COMMENTARY

Attack on an Adivasi Land Struggle

Narayanpatna is a block in Koraput district of Orissa (bordering AP), mostly populated by tribals and some dalits. Here, lands belonging to tribals have been grabbed over time by non-tribal landlords, liquor mafia etc, in violation of the Orissa Land

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India Signs Undemocratic US-scripted Accord

The 15th Conference of Parties (COP-15) has finally ended in Copenhagen, and it is now time to officially write the obituary. This week-long conference, where 110 countries of the world got together to try and evolve a blueprint to handle the

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Stop Racist Attacks on Indians in Australia

The attacks on Indians in Australia show no signs of abating, and have now claimed two lives. A 21-year old young man Nitin Garg was stabbed on his way to work, and some days later, the half-burnt body of another

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Corporate Control in Scientific Research

The highly controversial issue of genetically modified (GM) crops has once more catapulted into national limelight. For the past few years, public opinion against GM has been building up, owing to a nationwide campaign. Finally, in February this year, Environment

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Digvijay Singh’s Azamgarh Visit: Congress Runs with the Hare and Hunts with the Hounds

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s visit to Azamgarh is being touted as the party’s reaching out to a community and town that have been reeling under a spate of arrests of alleged terror accused and battling the tag

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Nitish Mission of Mahadalit Mockery Versus Bihar Poor’s Struggle for Dignity and Development

With Assembly elections round the corner, Nitish Kumar has pulled out all stops to play his social engineering cards. Just a day before the inauguration of the budget session of the Assembly, Kumar accompanied by his deputy from the BJP,

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Myth and Reality

There has of late been a lot of media hype about the recent ‘CSO’ (Central Statistical Organisation) data on Bihar’s ‘growth miracle’ in the last 5 years. At a five-yearly average of 11.03 per cent, Bihar under Nitish Kumar has apparently

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The Return of Rajapakse in War-Torn Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa won an emphatic victory over his former Army chief General Sarath Fonseka in the January 26 Presidential election. In 2005, Rajapaksa had won by a very narrow margin, primarily because an LTTE-enforced boycott in the

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Price-rise: Assault on Food and Livelihood of Aam Aadmi

Amidst record-breaking rise in food prices, the UPA government continues to shed crocodile tears. Worse, in the name of tackling prices, the government is trying to use rising prices as a pretext to shower more concessions on big capital. At

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Bihar Economic Survey 2010: Balance-Sheet of Growth Hype

The mystery shrouding the 11% growth miracle claimed by the Nitish Kumar government of Bihar is getting deeper and deeper. When the government of Bihar first claimed to have averaged more than 11% annual economic growth over the period 2004-2009, observers of

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Post Mortem Reports Underline Unanswered Questions

[Long-suppressed post mortem reports of Atif Ameen and Md. Sajid, killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' in the Batla House have finally come out in the public domain. They underline the crucial unanswered questions which the various police

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Karnataka Govt Charges AIPWA VP with ‘Sedition’

In BJP-ruled Karnataka, if you criticise the Government or organise marginalised sections of people, you are liable to be accused of 'sedition.' This is what is implied by an FIR recently filed by the Karnataka police charging Dr E

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