COMMENTARY

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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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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Communal Politics With Women’s Wombs

It was Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, who kick-started the most recent bout of Hindutva hate and fear-mongering against the supposed ‘dangers’ to Hinduism from the ‘excessive’ growth in Muslim population in India. "The concept of

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Victory for Jadavpur Students’ Hokkolorob Struggle

(The Hokkolorob movement is a remarkable landmark in students’ and people’s movements in India. It is significant for its emphasis on gender justice; its ability to forge and maintain unity across political organizations and democratic functioning, without sectarian divisions;

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Saffronization Threatens Science

Who controls the past, controls the future….. . Who controls the present controls the past.- George Orwell. Concocting past ‘glories’ does injustice to the real scientific achievements of ancient India, and makes India look ridiculous in the present. The bid

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Clean Chit to Amit Shah : Getting Away with Murder

A special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation has declared that BJP president Amit Shah will not face prosecution in the murder cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauserbi and murder witness Tulsiram Prajapati, who were all killed in

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Disenfranchising the Poor and Marginalized

The BJP Government in Rajasthan has, days before panchayat polls in the State, introduced an ordinance mandating minimum educational qualifications for Panchayat candidates. According to the ordinance, a candidate should have passed Class 10 to contest the Zila Parishad or Panchayat

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Wooing Foreign Corporations, Criminalizing Dissent

As India approaches Republic Day, the corporate-communal shadows over the Indian Republic and Indian democracy become darker. The Modi Government, even as it dilutes protections for India’s workers, farmers and citizens to woo US corporations and other MNCs, is

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Land Grab Ordinance

The past decade has seen sustained struggles by farmers, adivasis, and displaced people against acquisition of agricultural land across the country by various companies, corporate houses, and governments. The adivasi and farmers’ struggles at Kalinganagar, Jagatsinghpur (Posco), Niyamgiri (Odisha), Bhatta

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On 2nd Cover : What Pakistan Can Warn Us About India on the Sangh’s Path

(Excerpts from an article by Ajaz Ashraf, ‘Like Zia’s Pakistan, Sangh Parivar’s India is walking a dangerous road’, Scroll.in, December 20, 2014.) The grisly, senseless killing of schoolchildren in Peshawar should be a reminder to us in India that

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The Khaps in our homes

(Excerpts from article by Anumeha Yadav, The Hindu, December 11, 2014) On November 15, 21-year-old Bhawana Yadav, who had married Abhishek Seth the same week, was strangled in her house in Dwarka, Delhi, by her mother and father, Savitri and Jagmohan Yadav. Her

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Rape, rhetoric and reality

(Excerpts from article by Rukmini S, The Hindu, December 19, 2014) The beginning of a new conversation on women is welcome, but this two-year focus on rape as the key indicator of women’s status in India has been both statistically faulty

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