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Padmawati, The Queen

Padmawati, The Queen

Padmawati was all dressed up for the occasion- a red saree with an equally red blouse and a small ghunghat that carefully covered the charm of her dark face. A small nose ring which curved and curled into a nathuri stuck on to her right nostril. The two artificial garnets of her nathuri glittered in the sunlight. Three blackish-grey tattoo[Read More…]

New Delhi: Farmers display fruits and vegetables at the Kisan Mukti Sansad, organised to highlight the farmers' issues, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav  (PTI11_20_2017_000103B)

Protesting Farmers Hold Their Parliament, Pass Bills As The  Real One Looks Away

More than 3 lakh suicides in three decades and millions of other lives ruined would qualify as a national disaster forcing the government to tackle it all guns blazing in any democracy. Alas, it does not in the one that claims to be the largest of them all, the democracies. In fact it hardly gets registered even as a minor[Read More…]

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Rani Padmavati, Right Wing Brigade And The Distortion of History

Rani Padmavati, Right Wing Brigade And The Distortion of History

Co-Written by Peer Bilal Baba & M Altaf Kumhar About the History, there is a thing that we are never sure what exactly happened because often, the facts get mutated with the ravages of time and travel.Padmavati, the upcoming Bollywood film based on a poem about a Rajput ‘fictitious’ queen written by the16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, has[Read More…]

Aabaar Naxalbari, Naxalbari again

Aabaar Naxalbari, Naxalbari again

First of three interviews from the cradle of the revolutionary uprising Aneek, an independent, radical Baanglaa monthly from Kolkata, India, in its 53rd years of publication, interviewed three leaders of the Naxalbari Uprising. The leaders with working class background were organizing armed struggle of the poor-landless peasantry in the Naxalbari region since the earliest days of the revolutionary initiative. Following[Read More…]

100 Years After Peace-Land-Bread And 50 Years After Naxalbari Peasants Rebellion Where Do We Stand Now

100 Years After Peace-Land-Bread And 50 Years After Naxalbari Peasants Rebellion Where Do We Stand Now

On the Sept 22, 2017, during a march of All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee, one of its leaders Mr Yogendra Yadav (henceforth YY) told us, “So, what we are witnessing is the beginning of something that can only be described as a peasant rebellion”[1]  Because, there were outbursts of peasants’ movement in several states of India in the last[Read More…]

Indian Ultra Right Party Honors The Assassin Of Nation’s Father, Mahatma Gandhi

Indian Ultra Right Party Honors The Assassin Of Nation’s Father, Mahatma Gandhi

  Sixty nine years after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, a “shrine” dedicated to his killer Nathuram Godse was set up in Guwalior by the Hindu Mahasabha on Wednesday (Nov 15), Hindustan Times reported. The ultra right wing organization installed a bust of Godse inside its office premises amid Vedic chants to mark the anniversary of his[Read More…]

Hopes Of Person With Disabilities In India

Hopes Of Person With Disabilities In India

Northern railway in March 2015 made provision for extending e-ticket facility for PwDs by discontinuing to issue concession tickets on the production of certificate issued by CMO, and procedure made for new concession certificate is complicated as it is assigned to DRMs, hence poor disables are feeling the burnt. Handicapes are oneof the most vulnerable section of the society transcending[Read More…]

Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Recently the Hindu Mahasabha built a temple of Godse, the killer of Gandhiji, in Gwalior. An idol of Godse was installed. This was inaugurated on 15th November commemorating 68 years since he was hanged. This was natural for the Hindutva fringe groups who glorify Hindu fanatics. Since the advent of the present Government into power, a process which has been[Read More…]

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AADHAR- Starving The Poor To Death As The Supreme Court Looks Away

AADHAR- Starving The Poor To Death As The Supreme Court Looks Away

  Shakina Ashfaq, 50, is the latest life claimed by the AADHAR, the name given to the 12-digit unique identification (UID) number by the government of India. The reports suggest that she died of hunger. The authorities, as is unsaid standard operating procedure, claim that preliminary inquiries suggest that she didn’t die of hunger, she rather died of some illness.[Read More…]

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Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

  It is a common refrain in the country that news has declined in content and quality. Social media is full of debate on the issue since innovations like the paid news and scandals like Radia tape. A common thread of concern is that the media is scandalizing, preaching and serving the masses a low comedy in the  name of[Read More…]

The Elippathayam (Rat Trap) Moment Of Indian Cinema

The Elippathayam (Rat Trap) Moment Of Indian Cinema

Elippathayam (The Rat Trap) is a 1981 Malayalam film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It tells the story of a man trapped within himself unable to understand the changes taking place around him. It seems Indian Cinema also is caught in rat trap. No, it would be a bit flattering for Indian Cinema to use the rat trap metaphor.[Read More…]

Emperor Of India Pay Obeisance To The Emperor Of The World

Emperor Of India Pay Obeisance To The Emperor Of The World

SHEHENSHAH-E-HIND (EMPEROR OF INDIA PM MODI) COMMITS TO FULFILL THE ‘EXPECTATIONS’ OF SHEHANSHAH-E-AALAM (EMPEROR OF THE WORLD PRESIDENT OF USA TRUMP) According to press reports PM Narendra Modi held a 45-minute discussion on November 13, 2017 with US President Donald Trump in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. Even before the meeting PM declared that “India-US ties are[Read More…]

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

A Woman in Bareilly in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India, died due to starvation as she was denied food ration since it was not linked to her Aadhaar card. ANI reported her husband was refused ration as ration shop owner allegedly demanded the woman be present for bio-metric fingerprint verification. She was unwell for past 5 days. The[Read More…]

The Indian Economy Is On A Nose Dive

The Indian Economy Is On A Nose Dive

The downturn in the Indian economy is not a sudden development that had come about now, nor due to any “technical reasons,” as is made out to be by the ruling BJP leaders. Unable to explain why industry sector, exports and agriculture and domestic consumption are stagnant if not going down with each passing year since BJP came to power,[Read More…]

Betrayal Of 1857

Betrayal Of 1857

BETRAYAL OF 1857: KIN OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED DIE IN PENURY & THOSE WHO SERVED BRITISH CONTINUE RULING INDIA Delhi as the Capital of India and touted as the heart of India, in fact, is a heartless city. There is endless list of shameful incidents to corroborate this character of the city. This list keeps on expanding at fast rate.[Read More…]

Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another dastardly lynching of a Muslim man for transporting cows has taken place in Rajathan. The police on Sunday registered a case of murder on the basis of the family’s complaint. The family of a Muslim man, whose dismembered body was found on the railway tracks near Govindgarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan on Friday, has claimed that he was[Read More…]

The Need To Celebrate Substantial National Education Day

The Need To Celebrate Substantial National Education Day

Every year on November 11, India celebrates National Education Day. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was a literary figure and during his lifetime he emphasised on development of quality education and provision for compulsory education to all children upto 14 years of age. India has seen great educationists[Read More…]

Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat till now had been projected as a unique model of development, which needs to be replicated in all other places. The Prime Minister in his speeches during election campaigns in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Assembly elections in other states had sought to state that he would turn the country and other states into Gujarat. Gujarat was emulated as[Read More…]

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The Promise Of Microhousing

The Promise Of Microhousing

  The Gaekwad family lives in a single-room-house on the outskirts of a city. The family cooks their food, eats it and sleeps in the same room. This room is also used as a play area by their three-year-old child. Lack of credit has prevented the Gaekwads from obtaining a loan to improve their living conditions. There are millions of low-income families[Read More…]

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How Farm Widows Are Leading Societal Change

  The large swathes of cotton farms in Central India have been the epicentre of a global crisis that has gripped the rural population in crippling debts and driven thousands to suicide. But amidst the gloom, it is the women of this region who have emerged as the torchbearers of hope and progress. This new hope comes in the form[Read More…]

Starry Night

Starry Night

Under a Hindutva sky
I lay me down to die
but suicide is a moral crime,
so maybe it’s not yet my time.

India’s Tryst With Iconic Dates: Nothing Much To Rejoice About

India’s Tryst With Iconic Dates: Nothing Much To Rejoice About

When it comes to disasters, it is as if India’s tryst with ‘iconic’ dates continues unhindered. Although not warranting any commemorative celebrations, the onset of these dates year after year has not been without their share of apprehensions. Human psyche is such that it has a proclivity for registering debacles more consistently than achievements. Although our country does not fall[Read More…]

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New Delhi: Traffic policemen wear masks to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution while manning the traffic, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The smog and air pollution continue to be above the severe levels in Delhi NCR on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore(PTI11_8_2017_000037B)

When People At The Top Get Into A Traffic Jam

One can understand the annoyance Maharashtra’s director general of police Satish Mathur faced last Monday when he was stuck in traffic for half an hour in the central business district CBD Belapur. Four policemen were transferred for failing not to clear the way for him. Mr Mathur would feel much less annoyed if he realized that his discomfort is nothing[Read More…]

Three Questions Of Dr. Manmohan Singh Which PM Modi Should Answer

Three Questions Of Dr. Manmohan Singh Which PM Modi Should Answer

 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has delivered a speech in Ahmadabad not as a political leader but as an economist and citizen of India where he has put some important analyses on demonetization and GST. It is a general perception among the vast section of the people who work hard on streets and mainly belong to unorganized sector and small[Read More…]

Jharkhand – A State Unaccountable Towards Its Citizens’ Right To Food

Jharkhand – A State Unaccountable Towards Its Citizens’ Right To Food

Santoshi Kumari The recent hunger deaths of Santoshi Kumari in Simdega, Vaidnath Ravidas in Dhanbad and Ruplal Marandi in Deoghar district of Jharkhand have exposed the violation of the mere right to life being caused by the mandatory requirement of linking Aadhaar with ration cards and the poor implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state. These[Read More…]

Fraudulent Love Of RSS/BJP For Sardar Patel

Fraudulent Love Of RSS/BJP For Sardar Patel

RSS/BJP DEMAGOGY  If there can be a single word to explain the overflowing love of RSS/BJP clan for Sardar Patel, it will surely be the word MYSTERIOUS. It is mysterious because Sardar Patel as the first home minister of India banned RSS for being involved in the assassination of Father of the Nation, Gandhi. Sardar is being upheld as the[Read More…]

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The RSS Must Come Forward To Serve Abandoned Mother Cows

The RSS Must Come Forward To Serve Abandoned Mother Cows

Throughout country farmers are abandoning un-productive cows (which cannot be milked) which were disposed in animal bazaars earlier. It is the direct fall out of RSS/BJP leaders’ project of HOLINESS OF THE MOTHER COW. After violent attacks on Dalits and Muslims in different parts of country for being seen with cow or slaughtering cows now farmers, mostly Hindus, have to[Read More…]

As The Guru So The Disciple

As The Guru So The Disciple

  While speaking at Diwali-Milan function organised at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Oct 28, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a veiled warning to his own party men said BJP is speaking in different voices. He called for a debate on internal democracy in political parties, asserting that the growth of “true democratic spirit” within them is[Read More…]

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Who Was Tipu Sultan

Who Was Tipu Sultan

  The blatantly false propaganda being spread by the Hindutva Sangha Parivar over Tipu Sultan is reaching outlandish proportions. A Hindutva troll is trying to teach me my own family history with regard to Tipu Sultan’s patronage of Hindu temples. She has been posting all kinds of nonsense on my timeline, disputing what I know about my own ancestors, and[Read More…]

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar As ‘Mediator’ In Ayodhya Mosque Demolition Case! Congress Once Again Falls Into The Hindutva Trap

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar As ‘Mediator’ In Ayodhya Mosque Demolition Case! Congress Once Again Falls Into The Hindutva Trap

The Hindutva camp has unabashedly once again thrown in the ring name of its trusted and tested follower, SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR (not content having ONE SRI in his name)as ‘mediator’ between Hindus and Muslims on the Babri mosque/Ram temple conflict. Shockingly, the Congress lauded Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s efforts to hold talk with the stake holders[Read More…]

An Ordinary Life Enslaved By A Card:  Coercively Linking Aadhaar With Hunger Is No Solution

An Ordinary Life Enslaved By A Card:  Coercively Linking Aadhaar With Hunger Is No Solution

  Santoshi Kumari In August 2017, in KS Puttuswamy v Union of India[1], commonly known as Privacy judgment, the nine judges bench of the Supreme Court unanimously in its landmark verdict established the fundamental right to privacy and transformed the civil rights jurisprudence.The decision strengthened the claims of citizens to the individual right to privacy, personal autonomy and the bodily[Read More…]

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Bank Officers Body Files PIL Against Aadhaar Linkage

Bank Officers Body Files PIL Against Aadhaar Linkage

In the recent times, we have seen an overdrive of threatening to freeze existing bank accounts unless the customers link to Aadhaar. They are also refusing to open new bank accounts without Aadhaar, citing GSR 538(E), the amendment to the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005 under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 (15 of 2003)(PMLA), on June[Read More…]

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Reexamining Professional Development Wisdom

Reexamining Professional Development Wisdom

  The development community seems constantly and restlessly in search of a singular approach that will solve poverty, unveiling new theories  every few years only to toss them aside. The fundamental flaw with this system is that each new approach fails to break out of the underlying technocratic and specialized paradigm. We must understand that there is no precooked blueprint[Read More…]

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Local residents of Munirka area protest outside the gates of the JNU, against a function that was allegedly anti national in nature praising Afzal Guru on campus, in the capital New Delhi on friday. Delhi Police security was provided at the entrance to the JNU during the protest. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 120216

Student Politics And Kerala High Court Judgement

The recent ban issued by the Kerala High Court on student politics and protests on campus should not and has not shocked many. This prohibition comes in a long line of attack on institutions of higher education, following the M.Phil. /Ph.D. seat cuts by U.G.C., the revised structure of N.E.T. examination and the recent mandate by the U.G.C. following Allahabad[Read More…]

Micro Insurance: A Critical Need For India’s Poor

Micro Insurance: A Critical Need For India’s Poor

Finance is the cementing force that holds all the pieces of our life together. It enables money to be in the right place, at the right time, and for the right situation. To borrow and save is to move money from the future to the present or from the present to the future. To insure is to move money from[Read More…]

What Is New In Today’s New India?

What Is New In Today’s New India?

Change is constant and it is what history is according to Herodotus. For Greeks, it was change and for Romans it was continuity. R. G. Collingwood saw this scientificity and humanism in Greek thought were greatest contributions of Greeks to the human civilisation while substantialism and metaphysical permanency were the weaknesses of the Roman thought. The same strands of thought[Read More…]

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After The POSCO Withdrawal Govt of Odisha Handing Over Land To JSW Steel

After The POSCO Withdrawal Govt of Odisha Handing Over Land To JSW Steel

As you know that the continuous peaceful resistance of our people forced the POSCO to exit finally. However, we came to learn from the media that the government of Odisha is planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to hand over our land to another company named JSW Steel Limited. JSW Steel Limited is a part of the Sajjan[Read More…]

Holy Development Shit

Holy Development Shit

A couple of days back, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan who is the leader of CPI(M) went to Sabarimala temple and received prasadam’ from the high priest of the temple. Perhaps, he needed to save his communist ministry with the growing invasion of the Sanghis in the landscape of Kerala. That is understandable. But our super star Suresh[Read More…]

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Taj Mahal As Tej Mahal Once Again “There Is A Bee In The Bonnett”

Taj Mahal As Tej Mahal Once Again “There Is A Bee In The Bonnett”

It was probably late sixties or early seventies – when a gentleman called P N Oak started appearing in Marathi magazines peddling his weird theories about well known monuments in and outside India. An article which made lot of news then was centred around Taj Mahal where it was claimed that it was ‘Tejo Maha Aalay’ or hindu god Shiva’s[Read More…]

Sathyagraha Demanding 0% GST On Hand Made Sector

Sathyagraha Demanding 0% GST On Hand Made Sector

The Sathyagraha demanding 0% GST on hand made sector is a movement to realise a promise made in the Indian Constitution Shri. Prasanna breaks his indefinite hunger strike on assurance of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the State will support Sathyagraha’s demands in GST Council With the assurance of the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. Siddaramaiah that the Karnataka Government[Read More…]

Urban Arts Commission In The Time Of Damning Of The Taj Mahal

Urban Arts Commission In The Time Of Damning Of The Taj Mahal

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s announcement last week to set up an urban arts commission for Mumbai is well intentioned. But it comes at an odd time. Several leaders of his party, the BJP, at the national level have shown little respect for some of the finest monuments of the country and now party MLA Sangeet Som calls the Taj[Read More…]

Will Taj Mahal Meet The Fate Of Mosque At Ayodhya?

Will Taj Mahal Meet The Fate Of Mosque At Ayodhya?

One of the Greatest Wonders of the World, the only one being in India, Taj Mahal becomes the newest target of  the Hindutva killer/demolition squad. It was ordered to be built by Mughal king Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Khurram known as Shahjahan (1592-1666) in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is interesting to note that it was named as Taj[Read More…]

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

In perhaps the first Aadhaar linked starvation death 11 year old girl Santoshi Kumari died at her village, Karimati, in Jharkhand since her family’s ration card was not linked to Aadhaar. Santoshi had not eaten for eight days before her death on September 28, according to a Scroll.in report; she was unable to avail of the mid-day meal she usually[Read More…]

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Sunil Jakhar’s Victory Gives Hope In An Era Of Cow Vigilantism

Sunil Jakhar’s Victory Gives Hope In An Era Of Cow Vigilantism

The spectacular victory of Punjab state Congress President in the Gurdaspur parliamentary by-election is a big jot to the advocates of cow politics across India. Sunil Jakhar defeated the BJP candidate Swaran Salaraia by a huge margin of 193, 219 votes. The by-election was caused by the death of sitting BJP MP Vinod Khanna – who represented the constituency for[Read More…]

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 The Poor Know How To Escape From Poverty

 The Poor Know How To Escape From Poverty

  The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.  —F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors Of Socialism I firmly believe it is possible to eliminate poverty in our country— provided we re-examine the   wisdom of our professional approaches. The poor are poor not because they are[Read More…]

Misaligned Priorities In Development

Misaligned Priorities In Development

A claim often made by the Government is that India is emerging as a strong nation. Military alliance with powerful nations is shown as a sign of this growing strength. Growing alliance with United States, Israel and more vocal stand against Pakistan and China is cited as reason for the same. Defining strength is often dictated in the ‘militaristic’ sense,[Read More…]

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The Dull Roll Of A Yatra

The Dull Roll Of A Yatra

  When BJP national president Amit Shah descended on northern Kerala recently as part of his ‘save Kerala mission’, he brought along with him a gaggle of journalists to gauge the menace of “Red-Jihadi terror” in the state. The embedded journalists looked around with rubbernecking curiosity for mass graves of RSS men killed by CPM cadres. They, however, could not[Read More…]

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Remembering Samar Sen In Centenary Year

Remembering Samar Sen In Centenary Year

I met Samar Sen only once in life in February 1980 on my first visit to Calcutta. But I knew his name from much earlier period, perhaps from 1969 or so, when I may have seen Frontier for first time at my home town Rampura Phul in Bathinda district of Punjab. I became regular reader of ‘Frontier’ from 1971, when[Read More…]

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The Poor Need Savings, Not Credit

The Poor Need Savings, Not Credit

  Managing money well begins with hanging on to what you have. This means avoiding unnecessary expenditure and then finding a safe place to store whatever money is left over. Making that choice—the choice to save rather than to consume—is the foundation of money management.” -Stuart Rutherford More than four decades ago, the idea of microcredit was born out of[Read More…]

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Kancha Ilaiah & his controversial book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu

The Assassination of Dissent, at Point-Blank Range

If I were to describe Islam in three words, there is nothing there besides sex, crime and murder. So the question for you is not whether Rohingya will stay here or the Musulman will leave here…. Now, what’s the question is that everyone is being brought here (The banner in the back reads: Drive Out Rohingya Save India Protest.… Thank[Read More…]

Why Did Hyderabad Die?

Why Did Hyderabad Die?

This is not a history but an attempt to understand what probably happened in those last years that led to the demise of Hyderabad as an independent country and its annexation by the newly independent India. It is speculation; perhaps informed speculation; I hope, intelligent speculation, but speculation nevertheless. I am not speaking chronologically or relating incidents but attempting to[Read More…]

Deendayal Upadhyaya : ‘BJP’s Gandhi’ !

Deendayal Upadhyaya : ‘BJP’s Gandhi’ !

  (Note : This article would appear in the coming issue of ‘Think India Quarterly’) ..Kovind acknowledged that “the key to India’s success is its diversity” and “our diversity is the core that makes us so unique” and ended his speech with a call to build an egalitarian society as “envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deendayal Upadhyayaji”… The Congress took[Read More…]

Integration or Assimilation?

Integration or Assimilation?

(Mohan Bhagwat’s declaration of integrating Kashmir fully into India may, on the contrary, begin the process of disintegration of India itself!) The Oxford dictionary defines “Integration” as an action to bring together different countries, blocks, units and so on for political or economic integration. The best example of the process is the European Union. The integrated countries or states retain[Read More…]

Commuters Harried by Bad Planning, Railways And Mumbai Municipal Body

Commuters Harried by Bad Planning, Railways And Mumbai Municipal Body

  The implications of the stampede which killed 23 people and injured 39 at Elphinstone road railway station in Mumbai on September 29, are larger than we have seen so far. I visited the station and surrounding area three days in the last one week and noticed that the treatment of commuters is far more inhuman than we thought. Two[Read More…]

Interrogating Our Public Health Care System

Interrogating Our Public Health Care System

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Monis Ahmad The repetition of the ghastly episode were 49 children died in Farrukhabad at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital this September is nothing but a reflection of our health inequities that is deep rooted in our public healthcare system. In all 19 children died during delivery and 30 children at the hospital’s unit for newborns,[Read More…]

Disability Rights Activist Malini Chib Gets Award

Disability Rights Activist Malini Chib Gets Award

  Many may not know that world cerebral palsy day was celebrated on Friday October 6. It is a movement of people with ‘ cerebral palsy’ and their families, and their organisations which support them in 52 countries. It’s vision is to ensure that children and adults with CP ( cerebral palsy) have same rights, accesses and opportunities as anyone[Read More…]

Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

India’s saffron wing finally seems to be losing the war in Social Media. The foothold it had achieved in social media appears to be ending. Social Media had played an important role in widening its support base among sections of the middle class and youth. It had built up a cadre of supporters ideologically in line with the saffron forces.[Read More…]

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India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul

India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul

  Microfinance — an approach to financial inclusion based on providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, and primarily women-has generated considerable enthusiasm, not just in the development community but also at political levels In the last decade and half microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India have struggled to gain legitimacy as credible institutions even though they have[Read More…]

From Mathura To Farooqui Rape Case: The Regressive Patriarchy Found its Way Back

From Mathura To Farooqui Rape Case: The Regressive Patriarchy Found its Way Back

  Way back in 1972, a tribal girl was raped in custody by two constables in Desai Ganj Police Station in Maharashtra. The Supreme Court in Tuka Ram v State of Maharashtra[1](also known as Mathura’s rape case) acquitted the two accused policemen on the ground that the victim has raised no alarm, there was no visible injury mark on her[Read More…]

India Can’t Afford To Ignore Mental Health

India Can’t Afford To Ignore Mental Health

(World Mental Health Day -10th October 2017) According to an India Spend report, the number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa. At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number will increase to a staggering 20 percent. Further, the[Read More…]

BJP + RSS Declare Holy War Against Kerala

BJP + RSS Declare Holy War Against Kerala

RSS/BJP rulers of India have finally woken up against violence! You are grossly mistaken if you believe that they are seeking forgiveness for large scale killing/raping/maiming/robbing people of the minorities specially Muslims and Christians in 1992-3 (nation-wide carnage of Muslims before and after demolition of a mosque at Ayodhya), 1998 (wide-spread violence against Christians in Gujarat), 2002 (carnage of Muslims[Read More…]

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Rice threshing near Sangrur, SE Punjab, India. (Photo:  Neil Palmer (CIAT)/flickr/cc)

Institutional Investors in Indian Commodity Derivatives Market: For Whose Benefit?

  A major policy shift has been taking place in the Indian commodity derivatives market since September 2015, when the commodity regulatory body, Forward Markets Commission, was formally merged with the capital market regulator – the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). In June 2017, SEBI opened up the commodity derivatives markets to institutional investors for the first time[Read More…]

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Protest Marches Banned In Jantar Mantar! Noise Pollution or Pollution of Democratic Freedom?

Protest Marches Banned In Jantar Mantar! Noise Pollution or Pollution of Democratic Freedom?

Today when thousands marched to protect their democratic right to protest and dissent from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, the National Green Tribunal dwelt a severe blow to that freedom when it asked to immediately put a stop to all forms of protests at the Jantar Mantar because they ‘spread’ ‘noise pollution’. The court said that people living in the[Read More…]

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Of Spiritual Smugglers and Stone Capitalists

Of Spiritual Smugglers and Stone Capitalists

Keeping tabs on those murdered for their rational, questioning world views, you realise that the dead are reminders of civilizational values that have been handed down by the great dissenting traditions of thought in this sub-continent. Whether rational, agnostic, atheist, or shramanic in origin, these traditions have sustained their vigour through time, though they appear to be eclipsed by more[Read More…]

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Support Us In Making Indian Currency Accessible For The Blind

Support Us In Making Indian Currency Accessible For The Blind

How would you feel if you unknowingly give away Rs 500 note to the auto person instead of Rs 20 note and realize after he drives away? How would you live if in every monetary transaction, there is no way for you to identify the notes, coins and total amount? How would you feel if every time you want to[Read More…]

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi’s Ram Rajya Vs Pracharak Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi Free India

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi’s Ram Rajya Vs Pracharak Venkaiah Naidu For Gandhi Free India

Thanks to Vice President of India for wanting to build Ram rajya of Gandhi’s dreams which will be egalitarian and non-sectarian.[i] But as a senior RSS cadre and ideologue he must share with the nation what is his take on the criminals who murdered Gandhi and claimed to have been led by the politics of Hindutva. He must also comment[Read More…]

Injustice To Justice Jayant Patel: An Attack On The Independence Of Judiciary

Injustice To Justice Jayant Patel: An Attack On The Independence Of Judiciary

The Karnataka Bar Council has called on all advocates to abstain from work on October 4 as a mark of protest against the transfer of Justice Jayant Patel, which prevented his elevation to the seat of Chief Justice of the High Court. In its protest letter to the CJI, the Council has held that the transfer exposed lack of transparency[Read More…]

Social Ethos As Basis Of Legal System

Social Ethos As Basis Of Legal System

  At the silver jubilee celebrations of the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta (Advocates) Parishad in Hyderabad, RSS chief Bhagwat cited the abuse of power during emergency as an example of immorality in our law and demanded that entire system be based on the ethos of the society rather than, assumably, jurisprudence alone. But while citing the 1975 emergency to elicit immorality[Read More…]

Impact Of Aadhaar In Welfare Programmes

Impact Of Aadhaar In Welfare Programmes

  Aadhaar, India’s ambitious biometric ID project, was portrayed as one that would enhance India’s welfare efforts by promoting inclusion and reducing corruption. From being a voluntary ID, it has become de facto compulsory for most welfare programmes such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the Public Distribution System (PDS). Despite early warnings of its limited role[Read More…]

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Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, It is many days since I wrote to you. This must have been the longest month in my life- the days since I first heard about your killing.  I should say you were very much in my thoughts as each day brought news about events and happenings in this “great” country of ours that is fast losing humane[Read More…]

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Ramdev’s Cow Urine Therapy: Indian Muslims On Trial Again

Ramdev’s Cow Urine Therapy: Indian Muslims On Trial Again

  According to press reports Ramdev Yoga guru and Patanjali founder while participating in a TV show(September 30, 2017) said cow urine should be acceptable to Muslims too as something used for treatment. He went to the extent of claiming that “It is written in Quran that cow urine can be used for treatment.” Without going into the debate whether[Read More…]

Kancha Illaih’s Ordeal A Reflection Of Creeping Fascism In India Say Indian Americans

Kancha Illaih’s Ordeal A Reflection Of Creeping Fascism In India Say Indian Americans

The Alliance for Justice And Accountability (AJA), an umbrella coalition of progressive organizations across the United States, today condemned the life-threatening attacks against renowned author and Dalit scholar Kancha Illaiah by members of the Arya Vysyas community. The attack was an attempt on the life of the outspoken political philosopher who has authored several books including “Why I am not[Read More…]

Standing For Media’s Rights In India

Standing For Media’s Rights In India

  India, largest democracy of the globe, remains a bad place for working journalists irrespective of the regimes in power at New Delhi or any province capital. The populous country witnesses the murder of around five media persons on average in a year and that has not been changed for decades. The land of Bishnu, Buddha and Bapu has however[Read More…]

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BHU Students Meet Member National Commission For Women, Assured Of Visit Of Team After Vacations

BHU Students Meet Member National Commission For Women, Assured Of Visit Of Team After Vacations

The National Commission of women will visit the BHU soon after the University opens in-order to enquire into the sexual violence incident, the police attack that happened and the false cases filed along with looking at the incidents of discrimination that the women students have complained for over two years. This was communicated to a group of BHU students by[Read More…]

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

Lokesh Sori who protested the Mahisashur vadh during Durga Puja and filed an FIR against puja committee members has been arrested. Saturday night the members of the organising committee filed an FIR against him to which the police acted quickly. His whereabouts are unknown. One source says that he has been sent to Kanker jail. Another source says that he[Read More…]

Will Supreme Court Order Rein Cow Vigilantism

Will Supreme Court Order Rein Cow Vigilantism

  When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.  -Nelson Mandela India has been bedeviled by a spate of gruesome lynchings. And at the epicenter of the country’s violent upheaval is the indolent cow which is considered sacred by Hindus .The targeted communities  have lately[Read More…]

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Leave Love Alone!

Leave Love Alone!

When renowned writer-poet Madhavikutty (rechristened Kamala Surayya at the twilight of her life following her conversion to Islam) died, she was buried as per Islamic customs. And her sons showed no qualms in standing in the front row to offer the customary final prayer to the departed soul. While it is a measure of their sublime sensibility and dignified equanimity,[Read More…]

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Petition To President Of India, From The Alumni Of BHU

Petition To President Of India, From The Alumni Of BHU

We alumni of Banaras Hindu University would like to convey to you our sense of concern about the recent developments at our alma mater namely Banaras Hindu University. Developments which have brought forward the issue of safety and security of girl students on the campus and administrations callous attitude towards it.

No-egg Diktat In West Bengal In Durga Pujo Is A Dangerous Trend Towards Cultural Homogenization In India!

No-egg Diktat In West Bengal In Durga Pujo Is A Dangerous Trend Towards Cultural Homogenization In India!

Bengalis love to eat. To eat, is to live and not the other way round, for the fish-mongering meat-cravings ‘Bongs’. If life is a journey, then food is the destination. If life is a game then food is the reward. If life is a gift then food is the fancy wrapping paper! In a word, the imagination of the Bengali[Read More…]

Crimes Against Women: The Real, Substantive Solutions

Crimes Against Women: The Real, Substantive Solutions

  The Banaras Hindu University episode of lathi-charge on students protesting against inaction of authorities at the molestation of a girl-student forces us, once again, to think where we are headed. The December 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ episode, the epic struggle of the girl for survival after the brutally inhuman assault on her and the subsequent protests leading up to the Justice[Read More…]

APPSC, IIT- Bombay Extends Solidarity To Protesting BHU Students

APPSC, IIT- Bombay Extends Solidarity To Protesting BHU Students

The Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC), IIT- Bombay strongly condemns the Banares Hindu University (BHU) administration and the Uttar Pradesh Police for the brutal lathi charge on largely women students protesting against the sexual harassment of a fellow student. In another regressive move in keeping with their Brahmanical feudal mentality, the UP administration and police have filed FIR on[Read More…]

Why Are We Silent On The Grave Threat To Prof Kancha Illaiah

Why Are We Silent On The Grave Threat To Prof Kancha Illaiah

  While it is nobody’s suggestion that India was a tolerant land some three years back and suddenly has developed the intolerance but none can deny the facts that the goons threatening intellectuals and activists have certainly become more arrogant and encouraged by the absolute ‘disinterest’ shown by those in power. In the past few years we have lost number[Read More…]

State Repression On BHU Women Students Demanding A Sexual-Violence Free Campus Is A Blot On The Constitution!

State Repression On BHU Women Students Demanding A Sexual-Violence Free Campus Is A Blot On The Constitution!

New Delhi | 26th Sep, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns the Uttar Pradesh Govt’s violent, cowardly and indefensible crack down on the young women-students led movement in the BHU campus, seeking a University space with equal rights for women and freedom from sexual harassment and violence. That the long standing and quite simple demands of the students were[Read More…]

The BHU Lathicharge: A Diagnosis

The BHU Lathicharge: A Diagnosis

The incident at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) must not be seen in isolation as they are ‘mainstream’ in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. As reported at many places the Lanka market eve teasing is famously known as ‘Lanketing’. BHU is not an oasis like JNU which is an island widely different from the culture of Delhi and Varanasi as a city[Read More…]

I Am Losing Faith: Kancha Ilaiah

I Am Losing Faith: Kancha Ilaiah

As I and Dr. Bheenaveni Ramaiah (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Osmania University), one of my relatives, my Driver narrowly missed a major murderous attack at Parakal, Bhupalpally district on 23/9/2017 by the Arya-Vysya forces at 4.45 pm. In this context, I am issuing this statement. They were about 30 and more people with big stones in their hands at the[Read More…]

Resolution On India At The Poets-Essayists-Novelists (PEN) International Congress

Resolution On India At The Poets-Essayists-Novelists (PEN) International Congress

The state of freedom of expression in India continues to deteriorate. Writers who voice dissenting viewpoints continue to be at risk for harassment and murder, and India’s defamation laws continue to be exploited by self-interested parties to prevent the publication of material that may well be in the public interest. A culture of intolerance linked to an emerging nationalist discourse[Read More…]

NDTV, Indian Express And The Relevance And Responsibility Of Mainstream Media

NDTV, Indian Express And The Relevance And Responsibility Of Mainstream Media

The Indian Express has silently withdrawn the report of sale of #NDTV. It was strange because an Express story does not come that easily to be refused. The track record of the Indian Express as far as the mainstream media is concern, is far superior and authentic to any of its contemporaries. Even today, the news stories in the Indian[Read More…]

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Indian protesters hold candles and placards during a candle light vigil to protest the killing of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh in Hyderabad, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Lankesh's killing has provoked outrage and anguish across the country, with thousands protesting what they see as an effort to silence critics of India's ruling Hindu nationalist party. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Third Letter To Gauri Lankesh….Dear Gauri, Did You Hear This?

Dear Gowri, Hope my letters are not disturbing you… but as days pass and events that disturb and confuse multiply, how can I not write  and share with you?… Please pardon me! The first 2 letters (Letter 1, Letter 2)  have had different kinds of responses…most of the readers took to the emotional aspects that it was filled with, some[Read More…]

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Young Television Journalist Killed In Tripura

Young Television Journalist Killed In Tripura

Expressing shock at the brutal murder of a young television scribe in Tripura, the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) demands a high level probe into the incident and urges the Manik Sarkar led Left government at Agartala to book the culprits under the law. The forum also reiterated its old demand for a special protection law for scribes on duty. The[Read More…]

Shiv Inder Singh

‘Suhi Saver’ Wins Zindabad Trust Award

Suhi Saver– a Punjab based media outlet has made a history as the Zindabad Trust started by world renowned author Arundhati Roy picked it up for the award. Shiv Inder Singh who runs Suhi Saver website that covers alternative politics in Punjab is known for his pro people journalism. Singh has widely covered issues that are generally ignored by the[Read More…]

Enmass Arrest Of Peasant Leaders Across Chhattisgarh

Enmass Arrest Of Peasant Leaders Across Chhattisgarh

Peasant movement leaders have been arrested enmass across Chhattisgarh since yesterday night. The government of Chhattisgarh is scared that peasants and farmers have been raising the voice of farmers suicide, issues of compensation of crop loss, bonus and other issues. Instead of resolving the problem the government is engaged in an enmass action against the leaders of such movement. The[Read More…]

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Threat To Kill Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd By TDP M.P T.G Venkatesh

Threat To Kill Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd By TDP M.P T.G Venkatesh

T.G. Venaktesh, an extremist Arya Vysya leader held a press conference on 18/9/2017 in a luxury hotel in Hyderabad with an extremist, conspitorial Arya Vysya team and issued a threat against me that he would kill or hang me in the streets. This person is an MP from the TDP and supposed be the richest man after Gandi Madhava Rao[Read More…]

Of Martyrdom – And Education

Of Martyrdom – And Education

A Facebook friend’s post set me thinking the other day. Her son, while memorizing an essay on the Independence Day, and reading the names of Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, the Rani of Jhansi and Mahatma Gandhi listed as martyrs, raised the query – “Gandhi died after Independence. Why, then, has he been characterized as a martyr?” The[Read More…]

Chemical Attacks In The Syrian Arab Republic

Chemical Attacks In The Syrian Arab Republic

A Synopsis of the Presentation, before a United Nations Panel in Geneva, made by Ms Niloufer Bhagwat on 18th September, 2017 The allegations directed against the Syrian Arab Republic in the recent 28 August 2017 report of what is referred to as the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic , with the word ‘ Independent’ emphasized[Read More…]

A Country Of Small Sacrifices

A Country Of Small Sacrifices

Yeh dharti hai balidaan ki. This land is of sacrifice. Yesterday PM Narendra Modi unveiled the second largest dam in the world- the Sardar Sarovar dam. This construction has been mired in controversy ever since its inception, 1961. For several years now the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has been protesting against the release of water into the dam as it[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Mr. Kiren Riiju On Rohingyas

An Open Letter To Mr. Kiren Riiju On Rohingyas

Dear Mr. Riiju, This is a letter from an ordinary citizen of India who has been working with the refugees for over two decades. I am deeply disturbed and in a way appalled to see your arguments before the parliament of India about the Rohingyas. This has definitely set the cat among the pigeons by calling them illegal immigrants and[Read More…]

The Economic And Political Weekly Is Dying

The Economic And Political Weekly Is Dying

I began my association with the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) in early 1979, when I sent a hand-written book review to Krishna Raj – my first contribution to EPW, from the field where I was collecting data for my PhD thesis. I continued my association well into 2004 – about which I had written in the EPW of May[Read More…]

Goondas Case Quashed, Thirumurugan Gandhi And Others Released

Goondas Case Quashed, Thirumurugan Gandhi And Others Released

The Chennai High court bench quashed the Goondas case on rights activists Thirumurugan Gandhi, Daison, Ilamaran and Arun Kumar today. The Activists were arrested in May for conducting a candle light vigil in Marina beach to commemorate the genocide of Eelam Tamils. Following the arrest cases under sections 147,148, 143, 188,341 and 506 [ii] IPC r/w 7[i] CLA act and[Read More…]

Celebrating Murder

Celebrating Murder

  I was not yet nine but I distinctly remember the day when for the first time I witnessed people celebrating the murder of a person. In Mangalore my home town, on 31st January 1948 members of the RSS and Hindu Mahasabha distributed sweets to celebrate the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi the previous day. There have been many more such[Read More…]

Dear  Gauri….. A Letter To Gauri Lankesh

Dear Gauri….. A Letter To Gauri Lankesh

Dear  Gauri, It is 10 days since I wrote to you…2 days ago- September 15th was the International Day of Democracy with the theme Democracy and Conflict Prevention focusing on strengthening democratic institutions to promote peace and stability through strong leadership, strengthen civic society and empower women…it goes on. Somehow this day as many other days, I miss you…want to[Read More…]

A Law Against Superstition ?

A Law Against Superstition ?

  These are really ‘bure din‘ for the spiritual gurus of India. While the likes of Ram Rahim, AsaramBapus and Rampal are cooling their heels behind bars for their not so spiritual acts, Sant Swami BhimanandJiMaharajChitrakoot Wale who is also known as “Ichadaari Baba” among his followers has also joined them for running a high profile sex racket. It was[Read More…]

Killings Are Killing Secularism In India

Killings Are Killing Secularism In India

  Gauri Lankesh was shot to death on September 5, 2017.  A consistent critic of Hindutva politics and right-wing Hindu extremism, the journalist-activist edited Gauri Lankesh Patrike her own weekly.  She was not the first.  In August 2015, Malleshappo M. Kalburgi, a noted scholar who was opposed to superstition in Hinduism, was assassinated.  Both Lankesh and Kalburgi were staunch proponents[Read More…]

The Hindutva Gimmick: Bullet Train As MOKSHA

The Hindutva Gimmick: Bullet Train As MOKSHA

  A foreign country, Japan, is helping India’s HAVES by providing loans worth almost ONE LAKH CRORE OF RUPEES to build and run BULLET TRAIN by charging interest rate of 0.1 annually and that too be paid in next FIFTY YEARS. Would RSS/BJP government of PM Modi help the distressed farmers of this very country, vast majority of them being[Read More…]

In The Name Of The Mother

In The Name Of The Mother

This documentary is on Pehlu Khan Murder and Cow vigilantes active in Haryana.

Happy Birthday Modiji

Happy Birthday Modiji

A birthday message to Prime Minister of India, prepared by Canadian Journalist Gurpreet Sing. Gurpreet Singh is a Canada- based journalist who publishes Radical Desi- a monthly magazine that covers alternative politics.

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Normalizing Terror

Normalizing Terror

We are free to choose but every choice has a price https://scroll.in/article/849804/this-photograph-of-two-murdered-teens-should-disturb-an-india-that-has-normalised-hate “Hate: It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved a single one yet.” Maya Angelou We seem to be living in times when some people appear to be bent on challenging this law of nature – that fire burns and the[Read More…]

From Aadhaar To Privacy Right: The Spin-off of The Aadhaar Controversy

From Aadhaar To Privacy Right: The Spin-off of The Aadhaar Controversy

The word “private” has the meanings: (1) belonging to a particular person (his/her own body or his/her own property), (2) not sharing thoughts or feelings with others, and (3) not connected with a person’s work or official role. From this adjective, we obtain the abstract noun “privacy”, which means “a state in which one is not watched or disturbed by[Read More…]

How Much India Care For Its Refugees?

How Much India Care For Its Refugees?

India is a home of millions of refugees and asylum seekers such as Tibetans, Afghani, Burmese, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankans and Africans. In past, Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) has applauded India’s refugee’s policy. In fact, Indian hospitality of welcoming foreigner is rooted in ancient Indian tradition of ‘Athithi Devo Bhav’ meaning Guest is (our) God. However,[Read More…]

Rahul Gandhi And Congress Need To Come Clean On 1984 To Prove Their Secular Credentials

Rahul Gandhi And Congress Need To Come Clean On 1984 To Prove Their Secular Credentials

  The Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Berkeley University has once again polarized the Hindu Right and so called secularists in the Indian politics. Gandhi was in US to address the university students where he attacked the current right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He pointed out how sectarian[Read More…]

Has Demonetization Achieved Its Stated Objectives?

Has Demonetization Achieved Its Stated Objectives?

  On August 30, 2017, the Reserve Bank of India released its Annual Report for 2016-17 which revealed that 98.8 percent of scrapped currency notes has come back into the Indian banking system. This mind-blowing statistics has put a serious question mark over the efficacy of demonetization move because it was anticipated by the government that a large portion of[Read More…]

Malyali Samajam Sets An Example

Malyali Samajam Sets An Example

The Vancouver chapter of Malyali Samajam has set an example of how to preserve diversity and pluralism when religious fanaticism continues to grow in India under a right wing Hindu nationalist government. A body that represents Canadian citizens and immigrants from Kerala celebrated Onam Festival inside a Church in Surrey this past Saturday. Apart from that Eid was also celebrated[Read More…]

Police Action in Hyderabad, 1948 September 13-18 :Should We Celebrate It?

Police Action in Hyderabad, 1948 September 13-18 :Should We Celebrate It?

Now it is a Raging Controversy whether it should be a Day of Celebration This article begins with current context of a political controversy, then briefly  gives  some factual accounts  and a  historical background. Then it gives Extracts from  writings  of  DV Rao (1917-1984), veteran communist revolutionary leader of Telangana People’s Armed Struggle (1946-51) , who lived through those times [Read More…]

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A Former Writer For ‘The Hindu’ On Gauri Lankesh And BJP’s ‘Propaganda Machinery’

A Former Writer For ‘The Hindu’ On Gauri Lankesh And BJP’s ‘Propaganda Machinery’

Gauri Lankesh’s parting gift is a brilliant and courageous editorial. It is clear that, like Hitler, Modi cannot survive as the Prime Minister (let alone project a larger-than-life image), without his Goebbelsian propaganda machinery which constantly churns out lies and damn lies. Today, Modi’s advantage is technology, which is incomparably far more advanced and can be easily manipulated. Instead of[Read More…]

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Children Can’t Wait: Taking Steps Towards Their Protective Present

Children Can’t Wait: Taking Steps Towards Their Protective Present

On a Sunday morning, I woke up to a plethora of messages on social media about the increased outrage amongst parents in Gurgaon against a top school of India. The issue concerned the murder after an attempt to sexual assault of a 7 year old child within the school premise by a bus conductor. With no other available option, I[Read More…]

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In Quest Of Togetherness: ‘Sangati’

In Quest Of Togetherness: ‘Sangati’

(In context to the changes brought out by the Maharshtra State Board in the History curriculum for Standards VII and IX) Imagine that you are a detective. You will probably relate the nature of your work to solving jigsaw puzzles. As a detective, you will be required to put together the missing pieces and arrive at a plausible explanation of[Read More…]

How Aadhaar Undermines The Right To Privacy

How Aadhaar Undermines The Right To Privacy

Predictably enough, the recent Supreme Court order affirming that privacy is a fundamental right sent Aadhaar’s public-relations machine into damage control mode. After denying the right to privacy for years, the government promptly changed gear and welcomed the judgment. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), suddenly asserted, “The Aadhaar Act is based on the premise that privacy is[Read More…]

Gauri Lankesh Assassination: Attempt In Establishing Rule Of Sword

Gauri Lankesh Assassination: Attempt In Establishing Rule Of Sword

One of the English phrases says that “Pen is mightier than the sword”. The attempt by sword to put down pen is purely a result of fear that Pen has created. Starting from Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh, the series of attempts to put an end to their lives is a result of this fear. Each of them had[Read More…]

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Paash To Lankesh: How Indian State Continues To Discriminate Between Minority And Majoritarian Extremists

Paash To Lankesh: How Indian State Continues To Discriminate Between Minority And Majoritarian Extremists

  While the progressive forces were gearing up to celebrate the birth anniversary of Paash – a revolutionary Punjabi poet on September 9, the news of the assassination of Gauri Lankesh shook everyone to the core. Paash was a byproduct of the radical communist movement also known as naxalite movement of late 1960s that united the oppressed communities and the[Read More…]

Face The Music

Face The Music

And after your lightning and thunder
A fresh rain will come
Sprouting new buds and petals
Spreading diverse colours of freedom.
That song I will sing
For the sake of all songs to come!

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Pradhuman Dies Due To Gross Negligence And Bad Governance

Pradhuman Dies Due To Gross Negligence And Bad Governance

When a child dies with that unlimited possibilities too die. Not only parents but all those who have emotions except politicians, school administration and their organizations also cry. The sad death of Pradhuman inside a toilet of Ryan International School by slitting his throat is horrible incident which has caused much trauma on all Indians. There are several dimensions of[Read More…]

Annihilation of ‘Freedom’: Beneath ‘Lotus and Bullets’

Annihilation of ‘Freedom’: Beneath ‘Lotus and Bullets’

  The scenario set in with the outrageous murder of Gauri Lankesh is fraught with unprecedented social costs and perilous political consequences. Gauri today is much more than a journalist for a country of 1.3 billion people. We are made to believe, through an orchestrated propaganda, that the system in place under the leadership of Narendra Modi is not responsible[Read More…]

A Wild Flower in the Indian Wasteland, Gauri Lankesh: 1962-2017

A Wild Flower in the Indian Wasteland, Gauri Lankesh: 1962-2017

  On that dreadful evening of 5th September, if Gauri Lankesh had seen her own corpse lying in a pool of blood outside her house she would have -I am very sure- simply smiled For even in her death she had done what was closest to her heart – expose India’s saffron supremacists for what they really were.  A sorry[Read More…]

Whither India: Good Terrorism Of December 1992 Vs Bad Terrorism Of January 1993 At Bombay

Whither India: Good Terrorism Of December 1992 Vs Bad Terrorism Of January 1993 At Bombay

With the announcement of quantum of punishment to the perpetrators of January 1993  serial blasts in Bombay by Judge GA Sanap of the special Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act [TADA] court on September 7, 2017, probably, the longest terror case trial in India comes to close. In the first phase of this trial Judge PD Kode of Special TADA[Read More…]

The Dera Sacha Sauda Followers And The Civil Society

The Dera Sacha Sauda Followers And The Civil Society

ਫਰੀਦਾਲੋੜੈਦਾਖਬਿਜਉਰੀਆਂਕਿਕਰਿਬੀਜੈਜਟੁ॥੨੩॥{ਪੰਨਾ੧੩੭੯} Farid, the farmer plants thorny acacia, and wishes for yeild of raisins (SGGS p. 1379) This is the high point of debates and discussion on the Dera Sacha Sauda issue. Media, Political sphere, civil society, opponents and defenders of the Dera have their own views. No body is making an effort to dig deeper to get at the root[Read More…]

DhankiBaat

DhankiBaat

I read this article with great interest. http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/21887818 The final sentence is salutary. I want to add that whether governments or judges guard or curtail rights will depend on what we, the people, do about it. Active citizenship is not something that we are used to. We are still used to being the ‘ruled’, looking up to our elected governments[Read More…]

Why Do The Left Liberals Commit The Same Mistake?

Why Do The Left Liberals Commit The Same Mistake?

Coming on the heels of the explosive RBI verdict on demonetization, the outrage over Lankesh’s murder is more than just whataboutery. It speaks volumes about the elite left liberal forces and their comfortable politics. I am not among those who say that we must wait till the police investigation is through before pronouncing who’s responsible. There are too any arrows[Read More…]

Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh: Dr Vacy Vlazna Writes To The Ambassador of Australia

Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh: Dr Vacy Vlazna Writes To The Ambassador of Australia

Ambassador Ajay Marotrao GONDANE High Commission of India Canberra, Australia Your Excellency I mourn and rage with India for the assassination of respected journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh. Progressive and principled, she upheld the journalistic legacy of rigorous advocacy for human equality and rights in the spirit of India’s freedom-fighting journalists Tilak, Gandhi, Vidyarthi, Bhagat Singh who would be desolate that the[Read More…]

What Are We Going To Fight Over To-day ?

What Are We Going To Fight Over To-day ?

  When pen Becomes gun Ideas flow like bullets The enemy Picks up gun Unable to withstand the ‘ fire’ of ideas And sprays bullets To eliminate ideas Still, Question remains As it did for ages and ages What are we going to fight over to-day? What is your grudge?’ The fight Never ends ‘ To- day, the deliberate increase[Read More…]

We Shall Persevere: In Memory of Gauri Lankesh And The Rest

We Shall Persevere: In Memory of Gauri Lankesh And The Rest

But I am someone you just cannot curb
I am a voice that refuses to die
You may bleed my heart but it refuses to cry
I am the eyes that refuse to blink

Epitaph For Gauri Lankesh

Epitaph For Gauri Lankesh

”I will do what i can and I will say
What I should. These intolerant voices
Find strength in our silence.
Let them learn to argue using words
instead of threats”

The Murders Of Rationalists

The Murders Of Rationalists

The murders of rationalists in India must make us all think as to how the Indian tradition of dissent and reasoning would survive. The tradition of dissent and rationality is not foreign to India. Historically speaking the Indian philosophical thoughts are classified as either orthodox or heterodox. The heterodox school can be broadly classified as those who used logic, rational[Read More…]

We Are All Responsible For Gauri Lankesh’s Murder: 6 Categories Of Response To Violence

We Are All Responsible For Gauri Lankesh’s Murder: 6 Categories Of Response To Violence

  When rationalists are murdered by obscurantists, secularists by religious zealots, and humanists by fascists, people typically react in one of four ways: 1. Mentally register the murder and then move on as though nothing has really changed; 2. Empathize with the victim’s family by mouthing some pieties and then move on as though nothing really changed in their lives;[Read More…]

Heart of Hunger

Heart of Hunger

I don’t know if you came across a piece of news from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, published a few days back in several national dailies. No wonder you might have missed it, it was (purposely) snug in one tight corner of most papers like a hibernating animal, meant to be left untouched. Well, the news was that a twenty-seven-year-old, hungry man, Sunil[Read More…]

Hindutva Terror Units Killed Gauri Lankesh, Says Her Lawyer

Hindutva Terror Units Killed Gauri Lankesh, Says Her Lawyer

Exactly two years and five days after the fatal shooting of writer M M Kalburgi, the dastardly killing of journalist and editor Gauri Lankesh yesterday is being seen as a clear indication that Hindutva forces are still at work, chillingly picking out the targets on their list of intellectuals and writers inimical to them. While a number of theories have[Read More…]

Will Demonetization Results Put An End To Bhaktism?

Will Demonetization Results Put An End To Bhaktism?

The RBI has come out with its Annual Report 2016-17. The report says that 98.96% of the demonetized notes have returned to the banking system. Of the 15.44 lakh crores worth of currency in circulation in the form of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes, 15.28 lakh crores has returned back. This is in contrast to the argument put forth[Read More…]

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Bullet Proof

Bullet Proof

I just took a bullet for the remaining bits of humanity
The baton passes on
We will take it forward from here

A Letter Written Posthumously

A Letter Written Posthumously

Dear Gouri.. A few hours ago, above the loud and deafening sounds of the guns that fired into the air to give you a “honourable state farewell”, I heard the calls of the parakeets frightened to flight by the noise. I felt you squirm even in the coldness of the murder that fate and human intolerance brought on your frail[Read More…]

Celebrating ‘Vadh’ (Killing) Of Opponents Is Embedded In The Hindutva Politics

Celebrating ‘Vadh’ (Killing) Of Opponents Is Embedded In The Hindutva Politics

The Information and Technology minister in Modi’s Cabinet, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a seasoned RSS cadre slammed online trolls for expressing happiness over the killing of senior journalist Gouri Lankesh. Prasad in a Tweet expressed his anger against those cheering Gouri’s killing. His Twitter read: “I strongly condemn and deplore the messages on social media expressing happiness on the dastardly murder[Read More…]

Now What?

Now What?

Gauri Lankesh was executed. What else do you call a bullet in the forehead? We know why. The question to those who did it and those with whose support they did it is, ‘Now what?’ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/world/asia/gauri-lankesh-india-dead.html?mcubz=0 The problem with using ‘ultimate’ strategies is that when they fail, you have nothing left. Ultimate strategies also indicate another fatal flaw, that you[Read More…]

Murder of Gauri Lankesh : An Attack On Media or Ideology ?

Murder of Gauri Lankesh : An Attack On Media or Ideology ?

  The Press Club of India did not have space to even stand yesterday. The outpouring of grief and anger in the street as well as on the social media on the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh compelled many veterans to join hand and speak up against the culture of intimidation and violence against those who differ with the current[Read More…]

Homage To Gauri Lankesh

Homage To Gauri Lankesh

Perhaps what they don’t realise
People can be eliminated
But not their ideas
Their ideas will only percolate
And continue to inspire generations

Gauri Lankesh: A Bullet To Dissent

Gauri Lankesh: A Bullet To Dissent

Late on the fifth of September noted journalist and human rights’ activist, Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her residence by unidentified assailants in Bengaluru. Lankesh was the editor of her weekly tabloid, ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ which stood strongly against the right wing communal politics and also ferociously critiqued the Hindutva politics in Bengaluru. Her strong writings, both in English[Read More…]

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The Long Chain, A Tribute To Gauri Lankesh

The Long Chain, A Tribute To Gauri Lankesh

  Some of us are not free. We belong like individual pearls attached to a long, long chain to which we will be forever connected and to which we have bondage as the links hold us in placement enslaved. Yes, we are not free. We are enchained. This chain stretches way back before us in time and it will stretch[Read More…]

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Rally For Gauri Lankesh Held In BC, Canada

Rally For Gauri Lankesh Held In BC, Canada

The local South Asian activists came together to hold demonstration against the gruesome murder of Gauri Lankesh at the Holland Park in Surrey on Wednesday evening. Lankesh was a famous journalist who was fatally shot outside her house in Benguluru, India on September 5. She was a well known critic of growing violence by Hindu fundamentalists in India under a[Read More…]

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Thousands Protest Across The Country Against The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh

Thousands Protest Across The Country Against The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh

In a spontaneous outpouring of grief, anger and disbelief, protests erupted across the country against the assassination of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh. Lankesh was shot dead at point-blank range at her home yesterday. Candlelight vigils were held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and in Kolkata, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participated. Protests were held in Gauri Lankesh’s home town[Read More…]

I Do Not Wish To Say RIP #GauriLankesh

I Do Not Wish To Say RIP #GauriLankesh

Is it not time to say
Enough is enough
We will not allow you anymore
To spread your venom
Or poison more minds
Nor let you intimidate us into silence
Or feel the fear you want us to feel
That till we drive you to the ground
We will not rest in peace
Nor will Gauri
#Dhabolkar
#Kalburgi
#Pansare
Or anyone else you kill.

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A Tribute To Gauri Lankesh!

A Tribute To Gauri Lankesh!

Gauri, you are more than a memory
You are a direction
For a world that should not be !

Gauri Lankesh, Democratic-Secular India Will Remember And Miss You Always!

Gauri Lankesh, Democratic-Secular India Will Remember And Miss You Always!

Terribly sad times for democratic-secular India. One of the greatest fighters against rising tide of Hindutva politics, feudal and criminal elements, brave thinker, journalist, publisher, creative writer, activist and a personal friend, GauriLankesh was assassinated in Bangalore. There should be no confusion about the killers. These must be the same killers who earlier assassinated MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and NarenderDhabolkar.[Read More…]

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Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh: A Cowardly Attack On Human Freedom

Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh: A Cowardly Attack On Human Freedom

  The fad of ‘tolerance’ is fast getting exposed but this is particularly for those who have been crying that we have suddenly become intolerance. The brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh is a reminder of the changing times that we are living in India. That those who are 24X7 on their twitter talking about greatness of our civilisation, remain conspicuous[Read More…]

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NAPM Condemns Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh

NAPM Condemns Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh

New Delhi | September 06, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements is deeply shocked and shattered at the cowardly and cold-blooded murder of well-known journalist, editor and fearless firebrand activist, Gauri Lankesh who, time and again, locked horns with divisive, communal and casteist forces, in particular the right-wing Hindutva brigade.  We have enough reason to believe that her political assassination[Read More…]

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Anti-Communal Activist And Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead

Anti-Communal Activist And Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead

Gauri Lankesh (55) , a senior journalist and a vocal anti-communal activist was shot dead in at her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru. According to police officials she was shot dead from close range when she was standing at her house in Rajarajeswari Nagar. According to eye witnesses, the 55-year-old journalist was standing near the gate of her house[Read More…]

The Question Of Indian-ness In Dark Times

The Question Of Indian-ness In Dark Times

In a letter to late Kamleshwar, once late Rahi MasoomRaza had sought a reply from him asking that, “YaarKamleshwar ye mausambadalkyonahiirahahai!”This impression seems true for present situations. When the echo of slogan schanted against muslimsat the time of partition, long erased from the public memory have not only been resurrected but has become more emboldened and shrill, the dehumanization of[Read More…]

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Demonetization: Modi’s Ego Trip Destroyed India’s Growth Story

Demonetization: Modi’s Ego Trip Destroyed India’s Growth Story

  On 30 August the much awaited receipt figures of demonetized currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations were released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its Annual Report. It said 15.28 lakh crores out of total 15.44 lakh crores, i.e., 99% of the demonetized currency notes of Rs. 1000 and Rs 500 were received back in[Read More…]

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Onam: Setting The Record Straight

Onam: Setting The Record Straight

Onam is a festival celebrated by all the Malayalis across the world. It is a secular festival celebrated by all the Malayalis irrespective of their religion. It is a nostalgic remebrance of a past where all Malayalis lived in harmony. According to the legends Mahabali was a just Asura king. In his kingdom everyone was equally treated. There was no[Read More…]

Political Rats aka Kursi Kumars

Political Rats aka Kursi Kumars

  After Nitish Kumar abandoned the Mahaghatbandhan to form a government with the BJP in Bihar, someone aptly coined a new term for him: ‘Khursi Kumar’. He has fooled no one with his rhetoric of having ended the alliance on the isssue of corruption; the people have long learnt to smell a political rat. As pointed out by political analysts[Read More…]

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The Heart Of A Professional Banker

The Heart Of A Professional Banker

During my first assignment at Aurangabad, my boss, R. P. Mehta, was a little bemused at the amicable way I treated my clients, given banks’ notoriety for poor customer service. Mehta was given the impression by my colleagues that I was liberal in my approach with borrowers and hypersensitive to customer complaints. Mehta could be ruthless with errant staff and[Read More…]

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GURU or GODMAN

GURU or GODMAN

India is a plural society comprising people belonging to different cultures, regions, religions and ethnicities. It has a rich history of inclusive character evident through its accommodation as well assimilation of religions and cultures arising outside its own territory. In spite of such an array of plurality, India has stood out as one of the successful democracies in the world.[Read More…]

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Medha Patkar: From Peaceful Protester To Political Prisoner In Independent India

Medha Patkar: From Peaceful Protester To Political Prisoner In Independent India

Fasting, according to Mahatma Gandhi, is a tactic that should be used only when other avenues of redress have been explored and failed. In a struggle that has spanned over 30 years, Medha Patkar and her Save the Narmada movement (Narmada Bachao Andolan, NBA) certainly cannot be accused of not using every possible avenue to secure justice for some 60[Read More…]

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Admiral Ramdas’ Open Letter To President Ram Nath Kovind

Admiral Ramdas’ Open Letter To President Ram Nath Kovind

Honorable President Shri Ram Nath Kovindji, Let me at the outset congratulate you on assuming office as the 14th President of the Republic of India. The Armed Forces of India – of whom you are the Supreme Commander, have a different and special relationship with their President and I was especially struck by your unambiguous reference to the fact that[Read More…]

Rae Bareli’s Transition Towards A City Of Narrow Alleys

Rae Bareli’s Transition Towards A City Of Narrow Alleys

Rae Bareli, with a population of about thirty five lakhs is slowly heading towards a city full of narrow alleys. Around two lakh people belonging to different class and caste resides in the urban areas. Most of the houses here came up randomly since the development of the area was never done in the lines of a housing society. One[Read More…]

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Demonetisation Fiasco: Time For Political Parties To Step Up

Demonetisation Fiasco: Time For Political Parties To Step Up

The cat is out of the bag. The data released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proves that as was predicted Narendra Modi’s demonetisation was a ‘monumental disaster’. The data shows that 99 % of the demonetised currencies returned to the system. Of the 15.44 lakh crore demonetised money, 15.28 lakh crore returned to the banks. A simple question rises,[Read More…]

How Nothing Really Maters

How Nothing Really Maters

After Tuesday’s deluge and many people staying indoors on Wednesday, due to state government advisories advising to do so, most of the people in Mumbai were back to work today. I too had to stay overnight in my office and reached back home on Wednesday morning. After staying at home yesterday, I came back to work today by the local[Read More…]

Punjab Needs To Address Education Sector

Punjab Needs To Address Education Sector

  Education plays a catalytic role in the socio economic development. The relationship between education and development is well documented and fairly well understood. Education is an important indicator of inclusive growth, development and in bringing social change.   In Punjab, while there has been a surge in number of educational institutions and   literacy rates, education sector is  in the state[Read More…]

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The (un-) Holy Men!

The (un-) Holy Men!

(The controversy surrounding Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and the mayhem caused by his conviction for rape seems only the proverbial tip of the ice-berg!) For quite some time India was known in the west as the land of snake charmers and naked sadhus. Well, the Sadhus are considered to be the holy men who have been associated with India from[Read More…]

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Religious Cults, Godmen And Blind Faith

Religious Cults, Godmen And Blind Faith

The conviction of Ram Rahim and the judgement to put him behind bars should ideally be welcomed by all sections of Society. But what cause worry are the incidents of violence which took place in support of Ram Rahim when he was convicted of the crime. These do raise questions as to whether Society finds it acceptable if crime is[Read More…]

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Banning “The Adivasi Will Not Dance”: Solidarity With Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

Banning “The Adivasi Will Not Dance”: Solidarity With Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

We are bewildered and dismayed to learn about the recent banning of Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s collection of short stories, The Adivasi Will Not Dance, by the Government of Jharkhand. This ban is absurd and sets a dangerous precedent. Freedom of expression is a fundamental right under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution. The same article, admittedly, allows the state to[Read More…]

Manufacturing Muslim ‘Criminals’: The Hindutva Formula

Manufacturing Muslim ‘Criminals’: The Hindutva Formula

The most prominent ideologue of RSS MS Golwalkar (RSS boss 1940-1973) declared Muslims and Christians as ‘INTERNAL THREAT’ number ONE and TWO respectively. This understanding has been the core belief of RSS leaders/cadres. That was the reason that a leading RSS cadre, in-charge of Dharam Jagran Samiti, Rajeshwar Singh, few months after Modi taking over as PM of the country[Read More…]

Maharashtra Defaces Mughal Legacy From History Text Books

Maharashtra Defaces Mughal Legacy From History Text Books

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” –George Orwell Too much of the thinking about Muslim rulers is now being shaped along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship. There is evidence from a number of established scholarly discourses that the public[Read More…]

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Meat And Greet

  Recently a well-known chain of supermarkets opened a fresh-only outlet inside a rich residential society in Mumbai to much gratitude and fanfare. The residents had a difficult time locating a proper greengrocer, and a facility like this was invaluable. The store became successful from day one, garnering lots of footfalls. Sensing a need gap, the store offered, apart from[Read More…]

The Great Face-saving U-Turn On Privacy

The Great Face-saving U-Turn On Privacy

  On 22 July 2015, the Attorney General (AG) Shri Mukul Rohatgi representing the Union of India (Centre, hereinafter) argued before a 3-Judge Bench (Justices J.Chelameshwar, S.A.Bobde & C.Nagappan) considering a batch of petitions challenging Aadhaar, that # the Constitution-makers did not intend to make the right to privacy a fundamental right, # since there is no fundamental right to[Read More…]

BJP’s Hypocrisy Over Its Passion For Hinduism Exposed

BJP’s Hypocrisy Over Its Passion For Hinduism Exposed

  Shortly after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of his ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) extended greetings to the nation on Ganesh Chaturthi, violence started by the followers of a controversial god man convicted for rape left more than 30 people dead. The arson took place in BJP ruled state of Haryana where a[Read More…]

Panchkula Riot: The Thoughts Of A Wandering Mind

Panchkula Riot: The Thoughts Of A Wandering Mind

I have stopped watching the 24-hour TV news drama channels long back. However, yesterday, I switched on the TV and put on the news channels in the morning itself. I was anxious about the verdict in the Gurmeet Ram Rahim case. This additional interest in the case stemmed from the fact that all the action was centred in and around[Read More…]

Muslim Women, Pro-Triple Talaq Islamic Clergy, Hindutva And Supreme Court 

Muslim Women, Pro-Triple Talaq Islamic Clergy, Hindutva And Supreme Court 

THE JUDGMENT Indian Supreme Court (hereafterSC) in a historic judgment with far reaching consequences for Indian Muslim women declared Triple Talaq (TT) illegal, against Constitution of India and against the tenets of Islam. The TT is an old practice amongst a section of Muslims in the world, more prevalent in India in which  a Muslim husband would give instant divorce[Read More…]

Failure Of Governance In Haryana

Failure Of Governance In Haryana

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a self-styled spiritual guru and head of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect has been found guilty in rape case by court. In a country where politicians are in hands and gloves with such false God men, the verdict proves that judiciary is still an institution which can be dependent upon for the security and protection of[Read More…]

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Hindutva Rule And Anarchy Are Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Hindutva Rule And Anarchy Are Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Is it coincidence that wherever we have BJP governments mobs rule/destroy unhindered? In December 1992 despite restrictions imposed by The Supreme Court and UP BJP governments undertakings to Supreme Court and Government of India that peace would be maintained in Ayodhya during ‘karseva’,  thousands were allowed to gather at Ayodhya and India witnessed demolition of a mosque, fracturing Indian society[Read More…]

2022: Acche Din Part II

2022: Acche Din Part II

With 2022 occurring regularly in the speeches of the Prime Minister, it is important to look into what it meant. The Prime Minister vowed that by 2022, the poor shall have pucca houses, access to electricity, healthcare, sanitation and education, doubling of farmer’s income, expanded opportunities for the youth and women and India being free from communalism, casteism and terrorism.[Read More…]

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Right To Privacy Judgement: A Tight Slap To The Government

Right To Privacy Judgement: A Tight Slap To The Government

  A full nine judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court have a landmark judgement that makes Privacy a Fundamental Right in India. Honestly, I feel overwhelmed by this judgement. It has been nearly seven years that I have been involved in opposing Aadhaar. Often called mad by people who ridiculed me and gave examples about the “success” of Aadhaar[Read More…]

Twenty Five Years Of Indian Women’s Self Help Movement

Twenty Five Years Of Indian Women’s Self Help Movement

  Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie. — Gloria Steinem Poor women’s suffering has long been a surefire way to pull on the heartstrings of rich[Read More…]

Right To Privacy: Judgement Highlights And Full Judgement

Right To Privacy: Judgement Highlights And Full Judgement

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court today said that privacy is a constitutional right. Nine judges were unanimous in their finding. The verdict on the right to privacy today is a major setback for the government, which had argued that the constitution does not guarantee individual privacy as an inalienable fundamental right. The judges concluded today, “The right to[Read More…]

Supreme Court Decides That Right To Privacy Is An Intrinsic Part Of Right To Life And Personal Liberty

Supreme Court Decides That Right To Privacy Is An Intrinsic Part Of Right To Life And Personal Liberty

Supreme Court of India has once again come to rescue the citizens of India by declaring that right to privacy is a fundamental right. This is a big jolt to a government which was turning itself to a surveillance state by intruding every aspect of the life of the individual. This decision was made unanimously reflecting the absolute legal voice[Read More…]

Shedding Tears For One Cop, Maligning The Other

Shedding Tears For One Cop, Maligning The Other

When former Punjab Police Chief KPS Gill passed away in May, the leaders of almost all the mainstream political parties of India paid rich tributes to the deceased and described him as a national hero who according to them had decimated terrorism in Punjab. At an event organized in his memory, the leaders from both the left and the right[Read More…]

How The BEST Bus Undertaking In India Been Driven Into A Crisis

How The BEST Bus Undertaking In India Been Driven Into A Crisis

I saw an interesting French comedy film Boss’s Daughter recently. It was also remarkable because of the intelligent use of the concept of ergonomics which involves right use of technology for the human body at the workplace, home or travel. In his film the boss’s daughter uses the science of ergonomics to see how work in her father’s factory is[Read More…]

How To Revive The spirit Of Quit India Movement?

How To Revive The spirit Of Quit India Movement?

The ‘Quit India’ movement 1942, 75th anniversary of which is currently being celebrated, was the major landmark in the struggle for India’s Independence. On 8th August the Indian National Congress working Committee Meeting at Gowalia Tank Maidan (now August Kranti Maidan) decided to launch the movement against British rule. This was the major popular mass movement after the non cooperation[Read More…]

Verdict On Triple Talaq Is A Vindication Of The Constitutional Struggles Of Muslim Women

Verdict On Triple Talaq Is A Vindication Of The Constitutional Struggles Of Muslim Women

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) congratulates millions of Muslim women of this country along with the Muslim women’s organizations, other feminist, rights groups and lawyers, who deserve to be applauded for the long overdue judgement of the Supreme Court, delivered yesterday, reading down the arbitrary and inhuman Triple Talaq as both ‘Unconstitutional’ and ‘Un-Quranic’. The judgement, by a 3:2[Read More…]

Triple Talaq Decision Of Supreme Court Establishes Dignity Of Women And Reformative Principles

Triple Talaq Decision Of Supreme Court Establishes Dignity Of Women And Reformative Principles

The decision of Supreme Court by declaring the Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and with its immediate stoppage of the practice is landmark in every aspect as it has established the dignity of the women at par with others. It is landmark decision in the sense that it has proclaimed that in India nothing is paramount except the Constitution. The decision[Read More…]

Supreme Court Of India Illumminates The World For Muslim Women

Supreme Court Of India Illumminates The World For Muslim Women

Of all the lawful acts the most detestable to God is divorce  –Prophet Muhammad (This an authentic saying recorded by Abdullah ibn Umar, a highly respected companion of the prophet in an authoritative treatise “Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)” of Sunan Abu-Dawud (Ref. 63-2173) The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the practice of instant triple talaq, calling it unconstitutional and in[Read More…]

The Panoramic Circus Of Rural Development

The Panoramic Circus Of Rural Development

  The farmers in northern Maharashtra had suffered badly on account of low yields of cotton; additionally, the government procurement prices for cotton were pegged low. As a result, our loan recoveries plummeted. I conducted a detailed assessment of the farmers and realized that their plight was genuine and a rehabilitation package had to be worked out. I informed my[Read More…]

Farmers outside one of the banks in Tadimarri mandal: Farmers like T. Brahmananda Reddy need bulk amounts of the new notes to pay their debts and labourers – and these notes remain scarce at the banks here

How Financial Illiteracy Is Duping People Of Millions Of Precious Savings

  Finance is the glue that holds all pieces of our life together. Ideal financial societies are those which provide safe and convenient ways of managing these simple monetary affairs. This philosophy is known as financial inclusion. It is providing financial tools to people —tools that people can afford, that are safe and properly regulated, that people can access conveniently[Read More…]

Timir Basu

Naxalbari Galvanized A Generation Ready To Sacrifice And Dismantle The System: Timir Basu

Timir Basu, editor of Frontier, the famous radical weekly from Kolkata, India, for about 40 years, was organizing the poor peasantry during the Naxalbari-days identified as the Spring Thunder Over India. As a young professional revolutionary with a political program for radical change of the entire system Timir Basu was practicing the revolutionary ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Mao’s thoughts. Timir Basu’s and[Read More…]

An Account Of My Abduction By The Police

An Account Of My Abduction By The Police

I, along with four others, reached Bombay Hospital, Indore on August 8 to meet Medha Patkar who was forcefully hospitalised on the 12th day of her indefinite fast by the Madhya Pradesh Police. Medha Patkar was fasting to protest against the illegal submergence of 192 villages and one township in Madhya Pradesh by the backwaters of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.[Read More…]

Farmers Suicides Soar On Freedom Anniversary

Farmers Suicides Soar On Freedom Anniversary

  Even as India celebrated its 70th  year of independence, the number of suicides of beleaguered farmers in Marathwada, the drought prone belt of Maharashtra, touched a new high. In the last seven and half months ending with !5th August ,580 cultivators have committed suicide  .At the end of July, the toll stood at 531 and it has gone up[Read More…]

Aadhaar Reminds Of Orwell’s 1984!

Aadhaar Reminds Of Orwell’s 1984!

(Aadhar, the new ID card which is virtual indexing of the entire population, is reminiscent of George Orwell’s famous novel 1984!) One of the most important aspects of a totalitarian or a fascist regime is indexing of the population so as to keep watch over their activities. It is virtually practical implementation of the famous slogan in 1984, the “Big[Read More…]

Welcome To ‘New India’

Welcome To ‘New India’

Wish you a very happy independence day! On a new journey…towards a ‘New India’, we are being ably led, being guided all the way This ‘New India’ will be something like we have never seen before Or is it that we have been seeing it so often that our eyes have now dulled and turned sour? They say that truth[Read More…]

 Paper Claims

 Paper Claims

  As someone who has cut one’s teeth working on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) before working on social accountability practices, I read with interest Nayanika Mathur’s Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India. It is based on the study of the implementation of MGNREGA, in its early years in 2006 and[Read More…]

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Linking Mobile Numbers To Aadhaar Is Violation Of Supreme Court Orders

Linking Mobile Numbers To Aadhaar Is Violation Of Supreme Court Orders

As per the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court’s 5-Judge Bench dated 15 October 2015, Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for the purposes of linking to mobile phones. This has been reiterated by the Hon’ble Court on 9th June and 27th June, 2017.

India Now!

India Now!

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India’s Mournful Song Of Freedom

India’s Mournful Song Of Freedom

    When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.  -Nelson Mandela Most of us who lead lives of privilege tend to take freedom for granted. On the edge of our own realities are those that can’t. Between the time a young IT professional was[Read More…]

Can We Be Proud Of Such Independence?

Can We Be Proud Of Such Independence?

On the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day, the longest and most recognised people’s movement in independent India is on dock, despite it being non-violent, worked relentlessly for the tribals and farmers who are affected by the mighty Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) dam, consistently raised issues of displacement and rehabilitation, and helped country ponder over a question which sums up the[Read More…]

On Independence Day Leaders Of Narmada Bachao Andolan To Remain In Jail

On Independence Day Leaders Of Narmada Bachao Andolan To Remain In Jail

Badwani, Madhya Pradesh. August 14, 2017: The day Medha Patkar and others broke their 17 day indefinite fast, Madhya Pradesh police foisted cases of disturbing peace, kidnapping and many other trumped up charges on 55 named and 2,500 unnamed project affected and activists of Narmada Bachao Andolan. Most of the cases are related to the incident on August 7th when[Read More…]

The Brewing Revolution In India

The Brewing Revolution In India

The BJP government won with a 31% mandate and is primarily in power because there was no meaningful opposition in 2014. In 2019, forget “meaningful”, there is NO opposition worth it’s name that can stop the BJP. BUT HOLD ON. When I say, no opposition, I mean“political opposition.” – Not that there is no civil resistance to the fascist BJP/RSS[Read More…]

Apathy In Public Healthcare Causes Loss Of 72 Children’s Life

Apathy In Public Healthcare Causes Loss Of 72 Children’s Life

  This is another tragedy that once again reflects the sordid state of hospitals and health care through out India. News of deaths coming from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh is spiralling on a daily basis and that too from just one hospital viz. BRD Hospital, the government-run hospital of the city. It is the only hospital with reasonable faciliities in a[Read More…]

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This Day,
72 infants sounded the bugles.
72 infants hoisted the flag.
72 infants saluted the flag.
72 infants formed the infantry.

Murder In The Hospital

Murder In The Hospital

They had neither coveted for the stars nor for the moon, At most, they would have just wished to regain their health soon. So that they could get back to the ‘normal’; be that normal be exciting or mundane, At least it was better than lying sick in a room, experiencing all this pain. They didn’t think what they were[Read More…]

Where Does National Food Security Act Stand In Odisha

Where Does National Food Security Act Stand In Odisha

The National Food Security Act 2013 puts special emphasis on transparency where information relating to the entitlements under the Act should be placed in public domain. The section 27 of the Act particularly mandates, placing all documents relating to the Targeted Public Distribution System in public domain and creating mechanism for public inspection. However, the spirit of transparency norm is[Read More…]

Independence Must Be Earned

Independence Must Be Earned

Happy Independence Day to you. Independence doesn’t just happen. It must be earned. Let us reflect that real bondage is of the mind and spirit. Nelson Mandela for 27 years in the South African apartheid prison was actually free. But today in India we have accepted the slavery of discrimination against each other, of corruption and of mutual hatred. It’s[Read More…]

Hamid Ansari And Right To Express

Hamid Ansari And Right To Express

When the outgoing vice president Mr. Ansari expressed that Muslims feel a sense of unease  (Sense of unease among Muslims:  Hamid Ansari in his last interview as vice president www.ndtv.com posted in kracktivist.org August 10, 2017) there was a furore in the BJP circles and many leaders started to hurl jibes at him. (Shame, shame, SHAME on PM…..  www.hindustantimes.com posted[Read More…]

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

Same Chairs, Different Bottoms

Once upon a time there was a beautiful land in which clear rivers flowed through lush forests. Birds flocked to the trees which were heavy with fruit until one was almost deafened by the cacophony of their cries. And if one dared to walk under the trees, then one needed an umbrella which quickly changed color and became white with[Read More…]

Children’s Death In Gorakhpur Remind That Something Is At Fault In The System

Children’s Death In Gorakhpur Remind That Something Is At Fault In The System

At least 30 children have died in Gorakhpur BRD medical College. The family members of the dead infants have accused that due to deficiency of the Oxygen in the hospital deaths were caused. Whereas administration has denied it. The stand of administration is that all died due to serious diseases and deficiency of Oxygen was not the cause though investigating[Read More…]

Chellenges Await President Kovind

Chellenges Await President Kovind

Presently, there is not a single state in Central, North-West and North India where complete rule of law as required by the Constitution prevails. A greater part of the nation is ravaged by criminals operating under the guise of ‘saving ‘Indian culture’, unleashing violence against the citizenry, blatantly violating Constitutional rights and guarantees. The writ of cultural vigilante groups even[Read More…]

Towards An Alternative Politics

Towards An Alternative Politics

  Gujarat assembly fiasco in electing members to Rajya Sabha is an addition to the political muddle facing India. The comment of Jairam Ramesh that Congress is in existential crisis and similar views expressed by Mani Shankar Aiyer can be broadly applied to the political system as a whole. Decay over the decades This ‘ crisis ‘ is not a[Read More…]

Private security and Police personnel at the Vivo's manufacturing facility in Greater Noida. Express photo by Satyadeep Singh. 25 July 2017

Condemn Exploitation And Harassment Of Workers At Vivo India Pvt. Ltd

  The ‘Make in India’ drive and its claim of generating employment by getting multi-national companies to manufacture in India is characterized by appalling and inhuman work ‘opportunities’ of which the Vivo India Pvt Ltd is a glaring example. Vivo Company is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that entered the Indian markets in December 2015 under the ‘Make in India’ initiative[Read More…]

The Story Of Our Tryst With Fasts

The Story Of Our Tryst With Fasts

  As Medha Patkar and other Narmada Bachao Andolan activists continue their peaceful and non-violent protest by going on an indefinite fast, for just rehabilitation (as mandated by the Supreme Court of India), to be provided to the 40,000 families affected by the closing of sluice gates of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam, the state administration has replied by[Read More…]

India China Border Conflict

India China Border Conflict

(Slowly increasing border problem may be a fore runner of a limited border engagement similar to 1962 clash which had a basis other than the disputed demarcation line!) There is a media hype on the Chinese side regarding possibility of a border clash in the Doklam plateau. Some reports have even suggested the possibility of a clash within two weeks![Read More…]

Medha Patkar Arrested Again

Medha Patkar Arrested Again

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar was arrested again after being released from hospital. She is on the 14th day of her fast. Today after discharged from hospital in the afternoon, Medha Patkar started at 4 PM from Indore after meeting her supporters and resting a little. As their vehicle was moving towards Barwani, her vehicle was intercepted by nearly[Read More…]

Declare Adivasis as Indigenous People Of India

Declare Adivasis as Indigenous People Of India

Today we celebrate World Indigeneous people’s day but in the backyard of the biggest democracy of the world is the systematic isolation and displacement of millions of adivasis in the name of development. A veteran activist is fighting for the rights of the aadivasis on the Narmada valley but the government is determined to ‘develop’ the state even when it[Read More…]

Arrest Of Medha Patkar: Dr Vacy Vlazna Writes To Indian Hight Commissioner

Arrest Of Medha Patkar: Dr Vacy Vlazna Writes To Indian Hight Commissioner

I urge the government of India to immediately end the shocking forceful evictions of 40,000 families in Narmada Valley….

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Protests Across India Against The Brutal Arrest Of Medha Patkar And Others

Protests Across India Against The Brutal Arrest Of Medha Patkar And Others

New Delhi | August 08, 2017 : Today people across the country protested against the high handed action of MP Police of the Dhar and Badwani administration which used excessive force leaving 48 people injured, some of them were admitted to ICU in Badwani. In Delhi, more than 50 protestors marched to the MP Bhavan and submitted the memorandum demanding[Read More…]

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The Rape Of Narmada Mayya’s Children: The Mahabharata Allegory Of Draupadi Vastraharan

The Rape Of Narmada Mayya’s Children: The Mahabharata Allegory Of Draupadi Vastraharan

  The Game of Dice of the Mahabharata epic is being enacted on the banks of Narmada river. The actors are Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) as Dushasana; Government of India (GoI) as Duryodhana; the Narmada river represented by the people who are being forcibly evicted for protesting and demanding their rightful due, as Draupadi being disrobed; the Legislative and[Read More…]

Report On Incidents Of Rajput Intolerance To Dalit Assertion In Saharanpur

Report On Incidents Of Rajput Intolerance To Dalit Assertion In Saharanpur

On 5th May 2017, an incident of attack on Dalits by the Rajputs occurred in the village Shabbirpur, located near Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. During the attack a youth from the Rajput community died, 13 Dalits were grievously injured, more than 40 Dalit houses were burnt, some of their shops looted and burnt. The incident was widely reported in the media[Read More…]

 75th Anniversary Of Quit India Movement 1942

 75th Anniversary Of Quit India Movement 1942

Quit India Movement [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 or Die in his Quit India speech delivered in Mumbai at the Gowalia[Read More…]

Protest Against Violence

Protest Against Violence

    More than hundred military veterans wrote to the prime minister last week dissenting growing violence against people in the country.  Earlier, last month, thousands of people in several cities protested against the widespread incidence of mob violence against Muslims and Dalits. According to IndiaSpend, a data journalism website, 38 people have been killed in 61 attacks since Narendra Modi[Read More…]

Two Minute Silence For Bhiku Daji Bhilare

Two Minute Silence For Bhiku Daji Bhilare

  Death of a freedom fighter normally evokes mixed emotions. For a section of people – whose number is diminishing fast – it is a moment of nostalgia when idealism was in air and sacrificing oneself for the cause of emancipation of humanity was looked at with respect, whereas for a larger section which is being intoxicated with glories of[Read More…]

Demonetisation Cat Is Out Of The Bag

Demonetisation Cat Is Out Of The Bag

A Parliamentary Committee on Demonetisation has submitted its report, which will be tabled during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Accordingly, the report calls demonetisation a blunder. Not a single objective has been met, it reportedly says. Findings of the Committee reveal no major black money was found. It says Finance Ministry accepts that only details of 4,172 crores of suspicious[Read More…]

The Brave Women Running Rural India

The Brave Women Running Rural India

  Women are the mainstay of small-scale agriculture, the farm labour force and day-to-day family subsistence. The biggest myth is that the rural woman is part of her land’s wealth. Yes, but only to the extent of generating it. They don’t own land but produce secondary crops, gather food and firewood, process, store and prepare family food and fetch water[Read More…]

 A Therapy For India’s Suicidal Farmers

 A Therapy For India’s Suicidal Farmers

While debates continue to rage on reforming the agricultural sector to improve the economic conditions of farmer, there has till now recently been no attempt to focus on the likely mental problems arising out of economic stress that may be leading to suicides. Farm suicides are a reflection of the economic plight of an ailing rural economy but demonstrate the utter state of mental hopelessness and weak resilience of farmers who have become emotionally so fragile that they are meekly taking their own lives.

New Delhi : A participant shows a placard during a silent protest "Not in My Name" against the targeted lynching, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan(PTI6_28_2017_000215B)

Introspection on Urban Activism

I grew up in one of the big cities of India and recall celebrating every festival with family and friends. To be honest my young eyes never really differentiated between Holi, Eid, Easter, Ramadan or Christmas. I should be grateful to the wonderful upbringing by my parents who probably believed that India is defined by so many religions, cultures and[Read More…]

State Sponsored Suppression in Gorkhaland

State Sponsored Suppression in Gorkhaland

In George Orwell classic ‘1984’ as Winston is tortured in Room 101, strapped to a chair he is asked “How does a man assert his power over the other, Winston? To which Winston answers “by making him suffer”. This chilling scene painted the picture of a dystopian state where the ideas and actions that differed from one preached by the[Read More…]

114 Army Veterans Condemn The Targeting of Muslim, Dalits In An Open Letter To PM

114 Army Veterans Condemn The Targeting of Muslim, Dalits In An Open Letter To PM

We can no longer look away. We would be doing a disservice to our country if we do not stand up and speak for the liberal and secular values that our Constitution espouses. Our diversity is our greatest strength. Dissent is not treason; in fact, it is the essence of democracy.

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Undoing The Soul Of Democratic Secular India: The RSS Pracharak Batra Way

Undoing The Soul Of Democratic Secular India: The RSS Pracharak Batra Way

The RSS brigade is fond of surgical strikes. Though there rages a dispute whether surgical strikes against Pakistan secured any favourable results but so far as its surgical strikes against minorities, specially Muslims and Christians and Dalits are concerned, are paying rich dividends to it. The lynching, maiming and robbing in the name of ‘ghar wapsi’ (forcible conversion to Hinduism),[Read More…]

Thousands Attend National Convention on “Save The Constitution And Build The Nation”

Thousands Attend National Convention on “Save The Constitution And Build The Nation”

Over five thousand people from different parts of the country came to attend a one day National Convention organised by All India Milli Council, in New Delhi at the Talkatora Stadium which saw a galaxy of activists, political leaders, academics and other concerned citizens condemning the attempt of the government to muzzle freedom of expression AIMC-Resolutions, Eng-Final-1and creating fear psychosis[Read More…]

Noam Chomsky Extends Support To The Project Affected People Of The Narmada Valley, As Indefinite Fast  Continues

Noam Chomsky Extends Support To The Project Affected People Of The Narmada Valley, As Indefinite Fast  Continues

 New Delhi, July 30, 2017: Eminent American linguist, social critic, and political activist, Noam Chomsky extended his support to the project affected people of the Narmada Valley when the indefinite fast and dharna of 100s people are underway in Narmada valley. Signing the petition started by former IIM Kolkata professor and environmentalist Jayanta Bandopadhyay, Chomsky joins 100s of other people[Read More…]

Indian Independence: Forged in Washington?

Indian Independence: Forged in Washington?

India commemorates the end of British rule 70 years ago on 15 August. Now might be an apt moment to consider where India might be heading, especially given recent developments. If one policy stands out over the past 12 months, it would have to be demonetisation. Removing all 500- and 1000-rupee notes from circulation overnight was in part a bail[Read More…]

Ten Avatars of Indian Corruption

Ten Avatars of Indian Corruption

  It is an emotionally loaded term like ‘faith’, ‘nationalism’ and ‘family’, that is often used by the middle-classes to provoke strong feelings of anger and disgust against politicians. And yet on closer scrutiny the phrase ‘corruption’ turns out to be a fuzzy concept, that  fails to capture how power and injustice really operate in human societies. In its popular[Read More…]

A Short Note On The Privacy Debate

A Short Note On The Privacy Debate

  The Attorney General has argued that citizens do not have the fundamental right to privacy. That the citizen should be open to scrutiny by the government other bodies of authority for ‘national interests’. That their body or their data is not a right of their own. The AG states that this is because the right to privacy is an[Read More…]

Rice threshing near Sangrur, SE Punjab, India. (Photo:  Neil Palmer (CIAT)/flickr/cc)

Rural Transformation Needs Grassroots Mantras

  Tackling poverty requires a fundamentally different approach: one that starts with people themselves and encourages the initiative, creativity and drive from below .This principle must be at the core of any programme aiming at transformation of their lives. It is only then that if it can be lasting and meaningful. If people can be given the support they need[Read More…]

A Banker In The Dock

A Banker In The Dock

  One of the toughest tasks I had to handle in my long career as a banker was handling the recalcitrant defaulters who made us literally beseech and supplicate before them when they refused to pay up the loan. I had to make regular appearances in the witness box  whenever we filed a law suit against any tough loan defaulter.[Read More…]

Zionutva: A Hate Story

Zionutva: A Hate Story

Sandwiched between the months of June — which saw the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Palestine occupation — and August — the 71st anniversary of India’s Independence from British rule and India’s subsequent occupation of Kashmir — this July can perhaps be remembered as a month when two nationalist ideologies — Zionism and Hindutva — that have thrived on these two[Read More…]

How India Became Bill Gates’ Guinea Pig: A Conspiracy As Recounted By The Main Actors

How India Became Bill Gates’ Guinea Pig: A Conspiracy As Recounted By The Main Actors

Microsoft’s Bill Gates is one of the richest and most influential people on earth. He announced in 2015 that his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was aiming at achieving full digitalization of the payment systems of India and other populous developing countries by 2018. This “financial inclusion” program for India dates back to well before Narendra Modi came to power. It was elevated[Read More…]

Limitations of Political Space in Bihar Reflected in Limitations of National Media Commentary

Limitations of Political Space in Bihar Reflected in Limitations of National Media Commentary

  The JD(U) have joined up with the BJP again, a damning indictment of the INC that failed to mobilise a united let alone effective opposition to the NDA. There is a tendency in the national press to judge the political parties in Bihar on the basis of their caste composition. The argument is that the JD(U) is a good[Read More…]

CSR Tourism: A New Development Fad

CSR Tourism: A New Development Fad

  This has been a phenomenon quite old with the corporate world, but now it has   acquired a glamorous face. .It is rural development or euphemistically called CSR  tourism—brief visits by corporate leaders whose businesses are obliged to take up community development as part of public commitment. But, as is their wont, many businesses are using these opportunities for brand[Read More…]

Politics Of Opportunism In Bihar

Politics Of Opportunism In Bihar

The Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s resignation brings an end to not just an alliance, but an idea which was called Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) against Modi and the BJP at the national politics. A well-rehearsed play is going on, the characters are selective, and management team and director are quite smart. An alliance which was growing slowly with a hope[Read More…]

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Revolutionary Poet Paash’s Poem “The Most Dangerous” Sought To Be Deleted From Indian Textbooks ByUltra-Right‘Educationist!’

Revolutionary Poet Paash’s Poem “The Most Dangerous” Sought To Be Deleted From Indian Textbooks ByUltra-Right‘Educationist!’

The RSS affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas headed by Dina NathBatra has sent a list of recommendations for the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) which had recently solicited public response for its review of school textbooks. The list includes removal of Paash’s poem, “The Most Dangerous”.

Shortcomings of the BJP’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Rules 2016

Shortcomings of the BJP’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Rules 2016

  The BJP’s new Bankruptcy and Insolvency Rules 2016 in India bluntly provide that individuals with debts over Rupees one thousand will lose their assets to a resolution professional if declared bankrupt or insolvent. The only excluded assets under fresh start rules are tools, books, vehicles and other equipment as are necessary to the debtor or bankrupt for his personal[Read More…]

AAP Launches Struggle Against Adani Port In Vizhinjam

AAP Launches Struggle Against Adani Port In Vizhinjam

First phase of 8 day long campaign exposing the scam in Vizhinjam port project started on 15th July was inaugurated by Aam Admi Party Kerala state convener Adv. CR Neelakandan . The campaign covering entire Trivandrum where the new port is coming up. Every day campaign team with announcement vehicle covering 16 points and various speakers addressing the crowd at[Read More…]

Shrinking Spaces of Dissent Voices – Raise of Economic and Political Power

Shrinking Spaces of Dissent Voices – Raise of Economic and Political Power

Increasing control of economic and political elite in influencing national decisions and their usage of threats against those who question them are proving to be a threat to Indian Democracy. Voices of Dissent who keep a check on unquestionable exercise of power and control exercised by forces of economic and political power are being curtailed. Critical media and socially conscious[Read More…]

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Suicides Continue To Ravage Farmlands

Suicides Continue To Ravage Farmlands

At least 217 farmers have ended their life in the month following Maharashtra Government’s farm loan waiver announcement on June 2 this year.This numbers for the month of June equal the average monthly figures in the past six months.

Drought affected farmers of Tamil Nadu protesting with the skulls and bones of fellow farmers who committed suicide

A Walk Down Jantar Mantar, The Protest Street Of Delhi: Photo Essay

Jantar Mantar is the protest street of Delhi. People from all over India gather in this street to vent their anger, frustration and despair. Vidyabhushan Rawat takes a walk down the street to document the various protests happening in Jantar Mantar today. Text and Photos by Vidya Bhushan Rawat Delhi witnessed huge protests by diverse sections people affected by the[Read More…]

Hailing The Vision of Rabindranath Tagore: Human Over Mechanical

Hailing The Vision of Rabindranath Tagore: Human Over Mechanical

I was recently reading Rabindranath Tagore’s essay on Nationalism and that was when the enormity, farsightedness and the sheer genius of his thoughts stuck me….and stuck me hard. While we are busy today, coming to terms with a whole new dimension that is being provided to the term ‘nationalism’, while we are busy defining and redefining the ways in which[Read More…]

Bird or Beast: BJP Must Decide

Bird or Beast: BJP Must Decide

My take on the situation in our country today is that the BJP must decide what it is – bird or beast. It must decide what its core ideology is. I am happy to do a Core Ideology Workshop for them and the RSS if they want. The problem is that they seem to be confused in this respect and[Read More…]

Prime Minister Washes Off His Hands From The Crimes Of The Cow Vigilantes

Prime Minister Washes Off His Hands From The Crimes Of The Cow Vigilantes

Our PM is a MASTER BLUFFER, a characteristic learnt sitting at the feet of Guru Golwalkar. Modi ji has completely washed off his hands from the culpability of crimes being committed by ‘gau rakshaks’ by saying “All (state) governments should take stringent action against those violating law in the name of cow protection.” Thus it is not the Hindutva gang[Read More…]

Condemn The Criminal Complaint Against AIB And Its Founders

Condemn The Criminal Complaint Against AIB And Its Founders

The PUCL condemns the action of Mumbai Police for registering on 16th July, 2017 a criminal case of defamation and obscenity against the comedy group, `All India Bakchod’ (AIB) for allegedly caricaturing the PM, Narendra Modi. According to the police AIB had on Thursday, 15th July, tweeted a picture of a Modi look-alike standing in a railway station, peering into[Read More…]

Flood Havoc In Assam: Issues And Concerns

Flood Havoc In Assam: Issues And Concerns

  The arrival of monsoon has again brought the deadly flood havoc in Assam and the rest of the North-East. Over the years, it has been witnessed that during monsoons especially, in between May- July, Assam has to undergo heavy floods, river bank erosions and its severe consequences of loss of lives, livelihood and property. This year’s flood is also[Read More…]

Baba Ramdev Launches ‘Security’ Business: Should We Be Worried?

Baba Ramdev Launches ‘Security’ Business: Should We Be Worried?

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has launched a private security firm “Parakram Suraksha Private Ltd’. The aim of the company ensuring security and developing military instinct. According to Acharya Balakrishna, CEO of Ramdev’s Patanjali, “Security is a very important issue either for a man or a woman. Our aim is to prepare individuals for self and country’s security and for this[Read More…]

Attack On Amarnath Pilgrims Sparks International Outcry, But Why No Condemnation On Attack On Minorities?

Attack On Amarnath Pilgrims Sparks International Outcry, But Why No Condemnation On Attack On Minorities?

  The recent terror attack on innocent Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir has evoked an outrage throughout the world. Seven people died and more than dozen got injured in an attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to Amarnath shrine that houses an iced idol of Lord Shiva. Every year thousands of Hindus visit Amarnath from across India. Due to ongoing armed[Read More…]

UID – The Greatest Trick Yet, By The Greatest Prestidigitator

UID – The Greatest Trick Yet, By The Greatest Prestidigitator

  The Italian Kautalya, Niccolo Machiavelli, is supposed to have said that ‘Politics is the art of deception’ (or maybe it was the Indian Machiavelli, Kautilya, himself). Whoever it was, he has an able student in the Indian prime minister (PM) – a prestidigitator par excellence. Now, a good prestidigitator is one who will distract you with some dazzling spectacle[Read More…]

Revolutionary Tales Told By Women

Revolutionary Tales Told By Women

Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh): Aruna Athaluri. Media person. My friend. She was working with a Telugu television news channel when I first met her. Now she is with the Telugu daily, Sakshi. Despite being friends, we had not spent even four hours together during my four-year stay at Hyderabad. Both of us had tight deadlines to meet, almost always. At that time, I[Read More…]

Dangers of Vigilante Politics

Dangers of Vigilante Politics

  The country is experiencing a spate of violence with cases of lynching in different parts of India. The citizen is hapless and government is unresponsive betraying its authoritarian tendencies rooted in its ideology. Over a couple of decades , BJP has grown on vigilante politics rooted in ideology of RSS and Hindutva, a distorted interpretation of Hinduism which is[Read More…]

Amarnath Tragedy: Security Lapse or What?

Amarnath Tragedy: Security Lapse or What?

All sections of Kashmir Society have condemned the dastardly attack on a bus ferrying  Yatris to Holy Amarnath cave. Seven yatris were killed  in the cowardly attack and many more injured. While feeling grieved and outpouring  of emotions is a  natural human trait, what is bad and loathsome, is the mention of Islam & Muslims in their condolence messages. Many[Read More…]

The Implications Of Ramnath Kovind’s Presidency

The Implications Of Ramnath Kovind’s Presidency

  In the upcoming presidential election, the BJP candidate Ramnath Kovind’s election to the post of the President of India is fait accompli. The debate around the presidential election is restricted to BJP playing the caste-card. The Congress fielding Meira Kumar against BJP’s caste-card, merely changes the discourse as to whose candidate is the better or more authentic ‘Dalit’. One[Read More…]

Loan Waivers Offer No Relief To Most Distressed Farmers

Loan Waivers Offer No Relief To Most Distressed Farmers

  While the government is set to forgive billions of dollars of farm debts, the actually distressed class among them will have little respite from their misery .They owe their debts to moneylenders whereas the government waiver applies only to formal credit. In Maharashtra, farmers’ dependence on private money lenders   has shown a steep rise. Loans disbursed by private money[Read More…]

Doddi Komarayya : A visualized drawing  (no photo is available)

70th anniversary of The Martyrdom of Komarayya: A Turning Point in Telangana People’s Revolutionary Movement

  July 4, 1946 was the day of martyrdom of Doddi Komarayya, a young man from a poor peasant and shepherd family of Kadivendi village of the then Nalgonda district. (Now it is in Warangal district of Telangana state, TS.) This day is regarded  as  a marker indicating  the beginning of  armed struggle  of Telangana.  Martyrdom of Komarayya: A Turning[Read More…]

Why Kerala Left Still Stands Up Against Israel

Why Kerala Left Still Stands Up Against Israel

  Despite being a land where Jewish communities thrived, historically,  Kerala’s public mind remained a natural sympathizer for the cause of Palestine. Deeply embedded in Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much hyped alliance with Isreal is an affirmation from the Left of their strong ideological support for Palestine in changing times. Narendra Modi[Read More…]

Protests At Jantar Mantar, To Mourn Amarnath Killings

Protests At Jantar Mantar, To Mourn Amarnath Killings

The ‘Not In My Name’ campaigners held a vigil at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday, 11 July, 2017, 7 p.m. to mourn the killings of Amarnath pilgrims a day earlier. For this gathering arithmetic (numbers) went against the protesters. At any given point of time the number was under one hundred. There were no slogans, no speeches, a two minute silence[Read More…]

Kashmir Unites To Condemn Anantanag Yatra Attack

Kashmir Unites To Condemn Anantanag Yatra Attack

Soon after the Attack on Civilian Bus in which Seven Amarnath Pilgrims Killed and Dozens Injured, on Monday. Widespread condemnation poured out from every nook and corner of Kashmir Valley. Kashmiris took Social media, (Facebook, Twitter) Responses against the Painful attack Here are some Responses; Is Mehbooba Mufti in senses? What has Islam to do what Yatri killing, and why[Read More…]

New Delhi : A participant shows a placard during a silent protest "Not in My Name" against the targeted lynching, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan(PTI6_28_2017_000215B)

Cowardly Attack On Amarnath Pilgrims

Any cowardly, armed or mobbed attack on unarmed people must be condemned in no uncertain terms. We, who came out in “Not in my name” protest at Jantar-Mantar against Gorakshak mob lynching, also came out to protest against the ghastly act of attack on Amarnath pilgrims. But why the Salim Sheikh, is, instead of being praised for his presence of[Read More…]

The Importance of Being a Cow: A Mother or a Meal?

The Importance of Being a Cow: A Mother or a Meal?

The more conservative a society, the more is its ritualistic overtone, and vice versa. In other words, by the very definition of conservatism – an ideology built around the idea to conserve – is heavily dependent on various rituals and practices epitomizing that ‘ism’ of conservation. Therefore, conservatism and ritualistic celebration are directly proportional to each other and not at[Read More…]

A young boy sits outside his demolished house. Children are most affected  by this eviction as they now lack the place for recreational needs and many have not had food since their parents are busy in collecting/digging household belongings such as stove,Gas, Utensils. (Photographs taken on July6, 2017 )

Forceful Demolition At Gulshan Chowk, Baljeet Nagar, Delhi

The immediate need of the families affected by this incident is related to water, Food, temporary shelter (Shaded) till they recover their belongings from under the debris and start to make their living. As a secondary need they will require support for the proper rehabilitation within the legal framework. Things to be taken in notice is that although there’s a big population of women in the slum, no women police officers were present at the time of demolition.

Solidarity With The Movement Against Fees Hike In IIT Bombay

Solidarity With The Movement Against Fees Hike In IIT Bombay

The Coordination of Science and Technology Institutes’ Student Associations (COSTISA) expresses its solidarity with the ongoing students’ movement against the fees hike in IIT Bombay. Barely a year after introducing a two-fold hike in tuition fees for UGs, the institute has made a unilateral decision to increase the fees for all students. There has been, a 300 % hike in[Read More…]

Indian State Shows Double Standards By Charging Sikhs For Justice Activists For Sedition

Indian State Shows Double Standards By Charging Sikhs For Justice Activists For Sedition

The Indian state’s response to New York- based Sikh advocacy group’ s controversial posters asking for the referendum for independent Sikh state in 2020 shows double standards. The Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) is asking for the referendum in Punjab so that the Sikhs can decide their political future. The SFJ supports Khalistan, an imaginary Sikh homeland to be carved out[Read More…]

Promoting Superstition: Everything Official About It !

Promoting Superstition: Everything Official About It !

  Bhupendra Singh Chudasama, Education minister of Gujarat and his colleague AtmaramParamar, who handles the Social Justice Ministry, were in the news sometime back- albeit for wrong reasons. A video went viral which showed them participating in a felicitation ceremony of exorcists in Botad. They were also seen watching how a  couple of the exorcists were beating themselves with metal[Read More…]

Rejoice, Ye, Supreme Court Judges On Your Pyrrhic Victory; India’s Justice System Got Screwed Up In Karnan’s Case

Rejoice, Ye, Supreme Court Judges On Your Pyrrhic Victory; India’s Justice System Got Screwed Up In Karnan’s Case

    A law student in any university anywhere in the world is taught that before convicting a person of a crime a detailed reasoned judgement ought to be ready. In fact in criminal cases the judgement convicting a person is pronounced on a particular day; and the quantum of punishment is announced later after the lawyers have had a[Read More…]

Patients Before Profit: Public vs Private , The Debate In Karnataka

Patients Before Profit: Public vs Private , The Debate In Karnataka

Affordable health care is now becoming increasingly inaccessible to the poor and lower middle classes in India, given the drive to privatization in all parts of the social sector.  Sally Ogun, a patient’s rights activist from America says, “The provision of health care … is part of a social contract, one that assures citizens access to the tools they need[Read More…]

Lynch Production Factory @ New India

Lynch Production Factory @ New India

The DNA of New India is being redesigned. Genetic Engineering for a new India is being undertaken. This new India legitimises the usage of mob violence by Lynchers. The new India creates an environment where lynchers are assured that they have unprecedented freedom to undertake their actions. They will never be punished for their actions, even if they are criticised[Read More…]

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Do Soldiers Have Human Right? Far-Reaching Implications

Do Soldiers Have Human Right? Far-Reaching Implications

  This piece is inspired by the query of a respected activist who asked this writer, “While protest statements against heinous crimes are necessary, should there not also be statements when armed forces or security forces personnel get killed by mobs or militants?” Hence, this article attempts to present a view which will do justice to both sides of the[Read More…]

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Is Overt Display Of Religion Tearing The Fabric Of Indian Society?

Is Overt Display Of Religion Tearing The Fabric Of Indian Society?

“This is Gandhi’s land!” people often tell me. Where multicultural acceptance is a part of every Indian’s day to day life. This is the land which has a tradition of accepting into its fold all divergent views including religions. They tell me that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, even Zoroastrianism have flourished for millennia under the benevolence of the majority[Read More…]

Musings From My Twilight

Musings From My Twilight

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” –Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius was a stoic and a man of great wisdom; very unusual in a ruler. So, I present my musings to you as something from my perspective and not “The Truth”. As I reflect on our world, someone sent[Read More…]

16 Adivasis Die of Malaria in Chaparai, East Godavari

16 Adivasis Die of Malaria in Chaparai, East Godavari

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) views with extreme concern the serious health crisis in the Agency area of East Godavari district. In what is reflective of the precarious situation, 16 adivasis from a single village – Chaparai of Boddagandi panchayat in Y Ramavarammandal, located in the jurisdiction of the Rampachodavaram ITDA of the district – died over a period of[Read More…]

Can India’s High GDP Growth Rate Paradigm Lead To True Welfare Of Our Communities?

Can India’s High GDP Growth Rate Paradigm Lead To True Welfare Of Our Communities?

      Introduction In an article in The Hindu of 14.5.2016, C. Rangarajan, former Governor, Reserve Bank of India had said: “The “potential” to grow at 8 to 9 per cent at least for a decade exists. We have to make it happen.”  The successive governments in the country have been focusing on such a high GDP growth rate,[Read More…]

Jallikattu: The Pith and Science Behind Legalities

Jallikattu: The Pith and Science Behind Legalities

The mishaps in the recent Jallikattu events come with a fear of the sport being banned again over the poor conduct and not necessarily owing to the essence of the sport. The petitioners who are seeking a ban on the sport remarked, …“A binding judgment [Nagaraja judgment] cannot be rendered ineffective by enactment of legislation that substantially overrules the intended[Read More…]

On GST; Concerns Over India’s Federal Structure

On GST; Concerns Over India’s Federal Structure

  India is all set to sail in its new taxation policy set out after three months of the new financial year. The move is definitely going to make a niche of its own down in history. But having said that, there are umpteen number of issues connected with its implementation in such a country as diverse as India. Still several[Read More…]

An Overview Of Nuclear Power In The Context Of Additional Capacity To Kaiga NPP

An Overview Of Nuclear Power In The Context Of Additional Capacity To Kaiga NPP

  Abstract:          The decision by the govt. of India in May 2017 to commission ten nuclear reactors of the type PHWR of 700 MW capacity each, and the other proposal to add four more reactors of the type VVER of 1,000 MW capacity each at Kudankulam NPP, has given rise to serious concerns to the communities around these projects,[Read More…]

Two Rotis And A Catapult

Two Rotis And A Catapult

  Mahesh Gurung was shot on his forehead. He died instantly leaving behind his ageing parents, his wife and an infant son. He was 26 years old. A catapult and 2 rotis were found in his knapsack. He was a Gorkha; not a terrorist; fighting for Gorkhaland; with a catapult against bullets. Six bullet holes in the pillar where he[Read More…]

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Why Minorities Have To Prove Their Nationalism All The Time?

Why Minorities Have To Prove Their Nationalism All The Time?

  It was the summer of 2010. This was my first visit to London and I couldn’t resist to go to Madam Tussaud’s famous wax museum. I wanted to see the wax statues of my favorite celebrities. I was so delighted to see them there and came back with sweet memories, but the most cherished memory was not about these[Read More…]

Modi’s India Is Sinking

Modi’s India Is Sinking

  Modi’s policies and empty promises will lead India to utter ruin. So many lynchings, protests, murders and arrests have happened this week across in India, it is hard to keep up with. In 21st century, horrendous crimes are on the rise in India. Non issues are being projected to divert attention from the daily problems with the common men.[Read More…]

Lynchistan: Another Muslim Lynched In Jharkhand

Lynchistan: Another Muslim Lynched In Jharkhand

India is really becoming a Lynchistan. A man accused of carrying beef was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on Thursday. This happened hours after Prime Minister Modi said that killing people in the name of cow protection is not acceptable. The man has been identified as Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari. He was allegedly carrying[Read More…]

The Lynch Republic

The Lynch Republic

Hafiz Junaid, Pehlu Khan, Akhlaq, Yakub Sheikh, Najeeb Ahmed- these are not just some Muslim names; these are names of the victims of hate crimes, in the newest emerging- The Lynch Republic. The vanguard of the right wing which is hell bent on enforcing Hindutva as a political agenda, is invoking the base and primeval instincts of common people by[Read More…]

Disabled And The GST

Disabled And The GST

  At the midnight hour, when the whole world slept, India woke to life and freedom in the emotional words of Nehru’. But, again, in the midnight hour, India will witness one of the most radical tax reforms – GST…! The government is ready to roll out GST from July 1 despite dissatisfaction from many quarters. One of the consequences[Read More…]

Lynching Mobs, Street Violence And Stifled Democracy 

Lynching Mobs, Street Violence And Stifled Democracy 

  A semi-starved nation can have neither religion, nor art nor organization.—M. K. Gandhi  There is no connection between mob violence and democracy. It seems that the streets of our nation today are in the reign and under the total control of lynching mobs. In this month alone (June 2017) we witnessed four gruesome lynchings— that of the 15 year[Read More…]

A Thousand Seeds Of Resistance Planted For Junaid

A Thousand Seeds Of Resistance Planted For Junaid

A thousand seeds of resistance got planted yesterday evening at Jantar Mantar, national protest site, Delhi on the blood shed by Junaid. The name Junaid in Urdu means fighter, warrior whose strength is equal to a small army. I reached Jantar Mantar at 4.30 p.m. when people had already started coming from Delhi and NCR region. The meeting was to[Read More…]

Speak Up : Why Are You Silent About Lynchistan?

Speak Up : Why Are You Silent About Lynchistan?

In this powerful two-minute video, Gurpreet Singh, India-born, Canadian journalist asks heads of governments, peace activists, academics, ‘Why are you Silent?” at the Lynchings in India, the targeting of innocents, mostly Indian Muslims, by those in power to turn India into a Hindu State. Why are you Silent? Are You waiting for More Deaths? I wont be Quiet I don’t[Read More…]

Financing Conflict In Tribal areas

Financing Conflict In Tribal areas

                                                (Balapu Santa and his family :Nawaranpur district) Balapu Santa, age 62, from village Mendra shared his struggle to get back his cultivated land .He says that the land is under cultivation for last 40 years which he has now claimed under the forest rights act 2006 like many others in the village . Though the exact area of cultivation[Read More…]

Modi’s Govt ‘stain-less’ Amidst Bloodstains On The Streets?

Modi’s Govt ‘stain-less’ Amidst Bloodstains On The Streets?

‘There are no stains on my government,’ said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the United States of America. This can only mean that the Prime Minister thinks the bloodstains of innocent Indians are not stains. In actual fact, no one can remember another time when so much blood was spilled in Indian streets. No one can remember[Read More…]

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Koodankulam: The Facts Nation Should Know

Koodankulam: The Facts Nation Should Know

When Republic TV journalists carried a so called sting operation on S.P Udayakumar, one of the leaders of the movement against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu, Koodankulam have again become in the news.  There are two allegations that people who were protesting the Koodankulam power project under the umbrella of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy is faced time[Read More…]

Rajasthan’s Neo-Nazis Shows Their Contempt For The Poor – In Yellow

Rajasthan’s Neo-Nazis Shows Their Contempt For The Poor – In Yellow

Are part of the country ruled by the rightist BJP governments going back to Nazi Germany of the late 1930s and early 1940s ? It was at that time that the fascist regime of Hitler forcibly introduced the humiliating identifying mark of the Yellow Star – called the Star of David – to be worn by all Jews in its[Read More…]

 A Thousand Flowers Should Bloom For Junaid

 A Thousand Flowers Should Bloom For Junaid

Junaid this is for you. Junaid this is to assure you that your death will not go in vain. You are a martyr for the idea of India. You are not a martyr in the conventional sense, that you laid down your life with full consciousness of what you are doing. But your life was snatched away from you in[Read More…]

An Unhappy Birthday! Need For An Alliance For Reconciliation And National Unity

An Unhappy Birthday! Need For An Alliance For Reconciliation And National Unity

  I wish to thank all the friends, well wishers who have send their greetings and messages on my birthday today. In fact, these messages started coming from yesterday and they continue to pour in. I am grateful to each one of you. I did not celebrate anything as I have been feeling suffocated with the growing situation. It was[Read More…]

Lynching of Muslim Youth-Junaid

Lynching of Muslim Youth-Junaid

New Delhi | 26th June: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) is shocked and horrified by the gruesome murder of sixteen year old Junaid Khan in running train enroute to Mathura from Delhi on 22nd June. This happened in public view inside a train where ordinary people were travelling to their respective destinations. Junaid and his three brothers were returning[Read More…]

A Few Letters From The Spring Thunder-Time

A Few Letters From The Spring Thunder-Time

  Sudeb, a young revolutionary walking along the path of proletarian revolution, was shot at and beaten to death by jotedar’s [owner of a large farm landholding or a de facto sub-proprietor, often with land leased out to sharecroppers] henchmen at Keshpur, Midnapur in June 1970, said press reports. Sudeb’s father wrote: “Let no other father face the terrible task[Read More…]

India Proves George Orwell right

India Proves George Orwell right

  When George Orwell published his famous novel “1984” in 1949, he wouldn’t have imagined how his fiction will be turned into a reality in the country of his birth only three decades later. Orwell was born on June 25, 1903 in British India in the state of Bihar. His father was a civil servant posted with the Opium Department.[Read More…]

Future Shock: Imagining India

Future Shock: Imagining India

What might a future India look like? If current policies continue, it could mean 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. It could also mean hundreds of millions of former rural dwellers without any work and thus anywhere decent to live in these cities. And what[Read More…]

 Why Money Lenders Still Rule The Farm Lands

 Why Money Lenders Still Rule The Farm Lands

  While the government is set to forgive billions of dollars of loans of farmers, the actually distressed class among them will have no respite from their misery .They owe their debts to moneylenders whereas the government waiver applies only to formal credit. Almost every farmer in India’s massive rural swathes is tethered, in one way or another, to the sahukar, the[Read More…]

The Method In Madness And The Case Of Adarsha Vidyalayas In Assam

The Method In Madness And The Case Of Adarsha Vidyalayas In Assam

Statement by Delhi Action Committee for Assam In an unconstitutional and discriminatory move, the Education Department of the Assam government has recently come up with a notification that bars candidates who have studied in the vernacular medium from appearing for the Special Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) for Graduate Teachers in the Adarsha Vidyalayas in Assam. The advertisement No. RMSA/Special TET/842/2017/2[Read More…]

Which Interests Will Benefit From The Beef Ban?

Which Interests Will Benefit From The Beef Ban?

No one could accuse the present Government of a lack of a sense of drama. The last few months in particular have witnessed one spectacular move after another – so completely unexpected that they have caught even the Government’s diehard supporters gasping. And each manoeuvre has led to a trail of shrill debates, speculations, analyses, protests, jubilation as to the[Read More…]

Cricket Nationalism

Cricket Nationalism

The game of cricket is the most popular sport in India. It evokes a variety of emotions among the audiences – from extreme forms of happiness, excitement to disappointment. Based on audience connect with the teams, these extreme forms of expressions are at display. From an era where international cricket (between nations) was the most popular, a shift has occurred[Read More…]

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India- That What We Make It

India- That What We Make It

Zafar Hussein The Madhya Pradesh police has very magnanimously withdrawn the sedition charges against 15 men for allegedly celebrating the victory of the Pakistan cricket team over Team India in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. The men have now instead been booked under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, for disturbing communal harmony. As profoundly unbelievable as[Read More…]

“Cowistan” And “Kaliban”!

“Cowistan” And “Kaliban”!

    (RSS through the ruling BJP is aiming to turn the Great Republic of India into a “Cowistan” with the help of their Gau Rakhshaks who are India’s “Kaliban”!) The obsessive protection of the cow and the subsequent attacks on people having various professional activities connected with it especially the Muslim minorities and the Dalits have created a piquant[Read More…]

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Dr. S P Udayakumar Moves Press Council Of India Against Harassment By Republic TV

Dr. S P Udayakumar Moves Press Council Of India Against Harassment By Republic TV

Dr. S P Udayakumar files a complaint with the press council of India against the harassment meted out to him and his family by Republic TV and it’s reporters.

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Open Letter To Ramnath Kovind Ji

Open Letter To Ramnath Kovind Ji

Respected Ramnath Kovind ji, Namaskar, I must congratulate you for being chosen as presidential candidate of the Indian Republic by BJP. It is heartening to note that you have been chosen, to quote BJP president Mr. Amit Shahji, for being “a Dalit who has struggled in life to reach the position he is in today.”In the forthcoming presidential elections your[Read More…]

Denial Of Interim Bail To Justice C.S. Karnan – Are We Back To The Internal Emergency Era, 1975-77?

Denial Of Interim Bail To Justice C.S. Karnan – Are We Back To The Internal Emergency Era, 1975-77?

  Justice C. S. Karnan on being arrested on 20 June, 2017 moved the Supreme Court seeking bail and suspension of six months sentence awarded to him on 9 May, 2017. The vacation bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice D.Y Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today (i.e. 21 June, 2017) said: “We can’t suspend the sentence as[Read More…]

A Grain of Truth: RCEP And The Corporate Hijack Of Indian Agriculture

A Grain of Truth: RCEP And The Corporate Hijack Of Indian Agriculture

The plight of farmers in India has been well documented. A combination of debt, economic liberalisation, subsidised imports, rising input costs and a shift to cash crops (including GM cotton) has caused massive financial distress. Over 300,000 (perhaps closer to 400,000) have taken their lives over the last 20 years. From the effects of the Green Revolution (degraded soils, falling[Read More…]

From Holy Cow To Human Shield, A New India Rises

From Holy Cow To Human Shield, A New India Rises

Unlike their Western neighbour, Indians have managed to keep the Army strictly away from politics — and vice versa. Indeed, if the country has been a vibrant, multicultural democracy, the credit goes to the nation’s early leadership as well as the Army and the stability it has provided all these years by remain strictly apolitical and neutral. That seems to[Read More…]

Army  Top  Brass  Who  Talk  Through  Their  Caps

Army  Top  Brass  Who  Talk  Through  Their  Caps

  The  well-known  social  scientist  and  historian,    Partha   Chatterjee  (in  his  article  ‘In  Kashmir,  India  is  witnessing  Its  General  Dyer’   that  came  out  on  the  news  portal  The  Wire  some  time  ago) ,  is  receiving  more  hate-mails  than  accolades,  judging  by  the  responses  carried  by  that  website.  This  is  expected,  given  the  militaristic  jingoism  that  has  been  generated  by  the [Read More…]

Banned Documentaries Screened In Trivandrum, Watch Them Here Too

Banned Documentaries Screened In Trivandrum, Watch Them Here Too

Three documentaries which were denied permission to be screened in the tenth edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) were screened in a parallel event in Trivandrum. The parallel screening was organized by the Fraternity Movement. “The Unbearable Being of Lightness” directed by P.N. Ramachandra based on the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, “March[Read More…]

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CPI(ML) Activist Zafar Lynched To Death In Rajasthan For Resisting Photography And Videography Of Women Defecating In Open

CPI(ML) Activist Zafar Lynched To Death In Rajasthan For Resisting Photography And Videography Of Women Defecating In Open

Early in the morning on 16 June 2017, Comrade Zafar Hussein, an activist of CPI(ML) in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, was kicked, punched and beaten to death by karamcharis of the nagarpalika (municipality) at the instigation of Nagar Parishad commissioner Ashok Jain when he resisted their attempts to take photographs and videos of poor women from the Bagwasa Kachi basti who were[Read More…]

CM, Gujarat Announces The Closure Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Gates

CM, Gujarat Announces The Closure Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Gates

The shocking statement by the chief minister of Gujarat has sent waves across the Narmada Valley. The level of falsehood involved in the decision taken by NCA on the closure of Sardar Sarovar gates is unprecedented. It is as per news, the decision taken by all the states concerned that since the Resettlement and Rehabilitation of the Project Affected Families[Read More…]

From Naxals To Taxals

From Naxals To Taxals

An understanding of the political shift of communist revolutionaries into Sikh activists and its relevance today As we mark fifty years of the Naxalbari uprising, there is a need to revisit the circumstances that led to the transformation of ultra leftists to Sikh activists in Punjab to understand the relationship between the current Maoist insurgency in India and other nationality[Read More…]

Three Years of Modi Raj: Enforcing Gujrat Model Of development On India

Three Years of Modi Raj: Enforcing Gujrat Model Of development On India

On May 26, three years back after a landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections in 2014, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed government at Delhi. NDA is coalition of political parties in India led by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). At present the coalition of political parties comprises about 47 political parties which include both regional and national political parties[i]. It is not[Read More…]

Unfurl The Tricolour And Say India Will Not Become ‘Cowistan’,  ‘Kaliban’ Will Not Rule Us

Unfurl The Tricolour And Say India Will Not Become ‘Cowistan’,  ‘Kaliban’ Will Not Rule Us

When I was in school we used to say a pledge in the morning assembly. It began this way, “India is my country. All Indians are my brothers and sisters….”. This was the India we dreamed of when we were children. But, is this the India we are living now? Distressing news are coming from all around India. From Kashmir[Read More…]

A Suggestion For A Single Point Anti-Incumbency Manifesto For 2019 Against The BJP

A Suggestion For A Single Point Anti-Incumbency Manifesto For 2019 Against The BJP

  Here is my suggestion for a Single Point Anti-Incumbency Manifesto for 2019 against the BJP for the Grand Coalition of Socialist and Communist Parties. 95% of Indians are agricultural labourers, cultivators and other landless labourers in the informal economy, and outside of the tax regime in India. We depend above all for our survival with dignity on the availability[Read More…]

Freedom, Diversity And Representations In Universities

Freedom, Diversity And Representations In Universities

The present crisis of respecting the viewpoints of diverse group in the higher education system in India questions the idea of freedom.The examples such as ‘the barricading of Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU), ‘Freedom Square’ sometime back showed that freedom to protest and offer resistance to the despotic policies are not only discouraged but are embarrassing to the university administration. However,[Read More…]

Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

A fellow at the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) in London, Tim Worstall recently argued on the Forbes website that India’s farmers should be allowed to go bust because that is how economic development works. Arguing that loan waivers and support price guarantees for farmers help to undermine India’s growth and prosperity, he stated that farmers should go and do something that is more productive

Hatred For Gandhi Is A Fundamental Element Of Hindutva Discourse

Hatred For Gandhi Is A Fundamental Element Of Hindutva Discourse

[Amit Shah on Gandhi:“bahut chatur baniya tha woh”] Amit Shah is no ordinary Indian ruler. He is president of the BJP which rules Centre and majority of the Indian States. Most importantly, he is the other half of our PM, Modi, they together rule as the most powerful duo ever to rule India after Independence. Additionally, he is a senior[Read More…]

India: Time To Act And React

India: Time To Act And React

  In less than two years time, India might witness another general election which will be polarised more than ever. The hindutva forces have already started the required ground work. Presidential election The major show of battle will start with the election of president next month. The BJP is aware that it’s first litmus test is the election of a[Read More…]

The Situation Of Farmers Appalling In Mandasur

The Situation Of Farmers Appalling In Mandasur

New Delhi | June 13, 2017: Following a call given by Jai Kisan Andonlan of Swaraj Abhiyan, NAPM, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti of MP, Bandhua Mukti Morcha and several farmer organisations, a delegation of their representatives went to visit Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh where 7 farmers were killed in a police firing on 6th of June. The delegation comprised about 25[Read More…]

Democracy Means Controlling The Bank

Democracy Means Controlling The Bank

  Every day in the papers we are reading about the impacts of the starvation politics of demonetisation by the BJP on agricultual labourers, cultivators and other agricultural workers. During my years long study of the social, political and economic implications of man-made climate change, I found obviously that economists looked into the economic implications, politicians study the political implications,[Read More…]

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Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district on Tuesday.  At least five farmers were killed and four others injured in firing by police on farmers, who have been protesting for a week demanding loan waiver and fair price for their produce. PTI Photo  (PTI6_6_2017_000193B)

Peasantry Will Organise Protest Day Across The Country On 16th June

The core committee of the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan met today and discussed the ongoing farmers agitation in the country. It condemned the highhandedness of the Madhya Pradesh government and resulting death of six farmers. It expressed concern and demanded that the witch-hunt and vilification of the farmers protests stop immediately and cases against the farmers and their leaders in Maharashtra[Read More…]

Corbyn Teaches To Embrace Change We Need

Corbyn Teaches To Embrace Change We Need

The shocking election result in the United Kingdom – the Conservatives losing their majority and the creation of a hung Parliament; and Jeremy Corbyn being more successful than any recent Labor candidate – cutting a 20 point Theresa May lead down to a near tie – gives hope to many that the global shift to the right, fueled by the failures of governments to meet the basic needs of their population and growing economic insecurity, may be ending.

Myth Of Free-Media In India

Myth Of Free-Media In India

  Press Club of India is normally an empty space unless a few of those, who don’t have enough resources to pay at the India International Center or India Habitat Center or some Five Star hotels, do organize some events of public concern, but this week, it has a galaxy of journalists who might have forgotten the address of the[Read More…]

Rahul Gandhi: Please Undertake A Padyatra From Kashmir To Kanyakumari

Rahul Gandhi: Please Undertake A Padyatra From Kashmir To Kanyakumari

Please come out strongly against this illegal ban on cattle slaughter. Kindly translate your verbal assurances to concrete actions. Undertake a padyatra from Kashmir to Kanyakumari against the illegal, divisive law and uphold the secular value that the Congress professes.

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

Amit Shah On Gandhi: Is It Freedom Of Speech?

  Amit Shah calling Gandhi a ‘chatur bania’ is all over the papers. Do you think his speech is offensive, even provocative, nay seditious? Has he crossed a certain line that pushes one into the ‘reasonable restrictions’ on Freedom of Speech Article 19a? Should he be booked under IPC Section 292 for morally corrupting and obscene speech? To find some[Read More…]

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Beef Ban: Playing With Fire

There is no doubt the government of India has attempted to prohibit through the backdoor, beef consumption across the country through new rules made under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The rules per se do not explicitly ban cattle slaughter or beef consumption, but they ban the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter in cattle markets,[Read More…]

Rahul Gandhi Must Back Up His Words With Deeds

Rahul Gandhi Must Back Up His Words With Deeds

The Economic Times reported that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi told party leaders from minority communities in Karnataka to be prepared for polarisation efforts by the BJP in the run-up to the 2018 assembly polls. According to the report he said “We need to be ready to take on polarisation of Hindu votes in the upcoming elections.Let us be very[Read More…]

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

Anti-Corruption Is Not An Economic Policy Though The BJP And the INC Would Like You To Think So

  Economic, Ecological and Agricultural Science Illiteracy of Elites Having already been investigated by the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate, we now get news that NDTV, one of the most viewed nation-wide news channels of India, is again being investigated, this time by the Central Bureau of Investigation. A First Information Report has been filed by or on[Read More…]

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Oppose Emergency Era Attempt To Crush Media Independence!

Oppose Emergency Era Attempt To Crush Media Independence!

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties strongly condemns the raids by the CBI on 5th June 2017 on the residence and offices of Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, co-founders of NDTV. While it is a declared position of PUCL that under our Constitutional scheme, the rule of law is supreme and no individual or institution is above the[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.

India’s Healthcare System Needs An Overhaul

A report published by Forbes on 11 September 2014 still stands true as not much has changed in the access to healthcare in India. According to World Health Organization’s 2000 World Health Report ranking India’s healthcare system at 112 out of 190 countries. The below paragraph is based on a friend’s recent experience when he was spending time and energy for the treatment of his[Read More…]

Gujarat Police Bruatality Against Narmada Bachao Andolan

Gujarat Police Bruatality Against Narmada Bachao Andolan

Badwani | June 09, 2017: The statement issued and published today by the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Nitin Patel, followed the totally undemocratic and unexpected arrest and attack on the children participating in the peaceful rally of Sardar Sarovar oustees with supporters from across the country, on the border of MP and Gujrat (on 7th June 2017). One[Read More…]

India’s Elites Are Hypocrites No Matter What Political Party They Are In

India’s Elites Are Hypocrites No Matter What Political Party They Are In

  Today we were treated to a story in a national newspaper in India that gave a heart-rending list of damning statistics about the sorry plight of India’s Scheduled Tribes, written by none other than Varun Gandhi. Gandhi, a Bharatya Janata Party Member of Parliament and accused under the Representation of People Act 1951 of illegally appealing to religion in[Read More…]

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There Is An Alternative: A Story From Kerala

There Is An Alternative: A Story From Kerala

  In a historical first, the government of a state has absolutely ‘shocked’ Indian democracy by submitting its progress report for public evaluation on completion of the first year of its tenure. Unsurprisingly, this ray of change comes from Kerala where the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government is winding up its glorious first year with glittering achievements. The[Read More…]

Gujarat Police Arrest Medha Patkar, Prafulla Samantara, Dr. Sunilam And 60 Others

Gujarat Police Arrest Medha Patkar, Prafulla Samantara, Dr. Sunilam And 60 Others

Gujarat | June 07, 2017: Around 2 PM, Gujarat Police arrested well known social activist Medha Patkar, noted Goldman Environmental Prize 2017 winner Prafulla Samantara, Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava, Madhuresh Kumar, Himshi Singh, supporters from Gujarat and approximately 60 more people at Gujarat Border in Chhota Udaipur district. People of Narmada Valley are not going to succumb to any Govt.[Read More…]

As Farmers Fight Back In India, Where Are We Headed?

As Farmers Fight Back In India, Where Are We Headed?

I have a facebook group. It is called “Life in India is cheap, Damn cheap”. I started the group after seeing the death stunts of a circus group without any protection gears in  a local festival. Yes, hundreds of thousands of lives in India are lost which could have been prevented if government took proper measures to tackle it. As[Read More…]

Questions To The Chief Justice of India on Justice C.S. Karnan’s Imprisonment Order

Questions To The Chief Justice of India on Justice C.S. Karnan’s Imprisonment Order

Sir, The seven judge Constitution Bench – which sentenced Justice C.S. Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court through its order dated 9 May, 2017 states “Detailed order to follow”. Though thirty days have elapsed why has the detailed order not been made public till date through the Supreme Court’s official website(s) both old and new? We have[Read More…]

Thousands Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Oustees Pledge To Struggle Against Forceful Eviction

Thousands Of Sardar Sarovar Dam Oustees Pledge To Struggle Against Forceful Eviction

Nisarpur, Madhya Pradesh | June 06, 2017: Thousands of Sardar Sarovar dam oustees gathered today for ‘Aam Sabha’ (general assembly) in the submergence zone village of Nisarpur as part of the 3-day Rally for the Valley that kicked off from Indore yesterday. Hundreds of students, activists, artists from all over India and affected-people from other destructive developments projects joined hands[Read More…]

Nuclear Power Plant In Gujarat Shifted To AP, Agitators Say ‘Not Here, Not Anywhere’

Nuclear Power Plant In Gujarat Shifted To AP, Agitators Say ‘Not Here, Not Anywhere’

The Centre has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that the 6,000 MW nuclear power plant proposed at Mithivirdi in Gujarat will be shifted to Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh due to delay in land acquisition for the project. After the Centre’s submission, the NGT bench, consisting of judicial member U D Salvi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee, disposed of a[Read More…]

Five Farmers Demanding Fair Prices And Loan Waivers Killed In Police Firing In Madhya Pradesh

Five Farmers Demanding Fair Prices And Loan Waivers Killed In Police Firing In Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi | June 06, 2017: Today afternoon, police forces opened fire at the protesting farmers in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. As per reports, five farmers killed and many left injured in the attack by police officials. The farmers have been on strike from June 1 to June 10 demanding loan waivers and fair prices for their produce. NAPM[Read More…]

Bhindranwale To Bal Thackrey: Indian State Exposes Its Hypocrisy In Dealing With Two Extremes

Bhindranwale To Bal Thackrey: Indian State Exposes Its Hypocrisy In Dealing With Two Extremes

  This month marks thirty three years of the death of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale – a fiery Sikh preacher who was accused by the Indian state of being involved in terrorist activities. He died fighting against the Indian army at the Golden Temple Complex, the holiest Sikh shrine of the Sikhs that was turned into a battlefield in June 1984.[Read More…]

The Dreamer Begins His New Journey: A Tribute To M C Raj

The Dreamer Begins His New Journey: A Tribute To M C Raj

It is difficult to believe that M C Raj is gone. We knew that  he was suffering from Cancer, however we  felt that he would overcome. M C Raj, the dreamer, intellectual and weaver of word is no more. He passed away in Banglore this  morning leaving behind a family as well as all those who cherished his vision and[Read More…]

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Cow And Hindutva: Myths And Facts

The Hindutva juggernaut which rode on with Ram, love jihaad and ghar wapsi on top of it, is riding with cow this time. There have been countless incidents of lynching, maiming and robbing of Muslims and Dalits in the name of saving holy cows. It is to be noted that there are large number of such attacks which go unreported.[Read More…]

Who ‘Loves’ Mob Violence ? Unfolding Hindu Rashtra In Slow Motion

Who ‘Loves’ Mob Violence ? Unfolding Hindu Rashtra In Slow Motion

  Jaipur — Rajasthan State Commission for Minorities has sought a factual report on a video that went viral on Thursday showing four Sikh men purportedly beaten up by local residents of Chainpura in Ajmer district.The 51-second video shows four members of Sikh community being abused and thrashed by a mob as people witnessing the incident filmed the entire episode…..three[Read More…]

Higher Education In India: License To Loot

Higher Education In India: License To Loot

University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted a new set of regulations/ guidelines and released it inviting feedback from public. (http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/9837591_Public-Notice-regarding-draft-Regulations-and-Guidelines.pdf ) These regulations/ guidelines are going to have profound impact on the higher education in the country and are in fact an extension of the thrust towards the assault on the public higher education and the attempts towards creating avenues[Read More…]

Wake Up: India Is Changing Faster Than We Can Imagine

Wake Up: India Is Changing Faster Than We Can Imagine

Ever since the Rajasthan High Court judge made public, his suggestions on declaring the cow, the national animal of India solely based on his inner voice and also went a step further to enlighten us on his knowledge of the non-existence of sexual intercourse between peacocks and peahens, social media is in a frenzy with memes and jokes on the[Read More…]

‘Beef Ban’ Protesters Arrested In Bangalore

‘Beef Ban’ Protesters Arrested In Bangalore

Around 25 people protesting the ‘beef ban’ in Bangalore were arrested and put under police custody today. About 500 people marching towards the Bangalore town hall were stopped by the police and at least 25 were arrested. Jagdish Chandra , New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) , Balan (AICCTU) ,Shankar (Politburo member, CPIML), Narasimha Murthy ( Human Rights Defender) Rajan Chinnaiah (Karnatak[Read More…]

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The Reason That I, A US Citizen, Stand Against The India Beef Ban

The Reason That I, A US Citizen, Stand Against The India Beef Ban

The reason that I care about this food issue, although I personally can eat beef any day of the week that I may please since I live in the USA, is really simple. It ultimately goes back to the underlying theme of this poem: “First they came …” is a poem written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It[Read More…]

Narmada Valley On High Alert

Narmada Valley On High Alert

At least 40,000 policemen and women, if needed the army, is on alert and will be pulled in for forcible eviction of thousands of families whose list is announced through the extraordinary gazette notification issued by the Government of M.P., dated 27.05.2017, which is in the public domain, listing the names of 18,346 families. Various government officials are continuously moving[Read More…]

Indian Peasants Cry For Justice

Indian Peasants Cry For Justice

  India is now the world’s fastest-growing major economy, but years of drought and a failure to create jobs for a burgeoning young population has left millions of rural Indians struggling. India’s   120 million farmers are considered e the backbone of the country’s food security but disillusionment runs through almost entire rural India. Farming remains the country’s dark spot and[Read More…]

CPDR Condemns Attack On A Scholar Of IIT Madras

CPDR Condemns Attack On A Scholar Of IIT Madras

Last week, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has issued an anti-constitutional gazette notification– Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 –banning cattle slaughter and introduced severe restrictions on the sale of cattle to prevent their killing. The order applicable to the whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, says that[Read More…]

Brutal Attack On IIT Madras Students Protesting Beef Ban 

Brutal Attack On IIT Madras Students Protesting Beef Ban 

This is a brief account of what happened in the IIT Madras campus in the last two days. The central govt’s notification was a matter of serious discussion amongst students. On Sunday a group of students initiated the idea of holding a discussion on the issue, where cooked beef was also distributed. We shared the invite of the festival in[Read More…]

Time For Left And Secular Forces To Step Forward To Fight Fascism In India

Time For Left And Secular Forces To Step Forward To Fight Fascism In India

The problem with our left and secular forces is that they don’t take the warnings of the communal fascists seriously and respond to such situations in a timely manner’ with consistency’. Before every disaster created by the communal fascists, proper signals are given. But yettimely’ and consistent’ responses are rarely undertaken by the left and secular forces. This is where[Read More…]

Peace Is The Plot

Peace Is The Plot

If you love peace, you need to see the channel Republic. You can’t always wait for peace. At times, you have to earn it. Fish it out of the madness which surrounds you all the time. There can be no two opinions on peace, just like you can’t have two suns or two moons. But peace is not about suns[Read More…]

India’s Cyber Vulnerability And PSUs: Government Must Retain Control Of Critical Sectors

India’s Cyber Vulnerability And PSUs: Government Must Retain Control Of Critical Sectors

  Ransomware worm WannaCry struck at and crippled UK’s National Health Scheme, causing a national emergency of sorts. The operations systems of British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France were targets of cyber attack on passenger handling, causing economic loss but fortunately no accident. All this is cause for concern in India, because of India’s huge vulnerability to cyber attack. Now[Read More…]

Beef Ban And The Fascist Assault On Society

Beef Ban And The Fascist Assault On Society

I wish the people in India the best of good fortune in this alarming situation taking place in India so as to end beef farming, the beef industry overall and beef consumption. What will the central government start to dictate next? Will it be clothing styles, lack of public schools for girls or people of lower castes, the diet that[Read More…]

India’s Beef Ban: Pinarayi Vijayan Must Stand Up To Lead

India’s Beef Ban: Pinarayi Vijayan Must Stand Up To Lead

The new rule notified under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act of 1960 banning cattle trade across India is clear encroachment of states’ rights. It will end federalism and will be a death knell for farmers. It is a virtual beef ban across India and also will destroy the livelihood of millions of farmers. The states have to[Read More…]

Human Rights Defender Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested

Human Rights Defender Thirumurugan Gandhi Arrested

Human Rights defender Thirumurugan Gandhi has been arrested under the notorious Goonda Act by the Tamil Nadu police, for being part of the Candle Light Vigil that was held in Marina Beach on 21st May, in remembrance of the Genocidal War against Tamils in Sri Lanka which killed at least 150,000 Tamil civilians. There was a police action against the protest[Read More…]

With All Chips Down, Modi Tries Selling A Swadeshi Nuclear Dream To India

With All Chips Down, Modi Tries Selling A Swadeshi Nuclear Dream To India

The recent announcement that India will build 10 new Nuclear reactors took observers by surprise. In technical terms, India will set up ten new pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) which are indigenous. Purely from a scientific point of view, this is utter nonsense because of India’s complete lack of experience with this type of reactor. But this article is not[Read More…]

At The Mercy Of Rain Gods

At The Mercy Of Rain Gods

  Farmers in India do a lot of talking about the weather—especially, it seems, when there is no weather in sight. During the month of May, when the land heats up like a furnace and most fields lie fallow, when wells have run dry and the sun taunts from its broiling perch in a cloudless sky, there is no topic[Read More…]

Indian Establishment Acted As ‘Military State’ Under KPS Gill In Punjab

Indian Establishment Acted As ‘Military State’ Under KPS Gill In Punjab

  India’s most decorated and retired police officer Julio Ribeiro remembered KPS Gill, former Police chief of Punjab, who breathed his last in Delhi yesterday (May 26,2017) as ‘the best operations officer ..who ended Khalistani terror.… who hunted terrorists down single-mindedly with spectacular success’. Naturally, Ribeiro was supposed to give such tribute to his departed colleague who was second to[Read More…]

RSS Controlled Garbh Vigyan Sanskar In pursuit Of “Master Race”

RSS Controlled Garbh Vigyan Sanskar In pursuit Of “Master Race”

  The RSS agenda of Hindu Rashtra draws heavily on the superiority of Aryan race and greatness of Brahmanical values. The ideology constructed by this organisation tells us that Aryans are a superior race. The whole foundation of the concept of Hindu nation as the teacher-leader of the World derives from twin and inseparable notions of the racial theory, promoted[Read More…]

KPS Gill to Kalluri : How Barbarity Has Been Patronized By Majoritarian Democracy

KPS Gill to Kalluri : How Barbarity Has Been Patronized By Majoritarian Democracy

  “Anti terror law does not apply on those involved in Gujarat riots.” This was stated by the former Punjab Police Chief K.P.S. Gill in response to a question on anti Muslim pogrom engineered by the Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002. Gill- who passed away on May 26 is often[Read More…]

Cattle Sale Restriction: A Death Blow To India’s Farmers And Federalism

Cattle Sale Restriction: A Death Blow To India’s Farmers And Federalism

On the third anniversary of Narendra Modi government, the government of India dealt a death blow to Indian farmers and its federal structure by bringing severe restrictions on cattle trade, virtually enforcing a cow slaughter ban across India. The new rule was issued by the ministry of environment. The environment ministry’s eight-page rule also bans setting of animal markets within[Read More…]

Breaking The Poverty Cycle

Breaking The Poverty Cycle

  An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. ― Plutarch It has been said that women who are closest to the world’s most pressing issues are best placed to solve them. Women are economic factors: They produce and process food for the family; they are the primary caretakers of children, the[Read More…]

Past And Future: Evaluating Three Years Of Modi Raj

Past And Future: Evaluating Three Years Of Modi Raj

Narendra Modi government is completing three years of its rule tomorrow. It’s time to take stock of the government and the governance. Though three years in a span of seventy years of Independent India is not much, there are some important issues that should be discussed which may provide guidelines for the future. Rise of The Right Since the first[Read More…]

Countering The Fake News Industry

Countering The Fake News Industry

While fake news industry has existed in some form or other in the past too, the rise of BJP into power has coincided with the disproportionate growth of fake news industry. What makes it alarming is these fake news sites are closely connected to BJP IT cell. They are on a continuous run to produce fake news which is used[Read More…]

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Why Is Saharanpur Burning?

Why Is Saharanpur Burning?

  Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh is on the boil for over one months as the Thakurs who are also known as Kshatriyas or Rajputs have been engaged in violent attacks on the Dalits in which several people have been killed, several other injured and houses burnt in village Shabbirpur. Western Uttar Pradesh is a very fertile land of powerful[Read More…]

Naxalbari May 25, 1967: A tribute

Naxalbari May 25, 1967: A tribute

  Naxalbari is still alive. Half a century has passed, yet the struggle is as bright as the crimson sun. Naxalbari is alive in the politics of people. The politics of dominating classes with all its power, and after so many years, is still failing to ignore Naxalbari, now, name of a politics, and has failed to wipe out Naxalbari[Read More…]

Enforcing Monolingualism, Endangering Multilingualism

Enforcing Monolingualism, Endangering Multilingualism

Every language is an asset; it carries the wisdom of elders, history, and memories. Based on the rich linguistic diversity and multilingualism, accommodating 1652 mother tongues, India has been called as a ‘sociolinguistic area.’In the November 2006, deliveringthe inaugural speech at the 28thAll India Conference of Linguists, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Prof. U N Singh [the then director of the[Read More…]

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Vizhinjam sea port being constructed by Adani Ports and SEZ Private Limited has run into rough weather as the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report has found that the  unfavourable conditions in the concession agreement of the project have gone against the interests of the Kerala State government.  The CAG  report says that the standard concession period for PPP[Read More…]

India Needs To Focus On Its Development Warriors

India Needs To Focus On Its Development Warriors

  India spends more on programmes for the poor than most developing countries, but is not getting  the expected dividends that significant public expenditure would seem to warrant, and the needs of important population groups still  remain  partly addressed. This   has been haunting  social scientists and policy makers . India has ranked a lowly 131 among the 188 countries surveyed for[Read More…]

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

The KNNPP is a technological hoax, an abominable goof-up. The dogged determination to have commissioned it shows that the authorities is mortgaged to alien corporate interests reminding us of Andrew Undershaft in George Bernard Shaw, “Well, I am a millionaire and that is my religion”.

Happiness In The (Un)Real World, (Un)Happiness In The Real World

Happiness In The (Un)Real World, (Un)Happiness In The Real World

In a first in India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) has set up an “Anand Mantralaya” (Ministry of Happiness) with the Chief Minister himself in charge, and a “Rajya Anand Sansthan” (State Institute of Happiness), headed by a CEO. [“Madhya Pradesh to devise Happiness Index”; http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/madhya-pradesh-to-devise-happiness-index/article18516488.ece; The Hindu, Bengaluru; 21 May 2017]. Without in any manner belittling the initiative[Read More…]

Lynchdia: The New India

Lynchdia: The New India

Pete and Laura, old friends from Derby were visiting. They were here for a month and wanted to go around and discover the land of Buddha. “We want to go to Agra and see the Taj Mahal”, she said with a mouthful of English accent. “Hmm…Taj Mahal? That’s in Uttar Pradesh, nearer to Dadri where Akhlaq was lynched.” “And then[Read More…]

The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

Articles published in the mainstream media continue to damn Justice Karnan. Permit us to refer to one such article titled “SC right in convicting Karnan, wrong in gagging him, media” (The Times of India, 15.05.2017). The writer Dhananjay Mahapatra, associate editor with The Times of India, has spent about twenty seven years in journalism, twenty two of which have been on legal beat.

The Method And The Manner of Punishing Justice Karnan Raises Questions of Law of Great Public Importance

The Method And The Manner of Punishing Justice Karnan Raises Questions of Law of Great Public Importance

  Commanding respect and not demanding is the central virtue of Courts administering justice. Supreme Court of India, being the Apex Court of the land has a constitutional responsibility to set an example in cultivating such a virtue. The method and the manner in which a sitting judge of Calcutta High Court Sri Justice C.S.Karnan has been convicted for contempt[Read More…]

RSS Rolls On Nazi Racist Project Of Producing ‘Aryan’ Babies In India

RSS Rolls On Nazi Racist Project Of Producing ‘Aryan’ Babies In India

  According to press reports, one of the RSS offshoots, Garbh Vigyan Sanskar (Uterus Science Culture), following the Vedic preaching and post-World War II experiments in Germany, is conducting live trials in many parts of India for producing ‘fair’ and ‘tall’ ‘customised’ babies. According to Dr. Hitesh Jani, convenor of Arogya Bharati, another outfit of RSS which is part of the[Read More…]

Sardar Sarovar Dam Affected People Are Being Threatened Of Brutal Eviction

Sardar Sarovar Dam Affected People Are Being Threatened Of Brutal Eviction

After almost 32 years of struggle, lakhs of people in the Narmada valley to be affected by Sardar Sarovar, are being threatened of brutal eviction. The government of M.P has begun sending its emissaries to convey to the farmers, labourers and all inhabitants of the valley that they will have to move out of their homes and hearths, their farms[Read More…]

Resist Mamta Banerjee’s Goonda Raj in West Bengal

Resist Mamta Banerjee’s Goonda Raj in West Bengal

Soon after the massive Raj Bhavan march on 8th May, the goonda bahini of ex MLA of TMC, Arabul Islam, supported by the police are engaged in all nefarious moves to errorize and attack the people  violating the assurances given by the DM on 19th April to the delegation which met him. He had assured that the villagers going outside[Read More…]

Supreme Court Gags The Entire Press Around Justice Karnan: Worse Than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency of 1975-76

Supreme Court Gags The Entire Press Around Justice Karnan: Worse Than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency of 1975-76

Co-Written by Chitta Ranjan Behera & Dr. Krushna Chandra Bal The order of the Supreme Court delivered on 9 May 2017 while directing the arrest and imprisonment of Justice C.S. Karnan for contempt of court did also forewarn the media not to publish any order issued by him. There are compelling reasons for which we the people of India need[Read More…]

China Should Be Our Model For Swachh Bharat, Public Transport

China Should Be Our Model For Swachh Bharat, Public Transport

  Beijing, the Chinese capital could well be a model for India’s Swachh Bharat mission of cleanliness. Toilets are everywhere in the city, I noticed during my two-week visit to Beijing last month. It could also be a model for us in public transport. I experienced this through my constant walks in different parts of the city and travel by[Read More…]

The Other Side Of The Sukma Attack

The Other Side Of The Sukma Attack

The April 24 attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) contingent by the Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh state has evoked sharp reaction not only from the Indian leaders but also from Israel. The ambush left 26 soldiers dead. The incident occurred in the Sukma district of the state that remains under influence of the ultra leftist Maoist insurgency for[Read More…]

Delhi Metro Fare Hike: Another “Surgical Strike” on Peoples Pocket

Delhi Metro Fare Hike: Another “Surgical Strike” on Peoples Pocket

Most of the mainstream newspapers since the announcement of fare hike in Delhi Metro carried out the same narrative fed to them by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, that the fare hike is the result of Staff Salaries and other Operational expenses incurred by them causing a loss of profit to the Company. The DMRC is registered under the Companies[Read More…]

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In Defence Of Justice Karnan’s Constitutional Rights

In Defence Of Justice Karnan’s Constitutional Rights

  The Supreme Court’s order of today (09 May, 2017) sentenced Calcutta High Court judge, Justice C.S. Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court; additionally media has also been barred from publishing pronouncements of Justice Karnan. This order undermines the Constitution of India as it violates Article 19(fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression) and erodes the[Read More…]

Centenary of Osmania University 1917-2017: A Grand Function Where Students  Were Alienated, And Police Took Over The Whole Campus

Centenary of Osmania University 1917-2017: A Grand Function Where Students  Were Alienated, And Police Took Over The Whole Campus

  India’s President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the much-awaited, three day-long, Centenary Celebrations of Osmania University (OU) on April 26, 2017 at Hyderabad. One of the oldest and biggest, once prestigious, OU has now 720 affiliated colleges with 3.2 lakh students including about 5000 from 87 foreign countries.  The HINDU that morning reported: The Vice Chancellor Professor Ramachandram in a media[Read More…]

#AadhaarLeaks: Why UIDAI And PwC Are Responsible

#AadhaarLeaks: Why UIDAI And PwC Are Responsible

In India, on past one month there are many news reports on various #AadhaarLeaks from Aadhaar seeded Govt services. As of now combined number of Aadhaar numbers leaked will cross 200 million , considering various leaks from Employment Guarantee, minor /student scholarship portal leaks, Social assistance schemes, and various pension schemes. Yesterday I was closely following Attorney General of India’s arguments[Read More…]

The New India of Cow Age

The New India of Cow Age

Welcome to the New India. This is nothing but a world of a Cow Age India. In this Cow Age India, Cows have ultimately achieved an up gradation. From non-citizenship, they have acquired citizenship. They will be offered an Aadhaar number which will become a proof of her Indian Citizenship. About eight crore cows which did not have an identity[Read More…]

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

     Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth. www.transparency.org It was around midnight, and the family was having their late, last supper. As the clock struck twelve, they heard the dreaded midnight knock![Read More…]

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Statement on Suicide of Sagar in IISER, Kolkata

The Coordination of Science and Technology Institutes Students’Associations (COSTISA) expresses its grave concern at the suicide of Sagar Mandal, a 2nd year undergraduate student of IISER, Kolkata on 1st May, 2017. Sagar Mandal, a student from a poor family and rural background, is the latest in the case of suicides by students of the elite science and technology institutes in[Read More…]

Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

  The large swathes of cotton farms in Central India have been the epicenter of a global crisis that has gripped the rural population in crippling debts and has driven thousands of them to suicide. But the great news is women in this region have creatively and doggedly used the power of hope to reemerge form the ruins. This new[Read More…]

May Day 2017: In solidarity With Maruti Workers’ Struggle

May Day 2017: In solidarity With Maruti Workers’ Struggle

More than 130 years from today, in 1886 May 1st, several thousand workers in Chicago city had participated in the massive strike demanding eight-hour working day and several workers sacrificed their life to achieve this demand. From that day onwards, May 1st is celebrated as the International Workers Day, as a symbol of working class unity against the capitalist class.[Read More…]

The Forgotten Message Of Ambedkar To The Working Class

The Forgotten Message Of Ambedkar To The Working Class

( The following are extracts from A paper presented by Dr KS Sharma at the XXXII Indian Social Science Congress held at New Delhi from 18′” December to 22nd December 2008. The Paper quotes Dr. B. R. Ambedkar extensively and seeks to bring out some views he had expressed at one stage in his political life. A few extracts focussing[Read More…]

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Heat Wave Scalds Orange Farmers

  Nagpur’s oranges, which were the pride of the country, are fast losing sheen. Nagpur still retains the appellation of “Orange City” but the scene today is nowhere near the mystical description that famous Englishman Major Henry Bevan gave following his visit to Nagpur in 1818. “The greatest ornament of the garden is… (an) orange tree called Cintra (santra) or[Read More…]

Options Before Us: To ‘Cow Down’ or ‘Stand Up’!

Options Before Us: To ‘Cow Down’ or ‘Stand Up’!

Column article titled Silence is not an Option by Neera Chandhoke appeared in “The Hindu, April, 2017, brings to the foreground the layers of silence that the citizens of the country maintain to a maze of issues that they confront day in and day out. In nuanced ways Neera swipes at the problems that would drastically altar and significantly change[Read More…]

Terrorism And Militancy: Are They Quite The Same?

Terrorism And Militancy: Are They Quite The Same?

              Maoists (or Naxals, according to some) ambushed a 100-strong CRPF road-opening patrol (ROP) on 24 April in Chintagufa Police Station limits of Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, killing 25 CRPF personnel and wounding six. The Maoists were reportedly around 200 in strength, and they ruthlessly continued engaging the pinned-down CRPF patrol for about one hour. The killing and wounding[Read More…]