Category: South Asia

Threats to democracy can be resisted with activism, educational programs & organization: Noam Chomsky at the JLF 2021

Photo- JLF By Neeraj Nanda MELBOURNE, 21 February 2021: Prof. Noam Chomsky, 92, celebrated American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist while expressing concern at the decline of democracy and the global ‘drift into authoritarianism, feels this greatest threat to democracy can be addressed with activism, […]

Is India’s COVID vaccine giveaway risky diplomacy?

By Aditya Sharma, New Delhi, 16.02.2021 India’s government has been supplying countries around the world with free coronavirus vaccine doses. However, there is some worry that this “vaccine diplomacy” will come at a cost to vulnerable Indians. On Monday (15 Feb. 2021), the World Health Organization (WHO) approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca […]

Why is the Pakistani government cracking down on NGOs?

By Haroon Janjua ISLAMABAD, 11 February 2021: Local and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have been under pressure in Pakistan for many years, but never have they faced greater suppression than under the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who came to power in 2018. The government has intensified a crackdown […]

RIGHTS WATCH- Pakistan’s First Human Rights Bulletin (13 Feb. 2021)

Three arrested for raping Karachi woman Steel Town police on Friday, February 12, announced the arrest of three men accused of abducting a college student from Gulshan-e-Hadeed and sexually assaulting her on February 9. According to the rape survivor, she had left home to attend her college in Gulshan-e-Hadeed when […]

Reasons I decided to install and uninstall the nationalist Koo. But nothing ideological

By Rajiv Shah The “nationalist” Koo fever appears to have caught up with some Union ministers, BJP politicians, some right-wing actors, media, and professionals. I too decided to try it out by downloading what is tom-tommed as a Twitter alternative on my mobile phone, thinking, perhaps it would give a […]