FEATURE

Beyond the Namobama’Hype

As Prime Minister, he devoted his first Independence Day speech to inviting foreign capital to come and ‘make in India’. Now Narendra Damodardas Modi has used the first Republic Day celebration of his government to demonstrate his government’s readiness

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On Second Cover : Burial of Planning Commission # Encouraging Competitive Federalism, Ending Balanced Development

One of the first moves of the Modi government in 2015 was to replace the 64-year old Planning Commission with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Ayog. This is a clear indicator that Prime Minister Modi has no compunctions whatsoever

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Why Does the RSS Fear PK?

What accounts for the immense popularity of the Raj Kumar Hirani film ‘PK’, starring Aamir Khan? The film has broken box office records, emerging as the highest Bollywood grosser ever. Certainly, the film’s timing is a huge factor. The

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Mr VC, Lucknow University Withdraw Expulsion of Student Activist for Organising Talk on Women’s Freedom!

(Text of a petition against the expulsion of AISA’s UP State President Sudhanshu Bajpai from Lucknow University) Dear Mr VC, When the whole world is demanding the protection of freedom of expression and women’s freedom, is it not

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A Silenced Writer in the Land of Periyar

Dinamalar, a popular Tamil daily, carried a news item on January 13 titled ‘Perumal Murugan, the controversial writer, apologised’. During peace talks held, Perumal Murugan tendered an unconditional apology for his novel Madhorubagan, said the news item. ‘Even after the talks

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Rewinding the Battle of Algiers in the Shadow of the Attack on Charlie Hebdo

(Reproduced with thanks from the Critical Legal Thinking blog, 14 January 2015) The only way forward is to fight against the realities of Islamophobia by fighting for the realization of a new Arab Spring. In the classic 1966 film Battle of Algiers, Ali,

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Islamophobia And ‘Free Speech’ Hypocrisy

(In this feature we seek to examine the Islamophobia and racism in Europe that have escalated with the Paris attacks, and the hypocrisy of various regimes as well as right-wing forces in the world as well as India, who are

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TRIBUTE : A tribute to Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer

(Excerpts from Prashant Bhushan’s tribute ‘A Judge’s Judge’, that appeared in the Outlook) With the passing away of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, who had just entered his 100th year, the world has lost one of the greatest

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Special Feature :Racism and Anti-Racist Resistance in the US

Yet again, America’s racist underbelly has been exposed: the murder of an 18-year old unarmed black boy earlier this year by a police officer was followed by systematic state-sponsored efforts to subvert justice and protect the police officer. In

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Special Feature : Report Reveals CIA’s Brutal Torture

“I want to be absolutely clear with our people and the world: The United States does not torture. It’s against our laws, and it’s against our values. I have not authorized it, and I will not authorize it”.

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‘Gharwapsi’ Is An Act of Violence, Not of ‘Conversion’

(This article is a longer version of one that appeared in DNA, 17 December, titled ‘Tactic of Intimidation’) The BJP MP Adityanath has said that the Babri Masjid demolition was a show of Hindu unity, and a similar show of unity

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Hate-Speech Reflects BJP’s Ideology and Politics,

Campaigning for the BJP towards the Delhi Assembly elections, the Modi Government's Minister of State for Food Processing, asked voters to choose between a Government of 'Ramzade' (sons of Ram) and 'Haramzade' (bastards). This was not just a case of

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