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Monthly Archives: September 2015

What Will It Take to Bring a Second Green Revolution to India? - admin

Professor Bijay Singh is a Senior Scientist at the Indian National Science Academy’s Department of Soil Science, Punjab Agricultural University. Long-term agricultural growth in India is slowing down. The lands that saw remarkable increases in productivity in the 1970s and 80s, thanks to the technology rolled out as part of the first “Green Revolution”, are not yielding the same results today. India still has the second highest number of undernourished people in the world. To confront this problem, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a Second Green Revolution on Indian soils. But what does this mean and what will it take to make this happen? The first Green Revolution did its job in an […]

By admin |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Transforming India , a few ideas - Vinod Anand

There are many ways in which we can categorize the whole world. One of the ways that is very important in terms of the growth of an Economy, The world is categorized in terms of being optimists or pessimists. Optimists believe that if the government invests in infrastructure, removes barriers facing entrepreneurs, jobs will multiply, the economy will grow and the country will gradually turn middle-class. Pessimists worry about problems — inequality, crony capitalism, degrading environment, etc. The problems are real but optimists focus on opportunities and lead nations to success. Let’s hope an optimist is elected in 2014 after a decade of UPA’s pessimism, and here are eight big […]

By Vinod Anand |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Surplus labour for the capitalism - Sawraj Singh

India produces one commodity in over abundance and that is population. W e have produced surplus labor not only for our own capitalists but also for the Imperialists. They have plenty of people of choose and pick. We have taken upon over selves to assure the world of a surplus or even a glut in the supply of labor .It does not matter if we can take care of all the people we are adding to the world population. We are going to beat China and become the most populated country of the world in just 7 years (2022), 8 years sooner than was predicted (2030). At least, India has […]

By Sawraj Singh |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Punjab land of thousand mutinies - Gobind Thukral

Mutinous protests are evident everywhere in Punjab. BJP, a coalition partner is protesting that Akalis do not listen to them enough and are involved in nefarious activities; corruption, drug smuggling and sale and several other misdeeds. They are not only ruining their “beloved Punjab”   but bringing bad name to the collation government. Their main target is deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his brother-in-law, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia. In fact, a chief parliamentary secretary, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu is so cut up with the chief minister and other Akali leaders that she is protesting all-around, staging dharnas and shouting slogans. Efforts to placate her even by chief minister Prakash […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Pakistan One of the World’s First Safe Havens for Refugees - Thalif Deen

A group of refugee women and their children await the arrival of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Shamshatoo camp in December 2001. The camp, at a frontier province in north-west Pakistan, served as temporary home to some 70,000 Afghan refugees fleeing fighting between the United Front and the Taliban. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The United Nations has declared that 2015 is already “the deadliest year” for millions of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution in their countries. “Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum,” says the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Even as the current […]

By Thalif Deen |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Ominous signs as terror strikes Punjab again - Gobind Thukral

Several questions, all worrisome come to mind with the terrorist attack on July 27 in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.  This bustling   town, a few kilometers from the riverside border with Pakistan suffered ten deaths including three heavy laced Pakistani terrorists.  They were in army fatigue and carried AK 47 rifles, night vision devices and GPS guiding system besides grenades and ammunition.  These   determined Fidayeen  had a far sinister plan : blowing rail track where they had  planted five live bombs  and an alert  and brave hearted rail man  spotted these and stopped  a Jammu bound train a few a kilometers away and a  gutsy bus driver who  unmindful […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

New Census Paints Grim Picture of Inequality in India - Neeta Lal

An elderly Indian couple sits outside their ‘home’, a barebones dwelling constructed from plastic sheeting and scrap material. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPS Despite being Asia’s third-largest economy, positioning itself as a major geopolitical player under a new nationalist government, India’s first ever Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) paints a grim picture of poverty and deprivation despite billions of dollars being funneled into state-sponsored welfare schemes. The survey, carried out in 640 districts under the aegis of the Rural Development Ministry, provides comprehensive data on a raft of socio-economic indicators like occupation, education, religion, caste/tribe status, employment, income, assets, housing and land owned in individual as well as household categories. “This is […]

By Neeta Lal |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Iran nuclear deal, restoring Cuba-US relations and stand on racism: President Obama legacy - Sawraj Singh

It looks like from a shaky start, President Obama is going to end his presidency on a high note.  There is a saying “all is well that ends well.”  If President Obama does what was expected of him, in the end then he still can be considered to have lived up to people’s expectations.  After the Regan-Bush years and after the fall of the Soviet Union, many sane people in America and in the world were getting tired of the emergence of an arrogant, jingoist, populist and extremist America where there was no room for any meaningful dialogue.  You could hear voices all around you, “My country right or wrong”, […]

By Sawraj Singh |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Haryana Bogging down government in politics of enquiries - Gobind Thukral

Very soon the number of enquiries and vigilance probes into the alleged misdeeds of the previous Congress government would touch one hundred mark. As public perception goes, the previous government had indulged in unhindered loot of land and resources   and the BJP leaders during the Lok Sabha and assembly elections minced no words in strengthening this perception.  They made huge political capital and for the first time, the BJP came to power on its own.  The achievements of the Congress government were lost in the din of these charges. It was but natural for the new government to order some enquires and appoint vigilance commissions. One such headed a by […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Fear Stalks Students in Northern Pakistan - Ashfaq Yusufzai

A soldier stands amidst the rubble of the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS – It has been seven months since a group of gunmen raided the Army Public School in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, killing 145 people, including 132 students. “Since he died, there has been complete silence in our home. Nobody wants to speak. Asfand used to crack jokes and spread laughter – now he has left us, there is nothing to say.” — Shahana Khan, the mother of one of the victims of the Peshawar school shootings in 2014 For […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 Comments