Articles by: Dr P S Sahni

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

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

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

by September 5, 2020 Patriarchy
COVID-19 Pandemic: A Joint Nobel Prize For Trump, Bolsonaro, Modi – Truly Deserved!

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

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

by September 2, 2020 World
Globally Governments Gang-up with AstraZeneca; Indemnifying It Against COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers!

Globally Governments Gang-up with AstraZeneca; Indemnifying It Against COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers!

“Cancel all … agreements that compromise the fundamental interests of the Indian people, particularly those imposed on behalf of global corporations …” A People’s Manifesto for Ecological Democracy by Countercurrents Collective Oxford University, England backed by the British Government in collaboration with multinational drug corporation AstraZeneca (British, Swedish origin) is reported to have completed Phase-1, II trials of its newly-discovered[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
In Defence Of Committees For Defence of Political Prisoners

In Defence Of Committees For Defence of Political Prisoners

After Prof. G. N. Saibaba’s arrest a 17-person Committee for the Defence and Release of Saibaba was constituted to expedite his bail and also that all his legal and constitutional rights stay protected. With the arrest of Prof. Hany Babu, member of this Committee on 28 July, 2020 and the subsequent raid on 2 August, 2020 at his house by[Read More…]

by August 7, 2020 Human Rights
Nazi-colluder Bayer Starts COVID Treatment Centre In India

Nazi-colluder Bayer Starts COVID Treatment Centre In India

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   Bayer being allowed to hawk its drugs and agri-products in India like any other multinational corporation is one thing; being permitted to have COVID facility right within its plant premises leaves room for mischief given its track record since the Holocaust days. Bayer’s parent company – Bayer AG became a[Read More…]

by July 29, 2020 India
Home Minister Et Al Made Provocative, Threatening Speeches:  Statutory Body’s Report On Delhi Violence

Home Minister Et Al Made Provocative, Threatening Speeches:  Statutory Body’s Report On Delhi Violence

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal “If crime itself assumes authority and power And hunts down people, holding them criminals, Everyone endowed with a mouth who keeps silent, Becomes (a) criminal himself.” Varavara Rao   Incarcerated Telegu poet Varavara Rao must feel satisfied that several brave men and women coming from different faiths have refused to be[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
Revolutionaries, Fasts & Prisons – Cue For Jailed Activists!

Revolutionaries, Fasts & Prisons – Cue For Jailed Activists!

A grim scenario is unfolding itself in India over the last 6 years and 2 months. Social activists are being arrested on fabricated charges under Draconian laws – where in bail is denied – and incarcerated with no end in sight to their trial. The period of imprisonment itself becomes a long punishment. Many of the detenue are from the[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 Human Rights
COVID-19 Pandemic: The Drug Pushers On Top Of The World

COVID-19 Pandemic: The Drug Pushers On Top Of The World

India has become the third worst affected country globally in relation to COVID-19 pandemic; the triad consists of India, USA and Brazil. Quite early in the course of the pandemic the Indian government either gifted or sold the drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) – a drug primarily used against malaria and a host of other diseases including autoimmune diseases like SLE. A[Read More…]

by July 6, 2020 India
For Peoples’ Manifesto: A Suggested LGBTQIA Perspective

For Peoples’ Manifesto: A Suggested LGBTQIA Perspective

At the very outset we at ABVA would like to make a simple point that the LGBTQIA community – which constitutes about 7 to 8% of the population as per the Supreme Court Johar judgement of 2018 – has tasted a measure of freedom and identity only in the last few years starting from NALSA judgment of 2014 whereby the[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 India
COVID-19: India 4th Worst Hit Globally; Where Is The PM?

COVID-19: India 4th Worst Hit Globally; Where Is The PM?

The number of infections apart – 298283 till date –, glaring still is the monumental tragedy affecting the working class. Migrant workers got battered; Muslims scapegoated; slum dwellers damned for not maintaining social distancing norms. The Union Home Ministry abdicated its responsibility of getting the workers safely to their home states right at the commencement of lockdown I. The Union[Read More…]

by June 12, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: India 7th Worst Affected Country Globally

COVID-19 Pandemic: India 7th Worst Affected Country Globally

Health Ministry and Home Ministry Failed The Masses Early on in the epidemic the Prime Minister of India exhorted the corporate media to inform the masses that countries in Europe; the USA; and a few others were facing the brunt of the Pandemic. Hardly a few hundred Indians were infected with the virus then. Not so any longer. The powers[Read More…]

by June 1, 2020 India
India Surpasses Iran In COVID-19 Cases

India Surpasses Iran In COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Pandemic: Surpassing Islamic Republic Of Iran, India Now 10th – Out Of 188 Countries – Worst-Affected Globally! The number of n-Coronavirus cases in India has raced past the cases in Islamic Republic of Iran. It may be recalled that Iran was the worst hit country in the middle-east; outside China it was the 2nd hardest affected. In the beginning[Read More…]

by May 25, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic – Surpassing China, India’s Case Trajectory Racing Towards That of Europe!

COVID-19 Pandemic – Surpassing China, India’s Case Trajectory Racing Towards That of Europe!

India has crossed 80,000 cases with no peak in sight in the near future after fifty-two days of lockdown; phase IV of lockdown will become effective from 18 May, 2020 onwards. The daily increase of cases even as of today is 5 %; with no hope of reaching under 1% in the foreseeable future. It means that unlike China, Indian[Read More…]

by May 15, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: Did Marginal Increase In Average Doubling Rate During Lockdown-I Merit Holding Indian Economy To Ransom?

COVID-19 Pandemic: Did Marginal Increase In Average Doubling Rate During Lockdown-I Merit Holding Indian Economy To Ransom?

In the 21 day run-up period up to the start of lockdown, the average rate at which the COVID-19 cases were doubling was calculated to be 4.64. We assessed data provided by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (as compiled on Wikipedia: COVID-19 pandemic in India – last accessed on 06.05.2020 at 4.29 p.m.). It[Read More…]

by May 9, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: Indian Government Should Recall Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) From 55 Countries Who Were Gifted/Sold This Drug By India

COVID-19 Pandemic: Indian Government Should Recall Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) From 55 Countries Who Were Gifted/Sold This Drug By India

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   In recent weeks the Indian Government has – in a seeming show of altruism – been gifting the drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to a number of countries ostensibly to be used as a prophylactic measure by health care professionals managing n-coronavirus patients. Those countries have – through return post/email – duly acknowledged[Read More…]

by April 27, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: India Fourth Worst Affected Country In Asia

COVID-19 Pandemic: India Fourth Worst Affected Country In Asia

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   Accessed on 22.04.2020 at 9.49 a.m. Worldwide 168 Countries Have Fewer Cases, Deaths Than India The grim message conveyed by the title of this article should make rulers in India sit up. Their initial complacency coupled with child-like attitude of being contended with the fact that Indians are better off[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 India
To Ventilate Or Not To Ventilate Critically Ill n-Coronavirus Patients: Ask Medical Personnel In USA, Europe

To Ventilate Or Not To Ventilate Critically Ill n-Coronavirus Patients: Ask Medical Personnel In USA, Europe

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal Governments all over the world – and not just in the developed west – are scrambling to get ventilators imported from the few countries which manufacture this machine e.g. China, Germany. The cost per piece is about Rs. five hundred thousand (Rs. 500,000)! The figure is about one and a half times[Read More…]

by April 10, 2020 World
If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

Into the seventieth year of life and having survived a life-threatening heart attack in January 2017, I’m fit as a fiddle – thanks to Mother Nature – and do my bit as an activist along with co-workers in Delhi. Were n-Coronavirus to take abode in my body and I develop mild symptoms like ‘flu’, I’ll quarantine myself strictly at home.[Read More…]

by April 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection Do Random Testing

To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection Do Random Testing

To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection, Test 100,000 Indians Randomly Across The Country: Total Cost Rupees 500 Millions The scientific and epidemiological way to know if COVID-19 – 60 days after the first case being detected in India – has spread in the community is to test around 100,000 Indians uniformly across the country. This random testing should cover[Read More…]

by March 29, 2020 India
Let Rationality Prevail: Follow International Ethical, Legal & Medical Guidelines Before Conducting Vaccine Trials On Coronavirus Patients

Let Rationality Prevail: Follow International Ethical, Legal & Medical Guidelines Before Conducting Vaccine Trials On Coronavirus Patients

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds globally shrill voices are being raised – even by the well intentioned – to ensure that vaccine against COVID-19 gets to be available as fast as possible. A vaccine even if developed is likely to take a long time. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it[Read More…]

by March 24, 2020 India
Why Are Epidemiological Principles Not Being Followed To Know The Extent Of Spread Of Coronavirus Cases In The Community At Large In India?

Why Are Epidemiological Principles Not Being Followed To Know The Extent Of Spread Of Coronavirus Cases In The Community At Large In India?

In India most of the people who are being tested for coronavirus infection are those who have a travel history or who have been in contact with a coronavirus positive family member or others who have developed symptoms after being in contact with a suspected infected person. Hence the number of coronavirus positive cases are getting projected as low. To[Read More…]

by March 15, 2020 India
‘When Kings/Rulers Become (Man-eating) Lions Then Judges/Officials Behave Like Dogs!’: Nanak

‘When Kings/Rulers Become (Man-eating) Lions Then Judges/Officials Behave Like Dogs!’: Nanak

Ever since the present regime in India betrayed the people of Kashmir through Presidential proclamation of August 5-6, 2019 – and whose constitutionality is being reluctantly and belatedly tested by the Supreme Court of India – Nanak’s quote is being rendered more and more apt day by day. In one fell blow the assurance of plebiscite to Kashmiris was shelved.[Read More…]

by March 2, 2020 India
Indian Health Authorities Plan To Treat nCoronavirus Positive Patients As Guinea Pigs By Experimenting With Anti-AIDS Drugs. Resist it

Indian Health Authorities Plan To Treat nCoronavirus Positive Patients As Guinea Pigs By Experimenting With Anti-AIDS Drugs. Resist it

“Damned philistino-medico Student crew The whole world’s just A bag of bones to you                  – Karl Marx Media reports (Millennium Post, 6 February, 2020) indicate: “The Drug Controller General of India has approved the “restricted use” of a combination of drugs used widely for controlling HIV infection in public health emergency for treating those affected by novel coronavirus (nCoV),[Read More…]

by February 7, 2020 India
Has The International Medical Establishment Learnt Anything At All From Management Of Past Epidemics? If So, Why This Panic Evacuation From China?

Has The International Medical Establishment Learnt Anything At All From Management Of Past Epidemics? If So, Why This Panic Evacuation From China?

“The study of the evolution of disease patterns provides evidence that during the last century doctors have affected epidemics no more profoundly than did priests during earlier times. Epidemics came and went, imprecated by both but touched by neither. They are not modified any more decisively by the rituals performed in medical clinics than by those customary at religious shrines.[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 World
Patriarchy Take Heed, Even As All Of Us Together Fight Fascism In India

Patriarchy Take Heed, Even As All Of Us Together Fight Fascism In India

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   The time for patriarchy to gracefully let women be is ripe in India right now. Last few months have seen hundreds and thousands of girls and women on the streets protesting for their political rights. Even the corporate press has been forced to report – whatever is apparent to any[Read More…]

by January 25, 2020 India
A Middle Class Professional Could Joyfully Consume Less, Comfortably Save More, Share Liberally & Be In Activism. A Lived Experience

A Middle Class Professional Could Joyfully Consume Less, Comfortably Save More, Share Liberally & Be In Activism. A Lived Experience

Early this year it was learnt that after 17 years of its existence Countercurrents.org (CC) – which has performed a stellar and useful role – was on the verge of closure. There was said to be a shortfall of Rs. 4 lakhs (USD 6000/- approx.) for its minimal requirement of Rs. 10 lakhs (USD 14,000). And that, too, just for[Read More…]

by December 28, 2019 Life/Philosophy
Opposition MPs Could Try To Impeach The President of India For His Executive Orders of 5th, 6th August, 2019 Regarding Kashmir

Opposition MPs Could Try To Impeach The President of India For His Executive Orders of 5th, 6th August, 2019 Regarding Kashmir

The opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) in RajyaSabha(Council of States) could initiate the proceedings for the impeachment of the President of India for violation of the Constitution in right earnest in this winter session of the Parliament. Article 61 of the Constitution of India details the procedure for impeachment of the President. One fourth of the total number of MPs[Read More…]

by November 21, 2019 India
Open Letter to Yale University Authorities – Don’t Steal/Hijack/Subvert the Collective Work of ABVA, New Delhi, India.Scrap Brudner Prize 2019

Open Letter to Yale University Authorities – Don’t Steal/Hijack/Subvert the Collective Work of ABVA, New Delhi, India.Scrap Brudner Prize 2019

It has been brought to our notice that the official website of LGBT Studies, Yale University states that the Brudner prize 2019-20 is being awarded posthumously to Siddhartha Gautam(SG) for his invaluable contribution to the LGBT struggle in India. SG joined AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (ABVA) briefly for about two years and worked with six other co-authors of Less than[Read More…]

by November 3, 2019 Life/Philosophy
National Campaign For ‘Fearless India; India For All’ – Mass Demonstration By Over 500 Muslims At Jantar Mantar

National Campaign For ‘Fearless India; India For All’ – Mass Demonstration By Over 500 Muslims At Jantar Mantar

A powerful mass demonstration was held on 25th September, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. by over 500 Muslims at the national protest site, JantarMantar, New Delhi. With a large banner indicating a national protest, it was attended by Muslims from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. On the dais were seated[Read More…]

by September 26, 2019 India
Twin Protests On Muharram Day at Jantar Mantar In Solidarity With Seven Million Kashmiris Locked Up  

Twin Protests On Muharram Day at Jantar Mantar In Solidarity With Seven Million Kashmiris Locked Up  

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal In solidarity with the locked up Kashmiris not one, but two protests were held simultaneously from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 10th of September, 2019.The organizers and participants of the first protest were Kashmiri students and professionals based in Delhi or outside Delhi who decided to come together at JantarMantar[Read More…]

by September 11, 2019 India
Love For My Country Transcends Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nay The Whole world!

Love For My Country Transcends Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nay The Whole world!

Tsunami of aggressive nationalism Across USA, Europe and beyond Internationalism is my creed; patriotism acceptable But not the sedition law   My ancestors born in Pakistan Part of undivided India Communal partitioning in 1947 Affected lives   My mother born in 1921 At Suri Mohalla, Rawalpindi Completed her studies At middle school, Rawalpindi   At school she learnt needle work[Read More…]

by August 27, 2019 Arts/Literature
Most Major Opposition Parties Demonstrate At New Delhi In Support of Kashmiris; Protest Reminiscent of J.P.’s 25 June, 1975 Rally

Most Major Opposition Parties Demonstrate At New Delhi In Support of Kashmiris; Protest Reminiscent of J.P.’s 25 June, 1975 Rally

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   On 22 August, 2019 leaders of most major opposition parties demonstrated at the national protest site, JantarMantar, New Delhi, India from 11 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. The all party demonstration was organized to urge immediate release of leaders detained in J & K; to save democracy and to protect human[Read More…]

by August 23, 2019 India
Sikhs In India To Be Under ‘Surveillance’All Over Again After The Tumultuous 1980s

Sikhs In India To Be Under ‘Surveillance’All Over Again After The Tumultuous 1980s

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   Courtesy https://www.greengazette.in   The above Gazette Notification No. 2387 issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on 22 July, 2019 states: “Whereas, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (3) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the Central Government[Read More…]

by July 31, 2019 Human Rights
People’s poet Varavara Rao seeks prison facilities in view of his failing health

People’s poet Varavara Rao seeks prison facilities in view of his failing health

An Open letter to the Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi Subject: People’s poet Varavara Rao seeks prison facilities in view of his failing health. Respected Sir, The well-known people’s poet Varavara Rao is lodged at Yerawada Central Prison, Pune in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. He was arrested on August 28, 2018 along with[Read More…]

by July 20, 2019 India
Several Hundred Muslims Protest Against Mob Lynching At JantarMantar

Several Hundred Muslims Protest Against Mob Lynching At JantarMantar

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal A mass demonstration was held at JantarMantar, New Delhi today i.e. 10 July, 2019 from 10 a.m. onwards against the mob lynching and right wing atrocities. Several hundred Muslims participated in this protest action. Speakers stressed the adoption of legal, peaceful, democratic methods against the onslaught on the community. Victims and their[Read More…]

by July 10, 2019 India
Courtesy: https://metro.co.uk/ (screenshot)

Et tu, Dalai Lama?

Disturbing though are Dalai Lama’s recent public views[i] That Europe would be teeming with Muslims& Africans If refugees continue to be let in that Continent Without a return ticket in their pockets   Pray why should you think that it would be wrong To allow persecuted Muslims & Africansasylum or refugee status Have you forgotten that as a Tibetan Monk[Read More…]

by July 2, 2019 Arts/Literature
Image courtesy: The Statesman

The Constitution Of India Is More Powerful Than An AK47!

In such troubled times More so than at any time in the past The Constitution of India shall be our shield Against all oppressive/repressive acts   Of communal/caste/racial hatred or bias On religious minorities/ subordinate castes/tribals On women/LGBTQIA community/differently abled And on workers/farmers/toiling masses   I shall stand up for my constitutional rights And of those less privileged And shall[Read More…]

by June 25, 2019 Arts/Literature
Massive Demonstration At New Delhi, India In Support Of The Struggling People of Palestine on International Quds Day!

Massive Demonstration At New Delhi, India In Support Of The Struggling People of Palestine on International Quds Day!

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal As part of worldwide demonstrations for freedom of Palestinians over a thousand Muslims assembled at JantarMantar, New Delhi, India on 31 May, 2019 in solidarity with and support of the struggling people of Palestine. It was a two hour long protest dharna (sit-in) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. under scorching heat[Read More…]

by June 1, 2019 Palestine
An Open Letter To Indian Parliamentarians To Get Section 377, IPC Repealed In Toto

An Open Letter To Indian Parliamentarians To Get Section 377, IPC Repealed In Toto

  By now you must have perused the judgement of the Supreme Court of India which has partially struck down Section 377, Indian Penal Code (IPC) which hitherto criminalized any sexual act against the order of nature. The judgement was delivered on September 6, 2018. To recapitulate, the Indian Government had informed the Supreme Court that it leaves it to[Read More…]

by October 6, 2018 Human Rights
Post-Truth Vedic Mathematics: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam= (Whole World – UAE).K

Post-Truth Vedic Mathematics: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam= (Whole World – UAE).K

The incumbent occupying the seat of the Prime Minister of India may live under the delusion that the aforementioned equation – a product of his politics – is at par with Einstein’s E = mc2and which lets him erroneously experience a eureka moment in the Archimedean spirit. Nevertheless Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha-Upanishad which means the[Read More…]

by August 30, 2018 India
Kerala Floods: Operation Chlorine Tablet, Operation Bleaching Powder Needed

Kerala Floods: Operation Chlorine Tablet, Operation Bleaching Powder Needed

I am making a few suggestions in the wake of monumental tragedy caused by floods in Kerala. Apart from whatever the administration is doing to contain epidemic of water borne diseases, stress should be on two very simple steps: The Kerala government could announce and initiate on a war footing ‘Operation Chlorine Tablet’ The Kerala government could announce and initiate[Read More…]

by August 20, 2018 India
Revolutionary Poet Paash’s Poem “The Most Dangerous” Sought To Be Deleted From Indian Textbooks ByUltra-Right‘Educationist!’

Revolutionary Poet Paash’s Poem “The Most Dangerous” Sought To Be Deleted From Indian Textbooks ByUltra-Right‘Educationist!’

The RSS affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas headed by Dina NathBatra has sent a list of recommendations for the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) which had recently solicited public response for its review of school textbooks. The list includes removal of Paash’s poem, “The Most Dangerous”.

by July 25, 2017 India
Protests At Jantar Mantar, To Mourn Amarnath Killings

Protests At Jantar Mantar, To Mourn Amarnath Killings

The ‘Not In My Name’ campaigners held a vigil at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday, 11 July, 2017, 7 p.m. to mourn the killings of Amarnath pilgrims a day earlier. For this gathering arithmetic (numbers) went against the protesters. At any given point of time the number was under one hundred. There were no slogans, no speeches, a two minute silence[Read More…]

by July 12, 2017 India
Rejoice, Ye, Supreme Court Judges On Your Pyrrhic Victory; India’s Justice System Got Screwed Up In Karnan’s Case

Rejoice, Ye, Supreme Court Judges On Your Pyrrhic Victory; India’s Justice System Got Screwed Up In Karnan’s Case

    A law student in any university anywhere in the world is taught that before convicting a person of a crime a detailed reasoned judgement ought to be ready. In fact in criminal cases the judgement convicting a person is pronounced on a particular day; and the quantum of punishment is announced later after the lawyers have had a[Read More…]

by July 6, 2017 India
A Thousand Seeds Of Resistance Planted For Junaid

A Thousand Seeds Of Resistance Planted For Junaid

A thousand seeds of resistance got planted yesterday evening at Jantar Mantar, national protest site, Delhi on the blood shed by Junaid. The name Junaid in Urdu means fighter, warrior whose strength is equal to a small army. I reached Jantar Mantar at 4.30 p.m. when people had already started coming from Delhi and NCR region. The meeting was to[Read More…]

by June 29, 2017 India
Does The Indian President – cum – Supreme Commander of Defence Forces Endorse The Army Chief’s Use Of Human Shield?

Does The Indian President – cum – Supreme Commander of Defence Forces Endorse The Army Chief’s Use Of Human Shield?

  The incident of Major Gogoi tying a 24 year old Kashmiri Muslim, Farooq Ahmed Dar, a weaver from a village in Budgam, Kashmir to the front of army jeep and parading him around with the stated objective of ensuring that stone pelters would not be able to harm the personnel in the jeep – government servants, armymen and policemen[Read More…]

by June 26, 2017 Human Rights
Denial Of Interim Bail To Justice C.S. Karnan – Are We Back To The Internal Emergency Era, 1975-77?

Denial Of Interim Bail To Justice C.S. Karnan – Are We Back To The Internal Emergency Era, 1975-77?

  Justice C. S. Karnan on being arrested on 20 June, 2017 moved the Supreme Court seeking bail and suspension of six months sentence awarded to him on 9 May, 2017. The vacation bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice D.Y Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today (i.e. 21 June, 2017) said: “We can’t suspend the sentence as[Read More…]

by June 21, 2017 India
State Sponsored Terrorism Against Sikhs In November 1984 & The Role Of Peace Warriors:Lessons For The Indian Army

State Sponsored Terrorism Against Sikhs In November 1984 & The Role Of Peace Warriors:Lessons For The Indian Army

  A recent article published in the Countercurrents.org by Lalita Ramdas titled ‘Service Brats, Identity and Nationalism’ raised some crucial issues through the comments by honorable serving/retired army personnel. It is felt that a wider dissemination and debate is necessary into this aspect,since it raises the fundamental issue of whether a citizen of India, Lalita Ramdas, wife of Admiral L.[Read More…]

by June 11, 2017 Communal Harmony
Rahul Gandhi: Please Undertake A Padyatra From Kashmir To Kanyakumari

Rahul Gandhi: Please Undertake A Padyatra From Kashmir To Kanyakumari

Please come out strongly against this illegal ban on cattle slaughter. Kindly translate your verbal assurances to concrete actions. Undertake a padyatra from Kashmir to Kanyakumari against the illegal, divisive law and uphold the secular value that the Congress professes.

by June 11, 2017 India
Questions To The Chief Justice of India on Justice C.S. Karnan’s Imprisonment Order

Questions To The Chief Justice of India on Justice C.S. Karnan’s Imprisonment Order

Sir, The seven judge Constitution Bench – which sentenced Justice C.S. Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court through its order dated 9 May, 2017 states “Detailed order to follow”. Though thirty days have elapsed why has the detailed order not been made public till date through the Supreme Court’s official website(s) both old and new? We have[Read More…]

by June 7, 2017 India
The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

Articles published in the mainstream media continue to damn Justice Karnan. Permit us to refer to one such article titled “SC right in convicting Karnan, wrong in gagging him, media” (The Times of India, 15.05.2017). The writer Dhananjay Mahapatra, associate editor with The Times of India, has spent about twenty seven years in journalism, twenty two of which have been on legal beat.

by May 19, 2017 India
In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case – Part II – The Punjab Trial

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case – Part II – The Punjab Trial

The first part of the article (Countercurrents.org, 14.03.2017) dealt with Kobad Ghandy’s trial under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Delhi, during which he was detained in Tihar Jail for about seven years!; and acquitted by the court of charges under UAPA on 10 June, 2016!! Kobad Ghandy was acquitted of even being a member of CPI (Maoist).

by April 17, 2017 Human Rights
In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case

In 2009, the Government of India announced a new nation-wide initiative viz. “Integrated Action Plan” (IAP) for broad coordinated operations to deal with the ‘Naxalite’ problem. This plan included increased funding for special police for better containment and reduction of Naxalite influence. Kobad Ghandy’s arrest in September 2009 was a direct fall out of this IAP.

by March 14, 2017 Human Rights
An Ordinary Woman’s Struggle – Personal And Against The Mighty Indian State For The Family’s Honour

An Ordinary Woman’s Struggle – Personal And Against The Mighty Indian State For The Family’s Honour

Manjit was born in 1938 on the eve of Christmas as the first child in a lower middle class Sikh family. As a small child she had developed ‘double-pneumonia’ (inflammation of both the lungs); so severe was this episode that her breathing became very shallow and infrequent. A wise Muslim allopathic doctor was summoned from Old Delhi to her home[Read More…]

by February 22, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Why Is The Indian Government Wary Of Dialogue With Movement Leaders In Kashmir?

Why Is The Indian Government Wary Of Dialogue With Movement Leaders In Kashmir?

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni&Shobha Aggarwal “We, all of us, have to hang down our heads in shame for all the follies and crimes that are taking place in Kashmir today … we ourselves have forfeited the trust of the people of the Kashmir valley … India’s democracy can never sustain itself by stamping the jackboot on the people …[Read More…]

by January 6, 2017 Kashmir
11 August, 1992: ABVA organized the first ever protest demonstration in India condemning police atrocities on gay people, at Police Headquarters, New Delhi

Gay Manifesto & International Human Rights Day

Co-Written by Shobha Aggarwal & Dr. P.S. Sahni 11 August, 1992: ABVA organized the first ever protest demonstration in India condemning police atrocities on gay people, at Police Headquarters, New Delhi Twenty-five years ago in November-December 1991, the AIDS BhedbhavVirodhiAndolan (AIDS Anti-discrimination Movement, ABVA) brought out the first Report titled ‘Less Than Gay’ on the status of homosexuality in India,[Read More…]

by December 10, 2016 Human Rights, Patriarchy
Plebiscite, Kashmir And The Indian State – Experiments With Untruth

Plebiscite, Kashmir And The Indian State – Experiments With Untruth

    After India’s Independence the people of Kashmir were promised that a plebiscite would be held so that the Kashmiris could decide their future. There is a United Nations resolution to the effect but it stands unimplemented. The struggle of Kashmiris for right to self determination has resulted in killing of over a hundred thousand people since the 1989[Read More…]

by November 25, 2016 Kashmir
Struggle Of Kashmiris & Gandhi’s Call To Boycott Schools, Colleges During India’s Freedom Struggle

Struggle Of Kashmiris & Gandhi’s Call To Boycott Schools, Colleges During India’s Freedom Struggle

The political resolution of the crisis warrants discussions with all the stake holders after the Government of India first unilaterally announces a period of ‘truce’ and ‘amnesty’

by October 6, 2016 Kashmir
India Kashmir Protest

Undeclared War Of Sorts In Kashmir?

On an average about 200 people have been injured per day or about eight per hour. The number of injured over a period of sixty days is frightening and calls for a comparison with other conflict situations in the last hundred years where the Indian army/ British Indian Army was engaged with an uprising within the country or a conflict with a neighbouring country.

by September 7, 2016 Kashmir
Curfew As An Instrument Of Mass Torture In Kashmir

Curfew As An Instrument Of Mass Torture In Kashmir

For over a month practically the entire Kashmir valley has been under a state of curfew. The innocuous term curfew camouflages the extreme torture and suffering inflicted on the people; curfew actually is ‘house arrest’ of every citizen from a newborn to a person in his nineties

by August 11, 2016 Kashmir
What If Jasmine Loses Its Fragrance? Could Poetry, Nay Life Itself, Ever Be The Same?

What If Jasmine Loses Its Fragrance? Could Poetry, Nay Life Itself, Ever Be The Same?

“Flowers may be losing their diverse and delicious fragrances, thanks to increasing temperatures associated with global climate change, scientists say.”The research was published in the journal Plant, Cell and Environment. The ideal temperature required for cultivation of flowers – 28 degrees and 18 degrees respectively for day and night – is not available anymore, not even during winter.Due to climate change[Read More…]

by July 29, 2016 Climate Change
Plebiscite, Now! Kashmir Belongs To Kashmiris!

Plebiscite, Now! Kashmir Belongs To Kashmiris!

Co-Written By Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal The Kashmiris were promised a plebiscite after India’s independence but it has never come about. There is a U.N. resolution to this effect but it has been given a silent burial. All assurances given to the people of Kashmir by the Government of India and the ruling class parties in India have[Read More…]

by July 20, 2016 Kashmir
Indian Supreme Court Abandoned Mass Victims Of State Abuse During 1975-77; So, Must Apologise

Indian Supreme Court Abandoned Mass Victims Of State Abuse During 1975-77; So, Must Apologise

The Indian Supreme Court never tires of asking for apology for this or that inanity usually for some perceived contempt of court. The Supreme Court ought to cultivate and demonstrate its sensitivity to its earlier decisions which were contemptuous of the people of India. The judges of the Supreme Court are servants of the people. In a democracy it is the people who are supreme. About time the Supreme Court en banc tenders an unconditional apology to the mass victims of state abuse during 1975-77, as also to the entire people of India.

by June 25, 2016 Human Rights, India
Genetically MODIfied Babies In Gujarat?

Genetically MODIfied Babies In Gujarat?

By Shobha Aggarwal & Dr. P.S. Sahni “If there are two daughters born in the home, and the third child born is also a daughter, then she is told, now I want a son, so get another wife. Even if the fault is with the man, the entire burden of the fault is on the woman’s head, and so our[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 Patriarchy
Release Kashmiri Political Prisoners Languishing In Jails

Release Kashmiri Political Prisoners Languishing In Jails

By Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has appealed to the people to observe solidarity with the Kashmiri prisoners on Friday the 17 June, 2016. Geelani has called the continuous imprisonment of pro-freedom leader Masarat Alam Bhat since 2010 as extremely cruel. He lamented the silence of the State Government as[Read More…]

by June 17, 2016 Kashmir