COMMENTARY

“Never will the Party deviate from the cause espoused by Comrade Nagbhushan …”

(Text of the speech delivered at the funeral of Nagbhushan Patnaik in Bhuvaneshwar.) OVER the last fifteen years or so, myself and Comrade Nagbhushan have been co-participants in many a conference and meeting. On many occasions — in Calcutta, Delhi, Patna,

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Infernos in Fukushima: Need to Re-think Nuclear Energy

Even before we could grapple with the losses due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, news of a horrendous nuclear accident from its north-eastern prefecture of Sendai started pouring in. Three nuclear power stations – Fukushima, Onagawa and Tokai –

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Concessions for Corporates, Cuts for the People

With Assembly elections approaching in several key states and the government having lost all credibility for its complete failure to check prices and curb corruption, the Budget this year was widely expected to be a desperate ‘balancing act’. A ‘balancing

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Census 2011: False Alarms and Real Challenges

The provisional figures of the 2011 census, released on March 31, raise several questions while demolishing several population-related myths. With a total population of 1.21 billion, India has now inched closer to China, the most populous country in the world. According to current

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Poll Promises

Mixer-Grinder in Tamil Nadu, Switzerland-London in West Bengal! Election time is manifesto time. On the eve of elections we are used to the spectacle of ruling parties releasing eye-catching manifestos with spectacular promises. Former Haryana Chief Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal

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Wikileaks – Exposing Imperialism and Its Agents

The US diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks continue to shine the spotlight on an area where murky darkness prevailed before – the precise nature of the intimacies between US imperialism and India’s ruling class and government. In an interview with

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Binayak Gets Bail – When Will All our Binayaks Get Justice?

Dr. Binayak Sen has finally got bail following a favourable directive from the Supreme Court. In granting him bail, the apex court has also questioned the flimsy basis on which the Chhattisgarh government has charged him with sedition. The judges,

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Scrap Jaitapur Nuke Project

Just over than a month since the partial meltdown of the Fukoshima nuclear reactor, Japan is still coping with this disaster, which scientists have officially termed ‘at par’ with the explosion and meltdown that happened in the Chernobyl nuclear power

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Mayawati Must Resign

The past four years of Mayawati’s rule in UP has witnessed spiralling criminalisation, corruption, violence on women, land grab, killing of farmers and repression on people’s movements. Mayawati rode to power on a slogan of ‘law and order’,

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Endosulfan, Asbestos: Ban the Poisons Now!

On May 13th 2011, the Supreme Court (SC) banned the use, sale, production and export of the pesticide endosulfan throughout the country, citing its harmful effects. For more than two decades now, several organizations and concerned individuals have been waging a

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Patriarchal Ideology and Political Culture

As soon as women step beyond the bounds of traditional roles and especially if they enter public life and politics, patriarchal interests feel threatened and deploy their usual repertoire of demeaning tactics and abuses. These tactics seek to brand their

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Fresh Evidence of Modi’s Role in Gujarat Genocide

The massacre of Muslims in Gujarat that began on February 28 2002 and went on for the next few days could not possibly have taken place without being condoned and encouraged by police and government officials. And could these officials have acted

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