Narayana Murthy: Recipient of CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award
By A Correspondent
Mr. Narayana Murthy, Chairman of Infosys was presented with the Canada India Foundation (CIF) Chanchlani Global Indian Award for his vision, leadership and being an inspiration to millions around the world.
INDIA: News Briefs
IM planned fidayeen attack on Bollywood stars' gathering, according to Tehseen Akhtar: Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu disclosed during interrogation that the terror outfit had planned to launch a fidayeen (suicide) attack on a gathering of Bollywood stars. The outfit under the leadership of Yasin Bhatkal had planned suicide mission to target a huge gathering of Bollywood stars as they believed that the film industry was 'corrupting' the youth. The idea was to cause maximum damage to the entertainment industry by attacking a host of stars in one strike. Indiatvnews April 25, 2014.
Use Vote As An Instrument To Aid Struggle of The Exploited
By Prem Kumar Mani
The poll battle has begun. The great Indian people will vote to elect the sixteenth Lok Sabha soon. Every election is different. But this election – as suggested by forecasts – will be remembered long for its outcome. It may prove a point of departure for India’s future politics. In other words, this election may prove historic for more than one reason.
Six Questions For Narendra Modi, A Member of the RSS
By Shamsul Islam *
Narendra Modi, BJP’s nominee for prime-ministership dreams of ruling Indian polity which is constitutionally based on the principles of democracy, secularism, federalism, socialism and justice. However, there is going to be a serious conflict of interests between above mentioned fundamental principles of the Indian polity and Modi’s world-view which is controlled and dictated by the RSS, the most prominent protagonist of the politics of Hindutva. It is a critical issue as Modi publically admits that he is a member of RSS. And RSS hates and denigrates all fundamental principles of democratic-secular India.
A First for Bollywood: Stars Say Vote for An Inclusive Government
From directors Imtiaz Ali and Kabir Khan to singer Shubha Mudgal, the signatories are not just immensely popular but also commercially successful and have tremendous clout.
An election that has already split India right down the middle into those for and against Narendra Modi has managed to do something that's never been seen before - provoke the usually non-committal Bollywood into taking a political stand.
Supreme Court Recognises Transgender People As Third Gender
In a landmark ruling, Supreme Court of India recognised transgender people as a third gender. "It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," it said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female. The court ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities. The court clarified that its verdict pertains only to eunuchs and not other sections of society like gay, lesbian and bisexuals who are also considered under the umbrella term 'transgender'.
A Silent Coup Against Indian Constitution Part II
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat * Part I
In the system, we elect our members of Parliament and they elect a prime minister.
it is for the first time in our history that 'someone' has already 'declared' himself as
the prime minister of the country.
A careful image has been crafted of Narendra Modi as a 'tea seller' who was 'humiliated' in his childhood. His macho images are also being projected and promoted actively everywhere including social media.
For Whom The Elections?
By S. N. Rahman *
There are presuppositions, presumptions and also one-upmanship besides showing the thumb to the Election Commission of India. There are also threats of weird kinds from Maoists to Garo Hills based insurgent outfits. Some of these outfits here in the north east are being quite docile while others have shown vehemence. Come what may, the Election Commission has undertaken one of the most awesome drill in the country…..ie to conduct the elections to the 16 Lok Sabha with as many as 815 million voters who will cast their votes in nine phases from April 7 to May 12 spread across 9.3.lakh polling stations. This is proof enough to show to the rest of the world that in India democracy is still thriving.
Democracy In A Gutter, Literally
By Samar *
A man entered a gutter to clean it and fainted in the bad air. His comrade waiting outside realized this and entered the gutter to save him. He too fainted. They both died of asphyxiation. This happened a mere two days after Supreme Court outlawed manual scavenging again, and ordering, not 'directing', the states to strictly enforce the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 passed by the parliament last year.
ADR Launches its Anthem Song for Lok Sabha 2014
"Wo Waqt Kabhi Jise Aana Tha" - to raise critical issues involved in the Lok Sabha Elections
By A Correspondent
About the Song: The song, composed and sung by Harpreet, talks about the state of affair in the nation even after Six and a half decades of independence. Criminalization of politics and the nexus between money, crime and muscle power has affected the governance and delivery of even the bare minimum services and amenities to the citizens of the country.
Contemporary Dalit Politics, Ambedkar’s Goal of Caste Annihilation
By Ram Puniyani *
On 28th Feb (2014) Ramvilas Paswan of Loktantantrik Jan Party joined the NDA alliance. Same Paswan had left the NDA twelve years ago with the beginning of Gujarat carnage, saying that with the violence in Gujarat he cannot be part of NDA. This time his son formulated the face saver when he said that Modi has received clean chit in the Gujarat carnage. Few days ago another dalit leader Udit Raj directly joined BJP, with the assurance of being given a ticket for forthcoming elections.