Today I wrote an out of the ordinary letter to raise your voices against 'slaughter ban' or de facto 'beef ban' in India. It is not just about eating beef, which most can go without, but it is the core of the rural economy in India, which is about Rs 4 trillion annually or 5% of GDP. Millions of people will become jobless, pushing many impoverished farmers into suicide. What if your little action can save a life from lynch mobs or from sucide? You can take action here http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/10/rahul-gandhi-must-back-up-his-words-with-deeds/. Perhaps you can write an open letter and I can publish it here in Countercurrents.
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Rahul Gandhi Must Back Up His Words With Deeds
by Binu Mathew
Now that Rahul Gandhi has taken a bold stand against soft Hindutva, it’s time for him to back up his words with deeds. If Rahul Gandhi means what he says, he must come out strongly against this illegal ban on cattle slaughter. He must lead a movement across India against this illegal, divisive law and uphold the secular values that the Congress profess.
Beef Ban: Playing With Fire
by Oliver DSouza
There is no collective good in making India a Hindurashtra. There is a future for the nation only in strengthening the 1950 Constitution, not undermining it. Alternately, it would be a case of playing with fire and expecting not to get burnt by it!
Anti-Corruption Is Not An Economic Policy Though The BJP And the INC Would Like You To Think So
by Anandi Sharan
We need to come up with a programme to reform money politics in India that is fit for purpose to suit the majority of Indians considering the severe deprivation the majority are suffering. We also need to counter the globalisation of money propagated in the name of progress by the proponents of digital currencies. Without addressing the question for whom and where the energy base for technology comes from and who controls it, technology innovation is useless. See how the owner of PayTM has bought a grand house in Delhi’s Golf Links. This is no way to create money, which should be a public good and circulated into all hands that need it.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Surge
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
A stunning figure, and one that must be heartening to those permanently engaged in the task of encouraging those to enrol and vote, was the youth vote. Even the Tories benefited from their participation, though in the main, Corbyn was their man
Marquis De Condorcet, We Need Your Voice Today
by John Scales Avery
Nicolas Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet, definer of the idea of progress, defender of human rights and the rights of all living things, we need your voice today!
TOSCA in Tucson
by Richard Oxman
When I introduce opera to my 5th Grade class in Tucson, Arizona this fall, I plan to underscore that the art form has revolutionary roots. And that could serve as a point of departure for talking about civic engagement, and generating truly singular parent participation in their children’s education.
Continuing Caste Violence In Saharanpur, UP
by People's Alliance for Democracy and Secularism
By all accounts Saharanpur is going to simmer in caste violence for some time now. As it did during the Muzaffarnagar violence four years ago, the BJP strategy is to vilify Dalit mobilisation with full use of its state power, and consolidate its hold on local dominant and non-dalit castes. Anti BJP forces need to show principled opposition to its machinations, and help Dalits gain their civil rights. Local administration needs to be fair and assert its constitutional and legal mandate.
Oppose Emergency Era Attempt To Crush Media Independence!
by People's Union For Civil Liberties
The People’s Union for Civil Liberties strongly condemns the raids by the CBI on 5th June 2017 on the residence and offices of Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, co-founders of NDTV. While it is a declared position of PUCL that under our Constitutional scheme, the rule of law is supreme and no individual or institution is above the law, there are nevertheless circumstances in the timing and manner of the raids conducted which raise serious concerns as to whether the raids are motivated and constitute a wilful abuse of law.
The ‘Truth’ Of The Matter
by Sheshu Babu
Lies propagated as truths
Half – truths and ‘ post truths’
Cannot, for long, hide reality
From vast humanity