India

A Bakarwal tribal on the move (Image for representative purpose only)

Indianisation aka Colonisation of Kashmir’s Forests

“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast/ Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast!” (If there is a paradise on earth/ It is this, it is this, it is this!”) When Amir Khusrau, the famous Sufi poet of 13th century lavished his praise on Kashmir with this Farsi couplet, he would never have anticipated a day that centuries after befall the same land, when its beauty[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

A Comprehensive Analysis of Three Controversial Farm Laws

Introduction It is rare for any legislation to become the rallying point of such large-scale and prolonged opposition as the three farm laws enacted together this year in India have become. The biggest  farmers’ movement of recent times in India has emerged to protest against this ‘kala kanoon’ or black laws as these three laws have been repeatedly labeled by[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
Video Montages On The Historic Farmers’ Struggle

Video Montages On The Historic Farmers’ Struggle

I am Aniketh Brian Madhok from Kolkata, West Bengal, The Republic of India. I am 17 years old and in the 11th Grade. I would like to take this opportunity to present my work in support of the Farmers’ Agitation which is currently on-going in India as of December 2020. The following are my own SHORT YouTube clips on the[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
‘Sabji Cooler’ in Hockey Land: Empowering women, helping farmers

‘Sabji Cooler’ in Hockey Land: Empowering women, helping farmers

Ever heard of ‘Sabji Cooler’ or the zero-cooling chamber? It is a refrigeration unit built indigenously that runs without power and helps farmers preserve their vegetables for days. And this has been made possible in Odisha’s Sundargarh district which is known as mecca of Indian hockey and has produced many hockey legends. Today, farmers of this tribal-dominated district have been[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
Vanita Pise: A Woman Leads A Farm Revolution

Vanita Pise: A Woman Leads A Farm Revolution

There is a tempest in India’s farmlands even as their tillers wage an extraordinary crusade for alleviating age-old distresses. Away from the bustle of the raging storm in the Delhi-National Capital Region is a small semi-literate group of women farmers in a remote hinterland who are assiduously managing a farmer producer company (FPC) to help alleviate the woes of other women growers[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
Original image courtesy : Vikar Syed

How have Indians failed J&K and its people?

The discussion on what should happen with Jammu & Kashmir has always been an interesting one, with no feasible, sustainable solution that can ensure peace in the valley on the table. While as an Indian, one might think of the J&K for its strategic location benefits for the military purpose, and the utter pride to say that such beautiful heaven[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
From Mass Agriculture to Corporatisation of Agriculture

From Mass Agriculture to Corporatisation of Agriculture

Modi and His Washington Masters in Dismantling of Agricultural Economy and Food Security in India The surge of wealth of Indian billionaires and the Modi led BJP government’s onslaught on poor, marginalised and farmers continue to grow simultaneously as masses face annihilating pandemic of Coronavirus. There is 90 % rise of Indian billionaire’s wealth over last one decade. It is[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 India
Illustration by Dominic Xavier : Courtesy : Rediff. com

Leading  economists of India support  the farmers’ demand to repeal the Farm Acts

Ten leading  economists of India wrote a letter to the Union government and supported the farmers’ demand to repeal the Farm Acts. The letter dated December 17, 2020 is as follows: To Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India. Dear Sir, Sub: Serious concerns from economists regarding the recent Farm Acts, which merit[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 India
Is the RTI Act working right?

Is the RTI Act working right?

RTI Act is supposed to be the most influential of Acts because unlike other Acts, this is one which is implemented by the people. Thus, this act is a true representation of the democracy. But in the current context of the country, is it really able to represent the different factions and bring out the much-needed transparency? In order to[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 India
The Power and Resistance of Jantar Mantar in India

The Power and Resistance of Jantar Mantar in India

The ongoing farmers agitation on the outskirts of Delhi is not a symbol of proletariat against bourgeois rather a sign against institutions including government and electronic media. The farmers are willing to go to Jantar Mantar to hold protests against three laws which they found against the interests of both the farming and farmers. Why do farmers need Jantar Mantar?[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Make Successful Farmers’ Struggle and Defeat the pro-Corporate Policies of BJP

Statement of POP in solidarity with farmers struggle Last 25 days thousands of Farmers are protesting at the Delhi border along with their wives and children in the coldest winters of Delhi against the anti- farmer laws and the electricity bill enacted by the BJP central government. These laws are(1) the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act,[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 India
Diversity In Corporates, Where Do We Stand?

Diversity In Corporates, Where Do We Stand?

The idea of diversity being practised today, in a large number of Indian firms, is mostly shallow. Diversity is all-encompassing, which includes but is not limited to gender; it is a process of inclusion in every act you undertake or plan to pursue. It is context-specific too; the diversity that is required to be there in place in Indian firms[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 India
Beyond Economic Issues, There is Need to Also Look Carefully at Social Distress and Disruption in Villages

Beyond Economic Issues, There is Need to Also Look Carefully at Social Distress and Disruption in Villages

Debates on rural distress generally take place only or mainly in the context of economic issues. Certainly economic issues, and related issues like those of technological change, are very important for understanding rural distress but at the same time it will not be proper to try to have an understanding based only on economic issues while ignoring important aspects of[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 India
Rahul Gandhi (C), President of India's main opposition Congress party, his mother and leader of the party Sonia Gandhi and India's former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) display copies of their party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi, India, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India will have to move to collective federal spirit beyond one man one party one market one family

When the focus of the country’s intellectuals, activists, journalists should be on the immediate challenge before us particularly the issues of agrarian sector and farming communities who have been protesting against the three farm bills, ‘liberals’ and ‘seculars’ seems to have now been obsessed with the Gandhi family. The fulminations of Ram Chandra Guha, an elite brahmanical secularist, against the[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 India
The Strenuous Activism Behind MGNREGA – In Conversation With Ashish Ranjan

The Strenuous Activism Behind MGNREGA – In Conversation With Ashish Ranjan

MGNREGA has been a controversial scheme, politically, since its inception in the year 2006. Some politicians has referred to it as a means for menial jobs to poor, while some others claim it as a symbol of erstwhile UPA government’s failure. But undeniably it is the only employment scheme that directly benefits the unemployed poor and downtrodden. It is quite[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 India
Trust Issue with MSP

Trust Issue with MSP

It would perhaps not be incorrect to say that the overview of the recently passed farm bills is to say that the farmers, rotting in the clutches of the APMCs, will now finally be liberated by the corporates. Seemingly, the farmers in this country will now have wings to fly, out in an open market, exercising choices. But what have[Read More…]

by December 20, 2020 India
Anti-Conversion Law in UP “An aim to resurrect the old venom of curbing ‘Love Jihad’ from the buried casket – This time with vengeance”

Anti-Conversion Law in UP “An aim to resurrect the old venom of curbing ‘Love Jihad’ from the buried casket – This time with vengeance”

Are you an adult and thinking of getting married? Do you believe you have the freedom to marry the partner of your choice, even if he/she is from a different caste? If you think the answer to this question is ‘Yes’ on the premise of the Fundamental Rights granted by the Indian Constitution, then your beliefs are soon going to[Read More…]

by December 20, 2020 India
Reforms Which Can Help to Improve Crop Procurement Significantly

Reforms Which Can Help to Improve Crop Procurement Significantly

Procurement of various crops from farmers at a fair price by the government is an integral part of the farm and food system of India. This can be reformed in various ways—reducing costs while improving income of farmers and overall food security. When various crops are being harvested in a village, the government should procure a part of the staple[Read More…]

by December 20, 2020 India
Encourage and Increase Procurement of Millets, Pulses and Oilseeds at Fair Price

Encourage and Increase Procurement of Millets, Pulses and Oilseeds at Fair Price

One of the several important aspects of debate on farm and food sector is that there should be more encouragement to increasing production of pulses, oilseeds and millets. This will be very good for nutrition and health of people, good for farm ecology and good for the self-reliance ( atma-nirbharta)  of the country as well as its rural communities. One[Read More…]

by December 20, 2020 India
New farm laws will impoverish rural India, eventually lead to collapse of PDS

New farm laws will impoverish rural India, eventually lead to collapse of PDS

All sections of society — farmers, agricultural labourers, small shopkeepers — must oppose the new farm laws and hold the central government accountable for trying to jeopardise the country’s food security. Farmers across the country are agitating in a single voice for the rollback of the recently enacted farm laws. The new laws have the potential to restructure Indian agriculture[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 India
93rd Anniversary of Kakori Martyrs

93rd Anniversary of Kakori Martyrs

Remembering their egalitarian-secular ideology and joint martyrdoms can be a bulwark against the Hindutva onslaught On August 9, 1925 a group of Indian revolutionaries affiliated to the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) which included Chandershekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil, Rajender Lahiri, Roshan Singh, Manmathnath Gupt and others waylaid the British Government treasury loaded on a passenger train at Kakori[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Farmer Protests: Why government need to pay heed to our food producers?

Farmer protests throughout the country have now been going on for quite a while without any ending in the sight. These protests came into force when government introduced 3 new farm bills: Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services; Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill. Government’s rationale behind[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 India
Sikh priest’s suicide exposes double speak of the ruling BJP and its apologists

Sikh priest’s suicide exposes double speak of the ruling BJP and its apologists

The recent death of Baba Ram Singh, who shot himself in protest against the repression of agitating farmers in India, has revealed the true colours of those in power. Singh was associated with the Sikh sect of Nanaksar in Karnal, Haryana. On Wednesday, December 16, he shot himself dead, leaving behind a suicide note explaining the reason behind his action.[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 India
Health and Wealth in India – Farmers’ Lives Matter

Health and Wealth in India – Farmers’ Lives Matter

To appreciate what is happening to agriculture and farmers in India, we must first understand how the development paradigm has been subverted. Development used to be about breaking with colonial exploitation and radically redefining power structures. Today, neoliberal dogma masquerades as economic theory and the subsequent deregulation of international capital ensures giant transnational conglomerates are able to ride roughshod over[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
Kakori Martyrs Are Symbols of Courage, Unity and Harmony

Kakori Martyrs Are Symbols of Courage, Unity and Harmony

In the year 1927 a glorious chapter of the freedom movement came to an abrupt end as four young men were hanged to death for their courageous contribution to the independence of their country from colonial rule. Three of them attained martyrdom on December 20 and one on December 17, all in jails of the then United Provinces ( present[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
Two Tales of Farmers’ Agitation: Gandhi’s Against the British & Farmers’ Against Modi

Two Tales of Farmers’ Agitation: Gandhi’s Against the British & Farmers’ Against Modi

It was in 1917 that Gandhiji visited Bihar for the first time. He was pursued and persuaded by one Raj Kumar Shukla, a peasant from Champaran, to come to the rescue of the peasants against their exploitation by the British planters under the ‘Teen Kathiya system’. The peasants in Champaran were forced to cultivate indigo in three kathas out of[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
Protesting Farmers And Workers Cannot Be Dismissed

Protesting Farmers And Workers Cannot Be Dismissed

US president Trump dismissed Christopher Krebs, director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Reason? Krebs had disputed Trump’s contention that the presidential election had fraudulent ballots and software glitches that changed millions of votes. Krebs spoke his “truth”, which did not match president Trump’s “truth”. Krebs paid the price by losing his job. In our country in recent[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
We Need Wider Opposition Unity, Denigrating  Gandhi-Nehru Family and  Congress Will Not Help

We Need Wider Opposition Unity, Denigrating  Gandhi-Nehru Family and  Congress Will Not Help

India and Indian democracy have been passing through difficult times. A many –sided effort is needed to check the decline and take effective steps to protect democracy, plurality, harmony, equality, justice, environment and livelihoods. Public spirited intellectuals, like various other sections of society, can contribute much to this effort, if they are suitably  humble and polite, do not try to[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
Farm Bills, Farmer resistance and Livelihoods

Farm Bills, Farmer resistance and Livelihoods

India is witnessing the farmer protests which is being described as the largest protest in history. Delhi has become the epicenter of the protests with protests by farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh. About 1.2 million farmers are said to have thronged to the capital or in Singhur border along with about 96 thousand tractors. About 500 farm[Read More…]

by December 17, 2020 India
Wider Implications of Controversial Farm Laws Also Need Attention

Wider Implications of Controversial Farm Laws Also Need Attention

There have been widespread and prolonged protests by farmers against three controversial farm laws enacted this year in a great hurry in India , the primary reason being that these are widely perceived by protesting farmers to be against their interests. This has been widely discussed, but it is necessary to look also at some of the wider implications of[Read More…]

by December 17, 2020 India
Contempt of Court Proceedings Against Kunal Kamra

Contempt of Court Proceedings Against Kunal Kamra

Attorney General KK Venugopal has given consent to a contempt plea against Kunal Kamra for his tweets on the Supreme Court order of granting interim bail to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. In his consent letter, the attorney general said that Kamra’s tweets were “highly objectionable” and it “constitutes criminal contempt of court”. Background  The tweets by Kunal Kamra which are at the background of the contempt[Read More…]

by December 17, 2020 India
A nonsense called ‘Hurting the religious sentiments’

A nonsense called ‘Hurting the religious sentiments’

In an interview, Saif Ali Khan, who is playing the role of Ravan in the film ‘Adipurush’, had said that the film will show the ‘humane’ side of Ravan. He added, “It’s interesting to play a demon king, less strictures in that. But we will make him humane, up the entertainment quotient, justify his abduction of Sita and the war[Read More…]

by December 17, 2020 India
Twenty years of Maikanch police firing

Twenty years of Maikanch police firing

Twenty years back, on this day of 16 December 2000, three tribals had died and seven people were injured in a police firing at Maikanch village in Kashipur of Rayagada district, Odisha for opposing establishment of bauxite mines and alumina plant of Utkal Alumina- Aditya Birla Company. The tribals of the region had a dream to live with self-respect on[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
Farmers’ Agitation: A Conspiracy Going Around Delhi, As Modi Says Or …?  

Farmers’ Agitation: A Conspiracy Going Around Delhi, As Modi Says Or …?  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dec 15 Tuesday said that a conspiracy is going around Delhi. The PM was speaking at the inauguration of mega energy projects in Kutch, in his home state Gujarat. The PM’s statement came even as the farmers’ agitation across the country entered its 20th day. Five rounds of talks between the government and the farmers[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
Farmers’ Struggle Gathers Momentum

Farmers’ Struggle Gathers Momentum

I simply do not have an adjective in the dictionary to sum up the intensity of the farmers resistance in Delhi. History continues to be re-written like an inextinguishable light. It is reminiscent of a protracted war launched by an army against unflinching odds, confronting the enemy in the very belly. Each and every day it is further consolidating. With[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
Homelessness In India

Homelessness In India

Brief Background: Definition of Homelessness: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which is adopted by the UN General Assembly defines “‘Homeless’ as those who do not live in a regular residence due to lack of adequate housing, safety, and availability”. (Urban homeless India: Miseries untold and Promises unmet, 2017) The UN Economic and Social Council also defines homeless in[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
Why did Mahagathbandhan lose in Bihar?

Why did Mahagathbandhan lose in Bihar?

This time the election was held under the eye of digital gadgets and the Internet when every hand was carrying a smartphone at least having an account on Facebook, WhatsApp and other social networking sites. Assembly elections were held in a very peaceful atmosphere with guidelines amid Covid-19 followed strictly. Both administration and political parties are subject to congratulations for[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
A Kind Heart is Needed to Resolve Issues of Farmers, Workers and Troubled Fellow-Citizens, Not A 56 Inch Chest

A Kind Heart is Needed to Resolve Issues of Farmers, Workers and Troubled Fellow-Citizens, Not A 56 Inch Chest

In democracies leaders are called upon time and again to resolve protests of people. In fact this is a primary responsibility of democratically elected leaders and the sense of responsibility should be all the greater for leaders who have received  enormous respect and trust of people, like a leader like Shri Narendra Modi of India. Time and again people of[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
Family planning: Where have all the people gone?

Family planning: Where have all the people gone?

Family Planning was a lynchpin of our health services at one point of time especially in the seventies and it almost resulted in health services becoming an ancillary and  essential health programs getting overshadowed by intensive drives and forcible sterilizations.  This also led to negative stereotyping of health services in many states of India. India evolved a comprehensive national population[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
Why Hindutva is really about dominant vision of capitalism in India

Why Hindutva is really about dominant vision of capitalism in India

After the rise of Mr Narendra Damodardas Modi led BJP, Indian media, capitalist classes and their liberal hunks have ostensively argued for him as the only alternative for a strong and developed India. Mr Narendra Modi was projected as a messiah of the masses. There is no alternative to the Modi’s model of development and economic growth. The Indian and[Read More…]

by December 15, 2020 India
So that India does not become a hypocritical nation!

So that India does not become a hypocritical nation!

Since the beginning of the farmers’ agitation against the three new agri-laws, there has been a series of allegations and counter-allegations between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and opposition parties. The pace and volume of allegations and counter-allegations between the government and the opposition increased significantly after the opposition actively supported the Bharat Bandh called by the farmers’[Read More…]

by December 15, 2020 India
Urgent Need to Extend Free Food Rations for At Least Six Months

Urgent Need to Extend Free Food Rations for At Least Six Months

When the government announced special Covid relief and stimulus package, perhaps the most welcomed feature was that of free food grain ( mainly cereals and a little pulse ) for the needy sections of society. Despite several limitations, this fulfilled an important need in a society experiencing widespread hunger in Covid times. When this provision was extended up to November[Read More…]

by December 15, 2020 India
Protesters ask GE to pull plug on coal; firm set to provide turbine for Godda

Protesters ask GE to pull plug on coal; firm set to provide turbine for Godda

The proposed 1,600 MW Godda Power Plant in Jharkhand, to be set up by the Adani Group with the aim of supplying power to Bangladesh, is to get its turbines from General Electric. A press conference on Friday, December 11, 2020, conducted online by civil society groups from Kenya, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Bosnia and Herzegovina urged GE to pull[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Media continues to malign Farmers’ Protests

Media continues to malign Farmers’ Protests

  Instead of listening to the grievances of the farmers and objectively reporting the concerns raised during more than half a month-long farmers’ demonstrations being held around the areas in and around the national capital Delhi, the media is busy maligning them. The pages of newspapers are filled with the negative stories and anti-farmers opinion pieces. The farmers continue to[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
The case of hunger amid an illusion of COVID recovery   

The case of hunger amid an illusion of COVID recovery  

Have we won the fight against COVID? Wait, let us rephrase that. Do you think we have won the fight against COVID? One may assume that we have left the worst behind. After all, amid the Unlock v5, as with its predecessor, the country is finally opening up. One sees the streets bustling, traffic jams jostling and shops abuzz; while[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
The Fact Check Brigadier

The Fact Check Brigadier

Written by Ketan Mundhada, Rohan Saxena and Sai Unmesh In August 2016, Pratik Sinha was accompanying his mother, Nirjhari, on a 10-day protest march from Ahmedabad to Una. Earlier that month, seven Dalits were flogged by a vigilante mob for skinning a dead cow to make leather. Having had previous experience and a reach among the masses from his previous[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Protests are not a disturbance but a tool for a better country: Relation of Indians With Protests

Protests are not a disturbance but a tool for a better country: Relation of Indians With Protests

Around the world, every now and then, we see a large group of people coming together with posters and boards, singing slogans and songs, trying to make a change in the system. These people are either not happy with the current way or are against a future way of doing the things, which are declared by the government in its[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Immediately Repeal Three Farm Laws, Withdraw Cases, Lift Dharna; Then Have Wide-Ranging Democratic Debate

It is inexplicable why the union government is taking so long to resolve an issue which is  so simple to resolve . Millions and millions of people including farmers put their faith in wisdom of Narendra Modi in the last general elections; he was without doubt the biggest vote catcher for the BJP and the NDA. This faith is now[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Bhopal: BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan, addresses a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. BJP has fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, as its candidate against Congress leader Digvijay Singh. (PTI Photo)  (PTI4_17_2019_000160B)

Political Ideology of BJP: Pragya Singh Thakur

Pragya Singh Thakur is no ordinary member of BJP, the ruling dispensation in the country. She is a MP from Bhopal and was also made the member of defense committee before she was removed from that committee for her statement hailing Nathuram Godse. She first came to lime light after the Malegaon blasts, in which six people were killed. Hemant[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Repeal three agriculture laws

Repeal three agriculture laws

Jan Adhikar Mancha supports the ongoing farmers’ movement. Mancha condemns state repression and false propaganda against the movement From the very first day of the call of “Delhi Chalo” programme of the All Indian Kishan Sangarsha Samiti to the observation of International Human Rights day of 10 December, we have been observing the  Goebbelsean  propaganda of  misinformation and disinformation  unleashed[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Assessing Students: Need For a Different Approach

Assessing Students: Need For a Different Approach

“True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.”                                                                                                 – Mahatma Gandhi Reports and Surveys such as the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) by NGO Pratham or National Achievement Survey conducted by NCERT repeatedly point out that the learning outcomes in school children are steadily declining. There can be two aspects to[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
The Plight of Minority Communities in Contemporary India

The Plight of Minority Communities in Contemporary India

India is home to a diverse set of ethnic and religious communities. On most days, people in India enjoy their civil rights and the freedom to profess their religious beliefs. But it is not always the case. Tensions do exist, and in some cases, these tensions escalate into violence. One of the recent incidents that come to mind is the[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Indian Farmers’ protest is inching towards a ‘Movement’

The Indian rightist government, intoxicated by its power induced due to number of seats occupied by its party in the Lower House of Parliament which enabled it to form the government without the need for a political alliance, has assumed power to be absolute. Although it has a dummy alliance under the umbrella named as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA),[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Social Workers in anti-CAA Movements: Lucknow Chapter

Social Workers in anti-CAA Movements: Lucknow Chapter

After its passing on the 11 December 2019, the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), providing pathway to Indian citizenship for refugees from the neighbouring countries on the basis of the religion they belong to, had caused large-scale protests all over India. The news in the initial few month’s period of 2020 was rife with citizens on the street voicing their[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Farmer Protests: No solution in sight?

Farmer Protests: No solution in sight?

The Modi government is facing one of the strongest oppositions since it came to power. And it is not from its biggest rival Congress. Rather it is from the people that Modi government promised to make the life easy for- the farmers of India. The seeds of this massive protest were laid on 27th September 2020 when the president gave[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
What lessons can we learn from Protests in India?

What lessons can we learn from Protests in India?

In the last one decade we are witnessed three major protests in different issues, but the outcome of each protest was the same. The protesters became popular but the issue lost in between the crowd of protesters. The issues are carved to harness more and more crowds irrespective of the issues. The three major protests at least indicate a pattern[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
“Fear I have not, fear I have not, Even if all the world opposes me” : Modi quotes Subramanya Bharati

“Fear I have not, fear I have not, Even if all the world opposes me” : Modi quotes Subramanya Bharati

In November alone, the Allahabad High Court issued orders providing relief to couples in more than 125 cases, web journal livelaw.in reported on Dec.1. They were involved in inter-caste and inter-faith marriages. But UP’s CM, his colleagues in power, and UP police have no fear indeed…they uphold rabid hindutva. PM Narendra Modi quoted Subramanya Bharathi, Tamilnadu’s  great poet, in his[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
Covid-19: Unveiling Digital Division in India

Covid-19: Unveiling Digital Division in India

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, while getting acquainted with new digital modes of learning, it suddenly struck me hard on listening to the plight of a 15-year-old girl, living in a semi-urban area of India and struggling to learn from Zoom classes on the single smartphone of the family being shared between her and four siblings. Plights of children belonging to[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
The Muted Voices of Kashmir

The Muted Voices of Kashmir

Written By Shubham Bijalwan & Abhishek Sanwaria    While media censorship is an issue pestering the entire nation today, the situation in Kashmir is grave. The self-governing territory has become a testing laboratory for several undemocratic practices. Some half a dozen journalists have confirmed the reports of unjust practices being followed by the government authorities to suppress the individuals’ right[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
We The People Will Win… Recalling A Victory

We The People Will Win… Recalling A Victory

Government is on the backfoot with determined farmers, especially from the northern states, protesting peacefully against the Farm Laws. They are joined by farmers and workers countrywide. Whatever the official obfuscations, this is a People’s agitation/ protest against laws which they well understand will do them harm. In present times, barring ritual voting in elections, the will of We the[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
Farmers’ Protest: A National Satyagraha

Farmers’ Protest: A National Satyagraha

‘Sarkar ki asli majburi; ambani, adani, jamakhori’ (The Compulsions of the government is Ambani, Adani and hoarding cum corruption). This is the  slogan that the protesting farmers are raising these days in the course of their nationwide struggle for their dignity and rights. Though very brief, but this slogan expediently and succinctly captures the issue, the farmers are foregrounding. On[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
Emergence Of The Emergency: The Reality Of Protests

Emergence Of The Emergency: The Reality Of Protests

It has been 45 years since the day when entire India was stunned due to a sudden declaration of emergency by the third prime minister of the country. On June 25, 1975, independent India witnessed the start of its darkest chapters. “The President has proclaimed Emergency. There is nothing to panic about.” were the words of Indira Gandhi when she[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Does RSS Have A Positive Agrarian Policy?

In the context of a massive farmer agitation to protect the agrarian productive mass self-respect and future of their age old occupation, it is important to see whether the ruling Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideology has any scope for developing agriculture as against its pro-business ideology. If one looks at the policy documents of the RSS right from 1925 it’s Cultural[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
The Corporate Cannibals

The Corporate Cannibals

First they came for the corner shops And I did not speak out Because I was not a shopkeeper Then they came for the taxis And I did not speak out Because I was not a taxi driver Next they came for travel agencies And I did not speak out Because I was not a travel agent Then they came[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
Quality in Higher Education, Role of Teachers and Challenge of Technology

Quality in Higher Education, Role of Teachers and Challenge of Technology

Published as Introduction in Chowdhury A. and Alok John (Ed.). Excellence in Higher Education: Emerging Concerns and the Road Ahead. N Delhi: Rajesh Publications. 2020. Introduction Policy makers in India have constantly strived to provide greater access to high quality education to youth. This has been the endeavour since independence70 years ago.This is also crucial for the demographic dividend that[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
Controlling the fourth pillar of democracy – Media censorship in Kashmir

Controlling the fourth pillar of democracy – Media censorship in Kashmir

Media censorship by the Indian government has become a large issue in Kashmir, the government’s actions being unchecked in deciding what news should reach the Kashmir citizens. The freedom of the press and thus the citizens is under serious threat since the government has taken over the power to control every single news that goes out and ensure a positive[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 India
Farmer Protests Expose Nexus Between Rulers and Corporates

Farmer Protests Expose Nexus Between Rulers and Corporates

Enlarged farmers’ protests at Delhi that succeeded in mustering active support from adjoining states have forced the Modi government to leave its earlier stand that the Farm Act would bring ‘bonanza’ for the farmers. And in a way of confessing its error, the government has come down with a negotiating proposal for amending the Acts. But by exhibiting trust-deficit in[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 India
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Election 2020: Divisive Politics and Blurring of Regional Sentiment

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Election 2020: Divisive Politics and Blurring of Regional Sentiment

Written by Md Rahat Hasan & Mohd Shahwaiz The election of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), 2020 perhaps characterized the most happening civic body election in the history of India. The reason behind gaining attention of media and political pundits was the extreme level of politics of polarization played by both Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and AIMIM. The GHMC consists[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 India
Jharkhand: The Trauma of Development and Displacement

Jharkhand: The Trauma of Development and Displacement

Written by Dr. Md Afroz & Md Tabrez Alam ‘Bad governance fails government’ is being used synonymously to refer to the fragile political system. A democratic state transform citizens aspiration into policy documents and it barely take chance to legislate anti-people policy. Unfortunately, most developing countries political system functions under the influence of crony capitalism that compromises people’s aspirations. Jharkhand[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 India
Need to uplift Muslims for inclusive growth

Need to uplift Muslims for inclusive growth

With the idea of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2026 and Hindutva ideology gaining momentum, concerns related to marginalized communities, in particular Muslims, have somewhat taken a backseat. With nearly 14.2% of the total population, the second-largest religious group of India is constituted of the Muslims. However, when one glances at the socio-demographic statistics in the fields of[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 India
The Imli Andolan of Bastar, 1997

The Imli Andolan of Bastar, 1997

Written by Aman Rathi, Ashutosh Rungta and Darpan Jain It was a fine morning, about 4 AM, in a remote village named Beliyapal, in the state of Chhattisgarh. Shiv Kumari, a tribal woman of around 40 years, readied herself to make her way to the jungle. She would walk about 5-6 km deep in the wilderness with a basket ready[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Message from Women’s Movement to Farmers

Today women and men in the farmers’ struggle are standing shoulder to shoulder at the Delhi borders. This movement is a symbol in the history of India—a symbol of freedom, of voices, of ideas, of protests, of slogans, of resolutions. This is not just a farmers’ struggle; it is a joint campaign of all of us, of children, women and[Read More…]

by December 11, 2020 India
Too Much Democracy?

Too Much Democracy?

Too Much of Democracy has derailed our economic ‘growth’ says CEO of Niti Ayog, who once professed that ATMs will cease away in the coming years. A ‘devotee’ of Narendra Modi’s ‘digitalisation’ process, Amitabh Kant wanted government to get away from Schools, Colleges and Jails by handing them over to private sector. Now, he is disturbed with the ongoing farmers[Read More…]

by December 10, 2020 India
Many-Sided Rural Crisis and 12 Groups

Many-Sided Rural Crisis and 12 Groups

An important strength of India is that about two-thirds of its people live in villages. As the world grapples with life-endangering environmental problems, the rural base of a country can be an important source of resilience in protecting life-nurturing conditions and getting close to self-reliance in terms of meeting basic needs. However in the absence of proper priorities and policies, [Read More…]

by December 10, 2020 India
The New Farm Laws: A Critique and a way forward

The New Farm Laws: A Critique and a way forward

It is not every day that one needs a doctor, a lawyer, a policemen or a priest, but everyday, three times a day, you need a farmer. Farmers are not a homogenous community. There are caste and class differences because, among land-owning farmers, the socio-economic spectrum of farmers is huge. At one end are wealthy, university-educated farmers with large land-holdings,[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
11 States Survey finds acute situation of hunger across the country

11 States Survey finds acute situation of hunger across the country

Over two-thirds say nutritional quality has worsened and quantity has reduced (in September-October) compared to pre-lockdown The Right to Food Campaign is shocked with the worsening  situation of hunger, although it is more than five months since the lockdown has ended. This emerged in the presentation of the Hunger watch study carried out by Right to Food Campaign and Center[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
Standing with Farmers in Solidarity by CSOs

Standing with Farmers in Solidarity by CSOs

New farm bill 2020:  Why farmers are protesting? Farmers from several Indian states are protesting against three new Agriculture Reforms Acts, that the government says will open up the tightly-controlled agriculture sector to free-market forces. It is claimed that the bills, passed by India’s parliament make it easier for farmers to sell their produce directly to private buyers and enter[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
Odisha Women conduct Gram Sabha to place gender-based violence

Odisha Women conduct Gram Sabha to place gender-based violence

Bhubaneswar: 9th December-A unique Gram Sabha on gender-based violence was organised across 17 districts in Odisha where the meetings were being led by the women as they were holding centre stage to discuss issues that concern them the most. The objective of these Gram Sabha were to ensure the involvement of women in Gram Sabha and place issues that concern[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
Where Is The India Of Our Childhood and Youth?

Where Is The India Of Our Childhood and Youth?

We are living in unusual times. These are uncharted territories for those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s. We were raised in another era with absolutely different values than which exist today and so it is all the more surprising that so many of us have fallen for the bizarre narrative that exists in India today.[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
How Growing Corporatization Has Harmed Farmers and Farming

How Growing Corporatization Has Harmed Farmers and Farming

The most prominent feature of world farming in recent decades has been that of growing corporate control, and this has often been at the expense and interests of farmers. It is important to understand the wide-ranging adverse implications of this  corporatization of farming for the sustainability of farming systems, for the welfare of ordinary farmers and for food-security of the[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
Building narrative to discredit farmers movement dangerous and will never succeed

Building narrative to discredit farmers movement dangerous and will never succeed

As the farmers protest has grown powerful and looking for a long haul, the BJP as well as its ‘information network’ has gone overboard to discredit them. Whatever things happen at the ground, the social media trolls and disinformation has its impact even if we deny them or mock at them. Travelling in the train from Uttar Pradesh give you[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
Open defecation and vulnerable populations

Open defecation and vulnerable populations

It was on October 2, 2019, that PM Narendra Modi declared the completion of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission with the construction of over 107 million toilets – calling India, for once and for all, “Open Defecation Free” (ODF). The announcement came 11 years ahead of the United Nations’ 2030 vision. However, even a year later, experts disagree on the rose-tinted[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Women in the Kisan Andolan and the Niche They Carve

Delhi right now is witnessing an unprecedented outburst of long suppressed agony and muffled voice of the Indian farmers. The protest that started in August 2020 against the three Agricultural Laws bring forth by the NDA government is projecting a shift in its vigor and valor since this November 25th, when the farmers from Punjab and Haryana have decided to[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
RSS affiliate backs protesting farmers, says new Acts only favour companies

RSS affiliate backs protesting farmers, says new Acts only favour companies

In fact “these people ( the bureaucrats ) have even made the Prime Minister give wrong statements about the Acts,” says leader of  BKS.  It shows how the State functions and ruling politicians have to toe the line and sell it to the public. It bulldozes any dissent, even if it is from its own camp.   Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh[Read More…]

by December 8, 2020 India
India’s Farm Policy Should Get Rid of its Green Revolution Myths

India’s Farm Policy Should Get Rid of its Green Revolution Myths

            One of the biggest and most persistent myths of the discourse on agriculture relates to the success of the so-called green revolution. Let’s look at the actual experience of the green revolution (G.R.) in India. In agriculture the period after mid-sixties is generally regarded as the ‘green revolution’ phase of Indian agriculture. The most important feature of this technology[Read More…]

by December 8, 2020 India
Over Hundred Veterans Issue Statement In Support Of Farmers

Over Hundred Veterans Issue Statement In Support Of Farmers

1. Armed Forces Veterans are closely following the unfolding situation of the farmer’s peaceful agitation to repeal the three laws passed by Parliament. We are also aware that workers across sectors have supported the demands of farmers, in addition to peacefully raising objections to amended labour laws. 2. The purpose of this statement is to inform protesting farmers that Armed[Read More…]

by December 8, 2020 India
Massive All India Response To Bharat Bandh Call Of Farmers’ Organisations

Massive All India Response To Bharat Bandh Call Of Farmers’ Organisations

~ Complete Bandh in some states, huge protests all over India ~ More than 50 Lac people participate in 20,000 places to make Bharat Bandh Successful ~ All Sections of common working class people and white-collar workers join Bandh; city streets and markets deserted ~ Organised and Unorganised Sector workers involved in supporting Bandh; Daily wagers sacrifice to make Bandh[Read More…]

Why the manual scavengers still haven’t gotten their rights?

Why the manual scavengers still haven’t gotten their rights?

One of modern India’s great shames is the official failure to eradicate manual scavenging, the most degrading surviving practice of untouchability in the country. – Harsh Mandar, Human Rights Activist Consistent with caste-based custom and centuries-old feudal practices in the country, ‘manual scavengers’ coddle in the practice of manually cleaning excrement from public and private toilets and drains on a[Read More…]

by December 8, 2020 India
ICICI Pru Life: Sponging off India’s poor?

ICICI Pru Life: Sponging off India’s poor?

  Narayan Govind Sagar, a 74-year-old farmer in Sangli district of Maharashtra, holds a Below Poverty Line ration card. He has four acres of land, but ground is rocky and there is little water, so farming is hard. Despite all this, though, he is quite parsimonious and managed to save Rs25,000. He went to the ICICI Bank at Khargani village[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
For the progress of the country, corporate economy must be reined in

For the progress of the country, corporate economy must be reined in

(Report of the Virtual Meet of All India Peoples Front held on 5.12.2020) In order to save the corporate economy undergoing a period of deep economic crisis, the Modi government legislated three anti-farmer acts by passing them in a highly undemocratic manner in Parliament. Similarly, by creating anti-worker Labour Code, all the rights acquired after long struggles have been trampled. Even provision has[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
Undue Delay by the Union Government in Accepting the Key Demands of Farmers’ Movement is Harmful for Everyone

Undue Delay by the Union Government in Accepting the Key Demands of Farmers’ Movement is Harmful for Everyone

There is growing unease at the inexplicable delay on the part of the union government in accepting the well-justified demands of the farmers’ movement. It is by now widely recognized that the three controversial farm laws are not justified and were somehow pushed through with undue hurry. The government representatives have already accepted the need for several amendments and the[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
AIKSCC Calls For Mass Protests On Bharat Bandh Tomorrow

AIKSCC Calls For Mass Protests On Bharat Bandh Tomorrow

AIKSCC APPEALS FOR SUPPORT & SOLIDARITY WITH “BHARAT BANDH” ON DECEMBER 8 – CALLS FOR MASS PROTESTS BY ALL DEMOCRATIC & PROGRESSIVE MASS ORGANISATIONS, TRADE UNIONS, TRADERS, ASSOCIATIONS & GUILDS This is an appeal from All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) to all democratic & progressive mass organisations across India including trade unions, students’ organisations, women’s organisations, teachers’ organisations,[Read More…]

NAPM Supports The Bharat Bandh On 8th December

NAPM Supports The Bharat Bandh On 8th December

Withdraw the 3 Pro-Corporate, Anti-Farmer Laws:   Uphold Farmers Sovereignty Over Agriculture Historic Farmers Resistance is a Struggle to Reclaim Democracy from Fascists National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM) expresses its complete solidarity with ongoing farmers’ nation-wide protests and endorses the Bharat Bandh on 8th December. The call has come after several rounds of failed negotiation between the protesting farmers in[Read More…]

Dr. Ambedkar’s Agony During His Last Days As Seen In His Agra Speech 

Dr. Ambedkar’s Agony During His Last Days As Seen In His Agra Speech 

  Dr.BR Ambedkar (1891-1956) was remembered across the country on his death anniversary, December 6. It has become a showy ritual for many, more so for the most oppressive, fraudulent and corrupt rulers, the big media ready to give them plenty of coverage that is denied to burning issues of the day. They are interested more in making a stony[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
Support the Bharat Bandh on December 8, 2020

Support the Bharat Bandh on December 8, 2020

Oppose the Modi Government’s farm laws meant to favour the big business and buttress the Centre’s autocracy The UCCRI(M-L) supports the call for a Bharath Bandh on December 8, 2020 given by the various farmers’ organizations to oppose the Modi Government’s farm laws. These farm laws are meant to favour big business houses to enter into production and distribution of[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
 Empowerment of Indian Muslims is critical for The Indian Economy

 Empowerment of Indian Muslims is critical for The Indian Economy

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”                                Mahatma Gandhi Indian economy was in doldrums even before the pandemic. COVID-19 has dealt it a fatal blow. Millions of livelihoods have been lost, millions of families permanently forced into abject poverty. The economists and ruling party politicians have offered various “solutions” which[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
Babri Masjid-wikimedia

Babri Masjid: Derailment Of Civic Politics In India

Co-Written by Dr. Md Afroz & Md Tabrez Alam 6 December 1992 was the day when Babri Masjid was demolished and it was the day when Muslims realised the horrific trailer of Hindu-Rashtra. This was the day of minority’s illusion of equality and egalitarian fade away and the credibility of state badly damaged in failing to provide safety & security[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
Media keeps adding fuel to ‘Love-Jihad’ Fire

Media keeps adding fuel to ‘Love-Jihad’ Fire

  Several Hindi newspapers continue to support “Love-Jihad” law, carrying stories and opinion pieces in upholding it. “Love-Jihad” is an unproven conspiracy theory designed and propagated by the Hindutva forces to demonize the Muslim men for feigning love for the Hindu women. According to the Hindutva narrative, Muslim men marry Hindu women and later convert them into Islam for changing[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
11 Significant Reasons Why Government Should Entirely Rule Out  Use of Force in Dealing With Ongoing Farmer Protest

11 Significant Reasons Why Government Should Entirely Rule Out  Use of Force in Dealing With Ongoing Farmer Protest

On December 5 the 5th round of talks of farmers’ representatives  with the government in Delhi  was not successful, but the situation was redeemed somewhat by a statement made by the Union Agriculture Minister at the end of the 5 hour talks. Speaking in a very gentle voice he told media persons that he would like to thank farmer leaders[Read More…]

by December 6, 2020 India
Punjab Peasantry re-writes history in Delhi

Punjab Peasantry re-writes history in Delhi

The peasantry of Punjab belonging to 32 different organisations of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Commitee have literally written a new chapter in history after igniting a spark into a Prairie fire. Arguably in the entire world has a farmers movement hit such a crescendo. There is hardly a adjective in the dictionary that can do justice to the[Read More…]

by December 6, 2020 India
Hindutva Leviathan

Hindutva Leviathan

The Hindutva governments led by BJP in India are brazenly attacking Muslims, students, journalists, writers, human right activists, youths, farmers and marginalised communities. These assaults are integral to RSS and its ideology of Hindutva politics. The suppression of civil liberty is growing. The independent judiciary and free democratic institutions are abjectly surrendering to the Hindutva project shaped by the crony[Read More…]

by December 6, 2020 India
Caste, Gender And Other Such Issues Should Be Dealt With As Part of Class Struggle     

Caste, Gender And Other Such Issues Should Be Dealt With As Part of Class Struggle     

 Anand Teltumbde in conversation with Vidya Bhushan Rawat “ Sangh Parivar has not begun using Babashaeb Ambedkar today. It started way back in 1980s. Initially, Ambedkar was an anathema to it because of his utterances against its Hindu religion… But when Deoras, the lowest profile Sarsanghchalak, took over the RSS, he gave a clear strategic direction…It was during his period[Read More…]

by December 6, 2020 India
Kerala Science Centre to be named after Golwalkar: A Racist and denigrator of Kerala Hindu women

Kerala Science Centre to be named after Golwalkar: A Racist and denigrator of Kerala Hindu women

According to a statement (December 4, 2020) of the Science and Technology minister Harsh Vardhan a new campus with in the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala would be named “Shri Guruji Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar National Centre for Complex Disease in Cancer and Viral Infection”.  Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar was the second Supremo of the RSS (1940-1973) and the[Read More…]

by December 6, 2020 India
In Support of the Farmer’s Movement

In Support of the Farmer’s Movement

We, the Core Group members of the Vikalp Sangam, stand in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ protests for the repeal of the newly enacted farm laws – The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. We[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 India
5 Crucial Reasons Why the Farmers’ Movement, Despite its Limitations, Deserves Wide Support

5 Crucial Reasons Why the Farmers’ Movement, Despite its Limitations, Deserves Wide Support

The movement of farmers, with its epicenter on the borders of the capital city but also having manifestations in many parts of the country, has attracted widespread attention. This is clearly a very important movement. It is attracting a large number of farmers and getting strong material and emotional support from several sections of society. However attracting a large number[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 India
Farmers’ Movement – An Itching Quandary for the Central Government

Farmers’ Movement – An Itching Quandary for the Central Government

The farmer is the provider of food (Anndata) to the world, but in today’s system, he often has a craving for grains. People thrive in towns and cities using his earnings, but only disasters come in his share. The crop dries due to droughts. Floods submerge fields. But a big disaster over these two comes when the price of the[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 India
Respect The Democratic Right Of Protest, Repeal The Recent Anti-Farmer Legislations

Respect The Democratic Right Of Protest, Repeal The Recent Anti-Farmer Legislations

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties is committed to the defence and promotion of civil liberties in India, irrespective of differences regarding the political and economic institutions that maybe suitable for the country. The aim of the PUCL is clearly to uphold and promote by peaceful means the democratic way of life throughout India. To us it is an article[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
Farmer Protests Questions Indian State’s Neo-liberal Policies

Farmer Protests Questions Indian State’s Neo-liberal Policies

Ongoing farmer protests that turn into an encirclement of New Delhi, the power-center are no longer confined to the securing of assurance of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat and rice in Punjab and Haryana. They have sharpened the sting against Indian policies of neo-liberalism. These policies have already led to the finance-capital control and privatization of health and education[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
21 Compelling Reasons Why the Modi Government Should Accept the Demand for Repealing the Three Farm Laws

21 Compelling Reasons Why the Modi Government Should Accept the Demand for Repealing the Three Farm Laws

On Saturday December 5 the Government of India is scheduled to hold the 5th round of talks with protesting farmers’ movements. There are at least 21 compelling reasons why the government should accept the main demand of farmers for repealing the three controversial laws. These reasons relate mainly to the fact that acceptance of this key demand will be good[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
Indian farmers challenge return of ‘Company Raj’

Indian farmers challenge return of ‘Company Raj’

The ongoing siege of the national capital New Delhi by hundreds of thousands of farmers represents, perhaps, the biggest revolt against ‘Company Raj’ since India’s First War of Independence way back in 1857. While a century and half ago it was the rapacious British East India Company that was the target of the Indian masses this time their ire today[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
Farmers’ Organizations  Can  Strengthen Rural Communities on the Basis of Justice, Environment Protection and Social Reform

Farmers’ Organizations  Can  Strengthen Rural Communities on the Basis of Justice, Environment Protection and Social Reform

Recent events have again demonstrated the strength of farmers’ organizations as a force of resistance, as organizations that have the economic means, social base and moral strength to  offer strong resistance to authoritarian regimes. Hence those interested in bringing more broad-based social change in India should engage with farmers’ organizations on a more regular basis so that justice and equality[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
Corona-year takes away half-a-century Indian journalists

Corona-year takes away half-a-century Indian journalists

As the year 2020, shattered by the Covid-19 pandemic since March, approaches the end India finds itself in an awkward situation as the south-Asian nation has lost over 50 working journalists to the severe health hazard till the first week of December. Thousands of journalists along with other media employees got infected with the novel corona virus as they have[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
Me Too Khalistani

Me Too Khalistani

Ever since the Punjab farmers’ agitation has picked up in India, the followers of the currently ruling right wing Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have started labelling the agitators as separatists. Since the famers from Punjab are predominantly Sikhs, Modi’s troll army and some of his apologists in Bollywood have begun attacking them on social media,[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
Canadian Prime minister’s statement on farmer protest is not an interference in our internal matters

Canadian Prime minister’s statement on farmer protest is not an interference in our internal matters

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has supported the farmers’ peaceful democratic protest in Delhi and hoped that a solution would be found out. Now, this has ‘hurt’ the sentiments of ‘liberal’ ‘deshbhakts’ and they have started questioning Canada’s locus standi on the issue. A great editor even tweeted how Canada, which is ‘inconsequential’ for world politics matter for India.[Read More…]

by December 2, 2020 India
Mainstream The Madrasas, Don’t Shut Them

Mainstream The Madrasas, Don’t Shut Them

Should State-run madrasas be shut and converted into general schools like Assam has proposed, or better it is for Muslim scholars and educationists to prepare a roadmap to initiate modern education in madrasas across the country? At one point, the Centre is reported to have had talks with Aligarh Muslim University, few IIMs and Jamia Millia Islamia to start an[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 India
 Maharashtra and Hindu nationalists

 Maharashtra and Hindu nationalists

Maharashtra has the background of Brahmnic rule under Peshwas. Shivaji established his state in parts of to-days’ Western Maharashtra in the 17th century and that was taken over from Shivaji’s clan by the Chitpavan Brahmins also known as Peshwas. The Peshwa rule was taken over by the English in 1818. The Peshwa rule or Peshwai is considered as horrible rule[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 India
Yes, The Three Controversial Farm Laws Should be Scrapped, But We Also Need to Look Beyond This

Yes, The Three Controversial Farm Laws Should be Scrapped, But We Also Need to Look Beyond This

An important farmers’ movement has emerged in India around the opposition to the three recent controversial farm legislations which are widely alleged to advance corporate interests at the expense of jeopardizing a fair deal to farmers. This has support of many important farmers’ organizations and in addition sections of other social movements have also extended support to the demand for[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 India
The corporatisation of agriculture a death knell for farmers

The corporatisation of agriculture a death knell for farmers

The #FarmersProtest has brought into limelight the dangers of ‘corporatisation’ of agriculture which the farmers organisations know but our ‘economists’ sponsored and funded by big companies continue to provide us ‘data’ of the efficacy of the ‘private sector’. The three bills that the farmers are protesting, particularly from Punjab and Haryana will actually bring death knell to the Minimum Support[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 India
Big Capital & Political Class – A Hoary Collaboration

Big Capital & Political Class – A Hoary Collaboration

On his first visit to Jamshedpur in 1925, Mahatma Gandhi did something that was unthinkable to large sections of the workers of Tisco. Not only did Gandhi agree to attend a grand reception arranged for him by the Tatas, he even accepted a steel casket containing a purse. What angered and saddened the workers the most was that Gandhi should[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 India
Government and the Old Woman in Forest

Government and the Old Woman in Forest

In the not-too-distant past, there was a very senior official .  He was an official of his own kind, very devoted to the welfare of the poorest people. He led a most simple life, so that he could devote himself single-mindedly to the dearest objective of his life which was to work for the welfare of poor and oppressed people,[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 India
India’s Long Standing Jihad Against Love

India’s Long Standing Jihad Against Love

Hinduism has always been under threat by some force or other. The latest and most urgent one, by the sounds of it, is love jihad. It is a plot, according to protectors of the Hindu religion, to take over Hinduism. The aggressor, in this case is the Muslim samaj, which is secretly plotting to take over hinduism by seducing Hindu[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 India
Hey Modi, if you really care for what Nanak preached give some respect to the farmers

Hey Modi, if you really care for what Nanak preached give some respect to the farmers

The Indian Prime Minister’s greetings on the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism sound hypocritical, considering how his police have assaulted agitating farmers from Punjab in the national capital of the world’s so called largest democracy. The Sikhs will celebrate the 551st birthday of Guru Nanak Dev across the globe on Monday, November 30. In his radio address to[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 India
Hindi Press demonizes farmers’ protest, brands them Khalistani terrorists

Hindi Press demonizes farmers’ protest, brands them Khalistani terrorists

While the farmers continue to hold demonstrations near the national capital against the recently-enacted Farm Laws that have facilitated the entry of big corporate players in the agricultural sector, several Hindi newspapers are busy demonizing the movement and linking it to the Khalistani terrorists. Several narratives are being constructed by the media to portray the Farmers’ Protests as unruly, violent,[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Condemn police repression on protesting farmers

Condemn police repression on protesting farmers

PUDR condemns the Haryana Government and the Police for filing cases against farmers protesting against the three farmers and Electricity Act. As per various news reports, Haryana Police have registered cases at Sadar Ambala PS, Baldev Nagar Ambala PS and Dabwali PS against Bhartiya Kisan Union and other farmers’ organizations for allegedly breaking police checkpoints and entering Haryana during the[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Labour Division Between Hindutva Fascism and Capitalism

Labour Division Between Hindutva Fascism and Capitalism

History is about forgetting and remembering within different waves of time. If a society fails to view its present in the mirror of history, that society condemned itself to the dustbin of future. The Indian society is in such a dangerous crossroad. The despicable ideology of Hindutva led by RSS, evil politics of BJP and horrific policies of Modi government[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Why do Hindutva forces feel chilly due to conversion?

Why do Hindutva forces feel chilly due to conversion?

In 1993, the then Congress Government, in Centre, introduced the Religion Bill in Parliament to stop the use of religion in politics. Apparently, the purpose of Congress Government was to stop the temple movement of the BJP. But the opposite happened. The BJP and the Sangh Parivar had promoted the atmosphere of the entire nation with Hindutva by projecting the[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Farmers Protests- A test of People’s Power vs State Power

Farmers Protests- A test of People’s Power vs State Power

After the anti CAA protest at Saheen Bagah in Delhi, the farmers protest is the second protest in Delhi that is currently underway in 2020. Thousands of farmers from Haryana and Punjab have marched towards Delhi to press the central government to repeal the recently enacted farm laws. They are stopped at Haryana Delhi border by the Delhi police using[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Kashmir and Article 370: A Salable Product for BJP During Elections

Kashmir and Article 370: A Salable Product for BJP During Elections

Imagine, you are in the spiritual capital of Andhra Pradesh- Tirupati and a local guide is selling you pictures of Dal Lake Srinagar or for instance you are in Arunachal Pradesh – Ziro, a beautiful town that has been a world heritage site certified by UNESCO and is known for its tribal culture, but local guide is briefing you about[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Demanding Justice, Farmers march on Delhi

Demanding Justice, Farmers march on Delhi

On 26 November, an estimated 250 million workers from different sectors belonging to 10 central trade unions and hundreds of workers associations struck work in what may be the biggest nationwide strike. It is not coincidental that lakhs of farmers of several states chose the same day to march towards Delhi from all directions, opposed by Police at multiple places.[Read More…]

by November 28, 2020 India
Walking for peace: Pandemic halts Gandhi-inspired world march

Walking for peace: Pandemic halts Gandhi-inspired world march

  On Gandhi Jayanti 2019, a group of 50 people, 35 of them Adivasis from different parts of India, set out on what they called a ‘World Peace March’ – the plan was to walk all the way to Geneva, crossing seas by flight and getting permission to cross international borders on foot. They started from the Gandhi Samadhi in[Read More…]

by November 28, 2020 India
Lives of Workers Should Matter

Lives of Workers Should Matter

Contrary to what she is often made out to be, India is not a poor country. Rather, India is a rich country, the majority of whose people are so poor as to have a tough time securing two meals a day. India is a rich country with  multitudes of starving and half-fed men, women and children because practically her entire[Read More…]

by November 28, 2020 India
November 26: Two Notable Features About The Constitution Day And The Massive Struggle  by Workers And  Farmers

November 26: Two Notable Features About The Constitution Day And The Massive Struggle  by Workers And  Farmers

November 26 in India had two notable features: The rulers celebrated Constitution Day and people had a successful strike and protest  by crores of workers and farmers across the country. In both, there is something notable but not much noted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Constitution Day, stressed: “Our Constitution has one very special feature …the importance  given to[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 India
Mr. Prime Minister, Listen To The Farmers

Mr. Prime Minister, Listen To The Farmers

A revolution is happening in India. As usual, the revolution is not being televised. Tens of thousands of farmers are marching to the national capital New Delhi. After preventing them from entering the city for two days, the government was forced to allow their entry. Most of the mainstream media are either ignoring this revolution or calling the agitating farmers[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 India
What will the opposition with individual thinking do?

What will the opposition with individual thinking do?

          Will the parties like SP, BSP, HAM, AAP, LJD etc. be able to compete with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is run by the brain of the expert team of RSS? Of course, currently there are left parties other than the BJP, which are governed by Politburo, that is, through collective thinking or the party’s guide line. But[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 India
250 Million Workers And Farmers Strike Nationwide In India

250 Million Workers And Farmers Strike Nationwide In India

India saw one of the biggest nationwide strikes by workers, joined by protesting farmers today. Several states saw a complete shutdown. Over 250 million workers across sectors participated in the strike, called by 10 central trade unions and hundreds of worker associations and federations. Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana witnessed a complete shutdown while normal life was partially affected[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 India
Farmers have the right to peaceful protest to get their grievances heard

Farmers have the right to peaceful protest to get their grievances heard

The police brutality on the farmers protesting against the farm bill passed by the Parliament need to be unconditionally condemned. The farmers are agitating againsnt these bills since they were passed without proper discussion in Parliament. The fear is that the bills will pave the way for corporatisation of agriculture and will leave the farmers atg the mercy of corporate[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 India
Wasting public money in the name of Beautification

Wasting public money in the name of Beautification

Joggers Park in Bandra in Mumbai is an iconic site and even a Hindi film with the same name has been made with the Park as the location. Sensible people always support the public sector. But in this case it is found that the municipal corporation has created a big mess of it after taking it over from private builders[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 India
RSS Mourned When Indian Constitution Was Passed

RSS Mourned When Indian Constitution Was Passed

The Constituent Assembly (CA) of India passed the Constitution on November 26, 1949 after almost 3 years’ deliberations. It was an amazing contribution in the history of the modern liberal democracies as it was not only the lengthiest constitution in the world history (underlining the fact that the polity it was to govern was diverse and vast) but also created[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 India
Stimulus 3.0 is not a package, not stimulatory either for the economy in recession

Stimulus 3.0 is not a package, not stimulatory either for the economy in recession

The Finance Minister, Nirmala  Sitharaman has announced a series of measures in the name of Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package in order to re-energise the stagnant Indian economy. These measures include credit support for the stress sectors, increasing of job creation, measures to boost the reality sector and tax relief to the homebuyers and developers. The whole amount is Rs. 2.65 lakh[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 India
Political Representation of PwD’s in India

Political Representation of PwD’s in India

The marginalised sections are ubiquitous in world societies. It is the feature of human history which has found its way through a historical process of marginalisation. Marginalisation pushed certain sections of society to the fringes of the social order. It is a systemic way of deprivation and discrimination. Such social groups have limited access to opportunities, restricted freedom of choice,[Read More…]

by November 25, 2020 India
Workers Need Immediate Relief and Wider Role for Trade Unions

Workers Need Immediate Relief and Wider Role for Trade Unions

Workers in India have suffered a lot in recent Covid times, particularly all the workers, migrants or others, who do not have security of employment and a regular salary. Nutrition levels for most of them were inadequate earlier too, but now these have suffered a further steep decline. Access to all other basic needs has also been adversely affected for[Read More…]

by November 25, 2020 India
Support The Country-wide General Strike of November 26, 2020

Support The Country-wide General Strike of November 26, 2020

  The UCCRI(ML) supports the call given by various Central Trade Unions for a country-wide General Strike on November 26, 2020 against the anti-people policies of the NDA Government. The Trade Unions have listed the demands of workers and toilers, thrown into a crisis by the Covid-19 pandemic, withdrawal of the anti-farmer laws and anti-worker labour codes introduced by the[Read More…]

by November 25, 2020 India
State & Big Capital As Buddy-Buddy: The Case Of Tata Steel

State & Big Capital As Buddy-Buddy: The Case Of Tata Steel

Writing in the March 26, 2012 issue of Outlook, Arundhati Roy talks of how since the middle of the first decade of this century, wherever Tisco has gone in search of an easy kill, whether in Chhattisgarh or in Orissa, violence against tribals whose lands the corporate giant sought to take over, has been the order of the day. Roy[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 India
Health experts warn PM Modi against rushing COVID-19 vaccine

Health experts warn PM Modi against rushing COVID-19 vaccine

A group of public health experts in India including Dr Narendra Gupta, based in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan and Dr Gopal Dabade in Karnataka have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider fully the as-yet-unknown consequences of large scale vaccination of the whole population against the SARS-COV-2 disease. This is not a “sound, rational, scientific or intelligent” approach for India, the experts[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 India
Subordination by faith

Subordination by faith

The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in a recent interview to Vivek a hindi Magazine said that most Muslims are very contended in India. A space has been created for them. And that anyone staying in India has to accept Hindu superiority. The theory of Hindu superiority, demand for other religious groups to subordinate oneself to the dominance of Hindu religion[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 India
Law against ‘Love Jihad’ or controlling our ‘individuality’

Law against ‘Love Jihad’ or controlling our ‘individuality’

Love Jihad rhetoric is back in action in almost all the BJP ruled states as they compete each other in proclaiming to bring a law against it to stop the ‘conspiracy’ to convert the Hindu girls into Islam in the guise of ‘love’. The fact is that as a political party, BJP has been active in creating issues and narrative[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 India
Kerala Government Puts On Hold The Controversial Police Act

Kerala Government Puts On Hold The Controversial Police Act

Following public protest against the new Police Act which put curbs on free speech, the left ruled Kerala government has decided to put on hold the implementation of the act. It is not clear whether the government is going to repeal the act. In a statement, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said “the Government of Kerala will not go ahead with[Read More…]

by November 23, 2020 India
Malkangiri Adivasi Sangh: Writing a new epoch in Adivasi liberation

Malkangiri Adivasi Sangh: Writing a new epoch in Adivasi liberation

Commemorating 25th anniversary of spark ignited in Padmagiri-Pandaripani  landmark struggle This week we commemorate 25 years since the launching of the peasant struggle in Padmagiri Pandaripani  in Malkangiri in Orissa which was landmark event in history of Indian revolutionary Movement. Such agitations are the turning point in the seeking of liberation of the oppressed from the clutches of exploiter classes.[Read More…]

by November 23, 2020 India
AIMIM in Seemanchal: Less Identity Politics, More Local Anti-Incumbency and Leadership Crisis

AIMIM in Seemanchal: Less Identity Politics, More Local Anti-Incumbency and Leadership Crisis

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and his leader Asaduddin Owaisi became a hot topic in the Hindi belt of Indian political circles during the Bihar Assembly election – 2020. In the election, AIMIM has won five seats – Kochadhaman, Amour, Bahadurganj, Baisi, and Jokihat – in the Seemanachal region of Bihar. This region comprises Purnia, Katihar, Kishanganj, and Araria districts[Read More…]

by November 23, 2020 India
Jharkhand: The Curse of Development and Displacement

Jharkhand: The Curse of Development and Displacement

Co-Written by Dr. Md Afroz & Md Tabrez Introduction The formation of Jharkhand on the behest of development and change in the life of local people were actually political gimmick to encash the euphoric regional sentiments for power. The ruling national parties used to retreat in policy matters that threatens their political stability in changing political atmosphere due to the[Read More…]

by November 23, 2020 India
New Labour Codes On Wages, Social Security And Occupational Safety And Health

New Labour Codes On Wages, Social Security And Occupational Safety And Health

A Rehash of anti-worker policies, to serve imperialist and Comprador  Big Business interests, in the  name of ease-of-doing-business           There is little that is new in the  labour codes  on wages, social security and occupational safety and health; the measure promises  a few sops, but further nullifies workers’  rights and dilutes enforcement of labour laws.       This is Part-2[Read More…]

by November 23, 2020 India
Hindi Press popularizes anti-woman & anti-Muslim narrative of “Love-Jihad”

Hindi Press popularizes anti-woman & anti-Muslim narrative of “Love-Jihad”

  Several leading Hindi newspapers have brazenly mouthed the Hindutva narrative of anti-woman and anti-Muslim “Love-Jihad” conspiracy theory and justified the proposal of the BJP ruled state to come out with a strong law against it. “Love-Jihad” is a conspiracy theory designed and propagated by the Hindutva forces to demonize the Muslim men for feigning love for the Hindu women.[Read More…]

by November 22, 2020 India
Kerala Brings In Draconian Law Which Curbs Press Freedom

Kerala Brings In Draconian Law Which Curbs Press Freedom

In the Left ruled Kerala state of India, a very stringent amendment in the Kerala Police Act has been implemented from Saturday to curb the offensive and defamatory social media posts. The offenders will face five years in jail, Rs.10,000 fine, or both. The controversial Section 118A was added to Kerala Police Act through an ordinance two months ago and[Read More…]

by November 22, 2020 India
We will all be  gypsies now

We will all be  gypsies now

More than one million nomads of Jammu and Kashmir, mostly from the Gujjar and Bakkarwal communities, who prefer living in temporary sheds or mud houses in the forests and mountains, are facing forcible evictions from the government.  The action has outraged all political and social circles across the region. Contrary to Kashmiri Muslims, the nomads of the Jammu and Kashmir[Read More…]

by November 22, 2020 India
New  “Code on Industrial Relations, 2020” :  United Struggles-   the  only  Way for Working-Class  to Exercise and Protect its Right

New  “Code on Industrial Relations, 2020” :  United Struggles-   the  only  Way for Working-Class  to Exercise and Protect its Right

       There is a debate on what the New Labour Codes recently enacted by the Modi Government  mean for the Working-class of the country. The government and the ruling party are claiming that nearly 29 labour laws of the country are simplified into 4 Codes  without causing any prejudice to the existing rights and benefits of the workers and[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 India
Social media platforms need to act against toxic and bullying messages

Social media platforms need to act against toxic and bullying messages

There is toxicity in the air everywhere but more than that the poison in the virtual world can be the reason for huge damage to our social fabric and democratic society. American media has the spine to stop President Donald Trump’s press conference in between when they felt that he was lying and could pose a danger to the whole[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 India
Citizens Appeal Noam Chomsky To Boycott Tata Literature Event, He Says He’ll Participate

Citizens Appeal Noam Chomsky To Boycott Tata Literature Event, He Says He’ll Participate

Dear Prof. Noam Chomsky, Hope you and your family are keeping well and safe physically in such trying times. We are writing to you after having just discovered that you are scheduled to participate in the Tata Lit Live event, the annual Literature festival by one of the most notorious corporations in India, the Tata Group.  It comes as a[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 India
Targeting freedom of expression?

Targeting freedom of expression?

                   Whether Government of India is extending its censorship power to news and current affairs’? The notification by President Ramnath Kovind extends the power to pre-censor cinema content on the Internet platform. At the same time, does it surreptitiously attempt to censor news and current affairs also? The Constitution of India authorised[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 India
 KBC’s in Soup for its Question on Manu Smriti Burning

 KBC’s in Soup for its Question on Manu Smriti Burning

‘Kaun Banega Karodpati’ (KBC) is probably one of the most successful mega programs on TV channels, with bumper prizes in toe. In its recent episode (Karmayog, November 2020) the host of the show Amitabh Bachan, following the script, asked a question as to which book was burned by Dr. Ambedkar. The correct answer was Manusmriti. The show also had Bezwada[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 India
Homage to revered Comrade Jaswantha Rao  

Homage to revered Comrade Jaswantha Rao  

The Communist movement faced a major loss with the departure of  Comrade Jaswantha Rao, who was the secretary of the Tarimela Nagi Reddy memorial Trust,last August. Sadly he was victim of the Corona epidemic . For over 4 decades he made an invaluable contribution towards shimmering the torch of Marxism- Leninism-Mao Thought as an activist and writer. His most striking[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 India
In defence of Love Jihad

In defence of Love Jihad

‘Love jihad’ is an abhorrent, insidious, reactionary, patriarchal, misogynist and anti-Muslim political project of Hindutva forces to undermine liberal, secular and constitutional democratic society in India. The freedom to love and marry in India is part of the right to life and liberty guaranteed by the Indian constitution. It is further fortified by the Special Marriage Act (1954), which upholds[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 India
Judiciary in controversy: A Backgrounder to developments in AP

Judiciary in controversy: A Backgrounder to developments in AP

  The Hindu Nov 17 reported: “Supreme Court Justice U.U. Lalit who was to hear three petitions seeking action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, has recused himself and has asked the Chief Justice to assign the cases to another Bench. Justice Lalit, who was heading the three-judge Bench hearing the petitions, gave the reason that he[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 India
Caste and Roster Cast Shadows on Objectivity

Caste and Roster Cast Shadows on Objectivity

Recently Justice K Chandru, wrote an article explaining how in the beginning the Chief Justice of India responded to complaints by Bar Association against a sitting Judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court . Former Judge of Madras High Court Justice Chandru pointed out that there were complaints against AP HC Judge Justice P Chandra Reddy, and the then Chief Justice[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 India
Swadeshi Andolan writes to Prez, PM; seek probe into FM’s role in Vodafone tax matter

Swadeshi Andolan writes to Prez, PM; seek probe into FM’s role in Vodafone tax matter

In a recent blog post, former Union finance secretary SC Garg said he sought voluntary retirement from the IAS prematurely as he did not get along with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Now, Swadeshi Andolan, a group of mostly farmer activists who have taken up a large number of public interest issues, has written to President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 India
Hindutva Hindrance to Economic Growth and Development in India

Hindutva Hindrance to Economic Growth and Development in India

The perils of Indian economy are products of directionless economic policies of Modi government. It is led by ignorant leadership and arrogance of Hindutva politics based on exclusionary ideology, which is inspired by European Nazism and fascism. There is a method madness in the reactionary politics of BJP and RSS. It intends to convert multicultural India into a monolithic India[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 India
Manual Scavenging: Why law alone cannot solve the crisis?

Manual Scavenging: Why law alone cannot solve the crisis?

In no country, people are sent to gas chambers to die –Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on manual scavenging The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 aims to bring stricter provisions for the safeguard of the manual scavengers in terms of compensation for sewer deaths, rehabilitation plans and provision of safety equipment at work.[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 India
Jharkhand after 20 Years: Rich State Poor People and Betrayal of Promises

Jharkhand after 20 Years: Rich State Poor People and Betrayal of Promises

Co-Written  by Dr. Md Afroz & MD Tabrez Alam   Jharkhand is considered one among the richest state in contemporary India because of its rich mineral resources and historical legacies of commercial and cultural wealth of past. Despite having industrialized state, it continues to face the challenges of socio-economic depravation; such as poverty, illiteracy, poor health services and discursive politics.[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 India
Caste prejudice: Media claims voters’ memory of “Jungle Raj” cost RJD Bihar Polls 2020 

Caste prejudice: Media claims voters’ memory of “Jungle Raj” cost RJD Bihar Polls 2020 

The mainstream media has again shown its upper-caste character in analyzing the result of the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020. While it has hailed “the Modi magic” for helping the NDA win the state assembly elections, it has blamed the collective memory of Jungle Raj for the defeat of RJD-led Mahagathbandhan. The term ‘Jungle Raj’ means a collapse of law and[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 India
The VM Salgaocar College of Law

Hands Off Our Classrooms

A Statement in Solidarity with Professor Shilpa Singh, Goa, who is being targeted by the Hindutva forces for her rational thinking and teaching Shilpa Singh is a 31-year-old professor of Political Sciences in VM Salgaocar College of Law, Goa (VMSCL). Since June 2019, she has been teaching this discipline to students of the BA-LLB Course that this college offers. Being[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 India
We cannot fight the BJP with secular politics

We cannot fight the BJP with secular politics

Just as the BJP increased its support base by making Mayawati the Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh, similarly it increased its strength by making Nitish Kumar the Chief Minister in Bihar. Both Mayawati and Nitish were the faces of social change and secular politics, but the BJP made both of them the face of Hindutva. Not only made the face,[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 India
DDC Elections in J & K and the astounded BJP

DDC Elections in J & K and the astounded BJP

While it may be true that the participation of Kashmiri people, both, in terms of the contesting candidates followed by the voters (if any) in the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) elections may help the BJP in covering up or at-least diluting the national and international antagonism that resulted from the August 2019’s unconstitutional changes to the status of Jammu[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 India
Sharat Chander Nagra

Insider struggles for document as outsiders can buy land in J&K

The new Jammu and Kashmir Development Act is being celebrated as a special achievement of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted, “OUSIDERS CAN NOW BUY LAND IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR”. At least 11 land laws in the state have been amended, without inputs from residents of the state. Seven political parties, under the umbrella[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 India
Falling Fatality Rate of COVID-19 In Kerala Since September 2020: Is It Real or an Artefact of Poor data Presentation

Falling Fatality Rate of COVID-19 In Kerala Since September 2020: Is It Real or an Artefact of Poor data Presentation

With a confirmed caseload of more than 8.5 million as on 08 November 2020, India is the second Covid power in the world.  The USA is of course on top of the heap with more than 10 million cases.  Infection rate (cases per 1000 population) is 31 in the world, 6.1 in India, and 31 on the US.     Andorra, an[Read More…]

by November 14, 2020 India
 Farm Bills: The Great North Indian Famine Enclosure

 Farm Bills: The Great North Indian Famine Enclosure

With Farm Bills rammed through Parliament, the ethnic majoritarian ‘sarkar’, the deep state and elites have initiated another covert attack to dismantle the subsistence economy of rural India.  Instead of focusing on poverty reduction measures these enactments facilitate the accumulation of profits by the agro industry monopolies. Without Government intervention and support direct income of the peasant farmer is reduced,[Read More…]

by November 14, 2020 India
Demonising Rahul Gandhi for every failure of Congress is dangerous

Demonising Rahul Gandhi for every failure of Congress is dangerous

Barack Obama’s new memoirs selective reporting have given another handle to the opponents of Rahul Gandhi to mock at him. Most of the time, once an election is passed and if Congress performs better, media does not speak about Rahul Gandhi but if the party fails, they start not only mocking at him and want him to be replaced or[Read More…]

by November 14, 2020 India
Punjab peasant Struggle protesting anti-people agricultural laws and Electricity Bill creates impact of an Inferno

Punjab peasant Struggle protesting anti-people agricultural laws and Electricity Bill creates impact of an Inferno

The intensity of a war has been built up in Punjab like an inferno by the farming community, protesting the wrath of the three 2020 agricultural labour bills and Electricity bill. The scenes at railways stations, petrol pumps or malls were reminiscent of a deluge. With the relentlessness of a great army confronting tyranny the Punjab peasantry have confronted the[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 India
Political Abuse of Law and Order Machinery in Uttar Pradesh Results in a State of Anarchy

Political Abuse of Law and Order Machinery in Uttar Pradesh Results in a State of Anarchy

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Kushagra Kumar The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has now on numerous occasions claimed that the state has been rid of criminals, who have either been killed in the 125 encounter deaths that have taken place or they have got their bails cancelled and gone back to jails after he took over the reins as CM[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 India
Maharashtra Govt dumps books, NCPA dumps theatre records

Maharashtra Govt dumps books, NCPA dumps theatre records

All the books and valuable documents from the library of the Maharashtra government’s headquarters, Mantralaya, in Mumbai are dumped since the last three years into a godown, no one knows where. The same is the case with the Central library which the Maharashtra government is supposed to look after. The library is one of the four libraries in the country[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 India
How much exploitation does Narendra Modi’s popularity cost?

How much exploitation does Narendra Modi’s popularity cost?

Co-Written by Annesha Mukherjee & Satyaki Dasgupta The popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw a rise according to India Today’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ poll. Similar results were also observed in Gaon Connection-Lok Niti-CSDS survey. Some of the economic policies that his popular government has introduced since the advent of COVID-19 include three Bills on agricultural market reforms, three[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 India
Factors behind JDU’s underperformance in Bihar Assembly Election 2020

Factors behind JDU’s underperformance in Bihar Assembly Election 2020

The continuation of Nitish Kumar led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar with an absolute majority, winning 125 seats, three more than the halfway mark needed for a victory amounts to be a functional mandate rather than ‘people’s mandate’ for the existing chief minister as Janata Dal (United) could emerge as 3rd largest political party despite of 15 years[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 India
What just happened in Bihar?

What just happened in Bihar?

Bihar is the only state in India that is extremely unpredictable when it comes to politics. In the Most backward state of India, a Bihari must move out of Bihar to match up with the rest of India, to get out of destitution, or to make it big. Undoubtedly, Bihar has dragged India’s ranking on all Development Index for over[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 India
Bihar’s results reflect that secular parties failed to play ‘inclusive’ politics

Bihar’s results reflect that secular parties failed to play ‘inclusive’ politics

The Bihar results are out and have proved that those who tried to influence the polls before or after through their ‘exit’ strategies had egg on their face. I have not really believed reading all these during this period but I have found two things watching and observing various ‘experts’. As the ‘patrakars’ who claim ‘grounded’ in reality are concerned,[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 India
They invite a good planner but do not follow his advice

They invite a good planner but do not follow his advice

Mr Durga Shankar Mishra, the secretary of the union ministry of urban affairs, says that his son, an architect, cycles seven km from his home to his office in Delhi and back every day. That is the encouraging part. The younger generation can usher in a change. The not so good part is that most bureaucrats and politicians have little[Read More…]

by November 10, 2020 India
The diaspora in politics: the world offers a lesson for India

The diaspora in politics: the world offers a lesson for India

India is excited about an Indian origin Kamala Haris getting elected as the Vice President of USA. Kerala was particularly excited the other day when Priyanca Radhakrishnan, a first generation migrant from Kerala was appointed as a minister in the new government of  Jacinda Arden of New Zealand. Neither in the case of Kamala nor Priyanca almost no one in[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 India
When Role of Vaccines as Public Health Clashes with Their Role As Source of Super Profits

When Role of Vaccines as Public Health Clashes with Their Role As Source of Super Profits

          Vaccines have performed an important role in improving public health and saving human lives. All the scientists, labs, manufacturers and medical personnel who contributed to this deserve our deepest thanks and gratitude. However in recent years a different role of vaccines started emerging– vaccines as a source of huge profits. Things became more worrying when this role of vaccines[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 India
Bihar Election: An example of elegance of democracy

Bihar Election: An example of elegance of democracy

Most exit polls, conducted after the final phase of the Bihar assembly elections, have shown the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) ahead of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). There is a wave of obvious joy in the leaders/workers of the Grand Alliance. Democratic and secular civil society activists, writers, artists, intellectuals plagued by RSS/BJP fascism are[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 India
Muslims, terrorism, Pakistan – not development – were key issues for BJP in Bihar Polls 2020

Muslims, terrorism, Pakistan – not development – were key issues for BJP in Bihar Polls 2020

The BJP leaders have failed to make development an electoral plank in the recently held Bihar Assembly Elections 2020. The Hindutva leaders, instead, have invoked Muslims, terrorism, and Pakistan in their electoral speeches. Last week the elections for the second (94 seats) and the third phase (78 seats) were held for 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly. During this period, the top[Read More…]

by November 8, 2020 India
Bihar Election 2020 was truly a Digital Election 

Bihar Election 2020 was truly a Digital Election 

Co-Written by Dr Shekh Moinuddin & Dr Akhtar Hussain Ansari Bihar Assembly election 2020 was the first post Covid-19 election in India and considered decisive in terms of digital mapping when all election procedures and processes admired digital technology effectively and efficiently. We are living in the era of digital democracy when Covid-19 has left no choice to all of[Read More…]

by November 8, 2020 India
The Many Layers of Lies Regarding the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Regions

The Many Layers of Lies Regarding the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Regions

A lot has changed in the region that formed the erstwhile Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir since the first week of August last year. The heart wrenching part is, people in the ‘mainland’ for the most part aren’t even informed about the same, since we have been forced to remain radically detached from the people in those regions. The[Read More…]

by November 8, 2020 India
Genocide of Jammu Muslims of 1947 that changed demography & history of J&K

Genocide of Jammu Muslims of 1947 that changed demography & history of J&K

 Following Partition of Indian subcontinent in 1947, communal flare up erupted like volcanic lava almost everywhere. Unlike that of other communal killings, Hyderabad Muslim massacre of 1948 & Jammu Muslim massacre of 1947 are least talked about human tragedies in India seemingly in “national interest”. Jammu Muslim massacre of Oct-Nov 1947 is distinguishable from other massacres that took place that[Read More…]

by November 6, 2020 India
The Age of Darkness

The Age of Darkness

Today we are living in dark – the Age of Darkness. Under the present regime no one is able to predict what will happen tomorrow. Which draconian law will get “passed”, who next will be arrested under UAPA, what new “lies” will be told to the citizens, etc. etc. This is the rule of Hindutva homogeneity under the garb of[Read More…]

by November 6, 2020 India
Arnab Goswami’s arrest is not a threat to freedom of expression

Arnab Goswami’s arrest is not a threat to freedom of expression

Nation’s prime time ‘hyper entertainer’ was yesterday arrested by the Maharashtra Police for charges of ‘abetment of suicide’ of an architect and his mother who worked for the so-called ‘number one’ channel yet not got paid. Distressed, it was alleged, both mother son duo committed suicide. The police that time ‘investigated’ the matter and found no foul play and closed[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 India
Caste — hatred and the disabled

Caste — hatred and the disabled

“Caste is another name for control. Caste puts a limit on enjoyment. Caste does not allow a person to transgress caste limits. In pursuit of his enjoyment. That is the meaning of such caste restrictions  as inter-dining and intermarriage ….. Annihilation of Caste : The Annotated Critical Edition Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Caste violence and animosity are spreading deeper into[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 India
Campaign to Curb Inter-faith marriages: Ruse to Restrict Women’s Freedom

Campaign to Curb Inter-faith marriages: Ruse to Restrict Women’s Freedom

Allahabad High Court in its recent judgment opposed the conversion to get married to the person of another faith. The logic is that in the Special Marriages act, interfaith marriages are totally acceptable. One Muslim woman had converted to Hinduism to get married to a Hindu man. Talking in this aftermath the UP Chief Minister launched a tirade against Muslim[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 India
RSS Ideologue Nana Deshmukh Who Justified 1984 Sikh Massacre Is A ‘Bharat Ratna’ Now

RSS Ideologue Nana Deshmukh Who Justified 1984 Sikh Massacre Is A ‘Bharat Ratna’ Now

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

by November 3, 2020 India
Drug Abuse In Kashmir

Drug Abuse In Kashmir

                    The last three decades of conflict have seen decadence as political instability plagues the society in J&K. People are upfront against manifold problems. The conflict has had huge human costs. Life has lost its value and we are surviving mechanically. This low cost conflict has consumed our generations and still there is no hope of any resolution. Kashmir[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 India
When Elections Come Upper Castes Rule The Roost

When Elections Come Upper Castes Rule The Roost

The second phase of Bihar state elections is crucial. That apart, we have by polls in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and many other places. These bypolls too are crucial for the survival of the government in Madhya Pradesh after the swtich over of the Congress MLAs to BJP. Uttar Pradesh bypolls are also important as it will reflect the public[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 India
City of Derby (UK) Against Caste Atrocities in India

City of Derby (UK) Against Caste Atrocities in India

Derby People are deeply alarmed at the news of a brutal gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in the district of Hatras in Uttar Pradesh. The alleged rape was carried out on 14 September 2020, by four upper-caste men who then left her for dead, with a cut to her tongue and injuries to her neck and[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 India
Vigil in memory of the victims of Sikh Genocide held in Surrey

Vigil in memory of the victims of Sikh Genocide held in Surrey

Members of the South Asian community came together to raise their voices for justice to the survivors of state sponsored violence against Sikhs in the first week of November, 1984. Organized by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India, the vigil was opened by Indigenous activist Jenifer Allen, at Holland Park in Surrey, on the evening of Sunday, November 1. She tried[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 India
India’s Case For UBI

India’s Case For UBI

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruptions globally and inflicted the greatest pain on those who had already been rendered most vulnerable, spurring unknown hardship and growing unease among low-income families and micro-businesses. It has uncovered existing inequities and created new ones. A Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been strongly advocated by economists, industry captains and policy-makers across all ideological hues. It is[Read More…]

by November 2, 2020 India
Migrant Lives Matter: Crisis of Migrant Workers in the Era of Pandemic

Migrant Lives Matter: Crisis of Migrant Workers in the Era of Pandemic

The ordeal encountered by the migrant workers globally is very reflected due to the epidemic. According to the World Economic Forum, there is an estimated amount of 139 million migrants in the country. The International labour organisation has estimated that the pandemic will leave around 400 million people poverty-stricken. The mass exodus and reverse exodus has endangered the lives of[Read More…]

by November 2, 2020 India
Bihar Elections 2020: BJP plays communal card, while its ally JD (U) woos Muslims 

Bihar Elections 2020: BJP plays communal card, while its ally JD (U) woos Muslims 

The BJP and the JD (U) are allies during the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 and they are seeking the mandate of the people. However, their languages and strategies are often contradictory. While the BJP is playing the communal card and invoking Pakistan during the election rallies, the JD (U) is trying to woo Muslims. Even when they converge coming down[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 India
Hinduism under the pretext of Valmiki Jayanti

Hinduism under the pretext of Valmiki Jayanti

The Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh’s saffron party has decided to celebrate Valmiki-Jayanti (31 October) at the government level in each district to compensate for the political loss caused by the Hathras incident. The order issued by the state government’s chief secretary, RK Tiwari to the divisional commissioners and district officials, states that along with other programs at sites and[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 India
 As Jamia turns 100, Meeran Haider is missed as he continues to fight for justice, defend Democracy

 As Jamia turns 100, Meeran Haider is missed as he continues to fight for justice, defend Democracy

   Jamia Millia Islamia turns 100 this year, Students, Alumni, Professors, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff together rejoice for the glorious 100 years of this university. The story of its growth from a small institution in pre-independence India to a central university located in New Delhi—offering integrated education from nursery to research in specialized areas—is a saga of dedication, conviction, and[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 India
Scrapping of Five-Year Plans Has Proved Very Costly at a Time When More and Better Planning Was Needed

Scrapping of Five-Year Plans Has Proved Very Costly at a Time When More and Better Planning Was Needed

If the path of planned economic development based on five-year plans had not been arbitrarily given up in August 2014 by the newly elected Modi  regime , today India would  be in the middle of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2017-22), the mid-term evaluation report of the 13th Plan would have just arrived and  preparations would be in full swing for[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 India
Bihar Elections: Welfare And Vikas in speeches, But No Safe Drinking Water To Millions

Bihar Elections: Welfare And Vikas in speeches, But No Safe Drinking Water To Millions

Bihar  Legislative Assembly elections  are to be completed by Nov.7. Caste alliances and communal politics dominate the debate, but there is nothing on such a basic issue like ensuring safe drinking water to everyone. NDA allies PM Modi and Lohiaite Socialist CM Nitish Kumar made speeches about Vikas in Bihar flowing from their rule for 15 years, and seeking another[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 India
Panjab University Chandigarh-Would it lose its democratic structure from 1st November 2020?

Panjab University Chandigarh-Would it lose its democratic structure from 1st November 2020?

Panjab University Chandigarh is in turmoil these days. The four-year term of its highest governing body The Senate is coming to an end on 31st October 2020. The last Senate was notified by former Vice President Hamid Ansari in the capacity of Chancellor of Panjab University. It was notified by 25th October to come into existence from 1st November 2016,[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 India
Why will Yogi government celebrate Valmiki Jayanti?

Why will Yogi government celebrate Valmiki Jayanti?

According to a newspaper report, the Yogi government will celebrate Valmiki Jayanti on a large scale in Uttar Pradesh this time. The order issued to all the district magistrates from the level of Chief Secretary says that it should be organized on a large scale in all the districts. In this lamp should be lit up at all the places[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 India
Social Media, Political Rallies and Helicopters in Bihar Election 2020 

Social Media, Political Rallies and Helicopters in Bihar Election 2020 

   Everyday political parties are changing their political strategies to counter their opponents either what medium to use for election campaigning or issues that can harness as much political support in their favour. Political pundits and all surveys indicate that NDA has a slight margin over Mahagathbandhan. But, the crowds turned towards Tejeswai Yadav during his rallies that made every[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 India
Bihar Election in the Pandemic Can Neither Be ‘Free’ Nor ‘Fair’

Bihar Election in the Pandemic Can Neither Be ‘Free’ Nor ‘Fair’

Co-Written by Mohd Shahwaiz & Shayenaz   Introduction The coronavirus pandemic has unequivocally made impacts on each country and every people, in one way or another, have experienced effects in terms of ruining of social values, economic losses, psychological disorder, and as well as political consequences related to the state’s management of the pandemic situation and continuation of democratic practice.[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 India
The death of Bhagwat Devangan tells the discrimination with OBC students in Indian Campuses

The death of Bhagwat Devangan tells the discrimination with OBC students in Indian Campuses

A few weeks back, Bhagwat Devangan an OBC student died by suicide at Shubhas Chandra Bose Medical College, Madhya Pradesh. Like, other unimportant news, this news also disappeared from the media and unlike death of Rohith Vemula, Payal Tadvi, social media did not witness any hashtag on the death of a OBC student. Do we really think that death of[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 India
Is present the golden age of Dalit politics?

Is present the golden age of Dalit politics?

In a recent interview, Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravana has said that the present is the golden age of Dalit politics. By the way, if we look at the tenor and direction of Dalit politics, then it does not show its golden age from anywhere but it is its downfall. While Dalit leaders have taken refuge in anti-Dalit parties, the remaining[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 India
Time for a serious discussion on interfaith relationship issues

Time for a serious discussion on interfaith relationship issues

A young aspiring Nikita Tomar was murdered by Tauseef, who happened to be stalking her since here college days as both studied in the same institution in Faridabad. Nikita, it is reported, had turned down the proposal of Tauseef in the past. The young man could not take the rejection and killed her. The entire incident is recorded in a[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 India
Retired Couple Persecuted For Their Faith In Christianity

Retired Couple Persecuted For Their Faith In Christianity

Sanjay Macgee a soldier fighting for the Persecuted guided Nirmal E. Browne and his wife, an old retired couple, to Persecution Relief, regarding the persecution they are facing from the neighbourhood where they are living in an apartment in the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. As it is now custom in India, they cannot live in peace because of[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 India
Dalit Lives Matter! A Cry to Rage Against the Horrifying Violence of Saffron Terror in India

Dalit Lives Matter! A Cry to Rage Against the Horrifying Violence of Saffron Terror in India

In Hathras, cops barricade a raped woman’s home, hijack her corpse, set it afire on a murderous night, deaf to her mother’s howling pain. In a land where Dalits cannot rule, they cannot rage, or even mourn. This has happened before, this will happen again. . . . . Sanatana, the only law of the land that’s in force, Sanatana,[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 India
The Proletarian Uprising of Punnapra-Vayalar: 74 Years Later

The Proletarian Uprising of Punnapra-Vayalar: 74 Years Later

The most romantic and probably the only proletarian insurrection of the subcontinent is also the most tragic and the most damned. The Punnapra-Vayalar revolt of October 1946 was Travancore’s ill informed imitation of the Great October Revolution, misled by the Brahmin-Bhadralok leadership and un-Marxist Marxism it preached. The insurrection was based on a single, broad issue – the rejection of[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 India
Is it time to revisit the measures in India to prevent cruelty against animals?

Is it time to revisit the measures in India to prevent cruelty against animals?

Co-Written by Shradha Kumari Sikaria &  Karen Lobo With thousands of animal cruelty cases being reported every day, this rising animal abuse is a very saddening, yet neglected issue happening worldwide, with people of various social and economic strata indulging in this heinous act. Between the years 2012 to 2016, about 24000 cases of animal cruelty were reported in India[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 India
Hindutva: A Political and Economic Project of Shared Lies of Brahmanical Caste and Class Order in India

Hindutva: A Political and Economic Project of Shared Lies of Brahmanical Caste and Class Order in India

India is facing its worst crisis in its history. The Hindutva forces shaped by RSS and politically led by BJP are accelerating the crisis to undo liberal constitutional democracy in India. The political opposition is withering everyday with the help of media, puppet police, investigative agencies and judiciary. The Hindutva blue print is to declare India as a Hindu Rashtra[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 India
Tribal health in India: An eternity of backwardness?

Tribal health in India: An eternity of backwardness?

Co-Written by Dr. Anamika Roy, Dr. Chandrima Chatterjee & Dr. Parul Malik The tribal population of India comprises of the indigenous people dwelling in the hinterlands who are sometimes extremely susceptible to high levels of inaccessibility to health resources. The health inequalities which have been faced by these people are an evidence of the fundamental failure of the realization of[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 India
The Significance of 27th October, 1951 for Punjab 

The Significance of 27th October, 1951 for Punjab 

  On 27th Oct 1951, Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar started his Punjab election tour from Jalandhar and addressed a gathering of lakhs of people. He had in his heart the pain of overcoming the crisis of his society which made him not giving priority to a government job. After getting higher education from England he came back and joined politics as[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 India
The Privileges Of A “Quota” Student Who Is “Not Poor”

The Privileges Of A “Quota” Student Who Is “Not Poor”

It is the time for entrance examinations in India. While I was preparing for an entrance, a good friend of mine, made a remark which affected me deeply, prompting me to write this. She says that people like me get into colleges easily and the very presence of me in the examination system is unjust and an indignity to merit.[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 India
Reflections on the Instrument of J&K Accession

Reflections on the Instrument of J&K Accession

For over two months after the independence from British rule and the subsequent partition of Indian subcontinent in August 1947, the Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir attempted to remain independent. While there was a war of words going on between Maharaja and the Government of Pakistan, the invasion of a large number of tribesmen from the North-West Frontier Province of[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 India
Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Media shows bias towards BJP

Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Media shows bias towards BJP

Several leading newspapers published from Patna appear biased in favour of BJP. In their coverage, they are giving a large share of space to the BJP. Their major focus is the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Several reports have come, singing praises for him. In return, the newspapers are rewarded with big advertisements. For example, several newspapers carried a[Read More…]

by October 25, 2020 India
Domestic workers in Maharashtra in the High Court 

Domestic workers in Maharashtra in the High Court 

It is by now widely acknowledged in many circles that domestic work is work that is crucial to the maintenance and reproduction of society and yet is the most neglected area of work and is not even officially recognised as work. In the recent pandemic, while some work like that related to the health care sector was at the forefront[Read More…]

by October 25, 2020 India
Educational Status of Muslims in India: An Overview/Scope for improvement

Educational Status of Muslims in India: An Overview/Scope for improvement

Education is one of the most important instruments for the development and empowerment of any marginalized community. This plays an important role in gaining a respectful and dignified life within the society and also helpful for earning employment and money for the livelihood. Malcolm X was a famous African American human rights activist who says that ‘education is the passports[Read More…]

by October 24, 2020 India
Slower than the snail: Health care policy process and reforms in India

Slower than the snail: Health care policy process and reforms in India

We have heard about ‘at a snail’s pace’ which normally describes slow action or movement especially when we think that doing it faster would be much more better. These days snails move faster than the State. It is possible to come to this conclusion even before the introduction if we assess the way our health system functions. We have a[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 India
National Education Policy 2020: A Fall into the Abyss of Neo-colonization

National Education Policy 2020: A Fall into the Abyss of Neo-colonization

In the new National Education Policy 2020 (hereinafter NEP), there has been a quantum leap towards neo-colonization of Indian education via privatization to further corporatization of education. There is a crucial need to understand this new dimension of the NEP. Significantly, under the NEP, foreign universities and foreign direct investment (FDI) have been allowed entry in the realm of higher[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 India
Kashmir; The Conflict of languages

Kashmir; The Conflict of languages

          In its recent order Indian Union cabinet declared five languages as official languages in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The President of India, subsequently, put his seal of approval. These include English, Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri and Dogri. Urdu was originally the prime official language in the erstwhile state of J&K. As such, the new order implies Urdu[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 India
Will Dalit leader aboard the Helicopter emancipate the Dalits? 

Will Dalit leader aboard the Helicopter emancipate the Dalits? 

Before writing anything on this subject, some discussion on this picture is necessary. As you can see, the person with black goggles and blue skins descending from the helicopter is Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravana and below him is Pappu Yadav, a leader of Bihar accused of murder. This scene is probably from Patna in Bihar. This time in Bihar elections,[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 India
A dystopian template for India’s future

A dystopian template for India’s future

Murders, kidnapping, rape, police atrocities, sectarian violence, lynch mobs on the prowl. Welcome to a typical day in the life of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous, lawless and politically important province, control over which holds the key to power nationally. India’s Uttar Pradesh (UP) province was in the headlines recently for yet another heinous crime – the gang rape and[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 India
Withdrawal of Telangana Armed Struggle (1946-51) : Some Aspects of History and Politics

Withdrawal of Telangana Armed Struggle (1946-51) : Some Aspects of History and Politics

  That with deep color was the area that was original stronghold of the movement. Those in lighter color were areas where the guerilla movement expanded after Police Action of 1948 September. Hyderabad princely state was spread over 83,000 square miles, about half of which was Telangana. (The map is taken from P. Sundarayya’s 1972 book.) Telangana Armed Struggle (1946-51)[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 India
Pandemic and the Plight of the Indian Poor

Pandemic and the Plight of the Indian Poor

Savita Kumari of Rasulpur village of Pindra Block of Varanasi District of Uttar Pradesh was blessed to be born in a lower middle class Other Backward Caste family. She is studying in 9th standard in the village high school. Since the family is engaged in agriculture and milk sale, she has enough to eat and carry on her studies. During[Read More…]

by October 21, 2020 India
Honour the rights of tribals and their community rights

Honour the rights of tribals and their community rights

To The Honourable Governor of Odisha Raj Bhavan,Bhubaneswar Sub :To protect tribal community land in Nawarangapur district Esteemed Rajyapal ji, In different parts of schedule areas in Odisha the district administration,the state govt and responsible officers do not honour the rights of tribals and their community rights over natural resource in accordance to laws and constitutional provisions specially the power[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 India
 Thinking of the migrant worker – The struggle for survival and the need for a new world

 Thinking of the migrant worker – The struggle for survival and the need for a new world

As we sat on the crowded Tagore beach in Karwar with outstretched legs, we are beseeched by the Kulfi sellers to have a Kulfi while watching a sunset. It is a difficult proposition to refuse. We give in and come to know that these Kulfi sellers on the beaches of Karwar riding on their cycles are all from the same[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 India
India In 2020: Democracy, Justice and Secularism Is Being Reduced to Populist Whims

India In 2020: Democracy, Justice and Secularism Is Being Reduced to Populist Whims

 India entered the year 2020 when the world was grappling with Coronavirus (Covid-19). There were only a few hundred cases when India hosted U.S. President Donald Trump and people assembled in thousands to rally behind Modi to host a right-wing leaning Trump and to make him feel at home, this time more than ever. Then, protests started happening all over India against[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 India
Kashmir Times Office Sealed In Srinagar

Kashmir Times Office Sealed In Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department today sealed the office of Kashmir Times in Srinagar that was allotted to it in a government building in Press Enclave that houses several other newspaper offices in similar buildings. The office was sealed late this afternoon without serving any cancellation or eviction notice to Kashmir Times or following any due process of law. Nothing[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 India
Of cows and lynchings in India 

Of cows and lynchings in India 

Source: India Ministry of Livestock,2019 Sources: Live Mint, a web portal news service,2019. Since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the national election in 2014, India has seen an outbreak of religious hate crimes against Muslims, lower caste Hindus, and Christians. , with an average of one happening every[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 India
Rape – A Criminal Manifesto

Rape – A Criminal Manifesto

We speak of women empowerment and emancipation, yet it is a dictum of truism that being a man is an advantageous position in the society and so to say paradoxically a woman is more vulnerable. The relative existence of the fair gender is itself a manifestation of the plethora of issues that they face and physical aggression/violence is the gravest[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 India
The Dichotomy of Hindutva

The Dichotomy of Hindutva

‘Hindutva’, a political ideology of unity and patriotism on the face and fist with bigotry and casteism in blood and brain. At the outset, ‘Hindutva’ was never intended to be a benign or inclusive geo-cultural construct but, it was a political ideology that sought to cement an idea of homogenous people, united by their loyalty, geography, race and religion. Its[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 India
Cricket and the Powerplay of Politics: Why CSK’s Honouring of Jadeja Reeks of Ignorant Caste Privilege

Cricket and the Powerplay of Politics: Why CSK’s Honouring of Jadeja Reeks of Ignorant Caste Privilege

With the advent of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the country, whose love for the game of cricket knows no bounds, found its much-seeked, collective escape for more than a month and a half. The notion of sport providing a hiatus from the hassles of our everyday life is certainly true, and for many sports aficionados,[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 India
How media praises RSS Chief Bhagwat’s ‘Muslims-happiest-in-India’ remarks 

How media praises RSS Chief Bhagwat’s ‘Muslims-happiest-in-India’ remarks 

The mainstream media has once failed to critically examine Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement in which he claimed that “the happiest Muslims are indeed those of India” (Sabse adhik sukhi musalman Bharat desh ke hi hain”). Some of them have even published a few articles in praise of Bhagwat and the RSS. Ironically, at the time of[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 India
Crystallization of Mass Revolutionary Movement in Punjab in the last 25 years –Tribute to the mass line of T.Nagi Reddy

Crystallization of Mass Revolutionary Movement in Punjab in the last 25 years –Tribute to the mass line of T.Nagi Reddy

   Today the state of Punjab is hit with an agricultural crisis with the Green Revolution making superficial or cosmetic   reforms. No way was the essence or base of feudalism hit with money lenders and commission agents still in the fray and dalit labourers still denied their rightful share of 1,3rd panchayat land. Remunerative prices promised have not been paid[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 India
Facebook, WhatsApp and Bihar Assembly Election 2020

Facebook, WhatsApp and Bihar Assembly Election 2020

Why Bihar Assembly election 2020 is Important? There are three reasons that made Bihar Assembly 2020 an epitome in India. First, a crucial assembly election during Covid -2019 when digital consultations were given due recognition. Second, the absence of two political veterans-Lalu Prasad Yadav and Late Ram Vilas Paswan from political podiums in the state. Third, digital participation and its[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 India
Post Covid-19 Challenges and Prospects in E-Governance: A Case Study of Anganwadi Services Under ICDS

Post Covid-19 Challenges and Prospects in E-Governance: A Case Study of Anganwadi Services Under ICDS

Co-Written by MD Tabrez Alam & Dr Md Afroz The new pandemic Covid-19 engulfed entire world with high and low intensity differing country wise. India has severely affected reached at 2nd most cases in the world. It brought lots of challenges at the same time compelled to restructure the governance system. The use of Information and communications technology (ICTs) ensure[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 India
Tuberculosis and the Indian Poor: The present and the future

Tuberculosis and the Indian Poor: The present and the future

Co-Written by K Rajasekharan Nayar; Arathi P Rao; Lekha D Bhat; Anant Kumar and Parul Malik The World Health Organization has recently published the latest World Tuberculosis Report (2020) and there are many trends which are of serious concern regarding elimination of this age-old disease from the world (1). At one time, the Tuberculosis did not even spare some very[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 India
 Gagging the Media in Cases of Sexual Assault and Harassment

 Gagging the Media in Cases of Sexual Assault and Harassment

The rising incidence of gag orders by various powerful accused men in sexual assault and harassment cases has been of immense concern, especially because of the manner in which it shields them and further victimises the victims/complainants in these cases. A statement from the Network of Women in Media, India, draws attention to this and urges media houses to continue[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 India
PUCL Maharashtra Demands Transfer Of Hathras  Rape Case To Delhi

PUCL Maharashtra Demands Transfer Of Hathras  Rape Case To Delhi

PUCL Maharashtra condemns the caste-based brutal rape and murder of the young Dalit woman from Hathras, UP, by upper caste men and the deliberate mishandling of the case, including delayed FIR, medical examination and burning of the body and destruction of evidence by state authorities.  PUCL Maharashtra condemns the even more reprehensible act of the UP government to create a[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 India
Fear of the nation

Fear of the nation

The NIA probe in the Bhima Koregaon case has revealed that mass mobilization of militant Dalit and Muslim forces is happening against the government. ‘According to NIA, the documents seized from (Rona) Wilson mentioned that Dalits and Muslims must come together to build a major anti-fascist front in the Indian subcontinent as soon as possible.’ These documents are evidence against[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 India
Christian who refused to renounce faith beaten up in Chhattisgarh

Christian who refused to renounce faith beaten up in Chhattisgarh

Jetel living in a village at Jagdalpur district of Chattisgarh state, has been incriminated for his faith in Jesus Christ. He had been receiving many warnings and threatening to recant his faith, and adopt his older ways when he was a Hindu. A mob of around 25-30 people went to his home, verbally abused and threatened him to forsake Christ.[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 India
 The Minority Right of AMU entangled in judicial bias supported by communal politics

 The Minority Right of AMU entangled in judicial bias supported by communal politics

The recent discussions on AMU’s minority status and misinformation among the people has virtually forced me to reiterate some facts to the various stakeholders. It is ironic that many alumni and the existing students of the AMU are unaware of the facts and reality. Normally three basic questions are raised by the people namely: (i) AMU was not established by[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 India
Competitive Communalism in Post Left West Bengal

Competitive Communalism in Post Left West Bengal

There is an ancient proverb in Bengali language – ‘bangalir baro mashey tero parbon’ i.e bengali people have 13 festivals in 12 months. However these numbers are gradually increasing after the fall of Left government in West Bengal. Bengal had some popular religious festivals, , like Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Saraswati Puja, Laxmi Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, Viswa Karma Puja etc.[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 India
Sops can’t rev up electronics industry

Sops can’t rev up electronics industry

Perhaps the government is being driven by the bad advice given by the World Bank. The bank and other mulilateral agencies like the United Nations are driven by the interests of the industrial countries. The governments of the countries, in turn, are driven by the multinational corporations. These corporations have no interest in developing manufacturing in India.       Minister for[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 India
The Plight of Kabir Bhoi, Dana Majhi and many others question our collective consciousness

The Plight of Kabir Bhoi, Dana Majhi and many others question our collective consciousness

After Dana Majhi in 2016, an Adivasi of Kalahandi who travelled for 10 km with dead body of his wife on shoulder, this time it is Kabir Bhoi, a land less Dalit Labour of Satyabadi block of Puri district, is in news for similar miserable plight. He carried his ailing wife on a Trolley for 90 km. from Sakhigopal to[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020 India
Sunday Worship service stopped by fanatics in Bihar

Sunday Worship service stopped by fanatics in Bihar

Persecution Relief registered yet another attack to christian worship meetings that happened on October 11 at Babupur Village in Sabour C.D. Block, Bhagalpur district of Bihar. “Around 10 AM we were going to start our Sunday Worship at a leased hut in Babupur, Bhagalpur district of Bihar. Soon enough, few fanatics barged in shouting “you can’t conduct the meeting!” They[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020 India
ORTEF demands withdrawal of  notification by Mass Education Department

ORTEF demands withdrawal of  notification by Mass Education Department

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Right to Education Forum (ORTEF) has drawn the attention of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik against closure of Government neighborhood schools in the name of rationalization. Showing its concern about newspaper reports on closure of government primary and upper primary schools, ORTEF – an informal network of civil society organizations and individuals working on the issues of right[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020 India
 Kashmir in International Circles

 Kashmir in International Circles

The Kashmir dispute has been a bone of contention between two nuclear armed neighbouring nations and has involved a third neighbouring armed nation in this Frey. This dispute has not only halted any long term healthy relationship between India and Pakistan but also led them into three major wars since their birth. This issue has not only given birth to[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 India
Platform Democracy in India

Platform Democracy in India

We are living in the age of digital era when consumption of politics and political activities are become inevitable because we are all carrying a platform in shape of smartphones of having features of social media. These social media apps are nonetheless unlike a platform where almost all political parties have their representations more or less or in other sense,[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 India
More Than A Hundred Veterans Counter The Social Media Propaganda That ‘Muslim Regiment’ Refused To Fight Against Pakistan

More Than A Hundred Veterans Counter The Social Media Propaganda That ‘Muslim Regiment’ Refused To Fight Against Pakistan

There are a number of social media posts propagating the falsehood that the soldiers of a ‘Muslim Regiment’ of our Indian army had refused to fight against the Pakistan Army during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, and that the ‘Muslim Regiment’ was thereafter disbanded ( the word used in the tweets is ‘dismantled’). We are all aware of the security problems[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 India
India: Communalists, Indian Constitution and Muslim Minorities

India: Communalists, Indian Constitution and Muslim Minorities

A Year ago, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had stated (October 10, 2019) that Indian Muslims are happiest in the World due to Hindus. Now he goes on to say that most content Muslims are only in India. Not content with that he went on to state that “if there is any example world over wherein a foreign religion that ruled[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 India
The Cause of the Chinese Aggression

The Cause of the Chinese Aggression

There have been several rounds of talks between India and China but peace on the border continues to be more elusive. It is because we are trying to deal with the consequence of the conflict without trying to address its cause. It is intriguing why China suddenly turned so hostile despite Modi-Jinping unprecedented bonhomie. The cause of 1962 war was[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 India
Understanding Politics of Silence on the ‘Muslim Questions’ in Bihar Assembly Election

Understanding Politics of Silence on the ‘Muslim Questions’ in Bihar Assembly Election

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan and Wasim Ahasan    Historically, Bihar has been the birth place of several social and political movements. For instance, the “Total Revolution” led by Jaiprakash Narayan had taken deeper roots in Bihar that posed a serious threat to the autocratic government of the then Indira Gandhi at the Centre.  In response to that Ms. Gandhi had[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 India
Industrialisation, Neo-Liberalism And The Pandemic

Industrialisation, Neo-Liberalism And The Pandemic

The human civilization, as we know it, is facing its worst crisis. One that has bought the global village to a standstill, baffled world leaders, claimed thousands of lives and endangered millions more.  Not many years ago, in 1967, United States Surgeon General, Dr. William H. Stewart allegedly made a famous (or rather infamous) remark “It is time to close[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 India
Arrest Most Foul

Arrest Most Foul

WSS is appalled at the arrest of Father Stan Swamy, an elderly Jesuit priest working on adivasi issues for the past 5 decades in the infamous Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad conspiracy case on the night of 8 October, 2020.  WSS condemns this most recent arrest of a sterling activist and a reputed authority, and calls out the sheer absurdity[Read More…]

In Odisha Migrant Workers Face Hobson’s Dilemma

In Odisha Migrant Workers Face Hobson’s Dilemma

Co-Written by Sarbeswar Padhan and Pankaj K. Naik The ongoing episodic lockdown against the novel coronavirus has unfolded migration crisis in the country. One would hardly disagree with the fact that it is the migrant workers who have suffered the most due to the prevailing economic and political turmoil conditioned by the pandemic. The pandemic has made the invisible visible[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 India
Christian Families Attacked In Odisha

Christian Families Attacked In Odisha

On October 7, a group of religious fanatics including members of the same village, attacked more than 7 Christian homes in a village Hirma under Jharsuguda district in Odisha State of India. Christian families were dragged out of their houses and were beaten up by these fanatics, without even sparing the Women and Children. They want to force more than[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 India
TRP racket: How media is reluctant to talk about its own corruption        

TRP racket: How media is reluctant to talk about its own corruption        

  The media, which holds the flag of uprightness, is now reluctant to talk about the dirt defacing its own image. The immediate context is the claim of Mumbai Police that news channels including the Republic TV have indulged in the malpractices of boosting TRP (Television Rating Points). A day after the police allegation, The Telegraph (Kolkata, October 9, 2020, p. 5)[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 India
Uttar Pradesh tops in Crime against Adivasis

Uttar Pradesh tops in Crime against Adivasis

 Recently Crime in India-2019 Report has been released by National Crime Records Bureau. In this report, in the year 2019, the statistics of crime against Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes) have been published for the whole country, wherefrom it has emerged that Uttar Pradesh tops in the whole  country. The Tribal population of Uttar Pradesh is 0.6% percent of the country’s population.[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 India
One more False Complaint of forced conversion in Uttar Pradesh

One more False Complaint of forced conversion in Uttar Pradesh

Persecution Relief has recorded more than 90 cases of Hate Crimes against Christians in Uttar Pradesh alone, since January to September 2020. It is shockingly factual that false conversion charges are so easy to be made against innocent Christians. One such case of False Complaint of Conversion by force was registered against Pastor Moti Lal in a village at District[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 India
Suffering  For  Their  Convictions

Suffering  For  Their  Convictions

It has long been said that the best way to know a person is to know the company he or she keeps. The reasons for the recent persecution of the Jesuit activist-priest, Stan Swamy, can be better understood in relation to his comradeship with Sister Valsa, the Malayali nun murdered some nine years ago in the village of Pachwara in[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 India
Farmers’ Own Middlemen

Farmers’ Own Middlemen

Three new farm Acts were recently introduced in the country. The most important of these, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 is aimed at putting an end to the monopoly of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) mandis. Earlier, under the 1964 APMC Act, all the farmers were required to sell their produce at the Government-regulated mandis.[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 India
The Bitter Taste of Sugar

The Bitter Taste of Sugar

’My mother was married off when she was 9 -10 years old. I was married off when I was 13 or so. I had to marry my daughter off when she was 15 or 16’, says Kusum (name changed). Kusum is a sugarcane cutter from Beed, who has to migrate every year from her drought-prone village in Marathwada to the[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 India
Plight of small businesses- COVID19

Plight of small businesses- COVID19

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Stharaman, Kindly refer to my letter dated 10-9-2020 regarding the problems faced by small businesses in repaying loans taken from NBFCs as a result of the lockdown restrictions and the fall in demand for services, an inevitable consequence of the COVID19 crisis. I have enclosed a copy of that letter for your[Read More…]

by October 10, 2020 India
CDRO Condemns Rape And Murder Of A Dalit Young Woman And Inept Handling Of Case By The UP Police

CDRO Condemns Rape And Murder Of A Dalit Young Woman And Inept Handling Of Case By The UP Police

The conscience of the nation was shaken with the news of gang-raping followed by a brutal murder of a young Dalit woman in the Hathras village in UP. CDRO condemns in no uncertain terms this rape and murder of the young girl of Hathras village. The nineteen-year-old had been gang-raped when she had gone for collecting grass for cattle. Her[Read More…]

Three-Pronged Attack on the Right to Information: Autonomy, Process and Commissions

Three-Pronged Attack on the Right to Information: Autonomy, Process and Commissions

Co-Written by Achintya Anita Gurumurthy and Nakul Patwardhan This month marks fifteen years since the Right to Information (RTI) Act came into force. Born out of people’s movements for accountability, the RTI legislation acts as an important cornerstone in institutionalising the everyday practices of participatory democracy. By establishing the institutional mechanisms to ensure systemic transparency, the RTI is an important[Read More…]

by October 10, 2020 India
The Irony of Fear of Victims and the Fearlessness of Perpetrators in a Nation of Castes

The Irony of Fear of Victims and the Fearlessness of Perpetrators in a Nation of Castes

After the death of a Dalit girl from Hathras in a hospital at New Delhi, many video cameras turn to members of girl’s family to gather the know about of the incident. Many videos surfaced on social media showing girl’s brother speaking to a journalist just after the death of his sister, a grieving mother sitting on a soiled ground,[Read More…]

by October 10, 2020 India
Eight South Asian Groups Write Letter Supporting Pieter Friedrich’s Hindutva Research

Eight South Asian Groups Write Letter Supporting Pieter Friedrich’s Hindutva Research

Letter issued to Democratic National Committee to repudiate Hindu American Foundation’s attacks I am humbled and deeply touched by the outpouring of support as eight South Asian groups have issued a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in support of me in repudiation of a letter attacking me which Hindu American Foundation had sent to Perez in September[Read More…]

by October 10, 2020 India
Time  for  a  new  Civil  Disobedience  Movement

Time  for  a  new  Civil  Disobedience  Movement

Politicians  of  all  hues,  are  celebrating  the  birth  anniversary  of  Gandhi  this  month.  A  leader  of  one  political  party  has  recalled  his  legacy,  by  rightly  emphasizing  the  `Gandhian  agenda’  of   “more  openness,  freedom  and  a  life  of  dignity  and  respect.”   (Ram  Madhav:  `Gandhi’s  True  Legacy.’  Indian  Express,  October  2,  2020).  Ironically,  it  is  his  own  party  that  is  in  power [Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 India
Gandhi-Godse: Contrasting Concepts of Nationalism

Gandhi-Godse: Contrasting Concepts of Nationalism

This Gandhi Anniversary (October 2020) one saw a twitter storm ‘Nathram Godse Zindabad’, (Long live Nathura, Godse). This overshadowed the tributes to Gandhi on the same platform. This year the tweets on Godse exceeded over a lakh, while last year 2019, they were close to twenty thousand. This year many of the tweets notably came from bot accounts that on other days[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 India
PUCL Condemns the Detention and Arrest of Fr. Stan Swamy in Bhima Koregaon Case

PUCL Condemns the Detention and Arrest of Fr. Stan Swamy in Bhima Koregaon Case

PUCL is shocked by and condemns the detention and arrest by NIA police team of 83 year old Fr. Stan Swamy from his residence in Bagaicha, Ranchi to take him to Mumbai to be remanded in the Bhima Koregaon (BK) case for allegedly being part of the larger conspiracy to cause unrest. The inhuman and insincere act of the NIA[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 India
 Hathras incident and RSS / BJP defence of rape

 Hathras incident and RSS / BJP defence of rape

The last few years have seen incidents of rape, where the BJP has stood with the rapists. This was in Kathua, Unnao or recently in Hathras. In both Kathua and Hathras incidents, the IT cell was out to prove that the incident never happened. The leaders within the BJP in both these incidents undertook activities in defence of the rapists.[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 India
 Rape – A social evil seeking legal solutions

 Rape – A social evil seeking legal solutions

Women (idols) in India are worshipped, as they say, but the truth of Indian women is only known to herself. India has a sex ratio of 943 females/1000 males.[1] While the southern and northeastern states are better off, the cow belt (Hindi/Hindu heartland) has a disappointing population ratio. A lot to do would surely have roots in female infanticide, something[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 India
40th birth anniversary of Punjabi revolutionary journal Surkh Rekha

40th birth anniversary of Punjabi revolutionary journal Surkh Rekha

This year earlier on September 1st we commemorated the 40th anniversary of Punjabi journal Surkh Rekha,which was a landmark event in the history of Indian revolution. Originally it was the mass paper of the Central Team C.P.I. (M.L.) It was founded 40 years ago by Nazar Singh Boparai.on September 1st, 1980.No journal in the history of Punjab illuminated the flame[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 India
Statement Condemning the Arrest of Bahujan Journalist Prashant Kanojia

Statement Condemning the Arrest of Bahujan Journalist Prashant Kanojia

On 18 August 2020, Bahujan journalist Prashant Kanojia was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police. He is being held in custody over a tweet he had forwarded, which he had immediately deleted upon learning that it contained fake news. This is a routine social media behaviour that one observes on the platform almost every day. However, this was used as a[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 India
‘I am Too Strong to be Cowed Down’: Kashmir Times Editor after ‘Goons’ Ransack Her Flat

‘I am Too Strong to be Cowed Down’: Kashmir Times Editor after ‘Goons’ Ransack Her Flat

Senior journalist and executive editor of Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin has alleged that her government-allotted flat in Jammu was ransacked by few “goons” at around 3 pm on October 4. The alleged intruders were identified by Bhasin as Imran Ganai, brother of former Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Shehnaz Ganai, along with some Personal Security Officers (PSO) in civil[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 India
Perplexing Extremes: The Chauvinistic Audacity To Rape And The Matrimonial Propensity To Discriminate

Perplexing Extremes: The Chauvinistic Audacity To Rape And The Matrimonial Propensity To Discriminate

Hathras rape incident is not new to us and for the greater society it might not be shocking either. In India, the cold-blooded reality is the occurrence of rape every 15 minutes. This is as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. What is usually overlooked in the statistics is the Dalit Women who are usually considered as the[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 India
Exposing the Double Standards of India’s Upper and Middle Class: Perspective of Justice for Hathras victim

Exposing the Double Standards of India’s Upper and Middle Class: Perspective of Justice for Hathras victim

Introduction Again, the inhuman and horrible incident of Hathras has put the entire society ashamed as it has been the second occurrence of such cruelty and brutality against women in the last eight years after Nirbhaya 2012, sparking a huge resentment and anguish against the governments exposing the concern of safety and security of the women. Although, the Hathras incidence[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 India
As Lockdowns Ease, Accountability does not; Questions & Apprehensions from a Rights based Campaign in West Bengal

As Lockdowns Ease, Accountability does not; Questions & Apprehensions from a Rights based Campaign in West Bengal

As those in power will continue to use Covid 19 as a tool and excuse to further deprive the already deprived, there is an urgent appeal to use the Covid 19 crisis to highlight the crisis of our democracy. The Right to Food & Work Network (RTFWN) in the Time of Covid Since the past 6 months the country has[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 India
Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha & Anr. V The State of Gujarat: A reminder by Supreme Court that Workers Right Matters

Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha & Anr. V The State of Gujarat: A reminder by Supreme Court that Workers Right Matters

On March 24th, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a complete lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The abrupt lockdown brought every economic activity, except for some essential activities, to a halt. It lead to the shutting down of factories and even small shops, and the workers working in those factories started moving towards their home. The lockdown affected the economy[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 India
Rabindranath Tagore’s “Viswa Bharati” university exposed to the saffron peril

Rabindranath Tagore’s “Viswa Bharati” university exposed to the saffron peril

In 1940, a year before he died, Rabindranath Tagore placed a letter in Mahatma Gandhi’s hand. The letter said: “Visva-Bharati is like a vessel which is carrying the cargo of my life’s best treasure, and I hope it may claim special care from my countrymen for its preservation”. A century after being founded in 1921, Tagore’s life’s treasure – the[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 India
How safe are Dalit women in Uttar Pradesh?

How safe are Dalit women in Uttar Pradesh?

Recently Crime in India – 2019 report has been released by National Crime Records Bureau. In this report, in the year 2019, the statistics of crime of Dalit atrocities have been published for the whole country. It has emerged that Uttar Pradesh is far ahead in this. The Dalit population of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the largest population in the[Read More…]

by October 6, 2020 India
Industrial Relations Code 2020 –Progressive Reform or  Repression?

Industrial Relations Code 2020 –Progressive Reform or  Repression?

On 23 September, 2020, the Industrial Relations Code was passed by rule of majority in the Rajya Sabha. This was hailed by the industry as a rational reform of the pre-existing labor laws. The code is a modified amendment to the Industrial Relations Code bill introduced in 2019. It combines the features of three pre-existing laws – The Trade Unions[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 India
Hathras: yet another victim of the caste-driven rape culture in India   

Hathras: yet another victim of the caste-driven rape culture in India   

    Even as the United Nations deliberated on the concrete actions that would advance gender equality for women and girls everywhere, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and platform for action – the most comprehensive roadmap for women and girl’s empowerment, the  world  watched once again in horror another rape and murder story unraveling in India’s heartland.[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 India
Babri demolition case: Media, upholding court verdict, chants ‘Jai Sri Ram’   

Babri demolition case: Media, upholding court verdict, chants ‘Jai Sri Ram’   

Lord Rama, one of the major deities of Hinduism, was born at the very place of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya. The mosque was built after the “Muslim invaders” had demolished the Ram Temple. With these historically unsubstantiated narratives, the Hindutva forces, led by the top leaders of the BJP, the VHP and the RSS created frenzied mobs, culminating in[Read More…]

by October 4, 2020 India
Healing India’s Healthcare

Healing India’s Healthcare

Healthy families are the foundation for healthy communities. When people are healthy, humanity moves forward. There is nothing more important than good health, and reliable healthcare for all the family.  Universal health coverage (UHC), which aims to ensure that all people receive quality and adequate healthcare without suffering financial hardship, is an integral part of achieving the UN-mandated Sustainable Development[Read More…]

by October 4, 2020 India
Rape Culture: Where Do We Stand?

Rape Culture: Where Do We Stand?

The Caravan Magazine in August 2020, reported an incident from the month of June this year from Pokhari Village, Uttar Pradesh. Several upper-caste men hailing from the Thakur community (the caste community from which UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also hails from), attacked a colony of the Dalit community in the Gorakhpur district triggered by a puja of Goddess Kali[Read More…]

by October 4, 2020 India
How far is Hathras from your home?

How far is Hathras from your home?

“I know the alternative policy of adopting the line of least resistance. I am convinced that it will be ineffective in the matter or uprooting untouchability. The silent infiltration of rational ideas among the ignorant mass of caste Hindus cannot, I am sure, work for the elevation of the depressed classes. First of all, the cate Hindus like all human[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 India
 Hathras Horror: NAPM Condemns the Rising Caste and Gender-based Violence in  BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh & Gujarat

 Hathras Horror: NAPM Condemns the Rising Caste and Gender-based Violence in  BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh & Gujarat

Punish the rapists & murderers of dalit women and other victims. Hold the Administration, Police and Political Nexus Accountable. Chief Minister of UP must resign for repeatedly failing to safeguard rights of women from marginalized communities in the state 3rd Oct, 2020: The brutal rape and murder of yet another dalit woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh has sent shock waves[Read More…]

Justice: A Moral Debate

Justice: A Moral Debate

          Moralistic discussions on social dialectics and civilized ethics are bound to generate euphony if the positive vibes of Harmony vibrate in an environment of Justice. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle summed up the sentiment by saying, ‘Give each man his due’. It’s a classical philosophical assumption that human instinct craves for justice. It is ingrained in the conscious morality[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 India
Open Letter to the Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh

Open Letter to the Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh

Dear Chief Minister, Just when we thought that nothing could numb our consciences and brains further, the handling of the Hathras incident by the Uttar Pradesh administration has shown that, as a nation, we are plumbing the depths of depravity and callousness in governance. A young Dalit woman is brutally violated. Almost three weeks after the incident, the police are[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 India
Why The Farmers Need English Education? Indian English Day Diary

Why The Farmers Need English Education? Indian English Day Diary

Every  October 5 is being celebrated as Indian English day by several equal medium education lovers in India. This is 203rd   year of the birth of English medium school education in India. The first English medium school in Calcutta was started by William Carey a British missionary, who came from a cobbler family background. He came to India in 1793[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 India
Candlelight vigil for Hadras rape victim held outside Indian passport and visa office in Surrey

Candlelight vigil for Hadras rape victim held outside Indian passport and visa office in Surrey

South Asians activists came together on the evening of Friday, October 2, to raise voices against the recent gang rape of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh, India. The victim died after struggling for life for two weeks. She was brutally assaulted and raped by people belonging to the upper caste. Her death has outraged the community of so-called untouchables[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 India
Conversions and Anti Christian Violence in India

Conversions and Anti Christian Violence in India

Mr. Satyapal Singh, the BJP MP, while speaking in Lok Sabha on amendments to FCRA went on to support the forthcoming restrictions to the foreign contributions. While making his arguments, to buttress his point, he put forward the case of Pastor Graham Stewart Stains. In the process he poured venom on the late Pastor by saying that the Pastor had[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 India
Understanding the Anomalies in the College Recruitment Process in Assam

Understanding the Anomalies in the College Recruitment Process in Assam

Corruptions and anomalies are almost ever present in the recruitment processes in Assam. In 2018 several sitting senior officers of Assam government recruited by the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) were arrested for a massive cash for job scandal (https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/assam-cash-for-jobs-scam-bjp-mps-daughter-18-other-officers-arrested/article24453102.ece). In a matter of days, again surfaced the alleged scandal in the recruitment of 900 posts for the Panchayat &[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 India
Community Forest Rights and the Pandemic: Gram Sabhas lead the way

Community Forest Rights and the Pandemic: Gram Sabhas lead the way

 India is currently among the most affected countries by COVID19, recording 6 million cases, by the end of September 2020. The pandemic and lockdown measures have had a drastic impact on a large population of poor and marginalised forest communities, causing loss of livelihoods and employment, food insecurity and socio-economic distress. As per the findings of a preliminary assessment report,[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 India
New challenge before the BJP in Assam: Tribal organizations to form new political party

New challenge before the BJP in Assam: Tribal organizations to form new political party

The upcoming Assam assembly elections slated to be held next year. This time the path to power for the ruling BJP would not be smooth due to some policies adopted by the Narendra Modi government. Several organizations protested against the Citizenship(Amendment) Act earlier this year of which two influential outfits already formed a new political party to contest in the[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 India
Majoritarianism And Deviance From The Indian Constitution

Majoritarianism And Deviance From The Indian Constitution

Unity in independent India being diverse and plural nation was a dream come true. We have survived and proved as a truly democratic republic state until recent times with minimal flaws. This was made possible by a more accommodative and flexible conflict resolution mechanism in the form of a colossal constitution. The present majoritarian regime manoeuvres the crevasses existing in[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 India
Rape of Hathras

Rape of Hathras

Amazing, till about three days ago the news was that a Dalit girl has been raped and killed- as a matter of fact. It occurs every now and then, and here is another such incidence. So do not fret. It happens. That is the audacity with which we are informed about the rape of a Dalit girl. And then, come[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 India
CBI court’s decision on Babri Masjid a reflection on the state of Judiciary today

CBI court’s decision on Babri Masjid a reflection on the state of Judiciary today

On December 6th, 1992, it was not just Babari Masjid that was razed to the ground but also the spirit of the Constitution of India. Those of us, who have followed these cases and the vicious movement led by the Sangh parivar in the 1990s for the Ram Janam Bhumi know that they had least faith in the judiciary. After[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 India
Opposition must unite and act to provide an alternative

Opposition must unite and act to provide an alternative

The attempt to stop Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi from visiting to Hatharas by the Uttar Pradesh government might have succeeded when they did not allow the convoy to move ahead of Greater Noida and detained both Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi who have been taken to Buddha circuit, a world class facility made by Ms Mayawati when she was the[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 India
We are in a Constitutional Rama Rajya, not the Manuvaadi rule

We are in a Constitutional Rama Rajya, not the Manuvaadi rule

Is there any doubt that Rama Rajya is here? One by one, all the promises made by the ruling party are being fulfilled. The acquittal of the Ayodhya rioters is the acknowledgement of the Service to Rama’s cause, along with a blessing by the arbiters of divine justice. Territorial unification is rapidly progressing. Caste-policing is regaining its heights. Welcome to[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 India
Farm Reform Act Far from Farmers

Farm Reform Act Far from Farmers

Amid aggressive protest by the members of the opposition, the Rajya Sabha passed three farm Bills on 20th Sept 2020 by voice vote which were earlier approved by the Lok Sabha. After the approval of the President of India all these three Bills have been the acts for implementation. Those who are not connected to farming argue that the introduction[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 India
Punjab Bandh: Masses of Punjab write a new chapter in resistance against farm reform bills

Punjab Bandh: Masses of Punjab write a new chapter in resistance against farm reform bills

The state of Punjab rose to the occasion in resurrecting the spirit of immortal martyr Bhagat Singh on September 28th.Commemoration conferences or rallies engulfed the whole state shimmering the spark of the ideology of Bhagat Singh in context of the Imperialist policies enslaving the whole population. It is ironical that the homage assemblies coincided with one of the most impactful[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 India
Haathras Atrocity: Savarna Men Must Speak Up Now!

Haathras Atrocity: Savarna Men Must Speak Up Now!

The horrifically brutal and inhuman act of torture and rape perpetrated by Thakur men on a young Dalit woman in Haathras, Uttar Pradesh, tears at the soul and claws the conscience. It provokes violent thoughts and words and makes it impossible to not imagine a proportional response of the same barbaric extent as the ultimate self-defensive justice. This feeling is[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 India
Why India needs a rural uprising

Why India needs a rural uprising

“Today, the villages are dung heaps. Tomorrow they will be like tiny gardens of Eden where dwell highly intelligent folk whom no one can deceive or exploit”. Mahatma Gandhi, writing in the Harijan in November 1946   Of all the dreams that Mahatma Gandhi projected for India’s future, none was shattered as cruelly as his wish to make it a[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 India
Political Deprivation of Muslims in Bihar

Political Deprivation of Muslims in Bihar

Bihar is the land of notable religious and social reformers who not only sought reform in dogmatic religious practices but also advocated social equality, social harmony and social justice- key factors for peace and tranquility. This is the land of Buddha, Mahavir, Chandragupta Maurya, Samrat Ashoka, etc. And so also of Jayprakash Narayan, BP Mandal, Karpoori Thakur, etc. They prescribed[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 India
Language Policy in India is meant to facilitate promotion and imposition of Hindi, and for narrow interests as in Kashmir now

Language Policy in India is meant to facilitate promotion and imposition of Hindi, and for narrow interests as in Kashmir now

Reactionary politics in India, and the Indian State itself, seek to promote Hindi and thwart development of other languages and nationalities, not only those of South India, but notably also those in north India. The term “Hindi States” is an artificial construct meant for the same purpose. Whole languages were undermined and shown as “dialects”. The policy on languages and[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 India
The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961: Analysis

The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961: Analysis

The expansion of capitalism translates into an unequal relationship between the employer and the employee, this power disparity also impacts the bargaining power of employees when it comes to safe and equal working conditions. This unequal distribution of power and wealth should be addressed, worker’s rights should be acknowledged and then only can we as a society come closer to[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 India
Rally against fascism and attacks on the rights of farmers under Modi held in Canada

Rally against fascism and attacks on the rights of farmers under Modi held in Canada

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) held a demonstration to oppose growing state violence in India, on Sunday, September 27 in Surrey. Bhagat Singh was a towering revolutionary who fought against the British occupation of India and stood for an egalitarian and just society. He strongly believed in secularism and[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 India
Was Mughal Rule the period of India’s Slavery?

Was Mughal Rule the period of India’s Slavery?

When James Mill periodized the Indian History into Hindu Period, Muslim Period and British period, he not only gave the tool to British to pursue their policy of ‘divide and rule’, he also gave the potent weapon to the future pursuers of communal politics to intensify the divisive policies in the future. The Muslim communalists later claimed that India was[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 India
Sangh’s Hindu Rashtra : A Threat to India and Indians

Sangh’s Hindu Rashtra : A Threat to India and Indians

The Sangh was founded in 1925 with the declared aim of opposing the ‘yavan-snakes’ (i.e the Muslims) who ‘were spreading riots in the country.’ It declared with equal determination that it was not concerned with the independence movement. The Sangh kept its word and opposed the freedom struggle with determination. When independence appeared a possibility, Golwarkar dreamt of India as[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 India
How To Counter The Hindutva Project?

How To Counter The Hindutva Project?

Along with broader movement against the authoritarian project of RSS and BJP, emphasis must be laid on politicisation of society and balance of social forces must be changed Recently, senior journalist Santosh Bhartiya interviewed me on the contradictions of left movement. Responding to his question, I said that for me left movement in India is a democratic movement which stands[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 India
Around 30 Christian Families Targeted By Fanatics In Madhya Pradesh

Around 30 Christian Families Targeted By Fanatics In Madhya Pradesh

Around 30 Christian families living in Omardho, a village in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, are being hounded by a large group of religious extremists. This action is being carried out in an attempt to force Christians to recant their faith. “On the 20th of September 2020 at around 2 pm, a few policemen along with the fanatics came[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 India
‘Hinduisation’ of Jammu and Kashmir: The Language and Domicile Bills

‘Hinduisation’ of Jammu and Kashmir: The Language and Domicile Bills

Hindi along with Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri and English, has been made official language of Jammu and Kashmir. A bill is recently passed in the parliament of India to add Dogri and Hindi in list of already existing (Urdu and English) official languages of Jammu and Kashmir. People of Jammu and Kashmir feel alienated and express their distress, as their right[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 India
Farm Bills: Media depicts opposition as unruly, toes government’s line

Farm Bills: Media depicts opposition as unruly, toes government’s line

  The Farm Bills – which pave the way for private companies to buy farmers’ produce and go for contract-farming- have been vigorously opposed by the opposition parties and the farmers. While covering the issue, the mainstream media, particularly the Hindi press, not only largely ignored the concerns of the opposition parties but also pliantly toed the government’s line. Worse[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 India
Hindi was devised by a Scottish linguist of The East India Company – it can never be India’s National Language

Hindi was devised by a Scottish linguist of The East India Company – it can never be India’s National Language

If the Anglophone Indians are derided as ‘Macaulay’s children’, then the Hindi speaking Indians can also be called ‘Gilchrist’s children’.            My late maternal grandmother – who had studied philosophy and biology in the 1940s Calcutta – had told me once during my boyhood, that Calcutta was the birthplace of the modern Hindi language: it was ‘invented’ by the British[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 India
Life hasn’t been the same, since I grew up- Perspective from a Kashmiri father

Life hasn’t been the same, since I grew up- Perspective from a Kashmiri father

Often in life, when one has kids, they plant a thousand wishes, dreams and aspirations for them- the kind of life they’d want them to have, the kind of clothes they’d like to see them in, the kind of the person they envision them to be and numerous other colours of an ideal life. I was blessed too with the[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 India
New laws will steal food from the plates of Indian farmers

New laws will steal food from the plates of Indian farmers

India is seeing multiple protests by its farmers, citizens and lawmakers. People are coming out on the streets as  they are no longer afraid of the pandemic, but are more threatened by the new laws that the Indian parliament is imposing on them. While the ruling party pleads that each of these laws are aimed at welfare of the people,[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
Muzzling the dissent

Muzzling the dissent

“ I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”, said E.B Hall. Today’s era is the era of democracy, a system fraught with significant provisions be it Fundamental rights, universal adult franchise, citizenship, separation of powers, due process of law , independent judiciary or the constitution itself. Among them, the[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
 The tradition of incriminating of Muslims in India goes back decades

 The tradition of incriminating of Muslims in India goes back decades

“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Saturday that it has busted an al Qaeda module and arrested nine people who were allegedly planning to carry out major terror strikes in India at the direction of their Pakistan-based handler.” The news hit headlines of all major dailies in India last week. Six of these suspects were apprehended from the district[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
Learning In Times Of COVID-19: Busting myths about the success of e-schooling

Learning In Times Of COVID-19: Busting myths about the success of e-schooling

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” – Charles Dederich The above quote, used to describe a child’s first day at school, has been prolifically used in the past to impress upon its reader, the value attached to the act of ‘going to school’. It is associated with a certain sentiment, rooted in substantial individual experiences[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
Farmers Protest Across India Against Anti-Farmer Laws

Farmers Protest Across India Against Anti-Farmer Laws

Protests were held across the country today after the nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by farmer organisations against the Farm Bills. The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, have been passed by both Houses and await[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Democracy without debate

Democracy without debate

Today farmers all over the country have been protesting against the bills passed in the name of ‘strengthening’ them and giving them ‘free access’ to ‘market. In the Narmada Valley, about 2400 families from 192 villages are living in tents or tin sheds as they have not been provided any alternative places. Why is this that the government planning has[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Democracy or ‘Kakistocracy’?

Democracy or ‘Kakistocracy’?

The journalists, critics and social media writers today are facing false cases foisted by the State and Police. A senior journalist is fighting a sedition case for criticising the Centre’s policies . A doctor in the Government Hospital was victim of abuse of the state power but rescued by the High Court. One news web portal Telugu One.com is out[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Uphold the Constitutional Right of Farmers to Protest

Uphold the Constitutional Right of Farmers to Protest

For the last one week thousands of farmers in several parts of India have been protesting against three farm reform bills that were finally passed by the ruling party in parliament on 21 September. More agitations are expected as many farmers see the new legislation as inimical to their interests and the future of farming in the country. Peaceful protests[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Hyderabad Police Action (1948 Sep 13-17, Part-2) : The Screen Play and the Heroes 

Hyderabad Police Action (1948 Sep 13-17, Part-2) : The Screen Play and the Heroes 

 ( Since Part-1 of this article was published on Sep20, we had the sad news that Andre Vltchek is no more. This article in countercurrents.org, which has been a platform for his writings, is dedicated to the memory of the comrade who travelled extensively, supported and wrote for Communist and other movements against imperialism and injustice everywhere.)   Scores of official[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020 India
Need for enhancing old age pension and other pension benefits under NSAP

Need for enhancing old age pension and other pension benefits under NSAP

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Articles 21 and 41 of the Constitution cast an obligation on the State to ensure that the aged and other vulnerable sections of the citizens are provided adequate assistance to be able to live in dignity. Right to adequate old age pension is one of the basic universal and justiciable economic[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020 India
Farm Bills: Punjab Farmers Rise Up In Anger

Farm Bills: Punjab Farmers Rise Up In Anger

Punjab Farmers Movement reaches a crescendo in shimmering spark of resistance against Agricultural Land Ordinances and preparation for bandh on September 25th One of the most intense agitations in recent times has ignited in the state of Punjab on the issue of Agricultural land ordinances by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan)There is hardly an adjective to do justice to the[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 India
Refer FCRA bill, 2020 to a Select/Standing Committee of the Parliament

Refer FCRA bill, 2020 to a Select/Standing Committee of the Parliament

  Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), being an apex body/national association of Indian voluntary development organizations strongly feels that the FCRA bill, 2020 will be a death blow to the development relief, scientific research and community support work of the NGO community as it prohibits collaboration with other Indian organizations.   At a time like this, when India is battling[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 India
A peacock, divine providence and we

A peacock, divine providence and we

At that time, the peacock was eating the grain given by its lord in the bungalow of Lok Kalyan Marg. And by that time, the number of coronavirus affected people has reached 30 lakhs 30 thousand and 752. And 57 thousand 524 people have died. Exactly four days later, the finance minister of the country had discharged her duties by[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 India
Before teaching in English medium, first improve the shoddy text books

Before teaching in English medium, first improve the shoddy text books

The discussion on the new education policy so far seems to have omitted the subject of text books. The quality of most text books so far is considered quite poor, especially of books in English language for English medium students… This has been going on year after year, the same mistakes are repeated in next editions. Let me cite the[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
A Moral Debate

A Moral Debate

Any moralistic discussion on social dialectics and civilized ethics is bound to generate euphony when the positive vibes of Harmony vibrate and are complemented by Justice. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle summed up the sentiment by saying, ‘Give each man his due’. It’s a classical philosophical assumption that human instinct craves for justice. It is ingrained in the conscious morality[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
RSS As A Terrorist Outfit: Evidences From Its Archives

RSS As A Terrorist Outfit: Evidences From Its Archives

PART 1 RSS Modelled After Nazi & Fascist Parties The process of Hindutva takeover of the democratic-secular Indian polity got huge push with Narender Modi, a seasoned RSS ideologue becoming PM of India in 2014. His commitment to the cause of the Hindutva politics and hatred for the Indian democratic-secular polity has been unambiguous. While ruling the State Gujarat as[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
RTI: High Court admonishes irresponsible PIOs

RTI: High Court admonishes irresponsible PIOs

  The Supreme Court long back stated in a landmark judgment State of Uttar Pradesh v. Raj Narain and Others, “… people of this country have a right to know every public act, everything that is done in a public way by their public functionaries. The Supreme Court long back stated in a landmark judgment State of Uttar Pradesh v.[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
On the GST issue, the Centre holds the baton

On the GST issue, the Centre holds the baton

A large borrowing programme is inevitable; data and economic uncertainties show that States cannot handle the matter. Clearly, the Centre is reneging on its promise to the States. The implication is that the States are on their own — cooperative federalism is a casualty. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting has now been deferred to the first week[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
Resisting Linguistic Hegemony: The Legacy of Punjabi Language

Resisting Linguistic Hegemony: The Legacy of Punjabi Language

It was only from the year I was in Class 3 that we finally settled in Delhi. In the few years before that I had lived in many places in India and outside, like Ferozepur, Kartarpur, Yol Camp (Dharamshala), Boston and Kanpur, depending on where my father was studying, posted or teaching. My School vacations would usually be spent in[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
TV journalism in India:  Crying for TRP or Truth

TV journalism in India:  Crying for TRP or Truth

The recent observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court towards the functioning of media in India seem to be an urgent need of redefining and restructuring the electronic media in accordance with the constitutional values, freedom of media, individual rights and right to privacy. ‘Sensation above sense’ becomes one of the most important weapons in the hand of media owners to[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 India
Lynching of democracy in India

Lynching of democracy in India

Mr Narendra Damodardas Modi is a consummated practitioner of remorseless Hindutva politics of hate. He does not spare a moment to capture the headlines with his diversionary tactics, which makes him as one of the sharpest managers of media and prime master of propaganda. The Hindutva propaganda machine with the organisational network of RSS is erasing the idea of India[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Body, Nation and Resistance in the times of COVID-19

Body, Nation and Resistance in the times of COVID-19

This article is based on the 25th Chandrashekar Memorial Lecture delivered on 20 September 2020. The original lecture was delivered in Hindi and the event was organized by Punashcha, the Indian People’s Theater Association (IPTA) and Koshish. Friends, comrades gathered here; I am very honoured to be invited to deliver the Chandrashekhar Memorial Lecture this year but I cannot say[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

A central legislation ‘Essential Commodities Act, 1955’ was enacted with a main objective to prohibit hoarding and black marketing of essential commodities which may obstruct the supply and have an adverse effect on the normal life of the people. The other objective was to provide the essential commodities to its consumers at fair prices. The prices of essential commodities are[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Arun Kumar, Economist and author

Economy May Not Recover Back to Where It was in January 2020: Prof. Arun Kumar

Interview with Prof. Arun Kumar by Mohd. Nuashad Khan       What’s your take on the free fall of the GDP? Is it because of the pandemic or something else? I am surprised that the decline in GDP in Q1 is given as 23.9 per cent. It should have been much more because the unorganised sector which is 45 per cent[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
“Insult-to-religion-law” of India: An overview from enactment to interpretation

“Insult-to-religion-law” of India: An overview from enactment to interpretation

Pre-word: In August, 2020, in Jammu & Bangaluru two separate blasphemous messages were uploaded on social media which gave rise to massive protests by Muslims against the blasphemous remarks against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in both the places. The police claimed arrest of the culprits that were involved in the “communally sensitive” video in Jammu & face-book post in[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Busy celebrating Modi’s birthday, Media scants job protests and police crackdown

Busy celebrating Modi’s birthday, Media scants job protests and police crackdown

The youth of the country observed the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘National Unemployment Day’ (Rashtriya Berozgari Diwas). The mainstream media, which was busy celebrating Modi’s birth day, not only paid scant heed to the youth unrest against unemployment but also maintained a conspicuous silence on the ensuing police crackdown. While the Hindi dailies prominently covered several[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
History and politics of Sep. 17: Was it a Day of  Liberation of People from Nizam or  Liberation of Nizam from People’s Revolution?

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

Telangana media for the last  several weeks  was debating  such questions around the date of Sep. 17. It was on that day in 1948  Nizam VII, Mir Osman Ali Khan, surrendered. Hyderabad,  one of the princely states,  surrendered to Delhi’s armed forces and agreed to accession with Indian Union. The context was a sustained campaign by BJP on the issue.[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee led Movement in Punjab-A turning point in Revolutionary history of Punjab and India 

Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Commitee led Movement in Punjab-A turning point in Revolutionary history of Punjab and India 

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee has played the most defining role ever in determining the destination of the upsurge or emancipation of the dalit community of Punjab from enslavement. The movement it has inaugurated in 2014 has virtually written a new chapter or defined a new epoch in the history of struggle of Dalit agricultural labour. With detailed or incisive[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 India
 12 Years of Batla House Encounter and a Pro-tip

 12 Years of Batla House Encounter and a Pro-tip

Muhammad Sajid came to New Delhi with an astronomical aspiration to take admission in Jamia School. When a 17-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh could not clear Jamia’s entrance examination, he decided not to return to his hometown and instead enrolled in an English-speaking course. Back in the days, being able to communicate in English gave you an illusion that[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Pastor And Family Attacked With Swords, Knives And Rods In Punjab

Pastor And Family Attacked With Swords, Knives And Rods In Punjab

In a brutal attack, a pastor and his family were hunted down with swords and butcher’s knives by a gang of religious goons. This incident took place on the 17th of September 2020 in TaranTaran, a district in the Indian state of Punjab. “We were on our way back from a prayer meeting at around 10 pm, late in the[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Open letter of a political prisoner to Sitaram Yechury on UAPA

Open letter of a political prisoner to Sitaram Yechury on UAPA

This letter was written from the prison at a time when the media predicted imminent arrest of Sitaram Yechuri,  which was later denied by the Delhi Police. But many other activists including student leader Umar Khalid were arrested and detained on the same charges. Police is witch hunting several eminent activists and democrats on foisted charges utilising the pandemic situation.[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
India-China Situation Aggravates

India-China Situation Aggravates

The two world largest armies and unarguably the Asian largest economy and the third largest economy China and India seem determined to undermine each other in this seemingly uneasy scenario which tends to build around these two countries.  There is an uneasy chill in the mountains as both the nations are into building their ‘military-build-ups’ to outdo each other, and[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
Has India become a Police State?

Has India become a Police State?

The authors, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Zibalatt, in their famous book titled “How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about Future” have said that “Democracies can die with a coup d’etat- or they can die slowly. This happens most deceptively in piecemeal fashion, with the election of an authoritarian leader, the abuse of governmental power and the complete repression of opposition.[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 India
The Woeful Trial Of Bank Pensioners

The Woeful Trial Of Bank Pensioners

Public banks have played a historically stellar role in financial inclusion and the development of the underserved sector. These banks have been the backbone of the government’s socio-economic agenda. State-owned banks in developing countries have to shoulder the main burden of the government’s development policies—from rural lending to infrastructure development. But while public banks   have striven ceaselessly to bring about[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 India
India-China Poised On A Razor’s Edge

India-China Poised On A Razor’s Edge

The situation between China-India and with India-Pakistan is now into an extremely sensitive zone as there is a report for the first time from the Indian army, though through a retired Brigadier, that ‘Indian army fully geared to fight full-fledged war in eastern Ladakh even in winters’, in Times of India  on September 16, 20201 ,  (Retd) Brig Hemant Mahajan[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture

Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture

In a 2017 article, I asked what might a future India look like and concluded that, if current neoliberal policies continue, there could be dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. And it could also mean hundreds of millions of displaced rural dwellers without any work.[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Communalising Violence in Bangalore D.J. Halli

Communalising Violence in Bangalore D.J. Halli

Report of the fact finding into the violence and it’s Aftermath at D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli by Bangalore Civil Society Organisations An Executive Summary “Whoever put the post out is wrong. Not registering the complaint is wrong. The violence is wrong.” Sameena, a local resident, Kavalbyrasandra The Action, Reaction and its Aftermath On August 11, 2020, an incendiary image[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Aligarh Muslim University:  Purpose redefined 

Aligarh Muslim University:  Purpose redefined 

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be celebrating 100 years of its existence soon. Hence, it becomes increasingly important to have an audit to establish if the University has been on the designated path as envisioned by the Aligarh movement torchbearers. The Aligarh movement founders conceptualized the course of educational, cultural, economic, and moral prosperity. In the present situation, Muslims of[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Church And A Car Set Ablaze In Andhra Pradesh

Church And A Car Set Ablaze In Andhra Pradesh

Loud screams woke up a Pastor and his family from a deep sleep at the dead of night on the 9th of September 2020. Religious fanatics had set his car and the church on fire in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. “At approximately 12:45 am, my father and sister ran outside after hearing the locals yelling and shouting outside[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Has Rajnath Singh Signalled War Preparedness?

Has Rajnath Singh Signalled War Preparedness?

When Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh declared on record, in parliament, that China is illegally occupying 38,000 sq. kms of land in Ladakh  1 and eyeing further 90,000 sq. kms in Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls as South Tibet, India had made it clear to the world, about the expansionist designs of China and to which India is ready to[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 India
Indian Defence Minister Admits In Parliament That China Has Occupied 38,000 sq. kms.  Of Land In Ladakh

Indian Defence Minister Admits In Parliament That China Has Occupied 38,000 sq. kms.  Of Land In Ladakh

When India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, met in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on September 10, 2020, and issued a joint-statement, the peace-lovers had a sigh of relief as it signalled towards a significant de-escalation between the two countries, but on the contrary the situation is by all standards[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Mass prayer of more than 20,000 children at the KISS school in Bhubaneswar.

An open letter to Academics and People’s Movements in India –  Towards a critical articulation on factory schools

by Pranab Doley, Jacinta Kerketta, Deme Oraon, Gladson Dungdung, Sharanya and Rajaraman Sundaresan A recent protest, through a petition endorsed by around 300 Adivasi leaders, academics, activists, environmental groups and people’s movements in India, has brought the issue of decolonization to the forefront by protesting against the decision of IUAES and its member organizations to hold the World Anthropology Congress[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Are the People Unjust to the Judges?

Are the People Unjust to the Judges?

Justice Ramanna has observed that ‘judges have become victims of juicy gossip’ while CJI Bobde has said that independence of the judiciary is not only independence from the Executive, but also from many other pressure and prejudices. They are not wrong, but they should introspect why things are happening which did not happen before. Have the people degenerated or the[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
 Kashi- Mathura: Will Temple Politics be Revived?

 Kashi- Mathura: Will Temple Politics be Revived?

When Babri Mosque was being demolished in broad day light, the slogan being chanted by the leaders was, Yeh to Kewal jahnki hai, Kashi Mathura Baaki hai (This is the beginning, Kashi Mathura are next on the line).  Supreme Court despite giving the same land to those who demolished the Mosque did call it a crime. The Ram Temple was[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
New Education Policy-2020 What’s in the Plate for Marginal Students?

New Education Policy-2020 What’s in the Plate for Marginal Students?

by Kalu Naik and Ajit Kumar Lenka ­­­The much-awaited and ambitious ‘New Education Policy-2020’ rolled out by the NDA government under the chairmanship of former ISRO Chief K. Kasturirangan. This New Education Policy is popularly known as the Kasturirangan committee on Education Policy. This is the third education policy since 1968 and 1986 and considered as the modern education policy[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Digital Polarization and the Religion of Profit

Digital Polarization and the Religion of Profit

by Sandeep Pandey and Shivi Saba What purpose does a religion serve? It serves you the meaning of living a life in the right way. Lately, the sentiment around the religion in our country is undergoing transformation, religion has become a marker of character. Earlier this thinking was limited to a very small section of society but now the politics[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 India
Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid

Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid

Condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid by the Delhi Police in the  name of investigating the North East Delhi pogrom! Stop the harassment of activists and intellectuals! On September 13th, after a lengthy interrogation lasting over 10 hours, the Delhi Police arrested former JNU student Umar Khalid. His arrest under FIR 59/2020 invokes several sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
People’s Policy for Post COVID-19 Times

People’s Policy for Post COVID-19 Times

In the last six months the world has witnessed an unprecedented period of vulnerability and socio-economic insecurity and distress – India has been no exception to this casualty. In these extraordinary times, the centralised, undemocratic and non consultative manner in which the government has formulated and implemented policies have been damaging to India’s working people – further perpetuating an already[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Fanatics Demolish Home of Christian Family Twice in Chhattisgarh

Fanatics Demolish Home of Christian Family Twice in Chhattisgarh

A Christian family was chased away after their home was demolished by local religious fanatics in Chhattisgarh. The fanatics made this move although the family holds all legal documents of ownership of the said property. “*Bhushan, *Bani, and their three children used to live in a 7×9 sq. ft room which belonged to *Bhushan’s parents. When the family accepted Christianity[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Making NEET Neat

Making NEET Neat

Why is it alone students of Tamil Nadu are known for committing suicides due to NEET? Since 2017 during this time around the NEET exam in the corner, Tamil Nadu always has the news of students committing suicides? Who should we blame for this? Is it the students themselves or their parents? or the government and the entire society? As[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Weaponising the Virus is Dangerous for all and Against Humanity

Weaponising the Virus is Dangerous for all and Against Humanity

This is a crucial time and an unprecedented crisis is unfolding where the worst-hit are the most neglected ones. The Government must find a way out with utmost dedication, even if it is an act of God, and look after the farmers, so that they do happy harvesting rather than committing unwelcoming suicides. How does the novel coronavirus travel from[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Revive Basanta Utsab And Poush Mela At Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

Revive Basanta Utsab And Poush Mela At Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

This is a scene from Basanta Utsab ( spring festival) song- and-dance programme at Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, a couple of years back. The VC of the University, Bidyut Chakrabarty, called it “Basanta Tandav” and banned it along with the Poush Mela. How can you expect a person found guilty of sexual harassment and punished, to understand, leave alone to appreciate, such[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
Reclaiming India!—A Strong Recommendation

Reclaiming India!—A Strong Recommendation

On October 3rd and 4th, the Reclaiming India virtual conference will take place online. Please do not miss it. Hear Luminaries like William Barber, Prashant Bhushan, Indira Jaising, Hamid Ansari www.reclaimingindia.org Organized by Global Indian Progressive Alliance, Hindus for Human Rights, Indian American Muslim Council, India Civil Watch International, Students Against Hindutva Ideology this conference is a magnificent event highlighting[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 India
 Delhi Riot: Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions

 Delhi Riot: Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions

To: Mr. SN Srivastava, IPS Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police Headquarters, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi Subject:          Urgently stop the motivated and malicious investigation and carry out bona fide investigation into the violence in North East Delhi in end  February, 2020; Stop filing of charge sheet on the basis of fabricated evidence and false confessions in the conspiracy case made[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
‘We Will Shoot You’, Mob Threatens Pastor In Rajasthan

‘We Will Shoot You’, Mob Threatens Pastor In Rajasthan

‘We will shoot you’, ‘Stop religious conversion’ & ‘This is a Hindu Rashtra’. These were the slogans yelled out by a mob of religious fanatics, who stood outside a Church in Rajasthan, India. This incident took place on the 11th of September 2020 at roughly 5:30 pm. “Around 50 men stood outside our gate, creating a huge commotion and threatening[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

As citizens deeply committed to Constitutional values, we condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid who has been subjected to a malicious investigation targeting peaceful anti-CAA protestors. He has been booked under several charges including UAPA, sedition and conspiracy for murder. With deep anguish we have no doubt in saying that this investigation is not about the violence in February 2020[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

  The mainstream media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has reproduced the police version while covering the news related to the naming of opposition leaders, activists, scholars in a supplementary chargesheet in the February 2020 Delhi riots. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader and scholar Yogendra Yadav, JNU economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and social activist Apoorvanand[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 India
India Not To Allow ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’

India Not To Allow ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’

It is well known fact that the Khalistan movement,  which was to make a separate homeland for the Sikhs within India, had been considered ‘long-dead’ by the Indian government, after it coalesced to its high-point in 1984, when the Ex. PM Indira Gandhi organised ‘Operation Blue Star’ to suppress it.  But, even after 36 years the embers still tend to[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 India
Janhastakshep condemns the demolition of thousands of houses in Delhi

Janhastakshep condemns the demolition of thousands of houses in Delhi

Janhastakshep takes serious note of and unequivocally condemns the inhuman, illegal and unethical demolition of thousands of houses (Jhuggis) of the Indian citizens along the railway lines near Keshavpuram and Nangloi in Delhi, the day before yesterday (10th September 2020), by the Railway authorities and Delhi Police under the pretext of Supreme Court Order, 31 august 2020, by a bench[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
The National Education Policy: A Perspective From Below

The National Education Policy: A Perspective From Below

     Recently the PM Modi led Cabinet has approved the New National Education Policy (NEP-2020). After that, it is being argued that current Education policy has been designed to fulfill the needs and emerging aspirations of students. In this respect, the ruling dispensation led by PM Modi has said that current policy on education will help us to achieve an[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
File photo of Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army soldiers in September 2019 | Photo: ANI

India- China doing Handstands on Edge of a Ladak Cliff

The Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Pangong Tso remains poised on a razor’s edge. India- China animosity is high, mutual trust is nonexistent, and all past agreements and mechanisms that provided the basis for managing the border dispute have gone for a toss. The situation is slipping fast towards a point of no return, but a war that looks[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
Institutional nephews

Institutional nephews

I have been following Kangana Ranaut with a mixture of fascination and admiration ever since she showed the extraordinary courage of taking on the bigwigs in Bollywood by attacking the source of their power—nepotism. Beginning from Koffee With Karan where she famously called Karan Johar the ‘flag bearer of nepotism’, she has been relentless in her attack. She must have[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Open Letter Mark Zuckerberg-CEO Of Facebook

Open Letter Mark Zuckerberg-CEO Of Facebook

“I think there’s a comfort in knowing and having confidence that there are things bigger than you…it’s why I have so much faith in democracy overall, it’s why I care so much about giving people a voice” -Mark Zuckerberg Dear Mark, Very few have the privilege, convenience and power to give the masses a voice, like you do. Facebook has[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
What we behold is what we become

What we behold is what we become

On the 6th of September 2020, a news channel by the name of Pahad TV made a short video about how Christian missionaries from the south have ‘deviously’ come to the north and are ‘in the business’ of converting people there. A group of fanatics, led by a man identified as Gyan Singh Rana is seen threatening a group of[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots

Flawed Investigation into the Delhi Riots

The Forum for Constitutional Rights and Democratic Freedoms (FCRDF) was constituted in August, 2020, after discussion among its Principal Members, comprising both individuals and organizations, all representing different constituencies. All were concerned with the erosion of constitutional rights and democratic freedoms in the last few years and came together on a common platform to stem the tide. The groups represented[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Open letter to Narendra Modi on his Birthday

Open letter to Narendra Modi on his Birthday

Narendra Modi The Prime Minister of India Subject: I wish you a long life so that you can live to see the consequences of your actions Mr. Modi, Hope you are doing well, even under these difficult circumstances when your country is now the second most hit in the world by COVID 19. Too bad that your lockdown did not[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 India
Kangana Ranaut and routine violations by the rich

Kangana Ranaut and routine violations by the rich

The controversial demolition of the allegedly illegal construction in film star Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra on September 9 should be seen in a broader perspective. The crux is that over the years there is a tacit understanding between sections in the State government, the municipal corporation and the rich about land grab and illegal construction, enjoying[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
India, Israel And The Arab States

India, Israel And The Arab States

The president of US Donald Trump is of course too much meant to be busy for the November 2020 elections, and despite the stand-off with China on many fronts, particularly in South China Sea, will not be able to ‘look-that-hard’ into with China until the elections are over, which is not ‘that much’ to India’s liking, yet Israel, which is[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
A Parody Of Mann Ki Baat

A Parody Of Mann Ki Baat

I came to power in 2014. Till that period, all the sickulars, commies, libtards, prestitutes ruled the country. The land called India was destroyed by these anti-nationals. From the time I became the prime minister, I took on a war with these anti-national forces. I identified all the Urban naxals and Islamic jehadists by their speeches and dresses and got[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
A Modern Day Retelling of a Witch-Hunt

A Modern Day Retelling of a Witch-Hunt

  The terms ‘medial trial’ and ‘media circus’ that are frequently invoked to describe what is happening to actor Rhea Chakraborty following the alleged suicide of her partner Sushant Singh Rajput, merely masks the reality of what our society is subjecting this young woman to. So let’s call it what it really is, shall we? This is a modern day[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
Time To Judge The Judgement

Time To Judge The Judgement

by Sandeep Pandey and Mohini Mullick When the only cause for elation, even a smile in the morning, is news of the release of an innocent detainee with the words that his detention ‘was bad in law’, then democracy is indeed staring at its nadir. Priyanka Gandhi called Kafeel after his release. We would have liked to call the judges[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 India
In Solidarity with K. Satyanarayana

In Solidarity with K. Satyanarayana

We, the undersigned academics, journalists and concerned citizens strongly condemn the fresh round of harassment and arrests of academics and activists by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is trying to implicate them in the Bhima Koregaon case. After Partho Sarathi Ray, the NIA has now summoned Prof Satyanarayana and senior journalist KV Kurmanath to appear before it on 9[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
Over a thousand scientists and academics express concern over NIA actions in Bhima-Koregaon case

Over a thousand scientists and academics express concern over NIA actions in Bhima-Koregaon case

We are members of the scientific and academic community. We are writing to express our deep concern at the actions of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its investigation of the Bhima-Koregaon violence. Instead of investigating those responsible for the actual violent clashes in Bhima-Koregaon, the NIA (and earlier,  the Pune police) has focused on the Elgaar Parishad event—a large[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India
Why Police is Casteist and Communal

Why Police is Casteist and Communal

 Sometime back  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 Muslims and tortures them. It represents a crude but true picture of social prejudices in India’s police force. It is a fact that after all our police men come from the society, hence[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 India