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Rajasthan: Jats mow down three dalits under tractors



By NewsGram Staff Writer

The residents of Nagaur district’s Dangawas, in Rajasthan, witnessed a gruesome incident in which some members of the dominant upper castes, the jats, crushed three dalits under tractors. Several other people including women were also seriously injured in the spine-chilling act of violence. The brutal incident picked fire when the dalit community fired shots, killing one dominant caste member.

This disturbing incident was caused by a dispute over a 20ha farm land, claimed by dalit members Ratnaram Meghwal, Gutaram Meghwal and Khemaral Meghwal. However, the upper caste family of Chimnaram Jat contended the claim. This dispute has been lying unresolved for several years in court.

The issue reached at a crescendo on Thursday when the upper caste jat family arranged a panchayat and summoned the Meghwals. The dalit families, thinking that the jats were gathering to attack them, fired two men who were sent to summon them.

One of the two men died on the spot, which infuriated the jats and they perpetrated violence on the dalits, bulldozing their houses, molesting the women, mowing the men under their tractors.

Moreover, several armed upper assailants reached the hospital at Merta city and prevented the doctors to give medical treatment to the dalits. Police force had to be called to make sure that the injured are being treated properly.

One of the injured woman told Times of India, “Four attackers tried to remove my ‘ghaghra’ (skirt) and tried to thrust a stick inside.”

Another woman said, “They pulled me by my hair for about 50 meters, tore off my clothes and hit my legs with iron-rods.”

The newspaper reported that the chief functionary of Jaipur-based Centre for Dalit Rights, P.L. Mimroth demanded police security for the dalits in and around Dangawas.

“The government must ensure medical treatment of the injured and arrest the accused immediately, booking them under the SC/ST Act. Law and order in the region has completely failed,” said Mimroth.

“The government should compensate the victims who were abiding by court orders on the disputed land,” he added.

As per the report, SP Nagaur, HGR Suhasaa thinks otherwise and does not perceive this incident as a Dalit versus upper caste violence.

“The accused include the Meghwals as well, and not just the Jats. The village has a population of around 15,000 including 2,000 dalits. Complaints have been lodged by the two disputing parties and in both the FIRs, the accused include Meghwals,” Suhasaa told the newspaper.

The SP added that the accused will be arrested soon.

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But as there are a couple of Nazis who are not so bad, our hero also shows that anyone with some dignity and honour can keep his mooring amid the direst evil

Prussian Blue is a must read book which offers different perspective. IANS
Prussian Blue is a must read book which offers different perspective. IANS
  • Prussian Blue is a novel by Philip Kerr
  • It is set in World War II
  • Thr book is an interesting read

Title: Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther Series); Author: Philip Kerr; Publisher: Quercus

Some men can never outrun their past. It is not that their wrongdoings cannot be forgotten, but rather that their unique abilities which even their enemies, spanning the spectrum from Nazism to Communism, recognise and seek to utilise for their own ends. As with this outspoken, irreverent but capable German ex-policeman.

Bernie Gunther has survived over over two decades of Nazi rule, World War II’s Russian front, Soviet captivity, the Cold War’s lethal attentions — from all its sides — service to Juan Peron and the American mafia in Battista’s Cuba, and now just wants a quiet life.

Not Nazi were bad.

But his eccentric fate hasn’t yet finished with him, even in 1956. And in his latest appearance, Gunther learns — yet again — that the pathology of power remains the same, though the name, uniforms and even ideology may change, and today’s oppressed can easily become — and inevitably do — tomorrow’s oppressors.

Fleeing Berlin after a complex intelligence operation where he got even with those kicking him around — with the help of a dangerous figure from his pre-war past — Gunther tries to live obscurely as concierge in a small hotel on the French Riviera. But soon, his unlikely helper — Erich Mielke, the dreaded second-in-command of East Germany’s Stasi — personally appears and threatens him to undertake a mission.

This entails going over to Britain and poisoning — by thallium no less — a covert woman agent, whom Gunther had deftly outsmarted in his previous outing (“The Other Side of Silence”, 2016). And just to keep him on his toes, Mielke has his men arrange a near-fatal hanging for him.

But our hero is not one to give in tamely. While he goes along with Mielke’s assignment knowing the men wished upon him to “help” will eventually be his executioners, he escapes from the train taking them towards the English Channel. The Stasi men are soon on his trail and since their leader is someone who knows Gunther too well — a former pre-war Berlin police colleague who was his aide in investigating a crime in Adolf Hitler’s hilltop Bavarian retreat in 1939 — keeping ahead will not be too simple.

As Gunther flees across France with the French police too on his trail, his mind travels back to April 1939 when another dreaded boss sent him to solve a serious crime in Hitler’s holiday home, just before the Fuhrer visited it for his 50th birthday.

A top engineer overseeing construction and renovations has been shot dead right on the terrace of special tea house planned as a surprise for Hitler and now his close aide Martin Bormann wants the matter to be solved expeditiously without any fuss, so there is no threat to the Fuhrer’s life.

But as Gunther finds out, there is no shortage of suspects given the greed, graft, jealousy, turf fights and more going on between Nazi bigwigs in this Nazi citadel and a mass of resentful local residents, dispossessed of home or property for the Hitler retreat.

Given the high stakes involved, will he be allowed to investigate the case to its logical conclusion and identify the truly guilty or will any scapegoat do?

Flipping between the hazardous 1939 investigation and the nervous 1956 flight, Philip Kerr, in the 12th installment of his most captivating series, brings our wise-cracking, sardonic but resourceful hero back to life in all his tarnished, tired but still irrepressible form.

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While it is a thriller twice over, the real worth is the uncompromising light it shows totalitarianism in — especially Nazism, which despite its much touted high ideals, could not advance from the ambition, greed and conceit of its principal leaders. Stalinist Communism, with its readiness to employ former Nazis and be as violent, doesn’t come far behind.

Kerr also scores in his vivid but unflattering portraits of top Nazis — from the boorish Bormann to the devious Heydrich and their system of violent loot or just violence. Apart from the insight into workings of Nazism, there is an unforgettable insight into normalisation of terror and casual brutality to gain and keep personal power.

But as there are a couple of Nazis who are not so bad, our hero also shows that anyone with some dignity and honour can keep his mooring amid the direst evil. That is why Bernie Gunther’s exploits are a must read. IANS