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

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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Army Attack on Golden Temple Marks Unleashing of Fascist Forces

Army Attack on Golden Temple Marks Unleashing of Fascist Forces

Thirty-eight years ago in June 1984, the army launched an attack on the Golden Temple, Amritsar on 3 June with a proclamation to “flush out Sikh militants entrenched inside the holy shrine”. An orchestrated official propaganda, managed by New Delhi power-centre sought to justify the entry of the army on the eve of Guru Arjun Dev’s Shaheedi Divas being observed[Read More…]

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How Tribal friendly is Mayawati?

How Tribal friendly is Mayawati?

Recently, Mayawati has supported the NDA’s presidential candidate, Draupadi Murmu, saying that her party and its policies have always been pro-tribal. Although this statement of Mayawati seems very natural and expected, the reality is completely opposite. Mayawati’s four times Chief Ministership period shows that Mayawati’s party and its policies have been utterly anti-tribal, as is evident from the following description.[Read More…]

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Emergency by Rule Of Law And Law-Less Rule Of Undeclared Emergency… 

(This is part-1 of a two-part  article on Emergency, formal and Undeclared.)     “People lost even right to life during Emergency” said Prime Minister  Modi, in the 90th episode of Mann Ki Baat, June 26.  He reminded the nation about the imposition of Emergency 47 years ago, recalling how the “right to life and liberty” was snatched from citizens[Read More…]

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Justice in Crisis – 2

Justice in Crisis – 2

       It is good that the CJI has reminded a foreign audience abroad that the judiciary is committed to the constitution and its values,and not to any government creating havoc by flaunting its banner.In another recent function here a Supreme Court Judge has expressed his unhappiness at the media criticism of the different verdicts of the courts in different cases.[Read More…]

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How sincere is the government in its commitment to natural farming?

How sincere is the government in its commitment to natural farming?

There have been several assertions on the part of the union government at high levels that natural farming will be promoted by it in a big way. While natural farming has been interpreted often in different ways, generally the meaning sought to be conveyed is that ecologically safe practices to produce healthy food free of harmful chemicals will be promoted[Read More…]

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Release Chandrashekhar Azad and his 21 associates now

Release Chandrashekhar Azad and his 21 associates now

Allow the CHAs to continue with their protests and rallies. Remove the magisterial powers of bail from the Jaipur police Commissionerate   The PUCL- Rajasthan condemns the illegal arrest of Chandrashekhar Azad (Ravan), the President of the Bhim Army, by the Vidhyakpuri thana of the Jaipur Police Commissionerate, from Hotel Gangaur in Jaipur. What was the urgency to arrest them[Read More…]

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Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 completes 60 years

Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 completes 60 years

Sixty years ago, in order to eradicate Evil Custom of DOWRY from the society, to eliminate violence against married women for want of Dowry  and Dowry Deaths “ Dowry Prohibition Act “ was passed. This Act received the assent of the President of India on 20th May 1961 and the Act came into force on1st July 1961. This  date  is[Read More…]

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Political Parties To Receive Foreign Donation?

Political Parties To Receive Foreign Donation?

To Shri Rajiv Kumar Chief Election Commissioner Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, Please refer to my last letter dated 24-6-2022 about the danger posed by money power to the integrity of the electoral processes in the country (https://countercurrents.org/2022/06/money-power-of-the-political-parties-making-a-mockery-of-the-integrity-of-the-electoral-process/) I hope that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has considered my suggestions carefully and[Read More…]

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Propaganda, Fact checks and Fake news busting sites

Propaganda, Fact checks and Fake news busting sites

Recently Mohammad Zubair, co-founder of fact-checking website Altnews was arrested in the name of ‘hurting religious sentiments.’ This was based on a supposed complaint on a post by Zubair in 2018. The twitter account which called for action was later deleted. The point is whether the specific post was a problem, or the role being played by altnews in fact[Read More…]

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Why Leprosy Should Get Better Priority in Health Programs

Why Leprosy Should Get Better Priority in Health Programs

Recently serious concern was expressed by some senior doctors and doctors’ associations regarding the shortage of clofazimine, a drug urgently needed in the treatment of leprosy. The shortage is  confined to private hospitals but nevertheless is affecting the treatment of many leprosy patients who need multi-drug combination treatment and the absence of one key drug adversely affects the overall treatment.[Read More…]

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Taming of a Serpent: The Case of Nupur Sharma and the Supreme Court

Taming of a Serpent: The Case of Nupur Sharma and the Supreme Court

What a surprise! Even the Supreme Court of India can uphold justice today in India. For a while, I had a feeling that these institutions are slowly decaying in India. But that is not true. Though we have witnessed many judgments which indirectly provided space for further injustice, there are also many beautiful judgments which upheld the value of justice,[Read More…]

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Dangerous trends and need for greater restraint and autonomous institutions

Dangerous trends and need for greater restraint and autonomous institutions

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea by Nupur Sharma for clubbing together all the FIRs against her in different parts of the country. But before rejecting her plea, the court passed strong observations against her. The Court said that ‘she was singlehandedly’ responsible for what is happening in the country today. The courts also observed that whatever happened in[Read More…]

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India–Why Efforts for the Homeless Need A Big Boost

India–Why Efforts for the Homeless Need A Big Boost

If the homeless people faced a difficult time earlier in heat wave conditions, they are now suffering due to heavy rain in many places. Yet concerns relating to them hardly ever become a leading concern, except perhaps for a very few days in a year in a few places where deaths on footpaths caused by cold wave are reported. The[Read More…]

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Privatisation of PSU banks- legal and other implications

Privatisation of PSU banks- legal and other implications

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, In your Budget speech last year, you had mentioned that the government would privatise a few PSU banks in due course. There are reports on statements originating from your Ministry that the government would introduce a Bill during the coming monsoon session for enabling it to privatise PSU banks in[Read More…]

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Teesta Setalvad Case – ‘Asatyameva Jayate’ has triumphed  

Teesta Setalvad Case – ‘Asatyameva Jayate’ has triumphed  

  There are many instances where untruth has triumphed. The latest case of “Asatyameva Jayate“ is Supreme Court’s judgment on Teesta Setalvad, R B Sreekumar, and Sanjiv Bhatt. The judgment was pronounced on a simple case of an appeal against an order of the Gujarat High Court which rejected the revision petition filed by Zakia Jafri widow of late Ahsan Jafri. [Read More…]

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Need to look beyond the power struggle in Maharashtra

Need to look beyond the power struggle in Maharashtra

The recent political upheaval in Maharashtra is being seen mainly in a conventional way as a power struggle. But there is a serious need to go beyond that. One should never forget that the Shiv Sena is the creation of the Congress in the 1960s to defeat the then strong Communist movement, then came the murder of Communist MLA Krishna[Read More…]

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“Agnipath” Envisages the Saffron-path towards Full-fledged Hindutva Militarisation

“Agnipath” Envisages the Saffron-path towards Full-fledged Hindutva Militarisation

Democratic and well-meaning sections across the country have already come up against the “Agnipath” scheme announced by Modi regime in mid-June 2022. As in the case of other corporate-fascist moves, the Agnipath was neither discussed in parliament nor in any parliamentary committees including the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence. It is a superimposed saffron-fascist offensive, the brainchild of RSS conceptualized[Read More…]

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Leading Media Organizations Condemn Arrest of Mohammed Zubair and Demand His Release

Leading Media Organizations Condemn Arrest of Mohammed Zubair and Demand His Release

Leading media organizations have come out in strong support of recently arrested journalist Mohammed Zubair. These organizations include, among others, the Editors Guild of India, the Press Club of India, the Delhi Union of Journalists and DIGIPUB, a platform for several important digital media organizations. All these organizations have condemned the recent arrest of the noted journalist and demanded his[Read More…]

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Dalit agricultural Labour and Industrial workers protest near Assembly house in Chandigarh 

Dalit agricultural Labour and Industrial workers protest near Assembly house in Chandigarh 

On 24th June a  big 5000 strong contingent of agricultural labour and industrial workers thronged towards  the Chandigarh Assembly house,  creating a dharna.Over A thousand agricultural workers under the leadership pf the Mazdur Mukti Morcha assembled to join Industrial workers, converging from regions all  around Punjab. The venue was literally emblazened by the spirit of resistance, with red flags fluttering[Read More…]

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Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy condemns the brutal murder of Kanhaiya Lal

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy condemns the brutal murder of Kanhaiya Lal

IMSD condemns in strongest terms the brutal murder of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur by 2 Muslim fanatics, who have openly declared that they did so for the love of the prophet & thus is a case of death for Blasphemy! A tailor by profession, Kanhaiya’s only ‘crime’ was that he put up an online post in support of Nupur Sharma.[Read More…]

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Agnipath Scheme: A path to stronger Armed Forces?

Agnipath Scheme: A path to stronger Armed Forces?

The Tour of Duty scheme of recruitment for the Defence Services is catchily named Agnipath, and the youth to be recruited are named Agniveers. The implications of the Agnipath scheme are different for the Army (and within the Army for different arms and services), the Navy and the Air Force. This is because of the difference in the arena of[Read More…]

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And here’s to you Mrs Draupadi Murmu!

And here’s to you Mrs Draupadi Murmu!

Dear Mrs Murmu Your nomination by the ruling party of Hindutva to be the next President of India fills the hearts of all Adivasis around India with great joy. At last the country will have one person from its most underprivileged and oppressed community as the President of India. Never mind the fact that all other Adivasis will still remain[Read More…]

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Eyewitness to Teesta Setalvad’s Arrest

Eyewitness to Teesta Setalvad’s Arrest

It was on June 25, at around 4 PM, that the arrest drama of the civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad began. This is narrated by Teesta’s journalist friend Rukmani Sen who was present during the events that progressed to the activists’ arrest. Tao know about click; https://rukminiatwork.wordpress.com/about/ Teesta received a call in the morning from Noida’s office of ATS asking her[Read More…]

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Dear Silent Indians

Dear Silent Indians

The majority of Indian citizens are witnessing the persecution and everyday violence against their fellow citizens who are Muslims and religious minorities. The growing assaults on reason, science, secularism, Indian democracy and constitution are going to be landmarks in Indian history of diminishing democracy and citizenship rights. It is clear that Hindutva ideology is directly promoting sectarian politics of hate[Read More…]

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Voices to Demand Justice for Indian human rights activist Teesta Setalvad Continue to Grow Stronger

Voices to Demand Justice for Indian human rights activist Teesta Setalvad Continue to Grow Stronger

National and international voices for justice for Teesta Setalvad, leading human rights defender, have continued to grow stronger since she was detained by the Indian authorities on June 25. UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders Mary Lawlor stated soon after Teesta’s detention that she is deeply concerned by this. She said that Teesta is a strong voice against hatred[Read More…]

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Gujarat Carnage: Human Rights Defenders as Culprits

Gujarat Carnage: Human Rights Defenders as Culprits

The Supreme Court in its judgment the case of Zakia Jafri vs. State of Gujarat dismissed the petition filed by Zakia Jafri. Zakia Jafri had called for an investigation into the conspiracy to hatch the events which resulted in the massive carnage in Gujarat following the Godhra train burning on the morning of 27th February 2002. While dismissing this Supreme[Read More…]

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Iron ore mining in Dantewada should conform to PESA & FRA

Iron ore mining in Dantewada should conform to PESA & FRA

  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 have come across a report (https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/nmdc-s-steel-plant-sale-may-fetch-enterprise-valuation-of-up-to-4-bn-122062700710_1.html) that the NMDC (a joint sector PSU of the Centre and the State governments) would be shortly hiving off its steel mill with[Read More…]

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Mumbai Protest Against Teesta Setalvad’s Arrest

Mumbai Protest Against Teesta Setalvad’s Arrest

Around 1000 persons converged around Dadar station in Mumbai in a protest organised by Left organisations on Monday evening to condemn the arrest of Mumbai-based social activist activist Teesta Setalvad by the Gujarat police for allegedly submitting false evidence in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. Most positive to witness the traditional secular sprit of Mumbai ressurected with fervour of Hindutva[Read More…]

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Justice in Crisis

Justice in Crisis

It is rather ironic that at a time when the CJI is addressing students at New York on democracy and senior Justice of Supreme Court D.Y.Chandrachud is speaking at King’s College,Cambridge on human rights and civil liberties,a vacation bench of SC here has administered an unexpected and rather uncalled-for blow to noted human rights activist Teesta Setalvad,prompting Gujarat Police and[Read More…]

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The Brutality of “Bulldozer Justice” in India

The Brutality of “Bulldozer Justice” in India

It looks all too eerily similar as a method: the expulsion of individuals from their home, the demolition of said home and the punishing of entire families.  All excused by a harsh reading of local regulations.  But this method, used by Israeli authorities for years against vulnerable Palestinians, has become a weapon of choice for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata[Read More…]

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Bulldozing the Constitution!

Bulldozing the Constitution!

by Naveen Tewari and Sandeep Pandey A recent full front page of the advertisement by a Bhartiya Janata Party government declares, ‘House is not just a word. It is a place where power to dream comes and aspirations are fulfilled. Home is much about dignity and security than it is about shelter.’ It further goes on to quote Narendra Modi,[Read More…]

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A Restructured Media in a Post-neo-liberal Framework and its Impact in India

A Restructured Media in a Post-neo-liberal Framework and its Impact in India

Background To understand the manoeuvrings of media, the framework within which the media is situated during specific paradigms of governance needs to be understood. Historically, there are links between forms of governance in the pre- and the post-independence phases in India and their impact of media (Boga, 2020). Imperialist countries that were dominant global powers imposed ethnonationalist frameworks to govern[Read More…]

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Has the opposition already lost the presidential polls?

Has the opposition already lost the presidential polls?

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was interrogated for nearly 50-60 hours for five days by the enforcement directorate. The summons has also gone to Party president Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald Case. Everyone knows the reality that National Herald was a mouthpiece of the Congress party or India’s freedom movement started by its leader Jawahar Lal Nehru. For years, this[Read More…]

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A glimpse of Jhopara Village

Disconnected Lives

Uttarakhand welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Travelers from across the states make efforts to reach this hilly region nestled in the mighty Himalayan range. The natural beauty of this state often masks the challenges its inhabitants face in their daily life – what appears to be quintessential rural life to these travelers, is in reality a suffering for people[Read More…]

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Money power of the political parties making a mockery of the integrity of the electoral process

Money power of the political parties making a mockery of the integrity of the electoral process

 To Shri Rajiv Kumar Chief Election Commissioner   Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner   Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, The naked display of money power by the political parties in India, as in display right now and amply evident over the years, raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process itself and the role of the Election[Read More…]

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Indian President Idolizes Gita Press That Preaches Enslavement Of Hindu Women!

Indian President Idolizes Gita Press That Preaches Enslavement Of Hindu Women!

It is mandatory for every President of India to take the following oath prescribed under Article 49 of the Indian Constitution before occupying the august office: “I, [Name] do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of President (or discharge the functions of the President) of India and will to the best of my[Read More…]

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Support the Indian youth struggle against the brutal attack and betrayal of “Agnipath” !

Support the Indian youth struggle against the brutal attack and betrayal of “Agnipath” !

Under Narendra Modi, unemployment reached a peak today. At the very least, even sanctioned government posts are not being completely replaced. An examination of various departments of the Central and State Governments has revealed that at least 30 lakh posts are vacant under the Central Government (including various agencies run by the Center) and another 30 lakh posts are vacant[Read More…]

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Is The Congress On Suicide Course?

Is The Congress On Suicide Course?

The Congress Party’s ideological steps remind us of a famous saying of Lenin “ One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward’ not in a tactical sense of retreating and advancing with a progressive strategy in a given unfavourable political environment, but retreating in a more consistent manner with blindfolded vision. The present crisis is much bigger for the party than that[Read More…]

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Agnipath: The way to the graveyard of India’s Armed Forces and the destruction of भारत as a nation

Agnipath: The way to the graveyard of India’s Armed Forces and the destruction of भारत as a nation

The official website of the Indian Army writes that approx 60,000 personnel retire each year, however, only a small percentage transit to a viable second career befitting their several years of service and experience. This smaĺĺ percentage is estimated to be just 10%. The balance 54,000 keep hunting for jobs year after year. Presently, India’s joblessness is around 8% among[Read More…]

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When World Camel Day follows World Yoga Day

When World Camel Day follows World Yoga Day

It is World Camel Day on June 22. It is sheer accident that World Yoga Day, June 21, is not also World Camel Day – in December 2014, the United Nations accepted a resolution marking June 21 each year as Yoga Day; in 2009, a researcher in Pakistan, finding that the camel played an important role in the desert region[Read More…]

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Publish books of news reports on Bhagat Singh and the role of other revolutionaries in freedom struggle

Publish books of news reports on Bhagat Singh and the role of other revolutionaries in freedom struggle

The Hindustan Times has recently released its 1929 clipping on Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Why Bhagat Singh has become such an iconic figure of Indian Freedom struggle? This clipping gives an answer to the question. Almost the whole front page is devoted to Bhagat Singh and Dutt story of conviction in Delhi Assembly bomb case, giving lots of information, like the[Read More…]

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Farmers’ Indebtedness Most Important Cause of Suicides

Farmers’ Indebtedness Most Important Cause of Suicides

 A very recent study on farmer suicides during 2000-2018 in six districts of Punjab has stated that as many as 88% of these were due to debts. This study by Sukhpal Singh, Manjeet Kaur and HS Kingra of Punjab Agriculture University published in the Economic and Political Weekly has stated about this state, which has seen the most intensive form[Read More…]

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The Sangrur Lok Sabha By-election in Punjab: Upping the human rights issue

The Sangrur Lok Sabha By-election in Punjab: Upping the human rights issue

The Sangrur Lok Sabha by-election taking place on 23rd June, which might have seemed like an easy win for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before the tragic assassination of Sidhu Moosewala on 29th May, has now become a political battle. The AAP has suffered a severe setback especially among younger voters who were previously its active supporters; their grief for[Read More…]

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Sterlite Tuticorin should return the land to original agricultural owners

Sterlite Tuticorin should return the land to original agricultural owners

Sterlite’s Copper Smelting Plant at Tuticorin- Illegal for Sterlite to sell the occupied land which should revert to the original agricultural owners To Shri M. K. Stalin Chief Minister Tamil Nadu Dear Shri Stalin, I understand that the Sterlite company of the Vedanta Group has proposed to sell its Copper Smelter plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. It is ironic[Read More…]

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Agnipath Rebellion, Unemployment Crisis, and the Façade of ‘Sab Changa Si’

Agnipath Rebellion, Unemployment Crisis, and the Façade of ‘Sab Changa Si’

On June 14, Government of India announced the Agnipath Scheme for Indian armed forces. The scheme would recruit 45,000 to 50,000 people — between the ages of 17.5 to 21 years — every year. The service would be for a duration of four years, at the end of which one-fourth of the recruits would be awarded permanent commission in the[Read More…]

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And now ‘contractual’ scheme in the armed forces

And now ‘contractual’ scheme in the armed forces

It is true that the Agnipath recruitment scheme is a contractual-soldier scheme. That is, a youth of 17 to 21 years of age will be recruited in the three armed forces on a contract for four years term. They will not be entitled to the facilities and social security available to the regular soldiers till now. (The concessions being talked[Read More…]

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The Nation And Its Constituents

The Nation And Its Constituents

Thousands of youths upon the streets.Mainly but not exclusively BJP-ruled states. On their faces a burning desire to avenge a wrong.But not necessarily a maniacal rage with indiscriminate targets.Buses and trains in flames.Youths storming at everything associated with government with sticks and pelting stones at police.Police trying desperately to stem the tide.Lathi-charges and in one incident bullets. Frightening and disturbing[Read More…]

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Can India afford to alienate her 200 million strong Muslim community?

Can India afford to alienate her 200 million strong Muslim community?

Right-wing fascists are trying hard to convert India into a Totalitarian State. What they don’t seem to realise is that, a diverse nation of 1.4 billion with strong democratic ethos cannot be ruled by force. One need to look no further than Kashmir to comprehend the futility of the so-called “Muscular Approach”. Peace is still elusive in the valley, even[Read More…]

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Dalit agricultural Community wins major victory in Sangrur in Punjab

Dalit agricultural Community wins major victory in Sangrur in Punjab

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee has secured a major victory after launching a sustained struggle ,in Jaloor village of Sangrur.It has managed to secure a lease for a 3 year period for 110 families to obtain 1/3rd Panchayat land. Noteworthy how the resistance has crystallised to be a major  thorn in the flesh for the ruling classes. Bikka Singh Hathuah[Read More…]

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The Centre likely to amend the 2003 Electricity Act

The Centre likely to amend the 2003 Electricity Act

The Centre likely to table the Bill in the Parliament in the monsoon session to amend the 2003 Electricity Act – The need for the States to express their views  Respected Chief Minister, Kindly recall how the Centre, a few years ago, had unilaterally enacted the three farm laws, in addition to introducing a Bill to amend the 2003 electricity[Read More…]

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Agnipath: Path of Militarisation of Society?

Agnipath: Path of Militarisation of Society?

by Harshavardhan Purandare and Sandeep Pandey Narendra Modi government just doesn’t seem to learn from its past mistakes. From demonetisation to Farmers’ laws with decision on Kashmir, Citizenship Amendment Act and Covid lockdown in the interim the citizens of this country have had to suffer because of not just the unwise decisions of the government but also the manner in[Read More…]

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BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

The repeatedly tried measure by certain master-strategists of provoking communal tension, dividing votes along religious lines, polarising vote-banks for electoral gains appears to have backfired considerably this time. Yes, this refers to socio-political and diplomatic reaction to Nupur Sharma’s objectionable comments. Till recently, Nupur- former BJP spokesperson- was hardly known in national and international circles. Now, her “popularity” is reportedly[Read More…]

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Is Muslim Unity Possible?

Is Muslim Unity Possible?

  After a day-long conference of ‘Indian Intellectual Muslims Meet’ held in New Delhi last week, the cardinal questions remain unanswered. Why do the Indian Muslims find it hard to collectively agree on a way out, even though they share the threat of the communal frenzy and a large section of them is mired into socio-economic backwardness? Why is the[Read More…]

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Agnipath: The Path towards  precarious sovereignty

Agnipath: The Path towards  precarious sovereignty

The Modi Government unveiled the new Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the three services. Under the new scheme, around 45,000 to 50,000 soldiers will be recruited annually, and most will leave the service in just four years. Of the total annual recruits, only 25 per cent will be allowed to continue for another 15 years under permanent commission.This is[Read More…]

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Understanding Sedition

Understanding Sedition

Disclaimer This writer is not a legal practitioner and not educationally qualified in law. However, being one among the several Petitioners challenging the sedition law IPC Section 124A in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in which the cases are sub judice, what follows is a layperson’s understanding on some of the prominent aspects of sedition. Genesis of Section 124A[Read More…]

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Canada too needs to stand up for Indian Muslims

Canada too needs to stand up for Indian Muslims

The recent developments in the South Asian region demand the immediate attention of our government. India is rocked by protests by its minority Muslim community after a spokesperson of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) made offensive remarks about Prophet Mohamad. Although Nupur Sharma has been suspended following outrage expressed by the Islamic nations, including the powerful ones[Read More…]

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Debauchery of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh top brass as narrated by Insider Balraj Madhok

Debauchery of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh top brass as narrated by Insider Balraj Madhok

Balraj Madhok’s died on May 2, 2016 ending an era of old guards of Hindutva politics. A senior RSS pracharak till his death was paid handsome tributes by the RSS leaders including PM Modi, himself a senior pracharak, for being a “stalwart leader of Jan Sangh. Balraj Madhok ji’s ideological commitment was strong & clarity of thought immense. He was[Read More…]

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

The paradigm shift from governance to political governance in India

Governance is commonly defined as the exercise of power or authority by elected government for the well-being of their country’s citizens in accordance with the constitutional provision, the nation’s ethos and inclusiveness. Whereas, ‘political governance’ is the latest paradigm in the evolution of political system in which power or authority is exercised in such a way, so as to primarily[Read More…]

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Dhinkia protests against Jindal goes on under severe repression

Dhinkia protests against Jindal goes on under severe repression

Today’s media reports on our visit to Dhinkia do not quite tell the facts. Myself, Lingaraj and Sudarsan Pradhan had accompanied Medha Patkar to ascertain the reports on repression on people opposing the Jindal Steel and other projects in Dhinkia, near Paradip, Odisha. We met with Debendra Swain, people’s movement leader detained since 14 January in Kujang jail and then[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations in Punjab wage protest in Sangrur fruit market for Panchayat land Rights

Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations in Punjab wage protest in Sangrur fruit market for Panchayat land Rights

The saga of Dalit agricultural labour confrontation with ruling classes continues in Punjab. A rally was organised by the Pendu Mazdoor Union, the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, the Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union and the Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee on June 10th at the Fruit market in town of Sangrur,projecting the demands of dalit agricultural labour for distribution of Panchayat land[Read More…]

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Excessive Hostility Towards Opposition Ominous For Democracy

Excessive Hostility Towards Opposition Ominous For Democracy

Why Excessive Hostility of the Ruling Regime against the Congress and Its Leaders Should Worry All Democratic Forces The past week has been tragic and ominous for Indian democracy. A former law minister and some senior retired judges of both the Supreme Court and several high courts have condemned the actions of bulldozing and demolitions of houses of protestors as[Read More…]

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Andhra’s 1998 Circular Memo –  A Hidden Axe on Article 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution

Andhra’s 1998 Circular Memo –  A Hidden Axe on Article 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution

“India is one of the biggest secular countries” is actually a fabricated statement, to be genuine; India witnesses multiple violations of secularism in every nuke and corner. Two of such violations of secularism in India include 1950 scheduled caste order para 3, which is a clear violation of secularism in India. Secularism implies unconditional freedom of religion or unconditional ignorance[Read More…]

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Asset monetisation counter productive- Analyse before you rush into it

Asset monetisation counter productive- Analyse before you rush into it

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister   Dear Smt Sitharaman, Your Ministry seems to be rushing into monetisation of assets of the CPSEs without adequate due diligence on the comparative costs and benefits. For example, I have come across a news report (https://www.livemint.com/industry/infrastructure/govt-asks-oil-psus-to-come-up-with-monetization-plan-11655236473972.html) that your ministry has been persuading the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MPNG) to ensure[Read More…]

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Former Law Minister and Former Senior Judges Say Recent Demolitions are Illegal

Former Law Minister and Former Senior Judges Say Recent Demolitions are Illegal

In a letter released on June 14 and sent to the Supreme Court with the names of former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan and six former judges as well as some senior advocates and legal luminaries the recent repressive actions against  protestors, including demolitions, in Uttar Pradesh have been called illegal. Shanti Bhushan was Law Minister during 1977-79 and had worked[Read More…]

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Public Interest And Courts

Public Interest And Courts

I propose to deal with two entirely different issues under the same rubric,as one daily comes under an avalanche of news,a benumbing mixture of sheer frippery and disturbing political trends.Are we drifting towards a dangerous period of violent anarchy and brutal mind-boggling repression? First the daily inflow of one more senior and influential leader of the main opposition party deserting[Read More…]

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Himachal Workers Face Increasing Problems

Himachal Workers Face Increasing Problems

A protest was organized recently on 10 June by highway construction workers in Rampur Ke Nirath area of Himachal Pradesh. The reason—most of the workers had not been paid their wages for almost four months by the contractor. While this was their main grievance the CPM leaders who addressed the protest meeting also said that labor laws were being widely[Read More…]

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Bulldozing Structures or Demolishing Democracy?

Bulldozing Structures or Demolishing Democracy?

In editorials published on 14 June, several leading newspapers have expressed deep regret at the highly selective use of bulldozers to damage or demolish houses or other buildings related to or belonging to protesters. The Tribune has written an editorial appropriately titled ‘Free run for bulldozers—Bypassing of due process a dangerous trend ’. This editorial has written, “ The no-holds[Read More…]

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The settlement of Sheikha Gal Community under the majestic Hari Parbat Hill with the shrine of Sheikh Hamza Makdoomi overlooking them

Neglected [Endangered] Communities: A Case of Sheikha Gal (Community and Language) of Srinagar, Kashmir

  OUTLINE: The present article deals with a neglected and marginalized Sheikha Gal community (of Kashmir). The article explains their linguistic and social exclusion, education, socio-economic status and the living standard, stigmatisation and stereotypes, ethnicity and their physical features.  The article is based on a larger narrative and project of understanding the Sheikha Gal (as a linguistic community), more precisely, to understand the grammatical[Read More…]

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IMSD supports free speech; condemns hate speech, death threats

IMSD supports free speech; condemns hate speech, death threats

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) deplores the divisive and hate-driven politics behind the statements made by the now-suspended spokesperson of the BJP, Nupur Sharma, but it unequivocally condemns the threats to her life. IMSD also strongly condemns Al Qaeda for threatening retaliatory terror acts. IMSD believes that democracy is inconceivable without the freedom of speech, a freedom that is[Read More…]

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Army convoy towards Leh

A Bridge And Serendipity

The importance of a bridge is usually according to its dimensions or its carrying capacity. This account concerns the events that led to the construction of a military (Bailey) bridge insignificant in its dimensions or load capacity, its construction under exceptional circumstances, and how it became important. Prelude April 1982. I joined 16 BRTF in Ladakh to take over command[Read More…]

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Doval doctrine casts a shadow on Naga peace process

Doval doctrine casts a shadow on Naga peace process

Convening of the Emergency National Assembly on 31 May 2022 marks the apogee of the most torrid fortnight of the talks. Apparently, the fraught issue of Naga flag and constitution is at the root of the current instability. That trust has been a casualty is borne out in the statements of those involved in peace negotiations. Acknowledging that something’s amiss[Read More…]

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Parallel Governments Reflected the Meeting Point of Various Streams of Freedom Movement

Parallel Governments Reflected the Meeting Point of Various Streams of Freedom Movement

In one of the most inspiring examples of highly courageous spontaneous actions based on the unity of people, parallel governments were formed by freedom fighters in several parts of India in the course of the Quit India Movement in 1942. Although generally four such leading efforts have been identified in Satara ( Maharashtra), Talcher ( Odisha), Tamluk ( W.Bengal) and[Read More…]

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Fringe or Mainstream

Fringe or Mainstream

In the recent act following Nupur Sharma’s statement on Prophet Mohammad, the BJP acted against her by suspending her from Party’s membership. This was after there was reaction by Middle Eastern countries. The BJP in its statement pointed that “The BJP strongly denounces insults of any religious personalities of any religion. The BJP is also against any ideology which insults[Read More…]

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There is no place for laws on Blasphemy & Apostasy in a Secular Liberal Democracy!

There is no place for laws on Blasphemy & Apostasy in a Secular Liberal Democracy!

The recent furore over BJP spokesperson (now suspended) Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet Muhammad, has stirred a hornets nest the world over. Nupur’s condescending & arrogant outburst in a TV debate, wherein she made disparaging remarks with reference to Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to Hazrat Ayesha, as well as to his night journey on Buraq, his steed, referred to as[Read More…]

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He Who Rides a Tiger

He Who Rides a Tiger

There is a Bengali saying,”He who rides a tiger cannot dismount”.This would seem to apply to the entrenched political lobby which have been seeking assiduously to undermine the country’s constitution by burrowing into it and weakening it from within. The recent rather strict action taken against a national spokesperson of the ruling party,though nine days after her offending remarks,and only[Read More…]

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Despite big increase in budget, why is adequate and clean drinking water eluding many villages?

Despite big increase in budget, why is adequate and clean drinking water eluding many villages?

Scorching heat has again been accompanied this year by reports of acute drinking water shortages in many villages. The situation was supposed to be different this time because of an unprecedentedly high increase in the budget for drinking water supply in villages announced about 15 months back, but clearly the actual improvement has fallen far short of the high expectations[Read More…]

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Narendra Modi to the left of LK Advani during his (W) rath Yatra-Courtesy Daily O

Merrily at Work: Clash of Civilizations

Avail Practical Classes Free-of-Cost In 1993 an essay appeared in a US journal: “Clash of Civilisations” by Samuel Huntington which later appeared as a book [The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington]. In the very first chapter we find: “One grim Weltanschauung [“philosophy (of life)”] for this new era was well expressed by[Read More…]

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Hindutva Robbery of the Commons in India

Hindutva Robbery of the Commons in India

The Indian National Congress under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi was responsible for the beginning of half-hearted liberalisation policies in the name of economic development and modernisation in India. The half-hearted liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation policies have become the cornerstone of new economic policies launched by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. These policies are in full[Read More…]

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India under Modi is facing international Embarrassment

India under Modi is facing international Embarrassment

Suspension not expulsion of Nupur Sharma, ruling BJP spokeswoman who passed offensive remarks against Prophet Mohammed on a religious debate with Navika Kumar on Times Now on 27.05.2022 is analyzed by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, ex -president of the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, as Half Victory because of political pressure from more than 15  Gulf countries including secretariat of[Read More…]

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Constructed-selective past: Divisive Politics, Mosques and Shivlings

Constructed-selective past: Divisive Politics, Mosques and Shivlings

RSS is the organization with progeny going into hundreds and counting. The most well known of its affiliates may be BJP, VHP, ABVP and Bajrang Dal but its myriad organizations are spread practically in all nooks and corners of our country. Even where BJP Government is not the ruling one, its affiliates and RSS itself are hyper dynamic from last[Read More…]

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When officials sit meekly before angry farmers

When officials sit meekly before angry farmers

It seems the government machinery which is so arrogant towards common people, listens only to voices of aggression. The officialdom sat meekly, almost scared yesterday on the dais in front of a large gathering of Aagri community farmers, men and women, during a public hearing on Metro 9 railway line. Scared indeed because there were two police officers on the[Read More…]

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Why rush into privatising BEML, a CPSE that caters to the defence forces?

Why rush into privatising BEML, a CPSE that caters to the defence forces?

 To Shri Rajnath Singh Union Defence Minister   Dear Shri Rajnath Singh, Kindly refer to my earlier letter dated 3-2-2022 (https://countercurrents.org/2022/02/should-the-government-disinvest-beml-at-all-is-it-not-imprudent/) raising concerns against the proposed privatisation of Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) which is a CPSE under the administrative oversight of your ministry and plays a crucial role in meeting the strategic requirements of the defence forces. I have extracted below[Read More…]

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Prime Minister Modi (R) and Jordan’s King Abdullah addressed the conference ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation’ in New Delhi on February 28, 2018

An appalling slur on the civilisation state that is India

The outrage in the Muslim world over the transgression of the red line in anti-Muslim politics in India is understandable, although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party acted swiftly for damage control. The point is, the world has taken note that anti-Muslim politics has reached a crescendo in India and is undermining the country’s democratic foundations. The US state department last week flagged the[Read More…]

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Post-Pandemic & Marginalization Among PVTGs: Untold Story from Palamu

Post-Pandemic & Marginalization Among PVTGs: Untold Story from Palamu

by Md Tabrez Alam & Achchhe Lal Prajapati   ABSTRACT Jharkhand is a state rich in natural resources consisting of plateaus, small hills and forests located in the eastern part of India. Despite being a prosperous state, it faces challenges such as malnutrition, hunger, unemployment, illiteracy, corruption, poor health services and controversial politics. Even though Jharkhand is considered one of[Read More…]

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Social Unrest And National Security

Social Unrest And National Security

Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal reportedly made remarks against Prophet Muhammad. Indian Muslims are outraged. Islamic nations Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and Iran, have taken serious diplomatic objection, and Qatar has reportedly demanded “public apology” from India. In some of these countries, there are “… protests being lodged with the Indian missions, Indian[Read More…]

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A New Surgical Strike

A New Surgical Strike

Our leaders seem fascinated by the phrase ‘surgical strike’,like a child with a new toy playing with it any number of times.The suddenness that takes the target by surprise,the abruptness and the concentrated force that overwhelms resistance,all combine to put the party using it under a spell. The detoxification of Congress heritage in the state is the field where the[Read More…]

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GM Food Should Never be Approved

GM Food Should Never be Approved

       At a time when serious food shortages are emerging in several parts of world, food safety issues may get lesser attention and hence it is all the more important to assert that to protect human health, food safety is of the greatest importance. In addition, as we observe World Food Safety Day on June 7, it is equally important[Read More…]

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Action against private coal developers for failure to deliver planned coal supplies partly leading to the current coal crisis

Action against private coal developers for failure to deliver planned coal supplies partly leading to the current coal crisis

To Shri A K Jain Union Coal Secretary Dear Shri Jain, I had written to the Cabinet Secretary earlier on 5-5-2022 (https://countercurrents.org/2022/05/private-companies-exploiting-the-state-power-utilities-with-active-support-from-central-ministries/) about the likely factors that were responsible for the unprecedented coal crisis that has crippled the economy. Partly, the failure on the part of the private coal franchisees to deliver coal as per the expected levels has been a[Read More…]

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The Self Perpetuating Power Elite 

The Self Perpetuating Power Elite 

The Indian Express report recently about a government-owned stadium being used by an IAS Officer to walk his dog after athletes practicing there were asked to vacate early, attracted so much public ire that the man and his wife, a fellow bureaucrat were transferred out with great rapidity. Obviously, the media coverage had a role to play in bringing to[Read More…]

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Why Inter-Linking of Rivers Project Will Prove to be A Very Costly Blunder

Why Inter-Linking of Rivers Project Will Prove to be A Very Costly Blunder

The Inter-Linking of Rivers (ILR) Project in India is one of the most gigantic water-transfer projects ever envisaged in the entire world. This involves 30 (or 29) links of 37 rivers all over the country. Its cost was officially projected at Rs. 11 lakh crore (one crore=10 million) in 2016, although this is now considered an underestimate. This project was[Read More…]

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Unprecedented coal crisis arising from the failure of the Centre to coordinate coal supplies and logistics to meet the summer surge in electricity demand

Unprecedented coal crisis arising from the failure of the Centre to coordinate coal supplies and logistics to meet the summer surge in electricity demand

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

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 No valid justification for your Ministry to privatise the CEL, despite allegations of bid rigging in the earlier sale

 No valid justification for your Ministry to privatise the CEL, despite allegations of bid rigging in the earlier sale

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I refer to my earlier letter of May 19, 2022 (http://eassarma.in/sites/default/files/public/Drop-privatisation-forthwith.pdf) calling upon your Ministry to drop all further disinvestment proposals, in view of the dubious outcomes of the sale of the CEL and Pawan Hans and the potential fraudulent aspects of the LIC IPO. Apparently, the Centre is in[Read More…]

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Kasaragod’s civil society stands against the proposed K-rail project

Kasaragod’s civil society stands against the proposed K-rail project

The Kerala government’s proposed K-rail silver line project has created an uproar amongst the civil society of Kasaragod district, with it being the last junction as per the route map. Recently, in the last week of May, eminent citizens of Kerala’s Kasargod came together for a four-day walking protest alongside the proposed K-rail route in the district, propagandising the project’s[Read More…]

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1984: When they came for the Sikhs

1984: When they came for the Sikhs

It was the summer of 2018 when I was visiting Berlin with my family. My curiosity for the history of the Holocaust was one of the reasons that took me there. Once we drove to the city from Frankfurt, where we landed for the first leg of our vacation to Europe, I began searching for any landmark associated with Martin[Read More…]

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Mazdoor Sanghatana Samiti  of Jharkhand Stages 6th Sammelan in Madhuban defying State Ban 

Mazdoor Sanghatana Samiti  of Jharkhand Stages 6th Sammelan in Madhuban defying State Ban 

The Mazdoor Sangahatna Samiti of Jharkhand staged its 6th conference on 30th-31st May in Kucchi Bhavan in Maduban in Girdih district, .Around 250 -persons participated in a 3 day event of most qualitative significance in the working class movement. Defying a ban imposed last year in pretext of being a Maoist Front  in November the Mazdoor Sanghatana Samiti valiantly resurrected[Read More…]

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Are Western Nations India`s friends or Foes?

Are Western Nations India`s friends or Foes?

The chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) Mohan Bhagwat accused western countries of sending arms to Ukraine. He also said that the western nations used to pit India and Pakistan against each other. Mohan Bhagwat is neither a diplomat nor India`s External Affairs Minister. How and in what capacity he is being allowed by the Modi government to make such statements[Read More…]

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India–Millions of small conservation and harvesting efforts the key to ending water scarcity

India–Millions of small conservation and harvesting efforts the key to ending water scarcity

As India is troubled increasingly by more scorching heat waves than ever before, its water worries are also increasing. With 18% of the world’s population and 15% of its livestock but only 4% of the its fresh water resources, India is a water-stressed country whose water woes are further increasing in the times of climate change with more frequent droughts,[Read More…]

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Eight years of Modi Sarkar

Eight years of Modi Sarkar

As Narendra Modi completed his eight years tenure (May 30 2022), there are claims and counter claims about the performance of his regime. Modi acolytes are very happy that during this period India has made great leaps in all areas of development. Various leaders from Amit Shah and others have praised the achievements of last eight years. Many other have[Read More…]

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Is it Public Hearing or Police Hearing: 600 police personnel for 200 people!

Is it Public Hearing or Police Hearing: 600 police personnel for 200 people!

          The Public Hearing was conducted by the state government for setting up of the second alumina plant of Aditya Birla Company   at Kansariguda village under Podapadi panchayat in Kashipur block of Rayagada district, Odisha. A week before, A search about was carried out by police on all roads connecting Kashipur and Kansariguda, Sorish Padar to Laxmipur and Doraguda to[Read More…]

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Hari Kishan Talwar

Lala Gurudas Mal and Family—How Various Members Contributed To Different Streams of Freedom Movement

A fascinating aspect of the freedom movement of India relates to very useful inter-actions among various streams of the movement, and their various meeting points. An interesting chapter of this concerns the family of Lala Gurudas Mal Talwar ( sometimes also written as Gurdasmal) whose various members contributed in very important ways to different streams of the freedom movement. This[Read More…]

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Constitution and the Nation

Constitution and the Nation

Rahul Gandhi is being barracked by the saffron camp for saying the constitution does not mention the word ‘nation’.They argue the Preamble does so clearly.But no constitution in the world talks about any ‘nation’. Constitutions talk about the structure and powers of the State and the rights of the people.They are rendered necessary by the urge and need to eliminate[Read More…]

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Why is the Sangh Parivar Silent Now Regarding the Grave Harm to the Heritage of India?

Why is the Sangh Parivar Silent Now Regarding the Grave Harm to the Heritage of India?

The Sangh Parivar has often talked a lot about its big concern for the rich heritage of the country, but now that there are several significant cases of the BJP-led union government inflicting heavy harm to this heritage, why is it so quiet about this? Bullocks have been the most useful farm animals of India for several centuries, for ploughing,[Read More…]

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Yasin Malik Could Have Been The Muivah Of Kashmir

Yasin Malik Could Have Been The Muivah Of Kashmir

The judgement of Supreme Court releasing A.G. Perarivalan, convicted in the case of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, has been widely hailed as upholding the human rights of prisoners. Yet, Yasin Malik, Kashmiri separatist leader, has been given two life terms and there is hardly any debate on him. At the same time Government of India is engaged in a dialogue with[Read More…]

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RSS controls minds of the people

RSS controls minds of the people

1. BJP : to undertake politics for gaining power. It is created in 1950s. RSS was banned by the Congress government after Gandhi murder. 2. Bharatiya Majdur Sangh To work among working class. This organisation is number one in India today. It has by passed all other working class organisations which were founded by the Congress party and by the[Read More…]

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India- World’s Largest Democracy is Showing Serious Strains

India- World’s Largest Democracy is Showing Serious Strains

On July 5 2021 the world was shocked by the news of 84 year Jesuit priest and human rights activist Fr. Stan Swamy breathing his last in Mumbai in the course of his jail sentence. He had spent a lifetime defending rights of tribal communities and other weaker sections. Arrested in October July 2020, all through the nine months of[Read More…]

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A Bomb or a Damp Squib?

A Bomb or a Damp Squib?

A few days back,a story jointly authored by The Wire journalist Sangeeta Pisharoty Barua and the online Assamese newsportal Cross Currents created a sensation in Assam and elsewhere.The report states that during the first onset of COVID 19 then Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma claimed that he was the only minister of any state government to have ordered PPE[Read More…]

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 Supreme  Court  of  India  –  from  ambivalence  to  ambiguity  through  procrastination

 Supreme  Court  of  India  –  from  ambivalence  to  ambiguity  through  procrastination

Justice  D. Y.  Chandrachud,  heading  a  Supreme  Court  vacation  bench,  while  hearing  an  appeal  by  a  lawyer  on  May  23,  flared  up  in  an  outburst  of  anger  saying  that  it  had  become  a  “fashion”  to  make  allegations against  the  judiciary.  He  added:  “The  stronger  the  judge,  the  worse  the  allegations.”  (THE  HINDU,  May  24).  Why  is  the  honourable  Justice  Chandrachud [Read More…]

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Increasing Polarization is Harming India’s Economic Prospects

Increasing Polarization is Harming India’s Economic Prospects

In a recent interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) published on May 25, former advisor to the Government of India has given a timely warning against the increasing polarization in India’s society. Prof. Kaushik Basu, who  also served as chief economist at the World Bank, stated, “The rise in divisiveness and polarization in Indian society is sad not[Read More…]

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IAS officer punished for throwing out athletes from stadium

IAS officer punished for throwing out athletes from stadium

This is a mild punishment for the arrogant IAS officer of Delhi but there is some imagination in it. He has been shunted to Ladakh bordering Pakistan and his IAS officer wife sent to the other end of the country to Arunachal Pradesh bordering China. A positive fallout of the case is that stadiums in Delhi will now be open[Read More…]

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 Imprudent for govt to divest its residual equity share of 29.5% in HZL

 Imprudent for govt to divest its residual equity share of 29.5% in HZL

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Union Cabinet Secretary Dear Shri Gauba, In the past, I had written to your predecessors and the Ministry of Mines not to divest the government’s share of equity in Hindustan Zinc Ltd. (HZL), keeping in view the strategic nature of Zinc as a scarce mineral. I understand from recent news reports (https://www.news18.com/news/business/vedanta-cant-buy-more-than-5-stake-in-hindustan-zinc-if-divestment-happens-anil-agarwal-5243107.html) that the government has[Read More…]

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People are the Fifth Pillar of Democracy

People are the Fifth Pillar of Democracy

Tradition teaches us that democracy has four pillars – legislature, executive, judiciary and the media. This is not the absolute truth any longer. Each of these has suffered severe distortions over the last several years leaving democracy in peril. Fascist-dictatorial trends assumed political dominance and democracy goes kaput! Peoples power is an additional pillar needed to remedy the total collapse[Read More…]

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Dalit agricultural Community in Sangrur protests for land rights

Dalit agricultural Community in Sangrur protests for land rights

The agricultural dalit Community in Sangrur district of Punjab led by the Zameen prapt Sangarh Commiteee, remain as determined as ever in waging a battle for rights promised to them to procure Panchayat land and against injustice meted out on them. Protest in Hardike Village On 21 st May In Village Hadike in Sangrur  dalit women  waging battle for prompt [Read More…]

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Gram sabha meeting at Mendhalekha. Photo by Mendhalekha/ Wikimedia Commons

Tracing Panchayati Raj’s role in deepening democracy and decolonising governance over 30 years

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Constitution Amendments that led to the three-tier Panchayati Raj structures. The 73rd Amendment further led to legislation for its extension into tribal areas (Scheduled Areas) and the Forest Rights Act. Tracing the history of 30 years, the saga of decentralisation without democratisation is the story of hope to despair, writes C.R. Bijoy[Read More…]

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

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

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

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Open letter to Sharda university Vice-Chancellor

Open letter to Sharda university Vice-Chancellor

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

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Rule by law is a threat to freedom

Rule by law is a threat to freedom

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

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Naxalbari must be resurrected in relevant form on 55th anniversary

Naxalbari must be resurrected in relevant form on 55th anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rahul Bhat

Striving for Peace in Strife Torn Kashmir

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

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Mosques and Shrines: Helmsman Beware

Mosques and Shrines: Helmsman Beware

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

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 ‘Sedition’ Must Go!

 ‘Sedition’ Must Go!

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

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Religious issues cover up the governance failure in UP

Religious issues cover up the governance failure in UP

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

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

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

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

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Is India a welfare state?  

Is India a welfare state?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tracking Sedition – From 1857 to the present

Tracking Sedition – From 1857 to the present

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

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Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

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

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Making India unitary or Hindu Nation-state

Making India unitary or Hindu Nation-state

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Multiple Emergency

A Multiple Emergency

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

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Food Security Concerns in Jharkhand

Food Security Concerns in Jharkhand

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

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Food Processing Goes Big Or Bust

Food Processing Goes Big Or Bust

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

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Gyanvapi Mosque: Why the Issue is being revived?

Gyanvapi Mosque: Why the Issue is being revived?

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

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Coal Crisis- The States should collectively voice their concern

Coal Crisis- The States should collectively voice their concern

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

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25 Issues of Increasing and Serious Concern in India

25 Issues of Increasing and Serious Concern in India

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

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An Open Letter To Muslims And Christians Of India

An Open Letter To Muslims And Christians Of India

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

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

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

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

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Roe vs Wade and Echoes in India 

Roe vs Wade and Echoes in India 

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

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

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

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

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Imposing Sectarian Agenda on Educational Syllabus

Imposing Sectarian Agenda on Educational Syllabus

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

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

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

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

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J&K Delimitation Exercise – A Copy Paste Hindutva Agenda

J&K Delimitation Exercise – A Copy Paste Hindutva Agenda

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

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May day Protest of Delhi State Anganwadi workers and Helpers Union

May day Protest of Delhi State Anganwadi workers and Helpers Union

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

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A monstrous embryo swelling in the womb of Bharat Mata    

A monstrous embryo swelling in the womb of Bharat Mata    

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

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

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

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

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Greening the Red: Towards sustainable menstruation in India

Greening the Red: Towards sustainable menstruation in India

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

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Why no Hindi dominance in Multi-lingual country

Why no Hindi dominance in Multi-lingual country

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

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

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

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

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Mahapanchayat in Sidkul in Utttarkhand

Mahapanchayat in Sidkul in Utttarkhand

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

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May Day— Need for wider unity of workers

May Day— Need for wider unity of workers

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

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Coal Worries in India

Coal Worries in India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fire in a landfill in Delhi

Fire in a landfill in Delhi

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

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

Long Delays in NREGA Wage Payments in Himachal

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

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Students Organisations condemn Saffron terror on campuses in Varanasi and Allahabad 

Students Organisations condemn Saffron terror on campuses in Varanasi and Allahabad 

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

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Is your government consciously defrauding the policyholders of the LIC?

Is your government consciously defrauding the policyholders of the LIC?

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

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Serious Threat to Secularism and Democracy in India

Serious Threat to Secularism and Democracy in India

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

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Drought and Forest Fires in Himachal Pradesh

Drought and Forest Fires in Himachal Pradesh

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

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

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

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

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Maintaining Scientific Temper in India is Essential

Maintaining Scientific Temper in India is Essential

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

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

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

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

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Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar

Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar

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

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Open Space Workers Face Increasing Heat as Temperatures Rise

Open Space Workers Face Increasing Heat as Temperatures Rise

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

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Enemy in disguise

Enemy in disguise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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30th National Panchayati Raj Day

30th National Panchayati Raj Day

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

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Between Nitish Kumar and Muslims of Bihar

Between Nitish Kumar and Muslims of Bihar

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

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Joint Farming yielding substantial dividends for dalit agricultural labour in Punjab

Joint Farming yielding substantial dividends for dalit agricultural labour in Punjab

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

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LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

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

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

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

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

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Bulldozer rules

Bulldozer rules

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

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Jignesh Mewani should be released immediately

Jignesh Mewani should be released immediately

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

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

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

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

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Goa CM implicates Christians in communal outburst

Goa CM implicates Christians in communal outburst

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

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

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

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

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Apple Orchards Should Avoid Hurried Displacement of Traditional Varieties

Apple Orchards Should Avoid Hurried Displacement of Traditional Varieties

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

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

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

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

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Hate and Communal Violence: Changing Anatomy

Hate and Communal Violence: Changing Anatomy

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

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

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

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

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A coal mine in Dhanbad, India

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

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

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ON 103rd Commemoration of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

ON 103rd Commemoration of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

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

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Attack on Ambedkar Jayanti Rally in Bargarh District of Odisha

Attack on Ambedkar Jayanti Rally in Bargarh District of Odisha

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

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An attack on the Minority Spaces

An attack on the Minority Spaces

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

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Celebrating the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh and his comrades

Celebrating the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh and his comrades

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

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LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

LIC IPO- Gross Injustice To The Smaller LIC Policy Holders

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

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Turning Ambedkar into an icon bereft of his principles

Turning Ambedkar into an icon bereft of his principles

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

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

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

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

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Majoritarianism and Communal Polarization in India

Majoritarianism and Communal Polarization in India

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

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Jallianwala Bagh memorial vigil held near Vancouver

Jallianwala Bagh memorial vigil held near Vancouver

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

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Last salute to the memory of Frontier Gandhi!

Last salute to the memory of Frontier Gandhi!

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

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

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

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

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Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog

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

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Understanding politics around Anti-conversion Laws in Adivasis dominated states

Understanding politics around Anti-conversion Laws in Adivasis dominated states

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

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Silence of the powerful!

Silence of the powerful!

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

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India has outsourced law and order to Hindutva lumpen

India has outsourced law and order to Hindutva lumpen

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

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More Trouble for Metro Rail in Indian Cities

More Trouble for Metro Rail in Indian Cities

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

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Attempts by RSS to present Ambedkar as a Hindutva supporter

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

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Communal Cards Targeting Women!

Communal Cards Targeting Women!

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

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

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

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

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Most disadvantaged policy holders to lose out in LIC IPO

Most disadvantaged policy holders to lose out in LIC IPO

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

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Hindutva Social Contract in India

Hindutva Social Contract in India

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

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Protect the spiritual rights of Adivasis: Shivu J.A

Protect the spiritual rights of Adivasis: Shivu J.A

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

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A conversation between Bhakt and Anti National

A conversation between Bhakt and Anti National

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

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The present and the future of Darjeeling tea

The present and the future of Darjeeling tea

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

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Reimagining Renewable Energy for this Earth Day

Reimagining Renewable Energy for this Earth Day

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

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Lives lived at the Borderlands of Arunachal Pradesh

Lives lived at the Borderlands of Arunachal Pradesh

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

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

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

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

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Private companies exploiting the coal crisis- Need for an investigation

Private companies exploiting the coal crisis- Need for an investigation

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

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

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

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

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Metro trains running empty, people need buses , provide buses

Metro trains running empty, people need buses , provide buses

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

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Dalit Politics needs a New Radical Alternative

Dalit Politics needs a New Radical Alternative

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

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Chandigarh-dispute: Please handle with care

Chandigarh-dispute: Please handle with care

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

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Massive Farmers’ Protest At Muktsar

Massive Farmers’ Protest At Muktsar

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

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

Congress: Internal discord, outside expectations

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

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Fuel Prices: Taxing The Poor, Subsidizing The Rich

Fuel Prices: Taxing The Poor, Subsidizing The Rich

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

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

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

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

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Savarkar as a diehard Casteist: Evidence from Hindutva archives

Savarkar as a diehard Casteist: Evidence from Hindutva archives

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

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

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

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

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Anti-Conversion Laws Violate Constitutional Rights: Dr Sandeep Pandey

Anti-Conversion Laws Violate Constitutional Rights: Dr Sandeep Pandey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ECI would do well to count 100% VVPAT slips

ECI would do well to count 100% VVPAT slips

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

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

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

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

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Proposal for a Federal Front to contain the onslaught on federalism

Proposal for a Federal Front to contain the onslaught on federalism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Should Indians Drink ? 

Should Indians Drink ? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Old Politicians Ousted: AAP Storms in Punjab as Hindutva Substitute

Old Politicians Ousted: AAP Storms in Punjab as Hindutva Substitute

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

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

From Jai Ram to – Hai Ram

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

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

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

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

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Dangers of Teaching the Bhagavad Gita in Educational Curriculums

Dangers of Teaching the Bhagavad Gita in Educational Curriculums

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

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Pegassus- Thorough investigation called for

Pegassus- Thorough investigation called for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is ACB report personal information?

Is ACB report personal information?

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

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

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

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

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Election Commission must order 100% verification of VVPATs

Election Commission must order 100% verification of VVPATs

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

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Why  have Dalits of Punjab  rejected Channi?

Why  have Dalits of Punjab  rejected Channi?

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

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India need institutional autonomy to protect and strengthen democracy

India need institutional autonomy to protect and strengthen democracy

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

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

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

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

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Assembly Election Results 2022- Whither Pluralism, Democracy?

Assembly Election Results 2022- Whither Pluralism, Democracy?

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

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Dimming of Footlights

Dimming of Footlights

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

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

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

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

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Pong Dam Evictees Have Not Received Justice Even After 50 Years

Pong Dam Evictees Have Not Received Justice Even After 50 Years

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

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

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

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

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What Kind of Swachh Bharat and Modernisation Are We  Creating?

What Kind of Swachh Bharat and Modernisation Are We  Creating?

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

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Fight against fascists isn’t over yet

Fight against fascists isn’t over yet

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

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Hindu Revivalists of Bengal

Hindu Revivalists of Bengal

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

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Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

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

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Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Adivasi

Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Adivasi

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

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BJP Wins Crucial Elections In India

BJP Wins Crucial Elections In India

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

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Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -III

Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -III

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

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

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

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

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Protest in Punjab against the Ukraine War

Protest in Punjab against the Ukraine War

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

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Crime and Punishment: Is Indian Justice System Impartial?

Crime and Punishment: Is Indian Justice System Impartial?

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

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Reduced presence in politics main cause of Gender Gap

Reduced presence in politics main cause of Gender Gap

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

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Axing Scholarships, Denying Opportunities

Axing Scholarships, Denying Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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Hindutva crucifying Science

Hindutva crucifying Science

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

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The Anti-Conversion Laws Target Freedom of Religion and Conscience

The Anti-Conversion Laws Target Freedom of Religion and Conscience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2022 UP Polls and Shifting Discourse around Electoral Politics

2022 UP Polls and Shifting Discourse around Electoral Politics

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

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

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

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

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Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

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

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Punjab-22: What March 10 Won’t Mention

Punjab-22: What March 10 Won’t Mention

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

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

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

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

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Assembly Elections: Missing New Education Policy in the Debate

Assembly Elections: Missing New Education Policy in the Debate

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

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Photo Credit/Dainik Tribune newspaper

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

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

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

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

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

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The Plight of the Indian Medical Student

The Plight of the Indian Medical Student

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

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

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

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

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Parliamentary privileges: Undefined & ambiguous

Parliamentary privileges: Undefined & ambiguous

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

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Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

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

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Hijab: Pursuing profits of polarization

Hijab: Pursuing profits of polarization

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

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 More than Covid-19, inequality killed many

 More than Covid-19, inequality killed many

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

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UP Prepares for Change

UP Prepares for Change

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

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

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

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

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Constitution: State and Nation

Constitution: State and Nation

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

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The Pathalgadi movement for adivasi autonomy

The Pathalgadi movement for adivasi autonomy

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

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On Current Changes In Toponymy

On Current Changes In Toponymy

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

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Finally BJP Forced To Focus On People’s Issues

Finally BJP Forced To Focus On People’s Issues

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

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

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

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

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

Twenty Years After Godhra – Some Reflections

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

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 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

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

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UP Elections: Sex and the Sanyasi

UP Elections: Sex and the Sanyasi

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

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

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

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

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Kerala’s SilverLine Project: Will the Economy bleed?

Kerala’s SilverLine Project: Will the Economy bleed?

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

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