EDITORIAL

No Violence Can Stop Bihar’s Brave New Women

The cowards of Ranvir Sena have struck again. Having failed to stop the rural poor’s relentless forward march through repeated massacres, the killers have now started targeting individual leaders of the masses. On 10 November afternoon Comrade Manju became their

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Rotten Lies, Stale Illusions and Fresh Hopes

The year 2003 would surely be remembered for long for some of the most rotten lies of modern times. First Iraq was ravaged in the name of destroying weapons of mass destruction. Then Iraq was occupied in the name of establishing

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Foil this Feel-Good Game Plan

If the banner of ‘Hindutva’ proved instrumental in pushing the BJP to the slot of the single largest party by the late 1990s, Vajpayee’s coalition ‘dharma’ has since done the rest. The difference between Vajpayee’s first aborted term

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Ram, Raymond and Goan Holidays

Thanks to Advani, we now know where he got his feel good inspiration from. No, he did not get the idea from any farmer or worker or student. The other day in Ahmedabad, Advani was candid enough to admit that

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Chameleon Changes Colour, Chariot Changes Name

For the third time in fourteen years, the charioteer of the Sangh Parivar would be hitting the roads again. No sooner had the Election Commission shot down the request for allowing Advani the use of an exclusive IAF aircraft for

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The Mandate and the Market

If the election results announced on May 11 and May 13 were dramatic, the developments unfolding in Delhi and Mumbai over the next one week were even more so. It took more than two days for the shell-shocked BJP leaders to describe

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Vajpayee Fades, Modi Stays, BJP Bides Its Time

Two months after the BJP suffered an ignominious defeat in an election in which it thought it had been calling all the shots from timing the elections to fixing the electoral agenda, the party is evidently yet to come to

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When a Watchdog Barks for the Camera

A NEW DEAL for rural India and economic reforms with a human face! The UPA government has been prompt in replacing the battered NDA myths of 'feel good' and 'India shining' with these two eminently marketable mantras, with effective sales

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PWG’s War against People’s Leaders

It was around midnight of 18 August. Lights had just been switched off at the Paliganj subdivisional office of the CPI(ML). Five comrades, all members of the Paliganj Dulhinbazar Area Committee (the two adjacent blocks that make up the Paliganj

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‘Independent’ Foreign Policy in the Strategic Shadow of Imperialism

Manmohan Singh has now completed his first major foreign pilgrimage. On his way to deliver his first address at the UN General Assembly, he has had his first direct encounter with both Tony Blair and George Bush. While Blair used

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A Party in Search of an Auspicious President

With Advani back at the helm of the BJP, the long expected reorganisation of the party has finally begun. Advani has started its third presidential term by paying a highly symbolic visit to the RSS headquarters at Nagpur and accusing

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November Revelation

The last few weeks have seen events unfold quite rapidly on several interconnected planes, often leaving a maze of confusion in their wake. But the events are also helping reiterate and reinforce the two conflicting agendas that propel the politics

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