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The Solidarity Youth Movement launched its second state-level conference on the title theme ‘The tradition of liberation and the proud testimony of faith’

The Solidarity Youth Movement launched its second state-level conference on the title theme ‘The tradition of liberation and the proud testimony of faith’

Ernakulam: The Solidarity Youth Movement launched its second state-level conference on the title theme ‘The tradition of liberation and the proud testimony of faith’ at Kaloor, Ernakulam, Kerala. The conference’s main goals were to prepare the Muslim community for resisting fascism in India, engender the creative potentiality of youth for the wellbeing of society, and address the infliction of islamophobia[Read More…]

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Open letter to Sharda university Vice-Chancellor

Open letter to Sharda university Vice-Chancellor

Discarding a Question on Linkages of Hindutva with Nazism/Fascism is blatant Academic Dishonesty! Dear Professor Sibaram Khara Saheb, Namaskaar! According to your esteemed University’s portal “The name of University, ‘Sharda’ is synonymous to ‘Goddess of knowledge and learning-Saraswati’. She is identified with ‘veena’ an Indian musical instrument and the ‘lotus’ where she resides. The lotus in our logo symbolizes the[Read More…]

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Rule by law is a threat to freedom

Rule by law is a threat to freedom

Freedom as ‘mukti’ “Human freedom, in its widest and deepest sense is fundamental, and needs to be fought for at every step. That is the most central of Vedantic messages” – was a comment made by a learned friend, during a conversation about freedom. This is of course, about “mukti” as a spiritual concept of freedom or final liberation from[Read More…]

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Naxalbari must be resurrected in relevant form on 55th anniversary

Naxalbari must be resurrected in relevant form on 55th anniversary

Naxalbari Movement ushered a new era in Indian history. It pioneered the aspect of seizure of state power in a concrete for, integrating it with agrarian revolution. It propelled the peasantry, agricultural workers, industrial workers, students and youth to revolt against all the mechanisms of semi-colonialism and semi-feudalism and galvanise every ounce of their energy to challenge the echelons of[Read More…]

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Ban on Indian Wheat Exports Deprives income to Farmers But Profits Traders and Exporters

Ban on Indian Wheat Exports Deprives income to Farmers But Profits Traders and Exporters

 In 2020 present NDA government while bringing  three farm laws said they are intended to facilitate fair markets and enhance farmers incomes. Exactly opposite the government acted by banning exports all of a sudden when global wheat prices are attractive and watered down the hopes of Indian wheat farmers. In the context of Russia- Ukraine war (both the nations account[Read More…]

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We can live with the Tiger, not the forest department!

We can live with the Tiger, not the forest department!

A Fact-Finding Report on Forced Evictions, Rehabilitation Betrayals and Fortress Conservation in Nagarhole A joint fact-finding by: Fridays for Future Karnataka Philip Kujur, Adivasi Activists’ Forum for Indigenous Peoples, Jharkhand Subrat Sahu, Documentary Film Maker, New Delhi Sharanya Nayak, Rangmatipadar Commune, Odisha Abstract: This fact-finding report attempts to bring to light the struggles and challenges of the Adivasi people living[Read More…]

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Rahul Bhat

Striving for Peace in Strife Torn Kashmir

Killings by Pakistan trained; pro- Pakistan terrorists have been unrelenting in Kashmir. When Modi announced demonetization one of the arguments was that this is aimed at containing terrorism in Kashmir. Later even while abolishing article 370 and 35A this was to be one of the aims. In this background we get the disturbing news of the killing of Rahul Bhat[Read More…]

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Mosques and Shrines: Helmsman Beware

Mosques and Shrines: Helmsman Beware

During the heyday of the Non-co-operation Movement led by Gandhijee,the firebrand Bengali rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam wrote a poem where he held out a warning to the leaders.He was aware of rising Hindu-Muslim tensions and growing indiscipline among its ranks.The title and the first line of the poem is :”Beware helmsman!”,obviously addressing the leaders of the movement. I have[Read More…]

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 ‘Sedition’ Must Go!

 ‘Sedition’ Must Go!

The ‘sedition’ law in India is repressive and regressive, archaic and obsolete, draconian in nature and blatantly violative of the freedoms guaranteed to every citizen of the country in the Constitution. It specifically goes against Articles 19 1 (A), 14 and 21 of the Constitution dealing with the Right to Equality, Freedom of Speech and Expression and Protection of Life[Read More…]

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Religious issues cover up the governance failure in UP

Religious issues cover up the governance failure in UP

by Sandeep Pandey and Arundhati Dhuru Uttar Pradesh’s Director General of Police Mukul Goel has been removed from his post for disregarding government work and not taking interest in departmental duties. Quite obviously not everything has been alright with UP Police department. On 1 May police raided the house of Kanhaiya Yadav in Manrajpur village of Chandauli district and when[Read More…]

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The Wage Rate Issue :  Battle Lines drawn between Farmers and Agricultural Labourers in Rural Punjab

The Wage Rate Issue :  Battle Lines drawn between Farmers and Agricultural Labourers in Rural Punjab

In a democratic and peaceful struggle which started in 2020 and lasted for more than a year, farmers as well as agricultural labourers of Punjab had left no stone unturned in making their contribution to the best of their ability. Farmers, agricultural labourers, and many other working classes from most of the states of the country played their part in[Read More…]

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Is India a welfare state?  

Is India a welfare state?  

The directive principles enshrined in the Constitution of India declare that India is a welfare state.  It is said that the welfare schemes protect the poor and the downtrodden, provide the skills needed to participate better in the process of accelerating economic growth, and equip the economically inferior workforce. Social welfare systems provide assistance to individuals and families through programs[Read More…]

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People’s protest against land acquisition for expansion of limestone mining of OCL India

People’s protest against land acquisition for expansion of limestone mining of OCL India

The Forum for Gram Sabha Committee, a local people’s organization, has been protesting against the proposed land acquisition for limestone mining of OCL India Ltd. at Rajgangpur, Sundargarh. It has also been raising voices against the gross violations of constitutional provisions related to the 5th Schedule Area and LARR Act, 2013 in the process of land acquisition. PUCL constituted a[Read More…]

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 Farmers’ Struggle Not Over – Corporate Takeover of Indian Agriculture Still Looms

 Farmers’ Struggle Not Over – Corporate Takeover of Indian Agriculture Still Looms

   The following is an unpublished transcript of an interview the author did for a UK-based TV channel that covers issues of interest to the worldwide Sikh diaspora. It concerns three pieces of farm legislation in India that were repealed in late 2021 after a prolonged protest by India’s farmers that gained global support and recognition. Although the interview took[Read More…]

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Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee relentlessly confronts Administration in Sangrur to win rights for reserved Panchayat land for dalits

Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee relentlessly confronts Administration in Sangrur to win rights for reserved Panchayat land for dalits

The saga continues of the betrayal of the administration to fulfill promise of distributing Reserved panchayat land in Punjab for dalit community. In no uncertain terms leaders of the Zameen Prapt Sangharsh commitee challenged the rulers that they would under no conditions accept land auctioning till the panchayat land reserved for dalits is distributed. Rage of dalit agricultural community is[Read More…]

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Tracking Sedition – From 1857 to the present

Tracking Sedition – From 1857 to the present

Following the 1857 so-called Great Indian Rebellion during the rule of the East India Company, British monarch Queen Victoria, issued proclamation in 1858 that India would be governed by and in the name of “the Crown”. Thus, the British territory of India (the State) and the British Government of India, were embodied in the British Monarch. An Indian subject who[Read More…]

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Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

True, individuals can be paid, ideals “sold”, dreams “auctioned”, democratic values “bartered”, independence of media “pawned” and more- at a price and at several levels by leaders to spread communal tension. But the same cannot be said of secularism of all Indians. At this stage, attempts by people to display their “secularism” through peace-marches and other moves together with certain[Read More…]

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Making India unitary or Hindu Nation-state

Making India unitary or Hindu Nation-state

There has been a lot of discussion in the Constituent Assembly on whether the country is to be unitary state or federation of states. The result of that discussion is the state of affairs that we see today. Which of the two views is in vogue in the country today is to be seen. The various states in this country,[Read More…]

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For Scheme Meant for the Poorest, Only 19% of allocated funds were actually used

While the dalit community has been always known for higher levels of poverty as well as social discrimination, even within the dalits there is a sub-section known for even worse levels of poverty as well as social discrimination. This is the section which was traditionally involved in manual scavenging. The shocking injustice they have suffered from over the years has[Read More…]

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Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee stage Protest in Sangrur outside residence of Chief Minister  Bhagwant Mann

Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee stage Protest in Sangrur outside residence of Chief Minister  Bhagwant Mann

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee on May 12th launched a protest besides the residence of chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence, voicing their outrage against their being denied procurement of panchayati land . Over 2000 agricultural labourers stormed in raising slogans. Preceding the protest in the morning a march was undertaken starting at the fruit market to traverse other areas of[Read More…]

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A Multiple Emergency

A Multiple Emergency

I think we are in the midst of an undeclared multiple emergency that is flattening all our familiar signposts in every sphere of public life.Mere refutation of the prolific lies and recourse to conventional remedies seem no longer of any avail.Included of course is the alarming fact that most of the institutions guarding the public interest have been totally disarmed.There[Read More…]

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Food Security Concerns in Jharkhand

Food Security Concerns in Jharkhand

People’s Campaigns Raise Serious Objections to Rice Fortification Scheme, with Special Concerns Regarding Tribal Communities  At a time when the plans of the Government of India to hurriedly spread rice fortification have already become highly controversial with several serious objections being raised by several experts, leading food rights campaigns have prepared a detailed report in the specific context of Jharkhand[Read More…]

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Food Processing Goes Big Or Bust

Food Processing Goes Big Or Bust

Will recent changes sound the death knell of good old atta chakki, oil press and small rice mill? In a recent widely publicized scheme the new AAP government in Punjab has announced that instead of supplying wheat in public distribution, the government will supply atta or wheat flour right at the footstep of consumers. While this is generally seen as[Read More…]

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Gyanvapi Mosque: Why the Issue is being revived?

Gyanvapi Mosque: Why the Issue is being revived?

Media is full of news about Gyanvapi Mosque (May 2014). Currently Rakhi Singh and others in a lawsuit filed by them are seeking permission to worship and perform rituals at Shringar Gauri, Hanuman and Ganesh on daily basis. The exterior wall of Gyanvapi mosques has image of Shringar Gauri, one of the Goddess. The daily access of devotees to the[Read More…]

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Coal Crisis- The States should collectively voice their concern

Coal Crisis- The States should collectively voice their concern

To Respected Chief Minister Sir, Kindly see my letters addressed to you sometime ago (accessible at the following links) on the need for the States to come together to set up a federal front to take up common issues with the Centre, so as to uphold the spirit of federalism that lies at the core of the Constitution. https://countercurrents.org/2022/03/proposal-for-a-federal-front-to-contain-the-onslaught-on-federalism/ https://countercurrents.org/2022/02/welcoming-the-opposition-to-centres-likely-move-to-privatise-singareni-collieries/ https://countercurrents.org/2022/02/onslaught-on-federalism-an-appeal-for-a-federal-front/ https://countercurrents.org/2022/02/welcoming-the-opposition-to-centres-likely-move-to-privatise-singareni-collieries/[Read More…]

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25 Issues of Increasing and Serious Concern in India

25 Issues of Increasing and Serious Concern in India

There is increasing worry that in some areas of critical importance the situation in India has been deteriorating steadily during the last 8 years or so. As India is home to about 18 per cent of people in the world, this is clearly a matter of urgent concern. Hence a review of these disturbing trends is urgently needed with a[Read More…]

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An Open Letter To Muslims And Christians Of India

An Open Letter To Muslims And Christians Of India

As some of you are aware, I am a Shudra intellectual and activist, working and writing to change the unequal conditions of the Dalits, Adivasis and Shudras (including the Other Backward Classes) in the Indian Brahminic Hindutva rule. My books Why I am Not a Hindu, Post-Hindu India and Buffalo Nationalism have been attacked by the Brahminic Hindutva forces and also dragged to[Read More…]

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School Service Commission Recruitment Scam: ‘Chara Ghotala’ of West Bengal

School Service Commission Recruitment Scam: ‘Chara Ghotala’ of West Bengal

Because of your negligence, the State government is facing loss of face. Why should the government suffer for your negligence……                                                     Mamata Banerjee during the administrative review Committee on 27.04.2022 Ms Banerjee, it is late, very late! The steps that the Chief Minister of West Bengal prescribe on 27/04/2022 to contain corruption are a must know to the administration[Read More…]

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Roe vs Wade and Echoes in India 

Roe vs Wade and Echoes in India 

I first came across the concept of abortion at the age of 17 when I watched the film “ Julie” where an Anglo Indian girl falls in love with a Hindu boy and gets pregnant with him. Abortion is briefly considered and equally quickly abandoned as it is a forbidden act for devout Christian. Eventually, Julie is sent away before[Read More…]

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Persecuting Indian Muslims For Crimes Of ‘Muslim’ Rulers: Fallacy Of Hindutva Project

Persecuting Indian Muslims For Crimes Of ‘Muslim’ Rulers: Fallacy Of Hindutva Project

One has lost count of religious conclaves of Hindu ‘saints’, friendly to RSS, calling for violent cleansing of lawful Indian Muslims. It was not long ago that a senior RSS luminary who also graced the high constitutional office of Governor of Tripura, Tathagata Roy reminded through a tweet that “the Hindu-Muslim problem won’t be solved without a Civil War.” Roy[Read More…]

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Imposing Sectarian Agenda on Educational Syllabus

Imposing Sectarian Agenda on Educational Syllabus

In the name of rationalization of curriculum many a topics have been removed from the CBSE syllabus (April  2022). From the tenth standard syllabus; the topics excluded are democracy and diversity, rise of Afro-Asiatic Islamic states, history of Mughal Courts, non alignment movement, impact of globalization on agriculture, popular struggle movements, poems of Faiz in the section of Communalism and[Read More…]

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Auctions of Reserved Panchayat Land for agricultural dalit labour scrapped in 11 Sangrur Villages

Auctions of Reserved Panchayat Land for agricultural dalit labour scrapped in 11 Sangrur Villages

The auction of Common Panchayat land reserved for dalits was withdrawn by the administration in Balab Kalan village in Sangrur. The Dalits had raised a demand to obtain the land for lease for three years. In a virtual conspiracy in denying dalit agricultural community their rights Auctions of panchayat land were scrapped in a cluster of 11 villages of Sangrur,.They[Read More…]

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J&K Delimitation Exercise – A Copy Paste Hindutva Agenda

J&K Delimitation Exercise – A Copy Paste Hindutva Agenda

A three-member Delimitation Commission has submitted its report on redrawing assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir on May 5, 2022. The delimitation panel has earmarked 47 assembly seats for the Kashmir division and 43 for the Jammu division after freshly redrawing the electoral map of Jammu and Kashmir. A gazette notification to this effect was issued by the panel headed[Read More…]

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May day Protest of Delhi State Anganwadi workers and Helpers Union

May day Protest of Delhi State Anganwadi workers and Helpers Union

On May Day the Dehli state Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union stormed into the Jantar Mantar. Other Unions that joined the protest were the Karaval Nagar Mazdoor Union, and Delhi Metro Rail Worker Union. Overall around 1000 workers participated. Recently the  Anganwadi and other workers were terminated from their work. A police patrol was stationed to obstruct the rally at[Read More…]

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A monstrous embryo swelling in the womb of Bharat Mata    

A monstrous embryo swelling in the womb of Bharat Mata    

            “A   strange  dusk  has  descended  upon  the              earth  today/ ….. Those  whose  hearts               are  devoid  of  any  love  and  affection,  never              swayed  by  any  sense  of  pity/ These  are  the              people  who  advice  us   now  as   to  how  the                      world   must  move./   And  those  who  still  feel             it’s  better   to     believe  in[Read More…]

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 Private companies exploiting the State power utilities with active support from Central Ministries

 Private companies exploiting the State power utilities with active support from Central Ministries

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Dear Shri Gauba, Kindly see my letter dated 4-4-2022 to Coal Secretary on how private companies are openly exploiting the State power utilities with passive and active support from Central Ministries (https://countercurrents.org/2022/04/private-companies-exploiting-the-coal-crisis-need-for-an-investigation/). While the CIL and the SCCL, the two premier public sector coal companies, are doing their best to ramp up coal production[Read More…]

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Greening the Red: Towards sustainable menstruation in India

Greening the Red: Towards sustainable menstruation in India

Gone are the days when menstruation, one of our country’s major taboos, was spoken with a ‘hush’ or a ‘shh’ in our society. With films like ‘Padman’, ‘Phullu’, ‘Period. End of Sentence’, the sanitary pads have suddenly gone mainstream. But let’s not forget the fact the country still has limited acceptance with menstrual cups and the discussion around sustainable menstrual[Read More…]

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Why no Hindi dominance in Multi-lingual country

Why no Hindi dominance in Multi-lingual country

Recently Amit Shah, the home minister brought up the issue of Hindi to act as a link language among people speaking different languages in states. There was also a discussion in social media between Kannada actor Sudeep and Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan. The point made by Ajay Devgan was that Hindi is a national language implying (though un-stated) that it[Read More…]

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Workers Made Homeless on May Day by Large Scale Slum Demolitions in Chandigarh

Workers Made Homeless on May Day by Large Scale Slum Demolitions in Chandigarh

dem On May 1, in the presence of heavy police force, demolition squads of Chandigarh swooped on huts and houses of colony number 4, Industrial Area Phase 1. The homes and hearths of nearly 5000 people, all of them from the poorest sections of one of the most affluent cities of India, were destroyed within a few hours. Many of[Read More…]

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Mahapanchayat in Sidkul in Utttarkhand

Mahapanchayat in Sidkul in Utttarkhand

A massive mahapanchayat was staged on April 26th at Udham Singh Nagar in Parle Chowk Sidkul ,Patangar in Uttarakhand .Organized jointly by Interarch workers org, Shramik Sanyukt Morcha (joint platform of workers organizations in the uttrakhand terai industrial areas), & SKM Samyukt Kisan Morcha. Other than workers and Trade Unions, leadership & mobilization from farmer’s movement were present. Workers of[Read More…]

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May Day— Need for wider unity of workers

May Day— Need for wider unity of workers

Workers in India Feel Increasing Need for Unity in the Middle of Increasing Unemployment, Inflation and Privatization This year May Day is being observed at a time of increasing need for wider unity by workers in the wake of adverse government policies leading to increasing burden of unemployment and inflation at the same time. Policies relating to demonetization, poorly conceived[Read More…]

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Coal Worries in India

Coal Worries in India

Coal is now a major subject of news on India. This is happening in the background of the on-going war in Ukraine and West’s pressure on India to join West’s sanctions on Russia. A Reuters report from Chennai — Power-hungry India halts passenger trains to free up track to move coal — said on April 30, 2022: India has boosted[Read More…]

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Why Banks Write Off Billions of the Rich but Threaten Farmers with Arrest for Small Defaults

Why Banks Write Off Billions of the Rich but Threaten Farmers with Arrest for Small Defaults

The High Court of Gujarat  recently rebuked the State Bank of India for not issuing a no dues certificate to a farmer due to the pending dues of just, believe it or not, 37 paise ( not Rs.) in his accounts! This should be read along with the statistics that the same bank wrote off loans amounting to Rs. 34,402 [Read More…]

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Adivasi pesants of Telangana led by GPS Conduct Dharna for land rights  

Adivasi pesants of Telangana led by GPS Conduct Dharna for land rights  

High Court places restraints Instead Of Protecting People’s Rights Around 2000 rural poor, mostly adivasis, came from across Telangana to join a protest at the dharna chowk, Hyderabad on April 28, 2022. The Grameena Pedala Sangham had to conduct its  demonstration, with about 200 people, as per conditions laid down by the government and the High Court. It was focusing[Read More…]

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Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee demands implementation of auctioning of reserved land for Dalit agricultural Labour at a fair price

Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee demands implementation of auctioning of reserved land for Dalit agricultural Labour at a fair price

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee Sangrur-Patiala for a prolonged period of five hours gheraoed the main gate of the Community Centre in Rampur Chatra village in Sangrur ,demanding implementation of land distribution reserved for dalit community ,from 12.30 to 5.30.The speakers of the gathering raised their voice against the auctioning of land at unfair prices and demanded a fair price.[Read More…]

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Fire in a landfill in Delhi

Fire in a landfill in Delhi

While Safety is First Priority, Serious Problems of the Poor Living Nearby Should Also be Reduced A big fire at the Bhalsawa landfill near  Delhi has led to the emergence of a highly hazardous situation in Delhi. Official sources have attributed this to the release of mehane gas, a GHG many times more more potent than carbon dioxide in terms[Read More…]

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Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, June 17, 2009. The government has started a pilot project to quantify climate benefits from the NREGA, the anti-poverty scheme that could become one of the country's main weapons to fight criticism it is not doing enough to tackle global warming. The flagship anti-poverty plan, started three years ago, provides 100 days of employment every year to tens of millions of rural poor, a move that partly helped the Congress party-led coalition return to power in a general election. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder (INDIA ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Long Delays in NREGA Wage Payments in Himachal

Recent reports indicate increasing problems in the implementation of MG-NREGA in Himachal Pradesh, the most disturbing aspect being the long delays in the payments of workers. A front page, top news report in a leading newspaper of this region Amar Ujala stated on April 28, “ in most gram panchayats of Himachal Pradesh daily wage payments of thousands of workers [Read More…]

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Students Organisations condemn Saffron terror on campuses in Varanasi and Allahabad 

Students Organisations condemn Saffron terror on campuses in Varanasi and Allahabad 

The Bhagat Singh Chatra Morcha in Varanasi Hindu University campus and Inquilabi Chatra Morcha in Allahabad University campus have been playing a vanguard role as mascots in the crusade against Brahmanical fascism and been consistent torch bearers in shimmering the views of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh..They have done the utmost to integrate or fuse  the views of Ambedkar[Read More…]

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Is your government consciously defrauding the policyholders of the LIC?

Is your government consciously defrauding the policyholders of the LIC?

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Please refer to my letters dated 6-3-2022, 11-4-2022, 16-4-2022 & 23-4-2022 addressed to you on the manner in which the proposed LIC IPO would do gross injustice to millions of its policyholders, largely belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs.   In my letters cited, I have pointed out to you the five-fold[Read More…]

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Serious Threat to Secularism and Democracy in India

Serious Threat to Secularism and Democracy in India

A Timely Warning by Over 100 Very Senior Ex-Bureaucrats On 26 April over 100 former senior civil servants of India belonging to the Constitutional Conduct Group sent a letter to the Prime Minister drawing attention to the shocking increase in communal violence and government response to this. What is stated in this letter is so important that this should be[Read More…]

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Drought and Forest Fires in Himachal Pradesh

Drought and Forest Fires in Himachal Pradesh

Reports of water shortages and forest fires have been appearing all through the month of April in Himachal Pradesh. It is ironical that the tourist rush to popular hill-stations like Shimla, Manali and Kasauli increased heavily during this month, even though increasing sufferings of local villagers were reported. According to rainfall data, the rainfall from March 1 to April 23[Read More…]

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Bulldozer Babas, False Encounters, Detentions without Trial – Shape of things to come?

Bulldozer Babas, False Encounters, Detentions without Trial – Shape of things to come?

When Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister was posing for pictures, adventurously sitting atop a bulldozer in the new JCB factory inaugurated recently in Gujarat, little did he realise (or, did he deliberately choose to ignore?) that only a few days earlier, similar bulldozers were deployed by the local authorities to demolish buildings in the Jahangirpuri colony in New Delhi[Read More…]

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Maintaining Scientific Temper in India is Essential

Maintaining Scientific Temper in India is Essential

Article 51 A (h) of the Indian constitution says, “It shall be the duty of every citizen to develop the scientific temper, humanism, spirit of inquiry and reform.”   Dr. Ambedkar in his writings and speeches always emphasized on developing scientific temper in the country. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the chief architect of the Indian constitution. He was a great social[Read More…]

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Violence, Thy Name Is Hindutva: Raam ka Naam Badnaam Na Karo

Violence, Thy Name Is Hindutva: Raam ka Naam Badnaam Na Karo

It is shockingly painful and disconcerting to note that on the occasion of Ram Navami (April 10) there was widespread violence that the Hindutvavadis indulged in some of the states. This violence, as Praveen Swami sharply and rightly remarks in his thought provoking article, “[t]o the Neo-Hindutva gang members… isn’t a means to an end. Rather, it is the end in[Read More…]

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Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar

Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar

(The following Memorandum had been submitted to the then President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee Ji in May 2013, and again to the present President Shri Ramnath Kovind JI in May 2017 by the Socialist Party (India). Simultaneously, the Memorandum was also placed in the public domain for a wider discussion on the issue through press releases, seminars and through[Read More…]

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Open Space Workers Face Increasing Heat as Temperatures Rise

Open Space Workers Face Increasing Heat as Temperatures Rise

An important aspect of climate change that clearly affects many Asian and African countries more is that a very large part of their working population toils in open spaces. In a country like India where over two-thirds of the population is rural and a significant section of urban workers, like construction workers, also do much of their work in the[Read More…]

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Enemy in disguise

Enemy in disguise

One disturbing and intriguing aspect of current opposition politics is the persistent illusion that but for a few exceptions it is business as usual in politics.It is not.There is a vast,far-reaching but insidious and unobtrusive plan at work to change the character of the state.The campaign is two-pronged,both from the level of the state and the level of popular mobilization.Every[Read More…]

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Lapse of 37% of Development Funds in Haryana Points to Huge Administrative Failure

Lapse of 37% of Development Funds in Haryana Points to Huge Administrative Failure

In difficult times of resource crunch if some important development needs remain  unmet then this can be understood, but what about a situation when funds have been sanctioned and allocated but despite clear and crying need for utilization of these funds, these remain unspent and ultimately lapse. It is this big failure that is becoming a big debating point in[Read More…]

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Ghosts That Haunt Hindutva: The Violent Muslim and the Complicit Liberal

Ghosts That Haunt Hindutva: The Violent Muslim and the Complicit Liberal

by Akshat Jain and Shahrukh Khatib Utpal Kumar, writer extraordinaire for Firstpost, and executive editor for iTV Network according to his LinkedIn profile, has written an article to explain ‘How communal flare-up in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri exposes liberal, intellectual and even political ineptitude’. He uses the bogey of Jahangirpuri riots to attack liberals for allowing Muslims to be intolerant. This article[Read More…]

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30th National Panchayati Raj Day

30th National Panchayati Raj Day

Rural Decentralization is Crucial for Strengthening Grassroots Democracy and People-Centered Development. A Reminder to Resist Over-centralizing and Corporatization Trends Today the 30th National Panchayati Raj is being observed in India. On this day we remember the passing of the 73th constitutional amendment for panchayati raj and rural decentralization in 1992. Although panchayati raj existed earlier also but the system of[Read More…]

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Between Nitish Kumar and Muslims of Bihar

Between Nitish Kumar and Muslims of Bihar

Amid the highly polarized political atmosphere the love hate love relationship between Nitish Kumar and Muslims of Bihar is an outlier where by and large the two protagonists have maintained mutual respect despite belonging to two diametrically opposite political camps. The investigation of this relationship and the mutual regard is important as both the parties to this socio-political construct behave[Read More…]

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Joint Farming yielding substantial dividends for dalit agricultural labour in Punjab

Joint Farming yielding substantial dividends for dalit agricultural labour in Punjab

Joint or cooperative e farming has enhanced the welfare of the dalit landless agricultural labour Community significantly in Punjab.With most  organised methods the labour has been woven together. Through pooling resources substantial gains have been achieved. The agricultural labourers have acquired reserved land on annual lease by paying from the very own pockets .Dalit families have contributed money to pay[Read More…]

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LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

  To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Please refer to my letters dated 6-3-2022, 11-4-2022 & 16-4-2022 addressed to you on the manner in which the proposed LIC IPO would do gross injustice to its policyholders, largely belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs (https://countercurrents.org/2022/03/lic-ipo-gross-injustice-to-the-smaller-lic-policy-holders-especially-those-belonging-to-the-scs-sts-obcs/ & https://countercurrents.org/2022/04/most-disadvantaged-policy-holders-to-lose-out-in-lic-ipo/ & https://countercurrents.org/2022/04/lic-ipo-gross-injustice-to-the-smaller-lic-policy-holders/) In my earlier correspondence, I had brought to your notice the following disturbing[Read More…]

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Prashant Kishor-Gamble: Hardly a Wise Congress-Move!

Prashant Kishor-Gamble: Hardly a Wise Congress-Move!

Congress party is apparently gambling a little too much on Prashant Kishor. He is not a jinn nor is a miracle-man who can suddenly reverse political fortunes of Congress with his strategies. It may be recalled, his services were of hardly any help to Congress in 2017 Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly elections. Even his inclusion in the party is least[Read More…]

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Bulldozer rules

Bulldozer rules

The recent period has seen a series of events, where bulldozers were used in Muslim areas. This started in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh and later in Jehangirpuri in Delhi. Both of these follow a similar pattern. The Hindu mobs enter the Muslim locations on the pretext of yatra either Ram Navami or Hanuman Jayanti. The mobs instead of going to[Read More…]

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Jignesh Mewani should be released immediately

Jignesh Mewani should be released immediately

I am immensely and most disagreeably surprised by the excessive action of the Assam Police in arresting legislator Jignesh Mewani from far-off Gujarat for a bitter critical comment on the Prime Minister on the complaint of someone from Assam. The complainant may have the highest regard for the Prime Minister.But others are within their rights to hold and air a[Read More…]

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Attack on Youngest Woman Pradhan of Himachal Pradesh Should be a Wake-Up Call

Attack on Youngest Woman Pradhan of Himachal Pradesh Should be a Wake-Up Call

Women Panchayat Leaders Fighting Powerful Interests Should Get Protection           It is shocking to know from recent media reports that 21 year old  Neha Verma, the youngest woman Pradhan (or elected head-person of officially constituted village council) was attacked in her village (Tambar in Palampur region). She is reported to have received serious injuries on her neck. She was attacked[Read More…]

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Goa CM implicates Christians in communal outburst

Goa CM implicates Christians in communal outburst

Sashi Tharoor pertinently observed: “While our mainstream media was distracted by hijab, halal, and azan, India’s labour force shrunk by 3.8 million in March. Unemployment rose across sectors.76 lakh jobs were lost in industry, 41 lakh in manufacturing, and 29 lakh in construction”. Communal riots had broken out in as many as four states including Delhi over last weekend. Violence has accompanied dozens of communal riots across[Read More…]

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CUET Adds Further to the Tyranny of Imposing Over-Centralized, Exam-Centered ‘Education’

CUET Adds Further to the Tyranny of Imposing Over-Centralized, Exam-Centered ‘Education’

One of the most important requirements of our troubled world is a meaningful system of education which is able to create joyful, interesting conditions of learning linked to strong ethical values of justice, equality, honesty, truth, compassion, non-violence, care of all living beings, protection of environment and courage. A key question that any student should be exploring is—how can I[Read More…]

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Apple Orchards Should Avoid Hurried Displacement of Traditional Varieties

Apple Orchards Should Avoid Hurried Displacement of Traditional Varieties

Apple orchards have become a leading livelihood source in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Himachal Pradesh. However orchard owners have been troubled from time to time by several problems including competition from indiscriminate imports and reducing margins. In such a situation sometimes they are tempted to go in for technologies which offer a quick way to increasing yields[Read More…]

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Goa’s political apparatus eyes destabilization of Goa’s pristine ecology – Needed a Peoples Watch 

Goa’s political apparatus eyes destabilization of Goa’s pristine ecology – Needed a Peoples Watch 

Placid is not the only distinctive feature of this government in Goa. Well after a month since election results were announced, the BJP is tottering with government formation. Governance is near-invisible. In quick time, the government has made known anti-democratic/anti-people credentials. It pretends it is pro-development when, in fact it is the opposite. Ministers are openly dismissive of people’s aspirations.[Read More…]

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Hate and Communal Violence: Changing Anatomy

Hate and Communal Violence: Changing Anatomy

Recently this year (Mid April 2022) the incidents on Ramnavami and then on Hanuman Jayanti were very disturbing to say the least. On Ramnavami, the major incidents which shook us were in Gujarat, Khambata and Himmat Nagar, in MP in Khargone, in Karnatka in Gulbarga, Raichur and Kolar, in UP in Sitapur and in Goa in Islampura. These are few[Read More…]

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Hindu Religious Festivals: An Excuse to Unleash Social Terror Upon the Muslim Community

Hindu Religious Festivals: An Excuse to Unleash Social Terror Upon the Muslim Community

The pattern of Ram Navami processions becoming occasions for display of Islamophobic bigotry, followed by anti-Muslim violence, is being witnessed in atleast nine states; including Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, New Delhi, Goa, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Bihar. “Jai Shree Ram” slogans were chanted in front of mosques by sword wielding crowds waving saffron flags. The processions taken out[Read More…]

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A coal mine in Dhanbad, India

Who Bears the Cost of Development? Understanding the Impact of the New Mineral Amendment Bill (2020)

 ‘The development of India may require mining, but are we (the adivasis) not a part of india? We don’t even know who has the mine, or how they acquired it”, -Indu Netam, the convenor of Adivasi Jan Van Adhikar Manch and a member of Mineral Inheritors Rights Association (MIRA)   Understanding Mining in India The mining industry in India has[Read More…]

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ON 103rd Commemoration of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

ON 103rd Commemoration of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

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

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Attack on Ambedkar Jayanti Rally in Bargarh District of Odisha

Attack on Ambedkar Jayanti Rally in Bargarh District of Odisha

While people across the country celebrated the 131st Ambedkar Jayanthi on 14th April 2022, in Bargarh district of Odisha, Bajrang Dal members carried out a horrendous assault on a bike rally taken out by youth celebrating Ambedkar Jayanthi. The attackers also tore/damaged Ambedkarite banners, flags and bikes and urinated on them. All India Lawyers’ Association For Justice (AILAJ) members from[Read More…]

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An attack on the Minority Spaces

An attack on the Minority Spaces

  The recent years has seen increasing attacks on minorities particularly the Muslims. This seems to be aimed at achieving the BJP regimes intended aim of reducing the minority spaces in the socio-political-cultural and economic life and their engagement and participation as equal members of the nation-state. Psycho-cultural spaces: The severest form of attack has been on the psycho-cultural-spaces. In[Read More…]

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Celebrating the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh and his comrades

Celebrating the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh and his comrades

A successful programme was staged by 2 revolutionary mass organisations of Punjab representing the dalit agricultural labour and students, shimmering the sacred torch of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades on April 9th. It was of immense qualitative significance in the context of Punjab and India, challenging dalit oppression and Hindutva fascism. The speakers at the very core touched upon[Read More…]

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LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

  To   Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Please refer to my letters dated 6-3-2022  & 11-4-2022 addressed to you on the manner in which the proposed LIC IPO would do gross injustice to its policyholders, largely belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs (https://countercurrents.org/2022/03/lic-ipo-gross-injustice-to-the-smaller-lic-policy-holders-especially-those-belonging-to-the-scs-sts-obcs/ & https://countercurrents.org/2022/04/most-disadvantaged-policy-holders-to-lose-out-in-lic-ipo/). In my correspondence, I had pointed out again and again how the IPO would[Read More…]

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Turning Ambedkar into an icon bereft of his principles

Turning Ambedkar into an icon bereft of his principles

This 14th April (2022) we will again witness different political outfits celebrating his anniversary with pomp and show. Last few decades most of the political parties have been garlanding this great champion of social justice. The latest in Ambedkar praise club is AAP party, the product of RSS backed Anna movement, to declare Babasaheb as one of their two icons.[Read More…]

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B.R. Ambedkar’s Views on Women Question and Current Electoral Politics

B.R. Ambedkar’s Views on Women Question and Current Electoral Politics

    I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved (B.R. Ambedkar) To commemorate 131Ambedkar Jayanti on 14 April, this time several programmes and memorial meetings are being organized by the political parties belonging to Left, Right, Secular and Social Justice Parties. Besides, this time Phule-Ambedkar Jayanti is being celebrated together with much[Read More…]

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Majoritarianism and Communal Polarization in India

Majoritarianism and Communal Polarization in India

In 1947, when British India was bifurcated into Pakistan and India, the Muslim League leaders who fought for Pakistan declared their country as a theocratic state. In contrast, although the Hindus were in majority, Indian national leaders refuted the idea of Hindu Rashtra and gave shape to a liberal constitution that declared equality of all citizens, guaranteed the Right to[Read More…]

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Jallianwala Bagh memorial vigil held near Vancouver

Jallianwala Bagh memorial vigil held near Vancouver

South Asians came together to pay tributes to those who laid down their lives during a peaceful protest against the British occupation of India in 1919, at the annual commemorative event held in Surrey on Wednesday, April 13. Organized by Mehak Punjab Di TV in partnership with Radical Desi, an online magazine that covers alternative politics, the vigil is aimed[Read More…]

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Last salute to the memory of Frontier Gandhi!

Last salute to the memory of Frontier Gandhi!

It has been more than a year since Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar ‘desired’ to rename the Badshah Khan Hospital after Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Faridabad. As per the notification of Haryana’s director general health services, dated 3 December 2020, the chief minister ‘desired’ to change the name of the of the hospital. The director health sent that order[Read More…]

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 Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Idea of Social Democracy

 Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Idea of Social Democracy

Political Democracy was never an ‘end’ for the leaders who carved out the ‘Idea of India’. They firmly believed that, political democracy should become ‘a means’ towards social and economic democracies. But both factual and counterfactual arguments on Indian society generates a common standpoint that – social inequality and injustice persist in contemporary India. Social engineering projects and trajectories related[Read More…]

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Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog

in what can only be called a cowboy operation, less than a month ago billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. had taken over the operations of Future Retail and offered jobs to its employees after the Kishore Biyani-led group failed to make lease payments to landlords. Reliance Retail, the retail arm of the group had in August 2020 agreed to[Read More…]

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Understanding politics around Anti-conversion Laws in Adivasis dominated states

Understanding politics around Anti-conversion Laws in Adivasis dominated states

Anti-conversion laws in India, ironically also known as Freedom of Religion Acts, are state-level laws that have been enacted to regulate religious conversion. To date, Ten states out of twenty-eight states have enacted these laws: Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. Haryana, this February, has introduced an anti-conversion bill in the[Read More…]

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Silence of the powerful!

Silence of the powerful!

Why the Corporate Czars are Silent over increasing attacks on Social Fabric and rising Communalism  Celebrity actors and players share an interesting commonality in this part of South Asia. Their moral compass normally veers towards the ‘righteousness’ of the rich, powerful and the influential. Lynching of innocent people on the streets for their faith, social and governmental hounding of lovers[Read More…]

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India has outsourced law and order to Hindutva lumpen

India has outsourced law and order to Hindutva lumpen

The recent communal clashes reported during the Ram Navami festival from the different parts of the country suggest that the Hindu zealots have taken over the law order in their hands. They unleashed a reign of terror on the Muslim minority and there is none to stop them from doing so. This suggests that India has outsourced law and order[Read More…]

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More Trouble for Metro Rail in Indian Cities

More Trouble for Metro Rail in Indian Cities

The Metro rail network is failing miserably in different cities. In Bangalore steps to check the falling ridership of Namma Metro are not helping. Its daily pass scheme too has drawn poor response. In a city of millions, only four people bought a three day pass costing Rs 400 on April 5. With the pass you can travel any number[Read More…]

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Attempts by RSS to present Ambedkar as a Hindutva supporter

According to a newspaper, this time the RSS is going to do a big program to connect the Dalits. According to this, for the first time on Ambedkar Jayanti, flowers will be offered on photographs in branches across the country. On Ambedkar Jayanti i.e., on April 14, especially those statements of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar in which Hindutva is strengthened with[Read More…]

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Communal Cards Targeting Women!

Communal Cards Targeting Women!

Anti-Muslim noise raised in Karnataka is just a mild indicator of this being a part of certain right-elements’ communal campaign ahead of coming elections. Not much needs to be said about this being directed towards gaining media attention as well as hoping to please top most leaders holding similar communal views. Karnataka is scheduled to face Assembly election in around[Read More…]

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Rice Fortification May Prove to be Very Harmful for Our Food System

Rice Fortification May Prove to be Very Harmful for Our Food System

The government has recently announced a very fast schedule of spreading rice fortification in India. According to this schedule the supply of fortified rice to ICDS, mid-day meals, other nutrition and welfare schemes as well as to the vast public distribution system is to be completed by the year 2024. The capacity of the government to achieve this is much[Read More…]

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Most disadvantaged policy holders to lose out in LIC IPO

Most disadvantaged policy holders to lose out in LIC IPO

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Please refer to my letter dated 6-3-2022 addressed to you on the manner in which the proposed LIC IPO would do gross injustice to the policy holders of the LIC, largely belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs (https://countercurrents.org/2022/03/lic-ipo-gross-injustice-to-the-smaller-lic-policy-holders-especially-those-belonging-to-the-scs-sts-obcs/) As apprehended by me in my letter, it appears that not more than 8[Read More…]

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Hindutva Social Contract in India

Hindutva Social Contract in India

The Hindutva euphoria in legitimizing authoritarian state power with the help electoral democracy is another success story in the history of fascism. The liberal, constitutional and secular democracy is falling apart with the ascendancy of authoritarian waves led by Hindutva politics of hate. The Brahminical social contract based on Hindu caste order, propaganda, populism, relentless indoctrination led religious polarization, and[Read More…]

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Protect the spiritual rights of Adivasis: Shivu J.A

Protect the spiritual rights of Adivasis: Shivu J.A

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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A conversation between Bhakt and Anti National

A conversation between Bhakt and Anti National

Anti National: Oh! The prices are rising. It will get difficult in the coming days. Buying necessities itself will be a challenge. People should awaken and fight with the government on the price issue. Bhakt: What you are concerned with prices. Hindus are in danger. And you talk about prices. We Hindus must arm ourselves. They are going to attack[Read More…]

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The present and the future of Darjeeling tea

The present and the future of Darjeeling tea

An exclusive interview with Sandip C Jain about Darjeeling and its tea industry    Darjeeling tea is known worldwide for its delicate taste and for being one of the most expensive teas. Despite this, when we look at the tea laborers we find how little their condition has changed over time. They still have to protest for days to increase[Read More…]

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Reimagining Renewable Energy for this Earth Day

Reimagining Renewable Energy for this Earth Day

22nd April 2022 will be the 52nd year since the observation of  Earth Day. A day that marked the birth of the modern environment movement across the West in the back drop of protests against war and Rachel Carlson’s Silent Spring. Earth Day in the 1990s became a global call for action drawing attention of the world to the developing[Read More…]

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Lives lived at the Borderlands of Arunachal Pradesh

Lives lived at the Borderlands of Arunachal Pradesh

Twelve kilometres from the India-Myanmar border in the Patkai hills of Arunachal Pradesh, is the last Indian town that goes by the name Nampong. The town appears crucial in India’s Act East Policy for being located on the historic Stillwell Road built during World War II, which starts from Ledo (in Assam), passes through Nampong (in Arunachal Pradesh), and several[Read More…]

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Darjeeling- a journey through time – Colonialism and Establishment of Darjeeling 

Darjeeling- a journey through time – Colonialism and Establishment of Darjeeling 

An interview with Dr Sonam B Wangyal regarding how Darjeeling came into being and assumed its present state We all know about Darjeeling tea but little do we know about its history. The story of the establishment of Darjeeling has many twists and turns. There are only few works which are done on this topic and hence we have very[Read More…]

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Private companies exploiting the coal crisis- Need for an investigation

Private companies exploiting the coal crisis- Need for an investigation

 To Shri A K Jain Union Coal Secretary Dear Shri Jain, The 2021 coal crisis has severely impacted the power sector, especially the performance of the DISCOMs operating within the State sector. As a result of the shortfalls in coal supplies, the DISCOMs were forced to import coal at exorbitant prices, which in turn escalated the price of electricity. As a[Read More…]

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Withdraw Anti-Conversion Laws in view of the harm and persecution that have been unleashed on the Christians in the country

Withdraw Anti-Conversion Laws in view of the harm and persecution that have been unleashed on the Christians in the country

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Metro trains running empty, people need buses , provide buses

Metro trains running empty, people need buses , provide buses

The Metro railway in Mumbai may at some later date prove a success. But as of now it seems to fit the mindset of megalomaniacs obsessed with power and delusions of grandeur. It is perhaps a cruel coincidence that the monumentally expensive network was opened by the chief minister on the Hindu new year day on April 2 when millions[Read More…]

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Dalit Politics needs a New Radical Alternative

Dalit Politics needs a New Radical Alternative

The recent assembly elections in five states have shown that Dalit politics has once again failed miserably. In this election, the BSP, as a symbol of Dalit politics in Uttar Pradesh, was badly defeated and got only one seat. In the recent elections, the BSP has got two seats in Uttarakhand, while in Punjab it did not get a single[Read More…]

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Chandigarh-dispute: Please handle with care

Chandigarh-dispute: Please handle with care

This comment is not about the history and politics related to the Chandigarh- dispute between the states of Punjab and Haryana that began in 1966. There was a statement by the Central Government through its Home Minister regarding the proposed changes in the administrative system of the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The journalists/analysts have stated that the Resolution once again[Read More…]

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Massive Farmers’ Protest At Muktsar

Massive Farmers’ Protest At Muktsar

Massive protest lodged by BKU Ekta Ugrahan demanding action against Lathi charge on farmers demanding compensation for loss to cotton crop  A large number of farmers, including women, under the banner of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) in  a massive protest near the Muktsar District Administrative Complex (DAC) demanding the departmental action against the Deputy Commissioner, Malout SDM and[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi (C), President of India's main opposition Congress party, his mother and leader of the party Sonia Gandhi and India's former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) display copies of their party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi, India, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Congress: Internal discord, outside expectations

(1) Internal discord in the party has intensified after Congress’s dismal performance in the five assembly elections held in February-March 2022. Political pundits, leaders of other parties and politically aware citizens are questioning the role of the Congress for future politics. Among those who put in question there are many people who have reasonable expectations from the Congress as an[Read More…]

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Fuel Prices: Taxing The Poor, Subsidizing The Rich

Fuel Prices: Taxing The Poor, Subsidizing The Rich

Since the conclusion of recently-held assembly elections in five states, the fuel prices have undergone nine hikes in the last ten days, pushing the cost of petrol, diesel, and LPG to a record high. These prices were last revised in the month of November 2021, when the price of petrol had reached ₹100 per litre. Beyond the obvious concern of[Read More…]

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Despite Growing Evidence of Serious Risks of GM Crops, Now Attempts Are On to Find Backdoor Entry in India

Despite Growing Evidence of Serious Risks of GM Crops, Now Attempts Are On to Find Backdoor Entry in India

      At the time of a huge corporate assault to get clearance for Bt brinjal GM ( Genetically Modified) crop, farmers and civil society had joined hands together to resist this and the Environment Minister of the then UPA government  Jairam Ramesh had bravely resisted all pressures while announcing  a moratorium on this GM food crop, a decision which won[Read More…]

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Savarkar as a diehard Casteist: Evidence from Hindutva archives

Savarkar as a diehard Casteist: Evidence from Hindutva archives

The Savarkar rehabilitation project is taking newer forms. The latest attempt [‘How Savarkar fought for a casteless society’, The Indian Express, 28-02-2022] by the Savarkarites is to claim that “He had imagined a nation free of malevolent social evils such as caste cruelty, Untouchability, and injustice towards women. He advocated a casteless society based on notions of social justice coupled[Read More…]

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India–Massive strike of 200 million workers draws attention to increasing problems and apprehensions of workers

India–Massive strike of 200 million workers draws attention to increasing problems and apprehensions of workers

The call for a 2 day national level strike by workers given by 10 central trade unions and other supporting organizations in India drew a strong response by  over 200 million ( 20 crore) workers on March 28 and 29, according to organizers. These workers included those from ports and mines, railways and transport, banking and insurance, refineries and telecom,[Read More…]

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Anti-Conversion Laws Violate Constitutional Rights: Dr Sandeep Pandey

Anti-Conversion Laws Violate Constitutional Rights: Dr Sandeep Pandey

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Open letter to Kerala CM: Silver line, no silver lining

Open letter to Kerala CM: Silver line, no silver lining

Dear Shri Pinarayi Vijayan Ji, A few years ago, I attended a wedding somewhere between Thiruvalla and Changanassery. Soon after the reception, an elderly person approached me. After some initial pleasantries, he asked me where my car was parked. I told him that I came by bus. The moment I said this, he disappeared from there. I have two explanations[Read More…]

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Bharatiya Kisan Union(Ekta) Ugrahan remembers  Shaheed Bhagat Singh,Sukhdev and Rajguru on Martrydom day

Bharatiya Kisan Union(Ekta) Ugrahan remembers  Shaheed Bhagat Singh,Sukhdev and Rajguru on Martrydom day

   Without doubt Bhagat Singh was one of the greatest ever revolutionaries who chalked out a genuine revolutionary anti-colonial programme and not the Indian National Congress. He pioneered the formation of an organisation charting out a programme opposing landlordism, capitalism   and imperialism. Today with Hindutva fascism at ascendancy .Bhagat Singh has also been utilised as a symbol by RSS forces[Read More…]

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ECI would do well to count 100% VVPAT slips

ECI would do well to count 100% VVPAT slips

by Sandeep Pandey, Vikrant Singh, Pawan Singh and Devesh Patel Even though Yogi Adityanath is now back as Chief Minister, the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results can at best be taken with a pinch of salt. The general mood during the campaign was for change. People wanted the Bhartiya Janata Party government to go. People belonging to communities other[Read More…]

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The Anti-Conversion Bill in Haryana is Worse than the Karnataka Bill

The Anti-Conversion Bill in Haryana is Worse than the Karnataka Bill

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Proposal for a Federal Front to contain the onslaught on federalism

Proposal for a Federal Front to contain the onslaught on federalism

To Shri Bhagwant Mann Chief Minister Punjab Dear Shri Mann, Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you on taking over as the Chief Minister of Punjab. I am sure that your government will help open a new chapter in the politics of the State for the good of the people. In the federal framework in which the Centre and[Read More…]

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Why Compulsory Reading of Bhagavad Gita in Schools is the Last thing We Need as a Democracy

Why Compulsory Reading of Bhagavad Gita in Schools is the Last thing We Need as a Democracy

Gujarat Government’s decision to incorporate Bhagavad Gita as a compulsory text for the students of class VI to XII have already brought up several arguments. On one hand, a few scholars are of the opinion that it is nothing but a step toward fulfilling the dreams of Hindu Rashtra, on the other a few have rightly pointed out the ‘obscurantist[Read More…]

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The return of Yogi Adityanath and democracy of fear in Uttar Pradesh

The return of Yogi Adityanath and democracy of fear in Uttar Pradesh

Yogi Adityanath, a monk turned politician is set to return as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He will be taking the oath for the second consecutive chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh on March 25. BJP has comfortably managed to script a jubilant victory in the recently concluded legislative elections in Uttar Pradesh. BJP with its allies got two-thirds of the[Read More…]

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Albright dies with secrets about mysterious massacre in Kashmir buried into her chest

Albright dies with secrets about mysterious massacre in Kashmir buried into her chest

The first woman US Secretary of State has passed away at the age of 84. Madeleine Albright lost her battle with cancer on March 23, three days after the anniversary of Chittisinghpura massacre on March 20, 2000, 22 years ago, when then-US President Bill Clinton was visiting India, 36 Sikhs were gunned down in Kashmir. Those deaths still remain a[Read More…]

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Should Indians Drink ? 

Should Indians Drink ? 

For a few weeks on February , Delhi witnessed the unusual phenomena of getting mind blowing discounts on liquor. Shops were advising buy one get one type offers , enticing people to not just buy more but drink more. The liquor business in Delhi was till recently run by the local government which ran shady looking shops colloquially called thekas.[Read More…]

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`Whom I Worship Is My Business!’ – Mallika Sarabhai

`Whom I Worship Is My Business!’ – Mallika Sarabhai

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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The assault on the National Film Archives and Films Division is an assault on Constitution

The assault on the National Film Archives and Films Division is an assault on Constitution

The merging of four distinct public bodies under one single umbrella, controlled by one single ministry under one single minister whose most infamous utterance just before the outbreak of deadly violence in Delhi in 2019 was “Shoot the Bastards” (a loose translation of “Goli Maaro Salon Ko”) would have been alarming in of itself.  What is more alarming is that[Read More…]

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Old Politicians Ousted: AAP Storms in Punjab as Hindutva Substitute

Old Politicians Ousted: AAP Storms in Punjab as Hindutva Substitute

Since its emergence from the Anna Hazare movement against corruption in Delhi in 2012 the Aam Aadmi Party (APP) has remained on the positive side of Hindutva. Now after defeating the ruling Congress in the assembly polls of Punjab AAP publically claimed that it has become the replacement of Congress in the state but would also do so at the[Read More…]

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Union home minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah during a road show for party candidates in Islampur, April 13, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@AmitShah/PTI

From Jai Ram to – Hai Ram

The OverSeas Friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party, or; OF-BJP, is fairly big in the United Kingdom, and more so in the United States of America. It surprisingly even has a huge number of followers in the United Arab Emirates. You can visit them at their official online information portal at http://ofbjp.bjp.org/ and read up all about their plans and[Read More…]

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These Millions of Threatened Trees Must be Saved in Times of Climate Change

These Millions of Threatened Trees Must be Saved in Times of Climate Change

Each tree is considered to be a conserver of water, so it is extremely strange that a leading project in India widely publicized to reduce water shortages of a drought-prone area is supposed to start with the axing of 2.3 million trees, besides badly disrupting wild life including tigers  in a protected zone and displacing thousands of villagers. The claims[Read More…]

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Dangers of Teaching the Bhagavad Gita in Educational Curriculums

Dangers of Teaching the Bhagavad Gita in Educational Curriculums

The Hindu right wing forces are planning for a while to make the Bhagavad Gita as a national scripture and access to absolute state power is allowing them to fulfil their long-time dream. The decision of the Gujarat government to incorporate the Bhagavad Gita within the school syllabus for Class-6 to class-12 students from 2022-23 academic year is a dangerous[Read More…]

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Pegassus- Thorough investigation called for

Pegassus- Thorough investigation called for

 To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Dear Shri Bhalla, I have requested you time and again to get the whole matter concerning the use of Pegasus spyware in several States in India properly investigated. My last letter was sent to you on 22-7-2021 (https://countercurrents.org/2021/07/pegasus-spyware-need-for-thorough-investigation/) As I have pointed out, several States in India (AP, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra etc.) had apparently[Read More…]

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Media Coverage of the Right to Information (Amendment) Act 2019

Media Coverage of the Right to Information (Amendment) Act 2019

by Ashish Kumar Singh & Margarita Denisnova Minaeva The Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by both the houses of parliament in July 2019. The opposition parties had been arguing against the proposed changes in the Right to Information Act of 2005 through this amendment. The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act, 2005) came in existence after a long movement against transparency and accountability in governance.[Read More…]

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Welcome Kerala Legislative Assembly’s resolution opposing disinvestment of the LIC

Welcome Kerala Legislative Assembly’s resolution opposing disinvestment of the LIC

 To   Shri Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister Kerala Dear Shri Vijayan, I wish to compliment the Kerala Legislative Assembly for unanimously passing a resolution voicing concern over the Centre’s move to sell its equity in the LIC to stock market investors and urging the Centre to retain the institution as a wholly government-owned CPSE, considering that it has played a key[Read More…]

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Is ACB report personal information?

Is ACB report personal information?

Privacy continues to be the most frequent excuse for stonewalling the information questions. In Maharashtra, the State Information Commissioner (SIC) directed the public authority to give information to an applicant about the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) report. While the government approached the High Court to reverse the SIC order, the applicant wanted the High Court through a separate writ petition to[Read More…]

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Supreme Court Must Stay Karnataka HC Verdict Which Will Result In Exclusion Of Hijab wearing Muslim Girls From Accessing Education

Supreme Court Must Stay Karnataka HC Verdict Which Will Result In Exclusion Of Hijab wearing Muslim Girls From Accessing Education

The Karnataka High Court in its order has held that wearing of hijab is not essential to the practice of Islam; that College Development Committees (CDCs) have a right to prescribe a uniform; and that Muslim girls must comply with whatever uniform is prescribed by their college. 1. We, the undersigned organizations working for women’s rights and democratic rights, note[Read More…]

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Election Commission must order 100% verification of VVPATs

Election Commission must order 100% verification of VVPATs

 To   Shri Sushil Chandra Chief Election Commissioner Election Commission of India (ECI)   Shri Rajiv Kumar Election Commissioner Election Commission of India (ECI)   Shri Anup Chandra Pandey Election Commissioner Election Commission of India (ECI)   Dear S/Shri Satish Chandra, Rajiv Kumar, Pandey, I refer to the report of the Citizens’ Commission on Elections (CCE), chaired by Justice Madan B Lokur. I wonder whether the[Read More…]

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Why  have Dalits of Punjab  rejected Channi?

Why  have Dalits of Punjab  rejected Channi?

  On 10th March,2022, the Punjab State Assembly Election results were declared and the oldest Congress party got only 18 seats. Ms. Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress (INC) could not assess the Dalit voters properly that constitutes almost 32 percent( Census 2011) in the state. Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her advisors, sycophants could also not even assess the[Read More…]

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India need institutional autonomy to protect and strengthen democracy

India need institutional autonomy to protect and strengthen democracy

The poll outcome in five states have gladdened many and disappointed others with BJP’s extremely impressive performance but it is also a complete failure of the opposition parties particularly Congress and BSP. The results have also exposed the embedded media. It is not merely Modi Bhakts but there is a ‘big’ anti Modi anti Yogi industry which gained enormously since[Read More…]

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K-Rail:An open letter to Com. Kanam Rajendran

K-Rail:An open letter to Com. Kanam Rajendran

Respected Com. Kanam Rajendran All of us, the signatories of this open letter, are well-wishers of Kerala and activists involved in the social, political, cultural, educational and environmental fields in the state.  By tradition, we belong to Communist families, and take pride in that lineage too. What provokes us to write this letter is our anxiety over the present condition[Read More…]

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Assembly Election Results 2022- Whither Pluralism, Democracy?

Assembly Election Results 2022- Whither Pluralism, Democracy?

The assembly elections results of UP, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Goa have given victory to BJP in 4 states and AAP has come to power in Punjab. In Punjab AAP seems have won as there was a serious in fighting in Congress and the SAD’s poor record of the past. In Goa BJP was greatly helped in overcoming incumbency by[Read More…]

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Dimming of Footlights

Dimming of Footlights

There it is and it cannot be wished away.The Congress has come a cropper for the THIRD time,and someone must take responsibility for it. We have heard for the third time the tired plea that the people’s verdict had been accepted with humility. Some noted commentators have said that Rahul Gandhi et al must now leave politics and retire to[Read More…]

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Reduction in interest accruals to EPFO’s beneficiaries – Mismanagement of EPFO investments

Reduction in interest accruals to EPFO’s beneficiaries – Mismanagement of EPFO investments

  To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I understand that the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has further reduced the interest rate on beneficiaries’ deposits from 8.5% during 2020-21 to 8.1% during 2021-22, adversely affecting more than 7 crores of EPFO subscribers (https://www.livemint.com/news/epf-interest-rate-for-2021-22-reduced-to-8-1-lowest-since-197778-11647069646411.html). The rate of interest fixed by the EPFO for 2021-22 is the lowest since 1977-78.[Read More…]

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Pong Dam Evictees Have Not Received Justice Even After 50 Years

Pong Dam Evictees Have Not Received Justice Even After 50 Years

It was over 50 years back that over 20,000 families living in villages of Kangra region were asked to leave their beautiful settlements to make way for Pong Dam constructed on Beas river in Himachal Pradesh. The land here was so fertile that it produced bountiful diverse crops without using any chemical fertilizers and pesticides. So people were very, very[Read More…]

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Withdraw the proposed Coal Mining Project by Adani at Gondalpura, Jharkhand

Withdraw the proposed Coal Mining Project by Adani at Gondalpura, Jharkhand

NAPM extends solidarity to villagers of Gondalpura Struggling to Protect their Farms, Forests and Biodiversity 12th March, 2022: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) extends solidarity to the villagers protesting since many months against Adani’s proposed mine at the Gondalpura coal block in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. It is distressing that both the Centre and the State have paid no heed to[Read More…]

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What Kind of Swachh Bharat and Modernisation Are We  Creating?

What Kind of Swachh Bharat and Modernisation Are We  Creating?

   What kind of Swachh Bharat and  modern urbanisation we are creating ? Let us start with Bandra suburban station in Mumbai, one of the  oldest and prized heritage  stone  buildings, with   its red tile roof. A perfectly  functioning toilet for men and women   here  was demolished recently  and  now there is  no toilet, urinal of any kind  on any[Read More…]

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Fight against fascists isn’t over yet

Fight against fascists isn’t over yet

The results of recently held assembly elections in five states of India should worry us. In Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – which has emerged as a third alternative to the BJP and the opposition Congress Party – won with a brute majority, taking close to 90 seats out of the total 117. However, the ruling right wing Hindu[Read More…]

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Hindu Revivalists of Bengal

Hindu Revivalists of Bengal

Bengal was the province where English rulers had initial impact. The Bengalis were influenced by the British rule more than any other area of the country. The East India Company established its capital at Calcutta in 1773. The upper caste, the Bhadra Bengali people were attracted towards English culture and they were thinking that English education, English culture were superior.[Read More…]

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Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly elections in five states are over and results declared. However, several questions have surfaced which perhaps need to be considered seriously. This isn’t simply related to speculations voiced about faulty nature of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Several strong messages conveyed by these results need to be perhaps paid serious attention. Though Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has returned to power[Read More…]

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Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Adivasi

Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Adivasi

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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BJP Wins Crucial Elections In India

BJP Wins Crucial Elections In India

In what was touted as a semifinal before the national elections in 2024 in India, the assembly elections in five states including the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the right wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is set to form government four out of the five states. Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party is set to retain the State of[Read More…]

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Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -III

Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -III

Morality in Political Discourse in India This is a three part article and each part is complete in itself. Therefore each part is being published with the same title. The Introduction will be repeated in each part for the sake of making it complete in itself. PART III KEBAB ‘We are, therefore, largely a drinking, smoking and meat-eating people’! Dr.[Read More…]

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International Women’s day celebrated in  a big way in Punjab

International Women’s day celebrated in  a big way in Punjab

On the International Women’s day, Bharti Kisan Union(Ekta Ugrahan) staged massive  women conferences at 11places in 10 districts of Punjab, in which tens of thousands of women participated. State president of the Union, Joginder Singh Ugrahan and General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan informed the press that at all these places the Conferences were organised and led on the initiative[Read More…]

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Protest in Punjab against the Ukraine War

Protest in Punjab against the Ukraine War

A Protest was undertaken by Lok Sangram Morcha, in Punjab in Nature Park in Moga district on March 5th protesting the War in Ukraine. The front is a conglomeration of revolutionary democratic mass organizations, adhering towards Communist revolutionary line. Even if not more than around 400 persons it was impactful in raising the consciousness of the basic masses on the[Read More…]

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Crime and Punishment: Is Indian Justice System Impartial?

Crime and Punishment: Is Indian Justice System Impartial?

Indian society has been suffering the violence of many types. Two of these the communal violence and acts of terror have shaken the very humane ethos of our society from last few decades. Communal violence which began during colonial period has by now assumed the form of a majoritarian violence directed against religious minorities. During colonial period both types of[Read More…]

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Reduced presence in politics main cause of Gender Gap

Reduced presence in politics main cause of Gender Gap

With four parameters, the gender gap in 156 nations was studied in 2021. It says it will take 135.6 years to bridge the gender gap worldwide… India is at 140th rank among 156 nations. It has slipped 28 places.. It is unfortunate that India was rated as one of the most dangerous places for women in the world.. The problem[Read More…]

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Axing Scholarships, Denying Opportunities

Axing Scholarships, Denying Opportunities

When Government itself Does Not Have Any Qualms in rationalising Drona Mindset [H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the . . .commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by the wonderful progress in science, is assuming[Read More…]

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Our India: Either We keep it or it will be Stolen from Us

Our India: Either We keep it or it will be Stolen from Us

Our Generation’s Challenge. Our generational challenge is out in the open. The events set in motion from the videos humiliating Muslims[1] in Hindi Belt last summer to Haridwar Dharma Sansads[2] to the ongoing segregation in schools of Karnataka to spread of denial of education to students on basis of hijab or turban, this challenge is obvious and self-evident. People often[Read More…]

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Hindutva crucifying Science

Hindutva crucifying Science

While conducting an interactive session last Sunday at a local youth club on the eve of Science day, I was astonished at the kind of queries my next generation put forth. I was up for a discussion on topics ranging from the ‘Raman Effect’ up to recent advances in medical sciences but definitely not prepared to tackle issues like plastic[Read More…]

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The Anti-Conversion Laws Target Freedom of Religion and Conscience

The Anti-Conversion Laws Target Freedom of Religion and Conscience

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Welfare and Empowerment of Women Suffer Badly Due to Lack of Adequate Budgetary Support

Welfare and Empowerment of Women Suffer Badly Due to Lack of Adequate Budgetary Support

Even some of the most publicized programs fall far short of funds required for proper implementation Recent times have been extremely difficult for weaker sections in India due to not just the pandemic but several highly adverse policy decisions as well. Within weaker sections it is often the women who suffer more and face the most difficulties and distress in[Read More…]

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Anti-Conversion Laws Restrict Individual Freedom to Practice Faith or Belief of One’s Own Choice

Anti-Conversion Laws Restrict Individual Freedom to Practice Faith or Belief of One’s Own Choice

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Modi’s opening Pune Metro Rail shows poor Understanding of Public Transport

Modi’s opening Pune Metro Rail shows poor Understanding of Public Transport

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, unwittingly admitted today that the operation of Metro railway network in India is a failure. He was inaugurating short stretches of two Metro lines in Pune. He appealed to people to travel by the Metro. It was in the tone of desperation of a salesman who knows the product is expensive and does not meet real[Read More…]

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2022 UP Polls and Shifting Discourse around Electoral Politics

2022 UP Polls and Shifting Discourse around Electoral Politics

  India’s political pundits have now started thinking about what will be the possible fate of the Hindutva politics, if the UP electoral outcomes will not be in favour of the BJP? This election is now considered as a historic in nature and its result will have the national impact (ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha). More importantly, the elections results will[Read More…]

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LIC IPO- Gross injustice to the smaller LIC policy holders, especially those belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs

LIC IPO- Gross injustice to the smaller LIC policy holders, especially those belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs

  To   Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Earlier, I had written two letters to you (https://www.moneylife.in/article/lic-ipo-gross-underestimated-valuation-put-it-on-hold-says-eas-sarma/66146.html, https://countercurrents.org/2022/01/cpse-disinvestment-valuation-approach-flawed/) about the flawed approach to valuing the LIC for listing it in the stock markets and the injustice meted out to millions of small policy holders, with a view to grant undue benefits to a handful of speculative,[Read More…]

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Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

A lesson from Ukraine crisis- Decentralisation can help greatly to correct the mismatch between need and availability of medical personnel As thousands of medical students from India have recently faced extreme difficulties and risks in Ukraine, a lot of attention has been drawn to the anomaly of a very large number of Indian medical students going to study in difficult[Read More…]

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Punjab-22: What March 10 Won’t Mention

Punjab-22: What March 10 Won’t Mention

 10 Weeks – In Between Returning from Delhi Border 11.12.2021 and Going to Polling Booths 20.02.2022 Millions will be waiting for the results of the elections to the five state assemblies out of which three took part in the farmers movement: Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Gigabytes of comments from ‘Experts’ will pour out. And there will again be a[Read More…]

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The Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Women, Anti-Dalit and Anti Minorities

The Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Women, Anti-Dalit and Anti Minorities

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Assembly Elections: Missing New Education Policy in the Debate

Assembly Elections: Missing New Education Policy in the Debate

The assembly elections of five, which lasted for about a month, are going to end. Only last phase of the elections is left in Uttar Pradesh to be held on March 7. Much of the debate during the elections was lost to accusations and counter-accusations between the parties and leaders. In the debate on election issues that appeared in newspapers,[Read More…]

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Photo Credit/Dainik Tribune newspaper

Thousands of Poorest and Most Vulnerable People Threatened by Demolitions in Ambala and Chandigarh

  In recent times urban poor households have faced great difficulties due to the pandemic as well as loss of livelihoods and income. In such times they need help and certainly nothing should be done which will increase their difficulties. So it is really very disturbing to know that thousands of hut and slum dwellers have been recently threatened by[Read More…]

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Significant Gains Achieved After Long Struggle by Construction Workers Are Threatened Now

Significant Gains Achieved After Long Struggle by Construction Workers Are Threatened Now

Very significant gains were achieved by construction workers of India in the form of two laws enacted in 1996 for their social security and welfare. Then for over two decades another phase of struggle had to continue for their implementation in the right spirit. By the year 2018 again there were significant successes in the form of decisions of Supreme[Read More…]

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The Plight of the Indian Medical Student

The Plight of the Indian Medical Student

Caught amid the war are thousands of Indian students, a majority of these medical students. A large number of students go to Ukraine who are in the news these days. Others go elsewhere. There are several reasons as we will see. Many, though not all degrees\ are recognised across the world, including by the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union,[Read More…]

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Do Not Treat Dalits and Adivasis as Objects. Repeal Anti-Conversion Laws!

Do Not Treat Dalits and Adivasis as Objects. Repeal Anti-Conversion Laws!

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Parliamentary privileges: Undefined & ambiguous

Parliamentary privileges: Undefined & ambiguous

On the complaint of a BJP MP, two newspapers got a notice from the Privileges Committee of Parliament for alleged ‘breach’ of privilege, for the comments published on the PM’s speech in Parliament. Earlier, the TRS moved a motion of Privilege against the PM, for his remark on the passage of bifurcation Bill to divide AP. What is a privilege,[Read More…]

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Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

Protection of the Ganga river is one of those tasks in which the government can achieve great success with the enthusisastic involvement of people. Then why is it that success has so far proved so elusive? The available data for Varanasi, the most prioritized place for Ganga protection, reveals that in terms of the essential parameters which define acceptable water[Read More…]

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Hijab: Pursuing profits of polarization

Hijab: Pursuing profits of polarization

National prerogative should be on minimizing social and economic inequalities instead  of the current thrust on clipping cultural codes.   Dress Code  – Uniformity and Inclusion in Educational Institutions Barack Obama as President of the US in 2008 had flown to England to make an address to the world leaders of G-20 countries. President and First Lady Michelle Obama were also invited by Queen[Read More…]

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 More than Covid-19, inequality killed many

 More than Covid-19, inequality killed many

Govt raising burden on a large section of people, while easing taxes on super-rich On June 10, 2008, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. On November 26, 2007, the UN General Assembly declared that 20th February will be celebrated every year as the World Day of Social Justice, also known[Read More…]

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UP Prepares for Change

UP Prepares for Change

As Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections draw to a close, a wind of change seems to be blowing through the state. Initially it was thought that because of farmers movement the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance will dominate Bharatiya Janata Party only in western UP. Although revival of SP had begun much before the elections but it was believed that BJP[Read More…]

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Help set up a Federal Front to thwart Central leadership’s onslaught on Federalism

Help set up a Federal Front to thwart Central leadership’s onslaught on Federalism

To Thiru M K Stalin Chief Minister Tamilnadu Dear Thiru Stalin, In your recently released book, Ungalil Oruvan (One Amongst You), you have highlighted, among others, the necessity for the States to come together to protect the equitable federal framework in which the Centre and the States should function.  On the occasion of the book release, as per news reports, you have[Read More…]

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Constitution: State and Nation

Constitution: State and Nation

Congress Party vice president, Rahul Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha that this country is a union of states, not a nation. Rahul Gandhi raised this issue in his speech in Parliament. He also said that there is no concept of nation in the constitution. And he also said that the culture, language and history of each state is different.[Read More…]

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The Pathalgadi movement for adivasi autonomy

The Pathalgadi movement for adivasi autonomy

The Adivasis of India have been trying to protect their lands and assert their collective right to self-determination since India’s Independence and long before. The Pathalgadi movement is the most powerful recent mass expression of self-determination, which is presumably why its participants have been terrorized and criminalized by the Indian state. This also why it is vital that more and[Read More…]

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On Current Changes In Toponymy

On Current Changes In Toponymy

This unfamiliar term means ‘Scence of Place Names’ and traces origins and histories of place-names.The current saffron craze for changes in place-names purportedly associated with Muslim rule actually plays havoc with Toponymy,and by association,with history Originating in a thirst for revenge against alleged ‘historical wrongs/injustices’, this mania actually sins against history.Colonial rulers sometimes failed to pronounce native names correctly,and changed[Read More…]

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Finally BJP Forced To Focus On People’s Issues

Finally BJP Forced To Focus On People’s Issues

In the middle of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections the Bhartiya Janta Party published a full front page advertisement a day before and on the day of polling for fourth and fifth phase. This advertisement is basically electoral promises. According to Section 126 of the Representation of Peoples Act all campaigning must stop 48 hours before the conclusion of polling.[Read More…]

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Anti- Conversion Laws are attempts to intimidate Christian Community: Dr. Ram Puniyani

Anti- Conversion Laws are attempts to intimidate Christian Community: Dr. Ram Puniyani

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Nirmala Didi, Swami Agnivesh, John Dayal, Admiral Ramdas among others outside the burnt bogies.

Twenty Years After Godhra – Some Reflections

by Admiral L Ramdas and Lalita Ramdas Twenty years ago, in end February 2002 we were in Palo Alto with our daughter towards the end of a successful lecture tour organised by  friends –to build a coalition of groups and voices prepared to stand up against the proliferation of Nuclear weapons. It was with horror and disbelief that we watched[Read More…]

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 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

On 20th anniversary of one of the biggest genocides since 1947, we must dip our blood in memory of all the victims and pledge to disarm the breeding ground of Hindutva fascism. It is ironical that this event was staged on February 27th, the very day the Nazi storm troopers set fire on the Reichstag, which lit the first spark[Read More…]

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UP Elections: Sex and the Sanyasi

UP Elections: Sex and the Sanyasi

How is it that even as Uttar Pradesh  goes to the polls, even as desperate youth go on a rampage to demand employment, their Chief Minister remains focused on evoking violent fantasies around the ‘M’ of the Mafia.  How is it that the facts of Kairana matter so little when Adityanath evokes the “Kashmir-like” Hindu exodus?  How is it that[Read More…]

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Why communalising the election remains final recourse for BJP to win Uttar Pradesh

Why communalising the election remains final recourse for BJP to win Uttar Pradesh

The election tempo in Uttar Pradesh is getting more communal with every phase of voting, thanks to the virulent communal campaigning of incumbent BJP. With its sizeable population, existence of diverse caste groups, active identity politics, considerable muslim minority population, the mandate of Uttar Pradesh resulting from the 403 assembly seats will be decisive in understanding the future course of[Read More…]

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Kerala’s SilverLine Project: Will the Economy bleed?

Kerala’s SilverLine Project: Will the Economy bleed?

The Kerala government’s obsession with huge infrastructure projects is not something new. The previous United Democratic Front (UDF) led government and the present Left Democratic Front (LDF) government have all initiated several projects in the past. But this time it is different, amidst the near apocalypse the state is going through after the three waves of the pandemic and the[Read More…]

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Onslaught on Federalism- An appeal for a Federal Front

Onslaught on Federalism- An appeal for a Federal Front

To Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao Chief Minister Telangana Dear Shri Chandrasekhar Rao garu, I had earlier written to you on 8-2-2022 welcoming your opposition to the Centre’s unilateral proposal to privatise the Singareni Collieries. Considering it from the point of view of federalism, in that letter I had suggested that the States should come together to counter the growing threat[Read More…]

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Symbols not Substance 

Symbols not Substance 

In August 2018, India’s Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government renamed the historic Mughalsarai Junction Railway Station in the state of Uttar Pradesh after the right-wing Hindu ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, most likely because the existing name referred to the Indian Muslim Mughal dynasty. Three years earlier, in May 2015, the ruling BJP officially changed the name of the[Read More…]

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Painful tragedy of six women migrant workers burning to death  in Himachal

Painful tragedy of six women migrant workers burning to death  in Himachal

On the morning of February 22 in a very tragic accident in an illegal firecrackers factory at Baathu (Una district of Himachal Pradesh), six women migrant workers were burnt to death. These included mother and daughter from a single family.  14 other workers, most of them also women migrant workers, were injured. In most cases injuries are serious. In fact[Read More…]

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Far reaching national interest implications of privatising DISCOMs

Far reaching national interest implications of privatising DISCOMs

  To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary   Dear Shri Bhalla, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seems to be rushing into privatising the electricity distribution systems in the Union Territories (UTs). I understand that the proposal to privatise the Chandigarh DISCOM is at an advanced stage. So is the case with the DISCOMs in Dadra & Nagar Haveli,[Read More…]

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Wake Up and Smell the Fascism

Wake Up and Smell the Fascism

It is no coincidence that a wave of schools in Karnataka suddenly began banning students from wearing hijab at the exact same time that the state government was passing a so-called “anti-conversion” law to criminalize freedom of religion. About the hijab ban, we might well ask: what’s next? Will beards be banned? Will the Sikh dastar be done away with?[Read More…]

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Savarkar’s Original Petitions To The British Begging Forgiveness (1913, 1914, 1920) [Source: National Archives of India]

Savarkar’s Original Petitions To The British Begging Forgiveness (1913, 1914, 1920) [Source: National Archives of India]

First time these are being made available in original form. The credit to gather all these goes to Mr. Amit Indurkar and his friends who are intensely involved in unearthing anti-national and anti-humanity documents of Savarkar.  (22 February 2022) Mercy Petition-Savarkar 14-11-1913 (2 pages) Mercy Petition-Savarkar-1914 (3 pages) MERCY PETITION-SAVARKAR-30-03-1920 (total pages 4) Compiled by Shamsul Islam

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Justice Denied Once Again to Persons with Disabilities in Budget Allocations

Justice Denied Once Again to Persons with Disabilities in Budget Allocations

If responsibilities with respect to a most deserving and vulnerable section of our population increase significantly and the government also accepts that responsibilities have increased yet refuses to increase the budget in accordance with increased responsibilities, then surely this is a case of serious injustice. If on top of it even the limited allocations are frequently cut mid-year and so[Read More…]

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Destruction of a Small Nationality

Destruction of a Small Nationality

Reports say some authority in central(union) government had rejected the tableaux from three states for the Republic Day parade.What does the republic stand for? Not a centralized state,but as CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury had insisted in Parliament during the first Modi government ‘a union of states’.He had invoked the Constitution.But leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley had promptly retorted that[Read More…]

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Esoteric neutrinos and People’s concerns: The Indian Neutrino Observatory

Esoteric neutrinos and People’s concerns: The Indian Neutrino Observatory

Tamil Nadu has reportedly made clear to the Supreme Court that it does not want the Indian Neutrino Observatory (INO) to be set up in a sensitive ecological zone in the Western Ghats at great cost to wildlife, biodiversity, and by ignoring the local opposition and public agitations to the project. Neutrinos are esoteric Neutrinos, first postulated in 1930 by[Read More…]

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Hindus for Human Rights to lobby US Congress and Government against Hindutva hate campaign against Muslims

Hindus for Human Rights to lobby US Congress and Government against Hindutva hate campaign against Muslims

In a forceful and passionate interview, where both her anger and anguish are clearly visible, the Executive Director of Hindus for Human Rights, a US-based civil society organisation, says that her organization will “certainly intensify and escalate” efforts to lobby the US Congress and Biden Administration to speak out against Hindutva and India’s treatment of minorities and muslims in particular.[Read More…]

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Public Trust as a Non-negotiable Duty of the Indian State

Public Trust as a Non-negotiable Duty of the Indian State

Proposed electoral reforms not only evokes a procedural and constitutional debate, but has deeper implications for India’s engagement on the idea of public trust   File image of an Aadhaar card | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg  A central procedural aspect of any democratic nation is manifested in its legislative elections. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 passed by both[Read More…]

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Assault on the idea of education

Assault on the idea of education

The Sangh Parivar claims to be a cultural organization. Core supporters of its ideology are upper caste and/or the educated elite. Quite naturally it gives importance to education. It is opposed to caste based reservation in the name of honouring merit. The irony is among the top leadership of Sangh Parivar or it affiliate organisations there are hardly any intelligent[Read More…]

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Peoples Welfare Democracy Conference at Barnala

Peoples Welfare Democracy Conference at Barnala

“Confide in struggles not in elections” called the Peoples Welfare Rally. of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta(Ugrahan).On February 17th farmers, farm-labourers, women, youth, industrial labourers, contractual labourers and toiling people flooded Barnala grain market. Scene resembled a festival of the masses. Revolutionary democratic spirit was elevated to a height rarely transcended or scaled in Punjab or even India, with an[Read More…]

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How the Indian community has been crushed by Governments and Markets

How the Indian community has been crushed by Governments and Markets

Recently, I started reading Raghuram Rajan‘s ‘The Third Pillar’, in which he brilliantly describes the critical role of community in a nation and how the state and markets do not give much importance to it. I could not help but circumspect those 3 pillars from the perspective of our country, where the state and markets have become powerful by oppressing[Read More…]

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Elections and the idea of struggle

Elections and the idea of struggle

As village after village is being visited by the political elite of the state of Punjab to make promises and appease the voters for 20th February (when their fate gets decided by the population of the state), the members of BKU (Ekta) Ugrahan – the largest Kisan union  in Punjab –  was busy preparing for its Lok Kalyan rally, which[Read More…]

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3 M’s behind Hijab issue

3 M’s behind Hijab issue

The February 5 order of Government of Karnataka banning wearing of Hijab and High court interim order restraining wearing of any form of religious attire has brought to fore the Hijab issue. While the BJP may try to show itself in progressive and modernity light, there are 3 M’s behind the move of Government of Karnataka. Karnataka has emerged as[Read More…]

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Assembly Elections: Scenario and Consequences

Assembly Elections: Scenario and Consequences

The assembly elections in five states, being held from February 10 to March 7, 2022, are bound to have an impact on both: the politics of power and the politics of ideology. The impact of these elections on the politics of power is being discussed more and more in political parties, mass media and citizens’ discourse. With the acceptance and[Read More…]

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Victims of Floods and Erosion Raise Voice Against Neglect and Injustice

Victims of Floods and Erosion Raise Voice Against Neglect and Injustice

          Recent reports from Bihar have pointed to the building up a movement of flood and erosion affected people of Bihar against denial of promised relief and rehabilitation. In addition longer term issues of the injustice done to people caught between embankments on two sides are also being raised. Although the emphasis of the movement just now is more on[Read More…]

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 The political economy of CPSE disinvestment: Has national wealth been put on a distress sale?

 The political economy of CPSE disinvestment: Has national wealth been put on a distress sale?

2021 Disinvestment Policy: The sweeping, ill-advised disinvestment policy announced by the NDA government in December, 2021 has put most of the national wealth on a distress sale. The few oligarchs who fund the political parties and issue diktats on policy are waiting with their war chests of funds ready to buy the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)  for a song,[Read More…]

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Experts Worried Over Drift Towards Privatisation in India’s Dairy Sector

Experts Worried Over Drift Towards Privatisation in India’s Dairy Sector

Several leading experts and veterans of the dairy sector in India have recently stated in a joint statement that they are worried about the recent privatisation trends in the National Dairy Development Board which had been engaged so far in advancing cooperatives based dairy development. In fact this trend extends to some other dairy institutions  also, sending strong signals that[Read More…]

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American critics of Hindu nationalism risk sustained attacks

American critics of Hindu nationalism risk sustained attacks

From politicians to academics, Americans who speak against Hindutva face harsh backlash, protests, and violent threats.  When US Senator and then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticized then President Donald Trump’s “failure of leadership on human rights” for having dismissed the issue of the February 2020 anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi as “up to India,” it was not long before a senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya[Read More…]

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New situation in the North India

New situation in the North India

A new situation is being emerged in some parts of North India. The states where elections are being held include Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab. Uttar Pradesh A new picture is emerging in this state which is the integration of Bahujan castes like never before. Yadav, Jatt, Kurmi, Rajbhar etc. The integration of OBC castes and some Dalit castes, who had[Read More…]

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Hijab ban: Multiple Dimensions

Hijab ban: Multiple Dimensions

The raging controversy around Hijab is taking disturbing proportions. In Udupi Karnataka Muslim girls alleged that they were denied entry in to the classroom if they wear Hijab. Then we saw the gates of the institute being shut on the hijab wearing girls. Also we witnessed the shameful-despicable act of the vigilantes wearing saffron turban and shawls obstructing the lone[Read More…]

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People and environment of Dhinkia versus the Indian steel industry

People and environment of Dhinkia versus the Indian steel industry

For several months now people of Dhinkia in Jagashinghpur district of Orissa have been protesting against the project of Utkal Steel Industries Ltd. belonging to US$13 billion JSW group, owned by  Sajjan Jindal . On 14th January state atrocity against protesters became inhumane. They were subjected to brutal lathi charge. Elderly-children-women nobody was spared from the ruthless lathi charge. More[Read More…]

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Is Modi working overtime to reverse India’s progression into a nation from a country?

Is Modi working overtime to reverse India’s progression into a nation from a country?

Muskan Khan, the lone Karnataka (India) Muslim student in Hijab, standing up against Hindu extremists; Source:  CNN In the past, there were no countries. There were civilizations and empires and then, there were nations of small ethnic and linguistic groups. ‘Country’, is a colonial construct and thus a very a recent idea. For example, before British colonised ‘India’, it did[Read More…]

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Post 10 March Scenarios – Hope and Despair

Post 10 March Scenarios – Hope and Despair

Elections to the Vidhan Sabha in five states – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – took off, with the first round in Uttar Pradesh on 10 February. And a month later, we will have the results out on 10 March. These elections are being considered very critical – not just for the political parties and individuals in the[Read More…]

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Right to Education, Diversities and Public Institutions

Right to Education, Diversities and Public Institutions

   Just a few days back, an incident took place around the wearing of hijab by Muskan Khan. It has created huge controversies, leading to a deeply polarized situation in the realm of politics and society. This incident has created pan-Indian reactions and it has become an international issue. In this hijab row, political leaders and the so-called secular parties have[Read More…]

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Justice for Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre

Justice for Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre

‘Deaths in Farmers’ Protest 2020’ portal provides details of over 700 women and men who died during the year-long, peaceful farmers’ movement.  The records are a testimony of lives shortened by neglect and harsh living conditions, made harsher due to state apathy.  Men and women died of stress, dehydration, by suicides and were ran over by speeding vehicles, the list[Read More…]

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Interpreting Karnataka’s Hijab Row

Interpreting Karnataka’s Hijab Row

In Karnataka, there have been incidents of Muslim girls being banned from attending college for wearing hijab; when they insisted on exercising their right to do so, Hindu students donned saffron scarves to intimidate them, raising slogans of “Jai Shri Ram (praise Lord Ram)” while going to college. In response to these events, the state’s Education Department said, “In some[Read More…]

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Begampura conference of Dalit agriculture labourers demands land for the landless

Begampura conference of Dalit agriculture labourers demands land for the landless

In Bhawanigarh  in Punjab on February 10th the Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee held the Begampura  conference on the issue of the implementation of the land ceilings act on the Occasion of birthday Guru  Ravidas .Comprising around 2000 persons it was a most qualitative assembly in channelizing the wrath of the agricultural dalit labour against the oppressive social order. It also[Read More…]

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The missing ‘worker’ in Budget 2022 and its implications

The missing ‘worker’ in Budget 2022 and its implications

Two popular words — ‘worker’ and ‘labourer’ were absent in the finance minister’s speech. This signifies a paternalistic approach to workers where workers are not holders of any legitimate rights over re-distributed wealth. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech while presenting Budget 2022 is littered with words, ‘jobs’ and ‘employment’. The words reflect the core ideological position of the budget. What[Read More…]

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Islamophobia is taking its most lethal form in India: Noam Chomsky

Islamophobia is taking its most lethal form in India: Noam Chomsky

Celebrated thinker Noam Chomsky said the “pathology of Islamophobia”, now growing throughout the West, was “taking its most lethal form in India where the Modi government is systematically dismantling Indian secular democracy and turning the country into a Hindu ethnocracy”. Chomsky’s comments came in a recorded message to a congressional briefing — the third in a month organised by US-based[Read More…]

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Kerala story is inspiring for all Indians and Uttar Pradesh would do well to follow it

Kerala story is inspiring for all Indians and Uttar Pradesh would do well to follow it

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been claiming that UP model has become ‘ideal’ for the rest of the country. Darbari media has already given Uttar Pradesh one of the best ‘governed’ state. As first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh has completed yesterday, things are not that rosy for the ruling BJP as they were claiming and hence[Read More…]

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Request Forest Department: Stop Uprooting Forest Growers, Rather Support Them, Provide Shelter

Request Forest Department: Stop Uprooting Forest Growers, Rather Support Them, Provide Shelter

Though I could not meet Naren Hansda, the esteemed teacher, yet, but I have heard stories regarding him from friends and also read some articles on him; and hence I am not hesitant in using this hashtag #stand_with_naren_hansda. Photo Courtesy: Ayna Soren (Facebook) Naren Hansda is an unusual man. Naren Hansda is not only a Santali folk singer – Starting[Read More…]

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Thousands Join The Campaign Against Anti-Conversion Laws In India

Thousands Join The Campaign Against Anti-Conversion Laws In India

Many prominent citizens in India demanded for a Repeal of All Anti-Conversion Laws in India, in the context of the Anti-Conversion Bill scheduled to be tabled in Karnataka Upper House on February 14, 2022. The initial signatories for the Petition to the President of India included nationally well known citizens like Admiral L Ramdas ( Former Chief of Naval Staff of[Read More…]

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Environment and 2022 Budget: Amrit Kaal or Vish Kaal?

Environment and 2022 Budget: Amrit Kaal or Vish Kaal?

 Key points of analysis by constituents of Vikalp Sangam This analysis looks at the environmental implications of India’s Union Budget 2022-23 in three dimensions: Direct allocations for Environment Indirect allocations for Environment in non-environment sectors Allocations for other sectors with environmental impacts Overall, the picture is bleak. There are some welcome allocations and indications of shifts in thinking (e.g. in[Read More…]

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Himalayan Apple Growers in India Unite to Protect Domestic Market from Excessive Imports of Apples

Himalayan Apple Growers in India Unite to Protect Domestic Market from Excessive Imports of Apples

Apple orchards have become a very important part of the economy of several parts of the Himalayan region in India. This is particularly true of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, and to a lesser extent Uttarakhand. However in recent times the orchard owners and local apple traders have become increasingly worried about the increasing imports of cheaper apples from Iran. These[Read More…]

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Destruction of JNU

Destruction of JNU

      Everything that reminds people of Nehru’s legacy is being smashed.Along with it the ideas of democracy and all-round development he espoused so tenaciously. Now there is no need to put him on a pedestal and burn incense to his memory.He had his faults,but he had been practically the founder of modern Indian democracy as we know it[Read More…]

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A Feminist Perspective on Karnataka’s Hijab Row

A Feminist Perspective on Karnataka’s Hijab Row

In an order that legitimizes the decision of state education institutions to prohibit Muslim girl students from wearing the hijab (headscarf), the Karnataka government said on February 5, 2021, that “clothes which disturb equality, integrity and public law and order should not be worn”. This seemingly innocuous directive comes hard on the heels of several disturbing incidents. Whereas Muslim girl[Read More…]

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Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Selection of Charanjit Singh Channi as party’s Chief Minister-face in Punjab may have enhanced chances of Congress faring better in coming assembly elections than was presumed not too long ago. In 117-member Punjab Assembly, 59 seats are needed to form a majority. During the 2017 elections, Congress won 77 seats, two lesser than it secured in 2012. Aam Aadmi Party[Read More…]

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Punjab’s crisis in water management, both in terms of quantity and quality, neglected by all political parties

Punjab’s crisis in water management, both in terms of quantity and quality, neglected by all political parties

Drinking water contamination is one of the factors for cancer in Punjab, with at least 90 cancer patients for every 100,000 population, higher than the national average of 80, reveals a survey (January 28,2013) by the Punjab government ( downtoearth.org.in). Geo-genic factors are complicated by anthropogenic causes, including those related to recklessness in Green Revolution. There are a few districts[Read More…]

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Abolishing the competitive examinations for entrance to educational institutions

Abolishing the competitive examinations for entrance to educational institutions

Tamil Nādu abolishes the competitive examinations for admissions to medical colleges Tamil Nadu Admission in Professional Educational Institutions Act (2007) abolished the Common Entrance Test (CET) and proposed the Pre University exam marks as the criterion for admission to professional courses. This applies for admission to medical colleges run by the state government. However, now the government of TN wants[Read More…]

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Karnataka hijab row: Will the Supreme Court act

Karnataka hijab row: Will the Supreme Court act

The incidents happening in the southern part of Karnataka are deeply distressing and need to be resolved at the earliest. Unfortunately, rather than resolving the issue the current regime wanted to escalate it further and as the modus operandi is, ruling party encouraged the students to counter demand of the Muslim girls wearing Hijab with saffron scarves. Friends were converted[Read More…]

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A salute to Muslim sisters from Karnataka

A salute to Muslim sisters from Karnataka

Mukul Kesavan recently wrote that ‘a Muslim citizen’s default state is a state of culpability’. He cannot be more right than that. What has transpired in recent past, and continues to simmer, in the Indian social and public space, is the hate against its Muslim citizens. The propaganda is not merely limited to speeches, it has gone into actions; and[Read More…]

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Rights and Duties

Rights and Duties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a rather controversial comment, while addressing a Hindu religious women’s organization called the `Brahmakumaris’ on January 21. He reminded his listeners: “In the last 75 years, we only kept talking about rights, fighting for rights and wasting our time. The issue of rights may be right to some extent in certain circumstances, but neglecting one’s[Read More…]

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Welcoming the opposition to Centre’s likely move to privatise Singareni Collieries

Welcoming the opposition to Centre’s likely move to privatise Singareni Collieries

To Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao Chief Minister Telangana Dear Shri Chandrasekhar Rao garu, I welcome your statement expressing Telangana government’s opposition to the Centre’s move to privatise Singareni Collieries. It has certainly set the tone for a wider coalition being formed among the States to protect federalism. The NDA government has gone berserk by adopting a sweeping policy to disinvest the[Read More…]

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The Double Whammy of Hunger and Livelihood Crises after Covid-19

The Double Whammy of Hunger and Livelihood Crises after Covid-19

Pappu Singh is bedridden in his one-room dilapidated house. His nephew Pirghas (Right) and son Pavan (next to Pirghas) stand behind him along with some of their neighbours. The pandemic wreaked havoc on Pappu Singh and Sheela Devi’s family, residents of Nagla Vidhichand village situated on the Agra-Gwalior highway in the southern part of Agra district. While none of their[Read More…]

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Whither India’s Sovereign Green Bonds

Whither India’s Sovereign Green Bonds

In her Union Budget 2022 speech on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the issuance of sovereign green bonds during the upcoming fiscal year. “As a part of the government’s overall market borrowings in 2022-23, sovereign green bonds will be issued for mobilizing resources for green infrastructure. The proceeds will be deployed in public sector projects which help in[Read More…]

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NFIW Condemns exclusion of young Muslim girls on Hijab issue in Karnataka

NFIW Condemns exclusion of young Muslim girls on Hijab issue in Karnataka

New Delhi, February 7, 2022: The National Federation of Indian women (NFIW) unequivocally condemns the exclusion of young Muslim girls from universities and schools in Karnataka, on the flimsy grounds that their attire is not appropriate. The administration caved in to the demand by a group of saffron scarved boys to ban women wearing hijab from entering the premises of[Read More…]

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Who stands to gain if LIC bleeds?

Who stands to gain if LIC bleeds?

In her last budget speech in 2021, the Finance Minister declared the government’s disinvestment plans for the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Already, amendments to the LIC Act have been made to set in motion the LIC IPO. This has triggered panic waves across the large sections of ordinary policy holders who are anxious about their life’s savings. It[Read More…]

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Dharna at clock tower Saharanpur during anti liquor movement of Pather in 1993

 Women Led Movements Against Liquor Consumption

  Fast increase in liquor consumption is a matter of increasing concern.The WHO Status Report on Alcohol  points out that while per capita consumption of alcohol at present is highest in developed countries like the USA and European countries, the trend of increasing world consumption is mainly driven by increase in alcohol consumption in China and India and this in[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi and Our Constitution

Rahul Gandhi and Our Constitution

The initial remarks in Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament the motion of thanks to the President’s speech have provoked a storm of abuse from BJP ranks within and outside the house.The matter needs some scrutiny. Gandhi said the Constitution does not mention the nation. Quite so. But I believe no constitution in the world actually mentions the nation.It is usually[Read More…]

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Signature Campaign: Citizens Demand Repeal of Anti-Conversion Laws in India

Signature Campaign: Citizens Demand Repeal of Anti-Conversion Laws in India

  REPEAL Anti-Conversion Laws! They undermine India’s Constitution, Secular Heritage and Human Rights We, the citizens of secular and democratic India, are shocked to witness the , moves of the state governments ruled by the BJP and other political parties, targeting Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Hindu women using Anti-Conversion Laws in India. Hindutva elements in various parties, and specially[Read More…]

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Only by projecting revolutionary alternative can fascism be toppled in Uttar Pradesh

Only by projecting revolutionary alternative can fascism be toppled in Uttar Pradesh

Summary of conditions prevailing in UP. Today the reign of Adityanath Yogi is reminiscent of a ruthless emperor retaining the throne, even at the cost of trampling on the people. Hindu Communal fascism is simmering at a boiling point. This despite the fact that people in Uttar Pradesh, mainly agrarian and mostly backward state, have suffered a lot from criminal[Read More…]

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 Are digital education programs in India accessible for persons with disabilities?

 Are digital education programs in India accessible for persons with disabilities?

Are digital education programs in India accessible for persons with disabilities? How do students with disabilities access online classes? Is there currently any guideline or policy of the government which educational institutes need to follow? New Delhi, February 5, 2022: As per Census data of 2011 there are a total of 2.68 crore persons with disabilities who call India their[Read More…]

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Adivasis ignored in the Budget

Adivasis ignored in the Budget

The Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch considers the Union Budget of 2022-2023 as a cruel betrayal of needs of the tribal communities of India. It is not an Amrit kaal but a Vish Kaal for tribal communities, because none of the urgent issues such as hunger, joblessness, loss of livelihood which haunt tribal communities have been even remotely addressed in this[Read More…]

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Pegasus: The new Cyber Weapon for dismantling democracy

Pegasus: The new Cyber Weapon for dismantling democracy

The New York Times recently reported that India had purchased the Pegasus software from an Israeli company, NSO, as part of the multi-billion-dollar armaments deal that included sophisticated weapons and intelligence gear. The report also said that the purchase was finalized during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel and cleared by the then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu[Read More…]

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Rejection of Sri Narayana Guru Float for Republic Day Celebrations!

Rejection of Sri Narayana Guru Float for Republic Day Celebrations!

Every republic day we have the gala program where on one hand the military parade with its highlights is displayed and on the other floats from different states are displayed. The central Government chooses these floats. This year (2022) they rejected the displays from West Bengal, Tamilnadu and Kerala in particular, on the ground that only 12 such displays are[Read More…]

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The quota rants and its impact on marginal students

The quota rants and its impact on marginal students

The apex court delivered a judgement on 20th January 2022 authored by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice A.S. Bopanna about extending reservation to OBCs in all-India quota (AIQ) of seats in admission to under-graduate and post-graduate medical and dental courses. The landmark judgement is perceived as a tool to demolish false narratives regarding reservation, especially the merit of marginalised students,[Read More…]

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Politics of the farmers movement!

Politics of the farmers movement!

I have written five-six articles on the unprecedented farmers movement organised under the aegis of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) against the three agricultural laws. Therefore, to avoid repetition, this short comment. The peasant movement was kept apolitical in the sense that the leaders of any political party were not allowed to use the platform of the movement. However, the[Read More…]

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162 Doctors Express Serious Concerns About GM Foods in India

162 Doctors Express Serious Concerns About GM Foods in India

In recent weeks several groups which have been active on food safety issues have expressed  concens about the serious health hazards involved in the increased possibility of introduction of imported or domestic GM foods in India. These concerns have been also related to the process of creating a regulatory framework by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).[Read More…]

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The Budget 2022-23: Insipid and Cheerless

The Budget 2022-23: Insipid and Cheerless

The unceasing bench thumping in the parliament at the treasury benches on the budget day, gave an impression as if the budget was packed with a pile of path breaking initiatives. But the facts speak otherwise. There is nothing much to commend in the budget. Once again, like the government’s previous budgets, the present budget has little to show by[Read More…]

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Hindutva and the Crisis of Public Institutions in India

Hindutva and the Crisis of Public Institutions in India

Public institutions have evolved in post-colonial India in response to crisis created by colonial plunders. Public institutions led by the state and government were shaped by anticolonial struggles in India. In spite of all its limitations, these institutions were designed to ensure and expand democratic and citizenship rights of all Indians irrespective of their caste, class, gender, religion and region.[Read More…]

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“ 40 Districts in UP are Exposed To High Concentration Of Arsenic and Mercury in Groundwater”

“ 40 Districts in UP are Exposed To High Concentration Of Arsenic and Mercury in Groundwater”

  Arsenic concentration in groundwater of Uttar Pradesh shown by red, green, and blue circles. The places marked in green are bad, and those in red are dangerous. For arsenic in drinking water, the permissible and acceptable limits are 0.01 mg/l and 0.05 mg/l,  respectively. It is difficult to remove it from water. Thus 0.01mg/l level is regarded as “lower[Read More…]

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Let Peace and Harmony Prevail in Gujarat- Open letter to CM

Let Peace and Harmony Prevail in Gujarat- Open letter to CM

  To The Chief Minister Gujarat   State Respected Sir, We, a group of citizens from different parts of Gujarat, would draw your attention to the inflammatory hate messaging on the social media and public calls for violence against the Muslim community, following the unfortunate, condemnable murder of Kishan Bharwad in Dhandhuka by certain criminal elements. The police have acted with[Read More…]

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 Should the government disinvest BEML at all? Is it not imprudent?

 Should the government disinvest BEML at all? Is it not imprudent?

To   Shri Rajnath Singh Union Defence Minister Dear Shri Rajnath Singh, I understand that the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Ministry of Finance has processed disinvestment of 26% of the equity of the BEML, a CPSE under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence. From what I could gather from news reports, two private companies are[Read More…]

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Big Pharma and Drug Misuse

Big Pharma and Drug Misuse

I was buying some medicines at the local chemist shop a few months back. An elderly lady hobbled down the street to the shop and stood beside me. She opened her purse and took out a small piece of wrinkled paper. She stretched her equally wrinkled hand and showed the paper to the chemist. The chemist nodded and gave her[Read More…]

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Netaji Bose: Attempted Appropriation by Hindu Nationalism

Netaji Bose: Attempted Appropriation by Hindu Nationalism

  Netaji Sbhashchandra Bose’s birth anniversary was marked by various events this year (January 23). His portrait was unveiled by the President in Rashtrapati Bhavan. It was declared that his anniversary will be celebrated as Parakram Divas (Bravery day). Railway Minister announced the renaming of Howrah-Kalka Mail as Netaji Express. Mamta Bannerjee in contrast stated that his anniversary will be[Read More…]

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Will Prez act against drug scandal?

Will Prez act against drug scandal?

Seizure of drugs worth Rs 21,000 crore from a private port is a serious question that demands a very deep probe into all connected affairs. A Gujarat Special Court has raised a very substantive question. Indeed, it was a welcome measure that on September 25, the special court for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in Gujarat has directed the Directorate[Read More…]

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Betrayal Day – Farmers Observed; Will Workers Have One?

Betrayal Day – Farmers Observed; Will Workers Have One?

Today is 02.02.22, day before yesterday the farmers observed ‘betrayal day’ at the call of Farmers Unions. After a protest sit-in for continuous 381 days around the capital Delhi defying extreme weather conditions, vicinity to urban pollutions, staying far away from homes and rural surroundings encaged in dingy hutments, paucity of water and sanitation, mosquitoes and pests, and dedicating lives[Read More…]

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Social sector neglected in Union Budget

Social sector neglected in Union Budget

The Right to Food Campaign is dismayed to see that, at this time of deep crisis the Union Budget 2022-23 has actually reduced the government spending on the social sector by a huge extent. The negative impact of the economic crisis that began even before the pandemic led to disruption has fallen disproportionately on those at the bottom of the[Read More…]

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The Civic Character of Indian Nationalism

The Civic Character of Indian Nationalism

With the rise of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the intellectual defense of cultural nationalism has taken on a new significance. One of its sophisticated iterations consists of the following arguments: “Has the nation been created by the Constitution, or the nation adopted, enacted and gave itself the Constitution? In other words, is the emotional charge of nationalism a[Read More…]

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An Essay on India – the land of big statues

An Essay on India – the land of big statues

India is a land of big statues. It has many big statues. The world’s biggest statue ‘Statue of Unity’ is located on banks of river Narmada in Gujarat. This statue is that of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Its height is 590 feet. Statue of Shivaji Maharaj is being constructed in the Arabian sea. Its height would be 696 feet. The Statue[Read More…]

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CPSE disinvestment- Imprudent to ignore R&D effort in CPSEs at the cost of self-reliance

CPSE disinvestment- Imprudent to ignore R&D effort in CPSEs at the cost of self-reliance

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I write this in continuation of my earlier letter dated 24-1-2022 (https://countercurrents.org/2022/01/cpse-disinvestment-valuation-approach-flawed/) expressing my concern at the flawed valuation methodology adopted by  the Department of Investment and Asset Management (DIPAM) for valuing the CPSEs for disinvestment. It appears that your Ministry has not cared to revisit the methodology, as evident from the fact[Read More…]

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MediaOne TV Banned, Court Steps In

MediaOne TV Banned, Court Steps In

Ministry of Information and broadcasting suspended the licence of Malayalam television channel MediaOne TV and the channel stopped its broadcast for a few hours yesterday. However, Kerala High Court stepped in and deferred the order of the Ministry for two days. The ministry had removed its name from list of permitted channels in India. The ministry denied permission for the[Read More…]

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‘It is poison, not water, that comes out of the handpumps’ in UP

‘It is poison, not water, that comes out of the handpumps’ in UP

    Of the total 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh (UP), 63 districts have fluoride above the permissible limit and 25 districts are affected by high arsenic, as per May, 2019 data of the UP’s Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, marked in the map above. (Courtesy: Gaon Connection.com)  UP is the largest Indian State, with a population of over[Read More…]

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The problem of stray cattle in Uttar Pradesh

The problem of stray cattle in Uttar Pradesh

The problem of stray cattle is so severe in Uttar Pradesh that the new Chief Secretary in his first press conference asked the District Magistrates to run a special drive from 1 to 10 January, 2022, to catch all stray cattle. Realising that ten days period was not enough for this purpose he extended it by a week. A farmers’[Read More…]

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People-Centric Legal System Not Decolonization or Indianization Is The Need of the Hour

People-Centric Legal System Not Decolonization or Indianization Is The Need of the Hour

Recently, the debate is being re-initiated when several judges of the Supreme Court have recommended the decolonization of the Indian legal system. Also, the Chief Justice of India in several of his speeches has expressed the need to `Indianize’ the system to provide the access to justice to the poor. This article while examining the deliberations that took place since[Read More…]

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A Strong Case for Significant Increase in NREGA Allocations in New Union Budget

A Strong Case for Significant Increase in NREGA Allocations in New Union Budget

At a time of continuing high levels of economic distress and hardship in rural areas, there is a very strong case for a big increase in budgetary allocations for those schemes which can directly help to reduce this distress. In this context two actvist groups known for their careful study and monitoring of rural employment guarantee scheme and which are[Read More…]

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Bharat Samvad Abhiyan – A Unique Campaign

Bharat Samvad Abhiyan – A Unique Campaign

Bharat Samvad Abhiyan – (India Dialogue Campaign) We, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN, SOCIALIST, SECULAR, DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLIC … HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE IT TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION. (Preamble, Constitution of India) The objective of the Bharat Samvad Abhiyan is to continuously nurture and maintain the commitment of citizens to a constitutionally[Read More…]

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The Rising Spectre of Muslim Genocide in Modi’s India; How serious is it?

The Rising Spectre of Muslim Genocide in Modi’s India; How serious is it?

Gregory Stanton the founding President of Genocide Watch who predicted the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda years before it took place in 1994, has in recent times, raised an alarm that a genocide of 200 million Muslims in India is very much on its way. He asked “the US Congress to pass a resolution that warns genocide should not be allowed[Read More…]

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How India’s Farmers Launched a Movement Against Modi’s Farm Bills—and Won

How India’s Farmers Launched a Movement Against Modi’s Farm Bills—and Won

Toward the end of 2021, Indian farmers achieved the impossible: a win against the right-wing government of Narendra Modi by forcing a repeal of three draconian farm laws. This is the remarkable story of how the farmers persevered through chilly winters, blistering summers, monsoon floods, the pandemic’s second wave, and a relentless, ruthless propaganda war unleashed by the government through its[Read More…]

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NREGA Sangharsh Morcha demands an adequate budget for NREGA in 2022-23

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha demands an adequate budget for NREGA in 2022-23

The stress on the economy became evident, especially in the aftermath of the raging pandemic from the 7.3% contraction in GDP in 2020-21. The distress faced by poorer households has continued over a period of time with the pandemic acting as a catalyst in increasing the woes of such households. In a latest round of survey conducted by People’s Research[Read More…]

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“Where is India Going?”  Ambassador KP Fabian’s Take  

“Where is India Going?”  Ambassador KP Fabian’s Take  

  The defining feature of a democracy is the right of its citizens to question the government on its actions. But the moment this right is denied or under challenge—for one or the other reason—democracy goes in decline. Election is no guarantee that the wishes of people are always reflected in the proper way and at the right place. The[Read More…]

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‘Abide With Me’ will Stay Forever!

‘Abide With Me’ will Stay Forever!

Outside the St. Michael’s Church in Mahim Mumbai is a powerful slogan. “God will always abide with me, even if I retreat!” In many ways this creative caption sums up the raging controversy on ‘Abide With Me’ that has been on prime-time news and on social media for a week now! A recent Government (Defence Ministry) communique finds no mention[Read More…]

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How The Pendency In Indian Courts Can Be Lowered

How The Pendency In Indian Courts Can Be Lowered

Speedy trial is an integral and essential part of the fundamental right to life and liberty enshrined in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. However, delay in disposal of cases due to the upsurge in the pendency of cases results in denial of this right. A study by PRS Legislative Research says that as of September 15, 2021, over 4.5[Read More…]

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Why Did Geetoshree Sandhya Mukherjee Decline The “Shree” Award?

Why Did Geetoshree Sandhya Mukherjee Decline The “Shree” Award?

Some, who do not know who the Legend Sandhya Mukherjee is, are wondering why she turned down the lowest of the Padma Awards, (“Shree”). A few Bhakts have gone to the extent of condemning her for declining the award. An erstwhile lifetime DD Sports Presenter, has, condemnably, termed it a fashion. For those of us, like myself, who happen to[Read More…]

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Islam, Gender Justice and Role of Darul Qaza: Critical Analysis

Islam, Gender Justice and Role of Darul Qaza: Critical Analysis

  On 23rd January 2022, a public meeting was organized by the Kamsar-o-Bar’s region of the Muslim community (commonly known as Biradary) in Dildar Nagar, district Ghazipur (UP). In this meeting, formally Darul Qaza (it refers to home of judgment) office was inaugurated and a Qazi has been appointed by office bearers of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (IIMPLB)[Read More…]

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Stay United Against State Repression

Stay United Against State Repression

India is marking its 73rd Republic Day today. New Delhi is beautified for the celebrations. Armed troops parade the newly built central vista displaying their advanced weaponry and military capabilities while hundreds of people cheer them on. As a part of the Republic Day speech, the Prime Minister will yet again make some new promises amid the charade of accosting[Read More…]

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Operation Samadhan – Prahar a genocidal military policy to break the people’s democratic resistance against corporate loot!

Operation Samadhan – Prahar a genocidal military policy to break the people’s democratic resistance against corporate loot!

The History of Bastar is the history of struggles. Bastar put up stiff resistance to forces that wanted to exploit bastariyas land, life, natural resources and dignity. The Bhumkal rebellion of 1910 was one such rebellion which shook the British empire. Led by adivasi leader Gunda Dhur, people resisted the exploitation of forest and natural resources by the colonisers. From[Read More…]

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Lok Morcha Punjab calls on building revolutionary Alternative and place no faith in Ruling class Parties 

Lok Morcha Punjab calls on building revolutionary Alternative and place no faith in Ruling class Parties 

Lok Morcha Punjab adressed a meeting in Teachers Home Bathinda, on January 22nd which was curtailed in terms of size because of covid restrictions. Still it was one of the most qualitative in projecting the democratic revolutionary alternative model to the people. It stressed on active political campaign, opposing slogan of boycott and participating in elections. Speakers touched upon the[Read More…]

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Fables And Fantasies

Fables And Fantasies

These days one wakes up every morning to headlines about fresh ravages of COVID-19 and one more scandalous attempt by the government at the Centre to re-fashion history and public memory. There are certain common threads to the latter campaign. For one the desperate attempt to sift and sweep out the great contribution of Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian National[Read More…]

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Communalism has overtaken the Constitution!

Communalism has overtaken the Constitution!

Most spheres of Indian politics have been tainted by communalism. Looking at the current political scene of the country, it seems that just as there is a consensus on neoliberalism among the political and intellectual elite of India, similarly a consensus has been made on communal politics or political communalism. Political parties, which are called secular, resort to communalism in[Read More…]

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Drug mafia & role of private ports

Drug mafia & role of private ports

The statement of APSEZ(Adani Ports) that it will not deal with the containers from Iran Pakistan, and Afghanistan inadvertently confirms the earlier transactions and raises suspicion that huge quantum of drugs might have gained surreptitious entry into our nation. At first instance Adani Ports said that it has no policing power, later it says that it does not want to[Read More…]

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Republic Day, January 26, 1950: An Epic Journey of India’s  greatest generation   

Republic Day, January 26, 1950: An Epic Journey of India’s  greatest generation   

As India is about to celebrate its 72nd Republic Day with pomp, pride, and parades, it is also time to rethink whether the country is living up to its constitution. India became a constitutional republic on January 26, 1950, replacing the colonial government act of India of 1935. It was a memorable day for all Indians who transformed their lives[Read More…]

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 ‘Monika My Darling’  on Republic Day!

 ‘Monika My Darling’  on Republic Day!

A GoI twitter release has a video of the Navy band playing, (With the ratings dancing to), the old hit movie tune, “Monika My Darling”, at the R-Day rehearsals. What a sight! This video will definitely give you goosebumps!🇮🇳 🇮🇳 Are you ready to witness the grand 73rd Republic Day celebrations with us? Register now and book you e-Seat today![Read More…]

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Channi is dishonest and Kejriwal an honest man?

Channi is dishonest and Kejriwal an honest man?

On 20 January, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi a dishonest man, and emphasized that Channi should not be viewed as a common man. That is, the patent of the common man lies with Kejriwal alone, and in this respect, honesty as well. Kejriwal made this statement in a quick response to the ED’s[Read More…]

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Urgent Need to Raise Budget Allocations for Health Sector

Urgent Need to Raise Budget Allocations for Health Sector

Even in Pandemic Times, Health Allocations Have Been Far Short of Real Needs One of the most glaring flaws of India’s fiscal policy which has  faced severe criticism relates to less than adequate allocation for health sector. Raising combined annual spending by the centre and states on health to at least 2.5% of the GDP has been mentioned often as[Read More…]

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CPSE disinvestment- Valuation approach flawed, Imprudent to ignore R&D effort in CPSEs at the cost of self-reliance

CPSE disinvestment- Valuation approach flawed, Imprudent to ignore R&D effort in CPSEs at the cost of self-reliance

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I refer to my letter dated January 15, 2022 on the imprudence of listing LIC in the stock market and the misleading valuation approach adopted by the government (https://www.moneylife.in/article/lic-ipo-gross-underestimated-valuation-put-it-on-hold-says-eas-sarma/66146.html). As the single largest social security provider in the country for the economically weaker sections, the social value of the LIC[Read More…]

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Subhash Chandra Bose: Memoirs of the North East India

Subhash Chandra Bose: Memoirs of the North East India

Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the first nationalist leaders in pre-independent India to set his foot in Northeast India, 3 years prior to India’s Independence in 1944. And, he brought the focus on the Northeast region in the Indian national movement. His decision to enter the Northeast region and Burma (Myanmar) was a well-planned strategy. Secondly, Northeast India has[Read More…]

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Ethnocracy invading India’s democracy

Ethnocracy invading India’s democracy

As India approaches its Republic day, annual rituals of guns salute and unfurling of the national flag followed by republic day parade will be held at Delhi. We all Indian citizens will be made feel proud of our democracy. US President Joe Biden, at the recent Summit for Democracy, emphasised that democracy has to be renewed with each generation. Has[Read More…]

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Identifying Six Most Urgent Priorities of India in Exceptionally Difficult and Uncertain Times

Identifying Six Most Urgent Priorities of India in Exceptionally Difficult and Uncertain Times

Recent times have been exceptionally difficult and full of uncertainties for most people. While there are so many important issues that face India today, this review seeks to focus attention on six exceptionally urgent ones. Firstly, we need to give much more attention to all those people who are living in poverty and denial of basic needs, including those who[Read More…]

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Auguries of Ruin

Auguries of Ruin

The juvenile remoulding of symbols by quenching the flames of the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame and magically merging the dead flame with one in the National War Memorial has caused widespread disgust.In the favourite tactic of surgical strikes the act had been neither in public demand nor anticipated.The logic barely stands scrutiny. Sure the dead in the First ever World[Read More…]

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The Lamp – Lit For What?

The Lamp – Lit For What?

Our PM has spoken. To quote him: “We have to light the lamp of responsibilities and obligation inside the heart of every citizen of the country. Then only the country will reach new heights”, and “… society should stand on the foundations of equality and social justice”. [“Efforts made to spoil India’s reputation globally; our duty to present the correct[Read More…]

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Red is the new alert for Prime Minister?

Red is the new alert for Prime Minister?

Historian Ramchandra Guha in his book ‘India after Gandhi’ quotes a letter of RSS Chief Golvalkar where Golvalkar saw growing cadres of communists as a threat and wrote a letter to Sardar Patel offering support of RSS to counter this threat of ‘Red Alert’. Now, the growing threat of Red is again in the news and the Prime Minister of[Read More…]

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Dominance by Billionaires Leads India’s Highway to Record Levels of Inequality

Dominance by Billionaires Leads India’s Highway to Record Levels of Inequality

  While a drift towards increasing inequality is by itself very harmful for a country which already has high levels of poverty and deprivation, this situation has been worsened further in some countries by increasing dominance of billionaires and the extremely  extra-ordinary increase of their wealth within a short time, particularly since the advent of the pandemic. At world level,[Read More…]

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Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

Setback to India’s Covid Genome Sequencing Efforts- 5 Labs Shut- A cause for concern

To Shri Mansukh Mandaviya Union Health Minister Dear Shri Mandaviya, At a recent meeting to review the Covid containment effort, the Prime Minister was reported to have said, “There is a need for continuous scientific research… including genome sequencing, given that the virus is evolving continuously.” Contrary to what he had said at the meeting, it has been reported (“Blow To[Read More…]

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First Amendment to the Indian Constitution: Is Nehru a hero or a villain?

First Amendment to the Indian Constitution: Is Nehru a hero or a villain?

Our present BJP-RSS rulers are trying overtime to change the Constitution of India in the interest of themselves and their party. They are trying to convince people that if Nehru can amend the Constitution within the first fifteen months of its adoption in the interest of his party, then why can’t they? Well, the constitution is not Shalgramshila (a solid[Read More…]

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Unshackle the youth to realize a Republic

Unshackle the youth to realize a Republic

If we were to imagine our journey towards the 73rd Republic Day as a long, tiring and sometimes treacherous trek through the Himalayas, then looking back we can be proud that we managed to survive some dangerous terrain. The mountains were right at the beginning where we were air-dropped by the colonial powers, into the death-zone. The lack of adequate[Read More…]

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Punjab Election and the farmers

Punjab Election and the farmers

History looks like repeating itself  like in the 2012 and 2017 elections where the central programme of farmers groups was attended by around 12-15000 persons., which I personally witnessed in Barnala and Bathinda.The tactic of active political campaign  proved correct with those calling for boycott or participating making negligible impact. It effectively raised the democratic political consciousness of the peasants[Read More…]

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Hate is normal in India today, thanks to social media

Hate is normal in India today, thanks to social media

The Indian ruling party, BJP, believes in using unscrupulous means to achieve and retain power. This includes instigating riots and achieving polarization by dividing people on religious and social lines. It also believes in the use of new technology to disseminate hate. Way back in 2005, it used short messages (SMS’s) in Assam to evict so-called “Bangladeshis” from Dibrugarh in[Read More…]

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Rapidly growing economic inequalities in India

Rapidly growing economic inequalities in India

On January 16, 2022, Oxfam, a non-profit organization, released a report on the rapidly growing economic inequalities in the world ahead of the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The findings of the report on the rapidly growing economic inequalities in India show that the country’s wealth is being rapidly grabbed by billionaires and  the common man[Read More…]

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The Acquittal Of Kerala Bishop Is Best Example Of A Bad Judgement

The Acquittal Of Kerala Bishop Is Best Example Of A Bad Judgement

It is good that an official appeal is to be filed against the judgement of the Additional Sessions Judge in Kerala exonerating Bishop Franco of all charges of multiple rape of a nun who was his subordinate. Hopefully, the appeal will lead to a restoration of justice and dignity to not only the complainant in this case, but also to[Read More…]

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While acquitting Franco Mulakkal, trial court puts victim on trial

While acquitting Franco Mulakkal, trial court puts victim on trial

A reading of the elaborate 289-page judgment delivered by additional sessions judge, Kottayam, G Gopakumar, acquitting rape accused Franco Mulakkal, former Bishop of Jalandhar diocese, makes it seem that time has stood still since the infamous Mathura judgment in 1978 (Tukaram And Anr vs State Of Maharashtra, AIR 1979 SC 185), which triggered the women’s movement in India. In that[Read More…]

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Promoting Amity in the Times of Hate

Promoting Amity in the Times of Hate

Last month has seen a series of incidents which are very disturbing, to say the least. They have been promoting hatred, promoting misogyny, targeting Muslim women and abusing the ‘Father of the nation’. Along with this we also came to know the immaculate investigation by The Wire, which tells us the frightening Tek Fog app capable of creating a storm[Read More…]

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So, was the doubling of farmers’ income just another jumla?

So, was the doubling of farmers’ income just another jumla?

Rhetoric not matched by budget allocations so far The government admitted in July 2019 in a reply in the Rajya Sabha that doubling of farmers’ income was not possible by 2022 at the current rate of growth in the agriculture sector, but added that it was trying to promote the growth of allied sectors to achieve the target. (see PTI[Read More…]

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Farmer’s Movement: Looking At The Larger Picture

Farmer’s Movement: Looking At The Larger Picture

On 15 January, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) met at Delhi’s Singhu border, to review the progress made by the government on its promises made at the time of the repealing of the three agri laws. Following Parliamentary and written assurances, the farmers had suspended their movement and lifted their occupation of the Delhi borders. At the review meeting, it[Read More…]

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Objection, Your Honour: Supreme Court judge S. Abdul Nazeer’s recent speech raises eyebrows

Objection, Your Honour: Supreme Court judge S. Abdul Nazeer’s recent speech raises eyebrows

It will not be out of context to know that the architect of the Indian constitution, Dr. BR Ambedkar was present when on December 25, 1927 at Mahad, Maharashtra a copy of Manusmriti was burnt. On this day he also called upon to commemorate every December 25 as ‘Manusmriti Dahan Divas’ by burning the same.  Justice Abdul Nazeer, is not[Read More…]

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Hindutva is European Fascism at work in India

Hindutva is European Fascism at work in India

The Hindutva draws its ideological inspiration from the European fascist organisations like the National Fascist Party/Republican Fascist Party in Italy and the Italian Social Republic under Benito Mussolini, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) in Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler, The Fatherland Front in Austria under Engelbert Dollfuss and Kurt Schuschnigg, the National Union in Portugal under António de Oliveira Salazar and Marcelo Caetano, the Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS (‘Traditionalist Spanish Phalanx of the Councils of the National Syndicalist Offensive’) in Spain under Francisco Franco. European[Read More…]

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Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Not too long ago, it seemed return of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in Uttar Pradesh (UP) with Yogi Adityanath as chief minister would be virtually a cakewalk for him. Suddenly, speculations about political winds not favouring him but his key rival – Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) have raised questions about Yogi’s credentials. It is possible, state elections may[Read More…]

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Valuation of LIC- Need for transparency

Valuation of LIC- Need for transparency

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I understand from news reports that the LIC IPO is going to be issued shortly. Keeping in view the fact that it is the millions of policy holders of the LIC who have contributed to the Corporation’s phenomenal growth over the decades, some of us feel that relegating their interests[Read More…]

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Police Beat Up Jindal Steel Protesters  at Dhinkia Village

Police Beat Up Jindal Steel Protesters  at Dhinkia Village

In a shameless and barbaric move several platoons of Odisha police entered Dhinkia village with total disregard to democracy and all constitutional norms. They forcibly broke the wooden barricade and prevented us to go to our betel vines in the morning. As villagers gathered in large number and opposed their way, the police lathi-charged injuring about 30 villagers, some of[Read More…]

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Observe Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day as a day of National Unity, Communal Harmony, Non-Violence and Peace

Observe Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day as a day of National Unity, Communal Harmony, Non-Violence and Peace

People’s Initiative to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi on the 30th of January – for National Unity, Communal Harmony, Non-Violence & Peace.   LET THE NATION STAND IN SILENCE AS ONE!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOXmwnMZf1G7MZmnA3KgE9VLEmhyP1ubc29W-hFO9A4YT4IA/viewform?usp=sf_link Dear Fellow Indians, Zindabad! In the recent years, the country is witness to the growing threat of communal fascism, even as the very[Read More…]

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Attempt to bypass PESA Act in Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh

Attempt to bypass PESA Act in Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh

Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh proposing to extend urban authority laws to the Scheduled Areas to bypass the PESA legislation To Shri Ram Nath Kovind President of India Respected Rashtrapati Ji, Under Article 244(1), read with the provisions of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution, areas predominantly inhabited by the adivasis have been notified by the President as “Scheduled Areas” where there[Read More…]

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Rule of Law Vs Rule of Laws

Rule of Law Vs Rule of Laws

There is now a real hunt for coining ever new terms for new upsetting phenomena in society and politics,such as finer terms to denote different degrees of authoritarianism in stead of seeing as a whole the concerted and unremitting campaign to turn the state into a full-fledged fascist state. On the other hand there is a reluctance to examine the[Read More…]

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Political Marginalization Drives Legal Conservatism among Indian Muslims

Political Marginalization Drives Legal Conservatism among Indian Muslims

Amid the existential crises of Indian Muslims after Partition, the constitutional assurances given to the collective identity was vital in ameliorating the fears of the Muslim community. While individual freedoms are tenable while interpreting the constitution, recognition of the collective identity of the Muslim community by the way of State protection for colonial era Muslim Personal Law and special powers[Read More…]

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Marry at 21 – An empowering step for Women?

Marry at 21 – An empowering step for Women?

The Union cabinet recently made a decision to increase the age of marriage for girls to 21, bringing this at par with men. The age has, to put things in context, been gradually raised over the years. The legal marriage age for women in India was first set to 14 years in 1929. In 1949, the age for women was[Read More…]

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Margaret Alva questions PM Modi’s silence on attack against minorities

Margaret Alva questions PM Modi’s silence on attack against minorities

To Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister Government of India South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi-110 011. Dear Prime Minister, I write to you, the Leader of our great Democratic,Secular, Socialist Republic of India, governed by a Constitution which enshrines the fundamental rights and freedoms of Indian citizens, irrespective of caste, colour, race or creed, as a senior concerned citizen who[Read More…]

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Heavy Snowfall in Himachal, Villagers Suffer

Heavy Snowfall in Himachal, Villagers Suffer

The week January 4-January 11 has seen heavy snowfall in many parts of Himachal Pradesh. This led to a heavy rush of tourists from plain areas. Newspapers reported nearly 60,000 arrivals in just Manali and Shimla during the later part of the week. Several hotels which had been reporting low business had to insist on advance bookings and over 90[Read More…]

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Aparna Sen and others demand the withdrawal of latest issue of Vanitha Magazine

Aparna Sen and others demand the withdrawal of latest issue of Vanitha Magazine

Over 650 eminent persons have signed a petition demanding that Malayalam Manorama (Kerala’s largest media house owning the largest circulated newspaper) withdraw it’s latest issue of Vanitha Magazine. The outrage is about a cover photograph in the Magazine of a prominent Malayalam actor accused in a molestation case. On the cover he is seen with his family. The photograph effectively[Read More…]

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Humour, Dissent and the Case of Munawar Faruqui

Humour, Dissent and the Case of Munawar Faruqui

by Shivani Das & Sai Thakur Photo of Stand-up Comedian Munawar Faruqui | Source: Youtube/ Munawar Faruqui Channel Munawar Faruqui, the Mumbai-based stand-up comedian, hit the headlines when he posted on Instagram ‘hatred won, artist lost, goodbye! INJUSTICE’ after his show in Bangalore was cancelled on the 28th November 2021. The city police cited the law and order situation. So[Read More…]

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DUJ Denounces Use of Apps to Target Journos, Citizens

DUJ Denounces Use of Apps to Target Journos, Citizens

In the controversy surrounding the Prime Minister’s visit to Punjab, an investigation into a secret app that spams and trolls thousands has gone ignored by the big media, notes the Delhi Union of Journalists. Painstaking investigation of the app Tek Fog, by two technical researchers for the Wire, reveals how tech is being used to pursue a political agenda and[Read More…]

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After Godi Media, now Godi NGOs

After Godi Media, now Godi NGOs

As the New Year began, I woke up to the news that the FCRA of hundreds of organisations who had applied for the renewal of their permission to receive Foreign funding had been denied. In the list was the well-regarded agency Oxfam, the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa and a chain of small rural hospitals in North and[Read More…]

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It is high time for the British to recognize Tamil’s self determination

It is high time for the British to recognize Tamil’s self determination

It is high time for the United Kingdom to recognize its failure and realize that the sufferings of the Tamils started immediately after the British left Sri Lanka in 1948 and find justice and freedom to the oppressed Tamils who are now at a great loss of lives, land, resources, human rights etc. United Kingdom knows well that Sri Lanka[Read More…]

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Why it is important today to recall the democratic processes which led to the moratorium on Bt brinjal

Why it is important today to recall the democratic processes which led to the moratorium on Bt brinjal

At a time when there is widespread apprehension regarding high-power efforts to weaken regulations which have by and large sought to keep away GM foods from India, it will be useful to recall the widely appreciated and admired democratic process during the days of the  UPA government which had led to a decision being taken to safeguard the food safety[Read More…]

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Stop Weaponising FCRA!  Condemn CBI Raid on Offices of CPSC – People’s Watch!!

Stop Weaponising FCRA!  Condemn CBI Raid on Offices of CPSC – People’s Watch!!

PUCL strongly condemns the registration of FIR by the CBI against Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC) and its initiative, People’s Watch on 6th January 2022 for alleged FCRA violations of the year 2012, and raids conducted by CBI officials at their office in Madurai on 8th January 2022. PUCL expresses serious concern over the increasing criminalization and denial of permissions[Read More…]

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GM Food With Its Serious Health Hazards Should Never be Approved in India

GM Food With Its Serious Health Hazards Should Never be Approved in India

 Recently the Coalition for GM-Free Agriculture in India has expressed serious concern regarding the new regulations being framed and discussed for regulating GM food as these are leaving wide gaps regarding food safety as well as feed safety. There is concern particularly regarding import of processed GM food. The consultations are being done very hurriedly without giving adequate chance for[Read More…]

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Farmer’s Agitation: All Eyes On 15 January

Farmer’s Agitation: All Eyes On 15 January

Barely a few days are left to go now and all eyes, certainly of the farmers and their supporters, are on 15 January – the day Sunyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) is to reassemble in Delhi.  There, SKM will seek to evaluate the progress made on the promises made by the government following the repeal of the three agri-laws in November[Read More…]

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Is The Nation In Crisis?

Is The Nation In Crisis?

At the Dharam Sansad conducted at Haridwar, December 17-19, 2021, by Hindu sants and seers, there were calls for killing Muslims to cleanse Indian society. These are calls for genocide. Speakers also called upon army and police personnel to take up arms to kill Muslims. One speaker reportedly called for socio-economic boycott of Indian Muslims, and stated that governments will[Read More…]

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From Muslims to Christians: Impunity Drives Expanding Hindu Nationalist Violence

From Muslims to Christians: Impunity Drives Expanding Hindu Nationalist Violence

Today is the third day of my seven-day hunger-strike for the persecuted Christians of India. It has now been over 60 hours since I ate anything. CLICK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE One thing that makes the situation of persecuted Indian Christians particularly unique is that they live in the only democracy in the world — in fact, aside from China,[Read More…]

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Public Private Partnerships – Subsidy and Impunity for Private Corporations

Public Private Partnerships – Subsidy and Impunity for Private Corporations

Delhi Airport Metro as a Case Study   According to the currently dominant ideology, the private sector is more competent, efficient, and technologically capable than the public sector, and thus public-private partnerships save public money. The World Bank says: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be a tool to get more quality infrastructure services to more people. When designed well and implemented[Read More…]

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On Punjab elections and farmers participation

On Punjab elections and farmers participation

With all the constraints of time, I do wish to share my views with a large number of friends and likeminded people on an issue, which is very crucial in the coming days and times. This issue concerns farmers participation in coming Punjab Assembly elections, may be in other states -UP and Uttarakhand too, but primarily in the context of[Read More…]

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Human Rights Violated And Lives And Livelihoods in Danger In Dhinkia

Human Rights Violated And Lives And Livelihoods in Danger In Dhinkia

The people of Dhinkia in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha have risen in strong protest against Jindal Steel Works and for the protection of their land, lives and livelihoods. As directed by the Odisha government, there is heavy police repression and coercion being carried out for land acquisition which is becoming brutal and inhuman with the passing of each day. All[Read More…]

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Falsehood, Hate and Crime the Endangering Culture of India

Falsehood, Hate and Crime the Endangering Culture of India

“Make the lie big. Make it simple. Keep saying it, and eventually they believe it”. These words of Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader of Nazi party of Germany seems to be proving true for India by its ruling establishment. Historically speaking, Adolf Hitler was a German leader who joined the Nazi Party which later became the largest elected party in[Read More…]

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Farmers Heroically Thwart Modi’s Rally in Ferozepur

Farmers Heroically Thwart Modi’s Rally in Ferozepur

The farmers spirit elevated and reverberated at a boiling point in Ferozepur like a spark turning into a prairie fire, in protest staged a few days ago by the farmers groups of Punjab .It was one of the most comprehensive acts of rebellion and striking blows to neo-fascism. Prime Minister Narinder Modi was virtually compelled to retreat towards Delhi due[Read More…]

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No Army Veteran Dares To Publish How Rulers ‘Ambushed’ Indian Army From Preventing 1984 Sikh Genocide

No Army Veteran Dares To Publish How Rulers ‘Ambushed’ Indian Army From Preventing 1984 Sikh Genocide

I salute the veterans who recently dared to write to the President and Prime Minister of India regarding “open call of the genocide of Indian Muslims”; their letter also mentions targeting of other minorities like Christians, Dalits and Sikhs. These brave soldiers and other eminent personalities have written exactly what needed to be said to the powers that be –[Read More…]

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104 Organisations Resist Anti-Conversion Laws through a Poster Campaign

104 Organisations Resist Anti-Conversion Laws through a Poster Campaign

104 organisations have endorsed the poster campaign against the Anti-Conversion Laws in India. We request you to circulate, release and share the material. Karnataka Legislative Assembly has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill despite stiff opposition from the opposition parties. However, it is not yet tabled in the upper house to make it a law. The Anti-Conversion Law affects Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and[Read More…]

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Pieter Friedrich on 7 day hunger strike against persecution of Christians in India

Pieter Friedrich on 7 day hunger strike against persecution of Christians in India

  Today is the second day of my seven-day hunger-strike for the persecuted Christians of India. As I said yesterday, 2021 was the most violent year on record for Indian Christians. In total, they suffered nearly 500 attacks — more than one every day. That’s almost four times as many attacks on Christians as were reported in 2014, the first[Read More…]

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Bulli Bai App: PEC demands actions against online abusers of women scribes

Bulli Bai App: PEC demands actions against online abusers of women scribes

Geneva: Expressing shock over the repeated incident of targeting women, including many Indian scribes in social media, the global media safety and rights body Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demands proper actions against the individuals behind the ‘Bulli Bai’ online application. It may be mentioned that over a hundred women, largely Muslim personalities, were listed with doctored photographs in the app[Read More…]

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The Age of Rage and Rebellion: Fifty Years After the Spring Thunder

The Age of Rage and Rebellion: Fifty Years After the Spring Thunder

The words were red. And the rifles were red too. It was a time to win back everything that belonged to the people. A flame of rebellion raging against tyranny of the exploiting classes in remote Naxalbari in north-eastern India spread to different parts of the vast land of India, and in its neighboring countries. The uprising in Naxalbari that[Read More…]

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Modi’s Christmas shocker hurts the poor and disadvantaged in India during the Covid crisis

Modi’s Christmas shocker hurts the poor and disadvantaged in India during the Covid crisis

Like many other nations globally, India has been navigating through an economic crisis while battling an onslaught of Covid-19 and its variants. However, one may find it hard to pin down a leadership anywhere bent upon augmenting that misery for its own people through arbitrary and quirky actions. That is probably what the Modi administration has done by canceling about[Read More…]

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Why the dream project Silver Line/K-Rail is a nightmare?

Why the dream project Silver Line/K-Rail is a nightmare?

People’s Voices against the project 1 The Chief Minister of Kerala who is now on a stint meeting the “ prominent citizens “ in each of the 11 districts through which the Silver line project will pass should instead turn off the alarming signal lights and sirens of his car and step out in the streets masquerading as an ordinary[Read More…]

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Pegasus: CAG should exchange information with Poland

Pegasus: CAG should exchange information with Poland

To Shri G C Murmu Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) Dear Shri Murmu, I invite your attention to the following report on an ongoing investigation by the Supreme Audit Office of Poland into the alleged purchase of the controversial Pegasus software by the government of that country and its possible misuse for illegally exercising surveillance over Poland’s opposition[Read More…]

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Call off all rallies in the poll-bound States in view of the Omicron wave

Call off all rallies in the poll-bound States in view of the Omicron wave

Shri Sushil Chandra Chief Election Commissioner   Shri Rajiv Kumar Election Commissioner   Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner Dear S/Shri Sushil Chandra, Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, I had earlier requested the Union Home Secretary, under intimation to you, that political parties should not be allowed to hold rallies in view of the impending Omicron crisis. My letter dated 22-12[Read More…]

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Dalit labourers organise protest march in Punjab

Dalit labourers organise protest march in Punjab

The Sanjha Morcha organised dalit labourers organised Black flag march on December 30th in Rampura Phul.Around 2000 persons participated. The rally was adressed by Kulwant Singh Selbrah ,Zora Singh Nasrali and Prithpal Singh Rampura.They touched upon issues like cancellation of debts upto Rs 50000,distribution of plots or panchayat land as promised, stopping harassment of women, continuous employment of agricultural labour,[Read More…]

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Every Cloud Will Not Have A “Silver Lining”

Every Cloud Will Not Have A “Silver Lining”

Since 2018, we in Kerala especially those of us living in mountainous areas or the coast are afraid when clouds darken the skies and there is possibility of rains. This is because for 2 years in sequence we have faced torrential floods when dams, rivers and lakes (all water bodies ) overflow and take away everything that we possess, sometimes[Read More…]

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Right-Wing Hate Speech Runs Rampant in India’s Elections

Right-Wing Hate Speech Runs Rampant in India’s Elections

A bizarre event took place in northern India between December 17 and December 19, 2021. It was a “religious parliament” (Dharma Sansad) with the theme, “The Future of the Sanatan Dharma in Islamic India: Problem and Solutions.” The event took place in Haridwar, a city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The speakers—each of them dressed in saffron robes, which are usually[Read More…]

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The Jekyll-and-Hyde Character of India’s Political Leaders

The Jekyll-and-Hyde Character of India’s Political Leaders

R L Stevenon’s classic of 1886, “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, described the duality of character in the same person, manifesting itself in strange ways that were difficult to understand. Had Stevenson been alive today to witness the happenings in Indian politics, he would have found the present day political leaders having attributes similar to Dr Jekyll[Read More…]

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Satya Pal Malik’s protest to the government: Was it a socialist attitude?

Satya Pal Malik’s protest to the government: Was it a socialist attitude?

Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik’s stand has not softened even after the government withdrew three controversial agri-laws. Speaking at a social function in Haryana’s Charkhi Dadri town on January 2, he said that when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the question of farmers’ agitation and raised the issue of the death of 500 farmers, the PM’s attitude was[Read More…]

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Hounding  Christians!

Hounding  Christians!

‘The Quint’ (3 January 2022) has an article ‘Events on Christ will end with “Jai Sri Ram”: Behind Church Attacks in Haryana’. The article speaks about the slew of anti- Christian attacks in Haryana during the Christmas Season. It details a Christmas Celebration of some followers of Jesus in Kurukshetra which was disrupted by the goons of the local Bajrang[Read More…]

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Spewing hate & calling for genocide

Spewing hate & calling for genocide

And if this is called Dharma Sansad, there is no other Adharma one can imagine. State’s silence or tacit response, police officer laughing along with accused, which appeared in another viral video also add to the ‘hate’ the state does not want to prevent or punish. *** Our Constitution in the Article 19(1)(a) guaranteed that all citizens of India shall[Read More…]

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Not in the national interest to weaken the ONGC

Not in the national interest to weaken the ONGC

  To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India   Dear Shri Gauba, I have come across a news report (https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/ongc-without-a-chairman-as-subhash-kumar-retires-no-replacement-appointed-122010100678_1.html) about the casual manner in which the concerned Central Ministries have been dealing with ONGC, India’s premier hydrocarbons exploration and development agency, which is the country’s main plank for self-reliance in the sector. Apparently, the concerned Ministries have[Read More…]

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The Brahmin State and its Meat Eating Subjects

The Brahmin State and its Meat Eating Subjects

Tensions arose in Kerala at a recent discovery that the jaggery supplied to Sabarimala temple came with a Halal (meaning permissible according to Islamic rule) certification. SJR Kumar, former president of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) filed a petition claiming that the jaggery was prepared following Islamic traditions and hence ‘violated’ tantric rituals that typically used ‘satvik’ (pure) food items. This[Read More…]

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Blasphemy and Sacrilege

Blasphemy and Sacrilege

                                      Two recent lynchings following alleged cases of sacrilege in Punjab in the last month have raised disquieting questions. The first incident was reported at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, where a person accused of sacrilege was lynched to death on the[Read More…]

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Middle Class Hindus Need To Speak Up Even As Fringe Elements Call The Shots

Middle Class Hindus Need To Speak Up Even As Fringe Elements Call The Shots

by P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   Presently India is fast galloping towards a fascist Hindu state. The Muslim, Sikh, Christian minorities as also the Tribals and Dalits in India are facing threats to their very existence and don’t feel safe anymore. The dilemma in which middle class Hindus find themselves today is no different from the predicament faced by[Read More…]

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Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Accident is Another Tragic Example of Preventable Tragedies Related to Religious Gatherings

Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Accident is Another Tragic Example of Preventable Tragedies Related to Religious Gatherings

In the early hours of January 1, just as the new year dawned, a big tragedy spread a wave of sadness in Jammu where 12 pilgrims died and almost as many were injured in a stampede. It is really sad that such an accident which generally takes place in conditions of overcrowding  has taken place at the time of COVID.[Read More…]

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Bhiwani Tragedy  Again Highlights Pressing Need for  Reforms in Stone Mining For Protecting Workers and Environment

Bhiwani Tragedy  Again Highlights Pressing Need for  Reforms in Stone Mining For Protecting Workers and Environment

On the morning of January 1, in Dadam area of Bhiwani district, Haryana, a huge portion of a hill being mined for its stone fell down with a very loud blast. Death of 3 workers was reported soon after this. Serious concern has been expresed that a higher number of workers may have been buried under big stones. What could[Read More…]

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OnLine Education, $irJi?

OnLine Education, $irJi?

WhatsApp University in the Chat Domain. Where Talk is Cheap But; The Cost of Glamour: — Magnifico. This short article is a parody on the anonymity of OnLine Chat via Social Media, primarily WhatsApp, where no one knows who the other person is and you can let your spine drop and the anger and racist contempt hang out. (Perhaps how[Read More…]

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Dhanak of Humanity Condemns Haridwar and Delhi hate speeches

Dhanak of Humanity Condemns Haridwar and Delhi hate speeches

Dhanak of Humanity makes a sincere and urgent appeal to all leaders to invest in safeguarding our pluralistic and secular nature by making those spreading hatred and advocating violence accountable for their hate speech Two recent events have been of utmost concern for all who believe in humanity and non-violence. One by the Dharma Sansad, at Haridwar December 17-19, and[Read More…]

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From abusing Gandhi to advocating genocide

From abusing Gandhi to advocating genocide

by Alishan Jafri , Neel Madhav and Apoorvanand   The arrest of the foul mouthed Kalicharan is seen as a very courageous step taken by the Chhatisgarh government. Kalicharan, a self-styled Hindu saint was booked by the state police after he made abusive remarks against Mahatma Gandhi at a Dharma Sansad held at Raipur. The meet was called to discuss[Read More…]

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Letter to PM: Concern at the recent reports emanating from Haridwar in Uttarakhand

Letter to PM: Concern at the recent reports emanating from Haridwar in Uttarakhand

by K.R. Venugopal & E.A.S. Sarma Dear Mr Prime Minister, We are two retired IAS officers, who have served our country both at the State and Union Government levels. We are independent social thinkers with no affiliation to any political party. We have no personal or political agenda in addressing this letter to you. The reason we have taken the[Read More…]

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Five Ex-Armed Forces Chiefs Write To President, PM On Haridwar Hate Speeches

Five Ex-Armed Forces Chiefs Write To President, PM On Haridwar Hate Speeches

Five former chiefs of staff of the armed forces and over a hundred other people including veterans, bureaucrats, and prominent citizens have written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding “open call of the genocide of Indian Muslims” at various events, most recently in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar and Delhi. The letter also mentions targeting of other minorities[Read More…]

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Bhima Koregaon is a battle of self esteem and social change ….

Bhima Koregaon is a battle of self esteem and social change ….

In India, there is a saying that ’56 like you have seen’. This saying is formed from historical events and the background of this saying is also formed from the historical battle of Bhima Koregaon When only 500 Mahar soldiers had crushed 28,000 Peshwa soldiers. To understand the historical significance of Bhima Koregaon, one must first understand the Peshwa. The[Read More…]

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Journalism in Existential Crisis

Journalism in Existential Crisis

When the Wire and Cross-current broke the news of the Assam Chief Minister’s family having been involved in a landscam in three different areas of the state,turning govt. land allotted for charitable purposes into real estate with majority shares under their belt,everyone expected the popular press here to raise a huge furore.The report pinpointed the location,the specific category of the[Read More…]

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Conversation with Dr.Prem Singh on UP elections

Conversation with Dr.Prem Singh on UP elections

Dr. Prem Singh, a prolific and multidisciplinary writer and former President of the Socialist Party (India), was in Lucknow on personal work in the last week of November 2021. Incidentally, I called him up and asked him some questions about the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. The details of that long telephonic conversation with him are given below. (This is an English version of[Read More…]

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Hindutva is closer to Thuggees than Hinduism

Hindutva is closer to Thuggees than Hinduism

  The open call for genocide against Muslims by some self-styled Hindu leaders at the recent ‘Dharam Sansad’ (Religious Parliament) at Haridwar has stirred a hornet nest.  It has evoked a sharp reaction against the government’s complicity to shield such perpetrators of hate crime and more its inability to punish those disturbing communal peace. However, at another level, it has[Read More…]

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A Short History of RSS

A Short History of RSS

India entered a new phase with the ascension of Narendra Modi to power as the Prime Minister in 2014. People were searching for an alternative to the Congress-led UPA government at the centre. Narendra Modi’s ‘Gujarat Model’ and his push of narratives aiming at Congress government’s ‘minority appeasement’ convinced the ‘majority’ that under the leadership of Modi, India will find[Read More…]

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“Three Movements and The Dynamics of Indian Democracy” Political Scientist Zoya Hasan’s Analysis

“Three Movements and The Dynamics of Indian Democracy” Political Scientist Zoya Hasan’s Analysis

Do social and political movements in India have a future despite the challenges posed by the regime in power?  This is a critical question often raised by scholars and political leaders amid concerns and anxieties over a range of issues—from authoritarianism to strategies of political exclusion and suppression of dissent/opposition. Yet, there really is a silver lining in political cloud[Read More…]

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Odisha Millets Mission- a step towards combating climate vulnerability and promoting sustainable food systems

Odisha Millets Mission- a step towards combating climate vulnerability and promoting sustainable food systems

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation conducted a pan-India assessment of climate change vulnerability based on fourteen parameters encompassing socio-economic aspects, livelihood, institution and infrastructure and biophysical features. “Out of 100 most vulnerable districts in the country, 70% of them are in five states of Eastern India– Assam, Bihar,[Read More…]

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Christians on Edge – Spike in Attacks

Christians on Edge – Spike in Attacks

It was the rarest of rare ‘Christmas gift’ that the Christians in India never bargained for. Several Churches and their institutions were vandalized across the country, especially in BJP-ruled States, reportedly by the Hindutva forces during the Christmas week. The hooligans went around wreaking havoc, damaging churches, razing statues, disrupting Christmas celebrations and thrashing Christians. They ran amok with a[Read More…]

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Dalit agricultural labour wage qualitative protests for rights in Punjab

Dalit agricultural labour wage qualitative protests for rights in Punjab

  A qualitative protest of around 500 workers was staged at Rampura Phul today in front of the office of the State district magistrate. The agricultural workers vociferously raised slogan condemning the government betraying their promises. In the last few months through united activity they have waged a sustained struggle for their demands. The farm labourers left their work to[Read More…]

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10 cr Indians to remain niraadhaar?

10 cr Indians to remain niraadhaar?

Justice Krishna Iyer said that “the project Aadhaar should not be implemented for it amounts to an assault on privacy and basic rights of individuals and is suited only for fascist nations.” Famous Supreme Court Judge V R Krishna Iyer on November 3, 2011 released the first critique book titled “AADHAAR; How a Nation is Deceived,” authored by P B[Read More…]

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Hindutva resurrects India’s thuggee tradition

Hindutva resurrects India’s thuggee tradition

There has been some heated discussion in recent weeks in India about whether the term Hindutva is the same as Hinduism or not. For those supporting the ruling BJP regime and the Sangh Parivar– the network of organizations spawned by the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh – there is no doubt that these two are identical.  For opponents of the Sangh Parivar[Read More…]

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How Farmers’ Organisations Are Approaching The Upcoming Elections In Punjab?

How Farmers’ Organisations Are Approaching The Upcoming Elections In Punjab?

A very significant polarisation has taken place between farmer’s organisations from the Samyukta Morcha on issue of stand in state elections in Punjab. A big chunk are towing the parliamentary path and contesting the polls. However a significant contingent is not participating in the polls or supporting parliamentary candidates The most progressive stand has been adopted by the Bharatiya Kisan[Read More…]

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VIOLECTION – A Composite of Violence and Election

VIOLECTION – A Composite of Violence and Election

by Atif Moin Siddiqui and Aniketh Brian Madhok “Paschim Bangla te vote hoye na, vote korano jaye…” (In West Bengal Vote does not take place, Vote can be made to happen here) This phrase is from a YouTube Channel which speaks on the Political and State Affairs of Bengal and; now, the meaning of this sentence suddenly becomes clear after[Read More…]

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Some Reflections on Nehru and Journalism Today

Some Reflections on Nehru and Journalism Today

Even as human vultures of a wide amalgam -train their guns, on Nehru’s 17 years as Prime Minister, and his role in India’s freedom struggle and the struggle of the Non-aligned movement, what stands out today- are many of Nehru’s thoughtful writings, his letters to Chief Ministers, his regular press conferences, and of course his thoughts on freedom of the[Read More…]

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A Cottage Scale Publication Effort For Social Change

A Cottage Scale Publication Effort For Social Change

While the book publishing scene is increasingly dominated by big publishers, an important social role has been always filled by small publishers often functioning at the margins. Despite the modest scale of their work, these have made very important contributions from time to time. When I started working as a freelance journalist about 49 years back, I soon had a[Read More…]

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Vedicisation of India

Vedicisation of India

Natural rationalism, human engagement with natural reality, social institutions and production process are the only factors which have been playing important role in shaping the human way of way of life. But we convinced ourselves that it is religion that is prime factor. Even after agreeing that with living in the age of reason, we still believe that human life[Read More…]

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No Need for Anti-Conversion Law

No Need for Anti-Conversion Law

This is a preliminary compilation of legal provisions which are on the statute books and give the lie to the argument that the proposed anti-conversion law in Karnataka is filling a much needed legal gap. A perusal of these provisions will indicate that there is no need for an anti-conversion law to cover the use of force and fraud and[Read More…]

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India’s `Gestapo’  –  National Investigation Agency (NIA)

India’s `Gestapo’  –  National Investigation Agency (NIA)

India’s  counter  terrorism  task  force  NIA  (National  Investigation  Agency)  has  come  into   limelight  recently  –  but  for  the  wrong  reasons.  Neglecting  their  original  task  of  pursuing  serious  crimes  like  terrorism,  the  NIA  personnel   have  barked  up  the  wrong  tree.  Incapable  of  nabbing  the  real  terrorists,  they   are  trying  other  methods  to  justify  their  perpetuation  in  the  present  system.   They  have [Read More…]

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Poisoning people’s minds to ensure polarisation in the coming polls

Poisoning people’s minds to ensure polarisation in the coming polls

Uttarakhand is in the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment. The video of a meeting of the so-called ‘dharmsansad’ in Hardwar have gone viral on social media where the speakers masquerading as leaders concerned for ‘Hindus’ have used absolutely filthy, gutter level, genocidal language against minorities particularly the Muslims. It is not that these people spoke such[Read More…]

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Spreading Hate- Inciting Violence: No more a Crime!

Spreading Hate- Inciting Violence: No more a Crime!

After Suraj Pal Amu made derogatory and hate speech, he was made the spokesman for BJP state unit. After the murder of Akhlaq in the beef-cow issue, one of the murder accused died, one central minister (Mahesh Sharma) arrived to put tricolor on the body of the deceased. When 8 lynching accused got bail, Jayant Sinha another Central Minister garlanded[Read More…]

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Brute Force Used Upon Protesters Against Jindal Steel

Brute Force Used Upon Protesters Against Jindal Steel

Greetings from Anti- Jindal & Anti- POSCO Movement, Odisha, India! The state government run by Mr. Nabin Pattnaik is making brutal police action against our people in order to hand over the 2900 acres of fertile agricultural land to the ruthless Indian steel major Jindal Steel led by industrialist Sajjan Jindal. After POSCO India fiasco which ended by 2015-2016, JSW[Read More…]

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Spreading Hate: Open call for Genocide

Spreading Hate: Open call for Genocide

Statement Released on December 24, 2021 at a press conference organized by Anhad. Dr Syeda Hameed, prof Ram Puniyani, Prashant Bhushan, Gauhar Raza, Anjali Bhardwaj, Dev Desai and Shabnam Hashmi addressed the press conference. From December 17 to 19, the ‘Dharma Sansad’ or ‘Religious Parliament’ was organized in Haridwar wherein several religious leaders and those associated with Hindutva extremist organisations[Read More…]

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Pegasus Trail -2

Pegasus Trail -2

With due deference to prominent social activists and shapers of public opinion Venkatesh Narayan and Sandeep Pandey, and their insistence on the urgency and immediacy of the issue of freedom of expression,I would still like to propose that the right to privacy is of not less importance.After all freedom is indivisible as I had urged about three years back in[Read More…]

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Consciously Superstitious Elite and Flourishing Superstitions in India

Consciously Superstitious Elite and Flourishing Superstitions in India

In a country where almost eighty percent of population live in rural India and at least sixty of India population is illiterate and uneducated, it is quite depressing to know that at least, ninety-five percent of Indian elite are deeply religious, ritualistic, god fearing and superstitious. It is against the logic of the co-relation between reason/rationality and economically, socially and[Read More…]

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Saffronization  of  the  army  and  militarization  of   the  government

Saffronization  of  the  army  and  militarization  of   the  government

The  outpouring  of  grief  over  the  tragic  death  of  General  Bipin  Rawat  is  manifesting  itself  in  an  ugly   belligerent  form,  which was  never  witnessed in  the  past  on  similar  occasions,  like  the  passing  away  of  army  stalwarts –   Sam  Manekshaw,  Arjan  Singh   and  Sundarji.  The  present  state-sponsored  display  of  national  mourning  over  Bipin  Rawat’s  death  is  fast  degenerating   into  an [Read More…]

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An Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Odisha over the ongoing police repression in Dhinkia

An Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Odisha over the ongoing police repression in Dhinkia

    To, Shri Naveen Pattnaik Chief Minister of Odisha Dear Shri Pattnaik, We, the undersigned, are shocked and deeply concerned over the ongoing police repression on the peasants and betel growers of Dhinkia, Gobindpur and Nuagaon villages of Jagatsinghpur district in Odisha who for seventeen years have used the most democratic means to resist the forceful acquisition of land[Read More…]

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Thousands Protest Against Karnataka Anti-Conversion Bill In Bangalore

Thousands Protest Against Karnataka Anti-Conversion Bill In Bangalore

Today the streets of Bangalore saw an outpour of citizens in large numbers to protest against the anti-people and unconstitutional ‘Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021’. The rally began from Mysore Bank Circle and culminated at Freedom Park. A broad coalition of more than 40 organisations vociferously demanded that the Bill be withdrawn as the Government[Read More…]

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Vikalp Sangam Supports an Auroville Free to Continue its Experiments on Sustainability and Harmony

Vikalp Sangam Supports an Auroville Free to Continue its Experiments on Sustainability and Harmony

We are deeply disturbed by reports from the experimental township of Auroville (a living UNESCO world heritage site), that unique forests, water catchment areas, community spaces are being bulldozed, and most importantly of all, community processes being ignored and bypassed. All this is being done in the name of “development” and a narrative that those who have been speaking for[Read More…]

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Impending Omicron crisis- Why are political rallies and other large gatherings being permitted?

Impending Omicron crisis- Why are political rallies and other large gatherings being permitted?

To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Dear Shri Bhalla, We are once again facing a steep surge of the Covid virus; this time it is the new mutant, Omicron looming large. This Covid variant is reported to be three times more infectious than its Delta predecessor, which wreaked havoc on the people during the second wave. In order[Read More…]

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Decreasing farm size and increasing hunger

Decreasing farm size and increasing hunger

Although the farmers have returned home after the Modi government withdrew three agriculture laws, seriously considering the very foundation of India’s economic policy, the crisis is so deep that providing food from agriculture to the country’s growing population is not a new challenge. It is a great tragedy that after independence the country could not become self-sufficient in food. Today,[Read More…]

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Declaration from 2nd National Conference of All India Union of Forest Working People

Declaration from 2nd National Conference of All India Union of Forest Working People

We pay homage to our ancestors, leaders and icons of the past, who sacrificed their lives and privileges to make resistance of the people a reality and who collectively built revolutionary movements of the people. We pay homage to our comrades and friends whom we lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in the midst of a total breakdown of the health[Read More…]

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Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

A routine wrong & 2 Constitutional amendments

The States are primarily responsible for the welfare of the residents in their limits. The 105th Constitution Amendment that has been notified on August 19, 2021 aims at giving States back their authority to specify socially and educationally backward classes (OBCs). The 102nd amendment gave constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Communities (NCBC) which became the primary institution[Read More…]

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Subject Surveillance to Democratic Norms and Full Transparency

Subject Surveillance to Democratic Norms and Full Transparency

by Venkatesh Narayanan and Sandeep Pandey   The issue is not privacy – it has never been. Millenials of all stripes today willingly sign-off most of their personal life fully well knowing that Big Tech is openly hoovering up their messages and posts. Mining every word and search term for valuable insights into users’ behaviour leads to targeted advertising, ergo[Read More…]

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Again Police Repression in Dhinkia

Again Police Repression in Dhinkia

Around 2pm on 20th Dec, 2021, the villagers of Dhinkia made a massive demonstration against the state and police repression at Mahala village border. Suddenly police forces entered Dhinkia village from back side and started thrashing and beating people. Some villagers sustained severe injuries. The police have arbitrarily arrested two persons Mr. Ajodhya Swain and Ms. Milirani Swain without any[Read More…]

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Egg in mid-day meals- Resistance is against child rights

Egg in mid-day meals- Resistance is against child rights

On November 23 2021, in the context of serious malnutrition, the Government of Karnataka announced that eggs would be provided three days a week as part of the mid-day meal scheme, to students in seven districts, namely, Bidar, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Koppal, Ballari and Vijayapura. This move was welcomed by activists and nutritionists who also insisted that eggs be extended[Read More…]

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Freedom of Religion Bill is an Instrument of Hindu Rashtra

Freedom of Religion Bill is an Instrument of Hindu Rashtra

The anti-conversion law in India is a double-edged sword: a step towards Hindu Rashtra perpetuating caste supremacy The Freedom of Religion Act known as anti-conversion law in India is a double edged sword. Its twin objectives are establishment of Hindu Rashtra and it perpetuates caste supremacy. The minorities, dalits and adivasis constitute nearly 40% of India’s population; of which Dalit[Read More…]

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The Rich History and Diversity of Kerala

The Rich History and Diversity of Kerala

By Issac Thomas Joy & Supratim Barman Let me take you through to the annals of Indian history to something that lays forgotten in the lands of Sub-Continental India as it happened centuries ago which has laid the foundations of the Modern Era as to what we perceive of today and that tale will be explored today as I share[Read More…]

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The Pegasus Trail

The Pegasus Trail

The Supreme Court in its historic judgment on the Pegasus scandal memorably castigated the government and formed a committee under its own watch to enquire into the alleged grave state violation of the precious right to privacy of citizens.The honourable court had also apparently prohibited any other agency from enquiring into it.Recently the commission led by Ret.Justice of SC Madan[Read More…]

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Preserve the independence of the Election Commission of India

Preserve the independence of the Election Commission of India

 To Shri Ram Nath Kovind President of India Respected Rashtrapatiji, I refer to the reported meeting taken by an official of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on December 16, 2021 with the Election Commission of India (ECI), ostensibly to discuss certain matters relating to electoral reforms, already cleared by the Union Cabinet by then. For the executive, particularly the PMO, to[Read More…]

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Imposing Vegetarianism as a Political Agenda

Imposing Vegetarianism as a Political Agenda

Recently (December 2021) town planning committee of Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation specifically mentioned that stalls selling non-vegetarian items will not be allowed along public roads and in the 100-meter radius of schools, colleges and religious places. On these lines decisions were also taken by Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Rajkot Municipal bodies. As the hawkers selling these non vegetarian items approached the[Read More…]

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Video: An interview with Medha Patkar

Video: An interview with Medha Patkar

Popular resistance to development policies that make life on earth impossible and deny social justice continues in various parts of India. Medha Patkar, who has been a strong presence in this struggle for decades, is the inspiration of the people’s movement. Medha recently came to Kerala to take part in the struggle against the destructive Silver Line Project ( Semi-high[Read More…]

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