COMMENTARY

Osama Is Dead – But US Imperialism’s World Wide War Lives On

The US has proclaimed its success in its decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the killing of Laden by US military operatives in a house in Abbotabad in Pakistan. As the televised triumphalism and images of hyper-nationalist celebrations

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Making a Mockery of ‘Poverty’

The latest NAC draft of the UPA Government’s much-touted Food Security Act follows the Planning Commission’s definition of the ‘poor’ as anyone consuming Rs 20 per day in urban areas and Rs 15 per day in rural areas. In an

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Mayawati Govt: Mired in Land Grab, Corruption, Murder

On the heels of the custodial rape, killing of a minor girl at Nighasan, and the subsequent cover-up came the death of Deputy CMO YS Sachan right inside Lucknow jail. Sachan was the main accused – and a key witness – cases

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The Gorkhaland Accord – A New Turn in the Politics of the Hills and North Bengal

Even as Telangana continues to burn, the UPA government claims to have found a solution to the Gorkhaland agitation with the signing of a tripartite agreement involving the central government, Government of West Bengal and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. The

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Sixty Days of New Regime in West Bengal

Sixty days have elapsed since the TMC-Congress combine assumed power in West Bengal under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee. “Change, not revenge” was the slogan with which she had swept the polls in April and May. Real life of course

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Rising Saffron Offensive in Bihar

In Bihar, three incidents of killing of Muslim minorities by police or security forces have taken place in a space of months. The Forbesganj (Bhajanpura) firing in Araria district, on poor villagers protesting land grab, which took four lives including

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Modi Government Targets Whistleblowers

IPS officers who have given evidence to investigative agencies, exposing the Gujarat Government and state machinery’s role in the 2002 genocide of Muslim minorities and in several fake encounters, are being victimized by the Modi regime. Earlier, IPS Sanjiv Bhatt,

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Victory for AISA’s three year-long struggle: SC Verdict Stops Sabotage of OBC Reservation

An extremely significant Supreme Court verdict of 18 August finally clarified that 10% relaxation for OBC admissions would be calculated from a ‘minimum eligibility or qualifying mark’ and not from the mark obtained by the last general category candidate to get admission.

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Karnataka: Politics of Money, Mining and Land

It is only a beginning and not an end. The plight of BJP in Karnataka is not over with the resignation of Yeddy and with the election of a new chief minister, it has only assumed a new dimension of

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Questions of Economic Policies and Democracy that Confront the Anti-Corruption Struggle

[This piece, which appeared in the Financial World on 9 August, has been reproduced here, somewhat modified for Liberation readers.] There is widespread outrage in society against corruption – and most of all against the impunity enjoyed by the corrupt. This is

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Social Democratic Capitulation and the CPI(M)’s Decline:

The crushing defeat suffered by the CPI(M)-led Left Front after an uninterrupted reign of 34 years in power in West Bengal has triggered renewed debates and considerable churning within Left circles in the country. The ruling classes and almost

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The Janlokpal Movement: A Critical Assessment

With Anna Hazare’s fast over, it is time to revisit some of the debates over the direction and content of the anti-corruption movement. At the outset let us say that the Janlokpal movement (led by Anna Hazare) is one

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