In the US, the election of Trump as President has ushered in a series of hate crimes against immigrants, with attackers unleashing verbal and physical violence against persons perceived to be ‘outsiders’ or ‘Muslims’ in the US. Several South Asians and Indians also have been at the receiving end of such violence. An American civil liberties group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified

The results of Assembly elections in the five states of Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have once again stunned political observers and exit poll pundits. The BJP was widely perceived to be having an edge over its contenders in both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, but nobody could predict the kind of sweeping victory the party has won in the two states. In Punjab, where the AAP was expected to be an equal claimant to power as the Congress, it was the latter which notched up a decisive victory giving a rude shock to the AAP's ambitious expansion plans. In Goa too, the Congress re-emerged as the single largest party with five of the eight BJP ministers including the CM losing the elections and the BJP tally dropping from 28 to 13, but making a complete mockery of the

- Kavita Krishnan

In a recent trial court judgement on 10 March 2017, 117 workers of the automobile company Maruti Suzuki's factory in Manesar, Gurgaon, India were acquitted of a murder charge. 18 workers were convicted of minor offences while 13 – all leaders of the Maruti union – have been convicted of murder and await the quantum

(Source: Socialist Worker) John Berger, who died on 2 January


With Adityanath being appointed Chief Minister, influential sections of the electronic and print media

8 March – International Women’s Day – was born in the struggles that women

On 16 and 17 February 2017, a global investors’ summit, ‘Momentum Jharkhand’ was organized


The All India People’s Forum (AIPF) on 19 March screened


Even as Adityanath took over as UP CM, saffron ‘cow protection’ vigilantes have felt emboldened enough to try to repeat Dadri in BJP-ruled Rajasthan, in the capital city Jaipur. On 19 March, Kamal ‘Didi’, the national president of the ‘Rashtriya Mahila Gau Raksha Dal’, began beating up a teenage employee Qasim of Hotel Hayat Rabbani who was throwing garbage in a local dump. She claimed he was “feeding beef” to the stray cows that hang about the dump. The Gau Rakshaks attacked the hotel and collected a huge mob. The police was summoned and they took the manager of the

At the end of the first quarter of 2017 we

- Sanjana

The official Government ‘celebrations’ of International Women’s Day came a