India

5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

To   Shri G C Murmu C&AG     Dear Shri Murmu,   I write this in continuation of my previous letter dated 13-8-2022 on the 5G spectrum auctions (https://countercurrents.org/2022/08/5g-spectrum-is-it-a-distress-sale-c…)   The DOT is about to resume 5G spectrum auctions and put more valuable spectrum bands on a distress sale (https://m.e

Battle for possession of the Tricolour

(This is the English translation of the Hindi article titled ‘Tirange Par Kabze Ki Ladai’ which had been published in ‘Yuva Samvad’ and Hastakshep.com in 2011. Since then, the business of the country’s national flag Tricolour has increased manifold in the corridors of power. One can note that anti-corruption movement which was held under the aegis of “India Against Corruption”,[Read More...]

After 75-years of Independence

We the People The execution of Sepoy Mangal Pandey on April 8, 1857, by the officers of the Bengal Army of the British East India Company sparked our Independence movement. The rebellion among Indian soldiers that followed, caused the ruling British monarch Queen Victoria to  proclaim in 1858, that India would be governed by and in the name of “the[Read More...]

Employees Pension Scheme: Not consistent with human dignity

Pension entitlement of retiring low-wage employees of public and private sectors under the EPS Scheme not consistent with human dignity To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Kindly refer to my letters dated 22-9-2020 & 11-3-2021 addressed to you seeking revision of pension under EPS-95 scheme to bring it in line with the necessity of enabling the[Read More...]

Fact-Finding Report of Himmatnagar and Khambhat Riots in Gujarat

Hindu Right, Communal Riots and Demolitions: Emerging Pattern of Communal Riots in India-  Fact-Finding Report of Himmatnagar and Khambhat Riots in Gujarat Introduction: On 10th April, communal riots broke out in different parts of India including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat on the occasion of Ram Navami. The occasion saw Hindu right wing organizations organize processions in[Read More...]

Whose FREEDOM@75?

 The official propaganda states that, “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey but[Read More...]

India’s position on the World Hunger Index has fallen and malnutrition and unemployment rising

India is the second largest food producing country in the world and ranks first in the production of milk, pulses, rice, fish, vegetables and wheat. Despite this, a large population of the country is suffering from malnutrition. According to the United Nations’ ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022’ report, people’s struggle for survival has increased[Read More...]

5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

To Shri G C Murmu C&AG Dear Shri Murmu, The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) in the Ministry of Communications has just finalized 5G spectrum auctions. According  to the Ministry’s statements, out of the 72,098 MHz of spectrum put on sale, the government has realised Rs 150,173 Crores from the sale of 51,236 MHz of spectrum that could be sold. Most[Read More...]

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Independence – Why Gandhi-Nehru brothers RSS-BJP?

                                     Our current ruling dispensation led by BJP-RSS is working overtime to make India Congress-free and opposition-free and to change the basic tenets of the country’s constitution to make the country a Hindu Rashtra. And as a part of that strategy, founders of our nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru are being ignored while celebrating the 75th Anniversary of[Read More...]