India

Nationhood Undefined

Nationhood Undefined

Someone I know serves as a high ranking officer of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) that India maintains under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) to “ manage: its own people. The British had just two such force to control and subjugate its colonial subjects but free India has found it necessary to maintain seven of them[Read More…]

by 28/07/2021 0 comments India
Deconstructing Assam – Mizoram Border Clash

Deconstructing Assam – Mizoram Border Clash

Most people in India do not know that the majority of the states in Northeast India were once part of the undivided province of Assam during Brtish colonial rule. Several of them also happen to be in the most earth-quake prone zone(zone 5) of the world.But the gruesome recent violence at Assam-Mizo border also forces us to recognize it as[Read More…]

by 27/07/2021 0 comments India
Saangla Tragedy A Wake-up Call For Safety of Himalyan Travellers

Saangla Tragedy A Wake-up Call For Safety of Himalyan Travellers

On July 25 afternoon 11 tourists  were crossing the Baaspa river in a rather remote part of Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh, on Saangla Chhitkul route, when warning shouts were heard from people from a distance. However the driver of the tempo traveler was busy negotiating the river bridge and did not hear the warning shouts. He wasn’t aware also[Read More…]

by 27/07/2021 0 comments India
Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Navjot Singh Sidhu has certainly had his way by being selected as the new Punjab Congress president. But his victory certainly doesn’t spell gains for all in the party and Congress itself. Speculations are afloat about intra-party tension still prevalent in state unit of Congress. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was reportedly opposed to Sidhu being given this charge.[Read More…]

by 26/07/2021 0 comments India
Just the Right Time to Bring Overdue Panchayati Raj Reforms

Just the Right Time to Bring Overdue Panchayati Raj Reforms

The widespread violence, threats and malpractices seen this month in the election first for district panchayat Presidents and then for block pramukhs in the panchayati raj ( PR , rural decentralization) elections in Uttar Pradesh should be an eye opener. This is a far cry from the vision of rural decentralization seen first by Mahatma Gandhi and his colleagues in[Read More…]

by 26/07/2021 0 comments India
A Question of Strategy – Farmers Stir and Its Foes

A Question of Strategy – Farmers Stir and Its Foes

I don’t remember where exactly I read the story of the APMC Mandis falling apart in certain regions not immediately involved in the farmers’ stir.I hope fervently it is one of the shoals of fake stories swirling around in the ocean of Internet.But if true I think it should ring alarm bells in the leading circles of the mammoth farmers’[Read More…]

by 25/07/2021 0 comments India
Brief notes on the African Sultans of Mediaeval Bengal

Brief notes on the African Sultans of Mediaeval Bengal

Translation based on the original Bangla contemporary piece: “Bangla-r Habshi-ra o Habshi Shasanmale Banglar Shamajik o Arthonoitik Obostha” by Al Hasan Circa 1204. The era of Muslim rule over Bengal began in earnest with Bakhtiyar’s conquest. However, Arab traders had begun to settle in the Chattogram, Noakhali and such other ports areas and their hinterland. Those were the thriving hubs[Read More…]

by 24/07/2021 0 comments India
Farmers’ Struggle Challenges Modi Government’s Neo-Fascist Tyranny

Farmers’ Struggle Challenges Modi Government’s Neo-Fascist Tyranny

Most heartening that the momentum of democratic resistance continues to flourish at Tikri border in Delhi, to challenge the oppression of the Saffron rulers. In a range of spheres it most relentlessly challenged the nefarious economic policies of the BJP govt. and called on people to leave no stone unturned in toppling them. Every democrat should be truly impressed by[Read More…]

by 23/07/2021 0 comments India
Population Control Bill is anti-Dalit/Tribal and anti-Poor

Population Control Bill is anti-Dalit/Tribal and anti-Poor

As you are aware that Uttar Pradesh government has brought the Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill, whose purpose has been said to control the population. This bill has been circulated for suggestions and objections. If passed by the legislature, it will become a law and will come into force after one year. Although the purpose of this law is said[Read More…]

by 22/07/2021 0 comments India
Pegasus: Mumbo Jumbo Will Voodoo You!

Pegasus: Mumbo Jumbo Will Voodoo You!

In my early youth when the sheer magic of sound, rhythm and verbal atmospherics casts a spell on you,I remember having been captivated by a now-forgotten poem by the American poet Vachel Lindsay.It used stereotypes of Africa as a land of black magic in incantatory verse to evoke a feeling of dread of unknown mysteries.Named ‘Congo’,it used the words used[Read More…]

by 22/07/2021 0 comments India
The Strange Math of Corruption

The Strange Math of Corruption

If Rs. 50 crore  ( 500 million)  is allocated for spending on an irrigation project and Rs. 10 crore is snatched up by corruption at various levels, then what is the amount that remains for actual development work? The most obvious answer would be Rs. 40 crore, but more often than not this is likely to be wrong. The reason[Read More…]

by 22/07/2021 0 comments India
Stranded, still: Workers address online press conference

Stranded, still: Workers address online press conference

Mohammad Arif is a singer of bhajans, and usually in high demand at functions. With the lockdown, functions were cancelled and bhajan singers were no longer needed. “I’ve taken a big hit, I’m just home in Meerut now, there is nowhere to go and no money made for months,” he said, at an online press conference held by the Stranded[Read More…]

by 20/07/2021 0 comments India
Of Father Stan Swamy, humans and other species

Of Father Stan Swamy, humans and other species

A few years ago, on a visit to La Paz, the Bolivian capital set high in the Andean mountains, I spotted a board inside a restaurant that said ‘All Humans are Equal’ in Spanish. During the week I spent in the city, I saw the same sign at a few more eateries, enough to prompt me to ask a Bolivian[Read More…]

by 20/07/2021 0 comments India
Precarity of Migrant Labour in Punjab’s Textile Industries

Precarity of Migrant Labour in Punjab’s Textile Industries

Punjab faces a severe power crisis in the literal and metaphorical sense.Unprecedented shortage in power supply, power thefts and rise in power demand has turned it into a power-starving state. Facing an acute shortage of power supply amidst soaring demand of power from the agricultural sector. Gap between demand and supply traces to increase in consumer demand and shut down[Read More…]

by 20/07/2021 0 comments India
Tomatoes and Apples–Big Agribusiness Promoted Despite Increasing Reports of Its Adverse Impact

Tomatoes and Apples–Big Agribusiness Promoted Despite Increasing Reports of Its Adverse Impact

As the farmers’ movement has set the alarm bells ringing regarding the need to check growing corporate control of agriculture, farmers and activists are now more conscious regarding drawing attention to adverse impacts of the clearly emerging trend of increasing corporatization of agriculture. Despite this, the trend of government policy appears to be clearly in favor of increasing corporate control.[Read More…]

by 20/07/2021 0 comments India
Modi, Mohan Bhagwat And The Secular Morality

Modi, Mohan Bhagwat And The Secular Morality

After Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanchalak of the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), addressed the ‘positivity unlimited’ theme about Covid calamity of India on 15 May, 2021, even secular writers in the national media started a chorus of Modi devil, Mohan Bhagwat angel song. ‘Bhagat snubbed modi’, ‘Bhagat advised him to accept collective responsibility’, ‘The RSS is for course correction’ and so[Read More…]

by 19/07/2021 0 comments India
Azadi : The Resurrection of  a slogan

Azadi : The Resurrection of  a slogan

In August we celebrate the 74th anniversary of our independence. At the time, the communists had raised the slogan then famous or rather infamous – “  yeh azadi jhoohi hai” ..  this is a false independence meaning that this  independence would not mean anything the ordinary people fighting for daily survival and that this was a festival of the elite.[Read More…]

by 18/07/2021 0 comments India
Land Reforms Need to be Revived on Urgent Basis

Land Reforms Need to be Revived on Urgent Basis

In recent times the government has been steadily going back on its commitment to land reforms in India. This is true of the union government as well as several state governments. This has been one of the most unfortunate aspects of development policy in India, leading to increase of inequality as well as reduction of possibilities of sustainable, ecologically protective,[Read More…]

by 18/07/2021 0 comments India
Functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Bihar: Devolution or Delegation?

Functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Bihar: Devolution or Delegation?

The upcoming panchayat election in Bihar is a good occasion to examine the broader issues faced by the Panchayati Raj Institution (“PRIs”) in Bihar. According to media reports, the State Election Commission of Bihar has started to prepare for the upcoming panchayat election in Bihar, and the poll process would commence from the end of August.[1] Preceded by a 23-year[Read More…]

by 17/07/2021 0 comments India
1857 War of Independence to 1930s

1857 War of Independence to 1930s

    My ancestors were directly affected by the momentous turn history took. Though not in the eye of the storm, living far from the center of action, and being academics rather than men of action, yet they lost a great deal because they would not collaborate with the ghasib (usurper), the term my nana used for the British till[Read More…]

by 17/07/2021 0 comments India
Strategic Law Suits Against Public Participation in India: Why the neutrality principle of law not working?

Strategic Law Suits Against Public Participation in India: Why the neutrality principle of law not working?

Abstract During recent years, a sharp rise is noted in the number of frivolous law suits filed to silence voices of dissenters and the marginalized sections including women who complaint against violence. These legal tactics are striking the roots of democracy and curbing the public discourse on the vital issues while choking the freedom of speech. In western countries, anti-SLAPP[Read More…]

by 15/07/2021 0 comments India
Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Dear Fr. Stan Swamy, On 5 July, you completed your pilgrimage here on earth! Thousands feel your loss everywhere; a light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere! There is spontaneous outrage because of what led to your death; most regard it as institutionalised murder! I am sure that you will not want us to mourn[Read More…]

by 14/07/2021 0 comments India
Compelling Need for Comprehensive Inquiry Into U.P. Panchayati  Raj Elections

Compelling Need for Comprehensive Inquiry Into U.P. Panchayati  Raj Elections

While violence, intimidation and other more obvious aspects of irregularities which marred the recently held three-month long Panchayati Raj (PR) elections in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) are now widely known, there is still urgent need for a more formal and detailed inquiry into various worrying aspects of these elections. There are four obvious reasons for this.[Read More…]

by 14/07/2021 0 comments India
Lives and Livelihoods in the Wake of Covid-19 Pandemic in Rural Bihar

Lives and Livelihoods in the Wake of Covid-19 Pandemic in Rural Bihar

by Gaurav Datt, Swati Dutta and Sunil Kumar Mishra The study The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented health and an economic crisis of in India.  It is important to document how this crisis has affected people’s lives and livelihoods in different parts of the country. Based on phone interviews with more than 1600 households in rural Bihar, a study[Read More…]

by 14/07/2021 0 comments India
The Farm Sector On A Trencher 

The Farm Sector On A Trencher 

            The entire farm sector, comprising at least a quarter of the total population of the country, is up in arms.  The structural crisis engulfing this sector was growing over a long time and periodic outbursts about the distorted state of affairs were happening over the past several decades. These outbursts had  forms both violent and non-violent. The violent manifestations[Read More…]

by 13/07/2021 0 comments India
Hindutva and Culture

Hindutva and Culture

Terry Eagleton argues in his rollicking way that there is actually little to put your finger on when high-minded scholars talk about culture in hushed tones these days.He thinks the term stands in when proponents of modernity make a futile search for a transcendental purpose displaced from religion to maje sense of life.Religion was failing to provide a framework for[Read More…]

by 13/07/2021 0 comments India
Need for redefining the population stabilization measures in India

Need for redefining the population stabilization measures in India

With the proposal of population control measures by Uttar Pradesh government prior to just six months ahead of state assembly election of 2022, a huge controversy is being erupted.  Population control in India has always remained a political issue rather than a social-economical issue of the nation. The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) draft, 2021 seems to be[Read More…]

by 11/07/2021 0 comments India
Block Pramukh Elections in Uttar Pradesh Witness Excessive Violence and Intimidation

Block Pramukh Elections in Uttar Pradesh Witness Excessive Violence and Intimidation

The block pramukh  elections in the three-tier panchayati raj (rural decentralization) system of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, took place on July 10 Saturday. The block pramukh is elected at the second tier. Many members are elected at the block level directly by people and these in turn elect the block pramukh. Hence direct voting by people is not involved[Read More…]

by 11/07/2021 0 comments India
Pandemic and Pendencies: Disaster at the Indian courts.

Pandemic and Pendencies: Disaster at the Indian courts.

  The Republic of India is facing the ferocity of pandemic with the highest rate of more than 4.12 lakh cases per day to the highest number of deaths of more than 4500-4700 a day during 2020-2021. The situation is worse at the rural side of the country. The first wave and the second wave of corona virus have jolted[Read More…]

by 09/07/2021 0 comments India
Judiciary On Trial

Judiciary On Trial

Justice must have a heart.It cannot be just an arena for legal pedantry and fireworks,though that unfortunately has been the case since the rise of Rhetoric in ancient Greece.If one does not FEEL the pain,suffering and loss an injustice causes,the outward demeanour of calm objectivity makes little sense.CJI Ramana had inspired some hope that we have left behind the long[Read More…]

by 09/07/2021 0 comments India
Sweeping Victory of District Panchayat  President Elections by the BJP Points to Need for Wider Reforms

Sweeping Victory of District Panchayat  President Elections by the BJP Points to Need for Wider Reforms

The recent panchayati raj ( rural decentralization ) elections held in Uttar Pradesh were regarded as very important at a political level. Many seasoned observers referred to these as a semi-final contest leading up to the final to be held next year in the form of  Assembly Elections in the politically most important state of India. The three-tier panchayati election[Read More…]

by 08/07/2021 0 comments India
The spread of the MODI virus – dancing the `Tandava Nritya’

The spread of the MODI virus – dancing the `Tandava Nritya’

While we are all worried about the spread of new variants of COVID-19 (whether we describe them as Delta or by some other name) all over the world, we tend to ignore the invasion of Indian society by another variant of COVID -19 which may be described as the MODI virus. It is a pandemic affecting every nook and corner[Read More…]

by 08/07/2021 0 comments India
Religion in money transfer

Religion in money transfer

My hands are still shaking, and I feel uneasiness at heart while writing this. I have studied in India, Norway and Russia- in the top universities of these countries. I started writing for newspapers back in 2005. I grew up in different parts of UP due to my father’s job postings. We moved to Rae Bareli (my home town) back[Read More…]

by 08/07/2021 0 comments India
Are some more equal than others?

Are some more equal than others?

By Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant, Sandeep Pandey In current times when India, like many other countries, is reeling under a severe economic crisis as well as backbreaking humanitarian crises, we also see ugly lavish (and avoidable) government expenditures, throwing austerity to the winds and jeopardising public interest. While equality is among the key values of the Indian Constitution, there are several[Read More…]

by 07/07/2021 0 comments India
 Only 2% of Urban Poor Residents Fully Vaccinated and only 16% Received First Dose: Survey Study 

 Only 2% of Urban Poor Residents Fully Vaccinated and only 16% Received First Dose: Survey Study 

A survey study conducted by the Indo Global Social Service Society has found that only 2% of slum/basti dwellers have been fully vaccinated (with 2 doses) and that a little over 16% of them have received their first dose since the vaccination was made available for all above 18. As the second wave of COVID-19 cases sweeps India, informal sector[Read More…]

by 05/07/2021 0 comments India
Data Sharing and Transparency in Covid Times Will Help Better Decentralized Response

Data Sharing and Transparency in Covid Times Will Help Better Decentralized Response

Policy makers who have the important responsibility of taking  decisions relating to Covid response face many difficulties. On some important issues relating to this pandemic even very senior scientists at world level do not have the same opinion. A lot of their understanding is based on their experience in the richest countries and may not be applicable in conditions of[Read More…]

by 05/07/2021 0 comments India
Conspicuous silence of political parties on OBC reservation issues in the North

Conspicuous silence of political parties on OBC reservation issues in the North

June 25th,  2021 marked 90th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister V P Singh but went unnoticed for the majority of the leaders who benefitted from his politics and good will generated by him. Except for Tejasvi Yadav who remembered Singh mentioning his bold initiative to implement Mandal Commission Report, there was no other north Indian leader particularly from OBCs[Read More…]

by 05/07/2021 0 comments India
Whither Congress?

Whither Congress?

Some observers like us have been saying in the face of much mistrust that without Congress in the team no coalition for a national opposition can really take off.But we too have been shaken by the continued stasis of the party.In states this has led to a strange inertia punctuated by quiet departures from time to time of one or[Read More…]

by 04/07/2021 0 comments India
Street Vendors Need Help and Support

Street Vendors Need Help and Support

Recent reports of a training program launched by the Punjab Government for street vendors are welcome. This training increases the capacity of vendors to provide safe food. This training has been linked also to institutions of community health and the experience of initial training programs conducted  have been encouraging. Earlier training programs conducted by the National Association for Street Vendors[Read More…]

by 04/07/2021 0 comments India
Reflections from the ground: Digital divide and Covid-19 in Uttarakhand

Reflections from the ground: Digital divide and Covid-19 in Uttarakhand

As the country recuperates from the devastating second wave of Covid-19, vaccination has become the only and the most effective possibility to beat the virus. But getting vaccinated isn’t as simple as it sounds. Saraswati Devi*, age 46, who lives in the outskirts of Almora town (Uttarakhand), is very anxious these days because she is finding it difficult to get[Read More…]

by 04/07/2021 0 comments India
75th Anniversary of Telengana Armed Struggle

75th Anniversary of Telengana Armed Struggle

On July 4th we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of Komarayya in Telengana.It was this event that marked the turning point in the Telengana peasant uprising which lit the spark to turn into a prairie fire.Komarayya was a young man from a poor peasant and shepherd family of Kadiwendi village of the then Nalgonda district. He was then[Read More…]

by 03/07/2021 0 comments India
Appeal to NCST for suo motu intervention under Article 338A(9) of the Constitution in the case of Lakshadweep

Appeal to NCST for suo motu intervention under Article 338A(9) of the Constitution in the case of Lakshadweep

To Hon’ble Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Hon’ble Chairman, I enclose here a copy of a representation dated 8-6-2021 submitted by me to Rashtrapatiji on the concerns I have on a range of statutory regulations proposed to be adopted by the Administrator of Lakshadweep Union Territory (UT), which will have a significant impact on the lives of the[Read More…]

by 03/07/2021 0 comments India
Lockdown: Supreme Court Finally Delivers Some Justice

Lockdown: Supreme Court Finally Delivers Some Justice

NAPM welcomes the Supreme Court judgment on rations for all migrant workers and  time-bound registration of unorganized sector workers. SC has fallen short of delivering on its own observation of a “socialistic pattern of society”. Struggle for holding Govt and Judiciary accountable to working class must continue. 2nd July, 2021: The sudden and unplanned lockdown imposed by the union government in[Read More…]

Democratic Processes and Kashmir Imbroglio

Democratic Processes and Kashmir Imbroglio

On 5th August 2019, through the Presidential ordinance the Article 370, giving autonomy to Kashmir was abolished. This article was the basis of Kashmir’s accession to India and it gave autonomy to Kashmir in all matters except defense, communication, currency and external affairs. Following this there was a suspension of most of the democratic rights; internet services were suspended and[Read More…]

by 02/07/2021 0 comments India
Dalit-Adivasi in Uttar Pradesh and the question of land

Dalit-Adivasi in Uttar Pradesh and the question of land

According to the 2011 census, the total Scheduled Caste (Dalit) population in Uttar Pradesh is 4.13 crore, which is about 21% of the total population of Uttar Pradesh. According to the same census, there are 61.91 lakh families of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, which is 23% of the total families of Uttar Pradesh. Similarly, the total population of Scheduled Tribes[Read More…]

by 01/07/2021 0 comments India
Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political cards being gradually tried ahead of assembly elections in two crucial states- Uttar Pradesh and Punjab – cannot yet be viewed as symbols of master strategies. The simple explanation is that frustration is quite strongly visible in political parties heading the two state governments. This in itself seems sign of party heads on both sides being a little flustered[Read More…]

by 30/06/2021 0 comments India
An elderly victim of cow vigilante groups

The Political Terror of Cow Vigilantism In J&K

Persecution of weak and minorities is something that hyper nationalist regimes across the world swear by. Oftentimes this begins with the innovation of overt and covert tactics intending to further the other-ing process. Frequent execution of the same results in the establishment of dehumanizing norms, which ultimately becomes the dreaded weapon wielded by the regime’s agents. The increasing incidents of[Read More…]

by 29/06/2021 0 comments India
COVID-19 relief efforts by Aagaz Federation (Picture credit JP Maithani)

Voluntary sector – Role in the pandemic – aren’t we being ignored??

The COVID pandemic has caused unprecedented damage across the globe. Its’ gory journey, still continues to impact our lives and the world around us. Nearly a year into the pandemic, we face a human tragedy, and a public health, humanitarian and development emergency. With India’s first case of COVID-19 reported in Jan 2020, and the Government announcement of a nationwide[Read More…]

by 29/06/2021 0 comments India
Is President Kovind paying more tax than the common people?

Is President Kovind paying more tax than the common people?

What do you think when the first citizen of the country ‘feels’ helpless of ‘income tax’ deduction on his salary. President Kovind must be getting rupees five lakh per month as part of his salary but in a public meeting organised at his ‘birth place’, he said that over two lakh seventy five thousand rupees per month get deducted from[Read More…]

by 29/06/2021 0 comments India
‘Paid news’ and ‘paid social media’ in India: looking for legal attention

‘Paid news’ and ‘paid social media’ in India: looking for legal attention

With the implementation of new Information Technology act 2021 mandating the social media platforms legally under compliance, the ongoing controversy between social media and digital sovereignty seems to an end as the appointment of the grievance redressal officers and nodal officers are mandated in India in compliance with the new rules. Though, another big challenge to our democracy remains the[Read More…]

by 27/06/2021 0 comments India
The Spectre of Opposition Unity

The Spectre of Opposition Unity

How,or indeed why, should parties that are bitterly opposed to each other,and come election time jump at each other’s throat, are toying with the idea of of coming together,is a much discussed topic in the press today.First thing to say is,of course,that we live in very very different times.We are enjoined by circumstances to unite in order to defend something[Read More…]

by 26/06/2021 0 comments India
Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, June 17, 2009. The government has started a pilot project to quantify climate benefits from the NREGA, the anti-poverty scheme that could become one of the country's main weapons to fight criticism it is not doing enough to tackle global warming. The flagship anti-poverty plan, started three years ago, provides 100 days of employment every year to tens of millions of rural poor, a move that partly helped the Congress party-led coalition return to power in a general election. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder (INDIA ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Grant 50 additional work days: NREGA Sangharsh Morcha

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act currently offers 100 days of work to all rural households. Given the crisis in the economy and the slowdown of economic activity in urban centres, more people have now returned to their rural homes. NREGA Sangharsh Morcha on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking that the Union government extend the[Read More…]

by 26/06/2021 0 comments India
From the poster boy to derelict

From the poster boy to derelict

Take one, scene one: A man in his late thirties riding a scooter with his wife as pillion rider and a kid is standing on the leg space. Man seems to be contended, secure and satisfied with his ‘small’ possession.  He has a government job and lives happily in his staff quarter. Now- Take one, scene two: A man drives[Read More…]

by 26/06/2021 1 comment India
Meeting commemorating Banda Bhadur Singh on June 7th

Farmers Observing June 26 & June 30 – Import of SKM’s Call

On June 26, lakhs of farmers and farm-workers will assemble in various border points of Delhi will observe “Save Democracy, Save Farmers” day. On that date three important occasions are coinciding — (i) completion of 7 months of the historic continuous sit-in protest of lakhs of farmers around Delhi on the border points; (ii) 7 years of first swearing in[Read More…]

by 26/06/2021 0 comments India
RSS As Worshippers Of Brute Power Did Not Oppose 1975 Emergency: Documentary Evidence

RSS As Worshippers Of Brute Power Did Not Oppose 1975 Emergency: Documentary Evidence

On the 46th anniversary of the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi [June 25, 1975] we are witnessing once again the farce of RSS claiming that it opposed it with full might. It is laughable to find it boasting that RSS fought against the Emergency not due to any compulsion but as article of faith in democracy. How RSS cadres ruling[Read More…]

by 25/06/2021 0 comments India
Letter From the sisters in Lakshadweep

Letter From the sisters in Lakshadweep

Dear all, Since a few months, the days have been special and strange for me – not special like a birthday or festival celebration. But special and strange because for the first time in the 14 years of my life I saw my grandparents, parents and many others sitting inside homes and fasting. So many “ firsts” for me since[Read More…]

by 25/06/2021 0 comments India
Plight of migrant workers in Gujarat during April-June, 2021 lockdown

Plight of migrant workers in Gujarat during April-June, 2021 lockdown

To Shri Apurva Chandra Union Labour Secretary   Dear Shri Apurva Chandra, The preamble to the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 defines its primary objective to be “to regulate the employment of interstate migrant workmen and to provide for their conditions of service and for matters connected therewith“. This Act is by and large[Read More…]

by 24/06/2021 0 comments Annihilate Caste, India
A Disastrous Approach : Reasons behind India’s Second Pandemic Wave

A Disastrous Approach : Reasons behind India’s Second Pandemic Wave

By Dr. Sameeksha Dhillan & Dr. Divya Singh From an average of over 93,000 new cases per day in September last year to roughly 10,000 new COVID cases per day in February 2021, India has made great strides. This significant and consistent decline led to the withdrawal of lockdown with a partial relaxation in various sectors. Social or religious activities[Read More…]

by 24/06/2021 0 comments India
Courtesy : DOMINIC XAVIER / Rediff.com

Who Should Be Held Responsible For Deaths Due To Negligence?

by Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey When India was reeling under the severest impact of the Covid pandemic, and the peak of around 450,000 new cases was reported in 24 hours around mid April 2021, then an interesting chronology of events were taking place regarding the Covid vaccination programme (along with Kumbh in Uttarakhand and elections in West Bengal and[Read More…]

by 24/06/2021 0 comments India
Hum Do – Humare ??

Hum Do – Humare ??

The year was 1954 – on a windy, wet evening of February, a male child was born – the youngest sword bearer of the Brahmin clan residing in Bamunpara, Bilasipara (Dhubri district). He is the 8th child of his parents – the youngest maternal uncle or “mama” of the 3 kids born to his eldest ‘didi’. The entire Bamunpara rejoiced[Read More…]

by 23/06/2021 0 comments India
IT Rules 2021: UN Rapporteurs see chilling effect on freedom of expression

IT Rules 2021: UN Rapporteurs see chilling effect on freedom of expression

The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, published on 25 February 2021 under the Information Technology Act, 2000 will have a chilling effect on the freedom of expression of ordinary individuals, social media writers and the journalists working in print and electronic media.  The Government of India is trying to usurp the power of Parliament[Read More…]

by 22/06/2021 0 comments India
Voting for Restoration of Democracy: Electoral Choices

Voting for Restoration of Democracy: Electoral Choices

One will be amazed to compare the India of today with the same a decade ago. BJP’s getting majority in the Lok Sabha (2014) has changed the political, social and economic scenario in adverse direction. The rising prices, the free fall of economy with GDP at all time low, with India falling down on hunger index and the massive rise[Read More…]

by 22/06/2021 0 comments India
The second wave of Covid-19 in India- Have we Learnt the lessons useful for living with the third wave?

The second wave of Covid-19 in India- Have we Learnt the lessons useful for living with the third wave?

VT Padmanabhan and Joseph Makkolil After a brutal second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Indian people are anxiously waiting for the third wave, which is expected to arrive in about 6 to 8 weeks in August-September. The first wave was driven by two variants Alpha and Delta, which were more contagious than the ancestral strains.  Recently a new variant – Delta[Read More…]

by 22/06/2021 0 comments India
Covid-19: It’s time to look at school dropouts

Covid-19: It’s time to look at school dropouts

Education is the backbone of any developing nation. 100% literacy is one of the first landmarks used for judging the level of development of any nation. India is a developing nation vying to become a superpower but it’s far from achieving 100% literacy. According to official statistics, India’s literacy rate hovers around 75% which leaves a quarter of the citizens[Read More…]

by 22/06/2021 0 comments India
Mussoorie Bypass Tunnel is Expensive, but Its Ecological Costs Will Be Even Higher

Mussoorie Bypass Tunnel is Expensive, but Its Ecological Costs Will Be Even Higher

Many people cherish memories of visiting Mussoorie ( located near Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand ), even called the Queen of Hill Stations in India. The famous hill resort houses the L.B.S. IAS Academy where the country’s future top civil servants are trained. The Mussorie hills divide the Ganga and Yamuna river systems which have their origin in Western Himalayan region[Read More…]

by 22/06/2021 0 comments India
The Larger Issues Underlying the Claim of Cairn Energy on Air India

The Larger Issues Underlying the Claim of Cairn Energy on Air India

Amid the sweeping pandemic and the health emergency across the country, some may have missed the headline that Cairn Energy, a leading UK-based oil and gas exploration corporation, had filed a suit in New York to claim the international assets of Air India, the State-owned airline of India. The basis of Cairn’s demand is that it claims that the Indian[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments India
Compensation for Covid victims- The government ought to revisit its plea before the apex court

Compensation for Covid victims- The government ought to revisit its plea before the apex court

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, I understand from recent news reports (https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/mha-tells-supreme-court-ex-gratia-payment-rs-4-lakh-covid-19-deaths-affordability-states) that the Centre has contended before the apex court that it would not be able to pay an ex-gratia relief of Rs 4 lakhs to Covid victims for the reason that “utilisation of scarce resources for giving ex-gratia, may have unfortunate consequences of affecting the pandemic response and health[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments India
Nutrition Labelling System : Visualised or Written?

Nutrition Labelling System : Visualised or Written?

In India, diet diversity has increased a great deal in the last 20 years. Diet is one of the cornerstones of diabetes care. There has been a rapant increase in excessive and unbalanced intakes of energy, saturated and trans fatty acids, salt and sugar which has led to increased risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity[Read More…]

by 20/06/2021 0 comments India
Vaccine Woes Worry India

Vaccine Woes Worry India

Written by Ashish Kumar Singh & Wakar Amin India consists of a population with different sets of profiles of socio-culturally diverse identities scattered within it. Any vaccination program which is aimed at covering the whole population has to use a diverse and heterogeneous strategy like the population of the country. Not to mention the fact that the enormous size of[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments India
In Pandemic Times No One Should Be Made Homeless

In Pandemic Times No One Should Be Made Homeless

In the middle of a raging pandemic no demolition of houses should take place and no one should be made homeless or evicted from their established place of residence. This simple statement has a universal resonance. Take it to any part of world, to anyone concerned with basic human values, not to mention human rights, and they will endorse this.[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments India
 Supreme Court verdict turns to be the downfall of Khori

 Supreme Court verdict turns to be the downfall of Khori

Struggle for Right to Life, Housing and Rehabilitation of 1 lakh people continues.. New Delhi, 18 June,2021: The 50 year old secular Khori village, near Surajkund tourist spot (Faridabad, Harayana), inhabited by various sections is on the verge of being uprooted because of the Supreme Court order. Despite the existence of various farmhouses and high rise hotel buildings , the[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments India
IIT Gandhinagar: Crushing of Dissent by Hobby Group ‘Awaam’

IIT Gandhinagar: Crushing of Dissent by Hobby Group ‘Awaam’

It has been almost a year since I joined IIT Gandhinagar, and about six months since Indian farmers have been protesting against the three controversial farm laws. Around the time the protests began, a new hobby group with a focus on society and politics emerged at IIT Gandhinagar. The group, called ‘Awaam‘, laid down its objectives and stated that it[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments India
Leader close to Indian consulate convicted for sex assault

Leader close to Indian consulate convicted for sex assault

Deepak Sharma has been found guilty by the North Vancouver provincial court. The former President of the Abbotsford Hindu temple was charged for sexual assault of a woman in his cab in January, 2019. Following a trial, Judge Patricia Bond delivered her verdict on Friday. The date for sentencing is yet to be set. Sharma had been driving for North[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments India
Threatening Writers In Gujarat

Threatening Writers In Gujarat

Statement by writers and readers of Gujarati literature about threats issued against them in the journal Shabdsrushti Gujarat Sahitya Akademi whose autonomy was wrested by the Gujarat government, which then turned it into a government institution, publishes a journal named Shabdsrushti. The June 2021 issue of Shabdsrushti carries an anonymous piece of writing titled “No, This Is Not a Poem,[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021–22: Proposal for an Alternate, Pro-People Budget

Budget 2021–22: Proposal for an Alternate, Pro-People Budget

India’s social sector expenditures are amongst the lowest among all major economies of the world. In this concluding part of our budget analysis of Union Budget 2021-22, we present proposals on how the Centre can more than double its social sector expenditures. Part I: Snapshot of Subsidies Given to Rich in Budgets According to the Economic Survey, the annual document[Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 0 comments India
“Flygskam”, or flight shame is a movement which have gained enough buzz in Sweden to make people stay on the ground and be shameful of air travel. Flygskam encourages people to take train over plane to lower carbon emissions.

Impose Exit Tax on Fleeing Rich and Educated

In 2018, before the pandemic, the Afro Asian Bank in its Global Wealth Migration Review reported that 15,000 rich persons migrated out of China, 7,000 from Russia, 5,000 from India and 4,000 from Turkey. The report says that one main reason for outmigration from a country is safety. Religious disturbances are said to be the second reason. The presence of[Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 2 comments India
Distribute Vaccines Equitably, Ensure Food Security, Enhance Livelihood Opportunities

Distribute Vaccines Equitably, Ensure Food Security, Enhance Livelihood Opportunities

The second wave of the covid-19 infection has had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of people across the country. Universal vaccination is one of the important interventions towards containing the spread of the disease and mitigating its impact. As we move ahead towards recovery, the government must take adequate measures to ensure that there is equitable distribution[Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 0 comments India
Jharkhand and Lalkhand

Jharkhand and Lalkhand

Written by Satyam S & S.N. Ali Fraz Rezvi A historical analysis of the communist politics involved in the formation of the Jharkhand state in India ‘Jharkhand can never be separated. It can only be liberated and the gap between the liberation of Jharkhand and the liberation of the country as a whole is not beyond the February revolution and[Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 0 comments India
Recent Increased Mortality Needs Urgent Attention

Recent Increased Mortality Needs Urgent Attention

For evolving the best possible  policy response to an ongoing pandemic it is very important to monitor the available data and take the most rational decisions based on this. In this context the increased overall mortality recorded from March to May in particular is very disturbing and needs urgent attention of the authorities, with a view to understanding this reality, [Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 0 comments India
Our Nation, Our Constitution: A Layperson’s understanding

Our Nation, Our Constitution: A Layperson’s understanding

Nation = People + Country + Constitution A nation is the synergetic sum of a country’s people with their social and cultural resources, who live within the boundaries of the country with its natural and economic resources, and the rules by which the people live and work. The “rule book” for India is the Constitution of India. It was the[Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 0 comments India
India At The Crossroads

India At The Crossroads

The cat is out of the bag at last.Kapil Sibal is one of the twenty-three dissidents who wrote a letter to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi pleading for organisational reforms leading to the installation of an elected president in place of one who was alleged to have inherited it.He was indirectly blaming the latter for the poll disasters Congress suffered.He[Read More…]

by 17/06/2021 0 comments India
Essential Commodities And People

Essential Commodities And People

Farm laws and food The Farmers’ agitation starting 26 November 2020, was against three Farm Laws. The Essential Commodities Amendment Act, 2020, (ECA Act) is one of them. ECA Act amends the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, (EC Act) enacted “in the interest of the general public, for the control of the production, supply and distribution of, and trade and commerce”,[Read More…]

by 17/06/2021 0 comments India
Milk Producers Face Increasing Problems, Need Protection

Milk Producers Face Increasing Problems, Need Protection

Although India enjoys the reputation of being the leading milk producer of world, India’s overwhelming majority of small dairy farmers are facing increasing problems and among them those who are landless face a truly precarious situation. What is more, these problems have increased even more during recent weeks when both the private dairy units and to a lesser extent the[Read More…]

by 17/06/2021 1 comment India
Six individuals honoured by Radical Desi for raising voices for Indian farmers

Six individuals honoured by Radical Desi for raising voices for Indian farmers

Six people, from Vancouver City Councillor Jean Swanson to Sahib Kaur Dhaliwal, a young student from the University of Ottawa, have been presented with medals of courage by a Canada-based online magazine that covers alternative politics. Radical Desi, which started its journey in 2014, had established a medal bearing the quote of Desmond Tutu: “if you are neutral in situations[Read More…]

by 17/06/2021 0 comments India
Photo: studyhallfoundation.org

 The curious formula for awarding marks to second language in CBSE and class X examinations

The Central board of secondary education has cancelled class X and class XII examinations. They have sent a formula for awarding marks to the students of class X  this year based on best result of the school for the  last three years. Also, for different subjects  there is another criterion for awarding marks.   For all other subjects except for second[Read More…]

by 16/06/2021 0 comments India
Lakshadweep encountering dissent, turmoil

Lakshadweep encountering dissent, turmoil

Lawless Intimidation : “These allegations against Aisha Sultana cannot make even the prima facie charge of sedition, as per the definition and judicial interpretation of Section 124A of IPC.” “Despite the severe criticism of the Centre for its gross abuse of the draconian British law of sedition, and Supreme Court’s admonition, the behaviour of rulers did not change.”   ***[Read More…]

by 16/06/2021 0 comments India
 Government must stop this drama, says Asha worker Kamlesh

 Government must stop this drama, says Asha worker Kamlesh

Asha worker Kamlesh from Haryana explained how, in a time of crisis, the government machinery can prove a hurdle  – when people were reeling under the fear of the coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic last year, there were Union ministers and ministers from Haryana asserting that Muslims who gathered for the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, New Delhi,[Read More…]

by 16/06/2021 0 comments India
Coral Island, Lakshadweep; Credit Sunita Rao

GASS denounces the steps by the new Administrator of Lakshadeep

Lakshadweep is one of eight Union Territories, which is under the newly appointed controversial Administrator. The Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha (GASS) is vehemently denouncing the repressive measures taken by the Administrator. The Administrator since January has been taking various steps against the people of Lakshadweep like in name of bringing ‘reforms’ in the island it is actually bringing threat[Read More…]

Opposition Unity: A Mirage or Reality?

Opposition Unity: A Mirage or Reality?

  Neerja Chowdhury under an appropriate title,  “Can Didi become the Dada of national opposition? Mamata has advantages, but her disadvantages are more formidable”,   had expressed her views on the current situation at the national scene in Times of India of 3 June 2021 (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/can-didi-become-the-dada-of-national-opposition-mamata-has-advantages-but-her-disadvantages-are-more-formidable/ ), which I found to be very timely and I wanted to further supplement[Read More…]

by 14/06/2021 0 comments India
A National Relief And Recovery Package: If Not Now, When?

A National Relief And Recovery Package: If Not Now, When?

The impact of the two COVID waves and attendant lockdowns on Indian households and workers cannot be overstated. Even before the devastating second wave, several sources suggest that millions of households became poor, reversing hard-fought gains in poverty reduction. More than half of the informal workforce lost work and incomes, and over two-thirds experienced increased hunger (see Annexure 2 in this note). Poorer[Read More…]

by 14/06/2021 0 comments India
Domestic Workers Are Not Just Unemployed, They May Even Lose Their Shelter

Domestic Workers Are Not Just Unemployed, They May Even Lose Their Shelter

Domestic workers generally lead a life of low wages and struggle for survival in Indian cities. However what they have faced in recent times is an unprecedented crisis.  Periodic lockdowns have led to widespread loss of work and income. This extends often for a period much beyond the period of lockdown. This has led to increasing hunger and malnutrition. In[Read More…]

by 13/06/2021 0 comments India
Nae Beau Idéal: Hindutva that Ruined the Present and Future of India

Nae Beau Idéal: Hindutva that Ruined the Present and Future of India

The BJP and Mr Narendra Modi had promised “Achhe din” (good days) and “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas” (with all, development for all, faith of all) to capture the political power in Delhi. The majority of corporate media and many liberal intellectuals have projected him as a reformer, popular and experienced leader, who can claim Indian century in the[Read More…]

by 13/06/2021 0 comments India
Manpreet Singh Singhwala

Youth Leading The Struggle Against Farm Laws

It is most encouraging witnessing the youth emerging at the forefront of the agitation against farm bills, displaying the intensity of coal fire in a furnace. In recent days they have illuminated the flame of resistance to a crescendo to crystallise a sustained movement. Youth club shave been set up and cultural programmes performed to galvanise the youth and integrate[Read More…]

by 13/06/2021 0 comments India
How Unique Regional Factors Collided to Create the Black Fungus Crisis in India—A Hypothesis

How Unique Regional Factors Collided to Create the Black Fungus Crisis in India—A Hypothesis

We forget history at our own peril. In the 1980s, more than two lakh newborn babies used to die every year in India due to a dreaded infection. This, when that preventable disease was already only of academic interest in the developed world. WHO and the Indian government worked together to address the factors leading to the disproportionately high rates[Read More…]

by 13/06/2021 7 comments India
Sivram Sahu

Lack of human sensitivity in treatment and transparency in the process of dissemination of information on the patients in the COVID hospitals

To The Chief Minister of Odisha Bhubaneswar, Odisha Sub-Lack of human sensitivity in treatment and transparency in the process of dissemination of information on the patients in the COVID hospitals. Sir, As per the standard practice and operating norms in the treatment of patients in the COVID hospitals once a patient is admitted into the hospital the patient goes entirely[Read More…]

by 12/06/2021 0 comments India
Women labourers plucking tea leaves at a plantation in Udalguri of Assam.

Pandemic and Tea Plantation: A Perspective of the Tea Workers of Darjeeling

The sharp growth in Covid19 cases across the districts of North Bengal from a few month alarms the concerned citizen across the country, mostly the tea lovers. There is no uncertainty that the pandemic has reached community transmission even in the rural fringes of the country including the tea gardens of Darjeeling Hills or North Bengal as a whole. In[Read More…]

by 12/06/2021 2 comments India
Housing Right of the Poor Should be Respected As A Very Basic Human Right

Housing Right of the Poor Should be Respected As A Very Basic Human Right

Housing right or the right to shelter is a very basic human right that deserves universal recognition and respect. This needs to be re-emphasized at a time when some decisions in violation of this are being taken and there are a lot of apprehensions regarding whether these may become more frequent. Of course no right can be absolute or arbitrary,[Read More…]

by 12/06/2021 0 comments India
When The Health System Became The Cause Of Death

When The Health System Became The Cause Of Death

Written by Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey Well known Hindustani classical singer Padma Vibhushan Channulal Mishra, chosen as one of the proposers of Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha elections, lost his wife and elder daughter to Covid in private hospitals in Varanasi. Younger daughter has accused Medwin Hospital of charging Rs. 1.5 lakhs for treatement of her sister and not[Read More…]

by 12/06/2021 0 comments India
Coral Island, Lakshadweep; Credit Sunita Rao

Vikalp Sangam protests regressive moves in Lakshadweep

We, the Core Group members of Vikalp Sangam (Alternative Confluences), are shocked at the recent developments in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. The actions of the Administrator of the UT, Mr. Praful Khoda Patel, are arbitrary and insensitive, and will have irreversible ecological, social and cultural impacts on the inhabitants of Lakshadweep and the rich and fragile ecosystem in and[Read More…]

by 12/06/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the Poor? – Part 4

Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the Poor? – Part 4

Budget and Nutrition Schemes Hunger and Malnutrition ‘Emergency’ India’s rulers may be claiming that the country is heading towards becoming a global superpower,  but what is for sure is that its hunger levels are amongst the worst in the world. The Global Hunger Index (GHI), a multidimensional statistical tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally and by country[Read More…]

by 11/06/2021 0 comments India
Incidents happening in Lakshadweep resemble the atrocities of Emergency

Incidents happening in Lakshadweep resemble the atrocities of Emergency

Written by P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal Incidents happening in Lakshadweep under the ruthless Administrator Praful Patel are very disturbing even during these unusual times. Memory goes back to June 1975 when under cover of Internal Emergency a similar exercise was carried out in Muslim dominated area of in and around Jama Masjid, old Delhi. It so happened that Sanjay[Read More…]

by 11/06/2021 1 comment India
Courtesy: Rediff.com

NCT of Delhi: Sultanate of Central Government

Dominic Xavier offers his take on Parliament passing a bill equating the Delhi government with the lieutenant governor and not Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party elected government. .. In 2014, after BJP came to power in Centre winning all seven seats in Lok Sabha from Delhi, they thought NCT also will come under their rule. But to their great surprise,[Read More…]

by 09/06/2021 0 comments India
To avoid catastrophes India should adopt a risk minimization for all policy

To avoid catastrophes India should adopt a risk minimization for all policy

COVID-19—a gray rhino event COVID-19 is a gray rhino event, an event that is highly probable and with a large impact. It can be seen well in advance due to its size and early warning signs, but which are ignored. Now over a year into the pandemic, India remains completely unprepared for COVID-19’s second wave.  India did not foresee COVID-19[Read More…]

by 08/06/2021 0 comments India
Appeal To President Of India: Refer The Lakshadweep Issue To National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

Appeal To President Of India: Refer The Lakshadweep Issue To National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

Prior consultation with the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) mandatory for policy changes in Lakshadweep- Appeal for intervention` To Shri Ram Nath Kovind President of India Respected Rashtrapatiji, I understand that that the Administrator of Lakshadweep has formulated a number of far reaching regulations, such as the Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation (LDAR), the Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation,[Read More…]

by 08/06/2021 0 comments India
Universal Health Coverage and Unmet Reproductive Health needs of Migrant Women at times of Pandemic COVID-19 in India

Universal Health Coverage and Unmet Reproductive Health needs of Migrant Women at times of Pandemic COVID-19 in India

Apprehension of contracting the disease and concurrent nationwide lockdown created uncertainty among millions of laborers compelling them to migrate from cities. Migrant workers are spine of unorganized workforce in Indian economy (1). An estimate by (Geetika et al., 2020) states that 90% of women workforce is engaged in informal sector in which 70% come from rural areas who migrate seasonally.[Read More…]

by 08/06/2021 0 comments India
The Dubious Narrative of Democracy of the Natural Allies Vs China’s Authoritarianism

The Dubious Narrative of Democracy of the Natural Allies Vs China’s Authoritarianism

                             We are supposedly natural allies: the Biggest (Indian) and greatest (US) “democracies”, sharing the same values, it is claimed. People know and see how US has been fighting for democracy around the world, at great expense of US dollars waging wars and killing millions. It “sacrificed”  thousands of American men too in those expeditions, still going on. India too[Read More…]

by 07/06/2021 2 comments India
The Tejpal Acquittal: NWMI’s Critique of the Judgement

The Tejpal Acquittal: NWMI’s Critique of the Judgement

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) is deeply disturbed by the judgement pronounced by a District & Sessions Court at Mapusa, Goa, on May 21, 2021, acquitting journalist Tarun Tejpal, the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine, who was charged, in 2013, of the rape, unlawful confinement and sexual harassment of a young woman journalist working at the magazine. In what is[Read More…]

‘Saheli Samanvay Kendras’ become emergency response systems to Pandemic

‘Saheli Samanvay Kendras’ become emergency response systems to Pandemic

New Delhi, June 5: The Delhi Government’s Saheli Samanvay Kendras (SSKs) have emerged as emergency response centres for the community during the ongoing pandemic. Distribution of additional relief, ration, health supplies and awareness-raising on the vaccine and other issues related to the Coronavirus is taking place through these centres that are located in densely populated, low-resourced areas with large resettled[Read More…]

by 06/06/2021 0 comments India
Lakshadweep is India’s Covid-19 Capital- Results of a Human  Experimentation unsupported by Science?

Lakshadweep is India’s Covid-19 Capital- Results of a Human  Experimentation unsupported by Science?

Written by VT Padmanabhan and Joseph Makkoli The second wave of Covid-19 that began in Jan 2021 is on the decline, as epidemiologists expect that the infection rates would reach the nadir in a month or so.  The second wave can also be called as India wave as the pandemic grew much faster here.  It can also be called as[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments India
Will Mayawati Get Another Chance In Uttar Pradesh?

Will Mayawati Get Another Chance In Uttar Pradesh?

“Every man must have a philosophy of life, for everyone must have a standard by which to measure his conduct. And philosophy is nothing but a standard by which to measure”. -Dr. B.R. AMBEDKAR- The 2022 Uttar Pradesh (UP) State Assembly elections are getting closer. The BJP central leadership has already started deliberations. By hook or by crook, the BJP[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments India
Mental Health Crises among Women in the Wake of COVID-19

Mental Health Crises among Women in the Wake of COVID-19

Written by Dr. Rabiya Yaseen Bazaz & Professor Mohammad Akram Mental health is a state of well-being whereby individuals recognize their abilities, try to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their communities. According to World Health Organisation (WHO),mental, physical and social health are interwoven strands of life and as our[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 2 comments India
India’s Rural Decentralization is Often Overwhelmed by Centralizing Tendencies

India’s Rural Decentralization is Often Overwhelmed by Centralizing Tendencies

India is often mentioned as a success-story of rural decentralization which, to some extent , it is. All villages and even hamlets ( wards) have their elected members and headperson in place in panchayats, or elected village councils. Women have representation ranging from 33 per cent to 50 per cent. Weaker sections have reservations to ensure their election in reasonable[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments India
 Save Lakshadweep: Stop ‘reform’ which is not socially just and ecologically sustainable

 Save Lakshadweep: Stop ‘reform’ which is not socially just and ecologically sustainable

There is a growing call to save Lakshadweep islands from attempts to destroy them socially, culturally and ecologically. One of the key demands is for the government of India to recall the Administrator appointed in Lakshadweep immediately and ensure democratic rights to decision-making are held by the islanders. The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemned and opposed the recent[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments India
Why PESA, India’s Great Initiative to Empower Tribal Communities, Has Not Succeeded

Why PESA, India’s Great Initiative to Empower Tribal Communities, Has Not Succeeded

In 1996 India took a great step forward in terms of empowering rural tribal communities, a step which moreover was very much in continuity with Gandhian traditions of gram swaraj or village self-rule ( genuine decentralization based on justice and equality) and so India was a particularly good country for introducing such a step. This was in the form of[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments India
NAPM Stands In Solidarity With The People Of Lakshadweep

NAPM Stands In Solidarity With The People Of Lakshadweep

National Alliance of People’s Movements Strongly Condemns BJP’s Authoritarian Maneuvers to Destroy Lakshadweep Socially and Ecologically The Union Government must Recall their Administrator immediately and Ensure democratic rights to decision-making are held by the Islanders 4th June, 2021: National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns and opposes the recent measures brought in and proposed by the Lakshadweep Union Territory Administrator, Praful[Read More…]

India’s ‘Westernism’ is its Undoing in Vaccine Strategy

India’s ‘Westernism’ is its Undoing in Vaccine Strategy

Sputnik V has already been soft launched in India on May 14 as part of a pilot study with a top official of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories receiving the first jab in India. ..Single-dose Sputnik Light could be first single-dose vaccine launched in India. The biggest commercial consignment of Sputnik-V vaccines arrived in Hyderabad on june 1, at 3:40 am with[Read More…]

by 04/06/2021 0 comments India
Private hospitals fleecing the people by overcharging for vaccines

Private hospitals fleecing the people by overcharging for vaccines

  To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India Dear Shri Gauba, The  Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy 21-4-2021 (PANCVS) notified by the Union Health Ministry has given a free license to the vaccine manufacturers to set prices arbitrarily, ostensibly in a transparent manner, as indicated in Para 8(ii) below. “Manufacturers would in a transparent manner make[Read More…]

by 04/06/2021 0 comments India
Covid-19, lock down and health crisis in Adivasi areas

Covid-19, lock down and health crisis in Adivasi areas

To Shri Arjun Munda, Minister of Tribal Affairs, Government of India Subject: Covid-19, lock down and health crisis in Adivasi areas – urgent intervention called for Dear Sir, We, a group of concerned citizens engaged with Adivasis and their organisations submitted an assessment report to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in May 2020 highlighting the problems that Adivasis and other[Read More…]

by 04/06/2021 0 comments India
Narmada Bachao Aandolan Took Forward A Holistic Vision of Protecting Nature and People

Narmada Bachao Aandolan Took Forward A Holistic Vision of Protecting Nature and People

At a time when there is perhaps more need than ever before in human history for re-establishing and reasserting the protective relationship between nature and people , the Narmada Bachao Aandolan (NBA—Save the Narmada River and Its People Movement) in Central-Western India sought to accomplish this in very meaningful ways with continuity extending over several decades. The peaceful movement  was[Read More…]

by 04/06/2021 1 comment India
Backward ClassReservation after Supreme Court judgement on Maratha case: who is to gain or lose?

Backward ClassReservation after Supreme Court judgement on Maratha case: who is to gain or lose?

On May 5 Supreme Court quashed Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act (SEBC Act) of 2018, providing reservation to Maratha community in public services and educational institutions. This judgement is significant in multiple ways thanks to the increasing lobbying power of reservation politics, both at centre and state. After the Indira Sawhney verdict of 1992, this[Read More…]

by 03/06/2021 0 comments India
The BJP government is incapable of governance

The BJP government is incapable of governance

For the past six years, we have been told that India has got a strong government with a strong leader. The measurements of the Prime Minister’s chest became the centre of a political strategy that emphasised, what some saw as, his political strength and to resolve issues with an iron-fist approach. The onslaught of the pandemic and its consistent mismanagement[Read More…]

by 03/06/2021 0 comments India
Ivermectin: WHO’s Chief Scientist Served with Legal Notice for Disinformation and Suppression of Evidence

Ivermectin: WHO’s Chief Scientist Served with Legal Notice for Disinformation and Suppression of Evidence

On 25 May 2021, the Indian Bar Association (IBA) served a 51-page legal notice on Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation (WHO), for “her act of spreading disinformation and misguiding the people of India, in order to fulfil her agenda.” The Mumbai-based IBA is an association of lawyers who strive to bring transparency and accountability[Read More…]

by 03/06/2021 0 comments India
Saving Water, Ensuring Its Reach to the Poorest

Saving Water, Ensuring Its Reach to the Poorest

In conditions of high land inequalities, how can benefits of irrigation be taken to weaker sections? Generally the biggest, more powerful and resourceful landowners also try to grab more water. Even if due care is taken to ensure that the smaller farmers are not left out, not much can be done if most of the village households are landless workers.[Read More…]

by 03/06/2021 0 comments India
The Tragedy of Thousands of Migrant Workers Dying on Railway Tracks

The Tragedy of Thousands of Migrant Workers Dying on Railway Tracks

It has been revealed in recently released statistics that over 8700 persons died on railway tracks during 2020. Officials have also stated that most of them are likely to be migrant workers walking along railway tracks while returning home. This is also confirmed by the fact that most of the passenger trains were  cancelled during this year. Hence normally there[Read More…]

by 03/06/2021 0 comments India
Summary transfer of West Bengal Chief Secretary to the Centre: MHA’s double standards in applying Disaster Management Act

Summary transfer of West Bengal Chief Secretary to the Centre: MHA’s double standards in applying Disaster Management Act

On May 31, 2021, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is reported to have served a show- cause notice on the former West Bengal Chief Secretary, Alapan Bandopadhyay, for not attending a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, under a stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act that entails imprisonment up to two years. Bandopadhyay had been found fault[Read More…]

by 02/06/2021 0 comments India
Water Policy Should be Based on Equal Access and Ecology, While Avoiding Disruptive Projects

Water Policy Should be Based on Equal Access and Ecology, While Avoiding Disruptive Projects

The union government has stated that it will be giving very high priority to its schemes to provide tap water to all homes. It has been claimed that this work has been progressing well in the middle of all the recent problems at record levels. In addition the government has stated that this will be supported by increase in adequate[Read More…]

by 02/06/2021 0 comments India
Labor Codes 2020 from a Labor rights perspective

Labor Codes 2020 from a Labor rights perspective

The working conditions of labor during industrial revolution was characterized by long working hours (12-16 hour shifts), low wages, unsafe working conditions and lack of worker rights. The labor movements which arose articulated for a need to improve the conditions of labor. The demands included the need to have freedom to form association, collective bargaining, having free labor, equal pay,[Read More…]

by 02/06/2021 0 comments India
Taxi and Auto Operators Face Unemployment and Permanent Loss of Income Assets

Taxi and Auto Operators Face Unemployment and Permanent Loss of Income Assets

Garkhal is a small settlement which is part of a panchayat area yet has strong orientation towards urban life, being located close to the famous tourist resort of Kasauli. Here about 40 persons have been earning their livelihood from travel related activities, including taxis, pick-ups , private buses etc.  There has been very little work in pandemic times for them[Read More…]

by 02/06/2021 0 comments India
The Battle of Slogans: Taking a look back at the Bengal Elections

The Battle of Slogans: Taking a look back at the Bengal Elections

The 294-seated West Bengal Assembly Elections were held in 8 phases from March 27 to April 29, 2021. It was a three-cornered fight amongst All India Trinamool Congress seeking a third term, Congress and Left front fighting together (collectively called the Sanjukta Morcha), and BJP hoping to make its mark in the Eastern state. While TMC struggled to retain their[Read More…]

by 02/06/2021 1 comment India
Urgent Need For Proper Priorities  in Regions of Water-Scarcity

Urgent Need For Proper Priorities  in Regions of Water-Scarcity

             Several regions of acute water-scarcity have emerged in India and during summer these expend to a much wider area. Droughts are also becoming more frequent and this has added to water scarcity, sometimes for very prolonged periods. While the creation of new sanitation facilities in villages is less than what is often claimed, still to the extent that these[Read More…]

by 01/06/2021 0 comments India
PM Modi trying to shift blame to state governments to safeguard his charisma

PM Modi trying to shift blame to state governments to safeguard his charisma

In face of the current intersectional crisis brought by the second wave of Covid-19, PM Modi tends to maintain his charisma and authority by following the Machiavellian politics of shedding off the blame for bad deeds and taking credit for the achievements. Modi government is trying to play dual card to save its image from the Covid-19 crisis. Firstly by[Read More…]

by 01/06/2021 1 comment India
Helping Voters With Visual Disability

Helping Voters With Visual Disability

How Image text to speech conversion (ITTS) technology can be used to help voters with disability in seeing verify their cast votes Section 11 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, states that the Election Commission of India and the State Election Commissions shall ensure that all polling stations are accessible to persons with disabilities and all materials[Read More…]

by 01/06/2021 0 comments India
Letter From The Sisters Of Lakshadweep

Letter From The Sisters Of Lakshadweep

Dear sisters, We  write this in deep anguish and fear. We fear  for our community, the land we belong to and a special way of life. We live in one of the islands in the U.T of Lakshadweep which is very much in the news for the wrong and most cruel details . We should be in the news for[Read More…]

by 01/06/2021 0 comments India
BKU(Ugrahan) leader addressing 3 days conference in Patiala

Protest in Patiala on the issue of Pandemic

For 3 continuous days under the tutelage of the Bharatiya Kisan Union(Ugrahan) farmers demanding adequate arrangements for health facilities for the people related to the Corona epidemic, lit the spark of resistance at it’s optimum magnitude. The venue literally resembled the convocation of a huge army battalion making the impact f a Tsunami.It was a spectacle for anyone to witness[Read More…]

by 01/06/2021 0 comments India
Flag hoisted in village Garacho by ZPSC celebrating victory over winning land rights.

Dalit assertion in Punjab

Spark of Resistance ignited by dalit agricultural labourers led by Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee shimmers at a crescendo to engulf many a village in Punjab to score heroic victories  The flag of the Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee in recent weeks is heroically fluttering in many villages of Punjab in Sangrur-Patiala region after the implementation of the land distribution of the[Read More…]

by 31/05/2021 0 comments India
Revoke proposal to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel plant

Revoke proposal to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel plant

  To Shri Narendra D Modi Prime Minister Dear Shri Modiji, I enclose here copies of my letter dated 26-2-2021 addressed to your office and my letter dated 28-2-2021 addressed to the Finance Minister, expressing my concerns about the proposed divestment of government stake in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) in favour of a foreign company, POSCO and another private company,[Read More…]

by 31/05/2021 0 comments India
To Save Trees, Villages and Tiger Reserve, Consider Small-Scale , Low-Cost Solutions in Bundelkhand

To Save Trees, Villages and Tiger Reserve, Consider Small-Scale , Low-Cost Solutions in Bundelkhand

            The debate has intensified on whether nearly 2 million trees which are threatened by the Ken Betwa Link project in Bundelkhand region can be saved. In order to consider options, let us first remember that the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court of India had presented a strong critique of several aspects of this very expensive project, now[Read More…]

by 31/05/2021 0 comments India
Narendra Modi’s seven years in power, and what it means for India and the rest of the world

Narendra Modi’s seven years in power, and what it means for India and the rest of the world

This month marks seven years of Modi in power. Narendra Modi first got elected as Prime Minister of India in May 2014. His right wing Hindu nationalist BJP has turned what has otherwise been known as the “world’s largest democracy” into an intolerant Hindu theocracy. Attacks on religious minorities, particularly Muslims and political dissidents, have grown under him since then.[Read More…]

by 30/05/2021 0 comments India
Oh; The  creator of the volcano, Thy name is Parul Khakkar

Oh; The  creator of the volcano, Thy name is Parul Khakkar

    Probably; this is for the first time, in the literary or for that matter, in the cultural history of India, that a fourteen-line poem has created, so much stir, that people are calling it, a volcano. I call the poem volcano, because very often volcanoes erupt without any history and without any prior symptoms as at the time of[Read More…]

by 30/05/2021 0 comments India
Stone Mining and Crushing Units Need Reforms For Protecting Workers and Environment

Stone Mining and Crushing Units Need Reforms For Protecting Workers and Environment

The most widespread mining in India relates to  mining and quarrying of various kinds of stone aimed at supplying stone to construction sector. Since this is widely scattered in the country and is frequently in the informal sector, complete and reliable records are difficult to obtain but clearly it is very widespread and despite some legal restrictions placed from time[Read More…]

by 30/05/2021 0 comments India
How India Can  Save Two Million Crore Rs. and Four Million Trees in Difficult Times

How India Can  Save Two Million Crore Rs. and Four Million Trees in Difficult Times

It is widely agreed that  any family should face the challenge of difficult times by  first of all curbing all wasteful expenditure. This also applies to nations, or at least all nations who choose to act wisely. India is currently passing through very difficult economic times. Hence, acting wisely, it is important to explore all possibilities of curbing all wasteful[Read More…]

by 30/05/2021 0 comments India
The Hindutva icon of the RSS-BJP rulers of India submitted not 1, 2, 3 but 5 Mercy Petitions to the British masters!

The Hindutva icon of the RSS-BJP rulers of India submitted not 1, 2, 3 but 5 Mercy Petitions to the British masters!

READ THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE MERCY PETITIONS OF 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[Read More…]

by 29/05/2021 0 comments India
COVID19: Dwindling Supply of Vaccines and Rising Cost

COVID19: Dwindling Supply of Vaccines and Rising Cost

Click on the image for a larger version Graphic artist: Madhushree Data: B.Sivaraman GET COUNTERCURRENTS DAILY NEWSLETTER STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX  

by 29/05/2021 0 comments India
Reciprocal nemeses : the Himanta-Akhil equation

Reciprocal nemeses : the Himanta-Akhil equation

In a scene in the Dark Knight, Batman asks Joker: “Then why do you want to kill me?” , to which Joker laughs and says, “I don’t want to kill you…what would I do without you? You complete me”. The Batman-Joker equation is toxically symbiotic. One completes the other, though they hate each other profoundly. They are the forever reciprocal[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
People of Lakshadweep are in panic

People of Lakshadweep are in panic

IMAGE: Lakshadweep Administrator Praful K Patel, right, with Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi. Photograph: Kind courtesy @prafulkpatel/Twitter Praful K Patel , a hardcore RSS man, was appointed as the Administrator of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, where 99 per cent inhabitants are Muslims, in December 2020. He was allegedly given the task of “communalizing the island as soon as possible.”[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
Letter to the Prime Minister: Lack of Transparency in Governance

Letter to the Prime Minister: Lack of Transparency in Governance

To Shri Narendra D Modi Prime Minister Subject:- Transparency in governance- Recent instances of extending the tenure of senior civil servants run counter to norms of good governance Dear Shri Modi, The website of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) rightly emphasises the need for transparency in governance in the following words. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi firmly believes that transparency and[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
Puzzling costs of COVID-19 vaccines in India

Puzzling costs of COVID-19 vaccines in India

Written by Dr Saru Gupta and Dr Leenus Tafline A ferocious second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on cities and towns of India, bringing the country’s crippled healthcare system to its knees. The unexpected surge in cases has underscored the importance of vaccinations, but amidst vaccine skepticism and inadequacy, people are perplexed about the costs.  Moreover, the[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
Bengal elections: Have communal forces been defeated?

Bengal elections: Have communal forces been defeated?

After Mamata Banerjee’s win in the elections in Bengal, a spate of celebratory articles has appeared all over the liberal media saying such things like Bengal rejects communal politics, rejects politics of hate, rejects Hindutva, etc. On the basis of the election, Shoaib Danyal shows his on-ground journalistic skills by discovering that ‘Bengal is, as famously described by political scientist[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 3

Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 3

In this part, we analyse the allocations made in the Budget for education and health, from a people’s perspective. Budget and Education Education is fundamental to human as well as societal development. Which is why in all developed countries, governments have taken the responsibility of providing Free, Equitable and Good Quality school education to All their children (the private sector[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
Not PM Cares, NDRF: That’s the fund with transparency

Not PM Cares, NDRF: That’s the fund with transparency

The PM Cares (Prime Minister Citizens Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund, set up in March 2020 ostensibly to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, is being widely publicized. Even private banks can now collect funds for PM Cares, and many of them have been reminding their customers that they are now authorized to collect such funds.[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
Tiny Dots on the Map for You, but Home for Me

Tiny Dots on the Map for You, but Home for Me

A group of people that has learnt to endure any suppression because of their confinements to be able to resist it resides in the islands of Lakshadweep. Their life experiences and limitations had moulded them into fascinating beings, cultivating an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion in their hearts. Their resistance comes not from absolute power, but utter powerlessness. The momentum[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Kerala Model of Development  Deserves as Much Attention For Its Limitations as For Its Real Achievements

Kerala Model of Development  Deserves as Much Attention For Its Limitations as For Its Real Achievements

The Kerala Model of Development (KMD) is often the object of much admiration in development debates in India , and for good reason. A state which has been in the forefront of literacy and educational achievements, in libraries and promotion of  literature obviously deserves a lot of credit. A state which achieves much lower child and infant mortality rate, based[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
BKU(Ugrhan) burning Modi effigy at Tikri border

After Six Months of Non-Violent Struggle, Farmers in India Should Move Towards Agro-Ecology and Broader Unity

On May 26 farmers in India observed the completion of six months of their protest dharna (sit-in) at Delhi borders. This was observed as a protest day against the union ( central) government, symbolized by waving of black flags, as the government has all through refused to accept their main demand of taking back three highly controversial farm laws of[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Cyclone Yaas is Another Reminder of The Urgent Need for Coming Together to Face Difficult Times

Cyclone Yaas is Another Reminder of The Urgent Need for Coming Together to Face Difficult Times

One cyclone coming soon after another and that too in pandemic times need not and should not lead to a sense of helplessness. The country has  the capacity to overcome bigger challenges, and this has been revealed several times in the middle of great difficulties. In a more specific context,  frontline coastal states like Odisha and West Bengal have shown[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

Covid2019: Biosafety challenges in India

Bio contamination from labs is a serious concern that can have social, economic, political and environmental implications. Sometimes, irreversible ecological contamination is a given consequence. Health Canada reports that world-wide until 1999 over 5,000 cases of accidental laboratory infections and 190 deaths[1] have been recorded. These reports are the tip of the iceberg and point to the clear dangers and[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Hey Modi, if you really care for Buddha then listen to the farmers and start respecting science

Hey Modi, if you really care for Buddha then listen to the farmers and start respecting science

This year’s birth anniversary of Lord Buddha coincides with six months of the ongoing farmers’ agitation in India. On May 26, when the Indian farmers observed black day to make the deaf government hear their demands, the prime minister of the country was lecturing the people on the philosophy of Buddhism. The farmers in India have been struggling for the[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Protest at Pakora Chowk on May 26th at Tikri Border by BKU(Uhrahan)

Six Months of Farmers’ Protest At Delhi Border

There could hardly have been a better celebration of six months of the Delhi farmers protest at Tikri border in Delhi completed today, with the flag of liberation shimmering at a crescendo, on the call for a bandh of Samyukti Kisan Morcha.An impact of an inferno or intensity of coal burning in a furnace was displayed at Tikri border by[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Andhra CM asks PM Modi to halt Covid-19 vaccine supply to pvt hospitals; it is “socially unacceptable”

Andhra CM asks PM Modi to halt Covid-19 vaccine supply to pvt hospitals; it is “socially unacceptable”

Taking a critical view of the Centre’s present Covid-19 vaccination policy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on May 22 Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to halt supply of vaccines to private hospitals. In a two-page letter to Modi,  Reddy requested that the entire available stock of Covid-19 vaccine to be made available only to the[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Bail to Raju exposes incredible ‘credibility’ of AP … and ‘timidity’

Bail to Raju exposes incredible ‘credibility’ of AP … and ‘timidity’

Raju did indulge in dirty and divisive politics, but being rich and powerful, in the high profile case, he managed to get bail that is denied to many others, due to “timidity”… There is a huge debate in media including TV, print and social media platforms about achievement of bail order to Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Raghurama Krishnam[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
An Appeal For Lakshadweep

An Appeal For Lakshadweep

  His Excellency The Governor of Kerala Kerala Raj Bhavan Vellayambalam Thiruvananthapuram   Sub: AN APPEAL FOR THE PEOPLE OF U.T OF LAKSHADWEEP Sir, We are a group of concerned citizens living in Thiruvananthapuram who have been shocked since a few days with  news about the happenings in the U.T of Lakshadweep that will affect the life and livelihood of[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments India
Open Letter to the 74th World Health Assembly

Open Letter to the 74th World Health Assembly

Civil Society from India seeks global support towards systemic changes in India and rest of the world committed to public health, social equity and justice in the times of COVID-19 As the country delegations gather to discuss the agenda prepared by the World Health Organization’s Executive Board at the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), we, concerned citizens of India belonging[Read More…]

by 26/05/2021 0 comments India
CDRO Supports Farmers Call To Observe Black Day On 26th May

CDRO Supports Farmers Call To Observe Black Day On 26th May

CDRO SUPPORTS FARMERS CALL TO OBSERVE BLACK DAY ON 26th MAY CDRO stands in solidarity with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s call for observing 26th May 2021 as a Black Day. The second half of 2020 saw protests against the Farm Bills passed by the BJP-led government. It is now well-known that the central government had refused to pay due attention[Read More…]

Why inspite of 54 years since Naxalbari uprising today the party and revolutionary movement remains splintered

Why inspite of 54 years since Naxalbari uprising today the party and revolutionary movement remains splintered

In spite of 54 years since the epic naxalbari uprising and formation of the CPI (ML) the movement is hardly moving in the direction to re-organise the party. A series of conflicting and opportunist trends and theoretical weaknesses are crippling the development of an organised movement. This is disheartening when fascism of the Hindutva variety has reached a height as[Read More…]

by 25/05/2021 0 comments India
Will IMA take the fight against Ramdev’s irresponsible utterings to the court

Will IMA take the fight against Ramdev’s irresponsible utterings to the court

Mr Ram Kishan Yadav or Ramdev is a product of grand Hindutva package that work through raising ‘cultural’ issues. He reached Indian houses and outside through Yoga. As we wait for miracles in India, Ramdev came as a ‘miracle’ man. All those who dont want to put their bodies to trouble felt that Ramdev’s miracles are boon for them. The[Read More…]

by 25/05/2021 0 comments India
Covid 19 Management and Scientific Temper

Covid 19 Management and Scientific Temper

With the outbreak of Covid 19, one of the earliest claims for its treatment came from Baba Ramdev. Baba Ramdev is the leading Baba who is also close to the ruling dispensation. He began becoming popular with his Yoga exercises and later took up the manufacture of medicines etc. including cow products. He has come to stand in the row[Read More…]

by 25/05/2021 0 comments India
Lakshadweep: When the Gujarat Model steamrolls an island paradise

Lakshadweep: When the Gujarat Model steamrolls an island paradise

Praful Khoda Patel, a BJP leader who formerly served as Home Minister under Narendra Modi during the latter’s term as Gujarat Chief Minister, has had a controversial track record ever since he was appointed the Administrator of Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu in 2016. Allegations against him include an attempt to influence Kannan Gopinathan,[Read More…]

by 25/05/2021 0 comments India
Corona Pandemic and Civil Society

Corona Pandemic and Civil Society

Corona pandemic is spreading and intensifying in India, in this year. Last year, despite fears, people did not feel the problem as much as now. In March, 2020, lockdown was justified citing the dismal health infrastructure in India. With images of individuals falling in the streets of China, Spain and Italy haunting, there was an expectation that situation in India[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 0 comments India
Cyclone Threat Is Increasing, and We Must Be Better Prepared

Cyclone Threat Is Increasing, and We Must Be Better Prepared

We are still in the middle of recovering from Cyclone Tauktae on the western side of our long coast, even the rescue effort is still continuing at the time of writing, and now we have to also prepare for meeting the challenge of Cyclone Yaas on the eastern side. This is just one reflection, a dramatic one, of the wider[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 0 comments India
Cooperative Federalism—Rhetoric and Reality

Cooperative Federalism—Rhetoric and Reality

The importance of cooperative federalism has  been widely recognized in India in the interests of justice, democracy and national integration. Unfortunately, however, in recent times not all has been well in the context of the principles and the spirit of cooperative federalism being followed at the level of the union government, and it is certainly very much in the larger[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 0 comments India
Covid positive cases rising in Dongaria and Bonda hills of Odisha

Covid positive cases rising in Dongaria and Bonda hills of Odisha

Activists wrote to the Chief Minister of Odisha to intervene immediately To, The Chief Minister Bhubaneswar, Odisha Subject: In the matter of immediate intervention into the issue of spread of Covid among Dongrias in Niyamgiri and Bondas in Malkangiri Hon’ble Mr Chief Minister, It is with great concern we write to you about the recent surge of Covid +ve cases[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 0 comments India
Global Indians and the Problem of a Singular National Identification

Global Indians and the Problem of a Singular National Identification

Diasporic communities are marked by the constant renegotiation of their identities, pertaining to how they represent themselves in the hostland, correlated with how they are represented in their homeland. The identification of the Indian diaspora with a singular Indian identity is ridden with complexities. Furthermore, given the translocal and transnational articulation of community identities in the age of globalisation, the[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 0 comments India
COVID 19 claims two journalists who tried to make the Indian state accountable for 1984 tragedies

COVID 19 claims two journalists who tried to make the Indian state accountable for 1984 tragedies

The year 1984 saw two major catastrophes in the world’s so called largest democracy; first a brutal massacre of one single community, and then the biggest industrial disaster of its time, thus turning George Orwell’s imaginative year of totalitarianism into reality. In the first week of November, 1984 thousands of Sikhs were slaughtered across India after the assassination of then-Prime[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 0 comments India
How should we re-imagine a Nava Keralam?

How should we re-imagine a Nava Keralam?

On May 19th, the Indian Express carried an Op-Ed by Dr. Thomas Isaac, who was Kerala’s Finance Minister in the previous Cabinet, where he presents what may be understood as the core of the Nava Keralam or New Kerala Model: “Kerala is on a course to create an economy that ensures high growth and equity.” On the ground, it is[Read More…]

by 23/05/2021 0 comments India
Cooperative Federalism to “Competitive” Cooperative Federalism, The case of Covid vaccination – Who gains? Who loses?

Cooperative Federalism to “Competitive” Cooperative Federalism, The case of Covid vaccination – Who gains? Who loses?

“However good a Constitution may be, it is sure to turn out bad because those who are called to work it, happen to be a bad lot. However bad a Constitution may be, it may turn out to be good if those who are called to work it, happen to be a good lot “ “A serious complaint is made[Read More…]

by 23/05/2021 0 comments India
A Brief History of India’s Vaccination Drive, rather the Lack of it!

A Brief History of India’s Vaccination Drive, rather the Lack of it!

From the beginning of the COVID time it was apparent, that the only sustainable check would be vaccine induced protection. Unfortunately the GOI bungled big time, as demonstrated in the following timeline of events. No orders were placed with any of the companies who had demonstrable results in Phase 1 & 2 trials by August ’20. Instead the ICMR partnered[Read More…]

by 23/05/2021 0 comments India
Whether all Indians will get vaccinated? When?

Whether all Indians will get vaccinated? When?

There is a very wide supply-demand gap, from a market perspective… Even if we secure necessary stocks of vaccine in near future, its cost and affordability will be real challenges.      We have a wonderful government which strangely thinks only SII and BB would produce and ignore several PSU and private vaccine makers in India.  ‘Vasudhaivaka Kutumbakam’ is yet another Sanskrit[Read More…]

by 23/05/2021 0 comments India
Overemphasis on High Speed May Be More of A Bane Than A Blessing

Overemphasis on High Speed May Be More of A Bane Than A Blessing

India is the middle of implementing its Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train Project which is the first bullet train project for India. It has been delayed due to land-acquisition problems and may miss the projected deadline for completion in 2023. Many farmers and others are not keen to part  with their land for a project which does not appear to be in[Read More…]

by 23/05/2021 0 comments India
Covid Today, Vaccines Tomorrow

Covid Today, Vaccines Tomorrow

Written by Harshavardhan Purandare and Sandeep Pandey India has been advertised as ‘the country with a great future’ ever since we globalised in the ‘90s, but now this narrative of the future has become empty rhetoric to hide our weaknesses. At present, we paint a pathetic picture of ourselves. As Covid 19 second wave reaches the marginalised sections of our[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments India
Is India A Fascist State Like Germany or Italy Earlier or Turning Into One?

Is India A Fascist State Like Germany or Italy Earlier or Turning Into One?

India is not a fully-fledged fascist state or on the verge of turning into one like Hitler’s Germany, but proto-fascist. Even if turning into a fascist state it will have it’ s unique characteristics AUTOCRATIC NATURE OF INDIAN STATE A strongly concurring debate today is on the emergence of fascism in India as a full fledged phenomena or semi-fascist or[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments India
Courtesy : DOMINIC XAVIER / Rediff.com

NHRC issues Advisory to the Centre and States to ensure dignity and the rights of the dead

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, India, keeping in view the large number of deaths and reports in the media about the mismanagement /mishandling of Covid-19 affected dead bodies today issued an Advisory to the Centre and States for protecting the dignity and the rights of the dead. This is the second as part of 2.0 series of Advisories that[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments India
116 Ex-bureaucrats write to PM Modi on Covid handling

116 Ex-bureaucrats write to PM Modi on Covid handling

They demanded: Stop Central Vista project, give free doses to all “What numbs our senses daily is not just the cries of the citizenry for medical assistance and the death toll in its thousands but the manifestly casual attitude of your government to the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for the mental and physical health of the community[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021–22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 2

Budget 2021–22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 2

Overestimating tax revenue and budgetary outlay There was always some discrepancy between budget estimates (BE), revised estimates (RE) and actuals (A)[1] over the years—as is to be expected—but such differences were relatively minor. Over the last few years, the Modi Government has indulged in dressing up of the budget figures, because of which these differences have become so vast that[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 0 comments India
India seeks International Aid…

India seeks International Aid…

The second outbreak of corona catastrophe in our country is leading to the most tragic consequences. According to official statistics, 4.5 lakh new cases are diagnosed daily and about 4,000 deaths occur per day. All  deaths cannot be graded as inevitable. The disease is not as deadly as it appears. These deaths are caused by the failure of our system[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 1 comment India
Better Planning for Roads Will Help Himalayan People and Environment

Better Planning for Roads Will Help Himalayan People and Environment

Roads have a very important role in Himalayan region and , adding together the state and union budgets, the budgetary allocations are also significant. However there are  costly distortions in planning for roads. On the one hand we see an escalating craze for over-constructed highways and on the other hand we have  a glaring shortage of essential roads in some[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 0 comments India
Why Deprivation Levels May Be Getting Extremely Serious in India

Why Deprivation Levels May Be Getting Extremely Serious in India

Eminent economist Jean Dreze recently stated in an  interview to  PTI that India might be heading towards a serious livelihood crisis as the situation seems to be worse this time for the working class amid the COVID crisis and local restrictions by states already add up to something close to a nationwide lockdown. A related aspect is that in terms[Read More…]

by 20/05/2021 0 comments India
The Coronavirus as “Adrashya dushman” — an invisible enemy?

The Coronavirus as “Adrashya dushman” — an invisible enemy?

Speaking to farmers on May 14, 2021 Prime Minister Modi called the corona virus, an ‘adrashya dushman”, meaning an invisible enemy. He continued with the war symbolism when he added that preparations are being undertaken on war footing to confront the virus and that the three services — air force, navy and army are fully committed to combating it. The[Read More…]

by 20/05/2021 1 comment India
 Microsoft vs Indian Farmers: Agri-Stacking the System

 Microsoft vs Indian Farmers: Agri-Stacking the System

In April, the Indian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, allowing its local partner CropData to leverage a master database of farmers. The MoU seems to be part of the AgriStack policy initiative, which involves the roll out of ‘disruptive’ technologies and digital databases in the agricultural sector. Based on press reports and government statements, Microsoft would[Read More…]

by 20/05/2021 0 comments India
Remote Himalayan Villages Need More Care

Remote Himalayan Villages Need More Care

Several reports have been appearing from time to time which indicate increasing distress and problems in  many remote Himalayan villages. To some extent this is a reflection of increasing problems related to climate change and ecological ruin in the greater part of the Himalayan-Hindukush region, but in addition there are the added problems of living in more remote areas and[Read More…]

by 20/05/2021 0 comments India
Higher Education in Jammu and Kashmir – abuses and malpractices!

Higher Education in Jammu and Kashmir – abuses and malpractices!

Written by Dr. Aadil M. Nanda and Dr. Rafi Ramzan Dar Gone are the days when our educated youth were viewed as a potential human resource waiting to be tapped. In the days of yore, they were role models for guiding the nature of social change in terms of their capability to socialize society in its moral, cultural and intellectual dimensions. Nowadays, educational[Read More…]

by 20/05/2021 0 comments India
Photo: PTI

Pandemic setting gender footprint in the health delivery system: a case of Jharkhand

Recurrent waves of pandemic has undoubtedly challenged the tenacity of public health system of India, over stretching the meaning of community health workers and bringing them to forefront of discourse. Where 66% of India is still rural, struggling to have one allopathic doctor in a population of 10, 926 people as against the recommendation of WHO to have 1 in[Read More…]

by 19/05/2021 0 comments India
Contagion and our Constitution – Pandemic and Preamble

Contagion and our Constitution – Pandemic and Preamble

The architect of our constitution felt that it is workable, flexible and strong enough to hold the country together both in peace and war time. If in recent times we have Covid-warriors and Covid war-rooms that mean we are indeed at war. The Preamble indicates the basic structure of the Indian constitution which cannot be changed in any case or[Read More…]

by 19/05/2021 0 comments India
How Hindutva works?

How Hindutva works?

In recent years, the Hindutva politics has caused long term damage to India and Indians. The so called 56-inch macho PM, the propaganda master manufactures and survives all political crisis including the current mismanagement of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. In spite of deaths and destitutions, the social, cultural, economic and religious base of Hindutva is intact. There are only[Read More…]

by 19/05/2021 0 comments India
Review NPR-NRC

Review NPR-NRC

Illegal migrants living inside India is a worrying, long-standing reality dating back to the 1950s. This is so especially in several border states. Over decades, successive governments of different political persuasions at centre have amended the Citizenship legislation several times, but have only complicated, not helped to resolve if not solve, the issue. Together, the centre and states have failed[Read More…]

by 19/05/2021 0 comments India
Tale of two health ministers: One succeed despite failures while other failed despite success

Tale of two health ministers: One succeed despite failures while other failed despite success

India’s political culture is deeply disappointing and depressing. Even those who wish to counter the BJP and Hindutva suffer from the same mind set and sometimes worse. After ‘building’ a brand, we sideline some to create our own monopolies. A few days back, Kerala lost one of its greatest left leaders K K Gauri Amma who should have been the[Read More…]

by 19/05/2021 0 comments India
Tragic miscalculations based on a false premise

Tragic miscalculations based on a false premise

Health expert Srinath Reddy on India’s unpreparedness for the second wave, the danger of variant B.1.617, and waiving patents on life-saving medicines India’s second Covid-19 wave has been particularly vicious. On Monday, 366,161 new infections and 3,754 deaths were reported by the health ministry. We’ve seen hospitals run out of oxygen and beds, morgues and crematoria overflow, and bodies washed[Read More…]

by 18/05/2021 0 comments India
Teachers at Crossroads during COVID-19 Pandemic in India

Teachers at Crossroads during COVID-19 Pandemic in India

During the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, deaths of teachers got a huge media attention especially at the intersecting period of April-May 2021. The deaths of several hundred school teachers in Uttar Pradesh and the demise of professors at considerable rate in universities especially in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Delhi University (DU) highlighted in both print and are[Read More…]

by 18/05/2021 0 comments India
Does the government want to save oxygen or save lives?

Does the government want to save oxygen or save lives?

Oxygen ‘audit’ and rationing is taking lives; anesthesiologists say planning adequate buffer stocks is the only way A string of recent directives, from the central government to states, and from states to government and private hospitals are emphasising on oxygen audits and rationing to ‘prevent wastage,’ as a strategy to ease the oxygen crisis in the country in treatment of[Read More…]

by 17/05/2021 1 comment India
Role of Psychological Capital in Fostering Well-Being among Students in the Age of COVID-19

Role of Psychological Capital in Fostering Well-Being among Students in the Age of COVID-19

Health is a precious asset. The World Health Organization identifies health as a state of total physical, mental, and social well-being, rather than simply the absence of disease. It also claims that there can be no true physical health without mental health. A person with good mental health is aware of their abilities, can cope with life’s normal stresses, can[Read More…]

by 16/05/2021 0 comments India
Crowded Vaccination Centers And Overcrowding At Curfew Relaxation Hours

Crowded Vaccination Centers And Overcrowding At Curfew Relaxation Hours

Turbulent times- that’s where we are living in! It almost feels like a flight leading to neverland that has been in turbulence since December 2019 and all of us are confused passengers in it. While 2021 has ‘brought in a fresh ray of hope’ as the government of India announcement that has been automatically set as everyone’s caller-tune by default[Read More…]

by 16/05/2021 0 comments India
The Flame Of Farmers Resistance Continues To Shine At Tikri Border

The Flame Of Farmers Resistance Continues To Shine At Tikri Border

On the Tikri border the water continues to simmer at a boiling point with magnitude of intensity of agitators never decreasing. With surgical skill the mass leaders and activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union(Ugrahan) enable the flag of resistance to flutter. Below I am submitting four  reports which perfectly illustrate the sheer power of the farmers resistance, like call continuously[Read More…]

by 15/05/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People?: Part I

Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People?: Part I

Despite all the manipulations done by the Modi Government with the GDP figures, the economic slowdown has been so persistent that now, finally, the official figures also admit that economy began slowing down before the pandemic. GDP Growth Rate Till 2019, just before the elections, Modi and the then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed that India is the fastest growing[Read More…]

by 15/05/2021 0 comments India
Situating the deaths of serving professors of AMU during Covid-19 pandemic in larger contexts and raising the questions that we need to raise

Situating the deaths of serving professors of AMU during Covid-19 pandemic in larger contexts and raising the questions that we need to raise

Could we know the exact or even approximate number of deaths caused due to Covid-19 and related symptoms which took place in last one month in Uttar Pradesh and which continue to take place every day? Perhaps never! Although the social and print media is full of stories, images, videos and narratives related to huge number of deaths taking place[Read More…]

by 15/05/2021 3 comments India
Lost in nuance: A reply to R Jagannathan’s editorial in The Times of India

Lost in nuance: A reply to R Jagannathan’s editorial in The Times of India

For a very long time now, we have been hearing people declare that we should do things ‘according to our national characteristics’. From Bankim Chatterjee to Partha Chatterjee, the chatter has not changed much. There are two kinds of people who make this argument at present: the patriots and the great intellectuals who make tours of other countries. While using[Read More…]

by 14/05/2021 0 comments India
Coming of Spring

Coming of Spring

In times of doubt and despair, remind yourself of a line from Pablo Neruda: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming”. The government has done everything to cut all communications. The roads have been blocked; trenches have been dug to prevent tractors from entering the city; beds of sharp nails have been laid out[Read More…]

by 14/05/2021 0 comments India
COVID Crisis: Be Scientific,  Convalescence Is No Answer

COVID Crisis: Be Scientific,  Convalescence Is No Answer

  It is well known that Covid pandemic is caused by a novel virus (SARS-CoV-2), Its variants and mutated forms which did not exist earlier. It is natural not to have drugs that would prevent or eradicate this new virus! But if lakhs of people are getting infected, and suffering to the tune of thousands of deaths, the medical profession[Read More…]

by 14/05/2021 3 comments India
RSS’ Positivity

RSS’ Positivity

No one is malicious and mean enough to believe that Modi has knowingly caused the death of lacs and disease to millions. He has done his best to prevent them but failed. He failed because his priorities were wrong and he lacked far-sightedness. He took no step in time to prevent the infected to enter the country and spread the[Read More…]

by 14/05/2021 0 comments India
Courtesy: Dominic Xavier of Rediff.com.

Political Economy Of Modi Government’s Vaccination Policy

Modi on April 19 announced “liberalised vaccine pricing” policy. “Private vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price.” This is part-2 of a two-part article, dealing with Politics And Economics of the Vaccine policy. Covid-19 Vaccines: Politics And Economics Of The IPR Waiver Ploy –Part 1 was published on May 11: https://countercurrents.org/2021/05/covid-19-vaccines-politics-and-economics-of-the-ipr-waiver-ploy/ ***                            *** The Essence of Vaccine Policy[Read More…]

by 13/05/2021 2 comments India
Don’t accept charity from Coca Cola, take over plant: Ecologist Faizi writes to Kerala CM

Don’t accept charity from Coca Cola, take over plant: Ecologist Faizi writes to Kerala CM

The Coca Cola bottling unit in Plachimada, Palakkad, lying unused since 2004, will soon be converted into a Covid care centre. Ecologist Dr S Faizi, who served as an expert member on the high powered committee set up by the state in 2009 to study the impact of the bottling plant on the local ecology and community, on Wednesday wrote[Read More…]

by 13/05/2021 0 comments India
‘Positivity Unlimited’ or Total Incompetence?

‘Positivity Unlimited’ or Total Incompetence?

  When Rome was burning, Emperor Nero was playing violin—it is said. What a coincidence! When India was suffering from Covid-19 our Prime Minister was busy playing with a peacock and photo-shooting for an advertisement film! When India is reeling under second and more dangerous wave of corona, the numbers of people affected and killed by the deadly virus are[Read More…]

by 13/05/2021 0 comments India
Need For Invocation Of Emergency Powers Under The Patents Act

Need For Invocation Of Emergency Powers Under The Patents Act

   Vaccination is the only solution to mitigate the ferocity of Covid-19. If we continue the present pace of vaccination, experts say that it would take many years to administer vaccine to all. The statistics released by the government disclose that we are unable to proceed with the vaccination due to the shortage of production of vaccine. Two vaccines Covishield[Read More…]

by 13/05/2021 0 comments India
Wish Congress Had Displayed Some Imagination In Assam

Wish Congress Had Displayed Some Imagination In Assam

Written by Sandeep Pandey and Divesh Ranjan In the recently concluded elections in Assam, it turns out that if the votes of Mahajot alliance led by Congress Party and the alliance of Assam Jatiya Parishad and Raijor Dal are combined then they would have been in a position to prevent Bhartiya Janata Party from forming a government in Assam. If[Read More…]

by 13/05/2021 0 comments India
Elections 2021: Mixed bag for Future of Indian Democracy

Elections 2021: Mixed bag for Future of Indian Democracy

Four states and a Union territory saw the elections in 2021. Despite the dangerous Corona wave the elections were held in a way which suited the ruling dispensation at centre. While West Bengal (WB) results were most awaited and later welcomed for different reasons, BJP also made some gains particularly in Assam and Pudduchery. Even in WB its voting percentage[Read More…]

by 12/05/2021 0 comments India
The Horror that is India

The Horror that is India

Why Is the Ruling Establishment Simply Incapable of Responding Any Other Way to the Pandemic? On the morning of 27th April I got a phone call from the youngest son of a trade union veteran of Kanpur, that everyone in his large household has been down with COVID-19 (henceforth Covid)-like symptoms. Though the condition of others was stable, his father’s oxygen[Read More…]

by 12/05/2021 0 comments India
Illustration by DOMINIC XAVIER / Rediff.com

Election Commission And Its Role As Covid Superspreader

The Madras HC reminded the Election Commission  that it was the “the most irresponsible institution” and even said its officials may be booked under murder charges…Causing death by negligence or recklessness by refusing to see the killer virus is murder strictly as per the definition in IPC. Please read Sections 299 and 300 of Indian Penal Code which is working[Read More…]

by 12/05/2021 0 comments India
Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

WHO Declares Covid Mutation Found in India a ‘Variant of Concern’ for Global Health

The World Health Organization on Monday classified a coronavirus mutation first detected in India as a “variant of concern” for global health, warning that it appears to be more contagious than other strains. Experts believe the variant, formally known as B.1.617, could be a key driving force behind the devastating coronavirus surge in India, which has been reporting more than 300,000 new[Read More…]

by 11/05/2021 0 comments India
Mumbai is touted as model city for Covid treatment But it needs to do far better

Mumbai is touted as model city for Covid treatment But it needs to do far better

One does not see disturbing images of oxygen and bed shortage in Mumbai as are being seen from other cities during the Covid crisis. But he well-organised media hype over Mumbai’s handling of Covid is likely to give a very misleading picture to the outside world that all is well in the Metropolis.The picture is far from rosy. It is[Read More…]

by 11/05/2021 0 comments India
Aligarh Muslim University: Havoc And Hope Amidst Pandemic

Aligarh Muslim University: Havoc And Hope Amidst Pandemic

There is a general air of malaise at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Approximately 43 professors – both serving and retired – have lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The rate of deaths is dizzying – 18 serving teachers have died in merely 20 days. In addition, an undisclosed number of non-teaching staff have also died of the infection. Perturbed by these macabre conditions, Vice-Chancellor[Read More…]

by 11/05/2021 1 comment India
Commemorating  164th anniversary of India’s First War of Independence 1857     

Commemorating  164th anniversary of India’s First War of Independence 1857     

Criminal betrayal of the martyrs of India’s First War of Independence 1857 by the Indian rulers Now it is almost 170 years that people of this country; men, women, children belonging to all religions, regions and strata rose in revolt from Kashmir to Madras and Sylhet to the borders of Afghanistan. Today if Indians have forgotten about this glorious saga[Read More…]

by 11/05/2021 0 comments India
Migrant Labourers and Lockdowns

Migrant Labourers and Lockdowns

It is now painfully clear that the Government of India has been woefully underprepared for the second wave of COVID-19. The resulting misgovernance [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 9] is precipitating the announcement of partial or total lockdowns in various states to break the chain of infections.  Like last year, informal workers have been left to fend for themselves and among them migrant workers[Read More…]

by 10/05/2021 0 comments India
Governance Lost! Finder will be rewarded

Governance Lost! Finder will be rewarded

In early 2020, the Coronavirus took all countries by surprise, causing the first Covid storm (Covid-1). Even countries with a sound public health infrastructure struggled to manage the crisis arising from system overload. It was well understood world-over that the three rules of masking-distancing-hygiene were vital primary measures. Lockdowns were announced, and understood as only a means to check Covid[Read More…]

by 10/05/2021 0 comments India
Will the nation remember two lakh fifty thousand citizens who died due to Covid ?

Will the nation remember two lakh fifty thousand citizens who died due to Covid ?

The dance of death continues and it is extremely difficult to see people dying in pain without any dignity given to them even in death. Will India ever remember this holocaust which has not yet stopped even as we are nearing to two lakh fifty thousand deaths which is actually official figure but the real figure may be much higher.[Read More…]

by 10/05/2021 0 comments India
For Greater and Lasting Impact, the Farmers’ Movement Really Needs Some Higher Goals

For Greater and Lasting Impact, the Farmers’ Movement Really Needs Some Higher Goals

Counting from the day the dharna of farmers  started at Delhi borders, soon the movement will be completing six months or half a year. These are difficult days. Much of the work has to be done in exceptionally difficult conditions of the pandemic. There are several restrictions on mobilizations imposed by the authorities in pandemic times, and many normally sympathetic[Read More…]

by 10/05/2021 0 comments India
A national Covid Strategy, the Need of the Hour- Not Knee-jerk responses

A national Covid Strategy, the Need of the Hour- Not Knee-jerk responses

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister With the daily new Covid cases exceeding 4 lakhs and the daily number of deaths exceeding 4,000, with nationwide shortages in terms of ambulances, hospital beds, ICU facilities, ventilators, Oxygen and even cremation space, and in view of the nationwide shortage of vaccines, people are losing their patience, looking for immediate corrective steps[Read More…]

by 09/05/2021 1 comment India
We Need  To Breathe!

We Need  To Breathe!

It was a scene which will forever be etched in the memory of millions the world over: on May 25 2020, on a street in Minneapolis, US-  a white police officer Derek Chauvin, had his  knee pressed down on the neck of a black American  George Floyd. This continued for more than nine minutes. An  excruciating bystander video(which immediately went[Read More…]

by 09/05/2021 0 comments India
 Bengal was the sky the BJP tried to spit on

 Bengal was the sky the BJP tried to spit on

Some political commentators have wondered why the BJP made the Bengal elections such a big deal. Former minister Yashwant Sinha puts forth the opinion on the NDTV site that it was done to nip Mamata Banerji’s national ambitions in the bud. Others felt that it was a crucial event for Amit Shah to “cement his position as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s[Read More…]

by 08/05/2021 0 comments India
When death seeks finality this Covid season

When death seeks finality this Covid season

All media is filled with the news of death. All social media timelines are overwhelmed with accounts of suffering, pain and loss. Pictures of pyres burning that are splashed across front pages and captured by drones have developed the power to instantly dispatch across miles, to our very private corner, the smell of burning flesh caught in thick rolls of[Read More…]

by 08/05/2021 1 comment India
Understanding the electoral verdict 2021

Understanding the electoral verdict 2021

The results of five assembly elections are out. There was a lot at stake particularly for the ruling dispensation of RSS which made every effort to dislodge the West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee. Bengal was Amit Shah’s lab from where he wanted to show why he matters most for the BJP. As we all know, Amit Shah[Read More…]

by 08/05/2021 0 comments India
Are we heading towards the doom of a democracy or the herald of a new dawn?

Are we heading towards the doom of a democracy or the herald of a new dawn?

Both the Supreme Court and several High courts have upheld the view, time and again, that getting a quality public health service facility is a basic human right of every citizen. Despite of it, during this pandemic, the number of deaths is hiking in major cities of the country due to the non-availability of Oxygen; owing to this, the crematoriums[Read More…]

The surge and the Oxygen- Winners and the Losers

The surge and the Oxygen- Winners and the Losers

The concerned experts have been  suggesting an increase in the share of GDP for health for last many years. The advice  fell on the deaf ears of the government. Today we  are seeing the result of the callousness in not paying heed to the experts’ advice.  We are facing the consequences of that neglect. Some, of course are reaping the[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
Pandemic: Implications of RSS statement

Pandemic: Implications of RSS statement

The Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) tasted the allure of partial power during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government. It has now experienced seven years of complete power under the leadership of Narendra Modi. The RSS has been nurtured in the right armpit of the Congress. Hence, it had gained some experience of sharing power since the Independence. RSS had enough time[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
Women labourers plucking tea leaves at a plantation in Udalguri of Assam.

The Decadence of Regional Politics in Assam

With COVID cases swelling everyday and the declaration of the results of four poll-bound states and one Union territory, few questions have arisen in the present scenario of Assam’s politics. While speculations ablaze on who would take over the stewardship of the state, another question that needs to be addressed, is the position of the regional parties in the state.[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
CM Of Karnataka, Act Now Against Communalisation Of The Covid Crisis

CM Of Karnataka, Act Now Against Communalisation Of The Covid Crisis

Report of Press Conference held via Zoom on 6th May 2021, 3 pm Opening the press conference, Ms. Bhargavi Rao, Trustee of Environment Support Group noted “We have lost so many of our loved ones, not so much because of the virus as because of malgovernance.” She drew particular attention to the unnecessary deaths that happened in Gulbarga and Chamrajnagar due to the[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
Clampdown on social media is contempt of court

Clampdown on social media is contempt of court

The Supreme Court had rightly taken suo moto cognisance on 30th April of unruly attack on social media freedom from pro-ruling party forces. A tweet was calling out the difference in attitudes towards the Tablighi Jamaat event in 2020 and the Kumbh Mela. The Supreme Court gave a welcome direction on social media freedom. It ordered: “The Central Government and[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
Integrated View of All Dam and Hydro Projects in Himalayan Region is Needed

Integrated View of All Dam and Hydro Projects in Himalayan Region is Needed

There is generally a very strong tendency in terms of the appraisal of various projects including dam projects on a one-by-one basis. Hardly any effort is made to take an integrated view of the impacts of various projects in a region together, to look at their cumulative impact and inter-actions. This may prove to be a costly mistake particularly in[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
Breach of Fundamental Duties – Spread of Virus

Breach of Fundamental Duties – Spread of Virus

The World health organisation the health wing of United Nations has stipulated certain public health and social measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus. The measures were contemplated by WHO taking into account the levels of Covid-19 transmission. One of the major measures stipulated is to maintain social distancing and avoid congregations. There is an obligation on the State[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
Hindutva Fascism, Modi and Lies

Hindutva Fascism, Modi and Lies

Mr Narendra Modi and his RSS brethren are masters of fraudulent claims. There are long lists of lies spread by the RSS, BJP and all their IT cell workers. It is not a personality disorder or lying with fear.  Hindutva fascists are trained liars. Modi defended his government’s decision on demonetisation by arguing that ‘demonetisation’ is “an important step” in[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
Union home minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah during a road show for party candidates in Islampur, April 13, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@AmitShah/PTI

Electoral Reverses Should Convince  Union Government For Being More Responsive to Real Needs and Feelings of People

The BJP has recently suffered serious reverses in state assembly elections in W.Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and what may even more worrying for its leadership, even in critical segments of the rural decentralization or panchayati elections in its strongholds of Uttar Pradesh. This is further confirmation, if such confirmation was needed, that several recent decisions of the government have[Read More…]

by 07/05/2021 0 comments India
In Responding To COVID Crisis, Prioritise Human And Environmental Health, Learning Lessons From The First Wave

In Responding To COVID Crisis, Prioritise Human And Environmental Health, Learning Lessons From The First Wave

Statement by the Vikalp Sangam Core Group India is in the midst of a COVID emergency. The pandemic’s 2nd wave has exposed the abysmal state of its public health system and the poor quality and pace of response of central and state governments. While we recognise the herculean task that the public health system personnel have been performing for over[Read More…]

by 06/05/2021 0 comments India
The Second Wave of Covid: The role of the political leaders – Has self-interest superseded people’s welfare?

The Second Wave of Covid: The role of the political leaders – Has self-interest superseded people’s welfare?

While triumphantly launching the roll out of India-made vaccines on January 16, 2019, with a view to drive home his point of helping others selflessly, the Prime Minister quoted the following words of Gurajada Apparao, the eminent Telugu writer. “Sontha labham kontha manuko, porugu vadiki thodu padavoy. Desamante matti kadoyi, desamante manushuloy” The above verse, which was written more than[Read More…]

by 06/05/2021 0 comments India
India and the Second Wave of COVID-19: How the Modi Government Complacency Caused the Horror

India and the Second Wave of COVID-19: How the Modi Government Complacency Caused the Horror

Now that we all have seen someone close in a friend or family succumbing to fatalities of COVID-19. The chilling sight of the mass pyres burning in the crematorium, relatives waiting for hours outside the crematorium to give the last rite to their loved ones, the unattended dead bodies dumped like a pile of garbage in a truck and hospitals,[Read More…]

by 06/05/2021 0 comments India
Hartosh Singh Bal to be given the first Mooknayak journalism award

Hartosh Singh Bal to be given the first Mooknayak journalism award

On World Press Freedom day, Radical Desi has announced a new award for the daring journalists who have stood up for the oppressed and questioned the power. Named after the newspaper started by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar – an undisputed leader of the so-called untouchables in India – the Mooknayak journalism award will be given annually to exceptional media personalities. The[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 0 comments India
BJP Suffers Defeat in Strongholds Varanasi, Ayodhya and Mathura in Panchayat Elections

BJP Suffers Defeat in Strongholds Varanasi, Ayodhya and Mathura in Panchayat Elections

Soon after the reverses the BJP suffered in State Assembly elections in W.Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it has suffered humiliation in some of its strongest households in Ayodhya, Varanasi and Mathura in a phase of the rural decentralization( panchayati) elections in the electoral heartland of Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya has been the biggest centre of narrow religion-centered political mobilization of[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 1 comment India
Gadri Gulab Kaur Nagar stage was launched at Delhi's Tikri Border by the women wing of Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) on May3rd

Torch of farmers agitation in Delhi border continues to shimmer like a Prairie fire 

The tempo  of farmers movement continues at Tikri border  at similar pitch as before  with intensity of Coal in a blast furnace. A series of programmes have been launched by the Bharatiya Kisan Union)Ugrahan) commemorating the Ghadri  Mela through confronting the neo-fascist tyranny of the agricultural bills imposed by the BJP party. The rebellious spirit of farmers is intensifying in[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 0 comments India
 Migrant Workers Stranded Yet Again

 Migrant Workers Stranded Yet Again

As the death toll and positivity rate in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic stays alarmingly high, lockdowns and other restrictions have been instituted in many parts of the country. Even though an announcement of a nationwide lockdown has not been made, work has been severely disrupted with calls for further curtailment of non-essential economic activity.[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 0 comments India
Critical Comments on the Principal Scientific Advisor’s Interview

Critical Comments on the Principal Scientific Advisor’s Interview

On April 23, 2021 the Economic Times published a short interview with K Vijay Raghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India. It is my understanding that the Office of the PSA is tasked with advising the government on scientific matters. This interview, however, would lead one to think otherwise: when the PSA’s responses are not factually[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 1 comment India
COVID Disaster Is Transforming How India Handles Its Dead

COVID Disaster Is Transforming How India Handles Its Dead

In the past several weeks, the world has looked on in horror as the coronavirus rages across India. With hospitals running out of beds, oxygen, and medicines, the official daily death toll has averaged around 3,000. Many claim that number could be an undercount; crematoriums and cemeteries have run out of space. The majority of India’s population are Hindu, who[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 0 comments India
Decimation of an Empire: Understanding the Left Front’s Debacle in West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021

Decimation of an Empire: Understanding the Left Front’s Debacle in West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021

As the counting of the West Bengal Assembly elections progressed in the morning of 2nd May, it didn’t take much time for one to understand that the Sanjukta Morcha (United Front) was heading towards a debacle. At the end of the day, the Morcha managed to win only a single seat in Bhangar constituency that went in favour of Noushad[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 0 comments India
The Hindutva Cow Urine Cultural Nationalism And The Corona Crisis

The Hindutva Cow Urine Cultural Nationalism And The Corona Crisis

Ever Since the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine came to power in 2014 the deepest crisis it is facing is the Covid-19 dance of death. As of the end of April 2021 India has become the most Covid infected nation in the world and the prediction is that India will suffer the biggest human[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 1 comment India
Despite Giving Good Results, Cess-Based Welfare of Workers Faces Uncertain Future

Despite Giving Good Results, Cess-Based Welfare of Workers Faces Uncertain Future

The overwhelming majority of workers in India are employed in the  informal sector where legal provisions for social security and welfare of workers have been weak and governments have also been unwilling or unable to commit the resources that are necessary for this. In such a situation specific cesses which have been levied on activities relating to a particular activity[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 0 comments India
Tackling Corona: Think Local, Act Local

Tackling Corona: Think Local, Act Local

First of all, I want to salute the front line health workers who have done a heroic job and have risked their life. No words or compensation can ever adequately express our gratitude. In the last analysis the reward of having done a good job is to have done it! Capitalism and Corona We are not the first one to[Read More…]

by 05/05/2021 1 comment India
Battle for West Bengal: Mamata Lost but TMC Won, Modi-Shah Duo Humiliated, Left-Congress Washed Out

Battle for West Bengal: Mamata Lost but TMC Won, Modi-Shah Duo Humiliated, Left-Congress Washed Out

      An irony it may seem, but it is a fact. The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee—who successfully steered her party to power in West Bengal for the third time in a row—lost her battle at Nandigram by 1700 votes to her erstwhile lieutenant Shubhendu Adhikari who defected to the saffron party before the elections. The[Read More…]

by 03/05/2021 0 comments India
Make Movement Spaces Safe for Women!

Make Movement Spaces Safe for Women!

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) stands firmly and unconditionally with survivors from various movement spaces, who have come forward with their testimonies of sexual assault, harassment and other forms of interpersonal violence on social media from Trolley Times, Swaraj Abhiyan and SFS.  We are thankful to these survivors for finding the courage to share their traumatic experiences. Those[Read More…]

COVID-19 Pandemic India: Need A Citizens’ Justice Committee To Fix Responsibility

COVID-19 Pandemic India: Need A Citizens’ Justice Committee To Fix Responsibility

First the personal facts briefly: I obtained MBBS degree dated 15th February, 1975 from University of Delhi. Obtained Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics) degree dated 23rd March, 1979 from University of Delhi. Worked in Bihar in 1975 in the Small-pox Eradication Programme under the joint Govt. of India-WHO Project. Testimonial dated 6 February, 1975. Worked as Senior Research Fellow in an[Read More…]

by 03/05/2021 0 comments India
Construction Workers Denied Justice in Difficult Times

Construction Workers Denied Justice in Difficult Times

Construction work is perhaps the second most important source of livelihood in the country after farming related work. Construction workers have faced extremely difficult times for more than a year as livelihood opportunities have decreased steeply. Those who are migrants have faced even greater difficulties but even those who are relatively better settled in cities have faced big problems not[Read More…]

by 03/05/2021 0 comments India
Concern for Safety of Teachers Increases Following Large-Scale Deaths in Uttar Pradesh

Concern for Safety of Teachers Increases Following Large-Scale Deaths in Uttar Pradesh

In the middle of the serious conditions created by increasing Covid mortality, concerns over safety of teachers have increased following the allegations of deaths of  nearly 700 teachers made by an association of primary teachers in the state in the context of the teachers who were assigned  panchayat election duties. Government sources have denied that the election duty was  related[Read More…]

by 03/05/2021 0 comments India
Election Commission of India (ECI): The making and unmaking of its “reputation”

Election Commission of India (ECI): The making and unmaking of its “reputation”

As I write this article, results of the Assembly elections in the five States are trickling in, diverting the public attention from the tragedy that India is today, with Corona patients waiting in queues and dying helplessly in ambulances, unable to get hospital care, critical patients gasping for oxygen and breathing their last, the kith and the kin of the[Read More…]

by 02/05/2021 0 comments India
TMC Wins in Bengal, Left in Kerala, DMK in Tamil Nadu and BJP in Assam in the super spreader election

TMC Wins in Bengal, Left in Kerala, DMK in Tamil Nadu and BJP in Assam in the super spreader election

In the most anticipated election results in recent times, Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress (TMC) retained West Bengal, Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) led left front retained Kerala, Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (DMK) won Tamil Nadu while BJP won Assam and the union territory of Puduchery. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is leading in 215 of Bengal’s 294 seats and[Read More…]

by 02/05/2021 0 comments India
India covid tsunami

India covid tsunami

 “If you are lucky to get a bed in hospital, you have to buy an oxygen cylinder every eight hours to keep your patient alive. Then, you get the only dead body back”. A boy carrying the dead body of his mother in an auto-rickshaw tells the reporter in the Capital of India. “I spent seven days outside the hospital[Read More…]

by 02/05/2021 0 comments India
Pioneers of Hindu Nation in the 19-20th Century 

Pioneers of Hindu Nation in the 19-20th Century 

From Bengal: Bengal was the province where English had initial impact. The Bengalis were influenced by the British rule more than any other area of the country. The East India Company established its capital at Calcutta in 1773. The upper caste, the Bhadra Bengali people were attracted towards English culture and they were thinking that English education, English culture were[Read More…]

by 02/05/2021 0 comments India
Central and State Governments Must Compensate Some Loss To The Tourism Sector

Central and State Governments Must Compensate Some Loss To The Tourism Sector

In Uttarakhand several small establishments, eating houses, stay-homes, small hotels and shopkeepers selling various knick-knacks were waiting for the famous char dham season to begin in May. Many people had come from distant villages to set up shop or take jobs in establishments nearer to the pilgrimage paths. According to recent news reports, nearly 7 lakh hotel bookings had already[Read More…]

by 02/05/2021 0 comments India
The  Time Has Clearly Come to Reconsider the Irrational Curbs Placed on the Voluntary Sector

The  Time Has Clearly Come to Reconsider the Irrational Curbs Placed on the Voluntary Sector

The country is passing through extremely difficult times. As in the past, several NGOs and voluntary organizations  have come forward to provide important services. However there is a widespread feeling that voluntary organizations have themselves been so weakened in recent times that they are unable to give their best. This has happened largely because many curbs were placed on the[Read More…]

by 02/05/2021 0 comments India
Adequate Package of Relief Needed to Meet Food and  Basic Needs of Migrant Workers and Other Vulnerable Groups

Adequate Package of Relief Needed to Meet Food and  Basic Needs of Migrant Workers and Other Vulnerable Groups

Once again migrant workers are getting caught in very difficult situations. Before they could recover from the earlier disruption of their livelihood, many poor and vulnerable groups are experiencing other livelihood and income disruptions over which they do not have any control. In these conditions there is a compelling need for government to announce adequate measures for providing immediate relief[Read More…]

by 01/05/2021 0 comments India
They too are journalists who don’t find time at the prime time

They too are journalists who don’t find time at the prime time

A ‘well known’ Hindutva protagonist masquerading as journalist passed away yesterday resulting in a message of ‘condolences and ‘tribute’ right from the Prime Minister and Home Minister to ‘progressive’ ‘liberals’ expressing grief of his untimely passing away. It is said that he passed away due to cardiac arrest but fact of the matter was he was also covid infected. The[Read More…]

by 01/05/2021 0 comments India
Let May Day Herald Growing  Unity of Workers and Farmers

Let May Day Herald Growing  Unity of Workers and Farmers

In the course of the farmers’ movement the need for improving unity with workers has been emphasized several times. This was taken forward on April 29 in a  joint online meeting of Central Trade Unions and Sectoral Federations and Associatons with the front of farmers’ organizations coordinating their ongoing   movement called  Samyukta Kisan Morcha ( SKM). It was resolved here[Read More…]

by 01/05/2021 0 comments India
Maximum governance that fails to give oxygen

Maximum governance that fails to give oxygen

By April 2020, Centre knew that oxygen generated in India is not at all sufficient if the demand is increased and all formal requirements were completed to sanction and establish the Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) Oxygen plants in 150 District Hospitals across the nation… From April to October in 2020, the Government machinery did not act. It took the Narendra[Read More…]

by 01/05/2021 0 comments India
 How Narendra Modi out-Bolsonaroed Brazil’s Bolsonaro

 How Narendra Modi out-Bolsonaroed Brazil’s Bolsonaro

It will be considered no mean feat to outdo the likes of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil. At every step of the corona crisis, he maintained a head-in-the-sand, denialist attitude. He pooh-poohed covid protocols and repeatedly  played down the threat from the pandemic. He invested little to no resources in Brazil’s testing and vaccination campaigns. As a result, Brazil experienced devastating[Read More…]

by 01/05/2021 0 comments India
Remembering Soli Sorabjee

Remembering Soli Sorabjee

Eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee passed away yesterday of covid. My respect and tributes to the great man. I always like to narrate an anecdote about him. He defended me and my colleagues Ms. Amiya Rao and Tejender Singh Ahuja in the Supreme Court. Our anticipatory bail applications in the matter of sedition for writing the joint CFD Report on Operation[Read More…]

by 01/05/2021 0 comments India
For Politics of Hindutva There Is No Lockdown

For Politics of Hindutva There Is No Lockdown

Co-Written by Anandi Pandey, Lubna Sarwath and Sandeep Pandey A common question asked by upper caste people, who form the core support of Hindutva politics, when opposing the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 or the policy of reservation in educational institutions, government jobs or elected posts is why should they be held responsible for the atrocities committed[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 0 comments India
Half of Sexual Crimes Related to Alcohol Consumption By Perpetrator  

Half of Sexual Crimes Related to Alcohol Consumption By Perpetrator  

            Nearly four years have passed, but Himachal Pradesh has still not recovered  from the shock and agony felt at the time of a most terrible rape and murder of a 16 year girl, called Gudiya by the media, while she was returning from a school and had to also pass a small stretch of forest on her way to[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 0 comments India
‘Art for Awareness’: Media Students’ Campaign’ to support the #VaccineChallenge

‘Art for Awareness’: Media Students’ Campaign’ to support the #VaccineChallenge

The students and staff of Chetana College of Media and Performing Arts, Thrissur, have come up with an innovative way to extend their support to the # VaccineChallenge campaign, part of the CMDRF, Kerala Government.  The campaign has two-fold focus: first of all, to create awareness among the public about the importance of getting vaccinated, all age groups, especially youngsters[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 0 comments India
Quid Pro Quo System

Quid Pro Quo System

Written by Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant, Sandeep Pandey Narendra Modi once said he is a Gujarati and understands business. As time passes his business model is getting exposed and he is becoming more shameless like any ordinary businessman. It is quite clear to the people that he is not withdrawing the three controversial farm laws because all the three laws[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 0 comments India
40th anniversary of police firing on tribals in Indravelli

40th anniversary of police firing on tribals in Indravelli

On 40th anniversary of police firing on tribals in Indravelli in Adilabad let us rekindle their spirit with the ascendancy of proto –fascism today. It was one of the blackest days in the history of the third world proving the utter farce of democracy in India which is morally resurrected in other forms today. All genuine democrats dip their blood[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 0 comments India
Academic Autonomy: Needed a Holistic Societal Perspective

Academic Autonomy: Needed a Holistic Societal Perspective

 If a university privately funded by philanthropists can be forced to fall in line, even if due to implicit pressure from the ruling dispensation, it can be inferred that autonomy in institutions funded by businessmen is literally non-existent. The institutions run with direct government funding have had little autonomy. The publicly funded universities can offer greater protection to academics but[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 0 comments India
Sexed Semen—Why the Technology of Producing Only Female Calves Should be Opposed Firmly

Sexed Semen—Why the Technology of Producing Only Female Calves Should be Opposed Firmly

There is a fast increasing trend in cattle breeding towards sex semen technology which will result in birth of only female calves. 90 per cent success in ensuring success (in terms of having only female calves) is claimed by promoters of this technology.  Although the drift towards this shockingly reductionist technology was initially restricted in India to some extent by[Read More…]

by 29/04/2021 0 comments India
The Gods must be ‘doubly’ angry with Assam: Tremors add up to COVID scare

The Gods must be ‘doubly’ angry with Assam: Tremors add up to COVID scare

Amidst the worsening COVID situation in Assam, a massive earthquake hit Assam and its neigbouring areas on the 28th of April, at around 7.50 in the morning. With its epicenter at Sonitpur in Middle Assam, the magnitude of the tremors ranged from 6.2-6.7, as claimed by various sources. However from my apartment in the fourth storey of a relatively dilapidated[Read More…]

by 29/04/2021 0 comments India
How Hindutva socio-psychopaths rule India

How Hindutva socio-psychopaths rule India

The Hindutva socio- psychopaths are neither nationalists nor patriotic people. These medieval reactionary forces don’t understand the idea of citizenship, justice, liberty, equality and humanism. Indian democracy is merely an electoral transaction for the Hindutva forces. Hindutva forces neither follow science nor understand the sufferings of fellow human beings. These core qualities are common among the Hindutva forces in India.[Read More…]

by 29/04/2021 0 comments India
Hill States Discover the Peril of Depending Too Heavily on Tourism

Hill States Discover the Peril of Depending Too Heavily on Tourism

Normally this is the time of the year when markets and roads of Kasauli , an attractive hill station in the lower Himalayan region in Himachal Pradesh, are busy with receiving the first rush of tourists and preparing to receive the even bigger tourism flow in the coming weeks. It is not only the regular employees of hotels in the[Read More…]

by 29/04/2021 0 comments India
Just the Right Time to Stop Controversial Expensive Projects

Just the Right Time to Stop Controversial Expensive Projects

As the nation struggles hard to meet very difficult health situation as well as the accompanying, continuing disruption in economy and livelihoods, this may be just the right time to stop some of the most controversial and expensive projects which have been very widely opposed for a long time regarding their highly questionable benefits as well as many harmful impacts[Read More…]

by 28/04/2021 0 comments India
Corona Pandemic and Targeting of Minorities

Corona Pandemic and Targeting of Minorities

Currently (April 2021) India is passing through its worst period as Covid19 Phase II is at its peak, with high rate of infectivity and mortality. The shortage of beds, Oxygen, test facilities and medicines is the cause of concern all over. The victims and their families are feeling the massive tragedy as the nation watches the gross mismanagement and lack[Read More…]

by 28/04/2021 0 comments India
Modi led Hindutva Pandemic in India

Modi led Hindutva Pandemic in India

Indians struggle to find place and time to bury their dead due to the devastating effects of the second wave of COVID 19 in India. The crematoriums in the capital cities are overflowing with dead bodies. People are dying without oxygen and basic medical support. The cities like Delhi and Mumbai are struggling to cope with the rising number of[Read More…]

by 28/04/2021 0 comments India
A Few Facts About  Industrial And Medical Oxygen, And Our Callousness : A clarification

A Few Facts About  Industrial And Medical Oxygen, And Our Callousness : A clarification

I wish to clarify that I am a scientist, I have no affiliations except to science and welfare of the society. I had made a few representations to PMO on subjects of scientific interest and societal need. I feel it is necessary to clarify the point that industrial oxygen and medical oxygen come from the same bottle! https://countercurrents.org/2021/04/a-few-facts-about-industrial-and-medical-oxygen-and-our-callousness/ With reference[Read More…]

by 27/04/2021 0 comments India
The RSS Story

The RSS Story

  Suppliant to the Strong, but Formidable for the Feeble “Oh coward, you don’t have the burden of the world in your hands.” We, the Indians who worship heroes, are out to disprove this world-conquering sentence of Rabindranath Tagore. Otherwise, why should we feel safe by voting for a Mahaviru to power, who poses to be a hero? We are[Read More…]

by 27/04/2021 0 comments India
Tradeoff for US vaccine unthinkable

Tradeoff for US vaccine unthinkable

  The big question is whether the US is relenting on the vaccine front with a view to cut a deal with India on Afghanistan. But if past experience is any guide, Washington has shown savviness to exploit India’s travails. However, Afghanistan is a ‘graveyard of empires.’ The calculus of fratricidal wars keeps changing and India is best advised to[Read More…]

by 27/04/2021 0 comments India
Nationalize health infrastructure and services, says Socialist Party of India

Nationalize health infrastructure and services, says Socialist Party of India

Members of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyaan have joined the Socialist Party of India and other civil society organizations in calling for the nationalization of all health infrastructure and all medical education services and infrastructure in the country, without any delay. In a press release, Socialist Party (India) said nationalization was necessitated by the “acute national emergency threatening public health and[Read More…]

by 26/04/2021 0 comments India
We Need More Hospitals, Not Temple or Mosques

We Need More Hospitals, Not Temple or Mosques

Written by Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey             As India runs a drive for vaccination against Covid the nature reminds us about our diminutiveness by an accompanying surge in Covid cases. In 2020, India had reported the highest number of 98,795 cases in 24 hours on 17 September 2020 but now the new unfortunate peak in April 2021 is past[Read More…]

by 26/04/2021 0 comments India
Why I Chose Not To Get Vaccinated

Why I Chose Not To Get Vaccinated

 For Urgent Attention Honorable Chief Minister, Punjab, Secretariate Chandigarh          At the age of nearly 74 years, I need to get vaccinated for Covid19 as it is medically advisable, however I have certain concerns-personal and social, which as a citizen of Punjab (India) and as a world citizen, because of which I have not yet taken jab and I am[Read More…]

by 26/04/2021 1 comment India
A Fuhrer Is Not Our Destiny

A Fuhrer Is Not Our Destiny

The mercurial temperament of the masses facing host of predicaments; convenient and subjective interpretation of history; flamboyant histrionics constituting the core of delivery meant to be made on chosen occasions before the millions charged with jingoism and in complete absence of anything creative and productive fed over a malodorous version of muscular nationalism – were a few easily discernible factors[Read More…]

by 26/04/2021 0 comments India
A Few Facts About  Industrial And Medical Oxygen, And Our Callousness

A Few Facts About  Industrial And Medical Oxygen, And Our Callousness

 Written by Hanuman Lal Bengani and Dr. M. Bapuji    Illustration by DOMINIC XAVIER / Rediff.com I, Dr. M.Bapuji, received the following information through friends from Indian Inst of Petroleum, Dehradun on oxygen availability in india. The author is sri Hanuman  Lal Bengani, former CEO of Linde india.in,  his own words : ” Having spent my life time of 45 years[Read More…]

by 26/04/2021 1 comment India
‘System collapse’ to bring private monopolies in the Health Sector

‘System collapse’ to bring private monopolies in the Health Sector

‘The system has collapsed’, is a general cry these days as event unfolding everyday bring more uncertainty and desperation. As an Indian, I can say, we were never so helpless as we are feeling it today. I mean, you can’t help any one, you can’t go to meet families of friends, you can’t meet relatives. Common man is just alarmed[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 0 comments India
Corporate India in Mirror of the Pandemic

Corporate India in Mirror of the Pandemic

Bare truth When the Prime Minister imposed a sudden lockdown in the country last year on the night of 24-25 March, the heart-wrenching scenes of the exodus of migrant laborers brought forth the naked truth that the corporate India, which was being constructed for three decades, is sustained on the back of the hard-working masses. This truth is kept under[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 0 comments India
Five months 400 deaths still continuing: Farmers Protest Around Delhi

Five months 400 deaths still continuing: Farmers Protest Around Delhi

Since November 26, 2020, lakhs of farmers and workers have been in their continuous sit-in protest at different points around Delhi Border. On April 26 it will complete 5 months. And the human-cost is enormous: 400+ deaths. But braving death, terrible cold, rain, storm and now around 40°+ at noon, threat of covid19, the farmers and workers are continuing; after[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 0 comments India
Modi Govt’s vaccine diplomacy unravels, within India and abroad

Modi Govt’s vaccine diplomacy unravels, within India and abroad

What is foreign policy worth if it stands disconnected from domestic realities? The limelight falls instead on the US’ point blank refusal to lift the ban on supply of ingredients for manufacture of vaccines… As for China, this isn’t quite the occasion to write about it, but truth be told. Suffice to say, the Indian narrative on Sino-Indian tensions is[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 6 comments India
Vaccine imperialism, now led by Biden, the Democrat, And Vaccine compradors, now led by Modi of Swadeshi

Vaccine imperialism, now led by Biden, the Democrat, And Vaccine compradors, now led by Modi of Swadeshi

“Our private sector has set an exemplary example of innovation and enterprise in developing COVID-19 vaccines,” said PM Modi: “We are lucky to have such a robust pharma sector that smoothly carries out production,” he said in his address to the country on 20 April 2021.     A notice about the shortage of Covishield vaccine outside a Covid-19 vaccination centre[Read More…]

by 24/04/2021 2 comments India
Covid Crisis- Second wave: Is it an act of God, or is it man-made?

Covid Crisis- Second wave: Is it an act of God, or is it man-made?

My wife and I have just got our second dose of Covid vaccine. It was a triumphant moment, because there seemed to be an acute vaccine shortage in the country causing fears of its non- availability, coupled with new mutants of Covid spreading the virus like never before. The fear of those who got the first dose not being able[Read More…]

by 24/04/2021 0 comments India
Was no one responsible for the death this prominent journalist?

Was no one responsible for the death this prominent journalist?

A prominent , senior journalist in Delhi is seriously injured by a car allegedly driven by a senior defence organisation official, she dies later and the media does not even report this. What does this tell us of the state of our media ? She was injured on March 25 and succumbed to her injuries on April 22. . It[Read More…]

by 24/04/2021 0 comments India
Federalism and the Indian Nation: Partha Chatterjee at SEW-Lecture

Federalism and the Indian Nation: Partha Chatterjee at SEW-Lecture

Do the vision and policies of the current political dispensation in India foster the most widely accepted principles of federalism and sustain an effective and healthy relationship between the centre and states in India? This has been a major question of debate in the country ever since the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power in 2014. Many scholars[Read More…]

by 24/04/2021 0 comments India
What Bengal Thinks Today India Should Not Think Tomorrow

What Bengal Thinks Today India Should Not Think Tomorrow

What an assembly election! Eight Phases! From the first voting date to the last voting date the election is spread over 40 days. And from the first official announcement date to the date of counting – it is a period of two months! This will be some three weeks longer due to the death of candidates of two seats due[Read More…]

by 24/04/2021 1 comment India
Union home minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah during a road show for party candidates in Islampur, April 13, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@AmitShah/PTI

Poll-thirsty leaders want votes, not voters!

Covid-19 is a national calamity and a country-wide problem… Fundamental right guaranteed vide Article 21: the right to life which in its broad sweep also includes right to good health…Health care should not only be accessible but also be conveniently affordable to all the citizens. The core obligation of the State in securing the right to life to all its[Read More…]

by 23/04/2021 0 comments India
Opposition Unity and Politics Will be Greatly Helped By A  Common Program

Opposition Unity and Politics Will be Greatly Helped By A  Common Program

Opposition Unity and Politics Will be Greatly Helped By A  Common Program Based on Justice, Equality, Communal Harmony, Democracy and Environment Protection India is passing through very difficult times. Partly this is a reflection of local factors and serious policy mistakes made in recent times, but partly this is  reflection of overall  difficult conditions at world level as well. While [Read More…]

by 22/04/2021 0 comments India
I Can’t Breathe: In India, in the USA, or anywhere else, Transform the Oppressive System that is Choking

I Can’t Breathe: In India, in the USA, or anywhere else, Transform the Oppressive System that is Choking

`Derek Chauvin found guilty on all three charges for killing George Floyd’ read the news item published on 21 April 2021. The verdict was pronounced eleven months after the video emerged that showed Chauvin kneeling on the neck and back of a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd, handcuffed and lying prone on the street, for 9 minutes 29 seconds[Read More…]

by 22/04/2021 0 comments India
Workers’  Movement For Trade Union And Democratic Rights  At Anakapalli  In Visakhapatnam Dt. Of  AP

Workers’  Movement For Trade Union And Democratic Rights  At Anakapalli  In Visakhapatnam Dt. Of  AP

  Recent Month-long strike  of  Quarry/Stone Crushers Motor  workers of Anakapalli  area in Visakhapatnam District exposes harsh realities about how workers’ democratic  rights are denied in India, in particular  in Andhra Pradesh, despite high-sounding claims about democracy.  The sustained workers’ movement and the strike was by a small section of workers, but has exposed many features of India’s sham democracy,[Read More…]

by 22/04/2021 1 comment India
Save Peri-Urban Areas From Neglect, Create Hubs of Greenery and Water Conservation

Save Peri-Urban Areas From Neglect, Create Hubs of Greenery and Water Conservation

Peri-urban areas have suffered much neglect and harm in recent years, but a change of policy and priorities can still bring to them very creative livelihoods based on  valuable but neglected traditional skills which can be utilized in important endeavors of increasing greenery, water-conservation and agro-ecology. Peri-urban areas are semi-rural, semi-urban areas, or rural areas undergoing urbanization in the hinterland[Read More…]

by 21/04/2021 0 comments India
A Nudge Here, An Appeal There–Why Participative  Restrictions May Be Better Than Enforced Lockdowns

A Nudge Here, An Appeal There–Why Participative  Restrictions May Be Better Than Enforced Lockdowns

The appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe the Kumbh related rituals in more of a symbolic way to avoid crowding and protect public health in times of an escalating pandemic had the desired impact on at least some groups of holy men and they agreed to leave the site of the great religious celebration at an early date.[Read More…]

by 21/04/2021 0 comments India
Voices from the Margins, and Engaging Slave Selves and Narratives  

Voices from the Margins, and Engaging Slave Selves and Narratives  

  “India is fundamentally a hierarchical, violent and inequalitarian society and its image is spreading like a stain when the Dalits and Muslims are being treated on par in terms of the value of their lives with a history of lynching and killing,” says noted historian Prof. Dilip M. Menon, Mellon Chair and Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa,[Read More…]

by 21/04/2021 0 comments India
Faith, Politics and Public Health: Covid 19

Faith, Politics and Public Health: Covid 19

The second and more serious wave of covid 19 is in the air. While the society is in the grip of shortage of beds, shortage of Oxygen cylinders and the necessary medicines, the Covid warriors are doing a remarkable job of trying to fulfill the needs of the community to keep the impact of pandemic to the minimum. Many voluntary[Read More…]

by 21/04/2021 0 comments India
Inadequate funding of gene sequencing effort by the scientists at a time when the COVID crisis needed it most

Inadequate funding of gene sequencing effort by the scientists at a time when the COVID crisis needed it most

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, We are passing through a debilitating second wave of COVID, with new mutants evolving rapidly and the country facing a severe shortage of healthcare infrastructure facilities, acute shortage of vaccines, even cremation facilities for the deceased, across the country. Many of us, senior citizens, are waiting for a second dose of[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 1 comment India
Lockdown Decisions Must Be Based On Very Careful Appraisal of Reliable Data

Lockdown Decisions Must Be Based On Very Careful Appraisal of Reliable Data

In 2020 the overall experience of extended and stringent lockdowns on the whole was quite negative, although the official view supported by some experts remains that these were necessary and useful in saving several precious human lives. Hence the entire issue of lockdowns is quite a divisive one, in India as well in several other countries. Now that in the[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 0 comments India
Clearly, It Is Time Now For the Government to Accept the Key Demand of Farmers

Clearly, It Is Time Now For the Government to Accept the Key Demand of Farmers

Days  have passed into weeks and weeks into months , but the farmers’ dharna (protest sit-in) at important points on Delhi border has continued. Winter gave way to spring and spring has yielded space to summer. The winter (rabi) crop which the farmers planted before coming for the dharna has been already harvested in most villages. On April 24 farmers[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 0 comments India
Hand-Spun, Hand-Woven Cloth Has A Wider Message—The Increasing Relevance of Khadi

Hand-Spun, Hand-Woven Cloth Has A Wider Message—The Increasing Relevance of Khadi

In most parts of world spinning and weaving of cloth has become entirely mechanized. There are a few examples here and there of weaving being done on handlooms ( handloom cloth) for particular types of cloth but spinning and related work like ginning has been almost entirely mechanized. However in India during the freedom movement a special effort was made,[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 0 comments India
The Toy-Train of Lucknow with a Memorable Past

The Toy-Train of Lucknow with a Memorable Past

In Lucknow, the very popular old Toy-train also known as Bal Bhavan Loco or Bal Rail was started for the first time in Lucknow Zoological Garden on 14th November 1969. This Toy- train remained the main attraction for the visitors both old and the young alike for nearly four decades. The date 14th November which is also celebrated as Children’s[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 0 comments India
35th Anniversary of Arwal Massacre

35th Anniversary of Arwal Massacre

Resurrect flame of martyrs  in genocide of 21 landlesss labourers in Arwal massacre on 35th  anniversary today  on April 19th .It  symbolized neo fascism in India at it’s helm and has been  ressurected today in  age of proto-fascism Today we mark the 35th anniversary of the police firing in Arwal in Bihar. Without doubt one of the landmark events in[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments India
Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

Measures Beyond Present Anti-Defection Law Needed to Check Sabotage of Democracy

Urgent measures are needed for ensuring respect to election results and realization of the verdict of people in its true spirit. The anti-defection law was enacted in India was enacted in 1985 and amended in 2003 to check malpractices and corruption arising from elected representatives changing sides ( generally joining the main rival political party) in return for money or[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments India
Image courtesy: The Statesman

Corporate ‘listing’ of ‘powerful’ voices

Every year various magazines, online portals, newspapers bring out their ‘power’ list for our consumption. These are brought out on particular occasions and are ‘judged’ by a few ‘selected’ ‘knowledgeable’ people who go through the ‘work’ and ‘achievements’ of the people during the year and come to a conclusion. Obviously, these ‘power’ ‘people’ differ according to the magazines and many[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments India
The British Prime Minister, Oxford MPs and the Green Party MP on Farmers Protest in India.

The British Prime Minister, Oxford MPs and the Green Party MP on Farmers Protest in India.

As a development and environmental economist with interest in India and the Punjab, I have been writing and speaking on India’s three farming laws enacted in September 2020. As a part of enriching my research on the subject, I wrote to the British Prime Minister (who is from the Conservative Party), the two Members of Parliament from Oxford (Oxford West[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 0 comments India
Comparing Response to Two Important Diseases—Tuberculosis and COVID-19

Comparing Response to Two Important Diseases—Tuberculosis and COVID-19

Tuberculosis has been one of the most damaging infectious diseases of India for several decades. COVID-19  has been the most  feared disease In India for over a year now. From the beginning of 2020 to March  2021 , a period of about 15 months, about 150 thousand or 1.5 lakh deaths were caused by COVID-19 in India. The normal number[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 0 comments India
Fight against Covid-19: Incompetence or deliberate negligence

Fight against Covid-19: Incompetence or deliberate negligence

The second wave of Corona-virus has stuck hard in India particularly states such as Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar-Pradesh and Delhi have seen alarming rise in the cases and the governments have been caught by surprise. Was the Corona wave surprising or we allowed this to happen. Let us go to the latest figures. As per reports 14.5 millions cases[Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments India
Prof. Rajan Gurukkal

Does Historiography Transcend Anachronism?

SEW-L Inaugural Address    Can historians avoid anachronism in their narratives of the past? This has been a major question in the debates of/in historiography, and noted historian Prof. Rajan Gurukkal addressed this question in the context of the project of ‘reinventing nation’ in historical writings in a fortnightly “Scholars of Eminence Web-Lectures” (SEW-L) organised by the Inter University Centre[Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments India
Thrissur Pooram – 2021

Thrissur Pooram – 2021

Thrissur pooram is on the move. This festival attracts millions of people. People flock themselves in the heart of Thrissur without leaving an inch of space for another person. Forget one meter distance from each other as per COVID regulations. I was in Thrissur recently. There was a hoarding of Minister Sunil Kumar which said that Pooram would be conducted[Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments India
Centre’s ordinance: A big blow to cinema

Centre’s ordinance: A big blow to cinema

After imposing executive controls over the Over The Top (OTT) streaming media, the Centre has inflicted yet another blow on cinema medium… Either the producer must silently suffer or move to High Court and wait years for ‘justice’. This is a new kind of censorship of effective medium, a burden on producer and a blow to cinema. *** The BJP-led[Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments India
Jean Swanson honoured for standing up for Indian farmers and opposing CAA

Jean Swanson honoured for standing up for Indian farmers and opposing CAA

Vancouver City Councillor Jean Swanson was presented with the Radical Desi medal of courage by members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) on Thursday, April 15. Swanson had recently brought a motion in support of the Indian farmers who have been camping outside New Delhi for the past several months. The agitating farmers are opposing the controversial laws passed[Read More…]

by 16/04/2021 0 comments India
Decentralisation in Food Security System Can Reduce Hunger and Malnutrition

Decentralisation in Food Security System Can Reduce Hunger and Malnutrition

The procurement of wheat has started in several parts of the country. This should normally be a very happy time for farmers but at the same time there are several reports relating to procurement being held up at some places due to some reason or the other. It may be a hassle over moisture content in one place and it[Read More…]

by 15/04/2021 0 comments India
Kumbh Mela: A Super Spreader?

Kumbh Mela: A Super Spreader?

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Dear Shri Rajiv Gauba, Enclosed are my two letters dated 12th & 13th April, 2021 addressed to the Union Home Secretary, on the responsibility for spreading COVID by permitting Kumbh Mela to take place at Haridwar in Uttarakhand. I had requested the Union Home Secretary to intervene in the matter urgently and stop the[Read More…]

by 15/04/2021 0 comments India
Support the Struggle of the Farmers. It Is Our Struggle Too! – Part 3

Support the Struggle of the Farmers. It Is Our Struggle Too! – Part 3

The Modi Government is worried that if it is forced to withdraw the farm bills under pressure of the farmers’ movement, it may inspire people’s struggles against other elements of neoliberalism imposed on India by the World Bank – such as cut in education and health subsidies. It is now 47 days since the farmers began their epic struggle on[Read More…]

by 15/04/2021 2 comments India
A Snapshot of part of the family: Kakuli Mandal with her family

Amader pet bhoro tomra khela koro(Fill our stomachs and you’ll play): Trying to make the ‘irrelevant’ relevant again

A number of catchy slogans, melodramatic speeches in mask-less rallies of thousands, puerile arguments of insider- outsider, and of course the evergreen communal angles, Bengal is seeing it all. In the ongoing hullabaloo, it is imperative to talk elections in the context of real peoples’ real issues. The moral duties of an elected government to its people does not change[Read More…]

by 15/04/2021 0 comments India
Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims remembered

Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims remembered

An annual vigil was held on Tuesday evening at Surrey’s Holland Park in commemoration of those killed by the troops in British India 102 years ago. Close to 1,000 peaceful demonstrators died in the indiscriminate firing at Jallianwala Bagh, a public park in Amritsar, on April 13, 1919. The agitators had gathered to oppose draconian laws passed by the British[Read More…]

by 15/04/2021 0 comments India
Scene of grand conference of Indian Farmer Union Ekta Ugraha on the occasion of Baisakhi Talwandi Sabo on April 13th

Crystallisation of Democratic Forces on Every Front Ignites Flame of Resistance to Confront Neo-fascism in Punjab

On every front or sphere Punjab continues to simmer spark of resistance or crystallisation of democratic forces at a boiling point .This gives the fulcrum to the historic farmer’s resistance on the Delhi border, providing the very fuel. Countless rallies and programmes are staged confronting the neo-fascist economic policies of Narendra Modi  led Bharatiya Janata Party and the corporates it[Read More…]

by 14/04/2021 0 comments India
Same land-Different perspectives: How Google Map eliminated LoC, but only for Indian users  

Same land-Different perspectives: How Google Map eliminated LoC, but only for Indian users  

In Feb this year, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India issued guidelines for acquiring and producing geospatial data and geospatial data services including maps. It is said that through this, the government has significantly liberalised the erstwhile licensing policy to boost self-reliance on mapping technologies amid growing competence and in view of ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’. Under the[Read More…]

by 14/04/2021 0 comments India
Lok Rang has created an alternative space for Folk artists against indecency and vulgarity

Lok Rang has created an alternative space for Folk artists against indecency and vulgarity

  Fourteen years ago, when noted author and historian in the world of Hindi language Mr Subhash Chandra Kushwaha took an initiative to create an space for folk artists against the culture of indecency and vulgarity in the name of folk culture particularly in the Bhojpuri heartland, nobody ever assumed that the event would become hugely popular with the masses[Read More…]

by 13/04/2021 1 comment India
Do Not Let Hindutva Rulers Destroy Heritage Of Communal Unity Of Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs

Do Not Let Hindutva Rulers Destroy Heritage Of Communal Unity Of Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs

The RSS-BJP rulers of India declare India to be a battle-ground between Hinduism and Islam. Muslims have been declared as ‘Internal Threat’ number ONE [RSS ideologue, MS Golwalkar’s Bunch of Thought chapter xvi]. Many of their leading cadres including those who hold high constitutional posts have been conspiring over-time to ignite a civil war between the two communities (they believe[Read More…]

by 13/04/2021 0 comments India
Democracy and the Rule of Law: A lesson from Norway

Democracy and the Rule of Law: A lesson from Norway

The head of the Norwegian police, Ole Saeverud imposed a fine of $2,352 on Erna Solberg, the two-term Prime Minister of the country for violating the COVID rules in a private party held by her. While doing so, what Ole Saeverud said is significant . “Though the law is the same for all, all are not equal in front of[Read More…]

by 12/04/2021 0 comments India
Understanding India’s Migrant Workers’ Crisis through the Prism of Commodity Fetishism

Understanding India’s Migrant Workers’ Crisis through the Prism of Commodity Fetishism

As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies in India, migrant workers are returning back to their villages. Imposition of new restrictions to contain the virus – like the announcement of a night curfew in Delhi – has instilled fears in workers that they will be rendered jobless and get stuck in the industrial centres where they are precariously[Read More…]

by 11/04/2021 0 comments India
Land May Be A Deeply Philosophical Issue But Must Face Practical Realities of This World

Land May Be A Deeply Philosophical Issue But Must Face Practical Realities of This World

The more one thinks about it, the stronger appears the case for distribution of land based on equality, justice and actual need. Tolstoy, one of the greatest philosophers but by inheritance also a very big landlord, thought a lot about this issue and the more he thought, the more convinced he became that the most logical, in fact , the[Read More…]

by 11/04/2021 0 comments India
Farmer’s Movement At A Crucial Juncture

Farmer’s Movement At A Crucial Juncture

Written by Rahul Singh Rana and Sandeep Pandey The Farmers’ protests are into their fourth month now. These protests started with people from Punjab and Haryana breaking barricades and heading towards the Indian capital. As expected, these protesting farmers were met with force at several places. Undeterred by the challenging circumstances, the farmers were able to reach at the borders[Read More…]

by 11/04/2021 0 comments India
Amidst shortages in India unplanned Vaccine Plan stumbles

Amidst shortages in India unplanned Vaccine Plan stumbles

The  second wave of COVID-19 pandemic  situation across the country is becoming alarming. With  nearly 1.52 lakh new cases  being reported daily (as on 10th April)  and  the  mounting death toll a calamitous health situation is emerging. Amidst this, various states reported vaccine shortages and   people are being sent home at the vacination centers. With  spike in  infections people started[Read More…]

by 11/04/2021 0 comments India
Rekindle the flame of Martyrs of Sewewala of Punjab on 30th anniversary  

Rekindle the flame of Martyrs of Sewewala of Punjab on 30th anniversary  

Today on April 9th we commemorate the 30th martyrdom anniversary of the 18 martyrs of Sewewala in Faridkot district in Punjab. They were all crusaders against the fascist Khalistani movement, striking every nail in the coffin to extinguish it. It also in no uncertain terms condemned the terrorism of the state. All the martyrs were part of the anti-repression and[Read More…]

by 09/04/2021 0 comments India
Himachal Move For Selling Liquor at Petrol Pumps Will Be Dangerous For Safety

Himachal Move For Selling Liquor at Petrol Pumps Will Be Dangerous For Safety

According to a recent report in a  leading Hindi newspaper of Himachal Pradesh Amar Ujala (April 6), the Himachal government is seriously considering a proposal to start selling liquor at petrol pumps and gas stations. The government is reportedly in favor of taking forward the recommendations of a legislative committee to this effect. This has led to increasing concerns about[Read More…]

by 09/04/2021 0 comments India
Can Farmland for the Landless Become A Reality On A Large Scale

Can Farmland for the Landless Become A Reality On A Large Scale

More than half of rural households in India are landless, or almost so. This deprives them of the most obvious asset needed for sustainable livelihoods and food security in villages–farmland. After  agriculture the next most important source of rural livelihood in India is dairy farming but here too the household with farmland has free access to crop residues which is[Read More…]

by 09/04/2021 0 comments India
A Compliment to Bharat Dogra

A Compliment to Bharat Dogra

Sir, Your article “Why Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath Remains the Most Memorable Saga of  Displaced Farmers and  Migrating Workers” that appeared in Countecurrents on April 8, 2021, presented us a scope to visualise the current distress of the farming communities, the peasants, workers, who are getting dispossessed, dislodged, against the backdrop of the novel John Steinbeck wrote. ‘The Grapes of[Read More…]

by 08/04/2021 0 comments India
Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Three|

Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Three|

  (This is an exclusive long-form essay that aims to provide the most comprehensive and incisive understanding of West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: the ground-shifting and momentous battle in post-Independence Bengal. The first part can be read here; second part here. This is the third and the final part)   Bengal 2021 and Thereafter In 2011 (Assembly Election), the BJP’s[Read More…]

by 08/04/2021 0 comments India
Is it possible for CBI to probe and prove?

Is it possible for CBI to probe and prove?

It is almost impossible to prove ‘bribery’ at the top level of governance, especially to punish a minister or a police officer or even a Chief Minister, because the criminal justice system demands evidence of very high standard, i.e. beyond reasonable doubt. The media gives a misleading headline whenever a charged public servant is acquitted in a corruption case that[Read More…]

by 08/04/2021 0 comments India
Mamata’s Call for United Front: Can Democracy be saved in India?

Mamata’s Call for United Front: Can Democracy be saved in India?

As West Bengal Elections are on (April 2021), the heat of campaigning of the two major contenders, Trinmul and BJP has raised the political temperature in the state. BJP has put in all the power at is command for the campaign. Its affiliate organizations, the other groups which belong to its ideological cabal, are fully active at various levels. To[Read More…]

by 08/04/2021 0 comments India
Pathways for Progress of Farmers’ Movement

Pathways for Progress of Farmers’ Movement

The important phase of the farmers’ movement in India starting with the dharna (sit-in) at Delhi borders in the last week of November has crossed over 130 days at the time of writing. There is as yet no immediate indication  of a negotiated settlement, or of the movement withdrawing. So this is proving to be quite a prolonged movement which[Read More…]

by 08/04/2021 0 comments India
Democratic fascism

Democratic fascism

Sunil Ambedkar analyses the implications of the recent violence in the Bihar Assembly In the history of the Indian democratic System, this is the first time that the ruling party used security personnel and force to shut down the voices of the opposition parties inside the Vidhan Sabha in the state of Bihar. That this historical event happened on the[Read More…]

by 08/04/2021 0 comments India
Dr G N Saibaba Terminated From His Job

Dr G N Saibaba Terminated From His Job

The Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr G N Saibaba is deeply shocked and dismayed to learn that Dr Saibaba’s service as an Assistant Professor in Ram Lal Anand College, Delhi University, have been terminated by the said college, with effect from the 31stof March 2021. The Committee has learned that the College had been given a clear[Read More…]

by 06/04/2021 1 comment India
Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone overboard in turning the political tide in his party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s favor in ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal. During his campaign, he has tried using Bengali language and has for months moved around donning image of the state’s Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Exuding confidence about his party’s success, he recently[Read More…]

by 06/04/2021 0 comments India
PUCL condemns the loss of life of security personnel and Maoists in Chhatisgarh

PUCL condemns the loss of life of security personnel and Maoists in Chhatisgarh

Appeals to all parties to maintain calm and bring an end to all hostilities PUCL mourns and condemns the heavy loss of lives in the encounter between Maoists and security forces in Chhattisgarh. We are deeply distressed and completely disapprove  the action of the Maoists which caused the loss of life of 22 security personnel in the encounter on April 3rd[Read More…]

Picture Courtesy- Telegraph

Furfura cleric smashes ivory tower of ‘bhadralokism’ of Bengal, dalit muslim solidarity on the rise

“The name of the bait is ‘muslim”, the fishhook is ‘NRC’, and the fish is ‘indigent people’. Do you understand?”-  Speaker? Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui. The phenomenal cleric, in a multitude of rallies tried to explain the dangers of citizenship law to the so-called marginalized people of Bengal in a lucid homely tone. However, Abbas’s meteoric rise has increased the discomfort[Read More…]

by 05/04/2021 0 comments India
Listen to Adivasi voices and empower them to counter insurgency

Listen to Adivasi voices and empower them to counter insurgency

The brutal Naxal attack on the security forces in Chhattishgarh is a reminder of how they have amassed huge weapons to ‘protect’ their zones. It is a complete intelligence failure on part of both the Central and state government who allowed this massive operation. This was the same region where even earlier the Maoists had ambushed the security forces earlier[Read More…]

by 05/04/2021 0 comments India
 Violation of COVID norms- Endangering of human lives- Take action against political parties and their leaders under IPC

 Violation of COVID norms- Endangering of human lives- Take action against political parties and their leaders under IPC

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Dear Shri Gauba, I write this letter in continuation of my earlier letter dated 30-3-2021 (copy forwarded) addressed to the Union Home Secretary on the potential danger of the huge election rallies being held in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam becoming super-spreaders of COVID. I had earlier requested the Union Home[Read More…]

by 05/04/2021 0 comments India
Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Two|

Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part Two|

Art from the Bengal School by Abanindranath Tagore and Nandalal Bose             (This is an exclusive long-form essay that aims to provide the most comprehensive and incisive understanding of West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: the ground-shifting and momentous battle in post-Independence Bengal. The first part can be read here. This is the second part) Bengaltattva and Hindutva Bengaltattva – with[Read More…]

by 04/04/2021 0 comments India
Why media silent on Madhubani massacre on Holi Day

Why media silent on Madhubani massacre on Holi Day

Over 40 people killed in Bihar during Holi but not much responses sought from the media neither from the government nor from a society as a whole. We romanticise these festivals so much and yet every year they take so many lives. Of course, Holi seems to be the best time for ‘avenging’ things’. The biggest of the story came[Read More…]

by 03/04/2021 2 comments India
The Struggle for Space: On the Significance of Religious Minorities

The Struggle for Space: On the Significance of Religious Minorities

Are we losing the “in-built” measures of modernity in the religious minorities’ struggle for reclaiming equal and free space in India? The answer rests in the response of India’s religious minorities to the state of its shrinking democracy. Four Christian women including two nuns were travelling together in a group by Utkal Express from Delhi to Odisha on 19 March,[Read More…]

by 03/04/2021 0 comments India
A  Program  Based on Justice  That Can Also Help Opposition Unity in India

A  Program  Based on Justice  That Can Also Help Opposition Unity in India

Note—The following document has been prepared in such a way that it can become at least a starting point for  unity of opposition in India based on a program of strengthening justice, equality, environment protection, democracy, peace and inter-faith  harmony. It is hoped that this may be of  some help also in other countries placed in somewhat similar conditions. All[Read More…]

by 03/04/2021 0 comments India
Why RSS did not participate in freedom movement?

Why RSS did not participate in freedom movement?

It is generally observed that the RSS did not participate in the freedom movement. RSS does not answer the question or is not known to the people. There is answer to it if one fathoms deeper. The founder of the RSS, Hedgewar did participate in the freedom movement but that was the small stint. His association with Tilak and Savarkar[Read More…]

by 02/04/2021 0 comments India
Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too – Part 2

Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too – Part 2

The youth must support the farmers’ movement! The fight against the farm bills is also a struggle to save several crore jobs!! The farmers agitation completed one month on December 26, 2020. Despite the biting cold, the resolve of the farmers shows no signs of weakening; on the contrary, their movement continues to strengthen as the days go by. More[Read More…]

by 01/04/2021 0 comments India
Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Bengaltattva vs Hindutva: who will win West Bengal? |Part One

              (This is an exclusive long-form essay that aims to provide the most comprehensive and incisive understanding of West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: the ground-shifting and momentous battle in post-Independent Bengal. This is the first of three parts.  ) People and culture are shaped by their particular environment: geography, surroundings and climate, along with the tides of time and[Read More…]

by 31/03/2021 1 comment India
 Violation of COVID norms: Take action against political parties and their leaders under IPC

 Violation of COVID norms: Take action against political parties and their leaders under IPC

  To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Dear Shri Bhalla, It is unfortunate that we have not been able to contain the COVID virus spread and many States including the capital city of Delhi are witnessing an unusual spurt in virus cases of different mutants, some potentially dangerous. Your Ministry and several States have rightly tightened the COVID[Read More…]

by 31/03/2021 0 comments India
Assam: The crisis of citizenship rejection letters

Assam: The crisis of citizenship rejection letters

 “In its present form, the NRC is basically a Rs1,600 crore waste paper that drove many to suicide, made thousands of poor people poorer and be in perpetual fear of being ejected from their homes.” In the entire country, Assam is the only State having National Register of Citizens compiled, wherein more than 19 lakhs that were left out of[Read More…]

by 31/03/2021 0 comments India
A Rejoinder to Chetan Bhagat’s Neoliberal Prescriptions

A Rejoinder to Chetan Bhagat’s Neoliberal Prescriptions

Chetan Bhagat’s article “Wanted: A bill to fix Indian manufacturing” – published on March 27, 2021 by “The Times of India” – is a paradigmatic example of neoliberal oversimplification. While the article ostensibly aims to prescribe the relevant measures to be taken to convert India into an economic powerhouse, it comes off as a ham-handed screed against perceived enemies. The[Read More…]

by 30/03/2021 0 comments India
Koran, Madrassas and Terrorism: Wasim Rizvi’s motivated Understanding of Islam

Koran, Madrassas and Terrorism: Wasim Rizvi’s motivated Understanding of Islam

Wasim Rizvi, the ex Chairman of Shia Waqf Board has filed a PIL in Supreme Court. It states that 26 verses of Islam should be deleted as they promote terrorism. He also says that Madrassas are giving the training for terrorism and if not stooped India will witness a huge rise in terror acts. He is also the one who[Read More…]

by 30/03/2021 0 comments India
The IITs, Scheduled Category reservation and the strategic excuse of excellence

The IITs, Scheduled Category reservation and the strategic excuse of excellence

A Ministry of Education (MoE) panel has recommended that the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) should be exempted from caste-based reservations in faculty appointments[1]. Out of the many categories of reservation in practice in India[2], it is only the scheduled category reservation (Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and Other Backward Classes) that becomes a special target of attack and vilification. This[Read More…]

by 30/03/2021 0 comments India
Freedom Of Religion and Christian Minorities in India

Freedom Of Religion and Christian Minorities in India

In the recently released report, Freedom House downgraded India from free to partly free due to the atmosphere of intolerance, treatment of journalists, protestors and religious minorities. The events of 19th March at Jhansi station more than reflect this fact. On 19th March two nuns belonging to Sacred Heart congregation, who were travelling from Delhi to Odisha with two postulants, were forced[Read More…]

by 29/03/2021 0 comments India
Thoughtless Destruction of Trees For Projects of Dubious Merit Should  Stop

Thoughtless Destruction of Trees For Projects of Dubious Merit Should  Stop

While it has always been important to protect trees, the urgency for this has increased further in recent times of climate change. Trees play  a very important role in soil and water conservation, apart from providing shelter and food to so many birds, animals and insects. Apart from their great environmental role whose value is increasing further, trees play a[Read More…]

by 28/03/2021 0 comments India
Resolving Water Sharing Disputes Should Not Lead to Hurried Construction of Dams

Resolving Water Sharing Disputes Should Not Lead to Hurried Construction of Dams

The generally perceived attitude regarding inter-state water disputes in India has been that these should be resolved as soon as possible so that the many-sided potential of various river-valley projects can be realized as early as possible by taking up the construction of dams, canals and hydro power plants. So when the Narmada Tribunal settlement led to resolving water sharing[Read More…]

by 28/03/2021 0 comments India
Is the economic impact of the lockdown over?

Is the economic impact of the lockdown over?

The centre’s estimates are flawed and give the impression that the economy has not only weathered Covid-19 but overcome pre-existing difficulties. But in reality, demand is short, dampening economic revival. Officially, the “growth in GDP during 2020-21 is estimated at  -8.0 percent as compared to 4.0 percent in 2019-20”. Further, “GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in Q3 of 2020-21 is[Read More…]

by 28/03/2021 0 comments India
Courtesy: DOMINIC XAVIER / Rediff.com

The rush to book people under sedition for plain dissent

A democratically elected government should be pleased when it faces dissent as this tells it what is going wrong with its administration and how to rectify wrongs. Instead, dissent is being handled in an imperial way by the police. Our very own Marie Antoinettes seem to be telling farmers they can’t have gur, but promise chocolates, and ask them to[Read More…]

West Bengal poll manifestos: Dole Politics vs Social Welfare

West Bengal poll manifestos: Dole Politics vs Social Welfare

As election arrives in West Bengal, the political parties  have  declared their poll manifestos  and  direct cash transfers remain as a  significant focus in  the pre-poll promises. While the Trinamool Congress(TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) have mostly focused on  cash transfers, left and congress have emphasized on human rights & democratic rights,  job creation, safety of women  and action[Read More…]

by 27/03/2021 0 comments India
Tamil Nadu Election 2021: How crucial it is?

Tamil Nadu Election 2021: How crucial it is?

The ruling group of people in the country at the center, which imagines that they represent the overall socio-cultural aspiration of the ‘nation’, seem to have a perception that Tamil people have only emotional attachment with language, literature, performance arts, Jallikattu and religion. There are other dimensions that deserve close observation. The purposive negation of understanding and recognizing those dimensions[Read More…]

by 27/03/2021 0 comments India
Withdraw the undemocratic Bihar Special Armed Police Bill immediately 

Withdraw the undemocratic Bihar Special Armed Police Bill immediately 

  National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements strongly condemns the high-handed and undemocratic passing of the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 by the Bihar Assembly, and the violence meted out to the opposing voices by the police on 23rd March. The process through which the Bill was passed, after humiliating and assaulting elected representatives, goes against all parliamentary traditions and[Read More…]

They fear not cannons, but pens

They fear not cannons, but pens

The levels of academic freedom we have in India now, is not unknown to many of us. Accordingly, in 2020, the U.S. NGO Freedom House has down-ranked India’s academic freedom score from three to two out of a possible four, “due to rising intimidation in recent years that is aimed at controlling academic discussion of politically sensitive topics.” The abuse[Read More…]

by 27/03/2021 0 comments India
Is India’s Quasi Federal set -up under threat?

Is India’s Quasi Federal set -up under threat?

With the hugely controversial GNCTD bill passed hastily and pushed down the opposition throat arbitrarily in a very high-handed manner ,pulling through amassing the required number of yes votes just like the three infamous farm bills, the present govt has once again floundered its astute manipulative overture in gaining an upper hand in the transfer of sweeping executive powers to[Read More…]

by 27/03/2021 0 comments India
A Year of Pandemic, Deadlock, Disaster and Dissent

A Year of Pandemic, Deadlock, Disaster and Dissent

The lockdown that has been imposed almost a year back in the wake of COVID-19 has introduced several changes in almost every part of the world. The virus has not only resulted in damages resulting in high mortality and morbidity, but it has also made adverse qualitative changes in the lives of billions while its socio-political repercussions have devastated economies[Read More…]

by 25/03/2021 0 comments India
A Lady Dressed In Ripped Jeans Rips Apart Eternal ‘Bharatiya’ Culture

A Lady Dressed In Ripped Jeans Rips Apart Eternal ‘Bharatiya’ Culture

Tirath Singh Rawat who took over as chief minister of Uttarakhand on March 10, 2021 is a senior cadre of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [RSS]. He started RSS career by becoming the organizational secretary of the Uttarakhand unit of Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarti Parishad (ABVP: the student appendage of the RSS), later promoted as its national secretary. He has been a[Read More…]

by 25/03/2021 0 comments India
Sewer Workers Need Safety, Dignity and Justice

Sewer Workers Need Safety, Dignity and Justice

Some of the saddest news  in India which appears with tragic regularity relates to the deaths of sewer workers caused by occupational hazards. The demand for fixing responsibility and taking strong action against those  guilty of negligence has been gaining ground, as also the demand for the prompt compensatory  payment as fixed by the Supreme Court. This is of course[Read More…]

by 25/03/2021 1 comment India
Kashmiris! Are we disloyal-1

Kashmiris! Are we disloyal-1

Whenever and wherever there is a discourse on the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir, everyone attempts to present this dispute with their spin. India and Pakistan narrate this conflict following their national policies, but how unfortunate that some Kashmiris who, far from the truth, repeat cliché, blame each other or the whole Kashmiri leadership for the current turmoil. Every[Read More…]

by 25/03/2021 0 comments India
Important Factors Hinder Rehabilitation of Workers Freed From Manual Scavenging

Important Factors Hinder Rehabilitation of Workers Freed From Manual Scavenging

Although securing freedom for workers engaged in manual scavenging  and providing rehabilitation for them is supposed to be an important priority for the government, in reality progress has been very inadequate, slow and sporadic. The reasons for this are several, starting with problems relating to the proper definition and identity of workers engaged in manual scavenging. If to start with[Read More…]

by 24/03/2021 0 comments India
Salute the spark of resistance resurrecting the spirit of Bhagat Singh,Sukhdev and Rajguru by the farmers

Salute the spark of resistance resurrecting the spirit of Bhagat Singh,Sukhdev and Rajguru by the farmers

On March 22nd a scene reminiscent of an inferno was created by the youth of Punjab in the conference staged by the Bharatiya Kisan Union(Ugrahan) and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union. at the grain market in Sunam ,resurrecting the spirit of Bhagat Singh and his comrades. It was of great significance that it was staged in the hometown of martyr[Read More…]

by 24/03/2021 0 comments India
Democracy in India: Some Reflections

Democracy in India: Some Reflections

A simple definition of democracy goes as, “Democracy is a form of government in which the rulers are elected by the people.” Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, a dynamic thinker, a speaker, a critic, an activists participated in the debates of the Indian Parliamentary system with keen interests and reached at a conclusion that the democracy is the only form[Read More…]

by 24/03/2021 0 comments India
90 Years after Martyrdom-Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev- Reliving in Farmers Movement!

90 Years after Martyrdom-Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev- Reliving in Farmers Movement!

23rd March 2021marks the completion of 90 years of execution of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who by now have got the status of supreme martyrs of Indian freedom struggle and every shade of political opinion, even when not sharing their vision of India, eulogies them for advancing their political interests, as they have, by now, become supreme symbol of[Read More…]

by 23/03/2021 0 comments India
Ken-Betwa Link–There is  no achievement in speeding up a dubious project which will destroy over 2 million trees in drought-prone areas

Ken-Betwa Link–There is  no achievement in speeding up a dubious project which will destroy over 2 million trees in drought-prone areas

On World Water Day March 22 the signing of an agreement between the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for implementing the controversial Ken-Betwa Link project in drought-prone Bundelkhand region of Central India was presented as a matter of celebration, but questions are being raised asking what achievement, even less joy, there is in going ahead with a project[Read More…]

by 23/03/2021 1 comment India
From Tali-Thali to the Vaccine: The pandemic through the year

From Tali-Thali to the Vaccine: The pandemic through the year

About a year ago we responded to the call for a ‘self-imposed Janta Curfew’ observed on 22 March 2020 as the first attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus which had shown its presence in the country on 30 Jan 2020. This response was closely followed by the ‘Tali and Thali’ and lighting of ‘diyas’. The spread, however, continued unabated.[Read More…]

by 23/03/2021 0 comments India
Dam Safety and Viability Concerns Should Include New Upcoming and Under Consideration Projects

Dam Safety and Viability Concerns Should Include New Upcoming and Under Consideration Projects

As the number of dams particular ageing dams has increased greatly there is increasing worldwide concern regarding the safety of dams and the serious risks that go with it. However this concern will result in most useful action only if this is extended to include the safety and viability of under construction and under consideration dam projects. After all, if[Read More…]

by 22/03/2021 0 comments India
 Lack of water supply makes sanitation workers manually scavenge Indian toilets, says Toilet woman of India

 Lack of water supply makes sanitation workers manually scavenge Indian toilets, says Toilet woman of India

Written by Sabha Zaidi and Neha Kumar Interview with Pragya Akhilesh in Ahmedabad, Gujarat while she is on a country Union Tour to assess the toilets in semi-urban and rural areas in India.  In 2018, Trade Unionist, Pragya Akhilesh, Toilet woman of India recorded more than 10 thousand abandoned toilets in the rural areas of India where women have been[Read More…]

by 22/03/2021 0 comments India
Tribals / Forest Dwellers are facing eviction and backwardness in Yogi Raj

Tribals / Forest Dwellers are facing eviction and backwardness in Yogi Raj

   The population of Tribals (Scheduled Tribes) in Uttar Pradesh is 11.35 lakhs of which 80% are landless. That is why the Forest Rights Act – 2006 and Rules 2008 came into force for the empowerment of Tribals. Under this law, Tribals and non-Tribals living in a Reserve Forest area were to be given a lease of residential and agricultural[Read More…]

by 21/03/2021 0 comments India
Revolutionary Freedom Fighters and Their Message for Youth

Revolutionary Freedom Fighters and Their Message for Youth

One of the most persistent messages being conveyed to youth is to contribute in meaningful and useful ways to the larger welfare and progress of the nation and society. However in order to be truly effective these messages need to be supported by what has been said by those persons for whom they have very high respect. When we search[Read More…]

by 21/03/2021 0 comments India
Walmart, Amazon and the Colonial Deindustrialisation of India

Walmart, Amazon and the Colonial Deindustrialisation of India

In June 2018, the Joint Action Committee against Foreign Retail and E-commerce (JACAFRE) issued a statement on Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart. It argued that it undermines India’s economic and digital sovereignty and the livelihood of millions in India. The deal would lead to Walmart and Amazon dominating India’s e-retail sector. These two US companies would also own India’s key consumer[Read More…]

by 21/03/2021 0 comments