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Evicting Vendors in the Name of Protecting Them?

The National Policy for Urban Street Vendors, introduced by the Government in 2004, and revised afterwards, first in 2006 and then in 2009, claims to give legitimacy to the vast population of crores of street vendors (rehdi-khokha-patri-pheri walas) who have hitherto been considered

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A few Points for Fellow Fighters

(Presentation by Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya at ‘Hindustan Samagam’ (Summit organised by the Hindi daily Hindustan, on the theme of Bihar-2020: Disha aur Dasha), Patna, 20 October, 2009) 1. That Bihar today lags behind most other Indian states in terms of almost all commonly

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Saluting the Memory of K Balagopal

The untimely death of leading civil libertarian K Balagopal on 8 October 2009 is a great loss to people’s movements for justice and democracy. Balagopal played a key role in building up a powerful human rights movement in Andhra Pradesh and

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Footfalls of Emergency

What began as the drive in the late 1960s to crush Naxalbari did not stop until the imposition of Emergency by the Congress Government in 1974. Today, the pretext is somewhat different. But the overall picture is eerily similar. The Government

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Pricol Tragedy: Witch Hunt Must Stop, Justice Must Prevail

The tragic death of a senior management representative of auto part manufacturer Pricol in Coimbatore on September 22 has triggered a frenzied reaction from the Pricol management, the Tamil Nadu police and sections of the corporate media. Roy George, Vice President (

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CPI(ML) at the Hustings in Jharkhand

Nine years since Jharkhand achieved statehood, elections are on for the second time to the Jharkhand Assembly. In the past nine years, Jharkhand’s ruling politicians have made their fortunes. While former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda stands implicated in a

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Healthcare: For Patients or Profits?

(In India, the UPA Government is on the point of enacting a National Health Bill that promises health care ‘reforms’. Will the ‘reforms’ ensure access to healthcare of a uniform standard to all, irrespective of wealth? Or will it take

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‘Maoism’, State and the Communist Movement in India

(This is the first part of a three-part article to be continued in the next couple of issues – Ed.) In our last number, and partly also in some previous issues, we discussed the contours of the Indian state's ongoing war

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UPA Govt. and MP Govt Out to Bury the Truth and Bail out the Killers

On the night of December 2nd and the early morning of December 3rd 1984, some 40 tonnes of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) spewed out of the Union Carbide Corporation’s pesticide plant in Bhopal, exposing over 5,00,000 people to the toxic fumes. 25,000 people died

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Red Carpet for US Nuke Companies and Impunity for Killer Corporations

It's absolutely essential, "If there was not a cap and if there was not suitable legislation insurance in place, then we wouldn't be in the nuclear industry." - Peter Mason, president and chief executive of nuclear supplier GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

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‘Maoism’, State and the Communist Movement in India

Part II Commentators have romanticised, eulogised and demonised 'Maoism' in many superficial ways; the point however is to appropriately assess this important trend and develop a correct political approach to it. In the first part we showed that the Central

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On 2nd Cover

Why is Mr. Chidambaram Silent on the Adivasi Ruchikas of Bastar? Why is Sodi Sambho being stopped from meeting her lawyer and the public Sodi Sambho is one of 13 eyewitnesses who have petitioned the Supreme Court in the case of

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