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National Call for 2 minutes Silence on Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day

National Call for 2 minutes Silence on Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day

The National Call for 2 minutes Silence at 11.00am & 5.17 pm is being held from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and from Kohima to Kutch! The National Initiative to Commemorate the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi is now a People’s Movement! ———————————————————————————————————————————-Mumbai: Silent March from Mani Bhavan to August KrantiMaidan. We will Commemorate, pay homage and stand in Silence for 2 minutes[Read More…]

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Towards A Common Federal Agenda

Towards A Common Federal Agenda

2019 Elections are upon us. It is clear that NDA led by Modi is facing an uphill battle. Policies like Demonetisation and haphazard implementation of GST has left Indian economy in shambles. Agrarian distress and curbs on cattle economy are pushing rural population to penury. Constitutional institutions have been compromised and rendered toothless. Federalism is on the brink of collapse[Read More…]

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Two Minutes Silence On Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day

Two Minutes Silence On Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Day

People’s Initiative to Commemorate the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi on the 30th of January for Communal Harmony, Non-Violence & Peace. National Call for 2 Minutes Silence at 11.00am & 5.17pm to pay our respects and Homage to Mahatma Gandhi, is being held from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and from Kutch to Kohima.The National Initiative to Commemorate the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi[Read More…]

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National Awards: Ethics of Conferment and Politics of Selection

National Awards: Ethics of Conferment and Politics of Selection

As expected, the announcement of the national awards for 2019 again brought forth a storm of controversy in India. This time it has drawn special attention due to the fiddly criteria used for selection. However, politics of awards is as old as the constitutional history of India. Saffronisation of awards is also a part of this history of ‘give and[Read More…]

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Time To Discontinue The State Awards

Time To Discontinue The State Awards

Former President Pranab Mukherjee has been awarded Bharat Ratna along with Nana Ji Deshmukh and Bhupen Hazarika. Obviously, many people have heart burn with this as there is a long list of well deserved people who should have been acknowledged by the state. Apart from Bharat Ratna, hundreds of other awards are presented by the government every year as mark[Read More…]

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#GoBackModi Trends in Twitter ahead of Modi’s Rally in Madurai

#GoBackModi Trends in Twitter ahead of Modi’s Rally in Madurai

#GoBackModi is trending once again in twitter. This time it’s happening in a crucial time when Modi is coming to Madurai to lay the foundation for the AIMMS hospital and also to kick start the 2019 Lok Sabha election Campaign. In April 2018, when the Modi government did not follow the Supreme courts orders to form the Cauvery Management Board[Read More…]

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BSP-SP Alliance: Opportunities and Challenges

BSP-SP Alliance: Opportunities and Challenges

Finally, Mayawati, the Chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) struck an alliance with Samajwadi Party (SP) and amicably sorted out the sharing of seats for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. Recently, advice by Ram Das Athawale of Republican Party of India, currently sitting in the lap of Manuwadi, anti-Dalit Party, to Mayawati to join the BJP than the SP[Read More…]

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Why I am an Indian – 4 (Republic Day special)

Why I am an Indian – 4 (Republic Day special)

The problem with India is not just about something as simple as defeating the BJP in 2019 elections. This is definitely a must but the major problem is exemplified by the fact that “where there is no vision the people perish.” To put it more clearly, the RSS, the BJP and its satellites have a vision for the country, a[Read More…]

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The Complexity of Citizenship Amendment Bill

The Complexity of Citizenship Amendment Bill

“If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end”~ Bayard Rustin For people[Read More…]

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Supreme Court Admits PUCL PIL Challenging Surveillance Powers Under The Telegraph And IT Act

Supreme Court Admits PUCL PIL Challenging Surveillance Powers Under The Telegraph And IT Act

The Supreme Court has today issued notice in a PUCL PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Section 5(2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, read with Rule 419-A of the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951, as well as Section 69 of the Information Technology Act 2000 together with the Information Technology (Procedure for Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information)[Read More…]

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The new Bahujan alliance in UP:  A challenge to the neo-liberal Hindutva forces

The new Bahujan alliance in UP:  A challenge to the neo-liberal Hindutva forces

 Co-Written by Badre Alam and Sanjay Kumar The recent press conference which was addressed by jointly the BSP chief Mawawati and the SP president Akhilesh Yadav in the Lucknow on 12th Jan 2019 is to be considered as a historical and futuristic in nature, ahead of the 2019 general election. This alliance tries to put-forward the new phase of radical Dalit-Bahujan[Read More…]

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Issue of contractual-teaching at Delhi University

Issue of contractual-teaching at Delhi University

University of Delhi is replete with ad-hoc teachers as it presently employs around five thousand teachers who work in the ad-hoc capacity. Year after year, a hire and fire policy is adopted with regard to their employment by the college administration for every academic session. In this process, an ad-hoc teacher often finds himself/herself being turned into a guest teacher.[Read More…]

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The marginalised lives of ‘Anganwadi’ and other workers

The marginalised lives of ‘Anganwadi’ and other workers

While major contribution to implementation of social welfare schemes is through social volunteers and anganwadis, nurses, teachers, etc .their economic and social condition remains pathetic. Their problems have not been addressed either by governments or other welfare organizations for many years. Devalued The social and economic progress depends upon providing basic services. The teachers, Anganwadi workers, nurses, panchayat secretaries or[Read More…]

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Face to face with Dr. BR Ambedkar on the eve of Republic Day

Face to face with Dr. BR Ambedkar on the eve of Republic Day

-A Skit by MK Adithya The jarring sound of alarm from my old time-piece woke me up at 5am. It was quite late last night by the time I was back home. And our editor told our team we should be ready early to cover people’s responses on Republic Day even before the official ceremony begins. Sleepy, I pulled on[Read More…]

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Who bears the burden of low prices of farm produces

Who bears the burden of low prices of farm produces

Unrest among farmers over delayed and part payment by often take a violent turn, especially, between sugarcane farmers and mill owners.Delay in payment to sugarcane farmers has become a big issue in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, the two highest sugarcane producing states. Sugarcane grows all year round, in addition to also being in demand throughout the year for sugar production[Read More…]

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Primary Education in West Bengal

Primary Education in West Bengal

            Is primary education in government sponsored schools no more reliable to the parents of urban as well as rural Bengal? Pupils’ strength in government sponsored primary schools is remarkably decreasing. It is evident that primary education in government sponsored schools is absolutely free. A student gets educational materials and allied support along with mid-day meal regularly, while quality of[Read More…]

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Dictionary of Ache Din

Dictionary of Ache Din

#Sarcasm #AcheDin # TukdeTukdeGang # KanhaiyaKumar #ShehlaRashid #2002Gujarat #AntiNational #PuducherrykoVanakkam! #Demonetisation#MunnkiBaat This fledgling attempt at writing is a tribute to the flexibility of our language in general and in particular to the words that have been newly minted crisped dried suuned and presented for use for the general consumption of our ever gullible public. Since 16th of May, 2014, our[Read More…]

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The Republic of Thain! Thain!

The Republic of Thain! Thain!

It was a symbolically brilliant moment in October last year, when a policeman in Uttar Pradesh hid behind a tree and shouted ‘thain! thain!’ during a live encounter with criminals, after his gun jammed. The policeman’s attempt to replace real bullets with mimicked sound was considered by many as another laughable case of a poorly prepared Indian police force. In[Read More…]

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Prabhat Patnaik’s Theorisation of Fascism and its Defeat: Some Small Glitches

Prabhat Patnaik’s Theorisation of Fascism and its Defeat: Some Small Glitches

In past two Octobers, Professor Prabhat Patnaik made two importantcontributions to theorisation of Fascism and ways to defeat it. One was Published on 17.10.17 in The Telegraph[1], “Finding a way out: The current upsurge of fascism”and the other in last year, “The Left and Opposition Unity: How Fascism Can Be Defeated in 2019” published in The Wire on 9.10.2018[2]. Firstly,[Read More…]

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Beyond Universal Education

Beyond Universal Education

The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves –Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan The building blocks of a nation are the citizens of its tomorrow. The way these seeds will sprout will always depend on the way you choose to water them. India’s education sector is one of the largest sunrise sectors in the economic and social development of the[Read More…]

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Wealth Of 9 Richest Indians Equivalent To Bottom 50% Of Country: Oxfam Study

Wealth Of 9 Richest Indians Equivalent To Bottom 50% Of Country: Oxfam Study

Indian billionaires saw their fortunes swell by Rs. 2,200 crore a day last year, with the top 1 per cent of the country’s richest getting richer by 39 per cent as against just 3 per cent increase in wealth for the bottom-half of the population, an Oxfam study said on Monday. Globally, billionaires’ fortunes rose by 12 per cent or[Read More…]

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Modi’s Politics of ‘Soft Power’ in times of Hard Realities of the Indian Diaspora

Modi’s Politics of ‘Soft Power’ in times of Hard Realities of the Indian Diaspora

  Even as the general elections are round the corner, the Narendra Modi Government makes it a point to use religion and culture as effective tools to sustain itself in power, beyond 2019. This is done in an orchestrated manner deploying strategies of both ‘soft power’ and ‘hard power’ in the domestic, regional and international settings. The latest in a[Read More…]

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James W. Douglass Talks about Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth

James W. Douglass Talks about Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth

Introduction by Edward Curtin Today India, a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, nearly a fifth of the world’s population, is a nuclear armed state ruled by leaders who have vociferously rejected the non-violent legacy of Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement and the Father of the Nation.  When he was assassinated on January 30, 1948, his death sent[Read More…]

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Pinarayi Vijayan’s Social Reform Has Defeated the Sabarimala Protests

Pinarayi Vijayan’s Social Reform Has Defeated the Sabarimala Protests

After the Ayyapa jatara ended on January 14 with the so called ‘Makara Jyothi’ appearing for the devotees at Sabarimala, Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of the Left front government, emerged a skillful social reformer and good administrator. The Narendra Modi government deployed its Kerala wing to push him against a wall by opposing the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment in 2018 lifting the ban[Read More…]

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Protect The Constitution: Socialist Party (India)

Protect The Constitution: Socialist Party (India)

National Executive Committee Meeting, Nasik (Maharashtra),6 January 2019 Political Resolution The SPI would like to remind the citizens of India that the Indian Constitution is passing through the crisis of a serious threat from the ruling establishment of the country. The present government is not only destroying the basic values of socialism, secularism and democracy embedded in the Constitution, but[Read More…]

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APCO to Kotler – The Artificial Glossing of Modi’s Image

APCO to Kotler – The Artificial Glossing of Modi’s Image

Narendra Modi, the present incumbent to the Prime Minister’s chair, had a little break the other day for an award ceremony. Well, little different from the usual award ceremonies — where the Prime Minister presents awards and gives some pep talk, here Modi himself was presented with the ’First-ever Philip Kotler Award’. Perhaps looking at Modi’s much-publicised workaholic nature (if[Read More…]

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Jharkhand Government Takes a Step Back by Reducing the Number of Eggs in School Midday Meals

Jharkhand Government Takes a Step Back by Reducing the Number of Eggs in School Midday Meals

It is shocking to learn that Jharkhand Government has decided to reduce the number of weekly eggs in school midday meals from three to two. Earlier, the government allotted Rs 4 per egg. With increase in price of eggs, it has revised the allotment to Rs 6 per egg. But instead of increasing the total budget commensurately with the inflation[Read More…]

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Harappa To Ayyappa

Harappa To Ayyappa

Harappa! We are all your descendants You shepherded the first civilization You built the first city in the East You domesticated the early animals Goat, sheep, buffalo, dog and donkey. You made the first pot, brick, bronze tools You built the first tank, boat and building. You were God’s Own Man. Brahma came and burnt all your civilization Indra damaged[Read More…]

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Bahujan Hindus versus Brahminical Hindutva

Bahujan Hindus versus Brahminical Hindutva

                            The election campaigns in North India would have passed uneventful had Yogi Adityanadh not uttered at Alwar, Rajasthan during the last phase in November 20018, the impulsive feeling that Hanuman was only a Dalit forest dweller and servant of Raja Sri Ram. It was the inner[Read More…]

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Need Proportional representation at all level to democratize Indian power structure

Need Proportional representation at all level to democratize Indian power structure

The quota bill providing 10%  reservation for the ‘general’ category of people has been passed by the Rajya Sabha yesterday with opposition parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party, AAP and left parties . The AIDMK walked out of the Parliament so had the stand of DMK as Tamilnadu already have 69% quota.  The question is whether this act will not be[Read More…]

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10% Reservation to Economically Weak Sections in General Category : Socialist Party’s Perspective

10% Reservation to Economically Weak Sections in General Category : Socialist Party’s Perspective

Mr. Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, Member Parliament, on 8th January 2019, seek a reply from Government of India, Ministry of Scial Justice and Empowerment to the question (No. 4475) on ‘Reservation for Poor’. Mr. Reddy’s question was : (a) whether the Government is exploring the scope of providing reservation for poor candidates from forward communities for education and employment; (b) if[Read More…]

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Beginning of the End of Reservation?

Beginning of the End of Reservation?

Imagine a pool of 100 candidates. You have 10 vacancies to appoint them. Now tell them that 9 wil be appointed on merit and 1 will be under reservation, but all 100 are eligible to apply for the 1 reserved seat. Conduct a written test and select 10 who scored most. First 9 gets in the merit list and the[Read More…]

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Citizenship Bill: One more step of BJP towards the contempt of Constitution

Citizenship Bill: One more step of BJP towards the contempt of Constitution

By passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha the Narendra Modi government at the Center has taken up another step towards the contempt of the Constitution. The Bill provides that six non-Muslim communities – Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi – of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan will be granted citizenship of India in the event of religious[Read More…]

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What We Need Are Kannada Schools Not Sammelanas

What We Need Are Kannada Schools Not Sammelanas

Our Akhila Bharata Sahitya Sammelana is an annually occurring lavish ritual literally like a school annual day celebration. This time it’s being observed in Dharwad. The expenditure for these Sammelanas has been increasing by the crores, year after year. It was 8 crores for the Sammelana held in Mysore last year, 7 plus crores for the one before that in[Read More…]

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PUCL Maharashtra Statement in Solidarity with protesting BEST Workers

PUCL Maharashtra Statement in Solidarity with protesting BEST Workers

PUCL Maharashtra expresses shock and dismay at reports that the BMC and BEST administration have chosen to invoke draconian provisions of the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against striking BEST employees, instead of taking steps to respond to their demands and alleviate their grievances at the earliest. PUCL Maharashtra learns that the BEST administration has issued eviction notices to[Read More…]

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Mounting social anger seen in two-day strike against Indian government

Mounting social anger seen in two-day strike against Indian government

Tens of millions of workers throughout India yesterday joined the second day of a 48-hour national protest strike against the hated pro-investor economic “reforms” of the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP)-led government. While the capitalist media largely tried to black-out the strike, it was supported by broad sections of the working class, both in the so-called formal and informal[Read More…]

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The problem with  rural India being  governed by the urban mindsets

The problem with  rural India being  governed by the urban mindsets

 ( All characters  and incidents, referred in this piece  are fictional) The rural India, today is governed by the urban technocratic mindset which is not always very helpful and often dangerous.   While we often relate under development to the lack of awareness among the rural communities, the truth is the urban awareness on rural lifestyle and culture is negligible and[Read More…]

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Millions of Indian workers hold two-day general strike against Modi government

Millions of Indian workers hold two-day general strike against Modi government

Over 180 million workers began a two-day general strike across India yesterday in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big business assault on the working class. Tens of thousands of workers defied threats of sacking and pay cut by state governments to join the national walkout. The huge strike, which is continuing today, is a powerful indication of the mass[Read More…]

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Sabarimala row: While he defends ‘tradition’, will PM Modi also guarantee protection to Bindu and Kanakadurga?

Sabarimala row: While he defends ‘tradition’, will PM Modi also guarantee protection to Bindu and Kanakadurga?

The entry of two women devotees, Bindu and Kanakadurga, into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple on January 2 led to widespread violence in the state of Kerala. The violence, which erupted during the bandh call issued by the BJP and allied organisations on January 3, saw not just damage of public property but also the loss of a[Read More…]

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Narendra Modi Is Actually The Accidental PM

Narendra Modi Is Actually The Accidental PM

Anupam Kher’s film ‘Accidental Prime Minister’ has targeted Dr. Manmohan Singh who served for two terms and may be again acceptable for the job if his party regains power. But his tormentor Narendra Modi seems to be out of breath even before his first term is over. Disillusionment with him is so widespread and deep that people of India may[Read More…]

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Giving 10 percent Reservation is a ‘Political stunt’ to woo the upper-castes votes

Giving 10 percent Reservation is a ‘Political stunt’ to woo the upper-castes votes

As reported in the media that the BJP led Union Cabinet on Monday 7th Jan 2019 has approved 10 reservations for economically weaker upper castes in the government jobs and education.  For giving the reservation, the government has underlined the criterion for deciding economically weaker section, would be based on the size of ‘land holdings’ and the income of the respective[Read More…]

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Shashi Tharoor’s Hypocrisy

Shashi Tharoor’s Hypocrisy

‘Hinduism’s suitability for the modern world lies in many ways in its recognition of non Dogmatism and uncertainty’ Good Hindu Dr. Shashi Tharoor in ‘Why I am Hindu’ pg 287   ‘I am all for women empowerment but the issue is of sanctity. The entry of two women inside the premise of a temple shrine is an unnecessarily deliberate and[Read More…]

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Additional Reservation Quota for Uppercastes Is A Political Gimmick

Additional Reservation Quota for Uppercastes Is A Political Gimmick

10% reservation quota for Upper castes people in the government jobs is ever biggest gimmick of the Modi government after Rs.1.5 million to very citizen of India and 2 crore new jobs per year. Today’s Union Cabinet decision of 10% reservation to Upper castes people and tomorrow a bill-proposal will put up by the Minister in Parliament for bringing constitutional[Read More…]

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When Idea of Representation Is Misrepresented

When Idea of Representation Is Misrepresented

The decision of the Centre to provide for an additional 10% quota for the economically weaker section among upper caste in jobs and education is a misrepresentation of the idea of representation. Measuring social deprivation by economic standards is a caste-blind approach that usurps the spirit of positive discrimination to the socially and educationally backward caste for decades. The government[Read More…]

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Over 200 Individuals And Organisations Demand: Dismiss The Priests at Sabarimala Over Violation of Constitutional Rights And Return The Shrine To Adivasis

Over 200 Individuals And Organisations Demand: Dismiss The Priests at Sabarimala Over Violation of Constitutional Rights And Return The Shrine To Adivasis

To Shri Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister of Kerala CC To: President of India, Chief Justice of India, Governor of Kerala Over 200 women’s activists, dalit activists, adivasi activists, human rights groups, social organisations, cultural personalities and well known citizens demand the dismissal of the priests in Sabarimala over violation of constitutional rights and return the shrine to adivasis. Sir, Adv.[Read More…]

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Discriminatory Reservation of Savarnas!

Discriminatory Reservation of Savarnas!

“Caste is not a physical object like a wall of bricks or a line of barbed wire which prevents the Hindus from co-mingling and which has, therefore, to be pulled down. Caste is a notion; it is a state of the mind.” When Ambedkar inscribed this line for millions of Dalits of India, he rejected the dictatorial theology and power[Read More…]

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The UCCRI(ML) supports the call for a two day All-India General Strike

The UCCRI(ML) supports the call for a two day All-India General Strike

They are demanding better wages, better employment opportunities, better social security and democratic rights for the workers while opposing price-rise. They have also declared that they are opposing the “pro-corporate, anti-national and anti-people policies” of the BJP Government by Mr. Modi, which have spelled misery for the workers. These demands are just and we support the same along with their[Read More…]

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A vendor selling idols of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, rests as he waits for customers at a roadside workshop in Ahmedabad, India, August 29, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

India’s Season of Unreason

Barely a week into 2019 I am still trying to figure out what exactly is so ‘new’ about this New Year that is upon us. The balance in my bank account has not changed for the better, nor has my weight, nor the cost of living, while the future all around looks depressingly same as a smog-struck Delhi winter day.[Read More…]

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Triple Talaq Bill: Background, implications & way out

Triple Talaq Bill: Background, implications & way out

Pre-View: When you fail to understand & resolve your own problems, then, those who suffer by your ‘inaction’ will certainly approach others for their resolution. Triple divorce is such a topic that has been over-discussed & talked through in India since decades drawing the attention of the Muslim Personal Law Board (MPLB) & Indian Muslim leaders to find a remedy to stop[Read More…]

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Jan. 8th & 9th General Strike: Why Are We Striking? Against Whom Are We Striking?

Jan. 8th & 9th General Strike: Why Are We Striking? Against Whom Are We Striking?

India’s Working Class people have a tremendous history of showing their built-up anger and collective bargaining strength time and again through General Strikes. Since the arrival of the disastrous policies of neo-liberalism in 1991, the working class of India have embarked upon a General Strike 17 times. Last time when we struck work in September 2016, an unprecedented 180 million workers took part[Read More…]

Why I am an Indian – III

Why I am an Indian – III

If we talk to reductionists who are die hard Hindu upper caste and usually upper caste about the Other that is Muslim they come up with some interesting observations that can be summed up in the amusing and alarming sentence ‘all Muslims are potential terrorists as all terrorists are Muslim.’ This is followed by statements that stem from fear like:[Read More…]

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Social media and violation of human rights

Social media and violation of human rights

Advancement of technology, more than benefiting masses, is becoming dangerous in the hands of miscreants. Increase of smart – phones and computers have spread the use of social media platforms. Instead of using the platforms for messaging information or decent discussion, it is becoming a medium to spew hatred, upload incidents of human rights violations mostly by perpetrators themselves with[Read More…]

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In defense of the indefensible

In defense of the indefensible

Courtesy ANI, Narendra Modi has clarified his position on both the Triple Talaq Bill as well as the Sabarimalatemple entry movement. Though problematic on its face it’s a remarkable effort in defense of the indefensible. While he classified the former as a tool for ensuring equal rights for Muslim women, he ended up contradicting himself when it came to talking[Read More…]

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Cars parked on the road, corrupt civic machinery now threaten our lives

Cars parked on the road, corrupt civic machinery now threaten our lives

“It is no doubt ironic that the motor car, superstar of the capitalist system, expects to live rent-free” – WOLFGANG ZUCKERMAN. It is true even very rich motorists all over the world do not like to pay for parking. That is bad enough. What is alarming is that in India this insistence on the right to park free, grab public[Read More…]

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‘Hartal Raj’ under the Sangh Hegemony

‘Hartal Raj’ under the Sangh Hegemony

Kerala still appears to have been languished in a self-imposed prison of hartals in spite of all efforts to terminate the snowballing menace of social disruption and public nuisance caused by its reckless ‘declaration.’ It was only recently that nearly three dozen trade organisations got together to declare that 2019 would be a ‘hartal-free year.’ However, 2019 began with the[Read More…]

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Power sharing in National Politics: An obligation for political parties

Power sharing in National Politics: An obligation for political parties

In the recent backdrop of the electoral results, finally the hangover of 2014 elections seem diminishing if not ending. Though it would be a hasty statement to predict the national electoral outcomes based on state electoral results as these elections vary in many aspects. But, once again these electoral outcomes brought the importance of alliance and coalition at the forefront[Read More…]

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Historic Day In Sabarimala As Two Women Enter The Temple

Historic Day In Sabarimala As Two Women Enter The Temple

After the historic ‘Women’s Wall’ that challenged Brahmanic Patriarchy two young women entered the Sabarimala temple early morning today. Bindu and Kanaka Durga, both in their early 40s, entered the hilltop shrine around 3.45 am. This is the first entry of women after the Supreme Court ordered the end of a decades-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the[Read More…]

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Minority rights, Gender justice and ‘disciplining’ Muslim Community

Minority rights, Gender justice and ‘disciplining’ Muslim Community

 Since the BJP government came into power in 2014, it has initiated and purposed to make legislation on Muslim women mainly around the instant Triple talaq. Just few days back, Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha where BJP has majority. However, opposition’s parties belonging to the Left, Congress and including Muslims political parties (AIMIM) led by Mr. Asaduddin[Read More…]

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620 KM Long Women’s Wall of Kerala Challenges Brahmanical Patriarchy

620 KM Long Women’s Wall of Kerala Challenges Brahmanical Patriarchy

About 3-5  million women formed a wall across Kerala to protect to protect Kerala’s renaissance values and for women empowerment. About three million women stood shoulder to shoulder across Kerala and formed 620 KM “wall” from Thiruvananthapuram to the northern district of Kasaragod. They also pledged to protec the renaissance values of Kerala. The wall was organised against the backdrop[Read More…]

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Your waste: someone’s taste

Your waste: someone’s taste

                                       While we every other day listen to boastful claims that the country India is developing fast. It has become very difficult for most of us to accept the brute reality that our people die because of hunger. Yes, death due to[Read More…]

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How West Bengal Embraced Communism And Held It Tightly For 33 Years !

How West Bengal Embraced Communism And Held It Tightly For 33 Years !

West Bengal in its contemporary form is a new territory. One that came into existence at the helm of the midnight hour on August 15,1947. Prior to that, it was simply Bengal. Bengal whose geography was once distorted by Britishers who used the blade of divide and rule to slit it in 1905 into East and West Bengal based on[Read More…]

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BJP Politics and Triple Talaq Bill

BJP Politics and Triple Talaq Bill

The Narander Modi led BJP govt passed the Muslim women ( Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017.The reworked bill to make triple talaq or instant divorce among Muslims a punishable offence was passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday, 27th of December 2018. The Triple Talaq Bill states that the offence of pronouncing triple talaq is a cognisable and non-bailable[Read More…]

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61, Mott Lane

61, Mott Lane

Editorial of the current issue of Frontier, Kolkata The long battle over. 61 Mott Lane is over. What is not over is the trauma faced by the employees of Frontier in the morning of December 17, 2018. Finally Frontier will have to vacate this place in a week or two. It all started way back in 1985 when Samar Sen[Read More…]

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An overview of Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi issue

An overview of Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi issue

On 6th December, 1992 the news of demolition of 464 years old mosque by Hindu Fanatics, Kar Sevaks, at Ayodhiya UP organised by BJP & VHP through their Rathyatras & speeches, cast a gloom over the entire 180 million Indian Muslim population. It was the forecast of more communal poison & violence in the lap of ever-increasing wave of palengenetic Hindu[Read More…]

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A ‘capital’ transformation : Delhi as a symbol of corporate politics advertisement

A ‘capital’ transformation : Delhi as a symbol of corporate politics advertisement

It would have been more pertinent and meaningful if this piece had been written by a journalist friend. Actually, I had waited for some time hoping that one or another journalist friend would turn his attention to this subject and write about it. But unfortunately, journalists who would look into the changing face of Delhi metropolis and speak about the[Read More…]

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All head and no heart-The Story of Digital Governance

All head and no heart-The Story of Digital Governance

The successive governments have depended heavily on technology to deal with  service delivery and leakages and the use of technology has almost become indispensible in the modern day governance approaches. As a result one can observe the mobile apps, websites, MIS data being the popular talking points among the top officials and technology has become a one stop solution to[Read More…]

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Reckless Gamble for Profit that Placed Indian Cotton Farmers in Corporate Noose

Reckless Gamble for Profit that Placed Indian Cotton Farmers in Corporate Noose

The dubious performance (failure) of genetically engineered Bt cotton, officially India’s only GM crop, should serve as a warning as the push within the country to adopt GM across a wide range of food crops continues. This article provides an outline of some key reports and papers that have appeared in the last few years on Bt cotton in India. In[Read More…]

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Seminar held in memory of Justice Rajindar Sachar in Jalandhar

Seminar held in memory of Justice Rajindar Sachar in Jalandhar

Socialist Party, on the occasion of 95th birthday of Justice Rajindar Sachar, founder member of the party, organized a one-day seminar on 22 December 2018, on the topic ‘How to Save Constitutional Institutions and Values?’ in Jalandhar city of Punjab. Citizens from different parts of Punjab reached Jalandhar to pay their homage to Justice Sachar on this occasion. The seminar[Read More…]

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What ails India’s women farmers?

What ails India’s women farmers?

If one questions — what do women know about farming and agriculture, the answer will be pretty much everything. Women’s contribution to agriculture all across the world is exemplary. According to United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation, if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30%. Nevertheless women continue[Read More…]

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Goodbye Vaccines, Welcome Gomutra

Goodbye Vaccines, Welcome Gomutra

Qazi Zainus Sajidin, the city Qazi of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, has an added responsibility these days. Anyone who listens to his sermons, gets a surprise when nearing the end of his takreer (speech), he underlines the importance of vaccinations and how a timely dose can save the lives of children. Qazisaab is not the only cleric in the region who has[Read More…]

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End of India’s long, dark night?

End of India’s long, dark night?

The spring of hope has arrived at last. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its powerful propaganda machine had pitched this as a contest between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi — Namdar versus Kamdar (the entitled one vs someone who has worked his way up). And the voters have spoken what they think of the performance of Kamdar! The Indians have[Read More…]

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Why Pinarayi Vijayan must take the RSS-BJP head-on in the Sabarimala fight. The fight is now for more than the one temple

Why Pinarayi Vijayan must take the RSS-BJP head-on in the Sabarimala fight. The fight is now for more than the one temple

In rural Andhra Pradesh, there is a proverb that is reportedly used by rapists against their victims, “Allow me to rape you — or I’ll cut my own organ [presumably, the penis].” The saying reflects deep-seated misogyny and chauvinistic tendencies. The threat of self-immolation now emerging from Thiruvananthapuram against the Supreme Court order that allowed women of all age groups[Read More…]

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The One Mukti India Desperately Needs

The One Mukti India Desperately Needs

Much has been discussed in main stream media about the BJP’s war cry of Congress Mukt Bharat, the popular slogan that itself occupies the position of nothing more than a footnote in the BJP’s larger imagination of a Hindu Rashtra. However, the same vigor is missing when it comes to discussing riddance from BJP & RSS’ politics of hate. The[Read More…]

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TISS protest calls out Hindutva and neoliberal nexus

TISS protest calls out Hindutva and neoliberal nexus

Dr BR Ambedkar was right in saying that capitalism and brahmanism are the two evils the workers of the country had to deal with. By the passage of time, it has been converted to neo-liberalism and Hindutva. As education became a constitutionally guaranteed right, the Hindutva brigade had to become friends with the neo-liberalism to stop the students from marginalised[Read More…]

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Mahul reisdents forced to sleep without shelter on a cold windy night

Mahul reisdents forced to sleep without shelter on a cold windy night

Mumbai | 17th Dec: Last night, the people, who were protesting at Azad Maidan against their failed rehabilitation at #MumbaisToxicHell Mahul, were forced by the police to leave the ground. As there was no substitute Mahul residents had to be spent the night at platform no. 18 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Since thousands of people were asked to adjust[Read More…]

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Sajjan Kumar Gets Life Term In 1984 Riots Case

Sajjan Kumar Gets Life Term In 1984 Riots Case

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar has been found guilty and has been sentenced to life in jail for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots by the Delhi High Court, which cancelled an earlier court order acquitting him. Sajjan Kumar, 73, was convicted in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar in Delhi. He has been asked[Read More…]

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Liberal media to Modi’s aide

Liberal media to Modi’s aide

After the recent reverses BJP suffered in the assembly elections, many scions of so-called liberal media have got busy theorizing the loss as anti-incumbency. Arguments are repeatedly being made across liberal platforms that people in the three states BJP lost power, voted on local issues and against their respective state government. It appears a full-fledged campaign has been initiated, and to[Read More…]

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The Demise of Modi`s Arrogance and Acrimonious Politics

The Demise of Modi`s Arrogance and Acrimonious Politics

A recent inglorious defeat of Modi/Shah combine in three Indian states: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and victory of Rahul Gandhi, once labeled immature, part-time politicians by the BJP/RSS, shows that no leader or government can befool the intelligent Indian voters for a long time. Insulating day and night Gandhi family from the public platforms by Modi/RSS/VHP/Bajrang Dal made sick[Read More…]

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Corporate Exploitation- Prime Hindrance of Sustainable Development

Every one of our policy makers of government, quasi government and private or other sectors in India says proudly about sustainable development or they plan towards achievement of sustainability of the particular programme. But their desired expectation is theoretically a mouthful word. It is perhaps a political demand, and it is only a politically correct concept because practice tells different[Read More…]

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The Rising Tide of Attacks on Minorities!

The Rising Tide of Attacks on Minorities!

Gandhi’s vision of the ideal society was that of a non-violent and democratic social order in which there would be a just balance between individual freedom and social responsibility. He had a very high regard for the place of ideals in human life. Without ideals, he said, life could have no meaning because there would be no goals towards which[Read More…]

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Why I am an Indian – Part II

Why I am an Indian – Part II

My previous essay in this series of Essays for Our Times addressed to India got three hundred shares on fb. This surprising fact has made me keep quiet for a long time, wondering what to write next. It was on “why I am an Indian.” Meanwhile, while I go on reifying the definitions of nation, India and what it means[Read More…]

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Central Government Ensnares Itself In Northeast and Kashmir

Central Government Ensnares Itself In Northeast and Kashmir

First the Bhartiya Janata Party led government in Delhi was very enthusiastic about conducting the National Register of Citizens exercise in Assam on the premise that this process will identify all the illegal migrants from Bangladesh who entered Assam after 24 March, 1971, the date of creation on Bangladesh, who could then be sent back to Bangladesh. The assumption was[Read More…]

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BJP’s defeat in Hindi heartland is worth celebrating, but Congress cannot be trusted

BJP’s defeat in Hindi heartland is worth celebrating, but Congress cannot be trusted

  The recent defeat of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in three important assembly elections in India has refreshed hopes for the ouster of Hindu supremacists from power next year. The ruling BJP suffered humiliating defeat in the provincial elections held in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The party was in power in these[Read More…]

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BJP Loses The Semi Final

BJP Loses The Semi Final

In a crucial election to five assemblies in what is billed as a semi final before the 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ultra Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party drew a blank. It lost massively in Chattisgarh, a state where it held power for four consecutive terms. The Chief Minister Raman Singh was defeated in his constituency too. In[Read More…]

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Land for dalits remains hogwash in Telangana

Land for dalits remains hogwash in Telangana

Beneficiaries given documents by the CM while launching the scheme are yet to receive land Unkept promises during polls is nothing new for the Indian public. But implementation of land reforms which have been at the fulcrum of a promise to socio-economic justice since the end of the Raj refuses to die down. No wonder, the issue found its echo[Read More…]

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Manifesto Of Indian Farmers

Manifesto Of Indian Farmers

Adopted by an assembly representing the farmers of India on the occasion of the historic Kisan Mukti March organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee Delhi, 30 November 2018 WE, THE FARMERS OF INDIA, The producers of primary agricultural commodities; Including Women, Dalit, Nomadic and Adivasi farmers; Landowners, Tenants, Sharecroppers, Agricultural Labourers and Plantation Workers; Fishworkers, Milk Producers,[Read More…]

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Caste and Communal Biases in Police

Caste and Communal Biases in Police

Rrecently a video of a police officer from Maharashtra, Bhagyashree Navtake had gone viral wherein she is seen bragging about how she files false cases against Dalits and tortures them and Muslims. It represents a crude but true picture of social prejudices in India’s police force. After all our police men come from the society, hence the police organisation is the true[Read More…]

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Tribals with the cotton crop that was destroyed by forest officials. The tribals do not possess documents to claim ownership of the lands though they have been tilling them for generations. The Forest Rights Act 2005 protects their right over these lands. But tribals allege their rights have remained on paper and largely observed in breach. Mulakalapalli village in Bhadradri Kothagudem District. Crop on over 70 acres was destroyed.

Tribals left in lurch in Telangana

Bhadrachalam: A dawn of the new state of Telangana doesn’t seem to have done justice to the tribal cause. Activists aver the situation has only worsened. The State governments ‘Haritha Haram’ scheme to bring more areas under green cover seems to have affected them directly. The tribal activists aver the laws like the Forest Rights Act 2005 which was brought[Read More…]

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AgustaWestland chopper deal is a dead snake in neck of the country

AgustaWestland chopper deal is a dead snake in neck of the country

The Socialist Party believes that the Modi government has brought the issue of AgustaWestland chopper deal as a rebuttal of the Rafale aircraft deal, and not to fight corruption. The BJP leaders, including the PM, have explicitly stated that extradition of James Christian Michel will pose a serious crisis for the Congress and its Gandhi-Nehru family. People should understand that[Read More…]

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Sacred Cows, Disposable Humans

Sacred Cows, Disposable Humans

“It is a curious people. With them, all life seems to be sacred except human life.” – Mark Twain on Indians A single quote sometimes remains the sole memory of a leader. Giriraj Kishor, VHP leader, can be considered a classic example to demonstrate this who had rather (in)famously said “Cow is considered more sacred than human beings in Puranas[Read More…]

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B.R.Ambedkar and Electoral Politics: A Relook

B.R.Ambedkar and Electoral Politics: A Relook

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 6, 2018. in a short video posted on his personal Twitter handle to mark the 62nd death anniversary of Ambedkar, said the “mantra of sabka saath, sabka vikas has been inspired by the late leader”. He said Ambedkar pitched for equality before law, equality in opportunities and equality in rights. The prime minister said[Read More…]

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Demolition of Babri Mosque and aftermath

Demolition of Babri Mosque and aftermath

                                 “It may be pronounce that they will not construct a temple at the disputed site because this issue had have assisted BJP to polarise people for electoral purpose” Demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 by mob is considered as[Read More…]

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Thoughts on 6th December BLACK DAY, When the Babri Masjid was Demolished

Thoughts on 6th December BLACK DAY, When the Babri Masjid was Demolished

My tentative thoughts on the likely political scenario unravelling itself. Today is the BLACK DAY when the saffron forces consisting of RSS/BJP/Shiv Sena/ VHP /Bajrang Dal etc. demolished the Babri Masjid in December 1992 with the complicity of the State. It is clear as daylight what the saffron forces are conspiring to accomplish now and in future. They are hysterically[Read More…]

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Students of Punjabi Department of DU unite against Administration’s Banning of Bhagat Singh and Paash

Students of Punjabi Department of DU unite against Administration’s Banning of Bhagat Singh and Paash

Raising the slogan for justice, the students of Punjabi Department unite against the blatantly dishonest, anti-student administration! Today, the Punjabi department of Delhi University has presented before us an example of how the administration can turn its back on its students.Days after giving assurances to fulfil the demands raised by students who united against an apathetic administration determined to have[Read More…]

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Lynching: Casteist, Communal and Fascist Tool of Violence in India

Lynching: Casteist, Communal and Fascist Tool of Violence in India

  Violence has always been a tool of oppression, suppression and subordination. Though every form of violence is illegal according to the law of the land, dominant social forces (upper castes/classes) often justifies employing certain forms of violence as they believe that they are essential to keep the supposedly holy and sacred religious, social and cultural systems and customs alive[Read More…]

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“Divided by barriers, United by blood’’: India Can Be United By Blood!

“Divided by barriers, United by blood’’: India Can Be United By Blood!

India is going through a phase of unparalleled hatred to one another according to their religion, caste, culture, linguistic affiliation etc. It need not be that way. We are all human beings with common origins. It’s history that divided us. We can break these human made barriers if we accept that we are one family. Hundreds of thousands of Indians[Read More…]

The Naxalbari-days: The rural poor formed village defense squad

The Naxalbari-days: The rural poor formed village defense squad

Third of the three interviews by Subhasis and Arijit from the cradle of the revolutionary uprising, which dispel many distorted analyses on Naxalbari   Aneek, an independent, radical Baanglaa monthly from Kolkata, India, in its 53rd years of publication, interviewed three leaders of the Naxalbari Uprising. The leaders with working class background were organizing armed struggle of the poor-landless peasantry[Read More…]

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Hundred Thousand Farmers Lay Siege To Indian Parliament

Hundred Thousand Farmers Lay Siege To Indian Parliament

Around 100,000 farmers from across the country converged and marched to the parliament of India in New Delhi demanding a special session to discuss their problems. They were stopped near Parliament Street Police station in the national capital, where their leaders addressed the protesters. The farmers, who have been camping at the Ramlila ground since Thursday, began their march to[Read More…]

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

How BJP government is turning what exactly Ambedkar had warned about

BJP government has been destroying each and every institutions of this union brick by brick ever since they entered into the office. Cultural institutions and Educational institutions such as Pune Film Institute, Indian Council of Historical Research, Indian Institute of Advanced Study at Shimla, Indian Council of Historical Research etc, bureaucratic institutions, Economic institutions, nothing has been left out in[Read More…]

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V P Singh : The man who gave the biggest jolt to politics of dominance

V P Singh : The man who gave the biggest jolt to politics of dominance

At the time when we are facing difficult political situation and even when the people of the country seems to have made up their mind to defeat the sectarian communal forces, the political parties seems to be still calculating their petty interests and not focusing on joining hand to defeat the forces against our constitution and civility. Not that they[Read More…]

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Sridhar Acharyulu takes on CIC just before his retirement

Sridhar Acharyulu takes on CIC just before his retirement

“Are we under oath to help in the concealment of details of those who thrive on fraud despite the knowledge that 3 lakh farmers committed suicide across the country as they could not repay small amounts of loans? Not only the Constitution but also my conscience  is the guiding factor and basis for my order in this case,” the Information[Read More…]

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India has to decide whether to chose Constitution or Dharm Sansad

India has to decide whether to chose Constitution or Dharm Sansad

The language of political discourse is the biggest casualty after the Sangh Parivar inspired government came power in India. The C grade rhetoric and to convert everything into a street fight of tu tu main main is the art that one can learn in the Sangh. The daily dose of jumlas and distorted versions of history is another art they[Read More…]

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Sanctity and Supremacy of the Constitution alone can protect India

Sanctity and Supremacy of the Constitution alone can protect India

They call it ‘dharm-sansad’ but why should we need it when we have the ‘sansad’ elected by the people. But dharmsansad actually is the brahmanical monopoly over us. It is meant to maintain it because politically elected ‘sansad’ has given representation to diverse sections of our society. Political elected sansad discuss, debate and decide but the dharmsansad has no faith[Read More…]

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

Sovereign public shall know about wilful defaulters

The CPIO, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), stated that as RTI application was not filed before the PMO, first and second appeals were also not filed before it, the order of CIC directing the PMO to provide action related information on former RBI Governor is not tenable. “…No notice or other documents relating to this case have been received in the[Read More…]

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Chronic Kidney Diseases In Narasinghpur, Odisha

Chronic Kidney Diseases In Narasinghpur, Odisha

A large number of people in all 157 villages of 33 Gram Panchayat of Narasingpurblock in Cuttack district are continuously suffering from Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD). The patients are also continuously dying because of lack of proper treatment.The government of Odisha has closed its eyes from this epidemic like situation. On 17t – 18th November, 2017 a seven-members’team of Ganatantrik[Read More…]

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Approaching Development: GMO Propaganda and Neoliberalism vs Localisation and Agroecology  

Approaching Development: GMO Propaganda and Neoliberalism vs Localisation and Agroecology  

What people communicate is a matter of choice. But what can be more revealing are the issues they choose to avoid. There are certain prominent pro-GMO activists who describe themselves as ‘science communicators’. They hit out at those who question their views or who have valid criticisms of GM technology and then play the role of persecuted victim, believing that,[Read More…]

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Two Years after Demonetisation, the Nightmare Continues for India’s Informal Economy

Two Years after Demonetisation, the Nightmare Continues for India’s Informal Economy

The note-ban was a foolish attempt to tackle the black economy and a policy-induced self goal by the Narendra Modi government. The response to its fall-out is more authoritarianism. Demonetisation is like a bad dream etched in our memories. Weddings were postponed and medical treatment was curtailed for lack of money. Long queues formed outside banks. Small businesses closed due[Read More…]

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Educational Innovations through effective governance would be key to Sustainable Development Goals

Educational Innovations through effective governance would be key to Sustainable Development Goals

While living in the world of information technology, today the ‘connectivity’ is what really matters. People of all age groups, gender, caste, religion and regions have access to global connectivity through internet available in their handsets and computers. This is comparatively a new phenomenon as a decade ago; neither connectivity nor hardware availability was in common reach, however with the[Read More…]

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In the absence of Aadhaar, starvation deaths continue in Jharkhand

In the absence of Aadhaar, starvation deaths continue in Jharkhand

At least two more persons died of starvation in Jharkhand in the last 25 days. This takes the total number of hunger deaths in the state to 17, since September 2017. The most recent victim is 45-year old Kaleshwar Soren who died of hunger and destitution on 11 November in Mahuatanr village of Jama block of Dumka district. A fact[Read More…]

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17 districts Yet to get  14th Finance Commission funds,  The Panchayat Mukhia’s of Jharkhand are on a “pen down” strike

The Panchayats of 17 districts of Jharkhand have not received  14th Finance Commission grants just as yet. Despite getting 6.4 billion from the finance commission, the state government could not provide funds to the panchayats, as the money has not been released  as yet by the Treasury. While the Gram Panchayats were suppose to utilize this money for various  basic[Read More…]

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Liberalism and Sabarimala: Why Shashi Tharoor is Wrong

Liberalism and Sabarimala: Why Shashi Tharoor is Wrong

Shashi Tharoor, in an article published in The Print on 10th November, has made some arguments against the appropriateness of the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala. In making his case, he criticises the firm position of the Left-led state government on the issue and calls it misplaced. It may be recalled that on 3rd October, the prominent Congress leader had welcomed the judgment and said that “every time[Read More…]

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Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha- Mazdoor Karyakarta Samiti (CMM-MKS):  A Political Engagement of Sudha Bharadwaj

Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha- Mazdoor Karyakarta Samiti (CMM-MKS):  A Political Engagement of Sudha Bharadwaj

A significant share of popular sentiment is anti-activism today. Many people hardly trust activists. In fact they loath them, abuse them on social media and often make fun of their tragedy by sharing jokes around. Not just activists, movements for justice are mocked at and believed to be undesirable. The ruling establishment not only cashes in on such sentiment but[Read More…]

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Why I am an Indian

Why I am an Indian

Bertrand Russell wrote “Why I am not a Christian.” Kancha Ilaiah wrote “Why I am not a Hindu.” Shashi Tharoor wrote “Why I am a Hindu.” Shashi Tharoor thinks his book will appease Hindus. Kancha Ilaiah has had his book banned in universities but that will not stop its truths from spreading. I would like to explain why I am[Read More…]

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Should higher judiciary seek the people’s mandate?

Should higher judiciary seek the people’s mandate?

The recent brouhaha over SC’s hat-trick judgements raises eyebrows, seeks some answers. Major General Mrinal Suman’s comment on Supreme Court of India has triggered the debate on the judicial domain of higher judiciary. Mrinal Suman comments, “If judiciary wants to govern the country, let it seek the people’s mandate.” He argues, “The higher judiciary is not mandated to govern the[Read More…]

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Reflections over National Press Day

Reflections over National Press Day

As India is celebrating the National Press Day on 16 November, time ripened for acknowledging the contributions made by everyone for the growth of print media along with the watchdog & mentor (Press Council of India). Since its inception & functioning, the press council continues symbolizing a free and responsible press in the largest democracy of the globe. It would[Read More…]

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India’s Unwelcome Immigrants Problem — Identity Politics Beats Class Politics

India’s Unwelcome Immigrants Problem — Identity Politics Beats Class Politics

Foreword: For many decades now, all over the world, identity politics has become a major cause of social conflict. Masses of common people have been forming themselves into racial, ethnic, religious and linguistic identity groups, and, from time to time, they have been fighting against each other, often by violent means, for power and a higher share of the given[Read More…]

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What would’ve Patel said?

What would’ve Patel said?

Unveiling the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31 in Narmada district’s Kevadiya Colony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Every decision is being taken to ensure that the fruits of development reach the most vulnerable, without any corruption or favouritism, just as Patel would have wanted it”. Why is it then that the Sarpanches of 22 Gram Panchayats wrote[Read More…]

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Fasting Saints Could Become A Curse For Politics Of Hindutva

Fasting Saints Could Become A Curse For Politics Of Hindutva

Former Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Professor Guru Das Agrawal, who became an ascetic in 2011 at the age of 79 years and came to be known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, died on 11 October, 2018 on the 112th day of his fast, demanding a law for conservation of river Ganga, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh.[Read More…]

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Stealing Indian Icons RSS Style

Stealing Indian Icons RSS Style

What’s with this obsession of powerful men with grand monuments? The biggest, largest and tallest…the more insecure a leader, the more grandiloquent is his vision of his legacy. Perhaps Freud could explain the psychological causes behind these magnificent obsessions and preoccupation with size. So Egypt’s pyramids had been more than mere last abodes of pharaohs and other members of the[Read More…]

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Subhash Kashyap  did not have  answer to hard questions posed at him on fifth schedule during Ranchi Event

Subhash Kashyap  did not have  answer to hard questions posed at him on fifth schedule during Ranchi Event

Co-Written by Kumar sanjay and Debmalya Nandy A lecture was organized on the fifth schedule of Indian Constitution,  on Saturday in the Aryabhatta Auditorium of RU by the Welfare Department of Jharkhand Government. While addressing the program, the Governor Draupadi Murmu had said that  currently ,there is no separate  tribal Ministry in the state  and had further added that  she[Read More…]

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Politics of Conveniences

Politics of Conveniences

             Appropriation of Political icon is not a new phenomenon. It has been in the political arena of India since long, but politics of appropriation and co-option got new height in last four year rule of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). Over the last four years of BJP’s rule, they have been trying to co-opt those political icons whose legacy[Read More…]

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Who is in the Tax ‘Net’ ….?

Who is in the Tax ‘Net’ ….?

There has been much debate of increasing revenues by ‘increasing tax net’ so that more people can be brought under tax bracket. As the debate on levying taxes has been going on for quite some time, it may be important to discuss who are actually paying taxes and who are responsible for ‘ running major part of the economy’. Figures[Read More…]

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Who Killed Haren Pandya?

Who Killed Haren Pandya?

In Act 3, scene 4, Macbeth causes chaos at a celebratory banquet at his castle when he suddenly starts to behave very oddly. Everything starts quite normally. The guests are greeted and they all sit down ready for the meal. One man is absent: Macbeth’s old friend, Banquo. The reason why he is absent is very simple – Macbeth has[Read More…]

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A Sahayata Kendra for Accountable Governance

A Sahayata Kendra for Accountable Governance

The  MNREGA Sahayata Kendras of Jharkhand have been working on strengthening the demand side of the grievance redress mechanism since their inception. The idea of a sahayata kendra led community driven grievance management and monitoring system is  very recent but the experiences have been very rich and significant .The grievance redress policies and provisions as proposed in the MGNREGA ACT[Read More…]

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Ram will not help BJP who has broken all promises

Ram will not help BJP who has broken all promises

              It is obvious that Ram Mandir is of no use for solving pressing problems like unemployment or unremunerative prices for agricultural produce faced by a thousand million persons born in Hindu families. Secondly, those occupying high seats of power know it full well that our Constitution does not permit the State to construct a building for religious purposes[Read More…]

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In Mumbai life is not safe even Outside Shiv Sena Bhavan

In Mumbai life is not safe even Outside Shiv Sena Bhavan

In Delhi authorities seem to have at least some understanding of the need for promoting public transport and to discourage private cars. This seems to be sorely lacking in Mumbai. Air pollution is now so bad in Delhi that the chief of the Environment Pollution Control Authority, senior administrator, Bhure Lal, warned that from November 1 the authority may have[Read More…]

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Justice rally for 1984 massacre held in Surrey

Justice rally for 1984 massacre held in Surrey

The victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre were remembered at a justice rally held in Surrey on Sunday, November 4. Organized by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) at Holland Park, the rally was well attended by South Asian activists who came together to denounce the pogrom aided and abetted by the Indian state following the assassination of then-Indian Prime[Read More…]

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Eroding Nair Power And Sabarimala Agitation

Eroding Nair Power And Sabarimala Agitation

The Nair community is one of the first communities in Kerala to get educated and attain middle class status. Nairs started getting western education in the 19th century itself and got appointed to clerical positions in Malabar. In Travancore it took a little while longer post the Malayali memorial (1891). Educated Nairs agitated against Marumakkathayam and started getting into civil[Read More…]

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Amravati, A grave in making for farmers, dalits, adivasis

Amravati, A grave in making for farmers, dalits, adivasis

Multiple Power Project along the coastline, rapid urbanization, industrial pollution driving away fish population from the coasts in Andhra Pradesh; Sagarmala and Industrial Corridor responsible for the devastation Amravati, Andhra Pradesh: On 25th day of Samvidhan Samman Yatra, activists reached Amravati, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. On the way to first village, Kiran Kumar Vissa from Rythu Swaraj Vedika[Read More…]

Karnataka Forest Department Cancels Workshop in collaboration with KPMG

Karnataka Forest Department Cancels Workshop in collaboration with KPMG

The Karnataka Forest Department has decided to put together a ‘Vision Document-2030’ that would outline the governing principles of its efforts for the next several years. While the initiative itself is laudable –and unprecedented amongst our country’s states- the process in which it is being undertaken has caused serious alarm amongst concerned sections of the public. On 30th of October,[Read More…]

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Amit  Shah declares war to win  Kerala  for BJP

Amit  Shah declares war to win  Kerala  for BJP

BJP President  Amit  Shah was in Kannur  on October 27. It was to declare  war by  BJP ruling at the Centre. The war cry is : bhakti  vs communist government. The battle field is Kannur, supposedly the Left bastion, and the place CPM’s Kerala  Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan hails from.  The latest ally BJP roped in was SNDP. The language[Read More…]

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Inauguration of Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity Without People’s Support

Inauguration of Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity Without People’s Support

Narmada District, Gujarat: Around 90 activists from around Gujarat are reported to have been arrested by Narmada district police in Rajpipla and other places. A whole Government -the executive, administration, regular police, Reserve Police Force, Home Guards- from across the State has descended on Kevadia for the 31st October ‘tamasha’ being conducted in the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar[Read More…]

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Why Only Bengalis Of Assam Die For NRC?

Why Only Bengalis Of Assam Die For NRC?

It feels nice when we say that the Constitution believes in equality. But it feels insulting and oppressive to the same extent, when the political policies grant an unequal bill named NRC, just to oppress the Bengali community of Assam. The barrier of language has been there between the Assamese and the Bengali community from decades and never did the[Read More…]

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Land Reforms as political agenda for 2019

Land Reforms as political agenda for 2019

Land Reforms are a forgotten subjects for the political parties and the policy makers. It is ironical that the ‘biggest’ democracy of the world does not give the issue of land reforms a priority. Even the political parties have paid merely lip services. The social movements that we have seen during the past few years were actually against the transnational[Read More…]

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Keep Kangla Sacred

Keep Kangla Sacred

  (Our Mothers sacrificed their modesty to ransom Kangla from the clutches of Indian Army) Kangla is a small area, less than one sq. km, in the heart of Imphal city, the capital of Manipur in North East India. Kangla is an important historical place that includes everything that took place in the history of Manipur. The history includes the[Read More…]

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India’s Farmers Plan Mass March to the Nation’s Parliament as Agrarian Crisis Reaches “Civilization Proportions”

India’s Farmers Plan Mass March to the Nation’s Parliament as Agrarian Crisis Reaches “Civilization Proportions”

With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet. And yet it is also one of the most neglected in terms of both investment and media coverage. Veteran journalist and founder of the People’s Archive of Rural India P. Sainath argues that the majority of Indians do not count to the nation’s[Read More…]

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DU Academic Council Protests Decision To Remove Kancha Illaiah Shepherd’s Books

DU Academic Council Protests Decision To Remove Kancha Illaiah Shepherd’s Books

Members of the Delhi University’s Academic Council have protested the university’s decision to remove Kancha Illaiah Shepherd’s books from the curricullum, saying, “The Standing Committee on Academic Affairs carries no brief on the privilege of determining the academic value of his works. By branding him ‘anti-Hindu’, it conflates the philosophical critique of Brahminical Hinduism with the abuse of faith.” In[Read More…]

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CBI feud : Supreme Court must take steps to restore trust

CBI feud : Supreme Court must take steps to restore trust

Whatever happened and is happening within the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), is reminiscent of the conspiracies hatched in the middle ages or in a gang war. Due to its politicization, CBI has undergone tough times earlier too. The story as to how the Congress government used it for its political motives is clearly described in B. R. Lal’s book[Read More…]

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The Golden Triangle of the Indian Constitution, Article 14, 19, 21 under threat in Telangana

The Golden Triangle of the Indian Constitution, Article 14, 19, 21 under threat in Telangana

Govt. failed the People’s Struggle for Telangana, People of Mehboobnagar and Vemulaghat Revealed Worsening Situations in Telangana More than 1.5 lakh acres of Land for Development Projects and Corporates, Where as mere 13,500 acres of Land for Landless in the State  Unprecedented Betrayal by KCR Govt.; Landless, Cultivators, Adivasis, Workers, De-notified Tribes Communities are Worst Affected  Vemulghat Standing Strong Against[Read More…]

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Sabarimala Temple Entry: Sandeepananda Giri’s Ashram Attacked, Amit Shah Threatens Kerala Government

Sabarimala Temple Entry: Sandeepananda Giri’s Ashram Attacked, Amit Shah Threatens Kerala Government

An ashram in Kerala, founded by a preacher who supported the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of menstruating age to Sabarimala temple, was attacked by unidentified persons yesterday. Two cars and a scooter belonging to Swami Sandeepananda Giri’s School of Bhagavad Gita on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram were set on fire at around 2:30 am. The attackers[Read More…]

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Indian media no longer democracy’s fourth pillar

Indian media no longer democracy’s fourth pillar

The web portal, countercurrents.org, has been awarded this year’s Solidarity Media Award initiated by Solidarity Youth Movement. Countercurrents.org received this special award for its courageous interventions in upholding Human Rights and Citizen’s Rights’. Countercurrents editor Binu Mathew will receive the award on October 31 at Press Club Hall, Thiruvananthapuram from veteran journalist Thomas Jacob. The award carries 10,000 rupees and[Read More…]

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Who’s Afraid of Kancha Ilaiah?

Who’s Afraid of Kancha Ilaiah?

Delhi University has proposed removing three books by political scientist Kancha Ilaiah from its curriculum citing their “controversial content” and “vitriolic nature towards Hinduism”.  The three books –Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra critique of Hindutva philosophy, culture and political economy, Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution and God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahmanism – are currently taught[Read More…]

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Privatisation of Education is dis-empowering the Poor

Privatisation of Education is dis-empowering the Poor

The pillar of a society that ensures the all round development of its members is ” EDUCATION ” . It enlightens the mind from darkness towards the path of right ideology, right concept and also right decisive action. Education has been framing the minds which is the integral instrument to make true person . In old days, the relationship between[Read More…]

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The reality behind the MSP hike on Rabi crops

The reality behind the MSP hike on Rabi crops

Days after facing intense farmers’ protests over multiple issues at Delhi-UP border the Union Cabinet on October 03, announced the increase in MSP of all six Rabi crops. The procurement for these crops will begin around Loksabha polls next year. The government notification claims that this will give “… a boost to farmers’ income”. And, this farmer friendly initiative will[Read More…]

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Reality Check: Where Is The ‘56-Inch’ Chest?

Reality Check: Where Is The ‘56-Inch’ Chest?

Now that the Modi government has done more than four years and we still do not know as yet whether Modi will succeed in his plan to succeed himself as Prime Minister following the 2019 general election, it is time to draw a balance sheet of India’s ‘Modified’ foreign policy with its emphasis on a “56-inch chest”. Prime Minister Narendra[Read More…]

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Large Scale Ecological Destruction in Konkan Coasts, Samvidhan Samman Yatra reached Karnataka today

Large Scale Ecological Destruction in Konkan Coasts, Samvidhan Samman Yatra reached Karnataka today

Bhatkal, Karnataka: The Samvidhan Samman Yatra travelled through the magnificent Konkan Coast and witnessed the large-scale ecological devastation in the name of so-called economic Development. It was clearly evident that how Madhav Gadgil has rightly alerted the Government long ago through his report on Western Ghats. The pristine beauty of western ghats is being destroyed by widening of roads and[Read More…]

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A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches …

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches …

  Co-Written by Snehil Kunwar Singh & Bhaskar Kumar A good name is better than precious ointment … (Proverbs 22:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:1 – The Holy Bible) Indigenous cartography existed in various forms in pre-colonial Africa. Unfortunately, the indigenous cartographic heritage of the continent suffered a major setback during the period of imperialism and colonialism. A foremost threat to the traditional[Read More…]

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Slow Death of MNREGA

Slow Death of MNREGA

The Ministry of Rural Development is restricting MNREGA from attaining it’s full potential and at the same time  dictating it’s  implementation  by not honoring local  knowledge and decision making. As per the ACT,  the Gram Sabha has the sole power and responsibilities for  the planning of the schemes under MNREGA and The  Gram Panchayats will be responsible for identification of[Read More…]

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Death of the University, Indian Style!

Death of the University, Indian Style!

Are public colleges/universities being  left to die at the cost of private universities in the US? A cursory glance at the case study of Yale University, which also includes other Ivy League universities – namely, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Brown etc. – done by a young scholar serves as an eye-opener Describing how Yale ‘..[s]its on a mountain of money, and yet receives[Read More…]

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Are people really hungry? !

Are people really hungry? !

  ‘ Sujalam suphalam bharat desh mein Roti mehengi kyon rey bhai’ (In the country of Bharat where there is plenty of water and resources Why is roti very costly?) From ‘Bharat apna Mahan Bhumi’ Performed by Revolutionary Cultural Front , the song originally written by poet and singer Gaddar is translated into Hindi by revolutionary poet/ singer Villas Ghogre[Read More…]

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Amritsar Train Accident: A Sad Story Of ‘Bad’ Governance

Amritsar Train Accident: A Sad Story Of ‘Bad’ Governance

The train accident at Amritsar at the time of burning of effigy of Ravana on Dusshera is painful and it is difficult to fathom the pain, horror, trauma of victims and associated ones. Politics of blaming each other has started and everyone is trying to save its pachyderm from the attacks of people who have no option except to voice[Read More…]

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Sabarimala Temple Entry: Fight for ‘purity’ of God in Gods own country

Sabarimala Temple Entry: Fight for ‘purity’ of God in Gods own country

Can there be more shame that the apex court’s order is being openly violated. The mob which has gathered denying women’s entry to Sabarimala temple is just following the ‘historical’ truth that ‘religion’ can’t change. Despite court order, the devotees wont allow as it is the only thing where they dictate things. There is a campaign in the country. Women[Read More…]

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Muslim Anxieties And India’s Future

Muslim Anxieties And India’s Future

Centre for Educational Research & Training (CERT) -a wing of Students Islamic Organization- on Tuesday revealed that the Muslim student   ratio in higher education was mere 4.9% in 2016-17.  It also revealed that a vast section of Muslim populace still remained illiterate due to lack of facilities for primary and secondary education even in MCDs where Multi Sectoral Development Programme[Read More…]

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Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times-Restating what India is and who an Indian is

Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times-Restating what India is and who an Indian is

The common man/woman knows India is struggling over simple issues. We need clean air and no pollution, we have water problems, we all need food, shelter and clothing as well as proper jobs, good education, good medical care and leisure, families, old age care, care for the disabled etc., plus electricity, good travel facilites, technology like the internet and phones,[Read More…]

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New avenues for visually impaired women

New avenues for visually impaired women

  Women are forging ahead in many new sectors which were hitherto considered male bastions. Adding to their achievements, the visually impaired and blind women are being trained in detection of breast cancer. In a unique initiative, the women in Delhi are being trained to detect breast cancer by medical tactile examination. According to a report in Hindustan Times ([Read More…]

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Still a Future for Indian Newspapers

Still a Future for Indian Newspapers

Guwahati: Alternative digital media may be growing in India, but the conventional and mainstream medium including newspapers still has a future in the populous country. India today emerges as a land of millions of smart phone & internet connected computer users, but there is a sizable population which lacks access to the new medium and continues to depend on print[Read More…]

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How is EVM against the fundamentals of democracy?

How is EVM against the fundamentals of democracy?

When EVMs were introduced to the Indian electoral system, it was generally welcomed by all. We were told that these machines will reduce the election expenses and would help in serving environment as we no longer have to be dependent on paper. In addition, we were told that it will end in curbing the loot of ballot boxes. These features[Read More…]

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The State of Undeclared Emergency can only be fought with People’s coalitions

The State of Undeclared Emergency can only be fought with People’s coalitions

Activists, friends and families of arrested under UAPA and Bhima Koregaon speak out at People’s Convention in Mumbai Mumbai, October 13: On a hot October Friday evening, over 500 people attended the People’s Convention against Undeclared Emergency in the Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, where speakers spoke against the imposition of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and demanded the release[Read More…]

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Facebook carries out massive purge of oppositional pages

Facebook carries out massive purge of oppositional pages

On Thursday, Facebook removed some of the most popular oppositional pages and accounts on the world’s largest social media network in a massive and unconstitutional assault on the freedom of expression. With no public notice or accounting, over 800 pages and accounts have been summarily removed from the Internet. The removed pages include Police the Police, with a following of[Read More…]

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Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – II (continued)

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – II (continued)

It seems to me there can only be two kinds of people on earth, those who hold to untruth and those who hold to truth and the latter will always find themsevels outnumbered by the former. Let us take the idea of language, state, nation, race, class, gender and religion or caste in India and in other places except for[Read More…]

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 A call for Comprehensive Agrarian Reforms

 A call for Comprehensive Agrarian Reforms

India need to respond urgently to the agrarian question and engage with the communities, people and movements working for Comprehensive Land Reforms. It is long over due and in the absence of it, we can not build peace and strengthen democracy. India, unlike others, is a caste ridden feudal society. After the independence we promised to our people that we[Read More…]

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RSS Supremo’s Public relations Exercise

RSS Supremo’s Public relations Exercise

Do organizations say what they intend to do? Not necessarily. This came out clearly from the three long lectures by RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat. The event was supposed to be a dialogue, but the maximum of dialogue one could see was his answering few questions at the end of lectures. This normal practice of answering the questions was underlined strongly,[Read More…]

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Under the yoke of neo-imperialism : A fake war of patriotism and treason

Under the yoke of neo-imperialism : A fake war of patriotism and treason

1 Civil life in India, especially during the last two decades, has been afflicted by the twin war cry of patriotism (rashtrabhakti) and treason (rashtradroh). The three pillars of the Indian democracy – the legislative, the executive and the judiciary, including the fourth pillar – the press, the education and research institutions as well as independent and committed intellectuals of[Read More…]

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Life is harsh for ordinanry commuters in the area where the bullet train terminus is to come up. By Vidyadhar Date

Life is harsh for ordinanry commuters in the area where the bullet train terminus is to come up. By Vidyadhar Date

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the exemplary National Health Service of Britain which is important for us in India because NHS gives the right to good health and treatment to citizens. No society can call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means , declared Aneurin Bevan, Britain’s health minister from[Read More…]

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Why has Egg become Danger for Manipur?

Why has Egg become Danger for Manipur?

  When the pen is dangerous for the nation, why has egg become a lethal weapon in the state of Manipur? Over 89 students and 6 professors of Manipur Universities were picked up at midnight on 10 September 2018 after an FIR lodged by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Yugendro. On the streets in Manipur and in social media, the news is[Read More…]

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Police Violence on Farmers

Police Violence on Farmers

 The police violence on farmers yesterday at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border need to be condemned unconditionally. It is deeply disturbing that Delhi Police is claiming that no prior permission was taken by the farmer’s associations to enter the Delhi. The farmers had started their March from Hardwar several days ago which was much to the knowledge of the Uttar Pradesh[Read More…]

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Samvidhan Samman Yatra, organised by NAPM, flagged off from Dandi, Gujarat on Gandhi Jayanti

Samvidhan Samman Yatra, organised by NAPM, flagged off from Dandi, Gujarat on Gandhi Jayanti

Dandi, Gujarat | October 02, 2018: NAPM begins the nationwide Samvidhan Samman Yatra today from Dandi, Gujarat against the increased mob violence, hate crimes, casteist attacks, natural resource loot, and consistent attack on constitutional values. People from various people’s movements joined the yatra in Dandi where Prafulla Samantara (Lok Shakti Abhiyaan, Odisha), Suhas Kolhekar (NAPM, Maharashtra), B. R. Patil (Karnataka),[Read More…]

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Police Brutally Stop Farmer’s March To Delhi; Many Injured

Police Brutally Stop Farmer’s March To Delhi; Many Injured

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a farmers march led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) on the outskirts of Delhi. Many farmers were injured.  The protesting farmers are coming to the capital with several demands including farm loan-waiver, friendly crop insurance and support for small and marginal farmers and to implement recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. The[Read More…]

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Swatch + Bharath – The sum somehow does not add up

Swatch + Bharath – The sum somehow does not add up

Come october the ‘cleanliness fever’ grips our polity. Mahathma’s birthday is now swatchtha abhiyan day. Mahatma is now the mascot for swatch bharat initiative. His spectacles now adorn municipal bins and government hoardings of clean and pure drive. Government mandated cleaniliness drive takes on fevered and frenzied pitch on 2nd October . Circulars will be sent out to all central[Read More…]

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Ordinance Criminalising Triple Talaq is Overtly Political and Bad in Law

Ordinance Criminalising Triple Talaq is Overtly Political and Bad in Law

For some time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is generally viewed by Muslims with skepticism because of its stridently anti-Muslim politics, has suddenly started projecting itself as savior of Muslim women and systematically raising the issue of “gender justice and gender equity” among them. The Union Cabinet on September 19 approved an ordinance criminalizing the practice of triple Talaq (divorce)[Read More…]

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Ending antimicobial resistance is the lynchpin to #endTB as well as health security

Ending antimicobial resistance is the lynchpin to #endTB as well as health security

(CNS): While reaffirming their commitment to end TB by 2030, the draft Political Declaration in the fight against tuberculosis by governments at the first UN High-Level Meeting on TB (#UNHLM to #endTB) acknowledges that “TB, including its drug-resistant forms, is a critical challenge and the leading infectious disease cause of death, the most common form of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) globally.”[Read More…]

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

Not the BJP ,not only again, but ever, at any cost – and why

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Time – 2 We know that all the people who say that India is not a nation but divided are not speaking anything wise. To divide Indians on the basis of religion or caste or language against language or languages or region against region or regions on the basis of class or gender or[Read More…]

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Political image building –  at whose expense?

Political image building –  at whose expense?

The other day I was driving down from Hyderabad to Guntur and Vijayawada on some personal errand. The stretch between Nalgonda and Piduguralla on the NAM express way is relatively free of heavy  traffic. As I was cruising along at a steady speed my mind relaxed and eyes wandered taking in all that was moving past. As I drove in[Read More…]

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Aadhaar Constitution bench verdict is the beginning of a renewed struggle

Aadhaar Constitution bench verdict is the beginning of a renewed struggle

More than six years after the first legal challenge to the Unique Identification project were filed in court, today the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar project. While four judges wrote upholding the validity of the Aadhaar project, one judge ruled that the Aadhaar project is unconstitutional and the database must be deleted. The Aadhaar Act[Read More…]

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The Aadhaar Battle Has To Go On

The Aadhaar Battle Has To Go On

Supreme Court Judgement on Aadhaar was expected on these lines too though the dissenting judgement of Justice D Y Chandrchud will definitely go down in the history of modern India a valiant stand of judiciary and will be quoted more than the majority judgement in future, by the legal experts, judges, activists and other who believe in freedom of human[Read More…]

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India’s Aadhar Card Stays But With Strings Attached

India’s Aadhar Card Stays But With Strings Attached

India’s Aadhar card ,World’s largest biometric database, was declared constitutional by Supreme Court of India, in a 4-1 verdict on 27 petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar card. Although the court cleared the use of Aadhaar for access to welfare schemes, struck down attempts to make it mandatory for bank accounts, mobile phone connections and school admissions.[Read More…]

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Celebrating ‘ Surgical Strike’ – Celebrating ‘War’ ….?

Celebrating ‘ Surgical Strike’ – Celebrating ‘War’ ….?

” War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it”. Benito Mussolini (Italian Politician) There are number of instances when the present ruling party promoted ‘ nationalism’ through various programs. It is leaving no stone unturned to express its patriotic intent and[Read More…]

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Ayushman Bhava – A Programme of verbosity

Ayushman Bhava – A Programme of verbosity

Mr. Modi announced reportedly the world’s largest health care scheme by any Govt. on the Independence Day and launched the schemeformally  on birth day of RSS founder  Deendayal. PM Jan Arogya Yojana ( PM – JAY , another self-obsessive acronym) i.e. September 25. The highlights of the scheme are like – Rs. 5 lakh medical insurance for each family covering[Read More…]

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Rafale Deal: Truth of Benefiting Ambani Revealed Again

Rafale Deal: Truth of Benefiting Ambani Revealed Again

With the statement of former French President Francois Hollende, the truth has come to the fore again that in the Rafale Aircraft deal, the Indian government has played a direct role in favoring industrialist Anil Ambani’s company Reliance Defense Ltd. an offshoot partner of Dassault Aviation of France. It is a bitter fact even for the BJP as a political party that[Read More…]

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Rape of a Nun: Bishop Franco Mulakkal Arrested

Rape of a Nun: Bishop Franco Mulakkal Arrested

In a historic development in Catholic Church in India, Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been arrested allegedly for raping a nun. He was arrested after a three day long drilling by Kerala police in Kochi. In an unprecedented protest nuns came out on the street demanding the arrest of the Bishop. The arrest comes after a two week long protest[Read More…]

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Kerala Floods Disaster: No Established Policy To Reject Foreign Aid

Kerala Floods Disaster: No Established Policy To Reject Foreign Aid

It is appropriate and necessary to scrutinize the response of the Central Government in a non-partisan and fearless manner as required in a democracy. When the 2001 Bhuj earthquake occurred, Prime Minister AB Vajpayee issued an appeal for contributions in money and kind addressed to ” Dear Brothers and Sisters” giving a list of officials to be contacted along with[Read More…]

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AAP Govt.’s Mohalla Clinics-A Revolution in Health Care Services

AAP Govt.’s Mohalla Clinics-A Revolution in Health Care Services

Mohalla Clinics are primary health centres in the state of New Delhi in India, that offer a basic package of essential health services including medicines, diagnostics, and consultation free of cost.Mohalla in Hindi means neighborhood or community. These clinics serve as the first point of contact for the population, offer timely services, and reduce the load of referrals to secondary[Read More…]

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People waiting to get registered at Motihari District Government Hospital in East Champaran, Bihar. With so few doctors employed to work in the public sector of healthcare in India, this scene is typical.

India’s Native Grass Root Health Revolution

Women are not dying because of diseases we cannot treat…They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving – Mahmoud Fathalla, Chair of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research Inclusive growth is now perhaps the strongest buzzword in development discourse. We have all been talking about growth without understanding that development[Read More…]

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Hardeep S Puri`s  Blah- Blah- Blah

Hardeep S Puri`s  Blah- Blah- Blah

 This is in response to the article: “People are free & fast with their accusations” by Hardeep S Puri published in Hindustan Times dated 13 .09.2018. Let me make the readers acquainted who is Mr. Hardeep S Puri, an IFS of 1974 batch and currently Union Minister of State with independent charge in the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs[Read More…]

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India should have spelt out its Iran policy clearly

India should have spelt out its Iran policy clearly

It is only a coincidence that this piece is being written on the day of protests against petrol and diesel prices , but that draws attention to the  domestic impact of foreign policy. It is being argued that India could have handled the US sanctions on Iran in a smarter way. The three countries form a  geopolitical triangle ,different from[Read More…]

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Recipe for sustainable development in Odisha

Recipe for sustainable development in Odisha

“Social exclusion, malnutrition and degradation in quality education are the major challenges and break the speed of development process. Grassroots level development needs inclusion of all the stakeholders like civil society organizations, policy makers, government officials, academia and community based organizations, said Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Government of India during the OdishaVikash Conclave 2018 held in Bhubaneswar[Read More…]

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Amidst 2019 political games, BJP is keen for a narrative change

Amidst 2019 political games, BJP is keen for a narrative change

PM Modi at the BJP’s national executive meet coined a new slogan setting the tone of the campaign for Assembly polls and 2019 Lok Sabha elections; displaying his party’s eagerness for a redecorated narrative. Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the valedictory speech to conclude the two-day national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi on Sunday. PM[Read More…]

by 17/09/2018 1 comment India
Calling Venkaiah Naidu’s bluffs

Calling Venkaiah Naidu’s bluffs

  In the recently concluded World Hindu Congress (WHC) in Chicago, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu stated that “the only country that accepts all religions is India”. He also said, “Even though we have so much strength, we never attacked anyone in history.” In 2015, love jihad and gharwapsi episodes have been topped by the lynching of a Muslim in Dadri over[Read More…]

by 13/09/2018 2 comments India
CERI Demands Proportional Representation Electoral System

CERI Demands Proportional Representation Electoral System

We representative of political parties, academics, Social activist and social movements, media representatives and concern citizens of the state met here at IIA Bhavan in Lucknowon 12th September, 2018, for the Uttar Pradesh State Conference organized by Campaign for electoral reforms in India (CERI)  Uttar Pradesh state chapter,and have unanimously adopted  the following resolutions. 1-We are deeply concerned for the[Read More…]

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Rafale Aircraft Deal: A Joint Parliamentary Committee should be formed to investigate

Rafale Aircraft Deal: A Joint Parliamentary Committee should be formed to investigate

The matter of purchase of Rafale fighter aircrafts from France has consistently remained within the realm of suspicion. There are allegations that this deal is the largest defense scam so far in India. The Rs 64-crore Bofors gun scam does not stand anywhere in comparison to the Rs 1000 crore rupees scam of Rafale deal. This is becoming gradually evident[Read More…]

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Hampi, Karnataka, India, Indian Sub-Continent, Asia

Why ‘ vegetarianism ‘ is being promoted in India- Some Thoughts

Debates on vegetarian diet have increased in recent years and many analysts are coming forward to defend it as healthy diet over non vegetarian food. While everyone has a right to choose food s/he likes, some brahminical fanatics are forcing people to stop eating the food containing non- vegetarian diet. It may be worthwhile to think of the causes behind[Read More…]

by 12/09/2018 3 comments India
India’s Fading Democracy

India’s Fading Democracy

Indian democracy is in grave danger. First it was all about lynchings of muslims and dalits and killing of some selective activists but now the tide of intolerance and bigotry has entered the houses of all, including the urban intellectual class, labellled by present regime as “Urban Naxals”, which has derived widespread condemnation. No one is being spared now. Those[Read More…]

by 10/09/2018 1 comment India
Growth at 8.2%, Yet All Is Not Well in India’s Unorganised Sector

Growth at 8.2%, Yet All Is Not Well in India’s Unorganised Sector

India’s gross domestic product (GDP) has grown at a robust 8.2% in the first quarter of the current financial year, according to recently released official data. This is the highest in the last two years which has seen two shocks to the economy in the form of demonetisation and GST. The spurt in growth is due to a sharp increase in the[Read More…]

by 08/09/2018 1 comment India
Moga: Farmers throw vegetables on a road during a state-wide protests, at Bagha Purana in Moga district of Punjab, Friday, June 01, 2018. Farmers today stopped the supply of vegetables, fruits, milk and other items to various cities of Punjab and Haryana as part of a nationwide strike against alleged anti-farmer policies of the Centre. (PTI Photo) (Story no DES5)(PTI6_1_2018_000133B)

Agriculture Sector and Farmers ruined by Modi Government in India

India`s agriculture sector is under deep threat. Farmers are observed protesting almost in every state of the country struggling for their genuine demands of Minimum Support Price (MSP).  The farmers are being compelled to sell almost all their produce at prices much below MSP and the Modi Government is a mute spectator. The poor farmers are committing suicide. On the[Read More…]

by 07/09/2018 1 comment India
FTII Deny Permission To Screen Student Film In Its Own Campus!

FTII Deny Permission To Screen Student Film In Its Own Campus!

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) admininstrators have stopped the screening of the students’ documentary film Hora directed by Harishankar Nachimuthu raising security concerns after receiving threats from ABVP. The film mainly revolves around Kabir Kala Manch. This is what we have always been afraid of! Most of our earlier GBMs during strike was about how the new appointments,[Read More…]

by 06/09/2018 3 comments India
Rat  poison

Rat  poison

  There  is  a  nation-wide  scare  about  a plot  to  kill  our  beloved  prime  minister  Narendra  Modi-ji  by  Maoists.  Thanks  to  the  ever  alert  police  force  of  Maharashtra  –  and  aided  by   our  even  more  alert  national  investigative  agencies  –  the  conspirators  have  been  apprehended  before  they  could  carry  out  their  plot.  But  it  is  a  matter  of  grave  concern [Read More…]

by 05/09/2018 2 comments India
Higher Education:  The New Education Policy and the new challenges

Higher Education:  The New Education Policy and the new challenges

The summary  The new educational policy and proposed reforms like CBCS, RUSA, Central Universities’ Act are steps towards conformity of the WTO demands commoditization, liberalization and privatization of education on the so-called developing countries and the least developed countries. It is to be noted that the WTO representing the interests of the imperialist global capital, has included education in GATTS[Read More…]

by 02/09/2018 1 comment India
Uniform Civil Code Neither Necessary Nor Desirable, Says Law Commission

Uniform Civil Code Neither Necessary Nor Desirable, Says Law Commission

In a strong setback to the backers of right wing ideology, the Law Commission of India has said that a uniform civil code “is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage” in the country.. the Commission said secularism cannot contradict the plurality prevalent in the country. The Commission, led by former Supreme Court judge Justice B.S. Chauhan, said “cultural diversity[Read More…]

by 01/09/2018 1 comment India
Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2

Chapter 2 – Poverty and Class analysis with reference to 2014-2018 BJP rule (I Part on Water) Coming to water next – an issue so pressing that all governments should suspend themselves and concentrate on solving this if they are to make any sense in India for the 2019 election. “A few numbers from the World Bank highlight the plight[Read More…]

by 01/09/2018 3 comments India
Where is Baba Ramdev Ji?

Where is Baba Ramdev Ji?

I know well in advance that the followers of Baba Ramdev would not like this piece of writing. I also know that there would be a strong criticism and disapproval by the Babas loyalists. People will blame me as if I am writing like a party man. I am a political man. Rather I am a common man who is[Read More…]

by 01/09/2018 1 comment India
The larger picture on GDP numbers

The larger picture on GDP numbers

The new data on GDP have raised a political storm, with the back series for GDP growth since 1993-94 becoming available. Its importance lies in the fact that in 2015, a new series was announced which showed India’s GDP growing faster than the earlier series had shown. This was politically advantageous to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government which came to[Read More…]

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YouRTI.in launched to help RTI applicants

YouRTI.in launched to help RTI applicants

Hyderabad: Prof Sridhar Madabhushi, (Central Information Commissioner) on August 24, Thursday, launched YouRTI.in, a website on quick process of RTI requests. The website in both English and Telugu languages is an initiative of Young RTI activists based in the city who have come up with the idea to help general public file RTI. While launching the website at Press Club,[Read More…]

by 31/08/2018 1 comment India
Post-Truth Vedic Mathematics: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam= (Whole World – UAE).K

Post-Truth Vedic Mathematics: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam= (Whole World – UAE).K

The incumbent occupying the seat of the Prime Minister of India may live under the delusion that the aforementioned equation – a product of his politics – is at par with Einstein’s E = mc2and which lets him erroneously experience a eureka moment in the Archimedean spirit. Nevertheless Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha-Upanishad which means the[Read More…]

by 30/08/2018 1 comment India
In battling floods, Kerala is also forced to fight the hostility of the Indian government

In battling floods, Kerala is also forced to fight the hostility of the Indian government

The communist-ruled Indian state of Kerala, hit by the most severe rains and floods in nearly a century, has had to overcome not just nature’s fury but also the active hostility of the central government in Delhi led by the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Even in normal years, Kerala receives an annual average of 2,924.33 millimetres of rainfall, the[Read More…]

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Protest against GST

As We Debate GST Collections, Is the New Tax Regime Curbing India’s Black Economy?

Last week, the government stated that states and union territories have been paid Rs 52,077 crore since July 2017 to compensate them for the shortfall in their tax revenue. After the last goods and services tax (GST) council meeting in July, it was reported that several states and union territories have reported shortfall in revenue of up to 43%. Given this background, should the[Read More…]

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Punjab Sacrilege bill: A Dangerous Game

Punjab Sacrilege bill: A Dangerous Game

Punjab’s Congress government trading a dangerous path again trying to ‘beat’ BJP in using religion as a pretext. Why Mr Amrinder Singh feel that any critique to religion is sacrilege and the person need to be punished for life? While, I can understand that in multicultural societies we need to be very careful. As administrator we must be above our[Read More…]

by 26/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
Banks refuse to Buy Zero Interest Bonds from the Government of Karnataka

Banks refuse to Buy Zero Interest Bonds from the Government of Karnataka

  The news (1) today that the State Government of Karnataka has been betrayed by public sector banks who initially agreed to buy zero interest bonds from the State Government and then backed down, should be protested up and down the State on the streets and on the highways. The Indian Express reports that all nationalised banks refused to accept[Read More…]

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Controlling a Crisis: The Kerala Model

Controlling a Crisis: The Kerala Model

Natural calamities such as floods, droughts, cyclones etc happens all over the world according to the severity in weather conditions. Every year the number of forcefully displaced population due to these natural calamities may mount up to millions, and sometimes they sprout into international attention. The latest addition to this group are the flood victims in India, from the southern[Read More…]

by 26/08/2018 1 comment India
Demystifying  the image  of  the  prodigal  son   of  the  Sangh  Parivar

Demystifying  the image  of  the  prodigal  son   of  the  Sangh  Parivar

“One  owes  respect  to  the  living;  but  to  the  dead  one  owes                        nothing  but  the  truth.”   –  Voltaire  (Lettres  sur  OEdipe) Obituaries  arepourng  in  after  the  death  of  Atal Bihari  Vajpayee,  who is  being  paid  respects to by  all  leaders  across  the  national  political  spectrum .  He  is  being  hailed  as  a  charismatic  prime  minister,  a  great  orator,  a  ruler  [Read More…]

by 25/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
India’s New Social Justice System has Resonance in Bihar

India’s New Social Justice System has Resonance in Bihar

India’s new social justice system through lynch mob that’s making hay while sun shines, has resonance in Bihar as well. This time their target was a helpless woman who was stripped and paraded naked on the streets of Arrah town. The most conspicuous part of this justice system was the mood of the lynch mob that was captured in their[Read More…]

by 25/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
Kerala Floods And The Marginalised

Kerala Floods And The Marginalised

The floods in Kerala has wreaked havoc on the entire state and plunged the state into an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. With over 243 people dead since August 8,2018 , and above 725000 people living 5645 relief camps, and thousands of houses destroyed or rendered unfit for habitation, the impact on the lives and livelihoods of the affected families is going[Read More…]

by 25/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
‘Disaster Fascism’ Being Unfolded In Kerala

‘Disaster Fascism’ Being Unfolded In Kerala

Naomi Klein coined the term ‘Disaster Capitalism’. After the devastating flood of Kerala the fascist BJP and their parent organisation RSS are coining a new term, ‘Disaster Fascism’. It’s nothing new to them. This is a tried and tested method for them. Awaaz – South Asia Watch Ltd in a report pointed out in a report, titled ”In Bad Faith?[Read More…]

by 24/08/2018 5 comments Editor's Picks, India
By the Way Mr Chairman: Public Spending is a Constitutional Requirement

By the Way Mr Chairman: Public Spending is a Constitutional Requirement

The 15th Finance Commission is about to write its recommendations in India. The Chairman NK Singh is the same man who wrote a report on the functioning of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act 2003 (FRBMA2003) on January 19th 2017, in which he found it reasonable to repeat that State and Central Governments should stick to the Act and[Read More…]

by 24/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
The Crisis, the Solutions and the Intelligentsia

The Crisis, the Solutions and the Intelligentsia

The present government has opened almost all areas – from education to defense- for intervention by foreign capital. The loot of the country’s resources and labor is closely associated with this decision of the government. The ministers of the ruling party often make a variety of anti-constitutional announcements that includes declaration about changing the very Constitution. Education is being commercialised[Read More…]

by 24/08/2018 3 comments India
The ‘ partisan ‘ attitude – Flood politics by center

The ‘ partisan ‘ attitude – Flood politics by center

Floods are a common occurrence in India as imbalance in climate every year causes lot of variation in rainfall geographically. But the floods in Kerala have not only caused havoc on unprecedented scale, but also politics has taken the upper hand over humanitarian aid to the victims. While the state needs more than 2,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation, the[Read More…]

by 24/08/2018 1 comment India
No NOTA For Rajyasabha

No NOTA For Rajyasabha

Co-Written by Snehil Kunwar Singh & Bhaskar Kumar In what comes as a significant step towards free and transparent democracy, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court (SC) comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud has quashed the circulars of the Election Commission of India (ECI) introducing NOTA in elections to the Rajya Sabha. In fact,[Read More…]

by 24/08/2018 2 comments India
Kozhikode: People engage in flood rescue work after Kakkayam dam was opened following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kozhikode on Thursday, Aug 16, 2018. (PTI Photo) (PTI8_16_2018_000281B)

It’s Procedurally And Morally Wrong To Block International Assistance To Kerala

It is procedurally and morally wrong for India government to block international assistance to Kerala from friendly countries and UN. This is a step that belies the faith of ordinary citizen on India’s federal polity. 350 dead, 1m displaced, $20B in damages – Kerala floods is a high order calamity which wiped away livelihood of millions and has thrown state[Read More…]

by 23/08/2018 2 comments India
Kerala Flood Disaster: The Continuing Saga of Coastal States’ Insecurity

Kerala Flood Disaster: The Continuing Saga of Coastal States’ Insecurity

The flood disaster that struck the entire state of Kerala following the unprecedented monsoon has raised many questions of survival-in-crisis transcending the traditional paradigm of security. For many years, the coastal States of India—from Gujarat to West Bengal covering more than 7500 kilometers of coastline—have been facing several threats from the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.[Read More…]

by 23/08/2018 3 comments India
Kerala Govt’s Public Financing plan shows way out of Liberal Austerity Politics of Narendra Modi’s BJP

Kerala Govt’s Public Financing plan shows way out of Liberal Austerity Politics of Narendra Modi’s BJP

The Kerala State Government is absolutely right to disregard FRBMA limits and raise its own funds for reconstruction. (1) We should further bring out how a new Government at the centre next year can then monetise the fiscal deficit not only of Kerala but of all States, akin to a debt jubilee. (2) This is the way in other words[Read More…]

by 22/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
Poverty and Class analysis with reference to 2014-2018 BJP rule (Part on Pollution)

Poverty and Class analysis with reference to 2014-2018 BJP rule (Part on Pollution)

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times- Chapter 2   This whole second book of mine is of course on voting out the BJP in 2019 and giving the Congress the next chance because that is how democracy should work and a large nation like India should have at least four major national parties and give them turns so that they[Read More…]

by 22/08/2018 4 comments India
Kerala Floods And Hindutva Divisive Politics

Kerala Floods And Hindutva Divisive Politics

  Kerala is under unprecedented crisis after massive monsoon rains hit the state compelling all the dams to open their gates resulting in one of the biggest humanitarian crisis after independence. Over 400 persons are reported killed while nearly 4 lakh people have been displaced. The final figure of those who are dead or untraced may rise once the situation[Read More…]

by 22/08/2018 2 comments India
Management of livestock in Kerala’s flood

Management of livestock in Kerala’s flood

Natural calamities like flood cause severe loss of life and property. This loss of life not only includes loss of human but the loss of animal’s life also. Recently, Kerala has struck with huge problem of flood in which more thousands of animals have been affected and many have been died. During calamities like flood, drought, radioactive explosions, etc. saving[Read More…]

by 21/08/2018 1 comment India
Kerala Flood: Clean Drinking Water A Top Priority

Kerala Flood: Clean Drinking Water A Top Priority

It is an unprecedented calamity that has struck now Kerala. The magnitude was not predicted and naturally neither individual nor the collective could be expected to take matching steps. Clean drinking water is a serious problem in this situation. I suggest the following and it may be given due consideration: A layered approach may be adopted Chlorine tablets as a[Read More…]

by 21/08/2018 1 comment India
The Anti -Climax of Monsoon session- Tribunal’s appointee as a Political slugfest

The Anti -Climax of Monsoon session- Tribunal’s appointee as a Political slugfest

The beginning of monsoon session of Parliament has read like a cliffhanger, with usual heavy punches and counter punches thrown in by Opposition vis-a vis- the government. The high voltage drama of the 27th no confidence motion brought in by the TDP supported by the congress party, though without any seriousness or consequences was enough for scoring many political brownie’s[Read More…]

by 21/08/2018 1 comment India
New Frontiers In Development

New Frontiers In Development

Poverty is humanity’s cruellest affliction and India is home to the largest absolute number of poor people on the planet. People who are trapped in a cycle of poverty can’t often realise their lives can be changed for the better through their own efforts. Once they understand that, it’s like a light getting turned on. For serving the poor and[Read More…]

by 21/08/2018 1 comment India
Kerala Floods: Operation Chlorine Tablet, Operation Bleaching Powder Needed

Kerala Floods: Operation Chlorine Tablet, Operation Bleaching Powder Needed

I am making a few suggestions in the wake of monumental tragedy caused by floods in Kerala. Apart from whatever the administration is doing to contain epidemic of water borne diseases, stress should be on two very simple steps: The Kerala government could announce and initiate on a war footing ‘Operation Chlorine Tablet’ The Kerala government could announce and initiate[Read More…]

by 20/08/2018 2 comments India
While Kerala Is Under Flood Waters The Right Wing Is Spewing Venom!

While Kerala Is Under Flood Waters The Right Wing Is Spewing Venom!

Kerala is reeling under the worst ever floods in its history. Since this is state that has a long sea coast and many rivers the unprecedented flooding has damaged the whole economy of the State. Hundreds of people died, thousands of cattle died. Several thousands of people are trapped in the inaccessible flood waters. When I enquired from friends living[Read More…]

by 19/08/2018 1 comment India
Why the Calamity in Kerala is a ‘National Disaster’?

Why the Calamity in Kerala is a ‘National Disaster’?

The south Indian State of Kerala has been going through a calamity of unimaginable proportions following the unexpected turn in monsoon rains which played havoc with the state’s life and livelihood. Floods and landslides were unprecedented. Displacement too witnessed massive rescue operations and relocation. Nearly a million people are directly affected. It may take several months and years to restore[Read More…]

by 19/08/2018 2 comments India
India Faces Unprecedented Challenge: Opposition Unity Is The Need Of The Hour

India Faces Unprecedented Challenge: Opposition Unity Is The Need Of The Hour

Political Resolution -Socialist Party (India) National Executive Committee Meeting, Delhi The Indian Constitution is passing through the crisis of a serious threat from the ruling establishment of the country. The present government is not only destroying the basic values of socialism, secularism and democracy embedded in the Constitution, but its leaders are also openly declaring that they are working in the[Read More…]

by 19/08/2018 1 comment India
Mullaperiyar Dam: Will Tamil Nadu’s Boon Be Kerala’s Doom?

Mullaperiyar Dam: Will Tamil Nadu’s Boon Be Kerala’s Doom?

The current floods in Kerala are unprecedented and clearly a national disaster. In the midst of this disaster, there is fear for the structural safety of the Mullaperiyar dam on the Periyar river. Madras Engineers Colonel John Pennycuick commenced construction of this 173-ft high dam in 1887, and it was commissioned in 1895. This gravity dam was considered an engineering[Read More…]

by 19/08/2018 1 comment India
Kerala Flood Is Thousands Of Times The Magnitude Of Thai Cave Rescue! Yet Still….

Kerala Flood Is Thousands Of Times The Magnitude Of Thai Cave Rescue! Yet Still….

When 12 boys and their coach were trapped in a Thailand cave, the international community rose up as one. Thai Navy Seal took up the lead in rescuing the kids. Several international agencies sent in their experts to support the rescue operations. Tesla chief Elon Musk took his mini-submarine to the rescue operation’s command centre. It was all over news[Read More…]

by 18/08/2018 5 comments India
Kerala Floods: Whole World Must Wake Up To The Disaster

Kerala Floods: Whole World Must Wake Up To The Disaster

Kerala has seen the worst and devastating flood in it’s past 100 years. All the 14 districts have been affected by the heavy rain, flood and land slide. 3,14,391 people are living in 2094 relief camps. The people of Kerala are trying hard to survive and help and rescue as many as they can with the rescue mission teams and[Read More…]

by 18/08/2018 4 comments India
Atal Bihari Vajpayee with members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a rally in New Delhi held in February 1998. Reuters

Prime Minister Vajpayee And Me!!

It is really sad that the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has passed away after a prolonged illness. I express my deepest condolences for the departed soul. I have all my sympathy to the relatives and friends of the former Prime Minister. I wish and pray that his soul may rest in peace. For some reasons I cannot ignore[Read More…]

by 18/08/2018 3 comments India
Ten Thousand People Face Water Death Warns Kerala Law Maker

Ten Thousand People Face Water Death Warns Kerala Law Maker

Kerala floods will turn into a calamity of unimaginable proportions if help is not forthcoming warned Saji Cheiyan MLA, law maker from Chengannur of Pathanamthitta district. He warned that at least ten thousand people will die from starvation if more rescue teams and supplies are not deployed in the area by tomorrow morning. He said that at least 50,000 food[Read More…]

by 18/08/2018 4 comments India
An Unprecedented Initiative

An Unprecedented Initiative

  Headlines that 356 serving army personnel have taken the unprecedented initiative of petitioning the Supreme Court of India (SCI) against “persection” is extremely worrying, to put it mildly. This comes after the Supreme Court directed the CBI SIT to file chargesheets against army personnel allegedly involved in extra-judicial killings in Manipur. No right-thinking officer would support a soldier (here[Read More…]

by 17/08/2018 1 comment India
PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech a Damp Squib

PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech a Damp Squib

  Prime Minister Narandra Modi’s 72 Independence day speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort was a damp squib affair. It was just a talk the talk with no meaningful take away. Millions of Indians were expecting that he will come up with pointed achievements that have been made under his rule. However, the high sounding words of[Read More…]

by 17/08/2018 1 comment India
Legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more. He lived a complete life and was inactive for nearly a decade. The end came around 505 pm in the evening though speculations had been in the rife for the last two days. He was known to be a great speaker as most of his speeches which were laced with wits and humors but[Read More…]

by 17/08/2018 1 comment India
Performances from the Red Fort

Performances from the Red Fort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constant efforts to undermine Democracy and instate himself as an absolute leader Four years ago when Narendra Modi became the prime minister of India, he entered the parliament with unprecedented pomp and show. The propaganda that worked day and night prior to him becoming the Prime Minister, concentrated on the portrayal of economic development of Gujarat[Read More…]

by 17/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
The farcical benefits of simultaneous elections

The farcical benefits of simultaneous elections

                                    After Amit Shah reiterating his position on the need for simultaneous elections, it was Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat’s turn to voice his opinion on the same. He said at most eight states can vote with Lok Sabha, given our logistical issues and emphasised as to how it is possible if all the parties agree to  it. It is[Read More…]

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Kerala Faces Devastating Floods

Kerala Faces Devastating Floods

The death toll brought on by floods, landslides and bridge collapses in India’s monsoon-hit state of Kerala has jumped to 94. More than 1.5 lakh people are lodged in relief camps across the state. The airport at Kochi, the busiest in Kerala, will remain closed till Saturday due to heavy rains and resultant flooding. The runway and the parking area[Read More…]

by 16/08/2018 4 comments India
An Appeal for Young Volunteers to work for Samvidhan Samman Yatra

An Appeal for Young Volunteers to work for Samvidhan Samman Yatra

National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements has planned a Samvidhan Samman Yatra – a nationwide tour to restore and protect the core values of our Constitution and democracy. The Yatra shall commence on 2nd October 2018 from Dandi, Gujarat the place where Gandhi led his famous salt march in 1930. It will travel through various States in the country holding meetings,[Read More…]

Khasi Society in Transition- On Matriliny, Misogyny- Understanding the Amendment to Khasi Social Custom Act 1997

Khasi Society in Transition- On Matriliny, Misogyny- Understanding the Amendment to Khasi Social Custom Act 1997

The Khasis from Meghalaya are one of the well known tribes from North-east India. The hills of Meghalaya are inhabited by the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes. The Khasi mostly inhabit the east and west Khasi hills, Ri Bhoi and Jaintia hills. They are considered to be unique as they are one of the few tribes which follow matrilineal system[Read More…]

by 14/08/2018 1 comment India
Umar Khalid Shot At In Delhi, Escapes Unhurt

Umar Khalid Shot At In Delhi, Escapes Unhurt

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid was shot at by an unidentified man outside Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on Monday afternoon. Umar Khalid managed to escape unhurt. Khalid was at the venue to attend an event titled ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’, organised by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’. Talking to reporters after being attacked, Khalid said,[Read More…]

by 13/08/2018 1 comment India
Spending on ads by political parties….. Isn’t it a waste of money?

Spending on ads by political parties….. Isn’t it a waste of money?

‘ Beware of false knowledge : it is more dangerous than ignorance’ George Bernard Shaw Even before official announcement of dates of elections in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh or elections to the lok sabha, campaigns, rallies and advertising have already started. Politicians are already beginning to woo voters. Parties have begun to promote fake news and disseminate[Read More…]

by 13/08/2018 1 comment India
Maldives snubs India

Maldives snubs India

The Maldives has asked India to withdraw its military choppers and personnel posted in the island as the Indo-Maldives agreement has expired in June 2018. The Maldives’ ambassador in India, Ahmed Mohamed, told Reuters that two military helicopters provided by India were mainly used for medical evacuations but were no longer required as the islands had built up enough resources[Read More…]

by 12/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT- Role Of The Communists: Telengana Followed A Revolutionary Line 

QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT- Role Of The Communists: Telengana Followed A Revolutionary Line 

Official Policy Of Class Collaboration But in  Telangana there  was a different, revolutionary  line There are several aspects of Quit India Movement (QIM) noteworthy like:  It was a movement that was full of contradictions:  No party was united or consistent on that, neither Congress nor Communists nor others.  No party could own it up or disown it in an unqualified manner.[Read More…]

by 12/08/2018 1 comment India
Two Circles of Growth: Marginalizing the Unorganized Sectors of the Economy

Two Circles of Growth: Marginalizing the Unorganized Sectors of the Economy

The ruling dispensation in India is facing a crisis of low growth, protests by major sections of the population – farmers, youth and traders – and criticism about non fulfillment of the many promises it has made. It has announced many policies but not only is their implementation tardy, many of them are a continuation of the past policies under[Read More…]

by 10/08/2018 3 comments India
India’s Tryst With Independence  

India’s Tryst With Independence  

15th August is the most cherished date in the Indian calendar .it was on this momentous day, more than seven decades back, that we were born an independent and free country .Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British Quit India in 1947. It is certainly an occasion for celebration. More than that, it is a point in a nation’s[Read More…]

by 10/08/2018 1 comment India
Statement of IIT Bombay Students against invitation of Narendra Modi in convocation

Statement of IIT Bombay Students against invitation of Narendra Modi in convocation

As IIT Bombay students, we are proud that this institution has now stepped in its Diamond Jubilee year and has occupied a prominent place among the other well-known institutes of learning in this world. However, invitation of Mr. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, as a guest of honour in the convocation of this year, has raised some concerns[Read More…]

by 10/08/2018 8 comments India
Ahmedabad - Gujarat, India

India- A Cruel Paradox of Rising GDP and Low Social Development

 India’s success story as the fastest growing economy of the world coexists with’ an insular, selfish, and antidemocratic elite in an unequal society, where “predatory forms of capitalism”, supported and promoted by the State prevail driving the poor to the wall. Recent corruption scandals in the mining and the telecom sector only serves to highlight the fact that crony capitalism and rent seeking are the main drivers of the GDP growth not innovation or entrepreneurial dynamism.

by 09/08/2018 2 comments India
The State of Independence: British Colonialism Replaced by a New Hegemony

The State of Independence: British Colonialism Replaced by a New Hegemony

India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based on the systemic rule of transnational capital, enforced by global institutions like the World Bank and WTO. At the same time, global agribusiness corporations are stepping into the boots of the former East India Company. The[Read More…]

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Unreal India

Unreal India

A friend forwarded a test by politicalcompass.org on WhatsApp the other day. It was a very interesting test, which plotted an individual’s social and economic leanings. I was very intrigued by it, and I forwarded the same to my various WhatsApp groups requesting people to share their responses. The results were very fascinating. Most people fell into the same quadrant[Read More…]

by 09/08/2018 1 comment India
Neem Coated Urea (NCU) and the reality

Neem Coated Urea (NCU) and the reality

The prime minister quoted in the parliament “the decision of neem-coated urea has helped the farmers of India”no doubt without any statistical or general explanation. This was not the first time Mr. Prime Minister quoted something without documentary evidences either from governmental side, think-tank or civil society side. Let alone from the farmer’s side, who is the last one to[Read More…]

by 09/08/2018 1 comment India
SDG 4 and the Education of Char Women in Assam

SDG 4 and the Education of Char Women in Assam

Among the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set up by UN to be achieved by 2030, quality education stands at the number four positions from the top. That means ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all is a top priority of SDGs worldwide. UN states that education is a right. It empowers individuals to[Read More…]

by 08/08/2018 1 comment India
Quit India Movement: Some Aspects of History and Lessons  – Part 1

Quit India Movement: Some Aspects of History and Lessons  – Part 1

There are several aspects of Quit India Movement noteworthy like:  It was a movement that was full of contradictions:  No party was united or consistent on that, neither Congress nor Communists nor others.  No party could own it up or disown it in an unqualified manner. Because, among other things, every party had differences at the top, the bottom and[Read More…]

by 07/08/2018 1 comment India
“The Worm Turns”: Common Cause – Soldier, Farmer, Dalit

“The Worm Turns”: Common Cause – Soldier, Farmer, Dalit

It was Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, when he was India’s prime minister, who coined the slogan “Jai Jawan! Jai Kisan!”, in the realistic understanding that the Jawan provides national external security (since then he has also been providing internal security due to failure of governance) and the Kisan provides the nation with food security. Were Shastri alive today, it seems[Read More…]

by 05/08/2018 Comments are Disabled India
Fascist Relations in India

Fascist Relations in India

  Brijesh Thakur is the man accused of sexually abusing 34 out of 44 young women in his care as sex slaves, and terrorising 11 others to flee from another care home run by him. Aman Sharma in the Economic Times on August 1 2018 sums up the fascist reality of rape in India in his article about this man,[Read More…]

by 03/08/2018 2 comments India
A Broken Tax Chain

A Broken Tax Chain

The GST is not bigger than the policy changes introduced in 1991 and hence not the biggest reform. It is not yielding more revenue to enable governments to spend more on services for the poor. Further, by damaging the unorganised sectors, it has set back output and employment in the economy rather than leading to a higher growth rate. These[Read More…]

by 02/08/2018 1 comment India
Toulouse: Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a selfie with Indian employees during a visit to the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI4_11_2015_000097B)

The Great Indian Talent Conundrum

Co-Written By  Ashish Kumar Singh and Praloy Majumder A study done by Korn Ferry said that India is projected to have a skilled labour surplus of 245 million workers by 2030, mainly on the back of “vast supply of working age citizens”, even as most of the developed and developing economies are expected to grapple with talent crunch at that[Read More…]

by 02/08/2018 1 comment India
In A Counter World: The NRC List And A Holocaust In The Making

In A Counter World: The NRC List And A Holocaust In The Making

A few days ago Countercurrents.org published a petition by Avaaz. Its first few lines read this way, In a few days, India will delete as many as 7 million Muslims in Assam State from its master list of “citizens” because they speak the wrong language and worship the wrong God. Husbands, wives, and children could be torn apart and left[Read More…]

by 31/07/2018 Comments are Disabled India
Nagaon: People check their names on the final draft of the state's National Register of Citizens after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on Monday, July 30, 2018. (PTI Photo)   (PTI7_30_2018_000108B)

The NRC Exercise: Another Attempt To Divide The Nation

They call it National Register of Citizen (NRC) but it is basically an attempt to take away the citizenship of the people on the basis of your religion. In pure political terms BJP wanted to polarise the north east through its vicious anti Muslim agenda and were finding ways to make permanent presence in the states of north east. The[Read More…]

by 31/07/2018 1 comment India
NRC list: Tension rises in Assam, Army deployed, CM appeals for peace

NRC list: Tension rises in Assam, Army deployed, CM appeals for peace

Such mass-scale profiling has been done officially only in Germany of the Jews by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. Now, 40 lakh people in Assam have found themselves trapped in a twilight zone As many as 40 lakh people have been dropped from the “final” list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Finally, 2.9 crore people have found[Read More…]

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The  need  for   `teaching  lessons’

The  need  for   `teaching  lessons’

I  welcome Dr  Prem  Singh’s  article:  The  era  of  `teaching  lessons’ as  a timely intervention  in  the  current debate  over  how  to  resist  the  goons  of  the  Sangh  Parivar,  particularly  in the  context  of  their  recent  attack  on  Swami  Agnivesh.  I   however  find  a  few  problems  with  his  position  and  the  implications  flowing  from  it. First,  he  seems  to  be  upset [Read More…]

by 31/07/2018 1 comment India
Poverty and Class analysis with reference to 2014-2018 BJP rule

Poverty and Class analysis with reference to 2014-2018 BJP rule

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2 – Chapter 2 If we draw a line with three cardinal points in it of extreme left and extreme right and centre to represent the political situation in India at the extreme right is BJP with its backers like RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other Hindu ultra right organisations and[Read More…]

by 31/07/2018 2 comments India
In A Counter World – Hug A Fascist

In A Counter World – Hug A Fascist

It is a well known fact that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has scant respect for democratic processes.  He rarely attends the parliament. He has spent more days abroad than in the parliament. In the last four years he has made several times more public speeches than he gave in the parliament. He has never addressed a press conference as[Read More…]

by 30/07/2018 1 comment India
IAPI completes first year of its journey

IAPI completes first year of its journey

This month marks the first anniversary of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI). Formed in Surrey, BC on July 8, 2017, IAPI was created in response to the growing attacks on religious minorities in India. Ever since the right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in India in 2014, violence against minorities has grown in the[Read More…]

by 29/07/2018 1 comment India
Fake news, lynchings and mobocracy in India

Fake news, lynchings and mobocracy in India

India is the country of people belonging to varied regions, religions, sects, communities, castes; etc.From the past times till date, the multiculturalism and plural ethos of this country has set a strong precedent to the world about this land of diversity. This country is the country of its natives, be it hindus ,muslims,sikhs,christians,parsis,buddhists,etc.No one can escape its identity at the[Read More…]

by 28/07/2018 1 comment India
Saving Muslim Women? An Open Letter to AIMPLB

Saving Muslim Women? An Open Letter to AIMPLB

Respected AIMPLB members, Be it the women rallies taken out by AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board) throughout the country abruptly stopped, the sudden ” Deen Bachao, Desh bachao” rally in Patna, the announcement of Darul Qazas or the  conduct of the board-member, Mr.Aijaz Qasmi, you have been quite in the  news, for all the wrong reasons. The old[Read More…]

by 28/07/2018 1 comment India
Credible electricity demand projection for Year 2027 and beyond

Credible electricity demand projection for Year 2027 and beyond

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) under the Ministry of Power has prepared an electricity generation plan for the period 2017-2027, and also has invited feedback on its draft.  Such a generation plan prepared by CEA can be seen as crucial in the context of overall development of the power sector in the country because the same is intended to be[Read More…]

by 26/07/2018 4 comments India
Assam: Doubtful Citizenship, Distorted Rights – Fact Finding Report

Assam: Doubtful Citizenship, Distorted Rights – Fact Finding Report

Forward I as part of the fact-finding team and being associated with its day-to-day work – from field work to preparation of the report – can say with confirmity that Assam is sitting on the tip of a volcano that can erupt if the injustices meted out to Bangla-speaking Muslims and Hindus on the basis of language and religion in[Read More…]

by 25/07/2018 2 comments India
Private Security, Police and the Poor

Private Security, Police and the Poor

I recall an incident, when a young girl was kidnapped from an upper middle-class colony in South Delhi. Police were immediately deployed at the scene and within a matter of a few days, the girl was rescued and restored to her parents. News of this case stirred up the fears of residents and consequently the Resident’s Welfare Association, in a[Read More…]

by 25/07/2018 1 comment India
A country of ‘ potholes’

A country of ‘ potholes’

When terrorists attack, the media splashes news quickly and continue to discuss at length. The politicians try to use the news for boosting their political career. But deaths due to cleaning drainage holes or potholes on roads are rarely discussed by either media or politicians. Rise in numbers The deaths due to bad roads, speed breakers, potholes, in 2015 was[Read More…]

by 25/07/2018 1 comment India
Lateral Entry of Joint Secretaries Unconstitutional

Lateral Entry of Joint Secretaries Unconstitutional

Co-Written by Snehil Kunwar Singh & Bhaskar Kumar Recently, the Government of India has decided to allow lateral entry for the post of joint secretaries of various ministries thus opening the doors to the private sector. The constitutional validity of the notification providing for lateral entry is challenged by an ex-IAS officer through a PIL in the Supreme Court on[Read More…]

by 25/07/2018 14 comments India
Attempts to dilute RTI Act

Attempts to dilute RTI Act

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2018 attempts to dilute the independence of Central and State Information Commissioners (ICs) besides giving undue powers to the government of the day to appoint Commissioners with uncertain term and salary. The Bill intends to defeat very purpose of RTI Act 2005 besides an affront to federalism enshrined as basic feature of Indian Constitution.[Read More…]

by 25/07/2018 1 comment India
Corruption And My Dog Charlie

Corruption And My Dog Charlie

My dog Charlie is long gone. But Charlie, who was a brown “Great indian Mongrel”, was wise in the ways of the world. He taught me a lesson in public policy I will never forget. Corruption is India’s favorite conversation topic. We love discussing it and bemoaning its all pervasiveness. We are experts at it and have all experienced it[Read More…]

by 24/07/2018 1 comment India
Cows are safe in Modi’s India than Muslims

Cows are safe in Modi’s India than Muslims

According to Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, between 2014 and March, 2018, 45 people were killed in mob lynchings across nine states in India. In the latest example, a group of villagers  beat to death 28-year-old Akbar Khan in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, an incident that came to light just five days after the Supreme Court urged the Center to frame a[Read More…]

by 24/07/2018 1 comment India
No Confidence Motions For A Healthy Democracy

No Confidence Motions For A Healthy Democracy

On July 20th, 2018, Sh Narendra Modi led NDA government defeated No Confidence Motion moved by Sh Srinivas Kesineni of TDP which also enjoyed support of other opposition parties by margin of 199 votes. While nobody had doubts over NDA government’s ability to win the motion, debate provided a much welcome healthy discourse in the Indian political discussions among plethora[Read More…]

by 24/07/2018 1 comment India
Writers Against Self-Censorship

Writers Against Self-Censorship

The thugs policing our cultural fraternity have struck again. In response to the violent threats against his family, Malayalam writer S Hareesh has now withdrawn his novel Meesa (Moustache) being serialised by Mathrubhumi, stating that he will publish it when “the climate is congenial”. Meesa is the first novel written by Hareesh, winner of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award for[Read More…]

by 23/07/2018 1 comment India
The Era of ‘teaching lessons’

The Era of ‘teaching lessons’

Although the recent attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh is being widely and strongly condemned, there are many people who, citing some earlier incidents involving Swami ji, perceive the attack as an inevitable and normal culmination. This is definitely most unfortunate. Those who do not agree with his earlier or present views and actions were, and are, absolutely free and[Read More…]

by 23/07/2018 1 comment India
Photo Essay – Farmers Express No Confidence In Modi’s Government

Photo Essay – Farmers Express No Confidence In Modi’s Government

As the Lok Sabha debates the No confidence motion against the Modi government thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Mandi House to Parliament Street. The foot march was organized by All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which is an alliance of more than 201 farmers organizations across the country, formed in late June 2017. The main[Read More…]

by 22/07/2018 1 comment India
Cow vigilante gang lynch a Muslim, Beat up a Brahmin in Rajasthan

Cow vigilante gang lynch a Muslim, Beat up a Brahmin in Rajasthan

A Muslim man was beaten to death in Rajasthan on Friday night by villagers who accused him of cow smuggling. The police have identified the man as 28-year-old Akbar Khan. Villagers in Ramgarh saw two men with cows and attacked them, according to the police. The two were beaten up and one of them died on the spot. “Akbar Khan,[Read More…]

by 21/07/2018 2 comments India
Cooperative farming is the only solution to the present agriculture crisis

Cooperative farming is the only solution to the present agriculture crisis

On July 8, 2018 An eminent economist opined in Times of India that the Central government made a mistake by enhancing the MSP of paddy crops because it goes against international competition and the laws of demand-supply. It further says that European Economic Community once made the same mistake by enhancing crop prices, for which it later had to pay[Read More…]

by 21/07/2018 1 comment India
Why Development Agencies Love Quality Cows?

Why Development Agencies Love Quality Cows?

The penchant of development agencies for high-yielding cows has never abated. Whenever relief measures are planned for drought-affected families in villages, free quality cows are considered an important element in the official relief `packages’ or self –help schemes. I have seen    in my career that whenever a drought ravages a village, the crossed Holstein and Jersey s cows arrive in[Read More…]

by 20/07/2018 4 comments India
‘Fake News’ is turning India into ‘lynchocracy’

‘Fake News’ is turning India into ‘lynchocracy’

There is spate of lynching incidents reported from different parts of India. Many of them are attributed to fake news that is discovered much after the damage is done. The Supreme Court of India has become agog to such frightening reality and had ordered the Centre and the States government to take immediate steps to stop the dissemination of misinformation[Read More…]

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Changing Political Dynamics of Nagaland: A Threat of Cultural Subversion

Changing Political Dynamics of Nagaland: A Threat of Cultural Subversion

2018 Nagaland State Assembly elections witnessed meteoric rise of BJP on the political platform in the state of Nagaland which set the wheel of discussions in motion regarding elections and the unsettling emergence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state politics of Nagaland on social media and other relevant platforms which have been overwhelming; as this is a phenomenon[Read More…]

by 19/07/2018 2 comments India
Getting violent in support of cars Against common people

Getting violent in support of cars Against common people

The well planned digging of the footpath by supporters of Raj Thackeray outside Mantralaya shows the deeply anti-people nature of a section of the political class. Simply because the attack was not directed against human beings does not make it less sinister than recent lynchings and the assault on Swami Agnivesh. Thackeray loves expensive and fast cars and a good[Read More…]

by 19/07/2018 1 comment India
Ratan Tata (L), chairman of the Tata Group, and Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi wave as they stand beside the Tata Nano car during the inauguration ceremony of a new plant for the Tata Nano at Sanand in the western Indian state of Gujarat June 2, 2010. India's largest vehicle maker, Tata Motors, said on Tuesday its sales in May rose 41 percent from a year earlier to 56,779 units. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E6621CKW01

Tata Nano as a Metaphor

There is news about the Tata Nano plant at Sanand rolling out just one or two cars in the past week. It is, hence, likely that the factory is shut down and in the event it could be a record; a record in the sense that what began with lots of talk of a story of success in the larger[Read More…]

by 19/07/2018 2 comments India
Bullet trains and local trains

Bullet trains and local trains

Angela Ferrao is an independent editorial cartoonist.

by 18/07/2018 1 comment India
Sushma Vs Trolls Points to Rift Within BJP Before 2019 Polls

Sushma Vs Trolls Points to Rift Within BJP Before 2019 Polls

There is more to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s apparently graceful response to the Twitter trolling she has faced over her ministry’s issuance of a passport to an inter-faith couple than meets the eye. Swaraj has been the target of offensive tweets for helping Tanvi Seth, wife of Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, get her passport after an officer allegedly harassed her for not changing her name to a Muslim[Read More…]

by 17/07/2018 1 comment India
Shashi Tharoor and Limits to ‘Cultural Securitization’

Shashi Tharoor and Limits to ‘Cultural Securitization’

A reference to ‘Hindu Pakistan’ by Shashi Tharoor, in a speech, sparked off another controversy across the media and political circles. The BJP seized the occasion to launch a rabble-rousing diatribe against Tharoor and the Congress. According to Tharoor, “If they (BJP) are able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic[Read More…]

by 16/07/2018 1 comment India
The Catch In Autonomy :Universities will be subject to the dictates of the market

The Catch In Autonomy :Universities will be subject to the dictates of the market

A new scheme of greater autonomy to educational institutions has been announced. Depending on their NAAC scores, institutions will be slotted in category I, II and lower. There will be less autonomy as the rank declines. Those in the highest category will have the freedom to start new courses, hire foreign faculty and pay higher emoluments to faculty, So, some[Read More…]

by 16/07/2018 1 comment India
Chars, Women and Sustainable Development Goals in Assam

Chars, Women and Sustainable Development Goals in Assam

Char is a word that attracts instant attraction in Assamese mainstream life for all wrong reasons. They are river islands of the Brahmaputra populated by mostly Muslims of East Bengali descent for more than a century. The islands are overpopulated and devoid of all basic amenities of modern life. The inhabitants of Chars are dubbed as ‘foreigners’ or ‘Bangladeshis’ by[Read More…]

by 15/07/2018 1 comment India
WhatsApp Lynching Again: Google Engineer Killed In Karnataka

WhatsApp Lynching Again: Google Engineer Killed In Karnataka

Rumour of child snatchers spread via WhatsApp has taken another life in Bidar district of Karnataka. A 32-year-old Google software engineer was beaten to death and three others, including a Qatari national, critically injured by a mob which suspected they were a group of “child lifters”. WhatsApp rumours warning villagers of child lifters has taken more than a dozen lives[Read More…]

by 15/07/2018 2 comments India
Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2 

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2 

Chapter 2 – Poverty and Class analysis with reference to 2014-2018 BJP rule (Part I) Why I have returned to write a sequel to the earlier book is basically to refute the claim that four years of BJP rule has made a difference to India, that things have become better. My first chapter that pointed out that atrocities against Dalits[Read More…]

by 14/07/2018 1 comment India
India: Entrepreneurship and job growth

India: Entrepreneurship and job growth

Co-Written By- Praloy Majumder and Ashish Kumar Singh Around 12 million Indians joining the labour force every year. With millions of young people joining the labour market every month, the question everyone has is if there will be enough jobs for them. Few are asking who creates jobs. Entrepreneurship and job creation is directly proportional one does not need to[Read More…]

by 14/07/2018 1 comment India
Muslim Icons of India: A Brief Dialogue

Muslim Icons of India: A Brief Dialogue

Sagarika Ghosh congratulated  poet Javed Akhtar  and Shabana Azmi for being the voices of  progressive democratic liberal Muslims, (without trying to be Sarkari tokens for Hindu Rashtra), lighting the path for Indian Muslims and adding as if an afterthought, in fact for all citizens. Someone countered; Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi can’t be taken as representative Muslims for they have[Read More…]

by 13/07/2018 8 comments India
Rae Bareli, Amethi: Dynasty And Development

Rae Bareli, Amethi: Dynasty And Development

Rahul Gandhi paid a visit to his constituency Amethi a few days ago. Rae Bareli-Amethi have become synonymous to India National Congress (INC). Every time one utters their name in front of people who have not been there, their eyes start glittering with a hypothetical boon these two places might have got because of INC’s long rule and because of[Read More…]

by 11/07/2018 Comments are Disabled India
Institute of Eminence

Institute of Eminence

A runner which gets the Medal even before participating in the race With a hazardous stick which threatens of dire consequences And a gift box of political donations which lures those in power Eager to establish hegemony over educational landscape for ever Aiming to monopolize every sphere of social and economic life For shaping the minds that serve the powers[Read More…]

by 11/07/2018 1 comment India
Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington

Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington

India is under siege from international capital. It is on course not only to be permanently beholden to US state-corporate interests but is heading towards environmental catastrophe much faster than many may think. According to the World Bank’s lending report, based on data compiled up to 2015, India was easily the largest recipient of its loans in the history of the institution. Unsurprisingly,[Read More…]

by 09/07/2018 Comments are Disabled India
India’s Civil Service Needs To Reinvent Itself

India’s Civil Service Needs To Reinvent Itself

 The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility  -Brooks Atkinson The Indian Civil Service represents the crème de la crème of the country’s university graduates who form the backbone of the country’s administration. Today, there are about 5,000 IAS officers who comprise this privileged club. The civil service has a hallowed past and[Read More…]

by 07/07/2018 1 comment India
Mushrooming growth of private educational & coaching centres:  Crazy competition & exploitation

Mushrooming growth of private educational & coaching centres:  Crazy competition & exploitation

In spite of the fact that there are a number of justifications for privatisation of education, commercial consideration underpins all its good objects of imparting quality education, of course, with the availability of adequate basic facilities of premises, toilets, infrastructure, libraries, drinking water dispensers-purifiers, computers, libraries & hostels: the facilities invariably unfound in government run educational institutions primarily for lack[Read More…]

by 05/07/2018 1 comment India
The Social Media Abuse Of India’s Foreign Minister

The Social Media Abuse Of India’s Foreign Minister

The RSS inspired trolls abusing and threatening with rape to the daughter of a woman political leader on social media is reflective of the how much we have drowned in these four years. Our Prime Minister who opens his mouth on any international event of ‘terrorism’ or a bus accident in Jhumritallaiya but rarely spoken against these threats of violence[Read More…]

by 03/07/2018 2 comments India
 Women Safety in India and National Pride: Reuters Foundation Report

 Women Safety in India and National Pride: Reuters Foundation Report

With the release of the report titled ‘The most dangerous countries for Women – 2018’ by Thomson Reuters foundation which ranks India as the most unsafe country in the world, the defenders of national pride are out to argue the flaws of the report. The report was based on an expert opinion of about 548 persons which included aid and[Read More…]

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A Requiem For UGC

A Requiem For UGC

If the Modi Government’s first year of its rule was marked by the burial of an important institution of national importance—the Planning Commission of India—with the launching of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), its last year in office is likely to witness another interment of a Statutory body of national importance—the University Grants Commission (UGC)—with the notification[Read More…]

by 01/07/2018 2 comments India
Film Fraternity Condemn The Decision by Malayalam Film Actor’s Body To Reinstate Dileep

Film Fraternity Condemn The Decision by Malayalam Film Actor’s Body To Reinstate Dileep

Around a hundred film actors, directors, technicians, writers and activist have signed a statement condemning  the decision of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) to reinstate the Malayalm movie star Dileep who is an accused in the adduction and molestation of a fellow actress. They extended their solidarity and support to the  actress and demanded that an atmosphere should be[Read More…]

by 30/06/2018 2 comments India
Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times – Dalits in the Spotlight during 2014- 18 BJP Rule

Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times – Dalits in the Spotlight during 2014- 18 BJP Rule

Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times – Part 2. Chapter 1 – Dalits in the Spotlight during 2014- 18 BJP Rule. On 17, January 2016, Rohith Vemula died. His suicide letter became the cause of a widespread anger that again highlighted or brought to the forefront the issue of whether Dalits are treated justly or unjustly in India and[Read More…]

by 27/06/2018 1 comment India
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A Perspective for Opposition Unity

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A Perspective for Opposition Unity

  I Before discussing the complex subject of opposition unity, it would be appropriate to look at some obvious facts. Firstly, there exists no opposition to the neo-liberal policies that has prevailed for the past three decades in the country – none at the level of mainstream political parties, none at the level of intellectuals and ‘thinking’ class. Therefore, the[Read More…]

by 25/06/2018 3 comments India
#NotAgain

#NotAgain

Dear Prime Minister YOU NEED TO ANSWER! As the date of election is closing by- your performance and ability to serve this country will be under much-scrutiny. You cannot accept public scrutiny- even though your bhaktas call them ‘anti-national’ or your hyper active cyber cell attack on your critiques. I am starting from your parliamentary constituency and my home town-[Read More…]

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Poll Reforms: Need of the Day

Poll Reforms: Need of the Day

The president of India has appointed Narendra Modi as the country’s 14th prime minister on the strength of his election as the leader of the BJP parliamentary group following the BJP’s electoral victory. The acceptance of the people’s verdict always comes with the expectations that the government that follows will pursue a set of policies and programmes that will provide[Read More…]

by 25/06/2018 2 comments India
The Cult of 56-Inches and Toxic Masculinity

The Cult of 56-Inches and Toxic Masculinity

The cult of 56 inches does not symbolize courage or strength, it portrays toxic masculinity. And toxic masculinity is not normal.It must be resisted. When Simon de Beauvoir[1] wrote about becoming women’ she was referring to the notion of social construction of a person as a woman. Similarly, masculinity is also related to the notion of becoming aman’ in a[Read More…]

by 23/06/2018 2 comments Patriarchy, India
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Cops Turn Cow Protectors And Beats A Muslim Man To Death In U.P

Killing people on suspicion of possession or trading of beef continues unabated in India. In yet another case related to suspicion on cow slaughter, the Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (U.P) police thrashed a meat trader Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Munna so badly that he succumbed to injuries on Thursday after spending eight days in AIIMS. In a written complaint to[Read More…]

by 23/06/2018 1 comment India
The Man Who Once Sold Tea Later ‘Sold’ Dreams

The Man Who Once Sold Tea Later ‘Sold’ Dreams

This is not the story of a man who once sold tea and later ‘sold’ dreams to a people and managed to reach top echleons of power in the biggest democracy in the world. This is not the story of this man and his rise from the margins of a organisation which is called the biggest cultural organisation in the[Read More…]

by 23/06/2018 3 comments India
Starvation deaths continue in Jharkhand amidst government’s denial and lack of action

Starvation deaths continue in Jharkhand amidst government’s denial and lack of action

Over the past ten months, at least 12 persons have succumbed to hunger in Jharkhand. Instead of taking action against functionaries whose lapses have led to these deaths and measures to improve the situation of food security in the state, Jharkhand government has denied hunger as the cause of any of these deaths and absolved itself of any blame. Instead,[Read More…]

by 21/06/2018 1 comment India
 Credibility crisis of India’s higher institutions

 Credibility crisis of India’s higher institutions

The Credibility of India’s top institutions has lately suffered affecting governance and democracy in the country. Its  strong indication came in the form of the impeachment motion against the chief justice of India which was rejected by the  Vice president and  was subsequently challenged in the highest Court. When the case challenging legality of the vice president’s action came before[Read More…]

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A Muslim Man Lynched To Death, Another Critically Injured In Western UP Over Rumour Of Cow Slaughter

A Muslim Man Lynched To Death, Another Critically Injured In Western UP Over Rumour Of Cow Slaughter

A Muslim man was lynched to death following a rumour of cow slaughter in a village in Pilkhua near Hapur district of western UP. The man named Kashim died in the hospital in the course of treatment. The condition of the other person is also serious. A trivial feud, where men were reportedly driving out stray cows from fields, aggravated into[Read More…]

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Is Indian Democracy Dying?

Is Indian Democracy Dying?

The prominent journalist and editor, Shujaat Bukhari was leaving work when he and his two bodyguards were shot and killed. Suffice to say newspapers are the lifeblood of democracy and Indian administered Kashmir under the decades-long grip of a half-million strong security force has a questionable claim. Yet brave journalists, unafraid, write and sometimes pay the consequences. Following Mr. Bukhari’s[Read More…]

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The AAP Dharna: Congress Party’s Silence Is Disturbing

The AAP Dharna: Congress Party’s Silence Is Disturbing

I have never liked the rhetorical politics of Arvind Kejriwal. In fact the seed that they sow in 2011 resulted in the fascist take over of this country. Kejriwal wanted the country to become a gram panchayat at the Ramleela maidan and decisions were taken on the voice vote. All the power elite of the upper caste suddenly turned revolutionary.[Read More…]

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The Letter (or Letters!?) that Discloses the Plot to Assassinate Indian Prime Minister Modi: Disturbing Implications

The Letter (or Letters!?) that Discloses the Plot to Assassinate Indian Prime Minister Modi: Disturbing Implications

In order to make sense of the issue on the table, let us first try to arrange the events in (rough) chronological order. I. Here’s a news report carried by the ToI, June 6 web edition, which informs: <<Human rights activist Rona Jacob Wilson was arrested from South Delhi early on Wednesday [i.e. June 6 2018] in connection with the[Read More…]

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Saints in Schools?

Saints in Schools?

“..I am afraid I have no faith in astrology and certainly I should not like to fix up national programmes in accordance with the dictates of astrologers…” Jawaharlal Nehru (In a letter to Rajendra Prasad, who had objected to January 26, 1950 as the date for inaugurating the republic on astrological grounds. Page 77, Volume 2, Jawaharlal Nehru, A Biography, OUP,[Read More…]

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Why Do Soldiers Still Keep Dying At India Pakistan Border?

Why Do Soldiers Still Keep Dying At India Pakistan Border?

In 1947 India was divided by the foreign rulers by playing a game of divide and rule to which the religious fundamentalists fell prey. India and Pakistan since then have a checkered history and uneasy relationship sometimes climaxing in wars and violent conflagrations. While the governments prefer to maintain adversarial relationship, which now sustains certain vested interests on both sides,[Read More…]

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Two Muslim Men Lynched on Suspicion of Cattle Theft in Jharkhand

Two Muslim Men Lynched on Suspicion of Cattle Theft in Jharkhand

Two Muslim men were lynched on suspicion of stealing cattle in Jharkhand’s Godda district on Wednesday morning. Residents of Dullu village caught hold of the two victims – Sirabuddin Ansari (35) and Murtaza Ansari (30) – and accused them of stealing 13 buffaloes from one Munshi Murmu on Tuesday night. “Villagers claim that that they found the missing buffaloes in[Read More…]

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A Need For Reliable Micropension

A Need For Reliable Micropension

India is home to one-fifth of the world’s population which includes a third of the world’s poor and one-eighth of the world’s elderly. Most of them spend their whole lives as informal workers and have no retirement security other than the hope that their children will care for them in their old age. This arrangement worked well as long as[Read More…]

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Modi and Bhakt logic

Modi and Bhakt logic

A critique of RSS needs to go beyond the current pattern. The contemporary liberal and left critique has been primarily targeted at their core concept of Hindutva. It is argued that Hindutva as an idea goes against the basic ethos of secularism, pluralism and ideals of the constitution. Commentaries and critics point as to how it is anti-Dalit, anti-minority and[Read More…]

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Corporate – Government Nexus Grows

Corporate – Government Nexus Grows

The union government’s proposal of lateral entry of persons from “private sector companies, consultancy firms and international or multinational organisations”, as Joint Secretary (JS) is to “bring[ing] in fresh ideas and new approaches to governance and also to augment manpower”. [“Private sector employees can now apply for top government posts“; <https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/government-notifies-10-positions-for-lateral-entry-as-joint-secretaries/articleshow/64527221.cms>; Economic Times, June 10, 2018]. This would be unexceptionable[Read More…]

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A Brief Discourse on Naga’s Struggle for Self-Respect and Freedom

A Brief Discourse on Naga’s Struggle for Self-Respect and Freedom

  Mr. T. Sakhrie, one of the first Naga intellectuals, a philosopher and a great Naga-nationalist leader of his era who sacrificed his life for the freedom and rights of Nagas stood true till his last breath to his ideologies and convictions which reflect in his quote that further produced verbatim. He said,             “Truly we are a peculiar people.[Read More…]

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When ‘The’ Pranab Speaks

When ‘The’ Pranab Speaks

Former president Pranab Mukherjee gave a speech in the RSS meeting on Thursday the 7th of June in Nagpur. Now,  let me clarify that this is not a speech on the speech but in fact an article on the speech/ opinions flung around, before and after the speech. When it was announced that Mukherjee had accepted the invite from the[Read More…]

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

Lateral entry into India’s Civil Services- The Constitutional Blunder

11th of June, 2018 should be considered as the darkest day in the constitutional history of India. It is the day when BJP government through the Department of Personnel and Training   opened up the doors to the prestigious ‘higher’ civil services of India to the private sector through lateral entry scheme.  Central Government through its nation-wide advertisement has call for[Read More…]

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Lynching in Assam: Living amidst Lords of the Flies

Lynching in Assam: Living amidst Lords of the Flies

The cruel lynching of two innocent and budding youth in Kacharigaon village under Dokmoka police station of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district is the harsh reminder of the state in which we are living today. In last couple of years India’s public spaces have turned into squares of mediaeval Europe in which people were publicly executed for ‘heresy’, ‘witchcraft’, for petty[Read More…]

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Transformative Issues Facing the News Industry Today

Transformative Issues Facing the News Industry Today

In an era of profound distortion of news and storytelling, the most pertinent question that is being asked is; ‘what is News now’? Notwithstanding the debatable facts, the fact remains that we are witnessing new trends and upheavals in the media industry particularly transformative issues in the business of news. Today we are facing an increasing focus on the intersection[Read More…]

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Corruption: India’s Worst Curse

Corruption: India’s Worst Curse

India’s eager quest for economic dynamism has been severely stifled by chronic corruption. The country needs to urgently modernize its institutions and end the culture of rent seeking and cutting corners if it is to allow the economic wheels to roll seamlessly. Corruption is both anti-national and anti-poor because the resources meant for poverty alleviation schemes get siphoned off by[Read More…]

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Opposition Parties joining to defeat BJP lack Alternate Policies

Opposition Parties joining to defeat BJP lack Alternate Policies

  BJP’s chain of defeat which started with Gorakhpur and Phoolpur in Uttar Pradesh bye elections has extended to defeat in Kairana and Noorpur. It has broken the invincibility myth of Modi and Amit Shah.  If the opposition parties succeed in joining hands to get rid of unprecedented danger to basic democratic values, institutions, society, culture and civilization created during[Read More…]

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Citizenship Amendment Bill and the people of Assam

Citizenship Amendment Bill and the people of Assam

Most recently,the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been the talk of every nook and corner of the state with people from all walks of life joining the bandwagon and raising voices against the ill-fated bill.The state has witnessed severe protest over the past few weeks and protesting slogans even beat the deep blowing horns and revving engines of lumbering trucks on[Read More…]

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India In The Mirror: A Brief Discourse On Parallel Realities Of India

India In The Mirror: A Brief Discourse On Parallel Realities Of India

It is said that the India is a cradle of civilization that has been following the ‘SANATANA’ Dharma that teaches the principles of Equality and Brotherhood. Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam- ‘The Entire Earth is my Family” has been the celebrated Sanskrit verse that most of the Indians have been taught in the school. “Saare Jaha se Acha, Hindostan Hamara” has been proudly[Read More…]

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Farmers On Strike Path, Dumps Vegetables, Milk On The Road

Farmers On Strike Path, Dumps Vegetables, Milk On The Road

Indian farmers are on a 10-day long nationwide strike demanding fair prices for their produce and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and farm loan waivers among other things. They are throwing vegetables and pouring milk on the road the farmers are letting out their grievances. The farmers are also preventing the movement of their produce to cities. This has[Read More…]

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The Empire Strikes Back: Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt

The Empire Strikes Back: Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt

By 2050, if current policies continue, India could have numerous mega-cities with up to 30-40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million people (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. Given current trends in the job market, it could mean tens of millions of city-based rural migrants without much work: victims of the ill thought out policies we currently see[Read More…]

by 03/06/2018 2 comments India
Politics of Polarisation: A Flop Show

Politics of Polarisation: A Flop Show

The election results in Kairana bye elections comes as a welcome development. The ideological investment made into the constituency to create a myth of the Hindu exodus due to criminal Muslim activities did not pay the electoral dividends. This is despite the Modi, Adityanath and Amit Shah Combine at the helm of campaigning and all out efforts to polarise. Neither[Read More…]

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J & K – At the End of the Tether

J & K – At the End of the Tether

The Kannada saying “murthi chikkadaadaru keerthi doddadu” (meaning that even if the physical form is diminutive, the virtue is great), applies to Lal Bahadur Shastri who, as prime minister, led India with remarkable initiative and verve in the 1965 war against Pakistan. It was he who coined the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”, in the full understanding that the Jawan[Read More…]

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For not collecting enough money DTC contractual staff gets show cause notice and fine

For not collecting enough money DTC contractual staff gets show cause notice and fine

After the massive protest on 1st May (Labor Day) for “equal pay for equal work” now Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) contractual staff facing new problem, if they will not collect target amount in a day from the duty they will be punished and also will give the fine. Chandra Prakash is a bus conductor, on 16 may, he just earn[Read More…]

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Kairana’s Message

Kairana’s Message

Kairana results have signalled to the mighty that the public can wash them out in the 2019 elections. For the first time, RSS spokes person was speaking that government’s come and go but we must protect institutions. He was defending election commission but how come the Sangh Parivar now saying this. Why is Pranab Mukherjee invited. Why did the Sangh[Read More…]

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Freedom of Expression: A Global Threat

Freedom of Expression: A Global Threat

 India, a complex, beautiful and enchanting land, a melting pot of innumerable cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions. India, a society deeply rooted in tolerance, compassion and forbearance. India, a land where the legends of Akbar’s justice, Shahjahan’s love, Prithvi Raj’s valor, Chanakya’s wisdom, live in every household. India, a land which gave birth to the concept of ahinsa, a land[Read More…]

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Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Ache Din- Is it real?

Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Ache Din- Is it real?

The current Government came to power with the slogans of ‘Ache Din’ and ‘Sabka saath, Sabka vikas’ in which promises of better days and an inclusive model of development was promised. Lot of public relations exercises through advertisements, interviews in government favouring news channels tried to project its ‘development’ orientation. In reality, the travel made thus far shows a different[Read More…]

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Make in India to Kill in India

Make in India to Kill in India

After Raigad, Jaitapur (Maharashtra), Kalinganagar, Niyamgiri, Gandhamardhan, Dhinkia and Khandadhar (Odisha), Nandigram, Singur (West Bengal), Dandakaranya, Raipur (Chhatishgarh), Jharkhand’s Saranda, MP’s Singrouli, Kovvada, Sompeta (Andhra Pradesh) and Koodankulam and Neduvasal (Tamil Nadu), the recent unfortunate events at the copper smelter plant of Sterlite Industries at Tuticorin bring out the basic issue back to the table. Can the state agencies and[Read More…]

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India’s Public Banks Are Its Lifeline: Privitisation Will Ruin Them

India’s Public Banks Are Its Lifeline: Privitisation Will Ruin Them

The world’s investment leader, Warren Buffett, once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you realise who has been swimming naked”. When the banking system hit the rocks and the tide turned, the naked were caught disrobed. Similarly, sometimes it takes a pitch-black economy to reveal who and what in the financial firmament really shines. It is only[Read More…]

by 27/05/2018 1 comment India
Sting Operation Reveals Big Indian Media Outlets Agree To Spread Communal Hatred

Sting Operation Reveals Big Indian Media Outlets Agree To Spread Communal Hatred

In what could be a bombshell in Indian journalism Cobrapost, an investigative news portal on Friday May 25 posted ‘sting’ videos to show executives of media houses discussing lucrative offers to promote communal content and criticise Opposition leaders In more than 30 videos posted Cobrapost showed virtually all major media outlets falling over each other to accept lucrative offers to[Read More…]

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The Mystery Snipers In Tuticorin

The Mystery Snipers In Tuticorin

The mystery of the police firing in Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) has deepened with the emergence of a video in which snipers are seen shooting from atop a vehiccle at the crowd. 12 protesters died in the shooting on Tuesday ,May 22, 2018. They were on a protest march demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper, a Vedanta group copper smelter unit in[Read More…]

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Revisiting Governor’s Role

Revisiting Governor’s Role

  With the resignation of the BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister just before a trust vote Karnataka’s  political cliffhanger might have ended, at least for time being, but the power and role of Governor in the formation of a government in the eventof a fractured verdict willcontinue to be debated for some time to come. The validity of the[Read More…]

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An Opportune Moment: Karnataka Legislative Elections 2018

An Opportune Moment: Karnataka Legislative Elections 2018

This reflective piece is the second within a week. It comes out of anguish and a search for political relevance in times such as this. It also comes as a response to queries from friends overseas. Theatre of the Absurd: The 19th of May 2018 was the culmination of a Theatre of the Absurdin Karnataka, performed at the VidhanaSoudha in[Read More…]

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Bail Not Jail

Bail Not Jail

  In a recent case at Uttarakhand High Court at the end of April 2018 a person accused under the Indian Penal Code of cheating, of being party to a criminal conspiracy, of wrongfully confining a person, of receiving and detaining against his will a person as a slave, and also of rendering his services for purposes of transplantation and[Read More…]

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Childrens holding placards on the awareness programme at Beluguri village in Orang of Udalguri of Assam on Sunday.

Adivasi Women join hands to fight against Alcoholism

UDALGURI,Assam ,May 21: The Adivasi community of state whose fate remains locked decades after the Britshers left them in tea gardens of state are plagued with innumerous socio-economic hardships. In the ‘labour lines’ of tea gardens, in Udalguri of Assam merriment begins as soon as the sun goes down. There is not much by way of entertainment so ‘making merry’[Read More…]

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Blood-Spilling On the Line: ‘The future of India-Pakistan lies in the past.’   

Blood-Spilling On the Line: ‘The future of India-Pakistan lies in the past.’   

It was yet another dark day for people living on the bloody line dividing Jammu and Kashmir. On Friday, fire-spewing mortar guns that have been thunderously roaring like man eaters for past seventy years devoured ten more human beingsand wounded dozens critically- perhaps disabled for life. Four civilians including a husband and wife and a Border Security Soldier where killed[Read More…]

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

Sordid tale of tea estate labourers in Udalguri of Assam

UDALGURI,Assam,May 20: Though the Britishers left the nation, and India attained independence, one community whose fate remained locked and unchanged decades after decades, are the Adivasi community brought for working in tea gardens of Assam.They continue to remain under the grip of deprivation, humiliation and exploitation by the tea garden companies, their authority members and even the government.Besides numerous socio-political,[Read More…]

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Cow Vigilante Group Beats A Muslim Man To Death In Madhya Pradesh

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus. Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari told[Read More…]

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Political Drama Ends In Karnataka As BS Yeddyurappa Resigns Before Floor Test

Political Drama Ends In Karnataka As BS Yeddyurappa Resigns Before Floor Test

Today further decline of democracy in India was prevented when Mr. Yeddyurappa the BJP CM in Karnataka resigned even not facing the trust vote due to lack of sufficient support. Mr. B S Yeddyurappa was administered oath of Chief Minister ship two days back when Governor invited him to form the government rejecting the claim of JD-S and Congress which[Read More…]

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Malnutrition: India’s Silent Catastrophe

Malnutrition: India’s Silent Catastrophe

Despite the spectacular strides made in economic growth and having a technological boom, India still continues to struggle to attain freedom from hunger. It is bearing witness to a triple burden of malnutrition—the coexistence of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overnutrition. According to the Economic Survey (2017-18), child and maternal malnutrition posed the most challenging health risk of our times. India[Read More…]

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India’s Sanitation Revolution

India’s Sanitation Revolution

Sanitation is the key to proper hygiene, which is essential for a health and safety of the public. India’s record, especially when it comes to sanitation, has been abysmal so far. According to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund Joint Monitoring Report (2017), more than half of the open defecation that occurs anywhere in the world[Read More…]

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Future Imperfect-Hungrier and indebted than ever before

Future Imperfect-Hungrier and indebted than ever before

Despite all the tall claims of development by authorities in India, the data from Government bodies shows that there are little, if any, improvements in tackling alarmingly high levels of malnutrition. Add to this the worrisome fact of a sharp increase in the indebtedness of households and the situation becomes even bleaker. The data from the National Family Health Survey[Read More…]

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Bend it like BJP’s primetime news warriors

Bend it like BJP’s primetime news warriors

  ‘Why call comedians to comedy shows in TV, when these BJP leaders can put up a far better show?’ That is one of the social media trolls which have been doing the rounds about BJP leaders in Kerala whose histrionics on primetime TV news debates have spawned an avalanche of memes and trolls. Satire-happy social media users attest that[Read More…]

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Karnataka Election Results:What Lies Ahead

Karnataka Election Results:What Lies Ahead

BJP has almost sealed victory in Karnataka state assembly election, giving a thumping beating to the Congress party. With the vitory in Karnataka the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has found a foothold in South India. Vidya Bhushan Rawat analyses the reasons for the BJP victory and what lies ahead for India As a nation these are defining moments.[Read More…]

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Unpacking Modicare – The evolving health care paradigm

Unpacking Modicare – The evolving health care paradigm

The recently launched Ayushman Bharat, also known as the National Health Protection Scheme (or even Modicare in popular parlance!) has two objectives — first, creating a network of health and wellness centers to bring all-inclusive primary healthcare close to the community, and secondly, providing insurance cover to 40 per cent of India’s population, that is most deprived, for secondary and[Read More…]

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Rare Disease Hits Livelihood of Horse Cart Riders

Rare Disease Hits Livelihood of Horse Cart Riders

Mohammad Gulzar (48), a resident of Nai Basti, Jamia Nagar, was a small time horse cart rider, until a few months ago. He earned enough to feed his family. But a rare disease to his horse Glanders affected his livelihood badly. After wandering for days in search of work, he now works as a laborer, hardly managing to garner two[Read More…]

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Why is Common Sense So (un)common in the Third World Countries: Deceptive Politicians, Unethical Media,and Illogical Priorities

Why is Common Sense So (un)common in the Third World Countries: Deceptive Politicians, Unethical Media,and Illogical Priorities

  Why are the people of so rightly called third world countries still falling in tarp of deceitful, shrewd,and criminal, politicians, sold-out, hate-mongering, unethical media houses and journalists? Common people understand, and experience, both in theory and in practice, that most of the politicians irrespective of their party affiliations are demagogues, merciless looters, potential murderers, and rapists with no real[Read More…]

by 11/05/2018 2 comments India
Illegal Factories of Sultanpuri Are A Death Trap for Labourers

Illegal Factories of Sultanpuri Are A Death Trap for Labourers

Co-Wriiten by Ila Kazmi & Arpita Singh Days after a devastating fire broke out in an illegal shoe factory – which killed 4 workers among two minors- in Raj Park Sultanpuri, nothing has changed on the ground as unauthorized factories in the residential area continue to operate. One can find dilapidated buildings from where these illegal small-scale factories operate, raising questions[Read More…]

by 10/05/2018 1 comment India
Commercialisation Of Historic Monuments

Commercialisation Of Historic Monuments

Privatisation of many sectors has become a routine affair. Construction of roads, supply of electricity, means of transportation, etc have been handed over to contractors, firms, private individuals for maintaining and development. Recently, there has been a proposal to hand over ‘ Red Fort’ to Dalmia Bharat to upkeep and improve facilities as part of ‘ Adopt a Heritage ‘[Read More…]

by 09/05/2018 1 comment India
Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar from Rangoon

Bring back the mortal remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar from Rangoon

On coming 10 May is the 161th anniversary of 1857 – the country’s First War of Independence. 10th May 1857 is the day when the brave Indian soldiers first raised the war-cry for independence against the British regime. To secure freedom for the country by breaking the chains of slavery, on 10th May the soldiers started from Meerut, reaching Delhi[Read More…]

by 08/05/2018 1 comment India
The Fascist Attack at AMU

The Fascist Attack at AMU

Recent unrest broke out at Aligarh Muslim University is nothing but the sheer display of impunity granted to right-wing vigilante groups by none other than ruling dispensation of BJP/RSS, both in the state of Uttar Pradesh and at the centre. Since the advent of this government, the activities of vigilante Hindutva outfits like Hindu Yuva Vahini and likens have been[Read More…]

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Karnataka Election: voters to choose between tainted leadership and clean governance

Karnataka Election: voters to choose between tainted leadership and clean governance

Interacting with media during a tour of Lingayat and Dalit mutts in central Karnataka, Amit Shah, the national President of BJP began making allegations against the current Siddaramaiah government. “ Recently, a Supreme Court judge said if ever there was a competition for the most corrupt government, then Yeddyurappa government will get number one..” shocking Yedurappa who was seated near[Read More…]

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Beyond  The  Impeachment  Debate

Beyond  The  Impeachment  Debate

Now  that  the  Rajya  Sabha  Chairman  Venkaiah  Naidu  has  dismissed  the  proposal  submitted  by  some  seventy -odd  Opposition  legislators  to   impeach  Supreme  Court   Chief  Justice  Dipak  Misra,  the  debate  over  the  issue has  to  be  extended   beyond  the  legalese  of  the  arguments  in  which  our  eminent  jurists  had  been  indulging  all  these  months,  into  the  arena  of  commonsense  arguments  where[Read More…]

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Mobile media devices

Proposal To Bring Online Content Under Media Regulations Is An Attack On Freedom Of Expression

A group of over 100 journalists and other professionals related to online media today wrote to the Information & Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani to express their concerns over the ministry’s proposal to extend traditional broadcasting rules and restrictions to the Internet. The journalists include both veterans of the industry like Raghav Bahl, MK Venu, Madhu Trehan, Nalini Singh, Paranjoy Guha[Read More…]

by 02/05/2018 1 comment India
Fiveyears since enactment of NFSA ,PDS reels under lax implementation

Fiveyears since enactment of NFSA ,PDS reels under lax implementation

  The CAG’s reporttabled in Delhi Legislative Assembly on April 3 has thrown a volley of harsh questions at the ruling AamAdmi Party. The report has highlighted the stark corruption prevalent in the National Capital’s public distribution system (PDS). PDS has been grappling with innumerable problems including faulty Adhaar linkages and failure in verification of biometric data.  The National Food[Read More…]

by 30/04/2018 2 comments India
Why Tata Institute of Social Sciences should not ask Hostel and Dining Hall charges from the eligible GoI- PMS students belonging to ST/SC/ OBC (NC) communities?

Why Tata Institute of Social Sciences should not ask Hostel and Dining Hall charges from the eligible GoI- PMS students belonging to ST/SC/ OBC (NC) communities?

JOHAR TISS/ ADIVASI STUDENTS’ FORUM’S (ASF) STATEMENT TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 67th Day of STRIKE Our Struggle Continues… The results for the various M.A. programs at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for 2018-2020 batch was declared yesterday (27th April 2018), and with it the institute has made it very clear to discontinue its policy of adjusting the Hostel[Read More…]

by 29/04/2018 1 comment India
The Rise & Rise of Inhuman Hate Politics

The Rise & Rise of Inhuman Hate Politics

Modi’s biggest contribution to India is teaching it to hate. It seems to be finally dawning on the people that “Modistan” is the same as “Rogistan”. As the BJP wins election after election to now rule 21 states in India, victory galas and revelry should swamp party cadres. Instead, what have the BJP and its Sangh ideologues ushered in? The[Read More…]

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Is India Giving Up an Opportunity to Be on a Central Stage of a Virtual Currency Revolution?

Is India Giving Up an Opportunity to Be on a Central Stage of a Virtual Currency Revolution?

Potentially a game changing digital technology, the use of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin as a viable alternative to the national currencies like Dollar or Rupee, has largely been seen by countries across the world –with India being no exception- as a danger to the existing government-centralized economic system. With contention over use of crypto-currencies as a medium of exchange, Finance Minister[Read More…]

by 26/04/2018 2 comments India
The Death of Public University

The Death of Public University

Forgetting the relationship between education and society and ignoring the required engagement between thinker theorists and innovators on one side and society on the other, the governments, legislators and people hypnotized by the neoliberal economy have came to an understanding that commericialisation/marketisation of education from first grade to PhD is the best way forward not for any appreciable societal transformations[Read More…]

by 25/04/2018 1 comment India
There Is No Flag Large Enough To Cover The Shame Of Killing Innocent People

There Is No Flag Large Enough To Cover The Shame Of Killing Innocent People

Some self-styled Indian patriots settled in UK have launched a petition seeking action against those who tore the Indian national flag recently. The incident happened during protests against visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The protests were mainly organized by groups representing religious minorities in India that feel threatened under the right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government[Read More…]

by 25/04/2018 1 comment India
Sachar Saheb : A Unique Personality With Socialist Vision

Sachar Saheb : A Unique Personality With Socialist Vision

He had forbidden us to call him ‘Justice Sachar’. So I began to call him Sachar Saheb. Four days after his death, I sit down to write this tribute. The personality of Sachar Saheb was like a masterpiece, epic in its dimensions. A classic personality in this absurd period! In a tribute like this, written for the media, there is[Read More…]

by 25/04/2018 1 comment India
DTC’s Contractual Staff Hit By Discrimination, Low Wages

DTC’s Contractual Staff Hit By Discrimination, Low Wages

Venkadarath Saritha, a 30-year-old contractual bus driver with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has not taken a day off from her work from last three months – not even on Sundays.  She drives a bus for eight hours daily and repercussions of not turning up on duty include a cut from her already meager salary. Saritha is among 12,000 contractual employees[Read More…]

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Kerala’s ‘Whatsapp Hartal’ For Asifa:  Troubling Questions That Need Answers

Kerala’s ‘Whatsapp Hartal’ For Asifa:  Troubling Questions That Need Answers

The busting of the Hindutva racket who tried to foment communal tension in Kerala in the name of the ‘People’s Hartal’ on 16th of this month has sent shock waves through Kerala society. The hartal was called through Whatsapp groups to protest the gruesome rape and murder of the Kathua minor girl. Since the sponsors remained anonymous, no organisation claimed[Read More…]

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Full Text Of Dr Kafeel Khan’s Letter, The Tragic Hero Of Gorakhpur Hopital Tragedy

Full Text Of Dr Kafeel Khan’s Letter, The Tragic Hero Of Gorakhpur Hopital Tragedy

Dr Kafeel Khan who managed to save the lives of a number of children in the last August’s Gorakhpur hopital tragedy where 63 children died within a span of five days for a lack of supply of oxygen cylinders has written a heart rending letter from jail, where he is lodged without bail for the last seven months. In the[Read More…]

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The  Body  And  Dress  Code  In  Indian  Political  Discourse

The  Body  And  Dress  Code  In  Indian  Political  Discourse

The   exchange  of  banters  between  the  outgoing  veteran  Congress  MP  Renuka  Chaudhury and  India’s  Vice-President  Venkaiah  Naidu in  the  Rajya  Sabha,  during  the  ceremony  to  bid  farewell  to  her  and  other  retiring  MPs ,  has  taken  an  ugly  turn.  In  her  farewell  speech  Renuka  Chaudhury  while  addressing  Naidu (who  is  also  the  Rajya  Sabha  Chairman),  in  a  self-deprecating humorous  vein [Read More…]

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Judge, Justice And Aquital!

Judge, Justice And Aquital!

A black week for our venerated democratic institutions got a tad darker on Friday. In a whirlwind 5 days we have witnessed acquittals of murder convicts, votives of militant hate and architects of massacre. With the second ever impeachment motion against a Supreme Court Judge, no less the Chief Justice himself  (first ever), the country stands at a precipice, an[Read More…]

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Will India Take the Road Less Travelled – and Make All the Difference?

Will India Take the Road Less Travelled – and Make All the Difference?

The social ferment presently being witnessed all over India and abroad, where the Indian diaspora has spread out, is the background in which Modi has set out on his latest whistle-stop tours abroad.The month of April has been very restive, with country-wide Bandh call on 2nd April by the Dalits who constitute about 17% of India’s population. This was followed[Read More…]

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UGC move to grant Autonomy: Jeopardising Accessibility, Equity and Quality

UGC move to grant Autonomy: Jeopardising Accessibility, Equity and Quality

                                The recent UGC move to grant autonomous status to 62 educational institutions have been hailed in various quarters. MHRD has praised it and have equated the move to grant autonomous status to Universities with “New economic policies of 1991”. The new move has been[Read More…]

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Why JNU Would Be Difficult To Save?

Why JNU Would Be Difficult To Save?

Through the title I don’t want to shed a sense of pessimism about the future of Jawaharlal Nehru University, instead my attempt is to lay bare the context which is indeed very frustrating and demotivating. Also, being in the campus from the last two year it seemed to me that somewhere down the line a crisis is also emanating from[Read More…]

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People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions

People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions

People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions was held at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on April 11-13, 2018. The tribunal was organised by the People’s Commission on Shrinking Democratic Space in India (PCSDS). The jury panel of the tribunal comprisedJustice (Retd.) Hosbet Suresh, Justice (Retd.) B.G. Kolse Patil, Prof. Amit Bhaduri, Dr. Uma Chakravarty, Prof. T.K. Oommen,[Read More…]

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Finding Hope In An Era Of Darkness

The Challenge is to rise above this hatred and divisiveness and create a new narrative of courage, beauty of diverse life and love. It seems that we as a nation, in India, are experiencing a free fall to some unimaginable abyss. Every day brings news of ever more grisly, convoluted crimes planned not by some petty dirty criminals, but far[Read More…]

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Is India Fast Becoming A Dysfunctional Democracy?

Is India Fast Becoming A Dysfunctional Democracy?

When hate invades the human mind, there is no limit to brutal atrocity.  On April 10, a  Guardian story showed a video in which there is cheering as an Israeli sniper shoots an unarmed Palestinian a considerable distance away.  Shown on TV in Israel, it has been the subject of some introspective debate.  Then there is news from Kashmir to[Read More…]

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 There Are ‘Farmers’ And Farmers —A Postscript to Maharashtra Farmers’ Long March 

 There Are ‘Farmers’ And Farmers —A Postscript to Maharashtra Farmers’ Long March 

Even the establishment media ultimately could not underplay the Farmers’ March from Nasik to Mumbai in March 2018. And not long ago we saw the Farmers’ Strike in Maharashtra; that happened in June 2017. All the pictures those protests presented showed a queer image of Maharashtra, a state which is set to be a Trillion $  economy by 2025 [[1]][Read More…]

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Karnataka Assembly Elections: Its Nationwide Implications

Karnataka Assembly Elections: Its Nationwide Implications

  So, this summer as the sun blazes all over,there will be scorching political heat as well.The much awaited poll bugle in Karnataka has been blown and preparations for the showdown are on. We will be witnessing an intensely fought poll battle in the recent times.Political parties are in full swing to prepare the ground and this battle of throne[Read More…]

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People’s Tribunal On Attack On Educational Institutions

People’s Tribunal On Attack On Educational Institutions

In the face of increasing attacks on democratic space including higher education institutions, students’ bodies, teachers and civil rights activists, a number of civil society organisations have come together to form PCSDS. This Commission is holding its first people’s tribunal on attack on educational institutions from 11th April to 13th April where over 120 testimonies of students and professors will[Read More…]

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Inequitable ‘ToR’ under the Fifteenth Finance Commission—Ominous Signals

Inequitable ‘ToR’ under the Fifteenth Finance Commission—Ominous Signals

  The Fifteenth Finance Commission’s (FFC) Terms of Reference (ToR) have generated a lot of criticism across a wide spectrum of thinking, especially among the South Indian states. The States which have already been affected with the winding up of the Planning Commission, as well as with the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, are up in[Read More…]

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Why Mid-Day Meal Workers Are Opposing Privatization In Assam

Why Mid-Day Meal Workers Are Opposing Privatization In Assam

Mid-day Meal Workers in Assam are up in arms against the privatisation of the mid-day meals scheme for schools in the State and demanding better pay As we went up the narrow steps to the CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Union) office in Chandmari in Guwahati, we were ushered into a room with no natural light, and could vaguely make[Read More…]

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The gross social injustice of JNU’s new admission policy

The gross social injustice of JNU’s new admission policy

Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led regime took charge of Jawaharlal Nehru University by appointing M. Jagadesh Kumar as its new vice-chancellor, it has demonized this prestigious university as a “den of anti-nationals”. Other Hindutva blows included attempts to dismantle its secular and progressive character, accelerate the already ongoing privatization and scuttle the already shrinking democratic and dissenting spaces. Moreover,[Read More…]

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India ‘Acche Din’ Spoof And US Counterpart Version

India ‘Acche Din’ Spoof And US Counterpart Version

It was with a combination of dismay, delight and amusement that I watched the following two minute spoof because in an offhand way, it reminded of my own government’s lies (and for which many naive voters fall every time that there is going to be a new election for particular government offices).  After watching the spoof, I imagined my own[Read More…]

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The Cost Of Social Justice And The Protest Of TISS Students

The Cost Of Social Justice And The Protest Of TISS Students

Students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai have demonstrated an unprecedented protest in the history of their institute campuses at Mumbai, Guwahati, Tuljapur and Hyderabad. TISS is a deemed to be university as per University Act 1954 (3 of 1956) No. F,1122/62U2 fully funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) /Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India[Read More…]

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Dalit Protest Paralyse India: Five Dead

Dalit Protest Paralyse India: Five Dead

Protests that swept north India have cost five lives today as Dalit groups tried to enforce an all-India shutdown over a Supreme Court order. In Madhya Pradesh, four people died during clashes and a man was killed in firing in Rajasthan’s Alwat. Violence was also reported from parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Punjab came to a standstill[Read More…]

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Current Debate on Federalism

Current Debate on Federalism

In recent days, South Indian leaders including Karnataka CM, K Siddaramiah  and Andhra Pradesh CM, Chandrababu Naidu  (others include DMK working president MK Stalin, Jana Sena Leader Pawan Kalyan) have spoken in one voice against the 15th Finance Commission — arguing that it is unfair to South Indian states. The bone of contention is a directive, in the terms of reference, given to the Finance[Read More…]

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#Metoo against the State when University is turned into an occupied territory

#Metoo against the State when University is turned into an occupied territory

The present Indian state is treating JNU as an occupied territory. State-sponsored violence and molestation against the students call for a #metoo moment against the state. Co-Written by Amrita Datta and Arani Basu A piece of land with people – young and old, vibrant, thinking beings. Police posts in and around the land. Random police raids of homes of these[Read More…]

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The Future of Higher Education in India in the Age of Crony Capitalism

The Future of Higher Education in India in the Age of Crony Capitalism

  Co-Written by Amit Kumar & Skand Priya Ever since the MHRD made its intentions clear to grant autonomous status to institutions of higher education as a result of which 60 institutions have already been granted autonomy including 5 central universities and 21 state universities, teachers’ movement at University of Delhi has become extremely charged and committed in its fight to[Read More…]

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Digitisation For Selling Privacy!

Digitisation For Selling Privacy!

(Even though digitisation of various services has helped a lot yet it has adversely affected personal privacy) The Facebook/Analytica scam has shaken the digital world. There are allegations about the use of personal data during last US elections. According to the expose the information about people is being collected, stored and processed to produce psychographic profiles that can judge peoples’[Read More…]

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Moneylenders Still Rule The Roost

Moneylenders Still Rule The Roost

    “In general, the rural moneylender as a species has proved surprisingly resilient, even in countries such as India and Indonesia where it has been a declared objective of state intervention in financial markets to suppress him.” — Hulme and Mosley, Finance Against Poverty A sense of deep despair runs through the lives of farmers in India. They have lost[Read More…]

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