Views that never cease

Chitta Ravana, a new antagonist in Punjab - Gobind Thukral

Mythological figures or stories from the past have often been used in the political arena, providing a new meaning, some twist and even mirth. But this Dussehra, the Congress by creating and burning a Chitta Ravana, symbolising the evil of drugs, scored over its arch rivals the Akalis.  Chitta in popular parlance is heroin, a white powder derived from morphine that is a highly addictive narcotic drug. Smuggled and sold in large quantities in Punjab   and the Akalis are alleged to be kingpins in the drug trafficking. The Congress succeeded in cornering the Akalis and attacked one of its prominent powerful ministers Bikram Singh Majithia, describing him as drug lord, […]

By Gobind Thukral |October 19, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Power tussle in Haryana Congress gets dirtier - Gobind Thukral

People might expect a political party to become more sober after losing power. They might also picture   that the old rivalries, normal while in power would get replaced by sobering thoughts and some kind of introspection and course correction   would be developed. But we cannot accuse the Congress party of any such qualities. Instead we have on display the most brazen, no holds barred accusations and fist fights. In the national capital, close to Bhairon Mandir on October 6, the Congressmen had gathered in large numbers to welcome   their leader Rahul Gandhi who was landing there after his   month long Kisan Yatra from the poll bound Uttar Pradesh. And, what […]

By Gobind Thukral |October 19, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Lies, threats and dreams: the substance of Punjab politics - Gobind Thukral

At public rallies and these are a galore in poll bound Punjab, at press conferences in every nook and corner of the state and impromptu statements, the politicians of all hues and shades are hurling  lies, warnings and threats besides  promising a paradise. Listen to any of the big players; those in power and those trying to snatch it at any cost. Akali stalwart, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is defending what he dreamt way back in 1977; to turn Punjab into California.  He claims he is very close to achieving it. Former chief minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh reels out facts and figures to prove how fake Badal is.  He […]

By Gobind Thukral |October 19, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Intolerance and exclusion are the new rage in Modi’s India - Dr P R Kalia

Edmonton: “Tolerance appears to have little place in the thought process of RSS-BJP. Their core philosophy of strong communalism has no respect for the democratic, secular and inclusive fabric of our nation. Today is Gandhi Jayanti, and we know which organization was behind the murder of Gandhi ji. That organization represents a politics of arrogance, anger and divisiveness. The statements of their leaders, especially during the last two and half years of ‘Modi-raj’, clearly suggest that this is the direction they are taking. Their ideas seek to divide the country on communal lines, capture resources for a select-few and centralize decision-making by putting all power in the hands of one […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 19, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Regional Cooperation Essential In spite of Conflicts - Sawraj Singh

Tension between India and Pakistan has increased after the terrorist attack on the Indian soldiers in Kashmir and after India retaliated with a surgical strike on the other side of the LOC. Polarization of the region increased further when China and America took opposite sides in the conflict. China has thrown its support behind Pakistan while America is backing India. The biggest danger is that the regional conflict can escalate to a global conflict and the South Asia can become an arena for the Third World War. In the worst scenario, India and Russia can be on the opposite side in such a war. In a confrontation between China and […]

By Sawraj Singh |October 19, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Haryana: land of countless mutineers - Gobind Thukral

When BJP romped to power in Haryana more than two years back, its leaders were pleasantly surprised at the victory.  Form just five legislators, its tally jumped to 47 and its vote share touched 33.3 per cent. Its ally, the Akali Dal added one more seat. While that astonishment is still, these are hundreds of mutinies which are giving shocks to the saffron party and its ministers. The BJP government is still shell shocked by that unprecedented violence during then Jat reservation in February that claimed 30 lives and loss of property worth corers of rupees.  It finds itself tied in knots as it can neither implement the recommendations of […]

By Gobind Thukral |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Canada: Wage hike in Alberta should be welcomed - Dr P R Kalia

Raising the minimum wage isn’t only an issue of fairness – there’s also a strong economic case for putting money back in people’s pockets. Low wages weigh down public services, raise the cost of social assistance and cut into government revenues through tax credits and other programs that top up low incomes. Though the NDP appeared torn between keeping its election promise and being flexible to meet changing circumstances, yet loyal to its own ideology, the government today, effective October 1, 2016, has raised Alberta’s general minimum wage from $11.20 to $12.20 per hour. The general minimum wage will apply to all employees. Minimum wage is the lowest amount that […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

2016 Presidential election: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits - Dr P R Kalia

U.S. presidential race 2016 is going to be the most expensive in history, costing an estimated $10 billion, when all spending by candidates, the Democratic and Republican parties, other corporate lobbies and trade unions is tabulated. The statistics reveal that nearly 80% of the national wealth generated since 1973 has gone to the upper 2%. Still, we claim U.S. a democracy! The historic election of 2008 brought the U.S. its first black commander-in-chief. Now, on November 8, 2016, American voters could elect the first female president, or a billionaire businessman. What’s certain: Each candidate’s unique qualities are receiving intense scrutiny enabled by — and sometimes distorted by — billions of […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Take a Deep Breath? But 9 in 10 People Worldwide Live with Excessive Air Pollution! – Baher Kamal - admin

Air pollution in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: World Bank/Kim Eun Yeul ” Source: UN News Centre ROME (IPS) – The warning is sharp and the facts, alarming: 92 per cent of the world’s population live in places where levels exceed recommended limits. And 6.5 million people die annually from air pollution. And the warning comes from the leading United Nations agency dealing with health, which rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge ever in a bid to slash the deadly toll. “Fast action to tackle air pollution can’t come soon enough,” the Geneva-based UN World Health Organization (WHO) top environmental official Maria Neira on 27 September said of the […]

By admin |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

16-year-olds want the vote! - Dr P R Kalia

Expand the vote to include ever more people. Lowering the voting age will provide 16-year-olds with a direct, constructive and democratic channel for making their views felt and for giving them a responsible stake in the future of the nation.It would further improve democracy. In 1958, Canadian High News, a newspaper distributed in high schools across the country, asked its readers a simple question: Do you think the voting age in Canada should be lowered from 21 to 18? It wasn’t even close. Of the 1,200 teenagers who responded to the survey, 71.6 per cent said no. Then, it took many more years before there was a change in law, […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment