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On Cover : Children in Neoliberal India – Starved and Stunted

PM Manmohan Singh would like us to believe that adopting the policies of liberalisation have put India on the fast track towards becoming a global superpower. Recent studies have, however... (read full text)

In lieu of Editorial : Let Us Make 2012 A Year of Heightened Struggles and Powerful Initiatives

As the first year of the second decade of the twenty-first century draws to a close, we can see a welcome upswing in popular struggles across the world. Reeling under... (read full text)

Kishenji’s Murder: Exposing TMC’s True Colours

The gruesome murder of comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao, better known as Kishenji, brings out the true colours of the Trinamul Congress (TMC) Government in West Bengal. Mamta Banerjee actually copied... (read full text)

The Congress-UPDS ‘Peace’ Deal in Karbi Anglong

On November 25, the Union Government and the Government of Assam signed a tripartite accord with the UPDS (United People’s Democratic Solidarity), an insurgent organization operating since 1999 in the... (read full text)

Durban Deal: Sell-Out for Developing Countries

The Durban Climate Change Conference concluded a few days back, with environment and forests minister Jayanti Natarajan hammering in the last nail in the coffin of India’s long-standing position that... (read full text)

The Killer Fumes of Corporate Greed

The morning of December 9 came as a huge shock to Kolkata and the entire country. More than 90 lives – including old-age patients in various stages of treatment and... (read full text)

Bhanwari Devi Case: Dirty Picture of Feudal Exploitation and Violence

The disappearance of auxiliary nurse and midwife (ANM) Bhanwari Devi in Rajasthan has exposed the vulnerability of the state’s women health workers, especially dalit women, to exploitation and violence at... (read full text)

Pakistan’s Pain Can Never Be India’s Gain

We don’t see Pakistan speaking in one voice very often; different stakeholders react differently to a given situation depending upon their interest and political leaning. However, the killing of 24... (read full text)

CPI(ML) Statement on Mullaperiyar Dispute

The CPI(ML) expresses grave concern over the alarming escalation of the controversy over the Mullaperiyar dam. CPI(ML) appeals to the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to maintain patience and... (read full text)

Policy Watch : UID Aadhaar Under Cloud

The UID (Aadhaar) Bill (National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010), pet project of Home Minister P Chidambaram and the UPA Government, is already underway in several states. Yet, a... (read full text)

Corporate Retail: Government Claims – and the Reality

In the face of immense opposition to its decision to permit 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, the Government has had to out its plans on hold. However, this is only... (read full text)

Special Reoprt : Rural Poor Turn Out in Massive CPI(ML) Rally at Patna

Even as Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s much-hyped ‘Seva Yatras’ were proving to be a flop show, thousands of peasants, labourers and other sections of the rural poor turned out in... (read full text)

Special Report : Guarantee Land Reforms and Land Rights, Extend MNREGA to Agriculture, Stop Rural Loot

(excerpts from Comrade Dipankar’s concluding address at the 4th National Conference of AIALA in Patna on 22 November 2011) Land Reforms and Land Rights: As far as land is concerned... (read full text)

Tributes : Bhupen Hazarika: Voice Of The People

— Anju Barkataki An avalanche seemed to have burst on the streets of Guwahati. For three consecutive days from the 7th of November, wave upon wave of people kept flowing... (read full text)

Tribute : The Wanderer Has Left Us

— Loknath Goswami, General Secretary, Sadou Assam Jansanskritik Parishad That golden voice that gave a distinct identity to the entire North East, and sang “Ami ek jajabor” (I’m a wanderer)... (read full text)

Tribute : Adieu Adam Gondvi

‘When 70 people in every 100 are still poor – put your hands on your heart, and tell me, is the country really free?’ People poet Adam Gondvi, who penned... (read full text)

Inspiring Persona Mamoni Raisom Goswami

(Soon after Bhupen Hazarika’s demise, Assam suffered another painful loss. Harendranath Barthakur pays tribute to Dr. Indira Goswami.) The unconquered storyteller of the contemporary Assamese literature, Mamoni Raisom Goswami, (Dr... (read full text)


Comrade R P Dimri Comrade R P Dimri passed away on 4 December 2011, after a brief bout with cancer of the urinary bladder. He was around 66, and is... (read full text)

Update : Sankalp Divas in Memory of Comrade VM

December 18, the death anniversary of Comrade Vinod Mishra, was observed as Sankalp Divas (Pledge-taking Day) by Party units all over the country. This year, the December 18 programmes also... (read full text)