Union Budget 2017: Beneficial for Farmers and Poor

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By Pradip R. Sagar

Appreciating the budget presented by the finance minister in the Lok Sabha, prime minister Narendra Modi said that the budget is an 'Uttam' Budget, devoted to strengthening the hands of the poor.

Speaking after the budget, PM Modi said that the merger of the railway budget with the general budget will give an impetus to the transport sector's growth.

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http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/union-budget-2017/2017/feb/01/union-budget-2017-beneficial-for-farmers-and-poor-says-pm-modi-1565837.html 

Return Of Untouchability

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By Shamsul Islam

It is terribly sad, in fact, shattering that a shocking report in a prominent English daily of Delhi (The Times of India, ‘Dalit nominee sits on floor, carries own cup’, February 9, 2017 by Alok Sharma)[i] about practising of Untouchability, what to talk of creating ripples, did not even become a news for more than a day. It did not shake conscience of the judiciary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes and administrators. It was missing in print media, the paper which published this story from the ground zero disabled the link within 8 hours. Electronic media which is generally fond of exposing the anti-nationalist agenda went into hibernation or some yoga posture which required ‘maun varat’ on this issue.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/15/return-of-untouchability/

“An Era Of Darkness” By Shashi Tharoor

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Busting The Busts Of Churchill

Book Review By Romi Mahajan*

Writers are every now and again given a gift from the “news,” a nugget that serves to be an easy opening gambit.  The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, delivered a perfect one recently by installing a bust of Churchill in the Oval Office.

One would indeed get this impression from the typical romantic (and racist) hagiographies that pass as “history.”  To read such pabulum is to be at play in the fields of elision.

When it comes to India and Indians, Churchill’s virulence, racist, and thirst for blood was at its worst.  In perhaps the most shameful episode of imperialism-as-genocide, Churchill let 3-4 million Bengalis starve in the early-mid Forties while India contributed massively to the European War.

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World Cancer Day: Ensure The Right Treatment At

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The Right Time To Every Patient

By Shobha Shukla

Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.8 million new lung cancer cases (13% of all cancers diagnosed), and 1.59 million deaths (19.4% of the total cancer deaths). According to the latest cancer registry data released by the Indian Council of Medical Research, 0.114 million new lung cancer cases (83,000 in males and 31,000 in females) are estimated during 2016 in India.

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https://www.opednews.com/populum/page.php?f=World-Cancer-Day-Ensure-t-by-Citizen-News-Servi-Cancer_Cancer_Cancer-Cures_Cancer-Prevention-170201-780.html

Andhra Pradesh: Continuing Consolidation

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On February 5, 2017, a group of about four to six armed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres shot dead a tribal, identified as Parsika Pullaiah (40), at Alligudem village under Chintooru mandal (administrative unit) in East Godavari District. When the villagers tried to prevent the Maoists from killing Pullaiah, they were reportedly told, the Maoists would not spare any ‘informer’. This is the lone Naxal [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)]-linked violent incident reported in the State thus far in 2017 (data till February 12).  

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Gujarat Violence And Struggle For Justice

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By T Navin

Communal violence is not new in India. This has existed all along. Despite India adopting the word ‘Secular’ in its constitution, religious tolerance yet remains a dream. Individuals, communal organisations, political parties have in some form or the other played a role in perpetrating communal violence all along.  Adoption of ‘Secularism’ has not resulted in a communal free behaviour among the Institutions. The example of Gujarat 2002 remains a classic example where communal ideas, communal organisations, communal propaganda came together to create a mayhem of religious genocide. This was instigated by the State, which was to protect the basic values of the Constitution including Secularism.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/22/gujarat-violence-and-struggle-for-justice/

Kashmir Choked By The “New Maharajas”!

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By Mohammad Ashraf

While the Kashmir valley is physically and politically choked, the “New Maharajas” are enjoying the pleasant climate of Jammu and celebrating the erstwhile Maharaja’s birthday!

Kashmir valley has been politically “choked” right from 1947. The expression of true aspirations is an “anti-national” act in Kashmir. Now added to this political choking has come the physical choking! During last couple of weeks, the Kashmir Valley has received very heavy snowfall intermittently after a long time. This unprecedented snowfall in recent years has completely isolated the valley. There have been no flights for some days and the only road link to India has remained blocked almost for a week. Well, this is not for the first time that the Kashmir Valley has got virtually physically choked. It has happened umpteen times during winter because the natural outlet from the valley to the outside world known as the Jhelum Valley Road has remained politically closed since the events of 1947.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/02/kashmir-choked-by-the-new-maharajas/

Telengana: Dwindling Threat

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On January 31, 2017, four Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were arrested by the Security Forces (SFs) from the Hanamkonda area in Warangal District.

On January 13, 2017, the District Police arrested a suspected Maoist from his house in Karimnagar town, Karimnagar District. Police recovered 50 rounds of ammunition of different weapons, five rifles, one Carbine 9 mm, and one .32 pistol from the hideout.    

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U.P Elections: Modi’s Muslim Bashing…

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Carrying Forward The RSS Legacy

By Shamsul Islam

As the multi-phased UP assymbly elections progress, PM Modi as the only mascot of BJP’s campaign is becoming more belligerent in his communal polarizing rhetoric.  Speaking in an election rally on (February 20, 2017) at Fatehpur, PM while raising the issue of appeasement of Muslim minority in the State by the current Samajwadi Party government he went to the extent of declaring that “Ramzan me bijli athi hai tho Diwali me bhi ani chahiye; Bhedbhav nhi hona chahiye (If there is electricity during Ramadan then it must be available during Diwali too; there shouldn’t be any discrimination)…Gaon me kabristan banta hai to shamshaan bhi banna chahiye (If there is a ‘kabaristaan’ (graveyard), there should be a ‘shamshaan’ (cremation ground) too”

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/21/modis-muslim-bashing-in-u-p-elections-carrying-forward-the-rss-legacy/


The Reflection

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A Short Story by Kapal Dhir *

“How far are you away from your reflection in the mirror?” This query was raised by my friend Ramesh one evening when we were out for a stroll. Well, I must admit I was puzzled at what he meant, though I knew he always put questions that, in the first instance, always looked senseless. However, when I could scent the import of the question, I slowly remarked, “The distance between a person and his reflection in the mirror is double the distance between  him and the mirror, because the reflection within the mirror will also be at the same distance inside the mirror. Hence these two distance double.”

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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