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A Convenient Conscience

A Convenient Conscience

(Except from article by Kavita Krishnan in The Wire) Nitish’s conscience is certainly an organ of convenience. It did not give him even a twinge when he continued to remain an NDA minister even after the Gujarat government headed by Modi orchestrated the riots in 2002. In 2003 – after ...
Cow-Goons Unleash Violence in Bihar

Cow-Goons Unleash Violence in Bihar

On August 3, three Muslim men were attacked by a mob that falsely accused them of carrying beef in a truck in Bihar’s Bhojpur district. The meat was actually buffalo meat, and in any case, Bihar’s cow slaughter laws allow the slaughter of cows over the age of 15 – ...

Protest March against Draconian Anti-liquor Law

The CPI(ML) Jehanabad District Committee held a protest in front of the Jehanabad Collectorate on 21 July 2017 against the draconian provisions of the Anti-liquor Law and the arrest of Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi and demanded the revoking of the draconian anti-liquor law. The Party leaders said that the ...
Protests And Convention Against Betrayal Of Mandate

Protests And Convention Against Betrayal Of Mandate

The CPI (ML) organized a statewide ‘Dhikkar Diwas’ on 27 July 2017 against the blatant betrayal of the people’s mandate and the political coup in Bihar. PM Modi’s and CM Nitish Kumar’s effigies were burnt at Kargil Chowk in Patna. Dhikkar marches, meetings, and effigy burnings were also held at ...

Flood Wreak Havoc In North Bihar

Floods have wreaked havoc on the lives of people in North Bihar, as in previous years. But the government, despite its tall claims, has failed in its disaster management and lakhs of people have been rendered homeless. Neither the Central government nor the State government wants to find a permanent ...

November Revolution, Naxalbari, and the Fight against Fascism

— Arindam Sen (The article is based on a presentation at a study class held at Vijaywada on 15 August 2017.) Comrades, 2017 marks the centenary of the epoch-making November Revolution (NR) and the 50th anniversary of the great Naxalbari uprising and we have assembled here today to rearm ourselves ...

Symposium : Fifty Years of Deshabrati

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Deshabrati, a symposium on the subject “Fascist Aggression And Resistance To It” was organized by “Ajker Deshabrati”, the organ of the West Bengal State Committee of CPI(ML). It was held on 25th July, 2017 at Bharat Sabha Hall, Calcutta. ...

Resist the Republic of Fear

March in London against Mob Lynchings in India on Independence Day On 15th August, a wide range of organisations and individuals took part in a torchlight silent march in London to protest against the epidemic of RSS-backed mob lynchings of Muslims, Dalits and Christians in India. The march, which began ...

Dr. Pushpa M Bhargava: A Life for Science

— Om Prasad On the 1st of August, well known molecular biologist Dr. Pushpa M Bhargava passed away. He was 89 years old and had not been keeping well of late. PMB as he was known to his colleagues and friends was probably along with Yash Pal, who also passed ...

Science and More Professor Yash Pal

— Radhika Menon (26 November 1926 – 24 July 2017) Professor Yash Pal in an interview for the film ‘ A life in science’ by Yousuf Saeed, remarks that if someone had spent as long a time, as he had done, doing science in the 20th century, they were bound ...

Illegally Locked Out Tea Garden Workers Hoist Tricolour, Assam Police Books Them For “Disrespect To The Indian National Flag”!

Workers protesting the prolonged illegal lockout in Bargaon tea garden in Bishwanath district, Sonitpur, Assam observed Independence Day by hoisting the national tricolor – with male workers keeping the upper body uncovered to symbolize their poverty and destitution. Appallingly, the Assam Police under the Sarbananda Sonowal Government have booked the ...

Serial Sewer Deaths and the Swachh Bharat Sham

PM Modi launched his Swachh Bharat mission on Independence Day – 15 August 2014. In the weeks immediately before and after 15 August 2017, a series of Dalit men have died cleaning sewer lines in India’s capital city Delhi. In July 2017, it was estimated that 39 men had died ...

The Call of August 15, 2017: Resist the Dictatorial Design of Modi Raj

This 15th of August will be the fourth Independence Day with Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister. On August 15, 2014 when a newly elected Narendra Modi delivered his first ever ID address from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, the country still did not really know how the ...
Mandsaur To Jantar Mantar:  Kisan Mukti Yatra

Mandsaur To Jantar Mantar: Kisan Mukti Yatra

The ‘Kisan Mukti Yatra’ (March for Peasant Liberation) by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti (All India Farmers Struggle Coordination Committee) in memory of the farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur began from Pipalyamandi in Mandsaur on 6 July. The Yatra, raising the issues of loan waiver and ...
GST: Another Recipe For Increased Inequality And Deeper Economic Crisis

GST: Another Recipe For Increased Inequality And Deeper Economic Crisis

The much-trumpeted Goods and Services Tax has come into effect since July 1. It has been on the anvil for more than a decade. In that sense it stands in total contrast to demonetization where ‘secrecy’ and ‘surprise’ (of course only for the common people and not for the well-connected ...

Modi’s Israel Visit: A Betrayal of Democratic Principles

Radhika Krishnan “I have to take care of interests of India. I need more water. Clean water. Where will I get it? Ramallah? No”: This is what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his recent visit to Israel. Netanyahu let slip this detail to ...

Basirhat Riots: Reject Hate, Strengthen Harmony

An offensive social media post triggering tension and violence is an unfortunate but fairly common occurrence in today’s India. But the story unfolding in and around the sleepy small town of Rudrapur in Baduria block near Basirhat and its ramifications for the whole of West Bengal go way beyond the ...
Dismal Report Card

Dismal Report Card

Three Months of BJP Government in Uttarakhand Indresh Maikhuri The BJP came to power in Uttarakhand with a landslide victory in the March 2017 Assembly elections, securing 57 out of 70 seats and becoming the first political party to get such a huge majority in the Uttarakhand Assembly. But hardly ...

Amarnath Killings: Rebuff Communal And Divisive Propaganda

A heinous terrorist attack on 10 July killed seven Amarnath pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley. In an encouraging affirmation of humanity against hate, this attack has met with universal condemnation and protests by ordinary people from the Kashmir Valley to various Indian towns and cities. The 10 July killings are ...

Adani SLAPP Costs EPW Editor His Job

A legal notice served by Gautam Adani’s lawyer to India’s leading academic journal, the Economic And Political Weekly, led to the journal’s trustees pushing its editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta to quit. Thakurta is a highly respected senior journalist with a track record of writing boldly on corporate corruption. While editor ...

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