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Savarkar, Gandhi and the Truth About the Partition of India

Opinion History Forget the mercy petition, Savarkar should be judged by what he did for India's freedom when he was released. Jan 24, 2022 |  Dattaprasad Dabholkar Mahatma Gandhi (left) and V.D. Savarkar (right). Photo: Wikimedia commons/ CC0 1.0 Listen to this article: Adapted from a translation of the Marathi original by Girish Vidyadhar Katre. If we consider four iconic figures broadly associated with India’s national awakening and the fight against British colonial rule in India – Swami Vivekananda, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Mahatma Gandhi – Vivekananda is looked upon with immense respect and pride throughout India and nobody finds it necessary to denounce Gandhi or Savarkar while expressing their respect toward him. A similar feeling of respect prevails in the minds of all Indians about Ambedkar too, even if some of his disciples find it necessary to demean both Gandhi and Savarkar while offering respect to him. However, the case of Gandhi and Savarkar is
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The Dravidian model of public health

The practices followed by Tamil Nadu can be replicated to facilitate social advancement throughout India January 27, 2022 by Sundaresan Chellamuthu The recent Supreme Court judgement upholding the constitutionality of reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)‘s All-India Quota (AIQ) seats for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses is a landmark in the history of social justice in the country. “The propriety of actions and dedication to public service should also be seen as markers of merit, which cannot be assessed in a competitive examination,” observed the bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice A.S. Bopanna. In the light of these crucial observations, it is high time that we demystify the narrow definitions of merit. “Merit should be socially contextualised and reconceptualised as an instrument that advances social goods like equality that we as a society value,” the apex court said. In this regard,

Origin of JAI HIND, Abid Hasan Safrani

Though the origin of Jai Hind is usually ascribed to Chempakaraman  Pillai in 1907, it didn’t have a popular usage till Netaji Bose made it the standard greeting of the INA. How this happened to be has a Hyderabad connection. It is believed by Netaji’s close followers that the slogan "Jai Hind" as coined by Abid Hasan Safrani.   Abid Hasan Safrani  was the son of the soil of Hyderabad in India. His real name was Zainul Abedin Hasan. He preferred to be called Abid Hasan. His parents expired during the British Raj. Before that they had sent him to Germany instead of England for higher studies in Engineering stream. During the that time, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose visited Germany and addressed Indian  prisoners of war & also students and asked them  to join Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj). Abid Hasan met him and got inspired by the charisma of Netaji.  He told him that he would join him after finishing his studies. Netaji said tautingly that if he was caught in such sm

Chinese mines a $700 million USD jackpot for Myanmar military

How Chinese Mining Investment Funds the Myanmar Military unveils how the Chinese run Lapadaung, Sapetaung & Kyesintaung and Tagaung Taung mines resulted in an estimated USD $725 million flowing to the military regime for the 2020 – 2021 financial year. Using leaked data from DDo Secrets, this report shows how Chinese state-owned mining companies in partnership with Myanmar Economic Holding Limited (MEHL) are bankrolling the military’s campaign of terror. The country’s three largest mines are all run by Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs), namely Wanbao Mining Ltd. and China Nonferrous Metal Mining with revenues flowing from these projects to the Myanmar generals. https://www.pwyp.org.au/publications/15102021chinese-mines-a-700-million-usd-jackpot-for-myanmar-military Download Report

China Launches Digital Yuan App – All You Need to Know

 January 19, 2022 Posted by China Briefing Written by Arendse Huld Reading Time: 7   minutes China has released the new digital yuan app for iOS and Android on domestic app stores. The app is available to users in 12 cities across China and will be available to foreign visitors at the Winter Olympics – but its audience will be limited. Tencent-owned WeChat announced it would begin rolling out the e-CNY as a payment option on its platform, potentially introducing the digital currency to over 1.2 billion users. 2022 kicked off with a major leap forward for the e-CNY – also known as the digital yuan – as the beta version of the digital yuan app was officially launched for iOS and Android on Chinese app stores. Although the app has been available to some users in China for over a year under limited pilot programs, this is the first time the app is freely available for anyone to download and use in any of the selected pilot cities. Users in 12 cities across China, including Shanghai, Beijin

China’s Belt & Road And Beyond – January 24 2022

 Jan 23, 2022 Posted by Silk Road Briefing Compiled By  Chris Devonshire-Ellis Analysis & Opinion What Is The Global Order That Beijing Is Striving For? (Quartz) Exports To China Surge 69% To US$39 Billion In 2021 (Dawn) These Cities Are The Best Connected In The World – What Makes Them So Special? (World Economic Forum) Learning By Doing: Belt & Road FDI Spillovers (The Star) China Is Headed For An Economic Crisis (Hudson) Regional Sino-Czech Relations: Change On The Horizon (Global Risk Insights) How Will Russian And Asian Trade Develop If The US & EU Put More Sanctions In Place? (Russia Briefing) Russia’s 2021 Exports By Sector And Country (Russia Briefing) Ukraine Proving A Unreliable Trade Partner as China-Sourced Goods To Poland Are Refused Transit (Silk Road Briefing) From Belt & Road To Innovation & Cooperation, China-Israel Cooperation Blossoms (Xinhua) BRI Poised To Put Syria On Recovery Path (Syriahr) Is This The End Of The Line For China’s Big Belt And R

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF). WHATS THE BIG DEAL?

Mohan Guruswamy Modiji read from his teleprompter yesterday to the WEF winterfest meeting virtually in Davos.  In keeping with the new media mood becoming so apparent in the country, a media-person asked me about "Modiji's Khamyabi (success) at Davos." I replied we know Modi is a good speaker, but what is the khamyabi in speaking to small hall in a cold and remote part of the world? When those guys, even if they may be mostly Indians invest in India, we can say there has been khamyabi. Afterall 68% of FDI in India is by Indian's roundtripping their ill-gotten cash held in overseas havens. Clearly when India starts looking good to Indians more Indians will make FDI in India. To meet them, all the PM has to do is to blow a whistle and the fat cats will all come running. Contrary to what most people think, the WEF is a private NGO started by a German, Klaus Schwab and his wife, Hilde, in 1971 as the European Management Forum which became the WEF in 1987. It began as a ma