By anuj2303, 12-Dec-2013 13:03:00
In a retrograde move, the Supreme court of India countermanded the 2009 Delhi High Court verdict that had decriminalized gay sex. Apart from eliciting the righteous indignation among the seething LGBT activists who didn't anticipated such a verdict, the decision has brought huge ignominy to the nation, with the western media being particularly trenchant about it.
It's a decision that enthrones the blinkered approach of the Victorian times (reinstating a 153-year-old law under British rule) and belabors the human rights, liberal values and freedom. The Supreme Court is known for passing prudent and liberal judgments, however, the verdict reveals the deep-rooted conservative traits among the judicial class and lawmakers of the country.
The verdict will have some serious consequences, particularly public health issues, like fight against AIDS. Moreover, it would further stigmatized the already persecuted section of the society. It's rather tragic for a nation who claims to protect and respect the religious minorities on one side, but criminalizes and degrades the sexual minorities on the other.
By anuj2303, 11-Dec-2013 12:05:00
Aam Admi (Common man) Party annihilated the ruling congress party in local assembly elections held in Delhi. The major opposition Party, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), also gained ascendancy during this elections. The result is seen as a desperate measure by public to purge themselves of the old bugaboo of corruption and price rise.
AAP won 28 seats out of 70, BJP won 32,while the congress party could only salvage 8 seats. The congress party is rather confuted & confounded as it didn't even take AAP as its rival. The vicissitude experienced by the Congress Party is a result of not winnowing out corrupt & effete candidates from its rank. The results have definitely attrited Congress before the General elections.
However, as no party has emerged with a majority, and AAP declined any possibility of a coalition government, President's rule for the next 6 months is the most likely outcome. Although, the political situation may be skein, but the people's verdict has shown that India is ready for a dramatic change!
By anuj2303, 10-Dec-2013 13:09:00
China's bellicose declaration of a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, has further exacerbated tensions with its neighbors, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The islands, also claimed by Japan, has long been a reason for bad blood between China and Japan.
The declaration requires all flights, civilian and military alike, to submit flight plans before entering the zone. Japan is seeking UN intervention and has deprecated this move as gratuitous. Meanwhile, U.S is trying to allay the regional angst brewing over the China Sea. The Obama administration has recommended that US commercial aircraft report their flight plans, however US military aircraft continue to operate without notification.
China has already frayed some nerves by scrambling fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft in the zone. This can be seen as a caveat, and public hostility in either country is at all-time high. There is already much furor over China's action in Japan and Asia-Pacific.
China's image in the rest of the world has always been that of a truculent nation, who clamps down on its own citizens seeking reforms. Image make-over has been one of the main priorities of Chinese government in recent years. But, such actions are far from winning any hearts and minds and would only add to the growing distrust in the international community.
By anuj2303, 18-Jun-2013 07:33:00
In an another act of effrontery in the state of Chhattisgarh, the Maoists killed 24 people, including senior Congress leader, Mahendra karma. The convoy, carrying karma and other congress workers, was returning from a campaign when they were attacked by the apoplectic militants.
Once an Arcadia, the region has been beset by Maoists violence in the last three decades. The Maoists wield influence over the villagers, who are caught between the militants and police and have to bear the grunt of this conflict. The local tribes, for whom both the sides purport to be fighting for, are the real losers. The Govt. rapaciously exploits their mineral rich land and pay no attention to the derelict health and education facilities, as a result the villagers fall easy prey to the extremists.
However, the Maoists, themselves, often maraud the villages & murder alleged informers. The police and the central forces, have been feckless to stop them. Their operations are often stymied by weak and inadequate intelligence, as a result, the militants always have the upper hand.
The solution to this problem lies in bringing justice to the aboriginals of the region. The government should try to reach out directly to these people and ensure the safeguard of their land & rights, and if it does this little thing, these hapless villagers would forever be emancipated from the perennial violence.
By anuj2303, 10-Mar-2013 08:15:00
India seems to have learnt a great deal on insidious Imperialism from its past colonial rulers, as it is vying for the riches of Africa along with other superpowers. On account of its technological ascendancy , India is helping many developing & under-developed nations in Africa. Sounds wonderful, but the reality is far from idyllic.
Indian corporations were given large chunks of agricultural land by Ethiopian Govt. to grow productive food crops, which are needed to feed millions of starving countrymen. However, the corporations have been indicted for growing non-food crops which have high export value in the market. The Ethiopian Govt. has also been accused of conniving in the act as such crops provide high revenues for the Govt.
Local activists say, many of the farmers have been coerced to give up their land. On refusal, they are persecuted and their land is usurped. Furthermore, this has exacerbated their indigence and jeopardized their very survival, as many of them are from ethinc groups. This has caused indignation across the globe.
Consequently, activists groups like Oakland, Oxfam are planning to stage world-wide protests against this ugsome trend of land grabbing in the poor governed nations of Africa. What needs to be changed, is the attitude towards development that belittles human existence, expunging the poor instead of poverty is no way a sign of growth.
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