Archive for May, 2020

Surviving a ‘shadow’ pandemic: domestic abuse in the time of Corona

Surviving a ‘shadow’ pandemic: domestic abuse in the time of Corona

How many of you can even imagine living 24×7 under the same roof as your abuser with the constant fear of what he (in rare cases she) might do next to hurt you?  How would it feel when coughing results in merciless beating or throwing you out of the house on suspicion of COVID symptoms or your partner constantly meting[Read More…]

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NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Up to 3 billion will live in extreme heat by 2070, study warns

If global warming continues unchecked, the heat that is coming later this century in some parts of the world will bring “nearly unlivable” conditions for up to 3 billion people, a study released Monday said. Climate change could push 1.5 billion people to migrate to escape unlivable heat in the next 50 years even if global targets are reached, says the[Read More…]

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Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Environmental activists delivered a petition to a special session of the Swiss parliament on Monday demanding that a government aid package should promote a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis. More than 22,000 people signed the petition demanding that support for companies in sectors with large greenhouse gas emissions like aviation be tied to reducing their environmental impact. Campaigners said[Read More…]

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Invasion foiled in Venezuela

Invasion foiled in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have foiled a raid by “foreign mercenaries” trying to reach the anti-imperialist country. The first aim of the failed mercenary incursion into Venezuela was assassinating the country’s President Nicolas Maduro. The mercenaries tried to reach the Latin American country by sea to launch terrorist attacks and assassinate government officials. Venezuela’s Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said in a televised[Read More…]

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The Scourge of Authoritarianism in the Age of Pseudoscience

The Scourge of Authoritarianism in the Age of Pseudoscience

Following the court decision in the US to award in favour of Dewayne Johnson (exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma), attorney Robert Kennedy Jr said at the post-trial press conference: “The corruption of science, the falsification of science, and we saw all those things happen here. This is a[Read More…]

Better stay outdated

Better stay outdated

If you do a google search, “Ramp Show” you get about 2660 million links. Ramp shows are quite popular across cities in the world and have well engulfed the minds of both young and old. Everyone wishes to be ‘up-to-date’ on fashion clothing – seasonally changing the costumes. And, this of course maintains your flamboyance! Or at least that’s what[Read More…]

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 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

The world watches in stupefaction as the numbers of those infected and dead in the US has continued to grow at an alarming rate.  The superpower is on its knees. A pandemic that has cost it millions of jobs and unheard of breadlines that stretch for miles. The first world wonder that spearheaded the world’s green revolution, whose farmers “feed[Read More…]

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PM CARES fund: Need for a full public disclosure

PM CARES fund: Need for a full public disclosure

 Letter to the Prime Minister   To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister of India Dear Shri Modiji, I refer to my letter dated 9-4-2020 (enclosed) on the modalities of creating the PM CARES fund (hereafter referred as PMCARES) and the need to ensure utmost transparency in its utilisation. PMCARES was set up towards the end of March, 2020, more than a[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Disaster: A Lesson for both India and Pakistan

Coronavirus Disaster: A Lesson for both India and Pakistan

While the number of reported cases of the new coronavirus in India and Pakistan remains in the low thousands, but concerns are growing about the capacity of healthcare system to deal with the potential threat in both countries. In both countries, it seems to be a major test for the Narendra Modi led government and power less PM of Pakistan,[Read More…]

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Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash

Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful.  And so are we.  They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people.  And neither do we.” President George W. Bush, Aug. 5, 2004 Hatred is disorientating, and becomes, over time, a form of enduring fanaticism.  The attacks on US President Donald Trump tend to fall into this camp. [Read More…]

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 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies As of May 1, there were 7,145 cases of COVID-19 in the US military, with more falling sick every day.  Credit: Military Times As President Trump has complained, the U.S. does not win wars anymore. In fact, since 1945, the only 4 wars it has won were over the small neocolonial[Read More…]

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Thanks to the Kind `Ghost’ for Returning Journalist Kajol

Thanks to the Kind `Ghost’ for Returning Journalist Kajol

  Bangladesh’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Ilias Ali is still going missing. Many others also followed the same fate. The ghost or ghosts, who made them victims of enforced disappearance, are not kind. But thanks to the ghost who kidnapped Shafiqul Islam Kajol and returned him back. Kajol, editor of Dainik Pokkhokal, was last seen in front of[Read More…]

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2% Emergency Coronatax on the Wealth of the Richest 1%

2% Emergency Coronatax on the Wealth of the Richest 1%

An Appeal to the Prime Minister to Levy a 2% Emergency Coronatax on the Wealth of the Richest 1% People in the Country to Finance the Necessary Measures Needed to Combat the Corona Pandemic and its Multiple Socio-Economic Impacts. Sign the petition here https://forms.gle/kypoVjpdtSrK6kEz8   To, The Prime Minister, Government of India, New Delhi. On 14th April 2020, in your[Read More…]

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Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

Global coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases has passed 3.5 million while deaths have topped 247,000. The U.S. has the most coronavirus deaths in the world at more 67,600, a number that rose 1,450 over the 24 hours to Sunday evening. Deliberately concealed outbreaks, low testing rates and the severe strain the disease has placed on health care systems mean the true[Read More…]

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Lockdown announcement, Migrant workers and Welfare measures

Lockdown announcement, Migrant workers and Welfare measures

The announcement of lockdown on March 24, 2020 as a preventive step for spread of Corona brought to the forefront the issue of migrant workers. The migrant workers were left with four hours in which they had to take action. Millions of migrant workers were struck in their host states. They had come from home states in search of employment[Read More…]

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Helping Others

Helping Others

Let me, please, remind you that I am legally a white, blue eyed, blond Kenyan.  And the Masai, my clan, are now dying off from the virus. I’ll remind: Humans have always fought the natural world to bring it into conformity with their wishes whether by slaughtering wolves that would eat them, killing off poison ivy or other means. I[Read More…]

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The unforgettable Irrfan Khan!

The unforgettable Irrfan Khan!

Every death brings grief momentarily, but this death was different. It also brought with it an end to a stream of creativity with the uniqueness of Irrfan. Every great artist strives for the realization of his creative possibilities and is passionate about his unique identity. It was true for Irrfan Khan as well. His death was sudden and at young[Read More…]

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The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea To Pause And Power

The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea To Pause And Power

Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia makes a presentation on COVID-19 pandemic SIGN UP FOR COUNTERCURRENTS DAILY NEWS LETTER  

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By incarcerating scholars, Modi government contradicts values of Hinduism

By incarcerating scholars, Modi government contradicts values of Hinduism

On the World Press Freedom Day, India has slipped on the global press freedom index. Reporters Without Borders has ranked it at 142 out of 180 countries, in light of recent attacks on journalists and scholars under a right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Narendra Modi. What could be more shameful for a country that[Read More…]

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The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia

The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia

Rounding up undocumented workers, migrant and refugees is part of a brutal order of things in Malaysia.  When matters economic are going well, authorities turn the blindest of eyes.  The money pours in; development goals are being met.  During times of crisis, the eye sharpens in the search for scapegoats.  With the enervating effects of the COVID-19 response, the vulnerable[Read More…]

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 Where the world has not been broken…

 Where the world has not been broken…

To dream of uniting mankind, pieced and classified into multiple nations, religions, sects and sub sects is a mammoth, impractical and ideologically impossible task — but this time a little virus has taken it on and united us with its virulence. It was interesting to come across an imagined interview with the virus, in which the interviewer questioned the virus[Read More…]

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Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers

Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers

At this moment of unprecedented crisis, you might think that those not overcome by the economic and mortal consequences of the coronavirus would be asking, “What can we do to help?” A few companies have indeed pivoted to making masks and ventilators for an overwhelmed medical establishment. Unfortunately, when it comes to the top officials of the Pentagon and the CEOs running[Read More…]

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Virtues, Morality and Philosophy of World Politics

Virtues, Morality and Philosophy of World Politics

All humans are subjected to political life and no one courageous to live without political behaviour. Because as rational actors of the society people involved with political activities in everyday life with or without their comprehension. As a result of the reciprocal connection of humans and politics, many scholars, philosophers did their research on politics and provided many theories on[Read More…]

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Another Day In Paradise: Lockdown Musings -2

Another Day In Paradise: Lockdown Musings -2

There are times when a darkness sets in your mind that is associated with lack of contact with your loved ones, with sharing of ideas and dreams, a poem or experience not just virtual but actual. As I write this that these 2 apparently similar sounding words are so far apart in their meaning and impact. The small invisible microorganism[Read More…]

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Planet Earth Reality Check

This essay outlines the urgent need for a new multinational Institution to be formed for the purpose of orchestrating a world-wide increase in the price of carbon from its first moment of entry into the system through to its becoming a part of all derivative goods and services. Board Members must be of the stature and critical thinking skills of[Read More…]

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1100 Feminists Across India Condemn Crackdown On Anti-CAA Women Activists In Delhi

1100 Feminists Across India Condemn Crackdown On Anti-CAA Women Activists In Delhi

3rd May, 2020: 1100 feminists from all over India – organisations and individuals across religion, class, caste, ethnicity, ability, sexuality and genders – issued a solidarity statement today, condemning the targeted crackdown on muslims and women activists in Delhi, who were at the forefront of the peaceful protests against the unconstitutional CAA-NRC-NPR. The signatories noted that the Delhi Police, at[Read More…]

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Domestic Violence: It looks like no situation is free from being victimised

Domestic Violence: It looks like no situation is free from being victimised

A third of Indian women cover up the signs of Domestic violence   While the entire world is under the grip of COVID 19 thrashing human lives, some people are still doing their prey. In a time, when people are coming together to help each other, cases of domestic violence is still on the front-foot and for many victims it[Read More…]

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The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

In September of 1962 James Meredith, a 28 Year old Air Force veteran, and proud black man, enrolled in the segregated University of Mississippi. All hell literally broke loose. In David Talbot’s great look at the Kennedy years, aptly entitled Brothers ( 2007 ), we see how JFK and RFK had to deal with a revise of a Civil War[Read More…]

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Critical Media Loses Space in India with Rise of Rightist Politics

Critical Media Loses Space in India with Rise of Rightist Politics

If the media speaks to power, then only a functional democracy could exist with accountable governance. Such an ideal situation could only be possible if the mainstream politics is proud of being secular, centrist or left of the center. The day mainstream politics begins to whip up ‘nationalism’ replacing the people’s issue, populism gallops to the center-stage for pandering the[Read More…]

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 Women bear the brunt of humanitarian disasters, including COVID-19

 Women bear the brunt of humanitarian disasters, including COVID-19

The United Nations (UN) data estimates that 168 million people worldwide will need assistance in 2020 to deal with humanitarian crises, including natural disasters, extreme climate events, conflicts and infectious disease outbreaks. 25% of these will be women and girls of reproductive age. And they are the ones who are disproportionately affected during any humanitarian disaster – from being more[Read More…]

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Over Rs 68,600-crore loans of wilful defaulters written off, says RBI

Over Rs 68,600-crore loans of wilful defaulters written off, says RBI

That is the title of a Report by business-standard.com, April 29, 2020. While the country is drowned in reports about Covid-19, this news did not so much attract the attention of people. We celebrate the World Press Freedom Day with a report on this issue. The Indian media, known for its sensationalism did not somehow highlight it, nor gave it[Read More…]

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Has Britain Re-Found Its Moral Compass?

Has Britain Re-Found Its Moral Compass?

Through the years I have battled to expose the hypocrisy and the double standards of western politicians when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians’ inalienable rights of freedom, justice and self determination. Why am I singling out western politicians and governments? The answer is simple, because they have been and still are the dominant power in the world since[Read More…]

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Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

April 2020 marks one year since Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive towards Tripoli to expel its Government of National Accord (GNA). Seen as the next Gaddafi, by many, it was believed that he launched the campaign last year in desperation, as not doing so could have brought his political and military demise. The offensive left more than thousand fighters dead[Read More…]

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Lockdown! Some Questions Remain

Lockdown! Some Questions Remain

It was evening hours. Sun was about to set. People were preparing for iftar (breakfast in Ramadhan). My neighbour Gulam Mohammad (name changed) opened his shop to sell iftari items like semolina (suji), sugar, basil seeds, juice, fruits etc. There were not many people at his shop also. Suddenly a police jeep on petrol duty came, caught hold of the[Read More…]

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A Friendly Note on the virus

A Friendly Note on the virus

Please do not think that this is a note which supports the virus in any way but it is examining the behaviour of the virus differently in different contexts and the changes or status quo that it brought on humans. Various hypotheses are already going around regarding the virus which actually made the writing of this note a bit cumbersome[Read More…]

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Give refugees temporary leave to remain during Covid-19 crisis

Give refugees temporary leave to remain during Covid-19 crisis

Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Dear Prime Minister, I hope that your recovery continues apace and that you will soon be back to full health. I write to you in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to ask you to grant a period of leave to remain, with recourse to public funds and[Read More…]

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Post-Covid-19 Needs-based Economy, Zero Emissions, UBI, Green New Deal & Free University Education

Post-Covid-19 Needs-based Economy, Zero Emissions, UBI, Green New Deal & Free University Education

Comprehensive social distancing and economic lockdown measures required to suppress Covid-19 have been associated with rapid socialism-style adoption of a needs-based economy (essential services), a decrease in carbon fuel burning and  air pollution, a widened social safety net, and on-line learning. Post-Covid-19 one envisages a socialist needs-based economy, zero emissions, universal basic income (UBI) , a Green New Deal (GND)[Read More…]

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 COVID 19  Aggravating Tribal’s Struggle for Survival : Agri And Forest Based Livelihood Offer Solutions

 COVID 19  Aggravating Tribal’s Struggle for Survival : Agri And Forest Based Livelihood Offer Solutions

Covid19 infection that has begun from Wuhan in China in November 2019  which has now infected over 3237600 patients in 184 countries till end of April 2020 and led to mortality of over 228828 persons worldwide. In over five and half months virus has reached width and breath across the world and impacted severely at various level. The countries which[Read More…]

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Venezuelans, and especially the elderly, have been encouraged to wear facemasks when out and about, and to try to stay home where possible. Photo: @jacoli44 / Twitter

Bolivia vs Venezuela: COVID-19 response reveals true nature of governments

Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have put into sharp relief their true nature. This is perhaps no more evident than when we compare Bolivia and Venezuela. Despite having been installed as “interim” president after a coup last November, Jeanine Anez is presented in the media as leading Bolivia’s “transition back to democracy”. On the other hand, Venezuelan president Nicolas[Read More…]

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Singing the Song of the Roadster

Singing the Song of the Roadster

Ashok Behera, the 36-year-old mason from Odisha cycled 1100 kilometres in seven days, all the way home to Ganjam district from Chennai, his wife Namita riding pillion. Once again the roadster,  a cycle design perfected more than a 100 years ago proved to be reliable. During this lock out period this kind of performance was repeated by several workers all[Read More…]

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 Policy exigencies for good food, work, housing and health

 Policy exigencies for good food, work, housing and health

The COVID-19 virus has global spread. The whole world is dealing with the monumental crisis. Urban centres have turned into ghost towns. The pandemic has brought to the fore policy loopholes and failures. People all over the world are looking for surviving through the lockdown. Basics of food, shelter and health are historically underlined. Work has seized. The realization of[Read More…]

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The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

 As the Covid-19 crisis progresses, censorship programs advance, amid calls for China-style control of the Internet (Today is World Press Freedom Day, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. US and India claim to be democracies with flourishing media freedom, while blaming China.. Countercurrents Collective published a series of articles how[Read More…]

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Romance Is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

Romance Is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. “I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity,” the famous socialist leader once said. “The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come[Read More…]

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COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19 has come to us in 2020 where the world leaders, with a few exceptions, lack a 20-20 vision as well as the scientific temper that goes in with such a vision. To understand history, it is at times necessary to imagine what might have happened. Such counter-factual arguments often help us to understand better what did happen in the[Read More…]

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Odisha: Withdraw Decision To Stamp On Hands Of Returnees

Odisha: Withdraw Decision To Stamp On Hands Of Returnees

To, Naveen Patnaik Chief Minister of Odisha, Bhubaneswar Sub : Request to withdraw the decision of stamping on hand of returnees before entering the state border Honourable Sir; We are happy to know that the Government of Odisha haves finally taken steps to bring back the Oriya migrant workers, students and pilgrims who were stranded in various parts of the[Read More…]

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Workers’ self-activity in the time of lockdown: the victory of their right to return home

Workers’ self-activity in the time of lockdown: the victory of their right to return home

Agitated construction workers employed in IIT-Hyderabad recently went on a rampage inside the campus, demanding their pending March and April wages and the right to return to their native places. They complained that in the wake of the lockdown, they had not been paid and were starving. On 29 April, their pitched battle against the local police and officials of[Read More…]

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My interview with Covid-19

My interview with Covid-19

ARA: Well Mr Covid-19, it is said that you are born and brought up in Wuhan. Covid-19: I don’t know exactly. Some say I was created by Zionists to reduce the world population. There is also an opinion that CIA has launched me to destroy Chinese economy, whereas USA blames that a Chinese lab has fathered me as a biological[Read More…]

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Indian Education In Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown

Indian Education In Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown

Amid an unprecedented corona virus crisis across the world, in India, a discussion about online education has now acquired paramount importance in terms of reliance on imparting knowledge virtually, compared to the conventional method of face-to-face teaching. Our education structure is different and only limited people have access to digital media. We can enter into this model of education if[Read More…]

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‘We want to go home’  

‘We want to go home’  

‘We want to go home’   is the cry of most Migrant Labourers wherever they are.   But what is awaiting them in their homes ?    What  would they need to do   to live in their homes with self-respect and dignity ? As per Jharkhand govt announcement, at least about five lakh Jharkhandi migrant workers will be returning home from different[Read More…]

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Cease-Fire VIolations Must Cease

Cease-Fire VIolations Must Cease

       Kashmir, the disputed territory is the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. The two countries are at daggers drawn since the ‘contested’ instrument of accession was signed by Maharaja of Kashmir on 26 October 1947 to accede to the domain of India. The two nations have fought militarily confrontations and regularly enter into verbal wars. The border skirmishes[Read More…]

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 Online Documentary Screenings: Noam Chomsky and Mark Achbar to answer your question!

 Online Documentary Screenings: Noam Chomsky and Mark Achbar to answer your question!

Vikalkp is going online with our interactive documentary film screenings on a weekly basis till the lockdown ends. The idea is simple. Starting 1st May, Friday noon, we will provide a 48 hour YouTube or Vimeo link to a good documentary film on our Facebook page www.bit.ly/vikalpscreenings. The link, which will remain valid till Sunday noon, will point directly to[Read More…]

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In Solidarity with Dr Zafarul Islam Khan

In Solidarity with Dr Zafarul Islam Khan

We, the undersigned express our solidarity with Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, renowned scholar, journalist and presently Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission. We strongly condemn the continued media trial and targeting of Dr Zafarul Islam Khan for his Facebook post thanking Kuwait for expressing solidarity with Indian Muslims. In his Facebook post, he mentioned the appalling deterioration of human rights[Read More…]

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Racism, caste and religious prejudices might increase in post-Corona India

Racism, caste and religious prejudices might increase in post-Corona India

  In the past, pandemics have spread far and wide and have killed many. The deadly coronavirus, similarly, has been causing havoc. It is, however, unique in a sense that it has engulfed almost every part of the world, killing hundreds of people with each passing day. The mighty states of the world appear helpless before this ephemeral virus. The[Read More…]

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Child pornography: Burgeoning cases amid nationwide lockdown

Child pornography: Burgeoning cases amid nationwide lockdown

 Co-Written by Hardeep Singh and Prajakta Pradhan Introduction There is no doubt that with the ever-increasing use of the internet, cases of child pornography have increased at a burgeoning rate. The reason behind this fact is that the internet itself has extraordinarily diminished the obstruction to passage for the creation and dissemination of child pornography. This ease of creation and[Read More…]

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Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell.  He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health.  Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval liberator are available for purchase;[Read More…]

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The Biomass Fiasco

The Biomass Fiasco

Stop cutting down trees for biomass… STOP WOODY BIOMASS! That should be a bumper sticker on every vehicle in America and around the world as easy-to-read bumper stickers are more effective than many forms of advertising. And, just for starters, maybe plaster that new biomass bumper sticker over the old one that reads: “My child is an honor student at….”[Read More…]

Religious Contention

Religious Contention

I was raised in a Quaker household. Quakers are considered Christians, although that is a stretch as far as I am concerned since there are atheist Quakers and other permutations. In addition, they can be subversive in exemplary ways. For example: All of my closest Quaker friends of CO (conscientious objectors to killing in wars) status worked in an insane[Read More…]

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A Recipe on the Plate: Pandemic and the Art of Social Media

Co-Written by Pratisha Borborah & Cihnnita Baruah Media plays a multidimensional role- it acts as a source of information, entertainment, news and public opinion, influencing perceptions, choices, attitudes and behaviors of individuals among others.  Among this multifaceted role played by media one such role is that of articulation of identity. An important part of identity construction is how one identify[Read More…]

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Inhuman treatment of our vital Migrant Population

Inhuman treatment of our vital Migrant Population

It seems from the treatment meted out to the migrants that they are mere numbers without a human face. They are being talked about and being herded as if they were cattle who should accept what little is being doled out to them without any complaints and be grateful to the authorities for mercy done. That such a large migrant[Read More…]

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Abrogation of Article 370 for Development or Disaster: Time Tells It All

Abrogation of Article 370 for Development or Disaster: Time Tells It All

     Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell When the Article 370 was abrogated on 5th August 2019 by the BJP government, Home Minister, Amit Shah condescendingly told that this was done for the development of J& K. The then Governor of J&K, Satya[Read More…]

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Corona Lockdown and the haunting hunger of nomads in TamilNadu

Corona Lockdown and the haunting hunger of nomads in TamilNadu

Who are the nomads? The British Raj promulgated an oppressive law in 1871, called Criminal Tribes Act to suppress the then rising rebellions of various Tribal people against the British Raj. It is these tribal people who were driven out if their inhabitation and wandering for their survival,   by the British forces were called nomads and semi-nomads later. In Tamil[Read More…]

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Fake News Targeting Muslims Exposed by Police, But Still Aired, And That Even By Mainstream Media

Fake News Targeting Muslims Exposed by Police, But Still Aired, And That Even By Mainstream Media

  Attacks on Doctors and Media: A Few Case Studies was a Report published on April 27. This one is a sequel to that, and can be deemed as Part-2 of a two part report.The focus now is on Islamophobia, promoted by media, and abetted by State agencies. Tablighi Jamaat members spat on doctors, defecated in hospital wards, misbehaved with[Read More…]

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Environment, Climate Change and Public Health

Environment, Climate Change and Public Health

 To Sri. Jairam Ramesh The Chairman, Standing Committee of the Parliament (Science & Technology, Environment, Forests & Climate Change) Parliament of India, New Delhi Dated, 1st May 2020 Dear Sri. Ramesh, Greetings from Sagar, Western Ghats, Karnataka. This has reference to your tweet of 10 April 2020 asking for inputs to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on S&T, Environment, Forests and Climate[Read More…]

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Crisis of Neo-Liberalism and Bourgeois Democratic Order: Return of ‘State Socialism’

Crisis of Neo-Liberalism and Bourgeois Democratic Order: Return of ‘State Socialism’

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar                                             ‘[The] Virus is a product of nature; the crisis is a product of neo-liberalism’ [(Salas and Silverman, 2020); Cited by Vijay Prasad, EPW, March 2020].             The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (followed by the stringent national lockdown in India and elsewhere) is not only posing huge challenges in health[Read More…]

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A May Day with A Difference

A May Day with A Difference

The month of May travels me to the path of nostalgia as because I got married on a May day. I, along with my bridal party had to travel on a long bumpy road to wed my fiancé on the day of the ceremony. That’s a sweet recollection for me. And, May is also the month of May Day- International[Read More…]

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E.M.S : A Nostalgic Note

E.M.S : A Nostalgic Note

This is a reminiscence on EMS Namboothirippad who served as the first Chief Minister of Kerala state in 1957–59 and then again in 1967–69 by the veteran journalist Neelan. EMS was a towering Communist leader and intellectual  I joined Asianet , the first cable and later satellite channel in the country , at Trivandrum in 1993 , after working as[Read More…]

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May Day In COVID-19

May Day In COVID-19

  The Indian working class must uphold Proletarian Internationalism while rededicating itself to the struggle for People’s Democracy and Socialism in the country This May Day comes at a time when the entire world is struggling against the pandemic unleashed by the Covid 19 virus over the last 4 months. It is a fact that this pandemic is of a[Read More…]

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May Day in this pandemic-time

May Day in this pandemic-time

Deaths, pain, starvation and uncertainty overshadow the working people in this May Day. The world’s working classes witness the world capitalist system’s inefficiency and failure as the current pandemic ravages countries. Reports from every country tell the same story: following deaths, uncertainty and hunger are haunting the working classes. The number of the unemployed is surging in countries. Major economies[Read More…]

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Monologists

Monologists

I do not find it profitable to talk to the dead! They are so single-minded! They repeat old stories over and over Until one feels like screaming: “PLEASE MOVE ON!” The dead are ventriloquists. As soon as you think they’re silent, A living soul takes up their mantle, Suddenly nudging you: “Did you hear the one about…?” (And…you’ve heard it[Read More…]

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ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

USA Intelligence Community Statement on Origins of COVID-19 News Release, For Immediate Release ODNI News Release No. 11-20,  April 30, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)  today issued the following Intelligence Community (IC) statement: “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus,[Read More…]

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The Assassin-in-Chief Comes Home

The Assassin-in-Chief Comes Home

“Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief.” So I wrote back in June 2012, with a presidential election approaching. I was referring then to the war on terror’s CIA and military drone assassination programs, which first revved up in[Read More…]

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Sita Under the Crescent Moon: A Travelogue in Syncretism

Sita Under the Crescent Moon: A Travelogue in Syncretism

Title: Sita Under the Crescent Moon Author: Annie Ali Khan Publisher: Simon & Schuster India, 2019 There is a poignant tale to this book. Before the manuscript could see the light of the day, its author Annie Ali Khan died in an accident in Karachi. Annie was merely thirty years at the time of death. A brilliant journalist with a master’s[Read More…]

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Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war. But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed. The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with the most populous country on[Read More…]

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Taliban Peace Talks

Taliban Peace Talks

 In February 2020, the United States signed a peace deal with Taliban in Qatar, and set to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, in following fourteen months, provided Taliban upheld the conditions of the agreement, including distancing itself from Al-Qaeda. The U.S. said that it was also committed to close its five military bases, within one hundred thirty five days, and[Read More…]

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Rishi Kapoor Beyond Films

Rishi Kapoor Beyond Films

There was no escape from acting as it was in his blood; he did not struggle for fame and fortune as it came with his family lineages, Rishi Kapoor wrote in his memoir. Acting was not a profession for him. His passion for life was embedded within acting. He was undoubtedly one of India’s finest actor. He inherited not only[Read More…]

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May The First and the Force be with you

May The First and the Force be with you

When the lockdown extension was announced, to continue till May 3, a lot of the “twitterati” jumped on the opportunity to show off their Star Wars meme familiarity. In a reference to a long tradition of greeting the date, 4th of May, of “May the 4th (also called Star Wars Day)” each year with the pun on a popular line[Read More…]

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