Human Rights in South Asia

Graft is a Violation of Human Rights (High Court)

  0 comments   |     by News Times of India

Graft is a violation of human rights: HC RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh high court has described corruption as a human rights violation saying it falls in the category of economic obstacles in the realisation of all human rights. Denying regular bail to state government officer arrested under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, a single bench of Justice Sanjay K Agr

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

Sikh militancy: Khalistan leaders glorified

  0 comments   |     by Gautaman Bhaskaran

Cinema has, since time immemorial, been used as a political weapon. Hitler and Mussolini had movies made to propagate fascism, and the Venice Film Festival, the oldest such event in the world which started in 1932, served as an effective mouthpiece for these two dictators. In India, the Dravidian political parties actually came under the limelight in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

The Naxalite Insurgency in India

  0 comments   |     by Kristian A Kennedy

16 of India's 28 states – mostly in the east and the centre – are affected by insurgency to a greater or lesser degree. It is an often ignored fact that 66.6% of Indian landmass is not in Indian control where the writ of the state is shaky and in places negligible or nonexistent.  There may be as many as 150,000 militiamen and full-time fighters in total and India's Prime M

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

A Disaster in Waiting in the Himalayas

  0 comments   |     by Jehangir Khattak

A senior Pakistani official recently issued a largely ignored statement about the environmental impact of status quo between the armies of Pakistan and India on the world’s highest battleground, the Siachen Glacier. Some military check posts on both sides here are as high as 21,000 feet above sea level.

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

ModiFail Silicon Valley Protester Assaulted

  0 comments   |     by Pieter Friedrich

Passionate crowds of protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with loud slogans and a sea of placards upon his arrival at San Jose's SAP Center for a stage-managed Silicon Valley “community reception.” The posters, chants, and surprise banner drop challenged the Modi PR team's attempts to whitewash the controversial politician's record. The protest was the culminat

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

Researchers: Freedom From Corruption Is ‘Human Right

  0 comments   |     by Jeffrey Young

International law does not currently regard an act of official corruption as the violation of a human right. But as recent steps by Chinese leaders, political shifts in India, the EuroMaidan in Ukraine, and the Arab Spring all reflect, an international consensus is emerging that corruption is a pervasive and pernicious social problem, structural obstacle to economic growth and threat to glo

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

Indian Government, Modi and RSS

  0 comments   |     by Siddharth Varadarajan

What makes the axis between the government and the RSS so problematic is not just its extra-constitutionality but the sheer incompatibility of the RSS and its ideology with a democratic, inclusive polity and society. A bizarre political spectacle took place in Delhi this week that no amount of sophistry can square with the principles of a modern democratic republic. A &ls

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

Refugees Don’t Cause Fascism Timmermann – You Do

  0 comments   |     by Dan Glazebrook

Europe needs to fascisise its policies, because if it doesn’t - fascism will grow. This was the message from Frans Timmerman, Vice-President of the European Commission following last week’s fraught negotiations over the so-called refugee crisis. "We have to patrol our borders better”, he

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

Terrorism’s saffron fault line

  0 comments   |     by Latha Jishnu

COLOURS have strong associations and tend to be coded in our psyche. They are linked, sometimes inexorably, to our politics, culture and social biases. The way we respond to people, events and situations is prompted by the colour coding embedded in us, however subtly these triggers might work. Often our responses symbolise rank prejudice. Right-wing demagogue Bal Thackeray who founded th

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article

Scholar Casts New Light on Hindu-Muslim relations

  0 comments   |     by Marguerite Rigoglioso

Stanford Scholar Audrey Truschke research paints a far different picture than common perceptions, which assume that the Muslim presence has always been hostile to Indian languages, religions and culture. A leading scholar of South Asian cultural and intellectual history, Truschke argues that this more divisive interpretation actually developed during the colonial period from 1757 t

Share to Facebook

Read Full Article