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Newsclick Production,December 17, 2014
NewsClick interviewed N.D. Jayaprakash from BGPSSS and Delhi Science Forum on the 30th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy and on the current situation. He tells that the figure used by the Court and the 1989 Settlement order regarding the number of victims was much less than the actual ones and hence money allocated for relief is completely inadequate. The government admitted the gross underestimate but effective measures to challenge the original settlement and provide relief have yet to be taken.
Newsclick Production, December 16,2014
What makes a city, or any place, home?
In large parts of the world, including India, the prevailing view of people and places—and their multiple voices—has been a western version. How does this view change when it is located in India, and when the stories are complicated by several cultures, languages, traditions and political debates? From Delhi, Bombay/Mumbai, Ooty and Kashmir to Palestine, Algeria and eleventh-century Córdoba, these intricately carved essays explore cities and other places through the lives of people, and how they see home and belonging. Combining memoir with polemic, historical with imagined narrative, anecdote with poetry, Githa Hariharan recounts defining moments in which people experience the frictions of day-to-day survival, and the collision of ideas, culture, war and colonization. The result is a fascinating and layered story of home: a sense of home, too many homes, broken or lost homes.
Newsclick Production, December 16,2014
Newsclick interviewed civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad on the communal agenda of the Modi government and its contradiction with the secular values of the state. She says that the current government is guided by an unconstitutional body with a majoritarianism agenda -- the RSS -- and hence the attack on secular values is bound to continue. The long term roadmap of the RSS is to convert the Indian nation into a Hindu Rashtra. According to her, hate mongering is being done to provoke the minority and in response, plan another massacre like Gujarat riots . Teesta feels that in order to reclaim the secular nature of the state, not only the secular political parties, but also intelligentsia and the social activists have an important role to play. Building movements on the ground for democratic and secular values is the only way forward.
Delhi Science Forum
Newsclick Production, December 9,2014
Newsclick interviewed Subhash Gatade on recent spurt of communal incidents in Delhi and there implications. Subhash thinks that the controversial statement and communal incidents are part of a game plan planned by BJP to win elections in Delhi. The areas they have targeted have voted for Aam Aadmi Party in last assembly elections and BJP aims to make road into it through polarization. On the question of credibility of secular forces in creating resistance to the communal tactics, Subhash feels that they were not ready to take on the majority and hence they failed. He thinks that though people are raising questions on the economic policies of the government, soon they will also resist the communal plan of BJP.
Newsclick Production, December 1, 2014
Newsclick interviewed Dr. Satyajit Rath from the National Institute of Immunology on the issue of gender determination in sports in the context of the recent case of Indian sprinter Dyuti Chand. On the question of whether it is only the XY chromosome combination that leads to the birth of a male child, Rath believes that while in general it is true exceptions do exist. There are combinations like XXX chromosomes, making purely chromosomal gender determination difficult. Sports authorities treat parameters like body structure and level of testosterone as factors in determining gender which is often arbitrary. Situations may exist where the individuals find themselves in grey areas in terms of these parameters, as has happened in the case of Dyuti Chand. Rath points out that these arbitrary categorisations have more to do with socio political factors than biological ones. They are linked with concrete questions of patriarchy, gender discrimination and injustice. The glaring differences in prize money and pay between male and female sportspersons is a case in point.
Newsclick Production, November 25, 2014
Newsclick interviewed Dr. Satyajit Rath on recent comments by the Prime Minister on supposed scientific “achievements” of ancient India. Modi, while inaugurating a Reliance hospital in Mumbai, said that India had discovered genetic engineering and plastic surgery in the days of the Mahabharata. Dr. Rath says that these statements are part of the myth-creation that underpins the project of cultural nationalism of the RSS and the Sangh Parivar. Such myths seek to establish a spurious superiority for Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma and are central to Hindutva. They take us away from, rather than closer to, the contemporary challenges and possibilities of scientific research. Dr. Rath points out that the comments and their context indicate a fusion of Hindutva and a neo-liberal market-driven policy framework, wherein science and technology are seen purely from the point of view of business and profit, and not as a common collective resource to improve the lives of the bulk of the people.
Courtesy: therealnews.com, November 13, 2014
Prof. John Ackerman argues that outrage over the 43 recently disappeared college students has the potential to unite social forces to challenge the US-backed Mexican Narco-state
Newsclick Production, September 18, 2014
Newsclick in an interview with political commentator Aijaz Ahmad, discusses Obama's new strategy on IS. Aijaz argues that the decision of the US to train rebels in Syria earlier and now help them, is not for fighting the IS, but for the destruction of nationalist and secular states in the region, replacing them with fragmented and warring, client states. This is the continuation of the neocon Bush policy that Obama has embraced. According to Aijaz, the US policies have directly resulted in enormous violence in the region and given birth to the IS. Its current policy shows no change and promises only more such violence.