EDITORIAL

Welcome 2005!

Like the last few years, 2004 too would be remembered worldwide as a year of growing popular resistance to American imperialism. If Iraq remained the hottest theatre of protracted armed confrontation between a freedom-seeking people and the nexus of a US-imposed

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Let us All Learn from Comrade Mahendra Singh

HIS existence posed a constant challenge to the BJP’s brutal rule in Jharkhand. Now his martyrdom has hit the last nail into the coffin of communal-fascist forces in the state. On 16 January, 2005, the day after he had filed his

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FORWARD TO A PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC IN NEPAL

FORMAL democracy has once again been suspended in Nepal. On February 1, King Gyanendra dismissed the hugely discredited and unpopular Deuba government and clamped down a state of 'constitutional' emergency! In 2002, he had done a similar thing in the name of

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A Disciple Denied

Wonder of wonders! Narendra Modi has been denied a visa by the United States. After all the awe and admiration expressed time and again by the mass murderer from Gujarat for the reigning butcher in the White House, this denial

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The Proof of Better Relations Lies in Drastic Cuts in Spending on Arms

The euphoria generated by the launch of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service and the three-day visit by President Musharraf of Pakistan is indeed quite overwhelming. The exercises have evoked considerable popular support in the two countries and most crucially in the

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Bihar’s Unstoppable Battle for Change

The first anniversary of the UPA was eventually marked by a series of explosions, actual as well as political. After years of relative peace, on 22 May evening the capital experienced a couple of major convulsions as bombs went off in

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‘War and Peace’ in the Sangh Parivar

The crisis that had erupted in the BJP and the entire Sangh parivar in the wake of Advani’s Pakistan visit and his subsequent resignation as the BJP chief has been temporarily resolved with a messy patch-up. The BJP has

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The Crisis in the Sangh Parivar and Tasks of the Left

Few could have expected the BJP and the Sangh Parivar to be ensnared in such an acute and protracted internal crisis so soon after being ousted from power. For the best part of its post-defeat period, the Parivar has been

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Minimum Employment at Less than Minimum Wages

Fifty-odd years ago when our newly independent republic adopted its constitution, the state was asked to make it one of its directive principles to provide gainful employment to every able-bodied citizen. Some sixteen years ago, VP Singh came to power

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Delhi-Washington, Delhi-Patna-Kolkta: The Congress Flights of ‘Strategic Partnership’

Manmohan Singh's recent weeklong visit to France and the US once again underscored the growing militarisation and Americanisation of India's foreign policy. India already has a strategic partnership with France, and Singh's visit to France sought to expand the ties

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Stop this deadly farce of ceasefire

The present round of clashes had already been going on for nearly a month, but it took the horrifying 17 October killing of nearly 40 innocent people for New Delhi to take notice and pull up the State government. Even then the

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Bihar’s Vote for Change

Bihar has voted emphatically for change. The February elections had given rise to a hung Assembly in which the RJD, though dislodged from power, remained the largest party. The huge pro-change wave this time has decisively catapulted the BJP-JD(U)

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