FEATURE

Bail for Shahabuddin, Jail for Activists : Stories of Impunity and Power in Bihar

(A version of this article appeared in The Wire on 13/09/2016) The sleeves of each assassin are spotless. No sign of blood: no trace of red, not on the edge of the knife, none on the point of the sword. – Faiz

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Comrade Swapan Mukherjee

The CPI(ML) Central Committee is deeply shocked and grieved to announce the untimely demise of CPI(ML) Politburo member Comrade Swapan Mukherjee. He suffered an unexpected heart attack and passed away suddenly around 4.15 am this morning at a comrade's

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Dalits, Adivasis Demand Independence From Oppression, Exploitation, Corporate Plunder

15 August 2016 – India’s Independence Day - witnessed some unique and inspiring movements. The Dalits of Una and the adivasis of Bastar chose to mark Independence Day by highlighting the freedom and dignity denied to them. In this feature we carry

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Ban Casteist And Communal ‘Cow Protection’ Mobs

For the past several years, ‘cow-protection’ vigilantism has been the pretext for casteist and communal violence. Akhlaque was killed in Dadri by such a mob; two Muslim cattle herders were lynched and hung from trees in Jharkhand by such mobs.

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Opening Up The Conversation on Kashmir

What is notable about this juncture is that there is a greater willingness among common Indian citizens to question the official narrative on Kashmir; a greater openness to discuss democratic rather than military ways of responding to the Kashmir protests.

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Stop The War On Democracy In Kashmir

Kashmir has been plunged into yet another cycle of massive civilian protests met with brutal state repression that claimed 46 lives (and still counting) and severely injured many more. The crisis has been precipitated this time by the killing of a

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‘All the problems have been solved. Now let’s build a statue’

(Editor of the Marathi daily Loksatta Kumar Ketkar penned an editorial on June 4 on the Congress-NCP Maharashtra government’s decision to install a massive statue of Shivaji off the coast of Mumbai. The nbext day his home was attacked by

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Women’s Movement and Communist Party: Basics Revisited

(Continued from last issue) In the progress from group marriage to pairing marriage it was women who took the lead because the former proved extremely oppressive and degrading for them. Ironically, with the development of productive forces (the iron plough

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Public Private Partnerships: Private Profiteers Peddling Education?

How does neo-liberal capital recycle itself pip, seed and peel? For starters it employs copy-writers and linguists who generate words and phrases that rationalise super profits. Then it encourages establishment of Foundations that push this agenda and when it has

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Forest Rights Rules: Move to Subvert Forest Dwellers’ Rights

When the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act was passed in December 2006, there was a general consensus that this legislation was a major milestone in the struggles for tribal rights. Indeed, the very fact

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Plain-speaking by Planning Commission Report

An Expert Group set up by the Planning Commission, headed by D. Bandopadhyay, and including Dr. B.D. Sharma, Kamla Prasad, (Ex. Chief Secretary, Bihar), Prakash Singh, Ex. DGP (U.P.), Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, UGC, K. Balagopal, Bela Bhatia, Prof.

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Women’s Movement and Communist Party: Basics Revisited

(Continued from last issue) In this last part of the article we propose to elaborate on the two important and interrelated areas of our concern, already touched in Part II: (a) grasping the proletarian approach to women's movement and (b)

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