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The Change That Never Happened

The TMC regime came to power in West Bengal with a promise of ‘Poriborton’ (change) from the policies of state repression and eviction of the poor pursued by the erstwhile CPIM-LF Government. But the promise of change is unraveling fast,

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Cover Feature : Justice for Bathani Tola

The Bihar HC’s acquittal of all the accused in the Bathani Tola massacre case, overturning a lower court’s conviction of 23, has shocked and outraged people across the country. The acquittal has raised urgent questions about justice for the

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Tribute : Remembering Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955)

Saadat Hasan Manto died in Lahore in 1955. He was forty-three years old. The life of one of our greatest short-story writers had been prematurely truncated. I was eleven years old at the time. I never met him. I wish I

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CPI(M) In the Dock

The brutal killing of Comrade TP Chandrashekharan, Secretary of the Idathupaksha Ekopana Samithi (Left Coordination Committee, LCC) Kerala on the night of 4 May, has shocked democratic people in Kerala and all over the country. The circumstances of the murder raise

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Cover Feature : Public Hearing for Justice and Democracy

Several thousands of people, including working people, rural poor, intellectuals and writers participated in a Jan Sunwai at Patna. Participants deposed on their experiences of struggles for justice in the Bathani Tola case, the Rupam Pathak case, the Aurangabad police

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Cover Feature : Nyay Yatra: Demanding Justice

Highlighting the instances of gross injustice in Nitish’s rule and calling the bluff of Nitish’s slogan of ‘Nyay ke saath Vikas’ (Justice with Development), the CPI(ML) held an intensive Nyay Yatra (Journey for Justice) in Bihar. In

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Cover Feature : Left Parties’ Convention in Bihar Against Rising Injustice, Crime, and Repression

On 14th May, five Left parties – the CPI(ML), CPI, CPI(M), Forward Bloc, and SUCI(C) – held a joint Convention in Patna against the rising instances of injustice, crime, and state repression. The Convention was addressed by CPI(ML)

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COVER FEATURE : Rising Injustice, Crime and Repression in Nitish’s Bihar

With every fresh, glaring instance of feudal criminality and mockery of justice, the Nitish Government’s slogan of ‘development with justice’ is being exposed. The latest instance is the severe repression on CPI(ML) Central Committee member and former MLA

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Document : Ambedkar Cartoon Debate: A Perspective

(A note issued by the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Left and Democratic Teachers’ Forum (LDTF)) A raging controversy has erupted over a 1949 cartoon of Ambedkar and Nehru in a NCERT political science textbook, leading to an uproar in

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On Cover : Montek’s Musings

(Communing with nature on his posh pot at the Planning Commission, we imagine Montek musing on planning, poverty, and politics.) This country is a mess. Indian people always lack reason and sagacity. That’s why they can’t plan for

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Obituary : Remembering a Departed Comrade: Dipankar Mukherjee

(A tribute by Prasenjit Bose, 18 June 2012, courtesy Pragoti.org) Dipankarda will be sorely missed by his comrades in the trade union movement and the broader Left democratic movement, as an untiring champion of the working class and a firm defender

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The Exit of Brahmeshwar Singh

Brahmeshwar Singh, the founder of the notorious Ranveer Sena and the mastermind behind dozens of massacres perpetrated by the Sena in Shahabad and Magadh regions of Bihar between 1995 and 2000, was gunned down at Ara in the early hours of 1 June.

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