EDITORIAL

Modi Government: Initial Symptoms and Signals

As Narendra Modi takes over as Prime Minister, and a BJP Government takes the reins of power, what are the signals his Government is sending out? Even as Modi calls himself the 'Mazdoor No.1', the most powerful 'maaliks' – corporate

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Atrocities on Girls From Dalit and oppressed castes at Badaun and Bhagana Underline lethal connections B​etween gender, caste and class dominance

The brutal gang rape and lynching of two minor girls aged 14 and 15 in a village in the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh is a grim reminder of the gender, caste and class based atrocities that women from Dalit, oppressed castes

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Bhagana-Badaun-Pune: India Shocked and Shamed, Modi Keeps Mum

A young Muslim IT professional was beaten to death on a Pune street by a Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) mob wielding hockey sticks and stones. In a case of premeditated communal hate crime, an innocent Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh was targetted

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‘Good Times’ Poll Rhetoric Makes Way for ‘Hard Times’ Post-Poll Reality

Wooing votes in elections, Modi promised "good times". Once in power, he has not taken long to change his tune. In a recent speech, he warned that "hard times" lay ahead since he would have to take "tough economic decisions"

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AILC Statement: Protest the Massive Railway Fare Hike

In Lieu of Editorial New Delhi, 21 June 2014 The All India Left Coordination (AILC) strongly condemns the massive hike in railway fares by the BJP Government. The hike, to the extent of 14.2 per cent in all classes and 6.5 per cent in

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Prices Continue to Soar Unabated: Modi Breaks His Biggest Election Promise

One of the main planks of Narendra Modi's election campaign was his promise to curb inflation. With people reeling under the relentless rise in prices of essential commodities, Modi's 'Enough is enough of the blows of price rise – Vote Modi

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Modi Sarkar: Rolling Back Hard-Won Rights, Intensifying Ongoing Assaults

Even as the Parliament session begins and the Budget is soon to be presented, it is clear that the Modi government is intensifying various offensives that the UPA Government had begun; and rolling back various hard-won rights and entitlements. The

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Indian Government Must Break Its Silence and Demand End to Israel’s Racist Genocide in Gaza

The ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza has now claimed nearly 200 lives of Palestinian civilians, and still counting. The abduction and killing of three Jewish young boys in the occupied West Bank is condemnable. But, instead of identifying those responsible, Israel

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BRICS Summit: Potential and Inherent Limitations

The sixth BRICS summit was held at Fortaleza, Brazil on 15 July 2014 in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup football tournament, also hosted by Brazil. The Fortaleza summit produced a 72-point declaration and a 23-point action plan, and was followed

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Saffron Downgrading of Education Rears Its Head Again

The Modi Government has been in power for a very short time – and already, we can see the disturbing signs of saffron forces downgrading the quality of schooling, higher education and research. The appointment of Y Sudarshan Rao as Chief

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Red Salute, Nabarun Da!

Nabarun Bhattacharya is no more. The revolutionary poet, short story writer and novelist, passed away on 31st July evening in a Calcutta Hospital after his prolonged battle with cancer. In the world we live in, his iconic poem, ‘This Valley

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Nobody Killed the 58 People Who Died in Laxmanpur Bathe on 1 December 1997

Predictably enough, the Patna High Court has acquitted all the 26 persons convicted by the trial court in the Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre case. This is the fourth successive instance of wholesale acquittal of convicts by the Patna High Court in cases of

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