Slimes Group Vice-Chairman Ameer Jain accused of molesting SOI employee Aaj Faker Shah? Breaking Faking News: Shehla Rashid

Guest Post by Shehla Rashid

Mar 21, Delhi: In a shocking revelation that has triggered panic amongst the media fraternity, renowned media tycoon, Ameer Jain, who is Vice-Chairman of the prestigious Parrot, Caveman & Co. Ltd, has been accused of sexual harassment by an employee of The Slimes of India newspaper, namely Aaj Faker Shah. Parrot, Caveman & Co. Ltd. (PCCL) is the group that owns Slimes of India, Slimes Now, Economic Slimes, Radio Tirchi, Movies Now and Then, Dhoom, Navbharat Slimes, Mumbai Broken Mirror and numerous other media outlets.

After the sexual harassment case filed by an employee of a major news magazine against its high profile editor some years ago, this is the most high-profile case of sexual harassment at the workplace in the media fraternity and is likely to result in a public spectacle, as the complainant, Aaj Faker Shah, has taken to Twitter to publicly make serious accusations of sexual assault against Jain. Normally, in cases of sexual harassment, the complainant must be accorded due anonymity. However, Shah reasons that he was forced to take this extreme step because the Slimes Group, in total violation of the norms prescribed by the Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Act (2013), sat on his complaint, victimised him for speaking out against Jain and even threatened to sack him. This reflects the state of implementation of the Workplace Harassment Law, rules for which were notified in 2014.
After his accusations went viral, with Twitter users taking positions for and against Ameer Jain, the complainant, Aaj Faker Shah, a young employee, has now ‘protected’ his tweets. Attempts to reach either the complainant or the accused failed.

However, the Delhi Police has registered a case suo moto, and has started to investigate the matter, after instructions from the National Commission for Women. As part of preliminary investigation, the Delhi Police has requested Google and YouTube to furnish the search history of Mr. Ameer Jain, the defendant in the case. Highly placed sources in the Delhi Police have said that Jain’s search history hinted toward a dangerous tilt of mind, as his search history included a lot of content related to non-consensual sexual acts, child pornography, etc. This has led to tremendous embarrassment for the Slimes Group. The fact that the Slimes Group owns a disproportionate number of media outlets means that this issue is being completely blacked out from mainstream media. No electronic or print outlet owned by the PCCL is reporting the issue. The issue is, however, being reported by rival media groups that have now begun to see an opportunity to cause commercial damage to PCCL.

Besides all the embarrassing search items found in Ameer Jain’s Google and YouTube history, it is submitted by the Delhi Police in the High Court that the night when Aaj Faker Shah walked into Jain’s room and was sexually assaulted, the latter had been watching videos related to non-consensual sexual activity on YouTube.
Ameer Jain’s wife and daughter were confronted by mediapersons at the Delhi High Court where the case is being heard. Visibly devastated, Mrs. Jain refused to comment on the incident and asked mediapersons to show some sensitivity toward their family whose reputation is now being destroyed by the “careless attitude of opportunist media houses which thrive on sensationalism.” His daughter, Ms. Jain who is an artist said that “media must introspect before publishing sensationalist news that can harm the reputation of their family.” She was clearly disturbed, as the news of the case has led to a social boycott of the Jain family, as sexual harassment is an issue that our society takes very seriously, not to mention the stigma around cases of sexual harassment.
However, inside the Delhi High Court, the case took a strange turn. The defence lawyer accused Aaj Faker Shah of lying and called him “mentally disturbed”, a claim that the complainant’s lawyer completely denied. However, Ameer Jain’s lawyer produced medical bills that Aaj Faker Shah had submitted to his employer, SOI, in order to avail of medical reimbursement available to all SOI staffers. However, Aaj Faker Shah’s lawyer objected to the complainant’s medical history being raked up. Aaj Faker Shah is being represented by powerful Delhi-based lawyer, John Doe, who passionately argued that “unnecessary references to my client’s medical history is an attempt to divert the case from the fact that Ameer Jain has inflicted physical, sexual, mental and psychological violence on Aaj Faker Shah. What should be the subject of discussion is the violence against my client, and not his medical history. Also, it is totally unethical on part of Slimes Group to provide the details of my client’s medical bills to the defendant. Ameer Jain is abusing his position as Vice-Chairman of the group to divert the focus of the case from the treatment meted out to Mr. Shah, a young reporter who is struggling to make a life for himself in the National Capital, leaving behind his poor family in Bihar.”
Ameer Jain’s lawyer said that Shah had been on anti-depressants for a long time. He had been prescribed Flunil (20 mg) and Zolfresh (5 mg) on August 27, 2016. The first is used to treat depression and OCD while the latter is used to induce sleep. ‪On September 9‬, he was prescribed Lonazep that’s used to treat fits, panic attacks and agoraphobia (fear of public places). Shah had also claimed reimbursement for a drug called Pari 10, an anti-depressant.

Times look bad for the Slimes Group, but we hope that justice will be done.


What you have just read is neither false, nor true, but a work of fiction and satire. 

But what if I had one million followers on Facebook and I were to write, without any proof or basis, that an employee of a major news daily, has accused the Vice-Chairman of the Corporation that owns the daily of molesting him? What if I were to write, further, without any proof or basis, that the Vice-Chairman’s Google search history has revealed that he looked up a lot of non-consensual pornography on the Internet? Also, what if I were to add another imaginary detail- that, on the night when The employee entered the Vice-Chairman’s room and was subsequently molested, he (the Vice-Chairman) had been watching child pornography on the Internet ? Obviously, such a news would create panic amongst the Vice-Chairman’s family members and cause loss of reputation to them. More importantly, what if Delhi Police were to clarify that the news is false? What if the police were to clarify that they never sought any data pertaining to the Vice Chairman’s search history from Google or YouTube, in the first place? This would clearly establish that my Facebook post, read by millions and shared by lakhs, was false, baseless, defamatory and malicious. The least that I would be required to do after such an expose is, apologise unconditionally and admit my mistake. However, if, instead of apologising or making up for the mistake, what if I go around cockily saying that, “If Delhi Police doesn’t have the Vice-Chairman’s search history, how do we know that he did not watch non-consent or child porn videos?”
Well, this is exactly what Times of India- India’s largest English daily- did. TOI published a fake news on its front page, insinuating that the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed was inspired by ISIS and was eager to join ISIS, based on a fictional ‘search history’. When the Delhi Police refuted the story as baseless, as Delhi Police had never sought Najeeb’s search history from Google, Raj Shekhar Jha – the TOI reporter who filed the story- took to Twitter to defend his story with the ‘reasoning’ that precisely because Najeeb’s search history was unavailable, how could we say with certainty that he did not watch ISIS videos! It does not occur to Jha that he should apologise for spreading misinformation at such a massive scale and defaming a young student who is missing for over five months.

Also, the TOI story included a lot of unnecessary references to Najeeb’s sleep disorder and it went on to list the various ‘indications’ for some medicines, falsely insinuating that Najeeb was depressed, suffering from agoraphobia, OCD, fits, etc. whereas he was on medication simply for insomnia. In our little fictional piece above, the references to Aaj Faker Shah’s mental state as a ploy to divert attention from the issue of violence against him alludes to the attempts by Raj Shekhar Jha, in real life, to portray Najeeb as mentally disturbed and, thus, divert attention from ABVP’s role in the incident and the group violence against Najeeb by ABVP members.

To reiterate, the molestation story is fictional and is only a satire on the manner in which TOI has played with the reputation of Najeeb and his family, rendering them vulnerable to social boycott, stigma and even violence. The Times of India has produced exactly such a fiction and attempted, unlike me, to pass it off as fact. TOI must own up to this disaster and make up for it by prominently publishing an apology and taking all other necessary steps to compensate for the damage that it has caused. Najeeb Ahmed, his family and the readers of the Times of India, deserve nothing less than this.

Shehla Rashid is a research scholar at JNU, a student activist with All India Students’ Association (AISA) and is actively involved with the #BringBackNajeeb Campaign. She is a former Vice-President of the Jawahalal Nehru University Students Union

JNUTA statement on HRD Minister’s Observations

JNUTA is disappointed at the statement by the Minister of Human Resource Development regarding the number of research scholars working with each faculty in JNU, and considers his remarks as unbefitting of the Minister of Human Resource Development.

First of all, the claim that there are JNU teachers guiding more than 20/25 registered students is simply false, as this suppresses the important fact that JNU like other universities across India, has a provision that allows students to deregister from the university. This provision has proved very beneficial, as it enables students to take up employment and slow-track their PhDs until their life circumstances allow them to return to their jobs.  It is only when deregistered students over a decade are included that some professors can have a reasonably large number.

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Free the Maruti Workers: Maruti Suzuki Workers Union


Guest Post by Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union

[This is a statement and an appeal by the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union condemning the unjust handing down of a life sentence to 13 workers of the Maruti Suzuki Manesar Factory for a ‘murder’ (of an HR Manager) that the prosecution could not prove that they had committed. Here too, the prosecution, and the judgement, relies on a chimera, ‘the reputation of make-in-india’ to justify a harsh punishment. Those who have watched this space will recognize that this recourse to figures of speech in the absence of evidence is a familiar move. It has happened before – to satisfy the hunger of a ‘collective conscience’ when a so-called ‘temple of democracy’ was attacked. This time it has been invoked to defend the ‘fake-in-India temple that houses the deity of a rising GDP’, which would of course otherwise be besieged by insurgent workers.

This text contains a hyperlink to a detailed reading and rebuttal of the prosecution’s arguments, which demonstrates how money and muscle power can always be an adequate replacement for legal acumen in the State of Haryana. Please do follow that link. For the further edification of our readers, we append a short video interview by Aman Sethi of the Hindustan Times of the special public prosecutor, which spins some imaginative legal theory and also radically updates our sense of class struggle. Please do have the patience to view that video. We promise that this will be rewarded. – Kafila Admin.]

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A leaf from the illustrious life of the CM designate of Uttar Pradesh

Account of a ten year old story : Helps you understand the CM designate of UP

What happened in the eastern Uttar Pradesh town was not a conflict but violence unleashed by MP Yogi Adityanath and his henchmen 

If one tries to understand the developments in Gorakhpur and its neighbouring areas of eastern Uttar Pradesh (Poorvanchal) from January 26 to 31, 2007 through the eyes of the print and electronic media, one moves further away from the truth. It is a sordid story of a highly communalised media conjuring up a riot, collaborating with BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, a Bal Thackeray clone and heir to the Gorakhnath Peeth operating from the Gorakhnath temple. Adityanath is a BJP MP for ‘technical’ reasons and cares a damn for the niceties of party discipline because he knows that the party cannot dissociate itself from him. Though he mocked the party by holding a Vishwa Hindu Maha Sammelan at the same time as the BJP’s National Council meet in Lucknow, the party did not mind. It had earlier swallowed the defeat of its candidate in the Assembly election by Adityanath’s candidate. One should know that he is a Thakur; and a Thakur heads the BJP now . The Thakur spread across party lines ensures that Adityanath is allowed to have his own way in his fiefdom, i.e. Poorvanchal. He makes it a point to give calls for a Gorakhpur bandh whenever the chief minister visits the town. Continue reading “A leaf from the illustrious life of the CM designate of Uttar Pradesh”

Hail the Students’ Struggle for its Victory in the Battle against Corporate Publishers : New Socialist Initiative

Guest Post by New Socialist Initiative (Delhi Chapter)

On 9 March 2017 three well-established academic corporate publishing houses, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis withdrew their copyright suit filed in the High Court against Delhi University and Rameshwari Photocopy Shop, a shop stationed at the Delhi School of Economics campus in Delhi University licensed by the University to carry out photocopying work. The suit that was filed in August 2012 on the grounds that photocopying material from books published by the above three publishers by university students, particularly in the compilation of coursepacks, constituted copyright infringement and revenue loss to the publishers. Right from the beginning it was clear this case was treated as a test case to instate a licensing regime, much like one that exists in the US and other First World countries.
Being the absolute primary constituency to be impacted by such a case and its possible outcomes, students of Delhi University were amongst the first to take up the battle against some of the most powerful publishing houses in academia. The ‘Campaign to Save D.School Photocopy Shop’ soon became the ‘Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge’ (ASEAK), reflecting the growing politicisation of the student community on the issue of the knowledge commons in order to resist an increasing attempt across the world to create a market out of it where it didn’t as yet exist. This can be seen in the case of Costa Rica as well where there was an attempt to make photocopying illegal, a move that was successfully opposed on a massive scale by students.
The students of Delhi University, organised as ASEAK, opposed the move through a range of mechanisms, mobilising students from class to class, organising public meetings, taking out protest rallies, campaigning against these publishers at the annual World Book Fair held in New Delhi, influencing public opinion through writing in newspapers, and last but not the least, taking up the legal battle in the courts. NSI hails the struggle of the students that brought to the centre of the debate questions of equity and justice within the arena of production and distribution of knowledge resources, challenging the private property regime sought to be implemented in the sphere of knowledge production by these big academic corporate publishing houses. 
For the last few years the primary site of the battle has been in the High Court at New Delhi. The publishers have received repeated blow after blow in this process as well, leading to their final withdrawal of the suit altogether. The win is a big victory and testament to the struggle of the students, backed by a legal team that has been seminal to the victory, along with support from the academic community. The case, that attempted to strike a ‘balance’ between private profits of the publishers and the rights of students to access materials in the pursuit of their education, has dealt a blow to precisely such a misconception that the two ‘interests’ are in fact of equal concern.
Along with students, who assert their right over the materials they access as part of their fundamental right to education, scholars, often the authors of these materials, have equally come out to state that there is no better reward for their work as intellectuals, as to be read by as many students as can get hold of their work, photocopied or otherwise. The emphasis of the corporate publishers in asserting absolute ownership over the works they publish, in a rare instance where the labour of writing a book is provided at no cost to the publishers, borne by universities, students’ fees and taxpayers’ money instead, is shameful and needs to be rejected at all cost.
NSI congratulates the students, lawyers, academics and concerned citizens who persisted in their resistance against the bullying tactics of big academic corporate publishing houses and calls on the academic community to engage with new ways of producing and sharing knowledge so as to create equitable, just and democratic structures of knowledge production.

Deendayal in Government Schools : Neglecting Education, Indoctrinating Exclusion

चित्र परिणाम

(Photo courtesy :, From left to right – Golwalkar, Deendayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, . Photo taken in Mathura during Goraksha/Cow Protection movement, 1965)

“DEENDAYAL UPADHYAYA is to the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] what Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was to Congress” opined R. Balashankar, former editor of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s (RSS) organ Organiser and now a member of the BJP’s central committee, on Prasikhshan Maha Abhiyan

(The Indian Express,; September 24, 2016).

Cows inhale, exhale oxygen, says Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani


Rajaram (name changed) Principal of a school near Jaipur, Rajasthan is a worried man.

An honest teacher all his life, is not able to comprehend the rationale behind the recent order by the state education ministry asking every secondary and senior secondary school to purchase collected works of Deendayal Upadhyay Continue reading “Deendayal in Government Schools : Neglecting Education, Indoctrinating Exclusion”

In the face of election results, Nazim Hikmet on life and living

Nazim Hikmet was a Turkish poet and writer. A communist revolutionary, he was repeatedly arrested for his political beliefs and spent much of his adult life in prison or in exile.

Living is no laughing matter:
you must live with great seriousness
like a squirrel, for example–
I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,
I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Living is no laughing matter:
you must take it seriously,
so much so and to such a degree
that, for example, your hands tied behind your back,
your back to the wall,
or else in a laboratory
in your white coat and safety glasses,
you can die for people–
even for people whose faces you’ve never seen,
even though you know living
is the most real, the most beautiful thing.
I mean, you must take living so seriously
that even at seventy, for example, you’ll plant olive trees–
and not for your children, either,
but because although you fear death you don’t believe it,
because living, I mean, weighs heavier…

Translated by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk

Read the whole poem here.