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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2345

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On Ekneligoda, in spite of Ekneligoda and his pals

Six years ago, I wrote about Prageeth Ekneligoda in the state-owned 'Daily News'. This around the time he was picked up as the poster-boy of NGO racketeers strutting around as champions of human rights. Ekneligoda, as someone recently observed, was no journalist. He drew some cartoons and they were nice, but there was nothing unique in them. He wrote soft-porn for dodgy websites. He has never been seen at a press conference.

Prageeth Ekneligoda
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India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health

India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise that 2016-2017 budget too takes that agenda forward. Also earlier this month Indian government indicated its intent to exit from hospital 'sector' (along with Air India). The vision of universal healthcare coverage - which leaves no one behind - can only be achieved from robust and well-funded public health system which is not running on cost-to-cost or for-profit motives. This is why privatisation of public health system is not only weakening it but also jeopardizing access to healthcare for most in need.

India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health
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Pakistan's War on Scholars

Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies are waging a nasty war on U.S.-based scholars whose writings and public statements undermine cherished narratives promulgated by the army that has dominated Pakistan's governance for most of the state's existence. These agencies aim to intimidate, discredit, and silence us.

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