EDITORIAL

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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Lessons of 2005

A year that dawned on the ravages wrought by the December 26 tsunami is drawing to a close in the midst of a political tsunami that comes in smaller waves but seems bent on washing away whatever was left of the

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Challenge the Eviction-Loaded Script of Neo-Liberal ‘Development’

Development’ decrees that some must be sacrificed at the altar of the ‘temples of modern India’ – the dams, the steel plants, the mines, the big industries. But the State will compensate and rehabilitate them, and they mustn’t expect more

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Killer Bush Go Back:

So, Manmohan Singh wants us to believe that his government's act of siding with the US on two successive votes on Iran in the IAEA is just an expression of “enlightened self-interest”! Not only that, the ‘soft-spoken academic-turned-administrator' has also

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India Must Not Become a War Manager for US Imperialism

TROOPS OUT of Iraq! Hands off Iran! While anti-war activists observed the third anniversary of US invasion and occupation of Iraq by chanting these slogans in hundreds of peace rallies the world over, the Bush brigade celebrated the anniversary by

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Red Salute to the Brave and Fighting People of Nepal

The people of Nepal are once again making history. The surging waves of people's movement in this Himalayan 'kingdom' have already forced the thoroughly isolated and infamous king on the backfoot. The autocratic king who had first usurped the royal

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Message from the Assembly Polls

Manmohan Singh has described the outcome of the recent Assembly elections as a victory for the UPA and its policies. Considering that the NDA had no real stake in these elections, Manmohan Singh's claim regarding a UPA victory may sound

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Whither Nepal: Will the New Deal Bring a New Dawn?

Propelled by the enormous power of an awakened people, events continue to move with stunning swiftness in Nepal. The 237-year-old feudal monarchy, which seemed to be in control of Nepal till the other day has already been relegated to the

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Lessons of Mumbai

Terror has once again revealed its ugly and horrifying face in Mumbai. The July 11 blasts that killed at least 200 rush-hour commuters and injured several hundreds more on Mumbai's local trains have been the most lethal blow that Mumbai, or for

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