COMMENTARY

Rape Culture Rears Its Ugly Head Again

In the wake of the gangrape of a young photojournalist in Mumbai, there have once again been encouraging protests by people, expressing anger against sexual violence faced by women. Women have refused to allow fear to rule their lives, and

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No Short Cuts in the Struggle Against Rape

The death sentence to the four accused in the December 16 rape and murder case was predictable. Nirbhaya’s family, and many others, feel an understandable sense of anger vindicated. This moment, however, isn’t a moment for unseemly celebration. It

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Muzaffarnagar: Cold-Blooded Cocktail of Communal Politics, Casteist Khaps and Patriarchal ‘Honour’

Muzaffarnagar in Western UP is the latest theatre of communal politics. An estimated 53 lives have been lost, and 55000 people displaced in the recent communal conflagration. The old familiar script played out - of Government and administration watching with calculated, calibrated,

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Allowing Corporates and MNC Speculation in Pensions

The Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill, 2011 has been passed by the Parliament in its Monsoon session this month with Congress and main opposition party BJP and some regional parties like SP etc. coming together to support it thus

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Land Acquisition Act 2013: Rehabilitating Land Grab

The recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament witnessed not just wrangling between the Congress and the BJP, but more intriguingly, also a high degree of collusive cooperation that enabled the government to pass a series of key legislations on subjects

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Vanzara’s Resignation Letter: Unfolding Truth About Modi’s Murderous Regime

Along with the 2002 communal pogrom, Gujarat’s series of fake encounters too have emerged as something that will haunt Modi in his bid to be PM. DG Vanzara, Modi’s pet cop accused of several fake encounters, has written a

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On Cover 3 : Modi “Should Feel Ashamed Of Himself In Bhagat Singh’s Company”

Recently, there has been news that Modi will release a coffee table version of Bhagat Singh’s jail notebooks. Bhagat Singh’s family members have vehemently opposed this move, and Bhagat Singh scholar Prof.Chaman Lal has placed all the

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Recommendations by the Report of Raghuram Rajan Committee: A Critical Assessment

The Raghuram Rajan Committe Report (2013) proposes a general method of allocation of funds based on two criteria firstly ‘developmental needs’ of states measured by performance in certain socio-economic indicators (combined in a composite index of under-development) and secondly, improvement of

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Banking Reforms: Alarm Bell of Denationalisation and Foreign Takeover

RBI Govenor Raghuram Rajan’s recent proposals made before the American financial establishment and press in Washington portend an ominous future for the Indian banking sector. Together with the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2011 passed by Parliament during the 2012 Winter Session,

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India Must Reject the Manmohan Legacy of Shameful Subservience to US Interests

Ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Manmohan Singh had clinched the Indo-US nuclear deal with George Bush in 2008. Five years later, as India awaits the general elections of 2014, Singh was back in America to open up India’s national exchequer

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The Fodder Scam Verdict : Lessons and Challenges

The conviction of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Jagannath Mishra and Jagdish Sharma in the Rs 950-crore fodder scam by a special CBI court in Ranchi is now likely to result in the first case of disqualification in the wake of the

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On Cover : Opinions, Opinion Polls, and Democracy

The Election Commission’s move of seeking political parties’ opinions on banning pre-election opinion polls has sparked off a heated debate. On the one hand, the Congress has called for an outright ban on such polls, while the BJP, which

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