Digital India Has Much To Attract China
By Shastri Ramachandaran* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
Although India and China are politically, culturally and economically different, the two countries have much more in common than the border and Buddhism. India’s economy, for one, is very much on a China-like trajectory. That has been so since the economic reforms piloted by Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister after P V Narasimha Rao became India’s Prime Minister in 1991.
Looking Beyond The Pathankot Attack
The Pathankot attack provides the Parliamentary opposition with a stick with which to beat the ruling BJP. But whether or not PM Modi and/or the BJP suffer politically because of the alleged security lapses, and whether or not the Opposition gains political ground, the on-going political tu-tu-mein-mein only serves to divert attention from the fact that India does not have a coherent, stated policy or doctrine on national security. Addressing this serious shortcoming calls for focussing attention beyond the most recent security crisis that the Pathankot attack represents
The Great Betrayal of Netaji's Movement
How Hindutva Gang Betrayed And Sided With The British Rulers!
By Shamsul Islam
Hindutva brigade continues to pretend to have great admiration for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who attempted to organise a military campaign to force the British out of India. But for unknown reasons the world remains oblivious of the terrible betrayal of his cause by Hindu Mahasabha under the leadership of Savarkar who also happened to be a mentor of the RSS. There is a mine of contemporary documents available to show that when Netaji during World War II was trying to secure foreign support for liberation of the country and trying to organise a military attack on the northeast of the country with the help of ‘Azad Hind Fauj’ (Indian National Army), it was Savarkar who offered full military co-operation to the British masters.
Who Will Speak For The Human Rights Defenders?
By Pushkar Raj
The Bombay high court judgment cancelling Prof. Sai Baba’s bail and initiating contempt proceedings against the writer Arundhati Roy is a major blow to the human rights defenders in the country.
To Fight Communalism, Left Has to Think of Electoral Alliances
By Ram Puniyani
After the first general elections in independent India the then Communist Party of India emerged as the biggest opposition party. That was the time when in US McCarthyism was targeting the communists. In India around this time RSS was promising the ruling Congress Government that they will help the Government to eliminate the menace of Communism. This also has the backdrop of the writings of the major ideologue of RSS, M.S. Golwalkar. Golwalkar, writing in his book, ‘Bunch of Thoughts’, clubbed Communists along with Muslims and Christians, as being three ‘internal threats’ to Hindu nation.
Educate, Agitate, Organise: The Dalit Student Won’t Be Silenced
By Cynthia Stephen
Rohith Vemula did say in his letter that no one was responsible for his death, that nobody -- whether friends or enemies -- should be troubled for his death, which was his decision alone.
He talks of his love for writing and nature, science and the stars. But his death has triggered agitation, and organisation. And, hopefully, some education will follow, as Rohith’s icon, Babasaheb Ambedkar said, “Educate, agitate, organise”.
Need To Cleanse The Education From The Dronacharayas
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat
An insensitive institution can not create sensitive students. We hope the government will wake up. The suicide of Rohit Vemula is a warning to India's brahmanical establishment to mend its ways. We hope the government in 125th year of Dr Ambedkar's birth centenary will act in good faith otherwise things might go out of control.
Rohith Dies And Multiple Issues Remain
Unanswered And Unresolved
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastav
Suicide of Rohith is conclusive evidence that in the country monopolistic cultural and hegemonistic ideas are being imposed by some people. Influential ones may be involved in the case of Rohith as FIR has been lodged against Central minister and the Vice Chancellor; is it solution?
The Suicide Of Dalit Scholar Rohith Vemula
A Caste Instigated Political Murder
Click to read Rohith’s letter
Rohith Vemula’s suicide cannot be seen as an act of desperation. Neither was his struggle an individual one, for grades for instance, nor there was a reason for him to go desperate suddenly. His suicide note makes it clear too. His letter is not a suicide note in fact, it is an indictment of the republic that had been failing its vulnerable citizens for long and has started to shed even the pretence of justice of late. This is our turn to not let his sacrifice go in vain.
Travails of A Muslim in India
Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and the Intolerance Debate
By Ram Puniyani *
The release of Shahrukh Khan’s film Dilwale (December 2015) was accompanied by protests by Shiv Sena and other Hindutva groups. These protests were supposedly against his comment on the growing intolerance in India. Shahrukh Khan; on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday few weeks ago had said that there is a growing intolerance in India and that being non secular is the worst crime for a patriot.
The Punjabi Contribution to Cinema - Part I
In the first part of this series, Ishtiaq Ahmed explores themes in Punjab’s history which shaped its music, popular consciousness and cinema.
By Ishtiaq Ahmed
For us middle-class fellows who grew up in Lahore in the 1950s and 1960s, the greatest joy and entertainment was to save enough pocket-money to go and watch a film in one of Lahore’s film theatres. In fact whenever I left home on Temple Road and reached Regal Cinema or Plaza Cinema, the pulse would start accelerating – in both these theatres Hollywood and British films were shown.