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Counter Currents - 2020-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Three Indian photojournalists based in Jammu & Kashmir won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for their coverage of the region during the clampdown that followed the Union government’s decision last August to divest the region of its special status and reorganise it into two...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

The Pandemic ‘Covid-19’ is among the Worst Crises that has hit the mankind all around the Globe, like never before. While the Covid-19 ‘Monster’ continues to play havoc in the lives world over, the Economy is struggling at critical stage. Amid this Pandemic there is an emerging ‘Hue & Cry’...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Toushali Raina & Ronojoy Banerjee The spectacular demise of India’s pluralistic democracy and the growing normalization of intolerance within the country has caught the attention of many scholars across the world ever since Indian politics took its fateful turn towards the...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Hyderabad, May 10–A crisis brings out the best and the worst in us. The Corona lockdown has done that. Not only that, the crisis has held up a mirror to us, showing both the good and bad in us. The best came out from among us as we showed kindness in thousands of ways to the less privileged...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Roli Misra & Nagendra Kumar Maurya “Corona se mare na mare, bhook se zaroor mar jayega”(If I don’t die with Corona, I will surely die with hunger). These were the words of the carpenter who has been working in our house since last ten years. He had visited our place amidst the...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Late last year I started wearing a hijab to protest against the communal virus spread against Muslims by the Indian government by promulgating Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Now the entire world is facing a secular n-coronavirus which makes no distinction between various religions/ regions/...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Shri Heeralal Samariya Union Labour Secretary Dear S/Shri Bhalla and Samariya, I understand that several important labour laws, meant to safeguard the welfare of the workers and to ensure industrial safety, have been “suspended” for three years in UP, MP...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Neoliberalism as an ideology emerged in central Europe during early 20th century in opposition to socialism as an alternative to imperial, colonial and capitalist plunder, war and economic crisis. The Department of Economics at the University of Chicago shaped neoliberalism as a strategy to...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

In the Post-COVID situation, the issue of migrant workers has come to the forefront. While on the one hand, it provides an opportunity to reflect and correct, on the other hand it also brings out the deeply held biases in Government decisions. While Migrants go on to build a city, they never...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

COVID- 19 is spreading globally like fire in the jungle, and everybody is trying to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the infection of the virus. The situation in India isn’t different from other countries. However, the death rate is still less than a few other countries. but...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

  In 1921, when Mahatma Gandhi called for the non-cooperation movement, thousands of tea plantation workers in Assam left to partake in India’s fight for independence against the British rule. Prohibited to move out of their plantations without permission under the Inland Emigration Act of 1859...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-09 - Original post - cached version

In as many as 13 states and Union Territories of India, Non-Government Organizations(NGOs) have fed more people than the government during the coronavirus induced lockdown. The data shows that in states like Kerala and Telangana with exclusive success stories, NGOs have played a huge role....

Counter Currents - 2020-05-09 - Original post - cached version

  It is unbelievable that  two months have passed since the dreaded word LOCK DOWN became part of our lives- 2 months of staying indoors, making oneself believe that this is safe and secure, 2 months of not meeting friends and family, 2 months of physical and social distancing, 2 months of a new...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-09 - Original post - cached version

In the 21 day run-up period up to the start of lockdown, the average rate at which the COVID-19 cases were doubling was calculated to be 4.64. We assessed data provided by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (as compiled on Wikipedia: COVID-19 pandemic in...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-09 - Original post - cached version

While the world is witnessing the wrath of the virus COVID-19, which has caused havoc across the globe and has questioned the mere intelligence of our species, some are involved in other nasty acts of intelligence. A recent case which has woken up the virtual space of the nation the “Bois Locker...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-08 - Original post - cached version

This article is in two parts. First about the Grim Situation of Dharavi. Second a Housing plan to help turn crisis into an opportunity. Experts say we have to live with Covid-19, may be for two more years…until herd immunity builds up, there is no real solution to masses of people :  Vaccines...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Right to Food Campaign Demands Free Rations, Transport Facility and Dignity for Stranded Migrants This morning, 15 migrant workers were harrowingly run over by a train in Maharashtra while sleeping on railway tracks due to exhaustion. Another couple from Chhattisgarh were also run over on the...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-08 - Original post - cached version

  The ongoing threat from coronavirus that the world is facing today has caused to change in the entire socio-economic and political narrative of India. It has unmasked all the social institutions and their stakeholders. Whether it is political class, media, bureaucracy, police, and doctors and...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-08 - Original post - cached version

“Commenced preparations for Vande Bharat Mission. Planning underway for stranded Indian nationals to return home starting 7th May. Urge them to keep in regular touch with their Embassies”, the tweet by Dr. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Minister of India on May 5, 2020 was the much awaited announcement...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-07 - Original post - cached version

In the month of February, the world saw an absolute carnage suffered by the civilians in a particular part of the globe following a devastating Nerve Gas attack. This led to many being homeless and igniting persistent fear travelling undercurrent. The repercussions can still be felt in the midst...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-05-07 - Original post - cached version

The impact of SARS COV-2 pandemic on current global processes continues to increase and there is no plateau in sight for now. However, it is important to point out that the outbreak, which is, at present, ravaging communities all over the world and is the focus of everyone’s attention,...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Amid COVID-19 pandemic Markaz (Center), Tabligi Jamat (Preaching religion), Nizamuddin, New Delhi suddenly glare media attention for wrong reason that they made a mistake unknowingly. They asked permission from local Police to decongested the Markaz but the same became the controversy and media...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-07 - Original post - cached version

The Government of India on 23rd March 2020 announced a country wide 21-day lockdown. A total of 4 hour was awarded to those in Indian territory to prepare for the lockdown that would strictly remain enforced for three weeks. Prime Minister in his address called this a Mahabharata like war, which...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-06 - Original post - cached version

This is yet another news story underplayed by Big Media, and being reported by us. A Delhi HC judgment showed that ICMR agreed to pay 2.5 times the price for Corona rapid test kits, imported from China, to help private traders to loot the public exchequer. Public interest must outweigh private...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-06 - Original post - cached version

On Sunday, 3rd May, the Covid-19-triggered lockdown completed forty days in India. We are caught in the cusp of two moments – the completion of the forty days-cycle and the lurching forward of the entire country into another 14 days of lockdown that was recently notified by the Government. This...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-06 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Bobby Ramakant, Shobha Shukla and Sandeep Pandey Along with measures to cut the chain of transmission of corona virus (such as lockdown, social distancing, masks), it is indeed important to find those who are positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), isolate them and provide...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-05 - Original post - cached version

  In  this  pandemic  season  of  coughs  and  colds,    Prime  Minister  Narendra  Modi  has  shown  exemplary  courage .  With  one  single  sneeze,  he  brought  forth  the  lightening-swift  measure  of  lockdown,  taking  everyone  by  surprise.  Following  it,  in  his  social  conduct ...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-05 - Original post - cached version

 Letter to the Prime Minister   To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister of India Dear Shri Modiji, I refer to my letter dated 9-4-2020 (enclosed) on the modalities of creating the PM CARES fund (hereafter referred as PMCARES) and the need to ensure utmost transparency in its utilisation. PMCARES ...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-05 - Original post - cached version

An Appeal to the Prime Minister to Levy a 2% Emergency Coronatax on the Wealth of the Richest 1% People in the Country to Finance the Necessary Measures Needed to Combat the Corona Pandemic and its Multiple Socio-Economic Impacts. Sign the petition here https://forms.gle/kypoVjpdtSrK6kEz8   To,...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-04 - Original post - cached version

The announcement of lockdown on March 24, 2020 as a preventive step for spread of Corona brought to the forefront the issue of migrant workers. The migrant workers were left with four hours in which they had to take action. Millions of migrant workers were struck in their host states. They had...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-04 - Original post - cached version

If the media speaks to power, then only a functional democracy could exist with accountable governance. Such an ideal situation could only be possible if the mainstream politics is proud of being secular, centrist or left of the center. The day mainstream politics begins to whip up ‘nationalism...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-03 - Original post - cached version

That is the title of a Report by business-standard.com, April 29, 2020. While the country is drowned in reports about Covid-19, this news did not so much attract the attention of people. We celebrate the World Press Freedom Day with a report on this issue. The Indian media, known for its...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-03 - Original post - cached version

It was evening hours. Sun was about to set. People were preparing for iftar (breakfast in Ramadhan). My neighbour Gulam Mohammad (name changed) opened his shop to sell iftari items like semolina (suji), sugar, basil seeds, juice, fruits etc. There were not many people at his shop also. Suddenly...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-03 - Original post - cached version

Covid19 infection that has begun from Wuhan in China in November 2019  which has now infected over 3237600 patients in 184 countries till end of April 2020 and led to mortality of over 228828 persons worldwide. In over five and half months virus has reached width and breath across the world and...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-03 - Original post - cached version

Ashok Behera, the 36-year-old mason from Odisha cycled 1100 kilometres in seven days, all the way home to Ganjam district from Chennai, his wife Namita riding pillion. Once again the roadster,  a cycle design perfected more than a 100 years ago proved to be reliable. During this lock out period...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

To, Naveen Patnaik Chief Minister of Odisha, Bhubaneswar Sub : Request to withdraw the decision of stamping on hand of returnees before entering the state border Honourable Sir; We are happy to know that the Government of Odisha haves finally taken steps to bring back the Oriya migrant workers,...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Agitated construction workers employed in IIT-Hyderabad recently went on a rampage inside the campus, demanding their pending March and April wages and the right to return to their native places. They complained that in the wake of the lockdown, they had not been paid and were starving. On 29...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Amid an unprecedented corona virus crisis across the world, in India, a discussion about online education has now acquired paramount importance in terms of reliance on imparting knowledge virtually, compared to the conventional method of face-to-face teaching. Our education structure is...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

‘We want to go home’   is the cry of most Migrant Labourers wherever they are.   But what is awaiting them in their homes ?    What  would they need to do   to live in their homes with self-respect and dignity ? As per Jharkhand govt announcement, at least about five lakh Jharkhandi migrant...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

       Kashmir, the disputed territory is the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. The two countries are at daggers drawn since the ‘contested’ instrument of accession was signed by Maharaja of Kashmir on 26 October 1947 to accede to the domain of India. The two nations have fought...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

  In the past, pandemics have spread far and wide and have killed many. The deadly coronavirus, similarly, has been causing havoc. It is, however, unique in a sense that it has engulfed almost every part of the world, killing hundreds of people with each passing day. The mighty states of the...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

 Co-Written by Hardeep Singh and Prajakta Pradhan Introduction There is no doubt that with the ever-increasing use of the internet, cases of child pornography have increased at a burgeoning rate. The reason behind this fact is that the internet itself has extraordinarily diminished the...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

It seems from the treatment meted out to the migrants that they are mere numbers without a human face. They are being talked about and being herded as if they were cattle who should accept what little is being doled out to them without any complaints and be grateful to the authorities for mercy...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

     Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell When the Article 370 was abrogated on 5th August 2019 by the BJP government, Home Minister, Amit Shah condescendingly told that this was done for...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-01 - Original post - cached version

Who are the nomads? The British Raj promulgated an oppressive law in 1871, called Criminal Tribes Act to suppress the then rising rebellions of various Tribal people against the British Raj. It is these tribal people who were driven out if their inhabitation and wandering for their survival,   ...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-01 - Original post - cached version

  Attacks on Doctors and Media: A Few Case Studies was a Report published on April 27. This one is a sequel to that, and can be deemed as Part-2 of a two part report.The focus now is on Islamophobia, promoted by media, and abetted by State agencies. Tablighi Jamaat members spat on doctors,...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-01 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar                                             ‘[The] Virus is a product of nature; the crisis is a product of neo-liberalism’ [(Salas and Silverman, 2020); Cited by Vijay Prasad, EPW, March 2020].             The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (followed...

Counter Currents - 2020-05-01 - Original post - cached version

When the lockdown extension was announced, to continue till May 3, a lot of the “twitterati” jumped on the opportunity to show off their Star Wars meme familiarity. In a reference to a long tradition of greeting the date, 4th of May, of “May the 4th (also called Star Wars Day)” each year with...

Counter Currents - 2020-04-30 - Original post - cached version

Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan is the Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission. For a few days he has been a victim of severe attack from the Hindu communal forces as well as a section of media. They are targeting him for posting a tweet. The communal forces have alleged that he had threatened them of...

Counter Currents - 2020-04-30 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Bobby Ramakant, Surabhi Agarwal and Sandeep Pandey Ram Shankar met with a fatal hit-and-run accident in rural area of Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh on 16 April, 2020 and was referred by the District Hospital to Trauma Centre of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow...

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