The vicious campaign by the Sangh Parivar, Modi Government and sections of the media to brand JNU as ‘anti-national’ and ‘Shut Down JNU’ received a resounding rebuff in the 2016 JNUSU elections, with the Left Unity (AISA-SFI) panel sweeping all the Central Panel seats and most Councillor seats. The ABVP was reduced to a single Councillor post and left far behind on the Central

- Dipankar Bhattacharya

The trajectory of the rise and growth of CPI-ML in Siwan has been quite similar to the Party's development elsewhere in Bihar, most notably in Bhojpur and other adjoining districts like Patna, Jahanabad, Arwal. The revolt of the most oppressed sections of the rural poor against the feudal gentry has been the basis on which the CPIML has grown in Bihar through sustained powerful struggles on the following key and interrelated questions: land redistribution, minimum wages, social/human dignity and political rights. While in Shahabad and Magadh regions the Party emerged and grew in the 1970s and early 1980s, when CPIML worked underground and Bihar was ruled mainly by the Congress but for the brief post-Emergency period of Karpoori Thakur and Ramsundar Das, in Siwan the Party began to rise in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when CPIML expanded through

- Kavita Krishnan

The Una uprising – in the BJP’s own ‘model’ state Gujarat – organically raised the issues of dignity, land and livelihood. Dalits, rebelling against the Gau-Goons, declared they would no longer handle animal carcasses and demeaning forms of labour – and instead demanded land and livelihood. ‘Gai ki poonch tum rakho – hame hamari zameen

A public meeting held in London on the eve of


- Liberation Bureau

The Supreme Court verdict setting aside land acquisition for the Tata Nano project in

- Kailash Pandey

The women of Uttarakhand have always played a leading role in various democratic movements

Malay Tiwari, CPI(ML) activist from West Bengal, and Anupam Roy, artist and CPI(ML) activist,


The unflinching voice of resistance Mahasweta Devi, whose pen was


Samajik Parivartan Yatra and Conference in Bihar The CPI(ML) held a Samajik Parivartan Yatra (March for Social Change) all over Bihar to strengthen the unity and continuity between Bihar’s long struggles for social transformation and the Una uprising in Gujarat, as well as the many progressive and revolutionary movements for social assertion of the poor, oppressed and women that India has witnessed. The Yatra began on 5 September at district centres of Bhojpur, Patna, Siwan, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Arwal, Jehanabad, Nalanda and others. At Patna, the Yatra began at Bhagat Singh Chowk, led by Gopal Ravidas, Bihar Secretary of the All

(Excerpts from a statement signed by intellectuals and activists globally.