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Immigrant Workers from India Fight Discrimination and Exploitation

February and March 2008 have seen Indian workers abroad face and fight highly exploitative work conditions, irregular and low wages, as well as fresh discriminatory legislation. Towards May Day 2008, we take a look at the issues and the struggles. Dockworkers in

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NCEUS Report:

The National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector brought out a 394 page Report inspired by the CMP (Common Minimum Programme) of the UPA government which said that is was “firmly committed to ensure the welfare and well-being of all

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Bhagat Singh Reigns in the Hearts of Indian People

Pattabhi Sitaramayya, official historian of the Congress had noted that there was a time during the freedom struggle when “Bhagat Singh’s name was as widely known all over India and was as popular as Gandhi’s.” In the 60 years

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Behind the Hype of Hefty Increase

Recently, there has been much big media hype about two packages of the UPA Government: the loan waiver for farmers and the other one was the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. The UPA Government, getting more and more alienated from the

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Inflation Deflates UPA’s Aam Aadmi Claims

Barely a month ago, Congress and its UPA allies were waxing eloquent about the debt waiver “New Deal” for the Indian farmers. But even as the reality and scope of the debt waiver came under question, the ugly face of

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Curb the Prices or Quit!

Even as the prices of all essential commodities soar sky-high, the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister tell us that inflation is here to stay. According to these high priests of economic liberalisation, rising prices only reflect the global market

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Post-Poll Pakistan

On February 18 2008, a new government was elected in Pakistan. Led by Pakistan Peoples Party, it has support of the majority of the parliament of 342 members. There was a massive anti-Musharraf vote for the first time since his bloodless military coup

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Royally Regimented Polls in Bhutan

The elections to Bhutan’s National Assembly on March 24 couldn’t be a greater contrast with the Constituent Assembly elections of April 10 in Nepal. Whereas the Nepalese polls reflected the full force of energy and tumult of the years of

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Democracy in South Asia

(In the past three months, three of India’s neighbours have gone to polls. The high point, of course, is Nepal, which witnessed a historic triumph against the monarchy and a republican upsurge led by the CPN(M). Lal Bahadur

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One Year of Binayak Sen’s Imprisonment

‘Binayak Sen epitomises the kind of doctor India desperately needs, he has developed a model for working with the poorest people, devoting his whole life to this work. Instead of persecuting him the Indian government should be supporting and promoting

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Crisis Engulfs the Global Financial System

Headlines such as “Apocalypse now?”, “The Great American Slowdown”, and “Panic is in the Air” have dominated commercial financial media recently. The US Federal Reserve Bank has thrown its own rule book out the window to not just rescue Bear

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India’s New Hunger: When Soaring Prices Empty Your Plates

In conjunction with global food crisis, the inflation rate in India is blowing the roof off; and so far the “betting on a credible monetary policy” has failed to contain the turbulent price rise, which is touching 8% now. Neoliberal theory

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