Anokhi’s 12TH Anniversary Star-studded Awards Show
Honouring Canada and the World’s Most Successful South Asians
By A Correspondent
ANOKHI MEDIA welcomed over 900 guests, celebrities, notables and guests at the 12th Anniversary Awards Show on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
INDIA: News Briefs
NSCN-K ends its ceasefire with Government of India: The Khaplang faction of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) 'chairman' S.S. Khaplang on March 27 unilaterally abrogated the 14-year cease fire with the Central Government.SS Khaplang also expelled two leaders of the outfit's Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB), Y. Wangtin Naga and P. Tikhak, on the same day. Meanwhile, Coordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomeration of six Imphal valley (Manipur) based militant groups, on March 29 welcomed the decision of NSCN-K. The constituents of CorCom are Kanglei Yowel Kanna Lup (KYKL), People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), Progressive faction of PREPAK (PREPAK-PRO), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and Revolutionary People's Front (RPF). Nagaland Post, March 29, 2015.
Union Budget 2015-16: Continuity with the Past Framework
By Arun Kumar *
Union Budget 2015-16 is in the same mould as the budgets in the preceding years. The Finance Minister’s speech announces or mentions a whole host of schemes for different sections of the population. With a projected expenditure of Rs.17.77 lakh crore and a GDP of Rs.141.1 lakh crore, the expenditure is slated to be 12.6% of GDP. This is no small amount and out of this, a few hundred or a few thousand crore can be given to many popular schemes. Say, for women, children, old, marginalized sections, rural infrastructure, irrigation, agriculture and so on.
When Will The Good Times (Achhe Din) Come For Women?
By Shobha Shukla *
While stone statues of the female form (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga/Kali) are worshipped in temples and religious rituals, a large number of those made of flesh and blood face violence on the streets and in homes, and encounter discrimination throughout their lives that begins at (or even before) birth, and continues during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Online Radicalisation and the Specter of Extremist Violence
By Shanthie Mariet Dsouza
This publication addresses online radicalization and Jihadist recruitment in India. The author explores the factors that drive online radicalization as well as possible counter-measures. She argues that the Indian government needs to collaborate with professionals and experts in the non-governmental sectors in order to develop comprehensive and effective counter radicalization measures.
16th IIFA Destination: Malaysia
IIFA 2015 KICKS OFF WITH THE IIFA VOTING WEEKEND:
Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Akshara Haasan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Tusshar Kapoor, Huma Qureshi Vivek Oberoi, Armaan Jain among the first to cast their vote
By A Correspondent
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has announced the much awaited destination for the mega-weekend that is all set to take place this June 2015. Having travelled to some phenomenal destinations across the globe over the last 15 years, IIFA has graced the shores of the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Canada. IIFA will now return to the culturally diverse country of Malaysia after 13 years where fans and enthusiasts from around the world can expect to see their favorite stars descend into Kuala Lumpur during the weekend and witness Indian Cinema's most celebrated event unfold in their city.
Celebrating Internet Freedom
In India Known For Custodial Killings?
By Samar *
The Supreme Court’s scrapping of Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act for being “unconstitutional in entirety” is indeed a great moment in the life of the democracy. The Act did, in fact, invade citizenry’s right of free speech “arbitrarily, excessively and disproportionately”. However, is this really a moment to celebrate in the life of a republic whose criminal justice system is rotten to the core? Will it really lead to any exercise of freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, in a land where ordinary citizens fear the police more than the criminals?
Did Hindus Never Eat Beef?
By B R Ambedkar
The claim of the Hindutva gang that Dr B. R. Ambedkar endorsed the Hindutva project and opposed beef-eating as cow was sacred to Hinduism is a terrible travesty of facts. Dr Ambedkar, a great researcher, produced a brilliant essay on the subject titled ‘Did The Hindus Never Eat Beef?’ All those who are really interested in understanding the Indian past and wish to challenge the supremacist myth making for cleansing and marginalizing minorities must read the above-mentioned work which is being reproduced here.
SHOLAY Voted the Greatest Bollywood Film of All Time
Time Out polled Bollywood experts across the UK, US and India to compile a definitive list of the 100 best Bollywood films ever.
By A Correspondent
Ramesh Sippy’s action thriller ‘Sholay’ (1975) has been voted the best Bollywood film of all time according to a poll of leading experts commissioned by Time Out. Historical romance ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960) took the number two spot, while ‘Mother India’ (1957) (Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film) came in third.
Being Christian in India
Those screaming ‘conversion’ should know that even all the might of the British Raj could not succeed in enticing a serious number of Hindus into the flock.
By Mari Marcel Thekaekara *
I am a Christian. I believe that conversion is abhorrent when it is done for the wrong reasons. I have always believed that every person can reach their God through their own religion. But reading the comments on the raging conversion debate has brought many ideas to the fore.
Walk the Talk on Carbon Tax, Mr Finance Minister
By Sunita Narain *
Budget 2015, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has a first. In it, India has accepted that it has a de-facto carbon tax—on petroleum products and dirty coal. Arguably, the only big green initiative of this budget is the increase of cess on coal—from Rs 100 per tonne to Rs 200 per tonne. But the question is: is this carbon tax, imposed on the carbon content of fuel, doing what it should—reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change?