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Remembering Dr. B.R. Ambedkar:  Celebrating the 74th Constitution Day

Remembering Dr. B.R. Ambedkar:  Celebrating the 74th Constitution Day

(The present article is published to mark the occasion of Constitution Day, November 26, 2022. It may be deemed as part-2 of an earlier article, published an year ago:   A Peep into the past: On the occasion of 65th Anniversary of Ambedkar’s Nirvana – Remembering Ambedkar and Revisiting his Thoughts (06/12/2021) https://countercurrents.org/2021/12/a-peep-into-the-past-on-the-occasion-of-65th-anniversary-of-ambedkars-nirvana-remembering-ambedkar-and-revisiting-his-thoughts/ ) ***                           *** 26th November 2022 is being[Read More…]

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Difference between release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts and Bilkis Bano case convicts

Difference between release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts and Bilkis Bano case convicts

Supreme Court has released six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. This was bound to happen as earlier A.G. Perarivalan was released in the same case, setting a precedent. Even though four of them are Sri Lankans but a popular Tamil sentiment favoured the release of these convicts which is why Tamil political parties supported this and resolutions were[Read More…]

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 Amit Shah’s Statement on Gujarat: The Elections must be deferred

 Amit Shah’s Statement on Gujarat: The Elections must be deferred

Violation of Model Code of Conduct by Shri Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister in Gujarat- Defer Gujarat Assembly elections in view of the far reaching ramifications of his statement To Shri Rajiv Kumar Chief Election Commissioner   Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner   Shri A Goel Election Commissioner Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar/ Pandey and Goel, I have come[Read More…]

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Person-centered elections are dangerous for democracy.

Person-centered elections are dangerous for democracy.

It is natural for all common people to wonder when the Prime Minister gets time to work because the Prime Minister has to sit in the office and dispose of the files, it takes time, but since last one year he has been busy with election campaigning. Voting has already been held in Himachal Pradesh, now voting will be held[Read More…]

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Gujarat: Modi-wave & Leaders’ Image at Stake?

Gujarat: Modi-wave & Leaders’ Image at Stake?

Simply electoral destiny of key parties in fray is not at stake during Gujarat Assembly elections. What also bears political significance is “leadership” of these very parties. Heading the list is of course, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nearly the same importance is held for another key Gujarati leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Gujarat is[Read More…]

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Violence against Women: Inserting Communal Angle

Violence against Women: Inserting Communal Angle

The case of brutal, horrific violence against Shraddha Walkar has shaken the whole nation. It is gruesome and utterly despicable crime. One recalls with similar horror the case of Nirbhaya (Jyoti Singh), the Tandoor case, and the recent one of Abhijit Patidar, who slit the throat of Shilpa in a Jabalpur resort and video graphed it. One also recalls with[Read More…]

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Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee conducts 10 day hunger strike outside DC Office in Sangrur

Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee conducts 10 day hunger strike outside DC Office in Sangrur

  The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh commitee launched a 10 day hunger strike dharna pressing for legitimate demands promised by the Aam Ami party at the DC office at Sangrur .Around 1500 dalit agricultural labourers converged at the venue. The ZPSC expressed determination in waging a persistent battle to achieve demands of allotment of 1/3rd Panchayat land, Implementation of law for[Read More…]

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Delhi State Aanganwadi and helpers Union expose treachery of Rulers

Delhi State Aanganwadi and helpers Union expose treachery of Rulers

  On 20th November on the first day of the MCD Elections in Pahadganj Delhi Aanganwadi workers Union organised a boycott campaign. They exposed the lies of the Aam Admi party, who betrayed all promises to the workers. Women raised slogans, raised the back flag, and recited songs. They reminded people of 884 workers terminated, for merely voicing heir just[Read More…]

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Repackaging Golwalkar For Our Times

Repackaging Golwalkar For Our Times

The search for enemies of ‘Mother India’ has perhaps finally ended for RSS. It is the ‘ecosystem of Islamists, evangelists, cultural Marxists and global tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter’  is being seen as India’s major challenge. A senior RSS functionary – who also coordinates work between RSS n BJP – shared his piece of mind about it at  a[Read More…]

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 I have made this Gujarat

 I have made this Gujarat

The performance of poll-bound Gujarat on many social indicators has worsened in the past 15 years compared to other States. While Gujarat is economically one of the most advanced States in India, it fares poorly on social indicators, even featuring at the bottom of the list on some of them. The State tops the list on manufacturing-related indicators. But this[Read More…]

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Exposing the ‘Forced Conversions’ Lie!

Exposing the ‘Forced Conversions’ Lie!

Srinivasan Jain, the popular TV anchor with NDTV, has done a tremendous service to the Constitution of India and thereby, to the people of India! In a hard-hitting exposé on his weekly segment ‘Truth vs Hype’, released on 19 November, Jain talks about the so-called ‘Forced Conversions’ with incontrovertible facts and the falsehoods and myths that are built around the[Read More…]

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Massive Workers Protest at Jantar Mantar against anti-people policies of Modi government

Massive Workers Protest at Jantar Mantar against anti-people policies of Modi government

3 massive dharnas of workers were organized at Jantar Mantar in the country’s capital, Delhi.yesterday.They represented massive polarisation against the anti-people policies of the Modi govt.and illustrate the wrath of the working class whose lives have been thrown in peril. Firstly, Asha workers converged from all over the country to stage a sit-in for their demands by Delhi Asha Kamgar[Read More…]

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PLI subsidies- How prudent are they? Subsidies for big businesses?

PLI subsidies- How prudent are they? Subsidies for big businesses?

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, In your Budget Speech this year, you referred to the government’s decision on Productivity Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme as follows: “The Productivity Linked Incentive in 14 sectors for achieving the vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat has received excellent response, with potential to create 60 lakh new jobs, and an additional[Read More…]

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Mazdoor Kisan Maha Panchayat staged by Besonika Mazdoor Union in Manesar 

Mazdoor Kisan Maha Panchayat staged by Besonika Mazdoor Union in Manesar 

In Manesar in Haryana.the Besonika Mazdoor Union held a Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat from 10 p.m to 3 p.m at the Gurgaon District Collectors office, protesting the anti-people policies of Modi govt.and pro-capitalist designs of the rulers Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan ) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan was present with other peasant organisation leaders. Workers organisations from Gurgaon and Uttarakhand also joined.[Read More…]

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Why didn’t she leave?

Why didn’t she leave?

Ghastly narrative surrounds Shraddha Walker’s alleged murder by her live-in partner, Aftab Poonawalla. She was in an abusive relationship, as is claimed by her friends and corroborated by her conversations with those around her. I do not intend to rake up details of Shraddha’s death, as the least we can do is give her dignity in her death which she[Read More…]

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Savarkar-Controversy: So that Neo-Colonial Slavery Perpetuates!

Savarkar-Controversy: So that Neo-Colonial Slavery Perpetuates!

(Everything in this article is just repetition. I have been saying all this since 1991-92. It is obvious that the Congress and the RSS/BJP do not like my ideas. But most socialists, advocates of social justice and communists also dislike my thoughts. I watch their measures and efforts to deal with the present crisis with interest. I respect them and[Read More…]

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IAPI supports Bharat Jodo Yatra

IAPI supports Bharat Jodo Yatra

Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) has welcomed the ongoing march started by the opposition Congress party in India. Bharat Jodo Yatra, aimed at uniting the country that is going through difficult times under a right wing Hindu nationalist BJP government, is gaining traction. The cofounder of IAPI, formed in response to growing attacks on religious minorities and political dissidents[Read More…]

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 Bharat Jodo Yatra: Can it lead to opposition revival and save Indian republic?  

 Bharat Jodo Yatra: Can it lead to opposition revival and save Indian republic?  

Bharat Jodo Yatra undertaken by Rahul Gandhi is receiving a popular response and large numbers are seen joining it including eminent citizens. Currently it has passed through the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and currently in Maharashtra. The yatra has been interpreted in different ways – as that of protecting the idea of India, building the personal[Read More…]

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Raja Biscuit Company Workers Protest retrenchment and halting of production

Raja Biscuit Company Workers Protest retrenchment and halting of production

On 17th November in Sidkul in Haridwar of Uttarakhand , Raja Biscuit company workers converged at a park to organise a public meeting protesting the halting of production. The workers discussed the topic of the management disabling the machines of the factory. In past months the plight of the Biscuit company workers has been reduced to turmoil. In India it[Read More…]

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Rising child labor problem is a hindrance in the development of the country

Rising child labor problem is a hindrance in the development of the country

Despite India’s economic development in all sectors, growing poverty is a major problem with one-third of India’s population living below the poverty line. Poverty’s low standard of living, low income and lack of employment leave poor families with no choice but to employ their children instead of teaching them. Children are not only the present but also the future of[Read More…]

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Putting the ‘Public’ back into the Republic – walking and talking with a man called Rahul

Putting the ‘Public’ back into the Republic – walking and talking with a man called Rahul

by Lalita Ramdas (with Ramu Ramdas)   By now many of you have seen countless images and video footage of the Yatra, of the growing crowds . And the figure of Rahul Gandhi – ruffled hair and increasingly unkempt and greying beard – walking, talking, laughing, dancing, hugging – seemingly tireless. So is this a carefully constructed charade – purely[Read More…]

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Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY) allows big businesses to profiteer at the cost of the farmers

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY) allows big businesses to profiteer at the cost of the farmers

To   Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I refer to a news report (https://www.businessworld.in/article/Union-Min-Pradhan-Seeks-Probe-Into-Farmers-Insurance-Scheme-In-Odisha-/17-11-2022-454459/) that Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Education Minister has written to the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, apparently on the basis of his own sordid experience in Odisha, to “launch an investigation into the ‘scam’ committed during the implementation of the Pradhan[Read More…]

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Allotment of Gondalpura Coal Block to the Adani Group violates Forest Rights Act

Allotment of Gondalpura Coal Block to the Adani Group violates Forest Rights Act

To Shri A L Meena Union Coal Secretary Shri A K Jha Union Secretary for Tribal affairs Dear S/Shri Meena and Jha, I understand that the Ministry of Coal has allotted Gondalpura coal block in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand in favour of the Adani Group and the local communities who would be displaced, including adivasis, are protesting against it (https://thewire.in/rights/gondalpura-coal-mining-adani-group-protests).[Read More…]

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Upholding of EWS by SC strikes at Basic Structure of Constitution

Upholding of EWS by SC strikes at Basic Structure of Constitution

            The PUCL is concerned that the decision of the Supreme Court in `Janhit Abhiyan v Union of India’ upholding the constitutionality of reservations for `Economically Weaker Sections’ (EWS) does grave injustice to the vision of the Constitution makers who incorporated Art. 14, 15, 16 and 17 in the Constitution as a legal protection to counter historically entrenched and institutionalised[Read More…]

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Appropriate National Monument Needed At Mangarh to Honor Tribal Freedom Fighters

Appropriate National Monument Needed At Mangarh to Honor Tribal Freedom Fighters

On 17 November, 1913 the colonial British regime mobilized cannons and machine guns to fire on Bhil tribal freedom fighters gathered at the hill of Mangarh, located in present day Banswara district of South Rajasthan. Over 1500 of those gathered died. The legendary leader of the tribal community, Govind Guru ( or Govindgiri) was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.[Read More…]

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Himachal Pradesh Elections: A Trailer? 

Himachal Pradesh Elections: A Trailer? 

Elections to Himachal Pradesh Assembly may be viewed as a symbolic example of what Indian political system and its socio-democratic fibre seem to be heading for. Given the importance accorded by certain leading politicians to try propagate use of religious cards at various levels in several parts of country, one is tempted to deliberate on their relevance in Himachal Pradesh.[Read More…]

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 India: the Greatest Political Let Down of Recent Times

 India: the Greatest Political Let Down of Recent Times

Knowing that no  right minded  Indian thinks the rate of inflation, the price of potatoes, cooking oil, petrol, diesel, rice, flour, eggs, indeed, any commodity you can name, the indices of joblessness, the  monopolization of national wealth, the degradation of    Institutions, the collapse of parliament, the weakening of democracy, the preponderance of hate  crimes and  vendetta vigilantism, the studied  relegation[Read More…]

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Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Committee stage Protest outside District Collectors Office in Patiala

Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Committee stage Protest outside District Collectors Office in Patiala

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee on November 15th staged a spirited day long dharna outside the district collectors office in Patiala, of around 600 persons from around 24 villages.Zonal leader Gurvinder Singh Bauda and Dharmveer Harigadh.With intensity at a highest pitch the dalit agricultural labourers it blocked the gates of the DC office. The ZPSC pledged to fight to the[Read More…]

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Quirks  of  the  Indian  judicial  system

Quirks  of  the  Indian  judicial  system

Way  back  in  1922 ,  the  Bengali  author  of  comic  literature  Sukumar  Ray  (father  of  the  famous  film  maker  Satyajit  Ray),  composed  a   poem  entitled  Act  21,  lampooning  the  system  of  justice  in  India  under  British  colonial  rule.  He  of  course  had  to  invent  another  country  to  disguise  the  object  of  his  satirical  barb  –  by  describing  it  as  the [Read More…]

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Bt cotton– Farmers Burdened With Expensive, Dependence Increasing, More Pest Susceptible Varieties

Bt cotton– Farmers Burdened With Expensive, Dependence Increasing, More Pest Susceptible Varieties

During the last two decades the experiences of over 7 million cotton growing farmers in India, the world’s highest producer of cotton, has changed drastically as a diversity of cotton varieties have been replaced to the extent of perhaps over 90 per cent by genetically engineered Bt cotton varieties like Bollgard I and Bollgard II. This change was widely promoted[Read More…]

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Understanding Nehru’s world vision from his first television appearance on BBC

Understanding Nehru’s world vision from his first television appearance on BBC

Iawahar Lal Nehru’s life and world always fascinated me. He speaks like a ‘teacher’ and one would be glued to him when we watch old videos of his press conferences or speeches. Yesterday BBC reposted Nehru’s first TV appearance recorded in June 1953 with leading editors in London when he had gone to participate in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.[Read More…]

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Commercialisation of football in India is not the solution

Commercialisation of football in India is not the solution

The discussion on football in India was so evasive about real issues at the Tata literature festival last Sunday in the context of the world cup football beginning this Sunday in Qatar. The whole focus was on commercialisation of the game, not democratisation, it was all about how to exploit the game for money and profits. There is a great[Read More…]

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Workers march in Delhi against anti-worker labour codes and privatization

Workers march in Delhi against anti-worker labour codes and privatization

Thousands of workers from every corner of the country swarmed  to raise their voices in unison at the Ramlila Grounds in New Delhi, as part of Mazdoor Aakrosh Rally organized by Mazdoor Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyan (MASA). We must salute the workers and organisations for braving all odds to do just what the doctor ordered, with the state of the economy[Read More…]

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Churnings in Indian Society and Electoral Challenges

Bharat Jodo Yatra: Churnings in Indian Society and Electoral Challenges

The humongous success of Bharat Jodo Yatra has brought forth many a dormant issues of Indian society and politics to the fore. While its title does hint to combat social divisions created along religious lines during last three decades, core issues of Indian society have come to fore. The problems of farmers, youth, rising prices, the worsening plight of Adivasis,[Read More…]

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Nehru and RSS

Nehru and RSS

A day after the country became independent and Nehru was sworn-in as its first Prime Minister, he conveyed to the nation his undivided resolve in fighting communalism and separatism, with a reminder that “those who create mischief or trouble are our enemies, and they shall be dealt with severely”. The assassination of the Father of the Nation by Hindu fundamentalists[Read More…]

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Delhi anganwadi workers boycott elections

Delhi anganwadi workers boycott elections

22,000 Anganwadi workers pledge to boycott AAP and BJP in Delhi civic polls and set to ban entry of ‘AAP’ and ‘BJP’ candidates in their neighbourhoods    | The Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union (DSAWHU) held a press conference at Press Club of India, Delhi on November 11th. Fluttering its banner for upcoming MCD polls, the DSAWHU announced[Read More…]

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Sajjan-The Thug

Sajjan-The Thug

Some recent political developments in India remind me of a legend associated with the founder of Sikhism. Guru Nanak, whose birth anniversary was celebrated on November 8, is credited for traveling widely, reforming the misguided and encouraging them to follow the path of truth and justice. One of those who came under his influence was Sajjan, the thug, who ran[Read More…]

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India to be “a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25”- Winners and Losers

India to be “a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25”- Winners and Losers

In 2019, Prime Minister Modi envisioned “to make India a USD 5-trillion economy and global powerhouse by 2024-25” (https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/each-state-must-define-a-target-to-make-india-5-trillion-economy-pm-modi/articleshow/92288178.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst). More recently, he said. “BJP’s double-engine governments see India’s need for speed as ‘ambition’ and ‘scale’ as its ‘strength’, unlike their predecessors who treated the first as a ‘luxury”‘and the other as ‘risk’”,(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/95460746.cms#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16682908062088&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst) A  USD 5-trillion  sized economy by 2024-25 i.e.[Read More…]

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Moving towards an unfree internet: The amended IT Rules, 2021 

Moving towards an unfree internet: The amended IT Rules, 2021 

The amended IT Rules, 2021 were notified in end-October this year by MeitY, the electronics and IT ministry of the Indian government. They were withdrawn in June this year after pushback during stakeholder consultations, but even its amended version has not made much of a difference to how it is received. The rules are a clear articulation of the desire[Read More…]

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Airport in Azamgarh – Development or Destruction?

Airport in Azamgarh – Development or Destruction?

by Rajeev Yadav, Arundhati Dhuru and Sandeep Pandey Azamgarh is a lively district of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Because of the entrepreneurial nature of people here Azamgarh is described as Kerala of U.P. People from here not only go to different parts of the country but also to abroad. Descendent of an indentured labourer family from here who migrated to Trinidad[Read More…]

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Janhasatakshep discussion on ‘Threat to Democracy”

Janhasatakshep discussion on ‘Threat to Democracy”

A well-attended and qualitative discussion on “The Threat to Democracy” was organized by Janhastakshep on the 8th of November, 2022 in the Conference Hall at the Press Club of India. The main speakers who addressed the discussion included Justice Anjana Prakash, retired judge of Patna High Court, senior journalist Saba Naqvi, Sh N D Pancholi of Delhi PUCL and noted[Read More…]

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Reservations on Reservation

Reservations on Reservation

While not entirely unexpected, the SC verdict on reservation for economically weaker sections has caused dismay and disappointment among those already enjoying reservation.It is not envy of the newly reserved class which will not encroach on their turf,but fear that it might push many in their position farther back in the race for advancement. Ravish Kumar of NDTV has rightly[Read More…]

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SC Verdict on EWS: A Paradigm Shift in Reservation and a Strategic Manuvadi Leap Towards Hindurashtra  

SC Verdict on EWS: A Paradigm Shift in Reservation and a Strategic Manuvadi Leap Towards Hindurashtra  

 Supreme Court’s split verdict on EWS that upholds the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act of January 2019 brought out by Modi government providing 10% economic reservation to the economically backward upper castes (Economically Weaker Sections-EWS) excluding the ‘backward classes’ among SC/ST/OBC is a violation of the very conceptualisation on caste-based reservation as conceived in the Constitution. Revealingly, while the Hindutva forces[Read More…]

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A rejoinder to Dr Ram Puniyani’s article on Kashmir

A rejoinder to Dr Ram Puniyani’s article on Kashmir

This is a rejoinder to Dr Ram Puniyani’s article “Kashmir: Blatant Distortions of History, an obstacle to Peace”  Please allow me to state right at the outset that I have the highest regard for Prof. Puniyani, not only as a scholar of history but as a person devoted to peace and amity. And deeply I share his abhorrence of the[Read More…]

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Attack on rationalists in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur, condemned

Attack on rationalists in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur, condemned

On 8th November,22 ,a group of self-styled Hindu extremists attacked the on going in-house meet of the Rationalists at Lohia Academy in Bhubaneswar as well as in Berhampur town of Odisha with an alibi to protect the so-called tradition (religious). The attack is nefarious. This attack is not only in support of not-taking any food during the period of solar[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Blatant Distortions of History, an obstacle to Peace

Kashmir: Blatant Distortions of History, an obstacle to Peace

The abrogation of Article 370 was done with the claims that this step will restore peace and give security for the hapless Kashmiri Pundit community. Three years down the line after the killings of over eight Kashmiri Pundits it is clear that the move was wrong to the core. Even earlier; while imposing demonetization on the nation, one of the[Read More…]

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In 2 Years, Justice Chandrachud Will Either Be A Hero Or Eternally Infamous 

In 2 Years, Justice Chandrachud Will Either Be A Hero Or Eternally Infamous 

When Justice Ranjan Gogoi took over as Chief Justice of India (CJI), there was much expectation that he would reign in the systematic undermining of the Constitution of India and the rule of law by the BJP government. Particularly so because he was one of the 4 judges who called an unprecedented press meet against nefarious practices by the then[Read More…]

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Himachal Pradesh elections: Will the rhythm of democracy survive?

Himachal Pradesh elections: Will the rhythm of democracy survive?

Shimla has been my second home after Delhi since 1991, the year I joined the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) as Fellow. During this long period of my association with Himachal Pradesh, I have been fortunate to have visited a larger number of cities, towns and a few villages of Himachal Pradesh. I got an opportunity to interact with[Read More…]

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Stop Corporate Loot Of Dhinkia Through Brute Force

Stop Corporate Loot Of Dhinkia Through Brute Force

“They are claiming that our house is on Jindal’s land, but we have been living on this land for the past 20 years. This is our jal (water), jangal (forest) and zameen (land),”             –Charana Samal, Dhinkia Villager Stop Unbridled Corporate loot and State Repression on People of Dhinkia ! Push Back Jindal Steel Works like POSCO! Resist Corporate-State nexus and[Read More…]

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Urban affairs minister Puri needs to get a better grasp on public transport

Urban affairs minister Puri needs to get a better grasp on public transport

I attended  an international conference  on urban  transport mobility in Kochi  last week from November 4 to 6. After listening to ministers, bureaucrats and others at this conference as well as earlier meetings, one  gets the clear impression that   we are in for serious  problems of  road congestion and pollution. Things are  going to become worse  despite all tall  talk[Read More…]

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Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra upholds 105th anniversary of Russian Revolution  

Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra upholds 105th anniversary of Russian Revolution  

The Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra and fraternal organisations conducted a series of programmes in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, commemorating the 105th anniversary of The Russian Revolution. In the qualitative sense most positive, in resurrecting the message of the Russian Revolution towards liberation of the toiling workers. Tribute to the painstaking mass work conducted by the Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra in recent[Read More…]

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As elections approach, Himachal people recall educational and other impressive achievements of Congress era

As elections approach, Himachal people recall educational and other impressive achievements of Congress era

As election day (November 12) approaches, people of Himachal Pradesh are more inclined to recall the more impressive achievements of the long era of Congress rule. In 2017-18 among Human Development indicators Himachal was at 7th place and in Gender Development indicators Himachal was at number 2 place ( compared to rank number 16 of neighboring state Haryana)  among 36[Read More…]

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A Short Comment on Sumanta Banerjee’s Article on the Indian Left

A Short Comment on Sumanta Banerjee’s Article on the Indian Left

Maybe, at this age nearing a century (86+), my days on this earth are soon coming to end. Some comments on the Indian Left should be made. I do not want to comment much on the main body of Sumanta’s article, except that for us poor and weak Third World peoples and states it is advantageous to live in a[Read More…]

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Apex Court Nod for EWS Reservation: A Measure of Preferential Treatment?

Apex Court Nod for EWS Reservation: A Measure of Preferential Treatment?

The 3:2 majority judgement of the Supreme Court on 7 November 2022 giving the go-ahead for the 103rd Constitutional Amendment envisaging 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) within the General Category raises an array of questions: Is it in keeping with the notion of “JUSTICE, social, economic and political” as envisaged in the Constitution of India?[Read More…]

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A Lead Not Pursued

A Lead Not Pursued

This morning was spoilt for me by my disgust at yet another shoddy attempt to besmirch Nehru’s reputation by somehow linking him to the disappearance of Netajee Subhash, great national leader and patriot of India.The disappearance is itself a conjecture till date as the remains in a Japanese temple(Yashukuni shrine) are yet to be conclusively proved as those of Netajee[Read More…]

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Anganwadi Workers initiate campaign to boycott AAP and BJP in Delhi Civic Polls

Anganwadi Workers initiate campaign to boycott AAP and BJP in Delhi Civic Polls

On November 4th , a group of Anganwadi workers on Friday inaugurated a campaign to boycott the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  in the upcoming Delhi civic body polls on the issue of the termination of more than 800 of their counterparts. A most significant step embarked by the working class to expose not only   the[Read More…]

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Electoral bond notification in violation of model code of conduct, EC must intervene

Electoral bond notification in violation of model code of conduct, EC must intervene

Shri Rajiv Kumar Chief Election Commissioner Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, I wonder whether the Election Commission of India (ECI) has come across two successive statutory notifications, one issued on 29-9-2022 (“State Bank of India (SBI), in the XXII Phase of sale, has been authorised to issue and encash Electoral Bonds through its[Read More…]

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There Are High Hopes from Judiciary to Check Onslaught of GM Food Crops in India

There Are High Hopes from Judiciary to Check Onslaught of GM Food Crops in India

Since mid-October there has been widespread concern regarding hurried introduction of GM (genetically modified) food crops in India due to the approval of a GM/HT (herbicide tolerant) mustard crop by a regulating agency. Hence there was a feeling of great relief on November 3 when the Supreme Court of India asked the government to maintain the status quo and not[Read More…]

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Increase in Price of MSP by Modi Government: A Critical Review 

Increase in Price of MSP by Modi Government: A Critical Review 

The Modi government announced to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of rabi crops including wheat by Rs 110, barley by Rs 100, gram by Rs 105. The recent announcement by the Modi government to increase the (MSP) of agricultural grains needs to be analysed in a larger context.  The comparative study of increase in the MSP during the one[Read More…]

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We Stand with The Wire

We Stand with The Wire

We are writing as diasporic Indian organizations and allies to express our solidarity with The Wire. We strongly condemn the witch hunt to which they are being subjected by the state. This is a grossly disproportionate and politically motivated response to the filing of cases of cheating, forgery, fraud, defamation, and criminal conspiracy against them by Amit Malviya, who heads[Read More…]

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Solidarity Statement Against Malicious Slandering of Activists Who are Fighting Against Adani International Seaport at Vizhinjam, Kerala, India

Solidarity Statement Against Malicious Slandering of Activists Who are Fighting Against Adani International Seaport at Vizhinjam, Kerala, India

The coastal fishing community is on a struggle path against the disastrous International seaport which is being built at Vizhinjam by Adani ports.  The port has resulted in coastal erosion leading to the disappearance of coasts and the destruction of houses in the fishing villages.  The dredging in the port will result in the loss of local fishing habitats leading[Read More…]

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The ban on the Sedition Act will remain in place for the time being

The ban on the Sedition Act will remain in place for the time being

The ban on the Sedition Act will remain in place for the time being. The Supreme Court has accepted the central government’s request to postpone the hearing in this case. The central government has said that it will do something about this issue in the winter session of Parliament. That means there may be some changes. In such a situation,[Read More…]

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The ‘Great Stink’ : Waste disposal and sanitary behaviour of people in Kerala

The ‘Great Stink’ : Waste disposal and sanitary behaviour of people in Kerala

It is generally believed that the sanitary behaviour of Keralites when compared to other states in India is better. This may be partly true. The better sanitary behaviour is a naturally and culturally evolved artefact which has its foundation in the ecology of the region and especially the abundant  availability of water. But this cultural artefact is being challenged and[Read More…]

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

Doubts about the independence of RBI as a regulator for banks and NBFCs

To Shri Shaktikanta Das Governor RBI Dear Shri Das, As a statutory regulator for both banking and non-banking financial companies, the RBI is required to remain independent and maintain an arms length distance from their management. I have come across a disturbing news report recently (https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/rbi-encouraged-us-to-go-for-hdfc-hdfc-bank-merger-says-deepak-parekh-9452931.html) that the RBI had encouraged HDFC and HDFC Bank to go for a merger, in anticipation of[Read More…]

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What Morbi tragedy got to do with the timing of the announcement of Gujarat elections

What Morbi tragedy got to do with the timing of the announcement of Gujarat elections

CEC’s reported statement that Morbi bridge collapse was a factor for delaying announcement of the dates of Gujarat elections To Smt Droupadi Murmu President of India Rashtrapati Bhawan Respected Rashtrapati Ji, I refer to a statement reported to have been made by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on November 3, 2022 that “Morbi bridge collapse, a factor in delay in[Read More…]

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At the edge of the Abyss

At the edge of the Abyss

The country is lumbering towards an abyss,what with the reckless government caught in the toils of its own rash policies,and brazening it out with more and more incredible lies. Society still foundering in the terrible wilderness of divisive and hate-filled campaigns,and the opposition still unable to unite in their intoxication with imagined electoral triumphs. Not unexpectedly Rahul Gandhi’s bold initiative[Read More…]

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Protests staged all over Punjab in memory of 38th anniversary of 1984 anti-Sikh Riots

Protests staged all over Punjab in memory of 38th anniversary of 1984 anti-Sikh Riots

Engulfing over 10 districts of Punjab, organisations related to CPI (ML) New Democracy, raised protest rallies commemorating 38th anniversary of massacre of the Sikh Community in aftermath of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s killing yesterday from 4.30-5.30. Spirit of resistance reached it’s crescendo like a spark igniting, resurrecting memories of the 1984 blood path whose very path the RSS is trodding[Read More…]

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Concerns about the welfare of Indian migrant workers in Qatar

Concerns about the welfare of Indian migrant workers in Qatar

To Shri Bhupender Yadav Union Labour Minister Dear Shri Yadav, Following several news reports on the problems faced by Indian migrant workers in Qatar, I addressed the External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar on 29-3-2021 for taking up the matter with the concerned authorities in Qatar.  A copy of my letter is available in your Ministry. I extract below a relevant portion of[Read More…]

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Hurried introduction of GM food crops in India will be unscientific, undemocratic and unacceptably risky

Hurried introduction of GM food crops in India will be unscientific, undemocratic and unacceptably risky

Some recent statements that have appeared in media indicate that there is a lot of pressure for very hurried introduction of genetically modified mustard crop after its approval by a regulating agency GEAC. Even the fact that on such an important matter the final government decision should be awaited has not been considered by GM lobbyists and pressure groups. In[Read More…]

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Is Morbi accident reflection of the rot of the Gujarat model?

Is Morbi accident reflection of the rot of the Gujarat model?

The bridge collapse at Morbi in Gujarat killed over 140 people and many missing but no head has been rolled. According to reports there were 33 children aged between one to ten years. The 143 years old and 230 meters long suspension bridge was made during the British period. It was also claimed that the bridge was in an extremely[Read More…]

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Varavara Rao: The Conscience of Our Time

Varavara Rao: The Conscience of Our Time

Two districts of Gujarat have begun to grant citizenship to minorities(Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians) from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. More than hundreds drowned in Morbi, Gujarat in the moribund madness we call celebration. We are at the pedestal in the Global Hunger Index. Everyday capitalism is devouring our air, water, and land. And the big giant 56[Read More…]

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Indian Electoral Politics: Shifting Sands

Indian Electoral Politics: Shifting Sands

After India became Independent, the party which led the freedom movement, Indian National Congress, kept winning elections hands down for couple of times. The major opposition was from Communist Party and Socialist party/parties. Even after the birth of Bhartiaya Jansangh, previous avatar of RSS progeny BJP, was nowhere close to making any impact for a long time. The major electoral[Read More…]

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PUCL Condemns Delhi Police Raids on the Wire’s Editors & Seizure of Electronic Devices

PUCL Condemns Delhi Police Raids on the Wire’s Editors & Seizure of Electronic Devices

The PUCL strongly condemns the raids on the residences and office of senior editors of the news portal, The Wire, in New Delhi and Mumbai on 31st October and 1st November, 2022 and manhandling of the lawyer, Mr. Shadan Farasat and other staff members of the Wire.  The raids followed a First Information Report (FIR) registered in New Delhi on[Read More…]

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38th anniversary of 1984 Sikh Massacre: Killers yet to be identified and punished

38th anniversary of 1984 Sikh Massacre: Killers yet to be identified and punished

inssan abhee tak zindaa hae, zindaa hone per sharminda hae! Human beings are still alive; They are ashamed to be alive! [Renowned cultural-political-human rights activist of Pakistan, Shahid Nadeem’s Urdu couplet on the silence of the civil society on attacks on minorities in Pakistan. He received forty lashes for writing and singing these lines by the Zia regime in Pakistan][Read More…]

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Kejriwal’s Political Identity: Saffron or Secular?   

Kejriwal’s Political Identity: Saffron or Secular?   

There is nothing surprising about recent suggestion of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding photographs of Hindu deities on Indian currency notes. This “suggestion” has come just ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. It has certainly succeeded in gaining substantial media coverage and political attention. Usage of this electoral-card –laced with religious appeal to apparently win Hindu[Read More…]

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The best gifts for Sikhs from Muslim filmmakers this year

The best gifts for Sikhs from Muslim filmmakers this year

Close to the 38th anniversary of the Sikh Genocide, two Indian movies have tried to expose the reality of the world’s so called largest secular democracy. Laal Singh Chaddha and Jogi depict the state sponsored massacre of the Sikhs in the first week of November 1984, following the assassination of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. Both are[Read More…]

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Team-India dedicated to Corporate-India alias Hindu-Rashtra!

Team-India dedicated to Corporate-India alias Hindu-Rashtra!

(I have used an exclamation mark in the title of the article. But I have not used this punctuation sign anywhere thereafter. For the last three decades, the mainstream political and intellectual circles of the country have been working with the spirit of team-work in erecting a Corporate-India (nigam-bharat). Hence I have accorded it the befitting title of Team-India. It[Read More…]

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Farmers lift Dharna in Sangrur being assured of Demands

Farmers lift Dharna in Sangrur being assured of Demands

Farmers under the banner of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) lifted their dharna after 21 days from near the local residence of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today, after the government assured them of fulfilling their demands. The farmers should be congratulated for demonstrating such resilience and BKU(Ugrahan) for organisational skill. The protest terminated after a meeting was held between the[Read More…]

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Is Finance Ministry forcing the LIC to do injustice to small policy holders?

Is Finance Ministry forcing the LIC to do injustice to small policy holders?

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, This refers to my last letter dated 16-9-2022, and the previous correspondence, as well as the recent report (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/lic-plans-changes-to-revive-battered-stock-report/articleshow/95146851.cms), on the persistent, contrived attempts by your Ministry to shift LIC’s focus from safeguarding millions of its small policyholders to enriching a few limited number of affluent, speculative stock market investors, to[Read More…]

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Waste management in India: some notes

Waste management in India: some notes

by Ashish Kumar Singh & Akash Singh Every morning the municipality vehicle comes with a speaker phone playing songs on the themes of waste management and segregation. Interesting is the fact that despite their two rounds each morning, often people tend to throw garbage and food waste on the street while ensuring that their houses remain clean. Is it a[Read More…]

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Apple grower is in distress and Government is unmoved

Apple grower is in distress and Government is unmoved

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” goes the old-age adage. But the producer of apple is in distress. And government looks as a mere spectator. Govt’s surprising apathy and callous approach towards the horticulture industry in Kashmir has brought this industry on the verge of collapse. The beginning of the harvest season brings everyone on their toes to[Read More…]

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India’s GM Mustard and the 30-Year Path to Food Tyranny  

India’s GM Mustard and the 30-Year Path to Food Tyranny  

A public interest litigation is currently before India’s Supreme Court which challenges the drive to commercialise the growing of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India. On 26 October 2022, however, the country’s apex regulatory body – the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee – sanctioned commercialisation of the crop. The central government has in the past stated commercialisation will not go ahead[Read More…]

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GM Crops including Mustard Aimed at Pushing Corporate Domination at the Cost of Grave Harm to Farmers, Food and Health

GM Crops including Mustard Aimed at Pushing Corporate Domination at the Cost of Grave Harm to Farmers, Food and Health

Recent times have witnessed constant constant lobbying by very powerful corporate interest lobbies for the introduction of GM (genetically modified) crops and technology in India. These corporate interests have been promoting GM technology and GE (genetic engineering) technology in food and farming which has been exposed by eminent experts to be extremely harmful for food, health and farmers and useful[Read More…]

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Imposition of either English or Hindi is against India’s rich Linguistic diversity

Imposition of either English or Hindi is against India’s rich Linguistic diversity

The eleven volume report has submitted recently by the official language Committee headed by Home Minister to President Droupadi Murmu. The report has recommended to replace English with Hindi as India’s official national language. Union home minister Amit Shah has supported this recommendation by urging people from different state to communicate with each other in Hindi instead of English. This[Read More…]

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Farmers stage Protest in Punjab outside Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s house during Diwali

Farmers stage Protest in Punjab outside Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s house during Diwali

Over 5000 Farmers organised by the BKU Ekta(Ugrahan) relented  to return to  homes for Diwali and instead  celebrated Diwali together at the protest site near the local residence of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Farmers had been sitting here on an indefinite protest since October 9. The protest organised by BKU Ugrahan, the largest farmers’ union in Punjab has been going[Read More…]

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Centre’s move to commission studies on disinvestment of State PSUs may pave way for intruding into States’ autonomy

Centre’s move to commission studies on disinvestment of State PSUs may pave way for intruding into States’ autonomy

Letter to State Chief Ministers Respected Chief Minister, I have addressed you through a series of letters on the need for the States to form a “Federal Front” to persuade the Centre to respect the idea of cooperative federalism and ensure that the States’ autonomy as provided in the Constitution is fully safeguarded. My last letter on the subject may[Read More…]

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Getting ready for the final rally under the heavy deployment of security forces

Ajodhaya Turga Project: For A Not So Gentle Reminder Adivasis Ride from Ajodhaya to Jhargram in West Bengal

In December 2021, a Divisional Bench of Calcutta High Court reinstated the in-principle clearance of the Turga Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project (TPSHP) proposed over an area of 292 hectares in the Ajodhaya hills of West Bengal and the eastern most part of the Chhotanagpur plateau. The judgement comes after the West Bengal government appealed against the single bench Order of[Read More…]

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A Decade After They Became Victims of Grave Injustice, Maruti Workers are Still Struggling

A Decade After They Became Victims of Grave Injustice, Maruti Workers are Still Struggling

           When the history of the struggles of industrial workers against injustice in India is finally written, a detailed chapter will have to be devoted to the various injustices suffered by Maruti vehicle workers in Manesar (Haryana) following some unfortunate and regrettable violence in July 2012. More than a decade later this struggle is still continuing, as was visible in[Read More…]

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Indian Democracy, Electoral Politics and Election of Congress President

Indian Democracy, Electoral Politics and Election of Congress President

In the recently held elections for the post of President of Indian National Congress, Mallikarjun Kharge, a veteran Congress leader with vast experience in the political life was elected. He is third dalit to occupy this prestigious post. These elections have taken place in the party after nearly 24 years. It is interesting that in India barring the Communist parties,[Read More…]

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Samyukta Kisan Morcha stages Peoples panchayat in Hariram

Samyukta Kisan Morcha stages Peoples panchayat in Hariram

 On 22nd October farmers under the banner of Samuyukta Kisan Morcha as a part of the 11 day dharna against land takeover in Azamgarh for airport construction, held a peoples’ parliament in Hariram in Khiriya bag. Over a thousand persons participated. Organisations participating were Samyukta Kisan Morcha,Kisan Sangrami Parishad, ,Kisan Sangram Samiti,Jai Kisan Andolan,and Bhumia Bachao. Prominent speakers were Satyadev[Read More…]

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DIPAM’s failure in handling disinvestments

DIPAM’s failure in handling disinvestments

Had DIPAM conducted due diligence on bidders’ background, it would have avoided causing embarrassment to the government in Pawan Hans disinvestment   To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Referring to disposal of scrap in different government departments, the Union Minister for Personnel, Shri Jitendra Singh had proudly announced on October, 25, 2022 that “Over Rs. 254[Read More…]

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Solving the problem of hunger and unemployment should be given priority

Solving the problem of hunger and unemployment should be given priority

The recent statement of our finance minister regarding the dollar and the rupee gives some indication of the same. In this statement given in New York, she said that the value of the rupee has not decreased, the position of the dollar has strengthened. Depreciation of rupee or appreciation of dollar means the same thing. It is true that the[Read More…]

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Silicosis Campaign in India Shows the Way Forward for Helping Victims of Occupational Diseases

Silicosis Campaign in India Shows the Way Forward for Helping Victims of Occupational Diseases

Victims of occupational diseases suffer all too frequently from neglect, resulting in extremely distressing conditions for them. Hence a recent campaign involving activists, judiciary and some state governments, particularly Rajasthan government, has appeared like a rare ray of hope. This campaign shows how significant benefits can reach workers suffering from silicosis, one of the most serious and common occupational diseases,[Read More…]

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Raja Biscuit company workers protest for being denied wages

Raja Biscuit company workers protest for being denied wages

On 17th October in Sidkuk Haridwar the workers of Raja Biscuit Company lodged an intense protest for having been denied wages for a period of 5 months .First they marched towards the labour office; giving a notice to the commisoner.Then they approached the district office, submitting a memorandum to the labour rights commissioner. For 15 years the workers toiled for[Read More…]

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Maximum Government, Minimum Governance

Maximum Government, Minimum Governance

Do you remember 10 March 2022? What happened that day? The results of the elections to the five state assemblies were declared wherein the BJP won in four of the five states, with the fifth, Punjab going to AAP. What happened then? Almost immediately, the Prime Minister flew to Gujarat which was the next state slated for elections, though still[Read More…]

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“Let there be Light”!

“Let there be Light”!

India today, is enveloped in darkness! As the nation embroils itself from one issue to another, the burden is felt by the ordinary citizen, as never before and in more ways than one. Fascism throttles the country; at this juncture, one cannot help, but reminded of that immortal epigram composed by Bertolt Brecht in 1939. Brecht, a playwright and poet,[Read More…]

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Deepawali—Light These Lamps on the Doors of the Poorest

Deepawali—Light These Lamps on the Doors of the Poorest

Deepawali, the most awaited festival of lights in India, is celebrated by people in many ways but most prominently as a wish and worship for prosperity to them and their near and dear ones. While economic well-being should be wished to all people of the world, certainly our greatest concern should clearly be for the poorest sections. It is very[Read More…]

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Allotment of Barra coal block violates PESA and FRA

Allotment of Barra coal block violates PESA and FRA

Allotment of Barra coal block in Raigarh District, Chhattisgarh without local Gram Sabhas’ consent violates PESA and FRA E A S Sarma Former Secretary to Government of India To Shri Amitasbh Jain Chief Secretary Chhattisgarh State Govt Dear Shri Jain, I understand that the Union Ministry of Coal has allotted the Barra coal block in Kharsia Taluk in Raigad District[Read More…]

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Induction of private agencies in district hospitals an imprudent step

Induction of private agencies in district hospitals an imprudent step

  To   Dr Suman Bery Vice-Chairman Niti Ayog   Dear Dr Bery, In the public healthcare set up in the country, the hospitals run by the State governments at the district level play a pivotal role, providing a vast social security cover for the people, spanning the length and the breadth of the country. The medical and the para-medical[Read More…]

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Is the C&AG inadvertently stepping into the “freebie” controversy? What about corporate freebies?

Is the C&AG inadvertently stepping into the “freebie” controversy? What about corporate freebies?

  To Shri G C Murmu C&AG Dear Shri Murmu, I have just come across a news report (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/after-ec-now-cag-works-to-red-flag-freebies-state-largesse-8225594/) that your office would be “exploring how to devise parameters that will ‘red-flag’ the burden of subsidies, off-budget borrowings, discounts and write-offs which may pose challenges to the economy of States“. While the office of the C&AG has an obligation to audit[Read More…]

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 46 % of Indians perceive news coverage of PM Modi as biased

 46 % of Indians perceive news coverage of PM Modi as biased

New Delhi: A report by Delhi-based think tank Lokniti-CSDS and Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Stiftung finds that 46 % of Hindus and Muslims who follow various media sources perceive news coverage of PM Modi as biased.  They also believe that the Modi government is portrayed too favorably in the Indian news media. Only about one in five news consumers responded that[Read More…]

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Right to Food Campaign flags the alarming situation of hunger in the country

Right to Food Campaign flags the alarming situation of hunger in the country

Right to Food Campaign flags the alarming situation of hunger in the country and the lack of adequate response by the government The Right to Food Campaign held a press conference in Delhi on October 21, 2022 highlighting the situation of hunger in India, the inadequate policy response of the government, the Global Hunger Index report, the status of compliance[Read More…]

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

Amit Shah Should Resign

It turns out that the Home Ministry actually gave permission for remission of sentence of 11 rape and murder convicts in the case of Bilkis Bano in Gujarat. It flies in the face of the argument that the convicts had completed 14 years of sentence, even though it is not settled in law that in every case of life term[Read More…]

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 Kharge’s Election As Congress President: Democratically Speaking! 

 Kharge’s Election As Congress President: Democratically Speaking! 

What can be said about speculations and questions being raised about democratic nature of Mallikarjun Kharge’s election as President of Congress Party? He won 7,897 votes against 1,072 secured by his rival Shashi Tharoor out of 8,969 votes. Of 9,385 votes 416 were declared invalid because of errors such as incorrect marking. Prior to results being officially declared, Kharge’s victory[Read More…]

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Samyukta Kisan Morcha protest against grabbing of farmers land in Azamgarh

Samyukta Kisan Morcha protest against grabbing of farmers land in Azamgarh

On October 12-13th in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, an unwarranted attack was launched on the farmers land, led by the SDM, Teshildar,.Provincial armed Constabulary and the police, without declaring any notice in Jamua Hariram village .The purpose was to obtain land for the installation of a new International airport. The action was part and parcel of an overall strategy to[Read More…]

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Those ‘perpetrators’ do not embody Muslim community

Those ‘perpetrators’ do not embody Muslim community

Brazen call for financial embargo against Muslims, by BJP MP Parvesh Verma, demonstrates new churn in communalism in India. He was speaking at a protest march conducted by VHP and other right-wing organizations against the murder of Manish Kumar, who was killed by three men with ‘Muslim names’ in Sundar Nagri locality earlier this month. According to police reports Manish[Read More…]

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Association for Democratic Rights (Punjab) stages seminar in Sangrur  

Association for Democratic Rights (Punjab) stages seminar in Sangrur  

On 15th October in Sangrur, the Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab staged a seminar on democratic Rights. It was attended by around 200 persons, but had qualitative significance. Main speakers were Charanjeet Patwari,Swaranjeet Singh,Himanshu Kumar and Vishwakant.Farmers,agricultural labourers ,workers and intellectuals attended the programme, Himanshu Kumar from Chattisgarh, dwelled on how state repression was intensifying in political, economic and social[Read More…]

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Why should the Election Commission involve private businesses to force their workers to vote?

Why should the Election Commission involve private businesses to force their workers to vote?

  To Shri Rajiv Kumar Chief Election Commissioner Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, I have come across a disturbing news report (https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/gujarat-firms-sign-mou-with-election-commission-to-name-shame-workers-who-dont-vote-8214689/) that “for the first time, over 1,000 corporate houses in Gujarat have signed agreements with the Election Commission (EC), undertaking to monitor ‘electoral participation of their workforce’ and publish the names of[Read More…]

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Punjab Revolutionary Rural Labour Union vow to advance movement in Provincial Conference

Punjab Revolutionary Rural Labour Union vow to advance movement in Provincial Conference

Revolutionary Rural Labour Union (Punjab) or Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union vowed to advance on the path of revolution, intensify the struggle, and further advance the land dispute in the second provincial assembly. In a most organized and determined manner it organised it’s provincial meeting on October 14-15th,, giving a boost to collective spirit. In recent times it has in a[Read More…]

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From Asia Cup Cricket to Chattisgarh Olympics, Women Strive to Claim Their Rightful Place in Sports

From Asia Cup Cricket to Chattisgarh Olympics, Women Strive to Claim Their Rightful Place in Sports

On October 15, the Indian Women’s Cricket team won the 8th Asia cup in great style, turning the final match into a one-sided game which they won by 8 wickets in 8 overs. The Indian women played exceedingly well throughout the tournament, putting in an exceptional all-round performance. There was no dominance of one or two players, all team-mates contributed[Read More…]

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Bharat Jodo Yatra And The March On Washington

Bharat Jodo Yatra And The March On Washington

The key messages of Bharat Jodo Yatra  are – “peace and nonviolence”, “against division and hatred” and the issue of “jobs and price rise”. These messages, strangely reminded me of Martin Luther King Jr and the March on Washington on 28 August 1963. The key slogans of that March were -“jobs and freedom”, “civil and economic rights” and  an “end[Read More…]

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BKU(Ugrahan) staged protest  for crop loss relief and checking Pollution for 7 days at Sangrur

BKU(Ugrahan) staged protest  for crop loss relief and checking Pollution for 7 days at Sangrur

Almost a lakh of farmers thronged in an indefinite action led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union(Ugrahan)for almost a week from October 9th-15th , near the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s local residence, at Sangrur. Similar to last year’s agitation at the Singhu and Tikri borders, they came prepared , parking their loaded tractors on the roadside, cooking food and establishing a[Read More…]

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Fly in the Ointment

Fly in the Ointment

I had hailed the Bharat Jodo Yatra as soon as it set out as a potential game-changer.It could catapult Rahul Gandhi out of his accustomed comfort zone,enable him to have direct contact with the masses,and make over his image as an inept political amateur.Most of which it has begun to accomplish according to media reports.It has brought back cheer and[Read More…]

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India ranks Shamefully in World Hunger Index, 107th out of 121 countries

India ranks Shamefully in World Hunger Index, 107th out of 121 countries

Our country, which aspires to be a global leader, is currently suffering from hunger in such a way that even in the 2022 Global Hunger Index, it ranks worse than neighboring countries Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. In the report released on the ranking of 121 countries, India is at 107th position, while neighboring Pakistan is at 99th position.[Read More…]

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The Indian Right Wing’s complicated relationship with Muslim women

The Indian Right Wing’s complicated relationship with Muslim women

On the 12th of June this year, on orders of the Uttar Pradesh state authorities, a bulldozer rolled into a house in an Allahabad neighborhood alleging that the 20-year-old structure was an illegal construction. Up until the 11th of June, that structure was housed by Student leader Afreen Fatima, her father Javed Ahmad, her mother, and her younger sister. It[Read More…]

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Delhi Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union continue protests over sackings

Delhi Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union continue protests over sackings

Anganwadi (childcare) workers and helpers in Delhi from October 10th-12th courageously continued to stage their protest by undertaking a hunger strike against the sacking of nearly 1,000 fellow workers who participated in a 39-day strike that ended on March 14. Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union members staged a two-day hunger protest outside the Women and Child Development Office[Read More…]

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Amreen in the middle with her grandmother on the right. Picture Credit- Nidhi Tiwari

Lost Childhood in the Char Chaporis of Assam

Seven-year-old Amreen from the Char area in Barpeta, Assam, misses her best friend Amu who has migrated to Chandan Basti in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh with her family. Amu doesn’t go to school and stays at home taking care of her household while everyone else in her family engages in door-to-door waste collection. Although she doesn’t engage in child labor outside[Read More…]

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Rajasthan–Asserting Tribal Strengths While Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition

Rajasthan–Asserting Tribal Strengths While Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition

At a time of increasing economic inequalities and ecological ruin, the search for alternative development paradigms has increased and an important aspect of these efforts has been to learn more about indigenous and tribal cultures and world-views as a source of guidance. While these efforts can be seen more in a few countries like Bolivia and Ecuador, there have been[Read More…]

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Mehnatkash Mukti Morcha stages peoples Conference in Chandauli on1st October 

Mehnatkash Mukti Morcha stages peoples Conference in Chandauli on1st October 

On October 1st in Chandauli in Sadpur  in Uttar Pradesh, Mehntakash Mukti Morcha staged a conference .with the theme “Intensifying the struggles for liberating the toiling people”. The conference dealt with how the nation was en gripped by the tentacles of the neo-fascist BJP government, giving articulate accent to the poor peasantry, landless dalit labour and Adivasis.It projected how morally[Read More…]

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Bharath Jodo Yatra proffers new political optimism

Bharath Jodo Yatra proffers new political optimism

When Rahul Gandhi walked side-by-side with Late Gauri Lankesh’s mother, Indira and her sister, in BJP-ruled Karnataka during the Bharath Jodo Yatra, he demonstrated his will to take on the fundamentalists who killed Gauri Lankesh and several others in what was a dim period in Indian history. Rahul Gandhi’s tweet said: “Gauri stood for Truth. Gauri stood for Courage. Gauri[Read More…]

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In Support of Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s Candidacy for Congress President

In Support of Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s Candidacy for Congress President

Some years ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a very senior person in the Congress Party.  The meeting was arranged with his office and he met me –on time, in a small conference room. With him were two associates.  He was gracious and polite and heard me out.  I made a few points, he listened attentively, asked some[Read More…]

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Death of Children  in Gambia: Action against the drug regulators called for

Death of Children  in Gambia: Action against the drug regulators called for

Indian pharma company’s contaminated cough syrups have caused death of children in Gambia- Action against the drug regulators called for To Shri Rajesh Bhushan Union Health Secretary Dear Shri Bhushan, The news about an Indian pharma company’s cough syrup products causing the death of 66 children in Gambia has brought discredit to the country’s pharma industry and discredit to pharma[Read More…]

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Evolving A Path for Combining Protection of Environment and Protection of Workers’ Interests

Evolving A Path for Combining Protection of Environment and Protection of Workers’ Interests

The recent closure (mostly from October 1 onwards) of several industrial units in the National Capital Region (NCR) has led to the unemployment of a very large number of workers in several leading centers of industrial activity like Panipat, Faridabad and Gurugram. This is hardly the first time that pollution control curbs have led to the unemployment of workers on[Read More…]

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Late Rains Emphasize Need for Caution in Dam Management

Late Rains Emphasize Need for Caution in Dam Management

Exceptionally heavy continuous rain has been experienced in several parts of India in early October, at a time when the season of monsoon rain is normally considered to be over. Such abnormal weather is not rare in times of climate change, and we need to be very careful in several contexts to minimize harm. In particular we need to be[Read More…]

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Bharat Jodo Yatra and the Rebirth of Rahul Gandhi

Bharat Jodo Yatra and the Rebirth of Rahul Gandhi

It has always been easy to critique Rahul Gandhi. By virtue of being the scion of the political dynasty that has given India three Prime Ministers, he has owed his prominence in Indian politics to the accident of birth rather than personal merit. His uneven, often ineffectual performance over the course of eighteen or so years in politics has not[Read More…]

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Resignation by AAP Minister over Conversion

Resignation by AAP Minister over Conversion

Rajendra Pal Gautaum, a social welfare minister in the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) cabinet, was forced to resign by the BJP leaders on 10.10.2022. His fault was that he dared to organise a huge gathering at Ambedakr Bhawan, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India on 5 October, 222 and motivated Dalits  to take oath and embrace Buddhism. It is alarming that AAP Chief[Read More…]

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An Appeal from Pathalgadi Activists

An Appeal from Pathalgadi Activists

“Udburu” village located in the Murhu police station area under Khunti district of Jharkhand was known as hub of the “Pathalgadi” Movement. One of the most prominent leaders of the movement, Yusuf Purti comes from the village so it had automatically become its headquarter, where the movement had established the “Bank of Gram Sabha” and opened the first “Adivasi school”[Read More…]

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Nashik Accident Revives Debate on Safety of Sleeper Buses

Nashik Accident Revives Debate on Safety of Sleeper Buses

On October 8, as many as 12 passengers died and 43 were injured when a sleeper ‘luxury’ bus caught fire after hitting a truck in Nashik city ( Maharashtra). Recently several other serious accidents involving sleeper buses have been reported. In June this year a large number of passengers travelling from Gonda ( Eastern UP) to Delhi had a narrow[Read More…]

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‘Pharmacy of the World’- A phrase dangling with uncertainty

‘Pharmacy of the World’- A phrase dangling with uncertainty

When it came to supplying medicines to developing or under-developed countries, India held solid ground by sending affordable generic drugs for decades. It was an economically safer option for African countries against those medicines sent by the U.S or European companies. Earning the name of ‘Pharmacy of the World,’ India was able to give a boost to its pharmaceutical industry.[Read More…]

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Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa) commemorates 50th anniversary of Regal Cinema Firing in Moga

Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa) commemorates 50th anniversary of Regal Cinema Firing in Moga

  On 6th October  the memories of the firing at Moga from 5-7th October in 1972,  on the 50th anniversary ,were resurrected in fitting style by the Punjab Students Union(Shaheed Randhawa).Even if not so large in numbers it gave a qualitative effect in resonating the message o the martyred students. I was privileged to be part of the gathering and[Read More…]

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Rahul’s Major Political March Has Just Begun! 

Rahul’s Major Political March Has Just Begun! 

Decision of Congress stalwart Sonia Gandhi to join Rahul Gandhi’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” for a day in Mysore is perhaps a symbolic but definite acknowledgement of the importance being given to this phase of march. It is possible, she may have stayed away if the yatra was not being applauded as a success. With Rahul earning laurels personally and politically,[Read More…]

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Continuing Deaths of Sewer Workers Ring Alarm Bells for Improving Safety

Continuing Deaths of Sewer Workers Ring Alarm Bells for Improving Safety

In an extremely tragic accident on October 5 in Faridabad (Haryana) four workers who had gone for cleaning sewer of a hospital died due to inhaling poisonous gas. Two of them were real brothers, young sons of a widow. The hospital used their services through a contract agency. So soon after the deaths allegation were being traded between them regarding[Read More…]

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Pathology of State Apathy

Pathology of State Apathy

At this moment the the topic that has aroused most heat on social media and portals and some TV channels in my state has been the untimely death of a talented budding musician at a district hospital in Majuli,said to be the largest river island in the world.Fifteen year old Tejaswita Barua,who had won the hearts of audiences with the[Read More…]

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Why are Indian Students moving abroad for studies?

Why are Indian Students moving abroad for studies?

There has been a significant decline in the quality of education during the last few decades. Additionally, the right-wing government has been working to modify the curriculum that stifles Indian students` ability to think critically. The majority of Indian students feel unprepared for the future in technologically advanced nations as a result of right-wing government endeavors. Most educational institutions are[Read More…]

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Is the political narrative changing?

Is the political narrative changing?

A few interesting and politically significant developments have taken place in the country in the last few weeks. One, for the first time in many years, it is the opposition which is setting the agenda, somewhat stunning the national ruling party, its IT cell and the Godi media which are struggling to respond and catch up. Such an equation hasn’t[Read More…]

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Centrally sponsored schemes violate the spirit of federalism, also wastes public resources 

Centrally sponsored schemes violate the spirit of federalism, also wastes public resources 

Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs) funded under article 282 of the Constitution not only pose a threat to federalism but also lead to misapplication of scarce public resources To Shri G C Murmu Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) Dear Shri Murmu, Earlier, vide my letter dated 20-9-2022, I had requested your office to conduct a special audit of a[Read More…]

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Uniting India: Challenges

Bharat Jodo Yatra: Uniting India: Challenges

The Bharat Jodo yatra launched by Indian National Congress, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi is getting tremendous response. It is as if the people were waiting for such an event to reaffirm their trust and faith in the composite Indian Nationalism. This Indian Nationalism has been undermined during last few decades in general and last few years in particular.[Read More…]

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How Reducing Marriage Time Accidents Can Save Many Precious Lives

How Reducing Marriage Time Accidents Can Save Many Precious Lives

On October 4 a bus carrying a marriage party fell into a deep gorge near Simri in Pauri Garhwal district ( Uttarakhand ). Although local villages rushed for rescue effort followed by a government rescue team, as many as 33 members of the marriage party (coming from Haridwar district ) died while 19 were injured. While all accidents are tragic[Read More…]

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Deaths of Children due to contaminated cough syrups- Role of the Drug Controller of India

Deaths of Children due to contaminated cough syrups- Role of the Drug Controller of India

To Shri Rajesh Bhushan Union Health Secretary Dear Shri Bhushan, During the last few years, the use of spurious cough syrup in India has caused deaths of infants. Eleven children lost their lives due to this in J&K in 2020 (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/jammu-children-deaths-poisonous-cough-syrup-recalled-udhampur-district-6286962/). There were several such instances in other States, as evident from the following news reports. https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/himachal-pradesh-toxic-cough-syrup-maker-gave-misleading-quality-report-hc-informed-6562290/ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/pharmaceuticals/cough-syrup-had-nothing-to-do-with-children-deaths-digital-vision-owner/articleshow/74312160.cms?from=mdr Despite this, no tangible[Read More…]

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Samyukt Kisan Mocha  commemorates first anniversary of Lakhimpur Kheri

Samyukt Kisan Mocha  commemorates first anniversary of Lakhimpur Kheri

Commemorating the 1st anniversary of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre on October 3rd , farmers organizations which were constituents of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha congregated at Rajendra Pratap Singh Park in Azamgadh. At 11 a.m they planted the banner of the Samyukt Morcha .At first the police closed the gates of the park, to block the demonstration. However frightened with witnessing[Read More…]

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A struggle for dignity of women

A struggle for dignity of women

A padyatra (foot march) was to be taken out between 26 September and 4 October, 2022 from Randhikpur village in Dahod district of Gujarat to Ahmedabad to apologise to Bilkis Bano. Randhikpur is Biliks Bano’s village. In 2002 Gujarat communal violence she was gang raped, her 3 years old daughter, another child in womb and a total of 14 family[Read More…]

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Want to write a book, Contact the Government first

Want to write a book, Contact the Government first

  Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell[Read More…]

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Questions Posed by a Movement

Questions Posed by a Movement

Over a year ago, we wrote about a protest movement going on in the village of Silger, in Sukma district in the south of Chhattisgarh, against the setting up of a police camp in their village.[1] (We will not repeat here the details given in that article.) As we write this, the movement has completed more tha16 months; and it is still continuing.[Read More…]

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Ban on PFI must be revoked

Ban on PFI must be revoked

The Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraskha Sangathan, Odisha is extremely worried on the implications of the attack to the democratic setup and the constitutional rights of people of the country under the cover of “Operation Octopus”. A nation-wide raid and arrest of hundreds of leader from the Popular Front of India (PFI) and subsequent the organisation along with seven other under the[Read More…]

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Mass Unemployment Threat in National Capital Region Due to Failure of Planning and Coordination

Mass Unemployment Threat in National Capital Region Due to Failure of Planning and Coordination

Recently a mass unemployment threat has arisen in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India, in densely populated cities and towns like Panipat, Sonipat , Bahadurgarh, Ballabhgarh and Faridabad. Several hundred thousand jobs may be lost. Thousands of industrial units temporarily suspended work on October 1. At a more obvious level, it is being said that this crisis situation has[Read More…]

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Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra stages 6th Conference in Rudrapur in Uttarakhand

Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra stages 6th Conference in Rudrapur in Uttarakhand

Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra concluded its 6th conference in Radrapur in Uttarakhand from 2-3rd October.It was a most eventful or colourful occasion with the red banner of working class resistance flying high. A qualitative event in context of confronting the opression of the working class from imperialist and capitalist opression. Over a considerable period of time this organization has made a[Read More…]

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Beyond Babri – Deliberations in a Muslim neighborhood

Beyond Babri – Deliberations in a Muslim neighborhood

When the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992, Indian cities witnessed the construction of an invisible border that gradually began to demarcate Muslim residential areas and markets. Every anti-Muslim riot heightened this sense of vulnerability, alienating Muslim communities even more. These limits are considerably more visible today, thirty years later. The Faizabad Road neighbourhood in Gonda, located 48 kilometers from[Read More…]

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Nafrat Chhodo Bharat Jodo

Nafrat Chhodo Bharat Jodo

10,000 Mumbaikars march on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October History is made as for the very first time, people marched on the streets to commemorate the 153rd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as the Jayanti of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri. Cries of ‘Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahein’, ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri Amar Rahein’, ‘Nafrat Chhodo Bharat[Read More…]

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Politics of Public Order

Politics of Public Order

I begin at a tangent. Today,on the 2nd October ,I had left home in the morning to join a public assembly to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.People do not fully understand why he alone among all the tallest leaders of the Freedom Movement should be given that epithet,and that too by one of his most bitter critics[Read More…]

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CDRO condemns the ban of PFI, NCHRO and other organisations

CDRO condemns the ban of PFI, NCHRO and other organisations

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) strongly condemns the ban imposed by the Union Government on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and other organisations alleged to be working in close proximity with it, such as Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), National Women’s Front,[Read More…]

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12th Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star Calls for All Out Offensive Against RSS Fascism

12th Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star Calls for All Out Offensive Against RSS Fascism

The 12th Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star held at Shivaram-Sharmishta Hall (SK Pottekad Hall) from September 24 to 29 concluded with a call to resist and defeat RSS neo-fascism.  The Congress attended by around 300 delegates and observers from 16 states, following intense discussion, adopted the updated Party Program and Path of Revolution along with amendments to Party Constitution,[Read More…]

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Hasty launch of 5G mobile services without a matching preparation to indigenise mobile devices has strategic implications

Hasty launch of 5G mobile services without a matching preparation to indigenise mobile devices has strategic implications

To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Dear Shri Bhalla, The Dept of Telecommunications (DOT) had conducted 5G spectrum auctions recently, without fully appreciating the strategic implications of privatising the spectrum and without adequate preparatory steps to indigenise the 5G mobile technology so as to make sure that the country’s mobile services do not become captive to foreign agencies.[Read More…]

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Corporate entities’ excessive dependence on PSU banks- Financial stability implications

Corporate entities’ excessive dependence on PSU banks- Financial stability implications

  To Shri Shaktikanta Das Governor RBI Dear Shri Shaktikanta Das, I had earlier written to you about excessive borrowings by certain corporate entities from the PSU banks and their over-leveraged operations (https://countercurrents.org/2022/08/reports-on-highly-leveraged-debt-based-operations-of-the-adani-group-calls-for-a-closer-look-from-the-psu-banks-point-of-view/). In particular, I had suggested that RBI should be aware of the implications of corporates carrying out their operations, heavily dependent on PSU bank credit, instead of[Read More…]

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Under-cover hobnobbing of 5 Muslim intellectuals with RSS chief is both anti-national & anti-Muslim

Under-cover hobnobbing of 5 Muslim intellectuals with RSS chief is both anti-national & anti-Muslim

In a significant development a delegation of 5 Muslim intellectuals namely former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi; former senior bureaucrat Najeeb Jung; former AMU vice-chancellor and Lt Gen (retd) Zameer U Shah; politician-cum-journalist Shahid Siddiqui (presently with RLD); and businessman Saeed Shervani [Samajvadi Party] met RSS Supremo, Mohan Bhagwat at RSS Delhi headquarters (The Indian Express, September 22, 2022).[Read More…]

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RSS leader’s outreach to Muslims: Reconciliation or cooption?

RSS leader’s outreach to Muslims: Reconciliation or cooption?

Recently five eminent Indian Muslim intellectuals – former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y.Quraishi, former Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, former Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Gen Zameer Uddin Shah, former journalist-public figure Shahid Siddiqui and leading businessman Saeed Shervani, met the RSS Sarsanghchalak (supreme leader) Mohan Bhagwat. This meeting took place at their request in the wake of the Nupur Sharma[Read More…]

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Naujwan Bharat Sabha and Stree Mukti League commemorate 115th birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Mumbai

Naujwan Bharat Sabha and Stree Mukti League commemorate 115th birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Mumbai

On the 28th of September 2022, Naujawan Bharat Sabha – Maharashtra and Stree Mukti League Maharashtra celebrated the 115th birth anniversary of the great revolutionary martyr Bhagat Singh in Mankhurd, Mumbai with great vigour and pomp… Around 50 persons participated in a demonstration and rally with a cultural programme .With intense attention people observed the proceedings in the basti area.[Read More…]

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RSS: Breadth and Depth – A review of Devanur Mahadeva’s book

RSS: Breadth and Depth – A review of Devanur Mahadeva’s book

In the recent past the book titled ‘RSS: Breadth and Depth’ by Kannada writer Devanur Mahadeva, has been in the news. This short book sold over a lakh copy within a brief period of its publication in Kannada. It was also translated to English, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Marathi. While many points made in the book has already been told[Read More…]

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PUCL condemns the Mass Raids, the Arrests of PFI leadership and cadre and the Ban on the PFI

PUCL condemns the Mass Raids, the Arrests of PFI leadership and cadre and the Ban on the PFI

The PUCL is deeply concerned about the implications for democracy and the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and association in the light of the ongoing `Operation Octopus’ which is being carried out against the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates, across the country as a joint operation of the CRPF, the home ministry, ATS, NIA, ED, RAW,[Read More…]

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BKU (Ugrahan) stage conference in Barnala commemorating 115th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

BKU (Ugrahan) stage conference in Barnala commemorating 115th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Flashing the anti-imperialist legacy and shimmering the torch of Shaheed Bhagat Singh the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) staged a 75,000 strong rally in Barnala grain market. It symbolized the wrath of the Punjabi farming community against it’s sheer victimization by the ruling class parties be it on issues of land, unemployment, price rise, waivers ,debts ,electricity,etc.The rally was also a[Read More…]

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Cancellation of disinvestment of Central Electronics Ltd (CEL)- Why has government exonerated DIPAM and its advisors?

Cancellation of disinvestment of Central Electronics Ltd (CEL)- Why has government exonerated DIPAM and its advisors?

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I gather that the government has decided to scrap disinvestment of the Central Electronics Ltd (CEL), apparently on the ground that there were quasi-judicial proceedings pending against the bidder selected by DIPAM, a fact that  the bidder had not disclosed. Thus, the blame seems to have been placed entirely on the[Read More…]

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English India In The Making

English India In The Making

October 5th is International Teachers Day. It is also Indian English Day. English language education has a history of 205 years in India. Incidentally October 5th is also my 70th birthday. My thirty years campaign for English medium education for poor children in the Government schools has come to a meaningful stage. William Carey and Raja Ramohan Roy started the[Read More…]

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Implications of Netaji’s statue at India Gate

Implications of Netaji’s statue at India Gate

In a TV channel debate, BJP spokesperson and anchor shared and served a lie that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter in her letter to the Prime Minister has alleged that the Congress kept devaluing Netaji to further Gandhi’s non-violence; because Netaji had taken the path of liberating the country through violence mode by forming the Azad Hind Fauj (INA). They[Read More…]

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22 Organisations protest against imposition of Section 144  in Sangrur

22 Organisations protest against imposition of Section 144  in Sangrur

A most unwarranted ban on democratic protests was imposed through enforcement of section 144 in Sangrur-Patiala.,by the administration. Valiantly 22 organisations organised a joint protest, defying   the ban unflinchingly., embarrassing the rulers. It spoke volumes of the death defying spirit of the activists. At night the peaceful protestors were forced to disembark by the cops with the administration tightening it’s[Read More…]

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Manual Scavenging: Deep Rooted Problem In India

Manual Scavenging: Deep Rooted Problem In India

The basic need of people accommodate food, clothing and shelter. These three are important for the existence and survival of human beings, but presently, survival is not the only segment which the human beings look at. The aspects like dignity, self respect, freedom, justice also plays a very crucial role in leading a respectful and meaningful life. By this analyses,[Read More…]

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Indian Diaspora becoming vanguards of assertive Hindutva

Indian Diaspora becoming vanguards of assertive Hindutva

There are ominous signs that the Indian diaspora community is asserting the aggressive brand of Hindutva identity in the countries of their wellbeing. The Hindus- Muslim communal clashes in Leicester, UK, Hindu -Sikhs clash in Melbourne Australia, and the bulldozer march in New Jersey, US are some of the disturbing developments. These events signify that the Indian diaspora community wants[Read More…]

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Away with all Babadom?

Away with all Babadom?

Why criticism of religion should now come on the agenda ? There are some ‘unnatural deaths’ which remain a mystery forever. Whether death of Mahant Narendra Giri, of the  Baghambari Math, Prayagraj (earlier Allahabad) last year – who was found hanging in his room, merely a day after he had a meeting with a senior minister of the state government,[Read More…]

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Aadhaar number database, a tool for electoral ‘surveillance’

Aadhaar number database, a tool for electoral ‘surveillance’

States, opposition parties clueless even after four years of Section 57 of Aadhaar Act being declared unconstitutional. Five years after Supreme Court’s verdict, no right to privacy law in sight, audit of UIDAI & Aadhaar schemes by CAG reveals Aadhaar Act as Black law 26 September 2022: Disregarding the ten fathom deep burial of the notorious majority opinion of the Supreme Court[Read More…]

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The Narmada Sardar Sarovar Project – The truth about the dam(ned) delay

The Narmada Sardar Sarovar Project – The truth about the dam(ned) delay

Addressing the September 23, 2022, National Conference of Environment Ministers, PM Modi said:“Urban Naxals and anti-development elements having political backing had stalled the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam by running a campaign that the project will harm the environment. Huge amount of money was wasted because of this delay. Now, when the dam is complete, you can very well[Read More…]

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Starting A Dialogue

Starting A Dialogue

Former EC member SY Qureshi has made the context of the meeting of four eminent Muslims with RSS supremo Mohan Bhagavat clear.The account of the meeting also makes one sigh with some relief that the usual constraint and strain of such exchanges seemed absent in it.Next we hear of Mohan Bhagavat himself visiting the chief of the Council of Imams,and[Read More…]

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Shaheed Hospital, created and nurtured by workers, is an inspiration for people’s movement for health for all

Shaheed Hospital, created and nurtured by workers, is an inspiration for people’s movement for health for all

At a time when the trend of trying to maximize profits has led to so many serious distortions in the health sector, the need for at least some efforts which have been consistently providing rationality based, low cost medical care with a special emphasis on trying to reach out to workers and peasants and to all weaker sections of society[Read More…]

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What can Unite India: ‘Hindu Spiritualism or ‘Unity in Diversity’?

What can Unite India: ‘Hindu Spiritualism or ‘Unity in Diversity’?

Sudheendra Kulkarni, ex-aide of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in his piece (‘Reach out for Bharat Jodo’, IE, September 12,) while welcoming the Yatra, is critical of the yatra for it not being based on Hindu Spiritualism. As per him Hindu Spiritualism is the basis of India’s unity. He also commends RSS for popularizing the same. He harps that[Read More…]

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Rural Workers Struggle for Proper Implementation of  Jobs Scheme

Rural Workers Struggle for Proper Implementation of  Jobs Scheme

One of the most widely discussed rural initiatives from India has been the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) which provides a guarantee of employment in various tasks of rural development. While it can provide very genuine benefits to workers and peasants while carrying out highly useful tasks ( like water conservation), in practice its implementation has been increasingly marred[Read More…]

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Is Mamata Banerjee a Poster Girl of RSS?

Is Mamata Banerjee a Poster Girl of RSS?

There is/was a hullabaloo among them who believe or rather portray her as more left than CPIM(Communist Party Of India – Marxist ) itself about Mamta Banerjee’s comment that all in RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha) are “not bad.” Is there anything to be shocked about? Mamata Banerjee became CM after the massive mandate of the 2011 assembly election. Thus ending[Read More…]

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 Right to Food Campaign demands proper functioning of MGNREGA

 Right to Food Campaign demands proper functioning of MGNREGA

The Right to Food Campaign stands in solidarity with the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha’s national call for action across the country to revive the proper functioning of MGNREGA. The Right to Food Campaign is extremely concerned and anguished with the continued violation of MGNREGA across the country. MGNREGA is being implemented in a manner that is contrary to its spirit. Millions[Read More…]

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Red Rags To Hindutva Bulls

Red Rags To Hindutva Bulls

One hopes the old idiomatic phrase is still understood by many. For nothing else can catch the frenzy the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ provoke among die-hard adherents of Hindutva.Our Prime Minister has re-affirmed his old links with them with a recent remark. Shedding his jovial neighbourly expression and putting on his portentuous mien and manner,he has reportedly declared that the[Read More…]

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Misrepresenting Subhash Chandra Bose’s philosophy

Misrepresenting Subhash Chandra Bose’s philosophy

While inaugurating the statue of Netaji Subhash Bose on September 8 in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that had India embarked path shown by him, India would have progressed much better, that he has been forgotten, and now (with Modi’s rule) his vision is being brought back. Modi claims his governance is showing the imprint of Netaji’s policies.[Read More…]

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Two dalit agricultural workers succumb in accident in Sangrur-Phillar 

Two dalit agricultural workers succumb in accident in Sangrur-Phillar 

Tragically 2 NREGA workers namely Avatar Singh and Ram Lubhaya met with fatal accident on their return to Phillaur from Sangrur,after the conclusion of the 3 day dharna of the Sanjha Morcha.After disembarking from the train at Phillaur they began to walk on the tracks to reach the main road to get an auto rickshaw when they met their fate.[Read More…]

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Emerging Patterns of Youth Migration – the Curious Case of Kerala and What Needs to be Done

Emerging Patterns of Youth Migration – the Curious Case of Kerala and What Needs to be Done

People migrate from one place to the other for different reasons though migrants generally seek better economic opportunities. People also migrate to join their kith and kin in other places, to escape conflicts or persecution, or to respond to adverse impacts on their current living environment. Some people migrate just for a change or for the fun of getting a[Read More…]

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PMFBY- Does it provide insurance for farmers or for private corporates?- Request for a performance audit

PMFBY- Does it provide insurance for farmers or for private corporates?- Request for a performance audit

To Shri G C Murmu Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) Dear Shri Murmu, The Ministry of Agriculture had introduced a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) around 5 years ago for providing comprehensive crop insurance for farmers. Insurance under PMFBY is a precondition for farmers to take crop loans. From the website of PMFBY and[Read More…]

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Divided We Fall, Bharat Jodo !

Divided We Fall, Bharat Jodo !

by Harshavardhan Purandare and Sandeep Pandey The Congress party declared Bharat Chhodo (Quit India) movement against the British regime in 1942. The Congress party is now launching a movement Bharat Jodo (Connecting and Uniting India) against the Modi regime in 2022. Indian people have had a journey of 80 years since Mahatma Gandhi gave that Quit India call to the[Read More…]

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When worship itself becomes a crime

When worship itself becomes a crime

Fariba Dalir and Sakin Behjati’ prison sentence has just begun. It was in the month of April that the Iranian courts finally convicted these two  women – recent converts to Christianity – for their ‘attempts to put national security in danger’. One among them has been sent to a much dreaded jail near Tehran. (https://www.en-hrana.org/tag/fariba-dalir/) Interestingly neither Fariba nor Sakin[Read More…]

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Overseas investment rules- August, 2022- Do they open the floodgates to money laundering?

Overseas investment rules- August, 2022- Do they open the floodgates to money laundering?

To Shri Ajay Seth Secretary (DEA) Ministry of Finance Govt of India   Dear Shri Seth I refer to the revised overseas investment rules issued by the Union Finance Ministry vide GSR 646(E) dated 22-8-2022 on overseas direct investment (ODI). Apparently, these rules were notified on the basis of a draft notification placed in the public domain about a year[Read More…]

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A tale of two writings: On Nehru and Savarkar

A tale of two writings: On Nehru and Savarkar

In the November 1937, an article titled “Rashtrapatiji” was published in a Calcutta-based monthly journal “Modern Review”. Founded by Ramanand Chatterjee in 1907, the journal had good readership among the Indian intelligentsia with a diversity of writers contributing essays, informing or analysing the debates and issues around the country’s freedom movement. The paper “Rashtrapatiji”, written by one Chanankya, drew considerable[Read More…]

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Jadavpur University Contracted Employees Union challenge University authorities

Jadavpur University Contracted Employees Union challenge University authorities

For over a year, the agitation of contracted employees of two campuses under the leadership of Jadavpur University contracted employees union is intensifying in resisting various companies and contractors. For the past almost one year, contracted workers of Jadavpur University have been relentlessly protesting to quickly resolve various other issues including fair salaries, regularization of EPF and ESI. The minimum[Read More…]

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Dematerialising LIC’s policies- It can have implications for small policy holders

Dematerialising LIC’s policies- It can have implications for small policy holders

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I have come across a report today (https://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/lic-exploring-all-options-on-dematerialisation-of-insurance-policies-122091500928_1.html) that the Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDAI) has proposed to “dematerialise” all insurance policies, including life insurance policies. As a follow up measure, LIC seems to be considering to set up its own repository, in view of the large number of[Read More…]

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Kartavya Path: Another leap towards neo-colonialism!

Kartavya Path: Another leap towards neo-colonialism!

Let it be clear at the outset that when the road from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate was named Rajpath, it was not a literal translation of the King’s Way. In the same sense, Janpath was not the translated name for its old name, the Queen’s Way. In the Rajpath nomenclature, the symbolism of independent and sovereign India’s democratic statehood[Read More…]

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Indiscriminate Cuts in Allocations for Weaker Sections Have Accentuated Their Distress

Indiscriminate Cuts in Allocations for Weaker Sections Have Accentuated Their Distress

There have been frequent demands in recent times for increasing the budgetary allocations for weaker sections as many of their priority needs are not being met properly. Instead of responding sympathetically to these demands, if some of these allocations are cut in arbitrary and indiscriminate ways, then this is bound to increase the distress of weaker sections by midway jeopardizing[Read More…]

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Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Would it be fair to assume that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has embarked on a politically correct path by deciding to undertake his “Bharat Jodo Yatra”? Against endless political problems encountered by Rahul and his party, perhaps it was imperative for him to take such a step. There is no doubt that he has eyes set on forthcoming parliamentary polls.[Read More…]

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Pensions for All Elderly People Must be A Top Priority in India

Pensions for All Elderly People Must be A Top Priority in India

The population of elderly (60 years plus) citizens in India is around 140 million. The union ( central) government pays annual pensions worth around Rs. 180,000 crore ( one crore=10 million) to its former employees numbering between 6 to 7 million. For the remaining elderly it provides about Rs. 9700 crore ( inclusive of some other welfare spending). During recent[Read More…]

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Rural Landless Neglected Despite Being the Most Critical Segment for Poverty Alleviation

Rural Landless Neglected Despite Being the Most Critical Segment for Poverty Alleviation

Landowning farmers ( kisans) present the most visible face of India’s villages, and most of the discussion is in their context. However a very important aspect of rural India seldom emphasized is that there are more landless peasants and workers ( bhumiheen) in villages of India than landowning farmers. Several landless farm workers have belonged traditionally to the most marginalized[Read More…]

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An attack on Diversity is an attack on Unity

An attack on Diversity is an attack on Unity

At the time of independence, more than 500 princely states agreed to join the union of India under a common constitution which safeguarded the fundamental rights of its citizens, gave freedom to practice their religious, cultural and linguistic diversities and ensured the integration of a liberal political democracy. An integrated India has not only survived but thrived over the span[Read More…]

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Big picture of disengagement in Ladakh

Big picture of disengagement in Ladakh

The Ministry of External Affairs has done the right thing by explaining its taciturn press release on September 8 Thursday in a single sentence regarding the disengagement of troops in the area of Gogra-Hotsprings along the LAC in the Western Sector of India-China border areas. The Official Spokesman Arindam Bagchi shared on Friday more details. Broadly, a consensus reached at the 16th round of[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations of Punjab defy section 144 to launch protest outside Chief Minister’s house in Sangrur

Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations of Punjab defy section 144 to launch protest outside Chief Minister’s house in Sangrur

Ten agricultural labourer unions of Punjab — under the umbrella of Sanjha Punjab Morcha — swarmed in like a huge army in front of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur’s Dreamland Colony on Monday. They heroically defied the imposition of Section 144 orders and notices issued to them. to launch  on a 72-hour dharna fron 12-14th September. The[Read More…]

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Authoritarian ambitions with a democratic interpretation

Authoritarian ambitions with a democratic interpretation

The unveiling of the Subhash Chandra Bose statute by the Prime Minister of India marking the inauguration of the ‘Kartavya Path,’ the revamped Central Vista Avenue, has at least three objectives attached to it. One, it allows the BJP to add some momentum for the 2024 elections by staging the arrival of a ‘refreshed’ India. Second, it provides it with[Read More…]

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 Lessons of the  death of  Cyrus Mistry  in the car crash

 Lessons of the  death of  Cyrus Mistry  in the car crash

The sudden realisation in elite circles of the need to wear seat belts for passengers in  rear seats  of cars in the wake of the death of  Mr Cyrus Mistry, former Tata group chief, on September 4 is important. But it misses a vital  point. It shows all the concern for the safety of  car occupants, the rich, while there[Read More…]

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Vehicular speed that annually kills million in India

Vehicular speed that annually kills million in India

The tragic death of a young entrepreneur in a road accident has created ripples in social media about the safety of a luxury car which may run at a higher speed but with satisfactory control over the vehicle in case of an emergency. The debate also touched on the mandatory use of seatbelts in rear seats by the passengers, necessary[Read More…]

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Role of Muslim Intellectuals in the Promotion of Educational awareness among Students

Role of Muslim Intellectuals in the Promotion of Educational awareness among Students

Today , a public meeting was organized by the Education Promotion Council ( henceforth EPC)at the Nobel Senior Secondary School, Dillar Nagar, Ghazipur, UP. At the outset, let me remind that long ago a great educationist and social reformer like Sir Syed Ahmad khan had founded Scientific Society in Ghazipur to spread education , social reform and scientific temper among[Read More…]

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BJP’s Mission South and Politics of Hate in Telangana

BJP’s Mission South and Politics of Hate in Telangana

    The Nizam being sworn in as the Raj pramukh (Governor) of Hyderabd province in 1948. Sep17 is being celebrated by BJP as Hyderabad Liberation Day, and Home Minister Amit Shah is to address a rally at Hyderabad on that day. It was Liberation of Nizam from people, not the other way round.  BJP is using the occasion to[Read More…]

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Why did Siddique Kappan get bail?

Why did Siddique Kappan get bail?

Siddique Kappan got bail from the Supreme Court. This is so good and relaxing. I met Siddique Kappan many years ago. He is a very honest person. Sending them to jail was and is a crime in itself. Yogi Adityanath’s government disobeyed the law and completely engaged in hatred towards Muslims. But why has Kappan suddenly got this vine? About[Read More…]

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Jharkand Jan Sangarsh  Morcha  challenges  neo-fascist repression

Jharkand Jan Sangarsh  Morcha  challenges  neo-fascist repression

In recent weeks the Jharkand Jan Sangharsh Morcha, waged a sustained campaign against the arrest of journalists like Rupesh Singh, Socialist activists and Shamru Khadia. It is also valiantly confronting the burning issues of the day to day lives of people, like corruption ,unemployment etc. Mazdoor Sanghatna Samiti  convenor Baccha Singh is the convenor of The Jharkhand Sangharsh Morcha ,playing[Read More…]

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RSS, Nazism and Fascism

RSS, Nazism and Fascism

It is often said that RSS follows Mussolini, Hitler. To what extend it is true? Hitler and Mussolini were individuals. RSS is a collective, an organisation created by a caste. That was not the case with Hitler or Mussolni. The basic difference between Nazism, Fascism and RSS is that RSS ideology is based on caste system and is not simply[Read More…]

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Disposal of Railways’ surplus land- Legal implications

Disposal of Railways’ surplus land- Legal implications

To Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Union Railway Minister   Dear Shri Vaishnaw, I have come across a news report recently that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a steep reduction in the annual rental for land leased to third parties by the Railways from the existing 6% to 1.5% of the market value of the land, annual step-up[Read More…]

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Heartbroken

Heartbroken

It’s been one year now and there is still no response from her. Not even an acknowledgement for all those messages I have been sending her way. I am even losing interest in her Instagram posts. Often I prefer to take a break for days from social media, to overcome frustration caused by her indifference towards me. Earlier, I used[Read More…]

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‘Bharat Jodo’ Yatra and Idea of India

‘Bharat Jodo’ Yatra and Idea of India

Indian National Congress (INC), the oldest party of the country is planning a Bharat Jodo Yatra from 7th September, from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, a distance of 3500 KM, passing through 12 states and two union territories. The yatra is being undertaken by an electoral outfit, still on 20th August nearly 200 social activists, who generally have no direct interest in[Read More…]

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Bharat Jodo Yatra Can Contribute Much to Communal Harmony, National Integration and Understanding Real Needs of People

Bharat Jodo Yatra Can Contribute Much to Communal Harmony, National Integration and Understanding Real Needs of People

One of the most important initiatives to be taken by any political parties in recent times, the 3570 km. Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, passing through 12 states and 2 union territories and spread over around 5 months, covering on average 22 km.  in 6.5 hours every day, has raised high hopes at a time of increasing problems.[Read More…]

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Some Off The Cuff Remarks On “Bharat Jodo Yatra”

Some Off The Cuff Remarks On “Bharat Jodo Yatra”

Rahul Gandhi’s bold new initiative has the potential to electrify the aggrieved and oppressed masses of India.Provided it is not a rehash of the ‘Karwain Mohabbat’ type march for spreading the gospel of love.In this divided and frustrated country where beneath the surface of patient suffering there is smouldering anger and resentment.From time to time there are explosions of fratricidal[Read More…]

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Recent 5G spectrum auctions- Post-tender developments erode the credibility of the auctions

Recent 5G spectrum auctions- Post-tender developments erode the credibility of the auctions

  To Shri K Rajaraman Secretary (Telecommunications) Govt of India Dear Shri Rajaraman, I had earlier addressed the Comptroller & Auditor General of India (C&AG) to scrutinise the recent 5G spectrum auctions, keeping in view the absence of any worthwhile competition, which diluted its credibility, as also the post-tender relaxations allowed, that had the effect of vitiating the sanctity of[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural labour Organisations of Punjab to stage protest outside chief Minister’s house on September 12th

Dalit Agricultural labour Organisations of Punjab to stage protest outside chief Minister’s house on September 12th

A pukka Morcha has been planned outside the office of the chief minister Bhagwant Mann on September 12th by a set of agricultural labour organizations. A most significant event in light of the mass political movement of the dalit agricultural community of Punjab. A meeting was convened by Zameen Prapt Sangharsh commitee leader Mukesh Mulaudh,where leaders of all agricultural labour[Read More…]

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India without Congress

India without Congress

It was expressed long before the parliamentary elections of 2014 that India will soon be made free from the dynastic congress party that has been responsible for declaring the country a secular republic soon after its independence in 1947. Appeasing the minorities for securing the vote bank was another accusation against the party. The slogan ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India)[Read More…]

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Protest against displacement of housing and livelihoods calls for halt to evictions

Protest against displacement of housing and livelihoods calls for halt to evictions

While evictions of the poor from their huts and small houses should be avoided as far as possible in all circumstances, the situation since the pandemic appeared has been all the more difficult for the weaker sections as they suffered very big losses in earnings and employment. What is more weather conditions have also been becoming more adverse in these[Read More…]

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Celebrate Sep 17 as ‘National Integration Day’ instead of ‘Liberation Day’, demands Asaduddin  Owaisi

Celebrate Sep 17 as ‘National Integration Day’ instead of ‘Liberation Day’, demands Asaduddin  Owaisi

“ The struggles of the people of the erstwhile Hyderabad state against colonialism, feudalism and autocracy are a symbol of national integration rather than merely a case of “liberation” of a piece of land,” Asaduddin Owaisi wrote in a letter to Amit Shah. AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Sep 3 wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah[Read More…]

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Privatisation of NMDC’s steel plant at Nagarnar village in Bastar raises serious legal issues

Privatisation of NMDC’s steel plant at Nagarnar village in Bastar raises serious legal issues

  To Shri Anil Kumar Jha Union Tribal Affairs Secretary   Shri Alok Tandon Union Mines Secretary   Shri Amitabh Jain Chief Secretary Chhattisgarh   Dear S/Shri Jha, Tandon and Jain, I understand that NMDC’s steel plant near Nagarnar in Bastar district of Chattisgarh has been demerged from NMDC and the Centre is fast-tracking its privatisation. There are some important[Read More…]

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Role of a Teacher, as an Agent of “Social Change”

Role of a Teacher, as an Agent of “Social Change”

The birth anniversary of second President of India, Dr. Surepalli Radhakrishnan ( who was born in brahmin family) is used to be celebrated as a teacher’s day on 5th september every year in our country with enthusiasm and dedications in schools and colleges across the nation. Dr. Radhakrishnan was also first Vice-President of our country and his contributions in education,[Read More…]

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Cyrus Mistry’s Death is sad but no one cares when the poor are killed by the rich on our roads

Cyrus Mistry’s Death is sad but no one cares when the poor are killed by the rich on our roads

The sad death of former Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry in a road crash in Maharashtra on September 4 should create more awareness about the need for road safety. It is for the first time that such a high profile corporate figure has met with a road crash in recent years. This is mainly because corporates travel more by air[Read More…]

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Hindustan Latex Lifecare Ltd (HLL)- Empower the COPSE, not dismantle it through privatisation

Hindustan Latex Lifecare Ltd (HLL)- Empower the COPSE, not dismantle it through privatisation

  To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Over the last few months, I have addressed the government more than once, expressing my concern at the undue haste in which the government has resorted to privatising CPSEs and their valuable assets. For ready reference, some of those letters may be accessed at the following web-links. https://countercurrents.org/2022/03/lic-ipo-gross-injustice-to-the-smaller-lic-policy-holders-especially-those-belonging-to-the-scs-sts-obcs/ https://www.moneylife.in/article/lic-ipo-gross-underestimated-valuation-put-it-on-hold-says-eas-sarma/66146.html https://countercurrents.org/2022/01/cpse-disinvestment-valuation-approach-flawed/ https://countercurrents.org/2022/07/privatisation-of-psu-banks-legal-and-other-implications/[Read More…]

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Marginalized and Misunderstood — Nomadic Communities in Desperate Need of Better  Policy

Marginalized and Misunderstood — Nomadic Communities in Desperate Need of Better  Policy

Nomadic communities have suffered from increasing marginalization in recent times as both their needs and potential have not received the due attention and understanding. On the one hand their rights are trodden upon and violated by powerful forces, on the other hand whatever development work is initiated for them fails to take account of their real and considerable potential, their[Read More…]

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Punjab’s economic loss from the 1947 independence and partition

Punjab’s economic loss from the 1947 independence and partition

Last month, there were celebrations of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. August 1947 is indeed a month of celebration in India for liberation from British colonial rule (on 15th August) and in Pakistan for the birth of a new nation (14th August). However, for Punjab and Bengal, this memory of celebration is mixed with the one of pain caused[Read More…]

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The Kerala Model – A Critique  

The Kerala Model – A Critique  

                                                                      Background It is high time to unravel the myth of the Kerala model, which as a State is actually bankrupt and highly unstable. In the following I aim to underscore this reality which is sought to be glossed over by ideological irrelevancies propagated[Read More…]

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When will we see a real change of government policy in favor of natural farming?

The union government has often voiced its support for natural farming but this is not yet seen in real change in government’s commitments. The government’s subsidies in favor of agriculture are still heavily biased in favor of chemical fertilizers or overall agro-chemical intensive farming or ‘green revolution’ type farming. This farming also tends to use water and power in greater[Read More…]

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Sanjoy Ghose

Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2022

  Charkha Development Communication Network announces Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2022. These jury-based awards aim to celebrate the work of people committed to a new perspective on the media’s role in empowering young girls and women from rural communities. These awards are inspired by Charkha’s founder, Sanjoy Ghose, who worked towards the social and economic inclusion of marginalized rural communities[Read More…]

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Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s decision to quit Congress party and apparently test his own political standing by forming his party has raised speculations in several political camps. Of course, Congress has a reason to be disturbed by a senior member parting ways and adding to doubts being circulated about this party’s leadership. Prospects of Azad’s “friendship” with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[Read More…]

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Increasing threat to federalism from Centrally Sponsored Schemes- Need to form a Federal Front

Increasing threat to federalism from Centrally Sponsored Schemes- Need to form a Federal Front

  Letter to the Chief Ministers Respected Chief Ministers, Subject:- Increasing threat to federalism from Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs)– Need to form a Federal Front of the States to persuade the Centre not to proliferate CSSs, instead transfer existing CSSs with the associated fund allocations to the States I invite your attention to my letter dated March 2, 2022 addressed to[Read More…]

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Food as a Cultural Artifact vs. Political Weapon

Eating food is not just a mechanical activity to fill our stomach. It has emotions, values, and beliefs shaped by our tradition, religion, and family associated with it. While we travel, we are often tempted by restaurants that claim to be serving ‘homely’ food. In Delhi, there is a restaurant named ‘Mother’s Kitchen’ which attracts a good crowd on weekends.[Read More…]

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An agenda for debate on Scheduled Castes and reservations

An agenda for debate on Scheduled Castes and reservations

In an editorial dated 01 Sep 2022 the New Indian Express has raised an important issue about the final aim of reservation – whether to remove social and educational backwardness or end untouchability. Because of the judicial mill grinding frustratingly slow; the fact that in the fast changing internet manipulations access to important materials already published is limited for various[Read More…]

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Workers Convention in Delhi   

Workers Convention in Delhi   

On August 28, a Workers Convention of the North Indian region held by Mazdoor Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyan (MASA) against the 4 new Labour Codes, anti-worker policies and privatization.     The Convention, organized at Rajendra Bhawan in Delhi on 28th Aug i.e. the 6th foundation anniversary of MASA, witnessed the participation of delegates from Delhi, NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Meerut etc.),[Read More…]

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Godi media, 5G high speed pathway to misinformation and spreading hate

Godi media, 5G high speed pathway to misinformation and spreading hate

The recent effort to indirectly acquire NDTV by Adani enterprises is an effort in the direction of creating another Godi media. Much of the mainstream national media is already a ‘Godi media’ and perhaps it is believed that this will put an end to independent media in the mainstream media space. Godi media can perhaps be described as an extension[Read More…]

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Dalit agricultural labour denied land plots promised in Patiala

Dalit agricultural labour denied land plots promised in Patiala

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh commitee on August 29th lodged a sustained protest outside the District Collectors office in Patiala, under the leadership of Zonal secretary Gurvinder and Dharamveer Harigadh. Around 50 persons participated. Mukesh Malaudh adressed a gathering, stating that the authorities in villages of Patiala reverted their decision to distribute Panchayat land for agricultural labourers and even in the[Read More…]

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Patriarchy and Honoring the Culprits of Bilkis Bano Mass Rape-Murder

Patriarchy and Honoring the Culprits of Bilkis Bano Mass Rape-Murder

Gujarat Carnage (2002) was one of the major acts of anti Minority violence. It was a catastrophe which took the degree of violence, hate and ghettoization to higher degree. Much before the violence the term, “Gujarat: Laboratory of Hindu Rashtra” was well popularized. On the pretext of Godhra train burning; Gujarat carnage was unleashed in which over one thousand people[Read More…]

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Countdown Has Begun

Countdown Has Begun

They have seized our country and taking it away from us. Our lush forests,rolling plains,our upstanding hills,our majestic rivers,fruits of our toil, future of our children’s children.Our freedoms,our dignity,our past,our cherished heritage,our hearty laughter and our rousing songs. All that our fathers had fought and died for,all that our mothers cherished and nourished with the warmth of their breast. But[Read More…]

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Loans to big businesses and the other risks faced by the public sector banks

Loans to big businesses and the other risks faced by the public sector banks

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, In my letter dated 26-8-2022 addressed to RBI Governor (https://countercurrents.org/2022/08/reports-on-highly-leveraged-debt-based-operations-of-the-adani-group-calls-for-a-closer-look-from-the-psu-banks-point-of-view/), I had specifically referred to the risks  the public sector banks (PSBs) face from loans given to large private groups of companies, excessively dependent on over-leveraged debt, with little equity contributions of their own, aggressively expanding their activities into new areas in which they[Read More…]

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Population Control or Punishing the Victim?

Population Control or Punishing the Victim?

The ghost of population control was resurrected after the Assam and the draft U.P Population bills made the headlines last year. It reinvigorated the commonly held belief that some people and communities bear way too many children and therefore impede the important work of national development. And the default solution envisaged to deal with these over-productive people is to punish[Read More…]

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Why this Adani port project is being opposed by coastal communities

Why this Adani port project is being opposed by coastal communities

Opposition to Vizhinjam Port Project Must be Seen in the Wider Context of Protecting Coastal Ecology and Communities The wider discussion on coastal areas often takes place in the context of their beauty and tourism potential. However ecologists place more emphasis on seeing coastal areas as very significant as well as sensitive areas whose development activities should be carefully monitored[Read More…]

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Women in a Delhi bus display their pink tickets. | PTI

Rejection of Subsidies to Poor  To Benefiting Large Corporates

Currently  inIndian media an active debate is taking place in the country on  “frebbies”  or Subsidies given to poor.  The controversy  was first initiated by  PM Narendra Modi who warned the youth against being influenced by a “revari culture”. Soon  Mr. Upadhyaya,  a BJP  leader and a lawyer,  known for his communal hate speeches, moved a petition in the Supreme[Read More…]

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Noida Twin Tower Demolition Raises Important Questions

Noida Twin Tower Demolition Raises Important Questions

On August 28, 3700 kg. of explosives were used in Noida city ( in national capital region) to demolish two 100-metre tall structures called Apex ( 32 storeys) and Ceyane ( 29 storeys), following court orders based on complaints of glaring violations of construction regulations and the builder’s own earlier commitments. These twin towers were not in the original plans[Read More…]

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Thunder without Showers?

Thunder without Showers?

There can be little doubt that the two recent events that have caused most stir and grabbed most attention are Ghulam Nabi Azad’s letter of resignation from the Congress after an association for nearly fifty years and the Adani group’s precipitate bid for hostile take-over of the NDTV.Both have lessons for the defenders of democracy in their mortal struggle for[Read More…]

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Duties of the Independence Day

Duties of the Independence Day

  (This is the English translation of my Hindi article titled ‘Swatantrta Diwas Ke Kartavya’ published in ‘Yuva Samvad’ and ‘Hastakshep.com’ on the occasion of 66th Independence Day in 2013. The article was reissued last year on 15 August 2021 on the occasion 75th year of the independence – with the hope that along with the exchange of greetings on[Read More…]

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Students in Ratiya in Haryana protest against anti-student policies of government

Students in Ratiya in Haryana protest against anti-student policies of government

In Ratiya district of Haryana on August 25th a protest was staged confronting the selling of education by the BJP govt.in the name of the New Education policy. Students assembled from villages of Alika, Kelawa and Malwala.Preceding the rally the students undertook a protest campaign within the villages. They launched a dharna vociferously raised slogans outside the central University gate.[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural Labour counter dummy land auctions by capturing seven acres of Land in Hardike village in Sangrur

Dalit Agricultural Labour counter dummy land auctions by capturing seven acres of Land in Hardike village in Sangrur

In Village Hardike in Sangrur the Zameen Prapt Sangharsh committee planted their flags to launch a successful land capture of seven acres of land. A truly remarkable victory giving the ruling classes a striking blow and tribute to relentless spirit of activists. Heroically they resisted strong police contingents assembled who were determined to sabotage the proceedings, who were shaken to[Read More…]

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Growing support globally to end HIV medicine stockouts in India

Growing support globally to end HIV medicine stockouts in India

Several networks of people living with HIV are pouring in support to the ongoing indefinite sit-in (since 21st July 2022) outside offices of India’s AIDS programme, to demand an end of stockout of HIV medicines, and ensure minimum one-month dispensation of these medicines nationwide. The government of India’s guidelines of 2018 state that those persons stable on the HIV therapy[Read More…]

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Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra: Which is the best way out?

Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra: Which is the best way out?

Bharat Jodo Yatra of the Congress Party has become a topic of much discussion in the media. The Congress has announced that it will organise a padyatra (foot march) which will start from Kanyakumari on 7th September and reach Kashmir in 150 days. During the padyatra, a route of about 3500 km will be covered through 12 states and 2[Read More…]

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Profiles of Freedom Fighters from Aligarh Muslim University

Profiles of Freedom Fighters from Aligarh Muslim University

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is celebrating the spirit of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” in 2022 to mark 75 years of India’s independence. It is well-timed and relevant to know that Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has produced many freedom fighters who fought for independence. While we are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, present-day India is going through[Read More…]

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RSS-BJP’s Fake Love For Tricolour Will Not Wash Off Their Crime Of Persistently Denigrating The National Flag!

RSS-BJP’s Fake Love For Tricolour Will Not Wash Off Their Crime Of Persistently Denigrating The National Flag!

RSS-BJP rulers of India have suddenly developed immense love for the Indian national flag. According to press reports under “Har Ghar Tiranga” [Tricolour at every home] campaign Centre facilitated hoisting of the Tricolour at 24 crore homes across the country from August 13 to 15 as part of the celebration of the 75th year of India’s independence. Even PM Modi[Read More…]

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Reports on highly leveraged debt-based operations of the Adani Group- calls for a closer look from the PSU banks’ point of view

Reports on highly leveraged debt-based operations of the Adani Group- calls for a closer look from the PSU banks’ point of view

 To Shri Shaktikant Das Governor RBI Dear Shri Das, RBI must have seen the disturbing report of the credit research agency, CreditSights, on highly over-leveraged expansion programme undertaken by the Adani Group in India and abroad (https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indias-adani-group-deeply-overleveraged-creditsights-says-2022-08-23/) The credit research agency is reported to have pointed out, “The conglomerate’s debt-funded growth plans could spiral ‘into a massive debt trap’ and[Read More…]

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Kashmir Towards Cultural Recession

Kashmir Towards Cultural Recession

A new civilization is emerging in our lives, and blind men everywhere are trying to suppress it. This new civilization brings with it new family styles; changed ways of working, loving, and living; a new economy; new political conflicts; and beyond all this an altered consciousness as well. Millions are already attuning their lives to the rhythms of tomorrow.                                                                                               [Read More…]

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5G Spectrum: Why the relaxation of security conditions in border areas?

5G Spectrum: Why the relaxation of security conditions in border areas?

To Shri G C Murmu C&AG Dear Shri Murmu, I write this in continuation of my previous two letters dated 13-8-2022 & 15-8-2022 on the 5G spectrum auctions (https://countercurrents.org/2022/08/5g-spectrum-is-it-a-distress-sale-cag-may-look-at-it-carefully/) There are two important post-tender developments that accentuate the concerns I had raised in my letter dated 13-8-2022. They are as follows. Relaxation of security conditions in border areas for mobile operators- Is[Read More…]

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How Improvement of Human Health and Nutrition Need Better Soil Health

How Improvement of Human Health and Nutrition Need Better Soil Health

India has been implementing some of the biggest nutrition programs for decades and while some improvement in nutrition is indicated, on the whole malnutrition levels remain high. This needs to be explained at several levels, and one explanation that should not be neglected relates to soil health. It is increasingly realized by scientists that soil health is closely related to[Read More…]

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Bridging the learning gap through Mission Buniyad

Bridging the learning gap through Mission Buniyad

As children go back to school, a Delhi government programme to close the gap that has taken place in learning during the pandemic is helping in more ways than one. Pooja, a student in a government school in Saket, Delhi had been waiting to return to school for the past two years. As the classes commenced online during the pandemic,[Read More…]

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“Migration and Mobility studies getting prominence ” – Scholars at KCHR-IUCSSRE   Workshop

“Migration and Mobility studies getting prominence ” – Scholars at KCHR-IUCSSRE   Workshop

“Migration studies have a significant role in the making of modern Kerala and the articulation of issues associated with it,” according to Prof. Michael Tharakan, Chairman, Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR). He was delivering an inaugural note at the five-day Young Scholars’ workshop on “Migration and Mobility” organized by the KCHR in association with the Inter University Centre for[Read More…]

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Road Safety Concerns Not Getting Adequate Attention in India

Road Safety Concerns Not Getting Adequate Attention in India

There have been several reports recently which indicate that  road accidents due to drunken driving are increasing. In particular the rules relating to distancing of liquor availability from highways are being widely flouted.  A recent detailed report on the situation regarding some highways passing through Haryana, in particular the Delhi-Jaipur highway,( Dainik Tribune August 24, 2022) states that there are[Read More…]

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Lok Morcha Punjab undertakes campaign exposing 75th anniversary of 1947 Independence

Lok Morcha Punjab undertakes campaign exposing 75th anniversary of 1947 Independence

Lok Morcha Punjab launched a sustained and most qualitative campaign engulfing 14 districts of Punjab, exposing the true nature of the 1947 independence. In simple folk language they narrated how the Congress digressed the path of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru,by diluting the cutting edge of class struggles of the working class and peasantry. The leaders summarised the various[Read More…]

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Demonstration in Mumbai condemning release of murderers of family of Bilkees Banoo

Demonstration in Mumbai condemning release of murderers of family of Bilkees Banoo

A militant demonstration was held at Dadar Railway Station (East) on August 23rd, besides Hanuman Mandir, Dadar (East), Mumbai, attended by over 300 activists which is mainly consisted of women. It was organised by All India Womens Democratic Association, ,  Forum Against OppressionOf Women, Indian Christians For Democracy Jan Swasthya Abhiyan #National SolidarityForum  Police Reform Watch , Vinayak Foundation Shoshit[Read More…]

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Handloom Sector doesn’t get due share in Union Budget 2021-22

Handloom Sector doesn’t get due share in Union Budget 2021-22

Corona had severe impact on handloom sector and weaver livelihoods. Most of them have slipped into poverty. Unfortunately, there is no change in the budget for handloom sector, from the previous interim budget. It is a mere Rs.495.32 crores. Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, a woman Union Finance Minister, who wears handloom sarees and has a good understanding of handloom products, failed[Read More…]

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Reduced Share of States in Division of Central Taxes Can Have Adverse Impact on Welfare Programs

Reduced Share of States in Division of Central Taxes Can Have Adverse Impact on Welfare Programs

Most of the discussion on budgets in India is dominated by the discussion of union budget and hence adequate attention is not drawn to trends in state budgets. However this much is well-known that state governments have faced increasing pressure in recent years to meet the extra needs of people caused due to the adverse economic situation related to demonetization,[Read More…]

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Dwindling Speakers of Kashmiri Language: Reasons and Repercussions

Dwindling Speakers of Kashmiri Language: Reasons and Repercussions

I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.                                                                                                                      —.Samuel Johnson Mother Tongue/Language is without any doubt the identity of any nation. It tells us where a particular person belongs to. It reflects the cultural ethos and social milieu of an individual. Every country holds its Mother Tongue dear, for it carries[Read More…]

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Anand Swaroop (middle) along with Dr Kameshwar Upadhyay  (white kurta) and Dr Ajay Singh showing a copy of draft of  constitution of Hindu Rashtra in Varanasi - Photo Credit/Times of India

New Constitution For Old!

The seven hundred and odd pages long proposed constitution for the Hindu Rashtra,to emerge out of the ashes of our present constitution,has been dismissed as a joke by our secular media and enlightened public analysts.But are they being too complacent and a little rash,perhaps? The actual responses of the communally fired,divided masses cannot be predicted so confidently.Already we have some[Read More…]

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Honour Thy Flag

Honour Thy Flag

Four years ago, on Independence Day, we were driving down the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway from Gurugram to our home in the afternoon. PM Modi had unfurled our National Flag on the ramparts of Red Fort, Delhi, in the morning. Suddenly, a man in his early twenties, on a motorcycle, in a tearing hurry, overtook us from the wrong side. A[Read More…]

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Milk Price Going Up While Problems of Dairy Farmers Also Increase

Milk Price Going Up While Problems of Dairy Farmers Also Increase

In recent months leading dairies have been increasing the price of the packaged milk sold by them while GST on packaged milk products has also added to the woes of consumers. During the last six months or so, leading dairies like Mother Dairy and Amul have twice raised their price, each time by about Rs. 2 per litre, citing inctease[Read More…]

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Communalism Overtakes Constitution

Communalism Overtakes Constitution

(This long article of 2013 was published in the form of a booklet in 2014. The same is reissued here for the benefit of new readers. Even those who have read it earlier may find some relevance in the present political context.) Against Forgetfulness The supporters of Narendra Modi have been insisting for some time now that what happened in[Read More…]

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Zoo Story

Zoo Story

The latest news on Ambani’s expanding empire might leave most readers slightly puzzled.The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition by wild life activists to cancel the government’s permission to Mukesh Ambani to open and manage a zoo covering an area of 168 acres.He has been collecting animals from different quarters including Black panthers from Assam and elephants courtesy forest department[Read More…]

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What should Guide Us: Indian Constitution or Manusmriti

What should Guide Us: Indian Constitution or Manusmriti

India has a political system where the executive makes the laws, rules the country. There is judiciary to ensure that the executive walks the path of Indian Constitution. Judiciary’s major commitment is to Indian Constitution and has to protect the values of the same. Currently there are criticisms that judiciary seems to working under the pressure of the executive. To[Read More…]

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Fortified Rice- Government behaving irresponsibly towards at risk citizens

Fortified Rice- Government behaving irresponsibly towards at risk citizens

 “Government behaving irresponsibly towards citizens who are at risk from its fortified rice programs – Citizens’ entitlements jeopardized by unscientific, one-size-fits-all approach” : ASHA & Right to Food Campaign New Delhi, August 22, 2022: An RTI response[i] by the Ministry of Women and Child Development reveals knee-jerk and self-protecting measures in the form of a few circulars issued by the Ministry[Read More…]

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NDA government’s mismanagement of the CPSEs- ONGC a case in point

NDA government’s mismanagement of the CPSEs- ONGC a case in point

  To Shri Rajiv Gauba Union Cabinet Secretary Dear Shri Gauba, I have cautioned the government several times on the need to strengthen the CPSEs from the point of view of promoting the country’s self-reliance, rather than weaken and privatise them. The way the government has dealt with the Maharatna oil behemoth, the ONGC is a case in point. In particular,[Read More…]

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Authorities prohibit protest march on concluding day of SKM Rally with memorandum presented  

Authorities prohibit protest march on concluding day of SKM Rally with memorandum presented  

The 3 day protest of Samyukta Kisan morcha at Lakhimpur Kheri concluded at 3.pm on 20th August.. By the 3rd day around 450000 farmers congregated the venue. Sadly the administration prohibited the march at Rajapur Mandi from being held .This illustrated how much the protest had embarrassed the authorities in their very backyard and their authoritarian nature. It violated civil liberties.[Read More…]

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IMSD Condemns the attack on Salman Rushdie!

IMSD Condemns the attack on Salman Rushdie!

The Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) condemns the murderous attack on Salman Rushdie in the strongest possible terms. There cannot be any doubt that the assault on the world-renowned writer is due to the Iranian fatwa in 1989 which pronounced that Rushdie should be killed for blaspheming against the prophet of Islam. Despite the apology tendered by Rushdie for[Read More…]

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In Despair Lies Hope

In Despair Lies Hope

A few weeks ago, communication from a friend who, citing a few immediate reasons which were widely known, suggested that he was in depression. In the last several months, there have been other similar personal mails or sharings in private conversations. Let me confess that I too have not been free from this mood visiting me occasionally. And I can[Read More…]

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Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

The nature of communal virus plaguing India even in this era displays political “strategies” still being deliberately manufactured and propagated to spread communalism at cost of secularism. The saving grace lies in questions being raised from secular activists, politicians and certain sections of media criticizing such communal moves. Sadly, some right-winged extremists bear little remorse about spreading communal virus. Paradoxically,[Read More…]

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Bilkis in Hindu Rashtra !

Bilkis in Hindu Rashtra !

 Whether Remission of Sentences of her Perpetrators offers a template for Victims / Survivors How Justice Would End for them now onwards ?   Who gets ‘Amrit’ , who gets ‘Vish’ ? Hindu mythology according to ‘Vishnu Purana’ talks about gods getting ‘Amrit’ (nectar) and asuras ( demons) getting Vish ( poison) after the Samudra Manthan of Kshirsagar. Well, in[Read More…]

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India at75: What Happened to the Promise of Freedom and Democracy?

India at75: What Happened to the Promise of Freedom and Democracy?

          India has now completed 75 years of its democratic journey, and we are busy in celebrations. This time perhaps, Indian people across communities and castes have celebrated Independence Day with deep commitments and enthusiasm. In this respect, the Har Ghar Tiranga Yatra campaign has been launched by the government (from 13th August to 15), as part of the  Azadi ka[Read More…]

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The shame of a nation: The tragedy of Bilkis Bano!

The shame of a nation: The tragedy of Bilkis Bano!

India completed 75 years of independence on 15 August 2022! That ‘special day’ however, was one of the blackest days in the history of post-independent India. It was indeed a terrible day for Bilkis Yakub Rasool and for millions of other Indians, who cherish all that is sacred: justice, liberty, equality and fraternity! On that day, as Bilkis Bano (as[Read More…]

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Bidding  goodbye  to  CJI  N.V.  Ramana  and  reviewing   the   judgments  passed   under  his  stewardship

Bidding  goodbye  to  CJI  N.V.  Ramana  and  reviewing   the   judgments  passed   under  his  stewardship

On  the  eve  of  the  retirement  of  Chief  Justice  N. V.  Ramana  from  the  Supreme  Court,  it  may  be  worthwhile  to  examine  both  his  individual  performance,  and  the  functioning  of   the  apex  court  under  his  supervision  during  his  tenure  of  sixteen  months  from  April,  2021  till  the  end  of  August,  2022,  when  he  is  due  to  retire. The  issues  being [Read More…]

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A statutory umbrella institution to exercise independent oversight on the Central investigating agencies, the need of the hour

A statutory umbrella institution to exercise independent oversight on the Central investigating agencies, the need of the hour

To Smt Droupadi Murmu President of India Rashtrapati Bhawan Respected Rashtrapati Ji, Delivering the 19th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture on ‘Democracy: Role and Responsibilities of Investigative Agencies’ in April this year, Chief Justice of India (CJI), Shri N V Ramana said, “our rich diversity cannot be sustained through dictatorial governance……with the passage of time, like every other institution of repute, the[Read More…]

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Samyukt Kisan Morcha launch 3 day protest in Lakhimpur Kheri 

Samyukt Kisan Morcha launch 3 day protest in Lakhimpur Kheri 

Minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s still being a representative of the Union Cabinet, even 10 months after the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre, is a travesty on the law and order situation of the country. From the beginning, Samyukta Kisan Morcha has fought to the last tooth ensure justice to the farmers, and has been providing legal and other assistance to the families[Read More…]

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Poverty and the draw of the railway platform

Poverty and the draw of the railway platform

Children who eke out a living on the tracks need better alternatives, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Puneet*, an 18-year-old adolescent looks purposeful but a little restless as he moves from one trash can to the next picking up empty plastic water bottles at New Delhi Railway Station. It is a sunny morning and his plans for the day are set. He[Read More…]

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Women in a Delhi bus display their pink tickets. | PTI

Is “Freebies” good politics but bad economics?

Freebies vs. Welfare Freebies are goods and services given free without any charge to the users. It is alleged that some state governments in India have confusion between ‘freebies and welfare. There is only a thin line between the two. Those who are against ‘freebies’ are generally against ‘welfare’ provisions too. The ‘freebies’ question has finally reached the Supreme Court[Read More…]

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The Gujarat Politics of Remission

The Gujarat Politics of Remission

The controversial garlanding of the recently released 11 individuals by members allegedly belonging to the VHP on August 16, 2022, raises a pertinent question: why were these individuals released? Obviously, the fact that they had been in prison for well over the mandatory 14 years made them eligible for availing the remission policy of the state government. It is a[Read More…]

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A Time to Defend Democracy in India

A Time to Defend Democracy in India

India recently celebrated 75 years of Independence. While there are many reasons of happiness and pride while observing this important anniversary, perhaps the most important feeling should be of the compelling need to stand up at this critical time for saving and protecting democracy in India. The reason is that during the last 8 years of the NDA/BJP regime democracy[Read More…]

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Unilateral imposition of obligations imposed by the Centre on State Power Utilities- The Centre to compensate the States

Unilateral imposition of obligations imposed by the Centre on State Power Utilities- The Centre to compensate the States

 Letter to the Chief Ministers Respected Chief Minister Kindly refer to my letter dated 8-8-2022 (https://countercurrents.org/2022/08/two-electricity-bills-tabled-in-the-parliament-without-consulting-the-states-letter-to-the-chief-ministers-of-states/) in which I cited the unilateral manner in which the Centre had tabled two Bills in the Parliament, one introducing several regressive amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 and another for amending the Energy Conservation Act, also imposing undue obligations on the State power[Read More…]

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PUCL condemns the remission of the sentence of the 11 convicts in the Bilkis case as arbitrary, unfair and dangerous for Indian democracy

PUCL condemns the remission of the sentence of the 11 convicts in the Bilkis case as arbitrary, unfair and dangerous for Indian democracy

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties condemns the release on remission of the 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case on August 15, 2022. 11 convicts charged with charges of gang rape of a pregnant woman and multiple murders  walked out free.  The release of the 11 convicts,  even as many others accused of less serious offences remain in jail is[Read More…]

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What Was Lost By Corporate Tax Cut Could Have Doubled the Budget for 20 Crucial Ministries and Departments

What Was Lost By Corporate Tax Cut Could Have Doubled the Budget for 20 Crucial Ministries and Departments

In 2019 the Government of India announced a reduction of corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 22 per cent, along with a further reduction to 15 per cent for new corporations. The Parliamentary Committee on Estimates has recently stated that this has led to a revenue loss of Rs. 1.84 lakh crore to the public exchequer in the[Read More…]

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The New Idols of the Market Place

The New Idols of the Market Place

  Five hundred years ago Francis Bacon,arguably a pioneer of what later became the European Enlightenment,had mooted the idea of four major sources of error and obstacles to clear thinking about truth.He called them idols.For instance ‘idols of the cave’ or ‘idols of the mind,on which we need not dwell at the moment.The ‘Idols of the marketplace’ with which we[Read More…]

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PM Modi Idolizes Savarkar: Second Killing Of The True Martyrs

PM Modi Idolizes Savarkar: Second Killing Of The True Martyrs

August 15, 2022 democratic-secular India completed 75 years of its eventful journey. It was a great occasion being celebrated as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav [Nectar of grand celebration]. However, it was sad as well as shocking that our PM chose this very day to idolize VD Savarkar by elevating him to the pantheon of great martyrs and freedom fighters of[Read More…]

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Protests of Apple Growers Continue With Resentment over Adverse Impact of Big Business

Protests of Apple Growers Continue With Resentment over Adverse Impact of Big Business

On August 16 protests of apple growers resumed in Himachal Pradesh after a 10-day ultimatum to the government by the apple growers did not bring a satisfactory response. On August 5 following a a big agitation the protesting apple growers had given this ultimatum to the state government to resolve their problems within 10 days. Harish Chauhan, convener of Saunkta[Read More…]

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Is it enough to fly the Tricolour to prove one’s patriotism?

Is it enough to fly the Tricolour to prove one’s patriotism?

The Bhartiya Janata Party government has issued a diktat – that every house should fly the national flag on this independence day when India is celebrating 75th year of independence. The government has taken the responsibility to make the flags available. The Uttar Pardesh government is spending Rs. 40 crores to procure 2 crores flags. Remaining 2.5 crores flags will[Read More…]

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Groundwater management, farm subsidies & food security- Need to adopt a holistic view

Groundwater management, farm subsidies & food security- Need to adopt a holistic view

 To Dr Suman Bery Vice-Chairmam Niti Ayog Dear Dr Bery, For quite some time, I have been requesting both Niti Ayog and the Jal Shakti Ministry to take a long-term view of groundwater management and its implications for electricity subsidies and food security. In particular, I invite your attention to my letter dated 15-9-2020 addressed to the Prime Minister and[Read More…]

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5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

To   Shri G C Murmu C&AG     Dear Shri Murmu,   I write this in continuation of my previous letter dated 13-8-2022 on the 5G spectrum auctions (https://countercurrents.org/2022/08/5g-spectrum-is-it-a-distress-sale-cag-may-look-at-it-carefully/)   The DOT is about to resume 5G spectrum auctions and put more valuable spectrum bands on a distress sale (https://m.economictimes.com/industry/telecom/telecom-news/dot-initiates-process-to-auction-more-5g-spectrum/articleshow/93564927.cms) I have already pointed out in detail how the earlier[Read More…]

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Battle for possession of the Tricolour

Battle for possession of the Tricolour

(This is the English translation of the Hindi article titled ‘Tirange Par Kabze Ki Ladai’ which had been published in ‘Yuva Samvad’ and Hastakshep.com in 2011. Since then, the business of the country’s national flag Tricolour has increased manifold in the corridors of power. One can note that anti-corruption movement which was held under the aegis of “India Against Corruption”,[Read More…]

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India: 75 Years of Independence

India: 75 Years of Independence

What India Achieved, What It Could Not and What it Lost After Achieving India achieved independence in 1947 and is now celebrating the completion of 75 years of its independence. In 1947 the life expectancy in India was a little less than 32 years. Now it is 69.6 years. This would appear to be a big achievement, but if you[Read More…]

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After 75-years of Independence

After 75-years of Independence

We the People The execution of Sepoy Mangal Pandey on April 8, 1857, by the officers of the Bengal Army of the British East India Company sparked our Independence movement. The rebellion among Indian soldiers that followed, caused the ruling British monarch Queen Victoria to  proclaim in 1858, that India would be governed by and in the name of “the[Read More…]

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Employees Pension Scheme: Not consistent with human dignity

Employees Pension Scheme: Not consistent with human dignity

Pension entitlement of retiring low-wage employees of public and private sectors under the EPS Scheme not consistent with human dignity To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Kindly refer to my letters dated 22-9-2020 & 11-3-2021 addressed to you seeking revision of pension under EPS-95 scheme to bring it in line with the necessity of enabling the[Read More…]

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Fact-Finding Report of Himmatnagar and Khambhat Riots in Gujarat

Fact-Finding Report of Himmatnagar and Khambhat Riots in Gujarat

Hindu Right, Communal Riots and Demolitions: Emerging Pattern of Communal Riots in India-  Fact-Finding Report of Himmatnagar and Khambhat Riots in Gujarat Introduction: On 10th April, communal riots broke out in different parts of India including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat on the occasion of Ram Navami. The occasion saw Hindu right wing organizations organize processions in[Read More…]

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Whose FREEDOM@75?

Whose FREEDOM@75?

 The official propaganda states that, “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey but[Read More…]

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India’s position on the World Hunger Index has fallen and malnutrition and unemployment rising

India is the second largest food producing country in the world and ranks first in the production of milk, pulses, rice, fish, vegetables and wheat. Despite this, a large population of the country is suffering from malnutrition. According to the United Nations’ ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022’ report, people’s struggle for survival has increased[Read More…]

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5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

To Shri G C Murmu C&AG Dear Shri Murmu, The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) in the Ministry of Communications has just finalized 5G spectrum auctions. According  to the Ministry’s statements, out of the 72,098 MHz of spectrum put on sale, the government has realised Rs 150,173 Crores from the sale of 51,236 MHz of spectrum that could be sold. Most[Read More…]

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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Independence – Why Gandhi-Nehru brothers RSS-BJP?

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Independence – Why Gandhi-Nehru brothers RSS-BJP?

                                     Our current ruling dispensation led by BJP-RSS is working overtime to make India Congress-free and opposition-free and to change the basic tenets of the country’s constitution to make the country a Hindu Rashtra. And as a part of that strategy, founders of our nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru are being ignored while celebrating the 75th Anniversary of[Read More…]

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75th anniversary of Indian Independence Part 2 -Post-1947 period 

In August 1947,India was  now self-governed or politically independent and a was established as a republic with universal suffrage, fully fledged constitution, a functioning parliament, regular elections contested by a wide range of parties and considerable level of freedom of speech and press. Although not a fully fledged bourgeois democracy, it had strong semblances to one. Still India remains to[Read More…]

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Nafrat Chodo – Bharat Jodo Abhiyaan!

Nafrat Chodo – Bharat Jodo Abhiyaan!

14th August “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” – Another Strategy to Fuel the Politics of Hate & Division! A day of mourning and introspection is being transformed into a day of further spawning hatred and division – India must Resist It! Even as the entire country unites to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of our Independence on the 15th of August, yet[Read More…]

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What ails the World of Medical Education? Caste Discrimination in the World of Medical Education

What ails the World of Medical Education? Caste Discrimination in the World of Medical Education

‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ – French critic, journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) AIIMS, the premier medical institute in the country is in the news again albeit for wrong reasons. The Parliamentary Panel headed by Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, which looks into issues of caste discrimination in specific institutions has come out with a[Read More…]

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75th Anniversary of Indian Independence Part 1 –Analysis of pre-1947 to present

75th Anniversary of Indian Independence Part 1 –Analysis of pre-1947 to present

The   British left us 75 years ago, with India now self-governed and politically independent. with a secular and democratic constitution. However it was not a triumph of people’s liberation, with transfer of power not accomplished as a result of an anti-feudal and anti-imperialist revolution.  Even after independence there was inadequate space to democratically organise and imperialist capital continued to penetrate[Read More…]

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Reflections on 75th anniversary of India’s Independence

Reflections on 75th anniversary of India’s Independence

Indians are going to unfurl the tricolour to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence on 15th of August 2022. Indian freedom struggle has not only shaped India as a modern constitutional democracy but also shaped the nature of state, society and citizenship. The anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, anti-feudal and anti-imperialist struggle were the four pillars of Indian freedom struggle that laid[Read More…]

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Can  the  new  President  `fulfil  the  dreams  of  the  poor’ ? 

Can  the  new  President  `fulfil  the  dreams  of  the  poor’ ? 

After  taking  the  oath  of  office  of  the  President  of  India,  Droupadi  Murmu  said:  “My  election  is  proof  of  the  fact  that  the  poor  in  India  can  have  dreams  and  fulfil  them  too.”   Her  speech  at  the   oath  taking  ceremony  was  a  moving  narrative,  recalling  her past   struggles  from  humble  origins  and   her  daily  toil  during  her  childhood.  She  described [Read More…]

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Cholera outbreak in Kashipur of Odisha

Cholera outbreak in Kashipur of Odisha

    The outbreak of Cholera in Kashipur block of Rayagada and other 7 districts has resulted in the death of more than 17 people and unrelieved suffering of hundreds is reported by the Health minister in Assembly. For the  last three decades , this has not been a new one  to Kashipur and other tribal populous areas of the[Read More…]

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How Tribal People Have Been Losing Their Land Rights Steadily for Years

How Tribal People Have Been Losing Their Land Rights Steadily for Years

How will you feel if someone promises to remove an injustice you have suffered for years, but in the end leaves you suffering even more than before? Something similar appears to be happening to tribal communities in India in the context of the Forest Rights Act 2006. They were promised by the government that the historic injustice caused to them[Read More…]

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Delhi Police attacks terminated anganwadi workers and helpers

Delhi Police attacks terminated anganwadi workers and helpers

The Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union of Delhi in recent times have waged a relentless struggle against the barbaric conditions of termination enforced. It recently launched a 38 day strike embarrassing the rulers in their backyard. The Delhi police mercilessly ripped through the peaceful gathering. Anganwadi workers and helpers in Delhi waged a sustained agitation against the illegal terminations after[Read More…]

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August Ninth Spells “Freedom”

August Ninth Spells “Freedom”

As another ‘Ninth August’ slips into history and perhaps into oblivion (as some would certainly like it to be), it is important that we bask in the significance of the day and what it holds in store for all and particularly for the journey ahead! This reflection therefore is about the past, present and future – three tenses all encapsulated[Read More…]

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Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Fearing loss of chief ministerial berth and being pushed into political sidelines has apparently prompted Nitish Kumar to break his party (Janata Dal-United)’s alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and once again shake hands with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). His key concern has for the moment been taken care of, with his remaining Bihar’s chief minister. To a degree, his[Read More…]

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Essential Precepts of Freedom Movement Eroded

Essential Precepts of Freedom Movement Eroded

The Independence Day is always a proud day for all citizens of India. This year it is all the more so as this is the 75th Independence Day. However at the same time there is growing concern about the increasing erosion of some essential precepts of the freedom movement during the last eight years or so of the NDA/BJP regime.[Read More…]

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Free-wheeling remarks on freebies

Free-wheeling remarks on freebies

       Suddenly the country is abuzz with freebies.The media resounding with high-minded denunciation of them.Experts,opinion makers,op-ed writers are homing in on them.The Supreme Court is shaking its head.Now a committee of taxpayers are to decide if parties can promise freebies before elections.That too at a time when prices of gas cylinders etc are hurtling through the roof.One question continues to[Read More…]

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From Thalaivetti Muniyappan To Buddha

From Thalaivetti Muniyappan To Buddha

Sculpture mistakenly identified as a Hindu deity is originally “Buddha”, declares Madras High Court In a Writ Petition challenging the identity of the statue at Thalaivetti Muniyappan Temple, Periyeri Village, Salem, Tamil Nadu, the Madras High court after considering the detailed report of Archaeological Department declared the statue to be the depiction of “Buddha”. The Petitioners, one Mr.P.Ranganathan and a[Read More…]

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A Rights Based Approach to Development Work

A Rights Based Approach to Development Work

Recently someone asked me to pen down a few thoughts on why I thought that the welfarist approach to development is wrong and why I advocate a Rights-based Approach to Development. The conclusion is not totally correct as I believe there is a place for welfare-oriented activities, particularly where they would otherwise be left out completely. Or when a new[Read More…]

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August Revolution and India’s ruling class

August Revolution and India’s ruling class

(This is the English translation of my article in Hindi written in 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary of Quit India Movement or August Revolution. The article was published in ‘Yuva Samvad’ and ‘Hastakshep.com’. In it an attempt was made to delineate the inspiration and facts behind the movement, and the sentiments of the Indian people and leaders who participated[Read More…]

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 Two Electricity Bills tabled in the Parliament without consulting the States – Letter to the Chief Ministers of States

 Two Electricity Bills tabled in the Parliament without consulting the States – Letter to the Chief Ministers of States

Respected Chief Minister, At the recent Niti Ayog meeting, the Prime Minister (PM) is reported to have said that “India’s federal structure and cooperative federalism emerged as a model for the world during Covid crisis” (https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/indias-federal-structure-became-role-model-covid-19-pm-modi-niti-aayog-meeting-101659873302169.html). While the sentiment underlying the statement is commendable, it is important that it is translated into tangible action in all respects. In the past,[Read More…]

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What if they missed the gold medal, the Indian women cricket team won the hearts of people

What if they missed the gold medal, the Indian women cricket team won the hearts of people

The Indian women cricket team was on the verge of clinching the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, but just missed out on this much coveted goal. Till the last over the result could have gone either way, but being more experienced, the Australian team could win. It does not matter. A T20 match result can go either way within[Read More…]

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80th Anniversary of Quit India Movement

80th Anniversary of Quit India Movement

A Great Upsurge of People Which Warned Colonial Powers that Their Rule Must End It was on August 8 1942, 80 years ago, that Mahatma Gandhi gave his great call to the people of India to ‘do or die’ for independence and thereby served notice to the colonial rulers. Even though all the leading Congress rulers were arrested almost immediately,[Read More…]

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Handlooms And Khadi Can Promote Millions of Sustainable, Ecologically Protective Livelihoods

Handlooms And Khadi Can Promote Millions of Sustainable, Ecologically Protective Livelihoods

Handlooms Day ( August 7 ) is a good time to assert the need for a strong protective policy towards not just handlooms ( hand-woven cloth) but also towards cloth which is hand-spun as well as hand-woven ( called khadi in India). In this context we also need to make the wider point, as emphasized by Mahatma Gandhi repeatedly ,that[Read More…]

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Why the Argument of Pension Burden is Not Relevant in the Context of Agnipath Debate

Why the Argument of Pension Burden is Not Relevant in the Context of Agnipath Debate

In the context of the ongoing debate on the Agnipath scheme, one of the factors that has been mentioned sometimes in its favor relates to the need for reducing the pension burden. However this is not relevant due to the reasons given below. Firstly the amount of civilian defense personnel pensions is often included in the armed forces pension bill.[Read More…]

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The Exuberant Fatuity of the Indian Neo-Con

The Exuberant Fatuity of the Indian Neo-Con

Ever too clever by half, he believes common decency is beneath him. In the event, common sense has taken leave of him.                        When, in July, 2021 Father Stan Swamy succumbed to the combined depredations of a venal State machine and a depraved judicial system,  Jaithirth Rao wrote a column in an online newsmagazine which bore a title that to[Read More…]

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Jammu & Kashmir Solidarity Day Statement & Report of 3 years

Jammu & Kashmir Solidarity Day Statement & Report of 3 years

The Indian parliament passed the J&K Re-­‐organisation Act on August 5, 2019, de-­‐operationalising Article 370, ending Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and partitioning the erstwhile state into two Union Territories of Ladakh and J&K. Soon after, Jammu & Kashmir’s political and geographical status was changed by imposing massive restrictions on the people of Jammu & Kashmir with several months under[Read More…]

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Big Protest of Apple Growers in Himachal Highlights Their Growing Discontent

Big Protest of Apple Growers in Himachal Highlights Their Growing Discontent

August 5 witnessed the biggest protest of apple growers in Himachal Pradesh in recent decades as a very large number of them joined a march in Shimla, following the getting together of nearly 27 of their organizations under the Sanyukta Kisan Manch ( SKM or Joint Farmers’ Front).This was the biggest protest of apple growers since 1990. Incidentally then too[Read More…]

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Rights, Laws, Constitution: Confusions of an Ignoramus

In the month of June-July, fruit-wise still a month of Mangoes, allegedly some fellows at the behest of Adani Power company and emboldened by administration of WB started destructing mango and lichi orchards in some villages near Farakka (the place famous for barrage) for the purpose of clearing way for constructing transmission towers for carrying electricity from Adani’s power plant in Jharkhand to neighbouring Bangladesh. When villagers protested many were beaten by police and many were arrested. A team of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha that went to inspect the area was virtually detained by the administration and was prevented from going to the spot, a press statement of SKM said.

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Sanitary workers are most neglected in Odisha

Sanitary workers are most neglected in Odisha

Sanitary workers are not like other workers of any occupation but they are also one of the most vulnerable communities among scheduled castes in India. Scavenging or sanitary work is still prevalent as a customarily caste based occupation in India. As per 2011 census the population of Hadi community in Odisha was 2.5 lakh who are largely engaged in sanitary work. They are also called by different local names such as Mehenter, Behera, sweeper and scavengers.

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Why NREGA Implementation Problems Are Increasing

Why NREGA Implementation Problems Are Increasing

While the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act ( MG-NREGA or simply NREGA)has certainly provided an important means of improving rural livelihood prospects, it is increasingly clear that its implementation problems are increasing, and this is particularly true this year.

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Can you train a man (or a woman) to kill in 6 months?

Can you train a man (or a woman) to kill in 6 months?

Can you train a man( or a woman) to kill in 6 months? Definitely yes. In fact, our crime records would indicate that a majority of killers in India; don’t require any training at all. When the time comes and the need occurs, the trigger is pulled or the dagger is thrust in, quite effortlessly. But in the armed forces,[Read More…]

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Endless Wait of 60 million Senior Citizens for Pensions

Endless Wait of 60 million Senior Citizens for Pensions

The most important support needed by elderly persons is for regular and adequate pensions. Only about 10 per cent of senior citizens in India have access to regular and reasonable pensions. They are mostly those who have served in the civil government, armed forces and related parts of the formal sector. For the remaining over 90 per cent of senior[Read More…]

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Hindutva gang colluded with British rulers and Jinnah against Quit India movement: A peep into Hindutva archives

Hindutva gang colluded with British rulers and Jinnah against Quit India movement: A peep into Hindutva archives

On the eve of 80th anniversary of the glorious Quit India Movement 1942 [QIM], we must evaluate the anti-national role of the Hindutva flag-bearers (who shamelessly claim to be the original nationalists) in India’s anti-colonial freedom struggle. QIM also known as ‘August Kranti’ (August Revolution) was a nation-wide Civil Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7,[Read More…]

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Stop political parties giving “freebies” to there electorate

Stop political parties giving “freebies” to there electorate

To Shri Rajiv Kumar CEC Shri Anup Chandra Pandey EC Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, I understand that a PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking a direction to stop political parties from promising and distributing “irrational freebies” during election campaigns. Any undue inducement by a political party in power to woo the voters at the cost[Read More…]

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Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Seventy-five year old Naveen Patnaik will be nearing 80 when Odisha heads for the next scheduled assembly elections in 2024. He is credited for his sharp political strategies which have helped him stay as state’s chief minister for the fifth consecutive term. Biju Janata Dal (BJD) founded by him on 26 December 1997 is recognized as the most successful and[Read More…]

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Questions On Supreme Court

Questions On Supreme Court

Justice.M.Khanwilkar’s recent judgments have provoked much controversy.His retirement has become an occasion for acerbic reviews of his past orders and also the SC’s role.It has been suggested that he had been assigned cases where the government was in a tight spot and every time he came to the government’s rescue with a battery of arguments as well as a deeply[Read More…]

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Road Accidents Exceptionally High in Himalayan Region

Road Accidents Exceptionally High in Himalayan Region

On June 7, 13 passengers were killed when a bus plying on Shainshar-Kullu road, in Sainj Valley of Himachal Pradesh, rolled down a hill. The high death toll was caused by at least two avoidable reasons which are often seen in hilly areas. Firstly, there was delay in relief and rescue. Secondly, a landslide had thrown boulders and stones on[Read More…]

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Spirit of Chipko echo in the cry for justice in Helang

Spirit of Chipko echo in the cry for justice in Helang

In the border district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand a powerful action Smt Mandodari Devi to protect her meadows and grazing land has brought back the memories of Chipko resistance. Mandodari Devi fought with the CISF Jawans who tried to stop her accessing the village Charagah or what is termed as Common Property Resource and snatched her fodder which she had[Read More…]

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Dalits gherao Panchayat Officials in Sangrur protesting dummy land auction

Dalits gherao Panchayat Officials in Sangrur protesting dummy land auction

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Committee tightened the noose around the neck of the authorities in Hardike village in Sangrur by undertaking   a sustained 6 hour gherao. The protestors demanded scrapping of dummy land auction of panchayat land. The protestors deflated the tyres of the official’s vehicles in addition to locking all gates of the BDPO Office and locking the BDPO,[Read More…]

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Ghunghutipada Slum in Sambalpur district of Odisha – How Temple project discriminates against the Landless Dalit

Ghunghutipada Slum in Sambalpur district of Odisha – How Temple project discriminates against the Landless Dalit

The Ghunghutipada slum in ward no.17 of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation is home to more than 200 households belonging to scheduled castes (SCs). About 400 years back the then king Rajabalaram Deo had engaged their forefathers to beat drums during temple rituals and also to maintain the cleanliness of the temple premises. Since then they have been staying over the land[Read More…]

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West Bengal Education Ministry Teacher Appointment Scam and Aftermath

West Bengal Education Ministry Teacher Appointment Scam and Aftermath

Some of the élites are in a fury and others busy in making cover up. West Bengal Education Ministry scam in recruiting teachers, though yet to be come as व्यापक (vyapak) as the व्यापम (vyapam) scam of the of Madhya Pradesh where one officer was found to be in possession of ₹70 crores, has already made storms in media, social-media[Read More…]

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Birsa Munda Freedom Fighter Museum at Ranchi

Living Memorials of Freedom Fighters Will Help to Keep Alive Their Inspiring Message

The freedom movement of India is a highly inspiring chapter of world history. With their deeds and not just their words, year after year so many freedom fighters gave highly inspiring examples of facing very tough challenges in highly courageous ways, often making big sacrifices with a smile and freedom movement slogans and songs on their lips. The broad message[Read More…]

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 Recent amendment of the Forest Conservation Rules- Issue a clarification to the States

To Smt Leena Nandan Secretary Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MEFCC) Govt of India   Shri A K Jha Secretary Ministry of Tribal Affairs Govt of India   Dear Smt Nandan and Shri Jha,   I refer to the amendment introduced by the MEFCC to the Forest (Conservation) Rules vide GSR 480(E) dated 28-6-2022, in which the procedure for[Read More…]

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Why the Struggle of Dhinkia Deserves Wide Support

Why the Struggle of Dhinkia Deserves Wide Support

The struggle of the people of Dhinkia and nearby villagers ( in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha) to save the local green rural economy based on dhana – mina – pana (paddy, fish and vines of betel leaves , apart from cashew nuts) from the onslaught of highly polluting big industries has acquired a new relevance and resonance in the middle[Read More…]

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Need to Revive the Spirit of Tiranga

Need to Revive the Spirit of Tiranga

This August 15 (2022) we are completing 75 years of our freedom from the slavery of British rule. This is a time to introspect and commit ourselves to the movement which got us freedom and to assess whether we are walking the path of dreams of the visionaries of freedom movement. To mark the occasion the Government of India led[Read More…]

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Why the Deucha Pachami Coal Project Should be Given Up at an Early Stage

Why the Deucha Pachami Coal Project Should be Given Up at an Early Stage

As the crisis of climate change has aggravated rapidly, there is a strong reason for being highly cautious about development of any new coal projects. Nevertheless, countries of the global south cannot entirely ban such development as they have to be concerned also about their crucial energy needs as well and of developing their own resources within the country for[Read More…]

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Rupesh Kumar Singh—Why this Journalist’s Arrest Should be Opposed Strongly and Widely

Rupesh Kumar Singh—Why this Journalist’s Arrest Should be Opposed Strongly and Widely

One of the most challenging tasks in India has been to report from those remote places which are in the middle of several conflicts and repressive policies. Apart from the more routine problems relating to collecting evidence and facts in remote areas, when these become conflict zones or when repression is being unleashed there, risks of journalism work increase considerably[Read More…]

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Ukraine War: A Rock and a Hard Place 

Ukraine War: A Rock and a Hard Place 

One of the collateral damages of the war in Ukraine is the future of Indian medical students who went to study there. The typical profile of the students was that they appeared for the National Entrance and Eligibility Test(NEET) which regulates admission to medical colleges in India. But their scores were not high enough to get them a government medical[Read More…]

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The Agnipath scheme makes sense in larger context of the BJP’s Neoliberal Hindutva

The Agnipath scheme makes sense in larger context of the BJP’s Neoliberal Hindutva

Lakh of the youths in the country are feeling fudged. Violent protests took place against the recently announced Agnipath scheme in the army recruitment for personnel below officer rank (PBOR). Under the new Agnipath scheme, the government has announced recruiting youths for the army, to be called Agniveers. Under this scheme, after qualifying, they will not have a secured tenure[Read More…]

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Need for transparency in disclosing fiscal liabilities under the FRBM

Need for transparency in disclosing fiscal liabilities under the FRBM

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, As one closely associated [as the then Chairman of the committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) legislation in the year 2000] with the idea of evolving a statutory framework for the Centre and the States to ensure transparency in terms of the disclosure of fiscal liabilities to their respective[Read More…]

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Why Senior Veterans of Armed Forces Are Worried about Agnipath

Why Senior Veterans of Armed Forces Are Worried about Agnipath

Few changes in armed forces have been as controversial as the Agnipath scheme of recruitment announced in June. It is very important for national interest to examine carefully the objections raised by several very senior and experienced veterans of armed forces, some of whom have distinguished themselves not just in the battlefield but as also as very learned commentators on[Read More…]

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The CJI’s Complaint

The CJI’s Complaint

When the present Chief Justice of India speaks,India listens.Not because of his position and power,but because he has restored a measure of trust in the justice system of the country following its steep decline under some of his predecessors. The point is critical.For the highest courts in the world are prone to be subjected to heated controversy from time to[Read More…]

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President should play a proactive role for tribals

President should play a proactive role for tribals

To Smt Droupadi Murmu President of India Rashtrapati Bhawan Respected Rashtrapati Ji, I wish to congratulate you on being elected as the  President of India. As the first representative of the adivasis of the country, I have no doubt that you will take a proactive role in re-orienting the policy of the government for the overall betterment of the adivasis’[Read More…]

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Welfare Programs—Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Welfare Programs—Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

In recent times there have been several very impressive claims by the union government regarding its very strong commitment to various welfare programs. However at the same time we cannot ignore that equally strong criticisms questioning these claims have also been voiced. As a lot of statistics are often quoted in support of claims as well as criticisms, people are[Read More…]

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Welcome President Draupadi Murmu

Welcome President Draupadi Murmu

Mrs Draupadi Murmu has expectedly won the Presidential contest defeating Shri Yashwant Sinha with a heavy margin. A large number of individual members of non-NDA political parties supported her apart from the ruling parties in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand which reflected the popular sentiment among them not to be seen as opposing the candidature of the first President of[Read More…]

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Dehli Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers Union gherao Development Department in Delhi protesting termination

Dehli Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers Union gherao Development Department in Delhi protesting termination

The Delhi state Aanganwadi workers and helpers Union launched an effective gherao at the city govt’s women and child development Department at Kashmere gate on July 22nd , raising slogans against the Aam Admi party dispensation. Their plight is symbolic of that of women workers all over the country, mercilessly entrapped by the contract system, denied stipulated or fair wages,[Read More…]

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How to flag hate speech and related matters

How to flag hate speech and related matters

        The order passed by the SC bench led by Justice D.Y.Chandrachud releasing Mohammed Zubair on bail and clubbing together all six cases filed by UP and Delhi police comes as welcome relief at a time when the extraordinary judgment of another bench ordering prosecution of Teesta Setalvad,well-known human rights activist, seemed to be the culmination of courts’ indecisive and[Read More…]

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Securing Skilled Jobs for the Present and the Future

Securing Skilled Jobs for the Present and the Future

As the world recovers from the pandemic, and many across the country are trying to find their feet with gainful employment, a study released early this year by CMIE reveals that agriculture absorbed an additional 11 million workers over the last 3 years. The study also indicates a loss of 15 million jobs in the rest of the economy. Mahesh[Read More…]

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Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Constitutionally speaking, all citizens are equal before law and nobody can be discriminated against on basis of religion, race, caste, gender, place of birth and other such factors. Constitutional spirit of Indian democracy and secularism also bears this stamp. Against this backdrop, what is suggested by election of Draupadi Murmu as 15th President of this country with emphasis laid on[Read More…]

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Jawans, Kisans, and Karmiks Come Together

Jawans, Kisans, and Karmiks Come Together

Calling an all-Party meeting recently, MEA Minister S.Jaishankar rightly expressed official concern at the critical economic-financial situation of our southern neighbour Sri Lanka. It had caused large-scale protests. Jaishankar also allayed fears that a similar situation could arise in India. It is devoutly to be hoped that he is correct, in the interest of our People and our nation. The[Read More…]

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CHOWKIPUR, INDIA, - SEPTEMBER 18: Boys study by lantern light in a house L-R: (children closest to camera) Nitish Suraj (12), Ashish Choudhary (10), Baijunath Paswan (7) in Chowkipur India on September 18, 2015. Chowkipur is a village 60 KM from Patna that has no electricity. (Photo by Simon de Trey-White for the Washington Post)

 Letter to the State Chief Ministers – Come together on Electricity and MSP

Respected Chief Minister, I had earlier addressed you through a series of letters on the range of policy changes introduced by the Centre that amounted to making inroads into the legislative and the executive domains of the States and overstepping the lakshman rekha of federalism that lies at the core of the parliamentary democratic system provided in the Constitution. The[Read More…]

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Why Electricity Bill Amendment Should Not be Passed in A Hurry

Why Electricity Bill Amendment Should Not be Passed in A Hurry

There are increasing demands from many sides that the amendment of Electricity Act 2003 which the union government has been trying to push ahead for some time should not be passed in a hurry. It has been discussed that the government is likely to introduce the Electricity ( Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. A reference[Read More…]

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The challenges of Gig-Economy

The challenges of Gig-Economy

by Ashish Kumar Singh & Akash Singh According to a NITI Aayog recent report titled ‘India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy’ India’s gig workforce, estimated to be at 77 lakh in 2020-21. It is expected to go up to 2.35 crore by 2029-30. Gig worker are defined by Niti Aayog as those engaged in livelihoods outside the traditional employer-employee arrangement. Gig[Read More…]

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Islamophobia and the Christian community in Kerala

Islamophobia and the Christian community in Kerala

Although there are many threads of kinship, those who study history can understand that there have been conflicts between Islam and Christianity since the beginning. Although it can be attributed to the Semitic tradition and the exact assimilation of the modern structure, it can undoubtedly be said that imperial political interests were behind it. But on the other hand, the role of[Read More…]

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From Zail Singh to Draupadi Murmu

From Zail Singh to Draupadi Murmu

The Indian state has constantly deceived the world by concealing its dismal record on minority rights through tokenism Let’s not be fooled by the election of the first indigenous (Adivasi) woman as India’s President. Draupadi Murmu made history after winning the presidential election. She was the candidate of the ruling right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Prime Minister[Read More…]

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Rent Seeking Hindutva Government in India

Rent Seeking Hindutva Government in India

High inflation, growing unemployment and depreciating rupee are three fundamental issues faced by Indian economy today. The educational and health infrastructure is falling apart. Human development is in the bottom of the nadir. Modi government has no plans to take responsibility to navigate Indian economy away from these crises.  It is passing its responsibility on Indian people by reckless hiking[Read More…]

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CESTA’s order in favour of some Adani Group companies in a case being pursued by the DRI

CESTA’s order in favour of some Adani Group companies in a case being pursued by the DRI

To Shri Tarun Bajaj Union Revenue Secretary Dear Shri Bajaj, I understand that the a Customs, Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) has pronounced an order in favour of the Adani Group in a case being investigated by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on alleged over invoicing of power equipment by some companies belonging to that group. I refer[Read More…]

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Amendment of Biodiversity Law Will Weaken Protection Efforts and Rights of People

Amendment of Biodiversity Law Will Weaken Protection Efforts and Rights of People

The importance of protecting biological diversity has been increasingly realized all over the world in recent times. This realization came in the wake of several disturbing trends such as very disturbing pace of destruction of natural forests and fast spread of monocultures over vast farming areas. As biological diversity was lost in nature but its importance was realized by powerful[Read More…]

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Urgent Need to Support Goba System of Ladakh

Urgent Need to Support Goba System of Ladakh

Kalpavriksh, Snow Leopard Conservancy – India Trust (SLC-IT), Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Ladakh Media and Arts Organisation (LAMO), and Local Futures   Five civil society organisations are encouraging the UT Administration and the Hill Council, along with Ladakhi society, to recognise and strengthen the goba (or nambardar) system. In a detailed study led by Kalpavriksh (a Pune-based organisation active in[Read More…]

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Prime  Minister  makes  India  stink  in  world  public  opinion

Prime  Minister  makes  India  stink  in  world  public  opinion

   “He  (Narendra  Modi)   gifted  ittar  (perfume  derived       from  natural  sources)  bottles in  zardozi  box,  crafted  in  Lucknow,  to  French  President  Emmanuel  Macron.”  (The  Times  of  India,  June  29,  2022)     “Here  is  the  smell  of  the  blood  still:  all  the  perfumes  of  Arabia will  not  sweeten  this  little  hand.” (Shakespeare:  Macbeth). The  above  two  quotes  sum  up  the  record [Read More…]

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The Unfortunate New Trend of Punishing Petitioners  

The Unfortunate New Trend of Punishing Petitioners  

In June 2021 the Delhi High Court passed a judgment on a petition filed by leading film actor Juhi Chawla. She had filed a petition against hasty roll-out of 5G Technology. While anyone may agree or disagree with this, the fact remains that hundreds of scientists worldwide have been warning on the same issue that Juhi Chawla had taken to[Read More…]

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AAP: A New Specimen of Corporate Politics

AAP: A New Specimen of Corporate Politics

(This article was written in November 2013 and had been published in the Mainstream Weekly, VOL LI, No 47, November 9, 2013. The article was highly criticized by certain progressive/secular intellectuals/columnists ranging from India to the US. Most of them  thought it better to ignore the article as ‘trash’. A generation of young Indians has grown up since then. Definitely,[Read More…]

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The magician and the crowd

The magician and the crowd

       The scenes unfolding before us are rather dispiriting.Consider the lone crusade of the opposition’s joint candidate for the post of the President,Yashwant Sinha, as he travels from state to state like an old but sturdy war-horse.It now appears that some elements in the opposition have been brought up short by the support generated for Droupadi Murmu among considerable numbers[Read More…]

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New Amendments to  Indian Forest Rights Act 2006  To help  Big  corporations

New Amendments to  Indian Forest Rights Act 2006  To help  Big  corporations

While nominating Mrs. Draupadi Murmu,as candidate to President of India, ruling BJP  boasted a savior of tribal people. However, by proposing  changes to Forest Rights Act, 2006, the government is doing quite  the opposite by subverting  the interests of tribal people to benefit big companies. During the current monsoon session of Indian Parliament new rules are proposed to the present[Read More…]

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WTO Has Accentuated Problems of Small Farmers and Increased Hurdles in Path of Food Sovereignty

WTO Has Accentuated Problems of Small Farmers and Increased Hurdles in Path of Food Sovereignty

A recent news published in several newspapers has quoted India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as telling a seminar that she has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow India to export food grains from its public stockholding to nations which are facing food crisis. She said that India could help in reducing hunger or food insecurity but there was[Read More…]

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Protest in Hardike village in Sangrur by Dalit Agricultural Labour for scrapping distribution of Reserved Quota of Land

Protest in Hardike village in Sangrur by Dalit Agricultural Labour for scrapping distribution of Reserved Quota of Land

In village Hardike in Sangrur a land distribution of reserved quota for dalit agricultural labour bid was thwarted by the administration. The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee lodged a concerted protest on July 13th in the village mobilizing over 500 persons.Shingara Singh, Shinder Kaur,,Jaswant Sinh Khedi ,Jasvir Kaur and Hakim Singh adressed the meeting. They elaborated the motive of the village[Read More…]

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Proposed amendments to Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act- Not in the national interest

Proposed amendments to Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act- Not in the national interest

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India I have just come across a public notice issued by the Union Ministry of Mines proposing a few far reaching amendments to the Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act, 1957 (MMDRA). I have enclosed here a copy of the relevant notice [Ministry of Mines No. M VI-1/3/2022- Mines VI dated[Read More…]

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Farmers Organisations in Punjab plan to protest against Corporates plunging waste into Rivers and robbing Water

Farmers Organisations in Punjab plan to protest against Corporates plunging waste into Rivers and robbing Water

  A massive agitation has been planned from July 21st to 25th by the farmers organization in Punjab to thwart the bid of the corporates to grab the land and pollute the waters of the rivers. Despite being the dominant state of agriculture, Punjab is a facing severe shortage of water for agriculture. Issue illustrates the patronising of corporate plunder[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)

Campaign demanding pending wages of NREGA workers

The disastrous condition of the most marginal rural workers who work in the 100 days work programme (MGNREGA) is now a burning issue in West Bengal. For more than six months, the workers are not getting their wages under MGNREGA. Both the central and state government do not seem interested in a solution. They are rather engaged in a war[Read More…]

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Statement in response to the NEP report in Karnataka

Statement in response to the NEP report in Karnataka

In the continuing misery being faced by children as policy-makers increasingly push for an agenda of vegetarianism that has never been endorsed or debated in a country consisting of largely non-vegetarian people. Through a report by an expert committee, headed by John Vijay Sagar, Professor and Head, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS on health, the New Education Policy[Read More…]

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Empower the CPSEs, not privatise them

Empower the CPSEs, not privatise them

“We must have full control over our electricity production and performance”, said the French Prime Minister recently, when she informed the Parliament of the government’s decision to increase its equity share from the present 83.76% to 100% in the EDF company, France’s premier nuclear electricity utility and one of the largest producers of nuclear electricity in the world. France has[Read More…]

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Need for Caution and Widespread Consultation on Public Health Bill

Need for Caution and Widespread Consultation on Public Health Bill

The Government is in the process of finalizing a new public health bill while repealing the 125 year old Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. While few will question the need for replacing such an old and outdated law, there is also urgent need for carefully studying the various provisions of the new bill so that it is not coercive and[Read More…]

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Attempts to Implicate Medha Patkar and Colleagues in False Allegations Widely Condemned

Attempts to Implicate Medha Patkar and Colleagues in False Allegations Widely Condemned

Social activists who devote their life selflessly to advancing the cause of justice and environment protection in peaceful and democratic ways are a source of great strength for any genuine democracy and any such country would take great pride in their achievements. Medha Patkar and her close colleagues in the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) are such activists whose achievements in[Read More…]

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Violation of the provisions of the Forest Rights Act & infringement of the rights of the tribals

Violation of the provisions of the Forest Rights Act & infringement of the rights of the tribals

To Shri Bhupesh Baghel Chief Minister Chhattisgarh Dear Shri Baghel, I have come across a news report (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/forest-conservation-rules-disempower-tribals-congress-8021282/) on a Congress spokesperson alleging that the NDA government at the Centre had amended the rules framed under the Forest Conservation Act on June 28, 2022, that would effectively bypass the requirement under another Central legislation, the Forest Rights Act (FRA) which[Read More…]

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BJP  style  of  observing  Bakrid

BJP  style  of  observing  Bakrid

The  Muslim  religious  practice  of  Bakrid –  being  observed  in  July  this  year  –  is  in  commemoration of  an  event  in   past  history  that  is  shared  by   both  Islam  and  Christianity.  Members  of  both  the  communities  assert   their  devotion  to  a  preacher  known  as  Abraham  among  Jews  and  Ibrahim  among  Muslims.  Note  the  similarities  in  the  phonetic  pronunciations. According  to [Read More…]

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Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee stages protest of Dalit agricultural labour outside BDO office at Sherpur town in Punjab 

Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee stages protest of Dalit agricultural labour outside BDO office at Sherpur town in Punjab 

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh committee staged an impressive blockade outside the office of the Block Development Officer at Sherpur town, in Sangrur.It was preceded by a rally staged from the fruit market to the bazaar.   Around 1000 persons participated. Parmjeet  Kaur Longowal ,  Darshan Singh Kheri,  Darshan Singh Bajwa,  Jasmeer Singh and  Bikkar Singh Hathua .They .stated that in the[Read More…]

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Faizan Mustafa’s questionable defence of partisan Indian Higher Judiciary

Faizan Mustafa’s questionable defence of partisan Indian Higher Judiciary

Faizan Mustafa, a Professor of law and vice-chancellor of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad established by Legislative Assembly of Telangana) in a recent write-up (‘Muslims and Judiciary: We do not have Muslim or non-Muslim judges in India’, the Indian Express, July 8, 2022) disclosed that in 1997 he refused to undertake a project on[Read More…]

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Reflections From Kandhamal

Reflections From Kandhamal

Ajaya Kumar Singh is one of the main strengths of the struggle for justice in Kandhamal. A well known human rights activist, Ajaya Kumar is a recipient of the Minority Rights Day Award from the National  Commission for Minorities (NCM). Through this interview, Rashida Nazria is documenting some of his reflections. Rashida: I have heard that your grandparents were Adivasis[Read More…]

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The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

                         Both the central government and the government of my state run on increasing debt,and annual expenditure far outstrips the budget.In the case of the Centre deficit runs into lakhs of crores.The CM of the state announces every heavy loan with flourish breathing the intoxicating mantra of ‘Vikash’.And the struggling shopkeeper,[Read More…]

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Multilayered Struggle Needed to Protect the Indian Democracy, says Ram Puniyani  

Multilayered Struggle Needed to Protect the Indian Democracy, says Ram Puniyani  

There is little doubt that the Indian democracy is facing multiple challenges today. On the eve of the 75th year of its independence, this might be a critical question for debates from different vantage points. There are several internal and external challenges that India has been grappling with for many decades. The most challenging task is how to sustain a[Read More…]

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An over 12-year-old cartoon that featured in the national media to mark 50 years of India’s independence: the situation is as grim

Today’s Neta

Some statements stay with you. One of them is a Tweet I read a few days ago, just after Uddhav Thackeray had resigned as Chief Minister of Maharastra. The tweet was by a Muslim who said something like this “ I am born and brought up a Muslim and have lived in Bandra. I have seen 91 and 93. I[Read More…]

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Land to the Landless still unfinished task in the country

Land to the Landless still unfinished task in the country

The agenda of the central and state governments relating to land resources is slowly getting away from the long promises of freedom struggle, while we are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. The move of the governments to digitizing of land records, computerized database, mapping of land areas using drone technology, conclusive land titling and registering property index of easy[Read More…]

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Why We Should Study Mughal History

Why We Should Study Mughal History

                                      This is not a disquisition on history,for I am no historian,not by a long shot.But it is an essay nudged by an interest in education.And in these times for all I can see resistance to a misguided and systematic destruction of our entire modern state[Read More…]

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Journalists in India Face Many-Sided Threats

Journalists in India Face Many-Sided Threats

On May 3 World Freedom Day ten international human rights and press freedom organizations (including the Committee to Protect Journalists and PEN America) expressed serious concern at the increasing assaults on journalists and media freedom in recent times. They called upon the Indian authorities to stop targeting journalists and critics, and more particularly to desist from prosecuting them under sedition[Read More…]

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