COMMENTARY

Italian Marines: India’s Lack of Will to Ensure Justice

In February last year, two Indian fishermen from Kerala were shot dead by Italian marines when their fishing boat came close to an Italian merchant ship. Ever since, the families of the fishermen, and the entire country, have watched with

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Expose the Charade of Nitish Kumar’s ‘Anti-Modi’ Posturing

Speaking at the JDU National Executive meeting recently, Nitish Kumar has once again repeated his veiled anti-Modi remarks, suggesting that Narendra Modi would be unacceptable as NDA’s PM candidate. Nitish Kumar seems to have woken up a little late

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TMC Terror in West Bengal

The custodial killing of student activist Sudipto Gupta in West Bengal sparked off protests all over West Bengal and beyond. Since then, a veritable reign of terror of the ruling TMC has been unleashed in West Bengal. Offices of Left

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Commute DS Bhullar’s Death Sentence, Abolish Death Penalty

The Supreme Court verdict rejecting the plea for commutation of death sentence for DS Bhullar is most unfortunate. The case against DS Bhullar rested almost wholly on custodial confession. In 2002, when the majority bench of the SC upheld the death

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Assembly Elections 2013: People’s Mandate Against BJP Against Communalism, Corruption and Non-Performance

Karnataka assembly election results have blown out many popular myths surrounding the BJP’s so-called Lingayat vote-bank, influence of money power, invincibility and indispensability of land, mining and other mafia in Karnataka’s politics. The BJP has been dealt a

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Sarabjit and Sanaullah: Paying the Cost of Communal Jingoism and War-mongering

The brutal attack by co-prisoners on an Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a Lahore jail, resulting in his eventual death, is a heinous instance of extra-judicial killing and violation of human rights on part of the Pakistani State. The fact

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In Akhilesh-Ruled UP Minority Youth Dies in Custody While Varun Gandhi Goes Free

Khalid Mujahid, a so-called “accused” in the 2007 serial blasts in UP died on Saturday 18 May in police custody, yet another shameful injustice to a victim of Muslim witch-hunt. Khalid, a resident of Mariahu in Jaunpur and a Madarsa teacher, was

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Resist the TMC’s Authoritarian Bid to Appropriate Panchayat Power

The TMC government of West Bengal and the State Election Commission are embroiled in a protracted legal battle over the ensuing panchayat elections in the state. On the face of it, the battle may well seem to be over the

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Chit Fund Scam: TMC-Saradha Nexus Puts the Poor at the Mercy of Predatory Capital

On 15th April, the Bengali New Year day, a strange drama was being played out on television sets across West Bengal. Anchors and technicians of Tara Music, a popular music channel, were putting up a tear-jerker funded all by themselves.

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On Cover : Democratise BCCI and all other Sports Bodies

The BCCI is managing the IPL spot-fixing scam much the same way the UPA government is managing the string of scams it wears shamelessly like a garland. Even though several of his ministers have been caught red-handed in scams, Manmohan

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Patriarchal and Anti-Dalit Offensive in Tamil Nadu

For the past few months, Tamil Nadu has been witnessing an orchestrated political offensive against the rights of Dalits. There have been several instances of mob violence against Dalits, including the attack on Dalit colonies in Dharmapuri district in November 2012

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Movement against gender violence enters a new phase in Bengal

For any movement to reach a point of phase transition where the critical mass shoots up and sparks spread like prairie fire across the society, a few objective conditions must come together. The brutal rapes and murders of young girls

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