Fleeing Mallya Rakes Up The Deep Rot In Indian Democracy
By Asian Human Rights Commission
An ominous open tweet threatening to expose “media bosses” would perhaps be the last thing to expect from member of Indian Parliament and media honcho, even if this is someone who is under investigation for “defrauding” publicly owned IDBI bank of INR Rupees 900 Crore.
The Death Of Two Airlines
By B.F. Firos *
Indian journalists used to suffer from an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) of a peculiar kind as they religiously prefixed the adjective ‘flamboyant’ to refer to Vijay Mallya. The ‘flamboyant’ fixation and occasional comparison to Richard Branson remained at its feverish pinnacle even after his Kingfisher Airlines ran aground and employees staged public protests demanding their unpaid salaries. As banks started baying for his blood, we saw the overly used ‘flamboyant’ getting replaced, though much reluctance, with words like ‘beleaguered.’
2016-17 Budget Reflects A Mirage For Universal Health
By Dr Sandeep Pandey & Bobby Ramakant
India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise that 2016-2017 budget too takes that agenda forward. Also earlier this month Indian government indicated its intent to exit from hospital 'sector' (along with Air India). The vision of universal healthcare coverage - which leaves no one behind - can only be achieved from robust and well-funded public health system which is not running on cost-to-cost or for-profit motives. This is why privatisation of public health system is not only weakening it but also jeopardizing access to healthcare for most in need.
What Does It Take to Beat Drug-resistant TB?
By Shobha Shukla *
I met Lucy in Khayelishta (near Cape Town) on the bright sunny morning of 4th December 2015 - just two days after she had celebrated the 10th birthday of her lovely daughter. A cured multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB survivor, her face glowed with the happiness and pride of winning her battle against two dreadful diseases.
It all began in 2005, when Lucy went to a clinic to confirm her 2nd pregnancy (she already had a 7 years old son).
Unique in the World - Catholics and Hindus Share the Same Church
By Dr Kumar Mahabir *
On Good Friday, Roman Catholics will again share their church with thousands of Hindus who will pay homage to the dark-skinned wooden statue of Virgin Mary, who Hindus worship as Mother Kali.
Anthropologist Dr. Kumar Mahabir recently presented a research paper on this phenomenon that has been taking place every Good Friday for over 140 years in the Roman Catholic church in Siparia in Trinidad and Tobago.
Indian Women Debate On The Right To Pray This Women’s Day
By Shubhda Chaudhary
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Indian women are still fighting for the Right to Pray. On 7th March, Activist Trupti Desai along with other members of her Bhumata Brigade almost 30 km away from the Trimbakeshwar temple. The brigade was marching towards the temple in Nashik to enter into its inner sanctum, to oppose the decades-long ban on the entry of women.
Chhattisgarh: CPI-Maoist’s Continuing Potency
By Bibhu Prasad Routray
Killing of 16 civilians in the worst massacre since 2013 and another three security force personnel in Chhattisgarh by the CPI-Maoist brings back attention on the potency of a declining extremism. The state’s continued achievements in neutralising its cadres does not appear to have dented its capacities to carry out selective and well-planned strikes.
To Haryana Chief Minister - An Open Letter
When CM Manohar Khattar Broke Down And Wept
CPI(MR) Press Release
It is indeed a sad day for all of India when one reads that you, as the Chief Minister of Haryana, broke down and wept over the senseless violence during the recent Jat agitation demanding reservation. The targeting of members of your own Punjabi community as well as other OBC communities, the looting and arson as well as alleged incidents of rape that have been reported are a matter of shame for the entire country.
Kashmir: Psychosocial Implications Of Armed Struggle
By Sheikh Umar Ahmad
The ongoing violence, the constant threat and poor future perspective put a heavy strain on the natural coping mechanisms of the people in Kashmir. A lot of people suffer from stress (normal or related to traumatic event), high amount of psychosocial problems (substance abuse, distrust) are registered and disorders like anxiety, mood and post-traumatic disorders are mounting. Most of the mental pain is presented as physical (somatization). Mental health experts in the state’s summer capital, Srinagar, said that there has been a staggering increase in the number of stress and trauma related cases in the Kashmir valley and these psychological problems have also given rise to general health problems like diabetes, cardiac problems and hypertension.
Maharashtra: Cabinet On Disaster Tour To Curb Farmer Suicides
The government of Maharashtra has finally woken up to the agrarian crisis that has, according to official statistics, already ensnared the lives of 124 farmers in the state in the first 45 days of the year. Awoken, the government has decided to take action. And, the action that the government has decided to take is to send its Council of Ministers on a tour of three of the worst hit districts: Beed, Osmanabad, and Latur.
Meghalaya: Lingering Troubles
By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
On February 25, 2016, Meghalaya Government launched the third phase of Operation Hill Storm (OHS) against Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants in the Garo Hills region of the State. The Garo Hills region comprises five Districts – West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills, South Garo Hills and North Garo Hills.