COMMENTARY

Brexit and After

After a viciously xenophobic and violent campaign that even saw the unprecedented killing of a popular Labour MP, Jo Cox, the Brexit (Britain plus exit) camp secured a surprise victory in the UK referendum on leaving the European Union. 52 per

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Murder of NREG Activists in Jharkhand

On 14 May, a young activist Lalit Mehta, who had been active in the right to food campaign and had the previous day initiated a social audit to expose corruption in implementation of NREGS in Palamu District, was killed on 14 May

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Address the Aspirations of the Hill People of Darjeeling

The first phase of the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland had culminated in 1988 with the formation of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC). The Hill Council was however systematically weakened and rendered powerless – and people’s resentment built

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Mockery of Democracy: Assaults on Journalists, Activists, and Academics

Recently, the Gujarat Government slapped sedition charges on the Gujarat editor of the Times of India and his team for a series of articles questioning the appointment of O P Mathur as Police Commissioner of Ahmedabad. The paper had shown

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G8 Summit: No Good News on Climate Change

For those who have been watching the climate change negotiations over the part decade, the recently concluded G8 Summit was more of the same: arm twisting and muscle-flexing by the US, and desperate attempts by the rest of the world

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On Cover

The Smile on the face of the Tiger Manmohanji, what is this 123? It is really bothering me. Stop worrying about it. I am telling you it is all right. Isn't that enough? But Manmohanji, in school whenever I ignored the 123,

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Pune Villagers Confront Killer Dow

(B.J. Kerkar, senior leader of the Lal Nishan Party (Leninist) reports from the frontlines of a powerful people’s struggle against US MNC Dow Chemicals, responsible for crimes like the Bhopal gas disaster.) The villages Shinde and Vasuli -

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Onslaught on Adivasis’ Land and Livelihood in Navin’s Orissa

Recently, the Supreme Court gave a ‘green signal’ to the MNC Vedanta (a subsidiary of Sterlite industries (India) Ltd. owned by NRI Anil Agarwal) to launch bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills, where the adivasi population has been resisting eviction

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Communal Assault on Human Rights Lawyer in UP

Mayawati may claim to have opposed the Nuke Deal because she deemed it “anti-Muslim” and herself the new symbol of ‘secularism’, but the ground reality of the state she rules over tells another tale. This is the reality of fake

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Tribunal Strikes Down SIMI Ban – But Communalism Continues in Courts

On 5 August 2008, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal headed by Justice Geeta Mittal struck down the ban on SIMI. The judgement was greeted in characteristic fashion by the Hindu Right led by the BJP and a major section of the corporate

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Urgent Need to Discard the Distorting Lens of Chauvinism

A Kashmiri student recently attended a popular TV debate show on Jammu and Kashmir, where the majority of the panellists were chauvinistic ‘hawks’ and there was a lone Kashmiri leader on the panel. During a brief break, one military gentleman

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Buddhadev Reneges on Promises to Singur Peasants to Appease Tatas

Singur is back to square one. Soon after an agreement was reached between the Trinamul Congress (TMC) and the state government on September 7 for the return of land to “unwilling” peasants inside and outside the project area, Tata Motors adamantly

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