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Category Archives: January – June 2014

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 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

BJP dares going alone in Haryana - Gobind Thukral


An emboldened BJP has snapped its three old political ties with a fledging Haryana Janhit Congress and decided to go alone for the state assembly polls.  The old signed agreement between the two parties, touted as rock solid of sharing 45 seats each and allowing HJC leader Kuldip Bishnoi to lead the government for the first half the tenure, lays buried deep. Both the parties are having free run like an estranged couple, accusing each other of betrayal, vowing to finish each other and take the fight to the streets. The BJP that won seven of the ten Lok Sabha seats now finds HJC of little consequence. It had lost […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 8, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Mount Kailash: A divine journey - Kalpna Upadhyaya


The Mount Kailash, known as the abode of Lord Shiva positioned in the North East Himalayas forms the part of Transhimalaya in Tibet and is located in the South west corner of Tibet, much away from Nepal. Also known as the Crown Chakra or the center or the Navel of the Earth, it lies at 6638meters (21,778 feet) above the sea level. Four major longest rivers of Asia namely the Indus, the Sutlej, the Brahamputra and the Karnali originate near Mt. Kailash and surge in four different directions. . Mt. Kailash is always covered with dazzling white snow perhaps that is why in Tibet it is called Gang Rin-Po-Che Which means ‘Precious […]

By Kalpna Upadhyaya |August 27, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

KS: Back to his roots - Gobind Thukral

Khushwant Singh's village Hadali

Khushwant Singh:  His Times and His Journalism  [Born 2 February 1915; died 20 March 2014] A news report on April 23, 2014 from Lahore stated,” A fistful of ashes of legendary Indian journalist and author Khushwant Singh have been brought to his birthplace in Pakistan’s Punjab province to fulfill his desire to be “reunited with his roots”. And, Muhammad Hayat, ex-head master of the Government Boys High School Hadali, where Singh studied summed up: “The son has returned to his soil after 99 years.” Pakistani writer and columnist Fakir Syed Aijazuddin brought the ashes from India to fulfill his desire to be “reunited with his roots”, mixed these with cement […]

By Gobind Thukral |July 15, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Cancer: A man-made tragedy - Jagdish Chander


In recent times, cancer has been a fiercely debated medical issue as its incidence is on increase across the world. Some of the geographical areas in our country are being adversely affected. The mid-western part of Punjab, particularly the Malwa region, is one of the unique examples in this series. Throughout world the number of cases due to various types of cancers is exponentially increasing, as it is one the leading causes of death. A century ago, about 4% people used to die of cancer, whereas presently figures have gone up to approximately 25% or so. Laetrile, a semi-synthetic compound, is chemically related to amygdalin as its patented version. It […]

By Jagdish Chander |June 30, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Growth challenges in India - Vinod Anand


The Indian Economy has always faced obstacles, but, despite this, the ultimate solution has never been found. The basic reason of this is that unfortunately, the Public Sector or the Government Sector and the Political Sector are treated as one Sector over which the so-called political entrepreneurs have full control. In fact, these three sectors are synonymous of each other. Once these three sectors are treated as different from each other, there will be no hurdles in finding a solution of a given problem, especially linked with economic growth and development. The Basic problem is linked with growth, inflation. Growth has to sustainable and inclusive, and its benefits should trickle […]

By Vinod Anand |June 30, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Real relations: Sand and the Sea - Navneet Toor


I was walking down the shore/ Step by Step/ Breath by Breath/ Wanting to embrace the serene/ I walk and walk and walk/ Curly waves dancing hard on my feet/ I feel the height, I feel the depth/ Wanting to walk more and more and more/ And I walk and walk and walk/ Watery horizons sinking back/ I feel reels of sand thumping on my feet/ The veins feel the swirl/ Its a Icy storm, Where is water, where is sand/ Its all circly bush/ Where is it, where is it, where is it/ I need to walk/ And I walk and walk and walk/ I see there and its […]

By Navneet Toor |June 19, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Rich getting richer and poor crawling - Diana Cariboni


MONTEVIDEO  - The very contemporary medieval novels of Welsh author Ken Follett transport readers to a time when the rich had everything – and the poor didn’t even own themselves. These stories, set in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, provide some consolation to today’s readers, who are now surrounded by comforts, freedoms and guarantees. Poverty was the norm back then. As Follett himself says, “the richest of princes did not live as well as, say, a prisoner in a modern jail.” Poverty and inequality are not the same thing, but they reinforce each other. In the poverty-stricken Middle Ages, the inequality was terrible. Between the dispossessed common people and […]

By Diana Cariboni |June 15, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment