When Immigrants Become Anti-immigrants

By Promod Puri With compassionate temperament, an immigrant is not expected to be an anti-immigrant. But without that sentiment, immigrants can be anti-immigrant. Or they are selective in their prejudiced choice of immigrants. The sentiment of humanism over time fades as mindset attitudes toward fellow human beings based on religion and ethnicity take over. The … Continue reading When Immigrants Become Anti-immigrants

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CANADA’S TWITTER ATTACK ON S.ARABIA SEEMS HYPOCRITICAL

by Promod Puri Canada’s Twitter diplomacy in condemning Saudi Arabia has not affected the latter's tormented human rights record, especially against women. Instead, it generated anger and overreaction from the Saudi leadership resulting with lightning speed the withdrawal of diplomats, investment and trade, stopping of flights and immediate return of the Kingdom’s students from Canada. … Continue reading CANADA’S TWITTER ATTACK ON S.ARABIA SEEMS HYPOCRITICAL

IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA AND KASHMIR

Popular cricketer of yesteryears and a determined political activist to crack the status quo of two-party domination is now the prime minister-elect of Pakistan. The country looks forward to an era of peace and prosperity as promised by Imran Khan for its impoverished people. While Pakistan seems to be poised for an effective change, neighboring … Continue reading IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA AND KASHMIR

NATIVE MAYOR OF VANCOUVER MORE THAN SYMBOLIC

By Promod Puri It is about time Vancouver should be ruled by an Indigenous Canadian. The announcement by 45-year-old Squamish Nation Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell to seek the Vancouver mayoral job is a progressive initiative of Indigenous leadership in the City’s affairs. The political evolution also reaffirms the multicultural character of Vancouver which has roots … Continue reading NATIVE MAYOR OF VANCOUVER MORE THAN SYMBOLIC

Political Evolution Through Science, And Religion

By Promod Puri Evolution of any political ideology, and that should be imperative, involves almost all the natural and social sciences, philosophies, metaphysics, as well as the wisdom manifested in spiritual orders. It is in this integrated approach that the political spectrum of Marxism and Leninism, conservatism, and liberalism; capitalism and socialism, or any of … Continue reading Political Evolution Through Science, And Religion

Trudeau Establishes New Political Etiquettes

By Promod Puri When he said, the word “mankind” should be changed to “peoplekind,” there was something which seemed eccentric to many folks in prime minister Justin Trudeau. But his idiosyncrasy reflects his style which is not normal for most world politicians or public figures. Otherwise, which prime minister or president visiting a foreign country … Continue reading Trudeau Establishes New Political Etiquettes

AMID FUROR TRUDEAU CREATES NEW POLITICAL ETIQUETTES:

By Promod Puri Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s recent week-long India trip has been dubbed by most of the Canadian media as a disaster for no reasons on his part. It began the moment he landed in a country known for its traditional warm hospitality. But for Trudeau and his family, it was the most cold-shouldered … Continue reading AMID FUROR TRUDEAU CREATES NEW POLITICAL ETIQUETTES:

Side Effects Of Democracy

Democratic freedoms breed authoritarianism. Consolidation of power, achieved through democratic means, is a tempting phenomenon when regimes are slowly being wrapped up in totalitarianism. Nationalism is aroused, and the fear factor is introduced by scapegoating foreign enemies and targeting the minorities. To streamline the influence of fear several practices and arrangements are mobilized. Judiciary, the … Continue reading Side Effects Of Democracy

Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

By Promod Puri Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is a political, social, and even communal contamination which is almost annihilating the very roots of democracy in the country. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. In the recent maniacal … Continue reading Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

Does America Have Caste System Too?

By Subramanian Shankar Professor of English (Postoclonial Literature and Creative Writing), University of Hawaii Class system breeds caste. That is what happened in the Hindu society of India centuries ago when Manu froze the class stratification into caste segmentation. The same is happening in the USA as it is developing its own caste system. The … Continue reading Does America Have Caste System Too?

Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat

Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is an epidemic virus which is almost annihilating the very roots of its democracy. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. Both the ruling and opposition leaders have remained quite tight-lipped in the recent … Continue reading Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat

Cashless Society Can Be Catastrophic When Electricity, Networks, Security Fail

Excerpts from an essay in the Conversation by Jay L. Zagorsky Economist and Research Scientist, The Ohio State University A cashless society that solely uses credit cards, debit cards and electronic transfers is dependent on a complex network to replace physical money. This network requires three things to work all the time. First, there always has to … Continue reading Cashless Society Can Be Catastrophic When Electricity, Networks, Security Fail

Jagmeet Singh: New National Hero On Canadian Political Front

By Promod Puri      He is dynamic. He is bold. He is the inspiration and hope.  He is man of conviction based on his Sikh beliefs. His appearance and dressing are guided by his self-confidence rather than from a fashion consultant, which is quite a norm for most political leaders. He is Jagmeet Singh, … Continue reading Jagmeet Singh: New National Hero On Canadian Political Front

Canadians ask: “is it safe to go to USA”

By Promod Puri Let me first position myself as if I were present at the Las Vegas country music show on the night of October 1st. Although, I am not a concert-going enthusiast, but I could join with the joyous music lovers attending the Route 91 musical festival. It was like a celebration, and when … Continue reading Canadians ask: “is it safe to go to USA”

Multi Aspects Of Balraj Puri’s Patriotism

by Ramchandra Guha (The Telegraph, August 19,2017) Balraj Puri (1928-2014) I have been thinking a great deal recently about the difference between patriotism and jingoism. The provocation - or inspiration rather - was a visit to Jammu to speak in memory of Balraj Puri - writer, social reformer and political activist - who embodied Indian … Continue reading Multi Aspects Of Balraj Puri’s Patriotism

Apology From Govt. of Canada

"Today, we are announcing that the government of Canada has reached a settlement with Mr. Omar Khadr, bringing this civil case to a close, "On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting … Continue reading Apology From Govt. of Canada

Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

By Ashok Sharma Ashok Sharma, University of New South Wales, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy One has 32.9 million Twitter followers; the other has 31 million. When U.S. President Donald Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 26, Trump chose to draw attention to something the leaders have … Continue reading Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

JAPAN COSTITUTION FORBIDS WAR

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (日本国憲法第9条 Nihonkokukenpō dai kyū-jō?) is a clause in the national Constitution of Japan outlawing war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state. The Constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947, following World War II. In its text, the state formally renounces the sovereign right of … Continue reading JAPAN COSTITUTION FORBIDS WAR

What does Trump have to do with the Hindu sacred syllable, om?

  Republican nominee Donald Trump was recently invited to a fundraising event organized by a conservative group of Hindu Americans, the Republican Hindu Coalition. A poster from the event, which describes the group as “Hindus for Trump,” portrays the candidate in a posture much like that of a yogi in deep meditation. It shows Trump, … Continue reading What does Trump have to do with the Hindu sacred syllable, om?

American Election Scene

Let us dump Trump and not see his face again. With American politics at an all-time low, it’s no wonder that game developers are taking to their art to express their discontent with the presidential race. The last time we had a presidential race, social media wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today, but … Continue reading American Election Scene

Trump Has Great Plan For America

  (Wamiq Misbahi in NY Times)Trump is a man with a vision for America, not a specific vision, a great vision…the best vision…Trump has a plan to make this country great again….What plan??….a great plan…a plan that will work because it’s the best plan…..Why???… because Trump knows good people…which people???….the best people….people that are not … Continue reading Trump Has Great Plan For America

An Overview of the American Election Scene

Following the American election is like watching a live theatrical performance of wit and idiocy. The ongoing show besides its elements of great entertainment and fuel for discussion, reveals the left-right extremes of current American political thinking and behavior. No doubt the most colorful and watched character in this spectacle is Donald Trump who impulsively … Continue reading An Overview of the American Election Scene

Evolution Of South Asian Canadian Designation

By Promod Puri Insensitivity and ignorance have been part of Canada's racist history. Immigrants, especially from the "visible minority" communities, not only faced racial discrimination in most aspects of their lives in Canada, but they could also discern reflections of bigotry and segregation in their epithetic labelling. In early part of the twentieth century immigrants … Continue reading Evolution Of South Asian Canadian Designation

Left Vs Right Ideologies

By Promod Puri What is swaying the world for the past several decades is the binaries of left and right ideologies with elements of power, ego and greed. These elements have been part of both left and right regimes from Cuba to China and Russia to the USA along with its allies in Europe, and … Continue reading Left Vs Right Ideologies

Genesis Of Kashmir Problem And Its Resolution

By Promod Puri The division of the Indian sub-continent in 1947 generated a persistent hostility between India and Pakistan, a hostility dominated by clashing territorial claims over the Kashmir region. On the international stage the Kashmir problem is viewed in diplomatic, political, government and media circles, with the understanding that the region has a single … Continue reading Genesis Of Kashmir Problem And Its Resolution

APPLES, ORANGES AND KASHMIR

  By Promod Puri Apple and oranges don't mix. They grow in separate regions and in separate climates. They have separate shapes and separate tastes. Jammu grows oranges, sweet and juicy. Kashmir grows apples, luscious and crispy. Put them together in a box. And market it as product of Kashmir. That is simply deceptive labelling. … Continue reading APPLES, ORANGES AND KASHMIR