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Repeal AFSPA NOW!

Get Rid of Colonial-Era Draconian Laws like AFSPA and Sedition Indian Parliament promulgated the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act on May 22 1958 and passed it on August 18 the same year. In the half century that has passed, the AFSPA has

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The Great Bengal Verdict and After

The loud and clear mandate for change in a state that came to symbolise political stagnation and the status quo has been rightly seen as a repetition of 1977 in reverse. That year, the CPI(M) and its allies won an

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Congress Gets Unexpectedly Decisive Majority

Defying all assessments of media circles and almost all political camps, the Congress registered an unexpectedly huge victory by winning 78 of 126 seats of Assam Assembly. Tarun Gogoi has returned to power for his third consecutive term. This unexpected victory of

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Kerala Nearly Broke the Tradition of Revolving Coalitions

The incumbent government and the ruling coalition throwing up an effective challenge to the opposition of the day, by securing 68 against 72, is something unheard of in the electoral history of past four decades in Kerala. Kerala seemed almost ready to

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A Punishment As Well As A Warning

Belying all predictions of a close contest, the AIADMK front won 203 out of 234 seats. The ruling DMK – Congress combine was virtually routed. While Mamata and her allies secured 34 lakh votes more than the left front in 294 seats, UDF secured a

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The May 13 Mandate: Lessons for the Left

Election outcomes in India continue to surprise poll analysts. Even though most exit polls and post-poll surveys had quite accurately predicted the landslide against the CPI(M) in West Bengal, nobody had predicted that Tamil Nadu would witness an even

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In Solidarity with Anti-POSCO Movement

As the Odisha Government went ahead with its plan of forced land grab for the POSCO project, women, children, elders, youth and men of the Dhinkia, Govindpur and other villages of Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha state, in an exemplary display

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Legacy of Rabindranath: Discard the Dead, Uphold the Living

(Continued from Liberation May 2011) II “While all others are engaged all the time in a hundred worldly avocations, You like a truant boy freed from restraints... Played your flute the livelong day. O ye rise up Lo, fire has broken

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Young India Against Corruption, Young India For Democracy

For the past one month, AISA-RYA’s nation-wide Student-youth Campaign Against Corruption has been reaching out to people across the country. In this sweltering heat, when campuses are closed for the summer holidays, teams of students are busy campaigning in

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Who is Undermining Parliament? Civil Society or Government?

A debate is raging on the role of civil society and popular movements, and their impact on democracy. In a recent statement, Home Minister P Chidambaram said “Elected members cannot yield to civil society” since this might undermine “parliamentary democracy.”

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BJP Govt.’s Sullied Ganga

BJP and its Sangh Parivar make much of their commitment to the ‘sacred’ river Ganga. BJP’s Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank once held a cabinet meeting on the banks of the Ganga to highlight their love for the

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Delhi Airport Scam : ‘PPP’ – Private Plunders the Public

Yet another instance of crony capitalism can be seen in the CAG revelations (to be tabled in Parliament in the monsoon session) of the major corruption involved in the PPP model of construction of Delhi’s new Airport. Delhi International

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