COMMENTARY

Sanghi Terror – And A Convenient Election-Eve ‘Encounter’

On 8 March, a Special NIA Court sentenced two RSS pracharaks Devendra Gupta, 41, and Bhavesh Patel, 39 to life imprisonment in the Ajmer blasts case. The court acquitted RSS leader Swami Aseemanand and six others, giving them the “benefit of doubt” – while

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A Seminar Becomes A Battleground

(AISA Activist Madhurima Kundu, a former DU student who is now a student at Ambedkar University, writes about the ABVP attack she witnessed on a seminar at Ramjas College.) The English Department of Ramjas College in association with WordCraft, The

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On Being the ‘Right Kind of Brown’

(Reproduced with thanks from Counterpunch, March 21, 2017) A racist man shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla on February 22, 2017.  He wanted to kill a Muslim. He thought Srinivas and his friend Alok Madasani were Iranians. A week later, Harnish Patel was shot and killed in

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Making Ideology And Political Association A Crime

Delhi University Professor GN Saibaba, who is 90 percent disabled, as well as JNU student Hem Mishra, journalist Prashant Rahi, as well as Mahesh Tirki and Pandu Narote were convicted under UAPA for “aiding and abetting” Maoist activities, and sentenced to

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A Brute Display of State Terror

(Purushuttam Roy Barman, Secretary, Tripura Human Rights Organisation writes about a visit to the site of the infamous massacre of 7 CPI(ML) comrades in Tripura in 1980.) 25th February, 2017, we are in front of the Martyr’s Column at Kalacherra Bazar,

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Why Are India’s Automobile Workers in Jail?

In a recent trial court judgement on 10 March 2017, 117 workers of the automobile company Maruti Suzuki's factory in Manesar, Gurgaon, India were acquitted of a murder charge. 18 workers were convicted of minor offences while 13 – all leaders of the Maruti union – have

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An Open Letter to the Army Chief

Dear General Bipin Rawat, You have warned Kashmiri civilians that if they fail to cooperate with Army operations, the Army will not hesitate to fire on them. You have added, for good measure, that not only those who pelt stones

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Hold Fresh Elections in Tamil Nadu

It took 21 years for the Indian Judicial system to pronounce the late Chief Minister of Tamilnadu J Jayalalitha guilty of accumulation of assets disproportionate to her income. Justice delayed (till after Jayalalitha’s death) was justice denied and the people

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Caste Is The Dirty Secret Behind Open Defecation

(Liberation looks at the problem of open defecation and the nature of the Swacch Bharat campaign.) The Swacch Bharat (Clean India) campaign is officially aimed at eradicating open defecation in India, which poses a serious public health problem and is

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Budget 2017 and Deepening of the Demonetization Disaster

This year the annual budget was tabled on the first and not the customary last day of February. This was also the first time when the railway budget was stripped of its separate existence and appended to the general budget

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Will SC Verdict on Secularism Curb Electoral Hate Speech?

Ever since the 1990s, communal and casteist propaganda and hate-speech has become a staple of election propaganda, poisoning political discourse deeply. Section 123 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 (Act) lays down that appeals by candidates for votes on the

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Singur Then, Bhangor Now :

The land grab and repression on peasants’ resistance in Singur and Nandigram cost the CPI(M) its decades-long Government in West Bengal. The TMC, posing as the champion of peasants against land grab, had made its way to power. Now,

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