SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 203 March 2019
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)

EDITORIAL: PULWAMA POSTURINGS

Vinod Mubayi

 

In a time of hyper-nationalism, reason and rational thinking go out the window to be replaced by chest thumping, calls for surgical strikes and revenge. The Pulwama episode reveals these features in gory detail. Indian TV anchors screaming like demented hyenas smelling blood if a guest dares to offer the mildest critique of the Government’s policies in Kashmir. Lynch mobs roaming the streets in many states outside Kashmir threatening and intimidating students of Kashmiri origin and forcing them out of their schools, colleges and hostels. Read more…

PEACE NOT WAR — HIGH ALERT/ YOUR PARTICIPATION IS URGENTLY NEEDED!

The following is the text of a petition urging for peace. It is followed by the links that may be used to sign on. Read more…

PULWAMA AND AFTER

Venkitesh Ramakrishnan

 

“If we are to defeat terrorism, it is our duty, and indeed our interest, to try to understand this deadly phenomenon, and carefully to examine what works, and what does not, in fighting it,” said Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace laureate and Secretary General at the time of the United Nations, at “Fighting Terrorism for Humanity: A Conference on the Roots of Evil” on September 22, 2003. Read more…

COVERING UP THE RAFALE TRAIL

EPW Editorial

 

In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha general election, the Rafale issue has galvanised the opposition parties, which are seeking to force Anil Ambani and the government to take responsibility for the irregularities surrounding the deal. On the other hand, spokespersons of the government are making every effort to disentangle it from these irregularities. However, recent revelations have embroiled the government further in the controversy, which reeks of corruption and malfeasance. Read more…

DECLARATION: MAHARASHTRA STATE CONVENTION OF WORKERS: DEFEAT THE ANTI-WORKER MODI GOVERNMENT

The Kamgar Sangathana Samyukta Kruti Samiti, Maharashtra, is  holding today the Maharashtra State Convention of Workers in continuation of the chain of its consistent agitation programmes – three day mahapadav at Delhi on 9th-10th-11th November , 2017 , January 6th  2018 Nashik convention and campaign, and the historic two day All India Strike on 8th, 9th January 2019. Read more…

WE NEED UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME AS JOBS SHRINK

Aakar Patel

 

The government’s announcement of a scheme to give small farmers Rs 6,000 cash per year is seen as a brilliant move that will reap political benefit in May. The scheme, announced in the budget, comes after two other developments. First, a report that the government has suppressed which says that unemployment is at its highest in more than 45 years. Second, that the Congress president Rahul Gandhi is talking of a minimum income guarantee. Read more…

LAW VERSUS FAITH, FEMALE ACTIVISTS VERSUS MALE DEVOTEES AND OTHER STRANGE CREATURES AT SABARIMALA

Nivedita Menon

 

The three images below teach us how society is transformed – by the courage and determination of the oppressed and marginalized; by tears of rage, and by stony cold resistance in the face of violent retaliation by entrenched power.  It is not that these pioneers were fearless, but that they acted despite their fear. Read more…

INDIAN AUTHORITIES FAILED TO STOP ‘COW VIGILANTE’ VIOLENCE: REPORT

Helen Regan and Swati Gupta

 

Cow vigilante crimes in India have been ignored or covered up by the authorities, according to a new report. Read more…

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