COMMENTARY

The AAP Phenomenon: Notes on India’s Changing PoliticalLandscape and Discourse

The dramatic rise of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi is the most talked-about political development in India today. Its leaders call it a big bang emergence which has unleashed a great political momentum across the length and breadth of

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Perpetuating Inequality and Jobless Growth

(The writer is an independent journalist, educator and documentary film-maker. This article is based on columns he has written for Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle.) Indian society was always unequal. In recent years, although the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)

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A Duty of Honour

(Excerpts from Rosa Luxemburg’s article, November 1918. Rosa and Karl Liebknecht, imprisoned for their opposition to the First World War, were freed from jail as a result of a revolutionary uprising of German workers in November 1918. This article was written

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Capital Punishment is Barbarism Not Justice

On the 21st of January 2014, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgment which has widely been recognized as historic: the highest court in the country commuted the death sentences of fifteen convicts languishing in different jails across the country.

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Arrest Terror Mastermind RSS Chief Bhagwat

Investigative Agencies Must Drop Double Standards Swami Aseemanand, a key accused in five terror attack cases, has revealed in his interview with Caravan magazine that these terrorist acts were sanctioned by the RSS and its chief Mohan Bhagwat. He states

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The Ugly Reality of Politics of Racism and Xenophobia

The brutal killing of 19-year-old Nido Taniam, a young man from Arunachal Pradesh, in a south Delhi marketplace in broad daylight has once again underlined the racism and xenophobia that is rife in the national capital, and in the whole

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Pathribal Acquittal: The Republic Has Blood on Its Hands

The President of India, in his address on the eve of Republic Day warned that “security and armed forces, backed by the steel of popular support, have proved that they can crush an enemy within,” and that “mavericks who question

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The Dauntless Droplet, Ocean’s Fervour in the Heart

Paying tribute to comrade Saroj Dutta on the occasion of his birth centenary, we published in the March 2014 number of Liberation his biographical sketch1, one of his best-known poems and the obituary written by comrade Charu Mazumdar soon after the

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Eclipse at Noon: Shadows over India’s Conscience

(Excerpts from 15th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, hosted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Full speech available at http://cbi.nic.in/speech/15dpk_20140415_chiefguest.pdf) ‘It was the best of times’, Dickens says in

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Communal Poll Rhetoric Takes Deadly Toll in Assam

Venomous communal election rhetoric, adding fuel to long-simmering ethnic and communal fires, took a terrible toll in Assam. Over 30 people, most of them Muslim women and children, were massacred in Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD). The BTAD region

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The Other Verdict of 16 May 2014

In an ironic coincidence on 16 May 2014, alongside the electoral verdict, the Supreme Court too delivered its verdict on Akshardham Temple Terror Attack case (of Gujarat, September 2002), acquitting all the six accused including three who were sentenced to death by a

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BRICS Summit Potential and Inherent Limitations

The sixth BRICS summit was held at Fortaleza, Brazil on 15 July 2014 in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup football tournament, also hosted by Brazil. The Fortaleza summit produced a 72-point declaration and a 23-point action plan, and was followed

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