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The Legacy of Jyoti Basu

Jyoti Basu, arguably the most familiar face of the CPI(M) in the country and the last surviving member of the party’s founding polit bureau, passed away in Kolkata on 17 January. In the course of his marathon political journey

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“Democracy is nothing but a political reflection of the ‘free’ market”

(Civil Society Magazine interviewed CPI(ML) General Secretary Comrade Dipankar for their December 2009 Issue, ‘Beyond Maoism.’ The transcript of the interview is reproduced below. – Ed/-) 1. Your party was underground for a long time. But you came over ground. Why?

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‘Maoism’, State and the Communist Movement in India

Part III We promised to share with readers the experience of our encounter with Maoists in different parts of the country in this issue. Due to some unavoidable reasons, we are saving that for the fourth and last installment, taking

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Nationalise Minerals, Oil, Gas !

[With the court battle between the Ambani brothers over natural gas, the Madhu Koda scam in Jharkhand, the recent crisis in which the Reddy brothers (owners of private mining companies) brought the Karnataka Government to its knees, and exposure of

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On 3rd Cover

Crooks, Conmen, & Counter-insurgents: Padma Awards in the Time of Nuke Deal & Greenhunt The recipients of the country's highest civilian honours announced on Republic Day this year included one NRI crook with several criminal cases pending against him, and one leader

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When the Wolf Masquerades as the Sheep

“I suffer from multiple handicaps… I'm a double Shudra…An allegation against a Shudra needn't be proved; it's the Shudra who must prove his innocence…” Are those the words of the adivasis and dalits who are branded as 'Naxalites,'

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The Legacy of Howard Zinn

There is a constrained jubilation in the right wing intelligentsia at the passing of the legendary historian and activist, playwright and an iconic leftist intellectual Howard Zinn. A perpetual source of trouble for the right, Howard Zinn rallied against the

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‘Maoism’, State and the Communist Movement in India

Part IV The fourth and concluding part of our discussion is followed by an account of our experience of engaging with the Maoists in various states. The UPA government is clearly preparing the ground for a full-scale intensification of Operation

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‘Crisis’ for the Poor – Bonanza for the Rich

India's poor are being pushed out of the official poverty lists but more and more India's CEOs are making it to the lists of the world's richest people. 23 Indians made it to the Forbes list of the world's billionaires in 2009.

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Corporatising agriculture

(The following article has been reproduced from the New Indian Express of March 8, 2010. The author is a renowned agricultural scientist.) While north India celebrated Holi and Parliament witnessed much turmoil on account of the price rise of essential food items,

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Comrade Kanu Sanyal: Enigmatic End of a Communist Leader

Since 1931, March 23 is remembered all over India as the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev the martyrdom that epitomized and further ignited the revolutionary anti-imperialist spirit of the Indian freedom struggle. This year, March 23 witnessed a tragic footnote

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Green Hunt’s Grim Toll Rises

The Maoist ambush of Central Reserve Police Force )CRPF( jawans on April 6 in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh which claimed the lives of 74 jawans is yet another tragic and terrible toll taken by Chidambaram's war. The CRPF Battalion was reportedly returning from a 4

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