EDITORIAL

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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To Weather the Crisis India Must Reverse Economic Policies

The brave official rhetoric of India remaining insulated from the ‘made in USA’ economic crisis has now officially given way to a measured discourse of caution. On November 3, in a meeting with top corporate heads Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described

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The Battle Now Begins for the Lok Sabha

If the terror siege of Mumbai had left the country in a state of shock, the verdict of the recent Assembly elections should have a sobering impact. The overall outcome of the Assembly elections held in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh,

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Obama Accession and the Change the World Demands

The US – and the world – has just witnessed Bush's exit from and Obama's entry into the White House. The mood at Obama’s inauguration – an event replete with symbolic resonances, situating the Obama Presidency in the history of the civil

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FORWARD TO A VIGOROUS ELECTION CAMPAIGN ON PEOPLE’S ISSUES!

India is bracing up for Lok Sabha polls under the dark shadows of a deepening economic crisis that our ruling elite has managed to import from the United States of America. The UPA government's response to the crisis/recession has

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CPI (ML) Turns Forty

This year, along with a number of great occasions like the 60th anniversary of Chinese Revolution, we celebrate on April 22 the 40th anniversary of the foundation of CPI (ML). At this moment we are in the thick of an intensely

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Asserting People’s Issues:

The media poll pundits have already declared that there are “no issues” in the 2009 Parliamentary polls. At the same time, the corporate media houses have launched campaigns seeking to ‘awaken’ middle and upper class voters. They have been awash in

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Lessons and Tasks

The results of 2009 elections can be described as a string of surprises not only for many well-entrenched parties and seasoned politicians but also for a host of commonsensical notions about contemporary Indian political reality. Of late, it became rather customary

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Lalgarh’s Battle for Dignity and Justice

A concerted paramilitary campaign is now underway in Lalgarh and surrounding areas in the tribal-dominated western region of West Bengal bordering Jharkhand and Orissa, ostensibly to flush out Maoists and restore the authority of the state. The campaign though being

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Lengthening Shadow of US Imperialism

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s five-day-trip to India revealed glimpses of Washington’s tightening strategic grip over New Delhi. While all her public pronouncements catered to the Indian ruling classes’ big power ambition, the actual negotiations and

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