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The Case of Pakistani students in Britain

(A report from the Justice from the North West 10 Campaign, London.) In early April, the British media reported a remarkable ‘blunder’ on part of the British police. A top police officer had revealed crucial information about a number of terror

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Indian students in Australia confront racist attacks

(James Crafti, a student at Melbourne’s La Trobe University, reports on the racist attacks and the Indian protests). Sravan Kumar Theerthala, a 25-year-old Indian student studying in Melbourne, Australia, was stabbed through the head with a screwdriver on May 23

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Rosy Hype of Globalisation vs Realities of Recession and Racism

The continuing spate of attacks and violence against Indians and Indian students in particular in Australia has once again exploded the much touted myth that globalisation promotes and respects pluralism and multiculturalism. The Australian government initially tried to cover up

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Policy Offensive on Higher Education

Soon after the re-election of the Manmohan Singh government, the corporate media offered a slew of policy recommendations for its second tenure. Foremost among these have been impatient demands for the privatization and commercialization of higher education. Leading the pack

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Revisiting the Women’s Reservation Debate

Once again, the debate over Women’s Reservation Bill has resurfaced, in the wake of the President’s speech promising to enact 33% quota for women in assemblies and parliament as well as 50% quota in panchayats. After 13 years of delays and

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Kashmir’s People Challenge State Terror

The Kashmiri people are once again confronted with the spectre of state violence looming over every backyard and street. The last two months have witnessed the rape and murder of young Neelofar and Asiya in Shopian (the role of the

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In Nitish Kumar’s Bihar, Legendary Icon of Bhojpur Struggle Is Branded an “Extremist”

The Bihar police has decided to target and brand as ‘extremist’, octogenarian CPI(ML) MLA and legendary icon of Bhojpur’s struggling poor, Comrade Ram Naresh Ram and former MP and president of All India Agricultural Labour Association, Comrade Rameshwar

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Land Reforms Commission’s Recommendations on Ceiling

V.4.1 The distinction between agricultural and non-agricultural land should be abolished. Land should be defined in a simple dictionary manner so that no one has the opportunity or option to wriggle out of the ceiling provisions by showing some as

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Implement Bandyopadhyay Commission’s Recommendations for Land Reforms in Bihar

One of the key promises made by Nitish Kumar after becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar was to carry out land reforms. Indeed, the deepest source of Bihar’s backwardness lies in the near-total absence of land reforms, and the

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Fate of a Schoolgirl in Nitish’s ‘Good Governance’

The rampant abduction of schoolchildren and inaction of police and administration against criminals and mafia caused a wave of popular anger against the former RJD Government. Riding that wave, Nitish Kumar came to power on a promise of “good governance” (

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Bitter Pill of Privatisation: Sugar Coating of ‘Reform’

A hundred days is all. Listen to the call of the pundits and the clamour of corporations: the economy was liberalised more than eighteen years ago, now it is time to ‘liberalise’ minds. But the truth is that education is

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Legitimising Land Grab

In the wake of powerful struggles against SEZs, corporate land grab and displacements, the demand for scrapping of the colonial Land Acquisition Act (LAA), 1894 and for a national policy on resettlement and rehabilitation have emerged. In the recent Lok Sabha

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