Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Editorial, "MERRY CHRISTMAS OR HAPPY HOLIDAYS" in 31 December 2021 issue of LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 17, Part 2, No. 24 issue


or "Winterval" all involve the celebrations for the most cherished Christian festival – Christmas – which Dr. Paul Craig Roberts describes as flowing “from the teaching that God so values the individual's soul that he sent his son to die so we might live,” and rued that in the present trend of modernization and supposed secularization it is becoming “more difficult to find a Christmas card that says "Merry Christmas" instead of "Seasons Greetings", though “Americans have a huge stake in Christianity.” But Stephen Lendman preferred to extend greetings for the "Happy Holiday season" though he also noted Christmas celebrations. Wikpedia informs us that the “…name "Winterval" was originally coined in 1986 in Cardiff, by Mike Johnson (Bayfolk) to describe the concept of a "Winter Festival" which filled that socially blank "Interval" following the Christmas and New Year Festivities and offered a platform to local artistes and performers, thus re-booting the spirits and kickstarting the new year,” that it was a "portmanteau of winter and festival", explained by Birmingham City Council's Head of Events (so celebrated only for two years or so), Mike Chubb – “…we needed a vehicle which could cover the marketing of a whole season of events... Diwali (the Festival of Lights), Christmas Lights switch-on, …… Chinese New Year, New Year's Eve, etc. Also, a season that included theatre shows … the Frankfurt Open-air Christmas Market and the Christmas seasonal retail offer. Christmas … and its celebration lay at the heart of Winterval. Political correctness was never the reasoning behind Winterval, but yes, it was intended to be inclusive – ... no bad thing to my mind – and a brand to which other initiatives could be developed as part of the Winterval offer…” However, conservatives everywhere decry this "secularization" and "non-saying of" "Merry Christmas" as a concerted effort of the "political correctness" protagonists and that gradual de-Christianization of the Western societies is central to their theme and activities. Trump made much [profit] of this hullabaloo, and reintroduced the "Merry Christmas" greetings from the White House – which the current incumbent, his Dem rival, Biden too seems to continue to an extent. "Happy Holidays" is another greeting for the season, generally used by the liberal left and democrats in the US, and is castigated as a "liberal aggression against traditional values" by the conservatives. Whatever be the melee in the West, we opine that the terms/greetings “Happy Holidays” or “Winterval” form a larger set with “Merry Christmas” as its major subset, and have no compunction in extending hearty “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Diwali”, “Id Mubarak” and “Happy New Year!” greetings to all people in this “Happy Holidays” season. §§§

Editorial, "JULIAN ASSANGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY," in 15 December 2021 issue of LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 17, Part 2, No. 23 issue


was quite unlucky as the Appellate High Court in U.K. reversed the judgment of the District Judge Ms. Baraister who opined that Assange’s mental condition was such that it would beoppressive to extradite him because of the harsh conditions in which he was likely to be detainedand discharged him on that lone ground; however, she rejected all the other grounds he raised that – “i) The US-UK Extradition Treaty forbids extradition for political offences with the consequence that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case; ii) The allegations …… did not meet the dual criminality test found in section 137 of the 2003 Act; iii) Extradition would be unjust or oppressive by reason of the passage of time pursuant to section 82 of the 2003 Act; iv) Extradition is barred by reason of extraneous considerations by virtue of section 81(a) and (b) of the 2003 Act; v) Extradition is barred by section 87 of the 2003 Act because it would breach the Convention by violating article 6 (denial of a fair trial), article 7 (expose Mr Assange to a novel and unforeseeable extension of US law) and article 10 (right to freedom of expression). The judge concluded that she did not need to decide an argument that extradition would expose him to treatment contrary to article 3 of the Convention given her conclusion on section 91; vi) The extradition request is an abuse of process because it proceeds on a misrepresentation of the facts and because the prosecution is being pursued for an ulterior political motive and is not brought in good faith.” The appellate Court opined that – “the DJ, having decided that the threshold for discharge under section 91 of the Extradition Act 2003 was met, ought to have notified the USA of her provisional view, to afford it the opportunity to offer assurances to the court; and b. the USA has now provided the United Kingdom with a package of assurances which respond to the DJ’s specific findings.the court rejected various criticisms of those assurances, and was satisfied that the assurances [no vengeful treatment, fair trial, if convicted opportunity of transfer to Australian prisons, etc.] were sufficient to meet the concerns which led to the DJ’s decision. The court therefore allowed the appeal and ordered that the case must be remitted to Westminster Magistrates’ Court with a direction that a DJ send the case to the Secretary of State, who will decide whether Mr Assange should be extradited to the USA.” Well, in this case freedom of speech and expression is in grave danger as Assange is persecuted for mere publication of details of US-NATO war crimes [amounting to crimes against humanity]. Very sad that on this Human Rights Day (10-12-2021) the Court facilitated his extradition to the U.S. for facing charges which could keep him in jail for 175 years! Though a further appeal is open to him, ultimately it is popular pressure and agitation the world over that can avert this catastrophe. §§§

Editorial, "DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM IS THE ONLY WAY," in 30 November 2021 special issue of LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 17, Part 2, No. 22 issue



The Corona Pandemic, and the consequent authoritarian and totalitarian tendencies manifesting in almost all countries of the world in the name of containing the same, once again bring forth the imperative need of systems and values of democratic socialism in the world not only to efficiently contain such pandemics but also defeat the nefarious schemes of world capitalists to gain undue advantage from this gory situation. It is to be noted that whereas the masses of people everywhere are suffering acutely due to the combined impact of the pandemic and related unemployment, business and industry losses and market crises, etc. the number of billionaires in the world has not only multiplied but their incomes and assets have grown enormously in this critical period. Some interesting studies by institutions like Charity Oxfam reveal that Billionaires including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder Elon Musk have seen their wealth soar during the COVID-19 pandemic while the world’s poor face years of hardship, charity Oxfam said on Monday as it demanded steps to tackle inequality.” Reuters has caustically commented that “COVID-19 has unleashed an economic storm that hit the poor and vulnerable hardest, with women and marginalized workers facing the worst of job losses and the World Bank warning more than 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty. And then there may be some truth in the alleged ‘conspiracy theories’ castigating the Corona Crisis itself as manmade – by the political and economic elite who have gained immense powers and profits abusing this calamity. Developed countries like the USA and of the European Union, etc. could devise some schemes to reach succor to the ordinary people too in this crisis, bowing down to pressures of public opinion, but the weal and woes of the poor and even middle classes of developing and poor countries like ours are unmitigated and people’s plights left to the mercies of their ‘Karma’ (fate) in general. When even the United States is contemplating imposition of some additional taxes on the super-rich to bail out the people from such crises, why not we also severely take to task the greedy super rich profiteers in our country too? On the contrary, we see even the age-old public sector industries and institutions are grossly neglected and sought to be handed over on a platter to Adanis and Ambanis in the name of liberalization, efficiency in management, etc. – this in effect further enriching the super-rich at the cost of deprivation – even to the extent of hunger and imminent starvation deaths – of the masses of the poor people and ruin of middle-income groups. In this background, we once again assert that our people should not succumb to the evil designs, election bribes and other temptations by the privileged classes and persons, but earnestly strive for the achievement of democratic socialism which is the only way to remedy the socio-economic ills afflicting our society. §§§

Editorial, "WHO KILLED VIVEKA?" in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 15 November 2021, Vol. 17, Part 2, No. 21 issue



This question has again shot up recently with CBI investigation into the case – directed by the AP High Court allowing the petitions of Viveka’s wife Sowbhagya and daughter Dr. Suneetha Reddy – speeding up with some significant breakthroughs; especially revelations in the confessional statement of Dastagiri, Viveka’s car driver, have rattled the people at large. As per the general guess, the murder was an insider job, planned and executed by close relatives and known persons. Viveka was in general an amiable and mild-mannered person but was given to furious outbursts and harsh deeds at times. In the 2011 by-election, while Viveka was still in the Congress as Sonia’s protégé, he not only contested for the Pulivendula Assembly seat against his sister-in-law Vijayamma, but even challenged her in an indecent manner – such things are not generally taken lightly, never forgotten or forgiven in relatives circles, especially in the factionist regions of Rayalaseema. Earlier once Jagan, his nephew, had demanded Viveka to resign his MP seat, and had physically assaulted him too. And then, the ugly [extra-legal] settlements deals Viveka and others were carrying out in Bangalore, etc. and the crores of rupees worth properties/ commissions disputes etc. in that regard with relatives and confidants – all these, exacerbated by the fiery duel he had with another nephew Avinash Reddy for the Kadapa Parliamentary seat and the rumors of his decision to join TDP and take revenge (as at that time Jagan was not in power and his party was not that confident of winning the elections even) in that way, had a sort of ‘multiplier effect’ on the relatives cherishing inimical feelings against him and resulted in this 3½ hours long agonizing fatal ordeal. Gangi Reddy, Krishna Reddy, Umashankar Reddy, Naveen Yadav and Dastagiri are named as the accused in the chargesheet filed by CBI; but, surely, Avinash Reddy (Kadapa M.P.), Dr. Abhishek Reddy and others, including the CI and Constable present, who deliberately caused much evidence to disappear by cleaning the blood spilt and erasing other clues, may also be joined/will have to be joined as co-accused soon – either by the CBI or by the trial Court; but the million dollar question is whether this will not spring up to reach the very top – Jagan the CM even. In our opinion, that depends ultimately on the Jagan-Shah equations; on Jagan’s concessions/surrender to the ruling BJP party, etc. May or may not be so – but all this mess, the ugly degeneration of ‘democratic’ politics, is quite revolting, unbearable and unpardonable at any cost. §§§

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Editorial, "IGNOBLE NOBEL PRIZES?", in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 17, Part 2, No. 20, 31 OCTOBER 2021 issue


Established by the ‘merchant of death’ Alfred Nobel (it is said that in 1888, Alfred Nobel was astonished to read his own obituary, titled The merchant of death is dead, in a French newspaper, which was actually meant for his deceased brother; but, anyway, that changed his mind to make him write his Will of 1895 to institute this prize) the Nobel Prize comprises of five separate prizes that are awarded to "those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind." However, many controversies have been raging over these decades since 1900 about the prizes awarded in Literature and Peace fields particularly, though there may be some discontent against such awards made in the other three fields – of Physics, Chemistry and Physiology (or Medicine) – too. We find many such awards in Literature or Peace mired in serious disputes. Especially, some of the Russian awardees like Pasternak or Solzhenitsyn seem to have been given those prizes mainly out of an anti-communist/anti-Soviet bias and consequent to imperialist manipulations; it is well known that Solzhenitsyn was a staunch supporter of the fascist Right. In the field of Peace Prizes, we can notice more shocking developments. War criminals like Henry Kissinger and Barrack Obama were awarded these prestigious prizes, filling disgusting hatred in the hearts of all humanists and democrats. Now come the latest awards of these Peace Prizes to Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa, Russian and Philippines journalists little known outside till now, and obviously both Russia and Philippines are now not in the good books of the US-NATO-Israel evil axis. May be these two are very competent and diligent journalists famous in their countries and fields to an extent but these Prizes contemplate and require universal importance and relevance. And it is quite sad that they are being used as pawns in political chess games. On the contrary we see genuine fighting journalists like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden who have taken so many troubles with daring and sacrifices for the protection and promotion of human rights the world over by their startling revelations of the US-NATO genocidal atrocities, etc. are languishing in prison/exile and very much suffering. Actually, such pioneers and activists deserve the Nobel Peace Prize very much and not any yes-persons or locally relevant activists. So, this editor is certainly not happy with these awards made mainly with an eye on the political equations of the day, that too to favor the imperialists and adversely affect the interests of not just the two sovereign states of Russia and Philippines only, but in fact, of the entire humanity. §§§

Editorial, "SAVARKAR CONTROVERSY ONCE AGAIN!", in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 17, Part 2, No. 19, 15 OCTOBER 2021 issue


With the recent assertions of our Home Minister Rajnath Singh, releasing the book, Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition,by Uday Mahurkar and Chirayu Pandit (3 above), that the image of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is being unjustly tarnished by the ‘leftists and liberals’, and his citing of a 1920 letter by Mahatma Gandhi in his support, the Savarkar controversy has raked up again with all the fury. This editor remembers to have earlier also once refuted some wild allegations against the great patriot V.D. Savarkar and pointed to the many laudatory references to Savarkar by stalwart communist leaders like Prof. Hiren Mukherjee, CPI MP, Indira Gandhi, then PM, etc. Firstly, it has to be made clear that much before the Rajnath-cited Gandhi’s letter, Savarkar had already submitted a few mercy petitions in 1911-1920. Then, it is also true that Gandhi was encouraging the revolutionaries to shun their violent policies/measures and surrender/submit such petitions. Gandhi had gone on record stating: “The Savarkar Brothers' talent should be utilized for public welfare. As it is, India is in danger of losing her two faithful sons, unless she wakes up in time. One of the brothers I know well. I had the pleasure of meeting him in London. He is brave. He is clever. He is a patriot. He was frankly a revolutionary. The evil, in its hideous form, of the present system of Government, he saw much earlier than I did. He is in the Andamans for his having loved India too well. Under a just Government, he would be occupying a high office. I therefore feel for him and his brother.(Gandhi, CW, Vol. 23). Savarkar and Gandhi, two poles apart, knew each other well. Savarkar was a pioneer; much before Gandhi he organized the freedom movement. He even invited Gandhi to speak in one of the meetings at the India House, London. Gandhi demanded full independence only after 1929, but Savarkar was advocating it right from the 1900s. So, there was no question of Savarkar heeding Gandhi's advice to submit mercy petitions. Once sentenced to two life transportations, finding the life in the Andamans horrible and also realizing that unless they changed their policies, they could make no further headway except to languish and die in prisons, Savarkar thought it better to appeal to the British Government for his release declaring he had changed and wanted to follow the 'constitutional' path. And this change facilitated Gandhi's efforts for conducting his "release political prisoners" campaign also. Here Gandhi's and Savarkar's interests converged. Savarkar was a pioneer; a great patriot. As Lenin said of Roza Luxemburg – “sometimes eagles may fly quite low, lower than chicken - but mind it, chicken can never fly to the great heights of eagles” - so it applies to Savarkar too. He was a great eagle of the freedom movement. That he later drifted to Hindu religious trends to counter the Muslim League is an entirely different matter. §§§

Editorial, "CORPORATE STRANGLEHOLD IN INDIA", in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 17, Part 2, No. 18, 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 issue


is tightening and enormously growing, much more so ever since the BJP Government under Narendra Modi came to power in 2014. Especially, the Gujarati corporate capitalists are receiving the largest/best part of the cake under the Gujarati Modi-Shah duo’s shameless open favoritism and disbursal of the spoils. True, even under the earlier Congress governments favor/promotion of corporate capitalism was very much there and they were also undermining the social properties oriented mixed economy policies/measures initiated under Nehru and continued for long thereafter. We also know how even in those days the ruling classes undermined the public sector by egregious corruption and channeling of public moneys to the private sector. Well, the then license-permit raj damaged the national economy too; and Manmohan Singh under the then PM PVNR succeeded in starting its dismantling and liberalizing the economy to favor/promote private/corporate capitalism. There were egregious corruption scandals too during the MM Singh rule till 2014, the furor created by which was adroitly used by the communal fanatic but not less corrupt-cum-capitalist oriented BJP to come to power in 2014 and since then we see the massive plundering of the country’s public properties to favor/promote super rich Ambanis, Adanis, etc. – a clear regional linguistic favoritism overlapping the other vices. Most recent disturbing news is that Adanis have grown like a leaping Octopus and now their daily income amounts to more than 1000 crores rupees overtaking Ambani’s daily income by at least 6 times – all this within these 7 years of BJP rule. Earlier Mr. Krishna Rao, of Andhra Jyoti, had questioned whether the country was being turned into an Adani Estate, with many ports in AP/other coastal regions, several airports and other public industries either transferred to or sought to be given over to Adani’s ownership/management. Even the Vizag Steel Plant, achieved by the prolonged arduous struggles of Andhras, is now decided for privatization and possible Adani takeover! Unless our people rise and conduct widespread, intense agitations to contain this privatization pandemic and save at least the main public sector industries, this editor sees no light at the end of the tunnel and the Modi-Shah duo who, apart from their undermining the social welfare ideals/measures, have already, without any discussion in parliament/public, joined India to the evil axis of the U.S. imperialists, giving up all pretensions of non-alignment, will ruin whatever autonomy the country’s linguistic groups now enjoy/are promised and jeopardize the country’s unity/integrity even. §§§