COMMENTARY

The Message of the Assembly Elections Mandate

The Assembly elections to the five states of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Goa were projected to be the biggest electoral test in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress and the BJP, the two biggest all-India

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Comrade Bhaiyyaram Yadav’s Murder:

Much media hype has been manufactured about Bihar’s Nitish Government’s model of ‘good governance’ (sushasan) and development, which have supposedly made the notorious criminality and feudal violence things of the past. The murder of Comrade Bhaiyyaram Yadav, CPI(

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Who Is the Real Killer of Comrade Chandrashekhar?

On 23 March this year, a court in Patna passed a sentence in the case of the murder of former JNUSU President Comrade Chandrashekhar, and his fellow CPI(ML) activist Shyam Narain Yadav. The sentence came 15 years after Chandrashekhar and Shyam

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Life Sentence for Rupam

In a gross miscarriage of justice, a special CBI Court in Patna passed a life sentence on Bihar school teacher Rupam Pathak, holding her guilty of culpable homicide of Bihar’s Purnea MLA Raj Kishor Kesri. It must be remembered

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Private-Public Partnership in Defence Scams

Even as the Army Chief indicated a massive defence corruption scandal, alleging that a retired army officer had offered him a bribe over the purchase of trucks, a massive Defence Expo was underway in New Delhi, with international armaments giants

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Bihar ‘Centenary’: Official Myth and People’s Reality

22 March, 2012 marked the first centenary of Bihar as a separate administrative unit. After the British colonial rulers were forced to undo the partition of Bengal, they shifted the capital from Kolkata to Delhi and downsized Bengal by according the status

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People With No Country?

Around 2000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, from 623 families from the northern Rakhine state in Myanmar have been in India for the past two years, forced to wander from one place to another in search of shelter and survival. They had been

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The Long Road To (In)Justice

The recent Apex Court judgment on the Pathribal killings in J&K, and the Doom Dooma killings of Assam, has come as a disappointment for many who hoped that it would provide cause to enforce greater accountability among the armed

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SIT Closure Report on Gujarat Shameful Cover-Up of Modi’s Role

The closure report filed by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT on the 2002 communal violence in Gujarat has belied all expectations that it would help justice be done, by shamefully attempting to cover up the role of CM Narendra Modi. In its

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Who Killed Mohd. Qateel Siddiqi?

Mohd. Qateel Siddiqi of Darbhanga had been in jail since November 2011 after being arrested on charges of involvement in several blast cases. On 8 June, inside Yerawada jail in Pune, two gangsters, Sharad Mohol and Alok Bhalerao, are said to have

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What the Maruti Mayhem Means

On 18 July, yet another scene of violence in the auto industry was enacted, which claimed the life of an HR manager. What was responsible for this tragic sequence of events – which keeps being repeated in factory after factory in India?

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Massacre of Adivasis in Bastar

On June 28 night, 17 people of adivasi villages of Bastar (Chhattisgarh) were killed in firing by CRPF, COBRA, and local police teams. This horrific incident, and the State’s response to it, has served to rip the mask off ‘Operation Green

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