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All posts by Surinder Gosain

In Memoriam: Sufi Amba Prasad by PARMINDER S. BHOGAL - admin

(Sufi Amba Prasad’s 100th martyrdom day falls on 21 January 2017) On the morning of 21st January, 1917, ‘Sufi’ Amba Prasad, then in the captivity of “ The East Persia Cordon” of the British Indian Army, under the command of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer stationed at Shiraz in Iran was to face the firing squad. The previous day, his compatriot Kedar Nath Sondhi had faced the same on his way to martyrdom. As the dawn broke, the guards opened the door of the condemned cell, they found Sufi Amba Prasad sitting calm and motionless, in “deep Meditation”. Even when called out, he did not move. The curious English guard then […]

By admin |March 18, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Do People Really Need Change? Exploding the Myth of Third Alternative. By Ronki Ram - admin

Punjab has never imagined the ‘political’ without the ideal of some religion. It was for this reason that the ‘political’ remained eclipsed under a sort of paradigm apparently religious/sacred but inherently engaged with politics. It always reacted fiercely and sporadically while responding to the ‘political’. But at the crucial hour, invariably, the response of the civil society remained indifferent. Babar Akalis, Naxalites, and the Sikh radicals failed to exhort the people in Punjab when the state was haunting them. An ordinary Punjabi found it difficult to build a link between their struggle and the promised alternative politics. If at all, some turned sympathetic to their kind of politics, it was […]

By admin |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Beware of the New US Protectionist Plan, the Border Adjustment Tax – Part 1. By Martin Khor - admin

PENANG (IPS) – A new and deadly form of protectionism is being considered by Congress leaders and the President of the United States that could have devastating effect on the exports and investments of American trading partners, especially the developing countries. The plan, known as a border adjustment tax, would have the effect of taxing imports of goods and services that enter the United States, while also providing a subsidy for US exports which would be exempted from the tax. The aim is to improve the competitiveness of US products, drastically reduce the country’s imports while promoting its exports, and thus reduce the huge US trade deficit. On the other […]

By admin |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Tax Evasion Lessons from Panama -Jomo Kwame Sundaram - admin

Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR (IPS) – Unlike Wikileaks and other exposes, the Panama revelations were carefully managed, if not edited, quite selective, and hence targeted, at least initially. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its main sponsors. Nevertheless, the revelations have highlighted some problems associated with illicit financial flows, as well as tax evasion and avoidance, including the role of enabling governments, legislation, legal and accounting firms as well as shell companies. US President Obama criticized ‘poorly designed’ laws for […]

By admin |March 9, 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

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

Who pays the bills? – Irfan Husain - admin

ACCORDING to a news report, ex-president Asif Zardari returned to Karachi after over a year of self-exile in a private plane. There has been much speculation in the media about his political strategy for the coming months. But all I want to know is who paid for the plane? And not just the plane, but who funded his months of high living in Dubai, London and New York? After all, Zardari has denied all the many corruption charges levelled against him over decades. So if he’s as clean as he claims to be, where does all the money come from? And it’s not just Zardari, but most of the political […]

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

Food Insecurity: An Agent for Violent Conflict -By Dominique Von Rohr - admin

ROME (IPS) – Up to two billion people live in countries affected by violence, conflict and fragility. Often, such political instability goes hand in hand with food insecurity. “Conflicts have pushed over 56 million people either into crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity”, Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project, said at this years’ John McGovern Lecture held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The number continues to grow with the escalation of conflicts and violence in countries like Syria, Yemen or South Sudan. Families can no longer afford regular meals because of rising food and fuel costs. Credit: IPS However, since […]

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

P M finds solution to water dispute, end Indus water treaty with Pak - admin

Last week in election bound Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi found a solution to a nearly intractable river water dispute amongst Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.  End Indus water treaty with Pakistan that had settled river water distribution in 1960 between the  two warring nations with the help of World Bank. “I have created a task force to study the Treaty and end all water flowing Pakistan “. While it is true that under the Treaty excess water from the three rivers of Punjab can be legitimately stopped from flowing to Pakistan, to reopen the river waters issue with Pakistan is more part of political rhetoric. This does not address the […]

By admin |December 6, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Fidel Castro, a Larger-than-Life Leader in Tumultuous Times – Mario Osava - admin

RIO DE JANEIRO (IPS) – Among the many leaders who left their mark on history in the 20th century, Fidel Castro – who died Nov. 25 at the age of 90 – stood out for propelling Cuba into a global role that was unexpectedly prominent for a small country, in an era when arms were frequently taken up to settle national and international disputes. The Cold War imposed certain political choices as well as the consequences in terms of hostilities. By choosing Communism as its path in 1961, two years after the triumph of the revolution, Cuba became a pawn that infiltrated the enemy chessboard, facing the risks posed by […]

By admin |December 6, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment