SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 176 December 2016
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)

EDITORIAL: FAREWELL COMRADE CASTRO

Vinod Mubayi and Raza Mir

 

By any measure relevant to a decent future for the world, November 2016 has been an extremely depressing month. In the United States, con-man Donald Trump was elected President on November 8, despite having lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes. Right-wingers across the world, including some in the Indian diaspora, are jubilant. Get ready for four years of unrelenting assaults on reproductive rights, minority rights, police brutality, health care and the reduction of public spending in the service of tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy. Read more…

TALLER THAN THE REST

Saeed Naqvi

 

An interview with Castro was a memorable experience on an epic scale.

 

AN itinerant journalist does in the course of his wanderings pick up an icon or two whom he values above others. Had I been old enough to have met Mahatma Gandhi or Jawaharlal Nehru, they too would be at the top of the list. Read more…

ARUNA ROY AND THE GRASSROOTS REVOLUTION IN INDIA

Jooneed Khan

 

In the “multiple Indias” where firebrand social activist Aruna Roy has earned herself a world-wide repu-tation for integrity and commitment, women of all castes, classes and creeds come together more easily than anyone else in the struggle for rights, justice and for constant deepening of democracy. Read more…

INDIA’S CRACKDOWN IN KASHMIR: IS THIS THE WORLD’S FIRST MASS BLINDING?

Mirza Waheed

 

A bloody summer of protest in Kashmir has been met with a ruthless response from Indian security forces, who fired hundreds of thousands of metal pellets into crowds of civilians, leaving hundreds blinded. Read more…

MONTREAL WOMEN RESIST OCCUPATION, MILITARIZATION AND WARS OF AGGRESSION

Women from diverse communities marched through downtown Montreal on Saturday 26 November, after hearing messages that brought life to global and local conflicts and the resistance of women here and around the world to protect the land, water, the air and our futures! Read more…

TARGETING NANDINI SUNDAR (VARIOUS NEWS STORIES)

Murder Charge Is Absurd, Top Cop’s Attempt To Harass Us: DU Professor Sundar

Hindustan Times 8 November 2016.

 

Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar, who has been booked along with Maoists on charges of murder of a tribal villager in insurgency-hit Sukma district, said on Tuesday the FIR against her was “patently absurd”. Read more…

DEMONETISATION: RURAL INDIA HIT HARD, FARMERS SKIP SEASON, NO WORK FOR DAILY WAGERS IN ORISSA

Basudev Mahapatra

 

BHUBANESHWAR: With the sowing season for the winter (Ravi) crop in full swing, Nabarathi Kuanr, 60, of Sudrukumpa village of Kandhamal district in Odisha has no option but to skip a cropping season as he is unable to get seeds and fertilisers from the government and the cooperatives because of the scarcity of lower denomination notes after the Indian government on November 8 declared that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes have been demonetized. Read more…

PRESS STATEMENT BY FREE SOFTWARE MOVEMENT OF INDIA

Free Software Movement of India (fsmi.in)

 

INDIA: DANGEROUS ORDER BY DISTRICT MAGISTRATE OF INDORE BANNING ANY CRITICISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF DE-MONETISATION BY GOVT. OF INDIA – PRESS STATEMENT BY FREE SOFTWARE MOVEMENT OF INDIA Read more…

DEMONETISATION: THE POOR DON’T MATTER EXCEPT TO BUY VOTES

Pratap Antony

 

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded. Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed. Everybody knows that the war is over. Everybody knows the good guys lost. Everybody knows the fight was fixed: the poor stay poor, the rich get rich. That’s how it goes. Everybody knows. Leonard Cohen. Read more…

DEATH BY DEMONETISATION

Satya Sagar

 

The abrupt demonetisation of 500 and 1000 rupee notes by the Narendra Modi regime is a drastic move that is staggering in its scale, ambition and repurcussions. The only other figures in modern history one can think of, devious or stupid enough to attempt something similar, are the likes of Marcos, Suharto, Idi Amin and Pol Pot. Read more…

THE CHIEF OF COUNTERFEIT GRIEF

Apoorvanand

 

“We hear that governance now will have a different cadence

Tyranny will now be the protector

Cities will be without walls or doors

The sky will tremble with counterfeit grief

Executioners will be in charge of funerals,

Killers will organise mourning

Orphans and widows will find their hands and feet bound

The heads of the faith will be held aloft on spears.

If this be the realisation of India’s ancient dreams

Then soon, there will be no India, nor any of its connoisseurs.” Read more…

A COUNTRY FILLED WITH ANTI NATIONALS!

K P Sasi

 

I thought the Muslims were the only anti nationals in this country. But I was mistaken. Earlier, thousands of people including even women and children who were questioning Koodankulam nuclear plant were declared as anti nationals. They are not the only ones outside the community of Muslims. Read more…

PAKISTAN: THE ESTABLISHMENT’S DILEMMA

Pervez Hoodbhoy

 

THE oligarchy which runs Pakistan, often called the establishment, is in a quandary. The problem is that whatever it says through its diplomats abroad — and with however much energy — the world insists on perceiving Pakistan as an ideological state wedded to exporting jihad. This is undesirable, but so also is the idea of changing course. Read more…

BANGLADESH: THE SOUNDS OF MADNESS

Iffat Nawaz

 

There is no escaping it — the world is increasingly being divided by hatred

 

How fast does sound travel? Certainly not as fast as light. Under the bright sun, all sounds seem to dissolve into light, no residues, no gripes. But what about at night? Read more…

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