India Politics 2-Pack
First program: Rahul Mahajan & Snehal Shingavi - The Rise of the Hindu Right in India
A constellation of Hindu fundamentalist organizations are threatening to shatter the image India has projected of being a secular state. The Bharatiya Janata Party, the BJP, is the political expression of Hindutva, right-wing Hindu nationalist ideology. It is poised to be the dominant party in what is often called the world’s largest democracy. The man likely to be India’s next prime minister is Narendra Modi. As Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, he was in office in 2002 when there was a notorious massacre of Muslims. Modi has denied any responsibility. Washington was not convinced of his innocence and when he attempted to visit the U.S. in 2005 his visa request was turned down. But things may be changing with the political winds. Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, recently met with Modi, signaling a shift in Washington’s policy.
Second program: Sanjay Kak - India: David vs. Goliath
The Biblical story needs no recounting. In parts of India today various Davids confront the goliath of the Indian state and large corporations. The people fighting back are poor, rural and marginalized. Many are Adivasi, indigenous. Some of the resistance groups, called Maoist or Naxalite, believe in armed struggle. Others are using Gandhian tactics of civil disobedience and non-violence. Arundhati Roy, the well-known writer and activist describes the situation, “People are being driven off their lands by mining companies, steel plants, dams, and other mega-projects. They are putting their bodies on the line to prevent the takeover of their lands and the destruction of their culture and environment. And as the water tables are dropping and the minerals that remain in the mountains are being taken out, we are going to confront a crisis from which we cannot return.”
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Rahul Mahajan, Snehal Shingavi
The Rise of the Hindu Right in India
A constellation of Hindu fundamentalist organizations are threatening to shatter the image India has projected of being a secular state. The Bharatiya Janata Party, the BJP, is the political expression...
India: David vs. Goliath
The Biblical story needs no recounting. In parts of India today various Davids confront the goliath of the Indian state and large corporations. The people fighting back are poor, rural...
Indian Realities: Poetry and Viewpoints
India: States of Resistance
Washington and its echo chambers in the media like Thomas Friedman never cease to extol the virtues of so-called free trade. So-called because it is heavily dependent on taxpayer subsidies....
Indian Injustices 2-Pack
2 CDs Arundhati Roy - Women & Resistance David Barsamian interviews Arundhati Roy about the "juggernaut of injustices" in India including farmer suicides, government corruption and sexual violence directed toward...
Human Rights in India: Binayak Sen
Touted as an emerging superpower and the world's largest democracy, India is a very complex country with enormous internal problems such as desperate economic inequality, hunger, racism, casteism and religious...
India: The World's Largest Democracy
India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act has given its military a license to kill. An elaborate surveillance network stifles dissent. The corporate pillaging of India takes place in state coordinated backroom deals...
India's Great Sitarist in Concert
A wonderful rare live recording featuring maestro Ravi Shankar and his long time accompanist Allah Rakha on tabla. You’ll hear two ragas in this concert recorded at Macky Auditorium on...
Chhattisgarh: The Future of India?
There are multiple insurgencies all over India. Noted writer and dissident intellectual Arundhati Roy says there is "a juggernaut of injustices" sparking revolt. Many of the struggles are taking place...
2CDs Abhinandan in Hindi means congratulations. Sitar maestro Debu Chaudhuri, celebrating his 75th birthday at Kamani Hall in Delhi. Before a packed auditorium he performs ragas, Kalyani Bilawal, Yaman, Miyan ki...
Debu Chaudhuri Sitar Maestro plays Raga Marwa with Gopal Anand on Tabla and David Barsamian on Tanpura. A brilliant seventy minute performance of the haunting twilight raga Marwa. Maestro Chaudhuri....
This is a very special recording. Maestro Chaudhuri performs raga Kedara. This evening mode is a specialty of the Senia Gharana, the school of music linked to Miya Tansen, Emperor...