Mumbai: The suicide of 26-year-old doctor Payal Tadvi, allegedly due to casteist slurs by three seniors, has put the spotlight on Hindu names commonly used in Tadvi Bhil Muslim tribal community, found in parts of Maharashtra.The Tadvi community is listed under Scheduled Tribes and is also found in pockets of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Payal belonged to the Tadvi Bhil Muslim community. The gynaecology PG student had secured admission in a state-run medical college and hospital in Mumbai last year through a reserved category seat. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCTadvi Bhils are a sub-caste of the Bhil community and among them, those who adopted Islam are known as Tadvi Bhil Muslims, said a social activist from Payal’s home district Jalgaon in north Maharashtra. Jalgaon district has over 60,000 Tadvi Bhil Muslims, the largest number in Maharashtra. The community is mainly spread in Raver, Yawal and Chopda regions of the district, the activist said. Asked about the tribal community following Islam as religion, he said, “It is very interesting in our part that many newborn boys and girls have names not typically from Islam or a particular book. You will find many young boys and girls having Hindu names as well. Names like Sagar and Sameer are quite common in Tadvi community following Islam.” Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsHowever, the Tadvi Bhil Muslims are not so rigid while practicing Islam and also retain aspects of Hindu culture, he said. “Many women from the community wear a sari,” he added. “They offer namaaz but they will also fold and join their hands in front of an idol,” the activist said. The Tadvi Bhils were a nomadic tribe living in hills and many converted to Islam when Aurangazeb toured Burhanpur, an important Mughal outpost (now in Madhya Pradesh). Payals family claims that she was the first woman in their community to become a gynaecologist and this was a big achievement, considering the low literacy rates among Tadvi Bhil Muslims.
He really didn’t have to degut the Judiciary. To this the President retorted, “If you can show me the Article of the Constitution which requires me to give reasons, I will comply with the Constitution; but I will not do what the Constitution does not require me to do”. Meaning, he will continue to reject any and everybody Mr Jagdeo proposes — solely on his whims and fancies. …Ministerial demotions What’s this we’re hearing? Exxon balked at the press attending an event organised by a government dept? Say it ain’t true. Minister Rupert Roopnaraine’s resignation raises some interesting issues. Firstly, matters are still a bit hazy after his removal as Minister of Education — as to what he would’ve been responsible for as a Minister within the Ministry of the Presidency. Educational “innovation”? What the heck is that? NCERD on steroids? If this rule is broken by the Executive, what we have in Guyana is a dictatorship — short and simple. To begin with, in Guyana and other parliamentary democracies, the President, in addition to being head of the Executive, is effectively the head of the Legislature — which makes the law. The Prime Minister, his Ministers, and all the other MPs who’re salivating at the prospect of becoming Ministers are merely doing his bidding. This is unlike in the US, where Congress is separate from the Executive — as seen by some Republican Congressmen and Senators willing to buck some of President Trump’s policies. So if Guyana is now to have a President who insists HIS interpretation of the Constitution trumps the Judiciary’s, what else does such a President become but a “dictator”? We will once again have one individual in whom all the powers of the State reside, and who, like Louis XIV and Burnham, can say with no irony, “I am the State!!” Oops!! Roopnaraine’s mind was just changed!! But they did suss out Prezzie and had him confirm the WPA has to get a Ministry. So who’ll it be? Can’t be their new Chair Tabitha-Halley….she’ll have to explain her $3M scholarship!! Anyhow, the more interesting development is the WPA interjecting itself into the appointment of Dr Roopnaraine’s successor. Whether to “innovate” (“bloviate”? “titivate”??) in education and improve on the miracle in NGSA Maths — or in some other Ministry. We now know Prezzie hadn’t engaged the WPA brain trust on Roopnarine’s initial appointment, but they’d swallowed hard and accepted the imposition. Jagan hadn’t been treated so kindly back in ’92!! But what the heck? It’s now ‘all in the family”! The funny thing (not “ha, ha” funny, but “strange”) is the CJ had already given Prezzie a backdoor to appointing his (preordained?) choice. …oily matters …Executive’s shoulder The question, of course, is: Who decides what the Constitution is “saying” on any given exercise of power — the Executive or Judiciary? In Guyana, we don’t have to guess; it’s trite law that it’s the Judiciary that interprets the Constitution under the separation of powers doctrine we follow. Judicial review is an example of the separation of powers in a modern governmental system – the doctrine under which legislative and executive actions are subject to review by the Judiciary. Maybe the Donald has problems with the American media. But Guyana’s?? Jeez, we’re pussycats!! And suckers for an American accent! In a rather extraordinary statement, President David Granger reacted to the CJ’s judgment on the GECOM Chair’s appointment thusly: “I will continue to act in accordance with my perception of the Constitution.” The CJ, of course, had ruled that the individuals proposed by the Opposition Leader in accordance with Art 161 (2) didn’t have to be a “judge” or a “possible judge”. She’d advised the President to give reasons for his rejection of individuals – especially as to how he’d provided “criteria”. Now, this is a very serious situation, since the President insists he can arrogate the function of the Judiciary to interpret the Constitution!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair impasse: President brushes aside CJ’s ruling, says will continue to act with his ‘perception’July 19, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Court ruling: State should abide by CJ’s declaratory orders- Bar CouncilJuly 22, 2017In “Court”GECOM Chair: President infers 2nd list had only 1 suitable personJune 23, 2017In “latest news”