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What Modi’s landslide election victory means for already terrified Indian Muslims?

What Modi’s landslide election victory means for already terrified Indian Muslims?

– Washington Post:  Modi’s win is a victory for a form of religious nationalism that views India as a fundamentally Hindu nation and seeks to jettison the secularism promoted by the country’s founders. – The Guardian: Indian politics has likely entered a new era of Hindu nationalist hegemony fuelled by Modi’s extraordinary popularity. – New York Times: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is[Read More…]

Hope and Fear

Hope and Fear

The emotional journey between hope and fear has come to an end with the fear triumphing. There was the hope that the forces of divisive nature and hatred would be defeated. And the forces of solidarity and harmony would win over. There was the fear that the divisive forces would come back and haunt the country for another five years.[Read More…]

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What explains Modi’s second term and what is to be done?

What explains Modi’s second term and what is to be done?

Hours before the beginning of the counting of the General Elections 2019, my article published in a Urdu daily. Here I argued that the prediction of the exit polls survey would not match the final result. But as things stand now, Narendra Modi-led BJP is likely to better its own big performance of the 2014. My prediction was proven wrong.[Read More…]

India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is certain to get a second term in Indian general election. As results are coming in BJP on its has crossed the half way mark of 272 seats. BJP and allies are leading in 342 seats out of the 542 seats where elections are held. Congress the main opposition party[Read More…]

Rainbow Social Coalition – To What End?

Rainbow Social Coalition – To What End?

USS passe rani hai, iss passe Gandhi!” (“On that side is the Queen, on this is Gandhi) (https://indianexpress.com/elections/patiala-dharamvira-gandhi-aap-elections-2019-bjp-congress-5726029/) Nawan Punjab Party’s candidate ex MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s election campaign and the way he projected his appeal as ‘battle against the royals’ had rightly evoked interest in a section of the media as well as pro-people circles.(https://www.newsclick.in/electoral-mobilisation-vehicle-rainbow-social-coalition) It is of interest[Read More…]

Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held 

Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held 

Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years Even as all seven phases of polling in India’s parliament elections were over and the results are awaited, AP’s Chandragiri Legislative Assembly constituency attracted attention. It was a curious case where EVMs, photo ID cards, so many poll officials and observers from Centre and state, indelible thumb[Read More…]

The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi In Assam, a certain section of people desire intellectuals who do not question human rights issues, authority or policy.   The current social and political milieu in Assam is replete with claims and counterclaims over citizenship and measurements of being an Assamese. Assam has always been a site of such claims, where[Read More…]

Citizens can foil anti-people Projects

Citizens can foil anti-people Projects

  With the harsh political reality we are now faced with   there is a serious need for strong resistance from citizens. This was clear at a public hearing  on the proposed Metro rail line 6 project  in Mumbai  on May 21. Alert  citizens, architects, engineers, housewives, transport experts  completely exposed the inefficiency and insensitivity in the implementation of the project [Read More…]

Poll Predictions and the Gift that just Keeps on Giving

Poll Predictions and the Gift that just Keeps on Giving

So, after 38 days of Election Campaigning, which started on the 11th of April, 2019, the World’s Largest Election, (and also, the most complex as well as the most expensive), finally came to an end on the 19th of May, 2019. After 7 stages of voting and the equivalent of 7000 million (7 billion) US Dollars spent on costs in[Read More…]

Pointless Colonial Massacres And Post-Colonial Wars And Killing On The Indian Subcontinent

Pointless Colonial Massacres And Post-Colonial Wars And Killing On The Indian Subcontinent

Two colonial mass killings from the twentieth century are always remembered:  The Qissa Khwani Bazaar massacre on April 23, 1930 in Peshawar (then India, now in Pakistan) was the result of peaceful demonstrations protesting the arrest of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan who had called for a nonviolent movement of ‘patience and righteousness.’  Authorities nervous at the size of the crowds[Read More…]

The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi Suicides, violence, persecution – why is the media not reporting the NRC process responsibly? On June 11, 2018, four Special Rapporteurs of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) submitted a letter to Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj addressing the racial bias and human rights violations resulting from the National[Read More…]

Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy is not equivalent to high moral politics. To be married or unmarried is an individual choice. But to equate it with political morality and to celebrate celibacy as a high moral principle, creates a false binary of high and low moral politics. Ever since Narendra Modi was elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat he has been portrayed as a[Read More…]

Where do they Migrate?

Where do they Migrate?

Co-Written by Anubhav Chakraborty and Azam Abbas   “There is usually work out there in Surat,” recounts a old migrant employee, before boarding the Puri-Okha specific, one amongst the longest train journeys in India—transporting many thousands of migrant employees from coastal Odisha to Gujarat. Surat has been one amongst the world’s quickest growing cities of the past four decades, with[Read More…]

Gandhi Versus Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Gandhi Versus Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

  Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in Malegaon blast in 2008 is fielded by the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) in Lok Sabha 2019 elections as a potential candidate against veteran Digvijay Singh, the Congress party candidate in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is a criminal and a murderer. The character of the BJP is that it can stoop to any[Read More…]

A Tocquevillian blunder

A Tocquevillian blunder

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi and Prasenjit Biswas Colonialism is a story of exploitation, subjugation and domination. It sought to establish racial supremacy and resorted to an accumulation of wealth. Be it the Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) or the British East India Company, in the name of trade and Empire, they carried out heinous crimes and plunder of its colonies. Racism also has a deep[Read More…]

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa Brings In Open The Inner Turmoil Of Election Commission

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa Brings In Open The Inner Turmoil Of Election Commission

The country which possess independent, impartial and efficient institutions is a politically developed country. Unfortunately this thesis is under stress and its major blow has just come when Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has stated that his minority views were not recorded on violations of moral code of conduct. Election Commission has been criticized by opposition parties and analysts that it[Read More…]

Does India Really Know What its GDP Is?

Does India Really Know What its GDP Is?

  Everyone knew India’s organised sector contained a large number of shell companies. We should have worked out its impact and whether a blowing up factor was required before launching the new GDP series. Another controversy about India’s gross domestic product (GDP) data has broken out, with a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report casting doubt on the quality of[Read More…]

 Berkeley University study of Islamophobia in India highlights plight of Muslims

 Berkeley University study of Islamophobia in India highlights plight of Muslims

  The last decade has witnesses intensified attacks on Muslim, Christian, Sikh and ‘lower castes’ in India, according to a study released recently by the University of California, Berkeley. This first of its kind report on the status of Islamophobia in India is meant to provide a groundbreaking collection of evidence and provide a reference point for all future work[Read More…]

‘ Education’ of Educated Persons

‘ Education’ of Educated Persons

“The backward classes have come to realise that after all education is the greatest material benefit for which they can fight….’ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (EDUCATION: THE ONLY KEY TO DALIT PROGRESS By Bhalchandra Mungekar, , Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai www.ambedkar.org ) Past few years have seen the rise of many ‘educated’ persons supporting statements of politicians who propagate[Read More…]

A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

RBI should give up its contempt for RTI

‘King can do no wrong’ days have gone, and the RBI is not a king. Despite noticing wilful defiance of the RBI, the apex court was very kind to it in contempt cases, but if the later does not withdraw this anti-transparency policy again, it might face the ire of people and courts. The RBI should explain why it wants[Read More…]

The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

At the time of the establishment of the Congress Socialist Party (CSP) on May 17, 1934 in Patna, under the chairmanship of the patriarch of the Indian Socialist Movement, Acharya Narendra Deva, two goals were clear: to achieve the independence of the country and to enhance the pace of the organised efforts towards establishing a socialist system. To achieve both[Read More…]

Mayawati-Narendra Modi face-off

Mayawati-Narendra Modi face-off

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbour’s roof, when your own doorstep is unclean.” – Confucius Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted at Kushinagar, Deoria in UP, a furious attack on BSP supremo and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati for “shedding crocodile tears” over the incident of gang-rape of a dalit woman in Rajasthan’s Alwar and demanded her party’s withdraw[Read More…]

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Scientific Temper and the Modi Era

The mark of last five years has been to make consistently inconsistent and unscientific statements. The difference between science and non-science has been reduced. Exploration of truth through investigation of natural, social and economic phenomenon, understanding the basic laws of science and social processes has been done away with. This is being replaced by an imaginative truth which does not[Read More…]

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India’s growing religious divide: BJP’s anti-religious minorities agenda

India’s growing religious divide: BJP’s anti-religious minorities agenda

As the election season is winding down and the nation is anxiously looking forward to the results, one cannot escape but witnessing India’s slide towards complete polarization based on the politics of religion.  Prime Minister Modi’s ascension to power has resulted in growing Hindu intolerance of Christianity and Islam. Radical elements within his party are pushing an agenda to marginalize[Read More…]

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

As the last phase of 2019 election campaign is just going to be concluded within a few days,political parties are now busy in scrambling for the votes of gullible masses including Indian Muslims. To be precise, the issues which are dominated during the 2019 elections campaigns are such as corruptions, muscular nationalism, bad governance, terrorism, (to note that this time,[Read More…]

Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra

A Punjab parliamentary seat of international significance

One broad generalisation which can be reasonably made about the 2019 General Election in India is that there is no wave of any kind countrywide unlike some of the previous parliamentary elections. Each state is witnessing a unique combination of forces and alliances that reflect the specific regional character of that state. We can safely stretch it further to argue[Read More…]

Rafale Scam: Indian Election, Lobbyism And Deception

Rafale Scam: Indian Election, Lobbyism And Deception

Lobbyism around the world has reinforced the reality of profit being privatized, and the loss being socialized. It has dangerously deprived the already marginalized working class, that are struggling with the economic urgency to survive. The somatic structure of balance of economical equity and equal representation of interest has become a myth by itself. In the absence of counteractions by[Read More…]

Sexual Harassment as Constitutional Embarrassment?  Let law take its own course, My Lords!

Sexual Harassment as Constitutional Embarrassment?  Let law take its own course, My Lords!

Highlights A class-III court staff’s allegation of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India has shaken up the apex court’s elite leadership. A class-III court staff’s allegation of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India has shaken up the apex court’s elite leadership. People are wondering whether institutional reaction reflects due process or heavy imposition on the victim[Read More…]

Development Beyond Numbers

Development Beyond Numbers

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves  – Lao Tzu India is at a crossroads in its journey of “development”. It is still perceived that the development landscape continues to look jaded. Lessons from recent times show that if we plant the[Read More…]

Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations

Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations

What is the point in central government orders and carefully thought out regulatory norms if government officials and regulators act with blatant disregard? This is precisely what we now see happening in India where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are concerned. India has the greatest brinjal germplasm in the world with 2,500 varieties, including wild species. Following news in April that[Read More…]

Bhopal: BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan, addresses a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. BJP has fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, as its candidate against Congress leader Digvijay Singh. (PTI Photo)  (PTI4_17_2019_000160B)

Curse! “Maine kaha tera (Mumbai ATS chief late Hemant Karkare) sarvanash hoga.”

· “In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development…. If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt be the greatest calamity for this country. No matter what the Hindus say, Hinduism is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. It is incompatible with democracy. Hindu raj must be prevented at any cost.” Dr[Read More…]

The Electricity Department Rae Bareli, UP,writes a new story “Batti gul, Meter Chalu”

The Electricity Department Rae Bareli, UP,writes a new story “Batti gul, Meter Chalu”

Rae Bareli as a political constituency is world-famous. The ground realities remain no different than any other three-tier city in India. Political promises of UPA and NDA both have failed the citizens of Rae Bareli. The city still stands poorly in providing basic amenities to its citizens. During the time of elections, the usual question one asks is whether the[Read More…]

Varanasi Constituency Prediction: Will BJP Return To Power?

Varanasi Constituency Prediction: Will BJP Return To Power?

Uttar Pradesh in general, and Varanasi in particular, hold a significant value for BJP, as it is a parliamentary constituency of PM Narendra Modi. The nation had witnessed BJP’S mega political roadshow in Varanasi on Friday, 26 April 2019. Prominent political figures like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Manoj Tiwari, Union minister JP Nadda, Mahendra Pandey etc, were in[Read More…]

PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad Constituency and the Separate Electorate

PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad Constituency and the Separate Electorate

At a rally in Nanded, Maharashtra recently , PM Modi said that Rahul Gandhi has picked the safest possible seat to contest the elections as the majority is in minority in Wayanad. “Congress ke naamdaar ne microscope le kar bharat mein ek aisi seat khoji hai jahan par vo muqabala karne ki taakat rakh sake. Seat bhi aisi jahan par[Read More…]

Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

An Education that kills

It is not that education is in crisis. Education is a crisis now. When people involved in education face problems in practicing it, it is an educational problem or educational crisis. Education as a crisis is it has become an instrument of crisis in society. How? Everyone, be it a politician, administrator, educationist, teacher, parent, student and thinker wants education[Read More…]

Basic Income Revisited

Basic Income Revisited

 Universal basic income (UBI) is an old idea that is gaining traction as governments look to revamp their social safety nets. India is the most serious new aspirant. India is actively weighing the idea and the main opposition Congress party has already promised that it will implement a variation of a universal basic income (UBI) targeted at 50 milion   families[Read More…]

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SC In-House Committee on Sexual Harassment: A “Travesty of Justice!”

SC In-House Committee on Sexual Harassment: A “Travesty of Justice!”

PUCL is appalled by and strongly denounces the Report of the Supreme Court In-House Committee’ which concluded that there was no substance in the allegations of sexual harassment made by a former woman employee of the SC against Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the incumbent Chief Justice of India, as a gross travesty of justice, flagrant violation of the principles of natural[Read More…]

Dear Hitler

Dear Hitler

Why does Hitler’s legacy in India greatly differs from that in the West. More removed from the traumas associated with World War II and the Holocaust  ( An extract from ‘Hindutva’s Second Coming’ by SubhashGatade, www.mediahouse.online) ……………………………………………………………………. ..An innocent question sometimes comes up with very troubling answer(s). J’admire( I admire)… a simple exercise given to students to know from them[Read More…]

“Indian Campuses Under Seige” – People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India

“Indian Campuses Under Seige” – People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India

National Release of the Report titled “Indian Campuses Under Seige” of the People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India at Speaker Hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi on May 7, 2019 People’s Commission on Shrinking Democratic Space in India (PCSDS) has released the Report of the People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions on 7th May, 2019[Read More…]

What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

Rabindranath Tagore, the preeminent Bard of the Orient was the mercurial mystic and polymath whose repertoire was unprecedented in proliferation. Transcending to a legendary status, whilst living, Tagore created a teeming ecosystem of art, literary, musical and fine, and wholly constituted an entire era and genre in Bengali art and culture. Such was the influence of Tagore, a man who,[Read More…]

The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

Narendra Modi, during the campaigning for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had specifically emphasized two things : First, nothing has happened in the country during the Congress rule of the last 65 years. He, accusing the Congress of failures during its 65 years rule, had then claimed that he would complete 65 years of task in just 65 days if he[Read More…]

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Mercy Petitions of Hindutva Guru Veer/Brave Savarkar

Mercy Petitions of Hindutva Guru Veer/Brave Savarkar

MYTH Savarkarites argue, “There are no evidences to prove that Savarkar collaborated with the British for his release from jail. In fact, his appeal for release was a ruse. He was well aware of the political developments outside and wanted to be part of it. So he kept requesting for his release. But the British authorities did not trust him[Read More…]

Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

Narendra Modi has been a recipient of consistent acceptance and support from various corners/ sources which favours his eligibility as the Prime Minister. Although after five years of being Prime Minister, a lot of people have come out of the lure of Modi, yet an unreal aura is being created about his future Prime Ministerial role, as if it is[Read More…]

Value for sale!

Value for sale!

What is the secret behind the success of the advertising world? How is it that the corporate world convinces us to buy more and more, even when it knows that we do not at all need many of those celebrated products? The modus operandi seems very simple. The sales market makes us fall for a value. When a fairness cream,[Read More…]

Glorious Tradition of Sacrifices

Glorious Tradition of Sacrifices

The freedom struggle of this country has witnessed a band of youth inspired by a zeal willing to put their lives at stake. Number of them were arrested, tried in court and executed by the British. Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Thakur Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri, Shivaram Rajguru, Sukhdev Thapar, Jatindra Nath Das are common[Read More…]

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Lal Sabar's family, Holudboni

Sabars of Jharkhand’s  Jamshedpur constituency continue to live in hunger and destitution

A recent visit to a few Sabar villages in Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency’s Ghatshila block exposed the “double-engine” claims of the BJP. Raghuvar Das does not tire harping about how the state is developing under the BJP-led state and central governments (“double engine”). One of Jharkhand’s particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG), the Sabars continue to live in hunger and extreme[Read More…]

Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

A storm characterized as “one of the strongest” cyclones in India’s recorded history made landfall on Friday amid warnings of “potentially catastrophic” wind, rain, and ocean surges. UPDATE: Cyclone #Fani is making landfall right now near Puri, India as a Category 4 — one of the strongest landfalling cyclones in the country's recorded history. pic.twitter.com/TDfalErBJR — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) May[Read More…]

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Rice threshing near Sangrur, SE Punjab, India. (Photo:  Neil Palmer (CIAT)/flickr/cc)

Beyond GDP: Time for Inclusive Growth | Moin Qazi

Development can be seen as a process of expanding the real freedoms that people enjoy  – Amartya Sen The pursuit of growth over social justice, which has been the defining credo of classical economists, has brought prosperity to most developing societies. But it has also created huge inequalities. The argument that economic growth is the road to social justice has[Read More…]

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Students taking lunch in one of the Ashram Schools in Kurkheda block of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra

The Horror of Residential School Education: A Failed Model for Girl Students | Santosh Gedam

The recent incident of sexual exploitation of minor tribal girls in residential school raises the primary issue of safety and security before we evaluate the educational outcomes As the mainstream media is focused on the sexual exploitation allegations on the CJI and has given due space and time to scrutinize and question every decision that has happened in the Constitutional[Read More…]

MoU’s exchanged between Achyuta Samanta and Adani Foundation for setting up a branch of KISS in Mayurbhanj, Odisha

Achyuta Samanta, the Myth of being a Messiah | Rajaraman Sundaresan

Elections in India are strange occasions, where parties and their rhetoric strangle the public discourse, leaving the common people to respond and think of their problems all alone. The strangeness of a manufactured ‘democratic election’ of this kind not only leaves one with the choice of choosing between the lesser evils, but also raises questions over the hope of democratic[Read More…]

They want to bail out private airlines and run down BEST | Vidyadhar Date

They want to bail out private airlines and run down BEST | Vidyadhar Date

The rulers went out of their way to bring pressure on public sector banks to bail out the unprofessionally run private airline Jet Airways. This put at risk thousands of crores of public funds. There are double standards here. On the one hand the glamorous airline industry is pampered and on the other hand the BEST bus undertaking serving millions[Read More…]

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Unless unions educate workers politically, labor will find itself more powerless than ever before: Timir Basu focuses on labor in India

Unless unions educate workers politically, labor will find itself more powerless than ever before: Timir Basu focuses on labor in India

Labor around the world is facing a hostile situation to the extent and intensity unprecedented in labor’s history. At the same time, labor in the Global South and Global North is theoretically, organizationally and politically unarmed. In this perspective, Timir Basu, a revolutionary once organizing the poor peasantry, and after passing hard time behind bar, organizing the labor, and delivering[Read More…]

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Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samman and the International Workers Day | Jayashubha

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samman and the International Workers Day | Jayashubha

Lal Bahadur Shastri had given the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ (Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer). This was in recognition of their contribution for national security and food security in the country. The point that was however missed out was the issue of ‘Jai Samman’. Being a part of the working class working towards protecting national territory or providing[Read More…]

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Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

Students’ suicide – social problems | Sheshu Babu

Summer is not only ‘cruelest’ season with rising heat and water connected problems to people but also it is a ‘ testing’ time for many young students who dream of bright future and decent life. This is also a peak season for suicide- related incidents for secondary and higher secondary as well as competitive exam writing youth. Whenever results are[Read More…]

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What is RSS? | Madhu Limaye

What is RSS? | Madhu Limaye

I entered in political life in 1937. I was quite young then but as I had passed my matriculation examination at a relatively early age, I also entered college quite early. Quite active in Pune in those days were the RSS and the Savarkarites (followers of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) on the one hand and nationalist, socialist and leftist political organisations[Read More…]

Deconstructing Maneka Gandhi’s threat  | Anurag Modi

Deconstructing Maneka Gandhi’s threat  | Anurag Modi

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi ’s open threat to the voters has let the cat out of the bag. What she was essentially spelling out was that once the results are out and it informs her of the community and area who voted for her, she would then specifically focus her attention on the basis of the vote share she has[Read More…]

With manifestos, political parties must show how the desirable is feasible | Arun Kumar

With manifestos, political parties must show how the desirable is feasible | Arun Kumar

If one does not show that the “desirable is feasible,” chances are that the promises will remain on paper, as in the past. Written by General elections are the time for the political parties to vie with each other to produce more innovative and inclusive manifestos than their rivals. There is something for everyone, especially for the marginalised sections —[Read More…]

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Tik Tok in India: An Analysis of Ban and Reprieve | Ishfaq Majid

Tik Tok in India: An Analysis of Ban and Reprieve | Ishfaq Majid

Tik Tok a Social Media app was launched in September 2017 in China and is owned by a company namely ByteDance. In August, 2018, the app merged with the musical.ly to enhance its video community. The app is available for Android and IOS users (except India) and enables them to create a short video containing music in the background. The[Read More…]

Between Martyrs and Victims | K.P. Sasi

Between Martyrs and Victims | K.P. Sasi

The decision of the churches in India to declare the victims who were murdered during the genocide and persecution of the Christians in Kandhamal, needs to be recognised and welcomed. This decision is also giving strength to a community of persecuted Christians all over the country, especially after one decade of the largest attack on the Christian community in Kandhamal.[Read More…]

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Akshay Kumar Interview with the Prime Minister: An Apolitical Political Interview

Akshay Kumar Interview with the Prime Minister: An Apolitical Political Interview

You started your interview by saying that you are going to have an apolitical interview. You have every right to do that. You can ask every stupid question under the sky – pattern of eating mangoes, bank balance, process of dealing with cold, wish from djinn of Aladdin’s lamp, sleep hours, desire for becoming PM, anger management, valuable things held[Read More…]

Bt Brinjal Illegally Growing in India: Who Is Really Pulling the Strings? | Colin Todhunter

Bt Brinjal Illegally Growing in India: Who Is Really Pulling the Strings? | Colin Todhunter

In February 2010, the Indian government placed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Prior to this decision, numerous independent scientists from India and abroad had pointed out safety concerns regarding Bt brinjal based on data and reports in the biosafety dossier that Mahyco, the crop developer, had submitted to the regulators. Campaigner Aruna Rodrigues explains: “The then Minister[Read More…]

Picture info-Ravi on the extreme left,Anuj in centre and Piyush with their father

School: Sometimes too big a dream | Anubhav Chakraborty

Piyush and Anuj are not your average kids in the block who pack their bags with notebooks and lunchboxes and go to school everyday. They are the actual free-birds who never go to school and spending their entire day playing with their siblings in a one room apartment in Jasola Vihar. Their parents leave early morning and leave the house[Read More…]

Is CBI unconstitutional organisation? | Madabhushi Sridhar

Is CBI unconstitutional organisation? | Madabhushi Sridhar

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is at the centre of serious controversies in pre-election 2019 dynamics of political decisions. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is at the centre of serious controversies in pre-election 2019 dynamics of political decisions. It’s uses if not abuses, by the party in power, now or in past, is harming its credibility. Its ‘independence’ is no[Read More…]

Arun Kumar, Economist and author

Time to soften GST blow on MSMEs: Arun Kumar

Interview by Richa Mishra   In his book, Arun Kumar suggests ways to convert the complex levy into a ‘Ground Nourishing Tax’ Change is not always easy to adapt to, especially when it is a completely new tax regime like the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which even proponents of reforms acknowledge is very complex. No surprises then, that it[Read More…]

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Fascism, Caste, Dead Capital | Kuriakose Mathew

Fascism, Caste, Dead Capital | Kuriakose Mathew

Dead capital is the capital that cannot (easily) be converted into investment. Hernando de Soto’s term dead capital could have been about India as well. The country has a huge stock of informal assets held by the poor that is not recognised by the law, but worth in billions. De Soto’s story however captures only one side of the Indian[Read More…]

Intermedia Must Be Abolished In Two States | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Intermedia Must Be Abolished In Two States | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The intermediate examination board of Telangana has created a massive systemic crisis. About 20 students have already committed suicide and many more are likely to die. The solution to this problem does not lie in just recounting the marks in the answer sheets nor does it lie in the revaluation of answer sheets. The problem is much bigger. It is[Read More…]

BJP Ignores MGNREGA 

BJP Ignores MGNREGA 

Strengthening MGNREGA is important to  alleviate rural distress The  election manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been recently  announced and MGNREGA has been completely ignored in the manifesto. While more than 13 crore people across the country are dependent on MGNREGA and it is being the  biggest employment opportunity for the rural sector,  not even a mention of NREGA[Read More…]

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Kuriakose Mathew – Kanhaiya and the Jatitva of the Indian Left and Right

Kuriakose Mathew – Kanhaiya and the Jatitva of the Indian Left and Right

Dictators often infantilize people. They portray the people as their children, and themselves as great patriarchs. Stalin to Chacha Nehru to Nasser, many have presented themselves as the authoritative father figure. At present, Xi Jinping is repeating the same, presenting himself as the Communist (or Confucian?) Father of the Chinese nation. Modi and Trump seem to be great exceptions to[Read More…]

Sexual Harassment V / s Judiciary

Sexual Harassment V / s Judiciary

A woman staff member has accused the CJI( Chief Justice of India )  )  , Ranjan Gogoi, of sexual harassment through  a sworn affidavit handed over to 22 judges of the Supreme Court. The said woman staffer stated “He hugged me around the waist, and touched me all over my body with his arms and by pressing his body against mine,[Read More…]

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Development, Democracy and Welfare under UPA and NDA: Comparative analysis

Development, Democracy and Welfare under UPA and NDA: Comparative analysis

  The Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jamia Millia Islamia has organized 2nd Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Annual Memorial Lecture on 23 April 2019, entilled, ‘Democracy, State & Welfare Under UPA & NDA: The Regime Effect’, which has been addressed by Prof. Zoya Hasan, a noted Political scientist and currently an emeritus Professor at Centre for[Read More…]

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Sakshi Maharaj

The Cursing Sants of Bharatiya Janata Party

Be careful while criticising the Government. Of course you will be anti-national if you do so. But now it is more than that. Now you have to face the cursing Sants. The Sants of BJP through their deep penance and meditation in the Himalayas have acquired some special powers. Gods impressed by their deep tapasya appeared before them and inquired[Read More…]

 Why is BJP continuously targeting AMU?

 Why is BJP continuously targeting AMU?

Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre in 2014 the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been continuously on its target on one pretext or another. The BJP and its ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) drag the name of AMU every now and then generating unwanted controversies and public attention. The most recent remark was that of Uttar[Read More…]

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71 Bollywood Actors, Writers, appeal to the Nation to vote to defend the very Idea of India!

71 Bollywood Actors, Writers, appeal to the Nation to vote to defend the very Idea of India!

Our country is known and admired across the world for its enormous diversity, pluralism and the mutual respect that unites millions of Indians in a multi-cultural ethos. This is the idea of India that our freedom movement held high. That is why the modern values of democracy and separation of religion from politics, for which our country’s freedom-fighters fought hard,[Read More…]

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Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – Shudras Never Were Allowed To Learn A National Language

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – Shudras Never Were Allowed To Learn A National Language

In the recent Parliament elections in the two Telugu states there was an interesting discussion: who speaks good English whether Chandrbabu Naidu or Jaganmohan Reddy or KCR? Three of them are Shudras. Chandrababu Naidu and KCR are first generation English learners, whereas Jaganmohan Reddy is a second generation English medium educated leader, as his father was a doctor and could[Read More…]

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New churning in ‘Bahujan politics’ in UP and Maharashtra

New churning in ‘Bahujan politics’ in UP and Maharashtra

 Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar Ever since the Hindu nationalist forces led by PM Modi came to power in 2014, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the range of violence and atrocities against Dalits, religious and gender minorities have increased. And a new trend infamously known as mob-lynching, in which mostly Muslims including Dalits[Read More…]

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As the 2019 Indian General Election Takes Place, Are the Nation’s Farmers Being Dealt a Knock-Out Blow?

As the 2019 Indian General Election Takes Place, Are the Nation’s Farmers Being Dealt a Knock-Out Blow?

In 1830, British colonial administrator Lord Metcalfe said  India’s villages were little republics that had nearly everything they could want for within themselves. India’s ability to endure derived from these communities: “Dynasty after dynasty tumbles down but the village community remains the same. It is in a high degree conducive to their happiness, and to the enjoyment of a great portion[Read More…]

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India demanded to prevent forced evictions of millions of forest dwellers

India demanded to prevent forced evictions of millions of forest dwellers

  Friends of the Earth International, World Rainforest Movement, Global Forest Coalition, GAIA Foundation and tens of other environmental organisations around the world sent on 22 April an international  appeal  to India, its states, Supreme Court and to the UN organs to prevent forced evictions of millions of India’s forest dwellers. Such evictions would violate India’s obligations on human rights and[Read More…]

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Jharkhand’s poor show in MGNREGA continue

Jharkhand’s poor show in MGNREGA continue

  The Government of India’s official website shows that Jharkhand has failed terribly in MGNREGA implementation in 2018-19  while the country has seen a steady increase in work demands under the programme Jharkhand has gone through a rough patch in MGNREGA implementation in the financial year 2018-19. The implementation of MGNREGA was almost standstill for nearly about 6 months during[Read More…]

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Vidya Bhushan Rawat – Why Manas Jena needs our support to get elected from Jajpur

Vidya Bhushan Rawat – Why Manas Jena needs our support to get elected from Jajpur

  In the age of branding where media decide what you need and impose upon you even the ‘leaders’ in the opposition, those who work tirelessly for the rights of the people are not merely ignored but forgotten too. Manas Jena is an activist intellectual contesting on Indian National Congress ticket from Jajpur reserved constituency of Odisha. As a friend[Read More…]

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Bhopal: BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan, addresses a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. BJP has fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, as its candidate against Congress leader Digvijay Singh. (PTI Photo)  (PTI4_17_2019_000160B)

Sadhvi Pragya :Not shocking, but painful

By fielding Sadhvi Pragya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants people to believe that she and other accused arrested in various blast cases were ‘framed in fabricated cases’ and that ‘saffron terror’ is a myth. But while doing so the, BJP has undermined the fact that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur still remains a key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast[Read More…]

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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, chairman of the Drafting Committee, presenting the final draft of the Indian Constitution to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 25 November, 1949

Santosh Gedam – Constitutional Idealism and the Ground Reality

As India (read part of Indian society) actively celebrated along with symbolic governmental formal gestures the Birth anniversary of India’s chief architect of the Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, it was time to review where our society as a whole stands compared to the Constitutional idealism adopted around 70 years ago. Constitutional idealism is a supreme policy goal for us as[Read More…]

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Prem Singh – Remembering Justice Sachar on his first death anniversary

Prem Singh – Remembering Justice Sachar on his first death anniversary

Justice Sachar, His Report and Muslims Today (20 April 2019) is the first death anniversary of Justice Rajindar Sachar – a socialist visionary, a Justice par excellence, a true secular and democrat, an unrelenting human rights and civil liberties champion and a wonderful person having complete faith in human goodness. While paying her tribute to him on his demise, Seema[Read More…]

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A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Mridul Mehndiratta : Volume, Velocity, Variety:  New data reality for central banks

‘Getting data off internet is like taking a drink from a firehose’ said an American entrepreneur Mitchell David Kapor. This though provoking quote seems to sum up the data glut scenario that institutions worldwide are willingly or unwillingly called upon to embrace today including the central banks, which are arguably considered as conservative and traditional in their approaches. The complexity[Read More…]

Jermine (L), wife of victim Prakash Lakra, with officers./ Photo Credit/Indian Express

Jharkhand’s Adivasi lynched to death by mob chanting Jai Shri Ram

On 10 April 2019, Prakash Lakda, a 50-year old Adivasi of Jurmu village of Gumla’s Dumri block, was lynched to death by a mob of men from the Sahu community of neighbouring Jairagi village. Three other victims from Jurmu –  Peter Kerketta, Belarius Minj and Janerius Minj – sustained severe injuries due to the beating by the mob. A fact-finding[Read More…]

Shantanu Dutta: Failure of The Rule of Law

Shantanu Dutta: Failure of The Rule of Law

Violence manifests all around us every day, sometimes subtly and sometimes pervasively, but we often miss it. Except for the occasional headlines in the paper, mentioning road rage incidents where two drivers were caught in a brawl or an odd story about domestic violence which managed to escape the deep shutters of society and made it to the court or[Read More…]

Suresh Bhat Bakrabail – Terrorism and Failure to call a spade a spade

Suresh Bhat Bakrabail – Terrorism and Failure to call a spade a spade

The Oxford Dictionary (2011) defines terrorism as ‘the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the attempt to achieve political aims’. However, it is distressing to note that a lead article headlined “The many and different faces of terror” and written by Mr M.K.Narayanan (former National Security Adviser) in The Hindu dated 3 April, 2019, focuses just on[Read More…]

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Haider Abbas – Pulwama Vs Dantewada: Why the same response belies the two

Haider Abbas – Pulwama Vs Dantewada: Why the same response belies the two

It is now more than two months when the disastrous Pulwama (Feb 14) tragedy happened and ‘it was a gift to BJP before the general elections’ conferred AS Dulat, former RAW chief (March 31), he also in the same vein cautioned that when patriotism is enough nationalism should not be harped upon as it leads to war. BJP is now[Read More…]

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Shamsul Islam – Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary: People’s Heroic Resistance Remain Hidden

Shamsul Islam – Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary: People’s Heroic Resistance Remain Hidden

Contemporary documents of the brutal massacre and people’s heroic resistance remain hidden in National Archives Today India has turned into a grazing field for all kinds of religious bigots led by the Hindutva gang. Even PM of the country who took oath to uphold democratic-secular polity is identifying himself as a Hindu nationalist as if he is in office to[Read More…]

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20 Victims of Fluorosis and 111 farmers file nominations in Varanasi

20 Victims of Fluorosis and 111 farmers file nominations in Varanasi

  A Report by Dr. M. Bapuji, of  FMRRC                                                                                                  Prime Minister Narendra[Read More…]

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Petition seeking Honorary Citizenship for Arundhati Roy submitted in the Canadian parliament

Petition seeking Honorary Citizenship for Arundhati Roy submitted in the Canadian parliament

Surrey Centre Member of Parliament Randeep Singh Sarai submitted a petition in the House of Commons on Thursday, April 11, seeking Honorary Canadian Citizenship for world renowned author Arundhati Roy. Launched by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the petition had received hundreds of signatures in Greater Vancouver. Sponsored by Sarai, the petition demands that Canada’s parliament give honourary citizenship[Read More…]

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 Madabhushi Sridhar – “Centre’s amendments will ‘completely finish’ RTI Act ”

 Madabhushi Sridhar – “Centre’s amendments will ‘completely finish’ RTI Act ”

(This is the last in a series of six articles published on RTI by Madabhushi Sridhar.) Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu, who recently retired as Central Information Commissioner, is one of India’s most resolute advocates for transparency, and for strengthening citizens’ right to information. Acharyulu, 65, was a professor of law at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of[Read More…]

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Melwyn Pinto: Campaign cacophony and the lost golden opportunity!

Melwyn Pinto: Campaign cacophony and the lost golden opportunity!

The campaign narratives in this Lok Sabha elections seem to have incredibly turned into bizarre cacophony and nothing else. For the sitting government in the Centre, the narrative revolves only around Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We do not see any MP asking the electorates to vote for him or her. Instead, they are all asking the masses to vote for[Read More…]

Absence of Peace Discourse in The Election Process Is Unfortunate

Absence of Peace Discourse in The Election Process Is Unfortunate

The events following Pulwama terrorist violence which killed 49 CRPF personnel had nearly pushed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Threat of use of nuclear weapons gave dreadful shiver to the people on both sides. The jingoists on either side of the border took no time with rhetoric to destroy the other. But the saner elements warned those[Read More…]

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Sheshu Babu – Factors influencing voters

Sheshu Babu – Factors influencing voters

As election schedule has started, debates on victories and losses of political parties has picked up momentum. Among the factors which are responsible for outcome, the role of various lucrative offers to people is a topic of intense analysis by media and elite intellectuals. Common knowledge It is an open secret that huge amount of cash and liquor is distributed[Read More…]

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A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Madabhushi Sridhar: How was Das appointed RBI Governor? ‘It is official secret’

As per transparency law, the people have the right to know the details of appointment to a public position, from the President to an ordinary clerk in a government office As per transparency law, the people have the right to know the details of appointment to a public position, from the President to an ordinary clerk in a government office.[Read More…]

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Lateral entry into governmental offices is against Constitution

Lateral entry into governmental offices is against Constitution

The Modi Government has appointed 9 private sector experts to the rank of Joint Secretary in different central government departments through lateral entry. The government had invited applications for appointments in the Department of Revenue also, but it was canceled due to procedural reasons. As soon as the Modi government came to power, the Indian government was quick to change[Read More…]

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Moin Qazi- It Is Time To Take Guesswork Out Of Policies For The Poor

Moin Qazi- It Is Time To Take Guesswork Out Of Policies For The Poor

India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine—making the most of loose regulations and genetic diversity of a huge population. It is done to help cut research costs dramatically for lucrative products to be sold in the West. The relationship is highly exploitative and many believe it represents a new colonialism. Encouraging[Read More…]

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Jayashubha- Kanhaiya Kumar: An antithesis to BJP Fascist regime

Jayashubha- Kanhaiya Kumar: An antithesis to BJP Fascist regime

In the current elections, a constituency which is attracting the nation is Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. The importance of this constituency is due to the fact that this constituency is being contested by Kanhaiya Kumar, a Students Union leader turned Politician. He was joined by thousands in the rally during the time of his filing of nomination. People[Read More…]

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Prem Singh- Jallianwala Bagh: Hundred Years of Sacrifice

Prem Singh- Jallianwala Bagh: Hundred Years of Sacrifice

Today, on April 13, 2019, is the hundredth year of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It was the day of Baisakhi festival. Thousands of male, female and children had come to Amritsar from nearby villages and towns. Many of them had camped in Jallianwala Bagh’s open ground. There was an atmosphere of tension in Punjab due to the agitation organized to oppose[Read More…]

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Madabhushi Sridhar – RTI : Large number of vacancies in SICs across India, Defunct in AP, inadequate in Telangana

Madabhushi Sridhar – RTI : Large number of vacancies in SICs across India, Defunct in AP, inadequate in Telangana

The reading of Sections 7 and 19 of the RTI Act makes it clear that the RTI Act is a time-bound legislation for effectively exercising the Fundamental Right to Information guaranteed in Article 19 of the Constitution of India. However, the CIC and SICs which are the final appellate authorities under the RTI Act, and are the guardians of the[Read More…]

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Jermine (L), wife of victim Prakash Lakra, with officers./ Photo Credit/Indian Express

An Adivasi Christian lynched for skinning a dead Ox in Jharkhand

In a shocking incident an Adivasi Christian was killed allegedly for skinning a dead ox. The Indian Express reported that on Wednesday a farmer Adranish Kujur told the village of Jhurmo in Jharkhand that his 20-year-old ox had died in his field, at least 35 villagers went to carve it up. Minutes later, a mob, armed with rods and sticks,[Read More…]

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Modi’s India: Rise of a hate filled, US subordinate aggressor

Modi’s India: Rise of a hate filled, US subordinate aggressor

For silent inspiration with your camera and film, Rakesh Sharma,this one’s for you. A powerful PM? In the days following the electoral victory of the Modi, ran an article in an otherwise modest The Hindu, “Coming soon, a powerful PMO (Prime Minister’s Office)”. [1]The proclamation uncritical as it is and reflected surely in other media outlets at the time in[Read More…]

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Forest Rights Act: A Golden opportunity to undo Historical injustice

Forest Rights Act: A Golden opportunity to undo Historical injustice

FRA has struggled to recognize the comprehensive rights of vulnerable and voiceless groups. Judicial scrutiny could open the doors for communities where the law has not been implemented in letter and spirit. 13th February 2019 was a historic day for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and traditional forest dwellers in India because of an order passed pertaining to The Scheduled Tribes and[Read More…]

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Veterans’ concerns for a secular military: Neither news nor fake!

Veterans’ concerns for a secular military: Neither news nor fake!

A group of over 150 Indian military Veterans wrote a letter to the President of India in his capacity as Supreme Commander of India’s Armed Forces, expressing their serious concern at the recent rather blatant use by politicians of different parties, of the military, military uniforms or symbols, and actions by military formations or personnel, in their election campaigns. The[Read More…]

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Neglect of traditional handloom weavers of Uttar Pradesh in present general election

Neglect of traditional handloom weavers of Uttar Pradesh in present general election

  In 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi given the five F formula but it appears that he remembers no more. Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi in one of his motivating and ambitious public address pertaining to cotton growers emphasised on ‘Make in India’ meaning thereby that India will progress if its domestic Industry will improve. A snippet of his[Read More…]

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Apex court opposes amendment to RTI

Apex court opposes amendment to RTI

Prof  Dr M Sridhar Acharayalu, who retired as Central Information Commissioner on 20 November 2018. RTI Act is the best enactment, but it is not giving best results in securing the access to public records. Why? The problem is that neither the Central government in respect of CIC nor the State government in respect of SICs, are filling the vacancies[Read More…]

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Reject The Politics of Hate

Reject The Politics of Hate

An Appeal in the context of elections 2019 Elections to Lok Sabha and some Vidhan Sabhas are taking place at a time when the country is passing through a period of grave crisis. Besides leading to the formation of a new government, outcomes of the current elections will have a deep impact on the future shape of the Indian society,[Read More…]

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Institutionalise Extortion by Centre Government – Greatest threat to India’s federal structure

Institutionalise Extortion by Centre Government – Greatest threat to India’s federal structure

  The manner in which central agencies namely CBI, ED/IT, Election Commission etc. are using coercive methods against opposition ruled state governments. The days are not far that the basis federal structure of the nation would crumbled down & that would be a very fatal blow. The history of present geographical nationalism is not very long. Prior to British occupation[Read More…]

‘Government, Regulators are Intimidating CIC by Filing Writ Petitions’ 

‘Government, Regulators are Intimidating CIC by Filing Writ Petitions’ 

  Prof Dr M Sridhar Acharayalu, who retired as Central Information Commissioner on 20 November 2018, wrote an open letter to Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India. In this letter, Prof Acharyulu has raised serious questions on how the government itself had filed almost 1,700 writ petitions against orders passed by information commissioners under Right to Information (RTI) Act.[Read More…]

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Government’s surgical strike on the MGNREGA workers continue- The Telangana Tragedy is a failure of the system

Government’s surgical strike on the MGNREGA workers continue- The Telangana Tragedy is a failure of the system

Official apathy and the failure of the governments to provide basic facilities like shades and administration’s negligence in ensuring adequate security measures at the work sites for the labourers, responsible for the tragic incident in a NREGA worksite at Y.Tippagutta in Telengana. This place is located in the Teeleru panchayat of Marikal Mandal in the district of Narayanpet. On Wednesday[Read More…]

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Need  for   UN   Observers   to  monitor  India’s  parliamentary  elections

Need  for   UN   Observers   to  monitor  India’s  parliamentary  elections

Candidates  of  the  Opposition  parties  as  well  as   Independents  should  immediately  approach  the  UN   to  send  observers  to  India  to  conduct  an  independent  survey  of  the  coming  month  long  Lok  Sabha  polls.  The  BJP-ruled  Indian  state  is  fast  approaching  the  status  of   authoritarian  regimes  which  manipulate  the  electoral  process   to  perpetuate  themselves in  power (as  in  some  countries in  South-East [Read More…]

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Attempt to Annex Information Commission

Attempt to Annex Information Commission

The Union government proposed setting up of two committees – one to receive and decided on complaints against the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and the second one for complaints against the Information Commissioners. (Madabhushi, former Central Information Commissioner, wrote a series of articles on attempts by governments, at the Centre and in States, to subvert RTI. This is one of[Read More…]

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Muslim man in Assam thrashed for allegedly carrying beef, forced to eat pork

Muslim man in Assam thrashed for allegedly carrying beef, forced to eat pork

GUWAHATI, APRIL 9: In a shocking incident of hate crime reported from Assam’s Biswanath Charali headquarters of Biswanath district, about 240 km north-east of state capital Guwahati a sexagenarian skull capped bearded man identified Shaukat Ali was thrashed by an agitated mob for allegedly selling cooked beef at his eatery, stopped to go for namaz and forced to consume pork[Read More…]

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Congress Alleges BJP of Huge Corruption During Demonetisation

Congress Alleges BJP of Huge Corruption During Demonetisation

Just days before the national elections opposition Congress party released tapes of a sting operation which reveales that the ruling BJP and its president Amit Shah played major role in helping corporates and politicians to exchange the devalued notes. According to Congress spoke person Kapil Sibal three series of notes worth 3 Lakh Crores were printed abroad and brought to[Read More…]

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India under Narendra Modi: A throwback to the Germany of the 1930s, or are we imagining things?

India under Narendra Modi: A throwback to the Germany of the 1930s, or are we imagining things?

We can choose not to see what we don’t want to – but we can do so only at our own peril As a boy, the German novelist Max von der Grun heard  the news of Hitler becoming the Reich Chancellor over the radio on 30 January, 1933 . Two days later, he and his family listened to Hitler speaking[Read More…]

Hindutva and its new dimensions

Hindutva and its new dimensions

The acquittal of Samjhauta Express blasts accused bears several connotations. On March 20, Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court acquitted the four accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express Blast case. Among the accused was Swami Aseemanand, an influential Hindutva leader who was earlier tried and acquitted in Ajmer dargah and Mecca Masjid bombings. Under Modi regime, Indian investigation agencies have a[Read More…]

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Adivasi Election Manifesto 2019 Released

Adivasi Election Manifesto 2019 Released

For centuries now we, the Adivasis, fisherfolk, hill, forest dwellers and others who are the original inhabitants of the Indian sub-continent have been systematically pushed off our ancestral lands  and forcibly confined to small, remote and increasingly vulnerable corners of the country. In this process we have been subjected to unspeakable atrocities bordering on genocide by successive regimes ruling what has been styled as the ‘world’s[Read More…]

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BC government proclaims Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary

BC government proclaims Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary

Following sustained efforts of Mehak Punjab Dee TV, Prof. Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation and Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the BC government has proclaimed April 13, 2019 as “The Commemoration of the Centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Day”. Scores of peaceful protestors were killed in an unprovoked firing by the British troops at Jallianwala Bagh public park in[Read More…]

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Right to Vote demand by Cows

Right to Vote demand by Cows

We the Wonderful Cows of India With a population of 19 crore Worshipped in the name of Gau Matas Do not have rights of our own Despite being provided with Aadhaar card And being upgraded to that of a divine symbol We do not have right to vote In a regime which is cow friendly At a time, when we[Read More…]

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How India’s Ruling Party Mobilizes Indian-Americans to Win Elections

How India’s Ruling Party Mobilizes Indian-Americans to Win Elections

India is having its first national election in five years. Partisanship in India is no better than in the United States. Probably much worse. Political party choices polarize families, friends, and whole communities and every election season can be a very divisive time. No wonder then that the U.S.’s nearly 4.5 million Indian-Americans watch India’s elections with sharp eyes. A[Read More…]

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A public march in London against growing mob lynching culture of India. Copyright: South Asia Solidarity Group (southasiasolidarity.org)

Living in a hate culture: Hatred conquers India’s civic space

Known to be a single nation despite diversity in almost all spheres, India’s spirit of ‘unity in diversity’ is under threat because of the hate culture that has grown to gargantuan proportion over the years and spread across the country. Expressed in many forms and forums, words of hate, generally called hate speech, have not only spread hatred and incited[Read More…]

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 : A Perspective for Opposition Unity (2)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 : A Perspective for Opposition Unity (2)

The contemporaneity of present day politics in India, as far as both the government and the opposition is concerned, is characterized by an absence of any real difference of policy vision across the political spectrum. The trend actually has been of gradual diminishing of difference between various political parties. Defection from one party to the other has become a matter[Read More…]

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Farmers force Turmeric, Red jowar into Nizamabad agenda, 170 farmers file  nominations to focus on their problems

Farmers force Turmeric, Red jowar into Nizamabad agenda, 170 farmers file  nominations to focus on their problems

Telangana State (TS), with 17 Lok Sabha constituencies, goes to the Loksabha (Parliament) polls in the first phase on April 11. After the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended March 28 Thursday, a total of 443 candidates remained in the fray in Telangana with Nizamabad Constituency topping the list with 185 candidates, including over 170 farmers.    Nizamabad farmers, mostly[Read More…]

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Some wonderful reasons for voting back the Government to Power

Some wonderful reasons for voting back the Government to Power

Ache din denied Antinational population widened Banks weakened Bethi Bachao Beti Padao undermined Beef discourse brought in to shape discourse on food habits Bhakt culture promoted Big corporates let out – malya and modi Black Money brought in and 15 lakh deposited to Bank account Casteist (manuwadi) forces brought in Chowkidaar of rich and powerful created Communal incidents created Constitution[Read More…]

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J.B.D’souza, IAS officer of old days, in contrast to Officers having fun at Davos

J.B.D’souza, IAS officer of old days, in contrast to Officers having fun at Davos

Mumbai:With the collapse of transport infrastructure for common people in Mumbai making big headlines daily, any self -respecting administration would have felt embarrassed and concentrated on basic amenities and suspended or postponed fancy schemes like the bullet train or the coastal road for cars. More so when we are now amidst elections. But far from it. The authorities show little[Read More…]

Will Modi have the last laugh?

Will Modi have the last laugh?

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. You do not have to be a psephologist to predict the outcome of the critical General Election that India will hold two weeks from now if the opposition does not get its act together. On the one hand, you have the ruling BJP and Narendra Modi, ably aided[Read More…]

Right to know about criminal contestants

Right to know about criminal contestants

These Trinity of Telugu personalities gave voters the right to information about contestants: They are petitioner Professor Trilochan Shastry of Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), eminent advocate Padma Bhushan PP Rao and renowned justice of Supreme Court P Venkatram Reddy (with other distinguished colleagues) These Trinity of Telugu personalities gave voters the right to information about contestants: They are petitioner[Read More…]

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Memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner on violations of the Election Code by political parties

Memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner on violations of the Election Code by political parties

Memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner on violations of the Election Code by political parties by illegal and manipulative use of Religion in the Election Campaign, and defaming India’s Defence forces To the Chief Election commissioner And Members of the Election Commission of India New Delhi Dear Sirs The All India Peoples’ Forum represents a cross section of the people[Read More…]

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Violence and the broken Police system

Violence and the broken Police system

Everyday violence is all around us – all pervasive and yet invisible. Invisible because we live in a society where low-level endemic day to day violence is normalized that we have developed blind spots that stop us from seeing what is sometimes right below our noses – sometimes, often in our own homes. To highlight this, an organization recently held[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi’s Candidacy from Kerala!

Rahul Gandhi’s Candidacy from Kerala!

There is no more drama over who is to contest from Wayanad on Congress ticket. The grand-old party has announced its candidate in the constituency after a height of uncertainty prolonging over a week. It is none other than the party president Rahul Gandhi, the next proposed prime minister if people votes United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to power. But the[Read More…]

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Bihar Mahagathbandhan could have been better

Bihar Mahagathbandhan could have been better

When I heard the news of Bihar’s electoral alliance against BJP, I remembered a private conversation a few months back in Oxford with a member of India’s parliament who also had been a minister in one state government in India. We had agreed for one-hour meeting, but the conversation became so absorbing that we spent four hours in which many[Read More…]

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Waste pickers – Wretched lives

Waste pickers – Wretched lives

In cities and towns, one often comes across heaps of garbage on roadsides and poor – mostly slum dwellers, children – hovering around the pile. These people are mostly ignored by authorities as well as rich and middle-class elites. Waste pickers are the lowest in the hierarchy of urban informal occupation. The term ‘Waste picker’ was adopted in the First[Read More…]

People’s Manifesto Against State Repression For Saving Democracy

People’s Manifesto Against State Repression For Saving Democracy

India has witnessed a drastic rise in attacks on human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, farmers, adivasis, RTI activists, students, academicians, workers, protestors etc. opposing anti-people policies of the government and protesting human rights violations. The constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech and expression, association and assembly are under severe threat. Several people across the country have been criminalized in false and[Read More…]

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2019 Indian General Election: Manifesto Demand for Indefinite Moratorium on GMOs

2019 Indian General Election: Manifesto Demand for Indefinite Moratorium on GMOs

A new ‘Political Manifesto’ has demanded an indefinite moratorium on the environmental release of GMOs in India pending independent and rigorous biosafety risk assessment and regulation. The documents states: “GMO contamination of our seeds, our foundation seed stock, will change the structure of our food at the molecular level. Any harm or toxicity that there is will remain, without the[Read More…]

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A-SAT Test: A Moment to Rethink Our Developmental Priorities

A-SAT Test: A Moment to Rethink Our Developmental Priorities

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the country on the successful test of Anti-Satellite Missile (A-SAT), he said, “There can be no greater moment of pride for every Hindustani.” The critique from the Congress, the main opposition party, was muted as it was confined to the propriety of the announcement while the Electoral Code of Conduct is in place,[Read More…]

Parliament elections, Agrarian distress, and Emerging Farmers politics – a view from the grassroots.

Parliament elections, Agrarian distress, and Emerging Farmers politics – a view from the grassroots.

The morning of freedom  August 1947 This daybreak, pockmarked- This morning,  night-bitten. Surely, this is not the morning we’d longed for, in whose eager quest, all comrades had set out, hoping that somewhere in the wilderness of the sky would emerge the ultimate destination of stars; somewhere, the wave of the slow night will meet the shore and somewhere will[Read More…]

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Defeat Reactionary Politics – UCCRI-ML

Defeat Reactionary Politics – UCCRI-ML

In the current elections to the Lok Sabha and the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Defeat the ruling coalition at the Centre, the BJP-led NDA, that is pro-American super power, and pro-landlord classes! Defeat the Telugu Desam Party, an ally of reactionary BJP until recently, that carried on anti-people rule in Andhra Pradesh! Support the candidates of communist revolutionaries who are fighting[Read More…]

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Election Commission And The Media

Election Commission And The Media

Seeing the media sensitivity towards current electoral trends, the Election Commission of India (ECI), a constitutional body responsible for conducting elections, has come up with the extra precautionary measures to monitor the media’s critical role in the upcoming general election However, measures adopted by the ECI to tackle false and misleading contents flooding on the mainstream media and social media[Read More…]

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The withdrawal of a political film highlights India’s problematic ban culture

The withdrawal of a political film highlights India’s problematic ban culture

India’s democratic values can’t sustain a simple cinema test, the episode draws attention to a wide issue of India’s discriminatory practices against artists and professional minorities. Bhobishyoter Bhoot (Ghost of the Future), Anik Dutta’s fourth film, was suddenly removed from theatres on February 16 just after running for a day. Reports suggest that Kolkata Police mentioned to the producers about the possible[Read More…]

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Jab We Lynched: From Rioters Democratic Inc. 

Jab We Lynched: From Rioters Democratic Inc. 

  #NaseeruddinShah #Democracy #Lynch #Riots  #Riot-Bhais #JNU #Islam #Spain #Boss #GotoPakistan #Allizzwell        [ An attempt to know,  if people of all hues and garden variety are one and the same on the Lynch Stage? ] Like a good patriotic citizen   I always try to live in my own cowardly shell, habitually pretending, all izz well. May God really send[Read More…]

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Modi government’s surgical strike on NREGA workers’ wages continues

Modi government’s surgical strike on NREGA workers’ wages continues

The wage rates for NREGA workers for 2019-20, notified yesterday, have again exposed central government’s lack of commitment for NREGA workers’ rights. The hike ranges from a meagre Re 1 to a majestic Rs. 17 for various states and Union Territories (UTs). And workers of 6 states and UTs will have to be content with no hike at all. Workers[Read More…]

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Elections, CPM and BLF in Telangana : A Review

Elections, CPM and BLF in Telangana : A Review

The CPI-M in Telangana state (TS) had taken two major initiatives in recent past. It took initiative to form T-MASS, and later a BLF to fight elections. The Secretary of CPM of TS, Tammineni Veerabhadram, a CC Member, is the General Secretary of both these Fronts, indicating its decisive role in both. The Chairman of T-MASS is Prof. Kancha Ilaiah,[Read More…]

Militarisation of Space: CNDP Statement on the ASAT Test

Militarisation of Space: CNDP Statement on the ASAT Test

The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) takes serious note of the dramatic declaration of the Indian Prime Minister, on March 27, early afternoon, claiming, in a nationally televised address, successful testing of an ASAT missile by way of destroying an Indian military Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite at an altitude of almost 300 kms, over the Bay of[Read More…]

Can We Afford The Price of Ignorance?

Can We Afford The Price of Ignorance?

Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it. ~ Hannah Arendt After a day of hypnotised hijack of the nation by the announcement of “Mission Shakti” (which unfortunately[Read More…]

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A manifesto for ‘ non- voters’ ….?

A manifesto for ‘ non- voters’ ….?

A child miseducated is a child lost – John F Kennedy While all the mainstream parties are busy issuing statements of promises to various sections of society, there is little concern for the children who are at present outside the electoral process. These ‘ non- voters’ are being neglected and the potential of ‘ future’ voters is not being discussed[Read More…]

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Naming RaGa’s candidacy in Wayanad might end as a costly gamble

Naming RaGa’s candidacy in Wayanad might end as a costly gamble

It was on last Saturday the state leadership of the Congress party made a statement taking the entire population and party workers on a high. The announcement that the Indian National Congress (INC) President Rahul Gandhi might contest from Wayanad, one of the party’s stronghold in the state, came as a big surprise. The news became a sensation both in[Read More…]

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17 Facts Exposing the Pulwama Terror Attack & the Balakot Surgical Strike

17 Facts Exposing the Pulwama Terror Attack & the Balakot Surgical Strike

The nation has stood as one in condemning the dastardly suicide terror attack carried out by the Pakistan based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) on the CRPF Bus that has led to the tragic death of 44 of our Jawans. Across the country, people have mourned and have come together in this hour of crisis and sorrow. The Pulwama terror attack, the Surgical[Read More…]

Agenda for political parties swearing by social justice, socialism and secularism

Agenda for political parties swearing by social justice, socialism and secularism

Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income announcement has jolted the government. Even if it is merely a political announcement during the poll season and we will have to see its repercussions as well as how it is implemented but that comes later. The political announcements need to be critiqued either by the politicians or discussed by the economists but what is happening[Read More…]

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Where should the teachers be: in class-room or on hunger strike?

Where should the teachers be: in class-room or on hunger strike?

  Employment Service facility in India has a long history. Till 1946, the facility was limited to the mobilization of service personnel and discharged war personnel. Directorate General Employment & Training (DGET) set up Sri Shiva Rao Committee and on its recommendation Employment Services were called upon to deal with the resettlement of large number of displaced persons as a[Read More…]

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Pulwama terror strike: The surprising Intelligence failure

Pulwama terror strike: The surprising Intelligence failure

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) data revels that the terror attack in the country saw a major decline since the Narendra Modi government came to power. The data was presented by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir in a written statement in the Parliament. The MHA said in the last 5 years from 2014 to 2018,[Read More…]

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‘Testing Time’ for the Indian Electorate

‘Testing Time’ for the Indian Electorate

Sustaining a democratic system through periodic free and fair elections is one of the most critical political challenges the world has witnessed. Across countries, people have run the risk of their lives to call for free elections, democratic accountability, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Though elections are widely recognised as the indispensable foundation of democracy, there are[Read More…]

This ‘ Chowkidar is not ‘Chor’

This ‘ Chowkidar is not ‘Chor’

“Dekh raha hai kya kya sapna raat ko sone waala Ho sone waala Yeh na jaane aankh khule to kya hai hone waala Haa hone waala ( From ‘ yeh duniya nahi jagir kisi ki……. Lyrics by Rajender Kishan in ‘Chowkidaar’ ( 1974) (What dreams the person sleeping might have been dreaming O! That sleeping person It is unknown what[Read More…]

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The story of the higgledy-piggledy world of the Indian banking industry today

The story of the higgledy-piggledy world of the Indian banking industry today

Nothing happening in the country right now seems to surprise us any more, so  few people  took any notice of  a statement made recently by Injeti Srinivas, the Union Secretary of Corporate Affairs. Speaking on the sidelines of a CII event on 25 February, Srinivas defended a judgement, recorded by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in the IL&FS[Read More…]

Chief Minister – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Policies – Programmes X-rayed – Part II

Chief Minister – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Policies – Programmes X-rayed – Part II

Modi as PM (Each year of Modi as PM is dealt as one stage, as follows) The THIRD STAGE :2014 onwards  “The Third Stage” of ascent and governance covers the first year of Modi’s Rule as Prime Minister of India and a few important developments of this period are sketched hereunder. The very first event covered here is the swearing[Read More…]

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JNUEE fee row: JNU Administration calling its own prospectus fake?

JNUEE fee row: JNU Administration calling its own prospectus fake?

Rude language and strong denial of atrocities define JNU Administration today. On March 14, JNU’s prospectus was allegedly leaked on social media. JNU Students’ Union called for strike against the alleged 300% fee hike. The leaked prospectus was found doing the rounds on social networks. The leaked prospectus mentioned the fees for General Category/EWS, OBC, SC/ST/PWD/BPL/Transgender to be Rs 1200,[Read More…]

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The Notion of Freedom

The Notion of Freedom

23rd March, 1931! At 7:30pm, the British Government silently hanged three revolutionaries in Lahore Jail. Then through a pit smuggled the dead bodies to Ganda Singh Wala village (now situated in Pakistan). They burnt the corpses and threw the ashes into the river. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged 11 hours earlier than the allotted time. Those whom the[Read More…]

Role of Media

Role of Media

A public meeting was organized by Janhastakshep on The Challenges of 2019 and the Role of Media on 22 March 2019 at the Press club. Veteran journalist and columnist Prem Shankar Jha; Hartosh Singh Bal, the editor of Caravan and Professor Apoorvanand of Delhi University were the main speakers. Pankaj Srivastava, a member of the Punya Prasoon Vajpeyi’s team that[Read More…]

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Chief Minister – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Policies – Programmes X-rayed – Part I

Chief Minister – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Policies – Programmes X-rayed – Part I

A Critique – by Dr. K. S. Sharma Chief Minister – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Policies – Programmes X-rayed is the Title of a mega-volume of 672 Pages in Kannada,  traversing and x-raying the two decades of Narendra Modi’s Political travelogue.  In order to provide a Bird’s Eye-view of this long travelogue,  a concise summary in English has been sketched[Read More…]

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Martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev And The Shameless Hindutva Gang

Martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev And The Shameless Hindutva Gang

 23rd March, 2019 is the 88thanniversary of the martyrdom of three great revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who were hanged at Lahore for working to overthrow the British rule in India.  The British government like any other colonial power thought that with the physical elimination of these freedom fighters their ideas and dreams of a secular and egalitarian independent[Read More…]

A-Z Reasons – Why No to Vote for Modi in 2019

A-Z Reasons – Why No to Vote for Modi in 2019

A-Z Reasons – Why No to Vote for Modi in 2019 Letter Reasons A Anti-Minority-Dalit-Women-Working Class – The BJP / RSS displays a clear Anti-Dalit-Minority-Working Class attitude as reflected in its policies and ideological leanings. B Big Brother – This is a government run by Mota Bhai (Big Brother), an unconstitutional figure who in connivance with another Big Brother (Prime[Read More…]

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Ten reasons why you should not vote for Modi

Ten reasons why you should not vote for Modi

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – continued A democracy needs at least two big parties and to rotate them. Time to rotate and give the baton to the Congress and its allies now. Demonetisation failed to bring back any black money. In fact, the BJP government is being asked to give an explanation for the excess money it[Read More…]

On screen adaptation – A subtle attempt at reinforcing Modi’s Hindutva image

On screen adaptation – A subtle attempt at reinforcing Modi’s Hindutva image

A biopic and a web series on Narendra Modi scheduled for release in middle of general elections are indeed new and innovative ways of spreading propaganda. Whether it causes violation of model code of conduct in any ways is for Election commission to ascertain. With dates being announced it has the required apparatus at its disposal to enquire into the[Read More…]

The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

Delhi is the ancient city of India. The city’s history bears testimony to settlements and also to ruins. This order of settling and deserting of the city has been going on since the Mahabharata period. In the medieval period, this city enjoyed eminence as a centre of power and this eminence endured for a long time. It is hardly surprising[Read More…]

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2 years of a violent Judgment, 7 years in Jail: Free the Political Prisoners of Class Struggle

2 years of a violent Judgment, 7 years in Jail: Free the Political Prisoners of Class Struggle

18 March 2019 marks two years of the violent atrocious judgment sentencing 13 workers of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union to Life Imprisonment by the Sessions Court, Gurgaon. The 13 workers, the entire Union body of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union – who spearheaded resistance against contractualization, brutal working conditions and for Union formation – continue to languish in Gurgaon Central[Read More…]

Mr Arun Jaitley, It Was Not Nehru or China But RSS/BJP Government Which Gifted Terrorist Azhar Masood

Mr Arun Jaitley, It Was Not Nehru or China But RSS/BJP Government Which Gifted Terrorist Azhar Masood

The present RSS/BJP rulers are using every dirty trick to hide the fact that blood thirsty criminal, perpetrator of the Pulwama massacre, Azhar Masood is roaming free thanks to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government which was ruling India in 1999. Instead of discussing who gave new lease of life to this sadist criminal who was also the master mind behind[Read More…]

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

The coming 2019 may prove to be a watershed in India’s political history, as were the 1977 elections forty-two years ago.  In 1977, elections were held after a declared Emergency, during which the Constitution was suspended, political activity disallowed and opposition leaders and activists imprisoned. The success of non-Congress parties in those elections strengthened the electoral system in Indian democracy.[Read More…]

Sakshi Maharaj

Indication of Fascism….?

As the country is preparing for elections, all the politicians are trying to outsmart each other in promises and rhetoric. Amidst of the statements of leaders, some are really very disturbing. For instance, Sakshi Maharaj, MP, lok sabha said that the upcoming elections will be fought in the name of the country and there will be no elections after that.[Read More…]

The Construction of an Angry Nation

The Construction of an Angry Nation

An angry human being cannot think of anything sane and rational. He/She executes everything which ultimately leads to scattering off the foundation of humanity. Similarly, the India we’re living in is burning in anger. Anger over democracy and love for fascism. The citizens of this diverse nation today are cynic and ignores everything which can demolish diversity but concentrates on[Read More…]

Collapse of pedestrian bridge in Mumbai exposes sham of world class city

Collapse of pedestrian bridge in Mumbai exposes sham of world class city

Infrastructure is the catchword of our politicians and bureaucrats. But they are obsessed with creating infrastructure for the upper class, not for common people. The pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai last Thursday killing six people and injuring several others underscores the extremely anti-people nature of the Indian State. But it is not likely to learn any lessons unless massive public[Read More…]

Remembering the Khaksar Martyrs of British India – Rare Photos Released

Remembering the Khaksar Martyrs of British India – Rare Photos Released

No powerful ruler transfers power unless his/her reign is threatened and he/she can no longer continue. Allama Mashriqi’s private army of Khaksars in British India was indeed instrumental in bringing about the end of the British Raj in the Indian sub-continent. On March 19, 1940, a large number of Khaksar freedom fighters were massacred while marching in protest of restrictions[Read More…]

The Forest Rights Act: A Well Meaning Legislation but Poorly Implemented

The Forest Rights Act: A Well Meaning Legislation but Poorly Implemented

On February 28 the Supreme Court (SC) put on hold its February 13 order directing states to evict tribals and other forest-dwellers whose claims for land titles under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) have been rejected. The SC is hearing a batch of petitions filed eleven year ago by the forest conservation groups including Wildlife First, Nature Conservation Society[Read More…]

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India’s Agrarian Crisis: Dismantling ‘Development’

India’s Agrarian Crisis: Dismantling ‘Development’

In his 1978 book ‘India Mortgaged’, T.N. Reddy predicted the country would one day open all sectors to foreign direct investment and surrender economic sovereignty to imperialist powers. Today, the US and Europe cling to a moribund form of capitalism and have used various mechanisms to bolster the system in the face of economic stagnation and massive inequalities: the raiding of public budgets,[Read More…]

Firecracker industry: Pollution, jobs and revenue

Firecracker industry: Pollution, jobs and revenue

The Supreme court had earlier in Oct 2018 closed down the firecracker industry to curb pollution. The court on March 12, 2019 took a relook into its order banning the existing firecrackers. A bench of Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer asked the Centre whether any comparative study has been done to fairly establish that vehicles pollute more than[Read More…]

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Is ‘Women’s reservation’ a backdoor entry for the Savarna elite

Is ‘Women’s reservation’ a backdoor entry for the Savarna elite

Rahul Gandhi has declared that his party would reserve 33% seats for women in Parliament and State assemblies as their representation is very low. He went a step forward and suggested that they would also ensure that 33% women are taken into Union government’s various services. These announcement are great for many but they also sound an alarm bell. Congress[Read More…]

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Citizenship Amendment Bill – Wrong Medicine to the Right Diagnosis

Citizenship Amendment Bill – Wrong Medicine to the Right Diagnosis

Can you relate to the feeling of being trapped in a world where your identity is in your enemy? Can you relate to anger the accompanies when the language you speak and choice of god you pray to determine whether you’ll be able to put food on the table? Can you relate to the feeling alienation when babus and netas[Read More…]

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Why Is The Country Which Was Agitated On Martyrdom Of Soldiers, Silent On Saints Dying For Ganga?

Why Is The Country Which Was Agitated On Martyrdom Of Soldiers, Silent On Saints Dying For Ganga?

In 2011 Swami Nigmanand died on the 115th day of his fast against illegal mining in Haridwar. Matri Sadan, the ashram with which he was associated alleges that he was killed by poisoning in the hospital at the behest of a mining mafia. Swami Gokulanand, who sat on first fast organised by Matri Sadan along with Swami Nigmanand in 1998,[Read More…]

The Charter of Fundamental Duties and Nationalism

The Charter of Fundamental Duties and Nationalism

  I am a citizen of India. I consider it my duty to abide by the 11 Fundamental Duties that are laid down in Part IV-A, Article 51-A of the Constitution of India, because India is a constitutional democracy, where the Constitution of our nation is the supreme authority and we, the people of India, have given to ourselves this[Read More…]

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

The coming 2019 may prove to be a watershed in India’s political history, as were the 1977 elections forty-two years ago.  In 1977, elections were held after a declared Emergency, during which the Constitution was suspended, political activity disallowed and opposition leaders and activists imprisoned. The success of non-Congress parties in those elections strengthened the electoral system in Indian democracy.[Read More…]

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One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Misfortune Stuffed Chapatis./ By Priti Gulati Cox

A Democracy In Distress

Even as I write, a new twitter trend #boycottSurfexcel is soaring. Depicting Hindu-Muslim unity-ish feeling the ad is now being trashed for its subservient Hindu sentiments as compared to those of Muslims; for promoting love-jihaad and being Hindu phobic. Coming in the backdrop of on-going strategic war with Pakistan, it is an understatement to say feelings of nationalism have touched[Read More…]

The Post-Truth India

The Post-Truth India

     We entered the age of fake news long time ago and some intellectuals and scholars have started to call it an important branch of post truth. When did it started and when will it end, nobody has the accurate answers. There are different views about  the beginning of the Post-Truth Age. Some say that it started with the[Read More…]

Demand for raising MGNREGA wages to Rs.600

Demand for raising MGNREGA wages to Rs.600

To, Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India Dear Prime Minister, NREGA has been a lifeline for the poor, with one in every three rural households working in it. About 5 crore households access some employment under this Act every year. Even though most households are able to access their full guarantee to employment under NREGA, the programme  has played[Read More…]

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Financial Inclusion: A Key Driver of Inclusive Growth

Financial Inclusion: A Key Driver of Inclusive Growth

India has grown into a global powerhouse. Its economy is soaring but the picture on the ground is still quite arid. The green shoots that you see are only a patch of its landscape. Most Indians are hapless victims of inequity.  India is one country where intense poverty abounds in the shadow of immense wealth. The Indian economy is projected to[Read More…]

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The MGNREGA fund puzzle-  Why the workers are angry?

The MGNREGA fund puzzle-  Why the workers are angry?

 As the month of march progresses, there is great pressure from the administration to intensify the works  but does the government have money  to  make timely payments to the workers?   Workers employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) across India gathered at their nearest police stations to lodge complaints against the Prime Minister of India  for irregularities and[Read More…]

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Pulwama attack: Politicizing a conflict for electoral gains

Pulwama attack: Politicizing a conflict for electoral gains

Ever since the attack in Pulwama by a suicide bomber killing 42 of India’s security personnel, the country has been on the edge fearing an all-out war with Pakistan.  Any civilized person could see the barbarity of this dastardly terrorist act only with disgust and rage. However, a confrontation between these two nuclear powers is neither in the interest of[Read More…]

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A Farrago of Farces

A Farrago of Farces

Where politicians of all hues vie with each other, but the BJP’s shenanigans ‘stand apart’! In its insatiable lust and a desperate bid for power, the BJP government is pulling no punches to use all the tricks in the trade to fleece masses so as to get back to the hot seat in Delhi in 2019. The latest one pertains[Read More…]

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Admiral Ramdas Writes to Election Commission: Stop Politicization of Armed Forces

Admiral Ramdas Writes to Election Commission: Stop Politicization of Armed Forces

Chief Election Commissioner of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi – 110001 Sub : Stop Politicization of Armed Forces by Political Parties Dear Sir, On behalf of a number of my colleagues from the armed forces veterans, this is Admiral L Ramdas – a former Chief of the Naval Staff – writing to share some of my concerns regarding[Read More…]

‘Patriotism’ Made Easy in Times of ‘WhatsApp Elections’

‘Patriotism’ Made Easy in Times of ‘WhatsApp Elections’

A WhatsApp-sponsored report, prepared in partnership with Queen Mary University, has raised the alarm that the 2019 elections in India, which already has cleavages on lines of caste, race, gender, religion, would be a fertile ground for damaging fake news. There was a time when ‘Good Morning’ messages were causing much “pain” to internet giants? It was the beginning of[Read More…]

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Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

1. The modern industrial civilization has witnessed two World Wars. The researchers of war have yet not been able to estimate the magnitude of casualties/deaths – both military and civilian – which occurred in these two World Wars. The estimated figure of people killed in both World Wars is between 10 to 15 crores. World Wars I and II were[Read More…]

National Security Is Necessary, Not A Belligerent Consciousness

National Security Is Necessary, Not A Belligerent Consciousness

The Pulwama attack, the aerial strike in response to it, the capture of an Indian Airforce Pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman and the aftermath of his return have evoked strong responses from the Indian public. While the patriotic quotient of such responses is justified yet it is necessary to highlight a problematic tendency inherent in them. For a large part of these[Read More…]

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India’s agricultural growth story

India’s agricultural growth story

Since the 2000s, a large section of the rural population has been migrating to the urban centres in pursuit of employment and survival from life-threatening poverty& drought, as happiness is a long way to go. Rural Reporter P. Sainath warned that the migration from a rural economy to urban is “…perhaps the greatest distress-driven migrations we’ve seen in independent India”.[Read More…]

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Why This Jingoism

Why This Jingoism

Arnab Goswami of Times Now/ Republic Tv needs no introduction. He is notoriously famous for his jingoistic temperament and equally known for building opinions of elite figures or so-called bigwigs on his show—that paddles noise than message. His problem roots in rigidity: That only his is gospel of truth. He loves to hear it from his con artists who keep[Read More…]

Conscience for Sale: What the Cobrapost sting tells us?

Conscience for Sale: What the Cobrapost sting tells us?

A year after Cobrapost did a sting operation on the premier media houses of the country and showed how they were willing to act as propaganda machines and even go to the extent of communal polarisation in exchange of money, it came out with Operation Karaoke, another sting operation which exposed some three dozen Bollywood actors as well as TV[Read More…]

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FIR Filed Against Prime Minister By NREGA Workers

FIR Filed Against Prime Minister By NREGA Workers

Filing of FIRs against Prime Minister for fraud in NREGA wages of workers on 28th February, 2019, at – Police Station across the country Petition to Prime Minister of India and Minister of Rural Development for immediate release of Rs. 25,000 crores to NREGA Budget On 28th February NREGA workers across the country went to their local police station and[Read More…]

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‘Mother To Indians’ Kasturba, Bose Vs Hindu Sangathanists

‘Mother To Indians’ Kasturba, Bose Vs Hindu Sangathanists

“Kasturba Gandhi is no more. She died at the age of 74 in British jail….I salute this great woman who was like a mother to Indians ….Kasturba was an inspiration for millions of Indian girls with whom she lived and met during the freedom struggle of our motherland. She was party to the many travails and tribulations of life with[Read More…]

The possibility of a restorative approach: India has a choice in responding to the Kashmir attack 

The possibility of a restorative approach: India has a choice in responding to the Kashmir attack 

The way India chooses to respond to the Pulwama suicide attack has consequences for its future and for its relationship with Pakistan.  In light of the speech made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan soon after the attack, India perhaps has a chance to consider responding to the offer made in his speech, although many Indians reasonably feel the speech[Read More…]

Lathi- charge on hearing impaired : An act of shame

Lathi- charge on hearing impaired : An act of shame

Many excesses of the police and military forces go unreported or partially reported. A recent incident of injuring hearing impaired has not been covered widely in mainstream media. According to reports in indian express (published February 26, 2019) , Pune City Police lathicharged agitators with hearing impairment when they tried to take out a rally from the Commissionerate of Social[Read More…]

When Indian news channels turned into fish markets!

When Indian news channels turned into fish markets!

Indian news channels turned into fish markets! Facebook became one big club of fools! And the whole plot of handshake between politicians and army is a predictable climax of a worse movie! ● While the Indian Foreign Secretary claims of many dead terrorists after the IAF air strike, Pakistan Foreign Secretary says, “No casualties found” and so the information has[Read More…]

Hate filled warmongering must stop

Hate filled warmongering must stop

As the reports of the Indian Air Force preemptive strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps inside Pakistan territory came, there was a sense of gratitude for ordinary Indian who felt that the terror camps must be destroyed at all cost but the media and those who want to use these bombing to raise the political climate in their favor have[Read More…]

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Made in India to Make in India: The Meanings of Moditva

Made in India to Make in India: The Meanings of Moditva

Co-Written by P,. K. Vijayan, and  Karen Gabriel             The past few months have witnessed the grand spectacle of Narendra Modi emerging as the Prime Minister of India, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finally achieving single-party majority in Parliament. The latter is a development of some consequence, since it means that the BJP’s programs and policies are no longer[Read More…]

Media In The Age of Liberalization

Media In The Age of Liberalization

There is hardly anyone in the country today – a consummate media observer, who is not denying the existence of professional ethics, integrity and honesty in main stream media. For a good chunk of end users – the consumers, there exists suspicion beyond doubt that what they are being served as news is largely propaganda and more of stenography that[Read More…]

IAPI condemns attacks on Kashmiris in the wake of Pulwama incident

IAPI condemns attacks on Kashmiris in the wake of Pulwama incident

Canada-based Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) came out with a strong statement on Sunday, February 24, against recent attacks on Kashmiris across India, The right wing Hindu nationalists started targeting innocent Kashmiris settled outside Kashmir state of India following a February 14 suicide bombing that left more than 40 Indian soldiers dead in Pulwama. The dead soldiers belonged to[Read More…]

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VT Balram MLA should have used his words against the writer carefully

VT Balram MLA should have used his words against the writer carefully

Presence of mind and the ability to face criticisms with a smiling face are the vital qualities a politician should own. He or She should realise that a slip of tongue might come back and hit them like a boomerang. And sometimes, it might have very disastrous and devastating results. One of Kerala’s youngest MLA V T Balram is not[Read More…]