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
Scandelous case of corruption
The recent exposure of financial corruption and audit collusion with the Canadian Senate comes as no surprise to members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR). SCAR has been strongly urging media and politicians, for years, to investigate and to speak out about the financial corruption and government/auditor collusion with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have been assisting with the disgraceful human rights case of Canadian scientist Dr. Chander Grover for several years.
The ... Read More
New York Times explains
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If you have sent us an article for consideration, please know that we are reviewing it. This in-box is monitored regularly. Articles must be original, and exclusive to The Times; they cannot have appeared elsewhere — in any form — in print or online. Unfortunately, because the number of submissions is so large, we have to pass on ... Read More
Mulcair does not deserve to be Prime Minister
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair claims that a paltry majority of 50%+1 of expressed votes in a referendum would be enough to justify breaking up Canada; that Quebec separation could occur based on a one-vote difference between the Yes and No sides. While the NDP requires a two-thirds majority to make changes in their own constitution, Mr. Mulcair considers that a single vote is sufficient to break up Canada!
Mr. Mulcair contradicts the Supreme Court ... Read More
Conservatives’ economic fumbling
The federal government’s recent Economic Update proves once again that the Conservatives are out-of-touch with the challenges facing middle class Canadians.
It didn’t include anything for middle class families who are struggling under record levels of household debt. The average Canadian household now owes $1.66 for every dollar of disposable income.
It didn’t include anything to help young Canadians, or the parents who are financially supporting them. Today there are still 225,400 fewer jobs for young Canadians ... Read More
This problem of Extremist Muslims captivating and marrying and grooming sikh girls has been a international problem.
This has happened in Australia, Malaysia and United Kingdom as of my knowledge.
This has been happening for the last 20 years as I have heard of several cases and heard from extremely distraught and heart-broken parents.
The question that we need to ask ourselves as a community is -How can we stop this from happening in the future.
The answers that ... Read More
In “Policing Village Moral Codes as Women Stream to India’s Cities” (news article, Oct. 20), you confirm that Hindus — not just Muslims — also perpetrate honor killings. However, the honor-killing motives among village Hindus are not confined to a taboo against marrying someone from one’s own village (seen as a form of “incest”), but are mainly caste-related. Falling in love or marrying someone from an “inferior” caste is still viewed as a capital crime.
In ... Read More
Happy Gurpurab of Guru Ram Das Ji!
Is this not a miraculous that Bhai Jetha an ordinary poor young boy who used to sell boiled black chick-peas eventually became the 4th Sikh Guru who not only left behind spiritual wealth but also financial/economic wealth as well? How can we explain this fete? Is this not as a result of Gurmat(i)?
On the literary side, Guru Ram Das Ji's composition 'Lavaan' alone is par excellence - a story of his own Spiritual experience enumerated ... Read More
Conservatives letting our veterans down
Imagine you are a Canadian soldier who has been disabled in the line of duty—what kind of support do you think you’d get as you transition to civilian life under this supposedly military-friendly Conservative Government?
Odds are you are in for a lot of headaches.
Under the Conservatives’ New Veterans Charter, you will get a lump sum payment instead of a disability pension. Many—including Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman—say that this sum is inadequate for the pain and suffering ... Read More