Vasu Chanchlani: An Entrepreneur, A Visionary Philanthropist
An Interview with Vasu Chanchlani
By Renu Mehta *
Mr. Vasu Chanchlani is a serial entrepreneur and a visionary philanthropist supporting projects having transformational impact. He is one of the founding members of Canada India Foundation and currently a Member of the Executive Board. Mr. Chanchlani’s philanthropic initiatives are numerous and include the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award, Chanchlani India Policy Centre at University of Waterloo, Chanchlani Research Centre at University of McMaster to understand causes of heart disease and diabetes among South Asians, Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and the Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award with CNIB.
BMO and Great Gulf Group Partner with PIFF | IFFSA | Toronto
To Celebrate South Asian Culture
By A Correspondent
The Punjabi International Film Festival (PIFF) and International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) announced that BMO Bank of Montreal has renewed its partnership for a second year. Together with BMO, the festival will showcase a selection of the best feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, celebrating the rich diversity of South Asian and Punjabi cultures. As Title Sponsor, BMO will support all events and activities throughout BMO PIFF | IFFSA | Toronto 2014, this year taking place May 15th to 19th in various locations across the GTA.
IIFA Celebrations in Tampa Bay, Florida
The IIFA Weekend & Awards to take place from the 24th to the 26th of April, 2014
By A Correspondent
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced that fans of Indian Cinema could expect the 15th Annual IIFA celebrations to make its American premiere in Tampa Bay, Florida. The institution has now announced the much awaited official dates for the mega-weekend that is all set to take place from the 24th – 26th of April.
INDIA: News Briefs
ISI gave INR 260 million to IM 'chief' Riyaz Bhatkal for anti-India operations, say Agencies: The Inter-Services-Intelligence (ISI) gave around INR 260 million to Indian Mujahideen (IM) 'chief' Riyaz Bhatkal in the last three years for anti-India operations, a recent intercept from Pakistan by central intelligence agencies has revealed. Riyaz, based in Karachi, used to send funds to Yasin Bhatkal, Assadullah Akhtar, Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu, Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, Shaquib and others (all arrested now) through Western Union money transfer and hawala dealers, sources said. Times of India, March 31, 2014.
The Significance of Coming Elections in India
By Jayantha Dhanapala *
The general elections for 543 seats in the 16th Lok Sabha (the Lower House of Parliament) in India are due in May 2014 and are of indisputable importance. It is also a gigantic electoral exercise with about 800 million voters, 150 million voting for the first time, in the world’s most populous democracy. Consequently, analyzing the trends and the likely outcome is of crucial importance globally.
Analysis of Pending Criminal Cases of Lok Sabha MPs from 2009
By A Correspondent
In response to a PIL filed by Public Interest Foundation, the Supreme Court on 10th March, 2014 directed that the criminal cases against MPs and MLAs should be completed within a year from the date of framing of charges by the trial court. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) analysed the affidavits of the Lok Sabha MPs elected in 2009.
Memory And Modi
By Mukul Dube *
I see around me a massive failure of memory. Narendra Damodardas Modi headed the pack of which the Supreme Court of India said, in April 2004, “The modern day Neros were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery and innocent children and helpless women were burning,...” (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-modern-day-Nero-SC/articleshow/612448.cms). The man is now considered by some to be good enough to be the country's prime minister. He is called a “Vikas Purush”, the many large stains of blood on and around him having been painted over by his expensive public relations team.
Symptoms Of Fascism
By Ram Puniyani *
Fascism, a phenomenon which emerged in Europe in Post First World War period has haunted the humanity since then. Its brutality, its crushing of democratic norms, its targeting of minorities, its megalomaniac projection of power of the nation, its ultra nationalism, projection of its leader as a ‘strong’ leader, the charisma built around such a leader are etched on the memory of human race as a lesson as to what should not happen anywhere in the world again.
Interrogating The Anti-graft Platform
By Arun Kumar *
A pro-business anti-corruption programme can only have a short-run perspective. Over time, as it leads to inequity, slowdown in the economy, and social discontent, the rulers will have to turn authoritarian
Ever Unready For Terrorist Attacks
By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP
In a series of arrests, at once indicating a major intelligence breakthrough and the sheer spread of the enduring threat of Pakistan-backed Islamist extremist terrorism in India, as many as 77 persons have already been arrested across the country in 2014, in connection with a string of Islamist terrorist plots and subversive activities. These prominently include Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, who had replaced Yasin Bhatkal as the Indian Mujahiddeen's (IM’s) ‘India operations chief’, and was the 'mastermind' of the Bodh Gaya and Patna attacks, and who was arrested from Naxalbari in Darjeeling District of West Bengal [arrest date not disclosed, announcement made on March 25, 2014], in the eastern corner of the country.
Civil Society Participation Vital for Public Health Programming
By Rahul Kumar Dwivedi
“We have always known that alongside scaling up diagnostic and treatment services, engaging communities is vital for the success of disease control efforts. This is especially the case for tuberculosis (TB) – an ancient disease surrounded by stigma, discrimination, and misconceptions. The Knowledge-Attitude-Practice (KAP) survey results underline the payoffs of civil society participation in public health programming” said Dr Sarabjit Chadha, Project Director of ‘Axshya’ at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). The KAP midline survey results were released on 27th March 2014 in New Delhi.