Day: April 8, 2019

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Tosepan: Resistance and Renewal in Mexico

Tosepan: Resistance and Renewal in Mexico Since the mid-1980s, Mexico has been a poster child for globalisation. Through free trade treaties and structural adjustment policies imposed by international financial institutions, the country has been “liberalised”—opened up to unfettered corporate investment and imports— to an extent matched by few other countries. Though the North American Free Trade…

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Raghuram Rajan Says Capitalism is ‘Under Serious Threat’

Raghuram Rajan Says Capitalism is ‘Under Serious Threat’ Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday warned that capitalism is under “serious threat” of a “revolt” as the economic and political system has stopped providing for the people, especially after the 2008 global financial meltdown.   Mr. Rajan, now a professor at the University of Chicago,…

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Current Threats to the Constitution

Current Threats to the Constitution This is the text of the Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture, delivered by Prashant Bhushan at Jawaharlal Nehru University on March 14, 2019.   Sixty nine years ago, we framed a constitution and founded a republic. The foundations of this republic are a democratically governed society with various fundamental rights guaranteed…

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The People of Palestine Are on the March

The People of Palestine Are on the March The bombs start again. Israel, as if on a timer, begins to pulverise Gaza. The bombs strike from one end of the country to another, a warning against the protests that have been ongoing for a year. There is a shudder from Gaza, phone calls to friends…

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Modinomics = Falsonomics: Part II

Modinomics = Falsonomics: Part II It is not just GDP data that the government is fudging. It is fudging or is blocking the publication of every kind of data related to the functioning of the economy that shows that the economy is not doing well and which therefore puts the BJP in a bad light….

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And Now, It’s Lohia’s Turn!

And Now, It’s Lohia’s Turn! 23rd March is Dr. Rammanohar Lohia’s birthday. But it is said that he did  not want people to celebrate the day because it was on this day that the revolutionaries—Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were executed by the British government. So most of his admirers and Indian socialists celebrate Lohia…

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Might is Right

Might is Right Letters to Editor   When Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State of the United States of America expresses hope that India will not buy oil from Venezuela, in diplomatic terms the ‘hope’ has to be understood as ‘warning’.  The situation in Venezuela, created by the US and nurtured by the so-called civilized…

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Obituary: Viqar Ahmad

Obituary: Viqar Ahmad Letters to Editor Viqar Ahmad, the most outstanding broadcaster and an authoritative voice of the BBC Urdu Service for many decades, passed away on 13 March, 2019, after a prolonged illness in a London hospital. He was 90. Viqar Ahmad was born in Sitapur in Awadh in 1929 in undivided India to…

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Islamophobia, Theirs and Ours

Islamophobia, Theirs and Ours The massacre at Christchurch in New Zealand has forced European countries into deep introspection. New Zealanders are bewildered as to how and why such a horror could visit their country. In Australia, the birthplace of the accused, people are being asked to look at the reality of increasing malice and hatred…

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Aurat March Still Faces Never-Ending Backlash and Threats of Violence in Pakistan

Aurat March Still Faces Never-Ending Backlash and Threats of Violence in Pakistan Aurat March 2019 was held on March 8 as part of International Women’s Day celebrations in different cities including Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Hyderabad and Larkana.  People from diverse backgrounds came out on the roads in large numbers to express solidarity with…