Liberation Archive

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 ...

Singur Then, Bhangor Now :

The land grab and repression on peasants’ resistance in Singur and Nandigram cost the CPI(M) its decades-long Government in West Bengal. The TMC, posing as the champion of peasants against land grab, had made its way to power. Now, the TMC Government has unleashed firing on villagers in Bhangor who ...

Mass Molestation in Bengaluru: Who Is To Blame?

Bengaluru was shamed by the mass molestation of women out in open on the eve of New Year 31st December 2016 at Brigade and MG Road, that too in presence of police! Cries for help were louder than the NY greetings. Cops were everywhere as ‘elaborate’ security arrangements were made ...

Relief From Neither Corruption Nor Note Ban Disaster

Prime Minister Modi’s New Year’s Eve speech was significant for side-stepping all the issues raised by the Note Ban. Soon after his 8 November Note Ban announcement plunged the country into chaos and distress, the PM had appealed to the people of the country to “bear the pain for just ...

Murder of Dika in Bihar: Killing Dalit Dreams of Education and Dignity

(Slightly expanded version of a piece in Wire.in) Kusmi Devi is an agricultural labourer from Bihar’s most oppressed Mahadalit Musahar community. She sent her daughter Dika to school, determined that Dika must not slave in the fields as her mother and foremothers had done. 16-year-old Dika studied in the Ambedkar ...

Protests Following the Araria Atrocity and Murders

The CPI(ML) organized a bandh on 4 January 2017 in the Koshi-Seemanchal zone to protest the brutal killings of Comrades Satyanarayan and Kamleshwari in Araria and Chano Ram and Vakil Ram in Saharsa. Road blockades were held the same day in all parts of Bihar demanding 1. A high level ...

Survivors’ Testimonies

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Travesty of Social Justice in Nitish Kumar’s Bihar :: A Blood-Stained New Year At Rahariya

The atrocities on Mahadalits in Araria, Bihar, and the murders of CPI(ML) leaders organising struggles of the Mahadalits to retain hold on their rightful land, have once again called the bluff of the JDU-RJD Government’s claims of ‘social justice.’ This atrocity is the latest in a long line of similar ...

The Resolve of the Republic Day 2017 for an India of Liberty and Equality

On the 67th anniversary of its proclamation, the Indian Republic finds itself in a veritable state of siege. The government of the day and the corporate-communal cabal that it represents and serves so brazenly have mounted a multi-pronged assault on the constitutional basis and framework of the Republic of India. ...

Union Budget 2007-08: Kutta, Billi, Chappal Budget

‘Good news for the cat and dog lovers’–an unashamed Finance Minister (FM) exclaimed in the midst of his budget speech. But alas, there was no good news for the poor! Least concern for the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities like food, but reduction in customs duty on pet foods and ...

Assembly Polls: Tables Turned on Congress

The crucial UP assembly elections are now in progress. Together with Punjab an Uttarakhand, UP results will provide a crucial index of the political mood in the country. Manmohan Singh has been quick to dismiss the idea that Congress’ defeat in Punjab and then in Uttarakhand is a referendum on ...

India: Home to Asia’s Biggest Club of Billionaires and Half of the World’s Poor

When we are told that our economy is growing annually at an impressive 8 per cent per annum, we wonder what it is all about and where it disappears without leaving any trace in our daily lives. The latest Forbes list of global billionaires gives us some clue to resolve ...

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