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All India General Strike

The countrywide General Strike on 28 February 2012 received a huge response and was a clear mandate by the working class for the reversal of ongoing economic policies of liberalisation... (read full text)

TU Rights Under Attack

In Mamata Banerjee’s rule in West Bengal, state government employees are having a rough time. Not only have the dearness allowance and other dues of the regular employees been withheld... (read full text)

Assembly Elections 2012

(as told by Comrade Mangat Ram Pasla, Secretary, CPM Punjab, and Comrade Harkanwal Singh, State Committee member, CPM Punjab) The Akali Dal-BJP combine bucked the long-established and unbroken trend of... (read full text)

SP Sweeps, and Goons Rear Their Head

Beyond the predictions made by most observers and even its own internal assessments, the Samajwadi Party emerged as the sole pole against the BSP, in a neat reversal of the... (read full text)

Neither BJP nor Congress Win Voters’ Confidence

The close contest in Uttarakhand is being interpreted by some as a ‘respectable’ showing, rather than an outright rejection of the BJP. The BJP is taking solace by saying that... (read full text)

UPDATE : AILC Memo to President

A five-member AILC delegation comprising Comrades Mangat Ram Pasla (Secretary of CPM Punjab), Bhimrao Bansode (General Secretary of LNP(Leninist) Maharashtra), Taramani Rai (General Secretary of CPRM), Dipankar Bhattacharya (General Secretary... (read full text)


Comrade Subodh Narayan Choubey a veteran leader of the State Government Employees movement in Jharkhand, passed away on 7 March, 2012, at Dumka. He had been suffering a kidney ailment... (read full text)

On 2nd Cover : Planning Commission Does It Again!

Now, anyone spending more than Rs.22.40 in rural areas, and Rs 28.65 in urban areas, is NOT POOR! Not long ago, the Planning Commission headed by Montek Singh Ahluwalia generated... (read full text)

On 3rd Cover : Crackdown in Koodankulam

Koodankulam is under siege, as we go to press. The Tamil Nadu Government, soon after by-polls in nearby Sankarankoil took place on March 18, changed its tune on the nuclear... (read full text)

March 2012

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International Women’s Day And the Women’s Movement in India

Woman is born in chains, but everywhere she is fighting to be free. It is a world-historic struggle being waged in different ways in different national settings. In our country... (read full text)

Karnataka’s Porn Scandal: Shame on BJP’s Hypocrisy and Insult to Women

The recent ‘porngate’ scandal in Karnataka, in which three BJP Ministers were caught by a TV channel, viewing a porn clip inside the Assembly, has exposed the BJP’s bankruptcy and... (read full text)

Malevolent Mamata and the Dance of Death in West Bengal

Safar Molla, an enterprising marginal farmer of Kaltikuri village in Bardhaman district, had lost his father at an early age and had been maintaining the family since then against heavy... (read full text)

Punish All Responsible for the West Bengal Government’s Patriarchal Offensive on a Rape Complainant

The response of the West Bengal Government to a recent complaint of gang rape in the state capital, is yet another instance that has underlined the deeply patriarchal biases embedded... (read full text)

Stop Making Muslim Youth Pawns of the Cynical Game Between Competing Investigative Agencies

The recent case of Naqee Ahmad from Darbhanga, Bihar, is a reminder of how Muslim youth are becoming pawns in the cynical and cruel game played by competing anti-terror agencies... (read full text)

Ethics In The Indian Media 2011

Terror Reporting No mea culpa On November 16, 2011 seven Muslims arrested for the Malegaon 2006 blasts were released on bail. Media frenzy accompanied their release, with photographers telling them... (read full text)

Towards a Double Dip Recession and Unemployment? Capital and Labour in the Neoliberal World Order

Last month we published excerpts from latest documents by the IMF and the WEF to show how they view the unfolding financial and economic crisis. Continuing our reportage, we bring... (read full text)

Draft Political Resolution for the CPI(M)’s 20th Congress: Living in Denial

The CPI(M) Central Committee has released the draft political resolution for the party’s forthcoming 20th Congress scheduled to be held in Kozhikode, Kerala in April 2012. The previous Congress of... (read full text)

Cover Feature : Stop State Repression in Garhwa – Release Mukhiya Ramdas Minz and Others!

Following a landmine blast by CPI(Maoist) in Garhwa, Jharkhand, CPI(ML) leaders were abducted by Maoists, and the police is implicating the CPI(ML) in the blasts, and torturing its local village... (read full text)

AIPWA 6th National Conference Held at Vijaywada

The 6th National Conference of All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) took place on 8-9 February at Vijaywada. The entire city was decorated with colourful posters and flags. The women... (read full text)