EDITORIAL

Nandigram-III: Lessons and Challenges

The year 2007 will be remembered as the year when the CPI(M) completely unmasked itself in the mirror of Nandigram. If January 2007 was re-enacted in March, November witnessed a brutal replay of the atrocities perpetrated in March 2007. Each time the

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Clarion Call of the CPI(ML)’s Kolkata Congress: People’s Resistance, Left Resurgence

The Eighth Congress of the CPI(ML) has been held successfully in Kolkata. Held in the 150th anniversary of the First Indian War of Independence and the birth centenary of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, the 8th Congress boldly underlined the glorious

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‘Secularism’ and ‘Third Front’: Empty Phrases Vs Real Challenges

Four States had faced Assembly elections in 2007 and the Congress has lost all of them enabling the BJP-led NDA to end the year with four more state governments in its kitty. The Congress had been in power in three of

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Political Chauvinisim in the Service of Capital

Maharashtra recently witnessed a spate of violent attacks on workers from other states, especially from UP, Bihar and Jharkhand. Spearheading this campaign of chauvinistic frenzy was Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, the chauvinistic cousin of Shiv Sena, the original

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The Congress Poll Budget: Rs. 60,000 Crore Fraud on Farmers

Armed with a deceitful declaration of a Rs. 60,000 crore debt relief package for the suicide-bound farmers of India, the Congress is out to use the agrarian crisis as its biggest poll weapon in the coming general elections. But this grandest

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The challenge of shaping a new Nepal begins now…

The outcome of the April 10 elections in Nepal goes far beyond signalling the eventual end of the country's 240-year-old monarchy. The fate of the monarchy was more or less decided before the elections when all parties had agreed to pass

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Bush Says Starving India Eats Too Much

Karl Marx, born on 5 May, 1818, nearly two centuries ago, had in 1867 laid bare the “intimate connection between the pangs of hunger of the most industrious layers of the working class, and the extravagant consumption, coarse or refined, of the rich,

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Soaring Prices and Manmohan’s Nuclear Chess

They had been talking about double-digit economic growth. Instead, it is inflation which has crossed the double-digit barrier and the upward climb of the price spiral shows no sign of slowing down. As we go to press, officially measured inflation

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UPA Has Won a Tainted Trust Vote – It Must Now Be Defeated by the Might of People’s Struggles

Amidst widespread allegations and counter-allegations of horse-trading and an unprecedented televised flashing of cash right inside Parliament, the parliamentary showdown over the nuclear deal has ended rather tamely in favour of the Congress. The final tally of numbers indicates cross-voting

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Independence Day Lies – and the Writing on the Wall

Over the years, the customary Independence Day address by the Prime Minister has been reduced to an empty ritual, shorn of any resonance with the reality of the country, let alone any resolve to mitigate the grim reality. This year,

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Financial Bankruptcies Rock the US, Bombs and Communal Violence Rock India

Seven years after 9/11, fear of a different kind seems to have gripped the US. Riding on a spate of mega bankruptcies, a huge dark shadow has resurfaced in the US, reminding the whole world of the Great Depression of the

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Nuke Deal Is a Conduit to Import US Crisis into India

The UPA government has finally sealed the nuclear deal with the US. For the Congress and the coalition of Unashamed Partners of America headed by it, the nuclear deal is the supreme achievement of the government. On the eve of

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