COMMENTARY

Reclaiming Dr. Ambedkar

Dr. B R Ambedkar was voted as the ‘Greatest Indian After Gandhi’ in a poll conducted by Outlook, CNN IBN, and History TV18. Ambedkar beat Nehru and Sardar Patel, as well as APJ Abdul Kalam, to emerge victorious. The poll

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Anti-Corruption Platforms: Political Trajectories

Perhaps inevitably, the anti-corruption platforms led by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are moving towards a more openly avowed political role. Baba’s Saffron Show The Baba’s Ramlila Maidan show that began on 9 August this year made his political

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Article : The Myth of the Bangladeshi and Violence in Assam

(The Bodo-Muslim violence in Kokrajhar (Assam) has since set off a spiral of fear, disinformation, violence, and an exodus of people from the North East from cities across the country. On the one hand, there has been a malicious campaign

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AISA Wins Majority in JNUSU Polls Third in DUSU

The JNUSU and DUSU elections were held on the same day – September 14 – and the results have been encouraging for the Left forces. In JNU, it was an overwhelming mandate for the Left. AISA once again won a majority in the

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Promoting Social Justice

In the wake of the introduction of the Constitution (117th Amendment Bill) 2012, a fierce ‘debate’ was sought to be manufactured in the media over the merit of allowing reservations in promotions for SCs and STs. It was projected as though

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CPI(Maoist)’s Left Adventurism : Questions from Within

The recent expulsion of Sabyasachi Panda, former secretary of the Odisha State Organising Committee (OSOC) of the CPI(Maoist), has once again fore-grounded tensions within the Maoist party, and serious questions about its praxis. In two letters [one addressed to

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Article : Crisis of Neoliberalism and Challenges before Popular Movements

This is the text of a soon-to-be published booklet authored by Arindam Sen, which will appear in instalments in Liberation. Introduction When the catastrophic financial crisis hit the capitalist world order a few years back and quickly metamorphosed into a

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SOLIDARITY : The Battle of Koodankulam is a Battle for Democracy, Truth, and Reason

[On October 1, CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya made a solidarity visit to the Koodankulam struggle site, along with a team of CPI(ML) leaders including Politburo member S Kumaraswamy, Tamil Nadu State Secretary Balasundaram, G Ramesh (State Committee member

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Is the Right to Protest Reserved for Kejriwal Alone, Not for Aam Workers? DTC Workers’ Protests and Ensuing Crackdown

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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Radical Ideas and Initiatives in Women’s Movement And the Communist Party

Across the world, and in our country, since the new millennium, the women's movement has witnessed a veritable explosion of novel ideas, radical slogans and new forms of protest and sensitisation. The same can be said about other movements as

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Shankarbigha: A Foregone Verdict

January 25, 1999: On the eve of Republic Day, at about 8.30pm, an armed mob attacked Shankarbigha, an impoverished Dalit village in Bihar. They butchered 23 men, women and children. The police registered an FIR naming 24 accused persons on the basis of information

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The AAP Purge: Lessons and Challenges

With the expulsion of Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha, the political churning within AAP has now acquired a decisive turn. The dissenters were first voted out of the Political Affairs Committee, then they were dropped from

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