Avijit Roy, an American blogger of Bangladeshi origin, was brutally hacked to death on 27 February by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, after he allegedly received threats from Islamists. Roy, who was 42, is the second Bangladeshi blogger to have been murdered in two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004.
With over 24 years of experience, Hong Kong-based Kishore Sakhrani advises on taxation, corporate structuring, accounting, regulatory and trust related matters for both corporate clients and high net worth individuals.
He is chairman at the Board of Directors at Community Business Limited (CBL), a non-profit group promoting community involvement, diversity and non-discrimination in Hong Kong for over a decade. He also sits on the board of the Richard Ivey School of Business in Hong Kong.
Sakhrani is a past president of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong South and the former chairman of the Indian Resources Group, which was instrumental in obtaining full British passports for HK residents who would otherwise be left stateless after the 1997 handover of HK to China.
China-based Indian entrepreneur Sagnik Roy is a Sinologist and a member of the board directors of TXYCO LTD (a company engaged in textile, natural resources and rubber & tire industry). He is also an adviser to various local government bodies in China. Currently based in Xiuyan in North-east China, Roy is also a governing board member of US-based Environmental Education Media Project for China (EEMPC) and engaged in promoting environmental awareness.
His contacts at political and bureaucratic circles have made him a unique foreign resident of China. Local Chinese people feel a twinge of envy for his mastery of Putonghua. He can speak Mandarin with perfect poise and elan and his fluency in the language is amazing.
Strathmore’s Who’s Who and Princeton Who’s Who named Roy as one of the influential foreigners in China in 2007 and 2008.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has identified as many as 221 journalists in jail around the world in 2014. In 2013 the number was 211. The tally marks the second-highest number of journalists in jail since CPJ began taking an annual census of imprisoned journalists in 1990.
I wonder why freedom of expression is taken away by those countries which have thrown valiant journalists into prisons. I condemn all these attempts at muffling free press.
Jail those scribes who are dishonest, tell lies and resort to falsehood, but not those who are apostles of honesty and rectitude and who always stand by truth, come what may.
Let truth prevail.
President Barack Obama has expressed concern over the need of raising minimum wage in the U.S. “If we want to keep fighting to raise the minimum wage, I need supporters like you, who won’t quit, standing by my side and making your voice heard,” the president said in his state-of-the-union address on January 20.
Arup Bhandari laid down his life on February 2 fighting to protect women’s dignity. The brave soul fought goons single-handedly but slumped to ground when he was hit with sticks and rods. The intrepid 23-year-old from Salkia, Howrah, who sometimes worked as a civic police volunteer, faced the fury and wrath of five young men when he raised his voice and protested against women’s harassment.
He died unnoticed, unsung.
I was deeply pained and would like to express my anguish over the news reports of vandals launching heinous attacks on a Catholic church in south Delhi on February 2. The goons broke open the tabernacle, walked away with the sacred chalice and threw the consecrated hosts (bread) on the floor and defiled the altar.
This was the fifth attack on a church in New Delhi over the past two months. Archdiocese of Delhi expressed shock at the ‘deafening silence’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.