COMMENTARY

L’affaire Lavalin: Questions Galore for the CPI(M) to Answer

The response of the CPI(M) and the Kerala Government led by it to the CBI charge-sheet against CPI(M) politburo member and Kerala State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan raises some serious questions. The charge-sheet relates to alleged kickbacks taken by

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RTE 2008: Snatching, Not Guaranteeing Right to Education

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008 introduced in Rajya Sabha does little to improve universal access to quality education for children. Rooted in neo-liberal ideology rather than in the Indian Constitution, the Bill treats education as

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A Perspective on the Debate

The recent amendment in Criminal Law has attracted public attention due to the strike by lawyers across the country opposing it. The strike, in spite of its opposition, served to draw attention to legislation on an important issue like criminal

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ILO’s Global Employment Trends Report 2009

[Released in January 2009 during the ongoing downturn, the Global Employment Trends Report 2009 as well as the Global Employment Trends for Women Report 2009 (released on the eve of 8 March 2009) reveal disturbing patterns and trends of global (un)employment and the impact

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Desperate CPI(M) Discovers New Secular ‘Hero’ In Naveen

In what must count as the most sensational development so far in this election season, the BJD seems to have decided to terminate its decade-old partnership with the BJP. Buoyed by its recent electoral success in municipal elections in which

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Not this Opportunist Alliance

On the eve of Lok Sabha polls, the launch of a ‘Third Front’ spearheaded by the efforts of the CPI-CPI (M) has been announced. The Front, it is claimed, is a non-Congress, non-BJP front committed to ‘alternate policies’. Most of

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The Political Economy of Crisis Management in the Heart of World Capitalism

Do we see a faint glimmer of light at the -- still distant -- end of the tunnel? In March the housing market in the US stabilised somewhat and new claims for unemployment insurance stopped rising. Crisis-ridden US banks surprised

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Imperialist Agenda and Popular Resistance

The holding of the second G20 summit in less than four months comes as a measure of the importance the original G7 and its later incarnation G8 now attaches to the "emerging economies" of the third world. Being trade-surplus countries,

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The Twin States Must Fight Terror Together

Like us, our western neighbour is bleeding under terrorist -- and of recent, also imperialist -- attacks. On March 27, as the US president was unveiling his new strategy to “disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda” and its allies in Pakistan,

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Appropriating Ambedkar

Around 14 April, the 118th Birth Anniversary of Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani accused the Congress of having mistreated Dr. Ambedkar, referring among other things to his resignation from the Congress Cabinet in 1951,

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Reading the Past to Challenge the Present

“Since that day in Cuba, other countries have set off on different roads on the experiment of change: perpetuation of the existing order of things is perpetuation of the crime. Recovery of the resources that have always been usurped is

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Manmohan Government’s Second Term: Early Signals and New Rhetoric

President Pratibha Patil's address to the joint session of the two houses of Parliament has outlined the priorities and direction of the second term of the UPA government. While the government has listed ten points as priority areas, the basic

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