COMMENTARY

The Worst Attacks on Democracy Are Conducted by Its Supposed Custodians

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has described the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, which claimed the lives of several Congress leaders including Salwa Judum leader Mahendra Karma, as an ‘attack on democracy.’ The Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi, as leaders

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The JD(U)-BJP Split: Opportunities and Challenges for the Left in Bihar

The JD(U)-BJP alliance has finally come to an end. According to Nitish Kumar, the alliance was no longer tenable and the time had come when it had to be ‘sacrificed’ for the sake of ‘principle’. What triggered this

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The Anointment of Modi and Yet another Resignation Drama by Advani

Mr. Advani has done it again. In the evening of his life, the sulking leader once again resigned from all his posts in the party only to withdraw it the next day at the instance of the RSS. His resignation

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New Government in Jharkhand Will Mean Manifold Increase in Loot

(An interview with CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya) CPIML had demanded dissolution of the Assembly. Now a new coalition comprising JMM, Congress, and RJD has emerged to form a government led by JMM’s Hemant Soren. How do you

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Reliance’s Krishna Godavari D6 Basin venture: Multi-Layered Cronyism From Day One

“You should not do anything illegal. First of all, the law should be changed”- Dhirubhai Ambani, quoted in the book Polyester Prince by Hamish McDonald. Natural resources like hydrocarbon reserves are a sovereign wealth of the nation which belong

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Pricing Natural Gas: UPA’s Latest Gambit for Reliance

With barely few months to go for polls, UPA-II, is in utter haste to meet its deadlines, clinch as many corrupt crony deal as it can. Latest being its no-holds-barred manipulations to change the Pricing Policy of natural gas, used

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The Plummeting Rupee and an Economy in Doldrums

In yet another indication of the precarious and deteriorating state of the Indian economy, the rupee breached the “psychological benchmark” of Rs 60 to the dollar on June 26, touching an all-time low of Rs. 60.21 to the dollar on July 8. Over the

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New Phase of Land Struggle in Bihar

“The land where we are settled is our land; government land is our land” are the slogans which echo everywhere in Bihar today. According to the report of the Bandopadhyay Land Reforms Commission appointed by the Nitish Government, over 21 lakh

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Panchayat Elections in West Bengal TMC Sweep in the Shadow of Terror

The political balance in West Bengal which started changing in favour of the Trinamul Congress (TMC) in the Panchayat Elections, 2008, seems to have completed its circuit in the Panchayat Elections, 2013. The TMC has secured clear majority in 13 Zilla Parishads as

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UPA Government: Stop Appeasing US Bosses!

With an eye on the Lok Sabha polls, the government is working overtime to appease the American bosses hoping to impress the angry Indian electorate with an American certificate of ‘good conduct and excellent performance’. With the exchange value of

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‘Food Security’ Still a Far Cry

As we go to press, the National Food Security Bill 2013 (promulgated as an ordinance on 5th July on the eve of the monsoon session to circumvent debate) has been tabled in Parliament, and the Government is keen to be able

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Be Alert to Rebuff Communal Violence

Instances of communal violence are flaring up in various parts of the country, and it is important to remain alert to and rebuff the efforts of certain political forces to make communal capital by fomenting violence. In Kishwar in Jammu

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