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The Bijbehara Massacre

The Bijbehara Massacre

Twenty four years ago, on 22 October 1993, Bijbehara, my hometown, was struck by a vicious massacre that killed scores of peaceful protestors who were demanding revocation of a military siege of famous shrine, Dargah Hazratbal. According to the state government’s own magisterial enquiry report, “a procession of 2,000 to 3,000 people” that was “entirely peaceful and unarmed” was attacked[Read More…]

After The POSCO Withdrawal Govt of Odisha Handing Over Land To JSW Steel

After The POSCO Withdrawal Govt of Odisha Handing Over Land To JSW Steel

As you know that the continuous peaceful resistance of our people forced the POSCO to exit finally. However, we came to learn from the media that the government of Odisha is planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to hand over our land to another company named JSW Steel Limited. JSW Steel Limited is a part of the Sajjan[Read More…]

A Matter of Fifty Degrees: Climate Change In Australia

A Matter of Fifty Degrees: Climate Change In Australia

A country baked to the core, its citizens roasted, an electricity grid battered to its limits.  Capital cities trapping scorching heat, toasting its citizens and assaulting the young, the elderly, the infirm with temperature fluctuations.  This is the vision of Australia by the end of this century according to an Australian National University study released earlier this month. The study,[Read More…]

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Give Them Cause To Fire You While Rhyming

  “Too many educators have pigeon-holed their disciplines. This or that does or doesn’t fit in my classroom. Old school nonsense, particularly with the way in which high tech utilitarianism is bringing everyone down, preaching that the only way to fit in lies in acclimating to our momentum.” — Rachel Olivia O’Connor If you’re an educator in the U.S. —[Read More…]

Ahwazi community in Berlin protest EU’s silence on ongoing human rights abuses in  Ahwaz

Ahwazi community in Berlin protest EU’s silence on ongoing human rights abuses in Ahwaz

On Friday, October 20, a mass demonstration organized by Europe’s Ahwazi community took place in Berlin, Germany. This protest entitled “we will not forget about you” demanded that the German government, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, intervene immediately regarding Iran’s increasingly oppressive human rights violations against the Arab people of occupied Ahwaz. The demonstrators consisted of Ahwazi Arab diaspora and[Read More…]

Kerala's first Dalit priest Yadu Krishna /Photo Credit - Reporter TV

Dalits As Priests: Why Only One Step Forward?

When Yadu Krishnan (22) entered the sanctum sanctorum of Keecherival Shiv Temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala an age-old Indian Belief was shaken. People of the village welcomed him with the garland of flowers and traditional Drums that were once reserved for the Brahmin Tantries and Priests. The rank list available in the website of Travancore Devaswam Board places Yadu[Read More…]

The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis

The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis

I was recently asked to give a talk called, “The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis.” In other words, how might the United States encounter problems that lead to a crisis? As we will see, many of the problems that could lead to a crisis (such as increased wage disparity and difficulty in collecting enough taxes) are issues that we are already beginning[Read More…]

Remembering Muammar Qaddafi And The Great Libyan Jamahiriya

Remembering Muammar Qaddafi And The Great Libyan Jamahiriya

  October 20th, 2017, marks the sixth anniversary of the martyrdom of Muammar  Qaddafi, revolutionary Pan-Africanist and champion of the Global South. This day also marks the sixth anniversary of the historic battle of Sirte, where Qaddafi, along with an heroic army, including his son Mutassim Billal Qaddafi, and veteran freedom fighter,  Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr, fought until their convoy was[Read More…]

When The Nuclear Violator Becomes The Accuser

When The Nuclear Violator Becomes The Accuser

There is a  necessity to change Western political literature in relation to Iran In recent years, all references by the West in relation to Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme, have been constantly and invariably accusatory, using terms such as “nuclear threat” or “nuclear danger”.  The signing of the nuclear accord or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) too has not[Read More…]

Holy Development Shit

Holy Development Shit

A couple of days back, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan who is the leader of CPI(M) went to Sabarimala temple and received prasadam’ from the high priest of the temple. Perhaps, he needed to save his communist ministry with the growing invasion of the Sanghis in the landscape of Kerala. That is understandable. But our super star Suresh[Read More…]

Taj Mahal As Tej Mahal Once Again “There Is A Bee In The Bonnett”

Taj Mahal As Tej Mahal Once Again “There Is A Bee In The Bonnett”

It was probably late sixties or early seventies – when a gentleman called P N Oak started appearing in Marathi magazines peddling his weird theories about well known monuments in and outside India. An article which made lot of news then was centred around Taj Mahal where it was claimed that it was ‘Tejo Maha Aalay’ or hindu god Shiva’s[Read More…]

Western Silence As 20,000 Neo-Nazis March in Ukraine

Western Silence As 20,000 Neo-Nazis March in Ukraine

In one of the largest, if not the largest, Neo-Nazi demonstration in Europe since WW2, 20,000 facists marched through the streets of Ukraine’s capital Kiev last weekend under the silent gaze of the western media. Other than Russian state media RT and Sputnik News facists throwing Nazi salutes and parading in their tens of thousands in a European capital didn’t[Read More…]

Anti-Indian Subversion Of Fiji By Apartheid Israel, Pro-Apartheid Australia & Pro-Apartheid America  

Anti-Indian Subversion Of Fiji By Apartheid Israel, Pro-Apartheid Australia & Pro-Apartheid America  

  The Australian ABC (Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC) has launched 2 attacks on the democratically-elected, multiracial, Indian-Fijian   Bainimarama  Government of Fiji  over (1) the China-facilitated  deportation from Fiji to China of 77 young, female,  Chinese, alleged sex workers, and (2) the Fiji Government’s use of the US PR firm Qorvis to manage its message intra-nationally (with asserted threats[Read More…]

The Trans-Tasman Spat Show: New Zealand-Australian Tensions

The Trans-Tasman Spat Show: New Zealand-Australian Tensions

It was an awkward moment for Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop. News had arrived that a New Zealand government had been formed after a lengthy period of deliberation.  (The election took place on September 23.) Veteran maverick and occasional political suicide Winston Peters of the New Zealand First party had played the familiar role of kingmaker, picking the New Zealand[Read More…]

Erdogan’s Insomnia And Safety of NATO’s H-bombs in Turkey

Erdogan’s Insomnia And Safety of NATO’s H-bombs in Turkey

Recently, Pravda newspaper of Russia has reported [1] that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been suffering from serious sleep deprivation and that he was yawning and dozed off during a press conference with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko while he was on a state visit to Kiev, and the video of the incident has been going viral over[Read More…]

 “Interview” with Caoimhghin O’ Croidheain on Our Popular Entertainment

 “Interview” with Caoimhghin O’ Croidheain on Our Popular Entertainment

  “There will be no lasting improvement in any realm unless the excessive violence embedded in our diversions dissipates. The Hollywod celebrities who are — understandably — protesting the disgusting actions of Weinstein are routinely involved in generating much more disgusting fare for far more folks across the world. And they aid and abet our wars.” — Richard Martin Oxman ATS: Do[Read More…]

I Know Of None

I Know Of None

“What we do not yet know is how much of the ancient Abbasid city of Raqqa and its horseshoe walls and the gate of Baghdad built probably in the eighth century, survives. So much of Syria’s antiquity has been damaged or destroyed – sometimes quite deliberately – in this war, that few historians bother any more to decry the destruction[Read More…]

Gauri Lankesh

A History of the Fall

A poem for Lorca, Gauri, Santanu and all the other disappearing fireflies

A Novel Paradigm For Fighting Drought

A Novel Paradigm For Fighting Drought

  Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the horizon of knowledge. Social entrepreneurs are now using their talent to[Read More…]

Everything during Diwali revolves around bussiness. Daily chores and responsibilities work in tandem with the demands of customers.

Photo Essay: Diwali Preparations For Diya Artificers Are Not The Same

By Arpita Singh & Midhat Fatimah Kamla Devi told that they take bath in the evening to stay clean of the mud while sleeping. She is one of thousands of potters residing in the conjested village known as Kumhar Gram. Kumhar Gram situated on the outskirts of Delhi, is the largest habitat of potter’s community in India accomodating more than[Read More…]

Sathyagraha Demanding 0% GST On Hand Made Sector

Sathyagraha Demanding 0% GST On Hand Made Sector

The Sathyagraha demanding 0% GST on hand made sector is a movement to realise a promise made in the Indian Constitution Shri. Prasanna breaks his indefinite hunger strike on assurance of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the State will support Sathyagraha’s demands in GST Council With the assurance of the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. Siddaramaiah that the Karnataka Government[Read More…]

200,000 Protest Jailing of Catalonian Nationalist Leaders in Barcelona

200,000 Protest Jailing of Catalonian Nationalist Leaders in Barcelona

The jailing this week of the leaders of the largest separatist organisations in Catalonia—Jordi Sànchez of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Jordi Cuixart of Òmnium Cultural—was met with demonstrations throughout Catalonia culminating in a 200,000-strong protest in Barcelona on Tuesday night. The incarceration of the two marks the first jailings of political prisoners since the end of the fascist[Read More…]

The Global Food And Health Crisis: Monsanto’s Science Is Bogus

The Global Food And Health Crisis: Monsanto’s Science Is Bogus

Co-Written By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). With a $4 billion annual budget, WHO’s decisions affects us all and its decisions also affect the bottom line of some of the most powerful corporations on the planet. Health is political. And health is big business. For instance, WHO[Read More…]

Australia’s Citizenship Bill Fails

Australia’s Citizenship Bill Fails

This is a government that takes pride in its hard headedness and faux populism.  Knowing it would have to brave a sceptical, even baffled Senate, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, resembling a bit dictator struggling for traction, decided to ignore the signals. What was required, claimed Dutton, were tougher citizenship laws to govern Australia, an ironic state of affairs given[Read More…]

Women walk along a corridor at the Los Angeles County women's jail in Lynwood, California April 26, 2013. The Second Chance Women's Re-entry Court is one of the first in the U.S. to focus on women, and offers a cost-saving alternative to prison for women who plead guilty to non-violent crimes and volunteer for treatment. Of the 297 women who have been through the court since 2007, 100 have graduated, and only 35 have been returned to state prison. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTXZ1G4

 Pardon Me

  A man was starving in Capri; He moved his eyes and looked at me; I felt his gaze, I heard his moan, And knew his hunger as my own. — from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Renascence A pardon is an executive forgiveness of crime; commutation is an executive lowering of a given penalty. A pardon wipes out the conviction while[Read More…]

NAFTA Talks Falter, Time To Increase Pressure

NAFTA Talks Falter, Time To Increase Pressure

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The NAFTA-2 negotiations seem to be faltering after the fourth round of talks recently held in the United States. The Trump administration is pushing Mexico and Canada aggressively to include provisions from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in order to renegotiate NAFTA in a way that benefits US corporations. Mexico and the US[Read More…]

What Version Of The Future Do We Want?

What Version Of The Future Do We Want?

  Some people have reluctance to continue in fostering the peace movement. It is easy to want to walk or run away. It is also easy to get discouraged or outright hopeless. Ironically, the first day that I joined the peace moment was the same one that I most desperately wanted to run away. I literally, wanted to flee with[Read More…]

Ideological Murders And Political Suicide

Ideological Murders And Political Suicide

In 2013 Narendra Dhabolkar, who was fighting to get the Anti-Superstition law passed in Maharashtra and led a campaign for rationalism, and against blind faith all his life, was killed. This was followed by the killings of Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi in 2015. And this year, Gauri Lankesh. All of them have reputation for being fiercely opposed to caste[Read More…]

To Deduce or Not To…. Existential Observation And The Deep State

To Deduce or Not To…. Existential Observation And The Deep State

  On the one hand, people will deduce that their best interests are served by investing in productive activities that ameliorate deprivation of one kind or another. On the other hand, people will always try to legitimize the means they use as acceptable practice when faced with competition for access to valuable resources. It’s also the case that…like Endymion…people tend[Read More…]

 “We Are At War!” Oh, Really? Some Questions

 “We Are At War!” Oh, Really? Some Questions

As the American media pumps up its Russophobic rhretoric, escalating the status of the Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation from “rival” to “adversary” to “enemy, ” and the crisis from “rivalry” to “The equivalent of war,” finally to (unqualified) “war,” numerous urgent questions arise. These questions are, for the most part, ignored by our “mainstream media” (MSM) by which[Read More…]

Declining Democracy, And Reclining Leadership In Bangladesh

Declining Democracy, And Reclining Leadership In Bangladesh

  While democracy has become problematic in several countries, on 5th January 2014, Bangladesh crossed the threshold of “illiberal democracy” to enter the domain of “authoritarian dynastic democracy” under Indian tutelage. The symptoms of the disease called “Orwellian State” are already visible here. The fictional Big Brother of Nineteen Eighty-Four is already breathing on the neck of Bangladesh, from across[Read More…]

Chhattisgarh: Nationality Movement And The Oppressed

Chhattisgarh: Nationality Movement And The Oppressed

This article was published in a book Social Movements in Contemporary India edited by SK Chaube in 1996 Many small Nadis join to make the Mahanadi. This statement of Shankar Guha Niyogi, the architect and the ideologue of the Chhattisgarh movement under the red –green banner of Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (CMM), explains the motif of its slogan, ‘A New Chhattisgarh for a[Read More…]

Three More Aadhaar Linked Starvation Deaths Reported In Karnataka: Fact Finding Report

Three More Aadhaar Linked Starvation Deaths Reported In Karnataka: Fact Finding Report

The New Indian Express on 16th July 2017 carried a report that three members of a Dalit family died within 15 days in Gokarna district, due to starvation. It was further stated in the report that the deceased possessed BPL cards but did not get ration since April, as they did not have Aadhaar numbers, however, the District Commissioner denied[Read More…]

‘Encounter’ Illustrates How Women’s Bodies Continued To Be Used As Battlefield By The Indian Forces 

‘Encounter’ Illustrates How Women’s Bodies Continued To Be Used As Battlefield By The Indian Forces 

Encounter currently playing at the Cultch theater in Vancouver is a drama worth watching for those who continue to idealize India as the world’s so called largest democracy.  Based on Draupadi– a short fiction by the late Bengali author Mahashweta Devi it is the story of a tribal woman Dopdi (played by Dr. Aparna Sindhoor) who is an indigenous activist fighting for[Read More…]

Urban Arts Commission In The Time Of Damning Of The Taj Mahal

Urban Arts Commission In The Time Of Damning Of The Taj Mahal

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s announcement last week to set up an urban arts commission for Mumbai is well intentioned. But it comes at an odd time. Several leaders of his party, the BJP, at the national level have shown little respect for some of the finest monuments of the country and now party MLA Sangeet Som calls the Taj[Read More…]

Will Taj Mahal Meet The Fate Of Mosque At Ayodhya?

Will Taj Mahal Meet The Fate Of Mosque At Ayodhya?

One of the Greatest Wonders of the World, the only one being in India, Taj Mahal becomes the newest target of  the Hindutva killer/demolition squad. It was ordered to be built by Mughal king Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Khurram known as Shahjahan (1592-1666) in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is interesting to note that it was named as Taj[Read More…]

As Caligari Looms Large…

As Caligari Looms Large…

Ai Weiwei said: “Everything is art. Everything is political”. Art and politics are not subjects separated from each other and for good artists, everything they do is political. So, it was quite appropriate that the first thing that the audience saw, when they streamed in to watch the latest staging of Deepan Sivaraman’s “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, was the[Read More…]

भूख – गुमनाम अंधेरा

भूख – गुमनाम अंधेरा

आधार ही क्या अब जीवन का अधार है
आधार ही से क्या अब जीवन का संचार है
बन्द किवाड़ो के पिछे से सुनाई पड़ती है सिसकती आहें

Smoke billows as Iraqi forces advance towards the centre of Kirkuk during an operation against Kurdish fighters on October 16, 2017. 
Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor's office, key military sites and an oil field as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions over an independence referendum. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurds’ Loss of Kirkuk And Triumph In Raqqa

On Tuesday, the Iraqi government troops have retaken the oil-rich northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk from the Kurds who had controlled the province since June 2014 when the Islamic State overran Mosul. What exactly transpired is still unclear but the two Iraqi factions of the Kurds, the Erbil-based KDP Kurds and the Suleimaniyah-based PUK Kurds, are accusing each other of[Read More…]

Harvey Weinstein And The Politics Of Hollywood

Harvey Weinstein And The Politics Of Hollywood

  Nazareth: There is something truly exasperating about digesting the steady flow of horror stories relating to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In part, of course, it is because the reports that Weinstein allegedly raped and sexually assaulted women over decades are deeply disturbing. In part, it is because one can be certain that there are still young aspiring actresses desperate[Read More…]

Federal Judge In Hawaii Blocks Trump’s 3rd Muslim Travel Ban

Federal Judge In Hawaii Blocks Trump’s 3rd Muslim Travel Ban

  A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s third Muslim travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect on Wednesday October 18. Trump issued a proclamation on September 24 restricting travel to the US from nationals of eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and[Read More…]

Tear Down The Great Firewall Of China

Tear Down The Great Firewall Of China

“The ‘Great Firewall of China’ – the world’s most extensive effort to try to control cyberspace – has become more formidable under President Xi Jinping.  Authorities have closed some video and audio streaming websites, limited online access to foreign and ‘foreign-inspired’ television programs, stiffened penalties for ‘spreading rumor’ via social media and restricted access to virtual private networks.”  —  Reuters.com,[Read More…]

Santoshi Kumari’s mother. Credit: Twitter/ANI

Aadhaar: The Quiet Darkness

Knock, Knock

“Who‘s there?”

“Hunger”

“Hunger who?”

“Santoshi hai?”

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

In perhaps the first Aadhaar linked starvation death 11 year old girl Santoshi Kumari died at her village, Karimati, in Jharkhand since her family’s ration card was not linked to Aadhaar. Santoshi had not eaten for eight days before her death on September 28, according to a Scroll.in report; she was unable to avail of the mid-day meal she usually[Read More…]

Sunil Jakhar’s Victory Gives Hope In An Era Of Cow Vigilantism

Sunil Jakhar’s Victory Gives Hope In An Era Of Cow Vigilantism

The spectacular victory of Punjab state Congress President in the Gurdaspur parliamentary by-election is a big jot to the advocates of cow politics across India. Sunil Jakhar defeated the BJP candidate Swaran Salaraia by a huge margin of 193, 219 votes. The by-election was caused by the death of sitting BJP MP Vinod Khanna – who represented the constituency for[Read More…]

Panel of Hercules Slaying the Lernean Hydra: The second labor of Hercules was to slay the monstrous Lernean Hydra. From the murky waters of its swampy den, the hydra rises up whenever challenged and attacks with the poisonous venom of its nine heads, one head of which is immortal and therefore indestructible. Not a beast of easy prey for anyone who dares to challenge it in mortal combat. Hercules ultimately slays the hydra by calling upon Iolaus – One of the divine mythic-hero Argonauts – to help him prevent the hydra’s ninth and final immortal head from endlessly regenerating itself against him until Hercules finally has the better of the beast.

Kaepernick, NFL, America & U.S. Constitution Lock Horns In The Coliseum

    Colin Kaepernick’s Herculean-like combat that has led him from the football gridiron into the American Coliseum’s arena can be likened to yet another modern mythic-hero who has taken on the American Empire and its modern civilization’s many-headed VIPERS – Vicious, Industrial, Political, Economic, Regimented Systems – who will venomously attack whoever dares threaten them with combat. The warrior[Read More…]

 2 or 3 Things I Know About Capitalism (with apologies to Jean-Luc Godard) 

 2 or 3 Things I Know About Capitalism (with apologies to Jean-Luc Godard) 

  A number of recent, press articles, including an over 8,000-word feature piece in The New York Times have asked, to quote the Times’ headline, “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” Although the question was proffered, the reporters and editors responsible for the articles remain resolutely obtuse to the obvious: The bughouse crazy environment of[Read More…]

Accepting Freedom

Accepting Freedom

Many years ago, I wrote a piece which I posted on my blog called, ‘Same Chairs, Different Bottoms’. Here it is for those who may not have read it. It is necessarily full of Indian (and Hindi) idiom which is not translatable so I apologize to those who don’t understand Hindi in advance. Also you need to know something of[Read More…]

Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

The Supreme Court has banned sale of fire crackers in Delhi NCR. The news item then narrates that many will lose jobs as they are employed by the fire cracker industry. 85 % of fire crackers are manufactured at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. As per the report, more than 3 lakhs employees are employed in making fire crackers & nearly 5 lakhs in ancillary industries[Read More…]

Disabled Women In Male Dominated Society

Disabled Women In Male Dominated Society

  The Only Disability In Life Is A Bad Attitude Scott Hamilton In a country where most assaults, attempts of rape and humiliation of women are under – reported, the condition of disabled women is even worse. They are easily vulnerable to manipulations of men who, on the pretext of assisting them, try to achieve sadistic satisfaction by their devious[Read More…]

 The Poor Know How To Escape From Poverty

 The Poor Know How To Escape From Poverty

  The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.  —F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors Of Socialism I firmly believe it is possible to eliminate poverty in our country— provided we re-examine the   wisdom of our professional approaches. The poor are poor not because they are[Read More…]

Iraqi Seizure Of Oil-Rich Kirkuk From Kurds Risks Broader War

Iraqi Seizure Of Oil-Rich Kirkuk From Kurds Risks Broader War

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered an offensive by Iraqi army units and pro-government Shia militias Monday to capture the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and surrounding areas from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). The attack, which reportedly provoked clashes in some areas between Iraqi units and Peshmerga fighters, threatens not only to further destabilize Iraq, but could prove the trigger[Read More…]

Djokopekik in front of his Papuan painting

The Greatest Indonesian Painter And ‘Praying To The Pig’

Co-Written By Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira From Yogyakarta and KarangKlethak Village: Djokopekik (who uses only one name, as is common in Java) could easily be described as the greatest living Indonesian painter. He is something of an anomaly in his country, where vulgar pop art, pop music and almost absolute submission to Western pro-market dogmas, religious rituals, and feudal[Read More…]

Dealing With Sexual Assault

Dealing With Sexual Assault

When I was nineteen years old, I walked to a grocery store from my parents’ home outside of a high fence concerning which inside was a mental institution around a mile away from their home. Then there was a vocalized whistle from inside. I turned and saw a mental patient, out for an airing and exercise no doubt, drop his[Read More…]

Kancha Ilaiah & his controversial book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu

Clarification About My Association With Christians: Kancha Ilaiah

One of the recurring accusations of the recent Arya Vysya agitators and their associate Paripurnanada Swamy, a hater of St. Mother Theresa and Christian human service, against me is that I have a Christian agenda behind my writing. This is absolutely false. I have some academic association with an organization called the Good Shepherd Society that established an English medium[Read More…]

Vengeful In Defeat: Hillary Clinton Fantasises About WikiLeaks

Vengeful In Defeat: Hillary Clinton Fantasises About WikiLeaks

The Hillary Clinton mope tour, which should have reached a high water mark, has gone global. It entails drumming up her credentials (immaculate, we are told, but unnoticed), and pouring upon the man who beat her to the White house (a danger to the world).  The latter is the fundamental point: Donald Trump would not have won, not because of[Read More…]

The Real Reason Behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

The Real Reason Behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

  To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’ belated ‘pivot to Asia’ to counter China’s rise has[Read More…]

Washington’s Face-Saving By Shifting Goalposts In Syria

Washington’s Face-Saving By Shifting Goalposts In Syria

In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones of influence: that are, the Syrian government-controlled areas, the regions administered by the Syrian Kurds and the areas occupied by the Syrian opposition. Excluding Idlib in northwestern Syria, which has been occupied by the Syrian opposition, all the major population[Read More…]

Definitions: The Proletariat

Definitions: The Proletariat

“Suppose that some great disaster were to sweep ten million families out to sea and leave ‘em on a desert island to starve and rot. That would be … an act of God, maybe. But suppose a manner of government that humans have set up and directed, drives ten million families into the pit of poverty and starvation? That’s no[Read More…]

The Real Reasons Trump Is Quitting UNESCO

The Real Reasons Trump Is Quitting UNESCO

  Nazareth: At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalise a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights? Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the[Read More…]

North Korea: Who Is Threatening Who?

North Korea: Who Is Threatening Who?

    After taking office Donald Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician. Kim Jong-Un, Supreme Leader of the DPRK.[Read More…]

The Distressed State Of The United States

The Distressed State Of The United States

  A uniquely wayward president, Donald Trump, has managed to isolate the United States equally uniquely, and contrary to the stated position of his Secretaries of State and Defense and the National Security Adviser (respectively Rex Tillersen, John Mattis and H.R. McMaster) by scuttling the 2015 Iran nuclear deal citing issues outside its scope.  His charges have been dismissed categorically[Read More…]

The Missing Cases Of Humanity, Compassion And Justice In Pakistan

The Missing Cases Of Humanity, Compassion And Justice In Pakistan

  This is not about justice or injustice, humanity or inhumanity, compassion or cruelty in a non-Islamic country Canada where I live where the true principles of Islam are being upheld in spirit; it is about injustice, inhumanity and cruelty in an Islamic country: Pakistan. I’ve chosen the media platform of countercurrents to publish this short article as I believe[Read More…]

Misaligned Priorities In Development

Misaligned Priorities In Development

A claim often made by the Government is that India is emerging as a strong nation. Military alliance with powerful nations is shown as a sign of this growing strength. Growing alliance with United States, Israel and more vocal stand against Pakistan and China is cited as reason for the same. Defining strength is often dictated in the ‘militaristic’ sense,[Read More…]

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The Dull Roll Of A Yatra

The Dull Roll Of A Yatra

  When BJP national president Amit Shah descended on northern Kerala recently as part of his ‘save Kerala mission’, he brought along with him a gaggle of journalists to gauge the menace of “Red-Jihadi terror” in the state. The embedded journalists looked around with rubbernecking curiosity for mass graves of RSS men killed by CPM cadres. They, however, could not[Read More…]

#Metoo Breaking The Culture Of Silence

#Metoo Breaking The Culture Of Silence

The social media is flooding with #metoo (me too) hashtags. Sexual assault survivors are using this hashtag to call out on the cancer-like spread of sexual crime in our society. This is a consequence of the disclosure of Hollywood’s larger than life (nay, God?) figure Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predatoriness . More and more actresses have publicly stated their harassment at[Read More…]

Kaepernick Seeks Arbitration Over NFL Blacklisting

Kaepernick Seeks Arbitration Over NFL Blacklisting

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is filing a collusion grievance against National Football League (NFL) owners, according to a document obtained by ABC News. The filing, which demands an arbitration hearing on the matter, says the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social[Read More…]

Trump’s Iran Deal

Trump’s Iran Deal

Bad deals. Very bad – unless, of course, they are minted in the United States, with Make America Great Again credentials.  Hardly the stuff of presidential clout and oratorical flair, but the US president is making good his word to rain on the Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with an overbearing enthusiasm.[Read More…]

Shattered Glass Houses of Zionist Pawns

Shattered Glass Houses of Zionist Pawns

“People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” Proverb Western governments that have servilely abrogated to a foreign power, i.e. Israel, their responsibilities to uphold international law can no longer claim national sovereignty nor a moral high-ground. These states have become bystanders to Israeli war crimes and genocide and are corrupt mouthpieces parroting Zionist platitudes that undermine Palestinian[Read More…]

Martyr’s Futile Tenure

Martyr’s Futile Tenure

Let’s not extend it to an ‘end’; your lips, thirty two barricades for my fleet
I once had whiskeys of your sigh, I had laughed off the ice
Beyond the border, two hundred lovers in order
Your desire for the garment martyred mine, my gun shot your soul thrice

Cancer Metaphor Lessons For Climate Mitigation

Cancer Metaphor Lessons For Climate Mitigation

This spring I was diagnosed with cancer and I have just finished a treatment consisting of seven weeks of radiation aided by chemo therapy. Things look good now. I had a very treatable cancer; I have had effective treatment as quickly as possible. As a long time climate activist totally preoccupied with trying to get to effective climate mitigation my[Read More…]

Where Are We Headed?

Where Are We Headed?

You may have seen the famous documentary, Four Horsemen. In this film is this quote: When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.      ~ Frederic Bastiat I ask myself why[Read More…]

Walk The Walk And Don’t Just Talk The Talk!

Walk The Walk And Don’t Just Talk The Talk!

Recently I was reminded of my chat with a friend, an evangelical Christian whose father, now dead, was a charismatic minister. My friend, a chemical engineer, worked at a high powered nanotech firm when we had the following conversation and I’ve known him for almost twenty years since then. He subsequently went on to Raytheon, a humongous maker of lethal[Read More…]

Remembering Samar Sen In Centenary Year

Remembering Samar Sen In Centenary Year

I met Samar Sen only once in life in February 1980 on my first visit to Calcutta. But I knew his name from much earlier period, perhaps from 1969 or so, when I may have seen Frontier for first time at my home town Rampura Phul in Bathinda district of Punjab. I became regular reader of ‘Frontier’ from 1971, when[Read More…]

Can A Single Person Make A Worthwhile Difference?

Can A Single Person Make A Worthwhile Difference?

Two dialectically opposed, prevailing theories are that large scale events (such as wars, famines, plagues, and so on) shape the course of history and, counterpoised, singular beings (like Napoleon Bonaparte, Henry Ford, Adolf Hitler, Mohandas Gandhi, etc.) do so. This, of course, is like arguing over which came first — the chicken or the egg, as happenings mold people and[Read More…]

Wrongful Rhetoric And Trump’s Strategy on Iran

Wrongful Rhetoric And Trump’s Strategy on Iran

  Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs”  at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. His punishment for breaking the silence[Read More…]

Dirty Ties: The University of New Haven And Saudi Arabia

Dirty Ties: The University of New Haven And Saudi Arabia

It’s a relationship of dirty toxicity, but these abound when universities establish ties with regimes and certain entities.  These might take the form of investments. Or they can become matters, somewhat euphemistically, of intellectual exchange. Certainly, for some figures such as the president of the University of New Haven, Steven H. Kaplan, an agreement with King Fahd Security College in[Read More…]

America to Rethink of its Role in Global Affairs

America to Rethink of its Role in Global Affairs

America under President Trump continues to foster an agenda of extreme perplexity, triviality and confusion in dealing with urgent global affairs. If the administration were to learn from the history, it must be candid, focused and redirect its strengths and weaknesses from the past and usher a new strategic direction of change and adaptability to the present and futuristic challenges[Read More…]

The Poor Need Savings, Not Credit

The Poor Need Savings, Not Credit

  Managing money well begins with hanging on to what you have. This means avoiding unnecessary expenditure and then finding a safe place to store whatever money is left over. Making that choice—the choice to save rather than to consume—is the foundation of money management.” -Stuart Rutherford More than four decades ago, the idea of microcredit was born out of[Read More…]

Islam and Terrorism: Compatible or Incompatible ?

Islam and Terrorism: Compatible or Incompatible ?

Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely (Al-Quran, Chapter5, Verse 32).   This article has been jotted down in response and not in reaction to an Anti-Terrorism Day[Read More…]

Mental Health In The Valley Of Kashmir- A Gloomy Scenario

Mental Health In The Valley Of Kashmir- A Gloomy Scenario

  HEALTH-this term needs no introduction after all our cordial conversations are filled with it which goes like this, “kya haal,sehat cha  theeki” (how are you and how is your health?). But how often do we use the term “mental health”?” “zehni tabyat cha theek” (how is your mental health)perhaps our etiquettes don’t allow it!! But why? Are not our[Read More…]

Kancha Ilaiah & his controversial book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu

The Assassination of Dissent, at Point-Blank Range

If I were to describe Islam in three words, there is nothing there besides sex, crime and murder. So the question for you is not whether Rohingya will stay here or the Musulman will leave here…. Now, what’s the question is that everyone is being brought here (The banner in the back reads: Drive Out Rohingya Save India Protest.… Thank[Read More…]

Denouncing Iran As A Terrorist State, Trump Refuses To Recertify Nuclear Accord

Denouncing Iran As A Terrorist State, Trump Refuses To Recertify Nuclear Accord

US President Donald Trump vowed Friday that he will use his presidential powers to blow up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it is quickly amended to Washington’s satisfaction. “In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated,” declared Trump. “It is under continuous review[Read More…]

Hamas's new deputy leader Salah al-Aruri (seated L) and Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (seated R) sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on October 12, 2017, as the two rival Palestinian movements ended their decade-long split following negotiations overseen by Egypt. Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip by December 1, according to a statement from Egypt's government. . Photo by STR

Much Optimism, Little Confidence In Hamas-Fatah Deal

It was with almost unseemly haste that Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian factions, announced that they had reached a preliminary unity agreement in Cairo on 12 October, after two days of negotiations. The deal has been greeted with some fanfare. Mahmoud Abbas, head of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, called it “a declaration of the end to division and a return to national Palestinian[Read More…]

Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade

Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade

He is the inimitable, true political ugliness, the bad boy with a mistimed punch.  While not quite professorial in his lunacy (that honour will have to go to Pauline Hanson of One Nation, whose sincere bigotry remains pungent), he aspires to it with a greater sense of reason. This Exocet missile of Australian politics continues to direct his power and[Read More…]

The Blood That Flows Within

The Blood That Flows Within

  “If a captive mind is unaware of being in prison, it is living in error. If it has recognized the fact, even for the tenth of a second, and then quickly forgotten it in order to avoid suffering, it is living in falsehood. Men of the most brilliant intelligence can be born, live and die in error and falsehood. In them, intelligence is neither a good, nor even an asset. The difference between more or less intelligent men[Read More…]

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (R) and Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh hold hands in Gaza City October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo

Hamas Can Achieve The Right To Work For Palestinians In Lebanon By Reconciling With Fatah And Iran

  Damascus: Despite the 12/12/2017 announcement by rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah that a deal has been agreed to during this month’s Cairo Reconciliation talks and that details would be announced later, it is doubtful that substantive progress will result. Or that this time the results will differ much from the preceding half-dozen still-born ones over the past decade. When[Read More…]

Al-Britani: My Friend From ISIS In Raqqa

Al-Britani: My Friend From ISIS In Raqqa

  “Raqqa will never be the same”, claims Abu Adam Al-Britani in a 72 minute long tape that was issued late last month. He provides a chilling account of the scale of death and destruction in the city that was a de facto capital of the Islamic state in Syria, when the group formally declared the Islamic Caliphate in the[Read More…]

Pray, But Do Not Prey

Pray, But Do Not Prey

   “But who really knows? Who can tell where all arose? For the Gods themselves came after Creation. Who then shall proclaim how Creation happened?” Nasadiya Sukta, Rig Veda Since Independence from colonial rule, India has emerged as a successful modern democracy,holding regular elections, with a functioning judiciary, smooth transitions of power and a very fine Constitution. It is even[Read More…]

Why Did Hyderabad Die?

Why Did Hyderabad Die?

This is not a history but an attempt to understand what probably happened in those last years that led to the demise of Hyderabad as an independent country and its annexation by the newly independent India. It is speculation; perhaps informed speculation; I hope, intelligent speculation, but speculation nevertheless. I am not speaking chronologically or relating incidents but attempting to[Read More…]

Women Hold The Key To The Battle Against Poverty

Women Hold The Key To The Battle Against Poverty

(International Day for the Eradication of Poverty –17 October 2017) This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the United Nations of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We have still a long way to go for making this world poverty free .One of the key strategies for eliminating poverty is focusing on women   and girls. Achieving gender[Read More…]

Israel has tried to use UNESCO to legitimize its colonization of Palestinian heritage sites in the occupied West Bank, including Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque. APA images

Trump Puts Israel First With UNESCO Withdrawal

Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy was on full display Thursday when the State Department announced that the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO over the United Nations cultural body’s supposed “anti-Israel bias.” Under President Barack Obama, the US had already cut funding to the agency because of a US law that restricts support to UN bodies that recognize Palestine as a state. UNESCO[Read More…]

Wildfires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes!

Wildfires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes!

Many people can’t seem to wrap their minds around the idea that if we want lessening climate change problems and curtailment of other sorts of devastation like massive spills and air pollution, we need to use less fossil fuels. We also have to stop taking away more and more of the natural world for economic development, stop personally using up[Read More…]

Dalit Girl Paraded As ‘Thief’ In Nepal

Dalit Girl Paraded As ‘Thief’ In Nepal

This week Just Asia begins with Nepal, where a distressing case of caste discrimination saw a 14-year-old Dalit girl paraded in Belbari Municipality-2 of Morang district with shoes around her neck, soot smeared on her face, and the tag of ‘thief’ stuck on her body. She was also beaten with nettle greens, causing her body to swell. Although the police[Read More…]

Affirmative Action In Temple Appointments: Kerala Shows The Way

Affirmative Action In Temple Appointments: Kerala Shows The Way

In the Caste ridden Indian Society, the role of priest has long been considered a preserve of the Brahmans. This is purely determined by birth. Only a person born in a Brahmin family is considered eligible to become a priest, if the person acquires grip over religious rituals and mantras. Any non-Brahmin and more particularly a Dalit becoming a priest[Read More…]

A Refreshing Introduction To Islam

A Refreshing Introduction To Islam

I recently came across a wonderful introduction to Islam titled Islam Is Good: Muslims Should Follow It by Sanjiv Bhatla that compresses encyclopedic insights in a small volume. His study of the Prophet is primarily based on Martin Lings’ book. For the Quran’s interpretation, he relies on the translation by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and supplements it with that of Abdullah Yusuf li.

Gang-Rape At Gun Point Of A Minor Girl By Men In Uniform In Odisha

Gang-Rape At Gun Point Of A Minor Girl By Men In Uniform In Odisha

It is a matter of great concern that on 10th October 2017, a minor girl aged about 14 years, a student of government run Sorisapada residential school for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe was allegedly gang-raped at gunpoint by a group of four persons in security uniform in a forest area near Lenjiguda village in Potangi Police Station limit under Koraput district. This inhuman and barbaric incident has appeared in all mass electronic as well as print media, which has shocked and annoyed the concerned citizens of the Society.

Deendayal Upadhyaya : ‘BJP’s Gandhi’ !

Deendayal Upadhyaya : ‘BJP’s Gandhi’ !

  (Note : This article would appear in the coming issue of ‘Think India Quarterly’) ..Kovind acknowledged that “the key to India’s success is its diversity” and “our diversity is the core that makes us so unique” and ended his speech with a call to build an egalitarian society as “envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deendayal Upadhyayaji”… The Congress took[Read More…]

Habib Jaber the head of the Arab struggle for the liberation of Ahwaz

Interview With The Leader Of The Arab Struggle Movement For The Liberation of Ahwaz

Habib Jaber, the head of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, has been interviewed on the Saudi TV station “alekhbariya” where he spoke about the movement, its struggle, and the future vision for it, and the Iranian regime. _____________________________ Between revolution and reformation, there is always an unstable period of time where the direction of the movement[Read More…]

Crime

Crime

No God can punish more
And no God can save.
This walk can only be beautiful
With a determined act of walking
The destination can be empty
But those who walk
Need not feel guilty
For their crime
Of being born as human.

Retired School Principal Honoured For Keeping The Story Of A Muslim Freedom Fighter Alive

Retired School Principal Honoured For Keeping The Story Of A Muslim Freedom Fighter Alive

The Vancouver-based Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) honoured Sarwan Singh Aujla, a retired school principal from Punjab and an author for keeping the story of Rehamt Ali Wajidke alive. Wajidke was a member of the Ghadar Party that was formed in North America in 1913 by the Indian immigrants to fight back against British occupation of their home country[Read More…]

Spain Moves Toward Military Rule In Catalonia

Spain Moves Toward Military Rule In Catalonia

In a menacing speech to the Spanish Congress on Wednesday, Popular Party (PP) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stated that, in response to Catalan regional Premier Carles Puigdemont’s speech affirming the October 1 independence referendum, he was preparing to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. This provision allows Madrid to suspend the authority of the Catalan regional government and seize[Read More…]

Saving George Monbiot

Saving George Monbiot

Since I’m (almost) halfway through my ‘history of the world’ blog cycle, I thought I’d take a halftime break and write about something else this week. Especially since an urgent task has suddenly presented itself to me – the need to save George Monbiot from becoming an ecomodernist. Now, let me start by saying that, week in week out for[Read More…]

What Is Behind The Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

What Is Behind The Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

  Egypt’s enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. However, the Egyptian leadership is clearly operating in coordination with Israel and the[Read More…]

Civil Advocacy Groups Disappointed By Supreme Court Order On Muslim Ban 2.0

Civil Advocacy Groups Disappointed By Supreme Court Order On Muslim Ban 2.0

  Civil advocacy groups are disappointed at the Supreme Court order on Muslim Ban 2.0. The Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday (Oct 10) issued an order in Trump vs. International Refugee Assistance Project dismissing the case from its docket. The case had been before the Court after a lower court blocked the President’s second attempt to impose a[Read More…]

Big Batteries: Elon Musk And Powering South Australia

Big Batteries: Elon Musk And Powering South Australia

At the end of last month, Tesla boss Elon Musk held a party in South Australia’s mid-north.  It seemed premature, but Musk was typically confident.  Construction on what will be the world’s most powerful lithium ion battery was going well. It had to.  Musk has made a self-testing gamble with the South Australian government: complete the project within 100-days and[Read More…]

Review: “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy – Empathy

Review: “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy – Empathy

After Arundhati Roy’s  Booker Prize-winning novel “The God of Small Things” the world had been waiting for 20 years for her second novel. Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” has been well worth the wait  – it is a marvellous feast of poetry, prose, characters,  causes, good, evil, the expected and the unexpected by a master story-teller and truth-teller[Read More…]

 Incendiary Incarceration

 Incendiary Incarceration

  “I shall never forget how I was roused one night by the groans of a fellow prisoner, who threw himself about in his sleep, obviously having a horrible nightmare…. I wanted to wake the poor man. Suddenly I drew back the hand which was ready to shake him, frightened at the thing I was about to do…. No dream,[Read More…]

Integration or Assimilation?

Integration or Assimilation?

(Mohan Bhagwat’s declaration of integrating Kashmir fully into India may, on the contrary, begin the process of disintegration of India itself!) The Oxford dictionary defines “Integration” as an action to bring together different countries, blocks, units and so on for political or economic integration. The best example of the process is the European Union. The integrated countries or states retain[Read More…]

The World Is Too Big To Rig

The World Is Too Big To Rig

The bad news is we have been deluged with bad, even mortifying, news, and for such an extended period of time, the mind reels in bafflement as the spirit sinks. Despair seems an apt response to events one cannot reconcile, of circumstances of which one cannot gain perspective nor control. “The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the[Read More…]

917 Egyptians Sentenced To Death Since 2013 Coup

917 Egyptians Sentenced To Death Since 2013 Coup

  An Egyptian Court sentenced eight people to death Tuesday and 50 others to life in prison for their role in a case known as the storming of Helwan Police Station. According to prosecution, on 14 August 2013 protesters stormed Helwan Police Station, which led to the killing of three police officers and two civilians. The police station and 20[Read More…]

Catalan Premier Affirms Right To Independence From Spain, But Delays Formal Declaration

Catalan Premier Affirms Right To Independence From Spain, But Delays Formal Declaration

Speaking Tuesday evening before the Catalan parliament in Barcelona, regional premier Carles Puigdemont announced that Catalonia would secede from Spain, in line with the result of the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. However, he put off a formal declaration of independence for now and requested negotiations with the central government in Madrid. The Popular Party (PP) government of Prime Minister[Read More…]

Catalonia: Step Up Mass Movement Against Spanish-Nationalist Reaction!

Catalonia: Step Up Mass Movement Against Spanish-Nationalist Reaction!

Statement by Izquierda Revolucionaria The rebellion of the Catalan people on 1 October forced the Spanish capitalist regime and the right wing Partido Popular (People’s Party/PP) government onto the ropes, opening a revolutionary crisis in Catalonia. The reactionary forces wasted no time in their response: using all methods at their disposal, and with the absolute monopoly in the media and[Read More…]

At The Core Of The NFL And America’s Sickness Lies A Potentially Great Healing

At The Core Of The NFL And America’s Sickness Lies A Potentially Great Healing

  Beyond the core sickness of America’s cultural and societal life, personified by such illnesses that riddle America’s collective body, like: the .1% who perpetually erode the overall health and well-being of the other 99%; the massive structural racism, political and economic inequality, gender injustices, violated constitutional First Amendment rights; there lies a potential healing of the nation’s social consciousness[Read More…]

Syria And The Moral Crisis Of The West

Syria And The Moral Crisis Of The West

It all started with the spiky, outlandish Christian Louboutin shoes. According to the “Assad emails” published by the western press, Asma El Assad, the Syrian president’s wife, had bought them from Amazon. This was in 2012, the very beginning of what would later become a full-fledge war. My first thought was: “You go, girl !”. My second thought was: “Oops,[Read More…]

Commuters Harried by Bad Planning, Railways And Mumbai Municipal Body

Commuters Harried by Bad Planning, Railways And Mumbai Municipal Body

  The implications of the stampede which killed 23 people and injured 39 at Elphinstone road railway station in Mumbai on September 29, are larger than we have seen so far. I visited the station and surrounding area three days in the last one week and noticed that the treatment of commuters is far more inhuman than we thought. Two[Read More…]

Nobel or Not so Nobel

Nobel or Not so Nobel

In a story published on June 13, 2017, in the Hindustan Times, Bobby Ghosh, the Ex-editor-in-Chief of Hindustan Times, argued that Nobel prize must be rescinded from those who do not live up to Nobel standards, thus, an audit of the work and worlds of all living laureates must be scrutinised[1]. Accordingly, Ghosh highlighted five undeserving Nobel laureates namely- European Union[Read More…]

The Psychology Of Mass Killers: What Causes It? How Can You Prevent It?

The Psychology Of Mass Killers: What Causes It? How Can You Prevent It?

  In Las Vegas on 1 October 2017, it appears that one man (although it might have been more) killed 59 people and shot and injured another 241 (with almost 300 more injured while fleeing). The incident got a lot of publicity, partly because the man managed to kill more people than most mass killers. However, because the killer was[Read More…]

FO Forward

FO Forward

  “While there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” — Eugene V. Debs “This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and[Read More…]

Interrogating Our Public Health Care System

Interrogating Our Public Health Care System

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Monis Ahmad The repetition of the ghastly episode were 49 children died in Farrukhabad at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital this September is nothing but a reflection of our health inequities that is deep rooted in our public healthcare system. In all 19 children died during delivery and 30 children at the hospital’s unit for newborns,[Read More…]

Linking Of Aadhaar To Heartbeat: A Positive Step

Linking Of Aadhaar To Heartbeat: A Positive Step

I linked my Aadhaar to my PAN card.
Then I linked my PAN card to my bank account.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my bank account.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my tax return.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my LPG gas connection.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my mobile phone.
Then the Government issued a decree ordering
that all persons must link their Aadhaar to their heartbeat
within three months or face discontinuation of the heartbeat.

The Post-Trump “Restoration”

The Post-Trump “Restoration”

 The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alexandra Corker’s much-awaited “The Restoration Years: America in the Post-Trump Era” jumped to the top of the best-seller lists almost immediately. The Harvard professor and I spoke in her Cambridge home about the revelations in that volume.  BW: Why don’t we start with the title of the book? Why “Restoration”?  Donald Trump, as many may remember,[Read More…]

Finding Our Way Back To Truth by Following A String of Facts

Finding Our Way Back To Truth by Following A String of Facts

  “To lead you to an overwhelming question…/Oh do not ask, “What is it?”/Let us go and make our visit.” – T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock   If you find yourself lost and confused in a dark wood, then perhaps following this network of knots strung on a long string of dates listed below will help[Read More…]

Disability Rights Activist Malini Chib Gets Award

Disability Rights Activist Malini Chib Gets Award

  Many may not know that world cerebral palsy day was celebrated on Friday October 6. It is a movement of people with ‘ cerebral palsy’ and their families, and their organisations which support them in 52 countries. It’s vision is to ensure that children and adults with CP ( cerebral palsy) have same rights, accesses and opportunities as anyone[Read More…]

The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not The Palestinian People

The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not The Palestinian People

  Some promises are made and kept; others disavowed. But the ‘promise’ made by Arthur James Balfour in what became known as the ‘Balfour Declaration’ to the leaders of the Zionist Jewish community in Britain one hundred years ago, was only honored in part: it established a state for the Jews and attempted to destroy the Palestinian nation. In fact,[Read More…]

Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

India’s saffron wing finally seems to be losing the war in Social Media. The foothold it had achieved in social media appears to be ending. Social Media had played an important role in widening its support base among sections of the middle class and youth. It had built up a cadre of supporters ideologically in line with the saffron forces.[Read More…]

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"Those who fight against the sicknesses, whether squatting in old warehouses, camped out at Zuccotti Park or Standing Rock or locked in prisons, have discovered that life is measured by infinitesimal and often unseen acts of solidarity and kindness." (Photo: Mr. Fish/truthdig)

Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope

It was close to midnight, and I was sitting at a small campfire with Sybilla and Josh Medlin in back of an old warehouse in an impoverished section of the city. The Medlins paid $20,000 for the warehouse. It came with three lots. They use the lots for gardens. The produce they grow is shared with neighbors and the local[Read More…]

Signals From The Adult Day Care Center: Trump, Tillerson And Corker

Signals From The Adult Day Care Center: Trump, Tillerson And Corker

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.” Senator Bob Corker on Donald Trump, New York Times, Oct 8, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may well be pulling out what tender remains of his hair are left.  With the North Korean-Trump spat now personalised to the point[Read More…]

Dismantling White Supremacy

Dismantling White Supremacy

Co-Written By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese Last weekend, tens of thousands of people marched in Washington, DC in the combined March for Racial Justice and March for Black Women. Native Americans joined black and brown people to lead the march. At the march, Rev. Graylan Hagler said, “White Supremacy has been given aid and comfort by a so-called president and so-called administration,[Read More…]

Could USA Do Worse To Korea Than Last Time?

Could USA Do Worse To Korea Than Last Time?

History of genocidal crimes against Koreans in their own beloved country by the USA before and after it became the sole world superpower as a result of the Second World War, which could not have happened without mega enormous investment in, and joint venturing by US corporations and banks in building impoverished Nazi Germany up to world #1 military force.[Read More…]

India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul

India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul

  Microfinance — an approach to financial inclusion based on providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, and primarily women-has generated considerable enthusiasm, not just in the development community but also at political levels In the last decade and half microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India have struggled to gain legitimacy as credible institutions even though they have[Read More…]

Destroy PKI totally, till nothing left

52 Years After Fascist Genocide, Indonesians Scared Of “Communist Ghosts”

    From Jakarta and Yogyakarta: It was once again a hot, muggy day in Jakarta. The air was full of pollutants, epic traffic jams blocking entire center of the city. Biasa, as locals would say, or in a lax translation, ‘business as usual’. It is September 29th, 2017, Friday, just one day before the most sinister anniversary in the[Read More…]

My Thoughts

My Thoughts

My deepest fear is that I will simply die one day
Crying for what might have been
The earth will be free of carrying my burden
And there will be no trace of my passing

A Poem For Today’s India

A Poem For Today’s India

Namo…nnamaha! Vande Mataram!
Mothers and sisters, our salutations to you!
Only make sure your limbs are fully swathed
Smothered with textile, yard upon yard of silk or polyester
Head covered, face veiled with ghungat or scarf.

US-North Korea Face-Off Escalates

US-North Korea Face-Off Escalates

The U.S.-North Korea confrontation has reached a perilous level and the risk of war is serious. The best starting point to take stock  of the perilous face-off betweenthe Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) and the United States of America is President Trump’s maiden speech at the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2017.Trump said,  “The United States has great[Read More…]

Autopilot Wars: Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting? 

Autopilot Wars: Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting? 

  Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts.  First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place, but at least seven.  Second, the vast majority of the American people could not care less. Nor can it be said that we don’t care because we don’t know.  True, government authorities withhold certain[Read More…]

 U.S. Public Don’t Care If ‘News’ Media Lie

 U.S. Public Don’t Care If ‘News’ Media Lie

  To say that the U.S. public don’t care if ‘news’media lie, is shocking, but I shall here present evidence that it actually is true — not in some mere theory, but in empirical fact. A typical example of Americans not caring about the truthfulness, nor even about the honesty, of their sources of alleged ‘news’, is that, during the[Read More…]

Revolution, Not Reform: Moral Courage, Redefining Progress, And The Myth of Social Democracy

Revolution, Not Reform: Moral Courage, Redefining Progress, And The Myth of Social Democracy

  “Revolution in society must begin with the inner, psychological revolution of the individual. Most of us want to see a radical transformation of the social structure…however radical that social revolution may be its nature is static if there is no inward revolution, no psychological transformation…However much and however wisely legislation may be promulgated, society is always in the process[Read More…]

The Seeds of Agroecology And Common Ownership

The Seeds of Agroecology And Common Ownership

The increasingly globalised industrial food system that transnational agribusiness promotes is not feeding the world and is responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing political, social and environmental crises. Localised, traditional methods of food production have given way to globalised supply chains dominated by transnational companies policies and actions which have resulted in the destruction of habitat and livelihoods and the imposition[Read More…]

Existence Of God(s) Or Not?

Existence Of God(s) Or Not?

  Our cave-day ancestors were probably very clever, resourceful, rational, logical and pre-scientific. They had to be so in a difficult world in order to stay alive in a hostile, barely supportive environment. They had to be so to bring generations of us forward 200,000 years for humans to the point that we all now exist. They brought us here[Read More…]

We Need To Re-Educate Ourselves To Survive And Live Life At Its Best

We Need To Re-Educate Ourselves To Survive And Live Life At Its Best

We presently are using whatever we can, with little to no concerns for our children’s future, as they, on present trend have little prospect and less to no chance that their offspring will be able to survive. Yet the continuation of life is life’s primary concern. But not in civilisation, with the new socioeconomic system of global capitalism, education primary[Read More…]

Wah! … Taj!

Wah! … Taj!

Removing from travel booklet
The imposing citadel bright
Cannot fool the tourist
Wah Taj!

From Mathura To Farooqui Rape Case: The Regressive Patriarchy Found its Way Back

From Mathura To Farooqui Rape Case: The Regressive Patriarchy Found its Way Back

  Way back in 1972, a tribal girl was raped in custody by two constables in Desai Ganj Police Station in Maharashtra. The Supreme Court in Tuka Ram v State of Maharashtra[1](also known as Mathura’s rape case) acquitted the two accused policemen on the ground that the victim has raised no alarm, there was no visible injury mark on her[Read More…]

The Importance Of Being Kanshiram

The Importance Of Being Kanshiram

Will BSP nurture budding young Ambedkarite or become a family party ? Today we remember a great social scientist of India who changed the nature of politics and political movement in India. Whatever the brahmanical elite may say about him, late Kanshiram influenced the Indian polity more than anyone else in mid 1980s and the impact is still felt but[Read More…]

Bangladesh, Myanmar, And The Rohingyas: Is Hasina Hopelessly Deserted By Her Immediate Neighbors?

Bangladesh, Myanmar, And The Rohingyas: Is Hasina Hopelessly Deserted By Her Immediate Neighbors?

  Muslim Rohingyas of Myanmar are the most suffering and yet most neglected human community of the world, about 900, 000 of whom have recently fled into refuge in Bangladesh from the inhuman torture by the terrorist Buddhist military-ruled Myanmar, which has triggered the largest ethnic exodus of modern times.  If the Rohingyas were not Muslims, they would not have[Read More…]

Believe Me I Am Not A Braid Chopper

Believe Me I Am Not A Braid Chopper

While coming back from work, I got in to a Sumo. I found a seat beside a nonlocal young boy. He too was travelling back from work, which I came to know later.  While we both were on our way back home, a middle aged lady in a very unusual way asked this nonlocal boy “Why you guys keep chopping[Read More…]

India Can’t Afford To Ignore Mental Health

India Can’t Afford To Ignore Mental Health

(World Mental Health Day -10th October 2017) According to an India Spend report, the number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa. At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number will increase to a staggering 20 percent. Further, the[Read More…]

Shankar Guha Niyogi – An Inspiration Of The Third Kind

Shankar Guha Niyogi – An Inspiration Of The Third Kind

Shankar Guha Niyogi was a leader with immense integrity and political purpose-fulness in life. And I am aware that I am not the right person to write about him. But since certain memories haunt me, I feel it may be good to relieve myself by writing about him. The time was 1979-80. My mind was filled with Marxian politics and[Read More…]

Dr.Najib: A Sketch of A Man And A Country

Dr.Najib: A Sketch of A Man And A Country

  (ROME) When in 1978 the 31-year old Afghan Communist politician-activist, Mohammad Najibullah, arrived in Tehran, “exiled” to neighboring Iran as Afghanistan’s Ambassador, I had just left Iran where I had worked throughout the year of 1977. Najibullah’s political party, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) had come to power in Kabul in April, 1978 in what is known[Read More…]

Nuclear Weapons, ICAN And The Nobel Prize

Nuclear Weapons, ICAN And The Nobel Prize

“There are no right hands for the wrong weapons.” Beatrice Fihn, ICAN Executive Director, Oct 6, 2017 Few times in history show the remarkable gulf between international civic action and international political constipation.  The will of approaching a world without nuclear weapons has been matched every step of the way with the desire and wish to acquire or keep them.[Read More…]

Glorification Of War And Consequences: Death In Las Vegas And Niger

Glorification Of War And Consequences: Death In Las Vegas And Niger

  If there is a mass shooting and anyone is asked where, the answer is likely to be the United States.  The reason of course is the easy availability of guns, even guns that fire like machine guns.  The Second Amendment allows the ‘right to  bear arms’ — to prevent tyranny say the proponents.  Yet, the world has moved beyond[Read More…]

From inside their street-level cages, prostitutes try to attract potential customers: men who walk up and down the busy street sizing up each woman.

Gay, Slut, Hunk

  A boy often falling over other boys Having a big company of girls Trying to be a classical dancer Hands used to move like waves of a sea Giving everything the perfect texture Had Rabindranath, Had Rituparno Girls spending their time with coffee mugs Discussing about the hunky boys Busy in revealing the underwear Alongwith the serpentine biceps Talks[Read More…]

Yasmeen: A Dead Kashmiri Embroiderer!!

Yasmeen: A Dead Kashmiri Embroiderer!!

Her name was Yasmeen which in Persian is the name of a famous flower known for its beauty and fragrance. She indeed was beautiful or maybe still is; her long dark hair as smooth as a heavenly fabric, her eyes beautifully dark and her face as fair as Jasmine which her name alluded to. And she was just a twenty[Read More…]

Dear Banias My Pen Will Write From My Grave Also: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Dear Banias My Pen Will Write From My Grave Also: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

A collection of quotes From Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s Speeches SC/ST/OBCs are nationalists, What About Narendra Modi’s Big Brothers’ Capital. How many jobs they get in that capital?—-Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Minorities are nationalists, What about Amith Shaw’s Industrialists? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd How many minorities get jobs in his private empire?—Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Foot Soldiers Are Nationalists, Why their brothers and sisters[Read More…]

BJP + RSS Declare Holy War Against Kerala

BJP + RSS Declare Holy War Against Kerala

RSS/BJP rulers of India have finally woken up against violence! You are grossly mistaken if you believe that they are seeking forgiveness for large scale killing/raping/maiming/robbing people of the minorities specially Muslims and Christians in 1992-3 (nation-wide carnage of Muslims before and after demolition of a mosque at Ayodhya), 1998 (wide-spread violence against Christians in Gujarat), 2002 (carnage of Muslims[Read More…]

Madrid Prepares To Deploy Troops In Catalonia

Madrid Prepares To Deploy Troops In Catalonia

There are numerous unconfirmed reports of troops being sent to Catalonia and nearby regions ahead of a possible unilateral declaration on independence early next week. Spain’s political establishment is openly talking of invoking Article 116 of the Spanish constitution, laying the basis for the imposition of martial law. According to military sources cited in the right-wing newspaper OkDiario, troops are being[Read More…]

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IDF Brass: Israel Faces “Catastrophic Defeat” if Next Hezbollah War Exceeds Ten Days

IDF Brass: Israel Faces “Catastrophic Defeat” if Next Hezbollah War Exceeds Ten Days

This week’s words from the Levant offer contending messages for Israel’s and Hezbollah’s friends and foes alike: “We are naturally unhappy about the fact that Lebanon will be largely destroyed. Ask Iran why this may well happen? But be assured that it won’t drag on for anything close to 34 days like last time. (July 2006). We urge all civilians[Read More…]

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 Donald Trump And His Sycophants

The battle against Donald Trump and his sycophants is a battle against evil. It is a battle against the dark side of the human mind. It is a battle for human survival. It must now begin with all intensity. The word “Evil” as originally defined by the Abrahamic religions has left the Western vernacular. Time to bring it back in[Read More…]

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The Pied Piper Of Shenanigonia: A Tale Of Guns And Rats

The Pied Piper Of Shenanigonia: A Tale Of Guns And Rats

     Once upon a time, on the banks of a great river in the north of our world there lay a land called Shenanigonia.  The citizens of Shenanigonia were honest folk who lived in peace in their stone houses.  The years went by and everyone prospered and lived healthy lives.  Then one day, an extraordinary thing happened to disturb the[Read More…]

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14th India-EU Summit: Partnership On Knowledge?

14th India-EU Summit: Partnership On Knowledge?

  President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Franciszek and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker are on a visit to New Delhi from 5th to 7th October 2017 for the 14th India-EU summit in Delhi. The summit is perceived as an opportunity for reviving bilateral ties for both the parties. Marking the 55th anniversary since the establishment[Read More…]

Rohingya refugees wait for the food to be distributed by local organisations near Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Violence & Peace Are Not Defined By Religion

A couple of weeks ago I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, it was at the time when several news agencies were reporting the Rohingya crisis unfolding in Myanmar.  There was social media frenzy around the atrocities by the Myanmar security forces and the radio silence from Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. This international uproar was a result of 100,000s[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Who’s Chopping Women’s Braids And Why?

Kashmir: Who’s Chopping Women’s Braids And Why?

Co-Written by Gowhar Naz and Neha Sharma “Braid Chopping”, the name needs no identification; no introduction. The term has spread its terror across whole Jammu and Kashmir.The term more terrifying than any of the deadliest weapon and any other damn thing. But then the mind reverberates and stresses on the “hows” and the “whys” of the incidents.If you say that[Read More…]

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I Am The Last Crop

I Am The Last Crop

My harvest without a red bell
From my farm
Beneath the well
Watching those eyes burn
Even when few clouds assist
And few turn soft pillows
Making it my debt
I am the last crop

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Spain Prepares Military Crackdown In Catalonia

Spain Prepares Military Crackdown In Catalonia

With Spanish military and police units already being deployed, Madrid has signaled that it is preparing a brutal crackdown in Catalonia. Spain’s Constitutional Court yesterday said that Monday’s planned session of the Catalan regional parliament, at which it was expected that the separatist parties would make a unilateral declaration of independence, must not take place. Coming after failing in a[Read More…]

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Why Are Washington’s Allies Getting Cozy To Moscow?

Why Are Washington’s Allies Getting Cozy To Moscow?

Turkey, which has the second largest army in NATO, has been cooperating with Russia in Syria against Washington’s interests since last year and has recently placed an order for the Russian-made S-400 missile system. Similarly, the Saudi King Salman, who is on a landmark state visit to Moscow, has signed several cooperation agreements with Kremlin and has also expressed his[Read More…]

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The Great October Revolution

The Great October Revolution

  The Great October Revolution in Russia changed the world forever. Since November 7, 1917, a century, the world has ceased to be the same: the world is no more under absolute control of the world capital all the time, the world can’t be absolutely dictated by the world imperialism all the time, the world can’t be compelled to carry[Read More…]

Boat capsize kills 60 Rohingya

Boat capsize kills 60 Rohingya

This week Just Asia begins with the death of 60 Rohingya in a boat capsize off Bangladesh on September 28, as they were fleeing violence in Burma. A UN spokesman said 23 people were confirmed dead and 40 more were “missing and presumed drowned”. Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in[Read More…]

The Face of Surveillance: Malcolm Turnbull’s Recognition Database

The Face of Surveillance: Malcolm Turnbull’s Recognition Database

Never miss an opportunity in the security business.  A massacre in Las Vegas has sent its tremors through the establishments, and made its way across the Pacific into the corridors of Canberra and the Prime Minister’s office.  Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull is very keen to make hay out of blood, and has suggested another broadening of the security state: the creation[Read More…]

The Gruesome Brother!

The Gruesome Brother!

Background information and precursors to this assessment: Growing Up With A Monster In Your Life! and The Bad Brother! The dysfunctional worker: Around twenty-five years ago, my sister, her husband and their three children traveled to our mother’s resort to spend Thanksgiving there. They figured that nobody would be present due to the resort only operating during the summer. Much[Read More…]

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 The Meaning Of The U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment

 The Meaning Of The U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment

  The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written into the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in 1787 as the replacement-Constitution for this country, replacing the prior Articles of Confederation, which had bound the United States together as the nation’s first Constitution. We Americans live under America’s second Constitution, but the terms-of-reference in it are the same as[Read More…]

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Which Way To Go?

Which Way To Go?

There is a beautiful teaching story from Korea of a Zen master and his disciple. The master took him to the bank of a stream that flowed between rocks. There he made a small paper boat and floated it on the water. He told his disciple to follow the boat and report back to him about its journey. The disciple[Read More…]

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

Institutional Investors in Indian Commodity Derivatives Market: For Whose Benefit?

  A major policy shift has been taking place in the Indian commodity derivatives market since September 2015, when the commodity regulatory body, Forward Markets Commission, was formally merged with the capital market regulator – the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). In June 2017, SEBI opened up the commodity derivatives markets to institutional investors for the first time[Read More…]

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Protest Marches Banned In Jantar Mantar! Noise Pollution or Pollution of Democratic Freedom?

Protest Marches Banned In Jantar Mantar! Noise Pollution or Pollution of Democratic Freedom?

Today when thousands marched to protect their democratic right to protest and dissent from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, the National Green Tribunal dwelt a severe blow to that freedom when it asked to immediately put a stop to all forms of protests at the Jantar Mantar because they ‘spread’ ‘noise pollution’. The court said that people living in the[Read More…]

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 Our Unique Planet Earth

 Our Unique Planet Earth

We’ve all done it at one point: look up at the stars and wonder about the meaning of it all. Is the universe infinite? Is there life on other planets? Is someone looking back at us, right now, somewhere out there in the inconceivable vastness of space? How small, how fragile must the world seem to him -,- Little more[Read More…]

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Boris Johnson Goes Caracas

Boris Johnson Goes Caracas

“Shame people with no knowledge or understanding of Libya want to play politics with the appallingly dangerous reality in Sirte.” Boris Johnson, Twitter, Oct 3, 2017 The Conservative Party conference in Manchester was always going to hinge on an important question: what would Boris Johnson do to steal the show?  Having demonstrated the hardest of lines on the issue of[Read More…]

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Las Vegas Massacre Proves 2nd Amendment Must Be Abolished

Las Vegas Massacre Proves 2nd Amendment Must Be Abolished

  The Las Vegas gunman wasn’t operating merely as a gunman but as a sniper, and yet the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment makes no distinctions whatsoever regarding handguns versus snipers’ weapons — automatic (or semi-automatic) rifles which spew bullets so fast the Las Vegas shooter was able in the brief time-span of only around ten minutes to murder at least[Read More…]

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“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”

“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”

Vietnam Napalm attack “Stupid is as stupid does.” — Forrest Gump 25 great forrest gump quotes – YouTube ▶ 7:01   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc_JXiRanlI Feb 16, 2015 – Uploaded by PonAdidas Forrest Gump Quotes 1994. One of my friends was drafted to be a soldier in the Vietnam War. He couldn’t wiggle out of the duty since he was not a conscientious objector[Read More…]

Give A Dog A Bad Name…..

Give A Dog A Bad Name…..

I want to begin with a brief thumbnail view at global geopolitics since the collapse of the Soviet Union under President Gorbachev. This was an event that was widely applauded and rejoiced, including by Muslims worldwide. Little did they realize what it would lead to. For a military state, an economy based on war, an enemy is essential. When the[Read More…]

The Crisis Of The Educated And Civilised Society In Kerala: From Kamla Surayya To Hadiya

The Crisis Of The Educated And Civilised Society In Kerala: From Kamla Surayya To Hadiya

Well known writer, Kamla Surayya was born in a conservative Nair Hindu family (Nalappat) in 1934. She embraced Islam in 1999 at the Age of 65 and changed her name from Kamla Das to Kamla Surayya. Many conservative Hindu sections became totally contemptuous to her for this behaviour. The Sangh Parivar accusations and attacks on her went on till her[Read More…]

Of Spiritual Smugglers and Stone Capitalists

Of Spiritual Smugglers and Stone Capitalists

Keeping tabs on those murdered for their rational, questioning world views, you realise that the dead are reminders of civilizational values that have been handed down by the great dissenting traditions of thought in this sub-continent. Whether rational, agnostic, atheist, or shramanic in origin, these traditions have sustained their vigour through time, though they appear to be eclipsed by more[Read More…]

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Verses Of Resistance: How Certain Folk Literary Cultures Of Medieval Bengal Had Risen Against Brahminism

Verses Of Resistance: How Certain Folk Literary Cultures Of Medieval Bengal Had Risen Against Brahminism

This was in the 13th century. 5 centuries had passed since the marauding Vedantic forces led by Adi Shankaracharya had torn into the sanghas, monasteries and stupas of the Buddhist. Meanwhile, General Vijay Sen had risen in coup from the barracks of the last Pala kings of Bengal to deal the final staggering blow to the last Buddhist dynasty of[Read More…]

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The Trump Presidency (or How to Further Enrich “The Masters of the Universe”)

[Editor’s note: This interview has been excerpted from Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy, the new book by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian to be published this December.]  David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump’s buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention.[Read More…]

Inaam, whose brother, Rahman, signed up to be a soldier as there were no other viable jobs

Damn, I Don’t Want Rahman To End Up Being Killed

Sultan, Ali’s brother, was killed in August 2016. Hussein, Bismillah’s uncle, was killed in April 2017. I don’t want Rahman, Inaam’s brother, to end up being killed. Rahman is now training to be a soldier. Both Sultan and Hussein were Afghan soldiers in their twenties. They joined the army because there were no other viable jobs available. Their families needed[Read More…]

Before Maria, Forcing Puerto Rico To Pay Its Debt Was Odious. Now It’s Pure Cruelty

Before Maria, Forcing Puerto Rico To Pay Its Debt Was Odious. Now It’s Pure Cruelty

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Paul Cox Donald Trump’s sadistic attacks on the people of Puerto Rico got most of the headlines, but it is colonial exploitation that created the unnatural disaster that continues to play out in America’s Caribbean territories. Many, including Trump, predict that the debt burden will make it extremely difficult for Puerto Rico to rebuild after[Read More…]

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Support Us In Making Indian Currency Accessible For The Blind

Support Us In Making Indian Currency Accessible For The Blind

How would you feel if you unknowingly give away Rs 500 note to the auto person instead of Rs 20 note and realize after he drives away? How would you live if in every monetary transaction, there is no way for you to identify the notes, coins and total amount? How would you feel if every time you want to[Read More…]

The Fight Ahead: 13 Questions About The Origins, Objectives And War On BDS 

The Fight Ahead: 13 Questions About The Origins, Objectives And War On BDS 

  BDS stands for ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’. The BDS Movement was the outcome of several events that shaped the Palestinian national struggle and international solidarity with the Palestinian people following the Second Uprising (Intifada) in 2000. Building on a decades-long tradition of civil disobedience and popular resistance, and invigorated by growing international solidarity with the Palestinian struggle as exhibited[Read More…]

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi’s Ram Rajya Vs Pracharak Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi Free India

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi’s Ram Rajya Vs Pracharak Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi Free India

Thanks to Vice President of India for wanting to build Ram rajya of Gandhi’s dreams which will be egalitarian and non-sectarian.[i] But as a senior RSS cadre and ideologue he must share with the nation what is his take on the criminals who murdered Gandhi and claimed to have been led by the politics of Hindutva. He must also comment[Read More…]

Become A Villager

Become A Villager

In 1985, when I was studying at the IIM Ahmedabad, our Professor of Organization Behaviour (OB) Area was Prof. Pulin Garg. One day he told us a very interesting story which has remained in my mind all these decades. He told us that some years earlier Ford Foundation, the American NGO, did a project to help village farmers to enhance[Read More…]

Sharmaji – A Communist Of A Different Order

Sharmaji – A Communist Of A Different Order

During the last few decades of my social life I have interacted with three kinds of communists. The first variety belong to those who were inspired, motivated and activated through ideological grounds. This section is fast becoming a rare species in today’s context. There could be a number of reasons for the decline of this community and at this moment,[Read More…]

Appu's Elephant

A Grand Animal And Its Rights

My name is Appu.I am studying in 4th Standard in a school near my hamlet Sambarkod in Attapady. I want to share with you the story of a wild elephant who has been the friend of us children for some years. We share the waters of the river Shiruvani with many animals, the grandest one being this huge tusker and[Read More…]

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Upper Caste Privilege: From Catharsis To Change

One seldom hears any of the persons..saying, “Let us do something to change the Touchable Hindu.”- Dr. B. R Ambedkar. “Frankly Prashant, if I weren’t an exceptional student, I would have committed suicide long ago.” His statement chilled my bones; having been known him for years, I knew he was not given to exaggeration or needless drama.  He was serious. [Read More…]

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The End of Empire

The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation and[Read More…]

How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel’s Plan To Reshape The Middle East

How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel’s Plan To Reshape The Middle East

  Nazareth: Palestinians and Israelis watched last week’s referendum of Iraq’s Kurds with special interest. Israeli officials and many ordinary Palestinians were delighted – for very different reasons – to see an overwhelming vote to split away from Iraq. Given the backlash from Baghdad and anger from Iran and Turkey, which have restive Kurdish minorities, the creation of a Kurdistan[Read More…]

Spain/Catalonia: Savage police violence met with resistance from Catalan people

Spain/Catalonia: Savage police violence met with resistance from Catalan people

Thousands of police and civil guards carried out savage repression in Catalonia to try to prevent the right to vote in the referendum on 1 October. The state forces smashed glass doors of schools used as polling stations and stole ballot boxes. The riot police were sent by the Partido Popular (PP) government and the State against tens of thousands[Read More…]

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RCEP In India: A Creamy Deal For Transnational Dairy Corporations, Growing Resistance From Farmers

RCEP In India: A Creamy Deal For Transnational Dairy Corporations, Growing Resistance From Farmers

India is being cornered to open up its markets at the ongoing negotiations of the Regional Com-prehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).A free trade agreement between 16 Asian countries, including massive manufacturers like China, RCEP will bring down import duties to zero on goods, both agricultural and industrial, for more than 92 per cent of tariff lines. Being the world’s largest trade agreement, it will impact half of the world’s population including 420 million small family farms that produce 80 per cent of Asia’s food.

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What’s In A Word?  Terrorism In Las Vegas

What’s In A Word?  Terrorism In Las Vegas

‘We don’t know what his belief system was at this time.’ Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Oct 2, 2017 Those gathered at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas were doing what revellers always do.  But the script would not let them persist in their pleasures, to let them be, communing together before their figures of country music. What[Read More…]

Why political correctness fails – Why what we know ‘for sure’ is wrong (Ex Religion)

Why political correctness fails – Why what we know ‘for sure’ is wrong (Ex Religion)

Most of us are familiar with the Politically Correct (PC) World View. William Deresiewicz describes the view, which he calls the “religion of success,” as follows: There is a right way to think and a right way to talk, and also a right set of things to think and talk about. Secularism is taken for granted. Environmentalism is a sacred cause. Issues[Read More…]

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Definitions: The Bourgeoisie

Definitions: The Bourgeoisie

It’s a capricious irony of history that the word bourgeois, which most clearly pinpoints the capitalist class, is perceived by nearly everyone, including the bourgeois themselves, as an epithet and is almost universally despised. Generally we conceive of the bourgeois in reference to their over emphasis on form and formality, [the aversion to making waves, no matter how unjust the situation], in[Read More…]

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Injustice To Justice Jayant Patel: An Attack On The Independence Of Judiciary

Injustice To Justice Jayant Patel: An Attack On The Independence Of Judiciary

The Karnataka Bar Council has called on all advocates to abstain from work on October 4 as a mark of protest against the transfer of Justice Jayant Patel, which prevented his elevation to the seat of Chief Justice of the High Court. In its protest letter to the CJI, the Council has held that the transfer exposed lack of transparency[Read More…]

“We Shall Not Be Moved”

“We Shall Not Be Moved”

I live in the so-called “pinko state,” MA, USA. (I never even once met a Commie here.) However, I can tell you that my state is NOT in debt unlike PA, has a robust plan for WICCA (Wicca – Cultural Approaches to Pediatric Palliative Care …), supports Medicaid (Massachusetts MassHealth (Medicaid) | Benefits.gov) and has UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. This means that[Read More…]

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Social Ethos As Basis Of Legal System

Social Ethos As Basis Of Legal System

  At the silver jubilee celebrations of the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta (Advocates) Parishad in Hyderabad, RSS chief Bhagwat cited the abuse of power during emergency as an example of immorality in our law and demanded that entire system be based on the ethos of the society rather than, assumably, jurisprudence alone. But while citing the 1975 emergency to elicit immorality[Read More…]

Impact Of Aadhaar In Welfare Programmes

Impact Of Aadhaar In Welfare Programmes

  Aadhaar, India’s ambitious biometric ID project, was portrayed as one that would enhance India’s welfare efforts by promoting inclusion and reducing corruption. From being a voluntary ID, it has become de facto compulsory for most welfare programmes such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the Public Distribution System (PDS). Despite early warnings of its limited role[Read More…]

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 Article 35 (A) And The Fallacy Surrounding It

 Article 35 (A) And The Fallacy Surrounding It

  The clamour having died down, now is a good time to logically dissect the article, separating rhetoric from reason and focussing on the rights issue that lies at its centre. Co-Written By Sheikh Attar and Palvi Singh Ghonkrokta In 2015, the constitutional validity of Article 35(A) was challenged, with a petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Jammu[Read More…]

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I’m A Rohingya, Am I Not A Human Being?

I’m A Rohingya, Am I Not A Human Being?

I do not have a coffin to shroud my dead son, how can I wear a black flag of ISIS to terrorise you country? With all the strength I am left with, I plead and advocate that I too am a human being. Do not ask me my creed, my colour, my religion, my caste and my decent and I[Read More…]

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Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, It is many days since I wrote to you. This must have been the longest month in my life- the days since I first heard about your killing.  I should say you were very much in my thoughts as each day brought news about events and happenings in this “great” country of ours that is fast losing humane[Read More…]

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A Cuban Mystery: The US Embassy in Havana

A Cuban Mystery: The US Embassy in Havana

Cuba has, for decades, been a form of political pathology for US political consciousness. Fidel Castro loomed in his indestructible guise, tormenting a succession of American presidents with his seeming indestructibility. Efforts at deposing and assassination had conspicuously failed.  It was left, then, to Washington to insulate, seal off and keep Cuba as an infectious patient of international relations, fearing[Read More…]

Zionism:  The Ideological Cover-Up To Jewish Supremacy

Zionism:  The Ideological Cover-Up To Jewish Supremacy

The benign-sounding term “settler” or “settlement” is used so often in the news without reference to Jewish colonization of Palestine that the world often loses sight of the immoral nature of the Zionist project in Palestine. The term is used to describe Jews moving illegally to the West Bank, and commandeering land that belongs to Palestinians. Waves of Jews moving[Read More…]

Great Hunger

Great Hunger

Earlier this year, the Sisters of St. Brigid invited me to speak at their Feile Bride celebration in Kildare, Ireland. The theme of the gathering was: “Allow the Voice of the Suffering to Speak.” The Sisters have embraced numerous projects to protect the environment, welcome refugees and nonviolently resist wars. I felt grateful to reconnect with people who so vigorously[Read More…]

Effective Climate Mitigation: An Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Effective Climate Mitigation: An Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Hello Justin, I hope you understand that while I must be critical of you and your government I have a great deal of empathy for everyone involved in this wicked problem climate change. I recognize that there are severe constraints upon you and every other national leader. But we still need effective mitigation urgently or climate change promises to become[Read More…]

Ramdev’s Cow Urine Therapy: Indian Muslims On Trial Again

Ramdev’s Cow Urine Therapy: Indian Muslims On Trial Again

  According to press reports Ramdev Yoga guru and Patanjali founder while participating in a TV show(September 30, 2017) said cow urine should be acceptable to Muslims too as something used for treatment. He went to the extent of claiming that “It is written in Quran that cow urine can be used for treatment.” Without going into the debate whether[Read More…]

Kancha Illaih’s Ordeal A Reflection Of Creeping Fascism In India Say Indian Americans

Kancha Illaih’s Ordeal A Reflection Of Creeping Fascism In India Say Indian Americans

The Alliance for Justice And Accountability (AJA), an umbrella coalition of progressive organizations across the United States, today condemned the life-threatening attacks against renowned author and Dalit scholar Kancha Illaiah by members of the Arya Vysyas community. The attack was an attempt on the life of the outspoken political philosopher who has authored several books including “Why I am not[Read More…]

Arsonist or Fire Fighter?

Arsonist or Fire Fighter?

This world is a coin. It has two faces. Both joined together but both different; often the opposite of one another. I am speaking about social media, the coin which on one side has convenience, communication and companionship and on the other, lies, ignorance and hatred. Both made possible by technology which like all technology is value neutral. What we[Read More…]

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Standing For Media’s Rights In India

Standing For Media’s Rights In India

  India, largest democracy of the globe, remains a bad place for working journalists irrespective of the regimes in power at New Delhi or any province capital. The populous country witnesses the murder of around five media persons on average in a year and that has not been changed for decades. The land of Bishnu, Buddha and Bapu has however[Read More…]

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Macklemore And The NRL Grand Final: The Politics of Sports

Macklemore And The NRL Grand Final: The Politics of Sports

One cultivated myth of human endeavour is the creaky and far from convincing idea that politics and sport are strangers, gazing indifferently from distant across tables, never to engage. Battles on the field can be waged without politics, while politics excludes sport with allergic vigour. The pretence leads to curious spectacles. It means that the International Olympic Committee can be[Read More…]

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Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

In the recent past, Government of India has tried to construct an argument that Rohingyas are a security threat to the Nation. Home Ministry has tried to indicate that Rohingyas pose security challenge and are recruited by terror groups. This point has been used to state that they need to be deported. RSS chief Mohan Bagawat the ideological mouthpiece of[Read More…]

The UN Minces Words, An International Tribunal Declares Genocide, And Evil On Film

The UN Minces Words, An International Tribunal Declares Genocide, And Evil On Film

  The UN Security Council held its first meeting on Rohingya in nine years last Thursday (September 28, 2017).  The language was harshly critical of Myanmar.  Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the situation as a “human rights nightmare” and “urged Myanmar to end its military operations”.  The number of Rohingya refugees has meanwhile mushroomed to more than 500,000.  All the[Read More…]

American Rape of Vietnamese Women Was “Considered Standard Operating Procedure”

American Rape of Vietnamese Women Was “Considered Standard Operating Procedure”

Comparing testimony from Vietnamese women and American soldiers, Gina Marie Weaver, in her book Ideologies of Forgetting: Rape in The Vietnam War, finds that rape of Vietnamese women by American troops during the US invasion of Vietnam was a “widespread”, “everyday occurrence” that was essentially “condoned”, even encouraged, by the military, and had its foundation in military training and US culture. [Read More…]

The Only Time

The Only Time

We met at the wrong time,
which, as chance would have it,
is always the right time. No one
who doesn’t know will ever know
what passion can do to calendars.

BHU Students Meet Member National Commission For Women, Assured Of Visit Of Team After Vacations

BHU Students Meet Member National Commission For Women, Assured Of Visit Of Team After Vacations

The National Commission of women will visit the BHU soon after the University opens in-order to enquire into the sexual violence incident, the police attack that happened and the false cases filed along with looking at the incidents of discrimination that the women students have complained for over two years. This was communicated to a group of BHU students by[Read More…]

Wake Up Bangladesh, It’s Time For A Foreign Policy!

Wake Up Bangladesh, It’s Time For A Foreign Policy!

  To some, the title of my column today might be utterly ridiculous, as it suggests it’s time for Bangladesh to have a foreign policy. They might raise eyebrows at my suggestion that, Bangladesh is going without any foreign policy, since 2009. To them, Bangladesh has a sound foreign policy under a seasoned career diplomat as Foreign Minister, and an[Read More…]

Rational Education In Pre- Primary Schools

Rational Education In Pre- Primary Schools

  “Why do we forget our childhood? With rare exceptions we have no memory of our first four or five or six years, and yet we have to only watch the development of our own children during this period to realize that these are the most exciting, the most formative years of our life. Schachtel’ s theory is that our[Read More…]

Ever Ongoing And Worsening Climate Change Devastation

Ever Ongoing And Worsening Climate Change Devastation

  Plum Island, MA “The entire coast of Massachusetts has been compromised and needs to be refortified,” he said. “We keep being told we need to wait for studies. We’re out of time.” – Bob Connors, Storm devastating to Plum Island – The Boston Globe Every time that I see hurricane or major other storm damage, it hits me like[Read More…]

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

Lokesh Sori who protested the Mahisashur vadh during Durga Puja and filed an FIR against puja committee members has been arrested. Saturday night the members of the organising committee filed an FIR against him to which the police acted quickly. His whereabouts are unknown. One source says that he has been sent to Kanker jail. Another source says that he[Read More…]