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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

July 6, 2020 India
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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

June 28, 2020 India
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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

June 24, 2020 India
 Sikh Siyasat  Banned in India, Editor Writes to major ISPs

 Sikh Siyasat  Banned in India, Editor Writes to major ISPs

Countering the selective blockade of the website sikhsiyasat.net in Punjab and India, the Sikh Siyasat management has filed complaints to 5 Internet Service providers who are illegally and unlawfully blocking the site. Throughout Punjab and India, sikhsiyasat.net is not accessible to users who use BSNL FTTH, BSNL Cellular, Jio 4G & Jio Fibre, Airtel and Connect Broadband as their networks.[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 India
China’s Disappointing Ways: From Mao to Present

China’s Disappointing Ways: From Mao to Present

During the Chinese revolution, progressive forces of the world lent every possible support to it. At that time, it was widely believed that most of the Chinese people consumed opium and were always in a stupor. Additionally the country’s economy lay totally shattered. It was said that the people in China went to the market with a bag full of[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 India
Maligning “a mother to be” portrays our persona

Maligning “a mother to be” portrays our persona

After a long battle, Kashmiri Muslim girl, Safoora Zargar has been granted bail by the Delhi High court on the Humanitarian ground.Zargar was arrested on 10th of April and has been charged under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for her alleged role in the North East Delhi that broke out in the month of February. She is 23 week pregnant[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 India
Cradled by Conflict: The Plight of Children in Kashmir

Cradled by Conflict: The Plight of Children in Kashmir

Kashmir has always been in grip of one or another kind of crisis. The dark clouds of uncertainty loom over the echoing mountains from last several decades. The prolonged conflict has transformed the beautiful valley into a devastating dystopia, forcing the whole community to fight a life and death battle against the threat of extinction from the tyrant tides of[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 India
Vidya Bhushan Rawat In Conversation with Dr Goldy M George – Video

Vidya Bhushan Rawat In Conversation with Dr Goldy M George – Video

Dr Goldy M George is Consulting Editor of Forward Press magazine. He is also founder of Dalit Mukti Morcha, Chhattishgarh. An alumani of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Goldy has been active in anti caste struggles and try to bring together Ambedkarite and left forces. He has written extensively on resource rights issues particularly the forest rights of the[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 India
PM SVANidhi: Will it be a non-starter?

PM SVANidhi: Will it be a non-starter?

It is said that COVID does not differentiate. Yet, people on the margin have been differently impacted by COVID. Street vendors are one such vulnerable group. With lockdown, streets wore a deserted look. Street livelihood vanished all of a sudden. Street vendors, generally outlawed and operating with meagre capital and various kinds of livelihood insecurities and restrictive and punitive regulatory[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 India
Your Cyber Space Is Under Threat

Your Cyber Space Is Under Threat

      Vijay a migrant worker to Lucknow from Sitapur district earns his livelihood by engaging himself into small-scale carpentry work. His small workshop is situated in our surroundings. This vicinity made him well acquainted with our family circle.  Around a month ago he hurriedly rushed to our place to inquire about me, “bhaiya kanha hain ?” On getting[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Stop criminalizing free speech, protect journalism

Stop criminalizing free speech, protect journalism

The Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties condemns the attempt at criminalizing the writings of journalist Supriya Sharma, Executive Editor of the Scroll, the most recent victim of state attack on the media. The article, “In Varanasi village adopted by Prime Minister Modi, people went hungry during the lockdown” was published on June 5th, 2020. Among the people it reported on[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
COVID-19 and India: The Impacts and Prospects

COVID-19 and India: The Impacts and Prospects

A spectre is, right now, haunting the world. The spectre of a pandemic – COVID-19. COVID-191,2,3 is a viral disease – both infectious and potentially fatal, belonging to the SARS family, caused by a zoonotic – i.e. transmitted from animals to humans, virus. It, mainly, affects the human respiratory system. While old infectious diseases – including cholera, typhoid, small pox,[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
General knows journalism better than the anchors

General knows journalism better than the anchors

General Bikram Singh took a ‘journalism’ class for an anchor who blamed army for the Chinese incursion. After the government complete foreign policy failure, the anchors as usual are on rampage against all those who are asking questions to the government. General Singh advised media to be careful of blaming everyone else whose approach is different than those in the[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Indian Nationalism Heading Towards A Catastrophe

Indian Nationalism Heading Towards A Catastrophe

Nationalism, a modern political narration, flourished across the globe in different nature of colour, cuisine, creed, culture, race , religion, region, and language etc. This ‘ism’ mobilised mass to cripple the imperialism on the one side and built a new road to majoritarian polities on the other. The very idea of Indian nationalism evolved as a struggle against British colonial[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
BJP should answer: When Deendayal Upadhyaya questioned PM Nehru about China conflict, was it a “demoralizing” act?

BJP should answer: When Deendayal Upadhyaya questioned PM Nehru about China conflict, was it a “demoralizing” act?

  If questioning Narendra Modi Government by the opposition parties about the “sensitive” border dispute with China amounts to “demoralizing” the nation and its soldiers, is the ruling BJP ready to apply the same yardstick to its ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya who slammed the Jawaharlal Nehru regime during the Sino-India conflict? In the late 1950s when India-China relations were fast deteriorating,[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Cartoon by K.P Sasi

The Breach of Trust between Banks and their Customers

There are several factors which play an important role in determining the relationship between banks and their customers. One of the most important amongst them is what services banks provide and how they deliver it to their customers which can facilitate the best to their financial needs. Banks were nationalised with the objective of making banking available to everyone, especially[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Sinking into a dark pit yet no question can be asked. Why?

Sinking into a dark pit yet no question can be asked. Why?

The massive financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 infection around the world is not new news today. Renowned economists have already written numerous articles on the impact of the financial crisis on society in the future. Many studies by researchers have previously been published. Researchers, considering various industries and service sectors, have concluded how many thousands or millions of rupees[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Turbulence in the life of Elderly People in India

Turbulence in the life of Elderly People in India

At 69, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has no sympathy & compassion for the elderly population of India. In the pandemic of Coronavirus, there is a turbulence in the life of elderly people in India. More than 85 percent lower-income group elderly people living in remote villages of India are not in a position to afford expensive sanitizers and masks. Studies[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Fight against Commercial Mining of Coal in Jharkhand

Fight against Commercial Mining of Coal in Jharkhand

To fight against the commercial mining of coal in Jharkhand, we have to recall how the battle against bauxite mining by mighty Corporate Vedanta was fought and won by the tribal community in the Niyamgiri mountains in Orissa. The news of the Supreme Court approving the Posco and Vedanta Projects in Orissa came as a thunder-blow to all the movements[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Rally in support of a Sikh advocate who organized langar for CAA protestors held in Canada

Rally in support of a Sikh advocate who organized langar for CAA protestors held in Canada

Members and supporters of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) held a rally for D.S. Bindra outside the Indian passport and visa application center in Surrey on the afternoon of Sunday, June 21. An advocate and activist, Bindra has been named in a charge sheet filed by Delhi police against individuals accused of inciting violent protests against India’s discriminatory Citizenship[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
A Selfie for Democracy

A Selfie for Democracy

  25th June 2020 will mark the 45th anniversary of the Emergency. On this day we appeal to everyone interested in preserving Indian democracy and upholding the Indian Constitution to participate in the following campaign: Take a selfie holding a poster saying `Resist Super Emergency’ along with any of the following slogans in English or any other language of your[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Marupakkam To Hold One Day Online Film Festival Against Super Emergency

Marupakkam To Hold One Day Online Film Festival Against Super Emergency

To observe a day of protest against the Super Emergency on 25 June 2020 https://marupakkamonlinefilmscreening.blogspot.com will conduct a one-day online film festival. They will be screening 1) “Ammi” – Dir: Sunil Kumar 90 min; Hindi with Eng subtitles; 2018 This is one woman’s two-year fight for justice. Battered by the police, having been told by the myriad government agencies who[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
 Pranab Jyoti Nath

A Good Samaritan Labour Commissioner of Kerala and Light at the end of a tunnel for Odisha Guest Workers

  Bhubaneswar, June 22, 2020 : On June 9, 2020, I got a video message on a social media group about a group of guest workers in Kerala. They were from Kalahandi district of Odisha. Though unlettered most of them, they had a video recording of their situation and shared in the social media along with the contact details. The[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
NDA set for Rajya Sabha majority and prospects for easy passage of legislations

NDA set for Rajya Sabha majority and prospects for easy passage of legislations

A look at remedies available for policy disapproval Law making always happens to be the foremost responsibility of an elected government depending upon obtaining a majority mark in parliament. In India, with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government reaching beyond 100 seats in the Rajya Sabha after the recent victory of 11 seats, the waiting list of[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
Migrant Citizens as Partners in State Planning for Rural Development in India;  The Odisha Way

Migrant Citizens as Partners in State Planning for Rural Development in India;  The Odisha Way

Co-Written by Dr Bhabani Shankar Nayak and Dr Gopabandhu Das The pandemic of Coronavirus has exposed all limitations of free market economies and anomalies in capitalist global economy. The world economy is in shambles. The unprecedented restrictive and unavoidable lockdown measures by governments across the world has led to the loss of livelihoods, growth of unemployment, economic stagnation and crisis.[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
Why China’s Finger Points At Ladakh: Imperatives for India

Why China’s Finger Points At Ladakh: Imperatives for India

Mao Zedong, first president of the People’s Republic of China, had designs on “reclaiming” territories to the west of China, by placing the “Chinese hand” over the region. Tibet was likened to the palm of the hand, and the fingers were Ladakh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and NEFA (now Arunachal Pradesh), spanning across the whole Himalayan range. Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
 From freedom fighters in British India to Dissenters in Free India: Face Sedition- Section 124A is the simple answer

 From freedom fighters in British India to Dissenters in Free India: Face Sedition- Section 124A is the simple answer

Recently, Amulya Leona got bail from a Magistrate court after session court had denied her bail however, later, Magistrate court accepted the bail on the basis that Police didn’t file chargesheet within due time and during this she spent around four months in jail. Saroofa Jargar, a youth activist in Delhi has been picked up from her home for her[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
Draconian changes to India’s labour laws!

Draconian changes to India’s labour laws!

Labour “reforms” – India goes back in time Given the COVID-19 situation, though not with the same enthusiasm, nevertheless the entire world celebrated workers May Day recently. Ironically, here in India in the same month of May, antithetical to the ideal of May Day the major states of India moved to destroy the hard-won gains of the working class. The states ruled by BJP have amended[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
Contrasting the Indian Response to China vis a vis Pakistan

Contrasting the Indian Response to China vis a vis Pakistan

Sadly, what is sauce for the goose is not always sauce for the gander In dealing with the issues of national or international implications, it makes sense for the governments to calibrate official responses with an eye on the strengths and weaknesses of the adversary. However, it’s important to distinguish that sort of an approach from the one where responses[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
Boycotting “Chinese” goods, threatening ‘local’ Livelihoods: A case of Hong Kong Market, Siliguri

Boycotting “Chinese” goods, threatening ‘local’ Livelihoods: A case of Hong Kong Market, Siliguri

Siliguri is the gateway of North East India and a multi- cultural society with people of multi-ethnic background coexisting peacefully together. Siliguri is a fast growing economic center in West Bengal. It is third largest agglomeration after Kolkata and Asansol and is the largest and faster growing city in North East after Guwahati. Siliguri is famous for three ‘Ts’, Tea,[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
Dear Leaders, You Can’t Silence India, Can You?

Dear Leaders, You Can’t Silence India, Can You?

Harsh Mander, distinguished former civil servant and a human rights activist, and founder of Karawan-e Mohabbat, of which I too am a member, has been mentioned in the charge sheet that the police have filed in their case against those protesting at Shaheen Bagh and other places against the Citizenships Act amendments. I find this mention of Harsh Mander in[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 India
Indo-China Skirmish: Media Fires at China but Opposition isn’t spared either

Indo-China Skirmish: Media Fires at China but Opposition isn’t spared either

For the last few days the criticism of the Indian mainstream media — particularly the Hindi media — has been oscillating between China and the opposition parties. While earlier the media narrative trained guns at China for killing 20 Indian soldiers, the later narrative — synchronizing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s refusal of the Chinese incursion into the Indian side[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 India
A Journey from Self-reliant to Reliance

A Journey from Self-reliant to Reliance

One slogan that echoed more in the sky of Indian freedom movement was self-reliance India or Swadeshi Bharat. Many groups and individuals were interpreting this nationalist slogan on many ways. But what the common people had the feeling that this was call for Self-reliance, in real terms, the change of mode of production from feudalism to a democratic redistribution of[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 India
The Supreme Court shirked its constitutional and moral responsibility during the Pandemic

The Supreme Court shirked its constitutional and moral responsibility during the Pandemic

Co-Written by Atul and Sandeep Pandey The COVID 19 lockdown in India has witnessed an unfathomable scale of internal migration, displacement, tragedies, and human sufferings not seen since the time of partition 70 years ago. The haphazard manner in which the government implemented the lockdown resulted in absolute chaos when crores were forced by cruel circumstances to go back to[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 India
Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

Effective role of communication in combating the Coronavirus

Risk communication has been considered as an inevitable part of the Public Health Program which has the capacity of addressing public health issues if implemented judicially. Effectiveness has been widely accepted by the public health professionals during the vigilance & outbreak response of severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS-CoV-2), Middle East respiratory syndrome(MERS) and Ebola in different parts of the world. Public[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 India
Visually disabled and lockdown

Visually disabled and lockdown

Almost all sections of people have suffered due to lockdown. Only a few elite upper classes and rich have not suffered much. The migrant workers, street vendors and petty business persons had to endure lot of hardship. Similarly, disabled have also bore the brunt of suffering due to lockdown. The disabled constitute a small percentage of the whole population and[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 India
Ambedkar: A Socialist ?

Ambedkar: A Socialist ?

Mikhail Bakunin, Russian revolutionist once stated “Political freedom without economic equality is a pretence, a fraud, a lie ;and workers want no lying “. There are heated discussions and debates on perspectives of DR B. R Ambedkar on Indian caste system and constitutional positive discrimination to protect minorities from age old perverted societal caste practices. Perhaps, discussions on his view[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 India
Understanding PM Modi’s Silence on the Sino-Indian Border Dispute

Understanding PM Modi’s Silence on the Sino-Indian Border Dispute

An unprovoked attack by the People’s Liberation  Army (PLA) of China led to the death of  twenty Indian soldiers in the Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh on June 15.  This led to a nationwide furore and the opposition leaders accused the government for remaining silent on the ongoing border crisis with China for over a month. It all started with[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 India
Is the future of migrant workers in the hands of Indian Capitalists?

Is the future of migrant workers in the hands of Indian Capitalists?

The government of Odisha says that about 5 lakhs of migrant workers have returned to Odisha (The Samaj 6th June). Near about 57.2 lakh of migrant workers have reached Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by train and 14 lakh of migrant workers to Madhya Pradesh (Source: Judgment declared on 9th June by the Supreme Court). What is the future of those[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 India
 The Derision of Indian Judiciary: Covid Crisis and a curious case of an Independent Institution

 The Derision of Indian Judiciary: Covid Crisis and a curious case of an Independent Institution

“If any event ever shook the collective conscience of the nation, the travails of Migrants labourers did” – Justice Madan B. Lokur ® After showing an unflinching and unquestionable trust on India’s ‘Executive’ and negating all Public Interest litigations, Supreme Court of India on 26th May 2020 –  took sou motu cognizance of the problems of migrants’ labourers and poor.[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 India
Privatisation of coal mining must be opposed

Privatisation of coal mining must be opposed

The Central Government through its Finance Minister announced on 16th of May opening the mining sector to private parties both Indian and foreign and allowing the selling of the product in open market. In fact Jharkhand Government is already counting the incoming revenue of Rs. 2,500 crores from auction of 22 coal blocs and employment of 50,000 workmen. Jharkhand is[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 India
File photo of Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army soldiers in September 2019 | Photo: ANI

The Ladakh Standoff And The Burning Borders

  India was constructing some activities along its side of line of actual control in the Galvan valley and this Galvan Valley there was no real dispute on this. It was for long considered to be part of Indian territory. There was no such real dispute on the Galvan valley. But for the first time in more than four and[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 India
 India is warned for the violations of religious freedoms

 India is warned for the violations of religious freedoms

The Center for Pluralism and the supporting organizations welcome the Press Release by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and the Annual report released by the U.S. Department of the State (DOS) in June 2020. The USCIRF made a recommendation to the DOS about the gross violations of religious freedoms in India and listed India as a[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 India
What #BlackLivesMatter Protests Hold For India? Part I

What #BlackLivesMatter Protests Hold For India? Part I

As the brouhaha over the murder of George Floyd, a middle-aged African American, by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, assumes centre-stage in the United States and around the world prodding countries to introspect and refurbish their social-structures; it makes sense to us Indians to look for what it has in store for India. The two scourges which culminated[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 India
Stop persecuting independent Indian journalists! Resist the Super Emergency!

Stop persecuting independent Indian journalists! Resist the Super Emergency!

The hounding of highly respected and eminent television journalist Vinod Dua by members of the ruling party is reminiscent of the days of Emergency from half a century ago when all independent voices were suppressed. Using multiple FIRs filed by ruling party members the Indian police has been intimidating and threatening to arrest Dua and others who have dared to[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 India
People’s Manifesto For India – Science-based Indian Blueprint For Developing Countries In A Worsening Climate Crisis

People’s Manifesto For India – Science-based Indian Blueprint For Developing Countries In A Worsening Climate Crisis

Indians are about 1 in 6 of the world’s people and  how the World faces the existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate change,  in addition to over-population, biodiversity loss and resource depletion,  will impact India and vice versa.  India needs to urgently stop population growth,  biodiversity loss and loss of arable land. While the Developed World must embark on[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 India
Kashmir-Flag: Whose Flag it was? (Facts For Posterity)

Kashmir-Flag: Whose Flag it was? (Facts For Posterity)

(In response to Haseeb Drabu’s column published in GK dated 11-06-2020 ) Since few months, Shri Haseeb Drabu’s columns are carried by GK under a caption “posts for posterity” in its edit-pages.  One is always within one’s right of thinking & asking, how much the opinions of a columnist, or a writer, howsoever big or small, he may be, hold[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 India
How Many Times Will India Deny Apartheid?

How Many Times Will India Deny Apartheid?

Darren Sammy has revealed he faced racism in India at a time when the world is battling racism. India needs to join this fight. Darren Sammy, the famous all-rounder from West Indies, is a legend. He has led his country team and is the only captain to have won two T20 World Cups, in 2012 and 2016. His achievements in[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 India
Dignity of Informal Labour and Traveling home in the times of COVID-19

Dignity of Informal Labour and Traveling home in the times of COVID-19

Flunked out of the shramik special, dignity of labour wails! It breathed its last when a toddler tugged at the corpse of his (or her) dead mother at the railway platform. It died when a 20 something was found dead not before four days, in the toilet of a shramik special. It has died a thousand deaths ever since the [Read More…]

June 18, 2020 India
Why conflict during de escalation at the LOC with China

Why conflict during de escalation at the LOC with China

The death of 20 soldiers on the Indo Chinese border at the LAC during the ‘de-escalation’ of the forces is shocking to say the least. The incident is reported to be of 15-16th June night and as per reports not a single bullet was fired. The government did not say anything except that during the day the army made a[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 India
 Illustration: Sanket Nayak

 Indian Media looking but not acting East?

Co-Written by Sanket Nayak and Abhimanyu Hazarika Recent coverage of events outside the national and financial capitals reopens the debate of improving regional disparities in news   Three natural tragedies have hit eastern parts of India over the last few weeks, each of a major scale. The latest of them being the oilfield blowout, now turned into a raging fire,[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 India
Indian Hawks Join Hands With US Vultures Against China

Indian Hawks Join Hands With US Vultures Against China

Bill to recognize TAR (Tibet) as an ‘independent country’ introduced in US House of Representatives on May 19, 2020. “There has been pressure on India by USA …to come down heavily on China… US pressure regarding Taiwan, Tibet…ThePrint, 13 May, 2020. World should give recognition to Taiwan and Tibet -Comment in wionews.com, May 20, 2020. “Join anti-China global platform… Revise[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 India
New India : Hotbed for Islamophobia, Jihadophobia and Anti Muslim pogroms

New India : Hotbed for Islamophobia, Jihadophobia and Anti Muslim pogroms

India is now being seen as a hotbed of hatred, nescience, Hindutva Fascism, Islamophobia and deep rooted Anti-Muslim pogroms. Having the history of crimes against Muslims right from it’s existence- the largest minority in the country, the recent past has witnessed a record high upheaval in the dissemination of Hate propaganda and Islamophobia egged on by the ruling party itself.[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 India
The Fury of Amphan – Photo Story

The Fury of Amphan – Photo Story

It came like a Force of Nature; a Super Cyclone with an eye 30 kilometers wide and bearing winds that peaked at 230 kms per hour and constituted the 2nd strongest ever storm to emerge from the Bay of Bengal. The sustained energy carved its way through North Eastern Kolkata for nearly 8 hours and it felt like the city[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 India
Bharat Gandhi Victim of Politics or Extortion in Nagaland

Bharat Gandhi Victim of Politics or Extortion in Nagaland

Bharat Gandhi alias Vishwatma is author of number of books including ‘Rediscovering Democracy.’ His booklet ‘Bring Votership, Remove Poverty,’ has been published seven times. He is the leader of Voters Party International and originally belongs to Janupur, Uttar Pradesh. He is known for advocating a monthly votership or pension of around Rs. 6,000 per month (according to 2016 rates) for[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 India
Christian Pastor And Wife Attacked By Mob In Haryana

Christian Pastor And Wife Attacked By Mob In Haryana

A mob of religious extremists severely assaulted a Christian Pastor and his wife in a village named Pinjore in the Panchkula district in Haryana, India. On the 14th of June, a Christian family living in Pinjore requested Pastor Tomy Joseph and his wife, Veena to visit them. Within 5 minutes after reaching the home of the believer, a mob of[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 India
The continued misery of the migrant worker: An Open Letter to Government of Karnataka

The continued misery of the migrant worker: An Open Letter to Government of Karnataka

Bangalore With Migrants is a coalition of volunteers and organisations who have come together to respond to the crises around migrants resulting from the announcement of the lockdown.  Since March we have been working to help the migrants meet their basic needs of food and shelter, and also to travel back to their home if they wish to do so.[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 India
 How can Indian Economy become “Self-Reliant” without having an Alternative National Economic Policy?

 How can Indian Economy become “Self-Reliant” without having an Alternative National Economic Policy?

  Just a few days back on 11th June 2020, PM Modi has addressed 95th annual plenary session of Indian Chamber of Commerce, (ICC) via video conference in Kolkata. While addressing the members of the ICC, he stressed the need for building a Self-reliance economy in India including in the case of Kolkata in the post-COVID-19 world. Our Prime Minister[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 India
Student Assessment In COVID-19 Times In Kashmir

Student Assessment In COVID-19 Times In Kashmir

  Well, in education, peace is a state where teacher, teaching, taught, structure and infrastructure becomes one. The ultimate goal of teaching is to promote learning that is why education means enabling the mind to find out the ultimate truth, which emancipates us from the bondage of dust and which gives us wealth not of things but of inner light,[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 India
Datta Sonawane, President of the Indian Airports Employees Union Passes Away Due to COVID-19

Datta Sonawane, President of the Indian Airports Employees Union Passes Away Due to COVID-19

Datta Sonawane, 57, who was the President of the Indian Airports Employees Union expired on 13th June 2020 of Covid 19 at the ESI Hospital at Kandivli, Mumbai. Datta was a contract worker at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai in its trolley department. He joined work at the airport in the year 1993, And by 1994 he and[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 India
Shujaat Bukhari: The journalist of a common man

Shujaat Bukhari: The journalist of a common man

The profession of journalism in the conflict zone is very challenging, difficult and risky. There is a very thin line which determines balance of the loyalty, bias and narrative of a journalist in support or against the conflicting sides of the conflict. This is the fundamental reason that a lot of journalists lost their lives in the conflict regions or[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 India
Dip in Indo-Nepal ties: What media hasn’t done & what it can still do

Dip in Indo-Nepal ties: What media hasn’t done & what it can still do

  With India Nepal relations entering a deep freeze, a section of Indian media, particularly Hindi, has turned ultra-nationalist, uncritically toeing the establishment’s line. Ever since Nepal opposed India laying a road on the border and claiming Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani as parts of its territory, the media has failed to analyse the situation critically. Instead of taking the matter[Read More…]

June 14, 2020 India
2002 Gujarat Riot Victims Rehabilitation Woes Continues

2002 Gujarat Riot Victims Rehabilitation Woes Continues

The woe of the victim families of the Gujarat riots of 2002 continues unabated. Even 18 years after that horrendous communal program the victims are living in utter neglect. Close to two lakh people were displaced in the 2002 Gujarat riots. These people remained displaced for more than a year then some Muslim relief organizations, along with a few local[Read More…]

June 14, 2020 India
By K.P. Sasi

Bank Charges Exhausting Covid-19 Relief Fund

On 24th March, 2020, the Prime Minister of India has declared the nationwide lockdown due to global widespread of Covid 19. As a result, the entire businesses, works, and economy have shut down leading to enormous losses of jobs and livelihood. Consequently thousands of daily wage labours from different states (mainly big urban cities) have started migrating back to their[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 India
Judicial System in India on the Verge of Collapse  

Judicial System in India on the Verge of Collapse  

According to the 213th Law Commission Report, there are more than 4 Million bounced cheque cases pending in various courts in India and new bounced cheque cases are piling up every day. It is predicted that such cases will add to the kitty in the pandemic of Coronavirus. Confederation of All India Traders(CAIT) took up this matter with the Indian Finance Minister[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 India
Incensed by George Floyd? (Re)Start protests in India

Incensed by George Floyd? (Re)Start protests in India

America has two lessons for India right now, one for the government and one for the people – 1) The government should not ally with a falling power (America) against a rising power (China), notwithstanding India’s racist outlook towards the Chinese and its disgustingly servile love for the white of colour. 2) Protests can and must happen despite coronavirus. In[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 India
Mr Narendra Modi: The Failed Prophet of Propaganda

Mr Narendra Modi: The Failed Prophet of Propaganda

Modi represents contradictory character of Hindutva politics to hide its fascist character. The political history of so-called Hindu nationalism is neither consistency nor chaos. But it is a methodological contradiction in shaping the power of national and international capital in India with the help of state power. The people of India have been beguiled by the claim of Modi’s consistent[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 India
Community Schooling amid COVID-19

Community Schooling amid COVID-19

In the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir,the worthy Commissioner Secretary Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, has tweeted yesterday that the local teachers/ lecturers may volunteer themselves for the community schooling in their Mohallas/ Villages with parental support and strict adherence to the SOPs and precautions. The teaching community mostly in the valley showed the tremendous response to the tweet[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 India
Police Brutality – Theirs and Ours

Police Brutality – Theirs and Ours

The brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has thrust the issue of police brutality on the consciousness of the whole world. There have been expressions of protests throughout the world, including in places like Syria and Greece. Police brutality has a long history in the United States. In southern, cotton-producing US, a lot of the early policing was linked[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 India
Contract farming, not helpful to real farmers of Odisha

Contract farming, not helpful to real farmers of Odisha

The recent three major legislations by central Govt. on agriculture produce marketing is going to impact the small producers in agriculture sector of India. Already there has been change in other sectors such as mining, industry and business to invite more FDI and facilitate the free play of private companies. The Essential commodities Act 1956 amendment removed Cereals, pulses, oil[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 India
Invisible millions made visible by Coronavirus…    Reform, or else

Invisible millions made visible by Coronavirus… Reform, or else

Invisible millions In urban life, the hard physical, often demeaning and life-threatening work (cleaning out sewage manholes/drains or handling stinking garbage) is done by the lowest paid workers. These occupations are vital for urban life. For example, if urban garbage (thousands of tonnes per day in a big city) is not cleared regularly, life becomes unbearable and lays urbanites open[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 India
 Treatment In Private Hospital On Public Money Possible But No Relief If Private Transport Used

 Treatment In Private Hospital On Public Money Possible But No Relief If Private Transport Used

CO-Written by Surabhi Agarwal, Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey It is becoming increasingly obvious that the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic over the last 3 months has failed on almost every front. Not only has the government been unsuccessful in containing the exponential spread of the disease but has through its actions given rise to one of[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 India
COVID-19: India 4th Worst Hit Globally; Where Is The PM?

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

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

June 12, 2020 India
 China-India: Joint approach towards a prosperous future

 China-India: Joint approach towards a prosperous future

With the return of troops from front lines and end of confrontation at LAC, with statement from China that ‘Positive Consensus’ with India over border dispute, it is evident that diplomatic relations, though primarily were appeared weak, but seem to be on track again, however this episode also has given an insight to both sides that hope exists in strengthening[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 India
Can Rest of India ‘Do’ a Malappuram ?

Can Rest of India ‘Do’ a Malappuram ?

Malappuram, Kerala’s lone Muslim-majority district, made history recently. The 5,000 mosques in the district would remain closed indefinitely. Logic behind this decision is simple. As the state is witnessing spike in Coronavirus infection recently, it was found  more prudent to keep the doors closed for devotees. (https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/mosques-unite-to-stay-closed/cid/1779566?ref=search-page) Panakkad Sayyed Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal, a leading Islamic Scholar and Malappuram district[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 India
Understanding The Atlas Closure

Understanding The Atlas Closure

When I heard that the Atlas Cycle Company was closed, I really felt sad. It is one of our very good companies and it had an international reputation. I hope its crisis is temporary and it will reopen soon. I think it should lead to introspection about our country, our government’s policies and the attitude of the Indian middle classes[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 India
Karnataka Government Decides To Honour Savarkar – A Collaborator Of The British Rulers And Muslim League

Karnataka Government Decides To Honour Savarkar – A Collaborator Of The British Rulers And Muslim League

The Karnataka government led by a senior RSS whole-timer, B.S. Yediyurappa is going to honour Hindutva icon, VD Savarkar by naming two of the newly built major flyovers in Bangalore and Mangalore after him. There was a huge uproar against this decision of the RSS-BJP government as many pro-Kannada organisations with opposition parties and liberal-secular organizations questioned the logic to[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 India
Savarkar, Two Nation Theory and Hindutva

Savarkar, Two Nation Theory and Hindutva

This 28th May 2020, Savarkar was in the news yet again. While the opposition parties in Karnatka opposed the naming of Yelahanka flyover in the name of Savarkar, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi while paying tribute to him said that Savarkar inspired many to join freedom struggle. The opposition to Just close to an year before, the Maharashtra BJP, while[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 India
Has The Last Bastion – Judiciary – Finally Fallen?

Has The Last Bastion – Judiciary – Finally Fallen?

The mainstream print media never tires of speaking up in favour of Public Interest Litigation (PIL). However in a recent article ‘The Rise and Fall of The PIL’ by Mr. Harish Salve (The Times of India, 05.06.2020) the author has been critical of PILs but in a selective way. As certain points raised by him cannot be left uncontested and[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 India
Interview with Journalist and Author Jaideep Hardikar

Interview with Journalist and Author Jaideep Hardikar

Romi Mahajan: Jaideep, you have written several stories about the abject condition of migrant workers in India, being set adrift by the government. Can you give us a sense of what is going on? JH: Simply put, people are wanting to go home. Millions were stranded, unemployed, without food or money, unable to stay back at the places they migrated[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 India
Resist the Super Emergency! Indian Democracy Matters!

Resist the Super Emergency! Indian Democracy Matters!

25 June 2020 will mark 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. This can only be done through upholding the Indian Constitution, contributions to nation building, organizing resistance to[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 India
File photo of Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army soldiers in September 2019 | Photo: ANI

India- China Border Tensions: A New Forward Policy?  

This is part-3 of a Report on the subject. Now that military delegations of a higher level held talks on June 6 and, as reported in Part-2, published on June 8, “agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas”, the issues involved may be understood in an objective and cool manner.This part also deals with a “strategic policy[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
Did the three most important defenders of the Constitution of India take the oath of allegiance to the nation

Did the three most important defenders of the Constitution of India take the oath of allegiance to the nation

I have spent considerable time going over the video of Nishant Varma and pondering over its contents, since superficially, it seems insidious and insurrectionary, calling for the dislodging of an established Govt, in the manner of Jay Prakash Narain’s call just prior to the imposition of emergency in 1975. He was arrested for it.   After due deliberations, I have[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
Ajay Pandita’s Killing and BJP’s Fake Sympathy for Kashmiri Pandits

Ajay Pandita’s Killing and BJP’s Fake Sympathy for Kashmiri Pandits

The tragic killing of Ajay Pandita, a Sarpanch and a political worker affiliated with Congress, in Anantnag district of Kashmir valley by militants is being condemned by everyone across the political spectrum. Violent acts against civilians are going to lead us nowhere. But this is what every day life in Kashmir has come to, all because of RSS-BJP’S repressive policies.[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
Locusts Wreck Havoc On Farms In India Amidst COVID Pandemic

Locusts Wreck Havoc On Farms In India Amidst COVID Pandemic

  Amid a nationwide Coronavirus Pandemic induced lockdown, a massive strike by locusts threatens crops in western and northern India. India is experiencing the worst locusts attack in 30 years. Over the last few days, swarms of desert locust have reached the urban areas of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. They invaded India via Pakistan, leaving a trail of destruction in[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
Truth Behind India’s Hierarchies of Pain

Truth Behind India’s Hierarchies of Pain

The killing of a pregnant elephant has caused national outrage. The elephant had strayed into a village in Palakkad, Kerala, and is said to have been fed a fruit stuffed with firecrackers, which exploded in its mouth. It is impossible to comprehend the tremendous suffering of the elephant, who died a painful death. It is also learnt that people in[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
The Khalistan Question: An Interview with Pritam Singh

The Khalistan Question: An Interview with Pritam Singh

Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (centre) and other militant fighters led an insurgency inside the Golden Temple complex, demanding an autonomous Sikh state. In the infamous Operation Blue Star of June 1984, the Indian army killed Bhindranwale and cleared the complex. Many remember him as the first martyr of the Khalistan movement. Image: Merepix This year, Punjabis will hold a referendum (known as[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
Bihar’s L.E.D Era: Ground Reality

Bihar’s L.E.D Era: Ground Reality

Home Minister Amit shah’s high claim in his first virtual rally about Bihar being shifted from lantern to l.e.d has posed a serious question of credibility and demands a very distinct analysis. Apart from the previously unresolved and pending issues like Education and Health systems, crime and corruption rate, poor infrastructure and incessant poverty the state is currently facing some[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
Palakkad, Kerala and death of Pregnant Elephant: Communalization of a Tragedy

Palakkad, Kerala and death of Pregnant Elephant: Communalization of a Tragedy

India, a plural society is undergoing the pangs of communalization at a rapid pace. In this process the religious minorities are targeted and subjected to violence, which is overtly justified. This communalisation did begin with the British introduced communal historiography, has a long journey and now any incident or tragedy is given a communal turn with ease as the communal[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 India
Manifesto For English Education For A Post Corona India

Manifesto For English Education For A Post Corona India

Post corona India will be more poverty-ridden. Poverty will expand the scope of inequality as we have seen how inequality exists between Ambanis, Adani and other monopoly capitalists on the one hand and the 250 million migrant workers who walked thousands of miles without food, with children and old women dying and suffering on the national high ways on the[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 India
Bengal doctors lead Cyclone Amphan relief efforts

Bengal doctors lead Cyclone Amphan relief efforts

When Super Cyclone Amphan hit  West Bengal  on  May 20 this year, it devastated large parts of the state, including the capital city Kolkata, killing dozens, destroying thousands of homes and depriving lakhs of people of their livelihoods.  Coming on top of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic the cyclone created a double disaster for West Bengal. However, the state is now[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 India
Impact of pandemic crisis on the children from socially-disadvantaged background

Impact of pandemic crisis on the children from socially-disadvantaged background

The first case of Covid- 19 was reported in India on 30th January 2020. On 24th March 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared nationwide lockdown as a measure to contain the spread of the novel corona virus. It had a wide reaching impact on the educational system of the country as all the schools and educational institutions were shut down[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 India
India- China “Agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas”

India- China “Agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas”

This is part-2 of a Report on the subject, briefly covering talks held and touching on some significant issues involved. Part-1 was published on June 5 : Flood of Misinformation on the eve of India China Talks.Indian media in all languages is carrying on a jingoistic propaganda on China’s intrusions into Indian borders, almost all along the LAC, it was[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 India
Question of Knowledge and Praxis

Question of Knowledge and Praxis

Co-Written by  Vidushi Prajapati, Ekta Tomar and Sandeep Pandey What is the obligation of an academic community, especially in a law school, when sanitation workers on campus who have been working since its inception in 2008, are removed by the National Law University, Delhi, on the pretext of changing the contractor as required by an audit objection? Since the workers[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
Manifesto for a New India

Manifesto for a New India

Background Though India have a huge history of people’s struggle from Left, Adivasi, Dalit, Bahujan, Workers, Peasants, Women, LGBT, Kashmir, North East, Linguistic, Environment organizations/groups these have not evolved into a united alliance of people’s front to challenge the ruling classes for transformation of the Indian society. One of the main reason is the lack of genuine mass empowerment through[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
Endangered Muslims and India spent Anti-Secularism revelling with their people

Endangered Muslims and India spent Anti-Secularism revelling with their people

The birth and death of the novel coronavirus will be never ending folklores and probably we all get to know now or we must all be habitat to walk parallel with this epidemic disease in India and of course globally too. But how the one particular community is at stake? Why is that one particular community labelled and targeted? When[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
COVID-19 and Social Stigma: Fear, Harassment, and Discrimination

COVID-19 and Social Stigma: Fear, Harassment, and Discrimination

 Sayama  co-written by  Tehzeeb Anis History is witness that every epidemic left a negative impact on the people who suffer from such diseases or who are suspected to have such diseases and COVID-19 is one such pandemic which has caused an enormous negative impact on health, economies, and even national security globally. India has witnessed many pandemics since the 1990s,[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
 Baba RamDev- Owner of Patanjali says “HATE CHINA”

 Baba RamDev- Owner of Patanjali says “HATE CHINA”

During an interview on ABP TV News Channel on 6th June 2020,  Baba Ram Dev, owner of Patanjali and popularly known half-naked YOGA GURU in India says “Hate China”. He did not stop here only. “Boycott all Chinese products”, he said. He stressed on betrayal by China in concealing the vital information on the pandemic of Coronavirus. Without having scientific[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
Charge sheet against activists makes news but human rights concern doesn’t   

Charge sheet against activists makes news but human rights concern doesn’t   

Do you know that the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights has written a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah, expressing deep concern about the arrest of activists and intellectuals such as Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde? Are you aware of the fact that Amnesty International (India) has demanded the release of 11 human rights activists who have been jailed[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
Coronavirus: Understanding Facts, Overcoming Fears, Looking ahead

Coronavirus: Understanding Facts, Overcoming Fears, Looking ahead

At global centre-stage, “Corona” is one of the most commonly used words worldwide, and the volumes of information and misinformation on it have caused doubts and fears among the public. This article discusses the fear that Coronavirus and Covid-19 have induced in society, and therefore begins with facts. Viruses and bacteria (1) Viruses outnumber cellular life at least 10:1, and[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
 Shaheen Bagh – the irrelevance of ideology, the temptation of appropriation

 Shaheen Bagh – the irrelevance of ideology, the temptation of appropriation

One of the most distinguishing features of the Shaheen Bagh protests, all around the country in their various manifestations, was their lack of any overt ideology. The first encampment in Delhi was largely spontaneous, beginning in mid-December 2019 and composed of local women from the Shaheen Bagh area. Though they had local university students managing the logistics, the frontlines of[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
Predicting the Indian Economy’s Rate of Growth in 2020-21

Predicting the Indian Economy’s Rate of Growth in 2020-21

  What will Indian Economy’s rate of growth be in 2020-21 given the present lockdown? Evidence of a stalled economy are all around –unemployed workers, closed shops, factories and offices, empty roads, etc. Only essential goods are being produced and that too with some difficulty due to supply chain bottlenecks. Agriculture can function but there too, operations have been hampered[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
Nusrat, 37, a young widow, standing on the stairs of her damaged house in Srinagar  Photo by  Faisal Magray

‘Nothing is left’

The labyrinth of narrow alleys and lanes that form the old quarters of Srinagar were filled with soldiers— wielding guns and batons and wearing steel helmets and other protective gear. As I made my way to Kanimazar, a small but densely-populated locality of the capital city of Indian-administered Kashmir, the bright sunlight was casting harsh shadows. Women were peeping out[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
Facts Behind Maneka Gandhi’s Elephant Love

Facts Behind Maneka Gandhi’s Elephant Love

The recent controversy which erupted in Kerala due to the twitter remarks by Maneka Gandhi has multiple political, environmental and communal angles. The controversy started on the manner in which the former Environment Minister chose to make the statement. Bharatiya Janata MP and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi recently lashed out at Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi over[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 India
When we breathe Everyday Racism, do we qualify to Question the Racial Brutality on George Floyd?

When we breathe Everyday Racism, do we qualify to Question the Racial Brutality on George Floyd?

The murder of George Floyd, an African American (46), through an act of police brutality, has over the days seen a momentous global protest. People from parts of Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Arabian Peninsula and specially the US, witnessed several rallies condemning such an act of police violence, racial violence and ethnic minority discrimination. Such resentments from people also intensified[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
Risks of Banking Brotherhood Between India and China

Risks of Banking Brotherhood Between India and China

In the middle of a global pandemic, China has started an unprovoked border conflict with India. It is unravelling trust deficit and ties between two neighbours. As thousands of Chinese troops are occupying Indian territory, Mr Narendra Modi led BJP government directs the RBI to allow the Bank of China to start regular banking services in India. The Bank of[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
Shanti Swaroop Bauddh – A True inheritor of Baba Saheb’s Cultural Revolution

Shanti Swaroop Bauddh – A True inheritor of Baba Saheb’s Cultural Revolution

The sudden demise of Mr Shanti Swaroop Bauddh today is a huge loss to the Buddhist Ambedkarite movement all over the country. He was a rare breed, always energetic and truly dedicated to the cause of strengthening the Buddhist movement in India. Unlike many others, who suffer from diverse identities claiming Ambedkarism, Shanti Swaroop Bauddh actually represented those Ambedkarites who[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
Impact of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 on Adivasi People

Impact of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 on Adivasi People

The Citizenship Amendment Law (CAA) 2019 abolishes the essential spirit of the Constitution in many respects. The right to equality is mentioned in Article 14 of the Constitution of India which says, that there will be no discrimination on the basis of religion, caste and sex. It implies that government cannot make any law by discriminating any person based on[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
Ode to China

Ode to China

“My enemy’s enemy is my friend, come to Jammu and Kashmir and realise its intensity among the ordinary people living near the border with China. The land beneath you will feel like it has slipped away”. This is the observation of many analysts in South Asia who have reported the strong indignation of locals against Indian establishment in the context[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
The Aftermath of Cyclone Amphan in Sundarbans

The Aftermath of Cyclone Amphan in Sundarbans

The cyclonic disaster and its patterns recently are receiving considerable attention from climate scientists who study the connections between storms and climate and has reported that “there is a substantial uptake in the frequency of the most intense tropical cyclones, and increases in rainfall rates within 100 km of the storm center of up to 20% since 1970 (US National[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
Photo by John Vetterli

People’s Manifesto for India’s Future

In India since March 2020 we are experiencing unusual events that have shaken our faith in ourselves and made us wonder whether a new chapter is opening for humanity. The sudden spread of Corona Virus all across the world has also engulfed India and challenged our notion of invincibility. We have suddenly been made to feel helpless in spite of[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Lockdown, Printing Notes & Demand

When the lockdown is lifted, a package of interest waiver and deferring of loan repayment for businesses will be needed for them to restart. The RBI and the government will need to rethink their strategy since money by itself is not a resource. The lockdown is slowly being lifted. Still, most businesses, except those producing essentials, are not able to[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
A survivor’s tale: “Two weeks since Amphan. No sign of electricity”.

A survivor’s tale: “Two weeks since Amphan. No sign of electricity”.

This is a story of a survivor of the recent cyclonic storm Amphan. Amphan, (150-160 mph) a super cyclonic storm caused widespread damage in Eastern India and Bangladesh. This is the first super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal region since the Odisha cyclone of 1999 (160 mph). This is the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the Gangetic deltaic region[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
The Worst Affect of Bank Charges on Working Class

The Worst Affect of Bank Charges on Working Class

The massive bank charges introduced in past few years have greatly affected the financial state of marginalised working class. This was better understood when the team of FanIndia has talked to some people of working class who belong to the indigent sections of the society such as farmers, construction labours, aanganwadi workers, domestic workers, Cycle Rickshaw pullers, etc.  As their[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
 The Pandemic and the Fear of the ‘Other’

 The Pandemic and the Fear of the ‘Other’

Muslim, Markaz and Corona are terms which have- in various combinations- appeared before us way too often in the past few months. As subject of fiery debates, opinionated discussions and intellectual discourses, the so-called ‘Muslim’ angle of the COVID saga has been probed a lot. In fact, as the phased ‘unlocking’ of the country begins this month, debates such as[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
Signing Petitions to Save the Wild

Signing Petitions to Save the Wild

The death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala, close to the World Environment Day has left the whole nation angry. From politicians to media persons and common man, the news of a pregnant elephant allegedly murdered by feeding a pineapple stuffed with explosives has taken the internet like a wild fire. Number of online signature campaigns have been launched and[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
The Lore of Self- Reliant India

The Lore of Self- Reliant India

Since 2014, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has been pompously inventing new mantras as recently he has declared to make India a Self- Reliant country after a standoff with China on Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. In the current scenario when the pandemic of Coronavirus has exposed the federal government for its incompetence to handle the rising number[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
Odisha: The cabinet decisions at the time of Corona, a red carpet for companies

Odisha: The cabinet decisions at the time of Corona, a red carpet for companies

The government of Odisha announced a huge financial ‘package’ of Rs17,000 crore in its cabinet meeting held on 29th May 2020. The government claims all declared funds would benefit people who are affected due to lockdown. Will it serve the objective? Who really would be benefited from it? Modification of Tourism policy: The cabinet took its first decision that the[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
Draconian Lockdown in Kashmir fails the Standard of Reasonableness and Proportionality

Draconian Lockdown in Kashmir fails the Standard of Reasonableness and Proportionality

Co-Written by Atul and Sandeep Pandey This is a matter of concern because the current policies of Goverment of India have pulverised the polity in Jammu and Kashmir and the recovery of a healthy democracy appears to have a remote chance here. That this should happen in world’s largest democracy with institutions of governance completely failing the people of J&K[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
Dialetics of Coronavirus

Dialetics of Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has released an unprecedented level of actions and reactions that has shaken the world. In this article we will focus only on India and see what good can come out of this major shakeup. As you can see we are optimists! We will consider the following aspects: 1. The lock down 2. The sufferings of migrant labour[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
Flood of Misinformation on the eve of India China Talks

Flood of Misinformation on the eve of India China Talks

  India’s Lt General Harinder Singh is slated to meet his Chinese counterpart on June 6 as part of efforts to sort out the weeks-long row along the LAC, said Lt Gen (Retired) SL Narasimhan, a China expert, and now a Member of NSA Advisory Board. It will be the highest level of talks between the two in recent past.[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 India
George Floyd is strangled in India too

George Floyd is strangled in India too

“I can’t breathe…”. These were the last words of forty-six-year-old black African American George Floyd. He uttered them when he was being strangled to death by the white American police. His “crime” was his accidental birth in a community that is not a white race. Similarly, Dalits, Adivasis, lower castes and minority Muslims get strangled in India. Their “crime” is[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
Elephant Killing in Kerala has nothing to do with Malappuram Muslims

Elephant Killing in Kerala has nothing to do with Malappuram Muslims

Anti-Muslim propaganda fails to die in India. After the Tabligi Jamat now Muslims of   Malappuram district of Kerala is being targeted for killing of a pregnant elephant that was apparently done to death by eating pineapple laced with explosives. According to forest officials, the wild elephant had left the forests of the Silent Valley in Palakkad district and wandered into[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
Army Attack on Golden Temple Turned India into Unitary Rule

Army Attack on Golden Temple Turned India into Unitary Rule

In the first week of June, 36 years ago (1984) Indian army attacked the Golden Temple Amritsar, the holiest shrine of Sikhs for what was propagated to ‘flushing out terrorists entrenched there’. How much truth that official euphemism carried and how much the army action codenamed as “Operation Blue Star” succeeded in chastising the Sikh dissent has been and will[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
Lack of Identity of Migrant Workers

Lack of Identity of Migrant Workers

The plight of migrant workers during the lockdown period has necessitated to examine the law prevailing relating to the migrant workmen. We have witnessed reverse migration and the pathetic conditions faced by the migrant workmen in the process. Thousands of migrant workmen started trekking hundreds of kilometres to their villages in spite of the tightened surveillance by the authorities to[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
 Understanding Education in the age of Digital Divide

 Understanding Education in the age of Digital Divide

  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson  Mandela. Derived from a Latin word “ Educatum” it means the act of teaching or training. The training to nourish the good qualities in human beings and to bring out the best in every individual. Education seeks to develop the innate capacities of man.[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
People across the country demand accountability for the loss of life and livelihood due to the lockdown

People across the country demand accountability for the loss of life and livelihood due to the lockdown

The national lockdown which started on 25 March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID 19 has caused unprecedented distress across the country. The lockdown has been especially brutal for migrants, homeless, and other poor people. It has resulted in large-scale starvation, denial of medical care, exhaustion, accidents of people travelling back home, police atrocities and other gross hardships, which[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
Photo by Navaneeth Kishor

Manifesto for mass movements for the future and survival of India

Mass movements are not always oppositional movements. The mass movements can be offensive, defensive and alternative at the same time. It offers progressive alternatives to face and recover from various crisis. Mass movements establish lasting solidarities between different social, religious, cultural, economic, political and professional groups. It helps to overcome the old barriers and established fault lines of regressive societies. [Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
We don’t need Tyranny of anyone in democracy: Elected or ‘Un-elected’

We don’t need Tyranny of anyone in democracy: Elected or ‘Un-elected’

In the last few weeks we saw some hard hitting ‘statements’ made by some big legal names. The Solicitor General of India, Mr Tushar Mehta made many allegation accusing some former judges, some high courts and senior lawyers for trying to ‘influence’ the court. It is the same gentleman who spoke that there is no migration crisis in India and[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 India
India’s Unsustainable Villages

India’s Unsustainable Villages

The unprecedented migrant-labor crisis in times of corona pandemic was in fact a ticking time-bomb that policy makers and development experts chose to overlook as India’s urban population grew to around 31% according to last held 2011 Census. World Bank’s estimates pitch these numbers to 34% in 2017, and predict that with this upward slope, above 50% of India will[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 India
Lockdown, Culture And Identity

Lockdown, Culture And Identity

Our generation is facing a pandemic for the first time, though we have heard about different epidemics in the recent past be it Ebola outburst in African countries, attacks of Zika virus, and the memory of H1N1 flu is still bright. But the disease Covid-19 caused by SARS COV-2 is unique in many ways, it is less lethal than the[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 India
 The pandemic may knock out small newspapers in the Indian regional language news market

 The pandemic may knock out small newspapers in the Indian regional language news market

Co-Written by Geeta Kashyap & Harikrishnan Bhaskaran  ‘Tusi ki karoge je Rozana Spokesman nu band kar den di naubat aa jaye’ (What will you do if condition arises to close Rozana Spokesman), was an unusual appeal as a banner head appeared in Rozana Spokesman, a Punjabi newspaper published in the Indian state of Punjab on 10th May. In its 15[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 India
The game of Corona

The game of Corona

There is something weird fact about pandemic or world catastrophe: it always and invariably benefits the Crony capitalists the most. Incidentally this time the pandemic has been named to sound like Crona, as if it were the male counterpart of Crony. Remember the pandemic Y2K of 1999? Yeah, everywhere there was a propagated fear; let come 1st January 2000, all[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 India
A New Economy after Corona Virus

A New Economy after Corona Virus

Most people in India seem to believe that COVID-19 has wrecked the country’s socio-economic system and that the poor are feeling its worst effects. That does not seem to tally with the reality. The pandemic has not wrecked the system but has exposed the weaknesses existing in it already. As Paul Carr says COVID-19 “feeds off social and environmental injustice,[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 India
Demanding food, water and health care, several political groups conduct Padayatra

Demanding food, water and health care, several political groups conduct Padayatra

All human rights, democratic rights and Gandhian organisation with support from few trade unions came forward and did a 30km long footmarch from Bhubaneswar to Cuttack city in Odisha. On this scorching summer day of 31st May at temperature above 40 degree near about 30 people dared to walk the distance. All of them had placards written, ‘Workers have built[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 India
Public Display of Faith Can Wait, Humanity Cannot

Public Display of Faith Can Wait, Humanity Cannot

It is inevitable that the virus will spread anywhere people gather in numbers. India went for the world’s toughest lockdown in March, when just about 500 Covid-19 cases had been reported. And it has started withdrawing the lockdown when India has become the seventh-worst pandemic-affected nation, with over 1.91 lakh infections and close to 5,500 deaths. India is registering giant[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 India
Preparing For Natural Disasters Within A Pandemic

Preparing For Natural Disasters Within A Pandemic

As I write this piece, rainfalls have started along the Konkan coast, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert and 33 National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed in anticipation of Cyclone Nisarga to Mumbai and its neighbouring districts. Nisarga, coming just two weeks after Amphan, is expected to result in a severe cyclonic storm[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 India
Jaganmohan Reddy’s Fight To Impart English Education In Government Schools Met With Resistance

Jaganmohan Reddy’s Fight To Impart English Education In Government Schools Met With Resistance

Human equality is a major problem of India. Historically ownership of property created human inequality in all countries. Caste gradations in education also created an unbridgeable inequality in India. This inequality has been carried very successfully to modern India through caste system and education. Fighting for human equality from power is more difficult than fighting from civil society even in[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 India
Welcoming Reader’s Participation In Preparing A “People’s Manifesto for India’s Future”

Welcoming Reader’s Participation In Preparing A “People’s Manifesto for India’s Future”

Today,  the Republic of India faces its gravest moment since it was born seventy years ago. What has hit the second most populous nation in the world – just in the last few months itself – is nothing short of a crisis of Biblical proportions. An untreatable viral epidemic, a debilitating lockdown, a collapsed economy, hunger stalking every corner of[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
The Government’s Mishandling Of The Coronavirus Pandemic Must Have Consequences For Those In Its Highest Offices

The Government’s Mishandling Of The Coronavirus Pandemic Must Have Consequences For Those In Its Highest Offices

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic over the last 3 months has failed on almost every front. Not only has it been unsuccessful in containing the exponential spread of the disease, but has through its actions given rise to one of the biggest humanitarian crises our country has ever seen. It has violated[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 India
After one year of Modi-2.0:  Some Critical Reflections

After one year of Modi-2.0:  Some Critical Reflections

 After the completion of one year of Modi-2.0, several supporters of the BJP are now busy in underlining the huge success and achievements of the Modi-Shah duo in the public domain. They claim, PM Modi with a landslide victory in 2019, has done historic job after passing legislation (like triple talaq, the abolition of Article 370, and Citizenship Amendment Act).[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 India
Live and Let Die – The new mantra of learning to live with the virus 

Live and Let Die – The new mantra of learning to live with the virus 

About a month ago, when, as it seems now, the covid-19 world was still young and economy reopenings were still few, Mike Davis, the American labor organizer, wrote an ominous piece titled, Reopening the Economy Will Send Us to Hell. It almost seemed contrary to the common wisdom that the world needed to reopen as it was choking because of[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 India
Why History is so important

Why History is so important

Co-Written by Ishfaq Abdullah & Ishfaq Ahmad wani History has a commanding role in the formation of nations and past is used as a means to instill in people sense of belongingness to the nation. Approach to studying past determines the political, social and cultural environment of nations. History as a discipline plays an important role in politically socialising citizens[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 India
Stop Humiliating Teachers

Stop Humiliating Teachers

At their best teachers are everyday gods, standing at the entry to the world. If they are fair and good, they are possibly the most morally impressive adults. For a while, they are the law, they are the knowledge, they are the justice. Theirs is the profession that creates all other professions. Teachers are greatly valued in all religions. Every[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: India 7th Worst Affected Country Globally

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

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

June 1, 2020 India
Babri Masjid, Ram Janmbhumi and Buddhist Relics

Babri Masjid, Ram Janmbhumi and Buddhist Relics

Country is under lockdown. Most of the activities related to production and construction have come to a standstill barring few. One such is the construction of the Ram temple. The path for this has been cleared by the Supreme Court judgement. This judgement has been not widely debated as ‘Muslim side’ had conceded that whatever be the decision of SC,[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 India
Tablighi Jamaat and mainstream media: What makes news and what doesn’t!

Tablighi Jamaat and mainstream media: What makes news and what doesn’t!

  Just a week after the nation-wide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, Tablighi Jamaat, a twentieth-century reformist Muslim organisation, was blamed for spreading coronavirus. The national media, particularly Hindi news channels and newspapers, were at the forefront of selling the establishment’s agenda of putting all blame on this organization (read Muslims) for the spread of[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 India
Do we Really Honor Bhagat Singh?  

Do we Really Honor Bhagat Singh?  

                     On every 23rd March, the leaders of the nation pay homage to three supreme martyrs of freedom struggle-Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev! 89 years after their martyrdom, Bhagat Singh, who became an icon of revolutionary movement, even during his lifetime, continues to be one of the most popular icons of the nation, along with Mahatma Gandhi and perhaps Subhash[Read More…]

May 30, 2020 India
Out-Of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditure, Covid-19 and Impoverishment in India

Out-Of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditure, Covid-19 and Impoverishment in India

Co-Written by Iffat Jahan Azhar Prof. Mohammad Akram According to World Health Organisation (WHO), healthcare services, all over the world, aim to ensure that necessary services are accessible to people at affordable prices. But it seems different in low and middle income countries including India, where government’s spending on healthcare is very little and healthcare financing is heavily relying upon[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 India
Supreme Court Issues Interim Orders on Migrant Workers Return

Supreme Court Issues Interim Orders on Migrant Workers Return

SC Directs Simplified & Time-bound Registration Process, No Collection of Travel Fare from Workers and Food, Water & Other facilities by Government. NAPM calls for immediate implementation of the Order to address the massive distress of Migrant Workers 29th May, 2020: The Hon’ble Supreme Court heard the issues related to the migrant workers yesterday. Along with the matters taken up[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 India
Labour in the Time of Corona

Labour in the Time of Corona

Back in the headlines Even as we were getting used to a new set of technical terms and headlines, from the brand new name of the virus to social distancing to quarantine, suddenly there reappeared a word that we all assumed had receded for ever from the front page, namely, labour. When is the last that we heard of ‘labour’ attracting[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 India
Crisis for the People, Opportunity for the Corporate-Government Nexus

Crisis for the People, Opportunity for the Corporate-Government Nexus

New Socialist Initiative (NSI) on India’s ‘war against Covid 19’ # Today, India has emerged as a new epicentre for the novel coronavirus in the Asia Pacific region.With 1,58,333 confirmed cases of Covid 19 and deaths of total of 4,531 people after contracting the virus, it has already crossed China’s COVID-19 numbers. # New Socialist Initiative (NSI) feels that the[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 India
Medical ethics at stake during Corona

Medical ethics at stake during Corona

Insurance is no replacement to building strong national health Infrastructure Corona crisis has brought into lime light the issue of medical ethics apart from the absolute failures of the government to protect people suffering from other diseases. There is no doubt that this is a dangerous virus yet we always believed that human spirit and science will always overcome whatever[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 India
Faith as Nuisance, Sound as Pollution

Faith as Nuisance, Sound as Pollution

Is “God” really deaf, that you need to call out so loud to communicate your prayers? In his time Kabir, the great 15th-century poet-saint, raised this question in his own inimitable style. One can only imagine the ire of both Hindus and Muslims that he must have invited, yet that did not deter him from questioning their rites and practices. He continued to expose the society he lived in. Now his poser about noise being an integral part of religion has received a fresh lease[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 India
The post-colonial colonialism in the Tea Plantations

The post-colonial colonialism in the Tea Plantations

                The Dooars is a geographically descriptive name. The word Dooars/Duar means the door, the gateway. Historically, there were a total of eighteen Dooars, eleven in Bengal, and the remaining seven in Assam. The Bengal Dooars is also popularly known as the Western Dooars. In the past, during 18th century it was under the occupation of the Bhutanese[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 India
A General Figurehead – of Lives and Livelihoods of people affected by COVID-19

A General Figurehead – of Lives and Livelihoods of people affected by COVID-19

Abstract There are so many articles, reports and research on covid-19 (corona) by different institutions, researchers and banks of various countries. There are economic research on it there are physiological researches on it and in coming time there will be more psycological researches also conduct on it. But as we know to prevent to cure or to procure for any[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 India
Disease control: A post-COVID scenario in Kerala

Disease control: A post-COVID scenario in Kerala

Co-Written by K Rajasekharan Nayar, Bindhya Vijayan & Muhammed Shaffi The  proactive strategies adopted by the Government of Kerala for controlling the COVID 19 pandemic have been appreciated world-wide. The strict enforcement of the age-old strategies and the almost near compliance by the people are exemplary. These may help in sailing through the pandemic to the next stage.  Unfortunately, the[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 India
COVID-19 Impact: Can India Save The Sustainable Development Goal On Hunger?

COVID-19 Impact: Can India Save The Sustainable Development Goal On Hunger?

Co-Written by Ruchi Sachan & Aditya Bordalai   “Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice”- Jacques Diouf,                   Former Director General of FAO  Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seeks to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by the year 2030. “Every year, around 9 million people die of hunger; that’s more[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 India
Covid-19, Return Migration and Poor Healthcare Facilities: Challenges before Bihar

Covid-19, Return Migration and Poor Healthcare Facilities: Challenges before Bihar

Co-Written by Tehzeeb Anis & Prof. Mohammad Akram After three consecutive lockdowns, the countrywide lockdown got extended again for another two weeks in the form of Lockdown 4.0. This episode of lockdown is witnessing extended relaxation related to travel, market and permission to work in specific sectors. Lockdown is used by the union government as the main instrument to combat[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 India
Feasibility of conducting university exams in the middle of the pandemic

Feasibility of conducting university exams in the middle of the pandemic

 Public Statement by concerned faculty members of colleges and universities in West Bengal  Schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions in West Bengal were closed from 15th March 2020, more than a week before the nationwide lockdown. Colleges have been closed for more than 60 days already, with no clear indication emerging about the resumption of vehicles, or the slowing[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 India
Investigating the Visual Spectre of Covid-19 in India 

Investigating the Visual Spectre of Covid-19 in India 

In days to come, social scientists will write varied accounts on the responses of the Indian state to the ongoing pandemic called Covid-19. Academicians will deploy the visible categories of class, caste, race, gender, religion, economy, centre, state, region, demography and many more to enquire and weave multiple narratives. Each study would offer us new perspectives to look into ourselves,[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 India
How State Subject Laws of erstwhile State of JK came into being: Have Kashmiri Hindus forgotten it ?

How State Subject Laws of erstwhile State of JK came into being: Have Kashmiri Hindus forgotten it ?

The State Subject Law of erstwhile State of JK had travelled a checkered path before it was adopted in the Constitution of India in the shape of Article 35-A in 1954. Before 1933, peasants of Kashmir had no ownership rights in the land. Muslims did not have proportionate education & employment rights even in the autocratic rule. Towards the end[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 India
Public Health–A forgotten Concept

Public Health–A forgotten Concept

  The COVID 19 has proved us how much public health system is important. They are emerging as the life-saver in most of the states. Shamelessly, the private health institutions have started projecting themselves, as ‘reserved army’ in this corona war may be to save their face. But they were the institutions who had closed their doors for patients of[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 India
They are Citizens, so please stop calling them Migrants

They are Citizens, so please stop calling them Migrants

I was born and bred in Dehra Dun. Then, in search of job and a future, for some years of my life I worked and lived in Delhi and Ahmedabad. In the twelve or so years at the time, no one in Delhi nor Ahmedabad ever called me a “migrant”. Today many young women and men, having studied engineering, medical,[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 India
Cancer Care during COVID 19 Pandemic: Untold Challenges

Cancer Care during COVID 19 Pandemic: Untold Challenges

Co-Written by Akhter Hussain Bhat & Dr. Mohammad Akram The novel COVID-19 has caused widespread concern, fear, anxiety and stress among millions of people worldwide. The virus has affected more than 5 million people causing more than 3.3 lakh deaths while many are battling for recovery around the globe. Owing to the stern and infectious nature of the virus, the[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 India
The way forward for rural and agricultural development in India during and after COVID-19

The way forward for rural and agricultural development in India during and after COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 infused crisis has huge impact on all aspects of life and economy across India. It is particularly posing a serious challenge to the social and economic development of rural poor, migrants and farmers. The local businesses and communities are significantly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 India
Cyclone Amphan & Lockdown

Cyclone Amphan & Lockdown

Forecasts and news did not prepare us for the actuality of it all till it actually happened.  We had taken all necessary precautions but what happened on the evening of the 20th of May 2020 rattled and disturbed a lot. Cyclone Amphan was moving slowly over the Bay of Bengal and was expected to make a landfall in the southern parts[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 India
Abdication of Judicial Responsibility

Abdication of Judicial Responsibility

           In April 1976, when the Emergency was in place in India, the New York Times in a glorifying article titled ‘Fading Hope in India’ eulogised the dissenting opinion of H.R. Khanna in the now famous ADM Jabalpur v Shivakant Shukla case (1976). The Times wrote thus; “If India ever finds a way back to the freedom and[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 India
India Surpasses Iran In COVID-19 Cases

India Surpasses Iran In COVID-19 Cases

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

May 25, 2020 India
India’s Deadly Cytokine Storm

India’s Deadly Cytokine Storm

Two months after imposition of the most stringent and large-scale lockdown in the world, with the pandemic still undefeated, it is the Indian Republic that is looking more and more like a struggling COVID-19 patient. It is running low on oxygen in its blood, several organs are already failing, costs of treatment shooting up and the country’s leadership looks utterly[Read More…]

May 24, 2020 India
Modiji, Do Not Let The Migrant Workers Die In Summer Heat

Modiji, Do Not Let The Migrant Workers Die In Summer Heat

 Letter to the Prime Minister To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister Dear Shri Modiji, I forward here a copy of my last letter dated 15-5-2020 and copies of the previous letters addressed to you on the excruciating problems faced by crores of the migrant workers across the length and the breadth of the country. I am not sure whether my letters have[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 India
How long will it take Kashmir to celebrate and not mourn deaths & devastation on EID?

How long will it take Kashmir to celebrate and not mourn deaths & devastation on EID?

Every year before we think of celebrating EID in Kashmir, anything devastating happens that dashes out the hopes of everybody and all are put to mourn the deaths & destruction of our fellow Kashmiris   Burhan wani, Shujaat Bukhari, abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, domicile act and now Junaid Sehrai to mention few are some of the very devastating[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 India
Gruesome Face Of Indian Patriotism

Gruesome Face Of Indian Patriotism

As a student of political science we have been familiar with Samuel Johnson’s amazing words on patriotism, an essential ingredient of nationalism. He wrote: ‘Patriotism is last refuge of scoundrel.’ History has been witness to the truthfulness of this dictum multiple times globally. Back at home what does it mean could be witnessed personally and closely by observing what RSS-BJP[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 India
Coronavirus pandemic will contract India’s economy in 2020-21, warns central bank

Coronavirus pandemic will contract India’s economy in 2020-21, warns central bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has slashed its growth forecast for this financial year and warned of inflation uncertainties as India’s economy suffers due to the Covid-19, pandemic. While the country’s GDP growth is set to “remain in the negative territory with some pick up in second half” of the 2020-21 fiscal year, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das did not[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
The Impact of Unplanned Lockdown on Migrant Workers

The Impact of Unplanned Lockdown on Migrant Workers

Co-Written by Abass Rather & Aqib Yousuf Covid-19 Pandemic has brought the world under a precarious situation as the millions of people have been rendered jobless. Over 122 million people in India lost their jobs in April, according to estimates from Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. Around 75% of them were small traders and wage-labourers. The sudden and unexpected outbreak[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
Children Fundraisers Of Kashmir

Children Fundraisers Of Kashmir

Stories about the thirties, in our childhood, were not that old. Every elder in the family had a story to tell about one or the other martyr of July 31,  1931, buried just three hundred yards from our house. They remembered stories of the movement against the Maharaja like textbook lessons.  Even an old small earthen pitcher painted green had[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
Solidarity Message to Trade Union Protest Day on May 22, 2020

Solidarity Message to Trade Union Protest Day on May 22, 2020

We urge civil society organisations and peoples movements in India to express unconditional solidarity and support to the Central Trade Unions in India as they observe the nationwide protest on May 22, 2020 against the draconian changes in labour laws being brought about by various State Governments in India. The anti-labour virus has spread all over, as shown by the[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
COVID-19 and the Need for the Immediate Nationalisation of the Indian Healthcare Sector 

COVID-19 and the Need for the Immediate Nationalisation of the Indian Healthcare Sector 

Co-Written by Asmita Verma, Surabhi Agarwal and Bobby Ramakant The Epidemics Act, 1897 gives the central and state governments authority to impose any regulations which may be necessary to contain the outbreak of a disease. Some state governments such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh have already used this power to bring private healthcare facilities in their state under government[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
 The Deaths of Migrant Workers in India : Moral distancing in the time of social distancing

 The Deaths of Migrant Workers in India : Moral distancing in the time of social distancing

How should ordinary citizens understand the nature of responsibility in the case of the recurring deaths of migrant workers that they are witnessing? So many have died on the road, absolutely needlessly, in the process of trying to escape death by hunger which the Indian Covid-19 lockdown was making a reality. India has a very large number of (internal) migrant[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
Politics At The Eye Of The Cyclone: Collision/Coalition?

Politics At The Eye Of The Cyclone: Collision/Coalition?

I live in North Kolkata, West Bengal. I stand witness to the damaging consequences of Amphan, the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal.  Till the afternoon of May 20th, there were heavy showers and sporadic gusts of wind in the northern part of Kolkata. The intensity of the wind increased steadily and so did the rain. By[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
Down with Modi regime’s move to attack Labour Laws!

Down with Modi regime’s move to attack Labour Laws!

In Solidarity with the All India Protest organised by Central Trade Unions on 22nd May ’20 the New Socialist Alternative will be participating, demanding the immediate reversal of policy proposals by the Modi government attacking the laws and legislations concerning the welfare of the Working Class of India. Modi’s authoritarian regime has continued its notorious practice of adding more fuel[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
Encounter In Srinagar’s  Nawakadal  And The Blasting Of Houses

Encounter In Srinagar’s  Nawakadal  And The Blasting Of Houses

Imagine the house you live in being raised to ground and you don’t even know whether the land that once held your house still belongs to you. The papers like most of your valuables might have perished in the debris of your once home. This is a possibility if you live in kashmir and an armed rebel happens to be[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
 PM Modi: In the Service of Empire, merchandising Fear and Death

 PM Modi: In the Service of Empire, merchandising Fear and Death

As a singular event, Covid-19 could be an opportunity for a total political and economic reconfiguration. Instead, Modi capitalizes on daily fatality statistics (short term chaos) and uses the fear of death as the basis of his strategies; best exemplified by his death discourses directed at the nation. Faced with an emerging humanitarian catastrophe (long term focus), the national response[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Why are Pandemics Anti-Urban?

Why are Pandemics Anti-Urban?

The novel corona virus has infected more than 100,000 people in India. WHO has declared the virus to be pandemic. But pandemics have always been anti-urban. Coronavirus undermines the most basic notions of the urban life that is the idea of ‘public’. It undermines the idea of shared spaces- one shouldn’t be coming out in large numbers. One shouldn’t be[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
COVID Shock Capitalism

COVID Shock Capitalism

It had been clear from the speeches of the Finance Minister that the government was not sitting silent during time of lockdown. It was making a roadmap for welcoming multinational companies to new sectors at a time when people of India were in panic due to Coronavirus.  The Finance Minister’s announcement of COVID package largely comprises of loans about which[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
The Mirage of Migration

The Mirage of Migration

Is something as basic as being with your loved ones and being able to maintain social distancing a privilege in this pandemic?   Walking for miles in the scorching heat of May, with minimal water and food to reach a place that would make one feel a little more comfortable than the rest of the world, a place we all[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Self-Reliance Is Not The Answer To Decades Of Systemic Injustices

Self-Reliance Is Not The Answer To Decades Of Systemic Injustices

Edouard Louis’ novel, Who Killed My Father, is a collection of short and riveting letters addressed to his 50-years-old father resting on his deathbed. The author, with splendid eloquence and brevity, put forth the plight of working-class of France, who has been rendered redundant in an era of unregulated capitalism. The sheer contempt for the political elite is clearly visible[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Indian Nepalis: A misconceived nationals of India

Indian Nepalis: A misconceived nationals of India

The Nepali community is one the distinctive groups comprises of several ethnic groups in India, settled in all over the country. Majority of the community found in the north-east Indian state, and West Bengal. The Nepali is only a community among several other communities in India who have been witnessed an identity crisis from time and again in their own[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Where Is ‘Vande Bharat’ For Migrant Workers In Transit?

Where Is ‘Vande Bharat’ For Migrant Workers In Transit?

Co-Written by Vijaya Ramachandran and Sandeep Pandey Lockdown in the wake of coronavirus threat has seriously affected the livelihood options for the migrant workers and daily wage earners. While the government has announced that they will be given free ration, even if they are not linked with local Fair Price Shop part of the Public Distribution System, which is the[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 India
Slavery cannot be the Solution for Economic Development

Slavery cannot be the Solution for Economic Development

SARs Cov-2, the virus that has caused the lockdown of 1.3 billion human beings in India has also caused an unprecedented humanitarian crisis across the country. The International Labour Organization estimated in April that around 400 million workers were at risk of slipping into poverty due to sudden and unplanned stringent nationwide lockdown. However, a lockdown of such magnitude has[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
 Because they looked “Nepali”: Objectifying Nepali Women in Amazon web series “Paatal Lok”

 Because they looked “Nepali”: Objectifying Nepali Women in Amazon web series “Paatal Lok”

On 2nd January 2020, India Today published news with the title “Haryana: Sisters denied passports because they “looked Nepali’” in which two sisters were denied a passport and wrote on their documents that “applicants seem to be Nepali”[1]. Not much of havoc had been seen in social media as it has become a common practice of considering Nepali as an[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 Arts/Literature, India
The Failure of Supreme Court to Rescue the Migrant Workers

The Failure of Supreme Court to Rescue the Migrant Workers

Since the higher Judiciary especially the Supreme Court is seen as the protector and enforcer of rights but off late the Supreme court has created an impression that it has failed to protect the rights of the migrant workers during the pandemic lockdown. Over the last few weeks, a number of Public Interest Litigations (PIL) were filed in the supreme[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
Scuttling Labour Laws

Scuttling Labour Laws

I Through an ordinance on May 6, 2020 the Uttar Pradesh government exempted all factories and manufacturing establishments from prominent labour laws for the next three years. Titled temporary, the stipulations of an already undefined ‘labour law’ mean there is more scope of exploitation in its absence. The consequences of the exemption would mean a frozen minimum wage for three[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
Is Indian State Proxying For The Hindutva Project Of Militarization Of The Majority

Is Indian State Proxying For The Hindutva Project Of Militarization Of The Majority

Presently, the Indian defence paraphernalia is ranked as the fourth mightiest army in the world after USA, Russia and China with Japan at the fifth place. It has approximately 3,544,000 on roll, 1,444,000 being on active duty with 2,100,000 as reserve personnel.[i] It is credited with innumerable military operations of glory like Bangladesh War 1971, Kargil War 1999, surgical strikes[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
It’s A Hobson’s Choice For Labour

It’s A Hobson’s Choice For Labour

Suspension of crucial labour laws for varying lengths of time by some of the states viz. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan etc., reflects the paradigm shift in relation to labour policies consequent to Covid-2019. Already the economy is struggling with the lockdown and the labour is starring at the uncertain future. It is claimed that the labour laws have[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
A Tale of Two States in India During Coronavirus Pandemic

A Tale of Two States in India During Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has aggravated existing economic, and social crisis in India. The country is witnessing incomprehensible distress among the migrant workers, farmers, and poor masses both in urban and rural areas. In such a situation of utter crisis, Mr Narendra Modi; the Prime Minister of India is busy in manipulating Indian public by false propaganda to hide all his[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
How COVID-19 Is Making The Youth Smarter

How COVID-19 Is Making The Youth Smarter

As the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 continues and the nation staggers in its recovery from the debilitating impact of the pandemic, many are left stranded away from home and battling hunger every day. Many migrant workers and students walked hundreds of kilometres to reach home but several others couldn’t and they are left without shelter and[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 India
India Deceived, Divided, Defeated and Decimated

India Deceived, Divided, Defeated and Decimated

Barack Obama speaking on 16th May spoke for the first time about the coronavirus pandemic and the responses of the ruling elite. He observed that, “More than anything this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama told graduates from several dozen historically black[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Modi Government has lost the Moral Authority to Rule the Country

Modi Government has lost the Moral Authority to Rule the Country

The working class,  which successfully accomplished revolutions in many countries in the modern age, which played its invaluable role in productive growth in India, too, since freedom movement, undergoing such tragic and inhuman suffering today in the days of Corona pandemic, is a matter of shame for independent India. However, it can’t erase the role of working class from history.[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
20-lakh crore ‘Magnum Opus’ Is ‘Jumla’ On the People of India !

20-lakh crore ‘Magnum Opus’ Is ‘Jumla’ On the People of India !

Pro-Corporate Thrust of Economic Package Flies in the Face of ‘Atma-Nirbharta! Govt must address Lockdown Crisis which has pushed millions into penury.Urgent measures of food, transport, income, and work support are needed 19th May, 2020: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemns the absolutely insensitive, anti-poor and anti working-class approach of the Govt of India, reflected once again in the[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
COVID-19 Induced Lockdown and Migrant Workers – The Communication gap

COVID-19 Induced Lockdown and Migrant Workers – The Communication gap

Co-Written by Sanghmitra S Acharya, Sunita Reddy & Nemthianngai  Guite The COVID-19 pandemic, which has engulfed the world, has betrayed the informal sector migrant labour stranded all over the country. The dreams which were nurtured by the pull factors exerted by the ‘citylights’, were further fueled in the wake of ‘Jandhan’, which heralded a new chapter in the lives of[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Preparedness of Uttar Pradesh to Tackle Covid-19 Outbreak During Lockdown 4.0

Preparedness of Uttar Pradesh to Tackle Covid-19 Outbreak During Lockdown 4.0

Co-Written by Tehzeeb Anis & Prof. Mohammad Akram COVID-19 is highly contagious infection and has already affected more than 4.5 million people globally. India is also setting up new records in spike of Covid-19 cases almost daily. Within 24 hours, India has recorded biggest single day spike in number of cases with 5242 new patient as of 17th May 2020.[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Privatisation of coal and mineral mining and corporatization of farming

Privatisation of coal and mineral mining and corporatization of farming

The Central Government through its Finance Minister announced on 16th of May what it calls major structural changes which they claim will catapult India on the world stage and thanked Covid-19 for giving them this opportunity to make India a self-sufficient world economic power. Firstly, commercial mining of coal and minerals will now be open to all private parties which[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Suspension of Labour Laws: One more Neoliberal cruelty by BJP

Suspension of Labour Laws: One more Neoliberal cruelty by BJP

Co-Written by Aqib Yousuf & And Abass Rather Suspension of labour laws means more exploitation of Workers and more power to the bosses. Workers earned these rights through a lot of toil and sacrifices and consistent struggle. The right to have ‘eight hour work day’ was not simply gifted to the working class. It was achieved by working class through[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Comparing Prime Minister’s March 24 and May 12 speeches

Comparing Prime Minister’s March 24 and May 12 speeches

Political speeches are often scripted. They not only reveal intentions and priorities, but also the politician’s art of communicating with the people. It is in this context that Prime Minister Modi’s two recent speeches, one on March 24 and the other on May 12, gain significance. To be sure, Prime Minister’s two speeches focused on different themes. The March 24[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Community-Based Mapping of Covid: Nothing Official About it

Community-Based Mapping of Covid: Nothing Official About it

No doubt the clarification that India will not map Covid-19 infections on the basis of religion has many heaving sighs of relief. But will the peace last? “Move for community-based mapping of coronavirus?” a recent news item in a prestigious daily asked, getting tongues wagging about “closed-door meetings at the highest level”, though no “official” decision had been taken in them. The Ministry of Health declared that any such news is “baseless, incorrect and[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
From Spanish Flu to Covid-19: A Repeat of Folly?

From Spanish Flu to Covid-19: A Repeat of Folly?

The last most remembered pandemic can be traced to the general crisis facilitated by the First World War. The “Spanish Flu”, as it was popularly known, was connected to a strain of the influenza viruses, which was in circulation among troops from 1916 onwards. By 1918, the virus strain triggered a full-blown pandemic, spreading in waves that lasted up till[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Why do Indian Media Detest Muslims So Much?

Why do Indian Media Detest Muslims So Much?

Indian Muslims always get a bad press and the blame is put on the community for not doing anything spectacular that may give them positive coverage. This is a hackneyed narrative that is going on since independence against the largest minority of the country. Muslims has been on the receiving end, searching souls, looking for faults within themselves which aren’t[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Covid-19 : Dilemma before the policymakers

Covid-19 : Dilemma before the policymakers

After the pandemic, a rethink on the way our society is can be undertaken but currently the focus has to be on survival. Reproduced  below, in summary, the salient points Kumar makes which should be Must Reading for policymakers: In India, the human cost of a misadventure will be enormous. Migrant workers travelling in a truck in Patna, to get[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
Government’s contribution to countrymen is negligible

Government’s contribution to countrymen is negligible

  After announcement by the honourable Prime Minister, the Finance Minister took four days to distribute mammoth 20 lakh crore rupees to the countrymen. What the countrymen would get out of it? This is the analysis made by the Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakha Sangathan, Odisha. You may agree or not. We would be happy to answer if you ask. Let us[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
I Have A Problem: The return of the ‘Raj’

I Have A Problem: The return of the ‘Raj’

I have a problem. “Sure, but who doesn’t?”, is a valid rejoinder. At one end, people have life-or-death, existential problems. Then there are problems like: Next meal when?; Job/income/social security; Children’s future; Dependent parents; Match income with commitments and price rise; Loan for medical/surgical problems; … …, How to manage EMI for house/car/education?, … … and, at the ‘top’ end,[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
Covid-19: Metaphors of War and the Justifications for Labour Rights Violations

Covid-19: Metaphors of War and the Justifications for Labour Rights Violations

Indicative of the multi-layered responses on ‘worker-employer-government’ problematic that characterises the Covid-19 lockdown days, the Central trade unions have declared a day of protest on 22 May 2020. CTUOs call has come in the wake particularly of the radical changes in the labour laws being initiated by various state governments. COVID-19, besides the health risks it entail, has also brought[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
A Dreadful Day with a Wonderful Lesson in the time of COVID-19

A Dreadful Day with a Wonderful Lesson in the time of COVID-19

Once you recognise something beautiful, you are bound to fall in love. Love is a beautiful feeling and only the living heart can feel such feelings. The speaker of living speech and the writer of living thoughts can attest those beautiful feelings because he is carrying a living heart and has eyes like the thoughtful poet instead of dead bulbs[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 India
The long march home

The long march home

The migrant is returning home. Some on foot, others using various means of transport, some of which never seen or heard before. Some are hungry, some surviving on biscuits. Their stories are disturbing, their sight disconcerting. The long march has weakened their bodies, but not their will. Whatever it takes, the migrant wishes to return home. But what is home?[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
A Way Out of The Mess

A Way Out of The Mess

After dithering on two previous  occasions, when Narenda Modi addressed the people of this country with pious speeches, when he spoke not of the steps government he heads needed to take to build  a suitable response against the looming coronavirus epidemic (he suggested a clamour of pots and thalis on the first occasion and lighting a diya or a torch[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
The Great Indian Middle Class – An Unadulterated Observation    

The Great Indian Middle Class – An Unadulterated Observation    

         In the movie Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen there is a dialogue which goes something like this: “I would never wanna belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.” The essence of the dialogue invokes deep philosophical understanding. However, I shall not go into the depths of this meaning in[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Protecting Lives And Livelihood Under COVID-19

Protecting Lives And Livelihood Under COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads, the government has already started to address the economic and livelihood challenges posed by the constraints the pandemic has put on behavior and employment. It is designing economic support measures to target the tens of thousands to millions of small businesses. These efforts intend to provide a lifeboat to help businesses survive the coming months, and importantly,[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Evacuation Process in Jammu & Kashmir

Evacuation Process in Jammu & Kashmir

                                     In January this year, the first case of COVID-19 disease was confirmed in India, when a student from china travelled back to his home state, Kerala. In March, when the COVID-19 positive cases reach close to five hundred, the Govt. of India on 24 March announced the nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days, to control the[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Non-ending of miseries of workers

Non-ending of miseries of workers

The miseries of the workers relating to Covid19 is unending one. Few weeks before we had condemned the reform of labor laws, initiated by the Union Government and subsequently followed by various states, because it was an attempt to take away the rights of workers they had achieved through their fight. In another incident, Supreme Court took a reverse stand[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
 Five Year Old Girl Dies of Hunger in Jharkhand

 Five Year Old Girl Dies of Hunger in Jharkhand

The death of a 5-year old girl in Hesatu village (Donki GP, Latehar district) on 16 May 2020 is widely attributed to hunger by local villagers. Nimani, about 5 years old, was the daughter of Jaglal Bhuiyan and Kalawati Devi. This Dalit family of ten (husband, wife and eight children aged from 4 months to 12-13 years) has no land[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Another Corona warrior: Media

Another Corona warrior: Media

On 22nd March, 2020, to show gratitude to doctors, paramedics, policemen and sanitation workers, lakhs of people came on their balcony to emote their sentiments and were seen beating in cacophony whatever utensil they found suitable. This clarion call (as some liked to call it) was given by PM Modi. All kudos to the intention of the PM, however, what[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
COVID-19 Crisis: Understanding the State of Economy during and after the Lockdown

COVID-19 Crisis: Understanding the State of Economy during and after the Lockdown

Nothing could have brought the global economy to a grinding halt like the COVID-19 pandemic in recent history. Barring essential goods, the production, sale, and consumption of all goods and services have been affected. This article offers a low-down on the stalled economy, and also makes projections for India’s post-pandemic economy. At the time of writing this article, the Government[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Helping Country With Blood and Food

Helping Country With Blood and Food

Due to the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus, India announced lockdown on March 24 to curtail the spread of the disease. Ever since, many alumni of the country’s public funded universities marched towards helping the hungry with food and daily use items. Imteyaz, an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),said, “A seven-month-pregnant woman had to undergo surgery.” Our team members[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 India
Kashmir, Coronavirus And The New Domicile Law

Kashmir, Coronavirus And The New Domicile Law

When J&K had not yet forgotten what was done by the ruling party of India on 5th August 2019, the new type of virus- COVID-19- broke out killing humans rampantly, irrespective of religion, race, colour or caste. Given the fatality of it we all are facing together nobody dares to venture out, meanwhile BJP went further to intensify the sufferings[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 India
For a Migrant inclusive COVID relief measures and urban policy

For a Migrant inclusive COVID relief measures and urban policy

Covid 19 has brought migrant crises to the forefront. While migrants had always faced challenges, this has only become more visible now. This also presents with an opportunity to look back at the immediate implications of the crises, draw lessons from the same and to develop a migrant inclusive policy in urban areas. Implications Loss of Trust: The news reports[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 India
Workers of India, You’ve Everything to Lose Including Your Wages And Labour Rights

Workers of India, You’ve Everything to Lose Including Your Wages And Labour Rights

In May 1886, tens of thousands of workers throughout United States of America came out on street to demand 8 hour working day. 8 hour working day became a norm later not just in America, but also all over the world. Ironically, 134 years later in India, in May 2020, this law which working class struggled for throughout the world[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 India
 Kashmir, Journalism and the Reversal of Binaries

 Kashmir, Journalism and the Reversal of Binaries

As a society, we humans both consciously and unconsciously draw upon an indefinite, already existing cultural repertoire of knowledge for making meanings. Making meanings is only possible when we temporarily halt the otherwise ever-flowing and elusive system of signification. It is the complex cohesion within the perpetual intersexual deferral of the absolute connotations of signs that enables, constrains and constitutes[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 India
May-Day In Kashmir- Echoing the Voices of the Oppressed         

May-Day In Kashmir- Echoing the Voices of the Oppressed         

  Co-Written by Waseem Ahmad Bhat  & Adil Qayoom Mallah “Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.”                                                                                                                                Karl Marx Background For more than 130 years, May Day has symbolized the common struggles of the workers around the globe.  For all these years and every passing day the voices of the proletariat have become[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 India
Growing health Crisis and ‘Missing’ Women in COVID-19:  Endangering Gender

Growing health Crisis and ‘Missing’ Women in COVID-19:  Endangering Gender

Co-Written by Sanghmitra S Acharya, Mala Mukherjee and Chandrani Dutta The present global health crisis caused by COVID-19, necessitates that the world learns from history. The Ebola crisis in three African countries in 2014; Zika in 2015–6; and recent outbreaks of SARS, swine flu, and bird flu. These outbreaks have had deep, long-lasting effects on gender equality. After Ebola, men’s[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 India
A New World Order cant be built by serving imperialism, US in particular, and by anti-China, anti-Pak jingoism

A New World Order cant be built by serving imperialism, US in particular, and by anti-China, anti-Pak jingoism

  Part-2 of a two part article We have noted in Part-1 of this article the key role assigned by RSS to Ram Madhav, a student of political science, inducted into BJP in 2014 when NDA-1, led by Modi arrived, to work on Kashmir and on foreign policy(FP) among other things. India can collaborate with the US and Germany in[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 India
Transfer CA funds to Gram Sabhas, tribal rights groups demand

Transfer CA funds to Gram Sabhas, tribal rights groups demand

Transfer of CA funds to Forest Departments will allow land grabs for commercial plantations, will increase distress in Tribal areas Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Thursday that plans worth Rs. 6000 crores would be approved under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA)[1] as part of the “Atma Nirbhar” or “self-reliant” India economic package announced by the[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 India
Oppose Dilution of Labour Laws!!

Oppose Dilution of Labour Laws!!

Labour Laws Necessary to Protect Fundamental Rights of Workers PUCL is deeply concerned at the swiftness with which many states in the nation are dismantling the protection afforded to workers under their various labour laws. These laws provide many of the basic guarantees to workers – ensuring that employees get paid decent wages on time, have reasonable working hours, and[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic – Surpassing China, India’s Case Trajectory Racing Towards That of Europe!

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

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

May 15, 2020 India
Great Opportunity to Promote REVERSE Migration to Villages

Great Opportunity to Promote REVERSE Migration to Villages

It would be pertinent to remember in these turbulent times what Mahatma Gandhi had suggested in the 1940’s for making the rural India as the centerpiece of planning and growth. “I am convinced that if India is to attain true freedom and through India the world also, then sooner or later the fact must be recognized that people will have[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 India
Run the Shramik Specials with Transparency Right Now! Bring Migrant Workers Home!

Run the Shramik Specials with Transparency Right Now! Bring Migrant Workers Home!

Friends and Comrades! We are going through the darkest moment  in this country not because of the COVID-pandemic as much as the ill planned and insensitive lockdown and its distress borne out by millions of migrant workers across the country who are left to fend for themselves in the shelters and on the roads. As the country enters lockdown 4.0,[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 India
How have governments fared in fighting Coronavirus? A view from below

How have governments fared in fighting Coronavirus? A view from below

The country-wide lockdown was announced on March 24. Within the four hours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcing the lockdown, it was to be put in place. A well-known newspaper aptly calls the measure “the most severe step taken anywhere in the war against the coronavirus”. Most of the people had no clue what was going to happen. They were told to[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 India
 Live with the Corona Virus – PM says to the Nation

 Live with the Corona Virus – PM says to the Nation

Every Indian had few questions in their mind, when they turned on their TV sets at 8 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, to listen to the Prime Minister Narandra Modi. Their questions were; will there be extension to lock down 3.0? What government has achieved in containing the Covid-19 and what are its future plans? What efforts government is making to revive[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 India
India-A Decaying Civilization

India-A Decaying Civilization

                                       India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition…Mark Twain India has ever been the land of peace and harmony. It has been a heaven for co-existence, brotherhood and religious tolerance. The country managed to sustain secular values in[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 India
Modi’s India Is For Moulding a New World Order !

Modi’s India Is For Moulding a New World Order !

This is Part-1 of a two-part article.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fifth address on Covid-19, of around 1500 words and 30 minutes, May 12, was focused on  a call for  ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, a campaign for self-reliant India, and a stimulus  package worth Rs 20 lakh crore (10 % of GDP). Underlying his speech, however, there was a message of[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
Scrapping Labour Laws will Double Economic Inequality

Scrapping Labour Laws will Double Economic Inequality

The situation of migrant workers, who had started walking to their far-off villages since the second day of the declaration of national lockdown, showed us the lack of minimum job security at their workplace. Today, the government has chosen them, who were depending on it up to yesterday for relief-food, to carry responsibilities of ‘reviving the economy’ and has decided[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
Corona Pandemic: Time for politicisation of labour consciousness

Corona Pandemic: Time for politicisation of labour consciousness

The country is one and a half months into the lockdown but the plight of the toiling labourers at the country-wide level continues unabated. Every day huge crowds of workers suffer from hunger, insult and alienation/ignorance in their own country, from their own countrymen and the images are for every one of us to see. It may be noted that[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
The COVID Crisis: Tsunami for the Poor

The COVID Crisis: Tsunami for the Poor

Viruses Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19 is just one of the more recent viruses in our environment, and it is here to stay [“One in 3 recover, time to learn to live with virus, says govt”; Deccan Herald; 09.05.2020, p.1]. It will add one more virus to the billions of viruses to which human bodies are already host. The problem[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
Covid-19: A Human Security Cataclysm

Covid-19: A Human Security Cataclysm

CO-Written by Waseem Ahmad Bhat & Adil Qayoom Mallah The contemporary world is an insecure place full of threats on many fronts. Natural disasters, violent conflicts, chronic and persistent poverty, health pandemics, international terrorism and sudden economic and financial downturns can impose significant threats for the prospects of sustainable development, peace, order and stability. Such crises are complex, entailing multiple[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
Plight of Migrants in Bengaluru Desperate To Get Home

Plight of Migrants in Bengaluru Desperate To Get Home

A report on the events at various police stations In Bengaluru on the 12th of May 2020 Yesterday I got a call from Avani, a lawyer working with a trade union. It was about going to a police station nearby and filling an application to help migrant workers stuck in Bengaluru to reach their home-states. In the next few minutes[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
The Coolies of Kishkindha

The Coolies of Kishkindha

It was early summer, but the sun was hardly very hot for the time of the year. There was even a pleasant breeze blowing and the path ahead was a stunningly scenic one. And yet, every passing day, the comrades were dropping dead by the wayside, some succumbing to disease or injury, some just too tired to continue. Nila stopped[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
International Nurses’ Day 2020: Plights and Prospects of Frontline “Corona” Warriors

International Nurses’ Day 2020: Plights and Prospects of Frontline “Corona” Warriors

12th May as International Nurses’ Day is celebrated worldwide. However, this Nurses’ Day is marred by the harrowing accounts and mounting discontent of nursing cadre battling with the apathetic attitude of the Central and State governments during the Covid-19-cum-lockdown situation. The situation ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic has clearly revealed, yet again, the highly unsafe and insecure work conditions[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
True Journalism: A Triumph of Art over Artifice

True Journalism: A Triumph of Art over Artifice

                               I still believe that if your aim is to change the world,                    journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon. Tom Stoppard Journalism, as a professional art is very challenging but a pious mission. It is associated with writing, editing and reporting to the print[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
Covid-19 lockdown and sufferings of Persons with Disabilities

Covid-19 lockdown and sufferings of Persons with Disabilities

Covid-19 has affected the vulnerable section particularly the disables badly, rest all other sections including middle class will come into the fold, while the measures for handicaps from the authorities is too little to succour. Coronavirus has posed an unprecedented challenge to the world health organisation, governments and more importantly to the individuals across the globe without any viable treatment,[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 India
Visakhapatnam Accident: Time For Strict Action

Visakhapatnam Accident: Time For Strict Action

To Shri C K Mishra Secretary Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MEFCC) Govt of India Dear Shri Mishra, You are aware of the ghastly gas leak accident that took place at LG Polymers unit near Visakhapatnam in the early hours of 7-5-2020. Several persons in the vicinity of the accident site could not escape to safe places and got[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
We are sorry Safoora but you are not the first and only victim   

We are sorry Safoora but you are not the first and only victim   

It’s her turn today. She is facing the wrath of being erudite and  empowered. But do remember that she represents a gender which undergoes teasing, harassment and the worst- rape, everyday.                                               Nearly all women organisations are facing criticism[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
Here I am

Here I am

Here am I, living in a muddy house in the lap of nature, farthest from the crowds, in mesmerizing beauties, on lush green carpets, surrounded by mountains that kiss the skies. No wonder if people call it a paradise, but isn’t it that paradises get  lost. The fall of Adam illustrates it in the finest of the manners. But who[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
NE Delhi Riots: Demanding a Status Report – Make Investigations Transparent and FIRs public

NE Delhi Riots: Demanding a Status Report – Make Investigations Transparent and FIRs public

About eighty days after the riots that convulsed NE Delhi, what is the status of the investigation into the ‘over 700’ FIRs reportedly registered, according to the Home Minister’s statement in Parliament on 11 March, two months ago? If recent media reportage of the investigation and prosecution in the riots related cases is to be followed, the impression conveyed is[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
Commemorating the 163rd anniversary of 1857 War of Independence

Commemorating the 163rd anniversary of 1857 War of Independence

Let not communal forces undo the great heritage of joint sacrifices Large sections of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs unitedly challenged the greatest imperialist power, Britain, during India’s First War of Independence which began on May 10, 1857; the day being Sunday. This extraordinary unity, naturally, unnerved the Firangees and made them realize that if their rule was to continue in[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
Court Proceedings On Zoom App: A Look At The Privacy Policies

Court Proceedings On Zoom App: A Look At The Privacy Policies

The Coronavirus Pandemic or COVID-19 has forced millions of people to stay at their homes over the past two months. It has created havoc on the economy and the health system. The lockdown has forced millions of people to work from home. Under the lockdown, many courts have taken steps so that the court proceedings should not come to a[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
Lockdown in Kashmir – A Cursed Normalcy

Lockdown in Kashmir – A Cursed Normalcy

               To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire: They make desolation and they call it peace- Publius Tacitus When rest of world is under virtual lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Kashmir is under the twin garb of both, Virus-lockdown and imposed normalcy. In Kashmir, the very words, lockdown and normalcy[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
A Letter to Jamlo Makdam

A Letter to Jamlo Makdam

 Another Day In Paradise: Lock down Series 4 Dear Jamlo , This is not a letter or a conversation that I never ever want to do again in my life. And this is not the language in which I should be talking to you, a 12 year old girl. But times are such that one has not much choice. Or[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
Three Press Photographers From Kashmir Win Pulitzer Prize

Three Press Photographers From Kashmir Win Pulitzer Prize

Three Indian photojournalists based in Jammu & Kashmir won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for their coverage of the region during the clampdown that followed the Union government’s decision last August to divest the region of its special status and reorganise it into two Union Territories. Associated Press photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand have been[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 India
Economics Of ‘Covidnary’ Times: ‘Old Wine in New Bottle’

Economics Of ‘Covidnary’ Times: ‘Old Wine in New Bottle’

The Pandemic ‘Covid-19’ is among the Worst Crises that has hit the mankind all around the Globe, like never before. While the Covid-19 ‘Monster’ continues to play havoc in the lives world over, the Economy is struggling at critical stage. Amid this Pandemic there is an emerging ‘Hue & Cry’ regarding Sinking Economy and vanishing Human life. The Whole World[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Monsters in the Making: The Pandemic and the Politics of Otherization

Monsters in the Making: The Pandemic and the Politics of Otherization

Co-Written by Toushali Raina & Ronojoy Banerjee The spectacular demise of India’s pluralistic democracy and the growing normalization of intolerance within the country has caught the attention of many scholars across the world ever since Indian politics took its fateful turn towards the ideological right in 2014. Probably India has moved in the direction that John Stuart Mill in his[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Now is the time for the good people to speak out

Now is the time for the good people to speak out

Hyderabad, May 10–A crisis brings out the best and the worst in us. The Corona lockdown has done that. Not only that, the crisis has held up a mirror to us, showing both the good and bad in us. The best came out from among us as we showed kindness in thousands of ways to the less privileged fellow citizens:[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Pandemic Preparedness Plans and Missing Migrants

Pandemic Preparedness Plans and Missing Migrants

Co-Written by Roli Misra & Nagendra Kumar Maurya “Corona se mare na mare, bhook se zaroor mar jayega”(If I don’t die with Corona, I will surely die with hunger). These were the words of the carpenter who has been working in our house since last ten years. He had visited our place amidst the lockdown with his scary face. The[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Universalize Hijab; Make It Gender Neutral; Save Humanity From Anti-Muslim Campaign, n-Coronavirus, Patriarchy

Universalize Hijab; Make It Gender Neutral; Save Humanity From Anti-Muslim Campaign, n-Coronavirus, Patriarchy

Late last year I started wearing a hijab to protest against the communal virus spread against Muslims by the Indian government by promulgating Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Now the entire world is facing a secular n-coronavirus which makes no distinction between various religions/ regions/ communities/ class. In India religion wise statistics of infected people is not available and that is[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Don’t Suspend Labour Laws

Don’t Suspend Labour Laws

To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Shri Heeralal Samariya Union Labour Secretary Dear S/Shri Bhalla and Samariya, I understand that several important labour laws, meant to safeguard the welfare of the workers and to ensure industrial safety, have been “suspended” for three years in UP, MP and Gujarat. I hope that the Union Home Ministry and the Labour[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Disasters of Neoliberalism and Hindutva Fascism in India

Disasters of Neoliberalism and Hindutva Fascism in India

Neoliberalism as an ideology emerged in central Europe during early 20th century in opposition to socialism as an alternative to imperial, colonial and capitalist plunder, war and economic crisis. The Department of Economics at the University of Chicago shaped neoliberalism as a strategy to shift the power from workers to the owners of capital by weakening the state and expanding[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Unravelling the living conditions of Migrant workers

Unravelling the living conditions of Migrant workers

In the Post-COVID situation, the issue of migrant workers has come to the forefront. While on the one hand, it provides an opportunity to reflect and correct, on the other hand it also brings out the deeply held biases in Government decisions. While Migrants go on to build a city, they never form part of mental frame of the decision[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
COVID-19 and Pains of Migrant Workers

COVID-19 and Pains of Migrant Workers

COVID- 19 is spreading globally like fire in the jungle, and everybody is trying to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the infection of the virus. The situation in India isn’t different from other countries. However, the death rate is still less than a few other countries. but besides the corona issue, India is facing few other important[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
Taking Away Labour Rights One at a Time: How the Covid Crisis is Manifesting into a Nightmare for India’s Poorest

Taking Away Labour Rights One at a Time: How the Covid Crisis is Manifesting into a Nightmare for India’s Poorest

  In 1921, when Mahatma Gandhi called for the non-cooperation movement, thousands of tea plantation workers in Assam left to partake in India’s fight for independence against the British rule. Prohibited to move out of their plantations without permission under the Inland Emigration Act of 1859, these workers defied authorities to leave the premises to join the freedom struggle –[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 India
The Role of Civil Society in Times of Crisis

The Role of Civil Society in Times of Crisis

In as many as 13 states and Union Territories of India, Non-Government Organizations(NGOs) have fed more people than the government during the coronavirus induced lockdown. The data shows that in states like Kerala and Telangana with exclusive success stories, NGOs have played a huge role. States like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Mizoram, and Maharashtra have seen a similar contribution of these[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 India
A silent Summer – Lock Down Series 4

A silent Summer – Lock Down Series 4

  It is unbelievable that  two months have passed since the dreaded word LOCK DOWN became part of our lives- 2 months of staying indoors, making oneself believe that this is safe and secure, 2 months of not meeting friends and family, 2 months of physical and social distancing, 2 months of a new kind of social discrimination where the[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: Did Marginal Increase In Average Doubling Rate During Lockdown-I Merit Holding Indian Economy To Ransom?

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

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

May 9, 2020 India
Cyber Crime: An Evil Spatula of the Virtual World

Cyber Crime: An Evil Spatula of the Virtual World

While the world is witnessing the wrath of the virus COVID-19, which has caused havoc across the globe and has questioned the mere intelligence of our species, some are involved in other nasty acts of intelligence. A recent case which has woken up the virtual space of the nation the “Bois Locker Room”, a chat group in a social media[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 India
Covid-19 In Dharavi : Let Crisis Be Turned Into a Solution

Covid-19 In Dharavi : Let Crisis Be Turned Into a Solution

This article is in two parts. First about the Grim Situation of Dharavi. Second a Housing plan to help turn crisis into an opportunity. Experts say we have to live with Covid-19, may be for two more years…until herd immunity builds up, there is no real solution to masses of people :  Vaccines and medicines, as and when they come,[Read More…]

May 8, 2020 India
Free Rations, Transport Facility and Dignity for Stranded Migrants

Free Rations, Transport Facility and Dignity for Stranded Migrants

Right to Food Campaign Demands Free Rations, Transport Facility and Dignity for Stranded Migrants This morning, 15 migrant workers were harrowingly run over by a train in Maharashtra while sleeping on railway tracks due to exhaustion. Another couple from Chhattisgarh were also run over on the highway while cycling home. Migrant workers are the backbone of India’s labour force and[Read More…]

May 8, 2020 India
Catastrophe Reveals Character

Catastrophe Reveals Character

  The ongoing threat from coronavirus that the world is facing today has caused to change in the entire socio-economic and political narrative of India. It has unmasked all the social institutions and their stakeholders. Whether it is political class, media, bureaucracy, police, and doctors and for that matter a common individual, this pandemic has brought out the best and[Read More…]

May 8, 2020 India
Vande Bharat and Samudra Setu: The Much Awaited India’s Biggest Evacuation Missions after Independence

Vande Bharat and Samudra Setu: The Much Awaited India’s Biggest Evacuation Missions after Independence

“Commenced preparations for Vande Bharat Mission. Planning underway for stranded Indian nationals to return home starting 7th May. Urge them to keep in regular touch with their Embassies”, the tweet by Dr. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Minister of India on May 5, 2020 was the much awaited announcement of evacuation and repatriation mission to bring home stranded Indian diaspora amid the[Read More…]

May 8, 2020 India
The New Sarin

The New Sarin

In the month of February, the world saw an absolute carnage suffered by the civilians in a particular part of the globe following a devastating Nerve Gas attack. This led to many being homeless and igniting persistent fear travelling undercurrent. The repercussions can still be felt in the midst of catastrophic Corona outbreak. What sets this attack different from the[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 India
Evaluating Digital Outreach in Mosques and Madrasas in India

Evaluating Digital Outreach in Mosques and Madrasas in India

Amid COVID-19 pandemic Markaz (Center), Tabligi Jamat (Preaching religion), Nizamuddin, New Delhi suddenly glare media attention for wrong reason that they made a mistake unknowingly. They asked permission from local Police to decongested the Markaz but the same became the controversy and media run the stories in various negatives shades. Why media is unaware about Tabligi Jamat? Or else institutional[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 India
India needs a stimulus package to fight the COVID-19 Economic battle

India needs a stimulus package to fight the COVID-19 Economic battle

The Government of India on 23rd March 2020 announced a country wide 21-day lockdown. A total of 4 hour was awarded to those in Indian territory to prepare for the lockdown that would strictly remain enforced for three weeks. Prime Minister in his address called this a Mahabharata like war, which will be won in 21 days.  Immediately people rushed[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 India
Import Of Chinese Test Kits Canceled By ICMR : The Story Behind

Import Of Chinese Test Kits Canceled By ICMR : The Story Behind

This is yet another news story underplayed by Big Media, and being reported by us. A Delhi HC judgment showed that ICMR agreed to pay 2.5 times the price for Corona rapid test kits, imported from China, to help private traders to loot the public exchequer. Public interest must outweigh private gain, the Court observed. And Justice Najmi Waziri slashed[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 India
Lockdown and its discontent: mass quarantine and beyond

Lockdown and its discontent: mass quarantine and beyond

On Sunday, 3rd May, the Covid-19-triggered lockdown completed forty days in India. We are caught in the cusp of two moments – the completion of the forty days-cycle and the lurching forward of the entire country into another 14 days of lockdown that was recently notified by the Government. This conjuncture calls for close reflection on the model adopted for[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 India
Is private health ‘industry’ a big hurdle to contain COVID-19?

Is private health ‘industry’ a big hurdle to contain COVID-19?

Co-Written by Bobby Ramakant, Shobha Shukla and Sandeep Pandey Along with measures to cut the chain of transmission of corona virus (such as lockdown, social distancing, masks), it is indeed important to find those who are positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), isolate them and provide them with best possible medical care as needed. It appears that government is facing shortage[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 India
Prime  Ministerial  Code  of  Conduct

Prime  Ministerial  Code  of  Conduct

  In  this  pandemic  season  of  coughs  and  colds,    Prime  Minister  Narendra  Modi  has  shown  exemplary  courage .  With  one  single  sneeze,  he  brought  forth  the  lightening-swift  measure  of  lockdown,  taking  everyone  by  surprise.  Following  it,  in  his  social  conduct  and  official  policies,   he  has  been   strictly  adhering  to  the  protocol  of  the  lockdown  to  fight   Coronavirus.   Let  us  take [Read More…]

May 5, 2020 India
PM CARES fund: Need for a full public disclosure

PM CARES fund: Need for a full public disclosure

 Letter to the Prime Minister   To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister of India Dear Shri Modiji, I refer to my letter dated 9-4-2020 (enclosed) on the modalities of creating the PM CARES fund (hereafter referred as PMCARES) and the need to ensure utmost transparency in its utilisation. PMCARES was set up towards the end of March, 2020, more than a[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 India
2% Emergency Coronatax on the Wealth of the Richest 1%

2% Emergency Coronatax on the Wealth of the Richest 1%

An Appeal to the Prime Minister to Levy a 2% Emergency Coronatax on the Wealth of the Richest 1% People in the Country to Finance the Necessary Measures Needed to Combat the Corona Pandemic and its Multiple Socio-Economic Impacts. Sign the petition here https://forms.gle/kypoVjpdtSrK6kEz8   To, The Prime Minister, Government of India, New Delhi. On 14th April 2020, in your[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 India
Lockdown announcement, Migrant workers and Welfare measures

Lockdown announcement, Migrant workers and Welfare measures

The announcement of lockdown on March 24, 2020 as a preventive step for spread of Corona brought to the forefront the issue of migrant workers. The migrant workers were left with four hours in which they had to take action. Millions of migrant workers were struck in their host states. They had come from home states in search of employment[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 India
Critical Media Loses Space in India with Rise of Rightist Politics

Critical Media Loses Space in India with Rise of Rightist Politics

If the media speaks to power, then only a functional democracy could exist with accountable governance. Such an ideal situation could only be possible if the mainstream politics is proud of being secular, centrist or left of the center. The day mainstream politics begins to whip up ‘nationalism’ replacing the people’s issue, populism gallops to the center-stage for pandering the[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 India
Over Rs 68,600-crore loans of wilful defaulters written off, says RBI

Over Rs 68,600-crore loans of wilful defaulters written off, says RBI

That is the title of a Report by business-standard.com, April 29, 2020. While the country is drowned in reports about Covid-19, this news did not so much attract the attention of people. We celebrate the World Press Freedom Day with a report on this issue. The Indian media, known for its sensationalism did not somehow highlight it, nor gave it[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 India
Lockdown! Some Questions Remain

Lockdown! Some Questions Remain

It was evening hours. Sun was about to set. People were preparing for iftar (breakfast in Ramadhan). My neighbour Gulam Mohammad (name changed) opened his shop to sell iftari items like semolina (suji), sugar, basil seeds, juice, fruits etc. There were not many people at his shop also. Suddenly a police jeep on petrol duty came, caught hold of the[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 India
 COVID 19  Aggravating Tribal’s Struggle for Survival : Agri And Forest Based Livelihood Offer Solutions

 COVID 19  Aggravating Tribal’s Struggle for Survival : Agri And Forest Based Livelihood Offer Solutions

Covid19 infection that has begun from Wuhan in China in November 2019  which has now infected over 3237600 patients in 184 countries till end of April 2020 and led to mortality of over 228828 persons worldwide. In over five and half months virus has reached width and breath across the world and impacted severely at various level. The countries which[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 India
Singing the Song of the Roadster

Singing the Song of the Roadster

Ashok Behera, the 36-year-old mason from Odisha cycled 1100 kilometres in seven days, all the way home to Ganjam district from Chennai, his wife Namita riding pillion. Once again the roadster,  a cycle design perfected more than a 100 years ago proved to be reliable. During this lock out period this kind of performance was repeated by several workers all[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 India
Odisha: Withdraw Decision To Stamp On Hands Of Returnees

Odisha: Withdraw Decision To Stamp On Hands Of Returnees

To, Naveen Patnaik Chief Minister of Odisha, Bhubaneswar Sub : Request to withdraw the decision of stamping on hand of returnees before entering the state border Honourable Sir; We are happy to know that the Government of Odisha haves finally taken steps to bring back the Oriya migrant workers, students and pilgrims who were stranded in various parts of the[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Workers’ self-activity in the time of lockdown: the victory of their right to return home

Workers’ self-activity in the time of lockdown: the victory of their right to return home

Agitated construction workers employed in IIT-Hyderabad recently went on a rampage inside the campus, demanding their pending March and April wages and the right to return to their native places. They complained that in the wake of the lockdown, they had not been paid and were starving. On 29 April, their pitched battle against the local police and officials of[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Indian Education In Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown

Indian Education In Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown

Amid an unprecedented corona virus crisis across the world, in India, a discussion about online education has now acquired paramount importance in terms of reliance on imparting knowledge virtually, compared to the conventional method of face-to-face teaching. Our education structure is different and only limited people have access to digital media. We can enter into this model of education if[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
‘We want to go home’  

‘We want to go home’  

‘We want to go home’   is the cry of most Migrant Labourers wherever they are.   But what is awaiting them in their homes ?    What  would they need to do   to live in their homes with self-respect and dignity ? As per Jharkhand govt announcement, at least about five lakh Jharkhandi migrant workers will be returning home from different[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Cease-Fire VIolations Must Cease

Cease-Fire VIolations Must Cease

       Kashmir, the disputed territory is the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. The two countries are at daggers drawn since the ‘contested’ instrument of accession was signed by Maharaja of Kashmir on 26 October 1947 to accede to the domain of India. The two nations have fought militarily confrontations and regularly enter into verbal wars. The border skirmishes[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Racism, caste and religious prejudices might increase in post-Corona India

Racism, caste and religious prejudices might increase in post-Corona India

  In the past, pandemics have spread far and wide and have killed many. The deadly coronavirus, similarly, has been causing havoc. It is, however, unique in a sense that it has engulfed almost every part of the world, killing hundreds of people with each passing day. The mighty states of the world appear helpless before this ephemeral virus. The[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Child pornography: Burgeoning cases amid nationwide lockdown

Child pornography: Burgeoning cases amid nationwide lockdown

 Co-Written by Hardeep Singh and Prajakta Pradhan Introduction There is no doubt that with the ever-increasing use of the internet, cases of child pornography have increased at a burgeoning rate. The reason behind this fact is that the internet itself has extraordinarily diminished the obstruction to passage for the creation and dissemination of child pornography. This ease of creation and[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Inhuman treatment of our vital Migrant Population

Inhuman treatment of our vital Migrant Population

It seems from the treatment meted out to the migrants that they are mere numbers without a human face. They are being talked about and being herded as if they were cattle who should accept what little is being doled out to them without any complaints and be grateful to the authorities for mercy done. That such a large migrant[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Abrogation of Article 370 for Development or Disaster: Time Tells It All

Abrogation of Article 370 for Development or Disaster: Time Tells It All

     Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell When the Article 370 was abrogated on 5th August 2019 by the BJP government, Home Minister, Amit Shah condescendingly told that this was done for the development of J& K. The then Governor of J&K, Satya[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
Corona Lockdown and the haunting hunger of nomads in TamilNadu

Corona Lockdown and the haunting hunger of nomads in TamilNadu

Who are the nomads? The British Raj promulgated an oppressive law in 1871, called Criminal Tribes Act to suppress the then rising rebellions of various Tribal people against the British Raj. It is these tribal people who were driven out if their inhabitation and wandering for their survival,   by the British forces were called nomads and semi-nomads later. In Tamil[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 India
Fake News Targeting Muslims Exposed by Police, But Still Aired, And That Even By Mainstream Media

Fake News Targeting Muslims Exposed by Police, But Still Aired, And That Even By Mainstream Media

  Attacks on Doctors and Media: A Few Case Studies was a Report published on April 27. This one is a sequel to that, and can be deemed as Part-2 of a two part report.The focus now is on Islamophobia, promoted by media, and abetted by State agencies. Tablighi Jamaat members spat on doctors, defecated in hospital wards, misbehaved with[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 India
Crisis of Neo-Liberalism and Bourgeois Democratic Order: Return of ‘State Socialism’

Crisis of Neo-Liberalism and Bourgeois Democratic Order: Return of ‘State Socialism’

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar                                             ‘[The] Virus is a product of nature; the crisis is a product of neo-liberalism’ [(Salas and Silverman, 2020); Cited by Vijay Prasad, EPW, March 2020].             The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (followed by the stringent national lockdown in India and elsewhere) is not only posing huge challenges in health[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 India
May The First and the Force be with you

May The First and the Force be with you

When the lockdown extension was announced, to continue till May 3, a lot of the “twitterati” jumped on the opportunity to show off their Star Wars meme familiarity. In a reference to a long tradition of greeting the date, 4th of May, of “May the 4th (also called Star Wars Day)” each year with the pun on a popular line[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 India
Zafarul Islam Khan welcoming Justice Rajinder Sachar during Golden Jubat India Islamic Culture Centre New Delhi.

Why should we stand with Zafarul Islam Khan?

Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan is the Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission. For a few days he has been a victim of severe attack from the Hindu communal forces as well as a section of media. They are targeting him for posting a tweet. The communal forces have alleged that he had threatened them of taking up the issue of Indian[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 India
Need for immediate nationalisation of health services

Need for immediate nationalisation of health services

Co-Written by Bobby Ramakant, Surabhi Agarwal and Sandeep Pandey Ram Shankar met with a fatal hit-and-run accident in rural area of Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh on 16 April, 2020 and was referred by the District Hospital to Trauma Centre of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow. He could not be admitted there and was referred to nearby Balrampur[Read More…]

April 30, 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

 In the name of Jamaat Corona- Diverting from Public Health to Increase the vote base 

The outbreak of Corona Virus has surely affected every nation and India is under huge threat with the rising trends every day. It is true that mostly those countries having highest level of liberalization, privatization and globalization had the speedy spread of corona virus infection than the third world countries. The outbreak of the Covid-19 brought complex questions and challenges[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 India
Is India Becoming Paranoid?

Is India Becoming Paranoid?

Rumours can shape mass psyche if they are based on familiar cultural cues   Many had thought that the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown would bring back basic questions about healthcare, education and capitalism, but we are witnessing instead a preoccupation with conspiracies. Many continue to believe that the Muslims and the Tablighi Jamaat are singularly[Read More…]

April 29, 2020 India
COVID19- Do not bail-out businesses that violate the law of the land

COVID19- Do not bail-out businesses that violate the law of the land

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Your Ministry has already announced concessions/ procedural relaxations etc. for business enterprises and industries in the context of COVID19 crisis. There are businesses who have violated the laws that provide social security to the workers. There have been instances of some enterprises guilty of non-payment of past wages, contributions to provident[Read More…]

April 29, 2020 India
Covid 19 and Migrant Workers: Review of Borders of an Epidemic

Covid 19 and Migrant Workers: Review of Borders of an Epidemic

Name of the Book: Borders of an Epidemic: Covid 19 and Migrant Workers Name of the Publisher: Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG), Kolkata Editor: Ranabir Samadar Year of Publication: 2020 COVID 19 is a major health challenge the country is currently witnessing. As on 29th April 2020, India is said to have 31,332 COVID cases and seen 1,008 COVID deaths.[Read More…]

April 29, 2020 India
Locking down Leviathan

Locking down Leviathan

The streets of Jayanagar, a residential area in Bengaluru are strewn with spring flowers. Yellow copper pods,  lilac crape myrtles,  pink-and-white honges and orange gulmohurs blaze overhead and underfoot;  vitality and senescence mirroring each other. The normally hard surfaces – kerb, pavement, road and concrete  – are softened by fallen petals and the duff of stamens from rain trees. Every[Read More…]

April 29, 2020 India
Pandemic – Lockdown as a social epidemic???

Pandemic – Lockdown as a social epidemic???

 “The world is at your doorstep, but please do not step out” The world has been turned topsy-turvy, caught within the clutches of a pandemic – COVID ’19 which has made this fast moving world grind to a halt. Eerie silence on the roads, deserted public spaces, restricted social interactions, no public gatherings, no religious worship – lockdown has been[Read More…]

April 29, 2020 India
India’s poor: Caught between Hunger and Covid 19

India’s poor: Caught between Hunger and Covid 19

A few weeks back, a heart wrenching short video thronged internet, displaying a man scooping and collecting milk hurriedly, in a container that was spilt on a road, while a pack of stray dogs were drinking the same milk. This scramble between the man and the dogs sent shivers down the spines and visualized the unheard pangs of destitute in[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 India
Life or Livelihood – No Choice

Life or Livelihood – No Choice

There is no choice between saving lives and protecting livelihood. The State has to strike a balance between them. The lockdown exit programme should be a balancing act between the lives and livelihood. Every sector of our country has come to a screeching halt. The sudden announcement of the lockdown generated panic in the minds of all the citizens more[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 India
The Migration Crisis: Report from Rural Odisha

The Migration Crisis: Report from Rural Odisha

The struggle of a working class from source region to destination; report of the migration crisis from Rural Odisha The world is in the throes of a massive crisis, one that is not unprecedented, but, perhaps that caught us off-guard. At a time when enemies were being realised through the markedness of borders, nationalities and wealth, the COVID-19 brought to[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 India
A Government Waging War Against Its Own People

A Government Waging War Against Its Own People

The Bhartiya Janata Party led government in India has a penchant for doing things in a ‘surgical strike’ manner, a much publicised military operation they carried out against Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried out demonetisation in November 2016 at a few hours notice leaving the common citizens stranded with Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes which had suddenly become[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 India
COVID-19: Attacks On Doctors And Media : A Few Case Studies

COVID-19: Attacks On Doctors And Media : A Few Case Studies

The Ordinance on punishing “miscreants” who attack healthcare personnel was issued on April 22. Whether it would really put an end to attacks etc is to be seen in practice. A few case studies of attacks on doctors and their media coverage will be useful in this connection. Hence this news analysis. Adarsh Pratap Singh, President of AIIMS Healthcare Professional[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 India
In Quest of Odia Renaissance

In Quest of Odia Renaissance

Historically, the idea of Bengali renaissance and anti-colonial struggles dominated the folklores of Indian intellectual awakening, political consciousness, and social reforms led by upper caste and upper-class Hindus. “What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow” reflects Eurocentric propaganda based on narrow nationalist glory. Such ideological narrative is based on singularity of Bengali renaissance, which dominated, destroyed, and marginalised the representation[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: Indian Government Should Recall Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) From 55 Countries Who Were Gifted/Sold This Drug By India

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

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

April 27, 2020 India
From word to commonplace: The trajectory of mob lynching

From word to commonplace: The trajectory of mob lynching

Palghar incident again reminds me of my first encounter with the word mob lynching. How far we have come but the mob still looks and sound the same in its form and execution. When I was doing my masters. After the completion of the course I confronted a job interview in placement cell in Aligarh Muslim University. I wanted to[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 India
Lift Total Lockdown and Continue only in Select Places

Lift Total Lockdown and Continue only in Select Places

April 25th, 2020 marks the end of the first month of India’s gigantic, country-wide lockdown to counter and check the spread of the COVID -19 – Corona virus. As the Prime Minister gets down to discuss on 27th April, 2020, with the CMs of all the states of India, about whether to continue fully or partially with the biggest ever[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 India
Lockdown, hardship and childbirths without healthcare

Lockdown, hardship and childbirths without healthcare

With the imposition of nationwide lockdown in India, there have been a number of incidences of the hardships associated with the individual life and their survival, particularly for migrant workers, daily wagers, poor people and many more. Though, incidences of such hardship continually hit the national media with breaking headlines which led to stirring the governments for introspection, improvement and[Read More…]

April 26, 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.

Students in Jammu and Kashmir also deserve high-speed internet

Co-Written by Rabiya Yaseen Bazaz & Professor Mohammad Akram Students in Jammu and Kashmir also deserve high-speed internet for their educational needs during the outbreak of COVID-19 “More than 1.5 billion students and youth across the planet are affected by the closure of school and university” due to the COVID-19 outbreak, said UNESCO recently. In order to limit the disruption of[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
A Letter To Kannan Gopinathan From A Kashmiri Doctor

A Letter To Kannan Gopinathan From A Kashmiri Doctor

Dear Kannan Gopinathan, My name is Mohsin and I am from a place where the snow-capped mountains, scenic splendour, exquisite monuments, mesmerising meadows, beautiful lakes, the gigantic chinar trees are held caged with barbed wires along with the very beautful and hospitable people called Kashmir, the Indian adminstered one. Let me tell you a little more about myself and Kashmir[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
Jumping in to conclusions on COVID: People, State and the Scientists

Jumping in to conclusions on COVID: People, State and the Scientists

Unusual behavioural or emotional responses are normally expressed when abnormal situations like emergencies or tragedies happen in our society. Some try to justify such situations by attributing them to supernatural powers, our own past conduct, or even past life. But in the case of the present pandemic, we have sometimes gone to the extreme-  a new syndrome, a pandemic of[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
ST Teachers In Scheduled Areas: The SC Judgement Is Regressive

ST Teachers In Scheduled Areas: The SC Judgement Is Regressive

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) takes strong exception to the Supreme Court quashing of the order providing 100 per cent reservation to Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates for the posts of teachers in schools in the Scheduled Areas. The 22-4-2020 verdict by a 5-judge Constitution Bench is deeply regressive and undermines hard-won rights of the Adivasis. Contrary to what the Supreme[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
COVID-19 Cure Should Not Become Worse Than The Disease

COVID-19 Cure Should Not Become Worse Than The Disease

Letter to the Prime Minister of India The Covid-19 pandemic, and the government’s response to it in the form of a hastily implemented national lockdown, has created an unprecedented crisis for the people of India. As the lockdown now enters its fifth week, from the perspective of the urban and rural poor who form the overwhelming majority of our population,[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
The Gates Foundation and the War on Cash: ‘Financial Inclusion’ in an Age of Neoliberalism 

The Gates Foundation and the War on Cash: ‘Financial Inclusion’ in an Age of Neoliberalism 

Back in November 2016, the Indian government decided to remove all 500- and 1000-rupee notes from circulation overnight without prior notice. This effectively removed 86% of cash in a country that was almost 90% cash reliant. The notes became worthless and people were asked to hand them in to banks. They would only receive what they had deposited in dribs[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
Traversing the Pandemic in India- Is  ‘Physical Distancing’ covering the lost opportunity?

Traversing the Pandemic in India- Is  ‘Physical Distancing’ covering the lost opportunity?

There have been 15 flu pandemics in the last 500 years. Only those since 1890s have been restrained scientifically. The “Asian flu” of 1957 and the “Hong Kong flu” of 1968, were both encountered with modern tools of disease surveillance as compared to the 1918 Spanish Flu. There was no World Health Organization then, and efforts to track the outbreak[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Decoding Hindutva politics and its perils in India

Decoding Hindutva politics and its perils in India

Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani created the foundation for Hindutva forces to access power by forming BJP led coalition governments in New Delhi. This duo experimented with the troika of liberal, moderate and hard-line Hindutva slogans during the Babri Mosque-Ram Janmabhoomi movement to mobilise and expand their electoral base among the masses. They happily compromised their so-called RSS ideology of[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Kerala’s Five ‘P’ model to fight COVID- 19 in India

Kerala’s Five ‘P’ model to fight COVID- 19 in India

World Health Organization’s Head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, suggested five P’s to fight the deadly Virus all over the world — Prevention, Preparedness, Public health, Political leadership, and People. One of the first Indian states to implement these suggestions as well as key takeaways from their past experience is Kerala.  The State has dealt with Nipah virus in 2018-19. It is[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Do the dams attenuate or amplify floods?

Do the dams attenuate or amplify floods?

A case study on the Role of Dams on the River Periyar during the 2018 Kerala Floods Note:  This analysis of the 2018 Kerala Floods, completed in September 2018 could not be published due to health and other reasons. The first phase of the 2018 floods before August 15 was more due to mismanagement or hoarding of water in the[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Houses, houses everywhere, nor many homes to live!  Re-thinking housing in Kerala

Houses, houses everywhere, nor many homes to live!  Re-thinking housing in Kerala

The largest residential house (40,000 SFT) in India’s Kerala state is in Wayanad district. It is owned by a businessman named Arackal Joy. Hailing from a farmer’s family, he made his fortunes through sheer hard work and of course with some luck. He has refineries in Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah in the UAE and supplied lubricants to ships and[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Palghar Lynchings and Divisive Propaganda

Palghar Lynchings and Divisive Propaganda

India has tragically witnessed the phenomenon of lynching becoming dominant during last few years. It was particularly around the issue of Holy Cow-Beef, that lynchings became more prevalent and two communities had to face the brunt of it, Muslims and dalits. The IndiaSpend data showed the rise of the incidents from 2014 and that close to 90% of victims were[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Indian Media’s open war on Muslims

Indian Media’s open war on Muslims

Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages, said Spiro Agnew. I wonder what the late US vice president would have thought of Indian media, especially the cacophonic television channels forever obsessing over the long vilified Indian Muslim. As if being Muslims in Modi’s ‘new India’ was not challenging enough, they now have to suffer the[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 India
Ordinance to tackle offences against doctors signed by the President – But will it resolve the problem by itself?

Ordinance to tackle offences against doctors signed by the President – But will it resolve the problem by itself?

This is Part-2 of a report. “ The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 22nd April 2020 has approved promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to protect healthcare service personnel and property including their living/working premises against violence during epidemics. The President has given his assent for promulgation of the Ordinance. The Ordinance provides for making[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 India
Kashmir and Press Freedom

Kashmir and Press Freedom

Kashmir’s story, ravaged from misreporting and state-sponsored journalism in the past more than three decades has been pushed to an extreme, with hardly any representation in media to the local populace to speak for themselves and question the narratives crafted in the studios, thousands of miles away. The traditional mass media usually tends to less inclusion of community voices, as[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 India
Journalism in the Post-Truth Era

Journalism in the Post-Truth Era

George Orwell once rightly said that “The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” American writer and humorist Mark Twain said that “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” It shows that a lie has vast market and adequate consumers, whereas, it[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 India
If Agriculture Were To Be The Most Remunerative Activity

If Agriculture Were To Be The Most Remunerative Activity

Co-Written by Varsha Sharma and Sandeep Pandey The coronavirus crisis lockdown has made one thing very clear that food is the single most important thing that human beings need. Life can go on without internet connections or mobile phones but not without food. While the economy was totally shutdown the only people who were allowed to freely move about were[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India