EDITORIAL

Republic Day Pointers Beyond the ‘Namobama’ Hype

As Prime Minister, he devoted his first Independence Day speech to inviting foreign capital to come and ‘make in India’. Now Narendra Damodardas Modi has used the first Republic Day celebration of his government to demonstrate his government’s readiness

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Covert Attack on the Constitution

On the occasion of Republic Day, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of the Modi Government issued an advertisement, with an image of the Preamble of the Constitution minus two key words – ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’. The Preamble of the Constitution declares

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Delhi Gives Modi His First Big Jolt

Just nine months after the BJP’s sweeping Lok Sabha victory under Modi’s stewardship, Delhi has handed out the BJP a crushing defeat in the elections to the Delhi Assembly. In May 2014, the BJP had bagged all the 7 LS

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Challenge Islamophobic and Racist Violence in the US and India

The murder of three young Muslims in the US, followed by the brutal violence by US police on an aged Indian man, Sureshbhai Patel, have once again shone the spotlight on deeply entrenched Islamophobia and racism in the USA. In

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The Exit of Jitan Ram Manjhi and the Agenda of Assertion of the Oppressed People in Bihar Politics

After nine months of professed ‘renunciation’ of office, Nitish Kumar has secured his ‘re-anointment’ as the Chief Minister of Bihar. The much awaited showdown between Nitish Kumar and Jitan Ram Manjhi eventually fizzled out rather tamely, as Manjhi tendered his

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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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The Message of International Women’s Day 2015

International Women’s Day is a celebration of more than a century of women’s mass movements demanding equality and freedom. It is important to remember that it was socialist revolutionary women who began observing International Women’s Day to

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Answer Modi’s Corporate-Communal Assault with A Resolute Campaign for Land and Labour Rights

Long Live the Anti-Colonial, Anti-Communal Legacy of Bhagat Singh-Sukhdev-Rajguru! Defend Land and Labour Rights ! Fight for People's Right to Health, Nutrition and Education! Join 100 Day Bhoomi-Adhikar Shram Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyan, 23 March - 30 June Defying widespread opposition and peasant demonstrations across

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Hashimpura Acquittal: Shameful Injustice

The acquittal of all the accused police personnel in the Hashimpura custodial massacre case of 1987 is a comment on the callous and communal rot that pervades India’s politics and police machinery and the utter failure of its criminal justice

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Suppression of Dissent: The AAP Mantra of Governance

Addressing party volunteers and supporters after the spectacular outcome of the Assembly elections in Delhi in February, Arvind Kejriwal had described the Delhi verdict as scary and warned against the danger of falling prey to arrogance. Looking at the developments

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BJP National Executive: Defensiveness and Desperation Over Land Grab Law

The BJP’s National Executive meeting in Bengaluru exposed the party’s defensiveness and desperation in the face of the all-round revolt against the Land Acquisition Ordinance and Bill. The Modi Government’s amendments to the Land Acquisition law are

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Custodial Killing by Police in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Last week, there have been two instances of custodial killings by the police of two different states. Both instances raise serious questions about the weak state of democracy, where fake ‘encounters’ become the norm for the police. In Chittoor district

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