Archive for April, 2021

Japan government will release irradiated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea

Japan government will release irradiated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea

Contaminated wastewater at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant will be released into the ocean “in around two years,” the Japanese government has announced, despite calls from China and South Korea urging against the move. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the move in Tokyo, on Tuesday. He had previously called the release “unavoidable” given the amount of accumulated water over[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 World
Riot, curfew, protesters besiege Brooklyn Center police department in Minnesota, U.S.

Riot, curfew, protesters besiege Brooklyn Center police department in Minnesota, U.S.

Flash-bangs and teargas were used to disperse the crowd gathered outside the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police department, in violation of the curfew declared to stop the riots over the death of Daunte Wright. An hour and 45 minutes after the 7 pm curfew went into effect, police issued a final “unlawful assembly” warning and deployed crowd control weapons. Some of[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 World
Lok Rang has created an alternative space for Folk artists against indecency and vulgarity

Lok Rang has created an alternative space for Folk artists against indecency and vulgarity

  Fourteen years ago, when noted author and historian in the world of Hindi language Mr Subhash Chandra Kushwaha took an initiative to create an space for folk artists against the culture of indecency and vulgarity in the name of folk culture particularly in the Bhojpuri heartland, nobody ever assumed that the event would become hugely popular with the masses[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 India
Human Trafficking & Violence Against Naga Tribal Girls and Women in South India

Human Trafficking & Violence Against Naga Tribal Girls and Women in South India

Introduction Human trafficking is not only a modern day slavery but it is a gender-based violence which requires interventions from civil society, local community and law enforcement agency to address it. Trafficking is gender-based violence since it affects girls and women and it is also a human rights violation with major social and psychological impacts for trafficked survivors, their families[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Patriarchy
I A Rehman : The torchbearer of Human Rights Movement in Pakistan

I A Rehman : The torchbearer of Human Rights Movement in Pakistan

The passing away of Mr I A Rehman who was also fondly referred as Rehman Saheb, founder of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a truly people’s Commission on Human Rights is a big loss for the human rights movement in South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. His was a voice that stood with its head high and with[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Do Not Let Hindutva Rulers Destroy Heritage Of Communal Unity Of Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs

Do Not Let Hindutva Rulers Destroy Heritage Of Communal Unity Of Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs

The RSS-BJP rulers of India declare India to be a battle-ground between Hinduism and Islam. Muslims have been declared as ‘Internal Threat’ number ONE [RSS ideologue, MS Golwalkar’s Bunch of Thought chapter xvi]. Many of their leading cadres including those who hold high constitutional posts have been conspiring over-time to ignite a civil war between the two communities (they believe[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 India
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The commons

The commons is a concept originally used in England during the Middle Ages to designate shared areas (mostly woods and pasture lands) that peasants collectively managed to access basic resources such as firewood, foraged food or grazing for their cattle. In a mostly rural society, peasants relied on the commons for survival. In fact, the appropriation and plunder of the[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Counter Solutions
Beautiful Plots: Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility

Beautiful Plots: Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility

Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day.  The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.  Unfortunately, the stars did not shine and President Hassan Rouhani and his officials were left with a reminder of the previous time the centrifuges at Natanz crashed.  In 2010, a joint US-Israeli operation[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 World
A BACK to the FUTURE DIALECTIC

A BACK to the FUTURE DIALECTIC

I wish to write a little on a couple of terms, one of which, Ground or Grounding Dimension, I learned from an essay by Larry Dossey, and the other, Floating World, came to me as a designation for America but which I now understand was formerly applied to the urban culture of Edo Japan.  One of these terms implies connectedness,[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
COVID Times Should Not Be Used As A Cover to Push Narrow Interests

COVID Times Should Not Be Used As A Cover to Push Narrow Interests

COVID-19 pandemic as well as the lockdowns which followed in most countries have caused a lot of distress . However the wider bitter reality is that these times were also used to push the narrow interests of very powerful persons and forces. Inequalities have  increased greatly. While tens of millions have suffered great distress and loss of income, the fortunes[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 World
Drinking Water Needs of Wild Life Need  More Care

Drinking Water Needs of Wild Life Need  More Care

As the summer advances, there are increasing reports of acute drinking water shortages from many villages. A recent report from Himachal Pradesh, for example, says that over 400 drinking water schemes of Shimla and over 220 schemes of Mandi have been hit by a spell of dry  weather. This is the situation in early April and the situation is likely[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Environmental Protection
 Why I am not a Hindu woman: A personal story

 Why I am not a Hindu woman: A personal story

  Why I am not a Hindu woman: a personal story by Wandana Sonalkar, New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2021, pp 169. Wandana Sonalkar is a self-proclaimed atheist and in this autobiographical account titled ‘Why I am not a Hindu Woman’, Sonalkar critically reflects on her position on why she has chosen to renounce her religion. This work adds to the[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Book Review
Homage to legendary Comrade Anuradha Gandhy on 13th death anniversary 

Homage to legendary Comrade Anuradha Gandhy on 13th death anniversary 

Today on April 12th we celebrate the 13th death anniversary of Comrade Anuradha Gandhy. Without doubt one of the greatest comrades in the annals of revolutionary history ever who till her last breath exuded spirit of revolution and was a crusader for liberation. None could illustrate better that to be a revolutionary one had to undergo inner or spiritual transformation.[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Why Women get obliterated in Kerala renaissance history?

Why Women get obliterated in Kerala renaissance history?

There has been a proliferation of literature on women, including   women’s history across the world. Yet, women remain mostly invisible or misrepresented in mainstream history. They are either not present at all, or they are portrayed as innately ‘inferior’ and ‘subordinate,’ as perpetual victims of male oppression. This has been a pattern across nations and continents for long. Consequently, the[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Neo-Imperialism and Indigenous People

 Neo-Imperialism and Indigenous People

                “Suppose there are ten people in this room. Seven are starving, and one is winning medals, and two are doing OK. And I say, ‘Look at these seven people who are starving,’ and you say, ‘Oh, don’t be so negative, no, things are not so bad – look at the other three.’ Really?” Arundhati Roy. Globalization of the economic[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Imperialism
Democracy and the Rule of Law: A lesson from Norway

Democracy and the Rule of Law: A lesson from Norway

The head of the Norwegian police, Ole Saeverud imposed a fine of $2,352 on Erna Solberg, the two-term Prime Minister of the country for violating the COVID rules in a private party held by her. While doing so, what Ole Saeverud said is significant . “Though the law is the same for all, all are not equal in front of[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 India
Worst drought in modern history may hit Western U.S.

Worst drought in modern history may hit Western U.S.

Extreme drought may be going to hit across the Western U.S. Some scientists saying the region is on the precipice of permanent drought. In 2000, the Western U.S. entered the beginning of what scientists call a megadrought — the second worst in 1,200 years — triggered by a combination of a natural dry cycle and human-caused climate change. The U.S.[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Climate Change
Indigenous  Land Grabbed For Solar Power Plant In Assam

Indigenous Land Grabbed For Solar Power Plant In Assam

Since March 2020, a struggle has been waged by Karbi and Adivasi farmers of Mikir Bamuni Grant village in Nagaon district of Assam against the forceful takeover of their lands for the purpose of constructing a solar power plant by Azure Power Forty Private Limited. In each formal statement Azure Power continues to parrot that they are not in violation[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Environmental Protection
Nimble Failure: The Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Nimble Failure: The Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

“I am not going to be talking about numbers today,” Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told Australia’s Radio National on April 12.  This echoed suggestions from the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who had adopted the position that Australia best forget meeting any clear vaccination targets.  Having left battling the pandemic to State governments, the Federal government has found[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 World
The Secret Wars of Africa’s Sahel: What Is Behind Mali’s Ongoing Strife

The Secret Wars of Africa’s Sahel: What Is Behind Mali’s Ongoing Strife

In a recent report, the United Nations Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, concluded that, on January 3, French warplanes had struck a crowd attending a wedding in the remote village of Bounti, killing 22 of the guests. According to the findings, based on a thorough investigation and interviews with hundreds of eyewitnesses, 19 of the guests were unarmed civilians[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Imperialism
Financiers of the Belarusian dictator

Financiers of the Belarusian dictator

Protests in Belarus continue, and opposition leaders, mostly fled from the country, are busy calculating and looking for funds that the Belarusian dictator Lukashenko annually withdraws from the budget of his Republic. Meanwhile, information about the wealth of his family is almost on the surface, and the enrichment scheme of the Lukashenko clan has been worked out a long time[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 World
Sant Kabir—People’s Poet and Social Reformer Whose Enduring Legacy Still Impacts Millions

Sant Kabir—People’s Poet and Social Reformer Whose Enduring Legacy Still Impacts Millions

Over five centuries after he confronted the most powerful pillars of establishment with truth and courage, Sant Kabir reigns in the hearts of millions as an compromising social reformer and people’s poet with perhaps the widest reach in India. He is still arguably the most commonly quoted poet in the vast Hindi belt, with a following that extends much beyond[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Apple Orchards Should Stick to Sustainable Paths

Apple Orchards Should Stick to Sustainable Paths

Apple orchards have been highly prioritized in the development path adopted by several Himalayan regions. So it is important to emphasize that the apple orchards t should opt for more sustainable paths, instead of going  in for hurried  ways which may prove to be costly later and cause ecological ruin as well. The creation of apple orchards over large areas[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Environmental Protection
Impact of Social Media on Our Attention Span and its Drastic Aftermath

Impact of Social Media on Our Attention Span and its Drastic Aftermath

The quantity of information that we are exposed to every single day is astounding: we now in 2021 take in five times more information than we did in 1986. With our attention spans eroded to approximately eight seconds in our digital landscape, we have learned that to consume is to skim. Most of the text content is forced to be[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 World
COVID-19: South Asia passes the grisly milestone of 15 million cases

COVID-19: South Asia passes the grisly milestone of 15 million cases

Coronavirus infections in the South Asia has surpassed the grim milestone of 15 million on Saturday, a Reuters tally shows. The surge is led by India’s record daily infections and vaccine shortages. South Asia — India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka — accounts for 11% of global cases and almost 6% of deaths. The region accounts for[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 World
Remembering Sunder Navalkar

Remembering Sunder Navalkar

Red salutes to immortal Contribution of Sunder Navalkar to emancipation of the working class who passed away on April 9th  Veteran comrade Sunder Navalkar is no more, perishing at 10.30 in the morning on April 9th.Without doubt she was one of the greatest persons ever to have treaded the path of Communist Revolution blazing the spirit of Liberation or Mao[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Understanding India’s Migrant Workers’ Crisis through the Prism of Commodity Fetishism

Understanding India’s Migrant Workers’ Crisis through the Prism of Commodity Fetishism

As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies in India, migrant workers are returning back to their villages. Imposition of new restrictions to contain the virus – like the announcement of a night curfew in Delhi – has instilled fears in workers that they will be rendered jobless and get stuck in the industrial centres where they are precariously[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 India
Butterflies-Why Our Most Beautiful Friends  Are In Rapid Decline?

Butterflies-Why Our Most Beautiful Friends  Are In Rapid Decline?

Butterflies are recognized the world over as the most beautify  insects. Just watching them  fly  or sitting on a flower is such a  source of joy. Children can spend a long time doing just this, or running after them. Just as I was writing this, I heard a few children call out. They were looking with undiluted joy at a[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Environmental Protection
Land May Be A Deeply Philosophical Issue But Must Face Practical Realities of This World

Land May Be A Deeply Philosophical Issue But Must Face Practical Realities of This World

The more one thinks about it, the stronger appears the case for distribution of land based on equality, justice and actual need. Tolstoy, one of the greatest philosophers but by inheritance also a very big landlord, thought a lot about this issue and the more he thought, the more convinced he became that the most logical, in fact , the[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 India
The dalit teacher – facing a 360-degree discrimination

The dalit teacher – facing a 360-degree discrimination

Who is a teacher? In a loose sense a teacher would be anybody including Mahatma Gandhi who was not a teacher in any school or college and Ambedkar who was a teacher in a college for some time. On the other hand, only the school teachers are called the teachers in a strict sense and not the university teachers who[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Annihilate Caste
Farmer’s Movement At A Crucial Juncture

Farmer’s Movement At A Crucial Juncture

Written by Rahul Singh Rana and Sandeep Pandey The Farmers’ protests are into their fourth month now. These protests started with people from Punjab and Haryana breaking barricades and heading towards the Indian capital. As expected, these protesting farmers were met with force at several places. Undeterred by the challenging circumstances, the farmers were able to reach at the borders[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 India
The Limits of Gandhian Non-Violence

The Limits of Gandhian Non-Violence

Written by Prem Kumar Vijayan & Karen Gabriel It is widely acknowledged that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and more specifically, his political method of non-violent struggle, was one of the major reasons that the British were forced to leave India. However, it is also evident that these Gandhian methods have failed on many, many occasions, and are likely to continue to[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography (1976). John Toland

Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography (1976). John Toland

“My book has no thesis, and any conclusions to be found in it were reached only during the writing, perhaps the most meaningful being that Hitler was far more complex and contradictory than I had imagined. ‘The greatest saints,’ observes one of Graham Greene’s characters, ‘Have been men with a more than normal capacity for evil, and the most vicious[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Book Review
Mein Kampf (1925; 1926)

Mein Kampf (1925; 1926)

Mein Kampf (1925; 1926) is a rambling political manifesto, disguised as autobiography. This book offers an insight into the long roots and broad appeal of extreme ideas – and, given the persistence of nationalism, racism, religious extremism, and conspiracy theories – should be required reading for every citizen of a contemporary democracy. *** Mein Kampf is a political manifesto disguised as[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Book Review
Rohingya Refugees on the move (Image for representational purpose only)

Rohingyas: The tale of an ill-decided fate

Written by Nizamuddin Ahmad Siddiqui & Abu Zar Ali The Supreme Court of India, by way of an order dated 8th April 2021, allowed the deportation of Rohingyas from the Indian territory. The Government of India had argued that these people were illegal migrants who had crossed the borders from the neighbouring state; and though they enjoyed the equal protection[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Human Rights
Amidst shortages in India unplanned Vaccine Plan stumbles

Amidst shortages in India unplanned Vaccine Plan stumbles

The  second wave of COVID-19 pandemic  situation across the country is becoming alarming. With  nearly 1.52 lakh new cases  being reported daily (as on 10th April)  and  the  mounting death toll a calamitous health situation is emerging. Amidst this, various states reported vaccine shortages and   people are being sent home at the vacination centers. With  spike in  infections people started[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 India
Yemen Is a Public Health Catastrophe

Yemen Is a Public Health Catastrophe

The war in Yemen—the Arab world’s poorest country—has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years, according to Lise Grande, the U.N.’s head of[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 World
We, the People, the Humanity and Our Entangled Future in Global COVID-19 Pandemic

We, the People, the Humanity and Our Entangled Future in Global COVID-19 Pandemic

“He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.”  CHARLES PEGUY – French Author (1873-1914). Looking Beyond the Erroneous Logic of Contemporary Professional Intellect and Political Leaderships Are we living in an era of false truth, feigned piety and alternate transient facts of human affairs?  To answer a rational[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 World
40th anniversary of epic 153 of Graham Gooch

40th anniversary of epic 153 of Graham Gooch

Gooch was arguably the best ever opening batsman against express pace bowling I have rarely seen a batsman as engrossed out in the middle as Former English opening batsman Graham Gooch in full flow, who could pierce the impenetrable gaps. He may have lacked the touch of a David Gower or solidity of Boycott but for sheer conviction no English[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Horn of Africa: A blamegame

Horn of Africa: A blamegame

Once again we see US and Europe on the basis of false information and misleading campaigns have a destructive influence and lacks understanding of the peace process in The Horn of Africa. For 80 years, the UN and the international community disregarded Eritrea’s rights. The peace agreement in 2018 between Ethiopia and Eritrea was a welcome development in a region,[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 World
Iman Saleh (with drum) on hunger strike  in Washington D.C. to protest the blockade and war against Yemen; seated next to her is Rep. Ilhan OmarPhoto credit: Hassan El-Tayyab

Hunting in Yemen

“It’s not normal for people to live like this,” says Iman Saleh, now on her twelfth day of a hunger strike demanding an end to war in Yemen. April 10, 2021: Since March 29th, in Washington, D.C., Iman Saleh, age 26, has been on a hunger strike to demand an end to the war in Yemen. She is joined by[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 World
How Rich Countries Are Cheating In Climate Change Negotiations

How Rich Countries Are Cheating In Climate Change Negotiations

This is an important year for climate change negotiations and climate change diplomacy is picking up fast, with an important virtual meeting called by US President of several world leaders scheduled for April 22. What is absolutely clear is that  climate change mitigation and adaptation are among the most important challenges before humanity, and all countries, all people should try[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Climate Change
Save Pollinators Campaign Needed On Urgent Basis As Bees, Butterflies and Birds Face Increasing Risks

Save Pollinators Campaign Needed On Urgent Basis As Bees, Butterflies and Birds Face Increasing Risks

A silent crisis that has been building up over recent decades may ultimately assume the form of one of the biggest risks to world food and farming system if allowed to proceed unchecked. An increasing number of scientists and conservationists are issuing warnings on the basis of urgency that if  the many-sided risks for bees, butterflies, moths, humming birds, other[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Environmental Protection
The United States After Trump

The United States After Trump

After four nightmarish years, the presidency of Donald Trump came to an end in January. Over 81 million people voted for Joe Biden over Trump, the largest vote total for any presidential candidate in the country’s history. Many of those votes for Biden were the result of the extraordinary efforts of grassroots organizers who rallied people to the importance of[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 World
 Experts demand compulsory licensing for generic production of a drug against Covid-19

 Experts demand compulsory licensing for generic production of a drug against Covid-19

Should not a medicine (Remdesivir) that has shown lifesaving effect in certain cases of Covid-19 be made available to all those who need it without delay? Even if Big Pharma has a patent, there are provisions in the global trade treaties that allow governments to issue compulsory licenses to such a lifesaving drug, and keep people over profit. This is[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
From Pacifism To Violence and the Dialectic

From Pacifism To Violence and the Dialectic

I am trying to wrap my brain around the  abyss between pacifism and violence as to the proper means to bring about socio-political change.  And as to how to overcome that divide. Though not violent as a person, my basic impulse, my instinct in this regard, is belligerent: ultimately, I believe, it will be necessary to unleash a lethal war[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
PUCL condemns the Unprecedented Attack on Rights Activists by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and the NIA

PUCL condemns the Unprecedented Attack on Rights Activists by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and the NIA

(The Press release is by way of a chronicle of the NIA Witch-hunt of Rights Defenders and documents the ongoing saga of the State’s Conspiracy to Silence Dissent) In an unprecedented manner, on 31st March & 1st April, 2021, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided the homes of at least 33 human rights and civil liberties activists, members of women’s[Read More…]

Earth’s Real Treasure

Earth’s Real Treasure

A 2018 paper by  Bar-On, Phillips, and Milo in PNAS contains a fascinating figure (Figure 1) that bears staring at for some time. It shows the dry carbon biomass distribution of various forms of life on Earth. Plants account for 450 Gt (giga-ton; 1012 kg) of mass, while the sum of all animals adds to 2.5 Gt. Humans comprise only 2.4% of animal mass[Read More…]

by April 9, 2021 Counter Solutions
Rekindle the flame of Martyrs of Sewewala of Punjab on 30th anniversary  

Rekindle the flame of Martyrs of Sewewala of Punjab on 30th anniversary  

Today on April 9th we commemorate the 30th martyrdom anniversary of the 18 martyrs of Sewewala in Faridkot district in Punjab. They were all crusaders against the fascist Khalistani movement, striking every nail in the coffin to extinguish it. It also in no uncertain terms condemned the terrorism of the state. All the martyrs were part of the anti-repression and[Read More…]

by April 9, 2021 India
7th night of Belfast riots and protests: Bus set alight and petrol bombs thrown

7th night of Belfast riots and protests: Bus set alight and petrol bombs thrown

Police in Belfast faced further disruption in Belfast on Thursday (April 8) night as crowds gathered again for the seventh night. Police blasted rioters with water cannon. Police officers were called in from other parts of Northern Ireland to help to deal with the rioting. More than 50 officers have been hurt in violence in several areas since the end[Read More…]

by April 9, 2021 World
Himachal Move For Selling Liquor at Petrol Pumps Will Be Dangerous For Safety

Himachal Move For Selling Liquor at Petrol Pumps Will Be Dangerous For Safety

According to a recent report in a  leading Hindi newspaper of Himachal Pradesh Amar Ujala (April 6), the Himachal government is seriously considering a proposal to start selling liquor at petrol pumps and gas stations. The government is reportedly in favor of taking forward the recommendations of a legislative committee to this effect. This has led to increasing concerns about[Read More…]

by April 9, 2021 India
Can Farmland for the Landless Become A Reality On A Large Scale

Can Farmland for the Landless Become A Reality On A Large Scale

More than half of rural households in India are landless, or almost so. This deprives them of the most obvious asset needed for sustainable livelihoods and food security in villages–farmland. After  agriculture the next most important source of rural livelihood in India is dairy farming but here too the household with farmland has free access to crop residues which is[Read More…]

by April 9, 2021 India
The Cold War, Rebooted and Rebranded

The Cold War, Rebooted and Rebranded

The future isn’t what it used to be. As a teenager in the 1970s, I watched a lot of TV science fiction shows, notably Space: 1999 and UFO, that imagined a near future of major moon bases and alien attacks on Earth. Movies of that era like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey envisioned colossal spaceships and space stations featuring international crews on mind-blowing missions[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 World
A Compliment to Bharat Dogra

A Compliment to Bharat Dogra

Sir, Your article “Why Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath Remains the Most Memorable Saga of  Displaced Farmers and  Migrating Workers” that appeared in Countecurrents on April 8, 2021, presented us a scope to visualise the current distress of the farming communities, the peasants, workers, who are getting dispossessed, dislodged, against the backdrop of the novel John Steinbeck wrote. ‘The Grapes of[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 India
The Global Anti-Eritrea-Ethiopia Agenda

The Global Anti-Eritrea-Ethiopia Agenda

It is not up to the US to demand or dictate that Eritrea withdraw from Ethiopia — it is Ethiopia’s and only Ethiopia’s call to make.   “The people of Eritrea and Ethiopia are challenging the US and EU’s fabrications, exaggeration and agendas with facts.” On February 22, 2021, the EU’s Council of Ministers held a conference in Brussels and addressed[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 World
Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Three|

Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Three|

  (This is an exclusive long-form essay that aims to provide the most comprehensive and incisive understanding of West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: the ground-shifting and momentous battle in post-Independence Bengal. The first part can be read here; second part here. This is the third and the final part)   Bengal 2021 and Thereafter In 2011 (Assembly Election), the BJP’s[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 India
Protests against Pakistan Prime Minister’s comment linking rape to how women dress

Protests against Pakistan Prime Minister’s comment linking rape to how women dress

Pakistan rights campaigners have accused the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan of “baffling ignorance” after the former cricketer linked how women dress to cause a rise in rape cases. In a weekend interview on live television, Oxford-educated Imran Khan said an increase in rapes indicated the “consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise.” “The incidents of rape[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Patriarchy
 Myanmar’s Citizens Fleeing Persecutions and Violence must be allowed refuge into India 

 Myanmar’s Citizens Fleeing Persecutions and Violence must be allowed refuge into India 

 It’s more than two months since the Burmese military in a coup on 1 February refused to hand over the power to the National League for Democracy (NLD) after their victory in the November 2020 elections. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the army’s commander-in-chief and Myanmar’s de-facto ruler has justified the coup on grounds of large-scale election fraud, though the elections commission has denied[Read More…]

Is it possible for CBI to probe and prove?

Is it possible for CBI to probe and prove?

It is almost impossible to prove ‘bribery’ at the top level of governance, especially to punish a minister or a police officer or even a Chief Minister, because the criminal justice system demands evidence of very high standard, i.e. beyond reasonable doubt. The media gives a misleading headline whenever a charged public servant is acquitted in a corruption case that[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 India
Mamata’s Call for United Front: Can Democracy be saved in India?

Mamata’s Call for United Front: Can Democracy be saved in India?

As West Bengal Elections are on (April 2021), the heat of campaigning of the two major contenders, Trinmul and BJP has raised the political temperature in the state. BJP has put in all the power at is command for the campaign. Its affiliate organizations, the other groups which belong to its ideological cabal, are fully active at various levels. To[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 India
Pathways for Progress of Farmers’ Movement

Pathways for Progress of Farmers’ Movement

The important phase of the farmers’ movement in India starting with the dharna (sit-in) at Delhi borders in the last week of November has crossed over 130 days at the time of writing. There is as yet no immediate indication  of a negotiated settlement, or of the movement withdrawing. So this is proving to be quite a prolonged movement which[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 India
Why Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath Remains the Most Memorable Saga of  Displaced Farmers and  Migrating Workers

Why Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath Remains the Most Memorable Saga of  Displaced Farmers and  Migrating Workers

Impacts of unjust systems manifest in many ways, but few are as poignant as independent , proud farmers being displaced from their farmland and forced to migrate to a distant and unknown place to seek work in uncertain conditions. We in India are all too familiar with this on-going , overwhelming reality of our times, our country and this is[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Book Review
Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change.  While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake.  Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media is feeding on it with a drunken enthusiasm.  We live in a dangerous environment, and think-tankers, parliamentarians and commentators are starting to[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 World
Marwan Barghouti

From His Solitary Confinement, Marwan Barghouti Holds the Key to Fatah’s Future

If imprisoned Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti, becomes the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for the current PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. The long-delayed elections, now scheduled for May 22 and July 31[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Palestine
Jordan is where domestic and regional fissures collide

Jordan is where domestic and regional fissures collide

Former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has papered over a rare public dispute in the ruling Jordanian family in a move that is unlikely to resolve long-standing fissures in society and among the country’s elite and that echo multiple Middle Eastern fault lines. Differences over socio-economic policies, governance, and last year’s normalization of relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 World
Cooling the Planet?

Cooling the Planet?

Grandiose plans to cool Earth, saving the planet from overheating by utilizing low-tech balloon flights sprinkling particles into the atmosphere to reflect solar radiation back into outer space have been delayed, nobody knows for sure when, or if, it’ll proceed. The planet-cooling scheme referred to as Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment aka: SCoPEx headed by Harvard professor Fran Keutsch hopes to[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Climate Change
The Far Right in Uniform

The Far Right in Uniform

It was around noon and I was texting a friend about who-knows-what when I added, almost as an afterthought: “tho they seem to be invading the Capitol at the mo.” I wasn’t faintly as blasé as that may sound on January 6th, especially when it became ever clearer who “they” were and what they were doing. Five people would die[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 World
U.S. Values vs Chinese Values: Empire vs Bandung As Seen From Cape Verde (Africa)

U.S. Values vs Chinese Values: Empire vs Bandung As Seen From Cape Verde (Africa)

In February the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, made it a priority to phone Rui Figueiredo, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister of Cape Verde. They spoke about commerce and “security” (1). Why? Why is the tiny African nation of Cape Verde (population 550,000) a US priority? In short: because the US is behind China in the latest “scramble[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 World
Babulal Gandhi: Over 90 years old and still a hardy farmer

Babulal Gandhi: Over 90 years old and still a hardy farmer

When Yogesh Gandhi set up his medical store in Phaltan about 100 km from Pune in Satara district of Maharashtra, he invited his uncle, natural farmer Babulal Gandhi, to make an inauguration speech. “We should not be having medical stores in our cities – we should instead provide good food and a clean environment, one that fosters health and well-being.[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Counter Solutions
Aruna In Vienna

Aruna In Vienna

Every time I had visited hill stations such as Ooty and Kodaikanal, I have greatly admired the breathtaking beauty of nature, though my admiration has found equal attention to the men’s world, who come in their cars and bikes, with cigarettes and beer tins in their hands, chatter and laugh heartily with their friends.The Indian society has no qualms with[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Book Review
Democratic fascism

Democratic fascism

Sunil Ambedkar analyses the implications of the recent violence in the Bihar Assembly In the history of the Indian democratic System, this is the first time that the ruling party used security personnel and force to shut down the voices of the opposition parties inside the Vidhan Sabha in the state of Bihar. That this historical event happened on the[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 India
Issues of Increasing Concern in School Education

Issues of Increasing Concern in School Education

The last year has been extremely difficult for school education. On the one hand there have been very prolonged school closures due to COVID related factors and on the other hand the new situation has been used to push commercialization trends which already existed but appear to have gained more strength in these exceptional times. There is a feeling of[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
China’s Policy Towards Liberation of Bangladesh

China’s Policy Towards Liberation of Bangladesh

During about 8 to 9 months of 1971, the Pakistani Army and its local collaborators killed nearly 2.5 million people , raped over 3 lakh women and uprooted nearly 10 million from their  homes in Bangladesh ( then known to the world as East Pakistan) in a genocidal crackdown. This was not hidden from the world at all. There was[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 South Asia
Telugu community in Canada raises voice for GN Saibaba

Telugu community in Canada raises voice for GN Saibaba

Members of the Telugu Church in Vancouver came together on Tuesday, April 6, to denounce the incarceration of the disabled Indian scholar G.N. Saibaba. A former Delhi University Professor, Saibaba continues to face inhuman conditions in an Indian jail after being convicted in 2017. First arrested on trumped-up charges in 2014, for merely speaking out against the repression of religious[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Human Rights
Ecology And Economics

Ecology And Economics

Humanity has reached a critical decade A new report, published on 14 March, 2021 in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly. Here is a link to the article: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13280-021-01544-8 The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of[Read More…]

What Is Health?

What Is Health?

  Marking The World Health Day, April 7, this is an extract from a book by PROF. B. M. HEGDE , HEALTHY INDIA 2020. Health is not the mere absence of physical illness. Health is the overall wellbeing of an individual that takes into account his/her physical, mental, spiritual, societal aspects of life into consideration. With this broad definition of[Read More…]

by April 7, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The real value of water

The real value of water

Valuing Water is the theme of the 29th World Water Day this year. Valuing Water and Enabling Change also happened to be the theme of the Annual Report of the World Economic Forum’s 2030 Water Resources Group (now hosted by the World Bank) last year. Clearly, no one who ever had to go without a glass of water for a few hours on a hot summer day needs to[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 Environmental Protection
Dr G N Saibaba Terminated From His Job

Dr G N Saibaba Terminated From His Job

The Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr G N Saibaba is deeply shocked and dismayed to learn that Dr Saibaba’s service as an Assistant Professor in Ram Lal Anand College, Delhi University, have been terminated by the said college, with effect from the 31stof March 2021. The Committee has learned that the College had been given a clear[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 India
Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone overboard in turning the political tide in his party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s favor in ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal. During his campaign, he has tried using Bengali language and has for months moved around donning image of the state’s Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Exuding confidence about his party’s success, he recently[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 India
Neo-colonialism, White Supremacy and the Challenge of China

Neo-colonialism, White Supremacy and the Challenge of China

The European race has received from heaven, or acquired by its own efforts, such an unquestionable superiority over all the other races composing the great human family, that the man placed in our country, by his vices and ignorance, on the last step of the social ladder, is still first among the savages. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) Earlier this year,[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 Imperialism
The China-Iran pact is a game changer – III

The China-Iran pact is a game changer – III

This is Sixth and the last in the series on the flux in the global scene by the seasoned diplomat, an expert on Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific… Part III: There is no timetable for an official launch  Yuan as the clearing currency?A non-dollar payment mechanism, between China and Iran is under discussion. It remains[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 World
Engaging the World: The making of Hamas’s foreign policy

Engaging the World: The making of Hamas’s foreign policy

Engaging the World: The making of Hamas’s foreign policy. Daud Abdullah. Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), 2020. Hamas has been a strongly maligned actor within the western mainstream media. The concise and well written “Engaging the World” by Daud Abdullah presents a clear picture of Hamas’ attempts to act as an international state actor while at the same time continuing its[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 Book Review
A bird came down to rest

A bird came down to rest

A bird came down to rest on a rocky perch. Turned his head this way — that way. It looks familiar, he thought. the cerulean skies the trees with foliage on tall, slim trunks the large red flowers in bloom. The river gushed white roaring its way down from its birthplace. Through rocky mountains and green hills it cascaded unstoppably.[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 Arts/Literature
Hindutva has arrived in America!

Hindutva has arrived in America!

  This may not be news for those who have little connection with US domestic politics, but those who are closely watching the house of Uncle Sam it’s apparent that Hindutva forces are challenging the core US values in its home turf. This is an interesting development that needs to be closely watched as America’s melting pot culture is having[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 World
Hindi War Films Which Also Give A Message of Peace

Hindi War Films Which Also Give A Message of Peace

War films can easily degenerate into war propaganda and narrow nationalism. However there are other war films which vividly bring out the inherent pain and destructiveness of war in sensitive ways and hence, whatever their story content,  also convey a message of peace. It is true that war films made in any  country are often aimed at bringing out mainly[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 Arts/Literature
Himalayan Villages Face Increasing Drinking Water Problems

Himalayan Villages Face Increasing Drinking Water Problems

Even though so many mighty rivers flow in Himalyan region which take water to such vast plains , it is a fact that many Himalayan villages face increasing and acute water problems. While generally these become more acute in the summer season, this year water shortages started being reported from earlier days in Himachal Pradesh, reflecting a wider trend. A[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 Environmental Protection
PUCL condemns the loss of life of security personnel and Maoists in Chhatisgarh

PUCL condemns the loss of life of security personnel and Maoists in Chhatisgarh

Appeals to all parties to maintain calm and bring an end to all hostilities PUCL mourns and condemns the heavy loss of lives in the encounter between Maoists and security forces in Chhattisgarh. We are deeply distressed and completely disapprove  the action of the Maoists which caused the loss of life of 22 security personnel in the encounter on April 3rd[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 India
Resistance in translation

Resistance in translation

India and the world has seen a lot in the recent past, and these poems from the past mirror the importance of resistance when the times are tough. The purpose behind translating these three different poets was a common underlying humanitarian theme of their work which believed in democratizing the political space. I personally feel that these three poems can[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 Arts/Literature
Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy & Minimum Support Price

Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy & Minimum Support Price

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an assortment of high-profile figures and policy makers are pushing for unregulated gene-editing technologies, the rollout of bio-synthetic food created in laboratories, the expanded use of patented seeds and the roll back of subsidies and support for farmers in places like India. These neoliberal evangelists despise democracy and believe that state machinery and[Read More…]

by April 6, 2021 World
Picture Courtesy- Telegraph

Furfura cleric smashes ivory tower of ‘bhadralokism’ of Bengal, dalit muslim solidarity on the rise

“The name of the bait is ‘muslim”, the fishhook is ‘NRC’, and the fish is ‘indigent people’. Do you understand?”-  Speaker? Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui. The phenomenal cleric, in a multitude of rallies tried to explain the dangers of citizenship law to the so-called marginalized people of Bengal in a lucid homely tone. However, Abbas’s meteoric rise has increased the discomfort[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 India
Are RSS Fraternal Ties With Military Junta Behind India’s Soft Stand On Slaughter Of People In Myanmar?

Are RSS Fraternal Ties With Military Junta Behind India’s Soft Stand On Slaughter Of People In Myanmar?

If a shameful act means an action which is criminal and nauseating; it would be an understatement to describe the attitude of the present RSS-BJP rulers of India towards the demolition of democracy and large scale killing of the people of Myanmar by the military [tatmadaw] junta which took power through a coup on February 1, 2021 after renegading the[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 South Asia
Why you should see “Shtisel” Now

Why you should see “Shtisel” Now

The Pandemic has locked us in our homes for almost a year now. Most of us are bored, some have found one or the other vocations to spend at home. I resorted to my own- exploring Netflix to the point of exhaustion. There were plethora of movies and familiar sitcoms, until I came across a series, I thought I should[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 Arts/Literature
Bangladesh Liberation: Modi’s Claims: A peep into the past

Bangladesh Liberation: Modi’s Claims: A peep into the past

Bangledesh has completed 50 years of its liberation from the grip of West Pakistan, now Pakistan. It organized a grand program in which among others India’s Prime minster Narendra Modi was also invited. Modi claimed in his speech there that he had participated in the Satyagrah for Bangladesh’s freedom and was jailed for that. Many have pounced on him, as[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 South Asia
 Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite?

 Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite?

Written by Neve Gordon and Mark LeVine Neve Gordon and Mark LeVine explain why the  International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism has been so successful.   Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite? Was Hannah Arendt? These questions may sound ludicrous. Yet, according to the definition of anti-Semitism that more than 30 countries — including the United States through the Biden Administration [Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 World
Riot in Swiss city, police use rubber bullet and tear gas, dozens detained

Riot in Swiss city, police use rubber bullet and tear gas, dozens detained

Police used rubber bullets against rioters as the rioters hurled bottles and Molotov cocktails in the northeastern Swiss city of St. Gallen on Saturday. More than 30 people were temporarily banned from entering the city. The riot broke out after around 1,000 young people gathered at the Roter Platz square in the city center. The agitated crowd attacked police and[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 World
Listen to Adivasi voices and empower them to counter insurgency

Listen to Adivasi voices and empower them to counter insurgency

The brutal Naxal attack on the security forces in Chhattishgarh is a reminder of how they have amassed huge weapons to ‘protect’ their zones. It is a complete intelligence failure on part of both the Central and state government who allowed this massive operation. This was the same region where even earlier the Maoists had ambushed the security forces earlier[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 India
 Violation of COVID norms- Endangering of human lives- Take action against political parties and their leaders under IPC

 Violation of COVID norms- Endangering of human lives- Take action against political parties and their leaders under IPC

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Dear Shri Gauba, I write this letter in continuation of my earlier letter dated 30-3-2021 (copy forwarded) addressed to the Union Home Secretary on the potential danger of the huge election rallies being held in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam becoming super-spreaders of COVID. I had earlier requested the Union Home[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 India
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani received China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tehran, March 27, 2021

The China-Iran pact is a game changer

Part II: China positions itself on the right side of history  See Part I: China neutralises the US campaign on Muslim Uighur issue  https://www.indianpunchline.com/the-china-iran-pact-is-a-game-changer-part-i/ In an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya last week, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined Beijing’s approach to the West Asian region with particular reference to the tensions in the Persian Gulf. Wang lamented[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 World
“The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World”

“The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World”

Fifty-four years ago, standing at the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York City, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his now-famous “Beyond Vietnam” sermon. For the first time in public, he expressed in vehement terms his opposition to the American war in Vietnam. He saw clearly that a foreign policy defined by aggression hurt the poor and dispossessed across the[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 Imperialism
What has gone wrong in America?

What has gone wrong in America?

What has gone wrong in America? Many throughout the world see a nation disjointed internally. A nation with radical extremists in control of large parts of its society. A nation with wide material inequality. A nation since the 9/11 blowing up of New York’s World Trade Center with none of its foreign interventions having achieved objectives. And now a nation[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 World
White supremacists march through the University of Virginia campus the night before the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Photo by Karla Ann Coté.

The Donald’s Bastard Children

The most recent bastard child one of our presidents fathered was when Junior Bush, with whispers from his ‘ Handler’ Cheney, ordered the pre-emptive attack on Iraq on March 19th, 2003. The horrific overkill that trended into the terrible occupation still resonates with us. Of course, one year previous the same Cabal, always referenced through the war criminal Rumsfeld, orchestrated[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 World
Why Raj Kapoor is Much More  Than Just the Greatest Showman  of Hindi Cinema

Why Raj Kapoor is Much More  Than Just the Greatest Showman  of Hindi Cinema

Raj Kapoor is often called the greatest showman of Hindi cinema. This is of course meant to be a tribute, but this doesn’t quite do complete justice to the many-sided contributions of this great film-maker of exceptional talents. A very interesting aspect and important aspect of Hindi cinema is how within the constraints of commercialism, several film-makers could reach out[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 Arts/Literature
Increased Risk of Forest Fires in Himalayan Region

Increased Risk of Forest Fires in Himalayan Region

This year much higher incidence of forest fires has been reported from Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Generally the risk becomes high only in the summer season but this year the risk started during winter and has already recorded very high damage at the time of writing on April 4. To get an idea of the extent of damage let us[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 Environmental Protection
MLK speaking at Riverside Church, NYC, 4 April 1967

The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I don’t believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadorian people…”  – Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyred, 24 March 1980 Whether we are aware of it or not, we live by stories. We live by others’ stories while we tell our lives by how we live.  Our actions tell our stories.  Then when we[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 Life/Philosophy
(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)

 A Brief history of Neo-imperialism-History and Methods

Till the 1960’s, Neoliberalism had the same status in economics as Wahhabism (a supremacist, fundamentalist and intolerant version of Islam) had in Islam. (1). How it became the guiding principle of Western countries is an interesting question. Neoliberalism claims that human beings are best served by liberating the entrepreneurial class through strong private  property rights, free market and free trade. State’s only role was to[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 Imperialism
Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

What Joe Biden has done right We should praise Joe Biden for the good decisions that he had made during his first few months in office. He has filled positions in his cabinet with and administration with an ethnically diverse and gender balanced group of people. For example, we can think of his new Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland,[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 World
Thousands march across UK as police clash with Kill the Bill protestors in London, dozens arrested

Thousands march across UK as police clash with Kill the Bill protestors in London, dozens arrested

Police have arrested 26 people following clashes in London as thousands of demonstrators attended numerous marches against a controversial UK government crackdown on protests. Demonstrators on Saturday marched and gave speeches while holding signs with slogans such as ‘Kill the Bill,’ referring to the controversial proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The proposed legislation would give police more authority[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 World
Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Two|

Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Two|

Art from the Bengal School by Abanindranath Tagore and Nandalal Bose             (This is an exclusive long-form essay that aims to provide the most comprehensive and incisive understanding of West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: the ground-shifting and momentous battle in post-Independence Bengal. The first part can be read here. This is the second part) Bengaltattva and Hindutva Bengaltattva – with[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 India
Priti Patel and the Death of Asylum

Priti Patel and the Death of Asylum

Nothing makes better sense to the political classes than small time demagoguery when matters turn sour. True, the United Kingdom might well be speeding ahead with vaccination numbers, and getting ever big-headed about it, but there is still good reason to distract the voters.  Coronavirus continues to vex; the economy continues to suffer. In February, the Office of Statistics revealed[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 World
The China-Iran pact is a game changer

The China-Iran pact is a game changer

This is Fourth in the series on the flux in the global scene by the seasoned diplomat, an expert on Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific…   Fifth will follow. Part I : China neutralises the US campaign on Muslim Uighur issue    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L)[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 World
How To Prevent the Drift Towards Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar

How To Prevent the Drift Towards Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar

The deeply worrying crackdown in Myanmar is seen at present more commonly as an attack on basic democratic   processes as the military junta seems intent on denying legitimate governance to those forces which have won very convincing victory in recent elections. However if early resolution of this confrontation does  not emerge, and this appears unlikely in view of both the[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 World
How Crucial USA Interests Were Harmed by the Foreign Policy of Kissinger

How Crucial USA Interests Were Harmed by the Foreign Policy of Kissinger

Whenever it is recognized that foreign policy distortions of one or more superpowers have led to serious human rights violations and humanitarian crisis in developing countries, the focus has been on studying  how the people in developing countries suffered. This is as it should be , as this is clearly the most important issue. However from the point of view[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 Imperialism
Fifteen most realistic Hindi films in order of merit

Fifteen most realistic Hindi films in order of merit

I am here selecting my top fifteen Hindi movies in terms of portrayal of social reality. My criteria is not entertainment or idealism but level of doing justice to realism. I must particularly complement the likes of Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil for championing so many roles portraying realism. 1.DO BIGHA ZAMEEN In a most artistic manner it reveals the[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 Arts/Literature
Why media silent on Madhubani massacre on Holi Day

Why media silent on Madhubani massacre on Holi Day

Over 40 people killed in Bihar during Holi but not much responses sought from the media neither from the government nor from a society as a whole. We romanticise these festivals so much and yet every year they take so many lives. Of course, Holi seems to be the best time for ‘avenging’ things’. The biggest of the story came[Read More…]

by April 3, 2021 India
GASS condemns role of NIA to cover up the Vakapalli rape case

GASS condemns role of NIA to cover up the Vakapalli rape case

Bhubaneswar: The Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan (GASS) condemns the witch-hunting of the National Investigation Authority (NIA) officials against the human and democratic rights activists from Andra Pradesh and Telangana in the name of so-called “Maoist links “. It is reported in various National dailies that the NIA officials conducted raids at 31 residential places of the human rights activist and arrested[Read More…]

Do Bigha Zameen is the best Indian movie ever portraying social reality at the very core

Do Bigha Zameen is the best Indian movie ever portraying social reality at the very core

 To me ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ is the best movie ever made in India and the most relevant even today. In a most artistic manner it reveals the oppression of feudalism or capitalism, brilliantly weaving a set of characters into a plot. The film contains no  element of melodrama or fantasy but still hits the core of your soul. Enacting character[Read More…]

by April 3, 2021 Arts/Literature
Was the Cabo Delgado massacre a curtain call for Mozambique’s methane capitalism?

Was the Cabo Delgado massacre a curtain call for Mozambique’s methane capitalism?

Written by  Joan Martinez-Alier  and Patrick Bond  Now in retreat, Total talked “net zero” emissions while pursuing ultra-risky gas extraction On March 26, In a tropical site of great beauty and a centuries-old peasant lifestyle, scores of local residents and a few foreign workers died violently, as a major French oil company allied to a climate-unconscious African government gambled far[Read More…]

by April 3, 2021 World
The Struggle for Space: On the Significance of Religious Minorities

The Struggle for Space: On the Significance of Religious Minorities

Are we losing the “in-built” measures of modernity in the religious minorities’ struggle for reclaiming equal and free space in India? The answer rests in the response of India’s religious minorities to the state of its shrinking democracy. Four Christian women including two nuns were travelling together in a group by Utkal Express from Delhi to Odisha on 19 March,[Read More…]

by April 3, 2021 India
A  Program  Based on Justice  That Can Also Help Opposition Unity in India

A  Program  Based on Justice  That Can Also Help Opposition Unity in India

Note—The following document has been prepared in such a way that it can become at least a starting point for  unity of opposition in India based on a program of strengthening justice, equality, environment protection, democracy, peace and inter-faith  harmony. It is hoped that this may be of  some help also in other countries placed in somewhat similar conditions. All[Read More…]

by April 3, 2021 India
Brazil’s Political Crisis

Brazil’s Political Crisis

Brazil’s political atmosphere is unstable. On 30 March, 2021, the commanders of the Brazilian army, navy and air force – Gen Edson Leal Pujol, Adm Ilques Barbosa and Lt-Brig Antônio Carlos Bermudez – resigned from their posts in a historic move not seen since 1977 during the country’s military dictatorship. According to an official notice by Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, “The[Read More…]

by April 3, 2021 World
Insha – Malayalam movie with an inspiring message

Insha – Malayalam movie with an inspiring message

Dr Siju Vijayan is passionate about his new film, Insha, which is a story that is true to this world that we live in. This is the reason why Insha is a trailblazer because stories about disabled people are not often told and are not often told with this much authenticity. Dr. Vijayan’s impetus of his debut film – Insha,[Read More…]

by April 3, 2021 Arts/Literature
The Wretched of the USA

The Wretched of the USA

 America is the richest nation in history, yet it has the highest poverty rate in the industrialized world with an unprecedented amount of Americans living in dire straits. Over 50 million citizens are living in poverty and need food stamps to eat, and 50 percent of U.S. children will use food stamps to eat at some point in their childhood.  Approximately 20,000 people are added[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 World
Activist KV Biju thrashed for campaigning against BJP in Kerala

Activist KV Biju thrashed for campaigning against BJP in Kerala

KV Biju, national coordinator of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, one of groups under the umbrella of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha that has been leading the farmer protests on the borders of the national capital, was among two people thrashed late night on March 30, 2021, while out pasting posters urging voters in Kerala to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 Human Rights
 NAPM condemns the fabricated FIRs and arbitrary raids on activists’ homes in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

 NAPM condemns the fabricated FIRs and arbitrary raids on activists’ homes in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemns in the strongest possible terms the high-handed manner of ‘raids’ by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) at the homes of over 16 activists of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, acting on dubious FIRs registered a couple of months back. We express our solidarity with all these activists and advocates who are long standing members[Read More…]

 Like Floyd Vietnamese Were Victims of a “Flourishing US Culture of Excessive Force Racism & Impunity”  

 Like Floyd Vietnamese Were Victims of a “Flourishing US Culture of Excessive Force Racism & Impunity”  

The 27 $million to the family of George Floyd answering allegations that his civil rights were violated within a flourishing American culture of excessive force, racism and impunity by implication puts protective value on all lives in the USA. Remaining valueless are the millions of lives taken overseas by Americans, including by Black GIs who afterward return home to face[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 Imperialism
Refugees fleeing the attack by separatist Karen Liberation Army on Myanmar military outpost on Thai border, March 27, 2021. “Make no mistake, KLA is a creation of British intelligence.”

This is how shingles of Indian interests in Myanmar overlap Russia and China’s

This is third in the series on the flux in the global scene by the seasoned diplomat, an expert on Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific…Fourth will follow.  “To be sure, Myanmar saga is far from a binary of democracy vs. autocracy….Beware of “colour revolution” that the Western intelligence ,  US and UK in lead role[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 World
CDRO Condemns NIA Raids On Rights Activists

CDRO Condemns NIA Raids On Rights Activists

Co-ordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) is strongly condemning the raids of NIA(National Investigation Agency) on the houses of Rights Activists and activists belongs to various peoples organisations. NIA has raided the houses of nearly 16 Human Rights, Civil liberties, feminist activists and progressive writers in AP and Telangana. The raids began on 31st March evening and continued till the[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 Human Rights
Why RSS did not participate in freedom movement?

Why RSS did not participate in freedom movement?

It is generally observed that the RSS did not participate in the freedom movement. RSS does not answer the question or is not known to the people. There is answer to it if one fathoms deeper. The founder of the RSS, Hedgewar did participate in the freedom movement but that was the small stint. His association with Tilak and Savarkar[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 India
The Draconian Sedition Law in Independent India

The Draconian Sedition Law in Independent India

The Indian Sedition Law owes its origin to The British Sedition Act of 1661, an Act of Parliament of England which was passed as an Act for safety and   Preservation of His Majesties Person and Government against Treasonable and Seditious practices and attempts. However Sedition was abolished in Great Britain through the Coroners and Justice Act of 2009. The Sedition Law in India was inserted into IPC[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 Human Rights
The Shudra Predicament

The Shudra Predicament

        With the recent book “The Shudras : vision for a new path” (edited by Karthika Raja Karuppasamy and Kancha Ilaiah) and the Shudra farmers protesting on the capital borders, the issue of historically neglected Shudras came to the forefront. At a time when the right wing hindutva agenda is on its rise, the need to counter[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 Annihilate Caste
Follow-Up Actions Needed to Further Strengthen India-Bangladesh Ties

Follow-Up Actions Needed to Further Strengthen India-Bangladesh Ties

It is good that recently initiatives have been taken by both India and Bangladesh to repair damage and prepare the ground for again strengthening close relationship. The geographical  conditions of the two countries are such that the case for close cooperation and working and planning together is really very obvious and strong. These factors were strengthened by the unique and[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 South Asia
Protection of Ganga River and Saints of Matra Sadan

Protection of Ganga River and Saints of Matra Sadan

In recent years the Matra Sadan Ashram in Hardwar has emerged as a hub of efforts of saints and activists for protection of Ganga river. So far three saints associated with Matra Sadan have died here fasting for protection of Ganga , while at the time of writing two other saints have been on fast for several weeks. One saint[Read More…]

by April 2, 2021 Environmental Protection
Stumbling into War?

Stumbling into War?

Could the U.S. and China Face an Unintended Blowup in the Western Pacific in the Biden Years? The leaders of China and the United States certainly don’t seek a war with each another. Both the Biden administration and the regime of Chinese President Xi Jinping view economic renewal and growth as their principal objectives. Both are aware that any conflict[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 World
Remembering Devika Rani for her iconic role of an untouchable girl in the movie Achhut Kanya

Remembering Devika Rani for her iconic role of an untouchable girl in the movie Achhut Kanya

Devika Rani is the name of that legendary figure who not only ruled Hindi cinema in the decades of 1930s and 1940s, but also gained fame as the first actress of Hindi cinema. She was not only a star or actress but the one who later became a filmmaker, gave legendary actors like Madhubala and Dalip Kumar to Hindi cinema.[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Arts/Literature
Let’s end the insanity of colossal military spending during a global health emergency

Let’s end the insanity of colossal military spending during a global health emergency

Written by Sonja Scherndl and Adam Parsons Imagine what could be achieved if just a portion of the money spent on military expenditures were pooled into a global fund, and redirected towards ending hunger and massively investing in public health systems.  **** If nations had a referendum, asking the public if they want their taxes to go to military weapons[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 World
For Resolving Farming Crisis, Some Small Farmers Show the Way With Big Achievements

For Resolving Farming Crisis, Some Small Farmers Show the Way With Big Achievements

          Just as it is important for a journalist to report about problems, similarly it is important to report about achievements . While writing about agriculture for the greater part I have been reporting about problems because the overall strategy of farm development in India has been so problematic in terms of raising economic and environmental costs. But whenever I[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Counter Solutions
The Adani Business Formula: Dealing with Myanmar’s Military

The Adani Business Formula: Dealing with Myanmar’s Military

Corporate morality can be a flexible thing.  Some companies see tantalising dollar signs afloat in the spilt blood of civilians and dissidents.  Military governments, however trigger crazed, offer ideal opportunities; potentially, corners can be cut, regulations relaxed.  The Adani Group has shown itself to be particularly unscrupulous in this regard. In many ways, it is fitting.  The group’s record in[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 World
Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons from Israel’s Latest Elections

Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons from Israel’s Latest Elections

A ‘major setback’ was the recurring term in many news headlines reporting on the outcome of Israel’s general elections of March 23. While this depiction specifically referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to secure a decisive victory in the country’s fourth elections in two years, this is only part of the narrative. Certainly, it was a setback for[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 World
Saving Trees in Himalayas and Western Ghats—Chipko and Appiko Movements in India

Saving Trees in Himalayas and Western Ghats—Chipko and Appiko Movements in India

The first stories of Chipko ( hug the trees to save them from  felling) movement came from Chamoli district in Garhwal region where Gaura Devi and other hill women chased away workers who had come to fell trees. However by the late 1970s when as a young reporter I started writing on this movement, consciousness regarding this movement had spread[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Environmental Protection
UNHRC Resolution 46/1 – A Welcome Development

UNHRC Resolution 46/1 – A Welcome Development

A welcome move for the United Nations, Security Council and International Community to uphold accountability and rein in Sri Lanka. At the 46th Session of UNHRC, the final Resolution on Sri Lanka was passed with 22 members voting for it with 11 opposing and 14 abstentions In this article some of the Resolutions’ vital recommendations can be  analyzed in the[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Human Rights
Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too – Part 2

Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too – Part 2

The youth must support the farmers’ movement! The fight against the farm bills is also a struggle to save several crore jobs!! The farmers agitation completed one month on December 26, 2020. Despite the biting cold, the resolve of the farmers shows no signs of weakening; on the contrary, their movement continues to strengthen as the days go by. More[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 India
Social Media & Women!

Social Media & Women!

Of late, a new importance is being accorded to “social media.” The so-called “social media” is allegedly playing an extremely negative role in spread of “socially-approved” abuses targeting weaker sections, particularly minorities and women. Now, is there really such a “social media” or this is just a hype? And aren’t we erring in according it a little too much importance?[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Patriarchy
      Baz Ratner/Reuters US troops in Afghanistan, June 2011

China resents US presence in Afghanistan

This is second in the series on the flux in the global scene by the seasoned diplomat, an expert on Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific…Third on Myanmar will follow. The “hidden agenda” of the war on terror in Afghanistan has been an open secret. The first inkling of its geopolitical character came when it transpired[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Imperialism
Vanita Shinde: A Village Woman Shows The Light On Creating A Digital Revolution

Vanita Shinde: A Village Woman Shows The Light On Creating A Digital Revolution

Mhaswad village is a mere blip on India’s vast geographic radar but it shines brightly on the country’s development landscape. Women here are seeding a digital revolution that is enabling financial security and well-being for low-income women in remote villages Located in the rain shadow region of Satara district, Maharashtra’s sugar bowl, Mhaswad faces perennial drought and agrarian distress. However,[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Life/Philosophy