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2009/03/06

Getting it right




Rahul Noronha, Hindustan Times

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Bhopal, March 06, 2009

First Published: 02:07 IST(6/3/2009)

Last Updated: 02:08 IST(6/3/2009)

 

When Shameem Modi was granted bail by the Madhya Pradesh High Court two days ago, after 21 days in jail, it was a sweet but hard-won victory. The demand for her arrest had come from the Harda Industries Association and Vyapari Sangh, following her involvement in the struggle of saw mill workers and hamaals (coolies) of Harda, who have been denied minimal legal entitlements. Shameem was up against the nexus between politicians and forest mafia; a battle she and her activist husband Anurag have got used to.

In 1990, after completing her M Phil from Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and getting a job with Oxfam, Shameem traveled to tribal areas in MP. “Having lived in Mumbai and Delhi I had never seen how people live in rural areas. What I saw there was a revelation of sorts and I realised that independence is only in name and somebody has to take up the cause of marginalised sections,” she says.

In 1994 she met Anurag while working among tribals displaced by the Bargi Dam on the Narmada river and got married the same year. From 1994 to 2003, they worked in Shahpur, a hamlet in MP’s Betul district, where they set up a night school for tribal children and then moved to Harda.

In 2003, Shameem’s activism took another form when she jumped into the political arena. “We had set up the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan to educate and provide aid for tribals but felt change can be brought about only through direct political participation,” explains Anurag. So the Samajwadi Jan Parishad was set up. Shameem, its vice-president, has contested three elections — two assembly and one parliamentary.

With three electoral defeats, 10 criminal cases, three trips to jail and a perceptibly hostile government, what keeps Shameem’s spirit going? “The government has sent her to jail on trumped up charges three times at the behest of a powerful politician-businessman nexus. So our work must be affecting those who exploit tribals and workers. That’s our victory and that’s what keeps us going,” says Anurag.

 

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मध्य प्रदेशः गरीबों की आवाज उठाने वाली शमीम मोदी जेल में क्यों?

मध्यप्रदेश सराकर दमन, अत्याचार और फर्जीवाड़े की सारी सीमाएं तोड़ रही है

प्रकाशन दिनांक  25/2/2009 3:18:58 PM(IST)  

भोपालः मध्य प्रदेश के नर्मदा अंचल की जुझारू जन-नेता, अधिवक्ता एवं समाजवादी जनपरिषद की प्रदेश उपाध्यक्ष शमीम मोदी पिछले 10 दिनों से जेल में हैं। सुश्री मोदी को दो वर्ष पुराने बिल्कुल झूठे प्रकरणों में संगीन धाराएं लगाकर जेल भेजा गया है, जिनमें नीचे की अदालतों ने जमानत देने से इंकार कर दिया है और उच्च न्यायालय में जमानत आवेदन लंबित है। एक सामान्य किंतु गरीबों के हितों के लिए संघर्षरत महिला को खूंखार अपराधी बताकर अपहरण और हत्या के इरादे से मारपीट, घातक हथियारों के साथ हमला, जान से मारने की धमकी देने,डकैती जेसी धाराओं में जेल में डाला गया है। यह कानून का मखौल और दुरूपयोग है। समाजवादी जन परिषद और मध्यप्रदेश के जन संगठन इसका कड़ा विरोध करते हैं।

 

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Protest against the arrest of Shamim Modi

Delhi Solidarity Group - Thu, 03/05/2009 - 06:43

Ms. Shamim Modi, the well known social and political activist of the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan in Harda, Madhya Pradesh. She was arrested on 10 February following an ultimatum by the industries association demanding her arrest. She has been involved in the struggle of the saw mill workers and the hammals (kulies) who have been denied the minimal legal entitlements. She and her husband Anurag Modi have been involved in carrying a crusade against the nexus between politicians and forest mafia. She also contested the recent assembly election.

Shamim Modi has done her B.A from Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi, M.A. degree from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi, M.Phil from TISS Mumbai and L.L.B. from Bhopal University. The vice president of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, MP, she has contested two assembly elections and a parliament election. She has filed a number of cases of tribal and labour rights at the MP High Court. Shamim Modi was a member of the Tribal Subgroup of the Planning Commission of India that was involved in preparing the 11th five year plan. She has been a trustee with renowned social worker Medha Patkar and late Baba Amte in the Jan Sahyog Trust.

In protest of Shamim’s  arrest all the labour union belonging to Harda, Khirkiya, Timarni, Sirali and Rhatgaon Krishi Upaj Mandi in Harda district, Railway Mal Godam union, ware house union, saw mill union belonging to 60 saw mill in the Harda city are went  on the day’s  strike on 12 February and took out a big rally at Harda. . From 13 the saw mill union has went on indefinite strike and started a sit in at Harda demanding implementation of labour laws and opposing Shamim’s arrest. In Delhi there was a protest outside Madhya Pradesh Bhavan twice on 27 February and on 3 March 2009.

Shamim Modi granted bail by the Jabalpur high court on 3 March 2009.

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New Delhi: In a clear case of growing hostility against human rights activists and those voicing for the voiceless, besides rising systematic discrimination against minorities, in BJP-ruled states, young woman social activist Shamim Modi has become the latest victim of the police-politician nexus in Madhya Pradesh.

Shamim Modi was arrested on 10 February in some old cases. She is presently languishing in Hoshangabad jail. One is a kidnapping case. The police alleged that she had kidnapped a tribal woman but the very tribal woman told the magistrate in the court that she was never kidnapped by Shamim, yet her bail application was rejected and sent to jail. She was arrested within 24 hours following a 48-hour ultimatum by the industries association demanding her arrest. Shamim has been involved in the struggle of the saw mill workers and the hammals (kulies) who have been denied the minimal legal entitlements. She was fighting against the nexus between politicians and forest mafia. 

“Shamim has been active in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh over a decade for the cause of tribals and saw mill workers. She has voiced against corruption and exploitation of the workers of the saw mills (mostly owned by Gujarati industrialists). She has fought for the rights of the poor. But since she tried to take on politicians and industrialists, she has been victimized by the local police,” said renowned political analyst and commentator Yogendra Yadav in a press conference in New Delhi yesterday.

Ever since Shamim fought assembly election against ex-revenue minster in 2003 she is being victimized by police. Just after results were announced she was arrested and released after 3 days. Now again after the assembly election, social worker and lawyer Shamim Modi, who is also president of Madhya Pradesh unit of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, was arrested by Harda police on 10th February and remanded to 14 days judicial custody by Harda CJM court. She was arrested after Harda industries association a day earlier gave a 48 hours ultimatum to district administration demanding that Shamim Modi and her husband Anurag Modi be arrested else they will close all their establishment.

For the last few months Shamim was instrumental in organizing laborers belonging to 60 saw mills and plywood factories in Harda y after organizing hammals working at various Krishi Upaj Mandi and ware houses. 

The four cases in which Shamim has been arrested are two years old and politically motivated. In last two years police even never bothered investigate the matter and having no intention either,” says a statement from Samajwadi Jan Parishad.

Addressing the press conference senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said Shamim’s case indicates the country is heading towards becoming a police state. While the police has filed charge sheet in the case, it has not conducted any probe into the case, he said adding that hers was not a fit case for denial of bail as the victim of her alleged kidnapping act had told the court that she was never kidnapped.

Expressing his grave concern over the rising lawlessness of law enforcers, Prashant Bhushan said: We are living in a police state and it’s time to wake up and speak against police atrocities. Otherwise, we will slip into a totalitarian police state.”

Shamim Modi has done her master degree from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi, M. Phil. from TISS Mumbai and L.L.B. from Bhopal University. As the vice president of Samajwadi Jan Parishad in Madhya Pradesh, she has contested two assembly elections and a Lok Sabha election. She has filed a number of cases of tribal and labour rights at the MP High Court. She was a member of the Tribal Subgroup of the Planning Commission of India that was involved in preparing the 11th Five Year Plan. She has been a trustee with renowned social worker late Baba Amte and Medha Patkar in the Jan Sahyog Trust.

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Join Dharna to protest the arrest of Shamim Modi_Feb 27

People's Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR)


Dear friends,

You must be aware that Shamim Modi, an activist of Shramik Adivasi
Sangathan and the Vice President of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, was
arrested on 10 February. Yesterday she was remanded to judicial
custody for another 14 days.

She has been engaged in the issues of adivasis and mill-workers in
Harda M.P for many years. The ongoing struggles of workers in saw-
mills and plywood factories demanding proper working conditions and
against the rampant violation of labour laws had led the industries
association to demand the arrest of Shamim Modi and her husband. The
government has obliged.

The criminal charge levelled against her pertains to a case filed two
years ago. This case was filed against her because her organisation
had intervened in an instance of brutality against tribals by the
forest officer and his staff. In any case she had obtained bail in
the matter.

The present arrest is being continued on the basis of the
government's claims in court that Shamim Modi has been indulging in
anti-state activities. The issue is serious since mere utterances by
the prosecution without a scrap of evidence of any anti-state
activity is being accepted by the court to prolong detention. More
so, because the arrest is being conduted at the behest of mill-owners
to prevent labourers from expressing their legitimate and just
demands.

Protest the Continued Detention of Shamim Modi

Join a protest dharna at M.P. Bhawan, Chanakyapuri at 11:30 a.m. on
Friday, 27 February 2009.

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Shamim Modi has done her M.A. degree from Lady Shriram College,
University of Delhi, M.Phil from TISS Mumbai and L.L.B. from Bhopal
University. The vice president of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, MP, she has
contested two assembly elections and a parliament election. She has
filed a number of cases of tribal and labour rights at the MP High
Court. Shamim Modi was a member of the Tribal Subgroup of the
Planning Commission of India that was involved in preparing the 11th
five year plan. She has been a trustee with renowned social worker
late Baba Amte and Maedha Patkar in the Jan Sahyog Trust.


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Press Conference on Shamim Modi's Arrest- 26 Feb. 2009

You are invited to a press conference on the continued detention of Ms Shamim Modi, the well known social and political activist of the
Shramik Adivasi Sangathan in Harda, Madhya Pradesh.

Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Press Club of India
Day/Date: Thursday, 26 February 2009

As you perhaps know she was arrested on 10 February following an
ultimatum by the industries association demanding her arrest. She has
been involved in the struggle of the saw mill workers and the hammals
(kulies) who have been denied the minimal legal entitements. She and
her husband Anurag Modi have been involved in carrying a crusade
against the nexus between politicians and forest mafia. She also
contested the recent assembly election.

The press conference will be addressed by Shri Sunil, President
Samajwadi Jan Parishad and Shri Anurag Modi. The speakers and the case
will be introduced by Shri Yogendra Yadav, political analyst and
commentator.


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Shamim Modi Granted Bail

2009/03/04

शमीम मोदी की रिहाई का आदेश

गत १० फरवरी से हरदा और होशंगाबाद की जेलों में फर्जी मामलों में बन्द समाजवादी जनपरिषद , म. प्र. की उपाध्यक्ष साथी शमीम मोदी की जमानत की अर्जी जबलपुर उच्च न्यायालय ने मंजूर कर ली है ।
शमीम की गिरफ़्तारी के विरुद्ध देश भर में कार्यक्रम आयोजित किए गए । आज दिल्ली में मध्य प्रदेश भवन पर विभिन्न जन संगठनों के करीब ३५ लोगों ने प्रदर्शन किया और आवासी आयुक्त को एक ज्ञापन सौंप कर फर्जी मुकदमे वापस लेने की माँग की । शमीम की मातृ-संस्था टाटा इन्स्टीट्यूट ऑफ़ सोशल साइंसेस के शिक्षकों द्वारा प्रस्तुत ऑनलाइन प्रतिवेदन पर अब तक ४८४ लोगों ने समर्थन जताया है । हिन्दी चिट्ठेकारों ने भी प्रतिवेदन पर समर्थन जताया है ।
अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस ८ मार्च को शमीम के कार्य क्षेत्र हरदा में लड़ेंगे - जीतेंगेकी भावना से दमन के विरुद्ध महिलाओं की एक रैली आयोजित की गयी है ।

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2009/03/03

Shamim Modi Granted Bail

Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Shamim Modi (शमीम मोदी), Madhya Pradesh state vice president of the Samajwadi Jan Parishad and social activist, after twenty-two days in prison, Adv. Joshi Jacob, All India vice president of the Samajwadi Jan Parishad said. She was arrested in gross violation of democratic rights on 10th February 2009 from her residence at Harda, Madhya Pradesh. and is presently lodged in Hoshaganbad jail.

She was arrested within 24 hours following a 48-hour ultimatum by the Harda Industries Association and Vyapari Sangh demanding her arrest. Shamim has been involved in the struggle of the saw mill workers and the hammals (kulies) who have been denied the minimal legal entitlements. She was fighting against the nexus between politicians and forest mafia.