Liberation Archive

The Adhikar Yatra Across Bihar

At 10 AM on 11 February 2017 as Com Dipankar Bhattacharya garlanded the statue of Com Vinod Mishra at the Beguserai Party office about 150 local people from the poorer sections raised slogans of “Red salute to all martyrs”, and “Three pillars of social justice—education, employment and land reform”. Com ...

The Rally For Rights

Following nearly a week long yatras (marches) across the state of Bihar that started from Begusarai on 11 February, the Adhikar Yatra undertaken by CPI(ML) finally culminated in a massive Adhikar Rally at the Veterinary College grounds in Patna on 19 February 2017. The rally saw a massive gathering of ...

Intensify the Fight for Rights

The month-long Adhikar Abhiyan (Campaign for Rights) called by the Bihar State Committee of CPI(ML) culminated in a massive Adhikar Rally in Patna on 19 February. The campaign highlighted three key demands – education, employment and land rights – of the oppressed and deprived people and gave a powerful voice ...

The Malicious Motives and Calamitous Consequences of Note Ban A Preliminary Appraisal

Part II In the middle of a hectic poll campaign in UP, BJP president Amit Shah was asked in a televised interview: what did the common man gain from Note Ban? He replied that it injected sufficient liquidity into the system (meaning the cancelled notes which were deposited in the ...

An Open Letter to the Army Chief

Dear General Bipin Rawat, You have warned Kashmiri civilians that if they fail to cooperate with Army operations, the Army will not hesitate to fire on them. You have added, for good measure, that not only those who pelt stones but even those who raise anti-India slogans or display anti-India ...

Hold Fresh Elections in Tamil Nadu

It took 21 years for the Indian Judicial system to pronounce the late Chief Minister of Tamilnadu J Jayalalitha guilty of accumulation of assets disproportionate to her income. Justice delayed (till after Jayalalitha’s death) was justice denied and the people of Tamilnadu suffered all around during this period which saw ...

Caste Is The Dirty Secret Behind Open Defecation

(Liberation looks at the problem of open defecation and the nature of the Swacch Bharat campaign.) The Swacch Bharat (Clean India) campaign is officially aimed at eradicating open defecation in India, which poses a serious public health problem and is responsible for high rates of child stunting and child death. ...

Budget 2017 and Deepening of the Demonetization Disaster

This year the annual budget was tabled on the first and not the customary last day of February. This was also the first time when the railway budget was stripped of its separate existence and appended to the general budget almost as a passing footnote. Most importantly this was a ...

Dance of Fascism in Delhi University

Dance of Fascism in Delhi University The events of Delhi University are ominous. ABVP, the stormtroopers of the RSS, rioted for two consecutive days in Delhi University, using bricks, stones and sticks to prevent a seminar from taking place. The Delhi Police colluded with this assault, with its men joining ...

John Berger : A firm Marxist who transformed art history

(Source: Socialist Worker) John Berger, who died on 2 January at the age of 90, was the most important writer on art in the last 60 years or more. There will be those in the academic and art worlds who would reject this judgment. But in terms of influence on ...

A Tribute to Sulabha Brahme

Eminent economist, Marxist intellectual, political and social activist Dr. Sulabha Brahme passed away after a brief illness at her residence on December 2, 2016. She was 84 years old. She was active till the last moments of her life. A week before her death she attended a meeting at Purandar ...

How Om Puri Should Be Remembered

(Sanjay Joshi, Convener, The Group, Jan Sanskriti Manch and of Cinema of Resistance, remembers Om Puri. Cinema of Resistance plans to organise screenings of Om Puri’s films and has appealed to people to come forward to host such screenings.) In the 1970s and 1980s the National Film Development Corporation- aided ...

Rising Inequality In The World And In India

Oxfam International released a study report, ‘An economy for the 99%’, on January 16, which found that the world’s wealthiest eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of people in the world. It blames this situation squarely on economic policies and on the economic system: “The very ...

Is A Murder Motivated By Communal Hate Less Serious Than Other Murders?

A Bombay HC bail order by Justice Mridula Bhatkar, granting bail to three of the men accused of killing Mohsin Sheikh of Pune, opines that a communally motivated murder may be a less serious offence than other murders. Such an observation has dangerous implications – and points to deep-seated communal ...

Will SC Verdict on Secularism Curb Electoral Hate Speech?

Ever since the 1990s, communal and casteist propaganda and hate-speech has become a staple of election propaganda, poisoning political discourse deeply. Section 123 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 (Act) lays down that appeals by candidates for votes on the grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language or ...

Convention by Left and Democratic Parties in Assam

Left and Democratic Parties in Assam organised a Joint Convention on 18th January at Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati against forcible eviction of people and issues with the process of registering Assam’s people under the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Left and Democratic Manch (LDM) comprising of eleven left and democratic parties ...

A Man-Made Mine Disaster

On 29 December at 7.10 pm, an open cast Rajmahal mining project in the Lal Matia coal mine of the Eastern Coalfields Ltd in Godda, Jharkhand, caved in, burying alive more than 100 mine workers 300 feet below the ground. At least 18 workers are reported killed and a large ...

12th Martyrdom Day of Comrade Mahendra Singh

Comrade Mahendra Singh was remembered all over Jharkhand on his 12th martyrdom day on 16 January 2017. People gathered in Bagodar as well as in his native village Khambra and other parts of the state in huge numbers and reiterated their pledge to carry forward his legacy, struggles and dreams. ...

A Huge But Partial Victory:

The Free Pricol 8 campaign organized by the Party all over the country for the release of 8 worker comrades of Pricol who were sentenced to double life imprisonment has won a huge though partial victory in the Madras High Court.Of the total 27 comrades who were chargesheeted for murder ...