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ICWI is proud to present Dr. Vinod Mubayi’s new book Where Is India Headed? A Historical Critique.
The mainstream media in India is the biggest fan club of the current Hindutva regime in India and the regime provides them with many Bollywood style shows ranging from the “Howdy Modi” nautanki in Texas, USA in September 2019 to “Namaste Trump” tamasha in Gujarat, India in February 2020. All the road shows, in India or abroad, are designed in a way that Modi the ‘tamashagar (performer) becomes the tamasha (performance) himself.
The leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and member of its fascist mother ship the Rashtra Swayasevak Sangh (RSS) Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in 2014. This book is an historical critique of issues and events from 2014 to mid-2021.It is a collection of editorials which the author published in that span of time in a monthly publication, the INSAF Bulletin. The subject matter of most of the articles traces the steady erosion of Indian democracy and a build-up towards turning India into a Hindu Rashtra (nation) as per the agenda of the RSS.
As the author writes in the Preface to the book “The trajectory of these essays owes a good deal to the evolution of a segment of the Left and progressive movement amongst Indian and South Asian diaspora in the US and Canada with which the author has been associated for over four decades”. One such federation of organizations from the US and Canada was the International South Asia Forum (INSAF) founded in 1999 in Montreal. The INSAF Bulletin started being published from May 2002 and continues to be published on a regular monthly basis till date. Its founding editor Daya Varma passed away in March 2015 and the author of this book has been the editor since then.
The author Vinod Mubayi, born in Lahore before Partition is a reputed American physicist of Indian origin. He did his BSc and MSc from Delhi university, received a PhD in Physics from Brandeis University, taught at Cornell University and was Research Fellow at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) before joining Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York in 1976 from which he retired in 2015. A keen observer of socio-political events in India, Mubayi has been active in progressive groups in North America and was a founding member of Indian Peoples Association of North America (IPANA) in 1975 and also of INSAF in 1999.
The book was published in 2021 and is available for online purchase at: https://www.mediahouse.online/product/where-is-india-headed-an-historical-critique/
Here’s what you will find inside Newswire 10
- 1. This Month in History, by Ratik
- 2. Spotlight: Boston South Asian
Coalition, Rana Khan
- 3. Harsh Mander: in conversation with Rana Khan
- 4. Bhima Koregaon Case: Cartoon & Petition
- 5. Land, caste, class and gender – Gail Omvedt’s writings were united in their vision of utopia, by V. Geetha
- 6. “Blackout (September 1965)”: A Poem (by Faiz) On A War Outside and A War Within, by Salman
The Special NIA Court has granted temporary bail for two weeks to researcher Rona Wilson, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon- Elgar Parishad Case, his father’s demise on August 18, 2021. Special Judge DE Kothalikar directed him to be released on bail between September 13 – 27 on furnishing a PR Bond of Rs 50,000 with 2 sureties. Read more
The above cartoon published in multiple languages by NETALERT,* explains why the findings of a digital forensics investigation conducted by Arsenal Consulting, into the hard drives of individuals imprisoned by the Indian government in the Bhima Koregaon case provides important evidence of the use of malware to implicate, imprison and silence human rights activists.
Please sign our petition to the Parliamentary Subcommittee on Information Technology calling for an immediate investigation into the questions raised by the investigation into the Netwire attack identified and documented by Arsenal’s multiple investigative reports that have since been corroborated by Indian and international computer security experts.
* NETALERT is a project that uses a range of approaches such as story-telling, summaries of research findings, and technical explainers to help make research about risks online accessible to wider audiences.
Scroll: Neither Ram Rajya nor golden Vedic age: Gail Omvedt (1941-2021) on the history of a casteless future
Here’s what you will find inside Newswire 9
- 1. Spotlight: South Asian Dalit Adivasi Network (SADAN), Canada
- 2. Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Interview with Rana Khan
- 3. The Compassionate Revolution of Saint Stan Swamy (1937 – 2021), Shaj Mohan and Divya Dwivedi
- 4. Under the Mango tree, Madhumita Dutta
- 5. Stan Swamy in the eyes of a Thirteen Year old, Ananya Mamatha Anil
- 6. This Month in History, Balmurli Natarajan
- 7. Poetry!
Here’s what you will find inside Newswire 8
- This Month in History
- What do the thousand bones say to the educators?
- Spotlight: InSAF India
- Conversation with Pratik Sinha
- Poetry – featuring the revolutionary poems of Kalekuri Prasad (Yuvaka)
- Remembering Kannada writer Siddalingaiah
21st March, 2021
Join us as we speak of the two great people’s movements to come out of India in recent times: the Anti-CAA/NRC Protest, and the Farmers’ Protest. It is the brave women and men at these protests who constitute the frontlines of hope in these dark times.
Our esteemed guests include Navsharan Singh and Bill Fletcher Jr. We are also featuring music and brief comments by musician Sonny Singh. This event is moderated by Prachi Patankar.
Animesh Bose, The Telegraph India – https://www.telegraphindia.com/jharkhand/why-the-mighty-indian-state-feared-father-stan-swamy/cid/1822910
There was no dais or chief guest, no expensive floral decorations. Not even a speech.
Just veneration for a man whom the gathering had never seen but who it believed had lived and “died for the poor”. A man whom the Indian State accused of waging war against it and held captive for nine months till, aged 84 and suffering from Parkinson’s and other ailments, he died in custody on July 5.
The Wire: Surendra Gadling’s Computer Was Attacked, Incriminating Documents Planted: Arsenal Consulting
Forensic digital investigations have raised serious questions about the Elgar Parishad investigation.
Mumbai: For over 20 months, lawyer and human rights defender Surendra Gadling’s computer was attacked and surveilled upon, and incriminating documents were planted on it. Gadling, one of the first people to be arrested among the 16 human rights activists, lawyers and academics in custody in the ongoing Elgar Parishad case, was cyber attacked since February 16, 2016 – two years before he was finally arrested on June 6, 2018. Fourteen significant documents, on the basis of which the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has held him in jail for over three years, were planted on his computer using a malware NetWire. Read more