COMMENTARY

CM Swap Yet Again in Uttarakhand

With hardly six months left for the Uttarakhand Assembly elections, the ruling BJP has replaced the State’s Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ with BC Khanduri. When the BJP came to power in 2007, Khanduri was made CM. When BJP lost

...Full Text

‘Watchdog’ CPI(M) Barked in Public, Wagged in Private

Cables of US diplomats posted in India, made public by Wikileaks, throw an interesting light on the CPI(M)’s dealings with the US embassy, and CPI(M)’s relationship with the UPA Government in the crucial period between 2005-2008

...Full Text

Modi’s Fast, Advani’s Rath – Whitewash Can’t Hide Blood And Dirt

Modi, with his 3-day fast for ‘harmony,’ was quick to capitalise on the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Gulberg Society massacre case – a verdict that was certainly disappointing to secular forces and minorities, though it was by no stretch

...Full Text

Prashant Bhushan’s Attackers Are Heirs of Godse, Not Bhagat Singh

“He break (sic) my nation, I break his head” – this was the proud claim (on facebook) of one of the men who attacked Prashant Bhushan. One is irresistibly reminded of another man many decades ago, who felt he had the

...Full Text

Intensify the Battle against Corruption

With Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee formally distancing himself from the March 25, 2011 note sent by his ministry holding former FM P Chidambaram responsible for not stopping the 2G scam, Chidambaram has described the whole thing as a closed chapter. But the

...Full Text

What Future for Nuclear Power in India?

For very many years I have been a supporter of nuclear power plants, on the premise “Bomb No, but Power Yes”. When I got involved with the Climate Change issue, I studied different energy forms in depth. I then started

...Full Text

Uttarakhand: 11 Years of Statehood

On November 9, 2000, when the state of Uttarakhand was formed, common people aspired that now, at last, development policies would be tailored to their needs. The plunder of jal-jangal-zameen would end, and new avenues of employment would be created. 11 years later,

...Full Text

History, Politics and Hindutva

What role does our present play in shaping our understanding of past? How is history writing affected by contemporary politics? Why should anyone but a history student bother with these questions? In recent times, we have seen history playing an

...Full Text

Koodankulam Resistance And Kalam’s Propaganda

The Koodankulam struggle, which has gained tremendous momentum and support in the past few months, reflects the new awareness and questioning among people – in India and globally – regarding nuclear energy, following the Fukushima disaster. The struggle, if successful, will not

...Full Text

Bankruptcy Code Bill: Bailing Out Capitalists, Selling Out Workers

It has been said that Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell. The very fact that the proposed Bankruptcy Code hit the headlines at around the same time as did corporate loan waivers in form of NPAs (Non Performing

...Full Text

Let Us Not Confuse Consistency with Sectarianism

There is a renewed discussion among certain quarters comparing the 1975 Emergency to the current state of affairs in the country and also comparing the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom to the 2002 Gujarat genocide. The discussion was triggered by a recent speech by JNUSU

...Full Text

Why Is The Grand Alliance Government in Bihar Letting Feudal, Communal and Criminal Forces Run Amok?

The Grand Alliance Government won the Bihar elections riding a powerful anti-BJP wave, because the people of Bihar were determined to teach the feudal-communal BJP a lesson. However, as in its previous avatar, the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance Government is

...Full Text