China is a unique country of the world where freedom of speech of its people is taken away. Someone has rightly stated “freedom of expression in China is a privilege, not a right”.
What started as a local outbreak of pneumonia-like fever early this year in Wuhan, China, culminating into international pandemic (unstopped so far), the Black Lives Matter protest estimated to be the biggest in the US history, the Indo-Chinese skirmish in the Himalayas and the pro-democratic freedom movement in Hong Kong are some of the events that will be seared into the memory of generations to come.
In a pre-planned attack by the Chinese army on Indian soldiers with nail-studded sticks and iron rods (as per media reports) recently, is a cowardly act and should be strongly denounced. India's twenty brave soldiers sacrificed their lives in Galvan valley face-off for the honor of their motherland. There have been more casualties on the other side, as well.
I was a ten-year-old, but the memories of the '62 debacle are eidetically etched in my mind; that feeling of helplessness of the elders, their sense of shame, the silent imprecations, the muted curses in private but dignified poise in public, were a temporal marker in the growth of my consciousness as an Indian.
There's unanimity in the international community on the Chinese fascist, expansionist and exploitative behavior. It doesn't recognize regular rules of engagement. The 2020's will mark for the first time in world history when an Asian aspiring super power was found picking up unprovoked fights with every country surrounding it and beyond. And it went unchallenged.
In a pre-planned attack by Chinese army on Indian soldiers with nail studded sticks and iron rods (media reports) is a cowardly act and should be strongly denounced. Our twenty brave soldiers sacrificed their lives in Galvan valley face off for their mother land.
The USA has intermittently been in the throes of crises emerging from the killings of African-Americans at the hands of the police. On 25 May 2020, Minneapolis police officers arrested a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd, following a 911 call by a convenience store employee that Floyd had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Within seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene and his initial resistance, Floyd was dead under the weight of three police officers -- one of them had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
हर टीवी चैनल और सोशल मीडिया पर अभिनेता सुशांत सिंह राजपूत की आत्महत्या की लगातार चर्चा हो रही है। वे ऐसे थे, वैसे थे, महान कलाकार थे, धोनी के किरदार को नए आयाम दिये आदि-आदि। शोक व्यक्त करना अपनी जगह ठीक है, मगर इतना भी विह्वल न हों कि असली वीरों को आप भूल जाएं।
The USA and India recently got besieged by three crises -- two of them, the Coronavirus pandemic and economic downturns were common. The third, in the case of India, appeared to be the border skirmishes with China; in the US, it was definitely a nationwide protest and rioting in select places against the police brutality motivated by racial prejudices.
When I was young, I crossed my rivers,
sprinting down bridges,
though bridges there were none.
In the holy month of Ramadan, as the Muslims around the world were observing fast and offering prayers, horrifying series of incidents were reported from Afghanistan. On 12 May 2020, in Kabul, at 10 a.m., three militants stormed the maternity ward of a hospital and killed at least 15 people. Among the dead were medical workers, a police officer, and mothers with their newborns waiting to see the light outside the hospital.
According to the union health ministry, India registered the biggest single day spike of Covid-19 cases on 25 May 2020 taking the country's tally to138,845, with the death toll climbing to 4,021. The patients’ recovery rate is claimed to be 41.57 percent.
Below are excerpts of an insightful conversation with Shri Upendra Prasad, a senior journalist, that followed publication of my article in this journal on 9 May 2020. A scholar on Gandhi from the post-Independence generation, Shri Prasad also leads a movement, Voice of OBC, through a facebook page which has India-wide 74000 membership.