India Proves George Orwell Right

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By Gurpreet Singh

When George Orwell published his famous novel “1984” in 1949, he wouldn’t have imagined how his fiction will be turned into a reality in the country of his birth only three decades later.

Orwell was born on June 25, 1903 in British India in the state of Bihar. His father was a civil servant posted with the Opium Department.

“1984” is about an imaginary totalitarian regime where any voice of dissent could be stifled and the society is expected to be homogeneous with no alternative thoughts ever allowed to exist.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/india-proves-george-orwell-right/5596382

Complementary Digital Currencies May Be On Their Way

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By Anandi Sharan

The Government of India has decided to set up a committee to report back within six month with recommendations on how to regulate digital currencies.

Digital currencies are cropping up on the internet to address some fundamental short comings of capitalism and world trade. Whilst some might want to allow only Rupee in India and reform the Reserve Bank of India (I myself have made such a proposal), others (and I count myself an advocate of this option too) are determined to make complementary currencies on Cloud platforms the solution to currency scarcity of 95% of Indians in the informal sector.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/20/complementary-digital-currencies-may-be-on-their-way-in-india/

India’s Nuclear-weapon Inventory Set to Increase, says IISS

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By Gurdip Singh

India’s nuclear-weapons inventory is expected to expand in both quantity and quality as the country is aiming to build an “adequate deterrent capacity” against China, according to a new report. The report on Asia Pacific Regional Security Assessment for 2017 released by the International Institute of Strategic Studies at the ShangriLa Dialogue here.

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http://www.livemint.com/Politics/iF9UwMCcvCnhLx4tx93gPL/Indias-nuclearweapon-inventory-set-to-increase-says-IISS.html

Myth Of Free-Media In India

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Vidya Bhushan Rawat gives an unvarnished take on NDTV raid, media freedom and censorship

Press Club of India is normally an empty space unless a few of those, who don’t have enough resources to pay at the India International Center or India Habitat Center or some Five Star hotels, do organize some events of public concern, but this week, it has a galaxy of journalists who might have forgotten the address of the place, were witnessed in a ‘great’ show of solidarity. Most of the editors had passed their ‘glory’ came to express their solidarity with the Roy couple who felt they were being targeted by the ruling government for not ‘toeing’ their line. As it is well known the CBI raided the houses and other locations of NDTV founders and promoters M/s Pronnoy Roy and Radhika Roy and filed a case of ‘causing loss to ICICI’ for an amount of Rupees 48 crores.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/11/myth-of-free-media-in-india/


Hatred For Gandhi: A Fundamental Element Of Hindutva Discourse

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By Shamsul Islam

Recently, BJP President Amit Shah was in Chattisgarh to speak to “eminent persons” for strengthening BJP in the state where assembly elections are due in 2018. While philosophising on the irrelevance of Congress, belittling its rule in the freedom struggle, he went to discuss Gandhi. According to him Gandhi, to quote original words of his in Hindi, “bahut chatur baniya tha woh”.[i]Its English translation would be, “he was a very clever baniya (merchant or moneylender)”.These words for Gandhi make one thing clear that Shah was treating Gandhi not as a leader of the composite Indian nation on whose calls Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and others came out in millions to oppose the foreign rulers; thousands of them laying down their lives for the freedom.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/14/hatred-for-gandhi-is-a-fundamental-element-of-hindutva-discourse/

GST: How Do We Go From Here?

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By Abdul Majid Zargar

By all indications, Mehbooba Govt. appears all set for lending its approval to adoption of 101st Indian constitutional amendment paving way for application of Goods & Services Tax Act (GST) to the whole state. The bycott by NC Govt. to the 2nd round of All party meeting is all a soap opera drama . With this application, the last post of fiscal autonomy of the State will be uprooted & demolished the same way, their peers & predecessors have been doing in the past.

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https://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/29/gst-how-do-we-go-from-here/

Higher Education In India: License To Loot

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By Vicdan Azabi

In the nutshell, the present policy level changes seek to further accelerate the process in Indian education sector that is giving the private institutions a ‘license to loot’. What it means for the burgeoning youth population and their aspirations is an easy guess. The UGC has invited feedback from the public till 15th June. This period should be used to build strong opinion against this policy offensive. However, the real test for those who want to defend the public education and the interests of the millions of people of this country will be on the streets. The situation demands strong movement of students, teachers and karmacharis as was witnessed during the NDA-1 regime.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/03/higher-education-in-india-license-to-loot/

India's Healthcare System Needs a Tweak in...

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Ethics Instead of Policy Change

According to World Health Organization’s 2000 World Health Report ranking India’s healthcare system at 112 out of 190 countries.

By Mahesh Vijapurkar

The National Health Policy has been cleared and the view persists that it falls short of the 2015 draft. The Indian Express says, while marshalling the fine details, that it “fails to make health a justiciable right in the way the Right to Education 2005 did for school education.” There would be justified debate which is healthy, for in India, the healthcare is nowhere even near the halfway mark to where it ought to be.

Aim is to raise public health expenditure to 2.5 percent of the GDP, but here is the catch – “in time-bound manner” as the Minister (Health), JP Nadda put it. Also, it “advocates” two-thirds or more of resources to primary care, ensure a ratio of two beds per 1,000 population spaced in a manner to reach them within the golden hour, proposes “free drugs, free diagnostics and free emergency and essential health care services in all public hospitals.”

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http://www.firstpost.com/india/indias-healthcare-system-needs-a-tweak-in-ethics-instead-of-policy-change-3340158.html

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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By Sandra Newman

Twenty years have passed since Arundhati Roy’s debut novel The God of Small Things was published to instant best-sellerdom and international acclaim. In those two decades, she turned her back on fiction to devote herself to nonfiction, and to political activism in her native India. The preoccupations of those years are apparent in her long-awaited second novel. 

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness begins with Anjum, a Hijra — one of India’s traditionally accepted transgender women. We follow her through her childhood and her coming of age as trans; from the outset, these sections have the bewitching prose, the bracing idiosyncrasy, the seductive pathos that made Roy’s first book a universal favorite.

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https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/books/2017/06/27/arundhati-roy-makes-welcome-imperfect-return-fiction-ministry-utmost-happiness

Was Kashmir Plebiscite Forestalled By Pakistan’s Failure To Withdraw Troops?

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By Abdul Majid Zargar

Almost all Indians, when reminded of the promise of a plebiscite made to people of J&K to ascertain their wishes, blame Pakistan for forestalling holding of one, primarily due to her failure to withdraw forces from the portion occupied by her as prescribed under relevant UN resolution. Many of my fellow countrymen nurse the same opinion. It is, therefore in the fitness of things to extract truth from the debris of files & documents which have since been consigned to dustbins of various archives.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/11/was-kashmir-plebiscite-forestalled-by-pakistans-failure-to-withdraw-troops/

The Oversimplification Of The Kashmir Conundrum

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By Nivedita Dwivedi

In a recent article in The Wire, Partha Chaterjee had referred to the use of human shield in Kashmir, and its justification by the military and political establishment as Kashmir’s General Dyer moment. Vivek Katju has launched a spirited counter-attack to this claim of Partha Chaterjee. Katju states that, “It is one matter for an army to handle the breakdown of law and order for a short period as the colonial army of which Dyer was a part was asked to do; it is an entirely different proposition when an army has to combat a vicious and long war against terrorism.

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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