Canadians Are Not Immune to Racism

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By Adrienne Clarkson
26th Governor-General of Canada

“When the Jews came on a boat called the St. Louis looking for refuge just before the Second World War, we turned them away to almost certain death. … When we, today, have still not dealt with the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has laid out very carefully what we should be doing for our indigenous peoples. … We must never become complacent and think that we are better than anybody else because our country just happens not to be a place where you can buy an assault rifle down the street or where everyone carries a pistol in their glove compartment. We have to remember that we are not immune from racism and from taking away human rights.”

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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/we-must-remember-that-canadians-are-not-immune-from-racism/article33852998/

Canada’s Deep Systemic Racial Bias

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By Jim Miles

The news was released tonight (Friday, February 09) at about 18:30h that the jury in the trial of a Canadian farmer near Battleford, Saskatchewan found him not guilty for the murder of a young native, Colten Boushie. Boushie was killed August 09, 2016.

The episode highlights, for those who care to examine the case, the underlying powerful racial prejudice that exists in Canada today. After the arrest of the farmer social media became filled with racially biased comments, supporting the farmer because of the belief that “Indigenous people are responsible for rising crime in rural Saskatchewan which is leaving farmers scared and with no alternative but violence.”

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/11/canadas-deep-systemic-racial-bias/


Canada Must Get on Right Side of History in Helping to Ban Nuclear Weapons

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By Ray Acheson

When a nuclear war could be initiated over reckless comments on Twitter, nine countries possessing nuclear weapons are pouring billions of dollars into building up their arsenals. We know all too well the horrific consequences that the use of even a single nuclear weapon would have on human bodies, our cities, the climate and economies. As in any other age of the atomic era, “banning the bomb” is the most realistic, rational and responsible move the world could make.

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http://theprovince.com/opinion/op-ed/ray-acheson-canada-must-get-on-right-side-of-history-in-helping-to-ban-nuclear-weapons

India Cold-Shoulders Trudeau To Mark Protest On Sikhs Assertion In Canada

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By Jaspal Singh Sidhu

Otherwise, it seems improbable that Prime Minister Narendra Modi known for his penchant for photogenic tele-shoots with visiting foreign dignitaries should miss the opportunity offered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a week-long visit to India from February 17 (2018). On his first visit to India, Mr Trudeau was received in the country by a junior agriculture minister. Later, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stayed away when Trudeau visited Taj Mahal in Agra in his state. And Mr Modi even did not accompany the Canadian PM when he visited Ahmedabad in former’s native state Gujarat.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/21/india-cold-shoulders-trudeau-mark-protest-sikhs-assertion-canada/

Rally Held In Canada Against Those Involved In 1984 Massacre

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By A Correspondent

South Asian activists gathered at Holland Park in Surrey on Sunday evening to protest against Jagdish Tytler and other Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre.

Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the rally was held in response to the recent disclosures made by the former union minister and senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.

Tytler had recently admitted that the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and he drove around New Delhi in the same car to take stock of the situation during the violence. The anti-Sikh violence was organized by the ruling Congress party following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/12/rally-tytler-others-involved-1984-anti-sikh-massacre-held-canada/


What Does India’s New Australia Group Admission Mean for its Old NSG Bid?

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By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

In a unanimous decision, India was admitted as the 43rd member to the Australia Group (AG) this month. This comes on the heels of India attaining membership to two other global technology control arrangements, the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) in December 2017 and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in May 2016.
The development is significant because it brings New Delhi one step closer to integrating with the global nonproliferation system. India has been pursuing membership in the four key technology control arrangements that are part of the non-proliferation regime – the fourth being the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) – for several years. But membership to the NSG still eludes India, and it is unlikely that it is any closer today, despite Indian membership in the other three arrangements.

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https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/what-does-indias-new-australia-group-admission-mean-for-its-old-nsg-bid/

India Slips to 42nd Place on EIU Democracy Index; US at 21st

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By PTI

While Norway has again topped the list, followed by Iceland and Sweden, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), India has moved down from 32nd place last year and remains classified among "flawed democracies".

India has slipped to 42nd place on an annual Global Democracy Index amid "rise of conservative religious ideologies" and increase in vigilantism and violence against minorities as well as other dissenting voices.

While Norway has again topped the list, followed by Iceland and Sweden, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), India has moved down from 32nd place last year and remains classified among "flawed democracies".

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http://www.news18.com/news/business/india-slips-to-42nd-place-on-eiu-democracy-index-us-at-21st-1647409.html

NREGA Budget For 2018-19 Falls In Real Terms

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Press Release

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) budget for 2018-19 is Rs 55,000 crores, the same as that of this year’s in money terms. (The initial budget of Rs 48,000 crores for 2017-18 was supplemented with Rs 7,000 crores in January 2018). Also, given the trend of rising pending liabilities at the end of every year, a sizable part of the 2018-19 budget will be utilized for clearing previous years’ payments. Even the 2017-18 budget was grossly inadequate to implement NREGA as per the provisions of the Act. The inadequate budget for NREGA, and also for other rural development programmes, undermines the employment guarantee act.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/02/nrega-budget-2018-19-falls-real-terms/

Undermining Nehru’s Ideals Around Nehru Centre

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By Vidyadhar Date

When it comes to plundering of public spaces for the benefit the builder lobby, there is not much to choose in Mahrashtra between the Shiv Sena-BJP combine or the Congress parties.

In the year 2005 during the Congress rule, Ganesh Naik, environment and forest minister, openly talked of the need to sell public spaces. That these were very scarce in Mumbai even then and are more scarce now makes the situation really grim.

Now, the current Sena-BJP government in the state is on the same path but in a more subtle way. Unless, there is a very serious resistance from activists, architects, urban planners and others Mumbai and other cities will be plunged into further chaos.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/03/27/undermining-nehrus-ideals-around-nehru-centre/

Fixing India’s Broken Education System

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By Moin Qazi

India’s education sector is one of the largest sunrise sectors in the economic and social development of the country. With more than 1.5 million schools — 1.1 million of them run by the Government — and more than 250 million student enrollments, the country’s K-12 school system is among the largest and most complex in the world. Between 2010-11 and 2015-16, the number of private schools raised by 77,063 nationwide, a growth of 35 per cent, more than six times the growth of Government schools (12,297) which is a measly one per cent. In the same period, enrollment in Government schools decreased by 13.1 million whereas it increased by 17.5 million in private schools…

Much of the malaise in the realm of public education has less to do with salaries and more to do with lack of accountability and corruption in recruitments and transfers of teachers. The stark reality is that India is not getting even a modest return on its investment in the education sector.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/03/27/fixing-indias-broken-education-system/

How Civil Is India’s Civil Service

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By Moin Qazi

Jawaharlal Nehru once said the Indian Civil Service was “Neither Indian, nor Civil, nor a Service”. However, his Deputy Sardar Patel considered the civil service “the steel frame of Government machinery”. Both worked to create a model for civil servants that served India well when the primary task was nation-building. Now that it has shifted to public welfare we need bureaucrats with a new ethos, more attuned to performances on the ground, and not just policy designs.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/03/14/how-civil-is-indias-civil-service/

JUNE 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 11










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