COMMENTARY

Human Traffickers in Parliament

Every BJP Manifesto boasts of “Shuchita” (probity in public life) as a fundamental principle of its party. But the Hawala scam, the Tehelka expose of corrupt defence deals by NDA Government, the sight of BJP President Bangaru Laxman caught taking

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Wheat Imports: Subverting Procurement, Cheating Farmers

For the second year in the running, India is importing wheat. Last year the government justified imports on account of lower production. This year it is being justified in the name of higher prices for farmers. In order to meet

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The Message from Uttar Pradesh

Defying all predictions of yet another hung house, the UP elections have delivered a decisive verdict. After fourteen years of coalition rule, Uttar Pradesh has again enabled one single party to form government on its own and that single party

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A Fraud on the Unorganised Workers!

[This piece is a sequel to the commentary appeared in April 2006 issue of Liberation. This is only a postscript of that article.] The Unorganised Sector Workers’ Social Security Bill, 2007 is expected to be tabled in the monsoon session of the

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No More Street Food in Delhi!

Most cities and towns in the so called Global South are marked today by an overwhelming presence of the informal economy. Hawkers and street vendors are one of the most visible segments of the informal sector. When Keith Harth, an

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JNNURM: The Neo-Liberal Mission for Indian Cities

Urban India is today going through a process of rapid transformation in terms of monumental changes occurring in investments patterns, spatial configurations, employment structure, and class relations. These changes are a direct consequence of ‘third generation reforms’ initiated in cities

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Mining Policy – protecting environment and people or investment?

A New Mineral Policy is in the offing. If it is guided by the recommendations of the Anwarul Hoda Committee on the National Mineral Policy, it will pave the way for large-scale FDI in the mining sector, and increase the

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Nandigram and the Response of CPI(M) Intellectuals

For intellectuals loyal to the CPI(M), Nandigram has been a serious source of discomfort. This is for more than one reason. One the one hand, the sheer fact of a massacre of rural poor has been too much to

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Atrocities Against UP Dalits in the Wake of Mayawati’s Victory: Disturbing Trends

While Mayawati is being hailed for her party’s unique metamorphosis from Bahujan to ‘Sarvajan’, Mayawati’s victory has no doubt sharpened the aspirations of dalits in UP for democracy and empowerment. However, the few weeks that have followed Mayawati’

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Yet Again: Raje Government in Rajasthan Answers Protests With Bullets

Police bullets are the Raje Government’s first response to any mass mobilisation and protest in Rajasthan. The police firing on Gujjar protestors which claimed a toll of 16 people is the latest in the long record of police terror that

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Delhi Government’s Transport and Road Policy: Urban Planning for Whom?

The Delhi government’s sudden attempts to change the face of the nation’s capital at the cost of the city’s poor have exposed the anti-people character of the Congress. The beautification drive with the slogan of ‘Clean Delhi,

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Dollar Nationalism, Dollar Secessionism

An annual global study con ducted by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini, two global financial advisories, has some good news for India. Globalisation and the much-vaunted New Economic Policies are finally taking India places. India now has more than 100,015 ‘dollar millionaires’ –

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