Courtesy: Brian Ashley, December 7,2013
"Some are born great,
some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them".
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.
Newsclick Production, November 12,2013
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.
G.Mamatha, November 4,2013
The Convention for People’s Unity against Communalism held on October 30 at Talkatora auditorium in New Delhi had the sole aim of defeating the communal forces in our country. It was definitely not held for the formation of a Third Front. 14 Political parties with different outlooks and policies, have joined hands and come on a single platform to fight the danger of communalism and vowed to work together in the days to come towards this objective.
Prabir Purkayastha, NewsClick, 11th October, 2013
The internet governance is back in the news with Snowden's NSA revelations and the US government's blatant violations of its “stewardship” of the internet. Bruce Schneier, one of the leading cyber security experts and a key contributor to many of its standards says, “I have resisted saying this up to now, and I am saddened to say it, but the US has proved to be an unethical steward of the internet. The UK is no better.” The Brazilian president has recently stated that internet governance needs to change. This only adds to the 2011 IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) proposal – to have a multilateral body under the UN govern the internet instead of the internet being governed by the US. As it exists, the internet is run by institutions that are all US entities and operate under a contract with the US government.
Newsclick Production, October 9,2013
Addressing a Conference on the Economy in Crisis organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis, Kamal Morarka says that today in our country we have a social crisis of the highest ranking, besides the economic crisis. Corporate control is all-pervading and is strongly felt. There is a degradation of values in the society. Morarka laments that the present leadership has no vision in taking along the people and shaping the country's future.
Newsclick Production, October 4,2013
Prabir Purkayastha speaks on the Surveillance State at a panel discussion on “Idea of India: A People's Agenda” organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi. He delineates how the US policies under Obama have transformed from 'Yes, We Can' to 'Yes, We Scan.'
Newsclick Production, September 30,2013
According to the nuclear liability laws passed by India in 2010, compensation for liability in the event of any nuclear accident is to be borne by the foreign supplier. However, recent reports in newspapers indicate that the Indian government in its anxiety to appease the United States is willing to work against these provisions, specially against the Clause 17 of “The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act.” Newsclick discusses this issue with Prabir Purkayastha from the Delhi Science Forum.
Newsclick Production, September28,2013
The Supreme Court judgment has directed the gram sabhas to decide whether or not Vedanta's mining project can go ahead in Niyamgiri Hills. All the gram sabhas rejected the mining project, in a referendum. Surya Shankar Das, activist and film maker from Odisha, in a discussion with Newsclick, says that it is for the first time that an environmental referendum was held on such projects. It is also for the first time that gram sabhas were given the right to decide whether mining has to happen or not. Although these provisions, for the people to choose, are there in the law, they were never implemented. Das says these developments give a new lease of hope for people's struggles in the future.
Newsclick Production, September 20,2013
In a panel discussion on the assault on reason organised in the wake of Dr Dabholkar’s murder, Dr Satyajit Rath pays a moving tribute to Dr Dabholkar. He says Dr Dabholkar had a practical and down to earth approach. An example of his pragmatism was his response to the astrology columns of newspapers and magazines. He knew that editors would not agree to remove these columns altogether, at least to begin with. So he would ask them to print, in small type, a notice saying that this column was being carried for the entertainment of readers. This was in fact done by several papers and magazines.