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Resist the Sanghi Subversion of Swami Vivekananda

— Dipankar Bhattacharya On 11 September 1893 Swami Vivekananda had addressed the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. This year marks the 125th anniversary of that historic address. The BJP has cleverly clubbed this anniversary with their own Deen Dayal Upadhyay centenary celebration programme. For Narendra Modi this became ...

Massive Fake Claims of Note Ban Exposed

For very long, the RBI claimed to have failed to finish counting the money that came in through the Note Ban. But now the cat is out of the bag. According to the RBI, 99% of the demonetized currency returned came back into the system. That means that the RBI ...

Scrap The Discriminatory NEET

— Sucheta De The suicide of Anitha, a bright Dalit woman student of Tamil Nadu, has underlined the deeply unjust and biased NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) medical entrance test. After scoring high marks in the state level 12th standard board exam, and the state level engineering and medical ...
ABVP Trounced On Many Campuses, Left Sweeps JNU

ABVP Trounced On Many Campuses, Left Sweeps JNU

The emphatic victory of the United Left panel in the JNUSU elections and ABVP’s loss of ground in Delhi University as well as campuses in Rajasthan, Assam and Punjab tells its own story: students all over India, including in BJP-ruled states, are rejecting the RSS attempts to ‘capture’ campuses through ...

Das Kapital and Contemporary Capitalism

— Arindam Sen Part I Liberation joins the international celebration of 150 years of Karl Marx’s Magnum Opus at a time when the dominant discourse around possible ways and means for reversing the recently reported distinct decline in Indian economy and for overcoming the stubborn stagnation and threats of deflation ...

Right To Privacy — A Verdict For The Times

In this two-part feature, Liberation takes a look at the highlights and takeaways of the recent verdict by a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court that upheld the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right. Liberation seeks to equip workers, women, students, artists, and other sections of struggling people with ...

Modi Government Derails and Crashes India’s Economy

What has Modi rule achieved? Like the serial derailments and accidents every months in Indian Railways, the Modi Government has derailed and crashed India’s economy. Today: GDP growth at a three-year low of 5.7% Fuel prices are at all-time high even though the cost of importing crude oil has halved ...

From British Raj to Billionaire Raj

A paper by Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel titled ‘Indian Income Inequality 1922-2014 — From British Raj to Billionaire Raj?’ studies all available data to look at income inequalities in independent India. Its findings belie the claims that globalised ‘development’ has meant “inclusive growth” and instead shows that it has ...
Bihar Floods

Bihar Floods

Half the population of Bihar is affected by the floods. The regions of Seemanchal and Champaran have been especially devastated by the floods. The floods’ devastating power was enhanced manifold by the lack of preparation on part of the State Government made no preparations prior to

Obituary

Comrade Madan Singh CPI (ML) Uttar Pradesh Standing Committee member and senior Communist leader Comrade Madan Singh passed away at the age of 58 on 6 September 2017 on the way to hospital from his home in Amethi. Earlier during the night he had woken up from sleep complaining of ...

Intermediate Exam Result: Consequence of Government-Sponsored Plight of Education

The sorry state of Bihar’s schools is in the news again, with the declaration of the results of the Intermediate examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Committee (run by the Bihar government). A total of about 12 lakh students had appeared in all three faculties of Intermediate – Arts, ...

Modi Betrays Old Promises, Promises ‘New India’

In his speech on India’s 71st Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi’s call for a ‘New India’ was an attempt to give a fresh spin to his own older – and betrayed – promises of Acche Din (Good Days). The promise of job creation is mocked by employment at an all-time ...
Jharkhand :  Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 2013 – Legislation for Land Loot

Jharkhand : Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 2013 – Legislation for Land Loot

— Manoj Bhakta Just before the monsoon session of Jharkhand Assembly, Chief Minister Raghubar Das had to bite dust trying to push through a number of anti-people amendments to the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act, 1908 (CNT) and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act, 1949 (SPT). Intense and sustained mass movements, those of ...

Gorakhpur Horror: Slaughter Of Innocents

In the still eyes of Gorakhpur’s dead babies, we can see a question, an accusation – can Modi and Yogi face it? That question is: Why is hate-mongering a political priority – over and above the health of children? Why are cows, temple, Vande Mataram, love jehad the priority – ...
BRD Hospital’s Struggle For Funds And Staff

BRD Hospital’s Struggle For Funds And Staff

(Manoj Singh, Jan Sanskriti Manch General Secretary and a Gorakhpur-based journalist has for years been reporting on the sorry state of affairs in the BRD Hospital, which is a major centre across Eastern UP and Nepal for the treatment of Japanese encephalitis. Excerpts from an article of his in The ...
Epidemics And Public Health

Epidemics And Public Health

(Excerpts from remarks by Professor Rama Baru of the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU in discussion with Liberation in the October 2005 issue, on the Japanese encephalitis epidemic in eastern UP. Reading these remarks more than a decade later, we can see the utter failure of Government ...
Supreme Court And Women’s Rights: Recent Verdicts

Supreme Court And Women’s Rights: Recent Verdicts

Liberation takes a look at several recent verdicts – some encouraging, some discouraging, and one downright dangerous – of the Supreme Court that have a far-reaching impact on women’s rights. Triple Talaq Held Unconstitutional The verdict of the Supreme Court – Shayara Bano v. Union of India and Ors” WP ...
The Assam Deluge

The Assam Deluge

— Sandipan Nobody counts how many gallons of water do flow through Brahmaputra in a year. But everybody remembers the count of water in the flood, enough for devastation, enough for washing away the dreams of thousands, for years after years to come. 2017 has so far witnessed two major ...

Charlottesville : Why We Should Talk About Monuments to Slavery

— Parnal Chirmuley Dylann Roof is a young white supremacist who gunned down nine black worshippers after attending a Bible study class at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, on 17 June 2015. The now 23 year old Roof has since been convicted of ...
Bihar: Abduction Of A Mandate

Bihar: Abduction Of A Mandate

In a display of breathtaking hypocrisy and political corruption, Nitish Kumar abandoned his Mahagatbandhan ship and shifted midstream to the BJP-NDA one. The Grand Alliance that had won a massive mandate in 2015 on a primarily anti-BJP plank – but Nitish cited honourable concerns about corruption allegations against the then ...

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