Views that never cease

Monthly Archives: June 2017

Story of an absurd regulation on cattle - Gobind Thukral

Sanity is normally not a hallmark of governments, yet  citizens expect some sense, particularly from a democratic dispensation in a country. Two developments in quick succession of no grave consequences for the people could have been matter of great amusement, so missing from over serious public discourse. First was the   union environment ministry’s order that would almost kill cattle breeding, marketing, meat and leather industry,     adversely impacting the rural economy. A few maverick animal rights people have prevailed upon and made the Modi government promulgate, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, traversing the parent law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. If implemented, […]

By Gobind Thukral |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Why Indigenous People view ‘Canada 150’ with indifference - Dr P R Kalia

Tormented history and harrowing experiences of Indigenous nations in Canada is filled with unimaginable pain and sorrow; abuse and rape; a state-sanctioned child abduction; neglect and the attack on relationships. This continuing abuse and neglect of the aboriginal peoples is one of the historic crimes of Canadian capitalism. The totality of policies toward these people amounted to cultural, biological and physical genocide. Stealing a moment out of this hype-prone historic event, especially, let’s remember all of those children ‘who grew up without birthdays in the residential schools. In less than a month’s time, on July 1, Canadians are going to; the 150th anniversary of its creation, the combining of four […]

By Dr P R Kalia |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Cleaning the fiscal mess, a promise worth keeping - Gobind Thukral

Punjab chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh finds clearing the fiscal mess a herculean task. Two months into the hot seat, he and his colleagues are discovering, much to their chagrin, more and more of the clutter all around. Before the elections, it was widely circulated that Punjab’s debt burden was Rs   1, 81,727   crore. Now the latest estimates place it more than Rs 2.5 lakh crore. Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal who is working on a white paper on state’s fiscal health, fears this could be even more. Punjab’s interest payments are steadily rising, having zoomed up by 58% since 2011-12 to reach Rs 9,900 crore” in 2015-16. These now […]

By Gobind Thukral |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

The Shocking Reality of Child Marriage in the U.S. By Tharanga Yakupitiyage - admin

While stories of child marriage are commonly associated with the Global South, lesser known are the cases closer to home: in the United States. Across the world, child marriage has persisted and the United States is no exception. Across all 50 states in the North American nation, marriage before the age of 18 has remained legal. “These are old laws that were just never changed because people didn’t realize this was happening,” said Fraidy Reiss, the Executive Director of Unchained at Last, an organization fighting to end child marriage in the U.S. Based on available data, Unchained at Last estimates that over quarter of a million children were married in […]

By admin |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

US Pull-out from Paris Deal: What it means ? By Martin Khor - admin

Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. Trump indicated the US is open to re-negotiating the Paris agreement. But European leaders quickly responded there is no such possibility. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, President Donald Trump abdicated not only leadership but membership of the community of nations cooperating to tackle climate change, the most serious crisis facing humanity. Trump’s announcement was shocking, even though it was not unexpected. It was shocking for showing the extreme lengths to which the President would go to deny scientific opinion on climate change and defy […]

By admin |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 Comments