Liberation Archive

Zee News Producer Vishwa Deepak’s Resignation Letter

Excerpts Zee News whipped up a frenzy against JNU, and was later joined by other channels like Times Now and News X. All three aired fake video footage, fake ‘IB reports’ suggesting that JNU students had ‘terrorist’ links, and established the lie that the slogans shouted in JNU amounted to ...

How ABVP Lost the Battle for JNU

The ABVP thought it could destroy the Left in JNU by branding it as anti-national. Instead, the ABVP stands thoroughly isolated and defeated in JNU. Several of its own activists have resigned in protest over its position on the Rohith Vemula issue and JNU. Three ABVP office bearers of JNU, ...

Branding Dissent As Anti-National

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until ...

Modi Government’s War on Students And on Democracy

The Modi Government has waged war on campuses and on the right to dissent. If one young life – that of Rohith Vemula – was snuffed out in this war, several other young students charged with ‘sedition’ are facing vilification, arrest, and custodial violence. But two historic mobilizations on the ...

Low Crude Prices Can’t Gloss Over the Real State of Economy for Long

Over last one year all commodities are in free fall and crude oil is no exception to this. While other commodity prices are down due largely to market forces, in case of crude oil geo-politics – the turmoil in Middle-East and the Western attempt to corner Russia, among other things ...

‘Smart Cities’: Erosion of Urban Democracy

Twenty cities have been selected by the ministry of Urban Development for the Smart Cities ‘Mission’. Another 80 cities will be included in next two rounds of this endeavour in next two years. The ‘selection’ was done through a ‘smart city challenge’ which was based on some arbitrarily set criteria ...

‘We Argue, We Listen, We Debate’

Delhi has seen upsurges of the young and idealistic before – in the anti-corruption movement and in the anti-rape movement. Those skeptical of seeing hope of a political awakening of the young in those protests, have asked if the young were merely dancing to tunes played by a supportive media? ...

Jharkhand On Auction: Reality of ‘Make In India’

The budget session of the Assembly is on. Questions are being raised on the issues such as rehabilitation of the displaced, the policy for employment of local people, food security, corruption, and control over crime. In response, the Raghuvar Das government has MOUs worth 62000 crores signed at the Make ...

Salary-starved Municipal Employees Expose the Myth of Urban Governance in Delhi

For two weeks, municipal employees of Delhi were on strike demanding the most basic right of a worker – to get his or her due salary on time. This is not the first time that municipal employees have had to go on strike for this demand. In fact, this is ...

No Crushing of Dissent in Hyderabad and JNU Sanghi Disinformation and Despotism Shall Not Pass

The stunning sequence of events in Delhi in February has appalled all who care about democracy in India. The unprecedented alacrity with which the Union Home Ministry, Delhi Police and sections of the media swooped down upon allegations of some controversial slogans having been raised inside JNU campus on the ...

On 2nd Cover : What Pakistan Can Warn Us About India on the Sangh’s Path

(Excerpts from an article by Ajaz Ashraf, ‘Like Zia’s Pakistan, Sangh Parivar’s India is walking a dangerous road’, Scroll.in, December 20, 2014.) The grisly, senseless killing of schoolchildren in Peshawar should be a reminder to us in India that mixing of religion with politics is akin to triggering nuclear fusion, ...

TRIBUTE : A tribute to Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer

(Excerpts from Prashant Bhushan’s tribute ‘A Judge’s Judge’, that appeared in the Outlook) With the passing away of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, who had just entered his 100th year, the world has lost one of the greatest judges and jurists of all time and also one of the finest human ...

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Massive Chetawani rally in Ludhiana A massive Chetawani rally (Warning Rally) was held on 28 November at Ludhiana at the call of the CPI, CPM Punjab, CPI(ML) Liberation and CPI(M). The massive gathering of peasants and workers warned the Akali-BJP Badal government to scrap the draconian ‘Prevention Of damage to ...

Special Feature :Racism and Anti-Racist Resistance in the US

Yet again, America’s racist underbelly has been exposed: the murder of an 18-year old unarmed black boy earlier this year by a police officer was followed by systematic state-sponsored efforts to subvert justice and protect the police officer. In late November, a ‘grand jury’ in the US ruled that criminal ...

Special Feature : Report Reveals CIA’s Brutal Torture

“I want to be absolutely clear with our people and the world: The United States does not torture. It’s against our laws, and it’s against our values. I have not authorized it, and I will not authorize it”. In September 2006, it was with these words that George Bush Jr., ...

‘Gharwapsi’ Is An Act of Violence, Not of ‘Conversion’

(This article is a longer version of one that appeared in DNA, 17 December, titled ‘Tactic of Intimidation’) The BJP MP Adityanath has said that the Babri Masjid demolition was a show of Hindu unity, and a similar show of unity is needed to ensure the ‘Gharwapsi’ (return home) of ...

Hate-Speech Reflects BJP’s Ideology and Politics,

Campaigning for the BJP towards the Delhi Assembly elections, the Modi Government’s Minister of State for Food Processing, asked voters to choose between a Government of ‘Ramzade’ (sons of Ram) and ‘Haramzade’ (bastards). This was not just a case of the use of an abusive word. Questioned by a journalist, ...

Creatively Apply the Lessons of the First International

In Commemoration of 150th Anniversary of Foundation (Third and concluding part of the article that appeared in the October and November 2014 issues of Liberation) Part III The Paris Commune and The Civil War in France (which came to be recognised as the first “communist document” of the IWA because ...

Special Report : Manorama’s Rape and Murder : Justice Awaited Ten Years On

In 2004, Thangjam Manorama’s brutal rape and murder by the Assam Rifles personnel sparked off a historic movement demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Manipur’s women stripped off their clothes and protested in front of the Assam Rifles headquarters at Kangla Fort, shouting ‘Indian Army ...