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Media Kashmir narratives

Media Kashmir narratives

 ‘Those contractors who have been doing business all over the world in the name of “Kashmir shops”, do they realize what dilemma this nation is in at the moment? Isn’t it necessary to give them the message that a large segment of the public has long since awakened to your shops’?  These were the expressions of a few Kashmiris in[Read More…]

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Omicron: Take Precautions!

Omicron: Take Precautions!

To Shri Rajesh Bhushan Union Health Secretary Dear Shri Bhushan, While we are about to conclude that we longer have to feel concerned about a Covid surge for the third time, the discovery of Omicron and its own mutants with high rates of transmission in many parts of the world has put to rest any such feeling of comfort. Are[Read More…]

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Calendar dedicated to farmers’ protest released by Radical Desi

Calendar dedicated to farmers’ protest released by Radical Desi

A Canada-based online magazine that covers alternate politics unveiled its annual calendar in Surrey on Saturday, November 27. Dedicated to the year-long farmers’ protest in India, the 2022 calendar bears important dates related to the struggle that eventually forced the right wing government in New Delhi to roll back controversial farm laws that prompted the agitation. The event began with[Read More…]

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Land Acquisition Ordinance: Government-Corporate nexus against people and democracy

Land Acquisition Ordinance: Government-Corporate nexus against people and democracy

(This article was written in January 2015 and published in Mainstream Weekly. The article is released again in the view of the ongoing farmers movement, and the frequent land acquisitions taking place all over the country in the name of express ways, smart cities, education cities, national-international airports etc.) The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (LARR Act 2013)[Read More…]

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Salute massive Commemorative protest of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) at Delhi Border

Salute massive Commemorative protest of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) at Delhi Border

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) commemorated the annual anniversary of Delhi Morcha at Pakaura Chowk, New Delhi with a huge historic public rally, constituting around 50000 persons. A most illustrative example of a festival of the masses and the consistency of revolutionary political practice of the BKU(Ugrahan) who exhibited the spirit of an army battalion. Without doubt one of the most outstanding[Read More…]

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National Kisan Commission

National Kisan Commission

Nation for Farmers (NFF) announces the process for formation of a ‘National Kisan Commission’ Nation for Farmers and other collaborating platforms and organizations announce the process of formation of a ‘Kisan Commission’ to assess and report on the state of agriculture. As the challenges facing the farmers of all the different states and sectors encompassed by agriculture and allied sectors[Read More…]

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November 26; The Indian Constitution Day – How RSS Denigrated It: A Peep Into Its Archives

November 26; The Indian Constitution Day – How RSS Denigrated It: A Peep Into Its Archives

The Constituent Assembly of India finalized the Constitution of India on November 26, 1949 which is celebrated as the CONSTITUTION DAY. This Constitution promised new born Indian Republic a polity based on democracy, justice, egalitarianism and rule of law. However, RSS was greatly annoyed. Four days after the historic event of approval of it, the RSS English Organiser in an[Read More…]

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The rise of ‘Godi Media’ in the U.S.!      

The rise of ‘Godi Media’ in the U.S.!      

In a recent exchange with a leading publisher of an ethnic Indian newspaper, I inquired why he hasn’t carried a news item on the Indian Americans protesting before the United Nations where Prime Minister Modi was addressing the General Assembly. The answer came swiftly back in a query whether the demonstration was anti-India! I responded in kind, saying protesting Modi[Read More…]

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Supreme Court’s Suggestion of Community Kitchens to Reduce Hunger Should be Widely Welcomed

Supreme Court’s Suggestion of Community Kitchens to Reduce Hunger Should be Widely Welcomed

The Supreme Court has made a strong recommendation for organizing community kitchens in various parts of country wherever these are needed to prevent hunger. This is the most direct way of reducing hunger which should be widely welcomed. I remember visiting a community kitchen at the peak of the drought some time back in Bundelkhand region. The hunger here was[Read More…]

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Nehru And History

Nehru And History

Nehru is now the favourite punching bag for all who call for change.Time was when he was nothing short of a demi-god.But now there has been such a volley of attacks on him as would seem to demand consigning him to the scrap-heap.As though he is guilty of all mishaps that have befallen us. But such demands are somewhat dubious[Read More…]

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While You Celebrate, Do Not Forget: All Little Victories Amidst All Big Defeats till Final Victory

While You Celebrate, Do Not Forget: All Little Victories Amidst All Big Defeats till Final Victory

Bangalore, April 18-19, 2016. That Bangalore which forgot the heydays of working class fight there in late 1970s – early 1980s, and those Bangalorians who were more connected to the USA and west went frantic. They could never imagine those invisible rustic suburban millions who make the ‘things’ (not the gigabytes) that create trillions could stop their cars for hours[Read More…]

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The Indian Farmers Defend the Rights of Farmers Everywhere

The Indian Farmers Defend the Rights of Farmers Everywhere

On November 19, 2021, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “[W]e have decided to repeal all three agricultural laws.” The prime minister was referring to the three agriculture laws that were rushed through the parliament in 2020. During his speech to announce the rollback, Modi told the farmers that they “should return to [their] homes, fields and to [their] families. Let’s make a[Read More…]

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Meeting commemorating Banda Bhadur Singh on June 7th

Now, talks best bet for MSP, reforms

The three farmer laws, that were once named “reform package,” will go out of statute book through a cabinet resolution and a bill to repeal in Parliament, as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That should have been the end of agitation. The best course for the farmers leaders is to go to negotiation table and press for real reforms[Read More…]

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Why Minimum Support Price Should Not Be Separated From the Imperative of Ecologically Protective Farming

Why Minimum Support Price Should Not Be Separated From the Imperative of Ecologically Protective Farming

After the acceptance of the demand for the repeal of three farm laws, the minimum support price (MSP) issue is now the main remaining issue between the government and the farmers’ movement. Unlike the simpler issue of repealing or not repealing the three controversial laws the MSP issue is a more complex issue which needs to be more carefully integrated[Read More…]

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Agonising Autumn Sonata of One of the Seven (Step-) Sisters: Tripura  

Agonising Autumn Sonata of One of the Seven (Step-) Sisters: Tripura  

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable. — Mark Twain Counter Currents gave me some space on Oct 30, a piece was published “Tripura after Bangladesh – Curious Turn of Events”. That article contained some interesting facts and chronologies which were and still are usually not discussed in the media. It took much time to collect those, and[Read More…]

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The government’s latest decision to hive off ONGC’s prime oil/gas fields to foreign companies highly imprudent

The government’s latest decision to hive off ONGC’s prime oil/gas fields to foreign companies highly imprudent

To Shri Narendra D Modi Prime Minister Dear Shri Modi, I understand that the government has recently directed ONGC to hive off 60% of its Mumbai High, Bassein & Satellite oil/gas fields to foreign oil companies (https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/x-121110100853_1.html), ostensibly to enhance hydrocarbons production from those fields. The proposal, in my view, is highly imprudent for the following reasons. Mumbai High, Bassein[Read More…]

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Burning of Salman Khurshid’s House: Sectarian Intolerance in Action

Burning of Salman Khurshid’s House: Sectarian Intolerance in Action

Salman Khurshid, a former Union Minister, is one of the prominent leaders of Congress and also is the well known lawyer of Supreme Court. He recently came out with a book, “Sunrise over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Present times”. The book is publicized as “…the Supreme Court… cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple… If the loss of[Read More…]

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A Turning Point in Sight?

A Turning Point in Sight?

Like many others I also scanned closely the video of the Prime Minister making the ‘historic’ announcement on the farm bills. But I did not find a speck of sincere contrition and remorse in it.His eyes distant and his tone studiedly lofty,he was expressing a strategic and perhaps temporary withdrawal.Explaining the repeal as a failure to convince a minority of[Read More…]

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Farmers have won a historic battle but must guard against complacency

Farmers have won a historic battle but must guard against complacency

I wholeheartedly salute the victory of the farmers in resisting the iron feet of oppression confronting the three Agricultural bills enforced by the neo-fascist Bharatiya Janata party .To me it will win a permanent place in the annals of Indian history  amongst the struggles withstanding tyranny, resurrecting the spirit of the anti-colonial Struggle. The farmers took grit and courage to[Read More…]

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Sikhs: The Generous People

Sikhs: The Generous People

Tensions have been rising in Gurugram, just outside of Delhi for some weeks on the matter of Muslims offering Namaz in the open in public spaces, sometimes blocking traffic. On the face of it, the whole business of offering prayers on the streets appears to be a needless provocation until it comes to light that there are just not enough[Read More…]

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Further Concerns of Peasant Movement amidst Victory Celebrations

Further Concerns of Peasant Movement amidst Victory Celebrations

At last that day has arrived for which lakhs of farmers were undergoing trials with patience and resolute determination for the past one and a half year. The Prime Minister himself had to announce the acceptance of their most prominent demands. This announcement was listened most attentively by the peasants of the country and all the working people sympathetic to[Read More…]

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Do we have right to read books?

Do we have right to read books?

Seizure of books before publication is a worst restriction than pre-censorship, which is not permitted under fundamental rights of our Constitution. But it happened recently in Telangana. Right to think, right to write, right to read and right to publish are significant components of freedom of speech and expression which cannot be deprived of without approved constitutional grounds. Prohibition of[Read More…]

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It’s Fourth Time Narendra Modi has gone on the back foot

It’s Fourth Time Narendra Modi has gone on the back foot

Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally apologized to the nation when he announced on TV to repeal three Farm laws that he vociferously defended for the past year saying “Today, I apologize if some farmers did not understand what we wanted to do through the farm laws. We have decided to repeal the three farm laws. We will withdraw all these three[Read More…]

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Let us learn from our farmers!!

Let us learn from our farmers!!

Our farmers know the way, go the way and show the way! Thanks to their relentless struggle and their great sacrifices, for all of us – the three anti-farmer laws have finally been repealed. For more than a year now – with blood, sweat, toil and tears, their protest has continued unceasingly. In heat and cold, in the pouring rain[Read More…]

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Repealing the farm laws – Political decision with an eye on upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab

Repealing the farm laws – Political decision with an eye on upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab

The announcement for repealing the three notorious farm laws that were passed by Parliament, by the Prime Minister is definitely a big victory for the farmers movement and those who have been protesting against these unjust laws for the last one year. The government failed to the extent that BJP lost one of its oldest allies Akali Dal at that[Read More…]

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Meeting commemorating Banda Bhadur Singh on June 7th

A “Relli” poet’s tribute to the Farmers

Dear Shri Yogendra Yadav, Let me first convey my solidarity and compliments to you and your compatriot farmers for the historic victory against what can be termed as an “anti-people”, undemocratic attempt on the part of today’s political elite to suppress dissent and take unilateral decisions! In a way, the farmers’ victory shows that no power on the earth should[Read More…]

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All three agricultural laws were repealed and elections were held

All three agricultural laws were repealed and elections were held

The government has decided to repeal all the three agricultural laws. The government will also have to clarify its role regarding MSP. This is a great achievement of an unprecedented peaceful movement. On this decision of the government, Rakesh Tikait has said that the agitation will not be withdrawn immediately, let’s wait for the day when the agricultural laws will[Read More…]

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Enforcement of Fundamental Duties Required

Enforcement of Fundamental Duties Required

Instances of disrespect shown to the national flag, constitution and the National Anthem, prompted parliament to enact prevention of insults to the National Honour Act, 1971. The said Act stipulates that whoever in public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt[Read More…]

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The Artist in Contemporary India: Reflections

The Artist in Contemporary India: Reflections

I watched Vir Das’ performance with a sense of awe. His words were pure poetry, poignant and powerful. He had chosen each word carefully, with precision and perfection in every word, the essence of those words deeply disturbing yet patriotic. The video was equally communicative, and the loud applause followed by an eery silence at the end was extremely impactful,[Read More…]

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Should The All India DGP Conference Be Held In A Poll Bound State?

Should The All India DGP Conference Be Held In A Poll Bound State?

To   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, A Press release by PMO on November 18, 2021 (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1772883) indicates that the Prime Minister and the Home Minister will be holding the 56th All India DGP Conference at Lucknow during[Read More…]

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Farm Laws Repeal:  A Historic Day For India

Farm Laws Repeal:  A Historic Day For India

On November 19 the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi announced the important decision of repealing three highly controversial farm laws. This decision should be widely welcomed cutting across narrow narrow political divides. The Prime Minister has  been full of praise for his government’s farm policies and in fact even for the farm laws even while agreeing to repeal[Read More…]

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Farm Laws Repeal: Samyukta Kisan Morcha Cautious in Welcoming it

Farm Laws Repeal: Samyukta Kisan Morcha Cautious in Welcoming it

The Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi announced the Government of India’s decision to repeal all three anti-farmer, pro-corporate black laws first brought in as Ordinances in June 2020. He chose to announce this on Guru Nanak Jayanti. Samyukt Kisan Morcha welcomes this decision and will wait for the announcement to take effect through due parliamentary procedures. If this[Read More…]

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DDA betrays 4,000 families including 42 families of  Leprosy community residing at Kathputli Colony

DDA betrays 4,000 families including 42 families of  Leprosy community residing at Kathputli Colony

New Delhi, November 18, 2021: A Press Conference was organized by The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) at Press Club today on the betrayal of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in allotting houses to the families who were residing at Kathputli Colony. Kathputli Colony is majorly a colony of artists of national and international reputation. Around 4,000 families were living[Read More…]

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Tipu Sultan: A Legacy Dignified, Yet Despised

Tipu Sultan: A Legacy Dignified, Yet Despised

The most glorious saga of resistance to British imperialism in pre-independence India comes from the Mysore state of the south, where Tipu Sultan, the son of Hyder Ali, the chief commander of Mysore king Krishnaraja Wodeyar II proved to be the Englishman’s most petrifying dream. Tipu was an agile ruler who made sure that his forces were at the leading[Read More…]

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Bollywood Celebrities of Hindutva

Bollywood Celebrities of Hindutva

The Hindi film industry in Bombay has contributed immensely in the growth of peace, solidarity and secular nationalism, and progressive popular culture in India. The actors, directors, singers, artists, producers and writers of Bollywood have challenged power and stood behind people and their citizenship rights by upholding highest traditions of art and cinema. The market driven commercial culture motivated by[Read More…]

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Himachal Workers Demand Delayed NREGA Wages

Himachal Workers Demand Delayed NREGA Wages

Himachal Pradesh has been experiencing several adversities in recent times including erratic weather conditions.  The year 2021 started with a prolonged drought spell and unseasonal, widespread forest fires. After this there have been several spells of very heavy rain concentrated in a short span, sometimes accompanied by hailstorm, which have caused extensive damage to seasonal crops and horticultural produce from[Read More…]

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Kangana Ranaut: How and When India Got Freedom?

Kangana Ranaut: How and When India Got Freedom?

As sectarian nationalism is becoming more assertive and dominant the narrative about our freedom struggle and how we got freedom are being twisted to suit the currently surging religious nationalism. So far communalism was constructed by the communal vision of medieval history in particular. To add on to that now the narrations related to the period of freedom movement are[Read More…]

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Not in the national interest to permit private companies to extract and trade atomic minerals in the beach sands of AP, Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Not in the national interest to permit private companies to extract and trade atomic minerals in the beach sands of AP, Tamil Nadu and Kerala

 To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of IndiA Dear Shri Gauba, I have come across disturbing reports (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/sand-minerals-mining-modi-govt-private-sector-7585816/) that the government is making moves once again to permit private companies to mine and trade atomic minerals located in the beach sands of AP, T. Nadu and Kerala. It appears that this step is a part of a 60-point “Action Plan”[Read More…]

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Over 200 eminent persons write to CJI to expedite pending constitutional matters

Over 200 eminent persons write to CJI to expedite pending constitutional matters

To: The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India Supreme Court of India Tilak Marg New Delhi-110001   Subject: PENDING CONSTITUTIONAL MATTERS   Respected Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens from various fields, approaching you regarding non-listing as also pending adjudication in the Hon’ble Supreme Court on several urgent matters affecting citizen’s fundamental rights, as also matters[Read More…]

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Extension of the tenure of Director of CBI & ED to five years should be made applicable only in the case of future appointments

Extension of the tenure of Director of CBI & ED to five years should be made applicable only in the case of future appointments

 To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India   Shri Rajiv Gauba, I understand (https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/centre-brings-ordinance-to-extend-tenure-of-cbi-ed-chiefs-up-to-5-years-121111400884_1.html) that the government has issued an Ordinance extending the term of the Director of CBI and Director of Enforcement to five years. If such a decision has been taken, in my view, it is an imprudent one. Making the benefit of the extended term of the[Read More…]

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Breakthrough Infections, Hospitalisations and Death during the Covid Vaccination Drive in Kerala

Breakthrough Infections, Hospitalisations and Death during the Covid Vaccination Drive in Kerala

Abstract Kerala, the South-Western State in India with a population of 35 million was in the global limelight for successfully flattening the covid curve and for the lower case-fatality ratio (CFR) during the first year of the pandemic. Ten months down the line, the State is again in the media glare for successfully implementing the covid vaccination drive. Kerala’s vaccination[Read More…]

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Workers of India Declare Their Determination to Protect Not Just Their Rights but the Entire Economy as Well

Workers of India Declare Their Determination to Protect Not Just Their Rights but the Entire Economy as Well

If policies of crony capitalism, plunder of people and imperialist exploitation dominate the economic regime of a country, then along with the overall decline of the economy it is inevitable that workers of that country will have to suffer a lot. In such a situation workers and their unions will also have to assert themselves to protect their rights but[Read More…]

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National Tribal Day: The Centre and the States should “walk the talk”!

National Tribal Day: The Centre and the States should “walk the talk”!

Letter to the Prime Minister on the occasion of the Janjatiya Gaurav Divas (national Tribal Day) on November 15, 2021 To Shri Narendra D Modi Prime Minister Dear Shri Modi, Janjatiya Gaurav Divas on November 15, 2021 The Centre and the States should “walk the talk”! I understand (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/pm-modi-to-lead-first-tribal-day-celebrations-7620370/) that you will be leading the first-ever Janjatiya Gaurav Divas on[Read More…]

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The October massacre of Kashmir -Indifference of Indian liberal’s perspective

The October massacre of Kashmir -Indifference of Indian liberal’s perspective

Prominent cartoonist Satish Acharya’s illustration in early October provided quite the insights into the recent gruesome developments in Kashmir. The piece features Shraddha Bindru, a Kashmiri Pundit, who’s holding the body of her murdered father, addressing the unknown killer –coward. The cartoon does justice to the mainstream media’s portrayal of the ‘Muslim terrorist’. The bearded man with a gun in[Read More…]

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California Congressman Urged to Investigate US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s RSS Meet

California Congressman Urged to Investigate US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s RSS Meet

A team of Congressman Tom McClintock’s constituents visited him on 8 November to register dissent against US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s recent meeting with the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a paramilitary with a violent and powerful presence in India. McClintock, a Republican from the Greater Sacramento area of California, spent the better part of an hour hearing the group’s[Read More…]

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Sedition cases for hailing the winning team

Sedition cases for hailing the winning team

‘Cheering for any team is not illegal’: Justice Deepak Gupta. But Sedition cases booked against three students in UP simply for hailing the winning team Virat Kohli and Mohammed Rizwan, Captains of Indian and Pakistan cricket teams  share a hug at the end of the T20 World Cup game in Dubai on October 24, 2021, while Babar Azam exults at[Read More…]

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Fact-finding report of Mali Hill and Serubandh Bauxite hill in Koraput district     

Fact-finding report of Mali Hill and Serubandh Bauxite hill in Koraput district     

A seven-member team of Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Sangathan, Odisha had visited Semiliguda and Patangi block of Koraput district for two days on October 31 and November 01. The objective of this fact finding was to know about the reason of massive arrests happened after Public Hearing held on 22nd September for Mali Parbat bauxite mining of HINDALCO. The team firstly[Read More…]

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V for Vigilante, T for Terrorist – Is Vigilantism a form of Terrorism?

V for Vigilante, T for Terrorist – Is Vigilantism a form of Terrorism?

Observations indicate that instances of vigilante groups taking the law into their own hands for various reasons connected with inter-faith matters, are on the increase. At the same time, terrorism is a subject of daily reportage. Both these matters affect everybody directly or indirectly, and bear discussion. ‘V’ for Vigilantism A vigilante is “a member of a self-appointed group of[Read More…]

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Akhilesh Yadav on Jinnah: Communal Signaling in Contemporary Politics

Akhilesh Yadav on Jinnah: Communal Signaling in Contemporary Politics

As the intensity of communalism is on the rise the use of communal symbols, icons for present political goals are on the rise. Icons are also projected and highlighted to give the messages of the agenda of particular politics. As the fulcrum of Indian politics is tilting more towards ‘divisive politics’, more and more political personalities/parties are resorting to this[Read More…]

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The State of RTI in three States

The State of RTI in three States

A Government Order (GO) is an administrative decision of the government regarding a policy, programme or official activity. The Right to Information Act 005 under Section 4 mandates governments to maintain all their records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under the Act and facilitate access to such records. Public[Read More…]

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Catholicizing Politics

Catholicizing Politics

Immediately after registering its thumping great victory in Delhi elections, Aam Aadmi Party set out to make quick forays into the ideological terrain of its sworn enemy, BJP. Subsequent to oath taking ceremony of CM, Kejrewal and his Council of Ministers, it opened up its own account of political Catholicism to make one more significant entry in its wholesale ledger[Read More…]

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Sedition And Corruption – Lessening Miscarriage Of…..

Sedition And Corruption – Lessening Miscarriage Of…..

        Single party rule at the centre has come after a gap of around three decades. Three decades ago the roles were in a  reverse configuration from the present. The political party that was then in the opposition is in power today. And the party in the opposition today was the sole custodian of power at that time. However, there[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)

Implementation Problems of Rural Employment Law Increase Distress of Rural Poor in India

A law enacted by the previous UPA Government in India to provide rural employment guarantee proved to be a significant help in reducing the aggravated distress of the rural poor in pandemic times last year. However while the pandemic related distress had not yet abated, the union government with undue haste reduced the budget for this important program, leading to[Read More…]

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Gifts are Parables!

Gifts are Parables!

Pope Francis is an excellent communicator! Like his Master Jesus, he also uses stories, real life examples, the burning context and even parables! Gifts are also parables. Jesus illustrates this so powerfully in the widow’s mite! The generosity to give of one’s all! Gifts, we know, speak volumes. We all experience this in our daily lives: the material cost of[Read More…]

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Assam: Discourse of Disinheritance

Assam: Discourse of Disinheritance

For the last five years or so heated discussion on violence committed on minorities in Assam has risen to such a fever-pitch that any plea for a reasonable assessment of the Assamese concerns has been virtually ruled out of court.The Assamese,or a section of them,have been grave violators of human rights.But that by itself should not justify ruling out any[Read More…]

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Tripura Violence: Hate and Communal Polarization

Tripura Violence: Hate and Communal Polarization

The story of contemporary Indian society is mired by the regular outburst of violence against its religious minorities. As the Prime Minster is hugging Pope, back home the anti Christian violence is on the constant rise, though in low intensity endemic form. Muslims as a community have been the prominent victims with violence against them erupting at diverse places. The[Read More…]

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37 Year-Long Mockery Of Searching For The Killers Of 1984 Sikh Massacre

37 Year-Long Mockery Of Searching For The Killers Of 1984 Sikh Massacre

inssan abhee tak zinda hae, zinda hone per sharminda hae! Human beings are still alive; they are ashamed to be alive! [Shahid Nadeem’s Urdu couplet on the silence of the civil society against communal violence. He received forty lashes for writing and singing these lines by the Zia regime in Pakistan] For almost last four decades, on every anniversary of[Read More…]

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Banjara Market Demolition in Gurugram is Cruel Reminder of Continuing Injustice to 10 million Vendors and Hawkers in India

Banjara Market Demolition in Gurugram is Cruel Reminder of Continuing Injustice to 10 million Vendors and Hawkers in India

In the first week of October the Banjara Market of Gurugram, a place of livelihoods as well as housing for a marginalized community, was demolished. In recent years this had become a popular place for purchasing crafts, house décor items and furniture at reasonable rates. More sensitive authorities would have instead taken steps to help these small entrepreneurs and seen[Read More…]

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An Eye-Witness account to anti Sikh killings in Trilokpuri in Delhi in 1984

An Eye-Witness account to anti Sikh killings in Trilokpuri in Delhi in 1984

Joseph Maliakan is a veteran journalist who worked with Indian Express at the time when Delhi was burning in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Mrs Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31st, 1984 at her official residence in Delhi by her own security guards, who happened to be Sikhs. Though the incident happened at around 9 am in the[Read More…]

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Drug Laws and Drug Lords

Drug Laws and Drug Lords

The consumption and possession of narcotic  drugs has been under public lens in India in the wake of high-profile arrests in recent times. It has once again brought into the limelight an issue often buried 6 feet under. Measures to legalise drugs that have been traditionally consumed in India for centuries , sometimes and are largely acceptable in moderation have[Read More…]

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Agricultural dalit workers gherao residence of Chief Minister Charanjit Channi in Morinda

Agricultural dalit workers gherao residence of Chief Minister Charanjit Channi in Morinda

  On 29/10/2021, a massive congregation of around 4000 dalit agricultural workers belonging to the joint front of the rural and farm labour organizations flooded city of Morinda to besiege the house of Chief Minister Charanjit Channi in a huge rally.   It was part and parcel of a protracted campaign initiated in a 3 day dharna in Patiala in early[Read More…]

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Farmers and Agricultural Labourers’ Suicides- Time for governments and society to wake up

Farmers and Agricultural Labourers’ Suicides- Time for governments and society to wake up

Figures on suicides released by the National Crime Records Bureau on October 28, 2021 show that 10,677 people related to agricultural sector committed suicide in the country during 2020. Among those who committed suicide were 5,579 farmers and 5,098 agricultural labourers. During 2019, 5957 farmers committed suicide, which is 5579 during 2020. These figures show a 6.35 per cent reduction[Read More…]

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Tripura after Bangladesh – Curious Turn of Events

Tripura after Bangladesh – Curious Turn of Events

We landed in a messy Halloween today after curious turns of events in October. There were eruptions of anti-Hindu barbarism in Bangladesh during mid-October, during Bengali Hindu religious festival centring Durga Puja. And after that we got a week when news of vandalism against Muslim community came from Tripura. The Bengali-Hindu community in eastern India including West Bengal, Assam, Tripura[Read More…]

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PUCL Condemns indiscriminate killing of civilians in Kashmir Valley

PUCL Condemns indiscriminate killing of civilians in Kashmir Valley

PUCL strongly condemns the indiscriminate and unabated killing of civilians by militants in the Kashmir Valley. This year over 31 civilian, non-combatants have been killed which include 11 civilians killed in October alone. Out of the 11 civilians killed, seven belong to the minority communities (Hindus and Sikhs). Very clearly these killings are meant to create a fear psychosis and[Read More…]

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Christian Minorities and Indian Democracy!

Christian Minorities and Indian Democracy!

As sectarian nationalism is becoming more assertive and strong, the religious minorities are being subjected to intimidation and violence on regular basis. As such there is an increase the frequency of this phenomenon during last decade in an alarming way. The anti-Muslim violence is noticed and partly reported but the anti-Christian violence, for various reasons is not brought to fore[Read More…]

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Women participants of farmer’s movement run over by a speeding truck  in Tikri border

Women participants of farmer’s movement run over by a speeding truck  in Tikri border

On October 28th Three women protesters — Sukhvinder Kaur (60), Amarjit Kaur (58) and Gurmail Kaur (60) of Khiwa Daluwala village in Punjab’s Mansa district — were run over by a speeding truck carrying construction material near the Tikri-Bahadurgarh border here on Thursday morning. Two others sustained injuries. The incident of Laxmpur Kheri literally repeated itself. They were cremated today[Read More…]

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Exempting mine expansion projects from public hearing for environment clearance is illegal

Exempting mine expansion projects from public hearing for environment clearance is illegal

To Shri Bhupender Yadav Minister Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MEFCC) Govt of India Dear Shri Yadav, I refer to your Ministry’s recent decision (https://moef.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/scan_1_20211021165307682.pdf) to exempt mine expansion projects from the mandatory requirement of public hearing as a condition precedent to granting statutory environment clearance. In my view, your Ministry’s decision is highly imprudent, as it violates the letter and the[Read More…]

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Dalit politics needs a new Radical Agenda and a New Direction

Dalit politics needs a new Radical Agenda and a New Direction

In an interview sometime back, Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan had said that the present is the golden period of Dalit politics. By the way, if the condition and direction of Dalit politics is seen today, then it is not visible from anywhere its golden period, but it is its downfall. On one hand, while Dalit leaders have taken refuge in[Read More…]

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To Rein In Flying Horse

To Rein In Flying Horse

The recent in the face bluster of the Centre that it need not always obey the verdict of the SC carried a disturbing undertone of menace.As if it will be infra dig for the SC to compel the Centre to comply with its orders.Treason,to put it starkly. But in democracy such obedience to constituted authority is the rule,as in its[Read More…]

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What is missing from UNDP India’s appraisal report on Aspirational Districts Programme?

What is missing from UNDP India’s appraisal report on Aspirational Districts Programme?

In June 2021, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India released an appraisal report on the Aspirational Districts Programme (henceforth ADP). ADP is a flagship programme by the Government of India which is dedicated to the development of 115 aspirational districts (a new nomenclature used for most backward districts) across 28 states in India. In its 65 pages long report, the[Read More…]

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Lakhbir Singh’s Murder Notwithstanding – A Wake-up Call for the Sikh Community

Lakhbir Singh’s Murder Notwithstanding – A Wake-up Call for the Sikh Community

Thank you Vidya Bhushan Rawat for mincing no words in your piece “Sacrilege or blasphemy: The dirty attempt to cover up the caste prejudices against Dalits.” The underbelly of a progressive community stands exposed. It is a wake-up call for the Sikh community. The deathly silence of the Sikh leadership in not unequivocally condemning the ghastly murder is reminiscent of[Read More…]

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Telangana RTI Circular circumvents transparency mandate

Telangana RTI Circular circumvents transparency mandate

Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act made it an inescapable duty of every public authority to furnish 17 categories of information on their own, without anybody seeking it. The illegal circular  of Telangana govt that no information could be given without permission of principal secretary is illegal; it  needs to be withdrawn immediately, as it seriously undermines the transparency and[Read More…]

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Team India

Team India

Madhushree is a comics-maker

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National Human Rights Commission – from a toothless tiger to a grovelling poodle

National Human Rights Commission – from a toothless tiger to a grovelling poodle

The former chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Justice H. L. Dattu, during his tenure there (February 2016 – December 2020 ), described it as a `toothless tiger’, while giving vent to his frustration at his inability to deliver justice to victims of human rights violation. He blamed the built-in regulations that were imposed on the NHRC by[Read More…]

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A Historical Perspective of Iconoclasm

A Historical Perspective of Iconoclasm

The practice of temple demolition/ appropriation of images of gods and goddess was in vogue in ancient India and Kashmir much before the arrival of the Muslims. In ancient times the achievements of Hindu Kings were measured not only by the number of temples they built in their realms during peace times but also of those they appropriated/demolished in the[Read More…]

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"WAKE UP INDIA" a Protest Rally against the Violence & oppression on Minorities, Churches, Nun and Christians organize by Christian reform united people association along with Other Organizations, Churches and Institutions at Azad Maidan on Friday. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Mumbai, 27/03/2015

Christians on the ‘Hindutva Cross’

India’s rankings in religious freedom and human rights have been on a slippery slope since the ascension of the Hindu ‘nationalist’ regime of Narendra Modi in 2014. The country’s pride has fallen from 0.58 in 2014 to a pitiable 0.31in 2019, and currently shares the spot with a war-torn South Sudan in the World Bank’s Freedom of Religion index. The[Read More…]

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Ten Strong Reasons Why Ken-Betwa River Link Project Should Be Withdrawn Immediately

Ten Strong Reasons Why Ken-Betwa River Link Project Should Be Withdrawn Immediately

The Ken-Betwa  River Link Project (KBRLP) is one of the most disputed river projects of India. Involving two states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, this Rs. 35000 crore ( Rs. 3500 billion) project involves the construction of a dam and a 230 km  canal, largely ( but not entirely) in Bundelkhand region of these two states, to take the[Read More…]

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Astride on a Winged Horse

Astride on a Winged Horse

Whatever has happened to Pegasus,the winged horse? The SC had put a simple question to the government’s counsel if it used it on certain citizens who can by no means be considered security threats.The government just refused to respond any way,leaving everybody on tenterhooks. Nothing has since been heard about it. Meanwhile reports say the Israeli government is in secret[Read More…]

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Nature’s message to planners in Kerala and Uttarakhand

Nature’s message to planners in Kerala and Uttarakhand

Two of India’s most beautiful regions where thousands of people go to watch and feel the wonders of nature are suffering because of the extremely disastrous rains and floods subsequently. Well, the pain that the rains brought to Kerala and now in Uttarakhand is warning to all of us. It’s nature’s warning to us to mend our ways. Nobody would[Read More…]

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Will India’s One billion vaccination-dose-milestone be catalytic for vaccinating all?

Will India’s One billion vaccination-dose-milestone be catalytic for vaccinating all?

On 21 October 2021, India crossed its milestone of administering over 1 billion (100 crores) doses within 278 days since it began the vaccination rollout (on 16th January 2021). The World Health Organization (WHO) calls upon all countries to ensure that at least 70% of their population must be fully vaccinated by June 2022. India aims to cross 70% goalpost[Read More…]

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Understanding ‘Jim Crow Hindutva’ State

Understanding ‘Jim Crow Hindutva’ State

US-based sociologist Ashutosh Varshney, an expert on BJP politics has coined the term Jim Crow Hindutva to describe the current wave of Hindu nationalism fang in the country. The author compares the current brand of BJP politics with the American politics of the late 19th century with regard to race that was called ‘Jim Crow’ south syndrome. Ashutosh Varshney is[Read More…]

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Uttarakhand Again Faces Serious Disaster Situation

Uttarakhand Again Faces Serious Disaster Situation

This week many parts of Uttrakhand have again faced disaster like conditions of very heavy and concentrated rain, landslides, heavier then expected water flows and floods. At the time of writing on Wednesday evening ( October 20), 46 deaths have been reported and 11  are reported missing. Rescues by National Disaster Response Team and others resulted in timely rescue of[Read More…]

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Bhutan announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with China on boundary negotiations, Thimpu, Oct 14, 2021

Narrative traps in India’s decision-making

I read a stimulating essay recently co-authored by Paul Dolan, professor at the London School of Economics, and his research assistant Amanda Hedwood analysing, against the backdrop of the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, how dominant narratives powerfully influence decisions and create the ‘narrative trap’ in decision-making.  The LSE academics wrote: “We contend that the failure to step back and consider[Read More…]

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A Time for Giving Special Attention to Safety of Coal Miners

A Time for Giving Special Attention to Safety of Coal Miners

Safety should always get importance in coal mining operations but in addition special conditions have emerged now in which it is even more important to emphasize safety of coal mining and coal miners in India. This is particularly true of the most extensive coal mining belt in the state of Jharkhand and neighboring areas. As is well-known, electricity generation in[Read More…]

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Broken white rice from India withdrawn from European Union after found to being GM in origin

Broken white rice from India withdrawn from European Union after found to being GM in origin

To: Shri A.K. Jain, Chairperson, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, Jor Bagh, New Delhi. Date – 19th October 2021  Dear Sir, Its with great shock and concern that we learn about the recent discovery of Genetically modified rice in a consignment that we had exported to EU countries. Rice being one[Read More…]

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The Farce of Dry days and Dry states

The Farce of Dry days and Dry states

At a conference I attended some time ago, during cocktails, I observed a few delegates from Gujarat sipping their drinks from steel glasses. When I asked them out of curiosity the reason, one of them cryptically replied that if one lived in Gujarat, one too learned to do things this way. What they were trying to say was that when[Read More…]

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‘Small Farmers, the Glory of the Nation’

‘Small Farmers, the Glory of the Nation’

The Prime Minister of the country Narendra Modi has given the slogan ‘Small farmers, the glory of the nation’. His slogan is quite accurate, as evidenced by a report by the United Nations. The report highlights the fact that family farming is the only way to ensure food security for the whole world and save the environment from pollution. The[Read More…]

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India’s declining position in the global hunger index and growing hunger due to lack of nutritious food …

India’s declining position in the global hunger index and growing hunger due to lack of nutritious food …

 Nutritious food is considered essential for a healthy life, but 300 million people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, do not have enough money to eat nutritious food.  This is stated in a report released at the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 held in Rome from 26 to 28 July.  The report was jointly released by Food Price[Read More…]

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Rice Biodiversity in India Faces A New and Serious Threat

Rice Biodiversity in India Faces A New and Serious Threat

In recent decades one of the greatest losses that India has suffered has been in the form of loss of the biodiversity of its crops. The 55 years of 1965-2020, the so-called green revolution years, can be described as the years of gratest loss of farm biodiversity in the country as traditional seeds of great diversity and immense value were[Read More…]

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Contributions of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Some Critical Reflections

Contributions of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Some Critical Reflections

 To celebrate the 204th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the AMU Old Boys Association of Ghazipur chapter (located in eastern UP) has organized a programme in the S.K.B.M Intercollege Dildar Nagar. In this programme, literary figures, local leaders of various political parties (especially from the Congress and BSP) teachers and the large number of Alig biradary both males[Read More…]

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Between Hunger and Poverty: Politics and Policies of Estimation

Between Hunger and Poverty: Politics and Policies of Estimation

Hunger and poverty are so intertwined that reports concerning one have implications for the other, and a palpable common factor is food security. The release of the Global Hunger Index (GHI) for 2021, on the eve of the observance of World Food Day (16 October), and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) has naturally generated both[Read More…]

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World Food Day Should be Time to Protect Health and Livelihoods By Correcting Distorted Policies

World Food Day Should be Time to Protect Health and Livelihoods By Correcting Distorted Policies

World Food Day ( October 16 ) may be just the right time to reconsider several highly controversial decisions taken in recent times which will create several avoidable problems in food and farming sectors. The Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Sh. Piyush  Goyal said whle addressing a press conference in Shimla ( lead news in Amar Ujala dated 26[Read More…]

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Give us Today our Daily Food

Give us Today our Daily Food

Come 16 October – and the world once again is together as one, to focus on the most basic need for a person’s survival: food!  The first ‘World Food Day’ was observed in 194, to mark the launch of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Ever since, the day is marked to highlight the need and[Read More…]

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“The Police Are With Us”: The Bone-Chilling Chant of the RSS”

“The Police Are With Us”: The Bone-Chilling Chant of the RSS”

Speech against Irving Police Department’s honoring of RSS’s international wing   After the City of Irving, Texas’s Police Department welcomed and honored a local branch of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, the international wing of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary, on 21 September, I attended the very next city council meeting to explain how and why that sent a chilling message[Read More…]

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Lakhimpur Kheri Protest

Farmers Resist in Punjab

After celebrating virtually a festival of the masses on 114th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) has left no stone unturned in tackling the burning issues of the peasantry like damages to crops or organising solidarity protest campaigns against the brutal murder of farmers by son of Ashis Mishra.  The spirit of struggle is intensifying[Read More…]

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How African communities preserve their ancestral knowledges through dance and culinary practices in India

How African communities preserve their ancestral knowledges through dance and culinary practices in India

With the arrival of the European colonizers in India through the Indian Ocean world, the country emerged as a powerful space for several social, cultural, political, and economic exchanges with countries in Africa and other parts of the world. Historical records reveal that Africans arrived in India mostly from Ethiopia and other parts of eastern Africa over two phases (https://indianexpress.com/article/research/african-rulers-of-india-that-part-of-our-history-we-choose-to-forget/).[Read More…]

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Brutal Lathi Charge Launched On Protest of Dalits in Punjab

Brutal Lathi Charge Launched On Protest of Dalits in Punjab

The police launched an unscathed attack on the Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Committee activists who have being waging a grim battle for their rights. Thousands of dalits were victims of brutal lathi charge.in Morinda, in front of the Chief minister’s house,Charnjit Singh Channi. It illustrated the true anti-people colours of the ruling classes and how pretentious they were. It testifies how[Read More…]

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Dhamma not Dharma – Ambedkar’s definitive turning away from the Hindu fold

Dhamma not Dharma – Ambedkar’s definitive turning away from the Hindu fold

From Yeola in 1935, when Dr. Ambedkar announced that he would not die a Hindu, to Nagpur in 1956 when he converted to Buddhism, is a considerable distance in time. But, there was in him a need to make a public announcement in 1935 about moving away from Hinduism. It was a testament to the depth of his feelings of the futility of[Read More…]

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Pink Bollworm Attacks in Punjab Again Raise Questions About Bt Cotton

Pink Bollworm Attacks in Punjab Again Raise Questions About Bt Cotton

           Farmers across a vast cotton growing area of Punjab and some parts of neighboring  Haryana are today extremely bitter about the extensive damage caused by pink bollworm pest, while memories of other serious pest attacks also continue to trouble them. Neel Kamal reported in The Times of India ( Chandigarh edition, 28 September, 2021), “ The pink bollworm attack[Read More…]

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New Light On Savarkar?

New Light On Savarkar?

Recently during a book-launch RSS supremo Mohan Bagavat is reported to have regretted that Savarkar has been the victim of an historical conspiracy of sorts.He warned that next,Swami Vivekananda may come in for similar villification.Apparently both are in the same league in his opinion.’Guruji’ Golwalkar had also written in his WE OR OUR NATIONHOOD DEFINED about the exceptional logical clarity[Read More…]

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Telugu States lose Godavari and Krishna

Telugu States lose Godavari and Krishna

Telugu States lose Rivers Godavari and Krishna : The Centre has usurped all the powers of the State governments over all the irrigation projects (35 on Krishna basin and 71 on Godavari) with reference to all functions. People of Telangana agitated for more than half century against inequitable distribution of Krishna and Godavari river waters between the sub-regions of Andhra[Read More…]

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Policy Response Still Awaited As Himachal Pradesh Records Very Heavy Loss in Floods and Landslides

Policy Response Still Awaited As Himachal Pradesh Records Very Heavy Loss in Floods and Landslides

Himachal Pradesh is a small state with a population of only about seven million people.  Hence it should be particularly worrying that at the end  of the monsoon season this year floods ( particularly flash floods), landslides and heavy rains are officially estimated to have led to a loss of as many as 461 lives, with 13 people missing.  The[Read More…]

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Kashmiris Being Used As Pawns? 

Kashmiris Being Used As Pawns? 

So, communal strategy is apparently being tried once again on the Kashmir-front. Kashmir is clearly viewed as one of those political cards which right-winged, extremist parties can bank upon to whip up communal frenzy particularly when the going seems fairly dismal in other areas. Recent developments, Covid-impact, farmers’ protest and Lakhimpur-case among several others have not helped the party heading[Read More…]

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Now That Two Chief Ministers Have Raised Serious Questions About Role of Dams  in Aggravating Floods, Can We See Some Action?

Now That Two Chief Ministers Have Raised Serious Questions About Role of Dams  in Aggravating Floods, Can We See Some Action?

        Recently the Chief Minister of West Bengal  Mamata Banerjee has written a detailed letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the man-made floods created in her state due to excessive  water discharge from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) Dams. In particular she has criticized the discharge of about 10 lakh acre-feet of water between September 30 and October 2 2021[Read More…]

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Recalling a forgotten episode from Lakhimpur Kheri’s past history of protest

Recalling a forgotten episode from Lakhimpur Kheri’s past history of protest

Lakhimpur  Kheri,  situated  in  the  northern  Terai  region   of  Uttar  Pradesh  and  bordering  Nepal,   has  all  of  a  sudden  caught  the  attention  of  national  political  parties  and  media  –  due  to  the  violent  clashes  there  on  October  3  during  the  demonstration  of   farmers  agitating  against   three  unpopular  farm  laws  of  the  Modi  government.  The  clashes  resulted  in   the  killing  of [Read More…]

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Farmer’s Agitation: A Unique Movement In India’s History

Farmer’s Agitation: A Unique Movement In India’s History

Real life has a way of surprising theory. One of the most intensely discussed theoretical questions on the Left has been how to bring agricultural labourers and peasants, including well-to-do peasants, together in a common struggle against landlord domination in India’s countryside. Numerous Marxist gatherings have for years discussed the contradiction between peasants and labourers holding up a decisive resolution[Read More…]

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Lakhimpur Kheri massacre: Farmers to intensify stir

Lakhimpur Kheri massacre: Farmers to intensify stir

The Lakhimpur Kheri massacre will be remembered as a painful chapter in the history of the farm movement of India. The whole truth of this incident has been revealed to the country through all the videos that have become public so far. It is clear that this incident did not happen suddenly. Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra[Read More…]

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E A S Sarma questions the rationale of coal block allocations

E A S Sarma questions the rationale of coal block allocations

E A S Sarma, Former Secretary to Govt of India has raised serious concerns about the coal block auctions. He raised strong reservations about allocating coal blocks to Adani Power.  In a series of letters, he questioned the rationale behind the allocation of coal blocks. To Shri A K Jain Union Coal Secretary   Dear Shri Jain, Please refer to my[Read More…]

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U.S. acting ambassador Atul Keshap with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi on Wednesday. Twitter/@USAmbIndia

US Congressman questions Ambassador’s meeting with “violent” RSS paramilitary

“My constituents have raised concerns about our country fostering a relationship with the RSS and its leaders given the group’s painful history of violence and destruction,” wrote US Congressman David Trone (Democrat-Maryland) to immediate-past Acting Ambassador to India Atul Keshap on 30 September. Trone’s letter follows weeks of swirling controversy provoked by Keshap’s 8 September meeting with the chief of the Rashtriya[Read More…]

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Samyukt Shetkari Kamgar Morcha endorses the “Maharashtra Bandh”

Samyukt Shetkari Kamgar Morcha endorses the “Maharashtra Bandh”

The Samyukt Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) endorses the “Maharashtra Bandh” on 11th October called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in support of the Farmer Victims of Lakhimpur Kheri! The entire nation stands shocked at the brutal Lakhimpur Kheri murders. Despite the worst provocations, the Farmers protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful over the course of the last 10 months. The[Read More…]

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Clash of Cultures in India

Clash of Cultures in India

With the BJP coming to power in 2014 and also in 2019 for the second time the Clash of Cultures in India is increasing day by day. After it came to power under the leadership of Narendra Modi, who is known for his political upbringing in the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which historically is known for upholding the anti-agrarian and artisanal productive[Read More…]

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Jalianwala Bagh: Centenary commemoration by Renovation or Destruction of Monumental History

Jallianwala Bagh the most iconic symbol of Indian freedom struggle is in news on its reopening in a renovated form, which started a few years ago. There are few internationally known iconic symbols of colonial and imperialist repression on the people during their colonial regime in Asian, African and some other victim countries of the world. The horror saga of[Read More…]

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“Can The LGBTQIA Community In India Trust Its Parliament?”

“Can The LGBTQIA Community In India Trust Its Parliament?”

The Indian State never tires of pontificating and appealing to alleged Naxalites/ Maoists/ terrorists/ militants/ separatists/ freedom fighters to shun violence, come under the Indian Constitution and adopt parliamentary path. The LGBTQIA movement has been peaceful; legal & constitutional; and democratic. Why is Parliament then vary of discussing the Gay Manifesto? By way of partial repeal of Section 377 Indian[Read More…]

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The Goddess of English is a symbol of renaissance for the Dalits of Banka -Soure/BBC

English in India

Indian society is deeply fissured. The fault lines lie along caste, sub caste, class, religion, region, language and several other overt and unstated domains. The linguistic division of states and thereby of Indian society has generated linguistic chauvinism. At the pan Indian level, we hear of Hindi chauvinism but there are regional chauvinisms originating from the four power centres of[Read More…]

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India’s ruling BJP should be designated as a terror group

India’s ruling BJP should be designated as a terror group

It was late July this year when some Sikh kids came out with their parents in Surrey, to register their protest against the unjust farm laws passed by the world’s so-called largest democracy without due consultations. Implemented by the ruling right wing Hindu nationalist BJP government in New Delhi, these laws threaten the livelihood of the peasantry, which has taken[Read More…]

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Can Indians trust their laws and judges?

Can Indians trust their laws and judges?

The two common utterances regularly heard in our public discourse are – (i) “The law will take its own course” (by the prosecution); and (ii) “We have faith in the judicial process” (by the prosecuted). But both these assertions need to be questioned, given the experiences of common Indian citizens in their sufferance from laws on the one hand, and[Read More…]

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On Gandhi Jayanti: Godse Zindabad Twitter Strom

On Gandhi Jayanti: Godse Zindabad Twitter Strom

This October 2nd (2021) the Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday; the twitter was flooded with tweets, ‘Nathuram Godse Amar Rahen’ (Long live Nathuram Godse), Nathuram Godse Zindabad (Hail Godse). It was the top twitter trend for the day. It did come as a shock to many. Even to those who have been observing resurgence in praise of Godse, the murderer of Gandhi,[Read More…]

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The Struggle Between Love and Hate Within Christianity

The Struggle Between Love and Hate Within Christianity

During the 1930s, MS Golwalkar, the main ideologue of RSS stated that `we have 3 enemies: Christians, Muslims and Communists’. The socialists, communists, Congress, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and even Christians were struggling against British colonialism at that time. But the ideology of RSS was very clear. The struggle was not against the British, but against the above three forces namely[Read More…]

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Amidst Growing  Repression Against Farmers’ Movement, 15 Reasons Why  Government Should  Avoid Use of Force

Amidst Growing  Repression Against Farmers’ Movement, 15 Reasons Why  Government Should  Avoid Use of Force

There are increasingly worrying signs of the government becoming increasingly becoming more repressive towards farmers. On October 3, just a day after Gandhi Jayanti, four farmers and a journalist were killed at a protest site in  Lakhimpur Khiri district (UP) when a car of a son of a union minister crashed into them. Just a little before this, the BJP[Read More…]

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Compensation for Covid victims- The government ought to revisit its plea before the apex court

To Shri Sanjeeva Kumar Union Home Secretary Dear Shri Sanjeeva Kumar, I had earlier written to the Union Finance Minister in my letter dated 21-6-2021 on inaccuracies in the affidavit filed on behalf of the government before the apex court on the quantum of compensation payable to the victims of Covid virus. I forward here a copy of that letter[Read More…]

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U.S. acting ambassador Atul Keshap with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi on Wednesday. Twitter/@USAmbIndia

Why Did a US Envoy Meet With the Head of a Fascist Militia in India?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the U.S. recently, attending the UN General Assembly session and meeting with President Biden. In spite of his government’s reign of terror against religious and ethnic minorities and dissidents in India, his U.S. hosts remained strangely silent. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Modi has committed egregious human rights violations against wide swaths of the[Read More…]

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Farmers’ Protest: A Short Note on Justice

Farmers’ Protest: A Short Note on Justice

Ashish Tripathi writing in DECCAN HERALD(October 4) has quoted an SC bench hearing a case against farmers’ protest objecting that it impedes the public’s freedom of movement by blocking roads.The bench made two observations.First since the laws have been stayed there was no reason for protests to continue. Secondly,the validity of the laws will be tested and decided at the[Read More…]

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NAPM vehemently condemns the murderous attack on protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri

NAPM vehemently condemns the murderous attack on protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri

4th October 2021: The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) vehemently condemns the murderous attack on protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri which resulted in the death of 4 farmers – Shri Daljeet Singh (35), Shri Nachattar Singh (60), Shri Gurvinder Singh (19) and Shri Lovepreet Singh (20) – and serious injuries to several other farmers and protestors including Shri Tajinder[Read More…]

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Union Minister’s Son Mowed Down Farmers In U.P; Four Dead

Union Minister’s Son Mowed Down Farmers In U.P; Four Dead

In an urgent virtual press conference called by Samyukt Kisan Morcha, members of the 9-member coordination committee of SKM addressed the media with regard to the ghastly incidents in Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh. SKM’s Richa Singh and Guramneet Mangat who are in Lakhimpur Kheri (the former during the occupation of the helipad in Tikonia earlier in the day and[Read More…]

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Experimenting with the ‘Aparthied’- As a new tool to ‘play games’ in Kashmir

Experimenting with the ‘Aparthied’- As a new tool to ‘play games’ in Kashmir

The spectacular failure of the strategy of setting such a great score by the tools of subjugation that are, for the most part, scarcely noticeable as such has never been hammered home with such punch and finality as in the spectacle involving the ignoble loss of face of the U.S in Afghanistan. These include such tools as of intimidation, immiseration[Read More…]

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The Gig Worker

The Gig Worker

I usually use Uber Bikes, a bike-hailing service from Uber to get around short distances in my colony area… may be a maximum of 5 kilometers or so.  Apart from Uber, I am aware of at least two other apps that provide such services Ola and Rapido, and have these on my phone too. If  Uber isn’t available or the[Read More…]

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The Ambedkar Matrix

The Ambedkar Matrix

“There is no spoon” happens to be one of my favourite quotes from a movie. The Matrix, a movie released in 1999, based on a future world of technology and its implication on human lives. One should also read ‘1984’ along with ‘Animal Farm’. Such literature has shown the world, and also come true, what a future can possibly be.[Read More…]

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A farewell note for Professor Yogesh Tyagi

A farewell note for Professor Yogesh Tyagi

  A new vice chancellor has been appointed in Delhi University (DU) after a wait of six months. Prof. Yogesh Singh will conduct the affairs of DU from the vice chancellor office. His predecessor Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, in the last phase of his tenure met with a serious illness. Unfortunately, at such a time he also became a victim of[Read More…]

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Telangana’s Revolutionary Songs

Telangana’s Revolutionary Songs

Songs That Reflect The Political Consciousness Of The People  During Revolutionary Times Of Telangana Peasants’ Armed Struggle (1946-51) By MA Krishna and S. Jatin Kumar Photo (by Sunil Jena): Peasant Revolutionaries of Telangana 1946-51: Training in arms and drill.  Telangana people’s armed struggle (1946-51) spawned a huge literature in Telugu, particularly hundreds of songs and stories. A few novels too[Read More…]

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Love jihad has no truth to it

Love jihad has no truth to it

Love jihad is a highly debated  topic in India today. Whenever the issue starts to peter out someone will come up with a statement or an action to bring it back to the limelight. The latest being Pala Bishop’s controversial statement about both love jihad and narcotics jihad. Narcotics jihad is something that was hitherto unheard of , the credit[Read More…]

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Capture of Public Land in Mumbai

Capture of Public Land in Mumbai

The Piramals are the in-laws of the Mukesh Ambani family. This article has for its reference point a new high rise luxury building recently built by the Piramals in Mumbai. The capture of textile mill land by capitalists and throwing out thousands of workers from central area in Mumbai is one of the biggest land scandals in modern India. I[Read More…]

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PM CARES Fund: Centre inflicts big blow on RTI Act

PM CARES Fund: Centre inflicts big blow on RTI Act

Whether PM-CARES did not care for RTI? We get this doubt because PMO refused to give information about the thousands of crores of rupees of public money given into the accounts of government-controlled PM CARES fund. An under-secretary of PMO in Government of India filed affidavit on behalf of PM CARES before Delhi High Court on September 23 and claimed[Read More…]

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Captain Should Play a Higher Role Than High Command

Captain Should Play a Higher Role Than High Command

I do not generally opine on the internal affairs of any political party. Hence, I have no comments on the machinations of leadership change in Punjab and the strength or potential of the new leadership. I will only say that Captain Amarinder Singh, a veteran leader of about 80 years, was punished by the Congress high command for not visiting[Read More…]

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The Miya has no Human Right

The Miya has no Human Right

A few videos surfaced from Darrang, Assam. In one of the videos, a poor man was seen running with a lathi in his hand towards the security forces. There were alteast ten armed men in uniform. He was alone. With angst in his eyes, he attacked the troops and then, the next movement, he was lying there, lifelessly. There was[Read More…]

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Need for reservations in Judiciary for women/SCs/STs/OBCs

Need for reservations in Judiciary for women/SCs/STs/OBCs

To Shri Ram Nath Kovind President of India Respected Rashtrapati Ji, It has been widely reported ( https://indianexpress.com/article/india/cji-50-womens-reservation-judiciary-7535963/) that Shri N V Ramana, Chief Justice of India (CJI) has recently made a statement on the need for 50% reservation for women in the judiciary. He is reported to have made the following observations on the subject, while addressing the Lady Advocates[Read More…]

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UCCRI (ML) Supports the Bharat Bandh on September 27, 2021

UCCRI (ML) Supports the Bharat Bandh on September 27, 2021

The Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India –Marxist-Leninist (UCCRI -ML) supports the call for a Bharat Bandh on September 27, 2021, given by the various farmers’ organizations to oppose the Modi Government’s farm laws. It is clear to one and all that the Modi Government’s policies are meant to favour big business houses and big landlords to amass huge[Read More…]

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Assam: Final Solutions

Assam: Final Solutions

People squirm in unease when I refer to the legacy of Nazism while discussing present proponents of Hindutva.But once one sets aside quibbles the mindset of both camps cannot fail to strike one with their remarkable likeness. The fundamental generic unity lies in their deep discomfort with any strand of thought,culture or language that does not agree with their paradigm[Read More…]

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 Promote decentralised solar electricity generation

 Promote decentralised solar electricity generation

  Letter to the Prime Minister  Subject: Promotion of decentralised solar electricity generation, in preference to large centralised solar generation projects To Shri Narendra D Modi Prime Minister Dear Shri Modi, Over the last few years, as a part of the global effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, India has rightly taken conscious strides towards a shift from fossil[Read More…]

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India is high on the weed of Hateriotism to marginalise Indian Muslims

India is high on the weed of Hateriotism to marginalise Indian Muslims

Looks India is high on the weed of Hateriotism, every day there is one incident of Hate crime getting reported on social media but unfortunately, it gets comfortably ignored by the media in the mainstream. Saw one of the most horrific & depressing videos from #Assam. Where a Muslim poor man who wanted to save his land and home protested[Read More…]

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Atrocity as Mode of Governance

Atrocity as Mode of Governance

Even a couple of days before it hapless Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, or anybody outside a charmed circle,had any idea that they will be set upon by hordes of murderers and hate=filled fanatics. Secrecy and suddenness are the basic elements of such mass assaults on life and property of victims of pogroms. Secrecy is no longer so important as[Read More…]

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Sonipat Accident Again Highlights Urgent Need For Improving  Safety of Schools

Sonipat Accident Again Highlights Urgent Need For Improving  Safety of Schools

On September 23 , in Gannaur area of Sonipat district, Haryana, the collpase of a roof led to  25 students of grade 3 getting injured. They were rushed to hospital. In addition three other persons including a teacher were injured too. This tragic incident has once again highlighted the need for significant improvement in safety conditions in school—governmet schools as[Read More…]

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Corporatization of agri and retail trade will cause huge employment crisis

Corporatization of agri and retail trade will cause huge employment crisis

When we hear of “economic reform”, we think of policies that might make for greater growth and efficiency. However, what we often get is liberalization, privatization and globalization, all of which are aimed at facilitating large corporate players. The World Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Agreements are not negotiated so much by sovereign nations as corporate interests. Farmers, workers[Read More…]

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Post-historical POLITICAL NECROPHILIA IN ASSAM 

Post-historical POLITICAL NECROPHILIA IN ASSAM 

  We are shaken and frozen. Is this the last sky? We can hardly gather words to write this. Assembling them to describe the heinousness of the crime we saw is both painful and difficult. On Thursday, a body, a Muslim body was not only gunned down in cold blood from a close range, but a government photographer, masked his[Read More…]

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Human Rights Watch: US Ambassador’s RSS Meet “Troubling” & “Disturbing”

Human Rights Watch: US Ambassador’s RSS Meet “Troubling” & “Disturbing”

Ambassador Atul Keshap’s meet with RSS’s Mohan Bhagwat “sent a terrible message,” says HRW’s Asia Advocacy Director “Meeting with the head of a paramilitary, ideologically-driven organization that promotes extraordinarily racist and, some might say, even autocratic ideas, is highly troubling,” declared Human Rights Watch’s Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton in regards to US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s 8 September 2021 meeting[Read More…]

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One Year on Since the Farm Laws – India’s Farmers’ Struggle Set to Intensify

One Year on Since the Farm Laws – India’s Farmers’ Struggle Set to Intensify

  It is now one year since controversial farm bills were passed into law in India in September 2020. The  three bills and the subsequent legislation have triggered a massive 15-month farmers’ protest that has attracted worldwide attention and support. Farmers, farmers’ unions and their representatives demand that the laws be repealed and state that they will not accept a[Read More…]

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Gudiya (name changed) at her house, eating plain rice form a plate, sharing it with her sisters- Photo Courtsey - Sachin Kumar Jain

Simple Processing Reforms Can Ensure Healthier Food 

Everyone agrees that we should get adequate adequate vitamins in our food. But supposing someone first removes the vitamins in your natural food and then asks you to pay extra for artificially putting the vitamins back in this  food then what will be your reaction? Surely you will protest against this, and your protest will be all the louder if[Read More…]

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Bishop of Pala, Joseph Kallarangat

Church And The Question Of Narcotic Jihad

NDCW-National Dalit Christian Watch- expresses it deep anguish and displeasure against the recent unwarranted, unethical and un-Christian remark made by the Bishop of Pala, Mar Joseph Kallarangat of the Syro Malabar Church that ‘Narcotics Jihad is being used to lure Christian Youth’.  This disparaging remark has caused, not only an unprecedented controversy in the socio – religio- political spheres of[Read More…]

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Opposition Unity: Will they, won’t they?

Opposition Unity: Will they, won’t they?

The second half of the thirties for the Weimar Republic in Germany was marked by both aspirations and apprehensions.The rise of the Nazis,with the connivance at their political thuggery by the police,did arouse anxiety,but Hitler as yet had not earned his evil charisma.The largest group in parliament were the Social Democrats,who were denounced as ‘social fascists’ simply for not joining[Read More…]

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Changes Needed in Panchayati Raj and Decentralized Administration

Changes Needed in Panchayati Raj and Decentralized Administration

India has established an elaborate three-tier system of decentralisation known as Panchayati Raj. This is in tune with the three tier administrative system of village panchayat, block and district level. However some changes in this system have been overdue.  Before making some important suggestions   this writer will like to clarify that no retrenchment or loss of job ( or even[Read More…]

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Power and Glory in Times of Disease and Death

Power and Glory in Times of Disease and Death

As the weeks long birthday festivity of the leadership is rejoiced country wide, the covid is still raging. The carnival is in line with the post covid decisions and actions of the leadership demonstrating a pursuit of personal power and glory instead of national interest in the times of disease and death. The national interest, a term synonymous with the[Read More…]

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UK’s decision to consider vaccinated Indians as ‘unvaccinated’ stinks of apartheid, lacks scientific merit

UK’s decision to consider vaccinated Indians as ‘unvaccinated’ stinks of apartheid, lacks scientific merit

Recent decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to consider fully vaccinated Indians along with some other nationalities as ‘unvaccinated’ lacks scientific merit and instead stinks of white supremacy and apartheid era. It is important to mention that 90% of the vaccines rolled out in India are Covishield. Covishield vaccine, is Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, whose research was done by UK based[Read More…]

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USA’s Military Base in India: Security and Sovereignty issues

USA’s Military Base in India: Security and Sovereignty issues

USA may operationalize the 2016 Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), by insisting on building a military base in India, for use as a staging area for beyond-the-horizon surveillance and “launching attacks on terrorists in and around Afghanistan”. The US Administration is embarrassed by its capitulation to Taliban (signing a peace treaty with Taliban at Doha, February 2020, to allow[Read More…]

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Punjab-Politics: Negative Signs? 

Punjab-Politics: Negative Signs? 

What can the new Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi be expected to achieve within less than a year? Paradoxically, change of guard in Punjab as well as Gujarat doesn’t spell much of a surprise as several other chief ministers have been subject to the same move. One is nevertheless tempted to deliberate on the tendency of respective party heads[Read More…]

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Why Did US Ambassador Atul Keshap Meet RSS and What Does It Mean?

Why Did US Ambassador Atul Keshap Meet RSS and What Does It Mean?

Imam Malik Mujahid (IMM): US Ambassador Atul Keshap is a temporary ambassador to India. He is Indian–American. He has met the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — RSS, that is — its chief, Bhagwat. That’s a serious issue, but it seems to have not created any noise in America. It’s like American ambassador in Germany meeting Hitler before he came into power. But[Read More…]

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Suicides in Kashmir

Suicides in Kashmir

“Often, I think of taking my own life. I go to orchards and choose the place where I had made the gallows. My mother knows that I am going through a lot of stress, so she has become my shadow. The day I saw the helplessness in my brother’s eyes when he was being arrested by Indian security forces for[Read More…]

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Divided we fall; some hard lessons for the left and Sikh activists

Divided we fall; some hard lessons for the left and Sikh activists

The recent outburst against Communists by a spokesman of India’s ruling right wing Hindu nationalist BJP should come as a wakeup call for those fighting against each other over the control of an ongoing farmers’ agitation in Punjab. Harinder Singh Kahlon had asked for throwing “comrades” behind bars for instigating the peasantry struggle. The Indian farmers have been camping outside[Read More…]

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Proposed Mandatory Fortification of Rice and Edible Oils —A Wasteful and Harmful Proposal Best Avoided

Proposed Mandatory Fortification of Rice and Edible Oils —A Wasteful and Harmful Proposal Best Avoided

  Recently a controversy has erupted around the  ‘planned mandatory fortification of Edible Oil with Vitamin A and Vitamin D and Rice with Vitamin B12, Iron and Folic Acid’, as announced by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Early this year the FSSAI had issued draft regulation for mandatory fortification of edible oils and proposal for mandatory[Read More…]

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Atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh above national rate

Atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh above national rate

Recent crime statistics released by the NCRB for the year 2020 shows that the rate of atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh is much higher than the crime rate at the national level. It is to be known that the population of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh is 21% of the total population of the state, while the crime of atrocities[Read More…]

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Open Primary and Upper Primary Schools in Odisha

Open Primary and Upper Primary Schools in Odisha

              Corona Pandemic has deteriorated the Education System of Odisha, and of the country also. The Schools and Colleges have been closed since one and a half year. As a result of which the students have been deprived of from proper education. Now, the shops, markets, malls, religious institutions and cinema halls etc. have been given the permission to[Read More…]

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Reason Wounded—Why Peace and Socal  Harmony Activist Harsh Mander and Organizations Associated With Him Are Being Harassed So Badly ?

Reason Wounded—Why Peace and Socal  Harmony Activist Harsh Mander and Organizations Associated With Him Are Being Harassed So Badly ?

OVER 600 ACADEMICS, ADVOCATES, ACTIVISTS, CIVIL SERVANTS, WRITERS, FILM MAKERS, JOURNALISTS, MUSICIANS, ARTISTS and OTHERS. CONDEMN THE RAIDS ON THE OFFICES AND PRIVATE HOME OF ONE OF INDIA’S LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS & PEACE ACTIVISTS, HARSH MANDER Harsh Mander is widely known in India and internationally as a leading peace and social harmony activist of India who was earlier also as[Read More…]

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History and politics of Sep. 17: Was it a Day of  Liberation of People from Nizam or  Liberation of Nizam from People’s Revolution?

History and politics of Sep. 17: Was it a Day of  Liberation of People from Nizam or  Liberation of Nizam from People’s Revolution?

The Nizam taking oath as Raj Pramukh, the first governor, of Hyderabad state on January 26, 1950.He continued in the post until 1956 October. The recalcitrant Nizam of Hyderabad ((Right in the photo) surrendered to Indian army on Sep 17, 1948, after hardly five days of resistance, and agreed to merge in India. The 50,000-strong Army continued its offensive, for three[Read More…]

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The Logic of Hegemony

The Logic of Hegemony

On September 8, 2021, at least five media houses and six offices of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) were vandalized in three of Tripura’s eight districts by the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). These instances of violence come after a growth in the intensity of the Left’s political activity.   While the center-right Congress Party is in a freefall and the Trinamool[Read More…]

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Pegasus and Fables of National Security

Pegasus and Fables of National Security

Government pleads in Supreme Court  in defence of its stubborn refusal to disclose if it has used Pegasus spyware against civilian targets,that terrorists might disappear from the radar if the answer is made public.But the moment it became known that it could be used against suspected terrorists,they would have taken prompt  precaution to disable the spyware or dive deeper into[Read More…]

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Caste Census And Secular Intellectuals

Caste Census And Secular Intellectuals

The debate on caste, not just OBC, census is becoming a serious political issue in the country. But the secular, liberal and left intellectuals–economists, sociologists, political scientists– are behaving as if they are a neutral force on this issue. Would they have behaved in the same way if the Government were to say that it would not do religion census as well? I am sure they would not. They would have filled the[Read More…]

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Are Hindutva and Hinduism the Same?

Are Hindutva and Hinduism the Same?

“Dismantling Global Hindutva”, the online global conference was recently held from 10 to 12th September 2021. It was addressed by nearly 15 activists and scholars who are working on the intolerant politics and different facets of the rising Hindu nationalism at home in India and abroad. Fifty two US universities (their 70 departments) came together to put this big meeting,[Read More…]

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Strong directions of CJI on tribunals

Strong directions of CJI on tribunals

Even as the parliament was lost in protests on Pegasus, the Modi Govt pushed the Bills on Tribunals, with contents rejected by the Supreme Court. The bench of Chief Justice of India and two judges put the government on the dock about the complete absence of material justifying the Bill and also the lack of proper debate in the Parliament[Read More…]

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Need for Caution and Care in Protecting Edible Oil Interests

Need for Caution and Care in Protecting Edible Oil Interests

In recent years the import bill for edible oils has been increasing in a very big way and some big initiative was expected from the union government to reduce this. The direction of government plans was indicated earlier also but more formally  the new plans  for the edible oil sector were announced on August 18. These indicate that  the government[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural Labourers Lay Siege To The House Of Punjab Chief Minister

Dalit Agricultural Labourers Lay Siege To The House Of Punjab Chief Minister

Under the invitation of the joint front of the rural and farm labour organizations, Ten thousand dalit agricultural labour gheraoed the house of Captain Amrinder Singh at Moti Mahal in Patiala. He was forced to issue a written letter to scrap metres on electricity bills and pay occupation of labourers cut plots in a month, allot residential plots and scrap[Read More…]

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Hindi Has Arrived!

Hindi Has Arrived!

Many writings about Hindi are ‘breast beating’ in the style of Bharatendu Harishchandra’s ‘Bharat Durdasha’. This article has a positive attitude towards Hindi Literature. The history of literary Hindi is relatively brief, starting only around 1860. Modern literary Hindi has an even shorter history, beginning around 1936 with the death of Premchand. In this short period Hindi has covered some[Read More…]

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Year After Year, Sages of Matri Sadan Continue Their Struggle and Sacrifice for Protecting the Ganga

Year After Year, Sages of Matri Sadan Continue Their Struggle and Sacrifice for Protecting the Ganga

In recent weeks, the sages of Matri Sadan, an ashram based in Haridwar ( Uttarakhand ) have been very active in their efforts to protect Ganga river. Their preferred method has been again to fast to draw attention to numerous violations of earlier promises to protect the Ganga river. At the time of writing this on September 13, the fast[Read More…]

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India’s Democracy in a Nutshell

India’s Democracy in a Nutshell

The election of a Pradhan in a small village in UP The following account is almost verbatim from what was related to us in a close-group discussion[1]. Given the sensitivity of situation we will keep the protagonists and the various characters anonymous. Also, because there is nothing unique about this account; it is merely an example of what is probably[Read More…]

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Smashing The Heads of Farmers: A Global Struggle Against Tyranny

Smashing The Heads of Farmers: A Global Struggle Against Tyranny

According to Reuters, more than 500,000 farmers attended a rally in the city of Muzaffarnagar in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on 5 September. Hundreds of thousands more turned out for other rallies in the state. Rakesh Tikait, a prominent farmers’ leader, said this would breathe fresh life into the Indian farmers’ protest movement. He added: “We will intensify[Read More…]

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An Age of Rage

An Age of Rage

A few days ago , a few guys were travelling in an electric rickshaw at about 11 pm in the night. The driver , possibly to break the monotony of the hour had some loud music playing on his FM Radio. One of the passengers asked for the music to be turned off or at least toned down. The driver[Read More…]

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To Protect Health ‘Right to Sit’ Needed for All Workers Exposed to Prolonged Standing 

To Protect Health ‘Right to Sit’ Needed for All Workers Exposed to Prolonged Standing 

In recent years increasing  medical evidence has poured in regarding the serious adverse health impacts of prolonged standing. These advese impacts have been noticed in many lines of work as a serious occupational risk. Women workers are even more vulnerable than men workers. In this context the  Tamil Nadu Government deserves praise for  recently introducing an amendment in the Works[Read More…]

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 If you don’t want to give children eggs in the mid-day meal then give them Paneer and milk daily, says Dr Manisha Bangar

 If you don’t want to give children eggs in the mid-day meal then give them Paneer and milk daily, says Dr Manisha Bangar

This is the second part of my conversation with Dr Manisha Bangar in which she speaks about the health crisis in India and how the government is trying to privatise things, how our response during the Corona period was lacking things. She also gives us understanding of people opposing nutritious meals for children in the mid-day meal. Dr Manisha Bangar[Read More…]

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Listen to me before I kill myself: Tragedy of being SSK/ MKS teacher

Listen to me before I kill myself: Tragedy of being SSK/ MKS teacher

What our lives have become. Unless a spectacle of life is created no one is bothered.  The marginalised section of the society understands this insensitivity of our political class very well; be it women, people with disability, sexual minorities, religious minorities, Dalits, tribal, economically weaker and oppressed section of our society though together they are the major part of the[Read More…]

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Some thoughts on the Ganesh festival and related matters

Some thoughts on the Ganesh festival and related matters

The Ganesh festival is celebrated country-wide with prayers and rituals, greetings are exchanged, and various food delicacies are prepared. When we relish the delicacies, it is appropriate to remember that every one of those preparations is based upon farm produce, be it grains, vegetables, fruits, or the banana leaves on which the feast is served. This farm produce is the[Read More…]

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Welcome to Kashmir

Welcome to Kashmir

‘Welcome to Kashmir’ one of my Kashmiri friends sighed and exclaimed after I had explained to him about our experience in Srinagar. ‘The way you were thrown out from Kashmir doesn’t indicate mere humiliation to you, but it exhibits the grimed situation here’ he opined. Every time I had prepared to visit the valley earlier, my plans were obstructed by[Read More…]

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Punjab Polls:– Taxing Time for Congress? 

Punjab Polls:– Taxing Time for Congress? 

Congress leaders were probably not prepared for taxing political signals surfacing from Punjab. Political drama kicked by Punjab’s Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and a recent opinion poll survey, predicting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gaining more votes than other parties in coming state polls certainly demand deliberation on what is really suggested by these factors? Undeniably, both pose a major[Read More…]

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Jallianwala Bagh: Erasing the Spirit of Sacrifice

Jallianwala Bagh: Erasing the Spirit of Sacrifice

The beautification/renovation of Jallianwala Bagh Memorial done by the central government through a Gujarat-based private company has come under criticism. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 28th August. The details of observations made and objections raised by a range of people – scholars, common citizens, peoples’ representatives – from India and abroad have come in the press. Simultaneously[Read More…]

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Land to Tycoons

Land to Tycoons

Himanta Biswa Sharma,the much-toasted chief minister of Assam, has announced with trademark fanfare that thirty years after the last land-settlement survey he is launching a new land-survey to precisely demarcate,and record the land-rights of Assam with the latest, most modern equipment.There will be no more middle-men in business.Every owner of land will be in undisturbed possession of his land,he thunders,and[Read More…]

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Those who built my House

Those who built my House

In the film, Dafan found on YouTube, a young civil engineer is giving a tour of a construction site to his manager and boss. When a worker at the site has an accident and sustains serious injuries, he is rushed to hospital. But despite the best efforts of the doctors, he dies. At this stage, the manager leaves after giving[Read More…]

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Kashmiri Apple Needs Government Patronage

Kashmiri Apple Needs Government Patronage

In a promising apple village of district Anantnag, Sirhama, the month of September was used to be a busy month. It used to be a month of dreams, aspirations, hope and the result of hardwork as it is the month in which the people start the apple harvesting. Throughout the year, the harvesting season is cherished and looked as source[Read More…]

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Criminalization of Pathalgari Movement

Criminalization of Pathalgari Movement

Thousands of Adivasis involved in the “Pathalgari Movement” were criminalized for fighting for their collective rights to self-determination and protection of their lands, territories, and natural resources in Jharkhand State of India. Forty-six year old Ladu Nag from the Munda Adivasi (Indigenous) community is bound to live alone after her husband Neta Nag, a resident of Kevda village in Khunti[Read More…]

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‘Air India’ Privatisation Means We  Will Lose  So Much Green Large Space Also

‘Air India’ Privatisation Means We  Will Lose  So Much Green Large Space Also

As one enters the Air India  staff colony in Kalina in Mumbai one is struck by the  large football field, a lovely sight right at the entrance. The ground is now full of overgrown grass.  It is a very big complex with abundant greenery and   other very large open spaces. With the  forthcoming  privatization we will  lose this vital space.[Read More…]

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Are all Fundamentalisms Similar: Can Taliban be compared to RSS?

Are all Fundamentalisms Similar: Can Taliban be compared to RSS?

With Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan, the memories of horror stories of yesteryears have been rekindled. When in power they not only implemented their version of Sharia law but also undertook the horrifying oppression of women. That was not all; they went onto impose dress and beard code on men and went on to destroy the Lord Gautama Buddha’s[Read More…]

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COVID-19, Lockdown and Cancer Care in Kashmir, India: Some Glimpses

COVID-19, Lockdown and Cancer Care in Kashmir, India: Some Glimpses

by Akhter Hussain Bhat & Dr. Mohammad Akram As of September 08, 2021, according to WHO, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected 222 countries and territories, with more than 220 million cases and 4.59 million deaths. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread mortality and has exposed the weaknesses of health-care systems worldwide. National responses to the pandemic have varied from[Read More…]

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Heavy Burden of Prices on People, and Monetization

Heavy Burden of Prices on People, and Monetization

The civil society is now grappled with new expressions like “brownfield investment” which means a company or government entity takes over the existing production facilities to facilitate launching a new production activity. Best example for this financial resource strategy is ‘foreign direct investment.’ An alternative expression to this is a ‘greenfield investment,‘ wherein a fresh plant is constructed. In the[Read More…]

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Vigil in memory of Gauri Lankesh held in Canada

Vigil in memory of Gauri Lankesh held in Canada

Members of the South Asian community came together to remember the slain Indian journalist at Surrey’s Holland Park on Sunday, September 5. Gauri Lankesh was a daring editor, who was allegedly murdered by right wing extremists in Bengaluru in 2017. On the fourth anniversary of her assassination, a vigil was organized by Radical Desi, an online magazine that covers alternative[Read More…]

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Nine months of Farmers Protest

Nine months of Farmers Protest

When the ongoing farmers’ protest in India began last year in the states of Punjab and Haryana, nobody could predict that it would go on for so long and its resonance would be felt across the country. It’s been going on for nine months now and is the longest running protest by farmers in Indian history. The farmers have been[Read More…]

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Massive  Indian farmers Conglomeration calls for Sept 27 All India Strike

Massive  Indian farmers Conglomeration calls for Sept 27 All India Strike

A massive Kissan Panchayat was held in Muzfarnagar, UP on September 5  and resolved to intensify ongoing agitation and called for Bharat Bandh on Sept 27. The Panchayat organized by Samyukth Kisan Morcha  witnessed a huge congregation of farmers and farm workers from 22 states from all over India. Large presence of youth and farm women is visibly seen. BKU,[Read More…]

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Police attack farmers in Moga

Police attack farmers in Moga

The boiling pot of indignation is simmering at it’s optimum point after the attack on the farmers in rally at Moga.The ruling classes are embarrassed in their very backyard, sending shivers down their spine. Contradictions are intensifying within the ruling classes at an unprecedented scale with farmers assaulted even in a Shiromani Akali Dal rally. The Moga police on Thursday[Read More…]

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Punjab agricultural labour organisations protest in over 100 villages

Punjab agricultural labour organisations protest in over 100 villages

During the Vidhan Sabha session yesterday, various organisations of agricultural or landless labour of Punjab, converged at the public district headquarters in 5 districts and hundreds of villages of Punjab, inspite of the intervention of heavy rainfall. On the other hand levies like electricity bills are imposed on them. It was undertaken as a follow up of a 3 day[Read More…]

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Apple Growers in Himachal Protest Against Denial of Fair Price

Apple Growers in Himachal Protest Against Denial of Fair Price

The last week  in Himachal Pradesh has witnessed a surge of disappointment and discontent among apple growers of Himachal Pradesh as the price received by them has been much below their expectations. Local newspapers have been full of these reports and Amar Ujala, a leading Hindi newspaper, went to the extent of  full page coverage of this issue, apart from[Read More…]

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Banks’ legal battle for RTI exemption

Banks’ legal battle for RTI exemption

On August 18, the Supreme Court rejected another attempt of the banks to wriggle out of accountability and responsibility under Right to Information Act. Surprisingly the Central Government joins these petitioners. Whom are they facilitating- the scamsters, big loan defaulters etc? Then why dacoits and way side robbers should be jailed? It is the basic principle of good governance that[Read More…]

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Jalianwala Bag: Heritage re-made

Jalianwala Bag: Heritage re-made

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi calls it an ‘insult to the nation.CPI(M) general secretary describes it as “an attempt to erase all traces of British atrocities in India”.It is both and much,much more.It is a shocking yet dead pan attempt to change the very meaning of India’s freedom movement.As objective observers and analysts of colonialism and imperialism have repeatedly underlined, all[Read More…]

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Combating Hate in a Plural Society: Scattered attacks on Muslims

Combating Hate in a Plural Society: Scattered attacks on Muslims

India’s diversity has been amazing as different cultures, religions, languages and ethnicities had been living here, cheek by jowl, from last many centuries. Bhakti-Sufi Saints and then the freedom movement cemented the bonds between diverse communities living here. But last few decades in general and last few years in particular have seen an assault on this syncretism and intercommunity relations.[Read More…]

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Agrarian Crisis and the Longest Farmers’ Protest in Indian History

Agrarian Crisis and the Longest Farmers’ Protest in Indian History

“The farmers not only know how to farm, but they also know how to protect their fields,” said a farm leader from Punjab at the protest site on the outskirts of Delhi, where protesting farmers have been camping since last November. “We will fight over and over again and generation upon generation, but we will not let our land go,”[Read More…]

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External affairs minister S. Jaishankar with Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Pralhad Joshi, briefs the all-party panel over the present situation in Afghanistan in New Delhi, August 26, 2021. Photo: PTI/Vijay Verma

The All-Party Meeting, India’s Subservient Afghan Policy: A Review

This is a review, in two parts, of some aspects of the All-Party Meeting on Afghanistan August 26, convened by the Modi-led Indian govt. This Part-1deals with India’s foreign policy on the Afghan question. Part-2 will discuss some other aspects, of evacuation, of domestic politics etc. It was stated by the Govt that evacuating Indian personnel from the country is[Read More…]

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Two Ideas of Nationalism

Two Ideas of Nationalism

by Chaitanya Pandey and Sandeep Pandey India today is witness to two contesting ideas of nationalism. There is an idea of nationalism which emerged from the freedom movement. This idea of nationalism was inclusive and tried to take everybody along. It was based on concepts of democracy, secularism and socialism and espoused values of equality, justice, liberty and fraternity. The[Read More…]

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Privatisation Of India And Its Implications

Privatisation Of India And Its Implications

On July 22nd, 2021, Modi Government informed the Parliament of its decision to disinvest its stake in 23 Central Public Sector Units (CPSUs) [1]. On August 23rd, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a four-year asset monetization plan under the National Monetization Pipeline [2]. Both these decisions were already anticipated since their announcement in the Union Budget 2021, and neatly fits[Read More…]

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Amazon, “Economic Terrorism” and the Destruction of Competition and Livelihoods

Amazon, “Economic Terrorism” and the Destruction of Competition and Livelihoods

Global corporations are colonising India’s retail space through e-commerce and destroying small-scale physical retail and millions of livelihoods. Walmart entered into India in 2016 with a US$3.3 billion take-over of the online retail start-up Jet.com. This was followed in 2018 with a US$16 billion take-over of India’s largest online retail platform, Flipkart. Today, Walmart and Amazon control almost two thirds of[Read More…]

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Law and Order Tumbling Down?

Law and Order Tumbling Down?

Radical social critics often complain bitterly that the invocation of law and order is a fiction that merely upholds the legitimacy of propertied classes. The common man,who suffers most from the unequal rights under this system,whether in the hands of the police or in the callousness of bureaucracy,or for that matter,’the law’s delay’ in Hamlet’s monologue,tries ineffectually to escape its[Read More…]

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Govt of India’s decision to import GM soymeal into India patently illegal

Govt of India’s decision to import GM soymeal into India patently illegal

New Delhi, August 27th 2021: The Coalition for a GM-Free India, a civil society platform that had been in the forefront of struggles against hazardous gene technologies being deployed in India, has termed the decision of Government of India to import GM soymeal as patently illegal. “It is a case of regulators abdicating their legally mandated responsibilities, and subjecting citizens[Read More…]

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Meeting commemorating Banda Bhadur Singh on June 7th

Farm Laws and the Farmers Protest – A discussion

A discussion hosted by the World Sikh Parliament network and run on KTV – a UK-based satellite TV channel for the Sikh diaspora   A detailed horror tale in the making for India, an exposé on what is planned, via the farm laws, to hand over Indian sovereignty and food security to big business. There will come a time pretty soon –[Read More…]

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Hate — impact on daily life

Hate — impact on daily life

“Majorities are of two sorts: (1) communal majority and (2) political majority. A political majority is changeable in its class composition. A political majority grows. A communal majority is born. The admission to political majority is open. The door to communal majority is closed. The politics of political majority are free to all to make and unmake. The politics of[Read More…]

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In India, the number of women farmers is steadily declining and the number of women agricultural laborers is increasing.

In India, the number of women farmers is steadily declining and the number of women agricultural laborers is increasing.

At present, there is a discussion of farmers’ movement all over the country.  The Supreme Court has constituted a four-member committee.  However, one of the members withdrew his name.  During the hearing of the case, the apex court directed the farmers’ lawyer A.P.  Singh said that women, children and old men of the movement should be sent home.  The women[Read More…]

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India is once again moving towards becoming a collective poor country

India is once again moving towards becoming a collective poor country

The latest figures released by the National Statistics Office for the financial year 2020-21 show that the Indian economy is in a slump. Between 2019-20 and 2020-21, India’s GDP lost Rs 10.56 lakh crore. This is a negative increase of -7.3 per cent. The demand-supply imbalance has led to a slowdown in the economy. In 2020-21, the per capita annual[Read More…]

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 Conflict on podu lands in Telangana: cultivators in dismay – “We won’t leave the lands” they say

 Conflict on podu lands in Telangana: cultivators in dismay – “We won’t leave the lands” they say

Podu cultivation is a traditional way of “shifting agriculture” in forests being practiced from ages and   generation to generation. Lakhs of forest dwellers are solely dependent on this type of agriculture for their livelihood. The plight of lakhs of podu farmers in the state of Telangana is becoming precarious. The dismay and panic faced by them is very miserable. They[Read More…]

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Malnutrition, child mortality a challenge

Malnutrition, child mortality a challenge

Efforts to prevent infant, child and maternal deaths across the country have proved futile. According to a recent report released by UNICEF, shocking information has come to the fore that six lakh children died in India in 2016. More dire is the fact that a quarter of the world’s infant deaths occur in our country, which has an infant mortality[Read More…]

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Financial Profligacy in the Making?

Financial Profligacy in the Making?

The plan to marketise the vast infrastructure architecture of the country on the stock market for a windfall gain of Rs.6 lakh crore for the government has predictably agitated the opposition as it amounts to gambling with the ‘family silver’.I have no intention to pose as an expert in public finance as I have not even elementary knowledge of the[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi and Congress on Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom

Mahatma Gandhi and Congress on Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom

Sangh Parivar and leaders and spokesmen of its affiliates never miss any opportunity to malign Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The latest in their malicious campaign is an article written by Rakesh Sinha, BJP member of Rajya Sabha. In his article published in Indian Express (August `14) Sinha claims that “Despite the unbounded reverence for Mahatma Gandhi the masses rejected[Read More…]

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Valuing Democracy

Valuing Democracy

The security of democracy depends on our conscience and our adherence to democratic values! Replying to a question on the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly said that India is not only the largest democracy in the world, but also the oldest. They were mostly referring to the Licchavi Republic. The Licchavi Republic was established[Read More…]

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What’s in a name? There is indeed much for Yogi Adityanath and the BJP

What’s in a name? There is indeed much for Yogi Adityanath and the BJP

Recently, the District Panchayat of Aligarh has passed a resolution to rename Aligarh as Harigarh, calling it a ‘long-pending demand’. The move has come in continuation of many such successful attempts of renaming of places in the State including renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj, of Faizabad to Ayodhya, among others. Using names as a tool of political validation is not[Read More…]

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Farmers at the Borders of Survival – What Next?

Farmers at the Borders of Survival – What Next?

The Kisan Andolan is closing in on nine months – braving deeply disturbing times, braving weather extremities, braving police brutalities, braving government’s insouciance and subterfuge, braving the dark Covid clouds, braving the despair of over 500 compatriot deaths. Nine months! Displaying a clear understanding on the subject and its issues, and a clearer sense of purpose. Not for a day[Read More…]

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Kandhamal Day – Film Festival on Justice, Peace and Harmony

Kandhamal Day – Film Festival on Justice, Peace and Harmony

Human beings have suppressed, oppressed, mutilated, humiliated and neglected their own fellow human beings due to many reasons throughout history. There are economic, cultural, social and political reason for such human rights violations. One of the reasons for such human rights violations in India is on the basis of identity. People have been killed, abused, lynched, molested, raped and burnt.[Read More…]

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Why the Latest Rs. 11000 Crore Scheme is Not the Right Answer for  the Edible Oils Crisis

Why the Latest Rs. 11000 Crore Scheme is Not the Right Answer for  the Edible Oils Crisis

The burden of edible oil imports has been increasing and edible oil prices have been rising sharply. Hence it was only to be expected that the government will soon announce some major initiative to resolve this crisis. On August 18 the Union Government announced the National Mission on Edible Oils with a financial outlay of Rs. 110,40 crore ( one[Read More…]

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Online class: The students who could not survive them

Online class: The students who could not survive them

Adria Jagaranga was a student of Class 7. About 14 years old, the boy was a keen student. During the lockdown, he moved from Bhubaneswar, where he went to school, back to his village in Rayagada district of Odisha. The boy would go up the hill each day with a smartphone to attend online classes. A few days ago in[Read More…]

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Nehru Reconsidered

Nehru Reconsidered

Nehru in retrospect certainly does not shine as brightly as he did during his lifetime.But the image has not dimmed as much as much as his detractors would like.There is a much more clear-headed perception of his weaknesses and failures,but also a willingness to make due allowance for the mistakes unavoidable in his pioneering leadership in a long march on[Read More…]

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Kandhamal Pogrom Remembrance: National Webinar On August 25

Kandhamal Pogrom Remembrance: National Webinar On August 25

Kandhamal is now deeply seared  into the collective memory of the Christian community in India. It is also now a part of Independent  India’s tragic list of hate-driven mass violence targeting religious minorities, Adivasis and Dalits by non-state actors enjoying extraordinary impunity. The malevolent violence in the  Kandhamal and adjoining districts of Odisha in 2007 and 2008 stands out for[Read More…]

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On Independence Day, camel herders assert their place in India

On Independence Day, camel herders assert their place in India

It was not an Independence Day event that got any coverage in the mainstream media – camel herders in Pali district brought their camels too and some of the camels sported national flags and posters around their necks. Some of the banners that the camel herders held up mentioned that they could no longer afford to keep taking care of[Read More…]

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India Needs Course Correction

India Needs Course Correction

The present ruling dispensation is out to fulfill its dream of ‘one India, one religion, one language, one culture, one economy, and one party under one leader’ and to change Indian Constitution accordingly. The ruling party has absolute majority in the Parliament, but does not enjoy the sanction of the majority Indians. Nearly two-third of the electorate who cast their[Read More…]

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Why Remember Partition Horror?

Why Remember Partition Horror?

India’s partition has been one of the major tragedies of the twentieth Century World. The loss of lives and the mass migrations have very few equivalent tragedies in the World. The wounds of the tragedy are not totally healed but people have engaged with the changed dynamics of nationalism. In the middle of all the gnawing problems which India is[Read More…]

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

The 8 minute Parliament

The monsoon session has seen 20 bills passed in both Houses of Parliament, either without discussion or minimal, limited to treasury bench MPs speaking on the legislation. The Rajya Sabha has passed nine bills since the House convened on July 19 and clocked nearly 17 minutes per bill for discussion and passing, as the Centre decided to push the legislative[Read More…]

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 Why is public transport not good enough to make private vehicle ownership unnecessary?

 Why is public transport not good enough to make private vehicle ownership unnecessary?

If the goal is to protect environment from automobile pollution, improve road safety, and end economic disparities in the society, then vehicle scrappage policy is not likely to deliver on these tall promises. Rather such a policy could be counter-productive if we look closely at the aforementioned goals. Such a policy is another example of promoting market-based solutions to benefit[Read More…]

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PROTEST AT SARDARGARH ADANI SOLAR PLANT IN BATHINDA

Farmers Protest On Independence Day

On August 15th Bhartiya  Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) celebrated the Farmer Labor Mukti-Sangharsh Day at 40 places with three big gatherings in hundreds of villages and cities across Punjab. The stage was inaugurated by paying tribute to more than 500 martyrs of Kisan movement everywhere and to Chacha Ajit Singh, the leader of the Anti-British Kisan Movement, on the occasion[Read More…]

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On The Question Of Political Independence –Part 2

On The Question Of Political Independence –Part 2

  Introduction As India celebrates the Amrut Mahotsav (75 years) of its independence, the questions still remain why India still lags behind, why imperialists still have a say in running the country. In this era of imperialist globalization, Political Independence became increasingly a concept more imaginary than a reality. India, the second most populous country with a huge economy, often[Read More…]

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Has India Really Achieved Independence?

Has India Really Achieved Independence?

Today the nation celebrates independence with proto-fascism at a crescendo which disguises itself as a neo-liberal democracy. At no point in history have the forces of capital been so strong or dictated themselves so ruthlessly .Hindutva fascism has penetrated every sphere of society and the semi –bourgeois democratic socio-political system at an unprecedented scale. The ruling party has thrust a[Read More…]

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Indian Diaspora in Europe presents EU-India People’s Roadmap

Indian Diaspora in Europe presents EU-India People’s Roadmap

The Indian Diaspora led by Foundation London Story, a diaspora-led organization based in the Netherlands, released the first EU-India People’s Roadmap on August 15, 2021. The Roadmap, is a common agenda to guide political action and strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership with human rights and inclusive values at its heart. Marking India’s Independence Day, the Roadmap is an assertion of democratic[Read More…]

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Construction Workers Try to Protect Rights Achieved After A Long Struggle

Construction Workers Try to Protect Rights Achieved After A Long Struggle

In the first week of August construction workers from several parts of the country organized protests in Delhi and submitted memorandum of their demands to the union government, including the Labor Minister and the Prime Minister. Although the number of those joining the protest was kept low keeping in view COVID related precautions regarding travel and gatherings, construction workers from[Read More…]

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Distorting history and dividing people for electoral gains

Distorting history and dividing people for electoral gains

India is much older than 75 years and hence its leaders need to speak the language of maturity and reasoning. Unfortunately, the prime minister and his government are least bothered about governance and more about elections. To declare August 14th as the ‘remembering the horror of partition day’ is nothing but deliberately creating an atmosphere of mistrust and disharmony. We[Read More…]

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On The Question Of Political Independence –Part 1

On The Question Of Political Independence –Part 1

As India celebrates the Amrut Mahotsav (75 years) of its independence, the question still remains why India still lags behind, why imperialists still have a say in running the country. India, the second most populous country with a huge economy, often succumbs to pressures from foreign powers and foreign agencies like IMF and World Bank, in matters of economy and[Read More…]

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ZPSC MEMBERS MARCH TOWARDS MOTI MAHAL IN PATIALA

Dalit Landless Farmers Rise Up in Punjab

Arguably the most qualitative protest of the dalit landless labourers challenging casteist oppression in the entire nation took place near the chief minister’s palatial house at Moti Mahal in Patiala, yesterday. Around 2000 dalit agricultural labourers led by the Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee besieged Caspian Amrinder Singh’s residential house. The intensity of the demonstrators was immense. The protest embarrassed the[Read More…]

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Another Republic is possible

Another Republic is possible

‘Such is your state; This is the cause; Remove the cause.’ -Ved Prakash Varuk Constantly forged in the crucible of struggles and resistance the peasant farmers’ protest reveals the transformative resolve to constitute a new Republic.  To chart a more comprehensive emancipatory alternative, and negate frightening modes of domination, dispossession and racial hierarchy. The peasant insurgents endowed with a surfeit[Read More…]

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Changing stands of RSS: A Riddle

Changing stands of RSS: A Riddle

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat in a book release programme said that the DNA of Muslims and Hindus are one. The author of the book, is Dr. Khwaja Iftikar Ahmad titled ‘The Meeting of Minds :A bridging Initiative’ is a Muslim and he is part of the RSS created organisation, ‘Muslim Rashtriya Manch. ( Muslim National Front). In a way it[Read More…]

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India Will Progress Best by Remaining True to Ideals of Freedom Movement

India Will Progress Best by Remaining True to Ideals of Freedom Movement

India achieved independence in exceptionally difficult circumstances, but India also inherited a very rich legacy of the freedom movement to guide its path of progress after independence. It was a legacy much more valuable than any great treasure of gold or diamonds. It was a legacy obtained from the great struggles and  sacrifices of several million freedom  fighters who not[Read More…]

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Jan Azadi: Year-long nation-wide campaign to recapture our freedom

Jan Azadi: Year-long nation-wide campaign to recapture our freedom

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) has initiated a nation-wide, one-year long campaign called Jan Azadi 75: On the Path to Freedom, from 9th Aug 2021 to 15th Aug, 2022, to remember the values and aspirations of the freedom movement, re-assert the role, contributions and challenges of people’s resistances in the past 75 years and campaign across the country to[Read More…]

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RALLY TOWARDS MOTI MAHAL-RESIDENCE OF CHIEF MINISTER ON AUGUST 11TH

United Protest of Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations in Patiala

It is truly a heart touching sight, to witness the back breaking work of a dalit agricultural labour and the manner he is still bonded in the so called age of democracy. The shackles of casteist oppression embedded for centuries, are still entrenched. Under the invitation of Sajha Mazdoor Morcha based on rural and farm labour organizations, thousands of villagers[Read More…]

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We Must Act NOW to Defend Democracy!

We Must Act NOW to Defend Democracy!

The institutional murder of 84-year-old Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy, who died on 5 July 2021 while still in judicial custody, has shaken the very foundations of democracy in India. The importance and the urgency to defend democracy and all that is precious in the Constitution of India against repressive and anti-people laws, is perhaps felt today, as never before.[Read More…]

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Farm Laws: Small farmers will not benefit, one day they will have to sell their land

Farm Laws: Small farmers will not benefit, one day they will have to sell their land

Farmers have been protesting in Delhi for three-and-a-half months over three agricultural laws passed by Parliament. Farmers’ organizations say the laws are for the benefit of corporates. Once these laws are enacted, corporates will not only be able to easily purchase farm produce, but will also be able to enter into contracts as required and purchase and store the products[Read More…]

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File image of Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly marching during the New Year 2019

India-China disengagement process along LAC carried forward amid New Cold War efforts by Biden-led US

This is Part-1 of a two-part article. This part shows how peace and tranquility at LAC is sought to be restored, in spite of a rare clash at Galwan last year. LAC was a rare border where not a single shot was fired, and none killed, in over four decades despite it being a disputed border. It further shows how[Read More…]

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The Haziness of Transparency

The Haziness of Transparency

With substsantive politics,which has serious concern with the economy having been quietly shelved,and now being shaped by masters of global finance in the shadows, politics has steadily turned into a noisy theatre.A few decent politicians are still struggling against the current.But the pull of the current seems simply overwhelming.One is disquietened by shows like passionate protests verging on violence and[Read More…]

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Did AP Act authorise Centre to grab rivers?

Did AP Act authorise Centre to grab rivers?

All powers to Centre… and all responsibilities or liabilities are thrust on the heads of the states. The Centre has usurped all the powers of the State Governments over all the irrigation projects (35 on Krishna basin and 71 on Godavari). How can Union take over the complete ownership of two rivers and impose entire liabilities on two states? It[Read More…]

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Independent India: Dreams Unfulfilled

Independent India: Dreams Unfulfilled

Musings on 75th year of our Independence With India getting freedom from colonial rule, the first Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru summed up the aspirations and dreams of the leaders and participants in the movement in his famous and apt speech “Tryst with Destiny”. He stated, “The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity to the[Read More…]

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Sharp Rise in Edible Oil Price Indicates Wider Failure

Sharp Rise in Edible Oil Price Indicates Wider Failure

The Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry informed the Rajya Sabha in the first week of  August  that the sharpest rise in retail  price of edible oils has been recorded in 2021 on a year-on-year basis since 2016. The price of sunflower oil this year has increased by 41%, folowed by a rise of 37% for soyabean oil, 35% for palmolin[Read More…]

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Roads – For Whom And Why?

Roads – For Whom And Why?

Early Imperialism was characterized also by ecological colonialism, that is to say the ecology was shaped by colonial interventions. While the interventions themselves were acts committed in furtherance of the needs of imperialist. The social necessities of capital to constantly valorize surplus value lead imperialist powers to extract valuable minerals and biological matters . This effected change in land use[Read More…]

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Re-making of the Mahatma

Re-making of the Mahatma

Noted Assamese poet Nabakanta Barua wrote a famous poem decades ago, with the title that translates into English as ‘There was a river here’. It describes in pretty ominous and disturbing words how the desert creeps in with slow invincibility.I used to nurse a feeling of dislike and disdain for it as it seemed to bracket out human agency. But[Read More…]

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Political brinkmanship in Kashmir

Political brinkmanship in Kashmir

How in essence, politics in India has been reduced merely to the battle of perceptions   In the India of today  what is passed for politics is actually nothing more than the management of perceptions which is being pursued to perfection in Kashmir. Here it is sheer rancour, malice and malevolence towards this place and its people that define how[Read More…]

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Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

Understanding the Spirit of Quit India Movement

(This comment was written last year to mark 78th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. The same is re-issued for your reading on the 79th anniversary of that great movement of the Indian people inspired by the will to freedom) The 78th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, famously known as the August Revolution in the history of India’s freedom[Read More…]

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Dalit families targeted in Demolition Drive Undertaken by Bangalore Development Authority

Dalit families targeted in Demolition Drive Undertaken by Bangalore Development Authority

Dalit families targeted in Demolition Drive Undertaken by Bangalore Development Authority in Doddabettahalli   (Yelahanka Hobli, Bangalore North)  In a most shocking development, officials of the Bangalore Development Authority, backed by Bangalore Police, destroyed about 10 houses of villagers of Doddabettahalli. Each and every one of the families affected were from Dalit communities. In a similar drive, about 22 houses had been demolished at Somashettahalli, MedaAgrahara and Lakshmipura villages of the[Read More…]

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Swadeshi Jagaran Manch Against Modi’s Economic policy

Swadeshi Jagaran Manch Against Modi’s Economic policy

“Relief to thieves, and Thousands of Crores of Rupees Loss to Government and Public,” says Swadeshi (SJM) leader, on Modi Govt Bill . Modi’s “swadeshi” regime passes Bill to benefit global capital, to the detriment of the Indian economy. *** “It is true that under pressure from international arbitration, government had no other option, but the title should be Relief[Read More…]

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Vaccine Blues

Vaccine Blues

There are several reports in the press here in Assam that in several rural regions people queuing up from daybreak for the jab were told that the vaccine stock was exhausted after three or four hours.Incensed they created a huge ruckus,and at times vandalised the vaccine centre and attacked the staff.A friend from the countryside told me on phone that[Read More…]

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Sports strategy- Mere lip service will not suffice

Sports strategy- Mere lip service will not suffice

 To Narendra D Modi Prime Minister Dear Shri Modi, Sports strategy- Mere lip service will not suffice- Some suggestions on a sports strategy It is an extraordinary effort put in by the Indian athletes and sportspersons at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics which has brought laurels to India and united the entire nation with a collective sense of pride. It is[Read More…]

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Hydro politics and capital formation in Himachal Pradesh

Hydro politics and capital formation in Himachal Pradesh

People`s consciousness in oppressed nations does not readily recognize natural resources as mere commodity having exchange and use value, rather people here retain the mystical ties with resources but in newly produced space the people are expropriated from their ties with the resources, this is catastrophic displacement of human emotions for a resource and not a revolutionary change in human[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi’s Breakfast Meeting:- More than a Symbolic Step?

Rahul Gandhi’s Breakfast Meeting:- More than a Symbolic Step?

Let us accept it. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and several opposition leaders appear to be stepping towards giving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies a strong fight in the coming parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2024. The breakfast meeting hosted by Rahul for them and their heading together for Parliament on bikes may be viewed as crucial symbolic gestures in[Read More…]

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How Peace Activists Resolved the Most Serious Dacoit Problem of Chambal

How Peace Activists Resolved the Most Serious Dacoit Problem of Chambal

Chambal Valley is a vast region around Chambal river in Central India, spread over  parts  of three states—Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. This region became notorious during the last century  for its numerous dacoit gangs. Although they carried out robberies and kidnappings, the members of these gangs preferred to be called baghis or rebels, as many of them had[Read More…]

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Centre grabs Krishna, Godavari from AP, TS

Centre grabs Krishna, Godavari from AP, TS

Water is a State subject. But Centre misinterpreted its common jurisdiction in Concurrent List and provisions of AP Reorganisation Act 2014, which nowhere stated that Centre could take away the rivers. The Centre issued a notification from New Delhi, on July 15, with number: S.O. 2842 (E) which has serious implications for two Telugu States- Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It[Read More…]

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Does Gandhi Ashram need a Corporate Makeover?

Does Gandhi Ashram need a Corporate Makeover?

Lawyers, former diplomats, journalists, scholars and host of eminent Gandhians have written an open letter appealing that the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati not be disturbed. The government has proposed to make it a “world class” tourist destination, taking over the 54 acres near the Sabarmati River, where Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930. Among the proposals is a VIP lounge,[Read More…]

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ABVP Members Disrupt Webinar on Achievement of Scientific Temper

ABVP Members Disrupt Webinar on Achievement of Scientific Temper

BHOPAL: July 30, 2021 will be recorded as a day of shame in the history of Dr. Gaur Central University of Madhya Pradesh. On this day the RSS affiliated Vidhyarthi Parishad directed the University to remove the names of two eminent scholars from the list of speakers who were to participate in a Webinar organised by the University. The ABVP[Read More…]

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Revolutionary Comrade Shiv Varma Media Awards

Revolutionary Comrade Shiv Varma Media Awards

People’s Mission invites nominations for the ‘ Revolutionary Comrade Shiv Verma Media Awards’ 2021. It’s holding a programme from 4 pm onwards on Saturday , 14 August 2021 at Press Club of India, New Delhi , to present Awards to awardees , declared on 15 August 2020. People’s Mission will  announce on  on 14 August 2021 , winner of the[Read More…]

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Reject The Government’s Declaration Of ‘Muslim Women’s Rights Day’

Reject The Government’s Declaration Of ‘Muslim Women’s Rights Day’

  There has been a nationwide outpouring of condemnation, following the announcement yesterday by Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of Minority Affairs, declaring Aug 1 as ‘Muslim Women’s Rights Day’ to mark the anniversary of the Triple Talaq law. Over 650 citizens – Muslim and non-Muslim women, men and trans persons, women rights activists, human rights activists, academics, students and[Read More…]

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How History Is Weaponised

How History Is Weaponised

Five hundred years ago,Francis Bacon wrote in his pithy way,”Revenge is a kind of wild justice.” Surely it gets wilder if you stretch your vendetta to a thousand years past.This is what we can conclude from what our External Affairs Minister said in a colloquiam to a fairly bland remark of Anthony Blinken,US secretary of state. S.Jaishankar,who had been a[Read More…]

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A new age of surveillance and control in India

A new age of surveillance and control in India

With the recent Pegasus scandal, the relationship between state surveillance and democratic practices are in sharp contention. It seems that control has become the sacrament of state in India based on a conception of sovereignty that operates by strictly regulating and punishing those considered as the foes of the regime. In India the key challenge it seems remains the decolonisation[Read More…]

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Gender blindness and the Vaccine Gap

Gender blindness and the Vaccine Gap

In a patriarchal society male privilege is not far away. So it should be no surprise that it has entered the domain of Covid vaccinations in India , especially at a time of vaccine shortage. Since the beginning of the vaccination drive, 14.99 crore doses have been administered to women while 17.8 crore doses have been given to men, government[Read More…]

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Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (R) welcomes the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, New Delhi, July 28, 2021.

Blinken’s Single-Point Agenda In Delhi – China

Blinken’s real mission was without doubt to stop India from drifting away from the US-led anti-China coalition. The Biden Administration is worried that without India, the QUAD would unravel and the containment strategy against China wouldn’t gain traction in Asia.  Blinken also avoided making any assurances to give India full access to the raw materials for vaccine production. Did Blinken[Read More…]

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Impact and Challenges on Lawyers during Covid-19

Impact and Challenges on Lawyers during Covid-19

by Sweta Lakhani & Abhiraj Agarwal The Covid-19 crises has been witnessed by the world around and India is one of the countries with the huge population has suffered personal as well economic loses throughout this year. Due to constant lockdowns and limited hours of curfew, many young lawyers have faced a lot of challenges. It has transitioned from seeing[Read More…]

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How Himalayan Highways Are Bringing More Risks Than Benefits to People

How Himalayan Highways Are Bringing More Risks Than Benefits to People

Recently there was a report of a woman in great pain in a remote village of Himachal Pradesh who had to be carried on back for over five miles by family members for treatment as no transport or even road was available in her village. This was by no means a very exceptional case. Such reports in fact appear from[Read More…]

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Appointment of R K Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner- Does it comply with the norms set by the apex court?

Appointment of R K Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner- Does it comply with the norms set by the apex court?

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India Dear Shri Gauba, The website of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) emphasises the need for transparency in governance in the following words. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi firmly believes that transparency and accountability are the two cornerstones of any pro-people government. Transparency and accountability not only connect the people closer to the[Read More…]

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Nationhood Undefined

Nationhood Undefined

Someone I know serves as a high ranking officer of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) that India maintains under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) to “ manage: its own people. The British had just two such force to control and subjugate its colonial subjects but free India has found it necessary to maintain seven of them[Read More…]

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Deconstructing Assam – Mizoram Border Clash

Deconstructing Assam – Mizoram Border Clash

Most people in India do not know that the majority of the states in Northeast India were once part of the undivided province of Assam during Brtish colonial rule. Several of them also happen to be in the most earth-quake prone zone(zone 5) of the world.But the gruesome recent violence at Assam-Mizo border also forces us to recognize it as[Read More…]

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Saangla Tragedy A Wake-up Call For Safety of Himalyan Travellers

Saangla Tragedy A Wake-up Call For Safety of Himalyan Travellers

On July 25 afternoon 11 tourists  were crossing the Baaspa river in a rather remote part of Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh, on Saangla Chhitkul route, when warning shouts were heard from people from a distance. However the driver of the tempo traveler was busy negotiating the river bridge and did not hear the warning shouts. He wasn’t aware also[Read More…]

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Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Navjot Singh Sidhu has certainly had his way by being selected as the new Punjab Congress president. But his victory certainly doesn’t spell gains for all in the party and Congress itself. Speculations are afloat about intra-party tension still prevalent in state unit of Congress. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was reportedly opposed to Sidhu being given this charge.[Read More…]

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Just the Right Time to Bring Overdue Panchayati Raj Reforms

Just the Right Time to Bring Overdue Panchayati Raj Reforms

The widespread violence, threats and malpractices seen this month in the election first for district panchayat Presidents and then for block pramukhs in the panchayati raj ( PR , rural decentralization) elections in Uttar Pradesh should be an eye opener. This is a far cry from the vision of rural decentralization seen first by Mahatma Gandhi and his colleagues in[Read More…]

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A Question of Strategy – Farmers Stir and Its Foes

A Question of Strategy – Farmers Stir and Its Foes

I don’t remember where exactly I read the story of the APMC Mandis falling apart in certain regions not immediately involved in the farmers’ stir.I hope fervently it is one of the shoals of fake stories swirling around in the ocean of Internet.But if true I think it should ring alarm bells in the leading circles of the mammoth farmers’[Read More…]

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Brief notes on the African Sultans of Mediaeval Bengal

Brief notes on the African Sultans of Mediaeval Bengal

Translation based on the original Bangla contemporary piece: “Bangla-r Habshi-ra o Habshi Shasanmale Banglar Shamajik o Arthonoitik Obostha” by Al Hasan Circa 1204. The era of Muslim rule over Bengal began in earnest with Bakhtiyar’s conquest. However, Arab traders had begun to settle in the Chattogram, Noakhali and such other ports areas and their hinterland. Those were the thriving hubs[Read More…]

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Farmers’ Struggle Challenges Modi Government’s Neo-Fascist Tyranny

Farmers’ Struggle Challenges Modi Government’s Neo-Fascist Tyranny

Most heartening that the momentum of democratic resistance continues to flourish at Tikri border in Delhi, to challenge the oppression of the Saffron rulers. In a range of spheres it most relentlessly challenged the nefarious economic policies of the BJP govt. and called on people to leave no stone unturned in toppling them. Every democrat should be truly impressed by[Read More…]

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Population Control Bill is anti-Dalit/Tribal and anti-Poor

Population Control Bill is anti-Dalit/Tribal and anti-Poor

As you are aware that Uttar Pradesh government has brought the Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill, whose purpose has been said to control the population. This bill has been circulated for suggestions and objections. If passed by the legislature, it will become a law and will come into force after one year. Although the purpose of this law is said[Read More…]

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Pegasus: Mumbo Jumbo Will Voodoo You!

Pegasus: Mumbo Jumbo Will Voodoo You!

In my early youth when the sheer magic of sound, rhythm and verbal atmospherics casts a spell on you,I remember having been captivated by a now-forgotten poem by the American poet Vachel Lindsay.It used stereotypes of Africa as a land of black magic in incantatory verse to evoke a feeling of dread of unknown mysteries.Named ‘Congo’,it used the words used[Read More…]

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The Strange Math of Corruption

The Strange Math of Corruption

If Rs. 50 crore  ( 500 million)  is allocated for spending on an irrigation project and Rs. 10 crore is snatched up by corruption at various levels, then what is the amount that remains for actual development work? The most obvious answer would be Rs. 40 crore, but more often than not this is likely to be wrong. The reason[Read More…]

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Stranded, still: Workers address online press conference

Stranded, still: Workers address online press conference

Mohammad Arif is a singer of bhajans, and usually in high demand at functions. With the lockdown, functions were cancelled and bhajan singers were no longer needed. “I’ve taken a big hit, I’m just home in Meerut now, there is nowhere to go and no money made for months,” he said, at an online press conference held by the Stranded[Read More…]

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Of Father Stan Swamy, humans and other species

Of Father Stan Swamy, humans and other species

A few years ago, on a visit to La Paz, the Bolivian capital set high in the Andean mountains, I spotted a board inside a restaurant that said ‘All Humans are Equal’ in Spanish. During the week I spent in the city, I saw the same sign at a few more eateries, enough to prompt me to ask a Bolivian[Read More…]

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Precarity of Migrant Labour in Punjab’s Textile Industries

Precarity of Migrant Labour in Punjab’s Textile Industries

Punjab faces a severe power crisis in the literal and metaphorical sense.Unprecedented shortage in power supply, power thefts and rise in power demand has turned it into a power-starving state. Facing an acute shortage of power supply amidst soaring demand of power from the agricultural sector. Gap between demand and supply traces to increase in consumer demand and shut down[Read More…]

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Tomatoes and Apples–Big Agribusiness Promoted Despite Increasing Reports of Its Adverse Impact

Tomatoes and Apples–Big Agribusiness Promoted Despite Increasing Reports of Its Adverse Impact

As the farmers’ movement has set the alarm bells ringing regarding the need to check growing corporate control of agriculture, farmers and activists are now more conscious regarding drawing attention to adverse impacts of the clearly emerging trend of increasing corporatization of agriculture. Despite this, the trend of government policy appears to be clearly in favor of increasing corporate control.[Read More…]

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Modi, Mohan Bhagwat And The Secular Morality

Modi, Mohan Bhagwat And The Secular Morality

After Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanchalak of the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), addressed the ‘positivity unlimited’ theme about Covid calamity of India on 15 May, 2021, even secular writers in the national media started a chorus of Modi devil, Mohan Bhagwat angel song. ‘Bhagat snubbed modi’, ‘Bhagat advised him to accept collective responsibility’, ‘The RSS is for course correction’ and so[Read More…]

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Azadi : The Resurrection of  a slogan

Azadi : The Resurrection of  a slogan

In August we celebrate the 74th anniversary of our independence. At the time, the communists had raised the slogan then famous or rather infamous – “  yeh azadi jhoohi hai” ..  this is a false independence meaning that this  independence would not mean anything the ordinary people fighting for daily survival and that this was a festival of the elite.[Read More…]

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Land Reforms Need to be Revived on Urgent Basis

Land Reforms Need to be Revived on Urgent Basis

In recent times the government has been steadily going back on its commitment to land reforms in India. This is true of the union government as well as several state governments. This has been one of the most unfortunate aspects of development policy in India, leading to increase of inequality as well as reduction of possibilities of sustainable, ecologically protective,[Read More…]

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Functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Bihar: Devolution or Delegation?

Functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Bihar: Devolution or Delegation?

The upcoming panchayat election in Bihar is a good occasion to examine the broader issues faced by the Panchayati Raj Institution (“PRIs”) in Bihar. According to media reports, the State Election Commission of Bihar has started to prepare for the upcoming panchayat election in Bihar, and the poll process would commence from the end of August.[1] Preceded by a 23-year[Read More…]

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1857 War of Independence to 1930s

1857 War of Independence to 1930s

    My ancestors were directly affected by the momentous turn history took. Though not in the eye of the storm, living far from the center of action, and being academics rather than men of action, yet they lost a great deal because they would not collaborate with the ghasib (usurper), the term my nana used for the British till[Read More…]

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Strategic Law Suits Against Public Participation in India: Why the neutrality principle of law not working?

Strategic Law Suits Against Public Participation in India: Why the neutrality principle of law not working?

Abstract During recent years, a sharp rise is noted in the number of frivolous law suits filed to silence voices of dissenters and the marginalized sections including women who complaint against violence. These legal tactics are striking the roots of democracy and curbing the public discourse on the vital issues while choking the freedom of speech. In western countries, anti-SLAPP[Read More…]

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Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Dear Fr. Stan Swamy, On 5 July, you completed your pilgrimage here on earth! Thousands feel your loss everywhere; a light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere! There is spontaneous outrage because of what led to your death; most regard it as institutionalised murder! I am sure that you will not want us to mourn[Read More…]

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Compelling Need for Comprehensive Inquiry Into U.P. Panchayati  Raj Elections

Compelling Need for Comprehensive Inquiry Into U.P. Panchayati  Raj Elections

While violence, intimidation and other more obvious aspects of irregularities which marred the recently held three-month long Panchayati Raj (PR) elections in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) are now widely known, there is still urgent need for a more formal and detailed inquiry into various worrying aspects of these elections. There are four obvious reasons for this.[Read More…]

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Lives and Livelihoods in the Wake of Covid-19 Pandemic in Rural Bihar

Lives and Livelihoods in the Wake of Covid-19 Pandemic in Rural Bihar

by Gaurav Datt, Swati Dutta and Sunil Kumar Mishra The study The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented health and an economic crisis of in India.  It is important to document how this crisis has affected people’s lives and livelihoods in different parts of the country. Based on phone interviews with more than 1600 households in rural Bihar, a study[Read More…]

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The Farm Sector On A Trencher 

The Farm Sector On A Trencher 

            The entire farm sector, comprising at least a quarter of the total population of the country, is up in arms.  The structural crisis engulfing this sector was growing over a long time and periodic outbursts about the distorted state of affairs were happening over the past several decades. These outbursts had  forms both violent and non-violent. The violent manifestations[Read More…]

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Hindutva and Culture

Hindutva and Culture

Terry Eagleton argues in his rollicking way that there is actually little to put your finger on when high-minded scholars talk about culture in hushed tones these days.He thinks the term stands in when proponents of modernity make a futile search for a transcendental purpose displaced from religion to maje sense of life.Religion was failing to provide a framework for[Read More…]

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Need for redefining the population stabilization measures in India

Need for redefining the population stabilization measures in India

With the proposal of population control measures by Uttar Pradesh government prior to just six months ahead of state assembly election of 2022, a huge controversy is being erupted.  Population control in India has always remained a political issue rather than a social-economical issue of the nation. The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) draft, 2021 seems to be[Read More…]

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Block Pramukh Elections in Uttar Pradesh Witness Excessive Violence and Intimidation

Block Pramukh Elections in Uttar Pradesh Witness Excessive Violence and Intimidation

The block pramukh  elections in the three-tier panchayati raj (rural decentralization) system of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, took place on July 10 Saturday. The block pramukh is elected at the second tier. Many members are elected at the block level directly by people and these in turn elect the block pramukh. Hence direct voting by people is not involved[Read More…]

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Pandemic and Pendencies: Disaster at the Indian courts.

Pandemic and Pendencies: Disaster at the Indian courts.

  The Republic of India is facing the ferocity of pandemic with the highest rate of more than 4.12 lakh cases per day to the highest number of deaths of more than 4500-4700 a day during 2020-2021. The situation is worse at the rural side of the country. The first wave and the second wave of corona virus have jolted[Read More…]

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Judiciary On Trial

Judiciary On Trial

Justice must have a heart.It cannot be just an arena for legal pedantry and fireworks,though that unfortunately has been the case since the rise of Rhetoric in ancient Greece.If one does not FEEL the pain,suffering and loss an injustice causes,the outward demeanour of calm objectivity makes little sense.CJI Ramana had inspired some hope that we have left behind the long[Read More…]

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Sweeping Victory of District Panchayat  President Elections by the BJP Points to Need for Wider Reforms

Sweeping Victory of District Panchayat  President Elections by the BJP Points to Need for Wider Reforms

The recent panchayati raj ( rural decentralization ) elections held in Uttar Pradesh were regarded as very important at a political level. Many seasoned observers referred to these as a semi-final contest leading up to the final to be held next year in the form of  Assembly Elections in the politically most important state of India. The three-tier panchayati election[Read More…]

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The spread of the MODI virus – dancing the `Tandava Nritya’

The spread of the MODI virus – dancing the `Tandava Nritya’

While we are all worried about the spread of new variants of COVID-19 (whether we describe them as Delta or by some other name) all over the world, we tend to ignore the invasion of Indian society by another variant of COVID -19 which may be described as the MODI virus. It is a pandemic affecting every nook and corner[Read More…]

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Religion in money transfer

Religion in money transfer

My hands are still shaking, and I feel uneasiness at heart while writing this. I have studied in India, Norway and Russia- in the top universities of these countries. I started writing for newspapers back in 2005. I grew up in different parts of UP due to my father’s job postings. We moved to Rae Bareli (my home town) back[Read More…]

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Are some more equal than others?

Are some more equal than others?

By Shobha Shukla, Bobby Ramakant, Sandeep Pandey In current times when India, like many other countries, is reeling under a severe economic crisis as well as backbreaking humanitarian crises, we also see ugly lavish (and avoidable) government expenditures, throwing austerity to the winds and jeopardising public interest. While equality is among the key values of the Indian Constitution, there are several[Read More…]

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 Only 2% of Urban Poor Residents Fully Vaccinated and only 16% Received First Dose: Survey Study 

 Only 2% of Urban Poor Residents Fully Vaccinated and only 16% Received First Dose: Survey Study 

A survey study conducted by the Indo Global Social Service Society has found that only 2% of slum/basti dwellers have been fully vaccinated (with 2 doses) and that a little over 16% of them have received their first dose since the vaccination was made available for all above 18. As the second wave of COVID-19 cases sweeps India, informal sector[Read More…]

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Data Sharing and Transparency in Covid Times Will Help Better Decentralized Response

Data Sharing and Transparency in Covid Times Will Help Better Decentralized Response

Policy makers who have the important responsibility of taking  decisions relating to Covid response face many difficulties. On some important issues relating to this pandemic even very senior scientists at world level do not have the same opinion. A lot of their understanding is based on their experience in the richest countries and may not be applicable in conditions of[Read More…]

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Conspicuous silence of political parties on OBC reservation issues in the North

Conspicuous silence of political parties on OBC reservation issues in the North

June 25th,  2021 marked 90th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister V P Singh but went unnoticed for the majority of the leaders who benefitted from his politics and good will generated by him. Except for Tejasvi Yadav who remembered Singh mentioning his bold initiative to implement Mandal Commission Report, there was no other north Indian leader particularly from OBCs[Read More…]

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Whither Congress?

Whither Congress?

Some observers like us have been saying in the face of much mistrust that without Congress in the team no coalition for a national opposition can really take off.But we too have been shaken by the continued stasis of the party.In states this has led to a strange inertia punctuated by quiet departures from time to time of one or[Read More…]

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Street Vendors Need Help and Support

Street Vendors Need Help and Support

Recent reports of a training program launched by the Punjab Government for street vendors are welcome. This training increases the capacity of vendors to provide safe food. This training has been linked also to institutions of community health and the experience of initial training programs conducted  have been encouraging. Earlier training programs conducted by the National Association for Street Vendors[Read More…]

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Reflections from the ground: Digital divide and Covid-19 in Uttarakhand

Reflections from the ground: Digital divide and Covid-19 in Uttarakhand

As the country recuperates from the devastating second wave of Covid-19, vaccination has become the only and the most effective possibility to beat the virus. But getting vaccinated isn’t as simple as it sounds. Saraswati Devi*, age 46, who lives in the outskirts of Almora town (Uttarakhand), is very anxious these days because she is finding it difficult to get[Read More…]

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75th Anniversary of Telengana Armed Struggle

75th Anniversary of Telengana Armed Struggle

On July 4th we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of Komarayya in Telengana.It was this event that marked the turning point in the Telengana peasant uprising which lit the spark to turn into a prairie fire.Komarayya was a young man from a poor peasant and shepherd family of Kadiwendi village of the then Nalgonda district. He was then[Read More…]

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Appeal to NCST for suo motu intervention under Article 338A(9) of the Constitution in the case of Lakshadweep

Appeal to NCST for suo motu intervention under Article 338A(9) of the Constitution in the case of Lakshadweep

To Hon’ble Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Hon’ble Chairman, I enclose here a copy of a representation dated 8-6-2021 submitted by me to Rashtrapatiji on the concerns I have on a range of statutory regulations proposed to be adopted by the Administrator of Lakshadweep Union Territory (UT), which will have a significant impact on the lives of the[Read More…]

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Lockdown: Supreme Court Finally Delivers Some Justice

Lockdown: Supreme Court Finally Delivers Some Justice

NAPM welcomes the Supreme Court judgment on rations for all migrant workers and  time-bound registration of unorganized sector workers. SC has fallen short of delivering on its own observation of a “socialistic pattern of society”. Struggle for holding Govt and Judiciary accountable to working class must continue. 2nd July, 2021: The sudden and unplanned lockdown imposed by the union government in[Read More…]

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Democratic Processes and Kashmir Imbroglio

Democratic Processes and Kashmir Imbroglio

On 5th August 2019, through the Presidential ordinance the Article 370, giving autonomy to Kashmir was abolished. This article was the basis of Kashmir’s accession to India and it gave autonomy to Kashmir in all matters except defense, communication, currency and external affairs. Following this there was a suspension of most of the democratic rights; internet services were suspended and[Read More…]

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Dalit-Adivasi in Uttar Pradesh and the question of land

Dalit-Adivasi in Uttar Pradesh and the question of land

According to the 2011 census, the total Scheduled Caste (Dalit) population in Uttar Pradesh is 4.13 crore, which is about 21% of the total population of Uttar Pradesh. According to the same census, there are 61.91 lakh families of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, which is 23% of the total families of Uttar Pradesh. Similarly, the total population of Scheduled Tribes[Read More…]

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Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political cards being gradually tried ahead of assembly elections in two crucial states- Uttar Pradesh and Punjab – cannot yet be viewed as symbols of master strategies. The simple explanation is that frustration is quite strongly visible in political parties heading the two state governments. This in itself seems sign of party heads on both sides being a little flustered[Read More…]

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An elderly victim of cow vigilante groups

The Political Terror of Cow Vigilantism In J&K

Persecution of weak and minorities is something that hyper nationalist regimes across the world swear by. Oftentimes this begins with the innovation of overt and covert tactics intending to further the other-ing process. Frequent execution of the same results in the establishment of dehumanizing norms, which ultimately becomes the dreaded weapon wielded by the regime’s agents. The increasing incidents of[Read More…]

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COVID-19 relief efforts by Aagaz Federation (Picture credit JP Maithani)

Voluntary sector – Role in the pandemic – aren’t we being ignored??

The COVID pandemic has caused unprecedented damage across the globe. Its’ gory journey, still continues to impact our lives and the world around us. Nearly a year into the pandemic, we face a human tragedy, and a public health, humanitarian and development emergency. With India’s first case of COVID-19 reported in Jan 2020, and the Government announcement of a nationwide[Read More…]

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Is President Kovind paying more tax than the common people?

Is President Kovind paying more tax than the common people?

What do you think when the first citizen of the country ‘feels’ helpless of ‘income tax’ deduction on his salary. President Kovind must be getting rupees five lakh per month as part of his salary but in a public meeting organised at his ‘birth place’, he said that over two lakh seventy five thousand rupees per month get deducted from[Read More…]

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‘Paid news’ and ‘paid social media’ in India: looking for legal attention

‘Paid news’ and ‘paid social media’ in India: looking for legal attention

With the implementation of new Information Technology act 2021 mandating the social media platforms legally under compliance, the ongoing controversy between social media and digital sovereignty seems to an end as the appointment of the grievance redressal officers and nodal officers are mandated in India in compliance with the new rules. Though, another big challenge to our democracy remains the[Read More…]

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The Spectre of Opposition Unity

The Spectre of Opposition Unity

How,or indeed why, should parties that are bitterly opposed to each other,and come election time jump at each other’s throat, are toying with the idea of of coming together,is a much discussed topic in the press today.First thing to say is,of course,that we live in very very different times.We are enjoined by circumstances to unite in order to defend something[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)

Grant 50 additional work days: NREGA Sangharsh Morcha

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act currently offers 100 days of work to all rural households. Given the crisis in the economy and the slowdown of economic activity in urban centres, more people have now returned to their rural homes. NREGA Sangharsh Morcha on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking that the Union government extend the[Read More…]

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From the poster boy to derelict

From the poster boy to derelict

Take one, scene one: A man in his late thirties riding a scooter with his wife as pillion rider and a kid is standing on the leg space. Man seems to be contended, secure and satisfied with his ‘small’ possession.  He has a government job and lives happily in his staff quarter. Now- Take one, scene two: A man drives[Read More…]

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Meeting commemorating Banda Bhadur Singh on June 7th

Farmers Observing June 26 & June 30 – Import of SKM’s Call

On June 26, lakhs of farmers and farm-workers will assemble in various border points of Delhi will observe “Save Democracy, Save Farmers” day. On that date three important occasions are coinciding — (i) completion of 7 months of the historic continuous sit-in protest of lakhs of farmers around Delhi on the border points; (ii) 7 years of first swearing in[Read More…]

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RSS As Worshippers Of Brute Power Did Not Oppose 1975 Emergency: Documentary Evidence

RSS As Worshippers Of Brute Power Did Not Oppose 1975 Emergency: Documentary Evidence

On the 46th anniversary of the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi [June 25, 1975] we are witnessing once again the farce of RSS claiming that it opposed it with full might. It is laughable to find it boasting that RSS fought against the Emergency not due to any compulsion but as article of faith in democracy. How RSS cadres ruling[Read More…]

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Letter From the sisters in Lakshadweep

Letter From the sisters in Lakshadweep

Dear all, Since a few months, the days have been special and strange for me – not special like a birthday or festival celebration. But special and strange because for the first time in the 14 years of my life I saw my grandparents, parents and many others sitting inside homes and fasting. So many “ firsts” for me since[Read More…]

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Plight of migrant workers in Gujarat during April-June, 2021 lockdown

Plight of migrant workers in Gujarat during April-June, 2021 lockdown

To Shri Apurva Chandra Union Labour Secretary   Dear Shri Apurva Chandra, The preamble to the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 defines its primary objective to be “to regulate the employment of interstate migrant workmen and to provide for their conditions of service and for matters connected therewith“. This Act is by and large[Read More…]

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A Disastrous Approach : Reasons behind India’s Second Pandemic Wave

A Disastrous Approach : Reasons behind India’s Second Pandemic Wave

By Dr. Sameeksha Dhillan & Dr. Divya Singh From an average of over 93,000 new cases per day in September last year to roughly 10,000 new COVID cases per day in February 2021, India has made great strides. This significant and consistent decline led to the withdrawal of lockdown with a partial relaxation in various sectors. Social or religious activities[Read More…]

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Who Should Be Held Responsible For Deaths Due To Negligence?

by Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey When India was reeling under the severest impact of the Covid pandemic, and the peak of around 450,000 new cases was reported in 24 hours around mid April 2021, then an interesting chronology of events were taking place regarding the Covid vaccination programme (along with Kumbh in Uttarakhand and elections in West Bengal and[Read More…]

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Hum Do – Humare ??

Hum Do – Humare ??

The year was 1954 – on a windy, wet evening of February, a male child was born – the youngest sword bearer of the Brahmin clan residing in Bamunpara, Bilasipara (Dhubri district). He is the 8th child of his parents – the youngest maternal uncle or “mama” of the 3 kids born to his eldest ‘didi’. The entire Bamunpara rejoiced[Read More…]

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IT Rules 2021: UN Rapporteurs see chilling effect on freedom of expression

IT Rules 2021: UN Rapporteurs see chilling effect on freedom of expression

The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, published on 25 February 2021 under the Information Technology Act, 2000 will have a chilling effect on the freedom of expression of ordinary individuals, social media writers and the journalists working in print and electronic media.  The Government of India is trying to usurp the power of Parliament[Read More…]

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Voting for Restoration of Democracy: Electoral Choices

Voting for Restoration of Democracy: Electoral Choices

One will be amazed to compare the India of today with the same a decade ago. BJP’s getting majority in the Lok Sabha (2014) has changed the political, social and economic scenario in adverse direction. The rising prices, the free fall of economy with GDP at all time low, with India falling down on hunger index and the massive rise[Read More…]

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The second wave of Covid-19 in India- Have we Learnt the lessons useful for living with the third wave?

The second wave of Covid-19 in India- Have we Learnt the lessons useful for living with the third wave?

VT Padmanabhan and Joseph Makkolil After a brutal second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Indian people are anxiously waiting for the third wave, which is expected to arrive in about 6 to 8 weeks in August-September. The first wave was driven by two variants Alpha and Delta, which were more contagious than the ancestral strains.  Recently a new variant – Delta[Read More…]

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Covid-19: It’s time to look at school dropouts

Covid-19: It’s time to look at school dropouts

Education is the backbone of any developing nation. 100% literacy is one of the first landmarks used for judging the level of development of any nation. India is a developing nation vying to become a superpower but it’s far from achieving 100% literacy. According to official statistics, India’s literacy rate hovers around 75% which leaves a quarter of the citizens[Read More…]

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Mussoorie Bypass Tunnel is Expensive, but Its Ecological Costs Will Be Even Higher

Mussoorie Bypass Tunnel is Expensive, but Its Ecological Costs Will Be Even Higher

Many people cherish memories of visiting Mussoorie ( located near Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand ), even called the Queen of Hill Stations in India. The famous hill resort houses the L.B.S. IAS Academy where the country’s future top civil servants are trained. The Mussorie hills divide the Ganga and Yamuna river systems which have their origin in Western Himalayan region[Read More…]

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The Larger Issues Underlying the Claim of Cairn Energy on Air India

The Larger Issues Underlying the Claim of Cairn Energy on Air India

Amid the sweeping pandemic and the health emergency across the country, some may have missed the headline that Cairn Energy, a leading UK-based oil and gas exploration corporation, had filed a suit in New York to claim the international assets of Air India, the State-owned airline of India. The basis of Cairn’s demand is that it claims that the Indian[Read More…]

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Compensation for Covid victims- The government ought to revisit its plea before the apex court

Compensation for Covid victims- The government ought to revisit its plea before the apex court

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, I understand from recent news reports (https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/mha-tells-supreme-court-ex-gratia-payment-rs-4-lakh-covid-19-deaths-affordability-states) that the Centre has contended before the apex court that it would not be able to pay an ex-gratia relief of Rs 4 lakhs to Covid victims for the reason that “utilisation of scarce resources for giving ex-gratia, may have unfortunate consequences of affecting the pandemic response and health[Read More…]

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Nutrition Labelling System : Visualised or Written?

Nutrition Labelling System : Visualised or Written?

In India, diet diversity has increased a great deal in the last 20 years. Diet is one of the cornerstones of diabetes care. There has been a rapant increase in excessive and unbalanced intakes of energy, saturated and trans fatty acids, salt and sugar which has led to increased risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity[Read More…]

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Vaccine Woes Worry India

Vaccine Woes Worry India

Written by Ashish Kumar Singh & Wakar Amin India consists of a population with different sets of profiles of socio-culturally diverse identities scattered within it. Any vaccination program which is aimed at covering the whole population has to use a diverse and heterogeneous strategy like the population of the country. Not to mention the fact that the enormous size of[Read More…]

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In Pandemic Times No One Should Be Made Homeless

In Pandemic Times No One Should Be Made Homeless

In the middle of a raging pandemic no demolition of houses should take place and no one should be made homeless or evicted from their established place of residence. This simple statement has a universal resonance. Take it to any part of world, to anyone concerned with basic human values, not to mention human rights, and they will endorse this.[Read More…]

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 Supreme Court verdict turns to be the downfall of Khori

 Supreme Court verdict turns to be the downfall of Khori

Struggle for Right to Life, Housing and Rehabilitation of 1 lakh people continues.. New Delhi, 18 June,2021: The 50 year old secular Khori village, near Surajkund tourist spot (Faridabad, Harayana), inhabited by various sections is on the verge of being uprooted because of the Supreme Court order. Despite the existence of various farmhouses and high rise hotel buildings , the[Read More…]

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IIT Gandhinagar: Crushing of Dissent by Hobby Group ‘Awaam’

IIT Gandhinagar: Crushing of Dissent by Hobby Group ‘Awaam’

It has been almost a year since I joined IIT Gandhinagar, and about six months since Indian farmers have been protesting against the three controversial farm laws. Around the time the protests began, a new hobby group with a focus on society and politics emerged at IIT Gandhinagar. The group, called ‘Awaam‘, laid down its objectives and stated that it[Read More…]

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Leader close to Indian consulate convicted for sex assault

Leader close to Indian consulate convicted for sex assault

Deepak Sharma has been found guilty by the North Vancouver provincial court. The former President of the Abbotsford Hindu temple was charged for sexual assault of a woman in his cab in January, 2019. Following a trial, Judge Patricia Bond delivered her verdict on Friday. The date for sentencing is yet to be set. Sharma had been driving for North[Read More…]

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Threatening Writers In Gujarat

Threatening Writers In Gujarat

Statement by writers and readers of Gujarati literature about threats issued against them in the journal Shabdsrushti Gujarat Sahitya Akademi whose autonomy was wrested by the Gujarat government, which then turned it into a government institution, publishes a journal named Shabdsrushti. The June 2021 issue of Shabdsrushti carries an anonymous piece of writing titled “No, This Is Not a Poem,[Read More…]

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Budget 2021–22: Proposal for an Alternate, Pro-People Budget

Budget 2021–22: Proposal for an Alternate, Pro-People Budget

India’s social sector expenditures are amongst the lowest among all major economies of the world. In this concluding part of our budget analysis of Union Budget 2021-22, we present proposals on how the Centre can more than double its social sector expenditures. Part I: Snapshot of Subsidies Given to Rich in Budgets According to the Economic Survey, the annual document[Read More…]

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“Flygskam”, or flight shame is a movement which have gained enough buzz in Sweden to make people stay on the ground and be shameful of air travel. Flygskam encourages people to take train over plane to lower carbon emissions.

Impose Exit Tax on Fleeing Rich and Educated

In 2018, before the pandemic, the Afro Asian Bank in its Global Wealth Migration Review reported that 15,000 rich persons migrated out of China, 7,000 from Russia, 5,000 from India and 4,000 from Turkey. The report says that one main reason for outmigration from a country is safety. Religious disturbances are said to be the second reason. The presence of[Read More…]

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Distribute Vaccines Equitably, Ensure Food Security, Enhance Livelihood Opportunities

Distribute Vaccines Equitably, Ensure Food Security, Enhance Livelihood Opportunities

The second wave of the covid-19 infection has had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of people across the country. Universal vaccination is one of the important interventions towards containing the spread of the disease and mitigating its impact. As we move ahead towards recovery, the government must take adequate measures to ensure that there is equitable distribution[Read More…]

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Jharkhand and Lalkhand

Jharkhand and Lalkhand

Written by Satyam S & S.N. Ali Fraz Rezvi A historical analysis of the communist politics involved in the formation of the Jharkhand state in India ‘Jharkhand can never be separated. It can only be liberated and the gap between the liberation of Jharkhand and the liberation of the country as a whole is not beyond the February revolution and[Read More…]

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Recent Increased Mortality Needs Urgent Attention

Recent Increased Mortality Needs Urgent Attention

For evolving the best possible  policy response to an ongoing pandemic it is very important to monitor the available data and take the most rational decisions based on this. In this context the increased overall mortality recorded from March to May in particular is very disturbing and needs urgent attention of the authorities, with a view to understanding this reality, [Read More…]

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Our Nation, Our Constitution: A Layperson’s understanding

Our Nation, Our Constitution: A Layperson’s understanding

Nation = People + Country + Constitution A nation is the synergetic sum of a country’s people with their social and cultural resources, who live within the boundaries of the country with its natural and economic resources, and the rules by which the people live and work. The “rule book” for India is the Constitution of India. It was the[Read More…]

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India At The Crossroads

India At The Crossroads

The cat is out of the bag at last.Kapil Sibal is one of the twenty-three dissidents who wrote a letter to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi pleading for organisational reforms leading to the installation of an elected president in place of one who was alleged to have inherited it.He was indirectly blaming the latter for the poll disasters Congress suffered.He[Read More…]

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Essential Commodities And People

Essential Commodities And People

Farm laws and food The Farmers’ agitation starting 26 November 2020, was against three Farm Laws. The Essential Commodities Amendment Act, 2020, (ECA Act) is one of them. ECA Act amends the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, (EC Act) enacted “in the interest of the general public, for the control of the production, supply and distribution of, and trade and commerce”,[Read More…]

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Milk Producers Face Increasing Problems, Need Protection

Milk Producers Face Increasing Problems, Need Protection

Although India enjoys the reputation of being the leading milk producer of world, India’s overwhelming majority of small dairy farmers are facing increasing problems and among them those who are landless face a truly precarious situation. What is more, these problems have increased even more during recent weeks when both the private dairy units and to a lesser extent the[Read More…]

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Six individuals honoured by Radical Desi for raising voices for Indian farmers

Six individuals honoured by Radical Desi for raising voices for Indian farmers

Six people, from Vancouver City Councillor Jean Swanson to Sahib Kaur Dhaliwal, a young student from the University of Ottawa, have been presented with medals of courage by a Canada-based online magazine that covers alternative politics. Radical Desi, which started its journey in 2014, had established a medal bearing the quote of Desmond Tutu: “if you are neutral in situations[Read More…]

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 The curious formula for awarding marks to second language in CBSE and class X examinations

The Central board of secondary education has cancelled class X and class XII examinations. They have sent a formula for awarding marks to the students of class X  this year based on best result of the school for the  last three years. Also, for different subjects  there is another criterion for awarding marks.   For all other subjects except for second[Read More…]

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Lakshadweep encountering dissent, turmoil

Lakshadweep encountering dissent, turmoil

Lawless Intimidation : “These allegations against Aisha Sultana cannot make even the prima facie charge of sedition, as per the definition and judicial interpretation of Section 124A of IPC.” “Despite the severe criticism of the Centre for its gross abuse of the draconian British law of sedition, and Supreme Court’s admonition, the behaviour of rulers did not change.”   ***[Read More…]

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 Government must stop this drama, says Asha worker Kamlesh

 Government must stop this drama, says Asha worker Kamlesh

Asha worker Kamlesh from Haryana explained how, in a time of crisis, the government machinery can prove a hurdle  – when people were reeling under the fear of the coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic last year, there were Union ministers and ministers from Haryana asserting that Muslims who gathered for the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, New Delhi,[Read More…]

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Coral Island, Lakshadweep; Credit Sunita Rao

GASS denounces the steps by the new Administrator of Lakshadeep

Lakshadweep is one of eight Union Territories, which is under the newly appointed controversial Administrator. The Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha (GASS) is vehemently denouncing the repressive measures taken by the Administrator. The Administrator since January has been taking various steps against the people of Lakshadweep like in name of bringing ‘reforms’ in the island it is actually bringing threat[Read More…]

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Opposition Unity: A Mirage or Reality?

Opposition Unity: A Mirage or Reality?

  Neerja Chowdhury under an appropriate title,  “Can Didi become the Dada of national opposition? Mamata has advantages, but her disadvantages are more formidable”,   had expressed her views on the current situation at the national scene in Times of India of 3 June 2021 (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/can-didi-become-the-dada-of-national-opposition-mamata-has-advantages-but-her-disadvantages-are-more-formidable/ ), which I found to be very timely and I wanted to further supplement[Read More…]

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A National Relief And Recovery Package: If Not Now, When?

A National Relief And Recovery Package: If Not Now, When?

The impact of the two COVID waves and attendant lockdowns on Indian households and workers cannot be overstated. Even before the devastating second wave, several sources suggest that millions of households became poor, reversing hard-fought gains in poverty reduction. More than half of the informal workforce lost work and incomes, and over two-thirds experienced increased hunger (see Annexure 2 in this note). Poorer[Read More…]

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Domestic Workers Are Not Just Unemployed, They May Even Lose Their Shelter

Domestic Workers Are Not Just Unemployed, They May Even Lose Their Shelter

Domestic workers generally lead a life of low wages and struggle for survival in Indian cities. However what they have faced in recent times is an unprecedented crisis.  Periodic lockdowns have led to widespread loss of work and income. This extends often for a period much beyond the period of lockdown. This has led to increasing hunger and malnutrition. In[Read More…]

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Nae Beau Idéal: Hindutva that Ruined the Present and Future of India

Nae Beau Idéal: Hindutva that Ruined the Present and Future of India

The BJP and Mr Narendra Modi had promised “Achhe din” (good days) and “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas” (with all, development for all, faith of all) to capture the political power in Delhi. The majority of corporate media and many liberal intellectuals have projected him as a reformer, popular and experienced leader, who can claim Indian century in the[Read More…]

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Manpreet Singh Singhwala

Youth Leading The Struggle Against Farm Laws

It is most encouraging witnessing the youth emerging at the forefront of the agitation against farm bills, displaying the intensity of coal fire in a furnace. In recent days they have illuminated the flame of resistance to a crescendo to crystallise a sustained movement. Youth club shave been set up and cultural programmes performed to galvanise the youth and integrate[Read More…]

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How Unique Regional Factors Collided to Create the Black Fungus Crisis in India—A Hypothesis

How Unique Regional Factors Collided to Create the Black Fungus Crisis in India—A Hypothesis

We forget history at our own peril. In the 1980s, more than two lakh newborn babies used to die every year in India due to a dreaded infection. This, when that preventable disease was already only of academic interest in the developed world. WHO and the Indian government worked together to address the factors leading to the disproportionately high rates[Read More…]

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Sivram Sahu

Lack of human sensitivity in treatment and transparency in the process of dissemination of information on the patients in the COVID hospitals

To The Chief Minister of Odisha Bhubaneswar, Odisha Sub-Lack of human sensitivity in treatment and transparency in the process of dissemination of information on the patients in the COVID hospitals. Sir, As per the standard practice and operating norms in the treatment of patients in the COVID hospitals once a patient is admitted into the hospital the patient goes entirely[Read More…]

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Women labourers plucking tea leaves at a plantation in Udalguri of Assam.

Pandemic and Tea Plantation: A Perspective of the Tea Workers of Darjeeling

The sharp growth in Covid19 cases across the districts of North Bengal from a few month alarms the concerned citizen across the country, mostly the tea lovers. There is no uncertainty that the pandemic has reached community transmission even in the rural fringes of the country including the tea gardens of Darjeeling Hills or North Bengal as a whole. In[Read More…]

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Housing Right of the Poor Should be Respected As A Very Basic Human Right

Housing Right of the Poor Should be Respected As A Very Basic Human Right

Housing right or the right to shelter is a very basic human right that deserves universal recognition and respect. This needs to be re-emphasized at a time when some decisions in violation of this are being taken and there are a lot of apprehensions regarding whether these may become more frequent. Of course no right can be absolute or arbitrary,[Read More…]

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When The Health System Became The Cause Of Death

When The Health System Became The Cause Of Death

Written by Bobby Ramakant and Sandeep Pandey Well known Hindustani classical singer Padma Vibhushan Channulal Mishra, chosen as one of the proposers of Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha elections, lost his wife and elder daughter to Covid in private hospitals in Varanasi. Younger daughter has accused Medwin Hospital of charging Rs. 1.5 lakhs for treatement of her sister and not[Read More…]

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Coral Island, Lakshadweep; Credit Sunita Rao

Vikalp Sangam protests regressive moves in Lakshadweep

We, the Core Group members of Vikalp Sangam (Alternative Confluences), are shocked at the recent developments in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. The actions of the Administrator of the UT, Mr. Praful Khoda Patel, are arbitrary and insensitive, and will have irreversible ecological, social and cultural impacts on the inhabitants of Lakshadweep and the rich and fragile ecosystem in and[Read More…]

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Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the Poor? – Part 4

Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the Poor? – Part 4

Budget and Nutrition Schemes Hunger and Malnutrition ‘Emergency’ India’s rulers may be claiming that the country is heading towards becoming a global superpower,  but what is for sure is that its hunger levels are amongst the worst in the world. The Global Hunger Index (GHI), a multidimensional statistical tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally and by country[Read More…]

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Incidents happening in Lakshadweep resemble the atrocities of Emergency

Incidents happening in Lakshadweep resemble the atrocities of Emergency

Written by P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal Incidents happening in Lakshadweep under the ruthless Administrator Praful Patel are very disturbing even during these unusual times. Memory goes back to June 1975 when under cover of Internal Emergency a similar exercise was carried out in Muslim dominated area of in and around Jama Masjid, old Delhi. It so happened that Sanjay[Read More…]

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NCT of Delhi: Sultanate of Central Government

Dominic Xavier offers his take on Parliament passing a bill equating the Delhi government with the lieutenant governor and not Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party elected government. .. In 2014, after BJP came to power in Centre winning all seven seats in Lok Sabha from Delhi, they thought NCT also will come under their rule. But to their great surprise,[Read More…]

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To avoid catastrophes India should adopt a risk minimization for all policy

To avoid catastrophes India should adopt a risk minimization for all policy

COVID-19—a gray rhino event COVID-19 is a gray rhino event, an event that is highly probable and with a large impact. It can be seen well in advance due to its size and early warning signs, but which are ignored. Now over a year into the pandemic, India remains completely unprepared for COVID-19’s second wave.  India did not foresee COVID-19[Read More…]

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Appeal To President Of India: Refer The Lakshadweep Issue To National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

Appeal To President Of India: Refer The Lakshadweep Issue To National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

Prior consultation with the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) mandatory for policy changes in Lakshadweep- Appeal for intervention` To Shri Ram Nath Kovind President of India Respected Rashtrapatiji, I understand that that the Administrator of Lakshadweep has formulated a number of far reaching regulations, such as the Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation (LDAR), the Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation,[Read More…]

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Universal Health Coverage and Unmet Reproductive Health needs of Migrant Women at times of Pandemic COVID-19 in India

Universal Health Coverage and Unmet Reproductive Health needs of Migrant Women at times of Pandemic COVID-19 in India

Apprehension of contracting the disease and concurrent nationwide lockdown created uncertainty among millions of laborers compelling them to migrate from cities. Migrant workers are spine of unorganized workforce in Indian economy (1). An estimate by (Geetika et al., 2020) states that 90% of women workforce is engaged in informal sector in which 70% come from rural areas who migrate seasonally.[Read More…]

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The Dubious Narrative of Democracy of the Natural Allies Vs China’s Authoritarianism

The Dubious Narrative of Democracy of the Natural Allies Vs China’s Authoritarianism

                             We are supposedly natural allies: the Biggest (Indian) and greatest (US) “democracies”, sharing the same values, it is claimed. People know and see how US has been fighting for democracy around the world, at great expense of US dollars waging wars and killing millions. It “sacrificed”  thousands of American men too in those expeditions, still going on. India too[Read More…]

by 07/06/2021 2 comments India
The Tejpal Acquittal: NWMI’s Critique of the Judgement

The Tejpal Acquittal: NWMI’s Critique of the Judgement

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) is deeply disturbed by the judgement pronounced by a District & Sessions Court at Mapusa, Goa, on May 21, 2021, acquitting journalist Tarun Tejpal, the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine, who was charged, in 2013, of the rape, unlawful confinement and sexual harassment of a young woman journalist working at the magazine. In what is[Read More…]

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‘Saheli Samanvay Kendras’ become emergency response systems to Pandemic

‘Saheli Samanvay Kendras’ become emergency response systems to Pandemic

New Delhi, June 5: The Delhi Government’s Saheli Samanvay Kendras (SSKs) have emerged as emergency response centres for the community during the ongoing pandemic. Distribution of additional relief, ration, health supplies and awareness-raising on the vaccine and other issues related to the Coronavirus is taking place through these centres that are located in densely populated, low-resourced areas with large resettled[Read More…]

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Lakshadweep is India’s Covid-19 Capital- Results of a Human  Experimentation unsupported by Science?

Lakshadweep is India’s Covid-19 Capital- Results of a Human  Experimentation unsupported by Science?

Written by VT Padmanabhan and Joseph Makkoli The second wave of Covid-19 that began in Jan 2021 is on the decline, as epidemiologists expect that the infection rates would reach the nadir in a month or so.  The second wave can also be called as India wave as the pandemic grew much faster here.  It can also be called as[Read More…]

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Will Mayawati Get Another Chance In Uttar Pradesh?

Will Mayawati Get Another Chance In Uttar Pradesh?

“Every man must have a philosophy of life, for everyone must have a standard by which to measure his conduct. And philosophy is nothing but a standard by which to measure”. -Dr. B.R. AMBEDKAR- The 2022 Uttar Pradesh (UP) State Assembly elections are getting closer. The BJP central leadership has already started deliberations. By hook or by crook, the BJP[Read More…]

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Mental Health Crises among Women in the Wake of COVID-19

Mental Health Crises among Women in the Wake of COVID-19

Written by Dr. Rabiya Yaseen Bazaz & Professor Mohammad Akram Mental health is a state of well-being whereby individuals recognize their abilities, try to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their communities. According to World Health Organisation (WHO),mental, physical and social health are interwoven strands of life and as our[Read More…]

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India’s Rural Decentralization is Often Overwhelmed by Centralizing Tendencies

India’s Rural Decentralization is Often Overwhelmed by Centralizing Tendencies

India is often mentioned as a success-story of rural decentralization which, to some extent , it is. All villages and even hamlets ( wards) have their elected members and headperson in place in panchayats, or elected village councils. Women have representation ranging from 33 per cent to 50 per cent. Weaker sections have reservations to ensure their election in reasonable[Read More…]

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 Save Lakshadweep: Stop ‘reform’ which is not socially just and ecologically sustainable

 Save Lakshadweep: Stop ‘reform’ which is not socially just and ecologically sustainable

There is a growing call to save Lakshadweep islands from attempts to destroy them socially, culturally and ecologically. One of the key demands is for the government of India to recall the Administrator appointed in Lakshadweep immediately and ensure democratic rights to decision-making are held by the islanders. The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemned and opposed the recent[Read More…]

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Why PESA, India’s Great Initiative to Empower Tribal Communities, Has Not Succeeded

Why PESA, India’s Great Initiative to Empower Tribal Communities, Has Not Succeeded

In 1996 India took a great step forward in terms of empowering rural tribal communities, a step which moreover was very much in continuity with Gandhian traditions of gram swaraj or village self-rule ( genuine decentralization based on justice and equality) and so India was a particularly good country for introducing such a step. This was in the form of[Read More…]

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NAPM Stands In Solidarity With The People Of Lakshadweep

NAPM Stands In Solidarity With The People Of Lakshadweep

National Alliance of People’s Movements Strongly Condemns BJP’s Authoritarian Maneuvers to Destroy Lakshadweep Socially and Ecologically The Union Government must Recall their Administrator immediately and Ensure democratic rights to decision-making are held by the Islanders 4th June, 2021: National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns and opposes the recent measures brought in and proposed by the Lakshadweep Union Territory Administrator, Praful[Read More…]

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India’s ‘Westernism’ is its Undoing in Vaccine Strategy

India’s ‘Westernism’ is its Undoing in Vaccine Strategy

Sputnik V has already been soft launched in India on May 14 as part of a pilot study with a top official of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories receiving the first jab in India. ..Single-dose Sputnik Light could be first single-dose vaccine launched in India. The biggest commercial consignment of Sputnik-V vaccines arrived in Hyderabad on june 1, at 3:40 am with[Read More…]

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Private hospitals fleecing the people by overcharging for vaccines

Private hospitals fleecing the people by overcharging for vaccines

  To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India Dear Shri Gauba, The  Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy 21-4-2021 (PANCVS) notified by the Union Health Ministry has given a free license to the vaccine manufacturers to set prices arbitrarily, ostensibly in a transparent manner, as indicated in Para 8(ii) below. “Manufacturers would in a transparent manner make[Read More…]

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Covid-19, lock down and health crisis in Adivasi areas

Covid-19, lock down and health crisis in Adivasi areas

To Shri Arjun Munda, Minister of Tribal Affairs, Government of India Subject: Covid-19, lock down and health crisis in Adivasi areas – urgent intervention called for Dear Sir, We, a group of concerned citizens engaged with Adivasis and their organisations submitted an assessment report to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in May 2020 highlighting the problems that Adivasis and other[Read More…]

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Narmada Bachao Aandolan Took Forward A Holistic Vision of Protecting Nature and People

Narmada Bachao Aandolan Took Forward A Holistic Vision of Protecting Nature and People

At a time when there is perhaps more need than ever before in human history for re-establishing and reasserting the protective relationship between nature and people , the Narmada Bachao Aandolan (NBA—Save the Narmada River and Its People Movement) in Central-Western India sought to accomplish this in very meaningful ways with continuity extending over several decades. The peaceful movement  was[Read More…]

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Backward ClassReservation after Supreme Court judgement on Maratha case: who is to gain or lose?

Backward ClassReservation after Supreme Court judgement on Maratha case: who is to gain or lose?

On May 5 Supreme Court quashed Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act (SEBC Act) of 2018, providing reservation to Maratha community in public services and educational institutions. This judgement is significant in multiple ways thanks to the increasing lobbying power of reservation politics, both at centre and state. After the Indira Sawhney verdict of 1992, this[Read More…]

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The BJP government is incapable of governance

The BJP government is incapable of governance

For the past six years, we have been told that India has got a strong government with a strong leader. The measurements of the Prime Minister’s chest became the centre of a political strategy that emphasised, what some saw as, his political strength and to resolve issues with an iron-fist approach. The onslaught of the pandemic and its consistent mismanagement[Read More…]

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Ivermectin: WHO’s Chief Scientist Served with Legal Notice for Disinformation and Suppression of Evidence

Ivermectin: WHO’s Chief Scientist Served with Legal Notice for Disinformation and Suppression of Evidence

On 25 May 2021, the Indian Bar Association (IBA) served a 51-page legal notice on Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation (WHO), for “her act of spreading disinformation and misguiding the people of India, in order to fulfil her agenda.” The Mumbai-based IBA is an association of lawyers who strive to bring transparency and accountability[Read More…]

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Saving Water, Ensuring Its Reach to the Poorest

Saving Water, Ensuring Its Reach to the Poorest

In conditions of high land inequalities, how can benefits of irrigation be taken to weaker sections? Generally the biggest, more powerful and resourceful landowners also try to grab more water. Even if due care is taken to ensure that the smaller farmers are not left out, not much can be done if most of the village households are landless workers.[Read More…]

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The Tragedy of Thousands of Migrant Workers Dying on Railway Tracks

The Tragedy of Thousands of Migrant Workers Dying on Railway Tracks

It has been revealed in recently released statistics that over 8700 persons died on railway tracks during 2020. Officials have also stated that most of them are likely to be migrant workers walking along railway tracks while returning home. This is also confirmed by the fact that most of the passenger trains were  cancelled during this year. Hence normally there[Read More…]

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Summary transfer of West Bengal Chief Secretary to the Centre: MHA’s double standards in applying Disaster Management Act

Summary transfer of West Bengal Chief Secretary to the Centre: MHA’s double standards in applying Disaster Management Act

On May 31, 2021, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is reported to have served a show- cause notice on the former West Bengal Chief Secretary, Alapan Bandopadhyay, for not attending a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, under a stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act that entails imprisonment up to two years. Bandopadhyay had been found fault[Read More…]

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Water Policy Should be Based on Equal Access and Ecology, While Avoiding Disruptive Projects

Water Policy Should be Based on Equal Access and Ecology, While Avoiding Disruptive Projects

The union government has stated that it will be giving very high priority to its schemes to provide tap water to all homes. It has been claimed that this work has been progressing well in the middle of all the recent problems at record levels. In addition the government has stated that this will be supported by increase in adequate[Read More…]

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Labor Codes 2020 from a Labor rights perspective

Labor Codes 2020 from a Labor rights perspective

The working conditions of labor during industrial revolution was characterized by long working hours (12-16 hour shifts), low wages, unsafe working conditions and lack of worker rights. The labor movements which arose articulated for a need to improve the conditions of labor. The demands included the need to have freedom to form association, collective bargaining, having free labor, equal pay,[Read More…]

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Taxi and Auto Operators Face Unemployment and Permanent Loss of Income Assets

Taxi and Auto Operators Face Unemployment and Permanent Loss of Income Assets

Garkhal is a small settlement which is part of a panchayat area yet has strong orientation towards urban life, being located close to the famous tourist resort of Kasauli. Here about 40 persons have been earning their livelihood from travel related activities, including taxis, pick-ups , private buses etc.  There has been very little work in pandemic times for them[Read More…]

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The Battle of Slogans: Taking a look back at the Bengal Elections

The Battle of Slogans: Taking a look back at the Bengal Elections

The 294-seated West Bengal Assembly Elections were held in 8 phases from March 27 to April 29, 2021. It was a three-cornered fight amongst All India Trinamool Congress seeking a third term, Congress and Left front fighting together (collectively called the Sanjukta Morcha), and BJP hoping to make its mark in the Eastern state. While TMC struggled to retain their[Read More…]

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Urgent Need For Proper Priorities  in Regions of Water-Scarcity

Urgent Need For Proper Priorities  in Regions of Water-Scarcity

             Several regions of acute water-scarcity have emerged in India and during summer these expend to a much wider area. Droughts are also becoming more frequent and this has added to water scarcity, sometimes for very prolonged periods. While the creation of new sanitation facilities in villages is less than what is often claimed, still to the extent that these[Read More…]

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PM Modi trying to shift blame to state governments to safeguard his charisma

PM Modi trying to shift blame to state governments to safeguard his charisma

In face of the current intersectional crisis brought by the second wave of Covid-19, PM Modi tends to maintain his charisma and authority by following the Machiavellian politics of shedding off the blame for bad deeds and taking credit for the achievements. Modi government is trying to play dual card to save its image from the Covid-19 crisis. Firstly by[Read More…]

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Helping Voters With Visual Disability

Helping Voters With Visual Disability

How Image text to speech conversion (ITTS) technology can be used to help voters with disability in seeing verify their cast votes Section 11 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, states that the Election Commission of India and the State Election Commissions shall ensure that all polling stations are accessible to persons with disabilities and all materials[Read More…]

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