SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 198 October 2018
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)

EDITORIAL: THE REPUBLIC OF FEAR – II

Vinod Mubayi

 

Last month, Insaf Bulletin published the first installment of The Republic of Fear, the attempt of the Modi-Shah regime to instill a climate of fear in the public to forestall opposition in advance of the 2019 national elections. This was to ensure that the mounting protests against the failed policies of the regime, especially by the marginalized sections of society like the Dalits, would be met by intimidation including false arrests on fake grounds of those who articulated the causes of the Dalits most clearly, such as lawyers, academics, and activists. Read more…

ANAND TELTUMBDE: HOW THE POLICE CAN FABRICATE EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT ANYONE IS AN ‘URBAN MAOIST’

The Pune Police has been brandishing letters ostensibly extracted from the hard disk confiscated from activist Rona Wilson during the raid on his home on June 6. Computers have come handy for the police to produce virtually anything, quite like Satya Saibaba’s vibhuti, to implicate anyone and to harass them for a number of years as dreaded criminals, without an iota of misdoing. Even the inventors of computer systems could probably not have imagined that their creations would find such a vile application in the hands of the unscrupulous Indian police to destroy the lives of innocent people. Read more…

STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AT HINDU NATIONALIST CONFERENCE

Chicago South Asians for Justice is a coalition resisting the rise of global fascism in the United States, India, and worldwide. Last night, we staged a peaceful disruption of the World Hindu Congress (WHC), an event that celebrated speakers like Mohan Bhagwat, the chair of the Indian right-wing, militant group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), now ascendant in Indian politics. Read more…

RAT POISON

Sumanta Banerjee

 

There is a nation-wide scare about a plot to kill our beloved prime minister Narendra Modi-ji by Maoists. Thanks to the ever alert police force of Maharashtra – and aided by our even more alert national investigative agencies – the conspirators have been apprehended before they could carry out their plot. Read more…

INDIA’S RIOTOUS TRIUMPH OF EQUALITY

Manil Suri

 

In a landmark ruling this week, the Indian Supreme Court didn’t simply strike down Section 377, the odious British-introduced law criminalizing homosexual acts — it did so in a judgment of remarkable scope and eloquence. Read more…

NARENDRA MODI: THE DISASTROUS PRIME MINISTER

Uttam Sengupta

 

He is the first PM to have replaced politics of hope with politics of fear. His public speeches are replete with innuendos, conspiracy theories, communal canards and victim card play. Read more…

PROSPECT OF PEACE PROCESS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN

Adeela Ahmed

 

The Sovereign States frame their foreign policy to set political goals that enable them to interact with the other countries of the world to promote their national interest, national security and enhance national power. Read more…

UN TELLS OF MYANMAR GENOCIDE BUT ARE WORLD POWERS LISTENING?

Simon Tisdall

 

The UN report on violence inflicted on Rohingya Muslims and other minorities by Myanmar’s security forces is damning, but whether the guilty will ever face justice is open to serious question. Much now depends on the willingness of the UK and other veto-wielding UN security council members to forcefully pursue the allegations of genocide and crimes against humanity. Read more…

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ATHEISTS AND NON-BELIEVERS

Anurag Bhaskar and Shubham Kumar

 

Though atheism has been socially prevalent in India, it has remained a grey area in the legal context. There are no specific laws catering to atheists and they are considered as belonging to the religion of their birth. Read more…

ARE SEWER DEATHS THE NEW NORMAL?

EPW Editorial

 

The recent deaths of six sewerage workers in Delhi in two separate incidents form part of a continuing series of such deaths. However, the response of the authorities indicates a new normality. It is typical of all that is unacceptable and insensitive in dealing with those who are condemned to perform a task that is considered as crucial in the rhetorical language of swachh Bharat (clean India). Read more…

THE TRUTH OF RSS IN ITS’ OWN WORDS

The AISA Collective

 

Introduction

 

All wings of the hydra-headed Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS), be it the student front ABVP, or Bajrang Dal, or BJP or its numerous vahinis and senas share the ideology of the RSS. Read more…

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