Veterans and Harper
It is now abundantly clear that the care provided to our veterans, who stood ready to give their all for our country, has been shameful under Minister Julian Fantino.
The Conservative government claims its cuts to the Veterans Affairs Department were to the “back office” and did not affect front line services.
Yet nearly a quarter of the department’s staff – nearly one thousand people – have been eliminated; the vast majority coming from branches that support ... Read More
Stop the attack on the Indian community
It is outrageous that our Indian Community is attacked by criminals. It has to be stopped. If the Police or FBI can't prevent them, we can organize and train volunteers to catch them and bring them to justice.
I live in New York, and we have an organization called " Justice For All, Inc". At present I am the Chairman of that organization. Incase, the New Jersey community is planning for a protest march we ... Read More
Letter from Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau
Last week, I attended the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto’s annual gala and awards ceremony. It was an honour to not only attend this great event, but to deliver the keynote address.
I spoke of our seventh Prime Minister, Wilfrid Laurier, and how his efforts helped make Canada into a place that celebrates and takes pride in its diversity, and is rooted in fairness and opportunity.
As Liberals, we stand proudly behind these Canadian values. One ... Read More
Open letter to Modi
I attach a Punjabi news item for publication; it relates to the delivery to Indian PM Modi this week of an open letter from Karnail Singh Peermohammad, AISSF President, in connection with the November 1984 genocide. The letter suggests that Modi should agree to an international court to punish the guilty as the Sikhs have no faith in India's legal system, following 30 years of impunity. It is a powerful rebuke for the Indian establishment ... Read More
Why borrow if there is a suplus
The federal Conservative government will forgo a surplus this year and instead borrow money to pay for income-splitting and other new tax measures, according to its own fall economic update.
In the last two months the Conservatives announced more than $3 billion in tax changes for this year, including an expensive income-splitting scheme. If they had followed the plan laid out by the late Jim Flaherty, the federal budget would have a small surplus this year ... Read More
Liberals support the Canadian army
ISIL represents a real and present threat to the Middle East region. It has ruthlessly and systematically killed thousands throughout Iraq and Syria – innocent civilians, ethnic and religious minorities, humanitarian workers, and journalists – displacing hundreds of thousands more in its wake. Both the security threat and the urgent humanitarian crisis created by ISIL require international action.
The question is not whether Canada can contribute to this effort; we can, and we must. The question ... Read More
Is this economic recovery?
Over the summer Canadians at community events across the country gave Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau a clear message: they are not feeling any relief from the feeble economic recovery.
Under Prime Minister Harper, Canada has had the worst economic growth of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett. In the past year, only a meagre 81,000 jobs have been created and more than 80% were part-time—with poorer job quality, lower wages and less security.
In light ... Read More
I can only see myself as being an American.
To me Nationality means the Nation where I was born and nothing more. This is why I do not call myself Indian American or Irish American. I am none of those. I am all of those but when it comes to listing my Nationality, I must list only American. I support the American Flag and I swore an Oath to the United States Constitution.
I were to leave The USA and become a Citizen of ... Read More
Why Indian Muslim Community's English Newspapers fail ?
I have been watching with keen interest for about 20 years now the various attempts of India's Muslim community to publish English language newspapers. With repeated dismal performance of well-meaning ventures by capable and well educated Muslim individuals, it is a sad story and it is very difficult for me to understand why it is so. From Radiance, Nation & the World and Milli Gazette of New Delhi to Islamic Voice of Bangalore, to Eastern ... Read More
AAM AADML belongs to all
Many people joined AAP at the time of Lok Sabha elections because they wanted to take advantage of people's wrath shown against conventional politicians in Delhi.When their ambitions were not realised they have started showing their true colours now and they have started finding fault in Kejriwal and his team. The most important task before us is that AAP wins in Patiala constituency by defeating madam and Akali candidate.
Kejriwal,his team and four MPs ... Read More
India & Tamil Nadu’s reaction to an article speaks volumes
Cartoons about world leaders and politicians are many. Articles against world leaders and politicians are many. Have world leaders and politicians ever reacted like India and Tamil Nadu politicians are currently doing? Most certainly not. It should be an embarrassment to the entirety of India to have behaved in such a manner and it is not the Sri Lankan Government that should be apologizing it is India.
Firstly, how many of those blowing hot and cold ... Read More
Portrayel of women and violence against them
One of the most serious and shameful issues facing India today is sexual violence against women. Every day we hear of too many gruesome crimes against women (including rapes, molestation, sexual exploitation of the most inhuman kind). Simultaneously, we are also concerned about the way women (and the man-woman relationship) are portrayed in films and on TV. Women characters are sexually objectified, stereotyped in regressive ways, are portrayed purely to cater to the male ... Read More
Budget measures appreciated
ON BEHALF OF PRAVASI BANDHU WELFARE TRUST I APPRECIATE NARENDRA MODI GOVERNMENT FOR ACCEPTING SOME OF OUR REQUESTS WE MADE THOUGH OUR REPRESENTATION.
1. Since 1967 the baggage allowance were fixed as Rs 35,000 we requested to Narendra Modi government to increase proportionately with devaluation of Indian rupee. Any way it is increased from Rs 35,000 to Rs 45,000
2. A large number of blue collar non resident Indians can not afford to build a ... Read More
Conservative slur against new Canadians offensive
Conservative MP Chris Alexander must apologize for his slur against generations of new Canadians.
At a recent appearance before the House of Commons’ immigration committee Mr. Alexander argued that changes to the Citizenship Act in 1977 “cheapened” citizenship.
In essence, he is saying that Canadians who arrived in the last 35 years from India, China, the Philippines, Europe and the rest of the world, our nation-builders, are a lower class of citizen.
And instead of apologizing, he ... Read More
The last taxi ride
I am writing on behalf of A.X. Ahmad whose next novel, THE LAST TAXI RIDE, is forthcoming from Minotaur Press.
While previous authors have detailed the immigrant experience and the problems of assimilation, A.X. Ahmad’s THE LAST TAXI RIDE takes the immigrant novel one step further: he re-interprets the mystery novel, interweaving it with issues of globalization and immigration. As tightly paced and suspenseful as its predecessor, THE LAST TAXI RIDE expands the unique genre A.X. ... Read More
Democracy and nation building
We are a Democracy and each one of us has the freedom to express our differences without fear, but yet we have to work together in nation building and the common good of every member of the society.
Whatever is needed to be done should have been done at the ballot, the majority, indeed, the overwhelming majority has chosen to trust the words of Mr. Modi and together, we have to go forward. ... Read More
Would Indian economy be second largest under Modi?
After 10 year corrupt and public unfriendly ruling of UPA government, people want an inevitable change in the power, it happened in the Indian election.
?Narendra Modi's farsighted and calculated approach to come to national arena had given unexpected result.
Since NDA had enough majority to make decisions without any pressure, Modi will make visible changes immediately in the commodity price, poverty alleviation front, infrastructure development front, foreign investment ... Read More
Nothing will come off Mrs. Modi, she will continue to live where she has been living and Modi will not be seeing or meeting her. He has got too big an ego to do that.
I am surprised that none of the Journalists have questioned - why he misled RSS about his celibacy? Is that acceptable.
God save India with this arrogance, he has not expressed any remorse in all the interviews about what happened ... Read More
Bobby Jindal for President?
I like Bobby Jindal. However I can not vote for him. He is American Citizen only because he was born here one week after his parents arrived on US Soil. His parents were not American Citizens when he was born. Pg 10 on the Pocket Constitution, down near the bottom of the page covers the Means of being President and Bobby was not born in the USA before the Adoption of the US Constitution and ... Read More
It is true that we all have difference of opinions about the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections in India. We, Indo-Americans, believe that this is the time for us to change the leadership from the Congress party. So we are supporting Narendra Modi and his team BJP.
We hope Modi will win a landslide victory. If any of you think that we are encouraging racists, you are wrong. Our team includes Christians, Hindus, and even Muslims, ... Read More
The Economist and Kushwant Singh
The Economist needs to examine its priorities. Why does it cover topics it has no knowledge of? Nowhere does the obituary mention that
a) Kushwant Singh was the worst form of flatterer/sycophant of Indira Gandhi and her family. He supported the Emergency, the compulsory sterilization program and Sanjay Gandhi, the prime mover behind the program. He even called Sanjay Gandhi the most eligible bachelor in India. I was a student at that time (circa ... Read More
NRA and the surgeon general
It took more then the NRA to block this guy from the Surgeon General Position. There are over 80,000,000 gun owners here in the USA and none of us wants someone to be in the position to mess with our 2nd Amendment Rights. Nothing against his being from India. I myself has a history of being part Indian from two Great Nations.
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Running from more than one constituency
One should contest elections from any part of India, however, the intent seems to be weak. Indira Gandhi started the trend by running from Amethi and Chikkamaglur -because she wanted to run from one place or the other to secure her seat.
Now Modi is running from Varnasi, so will Kejriwal, and Gandhi will run from Amethi or Chikkaballapur. Places they don't reside.
Can't these guys get elected from the constituency where they reside? Why should ... Read More
Does pure love exist?
A man gets several chances to love some one in his life. Some people think love is a crazy idea., It is painful to endure the hardships of love. It is said that everything is fair in love and war. The love when it is not fulfilled remains unrequited for all intent and purposes;
It becomes a challenge to conquer the lover into submission, or complete surrender We have to choose between love and ... Read More
Piece on Devyani
Thank you for the informative piece on Devyani and her husband 6/2014) by K. P. Nayar.
We in the US do not get such detailed articles in our media here.
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Rape and the village council
The Village Council who ordered the rape of a woman, if convicted maybee should be given very stiff prison sentences as well as being Castrated. People that stupid should not have the chance to bring new life into the world.
Just my thoughts.
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MAKE NO MISTAKE -- FANTINO DOES HARPER'S BIDDING
Last week was a busy one in federal politics.
Parliament resumed after its Christmas recess. Justin Trudeau launched a major Senate reform initiative. The House held an emergency debate about Ukraine. A budget date was announced. The latest economic data reflected poorly on the Harper government. And Mr. Harper was again reminded of his ongoing ethics scandal, even while another scandal -- this one about spy agencies running-a-muck -- ... Read More
Ending Partisanship and Patronage in the Senate
Canadians want their leaders to come forward with practical solutions to our problems, and they have been clear that the Senate has become one of those problems. It is broken and needs to be fixed.
Through extreme patronage and partisanship, the Senate has become an institution that poorly serves the interests of Canadians. Canadians are especially disenchanted with the antiquated convention that sees Senators appointed by one person: the Prime Minister.
The Senate is ... Read More
Rape as punishment
As I see it, the Village Elders along with everyone connected with the rape of the woman should be held in confinement while awaiting trial.
As I am not a Citizen of India, I do not have the rights to say what should happen to them that are found guilty, if any of them are convicted.
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I write regarding your recent coverage of Liberal MP John McCallum's cross-country "consultations" on immigration. Given the Liberal's record on immigration, it's worth asking why the Liberals are "consulting" on immigration rather than supporting our Government's changes to reduce wait times and get newcomers to Canada faster.
Successive Liberal governments cut immigration levels and created massive backlogs, which we inherited and have been working diligently and consistently to fix since taking office in 2006.
As a ... Read More
The truth about Tory tax tales
There are several things wrong with the Harper government’s never-ending claims that they are brilliant tax cutters.
To start with, it’s untrue.
Their first fiscal decision after taking office in 2006 was to increase personal income taxes. Later that fall, they imposed a toxic new Conservative tax on Income Trusts which obliterated $25-billion from the savings accounts of two million ordinary Canadians. More recently, Mr. Harper has increased the overall federal tax burden in each ... Read More
BHARARA IS NO ANGEL
Preet was quoted in 'The New York Times' saying "every lie is not a crime" as he explained away the lies of a Wall Street Banker in relation to the bank's failure. But now we see Preet taking extra carefully planned steps intended to cause a foreign diplomat with consular immunity get body cavity searched. Often, high profile white collar targets are allowed to appear in court with a lawyer and don't go ... Read More
Approval of pot
About Colorado's New Recreation, God made The weed. God Made the soil that the weed grows in. God made Mankind and God Put Mankind in charge of the soil and the plants.
I always vote for the approval of pot, even though I do not and will not partake of it. But if Pot helps the sick to feel better, I see nothing wrong with that. God did not make cars, He left that up ... Read More
Power of the media
I learned a long time ago about the power of the press and how to use it to do good for the world. The journalists on this list, of all people, should know the impact that they can make. They should be doing what I am: educating, inspiring, and motivating others. The only difference between me and them is that I don’t usually accept payment for my writing—I do this as a hobby and as ... Read More
"Harper Calls Canada a Nation of Defeatists".
In my view he's right. For "reasons" that have no business being there and are not based on facts and logic.
All caused by lawyers and stupid bureaucrats fiddling about in stupid little offices.
I'm here to prove the attitudes responsible for this mess wrong. And to ask the Prime Minister to do something to stop the defeatism and defeatist attitudes in Canada that he himself disapproves of. This is a necessary part of making sure ... Read More
Arrest of diplomat
I just finished reading the article by Mr. Nayar regarding the arrest of Kobrgede, the Indian Consulate General, New York.
I applaud the writer Mr. Nayar for posting this piece in South Asia Mail. Congratulations to you Dr. Samuel for the good
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Conservatives block oversight for spies
Who is watching the watchers? Here in Canada, revelations about potential violations by our own spy agencies haven’t come from government oversight, they’ve come from Edward Snowden—and the Conservative government doesn’t see that as a problem.
Recently former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents suggesting that the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) initiated industrial espionage against Brazil’s ministry of mines and energy, and helped allies monitor leaders at a G20 summit hosted by Canada.
This ... Read More