Archive for June, 2022

US Supreme Court abolishes constitutional right to abortion

US Supreme Court abolishes constitutional right to abortion

On Friday, at the stroke of a pen, six unelected judges ended the right to abortion, dramatically altering the country’s legal and social landscape. For the first time in American history, the Supreme Court eliminated a fundamental constitutional right broadly recognized and supported by the overwhelming majority of the country’s population. The 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is[Read More…]

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‘Not a Justification but a Provocation’: Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia Ukraine War

‘Not a Justification but a Provocation’: Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia Ukraine War

  One of the reasons that Russian media has been completely blocked in the West, along with the unprecedented control and censorship over the Ukraine war narrative, is the fact that western governments simply do not want their public to know that the world is vastly changing. Ignorance might be bliss, arguably in some situations, but not in this case.[Read More…]

by 25/06/2022 0 comments World
The Era of Northern Hegemony Over Mexico Is Coming to an End

The Era of Northern Hegemony Over Mexico Is Coming to an End

In 2010, Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro said: “López Obrador will be the person with the most moral and political authority in Mexico when the system collapses and, with it, the empire.” He was referring to Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO), who is the current president of Mexico and head of the Morena (National Regeneration Movement) political party. Despite the wide lead he[Read More…]

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Has the opposition already lost the presidential polls?

Has the opposition already lost the presidential polls?

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was interrogated for nearly 50-60 hours for five days by the enforcement directorate. The summons has also gone to Party president Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald Case. Everyone knows the reality that National Herald was a mouthpiece of the Congress party or India’s freedom movement started by its leader Jawahar Lal Nehru. For years, this[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments India
Shamshad Ansari

Empty promises of employment for Bihar’s returning migrant workers

Shamshad Ansari, a resident of ‘Babu Ke Bhatkan’, a village in Siwan district in Bihar, is a matriculation pass and has been working as a driver in Saudi Arabia since 2002. The 35-year-old returned to his home in February 2020, about twenty days before the Covid lockdown in India. Was it better for him to return before the lockdown? Would[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments COVID Response Watch
A glimpse of Jhopara Village

Disconnected Lives

Uttarakhand welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Travelers from across the states make efforts to reach this hilly region nestled in the mighty Himalayan range. The natural beauty of this state often masks the challenges its inhabitants face in their daily life – what appears to be quintessential rural life to these travelers, is in reality a suffering for people[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments India
Afghanistan earthquake exposes disaster caused by decades of US occupation

Afghanistan earthquake exposes disaster caused by decades of US occupation

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in a remote area of Afghanistan has killed at least 1,000 people and injured at least 1,500. While the worst affected area is the mountainous Paktika province, deaths have also been reported in the eastern provinces of Khost and Nangarhar. Many more bodies are thought to be buried in mud as heavy rain hampers rescue efforts. The[Read More…]

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Assange was stripped and placed in “suicide watch” isolation cell after British extradition announcement

Assange was stripped and placed in “suicide watch” isolation cell after British extradition announcement

Immediately after British Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday last week that she had approved Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, the publisher and journalist was stripped naked and placed in a bare cell of London’s maximum-security Belmarsh Prison. This latest abuse of Assange’s democratic and human rights was reported by his father John Shipton to a rally[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments World
Money power of the political parties making a mockery of the integrity of the electoral process

Money power of the political parties making a mockery of the integrity of the electoral process

 To Shri Rajiv Kumar Chief Election Commissioner   Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner   Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, The naked display of money power by the political parties in India, as in display right now and amply evident over the years, raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process itself and the role of the Election[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments India
UK Rail Services Crippled As Striking Workers Walk Out For Second Day 

UK Rail Services Crippled As Striking Workers Walk Out For Second Day 

  UK trade union RMT members have once again taken to picket lines, in a show of industrial strength, on the second day of national rail strike action. Over 40,000 members are on strike over a multiyear pay freeze and a lack of job security, with Network Rail and the train operating companies threatening thousands of compulsory redundancies. For All[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments World
Nepal Not To Move Forward With U.S. State Partnership Program

Nepal Not To Move Forward With U.S. State Partnership Program

Nepal has decided to shun the U.S. State Partnership Programme (SPP). Media reports said: The Nepal government has decided to not forward the US’ state partnership programme (SPP). The meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Monday took this decision. The Cabinet also decided that every government agency needs to make communications on diplomatic relations via the Foreign Ministry. The government made the decision[Read More…]

Indian President Idolizes Gita Press That Preaches Enslavement Of Hindu Women!

Indian President Idolizes Gita Press That Preaches Enslavement Of Hindu Women!

It is mandatory for every President of India to take the following oath prescribed under Article 49 of the Indian Constitution before occupying the august office: “I, [Name] do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of President (or discharge the functions of the President) of India and will to the best of my[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments India
Human right council’s resolutions discarded and ignored by defiant Sri Lanka

Human right council’s resolutions discarded and ignored by defiant Sri Lanka

The opening statements of Human Rights Commissioner and Core Members (UK, Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Malawi) sum up Sri Lanka’s hollow and dismal performance and the disappointing compliance of Human Right Council’s Resolutions and Recommendations issued against Sri Lanka since October 2015. The Commissioner of Human Rights “called on Sri Lanka to focus on deeper institutional reforms to[Read More…]

by 24/06/2022 0 comments South Asia
BRICS, Putin, Xi, and challenge to the Empire

BRICS, Putin, Xi, and challenge to the Empire

BRICS is taking initiatives that stand as a challenge to the Empire-led world arrangement. The arrangement – Empire’s sole authority – in the world capitalist order will face stiff competition and resistance if BRICS initiatives move on steadily. The on-going Ukraine War has appeared as a significant lesson to all concerned standing on both sides of the war-line. The war[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments World
Colombia’s president-elect Petro talks to Venezuela’s president Maduro

Colombia’s president-elect Petro talks to Venezuela’s president Maduro

Colombia’s president-elect Gustavo Petro is wasting no time in fulfilling his promise of normalizing relations between his country and the socialist government in Venezuela, discussing with Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro the reopening of the border between the two nations three days after winning the election. Media reports said: Petro, a former guerrilla who won the presidential election on Sunday promising[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 1 comment World
Anamika Haksar’s Experimental Film

Anamika Haksar’s Experimental Film

Few people have such a privileged and unique background as Anamika Haksar whose experimental film Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Ja Riyan Hoon was released in a few cities in small theatres on June 15 She is the daughter of P.N. Haksar, one of our most respected administrators and an ardent Communsit in early days . She worked with Badal Sircar[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments Arts/Literature
Support the Indian youth struggle against the brutal attack and betrayal of “Agnipath” !

Support the Indian youth struggle against the brutal attack and betrayal of “Agnipath” !

Under Narendra Modi, unemployment reached a peak today. At the very least, even sanctioned government posts are not being completely replaced. An examination of various departments of the Central and State Governments has revealed that at least 30 lakh posts are vacant under the Central Government (including various agencies run by the Center) and another 30 lakh posts are vacant[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments India
Is The Congress On Suicide Course?

Is The Congress On Suicide Course?

The Congress Party’s ideological steps remind us of a famous saying of Lenin “ One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward’ not in a tactical sense of retreating and advancing with a progressive strategy in a given unfavourable political environment, but retreating in a more consistent manner with blindfolded vision. The present crisis is much bigger for the party than that[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments India
Earthquake: USA Must Return ‘Stolen’ 3.5 billion dollars to Afghanistan

Earthquake: USA Must Return ‘Stolen’ 3.5 billion dollars to Afghanistan

An earthquake which has been called the deadliest in two decades hit Afghanistan on June 22. The latest reports indicate that nearly 1000 people have died and the death toll is likely to increase as more reports are received from remote, cut-off areas. It is feared that crucial rescue help needed in the first 24 hours or so may not[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments World
A family collects their goods before leaving their submerged home after flash floods at Goainghat sub-distric in Sylhet

Historic flooding in Bangladesh and Assam

In historic flood in many parts of Bangladesh and Northeast India hundreds of people have died and millions are stranded. About 4 million people were marooned in the northeastern Sylhet administrative division in Bangladesh, which is about a quarter of its population. In India North East state of Assam is worst affected where heavy rains are continuing for over two[Read More…]

Top Gun: Maverick: The Pentagon Recruitment Drive

Top Gun: Maverick: The Pentagon Recruitment Drive

Hollywood, like the US press, has not been spared the influential hand of government.  Under the mask of various projects, the defence establishment has sought to influence the narrative of Freedom Land’s pursuits, buying a stake in the way exploits are marketed or, when needed, buried. The extent of such collaboration, manipulation and interference can be gathered in National Security[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments World
Cultural Warriors: Why Palestine’s Sports Victories Should Inspire Us  

Cultural Warriors: Why Palestine’s Sports Victories Should Inspire Us  

The Palestine National Football Team has, once more, done the seemingly impossible by qualifying for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. By any standards, this is a great achievement, especially as the Palestinians have done it with style and convincing victories over Mongolia, Yemen and the Philippines, without conceding a single goal. However, for Palestinians, this is hardly about sports. This[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments Palestine
The Wide Role Brazil’s Military Has Played in the Destruction of the Amazon

The Wide Role Brazil’s Military Has Played in the Destruction of the Amazon

In the Brazilian Amazon, as deforestation reaches record levels and rivers are increasingly polluted, the illegal gold mining contributing to these problems continues largely unabated. The response of the government has been to increase military action to curb environmental crimes in Brazil. Far from achieving this purpose, however, the military intervention has only led to tragedies in the region, directly or indirectly. A source from[Read More…]

Can the United States Curb the Epidemic of Gun Violence?

Can the United States Curb the Epidemic of Gun Violence?

An epidemic is hitting the US and ordinary citizens are unable to stop it. The reason is simple: the laws protect the killers. And those responsible for making the laws have abdicated their responsibility. The Gun Violence Archive reports that mass shootings have increased from 269 in 2014 to 693 in 2021. They do so even when the victims could[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments World
Vignettes of Covid-induced economic misery

Vignettes of Covid-induced economic misery

“So, Durga Puja is coming, it is not even 14 weeks from now…”. “The days are so tough, we are almost forgetting the taste of fish or meat” said Mahesh, speaking while working on a paddy field, not his own. “But other delicacies are there. Buy mustard oil for 10 Rs and some dried chili, fry deep and dry, keep[Read More…]

Agnipath: The way to the graveyard of India’s Armed Forces and the destruction of भारत as a nation

Agnipath: The way to the graveyard of India’s Armed Forces and the destruction of भारत as a nation

The official website of the Indian Army writes that approx 60,000 personnel retire each year, however, only a small percentage transit to a viable second career befitting their several years of service and experience. This smaĺĺ percentage is estimated to be just 10%. The balance 54,000 keep hunting for jobs year after year. Presently, India’s joblessness is around 8% among[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments India
When World Camel Day follows World Yoga Day

When World Camel Day follows World Yoga Day

It is World Camel Day on June 22. It is sheer accident that World Yoga Day, June 21, is not also World Camel Day – in December 2014, the United Nations accepted a resolution marking June 21 each year as Yoga Day; in 2009, a researcher in Pakistan, finding that the camel played an important role in the desert region[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 0 comments India
Afghans evacuate the wounded following an earthquake in the province of Paktika in eastern Afghanistan on June 22, 2022. (Photo: Bakhtar News Agency via AP)

Earthquake Kills 900+ in Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake in Afghanistan killed more than 900 people and injured hundreds more on Wednesday, flattening homes and devastating entire villages in a nation already ravaged by decades of U.S.-led war and an ongoing economic collapse. The earthquake, which hit overnight, had an estimated magnitude of 6.1 with an epicenter near the nation’s border with Pakistan. “The death toll is likely to[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments World
Strike Shuts Down Rail Network Across Britain In Workers’ Battle To Protect Jobs, Pay And Safety

Strike Shuts Down Rail Network Across Britain In Workers’ Battle To Protect Jobs, Pay And Safety

The biggest rail strike in a generation in the UK went under way after last-ditch talks failed to reach agreement. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected demands for a pay rise of at least seven per cent Entire cities and towns were cut off from the train network as strike action closes half of Britain’s rail lines. Huge swathes of Britain were without[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments World
Publish books of news reports on Bhagat Singh and the role of other revolutionaries in freedom struggle

Publish books of news reports on Bhagat Singh and the role of other revolutionaries in freedom struggle

The Hindustan Times has recently released its 1929 clipping on Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Why Bhagat Singh has become such an iconic figure of Indian Freedom struggle? This clipping gives an answer to the question. Almost the whole front page is devoted to Bhagat Singh and Dutt story of conviction in Delhi Assembly bomb case, giving lots of information, like the[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments India
US- & Zionist-subverted Australia & Sorely Oppressed Indigenous Palestinians

US- & Zionist-subverted Australia & Sorely Oppressed Indigenous Palestinians

By electing the Albanese Labor Government on 21  May 2022, Australia ended 10 years of appalling misrule by mendacious, corrupt, incompetent, anti-science and human rights-abusing Coalition governments. However after 1 month the honeymoon is over – Australia remains US- and  Zionist-subverted, and the timid new Labor government  is only making cosmetic baby steps on war, inequality, fossil fuels, climate change,[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments World
Farmers’ Indebtedness Most Important Cause of Suicides

Farmers’ Indebtedness Most Important Cause of Suicides

 A very recent study on farmer suicides during 2000-2018 in six districts of Punjab has stated that as many as 88% of these were due to debts. This study by Sukhpal Singh, Manjeet Kaur and HS Kingra of Punjab Agriculture University published in the Economic and Political Weekly has stated about this state, which has seen the most intensive form[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments India
The Sangrur Lok Sabha By-election in Punjab: Upping the human rights issue

The Sangrur Lok Sabha By-election in Punjab: Upping the human rights issue

The Sangrur Lok Sabha by-election taking place on 23rd June, which might have seemed like an easy win for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before the tragic assassination of Sidhu Moosewala on 29th May, has now become a political battle. The AAP has suffered a severe setback especially among younger voters who were previously its active supporters; their grief for[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments India
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Is Hurting Farmers, Not Helping

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Is Hurting Farmers, Not Helping

by Francesca de Gasparis & Rev. Fletcher Harper Signed by more than 500 African faith leaders and organizations, a letter cites the growing evidence that this model of agriculture is not serving the people of Africa nor creating a climate-resilient future for small-scale farmers In March, the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) sent letters to the U.S. Agency for International[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments World
How Corporate Food Monopolies Caused the Baby Formula Scandal

How Corporate Food Monopolies Caused the Baby Formula Scandal

It’s a tough time to be the parent of a newborn in the United States today. Not only is child care prohibitively expensive, but the cost of all things including baby products is rising, COVID-19 poses a threat to children too young to be vaccinated—and there has been a months-long shortage of baby formula. The formula scarcity began when the COVID-19 pandemic[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments World
: Cold War Is Over… by Rolf Dietrich Brecher is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

The Geopolitics of the New Cold War

From his first days in office, Joe Biden and his national security advisers seemed determined to revive America’s fading global leadership via the strategy they knew best — challenging the “revisionist powers” Russia and China with a Cold War-style aggressiveness. When it came to Beijing, the president combined the policy initiatives of his predecessors, pursuing Barack Obama’s “strategic pivot” from[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments World
Crises of migrants and refugees–where should homeless millions go?

Crises of migrants and refugees–where should homeless millions go?

The history of humankind of the past hundred years have thrown up a gamut of emotions and heart-wrenching crises.  An accentuating challenge is the displacement of millions upon millions of peoples throughout the planet.  People are forced to flee or migrate from their homeland or places of birth for a variety of reasons.  At the international level United Nations High[Read More…]

by 22/06/2022 0 comments Human Rights
Memoirs which recall several inspiring aspects of social and ecological movements

Memoirs which recall several inspiring aspects of social and ecological movements

A recent book released on the first death anniversary  of Sunderlal Bahuguna has recalled several inspiring episodes of social and ecological movements in the Himalayan state of  Uttarakhand. Edited by  Madhu Pathak and published by Samay Sakshya, this book titled Sankalp ke Himalaya , for the most part in Hindi, will be remembered most for the chapters contributed by social[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 0 comments Book Review
Some glimpses of old Bollywood in Kashmir

Some glimpses of old Bollywood in Kashmir

Usually, the Kashmiris think & believe that “Mainz Raat”/Mehndi Raat  ( in Kashmiri, 1964) was the first movie produced by Hindi Cinema on Kashmir  & that it was followed in 1972 by “Shayiri Kashmir Mehjoor”,  movie in Urdu & Kashmiri . The first movie produced by Hindi Cinema on Kashmir was “KASHMIR HAMARA HAI” in 1948. The name of the[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 0 comments Arts/Literature
Accelerated Sinhalisation into Tamils traditional homeland

Accelerated Sinhalisation into Tamils traditional homeland

The Tamil homeland has been subjected to decades of Sinhalisation but since the end of the armed conflict, there has been a rise in the establishment of Buddhist temples and Sinhala settlements through the appropriation of Tamil land. The government has used it’s departments such as the archaeological and land survey departments to alter the demographics of the North-East. Rise[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 0 comments South Asia
Sterlite Tuticorin should return the land to original agricultural owners

Sterlite Tuticorin should return the land to original agricultural owners

Sterlite’s Copper Smelting Plant at Tuticorin- Illegal for Sterlite to sell the occupied land which should revert to the original agricultural owners To Shri M. K. Stalin Chief Minister Tamil Nadu Dear Shri Stalin, I understand that the Sterlite company of the Vedanta Group has proposed to sell its Copper Smelter plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. It is ironic[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 1 comment India
The Global Ruling Class, Endless War, and the Culture of Mass Death

The Global Ruling Class, Endless War, and the Culture of Mass Death

The global ruling class is cementing into place a world where they govern without accountability, we are reduced to serfdom, the climate crisis accelerates, and mass death is normalized. It is hard to be sanguine about the future. The breakdown of the ecosystem is well documented. So is the refusal of the global ruling elite to pursue measures that might mitigate[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 1 comment World
March in Brussels on June 20, 2022 protesting rising living cost and NATO’s war

Tens Of Thousands Of Workers March In Brussels Protesting Rising Living Cost And NATO’s War

Tens of thousands of workers demonstrated against the rising cost of living, with many linking the crisis to the NATO’s war and Russia policies. Many demonstrators condemned the US-led NATO alliance and its involvement in the Ukraine war. Many linked their dire economic straits to the EU’s sanctions regime on Russia and with the NATO’s rush to arm Ukraine. Protesters[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 1 comment World
Latha Bollapally, with her son Rajesh Goud, holds a picture of her husband, Madhu Bollapally, 43, a migrant worker who died in Qatar. Photograph: Kailash Nirmal

Deadly Games: The Labour Casualties of Qatar’s World Cup

A sordid enterprise, nasty, crude and needless.  But the World Cup 2022 will be, should anyone bother watching it, stained by one of the highest casualty rates amongst workers in its history, marked by corruption and stained by a pharisee quality.  The sportswashers, cleaning agent at the ready, will be out in force, and the hypocrites dressed to the nines.[Read More…]

by 21/06/2022 0 comments World
Agnipath Rebellion, Unemployment Crisis, and the Façade of ‘Sab Changa Si’

Agnipath Rebellion, Unemployment Crisis, and the Façade of ‘Sab Changa Si’

On June 14, Government of India announced the Agnipath Scheme for Indian armed forces. The scheme would recruit 45,000 to 50,000 people — between the ages of 17.5 to 21 years — every year. The service would be for a duration of four years, at the end of which one-fourth of the recruits would be awarded permanent commission in the[Read More…]

by 20/06/2022 0 comments India
And now ‘contractual’ scheme in the armed forces

And now ‘contractual’ scheme in the armed forces

It is true that the Agnipath recruitment scheme is a contractual-soldier scheme. That is, a youth of 17 to 21 years of age will be recruited in the three armed forces on a contract for four years term. They will not be entitled to the facilities and social security available to the regular soldiers till now. (The concessions being talked[Read More…]

by 20/06/2022 0 comments India
Gustavo Petro Is The First Leftist President Elected In Colombia

Gustavo Petro Is The First Leftist President Elected In Colombia

Gustavo Petro, a former rebel, has been elected Colombia’s first leftist president on Sunday. Petro’s triumph, in one of the most historically conservative countries on the continent, is a stunning example of widespread discontent that is shaking the status quo. It is a powerful rejection of the political establishment that has ruled the South American nation for two centuries. Voters[Read More…]

by 20/06/2022 0 comments World
Geopolitical Update: The Old World Is Over, Says Putin

Geopolitical Update: The Old World Is Over, Says Putin

New centers of power have emerged, the unipolar world order is not coming back, and the “colonial” way of thinking has failed, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. When the U.S. declared victory in the Cold War, Americans designated themselves the “messengers of God on earth,” with interests that should be considered sacred and no obligations,[Read More…]

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Global Conflict Management:  Why Russia, NATO, the EU and Ukraine Cannot Make Peace?

The global mankind witnessing a fearsome and ferocious flow of military actions and reactions causing tragic human causalities that could inundate all norms of morality and civilizations plunging us to timeless darkness.  Do the leaders know what they are doing or are they all delusional by Nature? When We, the People of knowledge speak truthfully of the creation of human[Read More…]

by 20/06/2022 0 comments World
The Nation And Its Constituents

The Nation And Its Constituents

Thousands of youths upon the streets.Mainly but not exclusively BJP-ruled states. On their faces a burning desire to avenge a wrong.But not necessarily a maniacal rage with indiscriminate targets.Buses and trains in flames.Youths storming at everything associated with government with sticks and pelting stones at police.Police trying desperately to stem the tide.Lathi-charges and in one incident bullets. Frightening and disturbing[Read More…]

by 20/06/2022 0 comments India
Can India afford to alienate her 200 million strong Muslim community?

Can India afford to alienate her 200 million strong Muslim community?

Right-wing fascists are trying hard to convert India into a Totalitarian State. What they don’t seem to realise is that, a diverse nation of 1.4 billion with strong democratic ethos cannot be ruled by force. One need to look no further than Kashmir to comprehend the futility of the so-called “Muscular Approach”. Peace is still elusive in the valley, even[Read More…]

by 19/06/2022 0 comments India
Dalit agricultural Community wins major victory in Sangrur in Punjab

Dalit agricultural Community wins major victory in Sangrur in Punjab

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee has secured a major victory after launching a sustained struggle ,in Jaloor village of Sangrur.It has managed to secure a lease for a 3 year period for 110 families to obtain 1/3rd Panchayat land. Noteworthy how the resistance has crystallised to be a major  thorn in the flesh for the ruling classes. Bikka Singh Hathuah[Read More…]

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The Centre likely to amend the 2003 Electricity Act

The Centre likely to amend the 2003 Electricity Act

The Centre likely to table the Bill in the Parliament in the monsoon session to amend the 2003 Electricity Act – The need for the States to express their views  Respected Chief Minister, Kindly recall how the Centre, a few years ago, had unilaterally enacted the three farm laws, in addition to introducing a Bill to amend the 2003 electricity[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Ukraine-fatigue Is Setting In Around The World, Says British PM

Ukraine Update: Ukraine-fatigue Is Setting In Around The World, Says British PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday stressed that the public needs to keep up its support of Ukraine after nearly four months of war. Media reports said: “The worry that we have is that a bit of Ukraine-fatigue is starting to set in around the world,” Johnson told reporters on the back of a trip to Kyiv. “It is[Read More…]

by 19/06/2022 1 comment World
The Ezo Republic's Seat of Government in Goryōkaku Fortress as it appears today

Lessons from Japan’s Last Civil War for Taiwan

While attending the recent Shangri-La Dialogue on Security in Singapore, Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio stressed the need to oppose unilateral changes to the status quo by force, no matter where they occur. “I myself have a strong sense that Ukraine today may be East Asia tomorrow,” he warned. Needless to say, Kishida was referring to the possibility of a[Read More…]

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Agnipath: Path of Militarisation of Society?

Agnipath: Path of Militarisation of Society?

by Harshavardhan Purandare and Sandeep Pandey Narendra Modi government just doesn’t seem to learn from its past mistakes. From demonetisation to Farmers’ laws with decision on Kashmir, Citizenship Amendment Act and Covid lockdown in the interim the citizens of this country have had to suffer because of not just the unwise decisions of the government but also the manner in[Read More…]

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Increasing Threats to Natural Water Sources in Himachal Pradesh

Increasing Threats to Natural Water Sources in Himachal Pradesh

While the pipeline network has been expanding in Himachal Pradesh as a result of the emphasis placed on speeding up drinking water supply, at the same time drinking water scarcity from an increasing number of places is being reported. One basic reason for this is that a significant number of natural water sources including rivers, streams and khuds are being[Read More…]

 “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” projects synthesis of Marxism with Christianity  

 “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” projects synthesis of Marxism with Christianity  

“Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” ,written by Christians for National Liberation and  published by Foreign Languages Press earlier this year illustratively portrays the synthesis of Marxism with Christianity as practiced in context of the Philippines Revolution. Fitting that this year we commemorate 50th founding anniversary of CLN. It most symmetrically dissects every aspect of how the gap[Read More…]

by 19/06/2022 0 comments Book Review
BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

The repeatedly tried measure by certain master-strategists of provoking communal tension, dividing votes along religious lines, polarising vote-banks for electoral gains appears to have backfired considerably this time. Yes, this refers to socio-political and diplomatic reaction to Nupur Sharma’s objectionable comments. Till recently, Nupur- former BJP spokesperson- was hardly known in national and international circles. Now, her “popularity” is reportedly[Read More…]

by 19/06/2022 0 comments India
Is Muslim Unity Possible?

Is Muslim Unity Possible?

  After a day-long conference of ‘Indian Intellectual Muslims Meet’ held in New Delhi last week, the cardinal questions remain unanswered. Why do the Indian Muslims find it hard to collectively agree on a way out, even though they share the threat of the communal frenzy and a large section of them is mired into socio-economic backwardness? Why is the[Read More…]

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Agnipath: The Path towards  precarious sovereignty

Agnipath: The Path towards  precarious sovereignty

The Modi Government unveiled the new Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the three services. Under the new scheme, around 45,000 to 50,000 soldiers will be recruited annually, and most will leave the service in just four years. Of the total annual recruits, only 25 per cent will be allowed to continue for another 15 years under permanent commission.This is[Read More…]

by 18/06/2022 0 comments India
Human As Christian

Human As Christian

My name is Ilaiah–O, you are from a wretched caste I added Shepherd to it–O, you have become a Christian I read and write–O, you have violated the Dharma I read and write in English–Then, you want to break India I travel abroad– O, Christians fund your travel I believe in one God–Then, you are in touch with Jesus My[Read More…]

Lives of Some Great Dramatists

Lives of Some Great Dramatists

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 the lives and[Read More…]

by 18/06/2022 1 comment Book Review
Understanding Sedition

Understanding Sedition

Disclaimer This writer is not a legal practitioner and not educationally qualified in law. However, being one among the several Petitioners challenging the sedition law IPC Section 124A in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in which the cases are sub judice, what follows is a layperson’s understanding on some of the prominent aspects of sedition. Genesis of Section 124A[Read More…]

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Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition

Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition

The only shock about the UK Home Secretary’s decision regarding Julian Assange was that it did not come sooner.  In April, Chief Magistrate Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring expressed the view that he was “duty-bound” to send the case to Priti Patel to decide on whether to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face 18 charges, 17[Read More…]

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Buckle Up! The Arctic’s Sizzling

Buckle Up! The Arctic’s Sizzling

The Arctic is turning into a dream come true for doomsayers. It’s heating way too fast! Nostradamus is dancing in the street. Record-smashing Arctic temperatures may brighten the outlook for those who thrive, actually enjoy, disaster scenarios, but the great majority of people only get off on disasters in a movie theater, not in the wide open spaces at the[Read More…]

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Our Bodies, Societies and Planet Are Inflamed for the Same Reasons

Our Bodies, Societies and Planet Are Inflamed for the Same Reasons

Activist, filmmaker and bestselling author Raj Patel was dressed as a genetically modified tomato when he met Rupa Marya, MD, more than a decade ago. They were at a protest organized against pesticide use, and Marya—who is a musician as well as a physician—was playing a show at the event with her world-touring band Rupa and the April Fishes. Patel says the two quickly[Read More…]

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The heat to come

The heat to come

All the signs are that this summer will break all existing records for heatwaves. It is only the middle of June, and yet large parts of the world are already registering temperatures that in the past were not reached until the height of the season. The US weather map for June 16 shows almost the whole South and Southwest and[Read More…]

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International Day for Countering Hate Speech

International Day for Countering Hate Speech

On all counts, the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to declare 18 June as the International Day for Countering Hate Speech (beginning this year 2022) is significant. It comes at a special moment of world history, when hate speech in several parts of the globe seem to have become the order of the day- leading to xenophobia, jingoism,[Read More…]

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Canada too needs to stand up for Indian Muslims

Canada too needs to stand up for Indian Muslims

The recent developments in the South Asian region demand the immediate attention of our government. India is rocked by protests by its minority Muslim community after a spokesperson of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) made offensive remarks about Prophet Mohamad. Although Nupur Sharma has been suspended following outrage expressed by the Islamic nations, including the powerful ones[Read More…]

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‘Fair Chance’ U.S. Could ‘Completely Lose’ Its Democratic System, Says Bill Clinton

‘Fair Chance’ U.S. Could ‘Completely Lose’ Its Democratic System, Says Bill Clinton

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton says he has never before been so concerned about the country’s foundational future, lamenting there’s a “fair chance” that the United States could “completely lose our constitutional democracy.” The former president appeared Wednesday on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and responded to a question from host James Corden that alluded to Donald Trump’s presidency without[Read More…]

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Atheist, Irreligious And Anarchist

Atheist, Irreligious And Anarchist

India is going through a lot of communal tensions for the last few years. As a response to it some secular persons have been, among other things, organising ‘Inter – Faith Meetings’. Recently in Hyderabad we have been having such meetings. Many religious leaders came. I was asked to represent the Atheists. In the meeting I declared myself ‘atheist, irreligious[Read More…]

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Debauchery of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh top brass as narrated by Insider Balraj Madhok

Debauchery of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh top brass as narrated by Insider Balraj Madhok

Balraj Madhok’s died on May 2, 2016 ending an era of old guards of Hindutva politics. A senior RSS pracharak till his death was paid handsome tributes by the RSS leaders including PM Modi, himself a senior pracharak, for being a “stalwart leader of Jan Sangh. Balraj Madhok ji’s ideological commitment was strong & clarity of thought immense. He was[Read More…]

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Chomsky and Barsamian, In Ukraine, Diplomacy Has Been Ruled Out

Chomsky and Barsamian, In Ukraine, Diplomacy Has Been Ruled Out

by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian David Barsamian: Let’s head into the most obvious nightmare of this moment, the war in Ukraine and its effects globally. But first a little background. Let’s start with President George H.W. Bush’s assurance to then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not move “one inch to the east” — and that pledge has been[Read More…]

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It is Not Love that Abandons Its Treaties

It is Not Love that Abandons Its Treaties

The Tsilhqot’in Struggle On 26 March 2018, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau spoke of the six Tsilhqot’in chiefs who were arrested during a sacred peace-pipe ceremony and subsequently hanged for their part in a war to prevent the spread of smallpox by colonialists: “We recognize that these six chiefs were leaders of a nation, that they acted in accordance with[Read More…]

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Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

The paradigm shift from governance to political governance in India

Governance is commonly defined as the exercise of power or authority by elected government for the well-being of their country’s citizens in accordance with the constitutional provision, the nation’s ethos and inclusiveness. Whereas, ‘political governance’ is the latest paradigm in the evolution of political system in which power or authority is exercised in such a way, so as to primarily[Read More…]

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Dhinkia protests against Jindal goes on under severe repression

Dhinkia protests against Jindal goes on under severe repression

Today’s media reports on our visit to Dhinkia do not quite tell the facts. Myself, Lingaraj and Sudarsan Pradhan had accompanied Medha Patkar to ascertain the reports on repression on people opposing the Jindal Steel and other projects in Dhinkia, near Paradip, Odisha. We met with Debendra Swain, people’s movement leader detained since 14 January in Kujang jail and then[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations in Punjab wage protest in Sangrur fruit market for Panchayat land Rights

Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations in Punjab wage protest in Sangrur fruit market for Panchayat land Rights

The saga of Dalit agricultural labour confrontation with ruling classes continues in Punjab. A rally was organised by the Pendu Mazdoor Union, the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, the Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union and the Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee on June 10th at the Fruit market in town of Sangrur,projecting the demands of dalit agricultural labour for distribution of Panchayat land[Read More…]

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Excessive Hostility Towards Opposition Ominous For Democracy

Excessive Hostility Towards Opposition Ominous For Democracy

Why Excessive Hostility of the Ruling Regime against the Congress and Its Leaders Should Worry All Democratic Forces The past week has been tragic and ominous for Indian democracy. A former law minister and some senior retired judges of both the Supreme Court and several high courts have condemned the actions of bulldozing and demolitions of houses of protestors as[Read More…]

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Andhra’s 1998 Circular Memo –  A Hidden Axe on Article 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution

Andhra’s 1998 Circular Memo –  A Hidden Axe on Article 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution

“India is one of the biggest secular countries” is actually a fabricated statement, to be genuine; India witnesses multiple violations of secularism in every nuke and corner. Two of such violations of secularism in India include 1950 scheduled caste order para 3, which is a clear violation of secularism in India. Secularism implies unconditional freedom of religion or unconditional ignorance[Read More…]

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Nuclear Weapons: World Spent $156,841 In Every Minute Of 2021

Nuclear Weapons: World Spent $156,841 In Every Minute Of 2021

The world nuclear weapons spending found a significant increase in 2021, finds the latest International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) report published on Tuesday. In one year, the nine nuclear-armed nations – U.S., China, Russia, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the UK — spent a total of $82.4 billion on upgrading and maintaining their estimated 13,000 nuclear[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: U.S. Tact To Make Inroads In Asia

Geopolitical Update: U.S. Tact To Make Inroads In Asia

The U.S. sought to bolster its support in Asia by reassuring nations they do not need to join a coalition against China, drawing a stark contrast with Beijing’s threats to defend its interests with military force, said Bloomberg. The Bloomberg report — US Makes Asia Inroads by Playing Down Need to Oppose China — said on June 13: U.S. Defense[Read More…]

Why Does the United States Have a Military Base in Ghana?

Why Does the United States Have a Military Base in Ghana?

An interview with Kwesi Pratt Jr., a journalist and leader of the Socialist Movement of Ghana. In April 2018, the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said that Ghana has “not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America.” His comments came after Ghana’s parliament had ratified a new defense cooperation agreement with the[Read More…]

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The People vs. Petrocracy

The People vs. Petrocracy

The United States is moving fast on climate change—in the wrong direction. The Energy Information Agency forecasts that by 2023, the nation will set a new annual record for oil extraction: 4.6 billion barrels. Plans to build more than 200 new natural gas power plants are in the works. More than 130 new oil and gas pipelines now under development[Read More…]

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Palestinians ‘Are Bound to Win’: Why Israelis Are Prophesying the End of Their State 

While it is true that Zionism is a modern political ideology that has exploited religion to achieve specific colonial objectives in Palestine, prophecies continue to be a critical component of Israel’s perception of itself, and of the state’s relationship to other groups, especially Christian messianic groups in the United States and worldwide. The subject of religious prophecies and their centrality[Read More…]

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Two years after Covid lockdown the pain of Bihar’s migrant labour continues

Two years after Covid lockdown the pain of Bihar’s migrant labour continues

The entire world witnessed how lakhs of migrant workers from around India had returned to their home-state Bihar during the Covid lockdown in early 2020. Where are they after a long gap of almost two years? What are they doing now? Has a large population been forced to migrate again? Or are there some people who have stayed in the[Read More…]

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In front of the firing squad

In front of the firing squad

I watch you from afar, you stand with your back against a wall, and a firing squad in the front! The first shot is fired… …but no instant death, It was at your name! The second shot also doesn’t kill, it was at your attire! Next one was at your meal on the table! And the next one at your[Read More…]

by 16/06/2022 0 comments Arts/Literature
Black American cinema vis-a-vis Dalit Indian cinema

Black American cinema vis-a-vis Dalit Indian cinema

If being ghettoised within the mainstream and slotted in the category of “outcasts” in society, then Blacks in America and Dalits in India perhaps face the same kind of discrimination in their respective societies. While the Dalits are born into it by virtue of their caste determined by social and cultural history, the Blacks are discriminated against on the basis[Read More…]

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Jennifer Robinson (center) with Kristinn Hrafnsson (left), editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, address the media at Westminster Magistrate Court in London May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Britain admits to spying on Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson

On Saturday, renowned international human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson announced a settlement with the British government over its surveillance of her while she has acted as a legal representative of persecuted WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. The same day, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), where a case by Robinson against the British government was pending, took note of the[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev’s Allies Divided

Ukraine Update: Kiev’s Allies Divided

Ukraine’s allies are in disagreement on the question of the war. On June 14, a New York Times report — A Link to Besieged Ukrainians Is Cut, as Allies Question Strategy — said: “The last bridge to the city of Sievierodonetsk fell as battles raged, and some Western officials questioned Ukraine’s ability to keep resisting Russia.” The report said: “Ukraine’s[Read More…]

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Apartheid Israel Among World Leaders For Killing Children

Apartheid Israel Among World Leaders For Killing Children

Apartheid Israel highly abusively occupied 78% of Palestine (1948-1967) and thence 100% for the 55 years after 1967. In the Occupied Palestinian Territories Apartheid Israel leads the world for killing journalists, and is among world leaders in “killing children per year per million of subject Indigenous population”. The civilized world must act by Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid[Read More…]

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Asset monetisation counter productive- Analyse before you rush into it

Asset monetisation counter productive- Analyse before you rush into it

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister   Dear Smt Sitharaman, Your Ministry seems to be rushing into monetisation of assets of the CPSEs without adequate due diligence on the comparative costs and benefits. For example, I have come across a news report (https://www.livemint.com/industry/infrastructure/govt-asks-oil-psus-to-come-up-with-monetization-plan-11655236473972.html) that your ministry has been persuading the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MPNG) to ensure[Read More…]

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Julian Assange in Ithaka

Julian Assange in Ithaka

“Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is where you’re destined for.” C. P. Cavafy, trans. Edmund Keeley John Shipton, despite his size, glides with insect-like grace across surfaces.  He moves with a hovering sense, a holy man with message and meaning.  As Julian Assange’s father, he has found himself a bearer of messages and meaning, attempting to convince[Read More…]

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The Overshoot Dilemma

The Overshoot Dilemma

Climate change and global warming, which is the largest part of the ‘change’ aspect, is suddenly getting the kind of special treatment that’s reserved for national tragedies. A special commission has been established to investigate a way out of the biggest human-caused failure of all time. It wouldn’t be quite so disturbing if it were not for the fact that[Read More…]

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Leaders of the Americas and the Caribbean Miss Historical Opportunity to Deal Blow to US Imperialism

Leaders of the Americas and the Caribbean Miss Historical Opportunity to Deal Blow to US Imperialism

And so it was that another historical opportunity was missed by the countries of the Caribbean, Central and South America, with the exception of a few who had the courage to take a stand. The majority of leaders from the region, those who Maurice Bishop so aptly called “yard fowls”, and those who should have known better, traipsed up to[Read More…]

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Unforgettable: A wild fox started showing up on the author’s property every day at 4:15 p.m., and sat next to a lone forget-me-not. (Photo credit: Catherine Raven)

How I Found Myself Befriending a Wild Fox

A scientist went against the grain on her industry’s rule against anthropomorphizing nonhuman animals—here’s what she discovered. Editor’s note: At 15, Catherine Raven left home and headed west to work as a national park ranger. She later earned a PhD in biology and built an off-the-grid house on an isolated plot of land in Montana, making a living by remote teaching[Read More…]

My Pandemic in Three Acts

My Pandemic in Three Acts

Dealing with the Disease that Never Seems to Leave Town On New Years’ Eve 2019, Americans celebrated the advent of the roaring ‘20s with fireworks and champagne, amid ominous news alerts from China. Surely that virus would stay on the other side of the planet. I cringe at how entitled we felt then. Covid-19 has now wiped out more than[Read More…]

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Former Law Minister and Former Senior Judges Say Recent Demolitions are Illegal

Former Law Minister and Former Senior Judges Say Recent Demolitions are Illegal

In a letter released on June 14 and sent to the Supreme Court with the names of former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan and six former judges as well as some senior advocates and legal luminaries the recent repressive actions against  protestors, including demolitions, in Uttar Pradesh have been called illegal. Shanti Bhushan was Law Minister during 1977-79 and had worked[Read More…]

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Public Interest And Courts

Public Interest And Courts

I propose to deal with two entirely different issues under the same rubric,as one daily comes under an avalanche of news,a benumbing mixture of sheer frippery and disturbing political trends.Are we drifting towards a dangerous period of violent anarchy and brutal mind-boggling repression? First the daily inflow of one more senior and influential leader of the main opposition party deserting[Read More…]

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Himachal Workers Face Increasing Problems

Himachal Workers Face Increasing Problems

A protest was organized recently on 10 June by highway construction workers in Rampur Ke Nirath area of Himachal Pradesh. The reason—most of the workers had not been paid their wages for almost four months by the contractor. While this was their main grievance the CPM leaders who addressed the protest meeting also said that labor laws were being widely[Read More…]

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United Nations report reveals worsening social catastrophe in Sri Lanka

United Nations report reveals worsening social catastrophe in Sri Lanka

A UN survey entitled “Humanitarian Needs and Priorities—Food Security Crisis Sri Lanka” issued on June 9 painted a tragic picture of the social devastation being inflicted on workers and the poor by Colombo’s ruling elite and the capitalist system. “Sri Lanka is experiencing a multidimensional crisis, compounded by food insecurity, threatened livelihoods, shortages of essential medical items and rising protection[Read More…]

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Bulldozing Structures or Demolishing Democracy?

Bulldozing Structures or Demolishing Democracy?

In editorials published on 14 June, several leading newspapers have expressed deep regret at the highly selective use of bulldozers to damage or demolish houses or other buildings related to or belonging to protesters. The Tribune has written an editorial appropriately titled ‘Free run for bulldozers—Bypassing of due process a dangerous trend ’. This editorial has written, “ The no-holds[Read More…]

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For Afreen Fatima

For Afreen Fatima

I can see your ribs cracking and the bones bleeding within. Your eyes are numb tears frozen. I can see your hands shaking your legs heavy. Your heart is pounding breath rushing. I can see you standing alone watching a bulldozer ravaging memories, warmth and prayers, the favorite tea pot ammus’s prayer room. I can see the tumbling of your[Read More…]

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World Is Facing Unprecedented Polycrisis, Warns WTO

World Is Facing Unprecedented Polycrisis, Warns WTO

The world, now more complex, is facing unprecedented polycrisis, the World Trade Organization (WTO) chief has warned. Export restrictions are pushing up food prices and could further exacerbate the global “polycrisis,” WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the opening of the 12th WTO ministerial conference in Geneva on Sunday. According to the official, the world has “become more complex” since[Read More…]

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Address: Habitat…Earth

Address: Habitat…Earth

Save…Save…Save Every life Every water drop Even every broken vessel All can be mended Even those ripped apart Nurturance Empathy Compassion   And so She would ceaselessly Murmur As the timeless brook Of centuries Old in years But an adolescent dreamer Holding on To revival Resurgence Resurrection     The grand lady Of an age-old manor Mother…grand mother Of so[Read More…]

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Why Peace and Disarmament Are at the Heart of Nonalignment

Why Peace and Disarmament Are at the Heart of Nonalignment

As our world spirals toward the catastrophe of nuclear war, there has never been a greater need for a new global balancing, a rejection of great power war, exploitation, and aggression. Now more than ever, we need to reject the brutal unipolar agenda of the United States, the dividing up of the world between hostile powers, and the suppression of[Read More…]

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Canada – the not so peaceable kingdom

Canada – the not so peaceable kingdom

For a short while, at least as announced by the mainstream media, Canada found itself described as a “peacemaker” among the countries of the world. This was an image promoted abroad and valued domestically as Canadian troops, war materials, and military equipment worked around the world to maintain peace. This necessity for peace, when reviewed critically, came from the reality[Read More…]

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Kabir Jayanti is a day to celebrate inter-faith harmony  

Kabir Jayanti is a day to celebrate inter-faith harmony  

 Kabir Jayanti ( 14 June) is being observed at a time when the message of the great saint for inter-faith harmony is really needed in very troubled times. Such a great saint would like to be remembered on his jayanti not in terms of any ceremonies but in terms of real commitment to his everlasting message of true spirituality, love,[Read More…]

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WFP food distribution in Raymah (credit: Julian Harneis CC BY-SA 2.0)

UN warns war in Ukraine could amplify cost-of-living crisis

The United Nations Global Crisis Response Group warned in a report Wednesday that the ripple effects of the US-NATO conflict with Russia over Ukraine could exacerbate the human suffering of millions around the globe by escalating food and energy prices amid a worsening “global cost-of-living crisis unseen in at least a generation.” According to the report, the war has the potential to[Read More…]

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Australian Labor government stonewalls demands to free Assange

Australian Labor government stonewalls demands to free Assange

During its first three weeks in office, Australia’s Labor government has responded with a quiet hostility to demands that it defend Julian Assange. Labor ministers have not mentioned Assange, unless directly questioned. And in response to those inquiries, they have made plain that they will continue the bipartisan complicity of the political establishment and state apparatus in the persecution of[Read More…]

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Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Irrespective of whatever is ethnic identity of any shooter leading to violence and/or murders, how can approach towards him be decided by his religion, race, colour or any ethnic as well as national factor? A crime remains a crime. Sadly, double-standards of this nature still prevail. If Salvador Rolando Ramos was an Arab, a Muslim and/or a Black, the rage[Read More…]

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The settlement of Sheikha Gal Community under the majestic Hari Parbat Hill with the shrine of Sheikh Hamza Makdoomi overlooking them

Neglected [Endangered] Communities: A Case of Sheikha Gal (Community and Language) of Srinagar, Kashmir

  OUTLINE: The present article deals with a neglected and marginalized Sheikha Gal community (of Kashmir). The article explains their linguistic and social exclusion, education, socio-economic status and the living standard, stigmatisation and stereotypes, ethnicity and their physical features.  The article is based on a larger narrative and project of understanding the Sheikha Gal (as a linguistic community), more precisely, to understand the grammatical[Read More…]

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IMSD supports free speech; condemns hate speech, death threats

IMSD supports free speech; condemns hate speech, death threats

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) deplores the divisive and hate-driven politics behind the statements made by the now-suspended spokesperson of the BJP, Nupur Sharma, but it unequivocally condemns the threats to her life. IMSD also strongly condemns Al Qaeda for threatening retaliatory terror acts. IMSD believes that democracy is inconceivable without the freedom of speech, a freedom that is[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Momentum Of War Favors Russia

Ukraine Update: Momentum Of War Favors Russia

Momentum in the Ukraine War has begun favoring Russia, and as a clear signal, the NATO Secretary-General has told Ukraine to decide how much territory it likes to concede in exchange of peace. A New York Times report — “Momentum in Ukraine Is Shifting in Russia’s Favor” (June 11, 2022) — said: Ukraine lacking the weaponry it needs, and Western[Read More…]

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Weapons of Faith: The Arming of American Schools

Weapons of Faith: The Arming of American Schools

The United States remains a country of tenacious faith.  The nature of that faith stretches from the digital pulpits of Silicon Valley, where cool technology occupies the seat of majesty, to the hot Bible Belt of spiritual endurance and suffering, where the good Lord holds sway in stern disapproval.  In between, market fundamentalists take time to worship the invisible hand[Read More…]

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A Country Armed to the Teeth

A Country Armed to the Teeth

The gun I carried on the streets of New York City in the late 1960s was a Beretta, similar to the pistol James Bond packed in the early Ian Fleming novels. It was a small, dark beauty that filled me with bravado. I was never afraid when I had it in my pocket, which is why I’m so very afraid[Read More…]

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Eelam Tamils Struggle For Self Determination

Eelam Tamils Struggle For Self Determination

The idea of “self-determination” continues its hold on the hearts and minds of peoples yearning to breathe free. Kosovo, for example, established its independence in 2008, making it the world’s second-youngest country (after South Sudan, officially established in 2011). The landslide winner of Kosovo’s parliamentary elections in February 2021 was the Self-Determination Party (Vetëvendosje), which made Kosovo a rare Muslim-majority,[Read More…]

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Army convoy towards Leh

A Bridge And Serendipity

The importance of a bridge is usually according to its dimensions or its carrying capacity. This account concerns the events that led to the construction of a military (Bailey) bridge insignificant in its dimensions or load capacity, its construction under exceptional circumstances, and how it became important. Prelude April 1982. I joined 16 BRTF in Ladakh to take over command[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev Forces Facing Growing Desertion, Significant Losses And Depleting Ammunition

Ukraine Update: Kiev Forces Facing Growing Desertion, Significant Losses And Depleting Ammunition

   Cases of desertion are growing among Ukrainian force, which is suffering significant losses, says report. It is also almost out of ammunition. Media reports said: There has been a rise in desertion as morale declines, says an intelligence report seen by The Independent. Ukraine is now dependent on Western donations of supplies, Ukrainian officials say. Reports are emerging that the[Read More…]

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Doval doctrine casts a shadow on Naga peace process

Doval doctrine casts a shadow on Naga peace process

Convening of the Emergency National Assembly on 31 May 2022 marks the apogee of the most torrid fortnight of the talks. Apparently, the fraught issue of Naga flag and constitution is at the root of the current instability. That trust has been a casualty is borne out in the statements of those involved in peace negotiations. Acknowledging that something’s amiss[Read More…]

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The End of Laissez-Faire: Russia’s Attempt at Reshaping the World Economy

The End of Laissez-Faire: Russia’s Attempt at Reshaping the World Economy

Starting on May 31, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov embarked on a tour to Gulf Cooperation Council countries, where he visited Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, among others. Lavrov’s main objective of these visits is to strengthen ties between Russia and GCC nations amid a global race for geopolitical dominance. The Middle East, especially the Gulf region, is vital[Read More…]

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Parallel Governments Reflected the Meeting Point of Various Streams of Freedom Movement

Parallel Governments Reflected the Meeting Point of Various Streams of Freedom Movement

In one of the most inspiring examples of highly courageous spontaneous actions based on the unity of people, parallel governments were formed by freedom fighters in several parts of India in the course of the Quit India Movement in 1942. Although generally four such leading efforts have been identified in Satara ( Maharashtra), Talcher ( Odisha), Tamluk ( W.Bengal) and[Read More…]

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Fringe or Mainstream

Fringe or Mainstream

In the recent act following Nupur Sharma’s statement on Prophet Mohammad, the BJP acted against her by suspending her from Party’s membership. This was after there was reaction by Middle Eastern countries. The BJP in its statement pointed that “The BJP strongly denounces insults of any religious personalities of any religion. The BJP is also against any ideology which insults[Read More…]

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There is no place for laws on Blasphemy & Apostasy in a Secular Liberal Democracy!

There is no place for laws on Blasphemy & Apostasy in a Secular Liberal Democracy!

The recent furore over BJP spokesperson (now suspended) Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet Muhammad, has stirred a hornets nest the world over. Nupur’s condescending & arrogant outburst in a TV debate, wherein she made disparaging remarks with reference to Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to Hazrat Ayesha, as well as to his night journey on Buraq, his steed, referred to as[Read More…]

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Two books you need to understand Indian cooking

Two books you need to understand Indian cooking

As an Indian who sometimes finds himself abroad, I get puzzled often by notions of ‘Indian food’. I have three reasons. For one, Indian food is a misnomer. There’s nothing like it – because different regions and subregions, religious and caste groups, and tribes in India have different cuisines. They use different spices in different combinations, not to mention different[Read More…]

by 12/06/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
He Who Rides a Tiger

He Who Rides a Tiger

There is a Bengali saying,”He who rides a tiger cannot dismount”.This would seem to apply to the entrenched political lobby which have been seeking assiduously to undermine the country’s constitution by burrowing into it and weakening it from within. The recent rather strict action taken against a national spokesperson of the ruling party,though nine days after her offending remarks,and only[Read More…]

by 11/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
BDS Campaign against Sri Lanka

BDS Campaign against Sri Lanka

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Stopping GOSL Genocide Against the Tamils Presentation at Second International Conference on Tamil Nationhood and Genocide in Sri Lanka. Ottawa, Canada, 5-7 May 2018 The Sinhala-Buddhist Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has inflicted outright genocide against the Eelam Tamils in flagrant violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention to which it is a contracting party. For[Read More…]

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Three American Pathologies

Three American Pathologies

Peloton The Peloton craze suggests a decadence that has marked and will continue to mark the utter failure of the American experiment.  Such statements are by design hyperbolic- even perhaps silly- but they point us in the direction of the heresies we need to embrace if we are to do something decent with the gifts we’ve been given. The story[Read More…]

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Empire’s fleeting leadership in its yard

Empire’s fleeting leadership in its yard

The just concluded Summit of the Americas is nothing but a show of the Empire’s fleeting leadership in a region that the Empire considers as its backyard. Mr. Biden, the US President, expressed his hopes as he said: “I think I find no reason why the Western Hemisphere, the Western Hemisphere over the next 10 years, does not develop into[Read More…]

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Despite big increase in budget, why is adequate and clean drinking water eluding many villages?

Despite big increase in budget, why is adequate and clean drinking water eluding many villages?

Scorching heat has again been accompanied this year by reports of acute drinking water shortages in many villages. The situation was supposed to be different this time because of an unprecedentedly high increase in the budget for drinking water supply in villages announced about 15 months back, but clearly the actual improvement has fallen far short of the high expectations[Read More…]

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Ethnic cleansing – Tamils of Eelam in Sri Lanka

Ethnic cleansing – Tamils of Eelam in Sri Lanka

The Tamils are an ancient people. Their history had its beginnings in the rich alluvial plains near the southern extremity of peninsular India which included the land mass known as the island of Sri Lanka today. The island’s plant and animal life (including the presence of elephants) evidence the earlier land connection with the Indian sub continent. So too do[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Kiev Admits It Is Losing In Artillery War To Russia 

Ukraine Update: Kiev Admits It Is Losing In Artillery War To Russia 

Ukraine acknowledges that it is losing artillery war to Russia. Ukraine forces are almost out of ammunition and can only rely on Western-supplied arms in the battle against Russia, a top Ukrainian intelligence official has said. “This is an artillery war now,” Vadim Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, told The Guardian on Friday. Ranged combat is going to[Read More…]

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Marxism and Anarchism

Marxism and Anarchism

Recently Arun Kumar Sinha posted in Marx_Forum, Murray Bookchin’s pamphlet ‘Listen! Marxist!’ This was published in the ’50s in which he admonished and rebuked the ‘Marxists’ community. To Marx_Forum Dear Arun, You are opening a Pandora’s Box by introducing Murray Bookchin. You are introducing Anarchism! Maybe time has come to introduce Anarchism to Marx_Forum although Marxists (including Marx) have never looked[Read More…]

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Narendra Modi to the left of LK Advani during his (W) rath Yatra-Courtesy Daily O

Merrily at Work: Clash of Civilizations

Avail Practical Classes Free-of-Cost In 1993 an essay appeared in a US journal: “Clash of Civilisations” by Samuel Huntington which later appeared as a book [The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington]. In the very first chapter we find: “One grim Weltanschauung [“philosophy (of life)”] for this new era was well expressed by[Read More…]

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A Smell to Remember

A Smell to Remember

Standing frozen in a dark pond of shit Filling my neck with stink and puke I looked around to see many others breathing With their heads above the dark liquid shit Souls filled with fear to look around or down. Then I saw a reflection of light twinkling Penetrating the shadows of the leaves Of a mango tree of hope[Read More…]

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Fighting the First UK-Rwandan Refugee Flight

Fighting the First UK-Rwandan Refugee Flight

June 10 bore witness to a valiant effort on the part of refugee groups and a trade union to stop what promises to be the first journey of many as part of the UK-Rwanda plan.  Their attempt to seek an injunction failed to convince the High Court.  Next Tuesday, the first flight from the UK to Rwanda filled with asylum[Read More…]

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The threat of large-scale famine

The threat of large-scale famine

Disasters threaten human civilization Among the greatest dangers to human civilization are nuclear war and catastrophic climate change, dangers which also threaten the biosphere. In addition to these two existential threats, humans also face the threat of an extremely large-scale famine, involving billions of people, rather than millions. The beginning of this famine, which could involve much of the world’s[Read More…]

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Polar Scientist Explains Peril of Thwaites

Polar Scientist Explains Peril of Thwaites

Ted Scambos, a polar scientist with 20 trips to Antarctica under his belt, makes a living trekking across glaciers, measuring the speed, thickness, and structure of ice. Dr. Scambos (University of Colorado/Boulder) recently penned an article: Ice World: Antarctica’s Riskiest Glacier is Under Assault From Below and Losing Its Grip. The Conversation, June 7, 2022. Scambos is a lead principal[Read More…]

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Hindutva Robbery of the Commons in India

Hindutva Robbery of the Commons in India

The Indian National Congress under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi was responsible for the beginning of half-hearted liberalisation policies in the name of economic development and modernisation in India. The half-hearted liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation policies have become the cornerstone of new economic policies launched by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. These policies are in full[Read More…]

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Pouring Poison and Planting Seeds of Dependency  

Pouring Poison and Planting Seeds of Dependency  

Do you remember the iconic Union Carbide image from the 1950s or early 1960s? The one with the giant hand coming from the sky, pouring pesticides onto Indian soil. The blurb below the image includes the following: “Science helps build a new India – India has developed bold new plans to build its economy and bring the promise of a[Read More…]

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UN report declares “perpetual occupation” as “the underlying root cause” of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

UN report declares “perpetual occupation” as “the underlying root cause” of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

A report commissioned by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council states that Israel’s “perpetual occupation” of Palestinian areas and its refusal to end it underpin the tensions between Palestinians and Israelis. The authors insist that ending of the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza since their capture by Israel in the 1967 Arab Israeli war in full[Read More…]

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Summit of the Americas: Argentina’s President Regrets Exclusion of Countries

Summit of the Americas: Argentina’s President Regrets Exclusion of Countries

The Summit of the Americas, now being held in Los Angeles, U.S., is facing criticism from different countries participating in the summit. Media reports including reports by teleSUR said: The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, deplored that all countries were not invited to the 9th   Summit of the Americas. Argentina’s President was addressing the summit as the president pro tempore[Read More…]

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Storms at the Summit of the Americas

Storms at the Summit of the Americas

June 7 was a bad day for Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS). During the ninth Summit of the Americas, a young man declared to him what he is: an assassin and puppet of the White House, instigator of the coup in Bolivia. He said that Almagro cannot come to give lessons on democracy when his hands are stained[Read More…]

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Bizarro World: Mega-Terrorist Turkey Accuses Finland and Sweden of Supporting Terrorists

Bizarro World: Mega-Terrorist Turkey Accuses Finland and Sweden of Supporting Terrorists

Welcome to bizarro world. That’s where Turkey, a notorious state sponsor of international terrorism, has the sheer gall to accuse Finland and Sweden of supporting terrorists. Even more bizarre: Neither Finland, Sweden, the U.S., NATO, EU, nor any country or leader has, to my knowledge, pointed out Ankara’s glaring hypocrisy. Turkey claims that Finland and Sweden host members of the PKK, the[Read More…]

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Book Review: Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation. By: Marcello Musto

Book Review: Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation. By: Marcello Musto

Marcello Musto, Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2021). 164 pages Marcello Musto’s anthology of Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation[1] is both comprehensive and concise, containing within the span of 100 pages the three decades long development of the concept through more than a dozen published works and posthumously published manuscripts. Additionally, Musto’s introduction to the anthology[Read More…]

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Recent protests against felling of trees in Paris have revived controversies related to Olympic Games

Recent protests against felling of trees in Paris have revived controversies related to Olympic Games

Recent protests by environmental groups against the proposed felling of trees in Paris as part of efforts to speeding up of redevelopment for the 1924 Olympic Games have revived earlier controversies regarding the Olympic Games. The celebrations relating to this biggest sports event cover up increasing problems relating to them due to which a significant number of initial host candidates[Read More…]

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What Does It Mean that Women Now Dominate Higher Education?

What Does It Mean that Women Now Dominate Higher Education?

In the last week of her life, my mother extracted a promise from me. “Make sure,” she said, “that Orion goes to college.” I swore that I would, although I wasn’t at all sure how I’d make it happen. Even in the year 2000, average tuitions were almost 10 times what my own undergraduate school had charged 30 years earlier. I knew[Read More…]

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Summit of the Americas: Isn’t it a dud?

Summit of the Americas: Isn’t it a dud?

The Empire went to assert its position in the Latin America. But it has flopped. CNN headlined: “Snubs, from key leaders at Summit of the Americas reveal Biden’s struggle to assert US leadership in its neighborhood”. It’s a setback for the Empire. Today, it’s not an unimaginable development in the region. The IX Summit of the Americas has kicked off[Read More…]

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Davos Development Dogma And Climate Catastrophe: Leaders Are Unconcerned

Davos Development Dogma And Climate Catastrophe: Leaders Are Unconcerned

Only few remain in denial of global warming (GW) leading to climate change (CC). At the other end of the scale, only few view GW-CC as an impending disaster. Leaders of societies and nations are among the bulk of in-betweens, and their understanding of GW-CC mostly remains limited. The Davos development dogma The focus of attention and planning among world[Read More…]

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‘Revolution and Counter Revolution ‘ by Pao Yu Ching-Book Review 

‘Revolution and Counter Revolution ‘ by Pao Yu Ching-Book Review 

‘Revolution and Counter Revolution ‘printed by Foreign Languages Press  in November 2021  and written by Pao Yu Ching  is a most analytical work  .It stands amongst the major achievements in modern times summarising the positive strides made by China under Mao from 1949-78 and how those objectives were inverted 180 degrees after 1978 after Deng Xiaoping. With intrinsic details she[Read More…]

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Shrinking Secularism In India

Shrinking Secularism In India

by Jaspreet Kaur & Aarif Rashid Malik In order to understand “secularism” it is essential to understand various terms, like pluralism, liberalism, associated with it and the term as applied in the West and countries like India. “Secularsim” is most commonly defined as the separation of religion from civic affairs and the state, and may be broadened to the need[Read More…]

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Ukrainian tanks move down a street in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukraine Update: U.S. In The Dark On Military Operations, Says New York Times

The U.S. government has better information on Russian troops in Ukraine than on Ukrainian forces, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials. Kiev is keeping its biggest military sponsor in the dark, possibly even misleading Washington to protect the generous flow of American military aid into the country, the newspaper claimed in a report (U.S. Lacks a[Read More…]

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India under Modi is facing international Embarrassment

India under Modi is facing international Embarrassment

Suspension not expulsion of Nupur Sharma, ruling BJP spokeswoman who passed offensive remarks against Prophet Mohammed on a religious debate with Navika Kumar on Times Now on 27.05.2022 is analyzed by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, ex -president of the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, as Half Victory because of political pressure from more than 15  Gulf countries including secretariat of[Read More…]

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St. Devasahayam’s Caste, Crucifixion And His Resurrection As A Global Shudra Saint

St. Devasahayam’s Caste, Crucifixion And His Resurrection As A Global Shudra Saint

The canonization of the first ever layman of India,  Devasahayam, or  Lazarus (1712–1752) as saint, on the lines of Mother Theresa or on the lines of St.Peter, by the Vatican on 15 May, 2022 is historic in many strange ways. The human history of religions does not find a man of his kind of torturous life from birth, growth and[Read More…]

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Gun Violence: What Can Be Said After So Much Grief?

Gun Violence: What Can Be Said After So Much Grief?

What more can be said with so much grief, after the spate of recent gun violence around the country? Can anything be added that has not already been said. The same questions have been haunting the country over the past two decades. Why do mass shootings appear to be accelerating? Why are children often being targeted? Why are teens, who[Read More…]

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Constructed-selective past: Divisive Politics, Mosques and Shivlings

Constructed-selective past: Divisive Politics, Mosques and Shivlings

RSS is the organization with progeny going into hundreds and counting. The most well known of its affiliates may be BJP, VHP, ABVP and Bajrang Dal but its myriad organizations are spread practically in all nooks and corners of our country. Even where BJP Government is not the ruling one, its affiliates and RSS itself are hyper dynamic from last[Read More…]

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The Sociology of Bharat Dogra’s Literary Creations

The Sociology of Bharat Dogra’s Literary Creations

Through his stories and novellas, Bharat Dogra makes it possible—the confluence of political sociology and literary imagination. Bharat Dogra, A Day in 2071: A Collection of Stories and Novellas, Saptarishi, New Delhi, 2022, pp. xiii+246, price: Rs. 399/ I have been reading Bharat Dogra’s essays and columns in a spectrum of newspapers and magazines for quite some time. What fascinates me[Read More…]

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UK set to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda on June 14

UK set to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda on June 14

Britain’s Home Office is pressing ahead with its brutal policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. Exactly two months after announcing its Migration and Economic Development Partnership deal with the east Africa state—under which people arriving illegally in the UK are to be sent 4,500 miles to have their asylum claim “processed”—the first flight is scheduled to depart on June 14. According[Read More…]

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Palestine’s New Resistance Model: How the Last Year Redefined the Struggle for Palestinian Freedom

Palestine’s New Resistance Model: How the Last Year Redefined the Struggle for Palestinian Freedom

What took place between May 2021 and May 2022 is nothing less than a paradigm shift in Palestinian resistance. Thanks to the popular and inclusive nature of Palestinian mobilization against the Israeli occupation, resistance in Palestine is no longer an ideological, political or regional preference. In the period between the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 and only a[Read More…]

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When officials sit meekly before angry farmers

When officials sit meekly before angry farmers

It seems the government machinery which is so arrogant towards common people, listens only to voices of aggression. The officialdom sat meekly, almost scared yesterday on the dais in front of a large gathering of Aagri community farmers, men and women, during a public hearing on Metro 9 railway line. Scared indeed because there were two police officers on the[Read More…]

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Why rush into privatising BEML, a CPSE that caters to the defence forces?

Why rush into privatising BEML, a CPSE that caters to the defence forces?

 To Shri Rajnath Singh Union Defence Minister   Dear Shri Rajnath Singh, Kindly refer to my earlier letter dated 3-2-2022 (https://countercurrents.org/2022/02/should-the-government-disinvest-beml-at-all-is-it-not-imprudent/) raising concerns against the proposed privatisation of Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) which is a CPSE under the administrative oversight of your ministry and plays a crucial role in meeting the strategic requirements of the defence forces. I have extracted below[Read More…]

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United States representative Mike Pompeo speaks to a rally of general aviation workers at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., Monday, March. 21, 2011. The rally was attended by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Governor Sam Brownback, Senator Jerry Moran and an estimated 2,000 aircraft workers of general aviation companies in the Wichita area. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

A Spanish Court Calls: Mike Pompeo, We Want You

On June 3, Judge Santiago Pedraz of Spain’s national court, the Audienca Nacional, issued a summons for former CIA director and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify in an ongoing investigation into the conduct of private security firm UC Global and its founder, David Morales. The security firm is said to have been hired by US intelligence operatives[Read More…]

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Many Countries Likely To Face Recession, World Bank’s Grim Forecast

Many Countries Likely To Face Recession, World Bank’s Grim Forecast

The World Bank (WB) has cut its global growth projection for this year from 4.1% to 2.9%, warning that many countries are likely to face recession. “Amid the war in Ukraine, surging inflation, and rising interest rates, global economic growth is expected to slump in 2022,” the Tuesday WB press release said. Below-average Growth “Several years of above-average inflation and below-average[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: LNG From U.S. To Reach Ukraine

Ukraine Update: LNG From U.S. To Reach Ukraine

Ukraine needs liquefied natural gas (LNG). The country is in discussions with the U.S. on purchasing and financing supplies of LNG instead of pipeline gas, which the country currently receives from EU states, Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko said on Tuesday. Media reports said: Kiev is currently buying reverse gas supplies that those countries resell, after buying from Russia. The head of[Read More…]

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A sign placed by an activist, comments on how Lockheed Martin’s profits are derived from killings.

How the U.S. Government is controlled by its armaments firms

Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control — they control their home market, which is the U.S. Government, and they use it  (their government) to sell to its[Read More…]

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Let’s Get to the Heart of the Matter With Biolabs and Cows

Let’s Get to the Heart of the Matter With Biolabs and Cows

How can we justify slaughtering cows to repair our hearts, when the consumption of cows is what weakens our hearts? The demand for bovine heart valves to treat cardiovascular disease—the top global killer—is rising, and there is a cruel irony—with which I have firsthand experience—in how the cattle industry has become both the problem and the solution. We rely on medical[Read More…]

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Colombia Needs Democracy, Plain and Simple: An Interview With María José Pizarro

Colombia Needs Democracy, Plain and Simple: An Interview With María José Pizarro

by Vijay Prashad & Taroa Zúñiga Silva  On May 29, 2022, a political earthquake struck Colombia: the left-leaning Historical Pact’s presidential candidate, Gustavo Petro, and vice-presidential candidate, Francia Márquez, won the first round of the presidential elections after getting 40.33 percent of the votes. The blocs representing the far-right and right-wing parties—which have dominated Colombian politics for most of its history—trailed far[Read More…]

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Covid impact on India’s industrial sectors

Covid impact on India’s industrial sectors

The impact of the Covid pandemic on Indian companies has not been uniform across all sectors. In fact, the pandemic had come as a boon to some sectors and a bane to others. Despite some initial blips, companies in the healthcare sector and e-commerce companies have gained the most out of the pandemic period. On the other hand, companies in[Read More…]

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Prime Minister Modi (R) and Jordan’s King Abdullah addressed the conference ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation’ in New Delhi on February 28, 2018

An appalling slur on the civilisation state that is India

The outrage in the Muslim world over the transgression of the red line in anti-Muslim politics in India is understandable, although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party acted swiftly for damage control. The point is, the world has taken note that anti-Muslim politics has reached a crescendo in India and is undermining the country’s democratic foundations. The US state department last week flagged the[Read More…]

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Ukraine president Zelensky gave a video address after midnight on February 25, 2022 disclosing a Russian offer of talks

Ukraine Update: ​​ Amid Fears Of Russian Breakthrough In Donbas Zelensky Appeals For More Weapons 

Ukraine President Zelensky appealed for more weapons to arrive faster, saying things could become very difficult for Ukraine if Russian forces broke through front lines in Donbas, the eastern region where Severodonetsk is the main city not in Russian hands. Media reports said: Britain has promised to send its first long-range missiles to Ukraine after a similar U.S. pledge which triggered Vladimir Putin[Read More…]

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Dear Times and Costly Cricket: Australia’s Sri Lankan Tour

Dear Times and Costly Cricket: Australia’s Sri Lankan Tour

For a country experiencing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948, the picture of a touring team pampered and fussed over might cause consternation.  But the Australian cricket tour to Sri Lanka has only been met by praise from the country’s cricket officials, where logic is inverted, and the gaze of responsibility averted.  Not even a shortage of[Read More…]

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Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed - Council on Foreign Relations

Rejecting War Is Not Enough—Racism Curdles Peace

War and racism have always been violently, tragically inseparable. For centuries, the most devastating and brutal conflicts in the world have been driven by destructive notions of racial superiority and murderous assertions of ethnic differences. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is abhorrent and deeply concerning. It is an unprovoked, unjustifiable outrage and a heinous violation of international law that will have[Read More…]

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Post-Pandemic & Marginalization Among PVTGs: Untold Story from Palamu

Post-Pandemic & Marginalization Among PVTGs: Untold Story from Palamu

by Md Tabrez Alam & Achchhe Lal Prajapati   ABSTRACT Jharkhand is a state rich in natural resources consisting of plateaus, small hills and forests located in the eastern part of India. Despite being a prosperous state, it faces challenges such as malnutrition, hunger, unemployment, illiteracy, corruption, poor health services and controversial politics. Even though Jharkhand is considered one of[Read More…]

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How Corporate Propaganda Shapes Public Opinion

How Corporate Propaganda Shapes Public Opinion

When journalism became Churnalism – the churning out of massive amount of articles in a relatively short period of time, it turned journalism into a form of corporate propaganda that reflects the ideology of media owners. Yet, it also made media outlets to be increasingly reliant on the so-called news agencies that supply newspapers and TV with news items. Associated[Read More…]

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 The What, Where, How and Why of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

 The What, Where, How and Why of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

On May 23, U.S. President Joe Biden officially launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) in Tokyo. Conceived and led by the United States, the IPEF has 13 founding members, including Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. “The future of 21st century economy is going to largely be written in the[Read More…]

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Social Unrest And National Security

Social Unrest And National Security

Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal reportedly made remarks against Prophet Muhammad. Indian Muslims are outraged. Islamic nations Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and Iran, have taken serious diplomatic objection, and Qatar has reportedly demanded “public apology” from India. In some of these countries, there are “… protests being lodged with the Indian missions, Indian[Read More…]

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State Sponsored Sinhalese Colonization Of Tamils’ Traditional Homeland

State Sponsored Sinhalese Colonization Of Tamils’ Traditional Homeland

Since independence in 1948, the GoSL has tried to weaken (or outright deny) the concept of the “Tamil homeland” by engaging in processes of demographic change and repression through the three strategies that advance Sinhalization: land acquisition, militarization, and Buddhisization. Using these methods, the GoSL also seeks to strengthen a Sri Lankan identity, rooted in Sinhala-Buddhism (with a foremost place[Read More…]

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A New Surgical Strike

A New Surgical Strike

Our leaders seem fascinated by the phrase ‘surgical strike’,like a child with a new toy playing with it any number of times.The suddenness that takes the target by surprise,the abruptness and the concentrated force that overwhelms resistance,all combine to put the party using it under a spell. The detoxification of Congress heritage in the state is the field where the[Read More…]

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GM Food Should Never be Approved

GM Food Should Never be Approved

       At a time when serious food shortages are emerging in several parts of world, food safety issues may get lesser attention and hence it is all the more important to assert that to protect human health, food safety is of the greatest importance. In addition, as we observe World Food Safety Day on June 7, it is equally important[Read More…]

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U.S. Democracy Questioned By Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Congresswoman

U.S. Democracy Questioned By Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Congresswoman

U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) denounced the U.S. political system as an “oligarchy” on Friday, resuming the long-dormant class-war rhetoric that first attracted so many young voters to her campaign in 2018. “When you look at the fact that our elections are bought, that corporations and… powerful corporate lobbies have more say in our legislation than everyday people, we[Read More…]

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Ships participating in exercise BALTOPS22 prepare to depart Stockholm, June 5, 2022. (Credit: US Navy)

NATO opens Northern front in war against Russia

On May 16, Sweden and Finland announced an end to decades of neutrality, proclaiming their intention to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its escalating conflict with Russia. Less than three weeks later, Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, has been turned into a naval garrison with the arrival of a US amphibious assault battle group, consisting of the assault ship[Read More…]

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The Galle Face Protests – A Lesson For All Political Leaders

The Galle Face Protests – A Lesson For All Political Leaders

The Galle Face protests which commenced on April 9th 2022 cannot be described as a mass uprising by the majority of the Sri Lankan population representing all sections of the communities particularly the middle and upper class sections besides the minority communities, the Tamil and Muslims. It was necessitated and forced upon on the low wages earning working population who[Read More…]

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Action against private coal developers for failure to deliver planned coal supplies partly leading to the current coal crisis

Action against private coal developers for failure to deliver planned coal supplies partly leading to the current coal crisis

To Shri A K Jain Union Coal Secretary Dear Shri Jain, I had written to the Cabinet Secretary earlier on 5-5-2022 (https://countercurrents.org/2022/05/private-companies-exploiting-the-state-power-utilities-with-active-support-from-central-ministries/) about the likely factors that were responsible for the unprecedented coal crisis that has crippled the economy. Partly, the failure on the part of the private coal franchisees to deliver coal as per the expected levels has been a[Read More…]

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The Self Perpetuating Power Elite 

The Self Perpetuating Power Elite 

The Indian Express report recently about a government-owned stadium being used by an IAS Officer to walk his dog after athletes practicing there were asked to vacate early, attracted so much public ire that the man and his wife, a fellow bureaucrat were transferred out with great rapidity. Obviously, the media coverage had a role to play in bringing to[Read More…]

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The communal flooding: A grave threat to Indian Constitution and Nation

The communal flooding: A grave threat to Indian Constitution and Nation

India had remained an amphitheater of communalism for the last three-four decades. During this time the value of constitutional secularism was doomed to stumble here and there in the corridors of political power. In the eighties and nineties of the 20th century, there was a possibility that the society could be swept away by the flood of communalism at any[Read More…]

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Remember Shireen Abu Akleh: Apartheid Israel Leads The World For Killing Journalists

Remember Shireen Abu Akleh: Apartheid Israel Leads The World For Killing Journalists

        The World  was shocked by the recent deliberate killing by an Israeli sniper of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. However over 50 journalists have been killed by Apartheid Israel in the last 2 decades. Careful analysis reveals that Apartheid Israel leads the World  by far in terms of  “average number of journalists killed per 10 million of[Read More…]

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 Another Palestinian Journalist Killed by the IDF

 Another Palestinian Journalist Killed by the IDF

Only 23 days after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) killed Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist  Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11, they have once again killed another journalist. As reported by the National Press Club Journalism Institute in Washington, 31-year-old journalist Ghufran Harun Warasneh was shot by IDF soldiers on June 1 while being questioned at an Israeli checkpoint in Area[Read More…]

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The Ultimate Blowback Planet

The Ultimate Blowback Planet

Once upon a time, long, long ago — actually, it was early in the year 2000 — I was involved in publishing Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire. It had been written by the eminent scholar of Asia, former CIA consultant, and cold warrior Chalmers Johnson. I was his editor at Metropolitan Books. In its introduction, using a word[Read More…]

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Who needs a hegemon?

Who needs a hegemon?

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, the US has been able to exert tremendous influence on other nations through its military and economic power. The world no longer was bipolar with the US and the Soviet Union competing for leadership. Instead, it has been a unipolar world under US hegemonic leadership. In 1997, US[Read More…]

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Environment and war today

Environment and war today

War environs environment. War destructs and demolishes life, all forms of environment. It’s war’s powerful approach to contradictions within and with environment surrounding life. Wars including the current Ukraine War bear this signature of destruction of and on environment and ecology. The first victim is life; and, then comes surroundings of life that help sustain life. Activities to secure, nourish[Read More…]

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Why Inter-Linking of Rivers Project Will Prove to be A Very Costly Blunder

Why Inter-Linking of Rivers Project Will Prove to be A Very Costly Blunder

The Inter-Linking of Rivers (ILR) Project in India is one of the most gigantic water-transfer projects ever envisaged in the entire world. This involves 30 (or 29) links of 37 rivers all over the country. Its cost was officially projected at Rs. 11 lakh crore (one crore=10 million) in 2016, although this is now considered an underestimate. This project was[Read More…]

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In the Centre of Global Warming

In the Centre of Global Warming

May 15 this year came as a timely warning that India is in the center of the global warming crisis. On this day the maximum temperature crossed the 47 degrees Celsius limit in about 20 cities, mostly in northwest and central parts of the country. These cities also figured in the table of the hottest cities at world level on[Read More…]

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Platinum Jubilees and Republican Questions

Platinum Jubilees and Republican Questions

The platinum jubilee will bore and cause some to yawn.  It might certainly agitate the republican spleen in the fourteen countries where Queen Elizabeth II remains a constitutional head of state.  But the question remains: How does the institution this figure represents endure, if it should at all? A rash of countries have expressed an interest in severing ties with[Read More…]

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Labor Activists Launch New Organization to Challenge AFL-CIO Foreign Policy

Labor Activists Launch New Organization to Challenge AFL-CIO Foreign Policy

Labor activists from across the country, members of a number of unions, publicly announced the creation of LEPAIO, the Labor Education Project on the AFL-CIO International Operations, over the weekend of April 9-10.  They held a press conference outside of AFL-CIO Headquarters on 16th Street in Washington, DC on April 8th, and followed with a four hour educational conference at[Read More…]

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Covid period saw jump in unnatural tiger deaths

Covid period saw jump in unnatural tiger deaths

The impact of Covid has also affected the world of wildlife in India An especially high price during the epidemic period has been paid by tigers in the country. According to a recent report of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) 287 tigers have died since the onset of Covid in early 2020 till 31 May 2022. And tiger deaths,[Read More…]

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Cuba And China File Patent For Jointly-Produced Pan-Corona Vaccine for COVID-19 And Related Viruses

Cuba And China File Patent For Jointly-Produced Pan-Corona Vaccine for COVID-19 And Related Viruses

Cuba and China have filed the first patent for a vaccine against not just COVID-19 and its many variants, but which could also be effective against several related viruses, the Cuban daily Granma reported on Thursday. In spite of a U.S.-directed blockade against trade with Cuba, the socialist island nation was able to develop five COVID-19 vaccines and inoculated 95% of[Read More…]

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Is lasting peace possible?

Is lasting peace possible?

The wise men of the establishment are again telling us that hopes for lasting peace are a delusion. They declare that human nature makes it impossible, that war is built into our genes. They point to research by evolutionary biologists that indicates our closest genetic relatives, the chimpanzees, make war. Therefore war must be part of our heredity. “We’ve always[Read More…]

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Unprecedented coal crisis arising from the failure of the Centre to coordinate coal supplies and logistics to meet the summer surge in electricity demand

Unprecedented coal crisis arising from the failure of the Centre to coordinate coal supplies and logistics to meet the summer surge in electricity demand

  To Respected Chief Minister Sir, Kindly see my letters addressed to you sometime ago (accessible at the following links) on the need for the States to come together to set up a federal front to take up common issues with the Centre, so as to uphold the spirit of federalism that lies at the core of the Constitution. https://countercurrents.org/2022/03/proposal-for-a-federal-front-to-contain-the-onslaught-on-federalism/ https://countercurrents.org/2022/02/welcoming-the-opposition-to-centres-likely-move-to-privatise-singareni-collieries/ https://countercurrents.org/2022/02/onslaught-on-federalism-an-appeal-for-a-federal-front/[Read More…]

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Curses Ahead Of “World Environment Day” @ 50

Curses Ahead Of “World Environment Day” @ 50

Social Environment is also crucial for Natural Environment, ignoring which no pious wish, no sci-tech can cure Nature Several species have shown their ability to change natural environment to some degree, Humans showed what maximum destructive changes can be done (an in some limited small-scale cases the opposite was tried). But ‘humans’ do not mean just a sum of some[Read More…]

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John Kerry’s Global Fix-it Campaign

John Kerry’s Global Fix-it Campaign

“I’m absolutely convinced we will get a low-carbon, no-carbon economy at some point in time. The challenge is will we get there in time to heed the warnings of the scientists and avoid the worst consequences of the crisis?” (John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, May 2022) In a soft pitch interview by Andy Serwer of Yahoo Finance on[Read More…]

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Russia vs NATO: How Mali Became Another Front for the Ukraine War

Russia vs NATO: How Mali Became Another Front for the Ukraine War

The distance between Ukraine and Mali is measured in thousands of kilometers. But the geopolitical distance is much closer to the point that it appears as if the ongoing conflicts in both countries are the direct outcomes of the same geopolitical currents and transformation underway around the world. The Malian government is now accusing French troops of perpetuating a massacre[Read More…]

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 No valid justification for your Ministry to privatise the CEL, despite allegations of bid rigging in the earlier sale

 No valid justification for your Ministry to privatise the CEL, despite allegations of bid rigging in the earlier sale

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I refer to my earlier letter of May 19, 2022 (http://eassarma.in/sites/default/files/public/Drop-privatisation-forthwith.pdf) calling upon your Ministry to drop all further disinvestment proposals, in view of the dubious outcomes of the sale of the CEL and Pawan Hans and the potential fraudulent aspects of the LIC IPO. Apparently, the Centre is in[Read More…]

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Dr Jack Preger’s Pavement Clinic—A Doctor’s Struggles to Help the Poorest Reach Far and Wide

Dr Jack Preger’s Pavement Clinic—A Doctor’s Struggles to Help the Poorest Reach Far and Wide

In 1972 a British doctor stumbled to refugee camps in Bangladesh, making sincere but rather clumsy efforts to make a contribution amidst an ocean of unmet medical needs. Five decades later, this uncertain initial effort has grown enough to reach out to over 500,000 of the poorest patients, many of them with serious conditions who would not have been able[Read More…]

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Covid impact on India’s corporate sector:  Part Two

Covid impact on India’s corporate sector:  Part Two

The halting recovery of the Indian economy from the Covid pandemic received an unexpected blow from the Ukraine war. India’s corporate world is now struggling to cope with this double-trouble that has become a new challenge.  In the second part of this series Covid Response Watch traces various trends in the corporate sector during the pandemic. The money kept flowing[Read More…]

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Kasaragod’s civil society stands against the proposed K-rail project

Kasaragod’s civil society stands against the proposed K-rail project

The Kerala government’s proposed K-rail silver line project has created an uproar amongst the civil society of Kasaragod district, with it being the last junction as per the route map. Recently, in the last week of May, eminent citizens of Kerala’s Kasargod came together for a four-day walking protest alongside the proposed K-rail route in the district, propagandising the project’s[Read More…]

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A Tribute to Kartik Pannalal

A Tribute to Kartik Pannalal

Kartik Pannalal was simply an ornament in his own right to the democratic Rights, Student and Communist revolutionary movement whose memories will shimmer forever.Kartik may be gone but his souls still sparkles in the hearts of many a well-wisher like an inextinguishable star. Today night on June 4th we commemorate his 25th death anniversary when he perished in a road[Read More…]

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1984: When they came for the Sikhs

1984: When they came for the Sikhs

It was the summer of 2018 when I was visiting Berlin with my family. My curiosity for the history of the Holocaust was one of the reasons that took me there. Once we drove to the city from Frankfurt, where we landed for the first leg of our vacation to Europe, I began searching for any landmark associated with Martin[Read More…]

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Portents of the unthinkable 

Portents of the unthinkable 

According to the Fermi Paradox the failure to date to achieve radio communication between Earth and extraterrestrial civilizations can be attributed to their short longevity due to inevitable self-destruction. Tragically Homo “sapiens” may not constitute an exception. The most extensive catastrophe in the history of Earth―the end-Permian- mass extinction 251 million years-ago, triggering atmospheric and marine warming, ocean acidification, toxic[Read More…]

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Lula Slams U.S. For Arms And Billions Of Dollars For Ukraine

Lula Slams U.S. For Arms And Billions Of Dollars For Ukraine

Brazilian presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called out U.S. President Joe Biden in two campaign speeches this week, citing the $40 billion in military aid Washington has pledged to Ukraine. “Biden, who has never made a speech to give $1 to those who are starving in Africa, announces $40 billion to help Ukraine buy weapons,” Lula said on Wednesday[Read More…]

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Review: “Aemilia Lanyer As Shakespeare’s Co-Author”:  Radical Feminist Literary Revision

Review: “Aemilia Lanyer As Shakespeare’s Co-Author”:  Radical Feminist Literary Revision

“Aemilia Lanyer As Shakespeare’s Co-Author” by Mark Bradbeer presents a detailed case that a woman of colour and feminist poet, Aemilia Lanyer, was an important co-author  of William Shakespeare, and hence made a big contribution to a body of works that are foundational to English literature and the English language that is spoken by over 1 billion people in India,[Read More…]

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Mazdoor Sanghatana Samiti  of Jharkhand Stages 6th Sammelan in Madhuban defying State Ban 

Mazdoor Sanghatana Samiti  of Jharkhand Stages 6th Sammelan in Madhuban defying State Ban 

The Mazdoor Sangahatna Samiti of Jharkhand staged its 6th conference on 30th-31st May in Kucchi Bhavan in Maduban in Girdih district, .Around 250 -persons participated in a 3 day event of most qualitative significance in the working class movement. Defying a ban imposed last year in pretext of being a Maoist Front  in November the Mazdoor Sanghatana Samiti valiantly resurrected[Read More…]

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Are Western Nations India`s friends or Foes?

Are Western Nations India`s friends or Foes?

The chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) Mohan Bhagwat accused western countries of sending arms to Ukraine. He also said that the western nations used to pit India and Pakistan against each other. Mohan Bhagwat is neither a diplomat nor India`s External Affairs Minister. How and in what capacity he is being allowed by the Modi government to make such statements[Read More…]

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Environment Matters: ‘Only One Earth!’

Environment Matters: ‘Only One Earth!’

Come 5 June, the world will once again be ‘celebrating’ ‘World Environment Day’! There will be the usual plethora of events, plenty of fanfare and with many competing for ‘photo-ops’ to show how much they are doing for the environment! There will be the ‘mad rush’ to plant saplings, for politicians to take to the broom, on streets which have[Read More…]

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New Brooms, Old Stories: The Australian Labor Party and Julian Assange

New Brooms, Old Stories: The Australian Labor Party and Julian Assange

After having a few lunches with Australia’s then opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, John Shipton felt reason to be confident.  Albanese had promised Assange’s father that he would do whatever he could, should he win office, to bring the matter to a close. In December 2019, before a gathering at the Chifley Research Centre, Albanese also referred to Assange.  “You don’t[Read More…]

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Journalists killed and missing in Sri Lanka

Journalists killed and missing in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka it is a very serious concern that even after the government’s declaration of war victory and end of war, intimidation and harassment of media and journalists continue with increasing ferocity. People of Sri Lanka are deprived of their right to information and media and journalists are forced to practice an unprecedented level of self censorship. 34 Journalists[Read More…]

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India–Millions of small conservation and harvesting efforts the key to ending water scarcity

India–Millions of small conservation and harvesting efforts the key to ending water scarcity

As India is troubled increasingly by more scorching heat waves than ever before, its water worries are also increasing. With 18% of the world’s population and 15% of its livestock but only 4% of the its fresh water resources, India is a water-stressed country whose water woes are further increasing in the times of climate change with more frequent droughts,[Read More…]

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Eight years of Modi Sarkar

Eight years of Modi Sarkar

As Narendra Modi completed his eight years tenure (May 30 2022), there are claims and counter claims about the performance of his regime. Modi acolytes are very happy that during this period India has made great leaps in all areas of development. Various leaders from Amit Shah and others have praised the achievements of last eight years. Many other have[Read More…]

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Is it Public Hearing or Police Hearing: 600 police personnel for 200 people!

Is it Public Hearing or Police Hearing: 600 police personnel for 200 people!

          The Public Hearing was conducted by the state government for setting up of the second alumina plant of Aditya Birla Company   at Kansariguda village under Podapadi panchayat in Kashipur block of Rayagada district, Odisha. A week before, A search about was carried out by police on all roads connecting Kashipur and Kansariguda, Sorish Padar to Laxmipur and Doraguda to[Read More…]

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A still from the movie

Manipur Mindscapes: A film by Joshy Joseph

The Films Division under the Government of India’s Ministry of I&B has a certain genealogy that has been in a constant search of cinematographic forms that would make the body of the films handsome and at the same time accessible to the audiences at large. Right from its inception soon after India’s independence, the Films Division has been very interestingly[Read More…]

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US, UK to deliver advanced longer-range missile systems to Ukraine

US, UK to deliver advanced longer-range missile systems to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that Washington will deliver advanced longer-range missile systems HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) to the Ukrainian army, as part of yet another $700 million in military aid that the White House announced on May 31. This latest tranche brings the total direct military aid committed by the Biden administration since the beginning[Read More…]

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Hari Kishan Talwar

Lala Gurudas Mal and Family—How Various Members Contributed To Different Streams of Freedom Movement

A fascinating aspect of the freedom movement of India relates to very useful inter-actions among various streams of the movement, and their various meeting points. An interesting chapter of this concerns the family of Lala Gurudas Mal Talwar ( sometimes also written as Gurdasmal) whose various members contributed in very important ways to different streams of the freedom movement. This[Read More…]

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Turkey Spoils the Big NATO Party

Turkey Spoils the Big NATO Party

Complacency has been the hallmark of NATO expansion.  Over time, it has even become a form of derision, notably directed against Russia.  As with many historical matters, records ignored can be records revisited, the second time around sometimes nastier than the first. With the Ukraine conflict raging, a few of Russia’s neighbours have reconsidered their position of military non-alignment and[Read More…]

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The Silencing of Ghassan Kanafani – Israel’s Addiction to the Quick Fix of Assassination

The Silencing of Ghassan Kanafani – Israel’s Addiction to the Quick Fix of Assassination

In the film archive of The Associated Press there are 2.47 minutes of shaky footage dated 10th July 1972. The colour of the stock is crude, the quality grainy. The clip is disorientating, the camera continually moving as if searching for meaning. It’s an eerily silent piece of newsreel. With the absence of a long shot there’s little sense of[Read More…]

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Hunger in Africa 

Hunger in Africa 

One of the less discussed side-effects of the Ukraine war is that it is likely to have aggravated the hunger crisis in many countries of Africa. Some of the countries more affected by hunger , like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC), had been getting  substantial parts  of their wheat imports from Russia and Ukraine, and to[Read More…]

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Masafer Yatta: Israel’s New Annexation Strategy in Palestine

The Ethnic Cleansing of Masafer Yatta: Israel’s New Annexation Strategy in Palestine

The Israeli Supreme Court has decided that the Palestinian region of Masafer Yatta, located in the southern hills of Hebron, is to be entirely appropriated by the Israeli military and that a population of over 1,000 Palestinians is to be expelled. The Israeli Court decision, on May 4, was hardly shocking. Israel’s military occupation does not only consist of soldiers with guns,[Read More…]

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Constitution and the Nation

Constitution and the Nation

Rahul Gandhi is being barracked by the saffron camp for saying the constitution does not mention the word ‘nation’.They argue the Preamble does so clearly.But no constitution in the world talks about any ‘nation’. Constitutions talk about the structure and powers of the State and the rights of the people.They are rendered necessary by the urge and need to eliminate[Read More…]

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America Needs a Jubilee

America Needs a Jubilee

The horrifying mass murder of 18 school children and two teachers in Uvalde, TX occurred at the same time as the funeral of Celestine Chaney, grandmother of six and Buffalo, NY mass shooting victim, was taking place. Only two of the ten Black Americans killed in Buffalo by avowed white supremacists had been yet laid to rest when that tragedy[Read More…]

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Curses Ahead Of “World Environment Day” Turning 50

Curses Ahead Of “World Environment Day” Turning 50

Who killed the baby? Who put fields on fire and why? Who spewed poisons in fresh village air? And, who robbed water underground? Moreover, will you only ban stubble burning without addressing the whole issue? An 18-month-old girl, Roopa, who stayed in hutments of migrant workers, was charred to death after a fire broke out in around 40 hutments in[Read More…]

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The Disimpassioned Logic of Capitalism in Bitan Chakraborty’s Redundant—a review

The Disimpassioned Logic of Capitalism in Bitan Chakraborty’s Redundant—a review

Redundant Author: Bitan Chakraborty Translated from the original Bengali by Malati Mukherjee Published by Readomania, New Delhi May 2022, Paperback, Page 102, ISBN: 978-93-91800-38-3 “Redundant” as a word addresses excess. For something to be “redundant,” it must be superfluous. In the context of Bitan Chakraborty’s novella Redundant, we absorb excess through the exploits of one of the central characters, Shubho,[Read More…]

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This dhoti wearing  academic in the U.S. knows Indian archaeology from the inside

This dhoti wearing  academic in the U.S. knows Indian archaeology from the inside

 Few men can give us a better understanding of the  saffronisation of archaeology and the  temple mosque controversy than  Ashish Avikunthak.  He  has spent 20 years researching Indian archaeology, he is a sensitive film maker, social activist, a multi faceted figure.He has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford university,  he teaches archaeology  and film studies in Rhodes Island university[Read More…]

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Maduro’s success: principled resistance to imperialism pays off

Maduro’s success: principled resistance to imperialism pays off

The world has been stunned by a double wonder: Bolivarian Venezuela’s political survival and its miraculous economic recovery: the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has reported that it expects the Venezuelan economy to grow for the first time since 2014, by 5 per cent, one of the highest in the region. Venezuela’s rate of inflation has come[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: Europe Closer To Energy Crisis

Geopolitical Update: Europe Closer To Energy Crisis

Europe lurched closer to an energy crisis on Tuesday after the Kremlin cut off gas supplies to major buyers including Shell. A Telegraph report said: Russia’s state-owned gas supplier, Gazprom, said supplies to Shell in Germany as well as to Ørsted in Denmark will be cut off on Wednesday after they refused to bow to Putin’s demands to pay in roubles. Gazprom[Read More…]

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Cuba’s Nonalignment: A Foreign Policy of Peace and Socialism

Cuba’s Nonalignment: A Foreign Policy of Peace and Socialism

Though Bandung in Indonesia and Havana in Cuba couldn’t be farther apart geographically—with each city located on two distant islands in their respective countries and separated by more than 17,000 km—they have been ideologically close in the imaginations of many people across the Global South. The Third World Project, born out of the continuous collaboration between the newly independent states and[Read More…]

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 The Greatest Replacement

 The Greatest Replacement

What is now called Israel, and should rightfully be called Palestine, is the result of the greatest replacement of the last centuries. The forces that shaped 18-year old Payton Gendron to commit mass murder at the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, N.Y on May 14, 2022, are the same as the forces  that shaped 38-year old  Baruch Goldstein to kill[Read More…]

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Shame

Shame

The burden of absence savages the heart. How to give voice to the horrors of grief? In the valley of tears rivers from Eden run red with the salt of blood. In this Promise Land parents and prayers are exiled by violence. Each day an angel is fallen. The naming of victims! In gardens of hatred the flowering of graves.[Read More…]

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Corporate Sector booms while India wilts during Covid Pandemic

Corporate Sector booms while India wilts during Covid Pandemic

Covid impact on India’s corporate sector The halting recovery of the Indian economy from the Covid pandemic received an unexpected blow from the Ukraine war. India’s corporate world is now struggling to cope with this double-trouble that has become a new challenge. This two part series let traces how the Indian corporate sector[1] fared through the pandemic.  Before that, a[Read More…]

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Why is the Sangh Parivar Silent Now Regarding the Grave Harm to the Heritage of India?

Why is the Sangh Parivar Silent Now Regarding the Grave Harm to the Heritage of India?

The Sangh Parivar has often talked a lot about its big concern for the rich heritage of the country, but now that there are several significant cases of the BJP-led union government inflicting heavy harm to this heritage, why is it so quiet about this? Bullocks have been the most useful farm animals of India for several centuries, for ploughing,[Read More…]

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