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The Rise & Rise of Inhuman Hate Politics

The Rise & Rise of Inhuman Hate Politics

Modi’s biggest contribution to India is teaching it to hate. It seems to be finally dawning on the people that “Modistan” is the same as “Rogistan”. As the BJP wins election after election to now rule 21 states in India, victory galas and revelry should swamp party cadres. Instead, what have the BJP and its Sangh ideologues ushered in? The[Read More…]

Is India Giving Up an Opportunity to Be on a Central Stage of a Virtual Currency Revolution?

Is India Giving Up an Opportunity to Be on a Central Stage of a Virtual Currency Revolution?

Potentially a game changing digital technology, the use of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin as a viable alternative to the national currencies like Dollar or Rupee, has largely been seen by countries across the world –with India being no exception- as a danger to the existing government-centralized economic system. With contention over use of crypto-currencies as a medium of exchange, Finance Minister[Read More…]

The Death of Public University

The Death of Public University

Forgetting the relationship between education and society and ignoring the required engagement between thinker theorists and innovators on one side and society on the other, the governments, legislators and people hypnotized by the neoliberal economy have came to an understanding that commericialisation/marketisation of education from first grade to PhD is the best way forward not for any appreciable societal transformations[Read More…]

There Is No Flag Large Enough To Cover The Shame Of Killing Innocent People

There Is No Flag Large Enough To Cover The Shame Of Killing Innocent People

Some self-styled Indian patriots settled in UK have launched a petition seeking action against those who tore the Indian national flag recently. The incident happened during protests against visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The protests were mainly organized by groups representing religious minorities in India that feel threatened under the right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government[Read More…]

Sachar Saheb : A Unique Personality With Socialist Vision

Sachar Saheb : A Unique Personality With Socialist Vision

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

DTC’s Contractual Staff Hit By Discrimination, Low Wages

DTC’s Contractual Staff Hit By Discrimination, Low Wages

Venkadarath Saritha, a 30-year-old contractual bus driver with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has not taken a day off from her work from last three months – not even on Sundays.  She drives a bus for eight hours daily and repercussions of not turning up on duty include a cut from her already meager salary. Saritha is among 12,000 contractual employees[Read More…]

Kerala’s ‘Whatsapp Hartal’ For Asifa:  Troubling Questions That Need Answers

Kerala’s ‘Whatsapp Hartal’ For Asifa:  Troubling Questions That Need Answers

The busting of the Hindutva racket who tried to foment communal tension in Kerala in the name of the ‘People’s Hartal’ on 16th of this month has sent shock waves through Kerala society. The hartal was called through Whatsapp groups to protest the gruesome rape and murder of the Kathua minor girl. Since the sponsors remained anonymous, no organisation claimed[Read More…]

Full Text Of Dr Kafeel Khan’s Letter, The Tragic Hero Of Gorakhpur Hopital Tragedy

Full Text Of Dr Kafeel Khan’s Letter, The Tragic Hero Of Gorakhpur Hopital Tragedy

Dr Kafeel Khan who managed to save the lives of a number of children in the last August’s Gorakhpur hopital tragedy where 63 children died within a span of five days for a lack of supply of oxygen cylinders has written a heart rending letter from jail, where he is lodged without bail for the last seven months. In the[Read More…]

The  Body  And  Dress  Code  In  Indian  Political  Discourse

The  Body  And  Dress  Code  In  Indian  Political  Discourse

The   exchange  of  banters  between  the  outgoing  veteran  Congress  MP  Renuka  Chaudhury and  India’s  Vice-President  Venkaiah  Naidu in  the  Rajya  Sabha,  during  the  ceremony  to  bid  farewell  to  her  and  other  retiring  MPs ,  has  taken  an  ugly  turn.  In  her  farewell  speech  Renuka  Chaudhury  while  addressing  Naidu (who  is  also  the  Rajya  Sabha  Chairman),  in  a  self-deprecating humorous  vein [Read More…]

Judge, Justice And Aquital!

Judge, Justice And Aquital!

A black week for our venerated democratic institutions got a tad darker on Friday. In a whirlwind 5 days we have witnessed acquittals of murder convicts, votives of militant hate and architects of massacre. With the second ever impeachment motion against a Supreme Court Judge, no less the Chief Justice himself  (first ever), the country stands at a precipice, an[Read More…]

Will India Take the Road Less Travelled – and Make All the Difference?

Will India Take the Road Less Travelled – and Make All the Difference?

The social ferment presently being witnessed all over India and abroad, where the Indian diaspora has spread out, is the background in which Modi has set out on his latest whistle-stop tours abroad.The month of April has been very restive, with country-wide Bandh call on 2nd April by the Dalits who constitute about 17% of India’s population. This was followed[Read More…]

UGC move to grant Autonomy: Jeopardising Accessibility, Equity and Quality

UGC move to grant Autonomy: Jeopardising Accessibility, Equity and Quality

                                The recent UGC move to grant autonomous status to 62 educational institutions have been hailed in various quarters. MHRD has praised it and have equated the move to grant autonomous status to Universities with “New economic policies of 1991”. The new move has been[Read More…]

Why JNU Would Be Difficult To Save?

Why JNU Would Be Difficult To Save?

Through the title I don’t want to shed a sense of pessimism about the future of Jawaharlal Nehru University, instead my attempt is to lay bare the context which is indeed very frustrating and demotivating. Also, being in the campus from the last two year it seemed to me that somewhere down the line a crisis is also emanating from[Read More…]

People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions

People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions

People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions was held at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on April 11-13, 2018. The tribunal was organised by the People’s Commission on Shrinking Democratic Space in India (PCSDS). The jury panel of the tribunal comprisedJustice (Retd.) Hosbet Suresh, Justice (Retd.) B.G. Kolse Patil, Prof. Amit Bhaduri, Dr. Uma Chakravarty, Prof. T.K. Oommen,[Read More…]

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Finding Hope In An Era Of Darkness

The Challenge is to rise above this hatred and divisiveness and create a new narrative of courage, beauty of diverse life and love. It seems that we as a nation, in India, are experiencing a free fall to some unimaginable abyss. Every day brings news of ever more grisly, convoluted crimes planned not by some petty dirty criminals, but far[Read More…]

Is India Fast Becoming A Dysfunctional Democracy?

Is India Fast Becoming A Dysfunctional Democracy?

When hate invades the human mind, there is no limit to brutal atrocity.  On April 10, a  Guardian story showed a video in which there is cheering as an Israeli sniper shoots an unarmed Palestinian a considerable distance away.  Shown on TV in Israel, it has been the subject of some introspective debate.  Then there is news from Kashmir to[Read More…]

 There Are ‘Farmers’ And Farmers —A Postscript to Maharashtra Farmers’ Long March 

 There Are ‘Farmers’ And Farmers —A Postscript to Maharashtra Farmers’ Long March 

Even the establishment media ultimately could not underplay the Farmers’ March from Nasik to Mumbai in March 2018. And not long ago we saw the Farmers’ Strike in Maharashtra; that happened in June 2017. All the pictures those protests presented showed a queer image of Maharashtra, a state which is set to be a Trillion $  economy by 2025 [[1]][Read More…]

Karnataka Assembly Elections: Its Nationwide Implications

Karnataka Assembly Elections: Its Nationwide Implications

  So, this summer as the sun blazes all over,there will be scorching political heat as well.The much awaited poll bugle in Karnataka has been blown and preparations for the showdown are on. We will be witnessing an intensely fought poll battle in the recent times.Political parties are in full swing to prepare the ground and this battle of throne[Read More…]

People’s Tribunal On Attack On Educational Institutions

People’s Tribunal On Attack On Educational Institutions

In the face of increasing attacks on democratic space including higher education institutions, students’ bodies, teachers and civil rights activists, a number of civil society organisations have come together to form PCSDS. This Commission is holding its first people’s tribunal on attack on educational institutions from 11th April to 13th April where over 120 testimonies of students and professors will[Read More…]

Inequitable ‘ToR’ under the Fifteenth Finance Commission—Ominous Signals

Inequitable ‘ToR’ under the Fifteenth Finance Commission—Ominous Signals

  The Fifteenth Finance Commission’s (FFC) Terms of Reference (ToR) have generated a lot of criticism across a wide spectrum of thinking, especially among the South Indian states. The States which have already been affected with the winding up of the Planning Commission, as well as with the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, are up in[Read More…]

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Why Mid-Day Meal Workers Are Opposing Privatization In Assam

Why Mid-Day Meal Workers Are Opposing Privatization In Assam

Mid-day Meal Workers in Assam are up in arms against the privatisation of the mid-day meals scheme for schools in the State and demanding better pay As we went up the narrow steps to the CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Union) office in Chandmari in Guwahati, we were ushered into a room with no natural light, and could vaguely make[Read More…]

The gross social injustice of JNU’s new admission policy

The gross social injustice of JNU’s new admission policy

Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led regime took charge of Jawaharlal Nehru University by appointing M. Jagadesh Kumar as its new vice-chancellor, it has demonized this prestigious university as a “den of anti-nationals”. Other Hindutva blows included attempts to dismantle its secular and progressive character, accelerate the already ongoing privatization and scuttle the already shrinking democratic and dissenting spaces. Moreover,[Read More…]

India ‘Acche Din’ Spoof And US Counterpart Version

India ‘Acche Din’ Spoof And US Counterpart Version

It was with a combination of dismay, delight and amusement that I watched the following two minute spoof because in an offhand way, it reminded of my own government’s lies (and for which many naive voters fall every time that there is going to be a new election for particular government offices).  After watching the spoof, I imagined my own[Read More…]

The Cost Of Social Justice And The Protest Of TISS Students

The Cost Of Social Justice And The Protest Of TISS Students

Students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai have demonstrated an unprecedented protest in the history of their institute campuses at Mumbai, Guwahati, Tuljapur and Hyderabad. TISS is a deemed to be university as per University Act 1954 (3 of 1956) No. F,1122/62U2 fully funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) /Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India[Read More…]

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Dalit Protest Paralyse India: Five Dead

Dalit Protest Paralyse India: Five Dead

Protests that swept north India have cost five lives today as Dalit groups tried to enforce an all-India shutdown over a Supreme Court order. In Madhya Pradesh, four people died during clashes and a man was killed in firing in Rajasthan’s Alwat. Violence was also reported from parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Punjab came to a standstill[Read More…]

Current Debate on Federalism

Current Debate on Federalism

In recent days, South Indian leaders including Karnataka CM, K Siddaramiah  and Andhra Pradesh CM, Chandrababu Naidu  (others include DMK working president MK Stalin, Jana Sena Leader Pawan Kalyan) have spoken in one voice against the 15th Finance Commission — arguing that it is unfair to South Indian states. The bone of contention is a directive, in the terms of reference, given to the Finance[Read More…]

#Metoo against the State when University is turned into an occupied territory

#Metoo against the State when University is turned into an occupied territory

The present Indian state is treating JNU as an occupied territory. State-sponsored violence and molestation against the students call for a #metoo moment against the state. Co-Written by Amrita Datta and Arani Basu A piece of land with people – young and old, vibrant, thinking beings. Police posts in and around the land. Random police raids of homes of these[Read More…]

The Future of Higher Education in India in the Age of Crony Capitalism

The Future of Higher Education in India in the Age of Crony Capitalism

  Co-Written by Amit Kumar & Skand Priya Ever since the MHRD made its intentions clear to grant autonomous status to institutions of higher education as a result of which 60 institutions have already been granted autonomy including 5 central universities and 21 state universities, teachers’ movement at University of Delhi has become extremely charged and committed in its fight to[Read More…]

Digitisation For Selling Privacy!

Digitisation For Selling Privacy!

(Even though digitisation of various services has helped a lot yet it has adversely affected personal privacy) The Facebook/Analytica scam has shaken the digital world. There are allegations about the use of personal data during last US elections. According to the expose the information about people is being collected, stored and processed to produce psychographic profiles that can judge peoples’[Read More…]

Moneylenders Still Rule The Roost

Moneylenders Still Rule The Roost

    “In general, the rural moneylender as a species has proved surprisingly resilient, even in countries such as India and Indonesia where it has been a declared objective of state intervention in financial markets to suppress him.” — Hulme and Mosley, Finance Against Poverty A sense of deep despair runs through the lives of farmers in India. They have lost[Read More…]

Fake News Is A Big Menace Of Our Times

Fake News Is A Big Menace Of Our Times

Fake news is a sort of propaganda intended to mislead the audience; a kind of yellow journalism. Propaganda or fake news is not a new thing in the digital age. Power struggle between Octavian and Anthony wasaccompanied with the propaganda; Maulavi Muhammad Baqar was martyred for his spirited struggle against the British propaganda. Even, peeping in tothe religious echelons, we[Read More…]

Undermining Nehru’s Ideals Around Nehru Centre

Undermining Nehru’s Ideals Around Nehru Centre

When it comes to plundering of public spaces for the benefit the builder lobby, there is not much to choose in Mahrashtra between the Shiv Sena-BJP combine or the Congress parties. In the year 2005 during the Congress rule, Ganesh Naik, environment and forest minister, openly talked of the need to sell public spaces. That these were very scarce in[Read More…]

Dearth of Educational Institutions For The Muslims in India

Dearth of Educational Institutions For The Muslims in India

Muslims are second largest religious community after Hindus in India,accounting about fifteen percent of the total population. As a Muslim community they are second only to Indonesia. They are present in every region of India, in thestate of Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Asam and in Kerala they are substantial in number. But when viewed as per representation in different[Read More…]

Ailing Education System Paints A Grim Picture For India

Ailing Education System Paints A Grim Picture For India

The students of the public school systems in India are lagging massively behind in terms of learning outcomes according to the National Achievement Survey (NAS), conducted by National Council for Education and Research (NCERT). The numbers are especially stark in Mathematics with national averages of 64%, 54% and 42% at Class 3rd, 5th and 8th levels according to an Indian[Read More…]

Data Protection With Concrete Walls And Uncrackable Encryption

Data Protection With Concrete Walls And Uncrackable Encryption

Data is being acquired without much thought as to its security or end-use. Take for instance, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) collecting the names, mobile numbers and e-mail IDs of 1.3 million young boys and girls so that the PM can interact with them via the Narendra Modi App. [“For chat with PM Modi, NCC collects mobile, email IDs of[Read More…]

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The Great Financial Exclusion Drive Of Banks

The Great Financial Exclusion Drive Of Banks

  The country’s largest bank, the State Bank of India (SBI), has closed as many as 41.16 lakh savings accounts between April-January in the current fiscal year for not maintaining the minimum balance, reveals an RTI query. Between April and November 2017, the bank had netted a windfall of Rs 1,771.67 crore, more than its second-quarter profit, from customers for non-maintenance[Read More…]

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JNU #LongMarch Brutally Attacked By Police

JNU #LongMarch Brutally Attacked By Police

Police brutally attacked a peaceful march dubbed as “Long March” organised by JNU Teachers’ Association and the JNU Students’ Union near INA market New Delhi yesterday. Many students were injured. The police detained 23 students. The protest was organised against various issues inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) including privatisation of education, scuttling of reservation and demanding suspension of Professor[Read More…]

86th Martyrdom Anniversary: Hindutva Gang’s Documented Hatred For Marty’s Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev

86th Martyrdom Anniversary: Hindutva Gang’s Documented Hatred For Marty’s Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev

This 23rd March (2018) is the 86th anniversary of the martyrdom of three great revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. They were hanged for the crime to overthrow the alien British rule in India. The colonial rulers like elsewhere thought that with the physical elimination of these freedom fighters their ideas and dreams of a democratic-secular and egalitarian independent India[Read More…]

86th Anniversary Of Martyrdom: Periyar, Ambedkar And Jinnah On The Sacrifices Of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru And Sukhdev

86th Anniversary Of Martyrdom: Periyar, Ambedkar And Jinnah On The Sacrifices Of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru And Sukhdev

The martyrdom of Bhagat Sing, Rajguru and Sukhdev on March 23, 1931is great milestone in the glorious history of India’s freedom struggle against the colonial rule. These contemporary documents show how Periyar, Dr. Ambedkar and even Jinnah supported the struggle of these revolutionaries. It is to be noted that the Hindutva gang ruling India today which claims to be the[Read More…]

Rewriting Indian history in the Image of Hindu Chauvinists

Rewriting Indian history in the Image of Hindu Chauvinists

  The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a right wing Hindu nationalist political party in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, released a Hindu New Year calendar which says that Taj Mahal along with several mosques and monuments from the Mughal era, are “Hindu Temples,” Times of India reported Monday (March 19). The calendar refers to Taj Mahal as “Tejo[Read More…]

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EVMs or Ballot Papers, The Way Forward

EVMs or Ballot Papers, The Way Forward

Elections are the festival of democracies and the same holds true for India, the world’s largest democracy. Indians, after achieving independence from the British colonialism, have been exercising their voting rights to choose their representatives through the means of elections, held at regular intervals.  The period of emergency from 1975 to 1977 being the only exception to this much-extolled fact[Read More…]

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Everyday Violence, Citizen Safety And Law Enforcement

Everyday Violence, Citizen Safety And Law Enforcement

  Ensuring Citizen Safety through Law Enforcement and thereby ending Everyday Violence is a Prerequisite to End Poverty in India Violence in society at macro level is manifested in multiple forms such as genocide, wars, ethnic cleansing, attacks prompted by religious bigotry, and heinous acts of terrorism.Some thinkers include state led violence against civil resistance also in this category. Such[Read More…]

Haam nehee hategaa, I shall not retreat, Declared Jangal Shaaotaal, Naxalbari leader

Haam nehee hategaa, I shall not retreat, Declared Jangal Shaaotaal, Naxalbari leader

Second of three interviews from the cradle of the revolutionary uprising Aneek, an independent, radical Baanglaa monthly from Kolkata, India, in its 53rd years of publication, interviewed three leaders of the Naxalbari Uprising. The leaders with working class background were organizing armed struggle of the poor-landless peasantry in the Naxalbari region since the earliest days of the revolutionary initiative. Following[Read More…]

An Appeal To Take Forward The WTO Negotiations On Fisheries

An Appeal To Take Forward The WTO Negotiations On Fisheries

Memorandum submitted to union commerce minister and agriculture minister To Shri. Suresh Prabhu Honorable Minister for Commerce and Industry Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi 11017, India Sir, Sub : An appeal to take forward the WTO negotiations on fisheries This is in relation to multi-ministerial meeting in New Delhi on the 19th and 20th of March, 2018 by the Ministry of[Read More…]

India Reins Ponzi Kingpins

India Reins Ponzi Kingpins

  In 1919 Charles Ponzi, a clerk in Boston, suckered Americans with a scheme that is now identified with his name. At a time when interest rates stood at 5 percent, Ponzi offered investors a 50 percent return in just 45 days. The pitch was to buy postal coupons—used for buying foreign stamps, in a particular country, and then capitalize[Read More…]

Dholera Smart City SIR Project

Citizens As Clients And Sponsored Welfare Is The New Urban Agenda In India

  99 Smart Cities, and an investment of Rs. 1,91,155 of which 80% funds are being spent on a mere 9% population of a city in the Area BAsed Development component of the project. Housing for all by 2022 of which foundation lies in concept of slum free city. Is this how we are heading towards an inclusive, participative and[Read More…]

Violations of the Right to Food and Work Rampant Across the Country, Made Worse by Aadhaar

Violations of the Right to Food and Work Rampant Across the Country, Made Worse by Aadhaar

Delhi (15 March):  Today people from 14 states testified about their situation of hunger and unemployment in a national public hearing at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, organised by the Right to Food Campaign. These testimonies were heard by a panel comprising of activists, journalists, lawyers, legislators, scholars and trade union leaders. Denial of ration to eligible households The hearing began[Read More…]

The World’s Darkest Hour:  The British Empire As Criminal Enterprise

The World’s Darkest Hour:  The British Empire As Criminal Enterprise

The day before the 90th Academy Awards, a friend from the academia called me with a suggestion.  He was adamant.  “You know that the Churchill Movie will win some awards and you should have an article ready to publish before the announcement,” he admonished.  I agreed but failed to produce it in time.  Strangely enough, I wrote a lot in[Read More…]

How Civil Is India’s Civil Service

How Civil Is India’s Civil Service

  Does a career in the Indian civil service mean a life of ‘public service’? It is a puzzling question given the sloth and the thickets of red-tapism that have eroded the bureaucracy. Moreover, the way events have been unfolding, most will tend to agree that all it means is a lifetime of serving the most despicable lot of politicians[Read More…]

Farmers’ March, Organized By The Left, Wins Popular Support

Farmers’ March, Organized By The Left, Wins Popular Support

The spectacular red flag , disciplined march of farmers spearheaded by the kisan wing of the Communist party of India (M), and other Left organizations in Maharashtra has galvanized public opinion. The week-long march which reached Mumbai on March 12 is a great morale booster for the Left. The images of sore feet of women and men trudging nearly 180[Read More…]

March March March: A political Act In India

March March March: A political Act In India

A farmers’ march in India has triumphed, for now. Countercurrents (Countercurrents.org), an e-journal from southern India, headlines on March 12, 2018: “Historic Victory for Farmers of Maharashtra”. The victory is in Mumbai, India’s financial-heart, hundreds of kilometers west of Tripura, an industrially less-developed state, where, only days ago, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) experienced massive rightist assault, and, rightists,[Read More…]

Adivasi Students At TISS RejectS The Plan Of Action Of GoI

Adivasi Students At TISS RejectS The Plan Of Action Of GoI

We, the Adivasi Students at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai strongly reject the Plan of Action for GoI-PMS students (dated – 3rd March 2018) and (dated – 10th March 2018). According to the proposal under Section IV: Admission for the academic year 2018-2019 of (1) ST/SC Students eligible for GoI-PMS for Masters Programme – the eligible SC/ST students have[Read More…]

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NAPM Hails The Victory of #KisanLongMarch in Maharashtra

NAPM Hails The Victory of #KisanLongMarch in Maharashtra

New Delhi / Mumbai March 12: Seven days after the Kisan Long March of 50,000 small and marginal farmers have finally resulted in a positive outcome with  Maharashtra government accepting all the demands raised by All India Kisan Sabha. National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) congratulates the struggle of the farmers and adivasis and hopes that the Fadnavis government will[Read More…]

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Historic Victory For Farmers Of Maharashtra

Historic Victory For Farmers Of Maharashtra

The farmers in Maharashtra won a historic victory after 50,000 farmers threatened to siege the state assembly. The Devendra Fadnavis government of Maharashtra has agreed to the demands of protesting farmers. A committee has been set up, which will consider all aspects of their demands, which includes loan waiver, free electricity and a higher price for their produce.The government has[Read More…]

Understanding Tripura Verdict

Understanding Tripura Verdict

A new chief minister has sworn in Tripura. Obviously, BJP also played the same politics by selecting the Bengali immigrant as chief minister of the state as the CPM has been doing. In the din of despicable and condemnable attack on Lenin’s statue, the larger issues that these results have thrown have been ignored deliberately. Normally, the elections in the[Read More…]

What’s In A Statue?

What’s In A Statue?

The past few days have been crazy for statues all across the country. I even saw one sweating with worry over his fate the day the Saffrons and the Reds clashed on the streets of Kolkata. I told him he was safe given Didi’s quick dispersal of police squads, who faced the odd predicament of manning blocks of stone over[Read More…]

Historic Farmer’s March Reaches Mumbai

Historic Farmer’s March Reaches Mumbai

A historic ralley of over 35,000 farmers which started from Nashik district will surround the Maharashtra Assembly tomorrow demanding loan waivers and other just demands. They walked about 180 km over the last five days. They entered Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra today and are camping at KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion. The farmer contingent, including tribal cultivators, led by[Read More…]

Ensure Life, Land And Self Rule for the Aadivasi communities of Kerala

Ensure Life, Land And Self Rule for the Aadivasi communities of Kerala

Do not provoke them to another Muthanga; Do not commit them as cannon fodder to the Maoists. In the light of the cries of agony from the tribal hamlets of Kerala, the last instance of which is the brutal murder of Madhu, the hungry forest dweller of Attappadi, in the Palaghat district of Kerala that has shocked mainstream sensibilities, civil[Read More…]

Vandalisation Of Statues- A Result Of Inappropriate Dealing Of Social Cleavages In Society

Vandalisation Of Statues- A Result Of Inappropriate Dealing Of Social Cleavages In Society

As the vandalisation of the statues of the Great Indian leaders continue the integration of the soul of India is under threat. PM has strongly condemned and warned against such low acts and all true Indians fail to understand why is this happening?. This is really un understandable that Indian society has still not learnt to respect its leaders; whatsoever[Read More…]

How Billionaires Celebrate Naxalbari@50

How Billionaires Celebrate Naxalbari@50

How Billionaires Celebrate Naxalbari@50(And some other sides of the Half Truth they showed) A bare bodied mason, whose name was given as some Murmu, stood outside Kanu Sanyal’s home, “a single room hut thatched with corrugated tin… in a dilapidated condition… portion of the roof has cracked; sun-rays light up the room where his books, notepads and clothes lay in[Read More…]

Wasting Food In A Hungry World

Wasting Food In A Hungry World

  India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population yet, it is unable to feed millions of them, especially women and children. India ranks 100th among 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017, where it has consistently ranked poorly. Despite the fact that every twelfth Indian has to sleep on an empty stomach, the[Read More…]

Lenin, India’s Freedom Struggle And Hindutva Goons

Lenin, India’s Freedom Struggle And Hindutva Goons

The reprehensible acts by the Tripura Hindutva goons of razing statues of Lenin who led the greatest October Socialist Revolution in 1917 and was the only head of a state (USSR) who supported the Indian freedom struggle, should not surprise anybody. Large number of revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandershekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah adopted socialism as their creed and died[Read More…]

Shiv Sena Minister Vies With Hema Malini To Blame The Poor For The City’s Problems

Shiv Sena Minister Vies With Hema Malini To Blame The Poor For The City’s Problems

This beats even Hema Malini’s absurd observation in the wake of the fire in the Kamala mill compound in Mumbai last December in which 14 people mainly from affluent families were killed. She blamed it on the influx of people from outside for the city’s problems. That was bad enough for a BJP MP and popular film actor. But at[Read More…]

Statue Vandalism: What Does It Mean?

Statue Vandalism: What Does It Mean?

The saffron forces find their foothold in North-eastern states in recent elections to Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. This new found sense of power pushes them towards acts of vandalism of statues. It starts with Lenin in Tripura. This is later followed by Periyar Rama Swamy in Tamilnadu and Ambedkar in Uttar Pradesh. There can be no doubt that ideological differences[Read More…]

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Periyar’s Statue Vandalised In Tamil Nadu

Periyar’s Statue Vandalised In Tamil Nadu

The right wing Sangh Parivar elements are on a statue destroying spree in India. Just hours after Lenin’s statue was toppled in Tripura after BJP’s historic victory there, statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar was vandalised in Tamil Nadu. The vandalisation came after a top BJP national secretary H Raja posted on Facebook[Read More…]

Lenin Statue Torn Down In Tripura

Lenin Statue Torn Down In Tripura

Tripura, an eastern-India state, is experiencing post-election violence, which is completely a rightist onslaught on its opposition political activists, the progressives. The onslaught has not spared a statue, a statue of Lenin; and thus it has confirmed the onslaught’s political character: extreme rightist; and extreme right is extreme anti-working classes; and working classes are the biggest segment of people. Thus,[Read More…]

Tripura Elections And The Desperation Of The Liquidators Of Red Flag

Tripura Elections And The Desperation Of The Liquidators Of Red Flag

  Tripura elections results have come and the obituaries of left in general and the CPI (M) in particular are being written. BJP, in alliance with a secessionist outfit IPFT is going to form the next government in the state. BJP has, apart from other factors, utilized massive deployment of money and other resources to influence the elections. The BJP[Read More…]

Give Land, Life And Self-Rule For Adivasis Before Another Madhu Is Lynched

Give Land, Life And Self-Rule For Adivasis Before Another Madhu Is Lynched

Lynching of Madhu in Attappadi shocked the conscience of Indian society. #ApologyMadhu hashtags went viral on social media. We have to go beyond hashtags and look for the real reasons why Madhu was murdered for allegedly stealing some rice and chilly powder. It is two decades since the Aadivaasi in Kerala lost his right to self-rule. It is time to[Read More…]

The Left Loses an Election in Tripura, but it Has Not Been Defeated

The Left Loses an Election in Tripura, but it Has Not Been Defeated

The BJP and its ally – the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) – have won the 2018 elections to the Tripura state legislature. The alliance of the BJP and the IPFT will now form a government. The Left It is the first time in twenty-five years that Tripura, a state of four million people in India’s northeast, will be[Read More…]

When an Uprising Challenges the Dominant Narrative- The Saga of Naxalbari

When an Uprising Challenges the Dominant Narrative- The Saga of Naxalbari

A popular adage claims that the history of the world would have taken a different discourse had it been penned down by women, tribals, blacks and the colonised. Over a period of time after plethora of initiatives and struggle by various academicians, activists and the interested section of the society, there has been a substantial space created, though inviting ire[Read More…]

In Solidarity With TISS Students Fighting Onslaught of Castiest Forces on Access to Education

In Solidarity With TISS Students Fighting Onslaught of Castiest Forces on Access to Education

  Dr. Ambedkar Society, SOAS, condemns the casteist onslaught on Dalit, Adivasi and OBC students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) campuses across India by denying them access to Post Matric Scholarship. We stand in solidarity with TISS students who have been resisting this systematic stripping of their rights since last year. The protest has intensified in the last[Read More…]

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Can India Stop It’s Epic Bank Scams?

Can India Stop It’s Epic Bank Scams?

  The world’s great philanthropist and investment leader, Warren Buffett, once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you realise who has been swimming naked”. Well, it’s the ebb of the tide for many of India’s high-flying crony capitalists like Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, as they find themselves caught in an ignominious buff. Their diamonds may have sparkled[Read More…]

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SOAS Stands In Solidarity With TISS Students

SOAS Stands In Solidarity With TISS Students

Since February 21, 2018 students at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India (TISS) have been striking against the changes in the Government of India–Post Matric Scholarship (GoI-PMS), which leads to the withdrawal of scholarship of students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Despite regular threats by the TISS administration, students belonging to different[Read More…]

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Will Modi Government’s Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 Remain as a Toothless Tiger?

Trafficking[1] of humans for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation is an organized crime.  Currently, India does not have a comprehensive and strong anti-human-trafficking law. As a result, the Indian police sometimes depends onImmoral Traffic Prevention Act, sometimes Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and some other times a few existing labor lawsto deal with the[Read More…]

Pension For The Poor

Pension For The Poor

  India is home to one-fifth of the world’s population which includes a third of the world’s poor and one-eighth of the world’s elderly. Several million of them who spend their whole lives as informal workers have no retirement security other than the hope that their children will care for them in their old age. This arrangement worked well as[Read More…]

President Kovind’s Visit AMU: Anger Simmering In The Campus

President Kovind’s Visit AMU: Anger Simmering In The Campus

  The Aligarh Muslim University’s administration is busy preparing the ground to grandly welcome the President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind as the Chief Guest of the 65th convocation of the university to be held on 7th March. AMU will be dressed in a bridal gown and tiny lights all over the corner will add charm. The University Road which[Read More…]

TISS Agitation: BAPSA Protesters Detained

TISS Agitation: BAPSA Protesters Detained

Today in Delhi there was a demonstration call given by BAPSA at Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in support of TISS Students. While the protesting students were detained at Parliament Street Police Station for no reason as such (some were injured, roughed up), but thankfully the police incharge at the end allowed (and helped) us to meet the ministry.[Read More…]

Demands Of Striking Students Of Tata Institute Of Social Sciences

Demands Of Striking Students Of Tata Institute Of Social Sciences

To The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Government of India Shastri Bhawan, C-Wing, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road New Delhi – 110 011 February 28, 2018 REGARDING DEMANDS OF STUDENTS OF TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Dear Madam/Sir, We, the students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences writing this to seek your urgent attention to the protests going on since[Read More…]

Media Went Crazy Over Sridevi But Was Unmoved By The Mowing Down Of School Children

Media Went Crazy Over Sridevi But Was Unmoved By The Mowing Down Of School Children

One can understand the BJP suppressing the involvement of its drunken leader in the killing of nine school children and injuring 20 other children in broad daylight in Bihar last week. But why did a large section of the media join in suppressing the news while it gave saturation coverage to the death of film star Sridevi ?. We are[Read More…]

Over 150 Concerned Citizens Sign Solidarity Statement Supporting The Striking TISS Students

Over 150 Concerned Citizens Sign Solidarity Statement Supporting The Striking TISS Students

A Solidarity Statement signed by more than 150 persons including activists, academicians, TISS-alumni, scholars, intellectuals, journalist, writers, teachers, lawyers, artists, filmmakers, students, researchers, professionals and others concerned citizens has supported the students movements and their rightful demands in all the four campuses of TISS. Radhika Vemula, the mother of former Hyderabad Central University scholar Rohith Vemula – who was institutionally[Read More…]

Reimagining Education: TISS Strike Is Part Of A Much Bigger Struggle

Reimagining Education: TISS Strike Is Part Of A Much Bigger Struggle

When I joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences (hereon TISS) in 2014 to pursue Masters in Development Policy, Planning and Practice from its Tuljapur campus, one thing which struck me was the considerable number of students coming from lower class and caste background or from other marginalized communities unlike many other ‘elite’ social sciences Institutions in India. As I hailed[Read More…]

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Extra-Judicial Killings Mount In BJP-Ruled India

Extra-Judicial Killings Mount In BJP-Ruled India

  The Uttar Pradesh (UP) state government of Yogi Adityanath continued allowing police encounters since BJP came to power in the state in March 2017, Caravan News of India reported Monday (Feb. 26, 2018). In 10 months of its regime, the state police conducted 1038 encounters killing 32 alleged criminals, and the Yogi government has officially boasted of these killings.[Read More…]

Pity The Rich Men In Posh Areas, They Can’t Afford To Pay For Car Parking On The Road

Pity The Rich Men In Posh Areas, They Can’t Afford To Pay For Car Parking On The Road

Pity the rich, wrote American popular comedian Will Durst recently in a satirical vein. They face too many problems. No body robs the poor but the rich are always afraid of robbers. But actually the rich rob the poor. He then went on to refer to the rich as open cancer sores on the face of society. One was reminded[Read More…]

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Microfinance or Debt Trap? What The Poor Don’t Know

Microfinance or Debt Trap? What The Poor Don’t Know

Microfinance continues to thrive despite being under fire from legions of critics. One plausible reason for the lingering faith in the power of microfinance is that it provides a convenient strategy for investors to demonstrate that they are active fighters against poverty and are trying to save the poor while making a substantial amount of money from them. It is built[Read More…]

Assam And The NRC Update

Assam And The NRC Update

Amid cacophonies of blowing horns and revving engines of lumbering trucks on the national highways 37 and 31 and the deafening whistles of diesel locomotives across the state, one could easily hear the hues and cries of the most Bengali speaking people in Assam.For them the new year began with utter suspense as millions of Assamese woke up to a[Read More…]

Need For Clean Elections

Need For Clean Elections

  If the representative you vote for is on the basis of his or her financial strength, then do not worry. You deserve a corrupt government – a government which will loot all your rights. Many honest and sincere candidates have been elected in this country in the past history. However, there is a drastic decline in the ratio of[Read More…]

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Uphold the Language of Dignity, Give Up Benevolence: TISS Hyderabad Campus as a Site of Higher Education and the Ongoing Students’ Protest

Uphold the Language of Dignity, Give Up Benevolence: TISS Hyderabad Campus as a Site of Higher Education and the Ongoing Students’ Protest

It has been three days the students at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and its various campuses located in different parts of the country are boycotting their classes as part of a larger protest. In Hyderabad, one of the off-centres of TISS, I have been witnessing this as the culmination of accumulated anger and frustration of the students.[Read More…]

Towards True and Total Democracy: via changes in the electoral system, structure and functioning of Panchayat Raj

Towards True and Total Democracy: via changes in the electoral system, structure and functioning of Panchayat Raj

0.   Preface: Main thrust of this paper lies in justification of Proportional Representation (PR) for all segments of the society at all levels in all spheres of power on the basis of definition of democracy. In the political arena this (PR) can be achieved with the help of list-Proportional-Representation (list-PR) system of election. Initially the suggested changes will need to[Read More…]

India Cold-Shoulders Trudeau To Mark Protest On Sikhs Assertion In Canada

India Cold-Shoulders Trudeau To Mark Protest On Sikhs Assertion In Canada

  Otherwise, it seems improbable that Prime Minister Narendra Modi known for his penchant for photogenic tele-shoots with visiting foreign dignitaries should miss the opportunity offered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a week-long visit to India from February 17 (2018). On his first visit to India, Mr Trudeau was received in the country by a junior agriculture minister.[Read More…]

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PNB Saga Continues- The Enormity of Fraudulence

PNB Saga Continues- The Enormity of Fraudulence

  Heartiest Congratulations to the Govt of India. They have allowed the second billionaire who has done the biggest fraud of India to leave the country. Where are those who are charged with the responsibility of keeping an eye on the financial institutions in the country, like the revenue intelligence wings in Banks, RBI, ED and others? Why the Government[Read More…]

Constructing RSS Role In The Freedom Struggle

Constructing RSS Role In The Freedom Struggle

[This article is in response to the essay, ‘Don’t Foist Fear Onto Nationalism’, by C.K Saji Narayan published in Outlook’s Republic Day special issue.] The ideologues of the RSS clan are working overtime to create a narrative of latter’s participation in India’s anti-colonial freedom struggle. This project got impetus after the electoral victory in 2014 of RSS/BJP which was celebrated[Read More…]

Mohan Bhagwat Threatens To Overrun Indian Republic With Hindutva Mercenaries

Mohan Bhagwat Threatens To Overrun Indian Republic With Hindutva Mercenaries

Despite four years of the RSS (via its pocket organization BJP) rule in India under the leadership of PM Modi, a hardened practitioner of the Hindutva politics, the RSS dream of converting democratic-secular polity of India into Hindu rashtra where Manusmriti would be law of the land seems to have  fizzled out. The RSS had declared the enthronement of Modi[Read More…]

Why Does RSS Want To Take Up The Role Of The Army?

Why Does RSS Want To Take Up The Role Of The Army?

The Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s chief Mr.Mohan Bhagwat says that the RSS as a military network (of the Brahminic forces) can move to the borders to protect the nation within three days while the Indian Army ( multicultural, multi-caste and secular force) will take six months. This is not only dangerous statement of the ISIS kind, but it has serious life[Read More…]

From Kanaiyah Kumar To Jignesh Mewani…

From Kanaiyah Kumar To Jignesh Mewani…

Any claim of justice is incomplete, unless it doesn’t reconcile the dimension of recognition and redistribution. Dalit and left politics need to grasp this broader zone of injustice which is constitutive of both cultural misrecognition and economic exploitation. 2014 general election was an important juncture in the life of Indian democracy for the following reasons- no one had imagined that[Read More…]

Importance of Community Radio

Importance of Community Radio

German playwright and author Bertolt Brecht wrote “The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication. Radio is one sided when it should be two. It is purely an apparatus for distribution, for mere sharing out. So, here is a positive suggestion: change this apparatus over from distribution to communication. The radio would be the finest possible communication apparatus in public life,[Read More…]

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Union Budget 2018-19: An Exercise In Jugglery Of Numbers

Union Budget 2018-19: An Exercise In Jugglery Of Numbers

New Delhi, February 8, 2018: Calling this year’s union budget ‘just an exercise in manipulation of numbers,’ veteran activist Medha Patkar asked, “When the major decisions like the demonetisation and GST are taken between two budgets then what’s the relevance of the Budget?,” at a panel discussion on the analysis of this year’s union budget with a special focus on[Read More…]

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Why Indians Are Averse To Repaying Loans?

Why Indians Are Averse To Repaying Loans?

  Most people have a psychological aversion to repaying bank loans. In several cases, they have sufficient assets and capital to redeem their debt but they use every possible means to avoid it.  Things have turned so bad that whether it is an individual or institution, getting back any money at all is a reason for celebration. We have seen[Read More…]

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The Aadhaar Fiasco

The Aadhaar Fiasco

Our constitution entitles every citizen, of this great democracy, with meticulously detailed rights which forms the broad strokes that enables one to enjoy the nuances of the method of democracy. As time evolves the broad spectrum offered by these rights starts to branch out into multiple rights of their own drawing existence from the predecessor. One such right is the[Read More…]

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Modi In Parliament: The Biggest Problem India Faces Is Nehru!

Modi In Parliament: The Biggest Problem India Faces Is Nehru!

PM Modi’s speeches in both the Houses of Indian Parliament on February 7, 2017 while defending Motion of Thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address belied hope which some political analystscarried that Modi after becoming PM would mature and overcome Hindutva traits  of double-speak, rabble rousing and resort to lies which he learnt in the RSS shakhas. While replying he[Read More…]

Simultaneous Elections: Another Political Stunt

Simultaneous Elections: Another Political Stunt

Among the political galleries of India there have been discussions about holding simultaneous elections for the state assemblies and the Lok Sabha every five years. The momentum for this ambitious proposal was generated by the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and the Prime Minister himself. Last year, Mr Narendra modi while unveiling his “15 year vision document for new India”[Read More…]

Constitutional Concerns

Constitutional Concerns

Why did senior retired bureaucrats and Veterans of the Armed Forces together organize a Conclave in Delhi on October 10, 2017, on “A Fractured Polity – the Relevance of Gandhi Today “, and another on “Hinduism and Hindutva” on January 30, 2018, Gandhiji’s death anniversary? Why did they write Open Letters in the last few months raising concerns about the[Read More…]

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‘Caste Wall’ In Kerala: Civil Society Condemns Police Brutality

‘Caste Wall’ In Kerala: Civil Society Condemns Police Brutality

Social activists, writers, film makers, academicians and members of the civil society have condemned the police brutality unleashed by the Kerala Police against the Dalit Atmabhiman Convention organized by the Dalit Bhoo Avakasha Samara Munnani (Dalit Land Rights’ Organisation) in Vadayampadi, Kochi on 4th February. Prominent signatories include Aruna Roy, Prafulla Samanthra, Kavitha Srivasthava, Teesta Setalvad, K. Sachithanandan, Paul Zakharia,[Read More…]

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Urging For Media’s Accountability In India

Urging For Media’s Accountability In India

  As the alternate media expands its reaches to hundred thousand Indians across the country, thanks to increasingly cheaper internet connectivity, its restraint and liability also start surfacing in public discourses. The limitation and gradually losing credibility of the mainstream media may pave the way for a boosting alternate media, but it is still miles apart from the trustworthiness among[Read More…]

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Rally For Gauri Lankesh And Rohith Vemula Held In Canada

Rally For Gauri Lankesh And Rohith Vemula Held In Canada

The South Asian activists gathered at Holland Park in Surrey on Sunday evening to remember Gauri Lankesh and Rohith Vemula, the two prominent victims of the right wing extremists. Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the rally was held to mark the birth anniversaries of the two individuals who stood up against the violence of Hindutva forces.[Read More…]

Crisis For NREGA

Crisis For NREGA

In its recent press release the NREGA Sangrash Morcha brought in several important issues which we need to reflect upon for the efficient implementation of one of the world’s biggest employment guarantee schemes. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) budget for 2018-19 is Rs 55,000 crores, the same as that of this year’s in money terms. (The[Read More…]

Kerala’s Remittance Economy: Impending Crisis

Kerala’s Remittance Economy: Impending Crisis

The ‘insider-outsider’ problematic of diaspora gives every Malayali’s life a degree of tension and uncertainty today. For the six million remittance-dependent population of Kerala, no news from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is comforting. Of late, the distress signals from countries like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait etc are too many. So are their implications for Kerala. The major documents[Read More…]

Budget 2018 : The Opportunity Cost of a Failed Fiscal Deficit

Budget 2018 : The Opportunity Cost of a Failed Fiscal Deficit

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley just gave away his  fifth and final Budget speech at the parliament this thursday. This budget, for the country and the BJP led NDA government, has remained to act a crucial one. Couple of factors determines this – Firstly, its the first budget that the country is witnessing after having one of its major economic move[Read More…]

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When The Poor Are Made Guinea Pigs

When The Poor Are Made Guinea Pigs

  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.[Read More…]

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CFSWs And Their Workers’ Rights

What about the stigmatized profession of sex work is? Is it the effect of work of past life as per ‘Karma Theory’(theory of Work) of ‘Vedas’ and ‘Purnanas’? According to the Indian thought, we nurture the theory of ‘karma’(work) which is the result of past life or earlier past of the life. The Karma theory stands for the law of[Read More…]

People waiting to get registered at Motihari District Government Hospital in East Champaran, Bihar. With so few doctors employed to work in the public sector of healthcare in India, this scene is typical.

Making India Healthy

In today’s world, where almost everything is a click away for many, access to healthcare, descents into alcoholism, and misperceptions about illnesses can still take us back to the eighteenth century. In this brief article, the idea is to give an overview of the interplay between the aforementioned determinants while presenting some evidence from the ground. The World Health Organization[Read More…]

The 2018-2019 Union Budget Is Good For Creating 116651 Cabinet Ministers But Nothing Else

The 2018-2019 Union Budget Is Good For Creating 116651 Cabinet Ministers But Nothing Else

  The average, declared, moveable and immovable assets of the 70 Union Cabinet members is around Rs 16 crores. The Union Budget 2018-2019 is Rs 1866418 crores after subtracting the 23% that will go on interest payments on borrowings (at interest rates and repayment terms set by the Government itself).  Assuming this average per cabinet minister extends to all politicians[Read More…]

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The Budget – ‘ Divyang’ Left As ‘Viklang’

The Budget – ‘ Divyang’ Left As ‘Viklang’

  While the 2018 -19 has disappointed many and satisfied few: among those who were left dismayed are persons with disabilities. The PM named them ‘ Divyaang’ but not much has been done to uplift them socially and financially. The Nation Platform for the Rights of the Disabled persons ( NPRD) has issued a statement expressing concerns. The finance minister[Read More…]

Budget Ignores Gandhian Economics

Budget Ignores Gandhian Economics

New Delhi / Mumbai, February 2, 2018: The Budget speech of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley kept harping on the fact that, the key focus of the government was farmers, rural poor, marginal communities and SC/ST, however, the overall announcements and allocations completely fell short of the intentions. The announcement of the celebration of 150 years of Gandhi is welcome but[Read More…]

NREGA Budget For 2018-19 Falls In Real Terms

NREGA Budget For 2018-19 Falls In Real Terms

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) budget for 2018-19 is Rs 55,000 crores, the same as that of this year’s in money terms. (The initial budget of Rs 48,000 crores for 2017-18 was supplemented with Rs 7,000 crores in January 2018). Also, given the trend of rising pending liabilities at the end of every year, a sizable part of[Read More…]

A Wonder ‘Nationalism Glass’

A Wonder ‘Nationalism Glass’

Despite the coming to power of a ‘Nationalist’ government, India continues to be full of anti-nationals. Government is so much struggling to build nationalism, but to little effect. Anti-nationals are everywhere. But there is nothing to worry for the nationalist government. They have a new solution at their hands in the form of ‘Nationalism Glasses’. CCTV recently came out with[Read More…]

Personal Testimony Of Admiral Ramdas On Judge Loya’s Case

Personal Testimony Of Admiral Ramdas On Judge Loya’s Case

(Former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Ramdas filed a petition in the Supreme Court on January 30, 2018 asking the Suprme Court to investigate the death of Judge Loya and the curcumstances around it. Here’s a testimony on the circumstances behind his action) To Whom It May Concern So Why Am I filing a Writ Petition and PIL on the[Read More…]

On the 70th Martyrdom Anniversary of Gandhi

On the 70th Martyrdom Anniversary of Gandhi

THE HINDUTVA GANG CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE ‘VADH’/MURDER OF GANDHI In last 4-5- years a concerted campaign is on to spread confusion about the identity of the conspirators/killers of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Father of the Nation. He was assassinated on January 30, 1948 at Delhi. After prolong hearings Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte were sentenced to death and[Read More…]

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Remembering Gandhi

Remembering Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhiwas born before 148 years ago on October 2, 1869. The young Gandhi grew to manhood in the state of Gujarat, where the impact of the West was more remote than in the administrative centres of British imperialism at Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. The saints and values of devotional Hinduism shaped his consciousness and reinforced his adoption of[Read More…]

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Delusions of the Dwindling Indian Middle Class

Delusions of the Dwindling Indian Middle Class

We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose-George Orwell   Writing in the Globe and Mail the Delhi based journalist Amrit Dhillon paints a despairingly gloomy picture[Read More…]

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Appeasing The Terrorists

Appeasing The Terrorists

The last few months has seen open threats by Karni sena towards release of the movie ‘Padmavati’. They indulged in destroying film equipments, torching the movie, burning the poster sets at the time of making of the movie and announcing gifts for physically injuring Bhansali and Deepika Padukone. Recently violence was also seen in five states – Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana,[Read More…]

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Promoting ‘Hindi ‘ ( And Hindu) Globally

Promoting ‘Hindi ‘ ( And Hindu) Globally

  India is a complex nation with varied culture and multiple languages. India has the second highest languages(780) after Papua New Gunea (839) according to wikipedia. But according to readmeindia.com , there are as many as 880 languages in 2016 (Total Languages in India – Past and Present , September 10, 2016). Article 343 deals with official language. Estimates of[Read More…]

Can Cows Help The Poor?

Can Cows Help The Poor?

  The penchant of development agencies for high-yielding cows has never abated. Whenever relief measures are planned for drought-affected families in villages, free cows are considered the best aid. I have seen several villages in my career where Holstein and Jersey’s cows arrive in wagonloads and every family in these parched villages is handed a cow. However, in a drought-affected[Read More…]

Mozilla: Take Action On Aadhaar

Mozilla: Take Action On Aadhaar

Mitchell Baker, Executive chairwomen of Mozilla published an open letter responding to the Srikrishna Committee. Mitchell is asking for indian community members and friends of Mozilla to support the demands by cosigning this letter.  In 2017, the Government of India set up a committee headed by Justice Srikrishna to examine a data protection framework and draft India’s first comprehensive data[Read More…]

Is Indian Democracy Turning Into Mobocracy?

Is Indian Democracy Turning Into Mobocracy?

            India’s democracy, social setup and secularism is in grave danger.  And this danger has become more visible now. The pace with which Indian society is indoctrinated with the hatred of muslims, dalits and other marginal communities is  increasing with each passing day. Killing of dalits and muslims on smaller pretexts is going on with no stop to these heinous[Read More…]

  BJP’s  Appropriation  Of  The  Telengana  Liberation  Struggle  Of  1946-48

  BJP’s  Appropriation  Of  The  Telengana  Liberation  Struggle  Of  1946-48

    The BJP last year observed September 17, as Liberation of Hyderabad Day’, celebrating the Indian government’spolice action’ (a euphemism for what was actually a military invasion) in 1948, which led to the integration of the Nizam’s princely state into the Indian Union. It claims that its political ancestors (members of the Arya Samaj, Hindu Mahasabha, RSS and other[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Rahul Gandhi

An Open Letter To Rahul Gandhi

  Dear Rahul,   ( A Tryst with Congress? ) Felt like writing to you after your being hailed as the new messiah of Indian secularism. Today you charm the youth and warm our hearts. This new avatar is refreshing, what with your carrying your own luggage, standing in an airport queue, watching Star Wars or wishing a grandma happy b’day.[Read More…]

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Padmavat: Why Attack Innocent School Children?

Padmavat: Why Attack Innocent School Children?

  The scene of thugs in the street throwing stones at innocent school children send a chilling message that the Hindutva groups are deliberately using the entire Padmavat controversy to mobilise their disgruntled caste groups. In a democratic state, we have to abide by the institutions and their authorities. If the Supreme Court has cleared the film Padmavat, we don’t[Read More…]

Despite Hiroshima, Despite So Many Accidents, Nuclear Weapons Must For National Security: Dr R Chidambaram

Despite Hiroshima, Despite So Many Accidents, Nuclear Weapons Must For National Security: Dr R Chidambaram

  Dr Rajagopala Chidambaram, one of India’s distinguished experimental physicists having immense contribution in developing the country as a formidable nuclear power, inspired generations of scientists in making outstanding contributions to many aspects of basic science and nuclear technology. On the sidelines of 8th Indian Particle Accelerator Conference (InPAC) held in Indore from January 9 to 12, Sourav Banerjee catches[Read More…]

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Modern Democracy And Influence of Leaders in India

Modern Democracy And Influence of Leaders in India

Political gathering in political activity is a significant phenomenon in Indian democracy what we are regularly experienced. We see that a huge crowd congregates whenever the particular political party calls for in a particular place and date. Density of a crowd varies sometimes because the party rules the then government it obviously claims the highest congregation. Is it due to[Read More…]

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Killer Aadhaar Kills Another Aadivasi Woman By Denying Her Food

Killer Aadhaar Kills Another Aadivasi Woman By Denying Her Food

An aadivasi woman died of hunger in Dhowadnagal village in Hiranpur block of this Jharkhand district. According to the villagers, the woman, identified as Lakhi Murmu (30), had not received food grains under the PDS scheme for the past four months resulting in her starvation death since she could not link her Aadhaar card to the PDS scheme. The villagers[Read More…]

Vibrant Villages Are Key To India’s Success

Vibrant Villages Are Key To India’s Success

  The Indian village has, for long, been viewed as a convenient entry-point for understanding Indian society. At the beginning of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi had emphatically declared: “The soul of India lives in its villages”. Even after 70 years of Independence, in the wake of urbanisation, villages are at the core of the country’s soul. For social anthropologists,[Read More…]

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Demonetization And Its After Effects

Demonetization And Its After Effects

            The Government of India celebrated the 1st year of demonetization. Opposition of the Government observed “Kala Dibas”.  Demonetization was a foul programme. However, initially,  people in Bottom of Pyramid were very happy, and they thought that it was good step. They believed that rich people would become poor and they would get monetary rewards from the Government in their[Read More…]

Cyber Security: Going Beyond Data Protection

Cyber Security: Going Beyond Data Protection

    Threats to databases In an age of exploding data, information and knowledge, both human and machine, cyber security is as much a necessity for personal privacy as it is for internal and external national security, or for day-to-day economic activities and operation of social and economic infrastructure systems. Cyber security also constitutes the defensive part of modern warfare[Read More…]

Lynch Mobs And Fringe Elements: Are They Really Just Anti-Muslims?

Lynch Mobs And Fringe Elements: Are They Really Just Anti-Muslims?

  “The Prime Minister wants a ‘New India’. Employment needs in that new India could only be fulfilled through revival and development of agriculture. Corporate industries would create jobless growth. Need of the hour is to keep the interest of farmers on priority.” Swaminathan, whose 2006 report on agriculture has been used in election manifestos of BJP, has demanded the[Read More…]

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Global Capitalism And Livelihoods Denied: Whipping India’s Farmers Into Submission

In India, there is a push to drive people from the countryside into cities. The mainstream narrative implies that urbanisation is natural in the evolution of societies and constitutes progress. The World Bank wants India to relocate 400 million people to urban centres. Former Chief Finance Minister P. Chidambaram once stated that 85% of the population would eventually live in[Read More…]

How Hindutva Gang Backstabbed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

How Hindutva Gang Backstabbed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Hindutva brigade continues to pretend to have great admiration for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (23 January 1897–18 August 1945) who attempted to organise a military campaign to force the British out of India. But very few people know about the terrible betrayal of his cause by the Hindu Mahasabha under the leadership of Savarkar who was also adored by the[Read More…]

Indian Judiciary Is Purposely Being Run Down For Benefit Of Modi/Shah

Indian Judiciary Is Purposely Being Run Down For Benefit Of Modi/Shah

  Hindu Rashtra benefits from the miserable underfunding of the Indian judiciary leading to what is objectively speaking a dysfunctional and for the poor more or less non-functional judiciary. The millions of cases pending at all levels of the Indian judiciary benefit Narendra Modi and Amit Shaw’s Hindu Rashtra project by encouraging extra-judicial settlement of disputes. In a functioning system[Read More…]

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Fate And Fortune Of Underprivileged Children In India

Fate And Fortune Of Underprivileged Children In India

Childhood is in difficult circumstances in various places across the globe. Global processes and societal structure shape childhood in different domains of children’s lives. Various social, economic, cultural, and political agencies (e.g., parents, family, governments) are responsible for unhappy and lost childhood. Children are the future continuance of societies, and have therefore been trained to replicate the material and intellectual[Read More…]

PM Modi’s Dream Budget To Solve The Farm Crisis

PM Modi’s Dream Budget To Solve The Farm Crisis

According to a news report from the capital, the 2018 Union Budget will be Modi budget as the PM is meeting finance minister Arun Jaitley and top officials of the PMO & finance ministry on a daily basis. Normally, the prime ministers have adopted hands-off approach to the budget-making exercise and interact with their FMs once or twice on policy[Read More…]

The Perils Of Privatization Of School Education In Rural Punjab

The Perils Of Privatization Of School Education In Rural Punjab

  Education at the school level, though it takes years to bear fruits, is recognized as crucial factor for social ,economic and cultural development. Education is an important indicator of inclusive growth and social change. School level education is the most crucial stage spanning the first fifteen years of life. It lays the foundation for the development of the child’s[Read More…]

Let It Remain Science, In The Interest Of Science…

Let It Remain Science, In The Interest Of Science…

Evolution of scientific mind serves as a prerequisite to the scientific evolution of society requiring a sustained commitment to science, and its governance “Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it,” remarked Dr A.P. J. Abdul Kalam – a quintessential name in the arena of Indian space and nuclear technology. Early this month, the annual session[Read More…]

Education In India: Acts, Treaties And Contemporary Debates

Education In India: Acts, Treaties And Contemporary Debates

Co-Written by Ashish Kumar Singh & Lenin Raghuvanshi Knowing how to read is knowing how to walk. Knowing how to write is knowing how to ascend. Feet, arms, wings, all these are given to man By his first and most humble schoolbooks[i]. Education is the primary vehicle by which marginalized individuals and communities lift themselves from the vicious circle of[Read More…]

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Social Programmes Need More Empathy

Social Programmes Need More Empathy

  A development professional’s career demands not just technical skills but empathy; not a form of empathy that comes from superiority, but one born from a profound humility. l’ve learned hard lessons that have shaped my ideas about good principles and practices in development. The most abiding lesson is that we should value people over projects, and at the same time value[Read More…]

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Public Transport: Some Models

Public Transport: Some Models

  I was impressed by the pleasant ambience of the Trivandrum railway station and the bus depot for long distance travel which is just across the road. This is how public transport should be but this has become so rare due to the callousness of our politicians and bureaucrats. The whole area is clean. And travel is really seamless. I[Read More…]

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No To Netanyahu, No To complicity With Israel’s Apartheid

The ICCABI a group of academics, activists and artists in India, came together in 2010 to campaign against yet another apartheid regime by extending support to the international campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. They have issued the following statement which, in essence, calls on citizens committed to dismantling apartheid in Israel to refuse to be a[Read More…]

The Hold Of Moneylenders Grows To A Record High

The Hold Of Moneylenders Grows To A Record High

   A recent report by IndiaSpend states that professional moneylenders, who can charge up to four times more interest than the government’s banking system, hold more rural debt than ever, from 19.6 percent in 2002 to 28.2 percent in 2013. According to a 2017 study by Stanford University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development, farmers take loans from informal sources at high rates of interest[Read More…]

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Brahmanism, Patriarchy, Supreme Court And The Justice

Brahmanism, Patriarchy, Supreme Court And The Justice

It is the patriarchal fixation with fathers and husbands as feudal heads of indian households where sanctities are attached to family units, that leads to normalization of corruption in a judicial system that is unsurprisingly spearheaded by the brahminical chiefs. No matter what the chief of the family does, it has to be a hush-hush affair and not be made[Read More…]

India And Net Neutrality: The Credibility Of The Regulator Matters More

India And Net Neutrality: The Credibility Of The Regulator Matters More

  Net neutrality has been one of the most studied and controversial areas of policy making for nearly one-and-a-half-decades now, since the term was coined back in 2003. As the US has been the most innovative nation in fueling the digital revolution globally, much of the regulations on it also has originated from the US, namely the Federal Communications Commission[Read More…]

Joint Citizens Protest Demands Scrapping of Biometric UID/Aadhaar Number Database Project

Joint Citizens Protest Demands Scrapping of Biometric UID/Aadhaar Number Database Project

The planned Joint Citizens Protest against world biggest Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of 12 –digit biometric Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar numbers happened at the Parliament Street from 3 pm onwards on12th of January, 2018.  More such protests are planned across the districts and cities in the country.  Several speakers at the protest site demanded immediate stoppage of the biometric UID/Aadhaar number database project. [Read More…]

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Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Salute The Whistle Blower Judges

Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Salute The Whistle Blower Judges

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers applauds the courageous step taken by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court in placing, before “we, the people” as the ultimate authority, the impasse that has been created by the refusal of the Chief Justice of India to respond to their legitimate and responsible concerns over his recent administrative actions. In their[Read More…]

The Issues Raised By The Judges Must Be Taken Up By The Civil Society: PUCL

The Issues Raised By The Judges Must Be Taken Up By The Civil Society: PUCL

The People’s Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL) is seriously concerned over the implication of issues raised by the 4 senior most SC judges after the Chief Justice of India (CJI) going public about their disagreement with the CJI over functioning of the judicial institution both in its administrative as also judicial sphere of functioning. In the Press Conference today, all[Read More…]

How Can Chief Justice Of India Dipak Misra Be Impeached

How Can Chief Justice Of India Dipak Misra Be Impeached

   Ignoring this morning Friday January 12 2017 press conference held by Justice Chelameswar the senior most Justice of India after the Chief Justice, along with the next three senior most judges of the Supreme Court, at his home in New Delhi, the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra continued with business as usual at the Supreme Court. At their[Read More…]

Unprecedented! Supreme Court Judges Go Public Against Chief Justice Of India

Unprecedented! Supreme Court Judges Go Public Against Chief Justice Of India

In an unprecdented move four judges of the Supreme Court of India went public with their grievances against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra by holding a press conference. They said democracy in India is at stake. NDTV reported: They said that repeated attempts to alert the Chief Justice to their concerns -including a meeting with him this morning-[Read More…]

Revolutions…. For Whom?

Revolutions…. For Whom?

  As my nation stands betrothed to World Hunger Index and Bullet train, it is quite incomprehensive, which beau she will meet at the altar-towards the end of 2019. The cacophony for more power, more votes, more solidarity grows within the usual suspects of political alliances. With each passing day India descends into another abyss of political turmoil, the stakes[Read More…]

ESOPs Fables :Infosys Stock Buyback Bonanza

ESOPs Fables :Infosys Stock Buyback Bonanza

“Our society has become so unequal. The wealthy need to be taxed more” -Rohini Nilekani In an information saturated age such as ours corporate spin is sine qua non of business reporting where the narrative is controlled by the few to the detriment of the many. None is more evident than in the dominant narrative leading to the resignation of[Read More…]

Be Ready For Manu’s Rule

Be Ready For Manu’s Rule

Subramanyam Swami, a BJP leader, said, development alone was not enough to garner votes in elections, what was required was emotions and that in turn, required a cultural awareness. (Times of India, 27th November, 16) This is what Golwalkar had said earlier. He said ‘We have achieved mind revolution ‘man kranti ‘ The victory of BJP in the recent elections[Read More…]

Narendra Modi Is Bound To Loose The Next Parliamentary Elections

Narendra Modi Is Bound To Loose The Next Parliamentary Elections

  The Political Economy of Hindu Rashtra is a mix of manic use of State power to line the pockets of the upper castes combined with abject subjection of the State to the globalisation of finance. By this means since 2014 BJP may have achieved its aim of establishing Hindu Rashtra in India and communalising the political discourse for the[Read More…]

A Letter In Solidarity With The Tribune

A Letter In Solidarity With The Tribune

To The Editor in Chief The Tribune Harish Khare Sir, I, as a common, unemployed youth of this country like many others unemployed and distressed youths, who have been struggling to survive every day with the hope that “acchhe din” will arrive, would like to thank you for exposing the sham of this so called democracy who first give us[Read More…]

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Public Outrage Against The Filing Of FIR Against Tribune Reporter Who Exposed Aadhaar Leaks

Public Outrage Against The Filing Of FIR Against Tribune Reporter Who Exposed Aadhaar Leaks

A number of journalistic forums including Editors Guild of India have condemned the filing of FIR against Rachna Khaira, a reporter of The Tribune who exposed the data breach of UIDAI that implements Indiia’s coercive and panopticon AAdhaar cards. Editors Guild of India released this stement: The Editors Guild of India is deeply concerned over reports that the Deputy Director[Read More…]

Disabled Left With ‘Nir-Aadhaar’

Disabled Left With ‘Nir-Aadhaar’

  A lot has been discussed about ‘Aadhar’ and its impact on common people. Economists, political and social scientists and many other academicians have elaborately analysed the futility of the project. One more angle of introspecting aadhar is the impact on disabled persons, especially those who have problems with their fingers or eyes or both. While the poor are facing[Read More…]

Tackling Poverty, One Meaningful Step At A Time

Tackling Poverty, One Meaningful Step At A Time

  The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt In India, the priorities of village people are constantly undergoing changes. These are, in fact, a result of the changes the development landscape is undergoing.[Read More…]

India’s Entire Aadhaar Data Breached: One Billion Identities Out For Sale

India’s Entire Aadhaar Data Breached: One Billion Identities Out For Sale

In perhaps the biggest identity data breach in history, India’s entire Aadhaar data has been breached by fraudsters and over one billion Aadhaar details that includes name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email are on sail for just Rs 500. Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) is the biggest collection of identities[Read More…]

Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children

Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children

 We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’[Read More…]

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Another Woman Dies Of Hunger In Jharkhand After Aadhaar Disrupts Delivery Of Ration And Pension

Another Woman Dies Of Hunger In Jharkhand After Aadhaar Disrupts Delivery Of Ration And Pension

Etwariya Devi, a 67-year-old widow, died of hunger and exhaustion on 25 December in Sonpurwa village of Majhiaon block of Garhwa district (Jharkhand). She lived with her son Ghura Vishwakarma, daughter-in-law Usha Devi and their three children in a dilapidated kutcha house. The family has a hand-to-mouth existence and is routinely unable to access adequate nutrition. Surviving the day on[Read More…]

Revisiting 8 Significant Judgements Of 2017

Revisiting 8 Significant Judgements Of 2017

As a new year begins, it becomes necessary to review the legal pronouncements of the past year. 2017 has been replete with many significant judgments by the Supreme Court for India’s jurisprudence. While there are some judgments worthy of mention for the controversial nature and media reportage associated to it, such as that of Ram Rahim’s conviction, upholding of sentence[Read More…]

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Introspection 2017: Speak Up Against Intimidating Language Of The Goons Masquerading As Political Activists

  As another year is coming to an end, we witnessed huge turmoil everywhere. The intimidation to dissenters continued while political opponents were targeted as usual by the Hindutva groups. Mob lynching and cow terrorism aggravated all over the country and as the state remained subdued and muted, the goons with political patronage had a field day during the year.[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Anant Kumar Hegde  By Devanoora Mahadeva

An Open Letter To Anant Kumar Hegde  By Devanoora Mahadeva

Union Minister, Mr. Anant Kumar Hegdeji,It is frightening to have to listen to the words you have spoken at Kuknoor in YelburgaTaluk.‘Those who are unaware of their parentage are the ones who call themselves secularists’you say deridingly.Now we have to make you aware of your own parentage – It is hatred that is your father, intolerance your mother, illusion your[Read More…]

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Killer Aadhaar Kills Two More: A Kargil Martyrs Wife And A Pensioner

Killer Aadhaar Kills Two More: A Kargil Martyrs Wife And A Pensioner

Son of Kargil martyr in Haryana’s Sonipat accused that he lost his mother after she was denied treatment in a hospital due to an unavailability of the Aadhaar card. Wife of a Kargil martyr dies at a hospital in Haryana's Sonipat, claims son; says "I brought my mother in a serious condition to the hospital. They asked me to get[Read More…]

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How Not to Hollow Out the Constitution Bit by Bit

How Not to Hollow Out the Constitution Bit by Bit

It is not just BJP minister Anantkumar Hegde. Here is a look at some past attempts of the RSS-BJP to tinker with the Constitution. “Line wahan se shuru hoti hai jahan ham khade rehte hain” (The queue starts from the point where we stand). Remember that 70s Bollywood film where teh then bad boy of Hindi cinema (Shatrughan Sinha) barges into[Read More…]

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India’s Failed Food System

India’s Failed Food System

  India grows enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, yet is unable to feed millions of them, especially women and children. India ranks 100 in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) — 2017 of 119 countries, where it has consistently ranked poor. Even as millions of Indians go to sleep on an empty stomach, the country wastes[Read More…]

Continuity With Decline: Gujarat Election Results

Continuity With Decline: Gujarat Election Results

The recent elections in Gujarat no doubt brought back BJP into power once again. But however, their influence has certainly declined. Going beyond the electoral results, a major development is the emergence of alternative voices which questioned a fake and make believe model called ‘Gujarat Model’. These alternative voices broke the dominant narrative which tried to project Gujarat as a[Read More…]

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World Inequality Report And Inequality In India: Welfarism Declines And Inequality Abounds

World Inequality Report And Inequality In India: Welfarism Declines And Inequality Abounds

World Inequality Report 2018 has been released by World Inequality Lab with which Paris based economists Piketty and Chancel are related. The report has analyzed the inequality in India in depth. The first major conclusion of the report is that in India after independence the inequality was not so much prevalent; the major factor was socialist policies but since the[Read More…]

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When They Amended Companies Act Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley And the BJP Committed The Crime Of Bribery

When They Amended Companies Act Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley And the BJP Committed The Crime Of Bribery

  When they amended paragraph 3 section 182 the Companies Act 2013 in part XII of the Finance Act 2017-2018 in Parliament on March 22 2017, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley and the BJP committed the crime of bribery. Under the Representation of People Act 1951 section 123, bribery, that is to say the receipt or agreement to receive, any gratification[Read More…]

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Uttarakhand High Court Rejects Government’s Affidavit On Land Ceiling Laws

Uttarakhand High Court Rejects Government’s Affidavit On Land Ceiling Laws

Uttarakhand High Court has rejected an affidavit filed by the state government in relation to a writ petition filed by me on behalf of Social Development Foundation, Delhi in 2013, related to issue of the Land Ceiling Laws in the state. In the last hearing the Chief Justice of the High Court Justice K M Joseph and Justice V K[Read More…]

Sixty Economists Write To Finance Minister On Social Security Pensions And Maternity Entitlements

Sixty Economists Write To Finance Minister On Social Security Pensions And Maternity Entitlements

We are writing to draw your attention to two urgent priorities for the forthcoming Budget. 1. Social security pensions, 2. Maternity entitlements

How BJP Retained Gujarat, Yet Still Lost Big Time!

How BJP Retained Gujarat, Yet Still Lost Big Time!

  BJP’s true assessment of its Gujarat victory was best surmised by Dr Shashi Tharoor while talking to India Today. Commenting on the victory speech of PM Modi, he said “the speech was not celebratory but defensive” – a sharp departure from past victory celebrations. The PM has no particular reason to celebrate. Although BJP won the election, his party[Read More…]

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Invincibility Busted In Gujarat, Game Wide Open For 2019

Invincibility Busted In Gujarat, Game Wide Open For 2019

  Gujarat’s much awaited results are out. The fraudsters sitting in the mega ‘slaughterhouses’ have been exposed and myth related to invincibility is broken and perhaps shaken the Hindutva camp from inside. These results will have huge impact on the psyche of our nation and the fraudsters will start building up their narratives now about how ‘despite’ 25 years ruling,[Read More…]

Import And Die: Self-Sufficiency And Food Security In India

Import And Die: Self-Sufficiency And Food Security In India

India’s Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu recently stated that the country cannot survive on imported produce for its food security. He called for a greater focus on agriculture: “We can export (agricultural produce) for the time being but the population is growing.” Naidu pointed out what has become increasingly apparent: “People are leaving agriculture and going to other professions. An agriculturist does not[Read More…]

Mohan Bhagat Must Be Indicted Under Section 153A Of The Indian Penal Code Act 45 of 1860

Mohan Bhagat Must Be Indicted Under Section 153A Of The Indian Penal Code Act 45 of 1860

  It was reported in the Hindustan Times today that Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday in Tripura said that “The Muslims in India are also Hindus” and that “Anybody living in India is a Hindu.” Section 153A of The Indian Penal Code punishes whoever by spoken words promotes on any ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between[Read More…]

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Indian Middle Class : A Breed Of Cringeworthy Platitudes

“We condemn the killing of Gauri Lankesh.” “Culprits will be taken under arrest.” ” They will not be spared.”  “Justice will be served”. Welcome to the world of Indian platitudes. A place where public life merrily wallows in a framework  of banal statements. There is no element of this public life left wherein the forces of subterfuge couched in a[Read More…]

Triple Talaq…Crime?

Triple Talaq…Crime?

Criminal law deals with behavior that is or can be construed as an offense against the public, society, or the state—even if the immediate victim is an individual. Examples are murder, assault, theft,and drunken driving. Civil law deals with behavior that constitutes an injury to an individual or other private party, such as a corporation. Examples are defamation (including libel and slander), breach[Read More…]

 G7’s Financial Stability Board – Lunatic Terms To Which G20 Including India Agreed

 G7’s Financial Stability Board – Lunatic Terms To Which G20 Including India Agreed

  As part of their efforts to be more nationalist than capitalist Indian capitalists who are the undivided financiers of the BJP need to introspect. They should give up insisting on turning human and ecological material into capital. The Sangh Parivar and the BJP are in league with the capitalists in pursuit of the glory of Hindu Rashtra. The alliance[Read More…]

Donkey, Akhilesh, Ramayana And Authoritarian Heritage

Donkey, Akhilesh, Ramayana And Authoritarian Heritage

  Woke up with Anxiety Dreams, ‘acute pain in my bones’ transformed into Chilling     Mirror Images, of Frightening Triple Headed Monstrous Donkey, ‘Sickening cry with ears like errant wings’. Shoulders fused in to single stomach, Posterior legs kicking in Hatred and loyalty display. I cried out at my painful Metamorphosis Into strange animal, Spewing Saffron Poison. But my broken back[Read More…]

NOTA …A Potential ‘ Tool’ To Express Dissent

NOTA …A Potential ‘ Tool’ To Express Dissent

  Candidates standing for elections canvass with their symbols and seek peoples mandate by asking to vote for a particular symbol – whether party symbol or symbols for independents. But, the Supreme Court in its judgement Peoples Union of Civil liberties vs union of India, 2013, directed the EC to provide NOTA (None Of The Above) button in all EVMs/[Read More…]

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Inside The World Of Indian Bureaucracy

Inside The World Of Indian Bureaucracy

 In the late nineties I was manager of a bank branch at Warora, a small town in western Maharshtra. We had to make frequent trips to the Block Development Office at Warora and the Collector’s secretariat in Chandrapur for discussions on various rural development projects being undertaken by our bank branch. We believed that instead of individual clients going and[Read More…]

NREGA Workers of Jharkhand Demand Their Rights

NREGA Workers of Jharkhand Demand Their Rights

Close to 1,000 NREGA workers and other rural labourers converged to Birsa Chowk from 12 districts of Jharkhand today and sat on dharna to protest against repeated attacks on their right to food and right to work. The event was jointly organised by Right to Food Campaign Jharkhand and NREGA Watch. The dharna was prompted by a series of recent[Read More…]

Speakforme.in: Website To Petition MPs And Service Providers Against The Coercive Implementation Of Aadhaar

Speakforme.in: Website To Petition MPs And Service Providers Against The Coercive Implementation Of Aadhaar

Campaigners have set up an an easy to use website that allows you to automatically petitition your MP, Banks, Mobile phone companies and other service providers like MGNREGA, EPF etc against the coercive attempt to link Aaadhar number. The website https://www.speakforme.in has well written letters, with citations, reasonings and arguments. With a few clicks you can send these letters to[Read More…]

Constitutional Literacy Through The Constitution Day

Constitutional Literacy Through The Constitution Day

A unique initiative in Chhattisgarh to strengthen Secular, Socialist, Democratic, Republic of India Constitution Day also known as Samvidhan Divas, is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of Constitution of India. The Government of India declared 26 November as Constitution Day on 19 November 2015 by a gazette notification. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi made the declaration on 11[Read More…]

Serious Allegation of Pakistan Meddling in Our Internal Matters Must Be Probed

Serious Allegation of Pakistan Meddling in Our Internal Matters Must Be Probed

We all condemned Mani Shankar Iyer for his ‘neech’ remark which the partners in media jumped and began spreading like the rumour spreading mills but now Prime Minister continue to dig and speak like a helpless leader have made things worst to say the least. Have we ever seen a prime minister virtually crying in his attempt to polarise the[Read More…]

Open  Letter  To  The   Honourable  Chief  Justice  of   India

Open  Letter  To  The   Honourable  Chief  Justice  of   India

Your  honour May  I,  as  an  ordinary  citizen  of  India,  request  you  to  enlighten  me  as  to  whether  some  of  the  recent  judgments  of  the  Supreme  Court  over  which  you  preside,  have  emanated  from  schizophrenia,  amnesia  or  megalomania  ? To  quote  a  few  instances  –  in  a  judgment  delivered  by  you  as  Supreme  Court  judge  on  November  30,  2016,  you [Read More…]

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Doing politics – Shaping of the Common Enemy

Doing politics – Shaping of the Common Enemy

What can be done of politics that is dangerous and easy? The opinion polls show that Congress and BJP are neck to neck in the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls. Will the violence of Rajsamand and similar communal politics wash off the terror of demonetization, of GST, of Una Dalits flogging, of unemployment woes of Patidars and Thakors? At the time[Read More…]

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Make Rupee in India: Eco Development Banks Capitalised with Zero Coupon Perpetual Bonds hold the Key

Make Rupee in India: Eco Development Banks Capitalised with Zero Coupon Perpetual Bonds hold the Key

  Recently I criticised the cost of money inflicted on electricity consumers by the Power Finance Corporation. I mentioned that India has always been and can always be self sufficient in electricity and that forcing us to pay six Rupees per kWh to foreign rentiers is shameful. The same is true for food and money. The purpose of the constitution[Read More…]

A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India’s Brutal Experiment Of Abolishing Most Cash

A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India’s Brutal Experiment Of Abolishing Most Cash

In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That is surprising, as Washington’s role has been disguised only very superficially. US-President Barack Obama has declared the strategic[Read More…]

Widow Dies Of Starvation After Both Food Ration And Pension Denied To Her Due To Aadhaar-Related Problems

Widow Dies Of Starvation After Both Food Ration And Pension Denied To Her Due To Aadhaar-Related Problems

Widow dies of starvation in Garhwa after both food ration and pension are denied to her due to Aadhaar-related problems A 64-year old widow, Premani Kunwar, died of hunger and exhaustion on 1 December in Danda Block of Garhwa district (Jharkhand). Contrary to some media reports, there was no money in Premani’s bank account when she died. Two months earlier,[Read More…]

36 Years Apart: Two Deaths, One In Matter, The Other In Spirit

36 Years Apart: Two Deaths, One In Matter, The Other In Spirit

6th December 1956: B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India, leaves this world, albeit, physically. 6th December, 1992: B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India, leaves this world, this time, in spirit. 36 years separate the two incidents, both of which can be said to be among the landmark moments in the history of India. 6th[Read More…]

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Twenty Five Years of Babari Masjid Demolition : An Attack On The Constitution Of India

Twenty Five Years of Babari Masjid Demolition : An Attack On The Constitution Of India

  On August 7th 1990 VP Singh announced his government’s decision to accept Mandal recommendations that ensured 27% quota for Other Backward Communities. The Savarna students in the north India resorted to violence including self-immolation against it.Opposition Congress party played dirty politics and Rajiv Gandhi’s naivety resulted in BJP’s taking it into their hands and countering it with the religious[Read More…]

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A Memory Buried Under The Debris Of Babri Masjid

A Memory Buried Under The Debris Of Babri Masjid

  On Dec 6, 1992 it was yet another normal day in a small town called Burhanpur, in the southern Madhya-Pradesh. It was often known as Deccan Darvaza, the gateway to Deccan plateau for its militarily important geo-political location during the Mughal period. In those days talking about Mughals was a matter of pride and their rich cultural heritage was[Read More…]

Why I’m Denied My Right Of Speech? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Why I’m Denied My Right Of Speech? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

In spite of the fact that the Supreme Court of India in its three judge bench judgment on October 12, 2017 said that my book ‘Smajika Smugglerlu-Komatollu’ cannot be banned, the Arya Vysyas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are trying to attack me wherever I go to speak in meetings and seminars. The latest is their attempt at Khammam on[Read More…]

Why The Wait For The City Bus Gets Longer

Why The Wait For The City Bus Gets Longer

  Some times creative writers give insighs into problems better than experts. During the wave of the Theatre of the Absurd Achyut Vaze wrote a play in the 1970s in which the characters wait for a bus which never arrives like Godot in Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. One is reminded of Vaze’s play Chal Re Bhopalya by the[Read More…]

 How Significant Was Federalism To The Creation Of Pakistan?

 How Significant Was Federalism To The Creation Of Pakistan?

India recently celebrated its 68th Constitution Day on November 26th. A day that commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of India on November 26th, 1949. Albeit contestations whether the Constitution, and the setting up of a Constitutional democracy, has been beneficial to the marginalized, especially the Dalits, women and queer-folk, the occasion calls for a remembrance of the Constitution, its[Read More…]

Modi’s ‘Gujarat Model’ Of Development: A Reality Check  

Modi’s ‘Gujarat Model’ Of Development: A Reality Check  

  Narendra Modi rode the wave of ‘Gujarat Model of development’ in 2014 to catapult himself to the most powerful office in India. The social media campaign, most probably waged with the help of Madison Avenue agencies, that heralded the State’s economic performance nothing short of spectacular and credited its success to the visionary leadership of Narendra Modi started years[Read More…]

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Janeu Is The Symbol Of Discrimination Hence Discard It

Janeu Is The Symbol Of Discrimination Hence Discard It

  It is the reflection of level of democracy in India that we are reducing to the level whether somebody is wearing a Janeu ( sacred thread) or not. The sacred thread which the brahmanical leadership of this country if proud of flaunting today is nothing but a mischief by the priestly class. Though it is the fundamental right of[Read More…]

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Police Firing In Panjabari, Assam

Police Firing In Panjabari, Assam

29 November 2017, New Delhi: Since Monday (27 November) the state government of Assam has launched an all-out offensive against indigenous communities and people’s movement Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti. No one can deny Assam state governments openly Hindutva character as the root cause of this repression of muslims and Mising, Karbi, Rabha, Dimasa, Bodo, Koch, Kalita, Ahom and other indigenous[Read More…]

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Demonetisation, One Year After: Towards A Synoptic View

Demonetisation, One Year After: Towards A Synoptic View

Prefatory Note Demonetisation is, beyond doubt, the most talked of action taken by the incumbent NarendraModi regime, as yet, which came to be in place in May 20141, just over three and a half years back replacing the UPA regime, with the Congress at the head, soundly defeating it in the national poll held a while earlier.2, 3, 4 One[Read More…]

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NRC Row In Assam: On Asking The Right Questions

NRC Row In Assam: On Asking The Right Questions

Assamese media has been time and again criticized for sidelining media ethics while reporting. In a latest case, they have continued with such behavior. A month back a meeting was held in Delhi to discuss some important issues related to Assam. The updating of National Register of Citizens and the persisting delay in the process was to be discussed. Some[Read More…]

Cultural Terrorists Of India: Where Do They Take Us?

Cultural Terrorists Of India: Where Do They Take Us?

India in the past few years has seen ‘self-styled’ cultural soldiers out there to defend the culture of India. They may operate in many names ‘Ram Sena’, ‘Hindu Sena’ or ‘Karni Sena’. Their stated aim is to protect ‘culture’, ‘morality’ from the negative cultural influences of the west or other religions. This they seek to undertake in the name of[Read More…]

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India’s Constitution: When Nation Celebrated Its Adoption, RSS Mourned It

India’s Constitution: When Nation Celebrated Its Adoption, RSS Mourned It

An amazing fact about the Indian Constitution adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India (CA) on November 26, 1949 is that out of 35 constitutional polities born after World War II, India is the only country which survives with its Constitution. All other countries fell prey to totalitarianism, civil war and military take-over. It is not that Indian democracy had[Read More…]

Admiral Ramdas Requests Judicial Enquiry Into Judge Loya’s Mysterious Death

Admiral Ramdas Requests Judicial Enquiry Into Judge Loya’s Mysterious Death

Former Navy Chief Admiral L. Ramdas has requested that a “high level judicial inquiry” into “mysterious circumstances” of the death of Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, the Special CBI Judge presiding over the trial of BJP President Amit Shah and several Gujarat Police Officers in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. In a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Admiral[Read More…]

Padmawati, The Queen

Padmawati, The Queen

Padmawati was all dressed up for the occasion- a red saree with an equally red blouse and a small ghunghat that carefully covered the charm of her dark face. A small nose ring which curved and curled into a nathuri stuck on to her right nostril. The two artificial garnets of her nathuri glittered in the sunlight. Three blackish-grey tattoo[Read More…]

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Protesting Farmers Hold Their Parliament, Pass Bills As The  Real One Looks Away

More than 3 lakh suicides in three decades and millions of other lives ruined would qualify as a national disaster forcing the government to tackle it all guns blazing in any democracy. Alas, it does not in the one that claims to be the largest of them all, the democracies. In fact it hardly gets registered even as a minor[Read More…]

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Rani Padmavati, Right Wing Brigade And The Distortion of History

Rani Padmavati, Right Wing Brigade And The Distortion of History

Co-Written by Peer Bilal Baba & M Altaf Kumhar About the History, there is a thing that we are never sure what exactly happened because often, the facts get mutated with the ravages of time and travel.Padmavati, the upcoming Bollywood film based on a poem about a Rajput ‘fictitious’ queen written by the16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, has[Read More…]

Aabaar Naxalbari, Naxalbari again

Aabaar Naxalbari, Naxalbari again

First of three interviews from the cradle of the revolutionary uprising Aneek, an independent, radical Baanglaa monthly from Kolkata, India, in its 53rd years of publication, interviewed three leaders of the Naxalbari Uprising. The leaders with working class background were organizing armed struggle of the poor-landless peasantry in the Naxalbari region since the earliest days of the revolutionary initiative. Following[Read More…]

100 Years After Peace-Land-Bread And 50 Years After Naxalbari Peasants Rebellion Where Do We Stand Now

100 Years After Peace-Land-Bread And 50 Years After Naxalbari Peasants Rebellion Where Do We Stand Now

On the Sept 22, 2017, during a march of All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee, one of its leaders Mr Yogendra Yadav (henceforth YY) told us, “So, what we are witnessing is the beginning of something that can only be described as a peasant rebellion”[1]  Because, there were outbursts of peasants’ movement in several states of India in the last[Read More…]

Indian Ultra Right Party Honors The Assassin Of Nation’s Father, Mahatma Gandhi

Indian Ultra Right Party Honors The Assassin Of Nation’s Father, Mahatma Gandhi

  Sixty nine years after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, a “shrine” dedicated to his killer Nathuram Godse was set up in Guwalior by the Hindu Mahasabha on Wednesday (Nov 15), Hindustan Times reported. The ultra right wing organization installed a bust of Godse inside its office premises amid Vedic chants to mark the anniversary of his[Read More…]

Hopes Of Person With Disabilities In India

Hopes Of Person With Disabilities In India

Northern railway in March 2015 made provision for extending e-ticket facility for PwDs by discontinuing to issue concession tickets on the production of certificate issued by CMO, and procedure made for new concession certificate is complicated as it is assigned to DRMs, hence poor disables are feeling the burnt. Handicapes are oneof the most vulnerable section of the society transcending[Read More…]

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Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Recently the Hindu Mahasabha built a temple of Godse, the killer of Gandhiji, in Gwalior. An idol of Godse was installed. This was inaugurated on 15th November commemorating 68 years since he was hanged. This was natural for the Hindutva fringe groups who glorify Hindu fanatics. Since the advent of the present Government into power, a process which has been[Read More…]

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AADHAR- Starving The Poor To Death As The Supreme Court Looks Away

AADHAR- Starving The Poor To Death As The Supreme Court Looks Away

  Shakina Ashfaq, 50, is the latest life claimed by the AADHAR, the name given to the 12-digit unique identification (UID) number by the government of India. The reports suggest that she died of hunger. The authorities, as is unsaid standard operating procedure, claim that preliminary inquiries suggest that she didn’t die of hunger, she rather died of some illness.[Read More…]

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Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

  It is a common refrain in the country that news has declined in content and quality. Social media is full of debate on the issue since innovations like the paid news and scandals like Radia tape. A common thread of concern is that the media is scandalizing, preaching and serving the masses a low comedy in the  name of[Read More…]

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The Elippathayam (Rat Trap) Moment Of Indian Cinema

The Elippathayam (Rat Trap) Moment Of Indian Cinema

Elippathayam (The Rat Trap) is a 1981 Malayalam film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It tells the story of a man trapped within himself unable to understand the changes taking place around him. It seems Indian Cinema also is caught in rat trap. No, it would be a bit flattering for Indian Cinema to use the rat trap metaphor.[Read More…]

Emperor Of India Pay Obeisance To The Emperor Of The World

Emperor Of India Pay Obeisance To The Emperor Of The World

SHEHENSHAH-E-HIND (EMPEROR OF INDIA PM MODI) COMMITS TO FULFILL THE ‘EXPECTATIONS’ OF SHEHANSHAH-E-AALAM (EMPEROR OF THE WORLD PRESIDENT OF USA TRUMP) According to press reports PM Narendra Modi held a 45-minute discussion on November 13, 2017 with US President Donald Trump in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. Even before the meeting PM declared that “India-US ties are[Read More…]

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

A Woman in Bareilly in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India, died due to starvation as she was denied food ration since it was not linked to her Aadhaar card. ANI reported her husband was refused ration as ration shop owner allegedly demanded the woman be present for bio-metric fingerprint verification. She was unwell for past 5 days. The[Read More…]

The Indian Economy Is On A Nose Dive

The Indian Economy Is On A Nose Dive

The downturn in the Indian economy is not a sudden development that had come about now, nor due to any “technical reasons,” as is made out to be by the ruling BJP leaders. Unable to explain why industry sector, exports and agriculture and domestic consumption are stagnant if not going down with each passing year since BJP came to power,[Read More…]

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Betrayal Of 1857

Betrayal Of 1857

BETRAYAL OF 1857: KIN OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED DIE IN PENURY & THOSE WHO SERVED BRITISH CONTINUE RULING INDIA Delhi as the Capital of India and touted as the heart of India, in fact, is a heartless city. There is endless list of shameful incidents to corroborate this character of the city. This list keeps on expanding at fast rate.[Read More…]

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Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another dastardly lynching of a Muslim man for transporting cows has taken place in Rajathan. The police on Sunday registered a case of murder on the basis of the family’s complaint. The family of a Muslim man, whose dismembered body was found on the railway tracks near Govindgarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan on Friday, has claimed that he was[Read More…]

The Need To Celebrate Substantial National Education Day

The Need To Celebrate Substantial National Education Day

Every year on November 11, India celebrates National Education Day. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was a literary figure and during his lifetime he emphasised on development of quality education and provision for compulsory education to all children upto 14 years of age. India has seen great educationists[Read More…]

Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat till now had been projected as a unique model of development, which needs to be replicated in all other places. The Prime Minister in his speeches during election campaigns in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Assembly elections in other states had sought to state that he would turn the country and other states into Gujarat. Gujarat was emulated as[Read More…]

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The Promise Of Microhousing

The Promise Of Microhousing

  The Gaekwad family lives in a single-room-house on the outskirts of a city. The family cooks their food, eats it and sleeps in the same room. This room is also used as a play area by their three-year-old child. Lack of credit has prevented the Gaekwads from obtaining a loan to improve their living conditions. There are millions of low-income families[Read More…]

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How Farm Widows Are Leading Societal Change

  The large swathes of cotton farms in Central India have been the epicentre of a global crisis that has gripped the rural population in crippling debts and driven thousands to suicide. But amidst the gloom, it is the women of this region who have emerged as the torchbearers of hope and progress. This new hope comes in the form[Read More…]

Starry Night

Starry Night

Under a Hindutva sky
I lay me down to die
but suicide is a moral crime,
so maybe it’s not yet my time.

India’s Tryst With Iconic Dates: Nothing Much To Rejoice About