COMMENTARY

‘Ram Setu’: UPA Government’s Calculated Capitulation to Saffron Agenda

The BJP’s covert roll back of its opposition to the Indo-US Nuke Deal had exposed its own surrender on the question of defending the nation’s sovereignty. In the wake of this surrender, the BJP has sought to shore

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Bad News for Bush

For the lonely man counting his days in the White House, the fortnight after 9/11 was not a happy one. As if the latest Laden tape was not enough, arch-rival Putin detonated the “dad of all bombs” and arrogant Iran launched

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Karnataka: Betrayal of the Masses

In Karnataka, ‘Swamijis’ are turning into politicians while politicians are queuing behind astrologers. Pejawar Mutt Swamiji of Udupi, who belongs to a Lingayat mutt, is taking an active part in installing a BJP-JD(S) government in the state. He is

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Securing Judicial Accountability

Freedom of Speech Vs. Contempt Towards an Independent Judicial Commission

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Food Movement-2007 in West Bengal

It was 16 February 1966. A young 12 year-old boy was in the procession along with his schoolmates and teachers who were demanding kerosene oil from a fair-price shop. Hundreds of students of Basirhat area (in 24 Parganas) came out on the streets as

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The Obnoxious Nexus that Killed Rizwanur in ‘Secular and Progressive’ Bengal

We all know how caste panchayats try to stop inter-caste marriages in the interiors of North-Western India. They hold kangaroo courts and deliver instant and exemplary ‘justice’ hoping such brutal acts would deter all potential ‘deviants’ to try and cross

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Neither an Instant N-Deal nor a ‘Paused’ One – Scrap the Deal altogether!

The impasse between the UPA Government and its Left allies over the Nuke Deal seems to have come to a sudden end with an apparent climb-down by the Congress; for the time being the Government seems safe and the prospect

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Towards Gujarat Elections

Does it surprise you that Sonia Gandhi, the supremo of the ‘secular’ dispensation ruling in New Delhi, in her election-launching speech in Anand, did not even dare to mention Gujarat genocide, recently captured live on camera in the perpetrators’ own

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The Battle for Naya Bihar Goes On

(This piece is a slightly abridged version of one written in response to a request by the Patna edition of Hindustan Times. – Ed/) I am not among those who treat Bihar as an epitome of backwardness or barbarity. Bihar for

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The Politics of ‘Pay Back’: The Nuke Deal and Nandigram

Following the Congress climbdown on the Nuke Deal, we had cautioned that the “pausing” of the Deal be taken with a pinch of salt, since it was likely that negotiations on the Deal would continue behind the scenes and the

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National Festival of People’s Culture at Kolkata

Paschimbanga Ganasanskriti Parisad, Jan Sanskriti Manch and Sodou Assam Janasanskriti Parisad organized an all-India cultural festival on 16 and 17 December at the historic Esplanade in Kolkata. The festival sketched out the panoramic scape of diverse cultural outfits from all over the

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A Congress of Great Resolve for a Big Push Forward

The CPI(ML)’s 8th Congress at Kolkata, the biggest ever yet, sent out a powerful and timely message of Left resurgence against a raging agrarian crisis and the ruling class surrender to imperialism both in matters of economic and

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