India’s 2014 General Election And APCO’s Trojan Horse
By Colin Todhunter *
2014 will witness India’s general election. And the choice available from the two biggest national parties seems to be more globalisation or more globalisation. In other words, continued acquiescence to Wall Street’s economic agenda.
Swiss Banks, Harvard And Mars In India Everything Is Okay!
By Colin Todhunter *
Fly me to the Moon… or Mars. It doesn't really matter as long as the Indian political and economic elites and sections of the cheer-leading middle classes quench their insatiable patriotic thirst for delusional superpower status. Noises coming from those involved in ‘Mission Mars' state that sending a probe to Mars (ahead of China) will only boost national morale (1).
The AAP Phenomenon and What It Means for Us
Dr Rahul Pandey *
In the past several days I have been a part of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s campaigning in Matiala constituency of Delhi. In this small period I have been witness to some inspiring processes and moments – motivation and hard work of persons volunteering for AAP; responses of people from various strata to AAP’s canvassing; decentralized and chaotic yet, in some ways, organized management of AAP’s campaign activities at the levels of constituencies and wards; and AAP’s unique model of local and democratic governance with a hint of Gandhi’s vision of ‘Swaraj’ or ‘Self-rule’.
Modi Abusing History for Political Mileage
By Ram Puniyani *
The politics of Modi’s parent organization RSS is based on distortion of history, medieval history in particular. To begin with the projection of kings through the prism of religion, to demonize Muslim kings based on distortions and falsehoods of History, and then in turn spreading hatred against Muslims of today has been the foundation on which RSS built it up.
Shakespeare And Indian Politics
By Vidyadhar Date *
Mr Sitaram Yechury, the CPM MP, has quoted Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare’s play while commenting on Narendra Modi. But the quote needs to be put in a better context. In an edit page article in Hindustan Times of October 8 Mr Yechury quotes Lady Macbeth’s famous line `All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.’ He used it in the context of Mr Modi’s now controversial remark that we should build toilets before temples.
The Convenience Of Racism In The Name Of Taj Mahal
By Richard Kamei *
Northeast India hogs the limelight in recent years for positive as well as negative news. Mary Kom’s success story is seen as an opportunity to educate the rest of India about northeast India which so far is either neglected or ignored for reasons ranging from inaccessibility to the approach in the form of racism. The focus of northeast region post Mary Kom’s success at Olympic Games stopped at putting northeast as an exotic region to be explored by barring the deeper understanding of the varied cultures of different tribes and indigenous people, the political dynamics, the ecology etc.
13 Years Of Fast A Consistent ‘Satyagrah’ Of A Woman
By Ravi Nitesh *
With the 5th November this year, a lady named Irom Sharmila is completing her 13 year of fast. She is imprisoned to security ward of JLN Hospital of Imphal on the charges of 'commit to suicide attempt' since last many years. With the general procedure of law, she appears in court on the date of hearing and judge ask her if she will continue her fast, and she replies in positive. People are emotional for her, she has moral support from all over world, of the organizations and individuals who work and support her struggle.
Counter Terrorism: Programmed to Fail
By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP
India's capacity for self-deception is extreme, and this constitutes the gravest threat to national security. The state's counterterrorism (CT) 'policies' have been based principally on political posturing, and not on objective and urgent considerations of strategy and response.
15 Critically Endangered Species Of Indian Birds
By Marianne de Nazareth *
With human population figures galloping to even greater heights every year, is it any wonder that fifteen bird species are critically endangered in India? Three other species face greater danger as compared to last year and will soon get added to the critically endangered list if we do not care, say researchers.
A Secular Offensive?
By Mukul Dube *
One reality that is clear to all is that the secular forces in India do not act: we only react. The other side lights fires and we rush to douse the flames. We leave the embers glowing, which makes it easy for the next fire to be lit. Having done what we can to repair the damage caused by the fire, we retreat to our seminar rooms and our writing desks: and there we stay until the next fire forces us off our backsides. We let loose torrents of words but accomplish little or nothing.
A Google For India’s Poor
By Keya Acharya
Deep in the forests of central India live the Gond tribals, an almost forgotten lot, neglected as much by the state as by mainstream media. Many cannot read or write. But thanks to a new technology, and the rapid spread of mobile phones through India, they are now picking up their cell phone and making their voice heard.