Archive for August, 2020

We Need to Change Our COVID-19 Strategy

We Need to Change Our COVID-19 Strategy

We would like to think that we can eliminate COVID-19, but doing so is far from certain. The medical system has not been successful in eliminating HIV/AIDS or influenza; the situation with COVID-19 may be similar. We are discovering that people with COVID-19 are extremely hard to identify because a significant share of infections are very mild or completely without[Read More…]

August 11, 2020 World
Don’t Stigmatise the Nuke! Opponents of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Don’t Stigmatise the Nuke! Opponents of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

It would seem a logical step, at least from an existential perspective: to ban something so utterly horrendous to life; to forbid its use in any circumstances, whatever rationale employed to justify its use. But the nuclear weapon has its admirers.  There are those who continue to worship its sovereign properties, and those who leave gifts at the shrine of[Read More…]

August 11, 2020 World
A demonstrator holds a sign during an Extinction Rebellion action in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: julian meehan/flickr/cc)

Scores Of Huge Realities Resolutely Ignored By Mendacious, US Lackey Mainstream Australia

Readers of progressive Alternative Media such as Countercurrents are regularly made aware of major realities that are either totally or largely ignored by One Percenter-, UK- and US-dominated Anglosphere Mainstream media. This mendacious perversion represents a major threat to the citizens of the prosperous Anglosphere countries and to Humanity as a whole. Set out here are scores of huge realities[Read More…]

August 11, 2020 World
Ilina Sen As We Knew Her: A Tribute from WSS

Ilina Sen As We Knew Her: A Tribute from WSS

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) deeply mourns the passing away of Ilina Sen on August 9 in Kolkata. Ilina, 69, was a feminist activist, teacher, researcher and writer passionately involved with the women’s movement in India. Be it through activist work or classroom pedagogy, conferences or rallies, Ilina’s  deep engagement with women’s struggles in Madhya Pradesh and[Read More…]

August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembrances and Confessions

Remembrances and Confessions

“Life is everywhere, life is in ourselves, not outside.” (Dostoevsky, just after his death sentence was commuted) Vision from the metal cubicle circling over the shores of southeastern Sicily seems to encompass the entire Mediterranean world,  the spatial unity of which world atlases confirm: Sicily, now just beneath us and to the West, Africa fixed to the South, Greece and[Read More…]

August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Rising Binod Culture

The Rising Binod Culture

This morning when I opened Facebook, my newsfeed was swarmed with people sharing the same monosyllabic status update. They were writing Binod, a male given name popular in Asia, and people in the comment section were leaving Binod in the comments. When I switched to Twitter, Binod was trending at number 3. My curiosity was picking up speed. To my[Read More…]

August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ilina Sen (January 29, 1951-August 9, 2020)

Ilina Sen (January 29, 1951-August 9, 2020)

Why do good people have to suffer? This is a question mankind has been facing for thousands of years. Our Hindu religion has the answer, ‘because of sins committed in the previous birth’. Obviously people like us can not accept this. While the news of Ilina’s death last night brought a host of memories and sadness in me, this question[Read More…]

August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Commemorations of the Bhima Koregaon Battle Are a Reminder that Colonialism in India Predates the Arrival of the British

Commemorations of the Bhima Koregaon Battle Are a Reminder that Colonialism in India Predates the Arrival of the British

The Bhima Koregaon battle took place on 1 January 1818 between a contingent of the East India Company army mainly consisting of soldiers belonging to the Mahar caste (one of the many “untouchable” castes in India whose members are today known as Dalits) and the army of the Peshwas, who were the rulers of the Maratha confederacy. The Peshwa army[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 Annihilate Caste
Modi’s India has lost Kashmir

Modi’s India has lost Kashmir

 While ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured people that the time had now come when gold would grow instead of grass, milk canals would flow in exchange for water in the rivers and springs and the skies would sight flight of Kashmiris not the birds. Article 370 of the[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 India
Revive the Role of Trust in Economy and Politics

Revive the Role of Trust in Economy and Politics

The pandemic driven lockdowns have triggered worldwide growth of unemployment, hunger, homelessness and poverty. The speed of economic descent in world economy is extraordinary. The world is sleep walking into greater economic depression of the century and its impacts will reverberate for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic led economic crisis has been used by ruling and non-ruling classes to reconfigured the[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 World
An Arab Autumn 2.0 Awaits To Happen

An Arab Autumn 2.0 Awaits To Happen

 The purported Arab Spring 2.0 which I would say as Arab Autumn 2.0 has begun, and the bad omens are writ large, as not even a week has passed, that Lebanon is seething against its government, after the mushroom cloud of blast had enveloped it on August 4, 2020, which was foretold by Simpson Cartoon 1 in advance, and all[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 World
Article 370 & Kashmiri Women: The fading spectacle of empowerment and emancipation

Article 370 & Kashmiri Women: The fading spectacle of empowerment and emancipation

There is no chance for welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. Liberty is the first condition of growth. It should encompass all aspects whether political or economic. The inner structure of liberty is a double helix: One strand – political freedom – spirally in tandem with other strand – economic freedom. Any disruption then makes[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 India
Bollywood Star Survives COVID, But Stokes India’s Lynching Pandemic

Bollywood Star Survives COVID, But Stokes India’s Lynching Pandemic

This Eid, as India’s latest known lynching target Lukman Khan fought for his life, India’s most famous film star Amitabh Bachchan promised mob violence against a Twitter heckler. In Gurgaon, the shining IT satellite of India’s capital, Lukman Khan was pulled from his vehicle, abused, and bludgeoned with a hammer for allegedly transporting beef. While being assaulted, he’s heard on video explaining that he was transporting buffalo meat, not cow[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 India
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It Could Have Been Different – My World and (Unfortunately) Welcome to It

Let me be blunt. This wasn’t the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can’t claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I’m 76 now. True, if I were lucky (or perhaps[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 World
Sri Preston Kulkarni’s RSS Problem

Sri Preston Kulkarni’s RSS Problem

US leadership of India’s fascist movement backs Texas Democrat In August 2019, Congressman Khanna charted a new course for the Indian-American diaspora when he commented on reportage about Tulsi Gabbard’s RSS links, stating: “It’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva, and speak for equal rights for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, and Christians.”[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 World
The Ram Temple Celebration in Modi-fied India

The Ram Temple Celebration in Modi-fied India

Last week, Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, dressed like a priest-king in a saffron scarf and a silver crown performed a sacred ritual in the Ayodhya to found a new Hindu temple on a site where, for hundreds of years, the historic Babri Masjid (mosque) once stood. The state-sponsored ceremony was meant to show the transformation of India from[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 India
“At Ayodhya, On Unity in Diversity of 300 Ramayanas, PM Modi Bows before Scholar A. K. Ramanujan” 

“At Ayodhya, On Unity in Diversity of 300 Ramayanas, PM Modi Bows before Scholar A. K. Ramanujan” 

While listening to PM Modi at Ayodhya, over TV the other day, dilating confidently on the theme of “unity in diversity” ( including a BIG LIE) with regard to the existence of many Ramayanas, I was thinking where has this non-scholar ( mildly put ) plagiarised his material from? Later , I was reminded of the great scholar, poet, folklorist,[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 India
70 Years Of Constitutional Rights Denied To 20 Millions Indian Dalit Christians

70 Years Of Constitutional Rights Denied To 20 Millions Indian Dalit Christians

“Commission for Minority Religion and Linguistic Minority” known as “Misra Commission” was setup by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in 2005 to study and report on socio-economic condition of Christians and Muslims converted from Scheduled Caste origins. The Justice Misra Commission report was submitted on May 22, 2007. Since then UPA Government has delayed to give its consent that Supreme[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 India
Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims await justice: 70 Years of Discrimination based on Religion

Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims await justice: 70 Years of Discrimination based on Religion

Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims observe August 10th across the country as a day to highlight and protest the denial of the fundamental constitutional rights to them for the last seventy years! When India became a Republic, we resolved as a nation to secure Justice, Equality, Liberty and Dignity for all our citizens. Members of castes worst affected from centuries[Read More…]

August 10, 2020 India
The Attack on Indigenous Rights in Brazil

The Attack on Indigenous Rights in Brazil

On 5 August, 2020, the Brazilian Supreme Court ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to institute measures aimed at protecting indigenous people from the Covid-19 pandemic. This ruling is the legal recognition of the totally disastrous anti-indigenous policies of the Bolsonaro government. Like other indigenous people living in the Peruvian jungles, eastern Bolivia, the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Colombian Amazon, Brazilian collectivities[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 World
Fascism: Classical and present form – differ only in method and strategy

Fascism: Classical and present form – differ only in method and strategy

In recent times, the term ‘fascism’ has become so widely used that it has become difficult to define it precisely. It is often used as a metaphor by the fiercest critics of any politics. Historically, however, fascism refers to extreme right-wing, anti-democratic, ultranationalism that spread rapidly through Europe between the two world wars. Though it is commonly associated with Adolf[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
Media, instead of faulting PM Modi for Bhoomi pooja, chants Jai Shri Ram 

Media, instead of faulting PM Modi for Bhoomi pooja, chants Jai Shri Ram 

The mainstream media — particularly Hindi newspapers — instead of critiquing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for performing Bhoomi pooja (groundbreaking) of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, is chanting Jai Shri Ram. It has again failed to uphold the constitutional principle of secularism. On August 6, a day after Bhoomi pooja ceremony, almost all Hindi newspapers carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 India
Pushing GMO Crops Into India: Experts Debunk High-Level Claims of Bt Cotton Success

Pushing GMO Crops Into India: Experts Debunk High-Level Claims of Bt Cotton Success

On 6 July 2020, an article extolling the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops appeared on the BloombergQuint website based on an interview with Dr Ramesh Chand, a member of the key Indian Government think tank Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) . On 17 July, another piece that placed a positive spin on GM crops and gene editing[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 Environmental Protection
Social Stigmatisation of Covid 19 Patients

Social Stigmatisation of Covid 19 Patients

Co-Written by Abass Rather & Aqib Yousuf Ever since the outbreak of Covid 19 pandemic, the fear of getting infected was always there. No matter how courageous one pretends to be. Everyone utilised all resources to save themselves from it in the first stage of it and in the first lockdown period. As the days progressed, different stories among the[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 India
Growing up as a girl in rural India: What does it mean?

Growing up as a girl in rural India: What does it mean?

  Adolescence or teenage is that critical phase when one transitions from childhood to adulthood. It is marked by important biological changes and the onset of puberty. This ‘growing up’ is also about experiencing the joys and challenges of youth. However, for many girls especially those living in rural India, growing up in patriarchal socio-cultural set ups also signifies the[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 Patriarchy
5th August, 2020 and thereafter

5th August, 2020 and thereafter

Sixth December, 1992 – The day India lost its secular character and opted for majoritarionism as its ruling philosophy. The quilt of India made from its myriad beliefs, religions, languages, customs and traditions was torn to shreds by an insane crowd of zealous fanatics egged on by a short-sighted selfish leadership of Bhartiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh.[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 India
Selective Maritime Rules: The United States, Diego Garcia and International Law

Selective Maritime Rules: The United States, Diego Garcia and International Law

There are few more righteous sights than the paunchy US Secretary of State savaging the People’s Republic of China with his next volley on Chinese territorial aspirations.  In July, Mike Pompeo released a statement putting any uncertain minds at ease on where Washington stood on the matter. “We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 Imperialism
Beirut Blast

Beirut Blast

Four days after the Beirut Blast of 4th August 2020, the Lebanese president, Michel Aoun, has attempted to explain what caused the largest explosion since the end of the Second World War. He attributes it to either the accidental ignition of 2750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate ( AN) stored in a warehouse at Beirut port or a planned attack by[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 World
Lebanon: The Beirut Blast, Destabilisation, Chaos, an attempt at Regime change

Lebanon: The Beirut Blast, Destabilisation, Chaos, an attempt at Regime change

An attempted coup d’etat is underway in Lebanon. Another orchestrated colour revolution being attempted, as rioters turn violent, takeover government buildings, burn documents & properties. The target is regime change, or worse an outright religio-sectarian Civil War, which for long has been a US-Israeli-Saudi plan to destroy Lebanon. Interference by US & France in the immediate aftermath of the terror[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 World
 Food Security In India – An Analysis

 Food Security In India – An Analysis

Food is the basic need and fundamental right of every human being. The United Nations (1948) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 25,1948) used an ecological perspective rooted in social justice to define “right to food”. It emphasizes ” quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumers belong, and[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 India
Indian Christians Call Upon The Government To Protect The Minorities And The Marginalised

Indian Christians Call Upon The Government To Protect The Minorities And The Marginalised

Indian Christians for Democracy, Solidarity Statement As Indian Christians we have always and continue to uphold the Constitutional Values of our country, as a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic and Republic. We believe in, and practice, the Principles of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, enshrined in the Constitution. Christians as individuals and their institutions have been in the forefront in times[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 India
On Community Control of Police: An interview with M Adams

On Community Control of Police: An interview with M Adams

The nationwide uprising against police brutality has completely changed the conversation around policing and safety. The demand to defund police which would have been deemed unthinkable in the mainstream not long ago, but are now being taken up as official policy in towns and cities across the country. At this moment, it is crucial to expand the conversation to include[Read More…]

August 9, 2020 Human Rights
Philosophers Of Patience

Philosophers Of Patience

            Fifty two years ago, on 20th August, Russian tanks moved into Prague to suppress what has passed into history as the ‘Spring of 1968’ when artists, intellectuals, public personalities and reforms-minded politicians joined hands in an attempt to secure freedom of expression. Among the sufferers was the great long-distance runner, Emil Zatopek, who was dismissed from his senior position[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 Arts/Literature
US Anyhow Want CPEC/BRI Dead

US Anyhow Want CPEC/BRI Dead

  There seems to be a different wind blowing from US as President Donald Trump is gearing to meet to his November 2020 elections,  and has dropped a signal, that its greatest and oldest ally in Middle-East, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) , has been accused of pursuing a nuclear-dream which can never be accepted by Israel-which unofficially has more[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 World
 Vaccinate This….But!!

 Vaccinate This….But!!

Anyone who was raised in Brooklyn, NYC, like this writer, knows how humongous and diverse this ‘ The Garden Spot of the World ‘  has always been. Each section of our over 3 million populated borough  ( a joke in itself to not have Brooklyn as its own city)  was filled with a unique myriad of ethnicities . Many times,[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 World
 NAPM expresses Solidarity with Adv Prashant Bhushan

 NAPM expresses Solidarity with Adv Prashant Bhushan

National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM) expresses its concern at the initiation of contempt proceedings against human rights activist and advocate Mr. Prashant Bhushan, by the Supreme Court of India (SC), in respect of two of his tweets. The tweets are worth restating, if only to remind ourselves about the absurdity and unfairness of the criminal proceedings against Mr. Bhushan.[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

The 78th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, famously known as the August Revolution in the history of India’s freedom movement, falls on August 9, 2020. The movement was inspired by the intense desire of freedom of the Indian people. According to a letter written by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia to the Viceroy Linlithgow, the British government had killed fifty[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
Such A Temple Would Not Have Been Acceptable To Ram And Should Not Be Acceptable To A Common Hindu

Such A Temple Would Not Have Been Acceptable To Ram And Should Not Be Acceptable To A Common Hindu

Co-Written by Arundhati Dhuru and Sandeep Pandey Ram has been described as Maryada Purushottam, the most virtuous among men. He left his kingdom merely because he didn’t want to hurt the sentiments of his step mother and went on a 14 years exile. It was not in his character to enter into a dispute. He had to enter into a[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
Democracy is not about Detention and Suppressing Dissent: Release political prisoners and restore trust

Democracy is not about Detention and Suppressing Dissent: Release political prisoners and restore trust

It has been one year now since Article 370 abrogation done undemocratically and immorally by Government of India where thousands of persons including prominent political leaders were pushed behind walls over the night because the largest democracy of world feared that these political leaders have a base in population which was required to be cut to avoid any dissent ,[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
The World on Fire

The World on Fire

Massive uncontrolled unprecedented wild fires are consuming portions of the Amazon rainforest and several regions of the Arctic. Somebody somewhere must be asking why all of a sudden in unison, all over creation, two of the planets largest ecosystems are going up in smoke. It’s eerily spine chilling. “Major fires have hit the Amazon and the Arctic for the second[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 Climate Change
The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the Throes of a Major Political Crisis

The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the Throes of a Major Political Crisis

Protests against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, have raged on for weeks, turning violent sometimes. Israelis are furious at their government’s mediocre response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially as COVID-19 disease is experiencing a massive surge throughout the country. Netanyahu warned protesters, thousands of whom have been rallying outside his residence in Jerusalem, against “anarchy (and) violence”. Scenes of utter[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 World
Foiled at Toronto: The Tiger Squad’s Canadian Outing

Foiled at Toronto: The Tiger Squad’s Canadian Outing

Silencing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was a feat of primeval brutality that sent a shudder through even the most hardened officials.  The House of Saud, and in particular certain members of it, had gotten a taste for blood. Soon after Khashoggi’s slicing and dicing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the hands of a specially assembled hit[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 World
Is Indian Big data collection for Israel’s Covid-19 Rapid Test kits development ethical?

Is Indian Big data collection for Israel’s Covid-19 Rapid Test kits development ethical?

In India recently, there is all the hype in mainstream media about a probable 30 second rapid COVID-19 detection system by collaboration of DRDO with the Israeli military R&D. Reportedly, there are four developments that are planned to be tested: Online voice test along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) Breath analyser based on Terahertz waves along with AI Isothermal test using[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 World
Human Rights: Feminism Inside The Womb

Human Rights: Feminism Inside The Womb

Fidelity could not just be about sex. I picture to myself as an activist young woman, bright, ambitious. Because, your womb has taken a precious stead in the universe. Sometimes, I think not to come out from this place. But, your love doesn’t let me stay inside your womb. Because, you want to show something that you have already been[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 Human Rights
Two Language formula –mother tongue and English medium best suits

Two Language formula –mother tongue and English medium best suits

Language policy in NEP is not suitable to present context. The overemphasis of Hindi and Sanskrit in proposed three-language policy, and withdrawal of English from primary level, in National Education policy 2020 will be impacting over non-Hindi speaking states. If executed, the language burden will be more on students of these states and additional burden on students of linguistic and[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
India-China Border Conflict: Need For A change In Attitude Of Indian Polity

India-China Border Conflict: Need For A change In Attitude Of Indian Polity

The Galwan valley violent clash on June 15th in the eastern Ladakh borders of India and China, has triggered an emotionally charged situation in the country.  With the hike in military activity and occasional clashes occurring between two militaries in Pangong Tso (lake) area from May 5th this year, the peace and tranquillity at borders of India and China was[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
 A nuclear-free world is crucial for sustainable development

 A nuclear-free world is crucial for sustainable development

Co-Written by Anjali Roy, Ankit Kumar, Anurag Ratan, KS Lakshmi Naraayan, Kaustubh Jain and Sartaj Singh “Most people are completely, blissfully ignorant about the situation, and those of us who believe in sustainable development are not able to do anything”, this is how Dr SP Udayakumar describes the current situation relating to nuclear power and its uses throughout the world.[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
Documentary Evidence of the Betrayal of Quit India Movement by Savarkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee and RSS

Documentary Evidence of the Betrayal of Quit India Movement by Savarkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee and RSS

On the eve of 78th anniversary of the glorious Quit India Movement [QIM] we must evaluate the role of the Hindutva gang in India’s anti-colonial freedom struggle. QIM also known as ‘August Kranti’ (August Revolution) was a nation-wide Civil Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7, 1942 by the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee.[Read More…]

August 8, 2020 India
Narendra Modi acted like king and God in Ayodhya

Narendra Modi acted like king and God in Ayodhya

One of the memorable productions of Ebrahim Alkazi was Dharmavir Bharati’s Hindi play Andha Yug whose title and theme are so relevant to the dark times we live in. It was directed by the doyen of Indian theatre in 1963 against the backdrop of Purana Quila, the fort, and was witnessed by Jawaharlal Nehru. The story hints at the perils[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 India
Beirut Will Take Decades To Rebuild

Beirut Will Take Decades To Rebuild

Lebanon, the Switzerland of Middle-East and its capital Beirut-the Paris of Middle-East, a house to 2.4 million people 1 , out of 6.8 2 million in whole of Lebanon , are smothered by blasts on August 4, 2020, by 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate kept in a waterfront warehouse at a port in Beirut, killing 135 people, leaving more than[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 World
 India towards a police-state?

 India towards a police-state?

(1) “Members of the police shall exercise their functions, powers and duties as impartial servants of the general public and the Government of the day. … No member of the police may be ordered or forced to exercise his other functions or powers or deploy police resources to promote or undermine any political party or interest group, or any member[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 Human Rights
NHRC Awards Compensation For Human Rights Defenders Wrongly Booked And Illegally Arrested

NHRC Awards Compensation For Human Rights Defenders Wrongly Booked And Illegally Arrested

PUCL Welcomes the NHRC directions to the Chhattisgarh Government, Ordering one lakh rupees compensation to those wrongly booked and illegally arrested. The PUCL welcomes the decision of the NHRC against the State of Chhattisgarh on its complaint number 667/33/20/2016 filed in 2016, which directs the Government of Chhattisgarh to pay compensation of Rs. one lakh each, to 13 members of[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 Human Rights
Death From the Sky: Hiroshima and Normalised Atrocities

Death From the Sky: Hiroshima and Normalised Atrocities

When US President Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by another on Nagasaki a few days later, he was not acting as an agent untethered from history.  In the wheels of his wearied mind lay the battered Marines who, despite being victorious, had received sanguinary lashings at Iwo[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 World
 An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada from a survivor of the Hiroshima A-Bombing

 An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada from a survivor of the Hiroshima A-Bombing

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: As a Hiroshima survivor, I was honoured to jointly accept the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. With the approaching 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 World
Is Independent Muslim Students’ Politics Possible in Higher Educational Institutions?

Is Independent Muslim Students’ Politics Possible in Higher Educational Institutions?

Co-Written by Shamsher Alam and Mohammad Niyaz Ahmad In common-sense perspective, students of university and college are being considered as monolithic category. The advocators of students’ politics also credence to the same thought. However, they overlook that students are not a macro unit. They are very much divided on the line of castes, class, region, ideology and most importantly religion.[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 India
In Defence Of Committees For Defence of Political Prisoners

In Defence Of Committees For Defence of Political Prisoners

After Prof. G. N. Saibaba’s arrest a 17-person Committee for the Defence and Release of Saibaba was constituted to expedite his bail and also that all his legal and constitutional rights stay protected. With the arrest of Prof. Hany Babu, member of this Committee on 28 July, 2020 and the subsequent raid on 2 August, 2020 at his house by[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 Human Rights
Are Central Universities Modern-Day Agraharams?

Are Central Universities Modern-Day Agraharams?

Will we ever know the category-wise distribution of vice chancellors of the forty central universities located across the country? Thanks to the rules governing these universities, and those of the University Grants Commission, there is no such record. This form of “castelessness” at the top is coupled with marginal representation of teachers from socially and physically marginalised sections. Be it[Read More…]

August 7, 2020 India
Beirut Goes Up In Smoke

Beirut Goes Up In Smoke

To see Beirut and its port area with a huge mushroom cloud hanging above is a truly surreal sight. But what is not surreal in battered Lebanese capital? A big part of the downtown looks flattened, thoroughly ruined. One of my Japanese friends based in Beirut exclaimed: “It looks like Hiroshima!” It does. Who is behind the carnage? What really[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 World
Reversal

Reversal

With survival at stake, can weapon makers change course? Today, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima, should be a day for quiet introspection. I recall a summer morning following the U.S. 2003 “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq when the segment of the Chicago River flowing past the headquarters of the world’s second largest defense contractor, Boeing,[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 World
War and Pandemic Journalism

War and Pandemic Journalism

  The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough. War reporting and pandemic reporting likewise have much in common because, in both cases, journalists are dealing with and describing matters of life and death.[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 World
Criminalization of Dalit Thought and Action

Criminalization of Dalit Thought and Action

Assertion of Dalits and consciousness that began flowering in the second half of twentieth century was not to create submissive Dalits to any force of oppression. Its intention was very clear. Dalits said out loud that they had enough. They declared out loud that from then on, they would fight for their rights, dignity, history, culture, power and property. The[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Annihilate Caste
India’s Composite Culture and Muslim Stalwarts

India’s Composite Culture and Muslim Stalwarts

Contrary to present impression that Muslims are separatists due to whom the partition of India took place, the truth is that majority of Muslims contributed to freedom movement and upheld India’s composite culture in equal measure. The partition process, mainly due to British policy of ‘divide and rule’ well assisted by Hindu and Muslim communalists is being hidden from the[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Communal Harmony
COVID-19 In Kerala And The Rest Of The World: The Dangerously Lethal And A Surprisingly Benign Images Of SARS-COV-2?

COVID-19 In Kerala And The Rest Of The World: The Dangerously Lethal And A Surprisingly Benign Images Of SARS-COV-2?

As on 6th August 2020, the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19)  has affected 213 countries and territories around the world infecting over 19 million people of whom 0.7 million died. The US is on top with 5 million cases and 163,000 death. Brazil and India holds the second and third slots with 2.9 and 2 million cases. In terms of infection rates, Qatar,[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 India
 Our Planet Missed Opportunity To Unite And Fight Side-By-Side Against The Pandemic

 Our Planet Missed Opportunity To Unite And Fight Side-By-Side Against The Pandemic

It is time to stop irresponsible finger-pointing. All over the world, as this essay is being written, well over 17 million COVID-19 cases have been reported, and 676,000 people died. And instead of concentrating on serious research, trying to save human lives and attempting to stop the global calamity, ‘residents’ of the White House are spending all the energy on[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 World
Raise, Don’t Stabilize and Don’t Reduce Social Costs

Raise, Don’t Stabilize and Don’t Reduce Social Costs

The on-going Black Lives Matter protests are beyond incredible. Pandemic rages. And yet week after week people courageously persist. Duration unprecedented. Intensity amazing. The protests are inspiring. But what is the underlying logic? Where are the protests headed? Indeed, stepping back just a bit, what is the purpose of any activist protest? Set aside that tiny numbers engage for fun[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 World
Hope from the field – Amicable Hindu Muslim Collaboration

Hope from the field – Amicable Hindu Muslim Collaboration

 Co-Written by Supriya Joshi, Vishal Kumar and Sandeep Pandey India is one the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations of the world. It has a syncretic culture and people have learned to live together respecting each other’s beliefs. However, in the recent past, communal politics has been used extensively for mobilizing voters. This has led to extreme communal polarisation and[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Communal Harmony
Big Tech Antics: The Data Robber Barons Appear Before Congress

Big Tech Antics: The Data Robber Barons Appear Before Congress

Silicon Valley continues to sprawl in influence, and its modern robber barons bestride the globe with a confidence verging on contempt.  The technology giants that mark that region of California are praised as “virtuosos of ingenuity,” to use Steve Forbes’ words, “creating and supplying products and services that were once unimaginable and that have been enabling us to survive the[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 World
Feeling blue

Rising Suicidal Tendencies Among Teenagers

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults worldwide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Studies from India consistently document the highest suicide rates in the world, and the majority of completed suicides had been[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Peace process in Afghanistan: En route to failure?

Peace process in Afghanistan: En route to failure?

The ongoing peace process provided an opportunity for Afghan factions to unite and undo all the wrongs committed against them in the past 20 years. Unfortunately, the internal strife of Afghanis has again prevailed over this opportunity. Explicitly, compelled by the upcoming election promise, the US wishes to withdraw forces from Afghanistan. China and Pakistan are earnestly pushing the peace[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 South Asia
Original image courtesy : Vikar Syed

We the People Remember — 365 Days of Violation of Constitutional Commitment to Our Sisters and Brothers in J&K

August 5, 2020 marks a year since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, and the loss of its statehood. In effect, it is the first anniversary of the violation of our Constitutional commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. How is this anniversary being marked officially? According to news reports, through an imposition of[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 India
Congress party’s ‘Contribution’ to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Congress party’s ‘Contribution’ to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Those who expect political class to be a ‘revolutionary’ and ‘radically’ ‘secular’ live in great illusion and should form their ‘own’ outfits which their own families will not support. Intellectualism and politics, frankly do not go together. Politics is sentiments, emotions and all the Saas-Bahu masala that we love to watch on TV screens. The reason why I am writing[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 India
The Day After – A few questions for Indian Muslims to ponder over

The Day After – A few questions for Indian Muslims to ponder over

It boggles my mind, astonished to observe as to how those Indian Muslims who support Erdogan on the Hagia Sophia, oppose Modi on Ram Mandir? How do you oppose a Hindu Rashtra here, whilst welcoming Islamic states abroad, where Muslims are in a majority? Thus it is often said that, where Muslims are in a minority they demand & support[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 India
EIA: Environment Impact Assessment

EIA: Environment Impact Assessment

E Urbanization and industrialization has taken over the world in the name of development , which lead to a rapid decline in our environmental treasure. In order to curtail this environmental depletion, the Government has introduced an assessment that controls the utilization, acquisition, and usage of natural resources by employing the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). This assessment is mandatory for[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Environmental Protection
The Life & Legacy Of Abdul Bari

The Life & Legacy Of Abdul Bari

   Currently, the impression that things can be made to happen even without the participation of the working class is being sought to be furthered by employers and managements. What to speak of marginalization, it is the evaporization of the worker from public consciousness that is being attempted. Just visualize the surrealistic pilgrim’s progress that we have covered in the[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
‘We stand with Kashmir’

‘We stand with Kashmir’

Solidarity of poets, writers, advocates and of different political and human rights organisation to the struggle of people of Kashmir for autonomy Since the abrogation of Article 370 and subsequent declaration of Kashmir as the union territory of India on 5th August 2019, the lives of the people of Kashmir have gone from bad to worse. Around 34000 Kashmiris, including[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 India
Christians Forced To Conduct Non-Christian Funeral And Renounce Faith In Jharkhand

Christians Forced To Conduct Non-Christian Funeral And Renounce Faith In Jharkhand

Religious Radicals prevented a bereaved Christian family from burying their dead at a village in Jharkhand. They told the family that they could perform the last rites of 52-year-old *Vilas Singh, if it was done recognizing the religious beliefs of the village. Persecution Relief spoke to the nephew of the deceased, *Ramu Singh. He explained that his late uncle was[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Human Rights
Constitutional Positions should not be misused for Political gains – Cultural, Socio- Political , and Religious leaders

Constitutional Positions should not be misused for Political gains – Cultural, Socio- Political , and Religious leaders

Thiruvananthapuram: In a joint statement prominent individuals from sociopolitical , cultural and religious spheres of Kerala called on those adorning constitutional positions to stay away from the groundbreaking ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya . The occasion should not be misused for narrow political gains. Prime Minister of India, a secular country, Governor and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh should[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 India
The Sangh Parivar Has Won

The Sangh Parivar Has Won

All India People’s Front’s Political Resolution When the Hon’ble Supreme Court gave a verdict on the Ram Mandir / Babri Masjid dispute, the democratic civil society, despite agreeing / disagreeing with it, had expressed the desire that a dispute be resolved and now the political establishment will not try to mix religion and politics. It will try to solve the[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
The-N- Discourse: In-group and Out-group Debate

The-N- Discourse: In-group and Out-group Debate

Nepotism as a culture is being seasoned in forms of cronyism, favouritism, as it knocks backs calibre and worth and leaves behind a collegium apparatus. We discern nepotism in Bollywood as it is exhibited in the spotlight for one and all to catch sight of. But the existent and the historical process of nepotism that has engendered exceptional levels of[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Indian Republic Transformed into Formal Brahmanic Hindu Republic

Indian Republic Transformed into Formal Brahmanic Hindu Republic

Chandigarh, 5 August (2020) With Hindutva forces pursuing of the upper-caste Brahmanic ideology for over a century aiming to reshape India into a Hindu Nation, the Democratic-Secular Indian Republic today stands formally transformed into a Hindu Rashtra as Prime Minister Modi laid down a 40-kg silver brick at the foundation, marking the beginning of Ram Temple at Ayodhya. The Sikh[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
Political leaders must learn from Pandit Nehru

Political leaders must learn from Pandit Nehru

Grand foundation laying ceremony at Ayodhya is a blow to the secular credentials of India. The fact that 3 constitutional dignitaries PM, UP CM and UP Governor, tasked with duty to protect and preserve the constitution, attended a religious ceremony is attack on constitutional values. This is in clear disregard with the oath which they take, “ to bear true[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
 Kashmir Caged: One Year Since Arbitrary Abrogation of Article 370

 Kashmir Caged: One Year Since Arbitrary Abrogation of Article 370

NAPM Stands with the Resistance of the People of Jammu & Kashmir:  Struggle to End Oppression, Militarization & Corporate Loot must continue 5th August, 2020 marks the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which took away the political autonomy of the only Muslim majority state in the country, severely jeopardized the future of the[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
Overture of Categories and the Amendment of Article 370: A year into the nation’s ‘reverie’

Overture of Categories and the Amendment of Article 370: A year into the nation’s ‘reverie’

If one is to turn back the clock to September 1964, the inevitability of memory regarding a discussion over a bill introduced by Prakash Vir Shastri, an independent member in Lok Sabha comes to mind. The bill proposed the abrogation of article 370 and Vir Shastri, then the Bijnor MP, had introduced the bill a few months after Sheikh Abdullah,[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
Rana Ayyub: An Epitome Of Bravery

Rana Ayyub: An Epitome Of Bravery

While I’m writing this, Rana Ayyub might be distributing relief packages and serving the poor, helpless and needy somewhere in India. She is not just a journalist but a humanitarian and an activist par human rights defender. She is fearless, brave and staunch democratic advocate. Since covid lockdown, rana ayub has travelled thousands of miles, visited thousands of homes and[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
A Warning: What Is Modi’s Future Plan?

A Warning: What Is Modi’s Future Plan?

Modi is a shrewd, calculating and ambitious man. He was not in politics till he was 51 when he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Prior to that he was a nobody in the BJP. But he outmanouverd his mentor Advani and became Prime Minister and sent the old guards to oblivion. He has the ability to outsmart his opponents[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
One Nation-One Education System: Should It Be Endorsed In India?

One Nation-One Education System: Should It Be Endorsed In India?

Education is the most powerful weapon to produce desirable changes in our society, and in order to drive the nation towards greater accomplishments, it is important to furnish quality education to all of its citizens. The education system in India is one of the world’s largest sectors and after Independence, the country has passed through many reforms right from 10+2+3[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
“Never again”: In remembrance of August 6, 1945

“Never again”: In remembrance of August 6, 1945

A mother and child, dressed in traditional clothing, sit on the ground amid rubble and burnt trees, Hiroshima, Japan, December 1945; some four months after the United States had dropped an atomic bomb on the city. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) On August 6th, in Hiroshima, Japan, people will gather at the Peace Memorial, or A-Bomb Dome[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 World
Hey Ram India and Jai Sri Ram Congress

Hey Ram India and Jai Sri Ram Congress

‘Hey Ram’ were the last words of Mahatma Gandhi; the father of the nation. He uttered these words on 30th of January 1948 while taking bullets from his assassin; a Hindutva terrorist called Nathuram Godse. The Hindutva politics of hate filled bullets from the Beretta automatic pistol that killed Mahatma Gandhi. This was the first onslaught on the secular and[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 India
Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? 

Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? 

What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Every realistic assessment of the situation on the ground indicates, with palpable clarity, that there can never be a viable Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. Politically, the idea is also untenable. Those who[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 Palestine
Jailed Indian scholar denied the opportunity to see his dying mother

Jailed Indian scholar denied the opportunity to see his dying mother

If the insensitivity being shown by the Indian state towards a physically challenged former Delhi University Professor is any indication, the government of the world’s so called largest democracy lacks compassion. Wheelchair bound G.N. Saibaba, who is ninety percent disabled below the waist, is incarcerated after being convicted for life after being branded as Maoist sympathizer. He is among several[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 Human Rights
Families of three Christian brothers brutally attacked and left homeless by mob in Jharkhand

Families of three Christian brothers brutally attacked and left homeless by mob in Jharkhand

In yet another horrific case of Christian persecution, a Christian family was mercilessly beaten up by a mob of raging religious fanatics in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The mob of over 40 fanatics led by the village headman not only assaulted the family but savagely vandalized their home and belongings, falsely accusing the family of converting villagers to Christianity.[Read More…]

August 5, 2020 Human Rights
The Military Is Sick

The Military Is Sick

A Navy Spouse’s Take on Why We’re Not Getting Better American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. As The New York Times reported in a piece buried in the back pages of its July 21st edition, “The infection rate in the services has tripled over the past six weeks as the United States military has[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
 Dems are Determined to Have Trump Re-Elected

 Dems are Determined to Have Trump Re-Elected

This article arose from disbelief at South Carolina Congressman James E. Clyburn’s awkward response to one of President Trump’s ridiculous and mendacious tweets. The Democratic Party is engaged in “déjà vu,” committed to getting Trump elected again. Vice-president selection. What are the qualifications for this vice-president? Should be able to replace the president. Contrary to accepted notion that the vice-president[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
Through Sanctions On Iran US To Target CPEC And BRI

Through Sanctions On Iran US To Target CPEC And BRI

It was to be only for naives, not to have expected US to throw a spanner into the Iran-China 400 billion USD ‘trade and military’ deal , for 25 years on July 13, 2020 1 , as US would do everything to scuttle the deal , and as expected, the sanctions came, rather more sanctions came, thick and fast on[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
One Year in the Abyss: Voices from Kashmir

One Year in the Abyss: Voices from Kashmir

On Aug 5, 2019, the abrogation of Art 370 and Art 35A of the Indian Constitution struck a body blow to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, dismembering the state into two union territories and dissolving the meagre protection the people of the state had over their land. In the midst of the most massive military presence, the complete shutdown[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 India
Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Citing the Israeli military media reports from Jerusalem said: Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian army Monday night, hours after thwarting an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants trying to plant explosives. In a rare statement acknowledging strikes in neighboring Syria, the Israeli army said the targets included “observation[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
The Vadh/Annihilation Of The Indian Republic

The Vadh/Annihilation Of The Indian Republic

The sovereign-democratic Indian Republic came into existence on January 26, 1950 coinciding with the promulgation of a historic constitution which in its Preamble declared its firm commitment to “JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 India
Ayodhya And Tilt In The ‘Idea Of India’

Ayodhya And Tilt In The ‘Idea Of India’

C.L.R. James, a prominent Trinidadian Historian, and Socialist, is well known for his contribution to the historiography of the study of events. He once said, “An artistic, a social event does not reflect the age. It is the age”. These words reflect the influential role that certain events can have on the course of a nation’s history and its people.[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 India
If Gandhi can feature on UK money, when will non-Brahmin radicals on ours?   

If Gandhi can feature on UK money, when will non-Brahmin radicals on ours?   

Early on Monday morning Telegraph brought us a story that Mahatma Gandhi is all set to become the first non-white to feature on the UK money. The Royal Mint Advisory Committee has taken this decision following a campaign in the UK. The campaign advocates giving space to black, Asian, and ethnic minorities (BAME) on the British money in recognition of their “profound[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
DU Professor Apoorvanand Questioned By Delhi Police, Phone Seized

DU Professor Apoorvanand Questioned By Delhi Police, Phone Seized

Delhi University professor Apoorvanand was questioned on Monday by Delhi police in connection with Delhi riots. Apoorvanand said his phone was seized for investigation and he spent five hours with the police. Apoorvanand, who teaches Hindi at Delhi University, urged the police to conduct a thorough, just and fair investigation into the violence. This is the full text of Apoorvanand’s[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 Human Rights
How to Market Traditional Art and Protect Heritage at the Same Time

How to Market Traditional Art and Protect Heritage at the Same Time

Some years ago, a local bakery chain in Kerala started making traditional snacks. The one that caught my attention was the Neyyappam, the ghee-fried cake that later made the news during the Android N naming campaign. My first response was that of joy- at being able to revive childhood memories that were getting lost due to busier lifestyles. But while[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 Uncategorized
Capitalist Philanthropy: A Means of Circumventing the State?

Capitalist Philanthropy: A Means of Circumventing the State?

On March 13, 2019, Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Limited and the third richest man in India (according to the Hurun India Rich List1) made an unusual announcement. The announcement was that he would set aside Rs 53,000 crore of his wealth for philanthropy. As a signatory to “Giving Pledge,” the philanthropic project started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet,[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
Condemn the raid on the house of Dr Hany Babu

Condemn the raid on the house of Dr Hany Babu

Press Statement by Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr G N Saibaba The Committee for the Defence and Release of G N Saibaba strongly condemns the unwarranted raid on 2nd August 2020 by officers of the National Intelligence Agency, on the house of Dr Hany Babu, a member of the Committee. Dr Babu was arrested on the 28th[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 Human Rights
The Power Elite Has Always Run Amerika

The Power Elite Has Always Run Amerika

Sociologist  C. Wright Mills wrote a book in 1956 that (sadly) still resonates today. In his book ‘ The Power Elite’ Mills focused on groups and individuals who help to control this Republic for countless generations: the “Metropolitan 400”: members of historically notable local families in the principal American cities, generally represented on the Social Register “Celebrities”: prominent entertainers and[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
Newness In Dealing With Life’s Challenges

Newness In Dealing With Life’s Challenges

Life has meaning when there is happiness. Everything that happens brings something new. The more the mind is tuned to see and appreciate this truth, happiness lasts, whatever the situation may be. The one who is constantly happy is able to creatively use all the resources in the right way and also makes others happy. When we are able to[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 Uncategorized
Usaa, The Greatest Revolutionary Barber After Upali, Died of COVID-19

Usaa, The Greatest Revolutionary Barber After Upali, Died of COVID-19

Usaa Barber (Uppumavuluri Sambashivarao) (1951-2020)- a well-known social reformer, anti-caste ideologue and anti-brahminism fighter succumbed to COVID-19 on 25th July 2020. He died because of the Indian medical system that could not reach to a stage where it could meet the challenge posed by the new coronavirus. After Savitribai Phule and her son Dr.Yashwantharao died of Bubonic Plague in 1898,[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Why Justice S. K. Kaul Must Recuse from Hearing Kashmir Petitions

Why Justice S. K. Kaul Must Recuse from Hearing Kashmir Petitions

One year has passed since the right wing Hindutva forces in power at the centre – which thrives on ruling by shock and awe – betrayed the people of Kashmir. In the aftermath of the events on 5 August, 2019 and with the entire valley locked up and all the leaders arrested (many are still under detention) the only hope[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 India
Hiroshima 75: The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence!

Hiroshima 75: The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence!

The human race stands on the verge of nuclear self-extinction as a species, and with it will die most, if not all, forms of intelligent life on the planet earth. Any attempt to dispel the ideology of nuclearism and its attendant myth propounding the legality of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence must directly come to grips with the fact that[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
Hiroshima Spring

Hiroshima Spring

“…how beset we were with what…we had been taught….”                          –Kenneth Patchen.   A poem for voices, with shakuhachi and koto…. (Sound of shakuhachi, a wooden flute–as though the instrument itself is breathing…and crying….)   The Pilgrim Under the flush of cherry, in air as mild as breath, by the Ota’s tributary– five crooked fingers reaching into the Inland Sea–[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Arts/Literature
 Can Israelis broaden their protests beyond Netanyahu?

 Can Israelis broaden their protests beyond Netanyahu?

Demonstrations have yet to draw a connection between Netanyahu’s personal abuses of office and the systemic corruption of Israeli politics, with the occupation its beating heart Nazareth: Israel is roiling with angry street protests that local observers have warned could erupt into open civil strife – a development Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be encouraging. For weeks, Jerusalem and[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China

U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Credit: CODEPINK  Tensions between the United States and China are rising as the U.S. election nears, with tit-for-tat consulate closures, new U.S. sanctions and no less than three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups prowling the seas around China. But it is the United States that has initiated each new escalation in[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
Crushed by the State

Crushed by the State

Co-Written by Dr Karen Gabriel and P K Vijayan Gokarakonda Suryavathi died of grief on the afternoon of 01 August 2020, at 1.40 pm. Of course the medical cause of her death – high-grade Non-Hodgkinson’s Lymphoma – will be cited incontrovertibly in all official documents. But those of us who have known the tale from the teller, and from those[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Human Rights
Indian Matchmaking: Decoding India’s love affair with arranged marriages

Indian Matchmaking: Decoding India’s love affair with arranged marriages

Indian Matchmaking, Netflix’s recent show on arranged marriages in elite families, has spawned countless memes and conspiracy theories. It has also put the spotlight on reality shows and how they spin a particular narrative at the cost of others. The show seems to be tailor-made for a western audience and portrays arranged marriages in a positive way while underplaying issues[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Arts/Literature
Diaries of Life, Death and Life Anew – Enduring Legacy of Bangladesh Liberation Cinema

Diaries of Life, Death and Life Anew – Enduring Legacy of Bangladesh Liberation Cinema

(This essay is in commemoration of the birth centenary this year of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation; and the fiftieth anniversary of the making of Zahir Raihan’s Stop Genocide, with which the history of short filmmaking in Bangladesh begins.) A road accident on August 19, 2011, robbed Bangladesh of its most exceptional filmmaker, and this writer[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Arts/Literature
Online Classes Are Also Detrimental to Teachers and Neoliberalism Is to Be Blamed

Online Classes Are Also Detrimental to Teachers and Neoliberalism Is to Be Blamed

I completed my primary education from a school that no more exists: Heroes Memorial Inter College. Situated in the capital of India’s most populous state, it was made in the memory of heroes and whoever fits in your definition of one. With about the strength of 400 students—that started to leave the school at a surprisingly exponential rate—the man who[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Balcony class is different from Cattle class

Balcony class is different from Cattle class

Amit Shah in Medanta: Are our leaders born with forked tongues or they cultivate it when they become public figures? Satyendra Jain, Delhi’s Health Minister, was on television every night for over two months harping on the impressive Covid hospitalisation facilities created in the national capital by the Kejriwal Government. He especially showcased the Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash (LNJP) Hospital[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 India
Release Prof. Hany Babu; Stop Vindictive Raids on his Family members

Release Prof. Hany Babu; Stop Vindictive Raids on his Family members

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) expresses its outrage and condemnation at the recent arrest of renowned linguist, Dr Hany Babu M. T., faculty member in Delhi University, by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). It shows once again the Indian State’s desperate and diabolic endevour to continuously silence intellectuals and criminalise those questioning its actions and holding different views,[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Human Rights
Huge rise in Amazon wildfires alarms scientists and environmental groups

Huge rise in Amazon wildfires alarms scientists and environmental groups

Scientists and environmental groups have expressed alarm after new data revealed there were 28 percent more fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this July compared with the same time last year. Satellite images released by INPE, Brazil’s space research agency, on Saturday revealed 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month. There were 5,318 in July 2019. Citing official data, a Reuters[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Environmental Protection
Now, lifeline has disappeared in the U.S. but millions rely on emergency pandemic benefits for food, medicine, and rent,  

Now, lifeline has disappeared in the U.S. but millions rely on emergency pandemic benefits for food, medicine, and rent,  

An NBC News report by Ben Popken said on July 31, 2020: “A $600 per week lifeline is about to run out of rope, threatening to leave millions of American families at the end of theirs. “The pandemic unemployment assistance payments, which were approved in March as part of the government’s fiscal stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, are[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
Crossing the Creepy Line: Google, Deception and the ACCC

Crossing the Creepy Line: Google, Deception and the ACCC

Belief in Google’s promises is much like believing in virgin births.  For a company so proud of its pursuit of a transparent information environment, it has remained committedly opaque about informing customers on the way it gathers user data.  Statements from the company over the years have not been reassuring, and should foster prolonged scepticism and dread.  “Google policy,” former[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
Intellectuals as Lumpen Herds in the Universities

Intellectuals as Lumpen Herds in the Universities

Once upon a time, universities were the places, where intellectuals, teachers and students as a community of learners used to reflect on everyday realities, learn the skills to use it in their professional life, discover the knowledge, to understand themselves and dissect the complexities of society. They also used to practise their utopian dreams in pursuit of knowledge for the[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Accountability Is Gone in America

Accountability Is Gone in America

Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, “I don’t[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
Four Months Into the Global COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis…

Four Months Into the Global COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis…

Notes on the Utter Cruelty and Obscene Irrationality of Capitalism-Imperialism [W]hile there is certainly a legitimate and positive desire on the part of people everywhere to get beyond the scourge of this virus, taking into account what is the actual situation for the masses of humanity under the “normal” domination of this system, no one should desire a return to[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
Dalit Politics needs a New Radical Direction

Dalit Politics needs a New Radical Direction

Till now Dalit politics / Dalit movement has been limited to saving reservation in government jobs only and Dalit leaders have been considering gaining power as the victory of Dalit politics. Their goal has been very narrow. It is well known that even if a Dalit becomes Prime Minister in today’s capitalist system, Dalits cannot be saved. In such a[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Annihilate Caste
In Paraswadi, Gond festivities begin with a procession of Ravan on an elephant float. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury.

Deva Basha Vs Mlechha Basha and Ram Vs Ravan!

Why is Gondi – spoken by 2.7 million officially and 20 million unofficially – is not included in the Eighth Schedule? But Sanskrit not spoken in any part of India is included in the 8th Schedule? Possibly because the former is a Black’s language and the latter a White’s one! Another important reason: Gonds venerate Ravan as their Raja, God[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 India
DU Professor Hany Babu’s arrest: Media takes a blinkered view to the issue

DU Professor Hany Babu’s arrest: Media takes a blinkered view to the issue

The media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has taken a blinkered view to the arrest of Delhi University Professor Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil by National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Tuesday, July 28. The 54-year old English Professor is the 12th person to have been arrested in the Elgar Parishad case. The Elgar Parishad case is related to the Bhima Koregaon[Read More…]

August 2, 2020 Uncategorized
Teachers in the e-box

Teachers in the e-box

It was only a matter of time that the fire started by Covid-19 would consume all traditional aspects of higher education teaching-learning and reach the doorstep of faculty training forcing it to don the e-avatar. On 1st July 2020 UGC issued directions to all the Human Resource Development Centres (HRDCs) – the institutions responsible for professional development of higher education[Read More…]

August 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Kashmir; A year after

Kashmir; A year after

                In about a week’s time abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcating of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir will complete one year. The ruling party of India BJP has decided to celebrate the event in a big way. It was 5th August 2019 when Indian Home Minister Amit Shah and his team bulldozed through a resolution for abrogating special[Read More…]

August 2, 2020 India
(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

Small Steps and Future Course: Answering the ‘How’

The recently launched ‘Towards a Better World’ campaign by Medha Patkar, conceived by Eco-Socialism Front and in the online presence of half a dozen activists from different countries representing Fridays for Future campaign of Greta Thunberg advocates taking small steps to achieve a more equitable society. It talks about contributing to economic, political and societal change through a personal commitment,[Read More…]

August 2, 2020 Climate Change
The Problematic Story of Draft EIA Notification 2020

The Problematic Story of Draft EIA Notification 2020

Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is a regulatory process that aims to strike a balance between economic development and the environment. However, with the recent publication of Draft EIA Notification in March 2020, this balance has been disrupted. It allegedly strikes upon the foundations of the EIA process and emphasizes more on facilitating ease of doing business than the conservation of[Read More…]

August 2, 2020 Environmental Protection
C Achutha Menon: Communist Aspirations in India

C Achutha Menon: Communist Aspirations in India

A son remembers a life in Indian communism Indian communists have a unique distinction that they normally don’t like to acknowledge: among the world’s communist parties, they have had one of the longest experiences of engaging legitimately with an electoral democratic process. I don’t deny that erstwhile communist parties of Western Europe, such as the French and the Italian, had[Read More…]

August 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Stop the Celebration of Hatred at Times Square, New York City

Stop the Celebration of Hatred at Times Square, New York City

A statement by the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia Denouncing the Celebration of Ram Janmabhoomi on August 5th at Times Square, NYC: While the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the BJP-led government is forging ahead with its dangerous agenda of destroying the syncretic culture of India and compromising the Indian Constitution itself. An outlandish celebration of[Read More…]

August 2, 2020 India
Should Diamond symbolize happily ever after?

Should Diamond symbolize happily ever after?

About ten years ago, a friend who hadn’t seen me in over two decades, offered me some tips as to what jewelry to wear to lunch when I meet one of my former editors of a Dhaka daily. He came to Maryland on business and to spend time with his family. I was a little nervous about the lunch meeting.[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
India To Take China On Its Own

India To Take China On Its Own

The heat around the Himalayas is getting hard and talks between India-China have as yet only failed and it is now for India to finally take-on China on its own, as hours before Rafale jets were to arrive at the Land of Jaguars, Ambala, India banned 47 more Chinese applications on July 28, 2020 in continuation to the already banned[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 India
The plight of Journalists in Bangladesh in the age of Covid-19

The plight of Journalists in Bangladesh in the age of Covid-19

Eidul Azha, a sacrificial festival for the Muslim, is due in Bangladesh on Saturday and many other countries. It is one of the two largest Islamic festivals. The majority Muslim Bangladesh celebrates the religious gala with due festive mood and share sacrificial meats with other Muslims, especially the poor. This year the Eidul Azha knocks the door of the Muslims[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 South Asia
Oppose and condemn the arbitrary, vindictive arrest of Prof. Hany Babu

Oppose and condemn the arbitrary, vindictive arrest of Prof. Hany Babu

Janhastakshep takes the serious note of, opposes and condemns the arbitrary and vindictive act of the government of India of arresting Prof. Hany Babu a popular teacher of Delhi University, latest in the process of arresting the academicians, litterateurs and intellectuals to stifle the voices of dissent and create an atmosphere of terror in the country. Hany Babu has been[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 Human Rights
Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria

Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria

As illegal Jewish settlers increase their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied city of Al Khalil (Hebron), the people of the Palestinian city continue to mount a campaign of popular resistance. One of the channels of resistance is Human Rights Defenders, “a grass-roots, non-partisan Palestinian organization, working to support nonviolent popular resistance through popular direct action and documentation of[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 Palestine
Regimes Without Reason and Conscience

Regimes Without Reason and Conscience

The world is silently witnessing the erosion of democratic, progressive, secular and liberal cultures of governance. The contemporary governments are becoming more authoritarian and threaten the multicultural mosaic of societies around the world. The governing and non-governing elites falsely argue that democracy breeds inefficiency and creates functional barrier to the animal spirit of profit making and entrepreneurial activities. The majority[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 World
 Legal Education under NEP 2020: Big Promises with Little Substance

 Legal Education under NEP 2020: Big Promises with Little Substance

The legal education in India, particularly after the rise of National Law Universities (NLUs) has often been criticized for nurturing privilege and remaining inaccessible to most. Even a cursory examination of the system is enough to demonstrate that the criticism is not devoid of merit. One, the medium of instruction in these Universities is compulsorily English, which prevents a large[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 India
Macaulay Putras And The New Education Policy: Shudras/Dalits/Adivasis Must Be Vigilant

Macaulay Putras And The New Education Policy: Shudras/Dalits/Adivasis Must Be Vigilant

The BJP Education Policy (BEP)2020 has been formalised with a Cabinet approval on July 30, 2020. It is drafted by Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan (79) the BJP’s Education Committee Chairman. He was the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He is an expert on sophisticated war weapon production centre, including nuclear weapons, but not of economic and social development of[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 India
Remembering Kamlabai

Remembering Kamlabai

Not everyone with a family is destined to enjoy all the fruits that the family has to offer. Let us take the case of Kamlabai Raghunath Gokhale, or simply Kamlabai, who was a Marathi actress in the early decades of the twentieth century and the first woman to act in films in India. Reena Mohan, who trained in editing at[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Statement by students in solidarity with Prof Hany Babu

Statement by students in solidarity with Prof Hany Babu

We, the undersigned former and current students of Prof Hany Babu M.T., condemn his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday and stand in firm solidarity with him. Prof. Babu is a noted academic, a well known anti-caste activist, and a member of the committee formed for the defence of G.N. Saibaba, a former Delhi University professor who[Read More…]

August 1, 2020 Human Rights