Posted on April 24, 2016 by beenasarwar
Fact sheet on Kanak Dixit’s arrest – used as the basis for an online petition to CIAA Nepal Lok Man Singh Karki
Opposition to the current investigation by the CIAA into alleged corruption by Mr Kanak Mani Dixit is based on the grounds that the process has been flawed as demonstrated by facts:
1. Mr Kanak Mani Dixit had opposed the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki as the head of the CIAA (Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority) at the time of the appointment in 2013 on the grounds that Mr Karki had been indicted by the Rayamajhi Commission for suppressing the people’s movement: Under well-established principles of jurisprudence a judge or investigator with a personal bias or interest in a case should not be carrying out an investigation or pronouncing on a case, and in fact should recuse himself or herself from such a case to prevent prejudice. However though Mr Karki himself was the individual criticised by Mr Dixit, in a public campaign, Mr Karki continues to drive the investigations. Continue reading
Filed under: Human rights, Media, Southasia | Tagged: democracy, Free Kanak online petition, Kanak Dixit, Media, Nepal, vendetta | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 23, 2016 by beenasarwar
Kanak being arrested at a pro-democracy rally in Nepal, 2006. Photo by Shehab Uddin
Press Statement: media figures call for release of Himal Editor Kanak Mani Dixit
New Delhi, April 23 — Editors and media figures as well as intellectuals and scholars from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, UK, US, Australia and Sri Lanka have called for the release of Himal editor and prominent Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit who was arrested yesterday in Katmandu by anti-graft officials.
The following is the text of the statement:
Filed under: Freedom of expression, Human rights, Media, Southasia | Tagged: democracy, foe, journalists, Kanak arrested, Kanak Dixit, Media, Nepal | 2 Comments »
Posted on September 4, 2014 by beenasarwar
Akhilesh Mishra: humanity and poetry. Photos: Farhat Sadaqa
A short piece I wrote about a South Asian event I was invited to speak at in Toronto; I focused on the speech by the Indian Consul General Akhilesh Mishra. Published in the Aman ki Asha page in The News, September 3, 2014.
Speaking at an informal discussion organised by the South Asian Peoples Forum in the Toronto area in Canada on Monday, Akhilesh Mishra, the unassuming Consul General of India won many hearts with his soul-touching poetry, couplets of which were interspersed throughout his brief speech.
This, coupled with his humane and compassionate outlook, comes as a refreshing change from the kind of talk and posturing one usually gets from diplomats. Continue reading
Filed under: Kashmir, Pakistan-India | Tagged: Akhilesh Mishra, Himal, India, Kanak Dixit, Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan | 2 Comments »
Posted on July 6, 2014 by beenasarwar
Himal Southasian, a publication I’m proud to have been associated with since its inception in 1996, has a new issue on the media. My piece Pakistan’s media wars (below) and Mass media and the Modi ‘wave’ by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta are web exclusives. Two additional points to my article: 1. Corporate media owners in Pakistan have always been part of reactionary and anti-democratic forces in general. Their disputes with censoring governments have almost always had commercial motivations. 2. Journalists have played a positive role whenever they remained united in their professionalism. They compromise this unity when they allow journalistic standards to slip and try to become power brokers themselves.
By Beena Sarwar
4 July 2014
What is the political fallout of the battle between a media behemoth and Pakistan’s largest security agency?
Filed under: Media | Tagged: #5July77, Emergency 2007, Gen. Zia, Geo TV, hamid mir, Himal Southasian, Imran Aslam, Kanak Dixit, Media, media wars, Mubashir Lucman, musharraf, Pakistan, Taliban | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 3, 2014 by beenasarwar
Kanak Dixit: thought-provoking
My PERSONAL POLITICAL column in The News and in Hard News, India, last week
I was curious when my old friend, the Nepali journalist Kank Mani Dixit proposed the topic “To be Desi or Southasian” as the topic of a talk that another journalist friend, Aseem Chahbra from India, was setting up for him in New York.
Filed under: Southasia | Tagged: Aseem Chhabra, Kanak Dixit, saarc, SAJA, South Asian Union | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 2, 2013 by beenasarwar
Himal Southasian: Under the Bollywood Tree – latest issue, launched at the Bangalore Literature Festival recently
My article in The Friday Times last week (thanks to Raza Rumi for pushing me to write this, despite the tight deadline):
A Southasian vision
For regional peace, development and prosperity, it is imperative to improve India-Pakistan relations
I like how the Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit refers to the Indian sub-continent: Southasia. One word. Kanak explains why, in the respected magazine Himal Southasian that he edits, that I am proud to be editorially associated with since its launch in 1997. As a magazine “seeking to restore some of the historical unity of our common living space – without wishing any violence on the existing nation states – we believe that the aloof geographical term ‘South Asia’ needs to be injected with some feeling. ‘Southasia’ does the trick for us, albeit the word is limited to English-language discourse. Continue reading
Filed under: Southasia | Tagged: Exchange for Change, Himal, Kanak Dixit, Mubashir Hasan, Pakistan, Ramjas College, Raza Rumi, south asia, Southasia, SouthAsian Union, TFT | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 31, 2012 by beenasarwar
“Allow Woeser the freedom to express and to travel”: Prominent Asian intellectuals appeal for Tsering Woeser
Chinese authorities have not only prevented the Tibetan writer and historian Tsering Woeser from receiving the prestigious Prince Claus Award for 2011 in Beijing (being awarded by the Dutch Ambassador to China) but her movements within Beijing have been restricted, says a statement issued from Kathmandu by Prince Claus laureates Arif Hasan (Karachi, Pakistan), Ganesh Devy (Vadodara, India), Jyotindra Jain (New Delhi, India), Kanak Mani Dixit (Kathmandu, Nepal) and Mehrdad Oskouei (Tehran, Iran). Continue reading
Filed under: Human rights | Tagged: Arif Hasan, China, Human rights, Kanak Dixit, Prince Claus award, Tibet, Tsering Woeser | Leave a comment »