Views that never cease

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

Brinkmanship and rhetoric on river waters - Gobind Thukral

If anyone listens to what political leaders in Punjab and Haryana are saying on the intricate river water dispute between the two states, one could carry the impression of two countries getting battle ready. Here is leader of the opposition Abhay Chautala threatening to stop Punjab vehicles entering Haryana from July 10.  He declared all buses, official vehicles including those of   the ministers and officers   with Punjab numbers would not be allowed to enter unless Punjab initiated construction of the SYL canal. His party, the Indian National Lok Dal workers would block national highway number one at Ambala, the main entry point from Punjab. Punjab politicians from the ruling Congress […]

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

Achilles’ heel of Punjabi Diaspora - Gobind Thukral

A sizable and influential section of Punjabi immigrants, hoping to change the course of political events during the Punjab elections, sent volunteers with bagful of dollars.   They came in hordes particularly from America and Canada,   and even from other countries including United Kingdom.  Their shrill campaign to make their favourite Aam Aadmi Party win at one time looked to be upsetting the Congress apple cart and the ruling Akali BJP combine also felt the heat. A section of the Punjabi Diaspora from Canada that had the attention of the Liberal Party and its government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blocked the entry of Capt. Amarinder Singh, a former chief […]

By Gobind Thukral |April 29, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Cow protection, lynching mobs and the state - Gobind Thukral

Haryana’s Mewat was once considered secular Indian’s proud bastion from where the Muslims heeding the call of Mahatma Gandhi refused to migrate to Pakistan. Mewat has been bastion of peace, though economic and social development remained mostly on paper, a false hope. But ever since the advance of the BJP and its supporting cow vigilante, Mewatis are feeling apprehensive. Last winter saw a ‘ban’ on meat Biryani, the popular non protein rich vegetarian dish. And ,now last fortnight Jaisinghpur’s Pehlu Khan, a 55 year old dairy farmer who had ventured to purchase cows from a cattle fair in Rajasthan   and was transporting then in his pickup van was mercilessly lynched […]

By Gobind Thukral |April 29, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Solidify Canada’s identity as a Nation! - Dr P R Kalia

During World War 1, on April 9, 1917, for the first time Canadian soldiers made history to storm Vimy Ridge. This offensive by Canadian troops against key German positions that commanded the surrounding countryside took place on Easter Monday. The ridge had been held by Germans since the beginning of the war in July, 1914, and British and French attempts to retake it had cost 200,000 casualties. The four divisions of the Canadian Corps consisting 35000 troops stood and fought as a national unit instead of being parcelled out to support and reinforce British divisions: 3,600 were killed and 7,000 wounded, but the result was a clear victory. As British […]

By Dr P R Kalia |April 6, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Sense of waste grips BJP legislators in Haryana - Gobind Thukral

Over a dozen BJP legislators in Haryana strongly feel that their government is wasting itself on small matters of lesser consequence and ignoring the larger picture.  They feel neglected and are knocking at the doors of their senior leaders at the national level.  It is over a month now but their efforts have not borne much result.  Even this week, these legislators and now some ministers as well had long parleys with top leaders, more of those located at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh office in Delhi. The spokesperson for the dissident group Santosh Sarwan said that the Khattar government had been giving them a step motherly treatment. “It is like […]

By Gobind Thukral |April 6, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment