COMMENTARY

The Maggi Mess: Two-Minute Flash in the Pan or Wake Up Call?

Is the Maggi controversy a mere storm in a teacup? Are Governments blowing it out of proportion? We don’t agree. We think it is important to hold corporations (MNCs and Indian ones too) accountable to stringent food safety norms.

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Why the Modi Government Wants to Distort and Diminish FTII

( Surabhi is a documentary filmmaker and FTII alumnus. Here, she reflects on what FTII means to her; what stands threatened by the BJP Government’s choice of political appointees to head the FTII; and what connects the present FTII strike

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Budget 2015 : Bonanza for the Rich, Bitter Austerity Pill for Others

Whichever way one looks at the first full-fledged budget of the Modi government, three features would stand out in bold relief. The budget has certainly handed out a big bonanza to the corporate sector – may not be as big a

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Justice massacred yet again

We increasingly appear to be turning into a land where killings and rapes of minorities Dalits and tribals happen on a regular basis and yet seldom are there any killers or rapists. Acquittals of those accused of orchestrating and carrying

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Left Farmers’ Organizations Hold Joint Protest in Bihar

Protest marches, dharnas, and meetings were held on 25 May in front of DM’s offices in different district of Bihar in response to the call from Kisan Sabha (Kedar Bhavan), Kisan Sabha (Jamal Road), Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha, Akhil Baratiya

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Protest demonstration in Delhi over appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as FTII Chairperson

The recent appointments of Gajendra Chauhan as the Chairman, Anagha Ghaisas and Shailesh Gupta as Governing Council members of FTII have been made not on the basis of creative contributions in the field but solely on the basis of their

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Dangerous Jingoism in the Wake of the Myanmar Operation

The jingoistic rhetoric and posturing by the Modi Government as well as sections of the media in the wake of the Indian Army’s recent Myanmar operation is extremely irresponsible and harmful to India’s interests as well as to

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OBITUARY : Lifelong revolutionary, peoples’ historian, life-affirming poet

(Excerpts from the tribute by Bonojit Hussain and Mayur Chetia in Scroll.in, May 20, 2015) I have no desire for heaven, Instead I go to the brewhouse, Gamblers, drunkards, prostitutes – bringing them together Sprinkling ashes from my soul’s pyre, I

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Legitimizing Child Labour

“The worst thief is he who steals the playtime of children.” - Bill Haywood, Leader of the Industrial Workers of the World Union in the US In India, it is those who claim to protect children who are stealing their

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Is the Right to Protest Reserved for Kejriwal Alone, Not for Aam Workers?

Delhi witnesses a series of protests by DTC workers on a variety of issues in the year 2015. The most recent one was a spontaneous flash strike following the brutal murder of a DTC driver of the Rohini Depot. The DTC

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Bring the Badals Within the Orbit of the Law !

A 13-year-old Dalit girl was molested and flung to her death from a bus in Punjab, along with her mother who survived with grievous injuries. The molestation, which took place in broad daylight, has rekindled memories of the December 16th 2012

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Lessons From The Nepal Earthquake

It is humanly impossible not to be moved by the magnitude and quality of the humanitarian disaster that has visited Nepal and the adjoining regions of India and Bangladesh as a result of the April 25 earthquake of magnitude 7.9. The death

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