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The Ghosts of Nandigram

There was panic at the CPM headquarters on Calcutta’s Alimuddin Street as rumours spread like wildfire of a ‘special’ investigative team having arrived to do some fact-finding on the gory events of 14 March 2007 in Nandigram. The ‘dream’ team, spotted

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Bihar Police Act: ‘Reforming the Police’, or Protecting it from Reform?

(The Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar has recently passed the Bihar Police Act 2007 – a move that has been met with protests all over the State. The people of Bihar are apprehensive that the new Act is actually meant to be

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Naxalbari: Now and Then

May 25 marks the Naxalbari Day. ... What is the real meaning and significance of Naxalbari? Naxalbari means a mass uprising of the poor and labouring peasantry. It does not mean isolated squad actions here and there or some sensational armed exercises.

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The Continuing Long March for a New India

May 25, 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the great Naxalbari peasant uprising, the uprising that had blazed a bold new trail for a new democratic India with agrarian revolution as its core. Today as rural India reels under a deepening agrarian

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On Cover Page

Investigate Terror Targeting of Mosques, Punish the Unconscionable Police Firing in Hyderabad Restore Peace, Reassert People’s Movements in Punjab Andhra Pradesh and Punjab are both emerging centres of people’s resistance – against SEZs, against farmers’ suicides, and against other

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Advani and Savarkar: The Sangh’s Bid for Heroism via 1857

Lal Krishna Advani wrote a piece on May 10, the 150th anniversary of the 1857 war of independence (‘150 yrs of Heroism, via Kala Pani’, Indian Express, May 10). It is well known that the RSS and BJP and their ideological predecessors had nothing

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1857 in the Eyes of Marx and Engels

Even as we celebrate its 150th anniversary, a consistent and more or less unified appraisal of 1857 continues to elude India’s historians and the broader intellectual community. Whereas sections of them, both on the left and on the right, see

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DG Vanzara and the Culture of Fake Encounters: A Rapid Appraisal

[The writer, a former IPS officer, was a member of the Concerned Citizens’ Tribunal on Gujarat, 2002. He is the author of the forthcoming book, “Political Violence and the Police in India” (Sage, 2007).] While the Constitution of India has erected an

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DD Kosambi Blazed a New Trail, Let’s Follow It

This 31 July we celebrate the birth centenary of an eminent mathematician who navigated a very uncommon and exciting route to become a versatile scientist, pioneer in Marxian Indology, political analyst and peace activist. The brief biographical sketch and excerpts from

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Free Binayak Sen! Resist the Crackdown on Dissent and Democracy!

The arrest and detention of paediatrician and human rights activist Binayak Sen in Chhattisgarh indicates the desperation and extent to which the BJP government is willing to go to quash all forms of democracy in its quest to implement neo-liberal

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Arvind N Das on Bhoodan

A N Das’ Agrarian Unrest and Socio-economic Change, 1900-1980, Manohar, 1983 quotes from the National Commission on Agriculture 1976: Abridged Report which had observed about the experience of land reform, “The lack of political will has been a key factor behind ineffective

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Bhoodan Unmasked

Reversal of land reforms has been the trend of recent times. Many states have already passed laws amending the land ceiling laws; some like West Bengal have attempted to do so, but have failed to push through such amendments. In

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