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01/07/2015

NDA constituents Shiv Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal, Swabhimani Paksha red-flag land bill provisions – The Hindu

Fault lines in the NDA over the land bill are visible with three of BJP’s allies – the Shiv Sena, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Swabhimani Paksha — red-flagging a number of provisions of the proposed legislation.

The contentious land acquisition bill, which proposes amendments to the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, is under examination of a Joint Committee of Parliament. File photo

The contentious bill, which proposes amendments to the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, is under examination of a Joint Committee of Parliament which is about to conclude its consultation process and consider it clause-by-clause next week.

While the Shiv Sena has, for quite some time, been on record seeking incorporation of a clause providing for 70 per cent consent of farmers in the bill, the SAD and the Paksha have written to the panel headed by S.S. Ahluwalia that “not an inch” of land should be acquired without the consent of farmers.

In its written representation to the JPC, five MPs from the SAD — Naresh Gurjal, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Sher Singh Ghubaiya — said that they firmly believe that land is a priceless asset of the farmers.

“Not even an inch of it should be acquired by the government without the consent of the farmers/land owners.” they said.

The MPs also insisted that land should only be acquired for public sector projects and the “government should not get into acquisition for private entities”.

via NDA constituents Shiv Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal, Swabhimani Paksha red-flag land bill provisions – The Hindu.

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18/05/2015

How the Family Got in the Way of an Outright Ban on Child Labor in India – India Real Time – WSJ

The government approved a set of amendments to India’s child labor law last week to allow children under 14 years of age to work in non-hazardous family enterprises, some entertainment industries and sport so long as they work after school or during vacations.

Though it drew the line at allowing children to work in the circus, the cabinet decision also drew a lot of criticism from child rights activists because it rowed back on a plan to outlaw all child labor for those below age 14.

The Bharatiya Janata Party–led cabinet said that a total ban–as proposed in the Child Labor Amendment Bill 2012 — had to be balanced against the need to maintain the country’s social fabric and bearing in mind the socio-economic conditions.

“In a large number of families, children help their parents in their occupations like agriculture, artisanship etc. and while helping the parents, children also learn the basics of occupations,” the government said.

Some of the amendments were welcomed by child rights campaigners. For instance, under the changes, anyone aged 14 to 18 would be protected by law from hazardous occupations and punishments for employing children illegally would be strengthened.

A fund to help support children rescued from illegal child labor also fell into the proposed amendments.

via How the Family Got in the Way of an Outright Ban on Child Labor in India – India Real Time – WSJ.

05/02/2014

Britain says it had role in 1984 India temple raid – Businessweek

Britain has acknowledged advising the Indian government ahead of its 1984 raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, an admission that links the U.K. — India\’s former colonial master — with one of the bloodiest episodes in the subcontinent\’s recent history.

Hamandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib (also known as ...

Hamandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple). The holiest shrine in Sikhism located in the city of Amritsar, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament on Tuesday that British military advice was \”purely advisory\” and had only a \”limited impact\” on the operation.

\”A single U.K. military officer provided some advice. But critically, this advice was not followed, and it was a one-off,\” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a video message to the Sikh community in Britain.

Still, the acknowledgement of any link to the deadly attack that killed hundreds if not thousands at Sikhs\’ holy temple will be disturbing to many.

The storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar was one of the most contentious episodes in the Indian government\’s battle against Sikh separatists, whose violent campaign for an independent homeland in the Punjab region smoldered into the 1970s and 80s.

\”It is awkward,\” said Sumit Ganguly, an Indiana University professor and the co-author of a book on Amritsar. \”The evidence that the British government might have provided some assistance in terms of the planning of this event is once again going to stoke old memories, memories that had long been buried.\”

via Britain says it had role in 1984 India temple raid – Businessweek.

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02/10/2012

* ‘Murder attempt’ on Golden Temple raid General Brar

It would seem that 28 years is not long enough for those directly affected by Operation Bluestar to forgive and forget.  That’s assuming the four suspects were indeed separatist-Sikhs bent on revenge.

BBC: “Police in London say the stabbing of the Indian general who led the 1984 raid on Sikhism’s holiest shrine was attempted murder.

File photo Lt-Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar  (left)  and  senior army officers at the site of the  Operation Blue Star in 1984

Lt-Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar was stabbed in the neck by four men with beards on Sunday night. He is out of hospital.

Hundreds died when troops flushed Sikh separatist militants out of the Golden Temple in Amritsar in Punjab state.

The 78-year-old is thought still to be a target for extremist Sikhs, but the identity of his attackers is unclear.

Lt-Gen Brar, himself a Sikh, was one of the architects of Operation Bluestar, which removed armed Sikh militants fighting for an independent homeland of Khalistan from the temple.

According to the Indian government, the operation left about 400 people, including 87 soldiers, dead.

Sikhs groups contest this figure, saying the number of casualties was several times higher.

via BBC News – ‘Murder attempt’ on Golden Temple raid General Brar.

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