Archive for January, 2022

Booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine: To give or not to give?

Booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine: To give or not to give?

by Shobha Shukla & Bobby Ramakant With almost 19 million new COVID-19 cases reported, the third week of January 2022 recorded the highest-ever weekly number of new infections so far in the pandemic’s history. This was an increase of 20% more cases than the earlier ‘highest-ever record’ which was set in the previous week. With over two years into the[Read More…]

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CPSE disinvestment- Valuation approach flawed, Imprudent to ignore R&D effort in CPSEs at the cost of self-reliance

CPSE disinvestment- Valuation approach flawed, Imprudent to ignore R&D effort in CPSEs at the cost of self-reliance

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I refer to my letter dated January 15, 2022 on the imprudence of listing LIC in the stock market and the misleading valuation approach adopted by the government (https://www.moneylife.in/article/lic-ipo-gross-underestimated-valuation-put-it-on-hold-says-eas-sarma/66146.html). As the single largest social security provider in the country for the economically weaker sections, the social value of the LIC[Read More…]

by 24/01/2022 0 comments India
The Ukraine Riddle & the War of Words

The Ukraine Riddle & the War of Words

Today being a Sunday, I happened to hit upon 2 gloom stories [https://www.pressenza.com/2022/01/ukraine-loitering-at-the-brink-of-doom] [https://davidswanson.org/munich-is-not-in-ukraine-appeasement-begins-at-home/]  on a world crisis smothering at the Ukrainian front, a situation that has the potential to blow out into human extinction. It seems, American politicians simply cannot understand this world anymore and their power-media brainwashing with disinformation campaigns stuporing the public equally to irrationality. There are,[Read More…]

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Neoliberalism, Stress, and Sex

Neoliberalism, Stress, and Sex

Writing about sex in the year 2022 is not at all, like writing about sex in the late 1960s – the time of student revolution, and 1970s – the time of the sexual revolution. At that time, the air was charged with sexual curiosity. Women’s lives were changing at a fabulous rate and many engaged in the exploration of women’s[Read More…]

by 24/01/2022 0 comments Life/Philosophy
A Very Long War – From Vietnam to Afghanistan with Detours Along the Way

A Very Long War – From Vietnam to Afghanistan with Detours Along the Way

In the long and storied history of the United States Army, many young officers have served in many war zones. Few, I suspect, were as sublimely ignorant as I was in the summer of 1970 upon my arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in the Republic of Vietnam. Granted, during the years of schooling that preceded my deployment there, I had[Read More…]

by 24/01/2022 0 comments Imperialism
Palestine: Between a Rising Tide and Apartheid – Environmental Justice

Palestine: Between a Rising Tide and Apartheid – Environmental Justice

A recent seminar from the group “Visualizing Palestine” served to present four graphic representations of environmental problems within Israel/Palestine [https://visualizingpalestine.org/visuals/between-rising-tide-and-apartheid?v=large] The graphics are self-explanatory and need no review here – they are after all graphic, and speak well for themselves.  The discussion talked around the graphics, what they emphasized and how they are necessary for a clear understanding of environmental[Read More…]

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Subhash Chandra Bose: Memoirs of the North East India

Subhash Chandra Bose: Memoirs of the North East India

Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the first nationalist leaders in pre-independent India to set his foot in Northeast India, 3 years prior to India’s Independence in 1944. And, he brought the focus on the Northeast region in the Indian national movement. His decision to enter the Northeast region and Burma (Myanmar) was a well-planned strategy. Secondly, Northeast India has[Read More…]

by 23/01/2022 0 comments India
Ethnocracy invading India’s democracy

Ethnocracy invading India’s democracy

As India approaches its Republic day, annual rituals of guns salute and unfurling of the national flag followed by republic day parade will be held at Delhi. We all Indian citizens will be made feel proud of our democracy. US President Joe Biden, at the recent Summit for Democracy, emphasised that democracy has to be renewed with each generation. Has[Read More…]

by 23/01/2022 0 comments India
Identifying Six Most Urgent Priorities of India in Exceptionally Difficult and Uncertain Times

Identifying Six Most Urgent Priorities of India in Exceptionally Difficult and Uncertain Times

Recent times have been exceptionally difficult and full of uncertainties for most people. While there are so many important issues that face India today, this review seeks to focus attention on six exceptionally urgent ones. Firstly, we need to give much more attention to all those people who are living in poverty and denial of basic needs, including those who[Read More…]

by 23/01/2022 1 comment India
When Virtual Reality is the Actual Reality

When Virtual Reality is the Actual Reality

Some time ago, I met the daughter of a friend who has by now finished 2 years of college life without setting foot in the college campus. All this time the classes have been held online and just as she was looking forward to getting ready for offline college and making some friends, Omicron surfaced and things were back to[Read More…]

by 23/01/2022 0 comments Life/Philosophy
One Billion Dollars Per Day—This is what the top 10 billionaires of USA have been adding to their wealth in pandemic times

One Billion Dollars Per Day—This is what the top 10 billionaires of USA have been adding to their wealth in pandemic times

In recent times several justice studies have pointed out how the wealth of top billionaires of world have increased at a very fast pace. But the latest estimate presented on January 19 by the organisation Americans for Tax Fairness has still proved shocking for many people. This estimate tells us that the wealth of top 10 US billionaires has increased[Read More…]

by 22/01/2022 0 comments World
Auguries of Ruin

Auguries of Ruin

The juvenile remoulding of symbols by quenching the flames of the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame and magically merging the dead flame with one in the National War Memorial has caused widespread disgust.In the favourite tactic of surgical strikes the act had been neither in public demand nor anticipated.The logic barely stands scrutiny. Sure the dead in the First ever World[Read More…]

by 22/01/2022 0 comments India
The Lamp – Lit For What?

The Lamp – Lit For What?

Our PM has spoken. To quote him: “We have to light the lamp of responsibilities and obligation inside the heart of every citizen of the country. Then only the country will reach new heights”, and “… society should stand on the foundations of equality and social justice”. [“Efforts made to spoil India’s reputation globally; our duty to present the correct[Read More…]

by 22/01/2022 0 comments India
Red is the new alert for Prime Minister?

Red is the new alert for Prime Minister?

Historian Ramchandra Guha in his book ‘India after Gandhi’ quotes a letter of RSS Chief Golvalkar where Golvalkar saw growing cadres of communists as a threat and wrote a letter to Sardar Patel offering support of RSS to counter this threat of ‘Red Alert’. Now, the growing threat of Red is again in the news and the Prime Minister of[Read More…]

by 22/01/2022 0 comments India
How Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ Plans to Control All Palestinian Content Online

How Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ Plans to Control All Palestinian Content Online

It is ironic that even former right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had rejected a Knesset (Israeli Parliament) bill which proposed to give the government greater power to control and suppress online content. This was in 2016, and the bill was introduced by Netanyahu’s Likud party rival, Gideon Sa’ar. Some analysts argued that Netanyahu had feared that a law aimed[Read More…]

by 22/01/2022 0 comments Palestine
Dominance by Billionaires Leads India’s Highway to Record Levels of Inequality

Dominance by Billionaires Leads India’s Highway to Record Levels of Inequality

  While a drift towards increasing inequality is by itself very harmful for a country which already has high levels of poverty and deprivation, this situation has been worsened further in some countries by increasing dominance of billionaires and the extremely  extra-ordinary increase of their wealth within a short time, particularly since the advent of the pandemic. At world level,[Read More…]

by 22/01/2022 0 comments India
Obituary: Eminent Computer Scientist-Teacher Prof M. Radhakrishna

Obituary: Eminent Computer Scientist-Teacher Prof M. Radhakrishna

Co-authors: D Hanumanta Rao & MA Krishna Prof M. Radhakrishna, aged 80, passed away around 8.30 pm, January 21, 2022, at Hyderabad, in his residence. He had lung infections towards the end. The Eminent Computer Scientist-Teacher was fondly known as ‘RK Sir ’ by his students and colleagues.  The above photo was taken when he was around 75. He was[Read More…]

by 22/01/2022 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Suzet McKinney, a member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board (SASB), and Daniel Holz, 2022 co-chair of the Bulletin's SASB, reveal the 2022 time on the "Doomsday Clock." (Photo: Thomas Gaulkin/Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Humanity at “Doom’s Doorstep” Says Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Top scientists responsible for the “Doomsday Clock” issued a stark warning Thursday about how close the world is to catastrophe due to the climate emergency, nuclear weapons, and “disruptive technologies in other domains.” Launched by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 as a symbol for “how close we are to destroying our world,” the clock remains at 100 seconds to[Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 0 comments World
Economics With A Human Face—Young Writer Makes A Mark With His First Book

Economics With A Human Face—Young Writer Makes A Mark With His First Book

This is the first book by Wangba Senjam, a 35 year writer from Manipur, who has written this in exceptionally difficult circumstances. Despite the difficulties he faced, he makes a strong impression with the originality, freshness and deep sincerity of his ideas. His inclination and ability for out-of-box thinking is evident also in the subjects he has selected for his[Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 0 comments Book Review
Morocco Drives a War in Western Sahara for Its Phosphates

Morocco Drives a War in Western Sahara for Its Phosphates

In November 2020, the Moroccan government sent its military to the Guerguerat area, a buffer zone between the territory claimed by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The Guerguerat border post is at the very southern edge of Western Sahara along the road that goes to Mauritania. The presence of Moroccan troops “in the Buffer Strip in the Guerguerat[Read More…]

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Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

Setback to India’s Covid Genome Sequencing Efforts- 5 Labs Shut- A cause for concern

To Shri Mansukh Mandaviya Union Health Minister Dear Shri Mandaviya, At a recent meeting to review the Covid containment effort, the Prime Minister was reported to have said, “There is a need for continuous scientific research… including genome sequencing, given that the virus is evolving continuously.” Contrary to what he had said at the meeting, it has been reported (“Blow To[Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 0 comments India
Song of the Himalayas

Song of the Himalayas

Stretching far beyond the distant horizons is a mountain where trod the gods on their way to heaven, where mankind prayed for redemption, for a broader vision, for union   with universal, infinite energies. The peaks tower snow white — stretch out an awning. Long ago, these were not there. The ranges birthed as two ancient land masses embraced.  [Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 2 comments Arts/Literature
First Amendment to the Indian Constitution: Is Nehru a hero or a villain?

First Amendment to the Indian Constitution: Is Nehru a hero or a villain?

Our present BJP-RSS rulers are trying overtime to change the Constitution of India in the interest of themselves and their party. They are trying to convince people that if Nehru can amend the Constitution within the first fifteen months of its adoption in the interest of his party, then why can’t they? Well, the constitution is not Shalgramshila (a solid[Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 0 comments India
Unshackle the youth to realize a Republic

Unshackle the youth to realize a Republic

If we were to imagine our journey towards the 73rd Republic Day as a long, tiring and sometimes treacherous trek through the Himalayas, then looking back we can be proud that we managed to survive some dangerous terrain. The mountains were right at the beginning where we were air-dropped by the colonial powers, into the death-zone. The lack of adequate[Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 0 comments India
Punjab Election and the farmers

Punjab Election and the farmers

History looks like repeating itself  like in the 2012 and 2017 elections where the central programme of farmers groups was attended by around 12-15000 persons., which I personally witnessed in Barnala and Bathinda.The tactic of active political campaign  proved correct with those calling for boycott or participating making negligible impact. It effectively raised the democratic political consciousness of the peasants[Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 0 comments India
A United Voice For A Referendum For Eelam Tamils

A United Voice For A Referendum For Eelam Tamils

“A people who are subjugated by an alien people have the inherent right to free themselves from such alien subjugation” It is the right which is the right of self determination  – A right which has today become a peremptory norm of general International Law. Eelam Tamils deserve to demand this right due to the following justifiable and reasonable reasons.[Read More…]

by 21/01/2022 0 comments South Asia
Guantánamo’s Forever Elusive Endgame – Will We “Celebrate” Its 30th Anniversary?

Guantánamo’s Forever Elusive Endgame – Will We “Celebrate” Its 30th Anniversary?

It’s now more than 20 years later and that American offshore symbol of mistreatment and injustice, the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is still open. In fact, as 2021 ended, New York Times reporter Carol Rosenberg, who has covered that notorious prison complex since its first day, reported on the Pentagon’s plans to build a brand-new prefab courthouse at that naval base. It’s intended[Read More…]

by 20/01/2022 0 comments World
77 And The Drums Of War

77 And The Drums Of War

The 77th Anniversary of the Defeat of Fascism in Europe in the month of May 1945; approaches us. Below is a picture of Soviet Troops entering Warsaw and being greeted by the residents of the city. Contrary to Public Perception (ingrained into our Collective Psyche by Big Media and Her Relentless Efforts to Re-Write History); the Soviets were not seen as[Read More…]

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Blinken delays US response to Russia

Blinken delays US response to Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns of imminent Russian assault on Ukraine, scrambling to get allies to rally. (File photo) A special press briefing in unseemly hurry by the US state department to warn an imminent Russian assault on Ukraine; a surprise call by state secretary Blinken to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to be followed by an unscheduled meeting[Read More…]

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 “Havana Syndrome” – CIA Rules Out Foreign Power Involvement

 “Havana Syndrome” – CIA Rules Out Foreign Power Involvement

 I swear, I can’t hear well. Photo: Osval, Granma “Havana Syndrome” came out as an accusation, first, against Cuba, and then, against Russia. Now, the CIA has found the fact: No hostile power, no foreign enemy was involved with the so-called Havana Syndrome. A report by NBC News – CIA says ‘Havana Syndrome’ not result of sustained global campaign by hostile power[Read More…]

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Hate is normal in India today, thanks to social media

Hate is normal in India today, thanks to social media

The Indian ruling party, BJP, believes in using unscrupulous means to achieve and retain power. This includes instigating riots and achieving polarization by dividing people on religious and social lines. It also believes in the use of new technology to disseminate hate. Way back in 2005, it used short messages (SMS’s) in Assam to evict so-called “Bangladeshis” from Dibrugarh in[Read More…]

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Rapidly growing economic inequalities in India

Rapidly growing economic inequalities in India

On January 16, 2022, Oxfam, a non-profit organization, released a report on the rapidly growing economic inequalities in the world ahead of the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The findings of the report on the rapidly growing economic inequalities in India show that the country’s wealth is being rapidly grabbed by billionaires and  the common man[Read More…]

by 20/01/2022 0 comments India
After a Year of Biden, Why Do We Still Have Trump’s Foreign Policy?

After a Year of Biden, Why Do We Still Have Trump’s Foreign Policy?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies President Biden and the Democrats were highly critical of President Trump’s foreign policy, so it was reasonable to expect that Biden would quickly remedy its worst impacts. As a senior member of the Obama administration, Biden surely needed no schooling on Obama’s diplomatic agreements with Cuba and Iran, both of which began to resolve long-standing foreign[Read More…]

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The Smearing of Emma Watson

The Smearing of Emma Watson

by Sut Jhally & Roger Waters Anyone who has ever been critical of Israeli actions toward the Palestinian people knows what to expect next—an avalanche of pit-bull attacks and smears that their criticisms of Israel are motivated by racism and anti-Semitism. The latest example is the response to actress Emma Watson’s pro-Palestinian Instagram post, which led (predictably) to Israeli officials and[Read More…]

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Reckless pursuit of linking rivers can result in ecological havoc

Reckless pursuit of linking rivers can result in ecological havoc

            For a long time a gigantic and recklessly ambitious project proposed in India for linking about 37 rivers at 30 or more places had been largely dormant. Things started moving in its favor after the  2014 elections and the installation of the NDA government. Within about two years this project had been pushed ahead quite a bit.Now with the[Read More…]

Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

President Putin has been making some astonishing demands, including: NATO mustn’t admit additional countries near Russia, such as Ukraine and Georgia. NATO must cease military activity in non-NATO territories: Georgia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and parts of eastern Europe. Yet, incredibly, Putin has himself been enabling a NATO member’s aggression bordering Russia. In 2020, the Kremlin embraced Turkey’s sending[Read More…]

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Domesticating Dissent

Domesticating Dissent

These days there is a lot of enthusiasm in progressive liberal circles about the powerful presence of dissent in Indian traditional thought.Accompanied by head-shaking about the pernicious effect of Anglophilia and dominance of the Engish language in academic circles. Inordinately nettled at the saffron camp’s repression of liberal thinking in the name of pristine Indian tradition and at its hostile[Read More…]

by 19/01/2022 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Oxfam report reveals malignant dependency of the pandemic on capitalist inequality

Oxfam report reveals malignant dependency of the pandemic on capitalist inequality

This week, Oxfam published a major report in advance of the annual World Economic Forum Davos Agenda. Coming as society enters the third year of the pandemic, the Oxfam briefing expresses an undeniable reality: the COVID-19 pandemic is a malignant byproduct of a society that is deeply ill with the disease of social inequality. Entitled “Inequality Kills,” the Oxfam report[Read More…]

by 19/01/2022 0 comments World
N.D. Patil

Sharad Pawar, Peasant Politics and the Land Question

In the death of Mr N.D. Patil on January 17 we have lost a dedicated, honest leader of the Peasants and Workers Party. His wife Saroj is the sister of Mr Sharad Pawar and the two leaders represent two contrasting approaches to politics. Mr Pawar, the leader of the Congress and then the National Congress party, in fact comes from[Read More…]

by 19/01/2022 0 comments Life/Philosophy
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass by Oliver Stone

JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass by Oliver Stone

A Film Review Two of the greatest speeches ever delivered by an American president bookend this extraordinary documentary film.  It opens with President John F. Kennedy giving the commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963 and it closes with his civil rights speech to the American people the following day.  It is a deft artistic touch that suggests the brevity of[Read More…]

by 19/01/2022 1 comment Arts/Literature
Caution: New Normal

Caution: New Normal

Getting familiar with some of the trends of New Normal is absolutely necessary and advisable.  These new normal trends are so active in affecting our lives negatively. Being ignorant of these new normal trends will leave us in lurch depoliticized subtly. The first new normal. The global big pharma has strongly buckled up itself for bullying any regulative mechanisms that[Read More…]

by 19/01/2022 1 comment World
Arise, Pandemic Profiteers

Arise, Pandemic Profiteers

History’s annals are filled with war profiteers and hustlers for the opportunistic return.  They come in the form of hoarders, arms manufacturers and wily business folk making a steal on slaughter and mayhem.  But the other conflict – that of battling a pandemic – has also shown that profits exist for those willing to exploit the crisis. With the global[Read More…]

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Managing Mild Omicron Covid At Home

Managing Mild Omicron Covid At Home

This infographic was prepared by https://www.indiacovidsos.org/

The Acquittal Of Kerala Bishop Is Best Example Of A Bad Judgement

The Acquittal Of Kerala Bishop Is Best Example Of A Bad Judgement

It is good that an official appeal is to be filed against the judgement of the Additional Sessions Judge in Kerala exonerating Bishop Franco of all charges of multiple rape of a nun who was his subordinate. Hopefully, the appeal will lead to a restoration of justice and dignity to not only the complainant in this case, but also to[Read More…]

by 19/01/2022 0 comments India
While acquitting Franco Mulakkal, trial court puts victim on trial

While acquitting Franco Mulakkal, trial court puts victim on trial

A reading of the elaborate 289-page judgment delivered by additional sessions judge, Kottayam, G Gopakumar, acquitting rape accused Franco Mulakkal, former Bishop of Jalandhar diocese, makes it seem that time has stood still since the infamous Mathura judgment in 1978 (Tukaram And Anr vs State Of Maharashtra, AIR 1979 SC 185), which triggered the women’s movement in India. In that[Read More…]

by 19/01/2022 0 comments India
Uprising in Kazakhstan

Uprising in Kazakhstan

The latest wave of protests began in Janaozen (sometimes spelled Zhanaozen), an oil town in western Kazakhstan. It was here that police shot down unarmed strikers in December 2011. Ten years later, the oilmen again struck for higher wages, better working conditions and the right to organize. The immediate triggers were the layoff in December of 40,000 workers by the[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments World
Silence

Silence

A sword pierced my soul, the day I heard the calls For genocide against our Muslim nationals – What makes it still more chilling and sinister Is the loud silence of all those who matter. We who speak can say that silence speaks louder, It echoes in ears it reaches and further; It beats up a drum roll of tacit[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 1 comment Arts/Literature
Aafia Siddiqui, Political Prisoner

Aafia Siddiqui, Political Prisoner

The media coverage of the hostage-taking at a synagogue in Texas has been predictably hysterical, Islamophobic and inaccurate about Aafia Siddiqui, the apparent political cause of the hostage-taker Malik Faisad Akram.         According to his family in England he has “mental health issues.” He was “said to have” weapons and explosives. He was “said to have” threatened[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments Human Rights
Only Fools Replay Doomsday – The Cold War, Reborn and Resurgent

Only Fools Replay Doomsday – The Cold War, Reborn and Resurgent

In the early 1960s, at the height of America’s original Cold War with the Soviet Union, my old service branch, the Air Force, sought to build 10,000 land-based nuclear missiles. These were intended to augment the hundreds of nuclear bombers it already had, like the B-52s featured so memorably in the movie Dr. Strangelove. Predictably, massive future overkill was justified in[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments World
Promoting Amity in the Times of Hate

Promoting Amity in the Times of Hate

Last month has seen a series of incidents which are very disturbing, to say the least. They have been promoting hatred, promoting misogyny, targeting Muslim women and abusing the ‘Father of the nation’. Along with this we also came to know the immaculate investigation by The Wire, which tells us the frightening Tek Fog app capable of creating a storm[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments India
Oxfam report highlights widening pandemic inequality in Asia

Oxfam report highlights widening pandemic inequality in Asia

A report issued by the British-based international aid agency Oxfam last week has highlighted the rapid escalation of economic and social inequality in the Asia-Pacific region during the COVID-19 pandemic, documenting how a handful of the ultra-wealthy have directly benefited from the suffering of millions. The investigation found that 20 new “pandemic billionaires” had been created over the past two[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments World
Oxfam report “Inequality Kills”: Billionaires racked up wealth while millions died during the pandemic

Oxfam report “Inequality Kills”: Billionaires racked up wealth while millions died during the pandemic

The global charity Oxfam released a briefing on Monday entitled “Inequality Kills” in advance of the World Economic Forum State of the World conference being held virtually January 17-21. In focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, the document paints a devastating picture of the world capitalist order. It shows that the unprecedented accumulation of wealth by the world’s billionaire elite is[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments World
Portents of a nuclear winter on a warming Earth

Portents of a nuclear winter on a warming Earth

The discovery by Alvarez and Alvarez (1980) of the Cretaceous-Paleocene boundary (~66 million years-ago) asteroid impact, eliminating approximately 80 percent of all species, has among other released enough dust and debris to cloud large parts of planet, enhancing the mass extinction of some 80 percent of species of animals. When Turco et al. (1983) and Carl Sagan (1983) warned the[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments Climate Change
So, was the doubling of farmers’ income just another jumla?

So, was the doubling of farmers’ income just another jumla?

Rhetoric not matched by budget allocations so far The government admitted in July 2019 in a reply in the Rajya Sabha that doubling of farmers’ income was not possible by 2022 at the current rate of growth in the agriculture sector, but added that it was trying to promote the growth of allied sectors to achieve the target. (see PTI[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments India
Souring of Taliban’s relations with Pakistan

Souring of Taliban’s relations with Pakistan

External interference in Afghanistan has reappeared much sooner than one would have expected after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in August. In a familiar pattern, the rumour mill has become active.   The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova hit out today at the rumours being planted by American sources insinuating that Moscow is supplying arms to the so-called National Resistance Front of[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments World
In South Africa as in Palestine: Why We Must Protect the Legacy of Desmond Tutu

In South Africa as in Palestine: Why We Must Protect the Legacy of Desmond Tutu

Long before intersectionality became a prevailing concept which helped delineate the relationship between various marginalized and oppressed groups, late South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it all in a few words and in a most inimitable style. “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together,” he said. Like other freedom and justice icons, Tutu[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments Life/Philosophy
The American Trap

The American Trap

The American Trap – My Battle to Expose America’s Secret Economic War Against the Rest of the World. Frédéric Pierucci (with Mathieu Aron). HOdder & Stoughton, London, 2020. It becomes more clear with more and more readings that the “American trap” is the U.S. dollar, and that for some it is no secret. Frédéric Pierucci’s well written personal story tells[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments Book Review
Remembering Martin Luther King on MLK day must include a strong commitment to equality, peace and democracy

Remembering Martin Luther King on MLK day must include a strong commitment to equality, peace and democracy

MLK day was observed on January 17 yesterday in the USA and many parts of world. Actually there was some confusion regarding the exact day as last year MLK day was observed on January 18 which is the date today. This confusion can be cleared by remembering that the MLK day is actually observed on the third Monday of January,[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 1 comment Life/Philosophy
FREEDOM: a Poetic Declaration in Two Movements

FREEDOM: a Poetic Declaration in Two Movements

Part One: inspired & freely adapted from a poem by the French lyric poet Paul Eluard On every door at every gate in every doorway on all the windows, mirrors of all the world   I write your name.   On every road with every step in the wide meander and the sand on the straight and narrow and around[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments Arts/Literature
Farmer’s Movement: Looking At The Larger Picture

Farmer’s Movement: Looking At The Larger Picture

On 15 January, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) met at Delhi’s Singhu border, to review the progress made by the government on its promises made at the time of the repealing of the three agri laws. Following Parliamentary and written assurances, the farmers had suspended their movement and lifted their occupation of the Delhi borders. At the review meeting, it[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments India
NCHRO condemns the actions of the authoritarian police in Dhinkia village

NCHRO condemns the actions of the authoritarian police in Dhinkia village

NCHRO condemns the actions of the authoritarian police in Dhinkia village, Odisha and the government’s attempt to displace its local populace In the Dhinkia village in Odisha, the collusion of corporations and government is being manifested in the routinely egregious manner. The people there have been protesting against the attempts to displace them and hand over the land to the[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 0 comments Human Rights
Veil is anti-Quran

Veil is anti-Quran

As Muslims are facing increased threat in several countries, like the unending public lynching and the recent open call for genocide by the Hindutwa militia in India, some sections of them are shrinking into their shells. Hijab or veil  is one expression of this shrinking phenomena. This uniform, often black, lose covering over one’s dress, known as purdah in south[Read More…]

by 18/01/2022 3 comments Life/Philosophy
Objection, Your Honour: Supreme Court judge S. Abdul Nazeer’s recent speech raises eyebrows

Objection, Your Honour: Supreme Court judge S. Abdul Nazeer’s recent speech raises eyebrows

It will not be out of context to know that the architect of the Indian constitution, Dr. BR Ambedkar was present when on December 25, 1927 at Mahad, Maharashtra a copy of Manusmriti was burnt. On this day he also called upon to commemorate every December 25 as ‘Manusmriti Dahan Divas’ by burning the same.  Justice Abdul Nazeer, is not[Read More…]

by 17/01/2022 2 comments India
Pakis Had Power Too

Pakis Had Power Too

On this, as we approach the 77th Anniversary of the Defeat of Fascism, a small commemoration of my Father’s contribution as a Radio Operator in the Indian 8th Army in North Africa during 1944. The above picture is of my Father, who was a Radio Operator in the Indian 8th Army; slugging it out for the British Imperialists in a[Read More…]

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Dangerous Precedents and Hypothetical Threats: The Deportation of Novak Djokovic

Dangerous Precedents and Hypothetical Threats: The Deportation of Novak Djokovic

Australia’s treatment of Novak Djokovic, the tennis world number one, has been revelatory.  Unintentionally, this has exposed the seedier, arbitrary and inconsistent nature of Australia’s border policies.  The approval by the Australian Federal Court of the Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to re-cancel the prominent Serb’s visa left the country a heaving precedent that will be invoked, in future, with[Read More…]

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An Epochal Decline in American Global Power

An Epochal Decline in American Global Power

Throughout 2021, Americans were absorbed in arguments over mask mandates, school closings, and the meaning of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, geopolitical hot spots were erupting across Eurasia, forming a veritable ring of fire around that vast land mass. Let’s circle that continent to visit just a few of those flashpoints, each one suffused with significance for[Read More…]

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It is high time the Indo/Ceylon accord of 1987 is fully implemented

It is high time the Indo/Ceylon accord of 1987 is fully implemented

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Shri V. Muralidharans’s following statement on July 31, 2021 in the Rajya Sabha is timely, fitting and correct which also alludes to the nagging and continuing unsolved problems being faced by the Tamils in Sri Lanka. “India believes that delivering the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil community is in the best interest of[Read More…]

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My Birth is My Fatal Accident: The story of many marginalised like Rohith Vemula

My Birth is My Fatal Accident: The story of many marginalised like Rohith Vemula

It’s been six years since the Rohith Vemula has left us, but the nation has hardly learnt from his death. There were many well-wishers of Rohith Vemula who mourned on his death. The nation has seen numbers of protests in the universities, Vemula was also discussed in the parliament. But when we will evaluate the result of his big sacrifice,[Read More…]

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No excuse not to end the acute stage of pandemic globally

No excuse not to end the acute stage of pandemic globally

by Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant Is it not shocking that after more than two years into the pandemic (when we know how to protect ourselves from getting infected, and have had vaccines for more than a year now), by far the highest-ever number of corona virus infections in a single week were reported in the second week of January[Read More…]

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Hands off peasant land! Hands off Dhinkia!

Hands off peasant land! Hands off Dhinkia!

We the undersigned strongly condemn the brutal police violence by Odisha Police that continued for hours on the villagers of Dhinkia in Jagatsinghpur district on January 14.  The villagers of the entire region have been carrying out a protest against land acquisition by the district administration for Jindal Steel Work Utkal Limited. On January 14, as people were gathering for[Read More…]

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Copies of unjust Indian laws burnt in Canada on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

Copies of unjust Indian laws burnt in Canada on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

On the night of Sunday, January 16, members of the Indian Diaspora came together to denounce draconian laws of the world’s so-called largest democracy. To mark the 93rd birth anniversary of the towering US civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr., they burnt copies of the contentious Indian laws, such as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Armed Forces[Read More…]

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Skeptic’s Alert: Washington and NYT Expose Russian False Flag

Skeptic’s Alert: Washington and NYT Expose Russian False Flag

On 14 January, a breaking news story from the New York Times informed its readers: “U.S. Says Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion.” Unsurprisingly, Washington “did not release details of the evidence it had collected.” Why did the NYT not question the withholding of evidence? Why even deign to report what so easily could be dismissed,[Read More…]

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 Excellent Xinjiang Health, Growth & Education Outcomes Contradict Sinophobic US Lies

 Excellent Xinjiang Health, Growth & Education Outcomes Contradict Sinophobic US Lies

The US and its allies are countering the re-emergence of China with a Sinophobic confection of new alliances, military threats, jingoism and false propaganda about  a  falsely claimed Uyghur Genocide in Xinjiang.  However excellent health, infant mortality, maternal mortality, population growth and education outcomes in Xinjiang reported by China and confirmed by respected NGOs contradict Sinophobic US, UK and Australian[Read More…]

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Hindutva is European Fascism at work in India

Hindutva is European Fascism at work in India

The Hindutva draws its ideological inspiration from the European fascist organisations like the National Fascist Party/Republican Fascist Party in Italy and the Italian Social Republic under Benito Mussolini, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) in Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler, The Fatherland Front in Austria under Engelbert Dollfuss and Kurt Schuschnigg, the National Union in Portugal under António de Oliveira Salazar and Marcelo Caetano, the Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS (‘Traditionalist Spanish Phalanx of the Councils of the National Syndicalist Offensive’) in Spain under Francisco Franco. European[Read More…]

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Remembering V.P. Singh , the Man Known for the OBC Cause

Remembering V.P. Singh , the Man Known for the OBC Cause

Debashish Mukerji’s new book The Disruptor How Vishwanath Pratap Singh shook India has come at a rather topical time as the OBC reservation issue is back in the news. I have another reason to relate to the subject as I covered the OBC agitation in the 1980s in Maharashtra for the Times of India. And I had occasion to preside[Read More…]

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A Flawed Program – Millions Of Expiring Covid Vaccine Doses: Poorer Nations Reject

A Flawed Program – Millions Of Expiring Covid Vaccine Doses: Poorer Nations Reject

The short expiration dates of vaccines donated to the sharing program is a major problem, Etleva Kadilli, an official concerned with the issue told the European Parliament (EP) on Thursday. The official heads the Supply Division of UNICEF, the UN’s agency for the betterment of children’s lives worldwide. “Until we have a better shelf life, this is going to be[Read More…]

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A Short History of the US-Pakistan Relationship

A Short History of the US-Pakistan Relationship

On January 10, 2022, National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf said, “It [Pakistan] is still not [free from US influence] and I doubt that there is any country which is free from it.” He added that the country does not have any financial independence, being dependent on loans from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other foreign organizations. “When we cannot [fulfill][Read More…]

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Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Not too long ago, it seemed return of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in Uttar Pradesh (UP) with Yogi Adityanath as chief minister would be virtually a cakewalk for him. Suddenly, speculations about political winds not favouring him but his key rival – Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) have raised questions about Yogi’s credentials. It is possible, state elections may[Read More…]

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Valuation of LIC- Need for transparency

Valuation of LIC- Need for transparency

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I understand from news reports that the LIC IPO is going to be issued shortly. Keeping in view the fact that it is the millions of policy holders of the LIC who have contributed to the Corporation’s phenomenal growth over the decades, some of us feel that relegating their interests[Read More…]

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Police Beat Up Jindal Steel Protesters  at Dhinkia Village

Police Beat Up Jindal Steel Protesters  at Dhinkia Village

In a shameless and barbaric move several platoons of Odisha police entered Dhinkia village with total disregard to democracy and all constitutional norms. They forcibly broke the wooden barricade and prevented us to go to our betel vines in the morning. As villagers gathered in large number and opposed their way, the police lathi-charged injuring about 30 villagers, some of[Read More…]

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Observe Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day as a day of National Unity, Communal Harmony, Non-Violence and Peace

Observe Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day as a day of National Unity, Communal Harmony, Non-Violence and Peace

People’s Initiative to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi on the 30th of January – for National Unity, Communal Harmony, Non-Violence & Peace.   LET THE NATION STAND IN SILENCE AS ONE!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOXmwnMZf1G7MZmnA3KgE9VLEmhyP1ubc29W-hFO9A4YT4IA/viewform?usp=sf_link Dear Fellow Indians, Zindabad! In the recent years, the country is witness to the growing threat of communal fascism, even as the very[Read More…]

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Enduring Stain: The Guantánamo Military Prison Turns Twenty

Enduring Stain: The Guantánamo Military Prison Turns Twenty

Anniversaries for detention centres, concentration camps and torture facilities are not the relishable calendar events in the canon of human worth.  But not remembering them, when they were used, and how they continue being used, would be unpardonable amnesia. On January 11, 2002, the first prisoners of the absurdly named “War on Terror”, declared with such confused understanding by US[Read More…]

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Contributions of Hrishikesh Mukherjee to Indian Cinema Are Very Special

Contributions of Hrishikesh Mukherjee to Indian Cinema Are Very Special

Hrishikesh Mukherjee (1922-2006) is very widely, and fondly, remembered as one of the greatest directors, editors and story-tellers of Hindi cinema who also contributed in a smaller way to cinema of other languages. Leaving his career of teaching Maths to train under an editor of Bangla films predictably called Kenchi Da, he shifted to Hindi to learn from great masters[Read More…]

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The US enables criminal Israeli behavior

The US enables criminal Israeli behavior

Given all the attention focused on the covid-19 pandemic, the Build Back Better bill, the January 6th attack on the Capitol and the media-hyped crises over Ukraine and Taiwan this past year, many other important issues have not received much attention. One example is the Palestinian/Israeli situation. Views of Israel There have been some major breakthroughs in the perception of[Read More…]

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The Right to Healthy Food: Comorbidities and COVID-19

The Right to Healthy Food: Comorbidities and COVID-19

In early 2020, we saw the beginning of the COVID-19 ‘pandemic’. The world went into lockdown and even after lockdowns in various countries had been lifted, restrictions continued. Data now shows that lockdowns seemingly had limited if any positive impacts on the trajectory of COVID-19 and in 2022 the world – especially the poor – is paying an immense price[Read More…]

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Are Western Wealthy Countries Determined to Starve the People of Afghanistan?

Are Western Wealthy Countries Determined to Starve the People of Afghanistan?

On January 11, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths appealed to the international community to help raise $4.4 billion for Afghanistan in humanitarian aid, calling this effort, “the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance.” This amount is required “in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there,” said the UN. If this appeal is not[Read More…]

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Despite Covid challenges Jaipur’s Muslim women continue the art of kite making

Despite Covid challenges Jaipur’s Muslim women continue the art of kite making

Sitting inside a 4×6 feet room of her house, situated in Jaipur’s walled city, Afrooza Bano is busy carving the notches on bamboo sticks used to make kites. It’s mid-day and she has almost finished making 500 kites and is still to make 500 more. While she is strings the bamboo sticks together, her husband arranges them in a pile. Despite[Read More…]

Photo by Eva Luedin

The Oceans Are Overheating

The world’s oceans in 2021 witnessed the hottest temperatures in recorded history. (Source: Lijing Cheng, et al, Another Record: Ocean Warming Continues Through 2021 Despite La Niña Conditions, Advanced in Atmospheric Sciences, January 11, 2022) According to the Ocean Conservancy: “From the beginning of industrialization until today, the ocean has absorbed more than 90 percent of the heat from human-caused global[Read More…]

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The Battle at Lake Changjin: An Anti-war War Film

The Battle at Lake Changjin: An Anti-war War Film

For decades, Hollywood has produced a plethora of films extolling American military prowess in warfare. Aside from Oliver Stone films and a few others, e.g., Casualties of War, usually these Hollywood films depict the United States as a force for good defeating fascists and other evildoers. Never-ending US militarism has provided a cornucopia of potential war scripts for Hollywood. Currently[Read More…]

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Attempt to bypass PESA Act in Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh

Attempt to bypass PESA Act in Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh

Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh proposing to extend urban authority laws to the Scheduled Areas to bypass the PESA legislation To Shri Ram Nath Kovind President of India Respected Rashtrapati Ji, Under Article 244(1), read with the provisions of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution, areas predominantly inhabited by the adivasis have been notified by the President as “Scheduled Areas” where there[Read More…]

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MLK speaking at Riverside Church, NYC, 4 April 1967

If USA was reminded of 1967 Headlines! KING CALLS U.S.“GREATEST PURVEYOR OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD”  

If, during the three day Martin Luther King birthday holiday, a world attention getting source, for example, a Chinese government spokesperson, would point out that the government of the United States of America was condemned as the most violent in the world by America’s own idol, this writer believes it would be a sensation, and a most difficult moment for[Read More…]

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As Cryptocurrency Becomes Mainstream, Its Carbon Footprint Can’t Be Ignored

As Cryptocurrency Becomes Mainstream, Its Carbon Footprint Can’t Be Ignored

As Bitcoin prices rise, so will the incentive to mine it, creating a feedback loop that spells trouble for the climate. For advocates of cryptocurrency, the promise of an economic future that is managed by a blockchain (a decentralized database that is shared among the nodes of a computer network, as opposed to being held in a single location, such[Read More…]

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Why Xinjiang Has Been a Touchy Subject in China for Centuries

Why Xinjiang Has Been a Touchy Subject in China for Centuries

 China’s increasing security measures in Xinjiang reflect its historical territorial vulnerability and concerns over internal stability. Balancing these with its international ambitions and foreign relations will be no easy feat. For over a decade, increasing international attention has been focused on China’s treatment of Xinjiang’s Uyghur population. While Beijing is wary of all forms of separatism—Hong Kong and Tibet being its other major[Read More…]

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Washington Tightens the Noose around China: None Dare Call It “Encirclement”

Washington Tightens the Noose around China: None Dare Call It “Encirclement”

The word “encirclement” does not appear in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Joe Biden on December 27th, or in other recent administration statements about its foreign and military policies. Nor does that classic Cold War era term “containment” ever come up. Still, America’s top leaders have reached a consensus on a strategy to encircle and[Read More…]

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Privatizing Nature

Privatizing Nature

The financial wizards of Wall Street have devised a new way to profit from Mother Nature. They’ve created a class of stocks called Natural Asset Companies that will control the earth’s resources such as water, wildlife, forests, minerals, and farmland. The project was developed by the Intrinsic Exchange Group in partnership with the New York Stock Exchange, the Inter-American Development[Read More…]

America, Russia and NATO look for New Frontiers of Influence

America, Russia and NATO look for New Frontiers of Influence

Why the Lessons of History are Ignored America, Russia and NATO’s Geneva diplomatic talks ended in failure without any formal course of action to avoid military confrontation on Ukraine’s border.  Other vital issues include how to treat each other in a futuristic imaginary encounter of common interests. The global community is watching the prelude to a staged drama of unwarranted[Read More…]

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Patriarchal capitalism and marriage in 21st century

Patriarchal capitalism and marriage in 21st century

In the Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare defines relationships as marriage of true minds, where sovereign individuals love each other to overcome all impediments in life with the tempest of unchanging will. These voluntary, organic and humane ideals are institutionalised and domesticated to comply with the requirements of patriarchal, religious and capitalist cultures in different continents. The moral philosophers have also[Read More…]

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Dalits in 21st Century’s India

Dalits in 21st Century’s India

Dawn of 21st century, for Dalits, should have been better because of the long war they waged on superstructures of discrimination, the price they have paid with their lives, agony, torture and humiliation they have been subjected to should have resulted in offering better fruits. They should not have faced even an iota of discrimination; notorious primitive forms of untouchability[Read More…]

Rule of Law Vs Rule of Laws

Rule of Law Vs Rule of Laws

There is now a real hunt for coining ever new terms for new upsetting phenomena in society and politics,such as finer terms to denote different degrees of authoritarianism in stead of seeing as a whole the concerted and unremitting campaign to turn the state into a full-fledged fascist state. On the other hand there is a reluctance to examine the[Read More…]

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Failure of NATO-Russia Council underscores the risk of war

Failure of NATO-Russia Council underscores the risk of war

Like the bilateral negotiations between the US and Russia on Monday, the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday also ended with no tangible result. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called it a “positive sign” that the 30 NATO countries and Russia were “sitting at the same table again for the first time in two and a half years and[Read More…]

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Vivekananda: Monk who highlighted Humanism of Hinduism

Vivekananda: Monk who highlighted Humanism of Hinduism

As we celebrate the birth anniversary (12th January) of the saffron robed monk who projected spirituality of Hinduism, the diversity and syncretic nature of India, it is very reassuring. His teachings are in total contrast to the present scenario, where many saffron robed are promoting hate and inciting violence in the name of same religion. Swami Vivekananda, the legend who[Read More…]

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Political Marginalization Drives Legal Conservatism among Indian Muslims

Political Marginalization Drives Legal Conservatism among Indian Muslims

Amid the existential crises of Indian Muslims after Partition, the constitutional assurances given to the collective identity was vital in ameliorating the fears of the Muslim community. While individual freedoms are tenable while interpreting the constitution, recognition of the collective identity of the Muslim community by the way of State protection for colonial era Muslim Personal Law and special powers[Read More…]

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Julian Assange: A Thousand Days in Belmarsh

Julian Assange: A Thousand Days in Belmarsh

Julian Assange has now been in the maximum-security facilities of Belmarsh prison for over 1,000 days.  On the occasion of his 1,000th day of imprisonment, campaigners, supporters and kindred spirits gathered to show their support, indignation and solidarity at this political detention most foul. Alison Mason of the Julian Assange Defence Committee reiterated those observations long made about the imprisonment[Read More…]

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The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), front, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) underway in the the South China Sea on 18 April 2020. (Wikimedia Commons)

Pacific may be most likely to see ‘strategic surprise’, says U.S. policymaker Campbell

The Pacific may well be the part of the world most likely to see “strategic surprise,” the U.S. Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Monday, in comments apparently referring to possible Chinese ambitions to establish Pacific-island bases. Enormous Strategic Interests On January 11, 2022, a Washington datelined Reuters report said: Campbell told Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)[Read More…]

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Historical Differences Will Not Erode an Advantageous 21st-Century Chinese-Russian Partnership

Historical Differences Will Not Erode an Advantageous 21st-Century Chinese-Russian Partnership

Cautious cooperation, lingering distrust, and outright conflict have characterized the Sino-Russian relationship for hundreds of years. But alongside natural reasons to collaborate, a shared animosity toward the United States ensures positive relations will endure. The 21st century has seen the forging of “cooperative” relations between China and Russia, with the benefits of this new partnership outweighing the historical differences between these two[Read More…]

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The Real ‘Doomsday Scenario’: How Palestinian Hunger Striker, Abu Hawash Forced Israeli Concession 

The Real ‘Doomsday Scenario’: How Palestinian Hunger Striker, Abu Hawash Forced Israeli Concession 

As soon as media reports emerged regarding a deal between Palestinian prisoner, Hisham Abu Hawash and the Israeli prison authorities, Israeli extremists, led by Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir, angrily raided the Assaf Harofeh Hospital where Abu Hawash was being held. A Palestinian political activist, Abu Hawash, 41, is a father of five. He was arrested by the Israeli army from[Read More…]

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Marry at 21 – An empowering step for Women?

Marry at 21 – An empowering step for Women?

The Union cabinet recently made a decision to increase the age of marriage for girls to 21, bringing this at par with men. The age has, to put things in context, been gradually raised over the years. The legal marriage age for women in India was first set to 14 years in 1929. In 1949, the age for women was[Read More…]

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Margaret Alva questions PM Modi’s silence on attack against minorities

Margaret Alva questions PM Modi’s silence on attack against minorities

To Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister Government of India South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi-110 011. Dear Prime Minister, I write to you, the Leader of our great Democratic,Secular, Socialist Republic of India, governed by a Constitution which enshrines the fundamental rights and freedoms of Indian citizens, irrespective of caste, colour, race or creed, as a senior concerned citizen who[Read More…]

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Notes from the Covid Lockdown…

Notes from the Covid Lockdown…

Painting of Afghan woman by Sarmistha Sarker On a sunny Covid winter day, even while people waited for the third wave to fasten its grip, the Birla Academy of Art and Culture in Kolkata hosted a brilliant show of paintings, sound, images and light show, photographs and multi-layered aesthetic installations, created during the pandemic and lockdown by a group of[Read More…]

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Heavy Snowfall in Himachal, Villagers Suffer

Heavy Snowfall in Himachal, Villagers Suffer

The week January 4-January 11 has seen heavy snowfall in many parts of Himachal Pradesh. This led to a heavy rush of tourists from plain areas. Newspapers reported nearly 60,000 arrivals in just Manali and Shimla during the later part of the week. Several hotels which had been reporting low business had to insist on advance bookings and over 90[Read More…]

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Reduced Social Relationship in the name of Covid, Delta and Omicron

Reduced Social Relationship in the name of Covid, Delta and Omicron

Quite recently, I have observed and spoken to dozens of people about the impact brought in by ongoing waves of recent pandemics in the name of Covid, Delta and Omicron. One must understand that the history of science demonstrates many more pandemics that took the toll of millions of people worldwide and in India. COVID-19 was a once-in-a-lifetime event that[Read More…]

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The Road Will Be Long And Bumpy: WEF On Post-pandemic Recovery

The Road Will Be Long And Bumpy: WEF On Post-pandemic Recovery

The World Economic Forum (WEF) warns: The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic may take years to reign in. The WEF has also sheds light on major concerns regarding the future from the globe’s economic elite. “Covid-19 and its economic and societal consequences continue to pose a critical threat to the world. Vaccine inequality and a resultant uneven economic recovery risk[Read More…]

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The Rise of White Christian Nationalism in USA

The Rise of White Christian Nationalism in USA

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu The world lost a great moral leader this Christmas when Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away at the age[Read More…]

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Curtains of Numeric Lives: Perspectives on ageing and the neo-liberal world

Curtains of Numeric Lives: Perspectives on ageing and the neo-liberal world

Capitalistic Chasms and the Disenchanting Age A grotesque imagination of pluralism beholds a complex aura of experiencing diverse cultures, faiths, traditions, belief systems, existential principles, undercurrents of ideologies and imaginations. Excavating oneself through the convoluted layers of social relationships, interactions, organisations and realities can prove liberating as well as enslaving in manifold senses. Such concoctions of manoeuvred sociality and dogmatic[Read More…]

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Satyagraha, still relevant

Satyagraha, still relevant

Was Mahatma Gandhi a Coward, Who Preached Non-violent Struggle Against the British Due to His Cowardice? India was attacked by Mahmud of Gazani in the 11th century. He attacked 17 times. The last time was in 1025. He robbed Somnath Mandir and carried its wealth to his own country. But none of the Hindu rulers could stop him. Later, Gori[Read More…]

Aparna Sen and others demand the withdrawal of latest issue of Vanitha Magazine

Aparna Sen and others demand the withdrawal of latest issue of Vanitha Magazine

Over 650 eminent persons have signed a petition demanding that Malayalam Manorama (Kerala’s largest media house owning the largest circulated newspaper) withdraw it’s latest issue of Vanitha Magazine. The outrage is about a cover photograph in the Magazine of a prominent Malayalam actor accused in a molestation case. On the cover he is seen with his family. The photograph effectively[Read More…]

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Humour, Dissent and the Case of Munawar Faruqui

Humour, Dissent and the Case of Munawar Faruqui

by Shivani Das & Sai Thakur Photo of Stand-up Comedian Munawar Faruqui | Source: Youtube/ Munawar Faruqui Channel Munawar Faruqui, the Mumbai-based stand-up comedian, hit the headlines when he posted on Instagram ‘hatred won, artist lost, goodbye! INJUSTICE’ after his show in Bangalore was cancelled on the 28th November 2021. The city police cited the law and order situation. So[Read More…]

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Accelerating global warming and amplifying feedbacks: The imperative of CO2 drawdown

Accelerating global warming and amplifying feedbacks: The imperative of CO2 drawdown

Satellite measurements indicate that 2021 was one of the warmest years on record, with the past seven years being the hottest period recorded globally  (M et Office, January 10, 2022). Attempts at global emission reductions, lowered in part due to COVID-19 economic slow-down, appear to have little effect on atmospheric CO2 rise, as indicated by the current rise of atmospheric[Read More…]

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DUJ Denounces Use of Apps to Target Journos, Citizens

DUJ Denounces Use of Apps to Target Journos, Citizens

In the controversy surrounding the Prime Minister’s visit to Punjab, an investigation into a secret app that spams and trolls thousands has gone ignored by the big media, notes the Delhi Union of Journalists. Painstaking investigation of the app Tek Fog, by two technical researchers for the Wire, reveals how tech is being used to pursue a political agenda and[Read More…]

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Orientalist British Historiography Still Holds Sway In India: Analysis By Rome-Based Scholar

Orientalist British Historiography Still Holds Sway In India: Analysis By Rome-Based Scholar

“History begins in a barbarism of sense and ends in a barbarism of reflection,” says Italian Philosopher Giambattista Vico. Vico claimed that men ‘make’ their own history, and his claim had a different view of what ‘making’ means.  When Dr. Abdel Latif Chalikandi—a Rome-based scholar, who serves as the Cultural Advisor, Tawasul Europe Centre for Research and Dialogue—was speaking on British Raj:[Read More…]

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After Godi Media, now Godi NGOs

After Godi Media, now Godi NGOs

As the New Year began, I woke up to the news that the FCRA of hundreds of organisations who had applied for the renewal of their permission to receive Foreign funding had been denied. In the list was the well-regarded agency Oxfam, the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa and a chain of small rural hospitals in North and[Read More…]

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Corrupt, Lying & Racist Australian Coalition Government Trashes Djokovic, Serbia, Sport & Human Rights

Corrupt, Lying & Racist Australian Coalition Government Trashes Djokovic, Serbia, Sport & Human Rights

After granting World Number 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic a visa,  the corrupt, racist and mendacious Australian Coalition Government waited until he had flown all the way to remote Australia before abruptly cancelling his visa and imprisoning the Serbian champion in an immigration detention centre used to indefinitely and highly abusively incarcerate men, women and children refugees without charge[Read More…]

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Djokovic versus the Australian Commonwealth

Djokovic versus the Australian Commonwealth

January 10, 2022 will be remembered as one of the odder days in the annals of sport.  For one, it had little to do with physical exertion.  Tennis proved secondary to the claims of one Novak Djokovic, currently the world’s number one ranked player.  Instead of finding himself training on court in preparation for the Australian Open, he found himself[Read More…]

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It is high time for the British to recognize Tamil’s self determination

It is high time for the British to recognize Tamil’s self determination

It is high time for the United Kingdom to recognize its failure and realize that the sufferings of the Tamils started immediately after the British left Sri Lanka in 1948 and find justice and freedom to the oppressed Tamils who are now at a great loss of lives, land, resources, human rights etc. United Kingdom knows well that Sri Lanka[Read More…]

by 11/01/2022 0 comments India
Fukushima Takes a Turn for the Worse

Fukushima Takes a Turn for the Worse

Tokyo Electric Power Company-TEPCO- has been attempting to decommission three nuclear meltdowns in reactors No. 1 No. 2, and No. 3 for 11 years now. Over time, impossible issues grow and glow, putting one assertion after another into the anti-nuke coffers. The problems, issues, enormous danger, and ill timing of deconstruction of a nuclear disaster is always unexpectedly complicated by[Read More…]

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Photo Credits: Nagpur Jail

Prisoners fear release from jail due to Covid

When the Maharashtra home ministry decided last year to reduce the number of prisoners in the state’s crowded prisons to reduce impact of the third wave of Covid, they were in for a surprise.  Some inmates, it seems, did not want to be released at all. According to jail officials, several prisoners who have been granted emergency parole have not[Read More…]

by 10/01/2022 0 comments COVID Response Watch
Why it is important today to recall the democratic processes which led to the moratorium on Bt brinjal

Why it is important today to recall the democratic processes which led to the moratorium on Bt brinjal

At a time when there is widespread apprehension regarding high-power efforts to weaken regulations which have by and large sought to keep away GM foods from India, it will be useful to recall the widely appreciated and admired democratic process during the days of the  UPA government which had led to a decision being taken to safeguard the food safety[Read More…]

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Hey, Hey, USA! How Many Bombs Did You Drop Today?

Hey, Hey, USA! How Many Bombs Did You Drop Today?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies August 2020 U.S. drone strike in Kabul killed 10 Afghan civilians. Credit: Getty Images The Pentagon has finally published its first Airpower Summary since President Biden took office nearly a year ago. These monthly reports have been published since 2007 to document the number of bombs and missiles dropped by U.S.-led air[Read More…]

by 10/01/2022 1 comment Imperialism
Kazakhstan crisis heightens instability in Central Asia

Kazakhstan crisis heightens instability in Central Asia

The political crisis in Kazakhstan, which began on January 2 with mass protests against gas price hikes, has become a focal point of geopolitical and social tensions across Central Asia. With the support of the Kremlin, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s government has cracked down on the protests with extraordinary violence, turning the country’s largest city, Almaty, into a war zone. Military checkpoints have[Read More…]

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Stop Weaponising FCRA!  Condemn CBI Raid on Offices of CPSC – People’s Watch!!

Stop Weaponising FCRA!  Condemn CBI Raid on Offices of CPSC – People’s Watch!!

PUCL strongly condemns the registration of FIR by the CBI against Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC) and its initiative, People’s Watch on 6th January 2022 for alleged FCRA violations of the year 2012, and raids conducted by CBI officials at their office in Madurai on 8th January 2022. PUCL expresses serious concern over the increasing criminalization and denial of permissions[Read More…]

GM Food With Its Serious Health Hazards Should Never be Approved in India

GM Food With Its Serious Health Hazards Should Never be Approved in India

 Recently the Coalition for GM-Free Agriculture in India has expressed serious concern regarding the new regulations being framed and discussed for regulating GM food as these are leaving wide gaps regarding food safety as well as feed safety. There is concern particularly regarding import of processed GM food. The consultations are being done very hurriedly without giving adequate chance for[Read More…]

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“2021: Year of Fear for Indian Christians” | Dr. John Dayal Interview

“2021: Year of Fear for Indian Christians” | Dr. John Dayal Interview

PF: Hi, this is Pieter Friedrich, and today I’m speaking with Dr. John Dayal. Dr. John Dayal, who is 74, is a former newspaper editor, a researcher and author, and one of India’s senior human rights and freedom of faith activists. We are going to be discussing the issue of persecuted Christians in India. So, thank you for joining me, Dr.[Read More…]

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Farmer’s Agitation: All Eyes On 15 January

Farmer’s Agitation: All Eyes On 15 January

Barely a few days are left to go now and all eyes, certainly of the farmers and their supporters, are on 15 January – the day Sunyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) is to reassemble in Delhi.  There, SKM will seek to evaluate the progress made on the promises made by the government following the repeal of the three agri-laws in November[Read More…]

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The Mauling of Novak Djokovic

The Mauling of Novak Djokovic

Rarely can the treatment of a grand sporting figure by officialdom have caused such consternation.  Novak Djokovic, the tennis World Number One, has always had a tendency to get under skin and constitution, creating a large following of admirers and detractors.  But his current treatment by Australian authorities, and his subsequent detention as an unlawful arrival despite being granted a[Read More…]

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Automation & (no) Future for Humanity

Automation & (no) Future for Humanity

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Most people in the so-called advanced world lives, as it seems, part of their daily existence with the Internet, smart phones, smart TVs, email, Twitter, YouTube, logging in to a company’s website where we are employed to be remote-controlled, etc.  Yet, outside of work and sometimes even while being online for work, plenty of[Read More…]

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A World of Killer Robots?

A World of Killer Robots?

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Fight to Contain Them Here’s a scenario to consider: a military force has purchased a million cheap, disposable flying drones each the size of a deck of cards, each capable of carrying three grams of explosives — enough to kill a single person or, in a “shaped charge,” pierce a steel wall. They’ve been programmed[Read More…]

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Coming This 2022: Refugees, Democracy and Human Rights

Coming This 2022: Refugees, Democracy and Human Rights

Although 2021 is now behind us, there are many issues that will linger for a while, or much longer, and will certainly dominate much of the news in 2022, as well. These are but a few of the issues. NATO-Russian Brinkmanship  Exasperated with NATO expansion and growing ambitions in the Black Sea region, Moscow has decided to challenge the US-led[Read More…]

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Are we able to #BreakTheChain of infection transmission?

Are we able to #BreakTheChain of infection transmission?

by Shobha Shukla & Bobby Ramakant The year 2022 began on a dismal note, with its first week reporting the highest-ever number of COVID-19 cases in a week globally. Since the pandemic began in December 2019, the reported number of people who contracted the virus has been over 306 million and 5.5 million people have died due to it worldwide.[Read More…]

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Omicron could be less dangerous!

Omicron could be less dangerous!

 Omicron is the name given to a mutant of SARS-CoV-2 first reported in South Africa. Subsequently, several other countries, including India, have reported cases of this variant. Among those infected by this variant were a good many who had been vaccinated or had been infected by earlier Covid variants. Early data on the new variant show two trends: that there[Read More…]

by 09/01/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Is The Nation In Crisis?

Is The Nation In Crisis?

At the Dharam Sansad conducted at Haridwar, December 17-19, 2021, by Hindu sants and seers, there were calls for killing Muslims to cleanse Indian society. These are calls for genocide. Speakers also called upon army and police personnel to take up arms to kill Muslims. One speaker reportedly called for socio-economic boycott of Indian Muslims, and stated that governments will[Read More…]

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The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World’s Future

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World’s Future

Late January of this year will mark the first anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  This momentous international agreement, the result of a lengthy struggle by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and by many non-nuclear nations, bans developing, testing, producing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, and threatening to use[Read More…]

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The U.S. Makes a Mockery of Treaties and International Law

The U.S. Makes a Mockery of Treaties and International Law

The United States claims it is operating under a “rules-based order”—but the term is not the same international law recognized by the rest of the world. Rather, it is camouflage behind which American exceptionalism flourishes. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other members of the Biden Cabinet are fond of proclaiming the “rules-based international order” (RBIO) or “rules-based order” every chance[Read More…]

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Religious leaders promote Covid vaccination in Rajasthan

Religious leaders promote Covid vaccination in Rajasthan

As 2021 ended the Government of Rajasthan made a concerted push to increase Covid vaccination rates in the state by announcing a series of disincentives. The unvaccinated it said will not be eligible for benefits under government schemes and may also have to pay fines. While this new policy was prompted by the arrival of the Omicron variant and fears[Read More…]

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Let us convert and get converted

Let us convert and get converted

I have a confession to make. That I have been converted many times. From one faith to another to yet another, endlessly. And I simply love it. Sometimes I got converted through the power of a compelling idea, just by reading a wonderful book. Or watching a well-made movie or listening to a song (especially sung by Mohammad Rafi saheb).[Read More…]

by 09/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
From Muslims to Christians: Impunity Drives Expanding Hindu Nationalist Violence

From Muslims to Christians: Impunity Drives Expanding Hindu Nationalist Violence

Today is the third day of my seven-day hunger-strike for the persecuted Christians of India. It has now been over 60 hours since I ate anything. CLICK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE One thing that makes the situation of persecuted Indian Christians particularly unique is that they live in the only democracy in the world — in fact, aside from China,[Read More…]

by 09/01/2022 1 comment India
They search from door to door

They search from door to door

They search from door to door. Asking questions shaped by hate and suspicion. They want to know how Christ entered those homes. Did he enter brandishing weapons that struck terror? Or did he wheedle his way into those homes? Using guile and deceit. They are brokers in the market place where power is sold to those, Who can pay the[Read More…]

by 09/01/2022 1 comment Arts/Literature
Public Private Partnerships – Subsidy and Impunity for Private Corporations

Public Private Partnerships – Subsidy and Impunity for Private Corporations

Delhi Airport Metro as a Case Study   According to the currently dominant ideology, the private sector is more competent, efficient, and technologically capable than the public sector, and thus public-private partnerships save public money. The World Bank says: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be a tool to get more quality infrastructure services to more people. When designed well and implemented[Read More…]

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On Punjab elections and farmers participation

On Punjab elections and farmers participation

With all the constraints of time, I do wish to share my views with a large number of friends and likeminded people on an issue, which is very crucial in the coming days and times. This issue concerns farmers participation in coming Punjab Assembly elections, may be in other states -UP and Uttarakhand too, but primarily in the context of[Read More…]

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When to Build Sea Walls   

When to Build Sea Walls  

During the month of December 2021 two warnings of impending sea level rise were issued by highly respected groups of climate scientists. These are professional scientists who do not deal in hyperbole. Rather, they are archetypical conservative serious-minded scientists who follow the facts. The most recent warning on December 30th is of deteriorating conditions at the Arctic and Greenland. The[Read More…]

by 07/01/2022 1 comment Climate Change
Human Rights Violated And Lives And Livelihoods in Danger In Dhinkia

Human Rights Violated And Lives And Livelihoods in Danger In Dhinkia

The people of Dhinkia in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha have risen in strong protest against Jindal Steel Works and for the protection of their land, lives and livelihoods. As directed by the Odisha government, there is heavy police repression and coercion being carried out for land acquisition which is becoming brutal and inhuman with the passing of each day. All[Read More…]

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What Biden did not say in his national address on the January 6 coup attempt

What Biden did not say in his national address on the January 6 coup attempt

Yesterday, Joe Biden delivered a speech from the U.S. Capitol in which he told the population there had been an attempt to overthrow the Constitution and establish a dictatorship in America. Biden warned that the danger had not passed and that the conspirators were actively planning to overturn upcoming elections. January 6 was “an inflection point in history,” he said.[Read More…]

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The Biggest Threat in ‘Don’t Look Up’ Are the Capitalists on Earth

The Biggest Threat in ‘Don’t Look Up’ Are the Capitalists on Earth

As the dust settles on a movie that has well and truly got people talking about the climate crisis in a way that no other movie has, it is worth talking about one of the most important messages of the movie, and one that has largely been ignored. In Don’t Look Up, as the meteor hurtles towards Earth, finally the fictional[Read More…]

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Spying On Users: Google, Facebook Hit With More Than $200M In Fines By French Regulators

Spying On Users: Google, Facebook Hit With More Than $200M In Fines By French Regulators

A French privacy watchdog accused the tech giants Google and Facebook of making it difficult for users to opt out of tracking their activity. France’s online privacy regulator has ordered Google and Facebook to cough up some €210 million ($237 million) between them, fining the firms for their questionable use of data-tracking ‘cookies’ on their sites. A report by The[Read More…]

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Riot, Arson, Killings In Kazakhstan: Foreign Spy Agencies Behind, Claims Serbian President

Riot, Arson, Killings In Kazakhstan: Foreign Spy Agencies Behind, Claims Serbian President

Riots flared up in several cities of Kazakhstan on January 2. Later they erupted in other cities, including in Almaty, the largest city in the country, and on January 5, the riots snowballed into mass riots and violence, along with looting and attacks on state buildings. The rioters beheaded 2 police officers. At least 18 security officers were killed by[Read More…]

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Falsehood, Hate and Crime the Endangering Culture of India

Falsehood, Hate and Crime the Endangering Culture of India

“Make the lie big. Make it simple. Keep saying it, and eventually they believe it”. These words of Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader of Nazi party of Germany seems to be proving true for India by its ruling establishment. Historically speaking, Adolf Hitler was a German leader who joined the Nazi Party which later became the largest elected party in[Read More…]

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I Am A Muslim Woman

I Am A Muslim Woman

I am a Muslim Woman And I am not for sale I sacrifice my life for freedom struggle I stand against the British rule I am Shaheen bagh I am the voice you are afraid of In kashmir, In Manipur I stand against the oppression I call out your name In Jamia, In Aligarh I am the history You want[Read More…]

by 07/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Farmers Heroically Thwart Modi’s Rally in Ferozepur

Farmers Heroically Thwart Modi’s Rally in Ferozepur

The farmers spirit elevated and reverberated at a boiling point in Ferozepur like a spark turning into a prairie fire, in protest staged a few days ago by the farmers groups of Punjab .It was one of the most comprehensive acts of rebellion and striking blows to neo-fascism. Prime Minister Narinder Modi was virtually compelled to retreat towards Delhi due[Read More…]

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Carbon Justice and Global Survival

Carbon Justice and Global Survival

by Thomas Klikauer & Meg Young Unlike rather known concept of “climate” justice, the idea of “carbon” justice is so advanced that it does not even have a Wikipedia entry, yet. One of the countries that might serve as a near perfect example for carbon justice is Australia. With its massive coal export, Australia is one of, or perhaps, “the” worst country[Read More…]

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Lives in the 20th Century

Lives in the 20th Century

Human history as cultural history We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed. A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents many aspects of[Read More…]

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Social Justice in words, Brazen Casteism And Slavery in Practice , in Tamil Nadu

Social Justice in words, Brazen Casteism And Slavery in Practice , in Tamil Nadu

A screengrab from the video showing a dozen men lowering the dead body of N. Kuppan. Courtesy: India today, August 22, 2019. There are still  cases “ where the dalits  could not even carry the dead bodies across certain lands belonging to the people of the so-called higher castes,” lamented Justice R Mahadevan of the Madras High Court, reported last [Read More…]

by 07/01/2022 3 comments Annihilate Caste
No Army Veteran Dares To Publish How Rulers ‘Ambushed’ Indian Army From Preventing 1984 Sikh Genocide

No Army Veteran Dares To Publish How Rulers ‘Ambushed’ Indian Army From Preventing 1984 Sikh Genocide

I salute the veterans who recently dared to write to the President and Prime Minister of India regarding “open call of the genocide of Indian Muslims”; their letter also mentions targeting of other minorities like Christians, Dalits and Sikhs. These brave soldiers and other eminent personalities have written exactly what needed to be said to the powers that be –[Read More…]

by 07/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Sharjeel Imam; IIT Bombay, JNU and everything in between

Sharjeel Imam; IIT Bombay, JNU and everything in between

by Vaibhav Sorte & Jayanth Tadinada A frail figure, sporting a beard with a kurta and pyjama hung on him, scuttling with determination and head always held high is how one would have noticed Sharjeel Imam in the hostel 4 of IIT Bombay. It seemed he was unstoppable but if you managed to get his attention and asked something, a[Read More…]

by 07/01/2022 4 comments Human Rights
104 Organisations Resist Anti-Conversion Laws through a Poster Campaign

104 Organisations Resist Anti-Conversion Laws through a Poster Campaign

104 organisations have endorsed the poster campaign against the Anti-Conversion Laws in India. We request you to circulate, release and share the material. Karnataka Legislative Assembly has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill despite stiff opposition from the opposition parties. However, it is not yet tabled in the upper house to make it a law. The Anti-Conversion Law affects Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and[Read More…]

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Pieter Friedrich on 7 day hunger strike against persecution of Christians in India

Pieter Friedrich on 7 day hunger strike against persecution of Christians in India

  Today is the second day of my seven-day hunger-strike for the persecuted Christians of India. As I said yesterday, 2021 was the most violent year on record for Indian Christians. In total, they suffered nearly 500 attacks — more than one every day. That’s almost four times as many attacks on Christians as were reported in 2014, the first[Read More…]

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The American polity is cracked, and might collapse

The American polity is cracked, and might collapse

By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. We mustn’t dismiss these possibilities just because they seem ludicrous or too horrible to imagine. In 2014, the suggestion that Donald Trump would become president would also have struck nearly everyone[Read More…]

by 06/01/2022 1 comment World
As Israel Plots Endgame in Occupied Golan, Bennett Must Remember Lessons of the Past

As Israel Plots Endgame in Occupied Golan, Bennett Must Remember Lessons of the Past

With Syria still embroiled in its own war, Israel has been actively rewriting the rule book regarding its conduct in this Arab country. Gone are the days of a potential return of the illegally occupied Golan Heights to Syrian sovereignty in exchange for peace, per the language of yesteryears. Now, Israel is set to double its illegal Jewish settler population[Read More…]

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What Will We Remember of 2022?

What Will We Remember of 2022?

Let me start 2022 by heading back — way, way back — for a moment. It’s easy to forget just how long this world has been a dangerous place for human beings. I thought about this recently when I stumbled upon a little memoir my Aunt Hilda scrawled, decades ago, in a small notebook. In it, she commented in passing:[Read More…]

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Bulli Bai App: PEC demands actions against online abusers of women scribes

Bulli Bai App: PEC demands actions against online abusers of women scribes

Geneva: Expressing shock over the repeated incident of targeting women, including many Indian scribes in social media, the global media safety and rights body Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demands proper actions against the individuals behind the ‘Bulli Bai’ online application. It may be mentioned that over a hundred women, largely Muslim personalities, were listed with doctored photographs in the app[Read More…]

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Afghans protest Washington’s starvation strategy

Afghans protest Washington’s starvation strategy

Protesters have marched through the streets of Kabul over the past weeks demanding that the United States lift its financial blockade and end its illegal seizure of Afghanistan’s financial assets, which together are driving an economic meltdown in Asia’s most impoverished country. Women marched on December 29 carrying banners reading “Don’t kill us by hunger”, “Let us live” and “Joe[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka: Activating the dormant 13th amendment of 1987

Sri Lanka: Activating the dormant 13th amendment of 1987

The 1987 13th Amendment, a conceived and delivered baby of India under the Indo/Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 for adoption by Sri Lanka has been lying in the constitution of Sri Lanka partly implemented and mostly ignored by the Sri Lankan Governments since then. This 13th Amendment is now activated and given new life and blood by the Tamil leaders[Read More…]

by 06/01/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Living in Epoch-Defining Times: Food, Agriculture and the New World Order

Living in Epoch-Defining Times: Food, Agriculture and the New World Order

Farmerless farms manned by driverless machines, monitored by drones and doused with chemicals to produce commodity crops from patented genetically engineered seeds for industrial ‘biomatter’ to be processed and constituted into something resembling food. Data platforms, private equity firms, e-commerce giants and AI-controlled farming systems. This is the future that big agritech and agribusiness envisage: a future of ‘data-driven’ and ‘climate-friendly’[Read More…]

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The Age of Rage and Rebellion: Fifty Years After the Spring Thunder

The Age of Rage and Rebellion: Fifty Years After the Spring Thunder

The words were red. And the rifles were red too. It was a time to win back everything that belonged to the people. A flame of rebellion raging against tyranny of the exploiting classes in remote Naxalbari in north-eastern India spread to different parts of the vast land of India, and in its neighboring countries. The uprising in Naxalbari that[Read More…]

by 06/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Sir Tony Blair: Bloody Knight of the Realm

Sir Tony Blair: Bloody Knight of the Realm

Awards and honours bestowed by States or private committees, republican or monarchical, are bound to be corrupted by considerations of hypocrisy, racketeering and general, chummy disposition.  From the Nobel Peace Prize to the range of eccentric and esoteric orders bestowed each year in Britain by Her Majesty, diddling and manipulating is never far behind.  You are bestowed such things as[Read More…]

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Germany’s declining middle class

Germany’s declining middle class

by Thomas Klikauer & Catherine Link Even though Marx’s well-acknowledged truth that capitalism creates two classes is over 160 years old, class remains a much debated issue. Marx’s idea is relatively straightforward. In capitalism, there are two classes: firstly, there are workers or proletariat. Workers need to sell their ability to work as workers don’t own any means of production, or the ability to[Read More…]

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30th anniversary of fall of USSR

30th anniversary of fall of USSR

Last month we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the USSR. There is a virtual vendetta launched against Marxism by the Western media. In actual fact what collapsed 30 years ago was state capitalism or revisionism, not true Socialism. The path had already been paved by leaders like Nikita Khrushchev and Mikhail Gorbachev earlier who eradicated the roots[Read More…]

by 06/01/2022 1 comment World
Modi’s Christmas shocker hurts the poor and disadvantaged in India during the Covid crisis

Modi’s Christmas shocker hurts the poor and disadvantaged in India during the Covid crisis

Like many other nations globally, India has been navigating through an economic crisis while battling an onslaught of Covid-19 and its variants. However, one may find it hard to pin down a leadership anywhere bent upon augmenting that misery for its own people through arbitrary and quirky actions. That is probably what the Modi administration has done by canceling about[Read More…]

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Why the dream project Silver Line/K-Rail is a nightmare?

Why the dream project Silver Line/K-Rail is a nightmare?

People’s Voices against the project 1 The Chief Minister of Kerala who is now on a stint meeting the “ prominent citizens “ in each of the 11 districts through which the Silver line project will pass should instead turn off the alarming signal lights and sirens of his car and step out in the streets masquerading as an ordinary[Read More…]

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Pegasus: CAG should exchange information with Poland

Pegasus: CAG should exchange information with Poland

To Shri G C Murmu Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) Dear Shri Murmu, I invite your attention to the following report on an ongoing investigation by the Supreme Audit Office of Poland into the alleged purchase of the controversial Pegasus software by the government of that country and its possible misuse for illegally exercising surveillance over Poland’s opposition[Read More…]

by 05/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Call off all rallies in the poll-bound States in view of the Omicron wave

Call off all rallies in the poll-bound States in view of the Omicron wave

Shri Sushil Chandra Chief Election Commissioner   Shri Rajiv Kumar Election Commissioner   Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner Dear S/Shri Sushil Chandra, Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, I had earlier requested the Union Home Secretary, under intimation to you, that political parties should not be allowed to hold rallies in view of the impending Omicron crisis. My letter dated 22-12[Read More…]

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Dalit labourers organise protest march in Punjab

Dalit labourers organise protest march in Punjab

The Sanjha Morcha organised dalit labourers organised Black flag march on December 30th in Rampura Phul.Around 2000 persons participated. The rally was adressed by Kulwant Singh Selbrah ,Zora Singh Nasrali and Prithpal Singh Rampura.They touched upon issues like cancellation of debts upto Rs 50000,distribution of plots or panchayat land as promised, stopping harassment of women, continuous employment of agricultural labour,[Read More…]

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Kolkata’s domestic workers were worst hit by Covid lockdowns

Kolkata’s domestic workers were worst hit by Covid lockdowns

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the working class suffered the most. And, among the working class, the worst off were those who are not even recognized as the organized working class – domestic helps. When the lockdown began in March 2020 these helps – mostly women – faced a tremendous problem. First of all, they had trouble commuting daily to the[Read More…]

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Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam: Uniting India

Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam: Uniting India

‘Unity in Diversity’ has been a major phrase which I picked up during my school days. Enjoying Ramlila for ten days before Vijayadhami ran parallel to seeing the Tazia processions, to the Jains processions with slogans Vande Viram (Hail Lord Mahavira), the celebrations of dalits on the day when Babasaheb Ambedkar embraced Buddhism, and the celebration of Christmas with college[Read More…]

by 05/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony
Every Cloud Will Not Have A “Silver Lining”

Every Cloud Will Not Have A “Silver Lining”

Since 2018, we in Kerala especially those of us living in mountainous areas or the coast are afraid when clouds darken the skies and there is possibility of rains. This is because for 2 years in sequence we have faced torrential floods when dams, rivers and lakes (all water bodies ) overflow and take away everything that we possess, sometimes[Read More…]

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Is Kazakhstan Russia’s next Ukraine?

Is Kazakhstan Russia’s next Ukraine?

With Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s borders, it’s not only Ukrainians who worry about what President Vladimir Putin may have in store for them. It’s Kazakhs too. For now, Kazakhs don’t have to be immediately concerned about Russian troop movements. What unsettles them is years of Russian rhetoric, spearheaded by Mr. Putin’s repeated comments, stressing the ideological rather than the[Read More…]

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What Does the Statement of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War Tell Us?

What Does the Statement of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War Tell Us?

The Doomsday Clock has been sitting the past year at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to civilization-ending apocalypse. The United States has done little to quell doomsday apprehensions by ratcheting up tensions with China over Taiwan and its warships in the South China Sea, as well as with Russia over Ukraine, further NATO expansion, and[Read More…]

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In Search of Shallow Doctrines: Joe Biden and Trumpism Shorn

In Search of Shallow Doctrines: Joe Biden and Trumpism Shorn

The US presidential doctrine is an odd creature.  Usually summoned up by security wonks and satellite personnel who revolve around the President, these eventually assume the name of the person holding office.  They are given the force of a Papal bull and treated by the priest pundits as binding, coherent and sound. Much of this is often simple mythmaking for[Read More…]

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Denying the Inevitable: Why the West Refuses to Accept China’s Superpower Status 

Denying the Inevitable: Why the West Refuses to Accept China’s Superpower Status 

An article by Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times last July is a prime example of western intelligentsia’s limited understanding of China’s unhindered rise as a superpower. “Becoming a superpower is a complicated business. It poses a series of connected questions about capabilities, intentions and will,” Rachman wrote. To help us understand what this claim precisely means, the FT writer[Read More…]

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Right-Wing Hate Speech Runs Rampant in India’s Elections

Right-Wing Hate Speech Runs Rampant in India’s Elections

A bizarre event took place in northern India between December 17 and December 19, 2021. It was a “religious parliament” (Dharma Sansad) with the theme, “The Future of the Sanatan Dharma in Islamic India: Problem and Solutions.” The event took place in Haridwar, a city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The speakers—each of them dressed in saffron robes, which are usually[Read More…]

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The War on Terror Is a Success — for Terror

The War on Terror Is a Success — for Terror

Terrorist Groups Have Doubled Since the Passage of the 2001 AUMF It began more than two decades ago. On September 20, 2001, President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror” and told a joint session of Congress (and the American people) that “the course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain.” If he meant a 20-year slide to defeat[Read More…]

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For want of doctors, the Covid Third Wave was lost…

For want of doctors, the Covid Third Wave was lost…

When Chandu, a cloth merchant of Sant Hirdaram Nagar (old name Bairagarh) of Bhopal, got a message on his mobile phone informing him that he had been certified fully vaccinated for Covid-19 he was not very happy. The reason was that in reality he had not received even a single dose of vaccine till then. The message was a fake[Read More…]

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The Jekyll-and-Hyde Character of India’s Political Leaders

The Jekyll-and-Hyde Character of India’s Political Leaders

R L Stevenon’s classic of 1886, “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, described the duality of character in the same person, manifesting itself in strange ways that were difficult to understand. Had Stevenson been alive today to witness the happenings in Indian politics, he would have found the present day political leaders having attributes similar to Dr Jekyll[Read More…]

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Satya Pal Malik’s protest to the government: Was it a socialist attitude?

Satya Pal Malik’s protest to the government: Was it a socialist attitude?

Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik’s stand has not softened even after the government withdrew three controversial agri-laws. Speaking at a social function in Haryana’s Charkhi Dadri town on January 2, he said that when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the question of farmers’ agitation and raised the issue of the death of 500 farmers, the PM’s attitude was[Read More…]

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Canada’s Head-of-State Honors a War Criminal

Canada’s Head-of-State Honors a War Criminal

The only place I want to hear him speak is in the dock at the Hague at the International Criminal Court facing trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. — George Galloway, former British MP and the director of The Killing$ of Tony Blair Canada’s head of state, also the queen of Canada, has made the war criminal Tony[Read More…]

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Hounding  Christians!

Hounding  Christians!

‘The Quint’ (3 January 2022) has an article ‘Events on Christ will end with “Jai Sri Ram”: Behind Church Attacks in Haryana’. The article speaks about the slew of anti- Christian attacks in Haryana during the Christmas Season. It details a Christmas Celebration of some followers of Jesus in Kurukshetra which was disrupted by the goons of the local Bajrang[Read More…]

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Five Nuclear-Weapon States Issue a joint statement

Five Nuclear-Weapon States Issue a joint statement

Joint statement of the leaders of the five Nuclear-Weapon States on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races Leaders of the five Nuclear-Weapon States, namely China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States on Jan 3 Monday issued a joint statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races. The following is the full text of the statement: The People’s[Read More…]

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Spewing hate & calling for genocide

Spewing hate & calling for genocide

And if this is called Dharma Sansad, there is no other Adharma one can imagine. State’s silence or tacit response, police officer laughing along with accused, which appeared in another viral video also add to the ‘hate’ the state does not want to prevent or punish. *** Our Constitution in the Article 19(1)(a) guaranteed that all citizens of India shall[Read More…]

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Not in the national interest to weaken the ONGC

Not in the national interest to weaken the ONGC

  To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India   Dear Shri Gauba, I have come across a news report (https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/ongc-without-a-chairman-as-subhash-kumar-retires-no-replacement-appointed-122010100678_1.html) about the casual manner in which the concerned Central Ministries have been dealing with ONGC, India’s premier hydrocarbons exploration and development agency, which is the country’s main plank for self-reliance in the sector. Apparently, the concerned Ministries have[Read More…]

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The Brahmin State and its Meat Eating Subjects

The Brahmin State and its Meat Eating Subjects

Tensions arose in Kerala at a recent discovery that the jaggery supplied to Sabarimala temple came with a Halal (meaning permissible according to Islamic rule) certification. SJR Kumar, former president of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) filed a petition claiming that the jaggery was prepared following Islamic traditions and hence ‘violated’ tantric rituals that typically used ‘satvik’ (pure) food items. This[Read More…]

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Blasphemy and Sacrilege

Blasphemy and Sacrilege

                                      Two recent lynchings following alleged cases of sacrilege in Punjab in the last month have raised disquieting questions. The first incident was reported at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, where a person accused of sacrilege was lynched to death on the[Read More…]

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Middle Class Hindus Need To Speak Up Even As Fringe Elements Call The Shots

Middle Class Hindus Need To Speak Up Even As Fringe Elements Call The Shots

by P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   Presently India is fast galloping towards a fascist Hindu state. The Muslim, Sikh, Christian minorities as also the Tribals and Dalits in India are facing threats to their very existence and don’t feel safe anymore. The dilemma in which middle class Hindus find themselves today is no different from the predicament faced by[Read More…]

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When Thousands Are Evicted Each Day in A Land of Fabled Riches

When Thousands Are Evicted Each Day in A Land of Fabled Riches

Recently on December 15 Eli Saslow wrote a very important feature in The Washington Post on the daily routine life of an elderly police constable Lennie who has been charged with the responsibility of evicting those families or persons from their homes who have not been able to pay their rent. Essentially his daily duty during the last two decades[Read More…]

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Chile’s Process of Change

Chile’s Process of Change

The 2021 presidential election in Chile has resulted in the victory of the left candidate Gabriel Boric. With nearly 56% of the vote, he has won by a margin of more than 10 percentage points. In absolute terms, this is a record majority, with some 4.6 million votes cast for Boric, putting him almost 1 million votes ahead of the[Read More…]

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Bright Green Lies Torpedoes Greens

Bright Green Lies Torpedoes Greens

Bright Green Lies (Monkfish Book Publishing, 2021) grumbles and growls like a rambunctious thunderstorm on an early spring day opening up darkened clouds of acid rain across the world of environmentalism, including celebrated personalities. According to Bright Green Lies authors Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert: “We are writing this book because we want our environmental movement back.” As[Read More…]

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Why is Israel Amending Its Open-Fire Policy: Three Possible Answers

Why is Israel Amending Its Open-Fire Policy: Three Possible Answers

At the outset, the Israeli military decision to revise its open-fire policies in the occupied West Bank seems puzzling. What would be the logic of giving Israeli soldiers the space to shoot more Palestinians when existing army manuals had already granted them near-total immunity and little legal accountability? The military’s new rules now allow Isreali soldiers to shoot, even kill,[Read More…]

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 Zionist-subverted West Ignores Desmond Tutu’s Opposition To Israeli Apartheid

The world has been universally paying homage to Nobel laureate and world hero Desmond Tutu (7 October 1931- 26 December 2021) for his opposition to  apartheid through non-violent boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), and his involvement in truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. However a mendacious, hypocritical, Zionist-subverted, pro-Apartheid Israel and hence pro-apartheid West ignores Tutu’s resolute opposition to[Read More…]

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Before and Without Marx

Before and Without Marx

Some peoples possess shamans to explain how the world works. We have charlatan economists and politicians posing as intellectuals who claim to be able to reveal the mystery of running society. The ideas of Marx did not arise out of thin air but were grew from the works of many others before him. But the purpose of this short essay is not to explore[Read More…]

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Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Accident is Another Tragic Example of Preventable Tragedies Related to Religious Gatherings

Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Accident is Another Tragic Example of Preventable Tragedies Related to Religious Gatherings

In the early hours of January 1, just as the new year dawned, a big tragedy spread a wave of sadness in Jammu where 12 pilgrims died and almost as many were injured in a stampede. It is really sad that such an accident which generally takes place in conditions of overcrowding  has taken place at the time of COVID.[Read More…]

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Bhiwani Tragedy  Again Highlights Pressing Need for  Reforms in Stone Mining For Protecting Workers and Environment

Bhiwani Tragedy  Again Highlights Pressing Need for  Reforms in Stone Mining For Protecting Workers and Environment

On the morning of January 1, in Dadam area of Bhiwani district, Haryana, a huge portion of a hill being mined for its stone fell down with a very loud blast. Death of 3 workers was reported soon after this. Serious concern has been expresed that a higher number of workers may have been buried under big stones. What could[Read More…]

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OnLine Education, $irJi?

OnLine Education, $irJi?

WhatsApp University in the Chat Domain. Where Talk is Cheap But; The Cost of Glamour: — Magnifico. This short article is a parody on the anonymity of OnLine Chat via Social Media, primarily WhatsApp, where no one knows who the other person is and you can let your spine drop and the anger and racist contempt hang out. (Perhaps how[Read More…]

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Dhanak of Humanity Condemns Haridwar and Delhi hate speeches

Dhanak of Humanity Condemns Haridwar and Delhi hate speeches

Dhanak of Humanity makes a sincere and urgent appeal to all leaders to invest in safeguarding our pluralistic and secular nature by making those spreading hatred and advocating violence accountable for their hate speech Two recent events have been of utmost concern for all who believe in humanity and non-violence. One by the Dharma Sansad, at Haridwar December 17-19, and[Read More…]

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Ten Great Songs of Hope from Hindi Cinema

Ten Great Songs of Hope from Hindi Cinema

by Madhu and Bharat Dogra Songs of hope are always good but these become even better and more relevant in difficult times. This may thus be a good time to remember some of the greatest songs of hope from Hindi cinema. These became hugely popular at the time of their release and are still remembered and hummed by a very[Read More…]

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From abusing Gandhi to advocating genocide

From abusing Gandhi to advocating genocide

by Alishan Jafri , Neel Madhav and Apoorvanand   The arrest of the foul mouthed Kalicharan is seen as a very courageous step taken by the Chhatisgarh government. Kalicharan, a self-styled Hindu saint was booked by the state police after he made abusive remarks against Mahatma Gandhi at a Dharma Sansad held at Raipur. The meet was called to discuss[Read More…]

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Letter to PM: Concern at the recent reports emanating from Haridwar in Uttarakhand

Letter to PM: Concern at the recent reports emanating from Haridwar in Uttarakhand

by K.R. Venugopal & E.A.S. Sarma Dear Mr Prime Minister, We are two retired IAS officers, who have served our country both at the State and Union Government levels. We are independent social thinkers with no affiliation to any political party. We have no personal or political agenda in addressing this letter to you. The reason we have taken the[Read More…]

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Five Ex-Armed Forces Chiefs Write To President, PM On Haridwar Hate Speeches

Five Ex-Armed Forces Chiefs Write To President, PM On Haridwar Hate Speeches

Five former chiefs of staff of the armed forces and over a hundred other people including veterans, bureaucrats, and prominent citizens have written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding “open call of the genocide of Indian Muslims” at various events, most recently in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar and Delhi. The letter also mentions targeting of other minorities[Read More…]

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In 2022, Looking for Hope in A Troubled World

In 2022, Looking for Hope in A Troubled World

            It will require a strong sense of optimism to look for hope at the begininning of 2022. Nevertheless try we must to seek and summon hope from whichever nook or corner we can find it. Let us start then with three statements which may appear rather obvious but are often missed in real life. Firstly, solutions in case of[Read More…]

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A Happy New 2022? Perhaps!

A Happy New 2022? Perhaps!

A Happy New 2022 to All that, hopefully, PERHAPS, will be a far better one than the butt-ugly year that was 2021. In America, wild fires and 177 km winds, that continue to howl in the dead of winter of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, follow on the heels of freaky cyclonic tornados that previously cut ugly, deadly swaths through its Midwest[Read More…]

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Bhima Koregaon is a battle of self esteem and social change ….

Bhima Koregaon is a battle of self esteem and social change ….

In India, there is a saying that ’56 like you have seen’. This saying is formed from historical events and the background of this saying is also formed from the historical battle of Bhima Koregaon When only 500 Mahar soldiers had crushed 28,000 Peshwa soldiers. To understand the historical significance of Bhima Koregaon, one must first understand the Peshwa. The[Read More…]

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Journalism in Existential Crisis

Journalism in Existential Crisis

When the Wire and Cross-current broke the news of the Assam Chief Minister’s family having been involved in a landscam in three different areas of the state,turning govt. land allotted for charitable purposes into real estate with majority shares under their belt,everyone expected the popular press here to raise a huge furore.The report pinpointed the location,the specific category of the[Read More…]

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Politics of language: Why Hindi surpassed Bengali

Politics of language: Why Hindi surpassed Bengali

When the British ordered the exclusive use of the Nagari script in school in 1880 to meet a Hindu demand in the state of Bihar, the Muslims howled. The Hindi-Urdu duel in the end exploded into Hindu-Muslim war. In free India, Hindi gained the national stature as a symbol of Hindu pride and spread nationwide like wildfire, partly thanks to[Read More…]

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