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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…]

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…]

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

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

When it comes to disasters, it is as if India’s tryst with ‘iconic’ dates continues unhindered. Although not warranting any commemorative celebrations, the onset of these dates year after year has not been without their share of apprehensions. Human psyche is such that it has a proclivity for registering debacles more consistently than achievements. Although our country does not fall[Read More…]

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New Delhi: Traffic policemen wear masks to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution while manning the traffic, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The smog and air pollution continue to be above the severe levels in Delhi NCR on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore(PTI11_8_2017_000037B)

When People At The Top Get Into A Traffic Jam

One can understand the annoyance Maharashtra’s director general of police Satish Mathur faced last Monday when he was stuck in traffic for half an hour in the central business district CBD Belapur. Four policemen were transferred for failing not to clear the way for him. Mr Mathur would feel much less annoyed if he realized that his discomfort is nothing[Read More…]

Three Questions Of Dr. Manmohan Singh Which PM Modi Should Answer

Three Questions Of Dr. Manmohan Singh Which PM Modi Should Answer

 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has delivered a speech in Ahmadabad not as a political leader but as an economist and citizen of India where he has put some important analyses on demonetization and GST. It is a general perception among the vast section of the people who work hard on streets and mainly belong to unorganized sector and small[Read More…]

Jharkhand – A State Unaccountable Towards Its Citizens’ Right To Food

Jharkhand – A State Unaccountable Towards Its Citizens’ Right To Food

Santoshi Kumari The recent hunger deaths of Santoshi Kumari in Simdega, Vaidnath Ravidas in Dhanbad and Ruplal Marandi in Deoghar district of Jharkhand have exposed the violation of the mere right to life being caused by the mandatory requirement of linking Aadhaar with ration cards and the poor implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state. These[Read More…]

Fraudulent Love Of RSS/BJP For Sardar Patel

Fraudulent Love Of RSS/BJP For Sardar Patel

RSS/BJP DEMAGOGY  If there can be a single word to explain the overflowing love of RSS/BJP clan for Sardar Patel, it will surely be the word MYSTERIOUS. It is mysterious because Sardar Patel as the first home minister of India banned RSS for being involved in the assassination of Father of the Nation, Gandhi. Sardar is being upheld as the[Read More…]

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The RSS Must Come Forward To Serve Abandoned Mother Cows

The RSS Must Come Forward To Serve Abandoned Mother Cows

Throughout country farmers are abandoning un-productive cows (which cannot be milked) which were disposed in animal bazaars earlier. It is the direct fall out of RSS/BJP leaders’ project of HOLINESS OF THE MOTHER COW. After violent attacks on Dalits and Muslims in different parts of country for being seen with cow or slaughtering cows now farmers, mostly Hindus, have to[Read More…]

As The Guru So The Disciple

As The Guru So The Disciple

  While speaking at Diwali-Milan function organised at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a veiled warning to his own party men said BJP is speaking in different voices. He called for a debate on internal democracy in political parties, asserting that the growth of “true democratic spirit” within them is[Read More…]

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Who Was Tipu Sultan

Who Was Tipu Sultan

  The blatantly false propaganda being spread by the Hindutva Sangha Parivar over Tipu Sultan is reaching outlandish proportions. A Hindutva troll is trying to teach me my own family history with regard to Tipu Sultan’s patronage of Hindu temples. She has been posting all kinds of nonsense on my timeline, disputing what I know about my own ancestors, and[Read More…]

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar As ‘Mediator’ In Ayodhya Mosque Demolition Case! Congress Once Again Falls Into The Hindutva Trap

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar As ‘Mediator’ In Ayodhya Mosque Demolition Case! Congress Once Again Falls Into The Hindutva Trap

The Hindutva camp has unabashedly once again thrown in the ring name of its trusted and tested follower, SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR (not content having ONE SRI in his name)as ‘mediator’ between Hindus and Muslims on the Babri mosque/Ram temple conflict. Shockingly, the Congress lauded Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s efforts to hold talk with the stake holders[Read More…]

An Ordinary Life Enslaved By A Card:  Coercively Linking Aadhaar With Hunger Is No Solution

An Ordinary Life Enslaved By A Card:  Coercively Linking Aadhaar With Hunger Is No Solution

  Santoshi Kumari In August 2017, in KS Puttuswamy v Union of India[1], commonly known as Privacy judgment, the nine judges bench of the Supreme Court unanimously in its landmark verdict established the fundamental right to privacy and transformed the civil rights jurisprudence.The decision strengthened the claims of citizens to the individual right to privacy, personal autonomy and the bodily[Read More…]

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Bank Officers Body Files PIL Against Aadhaar Linkage

Bank Officers Body Files PIL Against Aadhaar Linkage

In the recent times, we have seen an overdrive of threatening to freeze existing bank accounts unless the customers link to Aadhaar. They are also refusing to open new bank accounts without Aadhaar, citing GSR 538(E), the amendment to the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005 under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 (15 of 2003)(PMLA), on June[Read More…]

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Reexamining Professional Development Wisdom

Reexamining Professional Development Wisdom

  The development community seems constantly and restlessly in search of a singular approach that will solve poverty, unveiling new theories  every few years only to toss them aside. The fundamental flaw with this system is that each new approach fails to break out of the underlying technocratic and specialized paradigm. We must understand that there is no precooked blueprint[Read More…]

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Local residents of Munirka area protest outside the gates of the JNU, against a function that was allegedly anti national in nature praising Afzal Guru on campus, in the capital New Delhi on friday. Delhi Police security was provided at the entrance to the JNU during the protest. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 120216

Student Politics And Kerala High Court Judgement

The recent ban issued by the Kerala High Court on student politics and protests on campus should not and has not shocked many. This prohibition comes in a long line of attack on institutions of higher education, following the M.Phil. /Ph.D. seat cuts by U.G.C., the revised structure of N.E.T. examination and the recent mandate by the U.G.C. following Allahabad[Read More…]

Micro Insurance: A Critical Need For India’s Poor

Micro Insurance: A Critical Need For India’s Poor

Finance is the cementing force that holds all the pieces of our life together. It enables money to be in the right place, at the right time, and for the right situation. To borrow and save is to move money from the future to the present or from the present to the future. To insure is to move money from[Read More…]

What Is New In Today’s New India?

What Is New In Today’s New India?

Change is constant and it is what history is according to Herodotus. For Greeks, it was change and for Romans it was continuity. R. G. Collingwood saw this scientificity and humanism in Greek thought were greatest contributions of Greeks to the human civilisation while substantialism and metaphysical permanency were the weaknesses of the Roman thought. The same strands of thought[Read More…]

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After The POSCO Withdrawal Govt of Odisha Handing Over Land To JSW Steel

After The POSCO Withdrawal Govt of Odisha Handing Over Land To JSW Steel

As you know that the continuous peaceful resistance of our people forced the POSCO to exit finally. However, we came to learn from the media that the government of Odisha is planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to hand over our land to another company named JSW Steel Limited. JSW Steel Limited is a part of the Sajjan[Read More…]

Holy Development Shit

Holy Development Shit

A couple of days back, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan who is the leader of CPI(M) went to Sabarimala temple and received prasadam’ from the high priest of the temple. Perhaps, he needed to save his communist ministry with the growing invasion of the Sanghis in the landscape of Kerala. That is understandable. But our super star Suresh[Read More…]

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Taj Mahal As Tej Mahal Once Again “There Is A Bee In The Bonnett”

Taj Mahal As Tej Mahal Once Again “There Is A Bee In The Bonnett”

It was probably late sixties or early seventies – when a gentleman called P N Oak started appearing in Marathi magazines peddling his weird theories about well known monuments in and outside India. An article which made lot of news then was centred around Taj Mahal where it was claimed that it was ‘Tejo Maha Aalay’ or hindu god Shiva’s[Read More…]

Sathyagraha Demanding 0% GST On Hand Made Sector

Sathyagraha Demanding 0% GST On Hand Made Sector

The Sathyagraha demanding 0% GST on hand made sector is a movement to realise a promise made in the Indian Constitution Shri. Prasanna breaks his indefinite hunger strike on assurance of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the State will support Sathyagraha’s demands in GST Council With the assurance of the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. Siddaramaiah that the Karnataka Government[Read More…]

Urban Arts Commission In The Time Of Damning Of The Taj Mahal

Urban Arts Commission In The Time Of Damning Of The Taj Mahal

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s announcement last week to set up an urban arts commission for Mumbai is well intentioned. But it comes at an odd time. Several leaders of his party, the BJP, at the national level have shown little respect for some of the finest monuments of the country and now party MLA Sangeet Som calls the Taj[Read More…]

Will Taj Mahal Meet The Fate Of Mosque At Ayodhya?

Will Taj Mahal Meet The Fate Of Mosque At Ayodhya?

One of the Greatest Wonders of the World, the only one being in India, Taj Mahal becomes the newest target of  the Hindutva killer/demolition squad. It was ordered to be built by Mughal king Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Khurram known as Shahjahan (1592-1666) in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is interesting to note that it was named as Taj[Read More…]

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

In perhaps the first Aadhaar linked starvation death 11 year old girl Santoshi Kumari died at her village, Karimati, in Jharkhand since her family’s ration card was not linked to Aadhaar. Santoshi had not eaten for eight days before her death on September 28, according to a Scroll.in report; she was unable to avail of the mid-day meal she usually[Read More…]

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Sunil Jakhar’s Victory Gives Hope In An Era Of Cow Vigilantism

Sunil Jakhar’s Victory Gives Hope In An Era Of Cow Vigilantism

The spectacular victory of Punjab state Congress President in the Gurdaspur parliamentary by-election is a big jot to the advocates of cow politics across India. Sunil Jakhar defeated the BJP candidate Swaran Salaraia by a huge margin of 193, 219 votes. The by-election was caused by the death of sitting BJP MP Vinod Khanna – who represented the constituency for[Read More…]

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 The Poor Know How To Escape From Poverty

 The Poor Know How To Escape From Poverty

  The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.  —F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors Of Socialism I firmly believe it is possible to eliminate poverty in our country— provided we re-examine the   wisdom of our professional approaches. The poor are poor not because they are[Read More…]

Misaligned Priorities In Development

Misaligned Priorities In Development

A claim often made by the Government is that India is emerging as a strong nation. Military alliance with powerful nations is shown as a sign of this growing strength. Growing alliance with United States, Israel and more vocal stand against Pakistan and China is cited as reason for the same. Defining strength is often dictated in the ‘militaristic’ sense,[Read More…]

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The Dull Roll Of A Yatra

The Dull Roll Of A Yatra

  When BJP national president Amit Shah descended on northern Kerala recently as part of his ‘save Kerala mission’, he brought along with him a gaggle of journalists to gauge the menace of “Red-Jihadi terror” in the state. The embedded journalists looked around with rubbernecking curiosity for mass graves of RSS men killed by CPM cadres. They, however, could not[Read More…]

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Remembering Samar Sen In Centenary Year

Remembering Samar Sen In Centenary Year

I met Samar Sen only once in life in February 1980 on my first visit to Calcutta. But I knew his name from much earlier period, perhaps from 1969 or so, when I may have seen Frontier for first time at my home town Rampura Phul in Bathinda district of Punjab. I became regular reader of ‘Frontier’ from 1971, when[Read More…]

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The Poor Need Savings, Not Credit

The Poor Need Savings, Not Credit

  Managing money well begins with hanging on to what you have. This means avoiding unnecessary expenditure and then finding a safe place to store whatever money is left over. Making that choice—the choice to save rather than to consume—is the foundation of money management.” -Stuart Rutherford More than four decades ago, the idea of microcredit was born out of[Read More…]

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Kancha Ilaiah & his controversial book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu

The Assassination of Dissent, at Point-Blank Range

If I were to describe Islam in three words, there is nothing there besides sex, crime and murder. So the question for you is not whether Rohingya will stay here or the Musulman will leave here…. Now, what’s the question is that everyone is being brought here (The banner in the back reads: Drive Out Rohingya Save India Protest.… Thank[Read More…]

Why Did Hyderabad Die?

Why Did Hyderabad Die?

This is not a history but an attempt to understand what probably happened in those last years that led to the demise of Hyderabad as an independent country and its annexation by the newly independent India. It is speculation; perhaps informed speculation; I hope, intelligent speculation, but speculation nevertheless. I am not speaking chronologically or relating incidents but attempting to[Read More…]

Deendayal Upadhyaya : ‘BJP’s Gandhi’ !

Deendayal Upadhyaya : ‘BJP’s Gandhi’ !

  (Note : This article would appear in the coming issue of ‘Think India Quarterly’) ..Kovind acknowledged that “the key to India’s success is its diversity” and “our diversity is the core that makes us so unique” and ended his speech with a call to build an egalitarian society as “envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deendayal Upadhyayaji”… The Congress took[Read More…]

Integration or Assimilation?

Integration or Assimilation?

(Mohan Bhagwat’s declaration of integrating Kashmir fully into India may, on the contrary, begin the process of disintegration of India itself!) The Oxford dictionary defines “Integration” as an action to bring together different countries, blocks, units and so on for political or economic integration. The best example of the process is the European Union. The integrated countries or states retain[Read More…]

Commuters Harried by Bad Planning, Railways And Mumbai Municipal Body

Commuters Harried by Bad Planning, Railways And Mumbai Municipal Body

  The implications of the stampede which killed 23 people and injured 39 at Elphinstone road railway station in Mumbai on September 29, are larger than we have seen so far. I visited the station and surrounding area three days in the last one week and noticed that the treatment of commuters is far more inhuman than we thought. Two[Read More…]

Interrogating Our Public Health Care System

Interrogating Our Public Health Care System

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Monis Ahmad The repetition of the ghastly episode were 49 children died in Farrukhabad at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital this September is nothing but a reflection of our health inequities that is deep rooted in our public healthcare system. In all 19 children died during delivery and 30 children at the hospital’s unit for newborns,[Read More…]

Disability Rights Activist Malini Chib Gets Award

Disability Rights Activist Malini Chib Gets Award

  Many may not know that world cerebral palsy day was celebrated on Friday October 6. It is a movement of people with ‘ cerebral palsy’ and their families, and their organisations which support them in 52 countries. It’s vision is to ensure that children and adults with CP ( cerebral palsy) have same rights, accesses and opportunities as anyone[Read More…]

Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

India’s saffron wing finally seems to be losing the war in Social Media. The foothold it had achieved in social media appears to be ending. Social Media had played an important role in widening its support base among sections of the middle class and youth. It had built up a cadre of supporters ideologically in line with the saffron forces.[Read More…]

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India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul

India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul

  Microfinance — an approach to financial inclusion based on providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, and primarily women-has generated considerable enthusiasm, not just in the development community but also at political levels In the last decade and half microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India have struggled to gain legitimacy as credible institutions even though they have[Read More…]

From Mathura To Farooqui Rape Case: The Regressive Patriarchy Found its Way Back

From Mathura To Farooqui Rape Case: The Regressive Patriarchy Found its Way Back

  Way back in 1972, a tribal girl was raped in custody by two constables in Desai Ganj Police Station in Maharashtra. The Supreme Court in Tuka Ram v State of Maharashtra[1](also known as Mathura’s rape case) acquitted the two accused policemen on the ground that the victim has raised no alarm, there was no visible injury mark on her[Read More…]

India Can’t Afford To Ignore Mental Health

India Can’t Afford To Ignore Mental Health

(World Mental Health Day -10th October 2017) According to an India Spend report, the number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa. At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number will increase to a staggering 20 percent. Further, the[Read More…]

BJP + RSS Declare Holy War Against Kerala

BJP + RSS Declare Holy War Against Kerala

RSS/BJP rulers of India have finally woken up against violence! You are grossly mistaken if you believe that they are seeking forgiveness for large scale killing/raping/maiming/robbing people of the minorities specially Muslims and Christians in 1992-3 (nation-wide carnage of Muslims before and after demolition of a mosque at Ayodhya), 1998 (wide-spread violence against Christians in Gujarat), 2002 (carnage of Muslims[Read More…]

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

Institutional Investors in Indian Commodity Derivatives Market: For Whose Benefit?

  A major policy shift has been taking place in the Indian commodity derivatives market since September 2015, when the commodity regulatory body, Forward Markets Commission, was formally merged with the capital market regulator – the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). In June 2017, SEBI opened up the commodity derivatives markets to institutional investors for the first time[Read More…]

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Protest Marches Banned In Jantar Mantar! Noise Pollution or Pollution of Democratic Freedom?

Protest Marches Banned In Jantar Mantar! Noise Pollution or Pollution of Democratic Freedom?

Today when thousands marched to protect their democratic right to protest and dissent from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, the National Green Tribunal dwelt a severe blow to that freedom when it asked to immediately put a stop to all forms of protests at the Jantar Mantar because they ‘spread’ ‘noise pollution’. The court said that people living in the[Read More…]

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Of Spiritual Smugglers and Stone Capitalists

Of Spiritual Smugglers and Stone Capitalists

Keeping tabs on those murdered for their rational, questioning world views, you realise that the dead are reminders of civilizational values that have been handed down by the great dissenting traditions of thought in this sub-continent. Whether rational, agnostic, atheist, or shramanic in origin, these traditions have sustained their vigour through time, though they appear to be eclipsed by more[Read More…]

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Support Us In Making Indian Currency Accessible For The Blind

Support Us In Making Indian Currency Accessible For The Blind

How would you feel if you unknowingly give away Rs 500 note to the auto person instead of Rs 20 note and realize after he drives away? How would you live if in every monetary transaction, there is no way for you to identify the notes, coins and total amount? How would you feel if every time you want to[Read More…]

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi’s Ram Rajya Vs Pracharak Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi Free India

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi’s Ram Rajya Vs Pracharak Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi Free India

Thanks to Vice President of India for wanting to build Ram rajya of Gandhi’s dreams which will be egalitarian and non-sectarian.[i] But as a senior RSS cadre and ideologue he must share with the nation what is his take on the criminals who murdered Gandhi and claimed to have been led by the politics of Hindutva. He must also comment[Read More…]

Injustice To Justice Jayant Patel: An Attack On The Independence Of Judiciary

Injustice To Justice Jayant Patel: An Attack On The Independence Of Judiciary

The Karnataka Bar Council has called on all advocates to abstain from work on October 4 as a mark of protest against the transfer of Justice Jayant Patel, which prevented his elevation to the seat of Chief Justice of the High Court. In its protest letter to the CJI, the Council has held that the transfer exposed lack of transparency[Read More…]

Social Ethos As Basis Of Legal System

Social Ethos As Basis Of Legal System

  At the silver jubilee celebrations of the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta (Advocates) Parishad in Hyderabad, RSS chief Bhagwat cited the abuse of power during emergency as an example of immorality in our law and demanded that entire system be based on the ethos of the society rather than, assumably, jurisprudence alone. But while citing the 1975 emergency to elicit immorality[Read More…]

Impact Of Aadhaar In Welfare Programmes

Impact Of Aadhaar In Welfare Programmes

  Aadhaar, India’s ambitious biometric ID project, was portrayed as one that would enhance India’s welfare efforts by promoting inclusion and reducing corruption. From being a voluntary ID, it has become de facto compulsory for most welfare programmes such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the Public Distribution System (PDS). Despite early warnings of its limited role[Read More…]

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Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, It is many days since I wrote to you. This must have been the longest month in my life- the days since I first heard about your killing.  I should say you were very much in my thoughts as each day brought news about events and happenings in this “great” country of ours that is fast losing humane[Read More…]

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Ramdev’s Cow Urine Therapy: Indian Muslims On Trial Again

Ramdev’s Cow Urine Therapy: Indian Muslims On Trial Again

  According to press reports Ramdev Yoga guru and Patanjali founder while participating in a TV show(September 30, 2017) said cow urine should be acceptable to Muslims too as something used for treatment. He went to the extent of claiming that “It is written in Quran that cow urine can be used for treatment.” Without going into the debate whether[Read More…]

Kancha Illaih’s Ordeal A Reflection Of Creeping Fascism In India Say Indian Americans

Kancha Illaih’s Ordeal A Reflection Of Creeping Fascism In India Say Indian Americans

The Alliance for Justice And Accountability (AJA), an umbrella coalition of progressive organizations across the United States, today condemned the life-threatening attacks against renowned author and Dalit scholar Kancha Illaiah by members of the Arya Vysyas community. The attack was an attempt on the life of the outspoken political philosopher who has authored several books including “Why I am not[Read More…]

Standing For Media’s Rights In India

Standing For Media’s Rights In India

  India, largest democracy of the globe, remains a bad place for working journalists irrespective of the regimes in power at New Delhi or any province capital. The populous country witnesses the murder of around five media persons on average in a year and that has not been changed for decades. The land of Bishnu, Buddha and Bapu has however[Read More…]

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BHU Students Meet Member National Commission For Women, Assured Of Visit Of Team After Vacations

BHU Students Meet Member National Commission For Women, Assured Of Visit Of Team After Vacations

The National Commission of women will visit the BHU soon after the University opens in-order to enquire into the sexual violence incident, the police attack that happened and the false cases filed along with looking at the incidents of discrimination that the women students have complained for over two years. This was communicated to a group of BHU students by[Read More…]

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

Lokesh Sori who protested the Mahisashur vadh during Durga Puja and filed an FIR against puja committee members has been arrested. Saturday night the members of the organising committee filed an FIR against him to which the police acted quickly. His whereabouts are unknown. One source says that he has been sent to Kanker jail. Another source says that he[Read More…]

Will Supreme Court Order Rein Cow Vigilantism

Will Supreme Court Order Rein Cow Vigilantism

  When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.  -Nelson Mandela India has been bedeviled by a spate of gruesome lynchings. And at the epicenter of the country’s violent upheaval is the indolent cow which is considered sacred by Hindus .The targeted communities  have lately[Read More…]

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Leave Love Alone!

Leave Love Alone!

When renowned writer-poet Madhavikutty (rechristened Kamala Surayya at the twilight of her life following her conversion to Islam) died, she was buried as per Islamic customs. And her sons showed no qualms in standing in the front row to offer the customary final prayer to the departed soul. While it is a measure of their sublime sensibility and dignified equanimity,[Read More…]

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Petition To President Of India, From The Alumni Of BHU

Petition To President Of India, From The Alumni Of BHU

We alumni of Banaras Hindu University would like to convey to you our sense of concern about the recent developments at our alma mater namely Banaras Hindu University. Developments which have brought forward the issue of safety and security of girl students on the campus and administrations callous attitude towards it.

No-egg Diktat In West Bengal In Durga Pujo Is A Dangerous Trend Towards Cultural Homogenization In India!

No-egg Diktat In West Bengal In Durga Pujo Is A Dangerous Trend Towards Cultural Homogenization In India!

Bengalis love to eat. To eat, is to live and not the other way round, for the fish-mongering meat-cravings ‘Bongs’. If life is a journey, then food is the destination. If life is a game then food is the reward. If life is a gift then food is the fancy wrapping paper! In a word, the imagination of the Bengali[Read More…]

Crimes Against Women: The Real, Substantive Solutions

Crimes Against Women: The Real, Substantive Solutions

  The Banaras Hindu University episode of lathi-charge on students protesting against inaction of authorities at the molestation of a girl-student forces us, once again, to think where we are headed. The December 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ episode, the epic struggle of the girl for survival after the brutally inhuman assault on her and the subsequent protests leading up to the Justice[Read More…]

APPSC, IIT- Bombay Extends Solidarity To Protesting BHU Students

APPSC, IIT- Bombay Extends Solidarity To Protesting BHU Students

The Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC), IIT- Bombay strongly condemns the Banares Hindu University (BHU) administration and the Uttar Pradesh Police for the brutal lathi charge on largely women students protesting against the sexual harassment of a fellow student. In another regressive move in keeping with their Brahmanical feudal mentality, the UP administration and police have filed FIR on[Read More…]

Why Are We Silent On The Grave Threat To Prof Kancha Illaiah

Why Are We Silent On The Grave Threat To Prof Kancha Illaiah

  While it is nobody’s suggestion that India was a tolerant land some three years back and suddenly has developed the intolerance but none can deny the facts that the goons threatening intellectuals and activists have certainly become more arrogant and encouraged by the absolute ‘disinterest’ shown by those in power. In the past few years we have lost number[Read More…]

State Repression On BHU Women Students Demanding A Sexual-Violence Free Campus Is A Blot On The Constitution!

State Repression On BHU Women Students Demanding A Sexual-Violence Free Campus Is A Blot On The Constitution!

New Delhi | 26th Sep, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns the Uttar Pradesh Govt’s violent, cowardly and indefensible crack down on the young women-students led movement in the BHU campus, seeking a University space with equal rights for women and freedom from sexual harassment and violence. That the long standing and quite simple demands of the students were[Read More…]

The BHU Lathicharge: A Diagnosis

The BHU Lathicharge: A Diagnosis

The incident at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) must not be seen in isolation as they are ‘mainstream’ in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. As reported at many places the Lanka market eve teasing is famously known as ‘Lanketing’. BHU is not an oasis like JNU which is an island widely different from the culture of Delhi and Varanasi as a city[Read More…]

I Am Losing Faith: Kancha Ilaiah

I Am Losing Faith: Kancha Ilaiah

As I and Dr. Bheenaveni Ramaiah (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Osmania University), one of my relatives, my Driver narrowly missed a major murderous attack at Parakal, Bhupalpally district on 23/9/2017 by the Arya-Vysya forces at 4.45 pm. In this context, I am issuing this statement. They were about 30 and more people with big stones in their hands at the[Read More…]

Resolution On India At The Poets-Essayists-Novelists (PEN) International Congress

Resolution On India At The Poets-Essayists-Novelists (PEN) International Congress

The state of freedom of expression in India continues to deteriorate. Writers who voice dissenting viewpoints continue to be at risk for harassment and murder, and India’s defamation laws continue to be exploited by self-interested parties to prevent the publication of material that may well be in the public interest. A culture of intolerance linked to an emerging nationalist discourse[Read More…]

NDTV, Indian Express And The Relevance And Responsibility Of Mainstream Media

NDTV, Indian Express And The Relevance And Responsibility Of Mainstream Media

The Indian Express has silently withdrawn the report of sale of #NDTV. It was strange because an Express story does not come that easily to be refused. The track record of the Indian Express as far as the mainstream media is concern, is far superior and authentic to any of its contemporaries. Even today, the news stories in the Indian[Read More…]

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Indian protesters hold candles and placards during a candle light vigil to protest the killing of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh in Hyderabad, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Lankesh's killing has provoked outrage and anguish across the country, with thousands protesting what they see as an effort to silence critics of India's ruling Hindu nationalist party. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Third Letter To Gauri Lankesh….Dear Gauri, Did You Hear This?

Dear Gowri, Hope my letters are not disturbing you… but as days pass and events that disturb and confuse multiply, how can I not write  and share with you?… Please pardon me! The first 2 letters (Letter 1, Letter 2)  have had different kinds of responses…most of the readers took to the emotional aspects that it was filled with, some[Read More…]

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Young Television Journalist Killed In Tripura

Young Television Journalist Killed In Tripura

Expressing shock at the brutal murder of a young television scribe in Tripura, the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) demands a high level probe into the incident and urges the Manik Sarkar led Left government at Agartala to book the culprits under the law. The forum also reiterated its old demand for a special protection law for scribes on duty. The[Read More…]

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‘Suhi Saver’ Wins Zindabad Trust Award

Suhi Saver– a Punjab based media outlet has made a history as the Zindabad Trust started by world renowned author Arundhati Roy picked it up for the award. Shiv Inder Singh who runs Suhi Saver website that covers alternative politics in Punjab is known for his pro people journalism. Singh has widely covered issues that are generally ignored by the[Read More…]

Enmass Arrest Of Peasant Leaders Across Chhattisgarh

Enmass Arrest Of Peasant Leaders Across Chhattisgarh

Peasant movement leaders have been arrested enmass across Chhattisgarh since yesterday night. The government of Chhattisgarh is scared that peasants and farmers have been raising the voice of farmers suicide, issues of compensation of crop loss, bonus and other issues. Instead of resolving the problem the government is engaged in an enmass action against the leaders of such movement. The[Read More…]

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Threat To Kill Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd By TDP M.P T.G Venkatesh

Threat To Kill Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd By TDP M.P T.G Venkatesh

T.G. Venaktesh, an extremist Arya Vysya leader held a press conference on 18/9/2017 in a luxury hotel in Hyderabad with an extremist, conspitorial Arya Vysya team and issued a threat against me that he would kill or hang me in the streets. This person is an MP from the TDP and supposed be the richest man after Gandi Madhava Rao[Read More…]

Of Martyrdom – And Education

Of Martyrdom – And Education

A Facebook friend’s post set me thinking the other day. Her son, while memorizing an essay on the Independence Day, and reading the names of Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, the Rani of Jhansi and Mahatma Gandhi listed as martyrs, raised the query – “Gandhi died after Independence. Why, then, has he been characterized as a martyr?” The[Read More…]

Chemical Attacks In The Syrian Arab Republic

Chemical Attacks In The Syrian Arab Republic

A Synopsis of the Presentation, before a United Nations Panel in Geneva, made by Ms Niloufer Bhagwat on 18th September, 2017 The allegations directed against the Syrian Arab Republic in the recent 28 August 2017 report of what is referred to as the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic , with the word ‘ Independent’ emphasized[Read More…]

A Country Of Small Sacrifices

A Country Of Small Sacrifices

Yeh dharti hai balidaan ki. This land is of sacrifice. Yesterday PM Narendra Modi unveiled the second largest dam in the world- the Sardar Sarovar dam. This construction has been mired in controversy ever since its inception, 1961. For several years now the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has been protesting against the release of water into the dam as it[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Mr. Kiren Riiju On Rohingyas

An Open Letter To Mr. Kiren Riiju On Rohingyas

Dear Mr. Riiju, This is a letter from an ordinary citizen of India who has been working with the refugees for over two decades. I am deeply disturbed and in a way appalled to see your arguments before the parliament of India about the Rohingyas. This has definitely set the cat among the pigeons by calling them illegal immigrants and[Read More…]

The Economic And Political Weekly Is Dying

The Economic And Political Weekly Is Dying

I began my association with the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) in early 1979, when I sent a hand-written book review to Krishna Raj – my first contribution to EPW, from the field where I was collecting data for my PhD thesis. I continued my association well into 2004 – about which I had written in the EPW of May[Read More…]

Goondas Case Quashed, Thirumurugan Gandhi And Others Released

Goondas Case Quashed, Thirumurugan Gandhi And Others Released

The Chennai High court bench quashed the Goondas case on rights activists Thirumurugan Gandhi, Daison, Ilamaran and Arun Kumar today. The Activists were arrested in May for conducting a candle light vigil in Marina beach to commemorate the genocide of Eelam Tamils. Following the arrest cases under sections 147,148, 143, 188,341 and 506 [ii] IPC r/w 7[i] CLA act and[Read More…]

Celebrating Murder

Celebrating Murder

  I was not yet nine but I distinctly remember the day when for the first time I witnessed people celebrating the murder of a person. In Mangalore my home town, on 31st January 1948 members of the RSS and Hindu Mahasabha distributed sweets to celebrate the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi the previous day. There have been many more such[Read More…]

Dear  Gauri….. A Letter To Gauri Lankesh

Dear Gauri….. A Letter To Gauri Lankesh

Dear  Gauri, It is 10 days since I wrote to you…2 days ago- September 15th was the International Day of Democracy with the theme Democracy and Conflict Prevention focusing on strengthening democratic institutions to promote peace and stability through strong leadership, strengthen civic society and empower women…it goes on. Somehow this day as many other days, I miss you…want to[Read More…]

A Law Against Superstition ?

A Law Against Superstition ?

  These are really ‘bure din‘ for the spiritual gurus of India. While the likes of Ram Rahim, AsaramBapus and Rampal are cooling their heels behind bars for their not so spiritual acts, Sant Swami BhimanandJiMaharajChitrakoot Wale who is also known as “Ichadaari Baba” among his followers has also joined them for running a high profile sex racket. It was[Read More…]

Killings Are Killing Secularism In India

Killings Are Killing Secularism In India

  Gauri Lankesh was shot to death on September 5, 2017.  A consistent critic of Hindutva politics and right-wing Hindu extremism, the journalist-activist edited Gauri Lankesh Patrike her own weekly.  She was not the first.  In August 2015, Malleshappo M. Kalburgi, a noted scholar who was opposed to superstition in Hinduism, was assassinated.  Both Lankesh and Kalburgi were staunch proponents[Read More…]

The Hindutva Gimmick: Bullet Train As MOKSHA

The Hindutva Gimmick: Bullet Train As MOKSHA

  A foreign country, Japan, is helping India’s HAVES by providing loans worth almost ONE LAKH CRORE OF RUPEES to build and run BULLET TRAIN by charging interest rate of 0.1 annually and that too be paid in next FIFTY YEARS. Would RSS/BJP government of PM Modi help the distressed farmers of this very country, vast majority of them being[Read More…]

In The Name Of The Mother

In The Name Of The Mother

This documentary is on Pehlu Khan Murder and Cow vigilantes active in Haryana.

Happy Birthday Modiji

Happy Birthday Modiji

A birthday message to Prime Minister of India, prepared by Canadian Journalist Gurpreet Sing. Gurpreet Singh is a Canada- based journalist who publishes Radical Desi- a monthly magazine that covers alternative politics.

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Normalizing Terror

Normalizing Terror

We are free to choose but every choice has a price https://scroll.in/article/849804/this-photograph-of-two-murdered-teens-should-disturb-an-india-that-has-normalised-hate “Hate: It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved a single one yet.” Maya Angelou We seem to be living in times when some people appear to be bent on challenging this law of nature – that fire burns and the[Read More…]

From Aadhaar To Privacy Right: The Spin-off of The Aadhaar Controversy

From Aadhaar To Privacy Right: The Spin-off of The Aadhaar Controversy

The word “private” has the meanings: (1) belonging to a particular person (his/her own body or his/her own property), (2) not sharing thoughts or feelings with others, and (3) not connected with a person’s work or official role. From this adjective, we obtain the abstract noun “privacy”, which means “a state in which one is not watched or disturbed by[Read More…]

How Much India Care For Its Refugees?

How Much India Care For Its Refugees?

India is a home of millions of refugees and asylum seekers such as Tibetans, Afghani, Burmese, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankans and Africans. In past, Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) has applauded India’s refugee’s policy. In fact, Indian hospitality of welcoming foreigner is rooted in ancient Indian tradition of ‘Athithi Devo Bhav’ meaning Guest is (our) God. However,[Read More…]

Rahul Gandhi And Congress Need To Come Clean On 1984 To Prove Their Secular Credentials

Rahul Gandhi And Congress Need To Come Clean On 1984 To Prove Their Secular Credentials

  The Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Berkeley University has once again polarized the Hindu Right and so called secularists in the Indian politics. Gandhi was in US to address the university students where he attacked the current right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He pointed out how sectarian[Read More…]