Liberation Archive

The Khaps in our homes

(Excerpts from article by Anumeha Yadav, The Hindu, December 11, 2014) On November 15, 21-year-old Bhawana Yadav, who had married Abhishek Seth the same week, was strangled in her house in Dwarka, Delhi, by her mother and father, Savitri and Jagmohan Yadav. Her parents had called her to their house ...

Rape, rhetoric and reality

(Excerpts from article by Rukmini S, The Hindu, December 19, 2014) The beginning of a new conversation on women is welcome, but this two-year focus on rape as the key indicator of women’s status in India has been both statistically faulty and counterproductive. Where does India actually stand in global ...

The Political Offensive Against Women’s Autonomy

Two years after the anti-rape movement that followed December 16th 2012 in India, the hardest and most urgent challenge remains to change the conversation from that of ‘safety from rape’ to that of women’s autonomy. Why Autonomy Is a Priority In her article ‘Rape, Rhetoric and Reality’, (The Hindu, December ...

Make in India: a critical examination of an economic strategy

(Excerpt from the article by Leila Gautham, Kafila, December 21, 2014) ‘Make in India’ is now an all-pervasive catchphrase – every newspaper and television channel trumpeting the Modi’s ‘clarion call’ to investors – but surprisingly empty in terms of substance. Firstly, I encountered some very puzzling things: for example, no ...

Peshawar Massacre : Lessons for Pakistan, India and the Subcontinent

The barbaric massacre of 132 school children in Peshawar by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has underlined the senselessness and inhumanity of the toxic cocktail of religion and politics. This unspeakable crime must mark the beginning of the end of the Taliban and intensify our resistance against every variety of religious fundamentalist ...

Jharkhand and J&K Election Results and the Modi Sarkar’s Continuing Corporate and Communal Offensive

With the declaration of the results of the last leg of 2014 elections, the BJP has predictably added Jharkhand to its kitty even as it emerged as the second largest party in a highly polarised and fragmented Jammu & Kashmir. While this has been the best ever showing of the ...