ICCC Welcomes GST Passage in India
By A Correspondent
Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce welcomed the passage of the landmark tax reform bill Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the Indian parliament earlier this week. The bill will replace a patchwork of central and state levies on goods and services and marks India’s most significant economic reform in decades.
Sep 9 – 11: Toronto Veg Food Fest
Indulge in a variety of vegan cooking and change your mouth’s mind
By A Correspondent
The biggest vegan food fair in North America is back for its 32nd year in a row. Taking place September 9-11 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Veg Food Fest will feature the best in plant-based fare.
Sudeshna Chatterjee: One Firangi Kolkatan
By A Correspondent
There comes a time in life when we begin to question ourselves and the purpose of our being. At one such turning point in ace singer, Sudeshna Chatterjee’s life, she decided to return home to Kolkata, after having lived in California for nearly two and a half decades. All her life, Sudeshna had been touching people with her music but she began to feel a deep longing to build lives and to support the under-privileged.
The artist in her called out to create something different – something that would touch human lives and appeal to everyone; seemingly everyday work but something that will bring joy to people.
The Rickshaw Wala
A Short Story by Kapal Dhir *
It was way back in 1956, when I was doing my post- graduation in commerce at Kanpur, an industrial town in northern India. It is a thickly populated city. A cheap mode of local transport there is cycle rickshaw- a tricycle foot-pedaled by a driver who, in local parlance is called rickshaw-wala (meaning the one with a rickshaw).
J&K: Policy Paralysis
By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management
The street violence that engulfed a large part of Kashmir Valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has so far accounted for at least 68 deaths – 66 protestors and two Policemen (data till August 21, 2016). The violence was sparked subsequent to the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8, 2016. According to official figures, at least 4,515 Security Force (SF) personnel and 3,356 protestors were also injured during the protests till August 9. [No official figure about the number of inured has been released thereafter.] J& K consists of three divisions: Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh.
New York Times Calls Modi’s Silence “Shameful”
One doesn’t often see a respected international media house asking a democratic republic’s prime minister to break his silence in an editorial. Even more rare is it to see this “silence” tagged with the adjective “shameful”. The New York Times did exactly that on 8 August 2016. The editorial forewarns Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, of the bleak future awaiting him and his political party if he “does not break his shameful silence on cow vigilantes, and reset his political compass on a course of economic opportunity, dignity and justice.”
India's Sporting Spirit Will Continue to Die
Till fathers of greed are the lords of the rings
By Prabhu Chawla
'Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan’ has a wearily familiar ring to it. Last weekend, when the two women to win medals at Rio—a silver and a bronze—in a contingent of 117 sportspersons were heading home, India was readying herself to extend them a well-deserved standing ovation. A 23-year-old gymnast came fourth, a first for a nation in search of heroes. Various companies and state governments suddenly became open-fisted, bestowing on the achievers money, land, expensive cars and gifts.
Amnesty International, India: Sedition? Really?
By Seema Mustafa - The Citizen
I received a call from Amnesty International, India asking whether I would be free to moderate a short panel discussion as part of a campaign on human rights violations in Kashmir. The task, their team assured me, would be confined to questioning some of the families who had lost a near and dear one about their plight, and their search for justice. No politics, no solutions, no wider canvas, just a short question and answer with the families.
That sounded interesting, as for me as a reporter, interviews such as these have always been far more interesting and worth the while than interactions with die-hard politicians. It sounded easy, and as Kashmir has been an area of focus for me ever since I was sent there as a young reporter to cover the years of militancy, it was right up my street as the phrase goes.
Why Are Jealous Media Rivals Pretending Their Slugfest is
About Press Freedom?
By Prabhu Chawla
Hypocrisy and opportunism are the dubious virtues of politicians. But rarely have journalists craved so intensely to acquire such padded principles to survive in their profession as now. I must confess that the press and politics are feverishly competing to outdo each other in partisanship and disseminating less of news and more of views. While politicians are using every trick in their trade to outsmart their adversaries, media personalities are flambeauing one another—not for stories missed, but for platforms misused for personal glorification.
Monsanto In India: Meet The New Boss – Same As The Old Boss?
By Colin Todhunter
Given the history of the US in using agriculture as a tool to leverage global influence, in India on 15 August, we would do well to remember that patriotic sentiments have always been used by the powerful to help disguise the true nature of power.
In capitalism, the state’s primary role is to secure the interests of private capital. The institutions of globalised capitalism – from the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO right down to the compliant bureaucracies of national states or supranational unions – facilitate private wealth accumulation that results in the forms of structural inequalities and violence (unemployment, poverty, population displacement, bad food, poor health, environmental destruction, etc) that have become ‘accepted’ as necessary (for ‘growth’) and taken for granted within mainstream media and political narratives.
A Snapshot of Irom Sharmila’s Struggle
16 Years of Historical Journey And The Road Ahead
By Ravi Nitesh
I convey her all the best on behalf of Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign and all fellow organizations, campaigns, movements and activists who extended their support to her in this new phase of her life. Meanwhile, SSSC will continue its struggle peacefully and democratically till Repeal of AFSPA from North East and J&K.