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Most Major Opposition Parties Demonstrate At New Delhi In Support of Kashmiris; Protest Reminiscent of J.P.’s 25 June, 1975 Rally

Most Major Opposition Parties Demonstrate At New Delhi In Support of Kashmiris; Protest Reminiscent of J.P.’s 25 June, 1975 Rally

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   On 22 August, 2019 leaders of most major opposition parties demonstrated at the national protest site, JantarMantar, New Delhi, India from 11 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. The all party demonstration was organized to urge immediate release of leaders detained in J & K; to save democracy and to protect human[Read More…]

In Kashmir Health Professionals Speak Truth to Power

In Kashmir Health Professionals Speak Truth to Power

These are strange times. A state can just get ‘obliterated’ from the map of the nation. Constitutional propriety is set aside to deprive millions of citizens of their basic human rights while a significant section of the rest of the country ‘rejoices’ over it all. A large section of the media has abandoned its role as watchdog of democracy but[Read More…]

Dalit Bahujan Solidarity With Kashmir

Dalit Bahujan Solidarity With Kashmir

We, the undersigned — Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi, members of all marginalised communities and anti-caste allies of India — condemn the support shown by certain Dalit–Bahujan political party leaders to the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s decision of diluting Article 370 of Constitution of India through fraudulent means. Our heart goes out to the people of Kashmir who are in a confused[Read More…]

Beyond Kashmir – some thoughts

Beyond Kashmir – some thoughts

‘ Extreme violence has a way of preventing us from seeing the interests it serves’ Naomi Klein from ‘The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism’ Many analysts have presented critique of the Abrogation of Article 370 and its impact on the political and social conditions but not much has been expressed about the causes of such hasty policy decisions.[Read More…]

Second Killing of Bhagat Singh And Subhash Chandra Bose By The Hindutva Gang

Second Killing of Bhagat Singh And Subhash Chandra Bose By The Hindutva Gang

In a shocking development the student wing of the RSS put the busts of martyrs Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose with the Savarkar’s on one pedestal at the University of Delhi late in the night on August 20, 2019. This clubbing of busts of Bhagat Singh and Netaji with VD Savarkar is tantamount to 2nd killing of the 2[Read More…]

 Can Modi save India from a looming disaster?

 Can Modi save India from a looming disaster?

          The early warning signals are blaring, and a disaster is in the making. It will tear the nation apart severely impairing the economic prosperity gained in the last twenty years. Terrorism in the likes of Afghanistan was never a part of India, but the conditions are ripe to give birth to it. The United States has much to lose, first[Read More…]

Political Economy of SEZ in India

Political Economy of SEZ in India

The contradiction of praxis is the eternal contradiction of Capitalism with its innate attribute of unceasing accumulation. It means opposite to what it says. It appropriated political power and established itself with the slogans of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity but its very existence depends on the contrary principles, as its prominent organic intellectual Adam Smith has aptly defined the historical progress (of[Read More…]

Character of our nation is on test

Character of our nation is on test

Co-Written by Aruna Roy and Nachiket Udupa Those of us who care for integrity, principle and constitutional values as citizens of India have a huge task ahead. When Independence was dreamt of, it must have seemed impossible “Being part of a democratic government is hard. Being a citizen is hard. It is a challenge. It’s supposed to be. There’s no[Read More…]

Abrogation of Article 370: A Legal Fiction

Abrogation of Article 370: A Legal Fiction

It is not just Article 370, the President’s Order has also amended Article 367, changing the substantive character of an important provision besides abolishing the entire Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir. Article 370 is meant for preserving autonomy for Jammu & Kashmir, leaving decision-making power regarding relationship with the Centre to the State’s Constituent Assembly. It is a serious limitation[Read More…]

Normalization of Hindutva politics and Saffron modernity in India

Normalization of Hindutva politics and Saffron modernity in India

Right-wing extremists’ politics in India has now stamped absolutely as an authentic politics in the majority expectation. Now the question is about its future concerning India as a nation laden in the cultural foundation of conservatism and purity. Does India, as a society, will be moulded through the power of right-wing politics into a single cultural system?  The recent rise[Read More…]

Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis

Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis

  On Monday August 5, 2019, Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special autonomy status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. The move has led to mixed reactions in India though buoyed by the Hindutva ideology the majority who no doubt sees[Read More…]

Cruelty by the Indian State…Kashmir caged

Cruelty by the Indian State…Kashmir caged

Since the arrival Modi in our political scenario in 2002, India has steadily drifted into world of “pseudo-reality”. By 2019, India has fallen deep into “the abyss of a totalitarian society”. Yet another “master-stroke” hurtling India towards disaster. The problem here is that since 1947 the UN has regarded the whole of Kashmir (held by India and Pakistan) as “disputed[Read More…]

Divestiture of BJP`s Delhi Unit Politics  

Divestiture of BJP`s Delhi Unit Politics  

The Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), no doubt, is making all cunning efforts to win the forthcoming Municipal Corporation Delhi(MCD) elections in Delhi. The BJP Delhi unit chief, Manoj Tiwari, a popular Bhojpuri singer, is inviting & cajoling all disgruntled, tired, hopeless, disloyal and corrupt Congress and Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) party erstwhile leaders in the hope to strengthen the[Read More…]

India may use nuclear option first to pre-empt attack of Pakistan

India may use nuclear option first to pre-empt attack of Pakistan

In an apparent shift in its ‘no first use of nuclear option’ doctrine, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Friday (August 16) that while India has strictly adhered to Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s doctrine of ‘No First Use’ (NFU) of nuclear weapons, “what happens in future depends on the circumstances”. In a visit to Pokhran in western India, the site of[Read More…]

The Sell-Off Government

The Sell-Off Government

The Standing Committee on Defence, 2017-18 of the Sixteenth Lok Sabha highlights the idea of Buy Indian-IDDM (Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured). The Committee expressed concern over the import content of equipments produced and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ordnance Factories and Defence Public Sector Undertakings because of the dependence it creates for military hardware on foreign suppliers.[Read More…]

Kashmir`s Faux Pas

Kashmir`s Faux Pas

Kashmir`s antiquity dates back to about 3000 BC, to make it contemporaneous to the Indus valley civilization. Kashmir has been a great seat of learning during the Vedic period, a part of the Maurya Empire in the 3rd century BC under Asoka, who founded the city of Srinagar. Srinagar is also known as ‘Paradise on Earth’. I shall not go[Read More…]

UAPA Bill 2019, Was It Required?

UAPA Bill 2019, Was It Required?

The Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment Bill 2019 has been passed after days of deadlock between the government and the opposition parties in Rajya Sabha. The bill gives Central government the POWER to designate/tag/label individuals as terrorists on the basis of suspicion without following any formal judicial process. When designated as terrorists an individual can appeal to Union home secretary, who[Read More…]

The Chief of Defence Staff appointment: An inauspicious beginning

The Chief of Defence Staff appointment: An inauspicious beginning

Since several committees have recommended the creation of the appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) or equivalent position, here issue is not taken with the government finally getting round to creating the post. The problem is the maneuvering – amounting to musical chairs – attending the naming of its first incumbent. That the creation of the position has[Read More…]

Article 370: Magsaysay Awardee Sandeep Pandey Put Under House Arrest Again

Article 370: Magsaysay Awardee Sandeep Pandey Put Under House Arrest Again

Social activist and Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey was put under house arrest again. In a brief mail he said, ” The police arrived again today at my and advocate Mohammad Shoaib’s place to house arrest us and other activists an hour and a half before candle light demonstration at Gandhi statue, Hazratganj, Lucknow scheduled at 6 pm.” On August[Read More…]

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Punjab of 1984 and Present Kashmir Bears Similarities

The manner and intent of Indian Establishment in sending of the Indian army to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on 3 June 1984 and degradation in special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August (2019) bear a lot of similarities. Both actions were sudden and unexpected carried with excessive use of the armed forces. These two events were[Read More…]

Indian Subcontinent Independence And Economies Lagging Counterparts

Indian Subcontinent Independence And Economies Lagging Counterparts

Mid-August is when the subcontinent celebrates independence from Britain.  Born in a cauldron of hate 72 years ago, India today is again filling it to the brim. In one fell swoop, Mr. Modi has denuded Kashmir of the flimsy shroud purporting to preserve its cultural and territorial integrity through articles 370 and 35A in the constitution — the latter empowering[Read More…]

Inside India’s Dollar City

Inside India’s Dollar City

Co-Written by Kamalesh Roy  & Anuja Dutta For three decades now, Tirupur – a town in Tamil Nadu – has been engaged in the production of fabric and garment export business. This initiative – established as a coalition of few cotton mills – has emerged as the economic backbone of nearly four lakh workers depending on a mechanized mode of[Read More…]

India at 72

India at 72

Caste system not only intact but strengthened. People facing untouchability still a reality. Manual scavenging still prevalent despite tall claims of swachh bharat People dying of hunger Children and girls still being trafficked. Violence against women one of the dirtiest realities of our society Honor killings are nothing but preservation of caste supremacy and to terrorise the lower castes Superstition[Read More…]

RSS Denigrated The National Flag And Birth of Democratic – Secular India On The Eve of Independence

RSS Denigrated The National Flag And Birth of Democratic – Secular India On The Eve of Independence

On the eve of Independence the English organ of the RSS, Organiser, in its issue dated August 14, 1947, denigrated this choice in the following words: “The people who have come to power by the kick of fate may give in our hands the Tricolour but it will never be respected and owned by Hindus. The word three is in[Read More…]

Freedom must speak itself

Freedom must speak itself

The word freedom has never fully revealed itself to me. When we were kids, the day off from school, or a my dad having time to take us kids for a round around the city, or my mother looking happy about not having to cook a meal because we were invited elsewhere seemed akin to what might be freedom. Before[Read More…]

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Shocking! Press Club of India Refuses To Show Film And Photographs On Kashmir

I was present at this amazing, historical Press Conference at Press Club of India today afternoon, by a team just back from its Kashmir visit from August 9 to 13 with its Report on Kashmir after abrogation of Art. 370. Team consisted of Jean Dreze, economist, Maimoona Mollah, AIWDA, Kavita Krishnan, CPI- ML (Maale) and Vimal Bhai, NAPM. What was[Read More…]

Kashmir Caged: Fact Finding Report

Kashmir Caged: Fact Finding Report

We spent five days (9-13 August 2019) traveling extensively in Kashmir. Our visit began on 9 August 2019 – four days after the Indian government abrogated Articles 370 and 35A, dissolved the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. When we arrived in Srinagar on 9 August, we found the city silenced and desolated by curfew, and[Read More…]

PADS Condemns Modi Government’s Conspiracy Against People of Jammu and Kashmir

PADS Condemns Modi Government’s Conspiracy Against People of Jammu and Kashmir

The parliament of India on 6th August put its stamp of approval on bills abrogating article 370 and downgrading the state of Jammu and Kashmir to two union territories. When the representatives of the people of India were deciding the fate of the state, the people of J&K were forced into collective house arrests. Armed forces imposed curfew like restrictions[Read More…]

69 human rights activists and organizations sign letter to Prime Minister Modi on situation in Jammu & Kashmir

69 human rights activists and organizations sign letter to Prime Minister Modi on situation in Jammu & Kashmir

Dear Prime Minister Modi, We, the undersigned civil society activists and organizations, human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, and academics from around the globe, write to express our deep concern regarding the recent actions your government has taken over the past week in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The state’s unilateral repeal of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir,[Read More…]

Official Myths on J&K Busted

Official Myths on J&K Busted

Economist and activist Jean Dreze, who has co-authored books with Nobel laureates, such as Amartya Sen and Angus Deaton, was in the headlines for a placard he carried to a protest rally in Delhi earlier this week. His placard challenged the government’s most critical justification for its controversial move to scrap Article 35A and read down Article 370 in Jammu[Read More…]

The Kashmir crisis spotlights what a civilizational world looks like

The Kashmir crisis spotlights what a civilizational world looks like

India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab land, is the latest indication of what a new world order led by civilizational leaders may look like. In dealing with recent conflicts, US President Donald J. Trump, Israeli and Indian prime ministers Benyamin Netanyahu[Read More…]

Motor car crashes and a faltering economy

Motor car crashes and a faltering economy

It is not just the arrogant, rich and drunken drivers who cause road crashes . Even professors in IITs, the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, tend to drive or tended to drive rashly within the campus injuring students. Dinesh Mohan, professor from IIT Delhi and the country’s foremost expert on road crashes, points out that when speed breakers were put[Read More…]

Holy Cow: Indian Political Chessboard

Holy Cow: Indian Political Chessboard

Lynching alone has not been the only fallout of making Holy cow as central to the agenda of Hindu nationalist BJP and its co travelers towards Hindu Rashtra. In the dreaded phenomenon of lynching the major victims have been the religious minorities and dalits as highlighted by in the letter of 49 eminent film and other personalities. This is just[Read More…]

Back-stabbing of Kashmiris & Dismembering of Jammu and Kashmir Into Tukde-Tukde By The Government of India

Back-stabbing of Kashmiris & Dismembering of Jammu and Kashmir Into Tukde-Tukde By The Government of India

From PIL Watch Group archives  The PIL Watch Group strongly condemns the reprehensible act of the Indian Govt. in relation to Jammu and Kashmir set in motion on 5 August, 2019. All assurances given to the people of Kashmir by the Indian Govt. since 1947 stand withdrawn through a sleight of hand by a brute majority in Parliament; as also[Read More…]

Article 370: Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey put under house arrest in UP

Article 370: Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey put under house arrest in UP

Social activist and Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey and his activist wife Arundhati Dhuru were put under house arrest in Lucknow on Sunday to prevent them from holding a protest dharna against the revocation of article 370 and communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir. The proposed protest ‘Stand for Kashmir’ was to be held on Sunday evening at the GPO[Read More…]

Kashmir: Abolition of Article 370: Implications

Kashmir: Abolition of Article 370: Implications

Currently there are celebrations in sections of Indian society and there is a pall of gloom in Kashmir. On Tuesday 5th August (2019), by a Presidential order Article 370 has been revoked along with article 35 A. Interestingly the citizens of Kashmir, the traders  of Kashmir scattered in different parts of the country are under immense tension about the well[Read More…]

Indianising Kashmir, at Gunpoint

Indianising Kashmir, at Gunpoint

“Maine aisa Hindustan kabhi nahin dekha!” In six words, Farooq Abdullah may have captured the trauma and acute sense of betrayal of his people. The three-time chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir broke down like a child during a media interaction at his Srinagar residence. The National Conference leader and son of the late Sheikh Abdullah, the Lion of Kashmir,[Read More…]

Press Freedom In Kashmir:Petition Filed In Supreme Court

Press Freedom In Kashmir:Petition Filed In Supreme Court

NEW DELHI, August 10: Today, Ms. Anuradha Bhasin, the Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India seeking directions to ensure that the State creates an enabling environment for journalists and all other media personnel in all parts of Jammu and Kashmir to practise their profession, and that the debilitating restrictions imposed[Read More…]

Kashmir Fallout: Foreign Policy Front Going Awry

Kashmir Fallout: Foreign Policy Front Going Awry

The step of Narendra Modi government on August 5, abrogating the Article 370 of Jammu and Kashmir, is going to alter the internal and external politics of the country for at least the next fifty years. Congress, PDP, NC, JKPC and the entire opposition was caught unawares, but perhaps, the Modi government started to prepare for it, as it took[Read More…]

RSS/BJP Rulers Have Shamed Sardar Patel by Guillotining Article 370

RSS/BJP Rulers Have Shamed Sardar Patel by Guillotining Article 370

A PEEP INTO THE CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTS One of the “truths” manufactured in the boudhik shivirs (ideological training camps) of the RSS is that it was Jawaharlal Nehru who forced Article 370 on India while Sardar Patel, the first home minister of India was opposed to it. The RSS leaders both inside the Modi government and outside ceaselessly keep on blaming[Read More…]

Will India’s move on Kashmir derail ties with China?

Will India’s move on Kashmir derail ties with China?

Shi Jiangtao, a former diplomat writing in the South China Morning Post, says a fresh row between Beijing and New Delhi over India’s decision to split the hotly contested region of Kashmir into two territories could cast fresh uncertainty over bilateral ties amid signs of growing strategic competition. Parts of Kashmir are claimed by the two regional giants as well[Read More…]

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Scrutinizing The Legal Challenges To Abrogation Of J & K’s Special Status

Scrutinizing The Legal Challenges To Abrogation Of J & K’s Special Status

In an unprecedented move to fulfill its manifestoed promises, the Central Government has, through a Presidential Order, rendered Article 370 of the Indian Constitution inoperative ipso facto. While the frenzy of netizens has hailed it as a firm footing towards full integration of the state of Jammu & Kashmir into the Union of India, certain legal infirmities could pose a[Read More…]

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Uniting the identity of Pastorals through first ever National Pastoral Parliament

Uniting the identity of Pastorals through first ever National Pastoral Parliament

Pastorals from across the country meeting in Gujarat GOPNAAD, ‘Mera’ village, Becharaji, Mehsana, Gujarat: ‘It is the high time to reestablish the contribution of pastorals for sustainability of the environment, in the context where humanity has reached a verge of crisis’. With this as the central objective, pastorals from 15states in India are meeting to mobilize themselves on 10-11 August[Read More…]

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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…]

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Know The Shameless Betrayal Of Quit India Movement By Savarkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee And RSS Through Their Own Documents

Know The Shameless Betrayal Of Quit India Movement By Savarkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee And RSS Through Their Own Documents

After the recent guillotine of the Article 370, the Hindutva ideologue Ram Madhav while celebrating the occasion stated that it was honouring of   the sacrifices of Dr Syam Prasad Mukherjee and thousands others who laid down their lives for its removal. It is to be noted that Dr. Mukherjee was a cadre of RSS and was groomed into a Hindutva[Read More…]

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…]

SRINAGAR, FEB 27 (UNI) Troops on a security vehicle entering the 13 Rashitriya Rifles camp in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal where a soldier shot dead his five colleagues and injured another before committing suicide on Thursday. UNI PHOTO -114U

Euphoria Over Kashmir: Pointer To The Diabolical Nature of Our Species?

The euphoria in the country over the Kashmir situation is just another pointer of the diabolic nature of our species. The population is rejoicing over the revoking of Article 370 and Article 35a, calling it a much awaited move and appreciating the gutsy attitude of this Government. The covert and horrendous means used to achieve this end are termed as[Read More…]

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A Betrayal of People

A Betrayal of People

Co-Written by Rahul Pandey and Sandeep Pandey In a single stroke of decisions, the Indian government has revoked Articles 370 and 35A, bifurcated J&K into J&K and Ladakh, and reduced their status to Union Territories. While there are questions about the legal soundness of these decisions, their moral illegitimacy lies in the fact that none of the stakeholders in J&K[Read More…]

Some incoherent thoughts on abolition of Article 370

Some incoherent thoughts on abolition of Article 370

The abrogation of Article 370 that binds India to Jammu and Kashmir by the current BJP government has come as a rude shock to those who believed in the famous slogan “Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat” as a road map to tackle the problems of alienation in the restive state north of India. The BJP government with a sledge hammer of brute[Read More…]

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Gujarat Text Book Tweaks Ambedkar’s Iconic Slogan — Educate, Organise, Agitate

Gujarat Text Book Tweaks Ambedkar’s Iconic Slogan — Educate, Organise, Agitate

Is tweaking of Babasaheb’s iconic slogan — Educate, Organise, Agitate — by the Gujarat government part of a pan-India phenomenon in the saffron camp? Does anyone still remember the ‘re-editing’ of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi during National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-I period when demands were raised that it should to be scrapped and the original collected works should to be reinstated so that readers/scholars[Read More…]

The Hindus of Babri Masjid

The Hindus of Babri Masjid

The final battle to the nation’s most vexed problem Ramjanambhumi/Babri Masjid title suit, which has bogged the country from the past seven decades, has started from onwards to August 6th, on the basis of a day-to-day hearing, which means i.e. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,  in a constitution bench at the Supreme Court of India headed by Chief Justice of[Read More…]

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Kashmir: A Coup Against the Constitution and the Kashmiris

Kashmir: A Coup Against the Constitution and the Kashmiris

The PUCL condemns the abrogation of key portions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and the bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and taking away its statehood. While the deed by itself is deceitful, the manner in which it was done is even more so. All the constitutional provisions, procedures, safeguards and values have been disregarded. What[Read More…]

Woodrow Wilson Center expert says: India’s sudden Kashmir move could backfire badly

Woodrow Wilson Center expert says: India’s sudden Kashmir move could backfire badly

Michael Kugelman of the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center, has warned that Indian Prime Minister Narenra Modi’s sudden move in Kashmir could backfire badly. “Sure enough, on Aug. 5, India announced that it plans to revoke Article 370, a constitutional clause dating back to 1949 that gives Jammu and Kashmir its special autonomous status. The scale of this move cannot[Read More…]

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Listen to People of Jammu & Kashmir: End ‘Reign of Occupation and Terror’

Listen to People of Jammu & Kashmir: End ‘Reign of Occupation and Terror’

 National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) unequivocally condemns the indefensible and totalitarian move of the BJP-led NDA Govt. to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution by way of a Presidential Order and introduce a Bill for bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, not only without but seemingly in violation of the consent of the[Read More…]

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Animal World – Kashmir

Animal World – Kashmir

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Kashmir: Modi’s  ‘Bangladesh Moment’?

Kashmir: Modi’s  ‘Bangladesh Moment’?

If any confirmation was needed Narendra Modi is determined to cast himself as a carbon copy of Indira Gandhi-  albeit one with a venomous, communal edge – you need not look further than his latest Kashmir gamble. There is true ‘Indira-style’ audacity written all over his regime’s decision to scrap the special status given to the Himalayan state under the[Read More…]

A couple of facts and legal queries about Constitutional Amendments

A couple of facts and legal queries about Constitutional Amendments

Article 368 of the Constitution of India is titled ‘Power of Parliament to amend the Constitution and procedure thereof’. Clauses 1 and 2 of the same state: “Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, Parliament may in exercise of its constituent power amend by way of addition, variation or repeal any provision of this Constitution in accordance with the procedure laid down[Read More…]

The Long Dark Night In Kashmir

The Long Dark Night In Kashmir

At the stroke of the midnight hour on 5 August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir was blanketed in a state of siege. 35,000 fresh troops in addition to the existing 6.5 lakhs were present with orders to shoot, curfew, internet and phone shut down, media black out, and all major elected leaders under house arrest. Already, there was escalated aggression over[Read More…]

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What Is The Agenda On Kashmir?

What Is The Agenda On Kashmir?

The agenda is clear. Whip up frenzy and sentiments outside Kashmir for the ‘bold’ decision on it. The celebrations on the street look as if you have ‘occupied’ a territory and the way responses are coming they reflect how much divisions we have created in this country. Right and wrongs are now clearly based on your religious identity. The decision[Read More…]

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India revokes Kashmir’s special status as a prelude to change demography

India revokes Kashmir’s special status as a prelude to change demography

Apparently taking que from Israeli policy to implant Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government Monday (August 5) revoked the special status of Jammu Kashmir under articles 35A and 370 of the constitution which forbid Indians from outside the region from buying land or permanently settling in the Muslim-majority territory.By repealing Article 370 of[Read More…]

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The Article 370 Amendments: Key Legal Issues

The Article 370 Amendments: Key Legal Issues

In this post, I will attempt to break down the constitutional changes to Article 370, and highlight some key legal issues surrounding them. In essence, to understand what has happened today, there are three important documents. At the heart of everything is Presidential Order C.O. 272, which constitutes the basis for everything that follows. The second is a Statutory Resolutionintroduced in the[Read More…]

Jammu And Kashmir Loses Its Special Status, To Be A Union Territory

Jammu And Kashmir Loses Its Special Status, To Be A Union Territory

The government of India has abolished the special status given through the constitution to Kashmir through a presidential order. Home Minister Amit Shah informed parliament that Article 370 has been abolished with the President signing an order that comes into effect “at once.” The government has also said it wants parliament to clear a proposal that bifurcates the state of[Read More…]

Magsaysay Award for Ravish Kumar Is A Victory for Truth

Magsaysay Award for Ravish Kumar Is A Victory for Truth

There could not have been a better choice than Ravish Kumar for this year’s Magsaysay Award. Ravish has demonstrated exemplary courage in questioning the sectarian, communal, jingoistic and irrational politics which has dominated the narrative in this country over the last five years when one by one most of the saner voices were made to disappear, some made compromises or[Read More…]

Higher Secondary Education in Malabar Districts of Kerala to Suffer

Higher Secondary Education in Malabar Districts of Kerala to Suffer

Academic year of 2019 – 20  begun in June – July. Multiple educational reforms are implemented by state and central governments in India. Kerala is inter alia a topper state in India in respect of literacy having 96 percentage in 2018. It has been striving for achieving sheer and comprehensive literacy rate in coming years. However higher educational achievements of[Read More…]

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Today, Freedom From Fear Is Freedom From Mainstream Media

Today, Freedom From Fear Is Freedom From Mainstream Media

 (This  is originally a speech by journalist Ravish Kumar , winner of  the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award.) What was once considered unacceptable and unethical in the public domain has been made entirely acceptable and ethical by the mainstream media in the last five years. Not only is the media celebrating existing immoralities, it is also scaling new heights of impropriety. Crudity[Read More…]

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When RSS To Start Sainik School

When RSS To Start Sainik School

Rare are the occasions when the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) — which could be said to be the biggest organisation of Hindu men — moves beyond its founder member Dr Hedgewar to build memorials. Whatever might be the consideration behind it, but it came as a little surprise that the RSS has decided to start a school in the memory[Read More…]

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Evaluation of Right to Education (RTE) Act

Evaluation of Right to Education (RTE) Act

Education is often used as a parameter to measure the development of a country. It is the fundamental right of every human that makes them empowered, assists in growth and enables better decision making for them individually as well as for the nation as a whole.However, these benefits presumethe existence of a sound education system. Since children represent that segment[Read More…]

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Clothing a Naked Emperor: The BJP’s Attacks on Gandhi and Nehru

Clothing a Naked Emperor: The BJP’s Attacks on Gandhi and Nehru

It is a measure of the greatness of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru that the BJP ideologues and their followers can’t stop referring to them, no matter how idiotically and venally they do so. To blame Nehru for everything – as is the wont if these demagogues – is to imbue him with the absolute power that indeed he never[Read More…]

Khushwant Singh’s Foresight on Hindutva Fascism

Khushwant Singh’s Foresight on Hindutva Fascism

There was something or everything so very extraordinarily different to Khushwant Singh that even after five years of his passing away he holds sway. At the recently concluded Khushwant Singh Literary Festival at King’s College, London, it got more than apparent that the man’s views and viewpoints were of great significance. Perhaps it wouldn’t be amiss to state that he[Read More…]

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Right to Education- Just a phrase for textbooks?

Right to Education- Just a phrase for textbooks?

  “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan According to the Right to Education act, “Every child within the age group of 6 to 14 must be provided with free and compulsory education.” The act came into the referendum in the year 2001 to increase the[Read More…]

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UAPA: A Call to Mob Lynching

UAPA: A Call to Mob Lynching

The UAPA bill has been ultimately passed by the Rajya Sabha yesterday. UAPA refer to Unlawful Activities Prevention Act under which the Central government has got a right to ‘designate’ an individual as a terrorist. While there is no immediate threat to arrest, the person will have to appeal to the government with in forty days of his/her name appearing[Read More…]

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Vow In The Name of The Soil of This Country Not to Let It Down

Vow In The Name of The Soil of This Country Not to Let It Down

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Sanjay Singh A fact to which the press, and by extension the public, did not pay much attention was when Narendra Modi, serving Chief Minister of Gujarat, came to New Delhi in 2014 to take oath as Prime Minister, he used Adani’s aircraft. The implication of it only now dawns on us as Adani emerges[Read More…]

Towards A Better Democracy

Towards A Better Democracy

Towards a better democracy that can overcome unethical polity brewing in Karnataka that is ready to submerge the rest of India Some times good things come out in crisis situations. Won’t it be great if a way towards better and more democratic governance could bloom out of the current constitutional crisis in Karnataka. We need not go into the crisis[Read More…]

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Why did three Chief Ministers support the RTI killer Bill?

Why did three Chief Ministers support the RTI killer Bill?

Why three Chief Ministers- Biju Patnaik (Odisha), K Chandrasekhar Rao (Telangana) and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy (Andhra Pradesh) have shown greater loyalty to NDA than the NDA Chief Ministers in helping the BJP to push through the controversial RTI Amendments Bill 2019, is a big political question. (See open Letter to  three CMs below.) Why three Chief Ministers- Biju Patnaik[Read More…]

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Modinama: Issues That Did Not Matter

Modinama: Issues That Did Not Matter

Preface: Modi 2. The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear (Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks, 1930). Narendra Damodardas Modi, the man who began his political journey as a Pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has been re-elected Prime Minister[Read More…]

New Education Policy and Disabled

New Education Policy and Disabled

There has been a lot of debate on the draft of new policy on education. Many analysts have exposed loopholes and contradictions in the policy. Inaccessibility Though the government has eloquently spoken of ‘Divyang’ – disabled persons possessing ‘divine limbs’ and powers,even the ‘ access’ contents, considered as ‘a key guiding principle’ by the Draft has not been made available[Read More…]

Muslim Boy Who Said He Was Set Ablaze For Refusing To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Dies

Muslim Boy Who Said He Was Set Ablaze For Refusing To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Dies

A 15-year-old boy, who was allegedly set on fire by four men for refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Mohammad Khalid had alleged that he was set ablaze by four men in Chandauli on Sunday. He had been admitted to the Kabir Chaura Hospital in Varanasi with 60 per cent burns.[Read More…]

Unnao Story Is The Failure Of Indian system

Unnao Story Is The Failure Of Indian system

Unnao story is the failure of Indian system and deep rooted corruption and nepotism inside it. The girl who was fighting a lonely battle over a year when she accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her. The thing is that the party did not bother to take any action against Sanger. It is surprising that in the city[Read More…]

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Azam Khan And The Trauma He Carries

Azam Khan And The Trauma He Carries

Lateef baat bhi ahbab ko khatakti hai/ Na Jaane kaun sa kaanta meri zabaan mein hai ( Even a subtle expression disturbs my comrades/ I wonder what thorn I have in my tongue) is how the latest row between Azam Khan , Samajwadi Party MP from Rampur, UP, and Rama Devi, Deputy Speaker in Lok Sabha can be summarised. Rama[Read More…]

UAPA Amendment – Another nail on the coffin of Democracy !

UAPA Amendment – Another nail on the coffin of Democracy !

“An individual’s psychology is the birth place of Terrorism, rather than an institution. If, in the first place, an individual is stopped from attracting other individuals into terrorism by providing ideological and financial support, this menace can be finished” is what this country’s Hon’ble Home minster said in the open Parliament session while quashing the arguments of opposition on the[Read More…]

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Is India Displaying Signs of Neo-Fascism?

Is India Displaying Signs of Neo-Fascism?

  During the two-day debate on the Motion of Thanks to the Indian President’s Address in the Parliament held on 24th June and 25th June 2019, Mahua Moitra, the first time Member of Parliament, in her maiden speech in the Parliament on the 25th June took on the government, led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, point-by-point on a host[Read More…]

What If This Is the Hindu Rashtra?

What If This Is the Hindu Rashtra?

The change from a constitutional republic to a majoritarian state need not entail a change either in the constitutional framework or in our national symbols. What do people mean when they say ‘Hindu rashtra’? And what would it feel like to live under such a state? People might imagine grandiose parades, banners, armbands or even official paramilitaries. They might perhaps expect[Read More…]

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T.Nagi Reddy On Adivasis And Their Struggles- Recalling Srikakulam Girijana Peasant Revolt 50 Years Later

T.Nagi Reddy On Adivasis And Their Struggles- Recalling Srikakulam Girijana Peasant Revolt 50 Years Later

Legendary communist revolutionary leader Tarimela Nagi Reddy (TN) died on July 28, 1976, and he is remembered along with his comrade-in-arms, DV Rao (1917 June 1- 1984 July12), every year across Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana State (TS) in memorial meetings held at several places in July. Hundreds of activists and supporters, including landless, poor and adivasi peasants attend these[Read More…]

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India Is Becoming A Police State

India Is Becoming A Police State

It looks like India is becoming a police state. With the passage of three amendments to existing laws the central government is impinging upon the powers delegated to the states,  becoming opaque and transgressing upon the rights of individuals. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act amendment bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha gives the government the power to designate[Read More…]

Sahil in white shirt.

A Minor Muslim Boy Lynched To Death In Delhi

In another case of mob lynching a minor Muslim boy was beaten to death by a mob in India’s capital New Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar locality. Sahil, a 15 years old boy was brutally thrashed to death by his neighbors , who allegedly entered the house of his neighbor Mukesh for stealing . The incident took place on Friday morning. The[Read More…]

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Private Interest Masquerading As Policy Critique

Private Interest Masquerading As Policy Critique

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Praveen Srivastava Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Professor of Education Economics at University College London and President of City Montessori School Lucknow has critiqued the New Education Policy in an article published in Times of India on 24 June, 2019. She has identified poor school and teacher accountability as the main cause of learning crisis in public[Read More…]

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Miyah Poetry: How do Besieged Communities Respond?

Miyah Poetry: How do Besieged Communities Respond?

A FIR was registered against 10 Assamese poets (July 10, 2019). These poets mostly Muslims; have been pioneers and are leading lights of what has come to be known as Miyah Poetry. One sample, by the initiator of this trend; Hafiz Ahmed goes like this Write, Write Down, I am a Miya, My serial number in the NRC is 200543,[Read More…]

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Indian consulate removes Arundhati Roy’s slide from a presentation on Ambedkar 

Indian consulate removes Arundhati Roy’s slide from a presentation on Ambedkar 

In what can be seen as censorship of academic work by the representatives in Canada of the world’s so called largest democracy, the Indian consulate has removed a slide quoting         Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy from a presentation on Dr. B.R Ambedkar. Ambedkar was a towering Indian scholar and social justice activist. He was also an architect of[Read More…]

Even Germany Should Wonder Why Lindner Visited RSS

Even Germany Should Wonder Why Lindner Visited RSS

The German envoy’s visit to the Nagpur headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has worrying implications for both India and Germany. Silence on what transpired at the meet can only make matters worse. ‘…The burden of National Socialist crimes accompanies Germany to this day. Immediately after the war ended in 1945, and in following decades, confronting the crimes committed under National[Read More…]

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Ambassador Walter Lindner pays respects to RSS founder

Calls for German Ambassador’s Resignation Intensify

Following his official visit to Indian organization revering Nazi ideology, 2500 sign petition to recall Germay’s ambassador in New Delhi Amid international media fallout after German Ambassador Walter Lindner’s 17 July 2019 visit to the headquarters of the RSS — a volunteer organization that has enshrined Nazi and Italian fascist ideology — calls are increasing for Lindner to resign. In[Read More…]

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Uproar in India over Trump’s Kashmir mediation remarks

Uproar in India over Trump’s Kashmir mediation remarks

There was a pandemonium in India over President Donald Trump’s statement on the Kashmir issue. At a White  House press conference Monday (July 22) with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Donald  Trump said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate the Kashmir conflict. Trump said that Modi had discussed the subject with him during their meeting[Read More…]

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Nationwide Protests Ahead of the Supreme Court Hearing Demand Proper and Speedy Implementation of the Forest Rights Act

Nationwide Protests Ahead of the Supreme Court Hearing Demand Proper and Speedy Implementation of the Forest Rights Act

New Delhi, July 22 : Responding to the national call for action by Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, more than hundred protest demonstrations, public meeting etc were organised across the country today. Millions of adivasis and other traditional forests dwellers submitted memorandums to the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, Ministry fo Tribal Affairs through their district administration authorities and demanded that their rights[Read More…]

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Children having their meals at the AWC in Kandhei posh, Odisha. Picture Credits - Sweta Dash

Odisha Government ensures the inclusion of eggs in Mid Day Meal

It was barely a little after nine on a summer morning in Kandhei Posh village in Banei block, Sundergarh district of Odisha. The six children in the anganwadi centre (AWC) rush out after having spent two hours lazing indoors with some drawing, playing, and recitation in between. The fidgety young ones line up dutifully towards the pail of water outside[Read More…]

Four Elderly Women Beaten To Death Alleging Witchcraft In Jharkhand

Four Elderly Women Beaten To Death Alleging Witchcraft In Jharkhand

Four women, all above 60 were dragged from their homes and beaten to death in a village in Gumla district of Jharkhand on Sunday, after being accused of witchcraft. The victims were identified as Chapa Bhagat, 62, and his wife Piri Devi, 60, and Umraav, 65, and his wife Fagani Devi, 62. The victims were dragged out of their homes[Read More…]

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Public Statement Against the Recent FIRs against Miyah Poets and Online Trolling

Public Statement Against the Recent FIRs against Miyah Poets and Online Trolling

On 10 July 2019, an FIR was filed against ten Miyah poets and other activists from Assam under five different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Telecommunications Act for a poem titled Write it Down, I am a Miyah written by senior Miyah poet, Hafiz Ahmed. The FIR accused the poets and activists, amongst other things, of[Read More…]

Karnataka Artist  S Raghunandana declines  the Sangeet Natak Akademi award

Karnataka Artist  S Raghunandana declines  the Sangeet Natak Akademi award

Eminent theatre director from Karnataka S Raghunandana on July 17 declined the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for 2018, a day after it was announced, in protest against incidents of “mob lynching in the name of God and religion” and the frequent attempts to stifle dissenting views of public intellectuals and activists. Full Text of S Raghunandana’s statement The Sangeet Natak[Read More…]

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Strategy of resignations to pull down government

Strategy of resignations to pull down government

(Karnataka Assembly meets agai on July 22, Monday, to continue discussion on Confidence Motion moved by the Chief Minister. This was written before the discussion commenced. ) For those in power it is easy to bribe and being bribed without any fear of legal action. Rulers need not worry about rule of law. Defection-engineers in Karnataka no more ask MLAs[Read More…]

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Assam NRC — a Humanitarian Crisis Looming Large – CSSS Fact-Finding Team’s Report

Assam NRC — a Humanitarian Crisis Looming Large – CSSS Fact-Finding Team’s Report

Citizenship in Assam is a long contested issue shaped by forces of migration, partition and movements based on communalism, xenophobia and hatred for the “other”. This conflict will not end with the NRC but will take different forms as long as the hysteria and paranoia against the Muslims persist. Different instruments will be reinvented to dehumanise and decitizenise the Muslims[Read More…]

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 Transformed and Renewed Right to Urban Life: The Life of Slum Dwellers in Mandala Settlement, Mumbai

 Transformed and Renewed Right to Urban Life: The Life of Slum Dwellers in Mandala Settlement, Mumbai

 As the city becomes more responsive to the interests of developers and transnational finance, a ‘dual city’ of contradictory spaces, that is split along two socio-economic fronts, emerges (Castells 1989, pp.277-78). Mumbai is emblematic of this situation. There are the urban glamour zones of business districts, airports and shopping centres, and then there are the urban war zones where over[Read More…]

People’s poet Varavara Rao seeks prison facilities in view of his failing health

People’s poet Varavara Rao seeks prison facilities in view of his failing health

An Open letter to the Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi Subject: People’s poet Varavara Rao seeks prison facilities in view of his failing health. Respected Sir, The well-known people’s poet Varavara Rao is lodged at Yerawada Central Prison, Pune in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. He was arrested on August 28, 2018 along with[Read More…]

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Will The Left Survive In India? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Will The Left Survive In India? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

2019 elections have hit the left parties harder than even the Congress. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about the Congress Mukth Bharat, historically the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janatha Party wanted a Communist Mukth Bharat for definite. That is their stated long standing ideological position. They seem to be achieving this with a comprehensive understanding. The communists,[Read More…]

Rural Development Minister makes a mockery of MGNREGA

Rural Development Minister makes a mockery of MGNREGA

Rural Development Minister makes a mockery of MGNREGA on the floor of the house and reveals anti-worker and anti-poor bias While it is heartening that a discussion on rural development lasted for nine hours in Parliament with important issues on MGNREGA being raised, we are deeply disappointed at the statement of the Rural Development Minister that not only displays a[Read More…]

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Three Men Lynched On Suspicion Of Cattle Theft In Bihar

Three Men Lynched On Suspicion Of Cattle Theft In Bihar

In another instance of mob violence, three men were beaten to death this morning by locals in the Saran district of Bihar over suspicion of cattle theft. Locals in Baniyapur village in Saran caught of hold of the three men and accused them of trying to steal cattle. The three men, who were from the neighbouring village, were thrashed badly[Read More…]

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Justice delayed is justice denied: Revisiting the Thangadh incident of 2012

Justice delayed is justice denied: Revisiting the Thangadh incident of 2012

“Losing a son is never easy in our society and not just because of the trauma that comes with losing one’s child. Our relatives and friends would avoid seeing our face in the morning as we are parents of two daughters and have no son.” Chandarikaben, mother of Mehul Rathode As I sat there on my chair on a fine[Read More…]

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Union Budget 2019-20: Belying Expectations of Boosting Growth

Union Budget 2019-20: Belying Expectations of Boosting Growth

  The government was expected to present a big-bang Budget since it has a massive majority in Parliament. It was hoped that the Budget would help take the economy out of its current troubles. Soon after returning to power the government and the PM have repeatedly talked of the Indian GDP reaching $ 5 trillion in the next five years.[Read More…]

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Why Sardar Patel would have disapproved his own Statue

Why Sardar Patel would have disapproved his own Statue

Last year on 31st October 2018when the India was celebrating the inauguration of Statue of Unity 75,000 strong crowd was protesting the event by deciding to fast for the whole day. This crowd comprised of residents from Kevadiya, Garudeshwar and other surrounding villages.They protesting against the Gujarat and the central government for violating their tribal rights. Despite holding protests in[Read More…]

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Economic Survey 2018 -19: Prescriptions do not follow the Analysis

Economic Survey 2018 -19: Prescriptions do not follow the Analysis

An Economic Survey is a document that surveys the economy in the financial year just past. So, it lists the issues confronting the economy and gives prescriptions for how to tackle these problems. Usually the solutions to the problems are presented in the Budget since resolution of problems requires allocation of resources which can only be done in a Budget.[Read More…]

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When a builder becomes a party chief And a poet makes a case for motorists

When a builder becomes a party chief And a poet makes a case for motorists

Is then no nook of English ground free from rash assault , asked the famous English poet William Wordsworth more than 170 years ago. He was responding to the threat posed by the so-called development to Nature in his beloved lake district. Since then the threat to the environment has increased manifold in different parts of the world. One would[Read More…]

Flood In Assam And Bihar, Dozens Dead

Flood In Assam And Bihar, Dozens Dead

As South India is facing drought like situation, heavy rains continue across the north- eastern parts of India worsening the flood situation, which has left millions of people displaced in Bihar, Assam and a few other north-eastern districts. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared a red color warning for action for Assam on Tuesday, as widespread and heavy rainfall[Read More…]

Letter to TISS Administration on ‘Sine Die’ Closure of TISS Hyderabad Campus and Hostel Access of Dalit and Adivasi Students

Letter to TISS Administration on ‘Sine Die’ Closure of TISS Hyderabad Campus and Hostel Access of Dalit and Adivasi Students

To, Prof Shalini Bharat, Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai To, Prof. U. Vindhya, Deputy Director (Acting), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad To, M.P. Balamurugan Acting Registrar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad Dear Prof. Shalini Bharat, Ms U. Vindhya and Mr. M.P. Balamurugan, We are deeply disturbed and dismayed at the unprecedented decision of[Read More…]

Authentic leader, Hindu Self and Indian Neoliberalism

Authentic leader, Hindu Self and Indian Neoliberalism

An authentic leader is a group leader and fulfils the expectations of the group. Typical authentic leaders are true to their selves, personal values and display consistency between their words and deeds generating trust and performance from their followers[1]. However, they can’t be so neutral and open, as the values, words and convictions may do correspond to the democratic ethos[Read More…]

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Narendra Modi and His Vision of Hindu India

Narendra Modi and His Vision of Hindu India

Is this something that had its origin in Nehruvian centralised unitary India as well?  Narendra Modi led his Hindu supremacist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to a second term victory in the 2019 Indian federal election. It was not a presidential election but almost looked like one – the election  centred around one man and one man only;it was Narendra Modi.[Read More…]

The Deplorable State Of The Unorganised Sector and the Urgent Need for Reforms

The Deplorable State Of The Unorganised Sector and the Urgent Need for Reforms

Since Independence in 1947, India has witnessed progress on various fronts. However, the progress on Equality of Human rights, especially when it comes to non-permanent workers or Unorganised sector workers has been plodding, despite various attempts by lawmakers. The issue is deep-rooted and is at an inflexion point where despite many incidents across the country, some of them resulting in[Read More…]

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Development, identity dominance and the politics of “doing” in India

Development, identity dominance and the politics of “doing” in India

“Most dangerous person in the world is the person who believes he has discovered the meaning of life” (Isaiah Berlin) Corporatisation is not development and market control does not mean freedom of choice. The current observation of right-wing populist[1] understanding about the various sociopolitical notions directly shows the prevalence of right-wing mindset at the general level. Some of the debates[Read More…]

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Lynching : The New Normal Of New India

Lynching : The New Normal Of New India

             BJP, a right-wing political party, came to power again in 2019, on the promises of “Sab ka Sath, Sab ka Vishwas”.But on the other side, it also raised the rhetoric of patriotism and hyper-nationalism over Pulwama blast in Kashmir and Balakot airstrike, which later proved to be mere eyewash to hide its failures in the first tenure. From calling immigrants in Bengal termites deemed[Read More…]

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Madrasa Students Assaulted For Not Chanting “Jai Sri Ram”

Madrasa Students Assaulted For Not Chanting “Jai Sri Ram”

A group of madrasa students were assaulted and allegedly forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” purportedly by right-wing goons in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, resulting in the injury of at least four students on Friday, reported The Hindu. The boys, all of them minors, were allegedly beaten up with cricket stumps and bats, and also attacked with stones. “Almost all of[Read More…]

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A Police Constable Killed By A Mob In Rajasthan

A Police Constable Killed By A Mob In Rajasthan

In the latest incident of mob violence a police constable was beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Saturday. Head constable Abdul Gani, 48, a resident of Kunwariya, was probing a land dispute and had gone to the site when a mob attacked him after an argument over encroachment. The policeman was seriously injured in the attack. He was[Read More…]

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How Do We Permanently End Slavery in Our Lifetime?

How Do We Permanently End Slavery in Our Lifetime?

On 10th July 2019, India woke up to see the tragic image of a 70-year old man named Kasi falling at the feet of some Tamil Nadu district government officials, begging them to rescue him from a work site where he was kept as a ‘slave’. This image soon became viral in the social media and disturbed the conscience of[Read More…]

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Inclusion of Study of History of RSS in the University Syllabus

Inclusion of Study of History of RSS in the University Syllabus

OPEN LETTER TO THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF RASHTRASANT TUKADOJI MAHARAJ NAGPUR UNIVERSITY Respected Vice-chancellor Saheb, I am writing this open letter to you on a critical issue concerning contents of syllabus at your University. As per a communiqué of the University which must have had your concurrence, the history of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and its role in ‘nation-building’ have[Read More…]

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Banning of Sikhs For Justice show true colours of the Indian state

Banning of Sikhs For Justice show true colours of the Indian state

The banning of New York-based advocacy group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) by the Indian state has once again revealed the discriminatory and anti-minority mindset of the government of the world’s so called largest democracy. On July 10, the Indian Home Ministry declared SFJ as an unlawful organization and banned it for five years. SFJ is being accused of spreading terrorism[Read More…]

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Statement by Miya poets and accused in the FIR

Statement by Miya poets and accused in the FIR

‘Miyah poetry’ began in 2016 as a series of poems opposing the use of the word ‘Miyah’ as a slang word for Assamese Muslims of Bengal-origin. Today ‘Miyah poetry’ is an umbrella term for poems by many, mostly young poets, from within and even outside the Bengal-origin Assamese Muslim community. These poems include stories of humiliation and discrimination, love poems,[Read More…]

This Is Why FIRs Filed Against 10 ‘Miya’ Poets

This Is Why FIRs Filed Against 10 ‘Miya’ Poets

As the sun sets in the West, North and South India, FIRs have been issued against 10 poets of North East who basically belong to the Bengali – Muslim community. FIR has been lodged against them for writing a specific type of poetry named “Miya” poetry which has recently seen the light of the dawn in the North East. Miya[Read More…]

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 A Few Drab and Dry Words about Water Crisis

 A Few Drab and Dry Words about Water Crisis

Suddenly the media and social media are abuzz with concern for water crisis, water wastage, preservation, groundwater replenishment and so on so forth. It is good. The social media, which are our big brothers, always watch over what people are doing, each and every person, can easily detect the date and time of the beginning of the sudden spur that[Read More…]

The Indian Nationhood’s Vision As Mother Goddess

The Indian Nationhood’s Vision As Mother Goddess

The oath-taking ceremony by the members of newly constituted 17th Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) on 18 June 2019 turned into a virtual slogan-shouting contest between treasury and opposition benches. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party with overwhelming strength (303 MPs) hackled and taunted an MP of Muslim party, AIMIM from Hyderabad in[Read More…]

Jallianwala Bagh: “Ample” compensation by British Government to the decedent of the victims and sufferers

Jallianwala Bagh: “Ample” compensation by British Government to the decedent of the victims and sufferers

Jallianwala Bagh massacre was committed on 13 April, 1919 when people had gathered to celebrate Baisakhi at Amritsar, Panjab. This article pays homage to the innocent and peaceful men, women and children who unsuspectedly fell victims to senseless firings of the colonial authorities. They were martyrs of Indian freedom struggle. That the colonial rulers had awarded as compensation a sum[Read More…]

Triple Talaq Bill Will Run Havoc to Every Muslim Family

Triple Talaq Bill Will Run Havoc to Every Muslim Family

Shah Bano and Babri Masjid cases are incongruent but the well accepted maxim is that the twains are ‘inseparable siblings’ but the fact is that it is high time the twains are separated. This popularly known Triple Talaq Bill, thus needs an urgent legal scrutiny apart from contextualising it with the political paradigms of the country. The bill right now[Read More…]

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Several Hundred Muslims Protest Against Mob Lynching At JantarMantar

Several Hundred Muslims Protest Against Mob Lynching At JantarMantar

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal A mass demonstration was held at JantarMantar, New Delhi today i.e. 10 July, 2019 from 10 a.m. onwards against the mob lynching and right wing atrocities. Several hundred Muslims participated in this protest action. Speakers stressed the adoption of legal, peaceful, democratic methods against the onslaught on the community. Victims and their[Read More…]

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Niyamgiri Adivasis Fight Against Vedanta

Niyamgiri Adivasis Fight Against Vedanta

On May 15, Dadi Kadraka, an activist with the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti (the Niyamgiri Protection Council or NSS) which has put up a relentless fight against the corporate destruction of the Dongria Kondhs’ revered god Niyamraja, was arrested from the Muniguda market in Rayagada. Human rights groups and local activists have condemned Kadraka’s arrest, saying the charges he was booked[Read More…]

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“In India we trust” – Reflections from a European student

“In India we trust” – Reflections from a European student

<< Asia’s giant- India- holds a net advantage over China in terms of political climate. In fact, India is the world’s most populated democracy where even the groups that occupy the lowest caste have the right to vote and secure representation in the battle for social mobility and real equality>>. Don’t you think this is a naïve representation of a[Read More…]

Underfunding and Inappropriate Technology Continue to Violate NREGA Workers’ Entitlements

Underfunding and Inappropriate Technology Continue to Violate NREGA Workers’ Entitlements

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha and PAEG’s Response to Budget and Economic Survey 2019 Even as many parts of the county suffer from drought, the new government at the centre has allocated a mere Rs 60,000 crores for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) for the ongoing financial year. This is Rs 1,084 crore less than the revised budget estimate for[Read More…]

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Sustainable Development is meaningless for these people in an Indian village

The United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) commences from 9th July and will continue till 18th July in the UN headquarters in New York, which will, among other discussions, review the working of the much touted Agenda 2030, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and suggest course corrections so that we achieve 17 ambitious goals by 2030.[Read More…]

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Question of Muslim Political Representation

Question of Muslim Political Representation

Co-Written by Basant Rawat, Kausharali Saiyed & Sandeep Pandey Indian Muslims are a deprived community with very low participation in the functioning of the world’s largest parliamentary democracy. This despite the fact that followers of Islam in India are the single largest minority- they’re about 17.22 crores, i.e., 14.2 % of total population of the country, according to the 2011[Read More…]

Kalbe Jawad with Yogi Adityanath

Shia Leadership And Babri Masjid

The general elections results came on May 23, signaling a robust 300 plus majority to BJP under Narender Modi. As a run-up to the polls, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, now Defense Minister, made a visit to the residence of Ammar Rizvi in Lucknow on April 5, a cog who has had a long career on the Shia political radar[Read More…]

Droughts and Tribal Sustenance

Droughts and Tribal Sustenance

As most of the country reels from the shock of the water shortage, those who belong to the marginalized classes of the society have water taken away right in front of their eyes, from the very places where they live in need and desperation of finding water to drink. In Mokhada, close to 150 km from Mumbai, the commercial capital[Read More…]

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Many Fierce Tyrants in India

Many Fierce Tyrants in India

Dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Benito Mussolini are known for their greed for power and criminality. When all of them were alive they used all types of political & military power to suppress and eliminate their political opponents with the help of the secret police.  They instilled social, economic and cultural distress among the innocent people[Read More…]

Hyderabad’s Heritage Errum Manzil Palace In Danger

Hyderabad’s Heritage Errum Manzil Palace In Danger

Believe it or not, the Telanganagovernment is hell-bent on destroying a historical palace in Hyderabad that was built back in 1870 by Nawab Fakhr Ul Mulk. The government wants to bring it down to build a new state legislature in its place that will be “vastu”compliant. A petition is being hosted on change.org, which has been signed by thousands of[Read More…]

Is Idea of ‘New India’ Hunting the Minorities and Secularism?

Is Idea of ‘New India’ Hunting the Minorities and Secularism?

India has been epitome of pluralism, tolerance, and diversity since ages. Religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity of India has left inerasable imprints all over the world. Varieties of social groups and ideological differences among the communities could not shake the unity of India. The India which was imagined by the Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar, Patel, Azad, Ashfaqullah, and Baghat Singh was[Read More…]

Indore’s good tradition of C.K. Nayudu and Homi Daji And the present BJP culture

Indore’s good tradition of C.K. Nayudu and Homi Daji And the present BJP culture

Indore city deserves to be in the news for better reasons than the ugly bat wielding by the spoilt son of BJP general secretary Kailas Vijayavargiya last week. I was in Indore last week for a workshop on sustainable transport. The city is astonishingly clean and deserves the first ranking in cleanliness in the country. Mumbai, which is in such[Read More…]

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A History Forgotten

A History Forgotten

During a visit to Amritsar some years ago, en route to the Golden Temple, I visited another neighboring Gurudwara – Gurudwara Saragarhi Sahib. The guide accompanying us narrated a bit of the history of the Gurudwara and its significance but the narrative meant nothing to me. Although I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about history, at least compared to most, all[Read More…]

UN experts: Risk of statelessness for millions and instability in Assam, India

UN experts: Risk of statelessness for millions and instability in Assam, India

GENEVA (3 July 2019) – UN experts* today expressed their grave concern over the ongoing update of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, India, and its potential to harm millions of people, most of whom belong to minorities. The experts also issued warnings on the rise of hate speech directed against these minorities in social media, and the potential[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi Must Rediscover India

Rahul Gandhi Must Rediscover India

Rahul Gandhi has finally resigned. His resignation letter is a brutally frank one. In this letter he has confessed of being betrayed by his party mates and fighting a lonely battle. He has also pointed out the institutional takeover of the fascist Sangh Parivar. He also committed to work towards an inclusive India as a loyal party member. In close[Read More…]

Tribals with the cotton crop that was destroyed by forest officials. The tribals do not possess documents to claim ownership of the lands though they have been tilling them for generations. The Forest Rights Act 2005 protects their right over these lands. But tribals allege their rights have remained on paper and largely observed in breach. Mulakalapalli village in Bhadradri Kothagudem District. Crop on over 70 acres was destroyed.

India must prevent the eviction of millions of forest dwellers, say UN experts

GENEVA (4 July 2019) ‑ UN human rights experts* have urged the Government of India to prevent the potential eviction of up to nine million people, most of whom are forest dwellers and members of scheduled tribes with an ancestral link to the land and forest. The threat of evictions follows a 13 February order by the Supreme Court of[Read More…]

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Muslims Did Not Challenge Deepak Misra Order

Muslims Did Not Challenge Deepak Misra Order

The out-going Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra, headed a three judges bench comprising J. Ashok Bhushan and J. Abdul Nazeer, on Sep 27, 2018, passed an order that ‘mosque was not an integral part of Islam’ while hearing the Ramjanambhumi/ Babri Masjid case, which is now in its last phase. No wonder this order brought a ‘sense of rejoice’[Read More…]

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Will Rahul Gandhi’s resignation resolve the crisis of Congress Party

Will Rahul Gandhi’s resignation resolve the crisis of Congress Party

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has ultimately resigned. He had resigned immediately after the massive defeat of his party during the general elections but the loyalists in the party dragged the issue too long hoping that he would be persuaded to take his resignation back but they failed. Rahul tweeted his lengthy letter to his party and to the general public.[Read More…]

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From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Toxic Agriculture Is the Problem Not the Solution

From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Toxic Agriculture Is the Problem Not the Solution

Why did the European Food Safety Authority claim that glyphosate was not ecotoxic? This is the question environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason poses in her new 23-page report which can be accessed in full here. In places, the report reads like a compilation of peer-reviewed studies and official reports that have documented the adverse impacts of chemicals used in modern agriculture.[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi Warns Of Institutional Take Over Of India – Full Text Of The Letter

Rahul Gandhi Warns Of Institutional Take Over Of India – Full Text Of The Letter

Taking responsibility for the Congress party’s poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, 3 July, resigned from the post of the Congress President. He posted a four-page letter on Twitter, officially announcing his resignation as the Congress President. It is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served[Read More…]

Very Little Relief Received By The Victims Cyclone Fani

Very Little Relief Received By The Victims Cyclone Fani

A 7-member team of GanatantrikAdhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha visited many villages of Puri district and a slum in Puri town on 20th June and 26th June to know more about the situation of local villagers after 55 days of cyclone Fani.The Fani cyclone had hit Odisha coast on 3rd May 2019. The team also met officials of RWSS, Electricity Dept.[Read More…]

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‘Waste ‘created by the wealthy is picked up by poor ‘waste’ pickers!

‘Waste ‘created by the wealthy is picked up by poor ‘waste’ pickers!

Much has been debated over waste disposal and waste management. But the root cause of ‘ creation’ of waste is not discussed often. To reduce waste, the problem of creating waste should be addressed. Guptas Example One of the main producer of waste is Rich who spend a lot on ceremonies. Recently, the Gupta family weddings of Gupta family created[Read More…]

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An Affront to Right to Life and Federal Character:  Forest Bill can kill tribal rights

An Affront to Right to Life and Federal Character:  Forest Bill can kill tribal rights

A draconian draft forest law of NDA is about to hit federal character of Indian Union. It will be an affront to the federation and threat to right to life of forest dwellers. Forest Act, 1927 is claimed to have aimed at protection of forests. In that name, the Forest officers have assumed higher powers over the forest dwellers and[Read More…]

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Chennai water scene: Scarcity, Insensitivity and Protest

Chennai water scene: Scarcity, Insensitivity and Protest

The Reuters photo above by P Ravikumar with the following caption “Women fetch water from a dried-up lake in Chennai, India” (© Reuters / P. Ravikumar) was an issue of discussion among people concerned with plight of millions of residents due to recent water scarcity in the city of Chennai. But the water-scarcity issue did not touch hearts of a[Read More…]

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Bitterly Frank !

Bitterly Frank !

Sometimes, I would prefer to be bitterly frank. These days, I feel that people get what they deserve. You have a PM whose credentials in Babari Masjid demolition and Gujarat violence and many other issues are well established. You have a Home Minister whose credentials are also well established. So, why are they there on top of us? There are[Read More…]

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Wake Up Now To Sanjiv Bhatt!

Wake Up Now To Sanjiv Bhatt!

The controversial and self-proclaimed ‘godman’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan is currently serving a life-term in at the Sunaria jail in Rohtak after being convicted in two cases of rape and the murder of a journalist. Recently, he applied for parole asking for 42 days of parole to “look after his fields in Sirsa district”. The Administration and the BJP[Read More…]

Sanaul Sheikh, his mother and wife with their child

Another Youth Lynched In West Bengal

Days after the brutal lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand, a 24-year-old youth was lynched to death in West Bengal. The victim identified as Sanaul Sheikh was accused of bike theft. A mob lynched him instead of having him arrested, in Malda district, 326 kms from Kolkotta. The video that went viral shows three sturdy men brutally assaulting Sanaul, who[Read More…]

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Indian   Mass  Psychology 

Indian   Mass  Psychology 

                                                           The variety of post-mortem reports coming out from the analysis of the Lok Sabha election results is quite confusing. Each contradicts the other. Some psephologists are silent, others are bragging about[Read More…]

Congress’s ideological crisis

Congress’s ideological crisis

Congress leader Pawan Khera says that ‘liberals’ abused the Congress party the most and at the same point of time, ‘expect’ it do the miracle. I dont claim to be one such person and nor am I in the category of the brahmanical liberals who wish to see things from their own ‘chashma’ but at the same point of time,[Read More…]

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Lynching is the game changer in New India

Lynching is the game changer in New India

The lynching of Tabrez Ansari was by means of threat and violence perpetrated with utter impunity for hours at end, nay, for days together. This is the darkest hour in the history of India which marks a departure of Narendra Modi from the first term as PM since he remained silent in most of such cases instead of condemning. It[Read More…]

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Three Manual Scavangers Die While Cleaning The Septic Tank Of A Pig Farm In Coimbatore

Three Manual Scavangers Die While Cleaning The Septic Tank Of A Pig Farm In Coimbatore

Three manual scavangers died in Coimbatore while cleaning sewer at pig farm. The three dead are identified as Rajappan and two others both named Vediappan. The incident happened on Thursday morning. They were cleaning the septic tanks filled with the faeces of 30 pigs in a farm. According to a police report on the incident, Rajappan first succumbed to poisonous[Read More…]

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EVM Sealed The Fate

EVM Sealed The Fate

There is a growing clamour against Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in India, after the 2019 general elections.  Countries like Germany, Holland and Ireland have banned EVM.  Japan and Singapore subscribe to ballot boxes, but EVM is gospel for Election Commission of India (ECI), hence EVM is now to stay. The entire opposition against BJP has been drubbed and BJP led NDA has[Read More…]

Modi on Emergency, Democracy and Mandate

Modi on Emergency, Democracy and Mandate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his latest Parliament speech on June 25 recalled it was the day Emergency was proclaimed by the Congress government led by Indira Gandhi. PM Modi’s first address to Parliament after being voted to power came on the 44th anniversary of the Emergency declared by then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975. He repeated some points[Read More…]

An Ola Cab Driver Beaten Up And Forced To Chant “Jai Sri Ram” In Mumbai

An Ola Cab Driver Beaten Up And Forced To Chant “Jai Sri Ram” In Mumbai

An Ola cab driver was forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” in Mumbai when his vehicle broke down in the middle of the road. The incident took place on Sunday, when the Ola cab driver Faisal Usman (25), a resident of Mumbra was travelling with passengers and his car broke down. After picking up passengers from Agusan road in Diva[Read More…]

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Indian Railways Facing The Scare Of Privitisation

Indian Railways Facing The Scare Of Privitisation

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and B. Ramakrishna Raju It appears that finally it is here. Soon after Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal said in a press conference that there are no plans to privatise railways, either now or ever, it has been revealed that government is thinking of inviting private operators to run passenger trains on low congestion and[Read More…]

An Indian child arrives in a hospital due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) as family members react in Muzaffarpur on June 10, 2019. - At least 14 children have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) while over a dozen are admitted in hospitals. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Killing Fields of Indian Healthcare

“Medicine is a social science and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale”. Rudolf Virchow, 1821-1902 In recent days India’s health system – never the world’s best – has been getting really bad press. First it was negative publicity was over a week of agitation by thousands of doctors in Bengal after violence against them by families[Read More…]

Prime Minister’s Statement on Sardar Sarovar is Rootless and Proofless

Prime Minister’s Statement on Sardar Sarovar is Rootless and Proofless

In his response to President’s speech in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Modi didn’t forget to refer to Sardar Sarovar, the pet project of himself and his own state, Gujarat. He has boasted of the Gigantic Dam which is no doubt standing like a statue but neither has it served the real purpose of satiating the thirst of the drought[Read More…]

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Statement in support of Lawyers Collective

Statement in support of Lawyers Collective

  We, the undersigned concerned citizens, are extremely perturbed at the increasing tendency of the Government, through its agencies, to use excessive power to curb the voice of the people, which is the very essence of democracy.   The work of Lawyer’s Collective in general and Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, in particular, have contributed to changing the lives not[Read More…]

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An Upper Caste Youth Runs His Vehicle Over A Dalit Family, Killing Two Women

An Upper Caste Youth Runs His Vehicle Over A Dalit Family, Killing Two Women

Horrific atrocities against Dalits continue. An upper caste youth ran his speeding vehicle over a dalit family killing twowomen of the family and injuring two others. The incident happened Bulandshahr near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. The incident happened after the youth tried to molest one of the girls in the family. Frustrated at the failed attempt, the youth left the[Read More…]

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The India That We Want: Politicians In The Future

The India That We Want: Politicians In The Future

In future we need politicians who have moral fibre and large hearts. We need politicians who are honest, generous to a fault, and, not greedy; with absolutely no aspirations for wealth and power for themselves and who are not richer than the poorest in their constituencies. We would want politicians that are open books, and, who are above political games[Read More…]

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Saraswati Karketta Latest victim of caste slur and harassment in Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta

Saraswati Karketta Latest victim of caste slur and harassment in Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta

  “Calcutta University worshipping the Chandal” was the vicious campaigns when Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee had, in the University appointed Mukund Behari Mallick a Pali teacher in 1921. The news of victimization of a tribal lady, university teacher in the faculty of Geography, targeting her birth, complexion and gender furnished the latest illustration of deep-rooted caste-based prejudice and discrimination prevalent in[Read More…]

Absence of a strong coalition of opposition is the biggest strength of Narendra Modi

Absence of a strong coalition of opposition is the biggest strength of Narendra Modi

It is good to remember things which had historical impact on our political life. The emergency imposed on intervening night of 25th-26th June, 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi showed how dictatorial minds work on the ‘popularity’ and megalomania. Mrs Gandhi was a staunch nationalist though tilted towards a bit of left in the 1970s, suppressed media and[Read More…]

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On 44th Anniversary of the Emergency in India, How RSS Betrayed the Anti-emergency Struggle

On 44th Anniversary of the Emergency in India, How RSS Betrayed the Anti-emergency Struggle

National Emergency was imposed on the country by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 25-26, 1975, and it lasted for 19 months. This period is considered as ”dark times’ for Indian democratic polity. Indira Gandhi claimed that due to Jaiprakash Narayan’s call to the armed forces to disobey the ‘illegal’ orders of Congress rulers had created a situation of[Read More…]

Remember Emergency but do not forget to identify and resist the present Undeclared Emergency

Remember Emergency but do not forget to identify and resist the present Undeclared Emergency

Emergency was declared by PM Indira Gandhi this day 44 years back when the citizen’s fundamental rights of life, liberty and expression were abrogated. Thousands were jailed, Press freedom was scuttled, hundreds were killed by the State in fake encounters and people, particularly the poor minorities, were forcibly sterilised. It lasted 19 months and when elections were held, Mrs. Gandhi’s[Read More…]

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Statue of Unity in the middle of Tribal Poverty

Statue of Unity in the middle of Tribal Poverty

The world’s tallest statue the ‘Statue of Unity’ was inaugurated by Prime Minister nearly sometimes back with huge publicity in Kevadiya, near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada District. In the same day hundreds of villagers of 73 tribal villages in and around Narmada district did not cook as protest and bandh was also observed in many villages in the region.[Read More…]

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 The India that we want: A vision for the future

 The India that we want: A vision for the future

As we make an attempt to discuss the India of the future, a severe water crisis is threatening the nation. One of the metro cities – Chennai – has been reeling under this crisis for months now and the situation there has reached alarming proportions. According to the ‘Composite Water Management Index’ (CWMI) report, released by NITI Aayog on June[Read More…]

Who are poor in our country? 

Who are poor in our country? 

Co-Written by Santu Das & Kamalesh Roy By the year 2011-2012, the National Sample Survey (NSS) conducted a survey across the country to map the scenario of daily expenditure of Indian population and later in the year 2014 it was published as a complete report. In that report, the people of our country were divided into 12 categories based on[Read More…]

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Ensure supremacy of the Constitution

Ensure supremacy of the Constitution

Tabrez Ansari, a young man of 24 years, accused of theft was killed by a blood thirsty mob in Jharkhand. It is deeply painful and shocking how as a society this feeling of we verses them has penetrated among us. How as a system is encouraging such violence and refuses to act. Even if Tabrez was an accused, who gave[Read More…]

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Adivasis In Jharkhand Protest Police Inaction Against Lynching

Adivasis In Jharkhand Protest Police Inaction Against Lynching

On 10 April 2019, Prakash Lakda, a 50-year old Adivasi of Jurmu village of Gumla’s Dumri block, was lynched to death by a mob of men from the neighbouring Jairagi village. Three other victims from Jurmu – Peter Kerketta, Belarius Minj and Janerius Minj – sustained severe injuries due to the beating by the mob. On 31 may 2019, Kendriya[Read More…]

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Madarsa Teacher Shahrukh Haldar. Courtesy: Indian Express Bangla

A Madrasa Teacher Thrashed For Not Chanting “Jai Sri Ram” In Kolkotta

In a hate crime in Kolkotta, the capitala city of West Bengal, a madrasa teacher, Twenty-year-old Mohammad Shahrukh Haldar was thrashed by a mob for not chanting Jai Shri Ram. Haldar a resident of Canning, a town in south 24 Parganas was travelling to Hoogly on Thursday afternoon. A group of people, assaulted and bullied him for sporting a beard[Read More…]

India We Want: The Future

India We Want: The Future

Dangers facing the world today Today, at the start of the 21st century, human civilization and the biosphere face two existential threats: the danger of uncontrollable catastrophic climate change, and the danger of an all-destroying thermonuclear war. We must also be aware that population growth, climate change, and the end of the fossil fuel era may lead to a very[Read More…]

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Water scarcity in Chennai: Train to transport water in 2 weeks 

Water scarcity in Chennai: Train to transport water in 2 weeks 

Water scarcity-scene in Chennai has not eased much. A June 22, 2019 report said: Heavy rainfall in several parts of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state, has brought some relief for the city. The Met Department had predicted rain across the city for the next 48 hours. Citing an announcement from Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami[Read More…]

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A Muslim Youth Beaten Up And Forced To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Dies In Hospital

A Muslim Youth Beaten Up And Forced To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Dies In Hospital

In another case of hate crime a 24-year-old Muslim man Tabrez Ansari was beaten to death. He was attacked by a mob in Jhankhand’s Kharsawan district and beaten up on the suspicion of theft on June 18, died in a local hospital on June 22. The incident took place in Dhatkidih, roughly 10 kilometres from where he lived. A number[Read More…]

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The India We Want: What would a military of Hindu India look like?

The India We Want: What would a military of Hindu India look like?

In Modi 2.0 India is liable to be transformed from a secular republic to Hindu India. The opportunity of an enhanced mandate is likely to be put to good use in furthering the Hindutva project. The ruling party will prefer to view its renewed lease on power with a larger vote share as voter endorsement for the project. A strategically[Read More…]

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Plassey II

Plassey II

June 23, 2019, marks the 262nd anniversary of the Battle of Plassey (1757). It was a short battle on a long solstice day. A small group of 3000 soldiers defeated a large army of 50,000, using bribes.With that, the private sector East India Company took over the government of Bengal, making the day a turning point in what would, within[Read More…]

Attacks against minorities by Hindu extremist groups continue in India: US Report

Attacks against minorities by Hindu extremist groups continue in India: US Report

The US State Department in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report says Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumors that victims had traded or killed cows for beef and the authorities often protected perpetrators from prosecution. The US report also said that some senior officials of[Read More…]

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The India We Want: India Poised For Civilizational Leap In A World Ready To Explode

The India We Want: India Poised For Civilizational Leap In A World Ready To Explode

As the world’s largest democracy but not the oldest India is a young nation where 60% of its population are below 35 years of age. With a solid mandate encapsulated in the slogan: Sab ka Sath, Sab ka Vikas, Sab ka Vishwas, the central task before the new Government, then, will be to build capacity in more and more people[Read More…]

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An  indulgent  democratic  system  that  fosters  `religious  fascism’  –  both  in  the  brain  and  the  brawn

An  indulgent  democratic  system  that  fosters  `religious  fascism’  –  both  in  the  brain  and  the  brawn

“Tolerance toward that which is radically evil now appears as good because it serves the cohesion of the whole on the road to affluence or more affluence…In a democracy with totalitarian organization, objectivity may fulfill a very different function, namely to foster a mental attitude which tends to obliterate the difference between true and false, information and indoctrination, right and[Read More…]

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Millions suffer as Chennai faces worst ever water crisis

Millions suffer as Chennai faces worst ever water crisis

Millions of people are running out of usable water in Chennai, India’s sixth biggest city. The water crisis has turned into a political issue. The state opposition party has called a statewide protest on June 22. Media reports said: Chennai, capital city of the southern Indian state, is experiencing major droughts and a rapidly worsening water crisis as the city[Read More…]

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Handloom Weaving in Eastern Uttar Pradesh Neglected

Handloom Weaving in Eastern Uttar Pradesh Neglected

Failure of Government Programme (Marketing Centre) for Promoting Traditional Handloom Weaving in Eastern Uttar Pradesh Since India got its independence,tradition weaving craft has been the second largest informal sector after agriculture which serves as viable source of economy. Indeed, such traditional occupation by enlarge is recognised as an important additional emolument for educationally and economically backward household women. Since 1985,[Read More…]

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India’s Continuing Tussle Between Hindu Nationalists And Reformists

India’s Continuing Tussle Between Hindu Nationalists And Reformists

On the evening of January 30, 1948, as he walked to his regular interfaith prayer meeting, Mahatma Gandhi was shot and killed. The assassin Nathuram Godse was a Hindu nationalist who opposed Gandhi’s inclusiveness towards those of other faiths, particularly Muslims. Manifested in its worst form in the assassination of a revered figure, this conflict between liberal and nationalist Hindus[Read More…]

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Scaling ‘Pure’ Politics

Scaling ‘Pure’ Politics

The structural politics that was once characterised by the back-to-back struggles that the toiling masses were forced to undertake has now considerably declined, or is being completely replaced by electoral politics. Arguably, electoral politics has taken a new turn in that everyone, including the leaders of the vulnerable sections, wants to be a part of the ruling power which is[Read More…]

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Averting deaths in Muzaffarpur

Averting deaths in Muzaffarpur

All it would have taken was to ensure that the children had a meal at night Along with my colleagues, I had investigated the so-called mystery disease in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, during its outbreak in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The local name for it was acute encephalitis syndrome, but we found that the disease was not encephalitis but encephalopathy. This distinction[Read More…]

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Muzaffarpur: Children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Monday, June 17, 2019. Bihar's Muzaffarpur district is reeling under an outbreak of the disease, taking the death toll to atleast 100 children. (PTI Photo)(PTI6_17_2019_000207B)

What’s the score: 100 children dead and counting, sir

How many wickets- asked Mangal Pandey, Health Minister of Bihar during a press conference to know the current status of India Pakistan clash in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. It is just that he asked the question in the middle of a meeting of health department to tackle the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the state which has[Read More…]

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The One Nation One Poll Will Destroy Diversity And Kill ‘India’ Internally

The One Nation One Poll Will Destroy Diversity And Kill ‘India’ Internally

The one nation one poll slogan is nothing but attempt to homogenise the diversity of the country and win elections through a ‘national narrative’ which has made the current dispensation successful. India is huge, a continent and if we see the preparedness of the Election Commission, then we can say, the first thing Narendra Modi and his advisers can do[Read More…]

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Lychee Encephalopathy: Stay Focused, Save Lives

Lychee Encephalopathy: Stay Focused, Save Lives

Muzaffarpur, Bihar is in focus. 109 deaths of young children within a span of days cannot be ignored by even the most apathetic systems. There are plenty of discussions, articles, speculations, accusations and counter-accusations…..even as precious lives are being lost. In an attempt to stay focused on the core issue, preventing more deaths of young children, and saving lives, if[Read More…]

Citizens Protest in Delhi after more than 100 Children Die of AES in Bihar

Citizens Protest in Delhi after more than 100 Children Die of AES in Bihar

New Delhi, June 18 : As the number of children dying from Encephalitis in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar continues to rise, there is a national outrage against the lackadaisical attitude and complete collapse of the health system in Bihar. Several social movements, community organisations, children’s and women groups, students gathered at Bihar Bhawan on June 17th afternoon condemning the inaction[Read More…]

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‘Global Warming meets ‘Gobar Rashtra’

‘Global Warming meets ‘Gobar Rashtra’

As I glanced through the doom and gloom of the daily news one morning I came upon a dire new report on climate change, which predicts the human species may disappear by the year 2050, as the planet becomes much hotter and unlivable. Very bad news indeed, but something about that year ‘2050’ rang a bell in my head –[Read More…]

India’s Health Services in ICU

India’s Health Services in ICU

Over one hundred children have died in Bihar due to Encephalitis or what they term locally as Chamaki Bukhar. The season is just beginning and you will hear stories from neighboring Uttar Pradesh where Poorvanchal region, dominated by Gorakhpur, will face it again unless a drastic change is done. Japanese encephalitis comes in the form of massive epidemic. While Bihar[Read More…]

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Identity dynamics, social inclusion and invisibility of domestic workers

Identity dynamics, social inclusion and invisibility of domestic workers

Domestic workers are the most underrepresented occupational identities in the informal sector. As compared with the western evidences, Indian domestic workers have to bear the brunt of being from lower caste. The present article reflects upon these workers’ social identity dynamics and positioning their selves in the domestic work context.The intrinsic values attached to any job denotes the attractiveness for[Read More…]

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The ‘Modi’fied India 2019

The ‘Modi’fied India 2019

All of us in India, including the BJP, have been stunned by the unprecedented and unanticipated landslide victory of Modi who like a juggernaut swept across the electoral landscape smashing everything standing in its way. The Opposition has been traumatized and  there are  feeble signs of  the defeated parties endeavoring to recover. The civil society has shown more resilience. Obviously,[Read More…]

An absurd transport solution in Narendra Modi’s constituency

An absurd transport solution in Narendra Modi’s constituency

If our urban transport crisis is getting worse it is not difficult to see why. Look what is happening in Varanasi town in Prime Minister Modi’s constituency. A move is a foot at a high level to introduce ropeways in the ancient town in collaboration with an Austrian company. An absurdly expensive and technologically inappropriate solution when all you need[Read More…]

Remembering a Golden Age

Remembering a Golden Age

Very rarely one has the privilege and opportunity to see and observe a golden age. Mostly one reads about past golden ages in the history books…. The era of Ashoka, Akbar, etc … All in the past… in modern times, the era of Nehru…. There I have displayed by ideological biases, but I was around in the last years of[Read More…]

Re-imagining the Assamese identity under the shadow of NRC

Re-imagining the Assamese identity under the shadow of NRC

Cultural worlds are fluid, and so are humans. Assimilation and migration are intrinsic to any society. Thus Assam is not an aberration. Anyone studying Assam knows how complex and layered its history is. So it is obvious that the articulation of Assamese identity has also undergone multiple changes. The Assam Movement was primarily a cultural movement. It defined the measurements of the “son[Read More…]

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A Broken System

A Broken System

I never thought that the face of a broken justice system would be made visible to the nation through a bunch of doctors. As I write, a junior doctor’s strike which initially began in West Bengal, but gradually garnering support enters its second week. Instigated by the assault of two junior doctors by a mob that assembled after a patient[Read More…]

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Dismantle Modi-Shah Fort

Dismantle Modi-Shah Fort

In the Indian context, history stands witness that Indian voters are habitually slackers. They take a long time to observe things very slowly. According to media reports, 2019 Lok Sabha elections was the most expensive election in the history of Indian democracy. To win 303 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) spent more 27,000 crore and the majority of the funds[Read More…]

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Scores of Children Die of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar

Scores of Children Die of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar

The death toll of children due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur area of Bihar on Friday went up to 77. Ten more deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the toll to 77. Most of the casualties are between the age group of 1-10. Doctors claim that the deaths, due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), are being caused[Read More…]

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Reflections on How to Fight Hindutva

Reflections on How to Fight Hindutva

The fight against Hindutva cannot be from the outside, it has to be from within. It has to get to the core structure of how it oscillates between the real and the unreal. Hindutva is a strange animal, quasi-real, and quasi-manufactured. Part of it is optics and part of it is organic. At one level it connects the social and[Read More…]

2019 Parliamentary Poll Outcome: Drivers: Consequences An Exploration

2019 Parliamentary Poll Outcome: Drivers: Consequences An Exploration

Intro The 7-phase 17th LokSabha poll had commenced on this April 11th and concluded on May 19th, covering 542 of the total 543 constituencies. Polling in the remaining constituency, in Tamil Nadu, stands deferred. The counting commenced on May 23rd and concluded the next day. The broad outlines of the outcomes were, however, available on the first day of the[Read More…]

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Negligence of the elderly in an exploitative economic system

Negligence of the elderly in an exploitative economic system

The study done by HelpAge India titled, “Elder Abuse in India: Role of family in care giving – challenges and responses” brings about some glaring facts about the state of care to the elderly in our society. The study, among other things, found out that 35% of the caregivers never felt happy looking after the elderly. Caregivers here mean mainly[Read More…]

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Four Sanitation Workers And Three Others Die While Cleaning A Sewer In Gujarat

Four Sanitation Workers And Three Others Die While Cleaning A Sewer In Gujarat

Seven people, including four sanitation workers, died of suffocation while cleaning a hotel sewer in Gujarat. The men had entered the septic tank without any safety gear, news agency AFP reported. The incident took place at Darshan Hotel in Fartikui village of Dabhoi tehsil, about 35 km from Vadodara city. The four sanitation workers were identified as Mahesh Patanwadiya, Ashok[Read More…]