- Category: Programme in J&K
Greetings from all of us at AMAN Trust and Sadhbhavna Trust (SBT)!
On behalf of the community with whom we are working in Kashmir; the AMAN Trust and SBT we once again thank you for for your support and solidarity for the relief and rehabilitation work that we initiated in Kashmir on 17th September.
This is the second update we are sharing with you. You may recall the first update was sent on 30th September.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the Tata Group for providing financial support for travel of doctors, community kitchen and hygiene kits and quilts. A team of doctors from the Tata Group also joined the group of doctors from St Johns Medical Hospital Bangalore and AMAN doctors in extending the medical camps to areas of Srinagar town.
Here is a brief update on the activities undertaken until now.
- Category: Programme in J&K
By Kausiki Sarma
The killing of five civilians at the hands of the Border Security Force in Ramban and their burial makes us recall the conversation we had with Habibullah Khan, the 80 year old caretaker of the more than two decades old Martyr's graveyard, located next to the Idgah in the heart of Srinagar. The graveyard, which holds almost 1500 burials, had its first burial in the early 1990's when militancy was at its peak. Carved in marble, at the entrance gate, are the lines, “Lest you forget we have given our “ today” for “tomorrow” of yours,” reminding visitors and passersby of the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives fighting for the cause of Kashmir.
Grave digging was not a profession which was passed on to Habibullah by his forefathers. This tall, lanky and bearded man was once an ordinary shopkeeper who took up the responsibility to look after the graveyard when he, like hundreds of others in the Kashmir valley, was affected by the everyday violence in the Kashmir valley.
He recalls frequent encounters between Indian security forces and militants, leading to numerous deaths, torture and many human rights violations.
For Habibullah, becoming the caretaker of the graveyard was his way of giving back to society, his contribution to the struggle being waged by his fellow “freedom fighters” and his way of showing solidarity with the cause of Kashmir.
- Category: Reports
We would like to share a paper written by our former AMAN colleague Rashmi Singh on the issue of migrant labourers in Kashmir valley as part of our ongoing research on informal labourers. The paper was also presented at the last conference of the Association for Indian Labour Historians in Delhi.
We share this hoping that it will throw some light on the ongoing "outsider" vs "insider" debate in Kashmir.
- Category: By Jamal Kidwai
The real challenge is not external. The Indian state and the J&K government would do well to first acknowledge the mistakes committed in the past and engaging with the people of Kashmir to find a way forward.
There have been five attacks by militants in the Kashmir valley since February, killing at least 23 security men. These attacks and the 24 June killings of eight unarmed army men by militants have once again raised the bogey of the return of insurgency to the Kashmir valley. This has resulted in a widespread conclusion that in no time at all militancy will be back in the valley; the situation has even been compared to the situation in the mid 1990s.
This is based mostly on wild speculation, such as the withdrawal of Americans troops in March 2014 from Afghanistan, which, it is claimed by hawks and defence analysts alike, will give a free hand to the ISI-Pakistani military establishment to pursue its anti-India and jehadi agenda.
- Category: Training / Workshop
A two-day training on the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) using Joomla was held at the office of the AMAN Trust 1st - 2nd November 2012. The workshop was conducted by AMAN colleague Mehdi and IT consultant Leo Fernandez. Six participants attended the event.
The first day started with AMAN Director Jamal Kidwai welcoming the participants and introducing the workshop. He said that AMAN Aman Trust is one of the few organizations ( NGO ) which has used free/open source software (FOSS/Linux) for almost all its work ever since its inception in 2003. It has an LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) server, which is upgraded regularly, and operates on disk less terminals which are connected to the main server. AMAN uses Linux to operate its printers and scanner, play multimedia cds and dvds, and even to download photographs from digital cameras. It has also allowed AMAN to use older hardware for a longer period of time than would have been possible with other operating systems. AMAN Trust use the open source software. Linux also helps in keeping the expenditure on maintenance on systems to the minimum. With Linux, we do not need to purchase any software, or indulge in piracy, since whatever we use is free to be distributed.
- Category: Programme in J&K
The AMAN Health Care Centre, now being supported Charities Aid Foundation has been running in the village of Matipora in Baramulla district, Jammu and Kashmir since, 2003. It broad objectives are:
- Providing health care and laboratory facilities to people of 20 villages of Baramulla district
- Run preventive awareness campaigns on reproductive health and child care
- Advocacy on government health care schemes like NRHM reach beneficiaries and properly implemented
This is a six monthly report, on its activities from 1st February to 31st July 2012.
- Category: Resources
- Notes from the warfront: Maruti workers ‘on trial’
There is a ‘list of 162’ workers that has not been disclosed but which forms the basis for the police to either arrest or let go of Maruti workers once they are picked up. The family members of these 162 are being harassed and intimidated and being visited thrice a day by local police, sometimes accompanied by Gurgaon police – at times 12-15 police show up, says Rakhi Sehgal.
- Appeal from the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union
Appeal from the MSEU (Maruti Suzuki Employees Union) to All Trade Unions, Organisations and Individuals, by Shiv Kumar, general secretary, MSEU, via Rakhi Sehgal of the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)
- Workers strike thrice in five months, How Maruti Suzuki lost connect with them
There isn't a single burning, insurmountable issue because of which workers at Maruti's Manesar plant have struck work thrice in the last five months . Sruthijith KK & Chanchal Pal Chauhan report from Manesar that at its core lie accumulated grievances and resentment, and events are adding fuel to the fire