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New laws will steal food from the plates of Indian farmers

New laws will steal food from the plates of Indian farmers

India is seeing multiple protests by its farmers, citizens and lawmakers. People are coming out on the streets as  they are no longer afraid of the pandemic, but are more threatened by the new laws that the Indian parliament is imposing on them. While the ruling party pleads that each of these laws are aimed at welfare of the people,[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
Muzzling the dissent

Muzzling the dissent

“ I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”, said E.B Hall. Today’s era is the era of democracy, a system fraught with significant provisions be it Fundamental rights, universal adult franchise, citizenship, separation of powers, due process of law , independent judiciary or the constitution itself. Among them, the[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
 The tradition of incriminating of Muslims in India goes back decades

 The tradition of incriminating of Muslims in India goes back decades

“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Saturday that it has busted an al Qaeda module and arrested nine people who were allegedly planning to carry out major terror strikes in India at the direction of their Pakistan-based handler.” The news hit headlines of all major dailies in India last week. Six of these suspects were apprehended from the district[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
Learning In Times Of COVID-19: Busting myths about the success of e-schooling

Learning In Times Of COVID-19: Busting myths about the success of e-schooling

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” – Charles Dederich The above quote, used to describe a child’s first day at school, has been prolifically used in the past to impress upon its reader, the value attached to the act of ‘going to school’. It is associated with a certain sentiment, rooted in substantial individual experiences[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
Farmers Protest Across India Against Anti-Farmer Laws

Farmers Protest Across India Against Anti-Farmer Laws

Protests were held across the country today after the nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by farmer organisations against the Farm Bills. The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, have been passed by both Houses and await[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Democracy without debate

Democracy without debate

Today farmers all over the country have been protesting against the bills passed in the name of ‘strengthening’ them and giving them ‘free access’ to ‘market. In the Narmada Valley, about 2400 families from 192 villages are living in tents or tin sheds as they have not been provided any alternative places. Why is this that the government planning has[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Democracy or ‘Kakistocracy’?

Democracy or ‘Kakistocracy’?

The journalists, critics and social media writers today are facing false cases foisted by the State and Police. A senior journalist is fighting a sedition case for criticising the Centre’s policies . A doctor in the Government Hospital was victim of abuse of the state power but rescued by the High Court. One news web portal Telugu One.com is out[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Uphold the Constitutional Right of Farmers to Protest

Uphold the Constitutional Right of Farmers to Protest

For the last one week thousands of farmers in several parts of India have been protesting against three farm reform bills that were finally passed by the ruling party in parliament on 21 September. More agitations are expected as many farmers see the new legislation as inimical to their interests and the future of farming in the country. Peaceful protests[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Hyderabad Police Action (1948 Sep 13-17, Part-2) : The Screen Play and the Heroes 

Hyderabad Police Action (1948 Sep 13-17, Part-2) : The Screen Play and the Heroes 

 ( Since Part-1 of this article was published on Sep20, we had the sad news that Andre Vltchek is no more. This article in countercurrents.org, which has been a platform for his writings, is dedicated to the memory of the comrade who travelled extensively, supported and wrote for Communist and other movements against imperialism and injustice everywhere.)   Scores of official[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020 India
Need for enhancing old age pension and other pension benefits under NSAP

Need for enhancing old age pension and other pension benefits under NSAP

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Articles 21 and 41 of the Constitution cast an obligation on the State to ensure that the aged and other vulnerable sections of the citizens are provided adequate assistance to be able to live in dignity. Right to adequate old age pension is one of the basic universal and justiciable economic[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020 India
Farm Bills: Punjab Farmers Rise Up In Anger

Farm Bills: Punjab Farmers Rise Up In Anger

Punjab Farmers Movement reaches a crescendo in shimmering spark of resistance against Agricultural Land Ordinances and preparation for bandh on September 25th One of the most intense agitations in recent times has ignited in the state of Punjab on the issue of Agricultural land ordinances by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan)There is hardly an adjective to do justice to the[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 India
Refer FCRA bill, 2020 to a Select/Standing Committee of the Parliament

Refer FCRA bill, 2020 to a Select/Standing Committee of the Parliament

  Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), being an apex body/national association of Indian voluntary development organizations strongly feels that the FCRA bill, 2020 will be a death blow to the development relief, scientific research and community support work of the NGO community as it prohibits collaboration with other Indian organizations.   At a time like this, when India is battling[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 India
A peacock, divine providence and we

A peacock, divine providence and we

At that time, the peacock was eating the grain given by its lord in the bungalow of Lok Kalyan Marg. And by that time, the number of coronavirus affected people has reached 30 lakhs 30 thousand and 752. And 57 thousand 524 people have died. Exactly four days later, the finance minister of the country had discharged her duties by[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 India
Before teaching in English medium, first improve the shoddy text books

Before teaching in English medium, first improve the shoddy text books

The discussion on the new education policy so far seems to have omitted the subject of text books. The quality of most text books so far is considered quite poor, especially of books in English language for English medium students… This has been going on year after year, the same mistakes are repeated in next editions. Let me cite the[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
A Moral Debate

A Moral Debate

Any moralistic discussion on social dialectics and civilized ethics is bound to generate euphony when the positive vibes of Harmony vibrate and are complemented by Justice. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle summed up the sentiment by saying, ‘Give each man his due’. It’s a classical philosophical assumption that human instinct craves for justice. It is ingrained in the conscious morality[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
RSS As A Terrorist Outfit: Evidences From Its Archives

RSS As A Terrorist Outfit: Evidences From Its Archives

PART 1 RSS Modelled After Nazi & Fascist Parties The process of Hindutva takeover of the democratic-secular Indian polity got huge push with Narender Modi, a seasoned RSS ideologue becoming PM of India in 2014. His commitment to the cause of the Hindutva politics and hatred for the Indian democratic-secular polity has been unambiguous. While ruling the State Gujarat as[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
RTI: High Court admonishes irresponsible PIOs

RTI: High Court admonishes irresponsible PIOs

  The Supreme Court long back stated in a landmark judgment State of Uttar Pradesh v. Raj Narain and Others, “… people of this country have a right to know every public act, everything that is done in a public way by their public functionaries. The Supreme Court long back stated in a landmark judgment State of Uttar Pradesh v.[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
On the GST issue, the Centre holds the baton

On the GST issue, the Centre holds the baton

A large borrowing programme is inevitable; data and economic uncertainties show that States cannot handle the matter. Clearly, the Centre is reneging on its promise to the States. The implication is that the States are on their own — cooperative federalism is a casualty. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting has now been deferred to the first week[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
Resisting Linguistic Hegemony: The Legacy of Punjabi Language

Resisting Linguistic Hegemony: The Legacy of Punjabi Language

It was only from the year I was in Class 3 that we finally settled in Delhi. In the few years before that I had lived in many places in India and outside, like Ferozepur, Kartarpur, Yol Camp (Dharamshala), Boston and Kanpur, depending on where my father was studying, posted or teaching. My School vacations would usually be spent in[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
TV journalism in India:  Crying for TRP or Truth

TV journalism in India:  Crying for TRP or Truth

The recent observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court towards the functioning of media in India seem to be an urgent need of redefining and restructuring the electronic media in accordance with the constitutional values, freedom of media, individual rights and right to privacy. ‘Sensation above sense’ becomes one of the most important weapons in the hand of media owners to[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
Lynching of democracy in India

Lynching of democracy in India

Mr Narendra Damodardas Modi is a consummated practitioner of remorseless Hindutva politics of hate. He does not spare a moment to capture the headlines with his diversionary tactics, which makes him as one of the sharpest managers of media and prime master of propaganda. The Hindutva propaganda machine with the organisational network of RSS is erasing the idea of India[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Body, Nation and Resistance in the times of COVID-19

Body, Nation and Resistance in the times of COVID-19

This article is based on the 25th Chandrashekar Memorial Lecture delivered on 20 September 2020. The original lecture was delivered in Hindi and the event was organized by Punashcha, the Indian People’s Theater Association (IPTA) and Koshish. Friends, comrades gathered here; I am very honoured to be invited to deliver the Chandrashekhar Memorial Lecture this year but I cannot say[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

A central legislation ‘Essential Commodities Act, 1955’ was enacted with a main objective to prohibit hoarding and black marketing of essential commodities which may obstruct the supply and have an adverse effect on the normal life of the people. The other objective was to provide the essential commodities to its consumers at fair prices. The prices of essential commodities are[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Arun Kumar, Economist and author

Economy May Not Recover Back to Where It was in January 2020: Prof. Arun Kumar

Interview with Prof. Arun Kumar by Mohd. Nuashad Khan       What’s your take on the free fall of the GDP? Is it because of the pandemic or something else? I am surprised that the decline in GDP in Q1 is given as 23.9 per cent. It should have been much more because the unorganised sector which is 45 per cent[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
“Insult-to-religion-law” of India: An overview from enactment to interpretation

“Insult-to-religion-law” of India: An overview from enactment to interpretation

Pre-word: In August, 2020, in Jammu & Bangaluru two separate blasphemous messages were uploaded on social media which gave rise to massive protests by Muslims against the blasphemous remarks against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in both the places. The police claimed arrest of the culprits that were involved in the “communally sensitive” video in Jammu & face-book post in[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Busy celebrating Modi’s birthday, Media scants job protests and police crackdown

Busy celebrating Modi’s birthday, Media scants job protests and police crackdown

The youth of the country observed the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘National Unemployment Day’ (Rashtriya Berozgari Diwas). The mainstream media, which was busy celebrating Modi’s birth day, not only paid scant heed to the youth unrest against unemployment but also maintained a conspicuous silence on the ensuing police crackdown. While the Hindi dailies prominently covered several[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
History and politics of Sep. 17: Was it a Day of  Liberation of People from Nizam or  Liberation of Nizam from People’s Revolution?

History and politics of Sep. 17: Was it a Day of  Liberation of People from Nizam or  Liberation of Nizam from People’s Revolution?

Telangana media for the last  several weeks  was debating  such questions around the date of Sep. 17. It was on that day in 1948  Nizam VII, Mir Osman Ali Khan, surrendered. Hyderabad,  one of the princely states,  surrendered to Delhi’s armed forces and agreed to accession with Indian Union. The context was a sustained campaign by BJP on the issue.[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee led Movement in Punjab-A turning point in Revolutionary history of Punjab and India 

Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee led Movement in Punjab-A turning point in Revolutionary history of Punjab and India 

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee has played the most defining role ever in determining the destination of the upsurge or emancipation of the dalit community of Punjab from enslavement. The movement it has inaugurated in 2014 has virtually written a new chapter or defined a new epoch in the history of struggle of Dalit agricultural labour. With detailed or incisive[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
 12 Years of Batla House Encounter and a Pro-tip

 12 Years of Batla House Encounter and a Pro-tip

Muhammad Sajid came to New Delhi with an astronomical aspiration to take admission in Jamia School. When a 17-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh could not clear Jamia’s entrance examination, he decided not to return to his hometown and instead enrolled in an English-speaking course. Back in the days, being able to communicate in English gave you an illusion that[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Pastor And Family Attacked With Swords, Knives And Rods In Punjab

Pastor And Family Attacked With Swords, Knives And Rods In Punjab

In a brutal attack, a pastor and his family were hunted down with swords and butcher’s knives by a gang of religious goons. This incident took place on the 17th of September 2020 in TaranTaran, a district in the Indian state of Punjab. “We were on our way back from a prayer meeting at around 10 pm, late in the[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Open letter of a political prisoner to Sitaram Yechury on UAPA

Open letter of a political prisoner to Sitaram Yechury on UAPA

This letter was written from the prison at a time when the media predicted imminent arrest of Sitaram Yechuri,  which was later denied by the Delhi Police. But many other activists including student leader Umar Khalid were arrested and detained on the same charges. Police is witch hunting several eminent activists and democrats on foisted charges utilising the pandemic situation.[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
India-China Situation Aggravates

India-China Situation Aggravates

The two world largest armies and unarguably the Asian largest economy and the third largest economy China and India seem determined to undermine each other in this seemingly uneasy scenario which tends to build around these two countries.  There is an uneasy chill in the mountains as both the nations are into building their ‘military-build-ups’ to outdo each other, and[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Has India become a Police State?

Has India become a Police State?

The authors, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Zibalatt, in their famous book titled “How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about Future” have said that “Democracies can die with a coup d’etat- or they can die slowly. This happens most deceptively in piecemeal fashion, with the election of an authoritarian leader, the abuse of governmental power and the complete repression of opposition.[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
The Woeful Trial Of Bank Pensioners

The Woeful Trial Of Bank Pensioners

Public banks have played a historically stellar role in financial inclusion and the development of the underserved sector. These banks have been the backbone of the government’s socio-economic agenda. State-owned banks in developing countries have to shoulder the main burden of the government’s development policies—from rural lending to infrastructure development. But while public banks   have striven ceaselessly to bring about[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 India
India-China Poised On A Razor’s Edge

India-China Poised On A Razor’s Edge

The situation between China-India and with India-Pakistan is now into an extremely sensitive zone as there is a report for the first time from the Indian army, though through a retired Brigadier, that ‘Indian army fully geared to fight full-fledged war in eastern Ladakh even in winters’, in Times of India  on September 16, 20201 ,  (Retd) Brig Hemant Mahajan[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture

Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture

In a 2017 article, I asked what might a future India look like and concluded that, if current neoliberal policies continue, there could be dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. And it could also mean hundreds of millions of displaced rural dwellers without any work.[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Communalising Violence in Bangalore D.J. Halli

Communalising Violence in Bangalore D.J. Halli

Report of the fact finding into the violence and it’s Aftermath at D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli by Bangalore Civil Society Organisations An Executive Summary “Whoever put the post out is wrong. Not registering the complaint is wrong. The violence is wrong.” Sameena, a local resident, Kavalbyrasandra The Action, Reaction and its Aftermath On August 11, 2020, an incendiary image[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Aligarh Muslim University:  Purpose redefined 

Aligarh Muslim University:  Purpose redefined 

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be celebrating 100 years of its existence soon. Hence, it becomes increasingly important to have an audit to establish if the University has been on the designated path as envisioned by the Aligarh movement torchbearers. The Aligarh movement founders conceptualized the course of educational, cultural, economic, and moral prosperity. In the present situation, Muslims of[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Church And A Car Set Ablaze In Andhra Pradesh

Church And A Car Set Ablaze In Andhra Pradesh

Loud screams woke up a Pastor and his family from a deep sleep at the dead of night on the 9th of September 2020. Religious fanatics had set his car and the church on fire in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. “At approximately 12:45 am, my father and sister ran outside after hearing the locals yelling and shouting outside[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Has Rajnath Singh Signalled War Preparedness?

Has Rajnath Singh Signalled War Preparedness?

When Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh declared on record, in parliament, that China is illegally occupying 38,000 sq. kms of land in Ladakh  1 and eyeing further 90,000 sq. kms in Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls as South Tibet, India had made it clear to the world, about the expansionist designs of China and to which India is ready to[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Indian Defence Minister Admits In Parliament That China Has Occupied 38,000 sq. kms.  Of Land In Ladakh

Indian Defence Minister Admits In Parliament That China Has Occupied 38,000 sq. kms.  Of Land In Ladakh

When India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, met in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on September 10, 2020, and issued a joint-statement, the peace-lovers had a sigh of relief as it signalled towards a significant de-escalation between the two countries, but on the contrary the situation is by all standards[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Mass prayer of more than 20,000 children at the KISS school in Bhubaneswar.

An open letter to Academics and People’s Movements in India –  Towards a critical articulation on factory schools

by Pranab Doley, Jacinta Kerketta, Deme Oraon, Gladson Dungdung, Sharanya and Rajaraman Sundaresan A recent protest, through a petition endorsed by around 300 Adivasi leaders, academics, activists, environmental groups and people’s movements in India, has brought the issue of decolonization to the forefront by protesting against the decision of IUAES and its member organizations to hold the World Anthropology Congress[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Are the People Unjust to the Judges?

Are the People Unjust to the Judges?

Justice Ramanna has observed that ‘judges have become victims of juicy gossip’ while CJI Bobde has said that independence of the judiciary is not only independence from the Executive, but also from many other pressure and prejudices. They are not wrong, but they should introspect why things are happening which did not happen before. Have the people degenerated or the[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
 Kashi- Mathura: Will Temple Politics be Revived?

 Kashi- Mathura: Will Temple Politics be Revived?

When Babri Mosque was being demolished in broad day light, the slogan being chanted by the leaders was, Yeh to Kewal jahnki hai, Kashi Mathura Baaki hai (This is the beginning, Kashi Mathura are next on the line).  Supreme Court despite giving the same land to those who demolished the Mosque did call it a crime. The Ram Temple was[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
New Education Policy-2020 What’s in the Plate for Marginal Students?

New Education Policy-2020 What’s in the Plate for Marginal Students?

by Kalu Naik and Ajit Kumar Lenka ­­­The much-awaited and ambitious ‘New Education Policy-2020’ rolled out by the NDA government under the chairmanship of former ISRO Chief K. Kasturirangan. This New Education Policy is popularly known as the Kasturirangan committee on Education Policy. This is the third education policy since 1968 and 1986 and considered as the modern education policy[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Digital Polarization and the Religion of Profit

Digital Polarization and the Religion of Profit

by Sandeep Pandey and Shivi Saba What purpose does a religion serve? It serves you the meaning of living a life in the right way. Lately, the sentiment around the religion in our country is undergoing transformation, religion has become a marker of character. Earlier this thinking was limited to a very small section of society but now the politics[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid

Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid

Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid by the Delhi Police in the  name of investigating the North East Delhi pogrom! Stop the harassment of activists and intellectuals! On September 13th, after a lengthy interrogation lasting over 10 hours, the Delhi Police arrested former JNU student Umar Khalid. His arrest under FIR 59/2020 invokes several sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
People’s Policy for Post COVID-19 Times

People’s Policy for Post COVID-19 Times

In the last six months the world has witnessed an unprecedented period of vulnerability and socio-economic insecurity and distress – India has been no exception to this casualty. In these extraordinary times, the centralised, undemocratic and non consultative manner in which the government has formulated and implemented policies have been damaging to India’s working people – further perpetuating an already[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Fanatics Demolish Home of Christian Family Twice in Chhattisgarh

Fanatics Demolish Home of Christian Family Twice in Chhattisgarh

A Christian family was chased away after their home was demolished by local religious fanatics in Chhattisgarh. The fanatics made this move although the family holds all legal documents of ownership of the said property. “*Bhushan, *Bani, and their three children used to live in a 7×9 sq. ft room which belonged to *Bhushan’s parents. When the family accepted Christianity[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Making NEET Neat

Making NEET Neat

Why is it alone students of Tamil Nadu are known for committing suicides due to NEET? Since 2017 during this time around the NEET exam in the corner, Tamil Nadu always has the news of students committing suicides? Who should we blame for this? Is it the students themselves or their parents? or the government and the entire society? As[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Weaponising the Virus is Dangerous for all and Against Humanity

Weaponising the Virus is Dangerous for all and Against Humanity

This is a crucial time and an unprecedented crisis is unfolding where the worst-hit are the most neglected ones. The Government must find a way out with utmost dedication, even if it is an act of God, and look after the farmers, so that they do happy harvesting rather than committing unwelcoming suicides. How does the novel coronavirus travel from[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Revive Basanta Utsab And Poush Mela At Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

Revive Basanta Utsab And Poush Mela At Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

This is a scene from Basanta Utsab ( spring festival) song- and-dance programme at Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, a couple of years back. The VC of the University, Bidyut Chakrabarty, called it “Basanta Tandav” and banned it along with the Poush Mela. How can you expect a person found guilty of sexual harassment and punished, to understand, leave alone to appreciate, such[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Reclaiming India!—A Strong Recommendation

Reclaiming India!—A Strong Recommendation

On October 3rd and 4th, the Reclaiming India virtual conference will take place online. Please do not miss it. Hear Luminaries like William Barber, Prashant Bhushan, Indira Jaising, Hamid Ansari www.reclaimingindia.org Organized by Global Indian Progressive Alliance, Hindus for Human Rights, Indian American Muslim Council, India Civil Watch International, Students Against Hindutva Ideology this conference is a magnificent event highlighting[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
 Delhi Riot: Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions

 Delhi Riot: Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions

To: Mr. SN Srivastava, IPS Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police Headquarters, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi Subject:          Urgently stop the motivated and malicious investigation and carry out bona fide investigation into the violence in North East Delhi in end  February, 2020; Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions in the conspiracy case made[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
‘We Will Shoot You’, Mob Threatens Pastor In Rajasthan

‘We Will Shoot You’, Mob Threatens Pastor In Rajasthan

‘We will shoot you’, ‘Stop religious conversion’ & ‘This is a Hindu Rashtra’. These were the slogans yelled out by a mob of religious fanatics, who stood outside a Church in Rajasthan, India. This incident took place on the 11th of September 2020 at roughly 5:30 pm. “Around 50 men stood outside our gate, creating a huge commotion and threatening[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

As citizens deeply committed to Constitutional values, we condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid who has been subjected to a malicious investigation targeting peaceful anti-CAA protestors. He has been booked under several charges including UAPA, sedition and conspiracy for murder. With deep anguish we have no doubt in saying that this investigation is not about the violence in February 2020[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

  The mainstream media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has reproduced the police version while covering the news related to the naming of opposition leaders, activists, scholars in a supplementary chargesheet in the February 2020 Delhi riots. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader and scholar Yogendra Yadav, JNU economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and social activist Apoorvanand[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 India
India Not To Allow ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’

India Not To Allow ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’

It is well known fact that the Khalistan movement,  which was to make a separate homeland for the Sikhs within India, had been considered ‘long-dead’ by the Indian government, after it coalesced to its high-point in 1984, when the Ex. PM Indira Gandhi organised ‘Operation Blue Star’ to suppress it.  But, even after 36 years the embers still tend to[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 India
Janhastakshep condemns the demolition of thousands of houses in Delhi

Janhastakshep condemns the demolition of thousands of houses in Delhi

Janhastakshep takes serious note of and unequivocally condemns the inhuman, illegal and unethical demolition of thousands of houses (Jhuggis) of the Indian citizens along the railway lines near Keshavpuram and Nangloi in Delhi, the day before yesterday (10th September 2020), by the Railway authorities and Delhi Police under the pretext of Supreme Court Order, 31 august 2020, by a bench[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
The National Education Policy: A Perspective From Below

The National Education Policy: A Perspective From Below

     Recently the PM Modi led Cabinet has approved the New National Education Policy (NEP-2020). After that, it is being argued that current Education policy has been designed to fulfill the needs and emerging aspirations of students. In this respect, the ruling dispensation led by PM Modi has said that current policy on education will help us to achieve an[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
File photo of Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army soldiers in September 2019 | Photo: ANI

India- China doing Handstands on Edge of a Ladak Cliff

The Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Pangong Tso remains poised on a razor’s edge. India- China animosity is high, mutual trust is nonexistent, and all past agreements and mechanisms that provided the basis for managing the border dispute have gone for a toss. The situation is slipping fast towards a point of no return, but a war that looks[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
Institutional nephews

Institutional nephews

I have been following Kangana Ranaut with a mixture of fascination and admiration ever since she showed the extraordinary courage of taking on the bigwigs in Bollywood by attacking the source of their power—nepotism. Beginning from Koffee With Karan where she famously called Karan Johar the ‘flag bearer of nepotism’, she has been relentless in her attack. She must have[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Open Letter Mark Zuckerberg-CEO Of Facebook

Open Letter Mark Zuckerberg-CEO Of Facebook

“I think there’s a comfort in knowing and having confidence that there are things bigger than you…it’s why I have so much faith in democracy overall, it’s why I care so much about giving people a voice” -Mark Zuckerberg Dear Mark, Very few have the privilege, convenience and power to give the masses a voice, like you do. Facebook has[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
What we behold is what we become

What we behold is what we become

On the 6th of September 2020, a news channel by the name of Pahad TV made a short video about how Christian missionaries from the south have ‘deviously’ come to the north and are ‘in the business’ of converting people there. A group of fanatics, led by a man identified as Gyan Singh Rana is seen threatening a group of[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots

Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots

The Forum for Constitutional Rights and Democratic Freedoms (FCRDF) was constituted in August, 2020, after discussion among its Principal Members, comprising both individuals and organizations, all representing different constituencies. All were concerned with the erosion of constitutional rights and democratic freedoms in the last few years and came together on a common platform to stem the tide. The groups represented[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Open letter to Narendra Modi on his Birthday

Open letter to Narendra Modi on his Birthday

Narendra Modi The Prime Minister of India Subject: I wish you a long life so that you can live to see the consequences of your actions Mr. Modi, Hope you are doing well, even under these difficult circumstances when your country is now the second most hit in the world by COVID 19. Too bad that your lockdown did not[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Kangana Ranaut and routine violations by the rich

Kangana Ranaut and routine violations by the rich

The controversial demolition of the allegedly illegal construction in film star Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra on September 9 should be seen in a broader perspective. The crux is that over the years there is a tacit understanding between sections in the State government, the municipal corporation and the rich about land grab and illegal construction, enjoying[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
India, Israel And The Arab States

India, Israel And The Arab States

The president of US Donald Trump is of course too much meant to be busy for the November 2020 elections, and despite the stand-off with China on many fronts, particularly in South China Sea, will not be able to ‘look-that-hard’ into with China until the elections are over, which is not ‘that much’ to India’s liking, yet Israel, which is[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
A Parody Of Mann Ki Baat

A Parody Of Mann Ki Baat

I came to power in 2014. Till that period, all the sickulars, commies, libtards, prestitutes ruled the country. The land called India was destroyed by these anti-nationals. From the time I became the prime minister, I took on a war with these anti-national forces. I identified all the Urban naxals and Islamic jehadists by their speeches and dresses and got[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
A Modern Day Retelling of a Witch-Hunt

A Modern Day Retelling of a Witch-Hunt

  The terms ‘medial trial’ and ‘media circus’ that are frequently invoked to describe what is happening to actor Rhea Chakraborty following the alleged suicide of her partner Sushant Singh Rajput, merely masks the reality of what our society is subjecting this young woman to. So let’s call it what it really is, shall we? This is a modern day[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
Time To Judge The Judgement

Time To Judge The Judgement

by Sandeep Pandey and Mohini Mullick When the only cause for elation, even a smile in the morning, is news of the release of an innocent detainee with the words that his detention ‘was bad in law’, then democracy is indeed staring at its nadir. Priyanka Gandhi called Kafeel after his release. We would have liked to call the judges[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
In Solidarity with K. Satyanarayana

In Solidarity with K. Satyanarayana

We, the undersigned academics, journalists and concerned citizens strongly condemn the fresh round of harassment and arrests of academics and activists by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is trying to implicate them in the Bhima Koregaon case. After Partho Sarathi Ray, the NIA has now summoned Prof Satyanarayana and senior journalist KV Kurmanath to appear before it on 9[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
Over a thousand scientists and academics express concern over NIA actions in Bhima-Koregaon case

Over a thousand scientists and academics express concern over NIA actions in Bhima-Koregaon case

We are members of the scientific and academic community. We are writing to express our deep concern at the actions of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its investigation of the Bhima-Koregaon violence. Instead of investigating those responsible for the actual violent clashes in Bhima-Koregaon, the NIA (and earlier,  the Pune police) has focused on the Elgaar Parishad event—a large[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
Why Police is Casteist and Communal

Why Police is Casteist and Communal

 Sometime back  a video of a police officer from Maharashtra, Bhagyashree Navtake had gone viral wherein she is seen bragging about how she files false cases against Dalits and Muslims and tortures them. It represents a crude but true picture of social prejudices in India’s police force. It is a fact that after all our police men come from the society, hence[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
Fanatics Persecute Christians On The Street And Circulate Video In Uttar Pradesh

Fanatics Persecute Christians On The Street And Circulate Video In Uttar Pradesh

Numerous videos of Christians being persecuted by religious radicals are being widely circulated on social media, with Facebook alone having a network of 33 million users in India. These videos are especially uploaded on groups run by the fanatics themselves and then spread to other social media platforms like twitter and WhatsApp. These videos aim at inciting hatred and defaming[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
Reclaiming Democracy, Defending Diversity: 12 Years of Kandhamal Genocide

Reclaiming Democracy, Defending Diversity: 12 Years of Kandhamal Genocide

National Solidarity Forum (NSF) Cordially Invites for National Webinar TWELVE YEARS OF KANDHAMAL MEMORIAL ‘RECLAIMING DEMOCRACY, DEFENDING DIVERSITY’ Date: 12th September 2020 Time: 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm Dear Friend, The National Solidarity Forum invites you to a National Webinar ‘Twelve Years of Kandhamal – Reclaiming Democracy, Defending Diversity’ on Saturday, 12th September 2020 to mark the 12th Anniversary of[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
CDRO condemns the witch-hunt by the NIA and the choking of pro-people voices

CDRO condemns the witch-hunt by the NIA and the choking of pro-people voices

  After the arrests of leading public intellectuals like poet Varavara Rao, Prof. Soma Sen, Prof. Anand Teltumbde, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Ms. Sudha Bharadwaj and others, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has trained its gun yet once again on democratic right activists, lawyers and other intellectuals. One of their latest targets is Prof. Parthosarathi Ray, a leading biologist of the country, an Associate[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor and Jyoti Jagtap of Kabir Kala Manch Arrested In Bhima Koregaon case

Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor and Jyoti Jagtap of Kabir Kala Manch Arrested In Bhima Koregaon case

Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor of Kabir Kala Manch, have been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with Elgar Parishad – Bhima Koregaon case. Later today, NIA arrested Kabir Kala Manch activist Jyoti Jagtap in Bhima Koregaon case. With the arrest of Jyoti, the number of persons arrested in this case has risen to 15. Sagar Gorkhe[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
International Literacy Day 2020 and India’s Progress and Promises: An Introspection

International Literacy Day 2020 and India’s Progress and Promises: An Introspection

Youths and children, the most demographic dividend of any country, are equally important for the society specifically as well as for the nation-building in general. They are the impregnable pillars of any country’s social integration and economic growth. Education is treated as best mode of shaping these young populations towards their holistic development, thereon the destiny of any nation depends[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 India
Indian Muslims  At the Cross roads

Indian Muslims  At the Cross roads

I had cultivated an idea before 2014 elections that BJP in power is a better option than out of power. It was based on the perception that BJP in the long run wants to grab power and it creates an anti Muslim rhetoric to win majority community votes .And when power is achieved they don’t need the anti minority path.[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Romi Mahajan interviews Vinayak Chaturvedi on the Subject of Savarkar

Romi Mahajan interviews Vinayak Chaturvedi on the Subject of Savarkar

Given the events of August 5th in Ayodhya, how do we conceive Savarkar as a progenitor of this invidious movement? The answer to your question is not an easy one, given the complexities of Savarkar’s ideas and the interpretation of those ideas over one century by a number of thinkers.  However, in thinking specifically about Rama, Ayodhya, and the Babri[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Who Wrote Kulanirmulana: Voka Marxist Dhukpadham  (Annihilation of Caste: A Marxist Approach)

Who Wrote Kulanirmulana: Voka Marxist Dhukpadham  (Annihilation of Caste: A Marxist Approach)

From Devulapally Venkateswara Rao group one Suryaprakash and Krishna have been writing very unreadable document type of writeups against me. They have been trying to spread lies as information, rubbish as Marxist knowledge. One major unverified lie that they are spreading is that I did not write the first booklet on caste and Marxism in the history of Indian communist[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
HBKL condemns the targeting of peaceful anti-CAA/NRC/NPR protesters by Mumbai Police

HBKL condemns the targeting of peaceful anti-CAA/NRC/NPR protesters by Mumbai Police

Ever since the passage of the draconian & unconstitutional laws, namely, the CAA, NRC & the NPR, peaceful protests spontaneously arose across the country. These protests were organised in the best traditions of the Gandhian principles of non-violence and dissent. The movement that arose committed themselves to defend the Constitution of India and the fundamental values espoused in our preamble,[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Catholic Union lists issues of Dalit Christians, Targeted Hate and National Education Policy as leading the top ten concerns of the community

Catholic Union lists issues of Dalit Christians, Targeted Hate and National Education Policy as leading the top ten concerns of the community

All India Catholic Union National President  Lancy D Cunha has listed the long-pending restoration of scheduled rights for Dalit Christians, Targeted hate and violence against religious minorities, and the skewed National Education Policy as the chief concerns of the Christian community in the first year of the third decade of the 21st Century. Speaking at a webinar organized by the[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Be him Anyone’s Ram, Will he ever be Everyone’s?

Be him Anyone’s Ram, Will he ever be Everyone’s?

Will there be any use in searching answer to a question like this? For me, no. There is no point at all. But then, hey, should not we discuss and debate on some speeches made by leaders invoking mythical characters? If one rejects religion and God, does it mean that they should also dismiss discussion on religion? May be not.[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
GDP contracts by 23.9%: Media blames Corona, but doesn’t dare question Government

GDP contracts by 23.9%: Media blames Corona, but doesn’t dare question Government

The mainstream newspapers have given very little space to the story of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shirking by the steepest ever 23.9 per cent that it deserves. In their reporting, they have ended up solely blaming the corona pandemic for the steepest decline. Hardly has any newspaper dared to link the sharpest fall in the GDP to the Government’s economic[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Only a Multi-class Democratic Platform can defeat the authoritarian politics of BJP/ RSS

Only a Multi-class Democratic Platform can defeat the authoritarian politics of BJP/ RSS

Main points on the basis of the talk with Akhilendra Pratap Singh, Member, National Working Committee of Swaraj Abhiyan by senior journalist Santosh Bhartiya of Loud TV India about the political initiative required in the present situation: (Akhilendra Pratap Singh in this conversation has expressed his views about the new ideology and strategy in the present situation, pointing out the[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Has Indian Democracy Been Facebooked?

Has Indian Democracy Been Facebooked?

Belarus-born American writer Evgeny Morozov, a scholar of the political and social implications of technology, is among the early technology sceptics whose words have now proved prescient. Morozov had questioned the claim that the internet would challenge dictatorships even at an inconvenient time to do so. While thousands were out on streets during the Arab Spring, he delivered a Ted[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
A Nation in Tatters

A Nation in Tatters

August 15, 1947 is a memorable day in the history of the British Empire since from that day onwards the sun started setting on the British Empire and India received its independence from the clutches of the British. What dreams we had for the future; what aspirations were built up for a young nation who could breathe free after being[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Female Pastor And Husband Unjustly Imprisoned In Madhya Pradesh

Female Pastor And Husband Unjustly Imprisoned In Madhya Pradesh

Pr. Sangeeta and her husband Chandra Shekhar Upadhyay were unjustly arrested and imprisoned in Indore a district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, by the Police after the complainant wrongly accused them of forcing her to convert to Christianity. “This is a dishonest accusation. My Mother has been a devout Christian and a faithful Pastor. My parents would never[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Is War Imminent?

Is War Imminent?

India which is already bogged down by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as its economy is into a ‘meltdown’, right now is in quite a piquant position as the likelihood of a conflict now only on Line of Actual Control (China) but a conflict on Line of Control (Pakistan) is almost waiting to happen. Going by the details, it[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 India
Church Destroyed At The Dead Of Night In Telangana

Church Destroyed At The Dead Of Night In Telangana

‘The Grace Prayer House’ was demolished at the dead of night by religious fanatics on the 2nd of September 2020, in Khammam, a district in the southern Indian state of Telangana. The attack is the aftermath of a Police complaint made against the fanatics who have been harassing the Church since 2019. “At around 2:00am, my wife woke up with[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
Condemn The Decision To Demolish 48,000 Homes Of The Urban Poor In Delhi

Condemn The Decision To Demolish 48,000 Homes Of The Urban Poor In Delhi

People Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) expresses its disappointment at the decision of the Supreme Court of India dated 31.08.2020 in `M.C. Mehta v Union Of India & Ors’ (Writ Petition No. 13029/1985), and condemns the direction to demolish within the next three months over 48,000 homes of the urban poor in Delhi as being in complete violation of the[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
 India’s corporate tax cuts fail to deliver on its promises: Is there a way out?   

 India’s corporate tax cuts fail to deliver on its promises: Is there a way out?   

Coronavirus could have sounded the death knell for capitalism. The Economic Times called it a time of “ethical reboot,” while New Statesman invoked “the need for an entirely new economic system” of governance. This could have become our new reality, if not for the governments all over the world swooping in to rescue their most beloved—The Corporates. Our current business-centric,[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
 Maej Kasheer : The Lost Paradise

 Maej Kasheer : The Lost Paradise

Káśmīra, the Sanskrit word of Kashmir; or Kasheer, the Kashmiri word for Kashmir; only inscribed in the pages of the books or in minds similarly as how the beloved land “Maej Kasheer”- the Mother Kashmir set aside in the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. The paradise was only known as the Kashmir Valley between the Great Himalayas and[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
A Long Term COVID Response Plan

A Long Term COVID Response Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on the economy: broken supply chains, record unemployment, failing small businesses. Much the same way it is affecting people with pre-existing health conditions more strongly, so is the pandemic-triggered economic crisis exposing vulnerable communities to greater distress. The pandemic has frozen the wheels of economy and affected every aspect of life. Lockdowns[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
Gate Installed To Keep Christians Out Of Prayer House In Telengana

Gate Installed To Keep Christians Out Of Prayer House In Telengana

A gate was deliberately installed to prevent Christians from visiting a prayer house at a residential and commercial colony in the Indian state of Telangana. Persecution Relief was alerted about the incident on the 31st of August 2020, by *Andrew, a Christian resident of the colony. “Over the past year, the colony members have been purposely creating one issue after[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 India
We The Citizens Object To The Manner Of The Delhi Riots Probe

We The Citizens Object To The Manner Of The Delhi Riots Probe

Over 1000 citizens from all walks of life including, filmmaker Aparna Sen; former Culture Secretary culture Jawahar Sircar; Historian Ramchandra Guha; former Chairperson, Delhi Minority Commission Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan; Former Governor, Margaret Alva; Academics –  Zoya Hasan, Partha Chatterjee, Jayati Ghosh, Poonam Batra, Nivedita Menon, Sucharita Sen; former senior civil servants – Wajahat Habibullah, Madhu Bhaduri, Deb Mukherjee, Amitabha Pande,[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 India
Delhi Riots: Is this an investigation into a “conspiracy” or is the investigation itself a conspiracy?

Delhi Riots: Is this an investigation into a “conspiracy” or is the investigation itself a conspiracy?

Statement released by Activists  of Anti-CAA-NRC-NPR movement, Apoorvanand, Harsh Mander, Yogendra Yadav, Kawalpreet and Umar Khalid questioning the malicious investigation of the Delhi riots by Delhi police This press conference has been called in the backdrop of a continuing attempt by the Delhi Police to falsely implicate activists of the anti-CAA/NRC/NPR movements as the masterminds of the brutal communal violence[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 India
A Loss Untold: How I lost my Dehli in 2020

A Loss Untold: How I lost my Dehli in 2020

Dil ki basti purani Dilli hai Jo bhi guzra hai uss ne loota hai (My heart is [like] the Delhi of yore Whoever has passed through it, has looted it)   The renowned poet Bashir Badr compared the afflictions of his heart with the city of Delhi in this famous couplet. Like the city, he claims, his heart was looted[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 India
Journalists and doctors are victims of Covid, they should learn to join unions

Journalists and doctors are victims of Covid, they should learn to join unions

• Journalists, because they can rub shoulders with so-called VIPs, start thinking that they too belong to the elite circle. Over the years many in the profession enjoying good perks, have started looking down on trade unions of journalists. But with Covid leading to loss of jobs and health hazards, it is time for a rethink. • In Maharashtra the[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
Pastor Whipped And Beaten By The Police In Uttar Pradesh

Pastor Whipped And Beaten By The Police In Uttar Pradesh

“You Christian’s will never change” said *Inspector Kumar, as he lashed his belt on *Pastor Rupesh’s back. “I am fed up of trying to stop you Christians” he exclaimed. For the next couple of hours, Pr. Rupesh and a fellow believer endured the fury of the Inspector as he mercilessly beat them with a (lathi) wooden rod and his belt.[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
 Who Will Clean The Deep Rot of Indian Education System?

 Who Will Clean The Deep Rot of Indian Education System?

Co-Written by  Peehu Pardeshi and Sandeep Pandey It is unusual for a bright young scholar like Amrendra Narayan, with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Mississippi State University, preceded and followed by research stints at Indian Institutes of Technology at Kanpur and Mumbai, respectively, to go and work at a relatively little known Veer Kunwar Singh University in a small[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
Deskilling and Reskilling of Adivasi farmers- Context Specific Analysis is Important

Deskilling and Reskilling of Adivasi farmers- Context Specific Analysis is Important

Co-Written by Dibyendu Chaudhuri and Parijat Ghosh   Deskilling is a process of elimination of skilled labour within an economy. Separation of intelligence from muscle helps ruling class dominating both (Braverman, 1974). Advent of modern agriculture, characterised by hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers, pesticides, etc., is considered responsible for deskilling in agriculture. In agriculture, deskilling is understood as a process in[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 India
‘Chant In Our Temples Not In Your Homes’, Uttar Pradesh

‘Chant In Our Temples Not In Your Homes’, Uttar Pradesh

“What’s all this nonsense going on here?” Two angry religious fanatics yelled at a Pastor’s family, after they forcefully entered their home at around 4pm in the evening and began creating a commotion. The family was shocked and taken aback by the unexpected visit as there was no prayer meeting going on then. “They immediately started accusing us of religious[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
India Not Able To Fully Abandon Russia

India Not Able To Fully Abandon Russia

One development which surely has skipped its ‘deserving-importance’  and which could not evoke the due coverage , despite the on-going clashes and conflict hotting-up  between India and China, the latest again on August 31, 2020, in Pangong Tso Lake 1 , has however  come as a surprise,  as that India has pulled out of the Kavkaz military exercises to be[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
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Solution To India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

Co-Written by  Tenzin Tsundue and Sandeep Pandey India has a cancerous wound around its Himalayan neck and this has been literally a pain in the neck ever since India’s humiliating defeat during the Chinese invasion of India in 1962. The recent Galwan Valley massacre only added salt to the wound. It has come to this because when China invaded the[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
Bullying the way with flawed SOPs, Gloves & Masks No Panacea for all!

Bullying the way with flawed SOPs, Gloves & Masks No Panacea for all!

With every passing day, the corona pandemic is getting bigger and bigger; we have reached the figure of more than one thousand deaths and around 80 thousand reported cases every day. We are into 10 months of the pandemic, yet we seem to know little about the infectivity of the virus. Even highly protected people like Home Minster of the[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
Promoting Fraternity: Courts to the Rescue – Stay on Transmission of Hate Program of Sudarshan TV

Promoting Fraternity: Courts to the Rescue – Stay on Transmission of Hate Program of Sudarshan TV

Prashant Bhushan, the upright legal luminary and social activist, has shown the mirror to the Judiciary in a remarkable way. But that’s not the whole story. Recently two interventions of the Courts do give a hope that the judiciary can also come forward to preserve the democratic values in the society. The first one of this was the judgement where[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 India
Has The Media Forgotten What News Is?

Has The Media Forgotten What News Is?

Walter Cronkite’s was a well- known broadcast journalists of America during the 60s. He was much respected, loved and hated at the same time for presenting the news as it was. There was no editorializing. There was no moral judgment. There was no prophetising. The news was what it was. “Our job is only to hold up the mirror- to[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 India
Is India Prepared For A Two-Front War?

Is India Prepared For A Two-Front War?

Photo Courtesy:  India Today All the news of de-escalation between China and India, has turned out to be farce, as the heat which began in May 2020, and which reached its height on June 15, 2020, in which India lost 20 soldiers in Galwan valley, in Ladakh,  has refused to cease, despite India having sat with China over ‘rounds-of-talks’. All[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 India
Build a united struggle for the livelihood of the poor as an alternative to religiopolitical nexus

Build a united struggle for the livelihood of the poor as an alternative to religiopolitical nexus

  According to newspaper reports, Leo Saldanha, a social activist and lawyer, has written a letter to President RamnathKobind demanding the suspension of Tejaswi Surya, a BJP MP from South Bengaluru, from the LokSabha. He has accused the BJP MP of “desecrating the constitution”. How? On 5th August when the Prime Minister NarendraModi was bowing on the ground during the[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 India
Pedestrians, Bus users are real heroes, says Traffic police commissioner

Pedestrians, Bus users are real heroes, says Traffic police commissioner

It would be good if our politicians and bureaucrats did a little introspection like Bangalore’s traffic police commissioner Ravikanthe Gowda. He said he had not travelled by a bus for the last twenty years and we make decisions about public transport without using public transport ourselves and without involving people who are real users. This situation has to change, he[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
Gupkar, The Name Behind A Declaration

Gupkar, The Name Behind A Declaration

Gupkar as the name behind a recent political declaration is catching headlines these days. On 4 August 2019, a group of politicians in Srinagar issued a statement, now known as the Gupkar Declaration, to defend the “identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu & Kashmir against all attacks and onslaughts whatsoever”. Within 24 hours, the Government of India responded by[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
There Is a Term for Sudarshan News Civil Service Expose. It Is Called Stochastic Terrorism

There Is a Term for Sudarshan News Civil Service Expose. It Is Called Stochastic Terrorism

It was a Friday morning when American president John F. Kennedy (JFK) sat in his Lincoln convertible to attend a feast at the Dallas Trade Mart. Infamous for harbouring enmity for JFK, journalist Ted Dealey had just called him a “traitor” in a series of advertisements that he published in Dallas Morning News. While the whirlpool of hatred and propaganda[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
Don’t blame Nehru for partition and preponing independence

Don’t blame Nehru for partition and preponing independence

The other day an important BJP leader remarked that Jawaharlal Nehru and other Congress leaders managed to advance the date of independence and accepted country’s partition because they were in a hurry to enjoy fruits of power. This statement of the BJP leader is totally untrue and is not backed by facts and indicates that they lack knowledge of history.[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
 I, the Registrar, Judge, Jury and Executioner for the Leader

 I, the Registrar, Judge, Jury and Executioner for the Leader

Gridlocked into the global jurisprudence of the war on terror, some judges of the Supreme Court of India have internalized a war justified by the ‘state of exception’. War has been transformed by the judiciary from military campaigns at the border, to the “containment of internal dissent and uprising” within the boundaries of India. Prashant Bushan’s tweets of the past[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
The Long And Short Of A Corona Infection Story From Kerala

The Long And Short Of A Corona Infection Story From Kerala

Yes, we, both me and my daughter became COVID 19 positive on August 19th after an Antigen test done. We had no major symptoms as such. I just had a chill and was feverish for a day and I became normal after that. My daughter had fever and body pain for a day or two. After that she developed total[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
Division Bench Acknowledges Injustices against Indian Muslims

Division Bench Acknowledges Injustices against Indian Muslims

Injustice against Indian Muslim by the BJP government is a quite talk in many quarters in India, but never among those sitting in judgment and delivering justice. This silence is broken by a division bench of Justice Tanaji V Nalawade and Justice Mukund G Sewlikar of Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court who on August 21, 2020 made some[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
Demand for Non-Covid19 Public Health Services for Women, Children, Transgender, Disable and Senior Citizens gets Louder

Demand for Non-Covid19 Public Health Services for Women, Children, Transgender, Disable and Senior Citizens gets Louder

Women, children, transgender persons, people with disability and senior citizens is the most invisible population of the country. Though the harshest and extremely unplanned lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus failed miserably, it brought 19million workers working and living away from home, the backbone of Indian economy, in public gaze. With the abrupt announcement of Lockdown and shutting of[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 India
Seven CMs decry assault on federalism: Media dismisses it as party politics

Seven CMs decry assault on federalism: Media dismisses it as party politics

The mainstream media has diluted the concerns of seven chief ministers about an assault on federal structure, misuse of central agencies, financial injustice, etc. Instead, the entire media coverage has reduced the whole issue to party politics and differences over holding medical and engineering entrance exams (JEE-NEET). Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a virtual meeting of these seven chief ministers[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 India
The police I served and the police I faced

The police I served and the police I faced

(I am a 1972 batch IPS officer of U.P.Cadre. After retirement as IG (Police) in 2003, I have been active on issues of Human Rights, Dalit Rights, RTI, Forest Rights Act, Right to Food and Education etc. I am the Vice-President of People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Uttar Pradesh. I am also ex- Advisor to National Commission for Scheduled Castes.[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 India
New Education Policy: Duties Before Implementation

New Education Policy: Duties Before Implementation

  A friend of mine requested that I must contribute my suggestions sought by the government for the preparation of the New Education Policy (NEP). He reminded me about my elaborate critique of the report of Ambani-Birla Committee, constituted by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He added that in continuance of the argument presented in that critique I should suggest to the[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 India
A Church Demolished In Uttar Pradesh

A Church Demolished In Uttar Pradesh

A Church at a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was completely demolished by religious fanatics at midnight on the 25th of August 2020. The tin roof and fortifications made of bamboo cane were broken down and ruined during the incident. *Pr. Purohit who leads the Church in this village told Persecution Relief that he received the startling[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 India
Nirmala Sitharaman’s economics as an act of god in India

Nirmala Sitharaman’s economics as an act of god in India

The Finance Minister of India, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman in Mr Narendra Modi led BJP government has attributed the pandemic led economic downturn as an act of god. She is not alone in this ‘act of god’ bandwagon. The theological reasoning gives temporary relief to the ruling classes but failed to provide long term hiding ground in history.  The extra ordinary[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 India
Remedial class in village Majhipadara GP Kasinipadar of phiringia block in Kandhamal

Revamping education amidst COVID19 is an enormous task but feasible

Children cannot come to school. But schools can go home. CSOs working on education have urged the Odisha government to clarify mechanisms and modus-operandi of recently announced Shiksha Samparka scheme and to initiate remedial classes to bridge the learning gap among children. As per the government report, there are only 2.2 million school children out of around 6 million, who[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 India
 From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception

 From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception

Insecticidal Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton is the first and only GM (genetically modified) crop that has been approved in India. It has been cultivated in the country for more than 20 years. In a formal statement to the Supreme Court of India, the Indian government has asserted that hybrid Bt cotton is an outstanding success. It therefore argues that Bt[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 India
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

 Scapegoats and Holy Cows: Media, Police and Tablighi Jamaat in the Times of Covid 19

The spread of Corona Virus in India has been on the upswing despite the measures undertaken by the state. In most parts of India the suffering has been immense. The central Government took up the issue of Covid 19, with great amount of delay. From early February WHO started warning the Governments all around about the impending dangers of the[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 India
Discrimination and Exclusion during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

Discrimination and Exclusion during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

How should one deal with COVID-19 pandemic? Certainly not with social distancing, which in South Asian context, has inbuilt casteist connotations of discrimination and exclusion. Introduction India has more than 3 million cases of coronavirus now. The situation is far from normal. It is time not only to talk about ways and means for ending the pandemic which so far[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 India
The Truth Behind The Lies

The Truth Behind The Lies

Fabricated Charges leading to the imprisonment of innocent Christians has become increasingly common and is on a steep upsurge. Since 2018, Persecution Relief recorded 194 cases of false charges and arrests made against Christians of which 57 cases were documented in the first half of 2020 alone. Arrests based on ‘forced conversion’ is the most widely used allegation by religious[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 India
Modi’s love for animals and politics of hate

Modi’s love for animals and politics of hate

As Indians are sinking amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the makeup dependent, camera addicted, and selfie-savvy Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi is busy with sharing his multitasking photos, his photography skills and his love for animals, birds and wildlife. The utter economic and social crisis does not disturb his focus on camera. The positive vibe photos of Modi feeding peacocks at[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 India
Stop them spreading hatred before it is too late

Stop them spreading hatred before it is too late

The air is more polluted than what used to happen during the worst period of a natural disaster or December winter when Delhi would be choked in heavy toxic smog. This time the contamination is not natural as because of Covid 19, the birds have acquired their spaces and the sky is looking absolutely stunning while we can breathe now[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 India
National Education Policy 2020: Empty Vessel Sounds Much

National Education Policy 2020: Empty Vessel Sounds Much

The Union Cabinet approved the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) on 29th July 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation. This policy would replace the education policy in operation since 1986.  According to NPE 1986, the aim of education was threefold, namely, the overall development of the human resource, international co-operation, and peaceful co-existence, development of socialism, secularism,[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 India
How students may be selected for IITs without any entrance examination in the time of pandemic and beyond

How students may be selected for IITs without any entrance examination in the time of pandemic and beyond

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic threat a raging debate is going on at present regarding the holding of the Joint Entrance Examination Mains, the preliminary examination required to be cleared for admission to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and other engineering and technology institutions, during 1-6 September, 2020, by the National Testing Agency, in which 8,58,273 candidates are to[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 India
Listen To The Disabled

Listen To The Disabled

The recently released circulars by NTA (national testing agency) and other institutions to conduct the entrance examinations is highly exclusionary in general and for the students with disabilities  in particular. As we are aware that in the current crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, the students with disabilities  have been particularly neglected by most of the universities as well as other[Read More…]

by August 27, 2020 India
War And Mental Health crisis in Kashmir does not seem to be Resolved soon

War And Mental Health crisis in Kashmir does not seem to be Resolved soon

 War and conflicts always comes in a severe human cost. Apart from the death and injuries it brings to the body, it has always brought a similar degree of injury to the mind, which sometimes goes un-noticed. Through the years of modern warfare, it has shown to affect the human mind to worse degree than it was imagined. During the[Read More…]

by August 27, 2020 India
The Light of Mahatma Gandhi and Prashant Bhushan

The Light of Mahatma Gandhi and Prashant Bhushan

I venture to make this statement not in any way in extenuation of the penalty to be awarded against me, but to show that I have disregarded the order served upon me not for want of respect or lawful authority, but in obedience to the higher law of our being, the voice of conscience – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Champaran Satyagraha[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 India
Is NEP doing enough for Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs)?

Is NEP doing enough for Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs)?

 NEP(2020) sets out high ideals for quality learning indicators for ensuring inclusive and equitable education keeping in view 2030 sustainable development goals. On the basis of robust consultation with different stakeholders it aspires for a great equalizer for economically and socially diverse set of groups. While the document recognizes the underrepresented concerns of Socially and Economically Disadvantaged groups (SEDGs), economists[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 India
COVID-19 Makes A Strong Case For Affordable Housing

COVID-19 Makes A Strong Case For Affordable Housing

Among the many challenges that have gained urgency in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, housing requires a highly creative response. The huge exodus from cities to villages was necessitated on account of lack of proper housing in cities. Expanding access to affordable housing is essential not just for equitable development but also social stability. When residents don’t have proper[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 India
Congress’s old darbaris uncomfortable with Rahul Gandhi’s Return

Congress’s old darbaris uncomfortable with Rahul Gandhi’s Return

The letter writers in the Congress party are nothing but all those who benefited by the Darbari politics of the party. They are comfortable in the current situation and dont want any radical ideological shift of the party. Most of them would be happy with their Rajya Sabha seats or party leaders without taking Modi and RSS head on. This[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 India
Partition of India: Dalits in the midst of Communal Violence and Language Controversy 

Partition of India: Dalits in the midst of Communal Violence and Language Controversy 

Historiography of the Partition of India and historical narratives generally focuses on violence among religious groups, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. In these narratives, Dalits, more often than not, find themselves being silenced, where they are treated as a subset of Hindus or Sikhs. It is a general notion that Dalits were not targeted for their caste identity but only for[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 India
For Secular Atheists, Adopting The Language Of Religion Is Fraud

For Secular Atheists, Adopting The Language Of Religion Is Fraud

Yogendra Yadav recently wrote about how secularism gave up the language of religion. He blamed secular English-speaking elites for not talking in terms of the cultural metaphors that common Indian could relate with. I understand where he is coming from. But I object to both to the diagnosis of the problem that English-speaking elites are secular while masses are communal. [Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 India
Woman is looking at a man communicating with her rom a monitor standing on the table before her. Woman has a tablet, potted plant and red cup of coffee are on the table before her. Blank bulletin board is hanging on the wall.

Teaching Crisis and Teachers’ Role in Times of Covid-19 Pandemic

The global Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented change in all walks of life. It has clutched different sectors and overthrown people around the world to a new social and economic crisis. Education is one of them, due to the pandemic around 1.52 billion students stranded at home and over 60.2 million teachers remain out of schools (UN Secretary-General, 2020,[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 India
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Tablighi Jamaat was made “scapegoat”: Media downplays Bombay High Court ruling

The mainstream media — particularly Hindi newspapers — has again concealed, underreported and suppressed the Bombay High Court ruling. In its Friday judgment, the High Court has said that Tablighi Jamaat was made “scapegoat” during the corona pandemic. It has also quashed the FIR against 29 foreigners and 7 Indian nationals who are associated with the twentieth century Muslim reformist[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 India
Original image courtesy : Vikar Syed

Kashmir; craving for democracy

Jammu and Kashmir, downgraded to UT status a year before, is battling on two fronts; one Corona virus and second restoration of democracy. The virus cases are rising day by day with more and more deaths reported .In this fight warriors are fighting, even some consumed by the death. Restoration of democracy has hit roadblocks at various levels. Kashmir has[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 India
Corporate Social Media in India: Sell Hate, Enjoy Profit

Corporate Social Media in India: Sell Hate, Enjoy Profit

The bias that social media platforms such as Facebook display reflect their own world-view as much as it does the regimes they support. A few gave the appearance of being truly psychopathic individuals. The mass of others were ragged and illiterate peasants easily roused to hatred of the Tutsi. Perhaps the most sinister people I met were the educated political[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 India
Telangana’s Dalit -Adivasi Scholars Struggle to Access Overseas Scholarships

Telangana’s Dalit -Adivasi Scholars Struggle to Access Overseas Scholarships

Co-Written by Ashok Danavath and Sanjeev Gumpenapalli State governments and the Centre have been advancing scholarships to students from marginalised social groups so that they can pursue higher education abroad. There is tremendous enthusiasm among Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, minority and backward students for overseas education. These scholarships are meant to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunities for them. However, of late,[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 India
In which direction the Indian Supreme Court sees itself heading?

In which direction the Indian Supreme Court sees itself heading?

On Aug 14, 2020, a three-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra found two tweets by lawyer and social activist Prashant Bhushan amounting to “serious contempt of court”. One of his tweets was about the role of the last four Chief Justices of India, and the other about the current CJI riding an expensive motorcycle while the court was in[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 India
A Year Of Economic Turmoil in Kashmir

A Year Of Economic Turmoil in Kashmir

A year since reading down of Article 370, J-K’s economy is in crisis. In August last year a complete communication blackout and lockdown was enforced after BJP-led Central government scrapped Article 370 and suspended J-K’s constitution. The state was put under complete lockdown, thousands of more troops were flown in and tourists were asked to leave the state with immediate[Read More…]

by August 22, 2020 India
The Reckoning Is Ought To Be Tough With China

The Reckoning Is Ought To Be Tough With China

The developments in world polity took to a storm when on August 14, 2020, United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Israel decided to normalise their relations 1 , with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) forcing Pakistan to repay its 1 billion USD loan and stopping oil supplies on deferred loan to it,  which Pakistan repaid after China provided with 1 billion USD[Read More…]

by August 22, 2020 India
Construction of Church stalled by fanatics in Odisha

Construction of Church stalled by fanatics in Odisha

Villagers influenced by fanatics have ganged up against a local Church opposing the construction of a Church building at a village in the Indian state of Odisha. They are threatening to demolish the Church building, claiming that it has angered the gods of their village. “The Sarpanch and the villagers were completely aware of the construction work ever since it[Read More…]

by August 22, 2020 India
Whose India?

Whose India?

The Indian war of independence was motivated by a few ideologies. Accordingly, there were different and distinct dreams of the future India, like Secular India, Hindu India, Muslim India, Dalit India and Socialist India. These dreams remain objectives of different kinds of political and social mobilizations in the country even today, though to different extent. The outcome of this vertical[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 India
Panaji: BJP President Amit Shah address BJP supporters in Panaji, Goa on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI8_20_2016_000228A)

Rest Assured, HM’s Recovery Is Assured

HM has been reportedly readmitted to the hospital for post-COVID care (and continues to work from there).  Even as the whole country is praying for his speedy recovery, Sarkari facts and statements issued ad infinitum should give him a reason to cheer viz: The recovery rate for COVID-19 has improved and reached 73.64 % because of ‘active intervention treatment strategies’.[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 India
I do not ask for mercy, I do not appeal to magnanimity: Prashant Bhushan

I do not ask for mercy, I do not appeal to magnanimity: Prashant Bhushan

I have gone through the judgment of this Hon’ble Court. I am pained that I have been held guilty of committing contempt of the Court whose majesty I have tried to uphold — not as a courtier or cheerleader but as a humble guard – for over three decades, at some personal and professional cost. I am pained, not because[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 India
Tentacles of an Octopus; the Pride and Prejudice of Nationalism

Tentacles of an Octopus; the Pride and Prejudice of Nationalism

 Nationalism is like a jellyfish that can take on new forms, but of late in India it has become more like an octopus, spreading its menacing tentacles, arbitrarily declaring some as ‘anti national’ others more intimidating, for being a threat to ‘national security’ which invariably ends up in slapping of law of sedition against the person whose only offence might[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 India
Can India be a secular republic without being socialist?

Can India be a secular republic without being socialist?

The event of Bhoomi Poojanof of Ram-Mandir in Ayodhya on 5 August 2020 marks the beginning of the politico-social endorsement of majority communalism in the country. In the articles/news stories/editorials/party releases/comments etc. written with reference to the Constitution and the Republic of India on this subject, one common thing could be discerned. That is, no intellectual or leader has accepted[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 India
Lure of Hindutva fascism in India

Lure of Hindutva fascism in India

The feudal character of Indian society and Brahmanical Hindu religious order based on caste has become a fertile ground for the growth of Hindutva fascism in India. The seed of Hindutva fascism was germinated with the establishment of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the “National Volunteers Organisation” in 1925 by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Mr Hedgewar’s mentor Dr B.S. Moonje was fascinated and[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 India
UP Government Exposes Its Insecurity

UP Government Exposes Its Insecurity

            One would wonder why after such a show of triumphalism at the foundation laying ceremony of grand Ram temple on 5th August in Ayodhya the Uttar Pradesh government would stoop so low to put a lock outside the Aam Admi Party office in Lucknow. What makes it feel insecure? After all, AAP is an outsider in UP politics. The[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 India
Was Shaheen Bagh Movement Scripted by BJP?

Was Shaheen Bagh Movement Scripted by BJP?

Aam Admi Party, rather Arvind Kejriwal’s party on 17th August accused the BJP of sponsoring the anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh, “The BJP won some seats from the North-East in Assembly polls because of Shaheen Bagh, creating a gap between Hindus and Muslims. In Delhi, the BJP rose from 18% to 38% due to Shaheen Bagh.” As a proof they[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 India
Tribute to Rajiv Gandhi: A Champion of ‘Panchayati Raj’

Tribute to Rajiv Gandhi: A Champion of ‘Panchayati Raj’

“We are on the threshold of a mighty revolution…it is a revolution that will bring democracy to the doorsteps of crores of Indians”, Rajiv Gandhi once said. To empower India’s people, especially the long-neglected masses in the rural villages, Rajiv Gandhi championed the cause of Panchayati Raj. It is one of the many reforms that would radically change the nation’s[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 India
Elderly Woman, Daughter-in-Law and Son Savagely Attacked by Fanatics in Madhya Pradesh

Elderly Woman, Daughter-in-Law and Son Savagely Attacked by Fanatics in Madhya Pradesh

A 72-year-old woman, her son and daughter-in-law were mercilessly beaten to a state of unconsciousness by religious fanatics in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The elderly mother was left with a broken hand while the head injuries that her son sustained required stitches. “Early in the morning, on the 14th of August, my mother and wife were busy with[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 India
Can Brahmins Bring Revolution: An Assessment Through The Prism Of Tarimela Nagi Reddy

Can Brahmins Bring Revolution: An Assessment Through The Prism Of Tarimela Nagi Reddy

What is known as Devulapally Venkateswar Rao (DVR) defenders team, attacked my recent article on Usaa Barber. One of their objects was to assert that DVR, a vegetarian conservative Brahmin, who pretended to be a revolutionary is intellectually superior to the Shudra communist intellectual Tarimela Nagi (TN) Reddy. I take this attack as the appropriate occasion to compare and contrast[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 India
Trust Deficit in Modinomics

Trust Deficit in Modinomics

The revival of vibrant Indian economy depends on rebuilding public trust in economic systems and institutions based on inclusive politics and peaceful social coexistence in India. The prolong geopolitical disputes with neighbours and self-inflicted communal conflicts are pushing Indian economy and society to uncertainties, which breed distrust and undermines economic growth and development. The pervasive inequalities help to accelerate the[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 India
The dominance of Aaya Ram Gaya Ram in Indian politics leading to the last rite of democracy

The dominance of Aaya Ram Gaya Ram in Indian politics leading to the last rite of democracy

One more state government is about to collapse due to the tactical activities of Aaya Ram- Gaya Ram’s. In Rajasthan, the 18-month-old Congress government could be ousted any day. Exactly four months ago, the state government led by Kamal Nath, a veteran Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh, had collapsed in the same way. In Rajasthan, another experienced Congress leader, Ashok[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 India
Self-Help Groups Light The Path In Pandemic Times

Self-Help Groups Light The Path In Pandemic Times

Empowering women has long been viewed as the solution to many global problems. Societies that prioritize women’s empowerment show better development indices, and are better governed, more stable and less prone to violence. In contrast, societies that constrain women’s educational and employment opportunities, and that deny women an equal political voice, are poorer and more prone to corruption. This year[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 India
Over Hundred Citizens Sign Statement In Solidarity With Prashant Bhushan

Over Hundred Citizens Sign Statement In Solidarity With Prashant Bhushan

On the eve of the 73rd year of independence of our nation, the highest constitutional court of the country, The Supreme Court of India felt offended by couple of words tweeted by Sri Prashant Bhusan a responsible citizen of the country while exercising his fundamental rights guaranteed by the same Constitution which the Hon’ble Court has been entrusted to uphold.[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 India
Christians Locked Inside A Church By Fanatics In Karanataka

Christians Locked Inside A Church By Fanatics In Karanataka

More than 60 Christians including women and children were locked up inside their Church building by a mob of over 50 religious fanatics in Davangere, Karnataka. 2 policemen dressed in civil dress were also present during this mob attack that took place on the 16th of August 2020 at 10:30 am. “Our Church gathered together for the Sunday Worship service[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 India
Hero of Our Times?

Hero of Our Times?

How does a poet respond to the situation of a city under siege? For a poet, a crisis can trigger a tenacious journey even in the midst of a siege. The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s Memory for Forgetfulness tracks the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon in which Beirut, where he lived, was bombed. “Beirut, [is] surrounded by Israeli tanks and official Arab paralysis,” he wrote. Beirut is holding on to its nerves as it strives to “protect the radiance of its meaning as the capital[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 India
COVID-19 Underscores Importance Of Local Planning

COVID-19 Underscores Importance Of Local Planning

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves -Lao Tzu This pandemic has inflicted the greatest pain on those who had already been rendered most vulnerable, spurring great hardship and growing unease among low income families and micro businesses. It has uncovered existing[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 India
The New Hindutva – An outline of the new avatar of Hindu nationalism

The New Hindutva – An outline of the new avatar of Hindu nationalism

The BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP,  Swapan Dasgupta, in an opinion piece titled The rise of the proud, global Hindu which appeared after the Aug 5 Bhoomi Pujan at Ayodhya, mentioned  “the new Hindutva” that seems to have emerged in recent times. He contrasted it with the older Hindutva, identified with V. D. Savarker, describing that as “too ideological for popular[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 India
A sad day in the history of Independent India

A sad day in the history of Independent India

Ground breaking ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya at the very site where Babri Masjid once stood was regrettable for more than one reason. This event was made possible by a dubious verdict of the Supreme Court of India, a verdict that went against many of its own findings. Supreme Court ruled that the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 India
Media, covering PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech, turns hyper-nationalist 

Media, covering PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech, turns hyper-nationalist 

Several newspapers have struck a hyper-nationalist tone while covering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day. The highlights of his speech, in the media’s coverage, were his “fitting” reply to “trickster” (chalbaaz) China and warning to Pakistan. Hindi Daily Dainik Jagran (National, August 16, p. 1) sensationally reports the PM’s address. “On 74th[Read More…]

by August 16, 2020 India
Original image courtesy : Vikar Syed

Kashmir Dispute: A Result Of Broken Promises

In the words of JL Nehru, “Kashmir is not commodity for sale or to be bartered. It has an individual existence and its people must be the final arbiters of their future”. As on this week Pakistan and India are celebrating 73 years of their Independence. The partition of Indian subcontinent in 1947 witnessed the end of the British Colonial[Read More…]

by August 16, 2020 India
When The PM’s Rama Is Different From That Of RSS/BJP

When The PM’s Rama Is Different From That Of RSS/BJP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not just in his personal capacity, but in his capacity as the Prime Minister of 130 crore Indians quite unexpectedly re-defined Rama totally in a different way than how the RSS/BJP have shown him to us for the last thirty years since 1989. He did that at Ayodhya and at the Ramajanma Bhoomi temple Bhoomi poojan[Read More…]

by August 16, 2020 India
Patching up livelihoods of folk artistes in Corona times

Patching up livelihoods of folk artistes in Corona times

As the Covid-19 lockdown kicked in March, Bangalore and most other cities in India witnessed an exodus of migrant workers returning to their homes in northern and eastern India, by every conceivable means including by cycle and by walking, with women carrying their small children. But there were some people who could not even leave, because they were not migrant[Read More…]

by August 16, 2020 India
Is it the Legal Terror of Sondergerichte and Volksgerichtshof or the Supreme Court of Democratic India?

Is it the Legal Terror of Sondergerichte and Volksgerichtshof or the Supreme Court of Democratic India?

  The Nazi regime in Germany has established the Sondergericht (summary courts or special courts) and Volksgerichtshof (special people’s court) outside the constitutional framework. The objectives of these totalitarian courts were to destroy internal opposition to Adolf Hitler’s mission in dominating and establishing absolute control over German state, government, culture and society. The legal systems were destroyed and reconstructed to support[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 India
The Pandemic and Withering Away of the Working Classes in India

The Pandemic and Withering Away of the Working Classes in India

The ordeals of the migrants and other working classes are not going to end if they survive from the COVID-19. The central and state governments are making sweeping changes to the labour laws to lure capital investments. There is no ideological difference between the BJP and Congress party when it comes to assault on rights of labourers. Both these national[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 India
Secular India needs to adopt Buddha’s Idea of Egalitarianism rather than the Ram Rajya on the occasion of 74th Independence Day 

Secular India needs to adopt Buddha’s Idea of Egalitarianism rather than the Ram Rajya on the occasion of 74th Independence Day 

 The secular and democratic India has now completed 74 years of its political journey. It is now important to deliberate and reflects on what went wrong in the experiment of Indian’s secular democratic polity. The fact cannot be denied that India had got political freedom in 1947 after the long-drawn anti-colonial struggle launched under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.  However,[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 India
A People’s Manifesto for Ecological Democracy

A People’s Manifesto for Ecological Democracy

Our planet is not a lump of inanimate matter circling the sun every year, providing humans free lodging, boarding and endless resources to exploit recklessly. She is a living, breathing, sentient Being, to be treated with love, care and deep respect. Revered in all ancient cultures around the world as Pachamama, Gaia, Bhumi or Mother Earth – She gives us generously but her respect needs to be earned too.

by August 15, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
The Draconian Power Of `Contempt Of Court’

The Draconian Power Of `Contempt Of Court’

The People’s Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL) is dismayed and disappointed over a Full Bench decision of the Supreme Court holding Mr. Prashant Bhushan, Advocate, guilty of criminal contempt of court for a set of tweets which the court felt “undermines the dignity and authority of the institution of the Supreme Court of India and the Chief Justice of India[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 India
India To Face China-Pakistan ‘Hand in Hand’ in Mountains and Oceans

India To Face China-Pakistan ‘Hand in Hand’ in Mountains and Oceans

The China-Pakistan ‘hand in hand’ against India has now come all out in the open after the USNews.com 1 on August 6, 2020, published an elaborate report as to how China and Pakistan have started an unprecedented intelligence sharing in an attempt to secure Beijing influence in Afghanistan at the expense of US government which is now to withdraw from[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 India
Shaping India’s Future on her 74th Independence Day  

Shaping India’s Future on her 74th Independence Day  

India is one of the first nations on the earth to practice Pluralism, i.e., respecting others’ otherness. While the Hindu ethos considers the world as one family, also known as Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum, the Islamic, Christian, and other traditions also subscribe to the idea that we originated from a single couple. Together, these values ‘had’ contributed to India’s post-independence political stability.[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 India
India’s Tryst With Independence

India’s Tryst With Independence

15th August is the most cherished date in the Indian calendar. it was on this momentous day that we were born an independent and free country. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British Quit India in 1947. It is certainly an occasion for celebration. More than that, it is a point in a nation’s journey when we need to[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 India
Original image courtesy : Vikar Syed

Jammu & Kashmir: One Year after Abrogation of Article 370- Increasing Alienation, Relentless Repression, Simmering Conflict

PUCL appeals that the Government of India urgently listen to the people of J&K, initiate dialogue and restore peace  Withdraw the police state: Restore freedom and democracy in the region   Part A: Overview   It has been over a year since 5th August, 2019, when Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister abruptly introduced a Constitutional Amendment in the Indian[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 India
Cow-dung, Diamonds and Rust: On the state of modern Indian science

Cow-dung, Diamonds and Rust: On the state of modern Indian science

“Aryabhata rejected the story of a daanava (demon) named Rahu swallowing the sun or his tail Ketu covering the moon during eclipses. Eclipses occurred due to shadows, he said, and he did not see any shadow of a tail! Brahmagupta, who came more than a century later, was a great mathematician himself but did not agree with Aryabhata about rejecting[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 India
Puri Temple Waits For Redressal Of Documented Historic Wrong!

Puri Temple Waits For Redressal Of Documented Historic Wrong!

The RSS-BJP government of India led by a seasoned RSS whole-timer, Narendra Modi has miserably failed in providing basic amenities, employment, education, security and peace to 138 crores of Indians (out of which approximately 80% are Hindus ) but on last August 5, he had a joyous news to share with the people of the country. While laying the foundation[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 India
People’s Manifesto on Social Justice and Human Rights

People’s Manifesto on Social Justice and Human Rights

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey, Shreekumar, Shiva Shankar, R. Ramachandran, Lubna Sarwath, Mansee Bal Bhargava and Rajeev Yadav Equality, Liberty and Justice lay the foundation of Indian Constitution for the citizens of India. Beyond the Indian Constitution document’s explicit mention of it, a real picture on the ground is different and that a large section of the communities are implicitly treated[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 India
PM Modi’s never ending bogus farm promises

PM Modi’s never ending bogus farm promises

The farmer’s job is to cultivate and harvest. Not to construct grain silos. Prime Minister Modi on Aug 09, 2020 launched a new financing scheme under the Rs. 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund meant for setting up storage and processing facilities, which will help farmers get higher prices for their crops, according to the government statement. “The scheme will[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 India
 Kashmir’s One Year Nightmare Without Article 370 

 Kashmir’s One Year Nightmare Without Article 370 

What would George Orwell have made of the Kashmir situation in 2020? Mr. Orwell’s prophetic work on extensive government over-reach, mass surveillance and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviours has resonance to life in Kashmir today. In Kashmir,  Indian state exists in a kind of sadomasochistic relationship that pins down an entire population to perpetuate its power. Since August[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 India
Covid-19 and Maternal health in India

Covid-19 and Maternal health in India

The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus disease 2019    (COVID-19) outbreaks a global pandemic. In India, during the last six months had a tough time for everyone as government had announced the lockdown in the month of March because of day by day increasing in the number of cases of coronavirus. Pregnant women have more stress about the effects[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 India
New Education Policy : India Takes a Great Leap Backwards

New Education Policy : India Takes a Great Leap Backwards

The document is exclusionary, reactionary and promotes conformism aimed at serving the interests of capitalism. In a document like the New Education Policy, one must distinguish platitudes from new provisions, including the dropping of old platitudes. Thus, phrases like “education is a public good”, “6 per cent of GDP should be earmarked for education” are just platitudes, unless some concrete[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 India
Anganwadi Workers Test Their Resilience In The Pandemic

Anganwadi Workers Test Their Resilience In The Pandemic

 During my professional engagement with rural India, I found that one of the most useful resources at the grassroots level was an Anganwadi worker. I would always begin my village exploration with a visit to an Anganwadi and would be rewarded with a finer introduction to the local community. I have always regarded Anganwadi workers as the most efficient last-mile[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 India
Democratise Roads, Govt dare not call us Urban Naxals

Democratise Roads, Govt dare not call us Urban Naxals

Here is an opportunity to stress the demand for democratisation of road space. The government dare not accuse the activists of being urban Naxals because its own guidelines in the wake of Covid suggest creating more space on roads for bicycles and pedestrians. Various studies conducted by the ministry of housing and urban affairs MoHUA show that about 16-57% of[Read More…]

by August 11, 2020 India
Abrogation Of Article 370 Came Up After Paying the High Cost

Abrogation Of Article 370 Came Up After Paying the High Cost

It was 5th August, last year, when Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janta party (BJP) government stripped off special status of erstwhile state. It was done in the pretext of development, good governance, and peace. It was argued that abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A will open the floodgates for development and prosperity. The former princely state was bifurcated into two[Read More…]

by August 11, 2020 India
 Journalists struggle for press freedom in Kashmir

 Journalists struggle for press freedom in Kashmir

‘Freedom of press’ means the right to print and publish without any interference from the state or any other public authority. But this, Freedom, like other freedoms, cannot be absolute but is subject to well-known exceptions acknowledge in the public interests, Which in India are enumerated in Article 19 of the constitution. Press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir is under[Read More…]

by August 11, 2020 India
Modi’s India has lost Kashmir

Modi’s India has lost Kashmir

 While ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured people that the time had now come when gold would grow instead of grass, milk canals would flow in exchange for water in the rivers and springs and the skies would sight flight of Kashmiris not the birds. Article 370 of the[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
Article 370 & Kashmiri Women: The fading spectacle of empowerment and emancipation

Article 370 & Kashmiri Women: The fading spectacle of empowerment and emancipation

There is no chance for welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. Liberty is the first condition of growth. It should encompass all aspects whether political or economic. The inner structure of liberty is a double helix: One strand – political freedom – spirally in tandem with other strand – economic freedom. Any disruption then makes[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
Bollywood Star Survives COVID, But Stokes India’s Lynching Pandemic

Bollywood Star Survives COVID, But Stokes India’s Lynching Pandemic

This Eid, as India’s latest known lynching target Lukman Khan fought for his life, India’s most famous film star Amitabh Bachchan promised mob violence against a Twitter heckler. In Gurgaon, the shining IT satellite of India’s capital, Lukman Khan was pulled from his vehicle, abused, and bludgeoned with a hammer for allegedly transporting beef. While being assaulted, he’s heard on video explaining that he was transporting buffalo meat, not cow[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
The Ram Temple Celebration in Modi-fied India

The Ram Temple Celebration in Modi-fied India

Last week, Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, dressed like a priest-king in a saffron scarf and a silver crown performed a sacred ritual in the Ayodhya to found a new Hindu temple on a site where, for hundreds of years, the historic Babri Masjid (mosque) once stood. The state-sponsored ceremony was meant to show the transformation of India from[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
“At Ayodhya, On Unity in Diversity of 300 Ramayanas, PM Modi Bows before Scholar A. K. Ramanujan” 

“At Ayodhya, On Unity in Diversity of 300 Ramayanas, PM Modi Bows before Scholar A. K. Ramanujan” 

While listening to PM Modi at Ayodhya, over TV the other day, dilating confidently on the theme of “unity in diversity” ( including a BIG LIE) with regard to the existence of many Ramayanas, I was thinking where has this non-scholar ( mildly put ) plagiarised his material from? Later , I was reminded of the great scholar, poet, folklorist,[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
70 Years Of Constitutional Rights Denied To 20 Millions Indian Dalit Christians

70 Years Of Constitutional Rights Denied To 20 Millions Indian Dalit Christians

“Commission for Minority Religion and Linguistic Minority” known as “Misra Commission” was setup by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in 2005 to study and report on socio-economic condition of Christians and Muslims converted from Scheduled Caste origins. The Justice Misra Commission report was submitted on May 22, 2007. Since then UPA Government has delayed to give its consent that Supreme[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims await justice: 70 Years of Discrimination based on Religion

Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims await justice: 70 Years of Discrimination based on Religion

Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims observe August 10th across the country as a day to highlight and protest the denial of the fundamental constitutional rights to them for the last seventy years! When India became a Republic, we resolved as a nation to secure Justice, Equality, Liberty and Dignity for all our citizens. Members of castes worst affected from centuries[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
Fascism: Classical and present form – differ only in method and strategy

Fascism: Classical and present form – differ only in method and strategy

In recent times, the term ‘fascism’ has become so widely used that it has become difficult to define it precisely. It is often used as a metaphor by the fiercest critics of any politics. Historically, however, fascism refers to extreme right-wing, anti-democratic, ultranationalism that spread rapidly through Europe between the two world wars. Though it is commonly associated with Adolf[Read More…]

by August 9, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
Media, instead of faulting PM Modi for Bhoomi pooja, chants Jai Shri Ram 

Media, instead of faulting PM Modi for Bhoomi pooja, chants Jai Shri Ram 

The mainstream media — particularly Hindi newspapers — instead of critiquing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for performing Bhoomi pooja (groundbreaking) of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, is chanting Jai Shri Ram. It has again failed to uphold the constitutional principle of secularism. On August 6, a day after Bhoomi pooja ceremony, almost all Hindi newspapers carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi[Read More…]

by August 9, 2020 India
Social Stigmatisation of Covid 19 Patients

Social Stigmatisation of Covid 19 Patients

Co-Written by Abass Rather & Aqib Yousuf Ever since the outbreak of Covid 19 pandemic, the fear of getting infected was always there. No matter how courageous one pretends to be. Everyone utilised all resources to save themselves from it in the first stage of it and in the first lockdown period. As the days progressed, different stories among the[Read More…]

by August 9, 2020 India
5th August, 2020 and thereafter

5th August, 2020 and thereafter

Sixth December, 1992 – The day India lost its secular character and opted for majoritarionism as its ruling philosophy. The quilt of India made from its myriad beliefs, religions, languages, customs and traditions was torn to shreds by an insane crowd of zealous fanatics egged on by a short-sighted selfish leadership of Bhartiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh.[Read More…]

by August 9, 2020 India
 Food Security In India – An Analysis

 Food Security In India – An Analysis

Food is the basic need and fundamental right of every human being. The United Nations (1948) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 25,1948) used an ecological perspective rooted in social justice to define “right to food”. It emphasizes ” quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumers belong, and[Read More…]

by August 9, 2020 India
Indian Christians Call Upon The Government To Protect The Minorities And The Marginalised

Indian Christians Call Upon The Government To Protect The Minorities And The Marginalised

Indian Christians for Democracy, Solidarity Statement As Indian Christians we have always and continue to uphold the Constitutional Values of our country, as a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic and Republic. We believe in, and practice, the Principles of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, enshrined in the Constitution. Christians as individuals and their institutions have been in the forefront in times[Read More…]

by August 9, 2020 India
 NAPM expresses Solidarity with Adv Prashant Bhushan

 NAPM expresses Solidarity with Adv Prashant Bhushan

National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM) expresses its concern at the initiation of contempt proceedings against human rights activist and advocate Mr. Prashant Bhushan, by the Supreme Court of India (SC), in respect of two of his tweets. The tweets are worth restating, if only to remind ourselves about the absurdity and unfairness of the criminal proceedings against Mr. Bhushan.[Read More…]

Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

The 78th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, famously known as the August Revolution in the history of India’s freedom movement, falls on August 9, 2020. The movement was inspired by the intense desire of freedom of the Indian people. According to a letter written by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia to the Viceroy Linlithgow, the British government had killed fifty[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
Such A Temple Would Not Have Been Acceptable To Ram And Should Not Be Acceptable To A Common Hindu

Such A Temple Would Not Have Been Acceptable To Ram And Should Not Be Acceptable To A Common Hindu

Co-Written by Arundhati Dhuru and Sandeep Pandey Ram has been described as Maryada Purushottam, the most virtuous among men. He left his kingdom merely because he didn’t want to hurt the sentiments of his step mother and went on a 14 years exile. It was not in his character to enter into a dispute. He had to enter into a[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
Democracy is not about Detention and Suppressing Dissent: Release political prisoners and restore trust

Democracy is not about Detention and Suppressing Dissent: Release political prisoners and restore trust

It has been one year now since Article 370 abrogation done undemocratically and immorally by Government of India where thousands of persons including prominent political leaders were pushed behind walls over the night because the largest democracy of world feared that these political leaders have a base in population which was required to be cut to avoid any dissent ,[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
Two Language formula –mother tongue and English medium best suits

Two Language formula –mother tongue and English medium best suits

Language policy in NEP is not suitable to present context. The overemphasis of Hindi and Sanskrit in proposed three-language policy, and withdrawal of English from primary level, in National Education policy 2020 will be impacting over non-Hindi speaking states. If executed, the language burden will be more on students of these states and additional burden on students of linguistic and[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
India-China Border Conflict: Need For A change In Attitude Of Indian Polity

India-China Border Conflict: Need For A change In Attitude Of Indian Polity

The Galwan valley violent clash on June 15th in the eastern Ladakh borders of India and China, has triggered an emotionally charged situation in the country.  With the hike in military activity and occasional clashes occurring between two militaries in Pangong Tso (lake) area from May 5th this year, the peace and tranquillity at borders of India and China was[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
 A nuclear-free world is crucial for sustainable development

 A nuclear-free world is crucial for sustainable development

Co-Written by Anjali Roy, Ankit Kumar, Anurag Ratan, KS Lakshmi Naraayan, Kaustubh Jain and Sartaj Singh “Most people are completely, blissfully ignorant about the situation, and those of us who believe in sustainable development are not able to do anything”, this is how Dr SP Udayakumar describes the current situation relating to nuclear power and its uses throughout the world.[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
Documentary Evidence of the Betrayal of Quit India Movement by Savarkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee and RSS

Documentary Evidence of the Betrayal of Quit India Movement by Savarkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee and RSS

On the eve of 78th anniversary of the glorious Quit India Movement [QIM] we must evaluate the role of the Hindutva gang in India’s anti-colonial freedom struggle. QIM also known as ‘August Kranti’ (August Revolution) was a nation-wide Civil Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7, 1942 by the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee.[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
Narendra Modi acted like king and God in Ayodhya

Narendra Modi acted like king and God in Ayodhya

One of the memorable productions of Ebrahim Alkazi was Dharmavir Bharati’s Hindi play Andha Yug whose title and theme are so relevant to the dark times we live in. It was directed by the doyen of Indian theatre in 1963 against the backdrop of Purana Quila, the fort, and was witnessed by Jawaharlal Nehru. The story hints at the perils[Read More…]

by August 7, 2020 India
Is Independent Muslim Students’ Politics Possible in Higher Educational Institutions?

Is Independent Muslim Students’ Politics Possible in Higher Educational Institutions?

Co-Written by Shamsher Alam and Mohammad Niyaz Ahmad In common-sense perspective, students of university and college are being considered as monolithic category. The advocators of students’ politics also credence to the same thought. However, they overlook that students are not a macro unit. They are very much divided on the line of castes, class, region, ideology and most importantly religion.[Read More…]

by August 7, 2020 India
Are Central Universities Modern-Day Agraharams?

Are Central Universities Modern-Day Agraharams?

Will we ever know the category-wise distribution of vice chancellors of the forty central universities located across the country? Thanks to the rules governing these universities, and those of the University Grants Commission, there is no such record. This form of “castelessness” at the top is coupled with marginal representation of teachers from socially and physically marginalised sections. Be it[Read More…]

by August 7, 2020 India
COVID-19 In Kerala And The Rest Of The World: The Dangerously Lethal And A Surprisingly Benign Images Of SARS-COV-2?

COVID-19 In Kerala And The Rest Of The World: The Dangerously Lethal And A Surprisingly Benign Images Of SARS-COV-2?

As on 6th August 2020, the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19)  has affected 213 countries and territories around the world infecting over 19 million people of whom 0.7 million died. The US is on top with 5 million cases and 163,000 death. Brazil and India holds the second and third slots with 2.9 and 2 million cases. In terms of infection rates, Qatar,[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 India
Original image courtesy : Vikar Syed

We the People Remember — 365 Days of Violation of Constitutional Commitment to Our Sisters and Brothers in J&K

August 5, 2020 marks a year since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, and the loss of its statehood. In effect, it is the first anniversary of the violation of our Constitutional commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. How is this anniversary being marked officially? According to news reports, through an imposition of[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 India
Congress party’s ‘Contribution’ to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Congress party’s ‘Contribution’ to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Those who expect political class to be a ‘revolutionary’ and ‘radically’ ‘secular’ live in great illusion and should form their ‘own’ outfits which their own families will not support. Intellectualism and politics, frankly do not go together. Politics is sentiments, emotions and all the Saas-Bahu masala that we love to watch on TV screens. The reason why I am writing[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 India
The Day After – A few questions for Indian Muslims to ponder over

The Day After – A few questions for Indian Muslims to ponder over

It boggles my mind, astonished to observe as to how those Indian Muslims who support Erdogan on the Hagia Sophia, oppose Modi on Ram Mandir? How do you oppose a Hindu Rashtra here, whilst welcoming Islamic states abroad, where Muslims are in a majority? Thus it is often said that, where Muslims are in a minority they demand & support[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 India
‘We stand with Kashmir’

‘We stand with Kashmir’

Solidarity of poets, writers, advocates and of different political and human rights organisation to the struggle of people of Kashmir for autonomy Since the abrogation of Article 370 and subsequent declaration of Kashmir as the union territory of India on 5th August 2019, the lives of the people of Kashmir have gone from bad to worse. Around 34000 Kashmiris, including[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 India
Constitutional Positions should not be misused for Political gains – Cultural, Socio- Political , and Religious leaders

Constitutional Positions should not be misused for Political gains – Cultural, Socio- Political , and Religious leaders

Thiruvananthapuram: In a joint statement prominent individuals from sociopolitical , cultural and religious spheres of Kerala called on those adorning constitutional positions to stay away from the groundbreaking ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya . The occasion should not be misused for narrow political gains. Prime Minister of India, a secular country, Governor and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh should[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 India
The Sangh Parivar Has Won

The Sangh Parivar Has Won

All India People’s Front’s Political Resolution When the Hon’ble Supreme Court gave a verdict on the Ram Mandir / Babri Masjid dispute, the democratic civil society, despite agreeing / disagreeing with it, had expressed the desire that a dispute be resolved and now the political establishment will not try to mix religion and politics. It will try to solve the[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
Indian Republic Transformed into Formal Brahmanic Hindu Republic

Indian Republic Transformed into Formal Brahmanic Hindu Republic

Chandigarh, 5 August (2020) With Hindutva forces pursuing of the upper-caste Brahmanic ideology for over a century aiming to reshape India into a Hindu Nation, the Democratic-Secular Indian Republic today stands formally transformed into a Hindu Rashtra as Prime Minister Modi laid down a 40-kg silver brick at the foundation, marking the beginning of Ram Temple at Ayodhya. The Sikh[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
Political leaders must learn from Pandit Nehru

Political leaders must learn from Pandit Nehru

Grand foundation laying ceremony at Ayodhya is a blow to the secular credentials of India. The fact that 3 constitutional dignitaries PM, UP CM and UP Governor, tasked with duty to protect and preserve the constitution, attended a religious ceremony is attack on constitutional values. This is in clear disregard with the oath which they take, “ to bear true[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
 Kashmir Caged: One Year Since Arbitrary Abrogation of Article 370

 Kashmir Caged: One Year Since Arbitrary Abrogation of Article 370

NAPM Stands with the Resistance of the People of Jammu & Kashmir:  Struggle to End Oppression, Militarization & Corporate Loot must continue 5th August, 2020 marks the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which took away the political autonomy of the only Muslim majority state in the country, severely jeopardized the future of the[Read More…]

Overture of Categories and the Amendment of Article 370: A year into the nation’s ‘reverie’

Overture of Categories and the Amendment of Article 370: A year into the nation’s ‘reverie’

If one is to turn back the clock to September 1964, the inevitability of memory regarding a discussion over a bill introduced by Prakash Vir Shastri, an independent member in Lok Sabha comes to mind. The bill proposed the abrogation of article 370 and Vir Shastri, then the Bijnor MP, had introduced the bill a few months after Sheikh Abdullah,[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
Rana Ayyub: An Epitome Of Bravery

Rana Ayyub: An Epitome Of Bravery

While I’m writing this, Rana Ayyub might be distributing relief packages and serving the poor, helpless and needy somewhere in India. She is not just a journalist but a humanitarian and an activist par human rights defender. She is fearless, brave and staunch democratic advocate. Since covid lockdown, rana ayub has travelled thousands of miles, visited thousands of homes and[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
A Warning: What Is Modi’s Future Plan?

A Warning: What Is Modi’s Future Plan?

Modi is a shrewd, calculating and ambitious man. He was not in politics till he was 51 when he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Prior to that he was a nobody in the BJP. But he outmanouverd his mentor Advani and became Prime Minister and sent the old guards to oblivion. He has the ability to outsmart his opponents[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
One Nation-One Education System: Should It Be Endorsed In India?

One Nation-One Education System: Should It Be Endorsed In India?

Education is the most powerful weapon to produce desirable changes in our society, and in order to drive the nation towards greater accomplishments, it is important to furnish quality education to all of its citizens. The education system in India is one of the world’s largest sectors and after Independence, the country has passed through many reforms right from 10+2+3[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
Hey Ram India and Jai Sri Ram Congress

Hey Ram India and Jai Sri Ram Congress

‘Hey Ram’ were the last words of Mahatma Gandhi; the father of the nation. He uttered these words on 30th of January 1948 while taking bullets from his assassin; a Hindutva terrorist called Nathuram Godse. The Hindutva politics of hate filled bullets from the Beretta automatic pistol that killed Mahatma Gandhi. This was the first onslaught on the secular and[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 India
One Year in the Abyss: Voices from Kashmir

One Year in the Abyss: Voices from Kashmir

On Aug 5, 2019, the abrogation of Art 370 and Art 35A of the Indian Constitution struck a body blow to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, dismembering the state into two union territories and dissolving the meagre protection the people of the state had over their land. In the midst of the most massive military presence, the complete shutdown[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 India
The Vadh/Annihilation Of The Indian Republic

The Vadh/Annihilation Of The Indian Republic

The sovereign-democratic Indian Republic came into existence on January 26, 1950 coinciding with the promulgation of a historic constitution which in its Preamble declared its firm commitment to “JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 India
Ayodhya And Tilt In The ‘Idea Of India’

Ayodhya And Tilt In The ‘Idea Of India’

C.L.R. James, a prominent Trinidadian Historian, and Socialist, is well known for his contribution to the historiography of the study of events. He once said, “An artistic, a social event does not reflect the age. It is the age”. These words reflect the influential role that certain events can have on the course of a nation’s history and its people.[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 India
Why Justice S. K. Kaul Must Recuse from Hearing Kashmir Petitions

Why Justice S. K. Kaul Must Recuse from Hearing Kashmir Petitions

One year has passed since the right wing Hindutva forces in power at the centre – which thrives on ruling by shock and awe – betrayed the people of Kashmir. In the aftermath of the events on 5 August, 2019 and with the entire valley locked up and all the leaders arrested (many are still under detention) the only hope[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 India
Balcony class is different from Cattle class

Balcony class is different from Cattle class

Amit Shah in Medanta: Are our leaders born with forked tongues or they cultivate it when they become public figures? Satyendra Jain, Delhi’s Health Minister, was on television every night for over two months harping on the impressive Covid hospitalisation facilities created in the national capital by the Kejriwal Government. He especially showcased the Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash (LNJP) Hospital[Read More…]

by August 3, 2020 India
In Paraswadi, Gond festivities begin with a procession of Ravan on an elephant float. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury.

Deva Basha Vs Mlechha Basha and Ram Vs Ravan!

Why is Gondi – spoken by 2.7 million officially and 20 million unofficially – is not included in the Eighth Schedule? But Sanskrit not spoken in any part of India is included in the 8th Schedule? Possibly because the former is a Black’s language and the latter a White’s one! Another important reason: Gonds venerate Ravan as their Raja, God[Read More…]

by August 3, 2020 India
Kashmir; A year after

Kashmir; A year after

                In about a week’s time abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcating of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir will complete one year. The ruling party of India BJP has decided to celebrate the event in a big way. It was 5th August 2019 when Indian Home Minister Amit Shah and his team bulldozed through a resolution for abrogating special[Read More…]

by August 2, 2020 India
Stop the Celebration of Hatred at Times Square, New York City

Stop the Celebration of Hatred at Times Square, New York City

A statement by the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia Denouncing the Celebration of Ram Janmabhoomi on August 5th at Times Square, NYC: While the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the BJP-led government is forging ahead with its dangerous agenda of destroying the syncretic culture of India and compromising the Indian Constitution itself. An outlandish celebration of[Read More…]

by August 2, 2020 India
India To Take China On Its Own

India To Take China On Its Own

The heat around the Himalayas is getting hard and talks between India-China have as yet only failed and it is now for India to finally take-on China on its own, as hours before Rafale jets were to arrive at the Land of Jaguars, Ambala, India banned 47 more Chinese applications on July 28, 2020 in continuation to the already banned[Read More…]

by August 1, 2020 India
 Legal Education under NEP 2020: Big Promises with Little Substance

 Legal Education under NEP 2020: Big Promises with Little Substance

The legal education in India, particularly after the rise of National Law Universities (NLUs) has often been criticized for nurturing privilege and remaining inaccessible to most. Even a cursory examination of the system is enough to demonstrate that the criticism is not devoid of merit. One, the medium of instruction in these Universities is compulsorily English, which prevents a large[Read More…]

by August 1, 2020 India
Macaulay Putras And The New Education Policy: Shudras/Dalits/Adivasis Must Be Vigilant

Macaulay Putras And The New Education Policy: Shudras/Dalits/Adivasis Must Be Vigilant

The BJP Education Policy (BEP)2020 has been formalised with a Cabinet approval on July 30, 2020. It is drafted by Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan (79) the BJP’s Education Committee Chairman. He was the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He is an expert on sophisticated war weapon production centre, including nuclear weapons, but not of economic and social development of[Read More…]

by August 1, 2020 India
Unsung martyr: Udham Singh who avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Unsung martyr: Udham Singh who avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre

It was 80 years ago (July 31, 1940) Udham Singh died on the gallows in the Pentonville prison of London. Through the contemporary police documents, we come to know that before reaching London he had been to Mesopotamia, Kenya, Uganda, USA, and USSR, all in quest of Indian revolutionaries and ammunitions. It was on reaching the English shores that he[Read More…]

by July 31, 2020 India
Narendra Modi has no right to lay the foundation of Ram temple

Narendra Modi has no right to lay the foundation of Ram temple

In 2018, Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, earlier known as Professor Guru Das Agrawal when he used to teach at Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, wrote four letters to the Prime Minister when he went on a fast for 112 days demanding a law for conservation of Ganga before he succumbed on 11th October at All Indian Institute of Medical[Read More…]

by July 31, 2020 India
Gender stereotypes plaguing the pandemic response

Gender stereotypes plaguing the pandemic response

As per a recent news, a senior bureaucrat in Lucknow said, “The increase in female infection (of COVID-19) ratio is a clear indication that women are going out in the market and not following the precautions [for COVID-19 prevention]”. This statement is not only devoid of any scientific evidence but also reeks of a deep-rooted patriarchal mindset. It also assumes[Read More…]

by July 31, 2020 India
CPI Opposes Privatisation and Commercialisation in New Education Policy

CPI Opposes Privatisation and Commercialisation in New Education Policy

The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement today (on July 30, 2020): The RSS-led NDA government has approved the New Education Policy (NEP). The policy brings with it a fundamental change in the system towards creating education markets and away from ensuring universalisation of education through government schools and rejecting quality education to poor[Read More…]

by July 31, 2020 India
Examination, Education And Selective Amnesia

Examination, Education And Selective Amnesia

It has been few weeks now that we have been watching the University Grants commision (UGC) and the Students’ differences unfold over the question of conducting examination in times of the Pandemic. The Supreme Court too has been invoked to adjudicate the matter at the earliest. By all possibilities, even thinking of an exam, be it online or offline mode[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 India
Online Education: New Tool For Division

Online Education: New Tool For Division

In this time of the COVID pandemic, it is often heard that Coronavirus doesn`t differentiate between rich and poor. Though the virus infects both rich and poor equally, the steps to control it, the reaction of the state, consequences of lockdown — all these don`t paint a picture of equality in a most unequal society. In a country like India,[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 India
 The Capitalism Virus — Etymology of an Epidemic

 The Capitalism Virus — Etymology of an Epidemic

Five months into the pandemic, it is evident that the government is in denial. The political rhetoric is harking back a failed status quoism, with grand delusions of recovery. Rather than call for a complete reset and reconfiguration of the prevailing order, the Indian government’s approach to tackling the pandemic betrays an overwhelming faith in business-as-usual. The economic fallouts of[Read More…]

by July 29, 2020 India
Nazi-colluder Bayer Starts COVID Treatment Centre In India

Nazi-colluder Bayer Starts COVID Treatment Centre In India

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

by July 29, 2020 India
India Caught Between US And China-Russia Duel

India Caught Between US And China-Russia Duel

The events unfolding in terms of military deployment and military exercises by US in South China sea are a  clear sign that any small spark is to lead to triggering a war between US and China as US is slated for its elections where Trump wants to hone a point to US citizens that in order to contain China all[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 India
What Indian electronics media missed to report during Indo-China Crisis?

What Indian electronics media missed to report during Indo-China Crisis?

Almost after five decades India and China tension unfolded in the same Galwan area. And the tension ran on the television for more than one month. Most of the channels hiked the adrenaline for the perceptual war and almost run no other news apart from Indo-china tension. Undoubtedly it was an unprecedented issue and in five decades first time so[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 India
When Minimum is interpreted as Maximum

When Minimum is interpreted as Maximum

Co-Written by Anurag Singh and Sandeep Pandey Atma-nirbhar (self-reliant) India must perform on several fronts in order to vindicate itself on its adopted path in the current economic crisis coupled with crippling pandemic, two of which are Education and Employment. As a matter of considerable advantage, two recent historic social legislations offer a means to overcome the times of crisis[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 India
Is Constitutional Morality Eroding…?

Is Constitutional Morality Eroding…?

After the Rajasthan High Court ordered ‘status quo’ in relation to the notices issued by the Speaker initiating the proceedings under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot paraded more than 100 MLAs in front of the governor and requested the governor to convene the session but the governor exhibited reluctant to convene the session of[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 India
 Report Card- One Year of Direct rule in Jammu and Kashmir

 Report Card- One Year of Direct rule in Jammu and Kashmir

The Forum for Human Rights, an informal group of 21 concerned Indian citizens have come up with a report of the one year direct rule in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The informal group comprises six top level judges of India, six high level bureaucrats, three members from Indian armed forces, two members from human rights organization ,[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 India
Covid-19 in India: Who is to be blamed?

Covid-19 in India: Who is to be blamed?

                         On 23rd March 2020, I was packing my bag to leave for Kashmir (my hometown) from Pune as the threat of Covid-19 was increasing and everyone wanted to stay with their families in this time of distress.  I was happy and sad, happy because it was an unexpected visit to home and sad because the disease was spreading rapidly,[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 India
Covid-19 Pandemic in Kerala heading towards Community Spread

Covid-19 Pandemic in Kerala heading towards Community Spread

As on 26 July 2020, there are 16.5 million confirmed cases and 0.65 million deaths of Covid-19, an infectious disease caused by the virus- SARS-Cov-2 in 214 countries and territories under the United Nations system.   In India, Kerala State reported the first laboratory confirmed Covid-19 on 30 Jan 2030, ten days after the eminent Chinese epidemiologist Dr Zhong Nanshan announced[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 India
Manusmriti and the Judiciary – A Dangerous Game

Manusmriti and the Judiciary – A Dangerous Game

Between 1950 when the Constitution was adopted and today, the judiciary of India has been playing a dangerous game. It has been quoting, citing or otherwise referring to Manusmriti while passing Judgments. As both SCC Online and indiankanoon.org indicate, between 1950 and 2019, the Manusmriti has been thus used for the by the Supreme Court and several High Courts a[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 India
Preventing another migrant-worker crisis

Preventing another migrant-worker crisis

Despite tremendous mechanical advancements, manual labour still remains the unflinching backbone of many cardinal industries in the modern world. No matter how ‘automated’ an industry becomes manual-labour would always be a critical resource particularly if the industry is functioning at primary or secondary (manufacturing) sector level. Although, the tertiary (services) sector contributes more than 50% to the GDP of India,[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 India
 Until the Rich and Poor alike use the same Public Health Services we cannot beat the Pandemic

 Until the Rich and Poor alike use the same Public Health Services we cannot beat the Pandemic

Co-Written  by Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey “COVID-19 has exposed the lie that free markets can deliver healthcare for all, the fiction that unpaid care work isn’t work, the delusion that we live in a post-racist world.We are all floating on the same sea, but some are in super-yachts and others clinging to drifting debris” said Antonio Guterres,[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 India
Lord Ram: Where was he born?

Lord Ram: Where was he born?

As the foundation stone of temple in the name of Lord Ram is being planned at the site where Babri Masjid once stood (August 5, 2020) , two new controversies have surfaced. One was that some Buddhist groups claimed that the remnants of Buddha Vihar have been found at the site as the ground was being levelled for the temple.[Read More…]

by July 26, 2020 India
Amid corona pandemic, media is busy celebrating Ram Temple construction

Amid corona pandemic, media is busy celebrating Ram Temple construction

  Last week the media – particularly Hindi newspapers – prominently covered the news of the construction work of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. At times it appeared that the Ram Temple issue for media was a much bigger issue than the sufferings of people reeling under the corona pandemic. The fact that the media is celebrating the beginning of[Read More…]

by July 26, 2020 India
The Haqeeqat of our defense policy

The Haqeeqat of our defense policy

   There is a new body-posturing everyday by China over the parts of India, some already under its control in Ladakh, and China is now putting claim over Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, and in the middle of this unfolding conflict India has lost 20 of its soldiers on June 15, 2020 1 who were unarmed 2  and succumbed to the[Read More…]

by July 26, 2020 India
Rising Assaults on Medicos a Big threat to Health care delivery system

Rising Assaults on Medicos a Big threat to Health care delivery system

Health Care is a fundamental right of each individual. Every person irrespective of his race, creed, colour, religion or community has a right to avail basic health Care . The initiative of primary health Care started by the government of India is one of the crucial and most important steps taken towards the achievement of ‘’Health For All Goal’’ through[Read More…]

by July 26, 2020 India
A Caged Journey to Home

A Caged Journey to Home

Co-Written by Shivangini Piplani and Sandeep Pandey ‘Madam, Jhooth nahi bolenge, ‘1500 pada hai, hum 75 aadmi ek truck me aae the (Madam, I’ll not lie, we came back in Rs. 1,500 per head, 75 of us packed in one turck),’ Ram Kishore confessed to the first writer when she called him up in his village Dalkheda in Unnao District[Read More…]

by July 25, 2020 India
Watching God vs No God Media ‘Dangal’ in Tamil Nadu

Watching God vs No God Media ‘Dangal’ in Tamil Nadu

There is a media ‘dangal’ going on in Tamil Nadu between those who believe in god’s party and those who do not. A fictitious pro god party is created with a mission to attack godless parties, as a devised political strategy in an attempt to capture power in the state. How far such political strategy to divide people between on[Read More…]

by July 25, 2020 India
India, Dalai Lama, US And Their Buddhist Diplomacy As Against China

India, Dalai Lama, US And Their Buddhist Diplomacy As Against China

 (This is Part- 4 of the series on India-China Relations. Part-3 was published on July 17, 2020 : Oppose US Moves To Drag India-China Conflict Into Its Indo-Pacific Strategy.) “The CIA goal was never independence for Tibet. In fact, I do not think that the Americans ever really even wanted to help.They just wanted to stir up trouble, using Tibetans[Read More…]

by July 25, 2020 India
Encounter of the Rule of Law

Encounter of the Rule of Law

 A country which once gave the right to fair trial even to a dreaded terrorist like Ajmal Kasab, today its people are glorifying the Vikas Dubey Encounter in the name of “instant justice”. It’s dismaying to see people celebrate the encounter of the rule of law in the guise of justice. The sheer display of police vigilantism in such instances[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 India
Online Education: A Student’s Perspective

Online Education: A Student’s Perspective

I have been attending online classes for three months but the experience continues to be the same – surreal and absurd. In these times, when the world is going through a crisis of great magnitude and death could be right there knocking on the door, what most school students do or rather, what they have to do is to open[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 India
New Normal & Corona Puja

New Normal & Corona Puja

Covid_19 has been changing a lot of things. We are trying to get used to the ‘new normal’. Most of us are still indoors, working from home, trying to deal with things in the best way we can. Those of us who are into teaching are working from home too and trying to learn new ways of engaging with our[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 India
Need to Oust Professional Society

Need to Oust Professional Society

In his book The Rise of Professional Society England since 1880, Harold Perkin wrote: “The 20th century has seen the dissolution of the concept of absolute property. It has been replaced by a contingent concept of property based on professional service, which has inserted a series of intermediated subinfeudated tenants or beneficiaries into the hierarchy of ownership. This system is[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 India
 San Francisco becomes sixth US city to denounce Indian Citizen Amendment Act

 San Francisco becomes sixth US city to denounce Indian Citizen Amendment Act

San Francisco Wednesday became the sixth US city to pass a resolution against India’s anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The resolution, reaffirming San Francisco as a “welcoming city,” comes in the wake of five other cities (Seattle WA, Albany NY, St. Paul MN, Hamtramck MI, Cambridge MA) having passed similar resolutions denouncing the[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 India
Contempt case against Prashant Bhushan is a violation of the basic democratic spirit

Contempt case against Prashant Bhushan is a violation of the basic democratic spirit

  Janhastakshep takes serious note of the news of the contempt of the court case initiated by the Supreme Court against the well-known lawyer and human rights activist Prashant Bhushan for his comments on tweeter. This unfortunate news is a matter of serious concern to any democratic minded person. This is to bbe noted that the Supreme Court has taken[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
Can we talk less?

Can we talk less?

(1) It is a well-known truth about civilization that a person deeply immersed in philosophy, spirituality, religion, science, art, literature, other diverse disciplines of study, or even in independent study etc. is prone to less verbal articulations i.e. he talks less. Taking the concept of Gandhi, it can also be considered true about politics. (India’s Independence Movement was also brilliant[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
FSDR – The Ghost of FRDI: Rescuing failed banks at whose cost?

FSDR – The Ghost of FRDI: Rescuing failed banks at whose cost?

In 2019, media reported that Government was preparing to table a new legislation, the Financial Sector Development & Regulation (Resolution) Bill (FSDR, hereafter). [Ref.1]. Reportedly FSDR is meant to rescue banks, among other financial sector institutions, from collapse. It replaces the Financial Regulation and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 (FRDI hereafter), which was withdrawn in 2018 following public outcry against a[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
Home Minister Et Al Made Provocative, Threatening Speeches:  Statutory Body’s Report On Delhi Violence

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

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

by July 23, 2020 India
(Un)Authorized Way of Capturing Banks By the Government

(Un)Authorized Way of Capturing Banks By the Government

Co-Written by Tanya Singla and Achintaya Soni   Introduction July 19, 2020 marked the 51st anniversary of the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Ordinance, 1969. Simply termed the Banking Nationalization Ordinance of 1969, it announced the taking of ownership and control by the State of 14 commercial banks namely Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
Neoliberalism and the Indian Educational Apparatus

Neoliberalism and the Indian Educational Apparatus

India is currently reeling under the deleterious effects of decades of neoliberalism. It is increasingly becoming clear that the financial imperatives of neoliberalism have severely subverted social infrastructures which could have alleviated the impact the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, with India ranking 3rd in the daily increase in Covid-19 cases and having experienced the migrant worker crisis, the deep-seated economic fault-lines[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
33 Prisoners and 10 Staff of Odisha Jail Test Positive For COVID-19

33 Prisoners and 10 Staff of Odisha Jail Test Positive For COVID-19

To Shri Naveen Pattnaik, The Chief Minister, Odisha   SUB:    PRISONERS AND PRISON CONDITIONS IN ODISHA – AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF MINISTER   Sir, We, in Jan Adhikar Manch, Odisha, are deeply concerned that the Covid-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading in Odisha too. While reports in the mass media state that jail inmates are getting increasingly affected by[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
Crying for school infrastructure and remedial classes, villagers chose wall-writing to bring government in their favour

Crying for school infrastructure and remedial classes, villagers chose wall-writing to bring government in their favour

More than 6000 wall-writings have been organised in 17 rural districts in the state, in efforts to raise public awareness and build pressure on the government. Bhubaneswar, 22nd July: Villagers chose wall-writing to put forth their demand on education. In its efforts to urge the state government to build school infrastructure and start remedial classes for weak students of government-run[Read More…]

by July 22, 2020 India
Plight Of Children Of Migrants During COVID-19 Pandemic

Plight Of Children Of Migrants During COVID-19 Pandemic

Co-Written by Madhu M Gohain  and Aditya Raj In the midst of pandemic Covid-19, attention is on migrants because of their unimaginable plight. When their adopted milieu showed them the back, they longed to return “home”. Now they are being lured back. Several news and views have been about them. However, migrant as a category is not homogenous. The plight[Read More…]

by July 22, 2020 India
Appropriating Budha In The Age Of COVID-19

Appropriating Budha In The Age Of COVID-19

The PM Modi should implement Buddha’s Egalitarian Principles to overcome the Sufferings of Masses rather than Symbolically Appropriate him in the Age of Covid-19    A few days back PM Modi addressed three significant meetings virtually at New Delhi in which he had given motivational speeches and underlined India’s contributions in terms of providing medicines and other necessary goods to several[Read More…]

by July 22, 2020 India
Distancing to Discrimination: Plight of Domestic Workers during Lockdown

Distancing to Discrimination: Plight of Domestic Workers during Lockdown

The persistent vulnerability of domestic workers during lockdown is a phenomenal issue in India. There is a however an intricate relationship between the madam-maid where upper class women and the lower class maid have got class based relation which is quite historical in nature. According to the International Labour Organisation, the terms of employment of domestic workers are often not[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 India
COVID protocol violation at foundation-laying ceremony for the Ram Temple at Ayodhya

COVID protocol violation at foundation-laying ceremony for the Ram Temple at Ayodhya

To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Dear Shri Bhalla, I write this in continuation of my previous letter dated 26-3-2020 regarding the need to comply with the lockdown restrictions in order to prevent the spread of COVID. It is unfortunate that several persons occupying high positions have time and again violated the lockdown restrictions laid down by your[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 India
Scope of Invocation of Anti-defection Law

Scope of Invocation of Anti-defection Law

One-upmanship in Rajasthan political crisis has lead to making a complaint by the congress chief whip to the Speaker alleging that Mr. Sachin Pilot and his supporters abstained from the congress legislature party meetings and are involved in a conspiracy to bring down the government. The Speaker was asked to initiate proceedings for their disqualification. Article 191(1) of the constitution[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 India
Why India needs to amend the Epidemic Act 1897 further

Why India needs to amend the Epidemic Act 1897 further

While we are bracing for a life in masks it seems unlikely that the restrictions in place will be revoked fully in the near future. It may be the only way around to prevent further damage, but like everything else the police excesses have dominated the headlines for several times during the lockdown period. Though a section of the people[Read More…]

by July 20, 2020 India
 Covid 19 and Furthering of Sectarian Agenda in Education

 Covid 19 and Furthering of Sectarian Agenda in Education

As Covid 19 has created havoc all rounds, the rulers of certain countries are using it to further intensify their set agendas. The democratic freedoms are being curtailed in certain forms, the reaction to which has come in America in the form of a campaign, which is opposing “stifling” cultural climate that is imposing “ideological conformity” and weakening “norms of[Read More…]

by July 20, 2020 India
Appeal to Chhattisgarh CM: Stop Eviction & Demolitions in Workers Bastis, Bhilai Industrial Area

Appeal to Chhattisgarh CM: Stop Eviction & Demolitions in Workers Bastis, Bhilai Industrial Area

  To, Shri Bhupesh Baghel Chief Minister House, Civil Line, Raipur, Chhattisgarh – 492001 Sir, Sub: Request to stop the eviction of workers in the Bhilai Industrial Area and demolition of their houses in Bijli Nagar We, the members of National Alliance of People’s Movements have received some disturbing information about violation of the housing rights of workers in the[Read More…]

The way homo sapiens stopped living

The way homo sapiens stopped living

Photo by Aman Upadhyay on Unsplash That vendor in the neighborhood who would come singing a ballad in the hope to sell his vegetables. The fistfights during a Jal board tanker visit would be all but become a people bonding activity. The sleep-disturbing cacophony of parents dropping children to their schools and unsuccessful attempt of children to avoid school by crying and shouting[Read More…]

by July 19, 2020 India
Minority panel report, faulting police & BJP leaders for Delhi riots, gets a lukewarm media response  

Minority panel report, faulting police & BJP leaders for Delhi riots, gets a lukewarm media response  

  The mainstream media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has downplayed the news about the release of a fact-finding report by Delhi Minorities Commission on February Delhi riots, 2020. Releasing its report on Thursday, the commission has faulted the role of top BJP leaders in giving hateful speeches and inciting the violence. It has also accused the police of inaction[Read More…]

by July 19, 2020 India
The ‘Appearance’ & ‘Disappearance’ of the Migrant Worker

The ‘Appearance’ & ‘Disappearance’ of the Migrant Worker

The following account stems from stories that a group of volunteers engaged with the Right to Food & Work Campaign, West Bengal ,encountered while working with migrant labourers from the state stuck in other parts of the country due to the lockdown announced from 24th March 2020 onwards. We have kept the stories as true to the narratives except only[Read More…]

by July 19, 2020 India
 India Both Internally And Externally Strained

 India Both Internally And Externally Strained

As if the Chabahar debacle was not enough, as Iran scrapped its deal with India and instead entered into a 400 billion USD deal with China,  that Iran has also now decided to keep India ‘out’ from Gas Field Right Exploration by saying that India would be involved ‘appropriately’ at some later stage 1.   Bad news for India.  One thing[Read More…]

by July 19, 2020 India
Only Political Vendetta Can Explain Varavara Rao’s Incarceration

Only Political Vendetta Can Explain Varavara Rao’s Incarceration

Co-Written by Surabhi Agarwal and Sandeep Pandey The renowned Telugu poet and political activist Varavara Rao has been in police custody since 18 November 2018. The charges against him are: waging war against the state, conspiring to overthrow the government and plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Varavara Rao is one of India’s foremost intellectuals who has inspired[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 India
Oppose US Moves To Drag India-China Conflict Into Its Indo-Pacific Strategy

Oppose US Moves To Drag India-China Conflict Into Its Indo-Pacific Strategy

Human Rights violation in Tibet  is a bogey. It is an alibi for interference by US.  PM Modi had said, less than one year ago, that the  Mahabalipuram (Chennai) summit (Oct 11-12, 2019) had begun “a New Era of Cooperation between the two countries”.                      He had famously said, about his[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 India
A Manifesto For An Inclusive Electoral System 

A Manifesto For An Inclusive Electoral System 

India is the second-most populous country, the seventh-largest country by area, and the most populous democracy in the world. India is a diverse country in every aspect of life viz. social, political, economic, geographical etc. India has been a secular federal republic since 1950, governed in a democratic parliamentary system. It is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society. The President[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 India
The plight of Milk Producers in Odisha need urgent attention of Government

The plight of Milk Producers in Odisha need urgent attention of Government

During this COVID-19 pandemic one of the worst among sufferers are about 11 Lakh Milk producers family of Odisha who have been facing with crisis of milk sale since March 2020 and continued uncertainty. Even in normal time also, diary sector in the state have been struggling with the crisis of distress sale with continued problem in supply side arrangement[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 India
Condemn the hate campaign against independent journalists in Tamil Nadu!

Condemn the hate campaign against independent journalists in Tamil Nadu!

Indian Democracy Matters, strongly condemns the vicious social media campaign being carried out against certain senior journalists in Tamil Nadu, who are known for their independent and unbiased views on political and social issues. The attacks are part of a pattern also seen in many other parts of India, where independent journalist voices are sought to be suppressed using a[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 India
The trajectory of India’s Democracy and Contemporary Challenges: Prof Suhas Palshikar

The trajectory of India’s Democracy and Contemporary Challenges: Prof Suhas Palshikar

( Prof Suhas Palshikar, Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics and Co-director, Lokniti at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, delivered the inaugural lecture in the ‘Democracy Dialogues’ Series initiated by New Socialist Initiative. In this lecture he attempted to trace the roots of the current moment of India’s democracy in the overall global journey of democracy, the[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 India
Remembering Hegel- A pandemic odyssey from no recognition to full-fledged recognition of the proletariats in India

Remembering Hegel- A pandemic odyssey from no recognition to full-fledged recognition of the proletariats in India

The buzzing tunes of a crisis at the starting of 2020 have encompassed the whole globe within a realm of euphoria setting apart new discourses of predicament, accumulating every section of the population for visualizing the unseen, thinking of the unthinkable ever. The subalterns of the working class have played a major role in today’s times of pandemic, settling differences[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 India
Is bad politics overshadowing science of COVID-19 vaccine research?

Is bad politics overshadowing science of COVID-19 vaccine research?

Co-Written by Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey The letter dated 2 July 2020 by Indian government’s apex medical research body ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) with a directive to begin and finish all human clinical trials of COVAXIN- an indigenously developed vaccine for COVID-19- by 15 August 2020 (India’s Independence Day) so that the vaccine can be[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 India
Fake news and the power of confirmation bias

Fake news and the power of confirmation bias

Internet offers pathways of enhancing democratic participation, increased interconnectedness and access to knowledge and entertainment. However, uncritical use of digital platforms and uncritical consumption of digital content can impede achieving the very goals it promises. For example, Fake news is currently a serious threat to democracies worldwide. Collins dictionary defines ‘Fake news’ as ‘false, often sensational, information disseminated under the[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 India
New Westminster passes motion against CAA, becomes first Canadian municipality to denounce India’s Islamophobic law

New Westminster passes motion against CAA, becomes first Canadian municipality to denounce India’s Islamophobic law

Brutish Colombian city passed a motion on Monday, July 13 against the highly discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) adopted by the Indian government. Moved on March 9 by City Councillor Chuck Puchmyar, a well known human rights defender, the motion was finally passed with 5-1 votes in favour, with one city councillor absent. The Mayor Jonathan Cote voted in favour[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 India
Congress need long structural overhauling and focus on the constitutional idea of India

Congress need long structural overhauling and focus on the constitutional idea of India

As the world doing every effort to overcome the Corona virus, in India our political leaders never fail to surprise us that for them ‘power’ is everything. For the ruling party, the best game, in which they seems to be unquestioned champion is ‘how to dislodge’ the opposition governments in the state. Sachin Pilot is out. Prior to him Jyotiraditya[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 India
Indo-China Standoff and Kashmir Dispute

Indo-China Standoff and Kashmir Dispute

The recent standoff between Chinese and Indian forces at Line of Actual Control in Ladakh has again brought the focus to the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is part of the larger Kashmir region which has been a matter of dispute between three nuclear armed nations. The region has again been the theater for disturbances but this time[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 India
India Is Well Into The Great Game

India Is Well Into The Great Game

What has triggered the on-going Indo-China face-off , if not its roots are to be found in August 5, 2019 when BJP led NDA-2 abrogated J&K Article 370 and made Ladakh a UT, inviting snarls from China.  It may be pertinent to recall China’s sensitivity towards Ladakh, when only a month before Chinese forces had intruded 6 kms inside Ladakh[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 India
 The Economics of Reservation and the Dysfunctional Question of Representation: Contextualizing the Exclusion of OBC’s

 The Economics of Reservation and the Dysfunctional Question of Representation: Contextualizing the Exclusion of OBC’s

Overlooking the partial move, the rubber stamp institution of National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) gave its nod for the central government’s appointed B. P. Sharma committee recommendations for incorporating the salary and the farm income while calculating the creamy layer within the OBC category. In the famous Indira Sawhney case, the highest court decided the creamy layer, a limitation[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 India
How not to be a leader like Mr Narendra Modi

How not to be a leader like Mr Narendra Modi

The prime master of propaganda, Mr Narendra Modi survives all ordeals of Indian politics with the help of media myth making and diversionary strategies. It gives Modi an immediate edge over other political opponents. The organisational network of RSS and BJP provide the ideological framework on which Modi pursues his politics of otherness. In short run, Modi and his ideological[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 India
COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of Journalists in India

COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of Journalists in India

The suicide by a scribe jumping from the roof top of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on July 6, 2020 was shocking. Journalist Tarun Sisodia (37) was working with Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar and hailed from Bhajanpura locality of Northeast Delhi. He was admitted to the AIIMS with specific symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19. He ran[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 India
The Grammar of Galwan

The Grammar of Galwan

The Kashmiri word galwan is quite riveting. In common idiom, it has an unsavoury connotation laced with an overwhelming pejorative sentiment. Anyone described as a galwan would be uncouth both in visual representation and in deed, provoking an insalubrious characterisation in mind. Another meaning is to describe somebody who possesses a clamorous voice. But that is not what galwan is[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 India
Foreign Policy Is Not An Easy Cake

Foreign Policy Is Not An Easy Cake

In BJP led NDA-1 Narendra Modi was quite much on a whirlwind tour of the world. It is estimated that by July 2020 he had visited 60 countries with many countries a couple of times 1 , US being the exception where he visited 6 times, the place where once he was banned to enter and he visited China 5[Read More…]

by July 13, 2020 India
Battle Lines Drawn And Ready

Battle Lines Drawn And Ready

Writing some month ago in a Bengali daily about, among other things, his stint as a security adviser to the vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University from 1999 to 2004 , Debanjan Chakraborty recalled an incident in April 1999 when a large mob was seen  scouring the campus looking for the office-bearers of the university students union. From time to time,[Read More…]

by July 13, 2020 India
File photo of Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army soldiers in September 2019 | Photo: ANI

India Needs High Jump, Not Yoga To Win War With China

War between India and China is on the cards. Though there is a retreat on both sides for the time being there is every possibility that war would break out any time in future.   Unlike a war between India and Pakistan or with any other neighbouring country war with China will have to be fought on two fronts. One, the[Read More…]

by July 13, 2020 India
Kerala, Moplah Rebellion and Communalization

Kerala, Moplah Rebellion and Communalization

Kerala has been in the news from last few months for all the right reasons. After the attempts to curtail the impact of Covid 19 came to be undertaken, Kerala led the path with humane, competent and effective measures. These ensured the best possible results and minimum suffering to the people of the state. Kerala is one state where the[Read More…]

by July 13, 2020 India
 Post-Facto ‘Clearance’ of 16 years of Illegal Coal Mining in Dehing Patkai  and Fresh Approval for Mining by NBWL is an Environmental Travesty!

 Post-Facto ‘Clearance’ of 16 years of Illegal Coal Mining in Dehing Patkai  and Fresh Approval for Mining by NBWL is an Environmental Travesty!

12th July, 2020: National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses deep concern over the series of destructive and extractive projects being taken up in the bio-diverse rich regions of the North-Eastern states that jeopardize the interests of wildlife and humans alike. ‘Dehing Patkai’ in Upper Assam became a flash point of resistance last month after the recent “recommendation for approval” by[Read More…]

A Village Sarpanch Steers Her People Through The Pandemic

A Village Sarpanch Steers Her People Through The Pandemic

  Warora is a small township in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. It is best known for the small village republic the great humanist Baba Amte set up for disabled people alienated by mainstream society. The most vulnerable among these are leprosy patients who still suffer from social stigma but find love and dignity in this wonderful village named Anandwan,[Read More…]

by July 12, 2020 India
Media stoops to a new low: Vikash Dubey encounter is portrayed as “instant justice”

Media stoops to a new low: Vikash Dubey encounter is portrayed as “instant justice”

While covering the encounter of the gangster Vikas Dubey by Uttar Pradesh (UP) police, the mainstream Indian media – particularly Hindi newspapers – appears to have condoned the extra-judicial killing. They have again failed to act as a defender of civil rights. The diseased, Dubey’s, criminal life spanned 30 years. He has been accused of 62 criminal cases. The criminal charges[Read More…]

by July 12, 2020 India
Community is safe in villages – Let us not make them unsafe

Community is safe in villages – Let us not make them unsafe

It should surely be taken seriously that Bharat till date is distanced from community transmission of Corona virus 2019/2020 or COVID-19, as reported by the Government of India. This is notwithstanding the fact of death of persons exceeding 20,000 and affected persons more than 7,00,000 while around 10 million had already been Corona-tested. There remains 1290 million to be tested,[Read More…]

by July 12, 2020 India
Online Exams and the Presumption of Privilege in a Pandemic

Online Exams and the Presumption of Privilege in a Pandemic

Delhi University seems to have been changing its stance every day in the High Court as petitions challenging the Online Open Book Exams are being heard. Meanwhile, even University Grants Commission revised its guidelines, taking a complete U-turn, recommending universities to conduct exams. Alongside the Covid-panic, confusion and paranoia have become constants in the lives of students. The ongoing petitions[Read More…]

by July 11, 2020 India
Vikas Dubey Encounter Killing: Time For Serious Action On Police Reforms

Vikas Dubey Encounter Killing: Time For Serious Action On Police Reforms

It is strange that suddenly a large part of public opinion is speaking of ‘rule of law’ after the killing of terrorist Vikas Dubey. Of course, for many, he was not a terrorist but a petty criminal but then anyone who spread terror, kills innocent people whether with political patronage or without it is a terrorist. However, what is disturbing[Read More…]

by July 11, 2020 India
Corona, caste discrimination and the lives of Sanitation Workers

Corona, caste discrimination and the lives of Sanitation Workers

Calamities are the occasion when nations and societies unlearn many things and build bridges in the greater interest of humanity.  Corona crisis would have turned into a great opportunity for countries like India to overcome historical baggage of deep rooted prejudices and respect the dignity of the work and contribution of those who have made our homes, offices, cities and[Read More…]

by July 10, 2020 India
Veterans Statement On India – China Stand-Off

Veterans Statement On India – China Stand-Off

To: The President of India The Prime Minister of India The Raksha Mantri Chief of the Defence Staff Chief of the Army Staff Chief of the Naval Staff Chief of the Air Staff We, the signatories, are all Veterans of the Indian Armed Forces, who have served in the defence of our nation in various ranks and appointments in peacetime[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 India
Indo-China Conflict And USA

Indo-China Conflict And USA

Hindustan wrote editorially on July 7 that there are indications of improvement in Indo-China tension. It further says that even if China has retreated from Galwan, we should not be in hurry to reciprocate. Its claim on Bhutanese territory is also in news. Many defence experts are also talking in the same vein. And many liberals go to the extent[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 India
A Look At The Past, Present And Future Of The China –Indian Border Dispute

A Look At The Past, Present And Future Of The China –Indian Border Dispute

After five decades of status quo in their unresolved border issue, India and China have locked horns again, this time at Galwan Valley. With the first casualties in nearly 53 years, this face off is essentially becoming a cause for concern among people. While the BJP-led government is out to squeeze the last drop of publicity through their toxic ultra-nationalism,[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 India
ICMR Exhumes, Revives Nazi Era Template For Vaccine Trials

ICMR Exhumes, Revives Nazi Era Template For Vaccine Trials

  “No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.” – Nuremberg Code The ABVA (AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan) views with serious concern the manner in which the alleged n-coronavirus vaccine in India is being[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 India
China achieving its Military Objectives in Ladak de-escalates tension

China achieving its Military Objectives in Ladak de-escalates tension

As news reports are coming that China is disengaging its forces from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the words of former National Security Advisor Shivsankar Menon comes as a handy quote. The former Ambassador to China says; China moves two steps forward and then takes one step backward, having a net gain of one step, each time it withdraws[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 India
Party building, the way of the Communists and the Congress

Party building, the way of the Communists and the Congress

It would be interesting to recall in the context of the current India China relations that Liu Shaoqi’s book How to be a Good Communist was translated into Gujarati in the 1940s by Chandrakant Parikh, a full time CPI worker, in Mumbai. How much history has changed. Gujarat has come to this sad pass politically today. But it had a[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 India
The Pandemic Must Transform Our Agriculture

The Pandemic Must Transform Our Agriculture

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the risks of an unhealthy diet and the extreme fragility of food systems. The economic reconstruction that will follow the pandemic is the perfect opportunity to provide better nutrition and health to all. The pandemic should spur us to redefine how we feed ourselves, and agricultural research can play a vital role in making our[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 India
Shadow of Laxmanpur Bathe on Bihar Election

Shadow of Laxmanpur Bathe on Bihar Election

The outlawed Ranvir Sena—the private army of upper caste landlords of Bihar—is in the news again. It recently threatened the Bihar chief of the Bhim Army, Gaurav Siraj, and one of its activists, Ved Prakash, through a Facebook post. The so-called army has “ordered” its “sainiks” to “arrest” him dead or alive. The sena is apparently peeved over how the[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 India
Kerala: Urgent Need for Review of Cost-Benefits of Proposed Semi High-Speed Train Project 

Kerala: Urgent Need for Review of Cost-Benefits of Proposed Semi High-Speed Train Project 

To, Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Government of Kerala Sub: Urgent Need for Review of the Cost-Benefits of Proposed Semi High Speed Train Project and Decision in the interest of the ecology, economy and people’s livelihoods. Sir, At the outset, which wish to convey our appreciation for the methodical and diligent way in which your administration, with the able leadership[Read More…]

Buffalo Soldiers and House Niggas

Buffalo Soldiers and House Niggas

This is not really an article of any sort, it is more like a story being said in many parts. If you stick with me on this; you may like it: you may even learn something about why things are the way they are today by the end of it all. It’s a long story. Story of my Father and[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 India
The United States has set out to fish in the muddy waters of the Indo-China conflict

The United States has set out to fish in the muddy waters of the Indo-China conflict

LiedAbout Wars “Advertising campaigns, marketing schemes. The target is public opinion. Wars are sold the same way cars are, by lying.In August 1964, President Lyndon Johnson accused the Vietnamese of attacking two U.S. warships in the Tonkin Gulf.Then the president invaded Vietnam, sending planes and troops. He was acclaimed by journalists and by politicians, and his popularity sky-rocketed. The Democrats[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 India
Hunger in COVID19: Pandemic of Symbolic Interest

Hunger in COVID19: Pandemic of Symbolic Interest

Introduction Frank Snowden[i] defines Covid-19 as the first pandemic of globalization which exploits massive population growth, crowding and mega cities; an industrial model that encourages rapacious growth without counting the environmental cost. Spillover events are becoming more and more common. All these vulnerabilities are man-made. Humans provide the conditions for epidemic to flourish. In his view, “each epidemic is unique,[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 India
Eviction drive of the government of Odisha at the time of Corona, strongly condemned

Eviction drive of the government of Odisha at the time of Corona, strongly condemned

It is a matter of concern that the Government of Odisha and its agencies such as Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authorities (BDA) made a forcible attempt on 6th July 2020 to demolish the houses of 431 urban poor families of Tarini Bustee at Damana square of Bhubaneswar. Odisha. As per media report, the authorities armed with large contingent[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 India
Centre’s directive on Pedestrianisation. Will our Babus listen ?

Centre’s directive on Pedestrianisation. Will our Babus listen ?

The central government’s ministry of housing and urban affairs has recommended holistic planning for pedestrian friendly market spaces in various cities and municipal areas in the country in consultation with stake holders. The advisory issued by Mr Durga Shanker Mishra, department secretary, last month has also suggested million plus cities to select at least three market places for pedestrianisation &[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 India
Effectiveness Of The Model Code Of Conduct During 2019 General Election In India

Effectiveness Of The Model Code Of Conduct During 2019 General Election In India

The Model Code of Conduct is a set of norms and guidelines to be followed by political parties, candidates, polling agents and covers under its ambit, eight provisions; namely, general conduct, meetings, processions, polling day, polling booths, observers, the party in power and election manifestos.[1] The Model Code of Conduct is enforced as soon as the Election Commission makes the[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 India
Lawfare, Crisis and Hindutva Fascism in India

Lawfare, Crisis and Hindutva Fascism in India

The Hindutva fascism is replacing seven decades of secular democratic traditions and liberal constitutional practices in India. The well-established decentralised institutions of governance are destroyed with processes of the centralisation of power by the BJP government led by Mr Narendra Modi. The civilizational traditions of inter-faith dialogue and religious harmony in Indian society is ruined by the majoritarian politics of[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 India
Assault on the Rule of Law and Article 19 of the Constitution of India

Assault on the Rule of Law and Article 19 of the Constitution of India

Statement Of The Constitutional Conduct Group This statement by our group of former civil servants arises from our deep concern at the assault on the Rule of Law in India and on its citizens’ rights to free speech and dissent, basic elements of any democracy. The whole constitutional edifice is dependent on the Rule of Law, which implies the subjection[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 India
The Plight of Migrant Workers

The Plight of Migrant Workers

  Corona pandemic finds no end. And the unending miseries of migrant labourers marching towards their native villages still continues Fainting and frowning with anger and anxiety – migrant workers caged in lockdown imbroglio bore the brunt of challenging hardships. The survival of migrant workers in makeshift settlements in cities and towns remains at stake due to shortage of resources,[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 India
 Terrorist, Don and Bahubali: Role of Media in the Construction and Institutionalisation of Categories

 Terrorist, Don and Bahubali: Role of Media in the Construction and Institutionalisation of Categories

Eight police personnel lost their lives in the Kanpur crime scene in Uttar Pradesh in a gunfire from the history-sheeter, criminal Vikas Dubey. Vikas Dubey is not the first or the last criminal in politics, nonetheless, he has again exposed the nexus of politics and criminals. The Bahubali saga is not an old story in the politics of Uttar Pradesh.[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 India
Gaumutra to Coronil: Infodemics in Times of Pandemic

Gaumutra to Coronil: Infodemics in Times of Pandemic

In the month of March, people got lined up for ‘miracle drink’ in Delhi at a Sabha organised by Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha, to have their share of Gaumutra (cow’s urine). The craze for this madness was created by an infodemic, which said: ‘Covid is an avatar, which has taken form of virus to kill non – vegetarians and people[Read More…]

by July 6, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: The Drug Pushers On Top Of The World

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

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

by July 6, 2020 India
Mass media, why all of them report on a similar way

Mass media, why all of them report on a similar way

The freedom of press comes from the Right to Speech which is guaranteed to all the citizens by the constitution of India vide article 19 (1) (a). The media has been recognised as the fourth pillar of democracy, four in row to save and to strengthen it. In the last seventy years of independence, we have seen exponential growth in[Read More…]

Politics Of Keeping People Away From Politics

Politics Of Keeping People Away From Politics

Forty-Five summers ago when Emergency was declared by Indira Gandhi, among those who welcomed it with open arms were many so-called captains of industry, notably J. R. D. Tata and K. K. Birla; they did it in the name of discipline, efficiency and good work culture. Talking to J. Anthony Lukacs of The New York Times, J. R. D. Tata[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 India
Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

A Virus and the New Normal

In the absence of a pharmaceutical remedy to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), non-pharmaceutical interventions have become necessary. Physical distancing, containment of areas by restricting movement of people, and a nationwide lockdown have been the strategies adopted globally.  In India, after about two months of nationwide lockdown and the subsequent unlocking process, most of us are hoping for a[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 India
Modi’s visit to Leh: Media uses the occasion to sing his praises

Modi’s visit to Leh: Media uses the occasion to sing his praises

Amid India-China border standoff, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a “surprise” visit to Leh and indirectly referred to China by saying that “the era of expansionism is over”. Making a mountain out of a molehill, the mainstream media used the occasion to indulge in an act of hero-worship. It turned blind to critical questions and concerns raised by the[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 India
A Story of Human Grit And Kindness During COVID Lockdown

A Story of Human Grit And Kindness During COVID Lockdown

The country has been going through an unprecedented health crisis. There is despair and desperation all around. We are constantly getting news about uncontrolled virus spread, rising death tolls and collapsing health systems. Add to this chaos the unimaginable levels of sufferings of the workers walking hundreds of kilometres to reach back their homes, sights of police beating up or[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 India
My son had passion, not a gun

My son had passion, not a gun

Any news from Kashmir to the outside world is mostly related to the armed confrontation that gives details of the exchange of fire between militants and Indian security forces. Then, the clashes are claimed to have killed “terrorists” who were equipped with heavy arms and ammunition. For a long time now, there has been a successful attempt to create this[Read More…]

by July 3, 2020 India
Orders Banning The Chines Apps Amenable To Judicial Scrutiny 

Orders Banning The Chines Apps Amenable To Judicial Scrutiny 

As a retaliatory measure consequent to ‘Galwan Valley’ aggression, the Government of India invoked Sec.69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and banned 59 smart phone applications which include the most popular ‘ TikTok’, ‘Cam Scanner’ etc. The reasons cited was that these apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India as per credible inputs received by the government.[Read More…]

by July 3, 2020 India
When Will We Have Equitable Access To Fruits Of Development?

When Will We Have Equitable Access To Fruits Of Development?

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Kushagra Kumar One of the writers of this article is reminded of an incident, when he was teaching at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar which was then functioning from a campus in Chandkheda in Ahmedabad. On 16 December, 2011, a dog picked up a 2 months old boy child Akash who was lying on ground[Read More…]

by July 3, 2020 India
A walk-in test centre for coronavirus in Ernakulam

End Police Atrocities and Restore Public Health System

The Covid-19 pandemic is a deadly and contagious disease. There is no preventive medicine or vaccine available till now. We are faced with an unprecedented public health crisis situation. However, the manner in which our government is dealing with this public health crisis by announcing a lockdown and implementing it by unleashing brute force and police repression on ordinary citizens[Read More…]

by July 3, 2020 India
Privatization of coal mining is anti-national, Every patriot should support the workers’ movement

Privatization of coal mining is anti-national, Every patriot should support the workers’ movement

     From today, millions of coal workers are on strike against privatization of the coal sector all over the country. In this, apart from the Left organizations, even the BMS associated with the RSS has to be involved under heavy pressure. There is anger among the workers that the Modi government is intent on bringing back the tragic life that[Read More…]

by July 2, 2020 India
India/China Clash and South Asia: Discordant Mindsets, Changing Dynamics and the Way Forward

India/China Clash and South Asia: Discordant Mindsets, Changing Dynamics and the Way Forward

“It was a time when the unthinkable became the thinkable and the impossible really happened” ― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things India’s Galwan Debacle Recently, in a gun-less fistfight (sort of) between India and China in the Galwan Valley, a stretch of land that divides China’s autonomous region of Tibet from India, 20 Indian soldiers were killed by[Read More…]

by July 2, 2020 India
The motor cycle from the time of Che Guevara To Harley Davidson of today

The motor cycle from the time of Che Guevara To Harley Davidson of today

Beginning in December 1951, Ernesto “Che” Guevara took a nine-month break from medical school to travel by motorcycle through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. One of his goals was gaining practical experience with leprosy. Being in contact with people who were poor and hungry while they were sick transformed Che. He envisioned a new medicine, with doctors who would[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
Modi’s War on Science

Modi’s War on Science

2019 was a mixed year for Indian Science and Technology. The bittersweet Chandrayaan-2 Mission was a partial failure in the absolute sense, but a success in the relative terms. The PSLV-C44, Kalam SAT, Microsat-R, CARTOSAT and Mission Shakti were major leaps in aerospace engineering. India also became the world’s third-largest producer of Scientific articles, according to NSF statistics. However, there were several steps back as[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
Blaming Modi For The Deaths Of 20 Soldiers Is Part Of Jingoism

Blaming Modi For The Deaths Of 20 Soldiers Is Part Of Jingoism

This is Part-3 of an article on India China after Faceoff of June 15. Read Part1, published on June 27,2020 with this title: Blaming PM Modi Now for “Surrender to China” is Nothing but Competing in Jingoism. And part-2published on June 28,2020: Is it PM’s surrender to China ? Or is it subservience to US Strategy of Congress and others? [Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
The Purpose of Making Nagaland Governor’s Letter to CM Public?

The Purpose of Making Nagaland Governor’s Letter to CM Public?

The Governor of Nagaland R.N. Ravi has written a scathing letter to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio alleging complete collapse of law and order and unwillingness of the elected government to resist several armed groups indulging in extortion and violence. Ravi has revealed that some of these groups are running their ‘governments,’ illegally levying taxes on items from salt to construction[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
Skill Education and Self Employment: Panacea for Generating Employment amid Covid-19 Crises

Skill Education and Self Employment: Panacea for Generating Employment amid Covid-19 Crises

Co-Written by Dr. Rabiya Yaseen Bazaz & Professor Mohammad Akram The International Labor Organization (ILO) in its report ‘ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the World of Work’, describes COVID-19 as ‘worst global crisis since World War II’. ILO estimated that globally more than 25 million jobs would be threatened due to the spread of corona virus. ILO says that[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
Taiwan’s Mei Ho University Donates COVID-19 Test Kits To Mizoram

Taiwan’s Mei Ho University Donates COVID-19 Test Kits To Mizoram

In an act of kindness, Mei Ho University, Taiwan, has donated COVID-19 test kits to the north-eastern state of Mizoram. The first batch of the kits developed by Peptide Cham Biotech Ltd. arrived last week and the second batch of 10,000 kits are expected to reach soon. These kits will help the state check suspected COVID-19 patients. Earlier, the Taiwan[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
COVID-19’s Big Brother: Impact of Coronavirus on Data and Individual Privacy in India

COVID-19’s Big Brother: Impact of Coronavirus on Data and Individual Privacy in India

“Data is the pollution problem of the information age, and protecting privacy is the environmental challenge” (Schneier, 2015, p.169). The existence and need of the right to privacy has been recognised worldwide. This was evident in India as well, as the right to privacy was recognised as intrinsically linked to the right to life. However, with the advent of the[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
The NHRC’s Report on Jamia Violence has ignored the Perspective of Victims

The NHRC’s Report on Jamia Violence has ignored the Perspective of Victims

  Just a few days ago the NHRC (National Human Right Commission) has released its report on ‘Jamia Violence’ which took place on 15th December 2019 night.  The Commission in its report has largely blamed students and said that they indulged in violent protests without permission from concerned authority.  The report while giving some ‘soft criticism’ to the Delhi police,[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
Another Gas Leak In Visakhapatnam Kills Two

Another Gas Leak In Visakhapatnam Kills Two

To Shri Neerabh Kumar Prasad Spl CS (Environment & Forests) Govt of AP Dear Shri Prasad, I write this close on the heels of my letter dated 29-6-2020 about one more ghastly gas leak accident, this time, in the infamous Pharmacity of Parawada in Visakhapatnam district. The accident took place at the Pharmacity unit of Sainor Life Sciences Pvt Ltd[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 India
Image of Million – The Migrant Labour

Image of Million – The Migrant Labour

For more than few decades, India has seen workers migrating from state to state looking for job opportunities and livelihood. Covid -19 pandemic has scathed migrant labour to a great extent with less than Rs.100 in hand in span of 50 days. We have heard of trudging in snow, but not trudging on railway tracks and highways in conglomeration of[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 India
Recollections of a Declared Emergency as the Super-Emergency Thickens

Recollections of a Declared Emergency as the Super-Emergency Thickens

Emergency—June 25, 1975. On this day India had its tryst with declared emergency, the formal authoritarian rule through a suspension of democracy. Compared to that sudden transformation, ever since 2014, after the Narendra Modi-led NDA ascended to power, it has been an undeclared authoritarian rule that hollowed out democracy at all levels. The damage to democratic system has been so[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 India
For Peoples’ Manifesto: A Suggested LGBTQIA Perspective

For Peoples’ Manifesto: A Suggested LGBTQIA Perspective

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

by June 30, 2020 India
NREGA workers across the country demand 200 days of employment

NREGA workers across the country demand 200 days of employment

Demand Rs 600 as daily wages and strict implementation of locally planned works Today, workers in over sixty districts across eleven states of the country observed “NREGA Adhikar Diwas” by submitting a memorandum to the Prime Minister to demand an increase in the annual guarantee of work to 200 days per person, revision of the daily wage rate to Rs[Read More…]

by June 29, 2020 India
Cartoon by K.P. Sasi

Banks Fraudulently Converted Jan Dhan Accounts into Regular Saving Accounts to Extract Bank Charges

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) was launched in August 2014 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the aim of providing banking facilities to the poor and to increase financial inclusion in the country. It aimed to open at least one basic banking account for every household and provide access to financial services such as savings and deposit accounts,[Read More…]

by June 29, 2020 India
India’s Dependence on Imperialist China: “Make in India” Ends Up as “Made in China”

India’s Dependence on Imperialist China: “Make in India” Ends Up as “Made in China”

 Following India’s bloodiest clash with imperialist China in 45 years, there seems to be no dearth of jingoistic postures from saffron centres, even as Chinese intrusion in to India’s territory is becoming self-evident now.  As part of this, a hectic campaign is in full swing for an economic retaliation against China mainly by boycotting Chinese products. For instance, the pro-RSS[Read More…]

by June 29, 2020 India
Transparency and Accountability During Crisis

Transparency and Accountability During Crisis

Pandemics present us with unprecedented crisis situations. Extraordinary situations demand extraordinary measures and many a time this is used to undermine democratic institutions and values. The Covid crisis is nothing different. This unprecedented crisis period has given certain political leaders across the world an opportunity to clamp down on many aspects of democracy – the most crucial ones being transparency[Read More…]

by June 29, 2020 India
The law of Sedition: Endangering the very idea of an inclusive Democracy

The law of Sedition: Endangering the very idea of an inclusive Democracy

Co-Written by Atul and Sandeep Pandey British left India in August 1947 but left many of their draconian laws here as a colonial legacy. Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code 1860, i.e., the law of sedition is one such law. British Government of India had inserted it in the penal code in the late 19th century to curb anti-colonial[Read More…]

by June 29, 2020 India
Representational Image. Credit- Reuters

Mumbai’s bar dancers are leaving the city and no one cares

“Everyone knows that there are bar dancers in cities like Mumbai and Bangalore but no one cares. Government is concerned about street vendors, auto drivers, labourers. We are also like them, our families and children depend on us. How do we survive”, said Mini (name changed) a woman from Rajnat community of Rajasthan. India’s strict lockdown measures to fight covid19[Read More…]

by June 29, 2020 India
Modi’s Foreign Policy Catastrophe, India’s marginalisation in South Asia

Modi’s Foreign Policy Catastrophe, India’s marginalisation in South Asia

“Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.” ― Robin Hobb Like its economy India’s foreign policy is going through a catastrophic phase. The country finds itself engaged in skirmishes and cartographic battle on its entire northern front. The spectacle that Modi created in the arena of foreign policy; his masculine nationalism and making partner in the[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 India
Is it PM’s surrender to China ? Or is it subservience to US Strategy of Congress and others? 

Is it PM’s surrender to China ? Or is it subservience to US Strategy of Congress and others? 

This is part-2 of an article on India-China face-off, after the violent clash of June 15 night. Read Part1, published on June 27,2020 with this title: Blaming PM Modi Now for “Surrender to China” is Nothing but Competing in Jingoism. Now it’s BJP Vs Congress War of words on China that tops headlines, exposed Part-1. That focused on the hypocritical,[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 India
Anti-Muslim mindset: Media underreports the bail granted to Safoora Zargar

Anti-Muslim mindset: Media underreports the bail granted to Safoora Zargar

On Tuesday the Delhi High Court granted bail to anti-CAA activist and Jamia Millia Islamia research scholar Safoora Zargar. The mainstream media – particularly Hindi newspapers – downplays the bail story. This is in sharp contrast to the wider coverage the media gave to other stories than her bail. For example, the media widely covered the stories when she was[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 India
PM CARES Fund- Need for transparency

PM CARES Fund- Need for transparency

Letter to the Prime Minister To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister of India Dear Shri Modiji, I refer to my letters dated 9-4-2020 & 5-5-2020 (enclosed) on the modalities of creating the PM CARES Fund (hereafter referred as PMCARES) and the need to ensure utmost transparency in its utilisation. I understand that the Trustees of PMCARES under your stewardship have[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 India
A People’s Manifesto for India’s Future: The A-Z of the India of my dreams

A People’s Manifesto for India’s Future: The A-Z of the India of my dreams

I have been thinking since many days how to put this piece together. There is so much that I can say about the future India that I would want to see. Howsoever I try to organize it, so much would still be left out. So in the end I thought to just put out my heart on paper – the[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 India
Renaming India as Bharat: The longstanding Hindutva agenda

Renaming India as Bharat: The longstanding Hindutva agenda

Though the Supreme Court refused to entertain on June 3 a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for renaming India as ‘Bharat’ or ‘Hindustan’, it does not put an end to the longstanding Hindutva agenda on this issue. The Supreme Court decision was purely on technical/legal grounds namely that ‘Bharat’ as one of the names of the country is already stated in[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 India
The condition of migrant workers and our responsibilities

The condition of migrant workers and our responsibilities

The condition of migrant workers in the present time aptly implies the violation of human rights in India. All existing organisations at both end (mother state and work place) should, therefore, raise the issue. Through this update, the Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Sangathan, Odisha appeals all like-minded organisations and individuals to attempt for protecting their rights. On 24th June, 47 girls[Read More…]

Blaming PM Modi Now for “Surrender to China” is Nothing but Competing in Jingoism

Blaming PM Modi Now for “Surrender to China” is Nothing but Competing in Jingoism

This is part-1 of an article on India-China face-off, after the violent clash of June 15 night. This focuses on the hypocritical,mutual blame game to deceive people and incite jingoism, presently targeting China. Now it’s BJP Vs Congress War of words on China that tops headlines. But both maintain relations, fairly long and deep, not only with China, but China[Read More…]

by June 27, 2020 India
Fixing Responsibility For Deaths Unrelated To Coronavirus During The Crisis

Fixing Responsibility For Deaths Unrelated To Coronavirus During The Crisis

Co-Written by by Simran Kaur, Vasundhra Kaul, Varsha Sharma and Sandeep Pandey While the entire world faced the threat of the coronavirus, India was witness to a peculiar phenomenon. Hundreds of migrant workers poured into the streets, despite explicit warnings -and passionate appeals- by the Prime Minister to stay indoors. India saw numerous deaths during this time, many of which[Read More…]

by June 27, 2020 India
Marking 45 years since the Emergency, Resolve to Strengthen the  Struggle Against State Repression

Marking 45 years since the Emergency, Resolve to Strengthen the  Struggle Against State Repression

45 years prior to today, on June 26th 1975, the country awoke to a declaration of Internal Emergency. Arguably one of the darkest days in the country’s history post 1947, Emergency Rule imposed by the then central government led by Indira Gandhi’s faction of the Indian National Congress (INC) was characterised by a near complete suspension of basic democratic rights[Read More…]

by June 27, 2020 India
PM CARES, PMNRF and RTI Act

PM CARES, PMNRF and RTI Act

The PM CARES fund was established by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 28. The idea was to have a dedicated, national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation like the COVID-19 pandemic. It also intended to provide relief to the affected, a public charitable trust under the name of ‘Prime Minister’s[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 India
Lives of Marginalized Matter: When will their suffocation End?

Lives of Marginalized Matter: When will their suffocation End?

In Minneapolis, US an African American, George Floyd lost his life as the white policeman, Derek Chauvin, caught hold of him and put his knee on his neck. This is a technique developed by Israel police. For nine long minutes the knee of the while policeman was on the neck of George, who kept shouting, I can’t breathe. Following this[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 India
Uttar Pradesh is now Colombia in the business of Crime 

Uttar Pradesh is now Colombia in the business of Crime 

  A recent attack on two Additional District Judges near Dibiyapur in district Auraiya in daylight by some unidentified attackers in the state of Uttar Pradesh reminds me of Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria- a Colombian drug lord and a founder and sole leader of the Medellin Cartel. Pablo was a powerful drug lord who enjoyed close relationships not only with[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 India
Privatising commercial extraction of Coal not beneficial for coal reserve states

Privatising commercial extraction of Coal not beneficial for coal reserve states

The decision of the centre for privatize commercial extraction of Coal may not be beneficial for Odisha having 25 percent of the Coal reserve of the country. The plan to increase in mining activities is not being accompanying with rise in fair royalty rate and its share of state and locals. There has been persistent suffering of people in coal[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 India
Rise up against a `Situation Worse than the Emergency’!!

Rise up against a `Situation Worse than the Emergency’!!

25th June, 2020 marks the 45th year of the Declaration of the infamous Emergency Declaration of Indira Gandhi. It is a day remembered as the day in 1975, when the Indian Government waged a war on its own people, suspending the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution and turning India into an authoritarian country. 25th June is also the[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
BJP-Modi’s Undeclared Emergency (2014-20) Is More Dangerous Than Declared Emergency (1975-77) Of Indira Congress

BJP-Modi’s Undeclared Emergency (2014-20) Is More Dangerous Than Declared Emergency (1975-77) Of Indira Congress

Bhubaneswar, 25th June, 2020: On the eve of Anti-Emergency Day (25th June, 2020) a Mass Protest Against Undeclared Emergency by Modi-BJP Regime was organized today at Bhubanewar, Odisha & also condemned the Declared Emergency (1975-1977) by Indira- Congress Regime. The Major  Demands was  Immediate Release of all Political Prisoners, Withdraw all False and Fabricated Cases Against Political, Social and Human[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
Echoes of Emergency

Echoes of Emergency

          The CPI (ML – Liberation) office in Varanasi was raided at midnight without the search warrant, a couple of days ago. The process of the arrest under the draconian law UAPA of human rights activists and intellectuals beginning with the arrest of 90% handicapped, Delhi University Professor GN Saibaba is going on unabated since the last few of years.[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
#MigrantWomenWorkersontheRoad:  Seen, Unseen and already forgotten?

#MigrantWomenWorkersontheRoad:  Seen, Unseen and already forgotten?

Sightings Sighting 1: Jamlo Madkam[1], a 12-year-old Adivasi girl starts to walk home to Chattisgarh from the chilli fields of Telangana. She walks 140 kilometres in three days and finally collapses exhaustion, dehydration and muscle fatigue, 60 km from her home. Sighting 2: News headlines begin to report about women giving birth on the road and continuing the long march[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
Migration Of The Poor – Let Us Work For A Solution

Migration Of The Poor – Let Us Work For A Solution

  India’s  migrant labor plight and crisis came to the fore, in most tragic forms, during recent period thanks to the Corona virus disease. We should not forget that the problem was always there, and Covid-19 exposed the callousness of the system as never before. Labor wanted to back home at any cost, walking hundreds of kilometers, with kith and[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
45th Anniversary of Emergency: Contemporary Documents Prove RSS Leadership Kowtowed To Indira Gandhi

45th Anniversary of Emergency: Contemporary Documents Prove RSS Leadership Kowtowed To Indira Gandhi

RSS is a Hindutva gurukul (university) which specializes in training cadres in speaking lies and manufacturing history. As a latest proof, we find on the 45th anniversary of the Emergency, an ideologue of RSS, Ram Madhav, a prominent graduate of the above gurukul, to claim that Indian democracy survives due to “leaders in the government who fought for that very[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
Capitalism and the Throttling of Democracy in India

Capitalism and the Throttling of Democracy in India

The deregulation of international capital flows (financial liberalisation) has effectively turned the planet into a free-for-all bonanza for the world’s richest capitalists. Under the post-World-War Two Bretton Woods monetary regime, nations put restrictions on the flow of capital. Domestic firms and banks could not freely borrow from banks elsewhere or from international capital markets, without seeking permission, and they could[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
No Holy Cow in a democracy

No Holy Cow in a democracy

There is a general tendency to name anyone questioning the activities of the armed forces engaged in war with an enemy nation as anti-national. This labelling also extends to the reporting of commission and omission of the armed forces operating against native Indian combatants in conflict zones such as Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and Central Indian States. This tendency has[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
Resist The Super Emergency!

Resist The Super Emergency!

25 June 2020 marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous Emergency imposed on India. On this day, we call upon all Indian citizens to launch a peaceful, non-violent nationwide movement to fight against the Super Emergency the country is being subjected to today. The Indian state is today far more powerful and dehumanized than it has ever been, fascist ideology[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
People waiting to get registered at Motihari District Government Hospital in East Champaran, Bihar. With so few doctors employed to work in the public sector of healthcare in India, this scene is typical.

Free Universal Healthcare for All in India

“Swasthya seva hamara adhikar  Ise      degi      hamari      Sarkar” The spread of Corona Virus in India and the subsequent misery of the Migrant population has exposed the underbelly of dismal healthcare in our country. There is a daily outcry of shortage of hospital beds, doctors, nurses, ICU’S, absence of functioning rural healthcare centres, etc. It is a great pity that while[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
Online Education cannot be a substitute for the ‘Inclusive Classroom’ Education in post Covid-19 World

Online Education cannot be a substitute for the ‘Inclusive Classroom’ Education in post Covid-19 World

  After the announcement of strict lockdown by PM Modi from 24th March 2020, Public Universities, Colleges, and Schools had been completely closed down and supposed to follow the guidelines and advisory issued by Central governments that led to the suspension of classroom teaching in India. Meanwhile, universities and colleges teachers have got instructions from concerned authorities to take online[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 India
Will India soon have the highest number of corona cases in the world?

Will India soon have the highest number of corona cases in the world?

 When Coronavirus hit China worst and then moved to Europe and the US India still had less number of Covid-19 cases and deaths due to Coronavirus. However, India had an early lockdown along with most of the worst hit countries and even after a month of lockdown India’s total number Covid-19 cases remained around 100000. That was very impressive figure[Read More…]

by June 24, 2020 India
Emergency and Dystopia

Emergency and Dystopia

As we commemorate suspension  of democracy during emergency in 1975, it is disturbing to note that  police are on spree to  arrest  and  detain people  and send them to jail as arbitrarily as then. Police knock at  the door of  journalists  and social activists ;  one can be charged for airing views on television, or  posting comments  on social media.[Read More…]

by June 24, 2020 India