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Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant
Co-Written by Colin Todhunter and Binu Mathew
A fellow at the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) in London, Tim Worstall recently argued on the Forbes website that India’s farmers should be allowed to go bust because that is how economic development works. Arguing that loan waivers and support price guarantees for farmers help to undermine India’s growth and prosperity, he stated that farmers should go and do something that is more productive.
by Farooque Chowdhury
Today, the day Che Guevara looked for the first time at the sky over the earth, June 14, 1928, in Argentina, his birthday, is the time to reiterate these messages of freedom-liberation-equity-equality, is the time to reenergize the act of materializing the dream Che lives for and sacrifices his life
Hatred For Gandhi Is A Fundamental Element Of Hindutva Discourse
by Shamsul Islam
Recently, BJP President Amit Shah was in Chattisgarh to speak to “eminent persons” for strengthening BJP in the state where assembly elections are due in 2018. While philosophising on the irrelevance of Congress, belittling its rule in the freedom struggle, he went to discuss Gandhi. According to him Gandhi, to quote original words of his in Hindi, “bahut chatur baniya tha woh”.[i]Its English translation would be, “he was a very clever baniya (merchant or moneylender)”.These words for Gandhi make one thing clear that Shah was treating Gandhi not as a leader of the composite Indian nation on whose calls Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and others came out in millions to oppose the foreign rulers; thousands of them laying down their lives for the freedom
Revisiting Development Paradigm: Context Bhangar Movement
Co-Written by Priyam Basu & Nisha Biswas
Noam Chomsky is so true in the case of ‘Bhangar’. ‘Bhangar’ or ‘Bhangar movement’, a public outcry not only against forceful acquisition of 13.5 Acre of land for Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL), a NAVARATAN company of India, and against the illegal occupation of the farm land of which though they remain the legal owners, but all their rights on that patch of land and its access, in the name of maintenance, remains in the hands of PGCIL or against Land Mafia, which is very active and powerful in this region. YES! They are against land acquisition, against this virtual perpetual ownership of PGCIL on the patches of land on which transmission towers are being erected and high volt electricity will be passing through these lines day in and day out.
The Oversimplification Of The Kashmir Conundrum
by Nivedita Dwivedi
The Kashmiris will not be able to consider themselves as inalienable parts of India, if they are not meted out the treatment that every Indian citizen deserves. Forcing them to compromise on their basic human rights and then justifying the same is definitely not a step forward towards winning their confidence and trying to normalize the situation.
Rallies Across USA Show Convergence Of Supremacist And Islamophobes
by Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Far-right activists held anti-Muslim demonstrations in least 28 cities across the United States on Sunday (June 11). The demonstrators, spurred by one of the largest grass-roots anti-Muslim group, and in many cases were met by larger crowds of counter protesters.
Catastrophe Looms In Gaza
by Charlotte Silver
Israel will reduce its electricity supply to the occupied Gaza Strip by 40 percent, turning an already dire situation into a catastrophe.
Degrowth: The Case For A New Economic Paradigm
by Riccardo Mastini
As the ecological economist Giorgos Kallis argues, it can be difficult for parties on the left to make degrowth their banner because of the difficulties of confronting an entrenched common sense. That said, it is at least expected of genuine progressive parties to have ideas in place on how to ensure society’s prosperity and equality without undermining the ecological stability of our planet.
How One City In Spain Launched A Local Currency
by Aaron Fernando
During her 2015 campaign, Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau promoted the idea of launching a local currency in her city. Colau viewed a local currency as a way of defending independent businesses and residents from rapidly-rising rents and benefits that are disproportionately reaped by corporate chains instead of local stores. Though the community currency failed to materialize in Barcelona, the city immediately to its northeast, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, created a local currency this year.
by Bhuwan Thapaliya
You bequest fragrance
to the rose and unending
persistence to the river
whereas I steal the heady smell
from the rose
and curse the river
for drowning my hope.
by Nalini Priyadarshni
Tittering army of dog waggers
cook up news of their own everyday
and serve it on prime time national TV
to outrage and polarize the dystopia we call our own
dissent becomes treason and we
– we blink
letting apathy wash over our scruples
living an exasperating farrago of distortions
celebrate April Fool’s day, everyday
The Bird’s Eye
by Gurpreet Singh
A short story