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Prime Minister: India needs A Social And Not A Digital Revolution

Prime Minister: India needs A Social And Not A Digital Revolution

Prime Minister, in your speeches following the Demonetization announcement you have been talking about India moving to a cashless society. You are talking about India transforming into a state where every money transaction would be made through usage of technology such as Smart Phone, e-payments, Aadhaar cards. You have been trying to sell the dream that moving into this world[Read More…]

Demonetisation And Gandhi

Demonetisation And Gandhi

The entire demonetisation story has been parsed, discussed, analyzed and commented upon in detail, by its supporters and non-supporters alike. There is not pretty much left that can be contributed to the debate, however, I wish to attempt a Gandhian analysis of the move in the following paragraphs. Why did I feel the need to take up such an analysis?[Read More…]

‘Mitron’ Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction

‘Mitron’ Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction

I discovered a new word: Mitron. It means, ‘A large group of unsuspecting people about to be hit by something they will take a long time to recover from.’ Ironically it comes from the Hindi word – Mitron (Mitr = friend. Mitron = of friends). I believe we are in a Mitron moment; the discovery of a word and an[Read More…]

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Nabakishore Pradhan, Farmer From Odisha

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Nabakishore Pradhan, Farmer From Odisha

My name is Nabakishore Pradhan. I am a farmer from Odisha. My family is dependent on our agricultural produces and now is suffering due to demonetization. I cannot get loan from the banks to tend to our farming needs. My relatives do not have money to avail medical facilities. In every field of life, we are suffering. Life has come[Read More…]

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Tomato At 50 paise/Kg! A Windfall or Disaster?

Tomato At 50 paise/Kg! A Windfall or Disaster?

Political analyst Devinder Sharma tweeted  that angry farmers in Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh are dumping tomato on highways. The reason? They are getting 50 rupees for a 100 kg batch of tomato. That means they are getting 50 paise for a kilogram of tomato. Ironically, 50 paise is practically out of circulation in India. Angry farmers in Ramgarh dist in[Read More…]

Demonetisation: The Sultan Of Sophistry

Demonetisation: The Sultan Of Sophistry

It is early winter and a thick, grimy fog, black and white tinged with grey, hangs over Delhi much of the day. Morning visibility is bad, clears up a bit with a dull sun in the afternoon, before darkness descends again on the city. A month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his demonetisation policy, the gloomy weather in the[Read More…]

Demonetisation Creates An Exodus Of Migrant Workers From Kerala

Demonetisation Creates An Exodus Of Migrant Workers From Kerala

Perumbavoor in Central Kerala is a mini India. Migrant workers from all over India come to this place looking for work. Workers from many states who get paid around Rs 200 for a day’s work in their home states, get around Rs 1000 as wage here. Sunday is a busy day in Perumbavoor. Workers who get their weekly pay and[Read More…]

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Ittiyavirah, The Petty Trader

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Ittiyavirah, The Petty Trader

My name is Ittiyavirah. I am a petty trader of spices. When the note ban was announced all the money I had with me from that day’s trading became useless. Bank is not giving me money. After standing long hours in queue they give 4000 rupees. Farmers who come to sell me one or two kilo grams of their produce[Read More…]

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Shock Doctrine At Work In India

Shock Doctrine At Work In India

In her classic book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein unmasks the practitioners of what she calls Disaster Capitalismfor profiting from human misery, and often precipitating and promoting it to spread their influence globally.In a scathing critique of Milton Friedman’s role in inventing “economic shock treatment” as advisor to Pinochet’s regime, Klein says, he advised Pinochet[Read More…]

Praja, Politics And People

Praja, Politics And People

Politics always has been considered as dirty game. But this ‘always’ is actually very new. If one will try to find how politics was decades ago, it would be seen in the history where on the appeal of politicians, people kept fast. It would be seen in the time where on the appeal of politicians, people donated even their jewellery[Read More…]

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Mallika, The Daily Wage Earner

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Mallika, The Daily Wage Earner

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: My name is Mallika Lohar. I am a daily wage earner from Ruppur, Birbhum, West Bengal. Demonetisation has only been inconvenience for us. Our payments have been delayed, and now there are Rs. 2000 notes only. Wherever we go, there is no change for Rs. 2000. How can we go on without change? The grocery-store person is saying I[Read More…]

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A Risky Fatalism: ‘Temporary Hardships In Lieu Of A Better Tomorrow’

A Risky Fatalism: ‘Temporary Hardships In Lieu Of A Better Tomorrow’

At a time when the whole of India is busy standing in ATM and Bank queues for few quantities of currency notes, South Koreans are out on the streets protesting against their scandal-mired president. The wave of protest has grown over the last few days. More than 1.5 million people thronged on the streets demanding the resignation of the President.[Read More…]

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Supreme Court Verdict On National Anthem Mandates Hindutva Nationalism

Supreme Court Verdict On National Anthem Mandates Hindutva Nationalism

Usual interpretation of the Indian Apex Court verdict on ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the National Anthem on 30 November, 2016 as curbing of individual’s freedom could hardly fathom the real intention behind the judicial overreach which is meant to serve a larger purpose. The verdict is in tune with overall political-moral ethos of the time. And it lends an unambiguous support[Read More…]

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Rakesh, The Migrant Labourer

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Rakesh, The Migrant Labourer

 My name is Rakesh. I am from West Bengal. I came to Kerala looking for work. When I landed in Kerala on 5th November demonetisation struck me like a thunder bolt. I can’t find work. Factories are closing. All the money with me is gone. I haven’t eaten today. I just want to go back home. I don’t have money[Read More…]

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Yes Prime Minister: You Are Right

Yes Prime Minister: You Are Right

Prime Minister, you said that in India even Beggars are going Cashless. You are absolutely true. I keep seeing the Whaatsapp message that you work for 18 hours a day, haven’t taken a single leave for the last many years, left your family. All these sacrifices you are making to take India to a digital world. Then why poor should[Read More…]

Liberal Disconnect

Liberal Disconnect

Donald Trump’s election win has been illusion shattering. In a swoop, Trump’s win has bayonetted the credibility of America’s powerful East Coast media, pollsters, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and the idea of globalisation. Moreover, it has scarred the psyche of liberal Democratic voters known for deriding Republicans: Democrats who underrated Trump’s appeal with the recession-battered white underclass. Trump’s triumph[Read More…]

Drinking Away Demonetisation

Drinking Away Demonetisation

Because the fertiliser shop in Tadimarri village of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh accepts old notes, even drought-hit groundnut farmers are queuing up to clear their credit – while jobless agricultural labourers are finding that the easiest way to change their few old notes is by buying alcohol at the local liquor stores “A farmer’s 500 rupee note is always[Read More…]

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Mukesh Ambani, Jio Money And Demonetisation

Mukesh Ambani, Jio Money And Demonetisation

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani was all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘demonetisation’ drive at the launch of his e-payment wallet Jio Money, yesterday. Ironically it was also the first pay day after ‘demonetisation’ that is for the salaried class which makes up about 20 % of India’s population. Still it was total mayhem. Long queues, no cash in[Read More…]

Restore The Old 500 Rupee Notes Now To Avoid Chaos

Restore The Old 500 Rupee Notes Now To Avoid Chaos

The currency shortage in the country following the demonetisation of 500 and 100 rupee notes on 8 November has become so bad, there is real danger today of all law and order breaking down very soon. The patience of the Indian public is running out, after three weeks of standing in queues and denied their own cash for making basic[Read More…]

Demonetisation: An Anesthetized Anarchy

Demonetisation: An Anesthetized Anarchy

We, in India, are living in a state of anesthetized anarchy. We seem to have lost it in more ways than one. In the days of the sabretooth tiger mankind needed to be totally in touch with reality if it wished to avoid being the tiger’s next meal. Since we made the STT extinct we seem to believe that being[Read More…]

Demonetisation Has Wrecked Farmers

Demonetisation Has Wrecked Farmers

This would have been the time of year for brisk sales at the agricultural markets in Vidarbha. But farmers here are being forced to incur terrible losses – by accepting lower prices, losing their perishable produce, or due to a fear of depositing cash payments in old notes in banks where they owe loan repayments Bandu Ghormade had no choice[Read More…]

Demonetisation Shock Therapy: State Sponsored Financial Repression

Demonetisation Shock Therapy: State Sponsored Financial Repression

“If You Can’t Dazzle Them With Brilliance, Baffle Them With Bull.” WC Fields “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”-Rahm Emanuel,Former White House Chief of Staff in the Obama administration. Naomi Klein in her bestselling book ‘The Shock[Read More…]

Demonetisation – How To Fool A Nation And Get Away With It

Demonetisation – How To Fool A Nation And Get Away With It

After successfully convincing the naïve among the Indian electorate in 2014 that he would usher in “Acche Din”, the campaigner-in-chief is now in phase 2 of his grand project. As he would like to remind the nation time and again, the blow was struck on November “8th at 8 pm”. The much-hyped sudden demonetization of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes[Read More…]

Remembering V P Singh’s Fight Against Corruption

Remembering V P Singh’s Fight Against Corruption

  These days prime minister is becoming‘’emotional’ on every issue and he feel that people are after him for waging a ‘war’ against high and mighty. We do not know what does that mean but I am sure the latest demonetization has shown that this war seems to be against India’s poor as high and might friends of the prime[Read More…]

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part VI – The Government Is Deaf!

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part VI – The Government Is Deaf!

Video by Aabha Joshi, Neethu Saji and Kritika The patience of the common people is running out. Despite standing in queues outside banks, day after day, people are unable to find change, resulting in a huge crisis in their everyday sustenance. On one hand, the food intake in the houses have gone down and on the other hand, huge amounts[Read More…]

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67th Anniversary Of Democratic-Secular Indian Constitution: Hindutva Demolition Squad Waiting To Undo It

67th Anniversary Of Democratic-Secular Indian Constitution: Hindutva Demolition Squad Waiting To Undo It

There is no doubt that despite many infirmities Indian Constitution as framed by the Constituent Assembly (CA) of India on November 26, 1949 was a fine document of liberal democracy. It’s emphasis on all-inclusive polity assuring social, political and economic justice was, in fact, continuation of anti-imperialist legacy. But Indian Constitution today faces most critical challenge to its existence. It[Read More…]

Modern Money Theory And The Demonetisation Catastrophe In India

Modern Money Theory And The Demonetisation Catastrophe In India

  For the life of me I cannot understand the reasoning behind demonetisation. I think the hidden underlying motivation is as that the only people India’s politicians are willing to attack are the poorest. Hindutva fascism is the system of turning the 90% into miserable wrecks through #demonetisation in order that the 1% super rich and the 9% who use[Read More…]

Cancellation Of Old Rupee Notes Will Not End Terrorism or Corruption!

Cancellation Of Old Rupee Notes Will Not End Terrorism or Corruption!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 20 November, 2016 Since the midnight of 8-9 November, all 500 and 1000 rupee notes issued by the Reserve Bank have been declared illegal. Announcing the demonetization decision on 8th November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted our people “…in this fight against corruption, black money, fake notes and terrorism,[Read More…]

Is Going Cashless A Possibility?

Is Going Cashless A Possibility?

Cash has undoubtedly proven a curse, irrespective of its color, for those who have been queuing up at the bank counters following the currency demonetisation. The unprecedented cash crunch has made many wonder if going cashless is the better way forward? It may indeed be but despite the proliferation of alternate payment mechanisms – plastic currency and electronic cash transfer[Read More…]

“Where Is Najeeb?” Protest Rally In Mumbai

“Where Is Najeeb?” Protest Rally In Mumbai

Mumbai, 24th November 2016: Today a protest rally was held from Piperoad Masjid to Kalina campus of Mumbai university as a mark of protest against the attack on JNU student Najeeb Ahmed and his disappearance. Najeeb was badly thrashed by ABVP goons in his hostel on 14thn October and since the next day he has been missing. It has been[Read More…]

Beggars Among The Rich Is A Clue To The Working Class Vote For Trump

Beggars Among The Rich Is A Clue To The Working Class Vote For Trump

This is the week of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.  For many in our increasingly unequal society it is not a happy holiday. Triangulation has been the byword for President Obama’s party — a kind of centrism embraced by Democrats who did the work of the Republicans in the economic sphere while adopting a left-leaning social agenda.  The author[Read More…]

India’s Agrarian Crisis

India’s Agrarian Crisis

  More than a billion people in the world are employed in agriculture, and in India, one out of four people are farmers or agricultural workers. Farm output contributes $325 billion. ( about 15 per cent) to India’s $2-trillion economy. Small farmers—who constitute 85 percent of farmers globally—make up one of the largest constituencies among the world’s poor .Small and[Read More…]

Modi’s Demonetisation Is A Well Thought-Out Move

Modi’s Demonetisation Is A Well Thought-Out Move

During a conversation with a longtime acquaintance of mine about 25 years back, he made an unguarded remark that had made a deep negative impression on me. He started as a trader, was enormously successful and was then morphing in to an industrialist. He said, “You know, most of these babus and technocrats are like easy @#$&. For a price,[Read More…]

Demonetisation And Terrorism

Demonetisation And Terrorism

An argument which has been put forward in the recent ‘Demonetisation’ issue is its relationship with Terrorism. It has been pointed out that ‘funds’ either from outside or otherwise find their way into the terrorist groups. Fake currency or notes in denominations of Rs. 500 and 1,000 sustain and fund the terrorist activities. Hence the belief expressed is that Demonetisation[Read More…]

Curry Mixed With Demonetisation And A Pinch Of Pesticide

Curry Mixed With Demonetisation And A Pinch Of Pesticide

A week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation on November 8 , Varda Balayya, a 42-year-old farmer from Dharmaram village of Siddipet district in Telangana, was about to sell an acre of his farmland. The plot is located next to the highway connecting Siddipet and Ramayampet. His corn crop was destroyed due to unseasonal rains in October. The interest[Read More…]

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Happiness In The “Demonetized Nation”

Statutory Warning : – This is a fictitious retelling of a real life event. The arguments presented through various characters have taken place in real life only the circumstances & places have been changed. Before you read this: It is crucial to understand that this piece was written during the initial days of Demonetization, when almost every Well-to-do Indian was[Read More…]

Demonetisation Sound Death Knell For Dalits, Adivasis

Demonetisation Sound Death Knell For Dalits, Adivasis

Even as the rest of the population continues to stagger and reel under the blow that demonetization has delivered to them, almost all Dalits and Adivasis in the country have been hit enormously in varying degrees, with the hardest HIT being the rural ones, reducing them to a worse state than they already were in, struggling to survive for want of[Read More…]

The Cashless Economy Of Chikalthana

The Cashless Economy Of Chikalthana

In Chikalthana village, on the edge of and merging with Aurangabad town in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a cashless economy seems to have been realised. Nobody has any cash. Not the banks, nor the ATMs and certainly not the people queuing up in and around them in despair. Even the policemen sitting in the vans outside bank[Read More…]

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part V – They Don’t Spare Even Old Women

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part V – They Don’t Spare Even Old Women

Video by Aabha Joshi, Neethu Saji and Kritika As the large population of the country is standing in long queues, an old woman of 75 years of age describes her current situation while waiting for her turn outside KYS bank, branch Govandi in Mumbai. She has been waiting for her chance since morning and this video was shot at around[Read More…]

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Demonetisation, Proverbial Last Nail In The Coffin Of Already Beleaguered Peasantry

Demonetisation, Proverbial Last Nail In The Coffin Of Already Beleaguered Peasantry

Putting the cacophonous debate on the merits and demerits of demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes aside, there is no doubt over it having hit the farmers all set to go for Rabi crops sowing hardest. Almost entirely dependent upon cash transactions for everything from buying seeds to fertilisers, the move has ended up turning their earnings into[Read More…]

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Demonetisation—Strictly, The PM Didn’t Go By The Law

Demonetisation—Strictly, The PM Didn’t Go By The Law

While much has been written and said about the demonetisation move by the government, the question of its legality has received scant attention. The issue however is not the desirability or the economic viability of the decision and the undoubted public and national interest it serves. The goal of eliminating black money from circulation is undoubtedly in public interest. While[Read More…]

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part IV

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part IV

Video byAabha Joshi, NeethuSaji and Kritika Nine days has passed since Modi government has declared a ‘war’ against ‘black money’ by demonetizing Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes, claiming lives of almost 55 people. As the days pass by, the queues do not seem to get any shorter and the lives of the common people seem to have lost[Read More…]

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Demonetization And Narrative On Black Money

Demonetization And Narrative On Black Money

Never before has a decision of the Government shown negative effect on people so early as the current move to demonetize. A narrative has been built on its supposed benefits. The decision has been hailed by the supporters as a master stroke, a surgical strike which will end the reign of Black Money and establish the supremacy of White Money.[Read More…]

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Demonetisation And Bhakts

Demonetisation And Bhakts

Demonetization is the new polarisation strategy deployed by the Modi Government, which has succeeded in killing many birds (and people) with a stone. This new policy is not only mindless but also evil right from its conception to execution. Much has been already said & in cases proved by various sources as to how the Demonetization is actually a witless,[Read More…]

Demonetisation: The Poor Don’t Matter Except To Buy Votes

Demonetisation: The Poor Don’t Matter Except To Buy Votes

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded. Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed. Everybody knows that the war is over. Everybody knows the good guys lost. Everybody knows the fight was fixed: the poor stay poor, the rich get rich. That’s how it goes. Everybody knows. Leonard Cohen Everybody knows that the elected party governing India wants to decimate all[Read More…]

Demonetisation: Sad Plight Of Women In India

Demonetisation: Sad Plight Of Women In India

The poor women of India who save money in currencies for a rainy day, or from irresponsible husbands have been hit hard by Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw Rs 1000, and Rs 500 notes from circulation. Here is a video of an old woman who saved some money in the now withdrawn denominations trying to flush out ‘black money’ from[Read More…]

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Does Demonetization Tackle Black Money? Public Meeting Today In Delhi

Does Demonetization Tackle Black Money? Public Meeting Today In Delhi

Public Meeting: November 18, 4-7pm Constitution Club (Speaker Hall), New Delhi At the stroke of midnight on November 8, 86% of the value of Indian currency which was in circulation in the country ceased to be legal tender. Many different adjectives are used to qualify that action – surgical strike, master stroke, third freedom (after freedom from British and license[Read More…]

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Jagadish Chandra And 30 Activists Arrested Protesting Against Demonetisation In Bangalore

Jagadish Chandra And 30 Activists Arrested Protesting Against Demonetisation In Bangalore

30 people from various left organisations, who organised a protest in Banglore against the demonetisation of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes, have been arrested a few hours ago. A joint protest was called by CPI (ML) Liberation, AICCTU, New Socialist Alternative/ Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns, Street Hawkers Association and Karnataka Tamil Makkal Aaikyam for ‘Occupy RBI’ a movement[Read More…]

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Death By Demonetisation

Death By Demonetisation

The abrupt demonetisation of 500 and 1000 rupee notes by the Narendra Modi regime is a drastic move that is staggering in its scale, ambition and repurcussions. The only other figures in modern history one can think of, devious or stupid enough to attempt something similar, are the likes of Marcos, Suharto, Idi Amin and Pol Pot. For all its[Read More…]

Black Money, Multiple Demonetisation Spinoffs, Disastrous Prospects

Black Money, Multiple Demonetisation Spinoffs, Disastrous Prospects

Now, falling in line with political expediency is being pushed as ‘patriotism’, so it appears from RSS spokesman Ram Madhav’s statement ‘patience of people queuing up outside ATMs and banks is a test of their patriotism. Whereas, one supposes that the criminality that led to the death of 30 people so far should be excused in the name of ‘nationalism’![Read More…]

Demonetisation, A Tragedy For Women: India Speaks -Part III

Demonetisation, A Tragedy For Women: India Speaks -Part III

This Episode is about the Koli fisherwomen of Mumbai who are bearing the brunt of this sudden demonetization. They are highly disillusioned by the government who comes begging to them for votes, but ends up protecting the rich. But when the poor needs the government, why don’t they listen?

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Me, My Child & Black Money Myths & Facts of Demonetization & Black Money

Me, My Child & Black Money Myths & Facts of Demonetization & Black Money

There are many myths and facts, claims and allegations, in the air about – recently announced – demonetization scheme, under which the government of the day at the centre has banned all series of old notes of 500 and 1000 Rupees.  My teenaged child & his friend’s arguments and inquisitiveness led me to probe documents on RBI’s websites and some[Read More…]

Demonetisation Paralysed The Informal Economy: National Hawker Federation

Demonetisation Paralysed The Informal Economy: National Hawker Federation

The National Hawker Federation (NHF) expresses its strong disagreement with the ways in which the Government of India has addressed the evil of corruption in the country. While we do feel as a collective of more than 1176 unions and associations of street vendors of this country, that black money and the corruption raj should end and rule of law[Read More…]

Demonetisation And The Common People

Demonetisation And The Common People

India saw a late evening announcement on the 8th of November, 2016; by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, declaring ‘five hundred rupee and thousand rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight, that is 8th November 2016.’ India is world’s 3rd biggest economy and Asia’s second biggest, in purchasing power (2015) at $7.98[Read More…]

Prominent Citizens Question Demonetisation

Prominent Citizens Question Demonetisation

We, the undersigned, support all efforts to stop corruption, stamp out black money and counterfeit currency, and act against funding that helps creates unrest in the country be it through terrorism or creating divisions and hatred among people. However, the decision to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is misconceived and will not address the problem of black money[Read More…]

Demonetisation: Modi Must Answer These Questions

Demonetisation: Modi Must Answer These Questions

It is sad that Prime Minister of the largest democracy of the world every three months has to remind about his humble origin, personal sacrifices (nation needs to hear from his wife, Yashoda Ben on this issue) and his allergy to ‘occupy chair’. It does not show his strength but weakness which amounts to EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL of the people who[Read More…]

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part II

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part II

A fruit seller accounts the result of demonetization on her, who is one among the 93% of the unorganized sector of the Indian working class. She tells how despite working each day from morning till the night, she has been unable to make 50 rupees a day

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Demonetisation And The Loss Of Faith In Rupee

Demonetisation And The Loss Of Faith In Rupee

Dire Straits’ famous song has some very politically incorrect lyrics but the refrain, ‘Money for nothing and the chicks for free’ sums up the situation of black marketeers and owners before the demonetization and the name of the songsters – Dire Straits – sums up their situation in India today. But what are the implications of demonetization? We have seen[Read More…]

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part I

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part I

Video by Aabha Joshi, Neethu Saji and Kritika As the Modi government, in a bold step, by demonetizing 500 rupee and 1000 rupee currency notes has promised to recover ‘black money’ and combat ‘terrorism’, the horrors of this move have shaken the entire country, especially the most vulnerable section of the society who earn their living through daily wages by[Read More…]

Demonetisation: What Caused This Havoc? Time or Approach?

Demonetisation: What Caused This Havoc? Time or Approach?

Demonestisation affected people. Things were said and written in ‘for ‘and ‘against’ of it. Prime Minister announced it, made a sensation and havoc among public and went to Japan. His picture sitting in bullet train, one of the fastest speed trains, was tweeted while his country persons were made peoples’ rail before bank’s ATMs, to experience one of the slowest[Read More…]

Apex Court Verdict On Ravi-Beas Rivers Rips Up Old Wounds In Punjab

Apex Court Verdict On Ravi-Beas Rivers Rips Up Old Wounds In Punjab

The 10 November (2016) verdict of Supreme Court declaring  the Punjab Act of 2004 as unconstitutional and reviving its earlier decree  for expeditious completion of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal has ripped open the old wounds  which had brewed a decade long trouble in Punjab in 1980s entailing  a spree of blood spilling. Not only the latest verdict affirms the centralization[Read More…]

Banning Of The Notes Or Death Call

Banning Of The Notes Or Death Call

Demonetization of bank notes in the country has brought problems to multitudes of the people. The arguments being offered by the NDA government suggest that it is one of the greatest achievements and even the associated members and the TV channels of the party in power are projecting the thesis that government has moved into a new generation of economic[Read More…]

Eradicating Black Economy or Encouraging Cashless Economy

Eradicating Black Economy or Encouraging Cashless Economy

The announcement of withdrawal of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes is being described as a masterstroke, a surgical strike on the Black money holders and one tough decision in Indian economic history which will change the world. It is being said that this will put an end to Black money and hit the backbone of terror. The logic that[Read More…]

Seeds Of Farmer’s Distress     

Seeds Of Farmer’s Distress     

Despite being the country with the second largest agricultural land in the world, hardly two fifth or forty percent of the agricultural land is irrigated. Also, even though the country boasts of being the highest producer of many major agro commodities in the world, it suffers from low productivity. The naked and cruel truth is  that agriculture remains its Achilles’[Read More…]

Demonetisation – A Rat Being Imagined As A Dinosaur

Demonetisation – A Rat Being Imagined As A Dinosaur

The high decibel announcement of “ demonetization “ by Prime Minister Modi went all round in India sounding like a prescription of panacea to black money problem terming it as  “ beginning of end “ of Black money in India. The cyber brigade of Sanghi started working 24 hours to handle this to project its eminence,while banks are burning mid[Read More…]

Economic Emergency In India And What Does That Mean For The Common People

Economic Emergency In India And What Does That Mean For The Common People

At the stroke of midnight November 9, 2016, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi imposed an undeclared economic emergency on India. With a stroke of pen he wiped out Rs 15 lakh crores in cash from the system. What prompted this drastic step? What will be the fall out of the action for Indian economy is a billion dollar question.

Uncanny Likeness?

Uncanny Likeness?

At the outset please let me clarify that I am an Indian, I love my nation and I stand up straight and attentive every time the national anthem is played. Having said this, I have interest in history and love to read anything and everything that helps me decipher the past because in words of Churchill, the more backward we[Read More…]

Women Of Fukushima Invite Modi: Come And See The Destruction, Don’t Buy Nukes From Japan!

Women Of Fukushima Invite Modi: Come And See The Destruction, Don’t Buy Nukes From Japan!

Indian PM Narendra Modi will visit Japan from 10-12 November, 2016. Civil society organisations of Japan have launched this petition to oppose the India-Japan Nuclear Agreement which the two governments are supposed to finalise during this visit. More than 1900 people have signed it already. Please sign and share widely To the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, We are women[Read More…]

Bhopal Encounter Killings And Rule Of Law

Bhopal Encounter Killings And Rule Of Law

The fact that the Madhya Pradesh state government has shed even the pretence of fair-trial, a cornerstone of the rule of law, has emerged as the only uncontested truth four days after the incredulous police encounter that resulted in the killing of 8 under-trial jail escapees. The circumstances of the reported jailbreak from the supposedly highest security prison in the[Read More…]

A Country filled With Anti Nationals!

A Country filled With Anti Nationals!

I thought the Muslims were the only anti nationals in this country. But I was mistaken. Earlier, thousands of people including even women and children who were questioning Koodankulam nuclear plant were declared as anti nationals. They are not the only ones outside the community of Muslims.  Over 11,000 NGOs in India are restricted from FCRA, while the Prime Minister[Read More…]

Oppose The Anti-Democratic Decision Of The GoI Against NDTV India!

Oppose The Anti-Democratic Decision Of The GoI Against NDTV India!

The PUCL strongly condemns the decision of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to punish Hindi news channel, NDTV India, for revealing “strategically – sensitive” information while covering the Pathankot attack in January, 2016 by ordering that the Channel close down telecast for a day between 9-10th November, 2016. The decision is reminiscent of the Emergency period when the media[Read More…]

In Solidarity With NDTV Countercurrents.org Will Not Be Publishing On November 9

In Solidarity With NDTV Countercurrents.org Will Not Be Publishing On November 9

In an unprecedented draconian action Government of India has imposed one day ban, November 9, on the NDTV India for not following the rule 6(1)(p) of cable TV Network Rules 1994, for showing the coverage of the Pathankot attack which has compromised the security and sovereignty of the country. This is a naked violation of freedom of press and freedom[Read More…]

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And Then They Came For NDTV…..

And Then They Came For NDTV…..

The ban on NDTV India is one more effort by the Government in crushing independent reporting. At a time when there is serious attempt being made to make the media either to toe the government line or face harassment, the attempt is only to make the media toe the line of the government. It is a definite attempt at placing[Read More…]

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Suicide Of Two Dalits To Save Democratic-Secular India

Suicide Of Two Dalits To Save Democratic-Secular India

These are sad times for India. Rohith Vemula, a Dalit, committed suicide on January 16, 2016 due to gross injustice done by Hyderabad University bosses and BJP central ministers. The State, its police organ and BJP rulers instead of looking into the injustice done to him and showing any sympathy with the cause and the ‘killed’ young scholar started a[Read More…]

Arnab Goswami: Cross Breed Of Economic And Political Rightwing In India

Arnab Goswami: Cross Breed Of Economic And Political Rightwing In India

It would not be surprising to say that Arnab Goswami was the trend setter in Indian media industry. He represented a media version with seeds of fascist political culture that was to emerge in India. He was a cross breed of economic and political right. The political culture was to be extremely suppressive of political dissent, rule out any intellectual[Read More…]

OROP: Lies, False Claims, Suicide

OROP: Lies, False Claims, Suicide

  Veteran Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal, aged 70 years, unhappy at government not providing OROP to Veterans, committed suicide in Delhi on November 2, 2016, by consuming poison. OROP has been the focus of intense agitation over many months at Jantar Mantar in 2015, and government has prevaricated and dodged the core issue, with PM Narendra Modi, RM Manohar Parrikar[Read More…]

Rakesh Sharma Demolishes The Script of M.P Police on Bhopal Encounter

Rakesh Sharma Demolishes The Script of M.P Police on Bhopal Encounter

Even as ‘facts’ come in flying thick and fast in this ‘developing story’, as a film-maker I cannot but help analyze the script/ screenplay/ dialogues offered so far by the cops, the Chief Minister and assorted BJP spokespersons on TV. Firstly, let me acquaint you with a basic premise: Cinema works on the basis of “willing suspension of disbelief”. Audiences[Read More…]

Nationalism Through Boycott Of Chinese Products: A Matter Of Convenience

Nationalism Through Boycott Of Chinese Products: A Matter Of Convenience

A recent version of displaying nationalism is the call to boycott Chinese products. The appeal would have acquired nationalistic sense if it would have been guided by the desire to protect the local producers and workers in India. But the call for boycott is only because of Chinese position on Kashmir. Using the same logic, will the same nationalism be[Read More…]

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UP Elections 2017: RSS Pracharak/PM Modi’s Love For Muslim Women

UP Elections 2017: RSS Pracharak/PM Modi’s Love For Muslim Women

There has been no confusion about Narendra Damodardas Modi’s commitment to Hindutva politics which believes in two-nation theory, Casteism, natural inequality and hatred for minorities specially Muslims and Christians. Some people did hope that joining politics as BJP leader in a democratic-secular polity would secularize or democratise his world view. All such hopes have been belied in the course of[Read More…]

School Education:  Looking Beyond Enrolment Figures

School Education:  Looking Beyond Enrolment Figures

Universalizing education involves issues of both distributive justice and quality. While former embodies education to reach to the marginalized, later counts for education of comparable and meaningful quality. Indian school education system is among the largest with almost 26 Crore children enrolled in class I to XII.  In the last decades education system in the country has witnessed a huge[Read More…]

How A Communist Should Read The CAG Report On Vizhinjam Transit Harbour

How A Communist Should Read The CAG Report On Vizhinjam Transit Harbour

How should a socially committed communist react when his or her leaders are working for the capitalists? This seems to be a question for a number of sensitive communists in Kerala. Karl Marx envisaged the restructuring of the control of means of production in the economic process of society where by the the means of production will be controlled by[Read More…]

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Time For Akhilesh Yadav To Assert

Time For Akhilesh Yadav To Assert

  What happened in Lucknow today exposed the intricacies of the biggest political family in Uttar Pradesh. The aim was like a palace coup against Akhilesh Yadav in which the father became a prisoner of his past and ‘greatness’ who saw virtual humiliation of his son Akhilesh Yadav. Have you seen any one attempting a coup against a son who[Read More…]

Uniform Civil Code : An Alternate Perspective

Uniform Civil Code : An Alternate Perspective

The ongoing debate on the questionnaire circulated by the Law Commission on the proposed implementation of a Uniform Civil Code and the predictable knee-jerk reaction of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), is a very good opportunity to learn the basics of conflict resolution. With over thirty years’ experience in negotiation, conflict resolution and arbitration on three continents[Read More…]

Fear Has Gripped Bollywood

Fear Has Gripped Bollywood

An idea of ‘Nationalism’ propagated by Bollywood has come to hit it back. Bollywood has loads of films, which try to depict ‘Nationalism’ through Pakistan bashing and Army glorification. It also depicts India as a peaceful country but a sufferer and victim of sponsored terrorism from outside. Films such as Roja, Zameen, Sarfarosh, Gadar, Diljale and Agent Vinod have instances[Read More…]

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I Am 16, Dalit, And A Video Of Me Being Tortured In Class Went Viral

I Am 16, Dalit, And A Video Of Me Being Tortured In Class Went Viral

I am 16 years old, a student of a government school in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. For the last few days, everyone wants to know why I was beaten so mercilessly and why I kept silent for so long. Well, I am exhausted and frustrated from repeating my story time and again – for the cops, for my classmates, for the[Read More…]

New Technology Is Torturing The Commuter

New Technology Is Torturing The Commuter

  Mumbai: Despite advances in technology, life is getting worse for users of public transport . This is at least partly because of the callous way the technology is being handled. The seats in the big brand new coaches in the local Western railway trains in Mumbai are clearly uncomfortable. I tried out both in first and second class. I[Read More…]

Uniform Civil Code: Trust Deficit And Marginality

Uniform Civil Code: Trust Deficit And Marginality

With the recent unfolding of several events in the political gallery it appears that the BJP government at the centre is again gearing up for implementing Uniform Civil Code (UCC) across the country. This move of the government came in the backdrop of the previous refusal of Supreme Court to entertain a petition filed by a Delhi BJP leader seeking[Read More…]

Banning A Glue That Holds India And Pakistan Together Is Self Defeating

Banning A Glue That Holds India And Pakistan Together Is Self Defeating

  Recently Indian Motion Producers Association (IMPPA) took a decision to ban Pakistani artists and technicians from working in Indian films until normalcy returns. The pretext of the ban is the terrorist attack on an army camp in Uri allegedly carried by JeM, killing 20 army personnel. The attack created poignant enragement and attracted widespread condemnation, which it must. Terrorism[Read More…]

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Lack Of Journalistic Ethics, Now Blinded By Nationalism

  The context of nationalism in India has lately been supercharged- post India’s ‘Surgical Strike inside PoK’ in view of repeated Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks in India – the latest of which, in a significant way, was Uri terror attack. The so-called claims, counterclaims and ‘independent’ global media coverage have made it complex and confusing for the ordinary citizens, considering both[Read More…]

Between The Buddhists And The Yuddhists

Between The Buddhists And The Yuddhists

Time has come to unite against the Yuddhists in India and Pakistan and to generate a strong public message that the sensational mainstream media, the corrupt army officials, and the politicians with their dwindling power mechanism and shrinking images on both sides do not own the share market of our freedom, peace and harmony. Time has come to isolate the Yuddhists on both sides. If the people across the boundaries can not protect their peace, then who else can?

The War Hysteria!

The War Hysteria!

The persons creating the War Hysteria should first get educated about the consequences of a present day war especially between the nuclear armed countries!

Where Art Thou To, My Bharat

Where Art Thou To, My Bharat

Much against the propoganda let loose in the media, including social one, my research shows that – since independence, we have had approximately 1050 retaliatory surgical strikes across border/LOC, but had let them remain in anonymity of unpublicized encounters at battalion levels, except the latest one, over killed by a publicity hungry dispensation, no doubt for their own narrow short term political gains.

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

Tension between nuclear armed South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan continues to mount after terrorists on Sunday night attacked an army camp in Baramulla in Northern Kashmir killing constable Nitin of 40th battalion of the BSF and the injuring constable Pulwinder of the same battalion. According to news reports the terrorists are likely to have escaped taking advantage of night[Read More…]

The Dangers And Importance Of Being A ‘Facebook Revolutionary’

The Dangers And Importance Of Being A ‘Facebook Revolutionary’

I wash my face and come back, back to the battle that has been raging— that I have been raging. No, its not a physical battle, but a virtual one against and inside a world where jingoism and bigotry are served up on a platter garnished and intricately designed with nationalism. Its a plate I cannot digest, even though to[Read More…]

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

It was a day of quiet on the India-Pakistan front except for the sporadic gunfire exchanged between the two sides in the Akhnoor sector of the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand, it is a worrying sign to see no diplomatic efforts being taken up by both the sides to diffuse the tension. The South Asian[Read More…]

 “National Education Policy(NEP) 2016”- “Neo-Macaulay + Neo-Manu dharma” 

 “National Education Policy(NEP) 2016”- “Neo-Macaulay + Neo-Manu dharma” 

Education plays a vital role in enlightening the society. However it is also one among powerful tools in the hands of State through which a particular domain of knowledge is transferred to working mass and thus serves the ruling class interest and lay the foundation for seamless exploitation. Modi govt.’s “New education policy-2016(NEP)” is another step towards this. The recent[Read More…]

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

The India-Pakistan relations remain tensed after India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control Wednesday night. India admitted that one of its soldiers is in Pakistan’s custody. The army says that 22-year-old soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan strayed into Pakistani territory “inadvertently” on Thursday and was captured. According to the army Chauhan, a soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take[Read More…]

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Responding to nationalist clamouring for retaliatory strike against Pakistan in response to attack on Uri army camp on September 18th, Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on Wednesday night, the DGMO said on Thursday in a press briefing. “Significant casualties have been caused in these strikes,” DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh said adding, “the operation has now ended.”[Read More…]

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

My Dear Prime Minister, I am constrained to write to you, because of the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir, the attack on our air station in Pathankot , and now in Uri, where we have lost precious lives not to mention the many injured. The lack of response by India to the latest attack, has clearly been due in[Read More…]

India’s National Security: Will It Remain A Chimera?

India’s National Security: Will It Remain A Chimera?

  Following the 18 September attack on the army’s Uri camp, government is reportedly contemplating strong diplomatic-military initiatives to counter Pakistan’s growing audacity. But strangely, the Home Minister and the National Security Advisor (NSA) appear to be taking all the initiatives, ordering the NIA to investigate the attack, and leaving a rather subdued Defence Minister, while the External Affairs Minister[Read More…]

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The Role Of Media In The Uri Attack – A Latent Variable

A Facebook debate with a friend after I had shared a post has thrown a myriad aspects of the topic. This aroused curiosity in my mind which culminated in this write up. Itcomes at the backdrop of the terrorist attack in Uri, a town in the Baramullah district of Jammu and Kashmiron September 18, where 18 Indian soldiers lost their[Read More…]

Delhi Workers In The Grip Of Fever And The Deplorable Condition Of Healthcare System

Delhi Workers In The Grip Of Fever And The Deplorable Condition Of Healthcare System

A report and list of demands by Mehnatkash Mahila Sangathan, Delhi Since the past one month, entire Delhi is in the grip of fever. Diseases like Dengue used to break out every monsoon, but this year, Chikungunya and Malaria have been added to the list. While no section of the city is left untouched, the worst affected are the poor[Read More…]

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Disturbing Developments In Assam

Disturbing Developments In Assam

After the BJP came to power in Assam in May 2016, the state government has unleashed a reign of terror to execute its fascistic agendas. Within 2 months into power, the government opened fire and killed a 25 year old man Mintu Deuri, during a protest organized in Raha against the transfer of the site for a proposed AIIMS in[Read More…]

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Attack On The Uri Army Camp

Attack On The Uri Army Camp

              The dawn attack on 18 Sep on the army’s Uri camp by Pakistan-trained militants resulted in 17 troops killed and 30 more wounded. The fact that attackers were four in number, has attracted the attention of the media, which labels them as terrorists, while politicians term the attack as cowardly. There are some issues which need consideration. First,[Read More…]

Victory For Students And Access To Knowledge In DU Copyright Case: Corporate Publishers Market Ends At The Gates Of The University

Victory For Students And Access To Knowledge In DU Copyright Case: Corporate Publishers Market Ends At The Gates Of The University

By Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) In a rare and incredible order on 16th September 2016, the Delhi High Court dismissed the copyright infringement case filed in August 2012 by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis Group against Rameshwari Photocopy Shop in Delhi School of Economics and Delhi University. Justice R.S. Endlaw[Read More…]

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A Man Beaten Up By Cow Vigilantes Dies In Ahmedabad

A Man Beaten Up By Cow Vigilantes Dies In Ahmedabad

A 29-year-old man who was allegedly beaten up by gau rakshaks or cow vigilantes in Ahmedabad four days ago died of his injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday. Mohammad Ayyub was allegedly attacked by a group of cow vigilantes on Tuesday while he and another man Sameer Sheikh were transporting a cow and a calf, police said. Pratik[Read More…]

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Confrontations And Scope Of Identity Politics: Observations On Left Politics Of JNU And Kerala

Confrontations And Scope Of Identity Politics: Observations On Left Politics Of JNU And Kerala

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is the third best university ranked by HRD (Human Resource Development) ministry in India. Apart from its academic contributions, JNU recently got international and national attention due to the trail of incidents related to the arrest of some of its students under sedition charges. JNU has been portrayed by the left inclined writers and the left[Read More…]

Prakash Karat’s Critique Of BJP/RSS And The Question Of Left Unity

Prakash Karat’s Critique Of BJP/RSS And The Question Of Left Unity

One hundred and eighty million workers in India went out on strike on 2 September. It is the largest strike in human history. Workers came from all sectors – from the mines and crèches, from the rail yards and the banks. All trade unions – except the one backed by the RSS – backed the strike. Even workers in the[Read More…]

Prakash Karat Unable To Locate Fascism In Hindutva

Prakash Karat Unable To Locate Fascism In Hindutva

Comrade Prakash Karat’s academic piece (‘know your enemy’, The Indian Express, September 6, 2016)[i] analyzing the character of Hindutva/RSS/BJP brand of politics/ideology suffers from confusion which greatly keeps parliamentary LEFT incapacitated at the national level against the rising tide of the Hindutva fascism. I am sure soon Hindutva public relation machinery will be circulating certificate from comrade Karat for disseminating[Read More…]

Water Wars Come To Bangalore (And Soon, The World)

Water Wars Come To Bangalore (And Soon, The World)

I am not sure where each of you is, in your own reading and assessment of the situation, but I am now more or less convinced that life as we ‘know’ it, both here in ever ’emerging’ India, and worldwide, is going to change very rapidly in an unprecedented direction – and very possibly we will all experience this directly in[Read More…]

Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups

Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups

The last few months have seen unprecedented Dalit mobilisation throughout India against attacks by the Sangh fringe forces on Dalits and Muslims and the BJP leadership’s tacit and sometimes not so tacit approval at various levels. State machinery in the form of the Police were stationed on several University campuses with sedition cases against students in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)[Read More…]

Mewat Gang-Rape Victim Alleges Rapists Asked If She Ate Beef

Mewat Gang-Rape Victim Alleges Rapists Asked If She Ate Beef

Two women who were allegedly gang-raped two weeks ago in the Mewat region of Haryana one of the women told news reporters that attackers asked her if she ate beef. “They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they insisted we did. Then they said we’re hurting you before so you don’t and that if we tell[Read More…]

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A Democracy That Discriminates And Disgraces Citizens Even In Death

A Democracy That Discriminates And Disgraces Citizens Even In Death

Unable to pay the ambulance drivers INR 1500, or around USD 22, a young mother was forced to sit out the night with her child’s dead body outside a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district. This happened less than two weeks after a nationwide outrage over the ordeal of a tribal man named Dana Majhi thousands of kilometers away, in[Read More…]

Saffron Heads With Neutral Masks: Spreading Disharmony Through Social Media

Saffron Heads With Neutral Masks: Spreading Disharmony Through Social Media

Noam Chomsky had coined the term ‘Manufacturing consent’ to refer to the role played by Media in creating system supportive propaganda function. The purpose of propaganda is to indoctrinate human minds to think in a particular manner through imposing necessary illusions. The five filters which enable this is through control of ownership of media owned by corporations, revenues of media[Read More…]

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Indian Drought 2015-16:  Lessons To Be Learnt

Indian Drought 2015-16:  Lessons To Be Learnt

Co-Written by Ashish Singh & Raghu Pilla Categorized as one of the worst droughts in the history of India, drought 2015-16 has affected more than 330 million people in more than 2.5 lakh villages of 266 districts from 11 states in India. It has had a devastating impact on people’s lives as it affected water availability, agriculture, livelihoods, food production[Read More…]

Developmental Challenges In Northeast India: Perceptible Reflections On Mizoram

Developmental Challenges In Northeast India: Perceptible Reflections On Mizoram

The main aim of this paper is to study the nature of developmental process in the Northeast Indian state of Mizoram in the post-statehood period. The study is focused on the social, economic, cultural and political perspectives of development in the state. It also tries to identify the problems and prospects in the context of several developmental strategies that were[Read More…]

Illegal Reactor Experiments At The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India

Illegal Reactor Experiments At The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India

What is being done at KKNPP-1 is known as ‘power up-rate experiment’ defined as “the operation beyond the power level licensed by the regulatory body” (IAEA). There are three types of power uprates: (i) “measurement uncertainty recapture” uprate, which involves an increase of less than 2% and is achieved by implementing enhanced techniques for calculating reactor power levels, (ii) “stretch” uprates where increases are between 2 and 7% and (iii) “extended” uprates with increases of up to 20%. Stretch and extended uprates involve changes to instrumentation settings and significant modifications to turbines, condensate pumps, motors, main generators and/or transformers. Since an uprated machine is made to work beyond the design limit, there is always a risk of an accident

Failed Indian Land Reforms- C J I Highlights The Issue

Failed Indian Land Reforms- C J I Highlights The Issue

Chief Justice Supreme Court T S Thakur known for highlighting the socially relevant issues has explicitly brought into focus the gaps between the constitutional sprit and the reality prevailing at the realistic social world. In Shimla he stated that ‘Constitution of India provides equal rights to all, but in a society long oppressed by foreign rule and stark social and[Read More…]

ABVP Activists Try To Storm Amnesty Office In Bangalore

ABVP Activists Try To Storm Amnesty Office In Bangalore

More than 100 members of a right-wing student organization attempted to storm Amnesty International’s office in Bangalore, on Friday. The protesters from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), who tried to storm the building with petrol bottles, were caned by police and detained. On Friday morning, Bengaluru police had barricaded road leading to the Amnesty International’s office anticipating protests. However, the[Read More…]

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A BJP Local Leader Killed By Cow Vigilantes In Karnataka

A BJP Local Leader Killed By Cow Vigilantes In Karnataka

A BJP local leader in Karnataka who was transporting cows in a vehicle died after he was attacked allegedly by right wing Hindutva group called Hindu Jagrana Vedike. Praveen Poojary, 29, was traveling with a friend Akshay Devadiga when they were stopped and thrashed by men. Poojary died of his injuries in hospital four hours after the assault. Devadiga is[Read More…]

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And Then They Came For Amnesty And Seema Mustafa

And Then They Came For Amnesty And Seema Mustafa

It was a matter of time – one by one, the most outspoken and critical voices in the media, in civil society and in standing up for human rights are being picked out and attempts being made to silence them. Just confirming that Seema Mustafa – good friend, outstanding journalist and a fearless activist for the Idea of India as[Read More…]

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

Health Impoverishment: Has India’s Healthcare System Privatised Enough?

Ratna Devi and her nine year old daughter Seema (names changed) came to AIIMS, New Delhi with a large tumor over Seema’s knee. The tumor was not a new discovery and had been thriving on the little girl like a blood sucking leech for the last one year. An enquiry revealed that the family was from Rajasthan, around four hundred[Read More…]

Street Vendors In Bangalore Organise Protest March

Street Vendors In Bangalore Organise Protest March

Bruhat Bengaluru Beedhi Vyapari Sanghatanegala Okkuta, a federation of street vendor unions across Bangalore, organised a protest march in Bengaluru on August 3rd 2016. The call for the protest/bandh was to bring to light the series of evictions that have been happening in Bengaluru by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Resident Welfare Associations and the Police. It was also to articulate[Read More…]

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Amnesty International India Refutes Charges Of Sedition

Amnesty International India Refutes Charges Of Sedition

On 15 August, a First Information Report was reportedly registered against Amnesty International India with regard to an event held on 13 August, based on a complaint filed by an ABVP representative. The allegations mentioned in the complaint are without substance. They are preventing the families of victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir from having their stories heard. And preventing civil society organisations from enabling these families to exercise their constitutional right to justice

50 Years of Kothari Commission Report

50 Years of Kothari Commission Report

This year marks 50th anniversary of Kothari commission report on education. In its after-life of half-a-century, the report continues to occupy an important place in discussions on education in India irrespective of the distinct ideological positions that may go on to frame these discussions. While some of the recommendations get echoed by a wide range of bodies including policy and[Read More…]

Narendra Modi, The Machiavellian Prince Of India

Narendra Modi, The Machiavellian Prince Of India

We have a Prime Minister who said that this government is for the Dalits, and the same Prime Minsiter says nothing when Dalits are publicly flogged by the gau rakshaks. Everybody knows on whose side he stands, but with his rhetoric he tries to convince the civilised world that he criticises the vigilantism that targets the Dalits

Cow Protectors: Fake And Real

Cow Protectors: Fake And Real

The Prime Minister came out with statements condemning the act of Cow vigilante groups. By stating that most of self styled cow protectors are anti-social elements, he tried to create a dichotomy that there are fake and real protectors. Fake protectors are into anti social activities, resort to violence, and ignore important issues such as cow deaths due to consumption[Read More…]

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Pages From History : The Quit India Movement A Critical Appraisal

Pages From History : The Quit India Movement A Critical Appraisal

(EXTRACT from  People’s Democratic Revolution in India – An Explanation of the Programme—By DV Rao,1971 The Third National Struggle (1930-1934) It was the period when the world capitalist system was caught in the grip of a crisis, and fascism raised its ugly head. The German, Japan and Italian imperialisms had established a fascist system to suppress revolutions in their country[Read More…]

Modi Says “Shoot”! But Whom?

Modi Says “Shoot”! But Whom?

Narendra Modi’s high octane poll campaign was littered with the promise of Development, with a capital D. Big business, in India and abroad, had bought his promise too. And now, after a little more than 2 years old premiership, the developments under his watch have rattled most of them. The ‘developments’ were not the “development” they were looking for. Further,[Read More…]

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Koodankulam: Transfer Of A Failed And Unsafe Reactor Through Video Conference Between Kremlin And Delhi

Koodankulam: Transfer Of A Failed And Unsafe Reactor Through Video Conference Between Kremlin And Delhi

On 5th August 2016, the Russian News Agency TASS reported from Moscow that on 10 August 2016, “the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part via videoconference in the ceremony dedicated to handover of the first power unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP-1) to the Indian side” and during the conference the “leaders of both nations will hail the fact of plant’s first unit”

Quit India Movement And The Hindutva Gang: A Story Of Betrayal

Quit India Movement And The Hindutva Gang: A Story Of Betrayal

This August 8, 2016, we are commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Quit India Movement [QIM]. QIM also known as ‘August Kranti'(August Revolution) was a nation-wide Civil Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7, 1942 by the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee. It began on August 8, with Gandhi making a call to Do[Read More…]

Mann ki Baat 2: A Speech By Narendra Modi

Mann ki Baat 2: A Speech By Narendra Modi

My Dear Indians, in my last speech I had shared my dream of a Saffron India and a Corporate India. Let me continue on this further and emphasise that these remain my primary goals and I would never compromise on these. During 2014 elections, I had said that I would replicate Gujarat model. I only meant that this would be[Read More…]

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New York Times Calls Modi’s Silence “Shameful”

New York Times Calls Modi’s Silence “Shameful”

  One doesn’t often see a respected international media house asking a democratic republic’s prime minister to break his silence in an editorial. Even more rare is it to see this “silence” tagged with the adjective “shameful”. The New York Times did exactly that today, 4 August 2016. The editorial forewarns Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, of the bleak[Read More…]

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An Essay On Cow

An Essay On Cow

The lesson on Cow is a popular lesson among School children. If School Children were asked to recite an essay on Cow in present times, it would go like this: Cow is a sacred animal for some Hindus. Cow is our new national animal. This is not yet made official. But our Government led by Sri. Narendra Modi ji has made[Read More…]

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New Education Policy 2016: Same Pizza With A Few Saffron Toppings?

New Education Policy 2016: Same Pizza With A Few Saffron Toppings?

  Recently the contents of the New Education Policy 2016 draw the attention of many stakeholders including academicians in particular. A detailed look at the policy found to be very ordinary; it’s the same wine in new bottle, even it’s failed to address the RSS doctrine on education in totality. The drafting Committee consisted of three bureaucrats and ex NCERT[Read More…]

Enough Is ‘Not’ Enough: Is Kerala Poised For Social Darwinism?  

Enough Is ‘Not’ Enough: Is Kerala Poised For Social Darwinism?  

The row over the appointment of Harvard Professor,  Gita Gopinath, as Economic Advisor to the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has thrown open an ideological foray within the left camp. The veteran leader V S Achuthanandan had written to the CPI (M) central leadership expressing his concern over her appointment. In his letter to[Read More…]

Mann ki baat: A speech by Modi

Mann ki baat: A speech by Modi

My Dear Indians. Let me express my mann ki baat. Let me express how my heart beats for India. Let me express the dream and vision I have for India. Whether I am asleep or awake, what drives me is how to make India into a Saffron India and a Corporate India. Let me convey how deeply I am committed[Read More…]

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Narmada: 45,000 Families Facing Risk Of Submergence, Satyagraha From Today

Narmada: 45,000 Families Facing Risk Of Submergence, Satyagraha From Today

Narmada Jal, Jangal, Jameen Haq Satyagrah starts on the morning of 30th July, 2016 on the banks of Narmada alongside the Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi Memorial in Badwani district of MP with thousands of displaced people coming together in a peaceful protest against gross injustice meted out to them in the name of rehabilitation for construction of the Sardar Sarovar[Read More…]

 Mahasweta Devi: Her Ideas And Legacy

 Mahasweta Devi: Her Ideas And Legacy

Mahasweta Devi is no more. With her passing one great intellectual who wrote for the most unprivileged sections of the Indian society, the tribals  leaves the earth. Her writings are socially relevant than any other contemporary writer. In fact the truth is that no one has written so prolifically, as she has done at the global level, for the underprivileged section of[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila To End Fast

Irom Sharmila To End Fast

Irom Sharmila, the iron lady of Manipur,  who was on hunger strike for the past 16 years has decided to end her fast and contest election. The 44-year-old told a district court in Manipur today that she will end her fast on August 9. She also told the court that she wants to marry. Sharmila is expected to contest the[Read More…]

Young Kerala Writer Attacked For Writing About “Padachon” (Creator)

Young Kerala Writer Attacked For Writing About “Padachon” (Creator)

Four men assaulted a young Muslim writer in Kerala on Sunday night for allegedly insulting God in the title of his new collection of short stories. P Jimshar, 26, whose collection of short stories — “Padachonte Chithra pradarshanam” (The Painting Exhibition by the Creator) — is slated for release on August 5. In Malayalam, the word Padachon means (Creator), a[Read More…]

Cow Vigilantism As Terror

Cow Vigilantism As Terror

Thousands and thousands of Dalits have come out on streets in different parts of the state, gheraoed government offices, damaged government property, enforced state-widebandh and tried to bring the government to its knees, demanding severe punishment to the guilty and strict action against the police and government officials who failed to act upon their complaint when they were being publicly brutalised.

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Cow-Mother Speaks To The Gau Rakshaks

Cow-Mother Speaks To The Gau Rakshaks

    Dear Gau Rakshaks, I am happy to see your anxiety in connection with the protection of the members of my species. I have heard that you stripped, flogged, and paraded some poor men for skinning a dead cow. You flogged them tethering their hands together and fastening them to the backside of a posh vehicle! If you are[Read More…]

NEDA Expedites BJP’s March To Northeast India

NEDA Expedites BJP’s March To Northeast India

  For many political pundits, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reflects only the Hindutva sentiment with plentiful arrogances, but the enthusiastic party has cleverly formed a northeastern political alliance comprising various regional and ethnic political parties to dilute the said impression. The saffron party, which thrashed the ruling Congress in 2014 Lok Sabha elections under the banner of National Democratic[Read More…]

The CAMPA Bill Will Scuttle The Forest Rights Act

The CAMPA Bill Will Scuttle The Forest Rights Act

A letter send to Shri Hamid Ansari Chairman of Rajyasabha by concerned citizens on the Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Bill that is being considered by the house

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In Defence Of The Writer

In Defence Of The Writer

The recent Chennai High court judgment concerning the writer Perumal Murugan is a requisite addition to the Indian jurisprudence as it underlines the relationship between the writer and society, which has lately suffered from grave confusion. Permual Murugan was hauled up in the court of law for describing a cultural practice of Tamil Nadu through a novel Madhurobhagan, published in[Read More…]

Cow Skinning Takes A Deadly Turn: Gujarat Dalit Protest Spreads

Cow Skinning Takes A Deadly Turn: Gujarat Dalit Protest Spreads

Gujarat is witnessing widespread protests following the incident at Una where seven Dalit youths were beaten up for skinning a dead cow on July 11. 16 members of the Dalit community, including local Congress leader Anil Madhad, attempted suicide in Saurashtra on Monday and Tuesday as a form of protest. Several suicide attempts were reported on Tuesday from Junagadh, Gondal,[Read More…]

Supreme Court Cleans The BCCI: A Historical Step In Modern India

Supreme Court Cleans The BCCI: A Historical Step In Modern India

  Hon’ble Supreme Court (Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla) has accepted major recommendations of  R M Lodha Panel’s report on BCCI, thus lays  the major edifice of reformation and cleaning up of the richest cricket board BCCI. The truth is that in the modern Indian history no institution has functioned uncontrolled, above the basic democratic[Read More…]

Cow Worshippers Chew Up The Rule Of Law

Cow Worshippers Chew Up The Rule Of Law

A magisterial / judicial order directing the police to register a first information report and investigate a family that lost its provider in a mob lynching would seem impossible for anyone living in a rule of law system. But in the self-designated largest democracy of the world, this is what happened on 14 July 2016. Here is a quick recap[Read More…]

 The Specter Of Naxalism: The Neo-McCarthyism In India

 The Specter Of Naxalism: The Neo-McCarthyism In India

Contradiction of praxis has been the perennial contradiction of capitalism from the very outset.  It never says what it does and never does what it says; it promises the sky and plunders the earth. It appropriated power with the slogans of ‘equality; liberty; fraternity’, but its very existence, as aptly articulated by Adam smith, in terms of “individual profit making[Read More…]

 Arunachal Pradesh Verdict: Decline Of Institutions And Role Of Political Parties

 Arunachal Pradesh Verdict: Decline Of Institutions And Role Of Political Parties

A five judge  Supreme Court bench has given a decisive verdict  on Arunachal Pradesh that Government of  Nabam Tuki should be restored. The ruling also points several deficiencies on the part of the Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa . The decision also lays down norms to be followed by the constitutional position holder, the Governor. It is a landmark judgment as it[Read More…]

The Two Child Norm Conundrum

The Two Child Norm Conundrum

There was a small news item in the Times of India dated 3rd July, 2016.It related to Bhopal  .It read , ” 3 peons breach MPs-2 child norm ,sacked.” It stated that they were removed from service at Damoh District Court as the year long enquiry determined that they had more than two children.It went to to say that more peons would[Read More…]

Five Dalit/Adivasis Including A Child Killed In Fake Encounter In Kandhamal

Five Dalit/Adivasis Including A Child Killed In Fake Encounter In Kandhamal

In continuing war on its own people security forces in Kandhamal district of Odisha state in India killed six poor Adivasi and Dalit labourers. Four others have been seriously injured by CRPF firing in Malapanga forest under Tumudibandha police limits. They were returning from Balliguda ,( the block and Sub-Divisional head quarter of their village Gungudmaha under Parampanka G.P) with[Read More…]

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Civlian Drones: Are They Intruding Or Serving?

Neil Armstrong once said that ‘science has not yet mastered prophecy, we predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next ten’. This quote is so true in the Indian context as none can imagine exactly ten years ago that drones can be used for civilian purposes but now they are all set to[Read More…]

The Supreme Court Speaks, Ending Impunity For The Armed Forces

The Supreme Court Speaks, Ending Impunity For The Armed Forces

  In a historic ruling, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice U.U.Lalit of the Hon’ble Supreme Court have spoken out in favour of democracy. The judgment came on a plea by hundreds of families in the north-eastern State of Manipur for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into 1,528 cases of alleged fake encounters involving the Army and the[Read More…]

Exit Smriti Irani: Now HRD Ministry Should Be More Accommodative

Exit Smriti Irani: Now HRD Ministry Should Be More Accommodative

As was expected PM Narendra Modi shifted HRD minister Smriti Zubin Irani to less consequential position, the textile ministry, in the recent reshuffle of the council of minister. To have a particular minister in a particular position is the well established convention and the prerogative of PM in a parliamentary democratic system, on this ground the shifting is natural but[Read More…]

State Repression During The Indian Emergency Of 1975-77 And Its Afterlife

State Repression During The Indian Emergency Of 1975-77 And Its Afterlife

Indian Emergency of 1975-77, is the most traumatising phase in the history of Indian politics. It has been 42 years since, Emergency took place but one can believe that its painful memories still may haunt those alive, today, who had gone through state’s abuse and misuse of constitutional powers during Emergency, in a democracy like India. Declaration of Emergency was[Read More…]

Authoritarian Rule At University Of Hyderabad

Authoritarian Rule At University Of Hyderabad

This is the shades of democracy where socially and politically privileged caste and class predominantly exercise their power. Generally, it is understood that, in democracy, everyone is equal before the law, it seems to be an abstract principle, and the actual case is gross unequal. The inequality of power is exercised in a democracy to function at the cost to[Read More…]

Modi Governments Ambitious ‘Smart Cities’ Vision Sees No Poor

Modi Governments Ambitious ‘Smart Cities’ Vision Sees No Poor

Mumbai | 27th June, 2016: A full front page advertisement on the first anniversary of the smart cities that ran on many national daily on Saturday carried announcements worth Rupees thousands of crores. Crores of Rupees that spent on advertisements and the fancy event, which was organized in Pune on Satarday to celebrate the first anniversary of smart cities, was[Read More…]

“In Bastar, A Man Dies Once, But A Woman Dies Twice”

“In Bastar, A Man Dies Once, But A Woman Dies Twice”

  “In Bastar, a man dies once, but a woman dies twice, once when she’s stripped of every ounce of her dignity, paraded, brutalized by a gang of uniformed mercenaries; and later, by a bullet. And yet these Adivasi women and girls, prefer to go out and face the consequences rather than sending their menfolk out to die like an[Read More…]

The Narmada River Valley: Imminent Disaster In The Making

The Narmada River Valley: Imminent Disaster In The Making

Today, and very urgently even as I write, for all the foregoing reasons, with the monsoon about to break, the people of the Narmada River valley are in imminent danger of being flooded out of their homes and lands or drowned, due to the rising waters in the reservoirs behind the hundreds of small, medium and large dams, which have been constructed on Narmada river and its tributaries over the years. In particular, the SSP dam at its finished height of 138.68-metres with the sluice gates installed, threatens the lives of around 40,000 PAFs in Madhya Pradesh. Clearly, there is a disaster-in-the-making; India urgently needs to do something now.

2016: India’s Degrading Journo-Murder Indicator

2016: India’s Degrading Journo-Murder Indicator

As six months of the year rolls on, India emerges as one of the worst places for working journalists similar to the troubled nations including Mexico, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. The largest democracy
of the globe witnessed the murder of three journalists in the first
half of 2016, where the populous country lost five journalists to
assailants last year. As nobody has been convicted in all eight
journo-murder cases, the Indian media fraternity rose to the occasion
for special protection laws and also for a national action plan to
safeguard the media persons.

Indian Supreme Court Abandoned Mass Victims Of State Abuse During 1975-77; So, Must Apologise

Indian Supreme Court Abandoned Mass Victims Of State Abuse During 1975-77; So, Must Apologise

The Indian Supreme Court never tires of asking for apology for this or that inanity usually for some perceived contempt of court. The Supreme Court ought to cultivate and demonstrate its sensitivity to its earlier decisions which were contemptuous of the people of India. The judges of the Supreme Court are servants of the people. In a democracy it is the people who are supreme. About time the Supreme Court en banc tenders an unconditional apology to the mass victims of state abuse during 1975-77, as also to the entire people of India.

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Modi, Monsanto, Bayer And Cargill: Doing Business or Corporate Imperialism?  

Modi, Monsanto, Bayer And Cargill: Doing Business or Corporate Imperialism?  

Describing itself as a major ‘global communications, stakeholder engagement and business strategy’ company, APCO Worldwide is a lobby/PR agency with firm links to the Wall Street/corporate America establishment (arguably, part of it) and functions to serve its global agenda. India PM Narendra Modi turned to APCO to help transform his image and turn him into electable pro-corporate PM material. It also helped Modi[Read More…]

Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru Arrested

Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru Arrested

The Karnataka police have arrested BP Mahesh Chandra Guru, a professor in the journalism department of Mysore University and a well-known Phule-Ambedkarite writer. Professor Guru had made some sharp comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union HRD minister Smriti Irani at a function organized in the university recently to pay tributes to Rohit Vemula. He had also allegedly insulted[Read More…]

The Independence And Gandhi : In The Clutches Of Neo-liberalism

The Independence And Gandhi : In The Clutches Of Neo-liberalism

The RSS did not participate in the freedom struggle, and that it was responsible for Gandhi’s assassination, are facts that are not new. These arguments have been used repeatedly against the RSS since the Independence of India in 1947. The RSS does not claim a stake in the freedom struggle, but refutes the accusation of being party to Gandhi’s assassination.[Read More…]

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Peasants Battle Cry For Land In Punjab

Peasants Battle Cry For Land In Punjab

An Investigation into Police and Land-lord Repression on Land Struggle of Dalit Peasants in Villages of Sangrur District of Indian Punjab By Janhastakshep

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Nainital Lake Faces An Evironmental Calamity

Nainital Lake Faces An Evironmental Calamity

“I’ll walk in the rain by your side; I’ll cling to the warmth of your hand. I’ll do anything to keep you satisfied, I’ll love you more than anybody can.” John Denver may have written this song for his baby, but for me my first love is my hometown, Nainital. I have grown up with the smell of the lake[Read More…]

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Foreign Ship Owners And Ship Breakers Outwitting UN’s Basel Convention, Threaten India’s Maritime Security

Foreign Ship Owners And Ship Breakers Outwitting UN’s Basel Convention, Threaten India’s Maritime Security

Toxics Watch Alliance (TWA) disapproves of efforts by foreign Shipowners and Shipbreakers to outwit UN’s Basel Convention on transboundary movement of hazardous end-of-life ships, threatening India’s maritime security and environmental and occupational health of workers in the ship breaking facilities in Indian waters. These ship owners have been lobbying with the Ministry of Shipping to amend the Shipbreaking Code 2013[Read More…]

Chhattisgarh Is Burning: Where’s The Outrage?

Chhattisgarh Is Burning: Where’s The Outrage?

I woke up the next morning to the atrocious news of gangrape and murder of Madkam Hidme, an Adivasi girl in Sukma district’s village Gumpad. She was picked up from home, gangraped and then shot in cold blood by a gang of bloodthirsty, estrogen shooting men, dressed in an attire given by government that miraculously shields them against all legal shenanigans. Two days before this, a 12 year old child was similarly raped by a policeman in the same district. This is happening everyday in these villages. Every single day.

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Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

The Narendra Modi led Indian government cancelled on Thursday the registration of Sabrang Trust run by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. Teesta and her NGOs are on the forefront of civil society campaign against the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, in which over 1000 muslims were massacred. She was active in bringing to justice many Sangh Parivar[Read More…]

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