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JNUSU 2013: Decisive Mandate for the Revolutionary Student Movement

AISA has swept the JNUSU elections 2013, winning all the four office-bearer posts and a clear majority of councilors in the JNUSU council. Comrade Akbar Chawdhary was elected as the JNUSU president with 1977 votes, defeating the DSF candidate Ishan Anand who

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Message of Student Elections in Delhi Campuses: Rebuff for Myths of ‘Modi Magic’ and ‘Rahul Role-Model’

On September 13, student elections were held simultaneously in JNU and DU – two premier centres of higher education in the national capital. JNU has once again voted in a big way for AISA, and equally significantly, students of Delhi University also

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Cover Feature : Justice Not Vengeance:

(Excerpts from the special article by Bela Bhatia in EPW, September 21, 2013 Vol XlVIII No. 38, Economic & Political Weekly) ...Wails and cries now rented the air, heavy with the acrid smell from the burnt houses. In the evening light, bodies lay strewn

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Cover Feature : A Massacre of Justice

What happened to the blood spilt at Laxmanpur Bathe on the night of December 1st 1997? The blood of 58 people, butchered in their sleep? The blood of the poorest of the poor, the oppressed – who paid with that blood for daring

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The day when Patna was occupied

Patna wore a different look on the day of Khabardar Rally. From early in the morning one could see streams of people walking down Station Road, in groups of varying sizes. Red flags held aloft, processions walked under the Mithapur

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‘Feudal, Communal Forces Beware’

“Only CPI(ML) could have had the guts and the ability to successfully hold such a massive Rally in spite of constant talk of bomb threats. Only CPI(ML)’s mass base is such that would defy the atmosphere of

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December 16th Movement: Looking Back A Year Later

A year ago, a massive movement erupted on the streets of Delhi and the country – against the brutal gangrape of a young woman on a bus, leading to her death. Look back at that movement a year later, it is

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Watch your waste

(Below are excerpts from an article in The Hindu by Dr. Nissim Mannathukkaren of Dalhousie University, Canada; ‘Watch your waste’, Sept 6 2014) In his Independence Day speech Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly espoused the idea that one of the biggest obstacles

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Workers Beware – FDI is at Work !

Modi has been wooing MNCs to come ‘Make in India’. What are the conditions that MNCs demand in order to ‘make’ in any country? It is an open secret that MNCs (or their subcontractors) manufacture in countries where they can

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Make in India’, ‘Clean India’ and ‘Shrameva Jayate’ # Reality Beyond the Rhetoric

(An in-depth look at what Modi’s favourite slogans about FDI, ‘cleanliness' and workers, mean for workers’ rights, and a clean environment.) Central to Modi’s mesmerising election rhetoric of ‘achchhe din’ were two key promises: checking price-rise and eliminating

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Dalit Atrocities Expose the Hollowness of the ‘Social Justice’ Claims of Successive Governments in Bihar

Bihar has been shaken by a series of atrocities against Dalits – atrocities that have exposed the ‘acche din’ and ‘Sushasan’ boasts of BJP and JD(U) respectively. A resurgent BJP in Bihar has emboldened the feudal forces and Ranveer Sena

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‘Love Jihad’ Lie : A Communal-Patriarchal # Hate Story

Every great love story in the world celebrates the love that breaks barriers of class, caste, creed, and defies narrow social prejudices and restrictions. The saffron campaign warning Hindu girls against ‘love Jihad’ goes against the spirit of love, freedom

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