(Issue No. and Month) January 2018

Editorial

The Resolve of Republic Day 2018

26 January 2018 marks the fourth Republic Day since Modi occupied the PM office in 2014. Every Republic Day during this Modi era has made us keenly aware of the growing fascist offensive on the very constitutional basis of our secular democratic republic. As the regime now enters the final



Feature

Constitution And Democracy In Danger

(Four Supreme Court judges have alerted the country to ‘democracy in danger.’ The people of the country can ignore this warning only at our own peril. The Prime Minister, speaking in staged ‘interviews’ to ‘godi’ (lapdog) journalists, airily dismissed the issue as being one ‘internal’ to the judiciary. But the



Feature

Death of a Judge: There is much more than meets the eye

-- Dushyant Dave (Courtesy: Bar and Bench. The author is a Senior Advocate and Former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association) The sad demise of Judge Loya is the biggest mystery yet to be unravelled even after three years. It is also the biggest tragedy for the Judiciary for



Commentary

Yechury-Karat Debate: A False Binary

-- Dipankar Bhattacharya Media reports coming from the CPI(M) Central Committee meeting held in Kolkata (19-21 January, 2018) indicate that the party is majorly divided on the issue of its current political assessment and tactical position. According to these reports, the draft presented by Sitaram Yechury got defeated by 31



Commentary

Instant Triple Talaq Bill: Hasty, Biased, Unjust

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill criminalising instant triple talaq is flawed, contradictory, and has been passed by the Lok Sabha without any consultation with the very women the Bill claims to protect. The Supreme Court judgement that held instant triple talaq to be unconstitutional did not



Feature

CCTV Should Have No Place In School Classrooms

-- Shivani Nag While AAP’s fascination with CCTV cameras is not new, this fascination appears to have taken a giant leap of faith with CCTV cameras now being projected as a panacea for all the challenges that government schools face in the national capital. In Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s



Commentary

No to Netanyahu, No To Complicity With Israel's Apartheid

(Statement by Activists, Academics and Concerned Citizens issued on the eve of Israeli PM’s India Visit) In the coming week, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will tour different cities of India along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This visit comes at the beginning of a year that sees Israel globally



Feature

The Aadhaar Tyranny Must End!

-- Agnitra Last October, Santoshi Kumari, a young girl from Simdega district of Jharkhand died of starvation after her family stopped receiving any rice from the public distribution system for several months as their ration card had not been electronically linked with Aadhaar number. Santoshi died a horrific death after



Commentary

Bhima Koregaon And Saffron Violence On Dalit-Bahujans

On January 1 every year, Dalits and Bahujans gather at Bhima Koregaon near Pune to commemorate the anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon Battle of 1818 in which the British Bombay Native Infantry, comprising mostly Mahar Dalit soldiers, defeated the Peshwa army. This date is revered by the Dalits as a



Commentary

Justice For The Pricol Two!

Has justice been frozen in an upside-down position? Why is justice a one-eyed blind woman? These are questions the late Eduardo Galeano asked. And these apply very well to the Supreme Court of India’s treatment of the Pricol workers and the Pricol management. Recently, the Supreme Court refused even to



Commentary

What Does RSS Have To Offer The People Of Assam?

-- Sandipan Talukdar Assam witnessed for the first time in its history a big public assembly organized by RSS in Guwahati. The event was named “Luitporiya Hindu Xomabesh” - meaning “Hindu Assembly on the banks of the Brahmaputra River”. Notably the assembly witnessed the presence of Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal,



Fact Finding

Fact-Finding Report : Bawana Factory Fire

-- Shweta and Abhishek On January 20, a fire in a firecracker factory in Bawana Industrial Area, Delhi, killed at least 17 workers, 10 of whom were women. The factory was officially registered as a plastic factory, but was illegally storing and packaging firecrackers, employing mostly migrant workers. The Bawana



Report, Tribute

Save Democracy, Save Jharkhand Rally in Bagodar

In Memory of Comrade Mahendra Singh The 14th martyrdom anniversary of Comrade Mahendra Singh – the CPI(ML) MLA in the Jharkhand Assembly much loved by the people, who was shot dead while campaigning for a fourth term in 2005 – was observed across Jharkhand as Sankalp Diwas (Pledge Day) to



Report

Public Meeting: The First Anniversary of the Bhangar Martyrs

On 17 January 2018 – the first anniversary of the killing of two young men Mafizul and Alamgir in firing by the nexus of West Bengal police and TMC thugs – a public meeting was held at Bhangar. The public meeting was called by the Committee for Protection of Land,



Report

Dharna Demanding Justice For Comrade Dinesh

A sit-in was organized on 20th January, 2018 at Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh to demand the arrest of the killers of Comrade Dinesh Rajbhar, a district committee member of the party in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh. Comrade Dinesh was murdered on 16th December, 2017 when he was returning to his



Report

Free Manmohan!

CPI(ML) Nalanda District unit, Insaf Manch, RYA and Bihar State Vidyalaya Rasoiya Sangh held a dharna in front of the Nalanda Collectorate on 6 January 2018 to demand the unconditional release of former JNU student, RYA Bihar State Council member and ‘Not in My Name’ movement leader Com Manmohan, and



Report

All India Strike By Scheme Workers

On 17 January 2018, sixty lakh scheme workers went on an all India strike, that central trade unions had called from the Workers’ Mahapadav in Delhi in November. Nearly 90% of scheme workers – working in the areas of health, care of children, nutrition in schools, and education – are



Feature

BJP's Vision On Education: Dangerous Cocktail of Communal Revivalism And Borrowed Obscurantism

On 20th January 2018, Satyapal Singh, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, and former Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, declared that “Darwin’s theory of evolution is wrong. It has already been rejected by scientists some 30-35 years back. It is wrong to say that humans evolved from monkeys



Feature

Modi Rule: 'Good Times' For The 1%, Worse Times For 99%!

Modi came to power promising ‘Acche Din’ - Good Times. But the four years of his rule has spelt ‘Good Times’ only for India’s richest 1%, whose share in wealth leaped from 49% in 2014 to 73% in 2017, according to Global Inequality Surveys by Oxfam. The gap between the