Views that never cease

Sikhs:Perceptions of West, Russia & China - Sawraj Singh


Generally, the Sikhs have an impression about the 1984 tragedy that Indira Gandhi (the Indian Prime Minister at the time) was too close to the Soviet Union and was very hostile to western countries. Even some Sikh scholars feel that Russia incited and helped Mrs. Gandhi to attack Sri Harmandir Sahib and the Akal Takht in 1984, while western countries were opposed to the attack. These impressions, along with some other factors, have contributed to the westward tilt amongst Sikhs. After the glorious revolution of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, a feudal and elite sect emerged among the Sikhs which eventually struck a compromise with the British colonialists and accepted a […]

By Sawraj Singh |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Centenary of Krishan Chander - Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad

Krishan Chander

I wonder what he would have felt had he lived long enough to learn that in the 1980s, when a newborn infant was found abandoned outside a mosque in Karachi, the cleric issued a fatwa condemning it as an illegitimate child not worthy of living in chaste Muslim society. It resulted in a mob pelting stones at the Baby and killing it. Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed This year we should be celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of the great Urdu short-story writer and novelist Krishan Chander. There is some confusion about his year and place of birth: Lahore, Wazirabad and Poonch have been mentioned in different publications. However, with the help of […]

By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad |February 10, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

New Research Maps Global warming - admin

Global warming

Who are the big culprits? A new study aims to offer unique insights into countries’ historical responsibility for global warming, by translating their carbon emissions into a proportion of observed temperature rise. How responsible different countries’ are for climate change to date has long been a contentious issue. Contributing differently to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, some countries are considered more to blame for warming than others. he study, by scientists from Concordia University in Canada and published in Environmental Research Letters, examined each country’s emissions between 1750 and 2005. As well as carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning and land use change, they examined methane, nitrous oxide and […]

By admin |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Drugs Displace Maize on Mexico’s Small Farms - Emilio Godoy


MEXICO CITY  – As the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passes its 20-year milestone, Mexico is seeing the displacement of traditional crops like maize by marihuana and opium poppy as a result of falling prices for the country’s most important agricultural product. After NAFTA came into force between Canada, the United States and Mexico in January 1994, prices of maize and other agricultural products began to tumble, hurting the incomes of the smallest farmers who became the target of drug trafficking mafias. “This has happened in regions where there are poor farmers, where prices have collapsed and productivity is low. They have to resort to drug traffickers for loans […]

By Emilio Godoy |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

The West Is Pushing Ukraine To Civil War - Sawraj Singh

Civil war in Ukraine

Every day it is becoming clearer that the western countries are trying to maintain their domination and hegemony at any cost. For this purpose, they are willing to push as many countries to the brink of disaster and shed the blood of as many innocent people as it takes. The bitter truth is that the western countries who claim to be champions of human rights and human values and protectors of law and order, are in reality only concerned about their profit and want to maintain their monopoly on the resources of the world. They also want to continue exploitation of the poor and the developing countries as well as […]

By Sawraj Singh |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

The Right Note Hits Taliban - Ashfaq Yusufzai

singing performance in Peshawar that would have been unthinkable under Taliban dominance earlier. Credit

PESHAWAR, Pakistan   – For many years they could not sing, dance or play their favourite instruments. The performing artists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northern Pakistan lost their voice as the Taliban carried out terror attacks and banned music, calling it un-Islamic. But after tentative advances in recent months, the Pakistani province is alive with the sound of music once again. After the resumption of open sales of music, and the occasional theatre performance, music is now back in business in full swing – in many if not all areas. The big change has come in the months following elections in May 2013. “The past five years have been very […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Nowhere to Come In From the Cold - Ashfaq Yusufzai

Cold in Pak

PESHAWAR  – As the temperature dips to zero degrees Celsius, a chill has set into the lives of people like 44-year-old Rasool Khan at the Jalozai camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Pakistan. Huddled in tiny tents, with just a plastic sheet over their heads and no heat, they pass sleepless nights in the bitter cold. “My two children are suffering from chest disease,” Khan, who lives at the camp with his 10 relatives, tells IPS. “We were already surrounded by so many problems, but the frosty weather has made things precarious.” “There is no hope of medical assistance. Our only hope is that the weather will get warmer.” […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

An acquittal most disturbing - admin

Dalit massacre

[A joint Statement on the acquittal of the convicts of Laxmanpur Bathe] Dalit massacre in Bihar has been described as extremely distressing. This statement has been signed by professors, most from the JNU, New Delhi, student leaders, researchers and  trade union  activists. The statement  expressed  “outrage at  by the Patna High Court judgement on the 9th of October acquitting the murderers of the infamous and shocking Laxmanpur Bathe Dalit massacre in the Arwal district of Bihar. In the year 1997, Ranveer Sena, a dreaded upper caste feudal private army of mostly Bhumihar and Rajput landlords descended on the Dalit tola of Laxmanpur bathe in the broad daylight and massacred 58 Dalits, which included […]

By admin |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Pakistan needs adrenaline to fight terrorism - Surinder Gosain


It is now more than clear that the Pakistan leadership needs more adrenaline to counter the Taliban attacks. The political and military leaders are either too complacent or afraid of taking any stern action against the extremists.   On the other hand, the militant Islamists have rejected the constitution and the parliamentary system of governance in the country. Apparently, they just want an autocratic rule of gun forces. The appeasement policies of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced by him after coming to power in 2013 have not been yielding any positive results.  He should by now understand that the war against the uncouth barbarians cannot be prevailed upon by his […]

By Surinder Gosain |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Push tax reforms on to the election agenda - Gobind Thukral


Tax reform is a serious issue and Modi idea of Transaction tax is a bad idea. We often hear from experts and lay people alike that India and its politics is plagued by black money.  That there is a parallel, well organised black economy. We are also told that rich Indians including politicians have stacked billions of rupees in Swiss banks. Tax heavens are routinely mentioned in the newspapers. Astronomical figures are mentioned of the black money stored in these tax heavens.  What is true about India is more or less true about many other countries. Some reports suggest that India has a total exceeding US$1.4 trillion stashed in Switzerland but […]

By Gobind Thukral |February 1, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment