SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 184 August 2017
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)

EDITORIAL: OPPORTUNISM POLITICS IN INDIA

Vinod Mubayi and Raza Mir

 

Political developments in Bihar, where the BJP has managed to fracture an opposition coalition, have been brought into acute focus the problem of envisaging a replacement for BJP and Modi from among the current political parties. Read more…

APPEASEMENT OF MINORITIES IS A MYTH

Ram Puniyani

 

The turmoil in Kashmir has worsened since the killing of Burhan Wani in an encounter last year (2016). The ceaseless protests, the handling of protests leading to deaths and blinding of many in Kashmir is very disturbing. Read more…

LOSING THE MIDDLE: MODI’S BJP MAY BE ALIENATING THE VYAPARI AS IT COURTS BIG CAPITAL AND THE UNDERCLASS

Harish Damodaran

 

Under Narendra Modi, the BJP has probably metamorphosed into a party more favourably disposed towards Big Capital in general. Read more…

YOU CAN’T PREACH SELF-RESPECT TO EMPTY STOMACHS’: INTERVIEW WITH THE DALIT LEADER JIGNESH MEVANI

Ilangovan Rajasekaran

 

In mid July 2016, a video of a few Dalit youths being beaten and paraded by a mob for skinning a dead cow in Una in Gujarat went viral and triggered a mass movement for Dalit assertion that probably had few parallels in the history of modern India. Read more…

PAINT THE UNITED COLOURS OF INDIA

Happymon Jacob

 

The Sangh Parivar’s saffron agenda must not dictate the country’s foreign policy Read more…

THE FFQ (FEDERATION OF QUEBEC WOMEN) DENOUNCES THE REMARKS OF THE PREMIER OF QUEBEC!

Montreal, June 26, 2017 – The Fédération des Femmes du Québec (FFQ) is outraged and deeply distressed by the remarks made by Premier Philippe Couillard on June 22 : “Islam cannot be dissociated from the acts committed in its name “. Read more…

CERAS (MONTREAL) RESOLUTION ON CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS

CERAS forwarded a resolution passed at its AGM in June, concerning the current situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, to Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada for urgent action. Read more…

DINA NATH BATRA AGAIN: HE WANTS TAGORE, URDU WORDS OFF SCHOOL TEXTS

Along with five pages of recommendations, the Nyas, headed by Dina Nath Batra, a former head of Vidya Bharati, the education wing of the RSS, has attached pages from several NCERT textbooks, with the portions that it wants removed marked and underlined. Read more…

CERAS STATEMENT ON ATTACK ON HINDU PILGRIMS IN KASHMIR

CERAS condemns the fatal attack on Hindu pilgrims on their way to Amarnath, one of the most revered Hindu shrines, during this pilgrimage season. Read more…

BANGLADESH: COLOUR WITHIN THE LINES

Abak Hussain

 

What makes a portrait offensive? Why is a ruling party religious affairs secretary so concerned about a child’s artwork? Read more…

DISSECTING HINDUTVA: A CONVERSATION WITH JYOTIRMAYA SHARMA

Nagothu Naresh Kumar

 

It’s a good time to be a populist. Across the world, populism has made significant strides. Sanctimonious populism coupled with ironclad convictions seems to be the staple diet of contemporary politics. Read more…

PAKISTAN’S JIRGAS: BUYING PEACE AT THE EXPENSE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS?

Ayesha Khan

 

Why are foreign donors so enthusiastic about alternative dispute mechanisms when they deliver second class justice for women? Read more…

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