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Cover Feature : Sedition Law: Weapon to Suppress Dissent

The jailing of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on charges of sedition, for his political cartoons on corruption, attracted countrywide outrage. Undoubtedly, the arrest of this young cartoonist is one of the most blatant attacks on freedom of expression and the right

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Cover Feature : Jal Satyagraha in MP

Villagers protesting imminent forced eviction by the Omkareshwar Dam in Ghogalgaon village of Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh, achieved a hard-won victory on 10 September. After standing in rising waters for 17 days, they forced the MP Government to agree to lower the

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Cover Feature : Waves of Resistance Defy Repression

Koodankulam Agitation The past few weeks have been seeing a heroic protest by the desperate villagers of Idinthakarai and surrounding villages, against the commissioning of the Koodankulam nuclear plant and loading of the VVER reactors. Thousands of people defied the

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On 3rd Cover : Significant Verdicts in Times of Green Hunt

Two recent Court verdicts have underlined how anti-terror laws invoked against ‘Maoists’ are being used in ways that go against Constitutional freedoms and rights. The Calcutta HC on August 8, granted political prisoner status to 8 people accused of being Maoists, including

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On 2nd Cover : India’s Shameful Global Showing on Hunger

The Global Hunger Index 2012 has once again highlighted the shameful and glaring contrast between India’s high growth and steep levels of hunger and malnutrition, especially of women and children. India’s performance is even worse than that of Bangladesh

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Tribute : On Eric Hobsbawm’s Passing

Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012), regarded by many as the top 20th century British historian, passed away October 1st, at the age of 95. Hobsbawm joined the British Communist Party in 1936, the year he entered Cambridge University, and remained a life-long member. In

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Special Feature : Successful Bihar Bandh: Assertion of People’s Protest

Against Police Firing and Nitish Govt.’s High-Handedness Bihar observed a daylong bandh on October 15 for the second time in five months to protest against the growing spate of police atrocities. The bandh on May 10 called by CPI(ML) and

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Cover Feature : Towards Unity and Resurgence of Left-Democratic Forces Through People’s Resistance

The All India Left Coordination held a day-long Convention on the National Crisis and Left and Democratic Agenda on 30th September at Mavalankar Hall in the national capital. The Convention was addressed by leaders of a range of Left parties

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On 3rd Cover : Peeling Onions, Layer by Layer: An Obituary to Günter Grass

The incredible weight of a writer’s reputation, in formidably turbulent and impossibly exciting times, never seems to rest solely between the hardbacks of a bunch of books. It is a weight that is borne like a silent burden on

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On 2nd Cover : Breaking The Internet

Net neutrality, to put it simply, is the idea that all data on the internet be treated equally irrespective of its source or content. The internet isn’t really the most radically democratic platform, but it is nevertheless crucial for

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Killings of Youth in Kashmir

The Kashmir Valley is boiling again – after yet another bout of custodial killings of youth by security forces. On 13th April 2015, Army personnel claimed to have shot dead a militant in an encounter in Tral. It turned out, however, that

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Firing and Repression on Adivasi Anti-Dam Protests in UP

[The Uttar Pradesh Government has unleashed severe repression on adivasis and people protesting against the proposed Kanhar Dam in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh. Around 87 villages and vast tracts of forest land will be submerged if the project comes up.

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