PM to Welcome His Highness the Aga Khan to Canada
By A Correspondent
Prime Minister Stephen Harper on February 7 announced that His Highness the Aga Khan will make an official visit to Canada later in February. During his visit, the Aga Khan will meet with Prime Minister Harper, who has invited him to deliver an historic address to Parliament.
INDIA: News Briefs
IB warns Andhra Pradesh of terror attacks by LeT and IM, says report: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) alerted Andhra Pradesh about possible terror strikes by Indian Mujahideen (IM) and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), during the 2014 election campaign. Following the confessions of arrested IM Indian operations 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar that several terror modules of the IM are operating in the country and inputs that LeT is planning attacks, the security agencies are on alert. Deccan Chronicle, February 28, 2014.
Bringing Back Black Money Held Abroad
A Diversionary Move
By Arun Kumar *
Black incomes generated in India are more than 50% of GDP or in 2013-14 more than Rs. 55 lakh crores. Of this about half is saved in various forms – gold, investments, undervalued inventories and so on. A small amount of it is held in India in the form of hoarded cash in the box bed or in lockers.
What Lies Beneath in India Mass Media
By Malyamita Bandyopadhyay *
The robust growth of the Indian media industry over the past two decades has been well documented. From a single state-owned news channel (Doordarshan) and radio station (All India Radio) until the early 1990s, the figures have grown exponentially.
India's Racial Hatred Kills Nido Taniam In Delhi
By Richard Kamei *
Racism, violence and sexual violence against people from north east region of India are not new. North eastern people are at the receiving end of this perpetual hate crime in almost all the cities and other places in India . The main premise of this approach towards north eastern people is on the basis of how they look different from the rest and also in having distinct cultures and traditions.
Liberal Hinduism versus Sectarian Hindutva
By Ram Puniyani *
Banning or attacking the books in current times has been aplenty. There have been many reasons given for this intolerant attitude by different social-political groups. The cases of Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasreen’s Lajja, book on Sonia Gandhi Red Saree, A.K. Ramanujan’s Three Hundred Ramayans are some of the major examples.
Dealing With Differences In Inter-Religious Dialogue
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan *
A major purpose of what is called ‘interfaith’ or ‘inter-religious’ dialogue (or, more properly, dialogue between members of different religious communities) is for dialogue partners to understand and learn from each other. What, then, should be the scope of such dialogue? Should it focus on trying to understand each other’s religions? Or should it also include trying to understand each other’s economic, social, political conditions and problems, which are often a major cause for inter-community conflict? In other words, should such dialogue be theological, or sociological, or both?
Break the Silence Around Cancer
By Shobha Shukla *
The focus of this year's World Cancer Day (4 February 2014) is on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tagline 'Debunk the myths' (the 4 myths of-- we do not need to talk about cancer; there are no symptoms of cancer; there is nothing I can do about cancer; I do not have the right to cancer care). Myths indeed these are, and coupled with gender inequities, they restrict women in low resource settings from accessing essential cancer services for early detection and cancer prevention programme.
Gujarat: Has Untouchability 'Disappeared'
How NaMo Made it Happen...
By Subhash Gatade *
1. It is a story attributed to a famous Saint from Middle Ages - a votary of the idea of Brahma Satya, Jagat Mithya (Brahma is the Only Truth, Rest is All Illusion). Once this gentleman was walking with his Shishya (disciple) on a road and suddenly a elephant appeared from nowhere and rushed towards this duo. Abruptly ending his discussion on Maya (illusion) the Guru instructed his Shishya to just run away to save himself. When both of them were at a safe place, the exasperated Shishya asked the Guru, why the Guru asked him to run knowing well that everything else is an 'illusion'. Without winkling his eyelid the Guru said ' Gajopi Mithya, Palayanopi Mithya ' (The elephant was also an illusion and our running away was also an illusion).
J & K: Omar Abdullah In Chair But Not In Command
By Abdul Majid Zargar *
Omar Abdullah may be in chair but he is not in command of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. This is evident from his tweet that on February 9, internet was blocked by security agencies without his knowledge and consent. Admittedly he was not even consulted on the issue. Permission is a far cry.
Manipur: Tentative Calm
By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On February 8, 2014, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), an active component group of the Coordination Committee (CorCom) of six Imphal Valley-based militant outfits, killed an Assam Rifles (AR) trooper and injured three others, near the Nambasi village under the Chasad Police Station in Ukhrul District. The AR personnel were on a road opening patrol when the militants detonated a powerful bomb.