Articles by: Bharat Dogra

Threat of Genetic Contamination Highlighted in Supreme Court of India

Threat of Genetic Contamination Highlighted in Supreme Court of India

The extremely serious issue of the threat of genetic contamination caused by genetically modified or engineered (GM or GE) crops finally reached the Supreme Court of India on November 30 in the context of on-going cases relating to the introduction of GM Mustard in India. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, after pointing out the serious implications of this risk in a country[Read More…]

by 04/12/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Supreme Court Raises Extremely Important Questions on GM Mustard

Supreme Court Raises Extremely Important Questions on GM Mustard

On December 1, in the on-going case relating to objections raised against the introduction of the first GM (genetically modified) food crop in the form of GM Mustard in India, the Supreme Court raised some important questions. As reported in The Times of India (December 2, 2022), “A bench of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and BV Nagarathna told Attorney General R.Venkataramani,[Read More…]

by 03/12/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Health, Environment and Livelihoods in Somalia Have Suffered Much From Dumping of Toxic Wastes from Europe

Health, Environment and Livelihoods in Somalia Have Suffered Much From Dumping of Toxic Wastes from Europe

Starting from 1989 and continuing for at least 15 years, perhaps much more, millions of tonnes of toxic wastes were dumped in the long-stretched coastal areas of Somalia, as confirmed in several reports of United Nations agencies, leading NGOs and independent investigators. While attention is currently focused understandably on the devastating impact of drought, hunger and malnutrition in endangering the[Read More…]

by 01/12/2022 Comments are Disabled World
A mother holds her malnourished baby at a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on September 3, 2022. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

Somalia’s Long Journey from Prosperity to Hunger Deaths

In the hunger map of present day world, Somalia is probably the most seriously affected country of the 21st century. Somalia is reported by the UN to have lost 260,000 lives in and around  2011 to hunger and famine deaths, one of the very few countries in the world to have such a high number of recorded hunger deaths in[Read More…]

by 30/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Chinese Authorities Should Have Been Much More Sensitive to Adverse Impacts of Prolonged Lockdowns

Chinese Authorities Should Have Been Much More Sensitive to Adverse Impacts of Prolonged Lockdowns

At a time when most of the world has left far behind the stage of prolonged COVID related lockdowns, the Chinese authorities have continued with very long lockdowns in several parts of the country, justifying this as a policy of so-called zero tolerance for COVID. This is both surprising and unfortunate, as recent experience of long stretched lockdowns in many[Read More…]

by 29/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Supreme Court’s Widely- Praised Bail for Anand Teltumbde should be Followed by Wider Justice in Elgar Case

Supreme Court’s Widely- Praised Bail for Anand Teltumbde should be Followed by Wider Justice in Elgar Case

Supreme Court’s firmness in upholding the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to Anand Teltumbde has been widely appreciated. However, we must also listen to what this 73 year old distinguished scholar activist, coming out  after spending 31 months in prison, had to stay regarding the case in which several other distinguished activists have also been implicated—“the sad thing is[Read More…]

by 28/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
A mother holds her malnourished baby at a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on September 3, 2022. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

A Million or More Face Starvation Death

In May the Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC-22), prepared by UN agencies and other expert groups, issued a clear warning stating that the acute hunger situation in world, including its extreme forms, is worse now than ever before since this annual report started being prepared. Then in mid-September the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program, which[Read More…]

by 27/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
The Strange Case of USA Lobbyists Pushing Unsafe GM Food on Others

The Strange Case of USA Lobbyists Pushing Unsafe GM Food on Others

    Suppose there is a restaurant in your locality which is notorious for serving unsafe food. Of course you feel very bad about this, but not exactly threatened as you have the option of not consuming its food and also warning your friends not to do so. But supposing the restaurant has such high-level connections that it acquires the[Read More…]

by 27/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Remembering Surinder Kaur’s Great Contributions to Punjabi Music on Her Birth Anniversary

Remembering Surinder Kaur’s Great Contributions to Punjabi Music on Her Birth Anniversary

She may have left us 16 years ago, but on her birth anniversary November 25, Surinder Kaur is being remembered very fondly by her countless admirers in India, Pakistan, Canada, UK, USA and several other countries as well. The contributions of the ‘Nightingale of Punjab’ to music can never be forgotten, all the more so in present times of degradation[Read More…]

by 26/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls—25 November

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls—25 November

Efforts to prevent violence against women and girls should be based on careful identification of causes   When the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message for the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and Children ( November 25) that “every 11 minutes , a woman or girl is killed by an intimate partner or family[Read More…]

by 25/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Patriarchy
A Time for Europe to Look Inwards

A Time for Europe to Look Inwards

In 1945 from the ruins of the second world war emerged a new world and initially, for the people of world aspiring for democracy, freedom and justice the USA emerged as the most important center of hope. This is not because these people were not aware of several highly suspect aspects of the US ruling classes, but because these had[Read More…]

by 24/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Jobs without Joy

Jobs without Joy

Among all the people who leave for work on any given day, about 1000 do not return home—they die in workplace accidents. This is stated on the basis on the total number of occupational accident fatalities in a year, the WHO/ILO estimate for which is 360,000 in a year. This is very sad, but even more distressing is the fact[Read More…]

by 23/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
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COP 27 Again Confirmed the Glaring Inadequacy of Existing Framework to Check Climate Change

COP-27 (the 27th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) has ended as expected on a note more or less of status quo. True, the long pending demand of countries worst affected by climate change for a loss and damage fund has been accepted, an important gain in itself, but any celebrations over this will be[Read More…]

by 22/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Fireworks behind statue of liberty

USA policy critics should give more emphasis to alternatives and reforms

In international strategic discussion a hot topic is the challenge posed to US dominance by China in the coming years. However the leadership position of the USA is increasingly under pressure not so much by external competition as by its own policy failures, internal weaknesses and problems. Democracy was supposed to be the biggest strength of the USA giving it[Read More…]

by 21/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Recent Research Revives Serious Concerns Regarding Bio-Safety Risks

Recent Research Revives Serious Concerns Regarding Bio-Safety Risks

Recent controversy regarding the research at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) has again revived the concerns regarding continuation of certain types of high-risk biological research. As reported, a team of 14 scientists here has developed a new strain of COVID-19 that killed 80% of the mice infected with the virus in a laboratory setting. NEIDL has denied[Read More…]

by 19/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
One Earth Theme and G-20 grim realities

One Earth Theme and G-20 grim realities

‘One Earth’ is A Great Theme for G-20, But How Do We Take it Forward in the Middle of Grim Realities? India has done well to select ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ as the theme of the year of India’s presidency of G-20. In fact one can go a step further and say that if only this is accepted[Read More…]

by 18/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Appropriate National Monument Needed At Mangarh to Honor Tribal Freedom Fighters

Appropriate National Monument Needed At Mangarh to Honor Tribal Freedom Fighters

On 17 November, 1913 the colonial British regime mobilized cannons and machine guns to fire on Bhil tribal freedom fighters gathered at the hill of Mangarh, located in present day Banswara district of South Rajasthan. Over 1500 of those gathered died. The legendary leader of the tribal community, Govind Guru ( or Govindgiri) was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.[Read More…]

by 17/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Bt cotton– Farmers Burdened With Expensive, Dependence Increasing, More Pest Susceptible Varieties

Bt cotton– Farmers Burdened With Expensive, Dependence Increasing, More Pest Susceptible Varieties

During the last two decades the experiences of over 7 million cotton growing farmers in India, the world’s highest producer of cotton, has changed drastically as a diversity of cotton varieties have been replaced to the extent of perhaps over 90 per cent by genetically engineered Bt cotton varieties like Bollgard I and Bollgard II. This change was widely promoted[Read More…]

by 16/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Alarming Data on Child Mental Health is a Wake-up Call for Honest Look at Social Malaise

Alarming Data on Child Mental Health is a Wake-up Call for Honest Look at Social Malaise

 If 1 out of 2 high school girls feel persistently sad or hopeless and one out of six students plan suicide in a year, isn’t it time for a society so affected to look inwards at what has gone wrong, so that at least, and as a first step, the causes of such a dismal state of affairs can be[Read More…]

by 15/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Jeremy Seabrook Has Brought Deep Sympathy and Brilliant Insights to Writings on the Unprivileged

Jeremy Seabrook Has Brought Deep Sympathy and Brilliant Insights to Writings on the Unprivileged

There are few writers who have displayed such consistency and continuity in their writings on justice and concerns of the unprivileged as Jeremy Seabrook. His writings on these and other issues of high social relevance are marked by deep sympathy for those who deserve and need this the most. Readers are frequently awed by the sheer brilliance of his deep[Read More…]

by 14/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Climate Change Discourse—the Meaning of Changing Economy and Society

Climate Change Discourse—the Meaning of Changing Economy and Society

In the discourse on climate change, as the inadequacy of incremental change is increasingly realized, we are now beginning to hear those much needed words more frequently—that much wider changes in economy and society are needed to check climate change effectively. What exactly does this mean? It is a widely accepted norm of present-day society that people keep aspiring for[Read More…]

by 13/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Red Alert on 19 Hunger Hot-Spots Issued, But Will Help Reach in Time?

Red Alert on 19 Hunger Hot-Spots Issued, But Will Help Reach in Time?

The Global Report on Food Crisis has been drawing attention to the people affected by acute hunger annually for seven years, and this year its recently presented estimates stated that as many as 205 million spread over 45 countries are affected by acute food insecurity and need urgent assistance. To this were later added 17 million people from 8 other[Read More…]

by 12/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
As Hunger Situation Aggravates, African Farmers Speak Strongly for Agro-Ecology

As Hunger Situation Aggravates, African Farmers Speak Strongly for Agro-Ecology

The World Food Organization and the World Food Program recently released a joint review of the world-level acute hunger situation for the period October 2022—January 2023. This review starts by mapping the countries and regions worst affected by acute hunger and just a glance at this is adequate to tell us that the hunger hot-spots are most heavily concentrated in[Read More…]

by 11/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Supreme Court’s Concerns Regarding the Health of Gautam Navlakha Are Widely Shared

Supreme Court’s Concerns Regarding the Health of Gautam Navlakha Are Widely Shared

The concerns expressed by a Supreme Court Bench on November 9 regarding the health of an elderly political prisoner Gautam Navlakha have been widely appreciated in the country. Justice Hrishikesh Roy found it disturbing that hardly any progress had been made since the charge-sheet against him was filed in October 2020 ( over two years ago).  Justice K.M. Joseph  stated,[Read More…]

by 10/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
As elections approach, Himachal people recall educational and other impressive achievements of Congress era

As elections approach, Himachal people recall educational and other impressive achievements of Congress era

As election day (November 12) approaches, people of Himachal Pradesh are more inclined to recall the more impressive achievements of the long era of Congress rule. In 2017-18 among Human Development indicators Himachal was at 7th place and in Gender Development indicators Himachal was at number 2 place ( compared to rank number 16 of neighboring state Haryana)  among 36[Read More…]

by 09/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Guru Nanak Birthday is a Time to Remember and Take Forward His Message of Social Justice, Harmony and Peace

Guru Nanak Birthday is a Time to Remember and Take Forward His Message of Social Justice, Harmony and Peace

by Bharat Dogra and Madhu Dogra A true mark of greatness is that the message conveyed by a person by work as well words, conduct as well as character, brings solace to people and reduces distress of people in contemporary times, but at the same time is also found to be of enduring importance to people when they cope with[Read More…]

by 08/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
There Are High Hopes from Judiciary to Check Onslaught of GM Food Crops in India

There Are High Hopes from Judiciary to Check Onslaught of GM Food Crops in India

Since mid-October there has been widespread concern regarding hurried introduction of GM (genetically modified) food crops in India due to the approval of a GM/HT (herbicide tolerant) mustard crop by a regulating agency. Hence there was a feeling of great relief on November 3 when the Supreme Court of India asked the government to maintain the status quo and not[Read More…]

by 07/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Pakistan’s Political Turmoil Can Hinder Recovery from Serious Disasters

Pakistan’s Political Turmoil Can Hinder Recovery from Serious Disasters

Pakistan has suffered its worst ever floods this year, resulting in over 1700 deaths, nearly 13,000 seriously injured persons and damage estimated at around $40 billon. UNICEF stated in a report that as a result of these floods, nearly 10 million children needed urgent assistance. As millions of persons were rendered homeless by floods, urgent reconstruction efforts are needed. Winter[Read More…]

by 06/11/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Widely pervasive mental health problems indicate a dysfunctional society requiring wider social reform

Widely pervasive mental health problems indicate a dysfunctional society requiring wider social reform

If very high and increasing mental health problems are reported from any society, then the most obvious response is to increase the availability of mental health services. However, if despite this, the trend of high incidence of such problems persists, then isn’t it time to inquire at a wider level regarding what problems of society are causing this and then[Read More…]

by 05/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Hurried introduction of GM food crops in India will be unscientific, undemocratic and unacceptably risky

Hurried introduction of GM food crops in India will be unscientific, undemocratic and unacceptably risky

Some recent statements that have appeared in media indicate that there is a lot of pressure for very hurried introduction of genetically modified mustard crop after its approval by a regulating agency GEAC. Even the fact that on such an important matter the final government decision should be awaited has not been considered by GM lobbyists and pressure groups. In[Read More…]

by 04/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
How Our Life Should Change to Check Climate Change

How Our Life Should Change to Check Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times. It has to be checked as a matter of highest priority. Despite this adequate attention has not been given to how human life must change to realize this objective. We know that fossil fuels must be phased out and replaced by renewable energy. But is renewable energy capable of[Read More…]

by 03/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Study on Grazing Highlights Need for People-Centered Conservation

Study on Grazing Highlights Need for People-Centered Conservation

While conservation and protection of environment should get very high priority in development planning, avoidable problems have been created whenever conservation has been pushed into a narrow path where it gets alienated from the concerns and needs of local people and communities. One aspect of this narrow approach, promoted by elites who frequently dominate conservation groups, relates to strong opposition[Read More…]

by 02/11/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Challenge of Preventing the Third World War

Challenge of Preventing the Third World War

Since the end of the Second World War in 1945, there has been no other year when the possibility of a Third World War has been discussed as much as in the year 2022, mostly in the context of the Ukraine War and USA-Russia relations, but to a much lesser extent also in the context of Taiwan and USA-China relations.[Read More…]

by 01/11/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Increase in Homelessness Reflects Injustice, Inequity and Segregation of Urban Policies

Increase in Homelessness Reflects Injustice, Inequity and Segregation of Urban Policies

A rise in the number of homeless people has been reported from several countries. This is either being neglected, or at best is seen in terms of stepping up relief. However relief alone will not take us very far if the deeper, wider injustices of urban and housing policies is not corrected. In the USA there have been warnings against[Read More…]

by 31/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Bio-Weapons Can Further Increase the Risks of On-Going World Crisis

Bio-Weapons Can Further Increase the Risks of On-Going World Crisis

The possibility of the use of nuclear weapons, intentional or on the basis of misunderstandings which can result in a situation of high-tensions and escalating tensions continuing for a long time, has been repeatedly and increasingly held out in recent times. In this context various scenarios have been presented by several eminent experts almost all of which reveal a very[Read More…]

by 30/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Can COP-27 Help to Improve the Climate Agenda Significantly?

Can COP-27 Help to Improve the Climate Agenda Significantly?

Will COP-27 help to improve the climate agenda in significant ways, or will it carry on as before? This is an important question for humanity, keeping in view the increasing evidence of the extremely serious nature of climate disruption related threats, which just keeps on piling. At the same time, it has become increasingly clear that the existing response of[Read More…]

by 29/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
GM Crops including Mustard Aimed at Pushing Corporate Domination at the Cost of Grave Harm to Farmers, Food and Health

GM Crops including Mustard Aimed at Pushing Corporate Domination at the Cost of Grave Harm to Farmers, Food and Health

Recent times have witnessed constant constant lobbying by very powerful corporate interest lobbies for the introduction of GM (genetically modified) crops and technology in India. These corporate interests have been promoting GM technology and GE (genetic engineering) technology in food and farming which has been exposed by eminent experts to be extremely harmful for food, health and farmers and useful[Read More…]

by 28/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
A Decade After They Became Victims of Grave Injustice, Maruti Workers are Still Struggling

A Decade After They Became Victims of Grave Injustice, Maruti Workers are Still Struggling

           When the history of the struggles of industrial workers against injustice in India is finally written, a detailed chapter will have to be devoted to the various injustices suffered by Maruti vehicle workers in Manesar (Haryana) following some unfortunate and regrettable violence in July 2012. More than a decade later this struggle is still continuing, as was visible in[Read More…]

by 28/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Ukraine must independently decide its future of peace and development

Ukraine must independently decide its future of peace and development

Sometimes this happens also in personal life—someone who insists he is helping you keeps pushing you in the direction of harm and even ruin. Something similar seems to have unfortunately been the fate of Ukraine in recent times—those who kept insisting about helping Ukraine have actually kept pushing it towards ruin. It was certainly possible for Ukraine to have a[Read More…]

by 26/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Silicosis Campaign in India Shows the Way Forward for Helping Victims of Occupational Diseases

Silicosis Campaign in India Shows the Way Forward for Helping Victims of Occupational Diseases

Victims of occupational diseases suffer all too frequently from neglect, resulting in extremely distressing conditions for them. Hence a recent campaign involving activists, judiciary and some state governments, particularly Rajasthan government, has appeared like a rare ray of hope. This campaign shows how significant benefits can reach workers suffering from silicosis, one of the most serious and common occupational diseases,[Read More…]

by 25/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Deepawali—Light These Lamps on the Doors of the Poorest

Deepawali—Light These Lamps on the Doors of the Poorest

Deepawali, the most awaited festival of lights in India, is celebrated by people in many ways but most prominently as a wish and worship for prosperity to them and their near and dear ones. While economic well-being should be wished to all people of the world, certainly our greatest concern should clearly be for the poorest sections. It is very[Read More…]

by 24/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
High Levels of Workplace Violence Lead to Increasing Concern

High Levels of Workplace Violence Lead to Increasing Concern

High levels of workplace violence are becoming a cause for serious concern in many countries. According to the European Working Conditions Survey, 6 million workers in the European Union are exposed in one year to workplace violence. If verbal violence is included, then the number exposed to violence is likely to exceed 30 million. France, Denmark and Belgium are among[Read More…]

by 23/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Occupational Diseases Pose Very Serious Threat to Health and Welfare of Workers

Occupational Diseases Pose Very Serious Threat to Health and Welfare of Workers

Occupational diseases constitute a much more serious risk to the health and welfare of workers than is normally realized. The International Labor Organization and the World Health Organization got together jointly to estimate the number of deaths caused by occupational diseases and injuries at world level for 2016. The two international agencies found that as many as 1.90 million ([Read More…]

by 22/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Extensive Survey Brings Out High Levels of Alienation and Stress of Workers

Extensive Survey Brings Out High Levels of Alienation and Stress of Workers

There has been growing concern in recent years regarding the extent to which workers and employees are stressed in their work and have strong feelings of alienation. In this context the findings of one of the most extensive surveys on this subject are significant. These can be seen in Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace Report 2022. This is based[Read More…]

by 21/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Workers Pay Very High Price of Industrial and Workplace Accidents

Workers Pay Very High Price of Industrial and Workplace Accidents

  Accidents are a leading cause of human distress. However most discussion has been concentrated on road accidents while occupational accidents which affect mostly the working class have received comparatively much lesser attention. This should not lead to neglect of the very heavy price that workers have to pay in terms of serious injuries or even loss of life caused[Read More…]

by 20/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
From Asia Cup Cricket to Chattisgarh Olympics, Women Strive to Claim Their Rightful Place in Sports

From Asia Cup Cricket to Chattisgarh Olympics, Women Strive to Claim Their Rightful Place in Sports

On October 15, the Indian Women’s Cricket team won the 8th Asia cup in great style, turning the final match into a one-sided game which they won by 8 wickets in 8 overs. The Indian women played exceedingly well throughout the tournament, putting in an exceptional all-round performance. There was no dominance of one or two players, all team-mates contributed[Read More…]

by 18/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
How Peace Movement Can be Stronger, Steady and Sustained

How Peace Movement Can be Stronger, Steady and Sustained

The peace movement is extremely important for our increasingly troubled and violent world, particularly at a time when the world leadership is strangely getting less and less cautious about the world being led into the most dangerous situations. Those who contribute sincerely and honestly to the peace movement, standing for truth in difficult conditions, are among the most noble persons[Read More…]

by 17/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Record Numbers Face Severe Hunger Amidst Possibility of Many Starvation Deaths

Record Numbers Face Severe Hunger Amidst Possibility of Many Starvation Deaths

World Food Program says that now needs are sky-high and resources are rock bottom Possibilities of not just increase of hunger but even of starvation deaths have been voiced by several international agencies during the greater part of this year. This is particularly true for the Horn of Africa region where the situation has been reported to be the most[Read More…]

by 16/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Over 100 Peace Organizations in USA Call Upon their Government to De-escalate Tensions with Russia

Over 100 Peace Organizations in USA Call Upon their Government to De-escalate Tensions with Russia

On October 11 over 100 leading peace organizations of the USA released a joint statement calling upon President Biden to “end the US role in escalating the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia over Ukraine.” This statement has stated very clearly, “It is greatly irresponsible for a President to participate in brinkmanship between two nations that possess 90% of the world’s[Read More…]

by 15/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Rajasthan–Asserting Tribal Strengths While Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition

Rajasthan–Asserting Tribal Strengths While Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition

At a time of increasing economic inequalities and ecological ruin, the search for alternative development paradigms has increased and an important aspect of these efforts has been to learn more about indigenous and tribal cultures and world-views as a source of guidance. While these efforts can be seen more in a few countries like Bolivia and Ecuador, there have been[Read More…]

by 13/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Evolving A Path for Combining Protection of Environment and Protection of Workers’ Interests

Evolving A Path for Combining Protection of Environment and Protection of Workers’ Interests

The recent closure (mostly from October 1 onwards) of several industrial units in the National Capital Region (NCR) has led to the unemployment of a very large number of workers in several leading centers of industrial activity like Panipat, Faridabad and Gurugram. This is hardly the first time that pollution control curbs have led to the unemployment of workers on[Read More…]

by 12/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Late Rains Emphasize Need for Caution in Dam Management

Late Rains Emphasize Need for Caution in Dam Management

Exceptionally heavy continuous rain has been experienced in several parts of India in early October, at a time when the season of monsoon rain is normally considered to be over. Such abnormal weather is not rare in times of climate change, and we need to be very careful in several contexts to minimize harm. In particular we need to be[Read More…]

by 11/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Nashik Accident Revives Debate on Safety of Sleeper Buses

Nashik Accident Revives Debate on Safety of Sleeper Buses

On October 8, as many as 12 passengers died and 43 were injured when a sleeper ‘luxury’ bus caught fire after hitting a truck in Nashik city ( Maharashtra). Recently several other serious accidents involving sleeper buses have been reported. In June this year a large number of passengers travelling from Gonda ( Eastern UP) to Delhi had a narrow[Read More…]

by 10/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Arms Control Efforts Provide A Small Window of Hope, but it is Already Half-Shut

Arms Control Efforts Provide A Small Window of Hope, but it is Already Half-Shut

 In the middle of the increasing proliferation of arms and weapons in most parts of the world, a small window of hope is still provided by the partial success of some campaigns to check the use of some of the most painful weapons. These efforts were led by a broad-based campaign to ban the use of landmines.  Wounds caused by[Read More…]

by 09/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Continuing Deaths of Sewer Workers Ring Alarm Bells for Improving Safety

Continuing Deaths of Sewer Workers Ring Alarm Bells for Improving Safety

In an extremely tragic accident on October 5 in Faridabad (Haryana) four workers who had gone for cleaning sewer of a hospital died due to inhaling poisonous gas. Two of them were real brothers, young sons of a widow. The hospital used their services through a contract agency. So soon after the deaths allegation were being traded between them regarding[Read More…]

by 08/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Getting Priorities Right in a Dangerous World

Getting Priorities Right in a Dangerous World

If the single most important feature of the present phase of human history is to be identified, then clearly it is that this phase is   the most dangerous in human history. The year 2022 appears to be confirming this more than several previous ones. Several serious human-made environmental problems led by (but by no means confined to) climate change threaten[Read More…]

by 07/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Indonesia Tragedy Again Highlights the Need for Better Safety at Crowded Events and Gatherings

Indonesia Tragedy Again Highlights the Need for Better Safety at Crowded Events and Gatherings

On the night of October 1 at least 125 people died in a football stadium in Malang, East Java (Indonesia) in an entirely avoidable mishap. When the home team lost there was a rush of frustrated spectators, a situation that could have been controlled. However when the police over-reacted with excessive use of tear gas shells and batons, a big[Read More…]

by 06/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
How Reducing Marriage Time Accidents Can Save Many Precious Lives

How Reducing Marriage Time Accidents Can Save Many Precious Lives

On October 4 a bus carrying a marriage party fell into a deep gorge near Simri in Pauri Garhwal district ( Uttarakhand ). Although local villages rushed for rescue effort followed by a government rescue team, as many as 33 members of the marriage party (coming from Haridwar district ) died while 19 were injured. While all accidents are tragic[Read More…]

by 06/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Himalayan Region Needs Protective Policies

Himalayan Region Needs Protective Policies

The Indian Himalayas stretch majestically for nearly 2500 km across 13 states and union territories. Nearly 50 million people live here, but the number of people whose life is closely influenced by the Himalayas is many times more, with a heavy concentration in the densely populated Gangetic plains. For all their outward grandeur, the Himalayas are geologically young and fragile[Read More…]

by 06/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
As We Approach 60th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis, Possibility of Nuclear Warfare Peaks Again

As We Approach 60th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis, Possibility of Nuclear Warfare Peaks Again

In October-November this year the world observes the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when the world had come closest to the exchange of nuclear weapons. Now in October 2022 we again have a situation where the risk of use of nuclear weapons is fast increasing. This risk is more widely discussed today than ever before in[Read More…]

by 05/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Mass Unemployment Threat in National Capital Region Due to Failure of Planning and Coordination

Mass Unemployment Threat in National Capital Region Due to Failure of Planning and Coordination

Recently a mass unemployment threat has arisen in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India, in densely populated cities and towns like Panipat, Sonipat , Bahadurgarh, Ballabhgarh and Faridabad. Several hundred thousand jobs may be lost. Thousands of industrial units temporarily suspended work on October 1. At a more obvious level, it is being said that this crisis situation has[Read More…]

by 04/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Best Songs of Majrooh Sultanpuri

Best Songs of Majrooh Sultanpuri

Majrooh Sultanpuri ( 1919-2000) was a highly talented lyricist of Hindi cinema who also received the highly coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement. What is less known is his involvement in the Progressive Writers Movement and his strong leftist views as reflected in some of his earliest poems. In fact due to this he was imprisoned in 1949, just[Read More…]

by 04/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Princess Jahanara–Legacy of Inter-Faith Harmony

Princess Jahanara–Legacy of Inter-Faith Harmony

Jahanara–The First Lady of a Great Empire Who Devoted Herself to Reducing Suffering and Distress In times when royalty was characterized by the craze for luxury and constant intrigues for power, Princess Jahanara (1614-81) is almost a unique character in the Mughal Dynasty who devoted most of her time, efforts and wealth to reducing the distress and suffering of others.[Read More…]

by 03/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Familiar Birds of Sanawar

Familiar Birds of Sanawar

A Pioneering Book That Brings Out the Love of School Children for Birds “Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.” This is the illuminating quote from Douglas Coupland with which a remarkable new book ‘Familiar Birds of Sanawar’ has started. This book has been[Read More…]

by 03/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Mahatma Gandhi’s Message of Healing for A World Troubled Deeply by Violence, War and Ecological Ruin

Mahatma Gandhi’s Message of Healing for A World Troubled Deeply by Violence, War and Ecological Ruin

On October 2 an increasingly divided and troubled world observes the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (MG). This is a good time to reflect on the essence of some of his enduring messages. Firstly, he said that economics should never be separated from ethics. In particular he gave a call for placing the poorer and weaker sections at the center[Read More…]

by 02/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Neo-Realist Films on the Lingering Impact of War Devastation

Neo-Realist Films on the Lingering Impact of War Devastation

Charlie Chaplin called this the most beautiful Italian film he had ever seen, but then this is also an extremely tragic film. Based on the life of a family in post-Second War Berlin, ‘Germany Year Zero’ (1948) is not a film you can forget easily. War is over, but its devastation lives on in the life of so many people.[Read More…]

by 01/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
As US Foreign Policy Turns More Aggressive, Much Stronger Peace Movement Needed in West

As US Foreign Policy Turns More Aggressive, Much Stronger Peace Movement Needed in West

In the build-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the USA was on the one hand provoking Russia in numerous ways to attack and on the other hand saying to its European allies and other countries—Look how dangerous is Putin’s Russia—attacking its weaker neighbor so aggressively. Unfortunate as such conduct was, it could be understood by those who had followed[Read More…]

by 01/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Can The Ukraine Conflict Become Much Wider?

Can The Ukraine Conflict Become Much Wider?

Seven months after the Russian invasion started, the Ukraine crisis has become the biggest flashpoint which can endanger world peace. From the point of view of those who cherish world peace, the situation is fast becoming more perplexing, difficult and dangerous than before. It may sound alarmist to ask whether we are moving closer to a world war type situation[Read More…]

by 30/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Remembering Shankar Guha Niyogi on his death anniversary

Remembering Shankar Guha Niyogi on his death anniversary

Today on September 28 many, many people in Chattisgarh and other parts of India will be remembering Shankar Guha Niyogi on his death anniversary. It was on this day that he was assassinated at the peak of his efforts to mobilize workers for a big struggle. Niyogi, a labor leader who became a legend in his lifetime, led a very[Read More…]

by 28/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Birth anniversary of shaheed Bhagat Singh

Birth anniversary of shaheed Bhagat Singh

Today September 28 is the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, the revolutionary freedom fighter from India who could dare to think at a very young age of fighting imperialism all over the world! Although he was hanged by colonial rulers at the age of only 23 in 1931, he is still not only remembered with great affection and respect by[Read More…]

by 28/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
A Peace Proposal that Can Give More Immediate Results in Ukraine

A Peace Proposal that Can Give More Immediate Results in Ukraine

With the passage of time, not only has distress and destruction associated with the Ukraine war increased, in addition the possibility of peace has become more distant and difficult. As in the case of many wars that drag on, more unfortunate incidents and statements become the cause of increasing bitterness on both sides and this itself then becomes the reason[Read More…]

by 26/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Shaheed Hospital, created and nurtured by workers, is an inspiration for people’s movement for health for all

Shaheed Hospital, created and nurtured by workers, is an inspiration for people’s movement for health for all

At a time when the trend of trying to maximize profits has led to so many serious distortions in the health sector, the need for at least some efforts which have been consistently providing rationality based, low cost medical care with a special emphasis on trying to reach out to workers and peasants and to all weaker sections of society[Read More…]

by 26/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Thousands of demonstrators join Fridays for Future's global day of action to stand with Ukraine by walking down Willy-Brandt-Strasse, a main thoroughfare in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Europe’s Unquestioning Following of USA on Ukraine is as Harmful for its Own Interests as it is for World Peace

Europe could have criticized the Russian invasion as much as it wanted, it could have called Putin authoritarian as many times as it desired and of course it could (should) have provided even more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine refugees/displaced persons, but its more or less unquestioning acceptance of the role of the USA in Ukraine certainly raises several disturbing questions.[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Is the USA Scoring Self-Goals With Its Ukraine Policy?

Is the USA Scoring Self-Goals With Its Ukraine Policy?

There has already been significant criticism of the Ukraine policy of the USA government from a perspective of world peace. The base of US policy is the concept of a proxy war that can bleed and weaken Russia as much as possible (at great cost to the people of Ukraine as well as the peace and stability of the rest[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Who Scuttled the Ukraine Peace Process, and What Are the Future Prospects

Who Scuttled the Ukraine Peace Process, and What Are the Future Prospects

Soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, in the very next month of March an important initiative was launched with the help of Turkish diplomats. Right through this month this initiative appears to have progressed well, and broad agreements for ceasefire were substantially reached, even though details remained to be worked out. Among other things, this is likely to[Read More…]

by 24/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Messing Up the Bread Basket–Changes in Ukraine Farming Cause for Serious Concern

Messing Up the Bread Basket–Changes in Ukraine Farming Cause for Serious Concern

Ukraine has for long been a very productive food grain producing country with very favorable natural conditions for this role. In particular its role in producing surplus wheat has been very well-established. What is important for government policy is to establish the sustainability and equality aspects of these natural strengths. Unfortunately in recent years Ukraine has instead travelled in an[Read More…]

by 24/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Rural Workers Struggle for Proper Implementation of  Jobs Scheme

Rural Workers Struggle for Proper Implementation of  Jobs Scheme

One of the most widely discussed rural initiatives from India has been the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) which provides a guarantee of employment in various tasks of rural development. While it can provide very genuine benefits to workers and peasants while carrying out highly useful tasks ( like water conservation), in practice its implementation has been increasingly marred[Read More…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Ukraine Crisis Escalates Sharply With More Aggressive Statements, Higher Mobilization

Ukraine Crisis Escalates Sharply With More Aggressive Statements, Higher Mobilization

September 21 will be remembered in history as a day when the Ukraine crisis appeared to be escalating very sharply. Russian President Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and backed a plan for territorial gains to make up for some recent reverses. In an address to his country he said, “If the territorial integrity of our[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
US Peace Activists Try to Find A Way Out in the Complex Ukraine Crisis

US Peace Activists Try to Find A Way Out in the Complex Ukraine Crisis

Several peace activists in the USA recently observed a peace week during September 12-15 to mobilize more and more people for pressurizing US government policy towards peace-based solutions, instead of merely announcing weapon supply increases to an already deeply ravaged region. This effort was coordinated by Peace in Ukraine Coalition (PIUC) and spread to several parts of USA including Washington,[Read More…]

by 21/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
At What Stage will USA’s Increasing Military Assistance to Ukraine Become a Direct Conflict with Russia

At What Stage will USA’s Increasing Military Assistance to Ukraine Become a Direct Conflict with Russia

At what stage can the USA’s increasing military assistance to Ukraine become like a direct conflict-or war- with Russia? This is one of the most significant questions facing humanity today, with very dangerous implications not just for these three countries but the entire humanity. Reuters reported on August 2 ( see news report titled ‘Russia says United States is directly[Read More…]

by 21/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
More Questions than Claims Regarding India’s Cheetah Project

More Questions than Claims Regarding India’s Cheetah Project

The release of eight cheetahs into the Kuno National Park ( Madhya Pradesh) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17, although accompanied by a media blitz, has raised several questions. The animals were flown from Namibia to Gwalior and from there they were taken to the release site in a helicopter. Official sources have stated that this is the[Read More…]

by 19/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
South Asian Deluge is a Mix of Climate Change and Serious Mismanagement

South Asian Deluge is a Mix of Climate Change and Serious Mismanagement

Most countries of South Asia have suffered excessive flood losses this year, peaking in Pakistan. In the last week of August Pakistan, overwhelmed by surging waters, declared an emergency. Nearly 1500 human lives have already been claimed by the disaster. With excessive rains affecting almost half the country and a third of the country submerged during the peak of the[Read More…]

by 18/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Mining Mafias Ruin Livelihoods of Farmers and Pastorals, Spread Terror

Mining Mafias Ruin Livelihoods of Farmers and Pastorals, Spread Terror

In Kolawalpur village of Banda District (state of Uttar Pradesh), many farmers complained bitterly that the miners of river sand had destroyed their farms and standing crops. What is more, threat of floods in the rainy season and the river drying up in the dry season had increased due to the excessive extraction of sand from the river using heavy[Read More…]

by 17/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Why This Letter on Ukraine Crisis by a Veteran of Peace is So Important

Why This Letter on Ukraine Crisis by a Veteran of Peace is So Important

US Policy Makers Must Listen to Gerry Condon Gerry Condon, former President of Veterans of Peace, a USA-based global organization of Military Veterans and allies with 140 chapters worldwide whose collective efforts are to build a culture for peace and end all wars, has very recently written a letter to President Biden which needs to be widely read by all[Read More…]

by 17/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Barbara Ehrenreich Will be Remembered for Her Writings on Justice and Dignity

Barbara Ehrenreich Will be Remembered for Her Writings on Justice and Dignity

Barbara Ehrenreich died at the age of 81 on September 1. The American author had reached a worldwide readership with her over 20 books which are best known for their strong voice of justice and dignity for the weakest sections as well as for opposing hypocrisy and social deceit at several levels. Her brilliant reportage, social commentary and book reviews[Read More…]

by 16/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Indiscriminate Cuts in Allocations for Weaker Sections Have Accentuated Their Distress

Indiscriminate Cuts in Allocations for Weaker Sections Have Accentuated Their Distress

There have been frequent demands in recent times for increasing the budgetary allocations for weaker sections as many of their priority needs are not being met properly. Instead of responding sympathetically to these demands, if some of these allocations are cut in arbitrary and indiscriminate ways, then this is bound to increase the distress of weaker sections by midway jeopardizing[Read More…]

by 16/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Pensions for All Elderly People Must be A Top Priority in India

Pensions for All Elderly People Must be A Top Priority in India

The population of elderly (60 years plus) citizens in India is around 140 million. The union ( central) government pays annual pensions worth around Rs. 180,000 crore ( one crore=10 million) to its former employees numbering between 6 to 7 million. For the remaining elderly it provides about Rs. 9700 crore ( inclusive of some other welfare spending). During recent[Read More…]

by 15/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Rural Landless Neglected Despite Being the Most Critical Segment for Poverty Alleviation

Rural Landless Neglected Despite Being the Most Critical Segment for Poverty Alleviation

Landowning farmers ( kisans) present the most visible face of India’s villages, and most of the discussion is in their context. However a very important aspect of rural India seldom emphasized is that there are more landless peasants and workers ( bhumiheen) in villages of India than landowning farmers. Several landless farm workers have belonged traditionally to the most marginalized[Read More…]

by 15/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Dara Shikoh and his times reveal the utter absurdity of communal propaganda

Dara Shikoh and his times reveal the utter absurdity of communal propaganda

Communal propagandists who want to disrupt inter-faith harmony often distort and misrepresent history to peddle their lies. While this can be shown in the context of many instances, the times of Dara Shikoh are particularly relevant in this context. As is well known , Dara Shikoh (1615-59) was the  favorite son of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the buider of[Read More…]

by 14/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens with Theft of Critical Supplies of Fuel Oil

Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens with Theft of Critical Supplies of Fuel Oil

September is supposed to be a very critical month for the nearly 5.5 million people of Tigray region of Ethiopia affected by very severe food shortages, almost half of them on brink of starvation. If the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara are included then as many as 13 million people face a very difficult situation. The United Nations officials[Read More…]

by 14/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Inequalities and militarization in USA have led to millions being deprived of basic needs

Inequalities and militarization in USA have led to millions being deprived of basic needs

The USA is without doubt the most powerful country in the world. It was endowed with an exceptionally plentiful natural resource base. Despite this the bottom half of the population of the USA has been facing increasing difficulties in meeting its basic needs. One of the most important reasons for this relates to increase of inequalities. The USA poverty level[Read More…]

by 13/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Why We Need an Alternative Paradigm for Checking Climate Change

Why We Need an Alternative Paradigm for Checking Climate Change

While scientists and activists have done well to establish the urgency of checking climate change before it is too late, it is increasingly clear that the current paradigm of checking climate change is not working. Briefly, it has to be changed in ways which will link it very closely to checking militarism and inequalities while promoting peace and justice, preventing[Read More…]

by 12/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Need to Recognize Wider Dimensions of Stubble Burning

Need to Recognize Wider Dimensions of Stubble Burning

Crop stubble burning has so far attracted concern mainly in the context of Punjab and nearby areas. Its most widely discussed impact has related to increase in air pollution in Delhi and some other nearby cities. However what is not often realized is that in a more quiet way this is also spreading in several other parts of the country[Read More…]

by 11/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Horn of Africa Moving Rapidly Towards Famine, Millions Face Starvation

Horn of Africa Moving Rapidly Towards Famine, Millions Face Starvation

The greater part of the Horn of Africa region is seeing a steady worsening of hunger and starvation, as four years of rain failure have tasted the limits of the coping mechanisms of people. In Somalia, a country of around 16 million people, nearly 260,000 people are reported to have died in the famine of 2010-11. The international community was[Read More…]

by 10/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Bharat Jodo Yatra Can Contribute Much to Communal Harmony, National Integration and Understanding Real Needs of People

Bharat Jodo Yatra Can Contribute Much to Communal Harmony, National Integration and Understanding Real Needs of People

One of the most important initiatives to be taken by any political parties in recent times, the 3570 km. Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, passing through 12 states and 2 union territories and spread over around 5 months, covering on average 22 km.  in 6.5 hours every day, has raised high hopes at a time of increasing problems.[Read More…]

by 10/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Protest against displacement of housing and livelihoods calls for halt to evictions

Protest against displacement of housing and livelihoods calls for halt to evictions

While evictions of the poor from their huts and small houses should be avoided as far as possible in all circumstances, the situation since the pandemic appeared has been all the more difficult for the weaker sections as they suffered very big losses in earnings and employment. What is more weather conditions have also been becoming more adverse in these[Read More…]

by 07/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Marginalized and Misunderstood — Nomadic Communities in Desperate Need of Better  Policy

Marginalized and Misunderstood — Nomadic Communities in Desperate Need of Better  Policy

Nomadic communities have suffered from increasing marginalization in recent times as both their needs and potential have not received the due attention and understanding. On the one hand their rights are trodden upon and violated by powerful forces, on the other hand whatever development work is initiated for them fails to take account of their real and considerable potential, their[Read More…]

by 05/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Comprehensive, Unbiased Evaluation of Dam Impacts Can Help to Avoid Serious Mistakes

Comprehensive, Unbiased Evaluation of Dam Impacts Can Help to Avoid Serious Mistakes

There has been an increasing, welcome trend in many parts of world for seeking a better, unbiased and more comprehensive understanding of real-life impacts of large dams. This is to a substantial part driven by the actual experience of several leading and highly publicized dam projects which turned out to be very different from the rosy promises made earlier. The[Read More…]

by 04/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Photo by George M. Groutas

When will we see a real change of government policy in favor of natural farming?

The union government has often voiced its support for natural farming but this is not yet seen in real change in government’s commitments. The government’s subsidies in favor of agriculture are still heavily biased in favor of chemical fertilizers or overall agro-chemical intensive farming or ‘green revolution’ type farming. This farming also tends to use water and power in greater[Read More…]

by 04/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

In recent years concern has been expressed that the number of homeless persons in the USA has ranged between 500,000 to 600,000, too high for such a rich country. However now the number of homeless people here appears likely to increase very rapidly in the near future. Why? Nearly one-third of the households, mostly in the lower-income groups and racial[Read More…]

by 03/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Why Foreign Military Bases of USA Should be Reduced Significantly

Why Foreign Military Bases of USA Should be Reduced Significantly

Soon after the Second World War ended, the British government with its vast colonial empire made significant territorial concessions to the USA which could facilitate the rapid spread of USA military bases in many parts of the world. In addition of course the defeated Axis countries and their territories could provide another suitable place for the rapid proliferation of the[Read More…]

by 02/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Imperialism
How Risks of Nuclear Weapons Have Become Alarmingly High

How Risks of Nuclear Weapons Have Become Alarmingly High

Risks of nuclear weapons have become alarmingly high due to a number of factors. Giving one indication of this, the Union of Concerned Scientists, USA, has written recently that warheads on just one US nuclear armed submarine have SEVEN times the destructive power of ALL the bombs dropped during World War II including the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan.[Read More…]

by 01/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Noble Ideas of Visionary Gorbachev Failed Because He Ignored the Deceit, Duplicity and Dangers of Imperialism

Noble Ideas of Visionary Gorbachev Failed Because He Ignored the Deceit, Duplicity and Dangers of Imperialism

Gorbachev set out to reform the Soviet Union and make the entire world a less dangerous place to live in. If he had succeeded, the mad race for weapons of mass destruction would have not only slowed down but, assuming the best possible outcome, there was a real chance of their elimination or the elimination process at least starting. Much[Read More…]

by 01/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
As floods follow earthquakes and drought in Afghanistan, the USA should immediately return its billions

As floods follow earthquakes and drought in Afghanistan, the USA should immediately return its billions

Highly destructive floods devastated parts of Afghanistan in August. This was preceded by a prolonged drought, stated to be the worst in decades, and two earthquakes this year. As an overwhelming majority of people including children face serious hunger and many-sided deprivation, the USA and others should immediately release the Afghanistan central bank reserve funds of 9 billion dollars or[Read More…]

by 31/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Punjab’s Growing Environment Activism is Welcome, Should Have Wider Horizon

Punjab’s Growing Environment Activism is Welcome, Should Have Wider Horizon

In recent months there have been growing signs of increasing assertiveness of environmental movements in Punjab. This should be widely welcomed and is much needed, given the rapid degradation of environment here at several levels in recent decades. There was an impressive and successful mobilization recently to save the Mattewara forest in Ludhiana from the onslaught of an ill-conceived industrial[Read More…]

by 31/08/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Economist Abhijit Sen Has Left Us At  A Time When There is Great Yearning for His Ideas

Economist Abhijit Sen Has Left Us At  A Time When There is Great Yearning for His Ideas

Economist Abhijit Sen passed away on the night of 29 August, 2022. He was 72. For a long time he has been regarded as one of India’s leading agricultural economists who made a very important contribution to government policy, particularly in the context of public distribution system. India’s structure of food security has been created to a considerable extent on[Read More…]

by 30/08/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Why this Adani port project is being opposed by coastal communities

Why this Adani port project is being opposed by coastal communities

Opposition to Vizhinjam Port Project Must be Seen in the Wider Context of Protecting Coastal Ecology and Communities The wider discussion on coastal areas often takes place in the context of their beauty and tourism potential. However ecologists place more emphasis on seeing coastal areas as very significant as well as sensitive areas whose development activities should be carefully monitored[Read More…]

by 30/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Noida Twin Tower Demolition Raises Important Questions

Noida Twin Tower Demolition Raises Important Questions

On August 28, 3700 kg. of explosives were used in Noida city ( in national capital region) to demolish two 100-metre tall structures called Apex ( 32 storeys) and Ceyane ( 29 storeys), following court orders based on complaints of glaring violations of construction regulations and the builder’s own earlier commitments. These twin towers were not in the original plans[Read More…]

by 29/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
With one out of 7 persons affected by floods, Pakistan declares emergency

With one out of 7 persons affected by floods, Pakistan declares emergency

30 to 33 million persons are reported to be seriously affected by floods in Pakistan, a country with a population of 220 million. Due to this a national emergency has been declared in Pakistan. The previous worst floods in Pakistan were recorded in 2010 when nearly 20 million people were affected, causing damages estimated at $10 billion. This was followed[Read More…]

by 27/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Despite Clear Need for Resurgence of Non-Alignment, Several Questions Remain

Despite Clear Need for Resurgence of Non-Alignment, Several Questions Remain

In recent months the need for strengthening the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has become clearer than ever before. As USA/NATO relations with Russia and China have deteriorated fast, there are increasing indications of the world’s division between two major political and military power blocks being strengthened, the dividing lines becoming deeper. First and foremost, it must be stated clearly that this[Read More…]

by 27/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
How Improvement of Human Health and Nutrition Need Better Soil Health

How Improvement of Human Health and Nutrition Need Better Soil Health

India has been implementing some of the biggest nutrition programs for decades and while some improvement in nutrition is indicated, on the whole malnutrition levels remain high. This needs to be explained at several levels, and one explanation that should not be neglected relates to soil health. It is increasingly realized by scientists that soil health is closely related to[Read More…]

by 26/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Road Safety Concerns Not Getting Adequate Attention in India

Road Safety Concerns Not Getting Adequate Attention in India

There have been several reports recently which indicate that  road accidents due to drunken driving are increasing. In particular the rules relating to distancing of liquor availability from highways are being widely flouted.  A recent detailed report on the situation regarding some highways passing through Haryana, in particular the Delhi-Jaipur highway,( Dainik Tribune August 24, 2022) states that there are[Read More…]

by 25/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Polio–To Avoid Costly Mistakes, Unbiased Appraisal of Eradication Efforts Needed

Polio–To Avoid Costly Mistakes, Unbiased Appraisal of Eradication Efforts Needed

According to recent reports which have caused widespread concern, authorities in New York, London and Jerusalem have discovered evidence that polio is spreading there and the source of this has been traced to the oral vaccine itself. According to  data quoted in a recent AP report ( Polio in US, UK and Israel shows rare risk of oral vax), since[Read More…]

by 25/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Reduced Share of States in Division of Central Taxes Can Have Adverse Impact on Welfare Programs

Reduced Share of States in Division of Central Taxes Can Have Adverse Impact on Welfare Programs

Most of the discussion on budgets in India is dominated by the discussion of union budget and hence adequate attention is not drawn to trends in state budgets. However this much is well-known that state governments have faced increasing pressure in recent years to meet the extra needs of people caused due to the adverse economic situation related to demonetization,[Read More…]

by 24/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Milk Price Going Up While Problems of Dairy Farmers Also Increase

Milk Price Going Up While Problems of Dairy Farmers Also Increase

In recent months leading dairies have been increasing the price of the packaged milk sold by them while GST on packaged milk products has also added to the woes of consumers. During the last six months or so, leading dairies like Mother Dairy and Amul have twice raised their price, each time by about Rs. 2 per litre, citing inctease[Read More…]

by 23/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Vimal Bhai Made An Important Contribution to Ecological and Social Movements

Vimal Bhai Made An Important Contribution to Ecological and Social Movements

Vimal Bhai breathed his last on 15 August at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. He was 60. He will be remembered for a long time for his contributions to many ecological and social movements, but perhaps most prominently for the movements against the excess of several ill-planned hydro-electricity projects in Uttarakhand. He was involved in this[Read More…]

by 20/08/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
A Time to Defend Democracy in India

A Time to Defend Democracy in India

India recently celebrated 75 years of Independence. While there are many reasons of happiness and pride while observing this important anniversary, perhaps the most important feeling should be of the compelling need to stand up at this critical time for saving and protecting democracy in India. The reason is that during the last 8 years of the NDA/BJP regime democracy[Read More…]

by 19/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
What Was Lost By Corporate Tax Cut Could Have Doubled the Budget for 20 Crucial Ministries and Departments

What Was Lost By Corporate Tax Cut Could Have Doubled the Budget for 20 Crucial Ministries and Departments

In 2019 the Government of India announced a reduction of corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 22 per cent, along with a further reduction to 15 per cent for new corporations. The Parliamentary Committee on Estimates has recently stated that this has led to a revenue loss of Rs. 1.84 lakh crore to the public exchequer in the[Read More…]

by 18/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Protests of Apple Growers Continue With Resentment over Adverse Impact of Big Business

Protests of Apple Growers Continue With Resentment over Adverse Impact of Big Business

On August 16 protests of apple growers resumed in Himachal Pradesh after a 10-day ultimatum to the government by the apple growers did not bring a satisfactory response. On August 5 following a a big agitation the protesting apple growers had given this ultimatum to the state government to resolve their problems within 10 days. Harish Chauhan, convener of Saunkta[Read More…]

by 17/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Urgency of Rising above Narrow Interests for Peace and Environment Protection

Urgency of Rising above Narrow Interests for Peace and Environment Protection

At a time when the urgency of climate change and the wider environmental crisis has made international peace and cooperation more essential than ever before, there are all the signs of moving away further from this. Seldom have we seen the spectacle of the three biggest military powers the USA, Russia and China becoming more aggressive and defiant at the[Read More…]

by 17/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
India: 75 Years of Independence

India: 75 Years of Independence

What India Achieved, What It Could Not and What it Lost After Achieving India achieved independence in 1947 and is now celebrating the completion of 75 years of its independence. In 1947 the life expectancy in India was a little less than 32 years. Now it is 69.6 years. This would appear to be a big achievement, but if you[Read More…]

by 14/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Two Most Important Crises of World Today and Their Inter-Connection

Two Most Important Crises of World Today and Their Inter-Connection

Crucial to understanding the present day world is an understanding of its two major crises and their close inter-connection. The first crisis is the survival crisis. It consists of a number of ways in which the basic life-nurturing conditions of our planet are threatened by human made factors. One important factor is the emergence of about a dozen very serious[Read More…]

by 13/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
In this April 3, 1968, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo: AP/Charles Kelly, File)

MLK’s Historic Speech Has Increasing Relevance

Great speeches are those which address the most urgent issues of the time in such such a way as to bring out real solutions while exposing falsehoods. Greatest speeches are those which achieve this in such a way that their relevance increases with the passage of time and years later, even decades later, we can refer to them to improve[Read More…]

by 12/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
How Tribal People Have Been Losing Their Land Rights Steadily for Years

How Tribal People Have Been Losing Their Land Rights Steadily for Years

How will you feel if someone promises to remove an injustice you have suffered for years, but in the end leaves you suffering even more than before? Something similar appears to be happening to tribal communities in India in the context of the Forest Rights Act 2006. They were promised by the government that the historic injustice caused to them[Read More…]

by 11/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Essential Precepts of Freedom Movement Eroded

Essential Precepts of Freedom Movement Eroded

The Independence Day is always a proud day for all citizens of India. This year it is all the more so as this is the 75th Independence Day. However at the same time there is growing concern about the increasing erosion of some essential precepts of the freedom movement during the last eight years or so of the NDA/BJP regime.[Read More…]

by 10/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
What if they missed the gold medal, the Indian women cricket team won the hearts of people

What if they missed the gold medal, the Indian women cricket team won the hearts of people

The Indian women cricket team was on the verge of clinching the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, but just missed out on this much coveted goal. Till the last over the result could have gone either way, but being more experienced, the Australian team could win. It does not matter. A T20 match result can go either way within[Read More…]

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80th Anniversary of Quit India Movement

80th Anniversary of Quit India Movement

A Great Upsurge of People Which Warned Colonial Powers that Their Rule Must End It was on August 8 1942, 80 years ago, that Mahatma Gandhi gave his great call to the people of India to ‘do or die’ for independence and thereby served notice to the colonial rulers. Even though all the leading Congress rulers were arrested almost immediately,[Read More…]

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Handlooms And Khadi Can Promote Millions of Sustainable, Ecologically Protective Livelihoods

Handlooms And Khadi Can Promote Millions of Sustainable, Ecologically Protective Livelihoods

Handlooms Day ( August 7 ) is a good time to assert the need for a strong protective policy towards not just handlooms ( hand-woven cloth) but also towards cloth which is hand-spun as well as hand-woven ( called khadi in India). In this context we also need to make the wider point, as emphasized by Mahatma Gandhi repeatedly ,that[Read More…]

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Why the Argument of Pension Burden is Not Relevant in the Context of Agnipath Debate

Why the Argument of Pension Burden is Not Relevant in the Context of Agnipath Debate

In the context of the ongoing debate on the Agnipath scheme, one of the factors that has been mentioned sometimes in its favor relates to the need for reducing the pension burden. However this is not relevant due to the reasons given below. Firstly the amount of civilian defense personnel pensions is often included in the armed forces pension bill.[Read More…]

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Big Protest of Apple Growers in Himachal Highlights Their Growing Discontent

Big Protest of Apple Growers in Himachal Highlights Their Growing Discontent

August 5 witnessed the biggest protest of apple growers in Himachal Pradesh in recent decades as a very large number of them joined a march in Shimla, following the getting together of nearly 27 of their organizations under the Sanyukta Kisan Manch ( SKM or Joint Farmers’ Front).This was the biggest protest of apple growers since 1990. Incidentally then too[Read More…]

by 06/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why NREGA Implementation Problems Are Increasing

Why NREGA Implementation Problems Are Increasing

While the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act ( MG-NREGA or simply NREGA)has certainly provided an important means of improving rural livelihood prospects, it is increasingly clear that its implementation problems are increasing, and this is particularly true this year.

by 06/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Photo credit: The Nation: Hiroshima - It’s time to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons

Hiroshima Day— Threat of Actual Use of Nuclear Weapons, Accidental or Intended, is Increasing

This year has been extremely threatening in terms of the rise of big power rivalry and tensions. First, the escalation of the Ukraine crisis with Ukraine becoming a proxy country in the real conflict between the USA and Russia has led to tensions worsening steadily. What is most worrying is that unlike in the case of most recent wars, no[Read More…]

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Yogendra Shukla Served Freedom Movement in Many Ways

Yogendra Shukla Served Freedom Movement in Many Ways

In various streams of the freedom movement, we meet Yogendra Shukla ( 1896-1960) in different roles: what is common to all these roles is that he always worked with the highest commitment. If at an early stage of his life we find him living as an inmate of Sabarmati Ashram attracting the admiration of none other than Mahatma Gandhi, at[Read More…]

by 05/08/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Saving Hundreds of Children Every Year

Saving Hundreds of Children Every Year

Tragedy of Hundreds of Children Dying in Pond and Well Accidents Can Be Avoided In a very tragic accident in Una ( Himachal Pradesh) on August 1, 7 teenagers and youths from Punjab drowned in Govindsagar lake. 4 of them were from a single family. In a joyful mood they had gone for a routine bath in the lake but[Read More…]

by 05/08/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Endless Wait of 60 million Senior Citizens for Pensions

Endless Wait of 60 million Senior Citizens for Pensions

The most important support needed by elderly persons is for regular and adequate pensions. Only about 10 per cent of senior citizens in India have access to regular and reasonable pensions. They are mostly those who have served in the civil government, armed forces and related parts of the formal sector. For the remaining over 90 per cent of senior[Read More…]

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On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly Peace Doves, bearing messages of peace, "No More Hiroshima", "Yes to Peace",  "No to Rokkasho" in Japanese and in English, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima. 
Greenpeace renews their calls for peace and make this anniversary a message to world leaders to make real their commitments to nuclear disarmament, including the Japanese government to abandon plans to produce nuclear weapons.

Why Peace and Disarmament Must be the Number One Priority Today

Many eminent persons, individually and in groups, have been trying to convince the world leadership to give much more attention to environment protection, particularly to checking climate change. This is very well justified by the seriousness of the environmental crisis. While fully supporting this, it must be asserted that peace and disarmament are even more important. One compelling reason is[Read More…]

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Road Accidents Exceptionally High in Himalayan Region

Road Accidents Exceptionally High in Himalayan Region

On June 7, 13 passengers were killed when a bus plying on Shainshar-Kullu road, in Sainj Valley of Himachal Pradesh, rolled down a hill. The high death toll was caused by at least two avoidable reasons which are often seen in hilly areas. Firstly, there was delay in relief and rescue. Secondly, a landslide had thrown boulders and stones on[Read More…]

by 03/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Hindi Film Songs Which Reflect the Spirit of the Freedom Movement

Hindi Film Songs Which Reflect the Spirit of the Freedom Movement

As India celebrates the 75th Independence Day, it is interesting to look at those Hindi film songs which have best reflected the spirit of the freedom movement in the years following the freedom of India from colonial rule. The coverage here is restricted to about two decades following freedom. First of all, there are songs directly dealing with films made[Read More…]

by 31/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Birsa Munda Freedom Fighter Museum at Ranchi

Living Memorials of Freedom Fighters Will Help to Keep Alive Their Inspiring Message

The freedom movement of India is a highly inspiring chapter of world history. With their deeds and not just their words, year after year so many freedom fighters gave highly inspiring examples of facing very tough challenges in highly courageous ways, often making big sacrifices with a smile and freedom movement slogans and songs on their lips. The broad message[Read More…]

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Vijay Singh Pathik—the Tireless Freedom Fighter Who Fought Both Imperialism and Feudalism

Vijay Singh Pathik—the Tireless Freedom Fighter Who Fought Both Imperialism and Feudalism

Vijay Singh Pathik (1882-1954) was an eminent freedom fighter, peasant leader, journalist, poet, author, educationist and historian who worked tirelessly all his life to fight both imperialism and feudalism at several levels. At one level he was active in the Indian National Congress, fulfilling important responsibilities in Rajasthan in particular but also in other areas. However he had started life[Read More…]

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Why the Struggle of Dhinkia Deserves Wide Support

Why the Struggle of Dhinkia Deserves Wide Support

The struggle of the people of Dhinkia and nearby villagers ( in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha) to save the local green rural economy based on dhana – mina – pana (paddy, fish and vines of betel leaves , apart from cashew nuts) from the onslaught of highly polluting big industries has acquired a new relevance and resonance in the middle[Read More…]

by 29/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why the Deucha Pachami Coal Project Should be Given Up at an Early Stage

Why the Deucha Pachami Coal Project Should be Given Up at an Early Stage

As the crisis of climate change has aggravated rapidly, there is a strong reason for being highly cautious about development of any new coal projects. Nevertheless, countries of the global south cannot entirely ban such development as they have to be concerned also about their crucial energy needs as well and of developing their own resources within the country for[Read More…]

by 29/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Rupesh Kumar Singh—Why this Journalist’s Arrest Should be Opposed Strongly and Widely

Rupesh Kumar Singh—Why this Journalist’s Arrest Should be Opposed Strongly and Widely

One of the most challenging tasks in India has been to report from those remote places which are in the middle of several conflicts and repressive policies. Apart from the more routine problems relating to collecting evidence and facts in remote areas, when these become conflict zones or when repression is being unleashed there, risks of journalism work increase considerably[Read More…]

by 28/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why Injustice to Himanshu Kumar Will be Exceptionally Harmful for Democracy

Why Injustice to Himanshu Kumar Will be Exceptionally Harmful for Democracy

The case of social activist Himanshu Kumar is attracting widespread concern as it is widely believed that something exceptionally unjust has happened, even when judged by recent standards. To capture the events so far very briefly, as a social activist working in Dantewada, Chattisgarh, Himanshu Kumar petitioned the Supreme Court in 2009 ( with co-petitioners) regarding an independent inquiry into[Read More…]

by 27/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
The village of Kulusuk in Greenland. (Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr/cc)

Greenland – Towards A Protective Future

At a time when headlines were focused more on the heat wave in Europe, an event of great importance which should have received more attention was the melting of as much as 18 billion tons of ice sheets in just 3 days of mid-July in Greenland. Very frightening estimates have been presented of the extent of rise in sea level[Read More…]

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Why Senior Veterans of Armed Forces Are Worried about Agnipath

Why Senior Veterans of Armed Forces Are Worried about Agnipath

Few changes in armed forces have been as controversial as the Agnipath scheme of recruitment announced in June. It is very important for national interest to examine carefully the objections raised by several very senior and experienced veterans of armed forces, some of whom have distinguished themselves not just in the battlefield but as also as very learned commentators on[Read More…]

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Welfare Programs—Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Welfare Programs—Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

In recent times there have been several very impressive claims by the union government regarding its very strong commitment to various welfare programs. However at the same time we cannot ignore that equally strong criticisms questioning these claims have also been voiced. As a lot of statistics are often quoted in support of claims as well as criticisms, people are[Read More…]

by 25/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why Electricity Bill Amendment Should Not be Passed in A Hurry

Why Electricity Bill Amendment Should Not be Passed in A Hurry

There are increasing demands from many sides that the amendment of Electricity Act 2003 which the union government has been trying to push ahead for some time should not be passed in a hurry. It has been discussed that the government is likely to introduce the Electricity ( Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. A reference[Read More…]

by 23/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Amendment of Biodiversity Law Will Weaken Protection Efforts and Rights of People

Amendment of Biodiversity Law Will Weaken Protection Efforts and Rights of People

The importance of protecting biological diversity has been increasingly realized all over the world in recent times. This realization came in the wake of several disturbing trends such as very disturbing pace of destruction of natural forests and fast spread of monocultures over vast farming areas. As biological diversity was lost in nature but its importance was realized by powerful[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
The Unfortunate New Trend of Punishing Petitioners  

The Unfortunate New Trend of Punishing Petitioners  

In June 2021 the Delhi High Court passed a judgment on a petition filed by leading film actor Juhi Chawla. She had filed a petition against hasty roll-out of 5G Technology. While anyone may agree or disagree with this, the fact remains that hundreds of scientists worldwide have been warning on the same issue that Juhi Chawla had taken to[Read More…]

by 18/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
To Remember Bhagat Singh in Terms of Terrorism is Grave Injustice to His Yearnings for Justice, Equality and Harmony

To Remember Bhagat Singh in Terms of Terrorism is Grave Injustice to His Yearnings for Justice, Equality and Harmony

An avoidable controversy has arisen recently due to the unfortunate comments of a politician of Punjab who called Shahid Bhagat Singh a terrorist. That this politician is linked closely to the Khalistani ideology explains his narrow worldview, and his comments regarding Bhagat Singh were quickly dismissed by most people. However to counter false propaganda based on such comments, it will[Read More…]

by 17/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
WTO Has Accentuated Problems of Small Farmers and Increased Hurdles in Path of Food Sovereignty

WTO Has Accentuated Problems of Small Farmers and Increased Hurdles in Path of Food Sovereignty

A recent news published in several newspapers has quoted India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as telling a seminar that she has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow India to export food grains from its public stockholding to nations which are facing food crisis. She said that India could help in reducing hunger or food insecurity but there was[Read More…]

by 16/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Need for Caution and Widespread Consultation on Public Health Bill

Need for Caution and Widespread Consultation on Public Health Bill

The Government is in the process of finalizing a new public health bill while repealing the 125 year old Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. While few will question the need for replacing such an old and outdated law, there is also urgent need for carefully studying the various provisions of the new bill so that it is not coercive and[Read More…]

by 14/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Attempts to Implicate Medha Patkar and Colleagues in False Allegations Widely Condemned

Attempts to Implicate Medha Patkar and Colleagues in False Allegations Widely Condemned

Social activists who devote their life selflessly to advancing the cause of justice and environment protection in peaceful and democratic ways are a source of great strength for any genuine democracy and any such country would take great pride in their achievements. Medha Patkar and her close colleagues in the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) are such activists whose achievements in[Read More…]

by 12/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Punjab Mobilizes to Save its Precious Forest of Mattewara

Punjab Mobilizes to Save its Precious Forest of Mattewara

Punjab has one of the lowest forest coverage in the country as only about 4 per cent of the land here is reported to be under forest. Hence, apart from making longer-term efforts to increase its forest cover,  it is extremely important to save its few remaining precious forests and it is in this context that the impressive mobilization that[Read More…]

by 12/07/2022 1 comment Environmental Protection
World Population Day is a time to re-emphasize the crucial importance of  justice and equality  

World Population Day is a time to re-emphasize the crucial importance of  justice and equality  

We will soon be 8 billion on Planet Earth. Is this good news or bad, happy or sad? Well, the answer is not such a simplistic one, it is more nuanced. We can examine more than one side of various arguments. Some well-intentioned persons concerned with the present-day inability of very significant numbers of people to even meet their most[Read More…]

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

Why Does the World Food Situation Appear To Be More and More Precarious?

In a statement on June 24, the UN-Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned,“ There is  a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022.” He went on to add, “2023 could be even worse.” In a message to a meeting of representatives of several countries being held at Berlin, Mr. Guterres said that the world faces catastrophe because of[Read More…]

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Journalists in India Face Many-Sided Threats

Journalists in India Face Many-Sided Threats

On May 3 World Freedom Day ten international human rights and press freedom organizations (including the Committee to Protect Journalists and PEN America) expressed serious concern at the increasing assaults on journalists and media freedom in recent times. They called upon the Indian authorities to stop targeting journalists and critics, and more particularly to desist from prosecuting them under sedition[Read More…]

by 08/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
How sincere is the government in its commitment to natural farming?

How sincere is the government in its commitment to natural farming?

There have been several assertions on the part of the union government at high levels that natural farming will be promoted by it in a big way. While natural farming has been interpreted often in different ways, generally the meaning sought to be conveyed is that ecologically safe practices to produce healthy food free of harmful chemicals will be promoted[Read More…]

by 04/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why Leprosy Should Get Better Priority in Health Programs

Why Leprosy Should Get Better Priority in Health Programs

Recently serious concern was expressed by some senior doctors and doctors’ associations regarding the shortage of clofazimine, a drug urgently needed in the treatment of leprosy. The shortage is  confined to private hospitals but nevertheless is affecting the treatment of many leprosy patients who need multi-drug combination treatment and the absence of one key drug adversely affects the overall treatment.[Read More…]

by 03/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
India–Why Efforts for the Homeless Need A Big Boost

India–Why Efforts for the Homeless Need A Big Boost

If the homeless people faced a difficult time earlier in heat wave conditions, they are now suffering due to heavy rain in many places. Yet concerns relating to them hardly ever become a leading concern, except perhaps for a very few days in a year in a few places where deaths on footpaths caused by cold wave are reported. The[Read More…]

by 01/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Leading Media Organizations Condemn Arrest of Mohammed Zubair and Demand His Release

Leading Media Organizations Condemn Arrest of Mohammed Zubair and Demand His Release

Leading media organizations have come out in strong support of recently arrested journalist Mohammed Zubair. These organizations include, among others, the Editors Guild of India, the Press Club of India, the Delhi Union of Journalists and DIGIPUB, a platform for several important digital media organizations. All these organizations have condemned the recent arrest of the noted journalist and demanded his[Read More…]

by 30/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Voices to Demand Justice for Indian human rights activist Teesta Setalvad Continue to Grow Stronger

Voices to Demand Justice for Indian human rights activist Teesta Setalvad Continue to Grow Stronger

National and international voices for justice for Teesta Setalvad, leading human rights defender, have continued to grow stronger since she was detained by the Indian authorities on June 25. UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders Mary Lawlor stated soon after Teesta’s detention that she is deeply concerned by this. She said that Teesta is a strong voice against hatred[Read More…]

by 28/06/2022 Comments are Disabled 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…]

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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 Comments are Disabled India
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 Comments are Disabled Book Review
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…]

by 19/06/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
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…]

by 16/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 15/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 15/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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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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…]

by 14/06/2022 1 comment Communal Harmony
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…]

by 12/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 11/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 10/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
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…]

by 07/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 05/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 05/06/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 04/06/2022 1 comment Life/Philosophy
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…]

by 03/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 02/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
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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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…]

by 01/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why Self-Employment Schemes for Those Leaving Manual Scavenging Have Not Progressed

Why Self-Employment Schemes for Those Leaving Manual Scavenging Have Not Progressed

If the poorest of the poor people must get the topmost priority in terms of welfare programs, then surely those households who have been employed in manual scavenging (MS) work in India should get the highest priority. The scheme for self-employment based rehabilitation of those employed in MS has therefore been considered a high priority scheme. Despite this, it is[Read More…]

by 31/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
India- World’s Largest Democracy is Showing Serious Strains

India- World’s Largest Democracy is Showing Serious Strains

On July 5 2021 the world was shocked by the news of 84 year Jesuit priest and human rights activist Fr. Stan Swamy breathing his last in Mumbai in the course of his jail sentence. He had spent a lifetime defending rights of tribal communities and other weaker sections. Arrested in October July 2020, all through the nine months of[Read More…]

by 30/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Farmers, Women, Innovators Give Hope for Meeting Climate Challenge in Rural India

Farmers, Women, Innovators Give Hope for Meeting Climate Challenge in Rural India

At a time of increasing concern over climate change, contributions of several women, farmers and innovators have given reason for increasing hope in mitigation as well as adaptation work in villages of India. When Leela Devi was married in Tilonia village (Ajmer district of Rajasthan), she had not heard of solar energy. But making use of the existence of solar[Read More…]

by 29/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Bhagwati Charan Vohra –  Revolutionary Who Sacrificed His All for Freedom Movement

Bhagwati Charan Vohra –  Revolutionary Who Sacrificed His All for Freedom Movement

            May 28 is the 92nd death anniversary of Bhagwati Charan Vohra who sacrificed his life in 1930 at the age of only 25  while making preparations for rescuing Bhagat Singh from jail. As he was preparing for his own martyrdom in jail, Bhagat Singh paid very rich tributes to the great sacrifices of Bhagwati Charan Vohra in the course[Read More…]

by 28/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Increasing Polarization is Harming India’s Economic Prospects

Increasing Polarization is Harming India’s Economic Prospects

In a recent interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) published on May 25, former advisor to the Government of India has given a timely warning against the increasing polarization in India’s society. Prof. Kaushik Basu, who  also served as chief economist at the World Bank, stated, “The rise in divisiveness and polarization in Indian society is sad not[Read More…]

by 28/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Hunger Strikes by Two Political Prisoners Draw Attention to Violation of Their Human Rights

Hunger Strikes by Two Political Prisoners Draw Attention to Violation of Their Human Rights

In recent days reports of hunger strikes by two political prisoners Sagar Gorkhe and G.N.Saibaba have deeply hurt the conscience of a nation preparing to celebrate its 75th independence day. During the freedom movement several political prisoners had gone on very valiant hunger strikes taken up in very difficult conditions. These included such great freedom fighters as Bhagat Singh, Jatindranath[Read More…]

by 27/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Relevance of Nehru’s Legacy of Democracy, Secularism, Socialism, Peace and Non-Alignment Has Increased Further

Relevance of Nehru’s Legacy of Democracy, Secularism, Socialism, Peace and Non-Alignment Has Increased Further

It is a true mark of greatness if what a leader struggles to achieve in his lifetime is widely realized to be even more valuable in the years or decades after he has left the world. This is exactly how Jawaharlal Nehru is being remembered by more and more people of his country, despite a persistent tendency on the part[Read More…]

by 27/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
To be strong and effective, peace movement must be a continuing process among people

To be strong and effective, peace movement must be a continuing process among people

All those who are committed to peace are once again passing through a sad phase of introspection regarding why they cannot be effective enough to check what is very clearly a very alarming phase of further drift towards militarization, that too at a time when the world can least afford it due to very serious worries relating to pandemic and[Read More…]

by 15/05/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Photo Credit -India Water Portal

For Scheme Meant for the Poorest, Only 19% of allocated funds were actually used

While the dalit community has been always known for higher levels of poverty as well as social discrimination, even within the dalits there is a sub-section known for even worse levels of poverty as well as social discrimination. This is the section which was traditionally involved in manual scavenging. The shocking injustice they have suffered from over the years has[Read More…]

by 14/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Birds— Humanity is Rapidly Losing Its Most Endearing Friends

Birds— Humanity is Rapidly Losing Its Most Endearing Friends

Birds are the most endearing friends of humanity, so why is it that we are hearing less often the Good Morning call of sparrows and why is it is increasingly more difficult to see the enchanting spectacle of a dancing peacock? A recent study stated that over the last 5 decades the number of birds declined by about 3 billion,[Read More…]

by 13/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Food Security Concerns in Jharkhand

Food Security Concerns in Jharkhand

People’s Campaigns Raise Serious Objections to Rice Fortification Scheme, with Special Concerns Regarding Tribal Communities  At a time when the plans of the Government of India to hurriedly spread rice fortification have already become highly controversial with several serious objections being raised by several experts, leading food rights campaigns have prepared a detailed report in the specific context of Jharkhand[Read More…]

by 12/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Food Processing Goes Big Or Bust

Food Processing Goes Big Or Bust

Will recent changes sound the death knell of good old atta chakki, oil press and small rice mill? In a recent widely publicized scheme the new AAP government in Punjab has announced that instead of supplying wheat in public distribution, the government will supply atta or wheat flour right at the footstep of consumers. While this is generally seen as[Read More…]

by 12/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
25 Issues of Increasing and Serious Concern in India

25 Issues of Increasing and Serious Concern in India

There is increasing worry that in some areas of critical importance the situation in India has been deteriorating steadily during the last 8 years or so. As India is home to about 18 per cent of people in the world, this is clearly a matter of urgent concern. Hence a review of these disturbing trends is urgently needed with a[Read More…]

by 11/05/2022 1 comment India
Donkeys Need More Care and Compassion

Donkeys Need More Care and Compassion

They are often victims of neglect and even cruelty, while the wild ass is badly endangered People who are sincere and hard-working, simple and quiet should be highly valued for these virtues, yet their simplicity and sincerity are often misused by others. This can also be said about donkeys, who have much the same virtues and have suffered much the[Read More…]

by 07/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Sufi Amba Prasad: The One-Handed Freedom Fighter Who Fought on Two Fronts— in India and Iran

Sufi Amba Prasad: The One-Handed Freedom Fighter Who Fought on Two Fronts— in India and Iran

Freedom fighters often face immense difficulties, all the more so if they are challenging the biggest imperial power in the world. This is precisely what Sufi Amba Prasad (1858-1917) did ever since his young days. In fact he took up this challenge not in one but in two countries—India and Iran—and finally died fighting for this cause in Shiraj ([Read More…]

by 07/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
How People Can Change the World—JEPESD Path of Social Movements

How People Can Change the World—JEPESD Path of Social Movements

Many thoughtful people of world are now concerned deeply about aggravation of several serious problems led by life-threatening environmental problems and accumulation of weapons of mass destruction. At the same time they realize that the earlier problems of inequalities and injustice are also worsening in many contexts. As life-nurturing conditions of our planet are also threatened there is greater urgency[Read More…]

by 04/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Workers Made Homeless on May Day by Large Scale Slum Demolitions in Chandigarh

Workers Made Homeless on May Day by Large Scale Slum Demolitions in Chandigarh

dem On May 1, in the presence of heavy police force, demolition squads of Chandigarh swooped on huts and houses of colony number 4, Industrial Area Phase 1. The homes and hearths of nearly 5000 people, all of them from the poorest sections of one of the most affluent cities of India, were destroyed within a few hours. Many of[Read More…]

by 04/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
10 day Ordeal of Jignesh Mewani Exposes Wider  Trend to Crush Democratic Dissent

10 day Ordeal of Jignesh Mewani Exposes Wider  Trend to Crush Democratic Dissent

All those committed to protecting democracy, and more specifically to stopping the  recent trend of highly undemocratic assaults on political opponents, will feel greatly relieved by the happy ending of the 10 day ordeal of Jignesh Mewani on April 29 by the acceptance of his bail by the Barpeta district and sessions court. As a bonus gain for the democracy[Read More…]

by 01/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
May Day— Need for wider unity of workers

May Day— Need for wider unity of workers

Workers in India Feel Increasing Need for Unity in the Middle of Increasing Unemployment, Inflation and Privatization This year May Day is being observed at a time of increasing need for wider unity by workers in the wake of adverse government policies leading to increasing burden of unemployment and inflation at the same time. Policies relating to demonetization, poorly conceived[Read More…]

by 01/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why Banks Write Off Billions of the Rich but Threaten Farmers with Arrest for Small Defaults

Why Banks Write Off Billions of the Rich but Threaten Farmers with Arrest for Small Defaults

The High Court of Gujarat  recently rebuked the State Bank of India for not issuing a no dues certificate to a farmer due to the pending dues of just, believe it or not, 37 paise ( not Rs.) in his accounts! This should be read along with the statistics that the same bank wrote off loans amounting to Rs. 34,402 [Read More…]

by 30/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Fire in a landfill in Delhi

Fire in a landfill in Delhi

While Safety is First Priority, Serious Problems of the Poor Living Nearby Should Also be Reduced A big fire at the Bhalsawa landfill near  Delhi has led to the emergence of a highly hazardous situation in Delhi. Official sources have attributed this to the release of mehane gas, a GHG many times more more potent than carbon dioxide in terms[Read More…]

by 29/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, June 17, 2009. The government has started a pilot project to quantify climate benefits from the NREGA, the anti-poverty scheme that could become one of the country's main weapons to fight criticism it is not doing enough to tackle global warming. The flagship anti-poverty plan, started three years ago, provides 100 days of employment every year to tens of millions of rural poor, a move that partly helped the Congress party-led coalition return to power in a general election. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder (INDIA ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Long Delays in NREGA Wage Payments in Himachal

Recent reports indicate increasing problems in the implementation of MG-NREGA in Himachal Pradesh, the most disturbing aspect being the long delays in the payments of workers. A front page, top news report in a leading newspaper of this region Amar Ujala stated on April 28, “ in most gram panchayats of Himachal Pradesh daily wage payments of thousands of workers [Read More…]

by 29/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Remembering Sagarmal Gopa—Freedom Fighter, Author, Human Rights Activist

Remembering Sagarmal Gopa—Freedom Fighter, Author, Human Rights Activist

A freedom fighter who was killed at the age of 45 in prison in the most cruel way, Sagarmal Gopa was one of those who dared to challenge the might of the cruel royal kingdoms which often operated in even more arbitrary ways than the main colonial government and provided hardly any avenues for dissent. Gopa stood up against such[Read More…]

by 28/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Serious Threat to Secularism and Democracy in India

Serious Threat to Secularism and Democracy in India

A Timely Warning by Over 100 Very Senior Ex-Bureaucrats On 26 April over 100 former senior civil servants of India belonging to the Constitutional Conduct Group sent a letter to the Prime Minister drawing attention to the shocking increase in communal violence and government response to this. What is stated in this letter is so important that this should be[Read More…]

by 28/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Drought and Forest Fires in Himachal Pradesh

Drought and Forest Fires in Himachal Pradesh

Reports of water shortages and forest fires have been appearing all through the month of April in Himachal Pradesh. It is ironical that the tourist rush to popular hill-stations like Shimla, Manali and Kasauli increased heavily during this month, even though increasing sufferings of local villagers were reported. According to rainfall data, the rainfall from March 1 to April 23[Read More…]

by 27/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Open Space Workers Face Increasing Heat as Temperatures Rise

Open Space Workers Face Increasing Heat as Temperatures Rise

An important aspect of climate change that clearly affects many Asian and African countries more is that a very large part of their working population toils in open spaces. In a country like India where over two-thirds of the population is rural and a significant section of urban workers, like construction workers, also do much of their work in the[Read More…]

by 26/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Lapse of 37% of Development Funds in Haryana Points to Huge Administrative Failure

Lapse of 37% of Development Funds in Haryana Points to Huge Administrative Failure

In difficult times of resource crunch if some important development needs remain  unmet then this can be understood, but what about a situation when funds have been sanctioned and allocated but despite clear and crying need for utilization of these funds, these remain unspent and ultimately lapse. It is this big failure that is becoming a big debating point in[Read More…]

by 25/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
30th National Panchayati Raj Day

30th National Panchayati Raj Day

Rural Decentralization is Crucial for Strengthening Grassroots Democracy and People-Centered Development. A Reminder to Resist Over-centralizing and Corporatization Trends Today the 30th National Panchayati Raj is being observed in India. On this day we remember the passing of the 73th constitutional amendment for panchayati raj and rural decentralization in 1992. Although panchayati raj existed earlier also but the system of[Read More…]

by 24/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Important lessons South Asia must learn from  recent crisis situations

Important lessons South Asia must learn from  recent crisis situations

When things deteriorate very rapidly in any country , there is a tendency—and  a temptation– to discuss the situation more in terms of the lead personalities, particularly if these happen to be as colorful as Imran Khan. Yet there is a clear need to go beyond mere personalities and look at some of those problems which appear to be more[Read More…]

by 23/04/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Attack on Youngest Woman Pradhan of Himachal Pradesh Should be a Wake-Up Call

Attack on Youngest Woman Pradhan of Himachal Pradesh Should be a Wake-Up Call

Women Panchayat Leaders Fighting Powerful Interests Should Get Protection           It is shocking to know from recent media reports that 21 year old  Neha Verma, the youngest woman Pradhan (or elected head-person of officially constituted village council) was attacked in her village (Tambar in Palampur region). She is reported to have received serious injuries on her neck. She was attacked[Read More…]

by 22/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Earth Day re-emphasizes the urgent need for resolving the survival crisis before it is too late

Earth Day re-emphasizes the urgent need for resolving the survival crisis before it is too late

This year the Earth Day is being observed at a time when the dangers to our once beautiful and bountiful planet appear to be at their most extreme. This is not just because of the more worrying projections of climate change by leading scientists, or because of similar projections of a worsening situation with respect to other serious environmental problems.[Read More…]

by 22/04/2022 1 comment World
CUET Adds Further to the Tyranny of Imposing Over-Centralized, Exam-Centered ‘Education’

CUET Adds Further to the Tyranny of Imposing Over-Centralized, Exam-Centered ‘Education’

One of the most important requirements of our troubled world is a meaningful system of education which is able to create joyful, interesting conditions of learning linked to strong ethical values of justice, equality, honesty, truth, compassion, non-violence, care of all living beings, protection of environment and courage. A key question that any student should be exploring is—how can I[Read More…]

by 21/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Apple Orchards Should Avoid Hurried Displacement of Traditional Varieties

Apple Orchards Should Avoid Hurried Displacement of Traditional Varieties

Apple orchards have become a leading livelihood source in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Himachal Pradesh. However orchard owners have been troubled from time to time by several problems including competition from indiscriminate imports and reducing margins. In such a situation sometimes they are tempted to go in for technologies which offer a quick way to increasing yields[Read More…]

by 21/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
There can be no bigger harm to national welfare than disturbing inter-faith harmony

There can be no bigger harm to national welfare than disturbing inter-faith harmony

At a time when inter-faith harmony is being disturbed at several places in the country, it is important to recall a very important lesson of our freedom movement—all the great leaders who got the maximum support and affection of people were those who stood firmly for inter-faith harmony. People generally identified two important streams of the freedom movement—the mainstream Congress[Read More…]

by 19/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony
Ukrainian tanks move down a street in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

11 Crucial Facts About the Ukraine War

The Ukraine War is one of the most significant and sad events of our times. In the middle of several conflicting claims and counter claims, 11 facts regarding this war stand out as the most crucial With thousands dead and over four million displaced within a few weeks, this war has very high humanitarian costs. With each passing day the[Read More…]

by 18/04/2022 1 comment World
 Prospects of World Peace Damaged by Eastward Expansion of NATO

 Prospects of World Peace Damaged by Eastward Expansion of NATO

Western Diplomats and Experts Have Been Warning About US and NATO policies Escalating Ukraine Crisis  Much before the Ukraine war this year, several internationally renowned foreign policy experts, including retired senior officials and other persons close to the establishment in the USA and its western allies, have been warning that a policy of excessive hostility towards Russia, persistent interference in[Read More…]

by 17/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Environmental issues in Jammu and Kashmir need much more attention

Environmental issues in Jammu and Kashmir need much more attention

In areas that experience more political tensions including those relating to conflicts, environmental problems tend to be sidelined and neglected. This can lead to less remedial actions than in other comparable areas, while problems continue to increase. This can be seen in Jammu and Kashmir. While environmental problems have been widely discussed  in the context of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh,[Read More…]

by 15/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Release All Political Prisoners

Release All Political Prisoners

A Great Way of Celebrating 75th Anniversary of Independence is to Release All Political Prisoners. Campaign Should Start Now to be Effective by August 1 In the course of India’s long and very courageous freedom movement, India became from time to time the country with perhaps the largest number of political prisoners in the world. These included many highly distinguished[Read More…]

by 14/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Thousands of Threatened Trees Near the Origin of Ganga River Must Be Saved

Thousands of Threatened Trees Near the Origin of Ganga River Must Be Saved

Protecting the Ganga river is a cause dear to the heart of all Indians.  Nowhere is the need for protection greater than near the origin of the Ganga river or Gangotri, in Uttarakhand Himalaya. So it is shocking to know that thousands of trees face the threat of being axed here in the near future. A strong national campaign is[Read More…]

by 13/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Climate Inequality– Poorer People Exposed Much More in Overheated Cities

Climate Inequality– Poorer People Exposed Much More in Overheated Cities

As the world heats up with climate change, urban areas with their dense habitations, traffic congestions, higher pollution levels and excessive cement and concrete invariably heat up more than rural areas. What is less realized is that within a single city certain areas can heat up much more than others, and the difference can be as high as 10 degrees[Read More…]

by 12/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Rice Fortification May Prove to be Very Harmful for Our Food System

Rice Fortification May Prove to be Very Harmful for Our Food System

The government has recently announced a very fast schedule of spreading rice fortification in India. According to this schedule the supply of fortified rice to ICDS, mid-day meals, other nutrition and welfare schemes as well as to the vast public distribution system is to be completed by the year 2024. The capacity of the government to achieve this is much[Read More…]

by 11/04/2022 2 comments India
Ukraine–First Priority Should be to End War and All Round Suffering of People

Ukraine–First Priority Should be to End War and All Round Suffering of People

As each day of war increases sufferings of people of Ukraine and creates new possibilities of escalation of wider conflict, the first priority, the overwhelming priority should be to end the war as early as possible and secure immediate peace. However several forces and leaders which are in the forefront of the debate on this highly regrettable invasion do not[Read More…]

by 09/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Special Status of US Dollar Should Not be Used to Harm People of Other Countries

Special Status of US Dollar Should Not be Used to Harm People of Other Countries

            In certain historical circumstances the US dollar received the status of world reserve currency at the end of the Second World War. It is a very privileged and special position. It gives very sweeping control and benefits relating to international finance, payments, banking and trade. However with power comes responsibility and the USA certainly has a special responsibility to[Read More…]

by 09/04/2022 2 comments World
A solution for climate change which does not even mention the ff words!

A solution for climate change which does not even mention the ff words!

Is it possible to suggest a solution for climate change which does not mention the words fossil fuels even once? Before you dismiss this suggestion, kindly spare just two minutes for the very short viewpoint below. Very briefly, I recommend six changes to be taken up in the next decade as a top priority. Firstly, we have to take a[Read More…]

by 08/04/2022 1 comment Counter Solutions
3 million plus trees axed in India in a year for ‘development’ 

3 million plus trees axed in India in a year for ‘development’ 

Over 3 million trees are cut in a year to pave the way for public infrastructure projects, according to official estimates. While replying to a question in Parliament  in March the Environment Minster responded that nearly 31 lakh ( 3.1 million) trees were cut down for construction and development of public infrastructure projects across India in year 2020-21. He added[Read More…]

by 07/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
What is behind the rapid increase in depression and self-harm among children and young adults?

What is behind the rapid increase in depression and self-harm among children and young adults?

A rapid increase in mental health problems has been reported by several studies among children and adolescents (roughly the age-group 7-17) in several rich countries, particularly during the last decade or so. Such a trend is visible even in studies that end in early or mid-2019, or before this, and hence entirely exclude any COVID impacts. At the same time,[Read More…]

by 07/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Great Love Songs Created Space in Popular Culture to Challenge Forces of Social Conservatism

Great Love Songs Created Space in Popular Culture to Challenge Forces of Social Conservatism

by Bharat Dogra and Madhu Dogra 21 Most Memorable Songs of Immortal Love in Hindi Cinema Love and romance being the eternal theme of Hindi films, it is not surprising that we have so many great love songs here, but by songs of immortal love we refer specifically to those songs which speak of love as a very deep lifelong[Read More…]

by 06/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Par-Tapi-Narmada River Link Project Should be Fully Withdrawn

Par-Tapi-Narmada River Link Project Should be Fully Withdrawn

There has been a great surge of united actions by tribal communities against the Par-Tapi-Narmada River Link Project following which the central government and the Gujarat state government have suspended the project for the time-being. Apart from protests by tribal communities, the fact that the Congress party has extended its support to the opposition of this river-link project and that[Read More…]

by 06/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
A Very Important Book on Ensuring Fair Elections in India

A Very Important Book on Ensuring Fair Elections in India

In recent years, and particularly after the 2019 General Elections, there have been growing concerns regarding the fairness of the election process in India. These have ranged from highly technical issues concerning the EVMs to the systemic corruption and lack of transparency in election bonds, the amassing of huge funds by the ruling party and its misuse. A new book[Read More…]

by 05/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
April 4–Remembering Martin Luther King on his Death Anniversary

April 4–Remembering Martin Luther King on his Death Anniversary

A historic speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered even 55 years later as one of the most courageous speeches ever made. This speech stated those truths which no other leading political leader or even leading activist was willing to state in such a clear and sharp way.  The reference here is of course to the speech delivered[Read More…]

by 04/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
An Alternative Path for India

An Alternative Path for India

 A Program Based on Justice, Equality, Peace, Harmony and Environment Protection Introduction    In the middle of unprecedented world problems and many-sided internal distress, India must find a firm path based on equality, justice, meeting basic needs of all, strengthening creative livelihoods, social harmony and peace. As its present path is far from being such a path, there should be very[Read More…]

by 03/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Escalating Student Debts in Richest Countries Re-Emphasize Need for Socialist Approach to Education

Escalating Student Debts in Richest Countries Re-Emphasize Need for Socialist Approach to Education

Young People Should Not Be Starting Life Saddled With Big Debts Young people should be able to start life on a note of freedom and liberty. They should be entirely free to act according to the voice from their heart regarding what is the most promising and satisfying work for them. They should be able to choose work where they[Read More…]

by 01/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Despite Growing Evidence of Serious Risks of GM Crops, Now Attempts Are On to Find Backdoor Entry in India

Despite Growing Evidence of Serious Risks of GM Crops, Now Attempts Are On to Find Backdoor Entry in India

      At the time of a huge corporate assault to get clearance for Bt brinjal GM ( Genetically Modified) crop, farmers and civil society had joined hands together to resist this and the Environment Minister of the then UPA government  Jairam Ramesh had bravely resisted all pressures while announcing  a moratorium on this GM food crop, a decision which won[Read More…]

by 31/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
India–Massive strike of 200 million workers draws attention to increasing problems and apprehensions of workers

India–Massive strike of 200 million workers draws attention to increasing problems and apprehensions of workers

The call for a 2 day national level strike by workers given by 10 central trade unions and other supporting organizations in India drew a strong response by  over 200 million ( 20 crore) workers on March 28 and 29, according to organizers. These workers included those from ports and mines, railways and transport, banking and insurance, refineries and telecom,[Read More…]

by 30/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh, Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

If USA’s Russia policy is based on peace, this will be good for both countries and simply great for world  

At a time when the Russian invasion of Ukraine has faced a lot of well-justified criticism, a different yet related question also needs to be raised. Would Ukraine have become such a serious crisis point if the USA had sincerely adopted a policy of peace towards Russia during the last 35 years or so? Revisit Russia of three decades back.[Read More…]

by 28/03/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Remembering Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi

Remembering Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi

On March 25 is observed the death anniversary of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, a  great editor, a highly dedicated freedom fighter and a lifelong crusader for justice and freedom who sacrificed his life at a  young age of 41 in 1931 while trying to stop communal violence and rescue trapped people. His death in Kanpur, the central place of his work[Read More…]

by 25/03/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Bhagat Singh Was Deeply Influenced by Greatness of Family Members as well as Their Distress Caused by Colonial Rule

Bhagat Singh Was Deeply Influenced by Greatness of Family Members as well as Their Distress Caused by Colonial Rule

by Bharat Dogra, Jagmohan Singh and Madhu Dogra             It is often said that those who excel brilliantly at a very young age or else make big sacrifices at such an age are inspired by close family members or relatives. This can be very clearly seen in the inspirational impact of several members of the extended family or joint family[Read More…]

by 23/03/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
My 50 Years as an Independent Writer

My 50 Years as an Independent Writer

I have just completed 50 years as an independent writer. This is no news for a world busy with big things, but democracy needs truly independent, unbiased journalists and in this context my experiences of five decades have some relevance. At the more obvious level, I could contribute about ten thousand articles/reports, and four hundred books and booklets in Hindi[Read More…]

by 22/03/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
These Millions of Threatened Trees Must be Saved in Times of Climate Change

These Millions of Threatened Trees Must be Saved in Times of Climate Change

Each tree is considered to be a conserver of water, so it is extremely strange that a leading project in India widely publicized to reduce water shortages of a drought-prone area is supposed to start with the axing of 2.3 million trees, besides badly disrupting wild life including tigers  in a protected zone and displacing thousands of villagers. The claims[Read More…]

by 19/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Photo/Barefoot College

50 year Journey of the Barefoot College Celebrates Hidden Abilities and Great Potential of Ordinary People

The Barefoot College, which has emerged as one of the most creative institutions in the  field of rural development, discussed and admired at world level as a symbol of the often hidden but great abilities of ordinary people, particularly  women and weaker sections, is completing 50 years  of its eventful journey this year. Its experiences are important in the context[Read More…]

by 17/03/2022 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Excessive Tree Felling in Ecologically Crucial Himalayan Region Causes Concern

Excessive Tree Felling in Ecologically Crucial Himalayan Region Causes Concern

Recently former legislator of Himachal Pradesh Bambar Thakur has made a strong indictment of indiscriminate and illegal tree felling at various places in Bilaspur District. He has pointed out very specific sites where such felling of trees has taken place. He has also alleged that when local persons have drawn attention to such felling no action has been taken and[Read More…]

by 15/03/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Pong Dam Evictees Have Not Received Justice Even After 50 Years

Pong Dam Evictees Have Not Received Justice Even After 50 Years

It was over 50 years back that over 20,000 families living in villages of Kangra region were asked to leave their beautiful settlements to make way for Pong Dam constructed on Beas river in Himachal Pradesh. The land here was so fertile that it produced bountiful diverse crops without using any chemical fertilizers and pesticides. So people were very, very[Read More…]

by 12/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
A Book on COVID-19 that Gives Voice To the Marginalized

A Book on COVID-19 that Gives Voice To the Marginalized

While the pandemic has brought distress to all sections of people, the poor and vulnerable sections have suffered the most in this phase, not just from the disease directly but including  the impact of policy measures like prolonged lockouts which caused huge unemployment and loss of income. The urgency of discussing this issue particularly from the perspective of weaker sections[Read More…]

by 11/03/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Welfare and Empowerment of Women Suffer Badly Due to Lack of Adequate Budgetary Support

Welfare and Empowerment of Women Suffer Badly Due to Lack of Adequate Budgetary Support

Even some of the most publicized programs fall far short of funds required for proper implementation Recent times have been extremely difficult for weaker sections in India due to not just the pandemic but several highly adverse policy decisions as well. Within weaker sections it is often the women who suffer more and face the most difficulties and distress in[Read More…]

by 08/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
A Strong Case for Resurgence of Non-Alignment Movement

A Strong Case for Resurgence of Non-Alignment Movement

NAM has a new resonance in the fast-changing world In recent times the world situation has changed very swiftly, with the world getting closer and closer to getting divided between two blocks, one led by Russia and China, and the other led by the USA and its NATO allies. Other countries may face various pressures from one or the other[Read More…]

by 07/03/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

A lesson from Ukraine crisis- Decentralisation can help greatly to correct the mismatch between need and availability of medical personnel As thousands of medical students from India have recently faced extreme difficulties and risks in Ukraine, a lot of attention has been drawn to the anomaly of a very large number of Indian medical students going to study in difficult[Read More…]

by 06/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Photo Credit/Dainik Tribune newspaper

Thousands of Poorest and Most Vulnerable People Threatened by Demolitions in Ambala and Chandigarh

  In recent times urban poor households have faced great difficulties due to the pandemic as well as loss of livelihoods and income. In such times they need help and certainly nothing should be done which will increase their difficulties. So it is really very disturbing to know that thousands of hut and slum dwellers have been recently threatened by[Read More…]

by 05/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Significant Gains Achieved After Long Struggle by Construction Workers Are Threatened Now

Significant Gains Achieved After Long Struggle by Construction Workers Are Threatened Now

Very significant gains were achieved by construction workers of India in the form of two laws enacted in 1996 for their social security and welfare. Then for over two decades another phase of struggle had to continue for their implementation in the right spirit. By the year 2018 again there were significant successes in the form of decisions of Supreme[Read More…]

by 05/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
USA Must Avoid Misuse of Its ‘Exorbitant Privilege’ of Dollar Domination

USA Must Avoid Misuse of Its ‘Exorbitant Privilege’ of Dollar Domination

                  A very important issue of international relations on which open and free discussion is often avoided relates to the extent to which maintenance of worldwide domination of US dollar is important for the USA and the extent to which it is reflected in US policy. Transparency and unbiased discussion on this issue is clearly very important. The period[Read More…]

by 04/03/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

Protection of the Ganga river is one of those tasks in which the government can achieve great success with the enthusisastic involvement of people. Then why is it that success has so far proved so elusive? The available data for Varanasi, the most prioritized place for Ganga protection, reveals that in terms of the essential parameters which define acceptable water[Read More…]

by 03/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Essential Precepts of Progress Whose Importance Has Increased Further in Recent Times

Essential Precepts of Progress Whose Importance Has Increased Further in Recent Times

All through human history there has been a quest for understanding what really constitutes betterment of human beings, indeed of all inhabitants of our planet. This quest still continues, at higher levels of sophistication, with one major difference. There is now increasing recognition that major environmental problems, accumulation of weapons of mass destruction and some other issues have combined to[Read More…]

by 03/03/2022 1 comment World
While Rightly Criticizing Putin, the West Should Also Look Inwards

While Rightly Criticizing Putin, the West Should Also Look Inwards

Putin is the most criticized person in western countries today. Repeated criticism of the invasion unleashed by him is justified, both because of the enormous distress caused to the people of Ukraine and the very serious threats posed to world peace and stability. Mass protests against Ukraine’s invasion in several western countries are therefore justified. However the interests of world[Read More…]

by 02/03/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Bundelkhand—Farmers Worried by Revival of A Wasteful Project Harmful to Them

Bundelkhand—Farmers Worried by Revival of A Wasteful Project Harmful to Them

            Despite increasing budgets for water conservation and irrigation, real benefits are not reaching the villages of Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh. Wrong priorities, poor planning, alienation from people and corruption have all combined to deny badly needed benefits of widely publicized government schemes to the long-suffering people of Bundelkhand. The recent revival of Kachnauda irrigation scheme in Lalitpur district[Read More…]

by 28/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Chandrashekhar Azad and His Comrades Supported Socialist Ideas and Opposed Communalism

Chandrashekhar Azad and His Comrades Supported Socialist Ideas and Opposed Communalism

                       Today ( Feb. 27 ) is 91st death anniversary of Azad While travelling in Uttar Pradesh I have often been struck by the extent to which people still become inspired and excited by the sheer mention of the name of a freedom fighter, legends of whose courage are spread[Read More…]

by 27/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
This War Must End As Early As Possible

This War Must End As Early As Possible

The most obvious aspect of the Ukraine war just now is that it should end immediately, or as early as possible. If this lingers on, possibilities of new ways of spreading conflict can emerge. This has to be checked. This war and its violence should not spread. If all sides see reason, clearly it is possible for the conflict to[Read More…]

by 26/02/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Taxing the Billionaires

Taxing the Billionaires

In recent times there have been several well-intentioned studies and reports which strongly advocate raising more resources by imposing much higher taxes on the super-rich and billionaires. An increasing support for this is provided by the sharply escalating inequality of COVID times in which billionaires have increased as never before and have been amassing wealth to an unprecedented extent, at[Read More…]

by 25/02/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Not Just Ukraine, Entire Humanity Will Suffer

Not Just Ukraine, Entire Humanity Will Suffer

All limits of irresponsibiity have been crossed by big powers in the build-up to Russia-Ukraine war and now its actual outbreak. Beyond the immediate issues lurks the much bigger truth that the deeply troubled humanity just cannot afford any war at this critical juncture of its history, when it stands precariously at the onset of a survival crisis caused by[Read More…]

by 24/02/2022 1 comment World
Painful tragedy of six women migrant workers burning to death  in Himachal

Painful tragedy of six women migrant workers burning to death  in Himachal

On the morning of February 22 in a very tragic accident in an illegal firecrackers factory at Baathu (Una district of Himachal Pradesh), six women migrant workers were burnt to death. These included mother and daughter from a single family.  14 other workers, most of them also women migrant workers, were injured. In most cases injuries are serious. In fact[Read More…]

by 24/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Justice Denied Once Again to Persons with Disabilities in Budget Allocations

Justice Denied Once Again to Persons with Disabilities in Budget Allocations

If responsibilities with respect to a most deserving and vulnerable section of our population increase significantly and the government also accepts that responsibilities have increased yet refuses to increase the budget in accordance with increased responsibilities, then surely this is a case of serious injustice. If on top of it even the limited allocations are frequently cut mid-year and so[Read More…]

by 22/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Victims of Floods and Erosion Raise Voice Against Neglect and Injustice

Victims of Floods and Erosion Raise Voice Against Neglect and Injustice

          Recent reports from Bihar have pointed to the building up a movement of flood and erosion affected people of Bihar against denial of promised relief and rehabilitation. In addition longer term issues of the injustice done to people caught between embankments on two sides are also being raised. Although the emphasis of the movement just now is more on[Read More…]

by 17/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Experts Worried Over Drift Towards Privatisation in India’s Dairy Sector

Experts Worried Over Drift Towards Privatisation in India’s Dairy Sector

Several leading experts and veterans of the dairy sector in India have recently stated in a joint statement that they are worried about the recent privatisation trends in the National Dairy Development Board which had been engaged so far in advancing cooperatives based dairy development. In fact this trend extends to some other dairy institutions  also, sending strong signals that[Read More…]

by 16/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Veer Narayan Singh—Freedom Fighter Who Died Fighting for his People– Was Also A Food Rights Activist

Veer Narayan Singh—Freedom Fighter Who Died Fighting for his People– Was Also A Food Rights Activist

Veer Narayan Singh (1795-1857) is remembered today as a great freedom fighter of Chattisgarh and India who sacrificed his life fighting colonial rulers. A huge cricket stadium has been named after him in Chattisgarh, and this provides a convenient identity point with him to the youth. However there is more to his valiant life that we need to know and[Read More…]

by 11/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Economic Recovery Should be Led by Greater Equality

Economic Recovery Should be Led by Greater Equality

by Bharat Dogra and Kumar Gautam An issue of increasing worldwide concern is that more people have been pushed into poverty and deprivation in COVID times, negating years of progress and promise. In this context, the need for equality-led economic recovery is being increasingly emphasized and engaging a lot of attention of economists and policy-makers. This need is even more[Read More…]

by 10/02/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Himalayan Apple Growers in India Unite to Protect Domestic Market from Excessive Imports of Apples

Himalayan Apple Growers in India Unite to Protect Domestic Market from Excessive Imports of Apples

Apple orchards have become a very important part of the economy of several parts of the Himalayan region in India. This is particularly true of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, and to a lesser extent Uttarakhand. However in recent times the orchard owners and local apple traders have become increasingly worried about the increasing imports of cheaper apples from Iran. These[Read More…]

by 09/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

Problems of the bottom half of the population in the USA are much more serious than is commonly realized In the midst of increasing distress of common people, some leading opposition leaders in some important developing countries like India are increasingly drawing attention to accentuating economic inequalities as the most crucial reason for the distress of people. In this context[Read More…]

by 08/02/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Dharna at clock tower Saharanpur during anti liquor movement of Pather in 1993

 Women Led Movements Against Liquor Consumption

  Fast increase in liquor consumption is a matter of increasing concern.The WHO Status Report on Alcohol  points out that while per capita consumption of alcohol at present is highest in developed countries like the USA and European countries, the trend of increasing world consumption is mainly driven by increase in alcohol consumption in China and India and this in[Read More…]

by 07/02/2022 2 comments India
Badshah Khan Played A Crucial Role in Freedom Movement’s Consensus on Inter-Faith Harmony

Badshah Khan Played A Crucial Role in Freedom Movement’s Consensus on Inter-Faith Harmony

A legacy of the freedom movement of India which remains extremely important  not just for India but for all of South Asia relates to the enduring great importance of inter-faith harmony which is extremely important for peace, stability and prosperity of this region. A very important achievement of the freedom movement was that some of the greatest leaders, each of[Read More…]

by 05/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
162 Doctors Express Serious Concerns About GM Foods in India

162 Doctors Express Serious Concerns About GM Foods in India

In recent weeks several groups which have been active on food safety issues have expressed  concens about the serious health hazards involved in the increased possibility of introduction of imported or domestic GM foods in India. These concerns have been also related to the process of creating a regulatory framework by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).[Read More…]

by 04/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
A Strong Case for Significant Increase in NREGA Allocations in New Union Budget

A Strong Case for Significant Increase in NREGA Allocations in New Union Budget

At a time of continuing high levels of economic distress and hardship in rural areas, there is a very strong case for a big increase in budgetary allocations for those schemes which can directly help to reduce this distress. In this context two actvist groups known for their careful study and monitoring of rural employment guarantee scheme and which are[Read More…]

by 31/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Resisting Injustice With Non-Violence—Mahatma Gandhi’s Message Remains Very Relevant Today

Resisting Injustice With Non-Violence—Mahatma Gandhi’s Message Remains Very Relevant Today

During 1917-1947 for three decades tens of millions of people in India, including a large number of women, were drawn towards a path of freedom struggle whose most non-negotiable precept was that of non-violence. This remains perhaps the biggest non-violent mobilization of  people against injustice, which also had reasonable continuity over the longest period. This struggle against what was then[Read More…]

by 28/01/2022 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Urgent Need to Raise Budget Allocations for Health Sector

Urgent Need to Raise Budget Allocations for Health Sector

Even in Pandemic Times, Health Allocations Have Been Far Short of Real Needs One of the most glaring flaws of India’s fiscal policy which has  faced severe criticism relates to less than adequate allocation for health sector. Raising combined annual spending by the centre and states on health to at least 2.5% of the GDP has been mentioned often as[Read More…]

by 25/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Identifying Six Most Urgent Priorities of India in Exceptionally Difficult and Uncertain Times

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

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

by 23/01/2022 1 comment India
One Billion Dollars Per Day—This is what the top 10 billionaires of USA have been adding to their wealth in pandemic times

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

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

by 22/01/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Dominance by Billionaires Leads India’s Highway to Record Levels of Inequality

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

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

by 22/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Economics With A Human Face—Young Writer Makes A Mark With His First Book

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

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

by 21/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Reckless pursuit of linking rivers can result in ecological havoc

Reckless pursuit of linking rivers can result in ecological havoc

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

by 20/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
So, was the doubling of farmers’ income just another jumla?

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

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

by 18/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Remembering Martin Luther King on MLK day must include a strong commitment to equality, peace and democracy

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

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

by 18/01/2022 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Contributions of Hrishikesh Mukherjee to Indian Cinema Are Very Special

Contributions of Hrishikesh Mukherjee to Indian Cinema Are Very Special

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

by 15/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Heavy Snowfall in Himachal, Villagers Suffer

Heavy Snowfall in Himachal, Villagers Suffer

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

by 12/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why it is important today to recall the democratic processes which led to the moratorium on Bt brinjal

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

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

by 10/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
GM Food With Its Serious Health Hazards Should Never be Approved in India

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

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

by 10/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
When Thousands Are Evicted Each Day in A Land of Fabled Riches

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

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

by 02/01/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Accident is Another Tragic Example of Preventable Tragedies Related to Religious Gatherings

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

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

by 02/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Bhiwani Tragedy  Again Highlights Pressing Need for  Reforms in Stone Mining For Protecting Workers and Environment

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

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

by 02/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Ten Great Songs of Hope from Hindi Cinema

Ten Great Songs of Hope from Hindi Cinema

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

by 01/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
In 2022, Looking for Hope in A Troubled World

In 2022, Looking for Hope in A Troubled World

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

by 01/01/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Smokeless Tobacco Fuels Oral Cancer Crisis in South Asia

Smokeless Tobacco Fuels Oral Cancer Crisis in South Asia

Photo Credit—Jan Swasthya Sahyog Recently when top Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan  withdrew from surrogate advertising of smokeless tobacco (SLT), it was welcomed but with a caveat- some other popular film actors still continue to contribute to booming sales of a product that is the number one  cause of a very serious oral cancer crisis in S.Asia. The Cigarettes and Other[Read More…]

by 28/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
A Cottage Scale Publication Effort For Social Change

A Cottage Scale Publication Effort For Social Change

While the book publishing scene is increasingly dominated by big publishers, an important social role has been always filled by small publishers often functioning at the margins. Despite the modest scale of their work, these have made very important contributions from time to time. When I started working as a freelance journalist about 49 years back, I soon had a[Read More…]

by 27/12/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Why Are Mental Health Problems Abnormally High and Increasing in Several Rich Countries

Why Are Mental Health Problems Abnormally High and Increasing in Several Rich Countries

It is a paradox—and a very worrying one too- that in the middle of overall high levels of prosperity  the burden of mental health problems is very high in several rich countries and appears to be increasing in some important contexts. In the USA 1 in 4 adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to[Read More…]

by 26/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Growing Need for Unity of Social Movements

Growing Need for Unity of Social Movements

            Two important aspects of present-day world are increasingly clear. Firstly, while the need for closer unity of sincere social movements has always been there, but in the middle of increasing and to some extent unprecedented difficulties, the need for such unity has certainly increased further in recent times. Secondly, ironically, while this need for more unity has increased, at[Read More…]

by 26/12/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Bangladesh: Two Million Lives That Could Have Been Saved, but Were Not

Bangladesh: Two Million Lives That Could Have Been Saved, but Were Not

How Nixon and Kissinger failed to respond to urgent need for course-correction from their own senior diplomats This year events relating to the liberation of Bangladesh have been recalled time and again as Bangladesh has completed 50 years as a nation. On March 26 Bangladesh celebrated its 50th freedom day as the first announcement of its freedom was made on[Read More…]

by 16/12/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
World Inequality Report presents a damning indictment of the development path and priorities of India

World Inequality Report presents a damning indictment of the development path and priorities of India

The World Inequality Report (WIR) is widely regarded as a highly credible and comprehensive report on the extent of inequalities in world. The latest WIR for year 2022 has been released very recently and this presents a damning indictment of the very high level of inequalities in India. As presented in WIR, the levels of wealth and income inequalities in[Read More…]

by 09/12/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Can Green Revolution Belts Return to Ecologically Protective Farming?

Can Green Revolution Belts Return to Ecologically Protective Farming?

From time to time there are disturbing reports of environmental ruin in various green revolution belts of the country. The most prominent such belt is that of Punjab-Haryana-Western UP and Terai belt. Here from time to time we hear of very serious reports of water depletion and pollution, serious harm to soil health, burning of crop residues and other forms[Read More…]

by 08/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Supreme Court Judge Gives Voice to Agony of Millions Belonging to Denotified and Nomadic Tribes

Supreme Court Judge Gives Voice to Agony of Millions Belonging to Denotified and Nomadic Tribes

            Supreme Court Judge Justice D.Y.Chandrachud recently gave voice to the suppressed agony of millions of members of denotified tribes when he clearly stated that injustice and discrimination was still being suffered by them over 7 decades after independence. Speaking on the occasion of the 13th B.R.Ambedkar Memorial Lecture on ‘Conceptualizing Marginalisation’ organized by the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies[Read More…]

by 07/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
Courage, Caution and the Spirit of 1971

Courage, Caution and the Spirit of 1971

Most wars are not justified. However 50 years ago, as India prepared for war during the greater part of 1971, these preparations were well justified, and were in fact necessary to prevent a higher loss of human lives. Pakistan under Yahya Khan had chosen to suppress the democratic aspiarations of the people of its eastern wing in a most cruel[Read More…]

by 05/12/2021 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Supreme Court’s Suggestion of Community Kitchens to Reduce Hunger Should be Widely Welcomed

Supreme Court’s Suggestion of Community Kitchens to Reduce Hunger Should be Widely Welcomed

The Supreme Court has made a strong recommendation for organizing community kitchens in various parts of country wherever these are needed to prevent hunger. This is the most direct way of reducing hunger which should be widely welcomed. I remember visiting a community kitchen at the peak of the drought some time back in Bundelkhand region. The hunger here was[Read More…]

by 26/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Why Minimum Support Price Should Not Be Separated From the Imperative of Ecologically Protective Farming

Why Minimum Support Price Should Not Be Separated From the Imperative of Ecologically Protective Farming

After the acceptance of the demand for the repeal of three farm laws, the minimum support price (MSP) issue is now the main remaining issue between the government and the farmers’ movement. Unlike the simpler issue of repealing or not repealing the three controversial laws the MSP issue is a more complex issue which needs to be more carefully integrated[Read More…]

by 25/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Several Serious  Environmental Problems Have to be Resolved Simultaneously For A Safe Future

Several Serious  Environmental Problems Have to be Resolved Simultaneously For A Safe Future

          There is widespread agreement that a number of very serious environmental problems together threaten the future of our planet. These problems inter-act with each other, are related to each other  and at a practical level, we and other species have to bear their combined burden at the same time. Despite this rather obvious reality the response to these problems[Read More…]

by 24/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
A Common Justice-Based Program for Entire World to Check Climate Change

A Common Justice-Based Program for Entire World to Check Climate Change

While the need for checking climate change is being re-emphasized with a great sense of urgency, at the same time the inadequacy of the existing response and efforts to check climate change is also emerging clearly. Hence here we present a very different approach to checking climate change. This approach is based on a common program for the entire world,[Read More…]

by 24/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Three Assassinations Which Refuse to Die–How Authorities Failed to Unravel Tragedies Which Changed Recent US History

Three Assassinations Which Refuse to Die–How Authorities Failed to Unravel Tragedies Which Changed Recent US History

During 1963-68 the USA was shaken by assassinations of its three most promising and popular leaders. The overall impact was in terms of a big loss to forces of peace and civil rights, and a boost to forces of foreign aggression and domestic injustice. The three lives lost were those of President John F. Kennedy followed by the loss 5[Read More…]

by 20/11/2021 2 comments World
Farm Laws Repeal:  A Historic Day For India

Farm Laws Repeal:  A Historic Day For India

On November 19 the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi announced the important decision of repealing three highly controversial farm laws. This decision should be widely welcomed cutting across narrow narrow political divides. The Prime Minister has  been full of praise for his government’s farm policies and in fact even for the farm laws even while agreeing to repeal[Read More…]

by 19/11/2021 1 comment India
Guru Nanak Jayanti  

Guru Nanak Jayanti  

November 19, Friday is Guru Nanak Jayanti. The great saints of Bhakti movement combined in their personality and work very precious aspects of social reform and deep spirituality. Their message of social reform was often  much ahead of their times and the strength of deep spirituality was needed to take this forward. When confronting tyrants and oppressors Guru Nanak and[Read More…]

by 18/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Himachal Workers Demand Delayed NREGA Wages

Himachal Workers Demand Delayed NREGA Wages

Himachal Pradesh has been experiencing several adversities in recent times including erratic weather conditions.  The year 2021 started with a prolonged drought spell and unseasonal, widespread forest fires. After this there have been several spells of very heavy rain concentrated in a short span, sometimes accompanied by hailstorm, which have caused extensive damage to seasonal crops and horticultural produce from[Read More…]

by 17/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Mannu Bhandari Often Surprised Her Readers by Reaching Out for New Heights

Mannu Bhandari Often Surprised Her Readers by Reaching Out for New Heights

Mannu Bhandari, the eminent and popular Hindi writer is no more. She passed away on Monday November 15 at Gurugram, near Delhi, at the age of 90. Apart from her countless readers, she will be missed by many teachers and students, particularly those at Miranda House, Delhi University where she taught Hindi literature for a long time. She won early[Read More…]

by 16/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Workers of India Declare Their Determination to Protect Not Just Their Rights but the Entire Economy as Well

Workers of India Declare Their Determination to Protect Not Just Their Rights but the Entire Economy as Well

If policies of crony capitalism, plunder of people and imperialist exploitation dominate the economic regime of a country, then along with the overall decline of the economy it is inevitable that workers of that country will have to suffer a lot. In such a situation workers and their unions will also have to assert themselves to protect their rights but[Read More…]

by 15/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Five Great Solidarity Songs from Classic Hindi Films We Can Never Forget

Five Great Solidarity Songs from Classic Hindi Films We Can Never Forget

Great solidarity songs never die. There will always be more struggles where these will be hummed and sung to strengthen resolve and unity. This is certainly true of the five great songs from classic Hindi films we discuss here. Decades after these were created, these songs still continue to inspire. Songs of solidarity often tend to be sung together and[Read More…]

by 14/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Three Paradigms of Climate Change Response—Time to Make A Clear Choice

Three Paradigms of Climate Change Response—Time to Make A Clear Choice

The present world is a world based on high levels of glaring inequality, domination, violence and injustice (IDVI), all these four serious problems being related to each other at various levels and responsible for most of the distress. Such a world is now additionally faced by a very serious threat of climate change (and other related environmental problems) which even[Read More…]

by 13/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Photo credit: Rise Up Times

Climate Change Cannot be Resolved Without Strong Commitment Also to  Justice and Peace

              It is becoming increasingly clearer by the day, and confirmed further by COP 26 deliberations, that the climate change crisis cannot be resolved without accompanying strong commitment to peace and justice. At a time when it has become increasingly important to explore all sources of potential reduction of GHG emissions, how can we expect to succeed when possibly[Read More…]

by 11/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Why the Surya Sen Saga of Freedom Movement Remains So Inspiring Even Today

Why the Surya Sen Saga of Freedom Movement Remains So Inspiring Even Today

 When Surya Sen sacrificed his life at the age of only 40 for the freedom of India in 1934, he had already succeeded in inspiring a very large number of youth to devote their life to the freedom movement. Although he had been subjected to extremely painful torture before being hanged on 12 January, he was completely unwavering in his[Read More…]

by 10/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Trying to Solve One Problem by Increasing Another Will Not Protect Environment

Trying to Solve One Problem by Increasing Another Will Not Protect Environment

The increasing emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuels should be very widely welcomed, but the entire environmental issue cannot be reduced to just this. It is much wider. However our systems have suffered often from a one-point approach to solving complex problems, or may be they are not yet capable of a holistic approach. In the present[Read More…]

by 09/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Hindi Literature’s Saga of Villagers Who Face Displacement

Hindi Literature’s Saga of Villagers Who Face Displacement

As the development model implemented in India in recent decades has involved the displacement of a large number of people, millions have faced eviction and displacement.  As the suffering people and those who have come close to them know only too well, the overwhelming majority of displaced people have been denied justice and their rehabilitation effort has been extremely unsatisfactory.[Read More…]

by 07/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, June 17, 2009. The government has started a pilot project to quantify climate benefits from the NREGA, the anti-poverty scheme that could become one of the country's main weapons to fight criticism it is not doing enough to tackle global warming. The flagship anti-poverty plan, started three years ago, provides 100 days of employment every year to tens of millions of rural poor, a move that partly helped the Congress party-led coalition return to power in a general election. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder (INDIA ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Implementation Problems of Rural Employment Law Increase Distress of Rural Poor in India

A law enacted by the previous UPA Government in India to provide rural employment guarantee proved to be a significant help in reducing the aggravated distress of the rural poor in pandemic times last year. However while the pandemic related distress had not yet abated, the union government with undue haste reduced the budget for this important program, leading to[Read More…]

by 06/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
A 2 Per cent Tax on Billionaires Can Provide 260 Billion Dollars to Climate Fund

A 2 Per cent Tax on Billionaires Can Provide 260 Billion Dollars to Climate Fund

In 2009 a commitment was made by rich countries to create an annual fund of 100 billion dollars to help the Global South in climate change mitigation and adaptation by 2020.  Leaving aside the loans, the grants provided in the year 2020 under this fund actually amount to just about 16 billion dollars or so. Considering that climate change is[Read More…]

by 05/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Banjara Market Demolition in Gurugram is Cruel Reminder of Continuing Injustice to 10 million Vendors and Hawkers in India

Banjara Market Demolition in Gurugram is Cruel Reminder of Continuing Injustice to 10 million Vendors and Hawkers in India

In the first week of October the Banjara Market of Gurugram, a place of livelihoods as well as housing for a marginalized community, was demolished. In recent years this had become a popular place for purchasing crafts, house décor items and furniture at reasonable rates. More sensitive authorities would have instead taken steps to help these small entrepreneurs and seen[Read More…]

by 02/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
As Climate Change Threats Increase, Solutions Offered by Farmers and Workers Should Get More Attention

As Climate Change Threats Increase, Solutions Offered by Farmers and Workers Should Get More Attention

          There is deepening concern worldwide at the increasing threats from climate change and the ongoing Climate Summit at Glasgow is in the middle of examining these serious issues. Scientists are giving increasing attention to finding smarter ways of climate change mitigation and adaptation. However adequate attention is not yet being given to properly tapping the potential contribution which ordinary[Read More…]

by 01/11/2021 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Global South Needs Unity to Ensure Justice in Climate Funding 

Global South Needs Unity to Ensure Justice in Climate Funding 

There is increasing need for all the countries of the Global South to respond with growing unity on several important issues of common interest. One of these important issues relates to justice in climate funding. As the Glasgow Climate Summit—the Convention on Climate Change 26th Conference of Parties (COP26)–  starts today ( October 31) an important concern will be to[Read More…]

by 31/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
S.N.Subba Rao—the Gandhian Known for Surrender of Dacoits and Inspirational Youth Camps Is No More

S.N.Subba Rao—the Gandhian Known for Surrender of Dacoits and Inspirational Youth Camps Is No More

Eminent Gandhian S.N.Subba Rao is no more. He breathed his last at the age of 92 in Jaipur on October 27. He will be remembered by countless people for spreading the message of justice, peace and non-violence for over seven decades, but above all he will be remembered by those who had the cherished the experience of attending his youth[Read More…]

by 28/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Ten Strong Reasons Why Ken-Betwa River Link Project Should Be Withdrawn Immediately

Ten Strong Reasons Why Ken-Betwa River Link Project Should Be Withdrawn Immediately

The Ken-Betwa  River Link Project (KBRLP) is one of the most disputed river projects of India. Involving two states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, this Rs. 35000 crore ( Rs. 3500 billion) project involves the construction of a dam and a 230 km  canal, largely ( but not entirely) in Bundelkhand region of these two states, to take the[Read More…]

by 25/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Green Parties Improve Prospects of Entering Government

Green Parties Improve Prospects of Entering Government

In recent years leaders of Green political parties have served in coalition governments of several countries. They could do this generally because they had done well in elections and so when coalition governments were formed they could enter the government in important positions and could influence government decisions,of course in favor of environment protection but often also in favor of[Read More…]

by 22/10/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Uttarakhand Again Faces Serious Disaster Situation

Uttarakhand Again Faces Serious Disaster Situation

This week many parts of Uttrakhand have again faced disaster like conditions of very heavy and concentrated rain, landslides, heavier then expected water flows and floods. At the time of writing on Wednesday evening ( October 20), 46 deaths have been reported and 11  are reported missing. Rescues by National Disaster Response Team and others resulted in timely rescue of[Read More…]

by 20/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
A Time for Giving Special Attention to Safety of Coal Miners

A Time for Giving Special Attention to Safety of Coal Miners

Safety should always get importance in coal mining operations but in addition special conditions have emerged now in which it is even more important to emphasize safety of coal mining and coal miners in India. This is particularly true of the most extensive coal mining belt in the state of Jharkhand and neighboring areas. As is well-known, electricity generation in[Read More…]

by 20/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Special Significance of Protecting Boral River  

Special Significance of Protecting Boral River  

If people in India are told that the Ganga and Jamuna meet in Bangladesh then they will not believe this easily as they know very well that the Ganga and the Yamuna/Jamuna meet at the famous sangam (confluence) near Prayagraj, or near the city of Allahabad, a very famous place of pilgrimage as well as tourist interest.  However the fact[Read More…]

by 19/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Rice Biodiversity in India Faces A New and Serious Threat

Rice Biodiversity in India Faces A New and Serious Threat

In recent decades one of the greatest losses that India has suffered has been in the form of loss of the biodiversity of its crops. The 55 years of 1965-2020, the so-called green revolution years, can be described as the years of gratest loss of farm biodiversity in the country as traditional seeds of great diversity and immense value were[Read More…]

by 18/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
60 Years Later, The Farewell  Speech of President Eisenhower  Appears Even More Relevant Now

60 Years Later, The Farewell  Speech of President Eisenhower  Appears Even More Relevant Now

 Dwight D. Eisenhower had the special distinction of being a very highly decorated and senior five-star military general in-charge of some of the most crucial battles of the second world war who went on to become two-term President of the USA in the important post war phase ( 1953 -1961). When his maximum allowed 8 years of two terms were[Read More…]

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World Food Day Should be Time to Protect Health and Livelihoods By Correcting Distorted Policies

World Food Day Should be Time to Protect Health and Livelihoods By Correcting Distorted Policies

World Food Day ( October 16 ) may be just the right time to reconsider several highly controversial decisions taken in recent times which will create several avoidable problems in food and farming sectors. The Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Sh. Piyush  Goyal said whle addressing a press conference in Shimla ( lead news in Amar Ujala dated 26[Read More…]

by 16/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Pink Bollworm Attacks in Punjab Again Raise Questions About Bt Cotton

Pink Bollworm Attacks in Punjab Again Raise Questions About Bt Cotton

           Farmers across a vast cotton growing area of Punjab and some parts of neighboring  Haryana are today extremely bitter about the extensive damage caused by pink bollworm pest, while memories of other serious pest attacks also continue to trouble them. Neel Kamal reported in The Times of India ( Chandigarh edition, 28 September, 2021), “ The pink bollworm attack[Read More…]

by 14/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Fault Lines Which Ruined the War on Terror Are Still Scary

Fault Lines Which Ruined the War on Terror Are Still Scary

As the war on terror stands struck in the ruins of Afghanistan, more attention will be given hopefully to  repairing  the fault lines which caused the debacle. Ominously , however, many factors which led to terrible mistakes in the war on terror continue to retain a scary presence. US authorities must realize that their discourse on this and related issues[Read More…]

by 14/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Imperialism
Policy Response Still Awaited As Himachal Pradesh Records Very Heavy Loss in Floods and Landslides

Policy Response Still Awaited As Himachal Pradesh Records Very Heavy Loss in Floods and Landslides

Himachal Pradesh is a small state with a population of only about seven million people.  Hence it should be particularly worrying that at the end  of the monsoon season this year floods ( particularly flash floods), landslides and heavy rains are officially estimated to have led to a loss of as many as 461 lives, with 13 people missing.  The[Read More…]

by 13/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Now That Two Chief Ministers Have Raised Serious Questions About Role of Dams  in Aggravating Floods, Can We See Some Action?

Now That Two Chief Ministers Have Raised Serious Questions About Role of Dams  in Aggravating Floods, Can We See Some Action?

        Recently the Chief Minister of West Bengal  Mamata Banerjee has written a detailed letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the man-made floods created in her state due to excessive  water discharge from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) Dams. In particular she has criticized the discharge of about 10 lakh acre-feet of water between September 30 and October 2 2021[Read More…]

by 12/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Let’s Get Rid of Communal Myths Falsely Spread as History

Let’s Get Rid of Communal Myths Falsely Spread as History

             As communal harmony has come under stress in recent years due to propagation of myths about excessive faith based hostility in historical times,   it is important to get rid of these myths so that the foundation of social harmony and inter-faith harmony in our country can be strengthened. The long battle between Rana Pratap and Akbar is well[Read More…]

by 06/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony
Amidst Growing  Repression Against Farmers’ Movement, 15 Reasons Why  Government Should  Avoid Use of Force

Amidst Growing  Repression Against Farmers’ Movement, 15 Reasons Why  Government Should  Avoid Use of Force

There are increasingly worrying signs of the government becoming increasingly becoming more repressive towards farmers. On October 3, just a day after Gandhi Jayanti, four farmers and a journalist were killed at a protest site in  Lakhimpur Khiri district (UP) when a car of a son of a union minister crashed into them. Just a little before this, the BJP[Read More…]

by 05/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Millions of Afghans have been displaced by the war. Photo: MikrofonNews

Humanitarian Crisis Looms Large in Afghanistan and Myanmar

While political changes have been in the forefront of most recent discussion on Afghanistan and Myanmar, a serious humanitarian crisis looms large for several million people. Over 50% of the nearly 88 million people living in these troubled lands are likely to face serious shortages of food, medicine and other essential needs. Invariably minorities identified on religious, ethnic, regional or[Read More…]

by 05/10/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Gandhi’s Legacy Can Still Bring Hope and Healing to A Violent World

Gandhi’s Legacy Can Still Bring Hope and Healing to A Violent World

73 years after his death, Mahatma Gandhi and his messages continue to be remembered in the context of many possible solutions for problems of a deeply troubled world. His birthday October 2 is a time for  events in his memory in many parts of world, a time also for re-emphasizing his key precept of non-violence as a way of life.[Read More…]

by 03/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Heed Gandhi’s Voice to Minimize Discontents of Globalization

Heed Gandhi’s Voice to Minimize Discontents of Globalization

Economic ideas of Mahatma Gandhi are most remembered for his emphasis on village self-reliance, a far cry from   globalization. Despite this, as his birth anniversary is observed on October 2, a world troubled by many discontents of globalization may find it useful to consult Gandhian ideas for reducing them and getting some clues to important reforms as well. Mahatma Gandhi[Read More…]

by 01/10/2021 1 comment Life/Philosophy
75 Years of ‘Neecha Nagar’

75 Years of ‘Neecha Nagar’

A film on struggles of slum-dwellers, won the first top international award for India Much before the advent of the new wave in Indian cinema, during the decade of the 1950s several films of great social commitment which reflected the ideals of the freedom movement. However what is even more remarkable is that even before independence, braving the even higher[Read More…]

by 30/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Doctors Mobilize in COVID Times To Protect Essential Conditions of Proper Care to Patients

Doctors Mobilize in COVID Times To Protect Essential Conditions of Proper Care to Patients

 At world level an increasing number of eminent doctors have  been expressing anguish since the advent of COVID-19 that   that they are under increasing pressure to work only in the narrow confines of what is imposed from above, and when they  they try to act on the basis of the best of their judgment then they face undue opposition and[Read More…]

by 29/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Remembering Two Great Martrys Shahid Bhagat Singh and Shahid Shankar Guha Niyogi   

Remembering Two Great Martrys Shahid Bhagat Singh and Shahid Shankar Guha Niyogi   

September 28 is the 113th birth anniversary of the most loved and remembered freedom fighter of India Shahid Bhagat Singh. It is also the 30th death anniversary of Shahid Shankar Guha Niyogi. Subhash Chandra Bose while broadcasting his message to people of India from his Azad Hind Fauz camps had referred to Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of Nation ([Read More…]

by 28/09/2021 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Why River Pollution and Depletion Remains A Serious Threat In India

Why River Pollution and Depletion Remains A Serious Threat In India

In recent decades India has heard a lot about such appealing, consoling programs like the Ganga Action Plan, the Yamuna Action Plan, the National River Conservation Plan and finally Namami Gange. So it is all the more disturbing to know from recent reports and other indicators that the problem of river pollution remains serious, endangering health of human beings and[Read More…]

by 26/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Kamla Bhasin Combined Great Kindness with Firmness of Resolve

Kamla Bhasin Combined Great Kindness with Firmness of Resolve

Kamla Bhasin passed away in the early hours today ( September 25 2021) at the age of 75. She will be remembered by many people and several organizations in South Asia (and elsewhere)  to whom she reached out at several levels with many-sided contributions. She made valuable and original contributions to feminist thinking and theory, particularly in the context of[Read More…]

by 25/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Sonipat Accident Again Highlights Urgent Need For Improving  Safety of Schools

Sonipat Accident Again Highlights Urgent Need For Improving  Safety of Schools

On September 23 , in Gannaur area of Sonipat district, Haryana, the collpase of a roof led to  25 students of grade 3 getting injured. They were rushed to hospital. In addition three other persons including a teacher were injured too. This tragic incident has once again highlighted the need for significant improvement in safety conditions in school—governmet schools as[Read More…]

by 25/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Gudiya (name changed) at her house, eating plain rice form a plate, sharing it with her sisters- Photo Courtsey - Sachin Kumar Jain

Simple Processing Reforms Can Ensure Healthier Food 

Everyone agrees that we should get adequate adequate vitamins in our food. But supposing someone first removes the vitamins in your natural food and then asks you to pay extra for artificially putting the vitamins back in this  food then what will be your reaction? Surely you will protest against this, and your protest will be all the louder if[Read More…]

by 22/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Changes Needed in Panchayati Raj and Decentralized Administration

Changes Needed in Panchayati Raj and Decentralized Administration

India has established an elaborate three-tier system of decentralisation known as Panchayati Raj. This is in tune with the three tier administrative system of village panchayat, block and district level. However some changes in this system have been overdue.  Before making some important suggestions   this writer will like to clarify that no retrenchment or loss of job ( or even[Read More…]

by 22/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
15 Essential Steps For Proper Nutrition To Reach All

15 Essential Steps For Proper Nutrition To Reach All

India has suffered for a long time from  significant levels of malnutrition and hunger. It is  very important to give high priority to rducing this. Unfortunately, some fiercely propagated solutions such as mandatory fortification of  staple food products and promotion of GM crops  are motivated more by promotion of big business interests than by actual reduction of malnutrition. In fact[Read More…]

by 20/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Proposed Mandatory Fortification of Rice and Edible Oils —A Wasteful and Harmful Proposal Best Avoided

Proposed Mandatory Fortification of Rice and Edible Oils —A Wasteful and Harmful Proposal Best Avoided

  Recently a controversy has erupted around the  ‘planned mandatory fortification of Edible Oil with Vitamin A and Vitamin D and Rice with Vitamin B12, Iron and Folic Acid’, as announced by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Early this year the FSSAI had issued draft regulation for mandatory fortification of edible oils and proposal for mandatory[Read More…]

by 17/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Reason Wounded—Why Peace and Socal  Harmony Activist Harsh Mander and Organizations Associated With Him Are Being Harassed So Badly ?

Reason Wounded—Why Peace and Socal  Harmony Activist Harsh Mander and Organizations Associated With Him Are Being Harassed So Badly ?

OVER 600 ACADEMICS, ADVOCATES, ACTIVISTS, CIVIL SERVANTS, WRITERS, FILM MAKERS, JOURNALISTS, MUSICIANS, ARTISTS and OTHERS. CONDEMN THE RAIDS ON THE OFFICES AND PRIVATE HOME OF ONE OF INDIA’S LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS & PEACE ACTIVISTS, HARSH MANDER Harsh Mander is widely known in India and internationally as a leading peace and social harmony activist of India who was earlier also as[Read More…]

by 17/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Need for Caution and Care in Protecting Edible Oil Interests

Need for Caution and Care in Protecting Edible Oil Interests

In recent years the import bill for edible oils has been increasing in a very big way and some big initiative was expected from the union government to reduce this. The direction of government plans was indicated earlier also but more formally  the new plans  for the edible oil sector were announced on August 18. These indicate that  the government[Read More…]

by 15/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Year After Year, Sages of Matri Sadan Continue Their Struggle and Sacrifice for Protecting the Ganga

Year After Year, Sages of Matri Sadan Continue Their Struggle and Sacrifice for Protecting the Ganga

In recent weeks, the sages of Matri Sadan, an ashram based in Haridwar ( Uttarakhand ) have been very active in their efforts to protect Ganga river. Their preferred method has been again to fast to draw attention to numerous violations of earlier promises to protect the Ganga river. At the time of writing this on September 13, the fast[Read More…]

by 13/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
To Protect Health ‘Right to Sit’ Needed for All Workers Exposed to Prolonged Standing 

To Protect Health ‘Right to Sit’ Needed for All Workers Exposed to Prolonged Standing 

In recent years increasing  medical evidence has poured in regarding the serious adverse health impacts of prolonged standing. These advese impacts have been noticed in many lines of work as a serious occupational risk. Women workers are even more vulnerable than men workers. In this context the  Tamil Nadu Government deserves praise for  recently introducing an amendment in the Works[Read More…]

by 12/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
The Other 9/11: Salvador Allende and Chile

The Other 9/11: Salvador Allende and Chile

On September 11 the world  rightly pays homage to the nearly 3000 victims of the horrible 9/11 attack in the USA. However on this day we should in addition also remember the perhaps even higher number of victims of the US-assisted  military coup in Chile on September 11 1973 which also resulted in the highly tragic and widely mourned death[Read More…]

by 11/09/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Why the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Should Be An Overdue Moment of Truth

Why the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Should Be An Overdue Moment of Truth

As the world appproaches the solemn occasion of the 20th anniversary of the most horrible 9/11 attack, it feels weighed down also with the recent reality of the Taliban , still maintaining its links with Al-Queda, being back in the seat of power in Kabul. Questions relating to the when, where and why of the war against terror going wrong[Read More…]

by 09/09/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Keshav Desiraju Has Left Us When His Contributions  Are Most Needed

Keshav Desiraju Has Left Us When His Contributions  Are Most Needed

Keshav Desiraju, India’s former health secretary who made a lasting contribution to public health in India, breathed his last on September 5. He died from ‘acute coronary syndrome’. He inherited the scholarly legacy of his grandfather, India’s much-admired second President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and contributed at least two very important books which reflected the diversity of his interests. He will be[Read More…]

by 06/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Apple Growers in Himachal Protest Against Denial of Fair Price

Apple Growers in Himachal Protest Against Denial of Fair Price

The last week  in Himachal Pradesh has witnessed a surge of disappointment and discontent among apple growers of Himachal Pradesh as the price received by them has been much below their expectations. Local newspapers have been full of these reports and Amar Ujala, a leading Hindi newspaper, went to the extent of  full page coverage of this issue, apart from[Read More…]

by 03/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Urgent Steps Needed to Improve Worsening Housing  Situation in COVID Times

Urgent Steps Needed to Improve Worsening Housing  Situation in COVID Times

Housing problems both for the weaker sections as well as for the middle class have worsened during COVID times. This can be seen even in some of the developed countries, although the problem is much more serious in poorer countries. Recent reports from the USA suggest that the period of moratrium on evictions ( due to non-payment of rent or[Read More…]

by 31/08/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Two Decades After  Assassination, the Lion of Panjshir Continues to Inspire Resistance

Two Decades After  Assassination, the Lion of Panjshir Continues to Inspire Resistance

Just two days before the horrible 9/11 attack on the USA, on September 9  2001, another extremely tragic attack took place in  far-away Afghanistan which resulted in the assassination of rebel commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, the fabled Lion of Panjshir. As subsequent events were to prove, this 9/9 attack was related to the bigger 9/11 attack . What is even[Read More…]

by 27/08/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Policy of Spreading Monocultures Has Been Harmful for Himalayan Ecology

Policy of Spreading Monocultures Has Been Harmful for Himalayan Ecology

While any new large-scale deforestation immediately attracts attention, the more insidious change of species  often escapes attention and concern. However these changes can be very important. In particular if the share of broad-leaf species like the oak reduces significantly, then the soil and water conservation role as well as flood protection role of Himalayan and foothill forests will be lost[Read More…]

by 24/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Barefoot College Lights the Path of Decentralized Solar

Barefoot College Lights the Path of Decentralized Solar

            While the importance of increasing renewable energy particularly solar energy is now widely recognized, there is need also for giving more importance to its decentralized spread. There has been a tendency of placing more dependence on mega projects taken up by big business houses for expanding solar power capacity in several countries including India, but this can have several[Read More…]

by 22/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Why the Latest Rs. 11000 Crore Scheme is Not the Right Answer for  the Edible Oils Crisis

Why the Latest Rs. 11000 Crore Scheme is Not the Right Answer for  the Edible Oils Crisis

The burden of edible oil imports has been increasing and edible oil prices have been rising sharply. Hence it was only to be expected that the government will soon announce some major initiative to resolve this crisis. On August 18 the Union Government announced the National Mission on Edible Oils with a financial outlay of Rs. 110,40 crore ( one[Read More…]

by 21/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Haiti—Serious Humanitarian Crisis Needs Urgent Attention

Haiti—Serious Humanitarian Crisis Needs Urgent Attention

The recent international focus on Afghanistan has led to the unfortunate neglect of a many-sided humanitarian crisis in Haiti which has aggravated around the same time. First, a high-intensity earthquake struck, and this was followed very soon by a tropical storm which brought heavy rains and flooding. This mountainous country is very prone to mudslides and landslides at the time[Read More…]

by 18/08/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Construction Workers Try to Protect Rights Achieved After A Long Struggle

Construction Workers Try to Protect Rights Achieved After A Long Struggle

In the first week of August construction workers from several parts of the country organized protests in Delhi and submitted memorandum of their demands to the union government, including the Labor Minister and the Prime Minister. Although the number of those joining the protest was kept low keeping in view COVID related precautions regarding travel and gatherings, construction workers from[Read More…]

by 15/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
India Will Progress Best by Remaining True to Ideals of Freedom Movement

India Will Progress Best by Remaining True to Ideals of Freedom Movement

India achieved independence in exceptionally difficult circumstances, but India also inherited a very rich legacy of the freedom movement to guide its path of progress after independence. It was a legacy much more valuable than any great treasure of gold or diamonds. It was a legacy obtained from the great struggles and  sacrifices of several million freedom  fighters who not[Read More…]

by 14/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Remembering Trepan Singh Chauhan on his First Death Anniversary  

Remembering Trepan Singh Chauhan on his First Death Anniversary  

Trepan Singh Chauhan, a great activist-author of Uttarakhand, left us last year (2020) on August 13, leaving behind a rich legacy of activism and writings that will serve as a source of inspiration for a long time. He died when he was only 48, and during his potentially most productive years he suffered from serious health problems and from the[Read More…]

by 13/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Three Great Stories Which Reflect the Perception of Smaller Children

Three Great Stories Which Reflect the Perception of Smaller Children

Most of the great works of literature have been written from the perception of adult characters. It is seldom that a story with a small child as the main character finds a secure place in world literature, and it is even more rare to find the entire story being told from the perception of a small child. This is all[Read More…]

by 11/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Sharp Rise in Edible Oil Price Indicates Wider Failure

Sharp Rise in Edible Oil Price Indicates Wider Failure

The Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry informed the Rajya Sabha in the first week of  August  that the sharpest rise in retail  price of edible oils has been recorded in 2021 on a year-on-year basis since 2016. The price of sunflower oil this year has increased by 41%, folowed by a rise of 37% for soyabean oil, 35% for palmolin[Read More…]

by 10/08/2021 1 comment India
Sports Policy Should Aim to Promote Health, Joy and Team-Spirit

Sports Policy Should Aim to Promote Health, Joy and Team-Spirit

Some of the most hearwarming memories of the recent Olympic Games for India will remain of sportspersons from humble backgrounds overcoming very heavy odds to perform very well at the biggest international sports event. Whether their hard work and perseverence resulted  in medals or not, the great effort they put in won widespread admiration. The most obvious example is that[Read More…]

by 09/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
With the Passing Away of Padma Sachdev, Dogri Literature Has Lost A Motherly Presence

With the Passing Away of Padma Sachdev, Dogri Literature Has Lost A Motherly Presence

Padma Sachdev, a great writer and upholder of human values, breathed her last at Mumbai on August 4 at the age of 81. She leaves behind her husband, Surinder Singh, a great singer of the famous Singh Bandhu duo, and daughter Meeta Sachdev. Several eminent persons including Karan Singh and  Lata Mangeshkar, with whom she shared a very afffectionate and[Read More…]

by 07/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Urgent Need for  Disarmament Efforts As Threat From Nuclear Weapons Is Increasing

Urgent Need for  Disarmament Efforts As Threat From Nuclear Weapons Is Increasing

            On August 6, as  the world  observes Hiroshima Day (the 76th anniversary of the first-ever use of an atomic weapon in Hiroshima) , serious concerns regarding the threats from nuclear weapons are increasing in the middle of new tensions and power rivalries. We should not be misled into a false sense of security that the reduction in the number[Read More…]

by 06/08/2021 Comments are Disabled World
How Peace Activists Resolved the Most Serious Dacoit Problem of Chambal

How Peace Activists Resolved the Most Serious Dacoit Problem of Chambal

Chambal Valley is a vast region around Chambal river in Central India, spread over  parts  of three states—Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. This region became notorious during the last century  for its numerous dacoit gangs. Although they carried out robberies and kidnappings, the members of these gangs preferred to be called baghis or rebels, as many of them had[Read More…]

by 05/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
A Time to Recall A Great Non-Violent Struggle of Pashtuns Against Injustice and Oppression

A Time to Recall A Great Non-Violent Struggle of Pashtuns Against Injustice and Oppression

            Today the world is talking about the Taliban as an extremely violent group known for very fierce fighting and extreme forms of violence. Many strategists are saying that the Taliban takeover of much of Afghanistan territory is a very serious threat for the spread of very violent forms of ideologies. Cruel revenge against all those who are perceived by[Read More…]

by 04/08/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Concerns of Fr. Stan Swamy  to Protect Tribal Rights Also Related Much to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption