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MLA speaks at Surrey demonstration following murder of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh


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  • Surrey–Green Timbers NDP MLA Rachna Singh spoke at a rally condemning the assassination of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Lankesh was a well-known critic of growing violence by Hindu fundamentalists since the election of a right wing government in 2014 led by Narenda Modi.

She had reportedly been receiving threats from extremist groups.

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in the state of Karnataka.

After she was killed, some supporters of Modi's Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party trashed her on social media.

Speakers at the September 6 rally in Holland Park condemned the murder of Lankesh, with some carrying placards denouncing Hindutva terror on minorities.

Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India, the only MLA present was the NDP's Rachna Singh (Surrey–Green Timbers). 

Her husband, indpendent journalist and Georgia Straight contributor Gurpreet Singh, was there as a founding member of IAPI.

Others present included journalist and broadcaster Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal, Dashmesh Darbar Gurdwara spokesman Gian Singh Gill, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Society founder Ranjit Singh Khalsa, Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Sarabjit Singh, visiting Dravid activist from India Waman Meshram, Muslim activist Sayyad Wajahat, Dalit activist Kamlesh Ahir, secularist activist Sunil Kumar, Indian RationalIst Society Leader Avtar Gill, and two veteran leftist activists, Harjit Daudhria and Amarjit Sufi.


Instead of starting a new thread I went back into the archives to resurrect the first thread titled "India"

CCTV 4 in China is all over this but I'm under the impression western news outlets are silent(input required)

In China's news there's a claim that India is more agressive in establishing total control of the Indian ocean. This link sheds a little light on this

Not sure if other babblers are interested in this subject but I'll throw it out there?


The New Great Game Moves From Asia-Pacific To Indo-Pacific  -  by Pepe Escobar

"Is the world's center of gravity shifting to the heart of the Indo-Pacific - a new pivot to Asia?


Thanks for the link NDPP! I personally feel that not only babblers, but many people in the west underrate the importance of India and its relations with China Pakistan and other regional powers. 

I predict in another 5-10 years, Indo Pacific news stories will be much more common and covered in greater detail!

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Arundhati Roy’s Latest Novel Takes on Fascism, Rising Hindu Nationalism in India & Abuses in Kashmir


ARUNDHATI ROY: The Narmada dam, sorry, the dams that are built on this Narmada River. And, to me, that political understanding and education that I received from that movement, I see the bones of—the sacrificial bones of this uniquely Indian fascism really in the foundations of that dam, you know, really the idea that there is a community that is more entitled than another, the idea that you can take the water from a river valley, centralize it in a dam reservoir and then decide who should—who should get that water.

I mean, recently, now that the dam is built, now that everything that the anti-dam movement has said has come true, we had an incredible spectacle of: whatever little water there was in the reservoir, which should have been used for the farmers of Gujarat through the drought months, given what the dam said it was going to do, was released, in a rush, the day—just weeks before the Gujarat election. For what? For the prime minister to land a seaplane as an election spectacle. And today, that water is gone. And what little water there is in the canal is being protected by the police from farmers who need it. You know, this is fascism. It’s not just concentration camps, you know?

AMY GOODMAN: Which most people here really know almost nothing about.

ARUNDHATI ROY: Nothing about. I mean, just imagine the fact that just in the last few, two or three, years, a new technique of firing pellet guns into crowds has blinded completely or partially more than a thousand people. A thousand people, you know? But under the banner of this market-friendly democracy, no one’s going to talk about it. Under the banner of a democracy that buys huge amounts of weapons from France, from America, we are being courted. All those dark secrets are being swept under the carpet, because we are buying weapons from the West. And how will the West survive if we idiots don’t buy weapons?

So, I mean, 20 years of traveling, of seeing, of writing, but all those essays were always very urgent interventions in a situation that was closing down. There was something very urgent about the way they were written. But, simultaneously, there was all this kind of gathering in me—for example, the travels in Kashmir. I could not write about Kashmir. Nobody really can easily write about Kashmir in nonfiction, because what happens there is not just based on what evidence you can produce, you know, the terror that seeds the air, the terror of living in the most dense military occupation in the world, half a million soldiers, the complicated—

ARUNDHATI ROY: Well, look, you know, I have always found it remarkable—I mean, The God of Small Things was a political book. After it won the Booker Prize, people in India especially, but a lot of people, particularly in Kerala, you know, liked to think about it, because they wanted to claim me, but not the politics of the book, so let’s ignore the fact that it’s about the most brutal and ancient social hierarchy that any human society has produced, which is caste. Let’s not talk about that. It can be a book about children, or it can be a book very lyrically written, and so on.


Thanks for providing the link Josh!

This is real scary stuff! There's a hell of a lot of stars/planets lining up so to speak to create a very dangerous uprising in India. I wish these people all the best in improving conditions within their country and lots of peace!


I'm not a big Modi fan

Canada should give honorary citizenship to author Arundhati Roy to highlight growing fascism in India

Indian author and essayist Arundhati Roy has consistently and courageously spoken out about the troubling rise of fascist thinking in India under the rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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A shame, but not surprising.  Fascism is in now, especially when it covers itself in religion.  And where, as in Israel, there is a moribund opposition.