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Recommendations and Action Taken

india Updated: Nov 25, 2009 02:07 IST

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Misuse of religion

A separate law providing exemplary punishment for misuse of religion, caste, etc for political gains or illicit acquisition of political or other power ought to be enacted. Regional tribunals for ensuing swift prosecution and effective implementation of the law ought to be set up in the four corners of the country

Government: Accepted. One of the measures contemplated is the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill. The Bill contemplates the setting up of special courts. Govt. will take steps to expedite hearing of 3 cases registered in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition

Role of EC

The Election Commission of India must ensure that any complaints brought before it by any citizen of the country, of attempts to misuse religious sentiments, or to appeal to voters through the mode of their piety, whether by holding thinly disguised electoral rallies in places of worship, or posing as political supplications to God must result in swift action and possible disqualifications

ATR: Matter will be referred to the Election Commission of India.

A Government formed on the premise of religion or with religious issues on its agenda must also be barred.

ATR: Noted. The matter will be examined further.

Babu-politician link

The nexus between the politicians, religious leaders, civil servants and the police officers should be disrupted and rooted out. Civil servants ought to be barred from holding office of profit after retirement. Tenure policy should be there to stop ilegal political interference in police, administrative functioning

ATR: Noted. A tenure policy is in place in the Centre and has been commended to the state governments. Post-retirement commercial employment is already governed by rules.
Conduct periodic exercises of screening the members of the civil and police services to identify and weed out the communal or biased elements.

ATR: The procedure of review will be strengthened and based on objective factors without giving room for misuse.

Police revamp

Establish centralised riot control constabulary for crowd control under the control of the Union of India. The deployment of this force should be made by the Central government independent of state, under its own supervision. A law to enable the Central government to take over the administration of a specific geographical area for a prescribed duration for the purpose of crowd management or restoring peace, particularly when the state government itself is unable to do so

Action taken: No need for centralised riot control force, Central Reserve Police Force already there. Some aspects will be met by proposed Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill

Leave it to experts

Establish centralised riot control constabulary for crowd control under the control of the Union of India. The deployment of this force should be made by the Central government independent of state, under its own supervision. A law to enable the Central government to take over the administration of a specific geographical area for a prescribed duration for the purpose of crowd management or restoring peace, particularly when the state government itself is unable to do so.

Action taken: No need for centralised riot control force, Central Reserve Police Force already there. Some aspects will be met by proposed Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill

Leave it to experts

The question whether a structure was a temple or a mosque can only be answered by a scientific study by archaeologists, historians and anthropologists. No politician, jurist or journalist can provide a comprehensive answer to such questions…. And any attempt to hijack the issue can only result in the chaotic consequences which resulted in the events of December 6, 1992. Therefore, set up a statutory national commission of experts to delve into these questions of the provenance of historical monuments, artefacts and their determination should be deemed to be definitive and final.

Government: Not necessary to appoint another National Commission and it would suffice to strengthen the functions of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Regulate media

There is a dire need for a body on the lines of the Medical Council of India or the Bar Council of India which has a permanent tribunal which can entertain and decide complaints against individual members of the press corps or against newspapers, TV or radio channels as also media conglomerates. It is highly desirable that journalists ought to be granted licenses just like the practitioners of other professions.

Government: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Law will be requested to examine the desirability and feasibility of establishing a tribunal or a regulatory body for the purpose.