OPINIONS - 2020
Image

India should take Pak’s ultimatum to Saudis about OIC seriously as Islam 'sacrificed' ~ hundred thousand Muslims for Kashmir. By Hem Raj Jain

Indian establishment has pooh-poohed the ultimatum issued on August 5 by Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi [to Saudi Arabia (SaAr), which leads rather controls the ‘Organization of Islamic Cooperation’, the OIC]  that if SaAr does not immediately summon the meetin

Image

Time to Remember Omar Al-Mukhtar. By Manish Rai

Libya has been embroiled in violence since a 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Col Moammar Gaddafi. Libya, a country of about 6.67 million people, has a largely tribal society and now suffers from civil war. In the current crisis, Libyans are just being used and manipulated

Image

Growing up as a girl in rural India: What does it mean? By Shobha Shukla

Description automatically generatedAdolescence or teenage is that critical phase when one transitions from childhood to adulthood. It is marked by important biological changes and the onset of puberty. This 'growing up' is also about experiencing the joys and challenges of youth. However,

Image

A nuclear-free world is crucial for sustainable development. By Anjali Roy, Ankit Kumar, Anurag Ratan, KS Lakshmi Naraayan, Kaustubh Jain and Sartaj Singh

Description automatically generated"Most people are completely, blissfully ignorant about the situation, and those of us who believe in sustainable development are not able to do anything", this is how Dr SP Udayakumar describes the current situation relating to nuclear power and its us

Image

Right time for USCIRF, Trump-administration, US-NRIs & OIC to get SCI moved for restoration of status-quo-ante of Babri Masjid. By Hem Raj Jain

The national and international media is full of reports that “on August 5, 2020 PM Modi laid a symbolic silver brick in the sanctum sanctorum, or innermost sanctuary, of the demolished Babri Masjid site as scores of devotees and others watched the event on giant screens across the city of A

Image

Pompeo not serious at Senate Committee about China being ‘the central threat of our times”. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to the July, 30 appearance of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before US Senate Foreign Relations Committee (https://www.state.gov/secretary-michael-r-pompeo-before-the-senate-foreign-relations-committee-on-the-fiscal-year-2021-state-department-budget-request/ ) where he termed China as

Image

Gender stereotypes plaguing the pandemic response. By Shobha Shukla

As per a recent news, a senior bureaucrat in Lucknow said, "The increase in female infection (of COVID-19) ratio is a clear indication that women are going out in the market and not following the precautions [for COVID-19 prevention]". This statement is not only devoid of any scientific

Image

Where are the men in family planning? Is it the business of women alone? By Shobha Shukla

In many parts of the world, including India, family planning is largely viewed as a women’s issue and family planning programming is primarily focused on women. In fact, out of the 14 choices listed as methods of contraception, only 2 - condoms and vasectomy - require men's direct parti

Image

For a better world, our lifestyle must be based on as less resources as possible. By Bobby Ramakant

Senior activist Medha Patkar launched a youth led, Towards A Better World campaign, in an online session where several youth leaders of Fridays For Future (a global movement led by Greta Thunberg) and other youth activists took part. We must change our life, lifestyle and sources of livelihood fo

Image

A vaccine for COVID-19: So near and yet so far. By Shobha Shukla

With the numbers of those infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) escalating everyday globally we are indeed wading through turbulent waters with no end at sight. Scientists around the world are literally burning the midnight oil, searching frantically for a treatment to rid the world of this pandemi

Image

Trump should speak & act as Pompeo failed to serve US-interests at USIB. By Hem Raj Jain

USA needs military treaty with India more than vice-versa (ii)- Pompeo’s confusion stems from foreign policy confusion of Trump-administration (iii)- USA also negligent about propagating values of genuine Christianity in rest the world namely of human rights, non-violence and empowerment of

Image

India should enter into military-treaty to get US-boots on ground for retrieving Indian territory from China & Pakistan and for independence of Tibet. By Hem Raj Jain

By shedding its British-India mindset, India should start giving due importance to territorial integrity of the country by militarily retrieving from Pakistan & China the rest of united-J&K (PoK, Gilgit, Baltistan, Aksai Chin, Shaksgam valley, part of Eastern Ladakh) preferably through so

Image

Never say die: Disability is not about inability. By Shobha Shukla

Description automatically generatedThey may be differently abled, but they do not lack in ability. Yes, I am talking about the more than one billion people in the world who live with some form of disability. They could be persons with impaired functions of the senses, mobility, cognition or with

Image

Rajnath should know present India not merely British India but princely States. By Hem Raj Jain

Sub:- (i)- India has only one hope of removing China from Indian territory that is through militarily achieving independence of Tibet (ii)- India should know that militarily & economically much more powerful China can easily ask Pakistan to make united-J&K another Bangladesh, supported by

Image

Libya Conflict: Sirte-Jufra Will be a Flashpoint. By Manish Rai

Turks are increasing their military involvement in Libya with each passing day in support of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez Al Saraj. GNA now backed by the Turkish air force and thousands of Syrian mercenaries. Is eager to challenge General Khalifa Haftar in ce

Image

President should ensure publication of June-July Indo-China agreements and ask SCI to look into reciprocal treason charges by former Army Chief & Colonel. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to an interview of former Army Colonel Ajay Shukla by Journalist Karan Thapar (son of former Army Chief Late General PN Thapar) as given at



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJuUj54ILos&list=PLzia1qLN9v2Abtxt-_mFc9_38ia0mdkfM&index=2 in which Shukla claimed that despit

Image

Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era. By Shobha Shukla

Description automatically generatedI am tempted to share this very recent photograph of a newly done up mural in a very prominent area of my city barely a stone-throw distance from the state parliament. It is a clear depiction of what our patriarchal society wants its women to be-meek submissive,

Image

To pre-empt nuclear flare-up, India should address Ukraine-syndrome, one-China, UN corona-investigation, Chinese veto, Kashmir, communalism, military-expenses. By Hem Raj Jain

Contrary to the believe that peace is coming to Indo-China-Pak region due to the July 5 agreement between NSA of India and Foreign Minister of China (according to which the military of India and China have started ‘retreating’) the chances of war between nuclear India and China has in

Image

Black Equality Matters Because All Equality Matters. By Jeffrey Imm: Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)

Black Equality Matters, because without equality for all people in a society, we have abandoned the universal human rights, which are the foundation for shared law and democracy.  Such global commitment to equality is a bedrock of the December 10, 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (

Image

Protecting the health & well-being of the young. By Shobha Shukla

Approximately 1 billion young people in Asia and the Pacific region are between 10-24 years old, constituting 27% of the total population in the region. Every one of these youngsters will one day have to make life-changing decisions that will affect their sexual and reproductive health. But resea

Image

To share with friends: From the desk of Stephen Gill

STEPHEN GILL AS THE GUEST OF HONOR at International Webinar On Literature and Life in the Era of COVID-19 (27th & 28th June, 2020), Organized by the Department of English and Foreign Languages Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, India. Chairman:  The Vice-Chancellor Prof Prakash Ma

Image

How will India deliver COVID-19 vaccine for "public health use" by 15 August 2020? By Shobha Shukla

 The news gives us tremendous hope that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is aiming to introduce India's first indigenous vaccine against COVID-19 for "public health use" by 15 August 2020 (India's Independence Day). This could be a scientific breakthrough in th

Image

The Land Mark Decision of the Announcement of the 2% Education Quota for the Religious Minorities by The Government of Punjab. By Kashif Nawab

As minorities living in Pakistan, we appreciate the Punjab cabinet that approved 2% higher education quota for religious minorities in the Government higher education institutes of the province, a move lauded by many.  Among religious minorities, Christians are the largest minority of the Pu

Image

Plain packaging will accelerate progress towards ending the tobacco epidemic. By Bobby Ramakant

Despite the indisputable scientific evidence that tobacco kills, the tobacco industry has been conniving to use every trick possible to protect and increase its profits. Over 8 million people die of tobacco use worldwide every year. More worrying is the emerging scientific evidence that diseases

Image

Ambassador Taranjit should know USA landed India in confrontation with China and then backed-off. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to the June 29 conversation by Hudson Institute with India’s Ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu (https://www.hudson.org/events/1832-video-event-ambassador-taranjit-singh-sandhu-on-the-u-s-india-partnership62020 ) which has made crystal clear why India is facing problem

Image

Reservation on reserved seats in Pakistan parliament. By Kashif Nawab

Since the inception of the country, there has been a confusion regarding the electoral system of Pakistan. We are undecided whether there should be separate elections or combined. These both options have been seen with reservation by different quarters.



An option adopted was that select

Image

Public services are essential to COVID-19 response and for fairer and equitable world. By Shobha Shukla

The United Nations marked this year's Public Service Day online celebrations by honouring the women and men who are risking their lives and health to deliver essential public services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. UN bestowed the UN Public Service Award to seven public institutions from

Image

30 % global population the Christians & Jews posing almost elimination threat before remaining ~ 70 % of Muslims, Chinese and Hindus if present nuclear crisis not handled properly. By Hem Raj Jain

It will be Hinduism, Christianity & Judaism (with lives & blood to be given mainly by Hindus for this alliance) v/s Islam & Chinesism 



Three nuclear countries namely India, China and Pakistan have territorial claims over united J&K and three factors have made presen

Image

Hezbollah is a Liability for Lebanon. By Manish Rai

Recent protests in Beirut over government corruption and mismanagement of the economy quickly escalated into rioting and violence that included clashes between Shi’ite Hezbollah supporters and demonstrators. Protesters poured into the streets of the Lebanese capital to decry the collapse of

Image

Why are strong public services essential for social, economic and health security for all? By Shobha Shukla

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated, more than ever, the overwhelming importance of public services and the devastating consequences of under-funding and privatising them. That is why the writing on the wall on this year's United Nations Public Services Day is clear: commit to COVID-19 reco

Image

USA should know, India irresponsibly stoking war between three nuclear countries instead of solving opaque-China, Kashmir & communalism. By Hem Raj Jain

Going by the media coverage all over the world the entire mankind is rightly concerned about the developments in Indo-China-Pakistan region especially after June 15 (when out of team of about 100,  20 Indian soldiers, their officers and Commander were killed and rest were injured moreover as

Image

Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry. By Abhay Singh, Divyansh Prakash, Isha Garg, Jeevan Joseph, Ram Karthikeyan, Stuti Khandelwal

The first traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) were discovered in November, 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since then, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has transformed from a local disease into a global pandemic. While countries across the world, rich and po

Image

Another victim of US friendship, India faces imminent threat of converting united- J&K into another Bangladesh by China & Pakistan. By Hem Raj Jain

In the line of US allies / strategic partners / friends is now the turn of India (after Ukraine / Crimea, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Kurds etc) to face territorial dismemberment or destruction / suffering or political chaos or betrayal etc because India tilted excessively towards the USA (

Image

Instead of repeating Sri Lanka in PoK by promising Bangladesh, as per IoA India should ensure plebiscite in united J&K. By Hem Raj Jain

On the face of it the June 14 statement of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh (https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pok-will-wish-to-be-part-of-india-will-lead-to-fulfilment-of-parliaments-resolution-rajnath-singh/articleshow/76369108.cms) would seem to be innocent, innocuous and born ou

Image

New essential norms must include reproductive health services. By Anjali Roy, Ankit Kumar, Anurag Ratan, KS Lakshmi Naraayan, Kaustubh Jain, Sartaj Singh

The bottom line of today's world, which applies to every person on this planet - irrespective of their social, economical or geographical positions - can be simply jotted down in a few words: "COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed our lives" as said by Dr Jameel Zamir, Directo

Image

Tobacco-caused diseases are a bane to the pandemic. By Darpan Choudhary, Harshal Patidar, Manas Naidu, Niveditha Arjun, Shruti Iyer and Shyam Sunder Shrivastava

"A cigarette is a pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other" had said George Bernard Shaw.



Grappling with a pandemic that has impacted humanity is no mean task. Scientists, doctors, governments, civilians – the entire world – hav

Image

The way forward after COVID-19: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? By Shreya Rawal and Durgesh Nandan Yadav

The pandemic, COVID-19 does not discriminate between people based on their class, gender, or ethnicity. However, it has inevitably exposed the socio-economic disparities existing in our society. It demonstrates the power of privilege to different sections of society. The most vulnerable will bear

Image

Lobsang / Tibetans should prefer Perry’s bill for independent Tibet than infructuous H.R.4331. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to the interview of Tibetan Administration President Lobsang Sangay of  Government-in-Exile (GiE) to ‘The Print’ media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zE4BOaz3fI which should be a matter of great disappointment & concern for the USA (which is trying for the indep

Image

Modi now needs Trump more for resolving Galwan crisis (another Kargil) with China than Trump needs Modi in Pacific. By Hem Raj Jain

The June 6 talks between Army Generals of India and China has failed to bring any result as far as India is concerned which wanted Chinese army to go back at the position of April 2020 as reported at -



https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/lac-talks-with-china-end-indian-military-comman

Image

Are the young people left behind in times of COVID-19 pandemic? By Shobha Shukla

 Over 60% of the world's youth live in Asia Pacific region, accounting for about 19% of the region's total population. This translates into more than 750 million young women and men aged 15 to 24 years. As it is, many of them - especially adolescent girls and young women, young migra

Image

Perry & USHRCFA, should ask Tibeten GiE to clarify its borders with India, before asking Congress & President for independence of Tibet. By Hem Raj Jain

U.S. Congressman Scott Perry , on May 19 has introduced a  legislation (H.R. 6948) to the ‘US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs’ (USHRCFA) , A bill to authorize the President to recognize the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China as a

Image

Connecting the dots: Technology, healthcare, and pandemics like COVID-19. By Anjali Sunil, B Sai Sushma, Parv Julania, Pranav Raghuraman, Priya Sahu, K Shree Shantha

Technology is often seen as a bane that impedes human ability rather than benefit it. We have seen the cost of our advancement in the increasing rates of deforestation, the rise of global warming and the absolute carelessness with which we treat nature. The increase in awareness has led to people

Image

No excuse for inaction: #EndTobacco to prevent epidemics of diseases and deaths. By Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant

Tobacco kills over 80 million people worldwide every year. Tobacco remains a deadly, and yet entirely preventable, risk factor for a host of diseases-from the world's biggest infectious disease killer tuberculosis to major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that account for over 70% deaths glob

Image

Trump’s offer to mediate Indo-China dispute double game & meaningless unless Corona matters settled. By Hem Raj Jain

Prez Trump should know that the present border of India with China has become irrelevant after Coronavirus - pandemic, due to Tibet factor.



This refers to offer of President Trump to mediate between Indo - China border dispute as reported also at  https://www.hindustantimes.com/ind

Image

The challenge of forming a minority rights commission in Pakistan. By Nasir Saeed

The matter of the establishment of The National Commission for Minority Rights in Pakistan is once again in the news. The commission was formed on May 5, 2020, but has faced a lot of opposition since then.



At first, it was opposed in the cabinet committee for the inclusion of members fr

Image

Rise in gender-based violence during COVID-19 warrants a gendered response. By Shobha Shukla

Preventing sexual and other forms of gender-based violence (SGBV) before it happens and meeting the needs of all survivors should always be a priority - but it becomes even more of a compelling priority during pandemics and other emergencies. Such crisis situations might exacerbate already existi

Image

China underestimating pressure on Trump, of Western - Christian values & presidential election, for enforcing democracy in China. By Hem Raj Jain

Never in the history of mankind has a political power generated such formidable military power and economic power as has been the predominant & invincible political ideology of ‘democracy with universal adult franchise’.  The Republic- democracy is not a gift of Christianity

Image

Governments' accountability for responding to COVID-19, NCDs and tobacco epidemics. By Shobha Shukla

Politics, in many ways, is the ultimate determinant of health, had said Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, a couple of years back. In lead up to the 2020 World No Tobacco Day, and before the first virtual World Health Assembly began, a high level virtual meet with several governmen

Image

Hem Raj Jain writes An Open petition to Supreme Court for protecting most of Indians from Corona lock-down

To



Chief Justice



Supreme Court of India



New Delhi



Subject: - Online writ petition against Governments of Union of India and of all the States / Union Territories



 Hon’ble Sir



I am an Indian citizen and in the interest of prote

Image

Despite May 19 letter to W.H.O. Trump still shielding China about ‘Wuhan-lab-virus’. By Hem Raj Jain

President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo have said from many platforms / forums that Corona is a laboratory made virus in Wuhan and China did not do legally expected (as per international laws and norms) to stop Coronavirus - pandemic spreading from Wuhan to the entire world. But Trump has o

Image

Houthis Should Come Out of Tehran’s Patronage. By Manish Rai

Houthis officially “Ansar Allah” dismissed the Saudi led coalition’s truce announcement last month. And accused the coalition of misleading the international community by escalating fighting and mobilizing forces at the same time. But indeed, it was Houthis themselves who mounte

Image

Stronger universal public health services, not privatization, will deliver #HealthForAll. By Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant

When the world has come to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is majorly the public health services that are on the frontline of the efforts to contain it (with most of the private health industry 'safe distancing' by being shut or busy profit-minti

Image

Gandhi's talisman is best guiding light to reform public health. By Dr Sandeep Pandey, Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant

Mahatma Gandhi's talisman is perhaps the best guiding light to reform the public health system in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic: "I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test- "Recal

Image

Corona lock-downs in USA & India prove Christianity & Hinduism to be irresponsible & cruel religions. By Hem Raj Jain

In two major democracies (the most powerful the USA and the largest India) tens of millions of people are dependent on day to today earnings. But the ease with which the governments of both the countries have inflicted lock-downs in their countries without giving any thought (much less the prepar

Image

Poets can handle Covid-19 lockdown. By Dr. Stephen Gill

The more I think of the Covid-19 virus the more I become convinced that this infectious agent was created by maniac messiahs to strengthen their lust to control the bodies of the world governments.  Unexpectedly, the maniac messiahs also came under the control of this infectious agent. The a

Image

Without demanding emergency UNGA for launching UN investigation into ‘Chinese-lab-virus’ Trump’s accusations, unconvincing. By Hem Raj Jain

President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo have said from many platforms / forums that Coronavirus is a laboratory made in Wuhan and China did not do legally expected (as per international laws and norms) to stop Coronavirus - pandemic spreading from Wuhan to the entire world. But so far the T

Image

Italy: Is Corona virus paving the way for dictatorial powers? By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah

For years I have focused on the cruel and needless suffering of the Christian Copts of Egypt. Religiously inspired laws and the dictates of a regime governing the Islamic state has always been the enemy of the Egyptian Copts. Long ago a barbaric Islamic army invaded and occupied the Pharaoh&rsquo

Image

Nurses unite to demand universal public health. By Shobha Shukla

To mark International Nurses' Day on May 12, millions of nurses around the world are calling on governments to commit to universal public health. "As we rebuild from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, we must transform the way societies are organised. We must organise our societi

Image

Supreme Court should take cognizance of criminally enforced lock-down. By Hem Raj Jain

The Supreme Court of India (SCI) should take cognizance (suo-motto or through writ  petition in SCI by some people / organization) of the lock-down matter: -



 (1)- For prosecuting functionaries of governments of India and of Maharashtra & other States under section 304-A I

Image

Justice Shah criticizes Supreme Court for wrong reasons rather should get filed proper writ petitions. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to the criticism of Supreme Court of India (SCI) by Retired Justice A. P. Shah which is published in an article https://thewire.in/law/lockdown-democracy-rights-india-supreme-court . The immediate cause of his criticism is lockdown (due to Coronavirus pandemic) but Shah has dealt with

Image

Invisible Visible in Stephen Gill’s The Singer of Life. By Binod Mishra

Abstract: Stephen Gill, a novelist and poet, blends his sweeps of imagination with longings to attain spiritual bliss through his purity of passion pricking his earthly stay with heavy dosage of realism in his latest collection of poems entitled The Singer of Life. Acclaimed widely as a poet of p

Image

Intergenerational model gives hope even during pandemics. By Anjali Sunil, B Sai Sushma, Parv Julania, Pranav Raghuraman, Priya Sahu, K Shree Shantha

“The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world”, said United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres last week on the launch of the policy brief on older persons and coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “The fatality rate for older pe

Image

USA should work for planting Christian value of liberal secular democracy in China by amending TAIPEI Act. By Hem Raj Jain

Ref:- (i)- USA can deal with Corona-pandemic comprehensively only when committed to the Christian value of liberal secular democracy (ii)- Merely toothless tweeting by USA not enough (iii)- Even dissolution / reorganization of UN should not be feared by USA (iv)- USA should stop considering life,

Image

Women bear the brunt of humanitarian disasters, including COVID-19. By Shobha Shukla

The United Nations (UN) data estimates that 168 million people worldwide will need assistance in 2020 to deal with humanitarian crises, including natural disasters, extreme climate events, conflicts and infectious disease outbreaks. 25% of these will be women and girls of reproductive age. And th

Image

Yemen Torn Apart from Another Strife. By Manish Rai

Yemen’s leading Southern separatist group Southern Transition Council (STC) has declared self-rule and state of emergency in the areas under their control, including the port city of Aden. This bold move of the STC has been strongly condemned by Saudi Arabia led military coalition and Unite

Image

NATO leader USA should demand UN-inquiry about huge Corona-deaths only in NATO region. Hem Raj Jain

As per global Corona-death data given at https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/  as on April, 26 over 500 deaths per million people (DPMP) have happened in Belgium, Spain, Andorra, San Marino - over 400 DPMP in Italy - over 300 DPMP in France, UK, Sint Marten - over 200 DPMP in Netherlan

Image

Homage to Maharaja Hari Singh who acceded J&K to UOI in 1947. By Bhim Singh

The J&K National Panthers Party held a ‘Online Video Conference’ to pay homage to Maharaja Hari Singh, Jammu & Kashmir who acceded Jammu & Kashmir with Union of India on 26th October, 1947 by signing the Instrument of Accession. Maharaja Hari Singh was removed, though unco

Image

Macron can realize unthinkable if believes in participatory-UN, political-EU, Capitalism and welfare-State. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to interview of French President Emmanuel Macron to ‘Financial’ Times (https://www.ft.com/content/3ea8d790-7fd1-11ea-8fdb-7ec06edeef84 ) where in view of on-going Coronavirus pandemic, he offers himself philosophically to achieve what seems unthinkable for the welfare of t

Image

COVID-19 makes the bag of woes heavier for marginalized populations. By Shobha Shukla

Agenda 2030 is a commitment by all countries to achieve sustainable development by 2030 for all, ensuring that no one is left behind, including marginalised communities like LGBT and sex workers. However, the stark reality is that, even in normal times, these vulnerable communities in Asia and th

Image

Will Indonesia mitigate COVID-19 by enforcing stronger tobacco control and ratifying global tobacco treaty? By Bobby Ramakant

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has been sent an appeal to urgently strengthen the response to corona virus disease (COVID-19) in the country, by stronger enforcement of comprehensive and evidence-based tobacco control measures, which includes immediate ratification of the global tobacco tre

Image

Trump owes it to USA, to ask UN to confirm Chinese claim that WHO said ‘Coronavirus is not Lab-made’. By Hem Raj Jain

Obviously in reply to the  accusation of Prez Trump and of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (that Coronavirus might have originated from a laboratory in Wuhan in China moreover China is not coming clean on the data of sick and dead in China due to Coronavirus) the Chinese foreign ministry on A

Image

Khalifa Haftar Getting Stronger. By Manish Rai

General Khalifa Haftar led Libyan National Army (LNA) offensive on Tripoli has now completed its first anniversary since it was launch. Current offensive has widened the proxy war, bringing more countries and foreign fighters into the Libyan battlefield making it more complicated. Yet neither sid

Image

Trump not realizing, Chinese Corona data will push largest democracy, poor India towards economically promising Communism. By Hem Raj Jain

Prez Trump is seemingly aware of the importance of the economy even during such national emergency (or war-like situation) as the Corona pandemic hence keeps on talking against all-out national lock-down or prolonged lock-downs in various States. But Prez Trump is dangerously unaware of the polit

Image

Not merely WHO, due to Corona Trump should reshape global order through alternative to UN. By Hem Raj Jain

During the last about a century the USA has been in the forefront for launching & managing global-order / trends based on economics (regarding exclusive private-Capitalism, joint-Capitalism, exclusive State-Capitalism as was in USSR, welfare-State etc) based on politics (regarding secularism

Image

Reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19. By Shobha Shukla

The recently released Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 shows that Asia and the Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 169 targets of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), including those around ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Image

Corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a grim reminder of what ails one, ails us all. By Bobby Ramakant

Over a million positive cases of corona virus disease (COVID-19) have been reported worldwide (1,018,150 cases as on 3rd April 2020) with 53,251 untimely deaths. Corona virus disease (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. The United Nations health agency (World Health

Image

The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement: A thorn in the Pakistani Military’s side: EFSAS Report

2019 was nothing if not a year of protests. From Chile to Hong Kong, passing through France, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and India, the world was engulfed in a wave of demonstrations, some more peaceful than others, where citizens rallied and shouted their grievances against their respective gover

Image

Would Christianity ask Trump, why 1 to 2 hundred thousand deaths in USA when not so much even Corona-cases in China? By Hem Raj Jain

Religion is supposed to be custodian of the values of the society. Hence it is expected that Christianity (which is the religion of the overwhelming majority in the USA) will come forward (especially when all other elements of the establishment have failed the USA) to uphold the values and vital

Image

Supreme Court should be moved against Governments for criminal negligence about Coronavirus caused all-India lock-down. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to video  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL8OWY6KVIk ) by Faizan Mustafa the former Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India  on legal issues involved about problem of huge crowded exodus and resultant sufferings of migrant workers & others due to

Image

At least after Kabul, the Sikhs should revive their spirit for controlling politics of Indian subcontinent. By Hem Raj Jain

This refers to unfortunate incidence of terrorist attack by Jihadi militants on a Gurudwara at Kabul, Afghanistan in which 27 civilians were killed and eight others were wounded on Wednesday as reported at https://www.afghanistannews.net/news/264423208/27-killed-8-injured-in-kabul-gurudwara-attac

Image

US Govt & Congress should spend $ 2 Trillion Corona-fund responsibly on permanent infrastructure for 15 million households. By Hem Raj Jain

It is now certain that the USA is going to spend over $ 2 Trillion on Coronavirus related matters as is evident from the report https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/23/coronavirus-updates-pelosi-to-release-stimulus-bill-as-senate-plan-stalls.html . Unlike many other democracies the constitutional arrange

Image

Balochistan: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame. By Manish Rai

Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area though it has a population of just around 12 million. If we put this in numbers Balochistan is approximately 44% of the country's total land mass and home to less than 5% of the country's population. It’s very thinly

Image

Corona bound to take USA / World on path of ‘New Horizon’ with joint-capitalism. Hem Raj Jain

The world was already moving towards ‘New horizon for mankind’ where due to unprecedented advance of modern science & technology for the last ~ 500 years (especially of recent IT revolution) the mankind would make space and planets the part of its life and Artificial-intelligence,

Image

Is HIV epidemic outpacing the AIDS response in Asia Pacific? By Bobby Ramakant

With nine months left to meet the HIV-related 2020 targets, we are not on track to end AIDS by 2030. In Asia Pacific region, despite unprecedented progress initially in scaling up HIV programmes for prevention, treatment, care and support (in different countries and key populations), we are still

Image

The frightening truth of religious intolerance against minorities in Pakistan. By Nasir Saeed

Religious intolerance and hatred against religious minorities in Pakistan have been rife for several decades, and yet, it is hardly ever recognised and addressed by the government. This obliviousness and negligent lack of action has caused severe damage to the fabric of Pakistani society and thre

Image

India Should Not Panic about Afghanistan. By Manish Rai

United States and Taliban have entered into an agreement in Qatari capital Doha which will pave way for US forces to leave war torn Afghanistan. Under the Doha agreement, the US has committed to reduce its force level to 8,600 from 13,000 soldiers in the next three to four months, with the remain

Image

Present problems of CAA-Kashmir-Afghan of 1.8 billion people of Old-India from Myanmar to Afghanistan, can be solved only through FSD-South Asia. By Hem Raj Jain

Historically from Myanmar to Afghanistan India has remained one country / political unity. During Mahabharat (epic) times mother of Kauravas (Gandhari) was from present day Kandhar and Babur & other Mughal rulers were ruling in Kabul of Afghanistan and Myanmar was part of British India. Prese

Image

President Trump’s visit to India: Prime Minister Modi’s government has been the real gainer. EFSAS Commentary

Those questioning the takeaways from United States (US) President Donald Trump’s visit to India may be guilty of missing the woods for the trees. The inability of the two countries to hammer out even a limited trade deal before Trump’s visit began, as also the absence of any other bil

Image

Iran should offer (even) military help as 32 killed by Sunni ISIS in violence against Shias in Afghanistan. By Hem Raj Jain

Normally government of properly functioning country takes care of any terrorist organization like ISIS (propagating fanaticism for the religion of  majority community, the Sunni Muslims in case of Afghanistan) but in the first place there is no government worth the name in Afghanistan and wh

Image

Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services is a human rights imperative. By Shobha Shukla

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the global population and many low-income countries. While the region is witnessing rapid economic growth, gender inequalities persist and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are far from being available to all. In the lead up to this

Image

Moscow Calls Shots in Syria Not Ankara. By Manish Rai

Syria and Turkey are locked in one of the worst military engagement in Syria’s North-West province of Idlib since last month. Land and air forces of both the countries have confronted each other. But Damascus is not all alone its biggest ally Russia is supporting it heavily for this campaig

Image

Finally, UN becoming relevant to people by filing petition in SCI against GoI but needs such on Kashmir too. By Hem Raj Jain

Prez Trump should develop friendship with Government but not at the cost of Indians. The intervention application (as reported at https://thewire.in/diplomacy/un-human-rights-chief-intervention-application-supreme-court-caa ) filed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)

Image

"No stepping out" is the life-influencing message of breast cancer thriver International Women's Day special. By Dr Rita Banik - CNS

I was born and brought in a happy family in New Delhi. I had a twin sister and a younger brother.  Both my parents were working. I graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1977 and went to Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow (erstwhile USSR) for an integrated course in Ge

Image

Without procedural the substantive law meaningless hence USA should introduce its institutions in Afghanistan for success of US-Taliban agreement. By Hem Raj Jain

Anybody who knows anything about law knows that what is desired is mentioned in substantive laws, but it can be achieved only through proper procedural laws. Similarly, the objectives in Afghanistan can be achieved by the USA only when the elaborate & appropriate State- apparatus and Constitu

Image

USCIRF’s censure merely lip service to beleaguered Muslims unless gets moved SCI regarding Delhi riots, in presence of Trump. By Hem Raj Jain

About Delhi riots in which reportedly ~ 38 have been killed and over 300 injured ‘The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’  (USCIRF) has issued a press release  that – “As President Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to India winds down,

Image

Mediatory initiative in Kashmir by the United Nations is indubitable. By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

The people of Jammu & Kashmir are grateful to Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations for having spared time in Islamabad, in the midst of myriad pressures, to discuss the very grave situation in Kashmir – a situation of a threat to the peace and stability of t

Image

Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs. ByShobha Shukla

The Nairobi Statement endorsed to mark 25 years of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) gives renewed hope and stronger thrust to gender equity and human rights. Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal heal

Image

Trump & Taliban trying to go against time through self-defeating US-Afghanistan deal. By Hem Raj Jain

As per media reports and article by Sirajuddin Haqqani:



 (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/opinion/taliban-afghanistan-war-haqqani.html ) Taliban and the USA are going to sign a deal on February 29 for solving Afghanistan problem. But this deal is against time hence neither it is

Image

Alvi through press release should defend Presidential reference to SJC despite cowardice of Imran & Mansoor. By Hem Raj Jain

First and foremost, it should be understood that in modern progressive world the democracies are governed by rule-of-law and judiciary is the organ of State through which people ensure it. If judiciary (especially its supreme Court) becomes above law and starts ganging-up to protect the suspiciou

Image

Turks and Syrians Heading Towards a Major Conflict. By Manish Rai

Turkey and Syria are now directly involved in the military confrontation and this time not through proxies but through their regular troops since the start of this month. This all started when on February 3 Syrian artillery killed eight Turkish military and civilian support personnel, which resul

Image

HRCP rally for rights of peasants: demand to abolish feudalism. BY ABBAS KASSAR

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan took out a big rally of peasants which marched from Old Campus to press club. It was participated by hundreds of peasant’s women and men. Rally converged at press club where leaders of PHRC, members of civil society and peasants’ leaders addressed t

Image

Erdogan being grossly underestimated for ushering Muslim world into Caliphate. By Hem Raj Jain

The February, 14 address of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to joint session of Pakistan Parliament though has attracted media attention (specially in India) due to his comparison where he said that “There is no difference between Gallipoli and Kashmir” (as mentioned at https://www.t

Image

USA unnecessarily sacrificing troops in Afghanistan when can easily be pulled-out with help / assistance of India through mini-SAARC. By Hem Raj Jain

One can understand that the earlier US Administrations did not make proper & adequate efforts to pull out US-troops from Afghanistan but when Prez Trump also (who came in White House on explicit promise that he will do so) is clearly not serious about it, then it raises serious questions. Lik

Image

Iltija & Ors can solve Kashmir problem by mobilizing AJK & USA also and by invoking military power through UN & judiciaries. By Hem Raj Jain

Iltija Mufti daughter of former Chief Minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti appeared on a NDTV program (https://www.ndtv.com/video/news/the-big-fight/omar-abdullah-mehbooba-mufti-slapped-with-psa-violation-of-democracy-or-essential-for-normalcy-540116?livevideo-top-shows ) where she tried to give an

Image

Accelerating progress on sexual & reproductive health & rights is key driver towards SDGs. By Shobha Shukla - CNS

Improvements in the health sector, as well as in other sectors such as infrastructure development, economic growth and poverty reduction, play a major role in improving not only health and life expectancy of the people, but also have a direct impact on their sexual and reproductive health.

Image

Pakistan should be persuaded for linguistic dual citizenship with India and refraining from religious dual citizenship with Turkey. By Hem Raj Jain

The visit of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to Pakistan in mid-February is mainly aimed at forming not merely a military alliance of Turkey and Pakistan but for making Turkey and Pakistan de-facto one nation by granting mutual dual citizenship to the people of Pakistan and Turkey as is bei

Image

Manzoor Pashteen’s arrest: the Pakistani military establishment’s vile attempt at regaining lost face may backfire. EFSAS Commentary

The arrest of Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, an immensely popular civil rights campaigner and the leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), in Peshawar in the wee hours of 27 January has engendered shock and dismay across Pakistan, as also internationally. The Pakistani military establishment, in o

Image

Open writ petition to SCI for stopping huge legal loot, constitutional fraud and mockery of criminal jurisprudence

The following writ petition has been emailed by me to Supreme Court of India (SCI)



 Hon’ble Chief Justice



Supreme Court of India



New Delhi, India.



supremecourt@nic.in



Subject: Online public interest writ petition to stop huge legal loot

Image

Balochs should work for independent ‘Balochistan and united-J&K’ through plebiscite for realizing mini-SAARC. By Hem Raj Jain

Agitation of the Balochs for independence is reaching nowhere. By this time also the delusion of  the people of Balochistan must have evaporated which got generated due to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day Speech on 15 August 2016 where Modi raised the issue

Image

Hezbollah Now Most Prominent Threat to US. By Manish Rai

After the killing of Major General Qassem Suleimani the loudest voice (After Ayatollah Khamenei) threating United States came from Hezbollah. Secretary General of Hezbollah Sheik Hassan Nasrallah in his public speech said the US military in the Middle East would pay the price for the killing of I

Image

Timely justice. By Nasir Saeed

As the saying goes, justice delayed is justice denied, and this is an issue that can be plainly seen in its worst manifestation in Pakistan, every single day.



In Pakistan people have to wait years and years in order to have their cases heard. In most blasphemy cases the accused wait for

Image

Raut right. Savarkar should get ‘Bharat Ratna’ for one nation theory & militarily powerful united-India. By Hem Raj Jain

Not CAA / NRC & troubled Kashmir. Rather India should work for Savarkar’s ideas of one nation and militarily powerful united-India. Shive Sena Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut has again demanded ‘Bharat Ratna’ award for Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (popularly called Veer Savarka

Image

India and Israel Partnership is Comprehensive and Strategic in Nature: Israel Envoy to India

Dr Ron Malka is the Ambassador of Israel to India. In an exclusive interview to Manish Rai, Editor of Viewsaround and a geo-political analyst he spoke about various dynamics related to Indo-Israel relations. Following is the detailed interview of Dr Malka conducted via exchange of emails with Emb

Image

Imran should move ICJ (may be Trump) if really serious about plebiscite in united-J&K. By Hem Raj Jain

In an interview with DW Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl (https://www.dw.com/en/exclusive-pakistani-pm-imran-khan-says-escalation-of-iran-conflict-would-be-disastrous/a-52021938 ), Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told that “[Let the people of Kashmir decide what they want. Pakistan is ready fo

Image

World community & media worried about Indian deradicalization camps should also demand probe into deep-States of India & Pakistan nexus. By Hem Raj Jain

The world-community (including its human rights organizations / activists) and media have shown concern and have protested against deradicalization camps in India which are in existence as per Statement of Chief of Defense Staff of India General Bipin Rawat as reported also in prominent media of

Image

Now Musharraf should come to Pakistan to launch a party for realizing extended-Commonwealth. By Hem Raj Jain

The case against former President & Army Chief Gen. Musharraf was unconstitutional / illegal in the first place as was mentioned at http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/opinion-details/3512 .  But now Lahore High Court has also said so as reported at https://www.geo.tv/latest/267155-mush

Image

Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatise public health. By Dr Sandeep Pandey, Surabhi Agarwal and Bobby Ramakant

In late November 2019 Khwahish Warsi, a daily wage earner who makes his living by making and selling 'dholaks', the Indian percussion instrument, who did not have one pelvic joint, met with a major accident and suffered major fracture in both his legs. He was taken to the trauma centre of

Image

Blasphemy laws need reforming not toughening. By Nasir Saeed

While observers from around the world are horrified to see how lives like that of Asia Bibi’s can be torn apart by our current blasphemy laws, many inside the country see things rather differently. They consider the already stringent laws too lenient.



Recently the Punjab Assembly

Image

Harry & Meghan should work for establishing ‘Extended Commonwealth’ and making UK a Republic. By Hem Raj Jain

As reported in media (also at https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a30456687/prince-harry-hinted-at-leaving-royal-family/ ) Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have announced that they will relinquish royal duties in exchange for a more appealing common life. Harry & Meghan deserve cong

Image

'BOOMERANG' hits Pakistan’s political, media discourse. By Manzoor Ahmed

Pakistan is currently facing what can best be called the 'boomerang' syndrome of people in public and political life turning to violence -- and then making confessions and justifications.



Fisticuffs and verbal violence are normal in legislature across the world.  But in Pak

Image

Kashmir needs revival of Sufism. By Farooq Ganderbali

Not very long-ago, Kashmir once was the seat of Sufism and Sufis always joined lacerated hearts and bleeding souls in all cross-sections of society through their truthful discourses and practices of what they had preached.



However, seeing Kashmir bleeding today, my heart cries! What is

Image

USA in utter confusion about Iran-crisis. By Hem Raj Jain

The USA is in utter confusion as is evident from the January 8, 2020 address of Prez Trump (after Iran’s missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq). Prez Trump is horribly wrong when he thinks that the problems in NAME region (which has brought the world on the brink of mini-World War) c

Image

USA should (along with for Iran) use mainly India for elections in secular Syria by mobilizing UN. By Hem Raj Jain

God only knows whether it is correct or not (as most of the commentators say in media) that the USA has made India its strategic partner merely for containing China. But if the USA (the leader of free world) is serious about using India for the establishment and running the peaceful and just huma

Image

CPEC remains under constant security threat. By Farooq Ganderbali

The implementation of US$62 Billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) must have made Beijing happy outwardly. In real terms, China is burdened with concerns over safety of the projects and Chinese nationals working in Pakistan resulting from potential threats from Pakistani militant groups.

Image

Chinese strategy in Xinjiang. By Manzoor Ahmed

China Communist Party (CCP) Committee in Xinjiang issued (Nov. 2017) secret directive giving detailed orders for managing the indoctrination camps. The directives covered pervasive, round the clock video surveillance to prevent escapes, isolation from outside world, strict scoring system to decid

Image

Stephen Gill Presents Prophetic Words for India 2020. By Dr. Stephen Gill

Before referring to my prophetic words for India in 2020, I wish everyone every imaginable happiness in every year to come, and supplicate the Almighty to cleanse the air for the dove to breathe life into every home as well as in the universe.



I have used some disturbing prophetic words

Image

If Trump doesn’t act fast Ayatollah will plunge the region in bloodbath before ‘sacrificing’ the Ruling-Imamate in Iran. By Hem Raj Jain

The world community is living in its make belief world and is almost satisfied that sort of mini-World War will not happen in the wake of the killing of General Soleimani and others (of Iran & Iraq) at Baghdad airport on the soil of Iraq on Friday. But the USA should not take this matter ligh

Image

Ibadis are Ray of Hope for the Region. By Manish Rai

It’s widely believed that there are two main branches of Islam i.e. Sunni and Shia, which differ in their understanding of early Islamic history and hence they have different ideas about how Islam’s leadership should have been organised in subsequent eras. But there is a third, lesser

Image

Future of minorities in Indo-Pak. By Nasir Saeed

Protests against the amended Citizenship Act introduced by Narendra Modi’s government continue to grow and intensify in India. Although this bill is against Muslims, there is hope as Muslims are not alone. People from all faiths, even Hindus, and all factions of society, including media, ac

Image

'New horizon for mankind' expects debate on global issues during 2020 US-President election campaign. By Hem Raj Jain

The present age of modern science & technology is globally shaping the lives of the people at grinding speed. Only few could have imagined after World War II that the economic, political, social and religious fields / institutions across the world would go such profound and fundamental change

"Trial of Pakistani Christian Nation" By Nazir S Bhatti

On demand of our readers, I have decided to release E-Book version of "Trial of Pakistani Christian Nation" on website of PCP which can also be viewed on website of Pakistan Christian Congress www.pakistanchristiancongress.org . You can read chapter wise by clicking tab on left handside of PDF format of E-Book.

nazirbhattipcc@aol.com , pakistanchristianpost@yahoo.com