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Punjab elections: more of a soap opera - Gobind Thukral

It is raining goodies for Punjab voters.  All the three major groupings are showering beyond the wildest imagination of the electorate that woluld exercise their franchise on February 4 to elect 117 members of the Vidhan Sabha.  Political parties competing for the attention of over one crore 98 lakh voters have promised as a wag put it everything except brides or bridegrooms.  Each of the major parties;   the Akali Dal, the Congress, the BJP and the newly sprouted the Aam Aadmi Party have tried to outclass each other in promising a paradise . The election time manifestos tell a tale of weaving rosy pictures on a canvass that is rough […]

By Gobind Thukral |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Incremental politics dominates polls - Gobind Thukral

With competing political parties beating each other in selling dreams and offering doles, the electoral battles have been reduced to incremental politics. Hurling wildest accusations and threatening to put opponents behind the bars and seeking blessings of some dubious or not so dubious Deras has become the mark of politics in Punjab. There are basketfuls of doles, slogans and chanting of winning mantras all around. No party wishes to be left behind. The ruling coalition of Akalis and the BJP claims to have already developed Punjab as good as California , the opponents; the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, decrying this claim, offer free education , health care and […]

By Gobind Thukral |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjab: Rise of a new political party - Gobind Thukral

One of the keenly contested assembly elections that have thrown up a new political force is over. Some 77.13 per cent, a little less than the previous elections in 2012  and out of 1.90 crore Punjab electorate have exercised their franchise, although most observers predicted the percentage to cross 80 and thus set a new high bar. More women voted this time as did the youth between 18 and 35 years that constituted over half of the voters. It offers its own kind electoral dynamics. An over cautious Election Commission has ordered   a repoll at 46 polling stations in Sangrur, Majitha and Muktsar assembly segments though it was neither demanded […]

By Gobind Thukral |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Pakistan to End Impunity for Rapists - Irfan Ahmed

Protesters gather outside the Lahore Press Club in the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province on July 12, 2016 to demand justice for victims of sexual violence. Credit: Irfan Ahmed/IPS LAHORE (IPS) – Amid a wave of reforms to tighten the country’s laws on honour killings and sexual assault, on Feb. 2, the Sindh Assembly passed a law making DNA testing in rape cases mandatory in the province. It follows on the heels of a unanimous vote by Pakistan’s Parliament last October to plug gaps in the criminal justice system and boost the rate of conviction in rape cases. The conviction rate for rape in Pakistan has been less than four […]

By Irfan Ahmed |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjab elections: the hideous politics - Gobind Thukral

Politicians are rarely known as practitioners of truth. They more often believe that victorious arguments do not depend upon hard evidence. As a cynic would observe   more one depended upon unsubstantiated facts, more one tended to develop a belief in these untested evidence. Contending politicians and their supporters are into weaving false narratives which concern feelings, prejudices and accusations. They are putting each other into jails if not out rightly eliminating them. As election time draws   closer, the people of Punjab are witnessing more of this phenomenon. A third player in Punjab electoral politics, Aam Aadmi Party’s convener Arvind Kejriwal in order to outwit the established leadership of the Akali […]

By Gobind Thukral |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Haryana women wrestle to fight backwardness - Gobind Thukral

Take any yardstick; women in Haryana have been on the receiving end. Read any study, this observation is further fortified. Female feticide neither confined to one community nor to one economic stratum has prevailed for decades. Honour killings, another scourge   has claimed number of your lives. Every town and village has some heartbreaking tale to tell. Bride burning or killing for dowry too has prevailed in some segments of society, though it is not universal thanks to   the preaching of Arya Samaj and the left progressive ideologies. In this feudal setting of   patriarchal society, rural women have literally been yoked to work; from hearth to farm, child bearing to provider […]

By Gobind Thukral |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Trump Needs Lessons in Geopolitics : Musharraf -By David White - admin

LONDON (IPS) – US President-elect Donald Trump has shown he has much to learn about South Asia,Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with IPS. But he counted on Trump having an open mind. Pervez Musharraf Musharraf was commenting on statements made by Trump in a radio talk show during his presidential campaign in September, when he described India as being “the check to Pakistan”. “I think that these statements do cause worry,” Musharraf said. However, he thought that Trump had a “fresh” and “uninitiated” mind on the subject.. “He maybe lacks full understanding of international issues and regional geostrategic issues here, confronting us,” Musharraf said. “But he […]

By admin |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

For South Asian Policy-Makers, Climate Migrants Still Invisible . - Manipadma Jena

Tasura Begum straightens up from picking a bushel of green chilis and looks at the mighty Padma River flowing by, wondering whose life it ruined today. She remembers how she and her husband fretted about the river getting closer and closer to their thatched hut and tiny farm in Bangladesh’s Beparikandi village until, on that fateful day, they watched it engulf all their hopes and dreams. “Despite the clear writing on the wall, the magnitude of climate change as an additional ‘push’ factor remains largely invisible in the migration discourse.” –Harjeet Singh of ActionAid Soon her husband had to take a job as an unskilled construction worker in Saudi Arabia […]

By Manipadma Jena |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Open Letter to PM on Demonetisation Effects on Farmers - admin

January 5th 2017 The Prime Minister, Government of India. Dear Prime Minister, Namaste! The signatories to this open letter to you represent lakhs of farmers of this country across various states and regions. We have been deeply distressed at the hardships that rural India in general, and farmers including agricultural workers have been going through from the time that you brought in demonetization of 86% of India’s currency on November 8th 2016, in the name of curbing black money in our economy. Right from the beginning, it was clear that our rural and agrarian contexts/economies were not kept in mind and measures not taken specifically for these vulnerable and critical […]

By admin |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Spread of the ‘Far Right’ is Worrying - Dr P R Kalia

Libertarian economic policies, aggressive and nostalgic ‘ethnic nationalism’, fascist designs of the populist politicians, a refugee wave, anti-globalisation and virtually absence of the ‘Left’ has been the face of present-day politics to the detriment of ‘have nots’. Approximately, since the dawn of 21st century we are witnessing an amazing amount of people willing to go with the ‘far-right parties.’ Rooted in conservative ideology they discard globalization, practice ‘ethnic nationalism’ and in collaboration with libertarian economic strategies are pushing for policies that include glamorizing the military; a strict law and order regime;flag-waving populism; anti-democratic instincts (less tolerance, anti-intellectualism); the smearing of opponents (to impugn critics of the military as being unpatriotic); […]

By Dr P R Kalia |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment