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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Haryana: Gathering storm - Gobind Thukral


Come elections, our politicians tend to fall back to old political tricks to revive their fortunes.  Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who faces a tough assembly election in September has not only gone ahead with   the formation of a separate body to manage the Sikh Gurdwaras, but revived the contentious river water dispute with its parent state of Punjab. The Sikhs have been demanding a separate Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras Parbandhak Committee as Amritsar based SGPC had not been responding to their aspirations ever since Haryana was created in 1966. And, it was part of the Congress manifesto in 2005 and 2009 assembly elections. Donations collected from the gurdwaras were […]

By Gobind Thukral |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Refugees living a nightmare in northern Pakistan - Ashfaq Yusufzai


Doctors examine internally displaced children from North Waziristan Agency at a free medical clinic in Bannu, a district of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS PESHAWAR (IPS) - Some fled on foot, others boarded trucks along with luggage, rations and cattle. Many were separated from families, or collapsed from exhaustion along the way. They don’t know where their next meal will come from, or how they will provide for their children. In the vast refugee camps of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, civilians who fled the Pakistan Army’s military offensive against the Taliban in the country’s northern Waziristan Agency now walk around in a state of delirious confusion. Medical […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Punjab: Near the brink - Gobind Thukral


Akalis love to protest and lead mass agitations, even against their own political gain. And the other trait from which they are not unable to get rid of is the heady mix of politics and religion.  These could be purely secular issues concerning territory or river waters or even language; they must take shelter of religion, reach Golden Temple Amritsar and add religious fervor and design slogans to entice the masses. It would always be ‘Panth Khatre Vich’, the Sikh faith is in danger   and every Sikh must be ready to make sacrifices.  Since early late fifties, they first agitated for a separate Punjabi Suba   and filled the jails. Later, […]

By Gobind Thukral |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Mahatma Gandhi on Palestine - Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad


He expressed unreserved condemnation of Hitler for his rabid anti-Semitism but such denunciation did not entail betraying the rights of the Palestinians to their homeland. On November 26, 1938, Mahatma Gandhi published in his paper The Harijan, a historic statement: ‘The Jews in Palestine’. Some excerpts from his somewhat longer statement are presented here but the complete text can be accessed on the internet ( He wrote: “Several letters have been received by me, asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and the persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult […]

By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Media, politics and national interests - Gobind Thukral


Vaidik and his errands For more than a fortnight, most  Indian TV News channels went into  an over drive and probed to no end as to why an old  Indian  journalist, Dr Ved Partap Vaidik had met  Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed in Lahore, whom India had declared  as enemy number one . At the end, truth still deluded the viewers. What really transpired at the meeting, no one knows.  While the print media did not ignore the issue with its scores of stories and interviews, it was nowhere near the wordy dual which Vaidik had with Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief and News anchor of Times Now. Both swore and tore […]

By Gobind Thukral |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

A great invisible workforce - Neeta Lal


Millions of Indian women are confined to their homes performing domestic duties for which they receive no compensation. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPS NEW DELHI – According to census data released this month, a whopping 160 million women in India, 88 percent of who are of working age (15 to 59 years), are confined to their homes performing ‘household duties’ rather than gainfully employed in the formal job sector. Dubbed India’s ‘great invisible workforce’, this demographic is primarily involved in rearing families within the four walls of their homes. This asymmetry in the workforce, experts say, reflects illiberal economic policies as well as complex social dynamics, which scupper the chances of women […]

By Neeta Lal |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

BRICS for financial democracy - Mario Osava


The five BRICS leaders pose for the cameras at the sixth annual summit in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza. Credit: Agência Brasil/EBC FORTALEZA, Brazil – The BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) launched the New Development Bank (NDB) and Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) during its sixth summit, institutionalize a new financial architecture for the emerging powers. Two other agreements, one for Cooperation among Export Credit and Guarantees Agencies and another on Cooperation for Innovation among national development banks, complete the structure established Tuesday Jul. 15 by the five heads of state in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza. The BRICS Summit concludes Wednesday with a meeting between […]

By Mario Osava |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

India: Pragmatism to Opportunism? - Sawraj Singh

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India recently took principled stands on two very important issues. India voted with the majority of the countries in the Security Council of the U.N. and against Israel and America. Out of 47 countries, America found itself completely isolated on the issue of Israel-Palestinian conflict. It was the only country which voted against the resolution criticizing Israel for its attack on Gaza. Countries including the members of the BRCIS voted in favor of the resolution. 17 countries, including America’s European allies, abstained, leaving America alone in the Israeli camp. America and Israel were hoping that the BJP government will change India’s traditional pro-Palestinian stand and will tilt towards Israel. However, […]

By Sawraj Singh |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Pakistan: Where mothers are also children - Zofeen Ebrahim


Most South Asian nations struggle with the twin problems of early marriage and teenage pregnancy, making it crucial to tackle both simultaneously, experts say. Credit: Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS KARACHI  - If 22-year-old Rashda Naureen could go back six years in time, she would never have agreed to get married at the tender age of 16. “Looking back, I know I was not ready for marriage,” she told IPS. “How could I have been, being merely a child myself?” With only a third-grade education, Naureen became a mother at 17 and got a divorce soon after she delivered. According to Naureen’s mother, Perween Bibi, who works for a small daily wage as […]

By Zofeen Ebrahim |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

BRICS: New power drivers – India and China - Shastri Ramachandaran


NEW DELHI  - The Sixth BRICS Summit which ended Wednesday in Fortaleza, Brazil, attracted more attention than any other such gathering in the alliance’s short history, and not just from its own members – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Two external groups defined by divergent interests closely watched proceedings: on the one hand, emerging economies and developing countries, and on the other, a group comprising the United States, Japan and other Western countries thriving on the Washington Consensus and the Bretton Woods twins (the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund). The first group wanted BRICS to succeed in taking its first big steps towards a more democratic […]

By Shastri Ramachandaran |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments