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U.S. missile manufacturers reaping super-profits
Syria air strikes bring Bonaza to selected companies
By C.J. Atkins
Since President Trump announced that he intended to bomb Syria, the stock values of some of the country's top weapons manufacturers have soared, adding a collective $10 billion in market capitalization values over the course of just one week. With Trump delivering on his promise this weekend, the rally on Wall Street continues. A barrage of 118 (or more) U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles rained down on Syria Friday night-Trump's punishment for the alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by Bashar al-Assad's government in Douma (for which the world is still awaiting hard evidence). Trump's tweet on April 9 that he would be taking action against Syria launched the stock prices of some of America's major defense suppliers into the skies, and they are still climbing. For Raytheon (RTN), the...
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It's all about polls and cash on the barrel
ATMs have a quirky connection with Karnataka
By Aditya Aamir
'Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe,' says the Bible. Then, if 'no money in the ATM' is a 'sign', it will require a doomsday scenario to turn the phenomena into a 'wonder'. Rahul Gandhi and Derek O'Brien term it a 'Financial Emergency'. "But where are the facts to substantively advance that theory?" asks Alec Smart, not aware that Arnab Goswami had said much the same the night before on Republic TV. "For, isn't it just that: a theory, rumour and fear-mongering by the Opposition?" Alec's roommate Jocko Street went out at noon Tuesday (April 17, 2018) and returned an hour later with five crisp 100 rupee notes. He struck cash at the sixth ATM. The old gatekeeper at the fourth told him there was a cash shortage. The grocer next door waved a new Rs 200 currency note in Jo...
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Shoot the rapist at sight
By Salil Gewali, Shillong
"Let's assess the issues from another angle, given the advancement of medical science. Till some years back malaria, dengue, cholera, HIV and smallpox were life-taking diseases. But the medical science has pretty successfully eradicated or contained them all. The scientists have correctly identified the causes of those dangerous diseases and recommended the remedial measures." Why the clamour only for the rigorous punishment for rape and other sadistic crimes which have their roots in the mental-degeneration? Apart from the toughest punishment to the perpetrators, let's go deeper to analyze what could be the possible "causes" that push men to commit rape. Why so much mental degeneration that certain individuals can stoop to the gutter being oblivious to their status, their position and...
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Girl child becomes prime target of rape and murder
By Lalit Sethi
"A top level BJP leader insisted that there was no attempt at sabotage, but a hefty looking right-wing disruptive lawyer of Jammu could be heard on a news channel repeatedly shouting at those condemning the Kathua rape of the eight-year-old girl. Have politically motivated outcries in support of criminals touched a new nadir?" In spite of big talk about women's empowerment, how come the hapless girl child has become the prime victim and target of heinous cruelty, rapes and murders day after day at the hands of male marauders, including a number of male chauvinistic political animals? Close to 20,000 rapes, many of them followed by murder of women and girls were reported in the year of 2016, according to an official count. How many thousands more were unreported would not be difficult to ...
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Patriarchy
Rapes around the country - A citizen Safety Perspective
By Shantanu Dutta
"It can hardly be over emphasised that from a citizen safety lens, it is pointless to rescue girls and educate them at one end and then harass and kill them when they begin to manifest one of the hallmarks of education - free and independent thinking. Time has changed, yet attitude towards women have never been changed. Indian society has always had a strong patriarchal streak and this no amount of education seems to have erased." Today, as I write this, the country is outraged at rapes seemingly happening around the country and causing outrage- in Kathua, Unnao, Surat and now Etah. Nothing has much changed since December 2012 when the rape and murder of a 21-year-old college student on a bus in New Delhi shook the conscience of the entire nation. The incident led to public outcry, inclu...
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Karnataka poll can be close call for congress
By Kushal Jeena
The political parties in the upcoming assembly polls in Karnataka are eyeing to capture new voters that accounts for 12 percent of the state electorate as contest seems to be a close call. Working on a similar strategy three major political parties ruling Congress, and opposition BJP and Janata Dal (S) have set the winnability as the sole criteria for the selection of their party candidates. After the incumbent chief minister Siddaramiah played a master stroke recommending religious minority status to politically significant Lingayat community, which holds influence over 17 percent of state electorate and has been staunch supporters of the BJP, the opposition parties are treading cautiously on the caste factor during the candidate selection process. With a vertical split likely to happe...
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Theresa may caught in war vortex
Poll reveals most Britons opposed to Syria attack
By Arun Srivastava
The allied attack on Syria was perceived to secure the political future of British Prime Minister Theresa May and boost nationalistic pride, but the results of the first opinion poll reveal that she was wrong to order strikes by the Royal Air Force Tornado without the consent of Parliament, while only 30 per cent backed her. May nursed the view that people who were opposed to Brexit or who in recent months have made a tactical shift from supporting Brexit to maintaining neutral stance on it would rally behind her on the issue of nationalistic pride. But it did not happen. Instead Britons started questioning the wisdom of her supporting Trump's action. They are not ready to forget Trump's stance and d some of his remarks against Britain. Large sections of British citizens are angry with...
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Arts/Literature
A Small Little Girl
By T H Sreerama
A Small little Girl With innocent smile on her face Goes to the Forest To bring back the horses The drove of Horses Returns back to home But without the small little girl Who is lost from the site The life of charming little girl Comes to an end With all the running around And play with the children Not knowing the human beasts around And an unpleasant world filled with hatred The small little girl Becomes a victim of human vultures The tenderness and innocence Comes to an end In the world filled with savages To pounce on human flesh T H Sreerama is a Poet and retired from Central Warehousing Corporation. This is in relation to #Justice for Asifa — (Countercurrents)...
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HUMAN RIGHTS
Rape as a political tool
By Adv Syed Mujtaba
Human Rights Watch investigations in the former Yugoslavia, Peru, Kashmir, conflicts, whether international or internal in scope. HRW found that rape of women civilians has been deployed as a tactical weapon to terrorize civilian communities or to achieve "ethnic cleansing," a tool in enforcing hostile occupations, a means of conquering or seeking revenge. Yet rape in conflict or under repressive regimes is neither incidental nor private. It routinely serves a strategic function and acts as a tool for achieving specific military or political objectives. Like other human rights abuses, rape serves as a means of harming, intimidating and punishing individual women. Further, rape almost always occurs in connection with other forms of violence or abuse against women or their families. There...
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LEGAL WATCH
State failure evident in Kathua, Unnao rape cases
Basic adminstration of justice is under attack in India
By Amritananda Chakravorty
In the last one week, the country has been rocked by the reports of two horrific rapes, one in Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, and the other one in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, which indicate the considerable complicity of the State/politician machinery with the accused persons, and the impunity with which law is violated. In Kathua, Jammu, an eight year old girl, from the Bakarwal (nomadic) community was kidnapped, sedated, gangraped, tortured for over eight days in a temple and eventually killed. The crime was apparently masterminded by the Sanji Ram, a retired government employee, as part of a larger communal conspiracy to 'terrorise' the Bakarwal community to force them out of the area. The other accused includes four police officers, including Special Police Officers, Deepak Khajuria, and Surinder...
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The 'Hindu' returns to another Mahabaharata
‘Saffron terrorism’ comes back to bite Congress
By Sushil Kutty
Top of the food chain in the Congress Party Rahul Gandhi sat next to the United States Ambassador at a lunch hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2009 and in between bites allegedly told the American envoy, to a question on threat from the Laskar-e-Thoiba (LeT), that "homegrown terror from radicalized Hindus" was the bigger worry. The US ambassador dutifully telegraphed a gist of his chit-chat with Rahul to his masters in the US. Picked up by the infamous Wikileaks, the telegram, with "classified" written all over it, became global. April 17, 2018, a year short of a decade since Gandhi digested the fare he tasted at the lunch and the day after a Hyderabad NIA court acquitted five persons charged for engineering the Mecca Masjid blast that killed nine, the BJP resurrected Rahul...
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Extreme Atrocities - Violence On Girls
By Sheshu Babu
Atrocities on women including rapes and murders have been discussed and debated at length. Also, violence on girls and girl- child have been highlighted many times. But, these days, girls below teen age are not only raped and tortured for days but also killed in a most grotesque way. Any word, whether 'terrible' or 'horrific' sounds euphemistic in describing these cold - blooded murders. Even more pathetic is the support given to these murderers by organisations, politicians and lawyers making police system, which is already inefficient, ineffective. Kathua and after Even as Asifa case has gained prominence and demands to punish culprits are on the rise, there are reports of a brutally raped and tortured body of a minor girl aged about 10 was found in Surat, Gujarat (published April14, ...
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En/Countering the Politics of Rape in India
By Grace Mariam Raju
Rape culture exists due to the society's obsession with female bodies as a site to demonstrate power. Rape is unleashed onto a female body to proclaim that a woman has no ownership over her own body and that, she should never desire sex. By doing so, men convert a woman's body into flesh that is tortured, mutilated, raped and strangled. This act depicts the symbolic consumption of human flesh by another human being. Rape is never an act of sexual need but of sexual appetite and power; for rape should also be understood as a language that defines the existence of women into groups: already raped and inherently rape-able. Thus, Mary E. Hawkesworth, in an article entitled "Knowers, Knowing, Known: Feminist Theory and Claims of Truth," makes three claims: that rape is real, in the sense that ...
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Judgment In Mecca Masjid Carnage
True To Tradition, Hindutva Teorrorists Not Punished
By Shamsul Islam
Finally, the judgment in 2007 Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad blast case is out after 11 years. As was expected for a long time all perpetrators affiliated to the Hindutva organizations have been acquitted. On May 18, 2007, a bomb exploded at the Mecca Masjid during Friday prayers, resulting in the death of eight persons and injuries to 58. Five others were shot dead by police during a riot that followed. According to the Special National Investigation Agency [NIA] judge Ravindra Reddy, who delivered his judgment in Hyderabad on April 16, 2018 "the prosecution could not prove its case" because "no evidence was presented to prove the conspiracy". NIA court acquitted five main accused, including Swami Aseemanand, a renowned face in the Hindutva circles. The other accused were Devendra Gupta alias ...
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Rape communalised and politicised
By S I H KAZMI
It is height of insensitivity that gang rape of 8 year old Bakerwal girl and then stoning her to death after she was kidnapped and drugged in the month of January this year in Rassana village of Kathua district has been communalised and politicised to such an extent that it has been globally condemned. All sane voices have expressed their dismay the way it has been handled by the locals instigated by the vested hard core communalists and politicians. Instead of having condemned the shameful incidence of gang rape of a minor and shared the grief of the affected family and be a source to balm their wounds they have been agitating for the release of the culprits. Even the state government cannot be absolved of its suggestive silence on the part played by its two ministers. Sadly the lawyer...
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Suddenly, our PM is hard-pressed for time
Narendra Modi has cut it too close to D-Day
By Aditya Aamir
Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi isolated in his own government? A prominent Dalit intellectual says PM Modi's writ does not run and that his ministers do not listen to him; that they follow RSS diktats. According to Kancha Illiah, the Brahman-Bania-Rajput cabal call the shots in the Modi government and that ministers like Ravi Shankar Prasad answer to RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat. This is a new one. Going by what we saw on Friday evening, it was Modi who got Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to back-off on the Unnao gang-rape case and let the investigating agencies do their job. Again, it was Modi who is said to have forced the two BJP ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti government to put in their papers for their roles in communalising the brutal rape and killing of an eight-year-ol...
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The Old Man rages
By Gwynne Dyer
I will do such things,- What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be The terrors of the earth. King Lear, Act II, Scene 4 There are occasions when only Shakespeare will do, and Donald Trump was really, really cross. There's still no proof that the Assad regime was responsible for the poison gas attack that killed, according to various reports, forty or seventy-five or even more people in the besieged Syrian town of Douma. Indeed, the Russians, Bashar al-Assad's faithful ally, maintain that the attack did not even happen. Moscow suggests that the video footage was faked by the Islamist rebels, or perhaps taken from some previous occasion. There has been no proper investigation, although the Russians offered to escort a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical We...
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Modi's belated breach of silence
By Arun Arya
"I am stunned by some of today's news headlines that say: "PM Modi Silences Critics on Rape Cases, 2 Ministers Quit Soon After". The credit for resignations of J&K Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and Forest Minister Lal Singh, and arrest of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the Unnao rape case, goes to the people of India, not PM Modi. Had PM Modi taken cognizance of the Kathua rape and murder case when it occurred in January and the two ministers participated in the Hindu Ekta Manch in favour of accused, and acted against them, I would have saluted him. When BJP ministers were continuously interfering in the investigations and investigations, the team changed several times, had he taken action, I would have saluted him. It was because of their ministers' continued i...
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Rape communalised and politicised
By S I H KAZMI
It is height of insensitivity that gang rape of 8 year old Bakerwal girl and then stoning her to death after she was kidnapped and drugged in the month of January this year in Rassana village of Kathua district has been communalised and politicised to such an extent that it has been globally condemned. All sane voices have expressed their dismay the way it has been handled by the locals instigated by the vested hard core communalists and politicians. Instead of having condemned the shameful incidence of gang rape of a minor and shared the grief of the affected family and be a source to balm their wounds they have been agitating for the release of the culprits. Even the state government cannot be absolved of its suggestive silence on the part played by its two ministers. Sadly the lawyer...
Kashmir Times News Report
Suddenly, our PM is hard-pressed for time
Narendra Modi has cut it too close to D-Day
By Aditya Aamir
Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi isolated in his own government? A prominent Dalit intellectual says PM Modi's writ does not run and that his ministers do not listen to him; that they follow RSS diktats. According to Kancha Illiah, the Brahman-Bania-Rajput cabal call the shots in the Modi government and that ministers like Ravi Shankar Prasad answer to RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat. This is a new one. Going by what we saw on Friday evening, it was Modi who got Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to back-off on the Unnao gang-rape case and let the investigating agencies do their job. Again, it was Modi who is said to have forced the two BJP ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti government to put in their papers for their roles in communalising the brutal rape and killing of an eight-year-ol...
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The Old Man rages
By Gwynne Dyer
I will do such things,- What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be The terrors of the earth. King Lear, Act II, Scene 4 There are occasions when only Shakespeare will do, and Donald Trump was really, really cross. There's still no proof that the Assad regime was responsible for the poison gas attack that killed, according to various reports, forty or seventy-five or even more people in the besieged Syrian town of Douma. Indeed, the Russians, Bashar al-Assad's faithful ally, maintain that the attack did not even happen. Moscow suggests that the video footage was faked by the Islamist rebels, or perhaps taken from some previous occasion. There has been no proper investigation, although the Russians offered to escort a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical We...
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Modi's belated breach of silence
By Arun Arya
"I am stunned by some of today's news headlines that say: "PM Modi Silences Critics on Rape Cases, 2 Ministers Quit Soon After". The credit for resignations of J&K Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and Forest Minister Lal Singh, and arrest of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the Unnao rape case, goes to the people of India, not PM Modi. Had PM Modi taken cognizance of the Kathua rape and murder case when it occurred in January and the two ministers participated in the Hindu Ekta Manch in favour of accused, and acted against them, I would have saluted him. When BJP ministers were continuously interfering in the investigations and investigations, the team changed several times, had he taken action, I would have saluted him. It was because of their ministers' continued i...
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Dalits get a disruptive new leadership
April 2 a landmark day for Dalit politics
By K Raveendran
It seems April 2 will forever remain as a landmark day in the history of Independent India, particularly with regard to Dalit politics, which is acquiring a hitherto undiscovered dimension. The spontaneous response to the Bharat Bandh call - it wasn't clear by whom until later when more clarity emerged - has rattled the ruling establishments, political parties and above all the current crop of exploitative Dalit political leaders, who claim to represent the country's 30 crore Dalits. The protest, which turned violent, leading to large scale loss to public property and at least 9 deaths, hit life across the country, disrupting communication and transport services, including curtailment of train services. Incidents of arson and vandalism were reported from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar ...
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Kathua lawyers have no business defending rape accused outside court
By Sanjay R Hegde
I have defended in court, those who were accused of rape and murder. I have appeared, seeking bail for godmen accused of rape. I was asked by the Supreme Court to assist as Amicus Curiae in the appeals filed by the death row convicts in the Nirbhaya case. Defending the despicable in court is part of the sacred creed of the duly appointed lawyer. I have also been a prosecutor at the Supreme Court stage, where I have secured death sentences in some cases. My nearly three decades in court tell me that there is no such thing as an open and shut case. Thus, a lawyer in court, is bound to do the best he can for his client, within the confines of his case and in strict adherence to the codes of the profession. Very often, those accused of heinous crimes do not get decent representation because...
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Asifa, My Child
By Badri Raina
The eight-year-old girl was kept confined without food for three days and gang-raped. Asifa, my child, I wish I was not writing about you But holding you to my chest. Asifa, I wish you were watching Joyfully as I ripped apart The hyenas and hung their Entrails at the temple door, So the gods therein would smell The stench of their complicity. What wicked deity could Give you those beautiful black Eyes just so you could be witness To your so beastly mutilation? Asifa, you were born in a country That did not deserve you, that does Not deserve millions of your sisters Either. This is the territory of predators Merely and gods are their Benefactors, presiding over their kills With male delight, while the goddesses Seem powerless as most women. They chose a templ...
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