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‘Asha Kiran’: No Ray of Hope in a government-run shelter for people with special needs in Delhi

"Shockingly, nude women were roaming around in the corridors even as there are CCTV cameras installed there which are being monitored by male staff"- Investigation report of DCW

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A child (representational image), Asha Kiran Website

New Delhi, Feb 7, 2017: The name ‘Asha Kiran’, or ‘ray of hope’ is a government-run shelter for women with mental disabilities which comes under the jurisdiction of Delhi’s social welfare Department. However, the combined negligence of the department and the successive regimes of Delhi towards this facility, has not just shamed the welfare management system but also raised a question over its credibility.

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The investigation report of Delhi Commission for Women reveals the heartbreaking reality of Asha Kiran which I believe has accorded another reason in building unfaithfulness of the people towards government-run welfare programs.

The team of DCW headed by its chief Swati Mittal, went to Asha Kiran for a surprise inspection, and what they witnessed there have taken places in their report as ‘extremely inhumane and unhygienic conditions‘ with ‘several instances of human rights violations on the part of the management’.

One of the most shocking findings of the investigation report is the ‘unreported deaths of 11 women in the past two months at the facility’. Yes, 11 women died in the facility and the concerned management didn’t care to file the report of their deaths.

While the investigation team finds it extremely difficult to understand that not just the management unreported the 11 deaths, but they also didn’t have any reason to support the cause of 11 unreported deaths. The deaths of 11 inmates cannot be a mystery, there have to be some reasons behind their deaths, or did they just succumb to the negligence of the management.

Apart from the unreported deaths, the commission has reported some shocking discoveries about the home. According to TOI, women inmates were made to line up naked before their baths in corridors with CCTV cameras. The CCTV footage was monitored by a male staffer, Maliwal said.

“I, along with other members of the commission, went for a surprise inspection of the home and ended up spending the night there. Among other things, we found the home was overcrowded, with up to four persons occupying one bed. Women were being made to remove their clothes in the open while lining up to take a bath. Shockingly, nude women were roaming around in the corridors even as there are CCTV cameras installed there which are being monitored by male staff,” Maliwal told the newspaper.

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The women were forced to live cheek by jowl because of the overcrowding of the facility. At this point, the only authority which could be accused here is the state government. But what followed next can’t be just blamed on the government alone, the management played equal role as of the government by not adhering to the fulfillment of their obligations.

In addition to the extreme overcrowding of the facility, the children were being made to sleep on the floor without mattresses despite the cold winter. When the DCW asked the staffers about this idiocy, they said this was because they were wetting their beds.

The DCW mentioned the sanitation and hygienic conditions of the facility as utterly deplorable. Toilets, as well as some corridors, were covered in urine, excreta and menstrual blood. Even the rooms reeked of urine as patients relieved themselves and weren’t cleaned, The Times of India report said.

As they weren’t being provided with wheelchairs, several patients with physical disabilities had to crawl up to the toilets in order to relieve themselves.
The report also reveals a shocking incident where a patient was found massaging the legs of a staffer, According to the report, the patients were also made to do chores, including personal work for the staffers.

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The DCW report also mentions the acuteness of medical care and manpower in the facility, with just one ‘house aunty’ was deployed to care for more than 150 patients. The facility provides no clinical psychologist to the patients and has just one psychiatrist, who visits for several twice in a week. There are several vacant positions for doctors in the facility.

The DCW has sent a notice to the Social Welfare Secretary demanding an answer within 3 days regarding the discrepancies in the ‘Asha Kiran’.

According to a reply of an RTI to The Indian Express in 2015, the death toll at the facility has increased by 76% from 2013. According to Hindustan Times, over 600 deaths have been reported at the facility since 2001. According to a comptroller and auditor general report in 2015, 900 patients were living at the facility meant for 350.

The situation at Asha Kiran is becoming volatile day by day and demands the incumbent government to respond swiftly on this matter. The justice should be brought to the patients who have suffered in the past and yet suffering this apathy.

Let’s hope the government answers the unheard plight of the patients at the Asha Kiran, and many more institutions alike.

prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram, Twitter @PhulRetard

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Why You Should Watch Political Documentary Series Transparency: Pardarshita?

Transparency is not an experiment, rather it is a tale of the experience and anguish of a common man, who is in search of accountability

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Transparency doesn't only take you to this corporeal world of Indian Politics, but it tells you to raise your voice against the corrupt practices along with believing in what exists as the "Truth". Twitter

– By Kashish Rai

In reality, documentaries are not merely the projection of a story, it is more a story of a life, it’s a story of survival, it’s a story of a time in which people live, it’s a story of success and failure.

In India, the entertainment industry has lagged in providing realistic content which defines the actual aesthetic of a documentary, exclusively in political thrillers. It is a big deal in itself to inculcate real-life accounts and actual scenarios pertaining to an event that has brought a revolution, and undoubtedly, you can see that in Transparency: Pardarshita.

Transparency Webseries is a waypost in the world of political Thrillers in India which exclusively highlights the off-stage candours associated with the famous India Against Corruption Movement (popularly known as the Anna Andolan) and the evolution of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) whose genesis pertains to the famous movement.

You can Watch The Documentary Series Here: https://transparencywebseries.com/

Transparency is not an experiment, rather it is a tale of the experience and anguish of a common man, who is in search of accountability. This 6-episode documentary unravels how the AAP demolished its fundamental principles based on financial transparency, decentralisation of power and internal vigilance upon which it laid its foundation just for the sake of getting in power.

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After coming to power, AAP not only dismantled its core principles but abandoned its idealism and slaughtered the trust of thousands of people who dreamt of a corruption-free India. AAP also collected public funds to contest elections but gradually when it uprooted~ it removed its donors’ list from the website. Thus, Pardarshita at the same time yearns for clean political funding and the failure of the new system.

It may be easy for you to connect your life with an ordinary film but here it is much easier for you to connect with Transparency as you may better understand the sentiments of a “common man” who inevitably dreams to eradicate corruption from the system.

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Transparency is not an experiment, rather it is a tale of the experience and anguish of a common man, who is in search of accountability. Twitter

Transparency doesn’t only take you to this corporeal world of Indian Politics, but it tells you to raise your voice against the corrupt practices along with believing in what exists as the “Truth”.

Documentary films are the only place where people can speak for themselves, and Transparency is one such pedestal.

It urges people to look at themselves, to look at what has been done wrong and through that really count for the future to come.. and precisely, this is what is the vision of the director, Dr. Munish Raizada, who has himself been part of this mass movement and the Aam Aadmi Party.

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For this very reason, you should watch Transparency, not to become subjective but to be objective of what is the subsisting need of the hour.

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This is What The Song “Bol Re Dilli Bol” Reverberates

The song Bol Re Dilli Bol is a fraction of the nearing Documentary series~ "Transparency: Pardarshita"

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"Bol Re Dilli Bol" is a manful song sung by famous bollywood singer Kailash Kher and is Produced by Dr. Munish Raizada who has himself been a part of AAP. The beguiling lyrics of the song has been written by Mr. Annu Rizvi and composed by Pravesh Mallick. Twitter

By Kashish Rai

 Before starting this article on the Song, let us start with a brief story~ Nearly 8 Years ago, a new political party called the “AAM AADMI PARTY” (AAP) traced its genesis out of India Against Corruption Movement (Popularly known as Anna Andolan) in the National Capital of Delhi with a promise of bringing change in the political system and proving an auxiliary politics based on Financial Transparency, Internal Vigilance and Decentralisation of Power.

 Then, because of these delectable promises, the citizens of Delhi Trusted the Party~ but gradually when this party (AAP) came into power, it demolished their fundamentals which eventually  lead to the carnage of the trust of Thousands of people who inevitably dreamt of a Corruption free India.

Still, the AAP has lead no stone unturned to bamboozle the citizens of Delhi by every means. Now at this very time, the song “Bol Re Dilli Bol” has made a headway as a fervour that has called attention to Political Corruption and all the counterfeits of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.

You can listen the song Here~

  • What is The idea Behind “Bol Re Dilli Bol”

 The song Bol Re Dilli Bol is a fraction of the nearing Documentary series~ “Transparency: Pardarshita”. It is a manful song sung by famous bollywood singer Kailash Kher and is Produced by Dr. Munish Raizada who has himself been a part of AAP. The beguiling lyrics of the song has been written by Mr. Annu Rizvi and composed by Pravesh Mallick.

This song has not been composed due to propaganda purpose but it reflects the sole contemplation of the discomposure of the Party’s Core Volunteers altogether who gave their everything to make India Corruption Free.

Dr. Munish Raizada through his documentary and this song has tried to call attention of all the people of Delhi to see the actuality and ascertain the counterfeits of Aam Aadmi Party~ Be it Political Funding, Fiddle Promises, Lack of Civic System and Amenities etc.

  • Why You Should See “Bol Re Dilli Bol” As The Song Of Every “Common Man”

 The Aam Aadmi Party has always deluded people with its “Common Man” propaganda but trenchantly, it has itself been a cause for putting many traps for the common man in every way. The song “Bol Re Dilli Bol” delineates the sentiment of every common man who stands hoodwinked by the fallacious principles of Aam Aadmi Party.

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The song Bol Re Dilli Bol is a fraction of the nearing Documentary series~ “Transparency: Pardarshita”. Twitter

Just as the title of the Documentary, the song highlights all the plaintive issues engendered by AAP with utmost “Transparency”.

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This song is not just a piece of Music based on a peculiar theme, but it is the celebration of truth, candour and certitude that comes straight from the heart of every upright citizen. It calls on all the citizens of the capital to raise their voice against the deliberate injustice and subversions of Aam Aadmi Party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dangerous Forces Behind New Delhi Riots

Here's everything you need to know about the ongoing New Delhi communal riots

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New Delhi riots
Since the past few months, there have been a lot of anti-CAA/NRC protests in New Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

By SALIL GEWALI

Till just a week back the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of New Delhi (India) was heavily praised in the media as if God has sent down a bunch of benevolent and seasoned leaders to save the country. Most of the front-ranking columnists reveled in the party’s landslide victory. It was made clear through the media writings that AAP is the best option for India. But one is amazed how come its all elected members have become “seasoned and virtuous” leaders overnight when their past records are annoyingly off-putting. Disparity, discrimination, misgovernance and corruption were the glaring hallmarks of the party’s previous regime in the capital state. But all such outrageous venality has been gleefully overlooked, nor that has ever become a subject of discussion, analysis, and apprehension in the newsroom

In fact, the media does not ever focus its spotlight on this APP party that cheers up and instigates Muslim communities and other specific kinds of hooligans. However, the media endlessly grills the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath because he is from a party that loves the country and believes in its rich cultural ethos.

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Till just a week back the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of New Delhi (India) was heavily praised in the media in spite of all the corruption and funding done by the party. Wikimedia Commons

Well, if Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister ever yells against gun-toting criminals, the media loses its cool. When such miscreants from a particular community are arrested, then the media groans, it screams and it beats its chest and try utmost to discredit the whole administration. It will forcefully claim that the Uttar Pradesh government is depriving the “minority” by appeasing the majority (Hindu) and therefore the Muslim are “not safe” in the country. What it means is that the culprits from the minority community must not be booked and put behind the bar. Were the dreaded terrorists Burhan Wani, Yakub Memon and Afjal Guru and such others not “glorified”, and sometimes exonerated, by the media? No surprise, media has no sense of regret in branding a “holy cow” as a “ferocious wolf” and vice versa these days in India.  This is, in fact, a tragedy, a trend that is pushing the country to a kind of anarchy and chaos of misinformation.

What is very astonishing is how long the media can keep the truths buried and thus play with the emotion and naivety of the masses and continue to mislead them!

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The AAP and the protestors are leaving no stone unturned to defame the Modi government which passed the Citizenship Bill to give the shelter to the prosecuted Hindus, Sikh, Buddhist, Sindhi, Christian communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in India. Wikimedia Commons

The police have already found a whole lot of evidence substantiating that certain APP leaders of New Delhi have allegedly been found to be involved in the most “despicable riots” and violence. They have incited the particular community, which they lovingly called marginalized MONORITY, after the Citizen Amendment Bill passed by the Modi Government. Most of the non-ruling parties, such as – Congress, CPM, TMC…, got together to incite the Muslim communities by their inflammatory speeches. A huge amount of public property across the country has been destroyed with impunity by the frenzied crowds; trains, motors vehicles, buildings have been set ablaze while many innocent people have been shot and killed.  There are increasing numbers of political leaders who thus “plan and orchestrate” such terror activities. Instigating the crowds has become a new game.

Nothing could be abominable than the fact that a political representative of the citizens allowed hundreds of miscreants into his building to throw petrol-bombs and acid pouches upon the citizens right from the terrace?  The building belongs to Tahir Hussain who has recently been elected APP leader. Though he was defended initially by the media and his party by suppressing his sinful acts but later police arrested him and charged him of killing a number of Hindus by using his building for the terror activities. Most of the rioters have been invited from other neighboring states.

How do we define this decadence? The dead body of an Intelligence Bureau constable Ankit Sharma was recovered from a ditch behind the house of Tahir Hussain in which many other Hindus were also found killed, and some women raped and shot dead. The autopsy report says that Ankit Sharma was stabbed brutally over 400 times. His father Ravinder Sharma claims that it is the handiwork of APP leader Tahir Hussain and his party cadre.

What a big irony that this is a party that is still receiving the heroic applause from the media fraternity claiming this will save the citizens in every respect.

One wanton Sharukh Khan who blatantly brandished a pistol and fired eight bullets at police personnel in the recent Delhi riot was shielded because he was from the Muslim community. Some media quickly gave him a Hindu name — “Anurag Mishra” calling him Hindu terrorist. Later he was arrested in Uttar Pradesh by the police putting all scandal-mongers to shame.

 About all these increasing threats to the innocent commoners and the integrity of the nation are hardly covered by the media which is purportedly busy in spreading the false news or hiding the misdeeds of the particular community and political leaders. It is leaving no stone unturned  to defame the Modi government which passed the Citizenship Bill to give the shelter to the prosecuted Hindus, Sikh, Buddhist, Sindhi, Christian communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in India. It was in fact initiated out by the BJP government on the humanitarian ground which was even contemplated by the previous Congress government.

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The police have already found a whole lot of evidence substantiating that certain APP leaders of New Delhi have allegedly been found to be involved in the most “despicable riots” and violence. Wikimedia Commons

Well, the violence and terror activities of the last two months have clearly revealed the most disgusting ground realities which will never augur well so far as the “sovereignty and peace” in the country is concerned.

Needless to say, speaking against the country is openly encouraged here. Many columns are being written by specific journalists from India or USA or Uk.. and published that in the reputed international newspapers and magazines. Tarnishing the image of the country and the ruling government is seemingly the prime motive.

 One Muslim leader — Waris Pathan recently thundered that 10 crores Muslims are capable to overpower 100 crores Hindu population in India and the news never raises the eye brow of any journalists or it never became a threat to the democracy in the country. The rabble-rouser has vented his anger at an event in Gulbarga in Karnataka in the presence of his boss Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of AIMIM. There is a cabal of elites who pat on the back of those forces who openly defend the “terrorists” from across the border.  Arundhati Roy, Kanhaiya  Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Shehla Rashid Shora, Mr. Jignesh Mewani, are few who have been made iconic figures as because they are capable to praise in the open forum the heroism of terrorists like Afjal Guru, Burhan Wani, Yakub Memon…

What more? When the questions of “sedition” are raised against those terrorists’ sympathizers then the media comes forward to denounce the whole country.

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Hence, the so-called intellectuals and political parties have systematically fed false information and “incited” millions of Indians to voice against the Indian ethos and values, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly. But mind, all these formidable forces are sweet-hearts of the mainstream media in India. Consequently, these “treacherous adventures” of those media always go to make the majority of Indian intellectuals cheerier, lustier, and more belligerent and hurtful.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.
Twitter: @SGewali