SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 205 May 2019
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)


INSAF Bulletin strongly condemns the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka that took the lives of hundreds of innocent people, mainly Christians celebrating Easter and offers its sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

EDITORIAL: ELECTION CHICANERY, AND INDO-PAK PEACE – SOME REFLECTIONS

Vinod Mubayi

 

Two phases of the more than month long Indian elections are over with several still to come before the results are finally declared late next month. Read more…

BEYOND ELECTORAL BONDS

EPW Editorial

 

Electoral reforms should look beyond “anonymity of donors” to make a real difference. Read more…

OPINION: ON BALAKOT AND AFTER, REAL MYSTERY IS HOW THE INDIAN RESPONSE HAS BEEN TOUTED AS A TRIUMPH

Girish Shahane

 

We desperately need details countering the international narrative that is building steadily claiming that the Balakot mission was a failure. Read more…

THE CONTINUING CRUCIFIXION OF AMARTYA SEN

Santosh Paul

 

An article has surfaced under the title ‘Strange Saga of Amartya Sen and the Rothschilds’ by the author Arvind Kumar. The title is obviously meant to conjure up the latent anti-Semitic sentiment against a time tested goblin – the Jewish global financial conspiracy. This harangue is published in an online newspaper called Sunday Guardian. Read more…

THE MASSACRE THAT LED TO THE END OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Gyan Prakash

 

The events at Jallianwala Bagh, in the Indian city of Amritsar, marked the beginning of the resistance against colonial governance. Read more…

THE GOVERNANCE DASHBOARD: THE BJP REGIME AND ITS PROMISES

Vamsi Vakulabharanam and Sripad Motiram

 

The current regime has failed to deliver on its promises of development and clean government. Read more…

THE TRUE STATE OF DEVELOPMENT

Rahul Menon

 

A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction? edited by Rohit Azad, Shouvik Chakraborty, Srinivasan Ramani and Dipa Sinha, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2019; pp 315, 495. Read more…

PAKISTAN TO RELEASE 360 INDIAN PRISONERS AS TENSIONS EASE

Syed Raza Hassan

 

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners this month, the foreign office said on Friday, as the nuclear-armed neighbours scale back from a confrontation that prompted world powers to urge restraint. Read more…

IN DETAIL: ACCESS TO FACILITIES FOR WOMEN EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Shireen J Jejeebhoy and  K G Santhya

 

In India, 29% of women aged 15–49 have experienced marital violence. Although crisis centres, known as helplines, exist to support those who experience violence, little is known about the experiences of women who use these services. Read more…

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