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Thursday, July 27, 2017

CounterCurrents: Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain




Dear Friend,

Today we bring out the second part of the series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain a pioneering woman literary person who also pioneered girls education . Please come forward to contribute an hour of your day, in celebrating these Heroes and Sheroes of plural India. Nivedita Dwivedi's introduction is a must read for everyone. It brings out the importance of this series:

"I would like to begin this piece by first delineating the importance of this initiative for me, the importance of again celebrating the plurality of this nation, the importance of revisiting the glorious chapters of our past, some widely known, some less so, and some, may be, completely unknown. The significance of indulging in this exercise, especially now, can at best only be understated. First and foremost, it can never be out of context to remember and to celebrate those on whose shoulders we are standing today and are being able to look as far ahead as we are able to. Secondly, in the present day and age, when the fundamentals of existence are themselves being challenged openly, when an attempt is being made to rob the nation of its longstanding and most natural cultural heritage of plurality and peaceful and harmonious co-existence, when histories are being re-written and statement of facts being convoluted and contorted to the extent that they become totally unrecogni
zable 
and
when there is a conscious attempt to direct the collective energies of the nation only in these directions, then it is high time that what is actually significant and meaningful is brought to the forefront. Revisiting the lives of these sung and unsung heroes and sheroes will familiarize us with our past, will inform us of the multitude of people that have existed in the past and achieved that which might have seemed almost impossible if seen within the context of the day and age, will inspire us to move towards our goals with renewed vigor and will celebrate what is really worth celebrating – the tireless efforts of people to uphold the rich cultural heritage of our nation that has taught us to stand for plurality and for amelioration of the ills plaguing our society, those of differentiations based on caste, religion, gender, language, region, ethnicity etc. This series, for me, is a celebration of those who have dared to dream and have fought against all odds to try and 
realize
their dreams. Some of these have fought for religious and communal harmony, some have fought for amelioration of gender differences, some have stood for the rights of ethnic minorities, and so on and so forth – the list is endless. Some of the people figuring in this series, and their work, may be very well known, some may be those who are known but their work and their message forgotten and some those who are as yet unknown or little known, despite having done significant work."

German economist and business journalist Norbert Häring's exposure of the ongoing digitalization process of the payment systems of India, which was unravelled with the traumatic demonetisation. He argues that it is also related to the privacy violating 'Aadhar' or UID project

Robert J Burrowes writes "Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also destroy the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible"

K. P Sasi's cartoons series continues. 

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How India Became Bill Gates’ Guinea Pig: A Conspiracy As Recounted By The Main Actors
by Norbert Häring 


German economist and business journalist Norbert Häring's exposure of the ongoing digitalization process of the payment systems of India, which was unravelled with the traumatic demonetisation. He argues that it is also related to the privacy violating 'Aadhar' or UID project




Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
by Nivedita Dwivedi 


This article is part of a series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain a pioneering woman literary person who also pioneered girls education . All are welcome to contribute an hour of your day, in celebrating these Heroes and Sheroes of plural India




Biological Annihilation On Earth Accelerating
by Robert J Burrowes 


Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also destroy the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible.




Politics Of Opportunism In Bihar
by MD Irfan 


The Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s resignation brings an end to not just an alliance, but an idea which was called Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) against Modi and the BJP at the national politics. A well-rehearsed play is going on, the characters are selective, and management team and director are quite smart. An alliance which was growing slowly with a hope to counter the BJP in 2019 at national level will remain an unfulfilled dream.




Limitations of Political Space in Bihar Reflected in Limitations of National Media Commentary
by Anandi Sharan 


There is a tendency in the national press to judge the political parties in Bihar on the basis of their caste composition. The argument is that the JD(U) is a good enough fit with the BJP because they both represent an alliance of the majority of the absolutely disadvantaged with the minority of the absolutely privileged.




Revenge Rape In Multan Shows The Patriarchy At Top In Pakistan
by Dr Vivek Kumar Srivastava 


In Multan a 17 years girl was ordered to be raped by panchayat because his brother had raped another girl. Thus revenge rape was ordered by the kangaroo court. The incident took place and innocent girl was raped according to the order issued by panchayat.




Caste Inequity Fuels Gender Injustice
by Shobha Shukla 


Geeta’s testimony is a grim reminder of the fact that even after 70 years of our independence, caste system is alive, and the Dalits remain India’s most oppressed group.




Disgusting World?
by Sally Dugman 


My sister and I are really into the tragic word, “disgusting” these days. So many of our experiences are defined by it, unfortunately. Can you assist us to replace it with a better, more favorable one? Can you help develop a pathway to a new and more favorable term?




Philippines: Western Media Is Distorting Reality, People And Army Unite To Battle “ISIS”
by Andre Vltchek 


Covering the recent battle for the city of Marawi on Mindanao Island in the Southern Philippines, the Western media has been grossly exaggerating unconfirmed reports and rumors. It has been spreading twisted information and ‘facts’.





The Disinformation Campaign On Venezuela
by Farooque Chowdhury 


Venezuela, it seems, is a riddle to the audience of the mainstream media. Yet the riddle conceals a fact. A conflict between opposing interests is roaring in Venezuela, and attempts to stoke that conflict are being intensified by the imperialist-interventionist quarter as the day for a vote on the proposed Constituent Assembly—July 30—is nearing.





Fear And Trepidation In Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing The Syria War?
by Dr Ramzy Baroud 


Israel, which has played a precarious role in the Syrian war since 2011, is furious to learn that the future of the conflict is not to its liking. The six-year-old Syria war is moving to a new stage, perhaps its final. The Syrian regime is consolidating its control over most of the populated centers, while ISIS is losing ground fast – and everywhere.




Threat To Free Speech
by Ron Forthofer 


There is a Senate bill, along with a companion bill in the House, working its way through Congress with strong bipartisan support, that poses a significant danger to free speech. One would think this bill would be a big deal but, surprisingly, the bill has not received much coverage in the mainstream media.





Refugee Conundrums: Resettlement, The UN And The US-Australia Deal
by Dr Binoy Kampmark 


Having poured scorn and not an indecent amount of bile upon the refugee deal between the Obama administration and Canberra last year, US President Donald Trump was never going to make things easy for the resettlement of various groups held on Nauru and Manus Island.




No, I Regret Nothing Except Education
by Rachel Olivia O'Connor 


This article will probably doom my chances for securing a teaching post. But I have no regrets in submitting it for posting. Not any more than Edith Piaf — arguably, the most famous singer to emerge from Belleville — when she sang Non, Je ne regrette rien. We should all sing the truth together.




Protest Against Adani Port In Vizhinjam Gathers Momentum


The struggle against the proposed Vizhinjam International Deepwater port by AAP had kick started with the 8days long district wide travel in a vehicle with corner meetings at various points and a conclusion on every evening at important venues. The jatha had covered 14 legislative assembly constituencies in the district. On an average 20 persons were travelling with the jatha vehicle on all these days. At some points it came to 50 persons. In the day time it will be moderate crowd and in the evenings it grow fast and at some points it reached to many hundreds.




India Now!


A political cartoon by K P Sasi 




CSR Tourism: A New Development Fad
by Moin Qazi 


This has been a phenomenon quite old with the corporate world, but now it has    acquired a glamorous face. .It is rural development or euphemistically called CSR  tourism—brief visits by corporate leaders whose businesses are obliged to take up community development as part of public commitment




Kashmir’s Neglected Elders!
by Mohammad Ashraf


Traditionally Elders in Kashmir used to be given all the love and care but the “Modernisation” has left some of them isolated and lonely! 




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