Archive for September, 2020

You Can Ask Me….But

You Can Ask Me….But

Ask me How I’m doing What I’m thinking about But Ask me What the future holds Where I’ll be But Ask me About the pain About the sadness But Ask me Why I’m hurting Why I can’t move But Ask me About my parents About my kids But It isn’t like The Weather The Game The Show So You Don’t[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Arts/Literature
Before teaching in English medium, first improve the shoddy text books

Before teaching in English medium, first improve the shoddy text books

The discussion on the new education policy so far seems to have omitted the subject of text books. The quality of most text books so far is considered quite poor, especially of books in English language for English medium students… This has been going on year after year, the same mistakes are repeated in next editions. Let me cite the[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
A Moral Debate

A Moral Debate

Any moralistic discussion on social dialectics and civilized ethics is bound to generate euphony when the positive vibes of Harmony vibrate and are complemented by Justice. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle summed up the sentiment by saying, ‘Give each man his due’. It’s a classical philosophical assumption that human instinct craves for justice. It is ingrained in the conscious morality[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
The End of Reality?

The End of Reality?

In 1888,  the year before he went insane, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the following in Twilight of the Idols: We have got rid of the real world: what world is left?  The apparent world perhaps? … But no!  Along with the real world we’ve done away with the apparent world as well. So, if you feel you also may be going insane in[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
RSS As A Terrorist Outfit: Evidences From Its Archives

RSS As A Terrorist Outfit: Evidences From Its Archives

PART 1 RSS Modelled After Nazi & Fascist Parties The process of Hindutva takeover of the democratic-secular Indian polity got huge push with Narender Modi, a seasoned RSS ideologue becoming PM of India in 2014. His commitment to the cause of the Hindutva politics and hatred for the Indian democratic-secular polity has been unambiguous. While ruling the State Gujarat as[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
RTI: High Court admonishes irresponsible PIOs

RTI: High Court admonishes irresponsible PIOs

  The Supreme Court long back stated in a landmark judgment State of Uttar Pradesh v. Raj Narain and Others, “… people of this country have a right to know every public act, everything that is done in a public way by their public functionaries. The Supreme Court long back stated in a landmark judgment State of Uttar Pradesh v.[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
Assange’s Tenth Day at the Old Bailey: Bolting Horses, Death Penalties and Plots of Eviction

Assange’s Tenth Day at the Old Bailey: Bolting Horses, Death Penalties and Plots of Eviction

September 21.  Central Criminal Court, London: Today was one of reiteration and expansion.  Computer scientist Christian Grothoff of the Bern University of Applied Sciences supplied the relevant chronology on what led to the publication of unredacted US State Department cables, the subject of such concern for the prosecution.  This proved a mild taster of what was to come: the alleged[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 World
On the GST issue, the Centre holds the baton

On the GST issue, the Centre holds the baton

A large borrowing programme is inevitable; data and economic uncertainties show that States cannot handle the matter. Clearly, the Centre is reneging on its promise to the States. The implication is that the States are on their own — cooperative federalism is a casualty. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting has now been deferred to the first week[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
Resisting Linguistic Hegemony: The Legacy of Punjabi Language

Resisting Linguistic Hegemony: The Legacy of Punjabi Language

It was only from the year I was in Class 3 that we finally settled in Delhi. In the few years before that I had lived in many places in India and outside, like Ferozepur, Kartarpur, Yol Camp (Dharamshala), Boston and Kanpur, depending on where my father was studying, posted or teaching. My School vacations would usually be spent in[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
Cutting Back

Cutting Back

I am adamant about this topic. I know that the only way forward is to limit ourselves in resource and energy use. In that vein, I wrote to the USA Sierra group that was touting electric cars: “I respectfully disagree with you. From where does the majority of our electricity derive? The answer is fossil fuels. That is obvious. So[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Counter Solutions
Changing Our Species Name

Changing Our Species Name

Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus [1707 – 1778], known as the “father of modern taxonomy,” is the individual who can be credited with giving our species the name Homo sapiens.  The “sapiens” in that species name indicates that we: are highly intelligent primates that have become the dominant species on Earth. Actually, however, “sapiens” is “a Latin word meaning wise;” and[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sri Lanka’s Boiling Tamils And Failing Tamil Political Leaders

Sri Lanka’s Boiling Tamils And Failing Tamil Political Leaders

There is no denying of the fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka have been at the receiving end by the successive Governments in power and targeted in the agenda of GENOCIDE including structural GENOCIDE since the time of independence in 1948. Their history since then is dotted with state discrimination and marginalization aided with legislations like the SINHALA ONLY[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 South Asia
Can the Social Sciences choose to be Reflexive in times of Crisis? 

Can the Social Sciences choose to be Reflexive in times of Crisis? 

by Chandreyee Goswami & Dhriti Sonowal As students of social sciences, we often harbour a sense of enlightenment in knowing that the subject matter we engage with has been historically instituted to identify the varieties of social realities that individuals might find them in. The legacy of social sciences has been its deep inspection and understanding of the social world which[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
In Praise of the Lioness of Law: Ruth Bidder Ginsburg and her Jurisprudence

In Praise of the Lioness of Law: Ruth Bidder Ginsburg and her Jurisprudence

The death of the US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bidder Ginsburg has created an abyss in the court for the liberal voice where justice Ginsburg was seen as the linchpin of the liberal block of the Supreme Court at a time when that block was shrinking. Especially late judge had vociferously advocated for women ‘rights, environmental issues and often came[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Letter To God From Kashmir

A Letter To God From Kashmir

     Khuda soba ……theek chewhaz. How are you ?   Where shall i write to you ? On the skin of Martyrs? Or the shadow of disappeared ? Or in the wail of mothers? Or in the shriek of sisters who used to be raped in orchards of kashmir ?   And where shall i post it to ? As[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Black Wave – Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry

Black Wave – Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry

Black Wave – Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unravelled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East. Kim Ghattas. Henry Holt & Company, NewYork, 2020. Among the many books analyzing the Middle East, Kim Ghattas’ Black Wave is outstanding – that not necessarily being a good thing. It is very good as it presents what the[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Book Review
The Caged Bird and the Free Bird

The Caged Bird and the Free Bird

Rabindranath Tagore’s Lyrical Ballad on Freedom and Confinement [Here is a recent performance of this ballad by Lopamudra Mitra and Iman from YouTube: The caged bird was in the gilded cage, the free bird in the wood Perchance, once, the twain met each other, perhaps a quirk in the Maker’s mood. Said the free bird, “Caged bird, dear, come to[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Arts/Literature
TV journalism in India:  Crying for TRP or Truth

TV journalism in India:  Crying for TRP or Truth

The recent observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court towards the functioning of media in India seem to be an urgent need of redefining and restructuring the electronic media in accordance with the constitutional values, freedom of media, individual rights and right to privacy. ‘Sensation above sense’ becomes one of the most important weapons in the hand of media owners to[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
The Truth Hurts

The Truth Hurts

Well, to this writer, a student of the esoteric sciences, the great Indian Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda was correct: This must be a dream! So many friends and acquaintances over the years have discounted these beliefs as foolish for believing in fairies, demons and angels ( I do). Yet, to comprehend rationally that this current president and his crew are as[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Empires are short-lived structures created and kept together by the availability of mineral resources, fossil fuels in our times. They tend to decline and fall with the decline of the resources that created them, and that's the destiny of the current World Empire: the American one. Will new empires be possible with the gradual disappearance of the abundant mineral resources of the past? Maybe not, and Donald Trump could be the last great emperor in history.

Who Is President Trump?

Someone who much likes Trump and who plans again to vote for him asked me to provide proof that he is corrupt in presidential dealings. So here is my reply: “The Supreme Court and lower courts ruled against his actions a number of times. The House ruled against him plenty of times and including in impeachment hearings. “He lets others[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Lynching of democracy in India

Lynching of democracy in India

Mr Narendra Damodardas Modi is a consummated practitioner of remorseless Hindutva politics of hate. He does not spare a moment to capture the headlines with his diversionary tactics, which makes him as one of the sharpest managers of media and prime master of propaganda. The Hindutva propaganda machine with the organisational network of RSS is erasing the idea of India[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Apartheid Reaffirmed

Apartheid Reaffirmed

The accepted definition of Apartheid by the United Nations and the International criminal court is as follows: ‘Apartheid refers to the implementation and maintenance of a system of legalized racial segregation in which one racial group is deprived of political and civil rights. Apartheid is a crime against humanity punishable under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. It[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Palestine
Something’s Rotten About The Republic Of Reaction

Something’s Rotten About The Republic Of Reaction

(This essay was written in 2015,but remained unpublished. The thing to note is that practically everything it says holds good five years later.) At least three subjects of continuing public interest are on many lips these days – namely, the 40th anniversary this year of the Emergency; the hurried initiatives shown by the Modi government to raise the height of[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Arts/Literature
A gypsy’s account of the times gone by

A gypsy’s account of the times gone by

Shimla Diary is a literary-cultural chronicle and a documentation of its times and society, with a keen focus on the world of Hindi journalism. Well-known poet and journalist Pramod Kaunswal, who has seen Hindi journalism in Shimla, Chandigarh and Punjab at close quarters, pens his impressions of the book. This is not just a book review but a brief and[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Book Review
Increasing Incidence of Violence Against Women Forest Dwellers in Uttarakhand

Increasing Incidence of Violence Against Women Forest Dwellers in Uttarakhand

MAHILA KISAN ADHIKAAR MANCH (MAKAAM) or Forum for Women Farmers’ Rights condemns and expresses deep concern over the increasing incidence of violence, harassment and atrocities against adivasi and other traditional forest dwellers especially women forest dwellers in Uttarakhand. The Forest Rights Act 2006 proclaims the responsibility of the state to defend and uphold the rights of Adivasis and Other Traditional[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Human Rights
 Why is Bengal still Caste-less?

 Why is Bengal still Caste-less?

In early September, circles from the Bengali academia and Left political spectrum, strongly vocalized their seemingly disgruntled voices against the trolling of Professor Maroona Murmu, Assistant Professor from the Department of History at Jadavpur University. At the same time, many of them also claimed to be “astonished” at something of this nature happening in Bengal. Soon after my arrival in[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Annihilate Caste
Body, Nation and Resistance in the times of COVID-19

Body, Nation and Resistance in the times of COVID-19

This article is based on the 25th Chandrashekar Memorial Lecture delivered on 20 September 2020. The original lecture was delivered in Hindi and the event was organized by Punashcha, the Indian People’s Theater Association (IPTA) and Koshish. Friends, comrades gathered here; I am very honoured to be invited to deliver the Chandrashekhar Memorial Lecture this year but I cannot say[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
Protests re-erupts in Portland

Protests re-erupts in Portland

Protesters attack businesses, burn flags and force motorists to pledge loyalty to BLM  Several hundred people smashed up storefronts, torched American flags and harassed motorists in Portland, Oregon, following a brief lull in nearly nightly riots due to wildfires tearing through the state. Around 200 demonstrators marched through the city on Saturday night, with some individuals smashing windows and applying[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

A central legislation ‘Essential Commodities Act, 1955’ was enacted with a main objective to prohibit hoarding and black marketing of essential commodities which may obstruct the supply and have an adverse effect on the normal life of the people. The other objective was to provide the essential commodities to its consumers at fair prices. The prices of essential commodities are[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen, 2020 Version

Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen, 2020 Version

It was August 2017 and Donald Trump had not yet warmed up to Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s portly dictator. In fact, in typical Trumpian fashion, he was pissed at the Korean leader and, no less typically, he lashed out verbally, threatening that country with a literal hell on Earth. As he put it, “They will be met with fire and fury like[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Climate Change
Yet Another Problem With the Decalogue!

Yet Another Problem With the Decalogue!

In my “Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope” and “A Serious Flaw of the Decalogue” I identified several problems with the Decalogue—more commonly known as the Ten Commandments.  Those two papers do not, however, exhaust the problems with that list of commandments!  At least one more problem exists: Underlying that list of what one should, and should not, do, is[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Controversial Israeli soccer club may be litmus test for UAE soft power ploy

Controversial Israeli soccer club may be litmus test for UAE soft power ploy

 An Emirati offer to invest in Israel’s most controversial soccer club could serve as a figurative litmus test of hopes that Arab recognition of the Jewish state may persuade it to be more empathetic towards Palestinian national aspirations. It was not immediately clear whether the offer was to acquire or co-invest in Beitar Jerusalem, notorious for its links to the[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Arun Kumar, Economist and author

Economy May Not Recover Back to Where It was in January 2020: Prof. Arun Kumar

Interview with Prof. Arun Kumar by Mohd. Nuashad Khan       What’s your take on the free fall of the GDP? Is it because of the pandemic or something else? I am surprised that the decline in GDP in Q1 is given as 23.9 per cent. It should have been much more because the unorganised sector which is 45 per cent[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Abuse of preventive detention against criticism

Abuse of preventive detention against criticism

  Allahabad High Court pointed out how the detention of Dr Kafeel Khan was bad, not based on material, without reading the complete text of speech against CAA, and ordered his release. The Supreme Court requested the Allahabad High Court on August 11, to decide the question of release of Kafeel Khan, as early as possible. A campaign to release[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Human Rights
“Insult-to-religion-law” of India: An overview from enactment to interpretation

“Insult-to-religion-law” of India: An overview from enactment to interpretation

Pre-word: In August, 2020, in Jammu & Bangaluru two separate blasphemous messages were uploaded on social media which gave rise to massive protests by Muslims against the blasphemous remarks against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in both the places. The police claimed arrest of the culprits that were involved in the “communally sensitive” video in Jammu & face-book post in[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
How do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel? 

How do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel? 

The polarized nature of American politics often makes it difficult to address fundamental differences between the country’s two main political rivals, Republicans and Democrats. As each side is intent on discrediting the other at every opportunity, unbiased information regarding the two parties’ actual stances on internal and external issues can be difficult to decipher. Regarding Palestine and Israel, however, both[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Palestine
Dangers for Democracy without Opposition

Dangers for Democracy without Opposition

As people battle with the deadly Coronavirus, the world is sleep walking into an authoritarian future to keep capitalism alive with the help of brute force. The parliamentary and presidential forms of democracies are running the government without effective oppositions. The majoritarian governments in USA, UK, Brazil, India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many other countries are busy in bending inclusive,[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Burkina Faso Fights the War on Terror

Burkina Faso Fights the War on Terror

Burkina Faso’s National Council for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation (CONASUR) found in its August 2020 report that more than a million people have been internally displaced by the upsurge in violence in the country. This figure represents a 100% increase compared to early 2020 when Burkina Faso had 450,000 internally displaced persons. Now, almost 5% of Burkina Faso’s population has fled their homes because[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
US-China Cross Swords Over Taiwan

US-China Cross Swords Over Taiwan

The US efforts to ruffle-feathers with China does not seem to cease as US has sent its senior Keith Krach to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan on September 17, 2020, as the reports published in The NewYorkTimes  1  informs. This visit was destined to become controversial as it is a well known fact that any US meddling inside Taiwan irks[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Globalization: a multifaceted exchange platform of healthcare

Globalization: a multifaceted exchange platform of healthcare

by Dr. Chandrima Chatterjee, Dr. Parul Malik and Dr. Arathi P Rao Globalization has been described by the economist Brian Easton [1] as “problematic”. He also mentions that often writers avoid explaining about globalization analytically but rather, relate it to a series of phenomena such as capital flow, international organizations and policies as the likes of “free trade”. There is[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Globalisation
Busy celebrating Modi’s birthday, Media scants job protests and police crackdown

Busy celebrating Modi’s birthday, Media scants job protests and police crackdown

The youth of the country observed the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘National Unemployment Day’ (Rashtriya Berozgari Diwas). The mainstream media, which was busy celebrating Modi’s birth day, not only paid scant heed to the youth unrest against unemployment but also maintained a conspicuous silence on the ensuing police crackdown. While the Hindi dailies prominently covered several[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
Pro-Women’s Rights Supreme Court Judge Ruth Ginsburg Utterly Ignored Palestinian Genocide

Pro-Women’s Rights Supreme Court Judge Ruth Ginsburg Utterly Ignored Palestinian Genocide

On the occasion of the death of the remarkable, pro-women’s rights US Supreme Court judge but fervent supporter of genocidally racist Zionism,  Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), one notes that in her outstanding over 60 year career she was utterly silent about the human rights of Palestinians, and that  women and children are 75% of the 14 million sorely oppressed Palestinians,[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 World
History and politics of Sep. 17: Was it a Day of  Liberation of People from Nizam or  Liberation of Nizam from People’s Revolution?

History and politics of Sep. 17: Was it a Day of  Liberation of People from Nizam or  Liberation of Nizam from People’s Revolution?

Telangana media for the last  several weeks  was debating  such questions around the date of Sep. 17. It was on that day in 1948  Nizam VII, Mir Osman Ali Khan, surrendered. Hyderabad,  one of the princely states,  surrendered to Delhi’s armed forces and agreed to accession with Indian Union. The context was a sustained campaign by BJP on the issue.[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee led Movement in Punjab-A turning point in Revolutionary history of Punjab and India 

Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee led Movement in Punjab-A turning point in Revolutionary history of Punjab and India 

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee has played the most defining role ever in determining the destination of the upsurge or emancipation of the dalit community of Punjab from enslavement. The movement it has inaugurated in 2014 has virtually written a new chapter or defined a new epoch in the history of struggle of Dalit agricultural labour. With detailed or incisive[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

September 18.  Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today.  Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture inflicted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the chilling effect of indictments under the[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 World
Venezuela – A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy

Venezuela – A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy

Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy – pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections – despite the endless challenges of covid – of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of a totally illicit blockage of reserve currencies – Venezuela’s gold – naturally in the world’s protectorate of international financial fraud,[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 World
Vidyasagar and Mass education : A critique on his Bi-centennial Birth Anniversary

Vidyasagar and Mass education : A critique on his Bi-centennial Birth Anniversary

Part-I Curtain on era of patronage of Arabic and Sanskrit learning The role of Lord William Bentinck (14 September 1774 – 17 June 1839) for restructuring the socio-cultural foundation of the Hindus “debased by three thousand years of despotism and priestcraft” [1] can rarely be exaggerated. His bold move to ban and abolish the cruel practice of suttee, which implied burning[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Independence

Independence

I’ve come to realize that I don’t conform to ideas of any particular political party, religion, ideology and position in the way that others think the world or people should be or other positions should be. It is because I think and feel independently. Besides I was not indoctrinated by my parents or others. They let me be free. Yes,[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”

 “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”

…So said the famous playwright and political activist George Bernard Shaw. Alas, instead of being celebrated, older age is feared and looked down upon by many and ageism fuels this fear. Ageing is a natural process and begins the moment one is born. But ageism is not. The World Health Organisation defines ageism as “the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 12 Years of Batla House Encounter and a Pro-tip

 12 Years of Batla House Encounter and a Pro-tip

Muhammad Sajid came to New Delhi with an astronomical aspiration to take admission in Jamia School. When a 17-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh could not clear Jamia’s entrance examination, he decided not to return to his hometown and instead enrolled in an English-speaking course. Back in the days, being able to communicate in English gave you an illusion that[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Pastor And Family Attacked With Swords, Knives And Rods In Punjab

Pastor And Family Attacked With Swords, Knives And Rods In Punjab

In a brutal attack, a pastor and his family were hunted down with swords and butcher’s knives by a gang of religious goons. This incident took place on the 17th of September 2020 in TaranTaran, a district in the Indian state of Punjab. “We were on our way back from a prayer meeting at around 10 pm, late in the[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Open letter of a political prisoner to Sitaram Yechury on UAPA

Open letter of a political prisoner to Sitaram Yechury on UAPA

This letter was written from the prison at a time when the media predicted imminent arrest of Sitaram Yechuri,  which was later denied by the Delhi Police. But many other activists including student leader Umar Khalid were arrested and detained on the same charges. Police is witch hunting several eminent activists and democrats on foisted charges utilising the pandemic situation.[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
(Photo: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Confronting Collapse

As we pick up the pieces of the shattered economy, the route to the Great Transition becomes clear: we need to recapture and democratize money as a lever for resource allocation and collective power. A quick survey of the GTI scenarios and the world around us will show that we slid from Conventional Worlds to Barbarization in the first three months of[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 Counter Solutions
India-China Situation Aggravates

India-China Situation Aggravates

The two world largest armies and unarguably the Asian largest economy and the third largest economy China and India seem determined to undermine each other in this seemingly uneasy scenario which tends to build around these two countries.  There is an uneasy chill in the mountains as both the nations are into building their ‘military-build-ups’ to outdo each other, and[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Has India become a Police State?

Has India become a Police State?

The authors, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Zibalatt, in their famous book titled “How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about Future” have said that “Democracies can die with a coup d’etat- or they can die slowly. This happens most deceptively in piecemeal fashion, with the election of an authoritarian leader, the abuse of governmental power and the complete repression of opposition.[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Gilgit-Baltistan Is The New Hotspot

Gilgit-Baltistan Is The New Hotspot

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to make Gilgit-Baltistan, a part of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir, as the fifth province of Pakistan on September 17, 2020, making it the new hot spot in the region.   India retorted by saying that  ‘Government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus-standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. India[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 South Asia
Thomas Sankara's revolutionary government regulated the mining sector, limiting multinational companies ability to plunder Burkina Faso's rich gold resources.

Extractive imperialism and resistance in Burkina Faso

Canadian company Tajiri Resources announced on August 20 that it had entered into an agreement with Sahara Natural Resources to begin drilling in Burkina Faso at the company’s exploration program on the Reo Gold project, located 130 kilometres west of the capital, Ouagadougou. The initiation of a mining project, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflects the entrenchment of extractive imperialism, and its[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 World
A Serious Flaw of the Decalogue

A Serious Flaw of the Decalogue

In my “Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope” I distinguished between “normative” and “empirical” statements relative to human behaviors.  The latter are factual statements that pertain to either a given individual, or humans in general; the former are assertions as to what behaviors individuals should, or should not, engage in.  Thus, although both types of statements pertain to human behaviors,[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Image courtesy  Hermit

Like A Rowboat In A Typhoon: Why 2020 Center-Right Yankee Election Outcomes Are Dead In The Water

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed up the world…. The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats   ORIENTATION How dare you? “Oh, great, that’s all we need. A cynical radical leftist who is[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 World
Odds are against us, but we are not alone

Odds are against us, but we are not alone

It is overwhelming to assimilate what is really going on around us, from personal to socio-political to global. No one truly knows all sides of a story. The underlying story in global media seems to be of doom, from climate catastrophe to rising fascism to financialization of every aspect of our life. As Michael Parenti said “Dirty truth is that[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 Globalisation
Devi Chatterji

When Journalists Were Loved, Feared & Respected…

When I was a boy I once heard my father wondering to my mother why “a day did not have more than twenty-four hours”. I know it is difficult to believe, but it is a fact that my father spent several decades of his life working fourteen to sixteen hours a day. When he ate, slept or relaxed, only he[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Lift From Reality

A Lift From Reality

Diya Barmecha from Mumbai, proving that young minds are capable of thinking equally, if not better than older ones. A stunning essay on the life of a security guard, drawing out the discrimination inherent in society. This day was like any other. What else can you expect from the life of a  security guard of a common building? Right on time, the[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
My Clean And Green Village

My Clean And Green Village

15 year old Abhipsha Mohanty leads us to this fairytale land of clean skies, green farms, beautiful fragrance in the air and a peaceful life.But all of this for real in her village in Odisha, which she points out is the 6th cleanest village in India. Here is a wonderful message of cleanliness. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The soul of[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Woeful Trial Of Bank Pensioners

The Woeful Trial Of Bank Pensioners

Public banks have played a historically stellar role in financial inclusion and the development of the underserved sector. These banks have been the backbone of the government’s socio-economic agenda. State-owned banks in developing countries have to shoulder the main burden of the government’s development policies—from rural lending to infrastructure development. But while public banks   have striven ceaselessly to bring about[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 India
Afghanistan On A Very Sticky Wicket

Afghanistan On A Very Sticky Wicket

The Afghan-Taliban and the US sponsored Ashraf Ghani government seem to be heading towards a deadlock,  as very soon US, after its disastrous war with Afghan-Taliban , is slated to move out in 14-months, after its agreement with the Afghan-Taliban on February 29, 2020 1 , thus, leaving it in-between Ashraf Ghani and Afghan-Taliban to decide their future for themselves.[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
Paramilitaries continue to terrorize Colombia’s rights defenders: says report

Paramilitaries continue to terrorize Colombia’s rights defenders: says report

Paramilitary groups continued to pose by far the biggest threat to Colombia’s community leaders and human rights defenders last year, says a newly released report. In its annual report, Somos Defensores (SD), a human rights organization, registered a drop in assassinations of social leaders from 155 in 2018 to 124 in 2019, but an increase in death threats that went[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Human Rights
Constance Galeo Mogale explains Racism, Land Reforms and why she passionately speaks for Food Sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale explains Racism, Land Reforms and why she passionately speaks for Food Sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale is an experienced South African land activist who has played leading roles in several campaigns and initiatives. She led a grassroots movement called the Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), A federation of communities claiming land through Restitution, an organisation that challenged the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2015. She has a proven record in[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
Azerbaijani-Iranian Relations Continue to Warm

Azerbaijani-Iranian Relations Continue to Warm

Since mid-August of this year, there has been an increase in the number of Iranian and Azerbaijani reports celebrating the continued warming of relations between these neighboring states. Of particular interest is the near-completion of a synchronized power grid between Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia. Synchronization is a requirement for buying and selling electrical power and boosting strategic cooperation between these[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
Assange’s Eighth Day at the Old Bailey: Software Redactions, the Iraq Logs and the Extradition Act

Assange’s Eighth Day at the Old Bailey: Software Redactions, the Iraq Logs and the Extradition Act

September 17.  Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey struck similar notes to the previous day’s proceedings: the documentary work and practise of WikiLeaks, the method of redactions, and the legacy of exposing war crimes.  In the afternoon, the legal teams returned to well combed themes: testimony on the politicised nature of the[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
Review of ‘Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution’ by Don Fitz

Review of ‘Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution’ by Don Fitz

Don Fitz’s new book Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution was going to press at Monthly Review in early spring, as the pandemic was ramping up, so he had just barely enough time to slip in a postscript teasingly titled, “How Che Guevara Taught Cuba to Confront COVID-19.” The postscript puts an exclamation mark on the medical history of Cuba[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Book Review
Rebuilding Rome

Rebuilding Rome

Rome burnt as Nero* played the fiddle.   Fiery flames walk highways, creep into homes, stalking, burning, killing not only coronal heat but hearths.   Inflamed by the surreptitious smoke seeping under the smouldering trees, breeze rips incensing fierce fires that unquenched swallow clean air and belch apocalyptic hellish skies.   Did Nero build palaces by burning Rome?   I[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Arts/Literature
India-China Poised On A Razor’s Edge

India-China Poised On A Razor’s Edge

The situation between China-India and with India-Pakistan is now into an extremely sensitive zone as there is a report for the first time from the Indian army, though through a retired Brigadier, that ‘Indian army fully geared to fight full-fledged war in eastern Ladakh even in winters’, in Times of India  on September 16, 20201 ,  (Retd) Brig Hemant Mahajan[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
English medium at school level: Rote Methods and Unscientific And Undemocratic Views

English medium at school level: Rote Methods and Unscientific And Undemocratic Views

  (This is concluding and Part-3 of an article. ) English medium at primary school level is certainly harmful, more so to the rural and poorer masses. That is a key lesson in my life’s experiences, both as a student and as a teacher. It is being promoted by  ruling classes, more aggressively in much of South India : English[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The end of the US$ and the U.S. military

The end of the US$ and the U.S. military

Train of thought To start with, here are some recent quotations that weigh heavily on the negative aspects of the US$ and its role as the global reserve currency, also known as the petrodollar. One of the current global issues is refugees, in Europe and elsewhere: These waves of migration – and the anti-immigrant backlash that has done so much[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
Strong unions are pivotal for safety of healthcare workers and patients

Strong unions are pivotal for safety of healthcare workers and patients

 In May 2019, all 194 countries that set the agenda of the World Health Organization met at the 72nd World Health Assembly and endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day to be marked annually on 17 September. But this year’s COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks healthcare workers are facing globally including hospital-borne infections, violence, stigma,[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
Sig Heil is Just Around the Corner

Sig Heil is Just Around the Corner

An exact replay of history is not likely, but while specific “failed” actors leave the stage, class forces survive to enact the same drama another day. In Joachim Fest’s fine biography of Adolf Hitler, aptly titled Hitler, we learn many things never before taught in our World History classes here. To delve into it now with the needed detail from[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
Palestine: A House of Hope

Palestine: A House of Hope

The bombings have begun. Sharp splinters of smooth, shiny bombs Penetrate into the rugged dreams of Palestinian emancipation Blinding, bruising, and burying it under the soot of crushing colonialism. Amid the bombardment, shaky screams of subjugated children Rend the sky into flakes of agony, Each flake swirling in a vortex of indescribable pain, Clenching in its fist the veined heart[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Palestine
Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope

Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope

The “Decalogue”—more commonly known as the Ten Commandments—is a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship.  These are fundamental to both Judaism and Christianity.  The text of the Ten Commandments appears twice in the Hebrew Bible:  at Exodus 20:2–17 and Deuteronomy 5:6–17. I, however, prefer to think of the Decalogue as a collection of normative statements, as opposed[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture

Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture

In a 2017 article, I asked what might a future India look like and concluded that, if current neoliberal policies continue, there could be dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. And it could also mean hundreds of millions of displaced rural dwellers without any work.[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Shades and shadows; A book review

Shades and shadows; A book review

Few years back, at a book release function, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat remarked , “I have not read the book but the author.” I have been reading the author Mushtaque Barq , the author , columnist, short story writer, poet , translator  and what not. He has now joined the group of novelists and come up with a novel titled[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Book Review
Communalising Violence in Bangalore D.J. Halli

Communalising Violence in Bangalore D.J. Halli

Report of the fact finding into the violence and it’s Aftermath at D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli by Bangalore Civil Society Organisations An Executive Summary “Whoever put the post out is wrong. Not registering the complaint is wrong. The violence is wrong.” Sameena, a local resident, Kavalbyrasandra The Action, Reaction and its Aftermath On August 11, 2020, an incendiary image[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Assange’s Seventh Day at the Old Bailey: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm

Assange’s Seventh Day at the Old Bailey: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm

September 16.  Central Criminal Court, London.  Proceedings today at the Old Bailey regarding Julian Assange’s extradition returned to journalistic practice, redaction of source names and that ongoing obsession with alleged harm arising from WikiLeaks releases.  John Goetz of Der Spiegel added his bit for the defence, making an effort to set the record straight on the events leading up to[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
Is There a Future for Us Humans?

Is There a Future for Us Humans?

Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction (published in 2014) reminds us that mass extinctions are not a novelty in Earth history;[1] and also that there have been some survivors of each of the five mass extinctions of the geological past.  In fact, primates were survivors of the last (i.e., fifth) mass extinction—termed the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, and having occurred about 66[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Climate Change
Aligarh Muslim University:  Purpose redefined 

Aligarh Muslim University:  Purpose redefined 

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be celebrating 100 years of its existence soon. Hence, it becomes increasingly important to have an audit to establish if the University has been on the designated path as envisioned by the Aligarh movement torchbearers. The Aligarh movement founders conceptualized the course of educational, cultural, economic, and moral prosperity. In the present situation, Muslims of[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Choices and cost

Choices and cost

Root Cause: I don’t know if it is right to attribute this to the education system and societal values but the most important thing that is sought after in life is ‘career’ and ‘money’. Because let’s face it, it is only after possession of this that you can afford the most sought after livelihood, you can enrol your child into[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Counter Solutions
The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz Escalates Israel’s War on the Dead 

The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz Escalates Israel’s War on the Dead 

On September 2, the Israeli government approved a proposal that allows the military to indefinitely withhold the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army. The proposal was made by the country’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz. Gantz is the main political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also serves the role of the ‘alternate Prime Minister.’[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Palestine
Church And A Car Set Ablaze In Andhra Pradesh

Church And A Car Set Ablaze In Andhra Pradesh

Loud screams woke up a Pastor and his family from a deep sleep at the dead of night on the 9th of September 2020. Religious fanatics had set his car and the church on fire in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. “At approximately 12:45 am, my father and sister ran outside after hearing the locals yelling and shouting outside[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Has Rajnath Singh Signalled War Preparedness?

Has Rajnath Singh Signalled War Preparedness?

When Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh declared on record, in parliament, that China is illegally occupying 38,000 sq. kms of land in Ladakh  1 and eyeing further 90,000 sq. kms in Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls as South Tibet, India had made it clear to the world, about the expansionist designs of China and to which India is ready to[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Climate crisis: An emerging new Arctic

Climate crisis: An emerging new Arctic

A new Arctic is emerging. The regions landscape is changing rapidly. Temperatures are skyrocketing, sea ice is dwindling and many experts believe the far north is quickly transforming into something unrecognizable. This week, new research confirms that a new Arctic climate system is emerging. A new Arctic will be warmer, rainier and substantially less frozen. Animals that used to be common may[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Climate Change
Antarctica: Cracks in the ice

Antarctica: Cracks in the ice

Satellite images show that two important glaciers in the Antarctic are sustaining rapid damage at their most vulnerable points, leading to the breaking up of vital ice shelves with major consequences for global sea level rise. In recent years, the Pine Island Glacier and the Thwaites Glacier on West Antarctica has been undergoing rapid changes, with potentially major consequences for[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Climate Change
C N Annadurai on Dr.Ambedkar’s conversion

C N Annadurai on Dr.Ambedkar’s conversion

C N Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu , and who headed the first DMK ministry in the state, was one of the few political leaders in the country who welcomed Babasaheb Dr Ambedkar’s decision to convert to Buddhism. Here is what he wrote (in 1956) about that momentous event. Annadurai’s birth anniversary was observed on September 15, and[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Annihilate Caste
Unearthed: An Environmental History of Independent India

Unearthed: An Environmental History of Independent India

There couldn’t be a better audience than the youngsters for a book on the environment. If the youth are the harbingers of change, it is they who will have to care more about the earth and the environment. This new book on India’s environmental history is a commendable work simply for the reason that it is written for children.  ‘Unearthed:[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Book Review
Conceptualizing Gandhi’s Thinking

Conceptualizing Gandhi’s Thinking

Writing an essay on Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Philosopher Akeel Bilgrami noted that “Its generally foolhardy to write about Gandhi, not only because you are never certain you’ve got him right, but because you are almost sure to have him wrong”. This is a pessimistic proposition in the light of the huge corpus of literature that is been brought out by[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Indian Defence Minister Admits In Parliament That China Has Occupied 38,000 sq. kms.  Of Land In Ladakh

Indian Defence Minister Admits In Parliament That China Has Occupied 38,000 sq. kms.  Of Land In Ladakh

When India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, met in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on September 10, 2020, and issued a joint-statement, the peace-lovers had a sigh of relief as it signalled towards a significant de-escalation between the two countries, but on the contrary the situation is by all standards[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Mass prayer of more than 20,000 children at the KISS school in Bhubaneswar.

An open letter to Academics and People’s Movements in India –  Towards a critical articulation on factory schools

by Pranab Doley, Jacinta Kerketta, Deme Oraon, Gladson Dungdung, Sharanya and Rajaraman Sundaresan A recent protest, through a petition endorsed by around 300 Adivasi leaders, academics, activists, environmental groups and people’s movements in India, has brought the issue of decolonization to the forefront by protesting against the decision of IUAES and its member organizations to hold the World Anthropology Congress[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Are the People Unjust to the Judges?

Are the People Unjust to the Judges?

Justice Ramanna has observed that ‘judges have become victims of juicy gossip’ while CJI Bobde has said that independence of the judiciary is not only independence from the Executive, but also from many other pressure and prejudices. They are not wrong, but they should introspect why things are happening which did not happen before. Have the people degenerated or the[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
 Kashi- Mathura: Will Temple Politics be Revived?

 Kashi- Mathura: Will Temple Politics be Revived?

When Babri Mosque was being demolished in broad day light, the slogan being chanted by the leaders was, Yeh to Kewal jahnki hai, Kashi Mathura Baaki hai (This is the beginning, Kashi Mathura are next on the line).  Supreme Court despite giving the same land to those who demolished the Mosque did call it a crime. The Ram Temple was[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Raghuvansh Babu : A committed socialist in times of neo-liberalism

Raghuvansh Babu : A committed socialist in times of neo-liberalism

It is an undeniable fact that today’s corporate India is intoxicated with the idea the digital. It is constantly on the fast-track to transform all into the digital, and as quickly as possible. In such an environment, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, popularly called as Raghuvansh Babu in friendly circles, sent his hand-written resignation addressed to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Assange’s Sixth Day at the Old Bailey: US Prison Conditions and Politicised Prosecutions

Assange’s Sixth Day at the Old Bailey: US Prison Conditions and Politicised Prosecutions

September 15.  Central Criminal Court, London.  Today, witnesses appearing in the extradition trial of Julian Assange fleshed out some points touched upon the previous day: the fate awaiting the WikiLeaks publisher in the US prison system, and the political nature of process.  Before commencing, Judge Vanessa Baraitser was a touch peeved.  She noted that one defence witness who took the[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Human Rights
 A “Persistent Eye in the Sky” Coming to a City Near You?

 A “Persistent Eye in the Sky” Coming to a City Near You?

by Medea Benjamin and Barry Summers “Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we’re looking at, and we can see everything.” That same persistent eye in the sky may soon be deployed over U.S. cities. At the time he made that comment about surveillance drones over[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

Over 50 years have transpired since the lyrics of this song, Salt of the Earth, resonated then, just as much as now: Let’s drink to the hard working people Let’s drink to the lowly of birth Raise your glass to the good and the evil Let’s drink to the salt of the earth Say a prayer for the common foot[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
Deadly Dark Ages USA–“Herd Immunity”

Deadly Dark Ages USA–“Herd Immunity”

If Covid-19 was as lethal as Ebola, the six million US infections registered on 9/1/20, would have already resulted in 3 million Covid -19 deaths.  This is the reality of the murderous; let them die “herd immunity” policy the administration is intentionally following, by forcing us back to unsafe work/school.  How many deaths will they accept with this abuse and[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
 As Bahrain, UAE sign peace deals with Israel, Trump says 5-6 more countries ready to follow soon

 As Bahrain, UAE sign peace deals with Israel, Trump says 5-6 more countries ready to follow soon

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said five or six more countries are ready to make peace with Israel, Times of Israel reported. However, he did not name those countries. Shortly before the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Trump said, “We’re very far down the road with about five additional countries… Frankly, I[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
 Will They or Won’t They? Saudi Recognition of Israel is the $64,000 Question

 Will They or Won’t They? Saudi Recognition of Israel is the $64,000 Question

Will the Saudis formalize relations with Israel or will they not? That is the 64,000-dollar question. The odds are that Saudi Arabia is not about to formalize relations with Israel. But the kingdom, its image tarnished by multiple missteps, is seeking to ensure that it is not perceived as the odd man out as smaller Gulf states establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
 The Abraham Accord: Realignment, Containment, and Militarism

 The Abraham Accord: Realignment, Containment, and Militarism

On 19 August 2020, an article in Foreign Affairs argued that a “botched peace plan” in the Middle East accidentally produced the Abraham Accord between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel and the US. On the surface, the Abraham Accord appears to be a ‘botched peace plan’. However, it is consistent with the goals of the Trump administration to forge[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
 Isolation and Opioids During the Pandemic

 Isolation and Opioids During the Pandemic

In our new era of nearly unparalleled upheaval, as a pandemic ravages the bodies of some and the minds of nearly everyone, as the associated economic damage disposes of the livelihoods of many, and as even the promise of democracy fades, the people whose lives were already on a razor’s edge — who were vulnerable and isolated before the advent of Covid-19 —[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Swami Agnivesh: A Tribute

Swami Agnivesh: A Tribute

Swami Agnivesh has left us. And yet he is still with us. He was undoubtedly one of the most courageous fighters against religious fanaticism and religious bigotry of our time. He spoke out without hesitation against fanatical Hindus who distorted religious teachings to justify exclusive interpretations of the faith. Chauvinistic trends within the community that have been gaining currency in[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
New Education Policy-2020 What’s in the Plate for Marginal Students?

New Education Policy-2020 What’s in the Plate for Marginal Students?

by Kalu Naik and Ajit Kumar Lenka ­­­The much-awaited and ambitious ‘New Education Policy-2020’ rolled out by the NDA government under the chairmanship of former ISRO Chief K. Kasturirangan. This New Education Policy is popularly known as the Kasturirangan committee on Education Policy. This is the third education policy since 1968 and 1986 and considered as the modern education policy[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Digital Polarization and the Religion of Profit

Digital Polarization and the Religion of Profit

by Sandeep Pandey and Shivi Saba What purpose does a religion serve? It serves you the meaning of living a life in the right way. Lately, the sentiment around the religion in our country is undergoing transformation, religion has become a marker of character. Earlier this thinking was limited to a very small section of society but now the politics[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid

Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid

Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid by the Delhi Police in the  name of investigating the North East Delhi pogrom! Stop the harassment of activists and intellectuals! On September 13th, after a lengthy interrogation lasting over 10 hours, the Delhi Police arrested former JNU student Umar Khalid. His arrest under FIR 59/2020 invokes several sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Blasphemy Estate: The ‘Deep State’ and Deepening Fundamentalism in Pakistan

Blasphemy Estate: The ‘Deep State’ and Deepening Fundamentalism in Pakistan

The deep state in Pakistan is no more a mere conglomerate of civil bureaucracy, army, intelligence, and/or other administrative agencies. The ‘state within the state’ has also its predictable partners in religious constituencies across the country. There is a growing concern now if the judiciary is also becoming a partner of the deep state congregation. A few years back, a[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 South Asia
Need for a law to regulate the use of groundwater

Need for a law to regulate the use of groundwater

Letter to the Prime Minister E.A.S.Sarma Maharanipeta Visakhapatnam To Shri Narendra D Modi Prime Minister Dear Shri Modiji, India’s groundwater resources have come under severe stress as a result of increasing pressure on the same for urban water needs in cities and towns and from irrigation requirements in the rural areas. In many parts of the country, the rate of[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 Environmental Protection
Violence and Non-violence redefined

Violence and Non-violence redefined

You change the meaning of violence To mean that your violence is non-violent And those who question your violence Are the perpetrators of the actual violence If you define your violence as non-violent And those who question your violence as violence Your non-violence has a violent nature And questioning of your violence has a non-violent nature The foundation you want[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 Arts/Literature
The Double Siege – News Media in the Time of Covid-19

The Double Siege – News Media in the Time of Covid-19

Conjuring consent in a post-factual, post-truth scenario Freedom of the press is under siege: from without by the State and its thriving band of storm troopers and from within by the owners of private media who have cut loose from the rule of law and due process, rendering scores of journalists at the precipice of precarity. This seemingly relentless double[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 Uncategorized
People’s Policy for Post COVID-19 Times

People’s Policy for Post COVID-19 Times

In the last six months the world has witnessed an unprecedented period of vulnerability and socio-economic insecurity and distress – India has been no exception to this casualty. In these extraordinary times, the centralised, undemocratic and non consultative manner in which the government has formulated and implemented policies have been damaging to India’s working people – further perpetuating an already[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Assange’s Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures

Assange’s Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures

Having had a coronavirus scare towards the end of last week, necessitating a brief suspension of proceedings for September 11, the extradition proceedings for Julian Assange resumed with Eric Lewis.  The chairman of the board of Reprieve, who has cut his teeth on representing Afghan detainees in US custody and those in Guantánamo, has not been shy in arguing against[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 World
An Untold Story Of The Freedom Movement

An Untold Story Of The Freedom Movement

Book Review Oral History of Indian Freedom Movement By Dr Licy Bharucha; Pp240; Rs 300; Published by National Museum of Indian Freedom Movement The Congress has won political freedom, but it has yet to win economic freedom, social and moral freedom. These freedoms are harder than the political, if only because they are constructive, less exciting and not spectacular. -Mahatma[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 Book Review
Zuckerberg wants to “Change” the World with his Philanthropy

Zuckerberg wants to “Change” the World with his Philanthropy

Since 2014, we all have seen how Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg constantly talks about changing the world. Will his billionaire philanthropy actually save the world? His estimated wealth to date is $111 billion USD. It makes him the fifth richest man on the planet. In 2017, while Zuck was nabbing an honorary degree from Harvard College, Harvard’s 28th[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 World
Work-from-home: The way to exploit

Work-from-home: The way to exploit

–“Sir, I haven’t been feeling well for last few days! I need rest at least for a day.” –“Well, you know that all the leaves including casual and medical have already been disapproved due to the covid19 pandemic. Moreover, all of our employees are working from home. What is the need of availing any leave?” — “Sir, as I have[Read More…]

America’s “Good” Wars

America’s “Good” Wars

On December 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the United States. Even within the most avowed Leftist anti-war activist there exists a belief that the Second World War was fully justified in stopping Hitler’s Nazis. They claim it was a just war for freedom and to halt the Holocaust. The position[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 World
Fanatics Demolish Home of Christian Family Twice in Chhattisgarh

Fanatics Demolish Home of Christian Family Twice in Chhattisgarh

A Christian family was chased away after their home was demolished by local religious fanatics in Chhattisgarh. The fanatics made this move although the family holds all legal documents of ownership of the said property. “*Bhushan, *Bani, and their three children used to live in a 7×9 sq. ft room which belonged to *Bhushan’s parents. When the family accepted Christianity[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Making NEET Neat

Making NEET Neat

Why is it alone students of Tamil Nadu are known for committing suicides due to NEET? Since 2017 during this time around the NEET exam in the corner, Tamil Nadu always has the news of students committing suicides? Who should we blame for this? Is it the students themselves or their parents? or the government and the entire society? As[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Weaponising the Virus is Dangerous for all and Against Humanity

Weaponising the Virus is Dangerous for all and Against Humanity

This is a crucial time and an unprecedented crisis is unfolding where the worst-hit are the most neglected ones. The Government must find a way out with utmost dedication, even if it is an act of God, and look after the farmers, so that they do happy harvesting rather than committing unwelcoming suicides. How does the novel coronavirus travel from[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Enduring Relevance of Garam Hawa

Enduring Relevance of Garam Hawa

Mysore Shrinivas Sathyu, who turned ninety on July 6 this year, is an important figure in the annals of New Indian Cinema by virtue of just one film- Garam Hawa (Hot Winds, 1974), a scathing dissection of the diseased mentalities that caused the Partition of the country (read, Partition of Bengal and Punjab). Garam Hawa achieves its purpose by portraying[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 Arts/Literature
Revive Basanta Utsab And Poush Mela At Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

Revive Basanta Utsab And Poush Mela At Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

This is a scene from Basanta Utsab ( spring festival) song- and-dance programme at Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, a couple of years back. The VC of the University, Bidyut Chakrabarty, called it “Basanta Tandav” and banned it along with the Poush Mela. How can you expect a person found guilty of sexual harassment and punished, to understand, leave alone to appreciate, such[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Reclaiming India!—A Strong Recommendation

Reclaiming India!—A Strong Recommendation

On October 3rd and 4th, the Reclaiming India virtual conference will take place online. Please do not miss it. Hear Luminaries like William Barber, Prashant Bhushan, Indira Jaising, Hamid Ansari www.reclaimingindia.org Organized by Global Indian Progressive Alliance, Hindus for Human Rights, Indian American Muslim Council, India Civil Watch International, Students Against Hindutva Ideology this conference is a magnificent event highlighting[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
In the pursuit of ‘Khushaal Zindagi’- Journey of villagers from being beneficiary to researcher

In the pursuit of ‘Khushaal Zindagi’- Journey of villagers from being beneficiary to researcher

By Vivek Sinha, Parijat Ghosh, Dibyendu Chaudhuri Introduction Sukanti Oraon of Jana, a village in Gumla district of Jharkhand, clearly remembers the day her Self Help Group (SHG) was formed. It was the 25th of November 1995, Saturday. Women of this Adivasi village came together to form SHGs with guidance from PRADAN, a national level Non-profit. Like many other villages[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Counter Solutions
 Delhi Riot: Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions

 Delhi Riot: Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions

To: Mr. SN Srivastava, IPS Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police Headquarters, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi Subject:          Urgently stop the motivated and malicious investigation and carry out bona fide investigation into the violence in North East Delhi in end  February, 2020; Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions in the conspiracy case made[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
Imprisoned and Unsafe: Prisoners and the Pandemic

Imprisoned and Unsafe: Prisoners and the Pandemic

The first of PUCL Maharashtra’s series of discussions on the impact of the lockdown on civil liberties, examined the rights of prisoners and the responsibility of the State to ensure the safety of all its citizens. The speakers for the session were Maja Daruwalla, Board Member and Senior Advisor, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Mihir Desai, Senior Counsel and Convenor,[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Human Rights
Rio Tinto turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves

Rio Tinto turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves

It was a calamity in cultural terms likened to the destruction of the Buddhist statues of Bamyan and the ancient city of Palmyra.  The explosive eradication of two Aboriginal sites in West Australia’s Juukan Gorge in May, said to be 46,000 years old, moved Peter Stone, the UNESCO chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, to call it “a black[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 World
Bahrain-Israel Ties: The Second Wicket Has Fallen

Bahrain-Israel Ties: The Second Wicket Has Fallen

   The UAE-Israel formalisation of ties on August 14, 2020 1, was a bang and Bahrain-Israel normalisation of ties declared on September 12, 2020 2 turned out to be a whimper. The reason is plain and obvious. It was very much on the expected lines as the sprawling presence in the backdrop of all these ‘deals’ is Kingdom of Saudi[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 World
Dalit Cultural Identity – A Re-Renditioning

Dalit Cultural Identity – A Re-Renditioning

Cinematic aesthetic in a public space is defined by the sensibilities of such a space. Dictating these sensibilities becomes the privilege of a dominant hegemonic group. Consequently, it panders to clichés and tropes that simultaneously borrow from and lend to a collective imagination – strengthening it with each rendition. Eventually, repeat renditions become the unchallenged mainstay of a popular narrative,[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Arts/Literature
What A City-Wide Lockdown Means – Evidence from Germany

What A City-Wide Lockdown Means – Evidence from Germany

by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell Amidst 93,000 daily cases and 80,000 deaths, some cities in India are experiencing a lockdown because of the the Coronavirus pandemic also known as Covid-19. Just a few months ago, Germany’s capital Berlin experienced the very same. If Berlin’s experiences is anything to go by, here is what such a lockdown means for you[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 World
Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies

Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies

Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies – Critical and Lyrical Essays. Edward Curtin. Clarity Press, Atlanta, Georgia. 2020. In the introduction to “Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies – Critical and Lyrical Essays” Edward Curtin writes, “…We live in the era of massive fraud where the transnational wealthy elites, led by the American war and propaganda machine, continue[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Book Review
Something’s Happening Here

Something’s Happening Here

A review of Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies: Critical and Lyrical Essays, by Edward Curtin.  (Atlanta, GA, Clarity Press, Inc.  349 pp.  2020.) “There’s something happening here           What it is ain’t exactly clear.”                    –Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth.” Happily receiving my review copy of Edward Curtin’s new book, the first thing I noticed, naturally enough,[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Book Review
 National (In)Security and the Pentagon Budget

 National (In)Security and the Pentagon Budget

A Post-Coronavirus Economy Can No Longer Afford to Put the Pentagon First The inadequate response of both the federal and state governments to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the United States, creating what could only be called a national security crisis. More than 190,000 Americans are dead, approximately half of them people of color. Yelp data show that more than 132,000[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Imperialism
Kudumbashree: Empowering Women

Kudumbashree: Empowering Women

As the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 showed an overall improvement in the political representation of women, it became obvious that we have come a long way but there is still a long stretch to cover. In all of our misplaced understanding of just “helping” women to ensure we empower them, we forget that empowerment lies in building agency, above[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Patriarchy
Breaking The Rules

Breaking The Rules

I was remembering yesterday about an event from when I was in my twenties. I was sitting on a hard wooden bench waiting for a train to take me to my parents’ hometown from Grand Central Station in NY City. I looked around myself and saw homeless women living there. The view took a while to sink into my being.[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Can health literacy empower the health care workforce in handling the COVID-19 pandemic more effectively?

Can health literacy empower the health care workforce in handling the COVID-19 pandemic more effectively?

by Dr. Arathi P Rao, Dr Parul Malik, Dr. Anil K Bhat and Dr. Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar The concept of “Health Literacy” (HL) is gaining importance, more so in the COVID-19 era and is now being frequently applied in various studies. The levels of HL are being assessed for patients, their caregivers and the population in general (students, teachers etc.).[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
‘We Will Shoot You’, Mob Threatens Pastor In Rajasthan

‘We Will Shoot You’, Mob Threatens Pastor In Rajasthan

‘We will shoot you’, ‘Stop religious conversion’ & ‘This is a Hindu Rashtra’. These were the slogans yelled out by a mob of religious fanatics, who stood outside a Church in Rajasthan, India. This incident took place on the 11th of September 2020 at roughly 5:30 pm. “Around 50 men stood outside our gate, creating a huge commotion and threatening[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
How to Really Compensate for Injustice Committed

How to Really Compensate for Injustice Committed

Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K, he knew he had done nothing wrong but one morning, he was arrested. These opening lines of Franz Kafka’s classic novel, The Trial, published just over a century ago, in 1925, still ring true. Joseph K, the novel’s protagonist, is cashier at a bank. On his 30th birthday, two unidentified agents arrest[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Human Rights
Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

As citizens deeply committed to Constitutional values, we condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid who has been subjected to a malicious investigation targeting peaceful anti-CAA protestors. He has been booked under several charges including UAPA, sedition and conspiracy for murder. With deep anguish we have no doubt in saying that this investigation is not about the violence in February 2020[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

  The mainstream media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has reproduced the police version while covering the news related to the naming of opposition leaders, activists, scholars in a supplementary chargesheet in the February 2020 Delhi riots. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader and scholar Yogendra Yadav, JNU economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and social activist Apoorvanand[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 India
West Coast wildfires: A letter to friends from an Oregon resident

West Coast wildfires: A letter to friends from an Oregon resident

We are in the midst of an unmitigated natural disaster here in Oregon and on the West Coast. I struggle to find the words to express what’s happening and the toll it’s taking – on our natural treasures, on homes and businesses, and on our collective psyches. People outside our region probably don’t grasp the magnitude of how massive and[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 Climate Change
Anti-Turkey alliance emerging in the Arab World

Anti-Turkey alliance emerging in the Arab World

The intended target of the UAE-Israel alliance is not Iran but Turkey, whose regional clout poses a threat to Gulf rulers, says David Hearst, the editor in chief of Middle East Eye. In an article titled – A new message resounds in the Arab world: Get Ankara – Hearst wrote Saturday: Israel had been saying for some time to Arab diplomats[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
India Not To Allow ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’

India Not To Allow ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’

It is well known fact that the Khalistan movement,  which was to make a separate homeland for the Sikhs within India, had been considered ‘long-dead’ by the Indian government, after it coalesced to its high-point in 1984, when the Ex. PM Indira Gandhi organised ‘Operation Blue Star’ to suppress it.  But, even after 36 years the embers still tend to[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 India
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COVID-19 Changes Work in Germany

by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell In a great workplace, most people would work independently of their immediate boss, and they might even like what they do. Having enough time and being flexible is increasingly more important to many employees in Germany. Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, there were more and more German companies that started to realise that the[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
It’s 9/12 And On That Counts

It’s 9/12 And On That Counts

As a student of both the Kennedy brothers’ assassinations and 9/11 this writer was able to interview very interesting researchers on these topics. Ed Curtin and James DeEugenio have been very astute as to the former. They joined my radio show in the past and shed important light on what really most likely went down in Dallas and in Los[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
Bittersweet: reflections on queer existence and emancipation

Bittersweet: reflections on queer existence and emancipation

Recently, actor Samyuktha Hegde and her friends were assaulted by All India Congress Committee member and civic activist Kavitha Reddy at Bangalore’s Agara Lake. Reddy can be seen in videos put up by Hegde on her Instagram threatening to hit the women if they wore “such” clothes, charging at the women to hit them, inciting a mob to shame them[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 Patriarchy
Remembering Swami Agnivesh

Remembering Swami Agnivesh

Very sad to have lost Swami Agnivesh. My respectful salute and Shraddhanjali to my human rights co-fighter and colleague. Deepest condolences to his friends and associates.Remember the innumerable occasions when we worked together or few where we differed. Remember my presence in the discussion and meeting on the hillocks bordering Haryana with Swami Agnivesh and Kailash Satyarthi the day when[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Janhastakshep condemns the demolition of thousands of houses in Delhi

Janhastakshep condemns the demolition of thousands of houses in Delhi

Janhastakshep takes serious note of and unequivocally condemns the inhuman, illegal and unethical demolition of thousands of houses (Jhuggis) of the Indian citizens along the railway lines near Keshavpuram and Nangloi in Delhi, the day before yesterday (10th September 2020), by the Railway authorities and Delhi Police under the pretext of Supreme Court Order, 31 august 2020, by a bench[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
 Tribute on 20th Martyrdom anniversary of late Comrade Zora Singh Jalajan

 Tribute on 20th Martyrdom anniversary of late Comrade Zora Singh Jalajan

On 13th September the Communist revolutionary contingent dips it’s blood in memory of late Comrade Zora Singh Jalajan,a member of the Communist Party Re-Organization Centre of India.(Marxist-Leninist ) on his 20th martyrdom anniversary. He lived for only 33 years, succumbing as a victim of cancer in the year 2000.However in his lifetime he lit the flame of Mao thought at[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Swami Agnivesh : Tributes paid by GPS, Telangana and AP

Swami Agnivesh : Tributes paid by GPS, Telangana and AP

The Grameena Pedala Sangham (GPS- Organization of Rural Poor) deeply condoles the death of Swami Agnivesh (80) who is no more. He died on September 11 at Delhi. He was a great social worker and a democrat , who worked all his life- time for the cause of the oppressed, and was the Founder of Bandhua Mukti Morcha that worked[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
English medium at school level is harmful, more so to the rural and poorer students: Misleading theories of  Kancha Ilaiah as seen by a  Dalit-born Teacher

English medium at school level is harmful, more so to the rural and poorer students: Misleading theories of  Kancha Ilaiah as seen by a  Dalit-born Teacher

   English medium at primary school level is certainly harmful, more so to the rural and poorer masses. That is a key lesson in my life’s experiences, both as a student and as a teacher. It may be useful only to the elite, including those of dalit bahujans, and to the vote bank politics of ruling classes. I am a[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Judicial Manoeuvres and Delhi Slums

Judicial Manoeuvres and Delhi Slums

The recent order by the Supreme Court 3-judge bench that threatens the homes and livelihoods of an estimated 48,000 families living along 70 km of railway tracks because they were “encroachments which are there in the safety zones,” has understandably raised many concerns. To place this order in context it is necessary to understand the trajectory of the courts and[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Human Rights
The National Education Policy: A Perspective From Below

The National Education Policy: A Perspective From Below

     Recently the PM Modi led Cabinet has approved the New National Education Policy (NEP-2020). After that, it is being argued that current Education policy has been designed to fulfill the needs and emerging aspirations of students. In this respect, the ruling dispensation led by PM Modi has said that current policy on education will help us to achieve an[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
Manto: Only Politics, No Politicking

Manto: Only Politics, No Politicking

            Each time, Saadat Hasan Manto changes position in his 65-year-old grave in Lahore, “wondering whether he is a better short story writer than God”, the subcontinent, more than any other part of the world that recognized his genius belatedly, goes into raptures. Some recent films, books, and stage adaptations to do with the great writer and liberal humanist provide[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Arts/Literature
Mourning 9/11

Mourning 9/11

  Forgotten souls that weep for an Unfinished dream, for a life Half-lived that ended in an agony of twin blasted Implosions. Forgetting the past — Al Qaeda Osama the terror the horror of tumbling towers the cries that pierced the silences of death   and yet triumphing Arabian perfumes silver bricks Clear the stench of corpses, Wars for Holy[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Arts/Literature
The Neverending Holocausts of the Neoliberal Order

The Neverending Holocausts of the Neoliberal Order

Biochemist, writer, humanitarian activist, and artist, Gideon Polya has had a selection of his essays gathered into a compendium titled US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide (Korsgaard Publishing, 2020). The compendium is important because it brings to the forefront, for anyone who cares an iota for peace and social justice, the horrible crimes of the “mendacious and politically dominant[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Book Review
 “Losing both elections” is a sideshow for U.S. militarism

 “Losing both elections” is a sideshow for U.S. militarism

In an op ed titled “Losing Both Elections” Gwynne Dyer sees Trump’s presence in the White House as exposing the U.S.’ racism leading to its being “extinguished”, a “necessary evolution of American history.”   That is a very positive summation, but it comes about through some very strange presentation of information. Dyer is a Canadian historian/journalist with degrees in military history[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 World
The Betrayal of America and the Hijacking of the American Mind

The Betrayal of America and the Hijacking of the American Mind

  America commemorates the 19th anniversary of 9/11. The BBC broadcasted live from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, that President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania attended. The mainstream U. S. media just showed clips of the bells, which ring after every name of the victims from the plane cash in Shanksville was read. Didn’t they report because Trump attended the[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Book Review
Rogues in the Ranks

Rogues in the Ranks

On May 25, 2020, African American George Floyd, was arrested and killed by a white Minneapolis police officer. The officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt forcefully on Floyd’s neck, and in effect crushing Floyd’s wind pipe. Three other officers were involved, two helping to restrain Floyd, and another standing guard between witnesses and the actual killing. Eight minutes passed and Floyd was[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 World
Reforming the Society: Life and Mission of Swami Agnivesh

Reforming the Society: Life and Mission of Swami Agnivesh

Before taking up the engagement with issues related to communal harmony and national integration, I was trying to associate with issues of labor movement. During that time I used to hear from friends the name of Swami Agnivesh in the context of movement against bonded labor. Later after the demolition of Babri Mosque, I decided to understand the issues of[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Now West Should Sit On Its Backside, Shut Up, And Listen To “The Others”!

Now West Should Sit On Its Backside, Shut Up, And Listen To “The Others”!

We were always told what to think; what is correct and what is wrong. By the white dudes living in or coming from Europe and North America. They knew everything. They were the most qualified. When I write “white,” I don’t mean just their race or color of their skin. To me, “white” is their culture, where they belong. Yes,[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Imperialism
File photo of Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army soldiers in September 2019 | Photo: ANI

India- China doing Handstands on Edge of a Ladak Cliff

The Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Pangong Tso remains poised on a razor’s edge. India- China animosity is high, mutual trust is nonexistent, and all past agreements and mechanisms that provided the basis for managing the border dispute have gone for a toss. The situation is slipping fast towards a point of no return, but a war that looks[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
Mare Nostrum for Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka’s “India First” foreign policy

Mare Nostrum for Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka’s “India First” foreign policy

by Punsara Amarasinghe & Eshan Jayawardane   Sri Lanka has been often portrayed as being in the crossroads of geopolitical encounters with powerful nations throughout its history and its unique geographic location in Indian ocean closer to the Indian mainland, yet distinct from it has made the island’s destiny extremely intertwined with India. Sri Lanka’s own historical identity is the[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 South Asia
Swami Agnivesh: A Great Loss To Civil Society Movements

Swami Agnivesh: A Great Loss To Civil Society Movements

The death of Swami Agnivesh is a great loss to civil society movements in India which he was an active member all through his life. Those of us who have been frequented with various protests at the Jantar Mantar knew him well how he would encourage youngsters and join their protests at any available time. Swami Aginvesh was basically a[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ambedkar is more relevant to Africa than Gandhi says Dr Obadele Kambon

Ambedkar is more relevant to Africa than Gandhi says Dr Obadele Kambon

In Conversation with Dr Obadele Bakari Kambon on Racism, white supremacy and caste system Dr Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon, Ph.D. is an Afrikan anti-amerikkkan. In India, he has been known for advocating vociferously for the removal of the statue of Gandhi, from the University Campus in Ghana which was gifted by the government of India. He had famously advocated that ‘we[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Annihilate Caste
American Muslims 19 years after 9/11

American Muslims 19 years after 9/11

19 years after the ghastly tragedy of 9/11, civil rights remains the major problem for the seven-million-strong American Muslim Community. The Covid-19 Pandemic shut down the US economy and disturbed the social life however even in this challenging times American Muslims were victims of hate crimes, discrimination and Islamophobia. Almost two decades  after 9/11, American Muslims still dealing with the[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
Palestine On The Edge Of The Precipice

Palestine On The Edge Of The Precipice

I believe that for us Arabs to survive and progress we must have in common more than religion, language and rhetoric. We need unity, transparency and honesty. We Palestinians are teetering on the edge of a precipice. Until very recently, every Arab leader, politician, cleric and pundit, given half a chance, would mount the platform and raise the Palestinian flag[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Palestine
Institutional nephews

Institutional nephews

I have been following Kangana Ranaut with a mixture of fascination and admiration ever since she showed the extraordinary courage of taking on the bigwigs in Bollywood by attacking the source of their power—nepotism. Beginning from Koffee With Karan where she famously called Karan Johar the ‘flag bearer of nepotism’, she has been relentless in her attack. She must have[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
India and China agree on de-escalation plan, say border standoff ‘not in the interest of either side’

India and China agree on de-escalation plan, say border standoff ‘not in the interest of either side’

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers in Moscow, Russia, on September 10, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua) India and China have agreed to ratchet down tensions that have been building along the disputed Chinese-Indian border, leading[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
Be a Mask-Creature!!

Be a Mask-Creature!!

Have you heard the quote _ “Health is Wealth”? Recall it and it’s very high time to implement it now. Aren’t we creatures wearing masks since ages? “Covering ourselves – our real face and showing the fabricated image to this world, at times we hide our emotions and reveal ourselves as being so cool humans on this planet”. Yes that[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Species in Peril: Loss, Love and Protection

Species in Peril: Loss, Love and Protection

Human calamities abound. The unrelenting coronavirus pandemic has already claimed more than 900,000 lives worldwide. The images of exploding wildfires from the American Southwest—California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—look apocalyptic. Racial injustice and inequity in the United States marches on. And, the economic suffering?—painful. In this moment of so much death and suffering—do we even have the capacity to extend our[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Climate Change
Assange’s Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom

Assange’s Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom

As James Lewis QC for the prosecution, representing the US government, revealed, “I’m just saying about my charger.  It’s in court and I’m going to run out of battery.”  It was one of those moments that said much about the fourth day of proceedings at the Old Bailey regarding one Julian Assange, publisher, Australian national and wanted by the US[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
Political And Spiritual Cults: From Rapture To Complicity To Aftermath In The Shadow Of 20th Century Yankeedom

Political And Spiritual Cults: From Rapture To Complicity To Aftermath In The Shadow Of 20th Century Yankeedom

“The party is always right, even when it’s wrong” – Democratic Workers Party slogan ORIENTATION Everybody knows what cults are People who join cults are mentally unstable before they join and less educated than the general population. True or false? Cult members also define themselves as lonely. True or false? Most people who join cults are from the poor and[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
USA’s Strangulation of the International Criminal Court

USA’s Strangulation of the International Criminal Court

On 2 September, 2020, the US sanctioned two officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigating into alleged war crimes by US forces and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Afghanistan since 2003.The officials are ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and the ICC’s head of Jurisdiction, Complementary, and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochok (sanctioned for having materially assisted Prosecutor Bensouda). Announcing this decision,[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
Open Letter Mark Zuckerberg-CEO Of Facebook

Open Letter Mark Zuckerberg-CEO Of Facebook

“I think there’s a comfort in knowing and having confidence that there are things bigger than you…it’s why I have so much faith in democracy overall, it’s why I care so much about giving people a voice” -Mark Zuckerberg Dear Mark, Very few have the privilege, convenience and power to give the masses a voice, like you do. Facebook has[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
What we behold is what we become

What we behold is what we become

On the 6th of September 2020, a news channel by the name of Pahad TV made a short video about how Christian missionaries from the south have ‘deviously’ come to the north and are ‘in the business’ of converting people there. A group of fanatics, led by a man identified as Gyan Singh Rana is seen threatening a group of[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots

Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots

The Forum for Constitutional Rights and Democratic Freedoms (FCRDF) was constituted in August, 2020, after discussion among its Principal Members, comprising both individuals and organizations, all representing different constituencies. All were concerned with the erosion of constitutional rights and democratic freedoms in the last few years and came together on a common platform to stem the tide. The groups represented[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Women are bearing the brunt of the pandemic disproportionately

Women are bearing the brunt of the pandemic disproportionately

During the initial months of the Covid-19 crisis, experts expressed their concern that this pandemic could set women back decades and rollover 50 years of progress in gender equality. As time passes, data from across the world are proving that the threat is real. With extra burden of childcare and household chores, unsecured jobs, job loss, risk-prone working conditions, hard to access[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Patriarchy
Open letter to Narendra Modi on his Birthday

Open letter to Narendra Modi on his Birthday

Narendra Modi The Prime Minister of India Subject: I wish you a long life so that you can live to see the consequences of your actions Mr. Modi, Hope you are doing well, even under these difficult circumstances when your country is now the second most hit in the world by COVID 19. Too bad that your lockdown did not[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
How Long Will Be The Wait For A Safe COVID-19 Vaccine?

How Long Will Be The Wait For A Safe COVID-19 Vaccine?

Adverse Effects among participants of Oxford-Zeneca Vaccin Trials in the UK In 1922-23, about two years after the end of Spanish Flu which infected over 500 million people, the United Kingdom experienced a very small epidemic of a very rare disorder called transverse myelitis (TM).  No virus or any micro-organism behind this.  These were adverse effects from vaccinations against small[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
Kangana Ranaut and routine violations by the rich

Kangana Ranaut and routine violations by the rich

The controversial demolition of the allegedly illegal construction in film star Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra on September 9 should be seen in a broader perspective. The crux is that over the years there is a tacit understanding between sections in the State government, the municipal corporation and the rich about land grab and illegal construction, enjoying[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
India, Israel And The Arab States

India, Israel And The Arab States

The president of US Donald Trump is of course too much meant to be busy for the November 2020 elections, and despite the stand-off with China on many fronts, particularly in South China Sea, will not be able to ‘look-that-hard’ into with China until the elections are over, which is not ‘that much’ to India’s liking, yet Israel, which is[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
A Parody Of Mann Ki Baat

A Parody Of Mann Ki Baat

I came to power in 2014. Till that period, all the sickulars, commies, libtards, prestitutes ruled the country. The land called India was destroyed by these anti-nationals. From the time I became the prime minister, I took on a war with these anti-national forces. I identified all the Urban naxals and Islamic jehadists by their speeches and dresses and got[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
Assange’s Third Day at the Old Bailey: Bias, Politics and Wars on Journalism

Assange’s Third Day at the Old Bailey: Bias, Politics and Wars on Journalism

The third day of extradition proceedings against Julian Assange at the Old Bailey resumed on the point of politics.  Assange as a figure of political beliefs; Assange as a target of the Trump administration precisely for having them.  The man sketching the portrait was Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. It is no mean feat trying[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
A Modern Day Retelling of a Witch-Hunt

A Modern Day Retelling of a Witch-Hunt

  The terms ‘medial trial’ and ‘media circus’ that are frequently invoked to describe what is happening to actor Rhea Chakraborty following the alleged suicide of her partner Sushant Singh Rajput, merely masks the reality of what our society is subjecting this young woman to. So let’s call it what it really is, shall we? This is a modern day[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
Protesting the Escobal mine in Guatemala. Photo: earthworks.org

Mining and Imperialism in Guatemala

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the long-drawn-out conflict at the Escobal silver mine in Guatemala – the second- largest in the world – is intensifying. The Escobal mine is located in southeast Guatemala, outside the town of San Rafael de las Flores, approximately 40 km from Guatemala City. Since the beginning of commercial production in early 2013, the mine has been[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
UAE Recognition of Israel Dents Emirati Religious Soft Power

UAE Recognition of Israel Dents Emirati Religious Soft Power

  The United Arab Emirates’ establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel is damaging its efforts to garner religious soft power by projecting itself as a model of Islamic moderation and tolerance and a force for peace. The UAE move has sparked splits within a key group, created and nurtured by the Gulf state, to project its image as a moderate[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
As Washington Retreats, Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Further Marginalizes NATO

As Washington Retreats, Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Further Marginalizes NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance in name alone. Recent events notwithstanding, the brewing conflict over territorial waters in the Eastern Mediterranean indicates that the military union between mostly Western countries is faltering. The current Turkish-Greek tension is only one facet of a much larger conflict involving, aside from the two Mediterranean countries, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, France,[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
For What It’s Worth…. 53 years Later!!

For What It’s Worth…. 53 years Later!!

The group, Buffalo Springfield, with both Neil Young and Stephen Stills as members, had a major hit song For What It’s Worth, in 1967. It was the lyrics that are almost frighteningly valid in today’s socio-political climate: For What It’s Worth Buffalo Springfield There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
Time To Judge The Judgement

Time To Judge The Judgement

by Sandeep Pandey and Mohini Mullick When the only cause for elation, even a smile in the morning, is news of the release of an innocent detainee with the words that his detention ‘was bad in law’, then democracy is indeed staring at its nadir. Priyanka Gandhi called Kafeel after his release. We would have liked to call the judges[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
In Solidarity with K. Satyanarayana

In Solidarity with K. Satyanarayana

We, the undersigned academics, journalists and concerned citizens strongly condemn the fresh round of harassment and arrests of academics and activists by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is trying to implicate them in the Bhima Koregaon case. After Partho Sarathi Ray, the NIA has now summoned Prof Satyanarayana and senior journalist KV Kurmanath to appear before it on 9[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
Over a thousand scientists and academics express concern over NIA actions in Bhima-Koregaon case

Over a thousand scientists and academics express concern over NIA actions in Bhima-Koregaon case

We are members of the scientific and academic community. We are writing to express our deep concern at the actions of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its investigation of the Bhima-Koregaon violence. Instead of investigating those responsible for the actual violent clashes in Bhima-Koregaon, the NIA (and earlier,  the Pune police) has focused on the Elgaar Parishad event—a large[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP, File) ORG XMIT: WX101

Most U.S. citizens believe their government, legislators and courts are corrupt and unaccountable to the public, finds poll

Most U.S. citizens believe their government, legislators and courts are corrupt and unaccountable to the public, according to a new poll. Strikingly, both Democrats and Republicans share this opinion. Seventy-three percent of the U.S. citizens say that elected officials do not face “serious consequences” for misconduct, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Pew Research Center, the Washington, DC-based[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 World
Why Police is Casteist and Communal

Why Police is Casteist and Communal

 Sometime back  a video of a police officer from Maharashtra, Bhagyashree Navtake had gone viral wherein she is seen bragging about how she files false cases against Dalits and Muslims and tortures them. It represents a crude but true picture of social prejudices in India’s police force. It is a fact that after all our police men come from the society, hence[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
Remembering The 1960’s

Remembering The 1960’s

  Lessons for today from the 1960’s Everyone agrees that the 1960’s were very special. Those of us who lived through that era remember it as a time when the danger of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was very real indeed. The world came extremely close to disaster during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 Book Review
Assange’s Second Day at the Old Bailey: Torture, Drone Strikes and Journalism

Assange’s Second Day at the Old Bailey: Torture, Drone Strikes and Journalism

The highlights of the second day of Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings at the Central Criminal Court in London yielded an interesting bounty.  The first was the broader public purpose behind the WikiLeaks disclosures, their utility in legal proceedings, and their importance in disclosing instances of US extrajudicial killings, torture and rendition.  The second involved a discussion about the practice of[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 World
Fourth World Or American Carnage From a Pandemic President

Fourth World Or American Carnage From a Pandemic President

The year was 1991 and the United States was suddenly the globe’s lone superpower, its ultimate hyperpower, the last and greatest of its kind, the soon-to-be-indispensable nation. The only one left — alone, utterly alone and triumphant atop the world. Who could have asked for more? Or better? It had been a Cold War fantasy of the first order —[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 World
Strangers In Their Own Home

Strangers In Their Own Home

The 24th edition of the Kolkata international film festival, held in November 2018, showed a surprisingly large number of films from Australia, which has never been counted among the foremost film-making nations of the world; no less than two dozen in all. It is hard to tell whether the ‘focus’ had anything to do with an increasing interest in Down[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Who Owns Cinema? : The story of the unparalleled holy triumvirate of Malayalam cinema 

Who Owns Cinema? : The story of the unparalleled holy triumvirate of Malayalam cinema 

  The simplest form of a question, addressed by indefinite horde communities from hitherto. The reply always varied spatially and temporally. ‘A FILM BY’, a hackneyed yet modish way to address a cinema by the film makers, is a lesser film maker ideology, suggests Nasruddin Shah, a prominent mainstream actor of the era. A complete filmmaker, Charlie Chaplin, never used[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 Arts/Literature
Respect for Institutions

Respect for Institutions

There is nothing inherently noble or respectable about institutions. Institutions become what their political masters want them to be. All institutions all over the world and across all spectrum are vulnerable to political interference. This political interference can influence their overall direction and day-to-day functioning. Respect for government is at an all-time low. A Gallup poll shows that majority don’t[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Kancha Ilaiah’s Theories As Seen Through By a Dalit-Born Teacher

Kancha Ilaiah’s Theories As Seen Through By a Dalit-Born Teacher

I am a teacher of maths, arithmetic to be precise, not a great teacher but an unconventional one: A school teacher without a school; without a place; without a job; without regular salary. A rare kind of a teacher who taught maths to more than one lakh students over 30 years. A teacher who ‘taught’ maths-teaching to qualified teachers, while[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Fanatics Persecute Christians On The Street And Circulate Video In Uttar Pradesh

Fanatics Persecute Christians On The Street And Circulate Video In Uttar Pradesh

Numerous videos of Christians being persecuted by religious radicals are being widely circulated on social media, with Facebook alone having a network of 33 million users in India. These videos are especially uploaded on groups run by the fanatics themselves and then spread to other social media platforms like twitter and WhatsApp. These videos aim at inciting hatred and defaming[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
Credit: Social Fragments Archive /CC

 Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America

By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores Election season is a difficult time to develop good policies towards Latin America, since both Democrats and Republicans cater to the small, but organized, conservative factions of the Latinx community in Florida, vying for their votes. But if Biden wins the White House, there is a chance to reverse the Trump administration policies that[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
Perils To  Canada’s Borders as Fascist Storm Mounts in U.S

Perils To  Canada’s Borders as Fascist Storm Mounts in U.S

UNCERTAINTIES OF AMERICA’S LAW & ORDER PARTY The moment of truth fast approaches in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and soon the world will learn whether or not if it will be Donald Trump, his dynastic family, and their Law & Order Party who will once more continue to rule for yet another four years, eight years, twelve years, or[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
Brazil’s 63,000 Fires

Brazil’s 63,000 Fires

Amazon Day, a day of celebration for over 100 years on September 5th has passed. Amazon Day commemorates the year 1850 creation of the Province of Amazonas, encompassing 60% of Brazil and extending into Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, and French Guyana. Meanwhile, illegal fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rage on, and on, and on stronger than ever.[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 Environmental Protection
Reclaiming Democracy, Defending Diversity: 12 Years of Kandhamal Genocide

Reclaiming Democracy, Defending Diversity: 12 Years of Kandhamal Genocide

National Solidarity Forum (NSF) Cordially Invites for National Webinar TWELVE YEARS OF KANDHAMAL MEMORIAL ‘RECLAIMING DEMOCRACY, DEFENDING DIVERSITY’ Date: 12th September 2020 Time: 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm Dear Friend, The National Solidarity Forum invites you to a National Webinar ‘Twelve Years of Kandhamal – Reclaiming Democracy, Defending Diversity’ on Saturday, 12th September 2020 to mark the 12th Anniversary of[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
CDRO condemns the witch-hunt by the NIA and the choking of pro-people voices

CDRO condemns the witch-hunt by the NIA and the choking of pro-people voices

  After the arrests of leading public intellectuals like poet Varavara Rao, Prof. Soma Sen, Prof. Anand Teltumbde, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Ms. Sudha Bharadwaj and others, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has trained its gun yet once again on democratic right activists, lawyers and other intellectuals. One of their latest targets is Prof. Parthosarathi Ray, a leading biologist of the country, an Associate[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor and Jyoti Jagtap of Kabir Kala Manch Arrested In Bhima Koregaon case

Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor and Jyoti Jagtap of Kabir Kala Manch Arrested In Bhima Koregaon case

Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor of Kabir Kala Manch, have been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with Elgar Parishad – Bhima Koregaon case. Later today, NIA arrested Kabir Kala Manch activist Jyoti Jagtap in Bhima Koregaon case. With the arrest of Jyoti, the number of persons arrested in this case has risen to 15. Sagar Gorkhe[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
Ensuring women have a rights-based access to emergency contraceptives is vital

Ensuring women have a rights-based access to emergency contraceptives is vital

Many women and girls around the world have experienced contraception failure, missed taking oral contraceptive pills, or been forced to have sex against their will. For these women, emergency contraception is a safe and effective method that reduces the risk of pregnancy. Expanding the range of choices for girls and women to prevent unintended pregnancies, depending upon their specific realities[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sinking Transparency at the Old Bailey: The Assange Extradition Hearing Resumes

Sinking Transparency at the Old Bailey: The Assange Extradition Hearing Resumes

The fine circus that is British justice resumed at London’s Central Criminal Court on September 7, with the continued extradition proceedings against Julian Assange.  Judge Vanessa Baraitser was concerned that approximately 40 individuals had received remote video access they apparently should not have.  “In error, the court sent out orders to others who had sought access.  I remain concerned about[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 Human Rights
Time for a new revolution

Time for a new revolution

What Happened As the presidential election draws near both contestants make fatuous appeals to America’s near-sainted Founding Fathers and that almost sacred scroll known as the Constitution. History has seen more than its share of distortion. Myths and misconceptions have sprung up that many people now take as fact. However, historical interpretation must be based on evidence, which in many cases[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
International Literacy Day 2020 and India’s Progress and Promises: An Introspection

International Literacy Day 2020 and India’s Progress and Promises: An Introspection

Youths and children, the most demographic dividend of any country, are equally important for the society specifically as well as for the nation-building in general. They are the impregnable pillars of any country’s social integration and economic growth. Education is treated as best mode of shaping these young populations towards their holistic development, thereon the destiny of any nation depends[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
For Iran China Is In, India Not

For Iran China Is In, India Not

India’s war with China is getting more and more imminent, as what has finally come out, after the talks between India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Moscow, it has become clear that situation is clearly heading for a deadlock 1.  India in a true case of running with a hare and hunting with a[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
 Will Trump Pardon Snowden and Assange?

 Will Trump Pardon Snowden and Assange?

Speculations about a presidential pardon for the whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked National Security Agency’s classified information to the press in 2013, have grown since last month after Donald Trump commented on the case in an interview [1] with The New York Post on August 13. “There are a lot of people that think that he is not being treated[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
Indian Muslims  At the Cross roads

Indian Muslims  At the Cross roads

I had cultivated an idea before 2014 elections that BJP in power is a better option than out of power. It was based on the perception that BJP in the long run wants to grab power and it creates an anti Muslim rhetoric to win majority community votes .And when power is achieved they don’t need the anti minority path.[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Romi Mahajan interviews Vinayak Chaturvedi on the Subject of Savarkar

Romi Mahajan interviews Vinayak Chaturvedi on the Subject of Savarkar

Given the events of August 5th in Ayodhya, how do we conceive Savarkar as a progenitor of this invidious movement? The answer to your question is not an easy one, given the complexities of Savarkar’s ideas and the interpretation of those ideas over one century by a number of thinkers.  However, in thinking specifically about Rama, Ayodhya, and the Babri[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Some Aspects Of Quantum Theory

Some Aspects Of Quantum Theory

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book entitled “Some Aspects of Quantum Theory”. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Some-Aspects-of-Quantum-Theory-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf What readers may expect to find in the book I hope that this book will be of interest to students and researchers in mathematics,[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Book Review
On the Trail of Buddha

On the Trail of Buddha

  On the Trail of Buddha—A Journey to the East is ‘a unique sojourn in the search of the spiritual, philosophical, and cultural linkages that bind India to the East Asian civilizations. From the wandering monks of Asia to the temples and monasteries they visited; from the statues and frescoes in grottoes to those in the museums; from the diverse ethnicities[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Book Review
Who Wrote Kulanirmulana: Voka Marxist Dhukpadham  (Annihilation of Caste: A Marxist Approach)

Who Wrote Kulanirmulana: Voka Marxist Dhukpadham  (Annihilation of Caste: A Marxist Approach)

From Devulapally Venkateswara Rao group one Suryaprakash and Krishna have been writing very unreadable document type of writeups against me. They have been trying to spread lies as information, rubbish as Marxist knowledge. One major unverified lie that they are spreading is that I did not write the first booklet on caste and Marxism in the history of Indian communist[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Plastic in every bite of commercial seafood, finds research

Plastic in every bite of commercial seafood, finds research

Many of us – the readers of Countercurrents – are eating plastic although we do not buy the plastic for eating. There are incidents of recalling of several food items, because there were traces of plastic in those foods items. Almost 60,000 pounds of Pilgrim’s Pride chicken nuggets were recalled back in June because they may contain plastic. Now, scientists have found[Read More…]

HBKL condemns the targeting of peaceful anti-CAA/NRC/NPR protesters by Mumbai Police

HBKL condemns the targeting of peaceful anti-CAA/NRC/NPR protesters by Mumbai Police

Ever since the passage of the draconian & unconstitutional laws, namely, the CAA, NRC & the NPR, peaceful protests spontaneously arose across the country. These protests were organised in the best traditions of the Gandhian principles of non-violence and dissent. The movement that arose committed themselves to defend the Constitution of India and the fundamental values espoused in our preamble,[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Climate And The U.S. Election

Climate And The U.S. Election

Why the 2020 election is so important Why did Prof. Noam Chomsky call the US Republican Party “The most dangerous organization in the history of the world”? He did so because the party is characterized by climate change denial and by support for giant fossil fuel corporations. According to the 2018 IPCC Report, the world has only a very short[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
 Apocalypse? A Return to the Permian-Triassic Extinction

 Apocalypse? A Return to the Permian-Triassic Extinction

In my new book I examine an area of our thought process that is the primary cause of our extinction possibility today; the dark neurotic psychotic side of the human brain. XXXX That “dark side” is driven by a self-serving dynamic. We allow it to enrapture us. It can turn us against each other. We have been and continue to[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Climate Change
Vaccine Nationalism, Big Promises and Warped Speed

Vaccine Nationalism, Big Promises and Warped Speed

From sneering dismissiveness of the coronavirus as nothing more than a common cold to a grand promise to find a vaccine, President Donald Trump is all promises. “We remain on track to deliver a vaccine before the end of the year and maybe even before November 1st,” he told a White House news conference on September 4.  “We think we[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
Apricity of Dad’s presence

Apricity of Dad’s presence

Losing your father is definitely heart wrecking when he has been the emotional support system all through the life. Besides unconditional love, Dad also provided stability, acceptance, and encouragement when it mattered most. It becomes more painful when one had been in direct daily conversation of a couple of hours with Dad for last 20 years. It is an Irish[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Online harassment and caste violence against Dr. Murmu

Online harassment and caste violence against Dr. Murmu

To The Honorable Chairperson National Commission for Scheduled Tribes New Delhi Dear Sir Sub: Online harassment and caste violence against Dr. Murmu Dr. Maroona Murmu is an Associate Professor of the Department of History, Jadavpur University. In the Brahmanical landscape of academia in West Bengal, she is one of the few Adivasi women to have catapulted into success and prominence.[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Human Rights
In Solidarity With Dr Partho Sarothi Ray

In Solidarity With Dr Partho Sarothi Ray

We have come to know that our dear friend and comrade Dr Partho Sarothi Ray, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. He has been asked to present himself before the investigators in Mumbai on 10 September at 11am. Partho[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Human Rights
The myth of the American middle class

The myth of the American middle class

When ‘mainstream’ politicians and media pundits talk about the structure of American society, they focus mainly on a vaguely defined group called ‘the middle class.’ The middle class is considered the mainstay of society, a bulwark of social stability and cohesion. Indeed, the middle class is the symbolic representative of the whole society. The ‘typical Americans’ of TV sitcoms are[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
From ‘Greater-Turkey’ To ‘Blue-Homeland’

From ‘Greater-Turkey’ To ‘Blue-Homeland’

The real ‘Turkish-Delight’ was into its consonance as Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan, on August 21, 2020 announced the discovery of large reserves of oil/gas and hydrocarbons in Mediterranean sea 1 and with it obviously the objective of ‘blue-homeland’ of Turley has started to be counted inside Turkish populace as it has started to hit everyone’s imagination that Turkey is soon[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
Vidyarthy Chatterjee

Parents and Progeny

In my personal calendar of gains and losses, September is a craven, cowardly month. It robbed me, born the same month, of my two closest relatives. I don’t expect everybody to be interested in this humble story of comings and goings, but, who knows, someone out there might read a useful metaphor here. Come late August/early September each year, and[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Catholic Union lists issues of Dalit Christians, Targeted Hate and National Education Policy as leading the top ten concerns of the community

Catholic Union lists issues of Dalit Christians, Targeted Hate and National Education Policy as leading the top ten concerns of the community

All India Catholic Union National President  Lancy D Cunha has listed the long-pending restoration of scheduled rights for Dalit Christians, Targeted hate and violence against religious minorities, and the skewed National Education Policy as the chief concerns of the Christian community in the first year of the third decade of the 21st Century. Speaking at a webinar organized by the[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Be him Anyone’s Ram, Will he ever be Everyone’s?

Be him Anyone’s Ram, Will he ever be Everyone’s?

Will there be any use in searching answer to a question like this? For me, no. There is no point at all. But then, hey, should not we discuss and debate on some speeches made by leaders invoking mythical characters? If one rejects religion and God, does it mean that they should also dismiss discussion on religion? May be not.[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
The Ordinary Calculus of Color in Trump’s America

The Ordinary Calculus of Color in Trump’s America

I was driving on Highway 90, just outside of Bellevue, WA, where I live- in the first week of September, 2020.  The drive East from Bellevue on I-90 is for the most part absolutely incredible.  The physical beauty of the land, the sylvan cover, the density of the vegetation- all of these remind one that the Earth has beautiful parts,[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
GDP contracts by 23.9%: Media blames Corona, but doesn’t dare question Government

GDP contracts by 23.9%: Media blames Corona, but doesn’t dare question Government

The mainstream newspapers have given very little space to the story of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shirking by the steepest ever 23.9 per cent that it deserves. In their reporting, they have ended up solely blaming the corona pandemic for the steepest decline. Hardly has any newspaper dared to link the sharpest fall in the GDP to the Government’s economic[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Only a Multi-class Democratic Platform can defeat the authoritarian politics of BJP/ RSS

Only a Multi-class Democratic Platform can defeat the authoritarian politics of BJP/ RSS

Main points on the basis of the talk with Akhilendra Pratap Singh, Member, National Working Committee of Swaraj Abhiyan by senior journalist Santosh Bhartiya of Loud TV India about the political initiative required in the present situation: (Akhilendra Pratap Singh in this conversation has expressed his views about the new ideology and strategy in the present situation, pointing out the[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Has Indian Democracy Been Facebooked?

Has Indian Democracy Been Facebooked?

Belarus-born American writer Evgeny Morozov, a scholar of the political and social implications of technology, is among the early technology sceptics whose words have now proved prescient. Morozov had questioned the claim that the internet would challenge dictatorships even at an inconvenient time to do so. While thousands were out on streets during the Arab Spring, he delivered a Ted[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
The Slow Death Of Gaza

The Slow Death Of Gaza

On August 31, 2020, Hamas announced that it had reached a ceasefire with Israel that would end the recent hostilities in Gaza. Since 6 August, the besieged Palestinian enclave was being bombed daily by the Israeli forces. In order to bomb Gaza, the “terror balloon” narrative has been used by the Zionist state. These so-called “terror balloons” are contraptions made from everyday materials, gas-soaked[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 Palestine
Does Facebook’s Zuckerberg have a ‘Muslim’ problem?

Does Facebook’s Zuckerberg have a ‘Muslim’ problem?

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, claims to be against the use of his popular social media portal for spreading hatred. He said that there “is no place for hate speech or content that promotes violence.” Can we trust him? How serious is he to ensuring his claims? Is he ready to walk the talk? After all, accusations[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 World
A Nation in Tatters

A Nation in Tatters

August 15, 1947 is a memorable day in the history of the British Empire since from that day onwards the sun started setting on the British Empire and India received its independence from the clutches of the British. What dreams we had for the future; what aspirations were built up for a young nation who could breathe free after being[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Female Pastor And Husband Unjustly Imprisoned In Madhya Pradesh

Female Pastor And Husband Unjustly Imprisoned In Madhya Pradesh

Pr. Sangeeta and her husband Chandra Shekhar Upadhyay were unjustly arrested and imprisoned in Indore a district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, by the Police after the complainant wrongly accused them of forcing her to convert to Christianity. “This is a dishonest accusation. My Mother has been a devout Christian and a faithful Pastor. My parents would never[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Is War Imminent?

Is War Imminent?

India which is already bogged down by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as its economy is into a ‘meltdown’, right now is in quite a piquant position as the likelihood of a conflict now only on Line of Actual Control (China) but a conflict on Line of Control (Pakistan) is almost waiting to happen. Going by the details, it[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
A Crack in the Earth

A Crack in the Earth

Opening before us A crack in the Earth So deep So deep Headphones on Chatting on the phone We walk Into the muck Insouciance Ambien-induced haze Our collective lives Under this mask The crack widens And deepens We walk Without a pause Will you save me Before I fall? Romi Mahajan is an Author, Marketer, Investor, and Activist SIGN UP[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Arts/Literature
Church Destroyed At The Dead Of Night In Telangana

Church Destroyed At The Dead Of Night In Telangana

‘The Grace Prayer House’ was demolished at the dead of night by religious fanatics on the 2nd of September 2020, in Khammam, a district in the southern Indian state of Telangana. The attack is the aftermath of a Police complaint made against the fanatics who have been harassing the Church since 2019. “At around 2:00am, my wife woke up with[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
Education in a Time of Collapse

Education in a Time of Collapse

In a recent committee meeting at my institution, I heard a colleague say: “Our job is to prepare students for the world.” This comment wasn’t intended as an earth-shaking revelation, but it nevertheless caught my attention and got me thinking. On the surface, the idea appears to be simple and non-controversial, even banal. Those of us who are associated with[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Counter Solutions
Condemn The Decision To Demolish 48,000 Homes Of The Urban Poor In Delhi

Condemn The Decision To Demolish 48,000 Homes Of The Urban Poor In Delhi

People Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) expresses its disappointment at the decision of the Supreme Court of India dated 31.08.2020 in `M.C. Mehta v Union Of India & Ors’ (Writ Petition No. 13029/1985), and condemns the direction to demolish within the next three months over 48,000 homes of the urban poor in Delhi as being in complete violation of the[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
 Innovative financing for women’s health becomes vital when purse strings tighten

 Innovative financing for women’s health becomes vital when purse strings tighten

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of weak health systems that were ill prepared to withstand the onslaught of the pandemic. As documented by the Pulse survey of the WHO, the pandemic has resulted in disruption of essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, in most countries. Weak and perpetually poorly resourced health systems have escalated the[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Confusion of Tongues, and a Film

Confusion of Tongues, and a Film

Human beings distinguish themselves from other animal species by, inter alia, their ability to communicate elaborately through multiple languages. Over time, the spoken languages have also been transformed into written languages, bringing a visuality and cognition to the language which also made possible recording of history and creation of literature, essentially extending the reach and precision of language over time,[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Arts/Literature
Learning from the Poorest: My Lessons and Experiences as the CEO of a Small Rural Women’s Bank in Western Maharashtra

Learning from the Poorest: My Lessons and Experiences as the CEO of a Small Rural Women’s Bank in Western Maharashtra

I run a small bank for rural women in a drought-prone area of Maharashtra. It’s called the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank. It’s the first bank set up in the country by and for rural women. Most of our customers are micro business owners – women who work at weekly markets or run their enterprises from home. They are vegetable[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
In Conversation with Chakravarty Gautam

In Conversation with Chakravarty Gautam

Chakravarty Gautam is one of the founders of Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organizations in the United Kingdom (FABO UK). He was born in Gujarat and migrated to the UK in 1969. He established himself as a business person and also linked to various Ambedkarite groups working in the UK. He became one of the leading figures of the Ambedkarite[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Face To Face With Eminent Computer Scientist-Teacher Prof M. Radhakrishna To mark Teachers’ Day

Face To Face With Eminent Computer Scientist-Teacher Prof M. Radhakrishna To mark Teachers’ Day

The photo was taken when he was around 75. He was very active and agile until he was down with cancer late in 2017. A few months before that, he was walking and talking with some students for 8 hours, on a hot  summer in a forest on a project. After retirement and surgery also he was available to his[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Untold Story Of M.D.Madan

The Untold Story Of M.D.Madan

The Tatas have all along been opposed to the idea of having a university in Jamshedpur. In fact, Tisco did not want even a college in the city. Which brings us to the saga of Medioma Dhanjishah Madan (1913 – 1962). Dissidents give a character to a place, as much as devotees do. But since, as a rule, dissidents are[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 “Warrior” Steve Bannon Arrested As Trump’s America Is Crumbling

 “Warrior” Steve Bannon Arrested As Trump’s America Is Crumbling

It often happens this way: extreme right-wingers, or call them ‘ultra-conservatives,’ either in the United States or Europe, suddenly fall from grace, after committing the most heinous crimes. Sometimes it is child abuse or sexual harassment, but most of the time, it is a corruption of tremendous proportions. In theory, in their own theory, it is not supposed to be[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 World
The Case for Israel as a Criminal Enterprise

The Case for Israel as a Criminal Enterprise

Missing from thoughtful decision is that the Emirates bewildering moment and the shattered Palestinian moment are due to a misrepresentation of what is called the Middle East conflict. The misrepresentation has led to a fallacious approach for rectification, and an impasse for obtaining peace with justice. Even the terminology seems incorrect. Is this a conflict between Palestinians and Zionists or has it[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Palestine
 India’s corporate tax cuts fail to deliver on its promises: Is there a way out?   

 India’s corporate tax cuts fail to deliver on its promises: Is there a way out?   

Coronavirus could have sounded the death knell for capitalism. The Economic Times called it a time of “ethical reboot,” while New Statesman invoked “the need for an entirely new economic system” of governance. This could have become our new reality, if not for the governments all over the world swooping in to rescue their most beloved—The Corporates. Our current business-centric,[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
 Maej Kasheer : The Lost Paradise

 Maej Kasheer : The Lost Paradise

Káśmīra, the Sanskrit word of Kashmir; or Kasheer, the Kashmiri word for Kashmir; only inscribed in the pages of the books or in minds similarly as how the beloved land “Maej Kasheer”- the Mother Kashmir set aside in the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. The paradise was only known as the Kashmir Valley between the Great Himalayas and[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
How ‘QUAD’ To Counter China On The Lines Of NATO

How ‘QUAD’ To Counter China On The Lines Of NATO

The first-round between China and US, from the past couple of months, has gone to the US side, as surely and certainly a lot is happening in terms of geo-politics, a change in what is called as ‘an old guard’ is taking place, as new blocs are getting formed and new formulations are in vogue, to be put forward, for[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 World
A Long Term COVID Response Plan

A Long Term COVID Response Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on the economy: broken supply chains, record unemployment, failing small businesses. Much the same way it is affecting people with pre-existing health conditions more strongly, so is the pandemic-triggered economic crisis exposing vulnerable communities to greater distress. The pandemic has frozen the wheels of economy and affected every aspect of life. Lockdowns[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
Gate Installed To Keep Christians Out Of Prayer House In Telengana

Gate Installed To Keep Christians Out Of Prayer House In Telengana

A gate was deliberately installed to prevent Christians from visiting a prayer house at a residential and commercial colony in the Indian state of Telangana. Persecution Relief was alerted about the incident on the 31st of August 2020, by *Andrew, a Christian resident of the colony. “Over the past year, the colony members have been purposely creating one issue after[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
Indian Parliament Must Apologize for Stonewalling Debate on Gay & Lesbian Issues Since Independence

Indian Parliament Must Apologize for Stonewalling Debate on Gay & Lesbian Issues Since Independence

By Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal The rights of people with different sexual orientations – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual needs to be respected; all the laws that criminalise or discriminate against the LGBTQIA community should be abolished. India should pass laws that allows marriage among same sex and LGBTQIA communities. –          A People’s Manifesto for[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Patriarchy
We The Citizens Object To The Manner Of The Delhi Riots Probe

We The Citizens Object To The Manner Of The Delhi Riots Probe

Over 1000 citizens from all walks of life including, filmmaker Aparna Sen; former Culture Secretary culture Jawahar Sircar; Historian Ramchandra Guha; former Chairperson, Delhi Minority Commission Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan; Former Governor, Margaret Alva; Academics –  Zoya Hasan, Partha Chatterjee, Jayati Ghosh, Poonam Batra, Nivedita Menon, Sucharita Sen; former senior civil servants – Wajahat Habibullah, Madhu Bhaduri, Deb Mukherjee, Amitabha Pande,[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 India
A Green New Deal for Workers

A Green New Deal for Workers

By Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker Workers in 2020 have a unique opportunity to vote to put two fellow workers in the White House. Howie is a recently retired Teamster and Angela is a dump truck driver. We know the economic realities that working people face in the United States. This Labor Day we call for a better class of[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 World
Delhi Riots: Is this an investigation into a “conspiracy” or is the investigation itself a conspiracy?

Delhi Riots: Is this an investigation into a “conspiracy” or is the investigation itself a conspiracy?

Statement released by Activists  of Anti-CAA-NRC-NPR movement, Apoorvanand, Harsh Mander, Yogendra Yadav, Kawalpreet and Umar Khalid questioning the malicious investigation of the Delhi riots by Delhi police This press conference has been called in the backdrop of a continuing attempt by the Delhi Police to falsely implicate activists of the anti-CAA/NRC/NPR movements as the masterminds of the brutal communal violence[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 India
Scientists, Scholars from various Educational and Research Institutes Oppose EIA 2020

Scientists, Scholars from various Educational and Research Institutes Oppose EIA 2020

  500 academics, scientists and researchers from India, across various educational institutes, have written an open letter to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change listing their concerns with the Draft Notification of the ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ 2020. Together, the signatories come from over 130 research institutes and universities, including the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institutes of[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 Environmental Protection
Settlements should end for a lasting solution

Settlements should end for a lasting solution

Israeli settlements or Jewish communities in Occupied Palestine Territories, especially in the East Jerusalem and West Bank, are a major historical cause of concern, not only for Palestine and Israel but also for the entire Arab region and beyond. In fact, every Israeli effort to build expansionary settlements and outposts has, of course, created chaos between Palestine and Israeli and[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 Palestine
Australia’s Father’s Day Shame

Australia’s Father’s Day Shame

On this coming Father’s Day I want to salute three fathers whose sons, who have not broken Australian law, were and are betrayed by the Australian government: Terry Hicks the father of David Hicks incarcerated in a cage in Camp X-ray Guantanamo Bay for 5 years; John Shipton the father of Julian Assange who is presently incarcerated by the British[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 Human Rights
Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party

Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party

It is difficult – and futile – to argue which American president has historically been more pro-Israel. While former President Barack Obama, for example, has pledged more money to Israel than any other US administration in history, Donald Trump has provided Israel with a blank check of seemingly endless political concessions. Certainly, the unconditional backing and love declared for Israel[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 World
A Loss Untold: How I lost my Dehli in 2020

A Loss Untold: How I lost my Dehli in 2020

Dil ki basti purani Dilli hai Jo bhi guzra hai uss ne loota hai (My heart is [like] the Delhi of yore Whoever has passed through it, has looted it)   The renowned poet Bashir Badr compared the afflictions of his heart with the city of Delhi in this famous couplet. Like the city, he claims, his heart was looted[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 India
President Gotabaya’s Forward March Towards An Exclusive Sinhala-Budhist State In Sri Lanka

President Gotabaya’s Forward March Towards An Exclusive Sinhala-Budhist State In Sri Lanka

President Gotabaya’s throne speech on August 20, 2020 as expected does not spring any surprise or disappointments to the minorities particularly Tamils as it is a frank and forthright speech which is crowning Buddhism and Sinhalese and expressing his gratitude to them for their endorsement to his pledges. The two-third majority of SLPP in the Parliament was made possible due[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 South Asia
USA Is Wary Of China

USA Is Wary Of China

The US Office of the Secretary of Defense Report released on Sep 2, 2020, is a 200-page document available free in PDF form, is named as Military and Security Developments Involving the Peoples Republic of China-2020, has been put to the world to see and probe as to what miracle China has become, militarily, apart from what economically it is. [Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 World
“Hope”

“Hope”

By Giuseppa Cochiara and Gary Steven Corseri Food for the poor, Water for plants Rain for arid land.   Everyone adds A pinch of hope To the dish of Life.   It’s a rose-tinged feeling— Nourishing, supporting.   Everyone hopes For a better day— A turnaround To something new.   Love, success, pride…. Can we imagine them Without hope?  [Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 Arts/Literature
Journalists and doctors are victims of Covid, they should learn to join unions

Journalists and doctors are victims of Covid, they should learn to join unions

• Journalists, because they can rub shoulders with so-called VIPs, start thinking that they too belong to the elite circle. Over the years many in the profession enjoying good perks, have started looking down on trade unions of journalists. But with Covid leading to loss of jobs and health hazards, it is time for a rethink. • In Maharashtra the[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
Pastor Whipped And Beaten By The Police In Uttar Pradesh

Pastor Whipped And Beaten By The Police In Uttar Pradesh

“You Christian’s will never change” said *Inspector Kumar, as he lashed his belt on *Pastor Rupesh’s back. “I am fed up of trying to stop you Christians” he exclaimed. For the next couple of hours, Pr. Rupesh and a fellow believer endured the fury of the Inspector as he mercilessly beat them with a (lathi) wooden rod and his belt.[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
Pakistan’s Choice for an Islamicate Counter-Hegemony

Pakistan’s Choice for an Islamicate Counter-Hegemony

The rapidly shifting geopolitical realities, every new emerging international security situation, and (especially) current circumstances in South Asia behoove Pakistan to treat the Kashmir issue as its top priority – and thankfully Islamabad is doing that. The recent statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, concerning the establishment of an alternative Muslim bloc to deal with the Kashmir issue[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 World
 Who Will Clean The Deep Rot of Indian Education System?

 Who Will Clean The Deep Rot of Indian Education System?

Co-Written by  Peehu Pardeshi and Sandeep Pandey It is unusual for a bright young scholar like Amrendra Narayan, with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Mississippi State University, preceded and followed by research stints at Indian Institutes of Technology at Kanpur and Mumbai, respectively, to go and work at a relatively little known Veer Kunwar Singh University in a small[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
Where have all the bluebirds gone?

Where have all the bluebirds gone?

An eastern bluebird perches on a branch, watching the ground As the bleary summer days are coming to an end, lately I have been thinking a lot about birds and nature in general. Because of the ongoing pandemic due to the coronavirus when all normal activities have been rerouted, we are finding alternatives to live our day, and such thoughts[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 Environmental Protection
 For years, journalists cheered Assange’s abuse. Now they’ve paved his path to a US gulag

 For years, journalists cheered Assange’s abuse. Now they’ve paved his path to a US gulag

Court hearings in Britain over the US administration’s extradition case against Julian Assange begin in earnest next week. The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms. A journalist and publisher has been deprived of his liberty for 10 years. According to UN experts, he has been arbitrarily detained and[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 Uncategorized
Fruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless Surveillance

Fruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless Surveillance

He has become part of the furniture when it comes to discussions about privacy rights and personal liberties, arguably an odd sort of thing for a man who also dealt in the shadows of intelligence secrets.  But Edward Snowden has been doing his bit to reveal and chip away at the foundations of the national security state that continues to[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 World
Deskilling and Reskilling of Adivasi farmers- Context Specific Analysis is Important

Deskilling and Reskilling of Adivasi farmers- Context Specific Analysis is Important

Co-Written by Dibyendu Chaudhuri and Parijat Ghosh   Deskilling is a process of elimination of skilled labour within an economy. Separation of intelligence from muscle helps ruling class dominating both (Braverman, 1974). Advent of modern agriculture, characterised by hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers, pesticides, etc., is considered responsible for deskilling in agriculture. In agriculture, deskilling is understood as a process in[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
‘Chant In Our Temples Not In Your Homes’, Uttar Pradesh

‘Chant In Our Temples Not In Your Homes’, Uttar Pradesh

“What’s all this nonsense going on here?” Two angry religious fanatics yelled at a Pastor’s family, after they forcefully entered their home at around 4pm in the evening and began creating a commotion. The family was shocked and taken aback by the unexpected visit as there was no prayer meeting going on then. “They immediately started accusing us of religious[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
 ‘Venom’ Can Be No Honourable Artist’s Middle-Name!

 ‘Venom’ Can Be No Honourable Artist’s Middle-Name!

Adoor Gopalakrishnan is, unfortunately, ‘at it’ again. Kerala’s best-known filmmaker was recently at his favourite pastime of hitting a contemporary below the belt; trying to belittle someone with whom he started out on his filmmaking journey almost half a century ago. Honestly, I have noted with a mixture of disappointment and disgust, Adoor’s venomous remarks against K.P. Kumaran, as made[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 Arts/Literature
  Ecocide- A Sibling of Genocide 

  Ecocide- A Sibling of Genocide 

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire Humanity has been the witness of glory and upheavals since history. A history that has long been constructed to corner the reality that stalks now and then. Utmost resistance of reality also leads to an explosion, explosion of fragmented truth, which if given a shape from the[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 Environmental Protection
Turkey To Take On European Union All Alone

Turkey To Take On European Union All Alone

The world is dangerously heading towards a war which eventually has the likelihood to change into a world-war. There are now conflict zones getting ‘more aggravated’ owing to geo-political needs and there is a growing tension between Greece-Turkey in the Mediterranean sea,  since at least a month and there are all out chances that it may turn out to be[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 World
Professor Ali Akhtar Khan: End of an Era

Professor Ali Akhtar Khan: End of an Era

Professor Ali Akhtar Khan (78) of (AMU) passed away on (08/29/2020) after a brief illness. He was born to parents Ali Qadar Khan and Najmun Nisa, on January 01, 1942, in a landlord family of Naseerpur village, Azamgarh. He studied in Shibli school and then graduated from Shibli National College, Azamgarh. Later on, he completed his M.Ed. from Aligarh Muslim[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Venezuela and Palestine: A Revolutionary Alliance

Venezuela and Palestine: A Revolutionary Alliance

On 6 August, 2020, Juan Guaidó, the US-backed puppet attempting to destabilize the legitimate administration of President Nicolas Maduro, announced the opening of a “virtual embassy” in Jerusalem. This action is one of the first measures initiated by the anti-Chavista opposition to restore diplomatic ties with Israel, severed by former President Hugo Chavez a decade ago. Guaidó is a pro-Israel ideologue who[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 World
India Not Able To Fully Abandon Russia

India Not Able To Fully Abandon Russia

One development which surely has skipped its ‘deserving-importance’  and which could not evoke the due coverage , despite the on-going clashes and conflict hotting-up  between India and China, the latest again on August 31, 2020, in Pangong Tso Lake 1 , has however  come as a surprise,  as that India has pulled out of the Kavkaz military exercises to be[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
Courtesy: https://metro.co.uk/ (screenshot)

Solution To India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

Co-Written by  Tenzin Tsundue and Sandeep Pandey India has a cancerous wound around its Himalayan neck and this has been literally a pain in the neck ever since India’s humiliating defeat during the Chinese invasion of India in 1962. The recent Galwan Valley massacre only added salt to the wound. It has come to this because when China invaded the[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
Bullying the way with flawed SOPs, Gloves & Masks No Panacea for all!

Bullying the way with flawed SOPs, Gloves & Masks No Panacea for all!

With every passing day, the corona pandemic is getting bigger and bigger; we have reached the figure of more than one thousand deaths and around 80 thousand reported cases every day. We are into 10 months of the pandemic, yet we seem to know little about the infectivity of the virus. Even highly protected people like Home Minster of the[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
Life And Work Of Com.Vuppuluri Subba Rao, Renowned Working Class Leader : Viewed in the light of controversy created by Kancha Ilaiah

Life And Work Of Com.Vuppuluri Subba Rao, Renowned Working Class Leader : Viewed in the light of controversy created by Kancha Ilaiah

Com.Vuppuluri Subba Rao (1924-1998), veteran working class leader of AP Com.Vuppuluri or VSR in short, veteran communist and working class leader of AP, and Founder of FITU,  breathed his last on 8th September, 1998. Every year he is remembered by his followers and admirers in September, in meetings held by Trade Unions (TUs) he founded. Due to Covid-19, we are[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
COVID-19 Pandemic: A Joint Nobel Prize For Trump, Bolsonaro, Modi – Truly Deserved!

COVID-19 Pandemic: A Joint Nobel Prize For Trump, Bolsonaro, Modi – Truly Deserved!

An emergency meeting of the 50-member Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm – responsible for the selection of Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine – is having grave deliberations. Chairperson: An unprecedented situation has arisen after we received an email from the aforesaid aspirants for the Nobel Prize; the rules do not allow nomination by the potential laureates. I beseech[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 World
Promoting Fraternity: Courts to the Rescue – Stay on Transmission of Hate Program of Sudarshan TV

Promoting Fraternity: Courts to the Rescue – Stay on Transmission of Hate Program of Sudarshan TV

Prashant Bhushan, the upright legal luminary and social activist, has shown the mirror to the Judiciary in a remarkable way. But that’s not the whole story. Recently two interventions of the Courts do give a hope that the judiciary can also come forward to preserve the democratic values in the society. The first one of this was the judgement where[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
UAE Geopolitical Gamble Keeps Palestinian Peace Prospects on Life Support

UAE Geopolitical Gamble Keeps Palestinian Peace Prospects on Life Support

 The decision by the UAE to establish diplomatic relations with Israel keeps a negotiated solution with Palestine on life support. There is no indication that forging relations with Israel will be more successful in nudging the Jewish state towards peace with Palestine on mutually acceptable terms than the failed formula of offering Arab recognition in exchange for peace was. Like[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Palestine
A rib-cracking satire on painful transitions in contemporary India

A rib-cracking satire on painful transitions in contemporary India

Self-deprecating humour is a survival strategy of human beings, and coping mechanism of the society during the dark times.  That is true to the letter as well as to the spirit when it comes to Avay Shukla’s book ‘PolyTicks, DeMocKrazy & MumboJumbo’. It is an insider masterpiece of political satire on Indian society and politics from 2014 to 2020. The[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Book Review
Life Divine

Life Divine

The circle of eternal flow Through scented breeze and reminiscing nights Through a thousand nascent dawns and seagulls’ ocean-defeating flights The spirit’s eternal race to new shells of myriad experience The endless dance of blending love, lust and and tears pay obeisance To the stillness in endless motion The supreme truth of life divine. The slice of blue spheres In[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Arts/Literature
Has The Media Forgotten What News Is?

Has The Media Forgotten What News Is?

Walter Cronkite’s was a well- known broadcast journalists of America during the 60s. He was much respected, loved and hated at the same time for presenting the news as it was. There was no editorializing. There was no moral judgment. There was no prophetising. The news was what it was. “Our job is only to hold up the mirror- to[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 India
Crisis Management: Post Pandemic – with a System of Justice (Part – II)

Crisis Management: Post Pandemic – with a System of Justice (Part – II)

In the first article of Crisis Management, discussing the solutions “Adopt a Village” was an idea shared. This thought is not just for doing social service but also to improve the financial conditions of those villagers, establishing small scale industries, creating employment opportunities, overall to contribute to the country’s GDP. In an article of EPW written by Prof. Arun Kumar[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Counter Solutions
Pranab Mukherjee : Not a common person’s leader

Pranab Mukherjee : Not a common person’s leader

Former President Mr Pranab Mukherjee death is the passing away of a leader who adhered to Parliamentary procedures and constitutional norms. Perhaps, Mr Mukherjee was among the last of that generation that believed consensus the only way to run the country though sometimes such consensus could help the status-quoists only. After his death, lots of tribute have poured in including[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Is India Prepared For A Two-Front War?

Is India Prepared For A Two-Front War?

Photo Courtesy:  India Today All the news of de-escalation between China and India, has turned out to be farce, as the heat which began in May 2020, and which reached its height on June 15, 2020, in which India lost 20 soldiers in Galwan valley, in Ladakh,  has refused to cease, despite India having sat with China over ‘rounds-of-talks’. All[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 India
Build a united struggle for the livelihood of the poor as an alternative to religiopolitical nexus

Build a united struggle for the livelihood of the poor as an alternative to religiopolitical nexus

  According to newspaper reports, Leo Saldanha, a social activist and lawyer, has written a letter to President RamnathKobind demanding the suspension of Tejaswi Surya, a BJP MP from South Bengaluru, from the LokSabha. He has accused the BJP MP of “desecrating the constitution”. How? On 5th August when the Prime Minister NarendraModi was bowing on the ground during the[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 India
What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point

What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point

As a coup de grâce to the Bernie Sanders campaign Joe Biden declared that he would veto Medicare-for-All.  This could drive a dedicated health care advocate to relentlessly pursue Med-4-All as a final goal.  However, it is not the final goal.  It should be the first step in a complete transformation of medicine which includes combining community medicine with natural[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
COVID-19: A Pretext to Demonise China

COVID-19: A Pretext to Demonise China

The attempts by the U.S.-led Anglo-Saxon regimes to shift the blame against China over what they called a “cover-up” of the origin of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) are unsubstantiated allegations designed to deflect attention away from the real culprit and portray China as the arch-villain of the “West”. The ongoing propaganda campaign to demonise and make China a scapegoat allows[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 World
Remembering Komaram Bheem Today

Remembering Komaram Bheem Today

It was the first of September, 1940, when the policemen working under Tahsildar Abdul Sattar of the Nizam of Hyderabad, opened fire in Jodeghat on the warriors being led by Komaram Bheem in a rebellion to gain self-determination over the land and resources of the Gondi people. While the fire killed many warriors and left many with fatal injuries, it[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Purple Derechos

Purple Derechos

I am one of those who did not obtain help to fix the house. I am living in it because I am not the owner of the house I’ve been living in for six years, and without documents I could not obtain help to repair it. Staying here in these conditions is not easy. But since I have my daughter[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Climate Change
‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them. Soon after the[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Palestine
 How Pakistan’s Military Created Rift Between Imran Khan and Modi?

 How Pakistan’s Military Created Rift Between Imran Khan and Modi?

During his stint in power as Pakistan’s prime minister until July 2017, Nawaz Sharif had nurtured cordial working relationship with India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi. This, along with his role in Kargil conflict of 1999 with India, was precisely the reason why Pakistan’s military establishment turned against him and he was eventually disqualified[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 South Asia
Onekind

Onekind

  Why does Hate extend her reign? Why do divides raise ugly sides? When will mankind unite?   Casteist fervour, abhorrence and race   Manmade borders that breaches create, tolerance break, love annihilate, rancours breed   Marginalised, classified — we still remain broken, fragmented with spite   When can love colour all our kind?   There is no North, no[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Arts/Literature