Possible innocence, the fact that
guilt was never proven beyond reasonable doubt and that many impoverished accused
are poorly represented - just a few of the reasons anti-death penalty
movements in Brazil and South Africa have been fueled by unrealized
socio-economic expectations and by explosive growth in India, what they have
most in common is the subordination of democracy to money.
Never before has it become so clear that we live in societies that are politically
democratic but socially fascist. The Podemos wave is a metaphor for every
single attempt to find a progressive solution.
The Indian Home Ministry’s attempt to block
the screening could be seen as one example of a broader clampdown on whatever is deemed ‘anti-national’. But what does that say about the mainstream culture?
There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
India needs to go through with eliminating
section 309 of its penal code, punishing attempted suicide, as announced by the
government at the end of 2014. The criminalisation of suicide is often used to suppress peaceful hunger strikes.
literature has emerged as a powerful force against the exploitation of lower
castes in India. But the revolutionary transformation that it seeks to enact
can only occur through a plurality of voices, engaged in meaningful dialogue.
It is these solidarities, across factory and across contract,
which the factories and indeed Modi’s Government fear, which must not be
forgotten once the dust settles over the current round of labour 'reforms'.
Some of the biggest corrupt
operations are run by governments themselves, and watchdog bodies often lack
sufficient power to challenge entrenched problems. There’s another powerful
approach: popular action, as documented in Shaazka Beyerle’s new book Curtailing
undeniably a great difference in cultural values between Tibetan Buddhists who
grew up within their community in India and the western converts who were
raised with liberal western values. But this is no longer the end of the story.