Demonstrations on 31 January 2016:
New Delhi og Kolkata: 1-2 dozen or so participants in each of the places New Delhi and Kolkata, India
(the pictures are both from Delhi and Kolkata)
An account from New Delhi: They knew there would not be many people, but those that were there listened very attentively. There were several very good speeches (from well-informed people). The police too, who were there by arrangement because it was an announced demonstration, listened closely. The police women were very upset and said "We would give our lives for our children!" and "How can there be such a system abroad?"
They had a little puppet show on the theme "Mother's Love".
At the end they went to the Norwegian Embassy and handed over their signed protest posters to an Embassy official. They also went to the US Embassy (there have been several cases in which Indians in the USA have been deprived of their children by American CPS).
(Texted in English)
(Nandita Rao was Sagarika Chakreborti's lawyer in India, when Sagarika succeeded in getting her children back)
(in Hindi, English texting below)
(English, also texting below)
(Hindi, English texting below)
(Hindi, English texting below)
Before Dr Ashis Nandy's speech, Suranya Aiyar said:
"The well-known Indian public intellectual, Dr Ashis Nandy, on the ideology of childhood at an Anti-CPS protest in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 31 January 2016. Dr Nandy is a sociologist and clinical psychologist. In this address, Dr Nandy reveals the hostility and fear of children in their natural state - in their childishness and dependence - that is latent in modern, Westernised thinking towards children. It is this anti-child ideology that lies at the heart of the child protection system of the West. He also identifies the roots of this system in Western imperialism."
Re Madhu Kishwar's speech:
“What we are doing the poor in the name of protecting their children” Madhu Kishwar at a protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi against confiscation of children by the State from loving families in the name of “child protection”. Madhu Kishwar is a well-known Indian public intellectual. She is an academic, writer and Founder President of Manushi, a civil rights and social justice advocacy group.
In this address, Madhu Kishwar describes the plight of the “Nat” communities, impoverished wandering folk-dancers, -musicians and players in India, being targeted and having their children snatched by the State, and the parents subjected to criminal proceedings under anti-beggary laws. This system follows the same pattern of stigmatisation of vulnerable families, abusing parents and children instead of helping them, misuse of official power and the network of corruption and fraud that feeds upon such child protection laws, that we see in the Western child protection system. More proof that it has been a mistake to use the State machinery in this manner to intervene for the protection of children, and that the entire model of child welfare, whether here in India or in the developed world, has to be re-thought."
Re Mani Shankar Aiyar's speech:
Note to friends abroad: in this speech in Hindi, the case of the mother being told not to have another child on pain of Social Services taking it away at birth refers to the Baby No Name Case in England. "Sagarika" is the mother in the Bhattacharya Case in Norway and in Part II, the Czech case of the Michalak boys regarding whom the Czech President intervened is described. The speaker also informs the gathering that he has met with the Norwegian Ambassador in New Delhi and submitted a proposal that children from foreign families confronted by Barnevernet should be immediately repatriated to their native countries.
Re Sonal Mansingh's speech:
"Thank Heavens, Norway wasn't there to drag Yashoda off!" says famous Indian Classical Dancer and cultural icon, Sonal Mansingh at Anti-CPS protest at Jantar Manter, New Delhi on 31 January 2016. You can tell she is a dancer from the expressive hand gestures. Thank you Sonal Mansingh for this fitting riposte to the arrogance and inhumanity of the Western system, especially of Norway!
A brief summary for those unfamiliar with Hindi:
English at 5 seconds; 23 seconds; 1.12 minu...tes; 1.31 minutes; 2.07 minutes; 3.07 minutes; 3.30 minutes; 4.07 minutes. Must watch for anti-CPS activists!
She starts by describing the legends of the God Krishna as a child stealing butter and breaking pots in the village, and his mother Yashoda scolding and spanking him. "Thank Heavens, Norway wasn't here to drag Yashoda off!" she says, to laughs from the audience. "Our civilisation, our culture, our world view, our understanding of love, is totally different and if foreign countries don't understand that, let them come here and learn about us." "They should learn from India how to love your children".
""This is demonic!" she says of confiscation of children by the State from loving families in Western child protection system, calling for such countries to be denounced and penalised. "They have totally given up on human values and have no right to point fingers at other country on basis of human rights". She ends by calling upon those gathered to spread awareness of this injustice, so that the entire nation raises its voice against it."
Suranya Aiyar has added:
"Note: In reference to the points about co-sleeping and the type of discipline demanded in the raising of children in the West in general and in particular by child welfare authorities, it may be noted that a recommended practice in modern, Westernised infant care is to “sleep train” infants, where parents are advised to teach the baby from birth to fall asleep by itself using the “cry-it-out” method, which, as its name suggests, involves leaving the baby alone to sleep by itself and ignoring its wailing (sometimes for hours on end) till it falls exhausted to sleep. Popular baby books admonish the mother and father not to give in to their feelings by rushing to comfort the baby. The Baby Whisperer, a hugely successful baby book even advices that if a baby is ill and wakes up crying, the parent should walk in to administer pain-relief medicine without showing much emotion, tell it to go back to sleep alone in as matter-of-fact way as possible, and briskly leave the room, or else the illness will undue the sleep training of the baby. In this same book, the author complains that family holidays are a problem as the children have to be re-trained to the home routine on return! In Western English-speaking cultures, infants are commonly talked of as “manipulating” their care givers by crying or fussing. As regards hand-feeding, in the Bhattacharya case in Norway, the inquiries from the school which ultimately reported the family to Barnevernet, started with complaints that the son, then about 2 years old, was not learning to eat by himself, and was hand fed by the mother when she came for parent-and-child days. In the Chadrasekhar Case, another case involving an Indian family in Norway, the inquiries started with the school complaining that the boy was not following the school routine. In the Bodnariu Case in Norway, one of the criticisms from the school was that the girls were more high spirited than the others in school. In England, parents are routinely declared unfit because they adjudged as not capable of “laying boundaries” with their children. In the US system, not having a crib in the home (which is often the case in Indian homes as the norm is for the baby to sleep with the parents in the same bed) is reported against the parents by child protection inspectors, and in case management sessions with child protection officials, parents are told that the authorities do not approve of “co-sleeping”. A few years ago in India, foreign child protection NGOs tried to persuade the Indian Women and Child Ministry to issue a notice to all schools in India to tell parents not to have their children sleep in the same bed with them."