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Challenges for the Revolutionary Left

The 2010 Bihar election results have understandably triggered considerable discussions in the media and in political circles. While psephologists are busy trying to explain the sweeping nature of the poll outcome, media commentators and academics are going to town with their

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The forgotten hero?

With Julian Assange at the centre of a fierce media debate, a young man - who celebrated his 22nd birthday in a high security prison this December - seems to have been almost forgotten, at least by international media. Bradley

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The Sham of Democracy

Truth is potent, truth is dangerous. Truth is what most governments fear and over times they have shrouded it from the masses in the cloak of secrecy. Under the garb of secrecy, they have committed most heinous crimes against humanity

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WikiLeaks: Unmasking Imperialism

For an empire that cloaks its aggressions and coercions in the benign garb of 'liberation' and 'democracy', those who lay bare the truth are dangerous. WikiLeaks, with its devastating exposure of the real face of imperialism, has earned the ire

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Rapists Protected

[In the past couple of months, several recent cases – at Purnea, Banda, Mansa - emerged where powerful and well-connected rapists were protected by the police and authorities, with the women who were struggling for justice being jailed, slandered or pushed

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Justice and Democracy on Trial

[The Raipur Sessions Court verdict condemning Dr. Binayak Sen to life imprisonment under a range of draconian laws including ‘sedition,’ has been met with an outpouring of protest all over the country. Binayak Sen come to represent all those thousands

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Neoliberalism, ‘Women’s Empowerment’ and Agricultural Labour*

Many of the critical discussions taking place regarding neoliberalism in academic, activist and policy circles focus on the contrast between neoliberal policies and other ways of organizing capitalism – in particular, the models of Keynesianism, and state led developmentalism - which

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Reflections on a crime against women at JNU

To a campus that prides itself on being progressive and gender-sensitive, where women and men have actively struggled for gender equality, the production and circulation of a sex clip involving two students came as a rude shock. In the wake

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Violence Against Women: Grim Picture

On 8 March last year, the UPA-II had passed the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha with much fanfare. As the International Women’s Day Centenary culminating on 8 March 2011 nears, it is apparent that the Bill has been shelved.

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Diary of an Egyptian Rebel

[Selections from the diary of the tumultuous days of revolution, published by Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif in The Guardian, 4 February 2011] As people look down from balconies they wave at them: "Come down from the heights / come and get your rights."

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Egypt protests continue in the factories

Egypt's striking workers won't entrust the transition to democracy to the generals who were the backbone of the dictatorship [Excerpt from the article by Hossam el-Hamalawy, The Guardian, 14 February 2011] Since Hosni Mubarak fled from Cairo, and even before then, some

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Only Pressure from Below can Bring Egypt Democracy

The decapitation of the regime was just the start. The revolution will have to go further if it's going to deliver what people want [Excerpt from article by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, Thursday 17 February 2011] Anyone who imagined that the Egyptian

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