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On GST; Concerns Over India’s Federal Structure

On GST; Concerns Over India’s Federal Structure

  India is all set to sail in its new taxation policy set out after three months of the new financial year. The move is definitely going to make a niche of its own down in history. But having said that, there are umpteen number of issues connected with its implementation in such a country as diverse as India. Still several[Read More…]

An Overview Of Nuclear Power In The Context Of Additional Capacity To Kaiga NPP

An Overview Of Nuclear Power In The Context Of Additional Capacity To Kaiga NPP

  Abstract:          The decision by the govt. of India in May 2017 to commission ten nuclear reactors of the type PHWR of 700 MW capacity each, and the other proposal to add four more reactors of the type VVER of 1,000 MW capacity each at Kudankulam NPP, has given rise to serious concerns to the communities around these projects,[Read More…]

Two Rotis And A Catapult

Two Rotis And A Catapult

  Mahesh Gurung was shot on his forehead. He died instantly leaving behind his ageing parents, his wife and an infant son. He was 26 years old. A catapult and 2 rotis were found in his knapsack. He was a Gorkha; not a terrorist; fighting for Gorkhaland; with a catapult against bullets. Six bullet holes in the pillar where he[Read More…]

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Why Minorities Have To Prove Their Nationalism All The Time?

Why Minorities Have To Prove Their Nationalism All The Time?

  It was the summer of 2010. This was my first visit to London and I couldn’t resist to go to Madam Tussaud’s famous wax museum. I wanted to see the wax statues of my favorite celebrities. I was so delighted to see them there and came back with sweet memories, but the most cherished memory was not about these[Read More…]

Modi’s India Is Sinking

Modi’s India Is Sinking

  Modi’s policies and empty promises will lead India to utter ruin. So many lynchings, protests, murders and arrests have happened this week across in India, it is hard to keep up with. In 21st century, horrendous crimes are on the rise in India. Non issues are being projected to divert attention from the daily problems with the common men.[Read More…]

Lynchistan: Another Muslim Lynched In Jharkhand

Lynchistan: Another Muslim Lynched In Jharkhand

India is really becoming a Lynchistan. A man accused of carrying beef was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on Thursday. This happened hours after Prime Minister Modi said that killing people in the name of cow protection is not acceptable. The man has been identified as Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari. He was allegedly carrying[Read More…]

The Lynch Republic

The Lynch Republic

Hafiz Junaid, Pehlu Khan, Akhlaq, Yakub Sheikh, Najeeb Ahmed- these are not just some Muslim names; these are names of the victims of hate crimes, in the newest emerging- The Lynch Republic. The vanguard of the right wing which is hell bent on enforcing Hindutva as a political agenda, is invoking the base and primeval instincts of common people by[Read More…]

Disabled And The GST

Disabled And The GST

  At the midnight hour, when the whole world slept, India woke to life and freedom in the emotional words of Nehru’. But, again, in the midnight hour, India will witness one of the most radical tax reforms – GST…! The government is ready to roll out GST from July 1 despite dissatisfaction from many quarters. One of the consequences[Read More…]

Lynching Mobs, Street Violence And Stifled Democracy 

Lynching Mobs, Street Violence And Stifled Democracy 

  A semi-starved nation can have neither religion, nor art nor organization.—M. K. Gandhi  There is no connection between mob violence and democracy. It seems that the streets of our nation today are in the reign and under the total control of lynching mobs. In this month alone (June 2017) we witnessed four gruesome lynchings— that of the 15 year[Read More…]

A Thousand Seeds Of Resistance Planted For Junaid

A Thousand Seeds Of Resistance Planted For Junaid

A thousand seeds of resistance got planted yesterday evening at Jantar Mantar, national protest site, Delhi on the blood shed by Junaid. The name Junaid in Urdu means fighter, warrior whose strength is equal to a small army. I reached Jantar Mantar at 4.30 p.m. when people had already started coming from Delhi and NCR region. The meeting was to[Read More…]

Speak Up : Why Are You Silent About Lynchistan?

Speak Up : Why Are You Silent About Lynchistan?

In this powerful two-minute video, Gurpreet Singh, India-born, Canadian journalist asks heads of governments, peace activists, academics, ‘Why are you Silent?” at the Lynchings in India, the targeting of innocents, mostly Indian Muslims, by those in power to turn India into a Hindu State. Why are you Silent? Are You waiting for More Deaths? I wont be Quiet I don’t[Read More…]

Financing Conflict In Tribal areas

Financing Conflict In Tribal areas

                                                (Balapu Santa and his family :Nawaranpur district) Balapu Santa, age 62, from village Mendra shared his struggle to get back his cultivated land .He says that the land is under cultivation for last 40 years which he has now claimed under the forest rights act 2006 like many others in the village . Though the exact area of cultivation[Read More…]

Modi’s Govt ‘stain-less’ Amidst Bloodstains On The Streets?

Modi’s Govt ‘stain-less’ Amidst Bloodstains On The Streets?

‘There are no stains on my government,’ said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the United States of America. This can only mean that the Prime Minister thinks the bloodstains of innocent Indians are not stains. In actual fact, no one can remember another time when so much blood was spilled in Indian streets. No one can remember[Read More…]

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Koodankulam: The Facts Nation Should Know

Koodankulam: The Facts Nation Should Know

When Republic TV journalists carried a so called sting operation on S.P Udayakumar, one of the leaders of the movement against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu, Koodankulam have again become in the news.  There are two allegations that people who were protesting the Koodankulam power project under the umbrella of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy is faced time[Read More…]

Rajasthan’s Neo-Nazis Shows Their Contempt For The Poor – In Yellow

Rajasthan’s Neo-Nazis Shows Their Contempt For The Poor – In Yellow

Are part of the country ruled by the rightist BJP governments going back to Nazi Germany of the late 1930s and early 1940s ? It was at that time that the fascist regime of Hitler forcibly introduced the humiliating identifying mark of the Yellow Star – called the Star of David – to be worn by all Jews in its[Read More…]

 A Thousand Flowers Should Bloom For Junaid

 A Thousand Flowers Should Bloom For Junaid

Junaid this is for you. Junaid this is to assure you that your death will not go in vain. You are a martyr for the idea of India. You are not a martyr in the conventional sense, that you laid down your life with full consciousness of what you are doing. But your life was snatched away from you in[Read More…]

An Unhappy Birthday! Need For An Alliance For Reconciliation And National Unity

An Unhappy Birthday! Need For An Alliance For Reconciliation And National Unity

  I wish to thank all the friends, well wishers who have send their greetings and messages on my birthday today. In fact, these messages started coming from yesterday and they continue to pour in. I am grateful to each one of you. I did not celebrate anything as I have been feeling suffocated with the growing situation. It was[Read More…]

Lynching of Muslim Youth-Junaid

Lynching of Muslim Youth-Junaid

New Delhi | 26th June: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) is shocked and horrified by the gruesome murder of sixteen year old Junaid Khan in running train enroute to Mathura from Delhi on 22nd June. This happened in public view inside a train where ordinary people were travelling to their respective destinations. Junaid and his three brothers were returning[Read More…]

A Few Letters From The Spring Thunder-Time

A Few Letters From The Spring Thunder-Time

  Sudeb, a young revolutionary walking along the path of proletarian revolution, was shot at and beaten to death by jotedar’s [owner of a large farm landholding or a de facto sub-proprietor, often with land leased out to sharecroppers] henchmen at Keshpur, Midnapur in June 1970, said press reports. Sudeb’s father wrote: “Let no other father face the terrible task[Read More…]

India Proves George Orwell right

India Proves George Orwell right

  When George Orwell published his famous novel “1984” in 1949, he wouldn’t have imagined how his fiction will be turned into a reality in the country of his birth only three decades later. Orwell was born on June 25, 1903 in British India in the state of Bihar. His father was a civil servant posted with the Opium Department.[Read More…]

Future Shock: Imagining India

Future Shock: Imagining India

What might a future India look like? If current policies continue, it could mean dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. It could also mean hundreds of millions of former rural dwellers without any work and thus anywhere decent to live in these cities. And what[Read More…]

 Why Money Lenders Still Rule The Farm Lands

 Why Money Lenders Still Rule The Farm Lands

  While the government is set to forgive billions of dollars of loans of farmers, the actually distressed class among them will have no respite from their misery .They owe their debts to moneylenders whereas the government waiver applies only to formal credit. Almost every farmer in India’s massive rural swathes is tethered, in one way or another, to the sahukar, the[Read More…]

The Method In Madness And The Case Of Adarsha Vidyalayas In Assam

The Method In Madness And The Case Of Adarsha Vidyalayas In Assam

Statement by Delhi Action Committee for Assam In an unconstitutional and discriminatory move, the Education Department of the Assam government has recently come up with a notification that bars candidates who have studied in the vernacular medium from appearing for the Special Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) for Graduate Teachers in the Adarsha Vidyalayas in Assam. The advertisement No. RMSA/Special TET/842/2017/2[Read More…]

Which Interests Will Benefit From The Beef Ban?

Which Interests Will Benefit From The Beef Ban?

No one could accuse the present Government of a lack of a sense of drama. The last few months in particular have witnessed one spectacular move after another – so completely unexpected that they have caught even the Government’s diehard supporters gasping. And each manoeuvre has led to a trail of shrill debates, speculations, analyses, protests, jubilation as to the[Read More…]

Cricket Nationalism

Cricket Nationalism

The game of cricket is the most popular sport in India. It evokes a variety of emotions among the audiences – from extreme forms of happiness, excitement to disappointment. Based on audience connect with the teams, these extreme forms of expressions are at display. From an era where international cricket (between nations) was the most popular, a shift has occurred[Read More…]

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India- That What We Make It

India- That What We Make It

Zafar Hussein The Madhya Pradesh police has very magnanimously withdrawn the sedition charges against 15 men for allegedly celebrating the victory of the Pakistan cricket team over Team India in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. The men have now instead been booked under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, for disturbing communal harmony. As profoundly unbelievable as[Read More…]

“Cowistan” And “Kaliban”!

“Cowistan” And “Kaliban”!

    (RSS through the ruling BJP is aiming to turn the Great Republic of India into a “Cowistan” with the help of their Gau Rakhshaks who are India’s “Kaliban”!) The obsessive protection of the cow and the subsequent attacks on people having various professional activities connected with it especially the Muslim minorities and the Dalits have created a piquant[Read More…]

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Dr. S P Udayakumar Moves Press Council Of India Against Harassment By Republic TV

Dr. S P Udayakumar Moves Press Council Of India Against Harassment By Republic TV

Dr. S P Udayakumar files a complaint with the press council of India against the harassment meted out to him and his family by Republic TV and it’s reporters.

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Open Letter To Ramnath Kovind Ji

Open Letter To Ramnath Kovind Ji

Respected Ramnath Kovind ji, Namaskar, I must congratulate you for being chosen as presidential candidate of the Indian Republic by BJP. It is heartening to note that you have been chosen, to quote BJP president Mr. Amit Shahji, for being “a Dalit who has struggled in life to reach the position he is in today.”In the forthcoming presidential elections your[Read More…]

Denial Of Interim Bail To Justice C.S. Karnan – Are We Back To The Internal Emergency Era, 1975-77?

Denial Of Interim Bail To Justice C.S. Karnan – Are We Back To The Internal Emergency Era, 1975-77?

  Justice C. S. Karnan on being arrested on 20 June, 2017 moved the Supreme Court seeking bail and suspension of six months sentence awarded to him on 9 May, 2017. The vacation bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice D.Y Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today (i.e. 21 June, 2017) said: “We can’t suspend the sentence as[Read More…]

A Grain of Truth: RCEP And The Corporate Hijack Of Indian Agriculture

A Grain of Truth: RCEP And The Corporate Hijack Of Indian Agriculture

The plight of farmers in India has been well documented. A combination of debt, economic liberalisation, subsidised imports, rising input costs and a shift to cash crops (including GM cotton) has caused massive financial distress. Over 300,000 (perhaps closer to 400,000) have taken their lives over the last 20 years. From the effects of the Green Revolution (degraded soils, falling[Read More…]

From Holy Cow To Human Shield, A New India Rises

From Holy Cow To Human Shield, A New India Rises

Unlike their Western neighbour, Indians have managed to keep the Army strictly away from politics — and vice versa. Indeed, if the country has been a vibrant, multicultural democracy, the credit goes to the nation’s early leadership as well as the Army and the stability it has provided all these years by remain strictly apolitical and neutral. That seems to[Read More…]

Army  Top  Brass  Who  Talk  Through  Their  Caps

Army  Top  Brass  Who  Talk  Through  Their  Caps

  The  well-known  social  scientist  and  historian,    Partha   Chatterjee  (in  his  article  ‘In  Kashmir,  India  is  witnessing  Its  General  Dyer’   that  came  out  on  the  news  portal  The  Wire  some  time  ago) ,  is  receiving  more  hate-mails  than  accolades,  judging  by  the  responses  carried  by  that  website.  This  is  expected,  given  the  militaristic  jingoism  that  has  been  generated  by  the [Read More…]

Banned Documentaries Screened In Trivandrum, Watch Them Here Too

Banned Documentaries Screened In Trivandrum, Watch Them Here Too

Three documentaries which were denied permission to be screened in the tenth edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) were screened in a parallel event in Trivandrum. The parallel screening was organized by the Fraternity Movement. “The Unbearable Being of Lightness” directed by P.N. Ramachandra based on the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, “March[Read More…]

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CPI(ML) Activist Zafar Lynched To Death In Rajasthan For Resisting Photography And Videography Of Women Defecating In Open

CPI(ML) Activist Zafar Lynched To Death In Rajasthan For Resisting Photography And Videography Of Women Defecating In Open

Early in the morning on 16 June 2017, Comrade Zafar Hussein, an activist of CPI(ML) in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, was kicked, punched and beaten to death by karamcharis of the nagarpalika (municipality) at the instigation of Nagar Parishad commissioner Ashok Jain when he resisted their attempts to take photographs and videos of poor women from the Bagwasa Kachi basti who were[Read More…]

CM, Gujarat Announces The Closure Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Gates

CM, Gujarat Announces The Closure Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Gates

The shocking statement by the chief minister of Gujarat has sent waves across the Narmada Valley. The level of falsehood involved in the decision taken by NCA on the closure of Sardar Sarovar gates is unprecedented. It is as per news, the decision taken by all the states concerned that since the Resettlement and Rehabilitation of the Project Affected Families[Read More…]

From Naxals To Taxals

From Naxals To Taxals

An understanding of the political shift of communist revolutionaries into Sikh activists and its relevance today As we mark fifty years of the Naxalbari uprising, there is a need to revisit the circumstances that led to the transformation of ultra leftists to Sikh activists in Punjab to understand the relationship between the current Maoist insurgency in India and other nationality[Read More…]

Three Years of Modi Raj: Enforcing Gujrat Model Of development On India

Three Years of Modi Raj: Enforcing Gujrat Model Of development On India

On May 26, three years back after a landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections in 2014, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed government at Delhi. NDA is coalition of political parties in India led by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). At present the coalition of political parties comprises about 47 political parties which include both regional and national political parties[i]. It is not[Read More…]

Unfurl The Tricolour And Say India Will Not Become ‘Cowistan’,  ‘Kaliban’ Will Not Rule Us

Unfurl The Tricolour And Say India Will Not Become ‘Cowistan’,  ‘Kaliban’ Will Not Rule Us

When I was in school we used to say a pledge in the morning assembly. It began this way, “India is my country. All Indians are my brothers and sisters….”. This was the India we dreamed of when we were children. But, is this the India we are living now? Distressing news are coming from all around India. From Kashmir[Read More…]

A Suggestion For A Single Point Anti-Incumbency Manifesto For 2019 Against The BJP

A Suggestion For A Single Point Anti-Incumbency Manifesto For 2019 Against The BJP

  Here is my suggestion for a Single Point Anti-Incumbency Manifesto for 2019 against the BJP for the Grand Coalition of Socialist and Communist Parties. 95% of Indians are agricultural labourers, cultivators and other landless labourers in the informal economy, and outside of the tax regime in India. We depend above all for our survival with dignity on the availability[Read More…]

Freedom, Diversity And Representations In Universities

Freedom, Diversity And Representations In Universities

The present crisis of respecting the viewpoints of diverse group in the higher education system in India questions the idea of freedom.The examples such as ‘the barricading of Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU), ‘Freedom Square’ sometime back showed that freedom to protest and offer resistance to the despotic policies are not only discouraged but are embarrassing to the university administration. However,[Read More…]

Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

A fellow at the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) in London, Tim Worstall recently argued on the Forbes website that India’s farmers should be allowed to go bust because that is how economic development works. Arguing that loan waivers and support price guarantees for farmers help to undermine India’s growth and prosperity, he stated that farmers should go and do something that is more productive

Hatred For Gandhi Is A Fundamental Element Of Hindutva Discourse

Hatred For Gandhi Is A Fundamental Element Of Hindutva Discourse

[Amit Shah on Gandhi:“bahut chatur baniya tha woh”] Amit Shah is no ordinary Indian ruler. He is president of the BJP which rules Centre and majority of the Indian States. Most importantly, he is the other half of our PM, Modi, they together rule as the most powerful duo ever to rule India after Independence. Additionally, he is a senior[Read More…]

India: Time To Act And React

India: Time To Act And React

  In less than two years time, India might witness another general election which will be polarised more than ever. The hindutva forces have already started the required ground work. Presidential election The major show of battle will start with the election of president next month. The BJP is aware that it’s first litmus test is the election of a[Read More…]

The Situation Of Farmers Appalling In Mandasur

The Situation Of Farmers Appalling In Mandasur

New Delhi | June 13, 2017: Following a call given by Jai Kisan Andonlan of Swaraj Abhiyan, NAPM, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti of MP, Bandhua Mukti Morcha and several farmer organisations, a delegation of their representatives went to visit Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh where 7 farmers were killed in a police firing on 6th of June. The delegation comprised about 25[Read More…]

Democracy Means Controlling The Bank

Democracy Means Controlling The Bank

  Every day in the papers we are reading about the impacts of the starvation politics of demonetisation by the BJP on agricultual labourers, cultivators and other agricultural workers. During my years long study of the social, political and economic implications of man-made climate change, I found obviously that economists looked into the economic implications, politicians study the political implications,[Read More…]

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Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district on Tuesday.  At least five farmers were killed and four others injured in firing by police on farmers, who have been protesting for a week demanding loan waiver and fair price for their produce. PTI Photo  (PTI6_6_2017_000193B)

Peasantry Will Organise Protest Day Across The Country On 16th June

The core committee of the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan met today and discussed the ongoing farmers agitation in the country. It condemned the highhandedness of the Madhya Pradesh government and resulting death of six farmers. It expressed concern and demanded that the witch-hunt and vilification of the farmers protests stop immediately and cases against the farmers and their leaders in Maharashtra[Read More…]

Corbyn Teaches To Embrace Change We Need

Corbyn Teaches To Embrace Change We Need

The shocking election result in the United Kingdom – the Conservatives losing their majority and the creation of a hung Parliament; and Jeremy Corbyn being more successful than any recent Labor candidate – cutting a 20 point Theresa May lead down to a near tie – gives hope to many that the global shift to the right, fueled by the failures of governments to meet the basic needs of their population and growing economic insecurity, may be ending.

Myth Of Free-Media In India

Myth Of Free-Media In India

  Press Club of India is normally an empty space unless a few of those, who don’t have enough resources to pay at the India International Center or India Habitat Center or some Five Star hotels, do organize some events of public concern, but this week, it has a galaxy of journalists who might have forgotten the address of the[Read More…]

Rahul Gandhi: Please Undertake A Padyatra From Kashmir To Kanyakumari

Rahul Gandhi: Please Undertake A Padyatra From Kashmir To Kanyakumari

Please come out strongly against this illegal ban on cattle slaughter. Kindly translate your verbal assurances to concrete actions. Undertake a padyatra from Kashmir to Kanyakumari against the illegal, divisive law and uphold the secular value that the Congress professes.

Panaji: BJP President Amit Shah address BJP supporters in Panaji, Goa on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI8_20_2016_000228A)

Amit Shah On Gandhi: Is It Freedom Of Speech?

  Amit Shah calling Gandhi a ‘chatur bania’ is all over the papers. Do you think his speech is offensive, even provocative, nay seditious? Has he crossed a certain line that pushes one into the ‘reasonable restrictions’ on Freedom of Speech Article 19a? Should he be booked under IPC Section 292 for morally corrupting and obscene speech? To find some[Read More…]

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Beef Ban: Playing With Fire

There is no doubt the government of India has attempted to prohibit through the backdoor, beef consumption across the country through new rules made under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The rules per se do not explicitly ban cattle slaughter or beef consumption, but they ban the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter in cattle markets,[Read More…]

Rahul Gandhi Must Back Up His Words With Deeds

Rahul Gandhi Must Back Up His Words With Deeds

The Economic Times reported that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi told party leaders from minority communities in Karnataka to be prepared for polarisation efforts by the BJP in the run-up to the 2018 assembly polls. According to the report he said “We need to be ready to take on polarisation of Hindu votes in the upcoming elections.Let us be very[Read More…]

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

Anti-Corruption Is Not An Economic Policy Though The BJP And the INC Would Like You To Think So

  Economic, Ecological and Agricultural Science Illiteracy of Elites Having already been investigated by the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate, we now get news that NDTV, one of the most viewed nation-wide news channels of India, is again being investigated, this time by the Central Bureau of Investigation. A First Information Report has been filed by or on[Read More…]

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Oppose Emergency Era Attempt To Crush Media Independence!

Oppose Emergency Era Attempt To Crush Media Independence!

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties strongly condemns the raids by the CBI on 5th June 2017 on the residence and offices of Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, co-founders of NDTV. While it is a declared position of PUCL that under our Constitutional scheme, the rule of law is supreme and no individual or institution is above the[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.

India’s Healthcare System Needs An Overhaul

A report published by Forbes on 11 September 2014 still stands true as not much has changed in the access to healthcare in India. According to World Health Organization’s 2000 World Health Report ranking India’s healthcare system at 112 out of 190 countries. The below paragraph is based on a friend’s recent experience when he was spending time and energy for the treatment of his[Read More…]

Gujarat Police Bruatality Against Narmada Bachao Andolan

Gujarat Police Bruatality Against Narmada Bachao Andolan

Badwani | June 09, 2017: The statement issued and published today by the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Nitin Patel, followed the totally undemocratic and unexpected arrest and attack on the children participating in the peaceful rally of Sardar Sarovar oustees with supporters from across the country, on the border of MP and Gujrat (on 7th June 2017). One[Read More…]

India’s Elites Are Hypocrites No Matter What Political Party They Are In

India’s Elites Are Hypocrites No Matter What Political Party They Are In

  Today we were treated to a story in a national newspaper in India that gave a heart-rending list of damning statistics about the sorry plight of India’s Scheduled Tribes, written by none other than Varun Gandhi. Gandhi, a Bharatya Janata Party Member of Parliament and accused under the Representation of People Act 1951 of illegally appealing to religion in[Read More…]

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There Is An Alternative: A Story From Kerala

There Is An Alternative: A Story From Kerala

  In a historical first, the government of a state has absolutely ‘shocked’ Indian democracy by submitting its progress report for public evaluation on completion of the first year of its tenure. Unsurprisingly, this ray of change comes from Kerala where the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government is winding up its glorious first year with glittering achievements. The[Read More…]

Gujarat Police Arrest Medha Patkar, Prafulla Samantara, Dr. Sunilam And 60 Others

Gujarat Police Arrest Medha Patkar, Prafulla Samantara, Dr. Sunilam And 60 Others

Gujarat | June 07, 2017: Around 2 PM, Gujarat Police arrested well known social activist Medha Patkar, noted Goldman Environmental Prize 2017 winner Prafulla Samantara, Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava, Madhuresh Kumar, Himshi Singh, supporters from Gujarat and approximately 60 more people at Gujarat Border in Chhota Udaipur district. People of Narmada Valley are not going to succumb to any Govt.[Read More…]

As Farmers Fight Back In India, Where Are We Headed?

As Farmers Fight Back In India, Where Are We Headed?

I have a facebook group. It is called “Life in India is cheap, Damn cheap”. I started the group after seeing the death stunts of a circus group without any protection gears in  a local festival. Yes, hundreds of thousands of lives in India are lost which could have been prevented if government took proper measures to tackle it. As[Read More…]

Questions To The Chief Justice of India on Justice C.S. Karnan’s Imprisonment Order

Questions To The Chief Justice of India on Justice C.S. Karnan’s Imprisonment Order

Sir, The seven judge Constitution Bench – which sentenced Justice C.S. Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court through its order dated 9 May, 2017 states “Detailed order to follow”. Though thirty days have elapsed why has the detailed order not been made public till date through the Supreme Court’s official website(s) both old and new? We have[Read More…]

Thousands Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Oustees Pledge To Struggle Against Forceful Eviction

Thousands Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Oustees Pledge To Struggle Against Forceful Eviction

Nisarpur, Madhya Pradesh | June 06, 2017: Thousands of Sardar Sarovar dam oustees gathered today for ‘Aam Sabha’ (general assembly) in the submergence zone village of Nisarpur as part of the 3-day Rally for the Valley that kicked off from Indore yesterday. Hundreds of students, activists, artists from all over India and affected-people from other destructive developments projects joined hands[Read More…]

Nuclear Power Plant In Gujarat Shifted To AP, Agitators Say ‘Not Here, Not Anywhere’

Nuclear Power Plant In Gujarat Shifted To AP, Agitators Say ‘Not Here, Not Anywhere’

The Centre has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that the 6,000 MW nuclear power plant proposed at Mithivirdi in Gujarat will be shifted to Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh due to delay in land acquisition for the project. After the Centre’s submission, the NGT bench, consisting of judicial member U D Salvi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee, disposed of a[Read More…]

Five Farmers Demanding Fair Prices And Loan Waivers Killed In Police Firing In Madhya Pradesh

Five Farmers Demanding Fair Prices And Loan Waivers Killed In Police Firing In Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi | June 06, 2017: Today afternoon, police forces opened fire at the protesting farmers in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. As per reports, five farmers killed and many left injured in the attack by police officials. The farmers have been on strike from June 1 to June 10 demanding loan waivers and fair prices for their produce. NAPM[Read More…]

Bhindranwale To Bal Thackrey: Indian State Exposes Its Hypocrisy In Dealing With Two Extremes

Bhindranwale To Bal Thackrey: Indian State Exposes Its Hypocrisy In Dealing With Two Extremes

  This month marks thirty three years of the death of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale – a fiery Sikh preacher who was accused by the Indian state of being involved in terrorist activities. He died fighting against the Indian army at the Golden Temple Complex, the holiest Sikh shrine of the Sikhs that was turned into a battlefield in June 1984.[Read More…]

The Dreamer Begins His New Journey: A Tribute To M C Raj

The Dreamer Begins His New Journey: A Tribute To M C Raj

It is difficult to believe that M C Raj is gone. We knew that  he was suffering from Cancer, however we  felt that he would overcome. M C Raj, the dreamer, intellectual and weaver of word is no more. He passed away in Banglore this  morning leaving behind a family as well as all those who cherished his vision and[Read More…]

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Cow And Hindutva: Myths And Facts

The Hindutva juggernaut which rode on with Ram, love jihaad and ghar wapsi on top of it, is riding with cow this time. There have been countless incidents of lynching, maiming and robbing of Muslims and Dalits in the name of saving holy cows. It is to be noted that there are large number of such attacks which go unreported.[Read More…]

Who ‘Loves’ Mob Violence ? Unfolding Hindu Rashtra In Slow Motion

Who ‘Loves’ Mob Violence ? Unfolding Hindu Rashtra In Slow Motion

  Jaipur — Rajasthan State Commission for Minorities has sought a factual report on a video that went viral on Thursday showing four Sikh men purportedly beaten up by local residents of Chainpura in Ajmer district.The 51-second video shows four members of Sikh community being abused and thrashed by a mob as people witnessing the incident filmed the entire episode…..three[Read More…]

Higher Education In India: License To Loot

Higher Education In India: License To Loot

University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted a new set of regulations/ guidelines and released it inviting feedback from public. (http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/9837591_Public-Notice-regarding-draft-Regulations-and-Guidelines.pdf ) These regulations/ guidelines are going to have profound impact on the higher education in the country and are in fact an extension of the thrust towards the assault on the public higher education and the attempts towards creating avenues[Read More…]

Wake Up: India Is Changing Faster Than We Can Imagine

Wake Up: India Is Changing Faster Than We Can Imagine

Ever since the Rajasthan High Court judge made public, his suggestions on declaring the cow, the national animal of India solely based on his inner voice and also went a step further to enlighten us on his knowledge of the non-existence of sexual intercourse between peacocks and peahens, social media is in a frenzy with memes and jokes on the[Read More…]

‘Beef Ban’ Protesters Arrested In Bangalore

‘Beef Ban’ Protesters Arrested In Bangalore

Around 25 people protesting the ‘beef ban’ in Bangalore were arrested and put under police custody today. About 500 people marching towards the Bangalore town hall were stopped by the police and at least 25 were arrested. Jagdish Chandra , New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) , Balan (AICCTU) ,Shankar (Politburo member, CPIML), Narasimha Murthy ( Human Rights Defender) Rajan Chinnaiah (Karnatak[Read More…]

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The Reason That I, A US Citizen, Stand Against The India Beef Ban

The Reason That I, A US Citizen, Stand Against The India Beef Ban

The reason that I care about this food issue, although I personally can eat beef any day of the week that I may please since I live in the USA, is really simple. It ultimately goes back to the underlying theme of this poem: “First they came …” is a poem written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It[Read More…]

Narmada Valley On High Alert

Narmada Valley On High Alert

At least 40,000 policemen and women, if needed the army, is on alert and will be pulled in for forcible eviction of thousands of families whose list is announced through the extraordinary gazette notification issued by the Government of M.P., dated 27.05.2017, which is in the public domain, listing the names of 18,346 families. Various government officials are continuously moving[Read More…]

Indian Peasants Cry For Justice

Indian Peasants Cry For Justice

  India is now the world’s fastest-growing major economy, but years of drought and a failure to create jobs for a burgeoning young population has left millions of rural Indians struggling. India’s   120 million farmers are considered e the backbone of the country’s food security but disillusionment runs through almost entire rural India. Farming remains the country’s dark spot and[Read More…]

CPDR Condemns Attack On A Scholar Of IIT Madras

CPDR Condemns Attack On A Scholar Of IIT Madras

Last week, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has issued an anti-constitutional gazette notification– Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 –banning cattle slaughter and introduced severe restrictions on the sale of cattle to prevent their killing. The order applicable to the whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, says that[Read More…]

Brutal Attack On IIT Madras Students Protesting Beef Ban 

Brutal Attack On IIT Madras Students Protesting Beef Ban 

This is a brief account of what happened in the IIT Madras campus in the last two days. The central govt’s notification was a matter of serious discussion amongst students. On Sunday a group of students initiated the idea of holding a discussion on the issue, where cooked beef was also distributed. We shared the invite of the festival in[Read More…]

Time For Left And Secular Forces To Step Forward To Fight Fascism In India

Time For Left And Secular Forces To Step Forward To Fight Fascism In India

The problem with our left and secular forces is that they don’t take the warnings of the communal fascists seriously and respond to such situations in a timely manner’ with consistency’. Before every disaster created by the communal fascists, proper signals are given. But yettimely’ and consistent’ responses are rarely undertaken by the left and secular forces. This is where[Read More…]

Peace Is The Plot

Peace Is The Plot

If you love peace, you need to see the channel Republic. You can’t always wait for peace. At times, you have to earn it. Fish it out of the madness which surrounds you all the time. There can be no two opinions on peace, just like you can’t have two suns or two moons. But peace is not about suns[Read More…]

India’s Cyber Vulnerability And PSUs: Government Must Retain Control Of Critical Sectors

India’s Cyber Vulnerability And PSUs: Government Must Retain Control Of Critical Sectors

  Ransomware worm WannaCry struck at and crippled UK’s National Health Scheme, causing a national emergency of sorts. The operations systems of British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France were targets of cyber attack on passenger handling, causing economic loss but fortunately no accident. All this is cause for concern in India, because of India’s huge vulnerability to cyber attack. Now[Read More…]

Beef Ban And The Fascist Assault On Society

Beef Ban And The Fascist Assault On Society

I wish the people in India the best of good fortune in this alarming situation taking place in India so as to end beef farming, the beef industry overall and beef consumption. What will the central government start to dictate next? Will it be clothing styles, lack of public schools for girls or people of lower castes, the diet that[Read More…]

India’s Beef Ban: Pinarayi Vijayan Must Stand Up To Lead

India’s Beef Ban: Pinarayi Vijayan Must Stand Up To Lead

The new rule notified under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act of 1960 banning cattle trade across India is clear encroachment of states’ rights. It will end federalism and will be a death knell for farmers. It is a virtual beef ban across India and also will destroy the livelihood of millions of farmers. The states have to[Read More…]

Human Rights Defender Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested

Human Rights Defender Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested

Human Rights defender Thirumurugan Gandhi has been arrested under the notorious Goonda Act by the Tamil Nadu police, for being part of the Candle Light Vigil that was held in Marina Beach on 21st May, in remembrance of the Genocidal War against Tamils in Sri Lanka which killed at least 150,000 Tamil civilians. There was a police action against the protest[Read More…]

With All Chips Down, Modi Tries Selling A Swadeshi Nuclear Dream To India

With All Chips Down, Modi Tries Selling A Swadeshi Nuclear Dream To India

The recent announcement that India will build 10 new Nuclear reactors took observers by surprise. In technical terms, India will set up ten new pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) which are indigenous. Purely from a scientific point of view, this is utter nonsense because of India’s complete lack of experience with this type of reactor. But this article is not[Read More…]

At The Mercy Of Rain Gods

At The Mercy Of Rain Gods

  Farmers in India do a lot of talking about the weather—especially, it seems, when there is no weather in sight. During the month of May, when the land heats up like a furnace and most fields lie fallow, when wells have run dry and the sun taunts from its broiling perch in a cloudless sky, there is no topic[Read More…]

Indian Establishment Acted As ‘Military State’ Under KPS Gill In Punjab

Indian Establishment Acted As ‘Military State’ Under KPS Gill In Punjab

  India’s most decorated and retired police officer Julio Ribeiro remembered KPS Gill, former Police chief of Punjab, who breathed his last in Delhi yesterday (May 26,2017) as ‘the best operations officer ..who ended Khalistani terror.… who hunted terrorists down single-mindedly with spectacular success’. Naturally, Ribeiro was supposed to give such tribute to his departed colleague who was second to[Read More…]

RSS Controlled Garbh Vigyan Sanskar In pursuit Of “Master Race”

RSS Controlled Garbh Vigyan Sanskar In pursuit Of “Master Race”

  The RSS agenda of Hindu Rashtra draws heavily on the superiority of Aryan race and greatness of Brahmanical values. The ideology constructed by this organisation tells us that Aryans are a superior race. The whole foundation of the concept of Hindu nation as the teacher-leader of the World derives from twin and inseparable notions of the racial theory, promoted[Read More…]

KPS Gill to Kalluri : How Barbarity Has Been Patronized By Majoritarian Democracy

KPS Gill to Kalluri : How Barbarity Has Been Patronized By Majoritarian Democracy

  “Anti terror law does not apply on those involved in Gujarat riots.” This was stated by the former Punjab Police Chief K.P.S. Gill in response to a question on anti Muslim pogrom engineered by the Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. Gill- who passed away on May 26 is often[Read More…]

Cattle Sale Restriction: A Death Blow To India’s Farmers And Federalism

Cattle Sale Restriction: A Death Blow To India’s Farmers And Federalism

On the third anniversary of Narendra Modi government, the government of India dealt a death blow to Indian farmers and its federal structure by bringing severe restrictions on cattle trade, virtually enforcing a cow slaughter ban across India. The new rule was issued by the ministry of environment. The environment ministry’s eight-page rule also bans setting of animal markets within[Read More…]

Breaking The Poverty Cycle

Breaking The Poverty Cycle

  An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. ― Plutarch It has been said that women who are closest to the world’s most pressing issues are best placed to solve them. Women are economic factors: They produce and process food for the family; they are the primary caretakers of children, the[Read More…]

Past And Future: Evaluating Three Years Of Modi Raj

Past And Future: Evaluating Three Years Of Modi Raj

Narendra Modi government is completing three years of its rule tomorrow. It’s time to take stock of the government and the governance. Though three years in a span of seventy years of Independent India is not much, there are some important issues that should be discussed which may provide guidelines for the future. Rise of The Right Since the first[Read More…]

Countering The Fake News Industry

Countering The Fake News Industry

While fake news industry has existed in some form or other in the past too, the rise of BJP into power has coincided with the disproportionate growth of fake news industry. What makes it alarming is these fake news sites are closely connected to BJP IT cell. They are on a continuous run to produce fake news which is used[Read More…]

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Why Is Saharanpur Burning?

Why Is Saharanpur Burning?

  Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh is on the boil for over one months as the Thakurs who are also known as Kshatriyas or Rajputs have been engaged in violent attacks on the Dalits in which several people have been killed, several other injured and houses burnt in village Shabbirpur. Western Uttar Pradesh is a very fertile land of powerful[Read More…]

Naxalbari May 25, 1967: A tribute

Naxalbari May 25, 1967: A tribute

  Naxalbari is still alive. Half a century has passed, yet the struggle is as bright as the crimson sun. Naxalbari is alive in the politics of people. The politics of dominating classes with all its power, and after so many years, is still failing to ignore Naxalbari, now, name of a politics, and has failed to wipe out Naxalbari[Read More…]

Enforcing Monolingualism, Endangering Multilingualism

Enforcing Monolingualism, Endangering Multilingualism

Every language is an asset; it carries the wisdom of elders, history, and memories. Based on the rich linguistic diversity and multilingualism, accommodating 1652 mother tongues, India has been called as a ‘sociolinguistic area.’In the November 2006, deliveringthe inaugural speech at the 28thAll India Conference of Linguists, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Prof. U N Singh [the then director of the[Read More…]

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Vizhinjam sea port being constructed by Adani Ports and SEZ Private Limited has run into rough weather as the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report has found that the  unfavourable conditions in the concession agreement of the project have gone against the interests of the Kerala State government.  The CAG  report says that the standard concession period for PPP[Read More…]

India Needs To Focus On Its Development Warriors

India Needs To Focus On Its Development Warriors

  India spends more on programmes for the poor than most developing countries, but is not getting  the expected dividends that significant public expenditure would seem to warrant, and the needs of important population groups still  remain  partly addressed. This   has been haunting  social scientists and policy makers . India has ranked a lowly 131 among the 188 countries surveyed for[Read More…]

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

The KNNPP is a technological hoax, an abominable goof-up. The dogged determination to have commissioned it shows that the authorities is mortgaged to alien corporate interests reminding us of Andrew Undershaft in George Bernard Shaw, “Well, I am a millionaire and that is my religion”.

Happiness In The (Un)Real World, (Un)Happiness In The Real World

Happiness In The (Un)Real World, (Un)Happiness In The Real World

In a first in India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) has set up an “Anand Mantralaya” (Ministry of Happiness) with the Chief Minister himself in charge, and a “Rajya Anand Sansthan” (State Institute of Happiness), headed by a CEO. [“Madhya Pradesh to devise Happiness Index”; http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/madhya-pradesh-to-devise-happiness-index/article18516488.ece; The Hindu, Bengaluru; 21 May 2017]. Without in any manner belittling the initiative[Read More…]

Lynchdia: The New India

Lynchdia: The New India

Pete and Laura, old friends from Derby were visiting. They were here for a month and wanted to go around and discover the land of Buddha. “We want to go to Agra and see the Taj Mahal”, she said with a mouthful of English accent. “Hmm…Taj Mahal? That’s in Uttar Pradesh, nearer to Dadri where Akhlaq was lynched.” “And then[Read More…]

The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

Articles published in the mainstream media continue to damn Justice Karnan. Permit us to refer to one such article titled “SC right in convicting Karnan, wrong in gagging him, media” (The Times of India, 15.05.2017). The writer Dhananjay Mahapatra, associate editor with The Times of India, has spent about twenty seven years in journalism, twenty two of which have been on legal beat.

The Method And The Manner of Punishing Justice Karnan Raises Questions of Law of Great Public Importance

The Method And The Manner of Punishing Justice Karnan Raises Questions of Law of Great Public Importance

  Commanding respect and not demanding is the central virtue of Courts administering justice. Supreme Court of India, being the Apex Court of the land has a constitutional responsibility to set an example in cultivating such a virtue. The method and the manner in which a sitting judge of Calcutta High Court Sri Justice C.S.Karnan has been convicted for contempt[Read More…]

RSS Rolls On Nazi Racist Project Of Producing ‘Aryan’ Babies In India

RSS Rolls On Nazi Racist Project Of Producing ‘Aryan’ Babies In India

  According to press reports, one of the RSS offshoots, Garbh Vigyan Sanskar (Uterus Science Culture), following the Vedic preaching and post-World War II experiments in Germany, is conducting live trials in many parts of India for producing ‘fair’ and ‘tall’ ‘customised’ babies. According to Dr. Hitesh Jani, convenor of Arogya Bharati, another outfit of RSS which is part of the[Read More…]

Sardar Sarovar Dam Affected People Are Being Threatened Of Brutal Eviction

Sardar Sarovar Dam Affected People Are Being Threatened Of Brutal Eviction

After almost 32 years of struggle, lakhs of people in the Narmada valley to be affected by Sardar Sarovar, are being threatened of brutal eviction. The government of M.P has begun sending its emissaries to convey to the farmers, labourers and all inhabitants of the valley that they will have to move out of their homes and hearths, their farms[Read More…]

Resist Mamta Banerjee’s Goonda Raj in West Bengal

Resist Mamta Banerjee’s Goonda Raj in West Bengal

Soon after the massive Raj Bhavan march on 8th May, the goonda bahini of ex MLA of TMC, Arabul Islam, supported by the police are engaged in all nefarious moves to errorize and attack the people  violating the assurances given by the DM on 19th April to the delegation which met him. He had assured that the villagers going outside[Read More…]

Supreme Court Gags The Entire Press Around Justice Karnan: Worse Than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency of 1975-76

Supreme Court Gags The Entire Press Around Justice Karnan: Worse Than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency of 1975-76

Co-Written by Chitta Ranjan Behera & Dr. Krushna Chandra Bal The order of the Supreme Court delivered on 9 May 2017 while directing the arrest and imprisonment of Justice C.S. Karnan for contempt of court did also forewarn the media not to publish any order issued by him. There are compelling reasons for which we the people of India need[Read More…]

China Should Be Our Model For Swachh Bharat, Public Transport

China Should Be Our Model For Swachh Bharat, Public Transport

  Beijing, the Chinese capital could well be a model for India’s Swachh Bharat mission of cleanliness. Toilets are everywhere in the city, I noticed during my two-week visit to Beijing last month. It could also be a model for us in public transport. I experienced this through my constant walks in different parts of the city and travel by[Read More…]

The Other Side Of The Sukma Attack

The Other Side Of The Sukma Attack

The April 24 attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) contingent by the Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh state has evoked sharp reaction not only from the Indian leaders but also from Israel. The ambush left 26 soldiers dead. The incident occurred in the Sukma district of the state that remains under influence of the ultra leftist Maoist insurgency for[Read More…]

Delhi Metro Fare Hike: Another “Surgical Strike” on Peoples Pocket

Delhi Metro Fare Hike: Another “Surgical Strike” on Peoples Pocket

Most of the mainstream newspapers since the announcement of fare hike in Delhi Metro carried out the same narrative fed to them by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, that the fare hike is the result of Staff Salaries and other Operational expenses incurred by them causing a loss of profit to the Company. The DMRC is registered under the Companies[Read More…]

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In Defence Of Justice Karnan’s Constitutional Rights

In Defence Of Justice Karnan’s Constitutional Rights

  The Supreme Court’s order of today (09 May, 2017) sentenced Calcutta High Court judge, Justice C.S. Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court; additionally media has also been barred from publishing pronouncements of Justice Karnan. This order undermines the Constitution of India as it violates Article 19(fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression) and erodes the[Read More…]

Centenary of Osmania University 1917-2017: A Grand Function Where Students  Were Alienated, And Police Took Over The Whole Campus

Centenary of Osmania University 1917-2017: A Grand Function Where Students  Were Alienated, And Police Took Over The Whole Campus

  India’s President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the much-awaited, three day-long, Centenary Celebrations of Osmania University (OU) on April 26, 2017 at Hyderabad. One of the oldest and biggest, once prestigious, OU has now 720 affiliated colleges with 3.2 lakh students including about 5000 from 87 foreign countries.  The HINDU that morning reported: The Vice Chancellor Professor Ramachandram in a media[Read More…]

#AadhaarLeaks: Why UIDAI And PwC Are Responsible

#AadhaarLeaks: Why UIDAI And PwC Are Responsible

In India, on past one month there are many news reports on various #AadhaarLeaks from Aadhaar seeded Govt services. As of now combined number of Aadhaar numbers leaked will cross 200 million , considering various leaks from Employment Guarantee, minor /student scholarship portal leaks, Social assistance schemes, and various pension schemes. Yesterday I was closely following Attorney General of India’s arguments[Read More…]

The New India of Cow Age

The New India of Cow Age

Welcome to the New India. This is nothing but a world of a Cow Age India. In this Cow Age India, Cows have ultimately achieved an up gradation. From non-citizenship, they have acquired citizenship. They will be offered an Aadhaar number which will become a proof of her Indian Citizenship. About eight crore cows which did not have an identity[Read More…]

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

     Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth. www.transparency.org It was around midnight, and the family was having their late, last supper. As the clock struck twelve, they heard the dreaded midnight knock![Read More…]

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Statement on Suicide of Sagar in IISER, Kolkata

The Coordination of Science and Technology Institutes Students’Associations (COSTISA) expresses its grave concern at the suicide of Sagar Mandal, a 2nd year undergraduate student of IISER, Kolkata on 1st May, 2017. Sagar Mandal, a student from a poor family and rural background, is the latest in the case of suicides by students of the elite science and technology institutes in[Read More…]

Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

  The large swathes of cotton farms in Central India have been the epicenter of a global crisis that has gripped the rural population in crippling debts and has driven thousands of them to suicide. But the great news is women in this region have creatively and doggedly used the power of hope to reemerge form the ruins. This new[Read More…]

May Day 2017: In solidarity With Maruti Workers’ Struggle

May Day 2017: In solidarity With Maruti Workers’ Struggle

More than 130 years from today, in 1886 May 1st, several thousand workers in Chicago city had participated in the massive strike demanding eight-hour working day and several workers sacrificed their life to achieve this demand. From that day onwards, May 1st is celebrated as the International Workers Day, as a symbol of working class unity against the capitalist class.[Read More…]

The Forgotten Message Of Ambedkar To The Working Class

The Forgotten Message Of Ambedkar To The Working Class

( The following are extracts from A paper presented by Dr KS Sharma at the XXXII Indian Social Science Congress held at New Delhi from 18′” December to 22nd December 2008. The Paper quotes Dr. B. R. Ambedkar extensively and seeks to bring out some views he had expressed at one stage in his political life. A few extracts focussing[Read More…]

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Heat Wave Scalds Orange Farmers

  Nagpur’s oranges, which were the pride of the country, are fast losing sheen. Nagpur still retains the appellation of “Orange City” but the scene today is nowhere near the mystical description that famous Englishman Major Henry Bevan gave following his visit to Nagpur in 1818. “The greatest ornament of the garden is… (an) orange tree called Cintra (santra) or[Read More…]

Options Before Us: To ‘Cow Down’ or ‘Stand Up’!

Options Before Us: To ‘Cow Down’ or ‘Stand Up’!

Column article titled Silence is not an Option by Neera Chandhoke appeared in “The Hindu, April, 2017, brings to the foreground the layers of silence that the citizens of the country maintain to a maze of issues that they confront day in and day out. In nuanced ways Neera swipes at the problems that would drastically altar and significantly change[Read More…]

Terrorism And Militancy: Are They Quite The Same?

Terrorism And Militancy: Are They Quite The Same?

              Maoists (or Naxals, according to some) ambushed a 100-strong CRPF road-opening patrol (ROP) on 24 April in Chintagufa Police Station limits of Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, killing 25 CRPF personnel and wounding six. The Maoists were reportedly around 200 in strength, and they ruthlessly continued engaging the pinned-down CRPF patrol for about one hour. The killing and wounding[Read More…]

Who Runs India?

Who Runs India?

(A view of the various economic and political activities reveals that it is the Brahmins and Banias who practically run and control India!) Sometimes one wonders how such a large country is run and who really runs it? Arundhati Roy calls India, “An Upper Caste Hindu Corporate Republic”! One would have thought that she may have been saying this in[Read More…]

The Contradictory Bahujan of the BSP

The Contradictory Bahujan of the BSP

The BSP was formed in 1984 after a long span of preparatory activities by the All India Backward and Minorities Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) and the Dalit Shoshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti (DS-4). Its founder Kanshiram used to say that the Indian society and politics is marked by the hegemony of 15% upper castes and they rule over the rest 85%[Read More…]

The Unwanted Male Calf

The Unwanted Male Calf

Just a few days back one of the cows at our Prerna Kendra delivered a male calf. My colleague called me to inform about the birth of it. Everyone there was waiting for the cow to deliver and as usual each one was expecting a female calf. My colleague was sad to inform me about the birth of male calf.[Read More…]

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Rage Against The Establishment : Naxalbari And Dalit Panthers Movement

Rage Against The Establishment : Naxalbari And Dalit Panthers Movement

In the era when most of the government regimes all over the world are being installed by the multinational companies and transnational corporations behind the garb of parliamentary electoral set up or in the name of democracy (21st century’s – White man’s burden) to facilitate naked plunder of natural and human resources; it then becomes the responsibility of every person[Read More…]

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How Cow Vigilantes Are Being Projected As ‘Modern Day Freedom Fighters.’

Cow vigilantes attacked six people, including a 9-year-old girl in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and fled away with their flock. The vigilantes beat up the nomad community blue and black and the minor girl has suffered multiple fractures when the community was en route to Talwara area… (http://www.timesnow.tv/india/video/cow-vigilantes-attack-6-including-9-year-old-in-jammu/59745) In yet another chilling instance of self-styled[Read More…]

The Chhattisgarh PUCL Condemns The Ruthless Ambush Carried Out by Maoists at Burkapal

The Chhattisgarh PUCL Condemns The Ruthless Ambush Carried Out by Maoists at Burkapal

The Chhattisgarh PUCL severely condemns the ruthless ambush carried out by Maoists at the Burkapal area under Police Station Chintagufa limits in district Sukma on 24th April 2017, and expresses its deep grief at the killing of 25 jawans, mostly young persons of poor families. According to initial reports, this attack, the most lethal of its kind in five years,[Read More…]

More Aadhaar Numbers Leaked On Chandigarh PDS And Swacch Bharat Mission Websites

More Aadhaar Numbers Leaked On Chandigarh PDS And Swacch Bharat Mission Websites

Raising major privacy concerns truck loads of Aadhaar numbers and other personal details of individuals are being leaked. Yesterday, it was revealed that the personal details over one millions Aadhaar subscribers were leaked on a website run by the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security. Today, it is reported that the Aadhar numbers and other personal details of Public Distribution System[Read More…]

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South Indians Are Black: Tarun Vijay Learned It Sitting At The Feet Of His Guru Golwalkar

South Indians Are Black: Tarun Vijay Learned It Sitting At The Feet Of His Guru Golwalkar

Tarun Vijay, the former editor of RSS Hindi organ, ‘Panchajanya’, a prominent ‘ideologue’ of the organization (in-charge of the RSS project of spreading Hindutva politics in Tamil Nadu), ex-member of the Rajya Sabha, who also heads India-Africa Parliamentary Friendship Group, has come out with another gem of wisdom. The Gulf-based news channel Al Jazeera sponsored an online discussion last week[Read More…]

Rahul Pandita’s New India: A Hindutva India On The Ashes Of Democratic Secular India

Rahul Pandita’s New India: A Hindutva India On The Ashes Of Democratic Secular India

[It is in response to Rahul Pandita’s piece ‘Gorakhpur and the Ghost of Gangadhar Adhikari: Whether liberals like it or not, the story of Hindu consolidation is not over yet’ appeared in Open Magazine on March 24, 2017. My response is a lengthy one, as reproduction of many original documents from the RSS/Hindutva archives is needed to evaluate many beliefs[Read More…]

Making Microfinance Work For People

Making Microfinance Work For People

The claims of microfinance are not necessarily dubious but then as the saying goes, there are three sides to every story—your side, his side and the truth. The good claims are trumpeted and the bad evidence is rubbished. It is a reminder that those who provide microfinancial services   need to monitor carefully not only their positive impacts but also their[Read More…]

Talk Bhima or Bhim, Walk Manu

Talk Bhima or Bhim, Walk Manu

  ..nothing to eat nothing to wear boundless is the anguish who indeed can bear to see such misery among the world’s creatures let my soul be condemned to hell but let the Universe be redeemed. – Bhima Bhoi,   [Source: BiswamoyPati in Religion and social ‘subversion’, Re-examining colonial Orissa (EPW, July/2010).,BidyutMohanty in Orissa famine of 1866 Demographic and economic[Read More…]

BJP’s Rise in UP Shows the Need for a Real Progressive Alternative and Not Votebank Politics

BJP’s Rise in UP Shows the Need for a Real Progressive Alternative and Not Votebank Politics

Even as social media remains abuzz with the fake news of Yogi Adityanath, the newly appointed CM of Uttar Pradesh, cutting down reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs in private medical colleges (which never existed in the first place), what has taken the country by storm is BJP’s major upset in the UP assembly elections of 2017. Known to be[Read More…]

Statue of Bhagat Singh:Generating Revolutionary Spirit In The Hearts Of Toiling Masses

Statue of Bhagat Singh:Generating Revolutionary Spirit In The Hearts Of Toiling Masses

    “We don’t have any faith in statue-worship but as a symbol the importance of a statue cannot be underestimated. We adore our homes with the pictures or statues of our heroes, mentors or beloved ones and these pictures or statues inspire and enthuse us. Had the statues been devoid of any importance then after the defeat of socialism and[Read More…]

Healing India’s Suicidal Farmers

Healing India’s Suicidal Farmers

  How many deaths will it take ‘til he knows That too many people have died The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind. –Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate India’s economy may be soaring, but agriculture remains its Achilles’ heel, the source of livelihood for hundreds of millions of people but a fraction[Read More…]

Africa And India: Let’s Build Stronger People To People Relations

Africa And India: Let’s Build Stronger People To People Relations

Recent attacks upon African people in India has come as a shock for many of us who believe in equality and human rights. Though, no words are enough to condemn this incident, I not only condemn this, but as an Indian national, I also apologise to every African citizen for this shameful incident that happened in my country by my[Read More…]

Mourning The Death Of ‘The City Of Ideas’

Mourning The Death Of ‘The City Of Ideas’

There was once a city called ‘The City of Ideas’. It was known far and wide for its culture of questioning, debating, discussing, disagreeing, arguing and naturally, generating more and more ideas in the process. It was a city filled with numerous schools, colleges, Universities and Institutions of learning. People from all over the world vied to earn themselves the[Read More…]

Racially Motivated Attacks On Africans In India Rooted In Casteism

Racially Motivated Attacks On Africans In India Rooted In Casteism

Over the last 2-3 years there have been a surge in targeted attacks on African nationals living in India, people from the North-Eastern provinces settled elsewhere in our country, people belonging to minority communities and members of backward castes particularly Dalits. Last year alone a Congolese teacher was attacked and killed in Delhi, a group of six Africans—two women, a[Read More…]

Tamil Nadu farmers strip outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Office in protest demanding waiver of loans

In Champaran’s Centenary, Indian Farmers Await Another Gandhi

   This is the centenary year of  the Champaran sayagraha (policy of passive political resistance)  – the first experiment by  Mahatma Gandhi of his epic philosophy .This tool  was to become Gandhi’s most powerful amour  and  earned him  a cherished and coveted place  in the pantheon of world ‘s legendary leaders . Gandhi launched his satyagraha in Champaran district on[Read More…]

Why Promoters Of Biometric UID Aadhaar Are Wrong And Irresponsible

Why Promoters Of Biometric UID Aadhaar Are Wrong And Irresponsible

When asked about why India chose to go with the UID/Aadhaar model when several countries like France, Britain and Germany have disbanded such identification projects, Nandan Nilekani, a former official of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) replied, “Their purpose was not development, inclusion, saving government money or curbing corruption. How can you compare Aadhaar with the smart card project[Read More…]

Of Celebrating India’s 100th Independence Day After 30 Years……

Of Celebrating India’s 100th Independence Day After 30 Years……

After 30 years from now India will be celebrating its 100thyear of independence from the colonial rule. What will happen in the year 2047-48? Will India be able to fulfill the vision of those who fought for the freedom? Will the country be able to adapt itself to the dreams and aspirations of the present and the future citizens of[Read More…]

Open Letter To President Of India On UID/Aadhaar

Open Letter To President Of India On UID/Aadhaar

We solemnly and earnestly appeal to you to save the present and future citizens from unlimited government as a consequence of an unlimited database of Indians and anonymous financing of political parties under the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and amended Companies Act, 2013 by seeking Hon’ble Supreme Court’s opinion under Article 143(2) of the Constitution of India on the constitutionality of biometric UID/Aadhaar in supreme national interest. This Article has not been used so far but extraordinary situations create compelling logic for extraordinary patriotic steps which can set a healthy precedent for all times to come.

A Response To Nandan Nilekani On Aadhaar

A Response To Nandan Nilekani On Aadhaar

This article was written as a rebuttal on the article that appeared in Business Line on April 1, 2017. It might be slightly technical but I will try to keep it within comprehensible limits for a person without Computer Science degree. Claim 1 from Nandan Nilekani: When seeding and authentication are done properly, the success rate is over 95 per[Read More…]

A Partnership For Banishing Poverty

A Partnership For Banishing Poverty

  Any sensible government must learn to unleash the energy of its people and get them to perform instead of trying to get a bureaucracy to perform ―Verghese Kurien, I Too Had a Dream Tackling poverty requires an approach that must start with the people themselves and encourages the initiative, creativity and drive from below. The strategy must be at the[Read More…]

Women Activists Demand Disbandment Of Anti-Romeo Squads

Women Activists Demand Disbandment Of Anti-Romeo Squads

“Anti-Romeo Squads” are policemen and women and vigilante groups, operating outside the purview of law, with the support of the Uttar Pradesh State, which threaten women’s freedoms. The serious issue of violence against women and routine sexual harassment of women in Uttar Pradesh cannot be addressed by setting up anti-Romeo squads. These “squads” impose their own aggressive and arbitrary code[Read More…]

Death Penalty/Life Sentence For Cow Slaughter: For RSS/BJP Charity Does Not Begin At Home

Death Penalty/Life Sentence For Cow Slaughter: For RSS/BJP Charity Does Not Begin At Home

  Gujarat Assembly on March 31, 2017 passed a new law on cow-slaughter. Anybody involved in this would be awarded life sentence. Next day, in order to outdo Vijay Rupani, CM of Gujarat, the CM of Chattisgarh, Raman Singh announced that anybody found doing it would be hanged. These two chief ministers, if they are serious in revering mother cow,[Read More…]

India’s Social Programmes Need Passionate Managers

India’s Social Programmes Need Passionate Managers

India spends more on programs for the poor than most developing countries, but it has failed to eradicate poverty because of widespread corruption and faulty government administration. India is not getting the ‘bang for the rupee’ that its significant expenditure would there is need for a radical overhaul of India’s social programs. Marginal changes alone may not deliver the kind[Read More…]

A New Path For Politics

A New Path For Politics

Today,Sarvodaya Karnataka Party merges with Swaraj India. I do not see anything new in this neither am I surprised by this. Because we, who founded Sarvodaya Karnataka, and Yogendra Yadav and his companions, who founded Swaraj India, have walked together harbouring dreams of building a healthy India, even before the birth of Sarvodaya Karnataka and Swaraj India.Hence this seems to[Read More…]

Why Mohan Bhagwat Will Not Be The President Of India?

Why Mohan Bhagwat Will Not Be The President Of India?

In the scheme of RSS’s Hindu nation concept the government or the state is secondary to nation. That means political power is secondary. Ex RSS chief m s Golwalkar in his book “We or our Nationhood Defined” 1939, has categorically stated ‘We stand for national regeneration and not for that half hazard bundle of political rights – the state.’ (p.3)[Read More…]

Whither Rights – Of Life, Food, And Everything In Between

Whither Rights – Of Life, Food, And Everything In Between

The recent elections – from civic body elections in Maharashtra to Assembly elections across India – have indeed marked a watershed moment in the life of the Republic. Ironically, they have not done so for the discourse they have produced in the Indian media – discourse ranging from the imminent threat of fascism to sectarian strife. They have marked a[Read More…]

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The Smart Way Of Beating Poverty

The Smart Way Of Beating Poverty

I often wondered why was it that when there were so many social programmes for the poor that poverty was yet so endemic and stubborn. Despite such vast investments there were regions in which we could just nibble at the frozen layers of poverty. This is not to discount the enormous progress we have made in improving the social indicators,[Read More…]

“Namami Brahmaputra” And Its Symbols Of Hindutva 

“Namami Brahmaputra” And Its Symbols Of Hindutva 

  The river Brahmaputra is one of the most important part of the cultural and social part of the life of the north-eastern state of Assam. The thespian Bhupen Hazarika in his songs have evoked the mighty river as the “holy site of great synthesis, Has for untold been propagating The message of  unity and harmony” . The river which[Read More…]

CNDP Condemns Indian Government’s Refusal To Join UN Negotiations To Ban Nuclear Weapons

CNDP Condemns Indian Government’s Refusal To Join UN Negotiations To Ban Nuclear Weapons

This week marks the commencement of negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York wherein most member states of the UN General Assembly are discussing on a comprehensive legal prohibition on the use, possession, production, stockpiling and deployment of nuclear weapons. The treaty, if adopted, would mark a significant step towards the eventual goal of the complete elimination of[Read More…]

Rajya Sabha Must Protect The Spirit Of The Indian Constitution: Finance Bill Should Not Be Considered As ‘Money Bill’

Rajya Sabha Must Protect The Spirit Of The Indian Constitution: Finance Bill Should Not Be Considered As ‘Money Bill’

Eminent Jurist and Citizens – Mr. Fali Nariman, Girish Karnad, TM Krishna, Aruna Roy, Jayati Ghosh, Zoya Hasan, Medha Patkar, Bezwada Wilson, Nandita Das, Swami Agnivesh, Usha Ramanathan, Prabhat Patnaik and more than 200 other concerned citizens have expressed concern on the classification of the Finance Bill, 2017 as a ‘Money Bill’ which is illegitimate and should not be considered as ‘Money Bill’.

The Truth About Aadhaar’s Biometrics

The Truth About Aadhaar’s Biometrics

The opposition to Aadhaar mostly centres on the issues of surveillance and privacy. While these are very important issues, the lofty platform on which Aadhaar stands is supported on the myth that biometric based identity is infallible, robust and safe. None of this is true, which therefore brings into question the very utility of Aadhaar, as also the unforeseen complications[Read More…]

Free The Maruti13: Observe All-India & International Day of Protest On 4th/5th April

Free The Maruti13: Observe All-India & International Day of Protest On 4th/5th April

  You are aware of the repression on us by the nexus of Company management-Police-Government, as 13 MSWU members have been sentenced to Life Imprisonment and 4 more workers handed 5 years by the Gurgaon Sessions Court on 18 March 2017 – without a shred of evidence, and solely on the false witness accounts by the management. The MSWU body[Read More…]

University Spaces: Critical Thinking To Saffron Thinking

University Spaces: Critical Thinking To Saffron Thinking

For the proponents of Hindu Rashtra, the University and Academic spaces acquire importance for the propagation of the concept of Hindu Rashtra. Rather than treating them as spaces to foster critical thinking, they are seen as spaces to manufacture and condition a ‘Hindu mind’ in its Communal Avataar.  These spaces are seen merely as extensions of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS)[Read More…]

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Letting The Poor Steer The Development Agenda

Letting The Poor Steer The Development Agenda

  The perception that the poor do not have skills or would not be able to survive on their own is a myth. My experience with development finance has demonstrated that we have to encourage strategies that ensure wider participation of poor in schemes aimed at solving their problems. It is the unleashing of their social and mental energies and,[Read More…]

The Curious Case Of Justice C.S.Karnan: Contempt Notice versus Convoluted Condensate of Corruption in Higher Judiciary

The Curious Case Of Justice C.S.Karnan: Contempt Notice versus Convoluted Condensate of Corruption in Higher Judiciary

“To err is human. Courts including the apex one are no exception. To own up the mistake when judicial satisfaction is reached does not militate against its status or authority. Perhaps it would enhance both.”, so goes the pronouncement of Supreme Court of India in Antulay’s matter where a seven judges bench of Supreme Court reviewed and recalled its own[Read More…]

Will Jantar Mantar Offer Any Solution To The Farm Crisis Of Tamilnadu

Will Jantar Mantar Offer Any Solution To The Farm Crisis Of Tamilnadu

They are in Delhi for last 15 days for demanding compensation and relief as Cauvery water supply in Tamilnadu is drying up resulting in massive drought. Over 250 farmers have committed suicide since October 2016 as their loans piling up and they are unable to pay the huge debts which they have taken to survive. Most of them grow rice[Read More…]

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Modi And Yogi: A Trailer Of The Hindu Rashtra

Modi And Yogi: A Trailer Of The Hindu Rashtra

  On 19 March, Yogi Adityanath is sworn in as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is the choice of none other than Narendra Modi. When the BJP announced it the previous day, it shocked the inertial world of Indian intellectuals. They thought that by choosing Adityanath, known to be hindutva hardliner and firebrand anti-Muslim, Modi is shelving the[Read More…]

Kerala News Channels: “We Sleazed It First”

Kerala News Channels: “We Sleazed It First”

The whole episode lacks any originality like most of the programmes that the television news channels in Kerala air! A news channel launches itself by airing a purported lurid telephone conversation between a minister and a woman. Within hours the 71-year-old minister resigns. The eight-minute-long clip was telecast on Sunday morning by Mangalam TV, a private channel that was launched[Read More…]

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Killing Of H Farook: Another Sacrifice At The Altar Of Religious Bigotry

Killing Of H Farook: Another Sacrifice At The Altar Of Religious Bigotry

Atheist H Farook’s killing at Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) is another sacrifice at the altar of religious bigotry. Before this murder, we witnessed gruesome murders of Narendra Dhabolkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi, great rationalist, secular activists and researchers.Indian sub-continent is becoming the most dangerous zone in the world for scientific minded persons who naturally become atheist. Farook died for a[Read More…]

The Masses Don’t Vote Intelligently…….Take It or Leave It

The Masses Don’t Vote Intelligently…….Take It or Leave It

Don’t you know promises were never meant to keep? Just like the night, they dissolve off in sleep I’ll be your savior, steadfast and true I’ll come to your emotional rescue I’ll come to your emotional rescue    -Rolling Stones, Emotional Rescue, 1979 Of course, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were not thinking deeply about social change, when they wrote these[Read More…]

Yoga & Yogi Have Nothing In Common

Yoga & Yogi Have Nothing In Common

As Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, I am convinced that many Indian citizens like myself saw an idea of India completely vanish before our eyes. This quite obviously has not happened overnight. The cries for help to save this idea of India have been visible in the protests across the country since the Lok[Read More…]

On 86th Martyrdom Day Of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev: British Rulers Hanged Them Once, Indian Rulers Hang Them Everyday!

On 86th Martyrdom Day Of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev: British Rulers Hanged Them Once, Indian Rulers Hang Them Everyday!

  Bhagat Singh iss baar naa lenaa kayaa bharat-vaasee kee, Desh-bhakti ke liye aaj bhee sazaa milegee phansi kee Bhagat Singh don’t take birth as Indian next time, You will be again hanged for the crime of patriotism. [From Shankar Shailendra’s long Hindi poem of 1948] On March 23, 2017, we will be commemorating 86th year of the great martyrdom[Read More…]

Yogi Adityanath: The ‘Hidden’ Is Revealed

Yogi Adityanath: The ‘Hidden’ Is Revealed

Yogi Adityanath is the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. As unbelievable as this might sound, this is a fact that cannot be wished away. Yogi Adityanath has been quite in the news owing to the multitude of statements he has made time and again, clearly announcing his religious preferences and his attitude towards other religious communities and the people[Read More…]

Free The Maruti Workers!

Free The Maruti Workers!

13 of our brothers have been given ‘life sentences’ – including 12 Maruti Suzuki Workers Union body members – on the baseless charge of ‘murder’ on 18 March afternoon by the Gurgaon Additional Sessions Court. 4 workers given 5 year sentences. 14 workers given 3 years, but have already spent 4 years in prison, so released. Of the earlier acquitted[Read More…]

Mahant Yogi Adityanath As Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh: Why Hindutva Juggernaut Rolls On?

Mahant Yogi Adityanath As Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh: Why Hindutva Juggernaut Rolls On?

Few well-meaning friends with genuine concern about the future of our democratic-secular polity are shocked by the decision of the 315 MLAs of BJP and its allies unanimously choosing Adityanath (original name, Ajay Singh Bisht, Mahant of Gorakhnath Temple, one of the richest in India) as CM of largest State of India. They feel it has happened out of blue[Read More…]

Yogi Adityanath: India Is On The Move

Yogi Adityanath: India Is On The Move

India is truly on the move. It is a move in the direction of a ‘New India’. If the name of a ‘New India’ provides the image of something in the direction of modern, hi-tech, advanced, progressive then it is time to think back.  Yes the new India would be modern in terms of amenities for few but with supremacy[Read More…]

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Demanding Justice For Convicted Workers of Maruti Suzuki

Demanding Justice For Convicted Workers of Maruti Suzuki

The sessions court in Gurgaon on 18 March, 2017 sentenced 13 workers of Maruti Suzuki to life imprisonment for murder. Twelve of these are the erswhtile leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union. Eighteen others were sentenced from three to five years for rioting and causing grievous injury. Cases against these workers were filed in July 2012 after violence in[Read More…]

Rise Of Yogi Adityanath: Time For Unity Of Purpose

Rise Of Yogi Adityanath: Time For Unity Of Purpose

Yogi Adityanath has been appointed chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. That shows the power of ‘mobocracy’ when we call it ‘democracy’ and paid thugs define it in their different ways wasting time of the nation and confusing people further. I am not surprised at the choice of the Sangh Parivar as they believe in building leaders for future. Other parties[Read More…]

Tectonic Shift In ‘Congress System’: Debating ‘Leadership’ And Silence On Policy Regime

Tectonic Shift In ‘Congress System’: Debating ‘Leadership’ And Silence On Policy Regime

Way back in the 1960s and 1970s, noted political scientist Rajni Kothari used to characterise the Indian political system as essentially ‘Congress System’ with ‘one party’ exercising its ‘authoritative’ hegemony, depicting the Congress  as the “spokesman of the nation as well as its affirmed agent of criticism and change.”  Kothari even predicted that the Congress would likely to be the[Read More…]

Condemn Conviction And Sentencing Of Maruti Workers!

Condemn Conviction And Sentencing Of Maruti Workers!

The Sessions Court in Gurgaon today announced the quantum of sentence for 31 workers convicted by it on 10th March in the State of Haryana Vs. Jiyalal and Others case. Thirteen union leaders have been awarded life imprisonment, four others five years imprisonment and remaining 14 sentence as already undergone. Peoples Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns not just the[Read More…]

What Is In The Store Called ‘New India’

What Is In The Store Called ‘New India’

Following the talk of Áche Din’, India of the past two and half years saw a series of events. It saw the eagerness of the state to push the Hindutva agenda. Efforts in the direction of picking and punishing those opposed to the agenda were undertaken. Similarly those wedded to RSS ideology saw a garlanding. In the process several sections[Read More…]

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Right to Food-National Federation of Indian Women Protest Against Attack on Children’s Right to Food by making Aadhaar compulsory in Mid –Day – Meal

Right to Food-National Federation of Indian Women Protest Against Attack on Children’s Right to Food by making Aadhaar compulsory in Mid –Day – Meal

Today the National Federation of Indian Women and the Right to Food Campaign held a protest outside the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shastri Bhawan to protest against the move of the Central Government to make Aadhaar mandatory for Mid Day Meal Scheme. People from more than ten states including UP, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Delhi[Read More…]

Prime Minister Modi’s Soliloquy

Prime Minister Modi’s Soliloquy

[God knows] By what by-paths and indirect crook’d ways I met this crown; and I myself know well How troublesome it sat upon my head (William Shakespeare Henry IV Part 2) Phew what a relief. Finally a brief halt to high decibel campaigning. How I love to course through the streets in a vehicle that appears to float in a[Read More…]

The “New India”!

The “New India”!

(The recent state elections show that the “New India” would probably be the realisation of the Golwalkar’s dream!) After a resounding victory in the UP and Uttrakhand State elections, the Prime Minister declared that it was the beginning of a “New India”. According to him this India of progress and development which would be completed by 2022 and would be[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila,  90 Votes, AFSPA And Democracy

Irom Sharmila,  90 Votes, AFSPA And Democracy

With the latest election results in Manipur, the public mandate  brought the state again to limelight. During the election process Manipur received very little attention but the focus started shifting after news came out that  Irom Sharmila, better known as Iron lady of Manipur who contested against its Chief Minister Ibobi Singh received only 90 votes. Everyone felt shocked and[Read More…]

JNU Dalit Scholar Commits Suicide

JNU Dalit Scholar Commits Suicide

Just a year after the shocking suicide of dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad Central University, another dalit scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Muthu Krishnan (28) committed suicide in a friend’s home. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his friend’s house in the national capital on Monday. Muthu Krishnan had been at the forefront of the[Read More…]

Is There Any Justice Possible For Workers In India?

Is There Any Justice Possible For Workers In India?

We have been handed an anti-worker political verdict in the Maruti Suzuki workers case going on since July 2012. This is Judgment is ‘class justice’, clearly on the side of the multinational companies. It is not only against the workers directly involved in struggle for Trade Union Rights and the 2500 working class families of Maruti Suzuki facing exploitation-repression all[Read More…]

Paradox of a Democracy: Choosing Oppression Through Elections

Paradox of a Democracy: Choosing Oppression Through Elections

Democracy has been described as a system ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’. India boasts itself to be the largest democracy in the world. It is pointed that it is the people’s choice which ultimately matters in a Democracy. It is true that India continues to have regular elections. People continue to make choices of their[Read More…]

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Who Really Lost In UP: Understanding ‘Divide And Rule’ ‘Democracy’

Who Really Lost In UP: Understanding ‘Divide And Rule’ ‘Democracy’

The much awaited results of the state elections are out. The ‘Éxit Pollsters’ who went wrong in Bihar are thumping their chests and claiming ‘victory’. The SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab was voted out of power from Punjab while the existing chief ministers of Uttarakhand and Goa faced humiliating defeats. In Manipur, Erom Sharmila, the symbol of people’s protest against Armed[Read More…]

From a Free Society to a Surveillance Society

From a Free Society to a Surveillance Society

Gorge Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty Four depicts a situation of extreme state power in which the super state is controlled by a privileged few of the Inner Party. It is overseen by Big Brother who enjoys intense cult of personality. In this state there is omnipresent government surveillance. The government persecutes those with independent thinking which is considered as thought[Read More…]

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Workers’ Rights Derailed

Workers’ Rights Derailed

  Who is that outsider? Countering the narrative of the powerful whether its social protests or labour reforms.. Till January 22nd 2017, the police, administration and media  had used words ‘protesters’ to identify those who had congregated in various parts of Chennai including Marina and OMR, Coimbatore, Madurai etc to protest the Jallikattu ban. The bonhomie and the orderliness of[Read More…]

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Corporate media distorting electoral picture in Uttar Pradesh

The entire union cabinet is now camping in Varanasi. Modi ji has already done a road show and reports are coming in that he will embark on another road show soon. The UP voters have given our big guns a run for their money. It is not only the cabinet, friends are reporting, that hotels in Varanasi are already booked[Read More…]

Secrecy About Process Of Accrediting Colleges Is Baffling

Secrecy About Process Of Accrediting Colleges Is Baffling

NAAC’s idea of IEQA flawed; it’s a quiz where you aren’t told the answers. An objective assessment would show that an automated reply can’t be charged Rs 28,000 For all new colleges seeking assessment, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NACC) has a rigorous process. The colleges have to write a letter of intent, first making clear their intention to go[Read More…]

Making Aadhaar Compulsory For Mid –Day -Meal Is An Attack On Children’s Right To Food

Making Aadhaar Compulsory For Mid –Day -Meal Is An Attack On Children’s Right To Food

The right to food campaign strongly opposes the central government’s move to make Aadhaar compulsory for children under the midday meal scheme in government schools. This is nothing but an attempt to coerce people to enrol their children under Aadhaar. School meals are an important entitlement of Indian children, legally enforceable under Supreme Court orders as well as under the[Read More…]

India Needs A Law To Ensure ‘Right To Housing’ Says UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing 

India Needs A Law To Ensure ‘Right To Housing’ Says UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing 

Mumbai | 1st March: The Report prepared by Special Rapporteur on adequate housing United Nations which is to be presented today in UN Human Rights Council, highlights the extreme scarcity in availability of proper housing to 58.6 million households. A deeper study of the report brings out that among this large community, schedule castes and schedule tribes, homeless people, Muslims and manual[Read More…]

 The Blind Race Towards Self-Destruction

 The Blind Race Towards Self-Destruction

Much has been commented on the Gurmehar Kaur issue. The young girl has been trolled and abused by many. Others have stood by her and appreciated her courage. The issue has occupied center stage in media (print and visual), on facebook, whatsapp groups, among politicians, celebrities and the entire nation. The crux of the views expressed by Gurmehar was that[Read More…]

Communalising Population Growth: Understanding Demographic Data

Communalising Population Growth: Understanding Demographic Data

I The biases and misconceptions about conversions and population growth have been used by communal forces to divide the society. This became apparent once again when Minister of state of Home, Kiren Rijuju tweeted that that Hindu population is decreasing in the country as Hindus don’t convert and that minorities in India are flourishing unlike in the neighbouring countries. Threat[Read More…]

‘Chalo Delhi’; The Fight Against The Attacks On Education, Democracy And Social Justice

‘Chalo Delhi’; The Fight Against The Attacks On Education, Democracy And Social Justice

Apart from the attacks made by their students’ wing on various universities across the country, the BJP government who is ruling the centre has surpassed two and half years of its fascist regime. They have been till now using communal polarization to achieve their electoral pursuits. The government has failed immensely not only on just keeping their promises fulfilled, but[Read More…]

Moralising ‘Unmoral’ Stand Of 20 Year Old Girl

Moralising ‘Unmoral’ Stand Of 20 Year Old Girl

India , as a country, seems to be under terrific confusion, while entire media and Govt. talks about a statement related to a war between Pakistan and India , where to place the same in the matrix of morality.  What Gurmaher talked was – ‘ Pakistan did not kill India but war has’ . This is an important statement pertaining[Read More…]

Anti War Is Not Anti National: Gurmehar Kaur And Internet Trolls

Anti War Is Not Anti National: Gurmehar Kaur And Internet Trolls

The recent attacks on Gurmehar Kaur by Internet Trolls firstly, for her criticism of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) violence at Ramjas College and secondly, for her expression of anti war sentiments through the Video made by her last year point to the aggressiveness of forces of hyper nationalism to put down alternative viewpoints. In this hyper nationalism, any dissent[Read More…]

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Solidarity To Gurmehar Kaur

Solidarity To Gurmehar Kaur

We, the faculty members of the English Department, Lady Shri Ram College unequivocally and strongly support our student Gurmehar Kaur and her right to express her opinion on issues that embroil our university. It is immensely gratifying to us as her teachers that she has responded sensitively, creatively and bravely to events in her immediate context rather than seek the[Read More…]

Students Union v/s Students

Students Union v/s Students

To label or classify things is one of the basic human desires. And media, whose role is not only to understand complex issues but simplify them for the masses to understand, this desire becomes almost a necessity. Therefore, media’s search for binaries like ABVP v/s AISA, Right v/s Left, Nationalists v/s Anti-nationalists etc. is understandable. It simplifies things for them[Read More…]

Will Farmer Producer Organizations address Agrarian distress?

Will Farmer Producer Organizations address Agrarian distress?

India is witnessing a drastic decline of farmer income in relation to its GDP. While over 60% in India is employed in agriculture, the contribution of Agriculture to GDP is merely 15%. The gradual declining share of Agriculture to GDP points to the upcoming situation. The declining income, farmer indebtedness and farmer suicides point to this emerging crisis. It is[Read More…]

Vizhinjam Port: An Economic Mirage

Vizhinjam Port: An Economic Mirage

Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Port, was awarded to the sole bidder Adani Ports & SEZ in 2015 by the previous Congress-led UDF government, almost half a century after the project was first mooted and 20 years after the proceedings started in 1995. The port is being developed as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project on a design, build, finance, operate[Read More…]

Attack on Idea of University continues…

Attack on Idea of University continues…

Amartya Sen recently during his book launch ‘Collective Choice and Social Wefare’ very aptly pointed out, “India does not have world class universities and the climate of fear (in Indian Universities) is detrimental to Indian Democracy.” Sen’s statement comes at a time when Indian Universities are under threat to freedom of speech and expression. Coincidently, noble laureate Sen spoke about[Read More…]

To The Students Fraternity of AMU

To The Students Fraternity of AMU

When we talk about the issues of the campus we don’t want to be stuck in the binaries of left and right. Because the issues are not about these binaries. The issues that have recently gripped the AMU campus, particularly the hue and cry against Shehla Rashid’s visit to the university in a “All India Student Leader’s Meet” and the[Read More…]

Unfolding JNUSU AMUSU Deadlock

Unfolding JNUSU AMUSU Deadlock

The recent controversy between JNUSU and AMUSU has become one of the burning topic in the academic circles. The whole controversy started cooking up around “ALL INDIA STUDENTS LEADERS MEET” which was scheduled to be held on 18th Feb 2017 at Kennedy Auditorium, AMU. AMUSU has a precedence of hosting Students’ leaders meet periodically, wherein student leaders from campuses across[Read More…]

 PUDR Condemns The Hooliganism of ABVP And Police Inaction at Ramjas College of Delhi University

 PUDR Condemns The Hooliganism of ABVP And Police Inaction at Ramjas College of Delhi University

In the most appalling display of hooliganism in the name of nationalism, the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took to violence in the premises of Delhi University over the last two days. The complete impunity that they enjoyed was evident in the fact that despite heavy police presence in campus on both days, the goons were allowed to[Read More…]

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Uttar Pradesh : Time To Think For A Post Poll Scenario

Uttar Pradesh : Time To Think For A Post Poll Scenario

The UP political situation have brought sharp differences between yesterday’s friend who have now becoming bitter foes. People are posting things on Facebook and whatsApp abusing their former comrades just because one is on the side of Samajwadi Party while other on the Bahujan Samaj Party. I will make certain observations with my own understanding of the two and the[Read More…]

Retrenchment In The Telegraph

Retrenchment In The Telegraph

On 7th February,2017 with only 2 hours notice, of about 740 workers, journalists and reporters of Ananda Bazar Patrika group of newspapers of Kolkata were retrenched. This was first reported in December, 2016, but the news was systematically suppressed. It is learnt that The Telegraph and its associated newspapers are being taken over by a powerful business group. It is[Read More…]

Daulatabad To Ahmedabad!

Daulatabad To Ahmedabad!

  (One finds an uncanny resemblance between the rule of Muhammad-bin-Tughluq and the present rulers of the country!) There is a popular saying that the History repeats itself. Muhammad-bin-Tughluq ruled Delhi from 1325 A.D. to 1351 A.D. After Allaudin Khilji he is supposed to have been the greatest Sultan of Delhi. He is fondly remembered for his bold experiments and[Read More…]

Education: Towards Utilitarianism, Away From Egalitarianism

Education: Towards Utilitarianism, Away From Egalitarianism

This year’s budget has once again been lackluster in terms of allocations made to the Education sector. The Kothari Commission recommendation of an allocation of 6% of GDP has remained far from realization, with the allocation hovering in the range of 3-4% every year. Within the education sector also, elementary education is the most fund-deprived and neglected sector. The priorities[Read More…]

Spinning Wheel: From Gandhi To Modi

Spinning Wheel: From Gandhi To Modi

Prime Minister NarendraModi’s picture replacing that of M K Gandhi at the charkha in an official annual calendar has kicked up a storm. Modi baiters have pounced upon this egregious ‘offence’ that the eternal propagandist has committed. It was one thing to appear on Reliance jio advertisements but to supersede the ‘father of the nation’ itself was untenable to many[Read More…]

Child Deaths In Nagada

Child Deaths In Nagada

The Nagada village of Chingudipala Panchayat of Sukinda block in Jajpur district, Odisha caught headlines of the state and national media due to continuous child deaths in July-August, 2016. Now five to six months have already passed. A six-member team of the “Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakha Sangathan” visited the place on 4th February 2017 to know about on-going programs of the[Read More…]

Where Is The Tamil Pride Now?

Where Is The Tamil Pride Now?

Ever since Tamil Nadu’s interim Chief Minister O Panneerselvam turned rebellious, anti-Sasikala voice is gaining momentum all across the state. But unlike Jallikattu, this movement is more pertinent on social media. People have not taken streets to mark dissent against the on-going political tussle. This has raised several eyebrows. A state which saw a sea of youngsters taking streets in[Read More…]

The Indomitable Teesta Under Attack….Again

The Indomitable Teesta Under Attack….Again

7 in the series JatiIndia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future For more than a quarter century, journalist/activist Teesta Setalvad has worked tirelessly to ensure that India’s Constitution serves the people. Her most well-known work involved exposing, through her group Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), the atrocities committed by Hindutva extremists in Gujarat in 2002. As part[Read More…]

Digital India: Budget Fails To Address The ‘Sinful Blade Tax’

Digital India: Budget Fails To Address The ‘Sinful Blade Tax’

Being the world’s largest democracy with less than one-fifth of the world average per capita income (nominal), India is not new to ‘political’ slogans, so to speak, more in line with things related to poverty elimination, and therefore, related to affordability. The latest of this sloganeering or initiative, as one may see it, has been on the Digital India campaign[Read More…]

Death Ravages Cauvery Delta Districts: The The Business of Credit

Death Ravages Cauvery Delta Districts: The The Business of Credit

Co-Written by Prema Revati and Senthil Babu (This is the second essay in our series on the distress deaths in the Cauvery delta districts of Tamil Nadu, which has now climbed into the 250s.) Credit is what sustains farming and everyday life in the district, and this year, given the non-release of adequate amounts of water from the Cauvery, demonetisation,[Read More…]

Modi Government’s Budget Has Nothing For The Students

Modi Government’s Budget Has Nothing For The Students

This year’s union budget has been presented in the backdrop of intensified economic crisis due to the disastrous demonetization, which was nothing but a ploy to increase the liquidity in the banks that were on the brink of collapse due to the massively piled NPAs by the big businesses. The economic survey as well the budget speech was an exercise[Read More…]

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Despite Obnoxious Campaigns By BJP-Media Nexus, Rahul Gandhi Emerging As The Pivot Of Opposition Unity

Despite Obnoxious Campaigns By BJP-Media Nexus, Rahul Gandhi Emerging As The Pivot Of Opposition Unity

His people-friendly rather than corporate-friendly approach is what irks the media and the corporate. What I find in him the most important sign of true maturity is the sign of “Immaturity” for the corporate. He will become “mature” for them as soon as he starts saying things that favour them or when he appears to be coming close to power. For me, a true leader has to be sincere, suave and polished rather than one indulging in melodramatics. And if he is sincerely concerned for the masses irrespective of their identities, he is a real asset for the country. I find these qualities in plenty in him.

Sardar Sarovar Rehabilitation: Supreme Court To appoint High Level Expert Committee

Sardar Sarovar Rehabilitation: Supreme Court To appoint High Level Expert Committee

31st January 2017: The Chief Justice of India, Justice -Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice- Chandrachud & Justice – Ramanna, head the petition related to Sardar Sarovar Affected people from 3 states: Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Gujarat, in petition by Narmada BachaoAndolan (NBA). The honorable Court heard Adv. Sanjay Parikh joined by MedhaPatkar for NBA & Adv. Patwalia. The CFJ & other Justices[Read More…]

The Cauvery Delta Withers

The Cauvery Delta Withers

For many decades now, the delta farmers have been at the receiving end of the water dispute between the two riparian neighborsTamilnadu and Karnataka. This year, along with Cauvery the monsoon also failed them. More than 250 farmers have died over the last three months – some committed suicide while many died of shock and pent-up trauma, according to media reports and farmers associations

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

A Relook At Our Social Programmes

  A decade or two ago, many in the development community acted with the best of intentions, but without the best of evidence. If households lack clean water—help build wells   ; if people suffer ill health—set up health services; if the poor lack capital to start businesses, give them credit. But the actual reality is not simple, it is very[Read More…]

Punjab Elections 2017-Saffron Everywhere-Where Are White And Red Colours?

Punjab Elections 2017-Saffron Everywhere-Where Are White And Red Colours?

Looking just at newspaper or electronic media pictures, one finds candidates of all major parties coloured in saffron, by their turbans or by scarfs, to see the difference one has to carefully look at the logos or election symbols on their scarfs, whether these are ‘Hand’, ‘Kamal’ or ‘Jhadu’! One wonders where the white ‘Gandhi’ cap or ‘Nehru Jacket’, which[Read More…]

The Culture Of Impunity

The Culture Of Impunity

It is unnerving to even think about the culture of impunity that is taking deep roots all around us. It has not happened overnight but has slowly strengthened itself, step by step, one incident after the next, and has gained enough in size to threaten the very essence of a nation priding itself on its distinct cultural identity. What are[Read More…]

Slumdog Republic

Slumdog Republic

It was always the worst kept secret in India, but has now finally become official – those who run the Republic of India do not need the Public of India at all. What is worse, they in fact see the latter as a grave threat to their very existence. All this was amply evident on Republic Day this year, as[Read More…]

Republic Day, Sovereignty And The Youth

Republic Day, Sovereignty And The Youth

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

One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Misfortune Stuffed Chapatis./ By Priti Gulati Cox

11/8: America’s Got President & India’s Got No Cash

It was about 8:00 on the morning of November 9 in Mumbai, India. I sat down with the internet to talk with my husband Stan in Kansas, where it was 7:30 pm November 8. Like many other now-shell-shocked Americans, he was watching what we thought would be the finally-final episode of America’s Got President. The look on his face said[Read More…]

Priyanka Alone Can Not Revive Congress

Priyanka Alone Can Not Revive Congress

Just days ahead of UP assembly elections, speculations of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s ascendance within the party is gaining momentum. So far, the Gandhi scion has delimited role to the family seats (Rae Barelli & Amethi) only. But amid growing urgency of revival, Congress high command is getting impatient with every passing hour. The party which was once recognized as the[Read More…]

Time Pass: Youth, Class And Politics Of Waiting In India

Time Pass: Youth, Class And Politics Of Waiting In India

  Youth is considered an important juncture in human life. This phase is a bridge betwe