Indigenous communities are effortlessly working towards the recognition of natural resources like rivers, mountains, and lakes as “legal persons”. In February, ‘legal personhood’ rights were given to a 300 KMs long Magpie River in the Cote Nord region of Quebec, a Canadian province.
India is, in this aspect, now as autocratic as is Pakistan, and worse than both its neighbors Bangladesh and Nepal. In general, the Modi-led government in India has used laws on sedition, defamation, and counterterrorism to silence critics.
Report said that in one of the year’s most significant developments, India’s status changed from Free to Partly Free, meaning less than 20 percent of the world’s people now live in a Free country—the smallest proportion since 1995. Indians’ political rights and civil liberties have been eroding since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014.
To argue that the Radical Bhaktas advocated human equality but were not opposed, or were indifferent, to the problem of caste, is to suggest that human equality and caste are compatible. Again, to suggest that the Bhaktas attacked the pillars on which the caste system rested but not the system as such, is to show one’s ignorance of the genesis of the caste order, its structure and its functioning.
The Nankana Sahib Massacre refers to the grim episode during the Gurdwara Reform movement in which a peaceful batch of reformist Sikhs was subjected to a murderous assault on 20 February 1921 in the holy shrine at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak.
Three centuries ago Guru Gobind Singh, tenth Guru of Sikhs slept alone on the jungle floor of Machiwara in the frigid December night, after sacrificing his four sons for Sikhi and today in the ongoing farmers protests in Delhi, millions of people sleep on the roads and in their tractors in the streets of Delhi, fighting for the very land that he slept on.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 to Roger Penrose (University of Oxford, UK), Reinhard Genzel (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany and University of California, Berkeley, USA), and Andrea Ghez (University of California, Los Angeles, USA).
Prof. Mehboob was a pure instrument of the Guru – a rabab (rebec) upon which Guru Nanak Sahib plays an exquisite shabad (infinite wisdom). In his vast outpouring of style, ideas, and images such as khalas-kudrat, vismad-naksh, and vijei-tark, he not only captured the whole of the Sikh inspiration, but also transformed it into an exquisite illustration of the Sikh spirit.
The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) announces the first official release of The Guru Granth Sahib Project (TGGSP) website to coincide with the First Prakash Purab (Illumination day) of then known Adi Granth in 1604.
This essay offers a critical exploration of his attempt, asking: can a terrorist justifiably and objectively be considered a freedom fighter?