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Nepal: Killing Competitions
Dr Durga Pokhrel talks about the current state of Nepal pointing at the
frustration of choices where none of the conflicting parties represents a
large section of the country�s population.
Who Does the Government Serve: Not Workers
The recent incident in Gurgaon, where police and local administration beat
up hundreds of workers, is more evidence of the role the government sees for
itself vis-�-vis protection of rights of labor in India. It forces the
question - whose interests does the Government of India truly represent?
July 22nd: International Day of Campaign Against Coke
For the last two years, Sinaltrainal has marked 22nd July as its day of
campaign against Coke. It commemorates the anniversary of the day one of the
leaders of this union that works with beverage, hotel and service workers in
Colombia was gunned down, allegedly at the behest of Coca Cola.
Pramila Vasudevan, an artist of South Asian origin, has been exploring
nuances of interactivity through art, theater and other forms of performance
arts. Her group, Aniccha Arts presents Fragile Lines at the largest theater
and performance fair in the USA � Fringe Festival 2005.
Geopolitics of Nanotechnology
ETC Group today releases a new 48-page report on the geopolitics of
nanotechnology. NanoGeoPolitics, offers an in-depth survey of the current
state of nanotechnology policy debates ranging from regulatory initiatives
to social dialogues and from G8 statements to CSO activism (civil society).
ETC describes three main approaches being adopted by nano players: the
so-called optimists, realists, and skeptics.
Maharashtra Legislators Abuse Women to Protect Them
When legislators and representatives in the Maharashtra State Assembly were
debating the bill banning dancing girls in bars, they were supposedly doing
this to protect the dignity of women and for the welfare of women. However,
some citizens groups (listed below) who observed the discussions reported
Problems faced by Muslim Women to attain Higher Education
India is a land of diversity with different linguistic, ethnic, religious,
groups and has a unique feature of �unity in diversity�. Indian culture is
distinct and each ethnic group has the liberty to maintain their religious
identity. Among the different religious groups in India Muslims constitute
the largest minority group i.e. 13% of the India�s total population.
Decentralization Key to South Asian Peace
While the peace process, vis-�-vis Indo-Pak relations, has picked up
momentum over the past couple of years, it is still largely defined by
elitism. For sustained, viable peace, it is imperative that the peace
movement create completely decentralized processes.
Whose Minorities Are More Oppressed?
Ethan Casey, a journalist, talks about the response to his articles about
his experiences in Pakistan and some Pakistani impressions of Muslims in
India. The article was first published in <i>The News</i>.
Economic Reforms and the Indian Farmers
As India goes through economic reform, we continue to see improving economic
indices. And yet, the condition of farmers continues to worsen. For a
variety of reasons � from the perspective of nation building as well as
considerations of rights and justice � it is important to analyze the impact
of these trends.
Dow in India: A Litany of Lies
IOC recently communicated to Dow that the technology purchase deal has been
cancelled after IOC found that critical submissions made by Dow as part of
contract negotiations were false. In their response to IOC, Dow officials
have alleged that the cancellation of the deal has caused a loss of 1.5
million US dollars. The Indian government is yet to communicate its final
decision on this matter.
P.M. Manmohan Singh and Swaraj
The speech by the Indian Prime Minister at a function in Oxford told us much
about him. About his economics, his politics and his understanding of
Waste Dumping: Courts and Governments
While the governments in South Asia have largely turned a blind eye to
dumping of waste � and have even encouraged the process for short term gains
� it is the courts that have been proactively involved in protecting the
Sociological Implications of Mental Health
In the 3rd part of this series, Dr. Syed Ali Wasif points out that mental
health is not just a biochemical problem, due to the medical model of
diagnosis and pharmacological means of treatment, it has social maladies and
therefore, mental health is ignored and overlooked.
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