India's Mars Mission Enter its Final Phase

Prabir Purkayastha, September 18, 2014


India's Mars Orbiter mission – the Mangalyaan – is now moving into its last and most critical phase. The Mars Orbiter is going to be transferred on 24th September from its current heliocentric or sun-centric orbit and into a Mars-centric one. This is no mean feat, as this phase has defeated many an earlier mission. If it succeeds, India's ISRO will be the 4th space agency to manage such a feat; the others are US's NASA, the Russian and the EU space agencies.

Amidst Calls For Military Boycott Of Israel, India Finalises Procurement Of Barak-1 Missiles

Rahul Bedi, Courtesy: thecitizen.in, August 9, 2014


NEW DELHI:Even as Israel faces international condemnation for its inhuman and Nazi-like attacks on beleaguered Gaza, India’s BJP government is finalising the procurement of Barak-1 anti-ship missiles from Tel Aviv for the Indian Navy (IN).

Just Net Coalition Statement to the BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil

Just Net Coalition, July 16, 2014


One of the first few leaders to speak out against US spying was Dilma Rousseff, who had called it a “breach of international law”. It is not surprising, therefore, that the 6th BRICS summit has strongly condemned "acts of mass electronic surveillance and data collection of individuals all over the world, as well as violation of the sovereignty of States and of human rights, in particular the right to privacy." At the eve of the summit, Just Net Coalition, a global network of activists fighting for an open and equitable internet, issued a statement to the BRICS nations with regard to the issue of internet governance. The full statement is being published below:

Zohra Sehgal, The Legendary Actor Dies at 102

Newsclick, July 12, 2014


Newsclick pays tributes to the legendary actor and dancer Zohra Sehgal, who died in Delhi on July 10, 2014 after a cardiac arrest. She was 102. She was born on April 27, 1912.

SACW Announces the Release of a Report on the Hindu Nationalist Circuit in the United States

Courtesy: sacw.net, July 8, 2014


Published by sacw.net, this report compiles publicly available tax records, newspaper articles, and other materials on non-profit groups in the United States affiliated with the Sangh Parivar (family of Hindu nationalist groups) from 2001-2014, documenting a segment of the projects and priorities of U.S.-based Hindu nationalism. This report discusses the strategies and activities of Hindu nationalist groups in the United States in four areas of mobilization.

Violence in Haryana, Maharashtra Sets the Backdrop for Assembly Elections this Year

Seema Mustafa, June 10, 2014

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Communal violence seems to be setting the tone for elections, with Haryana and Maharashtra following Uttar Pradesh in creating the backdrop for the next major electoral fight for the Assemblies in these two states currently ruled by Congress governments.

NETmundial or the Internet Governance World Cup?

Prabir Purkayastha, May 2, 2014


NETmundial – a global conference on Internet governance – was held last week in Sao Paulo (April 23-24) and ended with a non-binding outcome statement that was weak on surveillance and with some gains for big business. Big business managed to smuggle in some measures to help them on intellectual property and managed to bury net neutrality, a major issue for Internet users, into a future action section. The Russian and Cuban delegations disassociated themselves from the outcome, while the Indian delegation stated its inability to endorse the outcome, as they did not have such a mandate. While the outcome document was clearly a compromise on many counts, the worrying part was the attempt by the US and its allies of trying to set up a new model of decision making on international issues – called the “multistakeholder model” – that centre stages big business. Though this did not succeed, with the outcome document having enough ambiguity on this count, an opening has been created for a further assault on the nation states and the UN system.

Amandla tribute to Mandela

Courtesy: Brian Ashley, December 7,2013


Nelson Mandela

"Some are born great,

some achieve greatness,

and some have greatness thrust upon them".

William Shakespeare

India's Mission to Mars

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Newsclick Production, November 15,2013


India has become the sixth country in the world to launch space mission to Mars. On November 5, it launched the Mars Mission using the ISRO’s tried and tested work horse, the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket. Newsclick speaks to D. Raghunandan of the Delhi Science Forum to discuss the implications and limitations of this mission. Raghunandan feels it would have been more useful if the mission was launched using the much more powerful GSLV (Geo-Stationary Launch Vehicle) rocket that could carry a larger satellite with more instruments.

Politics of Engagement Must Replace Politics of Boycott

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Newsclick Production, November 12,2013

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The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a resolution demanding India's boycott to the upcoming Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Newsclick talks to Ahilan Kadirgamar, member of the Collective for Economic Democratisation, about the issues behind the boycott, about the recent victory of Tamil National Alliance in Northern Provincial polls, and the controversy of Sri Lankan Navy arresting Tamil fishermen.

Kadirgamar also points out that although there is a need to investigate into the gruesome violation of human rights after the 2009 civil war, the need of the hour is to deal with the present economic and social crisis facing Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province. He further says that the "politics of boycott" must be replaced with "politics of engagement" that attempts to make a difference on the ground.

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