Views that never cease

Story of an absurd regulation on cattle - Gobind Thukral

Sanity is normally not a hallmark of governments, yet  citizens expect some sense, particularly from a democratic dispensation in a country. Two developments in quick succession of no grave consequences for the people could have been matter of great amusement, so missing from over serious public discourse. First was the   union environment ministry’s order that would almost kill cattle breeding, marketing, meat and leather industry,     adversely impacting the rural economy. A few maverick animal rights people have prevailed upon and made the Modi government promulgate, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, traversing the parent law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. If implemented, […]

By Gobind Thukral |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Why Indigenous People view ‘Canada 150’ with indifference - Dr P R Kalia

Tormented history and harrowing experiences of Indigenous nations in Canada is filled with unimaginable pain and sorrow; abuse and rape; a state-sanctioned child abduction; neglect and the attack on relationships. This continuing abuse and neglect of the aboriginal peoples is one of the historic crimes of Canadian capitalism. The totality of policies toward these people amounted to cultural, biological and physical genocide. Stealing a moment out of this hype-prone historic event, especially, let’s remember all of those children ‘who grew up without birthdays in the residential schools. In less than a month’s time, on July 1, Canadians are going to; the 150th anniversary of its creation, the combining of four […]

By Dr P R Kalia |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Cleaning the fiscal mess, a promise worth keeping - Gobind Thukral

Punjab chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh finds clearing the fiscal mess a herculean task. Two months into the hot seat, he and his colleagues are discovering, much to their chagrin, more and more of the clutter all around. Before the elections, it was widely circulated that Punjab’s debt burden was Rs   1, 81,727   crore. Now the latest estimates place it more than Rs 2.5 lakh crore. Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal who is working on a white paper on state’s fiscal health, fears this could be even more. Punjab’s interest payments are steadily rising, having zoomed up by 58% since 2011-12 to reach Rs 9,900 crore” in 2015-16. These now […]

By Gobind Thukral |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

The Shocking Reality of Child Marriage in the U.S. By Tharanga Yakupitiyage - admin

While stories of child marriage are commonly associated with the Global South, lesser known are the cases closer to home: in the United States. Across the world, child marriage has persisted and the United States is no exception. Across all 50 states in the North American nation, marriage before the age of 18 has remained legal. “These are old laws that were just never changed because people didn’t realize this was happening,” said Fraidy Reiss, the Executive Director of Unchained at Last, an organization fighting to end child marriage in the U.S. Based on available data, Unchained at Last estimates that over quarter of a million children were married in […]

By admin |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

US Pull-out from Paris Deal: What it means ? By Martin Khor - admin

Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. Trump indicated the US is open to re-negotiating the Paris agreement. But European leaders quickly responded there is no such possibility. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, President Donald Trump abdicated not only leadership but membership of the community of nations cooperating to tackle climate change, the most serious crisis facing humanity. Trump’s announcement was shocking, even though it was not unexpected. It was shocking for showing the extreme lengths to which the President would go to deny scientific opinion on climate change and defy […]

By admin |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Is it the end of road for the AAP? - Gobind Thukral

Where is adventurism leading the Aam Aadmi Party? It was billed to emerge victorious in Punjab and provide a government which people would have never experienced. This victory, its convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal thought   was his much before the commencement of elections.   A victory in Punjab would have given the fledging party a national representation to challenge the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Same was thought about Goa. It would have also meant an alternative politics, away from the rundown system that   prevails.   The AAP attracted lot of people; young and old, idealists and pragmatists, political and social activists and the youth, besides the common people. […]

By Gobind Thukral |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Panjab University: Politics, Financial Crisis and Student Unrest By Ronki Ram - admin

On April 11, 2017 Panjab University (PU) was lucky enough to be escaped from what could otherwise turned out to be a bloody Vaisakhi. It was engulfed by a whirlpool of politicking, financial crunch and student unrest. Students were agitating over fee hike of various courses across the disciplines. Education, they argued, needs to be provided by the government free of cost. Education in PU, however, was never provided free of cost at any point of time in its long history. It was being run on the basis of tuition and examination fees collected from a large number of students enrolled in its various affiliated Schools, Colleges and in various […]

By admin |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Repression, an update on Global Censorship By Tharanga Yakupitiyage - admin

In Minnesota, supporters gather at a rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in November 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Censorship tactics have become more complex, posing new challenges for journalists and non-journalists alike, a new report finds. In its annual “Attacks on the Press” report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has documented a range of censorship cases from around the world and revealed a new world of media repression. “[Censorship] is definitely becoming more sophisticated and complex and is occurring at a variety of levels,” CPJ’s Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch told IPS. CPJ’s Executive Director described these new strategies as “repression 2.0” in the report, stating; “Repression 2.0 is an […]

By admin |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Is ‘Liberalism’ losing fast! - Dr P R Kalia

No doubt a profound embarrassment, however, Donald Trump and some other leaders who have ideological affinity with him didn’t emerge in a vacuum. They often portray their opponents as not merely wrong, but dangerous and unpatriotic. Their rise is also the product of an economic system that has failed to deliver shared prosperity. Globally, when mainstream institutions neglect them, voters are destined to be drawn to the extremes. Frustrated by the immigration policies and economic inequality, particularlyrural votersbeingoverlooked by the establishment and working-class white people turned to Donald Trump to set things right. Trumpism, today, is but the American symptoms of a global phenomenon of an astonishing rise of illiberal […]

By Dr P R Kalia |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

IPS Journalists Who Perished in the Line of Duty - Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) – In the politically-risky world of professional journalism, news reporters are fast becoming an endangered species. The numbers are staggering: some 1,236 journalists have been killed since 1992, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In 2016 alone, 48 journalists were killed worldwide – and in the first few months in 2017 there have been 8 deaths. The “deadliest countries” for journalists include Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and Mexico, where international news organizations took the heaviest toll. But Inter Press Service (IPS) was not spared the agony either. The news agency, which has relentlessly covered the developing world for over 53 years, has […]

By Thalif Deen |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment