Today we celebrate the life of Bhiku Daji Bhilare who saved Mahatma Gandhi's life, one of the six attempts made on his life, incidently by ideological guardians of the present ruling dispensation in India.
We also celebrate a little known woman Nangeli in our "Heroes And Sheroes of Plural India" who (would you believe it?) resisted the inhumane 'breast tax' (ie the tax paid to have breasts on a woman's body)!
Dr Geogre Venturini writes a well researched long form essay on the war criminal Henry Kissinger
Kim Scipes takes a look at the state of labor movements in USA
Medha Patkar is on her 10th day of fast demanding just rehabilitation for tens of thousands of Narmada Dam oustees. Her life is in danger.
Also more stories from around the world.
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Heinz Alfred ‘Henry’ Kissinger Was A courtier To Atrocity
by Dr Venturino Giorgio Venturini
A well researched long form essay on war criminal Henry Kissinger
The Epic Failure of Labor Leadership In The United States, 1980-2017 And Continuing
by Kim Scipes
The US labor movement is in terrible shape; in 2016, union membership was only 6.4 percent of workers in the private sector, and 34.4 percent of the public sector, giving an overall percentage of 10.7 percent.(It had been 33.4 percent in 1954.) But, worse than the actual numbers and percentages is the all-but-total lack of vision as to what to do about this
Bangladesh’s Governance Decay: A Case Of Leadership Betrayal?
by M Adil Khan
Lately, even the language of political discourse has changed. Gone are the days when in spite of their differences leaders used to treat each other with respect and never ever strayed from decency and decorum and never departed from the accepted code of civility while criticising their political rivals. Not any more,these days obscenity and foul words are the norm and have become favoured and common epithets in political lexicon.
AHRC TV: Pakistan Supreme Court Disqualifies Nawaz Sharif And Other Stories
by Asian Human Rights Commission
Asian Human Rights Commission weekly video round up
Medha Patkar And 11 Others Continue Their Fast In Narmada Valley: Lives In Danger
by National Alliance of People’s Movements
On the 9th day of indefinite fast in Narmada Valley, Medha Patkar and 11 others are still continuing their indefinite fast in Chikhalda against the illegal and unjust submergence and forced evictions without complete and just rehabilitation of more than 40000 families affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada Valley.
Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Nangeli
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 Nangeli, who challenged the caste system by refusing to pay the inhumane ‘breast tax’. All are welcome to contribute an hour of your day, in celebrating these Heroes and Sheroes of plural India
Two Minute Silence For Bhiku Daji Bhilare
by Subhash Gatade
Of course, not very many people know one of his brave acts – saving Gandhi’s life, at a very crucial juncture in the nation’s history when independence was approaching and Gandhi was to play an important role in the unfolding developments. The incident was rather engraved in Bhilare Guruji’s memory- as he was affectionately called later – who had talked about it and written about it at many places : “Everyone was allowed to attend Mahatma Gandhi’s prayer meetings in Panchgani. That day, his associates Usha Mehta, Pyarelal, ArunaAsaf Ali and others were present for the prayers. Godse rushed up to Gandhiji with a knife saying that he had some questions. I stopped him, twisted his hand and snatched the knife. But Gandhiji let him go.”
To Mark The 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement/August Revolution “Anti-Constitutional Elements Quit Power” Rally
9th August 2017 will be the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. To mark the occasion, the Socialist Party has decided to organize “Anti-Constitutional Elements Quit Power” rally in Delhi. The purpose of the rally is to send the message to the citizens of India, that policy decisions undertaken by governments must be based on the Directive Principles of the State as mentioned in the Constitution, and not on the dictates of the institutions listed above. Only then will the commitment to build a socialist, secular and democratic India, which is the goal enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution, be rightly achieved.