Myths about Teesta Setalvad

Myth 1- Teesta Setalvad started fighting against communal forces in 2002. Fact 1- Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand started their magazine Communalism Combat after Mumbai riots of 1992. It was in 1992 that their Media Advocacy work against communal forces began. Myth 2- Teesta Setalvad took up the work of Legal advocacy only for victims of Post Godhra riots. The insinuation/propaganda being she has only worked for the minority community. Fact 2 – Teesta Setalvad and her team has taken the cases of Godhra victims also in 2002. She has fought endlessly for many victims of Godhra Train … Continue reading Myths about Teesta Setalvad

Shameful vendetta, says Teesta, as CBI raids her home, office in Mumbai

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, AHMEDABAD, JULY 14 A 12-MEMBER team of the CBI today carried out raids at the Mumbai home and office of activist Teesta Setalvad in connection with allegations of illegally accepting foreign funds. The agency, which raided three locations, is probing allegations of embezzlement against Setalvad; her husband Javed Anand; businessman Gulam Mohammed Peshimam; and Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd. On July 7, the CBI had registered a case against Setalvad for allegedly receiving funds from foreign entities without taking permission from the Central government. The case was registered under sections of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act (FCRA) … Continue reading Shameful vendetta, says Teesta, as CBI raids her home, office in Mumbai

Gujarat’s attack on the Ford Foundation

Aakar Patel on why ‘secular’ is a bad word in Gujarat and ‘justice’, ‘equality’ or ‘tolerance’ plain annoying One of my quibbles with the Bharat Ratna business is that we chose not to give it to Norman Borlaug, whose name I first learnt and mispronounced in high school. He developed in Mexico the strains of dwarf wheat, whose success was replicated in India under a process called the Green Revolution. Borlaug saved India and Pakistan from starvation. His contribution cannot be described more precisely. If we cannot honour such a human being, whom should we honour? Sachin Tendulkar and Atal … Continue reading Gujarat’s attack on the Ford Foundation

वाजपेयी बोले, गुजरात में हमसे ग़लती हुई’

3 जुलाई 2015 अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी भारत की ख़ुफ़िया एजेंसी रॉ के पूर्व प्रमुख एएस दुलत ने कहा है कि गुजरात दंगों को तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी ने ग़लत बताया था. ‘इंडिया टुडे टीवी’ को दिए साक्षात्कार में दुलत ने दावा किया कि वाजपेयी ने दंगों के संदर्भ में कहा था कि ‘हमसे ग़लती हुई है.’ दुलत ने बताया, “वर्ष 2004 के चुनाव में वाजपेयी की हार के बाद मैं उनसे मिलने पहुँचा था. हार पर बात करते हुए उन्होंने कहा था गुजरात में शायद हमसे ग़लती हो गई.” दुलत के बयान पर प्रतिक्रिया देते हुए कांग्रेस प्रवक्ता डॉक्टर … Continue reading वाजपेयी बोले, गुजरात में हमसे ग़लती हुई’

‘वाजपेयी बोले, गुजरात में हमसे ग़लती हुई’

3 जुलाई 2015 साझा कीजिए भारत की ख़ुफ़िया एजेंसी रॉ के पूर्व प्रमुख एएस दुलत ने कहा है कि गुजरात दंगों को तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी ने ग़लत बताया था. ‘इंडिया टुडे टीवी’ को दिए साक्षात्कार में दुलत ने दावा किया कि वाजपेयी ने दंगों के संदर्भ में कहा था कि ‘हमसे ग़लती हुई है.’ दुलत ने बताया, “वर्ष 2004 के चुनाव में वाजपेयी की हार के बाद मैं उनसे मिलने पहुँचा था. हार पर बात करते हुए उन्होंने कहा था गुजरात में शायद हमसे ग़लती हो गई.” दुलत के बयान पर प्रतिक्रिया देते हुए कांग्रेस प्रवक्ता डॉक्टर अजय … Continue reading ‘वाजपेयी बोले, गुजरात में हमसे ग़लती हुई’

Gujarat HC begins final hearing in Naroda Patiya riot case

PTI, Ahmedabad | Updated: Jul 29, 2015 01:01 IST The Gujarat High court on Tuesday began final hearing on appeals in the Naroda Patiya riot case, in which 97 people, mostly from minority community, were killed in 2002. A two-judge bench of the high court, comprising justice Mohinder Pal and justice RD Kothari, heard the submissions made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which probed the riot case on the directions of the Supreme Court.Special Public Prosecutor for SIT Prashant Desai on Tuesday made a submission before the bench about the role of the apex court-appointed probe agency. Desai read out the … Continue reading Gujarat HC begins final hearing in Naroda Patiya riot case

HC begins final hearing in Naroda Patiya case

Jul 29 2015 : Mirror (Ahmedabad) Ahmedabad Mirror Bureau amfeedback@timesgroup in Tweets @ahmedabadmirror Gujarat High Court began final hearing on appeals in the Na roda Patiya riot case in which 97 people, mostly from minority community, were killed in 2002. A two-judge bench of the high court, comprising Justice Mohinder Pal and Justice R D Kothari, heard the submissions made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which probed the riot case on the directions of the Supreme Court. The division bench was appointed by the acting chief justice V M Sahai. As the court was to complete its observation, an … Continue reading HC begins final hearing in Naroda Patiya case

Continued Harassment of Human Rights Defender Teesta Setalvad

on June 30, 2015 at 10:41 PM A Release by Front Line Defenders On 26 June 2015, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to refer human rights defenders Ms Teesta Setalvad and her husband, Mr Javed Anand, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation. This latest action increases the pressure on the human rights defender as she attempts to continue her legitimate human rights work. The series ofinvestigations against Setalvad, which appear to be politically motivated, began in January 2014, and have resulted in continuous harassment and systematic probes into the accounts of Setalvad’s NGO and groundless accusations of non-cooperation. … Continue reading Continued Harassment of Human Rights Defender Teesta Setalvad

Allegations and their answers

When was this Gulberg trust set up and why? Survivors of the 2002 carnage at Gulberg society for obvious reasons could not think of living there any longer. They were trying to sell tgeir flats/bungalows at Gulberg but all they were being offered were prices far below the market rates. In this context, in 2007 Sabrang  Trust mooted the idea of trying to raise funds to buy off the flats/bungalows at fair narket rates and convert the place into a Resistance Memorial in due course. Members of the society got a surveyor who estimated the total cost of the properties at … Continue reading Allegations and their answers

Rare speed on Teesta

– CBI slow to act in 16 other similar cases IMRAN AHMED SIDDIQUI New Delhi, July 30: The CBI has been quick to raid activist Teesta Setalvad’s house and seek her “custodial interrogation” within a week of registering a case, but tardy in 16 cases involving NGOs referred to it by the Union home ministry. Between 2012 and 2014, the Centre handed the investigative agency 24 cases relating to NGOs alleged to have violated the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). But it has yet to start a probe in 16 cases. In the case of Teesta – a known critic of … Continue reading Rare speed on Teesta