Liberation Archive

The Winds of Change for Fearless Freedom Won’t Be Stopped by the Wall of Reaction

“What has changed since last December?” is the question everyone is asking a year after the brutal gangrape and murder that sparked off a massive movement. After all, the number ... (read full text)

Section 377: A Vicious Circle of Discrimination and Violence

While mainstream Hindi cinema does not necessarily reflect political sensitivity to gender or class issues, or to minorities of any kind, there is a line that we have all often ... (read full text)

Message from the Latest Assembly Polls and the Big Battle of 2014

Results from the last round of Assembly elections before the big battle of 2014 have been stunning to put it in just one word. The trends revealed in the polls ... (read full text)

Enact a Law Against Communal Violence

The UPA Government has again delayed the introduction of the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill in Parliament. Predictably, Narendra Modi and the BJP shrilly opposed the ... (read full text)

Lokpal Act: Inadequate Measure Against Corruption

The Lokpal law has finally been passed by both houses of Parliament. This historic achievement has been possible only because of the enormous public awareness and movement against corruption. But ... (read full text)

Amend SC/ST POA Act to Make if More Effective

The UPA Cabinet has reportedly approved some amendments to strengthen the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Amendments are sorely needed, since the conviction rate under the ... (read full text)

The Modi Phenomenon: For a Powerful Left Reply

The Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi were the BJP’s first major test after the party officially anointed Narendra Modi its Prime Ministerial nominee. The BJP has ... (read full text)

Sardar Patel and Modi: History and Politics

It is not so often that we see an odd 138th birth anniversary being celebrated with any special fervor. But politics can change customs. The ostentatious celebration of Vallabhbhai Patel’s ... (read full text)

“Are we expected to bring back the dead to give evidence?”

(Survivors of Bathani Tola and Laxmanpur Bathe Massacres speak at People’s Hearing For Justice. A report of the Hearing and the signature campaign and Journey for Justice that preceded it, ... (read full text)

Update : December 16th: Marking A Year of the Delhi Gang-Rape

(The reports of the Delhi events are based on reports that appeared in the Times of India.) In Delhi, students’ and women’s groups held a series of events marking a ... (read full text)

Update : People’s Convention At Bareilly

Land acquisition affected Kisan Sangharsh Samiti and CPI (ML) organized a People’s Convention on November 28 at Seth Damodar Swarup Park Chowki to discuss the issues of the injustices perpetrated ... (read full text)

Update : CPI(ML) Team Visits Muzaffarnagar

A two-member CPI(ML) consisting of UP State leaders Mohd. Salim and Bal Mukund Dhuriya visited the riot-affected areas of Muzaffarnagar. They visited several villages and relief camps between 30 November ... (read full text)

Updates : Save Jharkhand, Save Democracy Campaign

The CPI(ML) launched a ‘Save Jharkhand Save Democracy’ campaign at an cadre convention held on 16 November at Patel Park, Ranchi which was attended by over 800 activists from various ... (read full text)

Left Electoral Victories in Several Countries

The last couple of months saw encouraging electoral victories of the Left in four countries. Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant, an Occupy Seattle activist, won a citywide City Council seat ... (read full text)

Obama’s Iran Deal

Washington Finds another War Unaffordable Iran has recently concluded a stunning nuclear deal with US and five other big powers much to the chagrin of Israel and Saudi Arab even ... (read full text)

‘Saheb’ Snooping Tapes

What do the tape-recordings of illegal surveillance on a woman by the Home Minister and ATS for their ‘Saheb’, and the BJP’s line of defence, show about the state of ... (read full text)

Who pays when India’s billionaires don’t go bust?

(Reproduced with thanks from Live Mint, 22 November) Last month, the business empire of Eike Batista, once the world’s seventh-richest man and a mascot of economically resurgent Brazil, collapsed. The ... (read full text)

Shame on Rahul, Modi’s Competitive Communalism

Leading campaigners and PM aspirants of India’s main ruling class formations have shamefully sought to stigmatise Muzaffarnagar’s riot-affected in a highly callous and shameful game of competitive communalism. Addressing a ... (read full text)

Why the CBI Director’s Rape-Speak Can’t Be Excused

Running under the overwhelming outrage over the CBI Director’s analogy between ‘legalising betting’ and ‘enjoying rape’, one can sense an undercurrent of sympathy. ‘It’s just an analogy/proverb after all, what’s ... (read full text)

December 16th Movement: Looking Back A Year Later

A year ago, a massive movement erupted on the streets of Delhi and the country – against the brutal gangrape of a young woman on a bus, leading to her ... (read full text)