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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
Hashtag #Islamophobia_In_India Trending on Twitter Worldwide

Hashtag #Islamophobia_In_India Trending on Twitter Worldwide

As we know that the world is in the grip of a raging coronavirus pandemic and uncertainty and fear are gripping everywhere. Amidst the widespread of Covid 19 when every country is taking steps to contain and trying to find a way to tackle one of the worst disease of recent times, TV anchors and media organisations and right wing[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Social Distancing leading to Social Indifference, and Irreversible Social Conflicts

Social Distancing leading to Social Indifference, and Irreversible Social Conflicts

            After a long time I came out of my home yesterday (14.04.2020) for a stroll in the corridors of our apartment. I  was laid down by a paralytic stroke more than a year ago, and  am yet to recover my  full movements. Incidentally, I bumped on my neighbour. The moment she saw me, she said “Ah, Long Time… Not[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Menstrual Hygiene: The untalked taboo of India

Menstrual Hygiene: The untalked taboo of India

It wasn’t easy for Arunachalam Muruganantham, a simple man living in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu to anchor the issue of menstrual hygiene, a matter which remains very private with women especially in a nation like India, to be brought into spotlight by a man. Popularly known as the Padman of India, after the movie which was based upon his story about[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Coronavirus crisis, a lost opportunity?

Coronavirus crisis, a lost opportunity?

Amidst the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the media is filled with news of attacks on healthcare workers and professionals. To a nation with a very short span of memory, it should be reminded that it is not a new or sudden phenomenon. It has been happening since a long time in this country and also has been the center of media[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
This is how these Sangathan members helping slum dwellers to tackle COVID 19

This is how these Sangathan members helping slum dwellers to tackle COVID 19

While movement curb during the lockdown is preventing people to do their usual work, members of Bhubaneswar Bikash Sangathan are leaving no stones unturned to help the needy through their networks and volunteers in urban slums of the capital city. Sashikala Jena, a 72 years old woman from Mundasahi slums in Palasuni area of Bhubaneswar staying all alone leaving nobody[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Body fluids, body contacts and behaviours in focus: A Post COVID scenario for evolving a Sustainable Health Behaviour Package

Body fluids, body contacts and behaviours in focus: A Post COVID scenario for evolving a Sustainable Health Behaviour Package

Co-Written by Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar, Shabanaroze Chowdhury and Arathi P Rao The body fluids and transmission of infections have been now well-known. The role of intimate contacts between males and females during sexual intercourse have been held responsible for transmitting HIV/AIDS. History reveals many diseases which have been acquired through genital contact. Syphilis, a bacterial disease, for instance, is transmitted[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Rural Women Respond To Covid-19 With Great Enterprise

Rural Women Respond To Covid-19 With Great Enterprise

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred an entrepreneurial wave across the country. Rural women, particularly the farmers among them, have also jumped on board. They are, in fact, better placed to cope with the pandemic as their own uncertain lives pose every day challenges and keep testing their resilience. They carry the greater burden of nature’s cruelties and also have the[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
 The house of the victims at Athiabari village near Simaluguri in Lower Assam’s Baksa district on Wednesday. Photo by Shajid Khan.

Brothers lynched by irate villagers in Baksa district of Assam

GUWAHATI: In a hair raising incident, two brothers were allegedly lynched by a mob of irate villagers in the victims residence in Athiabari village near Simaluguri in Lower Assam’s Baksa district 120 kms of Guwahati at about 8 am on April 22. Police suspect that the vicious assault have occurred out of ‘village enmity ‘ as the villagers were fed[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
‘Republic of hunger’ in the Time of ‘Lockdown’

‘Republic of hunger’ in the Time of ‘Lockdown’

When some media outlets reported about starvation of the stranded workers during the lockdown due to the coronavirus, several other heartbreaking incidents came to light. 39 year old Ranveer Singh died midway as he walked from Delhi to Morena in MP. He was a delivery boy in a Delhi restaurant and left the capital because there was no social and[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Tribal women of Odisha’s Sundergarh district turn Good Samaritans in tackling COVID 19

Tribal women of Odisha’s Sundergarh district turn Good Samaritans in tackling COVID 19

 “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform”. When these women knew what they could do for the society and how they can be influencers rather than the mere recipient, they made it the unwavering truth of their lives. Their only mission was to help the people around who need them the[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Kashmir; Of pandemic and Sufferings

Kashmir; Of pandemic and Sufferings

Spring in Kashmir has its own and unique charm and elegance, precisely for its unique geographic positioning and that’s what makes it to stand different from the rest of world. Spring comes breaking through the spell of chilly usually dull winter and eventually infuses a new life into everything particularly the plants/vegetation, besides the physical bearing, it psychologically resonates the[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 India
Doctors Withdraw Symbolic Protest

Doctors Withdraw Symbolic Protest

Ordinance to treat offences against doctors as non bailable and cognizable issued   This is Part-1 of a two part report. Indian Medical Association (IMA) withdrew its protest,slated for today, April 22, after their meeting with the Home Minister and the Health Minister. Safety and dignity of our doctors at their work place is non-negotiable, Union Home Minister Amit Shah[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
Ethanol and Hunger in India

Ethanol and Hunger in India

With more than 200 million hungry people, India is the home to the largest number of hungry people in the world.  More than 190 million people in India sleep without food daily. One out of 4 to 5 children in India is malnourished. Malnourished people are prone to different diseases much more easily than the nourished lot. Needless to say that this[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
Discriminatory treatment against migrant workers during the lockdown

Discriminatory treatment against migrant workers during the lockdown

 Letter to the Prime Minister To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister Dear Shri Modiji, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued elaborate instructions to the States to observe a national lockdown by invoking the legal provisions under the Disaster Management Act. The Home Ministry has been admonishing all those States that have violated those instructions. The States in turn have been prosecuting[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
Reclaiming cities for people: Learning from Corona

Reclaiming cities for people: Learning from Corona

There can be some positive gains from the impact of Corona. People can take back , reclaim spaces that belong to them. In Mumbai the fancy dome of the National Sports Club of India, a site of beauty and fashion pageants, a playground for the rich, has been taken over by the municipal corporation for quarantine. It is originally a[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
Finding Keys of the Locked Livelihoods during Nationwide fight against COVID-19 Outbreak

Finding Keys of the Locked Livelihoods during Nationwide fight against COVID-19 Outbreak

We are in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic and medical emergency which generations have not witnessed. We are together fighting this and in all optimism we shall be able to curtail the effect of virus. Lockdown for curtailing movement and infection? Done.  Exempting essential items? Done. Announcing relief package? Done. Categorically announcing relief provisions for the poorest and[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
 Corona Lockdown: Not scared of the virus, but we will die of  hunger..

 Corona Lockdown: Not scared of the virus, but we will die of  hunger..

(Bimari se darr nahi lagta saaab, Bhook se lagta hai..) Since the COVID-19 lockdown, Indian news media has focused on the patients, efforts of the medical fraternity, police and government departments. There is no doubt that these frontline fighters deserve a big salute for all they did and are doing to save lives. A careful scrutiny of news content on[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
COVID-19 Pandemic: India Fourth Worst Affected Country In Asia

COVID-19 Pandemic: India Fourth Worst Affected Country In Asia

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   Accessed on 22.04.2020 at 9.49 a.m. Worldwide 168 Countries Have Fewer Cases, Deaths Than India The grim message conveyed by the title of this article should make rulers in India sit up. Their initial complacency coupled with child-like attitude of being contended with the fact that Indians are better off[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
Perils of Hindutva led Indian Economy and Alternatives

Perils of Hindutva led Indian Economy and Alternatives

The world is heading towards worst economic recession in its history. The governments are worried about their citizenry and future of their country. But Mr Narendra Modi cares very little as long as his popularity and electoral victory remains intact. Mr Modi fiddles with the future of India and Indians by manipulating the public mind with the help of mass[Read More…]

April 22, 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

Combating ‘Hate Virus’ in the times of Corona Pandemic

Popular perceptions form the base of many an acts of violence and violation of human rights of deprived sections of society. In India from mid-eighties many an event has shaped the perceptions and intensified Hate towards the religious minorities. Already the rise of communal politics during freedom movement had created a uniform image of minorities, Muslims in particular. This has[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
Open Letter to Workers on COVID-19

Open Letter to Workers on COVID-19

On the Coercive Measures Taken by the Governments and Capitalists against Stranded Migrant Labour Comrades and Friends, The steps taken by the Central Government on the movement of stranded labour within the states and union territories by issuing a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) is a death knell for the rights of workers. Let us unite against those taking advantage of[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 India
Lockdown – Worst Nightmare For The Poor

Lockdown – Worst Nightmare For The Poor

Co-Written by Praveen Srivastava, Anand Mathew, Joseph Nitilal and Sandeep Pandey With lockdown extended and little relaxation in some essential services, the plights of poor are not going to reduce for sure. Lakhs of migrant labourers are struck in metro cities, far away from their homes. The concern which government demonstrated in arranging buses to send 1,800 pilgrims from Haridwar[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 India
Catholic Church’s Response to the people affected by COVID – 19 in Varanassi

Catholic Church’s Response to the people affected by COVID – 19 in Varanassi

From the time coronavirus crisis was being talked about and its spread took place in India, we the many sister organisations working under the Catholic Church of Varanasi were in conversation with each other to prepare ourselves to respond to this emerging crisis. It was clear to us all that this seems to be totally a new disaster unimaginable and[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 India
India’s Historic Drought by Naveed Qazi

India’s Historic Drought by Naveed Qazi

Since 2015, India is facing widespread drought conditions, with around six hundred million Indians facing extreme drought stress. The Indian government has accepted this fact in its own report ‘Composite Water Management Index: A Tool For Water Management’, published in June 2018. The repercussions are such that farmers, hit by crop failures, are struggling to stay prosperous. Droughts have also[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 India
Spatial Violence before and after the Pandemic

Spatial Violence before and after the Pandemic

  In the midst of a global pandemic, as COVID-19 and lockdowns grip the world, many of us feel a sense of pause, like the breaks were suddenly pulled all around us — and for many of us, there is only a mythology of pause, since the violence that plagued our lives before COVID-19 continues to impact us, if not[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 India
India: A land in lament

India: A land in lament

A farrago of failures of the authorities is confounding India’s desperate struggle against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), as the nation is facing a prolonged lockdown. As public services collapsed with the abrupt imposition of the world’s biggest – and toughest – lockdown that quarantined the population of 1.3 billion from 25 March, there are fears that the unfolding humanitarian tragedy[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 India
COVID-19, Governance And Scientific Temper In India

COVID-19, Governance And Scientific Temper In India

The media, the Indian as well as the international, have  covered the continuing plight of the inter-state migrants resulting from the nation-wide lock-down announced with a calculated abruptness, not uncharacteristic of the Government of India (GOI) judging from the disastrous demonetization and the hurried and thoughtless implementation of GST. Yet, none in the media has given a proper explanation for[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 India
Hinduization of the Nation through Cultural Practices During Covid-19 Lockdown in India

Hinduization of the Nation through Cultural Practices During Covid-19 Lockdown in India

This article looks at three event happened in the months of March and April, during Covid19 pandemic in India i.e. People’s applause for health workers on 22nd March; popularly known as Janta curfew, on 5the April both appealed by the PM, and the national broadcasting of serial Ramayana for entertainment of the whole country during lockdown influenced by the leader[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 India
Kashmir: The Lost Shangrila

Kashmir: The Lost Shangrila

                                   Aaj Woh Kashmir Hai Mehkoom-O- Majboor –O- Faqeer                                    Kal Jise Ahl-E- Nazar Khete Thay Iran-E- Sagheer. Sir Allama Iqbal Kashmir has witnessed a cataclysmic change in the last couple of years. The political conditions and other allied things are responsible for the same. David Devdas in his book “The Generation of Rage in Kashmir” points out that 2008,[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 India
Education of the masses in times of Covid

Education of the masses in times of Covid

With the schools and colleges being shut due to the covid-19 pandemic the respective ministry and departments have advised the institutions to ask teachers to keep engaging students academically through e-platforms. Good enough, as in such times this is the only solution available. However, how much of good it would be is decided by the varied class structures Indian society[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 India
A walk-in test centre for coronavirus in Ernakulam

Is there a Replicable Kerala Model of Corona Control?

It seems Kerala state in India has successfully controlled the spread of COVID 19 virus in its geographical limits. Global community is now wondering whether this success model can be replicated in other parts of the planet.  This article examines whether there is any such possibility through a socio-epidemiological lens. Kerala Model – Version 1 Historical moorings of Kerala model[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 India
Pulwama : Who stood to benefit?

Pulwama : Who stood to benefit?

History sometimes presents uncanny parallels raising similar questions. In February 1933, on the eve of national elections in Germany, the German Parliament was set on fire. The flames over central Berlin were later described as the torch which triggered off bigger crimes.  The Nazis blamed the communists for the fire and issued orders to shoot at sight and arrest without[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 India
Understanding the Tablighi Jamaat (Group)

Understanding the Tablighi Jamaat (Group)

Coronavirus has become global pandemic without any viable treatment, only practical solution to contain is to social distancing and for the same almost whole world is under lockdown including India. But unfortunately, Tablighi Markaz failed to do unintentionally but communally charged mainstream media appears to portray it as a deliberate action. Presently world is facing Novel Coronavirus which has engulfed[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 India
The Doleful Tale of an Unfortunate Batch

The Doleful Tale of an Unfortunate Batch

Kashmir once known for her incredible natural beauty, scenic splendour, and picturesque locale has undeniably remained an epicentre of conflict, violence, clashes, and disagreements. The ongoing conflict has impacted every sphere of life in the valley. Among various others, a quite saddening and extremely desolating thing to observe is that education has been one of the worst-hit sectors. One of[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 India
The Wretched of India

The Wretched of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, April 14, announced that country’s lockdown will be extended till 3rd May. All sorts of praises and criticisms followed the announcement. Since then it has been the topic discussion amongst the Indian middle class as they sit in the comfort of their houses, posting pictures of their newly learned skills on social media, a[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
Kashmiris: Whom to trust ?

Kashmiris: Whom to trust ?

The trust is the factor which makes one belief upon the things. The societal and political relations depend upon trust. It is a trust which makes societies, one man’s relationship with others possible. So we can infer that societies exist and get built upon trust. And if this very trust in any sphere of society loses grip whole society feels[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
“Chemical Shower, Bareilly, Covid 19’ by DeepankarGohain

Rationality in the Times of Corona

The social implications of the corona pandemic in India are proving to be as grave as its pathological ones. The country’s resolve to fight corona- by no means insignificant- has, however, led to certain outcomes that have caused reprehensible damage to the social and moral constitution. The reported twenty-two people dying on the roads- trying to reach a ‘safer’ place[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
The need is not to avoid Fiscal Deficit but to save lives

The need is not to avoid Fiscal Deficit but to save lives

     The country has entered the second round of the lockdown. This time too, if some economic activities are omitted, then there is nothing special in the guidelines issued by the government for the relief of the common man. Whatever the reasoning, the truth is that the Prime Minister had announced the lockdown last time without any preparation and this time[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
  Internet Ban in Kashmir and Its Impact on People  

  Internet Ban in Kashmir and Its Impact on People  

                   India’s Internet shutdown in Kashmir is the longest ever in a democracy.The Washington Post Internet ban in Kashmir is a norm now. Prior to the abrogation of Article 370, the authorities would snap mobile connectivity and Internet services intermittently citing security reasons. But with the abrogation of Article 370 on 5th August 2019, Kashmir has remained cut off[Read More…]

April 18, 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

(IL)Logic in the service of prejudice: Why the blame on Tablighi Jamaat with the use of wrong math? 

CO-Written by Akshat Jain & Divij Oberoi In the great ancient tradition of our country (bharat ki mahan aur pracheen sanskriti), we have yet again decided to start a witch-hunt against the members of a minority community. While this kind of witch hunting had become confined to villages due to the evil machinations of secular-rationalists, it is now being restarted[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
A Critique of Shamsul Islam’s article on Tablighi Jamaat

A Critique of Shamsul Islam’s article on Tablighi Jamaat

Shamsul Islam is a former professor of political science at University of Delhi. He is known in academia as a leftist scholar. Apart from academics, he has also been involved in theatre and other cultural activities. He mostly writes on religious fundamentalism. His work on the RSS has been cited by many scholars. But the discussion here I would like to[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 India
Cartoon by K.P. Sasi

Banks levy numerous charges on customers for services

Co-Written by Shivani Dwivedi & Ashish Kajla All the banks, especially the public sector banks have a moral obligation and social responsibility of promoting financial inclusion and social welfare. The banks run on the deposits and when a bank sinks, depositors lose their savings. Therefore, deposit holders have a right to the common and basic banking services for free of[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 India
COVID-19: Lockdown and Home-Based Workers in India

COVID-19: Lockdown and Home-Based Workers in India

Co-Written by Amit Kumar & Puja Pal The outbreak of COVID-19 and the measures taken to deal with pandemic have an unprecedented impact on informal sector workers. ILO predicted that coronavirus could cause loss of 25 million jobs across the world. Global unemployment which already stood at 190 million before the spread of coronavirus, can further rise drastically. The pandemic[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 India
Lockdown And Economic Crisis

Lockdown And Economic Crisis

India’s tryst with COVID-19 Pandemic began with a Nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020. The shock and awe specialist Prime Minister Narendra Modi approached the issue with the same theatrics that he displayed during demonetization. Events that unfolded ever since have shown the utter disregard and rather disdain for the poor and hapless that political leaders across India possess. It[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 India
Nationalism, Chauvinism and the Students’ Protest

Nationalism, Chauvinism and the Students’ Protest

The attack on the students by the state and the right wing extremism, represented by RSS that took off with Mr. Modi’s ascendance to power in the center, has intensified in the last one year along with the ongoing of failures of the government on the economic fronts. The ruling classes, in order to divert the popular attention from the[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 India
Relief efforts by Socialist Party (India) in Uttar Pradesh

Relief efforts by Socialist Party (India) in Uttar Pradesh

Socialist (Party) India in collaboration with volunteers on the ground has been working actively for providing relief to low-income communities in Uttar Pradesh. The main focus of the relief work is providing food security to the marginalised sections of the society. With the extension of lockdown till 3rd May 2020, the hardships of the daily wagers, migrant workers and low[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 India
Government must seize the private labs and hospitals and open its resources

Government must seize the private labs and hospitals and open its resources

Joint statement in support of the Public Health Service Campaign Corona is certainly a dangerous Virus but the reason it has turned into a pandemic is certainly the making of capitalism. Decades of reckless policies of neo-liberalism led to constant neglect of public health care services to facilitate entry and expansion of private capital. It has turned even the basic[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Letter to CM of Odisha: No lay-off of workers

Letter to CM of Odisha: No lay-off of workers

To, The Chief Minister, Odisha Bhubaneswar   Sub: 1) Request for passing a Government Order for no lay-off of workers/employees from private companies/farms/educational institutions/private hospitals/media institutions etc. 2) Transfer of Rs. 1500 to all casual/contract workers other than income tax payers/govt. or public sector employees/GST account holders  Honourable Chief Minister, The Director General of WHO has correctly said that the[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Overcoming a pandemic is not like fighting a war: Amartya Sen

Overcoming a pandemic is not like fighting a war: Amartya Sen

  Tackling a social calamity is not like fighting a war which works best when a leader can use top-down power to order everyone to do what the leader wants — with no need for consultation. In contrast, what is needed for dealing with a social calamity is participatory governance and alert public discussion. We have reason to take pride[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Stranded and Pushed to the Periphery: The Dejected Reality of Migrants Workers and the Impact of COVID 19 on their Life Choices

Stranded and Pushed to the Periphery: The Dejected Reality of Migrants Workers and the Impact of COVID 19 on their Life Choices

Co-Written by Brishti Banerjee and Nitin Meshram Abstract: Migrant workers from different parts of the country are stranded and pushed to vulnerable conditions as a result of the pandemic. They are walking kilometres (reverse migrating) to reach their native place, they are denied access to basic services, and every single day of the lockdown they are struggling to make both[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Communalization of Coronavirus, and Health Prospects of Muslims

Communalization of Coronavirus, and Health Prospects of Muslims

Is the segregation of wards for Hindu and Muslim coronavirus patients in a civil hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat a detached and aberrant act in Indian social and body politic? No. One could mention a long list of incidents like this in recent; pregnant woman being barred medical attention for being a Muslim in Rajasthan, the brutal beating of Mehboob Ali[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Image courtesy: The Statesman

The Relevance of Ambedkar’s Idea of ‘State Socialism’ in the Time of COVID-19

 Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan  & Dastagir Khan In spite of educated from prestigious university like Columbia and Landon School of Economy (LSE), Babasaheb Ambedkar (1891-1956) had struggled a lot in his entire life and faced caste discriminations, humiliations and experienced untouchability during his lifetime. After the 129 years of his birth, still the larger conditions of India’s Dalits in[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Tackling New Phase of ‘Untouchability’ In India

Tackling New Phase of ‘Untouchability’ In India

The word “Untouchability”, in common parlance, is arguably associated with the lowest caste people of India – the Dalits.  The pyramid of caste hierarchy is supported and regulated by the ‘Varna System’. However, there is neither scientific reason in the creation of a hierarchical division of the people nor having a moral stand to justify any corner of the existence[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Is Constitution losing its essence?

Is Constitution losing its essence?

We, the people of India irrespective of out religion, caste, sex, etc. have adopted this Constitution with a vision to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic, but the question arises irrefutably is that- have we been able to uphold the noble visions of constitution makers?. Perhaps, no. One by one we, overtly or covertly, at our very[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Teaching Handwashing activitie

Kandhamal youth spread awareness on COVID 19

Their worthy works have helped people in 224 villages of rural Kandhamal. Kandhamal: With the pandemic comes the stigma, superstitions and fear about the disease among people. Meet the social army of 10 of Jeebika Suraksha Manch of Kandhamal who have shouldered responsibilities to inform communities about the COVID-19 Pandemic. To oust the myths and provide a basic scientific understanding[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Lockdown and Assignments: A student’s life in times of Corona

Lockdown and Assignments: A student’s life in times of Corona

Corona virus outbreak or the great COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world, the governments of the world, the people and of course a first year economic student as well. Living in this phase and going through all these days, feels like we are going to have enough stories to tell to our grandchildren and enough to boast about to our[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Migrant Workers and the Inadequacy of Welfare Measures in India: A Report

Migrant Workers and the Inadequacy of Welfare Measures in India: A Report

A Report by the Stranded Workers Action Network With the 21 day COVID-19 lockdown extended to 40 days and no additional relief measures announced, migrant worker distress will only increase. Scenes of their discontent and resistance against the lockdown and its extension came to the fore recently in Surat and Mumbai as thousands gathered on the street. All they want[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Dear PM India needs more from you

Dear PM India needs more from you

The coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world in 2020 is possibly the biggest medical crisis to hit mankind. It has forced a large section of the world’s population in an unprecedented lockdown. Countries across the globe are making efforts to counter the rising problem. Some responses have yielded positive results, like Singapore’s rigorous testing and prompt quarantining of positive[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Who Cares for the Border Dwellers!

Who Cares for the Border Dwellers!

                 Together we can decrease the level of violence, raise awareness of our activities and save lives around the world. The impact of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence cannot be misunderstood.  Jeremy Gilley When the whole world is grappling with the lethal issue of Coronovirus, The Pakistani and Indian troopers are at loggerheads with each other in Keran[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Online Classes In J&K and Internet

Online Classes In J&K and Internet

The covid-19 scare is increasing day by day, the life of a common man continues to suffer badly. As the whole world is observing lockdown in order to maintain social distancing to decrease the spread of the deadly pandemic. People are staying inside homes. The people who have contacts with the positive cases or have travel history to the affected[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
A formidable choice between Lives and Livelihoods: The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Informal Sector

A formidable choice between Lives and Livelihoods: The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Informal Sector

Abstract: Even before the full impact of COVID-19 on Health of Indians is clear, the economic impact of the measures to deal with the pandemic are already posing grave concern. The paper highlights the global overview of the pandemic on economic situation. Indian economy was in dire straits even before COVID-19 reached shores. Specifically, the lockdown and other movement restrictions[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Home Guards the Unsung Heroes of the Corona War

Home Guards the Unsung Heroes of the Corona War

Chennai April 15, 2020: On March 22, at 5 PM when the nation clapped and beat the vessels to cheer up those fighting the Corona war did anyone thought about Home Guards who are on the forefront to take cudgels with the unseen enemy? In a candid interview, Mr. Manjit Singh Nayyar, Assistant Commandant General for the Home Guards, listed[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
“Chemical Shower, Bareilly, Covid 19’ by DeepankarGohain

The Government For The Fittest

Co-Written by Shamayita Sen and Debabrota Basu On 14th April 2020 Indian Prime Minister (PM) announced the extension of the lockdown conceived to stall the spread of COVID-19 pandemic till May 3rd. The ‘shock lockdown’ which took effect from March 24th is evidently an ill-conceived and ill-executed strategy to confront the pandemic. While the percentage of casualty is steadily rising, the lockdown[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
Muslims in India – from Political turmoil to Pandemic, the case of 2019-2020

Muslims in India – from Political turmoil to Pandemic, the case of 2019-2020

Where do we begin? Shall we say it started in 2019 to keep it lighter or should we dive back into history and completely indulge ourselves in finding the origins of the political turmoil in India. The task is tedious, if not difficult, to research – pogroms, occupation, attempts to cleanse one particular community – what we see is a[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 India
The Real Uninhabitable Earth

The Real Uninhabitable Earth

In Trying times such as these, when the world is handling the flux of cataclysmic events due to Corona-outbreak, one thing that comes as certain is that life as we knew it has changed. The discourses have already been divided between a pre and post Corona world and humanity at large is dealing with a giant shift where the threat[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Termination of Nursing Staff In Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

Termination of Nursing Staff In Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world is fighting against Covid-19, which has drastically damaged the countries including US, China, Italy, Spain which were far more developed in healthcare and their economy was also strong. But the pandemic has made them kneel on toes. The Medical, Nursing and Paramedical staff is fighting on the fore front without caring for themselves as there is shortage[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19

200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19

(This is part-1 of a two part report) Let us begin with the latest news : “We cannot curb the freedom of press,” a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said, on April 13 Monday. Very much   welcome, but for the context. The very next day, April 14, BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, in compliance of[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Criminal Intimidation of The Wire & its Editor, Siddharth Varadarajan and in defence of a free, non-communal media

Criminal Intimidation of The Wire & its Editor, Siddharth Varadarajan and in defence of a free, non-communal media

Over 3500 jurists, academics, actors, artists, writers and people from all walks of life have endorsed a statement expressing shock at the action of the Uttar Pradesh government and police under Yogi Adityanath in filing criminal charges against The Wire and one of its founding editors, Siddharth Varadarajan for an entirely factual story on the Covid-19 and religious events. This[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Minorities better not speak in Hindu India (Sharjeel Imam is still in jail for a speech)

Minorities better not speak in Hindu India (Sharjeel Imam is still in jail for a speech)

Co-Written by Akshat Jain and Evita Das Sharjeel’s family has not heard from him since 11 March and he can’t even speak to his lawyer. Incarcerated in Guwahati, he is being denied these human rights apparently due to the exigencies of the virus and the need for isolation. Have we suspended all rights and freedoms in this country on the[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Can only flagship programmes change the face of women & child empowerment in India?

Can only flagship programmes change the face of women & child empowerment in India?

Since the first scheme for women empowerment i.e. Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA) in 1982-83 India has come a long way laying a pathway of schemes to walk for the women of our nation. Women and child empowerment has always been through schemes, which describe a definitive road to be taken. These schemes do support to[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Looking into the Supreme Court ruling on Reservation in Public Posts: A Perspective

Looking into the Supreme Court ruling on Reservation in Public Posts: A Perspective

The recent ruling of the Hon’ble Supreme Court asking the State governments to exercise their discretion and will, to better put it as ‘an internal matter of the States’, in granting reservation benefits to SC and ST communities in matters of appointment and promotions in public posts is receiving mixed reviews. While many, if not all, among the non-recipient of[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Citizenship and the Nation of the Rich in India

Citizenship and the Nation of the Rich in India

The following piece was initially drafted before the nationwide alarm and lockdown over Covid-19. However, the description it provides here of the ‘nation of the rich’ complements the description and pictures we now see of the nation of destituted labourers struggling to reach their homes in the villages. — Editor I. Introduction The idea of being a citizen perhaps has[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Defend freedom of expression and respect individuals to build Fraternity

Defend freedom of expression and respect individuals to build Fraternity

Today India proudly celebrates the 129th birth anniversary of its greatest icons of all time Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar. For millions, Dr Ambedkar is not merely a political head or a leader but part and parcel of their daily life, the first name that they utter when they get up early in the morning or sleep in the night. Such[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Guru Nanak College provides succor to stranded laborers in Chennai

Guru Nanak College provides succor to stranded laborers in Chennai

Chennai April 13, 2020:  Guru Nanak College at Velachery here has opened its doors to migrant workers from across the country stranded due to COVID-19 lock down. Most of these migrant works were stranded at the Central station and caught in a situation of nowhere to go due to the sudden announcement lock down in the country. In such crucial[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
 Provide Food Grains And Financial Assistance To The Marginalised

 Provide Food Grains And Financial Assistance To The Marginalised

 Letter to the Prime Minister To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister   Dear Shri Modiji, The sudden announcement of the lockdown three weeks ago has left lakhs of migrant workers helpless. It has deprived almost all marginal families across the country of their livelihoods. They need urgent help, care and succour. While some of those workers have ration cards and[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
India’s first political deep-fake during elections is deeply concerning   

India’s first political deep-fake during elections is deeply concerning  

A deepfake of the President of Delhi state chief of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party went viral on WhatsApp in the country earlier this year.   Deepfakes are AI-generated fake videos depicting individuals who, in reality, never appeared in the staged scene. This 21st-  century “Photoshop” has the potential to greatly manipulate public opinion. This is evident in two party-approved[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
PM CARES And Discrimination Against The States

PM CARES And Discrimination Against The States

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Minister for Corporate Affairs Govt of India Dear Smt Sitharaman, I write this letter in connection with the way your Ministry has interpreted Schedule VII under Section 135 of the Companies Act to arrive at the conclusion that the funds contributed by corporates to any Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) do not come within the ambit[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Kashmir; A peep through lockdown

Kashmir; A peep through lockdown

Reasons may be different but for Kashmiris lockdown ,due to COVID 19, is nothing  new.  During past thirty years people in this part have experienced many occasions when they had to sit inside and not venture out . On some occasions parties seeking separation from mainland India have been giving calls for general strike across the state and on other[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
An Open Letter from a Kashmiri Student to Kannan Gopinathan

An Open Letter from a Kashmiri Student to Kannan Gopinathan

(IAS officer who resigned from the elite service over denial of freedom to the people of Kashmir) Respected Sir; It has been almost eight months since you resigned from the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS). How easy or hard it would have been for you to resign from a post which every youngster in India is dreaming of, I often[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Covid 19 -India’s disaster unpreparedness

Covid 19 -India’s disaster unpreparedness

COVID-19 has left India’s population under lockdown and curfew. Once more India has had to cope with Narendra Modi’s ‘shock and awe’ policy of short-notice announcements. These proclamations are issued rather callously and with total disregard for the welfare of people and an absence of disaster preparedness and management stratagem. Chaos followed as shops closed down, markets were emptied of[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Worsening Plight of Migrant Laborers in Odisha

Worsening Plight of Migrant Laborers in Odisha

An Open Letter To The Chief Minister On The Distress Of Migrant Workers In The Wake Of The Extension Of The Lockdown In Odisha Jan Adhikar Manch   To, Shri Naveen Pattnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha Dear Sir, We, in Jan Adhikar Manch, an alliance of trade unions, people’s organizations and individuals, wish to make you aware of the worsening plight[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Corona Spring

Corona Spring

Dear Baba, You will never believe it.  The 8 billion population of the world is put under lockdown due to the spread of a pandemic the corona virus. The blossoms of spring are no more infusing new life into us.  The experts say this spiky shaped virus has mutated from two mammals; one of them is a bat. That same[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
COVID-19, Right Wing Myths and the “Other”   

COVID-19, Right Wing Myths and the “Other”  

Corona Virus has wreaked havoc all over the world. Thousand have been killed by this deadly virus. It is after 1918 Spanish flu that such a large scale disruption has been caused to public life and people at this scale have got killed with no end in sight in the near future. Governments all over the world have been taking[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 India
Corona Epidemic: Deep Foundation of Counter-revolution

Corona Epidemic: Deep Foundation of Counter-revolution

1 By the end of the last decade of the twentieth century, the discussion in India on or about poverty by all mainstream political parties, forums and mediums had almost ended. There was a general consensus among the ruling classes that there is no poverty in the country. The sight of poverty is due to the poor themselves and is[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
Economy in India: Looming Catastrophe

Economy in India: Looming Catastrophe

  An already slowing economy has been dealt a body blow by the pandemic as production and employment are hit, severely affecting the unorganised sector which employs 94 percent of the workforce. On March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete lockdown for three weeks for 1.3 billion Indians. All hell broke loose for unorganised sector workers and in[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
Amendment To CSR Rules Is Detrimental To The Interest Of States

Amendment To CSR Rules Is Detrimental To The Interest Of States

To Shri I Srinivas Secretary Ministry of Corporate Affairs Govt of India Dear Shri Srinivas, I am grateful to you for so promptly responding to my letter issued today on the apparent injustice meted out to the States by your Ministry in issuing a clarification to the effect that the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) does not qualify for receiving[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
 How I see the ‘Idea of India’

 How I see the ‘Idea of India’

A sacred fire was lit, around which priests who had come from Tanjore performed rituals and chanted hymns. ‘Tryst with destiny’ was delivered by Jawaharlal at a time stipulated by Hindu astrologers. Following that, when the whole world fell asleep, India woke to freedom[1]. The hegemonic rituals that were associated with the foundation of the republic and the travesty that[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
Corporate donations to Chief Minister’s’ Relief Fund qualify for CSR benefits under the Companies Act- Discriminatory to disallow the same

Corporate donations to Chief Minister’s’ Relief Fund qualify for CSR benefits under the Companies Act- Discriminatory to disallow the same

  To Shri I Srinivas Secretary Ministry of Corporate Affairs Govt of India   Dear Shri Srinivas, I have come across a news report today (https://thewire.in/business/corporate-affairst-ministry-csr-pm-cares-cm-relief-fund) that your Ministry has issued a “clarification” to the effect that corporate contributions under Section 135 of the Companies Act to the State Chief Minister’s Relief Fund shall not qualify for benefits applicable to[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
India’s Hate Muslim Media Factory- Case Study of Hindi daily ‘Dainik Jagran’

India’s Hate Muslim Media Factory- Case Study of Hindi daily ‘Dainik Jagran’

India’s Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, once the world’s largest read daily, with close links to the right wing Hindu outfits called “Sangh Parivar” is hate Muslim media factory. The vernacular newspaper with wide circulation in the communal tinderbox, Uttar Pradesh indulged in creating Islamophobia and communal polarization of the society when Covid- 19 pandemic‘s curve is steeply rising in the[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
5 MUST-DO actions for the Modi government

5 MUST-DO actions for the Modi government

The government has an opportunity right now to save Indians from deep recession, and in many cases, starvation, notes Kalyan Singhal. Thanks to the imaginative leadership of the Indian government, India is the first country in the world to implement a total lockdown to protect its citizens from the lethal coronavirus. However, the Indian government’s current economic package of Rs[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
Action Plan for Muslims to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

Action Plan for Muslims to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

The government’s response to the global Covid19 pandemic has been the best so far. But it would be futile to look at the government to come to the rescue when the impact of this pandemic will be at its peak all over the country. In such a case individuals, groups and communities need to support each other to overcome this[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 India
The exigency of ‘Human Security’ in the COVID-19 Syndrome

The exigency of ‘Human Security’ in the COVID-19 Syndrome

With the outbreak of corona-virus from China to the world since December 2019, it has once again challenged the State security and highlights the exigency of ‘human security’ which is visible to all. The United Nations General Assembly‎ resolution 66/290 addresses ‘human security’ as an approach in identifying and addressing cross-cutting challenges to the survival, livelihood and dignity of an[Read More…]

April 12, 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

Caught between the devil Coronavirus and deep sea communalsim    

There is a high water mark of the tide of the deluge that has swept through India in the name of coronavirus currently raging in India. From Assam to Kernataka and Delhi to Telangana. More than the pandemic it is hatred that is sown far and wide. Momidul Islam in Golaghat, Assam remarks that “The virus will go away in[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 India
Only Time Will Tell

Only Time Will Tell

‘’ But we common dogs are proud too, sometimes. They plunder us, outrage us, beat us, kill us; but we have a little pride left, sometimes.’’ (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens) It was on 21st of August,2019 when I, after a long summer break of three months boarded a plane at Srinagar International Airport for Delhi to[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 India
Lockdown Checkup: Survey finds gaping holes in Jharkhand govt’s relief measures

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

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

April 10, 2020 India
Tablighi Jamaat event and COVID-19: Scientists Condemn Attempts To Communalise The Pandemic

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

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

April 10, 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

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

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

April 10, 2020 India
Cartoon By K.P.Sasi

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

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

April 10, 2020 India
The Big C

The Big C

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

April 10, 2020 India
Deepandolana : Can this  drive away corona virus ? Is Modi’s call  emotional ? symbolic ?  scientific ?

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

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

April 10, 2020 India
COVID-19 Testing: The unintended disruptions created by the Supreme Court of India

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

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

April 9, 2020 India
Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

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

April 9, 2020 India
A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

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

April 9, 2020 India
"Temperature High" /Cartoon by: Mir Suhail Qadri

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

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

April 9, 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, From PMO’s website, it is evident that PM CARES Fund has been set up under your chairmanship as a public charitable trust,  “keeping in mind the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 India
Government of Odisha requested to take safety measures for tribals from spread of COVID 19 virus

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

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

April 9, 2020 India
COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

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

April 8, 2020 India
Need Of The Hour In Covid Times: Leadership From The Front

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

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

April 8, 2020 India
Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

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

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

April 8, 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

Corona Virus Spread: Looking for Scapegoat: Tablighi Jamaat

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

April 7, 2020 India
Infantalization, creating idiots by Light

Infantalization, creating idiots by Light

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

April 7, 2020 India
Understanding the grueling journey

Understanding the grueling journey

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

April 7, 2020 India
Emergency Relief: Jharkhand Government’s Token Promises Will Not Do

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

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

April 6, 2020 India
Indian Economy unlikely to Recuperate Quickly under Double Whammy of COVID-19 Lockdown and Global Economic Meltdown

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

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

April 6, 2020 India
A new class of `anti-nationals’ – victims of COVID-19 paranoia   

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

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

April 6, 2020 India
Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

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

April 6, 2020 India
Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

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

April 5, 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

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

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

April 4, 2020 India
The Post-Corona Economic Scenario: All political parties must  wake up to reality

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

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

April 4, 2020 India
Collapse Is Here

Collapse Is Here

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

April 4, 2020 India
Depositors Paying the Price of Corporate Bad Loans

Depositors Paying the Price of Corporate Bad Loans

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

April 3, 2020 India
After the 21-day Lockdown

After the 21-day Lockdown

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

April 3, 2020 India
Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

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

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

April 3, 2020 India
The economy is hit, wake up now , give up fancy projects

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

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

April 2, 2020 India
I am no more a proud Kashmiri

I am no more a proud Kashmiri

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

April 2, 2020 India
`Rights To Have Rights’ In Context Of Citizenship Matrix In India

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

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

April 2, 2020 India
Hands In – Hearts Out

Hands In – Hearts Out

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

April 2, 2020 India
COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

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

April 2, 2020 India
Indian version of Shock Doctrine

Indian version of Shock Doctrine

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

April 1, 2020 India
Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

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

April 1, 2020 India
Corona Virus Lock Down without considering the Plight of Penurious class: A People’s Perspective to Corona Crisis

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

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

April 1, 2020 India
Medical exile: Social distancing in the Corona times in India

Medical exile: Social distancing in the Corona times in India

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

April 1, 2020 India
Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

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

April 1, 2020 India
Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

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

April 1, 2020 India
Corona : China and India support each other

Corona : China and India support each other

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

March 31, 2020 India
Reverse Migration: Why the Long March Home?

Reverse Migration: Why the Long March Home?

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

March 31, 2020 India
Provide Protective Gear To Heath Care Workers

Provide Protective Gear To Heath Care Workers

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

March 31, 2020 India
  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

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

March 31, 2020 India
Amidst Lockdown, Socio-economic Implications on India’s Poor

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

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

March 31, 2020 India
Disinfectant spray on Migrant workers

Disinfectant spray on Migrant workers

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

March 31, 2020 India
India Fights COVID-19: Where We Stand?

India Fights COVID-19: Where We Stand?

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

March 30, 2020 India
Confronting the crisis of internally displaced Indians

Confronting the crisis of internally displaced Indians

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

March 30, 2020 India
Lathis can cure Corona! Be a believer!

Lathis can cure Corona! Be a believer!

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

March 30, 2020 India
Civil Society in Odisha rises to the occasion to help the destitute during the lockdown

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

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

March 30, 2020 India
Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

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

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

March 29, 2020 India
Migrant Workers’ Woes: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

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

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

March 29, 2020 India
Coronavirus and Us

Coronavirus and Us

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

March 29, 2020 India
To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection Do Random Testing

To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection Do Random Testing

To Confirm Community Spread Of COVID-19 Infection, Test 100,000 Indians Randomly Across The Country: Total Cost Rupees 500 Millions The scientific and epidemiological way to know if COVID-19 – 60 days after the first case being detected in India – has spread in the community is to test around 100,000 Indians uniformly across the country. This random testing should cover[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 India
Death Sentence: How it stands between the controversy of Justice and Judgement

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

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

March 29, 2020 India
Covid-19 Pandemic: What About Those Not Hitting Headlines ?

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

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

March 29, 2020 India
COVID -19: Suspend Mining Operations and Steel Production in Odisha!

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

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

March 29, 2020 India
Relief Now! An Urgent Appeal for Immediate Assistance to Migrant Workers

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

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

March 28, 2020 India
Does Religion Matter? Communal Violence in India

Does Religion Matter? Communal Violence in India

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

March 28, 2020 India
Coronavirus- Even the name is scary

Coronavirus- Even the name is scary

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

March 28, 2020 India
Uneducated Literates or Literate Hypocrites?

Uneducated Literates or Literate Hypocrites?

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

March 28, 2020 India
Need For Creative, Long Term Alternatives In View Of COVID-19

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

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

March 28, 2020 India
Home!? What Home!!!???

Home!? What Home!!!???

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March 27, 2020 India
Migrant workers- A humanitarian crisis triggered by the lockdown

Migrant workers- A humanitarian crisis triggered by the lockdown

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

March 27, 2020 India
From crisis to change of power in Madhya Pradesh

From crisis to change of power in Madhya Pradesh

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

March 27, 2020 India
Kashmir and the globalisation of Coronavirus

Kashmir and the globalisation of Coronavirus

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

March 27, 2020 India
Weaponising Idiocy: Milk-Drinking Ganesha to Taali Bajao

Weaponising Idiocy: Milk-Drinking Ganesha to Taali Bajao

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

March 27, 2020 India
Lockdown or Curfew?

Lockdown or Curfew?

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

March 26, 2020 India
Support The Farmers To Ensure Uninterrupted Food Supply Chains

Support The Farmers To Ensure Uninterrupted Food Supply Chains

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

March 26, 2020 India
Yogi Adityanath In The Time Of Lockdown

Yogi Adityanath In The Time Of Lockdown

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

March 26, 2020 India
In the wake of Covid-19, We Must Reclaim our Secular and Inclusive Legacy

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

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

March 26, 2020 India
BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy

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

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

March 26, 2020 India
 In the wake of 21-days lockout, JJM demands immediate expansion of welfare, testing and health services in Jharkhand

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

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

March 25, 2020 India
Being Kashmir – From Janta Curfew to Total Lockdown 

Being Kashmir – From Janta Curfew to Total Lockdown 

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

March 25, 2020 India
COVID-19: Emergency Package Of 3.75 Lakh Crores Urgently Needed

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

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

March 24, 2020 India
In The Name Of Coronavirus | Sandeep Pandey

In The Name Of Coronavirus | Sandeep Pandey

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

March 24, 2020 India
Let Rationality Prevail: Follow International Ethical, Legal & Medical Guidelines Before Conducting Vaccine Trials On Coronavirus Patients

Let Rationality Prevail: Follow International Ethical, Legal & Medical Guidelines Before Conducting Vaccine Trials On Coronavirus Patients

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds globally shrill voices are being raised – even by the well intentioned – to ensure that vaccine against COVID-19 gets to be available as fast as possible. A vaccine even if developed is likely to take a long time. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 India
How Did Indian Masses Cope With 1897 Plague Pandemic? |Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

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

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

March 24, 2020 India
India: The perils of an all-out lockdown

India: The perils of an all-out lockdown

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

March 24, 2020 India
 Prime Minister’s initiative on Corona- Political parties & Corporates too have to act fast

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

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

March 23, 2020 India
Clapping Against Coronavirus

Clapping Against Coronavirus

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

March 23, 2020 India
Leaders Inspire Through Their Actions

Leaders Inspire Through Their Actions

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

March 23, 2020 India
As in Katrina disaster, the poor are Being left behind in India

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

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

March 22, 2020 India
Coronavirus: Myths Debunked, Hiding Information And The Necessary Blueprint

Coronavirus: Myths Debunked, Hiding Information And The Necessary Blueprint

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

March 22, 2020 India
The fall of the ‘last Citadel’ of justice: Supreme Court of India

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

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

March 22, 2020 India
COVID-19 crisis calls for urgent overhaul of social security and public health in Jharkhand

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

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

March 21, 2020 India
Bank Charges Hurt Poor the Most!

Bank Charges Hurt Poor the Most!

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

March 21, 2020 India
Public Policy and Pandemic Control

Public Policy and Pandemic Control

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

March 21, 2020 India
Harvest of hate, pandemic hot on the heels of pogroms

Harvest of hate, pandemic hot on the heels of pogroms

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

March 21, 2020 India
Curfewed Days and Curfewed Nights – Let us all be Kashmiris, even for a day?

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

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

March 20, 2020 India
What is Chandrasekhar Azad’s politics? |SR Darapuri

What is Chandrasekhar Azad’s politics? |SR Darapuri

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

March 20, 2020 India
Remembering “unworthy victims”

Remembering “unworthy victims”

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

March 20, 2020 India
Kashmir to Corona

Kashmir to Corona

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

March 19, 2020 India
Women to Prepare Fuel, Kids to Catch Fish, Yet Elders Lack Nutrition

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

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

March 19, 2020 India
Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

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

March 18, 2020 India
NPR presents a Clear Danger to Women, De-link NPR from Census house listing

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

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

March 17, 2020 India
Wedding In Corona Times: No Restriction On Karnataka CM? Letter to the Prime Minister

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

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

March 17, 2020 India
History: No forgetting, no forgiving

History: No forgetting, no forgiving

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

March 17, 2020 India
Xenophobia related to pandemic Coronavirus in India

Xenophobia related to pandemic Coronavirus in India

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

March 17, 2020 India
Destroying Constitutional ‘Fraternity’: NPR-NRC from Assam to All-India

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

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

March 16, 2020 India
Why Are Epidemiological Principles Not Being Followed To Know The Extent Of Spread Of Coronavirus Cases In The Community At Large In India?

Why Are Epidemiological Principles Not Being Followed To Know The Extent Of Spread Of Coronavirus Cases In The Community At Large In India?

In India most of the people who are being tested for coronavirus infection are those who have a travel history or who have been in contact with a coronavirus positive family member or others who have developed symptoms after being in contact with a suspected infected person. Hence the number of coronavirus positive cases are getting projected as low. To[Read More…]

March 15, 2020 India
CAA: Should United Nations Norms be respected in Domestic Policies?

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

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

March 15, 2020 India
BSP need to rise up and get connected with people to fulfill Bahujan mission as envisaged by Manyawar Kanshi Ram

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

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

March 15, 2020 India
Not Just Doreswamy, India’s Idea of Independence is Being Debased

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

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

March 14, 2020 India
Stop The Attempt To Pin Blame For Delhi Riots On Peaceful Women Protestors Against NPR-CAA-NRC

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

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

March 14, 2020 India
Unemployment – A  Grave Concern

Unemployment – A  Grave Concern

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

March 13, 2020 India
Dependency, Distress and No Durable Agronomic Benefits: The Story of Bt Cotton in India

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

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

March 12, 2020 India
Indian Democracy: Threat by Five D’s

Indian Democracy: Threat by Five D’s

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

March 12, 2020 India
Kashmir: Trapped in a Blind Alley?

Kashmir: Trapped in a Blind Alley?

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

March 11, 2020 India
Motion against India’s divisive Citizenship Amendment Act moved in New Westminster

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

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

March 11, 2020 India
Apple growers of Kashmir: Plight of surmounting Debt and commissions

Apple growers of Kashmir: Plight of surmounting Debt and commissions

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

March 11, 2020 India
Media Trial, State and the Criminalizing of individuals in Democratic India

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

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

March 11, 2020 India
Whither internet gag in Jammu and Kashmir     

Whither internet gag in Jammu and Kashmir     

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

March 10, 2020 India
 Anti NRC-CAA-NPR Door to Door Campaigns in Pune

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

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

March 9, 2020 India
Questioning The 2003 Citizenship Rules: The Villain of NPR-NRC

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

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

March 9, 2020 India
Why This Year’s ‘International Women’s Day’ Should be Dedicated to Shaheen Bagh

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

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

March 9, 2020 India
Who are the terrorists in the coup’d etat of President Trump visit?

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

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

March 9, 2020 India
Delhi Violence: Genesis of Carnage

Delhi Violence: Genesis of Carnage

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

March 9, 2020 India
YESterday once more: Yes Bank, Harshad Mehta, and the ravages of Finance Capitalism

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

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

March 8, 2020 India
Significance of Shaheen Bagh: From Event to Symbol

Significance of Shaheen Bagh: From Event to Symbol

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

March 7, 2020 India
After Delhi violence, AAP weakens its potential in Punjab

After Delhi violence, AAP weakens its potential in Punjab

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

March 7, 2020 India
Two Leading Malayalam News Channels Banned From Airing For 48 Hours For Reporting The Delhi Riots

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

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

March 6, 2020 India
Dehi Riots: Khureji Crackdown Fact Finding Report

Dehi Riots: Khureji Crackdown Fact Finding Report

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

March 6, 2020 India
Wake-up Call to Soren Government: Thousands gather in Ranchi to demand rejection of NPR in Jharkhand

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

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

March 5, 2020 India
The Great Indian Liberal Trap

The Great Indian Liberal Trap

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

March 5, 2020 India
 An Open Letter to Harsh Vardhan Shringla (Indian’s Foreign External Affairs Secretary)

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

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

March 5, 2020 India
Indian Resistance Against Hindutva Fascism

Indian Resistance Against Hindutva Fascism

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

March 4, 2020 India
Time for BJP to stop hate politics and start preparing for COVID-19

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

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

March 4, 2020 India
Canadian Punjabi Press Club condemns attacks on journalists in Delhi and threats against Sherwani

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

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

March 4, 2020 India
India’s citizenship laws resemble South Africa’s Asiatic Registration Act

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

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

March 3, 2020 India
Savarkar and the Cracks in Hindutva Legacy

Savarkar and the Cracks in Hindutva Legacy

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

March 3, 2020 India
The Dilemma Of RSS/BJP In Higher Education | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

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

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

March 3, 2020 India
The fancy ideas of Trump and Modi On Architecture

The fancy ideas of Trump and Modi On Architecture

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

March 3, 2020 India
New Westminster City Councillor to bring a motion against CAA

New Westminster City Councillor to bring a motion against CAA

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

March 3, 2020 India
India’s “Pilot Project” towards Cashless Economy: Disenfranchisement through Digitization!

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

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

March 3, 2020 India
Will An All India NRC Be Accepted By People In Course Of Time As In Assam?

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

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

March 3, 2020 India
Miscreants burn Islamic religious texts including Quran in Baksa, Assam

Miscreants burn Islamic religious texts including Quran in Baksa, Assam

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

March 3, 2020 India
Over 350 Acadamics Issue Statement on the anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi

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

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

March 2, 2020 India
 NPR-NRC-CAA: The Troubling Triad

 NPR-NRC-CAA: The Troubling Triad

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

March 2, 2020 India
‘When Kings/Rulers Become (Man-eating) Lions Then Judges/Officials Behave Like Dogs!’: Nanak

‘When Kings/Rulers Become (Man-eating) Lions Then Judges/Officials Behave Like Dogs!’: Nanak

Ever since the present regime in India betrayed the people of Kashmir through Presidential proclamation of August 5-6, 2019 – and whose constitutionality is being reluctantly and belatedly tested by the Supreme Court of India – Nanak’s quote is being rendered more and more apt day by day. In one fell blow the assurance of plebiscite to Kashmiris was shelved.[Read More…]

March 2, 2020 India
New Delhi and More

New Delhi and More

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

March 1, 2020 India
Modi’s regime- ‘A regime adept in using sedition law’

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

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

March 1, 2020 India
Delhi Riots: Muslim Youth Forced To Sing National Anthem In Viral Video Dies

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

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

February 29, 2020 India
‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and Contemporary Nationalism in India

‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and Contemporary Nationalism in India

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

February 29, 2020 India
Political interpretations of Trump’s India visit: Diplomacy beyond understanding 

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

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

February 29, 2020 India
Democracy, Development and Political Under Representation of Muslims in India

Democracy, Development and Political Under Representation of Muslims in India

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

February 29, 2020 India
Delhi riots: The chilling loneliness of their grief

Delhi riots: The chilling loneliness of their grief

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

February 29, 2020 India
Neutrality at this point of time only means connivance with hate mongers

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

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

February 29, 2020 India
Activists Enroute Goalpara Detention Camp Barred

Activists Enroute Goalpara Detention Camp Barred

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

February 29, 2020 India
Kashmir youngsters opt for VPN apps to bypass ban on social media

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

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

February 28, 2020 India
Is Delhi’s Anti-Muslim pogrom a plan to forcefully implement All India NRC?

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

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

February 28, 2020 India
Harrowing hearts and sowing hatred? Spare a thought for harvest season also!

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

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

February 28, 2020 India
Blame Rests With Right-Wing For Fomenting Riots In Delhi

Blame Rests With Right-Wing For Fomenting Riots In Delhi

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

February 28, 2020 India
Will vandalism, arson, killings stop in India?

Will vandalism, arson, killings stop in India?

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

February 27, 2020 India
Call for Global Action on Communal Violence in New Delhi

Call for Global Action on Communal Violence in New Delhi

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

February 27, 2020 India
Delhi: Poison Seeds, Bloody Harvest

Delhi: Poison Seeds, Bloody Harvest

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

February 27, 2020 India
Silence of Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Violence is a sigh of Majoritarian politics

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

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

February 26, 2020 India
Open letter to President of India 

Open letter to President of India 

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

February 26, 2020 India
Jabeda Begum

Orwellian Nightmare in India

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

February 26, 2020 India
As Delhi burns, its many Neros fiddle and twiddle

As Delhi burns, its many Neros fiddle and twiddle

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

February 26, 2020 India
Why Modi and Sangh Parivar Want to ‘Disremember’ Golwalkar

Why Modi and Sangh Parivar Want to ‘Disremember’ Golwalkar

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

February 25, 2020 India
Trump is a winner; Modi is a loser !

Trump is a winner; Modi is a loser !

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

February 25, 2020 India
The Disturbing Situation In Delhi

The Disturbing Situation In Delhi

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

February 25, 2020 India
Roland Barthes on Kashmir

Roland Barthes on Kashmir

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

February 25, 2020 India
Sedition for Peace! The Curious Case of Amulya Leona

Sedition for Peace! The Curious Case of Amulya Leona

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

February 25, 2020 India