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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Technology in aid of dying art of weaving - Sonia G Handa


Weaving is an art for some and livelihood for others. Weaving is a technique of fabric production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. This cloth protects and decorates our bodies as we the entire time try to look attractive. Many a reputations are made or marred by tailors who stitch this cloth. This ancient art was in practice for a long time all over the world. According to Wikipedia, there are some indications that weaving was  known in the Paleolithic era. An indistinct impression was found at the Dolni Vestonice site. Neolithic textile production was supported […]

By Sonia G Handa |March 24, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

PUNJAB: Budgeting lacks vision - Gobind Thukral

Parminder-Singh Dhindsa

  Budget lacks new thinking GOBIND THUKRAL Come March, all across the country state assemblies go in for their respective budgets. This exercise was once a considered not only sacrosanct, but capable of setting the pace of economic development and social justice. Now as was visible in case of both, Punjab and Haryana where budgets are under discussion, it is more and more becoming an accounting exercise. Annual budgets are largely important from the point of view of annual stock taking and some even if perfunctory look at the state of economy. Imagine, states reeling under whooping debt burden, are chary of taking some imaginative steps to reduce debt without […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 24, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Land acquisition law: cheating farmers - Gobind Thukral

Farmers decry land acquisition

During the previous Congress regime, Haryana had claimed to legislate one of the most progressive land acquisition laws. It was said to be more farmer friendly as the government then asserted, yet as it is revealed now, it favoured the colonisers, the real estate sharks to mint quick money. This law claimed to work in dual ways regarding acquisition of land. There was Relief and Rehabilitation Policy and the Land Pooling Scheme. The Relief and Rehabilitation Policy ensures a minimum floor rate, solatium, no-litigation incentive and annuity for 33 years, besides residential plots to certain categories of farmers whose land was acquired. The Congress government asserted not many states could […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 24, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Taliban, Army and Hunger haunt Pakistan - Ashfaq Yusufzai

An elderly displaced man carries a sack of rations on his shoulder in northern Pakistan. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS

An elderly displaced man carries a sack of rations on his shoulder in northern Pakistan. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS A doctor shakes his head in despair as he examines a 10-year-old child at the Jalozai refugee camp, about 35 km by road from Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. “He is severely malnourished,” Dr. Zeeshan Khan tells IPS. “He is vulnerable to diseases like diarrhoea, and other infections.” “Back home we had agricultural land, which produced enough food for us. We used to sell our surplus grain and vegetables for an income, but now we are becoming beggars.” — Shah Faisal, a refugee from Khyber Agency in northern […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |March 24, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Living on borrowed money, slipping fast on fiscal matters - Gobind Thukral


It was expected to be a trend setter, away from the beaten track. The expectations had been raised by none other than the new BJP ministers; chief minister Manohar lal Khattar and his Harvard educated finance minister Capt. Abhimanyu. Their refrain had been   to take the state away from the Congress approach that had dominated the state for a pretty long period since its inception in 1966 and infuse nee ideas. Sadly and strangely, the first budget of the first BJP government for 2015-16 has followed the set pattern. It breaks no new ground. It is strong on rhetoric, evokes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name like a worshipper but fails […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 24, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Ugly accumulation of wealth - Sawraj Singh


Statistics on billionaires have just been released by Forbes magazine. Not only has the number of billionaires increased (to 1,826), but their wealth has also increased. This is happening when most of the world is going through an economic crisis. The wages of the working people have decreased in real terms, and the benefits given to the people are either being reduced or are taken back entirely. It is obvious that the economic-only globalization has increased and continues to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots. The top 1% will soon own more than 50% of the world’s wealth. This means that 99% of the world’s population only owns […]

By Sawraj Singh |March 12, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Akalis in search for their roots - Gobind Thukral


For once Akalis were known for taking sturdy democratic political positions.  With their deep roots in the gurdwara reform movement of 1920s and freedom struggle, they were in the forefront of India’s independence movement.  Post independence, they strived hard for a linguistic state and did achieve that way back in 1966.  They were not only strong votary of the rights of the peasantry, but voiced strong support for equity and justice. Politically, Akalis always were in the forefront for autonomy of states and a real federalism. But no longer so.  Their past resolutions and strong statements are increasingly being consigned to the dustbins of history.  Once they started sharing power […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 12, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Balanced growth: Himachal beats Haryana - Gobind Thukral


For long Haryana has been blowing its trumpet as the number one state.  It has been throwing statistics round, claiming that its per capita income was the second highest in the country and that it manufactured over half of country’s four and two wheelers and it was the largest exporter of rice in the country. Not only this, it has the highest per capita consumption of milk  and produced maximum number of international athletes who won laurels at the Asian and other international games. Haryana as the legend goes is the traditional home of milk and honey.  There is indeed a grain of   truth in these and many other claims. […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 1, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments