Posted on July 22, 2016 by beenasarwar
Dr Govinda KC: fighting for pro-poor medical reforms
UPDATE: Sign the online petition
“If South Asia has a viable public health icon after the passing of Edhi in Pakistan, this man is it,” says a Nepali friend.
Dr. Govinda KC is a man who is considered a saint in Nepal – a middle-class doctor who on his own expense offers medical help wherever there is a disaster: Haiti, the Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, Bangladesh floods.
By all accounts an incredible human being, he is entering the third week of his hunger strike, a fast unto the death for reforms in the medical education sector. His demands: lower the cost of medical education and create a public health system that allows access of all to quality care, in the place of Nepal’s present highly privatised and centralised system. Continue reading
Filed under: Education, Health, Human rights | Tagged: corruption, democracy, Dr Govinda KC, Dr KC, health care, health reforms, Lok Man Singh Karki, medical education, Nepal | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 17, 2016 by beenasarwar
Women and men in Peshawar protest Qandeel Baloch’s murder. Photo via Javed Aziz Khan
Pakistani model and social media icon Qandeel Baloch rocked the boat with outrageous antics like offering to strip if Shahid Afridi led the Pakistan cricket team to victory against India in the T20 match a few months ago. Yesterday, her brother in Multan strangled her to death in apparently because she was bringing a bad name to the family — a family she financially supported. Continue reading
Filed under: Gender, Human rights | Tagged: Gender, Malala Yousufzai, Mukhtiar Mai, Qandeel Baloch, VAW | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 16, 2016 by beenasarwar
A man lies in front of a tank near Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport early Saturday, July 16. Ismail Coskun / AP
The coup in Turkey is a reminder of the dangers of impatiences with flawed democracy. Democracy, like peace, is a process, not an event. In the long run, the worst democracy is better than the best dictatorship. Agree with the Awami Workers Party, Pakistan – “The solution to imperfect democracy is not to abolish it, but to deepen it”. Sharing their statement below: Continue reading
Filed under: Progressive politics | Tagged: coup, democracy, Erdogan, military coup, Pakistan, Turkey | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 15, 2016 by beenasarwar
Respect to and solidarity with those who refuse to fall in line with the oppressive narratives peddled by hyper nationalists and security establishments. Sharing a post here by senior journalist Saleem Asmi, former Editor of Dawn and a dear friend of my late father:
Call me unpatriotic, even a traitor if you like, but I must say this straight, without mincing words that we have no right, absolutely no right at all, to condemn what the Indian occupation troops are doing in Kashmir, as long as we are ourselves guilty of committing the same, even worse, crimes in Balochistan. Now look at this: 1) The Indian army has invaded and occupied Kashmir, 2) They brutally oppress the Kashmiri people, and call the freedom fighters ‘terrorists’, 3) We invaded and occupied Balochistan in 1948, 4) We brutally oppress the Baloch people, and call the freedom fighters ‘terrorists’. If anything, we surpass the Indians in kidnapping young Baloch by their thousands without trace. Then their brutally tortured bodies appear under flyovers, by the roads, anywhere.
Also see – by Hasan Raza in Pakistan: Kashmiris continue to be the biggest victims of the Indo-Pak tussle for Kashmir – and Nirupama Subramanian in India: Face the disillusion
Filed under: Balochistan, Human rights | Tagged: #StandwithKashmir, Balochistan, Human rights, India, Kashmir, Pakistan | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 15, 2016 by beenasarwar
With rising racial tensions in the USA exacerbated by bigots like Trump and easy availability of weapons, I wanted to share my friend Jaspal Singh’s recent ‘Reflections’ that he emailed to a few friends from his base in Cambridge MA (visuals added). Also see this post by Partha Banerjee, an activist friend in New York City, on the racism of South Asians (he talks about Indians but it applies equally to others in the region) and the need to contexualise injustice and violence and demand “justice for all the sufferers” and “punishment for all the criminals”.
#Edhism #BlackLivesMatter #Kashmir #Police We could all use a bit more humanity. A powerful little story shared on Facebook by the Andover Police Department about what happens when we see each other as human beings first.
By Jaspal Singh
A wave of protests against police brutality has engulfed the US. Thousands of people have come out in the streets against the killing of black men by police in several cities. In Dallas Texas, a sniper killed five police officers.People are demanding that these police officers who are killing black men with impunity , be brought to justice and be punished. The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the plight of the black people in the US.They can be killed by the law enforcement officers without any accountability as black lives are not considered to have any value. Every year hundreds of black men are killed in police shootings and nothing comes out of it, no police officer is punished. People are incensed against this kind of impunity. Continue reading
Filed under: Human rights, Uncategorized | Tagged: black lives matter, Dallas police shooting, police brutality, racism | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 30, 2016 by beenasarwar
Nitin Mitta and Naseeruddin Saami with the Saami brothers at Peabody Essex Museum. Photo: Beena Sarwar
My article for Aman ki Asha, “hope for peace”, the India-Pakistan peace initiative launched in 2010 by two media giants on either side, the Jang Group of Pakistan and the Times of India
The morning of Wednesday, 22 June 2016 dawned in New York with shattering news of the target killing of Amjad Sabri in broad daylight across the world in Karachi. The tragedy, devastating for millions of fans, was a personal blow for the legendary classical music maestro Naseeruddin Saami and his sons, on tour in the USA towards the end of their first ever visit to America. Continue reading
Filed under: Freedom of expression, Music | Tagged: Amjad Sabri, art, culture, humanity, India, Naseeruddin Saami, Pakistan, Peabody Essex Museum, Saami brothers | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 29, 2016 by beenasarwar
Standing ovation for the Saami Brothers after their performance at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA. Photo: Beena Sarwar
Wrote this news report the other day.; working on a more detailed report.
Pakistani qawwals touring USA dedicate performances to Amjad Sabri
Legendary classical music maestro Naseeruddin Saami and his sons, currently on tour in the USA, expressed grief at the target killing of their old friend and colleague the renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri in Karachi. Continue reading
Filed under: Music, Uncategorized | Tagged: Amjad Sabri, culture, Imagine South Asia, India, Naseeruddin Saami, Pakistan, Saami brothers, Shared culture | Leave a comment »