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Lockdown Checkup: Survey finds gaping holes in Jharkhand govt’s relief measures

Lockdown Checkup: Survey finds gaping holes in Jharkhand govt’s relief measures

Here are the main findings of a quick survey of essential facilities in rural Jharkhand (ration shops, dal-bhat kendras, anganwadis, among others) conducted by members of the right to food campaign during the first week of April 2020. “Observers” dispersed over 50 blocks in 19 districts were asked to check the local facilities and report their observations over the phone.[Read More…]

Tablighi Jamaat event and COVID-19: Scientists Condemn Attempts To Communalise The Pandemic

Tablighi Jamaat event and COVID-19: Scientists Condemn Attempts To Communalise The Pandemic

Statement of the “Indian Scientists Response to Covid19”, a voluntary group of about 400 scientists. Over the past few days, several prominent media personalities and politicians have suggested that the primary blame for the continued growth of the COVID-19 epidemic in India lies with a Tablighi Jamaat event that was held in Delhi on March 13. The available data does[Read More…]

Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Rejoinder to “No Excuses, Please”- For outrageous conclusions and warnings to the Muslim ‘community’

This is a rejoinder to an article entitled No Excuses, Please, For What Happened At Nizamuddin Markaz. I am responding for two reasons: 1. This article is on a platform that bears  more credibility than the others, 2. The author is a ‘Senior Journalist and Political Analyst’. Truth be told, I do not know the writer- as he doesn’t know[Read More…]

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Depositors facing double whammy of keeping savings and paying for bank losses

Co-Written by Shivani Dwivedi & Ashish Kajla The savings of people deposited in banks form the capital of banks which banks lend to borrowers. Banks earn interest on the loans issued to borrowers. The cost of operating expenses including salaries comes from this interest on the loans issued by banks. The saving account depositors receive interest on their savings, and[Read More…]

The Big C

The Big C

In the 1990s, the three Cs — credit card, condo, car — defined “status” among the bourgeoisie. Now, another C has overtaken all the three Cs, the Big C — Corona. A tiny virus has brought mankind to its knees with all kinds of stories, rumours and the threat of depleted numbers and economies. As with anything big, many narratives[Read More…]

Deepandolana : Can this  drive away corona virus ? Is Modi’s call  emotional ? symbolic ?  scientific ?

Deepandolana : Can this  drive away corona virus ? Is Modi’s call  emotional ? symbolic ?  scientific ?

  The Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi gave a call for  Deepa-andolana ,  a movement to light  the lamps, to unify 130 crore Indians in their fight against the deadly virus, Corona, on April 5, 2020 at 9 pm for 9 minutes. The million dollar question has been : Can lighting a lamp for 9  minutes drive away, as suggested,[Read More…]

COVID-19 Testing: The unintended disruptions created by the Supreme Court of India

COVID-19 Testing: The unintended disruptions created by the Supreme Court of India

The Honourable Supreme Court of India (SC), through its judgement in Shashank Deo Sudhi Versus Government of India & Ors. 2020 case has made tests for COVID-19 free for all. That is, no one has to pay for getting themselves tested for Corona Virus Disease. This has certainly come as a big relief for many, especially because the private players[Read More…]

Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

Co-Written by Amit Kumar and Puja Pal Originating from Wuhan, China, the novel Corona Virus has affected most of the countries across the continents. Due to its world-wide spread WHO declared it as “pandemic” on March 11.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, around 1,523,898 people around the world have been infected and some 88,956 people have died in at least[Read More…]

A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

The ongoing pandemic caused by Coronavirus or “SARS-Cov-2” has paralysed the whole world. It is by far the worst of the pandemics known to the human history cutting across geographies with catastrophic results for world economy & life of people with increasing daily numbers of deaths, and more testing positive for the disease.  In these trying times, people living today[Read More…]

"Temperature High" /Cartoon by: Mir Suhail Qadri

Modi Created Permanent Dent on India’s Pride by succumbing to Trump

 Trump thanked India after it lifted the ban on shipping of generic drugs to the US after it threatened Modi of possible retaliation, the dent it caused in India’s pride is permanent. Donald Trump thanked India for lifting exports of hydroxychloroquine—floated as a plausible COVID-19 treatment drug after Washington threatened Modi of possible retaliation if New Delhi failed to supply[Read More…]

PM CARES Fund- Need for transparency

PM CARES Fund- Need for transparency

 Letter to the Prime Minister   To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister of India   Dear Shri Modiji, From PMO’s website, it is evident that PM CARES Fund has been set up under your chairmanship as a public charitable trust,  “keeping in mind the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency[Read More…]

Government of Odisha requested to take safety measures for tribals from spread of COVID 19 virus

Government of Odisha requested to take safety measures for tribals from spread of COVID 19 virus

Today, on behalf of GASS, we have requested the Government of Odisha to take safety measures for tribals from spread of COVID 19 virus. The tribals of Odisha particularly Primitive Tribal Group (Bonda, Dongaria and Pawadi Bhuyan etc) are more vulnerable to spread of any virus because of lack of immunity. The special feature of COVID 19 is pneumonia and[Read More…]

COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

Due to covid-19 outbreak, the healtcare system in US is under deep stress, even though US Healthcare system is considered to be the best in the world . If this deadly virus can wreak havoc in developed countries with far superior healthcare, India surely in ramping up their public health system lagging far behind. What part  of Prime minister’s declared[Read More…]

Need Of The Hour In Covid Times: Leadership From The Front

Need Of The Hour In Covid Times: Leadership From The Front

  PM Modi has recognized the Corona pandemic as a “ladai” and given a clarion call to the people to be prepared for a long battle, and to contribute liberally for the fight. For Central and State governments, it is an unprecedented challenge to handle cases of Covid-19 and prevent/check spread of the virus, as well as to reach help[Read More…]

Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar   The scholars have expressed that the pandemic like novel coronavirus that followed by the national lockdown (which was announced by our PM on 24th March) is adversely affecting both sectors like economic and health. Given the week welfare measures and PDS (public distribution system), lives and livelihoods of millions of people mainly[Read More…]

Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Corona Virus Spread: Looking for Scapegoat: Tablighi Jamaat

As India is under lockdown, we see the attempts to contain the Corona Virus. With over four thousand reported cases and over one hindered deaths, India is shaken to the core and it seems life will not be the same again. What is more worrying in India is that the mistake of one religious’ organization, Tabligi Jamat (TJ) is being[Read More…]

Infantalization, creating idiots by Light

Infantalization, creating idiots by Light

Fed with regular doses of spectacular distractions, promise maker Modi creates a deafness that enables a culture of silence that is fast becoming the cornerstone of India. With these carefully scripted distractions the majority are lulled into accepting the superiority of the leader’s instincts over abstract and universal reason. The 9 to 9 sacred lights lit at the auspicious time[Read More…]

Understanding the grueling journey

Understanding the grueling journey

 I am willing to be “negative” and “unpatriotic” during the present crisis. Yes, I am referring to the accusations leveled against the dissenting voices by the pro-establishment forces. If anyone questions about the intelligence failure leading to the attack on the security forces in Pulwama, he will be asked to shut his mouth as it will supposedly strengthen Pakistan. Questions raised over the Indian government’s[Read More…]

Emergency Relief: Jharkhand Government’s Token Promises Will Not Do

Emergency Relief: Jharkhand Government’s Token Promises Will Not Do

The government of Jharkhand has announced, as part of its relief measures, that eligible households left out of the public distribution system (PDS) would receive 10 kg of foodgrain if they have applied for a ration card. An impression has been created that this would be 10 kg per month. In fact, none of this is happening. Instead, mukhiyas (gram[Read More…]

Indian Economy unlikely to Recuperate Quickly under Double Whammy of COVID-19 Lockdown and Global Economic Meltdown

Indian Economy unlikely to Recuperate Quickly under Double Whammy of COVID-19 Lockdown and Global Economic Meltdown

  Covid-19 which originated in China’s Wuhan city has taken the shape of pandemic all over the world calling for severe medical emergencies world-wide. The world has no vaccine or a drug to control it medically, as such the World Health Organisation (WHO) urges all the nations to implement complete lockdown in their country, which is the only available strategy[Read More…]

A new class of `anti-nationals’ – victims of COVID-19 paranoia   

A new class of `anti-nationals’ – victims of COVID-19 paranoia   

  The  term  `guilty  by  association’   had  been  a  part  of  discourse  in  criminal  jurisprudence  for  years.  It  implies  the  categorization  of  any  one  as  guilty  who  has   been  associated  with  the  accused  criminal ,  even  though  not  directly  participating  in  the  crime.   Today,  in  the  paranoid  environment  of  the  coronavirus  pandemic,  the  term  has  been  extended  to  include   common [Read More…]

Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

NURSE:-Having privilege to open the eyes of a new born, and to gently close the eyes of a dying man, the first to witness the beginning and the end of life. The history of Nursing is as old as the history of this universe. The field of nursing continue to provide the care and treat the illnesses in all the[Read More…]

Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. Dwight Eisenhower India has earned a bad name for many preposterous moves and prejudiced acts against Muslims. The of late anti-Muslim riots in Delhi bear testimony to the fact. The echelons of the establishment and its associated myrmidons are always out to blame and hunt Muslims. The media[Read More…]

Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Media’s Antagonism: How a Section of Media is Fostering Hatred Using Tablighi-jamaat Episode

  Corona pandemic’s fright has now reached almost every corner of the country and the globe.        While we are awaiting a prompt solution to the grave crisis, a legal as well as moral obligation falls on everyone to dwell inside homes; stay safe and let others stay safe. While necessary measures are being taken everywhere to control the health[Read More…]

The Post-Corona Economic Scenario: All political parties must  wake up to reality

The Post-Corona Economic Scenario: All political parties must  wake up to reality

Setting a precedent, India’s 1.3-billion people are the world’s largest social-distancing lockdown population in the wake of the Corona virus. The decision to lockdown at this scale with 4-hours “notice”, without adequate preparation and planning is being questioned. But condemn it or praise it, we are in its midst and it is necessary to handle the lockdown effects, particularly on[Read More…]

Collapse Is Here

Collapse Is Here

ABSTRACT The novel corona virus or COVID 19 has finally triggered the collapse of the industrial/capitalist economy. In the first part of this article we outline this collapse and the solution that has been proposed for the last decade and a half by a variety of green initiatives all over the world. However the COVID 19 has also posed an[Read More…]

Depositors Paying the Price of Corporate Bad Loans

Depositors Paying the Price of Corporate Bad Loans

Co-Written by Ashish Kajla & Shivani Dwivedi   The primary objective of nationalization of banks was to reach out to each and every last person of our society. The purpose was to provide credit facilities to poor and marginalized sections and free them from the clutches of moneylenders. Banks were to provide credit to small and medium businesses. But with[Read More…]

After the 21-day Lockdown

After the 21-day Lockdown

It is imperative that once the 21-day lockdown is lifted on 14th April, every effort should be made by the Central and State Governments to bring back stranded labourers, daily wage earners, poor village folk, etc. to their respective village locations in respective states. This is top priority before we start any action to alleviate the so-called suffering of the[Read More…]

Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

In 1896 a ‘plague’ pandemic arrived in the Indian city of Mumbai from Hongkong. Within a few days, strict quarantines have been imposed against Indian vessels at Suez and at many ports of Europe. Subsequently, strict quarantine measures were introduced in the city which included evacuation and burning of huts inhabited by the poor. There was an all-round clearance and[Read More…]

The economy is hit, wake up now , give up fancy projects

The economy is hit, wake up now , give up fancy projects

The onset of the Corona virus and the subsequent lockdown have crippled Maharashtra’s economy and this will impact Mumbai. It has also completely changed the way people think. The Gods have become helpless, they have abandoned the field, they have failed to work miracles, declared an article in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece daily Samnaa written by Sanjay Raut, editor. He[Read More…]

I am no more a proud Kashmiri

I am no more a proud Kashmiri

On October 26 1947, the then Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh signed an instrument of accession under which the state surrendered only three subjects that are Defence, external affairs and communication to the Dominion of India . in March 1948 the Maharaja appointed an interim Government in the state with sheikh Abdullah as Prime minister .The Government of India made[Read More…]

`Rights To Have Rights’ In Context Of Citizenship Matrix In India

`Rights To Have Rights’ In Context Of Citizenship Matrix In India

Much has been said about the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 while protestors all over India demanded to withdraw the law claiming that it is discriminatory. The matter is pending before the Supreme Court but in this piece, it is added that the amendments made over the years, in the citizenship law, have changed the very notion and discourse of[Read More…]

Hands In – Hearts Out

Hands In – Hearts Out

Pandemic Covid19, has set up a chaos of highest order globally, with Asia being the epicentre. India, (though being at the tail of the list of worst-hit countries presently), is prone to a wholesale slaughter. (as predicted by the medicos) Kashmir valley has freshly detected scores of Covid19 positive cases. Kashmir has been fighting battles since ages. Political wars, natural[Read More…]

COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

Being in the extreme Northeast of India, this region of seven States and more than 45 million people has always found itself at a disadvantage because of poor communication with the centres of power. Moreover, the whole region with only 22 members of Parliament has very little power of advocacy.  But in the initial stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic its[Read More…]

Indian version of Shock Doctrine

Indian version of Shock Doctrine

Modi government using COVID 19, Afghan terror attack to silence resistance against CAA Canadian author Naomi Klein’s warning to her readers about the tendency of big powers to capitalize on catastrophes has started showing a sign in the world’s so called largest democracy. The right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been[Read More…]

Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

Authorities playing blame game over corona in Nizamuddin, Delhi, under scanner, Markaz Nizamuddin issues clarification At least 10 people, including 9 Indians, who attended the Markaz meet have died of coronavirus, with over 400 hospitalised with Covid-19 symptoms. Thousands of people had  attended the Muslim religious  meet at Delhi, and left. 1548 people were evacuated from Delhi, Times of India reported. Many[Read More…]

Corona Virus Lock Down without considering the Plight of Penurious class: A People’s Perspective to Corona Crisis

Corona Virus Lock Down without considering the Plight of Penurious class: A People’s Perspective to Corona Crisis

Co-Written by Sushant Kumar Singh & Utpal Pandey On March, 25th 2020 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his address to the nation, as he often does, at 08:00 pm. In wake of rapid spread of corona virus, he announced locking down of the entire nation, except for some essential services, for 21 days. Thus 1.3 billion People has been[Read More…]

Medical exile: Social distancing in the Corona times in India

Medical exile: Social distancing in the Corona times in India

In all the decisive mood to cure and prevent, social distance has emerged as one of the most doable social practice in the current times of corona (COVID-19). People are understanding corona in both the scientific and public way. Though public understanding is more sought after the programme to save one’s life when compared to scientific understanding whose technicalities doesn’t[Read More…]

Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

No one will question why Lockdown was imposed on this country for 21 days. The idea was to distance people so that the corona virus would not spread due to community contact. The step was taken to keep people separate so that the virus would not spread like it has spread in Italy and Spain with disastrous consequences. What we[Read More…]

Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

The World today (March 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. While it began from China, currently it has gripped various countries; India is also facing the problem of mammoth proportions. Many steps are being taken, and many more are need of the hour. Apart from other things, what will make the battle against this threat to global-Indian[Read More…]

Corona : China and India support each other

Corona : China and India support each other

Anti-China poison is spreading through (anti-) social media, with a role of  pro-US lobbies, based on false info. See below realities: A report in THE PRINT, edited by Shekhar Gupta, dated 11th February, 2020 said : India is all set to dispatch emergency supplies of medical protective equipment such as masks, gloves, face shields, head and boot covers to coronavirus-hit[Read More…]

Reverse Migration: Why the Long March Home?

Reverse Migration: Why the Long March Home?

“It was poverty that forced me to leave my village, and here I am  … I still have no money,” said Sanjay Choudhary, a construction worker in Nagpur, after he undertook an arduous journey to return back to his native village in Garhwa district in Jharkhand, covering a distance of 400 km. As millions of migrant workers tread home, with[Read More…]

Provide Protective Gear To Heath Care Workers

Provide Protective Gear To Heath Care Workers

   To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister   Dear Smt Sitharaman, Kindly refer to my letter dated 23-3-2020 on the subject. Recently, you announced several relief measures to counter the spread of COVID19. In particular, you had announced that an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per person would be provided to frontline health workers – sanitation staff, paramedics and nurses, ASHA[Read More…]

  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

          The whole world has come to a pretty pass because of COVID 19 pandemic. The so-called super power countries like China, America, Italy etc.  have surrendered. They are not able to control and contain this miniscule virus. This virus has already done lot of damage to the human and economic capital of the world. The[Read More…]

Amidst Lockdown, Socio-economic Implications on India’s Poor

Amidst Lockdown, Socio-economic Implications on India’s Poor

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Dastgir Khan  Currently, most of the countries are passing through the critical phase because we are confronting huge risks and challenges from the lethal disease coronavirus (medically known as Covid-19, which initially started from China, city of Wuhan), has now spread out at the global level. As a result, several thousand people have died[Read More…]

Disinfectant spray on Migrant workers

Disinfectant spray on Migrant workers

We look for a shelter to stay A transportation to move us back Food to eat and water to drink As any humans of this world   We receive mass spray of disinfectants on our bodies And chemical spray on our individual bodies Reducing us to mere pests and insects in this world When we merely expected a more humane[Read More…]

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India Fights COVID-19: Where We Stand?

India Fights COVID-19: Where We Stand?

Co-Written by Aniket Sachan & Sakshi Agarwal “Good health and Good Sense are great blessings and health begins when we are aware of the disease.” The vulnerable state of human civilisation can be seen from more than 35,016 deaths and 7,39,369 people infected with the disease (as on March 30, 2020, 13:35 GMT).[1] World Health Organization have declared Covid-19 as[Read More…]

Confronting the crisis of internally displaced Indians

Confronting the crisis of internally displaced Indians

             India is currently facing a crisis which can escalate into a bigger catastrophe than COVID-19 and the consequences can be heart wrenching as we are already witnessing across the country. The exodus of the migrant population is of an unprecedented kind, triggered by the reckless and callous decisions taken by a senseless government at[Read More…]

Lathis can cure Corona! Be a believer!

Lathis can cure Corona! Be a believer!

Let’s cure Corona. How? It’s pretty simple. Let’s enforce police forces on the streets, and inflict brutality on public. No questions asked. No answers looked for. Attack the Corona virus with thunder strikes of lathis. Who cares why the man has come out? Beat more men like them to death or at-least scar their bodies for life. Anyway, they are[Read More…]

Civil Society in Odisha rises to the occasion to help the destitute during the lockdown

Civil Society in Odisha rises to the occasion to help the destitute during the lockdown

The crisis emerging out of the threat from Coronavirus is herculean. Several civil society actors in Odisha have risen to the occasion in different ways to intervene on behalf of the poor and the destitute. On March 25, this reporter found some homeless people starving in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha due to the lockdown and shared their plight[Read More…]

Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

They did not see the thousands of migrant labourers streaming out of Delhi because none of them got the promised food packet. They were hungry, many confessed, and had no drinking water either to last the long journey home. There was outrage and helplessness voiced by civil society. There was also anger at the indifference and incompetence of the Government.[Read More…]

Provide shelter, food & medical care to homeless, jobless poor in Corona Pandemic times

Provide shelter, food & medical care to homeless, jobless poor in Corona Pandemic times

Lockdown in India due to Convid19, though necessary for controlling the spread of the Pandemic has put a large number of homeless, jobless workers (who migrated from rural areas to cities for earning livelihood) & poor in a tragic situation. Without dwellings and jobs unable to lockdown themselves in lakhs are leaving cities. Another category of worst sufferers is of[Read More…]

Migrant Workers’ Woes: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Migrant Workers’ Woes: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Migrant Workers’ woes: Please address the nation to assuage their fear, Dear Prime Minister To Shri Narendra Modi Honourabe Prime Minister of India Respected Modi Jee, You have received accolades from the World Health Organisation, the opposition party leaders and from several other quarters for your statesman-like approach in dealing with the emergency situation arising out of the threat from[Read More…]

Coronavirus and Us

Coronavirus and Us

The covid-19 has claimed countless lives all the world over, and we, in this small part of the world, have not yet taken the threat as serious as it should be. Past few days were horrible. People, from different places of kashmir, tested positive for the coronavirus, giving one the premonition of some dreadful situation in the valley. In this[Read More…]

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…]

Death Sentence: How it stands between the controversy of Justice and Judgement

Death Sentence: How it stands between the controversy of Justice and Judgement

The lights have gone out in the streets, how will I walk back home alone? It’s a lonely bus, should I travel in that or just wait for some more time? These are the kind of thoughts which have made home in the minds of the women in our country. These thoughts have just grasped the inner soul of every[Read More…]

Covid-19 Pandemic: What About Those Not Hitting Headlines ?

Covid-19 Pandemic: What About Those Not Hitting Headlines ?

  ( Please note the article was written on March16, 2020,  before the government and RBI announced some reliefs, many of them for specified periods. It can  not be anticipated for how long the pandemic and the crisis would continue. Still the comment is relevant given India’s ground realities, well known leakages,  pilferage of relief funds etc.) Share market going[Read More…]

COVID -19: Suspend Mining Operations and Steel Production in Odisha!

COVID -19: Suspend Mining Operations and Steel Production in Odisha!

Jan Adhikar Manch, an alliance of working class organizations, trade unions and individuals, based in Odisha expresses deep concern while bringing to light the manner in which it is business as usual for the Odisha government as it issues notices exempting mining corporations and steel corporations from measures taken to observe the lockdown in the country in the face of[Read More…]

Relief Now! An Urgent Appeal for Immediate Assistance to Migrant Workers

Relief Now! An Urgent Appeal for Immediate Assistance to Migrant Workers

This is an urgent appeal for assistance to migrant workers who are unable to reach their homes due to the current lockdown – free food, medical care and sanitation at the very least. The sudden imposition of a 21-day all-India lockdown on 24 March 2020, at just 4 hours’ notice, has led to horrific consequences for many. This decision, taken[Read More…]

Does Religion Matter? Communal Violence in India

Does Religion Matter? Communal Violence in India

The carnage or to put it more precisely the anti Muslim violence in Delhi (February-March 2020) has shaken us all. Analysts are burning midnight oil yet again to understand the deeper causative factors of the same. One of the neglected aspects of analysis of communal violence has been the one related to prevalent factor of Caste in Indian society. Caste[Read More…]

Coronavirus- Even the name is scary

Coronavirus- Even the name is scary

While adding a bit of dark humor to the pandemic, Mumtaz, a painter by profession said “The virus won’t do anything but the name seems scary”. I replied with a quote of Shakespeare “What’s in a name?” It is beyond doubt that the threat is real and has led to world lockdown, ruination of world markets and disruption of normal[Read More…]

Uneducated Literates or Literate Hypocrites?

Uneducated Literates or Literate Hypocrites?

In the time of COVID-19, there is a dire need of differentiating between education and literacy. A well-established misconception in our society is that the two terms are considered synonymous and thus interchangeable. Literacy is just the art of reading and writing whereas education is the systematic process of facilitating learning which caters to the overall development of an individual.[Read More…]

Need For Creative, Long Term Alternatives In View Of COVID-19

Need For Creative, Long Term Alternatives In View Of COVID-19

As India and the world face a completely unprecedented crisis due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, the first and immediate response must be health and treatment facilities, physical distancing, relief and basic needs packages to workers, basic need services, and other such measures that both reduce the risk of spread as also provide economic and survival security to those[Read More…]

Home!? What Home!!!???

Home!? What Home!!!???

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Migrant workers- A humanitarian crisis triggered by the lockdown

Migrant workers- A humanitarian crisis triggered by the lockdown

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I have suggested several measures to be taken by the government to counter the spread of COVID19 and the relief to be provided to the vulnerable sections of the population affected by the lockdowns imposed initially by the States and the nationwide lockdown announced later on the 24th by the[Read More…]

From crisis to change of power in Madhya Pradesh

From crisis to change of power in Madhya Pradesh

  The way the month-long political impasse in Madhya Pradesh concluded with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan taking oath as the 4th term chief minister, points out to a deeper concern of people’s mandate of democracy as role of BJP as a opposition party seemed to be dubious in breaking other parties to obtain a legislative majority regardless[Read More…]

Kashmir and the globalisation of Coronavirus

Kashmir and the globalisation of Coronavirus

Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, has said ,”Globalisation is a universal truth, to criticise the globalisation means to criticise the nature”. The society we live in is modern, the 21st century society. It is the society which is civilized, educated, developed, techno savvy and globalised society. The man has done a tremendous job in each[Read More…]

Weaponising Idiocy: Milk-Drinking Ganesha to Taali Bajao

Weaponising Idiocy: Milk-Drinking Ganesha to Taali Bajao

Yad ihasti tad anyatra, yan nehasti na tat kavcit. ‘Whatever is here might be elsewhere, but what is not here could ever be found’.—The Mahabharata, 1.56.33, from Meera Nanda’s The God Market: How Globalisation is Making India More Hindu, Random House 2009. It was the fag end of the 1st decade of the 21st century when the historian Rink Shenkman wrote his marvellous book, Just how[Read More…]

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Lockdown or Curfew?

Lockdown or Curfew?

India is passing through the second stage of the most serious health crisis in its recent history. How we respond to it as a society is crucial to mitigating the effect of COVID 19 virus on our individual health. Democracy is ultimately a system of social relationships, of everyone with everybody else that respects the twin principles of equality and[Read More…]

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Support The Farmers To Ensure Uninterrupted Food Supply Chains

Support The Farmers To Ensure Uninterrupted Food Supply Chains

URGENT SUGGESTIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA WITH REGARD TO SUPPORT TO FARMERS, THEIR LIVELIHOODS AS WELL AS TO ENSURE UNINTERRUPTED FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS To: Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Shri N S Tomar, Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare; Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister; Shri Amit Shah, Home Minister; Dr Ramesh Chand, Member Agriculture, NITI Aayog Dear[Read More…]

Yogi Adityanath In The Time Of Lockdown

Yogi Adityanath In The Time Of Lockdown

 Letter to the Prime Minister   To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister   Dear Shri Modiji, You have rightly announced a nationwide lockdown, invoking powers under the National Disaster Management Act and asked the citizens of the country not to stir out of their houses and maintain “social distancing”, which is the only way to fight the scourge of COVID19.[Read More…]

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In the wake of Covid-19, We Must Reclaim our Secular and Inclusive Legacy

In the wake of Covid-19, We Must Reclaim our Secular and Inclusive Legacy

     Faizan Mustafa in his recent piece, appeared in The Indian Express, March 21, 2020 titled, “Let us be frank on Secularism” argues that some kind of Hindu Rashtra (which will bring out values like liberalism, modernity, equality and cultural freedom) would help to bring out ‘peace’ and protect the rights of minority communities including Indian Muslims. For him, this[Read More…]

BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy

BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy

It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being ‘the largest democracy in the world’ has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities – chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence. The latest round of violence[Read More…]

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 In the wake of 21-days lockout, JJM demands immediate expansion of welfare, testing and health services in Jharkhand

 In the wake of 21-days lockout, JJM demands immediate expansion of welfare, testing and health services in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, like most of India, has woken up late to the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet to provide adequate social security to the people. Although no COVID-19 case has been officially reported in Jharkhand so far, this may be a myth since the state has only one testing centre where only a few dozen samples have been tested, according to[Read More…]

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Being Kashmir – From Janta Curfew to Total Lockdown 

Being Kashmir – From Janta Curfew to Total Lockdown 

On Tuesday Mar 24, prime minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day total lockdown across India to “break the chain” of the coronavirus spread. The lockdown kind of a feeling has been slowly sinking in for most Indians. Many people sensed the oncoming bad times and stocked up on all manner of goods they could lay their hands on, emptying grocery[Read More…]

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COVID-19: Emergency Package Of 3.75 Lakh Crores Urgently Needed

COVID-19: Emergency Package Of 3.75 Lakh Crores Urgently Needed

Appeal for Emergency Measures to Deal with COVID 19 Crisis- Letter sent to Central and State Governments from concerned citizens Dear Sir/Ma’am, The COVID 19 pandemic continues to be a serious public health issue and will possibly have a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of crores of people. As in most cases, those likely to be affected the[Read More…]

In The Name Of Coronavirus | Sandeep Pandey

In The Name Of Coronavirus | Sandeep Pandey

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has written an article on coronavirus reminding us that we are merely biological organisms, dependent on other organisms for survival and that humankind’s craving to control nature and exploit all its resources for profit can be wiped out in a stroke by a miniscule organism. Further he reminds us that our ancestors used[Read More…]

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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…]

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How Did Indian Masses Cope With 1897 Plague Pandemic? |Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

How Did Indian Masses Cope With 1897 Plague Pandemic? |Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Covid -19 has shaken the globalized world in a manner that it  never knew before. Having taken its birth in Wuhan, China its first attack focused on air conditioned travel life. The patient data of India so far shows that all those  first phase Covid-19 positive persons were those who traveled by long hour air crafts. The second line attack[Read More…]

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India: The perils of an all-out lockdown

India: The perils of an all-out lockdown

As the novel coronavirus spreads, a double crisis looms over India: a health crisis and an economic crisis. In terms of casualties, the health crisis is still very confined (seven deaths in a country where eight million people die every year), but the numbers are growing fast. Meanwhile, the economic crisis is hitting with full force, throwing millions out of[Read More…]

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 Prime Minister’s initiative on Corona- Political parties & Corporates too have to act fast

 Prime Minister’s initiative on Corona- Political parties & Corporates too have to act fast

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister   Dear Smt Sitharaman, Kindly refer to my letter dated 20-3-2020 addressed to the Prime Minister on the ongoing fight against COVID19. I have enclosed a copy of that letter for your reference. The campaign against COVID19 is assuming urgency in view of the rapidly increasing rate at which the States have been[Read More…]

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Clapping Against Coronavirus

Clapping Against Coronavirus

No passport, no pan card, no driving license, no ration card, no voter’s id, no aadhar card, no records on parents, but Carona has become an Indian citizen. Let us clap for the arrival of this internationally acclaimed personality. Because, there are no proper health facilities, economic conditions or rehabilitation packages. It is the sheer inactivity and lack of investment[Read More…]

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Leaders Inspire Through Their Actions

Leaders Inspire Through Their Actions

The country is in a lock down now. The fact is it should have happened earlier but better late than never. The prime minister’s call for the Janata Curfew was nothing but a preparation for the full lock down. It is good that people responded to it. Actually, this is a good way to impose things in the name of[Read More…]

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As in Katrina disaster, the poor are Being left behind in India

As in Katrina disaster, the poor are Being left behind in India

Since the Corona crisis is grave, the government’s decision to stop train services throughout the country till March 31 cannot be faulted. But this has grave implications for the poor. They are going to be stranded and worse, many will lose their livelihood as they cannot reach their work places. Train services had been hit in 1974 during a prolonged[Read More…]

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Coronavirus: Myths Debunked, Hiding Information And The Necessary Blueprint

Coronavirus: Myths Debunked, Hiding Information And The Necessary Blueprint

Good morning fellas! I’m just sick and disturbed by what I am seeing in my country. People have gone more mad after the outbreak of the coronavirus. Some are organizing hawans, others are busy in namaz. The leader tells us to beat drums, the religious fanatics suggests us to drink gomutra (cow urine) and cow dung for it has the[Read More…]

The fall of the ‘last Citadel’ of justice: Supreme Court of India

The fall of the ‘last Citadel’ of justice: Supreme Court of India

“I am surprised as to how Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who once exhibited such courage of conviction to uphold the independence of the judiciary, has compromised the noble principles on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary,” said Retired Justice Kurian Thomas. He was reacting to the appointment of recently retired Supreme Court Chief Justice to the Rajya Sabha by the[Read More…]

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COVID-19 crisis calls for urgent overhaul of social security and public health in Jharkhand

COVID-19 crisis calls for urgent overhaul of social security and public health in Jharkhand

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, a double crisis looms over Jharkhand: a health crisis and an economic crisis. Already, unemployed migrant workers are returning en masse from different states, including some (e.g. Maharashtra) with many coronavirus cases. Food vendors are losing business, and more occupations are likely to be hit as economic activity slows down. As more and more people[Read More…]

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Bank Charges Hurt Poor the Most!

Bank Charges Hurt Poor the Most!

In the last few years, banks have begun foisting hefty charges on customers on all the banking transactions. While some of the charges existed before but the new charges have been introduced on very basic everyday’s transactions. At present most banks even have charge on maintaining minimum balance, cash deposits and withdrawals at their branches and ATM’s, balance inquiry, SMS[Read More…]

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Public Policy and Pandemic Control

Public Policy and Pandemic Control

Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic has already sent shivers in the belly of many governments, even though it is yet to unfold its full sway in many parts of the world. The countries with weaker public health infrastructure and poorer human development index are more concerned as it needs humungous resources to prevent the spread of the virus. Further such pandemic[Read More…]

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Harvest of hate, pandemic hot on the heels of pogroms

Harvest of hate, pandemic hot on the heels of pogroms

Impunity in Indian context differs from region to region and from group to group. When witches were hunted tried and condemned to be burnt at the stake there was no avoidance in the western countries. In New England the people believed that the devil lived just off the clearing in the forest. In Delhi they are burning Bharatvasi who are[Read More…]

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Curfewed Days and Curfewed Nights – Let us all be Kashmiris, even for a day?

Curfewed Days and Curfewed Nights – Let us all be Kashmiris, even for a day?

We cannot be absolutely sure if the “Janta Curfew” (People’s Curfew) advocated by PM Narendra Modi in his speech to the nation about the corona-virus is in earnest (for the good of the people!) or a foretaste of the kind of curfewing that the citizens have to get used to if the corona pandemic continues. Or if it is some[Read More…]

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What is Chandrasekhar Azad’s politics? |SR Darapuri

What is Chandrasekhar Azad’s politics? |SR Darapuri

On March 15, Chandrashekhar Azad announced the formation of a new political party called Azad Samaj Party (ASP) which is welcome as in a democracy every citizen has the right to form his own party. But no announcement has been made about the agenda or politics of this party yet. Prima facie, so far, there has been a belief among[Read More…]

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Remembering “unworthy victims”

Remembering “unworthy victims”

Friday, March 20 marks the twentieth anniversary of the killings of 36 Sikhs in Indian-occupied Kashmir under mysterious circumstances. It happened close to then US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India. The massacre took place in the Chittisinghpura village of Kashmir. The assailants wore Indian army uniforms, lined up the Sikhs from the village, and shot them to death. Kashmir[Read More…]

Kashmir to Corona

Kashmir to Corona

Dear Baba, Since you left us, nothing has much changed except that we could not celebrate Bebo’s birthday last year. I forgot to tell you about the postponement of marriage of your nephew because he was arrested and sent to jail outside Kashmir. Since then, he has been shifted from court to prison to unknown places which we are unable[Read More…]

Women to Prepare Fuel, Kids to Catch Fish, Yet Elders Lack Nutrition

Women to Prepare Fuel, Kids to Catch Fish, Yet Elders Lack Nutrition

Walking across the muddy road at the end of the Irongmara bazaar area (near Assam University), we reached a village, around 1 km from the bazaar. This was the time to witness the lives of a Scheduled Castes community residing in that area. These people settled in the village during British rule in India when tea plantation was first set[Read More…]

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Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

The Telangana State (TS) Legislative Assembly, by way of a resolution passed on March 16, Monday, has opposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR), and National Register of Citizens (NRC), asserting these formed part of concerted attempts to tinker with the inclusive and non-religious nature of citizenship. The resolution urged the Central government to amend Citizenship (Amendment)[Read More…]

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NPR presents a Clear Danger to Women, De-link NPR from Census house listing

NPR presents a Clear Danger to Women, De-link NPR from Census house listing

More than 1000 WOMEN FROM ACROSS INDIA Write to State Chief Ministers, saying – “NPR presents a Clear Danger to Women, De-link NPR from Census house listing” Given that the updation of the National Population Register (NPR) is scheduled to begin from April 1, 2020 along with house listing for the Census of India 2021, prominent women rights activists, including[Read More…]

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Wedding In Corona Times: No Restriction On Karnataka CM? Letter to the Prime Minister

Wedding In Corona Times: No Restriction On Karnataka CM? Letter to the Prime Minister

To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister   Dear Shri Modiji, I compliment your government, especially Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Health Minister and Dr S. Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister for the commendable effort they have put in to stem the tide of Corona Virus within the country and for airlifting hundreds of stranded Indians from  Wuhan, Naples, Teheran and so on. This[Read More…]

History: No forgetting, no forgiving

History: No forgetting, no forgiving

History does not forget & forgive those who make it. Making of history does not mean always doing right. It equally means doing wrong. Those who did wrong are never forgiven by those who suffer by their wrong. Similarly, those who did right are never forgotten by those who benefit from their right. Wrong or right may be a decision[Read More…]

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Xenophobia related to pandemic Coronavirus in India

Xenophobia related to pandemic Coronavirus in India

India with a population of 1,210,193,422 as accounted by the1st March 2011 population census. India is a colourful canvas portraying a unique assimilation of ethnic groups displaying varied cultures and religions. In fact this uniqueness ethnicity of the country is a factor that makes it different from other nations. However the vastness of India’s nationalism , accounting to a plethora[Read More…]

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Destroying Constitutional ‘Fraternity’: NPR-NRC from Assam to All-India

Destroying Constitutional ‘Fraternity’: NPR-NRC from Assam to All-India

  There was public alarm following enactment of CAA-2019. The 2003 Rules [Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003] may not have been examined in detail had CAA-2019 not been enacted with the intention of countrywide NPR-NRC. Now the 2003 Rules stand exposed as providing definite possibilities for malafide/ targeted use in the NPR-NRC process.[Read More…]

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…]

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CAA: Should United Nations Norms be respected in Domestic Policies?

CAA: Should United Nations Norms be respected in Domestic Policies?

In the wake of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) UN High Commissioner, Michele Bachelet, has filed an intervention in the Supreme Court petition challenging the constitutionality of the Citizenship Amendment Act, as she is critical of CAA. Responding to her, India’s Foreign Minister S. Jai Shanker strongly rebutted her criticism, saying that the body (UNHCR) has been wrong and is blind[Read More…]

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BSP need to rise up and get connected with people to fulfill Bahujan mission as envisaged by Manyawar Kanshi Ram

BSP need to rise up and get connected with people to fulfill Bahujan mission as envisaged by Manyawar Kanshi Ram

Today, we remember Kanshiram Saheb on his 87th birthday. His followers, admirers, friends and many others will be remembering him but it is a fact that his presence is being missed desperately particularly by the Bahujan movement which is facing extreme political crisis in the absence of growing expectations of the masses and failure of the political parties particularly those[Read More…]

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Not Just Doreswamy, India’s Idea of Independence is Being Debased

Not Just Doreswamy, India’s Idea of Independence is Being Debased

“Though this be madness yet there is method in it.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare. The saffron brigade’s ever-readiness to stigmatise people holding differing opinions and dissenting voices reached a new low recently. Perhaps it was the saddest day in post-independence India when a Karnataka BJP legislator hurled abuses of being a ‘Pak agent’ and ‘fake freedom-fighter at 102-year-old freedom fighter, H[Read More…]

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Stop The Attempt To Pin Blame For Delhi Riots On Peaceful Women Protestors Against NPR-CAA-NRC

Stop The Attempt To Pin Blame For Delhi Riots On Peaceful Women Protestors Against NPR-CAA-NRC

STATEMENT BY WOMEN’S GROUPS & INDIVIDUALS HELP CITIZENS SEEK JUSTICE. TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE REAL PERPETRATORS. HELP CITIZENS COME TOGETHER AGAIN. HELP HEAL THIS COUNTRY. *Delhi struggles to recover from the terrible violence in the north east which hit some of the poorest people in our country – tailors, scrap dealers, carpenters, and daily wagers. Scared and displaced Muslims, who[Read More…]

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Unemployment – A  Grave Concern

Unemployment – A  Grave Concern

Unemployment is currently a global issue. Almost every country is facing this challenge and India is no exception. In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the graph of unemployment is showing exponential growth. According to recent studies published by few reliable portals, above 1.5 lakh educated youths in Jammu and Kashmir are hankering for Jobs. It is undeniable fact that[Read More…]

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Dependency, Distress and No Durable Agronomic Benefits: The Story of Bt Cotton in India

Dependency, Distress and No Durable Agronomic Benefits: The Story of Bt Cotton in India

In the early 2000s, genetically modified (GM) Bt insecticidal cotton was being heavily promoted in India on the basis that it would cut pesticide use dramatically, boost yields and contribute to the financial well-being of farmers. Private sector Bt cotton hybrids now cover over 90% of the area under cotton. Supporters of Bt cotton have wasted little time in claiming that[Read More…]

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Indian Democracy: Threat by Five D’s

Indian Democracy: Threat by Five D’s

Despite its limitations, Indian Democracy has been a successful experiment in a country which was driven by challenges of its times. Unlike many newly liberated countries, where military dictatorships or theocratic bent regimes had taken over, Indian democracy allowed for parliamentary democracy with multi-party system to prevail. While India was still driven by parochial caste, race and religious identities, dominance[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Trapped in a Blind Alley?

Kashmir: Trapped in a Blind Alley?

[A Note from the Author: The monograph appearing below was penned about six months back and has since been carried by a journal, New Approach, in its, just published, (undated) special issue: J&K: Faultlines and Way Ahead. It is edited by SekharBasu Roy. The other contributors, understandably including three from Pakistan and one of Syrian origin, are: Lt. Gen.(Rtd.)  Sanjay[Read More…]

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Motion against India’s divisive Citizenship Amendment Act moved in New Westminster

Motion against India’s divisive Citizenship Amendment Act moved in New Westminster

Following in the footsteps of Seattle City council, which unanimously passed a motion against the discriminatory citizenship law adopted by India, a councillor in New Westminster made a similar move on Monday, March 9. Chuck Puchmayr, who is vocal on social justice and human rights, tabled a motion calling for the scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) amidst a[Read More…]

Apple growers of Kashmir: Plight of surmounting Debt and commissions

Apple growers of Kashmir: Plight of surmounting Debt and commissions

This year Azadpur fruit Mandi Delhi has not witnessed the hustle of Kashmiri apple growers as it  used to. After the tidy harvest apple growers from Kashmir valley flung to Delhi in December- January mainly for two reasons(a) to check the statements( Watake) and (b) to renew the contract/advances. Apple growers of valley have been doing business with AzadpurMandi(Asia’s largest[Read More…]

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Media Trial, State and the Criminalizing of individuals in Democratic India

Media Trial, State and the Criminalizing of individuals in Democratic India

At the helm of massive protests against CAA-NRC, indiscriminate slapping of charges against protestors criminalizes the democratic foundation of protest. This rampant haze of identifying the ‘criminal’ protestor brings about questions- and demands a deeper reflection over the vilification campaign run by the sensationalist media. The liberal model of democracy in India has revealed its fissures and cracks time and[Read More…]

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It Was/Is Shameful For Any Political Party In Democratic India To Keep The Children Of Sindhias In Their Flock: Look At 1857 British Gazetteers

It Was/Is Shameful For Any Political Party In Democratic India To Keep The Children Of Sindhias In Their Flock: Look At 1857 British Gazetteers

Never forget that Rani Laxmi Bai was martyred by the joint armed forces of Sindhias and East India Company. Not only this, one of the leading commanders of 1857 Indian War of Independence, Tatya Tope was captured in Gwalior State ruled by this criminal Sindhia clan and executed on 18 April 1859 in Shivpuri, part of the Gwalior State. “Sindhia[Read More…]

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Whither internet gag in Jammu and Kashmir     

Whither internet gag in Jammu and Kashmir     

                 Communication is the essence of human life without which life is dull and devoid of order, particularly in the current hyper globalised world. The world of today is altogether in contradiction to the times of the previous ages. Technology has taken the global order by a major revolutionary storm and made the[Read More…]

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 Anti NRC-CAA-NPR Door to Door Campaigns in Pune

 Anti NRC-CAA-NPR Door to Door Campaigns in Pune

For the last two and half months, India has witnessed massive rallies & protests against NPR NRC & CAA. There has been at least one protest in Pune, every single day since the day the Delhi Police attacked Jamia students upto mid-February. Besides those protests, scores of public meetings, street-corner meetings and door to door campaigns have been carried out[Read More…]

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Questioning The 2003 Citizenship Rules: The Villain of NPR-NRC

Questioning The 2003 Citizenship Rules: The Villain of NPR-NRC

Why examine the 2003 Citizenship Rules? During the tenure of Vajpayee’s BJP-led NDA-1 government, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, by Notification G.S.R.937(E) on 10.12.2003. Its infirmities – discussed here – were not rectified/amended/changed by Manmohan Singh’s two successive Congress-led UPA governments (2004-2014), or by Modi’s first[Read More…]

Why This Year’s ‘International Women’s Day’ Should be Dedicated to Shaheen Bagh

Why This Year’s ‘International Women’s Day’ Should be Dedicated to Shaheen Bagh

The entire world has  observed the combination of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) as a factor for breeding a huge number of stateless people in the world or even may create ‘largest statelessness crisis’ in the world. In response to CAA and NRC, the Indian academics, liberals and secular people remained inefficient to challenge the[Read More…]

Who are the terrorists in the coup’d etat of President Trump visit?

Who are the terrorists in the coup’d etat of President Trump visit?

       It was a coup and the unraveling of events now in 2020 Delhi and in Gujarat genocide of 2002 has striking resemblances. The inductive and deductive process of reasoning shows who the real terrorists are. Three neighbours who lived together cheek by jowl went to lodge a complaint with the police in Delhi in the aftermathof Trumps departure. Rahis[Read More…]

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Delhi Violence: Genesis of Carnage

Delhi Violence: Genesis of Carnage

They say ‘history repeats itself first as a tragedy and then as a farce’. In case of India, communal violence not only keeps repeating itself, the pattern of the tragedy keeps changing every next time. Some features of the violence are constant, but they are under the wraps mostly. The same can be said about the Delhi violence (February 2020).[Read More…]

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YESterday once more: Yes Bank, Harshad Mehta, and the ravages of Finance Capitalism

YESterday once more: Yes Bank, Harshad Mehta, and the ravages of Finance Capitalism

  The stories of Yes Bank’s troubles, close on the heels of the crisis in DHFL, come as traumatic reminders to many of us. Add to this the cases against Nirav Modi and the involvement of the public sector bank PNB, and the issues with ICICI bank (its top management once again) – and it is hard not think of[Read More…]

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Significance of Shaheen Bagh: From Event to Symbol

Significance of Shaheen Bagh: From Event to Symbol

On 12th December Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA) was notified and immediately after notification, student protests began in Jamia, AMU and JNU. Students were subjected to brutal treatment by Delhi and UP police, resulting in women support coming in their favour from 15th December as a mass dharna at Shaheen Bagh, a completely unknown area for non-Delhi residents till then. Rather[Read More…]

After Delhi violence, AAP weakens its potential in Punjab

After Delhi violence, AAP weakens its potential in Punjab

Since the boost to AAP in national politics initially came from winning 4 parliamentary seats from Punjab during the 2014 General Election while everywhere else in the country most AAP candidates had lost their deposits, it appeared very reasonable to assume that the AAP victory in Delhi Assembly Elections in February  will raise hopes of revitalised AAP again becoming a[Read More…]

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Two Leading Malayalam News Channels Banned From Airing For 48 Hours For Reporting The Delhi Riots

Two Leading Malayalam News Channels Banned From Airing For 48 Hours For Reporting The Delhi Riots

Two leading Malayalam news channels, Asianet News and Media One and are banned from airing for 48 hours from 7.30 PM this night on account of their reporting on Delhi riots. The Ministry of information and broadcasting claimed that these two channels violated the model code of conduct in airing the news. Both orders were signed by Amit Katoch. Ironically[Read More…]

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Dehi Riots: Khureji Crackdown Fact Finding Report

Dehi Riots: Khureji Crackdown Fact Finding Report

Date of Visit: 29th February 2020 Team: Ashutosh, Harjot, Harshita, Nasir and Rahul Brief Overview of the Situation in Khureji Khas Since the 14thof January 2020, Khureji Khas in North East Delhi has witnessed peaceful protests against the divisive Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Registry of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR). The people of the locality, especially[Read More…]

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Wake-up Call to Soren Government: Thousands gather in Ranchi to demand rejection of NPR in Jharkhand

Wake-up Call to Soren Government: Thousands gather in Ranchi to demand rejection of NPR in Jharkhand

Thousands of people, from across Jharkhand, gathered at Raj Bhawan (Ranchi) today to demand that the Hemant Soren government rejects NPR and stops all NPR-related activities. Many people’s organisations (partial list attached) participated in this dharna, convened by Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha. Jharkhand’s main communities – hindus, muslims, christians, dalits, adivasis and others – were all well represented. Participants also included[Read More…]

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The Great Indian Liberal Trap

The Great Indian Liberal Trap

Today, worldwide people/citizens have lost the spaces of freedom of expression. The dissent or a slight deviation of an individual from ‘largely accepted discourse’ which has ‘liberal’ labels are seen as an expression of either ‘conservatism’ or often abused term ‘extremism’. The liberal framework normalises its own conservatism/extremism through one way dialogues of preachers who denounce ‘other’ discourses which challenges[Read More…]

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 An Open Letter to Harsh Vardhan Shringla (Indian’s Foreign External Affairs Secretary)

 An Open Letter to Harsh Vardhan Shringla (Indian’s Foreign External Affairs Secretary)

Dear Mr. Shringla: I write this open letter to question you most respectfully why you told a seminar in Dhaka on 2nd March that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by Indian parliament last year was misunderstood by many, also in Bangladesh. Although I can’t disagree with you more that: “This is a proactive legislation that has been undertaken on[Read More…]

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Indian Resistance Against Hindutva Fascism

Indian Resistance Against Hindutva Fascism

Hindutva fascism is no more an imaginary political depiction of reactionary and right-wing Narendra Modi led BJP/RSS government in India.These reactionary forces are the original anti nationals of India. Any serious analysis of forward march of Hindutva fascism in India needs to understand Indian social and economic conditions where caste, tribe, gender and class interact within a Brahmanical order both[Read More…]

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Time for BJP to stop hate politics and start preparing for COVID-19

Time for BJP to stop hate politics and start preparing for COVID-19

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the world, there are increasing questions being raised about the measures – or more accurately, the lack of measures – the BJP led government is taking to protect the population. Less than a month later, the virus has killed at least 3,000 people, sickening over 90,000 in total, and is all but[Read More…]

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Canadian Punjabi Press Club condemns attacks on journalists in Delhi and threats against Sherwani

Canadian Punjabi Press Club condemns attacks on journalists in Delhi and threats against Sherwani

The members of Surrey-based Punjabi Press Club of BC (PPCBC) have unanimously condemned recent attacks on journalists in the national capital of India. In a monthly meeting of the club held on Tuesday, March 3, it was resolved to denounce the assault on journalists in Delhi during anti-Muslim violence engineered by supporters of the ruling right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya[Read More…]

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India’s citizenship laws resemble South Africa’s Asiatic Registration Act

India’s citizenship laws resemble South Africa’s Asiatic Registration Act

At a time when Delhi was burning in the fire of communal riots sparked by the provocative speeches of leaders of his own party as evident from video reports, it was ironical that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have invited President Trump to visit, of all places, Sabarmati, the ashram where Gandhi prayed for peace and non-violence – the very[Read More…]

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Savarkar and the Cracks in Hindutva Legacy

Savarkar and the Cracks in Hindutva Legacy

This ‘Veer’ is a divisive figure within the RSS-BJP, tough for even the Sangh parivar to paper over. The Savarkar Sahitya Sammelan, which was organised with much fanfare in the national capital, proved to be rather a tame affair. With the talk of Savarkar being posthumously honoured with the Bharat Ratna in the air, the two-day gathering was considered important.[Read More…]

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The Dilemma Of RSS/BJP In Higher Education | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The Dilemma Of RSS/BJP In Higher Education | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The State run universities in India have created a major crisis in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP)  rule and their ideological apparatus. On the one hand the present right wing regime which believes in traditional Vernadharma parmapara centered education cannot accept the present reservation system, which they opposed from the days of Ambedkar-Gandhi Poona Pact. Even[Read More…]

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The fancy ideas of Trump and Modi On Architecture

The fancy ideas of Trump and Modi On Architecture

In one respect Donald Trump seems less autocratic than Narendra Modi. Just as Modi and his administration have sought to completely redesign the area around Parliament in Delhi, Donald Trump wants to “make federal buildings beautiful again” by mandating a return to “the classical architectural style”, according to a draft executive order. But there is one essential difference. Trump’s order[Read More…]

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New Westminster City Councillor to bring a motion against CAA

New Westminster City Councillor to bring a motion against CAA

Following in the footsteps of Seattle City council, which unanimously passed a motion against the discriminatory citizenship law adopted by India, a councillor in New Westminster is going to make a similar move next week. On Sunday evening, Chuck Puchmayr, who is vocal on social justice and human rights, told a rally held against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and[Read More…]

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India’s “Pilot Project” towards Cashless Economy: Disenfranchisement through Digitization!

India’s “Pilot Project” towards Cashless Economy: Disenfranchisement through Digitization!

Introduction The Notification issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on October 7, 2019, as per Modi government’s directive with a view to “Deepening Digital Payments” across the country is of far-reaching consequences. The Notification contains the essential guidelines fora “pilot project” to convert one selected district in every state of India into fully digital or “cashless” in all[Read More…]

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Will An All India NRC Be Accepted By People In Course Of Time As In Assam?

Will An All India NRC Be Accepted By People In Course Of Time As In Assam?

It was a very popular narrative that CAA-NRC-NPR has no relationship with religion. So-called liberals, seculars, intellectuals popularised the idea that it will affect only the poor people. The SCs, STs and Backward Classes will be mostly affected. Since it will not affect the majority, so is it going to be acceptable in course of time? Are we heading to[Read More…]

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Miscreants burn Islamic religious texts including Quran in Baksa, Assam

Miscreants burn Islamic religious texts including Quran in Baksa, Assam

The burnt articles inside the Kalapani masjid in Salbari sub-division under Gobardhan P.S in Baksa district on Monday morning. BAKSA,Assam: Unidentified miscreants burnt Islamic religious literature, including 11 copies of the Quran and 3 copies of Hadith (record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad,) and some other religious articles at Kalapani masjid in Salbari sub-division under Gobardhan[Read More…]

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Over 350 Acadamics Issue Statement on the anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi

Over 350 Acadamics Issue Statement on the anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi

Over last few months we have witnessed a reawakening of the democratic ethos led by Muslim women all across the country.  These near-uninterrupted protests against the passage of the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and it’s bigoted twins, the NPR and NRC, have clearly not gone down well with the BJP government, and many attempts have been made at demonising[Read More…]

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 NPR-NRC-CAA: The Troubling Triad

 NPR-NRC-CAA: The Troubling Triad

Government’s inflexible and resolute NPR-NRC initiative is causing country-wide unrest, testing the credibility of statements made by top politicians. With the date for starting NPR registration being April 1, 2020, some issues need to be addressed and understood. NPR & NRC are connected The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA-2019) passed on 10.12.2019 caused a public uproar because of fears that[Read More…]

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‘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…]

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New Delhi and More

New Delhi and More

It is 7:00 AM in Houston February 27th, the sun is bright and the breeze is cold. As I sit in the patio like I do every day, I go through hundreds of messages and news clips on my phone. Images of blood soaked body of a young bearded Muslim man being thrashed and tossed mercilessly by a group of[Read More…]

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Modi’s regime- ‘A regime adept in using sedition law’

Modi’s regime- ‘A regime adept in using sedition law’

While most of the developing countries of the world have rejected and scrapped the infamous sedition laws,but India being the largest democracy has yet not taken any appropriate steps to discontinue this draconian law which pollutes the modern democracy.United Kingdom has itself abolished its own law on sedition almost a decade ago. Today India is facing the misuse of this[Read More…]

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Delhi Riots: Muslim Youth Forced To Sing National Anthem In Viral Video Dies

Delhi Riots: Muslim Youth Forced To Sing National Anthem In Viral Video Dies

A Muslim youth, Faizan who was seen lying injured on the street with a few others as policemen made them sing the national anthem in a video that went viral, died three days after the assault. His family told News18, Faizan was declared dead at the GTB Hospital on the morning of February 26. Nothing is Shocking anymore ;( pic.twitter.com/1aAX6C007Z[Read More…]

‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and Contemporary Nationalism in India

‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and Contemporary Nationalism in India

Like most of the political phenomenon, even the practice of Nationalism is not a static one. It changes with the changing political equations of the political forces and assumes the expressions which are very diverse. As such the phenomenon of Nationalism has a long journey and various state policies in particular have used it for purposes which relate more to[Read More…]

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Political interpretations of Trump’s India visit: Diplomacy beyond understanding 

Political interpretations of Trump’s India visit: Diplomacy beyond understanding 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India turned to political hues rather than tremendous progress toward a comprehensive accord. Therefore, the bilateral agreement between India and U.S. deserves to be seen through diplomatic lenses only as there remains much to accomplish, and the upcoming change in the U.S. after the presidential election will test the relationship. Trump’s maiden trip in[Read More…]

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Democracy, Development and Political Under Representation of Muslims in India

Democracy, Development and Political Under Representation of Muslims in India

It is crucial to note that Jamia Millia Islamia, a ‘Lusty Child’ of the Non-Cooperation, the Khilafat movements and product of anti-colonial struggle, as mentioned by Prof. Mushirual Hasan and Rakshanda Jalil in their book, “Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia”, has now completed its 100 years in 2020. To celebrate and commorate100 years of Jamia, several programmes, seminars, conferences[Read More…]

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Delhi riots: The chilling loneliness of their grief

Delhi riots: The chilling loneliness of their grief

Communal Violence Bill was brought by the UPA to ensure accountability from public servants as per article 14 and 21 of the Constitution. But it was dropped in February 2014. And the country continues to wait for an effective anti-riots law Monu, a resident of Brahmpuri, didn’t go home after he was discharged from Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital on[Read More…]

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Neutrality at this point of time only means connivance with hate mongers

Neutrality at this point of time only means connivance with hate mongers

The Delhi government sanction to prosecute sedition charges against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and other unambiguously reflect the agenda that AAP is following and all those who believed that Kejriwal is a different politician ‘focused’ on governance model will be shocked, though people like us who have followed and known Kejriwal and Anna Hazare’s movement well would[Read More…]

Activists Enroute Goalpara Detention Camp Barred

Activists Enroute Goalpara Detention Camp Barred

Security personnels deployed in the Shimultabu area near Kokrajhar along the Assam-West Bengal border on Friday. GUWAHATI: A group of students travelling to the underconstruction detention camp at Matia of Goalpara were barred from entry into Assam at Shimultabu near Kokrajhar at about 2 pm along the Assam-West Bengal border on Friday. Hundreds of security personnel were pressed into action[Read More…]

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Kashmir youngsters opt for VPN apps to bypass ban on social media

Kashmir youngsters opt for VPN apps to bypass ban on social media

As the Government of India extended 2G services to Jammu and Kashmir after months, many websites continue to remain blacklisted in the region. Among those are social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In order to bypass the ban on social media, people in Kashmir have started using VPNs to bypass the firewall. Naveed Ul Haq, 21, who lives[Read More…]

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Is Delhi’s Anti-Muslim pogrom a plan to forcefully implement All India NRC?

Is Delhi’s Anti-Muslim pogrom a plan to forcefully implement All India NRC?

(The planned attack on Muslims in Delhi 2020, is similar to Anti-Muslim Gujarat riots 2002, then CM and now PM were silent for 3 days) Muslims for Independence of India: Very much surprising to know that around 5,00,000 Muslims got martyred for the Independence of India since revolt of 1857 followed by The Reshmi Rumaal Tehreeq in 1905, The Mopla[Read More…]

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Harrowing hearts and sowing hatred? Spare a thought for harvest season also!

Harrowing hearts and sowing hatred? Spare a thought for harvest season also!

Majority community must understand that hate crimes breed retaliatory hate crimes. It would be a big mistake to believe growing trend of targeted violence against Muslims to be infertile. Hours after violence broke out in north-east Delhi on Monday, a Muslim friend shared on his Facebook wall: “I feel like going out, sporting my father’s skull cap and shout at[Read More…]

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Blame Rests With Right-Wing For Fomenting Riots In Delhi

Blame Rests With Right-Wing For Fomenting Riots In Delhi

When I say that the right wing is responsible for the anti-Muslim riots happening in Delhi, it means that the right wing, aka the RSS and BJP, its media and its affiliates are entirely responsible for the mess. From failing on the economic front to other policies, the right wing party wants to hide its failures and is not living[Read More…]

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Will vandalism, arson, killings stop in India?

Will vandalism, arson, killings stop in India?

 The germs of arson, killings and vandalism  run through blood of Hindutva organizations. There is no denying the fact that the Hindutva outfits got extraordinary power to organize communal violence across India under the nose of Narendra Modi. These powerful Hindutva outfits feels that they want to correct history so whatever they are doing is correct. The act of vandalism[Read More…]

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Call for Global Action on Communal Violence in New Delhi

Call for Global Action on Communal Violence in New Delhi

This is an urgent call for global action. For the last three days, large violent mobs of right-wing Hindu nationalists have unleashed a spate of violent attacks in Delhi, which have led to at least twenty three deaths recorded so far and injured more than 100. Vehicles and commercial establishments owned by members of the Muslim community have been specifically[Read More…]

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Delhi: Poison Seeds, Bloody Harvest

Delhi: Poison Seeds, Bloody Harvest

  On Tuesday February 25 morning, even as 35 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed in North-Eastern Delhi and Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik claimed that the situation was under control, violence broke out in Maujpur area with shops ransacked and set ablaze, vehicles torched and stone pelting between groups from two communities. As the day passed, violence continued in the[Read More…]

Hindutva: Myths And Reality

Hindutva: Myths And Reality

[This essay is in response to demand from friends across the globe to make available a concise primer on the toxic ideology of Hindutva based on its own archives for ready reference.] Introduction The term Hindutva took birth with the appearance of VD Savarkar’s book titled Hindutva in 1923. Savarkar’s Hindutva was declared to be the Holy Book of Hindu[Read More…]

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Silence of Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Violence is a sigh of Majoritarian politics

Silence of Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Violence is a sigh of Majoritarian politics

It’s not even a month when results of Delhi assembly election 2020 was announced where AamAadmi Party returned to power with a landslide victory bagging 62 out of 70 seats. The more commendable accomplishment of the party was that it reduced its opponent BJP to a single digit (8 seats) in a bipolar contest. Delhi witnesses a polarised election campaign[Read More…]

Open letter to President of India 

Open letter to President of India 

 To, Mr. Ramnath Kovind, Hon’ble President of India, New Delhi. Respected Sir, For more than 70 days now, our country has seen massive and sustained protests against the union government’s divisive and dangerous citizenship Amendment Act scheme. This has been a movement which has not only affirmed equal citizenship as a right, but shown the whole world that citizenship is[Read More…]

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Jabeda Begum

Orwellian Nightmare in India

The sale of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-four, has reportedly surged 10,000 times since a New York property developer was elected to the world’s most powerful office.  It would be interesting to know how the groundbreaking book has fared in India since the man from Gujarat moved to Delhi. For more than the land of the free or the Western[Read More…]

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As Delhi burns, its many Neros fiddle and twiddle

As Delhi burns, its many Neros fiddle and twiddle

It is hardly difficult to notice the irony that the two most powerful people in Delhi have presided over, abetted and prolonged some of the worst mass-violence in India – that in Gujarat in 2002. Yet, that was in Gujarat, a slight distance away from the capital, Delhi. It was sort of their fiefdom, their corner of the world, and[Read More…]

Why Modi and Sangh Parivar Want to ‘Disremember’ Golwalkar

Why Modi and Sangh Parivar Want to ‘Disremember’ Golwalkar

PM Modi didn’t mention former RSS chief Golwalkar on his recent 114th birth anniversary. The idea is to implement his ‘essence’ in private while not mentioning him in public. The 114th birth anniversary of Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar went unnoticed. Barring a stray article by a second-rung leader of the saffron party in a national daily, none from the top hierarchy deemed it[Read More…]

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Trump is a winner; Modi is a loser !

Trump is a winner; Modi is a loser !

The grand welcome organized by Modi for US President Donald Trump beginning from Gujarat, a home state of Modi, was expected. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, is an event-manager., is a well known fact.The ordinary citizens of India should not cry over wasting their money on Trump. In the last few years, Modi has already wasted a lot of[Read More…]

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The Disturbing Situation In Delhi

The Disturbing Situation In Delhi

Deeply disturbing scenes of violence in East Delhi are floating since yesterday where over 5 persons have been killed including one policeman of Delhi police in the violence. We dont know whether they were killed in violence or police firing but according to police, section 144 has been imposed in about 10 locations of Eastern Delhi like Mauzpur, Babarpur, Seelampur,[Read More…]

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Roland Barthes on Kashmir

Roland Barthes on Kashmir

From the curious academic debates in contemporary socio-cultural theories, we have learnt that our society is like a meta-text in which diverse territorial or generic mental sets intricately inform the production, consumption, falsification and reproduction of meanings. This whole process is essentially unconscious, for it slowly and silently puts on a seemingly irrefutable ‘naturalness’. In the profoundly elaborate process, spreading[Read More…]

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Sedition for Peace! The Curious Case of Amulya Leona

Sedition for Peace! The Curious Case of Amulya Leona

Recently, at a rally in Freedom Park, Bangalore, Amulya Leona, a young 19 year old girl  was seen shouting Pakistan Zindabad’ (Long Live Pakistan) twice and later alsoHindustan Zindabad’ (Long Live India). She was not allowed to complete her speech after the first sentence. AMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who was also sharing the stage rushed to her and shouted, `What[Read More…]

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Many Dimensions of Shaheen Bagh Movement in India

Many Dimensions of Shaheen Bagh Movement in India

The protest in Shaheenbagh began on December 16, 2019 against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR) and against police brutalities. Now, more than seventy days later, it emerged as a non-violent, creative and an inspiring movement led by women – a movement against fascism, a movement of reckoning based on the ideology[Read More…]

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Democracy is hypocrisy as long as ‘Wall’ of Shame exists in India

Democracy is hypocrisy as long as ‘Wall’ of Shame exists in India

World’s two ‘biggest’ and ‘greatest’ ‘democracies are exhibiting their strength today in the most undemocratic way. Gun trotting policemen and security agencies will cover the entire Ahmadabad today particularly the routes where Donald Trump and Narendra Modi are ‘ road show’. Here, the people cant come at their own but at the whims of the rulers and Trump is expecting[Read More…]

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The politics of seeing and non-seeing

The politics of seeing and non-seeing

     In the Ring of Gyges, the famed myth framed by Plato, the wearer of the ring may wear it and turn invisible. In the story, Gyges wears the ring to commit unjust acts and because of the invisibility accorded by the ring is then able to thwart any moral consequence. One of the arguments then which Plato wants to[Read More…]

 Trolleyology And India’s Citizenship Conundrum

 Trolleyology And India’s Citizenship Conundrum

A runaway trolley is hurtling down a track and it will kill five unsuspecting workers unless you pull a switch to divert the trolley on to another track in which case only one person, who works there, will die. Would you pull the switch? You’re a bystander standing on a footbridge over the track, and luckily for you, you see[Read More…]

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In solidarity with Sharjeel Imam – Over Representation of Muslims in jail in most of Indian States: Here’s the State Wise Data

In solidarity with Sharjeel Imam – Over Representation of Muslims in jail in most of Indian States: Here’s the State Wise Data

In any sensible country anywhere in the world, a person of Sharjeel Imam’s talents would have been an important advisor to the government of the day on subjects ranging from technology to the social sciences. Instead, in India – where sensibility is a long-vanished (or vanquished?) commodity – this brilliant, polyglot, computer scientist engineer turned historian is in prison, charged[Read More…]

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Socialism by another name?  Aam Admi Party and the case of Bolivarian Venezuela

Socialism by another name?  Aam Admi Party and the case of Bolivarian Venezuela

One can probably sense the cynicism and the scoffs right away, given that the title of this piece seems to make almost a preposterous comparison. But, patience is requested, and some good humour. It is interesting to note that what the AAP has made available to the citizens of Delhi, in terms of subsidized electricity and water, and improved –[Read More…]

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Why Walls Around Gujarat Model Of Development? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Why Walls Around Gujarat Model Of Development? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Assume that Donald Trump is coming to address ‘Namasthe Trump’ meeting in Hyderabad or Vishkhapatnam or Bangaluru or to Chennai or Cochin there would not have been a need for building walls around the slums on the way to Airport or to his hotel or to the stadium where he addresses the meeting. But in Ahamedabad there is such a[Read More…]

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Shaheen Bagh is a template for Restoring India’s Unity

Shaheen Bagh is a template for Restoring India’s Unity

The commentaries on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and National Registry of Citizens (NRC) from a large number of learned and distinguished Indians including Nobel laureates, retired judges of India’s Supreme Court and other luminaries have opined that CAA is discriminatory against the minorities and divisive for the nation. The BJP government expected that opposition to CAA will come from[Read More…]

Amidst Protests, Masses are Getting Politicized and Energized

Amidst Protests, Masses are Getting Politicized and Energized

 It is a historic moment for all of us that Jamia is among the first Central University in our country which has now completed its hundred years of an academic journey. This august institution and its stalwarts had vehemently participated in the anti-colonial struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi. And its founding members like Zakir Husain, Mohammad Mujeeb and Maulana Mohammad[Read More…]

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Shaheen Bagh means we need to strengthen Fight for public space

Shaheen Bagh means we need to strengthen Fight for public space

One aspect ignored regarding the Shaheen Bagh protests on the citizenship issue in Delhi is the issue of denial of public space to people, increasing restraints on acces to existing such spaces.Civil liberties groups urban planners should seriously study, take up these issues.The Supreme court raised questions on February 10 about protests on roads in Delhi . It would be[Read More…]

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What about Kashmiri Pundits? Three Decades of Exodus

What about Kashmiri Pundits? Three Decades of Exodus

This January 2020, it is thirty years since the Kashmiri Pundits’ exodus from the Kashmir valley took place. They had suffered grave injustices, violence and humiliation prior to the migration away from the place of their social and cultural roots in Kashmir Valley. The phenomenon of this exodus had been due to the communalization of militancy in Kashmir in the[Read More…]

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Not Just Communalist: Unpacking India’s New Citizenship Law and its Impact on the Indigenous Northeast

Not Just Communalist: Unpacking India’s New Citizenship Law and its Impact on the Indigenous Northeast

Globally, indigenous peoples’ land and cultural identity has been subjected to increasingly violent pressure in the last fifteen years, either for resources or due to demographic tensions over land.Indigenous land defenders attempting to protect fragile homelands from dispossession for mining, food, and logging projects are being subjected totargeted killings at twice the rate of previous decades. Between 2002 and 2017,[Read More…]

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Shaheen Bagh movement is an inspiration to understand peaceful democratic protests in India

Shaheen Bagh movement is an inspiration to understand peaceful democratic protests in India

It is always inspiring to hear women at Shaheen Bagh as their spirit and energy still is an envy for all. Most of the time a movement more than 65 days old would get tired as the government or the critics of Shaheen Bagh would have thought but to their disappointment, the unity and fraternity at Shaheen Bagh is more[Read More…]

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Is Sharjeel Imam a symptom of bigger political malaise?

Is Sharjeel Imam a symptom of bigger political malaise?

  Let’s agree that,we the people are Indian citizens;however, some are less than others. We all share some form of social solidarity with respect to our socio-cultural markers. These identities are more pronounced among the politically inferiorized identities and every party tries to co-opt these groups to win election.  With the decline of Congress and politicization of these identities, there[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Noam Chomsky ON CAA, NPR, NRC

An Open Letter To Noam Chomsky ON CAA, NPR, NRC

Co-Written by Angshuman Choudhury & Suraj Gogoi Dear Professor Chomsky, Hope you are well. Please allow us to introduce ourselves. We are two young academics from the Northeast Indian state of Assam. [Angshuman is a researcher at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi) while Suraj is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the National University of Singapore.][Read More…]

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Educating Constitutional Morality

Educating Constitutional Morality

The Liberating potential of education has been identified by many social reformers like Jyotirao Phule, Periyar and Ambedkar while confronting the social evils and its subsequent discrimination. Similarly Paulo Freire in his classical book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” has detailed the significance of Conscientizacao, which means learning to perceive social, political and economic contradictions, and to take action against oppressive[Read More…]

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Mumbai Bagh In Times of Islamophobia

Mumbai Bagh In Times of Islamophobia

The blatantly communal remarks of a taxi driver at Byculla was an acrid reminder of just how far the politics of hate have gone, with the nation’s top leaders making it perfectly legitimate for others to say the most obnoxious things. Choosing to stop and get out of the taxi, I opted for a bus that crawled along Nagpada until[Read More…]

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India: Letter to Finance Minister on proposed amendments in IT Act

India: Letter to Finance Minister on proposed amendments in IT Act

The Finance Minister Ministry of Finance Government of India New Delhi 110001 Dear Nirmala Sitharaman, I am writing this letter to seek an appointment to submit a representation on some of the clauses of the Finance Bill, 2020 which will adversely affect the not-for-profit sector and as a result weaken the work on poverty alleviation and other charitable causes. Firstly[Read More…]

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CCTV Footage Exposes Police Brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University

CCTV Footage Exposes Police Brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University

Two months after the  police brutality at Jamia Millia Islamia, a new video has emerged showing paramilitary and police personnel beating up students in the library on December 15. The 48-second video, which appears to be CCTV footage, shows some seven to eight paramilitary and police personnel entering the Old Reading Hall and beating up students with batons. The paramilitary[Read More…]

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Supreme Follies By The Supreme Court Of India – Judiciary In  A Morass

Supreme Follies By The Supreme Court Of India – Judiciary In  A Morass

Death of an infant at the Shaheen Bagh protest site, Delhi has been taken ‘note’ of by the Supreme Court of India. The Court has taken up the matter with the cause title of the case (initiated suo motu) being: “In re To Stop Involvement Of Children And Infants In Demonstrations And Agitations In View Of Death Of An Infant[Read More…]

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Vibrant ‘Education System’ for doing Social Science in India  

Vibrant ‘Education System’ for doing Social Science in India  

It is a historical moment to remind us that Jamia Millia Islamia, is a ‘Lusty Child’ of the Non-Cooperation and the Khilafat movements (which were launched under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and supported by Jamia’s stalwarts to fight against the colonial rule) has now completed its 100 years in 2020. To celebrate 100 years of Jamia, several programmes, seminars[Read More…]

AAP’s Success belongs to Shaheen Bagh

AAP’s Success belongs to Shaheen Bagh

If anyone truly deserves the credit for Kerjiwal’s extraordinary victory, it is the women of Shaheen Bagh So the aam aadmi’s ‘jhadu’ (broom) has swept away the toxic rubbish that the BJP had flooded the national capital of Delhi with. The credit for the spectacular performance by Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is being attributed to his brand of development politics[Read More…]

Union Budget 2020-21: Figuring out its Politics and Economics

Union Budget 2020-21: Figuring out its Politics and Economics

The Union Budget has two goals. First, to tackle the current problems plaguing the economy which may be a continuing one or one that has cropped up in the year in which the Budget is drafted. The second goal of a Budget is to try to fulfill the vision that the government puts out. This again could be pertaining to[Read More…]

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I Am A ‘Love Jihadi’ – An Open Letter to Cardinal George Alencherry of Syro Malabar Church of Kerala

I Am A ‘Love Jihadi’ – An Open Letter to Cardinal George Alencherry of Syro Malabar Church of Kerala

Sir. I belong to the most ancient school of philosophical thought in India called Charvakas. The Charvakas existed during the time Upanishads in India, much before Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Jews, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and other religions including Marxism emerged in India. For a person like me, I do not find God as an enemy, unlike many atheists and mechanical rationalists.[Read More…]

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Role of Public Intellectuals in Civil Society Protest

Role of Public Intellectuals in Civil Society Protest

Attack on public intellectuals is no longer limited to any specific group as a state response to protests against the number of government policies. Indian political scene witnessed several protests on many issues beginning from demonetization, Rohit Vemula’s suicide at HCU and Una agitation in Gujarat and attacks on JNU students. However, it has taken an unprecedented rise on the[Read More…]

Perceived Roles Of Hinduism And Islam Reversed

Perceived Roles Of Hinduism And Islam Reversed

On January 26, Republic Day, 2020, while protests simmered against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Regiser of citizens throughout India, a dozen North American cities also witnessed historic protests. Indian Embassies have been witness to protests in the past. But this time it was different. In Washington D.C., 800 Indian Americans, many of whom had driven hours from neighbouring states,[Read More…]

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A take on Pro-CAA gang

A take on Pro-CAA gang

Those supporting the CAA have the following questions against anti-CAA protestors? · We do not understand why they are protesting? CAA only talks of giving citizenship and not taking away citizenship. Then why the protests? The issue is not whether it takes away citizenship through CAA alone. True it does not talk of the same. But the potential that it[Read More…]

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Politicians won’t save us

Politicians won’t save us

Monobina Gupta is right, Kejriwal shouldn’t be expected to fight an ideological battle. In fact, no electoral politician should be expected to fight ideological battles—at least not overtly and definitely not within a few months before the elections. Electoral politics is the winning stroke of an ideological war, not a space for fighting ideological battles. Electoral politics is the fruit[Read More…]

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Are Adivasis Hindus? Forthcoming Census and RSS campaign | Ram Puniyani

Are Adivasis Hindus? Forthcoming Census and RSS campaign | Ram Puniyani

Currently massive protests are going on against NPR, NCR and CAA. At the same time we are going to begin the process of decadal census in 2021. Already RSS is active in promoting NPR, NCR and CAA. At the same time RSS wants that Adivasis should register themselves as Hindus rather than ticking the column of ‘Others’. As per their[Read More…]

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Are OBCs Not Eligible To Be On Sri Ram Temple Trust? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Are OBCs Not Eligible To Be On Sri Ram Temple Trust? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

After the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Ram temple trust the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, who over saw the Babri Msjid  destruction, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharati, who actively participated in that act, said that the Other Backward Classes (Shudra/ OBCs) are as much Ram Bhakts as Dalits are and demanded for inclusion of an OBC member[Read More…]

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Challenges in maintaining the quality of milk

Challenges in maintaining the quality of milk

Introduction Milk may be considered as a complete food by the virtue of its nutritional properties. But, it’s hard to believe that most of the raw milk and various milk products are not up to quality parameters as per many reports. Furthermore, recently World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that in India adulteration is prevailing in milk and milk products[Read More…]

Free thinking and free thinkers

Free thinking and free thinkers

There is a strange co-relation between last week and this week.Last Saturday, i.e., 8th of February was the birthday of Dr Zakir Husain, the third President of India and co-founder of Jamia Millia Islamia who also served as its vice-chancellor.The coming Saturday, i.e., 15th of the month is the completion of two months of Jamia Millia Islamia’s brutal attack which[Read More…]

What needs to be learnt from Delhi elections Result

What needs to be learnt from Delhi elections Result

   It is good that the voters of Delhi wisely decided to kick the highly explosive BJP out of power in Delhi. It is also a fact that the massive victory of Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi will ever change the attitude of the BJP leaders towards marginalized Dalits, Muslims and Christians. The powerful central Modi government in connivance with economically[Read More…]

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Muslim Minorities – Seeking Protection From Wolves…

Muslim Minorities – Seeking Protection From Wolves…

In December of 2019, India’s ruling party in the state of Assam, the BJP, passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), easing citizenship requirements for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Sikhs from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Notably excluded from this list are Muslims, including Rohingya refugees. And this is where the CAA comes in; non-Muslim residents of Assam who are not[Read More…]

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Delhi verdict has defeated BJP but not decimated communal politics

Delhi verdict has defeated BJP but not decimated communal politics

The Delhi results are out. Aam Admi Party i.e AAP has won decisively and with a massive mandate again. This is unique and remarkable for a party to repeat its performance. With nearly the same vote percentage AAP won 62 seats out of 70 while the BJP has to console itself with 8 seats though it got nearly 38.58%. The[Read More…]

From Shah Bano Case to Shaheen Bagh:  Challenges to Majoritarianism

From Shah Bano Case to Shaheen Bagh:  Challenges to Majoritarianism

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Wasim Ahsan In a just concluded Assembly Election (11th Jan 2020), the AAP (Aam Admi Party) has got ‘Landslide Victory’ by securing 62 out of 70 seats and defeated the BJP with a huge margin. In this election, Shaheen Bagh protest site was the center of discourse amidst electoral campaign. Most of the BJP’s[Read More…]

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