With Climate Change and Peak Oil staring down on us, the world is heading towards a deadly collision. In India, the meeting point of all these geopolitical forces will be the deadly cocktail between religion and politics, manifested in the project of "Hindu Rashtra". The Hindutva groups believe that it's within their reach. If India ever gets there, it will be through rivers of blood. Satya Sagar writes "Musings On The Eve Of Hindu Rashtra" a brilliant must read piece that brings forth the cultural diversity of India and also the hidden agenda behind the "Hindu Rashtra" project. He concludes by asking,
"For the truly religious or spiritual among the Hindus themselves it is time to ask, are Indian history, culture and traditions the property of a few self-appointed ideologues and their disciples? Does it not represent a vast and rich body of knowledge and experiences with contributions from everyone who has ever lived on this land? Do they really want a narrow, Taliban version of Hinduism thrust upon them, turning India into another Saudi Arabia or Pakistan? As another Independence Day arrives on August 15 this year, all Indians need to reflect on these questions as if their life depended on it. The answers and actions based on them, will determine the survival of many Indian citizens and the Indian Republic itself."
South Africa also is heading toward the same collision course writes Prithiraj Dullay.
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Musings On The Eve Of Hindu Rashtra
by Satya Sagar
For the truly religious or spiritual among the Hindus themselves it is time to ask, are Indian history, culture and traditions the property of a few self-appointed ideologues and their disciples? Does it not represent a vast and rich body of knowledge and experiences with contributions from everyone who has ever lived on this land? Do they really want a narrow, Taliban version of Hinduism thrust upon them, turning India into another Saudi Arabia or Pakistan? As another Independence Day arrives on August 15 this year, all Indians need to reflect on these questions as if their life depended on it. The answers and actions based on them, will determine the survival of many Indian citizens and the Indian Republic itself.
The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid
by Margaret Klein Salamon
Gradualist half measures, such as a gradually phased-in carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, that seem “politically realistic” but have no hope of actually restoring a safe climate, are not adequate to channel people’s fear into productive action. We know what is physically and morally necessary. It’s our job—as members of the climate emergency movement—to make that politically possible. This will not be easy, emotionally or otherwise. It will take heroic levels of dedication from ordinary people. We hope you join us.
The ANC Cannot Be Reformed
by Prithiraj Dullay
That matters have come to a head in South Africa is going to prove to be the catalyst for change that is overdue. The myth that the ANC is governing the country for the benefit of all its people has been smashed. It has become a party of the ANC elites who have one agenda, which is using their position to loot the state for as much as each can get away with
Uhlmann’s Trump Problem
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
Trump will hardly care about the sorrowful reflections of an Australian political anchor aggrieved that the empire is misbehaving. Nor will his supporters. As Alice Butler-Short, founder of Virginia Women for Trump explained, “If America’s strong, if America’s prosperous, if America’s safe then that helps us to help the rest of the world.” Forcibly, or otherwise.
The Relationship Between Racism And Slavery That’s Taught In The U.S.
by Richard Oxman
Harman’s fascinating documentation seems definitive to me. If it didn’t appear to be so, I wouldn’t have taken the trouble to conduct the survey, or taken the time to write this article. Truth is… it was an honor to do both.
The Six Day War – The Breaking Of The Middle East
by Jim Miles
Review of The Six Day War – The Breaking of the Middle East. Guy Laron. Yale University Press, New Haven/London
Bird or Beast: BJP Must Decide
by Mirza Yawar Baig
My take on the situation in our country today is that the BJP must decide what it is – bird or beast. It must decide what its core ideology is. I am happy to do a Core Ideology Workshop for them and the RSS if they want. The problem is that they seem to be confused in this respect and that is the fundamental problem.
A political cartoon by K. P Sasi
A Walk Down Jantar Mantar, The Protest Street Of Delhi: Photo Essay
by Vidya Bhushan Rawat
Jantar Mantar is the protest street of Delhi. People from all over India gather in this street to vent their anger, frustration and despair. Vidyabhushan Rawat takes a walk down the street to document the various protests happening in Jantar Mantar today. Text and Photos by Vidya Bhushan Rawat
Hailing The Vision of Rabindranath Tagore: Human Over Mechanical
by Nivedita Dwivedi
Tagore's writings on Nationalism repeatedly warn about the possible threat that humanity faced from patriotism, and he always remained an unequivocal supporter for the triumph of humanity above all else. About a century ago, Tagore believed that nation as a political concept was something alien to India, and that India’s strength lay in not letting the mechanical concept of a nation rule over our hearts and minds, as had already happened in the West.
The Protectors Of Humanity
by Sheshu Babu
A poem in memory of safai karmacharis who lost their lives in cleaning septic tanks)