CAPITALISM’S ‘KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY’ PROFILES US ALL
Published 30-01-2020 11:38 GMT-0000
“Communicative capitalism,” writes the communist philosopher Jodi Dean, refers to a phase of knowledge- and technology-based commodity production in which information on a massive scale is produced, gathered, and sold for profit. What we now call the “information society” or “knowledge economy” sees the large-scale proletarianization of often highly-educated people in low-paying (often low-skilled) jobs, precariously scraping by to pay student loans, cover health insurance, and living paycheck to paycheck, wondering what happened to the “American Dream.”
INDIA’S EXPANDING NUCLEAR ARSENAL NEEDS REGULATORY OVERSIGHT
Published 25-01-2020 10:45 GMT-0000
Since returning to power last year with an overwhelming majority in the 2019 general elections, the Modi-led government has passed a series of legislations in rapid succession without any credible dialogue both within and outside Parliament – amendments to the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, which in effect have diluted the statutory requirement for the National Human Rights Commission to be headed by a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, amendments to the already infamous Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, under which even individuals can now be designated terrorists and their properties seized, dilution of the hard-fought ‘Right to Information Act’, which in essence diminishes the independence of the office of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and other information officers, to the latest onslaught of the CAA-NRC-NPR combine, which is being seen as an attempt to disenfranchise particular sections of Indian society – have raised legitimate concerns that the Centre is in an unprecedented rush to appropriate for itself disproportionate powers to meddle with India’s public institutions, weaken democratic oversight, muzzle the right to information, and punish ‘inconvenient’ activists, human rights defenders, and even local communities who are resisting the usurpation of their lands and other community resources for large-scale industrial projects.
FAMOUS POET’S DAUGHTER REMOVES MISGIVINGS ON CONTROVERSIAL POEM
Published 18-01-2020 11:26 GMT-0000
The legendary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz never-failingly ‘paved the way to lighten our pathways and act as a bridge between India and Pakistan. Recent events have only proved that his words grow more meaningful by the day,’ said the muse’s Lahore-based elder daughter Salima Hashmi in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency. Herself a well-known artist, painter, and educator, she was referring to the controversy about the poem, Hum Dekhenge which was sung last month at the Kanpur campus of the Indian Institute of Technology.
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MODERN INDIA’S FIRST LADY TEACHER IN 1846
Published 03-01-2020 17:02 GMT-0000
I was surprised to find no book by or about Savitribai Phule in a prominent well-equipped public library of my city Bhopal. Efforts went vain searching them elsewhere. I am not sure about public libraries across the country except a few but it is a matter of deep concern.
LIVES OF ACTORS POST-CAREER DEPICTED IN A REALISTIC MANNER
Published 31-12-2019 08:34 GMT-0000
'After Porn Ends' is an important documentary exploring what happens to sex workers once they retire from the “adult entertainment” industry. It raises important issues that viewers can use to inform their thinking and analysis of the role played by pornography, and sex work in general, in the context of present-day capitalism.
STRUGGLES FOR SELF-DETERMINATION ARE CONTINUING
Published 24-12-2019 10:25 GMT-0000
This week, starting Dec. 22, Jews around the world are celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day festival that commemorates the Jews’ successful struggle for self-determination from ancient Greek imperialism. A brief summary of the history behind this holiday echoes many struggles of the 20th and 21st centuries:
Published 15-12-2019 16:25 GMT-0000
New Delhi: ‘Cricket Country: The Untold History of the First All India Team Cricket’ by Prashant Kidambi. Published by Penguin Viking, was declared Sports Book of the Year at the end of the two day Ekamra Sports Literature Festival here on Sunday.
A MODERN MYSTICISM — THE BRITISH ROYALTY
Published 21-11-2019 09:51 GMT-0000
Netflix has released its latest TV serial on the British royalty and “The Crown” is hogging the attention of international media. Even across the “pond” (as they call the Atlantic) in USA, let alone continental Europe, the third season of the episode is being avidly watched, according to some reports.
BETTER AFFORDABLE DIAGNOSTICS ASSURED
Published 20-11-2019 10:47 GMT-0000
A shortage of health professionals is a major impediment in handling the current health burden of India, especially in rural areas. Indian scientists have been working on affordable and innovative solutions for medical diagnosis.
AN EARLY FEMINIST AND A FIREBRAND COMMUNIST
Published 07-11-2019 12:22 GMT-0000
Frida Kahlo, the doyen of the Mexican painters of the last century was one of the early feminists and a firebrand communist who took part in every people’s movement despite bad health conditions.