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The Philosophical Discourse on ‘Death’

The Philosophical Discourse on ‘Death’

Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet. Let it not be a death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs. Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest. Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night. Stand[Read More…]

Cooperative farming is the only solution to the present agriculture crisis

Cooperative farming is the only solution to the present agriculture crisis

On July 8, 2018 An eminent economist opined in Times of India that the Central government made a mistake by enhancing the MSP of paddy crops because it goes against international competition and the laws of demand-supply. It further says that European Economic Community once made the same mistake by enhancing crop prices, for which it later had to pay[Read More…]

Constructing Muslim Enemy: RSS/BJP Campaign for 2019 Elections

Constructing Muslim Enemy: RSS/BJP Campaign for 2019 Elections

The next Indian parliamentary elections slated for the first half of 2019 (though some political commentators believe that this election may not take place if Modi finds that he would not win) are going to be held on the issue of the persecuted ‘Hindus’ versus appeasement of minorities, specially, ‘Muslims’, if the Hindutva juggernaut continues its bloody run as per[Read More…]

Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange

Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange

It is perhaps typical in a time where a star of the fleshy celluloid wonder Baywatch, heavy in bust and known for her sexual adventures, should feature as a political voice.  Pamela Anderson’s views are treated with judicious seriousness – at least in some quarters.  Her association with Julian Assange has given needless room for columns on what, exactly, their[Read More…]

Global Compact for Migration: A Necessary First Step

Global Compact for Migration: A Necessary First Step

On 12 July 2018, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to the text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration after more than a year of discussions among Member States, non-governmental organizations, academic specialists on migration issues as well as interviews with migrants and refugees. imm01_400The discussion had gained visibility in September 2016 at the U.N. General[Read More…]

Turkey two years after the abortive coup

Turkey two years after the abortive coup

Turkey last week commemorated the second anniversary of an abortive coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that left nearly 290 people dead and hundreds wounded. On July 15, 2016, renegade factions within the military used tanks, warplanes and helicopters in an attempt to overthrow President Erdogan. Clashes took place in Istanbul, Ankara and Marmaris, where Erdogan was on holiday and[Read More…]

Countering Terrorism in Bangladesh and Beyond

Countering Terrorism in Bangladesh and Beyond

Since terrorists mostly outsmart law-enforcers and their victims, counterterrorism (CT) is an arduous tightrope walking. Effective CT requires governments, law-enforcers, and all potential victims of terrorism to understand what terrorism is all about. However, false flag operations, cry wolves, and politically motivated persecution of wrong people, and even invasions of the wrong countries have become very challenging to successful CT[Read More…]

It is Not Just patriarchy ….Misogyny …. Atrocity ….. It is more than that !

It is Not Just patriarchy ….Misogyny …. Atrocity ….. It is more than that !

‘I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection’ Sigmund Freud Condemning rapes and harassment of women has become a routine with increase of these cases over the years. Among the ten countries reporting incidents of rape, nations like America, Canada, Sweden and UK appear in the list ( wonderlist.com ,Ejaz Khan).[Read More…]

Israel: An American-Russian Protectorate?

Israel: An American-Russian Protectorate?

It is partly because the mainstream Western media persists with its hysteria on Trump’s failure to stand up to Putin on  alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election that  other aspects of the meeting between the two men in Helsinki have yet to come to the fore. One of them is about the position that the two adopted[Read More…]

Apartheid Is Official in Israel

Apartheid Is Official in Israel

Last Tuesday the Israeli government, emboldened by total support from the Trump Administration and the total cowardice of the international community passed one of the most discriminatory, racist bills in the history of the State of Israel, the Jewish Nation State Bill. The vote was 62:55 with two abstentions. The bill categorically states that the State of Israel is for[Read More…]

The Sexual Passion of Winston Smith

The Sexual Passion of Winston Smith

“Christianity gave Eros poison to drink; he did not die of it, certainly, but degenerated to Vice.”     – Frederick Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil “Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little[Read More…]

Left to Right: Ghazanafar Abbas, Sanjay Kumar, Ravi Nitesh, Dr. Shankar Lal, Swami Agnivesh, Ram Mohan Rai, Pradeep

Swami Agnivesh: A Monk who teaches rationality of Science, Rule of Law along with Religious belief and Spirituality And faced attempt of Mob lynching for this

An 80 year old, saffron dressed monk was talking with local tribal groups in Pakur district of Jharkhand when he heard that an angry mob gathered outside to protest him. Allegedly this mob was workers of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, associations supported by the BJP, a party which is in government at Centre and Jharkhand[Read More…]

Reality Versus Fantasy

Reality Versus Fantasy

I saw this image and started laughing while also feeling somber. I shared the cartoon with a friend of mine and he sees several problems in relation to it. The first is that humans do not like reality. We do not like our mortality (the fact that we will die) and we do not like having no or little control[Read More…]

Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect

Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect

Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the “down-the-line liberal” Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any hard headed analysis of the Democrats themselves.  “The argument that there is a Democratic establishment resisting the progressive tide is a straw man.” This was as one such reaction[Read More…]

Church and state only applicable to some

Church and state only applicable to some

Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Felipe Neri Ferrao’s pronouncements about the Indian Constitution being in danger created a furor in the media. Apparently the Catholic church in Goa is only supposed to boost tourism. Angela Ferrao is an independent editorial cartoonist. https://www.facebook.com/Ferraodesigns

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On Contradiction-the Dialectic of Putin and Trump

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On Contradiction-the Dialectic of Putin and Trump

After Helsinki, where Putin and Trump exposed their personal relationship to the world, in a perfect exemplification of the dialectic, Trump returned to feel the wrath of his people, and Putin to feel the pride of his.   Yet the dialectic is no simple polarity, no either or.  Alongside the rage that spewed forth from so many (see below), the voices[Read More…]

Practical Utopia- Replying to Scipes

Practical Utopia- Replying to Scipes

First, I thank Kim Scipes for his review of a recent book of mine- Practical Utopia – and for the many kind things he had to say about it. While I might enjoy rehashing our agreements on strategy, underlying ideas, vision, and the motives and methods of writing, I will only comment on his disagreements. Scipes notes that regarding goals,[Read More…]

Higher Education:The New Education Policy and the new challenges

Higher Education:The New Education Policy and the new challenges

The summary   The new educational policy and proposed reforms like CBCS, RUSA, Central Universities’ Act are steps towards conformity of the WTO demands commoditization, liberalization and privatization of education on the so-called developing countries and the least developed countries. It is to be noted that the WTO representing the interests of the imperialist global capital, has included education in GATTS[Read More…]

Why Development Agencies Love Quality Cows?

Why Development Agencies Love Quality Cows?

The penchant of development agencies for high-yielding cows has never abated. Whenever relief measures are planned for drought-affected families in villages, free quality cows are considered an important element in the official relief `packages’ or self –help schemes. I have seen    in my career that whenever a drought ravages a village, the crossed Holstein and Jersey s cows arrive in[Read More…]

‘Fake News’ is turning India into ‘lynchocracy’

‘Fake News’ is turning India into ‘lynchocracy’

There is spate of lynching incidents reported from different parts of India. Many of them are attributed to fake news that is discovered much after the damage is done. The Supreme Court of India has become agog to such frightening reality and had ordered the Centre and the States government to take immediate steps to stop the dissemination of misinformation[Read More…]

Kashmir: Tourism gets low priority

Kashmir: Tourism gets low priority

(In spite of the fact that one and all claim Tourism to be back bone of Kashmir’s economy, yet the government does not seem to accord it the priority it deserves!) Almost all the governments have been declaring from various pulpits that the Tourism is the backbone of Kashmir’s economy. Unfortunately, so far there is neither an approved “Policy of[Read More…]

Vedic Chants For Better Crops!

Vedic Chants For Better Crops!

Vijai Sardesai the leader of Goa Forward,wants farmers to chant ‘vedic hymns’ for better crops..if the same worked for good governance! Angela Ferrao is an independent editorial cartoonist. https://www.facebook.com/Ferraodesigns

Donald Trump – Despised by Europe, Despises Europe

Donald Trump – Despised by Europe, Despises Europe

Why is Europe full of hate for Donald Trump? Is it, perhaps, because millions could soon die in yet another of the senseless and horrible wars unleashed by the Western empire? Or is it because Europeans suddenly ‘saw the light’ and realized that they mistreated billions of innocent people throughout history; that actually all people on Earth are equal and[Read More…]

In a photo taken on 1 April, Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar helps an injured man at an emergency medical tent near Khan Younis, during protests in Gaza near the boundary with Israel. Al-Najjar was fatally shot by an Israeli sniper as she performed her duties on on 1 June.   Ashraf Amra APA images

Israeli sniper deliberately killed medic Razan al-Najjar, investigation finds

An Israeli sniper deliberately targeted Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, an investigation by the human rights group B’Tselem has found. Al-Najjar, 21, was killed on 1 June, as she and her colleagues treated Palestinians taking part in Great March of Return protests in Gaza, near the boundary fence with Israel, east of Khan Younis. According to B’Tselem, al-Najjar “was fatally shot by a member of the security forces[Read More…]

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

“In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.” These were some of the remarks made by outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final briefing to the Human[Read More…]

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, foreground left is welcomed by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport

Ethiopia’s Peaceful Revolution

The uniquely African Empire of Ethiopia has seen itself launched into a peaceful revolution that promises to transform one of the planets poorest countries into a modern peoples democracy. Being that I have spent my entire life living by the principle of “political power grows from the barrel of a gun”, or as Marx said, “Force is the midwife of[Read More…]

A double-edged sword: China and Pakistan link up with fibreoptic cable

A double-edged sword: China and Pakistan link up with fibreoptic cable

This month’s inauguration of a fibreoptic cable linking Pakistan with China could prove to be a double-edged sword. Constructed by Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, the cable is likely to enhance both Pakistan’s information communication technology infrastructure as well as the influence of Chinese authoritarianism at a moment that basic freedoms in Pakistan are on the defensive. The $44[Read More…]

Changing Political Dynamics of Nagaland: A Threat of Cultural Subversion

Changing Political Dynamics of Nagaland: A Threat of Cultural Subversion

2018 Nagaland State Assembly elections witnessed meteoric rise of BJP on the political platform in the state of Nagaland which set the wheel of discussions in motion regarding elections and the unsettling emergence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state politics of Nagaland on social media and other relevant platforms which have been overwhelming; as this is a phenomenon[Read More…]

Getting violent in support of cars Against common people

Getting violent in support of cars Against common people

The well planned digging of the footpath by supporters of Raj Thackeray outside Mantralaya shows the deeply anti-people nature of a section of the political class. Simply because the attack was not directed against human beings does not make it less sinister than recent lynchings and the assault on Swami Agnivesh. Thackeray loves expensive and fast cars and a good[Read More…]

Of government’s demise and political crisis in Kashmir

Of government’s demise and political crisis in Kashmir

India is a land of diversity where people from different regions merge in a single Union. Jammu and Kashmir is the only northern state of India dogged with an overridden unhealthy political atmosphere which augurs ill to the tenets of democracy itself. The Political equations in the state have undergone a comprehensive transformation down the passing times. The PDP-BJP coalition[Read More…]

Hundreds rally to oppose the RTI Amendment

Hundreds rally to oppose the RTI Amendment

Co-Written by Indrani Talukdar and Sharonee Dasgupta The Right to Information (RTI) Act, one of the most extensively used transparency legislation in the world was introduced to keep a check on the functioning of the government. According to news reports, around 4 to 6 million information applications are filed every year. However, in the present scenario when the central government[Read More…]

Ratan Tata (L), chairman of the Tata Group, and Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi wave as they stand beside the Tata Nano car during the inauguration ceremony of a new plant for the Tata Nano at Sanand in the western Indian state of Gujarat June 2, 2010. India's largest vehicle maker, Tata Motors, said on Tuesday its sales in May rose 41 percent from a year earlier to 56,779 units. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E6621CKW01

Tata Nano as a Metaphor

There is news about the Tata Nano plant at Sanand rolling out just one or two cars in the past week. It is, hence, likely that the factory is shut down and in the event it could be a record; a record in the sense that what began with lots of talk of a story of success in the larger[Read More…]

Fake News

Fake News

Spreading the news which is Fake Being promoted for the divisive Sake Selling like a hot Cake It is time to be Awake Through producing the fake News To spread the hatred Views Building the lynching Queues By eradicating the cognitive Fuse Serving the Saffron Ring Masters Creating the lie Posters Under the direction of Communal Promoters It is time[Read More…]

Helsinki – Trump and Putin – a Showdown for Summer Doldrums or a Genuine Attempt Towards Peace?

Helsinki – Trump and Putin – a Showdown for Summer Doldrums or a Genuine Attempt Towards Peace?

The Helsinki Summit – or the Treason Summit, as some call it – of the 16thof July, has come and gone. It left a smell of burning hot air behind. President Trump, opened the meeting by saying that up to now relations between the United States and Russia were bad, and confessingthat the US was to blame for it. He[Read More…]

American Democracy And ‘So Say I’ Genres

American Democracy And ‘So Say I’ Genres

In America, where a union of bankers run a system promoting private initiative ahead of public interest, the President has adopted a ‘so say I’ approach to trade and worldly issues that would not be out of place in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers. What can be observed in his approach as ‘leader of the free world’…a very American delusion…[Read More…]

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A Short History ofthe Costs of Military Air Shows- Squandering the Planet’s Increasingly Scarce Fossil Fuels for our Amusement

“Knowledge is power; but who hath duly Considered the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burned souls of[Read More…]

The Global Growth of U.S. Special Operations Forces

The Global Growth of U.S. Special Operations Forces

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down. When the attack was over, one Somali soldier had been wounded — and had that been the extent of the casualties, you undoubtedly would never have heard about it. As it happened, however, American commandos were[Read More…]

Lenin and the Myths –a ‘Tajik’ tale

Lenin and the Myths –a ‘Tajik’ tale

Those were the years that followed the Bolshevik Revolution. Tales of Lenin was spreading faster than the Soviet itself was. Historians given to anti-Communist propaganda have since kept on insisting that the USSR was formed by military force – by warfare unleashed by the Red Army. However, tales, anecdotes and narratives that speak to the contrary could not in entirety[Read More…]

Fighting for Survival: Whither Modern Civilization?

Fighting for Survival: Whither Modern Civilization?

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” (Albert Einstein)[2] A red alert in an age of fear, anger and extremes In anticipation of its 2018 edition, the well-regarded Munich Security Conference issued a report which aimed to serve as a useful compilation for an[Read More…]

Rethinking India: Need for thinking Indians

Rethinking India: Need for thinking Indians

When the constitution makers were drafting the constitution of India they did not include the word Secular into the preamble, however, the nature of the constitution has always been completely secular. The idea of India is varied from Pakistan, and the very reason that Greater India had to settle for a partition, was because different pockets of the nation could[Read More…]

The Assualt on Agnivesh

The Assualt on Agnivesh

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) is shocked to learn that the prominent Indian social activist, Swami Agnivesh, was assaulted on the 17th of July 2018 in the Pakur area of Jharkhand State while leaving a hotel where he had participated in an event. The assassins are allegedly from the youth wing of the BJP, the ruling party.[Read More…]

Bullet trains and local trains

Bullet trains and local trains

Angela Ferrao is an independent editorial cartoonist.

US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers

US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers

More than a dozen working-class protesters have been shot and killed by police, Special Forces and pro-government militias across south and central Iraq over the past week, amid a widening popular upsurge against the US-backed government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The driving force of this movement is anger that seven years after the official withdrawal of the US military[Read More…]

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher—the maniacal goal of the U.S. government—would set a legal precedent that would[Read More…]

A Seneca Collapse for the World’s Human Population?

A Seneca Collapse for the World’s Human Population?

  This is a condensed and modified version of a paper of mine that appeared on “The Journal of Population and Sustainability” this year. The image above is the well known “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” by Albrecht Durer – 1498. Yes, I know it is catastrophistic, but it is not my fault if biological populations do tend to collapse![Read More…]

Chilli bar in Batam

Batam Island: Indonesia’s Pathetic Attempt To Create Second Singapore

Text Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira, Photos: Andre Vltchek This time it was really supposed to work! The turbo-capitalist, anti-Communist and obedient Indonesia got so used to hearing bizarrely inflated compliments from its Western handlers, that it began to believe that it finally could do it – to build at least one dignified, livable urban center complete with sidewalks, public[Read More…]

Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh assaulted by BJP’s youth wing in Jharkhand

Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh assaulted by BJP’s youth wing in Jharkhand

Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted by BJP’s youth wing workers in Jharkhand’s Pakur area today. The video of the assault that took place in broad daylight has gone viral. Agnivesh was there to attend an event in a hotel. The moment he came out of the hotel, he was attacked. The assaulters were reportedly upset with Agnivesh’s recent[Read More…]

“Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society” by Michael Albert: A Review Essay

“Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society” by Michael Albert: A Review Essay

This is an important book.  It’s important because it asks questions that rarely if ever get asked, and it tries to provide coherent answers to them.  However, whether you agree or not with Michael Albert’s answers, engaging with this book will help each of us further think out what we want to see in the future.  For as Noam Chomsky[Read More…]

Helsinki Theatrics:  Trump meets Putin

Helsinki Theatrics:  Trump meets Putin

The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers.  This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority commands.  According to Masha Gissen of The New Yorker, their meeting reflected “their shared understanding of power: the triumph of[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow: You Can’t go Home Again

An American Babushka in Moscow: You Can’t go Home Again

It should come as no surprise to me, but it does, that after decades of studying the thinking of the ancient Greeks, I have begun to think like them. In saying this I am not merely speaking of their philosophy but also in reference to their religious beliefs, which, no less than their philosophy, set great insights about Being before[Read More…]

Trump’s and Putin’s Responses to Mueller’s Russiagate Indictments

Trump’s and Putin’s Responses to Mueller’s Russiagate Indictments

In the July 16th joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the question arose of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly having engineered the theft of computer files from the Democratic National Committee and from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Here is that part of[Read More…]

From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

The 2018 World Cup delivered on all the promises and allayed all the suspicions and jeremiad predictions. It had a gamut of ineffaceable moments, vocabulary of emotions, kaleidoscope of iconic goals and unforgettable controversies. More often than the football fan would want, World Cups can be deceptively monolithic in terms of crippling nerves, attritional play, combative and virulent atmospheres and[Read More…]

The Call of Narmada Valley

The Call of Narmada Valley

  You may remember about how the judgment given by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 8th February 2017 had first created panic and later the outcry in the Narmada Valley. Satyagraha, Fast and various form of struggles including imprisonment had disapproved the submergence of thousands of families on the basis of laws and the judgements of various including the apex court. The[Read More…]

Kounsar Nag: Between legends & reality

Kounsar Nag: Between legends & reality

Nature has indeed endowed the valley of Kashmir & the neighbouring mountains with an abundance of fine springs including the one named “Kounsar Nag”. (The ancient geography of ancient Kashmir (1899) by M A Stein, pages 32, 72) It is a two miles long & ½ mile wide beautiful lake lying above Kongwattan village in Pir Panchal mountainous range of[Read More…]

Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

Another Life Ended Raising Questions on ‘What is Education?’

Another suicide at the altar of so-called Education. The news report about a fortnight back shook one to the core – so much so that the tragedy stays in the mind all these days after the happening, knocking at the door of conscious thought every now and then. A young girl seeking admission to the M.Sc. (Chemistry) Course in Maharshi[Read More…]

Sushma Vs Trolls Points to Rift Within BJP Before 2019 Polls

Sushma Vs Trolls Points to Rift Within BJP Before 2019 Polls

There is more to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s apparently graceful response to the Twitter trolling she has faced over her ministry’s issuance of a passport to an inter-faith couple than meets the eye. Swaraj has been the target of offensive tweets for helping Tanvi Seth, wife of Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, get her passport after an officer allegedly harassed her for not changing her name to a Muslim[Read More…]

Deleting Muslims

Deleting Muslims

Dear friends across India, In a few days, India will delete as many as 7 million Muslims in Assam State from its master list of “citizens” because they speak the wrong language and worship the wrong God. Husbands, wives, and children could be torn apart and left to rot in prison camps. This is how genocides begin – how the[Read More…]

Hazard of joining a TV debate on the Hindu Nation with a Muslim name

Hazard of joining a TV debate on the Hindu Nation with a Muslim name

As an author and street theatre performer challenging the politics of religious bigotry, religious based nationalisms, persecution of women under the garb of religious personal laws and violence against Dalits, I am constantly target of abuses, threats and derision. When I expose the Hindutva politics which not only aggressively calls upon for a Hindu nation where Muslims and Christians would[Read More…]

British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

The London-based Times newspaper reported yesterday that the British and Ecuadorian governments have been holding secret discussions on plans to evict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy, where he sought political asylum six years ago. The article said the talks are “an attempt to remove Assange” from the embassy and are being conducted at the highest levels of government, with[Read More…]

Walmart’s backdoor entry

Walmart’s backdoor entry

US retail giant Walmart bought 77 per cent stake in Indian online website Flipkart in a $16 billion deal. India does not allow retail monoplies like Walmart to enter Indian market. Walmart’s acquisition of Flikart is seen as a back door entry which may put thousands of small vendors out of business. Angela Ferrao is an independent editorial cartoonist. https://www.facebook.com/Ferraodesigns

The mainstream media and the drive toward WW III

The mainstream media and the drive toward WW III

For many weeks much of the mainstream media world-wide, including broadcasters, been warning of potential concessions in the negotiations between the US and North Korea andbetween Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, lest vital interests of the west are compromised. In the process little has been said about the alternative for such negotiations and potential agreements, namely a nuclear holocaust on[Read More…]

Brett Kavanaugh—This Confirmed FASCIST Must NOT Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh—This Confirmed FASCIST Must NOT Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is often described by liberal pundits and Democratic Party leaders as threatening to “restrict women’s right to abortion” and “erode our civil rights and liberties.” This is wildly underestimating the danger. Kavanaugh’s outlook and legal positions are to a great degree in line with the Trump/Pence fascist regime and its[Read More…]

 Assad Rejects Trump’s ‘Peace’ Terms

 Assad Rejects Trump’s ‘Peace’ Terms

Elijah Magnier, one of the world’s most respected reporters in and about the Middle East, reported on Sunday, July 15th, that Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, has rejected a proposed offer from the U.S. Trump Administration. The offer was that U.S. forces will leave some of its key military bases in its military occupation of Syria, if all of Iran’s forces,[Read More…]

Kashmir Story: Not Known To The World?

Kashmir Story: Not Known To The World?

My take on the book, ‘Kashmir Glimpse of History and Story of Struggle’ by Saifuddin Soz the past week in this column kick-started an important debate on the social media. Minus, some unsavoury remarks by some friends on the book and the scholarship of the author, the debate generated was important in as much as, it raised some important questions[Read More…]

Shashi Tharoor and Limits to ‘Cultural Securitization’

Shashi Tharoor and Limits to ‘Cultural Securitization’

A reference to ‘Hindu Pakistan’ by Shashi Tharoor, in a speech, sparked off another controversy across the media and political circles. The BJP seized the occasion to launch a rabble-rousing diatribe against Tharoor and the Congress. According to Tharoor, “If they (BJP) are able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic[Read More…]

Pakistani elections spotlight the country’s contradictory policies

Pakistani elections spotlight the country’s contradictory policies

  A virulently anti-Shiite, Saudi-backed candidate for parliament in Pakistan’s July 25 election symbolizes the country’s effort to reconcile contradictory policy objectives in an all but impossible attempt to keep domestic forces and foreign allies happy. Ramzan Mengal’s candidacy highlights Pakistan’s convoluted relationship to Islamic militants at a time that the country risks being blacklisted by an international anti-money laundering[Read More…]

De-jargoning the development discourse

De-jargoning the development discourse

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. -Lee Iacocca We live in an age where noisy posturing often substitutes reasoned debate and brash opinion trumps hard facts. The thread of logic often disappears in a blizzard of gee-whiz statistics, acronyms and catchphrases that are liberally sprinkled by our contemporary[Read More…]

Sports women with a difference – women’s football

Sports women with a difference – women’s football

With the euphoria of men’s football world cup drawing to a close, there has been little discussion on ‘womens’ football’ . Sports like cricket, football or hockey are primarily dominated by men. The tournaments and world cup matches played by men are sponsored, telecast and viewed regularly while women playing these sports are rarely telecast due to less viewing and[Read More…]

The Catch In Autonomy :Universities will be subject to the dictates of the market

The Catch In Autonomy :Universities will be subject to the dictates of the market

A new scheme of greater autonomy to educational institutions has been announced. Depending on their NAAC scores, institutions will be slotted in category I, II and lower. There will be less autonomy as the rank declines. Those in the highest category will have the freedom to start new courses, hire foreign faculty and pay higher emoluments to faculty, So, some[Read More…]

Chars, Women and Sustainable Development Goals in Assam

Chars, Women and Sustainable Development Goals in Assam

Char is a word that attracts instant attraction in Assamese mainstream life for all wrong reasons. They are river islands of the Brahmaputra populated by mostly Muslims of East Bengali descent for more than a century. The islands are overpopulated and devoid of all basic amenities of modern life. The inhabitants of Chars are dubbed as ‘foreigners’ or ‘Bangladeshis’ by[Read More…]

WhatsApp Lynching Again: Google Engineer Killed In Karnataka

WhatsApp Lynching Again: Google Engineer Killed In Karnataka

Rumour of child snatchers spread via WhatsApp has taken another life in Bidar district of Karnataka. A 32-year-old Google software engineer was beaten to death and three others, including a Qatari national, critically injured by a mob which suspected they were a group of “child lifters”. WhatsApp rumours warning villagers of child lifters has taken more than a dozen lives[Read More…]

Students clash with riot police agents close to Nicaragua's Technical College during protests against government's reforms in the Institute of Social Security (INSS) in Managua on April 21, 2018.
Violent protests against a proposed change to Nicaragua's pension system have left at least 10 people dead over two days, the government said Friday. In the biggest protests in President Daniel Ortega's 11 years in office in this poor Central American country, people are angry over the plan because workers and employers would have to chip in more toward the retirement system. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

Now, Nicaragua

It’s now Nicaragua. Rightists induced extremist violence and deaths, armed gangs triggered bloody strikes, and imperialism imposed sanction have gripped Nicaragua for months. All of these are part of imperialist intervention in the Latin American country defying the world imperialism. Imperialist intervention is an already-turned-old game currently going on in a number of countries. The imperialist operation is moving in[Read More…]

Defending Israel’s Fascism

Defending Israel’s Fascism

“Israel was created as a rather conventional European colony, to meet the demands of the European Zionist movement and to keep a western foothold in the Arab world. Built on an invented racial ideology which parallels that of the Nazi persecutors of European Jews, Israel almost managed to convince the world that it is a legitimate nation. But Palestinian resistance[Read More…]

Just One Reason Why Cancer Research Is A Sick Joke

Just One Reason Why Cancer Research Is A Sick Joke

 “Why would a police officer arrest someone who was protesting at a nuclear facility? Because it’s his job? Isn’t it everyone’s ‘job’ to do away with the causes of cancer?” — demonstrator participating in a blockade at the entrance of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, June 21, 1982 Sick joke? Well, perhaps I should have simply said that raising money for cancer[Read More…]

The Woes of Luka Modrić: Croatia, Nationalism and Football

The Woes of Luka Modrić: Croatia, Nationalism and Football

Juraj Vrdoljak of Telesport was convinced.  “I think half the population didn’t show up to work on the morning after the win against England.” The victory had inspired early shop closures, a feeling of rampant escapism. “Croatia is a country with a deep economic crisis.  Every day, life is really hard.  It’s full of bad stories and tough times.  There[Read More…]

Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents

Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents

The Trump administration has blatantly ignored a court order requiring it to reunify children under the age of five who were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Out of 103 of the youngest children, only 57 children were reunited with their parents while the remaining 46 were deemed “ineligible” for alleged “safety” reasons or because their parents were[Read More…]

On Being Privileged

On Being Privileged

I had an opportunity a few months ago of being told I was privileged and was a “nasty” person in terms of many of my attitudes. I found that rather shocking for a number of reasons. The first is that since age five, I have worked my heart out — worked like a dervish perfecting dedicated swirls to be faster[Read More…]

Revisiting English literature: A Forgotten Love Affair

Revisiting English literature: A Forgotten Love Affair

Languages bear artillery of influences—they may comfort, stir, and immiserate, build perceptions, fortify beliefs, demolish conventions, entertain and educate. They can provide escape velocity to a whole new space or isolate and even cause the whole world come crashing down to the confines of one’s mental doldrums. Books, for most part are the windows to the arena of languages. They[Read More…]

Professor Tariq Ramadan: Detention Without Trial

Professor Tariq Ramadan: Detention Without Trial

 When Tariq Ramadan, the respected Oxford Professor of Islamic Studies, voluntarily flew from London to Paris to be questioned over rape allegations, which he vehemently denied and for which evidence is yet nowhere to be found, he must have been confident he was not walking in through the iron gates of an Al-Shabab court somewhere in Africa. That was Paris,[Read More…]

Delusions of U.S Hegemony: Trump Visits Europe

Delusions of U.S Hegemony: Trump Visits Europe

To say that US foreign policy is delusional is not an exaggeration.  It seeks political hegemony and a relationship with China and Russia akin to what it has had with Japan and Germany, that is, go ahead and develop in the economic sphere but don’t try to flex political or military muscle. There are at least two problems with this[Read More…]

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Other Revolving Doors

It’s more than doors between government and the businesses that they supposedly regulate that go round and round.  One of the other swinging doors is between the Democratic and Republican Parties. A second door Perhaps the best known case is when Al Gore ran for president in 2000, he picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate.  Then, in 2008, Lieberman[Read More…]

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2 

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2 

Chapter 2 – Poverty and Class analysis with reference to 2014-2018 BJP rule (Part I) Why I have returned to write a sequel to the earlier book is basically to refute the claim that four years of BJP rule has made a difference to India, that things have become better. My first chapter that pointed out that atrocities against Dalits[Read More…]

India: Entrepreneurship and job growth

India: Entrepreneurship and job growth

Co-Written By- Praloy Majumder and Ashish Kumar Singh Around 12 million Indians joining the labour force every year. With millions of young people joining the labour market every month, the question everyone has is if there will be enough jobs for them. Few are asking who creates jobs. Entrepreneurship and job creation is directly proportional one does not need to[Read More…]

UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

UAE and US guilty of war crimes in Yemen torture centers, Amnesty charges

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and mercenary forces operating under its command have carried out widespread forced disappearances, torture and murder of Yemenis suspected of opposing the more than three-year-old intervention by the oil-rich Gulf state in alliance with Saudi Arabia and Washington. This is the conclusion drawn by the human rights group Amnesty International after interviewing at least 75[Read More…]

Highway To Hell

Highway To Hell

Farmers and environmentalists across Tamil Nadu are protesting against the proposed 277-km eight lane Chennai-Salem highway, a Rs. 10,000 crore project. Authorities say the green corridor project would uproot around six thousand trees. However, environmentalists claim the loss would be much more, with at least 3 lakh trees being uprooted and hundreds of lakes and water bodies that would be[Read More…]

Muslim Icons of India: A Brief Dialogue

Muslim Icons of India: A Brief Dialogue

Sagarika Ghosh congratulated  poet Javed Akhtar  and Shabana Azmi for being the voices of  progressive democratic liberal Muslims, (without trying to be Sarkari tokens for Hindu Rashtra), lighting the path for Indian Muslims and adding as if an afterthought, in fact for all citizens. Someone countered; Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi can’t be taken as representative Muslims for they have[Read More…]

Trump is trying to end MY healthcare

Trump is trying to end MY healthcare

  This is really getting personal. The Orange Orangutan made two moves this month that, if successful, will mean that I can’t see a doctor when I’m sick. Act One is Trump’s response to a frivolous lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General, and a few others who can’t stand the idea that sick people might get the care they[Read More…]

This flag titled The sang-bazan (stone pelters) of Kashmir is #11 in the seriesJatiIndia: Flags of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future. 

Modi’s Kashmir Policy has brought India to Disrepute

The cynical break-up of the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir by BJP without prior notice in Jammu and Kashmir is a clear evidence of its plans to continue with the policy of “no dialogue” and harsh suppression of all forms of protest. The policy that Modi government has been following is a combination of (a) harsh crackdowns on[Read More…]

Stomping in Britain: Donald Trump and May’s Brexit

Stomping in Britain: Donald Trump and May’s Brexit

 What a rotten guest, but then again, that was to be expected.  Ahead of his visit to Britain, there was some indignation that US President Donald Trump should even be visiting in the first place.  Protesters were readying their assortment of paraphernalia in anticipation.  Walls of noise were promised.  Trump, on the other hand, was bullish after his NATO performance,[Read More…]

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim world of its crackdown in the north-western province of Xinjiang and strengthen relations with the kingdom and Middle Eastern nations. The efforts to woo a community, a significant part of which is of Turkic origin, identifies itself as Turkestani, and[Read More…]

Judicial Reform In Iraq

Judicial Reform In Iraq

In the middle of April this year, I received an Email with subject line “To Ashish: The IRAQs’ Political Woes Won’t End Without Comprehensive Judicial Reform”. I’d ignored this Email if it was not personalised. I started reading and to my surprise I not only received praise for my previous articles on different human rights issues but also an story from an Iraqi citizen- Thaar Majeed Hassan AL_Taiey. Taking[Read More…]

Trump escalates trade war against China

Trump escalates trade war against China

The Trump administration has stepped up its trade war against China with the announcement that US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, will begin an investigation with a view to putting a 10 percent tariff of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods by the end of August. The latest decision comes on top of the imposition of a 25 percent tariff on[Read More…]

Beyond Human series. Collage of human, geometric and natural forms on the subject of inner reality, mental health, imagination, mysticism, thinking and dreaming.

Systems Thinking and How It Can Help Build a Sustainable World

In Brief Humanity stands at a precipice.  Overpopulation, resource scarcities, degraded ecosystem functioning from pollution and biodiversity loss, and anthropogenic climate change are damaging the life-supporting capacity of the planet.  Diminishing returns on fossil fuel energy investments, combined with their dwindling availability and environmental harm, threaten industrial civilization.  Many people recognize the need to transition to sustainable, resilient ways of[Read More…]

North Shore Politics And Elections: Are They Autocratic or Democracy?

North Shore Politics And Elections: Are They Autocratic or Democracy?

The North Shore of British Columbia is approaching yet another four-year election cycle in October 2018. But in 2014, out of a total population of some 265,000 residents, only a paltry 32,000 or 25% of the actual registered voters bothered to cast a vote for who would guide the course and direction of Canadian society along its shores; thereby calling[Read More…]

Critical Discourse onCultural Integration and Assimilation Policy as a threat to indigenous tribes in the northeast of India

Critical Discourse onCultural Integration and Assimilation Policy as a threat to indigenous tribes in the northeast of India

“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it[Read More…]

On the flooded Thai cave and the Hiroshima deluge

On the flooded Thai cave and the Hiroshima deluge

The heroic rescue of 13 young people from the flooded Chiang Mai cave in Thailand represents everything which is wonderful about humans cooperating and helping each other, and where they are at their best.By stark contrast the cover-up by the authorities and the media of the underlying reasons for the unfolding tragedy of the Hiroshima deluge, in which to-date more[Read More…]

The world’s weird self-organizing economy

The world’s weird self-organizing economy

Why is it so difficult to make accurate long-term economic forecasts for the world economy? There are many separate countries involved, each with a self-organizing economy made up of businesses, consumers, governments, and laws. These individual economies together create a single world economy, which again is self-organizing. Self-organizing economies don’t work in a convenient linear pattern–in other words, in a[Read More…]

War on Children at Home and Abroad: From US Labor Policy to Illegal Detention and Opposition to Breastfeeding

War on Children at Home and Abroad: From US Labor Policy to Illegal Detention and Opposition to Breastfeeding

  Introduction: Child Exploitation under Neoliberalism Most people would agree that the manner a society treats children is a reflection of its values and moral standards. This was as true of the Golden Age of 5th century Athens as it is of 21st century America. In ancient Athens, boys of citizens received preferential treatment over girls, and boys of affluent[Read More…]

It’s time for a moral revolution

It’s time for a moral revolution

  What would it take for America to become a moral society? We think it will take a revolution. The day before he was assassinated, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what is now known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address to the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. He said, Let us rise up tonight with a[Read More…]

Making Heavy Weather: Boris Johnson the Despoiler

Making Heavy Weather: Boris Johnson the Despoiler

There is a certain haunting similarity between the President of the United States and the now former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.  This does not merely extend to mad, oddly positioned hair, and misshaped mullets.  Both share a philosophy of upending the order and permanent disruption, impossible for those on their putative side of politics to measure,[Read More…]

Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West

Vladimir Putin’s Basic Disagreement with The West

Vladimir Putin’s basic view has been expressed so many times, in so many different contexts, and it’s always the same: that the only people who have a sovereign right to any land, are the people who live on that land — nobody who lives outside that land does. In other words, his basic view is a repudiation — a total[Read More…]

Nepotism, Kashmir’s worst enemy!

Nepotism, Kashmir’s worst enemy!

(The most destructive element in every sphere of Kashmir Society is the widespread nepotism! For any real progress it has not only to be opposed but eradicated) Most of the ills in Kashmir in every sphere of the society emanate from extensive nepotism. It would be interesting to study the rise of nepotism and its prevalence in our parts. The[Read More…]

Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past

Xinjiang: China ignores lessons from the past

A Chinese campaign to forcibly assimilate ethnic Uyghurs in its north-western province of Xinjiang in a bid to erase nationalist sentiment, counter militancy, and create an ‘Uyghur Islam with Chinese characteristics’ ignores lessons learnt not only from recent Chinese history but also the experience of others. The campaign, reminiscent of failed attempts to undermine Uyghur culture during the Cultural Revolution,[Read More…]

Localization: a strategic alternative to globalized authoritarianism

Localization: a strategic alternative to globalized authoritarianism

In this piece, Helena Norberg-Hodge describes how economic globalization and corporate deregulation have contributed to the rise of authoritarian political leaders in the 21st century, and how rebuilding stronger, more diversified, self-reliant local economies can restore democracy and help us better meet our basic human needs. For those who care about peace, equality and the future of the planet, the[Read More…]

Starving and Bombed Children of Yemen Seek Entrapment in Flooded Thai Cave

Starving and Bombed Children of Yemen Seek Entrapment in Flooded Thai Cave

While the world watched and waited with bated breath for the outcome of the substantial global effort – involving over 100 cave divers from various countries, 1,000 members of the Thai Army and 10,000 others in various roles – to rescue a team of 12 young football players and their coach, who were trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand[Read More…]

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among various European countries. Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation. True, several European leaders, including Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, went home[Read More…]

Correcting The Record: What Is Really Happening In Nicaragua?

Correcting The Record: What Is Really Happening In Nicaragua?

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Nils McCune There is a great deal of false and inaccurate information about Nicaragua in the media. Even on the left, some have simply repeated the dubious claims of CNN and Nicaragua’s oligarchic media to support the removal of President Ortega. The narrative of nonviolent protesters versus anti-riot squads and pro-government paramilitaries has not been[Read More…]

Rae Bareli, Amethi: Dynasty And Development

Rae Bareli, Amethi: Dynasty And Development

Rahul Gandhi paid a visit to his constituency Amethi a few days ago. Rae Bareli-Amethi have become synonymous to India National Congress (INC). Every time one utters their name in front of people who have not been there, their eyes start glittering with a hypothetical boon these two places might have got because of INC’s long rule and because of[Read More…]

The City of London and Grand Theft Ethiopia

The City of London and Grand Theft Ethiopia

For decades now, going back to when Bob Geldoff handed over millions in cash to Meles Zenawi back during “We Are the World” circa 1983-4 supposedly for food aid for the victims of what was then the Great Ethiopian Famine, The City of London has been at the heart of Grand Theft Ethiopia, grand theft Africa really. With out a[Read More…]

Giant Killing, Heroes and Teams at the 2018 World Cup

Giant Killing, Heroes and Teams at the 2018 World Cup

They have been falling like ninepins at one of the most unpredictable World Cups in generations.  Even before the kick-off in the tournament, Italy’s absence was conspicuous.  By the time the first phase of matches had been concluded, Germany, whose teams have made it to the elimination phase for eighty years, found itself in exit mode, a victim of exhaustion,[Read More…]

 3 Points for This Week in Fascism

 3 Points for This Week in Fascism

  This coming week will witness a major step towards the U.S. courts being put more firmly in the grip of the fascists. We will see the fabric of the “grand (imperialist) alliances” of the past 70 years being pulled apart and resoldered on an increasingly fascist and obscurantist basis. We will witness the rabid dog of xenophobia further unleashed[Read More…]

On the ‘Urban Maoists’

On the ‘Urban Maoists’

Even in these times of growing sense of hopelessness in the country under the present regime, the arrests of the five activists by Maharashtra’s Pune Police had stunned people all over the world by the blatancy of misuse of power and impunity it reflects. The continuing spate of condemnation by scores of people within and outside India would not affect[Read More…]

Section 377 or Why Shikhandi Needs to Go

Section 377 or Why Shikhandi Needs to Go

Today was the day many of us have been waiting for since 2013. That was the year the Supreme Court re-criminalised homosexuality. That case was set to be re-opened today with much anticipation. Petitioner for the respondents advocate Mr. Rohatgi and advocate Dattar represented the side of those appealing for reading down of IPC Section 377. In 2013 the SC[Read More…]

Institute of Eminence

Institute of Eminence

A runner which gets the Medal even before participating in the race With a hazardous stick which threatens of dire consequences And a gift box of political donations which lures those in power Eager to establish hegemony over educational landscape for ever Aiming to monopolize every sphere of social and economic life For shaping the minds that serve the powers[Read More…]

As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

As millions of people across the globe face extreme heat advisories, with temperatures even soaring beyond 90 degrees in Siberia last week, a recent study published in the British journal Nature Geoscience warns long-term global warming—and thus sea level rise—could be twice as bad as climate models project. Study co-author Katrin Meissner of University of New South Wales, Australia remarked that “while climate model projections seem to be[Read More…]

A Call for Massive Strikes and Boycotts

A Call for Massive Strikes and Boycotts

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, No Gun Ri, My Lai, Fallujah, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo – the list of US humanitarian crimes continues to grow. Now we have thousands of lost refugee children. How could that happen? This is the most horrific bureaucratic screw-up in history. Wal-Mart has a more efficient system for tracking tomatoes. No one knows how many children have been lost.[Read More…]

Statement By Students And Alumni Of NLUD Condemning The Attack On Sudha Bharadwaj

Statement By Students And Alumni Of NLUD Condemning The Attack On Sudha Bharadwaj

On 4 July 2018, a programme aired on Republic TV, presented by its Managing Director, Arnab Goswami, named as “Republic Super Exclusive” news. The programme contained a plethora of false allegations and absolute lies against trade unionist, lawyer and Visiting Professor at the National Law University, Delhi, Professor Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, among other individuals. In the programme, Republic TV has[Read More…]

The Queen and the Philosopher: what we can learn today from the story of Boudica’s rebellion against the Roman Empire

The Queen and the Philosopher: what we can learn today from the story of Boudica’s rebellion against the Roman Empire

  We know very little about Queen Boudica of the Iceni (20 AD (?) – 61 AD) and most of what we know is probably deformed by Roman propaganda. But we may still be able to put together the main elements of her story and how it was that she almost threw the mighty Roman Legions out of Britain. Above, a fantasy[Read More…]

Trump administration misses deadline to reunite immigrant children with parents

Trump administration misses deadline to reunite immigrant children with parents

The Trump administration missed a court-imposed deadline Tuesday to reunite all young immigrant children who had been separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. In a separate ruling Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that families cannot be detained indefinitely during immigration proceedings. At the same time, the Trump administration continues to escalate its[Read More…]

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10 years after the oil price spike: Is peak oil a process rather than a moment?

Ten years ago this week—July 11, 2008 to be exact—the price of a barrel of oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit an intraday high of $147.27, its highest price ever. By the following autumn the world economy was in shambles and the price of oil was tumbling. The oil price eventually bottomed out around $34 per barrel in mid-February the following[Read More…]

Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt

Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt

It was meant to be an away day at Chequers in total hermetic isolation, an effort on the part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to sketch some common ground in a cabinet that has struggled to agree on much regarding the imminent departure of Britain from the European Union.  The clock is ticking, for many ominously, with the departure[Read More…]

My Take on Soz’s Book

My Take on Soz’s Book

Some twelve years back, Farooq Abdullah, senior scion of the Abdullah family told me  he was writing a book that will tell many inside stories, never told before. The information as a student of contemporary Kashmir politics had come to me as good tidings. My belief has been that  the stories of politicians, who are on the other side of[Read More…]

Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

An exchange on June 28 in the parliament, prompted by questions from Green senator Andrew Bartlett, underscored the fact that Australia’s sweeping new “foreign interference” laws have immense implications, not only for whistleblowers, but for the right of media organisations to publish leaked information. Aspects of the legislation, relating to espionage and secrecy, appear to call into question what millions[Read More…]

By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

Nazareth: Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar. It was[Read More…]

Jharkhand’s civil society representatives condemn Jayant Sinha’s support for Ramgarh lynching accused

Jharkhand’s civil society representatives condemn Jayant Sinha’s support for Ramgarh lynching accused

On 6 July, Union Minister of state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha, felicitated life convicts after they were released on bail by the Jharkhand High Court. All the eight men were convicted in the lynching of Alimuddin Ansari of Ramgarh. According to media reports, these men were escorted from the jail to Jayant Sinha’s house by a local leader of[Read More…]

 America Bombs, Europe Gets the Refugees. That’s Evil!

 America Bombs, Europe Gets the Refugees. That’s Evil!

The U.S. Government (with France and a few other U.S. allies) bombs Libya, Syria, etc.; and the U.S. regime refuses to accept any of the resulting refugees — the burdens from which are now breaking the EU, and the EU is sinking in economic competition against America’s international corporations. America’s corporations remain blithely unscathed by not only the refugees that[Read More…]

False Accusations Against Prof. GN Saibaba’s Wife

False Accusations Against Prof. GN Saibaba’s Wife

I condemn and firmly deny the false statements made by Ankur Sharma of www.mynation.com in an article updated on 8th July 2018 on the same website. This article, without citing any reference, says that the Ministry of Home Affairs has released a report wherein it has been stated that I have “met Jharkhand officials and ministers asking them to lift[Read More…]

Demand to nullify corrupt auction of Ms Preetha Shaji’s house and to recommend CBI inquiry of the case.

Demand to nullify corrupt auction of Ms Preetha Shaji’s house and to recommend CBI inquiry of the case.

Mr. Shaji Maanathupadathu, a driver in Edappally, signed as a gurantor for a loan worth Rs. 2 lakhs is now losing his home worth Rs. 2 crores. This is happening because the bank and debt recovery officials exaggerated the outstanding interest payments to Rs.2.7 crores and have sold the house in an online auction for just Rs. 38 lakhs. This move[Read More…]

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Whither Wahhabism?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric since its founding more than eighty years ago. Prince Mohammed has fuelled expectations by fostering Islamic scholars who advocate[Read More…]

Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington

Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington

India is under siege from international capital. It is on course not only to be permanently beholden to US state-corporate interests but is heading towards environmental catastrophe much faster than many may think. According to the World Bank’s lending report, based on data compiled up to 2015, India was easily the largest recipient of its loans in the history of the institution. Unsurprisingly,[Read More…]

Labor History Happened Here—And Why It Matters

Labor History Happened Here—And Why It Matters

Bill Hohlfeld, LaborPress’s resident historian and educator, started out as an ironworker. He describes labor history as “literally, our story. It’s the chronicle of our ancestors.” Gotta know your labor history… It tells us who the farm girls were who went to work in the textile mills of New England; or the cigar workers of New York, who read the[Read More…]

t092212 --- Clint Austin --- austinAIR0924c1 --- The Canadian Snowbirds perform a four plance cross manoeuver during thier performance at the Duluth Airshow Saturday afternoon. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

 Inconvenient Truths About This Year’s Duluth Air Show

Squandering the Planet’s Increasingly Scarce Fossil Fuels for our Amusement “Knowledge is power; but who hath duly Considered the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a[Read More…]

Pakistan: Elections or Revulsion against Hall of Shame

Pakistan: Elections or Revulsion against Hall of Shame

Are the Pakistanis living in a Fantasy World? The logic of July 25 parliamentary elections in Pakistan is questionable as being a ceremonial stunt to undermine the reality of a highly corrupted and disoriented political culture.  For decades, Pakistan lacks systematic working capacity to organize fair and honest election campaigns representing the interest of the masses. Foremost, the intent to[Read More…]

Training The Children When They’re Young

Training The Children When They’re Young

 One of my favorite books of all times is one compiled by this person.  And you can buy it, too. For example. I bought it for a friend of mine in India out of Amazon.in. You can get it, too. World Tales : The Extraordinary Coincidence of Stories Told in All Times, in All Places Jun 1, 1991 by Idries[Read More…]

US Sanctions against Iran: What are India’s Options?

US Sanctions against Iran: What are India’s Options?

Ambassador (Retd) KP Fabian analyses the big picture and the pros and cons of oil imports from Iran for India in the backdrop of US sanctions on Iran The US first imposed various sanctions on Iran in 1979 when the US embassy was occupied, with the staff taken hostage, following the fall of US-supported Shah. Oil sanctions were imposed in[Read More…]

NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

Tale of a family who lost their kin fighting Bangladeshi tag UDALGURI,Assam,July 8: Even as Assam awaits the much hyped final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) a register containing names of Indian citizens.The fear and apprehension of genuine Bengali Hindu citizens of state being brandished as D-voter,being served notice from Foreigner’s Tribunal to prove citizenship haunts[Read More…]

Lynching – ‘ Political ‘ Silence

Lynching – ‘ Political ‘ Silence

Though there is less than a year for another general elections, lynchings continue in the country unabated. Dalits and muslims are being thrashed, harassed, beaten to death and, shamelessly, most of these incidents are being uploaded and circulated on whatsApp with impunity. There is a need to discuss the continued horrors and the stony silence of ruling party and its[Read More…]

The Good and Bad About Mumbai and Bangalore

The Good and Bad About Mumbai and Bangalore

  After walking on Bangalore’s or Benguluru’s fashionable M.G. road earlier this week I casually hopped into a bus at Anil Kumble circle named after the former Indian cricket captain. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the fare was only Rs. 5 for Shivaji Nagar bus station. A distance of a little less than a km. but still the[Read More…]

“Selfless Patriot” : Whether the Real Shyama Prasad Mukherjee would ever Stand Up ?

“Selfless Patriot” : Whether the Real Shyama Prasad Mukherjee would ever Stand Up ?

 “It has been said with good reason that the Jana Sangh resulted from a combination of a partyless leader, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, and a leaderless party, the RSS”. (The Jana Sangh: A Biography of an Indian Political Party, by Craig Baxter p. 54) 1. In Search of the “Selfless Patriot” Untimely deaths of political leaders – whose career is just[Read More…]

Open Letter From Medha Patkar To Pinarayi Vijayan: Stop Eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji

Open Letter From Medha Patkar To Pinarayi Vijayan: Stop Eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji

FROM Medha Patkar   TO: Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister Kerala Sub: Immediate intervention to stop unfair & unjust eviction of the family of Preetha Shaji, Manthpadath (H), Edappalli,EKM-682033 Respected Sir, I am writing you for the second time in three months bringing your attention to the sad plight of Preetha Shaji, a mother of two children, fighting to ward off[Read More…]

Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

Following public protests and rallies around the country, the Trump administration has formally ended its practice of separating immigrant families. However, the end of family separation has not meant a change for the better, particularly when it comes to the fate of immigrant children. For one, there’s still the question of how as many as 3,000 children still in federal[Read More…]

Three Civilians Including A Teenage Girl Killed In Kashmir

Three Civilians Including A Teenage Girl Killed In Kashmir

Three civilians including a teenage girl were killed allegedly in government forces action during clashes in Redwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. A senior police officer told news agency GNS that army’s patrolling party opened fire upon a group of youth after they pelted stones on them in Hawoora area of Khudwani near Redwani area. The deceased[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow: A Flicker of Fear

An American Babushka in Moscow: A Flicker of Fear

A flicker of fear passes through me this morning when I read the lead article in The Moscow Times titled “Foreigners in Russia are Panicking Over New Migration Rules”(https://themoscowtimes.com/news/foreigners-in-russia-are-panicking-over-new-migration-rules-62130). Panic indeed. It has never been easy or cheap to stay in Russia legally. To begin with, one must apply for, but not necessarily obtain, a visa. One can be denied[Read More…]

Revisiting Adultery Judgments in India

Revisiting Adultery Judgments in India

Starting on the 10th of July, the hearings on four important constitutional cases shall begin in the Supreme Court of India. Joseph Shine v. Union of India, one of the four cases, pertains to the constitutional validity of the Adultery Law in India. In this context, it becomes pertinent to revisit the Adultery Law in India and the judicial and[Read More…]

PUCL Condemns Republic TV for the Fabricated, Malicious, Motivated and Scurrilous Attack on Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj

PUCL Condemns Republic TV for the Fabricated, Malicious, Motivated and Scurrilous Attack on Adv. Sudha Bharadwaj

The PUCL strongly condemns the recent fabricated, malicious and motivated attacks against Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj and other human rights defenders, by Republic TV and its anchor Ms. Shivani Gupta, Deputy Editor Mr. Shawan Sen and its Managing Director, Mr. Arnab Goswami, by way of a series of programmes presented on Republic TV on 4th July 2018 as “Super Exclusive Breaking[Read More…]

Australian Xenophobia Targets China But Ignores Huge Israeli Subversion Of Australia

Australian Xenophobia Targets China But Ignores Huge Israeli Subversion Of Australia

Australia’s US lackey Coalition Government and its US lackey Labor Opposition have passed  draconian  espionage and foreign influence legislation that is implicitly aimed squarely at China, a country that is Australia’s biggest trading partner and that denies such activity. However US lackey Mainstream Australia utterly ignores the huge actuality of perversion and subversion of Australia by the US, UK and[Read More…]

Tale  of  two  portraits   –  a la  Dorian  Gray

Tale  of  two  portraits   –  a la  Dorian  Gray

In   Oscar  Wilde’s  famous  story,  the  hero  Dorian  Graypledged  his  soul,on  the  condition  that   the  painted  portrait  of  his  as  a  handsome  youth  must go  through  the  ageing process  on  the  canvas-in  exchange   of  his   right  to  enjoy  eternal  youth in  real  life.It was  a  wishful  deal  betweentwo  traditional  forms  –  art  as  fixed  imageon  the  one  hand ,  and [Read More…]

Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

In June 2018 alone, more than 500 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Their boatswere refused access to land in either Malta, or Italy. They were force-driven back by gun-boats to the North African shores they came from, mostly Libya, but many boats capsized and countless refugees didn’t make it. These are de facto murders, high crimes against humanity, committed[Read More…]

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Pakistan’s financial crisis puts Belt and Road on the spot

Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion plus investment in Pakistani infrastructure and energy, the Belt and Road’s crown[Read More…]

Has the U.S. Government Been Lying About Syria & About Ukraine?

Has the U.S. Government Been Lying About Syria & About Ukraine?

  From the moment it took power in the U.S. in 2009, the Barack Obama Administration was angling to overthrow Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad. And then, by the time of December of 2012, Obama’s team were relying mainly on Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch to lead the tens of thousands of the U.S.-Saudi alliance’s boots-on-the ground ‘moderate rebels’ in this overthrow-Assad[Read More…]

Of Democracy and Resistance in Kashmir

Of Democracy and Resistance in Kashmir

The solution lies in a tripartite dialogue or in implementation of UN-Resolutions   In 1947, with the passing of the Independence act by the British,two separate countries become a political reality in South Asia. Here were princely states and Kashmir being one among them witnessed terrific political changes. No one may have ever thought that Partition would divide Kashmir too.[Read More…]

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - South Korea vs Germany - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 27, 2018   Germany's Mesut Ozil clashes with fans after the match as they go out of the World Cup   REUTERS/John Sibley

The Ugly truth of the Beautiful game

The dark arts of fear-mongering and rabble rousing are not new by any stretch for the sport of football especially in Europe. Though, before obsessive vitriol for Islam became the new normal it was the menace of racism and skin color that plagued many a football arena among other sporting spectacles. Impassioned crowds hollering monkey chants and reprehensible banana throw-ins[Read More…]

India’s Civil Service Needs To Reinvent Itself

India’s Civil Service Needs To Reinvent Itself

 The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility  -Brooks Atkinson The Indian Civil Service represents the crème de la crème of the country’s university graduates who form the backbone of the country’s administration. Today, there are about 5,000 IAS officers who comprise this privileged club. The civil service has a hallowed past and[Read More…]

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Statement condemning the attack on Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj

We the undersigned wish to place on record our utter disgust, contempt and outrage at the latest in the series of machinations by Republic TV, working to its brief as a propagandist  for the ongoing crusade against all those who take public stands in defence of democracy, secularism, human rights, Constitutional  propriety and rule of law. Republic TV’s latest target[Read More…]

Trump fires opening shot in trade war against China

Trump fires opening shot in trade war against China

The Trump administration has gone ahead with its threat to impose tariffs on China under section 301 of the 1974 US Trade Act, imposing levies on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods from midnight, with a further $16 billion to be targeted in the near future. The action is the first shot in a direct trade war against China, with[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Why Are You Here?

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Why Are You Here?

Sooner or later- sooner if they are rude and later if they are polite enough to wait until we have developed a relationship that would allow them to ask a personal question, Russians  will inevitably ask  “Why are you here?”  Some in a tone of suspicion or contempt,  will ask me as if they were throwing down a gauntlet  The[Read More…]

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Scott Pruitt’s out

Scott Pruitt’s out

   VICTORY! Scott Pruitt just resigned from his job as EPA Administrator. The scandals surrounding Pruitt have been building for months. Sweet deals on rent in a lobbyist’s condo. Over $150,000 in taxpayer money wasted on luxury travel. Building a private phone booth in EPA headquarters. Meeting with Big Oil executives instead of scientists. Giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in[Read More…]

Trumpite Foreign Policy: Determined by Campaign Slogans

Trumpite Foreign Policy: Determined by Campaign Slogans

Historical Determinants of U.S. Foreign Policy: Dealing with Issues All U.S. Presidents have had to look over their shoulders at domestic politics when determining foreign policy. But usually those looks are in the context of determining restraints on what the particular President would like to do. And so, there were McKinley and the invasion of Cuba; Wilson and entry into[Read More…]

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Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation

Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation

It all risks becoming pornographic, looped and re-run with an obsessive eye for updates and detail about despair and hope.  The twenty-four hour news cycle tends to encourage this sort of thing, ever desperate for snippets, obsessively chasing the update.  With a soccer team of twelve youths and their coach trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave some one kilometre[Read More…]

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Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on April 6, 2017 in Caracas.
Violence erupted for a third straight day at protests against the government, escalating tension over moves to keep the leftist leader in power. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO

The Balkanization of South America – and the Role of Fifth Columns Throughout the World

During the recent meeting in Caracas of the Venezuelan Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, in mid-June 2018, President Maduro said something extremely interesting, but also extremely disturbing – nonetheless highly important for the region to be aware of. Mr. Maduro mentioned Yugoslavia, the foreign induced local conflicts, the breakup and dismemberment of Yugoslavia, starting with the “Ten Days War” on Slovenia[Read More…]

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Threats to scribes are omnipresent now

Threats to scribes are omnipresent now

As we were preparing to complete the first half of 2018, shocking news broke from America, one of the professed liberal space for journalists in a democracy on Earth. A gunman stormed into the newsroom of a Maryland newspaper in USA and killed five media employees including journalists. The 28 June 2018 shooting incident at Capital Gazette in Annapolis eliminating[Read More…]

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Fireworks behind statue of liberty

A Fourth of July Perspective

The US celebrated the glorious Fourth, the nation’s independence day and the myths going along with it.  As with most wars, the elite prospered, the poor shed blood, and most shamefully in this case the slaves remained slaves.  Dissenters in this war dubbed Royalists were killed or fled to Canada, a country later peacefully independent from Britain and none the[Read More…]

Help Us As We Create Wild Farm

Help Us As We Create Wild Farm

By Sally Dugman and associates A group of excited and committed environmentalists and community members have the opportunity to preserve an old farm and heritage orchard at 20 Creeper Hill Road in North Grafton, MA 01536, USA. With the dedicated work of an orchardist, a skilled farmer and community volunteers, we plan to create a community asset and a place to[Read More…]

Police Arrests Activists Protesting The Green Highway Project

Police Arrests Activists Protesting The Green Highway Project

As you might be aware, the affected people of TN led by farmers are opposing forcible acquisition of their lands for the proposed Green Highway between Chennai and Salem. There is strong resistance to the project in the districts of Salem, Dharmpuri, Thiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram. People have a right to question, debate and dissent government policies that affect them adversely[Read More…]

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document released by NBC News Monday has exposed the cynical effort by the Trump administration to use a court-ordered “family reunification” process to force immigrant parents with separated children into signing a document agreeing to deportation back to their country of origin. The new policy comes in response to a court order handed[Read More…]

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The Azov Battalion uses the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol as its logo. Its founder Andriy Biletsky (center) has moved to ban “race mixing” in the Ukranian parliament. (Azov/Twitter)

Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Israeli arms are being sent to a heavily armed neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine, The Electronic Intifada has learned. Azov Battalion online propaganda shows Israeli-licensed Tavor rifles in the fascist group’s hands, while Israeli human rights activists have protested arms sales to Ukraine on the basis that weapons might end up with anti-Semitic militias. In a letter “about licenses for Ukraine”[Read More…]

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Israel seeks to muzzle witnesses of its crimes

Israel seeks to muzzle witnesses of its crimes

Israel is trying to silence people who witness its atrocities. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, is considering a bill that would criminalize filming or recording Israeli soldiers and publishing the content. The law calls for a five-year prison sentence for those who film “to harm the morale of Israel’s soldiers or its inhabitants,” and a 10-year prison sentence for those who film to “harm the[Read More…]

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The Quest for ‘Zone of Peace’ in the Himalayas – Nepal’s Critical Engagements with India and China

The Quest for ‘Zone of Peace’ in the Himalayas – Nepal’s Critical Engagements with India and China

The tiny Himalayan State Nepal continues to be economically vulnerable, primarily because of its geopolitical status as a land-locked country. This is the case with all land-locked countries across the world that do not have direct access to the seas.  As the UN Committee for Development Policy says, these countries’  “ability to competitively trade in goods largely depends on political[Read More…]

Keeping Your Refugees: Macron, Francafrique and Euro-African Relations

Keeping Your Refugees: Macron, Francafrique and Euro-African Relations

Ties between Europe and Africa have never been rosy.  A relationship based on predatory conquest and the exploitation of resources (slave flesh, minerals, and such assortments) is only ever going to lend itself to farce and display rather than sincerity.  The late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, whose death must be placed squarely at the feat of the Franco-Anglo-American intervention in the[Read More…]

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Marx in Bangladesh

Marx in Bangladesh

Marx was not aloof in the Bangladesh socio-economic-ideological-political reality. Incessant class struggle in the society along with development of ideas cropping up in the soil of class conflict was a home for Marx, the scientist-theoretician of the revolutionary proletariat. The society’s antagonistic classes compelled him to play a role in defining goals of the society, of the exploited in the[Read More…]

 Egypt: Five years after President Morsi’s overthrow by military junta

 Egypt: Five years after President Morsi’s overthrow by military junta

Five year after the overthrow of first democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi on July 3, 2013, Egyptian President, Field Marshall Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s government continues to rule with worst human rights violations as police systematically used torture, arbitrary arrests, and enforced disappearances to silence political dissent. Egypt’s human rights crisis continued unabated, says Amnesty International. “The authorities used torture and[Read More…]

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Samir Amin

Wendy Brown has used many words but Samir Amin Makes the Important Point

In an interview recently, and in several published papers before (1), Wendy Brown, the American political theorist, said she blames neoliberalism for the destruction of liberal democratic institutions and practices across the world including America. It seems surprising to me that an educated person like her should claim by implication that there were functioning liberal democratic institutions in the USA[Read More…]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh

Bangladesh General Elections and India: From Blatant Engineering to Colonial Control?

Until 2008, Bangladesh elections did not attract much attention in Indiaand at the same, within Bangladesh, India never figured as an important factor in any of its election discussions, neither.This changed since 2008. Although seeds of the change were sownmore immediately in the aftermath of the end of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rule in 2006, its origin goes back[Read More…]

 Reimagining Pakistan for peaceful and prosperous future existence

 Reimagining Pakistan for peaceful and prosperous future existence

Humko Batlau to kiya Matlab hai Pakistan ka Jis jagah is waqt hain, najis hai kya who jagah Nesh e Tohmat se tere , Chisti ka Sina chak hai Jald batla kya Zameen Ajmer ki Na-Pak hai (Shamim Karhani, PakistanChahne walo se, To those who ask for Pakistan) Acknowledge me, what Pakistan means? Do the land where Muslims lives are[Read More…]

Living with nightmares!

Living with nightmares!

  (The trauma caused by the disastrous flood of 2014 makes living in Srinagar’s low lying colonies virtually a continuous nightmare, especially during the rainy days!) The recent flood caused by just a couple of days of continuous rain created a wave of panic among the people living in different parts of Srinagar especially those in the low lying areas[Read More…]

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Mushrooming growth of private educational & coaching centres:  Crazy competition & exploitation

Mushrooming growth of private educational & coaching centres:  Crazy competition & exploitation

In spite of the fact that there are a number of justifications for privatisation of education, commercial consideration underpins all its good objects of imparting quality education, of course, with the availability of adequate basic facilities of premises, toilets, infrastructure, libraries, drinking water dispensers-purifiers, computers, libraries & hostels: the facilities invariably unfound in government run educational institutions primarily for lack[Read More…]

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Malicious Campaign By Republic TV And Arnab Goswami Against Sudha Bharadwaj

I have been informed that Republic TV aired a programme on 4 July 2018, presented by anchor and MD Arnab Goswami as “Super Exclusive Breaking News”. The programme, which is being repeatedly shown, contains a long list of ridiculous, scurrilous, false  and completely unsubstantiated allegations against me. Goswami has claimed that I have written a letter (identifying myself as “Comrade[Read More…]

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BJP Targeting Reservation

BJP Targeting Reservation

The BJP government’s continuous assault on reservation policies in the higher educational institutions must be exposed and opposed tooth and nail. The current leadership has given clear indication to its brahmanical chums to hit at the heart of these communities and their intellectual leadership that emerge from these institutions. It is important to understand why the government has chosen to[Read More…]

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India: Fake rumours and spate of mob lynchings destroying the rule of law

India: Fake rumours and spate of mob lynchings destroying the rule of law

For several months now, rumours of traveling child snatchers have been floating around the country, spreading fear through Whatsapp messages and Facebook posts.Recently, the consequences of these rumours was the lynching and killing of two men from Guwahati who ventured into the tribal region of Karbi Anglong in Assam, and, of a group of five people in Dhule district in[Read More…]

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Celebrate July 4! Missiles in Silos Subs and Bombers Set To Obliterate Rest of the World

Celebrate July 4! Missiles in Silos Subs and Bombers Set To Obliterate Rest of the World

Majority humanity must not wait for Americans to free themselves from the deception, egoism, ignorance and violence that is seeded and psyoped into the minds of Americans as children to justify killing of tens of millions of poor to ‘protect US interests overseas,’ Wall Street’s criminal interests, the predatory investments of the powerfully wealthy. Genocides began 1776 – African Slaves,[Read More…]

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Gang Rape And Continuing Repression In Ghaghra And Neighbouring Villages of Jharkhand

Gang Rape And Continuing Repression In Ghaghra And Neighbouring Villages of Jharkhand

PRELIMINARY REPORT OF FACT-FINDING TEAM OF WOMEN’S GROUPS INTO THE INCIDENT OF GANG RAPE IN KHUNTI AND CONTINUING REPRESSION IN GHAGHRA AND NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES IN KHUNTI AND ARAKI DISTRICTS OF JHARKHAND Following up on media reports of the gang rape of 5 adivasi women in Kochang, Araki block, Khunti district while holding street plays on anti-trafficking, WSS constituted a fact-finding[Read More…]

Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu police is hounding film maker Divya Bharathi. On Monday evening 15 police officials entered her home without search warrant and demander her father about her whereabouts. The News Minute reported that On Tuesday, the group stopped her vehicle outside Madurai District Court, insisting that she come with them. “We kept asking who they were and if they had[Read More…]

Man With The White Beard: A Journey Into Our Nightmares

Man With The White Beard: A Journey Into Our Nightmares

When Mohammad Akhlakh was lynched in Dadri in 2015 on the suspicion of possessing beef, first in a series of dozens of such lynchings since then, Prof. Shah Alam Khan an Orthopaedics surgen in the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) wrote a short article in Countercurrents.org. The title of the article was arresting “The Color Of Human[Read More…]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Saudi's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 7, 2017. Photo by Thaer Ganaim

‘Deal of the Century’ is Not New and the PA Leadership is Not a Victim

Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will fail. Palestinians will not exchange their 70-year long struggle for freedom for Jared Kushner’s cash; nor will Israel accept even if there is a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank. The order of that anticipated failure is likely to go something like this: the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah is likely to[Read More…]

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Global Wars and Insanity Fast Becoming Entertainment: Is It the End of Human Ingenuity?

Global Wars and Insanity Fast Becoming Entertainment: Is It the End of Human Ingenuity?

Are We Civilized Enough to Claim a Sense of Humanity? Global politics is fraught with man-made catastrophic tragedies. The human beings are supposed to be the most intelligent social animal on the planet. Yet, our proactive plans and actions continue to dehumanize the fellow human beings and engineer conflicts and wars that destroy the existence of mankind. The driving impulse[Read More…]

PAINTING PORTRAYING POCHANTAS SAVING THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH

Fallacy of Vancouver’s Unsustainable “Making Room” Urban Density Plan

The fate of Vancouver’s survival and that of other world’s cities in the 21st century is a universal story of how to continually “Make Room” for the constant explosions of endless waves of humans to arrive upon its shores as native-born infants or as emigrants, migrants and refugees. The age-old philosophical arguments and debates waged over what to do with[Read More…]

Overpopulation Problem? What Overpopulation Problem?

Overpopulation Problem? What Overpopulation Problem?

I keep reading more and more comments about overpopulation on the social media. It is not just an impression: the trend of increasing interest in population matters is visible in Google Trends. Still weak, but it is there. It is puzzling how the question is returning. It had disappeared from the media after it had been popular in the 1970s, at the[Read More…]

Border wall between Turkish Karkamis and Syrian Jarabulus

Turkish – Syrian Border: Confusion, Destruction And Grief

When we first met in 2017, the Turkish poet, Mustafa Goren, stood proudly and defiantly next to a monstrous concrete wall built on orders from Ankara. The partition has just recently separated two towns with the same culture: Turkish Karkamis and Syrian Jarabulus. The poet then read some of his verses, and my friend, a translator of my books, originally[Read More…]

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Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves to support Donald J. Trump’s plan for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that[Read More…]

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An Immigrant’s Tale: The blood of the Tatars

An Immigrant’s Tale: The blood of the Tatars

They are the sources of the paced slivers of sound played across seasons, sounds I awaken to, sounds that inform my days, Their sounds, although varying in tone and intensity, are always paced, steady, sure. This summer morning it is the soft swish of small tree branches, cut and tied to a wooden pole. There has been a storm in[Read More…]

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The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia’s Najib Condition

The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia’s Najib Condition

Words can be teasing in their meaning.  In the realm of political and financial discussion, they can become absurdly changing.  Take Malaysia’s political status. On the surface, all looks delightfully democratic in that multi-ethnic state.  Once the eyewash is applied, a certain ugliness manifests: the ethnic tensions that are only ever a stone’s throw away from bloodshed and riot; the[Read More…]

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Violence Against Christians Rise In India

Violence Against Christians Rise In India

As if, there is a predetermined notion, 20 incidents of violence against Christians have taken place consistently every month since January till end May 2018. June reports are still being studied. UCF Helpline, launched in January 2015, has recorded 101 incidents of violence against Christians across India in first 5 months of 2018. The year 2018 began with 21 incidents[Read More…]

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Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

Gandhi is not well-known for his views on the environment. Indeed, in his vast output, there is little explicit mention of the environment. Yet, in Gandhi’s views, one finds a lot that is relevant to environmentalism. Like most great thinkers, Gandhi’s views are flawed; however we learn a lot by studying his views critically. Let us begin by examining Gandhi’s[Read More…]

The Varieties of Hope

The Varieties of Hope

The depth of our dilemma is suggested by a remarkable essaypublished in New York magazine by David Wallace-Wells, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” which upset a lot of climate scientists and some activists by laying out some of the worst-case future scenarios that climate science forecasts unless our activism is visionary enough to bring about some of the better ones.  The hard truth seemed to upset[Read More…]

Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Since the stirring of “second wave” feminism a half century ago, the movement has become progressively more inclusive and systemic. Early on, Marxist-feminists argued that true women’s liberation required transcending both patriarchy and capitalism, and thus a politics at once feminist and anti-classist was essential. Soon, they, too, were challenged to broaden their theory and practice to acknowledge oppressions arising[Read More…]

Send in the Troops! Deploying the ADF against Rioters

Send in the Troops! Deploying the ADF against Rioters

Such moves should trouble any constructive dissenter and civil libertarian: the vesting of powers in a military force to be used against domestic disturbances.  While the United States has a troubled history with it, posse comitatus still remains something of a letter restricting the deployment of the US armed forces on the streets of the country’s cities. That doctrine has[Read More…]

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Trump Escalates Fascist Barbarism on the Border, Sparking Massive, Growing Resistance

Trump Escalates Fascist Barbarism on the Border, Sparking Massive, Growing Resistance

Less than two weeks after Trump signed his executive order supposedly halting the separation of families arrested at the border, three things are apparent. First, the Trump/Pence regime’s depraved and deliberate cruelty is not only continuing, but in some ways escalating. Second, this is not only generating massive revulsion and outrage, it has begun to reveal this regime’s fascist intent[Read More…]

 A Psychological Evaluation of Donald Trump

 A Psychological Evaluation of Donald Trump

Does Trump (and some of his advisors) Deserve Being Labeled Sociopathic, Narcissistic, Paranoiac, Egomaniacal, Megalomaniacal, Xenophobic, Demagogic and/or Neo-Fascistic? A sociopath is a person whose behavior is antisocial, often criminally greedy, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility, empathy or social conscience. Sociopaths never sincerely apologize nor are they capable of exhibiting remorse for wrongs that they have committed.[Read More…]

U.S. Crushes Europe

U.S. Crushes Europe

On June 28th, PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) came out with their listing of “Global Top 100 companies (2018): Ranking of the top 100 global companies by market capitalisation”, and reported: “The increase in China’s market capitalisation has been close to that of the US this year. … China’s contribution to the top 100 market capitalisation increased by 57%, to $2,822bn. … European[Read More…]

The Social Media Abuse Of India’s Foreign Minister

The Social Media Abuse Of India’s Foreign Minister

The RSS inspired trolls abusing and threatening with rape to the daughter of a woman political leader on social media is reflective of the how much we have drowned in these four years. Our Prime Minister who opens his mouth on any international event of ‘terrorism’ or a bus accident in Jhumritallaiya but rarely spoken against these threats of violence[Read More…]

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leader of the Movement for National Reconstruction (Morena), was elected President of Mexico yesterday by a massive margin amid high voter turnout. His two main opponents, José Antonio Meade (Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI) and Ricardo Anaya (Together for México coalition, which includes the National Action Party, PAN, and the Party of the Democratic Revolution, PRD)[Read More…]

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An American Babushka in Moscow: An immigrant’s tale

If James Joyce’s The Dubliners are stories about people who cannot escape their unhappiness, and Katherine Anne Porter’s Ship of Fools is about those who believe that they will find happiness when they arrive at their destinations, this story is about immigrants to Russia who once believed that when they arrived here they would find love, money or adventure. Instead,[Read More…]

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 Women Safety in India and National Pride: Reuters Foundation Report

 Women Safety in India and National Pride: Reuters Foundation Report

With the release of the report titled ‘The most dangerous countries for Women – 2018’ by Thomson Reuters foundation which ranks India as the most unsafe country in the world, the defenders of national pride are out to argue the flaws of the report. The report was based on an expert opinion of about 548 persons which included aid and[Read More…]

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 The rise of fascism on the sinking Titanic

 The rise of fascism on the sinking Titanic

In her new book “Fascism: A Warning” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I27X9L8rReo), Madeleine Albright’s states that the Fascism of a century ago was not atypical: “In hindsight, it is tempting to dismiss every Fascist of this era as a thoroughly bad guy or a lunatic, but that is too easy, also dangerous,” she writes. “Fascism is not an exception to humanity, but part of[Read More…]

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Ecology: The Keystone Science

Ecology: The Keystone Science

A missing piece from most critiques of modern capitalism revolves around the misunderstanding of ecology. To put it bluntly, there will be no squaring the circle of mass industrial civilization and an inhabitable Earth. There is no way for energy and resource use, along with all the strife, warfare, and poverty that comes along with it, to continue under the[Read More…]

Continuing attacks on right to life in Jharkhand

Continuing attacks on right to life in Jharkhand

Since 2014, people of Jharkhand have faced severe attacks on their mere right to life by the Raghuvar Das led BJP government. The government has been trying to acquire land of Adivasis and Moolvasis against their wishes that will directly affect their livelihoods. On the other hand, there is also a direct attack on the people’s freedom to religion leading[Read More…]

 GMO Agriculture and the Narrative of Choice

 GMO Agriculture and the Narrative of Choice

The pro-GMO lobby claim critics of the technology ‘deny farmers choice’. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies. It is all about maximising choice and options. Taken at face value, who would want to deny choice? At the same time, however, we do not want to end up offering a false choice (rolling[Read More…]

Walking the Tightrope over Niagara Falls

Walking the Tightrope over Niagara Falls

  Today is the end of our FEC reporting period.  Also, it’s the anniversary of the first tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, by Charles Blondin in 1859. Blondin began performing as an acrobat in 1829 in France, at the age of five.  He moved to the United States in 1855, continuing to work in circuses. It is not known when[Read More…]

Guns Trump Everything, Including Journalism

Guns Trump Everything, Including Journalism

It’s Friday. There have been 28,420 incidents of gun violence so far this year in the US. 1,135 of those have happened since last week. Yesterday saw the 154th mass shooting—of four or more human victims—so far this year, and the year is marking its 180th day. Those numbers were reported early Friday morning by CNN. So you can expect[Read More…]

Nationwide Protests:Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

Nationwide Protests:Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Over the past weeks, there has been a series of major protests against the mistreatment of immigrants. Hundreds were arrested after blocking DC streets and sitting-in at a Senate office building.  Two weeks ago, there were #FamiliesTogether rallies across the United States that forced Trump to end child separation and return to the Obama-era policy of incarcerating immigrant[Read More…]

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 America is one-dollar-one-vote, not really one-person-one vote

 America is one-dollar-one-vote, not really one-person-one vote

The only comprehensive and scientific study which has ever been done of whether the U.S. is a democracy or instead a dictatorship, was published in 2014. It studied the period during 1981 through 2002, and it found that, “In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually[Read More…]

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The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself

The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself

  If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international community, caught by surprise by the 2011 popular Arab revolts, has reverted to opting for political stability as opposed to sustainability, ignoring the undercurrents of change wracking the Middle East. Major powers do so at their peril. The[Read More…]

What Option Is There Before India And Pakistan But For Friendship And Peace?

What Option Is There Before India And Pakistan But For Friendship And Peace?

The India Pakistan Friendship and Peace March from Ahmedabad to Nada Bet during 19 to 29 June, 2018 concluded successfully even though Ahmedabad Police detained the marchers for about 3 hours at the beginning as soon as it started from Gandhi Ashram and Border Security Force didn’t give permission to the march at the fag end from Nadeshwari Mata Mandir[Read More…]

Journey Into Europe : Another Magnum Opus by Akbar Ahmad On Muslim Identity

Journey Into Europe : Another Magnum Opus by Akbar Ahmad On Muslim Identity

I will join Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, authors of ‘Untold History of the United States in saying that ‘Ambassador Akbar S Ahmed is a treasure.’‘His insight, wisdom,and experience are desperately needed right now when so much US and European policy towards Muslim world is guided by fear, ignorance,and greed.’ Those, who have been reading him;  one of topmost  anthropologist[Read More…]

SFI Student Activist Stabbed To Death Inside The Hostel Allegedly by Popular Front Activists In Kerala

SFI Student Activist Stabbed To Death Inside The Hostel Allegedly by Popular Front Activists In Kerala

A Student Federation of India (SFI) activist and a student of Maharaja’s College Ernakulam, Abhimanyu (20) was stabbed to death allegedly by Campus Front-Popular Front activists today morning.  Another student of the college  Arjun (19) got seriously injured in the attack. He was taken for a surgery at a private hospital. He’s in critical condition. Another student, Vineeth, also was[Read More…]

Al-Quds is not Jerusalem

Al-Quds is not Jerusalem

The Zionist Israeli state calls on the Old Testament/Torah as a historical document to prove its legality to “re-claim” Palestine; their god’s promised land. To assert this legality and the myth of the promised land Zionist Organization, since its establishment, had recruited the science of archaeology, employing western Christian biblical archaeologists, to provide the required “historic” proof of the right[Read More…]

On Peace With Russia And A Word For  Democracy

On Peace With Russia And A Word For  Democracy

After several tit-for-tats with Russia in 2001, relations were at a low ebb like during the cold war.  That was when a Russian initiative led to a meeting between the newly-elected George W. Bush and the Russian president.  There was no major breakthrough but the two men got to know each other and the temperature cooled.  The man heading the[Read More…]

Who killed Zia?

Who killed Zia?

On August 17, 1988, the then President of Pakistan General Zi-Ul Haq died in an air crash. It was termed as an accident then. But was it really an accident? A very important person of the time Johan Gunther Dean, the then Ambassador of US to India did not agree. Is he suggesting that Zia was killed? Who killed Zia[Read More…]

Harassment of Women in workplaces – many cases go unreported

Harassment of Women in workplaces – many cases go unreported

With women entering job market, sexual abuse and harassment has increased. But, many women choose to keep ‘ silent ‘ on their exploitation by male higher authorities and management or superiors. This is mainly due to fear of job safety, undermined by their own colleagues and lack of support if they come out openly. Punam Sehgal and Aastha Dang (2017)[Read More…]

Relationships in the time of Social Media

Relationships in the time of Social Media

Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words. ‒ Rumi Perhaps the truth is this: at the deepest level, human bonding is a conscious, unremitting labour of love, the soliloquy of a disjointed soul seeking its mirror amidst other equally flawed, unquantifiable souls. The firgun of connecting to a kindred soul,[Read More…]

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Rally against arrests of activists in India held in Canada

Rally against arrests of activists in India held in Canada

South Asian activists came together to protest against recent arrests of political activists in India on Saturday evening. Organized by Radical Desi, the rally was held at Holland Park in Surrey. Police had recently arrested five political activists across India for inciting violence and allegedly being involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among them are[Read More…]

Darker side of private hospitals

Darker side of private hospitals

( “ If a heart patient knows the actual cost of the cardiac stent, he will realise how much the hospital looted him. He should be strong enough to withstand the shock.  We don’t know how many suffered heart attack after knowing this exploitation. One small lawyer has to fight against this injustice. Where are the great doctors? Don’t they[Read More…]

Sedition case against Human Rights Activist : An attempt to silence sane voices

Sedition case against Human Rights Activist : An attempt to silence sane voices

  FIR filed against Babu Gogineni for ‘hurting religious sentiments’ Times of India  June 27, 2018 reported:  Acting on the order passed by the 25th Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Kukatpally, Hyderabad, the Madhapur Police Station registered an FIR against human rights activist Babu Gogineni for ‘hurting religious sentiments’  of the people. The court issued the order after taking cognisance of a private complaint filed[Read More…]

A Requiem For UGC

A Requiem For UGC

If the Modi Government’s first year of its rule was marked by the burial of an important institution of national importance—the Planning Commission of India—with the launching of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), its last year in office is likely to witness another interment of a Statutory body of national importance—the University Grants Commission (UGC)—with the notification[Read More…]