BRICS SUMMIT 2011
On April 14, 2011, leaders of five BRICS countries met in the Chinese resort city of Sanya and released a lengthy joint communiqué termed as ‘Sanya Declaration’. This long declaration among others stated that "
(the BRICS states have)... “played an important role in contributing to world peace, security and stability, boosting global economic growth, enhancing multilateralism and promoting greater democracy in international relations... It is the overarching objective and strong shared desire for peace, security, development and cooperation that brought together BRICS countries with a total population of nearly 3 billion from different continents. BRICS aims at contributing significantly to the development of humanity and establishing a more equitable and fair world.” [Read]
INDIA-EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Since 2007 India and the European Union have been engaged in negotiations on Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The agreement is being termed as one that would improve market access for goods and services, substantially increasing the bilateral trade between the two entities. As per the statement of the European parliament the bilateral trade is expected to exceed €70.7 billion by 2010 and €160.6 billion by 2015. The FTA would increase EU exports to India by $17-18 billion while India’s export would increase by around $5 billion. [Read]
A Comment on the
Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill
The UPA government is about to form a new regulatory authority -- the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) to act as the sole agency responsible for the regulatory system, including research, transport, import, manufacture and use, of GMOs throughout the country. [Read Full]
The historian who changed the history
History since its origin remained in the realm of the ruling elite. It presented, commented and concentrated on a minority gang of monarchs, tyrants, and their tales. It was called objective history. It comfortably and knowingly ignored and omitted the real history of the millions of people, who were oppressed by the ruling class.
Howard Zinn challenged this academic establishment by boldly emphasizing that “there is no such thing as impartial history. The chief problem in historical honesty is not outright lie. It is omission or de-emphasis of important data. The definition of important of course depends on one's values.” Zinn decided to choose side; and he chose to take side of the oppressed, exploited and the toiling masses against the bourgeoisie regime.
He termed it as subjective history.
He used to say he wanted to be known as "somebody who gave people a feeling of hope and power that they didn't have before." [Read More]
“Our land is blowing away as the dust blows away in the storm"
- Dharti Aaba Birsa Munda
THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF JHARKHAND
From 1771 to 2009, Jharkhand to Jhargram, the tribal continue to face the same ordeal-displacement by the outsiders on any pretext who forcefully evict these helpless people from their ancestral land and forest. The land developed by their ancestors who later become trees whom they worship. This books narrates this sad saga in detail on the basis of authentic records and references so that the people world over should know the grim reality of the millions of tribal of India.
A Word About Us
We are an independent not for profit, non-partisan think tank devoted to the
quantitative study of international affairs; Globalisation, World Trade and
political economy. We are, committed to moving beyond traditional boundaries as
a common search for new ways of studying the inter relational dynamics of
politics and economics.
We have a very modest beginning. Way back in February 1996 a small group of journalists, and political scientists jelled the idea to prepare research monographs and reports on contemporary political issues challenging the Indian democracy. There were no authentic publications on such developing subjects. The media was, of course, under its own limitations of time and space.
So CIPRA was born. The task was enormous....(Read More)