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Orphanage founder gets death sentence in girls’ gangrape, murder case – Now You are Talking

I am glad that the court awarded death penalty to this lowlife. Hope, all his appeals will be denied and he will hang at the gallows soon.

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PTI : Mumbai, Thu Mar 21 2013, 18:43 hrs
Gangrape issue

Observing that the convict “was a menace to the society,” a local court today awarded death sentence to the founder of an orphanage for murder of an inmate and gangrape of five mentally-challenged girls, including three minors.

One of the victims, suffering from tuberculosis, died after she was gang raped. Hence, prime accused and director of orphanage – Ramchandra Karanjule (54) – faced additional murder charge and was convicted on this count.

“He was menace to the society and life imprisonment will be highly inadequate in this case. The convict had no right to live in the society for the heinous crime he had committed,” said sessions judge P V Ganediwalla while awarding capital punishment to Karanjule.

“Every day crimes against women are being committed. It is increasing day-by-day. The law changes as per the needs of the society. It is the need of the hour to create deterrent effect by imposing the highest punishment, otherwise judicial conscience will be taken for granted,” the judge observed.

Karanjule and five others were convicted yesterday and today the court gave judgement on the quantum of punishment.

The offence was committed at the orphanage, located in Kalamboli area in Navi Mumbai and run by a private organisation, Kalyani Mahila Bal Seva Sanstha.

Of the three victims who testified in the court, one girl was mentally-challenged, while two girls were deaf and mute, who identified the main accused using signs.

Besides, awarding death sentence to Karanjule, the court sentenced to life imprisonment Khandu Kasbe, who runs a similar home in Shirdi, and Prakash Khadke, a teacher in the orphanage.

Also, orphanage superintendent Sonali Badade and caretaker Parvati Mavle were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Another convict Nanabhau Karanjule, convicted for molestation, was sentenced to two-year imprisonment.

Judge Ganediwalla said that Ramchandra, in the name of running a very noble institution for the cause of mentally challenged girls, created a ‘demi god’ sort of impression in the minds of the prospective donors which ensured free and continuous flow of donations to the orphanage in all forms.

“He not only exploited the vulnerable, defenceless physically disabled girls but also exploited the emotions of the donors,” said the court.

The prosecution’s case was that 19 victims were gang raped by three accused, while the rest were tried for other offences against juveniles.

Statements of 19 victims were recorded by a magistrate and of them, three had come before the court to testify against the accused.

Ramchandra, while holding quasi parental position, has in fact breached the trust and fiduciary relationship with the inmates of the home to satisfy his insatiable lust, it said.

The court also observed that the girls were not allowed to move around. These 19 girls were dumped in a shop-like enclosure of 250 sq ft which had no doors but rolling shutter. The girls were literally stuffed in the small room with no space to move around.

“The scars of injuries on their bodies speak for itself,” the court observed.

Two untrained unqualified staff were kept to look after the girls. One of them was an illiterate old lady and other was a young girl who had an illicit relation with Ramchandra.

“The only objective behind running the orphanage was to satisfy the lust and to earn money. Ramchandra not only exploited the girls for years together but also allowed his friends to exploit the girls,” the judge said.

The court also observed that the proceedings are unique and have shown the vulnerability of the orphans, especially the mentally and physically disabled girls and need for their protection.

While observing the quantum of sentence, the judge cited the Dhananjoy Chatterjee case and said that it was well settled that the death penalty should be inflicted on rarest of the rare case.

“The cumulative effect of all the circumstances which came on record shows that the present case is the rarest of the rare in its kind,” observed the judge.

Praising the Child Welfare Committee the judge observed “but for the exhausting inspection and timely action the whole episode would not have seen the light of the day.”

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Modi said right, media reported left by Kishore Trivedi at niticentral.com

By Kishore Trivedi on March 11, 2013

http://www.niticentral.com/2013/03/11/modi-said-right-media-reported-left-54251.html

Modi said right, media reported left

It was not a Sunday morning that many editors in the print and electronic media would have liked. For starters, there was to be a Narendra Modi speech, which meant these editors would have to be personally involved in ‘puncturing’ every word Modi said, mere correspondents would do not. Second, the speech was to an audience based in the USA and the biggest shocker was that it was at 6:30 in the morning! The thought of Modi ruining their Sunday morning was high on the mind of every TV channel when they began to cover his speech at the OFBJP programme.

First, the true figures that no media would bother to present. Modi’s interaction with NRI’s was a resounding success. They thronged both the venues at New Jersey and Chicago in large numbers. In fact, there was a severe space crunch to accommodate more people. Millions of people were glued to their TV screens across the US and Canada. Back home, the fact that the speech was on an early Sunday morning did not deter lakhs of netizens to follow it live. Even in the wee hours of Sunday, Twitter was abuzz with excitement over Modi’s speech.

Modi’s speech, by all standards, was path-breaking. Here was a leader who spoke about development and nation-building. No, the audience did not get to know whether his mother cried, or whether someone had told him power was poison or, for that matter, whether the sky was dark or clear at 4 am. Instead, they got to hear about the need to put India first. They were inspired when they heard about Modi’s mantra of One India, Excellent India (Ek Bharat, Sreshtha Bharat) and they went back to their homes assured that here is a man who will take their motherland forward come what may.

Understandably, the success of Modi’s speech in terms of both response and numbers created a Sunday morning headache for TV editors. Clearly, they had their job cut out for the day – demolish Modi’s speech whatever it takes. Their brief was clear – to engage in hair-splitting so that by the end of the day Modi’s speech would be trashed across drawing rooms. What followed was a shameful attempt to misrepresent and create a discourse built not on the strong foundation of facts but the weak premise of lies and personal prejudice.

The first thing the media picked on was Modi’s statement that if Governments made commendable efforts to serve the people, their mistakes would be overlooked. This statement, if viewed objectively, is 100 per cent true. The media, of course, thought otherwise. “People will ‘forgive’ a good Government’s mistake,” is how a headline was titled. Few missed the sarcasm in the tone. Here was Modi talking about the determination of his Government and humbly admitting that being human beings, it is possible some expectation would be left unmet. Yet, the same apologists who do not bat an eyelid before seeking elaborate apologies from Modi were up in arms. So were the non-apologists. Even in a discussion on Governance, the media asked if Modi was sidetracking 2002. Where 2002 came from is a million-dollar question. This ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ approach smacks of nothing but ignorance and misplaced arrogance.

The Congress’s opposition (which has spread on the media) to the statement on performance, mistakes and victory by Modi is understandable when you see that their own Governments win elections without performance, with many mistakes and without ever having to be humble about it and freely discussing the same. Never has Sheila Dikshit apologised for the corruption in Delhi, YSR’s exploits had the backing of 10 Janpath and the DF Government in Maharashtra has broken all records of inefficiency. Thus, ‘if without being humble we can win, why go the hard way?’ thinks the Congress.

Then, in his speech Modi described secularism as ‘India first’. For those editors who swear by an ideology that puts the family first and perhaps Italy second, these words came as hard punches. So they swung into action. “Modi going the Advani way, coining a new term ‘India first’ like Advani’s pseudo-secularism, and mixing nationalism with his agenda” is how a Congress-friendly journo who has authored a biography of the UPA chairperson put it. Some TV channels asked if Modi was changing track and adopting a more ‘tolerant line’!

The icing on the cake came when a Union Minister of State tweeted that Modi had copied ‘India first’ from his Twitter bio (doesn’t matter that he incorrectly wrote my ‘DP Profile’). The phrase ‘India first’ in the context of secularism is not new for Modi. In fact, he has used it back in 2011 and even before.

And finally, they had to drag in Wharton somewhere. A reputed news agency said Modi was addressing NRIs after the ‘Wharton snub’ and that is why he was presenting this softer image. The Indian media deserves the Man Booker Prize. This interaction between Modi and the OFBJP was planned months back. It was to have taken place on January 26 but had to be rescheduled. Where does Wharton come into this?

Bangladesh: Wave of violent attacks against Hindu minority – Press release by Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Press releases
6 March 2013

Bangladesh: Wave of violent attacks against Hindu minority

A wave of violent attacks against Bangladesh’s minority Hindu community
shows the urgent need for authorities to provide them with better
protection, Amnesty International said.

Over the past week, individuals taking part in strikes called for by
Islamic parties have vandalised more than 40 Hindu temples across
Bangladesh.

Scores of shops and houses belonging to the Hindu community have also been
burned down, leaving hundreds of people homeless.

The attacks come in the context of large scale violent protests that have
been raging across Bangladesh for weeks over the country’s ongoing war
crimes tribunal, the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).

“The Hindu community in Bangladesh is at extreme risk, in particular at
such a tense time in the country. It is shocking that they appear to be
targeted simply for their religion. The authorities must ensure that they
receive the protection they need,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s
Bangladesh Researcher.

“All political parties in Bangladesh should condemn strongly any violence
against the Hindu community, and to instruct all their members and
supporters not to take part in such attacks.”

Survivors told Amnesty International that the attackers were taking part in
rallies organised by the opposition Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and
its student group Chhatra Shibir.

JI has publicly denied any involvement in violence against the Hindu
community.

Attacks have happened across Bangladesh, but mostly in remote areas in the
country. The latest attack took place today in Daudkandi village,
south-eastern Comilla district, where a Hindu temple was vandalised and
burned down.

One survivor told Amnesty International that on 28 February, his family’s
village of Rajganj Bazar in the south-eastern Noakhali district was set on
fire by people taking part in a JI-organised strike.

“They moved into our properties and set fire to 30 of our houses.
Seventy-six families were living in these houses. They also set fire to our
temples – all are now vanished,” the survivor said, who asked to remain
anonymous out of concerns for his safety.

He said the authorities have provided temporary accommodation to the
affected families, who had lost almost all their belongings to theft or
destruction in the violence.

Another survivor said that on 2 March, a group of about 100 young men
holding banners in support of JI looted and damaged four shops in Satkania
near Chittagong and vandalised a Hindu temple in the village.

Bangladesh’s Hindu minority makes up only eight per cent of the population,
and has historically been at risk of violence from the Muslim population –
including during the independence war in 1971, and after elections in 2001.

“Given the obvious risks the Hindu minority faces in Bangladesh, these
attacks were sadly predictable. We urge the authorities to take note of the
violence and act to prevent further attacks,” said Faiz.

Tensions have been running high in Bangladesh in recent weeks as JI and its
student wing have called strikes and mass protests against the ICT, which
has found some of its senior members guilty for crimes committed during the
1971 war.

Protesters have also been involved in violent clashes with police, who have
used tear gas, rubber bullets or live ammunition against them. At least 60
people have been killed, mostly by police fire, but among the dead are also
several policemen.

“While there are credible reports that police firing may have followed
violent attacks against them by protesters, police use of excessive force
cannot be discounted”, Faiz said.
AI Index: PRE01/110/2013

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Major Protest Planned at Wharton

There is a major protest being planned with speakers across US Cross sections on Free Speech at the same time the event being held on the Wharton campus close to Penn Museum where this event is to take place

We are group of Indian American activists who are concerned with the recent developments in relation to Wharton India Economic Forum and their disinvitation of Narendra Modi.   Among us there is NIAC ( http://niac.co ) that recently took high ranking US congress members such Peter Roskam to India to meet leaders such as Modi,  our group worked with Indian teams and won recent battle on Electronic Voting Machines to provide paper receipt ( http://SaveIndianDemocracy.org ) by bringing in international experts from Germany, Denmark and US,  we initiated a major conference on India Corruption with representatives from UN, Eurodad , Tax Justice Network and elite in India, Dr. Swamy, Kejriwal, Baba Ramadev, Supreme Court Justices (retd) etc  ( http://SaveIndiaFromCorruption.org ).  Our group includes Wharton alumni, academicians from US.

We are not here to go over the merits of Modi invitation or who is responsible for 2002 riots which is an ongoing debate, but the manner in which Wharton decided to invite a Chief Minister of 50 million people who was elected four times to give key note speech and then dis-invite him based on some petition or even possible pressure from India’s groups.  America and its institutions pride itself on free speech, freedom of expression and open to voices of dissent.  What kind of example Wharton is setting for its students who are going to be future leaders and entrepreneurs in the nation?  This is insult to position of democratically elected Chief Minister of India and to 50 million people from his state who voted him four times to power.  The unfortunate irony of all this is even the highest ranking Muslims in India praise Modi’s inclusive growth.  Business leaders from all over the world make a beeline to invest in Gujarat state and Wharton being a business school, what kind of relations it is building with it?  At a time when India is reeling with massive corruption scandals and India’s corruption ranking is among the lowest in Transparency International rankings, Mr. Modi has shown to the world what India is capable of.  Would he not be the best person to speak to Wharton business students and learn from him?

Here is Wall Street Journal poll where out of 5875 polled,  5394 said Wharton made a wrong decision.

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/03/05/poll-was-wharton-right-or-wrong-to-revoke-modis-invitation/

Here are links below on what US Congressmen, Ron Somers and many other leaders are saying about this unfortunate incident.

US lawmaker, Congressman, and Ranking member of Subcommittee on Asia Mr. Eni Faleomavaega chides Wharton – http://news.oneindia.in/2013/03/06/support-for-modi-grows-us-lawmaker-chides-wharton-1164907.html

The Economic Times and several Indian mainstream media, Marc 6, 2013, Wharton-Modi controversy unfortunate and disrespectful: USIBC Ron Somers
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-03-06/news/37500205_1_ron-somers-usibc-wharton-india-economic-forum

Huffington Post, The Hijacking of Wharton, Rajeev Malhotra,  March 7, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rajiv-malhotra/the-hijacking-of-wharton_b_2814421.html

Sunday Guardian, Ram Jethmalini, Let truth be known about Modi,  March 8, 2012
http://www.sunday-guardian.com/analysis/let-truth-be-known-about-modi

How Wharton Scored a Huge Self-Goal – Sandeep B

http://www.sandeepweb.com/2013/03/05/wharton-scored-a-huge-self-goal/

ITBL,  Wharton MODIfied…!, March 4, 2013,
http://www.ibtl.in/news/opinion/2076/wharton-modified

Wharton and Modi: Political gamesmanship won over business savvy – Dr Aseem Shukla, Hindu American Foundation http://www.rediff.com/news/column/wharton-and-modi-how-political-gamesmanship-beat-business-savvy/20130306.htm

Fiasco of Modi at Wharton – Rajeev Srinivasan

http://www.niticentral.com/2013/03/05/fiasco-of-modi-at-wharton-52433.html

B-School basics: Why Wharton is wrong in disinviting Narendra Modi – Manish Sabharwal, Wharton Alumni http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-03-05/news/37469757_1_wharton-india-responsible-student-body-wharton-school

Wall Street Journal poll, March 5th, 2013, Out of 5875 polled,  5394 said Wharton made a wrong decision.  http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/03/05/poll-was-wharton-right-or-wrong-to-revoke-modis-invitation/

News about dropping from the forum by keynote speaker (former Union Minister) and a major sponsor
http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MAH-MUM-shiv-sena—s-suresh-prabhu-joins-gautam-adani-cancels-wharton-visit-4197723-NOR.html

How Wharton Scored a Huge Self-Goal – Sandeep

From The Rediscovery of India Blog: http://www.sandeepweb.com/author/administrator/

March 5, 2013

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The most important thing before we begin is to call things by their proper name. One, our clever-by-half media and secularati have twisted the retraction of Wharton School India Economic Forum’s invitation to Narendra Modi as a “snub.” Two, it was Wharton that had invited Modi. Modi hadn’t sought it out.

Two pithy and succinct commentaries nicely sum up this shameful incident. The first is a tweet by Rajiv Malhotra: “Wharton snub of Modi is meddling in Indian democracy. Like Oxford training East India Co. officers. Except now Indian sepoys are professors.” The second is a blog post by Pamela Geller:

American stalwart institutions giving up our most basic freedom to Islamic supremacists, goons and thugs….The loss of our most basic freedoms without firing a shot is stunning.

Wharton’s fault is not so much as cancelling Modi’s invitation but cancelling it in the face of bullying tactics by a handful of fascist bigots that includes both professors and students. With this, Wharton has accomplished two things together: it has demonstrated that it’s no longer a stalwart institution, and it has violated the spirit of the American First Amendment.

Rajiv Malhotra’s point is closer home, and a deeper examination of the folks and forces who orchestrated the invitation-revocation reveals disturbing things.

The first point is that the Government of India is a sponsor to this event. As we note, the Government hasn’t uttered a single word of condemnation against the band of bigots who got Modi’s invitation revoked. As a Constitutionally-elected (thrice) Chief Minister, it becomes the Government’s responsibility to refuse to kowtow to this ragtag group of muckrakers. Whatever the ruling party’s politics at home, it should realize a basic fact when abroad: it needs to strongly condemn people of other countries who try to dictate who gets invited or whose invite gets cancelled. And when such a thing occurs, it needs to unilaterally withdraw from the event on moral grounds. As we see, it hasn’t done so. Why? The simple answer: the current dispensation doesn’t mind being held hostage to a group of virulent Narendra Modi-haters even if it means India’s image abroad takes a beating.

The longer answer lies precisely in the composition and agenda of these Professor-Sepoys. But first, here’s the Facebook group that lists more than 900 people who wanted—and got—the cancellation of Modi’s invitation. What also unites these folks is the fact a whole lot of them supported mercy petitions for the Indian Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru, and the Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab who mowed down innocent Indians in cold blood on 26/11/2008 in Mumbai.

But when we distill this group to get to the key players who assiduously worked towards and pulled off this shameful deed, we get the following key names:

  • Ania Loomba and Suvir KaulProfessors of English at University of Pennsylvania, they were two of the three professors who kickstarted this free-speech-violating petition.

  • Toorjo Ghosh—Assistant Professor of English, the third kickstarter. Here’s how he gloats about the cancellation: “It is the result of the pressure that we were able to bring over the organisers… in the last two days. I am very very proud of Wharton as well as the Penn University.” In other words, he’s proud that Wharton and Penn acquiescence in choking free speech and democracy.

  • Shabnam Hashmi—No surprises here. Owner of the highly communal NGO named ANHAD, she’s been one of the key players in the Gujarat Riots Cottage Industry, and continues to be highly active in demonizing Narendra Modi.

  • TV18—A sponsor of the IEF. This is the same group that owns the news channel CNN-IBN, headed by Rajdeep Sardesai, a known Modi-baiter. He was also caught with his pants down in that shameful Cash for Votes scandal of 2008.

  • Adani Group—Another sponsor, which withdrew after Modi’s invite was cancelled.

Indeed, the name of that Facebook group is very telling of the attitude of these academic fascists and the students and others who supported them: Ban Narendra Modi From Speaking At Wharton. A terminology typically representative of the free-speech-hating Left. Nobody is denying them their right to criticize Modi, yet what is their first response when they hear that Modi is invited to speak at Wharton? BAN him, muzzle free speech, and murder democracy. However, something else also becomes clear when we look at a partial list of participants at the IEF:

  • Montek Ahluwalia

  • Dilip Cherian

  • Milind Deora

  • Javed Akhtar and his wife, Shabana Azmi

  • Rajeev Masand

  • Samir Mitra

  • Suresh Prabhu (who dropped out after news of Modi)

All of these except Suresh Prabhu are in one way or the other related either to the ruling Congress party or supportive of its brand of twisted secularism. But it doesn’t end there. Here’s what the note sent out by the IEF Organizing team says:

our goal as a team is to provide a neutral platform to encourage cross pollination of ideas as we all work towards contributing to India’s success…We do not endorse any political views and do not support any specific ideology.

I suppose the neutral and “not endors(ing) any political views” part doesn’t apply to Union Minister Milind Deora.

The strident opposition to Narendra Modi stems from two reasons. The first is the obvious desire to push a Leftist agenda that thrives on India-baiting. The second is the string of successes that Narendra Modi has recently achieved beginning with his third consecutive, thumping electoral victory and his massive show-stealer at the BJP National Council in Delhi yesterday. These have decisively set the stage for a larger role in national politics. Except a few motivated folks, nobody has really been able to dispute his stupendous Gujarat Development Story that has consistently delivered quality governance and economic development. This precisely is the fear of the fascist professors and other fellow travellers: a scenario in which Narendra Modi had spoken at Wharton. There’s little doubt that he’d be the undisputed giant in that assemblage of the aforementioned pygmies who simply cannot think beyond spurious secularism and socialist platitudes. Indeed, that cancellation note explicitly records all these achievements of Modi.

Equally, the fact that the fascist pressure group was led by Left academics is also consistent with their decade-long record of Modi-baiting. It’s both symbolic and symptomatic of the rot that pervades almost all humanities departments in universities worldwide. These Left-infiltrated universities actively discourage critical thinking by substituting reason with theory and rhetoric. Be it the Jaipur Literary Festival or the current disgrace at Wharton, we see the same or familiar faces. What business does Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi have in a Business School? And why were they even invited? Which exposes—yet again—another facet common to events where the Left is involved: preying on taxpayer money.

But what’s clear is this: Wharton and indeed, UPenn itself has scored a massive self-goal by giving in to these Left Professors’ bullying tactics. A goldmine of a sponsor like Adani has pulled out. The former Union Minister, Suresh Prabhu has pulled out. And they haven’t taken this lightly. The social media world began to slam Wharton almost as soon as news of the invite cancellation was reported, and the slamming torrent hasn’t abated. More importantly, Narendra Modi doesn’t need Wharton.

We end this with a self-explanatory and highly revealing snippet:

Curiously enough, not a single professor from the Wharton School, one of the most prestigious business schools of the US, which is part of the University of Pennsylvania, was a signatory to this letter.

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