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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…]

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…]

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…]

Why PM Modi’s Concern for Muslims Rings Hollow?

Why PM Modi’s Concern for Muslims Rings Hollow?

Like a true statesman, the PM Modi on 25 May, after being re-elected as the leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, claimed that “Minorities have been deceived in the country through an imaginary fear created for the purpose of vote bank politics. We have to pierce through this deception. We have to gain trust.” The statement of the PM[Read More…]

In Defence of Pa Ranjith

In Defence of Pa Ranjith

I dont have much understanding of films these days as I dont watch them but yes sometime I read about them. Indian cinema whether in Bollywood or elsewhere has been dominated by the dominated caste groups and defended the existing caste supremacy and promoted gender segregation or division of labour. The cinema rarely showed support for the cause of people[Read More…]

Indian Medical Association Strike: Hindu Nazi Doctors Body Despise the Poor 

Indian Medical Association Strike: Hindu Nazi Doctors Body Despise the Poor 

Indian Medical Association has over 325,000 doctors as its members. As with everything in India including the Republic itself, the upper castes inherited whatever the Brits left behind. There was no revolution to democratise society after Independence. Instead the ideology of this ruling upper class that took over was nothing other than the ideology of various professional associations be they[Read More…]

Attempt to communalise  West Bengal doctor’s agitation condemned

Attempt to communalise  West Bengal doctor’s agitation condemned

The Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog (SSU)strongly condemn attempts by some political parties in West Bengal to give a communal colour to the agitation of doctors demanding an end to violence against them and stringent punishment for the perpetrators. SSU  is a constituent of the Joint Platform of Doctors, West Bengal currently leading the struggle for justice. The leaders of the BJP[Read More…]

Reject Information, Eject Tribals From Forests

Reject Information, Eject Tribals From Forests

There is an easy way of denying rights or declaring a rightful tribal an encroacher : Just deny him the information within time. There is an easy way of denying rights or declaring a rightful tribal an encroacher. Just deny him the information within time. He is evicted from the forest where he was dwelling for generations. Delay the order[Read More…]

Anti-EVM Convention Calls For Nationwide Movement And Election Boycott

Anti-EVM Convention Calls For Nationwide Movement And Election Boycott

A convention organzed by EVM Virodhi Rashtriya Jan Andolan in Mumbai has called upon political parties and the people to boycott the forthcoming elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana and Sikkim if they are not conducted using ballot papers. An eight-point resolution passed by convention said the people of India have very little faith in the outcome of the recently-held general[Read More…]

Akshaya Patra imposing vegetarian food mono culture on children

Akshaya Patra imposing vegetarian food mono culture on children

The international definition of right to food means right to culturally accepted food for the people. It means that the government and authorities can not impose a particular kind of food habit alien to the culture of that particular state. The controversy around Akshay Patra Foundation’s mid day meal programme raises various question about the intention of the organisation which[Read More…]

Heat Wave – Impact on the Poor and the Marginalised

Heat Wave – Impact on the Poor and the Marginalised

While summer is uncomfortable to most of middle class people, it takes heavy toll of the daily laborers, marginalised casual workers and industrial manual employees. The rich and most government employees take some shelter under air conditioners or coolers but large number of ‘fourth -class’ employees, the street hawkers, peddlers, beggars and daily wagers are forced to work in scorching[Read More…]

Media and Freedom of Expression

Media and Freedom of Expression

A journalist friend yesterday asked me about India’s status in the World Freedom Index. I said, there are three kind of them in India at the moment. One who are cheerleaders of the ruling establishment, who bark day and night, and are ready to ‘create’ a new story about the ‘enemies’ in their studios. They are happier lot and do[Read More…]

Verdict in Asifa Bano case gives hope, but Indian nation has certainly let her down

Verdict in Asifa Bano case gives hope, but Indian nation has certainly let her down

June 10 was a great day for those who have been fighting for justice to an eight-year-old victim of rape and murder. This is especially true for the courageous Human Rights Lawyer, Deepika Singh Rajawat who stepped forward at personal risk to defend the family of Asifa Bano, a Muslim nomad girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and killed by[Read More…]

The Ignored Fight of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited Employees

The Ignored Fight of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited Employees

Unemployment and Privatisation are the two biggest scandals that are glued with the present right wing government and still the government does not even care to erase the scandals because it gets benefit from these scandals. In an agricultural country, workers should be on the throne, and government should work on how to protect and secure the throne. Just like[Read More…]

Identity as citizenship or citizenship as Identity ?

Identity as citizenship or citizenship as Identity ?

Bangladeshi film star Anju Ghosh has recently joined BJP in Kolkata. Nobody raised any objection to her being part of the BJP family. When Anju Ghosh was being greeted for membership of the BJP, an army veteran who fought at the Kargil war was arrested on May 29th when he was ‘declared’ ‘illigal immigrant’ by the ‘Foreigners Tribunal’ in Assam.[Read More…]

Right to Analyse Gandhi and Appraise Godse

Right to Analyse Gandhi and Appraise Godse

Right to worship is an exclusive fundamental right. It is also part of freedom of expression, to praise anybody or criticise. Citizens have every right to point out defects of Gandhi and endorse reasons given by Godse for his act of elimination of Gandhi. We, the people are variety of desh bhakths. We love and worship, whomever we like. Perhaps,[Read More…]

Pulverizing The Persecutors: The Mamata Path

Pulverizing The Persecutors: The Mamata Path

Eid, 5 June 2019- The Day of Breaking Fast Scene 1 In Communist ruled Kerala, a young Christian man, Sajan Abraham, gets charged with the crime of promoting enmity between different groups under Section 153A. “Don’t you drink cow’s milk?” Sajan asked in the middle of an argument with a Hindu Nazi. The stupidity of Sajan for debating with a[Read More…]

Protest Rally in Delhi Over the Arrest of Journalists

Protest Rally in Delhi Over the Arrest of Journalists

A protest rally was held at the Press Club of India, New Delhi from 1 p.m. onwards today i.e. 10 June, 2019. About 200 journalists and supporters attended the protest against arrest of journalists Prashant Kanojia, Ishika Singh & Anuj Shukla. A round of Press Club of India was taken by way of rally. Slogans like “yogi sarkar hosh mein[Read More…]

After Assam, Government of India to Identify Foreigners Across India

After Assam, Government of India to Identify Foreigners Across India

Today in India the fascist BJP Government at the Centre announced that henceforth all District magistrates in all States of India have the power and are encouraged to track and investigate putative foreigners. Despite the fightback by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee against the Muslim-hating Hindu Nazis who today are in power at the Centre and in most States,[Read More…]

Massive mandate & damage to Opposition

Massive mandate & damage to Opposition

Is opposition becoming extinct in India? With the kind of politics we are witnessing, one wonders whether the Opposition will be ‘extinct’ from the field of political bio-diversity? While decisive results ensured the YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh and BJP (NDA) at the Centre steer the destiny of people for the coming five years, we find the Opposition in[Read More…]

The Gruesome Murder of a Toddler in Aligarh, Facts Must Come Out

The Gruesome Murder of a Toddler in Aligarh, Facts Must Come Out

To, The Director General of Police, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Email: dgpcontrol-up@nic.in Respected Sir, The murder of two and a half years old girl 6 days ago by some goons in Aligarh has shaken us all. It’s one of the heinous crimes of humanity. We commend the Police of Aligarh in acting swiftly and arresting the culprits. We hope that all[Read More…]

Mumbai infrastructure in crisis. Civic body should consult citizens to find solutions

Mumbai infrastructure in crisis. Civic body should consult citizens to find solutions

It is time Mumbai’s new municipal commissioner Pravin Pardeshi convenes a meeting of citizens to discuss ways to take the city out of the mess it has landed in. This was the view at a meeting of citizens including structural engineers, architects, planners and activists at Moneylife Foundation in Dadar. The point made by prominent structural engineer Alpa Sheth that[Read More…]

Journalist who hurled shoe at Indian Home Minister honoured by Radical Desi

Journalist who hurled shoe at Indian Home Minister honoured by Radical Desi

A visiting journalist who shot into prominence after throwing a shoe at India’s Home Minister in protest against attempts to hush up investigations of the 1984 Sikh massacre was honoured by Radical Desi on Thursday, June 6. Jarnail Singh, who once worked with Dainik Jagran, a national Hindi daily, is here in connection with special events being organized in commemoration[Read More…]

The Strange Political Case of Bengal – The rise of BJP at the cost of Communist Ideologies

The Strange Political Case of Bengal – The rise of BJP at the cost of Communist Ideologies

The Bharatiya Janata party has returned to power with a thumping majority. The party had won 303 Loksabha seats on it’s own while the National Democratic Alliance( NDA) managed to bag 353 seats in all. The United Progressive Alliance(UPA) could manage only 85 seats while the congress party is reduced to 52 seats; 8 more than what it achieved in[Read More…]

Why we need to return to ballot paper voting

Why we need to return to ballot paper voting

Ms Kamla Harris, democratic party Senator from California who is also planning to contest the Presidential position in the United States has demanded that US should immediately switch to Paper Ballet so that people’s mandate cant be hacked by the enemies of the nation. I think this point is as important for India as for US as democracy is endangered[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Dalit Boy Thrashed by Saffron Clad Men

India News Roundup: Dalit Boy Thrashed by Saffron Clad Men

In the Pali district of Rajasthan a Dalit boy was thrashed by a group of saffron clad men after he allegedly tried to enter a local temple. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the incident took place in Dhaneriya village of Pali district on June 1. Reports suggest that the victim’s uncle filed a complaint with the police two days[Read More…]

The thing called mandate: Reflections on the moral compass of India’s electorate

The thing called mandate: Reflections on the moral compass of India’s electorate

On the night of 22nd May, I was talking to a good friend, a sensible academic deeply committed to his students. We were anxious. Millions were desperately waiting for the results to be declared the next day. Perhaps we (and many others I am sure) were not waiting on the same lines. We were not keen on waiting because deep[Read More…]

Unpredictable Mayawati!

Unpredictable Mayawati!

Mayawati, President of Bhujan Samaj Party (BSP), is known unreliable, unpredictable woman politician in India. After the death of Kanshi Ram on 9Ocotober, 2006, her political mentor, Mayawati was supposed to run the BSP as Kanshi Ram wanted her to run but it did not happen. Although Kanshi Ram  joined hands with the BJP to make Mayawati the first time[Read More…]

Time for Akhilesh Yadav to rebuild the party on the visions of Ambedkar, Phule, Periyar

Time for Akhilesh Yadav to rebuild the party on the visions of Ambedkar, Phule, Periyar

The ‘reason’ for Ms Mayawati’s desertion from the alliance in Uttar Pradesh are superfluous and show that without working on a grand visionary document, she is continuously focusing on the ‘caste’ ‘arithmetic’ at the ground which was forged by the BJP and Sangh Parivar in a much better way than her. However, in the entire exercise of Uttar Pradesh, she[Read More…]

Press Council of India Censures The Hindu; Terms Its (Then) Editor Neither Honest Nor Wise On Complaint by AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan

Press Council of India Censures The Hindu; Terms Its (Then) Editor Neither Honest Nor Wise On Complaint by AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan

Decades of our work at ABVA, AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (AIDS Anti-Discrimination Movement of India) was sought to be subverted and our reputation tarnished through an article published in The Hindu. We decided to fight back and filed a complaint at the Press Council of India (PCI). The decision on our complaint was passed on 29.05.2019 by the PCI whose[Read More…]

Official Language Vs Social Justice

Official Language Vs Social Justice

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

Elections 2019 Verdict: A Subterranean Gaze

Elections 2019 Verdict: A Subterranean Gaze

The massive verdict of 2019 in favour of muscular nationalism and for a brave ‘chappan-inch-chatti’ – 56-inch broad chest thumping ‘roaring lion son of Bharat Mata’ in the shape of celibate Narendra Modi, compared to an emasculated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2014 and a toffee faced privileged dynast Rahul Gandhi in 2019, is overwhelming. The fact that economic factors[Read More…]

Say No To EVMS! Say No To EVM Sarkar – Convention in Mumbai on June 12

Say No To EVMS! Say No To EVM Sarkar – Convention in Mumbai on June 12

WE DEMAND THAT ELECTIONS BE HELD ONLY BY BALLOT PAPER!! The Peoples’ Movement against the EVMS has gained great momentum across the country. Never before have the masses been so clear and determined to get rid of the EVMs, which clearly can be hacked and manipulated. Fewer people trust the results of the recently held elections and thus there is[Read More…]

Why the new BJP Government is called EVM Sarkar

Why the new BJP Government is called EVM Sarkar

The 2019 parliamentary election mandate is shrouded in suspense, mystery, uneasiness and unhappiness among large section of the people in the country. The clean sweep by the BJP is not accepted by many people and there is a clamor all around, that the BJP has won the polls through EVM manipulation calling the new government as EVM Sarkar . The needle of[Read More…]

 2019 Lok Sabha Elections Results Show that Indian Voters are not astute

 2019 Lok Sabha Elections Results Show that Indian Voters are not astute

A  massive victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) in 2019 Lok Sabha elections results have proved that Indian voters can be easily fooled. It also proves that rural as well as urban voters demonstrated no wisdom while exercising their ballot. In addition to that, the duo Modi -Shah enormously succeeded in twisting the historical facts in the election campaigns to[Read More…]

Is Secularism Dead in India?

Is Secularism Dead in India?

Prime Minister, Narender Modi, in his victory speech delivered on 23.5.2019, made a remarkable statement on Secularism. He said in this election not a single party could dare to wear the mask of Secularism. In fact, what he meant by saying this is that he and his party succeeded in making all other parties bow down before their agenda of[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Labourers beaten up allegedly for eating meat

India News Roundup: Labourers beaten up allegedly for eating meat

In yet another case of mob violence in Bareilly of Uttar Pradesh four daily wage labourers were mercilessly thrashed by unidentified assailants allegedly after they were seen eating meat near a makeshift temple. The matter came to light earlier this week when a video of the assault began circulating on social media. A preliminary investigation has led police officials to[Read More…]

Can Modi Win “Sabka Vishwas”? Did Modi implement Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas?

Can Modi Win “Sabka Vishwas”? Did Modi implement Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas?

After 2014 victory Modi, Prime Minister of India had promised that he will implement Sabka Sath; Sabka Vikas (Taking everybody along, development for all). To this slogan he has now added Sabka Vishwas (Every body’s Trust) Many prominent writers and activists from Muslim community in particular are trying to reassure themselves that he will keep his promise and not intimidate[Read More…]

Rewriting Indian history Hindutva-way

Rewriting Indian history Hindutva-way

History is recorded in writing for enabling people know their past & the events that took place in the past. Sometimes, however, need is felt to rewrite it, also, but strictly subject to revelation of new “evidence” about the recorded events coming to the knowledge of a rewriter during his “objective investigation” of the historical events. “Genuine” revisionist, as he[Read More…]

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No Party Has The Copyright To Communism

No Party Has The Copyright To Communism

Sliding through my pocket As I find a coin of Medieval India Nothing is needed from the present Decades of tradition built in one circle If you, wonder whether the time was perfect! I would say, no! Not because of its age But for the ‘too aged’ seeds not germinating Times after it treated it, with some messiahs And then[Read More…]

Protest Against Lynching and Police Inaction in Dumri (Jharkhand)

Protest Against Lynching and Police Inaction in Dumri (Jharkhand)

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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‘Judging’ the Drink of the Workers

‘Judging’ the Drink of the Workers

Alcohol has many connotations amongst its consumers. Some see it as a medium of intoxication that heightens pleasure, others consume it to celebrate on festive occasions, and for many others it is a commodity that allows them to forget their everyday woes. Quite opposed to these connotations, the medical experts hold the view that excessive consumption of alcohol leads to[Read More…]

How Could Modi Come Back?

How Could Modi Come Back?

“It was never expected”, “How could this happen?”, “Are the EVMs rigged?” – these were some reactions of the students who participated in the discussion organized in NEHU on the Elections Verdict 2019.  Not just the students, even the panellists admitted that they never expected BJP would come back to power with such a thumping majority, vanquishing its opponents in[Read More…]

Can Modi Sarkar allay the fears of Indians?

Can Modi Sarkar allay the fears of Indians?

  There is not a single human being out there who do not want to feel secure about his/her faith, race, ethnicity, culture, and other uniqueness. Indians are no different. The 2019 election not only has shaken a majority of the Indians, but it even surprised the winners with the landslide referendum the Indians gave them. The results have created[Read More…]

Building counter cultural narrative is the lone alternative to Brahmanical hegemonic polity

Building counter cultural narrative is the lone alternative to Brahmanical hegemonic polity

The election verdict 2019 has send shock waves among the Ambedkarite-Bahujan activists all over the country particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where people expected huge gains for parties like Samajwadi Party ( SP),  Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP) and RashtriyaJanta Dal ( RJD). In Bihar RJD faced complete rout while in Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party could get 5 and[Read More…]

Phantom of the Vedic Opera Returns

Phantom of the Vedic Opera Returns

In an era where national elections have become a strange cross between an episode of Big Boss and twenty-twenty cricket, it has become quite difficult to take the end results very seriously. This is even more so when, there is widespread suspicion of the poll itself being rigged through massive deletion of names from voter lists and possible tampering with[Read More…]

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How the BJP’s Political Narrative Filled the Holes in the NDA’s Actual Performance

How the BJP’s Political Narrative Filled the Holes in the NDA’s Actual Performance

The messaging around national security and last-mile schemes allowed Modi to present himself as the best short-term solution, regardless of his long-term vision. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – and more than that, Narendra Modi – has come back with a larger mandate than what it was given by India’s voters in 2014. At one level, this is remarkable given the economic[Read More…]

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India News Roundup: Dalit lynched for plucking mangoes and his body hung in Panchayat office

India News Roundup: Dalit lynched for plucking mangoes and his body hung in Panchayat office

In Singampalli village panchayat of Rangampeta mandal in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday a Dalit was lynched for allegedly plucking mangoes from an orchard belonging to an upper caste man. Bikki Srinivas (30) allegedly stole mangoes from an orchard in the village. The orchard owner and others chased and caught him. They thrashed him with sticks leading[Read More…]

An appeal and some unanswered questions

An appeal and some unanswered questions

Journalists doing their job (practicing independent and real journalism, although perceived as anti-establishment) constantly and openly abused and issued rape and death threats via social media (https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ntdvs-ravish-kumar-says-death-threats-have-increased/article23989047.ece) A second-year medical student forced to commit suicide for having taken admissions in SC/ST category, (in simpler terms, for being born in a ‘wrong’ caste) (https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/payal-tadvi-suicide-mumbai-arrested-5753636/) A Muslim man assaulted for being born[Read More…]

Disaster for Democracy: How The Modi Wave Has Flooded India With Fascism

Disaster for Democracy: How The Modi Wave Has Flooded India With Fascism

“In the west, we have labels,” commented journalist François Gautier on WION TV, during a panel about the results of India’s 2019 general election. “Right, left. Far-right, far-left. We keep applying them to India, where they’re not applicable. We cannot apply to India labels we use in the West. To say that the BJP is far-right is completely wrong.” The[Read More…]

National Protest Against EVMs on May 30

National Protest Against EVMs on May 30

The outcome of the recent Parliamentary elections has shocked the entire nation. We always believed that EVMs are hacked on a massive scale by the BJP and our belief is strongly substantiated by numbers now. The website of the Election Commission (EC) shows that the “votes counted” do not match with “votes polled”, in all the 48 constituencies in Maharashtra.[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Foreigner Stabbed in Meerut for not chanting “Ram Ram”

India News Roundup: Foreigner Stabbed in Meerut for not chanting “Ram Ram”

On Tuesday, at Parikrama Marg in the Govardhan area of ​​Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, a man attacked and injured a foreign devotee, using a knife. The police admitted the victim to the community health center. The attacker has been arrested. Sabrang India reported, Latvian citizen, Gemitris is on a tour of India. He sings hymns on the Khajoor Ghat[Read More…]

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The Elephant in the Mud: Crisis of Identity Politics and BSP

The Elephant in the Mud: Crisis of Identity Politics and BSP

  The BSP, SP and RLD pre election alliance in UP was formed keeping in view the percentage numbers that these parties had secured in the previous general elections of 2014. The combined vote share of these parties was nearly 42 percent then and it was anticipated that they would be able to secure their shares in this election too[Read More…]

‘Caste’ education in higher education

‘Caste’ education in higher education

‘That the caste system must be abolished if the Hindu society is to be reconstructed on the basis of equality, goes without saying. Untouchability has its roots in the caste system. They cannot expect the Brahmins to rise in revolt against the caste system. Also we cannot rely upon the non- Brahmins and ask them to fight our battle’ B.[Read More…]

Hate crimes against minorities continue in the aftermath of Modi’s landslide victory

Hate crimes against minorities continue in the aftermath of Modi’s landslide victory

While the entire country was seeing a video clip of Muslim youths being thrashed black and blue on the suspicion of carrying beef, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a meeting of National Democratic Alliance’s newly elected members of Parliament, Times of India reported. On May 22, the day before counting of votes, three Muslims, including a couple, were beaten[Read More…]

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India News Roundup: Mother walks with dead son’s body in Uttar Pradesh

India News Roundup: Mother walks with dead son’s body in Uttar Pradesh

In Shahjahanpur of Uttar Pradesh a mother walked with her dead son’s body home as the hospital denied ambulance. The deceased child had been admitted to the hospital after he encountered high fever. It was alleged that three ambulances were parked at the hospital but the authorities failed to spare one. The doctors of the concerned hospital dismissed the claims[Read More…]

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We The 4G

We The 4G

We the fourth generation of this country,solemnly expect, demand and aspire to see a post-election 2019 India, where: All our elected representatives irrespective of ruling or opposition, should resolve to work together, committ together and share a common vision, and strive to build a truly democratic, federal, secular and egalitarian country. Our government and the entire governing system should 24×7[Read More…]

NRC muddle: a vigilante student union and India’s borderlands

NRC muddle: a vigilante student union and India’s borderlands

Society cannot escape human influences, wrote philosopher and revolutionary Frantz Fanon. Student unions have played a significant role in shaping the contours of regional politics in Northeast India. The All Assam Students’ Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, and Khasi Students’ Union, among others, have often defined the measurements and boundaries of all spheres of life in the region. As expected,[Read More…]

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India News Roundup: Days After Elections Attack On Minorities Increase

India News Roundup: Days After Elections Attack On Minorities Increase

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right Hindutva party Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) secured a second term with brute majority violence against Muslims and Dalits have erupted in many parts of India. Three Muslims thrashed over suspicion of carrying beef in Madhya Pradesh In a brutal incident in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni on May 22, self-proclaimed cow vigilantes allegedly thrashed[Read More…]

Kandukuri, a great reformer, remembered on his death centenary

Kandukuri, a great reformer, remembered on his death centenary

  It was hundred years ago on May 27, in 1919, that Kandukuri Veeresalingam (16 April 1848 – 27 May 1919), widely regarded as Father of Renaissance Movement in Telugu society and literature,  breathed his last at the age of 71. Kandukuri, as he was popularly called by his surname, was a great social reformer, a man of action, a[Read More…]

Modi 2.0: India under ‘Charismatic Authoritarianism’?  

Modi 2.0: India under ‘Charismatic Authoritarianism’?  

  The ultra-Right BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) resounding victory in the 17th Lok Sabha elections in India has surprised many, even within the NDA alliance because of the unexpected pay-offs emerging from the electoral fray. Many still wonder if ‘anti-incumbency factor’ is any more relevant in electoral calculus in a country of 900 million voters (save southern states like[Read More…]

Understanding the rise of the ‘Modi juggernaut’-2.0 and its ramifications on the India’s Muslim Masses

Understanding the rise of the ‘Modi juggernaut’-2.0 and its ramifications on the India’s Muslim Masses

After the landslide and historic victory of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP in 2019 parliamentary polls, political pundits and scholars have critically reflected on and wrote several articles in the mainstream newspapers and elsewhere to understand and explain the second avatar of PM Modi-2.0 in the Indian politics with absolute majority. This time, the Modi led BJP has[Read More…]

Why the Hindi Belt Voted for Modi? – A Ground-level Account

Why the Hindi Belt Voted for Modi? – A Ground-level Account

Sachin Mathew (name changed), one of my students who completed M.A. in at the Central University of Kerala subsequently did his B.Ed. and worked in a school in the rural part of Gorakhpur, the district the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath hails from. He had given me an interesting account of the actual conditions prevailing there. I asked[Read More…]

Fever Pitch – Notes From an Election Campaign

Fever Pitch – Notes From an Election Campaign

The Desh ka Maha Tyohar has come to an end but Modi’s juggernaut rolls on. Modi wave has swept the nation (for now, let us believe that there was no tampering of EVMs etc) once again. The festival of colours, flags, symbols, masks etc is over. What was striking about this election campaign was the amount of party merchandize being[Read More…]

Narendra Modi’s speech and political pluralism

Narendra Modi’s speech and political pluralism

Whenever I can, I listen to the speeches of political leaders and I have done the same with a few speeches of Prime Minister Modi. The following video is about 70 minutes long. The speech was made around May 24, 2019. Prime Minister Modi is unquestionably one of the greatest orators of this decade. I watched his full speech to[Read More…]

Modi Wins May Loses

Modi Wins May Loses

The Indian elections are over. Despite Narendra Modi’s abysmal economic record — industrial production has slumped, farmers are in trouble and had been demonstrating their plight, and unemployment is at record highs — he deftly switched the debate to personalities comparing himself, who pulled himself up by his bootstraps from a poor tea seller, to the scion of the Nehru[Read More…]

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Three Narratives from the General Election 2019

Three Narratives from the General Election 2019

The results of the 2019 general election have dissatisfied a large number of Indians. The message that has come out from the mandate 2019 is that the secular democratic and socialist forces have been marginalized in the country. There are few clear cut narratives that come out from the mandate 2019. The way people have voted for the BJP in[Read More…]

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How NRC legitimised xenophobia and chauvinism in Assam

How NRC legitimised xenophobia and chauvinism in Assam

The NRC exercise seems to have links to the border police and Foreigners’ Tribunal, despite official denials.   Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi As soon as the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released, an image went viral across media platforms in Assam. It was that of the All Assam Student Union (AASU) members[Read More…]

Do not lose hope, Indian Muslims!

Do not lose hope, Indian Muslims!

            When I am writing this letter, the obituary has already been written of all the political parties held up against the far-right Hindu nationalist party- BJP, but I am quite hopeful for Indian Muslims- the greatest ‘false enemy’ of BJP ever and its co-travelling parties. The triumph is giant and massive. Amidst the vehement outcry of opposition parties and[Read More…]

Modi 3 :Majoritarianism Normalised ?

Modi 3 :Majoritarianism Normalised ?

“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.” – Gramsci A journalist friends’ prophesy has finally come true. The day India launched ‘surgical strikes’ across the border supposedly to avenge the Pulwama terror attack, this friend immediately sent a message[Read More…]

Democratise and Diversify Congress to Rebuild it Nationally

Democratise and Diversify Congress to Rebuild it Nationally

The Congress Party has lost miserably and it need to introspect seriously on what went wrong. The party must decide as what kind of policies it would have and need to strengthen the organisation at all level. Like all Centrist parties, Congress of late has become, organisation of managers and connectors who can easily shift to other parties if their[Read More…]

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What Modi’s landslide election victory means for already terrified Indian Muslims?

What Modi’s landslide election victory means for already terrified Indian Muslims?

– Washington Post:  Modi’s win is a victory for a form of religious nationalism that views India as a fundamentally Hindu nation and seeks to jettison the secularism promoted by the country’s founders. – The Guardian: Indian politics has likely entered a new era of Hindu nationalist hegemony fuelled by Modi’s extraordinary popularity. – New York Times: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is[Read More…]

Hope and Fear

Hope and Fear

The emotional journey between hope and fear has come to an end with the fear triumphing. There was the hope that the forces of divisive nature and hatred would be defeated. And the forces of solidarity and harmony would win over. There was the fear that the divisive forces would come back and haunt the country for another five years.[Read More…]

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What explains Modi’s second term and what is to be done?

What explains Modi’s second term and what is to be done?

Hours before the beginning of the counting of the General Elections 2019, my article published in a Urdu daily. Here I argued that the prediction of the exit polls survey would not match the final result. But as things stand now, Narendra Modi-led BJP is likely to better its own big performance of the 2014. My prediction was proven wrong.[Read More…]

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India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is certain to get a second term in Indian general election. As results are coming in BJP on its has crossed the half way mark of 272 seats. BJP and allies are leading in 342 seats out of the 542 seats where elections are held. Congress the main opposition party[Read More…]

Rainbow Social Coalition – To What End?

Rainbow Social Coalition – To What End?

USS passe rani hai, iss passe Gandhi!” (“On that side is the Queen, on this is Gandhi) (https://indianexpress.com/elections/patiala-dharamvira-gandhi-aap-elections-2019-bjp-congress-5726029/) Nawan Punjab Party’s candidate ex MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s election campaign and the way he projected his appeal as ‘battle against the royals’ had rightly evoked interest in a section of the media as well as pro-people circles.(https://www.newsclick.in/electoral-mobilisation-vehicle-rainbow-social-coalition) It is of interest[Read More…]

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Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held – Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years

Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held – Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years

  Even as all seven phases of polling in India’s parliament elections were over and the results are awaited, AP’s Chandragiri Legislative Assembly constituency attracted attention. It was a curious case where EVMs, photo ID cards, so many poll officials and observers from Centre and state, indelible thumb marks, videography etc were all there but rigging went on, unhindered, peacefully,[Read More…]

The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi In Assam, a certain section of people desire intellectuals who do not question human rights issues, authority or policy.   The current social and political milieu in Assam is replete with claims and counterclaims over citizenship and measurements of being an Assamese. Assam has always been a site of such claims, where[Read More…]

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Citizens can foil anti-people Projects

Citizens can foil anti-people Projects

  With the harsh political reality we are now faced with   there is a serious need for strong resistance from citizens. This was clear at a public hearing  on the proposed Metro rail line 6 project  in Mumbai  on May 21. Alert  citizens, architects, engineers, housewives, transport experts  completely exposed the inefficiency and insensitivity in the implementation of the project [Read More…]

Poll Predictions and the Gift that just Keeps on Giving

Poll Predictions and the Gift that just Keeps on Giving

So, after 38 days of Election Campaigning, which started on the 11th of April, 2019, the World’s Largest Election, (and also, the most complex as well as the most expensive), finally came to an end on the 19th of May, 2019. After 7 stages of voting and the equivalent of 7000 million (7 billion) US Dollars spent on costs in[Read More…]

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Pointless Colonial Massacres And Post-Colonial Wars And Killing On The Indian Subcontinent

Pointless Colonial Massacres And Post-Colonial Wars And Killing On The Indian Subcontinent

Two colonial mass killings from the twentieth century are always remembered:  The Qissa Khwani Bazaar massacre on April 23, 1930 in Peshawar (then India, now in Pakistan) was the result of peaceful demonstrations protesting the arrest of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan who had called for a nonviolent movement of ‘patience and righteousness.’  Authorities nervous at the size of the crowds[Read More…]

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The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi Suicides, violence, persecution – why is the media not reporting the NRC process responsibly? On June 11, 2018, four Special Rapporteurs of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) submitted a letter to Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj addressing the racial bias and human rights violations resulting from the National[Read More…]

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Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy is not equivalent to high moral politics. To be married or unmarried is an individual choice. But to equate it with political morality and to celebrate celibacy as a high moral principle, creates a false binary of high and low moral politics. Ever since Narendra Modi was elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat he has been portrayed as a[Read More…]

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Where do they Migrate?

Where do they Migrate?

Co-Written by Anubhav Chakraborty and Azam Abbas   “There is usually work out there in Surat,” recounts a old migrant employee, before boarding the Puri-Okha specific, one amongst the longest train journeys in India—transporting many thousands of migrant employees from coastal Odisha to Gujarat. Surat has been one amongst the world’s quickest growing cities of the past four decades, with[Read More…]

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Gandhi Versus Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Gandhi Versus Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

  Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in Malegaon blast in 2008 is fielded by the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) in Lok Sabha 2019 elections as a potential candidate against veteran Digvijay Singh, the Congress party candidate in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is a criminal and a murderer. The character of the BJP is that it can stoop to any[Read More…]

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A Tocquevillian blunder

A Tocquevillian blunder

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi and Prasenjit Biswas Colonialism is a story of exploitation, subjugation and domination. It sought to establish racial supremacy and resorted to an accumulation of wealth. Be it the Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) or the British East India Company, in the name of trade and Empire, they carried out heinous crimes and plunder of its colonies. Racism also has a deep[Read More…]

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Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa Brings In Open The Inner Turmoil Of Election Commission

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa Brings In Open The Inner Turmoil Of Election Commission

The country which possess independent, impartial and efficient institutions is a politically developed country. Unfortunately this thesis is under stress and its major blow has just come when Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has stated that his minority views were not recorded on violations of moral code of conduct. Election Commission has been criticized by opposition parties and analysts that it[Read More…]

Does India Really Know What its GDP Is?

Does India Really Know What its GDP Is?

  Everyone knew India’s organised sector contained a large number of shell companies. We should have worked out its impact and whether a blowing up factor was required before launching the new GDP series. Another controversy about India’s gross domestic product (GDP) data has broken out, with a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report casting doubt on the quality of[Read More…]

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 Berkeley University study of Islamophobia in India highlights plight of Muslims

 Berkeley University study of Islamophobia in India highlights plight of Muslims

  The last decade has witnesses intensified attacks on Muslim, Christian, Sikh and ‘lower castes’ in India, according to a study released recently by the University of California, Berkeley. This first of its kind report on the status of Islamophobia in India is meant to provide a groundbreaking collection of evidence and provide a reference point for all future work[Read More…]

‘ Education’ of Educated Persons

‘ Education’ of Educated Persons

“The backward classes have come to realise that after all education is the greatest material benefit for which they can fight….’ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (EDUCATION: THE ONLY KEY TO DALIT PROGRESS By Bhalchandra Mungekar, , Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai www.ambedkar.org ) Past few years have seen the rise of many ‘educated’ persons supporting statements of politicians who propagate[Read More…]

A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

RBI should give up its contempt for RTI

‘King can do no wrong’ days have gone, and the RBI is not a king. Despite noticing wilful defiance of the RBI, the apex court was very kind to it in contempt cases, but if the later does not withdraw this anti-transparency policy again, it might face the ire of people and courts. The RBI should explain why it wants[Read More…]

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The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

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

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Mayawati-Narendra Modi face-off

Mayawati-Narendra Modi face-off

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbour’s roof, when your own doorstep is unclean.” – Confucius Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted at Kushinagar, Deoria in UP, a furious attack on BSP supremo and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati for “shedding crocodile tears” over the incident of gang-rape of a dalit woman in Rajasthan’s Alwar and demanded her party’s withdraw[Read More…]

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Scientific Temper and the Modi Era

The mark of last five years has been to make consistently inconsistent and unscientific statements. The difference between science and non-science has been reduced. Exploration of truth through investigation of natural, social and economic phenomenon, understanding the basic laws of science and social processes has been done away with. This is being replaced by an imaginative truth which does not[Read More…]

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India’s growing religious divide: BJP’s anti-religious minorities agenda

India’s growing religious divide: BJP’s anti-religious minorities agenda

As the election season is winding down and the nation is anxiously looking forward to the results, one cannot escape but witnessing India’s slide towards complete polarization based on the politics of religion.  Prime Minister Modi’s ascension to power has resulted in growing Hindu intolerance of Christianity and Islam. Radical elements within his party are pushing an agenda to marginalize[Read More…]

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The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

As the last phase of 2019 election campaign is just going to be concluded within a few days,political parties are now busy in scrambling for the votes of gullible masses including Indian Muslims. To be precise, the issues which are dominated during the 2019 elections campaigns are such as corruptions, muscular nationalism, bad governance, terrorism, (to note that this time,[Read More…]

Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra

A Punjab parliamentary seat of international significance

One broad generalisation which can be reasonably made about the 2019 General Election in India is that there is no wave of any kind countrywide unlike some of the previous parliamentary elections. Each state is witnessing a unique combination of forces and alliances that reflect the specific regional character of that state. We can safely stretch it further to argue[Read More…]

Rafale Scam: Indian Election, Lobbyism And Deception

Rafale Scam: Indian Election, Lobbyism And Deception

Lobbyism around the world has reinforced the reality of profit being privatized, and the loss being socialized. It has dangerously deprived the already marginalized working class, that are struggling with the economic urgency to survive. The somatic structure of balance of economical equity and equal representation of interest has become a myth by itself. In the absence of counteractions by[Read More…]

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Sexual Harassment as Constitutional Embarrassment?  Let law take its own course, My Lords!

Sexual Harassment as Constitutional Embarrassment?  Let law take its own course, My Lords!

Highlights A class-III court staff’s allegation of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India has shaken up the apex court’s elite leadership. A class-III court staff’s allegation of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India has shaken up the apex court’s elite leadership. People are wondering whether institutional reaction reflects due process or heavy imposition on the victim[Read More…]

Development Beyond Numbers

Development Beyond Numbers

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves  – Lao Tzu India is at a crossroads in its journey of “development”. It is still perceived that the development landscape continues to look jaded. Lessons from recent times show that if we plant the[Read More…]

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Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations

Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations

What is the point in central government orders and carefully thought out regulatory norms if government officials and regulators act with blatant disregard? This is precisely what we now see happening in India where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are concerned. India has the greatest brinjal germplasm in the world with 2,500 varieties, including wild species. Following news in April that[Read More…]

Bhopal: BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan, addresses a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. BJP has fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, as its candidate against Congress leader Digvijay Singh. (PTI Photo)  (PTI4_17_2019_000160B)

Curse! “Maine kaha tera (Mumbai ATS chief late Hemant Karkare) sarvanash hoga.”

· “In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development…. If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt be the greatest calamity for this country. No matter what the Hindus say, Hinduism is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. It is incompatible with democracy. Hindu raj must be prevented at any cost.” Dr[Read More…]

The Electricity Department Rae Bareli, UP,writes a new story “Batti gul, Meter Chalu”

The Electricity Department Rae Bareli, UP,writes a new story “Batti gul, Meter Chalu”

Rae Bareli as a political constituency is world-famous. The ground realities remain no different than any other three-tier city in India. Political promises of UPA and NDA both have failed the citizens of Rae Bareli. The city still stands poorly in providing basic amenities to its citizens. During the time of elections, the usual question one asks is whether the[Read More…]

Varanasi Constituency Prediction: Will BJP Return To Power?

Varanasi Constituency Prediction: Will BJP Return To Power?

Uttar Pradesh in general, and Varanasi in particular, hold a significant value for BJP, as it is a parliamentary constituency of PM Narendra Modi. The nation had witnessed BJP’S mega political roadshow in Varanasi on Friday, 26 April 2019. Prominent political figures like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Manoj Tiwari, Union minister JP Nadda, Mahendra Pandey etc, were in[Read More…]

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PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad Constituency and the Separate Electorate

PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad Constituency and the Separate Electorate

At a rally in Nanded, Maharashtra recently , PM Modi said that Rahul Gandhi has picked the safest possible seat to contest the elections as the majority is in minority in Wayanad. “Congress ke naamdaar ne microscope le kar bharat mein ek aisi seat khoji hai jahan par vo muqabala karne ki taakat rakh sake. Seat bhi aisi jahan par[Read More…]

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Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

An Education that kills

It is not that education is in crisis. Education is a crisis now. When people involved in education face problems in practicing it, it is an educational problem or educational crisis. Education as a crisis is it has become an instrument of crisis in society. How? Everyone, be it a politician, administrator, educationist, teacher, parent, student and thinker wants education[Read More…]

Basic Income Revisited

Basic Income Revisited

 Universal basic income (UBI) is an old idea that is gaining traction as governments look to revamp their social safety nets. India is the most serious new aspirant. India is actively weighing the idea and the main opposition Congress party has already promised that it will implement a variation of a universal basic income (UBI) targeted at 50 milion   families[Read More…]

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SC In-House Committee on Sexual Harassment: A “Travesty of Justice!”

SC In-House Committee on Sexual Harassment: A “Travesty of Justice!”

PUCL is appalled by and strongly denounces the Report of the Supreme Court In-House Committee’ which concluded that there was no substance in the allegations of sexual harassment made by a former woman employee of the SC against Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the incumbent Chief Justice of India, as a gross travesty of justice, flagrant violation of the principles of natural[Read More…]

Dear Hitler

Dear Hitler

Why does Hitler’s legacy in India greatly differs from that in the West. More removed from the traumas associated with World War II and the Holocaust  ( An extract from ‘Hindutva’s Second Coming’ by SubhashGatade, www.mediahouse.online) ……………………………………………………………………. ..An innocent question sometimes comes up with very troubling answer(s). J’admire( I admire)… a simple exercise given to students to know from them[Read More…]

“Indian Campuses Under Seige” – People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India

“Indian Campuses Under Seige” – People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India

National Release of the Report titled “Indian Campuses Under Seige” of the People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India at Speaker Hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi on May 7, 2019 People’s Commission on Shrinking Democratic Space in India (PCSDS) has released the Report of the People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions on 7th May, 2019[Read More…]

What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

Rabindranath Tagore, the preeminent Bard of the Orient was the mercurial mystic and polymath whose repertoire was unprecedented in proliferation. Transcending to a legendary status, whilst living, Tagore created a teeming ecosystem of art, literary, musical and fine, and wholly constituted an entire era and genre in Bengali art and culture. Such was the influence of Tagore, a man who,[Read More…]

The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

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

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Mercy Petitions of Hindutva Guru Veer/Brave Savarkar

Mercy Petitions of Hindutva Guru Veer/Brave Savarkar

MYTH Savarkarites argue, “There are no evidences to prove that Savarkar collaborated with the British for his release from jail. In fact, his appeal for release was a ruse. He was well aware of the political developments outside and wanted to be part of it. So he kept requesting for his release. But the British authorities did not trust him[Read More…]

Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

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

Value for sale!

Value for sale!

What is the secret behind the success of the advertising world? How is it that the corporate world convinces us to buy more and more, even when it knows that we do not at all need many of those celebrated products? The modus operandi seems very simple. The sales market makes us fall for a value. When a fairness cream,[Read More…]

Glorious Tradition of Sacrifices

Glorious Tradition of Sacrifices

The freedom struggle of this country has witnessed a band of youth inspired by a zeal willing to put their lives at stake. Number of them were arrested, tried in court and executed by the British. Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Thakur Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri, Shivaram Rajguru, Sukhdev Thapar, Jatindra Nath Das are common[Read More…]

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Lal Sabar's family, Holudboni

Sabars of Jharkhand’s  Jamshedpur constituency continue to live in hunger and destitution

A recent visit to a few Sabar villages in Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency’s Ghatshila block exposed the “double-engine” claims of the BJP. Raghuvar Das does not tire harping about how the state is developing under the BJP-led state and central governments (“double engine”). One of Jharkhand’s particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG), the Sabars continue to live in hunger and extreme[Read More…]

Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

A storm characterized as “one of the strongest” cyclones in India’s recorded history made landfall on Friday amid warnings of “potentially catastrophic” wind, rain, and ocean surges. UPDATE: Cyclone #Fani is making landfall right now near Puri, India as a Category 4 — one of the strongest landfalling cyclones in the country's recorded history. pic.twitter.com/TDfalErBJR — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) May[Read More…]

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Rice threshing near Sangrur, SE Punjab, India. (Photo:  Neil Palmer (CIAT)/flickr/cc)

Beyond GDP: Time for Inclusive Growth | Moin Qazi

Development can be seen as a process of expanding the real freedoms that people enjoy  – Amartya Sen The pursuit of growth over social justice, which has been the defining credo of classical economists, has brought prosperity to most developing societies. But it has also created huge inequalities. The argument that economic growth is the road to social justice has[Read More…]

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Students taking lunch in one of the Ashram Schools in Kurkheda block of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra

The Horror of Residential School Education: A Failed Model for Girl Students | Santosh Gedam

The recent incident of sexual exploitation of minor tribal girls in residential school raises the primary issue of safety and security before we evaluate the educational outcomes As the mainstream media is focused on the sexual exploitation allegations on the CJI and has given due space and time to scrutinize and question every decision that has happened in the Constitutional[Read More…]

MoU’s exchanged between Achyuta Samanta and Adani Foundation for setting up a branch of KISS in Mayurbhanj, Odisha

Achyuta Samanta, the Myth of being a Messiah | Rajaraman Sundaresan

Elections in India are strange occasions, where parties and their rhetoric strangle the public discourse, leaving the common people to respond and think of their problems all alone. The strangeness of a manufactured ‘democratic election’ of this kind not only leaves one with the choice of choosing between the lesser evils, but also raises questions over the hope of democratic[Read More…]

They want to bail out private airlines and run down BEST | Vidyadhar Date

They want to bail out private airlines and run down BEST | Vidyadhar Date

The rulers went out of their way to bring pressure on public sector banks to bail out the unprofessionally run private airline Jet Airways. This put at risk thousands of crores of public funds. There are double standards here. On the one hand the glamorous airline industry is pampered and on the other hand the BEST bus undertaking serving millions[Read More…]

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Unless unions educate workers politically, labor will find itself more powerless than ever before: Timir Basu focuses on labor in India

Unless unions educate workers politically, labor will find itself more powerless than ever before: Timir Basu focuses on labor in India

Labor around the world is facing a hostile situation to the extent and intensity unprecedented in labor’s history. At the same time, labor in the Global South and Global North is theoretically, organizationally and politically unarmed. In this perspective, Timir Basu, a revolutionary once organizing the poor peasantry, and after passing hard time behind bar, organizing the labor, and delivering[Read More…]

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Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samman and the International Workers Day | Jayashubha

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samman and the International Workers Day | Jayashubha

Lal Bahadur Shastri had given the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ (Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer). This was in recognition of their contribution for national security and food security in the country. The point that was however missed out was the issue of ‘Jai Samman’. Being a part of the working class working towards protecting national territory or providing[Read More…]

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Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

Students’ suicide – social problems | Sheshu Babu

Summer is not only ‘cruelest’ season with rising heat and water connected problems to people but also it is a ‘ testing’ time for many young students who dream of bright future and decent life. This is also a peak season for suicide- related incidents for secondary and higher secondary as well as competitive exam writing youth. Whenever results are[Read More…]

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What is RSS? | Madhu Limaye

What is RSS? | Madhu Limaye

I entered in political life in 1937. I was quite young then but as I had passed my matriculation examination at a relatively early age, I also entered college quite early. Quite active in Pune in those days were the RSS and the Savarkarites (followers of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) on the one hand and nationalist, socialist and leftist political organisations[Read More…]

Deconstructing Maneka Gandhi’s threat  | Anurag Modi

Deconstructing Maneka Gandhi’s threat  | Anurag Modi

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi ’s open threat to the voters has let the cat out of the bag. What she was essentially spelling out was that once the results are out and it informs her of the community and area who voted for her, she would then specifically focus her attention on the basis of the vote share she has[Read More…]

With manifestos, political parties must show how the desirable is feasible | Arun Kumar

With manifestos, political parties must show how the desirable is feasible | Arun Kumar

If one does not show that the “desirable is feasible,” chances are that the promises will remain on paper, as in the past. Written by General elections are the time for the political parties to vie with each other to produce more innovative and inclusive manifestos than their rivals. There is something for everyone, especially for the marginalised sections —[Read More…]

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Tik Tok in India: An Analysis of Ban and Reprieve | Ishfaq Majid

Tik Tok in India: An Analysis of Ban and Reprieve | Ishfaq Majid

Tik Tok a Social Media app was launched in September 2017 in China and is owned by a company namely ByteDance. In August, 2018, the app merged with the musical.ly to enhance its video community. The app is available for Android and IOS users (except India) and enables them to create a short video containing music in the background. The[Read More…]

Between Martyrs and Victims | K.P. Sasi

Between Martyrs and Victims | K.P. Sasi

The decision of the churches in India to declare the victims who were murdered during the genocide and persecution of the Christians in Kandhamal, needs to be recognised and welcomed. This decision is also giving strength to a community of persecuted Christians all over the country, especially after one decade of the largest attack on the Christian community in Kandhamal.[Read More…]

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Akshay Kumar Interview with the Prime Minister: An Apolitical Political Interview

Akshay Kumar Interview with the Prime Minister: An Apolitical Political Interview

You started your interview by saying that you are going to have an apolitical interview. You have every right to do that. You can ask every stupid question under the sky – pattern of eating mangoes, bank balance, process of dealing with cold, wish from djinn of Aladdin’s lamp, sleep hours, desire for becoming PM, anger management, valuable things held[Read More…]

Bt Brinjal Illegally Growing in India: Who Is Really Pulling the Strings? | Colin Todhunter

Bt Brinjal Illegally Growing in India: Who Is Really Pulling the Strings? | Colin Todhunter

In February 2010, the Indian government placed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Prior to this decision, numerous independent scientists from India and abroad had pointed out safety concerns regarding Bt brinjal based on data and reports in the biosafety dossier that Mahyco, the crop developer, had submitted to the regulators. Campaigner Aruna Rodrigues explains: “The then Minister[Read More…]

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School: Sometimes too big a dream | Anubhav Chakraborty

Piyush and Anuj are not your average kids in the block who pack their bags with notebooks and lunchboxes and go to school everyday. They are the actual free-birds who never go to school and spending their entire day playing with their siblings in a one room apartment in Jasola Vihar. Their parents leave early morning and leave the house[Read More…]

Is CBI unconstitutional organisation? | Madabhushi Sridhar

Is CBI unconstitutional organisation? | Madabhushi Sridhar

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is at the centre of serious controversies in pre-election 2019 dynamics of political decisions. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is at the centre of serious controversies in pre-election 2019 dynamics of political decisions. It’s uses if not abuses, by the party in power, now or in past, is harming its credibility. Its ‘independence’ is no[Read More…]

Arun Kumar, Economist and author

Time to soften GST blow on MSMEs: Arun Kumar

Interview by Richa Mishra   In his book, Arun Kumar suggests ways to convert the complex levy into a ‘Ground Nourishing Tax’ Change is not always easy to adapt to, especially when it is a completely new tax regime like the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which even proponents of reforms acknowledge is very complex. No surprises then, that it[Read More…]

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Fascism, Caste, Dead Capital | Kuriakose Mathew

Fascism, Caste, Dead Capital | Kuriakose Mathew

Dead capital is the capital that cannot (easily) be converted into investment. Hernando de Soto’s term dead capital could have been about India as well. The country has a huge stock of informal assets held by the poor that is not recognised by the law, but worth in billions. De Soto’s story however captures only one side of the Indian[Read More…]

Intermedia Must Be Abolished In Two States | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Intermedia Must Be Abolished In Two States | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The intermediate examination board of Telangana has created a massive systemic crisis. About 20 students have already committed suicide and many more are likely to die. The solution to this problem does not lie in just recounting the marks in the answer sheets nor does it lie in the revaluation of answer sheets. The problem is much bigger. It is[Read More…]

BJP Ignores MGNREGA 

BJP Ignores MGNREGA 

Strengthening MGNREGA is important to  alleviate rural distress The  election manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been recently  announced and MGNREGA has been completely ignored in the manifesto. While more than 13 crore people across the country are dependent on MGNREGA and it is being the  biggest employment opportunity for the rural sector,  not even a mention of NREGA[Read More…]

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Kuriakose Mathew – Kanhaiya and the Jatitva of the Indian Left and Right

Kuriakose Mathew – Kanhaiya and the Jatitva of the Indian Left and Right

Dictators often infantilize people. They portray the people as their children, and themselves as great patriarchs. Stalin to Chacha Nehru to Nasser, many have presented themselves as the authoritative father figure. At present, Xi Jinping is repeating the same, presenting himself as the Communist (or Confucian?) Father of the Chinese nation. Modi and Trump seem to be great exceptions to[Read More…]

Sexual Harassment V / s Judiciary

Sexual Harassment V / s Judiciary

A woman staff member has accused the CJI( Chief Justice of India )  )  , Ranjan Gogoi, of sexual harassment through  a sworn affidavit handed over to 22 judges of the Supreme Court. The said woman staffer stated “He hugged me around the waist, and touched me all over my body with his arms and by pressing his body against mine,[Read More…]

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Development, Democracy and Welfare under UPA and NDA: Comparative analysis

Development, Democracy and Welfare under UPA and NDA: Comparative analysis

  The Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jamia Millia Islamia has organized 2nd Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Annual Memorial Lecture on 23 April 2019, entilled, ‘Democracy, State & Welfare Under UPA & NDA: The Regime Effect’, which has been addressed by Prof. Zoya Hasan, a noted Political scientist and currently an emeritus Professor at Centre for[Read More…]

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Sakshi Maharaj

The Cursing Sants of Bharatiya Janata Party

Be careful while criticising the Government. Of course you will be anti-national if you do so. But now it is more than that. Now you have to face the cursing Sants. The Sants of BJP through their deep penance and meditation in the Himalayas have acquired some special powers. Gods impressed by their deep tapasya appeared before them and inquired[Read More…]

 Why is BJP continuously targeting AMU?

 Why is BJP continuously targeting AMU?

Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre in 2014 the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been continuously on its target on one pretext or another. The BJP and its ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) drag the name of AMU every now and then generating unwanted controversies and public attention. The most recent remark was that of Uttar[Read More…]

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71 Bollywood Actors, Writers, appeal to the Nation to vote to defend the very Idea of India!

71 Bollywood Actors, Writers, appeal to the Nation to vote to defend the very Idea of India!

Our country is known and admired across the world for its enormous diversity, pluralism and the mutual respect that unites millions of Indians in a multi-cultural ethos. This is the idea of India that our freedom movement held high. That is why the modern values of democracy and separation of religion from politics, for which our country’s freedom-fighters fought hard,[Read More…]

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Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – Shudras Never Were Allowed To Learn A National Language

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – Shudras Never Were Allowed To Learn A National Language

In the recent Parliament elections in the two Telugu states there was an interesting discussion: who speaks good English whether Chandrbabu Naidu or Jaganmohan Reddy or KCR? Three of them are Shudras. Chandrababu Naidu and KCR are first generation English learners, whereas Jaganmohan Reddy is a second generation English medium educated leader, as his father was a doctor and could[Read More…]

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New churning in ‘Bahujan politics’ in UP and Maharashtra

New churning in ‘Bahujan politics’ in UP and Maharashtra

 Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar Ever since the Hindu nationalist forces led by PM Modi came to power in 2014, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the range of violence and atrocities against Dalits, religious and gender minorities have increased. And a new trend infamously known as mob-lynching, in which mostly Muslims including Dalits[Read More…]

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As the 2019 Indian General Election Takes Place, Are the Nation’s Farmers Being Dealt a Knock-Out Blow?

As the 2019 Indian General Election Takes Place, Are the Nation’s Farmers Being Dealt a Knock-Out Blow?

In 1830, British colonial administrator Lord Metcalfe said  India’s villages were little republics that had nearly everything they could want for within themselves. India’s ability to endure derived from these communities: “Dynasty after dynasty tumbles down but the village community remains the same. It is in a high degree conducive to their happiness, and to the enjoyment of a great portion[Read More…]

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India demanded to prevent forced evictions of millions of forest dwellers

India demanded to prevent forced evictions of millions of forest dwellers

  Friends of the Earth International, World Rainforest Movement, Global Forest Coalition, GAIA Foundation and tens of other environmental organisations around the world sent on 22 April an international  appeal  to India, its states, Supreme Court and to the UN organs to prevent forced evictions of millions of India’s forest dwellers. Such evictions would violate India’s obligations on human rights and[Read More…]

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Jharkhand’s poor show in MGNREGA continue

Jharkhand’s poor show in MGNREGA continue

  The Government of India’s official website shows that Jharkhand has failed terribly in MGNREGA implementation in 2018-19  while the country has seen a steady increase in work demands under the programme Jharkhand has gone through a rough patch in MGNREGA implementation in the financial year 2018-19. The implementation of MGNREGA was almost standstill for nearly about 6 months during[Read More…]

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Vidya Bhushan Rawat – Why Manas Jena needs our support to get elected from Jajpur

Vidya Bhushan Rawat – Why Manas Jena needs our support to get elected from Jajpur

  In the age of branding where media decide what you need and impose upon you even the ‘leaders’ in the opposition, those who work tirelessly for the rights of the people are not merely ignored but forgotten too. Manas Jena is an activist intellectual contesting on Indian National Congress ticket from Jajpur reserved constituency of Odisha. As a friend[Read More…]

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Bhopal: BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan, addresses a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. BJP has fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, as its candidate against Congress leader Digvijay Singh. (PTI Photo)  (PTI4_17_2019_000160B)

Sadhvi Pragya :Not shocking, but painful

By fielding Sadhvi Pragya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants people to believe that she and other accused arrested in various blast cases were ‘framed in fabricated cases’ and that ‘saffron terror’ is a myth. But while doing so the, BJP has undermined the fact that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur still remains a key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast[Read More…]

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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, chairman of the Drafting Committee, presenting the final draft of the Indian Constitution to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 25 November, 1949

Santosh Gedam – Constitutional Idealism and the Ground Reality

As India (read part of Indian society) actively celebrated along with symbolic governmental formal gestures the Birth anniversary of India’s chief architect of the Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, it was time to review where our society as a whole stands compared to the Constitutional idealism adopted around 70 years ago. Constitutional idealism is a supreme policy goal for us as[Read More…]

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Prem Singh – Remembering Justice Sachar on his first death anniversary

Prem Singh – Remembering Justice Sachar on his first death anniversary

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

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A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Mridul Mehndiratta : Volume, Velocity, Variety:  New data reality for central banks

‘Getting data off internet is like taking a drink from a firehose’ said an American entrepreneur Mitchell David Kapor. This though provoking quote seems to sum up the data glut scenario that institutions worldwide are willingly or unwillingly called upon to embrace today including the central banks, which are arguably considered as conservative and traditional in their approaches. The complexity[Read More…]

Jermine (L), wife of victim Prakash Lakra, with officers./ Photo Credit/Indian Express

Jharkhand’s Adivasi lynched to death by mob chanting Jai Shri Ram

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 Sahu community of 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. A fact-finding[Read More…]

Shantanu Dutta: Failure of The Rule of Law

Shantanu Dutta: Failure of The Rule of Law

Violence manifests all around us every day, sometimes subtly and sometimes pervasively, but we often miss it. Except for the occasional headlines in the paper, mentioning road rage incidents where two drivers were caught in a brawl or an odd story about domestic violence which managed to escape the deep shutters of society and made it to the court or[Read More…]

Suresh Bhat Bakrabail – Terrorism and Failure to call a spade a spade

Suresh Bhat Bakrabail – Terrorism and Failure to call a spade a spade

The Oxford Dictionary (2011) defines terrorism as ‘the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the attempt to achieve political aims’. However, it is distressing to note that a lead article headlined “The many and different faces of terror” and written by Mr M.K.Narayanan (former National Security Adviser) in The Hindu dated 3 April, 2019, focuses just on[Read More…]

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Haider Abbas – Pulwama Vs Dantewada: Why the same response belies the two

Haider Abbas – Pulwama Vs Dantewada: Why the same response belies the two

It is now more than two months when the disastrous Pulwama (Feb 14) tragedy happened and ‘it was a gift to BJP before the general elections’ conferred AS Dulat, former RAW chief (March 31), he also in the same vein cautioned that when patriotism is enough nationalism should not be harped upon as it leads to war. BJP is now[Read More…]

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Shamsul Islam – Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary: People’s Heroic Resistance Remain Hidden

Shamsul Islam – Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary: People’s Heroic Resistance Remain Hidden

Contemporary documents of the brutal massacre and people’s heroic resistance remain hidden in National Archives Today India has turned into a grazing field for all kinds of religious bigots led by the Hindutva gang. Even PM of the country who took oath to uphold democratic-secular polity is identifying himself as a Hindu nationalist as if he is in office to[Read More…]

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20 Victims of Fluorosis and 111 farmers file nominations in Varanasi

20 Victims of Fluorosis and 111 farmers file nominations in Varanasi

  A Report by Dr. M. Bapuji, of  FMRRC                                                                                                  Prime Minister Narendra[Read More…]

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Petition seeking Honorary Citizenship for Arundhati Roy submitted in the Canadian parliament

Petition seeking Honorary Citizenship for Arundhati Roy submitted in the Canadian parliament

Surrey Centre Member of Parliament Randeep Singh Sarai submitted a petition in the House of Commons on Thursday, April 11, seeking Honorary Canadian Citizenship for world renowned author Arundhati Roy. Launched by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the petition had received hundreds of signatures in Greater Vancouver. Sponsored by Sarai, the petition demands that Canada’s parliament give honourary citizenship[Read More…]

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 Madabhushi Sridhar – “Centre’s amendments will ‘completely finish’ RTI Act ”

 Madabhushi Sridhar – “Centre’s amendments will ‘completely finish’ RTI Act ”

(This is the last in a series of six articles published on RTI by Madabhushi Sridhar.) Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu, who recently retired as Central Information Commissioner, is one of India’s most resolute advocates for transparency, and for strengthening citizens’ right to information. Acharyulu, 65, was a professor of law at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of[Read More…]

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Melwyn Pinto: Campaign cacophony and the lost golden opportunity!

Melwyn Pinto: Campaign cacophony and the lost golden opportunity!

The campaign narratives in this Lok Sabha elections seem to have incredibly turned into bizarre cacophony and nothing else. For the sitting government in the Centre, the narrative revolves only around Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We do not see any MP asking the electorates to vote for him or her. Instead, they are all asking the masses to vote for[Read More…]

Absence of Peace Discourse in The Election Process Is Unfortunate

Absence of Peace Discourse in The Election Process Is Unfortunate

The events following Pulwama terrorist violence which killed 49 CRPF personnel had nearly pushed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Threat of use of nuclear weapons gave dreadful shiver to the people on both sides. The jingoists on either side of the border took no time with rhetoric to destroy the other. But the saner elements warned those[Read More…]

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Sheshu Babu – Factors influencing voters

Sheshu Babu – Factors influencing voters

As election schedule has started, debates on victories and losses of political parties has picked up momentum. Among the factors which are responsible for outcome, the role of various lucrative offers to people is a topic of intense analysis by media and elite intellectuals. Common knowledge It is an open secret that huge amount of cash and liquor is distributed[Read More…]

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A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Madabhushi Sridhar: How was Das appointed RBI Governor? ‘It is official secret’

As per transparency law, the people have the right to know the details of appointment to a public position, from the President to an ordinary clerk in a government office As per transparency law, the people have the right to know the details of appointment to a public position, from the President to an ordinary clerk in a government office.[Read More…]

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Lateral entry into governmental offices is against Constitution

Lateral entry into governmental offices is against Constitution

The Modi Government has appointed 9 private sector experts to the rank of Joint Secretary in different central government departments through lateral entry. The government had invited applications for appointments in the Department of Revenue also, but it was canceled due to procedural reasons. As soon as the Modi government came to power, the Indian government was quick to change[Read More…]

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Moin Qazi- It Is Time To Take Guesswork Out Of Policies For The Poor

Moin Qazi- It Is Time To Take Guesswork Out Of Policies For The Poor

India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine—making the most of loose regulations and genetic diversity of a huge population. It is done to help cut research costs dramatically for lucrative products to be sold in the West. The relationship is highly exploitative and many believe it represents a new colonialism. Encouraging[Read More…]

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Jayashubha- Kanhaiya Kumar: An antithesis to BJP Fascist regime

Jayashubha- Kanhaiya Kumar: An antithesis to BJP Fascist regime

In the current elections, a constituency which is attracting the nation is Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. The importance of this constituency is due to the fact that this constituency is being contested by Kanhaiya Kumar, a Students Union leader turned Politician. He was joined by thousands in the rally during the time of his filing of nomination. People[Read More…]

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Prem Singh- Jallianwala Bagh: Hundred Years of Sacrifice

Prem Singh- Jallianwala Bagh: Hundred Years of Sacrifice

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

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Madabhushi Sridhar – RTI : Large number of vacancies in SICs across India, Defunct in AP, inadequate in Telangana

Madabhushi Sridhar – RTI : Large number of vacancies in SICs across India, Defunct in AP, inadequate in Telangana

The reading of Sections 7 and 19 of the RTI Act makes it clear that the RTI Act is a time-bound legislation for effectively exercising the Fundamental Right to Information guaranteed in Article 19 of the Constitution of India. However, the CIC and SICs which are the final appellate authorities under the RTI Act, and are the guardians of the[Read More…]

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Jermine (L), wife of victim Prakash Lakra, with officers./ Photo Credit/Indian Express

An Adivasi Christian lynched for skinning a dead Ox in Jharkhand

In a shocking incident an Adivasi Christian was killed allegedly for skinning a dead ox. The Indian Express reported that on Wednesday a farmer Adranish Kujur told the village of Jhurmo in Jharkhand that his 20-year-old ox had died in his field, at least 35 villagers went to carve it up. Minutes later, a mob, armed with rods and sticks,[Read More…]

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Modi’s India: Rise of a hate filled, US subordinate aggressor

Modi’s India: Rise of a hate filled, US subordinate aggressor

For silent inspiration with your camera and film, Rakesh Sharma,this one’s for you. A powerful PM? In the days following the electoral victory of the Modi, ran an article in an otherwise modest The Hindu, “Coming soon, a powerful PMO (Prime Minister’s Office)”. [1]The proclamation uncritical as it is and reflected surely in other media outlets at the time in[Read More…]

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Forest Rights Act: A Golden opportunity to undo Historical injustice

Forest Rights Act: A Golden opportunity to undo Historical injustice

FRA has struggled to recognize the comprehensive rights of vulnerable and voiceless groups. Judicial scrutiny could open the doors for communities where the law has not been implemented in letter and spirit. 13th February 2019 was a historic day for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and traditional forest dwellers in India because of an order passed pertaining to The Scheduled Tribes and[Read More…]

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Veterans’ concerns for a secular military: Neither news nor fake!

Veterans’ concerns for a secular military: Neither news nor fake!

A group of over 150 Indian military Veterans wrote a letter to the President of India in his capacity as Supreme Commander of India’s Armed Forces, expressing their serious concern at the recent rather blatant use by politicians of different parties, of the military, military uniforms or symbols, and actions by military formations or personnel, in their election campaigns. The[Read More…]

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Neglect of traditional handloom weavers of Uttar Pradesh in present general election

Neglect of traditional handloom weavers of Uttar Pradesh in present general election

  In 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi given the five F formula but it appears that he remembers no more. Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi in one of his motivating and ambitious public address pertaining to cotton growers emphasised on ‘Make in India’ meaning thereby that India will progress if its domestic Industry will improve. A snippet of his[Read More…]

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Apex court opposes amendment to RTI

Apex court opposes amendment to RTI

Prof  Dr M Sridhar Acharayalu, who retired as Central Information Commissioner on 20 November 2018. RTI Act is the best enactment, but it is not giving best results in securing the access to public records. Why? The problem is that neither the Central government in respect of CIC nor the State government in respect of SICs, are filling the vacancies[Read More…]

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Reject The Politics of Hate

Reject The Politics of Hate

An Appeal in the context of elections 2019 Elections to Lok Sabha and some Vidhan Sabhas are taking place at a time when the country is passing through a period of grave crisis. Besides leading to the formation of a new government, outcomes of the current elections will have a deep impact on the future shape of the Indian society,[Read More…]

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Institutionalise Extortion by Centre Government – Greatest threat to India’s federal structure

Institutionalise Extortion by Centre Government – Greatest threat to India’s federal structure

  The manner in which central agencies namely CBI, ED/IT, Election Commission etc. are using coercive methods against opposition ruled state governments. The days are not far that the basis federal structure of the nation would crumbled down & that would be a very fatal blow. The history of present geographical nationalism is not very long. Prior to British occupation[Read More…]

‘Government, Regulators are Intimidating CIC by Filing Writ Petitions’ 

‘Government, Regulators are Intimidating CIC by Filing Writ Petitions’ 

  Prof Dr M Sridhar Acharayalu, who retired as Central Information Commissioner on 20 November 2018, wrote an open letter to Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India. In this letter, Prof Acharyulu has raised serious questions on how the government itself had filed almost 1,700 writ petitions against orders passed by information commissioners under Right to Information (RTI) Act.[Read More…]

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Government’s surgical strike on the MGNREGA workers continue- The Telangana Tragedy is a failure of the system

Government’s surgical strike on the MGNREGA workers continue- The Telangana Tragedy is a failure of the system

Official apathy and the failure of the governments to provide basic facilities like shades and administration’s negligence in ensuring adequate security measures at the work sites for the labourers, responsible for the tragic incident in a NREGA worksite at Y.Tippagutta in Telengana. This place is located in the Teeleru panchayat of Marikal Mandal in the district of Narayanpet. On Wednesday[Read More…]

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Need  for   UN   Observers   to  monitor  India’s  parliamentary  elections

Need  for   UN   Observers   to  monitor  India’s  parliamentary  elections

Candidates  of  the  Opposition  parties  as  well  as   Independents  should  immediately  approach  the  UN   to  send  observers  to  India  to  conduct  an  independent  survey  of  the  coming  month  long  Lok  Sabha  polls.  The  BJP-ruled  Indian  state  is  fast  approaching  the  status  of   authoritarian  regimes  which  manipulate  the  electoral  process   to  perpetuate  themselves in  power (as  in  some  countries in  South-East [Read More…]

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Attempt to Annex Information Commission

Attempt to Annex Information Commission

The Union government proposed setting up of two committees – one to receive and decided on complaints against the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and the second one for complaints against the Information Commissioners. (Madabhushi, former Central Information Commissioner, wrote a series of articles on attempts by governments, at the Centre and in States, to subvert RTI. This is one of[Read More…]

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Muslim man in Assam thrashed for allegedly carrying beef, forced to eat pork

Muslim man in Assam thrashed for allegedly carrying beef, forced to eat pork

GUWAHATI, APRIL 9: In a shocking incident of hate crime reported from Assam’s Biswanath Charali headquarters of Biswanath district, about 240 km north-east of state capital Guwahati a sexagenarian skull capped bearded man identified Shaukat Ali was thrashed by an agitated mob for allegedly selling cooked beef at his eatery, stopped to go for namaz and forced to consume pork[Read More…]

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Congress Alleges BJP of Huge Corruption During Demonetisation

Congress Alleges BJP of Huge Corruption During Demonetisation

Just days before the national elections opposition Congress party released tapes of a sting operation which reveales that the ruling BJP and its president Amit Shah played major role in helping corporates and politicians to exchange the devalued notes. According to Congress spoke person Kapil Sibal three series of notes worth 3 Lakh Crores were printed abroad and brought to[Read More…]

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India under Narendra Modi: A throwback to the Germany of the 1930s, or are we imagining things?

India under Narendra Modi: A throwback to the Germany of the 1930s, or are we imagining things?

We can choose not to see what we don’t want to – but we can do so only at our own peril As a boy, the German novelist Max von der Grun heard  the news of Hitler becoming the Reich Chancellor over the radio on 30 January, 1933 . Two days later, he and his family listened to Hitler speaking[Read More…]

Hindutva and its new dimensions

Hindutva and its new dimensions

The acquittal of Samjhauta Express blasts accused bears several connotations. On March 20, Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court acquitted the four accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express Blast case. Among the accused was Swami Aseemanand, an influential Hindutva leader who was earlier tried and acquitted in Ajmer dargah and Mecca Masjid bombings. Under Modi regime, Indian investigation agencies have a[Read More…]

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Adivasi Election Manifesto 2019 Released

Adivasi Election Manifesto 2019 Released

For centuries now we, the Adivasis, fisherfolk, hill, forest dwellers and others who are the original inhabitants of the Indian sub-continent have been systematically pushed off our ancestral lands  and forcibly confined to small, remote and increasingly vulnerable corners of the country. In this process we have been subjected to unspeakable atrocities bordering on genocide by successive regimes ruling what has been styled as the ‘world’s[Read More…]

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BC government proclaims Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary

BC government proclaims Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary

Following sustained efforts of Mehak Punjab Dee TV, Prof. Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation and Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the BC government has proclaimed April 13, 2019 as “The Commemoration of the Centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Day”. Scores of peaceful protestors were killed in an unprovoked firing by the British troops at Jallianwala Bagh public park in[Read More…]

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Right to Vote demand by Cows

Right to Vote demand by Cows

We the Wonderful Cows of India With a population of 19 crore Worshipped in the name of Gau Matas Do not have rights of our own Despite being provided with Aadhaar card And being upgraded to that of a divine symbol We do not have right to vote In a regime which is cow friendly At a time, when we[Read More…]

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How India’s Ruling Party Mobilizes Indian-Americans to Win Elections

How India’s Ruling Party Mobilizes Indian-Americans to Win Elections

India is having its first national election in five years. Partisanship in India is no better than in the United States. Probably much worse. Political party choices polarize families, friends, and whole communities and every election season can be a very divisive time. No wonder then that the U.S.’s nearly 4.5 million Indian-Americans watch India’s elections with sharp eyes. A[Read More…]

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A public march in London against growing mob lynching culture of India. Copyright: South Asia Solidarity Group (southasiasolidarity.org)

Living in a hate culture: Hatred conquers India’s civic space

Known to be a single nation despite diversity in almost all spheres, India’s spirit of ‘unity in diversity’ is under threat because of the hate culture that has grown to gargantuan proportion over the years and spread across the country. Expressed in many forms and forums, words of hate, generally called hate speech, have not only spread hatred and incited[Read More…]

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

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

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

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Farmers force Turmeric, Red jowar into Nizamabad agenda, 170 farmers file  nominations to focus on their problems

Farmers force Turmeric, Red jowar into Nizamabad agenda, 170 farmers file  nominations to focus on their problems

Telangana State (TS), with 17 Lok Sabha constituencies, goes to the Loksabha (Parliament) polls in the first phase on April 11. After the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended March 28 Thursday, a total of 443 candidates remained in the fray in Telangana with Nizamabad Constituency topping the list with 185 candidates, including over 170 farmers.    Nizamabad farmers, mostly[Read More…]

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Some wonderful reasons for voting back the Government to Power

Some wonderful reasons for voting back the Government to Power

Ache din denied Antinational population widened Banks weakened Bethi Bachao Beti Padao undermined Beef discourse brought in to shape discourse on food habits Bhakt culture promoted Big corporates let out – malya and modi Black Money brought in and 15 lakh deposited to Bank account Casteist (manuwadi) forces brought in Chowkidaar of rich and powerful created Communal incidents created Constitution[Read More…]

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J.B.D’souza, IAS officer of old days, in contrast to Officers having fun at Davos

J.B.D’souza, IAS officer of old days, in contrast to Officers having fun at Davos

Mumbai:With the collapse of transport infrastructure for common people in Mumbai making big headlines daily, any self -respecting administration would have felt embarrassed and concentrated on basic amenities and suspended or postponed fancy schemes like the bullet train or the coastal road for cars. More so when we are now amidst elections. But far from it. The authorities show little[Read More…]

Will Modi have the last laugh?

Will Modi have the last laugh?

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. You do not have to be a psephologist to predict the outcome of the critical General Election that India will hold two weeks from now if the opposition does not get its act together. On the one hand, you have the ruling BJP and Narendra Modi, ably aided[Read More…]

Right to know about criminal contestants

Right to know about criminal contestants

These Trinity of Telugu personalities gave voters the right to information about contestants: They are petitioner Professor Trilochan Shastry of Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), eminent advocate Padma Bhushan PP Rao and renowned justice of Supreme Court P Venkatram Reddy (with other distinguished colleagues) These Trinity of Telugu personalities gave voters the right to information about contestants: They are petitioner[Read More…]

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Memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner on violations of the Election Code by political parties

Memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner on violations of the Election Code by political parties

Memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner on violations of the Election Code by political parties by illegal and manipulative use of Religion in the Election Campaign, and defaming India’s Defence forces To the Chief Election commissioner And Members of the Election Commission of India New Delhi Dear Sirs The All India Peoples’ Forum represents a cross section of the people[Read More…]

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Violence and the broken Police system

Violence and the broken Police system

Everyday violence is all around us – all pervasive and yet invisible. Invisible because we live in a society where low-level endemic day to day violence is normalized that we have developed blind spots that stop us from seeing what is sometimes right below our noses – sometimes, often in our own homes. To highlight this, an organization recently held[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi’s Candidacy from Kerala!

Rahul Gandhi’s Candidacy from Kerala!

There is no more drama over who is to contest from Wayanad on Congress ticket. The grand-old party has announced its candidate in the constituency after a height of uncertainty prolonging over a week. It is none other than the party president Rahul Gandhi, the next proposed prime minister if people votes United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to power. But the[Read More…]

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