Category Archives: India

India | Nowhere to run – The worst refugee crisis since the second world war

Sushovan Dhar

Warsan Shire, a 24 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London, in her debut book, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (2011) observes, “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” Three years back, the photographs of Aylan Kurdi sent us shock-waves. The images of that three year old Syrian boy lying face down on a Turkish beach drew global attention towards the severe problems of refugees and migration.

South Africa | BRICS Summit Held in South Africa While U.S. Trade War Escalates

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Republic of South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted the 10th BRICS Summit where strong opposition to the burgeoning trade and currency wars initiated by the United States administration of President Donald Trump was assailed.

How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

India | Indian trade union appeals for international solidarity day

Provisional Working Committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union in India issued an international call for solidarity action with workers activists sentenced to life imprisonment a year before.

India | Profiting from the Poor: The Emergence of Multinational Edu-Businesses in Hyderabad

Editorial note:

What is the place of schools in a deeply segregated society?

A recent report indicates a growing trend of private schools in places where either the state denies education or places where education is inaccessible because one is born into adverse circumstances – in a poor dalit family, in an unstable violent area, as a Muslim, or in hypermobile migrant families. In these situations the challenges are both access to education as well as the sheer contempt for the children who are trying to obtain as good an education as they can given their unstable  and precarious lives.