News roundup from the sub-continent


by Sunny
11th April, 2007 at 7:12 pm    

India’s top female civil servants are being asked to provide information about their menstrual cycles as part of a new job appraisal process, according to reports today. The All-India Services Performance Appraisal Rules 2007, intended for senior government staff to fill out, contains a three-page health section asking women for a “detailed menstrual history” as well as other personal information, such as when they last took maternity leave.

The form has caused outrage among some women employees. “The questions are too intrusive and have no bearing on our work,” Seema Vyas, joint secretary of the general administration department in Maharashtra state, which includes Mumbai, told the Hindustan Times newspaper. [Guardian]

It is, as everyone says, a bloody outrage. Much more intelligent and productive are these Indian slum children who have decided to launch their own newspaper to provide better facilities for their community. Brilliant.

Another positive piece of news: a group of annoyed middle-class graduates have launched a new political party against corruption called the Bharat Punarnirman Dal (India Reconstruction Party) [via capt bananabrain].

In the three months since its formation, it has attracted 1,500 paying members, and 25,000 nonpaying online members through its website, www.bharatpunarnirman.org. “By the end of this year we’ll have a full-time staff of 50, and within ten years we’ll establish ourselves as a force to be reckoned with,” Mr Shukla said.

Not good at all: the first ever report on child abuse in the country finds that unfortunately it is quite common. [via Jai].

In other news I hope Bangladesh beat England today in cricket, though it is unlikely to happen. The Bengalis have played fantastically in this World Cup and deserve to go further.

Although the political situation in the country has gotten worse, with more charges now filed against Sheikh Hasina.


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  1. raz — on 11th April, 2007 at 8:48 pm  

    53% of Indian children sexually abused :(

  2. Sunny — on 11th April, 2007 at 10:08 pm  

    From the BBC site: “Please do not allow Vaughan to be interviewed at the end of the game because he will try to convince us that Bangladesh are a force to be reckoned with and not that England are a bunch of amateurs.”
    David Ashby in the TMS Inbox

    ha ha!

  3. Katy Newton — on 11th April, 2007 at 10:14 pm  

    53%!!!

    Jeepers!

    What’s the definition of sexual abuse in that study?

  4. sabinaahmed — on 11th April, 2007 at 10:32 pm  

    Because women are easy prey in some socities, for balance I would like the men to answer questions about their sexual activities, how many partners they have had in the last twelve months, do they use condoms and do they have casual sex. At least this information will be relevent for compilling data about AIDS and other sexually transmited diseases. But womens menstural history is only relevent to child bearing,it has no other significance,Unless the person setting the questions was a pervert!
    Women in Asian culture are not treated equally, even women living in this country are not allowed to go inside mosques. I think the only hope of change lies in highlighting such practices and ridiculing them

  5. B Shantanu — on 12th April, 2007 at 6:42 am  

    Re. the new political parties in India, some of you may be interested in these posts detailing my attempts at contacting these parties..

    The first attempt:
    http://hindudharma.wordpress.com/2007/02/20/silver-lining-to-dark-clouds/

    the follow-up:
    http://hindudharma.wordpress.com/2007/03/24/dark-clouds-just-got-darker/

    and then: http://hindudharma.wordpress.com/2007/04/01/ray-of-hope/

    Over the last 10 days, I have finally managed to speak with two of them, BPD (mentioned above) and Bharat Uday Mission and will hopefully be able to speak with Lok Paritrana and Loksatta.

    I will be transcribing the notes from these calls shortly. Let me know (jai DOT dharma @ gmail.com) if any of you would like to get involved more actively in this effort.

    Thanks.

  6. Ravi Naik — on 12th April, 2007 at 1:42 pm  

    I would not believe in a report that does not include the margin of error. 53% does not seem credible, in any place or country.

  7. Vikrant — on 12th April, 2007 at 6:58 pm  

    In other news I hope Bangladesh beat England today in cricket

    I turncoat! I demand that you go down to Dover and deport yourself voluntarily to the swamp.

  8. Sid — on 12th April, 2007 at 8:00 pm  

    Although the political situation in the country has gotten worse, with more charges now filed against Sheikh Hasina.

    The political situation is the country has got worse for politicians and their lackeys specifically. Everyone else are enjoying the peace and quiet, it seems.

    Vik, better a swamp than a latrine. ;-)

  9. sonia — on 12th April, 2007 at 9:42 pm  

    swamp ha ha

    i was in brick lane in a curry house the other weekend when bangladesh was playing australia. there was this aussie bloke who kept loudly shouting yeah! when the aussies scored and all the restaurant people were scowling at this man..

  10. G. Tingey — on 13th April, 2007 at 8:45 am  

    AND – there’s THIS:

    http://www.countercurrents.org/kavita120407.htm

    Uggg ….

  11. B Shantanu — on 13th April, 2007 at 6:55 pm  

    I promised an update on my conversations with BPD, BM and LP.

    For those who maybe interested, here is the link:

    http://hindudharma.wordpress.com/2007/04/13/bpd-bm-lp-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel/

    Thoughts and comments welcome.

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