COMMENTARY

Mass Molestation in Bengaluru: Who Is To Blame?

Bengaluru was shamed by the mass molestation of women out in open on the eve of New Year 31st December 2016 at Brigade and MG Road, that too in presence of police! Cries for help were louder than the NY greetings.

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Union Budget 2007-08: Kutta, Billi, Chappal Budget

‘Good news for the cat and dog lovers’–an unashamed Finance Minister (FM) exclaimed in the midst of his budget speech. But alas, there was no good news for the poor! Least concern for the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities

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Assembly Polls: Tables Turned on Congress

The crucial UP assembly elections are now in progress. Together with Punjab an Uttarakhand, UP results will provide a crucial index of the political mood in the country. Manmohan Singh has been quick to dismiss the idea that Congress’ defeat

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India: Home to Asia’s Biggest Club of Billionaires and Half of the World’s Poor

When we are told that our economy is growing annually at an impressive 8 per cent per annum, we wonder what it is all about and where it disappears without leaving any trace in our daily lives. The latest Forbes list

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Primitive Accumulation in the Era of Globalisation

As regards economic essence, the eviction of peasants and other toilers from their natural socio-economic habitat is best understood in the Marxian framework of “primitive accumulation of capital”: “The capitalist system presupposes the complete separation of the labourers from all

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Betis as ‘Bombs’ – Exploding the Borders of Caste and Community

"In every house there is a live bomb that can erupt at any time. Do you know who that is? Daughters (beti) are the honour of the family and the community, and to protect that is our Hindu duty and

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Communal Offensive in Uttarakhand

Is it possible for an MMS to be made into a reason for a Hindu-Muslim riot? Well yes, if the State is ruled by BJP. For an elaborate answer it is necessary to know about the much discussed MMS incident

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Judicial Legitimacy for Hindutva Myths

The lead up to the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh saw a spate of communal violence aided by a desperate Mulayam government to salvage its fast losing turf, and the launch of one of the most vicious anti-Muslim campaign by

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BJP’s CD: Fascist Stereotypes

Bharat Mata, Gau Mata and the Hindu woman. These are the three staples in the Hindu Right’s repertoire of communal venom. Bharat Mata (Mother India) is threatened by dismemberment; Gau Mata (Mother Cow) by disembowelment; and the Hindu woman

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The Indian State’s Killing Squads

In the familiar pattern, within hours of the Mecca Masjid blasts, the police miraculously tell us which militant groups are involved. Almost every day our media obediently beams out images of ‘terrorists’ triumphantly displayed by their captors. For years since 2002,

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Fascist Assault on Freedom

The dust on the sordid Fake Encounter saga had just begun to blow when came another instance of fascist overdrive in Gujarat. Earlier this month, goons affiliated to the ruling BJP-RSS-VHP combine barged into the Fine Arts Department of the

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US Senators’ Threat Letter to PM: Nuke Deal Noose Tightens

The US Administration and ruling groups have begun tightening the screws on India to sign the Indo-US Nuke Deal on US terms in their characteristic blatant and brash way. The Hyde Act passed by the US Congress had left nothing

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