SouthAsian Headlines: 23rd April 2007
- This week's headlines in The SouthAsian
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State Forces Line Up Against Local Communities
In Orissa and in Madhya Pradesh, state forces are being used to perpetrate
violence against communities opposing government policies. Is this becoming
a norm? Its time to call and ask the governments what they are thinking!
Another Dictatorial Regime in South Asia?
The Bangladeshi military (Interim) Government seems to be following
Musharraf's path - sending the leaders of political parties into exile.
How should the West evaluate Indian Muslims?
The West needs to engage with the growth of Indian Muslims, says Tufail
Ahmed, a British journalist of Indian origin and an Associate of the
American Enterprise Institute, Washington DC.
Global Warming: Impact on India?
Ashok B Sharma with the Indian Society for Sustainable Agriculture forwards
a series of articles pointing to increasingly volatile weather patterns in
The Seamy Side of Chinese Growth
Former Canadian Secretary of State and MP Hon David Kilgour in Mumbai to
present an investigative report on China's seamy side on human rights.
Tamil Disappearances in Lanka, Relatives Despair
Disappearances and extra judicial killings have become routine in Sri Lanka.
Over the last twelve months more than 1000 civilians, mostly Tamils, have
disappeared. Most of these enforced disappearances are extortion related
abductions and now it has become a part of Sri Lanka�s war industry.
Activists fear that the actual numbers of abductions are higher than
reported since many have negotiated on their own and got themselves released
after paying handsome ransoms.
Orissa Readies Force to Displace Farmers
Numerous human rights organizations have expressed concern at the deployment
of force against farmers and tribal communities facing displacement in
Orissa. A report by Amnesty International follows. Please petition the
Orissa Chief Minister to respect human rights.
Friends of Tibet Activists Storm Chinese Embassy
Two members of Friends of Tibet were arrested while attempted to storm the
Chinese embassy to demand the release of Panchen Lama - one tried to
self-immolate himself. They were then taken to Tihar where they went on a
hunger strike for over 3 days. After being moved to Deen Dayal Upadhyay
hospital, New Delhi, we now learn that they have been released.
Tamils have a De jure State
The Tamil Mirror interviewed Ms. Karen Parker (a San Francisco-based
attorney who specializes in human rights and humanitarian law) in March
Crisis Coverage, Expats, and Professionals in the Streets
As a blogger, you don't often to write to a specific audience and to the
tight requirements of an editor. But when the current crisis (or are there
now two, no, three of them?) in Pakistan started about the Chief Justice
being dismissed, I had done a post about the situation. Here is a blog from
FDI in Retail Sector: Globalization versus the Middle Class
The recent Government initiative to look into the likely impact of FDI is a
late but necessary decision - S. Mohammed Irshad writes from Kerala.
Bangladeshi Political Leaders Forced Out?
Some Bangladeshi observers are drawing similarity between Pakistan politics
and Bangladeshi affairs where Pakistan's two mainstream leaders, Bhutto and
Sharif, were forced to stay overseas - to enable the military government
make a �new beginning� in the country's bodypolitik post 9/11.
The Necessity of Law
Following the judicial crisin in Pakistan, Pak|Cast convened a roundtable of
Seattle-based Pakistanis, representing a range of views as diverse as
Pakistani society itself. The roundtable participants were Terry Minhas, Sam
Chughtai, and Shahab Ahmed. Terry Minhas called the current crisis a turning
point in Pakistani history and the beginning of the end of President
Musharraf's rule; Sam Chughtai asserted his hope that Musharraf will remain
in power another 10 years.
Independent Films, People's Concerns
Group presenting DVDs with a wide range of social issues.
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