July 2018

Editorial

BJP Must Be Held Accountable For The Havoc Wrought In Kashmir

Just when the whole of India was keenly watching the standoff between the Centre and the elected government of Delhi, the Sangh-BJP establishment chose to change gears and shift the spotlight to Kashmir. It has gone for a ceasefire in Delhi while opening a new chapter in Kashmir by pulling

Feature

A Wake-Up Call On Kashmir

The release of the first-ever UN report on the human rights situation in Kashmir, followed by the assassination of senior Kashmiri journalist and peace activist Shujaat Bukhari has jolted India and the world. Since then, the BJP has withdrawn support from the PDP leading to the fall of the BJP-PDP

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Remembering Shujaat Bukhari

On 14 June, senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari was killed by unidentified gunmen outside his office. Shujaat Bukhari was the editor of Rising Kashmir, and a leading voice for peace, justice, and rights in Kashmir and Indo-Pakistan peace. His assassination, on the very day that the United Nation Office of

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The military approach has failed if New Delhi cares to see it

-- Shujaat Bukhari (Apr 03, 2018, Scroll.in) Three parallel encounters in South Kashmir on Sunday have left behind a trail of blood: 13 local militants, four civilians and three soldiers were killed in the span of a few hours. Government forces celebrated the operation, the largest in a decade, as

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Recommendations of the UN OHCHR Report

To the Human Rights Council: Consider the findings of this report, including the possible establishment of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir. To the authorities in India: (a) Fully respect India’s international human rights law obligations in

Feature

Why The Lazy, Knee-Jerk, Panicky Response To UN Report on Kashmir?

-- Kavita Krishnan (This article appeared in Kafila on 22 June, 2018) The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever ‘Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir’ on 14 June, 2018. It is unfortunate though predictable, that India rejected the report

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Thoothukudi Massacre

(We briefly reported on the Thoothukudi massacre in the last issue of Liberation. The AIPF team was the first fact-finding team to visit Thoothukudi after the massacre, in this issue we carry the report. As we go to press, there are reports of wholesale arrests of people at Thoothukudi, including

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AIPF Fact Finding Report on Thoothukudi Police Firing

An AIPF Team consisting of R. Vidyasagar, social scientist, Clifton, Advocate Bangalore, G. Ramesh, Advocate, Tirunelveli, Abdul Nizam, Advocate Thirunelveli, and Sundarraj, social activist, Thirunelveli. has visited and Kumareddypuram, Veerapandipuram, Pandarampatti, and settlements of Anna Nagar and Therespuram in Tutucorin town on 27th May 2018. The team also visited the

Commentary

The Administrative Impasse in Delhi And the Dictatorial Designs of the Modi Government

Something truly bizarre is happening in Delhi. The city has an elected government that commands the biggest majority currently enjoyed by any of India’s governments. But the AAP government which has always found itself sandwiched between the BJP-led central government and BJP-led municipal corporations is now facing an unprecedented administrative

Commentary

Criminalising Dissent: Modi Government's Latest Assault On Democracy

The arrest of five leading activists on trumped up charges related to the Bhima Koregaon movement and a so-called assassination plot against the Prime Minister is the Modi Government’s latest attempt to criminalise and silence dissenting voices that are questioning it. The five arrested activists are Sudhir Dhawale, writer and

Commentary

Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 A Covert Step Toward's Golwalkar's India

-- Dipankar Bhattacharya (Originally published in the National Herald, Jun 16th 2018) It is well known that the Sangh-BJP establishment is ideologically inimical to the idea of a secular Indian republic. Their idea of nationalism is Hindu majoritarianism or Hindutva, their idea of Indian identity is a supremacist Hindu identity.

Commentary

Lessons From Kairana

The outcome of the by-poll in the Lok Sabha seat of Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh has come with a resounding message of hope, dealing a significant blow to the fascist politics of the BJP and RSS. At Kairana, the candidate of the united Opposition, Tabassum Hasan of the Rashtriya

Commentary

When Journalism Becomes Propaganda War on Truth and Democracy: Cobrapost Stings Unmask India's Big Media Houses

The recent Cobrapost Sting operation codenamed 136 (this was India’s global rank in terms of press freedom index when perhaps the sting was shot, by the time the sting was made public India’s rank had however slipped to 138 according to the 2018 list) gives us a very clear insight

Commentary

Modi Raj - Scam Watch

When the UPA Government was in power, the media did its job of extensively reporting on scams that happened on the Government’s watch – especially those scams which highlighted crony capitalist relations between the ruling party and certain corporates. In the past four years however, huge scams and instances of

Feature

Turning India Into Lynchistan?

A spate of lynchings of Muslim men by communal mobs has again taken place in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. 45-year-old cattle trader, Qasim, was lynched to death and the 65-year-old farmer Samiuddin was brutally beaten by a mob of mostly teenagers and minors in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. A video shows

Report

Defend Democracy From RSS-BJP Assault In Tripura

-- Purushuttam Roy Barman The prevailing situation in Tripura since the results of the last Assembly elections reminds one of the Emergency days. The last Assembly election was no ordinary election: the months preceding February 2018 saw a calibrated and well-synchronized effort by the BJP to wrest Tripura. BJP’s victory

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Ministry of External Affairs : Bring Our Abducted Workers Back

On June 10, the CPI(ML) held a protest demonstration outside the Ministry of External Affairs office in Delhi asking what measures had been initiated for the safe return of 7 workers, from Jharkhand, Bihar and Kerala, employed by the KEC Company who had been abducted on 6 May in Afghanistan.

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Protests Against Lynchings In Assam and Karbi Anglong

-- Sandipan Talukdar On 8th June Abhijeet and Neelotpal, two young musicians from Guwahati went roaming into the hills of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao to enjoy music and nature. Their car was loaded with some local musical instruments. They were supposed to go to Dima Hasao, but changed their

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Municipal Sanitation Workers Strike In Bengaluru

Thousands of contract Sanitation workers of Bangalore Municipal Corporation led by the AICCTU-affiliated BBMP Guttike Powrakarmika Sanghatane and CPIML (Liberation) laid siege to the Corporation office on 05 May 2018 demanding unpaid wages for last 5 months and more and against the threat of retrenchment. On World Environment day, even

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'Jawab Do' Rally Against Modi-Yogi Raj in Varanasi

The CPI(ML) organized a ‘Jawab Do’ (We Demand Answers)rally in Varanasi on 20 June to demand answers from the Modi and Yogi governments on various people’s issues. The BJP-Modi government at the Centre which came to power on the promise of ‘Achhe Din’ is celebrating completion of 4 years in

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Countrywide Protests Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016)

On 11 June 12, 2018, the CPI(ML) held protests all over the country against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016). A protest march and demonstration was held at Parliament Street in Delhi where activists demanded the scrapping of the Bill that sought to undermine the secular basis for Indian citizenship and

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AIPWA Rally in Patna Against Assaults On Women's Rights

On June 22, AIPWA held a massive rally in Patna at the CM’s office where thousands of women from across the state protested against the sexual-exploitation rackets in a government-run shelter for young girls in Muzaffarpur; horrific rapes and circulation/sale of rape videos; the gang-rape of the wife and daughter

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Land Grab For Chennai-Salem Green Corridor

A fact finding team comprising of R. Vidyasagar, Campaign Committee member of AIPF and Central Committee member of CPI(ML), Tamil Nadu, Chandra Mohan, All India Kisan Maha Sabha, Gana Kurinchi, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Arivazhagan, AIPF, Senior Advocate Bhuvaneswaran, Poovulagin Nanbargal Tamil Nadu-Pondicherry, Advocate Louis, Democratic Advocates Association, visited

International

Protests Intensify Against Racist Policy Against Immigrants in the US

The Trump Administration’s policy of criminalising immigrants and asylum seekers, especially those from Latin American countries, is facing massive protests. Trump’s racism towards immigrants is nothing new: in his election campaign he had demanded a border wall with Mexico and branded Mexican immigrants ‘rapists.’ Quite recently, he dehumanised immigrants and

International

Summit Between North Korea And The US

The much-awaited summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea (DPRK) at Singapore resulted in an agreement that holds out some hope of peace in the Korean peninsula. The joint declaration issued by both has security assurances by Trump and a reaffirmation by Jong-un of