Last night the federal structure of India received into the new GST tax regime. Yadul Krishna aptly writes, "GST will be a move to take away the rights of States to decide taxes according to their socio-economic situations. Whatever little vestigial powers are left for the State governments to acquire funds, as a result, all will be lost. In situations when national disasters occur or to fund welfare schemes to improve people’s livelihood, State governments will now have to remain at the foot of the Central government to avail funds"
Sally Dugman imagines a world when the 'black gold' runs out. Well, it's not pretty.
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On GST; Concerns Over India’s Federal Structure
by Yadul Krishna
GST will be a move to take away the rights of States to decide taxes according to their socio-economic situations. Whatever little vestigial powers are left for the State governments to acquire funds, as a result, all will be lost. In situations when national disasters occur or to fund welfare schemes to improve people’s livelihood, State governments will now have to remain at the foot of the Central government to avail funds
UN Under Siege: Geopolitics In The Time of Trump
by Richard Falk
A modified and enlarged version of a talk Richard Falk gave in Geneva a week ago. The audience was a blend of students of all ages from around the world, with almost none from Europe and North America, and several NGO representatives with lots of UN experience.
After Peak Oil, Are We Heading Toward Social Collapse?
by Sally Dugman
All considered, imagine just farms alone being run without sufficient oil. Would they be capable to supply enough food for over seven billion people without it? How will they provide for the nine billion to ten billion expected to be on the Earth in approximately 40 years?
Donald Trump And The Climate Change Reality
by Dr S Faizi
Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement was by no means a surprise. For, the US has always been seeking to subvert the multilateral, global initiatives to address the vexing global problems. Those who express surprise at the US withdrawal seem to be unaware that the US was not a Party to the Kyoto Protocol, the global accord under the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) that the Paris Agreement is to succeed when its extended period will be over in 2020. Obama who had raised a lot of hopes during the campaign for his first term could not bring the US to ratify the Kyoto Protocol
Ahem! Pardon Me, May I Say Something?
by Mirza Yawar Baig
To give you an idea, someone sent me a question on Quora: When will India be Muslim free? What should I answer? I haven’t answered him yet. But I could say, sticking purely to the math: If you kill 100,000 Muslims every year, it will take 2000 years to finish the present population. Or should I attempt a moral answer? Seems futile for someone who asked such a question.
An Overview Of Nuclear Power In The Context Of Additional Capacity To Kaiga NPP
by Shankar Sharma
The decision by the govt. of India in May 2017 to commission ten nuclear reactors of the type PHWR of 700 MW capacity each, and the other proposal to add four more reactors of the type VVER of 1,000 MW capacity each at Kudankulam NPP, has given rise to serious concerns to the communities around these projects, and to the concerned civil society groups in the country. In this background it is in the overall interest of our communities to diligently review the true relevance of nuclear power to India in the context of fast changing scenario, not only within the country but globally too. In this background the scenario around Kaiga NPP in Karnataka is considered for the related discussions in the overall context of India.
A Historical Review Of Same-Sex Legislation In Germany
by Sabarish Suresh
On the 30th of June 2017, the lower house of the German Parliament passed a bill legalizing same sex marriages throughout Germany. A long pending move in Germany and something that has been in the docks for quite some time. However, a complete understanding of the relevance and significance of Germany legalizing same-sex marriage will be incomplete unless a historical picture of same-sex legislation in Germany is grappled with. History, and understanding history, is an important tool in challenging and comprehending the contemporary. Let us embark on a journey of German history with regard to same-sex legislation to truly understand the ramifications of the bill recently passed.
Death Of Under Trial Prisoners In Odisha
Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha’ condemns death of Bari Pidikaka, a Dongaria tribal in judicial custody. He died on 24th June, just few hours after his admission, at SCB Medical College, Cuttack. But his family members were informed on 25th June, 2017 after one day of his death by the local police. His son Dabru Pidikaka received the body on 27th June at Cuttack travelling 600km from his village. His body was cremated on 28th June 2017.
Two Rotis And A Catapult
by Bacca S
Mahesh Gurung was shot on his forehead. He died instantly leaving behind his ageing parents, his wife and an infant son. He was 26 years old. A catapult and 2 rotis were found in his knapsack. He was a Gorkha; not a terrorist; fighting for Gorkhaland; with a catapult against bullets. Six bullet holes in the pillar where he had taken position (with a catapult) proves that the CRPF men were a lousy shot but had fired with the intent to kill. Two more were killed on that fateful day.
Why Minorities Have To Prove Their Nationalism All The Time?
by Gurpreet Singh
How powerless we are we need to amplify the stories such as the one buried into my chest so that people can resist the attempts by the powerful to pollute our minds through false propaganda that is aimed to divide us so that they could rule.
Modi’s India Is Sinking
by Mousumi Roy
Modi’s policies and empty promises will lead India to utter ruin. So many lynchings, protests, murders and arrests have happened this week across in India, it is hard to keep up with. In 21st century, horrendous crimes are on the rise in India. Non issues are being projected to divert attention from the daily problems with the common men. Over 3 years and the abominable cow vigilante lynchings sends shiver down the spine. In as much as I am aghast and angry about the current spate of such shameful happenings.
Physiology of Lynching
by Nalini Priyadarshni
It starts with division
‘We’ the majority all powerful against fewer ‘you’
righteous in our indignation against your beliefs
and much aggrieved by your actions
even if there is no evidence of your actually doing it
your caste or religion is enough
to multiply our aversion
your name alone aggravates us
your beards, caps or turbans are dead giveaway
that you don’t belong here