COMMENTARY

Nandigram and CPI(M)’s Response to Its Left Critics

In Kolkata recently, Prakash Karat in a veiled reference to Sumit Sarkar said that those who compared Nandigram with Gujarat were ‘enemies of the people’. This accusation, in much the same phraseology, is elaborated in a piece by Prabhat Patnaik (

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Lessons from Gujarat Results

The widespread factionalism in the Gujarat BJP’s ranks and the fact that on the eve of the polls Modi stood firmly indicted for his regime’s role in the Gujarat genocide and custodial killings of Sohrabuddin and others had

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Modi: The Greatest National Security Threat

In his Mumbai speech on January 21, Benito NaMo Ghanchi alias Modi posed as a medieval warlord and excoriated the "Delhi Sultanate". The speech is substantively much more than merely a reprobate demagogue's rant. It should send chills down the spine

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CPI(M)’s Smokescreen of the ‘Compulsions’ of Capitalism

On the occasion of the foundation day celebrations of Ganashakti, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya took the opportunity to air his favourite maxims about there being no alternative to capitalism in the present phase. In this context he defended his Government's policies of

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Justice for Bilkis

In 2002, a pregnant Bilkis Bano saw thirteen of her relatives murdered, her baby daughter killed, while she was gang raped by a communal mob in the Gujarat riots, a state-sponsored pogrom against the Muslim community. Six years later, a special

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Of Security and Insecurity : Rulers who Live in Fear Can only Rule by Fear

(This piece was written for publication in The Little Magazine, in its issue on the theme of ‘Security’, Vol. VII, Issue 3&4.) To say that security is a basic human need may sound like stating the obvious. Yet I think it

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Bubbly BSE Goes Bust!

The “laws” of the Indian stock markets, when the speculative bubble building up over them is at its relative zenith, are simple: if Mr.Chidambaram sneezes, they would crash. And they would as well crash if Chidambaram doesn’t sneeze

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Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees’ Right to Livelihood

Jayalalitha’s accusation that the Tamil Nadu state government extended support to Liberation Tigers was the hotly debated controversy in the assembly session in Tamil Nadu last month. Jayalalitha and the DMK’s alliance partner Congress demanded arrest and imprisonment

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Organ Sale – the New Slavery

The arrest of Amit Kumar, and the revelations that followed of the buying and selling of kidneys in Gurgaon, blew away the fig leaf of respectability on this sordid practice. The Human Organs Transplant Act 1994 had provided a loophole for

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ITI: Mission Liquidation !

(Based on a paper circulated by ITIEU in a CPSTU meeting on 17-18 February, 2007) ITI (Indian Telephone Industry) is sick while the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) industry is in boom. It is the irresolvable paradox of the era of

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Pakistanis Overwhelmingly Reject US-Backed Strongman Musharraf

(Excerpted from WSWS.org, 20 February, 2008) The Pakistani people overwhelmingly repudiated the US-backed, military-controlled regime of Pervez Musharraf in national and provincial elections held on February 18. Parties opposed to Musharraf will hold a substantial majority in the National Assembly and should

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Go Back Gates ! No to the Indo-US ‘Logistics Support Agreement’

On February 25, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is due for a visit to India, to ink in a ‘Logistics Support Agreement’ (LSA) between the two countries. It is yet another indicator that far from being on hold, the Indo-US ‘civilian’

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