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 ...

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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 ...

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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 – ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 – ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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