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Rescue and Relief: Reports from the Grassroots

CPI(ML) and AIALA activists in the affected areas threw themselves into rescue and relief work alongside the affected people and people of neighbouring villages from the first day the flood waters made an appearance. Now our activists are concentrate

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Bihar Floods: The Inevitable Has Happened

(Below are excerpts from an article by Dinesh Kumar Mishra, activist on water-related issues in Bihar, which appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly, September 6, 2008.) The overflowing Kosi had, as of end-August, wreaked destruction on more than three million people

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Kosi Floods: Bihar Battles State-Sponsored Catastrophe

The rhetoric of governance in India has nowadays become pretty elaborate and sophisticated. Every government waxes eloquent about ‘good governance’ rooted in principles of accountability, sensitivity, empowerment, administrative efficiency, disaster management, transparency and so on and so forth. The current

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Some Questions about the Counter-Terror Operation at Jamia Nagar, New Delhi

(A team comprising activists, academicians, students and journalists, including representatives of the Forum for Democratic Initiatives (FDI), teachers from Jamia Millia Islamia and the JNU Students’ Union General Secretary, visited the site of the police operation against alleged terrorists staying

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After the Blasts

The serial blasts in Delhi have blown new breath into the BJP’s clamour for a ‘tough terror law’ and revival of POTA. Not just the BJP, a committee headed by Veerappa Moily recommended a ‘tougher’ (more draconian) anti-terror law,

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BJP Government Shows its Communal Fascist Colours in Karnataka

The BJP Government in Karnataka has taken just over three months to come out in its true colours. The Karnataka chapter of the Sangh Parivar has matched its Orissa counterpart in its communal fascist offensive against Christians. A bandh organized

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Terror, Blatant as Well as Covert

(Serial blasts in our cities have become a grim, grisly, script that is played out again and again: claiming innocent lives and shedding innocent blood, and spreading terror among the people at large. The natural grief, anger, and fear engendered

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Ban the MNS and Shiv Sena!

The hooliganism and violence unleashed by the MNS and Shiv Sena on North Indian candidates in railway recruitment exams in Maharashtra, which cost the life of one young man, is a grievous assault on our democracy. The MNS and Shiv

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The Tamil National Question in Sri Lanka Demands a Political Solution!

[Text of CPI(ML) Central Committee Statement on developments in Sri Lanka.] The Sri Lankan government’s ongoing military campaign to corner and crush the LTTE has led to a terrible humanitarian crisis in the country. Reports emanating from the

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PD Propaganda Can’t Wipe Out Singur Facts

With Tata’s flight from Singur, the CPI(M) seems to be expecting facts themselves to fly out of public memory! Their leaders are back to trotting out tired fictions in the pages of PD. Biman Basu (People’s Democracy

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There Must Be No Free Exit for the Tatas

A key point in the corporate discourse on the ongoing economic reforms in India has been the clamour for what big capital calls an ‘exit policy’. Ratan Tata has just revealed what big corporates mean by this phrase. Paraphrasing Caesar,

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Impact of US Meltdown on Indian Economy:

The Spreading Economic Contagion: A Reluctant Recognition Indian economy is insulated from the crisis…The global financial crisis will not affect us much…First Chidambaram went on in this vein until both he and his boss Manmohan had to reluctantly

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