Narendra Modi junks UPA's communal violence bill?

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  1. Vishwarupa

    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

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    The Communal Violence Bill, an initiative of the previous UPA regime, seems to have been put on the back burner by the NDA government with the Home Ministry unlikely to push the controversial legislation.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dubbed the bill as a "recipe for disaster" when he was chief minister of Gujarat.
    Home Ministry officials said there has been no discussion at all on the 'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill ever since the new government assumed charge and the legislation did not figure in any discussions either with Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
    "The bill is not in sync with the new government's thinking. So, we have decided not to bring it into the table," a Home Ministry official said.
    The UPA government, which tried to enact the bill with stringent punitive provisions, had faced strong opposition from BJP and several chief ministers, including West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalithaa.
    Just before the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha in February, the UPA government tried to bring the draft bill to the House by dropping several provisions including making it neutral to all communities and reducing the role of the central government in case of riots.
    Earlier the bill specifically mentioned that the onus of riots lies on the majority community.
    The draft bill is made neutral to all groups or communities and the central government will not have any alleged over-riding powers anywhere. Besides, the central government's role will largely be of coordination and will act only when the state government seeks help.
    Earlier, the Centre was given unilateral powers to send central paramilitary forces in case of communal violence without consulting the state government. However, there were no takers for even the diluted version of the legislation.
    BJP had been maintaining it opposed to it on the ground that it would be a "threat to India's communal harmony".
    In a letter to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Modi termed the bill as a "recipe for disaster" and said the timing to bring the bill was "suspicious owing to political considerations and vote bank politics, rather than genuine concerns".

    Narendra Modi junks UPA's communal violence bill? - Financial Express
     
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Why the Congress inspired Anti Communal Bill did not find favour and was because it was totally aimed at the Vote Bank and nothing more.

    (A) mentioned that the onus of riots lies on the majority community.
    (B) If the minorities inspired the riots then it was not under the clause of a 'riot'.
    (C) law and order is a State subject but the Centre took the power to intervene without an OK from the State. Hence, it took away the State's right as also could be misused by the Centre.

    Actually, it is not the Bill that is the recipe for disaster.

    It is the manner in which the Congress has assiduously divided the Nation into segments which is the real disaster.
     
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    All page-3 Jholachap inspired bills and policies will go in the dustbin.....That's we have selected Modi to get rid of all these filthy leftist trash!! The end of con-gress led sham secularism has started with scrapping of this clearly Anti-Hindu bill!
     
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    From news archives -

    To write Communal Violence Bill, NAC turns to activists
    Express News Service : New Delhi, Tue Aug 31 2010, 01:46 hrs

    Widening the scope of the Communal Violence Bill to include "sectarian violence", the National Advisory Council on Monday entrusted its re-drafting to a jumbo 32-member group, including Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, Left-leaning lawyers and human rights activists. They are likely to complete the drafting of the new Bill, to be called Communal & Sectarian Violence Bill, by November 15.

    While "key guiding principles" outlined for the proposed Bill — like setting up an independent national authority to ensure effective compliance with the law — are set to face Opposition from many quarters, the composition of the eight-member drafting committee and 19-member advisory group (excluding those who are NAC members) has caused unease in a section of the ruling Congress and the government.

    The members include Shabnam Hashmi of Anhad, which recently circulated an online petition against the current Communal Violence Bill terming it as "unacceptable".

    Others in the panel are:

    -Usha Ramanathan, an independent law researcher who has been in the forefront of the campaign against the UPA government's ambitious UID project.

    -H S Phoolka, a well-known advocate who has been less than charitable about the role of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

    -Justice Hosbet Suresh, who is part of a campaign against POSCO.

    -Ram Puniyani, who has opposed the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

    Apart from Subramanium, the drafting committee includes Teesta Setalvad, Maja Daruwala, Najmi Waziri, P I Jose, Prasad Sirivella, Usha Ramanathan and Vrinda Grover. Farah Naqvi and Harsh Mander are the conveners of the drafting committee and joint conveners of the advisory group.


    The advisory group includes Abusaleh Shariff , Asgar Ali Engineer, Gagan Sethi, H S Phoolka, John Dayal, Justice Hosbet Suresh, Kamal Faruqui, Manzoor Alam, Maulana Niaz Farooqui, Ram Puniyani, Rooprekha Verma, Samar Singh, Saumya Uma, Shabnam Hashmi, Sister Mary Scaria, Sukhdeo Thorat, Syed Shahabuddin, Uma Chakravarty, Upendra Baxi and NAC members Aruna Roy, Narendra Jadhav and Anu Aga.

    "We will try our best to finish our task by November 15 as fixed by the working group," NAC member Harsh Mander told The Indian Express. The NAC will have its next meeting on September 24.

    The key guiding principles laid down for the proposed Bill include a shift from empowering the State, to seeking action and accountability of State/ public officials, need for an independent national authority to ensure effective compliance with the law "without disturbing the federal structure", and definition of communal & sectarian violence to cover both isolated incidents as well as mass crimes, against people based on religious, caste, linguistic, regional and other identities.

    The guidelines also stress the need to remove prior sanction requirement for hate speech (Sec 153A & 153B IPC) and statutory obligation on government to lay down national standards for the entire spectrum of provisions for victims.

    The guidelines also underline the need for amendments in CrPC and Indian Evidence Act to meet extraordinary circumstance of communal and sectarian violence to protect victims' rights and advocated specific provisions for victim-witness rights to be made under this law.

    Meanwhile, the NAC on Monday could not finalise the draft food security Bill and decided to hold another round of consultation on September 24.
     
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    Rather then they must introduce with modifications

    Because NAC members would always like to introduce this an and others bills using option of private member bill either using congress or any other party there by trying to put NDA gov in dock

    Or they can use anna hazzare type agitation
     
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    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

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    Just read the above names and their backgrounds, and where they stood in the past and what happened to their opposition of UPA when they were included in the NAC lead panel.....This tells a very horrifying story about UPA's surrender to such notorious Anti-Hindu elements working in the country under the guise of secularism!
     
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    Gopal Subramaniam, who seems to be on all the English language TV channels pontificating in a posh British accent, is also one of the architects of the Communal Violence Bill !
     
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    @parijataka what is your though regarding my comments since congress now in order to show its supports to miniorities would always trying to push communal bill through private member bill and too put NDA in dock .And it also get now support of JD(U).
     
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