SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 199 November 2018
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)

EDITORIAL: LYING AS A MODE OF GOVERNANCE

Vinod Mubayi

 

The undoubted champion of lying as a mode of governing is the current US President Donald Trump. The Washington Post estimates that he has uttered or tweeted more than 8 lies per day on average over the last two years largely as a means of exciting his base who seem to cheer every falsehood that emanates from him. Read more…

NARENDRA MODI AND THE SANGH PARIVAR ARE TRYING TO APPROPRIATE THE STRONGLY SECULAR NETAJI

Subhashini Ali

 

A BJP loyalist from Madhya Pradesh declared more than a week ago that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was lord Vishnu himself (sakshaat Vishnu Bhagwan). Many may not have taken him seriously, but after hearing the prime minister’s October 21 speech – rather, watching it, as his public appearances before a mic are more performance than substance – one cannot help but feel that perhaps he took the loyalist’s assertion quite seriously. Nothing else can explain the cap on his head. Read more…

UNITE!  RESIST!  HATE & XENOPHOBIA in QUEBEC & CANADA

In Québec, (as in many other parts of the world) anti-Muslim racism has been on the rise for many years.  The most horrifying proof in Québec was the attack on the Grand Mosque in Québec City in January 2017.  6 people were killed and 19 injured. Read more…

PAST PERFECT AND A FUTURE TENSE

Rajesh Kochhar

 

The things All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) wishes to formally teach engineering students in the name of ancient Indian scientific achievements is a gross insult to ancient India. Making unsubstantiated claims about the past detracts from the genuine contributions that were actually made, and brings ridicule to an otherwise respected discipline. Read more…

PAKISTANI WOMAN ASIA BIBI ACQUITTED AFTER SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCE FOR BLASPHEMY

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy, in a landmark case which has incited deadly violence and reached as far as the Vatican. Read more…

SS & BJP’S NEHRU-NETAJI ‘COSPLAY’: IRONY DIES A THOUSAND DEATHS

Ashutosh

 

The RSS and BJP’s relentless attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family is quite understandable. After all, the grand old family is the last stumbling block in their historical project – the building of a “Hindu Rashtra”. Read more…

SABARIMALA: BRAHMANISM’S LAST DITCH BATTLE IN KERALA

Binu Mathew

 

The only code of law for Hindus is Manu Smriti. IX.3 of Manu Smriti says “Na stree svaatantryam arhati” (a woman does not deserve freedom). Manu Smriti is the code of the four fold Varna system, namely Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vysya and Shudra. Hinduism is in fact is rooted in this pyramidal varna system, Brahmins being at the top. Manu Smriti is at the root of the Hindu code of law. It governs all aspects of Hindu life from birth to death. According to Manu Smriti the lower castes are not even the right to knowledge, not speak of the right of women. Read more…

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. AKBAR

Harish Khare

 

Rather than give in to a perfectly justified sense of outrage over M.J. Akbar brazening out the #MeToo storm against him, his refusal to step down from the ministerial perch should be lustily cheered. The Bharatiya Janata Party establishment has just advertised to the whole wide world that it has lost its marbles. Read more…

A DALIT WOMAN’S THOUGHTS ON #METOOINDIA

Mimi Mondal

 

For generations in India, Dalits have been actively stopped from speaking. It’s a marvellous nexus—the actively casteist population doesn’t even consider us human enough, and the population that pretends to be anti-caste forcefully silences us. Read more…

PROPAGATING THEOCRACY BY STEALTH?

EPW Editorial

 

The Sangh Parivar seeks to push its extraconstitutional agenda under the guise of law. Read more…

THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION AND THE ANTI-COLONIAL MOVEMENTS IN SOUTH ASIA

The histories of the revolutionary anti-colonial movements in South Asia and their engagement with the October Revolution are reflected upon, in this article. Accompanying these reflections is a sensitivity to contemporary problems of Islamophobia, the manipulation of popular protests by imperial powers and the internal ethnic and cultural divisions that invariably prise open the doors for imperialist interventions. The relationship between South Asian anti-colonial movements and the October Revolution was reciprocal. Read more…

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