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Two Young Dalit Children Burnt Alive In Haryana

CC News Letter 20 Oct - Two Young Dalit Children Burnt Alive In Haryana

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Two Young Dalit Children Burnt Alive In Haryana

Two young children from a Dalit family were burnt alive and their parents suffered injuries after their home in a Haryana village about 40 km from the Indian national capital New Delhi, was set afire allegedly by some persons from upper caste community deep in the night on Monday while the family were sleeping. Vaibhav, who was two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya, died on the spot after the attackers allegedly poured petrol and set the house ablaze

Lynch And Burn: Hindutva's Slaughter Methods
By Megha Bahl & Sharmila Purkayastha

Several incidents which have occurred on the heels of the Dadri lynching of September 30th demonstrate how the Hindutva agenda relies on mob violence. At the same time, the political success of the hate campaign has derived legitimacy from the Prime Minister's studied silence and been backed by comments such as those by the Union Minister, Mahesh Sharma, who described the Dadri incident as an "accident" or that by Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, who stated, as recently as 15th October, that Muslims can reside in India provided they agree to give up eating beef

Mighty Pen or Mightier Inkpot?
By Parvin Sultana

The might of the pen is pitted against the inkpot of mischief makers. Vandalizing book launches and press conferences is a direct violation of freedom of expression upholding which is the government's responsibility. The space for debate, discussion and deliberation is shrinking. Disagreement leads to violent consequences. Let a book be countered by another book, not an inkpot which is a coward's way out

Europe Secretly Starts Imposing TTIP Despite The Public's Overwhelming Opposition
By Eric Zuesse

The terms of Obama's proposed TPP 'trade' treaty with Asian countries won't be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least four years. The terms of Obama's proposed TISA (Trade In Services Agreement) with 52 nations won't be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least five years. Obama's proposed TTIP treaty with European countries has been so successfully hidden, that even the number of years it will be kept from the public isn't yet known. Hello, international fascism — all in secret, until too late for the public to do anything. But in Europe, things are being rushed, just in case secrecy breaks and the treaty fails to pass. The European Union is already secretly imposing provisions from the secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty, even before anyone has signed it, and even before it has been formally approved in any nation

Will The Crazed Neocons Bring Us Nuclear Winter?
By Paul Craig Roberts

As readers know, I have emphasized that the declared neoconservative intention of achieving global hegemony has resurrected the threat of nuclear armageddon as Russia and China are most definitely not going to submit, as every European country, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, and Japan have submitted, to being Washington's vassals. The president of Russia and the president of China have made this completely clear. If the arrogance, ignorance and incompetence of the Western political systems permit the continuation of the crazed, totally unrealistic, neoconservative agenda, the planet will die

Is Putin Iran's "Senior Partner" In Syria?
By Franklin Lamb

The Syrian people are the ones who in the past, present and future pay the price and hope that the carnage will end soon and that perhaps Russia and Iran can achieve the peace settlement that the USA and its allies could not

Past Decade In Syria In 5 Minutes
By David Swanson

The accepted story in the United States of what's happened in Syria is just that, a story told to make narrative sense of something completely un-understood

Are We An Experiment That Did Not Work?
By David Anderson

An increasingly damaged planet is crying out for sweeping and permanent change in the way we view our relationship to it. Our survival cannot take place without reinvention in all of the areas of our religious, social, economic and political thought. We are being called to experience a metamorphosis, a change in the way we think. If we resist, as Deepak Chopra is telling us: "We may be a human experiment that did not work."

The Two Finger Test: Engendering Women
By Nikita Azad

The two-finger test is just an example of how democracy has failed immensely in providing justice to women, the gender; it is through the re-establishment of democracy only that gender oppression can be halted at the time of birth by engendering both the sexes to be each other's equals

Dr R.M.Pal: Human Rights of The Most Marginalised
Was His Uncompromising Passion
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The demise of Dr R M Pal at this crucial moment is a great blow to all the right thinking secular forces as we would often go to him and seek his advice on many issues confronting us. He was the man who always believed in the idea of a secular inclusive India and spoke regularly against the Hindutva's communalism. Though he is no longer with us, his writings will always inspire us to work for a secular democratic India. We promise to carry on his legacy for our better future
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