+prof+to+eat+his+wordsartid=pstADAF7WSo=SectionID=e7uPP4%7CpSiw=MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=SectionName=EH8HilNJ2uYAot5nzqumeA==SEO=

 By Express News Service
 15 Mar 2010 06:29:00 AM IST

 OU students force prof to eat his words

 HYDERABAD: A new demand for creation of `Manya Seema,’ a separate
 State comprising areas predominantly dominated by tribal population
 and extending from Adilabad to Srikakulam district, and its advocacy
 by Prof Kancha Ilaiah has not gone down well with the students of
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Re: [ZESTCaste] Journalism students of SC/ST get sponsorship

2010-03-11 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
This is Asian College of Journalism's website: http://asianmedia.org
And, you can find application details:
http://asianmedia.org/admissions/AD2010.asp



On 10 March 2010 16:53, Siddhartha Kumar mailsiddharth...@gmail.com wrote:


 http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Journalism+students+of+SC/ST+get+sponsorshipartid=Aqqy0VuLNBA=SectionID=lifojHIWDUU=MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=SectionName=rSY%7C6QYp3kQ=SEO=

 Journalism students of SC/ST get sponsorship

 Express News ServiceFirst Published : 10 Mar 2010 03:47:00 AM IST

 Last Updated : 10 Mar 2010 06:10:50 AM IST

 CHENNAI: Opening the doors for students from downtrodden communities
 in professional journalism courses, the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar
 Housing Development Corporation (TAHDCO), a Public Sector Undertaking
 by the Government of Tamil Nadu, has planned to sponsor 10 SC/ST
 students pursuing media courses in Asian College of Journalism from
 the forthcoming academic year.


 “A decision to this effect was taken at a review meeting of TAHDCO
 district managers in the city on Tuesday,” Minister for Adi Dravida
 Welfare A Tamilarasi told Express. “As the presence of students
 hailing from the Scheduled Caste is low in the field of journalism, we
 felt the need for opening new avenues for them in this area of
 studies,” she said and added that an amount close to Rs 3 lakh would
 be spent on each student.

 When asked about the selection criteria, she said ACJ would be
 involved in the process and the role of TAHDCO is confined only to
 sponsoring those students. Tamilarasi claimed that a student, who had
 got training in marine course with aid from the government, is earning
 a decent income.


 





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[ZESTCaste] Text of the announcement seeking suggestions on Scholarship schemes for SCs/OBCs [1 Attachment]

2010-03-09 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/Committees/SC_OBC_scholarship.pdf

PARLIAMENT OF INDIA
*

LOK SABHA SECRETARIAT
*

NEW DELHI
*

DEPARTMENTALLY RELATED STANDING COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT
INVITE SUGGESTIONS/COMMENTS ON THE SUBJECT SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES FOR
SCs/OBCs.
*

The Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment headed by Shri Dara
Singh Chauhan, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha have selected the subject
Scholarship Schemes for SCs/OBCs for detailed examination and report
during the year 2009-10.

2. The objective of these schemes is to provide scholarships and financial
assistance to the Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes students
studying at Pre-matric, Post-matric or Post-secondary level and also for
higher studies/fellowships to enable them to complete their education. These
schemes are being implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment and the scholarships are awarded by the Government of the
States/UTs to which the applicant actually belongs.

3. The Committee invites written memoranda containing
suggestions/views/critical comments of
individuals/institutions/organizations interested in the subject matter.

4. All those who are interested in submitting written
memoranda/suggestions/comments may send two copies thereof either in English
or in Hindi to

*DIRECTOR, LOK SABHA SECRETARIAT, ROOM NO. 164, PARLIAMENT HOUSE ANNEXE, NEW
DELHI-110001, FAX NO. 23016166, e-mail csje-...@sansad.nic.in *within 15
days from the date of publication of this advertisement.

5. The memoranda/suggestions submitted to the Committee would form part of
the records of the Committee and would be treated as strictly confidential
and not circulated to anyone, as such an act would constitute a breach of
privilege of the Committee.

New Delhi:

Dated:

http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/Committees/SC_OBC_scholarship.pdfcsje-lss%40sansad.nic.in


Re: [ZESTCaste] University students cook beef, have a feast!

2010-02-20 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
Great. Great.

On 19 February 2010 16:37, Siddhartha Kumar mailsiddharth...@gmail.comwrote:

 http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=localnewsid=169688

 University students cook beef, have a feast!

 BANGALORE Feb 19: 





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Re: [ZESTCaste] Quota can’t uplift the minority, s ays Buddha

2009-12-24 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
What a rascal this criminal, Baddhadev is! I would love to see somebody
giving him a fitting reply.
Chittibabu

2009/12/22 Siddhartha Kumar mailsiddharth...@gmail.com


 http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Quota-can-t-uplift-the-minority--says-Buddha/557541/

 Quota can’t uplift the minority, says Buddha
 Express News Service Posted online: Tuesday , Dec 22, 2009 at 0253 hrs
 Kolkata : 





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Re: [ZESTCaste] Fwd: Information needed

2009-07-13 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
Jai bheem Akhilesh,
One very good source to begin your search is with the following book which
is a very good over-view book(*People of India, National Series Vol. II: The
Scheduled Castes/K.S. Singh.* Revised edition. 1999, 1375 p., $66. ISBN
019564822-6.) There is an entry on Malas in this book. Not only that, nearly
all SC communities in the country are given brief treatment in this huge
book.
Best,
Chittibabu


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 Hi,
 I am akhilesh , I belong to mala-christian(a converted dalit group of
 andhra) community.First of all I appreciate your effort in educating
 dalits about present happenings in the society.I often read your
 mails. I would like to know the economic,social and educational status
 of my community when compared to other dalits or backward castes in AP
 or any state in India.I know that my community is progressing quite
 well but i don`t have any evidence to prove it to myself .I hope you
 had lot of material about dalits so if at all you had any material in
 pdfs u can send me.Your help will be highly appreciated.
Thanking you

 With regards,

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[ZESTCaste] Sudipto Mondal on Reservation norms violated, donation collected: report

2008-07-04 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
*Date:04/07/2008* *URL:
http://www.thehindu.com/2008/07/04/stories/2008070461690100.htm*

Front Page http://www.thehindu.com/2008/07/04/01hdline.htm

21 PU colleges face action *

Sudipto Mondal

*Reservation norms violated, donation collected: report *



Deputy Commissioner formed the committee following complaints from civil
rights groups

PU Board official says some of these 21 colleges might lose accreditation

MANGALORE: Of the 69 accredited private and aided pre-university (PU)
colleges in Mangalore taluk, 21 have been found violating admission norms
prescribed by the PU Board. This is the conclusion of a 13-member committee
constituted by Deputy Commissioner M. Maheshwar Rao to look into the issue.

Deputy Director of PU Education R. Basavarajappa told *The Hindu* that
action would be taken against the colleges and some might even lose
accreditation. He said the report was received by him from the office of the
Deputy Commissioner and it would be forwarded to the PU Board in Bangalore
for further action.

The committee, which was formed after a few civil rights organisations
exposed gross violations by the colleges in the city, first short-listed 28
colleges for its survey.

Of these, only seven were found to be adhering to the rules.

Expert PU College in Kalakunj Road, St. Aloysius PU College on Lighthouse
Hill Road and St. Agnes PU College at Bendoor were the worst offenders,
according to the report, a copy of which is available with *The Hindu*.

In the case of Expert College, the report says: The prescribed norms and
procedures for admission have been flouted, not adhered to and violated to
the fullest extent possible.

About St. Aloysius PU College, it says: Total admission is not transparent
and must be looked into very seriously. St. Agnes PU College has been found
violating reservation norms, charging extra fees and forcing students to
buy its prospectus.

Expert PU College has been found charging extra fees and collecting donation
from students. The college has conducted its own entrance test for the
applicants, which was a grave violation.

The college has made it mandatory for its students to enrol for coaching
classes.

The college has not followed the calendar of events prescribed by the PU
Board and has failed to provide internal reservation, the report says.

According to the report, St. Aloysius PU College has been running 25
sections while there was permission only for 23 sections. It has illegally
admitted students directly from its high school.

The college has withheld the name and marks secured by the applicants in the
merit list put up on its notice board. It has flouted internal reservation
and other reservation norms for socially and educationally backward
sections. One of the committee members says he spoke to several parents of
the students studying in the college and they told him that they had to pay
donation.

St. Agnes PU College has admitted students belonging to socially backward
sections in the general merit category. Parents of students have been made
to pay large sums as donations, the report says.

Narendra Nayak, head of Expert PU College, said: Ours is a new college and
even colleges that are 100 years old find it tough to follow the rules. We
might have committed some minor mistakes and they will surely not be
repeated in the future.

The principal of St. Agnes College (Sister) Linette denied the findings. We
have followed all the procedures, she said. The other 18 colleges have been
found guilty of not adhering to the calendar of events.

The calendar of events stipulates all the important dates in the admission
process starting with the publication of the list of available seats to the
date of reopening.

The other 18 colleges are: Srinivasa College, Pandeshwar; Govindas College,
Surathkal; Bharat College, Ullal; Ashrat college, Ullal; P.A. College,
Nadapadavu; Narayanaguru College, Kudroli; Kapitania College, Nagori; Paduva
College, Nanthoor; Kittal College, Gorigudda; B.E.M. College, Rathabeedhi;
Milagres College, Hampanakatta; Ramkrishna PU College, Bunts' Hostel;
Victoria College, Lady Hill; Sharada College, Kodialbail; St. Anne's
College, Pandeshwar; Canara College, Kodialbail; St. Mary's College, Falnir;
and St. Raymond's College, Vamanjoor.


Re: [ZESTCaste] Re: Fw: [grey-youth-movement:816] Dalit internet politics-possiblities and probl

2008-06-26 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
Dear Viswanath.
Thanks for posting this in ZestCaste group. But, you posted the incomplete,
uncorrected mail I sent you. Perhaps we should delete this post and use the
corrected version I posted in humanhorizons group.
Chittibabu.


On 6/24/08, shailbruce [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

   More than the commentators, we need discussion and debate among
 ourselves. Many of our people have widely varying and even conflicting
 opinions and perception of the real problem and situation.

 -- In ZESTCaste@yahoogroups.com ZESTCaste%40yahoogroups.com, C.K.
 Vishwanath
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
  Dear friends,
  Chittibabu asks about the relevance of internet activism.Please give
 your comments
  in solidarity,
  Vishwanath
 
 



Re: [ZESTCaste] Aaja Nachle: Rahul's jumps on to Dalit bandwagon

2007-12-05 Thread CHITTIBABU PADAVALA
Thank you for sending this 'analytical' report. Thankfully, the cynical mind
of this reporter did not stop her from presenting detailed contents of Rahul
Gandhi's letter. We all should welcome Rahul Gandhi's move. We are not
living in such fortunate times that such a stupid man from becoming our prime 
minister but at least we can see a glimmer of hope in his becoming sensitive to 
the fact of Dalits and their grievences, if not aspirations.
This inexplicably stupid politician squandered many opportunities to become a 
hope of the future india by taking up the cause of
dalit-bahujan-minorities. Such a move would have endeared him to crores of 
subaltern peoples and particularly young ones and strengthened his position and 
appeal among the electorate.
Thank god, finally, he has come out of his ungrounded illusion in doing 
politics without reference to caste and community in India.
It is obscene that the reporter ends with a sarcastic comment that Athavale did 
not demand for the arrest of Madhuri. Heading of the report is also 
thoughtlessly negative.

Chittibabu Padavala


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 Aaja Nachle: Rahul's jumps on to Dalit bandwagon
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