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Red Salute to Comrade Jita Kaur

Comrade Jita Kaur passed away on 23 June after a battle with cancer. She was a mass leader whose life’s work in the party spanned a wide range – from Gorakhpur in eastern UP, to Lucknow and Delhi and finally in

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People’s Hero of Champaran: Comrade Gambhira Sah

[This tribute to one of the legendary leaders of the early phase of CPI(ML) movement in Champaran is based on a booklet issued by the East Champaran District Committee of CPI(ML)] On July 3, 1977, when Com. Gambhira Sah (06.08.1946-03.07.1977)

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Rejoinder to Amartya Sen’s Defence of LF Government over Singur

[In an interview to the Telegraph, July 23, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen defended the CPI(M) Government’s policy at Singur. Prof. Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri (retired from Presidency College, Kolkata) responds. Courtesy Sanhati (www.sanhati.com). - Ed] Professor Amartya Sen’

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Agrarian Confusion

(The following article is excerpted from the original that appeared in The Statesman, 27 July 2007) Ever since the dubious duo in Left politics - the West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his second-in-command on industrialisation, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirupam

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CPI(M) lies about Tapasi Malik’s death

The brutal rape and murder of Tapasi Malik, the 18 year-old girl who was a highly motivated member of the Save Farmland Committee spearheading the struggle against land acquisition in Singur, had sent shockwaves through the body politic of West Bengal

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Khammam, Nandigram and the CPI(M)

Once again, poor peasants on the warpath, for land, gunned down by the police… This time it was at Khammam, and the peasants were mobilized under the banner of CPI(M), demanding that the Congress Government of Andhra Pradesh keep

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Land Struggle in Andhra Pradesh

The firing on peasants agitating for land reform at Mudigonda (Khammam) in Andhra Pradesh is an indication of the scale, militancy and revolutionary potential of the land issue in Andhra Pradesh. Successive Governments have tried to declare the question of

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Message from Andhra Pradesh

The July 28 Mudigonda massacre in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh has once again drawn the country’s attention to the actual state of democracy in rural India. For the last few months, Andhra Pradesh has been witnessing the rise of

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Brutal colonial butchery paraded as ‘bravery’

In September, a team of retired British Army officers and descendants of British Army officers who suppressed the revolt of 1857 came on a tour of various sites of the 1857 war. It was no private mourning – it was a brazen public

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When the spectre of 1857 haunted Lyallpur…

(Excerpts from Sardar Ajit Singh’s autobiography, Pagdi Samhal Jatta ton Azadi Talak, in which he describes his campaigns among the peasantry. – ed/.) …Excessive land revenue increase in Rawalpindi districts Doab Beri Act and Colonisation Act provided us ground to

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Sardar Ajit Singh: Hero of the ‘Pagdi Sambhal Jatta’ Movement

Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s family, which had a rich political heritage of resistance to colonialism, had a deep influence on his development. His great grandfather, Sardar Fateh Singh was one of the valiant Sikhs of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army

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Learn from Bhagat Singh the Communist Pioneer

Bhagat Singh’s birth centenary year is approaching an end. Throughout the year we have celebrated it -- the highpoints being the 23rd March Delhi rally and the 28th September celebrations -- as part of a broader campaign to observe

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