June 6, 2014
Nasir Khan, June 6, 2014
The Normandy landing on June 6, 1944 was a decisive military operation on the Western Front. It dealt a heavy blow to the Nazi occupation of Western Europe and liberated France from the German occupation. Joseph Stalin had for long asked United States and Britain to open up a western front that could have eased up the Nazi military pressure on the Eastern Front. President Roosevelt was willing to do so but Prime minster Winston Churchill hesitated. However the great D-Day was a monumental military operation in 1944.
We congratulate all those who opposed the Nazi war and brutal occupation and helped liberate Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Our solute to the brave men and women who took part in this war of liberation both on the Western and Eastern fronts and bow our heads in gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives in the war against the Nazi scourge.
June 4, 2014
Nasir Khan, June 4, 2014
As compared to the pre-historic dinosaurs that rule the Arab world, Israel has the nominal wherewithal of a democracy, more in form than in substance. Its apartheid system, its occupation of the land of the Palestinians, its disregard of international laws and conventions, its continued expansion by illegal settlements in the West Bank brings it in the category of a state whose hybrid status puzzles social scientists! But it is a colonial-settler state based on a mythical supremacist ideology that has a destructive political agenda in the region and beyond.
June 3, 2014
Nasir Khan, June 3, 2014
Last month I ordered a book from Oakwood Books through Amazon.com (USA). Today I was informed by the bookseller that the book package has been returned to them by U.S. Postal Service marked “Sender or recipient name matches a denied party/entity who may not send or receive exports.”
I wonder what is the reason for putting this ban on me. I have never done anything wrong against any American or anyone else. As an academic I buy the books I need from different countries. Can anyone explain this strange decision on the part of the USPS?
May 16, 2014
By Countercurrents, 16 May, 2014
Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a landslide victory for Indian parliament election. BJP is set to win in 283 seats, eight more than the required half way mark in 543 member House. With its allies, the tally of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is expected to go up to 335.
Narendra Modi, the BJP’s leader, will be the next prime minister of India.
The Congress party, that has run India for all but 13 years since independence, was set to crash to its worst ever result after a decade in power. Congress was virtually decimated as it bagged only 18 seats and was leading in 27 others. Party president Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi accepted responsibility for the defeat.
There was a record turnout in the elections, with 66.38 percent of the 814 million eligible voters casting ballots during several stages of the six-week ballot. Turnout in the 2009 elections was 58.13 percent.
Narendra Modi is the Chief Minister of Gujarat and a strong proponent of Hindutva. Hindutva is a virulent fascist ideology which holds a Hindu supremacist world view.
Narendra Modi’s role in the infamous Gujarat Pogrom, is still under legal scanner. The anti-minority carnage started following the gruesome killing of 59 Hindus on 27th February, 2002 in a train fire at Godhra. Modi’s alleged to have given free reign to rioters without taking sufficient steps to prevent the massacre. The Gujarat administration was accused by the opposition of taking insufficient action against the violence, and even condoning it in some cases.
May 12, 2014
BIDWAI Praful, Europe solidaire sans frontiers, 12 May 2014
As the momentum of India’s nine-phase Lok Sabha election shifts in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s opponents, a new bunch of writers and social scientists have risen to defend its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Some of them see virtue and talent, indeed even poetic genius, in a man who presided over the mass butchery of Muslims in Gujarat. (One of them compares Mr Modi’s ghastly poetry with Kabir’s!)
Yet others are shamelessly writing barely-disguised job applications anticipating a Modi victory. They include former diplomats and intelligence officers associated with the extreme-Right pro-Hindutva think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation , and Arvind Panagaria, a US-based neoliberal economist, and on his behalf, his mentor Jagdish Bhagwati.
Panagaria—who holds a chair at Columbia University named after (surprise, surprise!) Bhagwati—is lobbying for the post of chief economic adviser to the government. What little claim this undistinguished economist might have had to that post stands undermined by his recently propounded “theory” that Indians are genetically differently constituted from other human beings in that they are predisposed to being shorter and smaller. So standard international norms of measuring malnutrition or stunting by height-for-age and weight-for-age ratios don’t apply to Indians.