Articles by: Dr Prem Singh

Raghuvansh Babu : A committed socialist in times of neo-liberalism

Raghuvansh Babu : A committed socialist in times of neo-liberalism

It is an undeniable fact that today’s corporate India is intoxicated with the idea the digital. It is constantly on the fast-track to transform all into the digital, and as quickly as possible. In such an environment, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, popularly called as Raghuvansh Babu in friendly circles, sent his hand-written resignation addressed to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
New Education Policy: Duties Before Implementation

New Education Policy: Duties Before Implementation

  A friend of mine requested that I must contribute my suggestions sought by the government for the preparation of the New Education Policy (NEP). He reminded me about my elaborate critique of the report of Ambani-Birla Committee, constituted by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He added that in continuance of the argument presented in that critique I should suggest to the[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 India
Can India be a secular republic without being socialist?

Can India be a secular republic without being socialist?

The event of Bhoomi Poojanof of Ram-Mandir in Ayodhya on 5 August 2020 marks the beginning of the politico-social endorsement of majority communalism in the country. In the articles/news stories/editorials/party releases/comments etc. written with reference to the Constitution and the Republic of India on this subject, one common thing could be discerned. That is, no intellectual or leader has accepted[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 India
Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

The 78th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, famously known as the August Revolution in the history of India’s freedom movement, falls on August 9, 2020. The movement was inspired by the intense desire of freedom of the Indian people. According to a letter written by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia to the Viceroy Linlithgow, the British government had killed fifty[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 India
 India towards a police-state?

 India towards a police-state?

(1) “Members of the police shall exercise their functions, powers and duties as impartial servants of the general public and the Government of the day. … No member of the police may be ordered or forced to exercise his other functions or powers or deploy police resources to promote or undermine any political party or interest group, or any member[Read More…]

by August 7, 2020 Human Rights
Can we talk less?

Can we talk less?

(1) It is a well-known truth about civilization that a person deeply immersed in philosophy, spirituality, religion, science, art, literature, other diverse disciplines of study, or even in independent study etc. is prone to less verbal articulations i.e. he talks less. Taking the concept of Gandhi, it can also be considered true about politics. (India’s Independence Movement was also brilliant[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 India
Corona Pandemic: Time for politicisation of labour consciousness

Corona Pandemic: Time for politicisation of labour consciousness

The country is one and a half months into the lockdown but the plight of the toiling labourers at the country-wide level continues unabated. Every day huge crowds of workers suffer from hunger, insult and alienation/ignorance in their own country, from their own countrymen and the images are for every one of us to see. It may be noted that[Read More…]

by May 13, 2020 India
How did the alienation of Muslims stop? : Justice Sachar’s way

How did the alienation of Muslims stop? : Justice Sachar’s way

The second death anniversary of Justice Rajinder Sachar falls on 20 April 2020. On this solemn occasion as we remember him it is necessary to understand that his concerns about the ever-increasing alienation of Muslims in Indian society were very deep. Apart from being concerned, he also had a keen grasp of this complex problem. He always considered this problem[Read More…]

by April 20, 2020 Communal Harmony
Corona Epidemic: Deep Foundation of Counter-revolution

Corona Epidemic: Deep Foundation of Counter-revolution

1 By the end of the last decade of the twentieth century, the discussion in India on or about poverty by all mainstream political parties, forums and mediums had almost ended. There was a general consensus among the ruling classes that there is no poverty in the country. The sight of poverty is due to the poor themselves and is[Read More…]

by April 12, 2020 India
COVID-19: Four Suggestions

COVID-19: Four Suggestions

Just a few days after the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 in China, it became clear that the world economy will be badly hit due to this epidemic. Nearly three months since, it has also become clear that the downside impact on the economy will be far-reaching. The long-standing trade war between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald[Read More…]

by March 24, 2020 World
Delhi Elections: The shades of Communal Polarization

Delhi Elections: The shades of Communal Polarization

The voting-day (8 February 2020) for the Delhi Assembly elections has finally arrived. The BJP has continued its all-time strategy of communal polarization and Congress bashing in its election campaign. However, the emphasis remained more on communal polarization in the discussions held in the public domain and also in circles of anti-BJP intellectuals. There has been such a concentrated publicity[Read More…]

by February 8, 2020 India
Political Narrative by the Ford Foundation progeny

Political Narrative by the Ford Foundation progeny

Recently, I came across a news piece published in the ‘Indian Express’ in which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that they have changed the narrative of politics. There has been a grand debate ranging from the end of history to the end of ideology since the last decade of the past century . This propagated ‘endology’ apparently meant[Read More…]

by February 4, 2020 India
The Anti-CAA/NRC/NPR Movement: Hope and Prospects

The Anti-CAA/NRC/NPR Movement: Hope and Prospects

1. The government’s decisions on the Kashmir-problem, the temple-mosque dispute, the Assam-problem (National Register of Citizens) and the Citizenship Amendment Act highlight four things: (1) That the decisions are motivated with an intention of communal polarization. (2) That the role of democratic institutions and processes has been merely perfunctory in these decisions. (3) These decisions are not characteristic of a[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 India
Call After Political Defeat!

Call After Political Defeat!

1. The title of the article is not reflective of the defeat of politics that stands against the politics which imposes neo-imperialist slavery on the country. That defeat has already been taken place. The reason is that almost all the claimants and intellectuals of socialism, secularism and democracy in the country are against the anti-neo-imperialist politics. The experience since 1991[Read More…]

by January 27, 2020 India
University Campus or Cantonment?

University Campus or Cantonment?

In the mid-seventies, when I came to Delhi University (DU) from a small village in Haryana, the deployment of police or private security guards either in the college or university campus was unheard of. There used to be university watchmen at the gate of college, hostel and faculty, who were generally befriended by the students. In the entire north campus,[Read More…]

by January 11, 2020 India
Should Jewar International Airport be named after Gandhi?

Should Jewar International Airport be named after Gandhi?

Yesterday (1 October 2019) I had the opportunity to share a car ride with Virendra Kumar Barnwal who is the author of ‘Hind Swaraj: Nav-Sabhyata Vimarsh’. We both were en route to the South Campus of Delhi University where he was invited to address the audience on the topic ‘Gandhi and literature’. On the way the discussion inter-alia turned towards[Read More…]

by October 2, 2019 India
Gandhian way of changing corporate politics

Gandhian way of changing corporate politics

1.             With the announcement of results of Lok Sabha elections of 2019, deep concerns were voiced by numerous comrades expressing anguish as to what would Narendra Modi’s victory portend for the Constitution and the democracy. During the last five years we have often heard from secular and progressive friends that we are wading through dark and bad times. The[Read More…]

by September 21, 2019 Life/Philosophy
The quagmire of bust installation at University of Delhi 

The quagmire of bust installation at University of Delhi 

One important inference that can be drawn from the speeches of the 30th August 2019 rally of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), is that the recent bust controversy will be a pivotal issue in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election scheduled to be held on 12 September. The dispute will not cease with the announcement of election results.[Read More…]

by September 5, 2019 India
The Spirit of Quit India Movement: Lohia’s Perception

The Spirit of Quit India Movement: Lohia’s Perception

August 9, 2019 is the 77th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, famously known as the August Revolution and an important milestone in the history of India’s freedom movement. The 75th anniversary of this movement, a movement which was fuelled by the intense desire for freedom of the Indian people, was celebrated two years ago on 9 August 2017. On[Read More…]

by August 9, 2019 India
Government’s Decision on Jammu and Kashmir: A Long Leap into Unconstitutionality  

Government’s Decision on Jammu and Kashmir: A Long Leap into Unconstitutionality  

As per the decision the present day government took in the Parliament on 5 August 2019 the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir accorded under Article 370 of the Constitution of India has ended. The Article 35A also has ceased to exist. Consequently Jammu and Kashmir will no longer be even a full-fledged state. The entire area[Read More…]

by August 8, 2019 India
The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

Delhi is the ancient city of India. The city’s history bears testimony to settlements and also to ruins. This order of settling and deserting of the city has been going on since the Mahabharata period. In the medieval period, this city enjoyed eminence as a centre of power and this eminence endured for a long time. It is hardly surprising[Read More…]

by July 21, 2019 Life/Philosophy
Official Language Vs Social Justice

Official Language Vs Social Justice

(The language-question is again under discussion spotlight after the publication of the draft of National Education Policy (NEP) 2018. In the context, l recollect the day when of one of my articles titled ‘Official Language Vs Social Justice’, originally written in Hindi on the same subject, was to be presented at a five-day conference on ‘Indian Constitution and Social Justice’.[Read More…]

by June 5, 2019 India
The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

At the time of the establishment of the Congress Socialist Party (CSP) on May 17, 1934 in Patna, under the chairmanship of the patriarch of the Indian Socialist Movement, Acharya Narendra Deva, two goals were clear: to achieve the independence of the country and to enhance the pace of the organised efforts towards establishing a socialist system. To achieve both[Read More…]

by May 17, 2019 India
The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

Narendra Modi, during the campaigning for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had specifically emphasized two things : First, nothing has happened in the country during the Congress rule of the last 65 years. He, accusing the Congress of failures during its 65 years rule, had then claimed that he would complete 65 years of task in just 65 days if he[Read More…]

by May 6, 2019 India
Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

Narendra Modi has been a recipient of consistent acceptance and support from various corners/ sources which favours his eligibility as the Prime Minister. Although after five years of being Prime Minister, a lot of people have come out of the lure of Modi, yet an unreal aura is being created about his future Prime Ministerial role, as if it is[Read More…]

by May 5, 2019 India
Prem Singh – Remembering Justice Sachar on his first death anniversary

Prem Singh – Remembering Justice Sachar on his first death anniversary

Justice Sachar, His Report and Muslims Today (20 April 2019) is the first death anniversary of Justice Rajindar Sachar – a socialist visionary, a Justice par excellence, a true secular and democrat, an unrelenting human rights and civil liberties champion and a wonderful person having complete faith in human goodness. While paying her tribute to him on his demise, Seema[Read More…]

by April 20, 2019 India
Prem Singh- Jallianwala Bagh: Hundred Years of Sacrifice

Prem Singh- Jallianwala Bagh: Hundred Years of Sacrifice

Today, on April 13, 2019, is the hundredth year of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It was the day of Baisakhi festival. Thousands of male, female and children had come to Amritsar from nearby villages and towns. Many of them had camped in Jallianwala Bagh’s open ground. There was an atmosphere of tension in Punjab due to the agitation organized to oppose[Read More…]

by April 13, 2019 India
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 : A Perspective for Opposition Unity (2)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 : A Perspective for Opposition Unity (2)

The contemporaneity of present day politics in India, as far as both the government and the opposition is concerned, is characterized by an absence of any real difference of policy vision across the political spectrum. The trend actually has been of gradual diminishing of difference between various political parties. Defection from one party to the other has become a matter[Read More…]

by April 6, 2019 India
And now, it’s Lohia’s turn!

And now, it’s Lohia’s turn!

23rd March is Dr. Rammanohar Lohia’s birthday. But it is said that he did  not want people to celebrate the day because it was on this day that the revolutionaries – Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were executed by the British government. So most of his admirers and Indian socialists celebrate Lohia Jayanti by observing it as the Martyrdom Day.[Read More…]

by March 31, 2019 Life/Philosophy
The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

Delhi is the ancient city of India. The city’s history bears testimony to settlements and also to ruins. This order of settling and deserting of the city has been going on since the Mahabharata period. In the medieval period, this city enjoyed eminence as a centre of power and this eminence endured for a long time. It is hardly surprising[Read More…]

by March 20, 2019 India
Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

1. The modern industrial civilization has witnessed two World Wars. The researchers of war have yet not been able to estimate the magnitude of casualties/deaths – both military and civilian – which occurred in these two World Wars. The estimated figure of people killed in both World Wars is between 10 to 15 crores. World Wars I and II were[Read More…]

by March 5, 2019 India
Rafale Deal: The question is not of BJP vs. Congress, but Modi government vs. Indian nation

Rafale Deal: The question is not of BJP vs. Congress, but Modi government vs. Indian nation

The mystery on the Rafale Aircraft Deal is standing right there even after the deal has been moving around the governments and their leaders of India and France, various governmental institutions and their officials on both sides, weapon companies and their masters, media and independent journalists, civil society activists etc. Rather there is a over casting of darkness in the[Read More…]

by February 15, 2019 India
Two Phenomena of ‘Modi Era’ : Virtual World and Unabated Communal-Caste Conflicts

Two Phenomena of ‘Modi Era’ : Virtual World and Unabated Communal-Caste Conflicts

  First phenomenon : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s team has succeeded in projecting the political debate from the ground on to the virtual world. The political and intellectual class  has played a pivotal role in the last three decades in the crystallisation of this successful endeavour of Modi. As political and intellectual discussions began taking shape in a manner which[Read More…]

by February 10, 2019 India
Issue of contractual-teaching at Delhi University

Issue of contractual-teaching at Delhi University

University of Delhi is replete with ad-hoc teachers as it presently employs around five thousand teachers who work in the ad-hoc capacity. Year after year, a hire and fire policy is adopted with regard to their employment by the college administration for every academic session. In this process, an ad-hoc teacher often finds himself/herself being turned into a guest teacher.[Read More…]

by January 25, 2019 India
10% Reservation to Economically Weak Sections in General Category : Socialist Party’s Perspective

10% Reservation to Economically Weak Sections in General Category : Socialist Party’s Perspective

Mr. Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, Member Parliament, on 8th January 2019, seek a reply from Government of India, Ministry of Scial Justice and Empowerment to the question (No. 4475) on ‘Reservation for Poor’. Mr. Reddy’s question was : (a) whether the Government is exploring the scope of providing reservation for poor candidates from forward communities for education and employment; (b) if[Read More…]

by January 13, 2019 India
Citizenship Bill: One more step of BJP towards the contempt of Constitution

Citizenship Bill: One more step of BJP towards the contempt of Constitution

By passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha the Narendra Modi government at the Center has taken up another step towards the contempt of the Constitution. The Bill provides that six non-Muslim communities – Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi – of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan will be granted citizenship of India in the event of religious[Read More…]

by January 12, 2019 India
A ‘capital’ transformation : Delhi as a symbol of corporate politics advertisement

A ‘capital’ transformation : Delhi as a symbol of corporate politics advertisement

It would have been more pertinent and meaningful if this piece had been written by a journalist friend. Actually, I had waited for some time hoping that one or another journalist friend would turn his attention to this subject and write about it. But unfortunately, journalists who would look into the changing face of Delhi metropolis and speak about the[Read More…]

by December 28, 2018 India
AgustaWestland chopper deal is a dead snake in neck of the country

AgustaWestland chopper deal is a dead snake in neck of the country

The Socialist Party believes that the Modi government has brought the issue of AgustaWestland chopper deal as a rebuttal of the Rafale aircraft deal, and not to fight corruption. The BJP leaders, including the PM, have explicitly stated that extradition of James Christian Michel will pose a serious crisis for the Congress and its Gandhi-Nehru family. People should understand that[Read More…]

by December 8, 2018 India
Under the yoke of neo-imperialism : A fake war of patriotism and treason

Under the yoke of neo-imperialism : A fake war of patriotism and treason

1 Civil life in India, especially during the last two decades, has been afflicted by the twin war cry of patriotism (rashtrabhakti) and treason (rashtradroh). The three pillars of the Indian democracy – the legislative, the executive and the judiciary, including the fourth pillar – the press, the education and research institutions as well as independent and committed intellectuals of[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 India
The Crisis, the Solutions and the Intelligentsia

The Crisis, the Solutions and the Intelligentsia

The present government has opened almost all areas – from education to defense- for intervention by foreign capital. The loot of the country’s resources and labor is closely associated with this decision of the government. The ministers of the ruling party often make a variety of anti-constitutional announcements that includes declaration about changing the very Constitution. Education is being commercialised[Read More…]

by August 24, 2018 India
India Faces Unprecedented Challenge: Opposition Unity Is The Need Of The Hour

India Faces Unprecedented Challenge: Opposition Unity Is The Need Of The Hour

Political Resolution -Socialist Party (India) National Executive Committee Meeting, Delhi The Indian Constitution is passing through the crisis of a serious threat from the ruling establishment of the country. The present government is not only destroying the basic values of socialism, secularism and democracy embedded in the Constitution, but its leaders are also openly declaring that they are working in the[Read More…]

by August 19, 2018 India
National Register of Citizens in Assam: Need for Responsibility, Caution and Restraint

National Register of Citizens in Assam: Need for Responsibility, Caution and Restraint

The problem of presence of illegal Bangladeshi nationals in Assam is quite complex and old. When the students movement against the Bangladeshi infiltration in Assam held in the eighties, they were supported by socialists and Gandhians of the country. Then that movement was secular and its emphasis was on Assamese citizens identity. Although there was opposition to Bangla-speaking population, but[Read More…]

by August 2, 2018 Human Rights
The Era of ‘teaching lessons’

The Era of ‘teaching lessons’

Although the recent attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh is being widely and strongly condemned, there are many people who, citing some earlier incidents involving Swami ji, perceive the attack as an inevitable and normal culmination. This is definitely most unfortunate. Those who do not agree with his earlier or present views and actions were, and are, absolutely free and[Read More…]

by July 23, 2018 India
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A Perspective for Opposition Unity

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A Perspective for Opposition Unity

  I Before discussing the complex subject of opposition unity, it would be appropriate to look at some obvious facts. Firstly, there exists no opposition to the neo-liberal policies that has prevailed for the past three decades in the country – none at the level of mainstream political parties, none at the level of intellectuals and ‘thinking’ class. Therefore, the[Read More…]

by June 25, 2018 India
Prof. Keshav Rao Jadhav : A man of Courage, Conviction and Commitment

Prof. Keshav Rao Jadhav : A man of Courage, Conviction and Commitment

Prof. Keshav Rao Jadhav, a prominent socialist thinker and leader passed away on 16th June 2018 at a hospital in Hyderabad at the age of 86. Prof. Jadhav was running ill for a long time. His funeral took place the same day in Hyderabad in the presence of several leaders and activists associated with the Telangana movement and the socialist[Read More…]

by June 17, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Raj Kishore : An uncompromising journalist passes away

Raj Kishore : An uncompromising journalist passes away

Veteran journalist Raj Kishore passed away on 4 June 2018 at the age of 72. He had recently lost his 42 years old  son Vivek, also a journalist, merely one and a half months ago. Vivek met a sudden death on 21 April  due to a massive brain stroke and was cremated at Nigam Bodh Ghat electric crematorium the same[Read More…]

by June 11, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar from Rangoon

Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar from Rangoon

On coming 10 May is the 161th anniversary of 1857 – the country’s First War of Independence. 10th May 1857 is the day when the brave Indian soldiers first raised the war-cry for independence against the British regime. To secure freedom for the country by breaking the chains of slavery, on 10th May the soldiers started from Meerut, reaching Delhi[Read More…]

by May 8, 2018 India
Sachar Saheb : A Unique Personality With Socialist Vision

Sachar Saheb : A Unique Personality With Socialist Vision

He had forbidden us to call him ‘Justice Sachar’. So I began to call him Sachar Saheb. Four days after his death, I sit down to write this tribute. The personality of Sachar Saheb was like a masterpiece, epic in its dimensions. A classic personality in this absurd period! In a tribute like this, written for the media, there is[Read More…]

by April 25, 2018 India
Asifa’s Just Killers!

Asifa’s Just Killers!

The cry seeking justice for Asifa is becoming stronger and deeper. From Delhi to the United Nations, from social and civil rights organizations to civil society citizens, more and more people  are out on the streets shouting slogans and demanding justice for Asifa. The social media is parading her pictures, right from happier times to the horrifying end; protesters unfurl their[Read More…]

by April 21, 2018 Patriarchy
Goodbye Bhai : The Struggle Will Continue

Goodbye Bhai : The Struggle Will Continue

  His full name was Bhalchandra Bhai Vaidya but people used to call him Bhai Vaidya. I always addressed him as ‘Bhai’. In our village, it was an accepted norm to call a father ‘Bhai’ and a majority of people followed this practice. I came in personal contact with Bhalchandra Bhai Vaidya after my father passed away, therefore I never[Read More…]

by April 13, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Acharya Narendra Deva : Life And Politics

Acharya Narendra Deva : Life And Politics

              Acharya Narendra Deva, known as the patriarch and doyen of Indian socialism, was born on 31 October 1889 in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh. But his ancestors came to UP from Sialkot. His schooling took place in Faizabad and higher education in Allahabad and Banaras. He obtained his law degree from Allahabad University and practiced law for some time. But his scholastic[Read More…]

by October 31, 2017 Life/Philosophy
The Implications Of Ramnath Kovind’s Presidency

The Implications Of Ramnath Kovind’s Presidency

  In the upcoming presidential election, the BJP candidate Ramnath Kovind’s election to the post of the President of India is fait accompli. The debate around the presidential election is restricted to BJP playing the caste-card. The Congress fielding Meira Kumar against BJP’s caste-card, merely changes the discourse as to whose candidate is the better or more authentic ‘Dalit’. One[Read More…]

by July 13, 2017 India
Republic Day, Sovereignty And The Youth

Republic Day, Sovereignty And The Youth

            The Constitution of India was adopted on 26th Jan 1950 and we entered the world stage as a sovereign republic. Ever since 26 January is celebrated as the Republic Day, a celebration of our sovereignty. Vibrant tableaus of various states and departments are part of the parade. But predominantly it is a celebration of the display of military[Read More…]

by January 26, 2017 India
Demonetization: The Politics of Public Suffering

Demonetization: The Politics of Public Suffering

            There have been various and repeated references to the suffering of the public caused by the decision of demonetization by the government. The suffering of the ordinary people due to this astounding decision has been criticized even by the High Court and Supreme Court.  Around 100 people have died because of it. The supporters[Read More…]

by December 20, 2016 India
The Independence And Gandhi : In The Clutches Of Neo-liberalism

The Independence And Gandhi : In The Clutches Of Neo-liberalism

The RSS did not participate in the freedom struggle, and that it was responsible for Gandhi’s assassination, are facts that are not new. These arguments have been used repeatedly against the RSS since the Independence of India in 1947. The RSS does not claim a stake in the freedom struggle, but refutes the accusation of being party to Gandhi’s assassination.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 Globalisation, India