Modern India turns 75 despite the bitterness and violence

Independence was declared on Aug. 15, 1947

Modern India turns 75 despite the bitterness and violenceAug. 15, 1947, represented the formal end of the British Raj. India became independent, and what had once been the crown jewel of the British Empire was gone. The rest of the empire soon followed suit. Indian nationalism had been growing since the early decades of the 20th century, becoming increasingly focused on complete independence.…

Student aspires to take principles of ethical leadership back to Afghanistan

After escaping from Afghanistan, Aftikhar Mominzada feels an obligation to create opportunities for others

Student aspires to take principles of ethical leadership back to AfghanistanIt was the worst case of bad timing. Aftikhar Mominzada was elated after graduating from the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, in the spring of 2021. When he started the academy’s international baccalaureate program in middle school, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, freeing him from the parochial religious education he was likely to receive…

India, U.S. account for a quarter of COVID-19 misinformation: study

At 85 per cent of total output, social media accounted for the largest amount of COVID-19 misinformation

India, U.S. account for a quarter of COVID-19 misinformation: studyIndia is the world’s top hot spot for COVID-19 misinformation, accounting for roughly one in six pieces of global output, according to a University of Alberta master’s student who studies world media. Hard on India’s heels are the U.S., Brazil and Spain, said Sayeed Al-Zaman of the U of A’s Department of Media and Technology…

Scientists identify cause of devastating landslide in Chamoli, India

The February 2021 tragedy was caused by the collapse of more than 25 million cubic metres of rock and ice

Scientists identify cause of devastating landslide in Chamoli, IndiaThe catastrophic landslide that occurred in Chamoli, India, in February 2021 was the result of a worst-possible combination of rock and ice, according to a new study by an international coalition of scientists. On Feb. 7, 2021, Chamoli district in India’s Uttarakhand region was crushed by a massive slide of rock and ice – more than 25…

A medieval disaster is playing out in modern India

The after-effects of India’s lethargic COVID-19 response has resulted in a social fracture

A medieval disaster is playing out in modern IndiaChina first reported the detection of an unknown strain of virus in Wuhan to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Dec. 31, 2019. That event changed the world. Eleven million residents of Wuhan city were placed under an unprecedented quarantine. Soon thereafter, Italy quarantined around 16 million people in the country’s Lombardy region. Within days,…

Pandemic has exposed the social, political rot at the core of India

Since independence India has seen the addition of one billion citizens, persistent communalism and little change for the marginalized

Pandemic has exposed the social, political rot at the core of IndiaThe COVID-19 pandemic may be the most important event of our lifetimes. It will define the legitimacy of governments and leave long-lasting impressions about how societies responded on behalf of their citizens. The devastation being played out across India is beyond tragic – it was predictable, ignored, supported by willful blindness and even encouraged. As…

India confronts Saudi Arabia over crude oil prices

Fed up with the Saudi's "artificially jacking up the prices"

India confronts Saudi Arabia over crude oil pricesAn oil war is brewing between the world’s largest crude exporter, Saudi Arabia, and the world’s third-largest crude consumer, India. India has long pleaded with Saudi Arabia to keep oil prices lower to help sustain economic growth in the developing and emerging economies of Asia. In rather hushed tones, for diplomatic reasons, India has protested…

Troubling trends for human rights in China and India

Genocide is the outcome of nationalistic, populist movements that tolerate hate speech and discrimination and incite violence

Troubling trends for human rights in China and IndiaIf left unaddressed, the rising extremism and persecutions in China and India will undermine the well-being of millions of people. These acts will also set a precedent the international community will regret for generations, both in terms of the human cost and the undermining of many gains made in human rights over the past several…

Abject failure in U.S., India in face of COVID-19 crisis

India has failed its citizens, especially the vulnerable. The U.S. has hobbled from one makeshift policy fiasco to another

Abject failure in U.S., India in face of COVID-19 crisisThe largest democracy and the most powerful nation in the world have both been left disrobed of their pageantry and power by COVID-19, shamefully failing their citizens and revealing their disintegrating moral façade. It’s said that the measure of a person is not what they do when things are going well, but rather how they…

The same truths are part of every religious and philosophical tradition

Each of us needs to be true to our mission if we’re to be effective agents of universal change

The same truths are part of every religious and philosophical traditionReligion can provide guiding principles for a meaningful life, yet few concepts have been more divisive in human history. Seeing the tensions of the first half of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a deeply spiritual man, came to the following conclusion: “One should accept the faith into which one was born, but seek always…

Man receives prison term for sexual interference

Dharam Brahmbhatt could be deported to India as a result of the guilty verdict

Man receives prison term for sexual interferenceClarion Staff Dharam Brahmbhatt’s future in Canada is uncertain after being sentenced to four months in jail for committing sexual interference at his workplace. The criminal matter was at provincial court for decision after a trial several weeks ago. Judge Robert Jackson had ruled that Brahmbhatt was guilty of committing sexual interference and all that…

The Trudeau train wreck

Trudeau's National Lampoon’s Indian Vacation was an embarrassment to Canada

Dear Justin,  You don’t mind if we call you Justin, do you? In other circumstances, we’d call you prime minister, but – to be perfectly candid – your Indian family vacation wasn’t terribly prime ministerial. The complications arising from that trip continue to be felt, too. On Wednesday morning of last week – on what…

Local youth travels to India to lend a hand

‘Me to We is trying to empower the women, to be able to sustain themselves, by providing education and resources to help them’

Local youth travels to India to lend a handKevin McBain of The Clarion “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference,” said Nelson Mandela. Being one person in a world so big may be overwhelming, but if you try to make a difference, if you do your best, if you do…