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The All Too ‘Aam’ Face of Racism and Sexism in Delhi

Last year, a large number of young people in the anti-rape movement in Delhi called for ‘Bekhauf Azadi’ – Fearless Freedom – explicitly rejecting the kind of ‘security’ that was a euphemism for forcing women to prove their ‘respectability’ and their ‘modesty’

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On Women’s Day This Year: Let’s Bring Women’s Freedom Onto the Political Agenda

Azaadi – freedom – was the slogan raised last year in the anti-rape movement. How should that azaadi translate into an anti-patriarchy manifesto for the 2014 election? One fact stares us in the face: that ruling political formations across the board seem to

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Jandavedari Rallies In Bihar

The series of Jandavedari rallies being organized in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar began on 8 February in Samastipur with the biggest people’s mobilization ever seen at Patel Maidan. Huge rallies also took place on 9 February at Muzaffarpur, 10 February at

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Marx was Right Capitalism is Concentration of Wealth in Ever Fewer Hands

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty, Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014. $39.95. “A part of the bourgeoisie is desirous of redressing social grievances in order to secure the continued existence of bourgeois society. The socialistic bourgeois

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Money Power and Media Bias

(The 2014 elections witnessed a new high in the explosion of money power. And the media’s role in shaping/distorting political opinion was never more apparent. The paid news phenomenon acquired a new dimension altogether – with entire media houses, under

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Verdict 2014: Challenges Ahead for Defenders of Democracy

Verdict 2014 will surely go down as one of the most stunning outcomes in the history of Indian elections. India has just voted in its most rabidly rightwing government till date, a government with unmistakable streaks of majoritarianism at that; and

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US and UK Wage War on Dissent

(The Modi Government is trying to accuse activists of being the ‘foreign hand.’ The truth is, that it is the intelligence establishment of the Manmohan and Modi Governments that are following in the steps of the ‘foreign’ – i.e imperialist –

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IB Report on ‘NGOs’: Dissenters Branded as ‘Traitors to Development’

A report titled ‘Impact of NGOs on Development’ on the threat posed by ‘foreign funded NGOs’ to India’s national economic security and the ‘Gujarat model of development’, supposedly submitted by the IB to PM Modi, was ‘leaked’ to the

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Bury Rajasthan’s Anti-labour Amendments in the Sands of Thar

‘With adequate profit, capital is very bold. A certain 10 per cent will ensure its employment anywhere; 20 per cent certain will produce eagerness; 50 per cent., positive audacity; 100 per cent will make it ready to trample on all human laws; 300 per cent.,

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Communal Mob Kills Muslim Youth

A young Muslim IT professional was beaten to death on a Pune street by a Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) mob wielding hockey sticks and stones. In a case of premeditated communal hate crime, an innocent Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh was targetted

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Modi Raj Begins – and Hard Times Kick In

Modi’s poll campaign had recklessly promised everyone the moon. Price rise, unemployment, corruption, rape – ‘Modi Sarkar’ was the answer for every woe. As Modi Raj makes itself felt, however, there are misgivings all around. The initial symptoms are pretty

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Protests in India in Solidarity With Palestine

On July 14th a peaceful protest at the Israeli embassy by AISA, RYA, NAPM, JNUSU and other groups against the Isreal’s bombardment of Gaza, was met with brutal violence by the Delhi Police. Protestors staging a sit-in at the

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