COMMENTARY

On Cover : CPI(ML)’s Khabardar Rally Reasserts Bihar’s Fighting Resolve Defying Modi’s ‘Hunkaar’ and Conspiratorial Blasts

The last week of October was a week of rallies for Patna. On October 25, the CPI held a ‘Janakrosh’ (People’s Anger) rally, which witnessed arguably the biggest gathering by the party in last ten years or so. The rally

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Why the CBI Director’s Rape-Speak Can’t Be Excused

Running under the overwhelming outrage over the CBI Director’s analogy between ‘legalising betting’ and ‘enjoying rape’, one can sense an undercurrent of sympathy. ‘It’s just an analogy/proverb after all, what’s the big deal?’; ‘He used college

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Shame on Rahul, Modi’s Competitive Communalism

Leading campaigners and PM aspirants of India’s main ruling class formations have shamefully sought to stigmatise Muzaffarnagar’s riot-affected in a highly callous and shameful game of competitive communalism. Addressing a rally recently, Congress’ leading campaigner Rahul Gandhi made

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Who pays when India’s billionaires don’t go bust?

(Reproduced with thanks from Live Mint, 22 November) Last month, the business empire of Eike Batista, once the world’s seventh-richest man and a mascot of economically resurgent Brazil, collapsed. The disaster ought to focus our minds on the perils of

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The Modi Phenomenon: For a Powerful Left Reply

The Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi were the BJP’s first major test after the party officially anointed Narendra Modi its Prime Ministerial nominee. The BJP has done pretty well in these elections, retaining both Madhya

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Amend SC/ST POA Act to Make if More Effective

The UPA Cabinet has reportedly approved some amendments to strengthen the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Amendments are sorely needed, since the conviction rate under the Act is abysmal – as low as 1-5%. The scope of

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Lokpal Act: Inadequate Measure Against Corruption

The Lokpal law has finally been passed by both houses of Parliament. This historic achievement has been possible only because of the enormous public awareness and movement against corruption. But the Lokpal that has been enacted falls short of an

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Enact a Law Against Communal Violence

The UPA Government has again delayed the introduction of the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill in Parliament. Predictably, Narendra Modi and the BJP shrilly opposed the CV Bill. And the UPA Government lacks the political will

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Message from the Latest Assembly Polls and the Big Battle of 2014

Results from the last round of Assembly elections before the big battle of 2014 have been stunning to put it in just one word. The trends revealed in the polls were discernible to political observers for quite some time, most exit

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Section 377: A Vicious Circle of Discrimination and Violence

While mainstream Hindi cinema does not necessarily reflect political sensitivity to gender or class issues, or to minorities of any kind, there is a line that we have all often heard in Hindi films: ‘Ab duniya ki koi taaquat hamein

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The Winds of Change for Fearless Freedom Won’t Be Stopped by the Wall of Reaction

“What has changed since last December?” is the question everyone is asking a year after the brutal gangrape and murder that sparked off a massive movement. After all, the number of rapes and sexual assaults are higher than ever, and

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The Khobragade-Richards Episode

Tale of US Govt.’s Racism and High-Handedness, and Indian Govt’s Class Bias and Irresponsibility Several urgent concerns need to be addressed in the wake of the arrest of Indian Deputy Consul Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud

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