SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 197 September 2018
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)

EDITORIAL: INDIA FAST BECOMING A REPUBLIC OF FEAR

Vinod Mubayi and Raza Mir

 

A perceptive columnist recently wrote that national leaders govern their people by two major methods; the first one promises affection and inclusion, the second fear and intimidation. As the rhetoric of “sabka vikas” (development for all) fades into oblivion, several recent events suggest that Modi’s India is quickly becoming The Republic of Fear, an appellation once coined to describe Saddam Hussain’s Iraq three decades ago. Read more…

CORPORATOR WHO REFUSED TO JOIN VAJPAYEE CONDOLENCE MEET JAILED FOR ONE YEAR

Sukanya Shantha

 

In an incident that raises serious questions not just about the fate of freedom of expression in India but also the rule of law, an elected official in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad has been sent to prison for a year for declaring that he would not be participating in a condolence meeting for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Read more…

CONDEMNATION OF THE MOB ATTACK ON SANJAY KUMAR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, MG CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, MOTIHARI BIHAR 

Sent by Ram Punyani

 

As sociologists, social scientists and concerned individuals across the world, we strongly condemn the brutal mob assault on 17 August 2018, on sociologist Sanjay Kumar at Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar. Read more…

ARE THE ‘SUPPOSED’ IMMIGRANTS IN ASSAM A SECURITY THREAT?

Ram Puniyani

 

The perception is that those not finding their place in the NRC are supposed to be Bangladeshi Muslims. The primary anger of Shah is against this group of people. Read more…

AS IMRAN KHAN TAKES OFFICE, MILITARY LOOMS OVER PLAN FOR ‘NEW PAKISTAN’

Howard LaFranchi

 

When Pakistan installs Imran Khan as its new prime minister Saturday, the cricket star-turned-populist politician will be wearing an old sherwani, or traditional coat-length garment. Read more…

THE CLIMATE CHANGE WIDOWS OF INDIAN VILLAGES

Arpita Chakrabarty, Al Jazeera

 

19 August 18

 

When natural disasters claim the lives of men, it is women in Indian villages who suffer the most. Read more…

TOP SECURITY EXPERT EXPOSES DANGEROUS FLAWS OF AADHAAR

Sandeep Shukla/ Ujjawal Krishnam

 

Scientist Dr. Sandeep Shukla’s confidential studies highlighted the loopholes in Aadhaar but nothing has been done to beef up data security by the government yet. Read more…

PETITION: PROF. SP KOTHARI- WITHDRAW FROM PARTICIPATING IN WORLD HINDU CONGRESS 2018

Aazaad Lab

 

Aazaad Lab started this petition to Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management SP KOTHARI and 1 other. Read more…

SRI LANKA: FORMER SRI LANKAN POLICE OFFICERS GRANTED BAIL OVER MURDER OF JOURNALIST

Two former Sri Lankan police officers have been granted bail by a court in Mount Lavinia today, after they had been detained over the killing of Sinhala journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge. Read more…

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SUSPECTED ‘FOREIGNERS’ IN ASSAM: ‘HE SAID MAI, I SAID BABA, WE BOTH JUST CRIED’

Tora Agarwala

 

On a Monday morning at the Kokrajhar District Jail, paper and patience are both in paucity. “We don’t provide paper,” snaps the jailor across a grille. Read more…

MAKING SENSE OF KERALA’S FLOOD DISASTER

EPW Editorial

 

The humanitarian response to Kerala’s calamity has risen above blame games. Read more…

OBITUARY: KULDIP NAYAR

Abdullah Niazi

 

Aged 95, Kuldip Nayar passed away as frail old men often do. A chill is followed by pneumonia that attacks the weakened lungs and there is nothing much that doctors can really do. Age takes its toll on the human body, and at 95, Nayar had reached a grand old age. Read more…

HOW KERALA SURVIVED ITS WORST CRISIS IN A CENTURY

Brinda Karat

 

As the flood waters in devastated Kerala recede, the extent of damage can be better though still not fully assessed and the way forward charted with lessons from what has occurred. Read more…

NTUI STATEMENT

Immediately Stop the Unlawful Arrest of Trade Unionists and Human Rights Defenders
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