With The Refugees

World Refugee Day commemorates the obstacles that Refugees face each year. It also honours their courage and strength, on June 20th the United Nations observes the World Refugee Day.

The United Nations High Commission has set up #WithRefugees petition to create an action plan to bring about solidarity and global responsibility on behalf of refugee. Asylum seekers differ from Refugees as they are individuals who have sought international protection and their claim for refugee status has not yet been determined.

According to the UN-refugee body as of 2015 there are about 2,07,861 persons of concern  and 6,480 asylum seeks.  India has offered sheltered to Tibetans, the chakmas the Afghans and ethnic Srilankan Tamils.  Despite of one of the largest refugee population in South Asia we are yet to enact an uniform law that addresses the issue of asylum.

Interestingly  none of the domestic laws speak in reference to the term “refugee” India has not signed the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention on the status of Refugees nor has the 1967 protocol dealing with rights and services the host state must provide the refugees been signed.  Though there is an informal refuge regime, parallel to the international one, no formal asylum policy is devised; the decision for granting of asylum is ad hoc and case-to-case basis. In 2015 the congress MP Shashi Tharoor introduced a private member bill called the asylum bill 2015 it is to provide for the establishment of a legal framework to harmonize India’s refugee policy, this has not yet been taken up for consideration.

The Tibetans who came seeking asylum in 1959 along with the Dalai Lama were treated as refugee’s and given land and housing, it since been discontinued.  They can avail all the privileges of an Indian citizen though they cannot vote or take government jobs provided they have a registration certificate (RC) the RC a prerequisite to live in India is issued by the passport office Delhi on recommendations of the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Delhi.

The Sri Lankan Tamil refugees could be either camp refugees or non-camp refugees  this depends on the socio-economic parameter. They cannot vote or own property though they can own cattle and purchase things for domestic use. The identity card is issued either for the family or to individuals, and it would document details of the names, age, relationships, gender, date and location of arrival in India their education background and the address in SriLanka, the camp revenue inspector also issues a refugee certificate which is required for them to return to SriLanka.

Since July 2016 the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jains Parsis and Christians refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan staying in India on Term Visa’s have been regularized, they are allowed to open bank accounts, purchase property for self occupation and suitable accommodation for carrying out self employment, take self-employment and obtain documents like driving licenses, PAN cards and Aadhar numbers. They are also given privileges like free movement within the state or union Territory; transfer fo visa paper from one state to the other, waiver of penalty on non-extension of short-term or long term visas on time.

Bangladeshi’s and Pakistani’s who belong to minority communities and have entered India on or before Dec.31,2014 have exempted from relevant provisions of rules and order made under the Passport Act 1920 (Entry into India) and the Foreigners Act 1946 with respect to their entry and stay in India without documents or after the expiry of those documents.


Seeking Peace


#Blogging for Peace with Blog Adda.Image courtesy google/

What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”
― David LevithanLove Is the Higher Law

Starting a new cycle, calling for peace everything is good.

The background story given by Blogadda is excellent, Louis Armstrong’s song, attacks in Paris, fortunately or unfortunately the world trade centre and Bombay attacks are forgotten.

We talk of innocents being slaughtered; we talk about what goes on in a terrorists mind. I shall come to it in a while. I would recommend that you view an Afghanistan movie called,”The Apples From Paradise” it gives an interesting insight to terrorism and suicide bombing.

Yes the families of the dead are victims, but terrorists are creation of our collective consciousness, so what we need to look into is what our collective consciousness is.

There are delinquent social elements who during the world war were the people decorated with bravery awards because they did not really care either for their own lives or the other, it was this cadre that could win the war for allies, but during peace times these disruption in the society.

We as a society are now influenced by humungous megabytes thrown to us by the media. When I say media it includes movies. Since the 70’s we are constantly told that if you do not get what you think you are entitled to it is okay to grab it, the hero who stalks the heroine. the Hero who avenges his father by killing the perpetuator, the small time thief who gets the trophy we don’t talk of crime and consequences, we talk of eye for a eye this is despite the much touted, MKG(Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)’s quote, “an eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

We have become audience that justify and glorify violence. These start with the Disney cartoons that our kids view.

What we need to understand is peace is not so much a political mandate as it is a shared state of consciousness that remains elevated and intact only to the degree that those who value it volunteer their existence as living examples of the same… peace ends with unravelling of individual hope and emergence of the will to worship of violence as healer of private and social disease.

It is indeed hard to forget pain, but the tragedy is it is harder to remember sweetness. We have so scar to show for happiness, we learn so little for peace, forget it, we have so little respect for peace.

Think of the Wodeyar kings who accepted the British rule and gave them their tax…like the state gives the central today… they focused their resources, and skills in building colleges, and hospitals, sheshadripuram in Bangalore is named after the Diwan of Mysore who was responsible for building the Bangalore hospital, but they are remembered as insipid sloths, while Tippu, who looted the land and waged a war, is touted as the hero.

Whether someone is a hero or a terrorist depends on whose story we are saying. Everyone is worried about stopping terrorism, well, there’s really an easy way. Stop participating. The number people killed by sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history.

You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.” 
 Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven

Obama-Osama-Oh!a drama

Obama-Osama-O a drama.
Osama with this tranquil face has become icon of terrorism, and it was necessary of Obama to amputate his Islamic roots in the phase of Islamic phobia.
Yet I wonder how much American media has contributed to creating the Osama image. Movie star Jim Carrey calls Osama a boogieman.
His death has heralded an end and a beginning, it’s like “the king is dead long live the king”” as the Goan thinker Tomazino Cardozo observed “Bin laden maybe dead but not his thoughts.”
What is unacceptable and shocking in the whole operation is the way it was done!
The Americans sneaked and sized into Pakistan, it violating the sanctity of the country. To me it sounds like proving the American sovereignty, and an indirect invasion of Pakistan.
Shekhar Kapur observes –Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan all wounds opened in the name of Osama. If you note it’s like the invasion of the east, next boogieman will be created in India and so forth until, Uncle Sam slays the dragon (China) his real fear.

Though Osama’s bombing of the twin towers is unacceptable to the civilized mind it might be the only way to handle Uncle Sam who thrives on arms selling. Bully the Bully and he will back off.