From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception

29 August 2020 — Counter Currents

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Insecticidal Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton is the first and only GM (genetically modified) crop that has been approved in India. It has been cultivated in the country for more than 20 years. In a formal statement to the Supreme Court of India, the Indian government has asserted that hybrid Bt cotton is an outstanding success. It therefore argues that Bt cotton is a template for the introduction of GM food crops.

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US lobbyists set the Indian narrative on China border

8 July 2020 — Indian Punchline

Special Representatives of India and China on border dispute A.K.Doval (L) and Wang Yi (R) reached a ‘positive consensus’ over de-escalation and disengagement in Eastern Ladakh, July 5, 2020

M.K. Bhadrakumar

The civilian-military relationship is a complex matrix. In ‘wartime’, this is more so when civilian leaders who never held a killer’s weapon in their palms are called upon to take decisions on the passage of arms. Of  course, there are strong-willed leaders who force their will. Bismarck was one such leader — Stalin another — who lacked real military service.

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US-China trade deal unravels. What next?

28 June 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

US-China standoff hots up as White House compares Chinese President Xi Jinping with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin

The world community can heave a sigh of relief that there isn’t going to be a new cold war between the United States and China. A Cold War needs two blocs: while Washington is unable to cobble together a bloc, Beijing is disinterested in one, lacking a bloc mentality. But isolating China in the international community is easier said than done, as the US-led globalisation is replaced by a China-led globalisation.

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PEPE ESCOBAR: The India-China, Himalayan Puzzle

25 June 220 — Consortium News

The Indo-China border is a strategic chessboard and it’s gotten way more complex.

Valley near Kangan, Kashmir. (Kashmir Pictures, Flickr)

By Pepe Escobar
Special to Consortium News

It was straight from an Orientalist romantic thriller set in the Himalayas: soldiers fighting each other with stones and iron bars in the dead of night on a mountain ridge over 4,000 meters high, some plunging to their deaths into a nearly frozen river and dying of hypothermia.

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Is Kashmir a US Trap to Confront Russia and China?

20 June 2020 — Global Research

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001 by the Shanghai Five (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) and to which Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan were later added would be the ALBA and Iran countries hard core of resistance to world hegemony of the United States and Great Britain. Consequently, the avowed objective of the United States would be to dynamite this organization, having Balochistan, Kashmir and Xinjiang as scenarios for its destabilizing operations.

1962 India-China war redeux?

18 June 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Indian & Chinese patrols

Indian & Chinese patrols challenge each other, typically, in Ladakh. File photo

The Indian analysts have been comparing the military build-up in the India-China border in eastern Ladakh to the Doklam standoff in 2017. This was only to be expected since the leitmotif was once again a road construction in disputed border regions.

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Coronavirus, the economic crisis and Indian capitalism

25 May 2020 — Michael Roberts Blog

by michael roberts

Below is the transcript of the presentation that I made on 30 April to the Indian Students Forum (TISS) in Mumbai.  It has been published by Students’ Struggle, the monthly bulletin of the Students Federation of India, a student organisation associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist).  It is a little out of date on the COVID-19 cases and deaths but I am republishing the presentation to blog readers as i think it still sums up my position on the nature of coronavirus crisis.  It is very long.  But this is an exception to the rule. It was transcribed for us by Goutham Radhakrishnan, a research scholar at TISS.

Kerala’s Covid story is hard to replicate

19 April 2020 — Indian Punchline

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (C) during a press meet in connection with Covid 19, Thiruvananthapuram, March 23, 2020

The Times of India featured a tantalising commentary last week titled Kerala shows the way: Decades of investment in public health is helping the state control Covid-19. The title is self-explanatory. The commentary showered fulsome praise, rightly so, on Kerala’s success in controlling the coronavirus outbreak.

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India & the Corona Virus: Independent Press Fights Back

12 April 2020 — Dispatches From The Edge

By Conn Hallinan

While the corona virus has focused much of the world on Europe and the United States, India promises to be the greatest victim of the disease. But other than a slick public relations campaign, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to confront the crisis. Indeed, a number of policy moves by Delhi have likely fed the spread of the dangerous virus.

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Dependency, Distress and No Durable Agronomic Benefits: The Story of Bt Cotton in India

13 March 2020 — Colin Todhunter

Colin Todhunter  

In the early 2000s, genetically modified (GM) Bt insecticidal cotton was being heavily promoted in India on the basis that it would cut pesticide use dramatically, boost yields and contribute to the financial well-being of farmers. Private sector Bt cotton hybrids now cover over 90% of the area under cotton.

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Is Delhi’s Anti-Muslim pogrom a plan to forcefully implement All India NRC?

28 February 2020 — Counter Currents

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(The planned attack on Muslims in Delhi 2020, is similar to Anti-Muslim Gujarat riots 2002, then CM and now PM were silent for 3 days)

Muslims for Independence of India: Very much surprising to know that around 5,00,000 Muslims got martyred for the Independence of India since revolt of 1857 followed by The Reshmi Rumaal Tehreeq in 1905, The Mopla movement in 1921, The Non-cooperation Movement in 1920, the Swadeshi Movement in 1905, The Quit India movement in 1942 and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar lost Central Elections in 1946, the Bengal Muslim League vacated one of its seats  and in by poll Dr. Ambedkar won. This gesture paved the way for his entry into the Constituent Assembly and the rest is history of Independence in 1947 and the making of Constitution. After the huge sacrifices India is now home to nearly 200 million Muslims, yet witnessing several communal riots after independence from the British Empire.

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