The Land Question in India

April 3, 2014

By Shankar Gopalakrishnan [The author has provided a brief summary of the the long paper. It can be found below. - Ed] Click here to download the pdf file of the paper A Brief Summary This note is a brief summary of the long paper, which attempts a ‘synopsis’ of the land question in India […]

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On Upcoming General Elections : Statement by Sanhati Collective

April 3, 2014

Lok Sabha Election 2014 is just around the corner. The UPA government, in the last ten years, has championed the cause of big capital with unbridled enthusiasm. The Manmohan-Chidambaram-Montek-led government has hastily taken forward the process of privatization and subordinating our national economy to global capital euphemistically called “liberalization” and “reform”–which they initiated in the […]

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Indian Democracy in the Mirror of the Bhilai Movement

April 3, 2014

By Lok Sahitya Parishad The following article, reproduced from the Shankar Guha Niyogi – CMM Archive at Sanhati reflects on the state of Indian democracy from the perspective of the Bhilai movement. -Eds Summary: This essay uses real life examples, contemporary in the years 1990-1992, to highlight the inefficacy of law and the Indian constitution […]

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Open Letter on Political Prisoners

April 3, 2014

Open letter to political parties contending in the 16th Lok Sabha Elections on the release of political prisoners and related issues of public concern [The following open letter to political parties contending in the 16th Lok Sabha elections asks them to clarify their stand on the recognition and unconditional release of political prisoners and the […]

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Crisis and Political Attack on the Wage Pressure from Below

April 3, 2014

[The following article is reproduced from the March 2014 issue of Gurgaon Workers News. - Eds] Against the background of persistent inflation the ruling class in India has to actively curb the wage pressure from below. We document short examples of current struggles in the Gurgaon area and have translated one report about a riotous […]

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Ambush amplifies a struggle

March 30, 2014

by Gautam Navlakha Eleven personnel of Central Reserve Police Force, four personnel of District Armed Force and a civilian died when reportedly 100 soldiers of Peoples Liberation Guerilla Army ambushed a combined force of Central Reserve Police Force and District Armed Force on 11th March, 2014 in Jeeram Ghati of Sukma district. The ambush took […]

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Post-ideological Politics and Left Politics

March 1, 2014

By Debarshi Das Left, Right and Rights A stream of liberal thought, popular among NGO’s, argues that political parties in India, including the Left, have not done enough for the poor. Leaders and ideologues have kept on harping abstract principles, without caring for stark manifestations of poverty, such as lack of food, education, health. A […]

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Muzaffarnagar: The continuing violence of a communal-fascist state!

February 23, 2014

By Democratic Students Union [This is a detailed report from a visit whose preliminary report was published here- Eds] Introduction Death of over 30 infants in the extreme cold of Muzaffarnagar ‘relief camps’ and the overall inhuman conditions in which the evicted people are being forced to thrive there, once again has churned debates in […]

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तस्वीर के पर्दे में: मुज़फ्फरनगर राहत शिविरों से लौट कर

February 23, 2014

रियाज़ उल हक़ मलकपुर शिविर, शामली. अपनी बीमार मां और हताश पिता से बीच चार लोगों के परिवार के लिए आटा गूंधते हुए निसा कैमरा देख कर रुकती नहीं. बस मुस्कुरा देती है. पास के खाट पर उसकी मां की सांसें दमे से उखड़ रही हैं और पिता धुआं उगलते चूल्हे में आग जलाने की […]

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A Photo Essay on Muzaffarnagar

February 23, 2014

By Pramod Mandade [Parmod was in Muzaffarnagar between Jan 9 and Jan 18, 2014]

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The evictions at Agarwadi: of unworthy victims and institutional interventions

February 23, 2014

by Mrittika Desai This is about a section of the people who have built this city with their sweat and blood, those who slog to maintain Mumbai, and in return receive  the most severe brutality from the present system. The  report is about of sixty families who were evicted from their home, so that the […]

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Muzaffarnagar Riots: A Collection of Reports and Articles

February 6, 2014

Over the past few months, we have received several fact-finding reports as well as articles about the Muzaffarnagar Riots of 2013. On this page we have collected all these together for easy reference. – Editors Reports 1. तस्वीर के पर्दे में: मुज़फ्फरनगर राहत शिविरों से लौट कर – रियाज़ उल हक़ (Jan 2014) 2. A […]

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Our Environment: Perspective of Chattisgarh Mines Shramik Sangh

January 31, 2014

By Shankar Guha Niyogi Editor’s Note: This month we are again reproducing an article from the Shankar Guha Niyogi – CMM Archive at Sanhati. In this publication, published a year after the assassination of Shankar Guha Niyogi on September 28th, 1991 in the CMSS office in Bhilai, the Jan Vikas Andolan calls for a ‘Niyogi […]

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Corruption and the ‘broom’

January 31, 2014

By Alok Bhattacharya The ‘broom’ is out, out in the centre stage. Recent political news in the country is splashed with the phenomenon of corruption and the ‘broom’ that has emerged as the election symbol to shoulder the onus of driving corruption out of the country. In a distant simile, people familiar with the cartoons […]

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Mlechha Sanhaara – India’s Kalki Project, A Film Review

January 31, 2014

By Tathagata Sengupta Director Subrat Kumar Sahu, in the context of his earlier movie DAMaged, had said, “In order to understand how modern tools of development clinically destroy self-reliant communities and yet succeed in influencing the entire nation to celebrate the outcome as ‘progress’, come to Kalahandi, in the state of Orissa in India!”. With […]

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Slums, NGOs and “Development”: An experience of Mansarovar basti (Delhi)

January 21, 2014

By Siddhi [Author's note: The visit was made by a group of people including Chaitanya, Anu, Bharti and myself. The note is written based on our combined experience.] [Cover Photo: Chaitanya Khandelwal] On the morning of 26th of December 2013, when a new chief minister had not yet sworn in for the state, four bulldozers […]

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Bengal awaits an independent mass movement as crimes against women rise

January 16, 2014

By Biswajit Roy A teenaged girl was gang-raped twice by the same persons in between October 25-27. The second time was when she was on her way back from police station after lodging the complaint against the rapists. Threatened by the gang who wanted her to withdraw the complaint, her poor migrant family from Bihar […]

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‘Muzaffarnagar’ an identity of exclusion

January 14, 2014

By S. Mohammed Irshad Amartya Sen once defined the question of identity[1]; he explained that “a sense of belonging to a community is thus seen as a resource -like capital. That understanding is important, but it has to be supplemented by a further recognition that a sense of identity can firmly exclude many people even […]

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Open Letter to Markanday Katju, Chairperson, Press Council of India

January 7, 2014

[Author’s Note: - We encourage the readers of this open letter to endorse it. Anyone who wishes to endorse this open letter can do so by posting their Name and Affiliation/Institute/Profession below in comments section of this site/blog. The Press Council of India is a statutory body established by Press Council Act 1978, “An Act […]

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On Ambedkar’s “Anihilation of Caste”

December 31, 2013

By Mazdoor Patrika [This article from Mazdoor Patrika elaborates on the group's understanding of the caste question in India today.- Ed]

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The Market for Education, Civil Servants, and the Indian State: Brief Remarks

December 31, 2013

By Raju J. Das The educational landscape of the ‘new India’ is a very interesting one. Education is increasingly a commodity. It is a commodity which can be produced for a good deal of profit. The ubiquitous coaching (or tutoring) institutes form an important part of the educational market. Partly because of the collapse of […]

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Pride and Prejudice – Thoughts on L’Affaire Khobragade

December 31, 2013

By Suvarup Saha and Deepankar Basu The arrest on 12 December 2013 of Devyani Khobragade, the Deputy Consul General for Political, Economic and Commercial and Women’s Affairs at the Consulate General of India in New York (United States), on charges of visa fraud and falsifying under oath has dominated Indian media headlines for more than two […]

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Hindutva’s attempt to mobilise adivasis

December 29, 2013

by Analytical Monthly Review Samir Amin in “The Democratic Fraud and the Universalist Alternative” sets out the fundamental process of the “democratic” fraud: [A]ll hitherto existing societies have been based on a dual system of exploitation of labor (in various forms) and of concentration of the state’s powers on behalf of the ruling class. This […]

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Fears and Furies of Sexual Harassment: Time to Go Beyond the Vishaka Guidelines

December 29, 2013

by Maya John The high profile case of sexual harassment reported from the workplace of a reputed media house initially triggered much discussion not only on this grave and rampant problem but particularly so on the issue of its redressal within the workplace. Before this case and the resulting discussions completely fade from public memory […]

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Pehele AAP, pehele AAP, phir Modi

December 10, 2013

by Saroj Giri [Abstract : While AAP might undercut BJP/Modi, they are however part of the same tendency in Indian politics. It is directly linked to the new forms of (neoliberal) capital and the ongoing class struggle.] It is very tough not to be impressed by the victory of AAP in the Delhi elections. Notwithstanding […]

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Chhattisgarh and the National Question

December 3, 2013

By Shankar Guha Niyogi On 28th September, 2013, on the anniversary of the martyrdom day of Com. Shankar Guha Niyogi, Sanhati began the process of hosting a digitized archive of Com. Guha Niyogi’s writings as well as writings of others from Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Chhattisgarh Mines Shramik Sangh (CMSS), the union of workers of the […]

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Stand in solidarity with the workers who are on strike for 41 days at the Daikin plant in Neemrana

December 3, 2013

A report from Workers Solidarity Centre, Gurgaon 846 workers of Daikin plant in Neemrana, Rajasthan are on strike for last 41 days asserting their right to form union and demanding the reinstatement of 125 fellow workers who have been terminated by the management for being part of the process of union formation. Daikin Air-conditioning India […]

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The cycle of struggle 1973 to 1979 in India

December 3, 2013

[The following article is reproduced from Gurgaon Workers News. Ed] The cycle of struggle 1973 to 1979 in India – Relevance for the discussion on the relation between crisis, class struggle, ‘popular movements’ and state form today India, 1974 The crisis blow of the 1973 ‘oil-crisis’ fuelled inflation and pushed up the unemployment rate in […]

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Alco, Balco, Nalco, Malco, jaa! Review of “Out of This Earth”

December 3, 2013

Amit Basole Review of “Out of this Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel” by Felix Padel and Samarendra Das, Orient Blackswan, 2010, 742 pages. 1. Introduction Among the many haunting images you will come across in Out of this Earth, is a symbol of a successful struggle against bauxite mining in India. Beautiful […]

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Kerala Government’s Salwa Judum Experiment

November 17, 2013

By S. Mohammed Irshad Combating Maoism is still a law and order problem for the state. Government of India has already moved in that direction. Government of Kerala is planning to introduce a similar policy in the state. Kerala government is planning to appoint home guards from tribal community by paying Rs 500 per day […]

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The Politics of Massacres and Resistance

November 16, 2013

By Sushmita [The following article advances an understanding of the social and political basis of dalit massacres in Bihar, by putting atrocities like Laxmanpur Bathe, Bathani Tola and others, in the historical context of caste and class struggles as well as the anti-feudal struggle in Bihar. The role of the State in colluding with feudal […]

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The World Turned Upside Down : a class struggle indicator in Global Competitiveness Report

November 12, 2013

by Analytical Monthly Review (October editorial) When the last of the British army departed on February 28, 1948, they marched to the Gateway of India—not yet obstructed by yellow concrete barricades—and played their regimental march. When the British army surrendered to the allied rebel Continental army and the French army and navy at Yorktown, Virginia […]

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Arab Spring in Egypt: Thirty Months On

November 3, 2013

By Shiv Sethi In Jan-Feb 2011, over a million people converged on Tahrir square in Cairo and public squares across Egypt for 18 days to demand the ouster of Mubarak’s regime. This mass movement was heralded as something new and unique. Some called it the magic of people’s power while others called it direct democracy. […]

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An Energy Regime in Crisis and Urban Unrest – Selections from GWN

November 1, 2013

Gurgaon Workers News [The following two articles on India's energy regime and on urban unrest, are excerpted from the October 2013 issue of Gurgaon Workers News - Ed] Fight the Power: An Energy Regime in Crisis and the Struggle within and against it  Below you can find a short assessment of the various forces crunching […]

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Subaltern Studies and Capital: Naxalite Angle

November 1, 2013

By Hiren Gohain Partha Chatterjee in his characteristic erudite and elegant prose has joined issue with Vivek Chibber (EPW, September 14,2013) on the latter’s criticism of the theoretical positions of three stalwarts of this group of historians and social scientists (the Subaltern Studies school). It is a little disingenuous of Chatterjee to claim that the […]

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The 2014 Elections and the Hindutva Agenda

November 1, 2013

By Analytical Monthly Review The parliamentary elections of 2014 are now casting their shadow ahead. The nationwide elections on a five year schedule have become a festival, with the decorations manufactured by the media monopoly and the parliamentary parties. The prospects are dismal for any sign of intelligent engagement with crucial issues. Instead, we are […]

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Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor : Neoliberal “development” in the Indian heartland

November 1, 2013

By Partho Sarathi Ray The Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC) is till date possibly the largest project of the Government of India being proposed for what is being claimed as “industrial development” of the entire northern and eastern part of the country. Being called as the “Eastern Corridor.” The proposal is based on developing a 150-200 […]

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Casting a backward glance after a court order: the UID project

October 5, 2013

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U.P. – Evil Stalks the Land: Fact-finding Report on the Muzaffarnagar Riots from Anhad

October 3, 2013

FACT FINDING REPORT INTO THE RIOTS OF MUZAFFARNAGAR – Anhad Evil Stalks the Land – Anhad report [PDF, English, 1.8 MB] » The present report is the outcome of a visit by a team of 24, intellectuals, social activists, lawyers and media persons. The team visited riot-hit areas of Uttar Pradesh on September 22 – […]

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The Semi-Feudal Character of Indian Agriculture

October 1, 2013

By Guruprasad Kar [Translated by Ipsita Samanta from article, ‘Bharatiya Krishir Adhasamantatantrik charitra’ published in Aneek, 2012.] There have been over 2.5 lakh farmers’ suicide over the last fifteen years in India. This started from the middle of 1990’s when neo-liberal policy was aggressively implemented in India. From available data we can say the objective […]

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Infantile ‘Radicalism’, Domestic Labour Debate & Anti-Rape Movement: A Leninist Critique of Marxism-Feminism

October 1, 2013

By Maya John Reacting to a debate on the issue of rape and on the question of strategy required to combat the oppression of women, Bhumika Chauhan, Ankit Sharma and Paresh Chandra released their formulation of what the appropriate working-class intervention should be on the ‘women’s question’. While they have expressed their agreement on some […]

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Book Review of Let’s Call Him Vasu

October 1, 2013

By Sumati Panikkar Let’s Call Him Vasu, written by journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary, is another addition to the increasing list of journalistic writings on the Maoist movement in India. As the war in central India intensifies, the publishing business too has found several ways of cashing in on the marketability of war zones. Let’s Call Him […]

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What Ails the Indian Economy?

October 1, 2013

By Deepankar Basu and Debarshi Das Summary: The slowdown of growth rate in India is an outcome of the nature of high growth experienced in the recent past. The high growth had a narrow base, the vast majority of the poor did not share its benefits. The growth was helped by foreign capital inflow. Because […]

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Anti-Aadhaar litigants and the rhetoric of fear

September 28, 2013

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A Note on Recent Ethnic Violence in Assam

September 24, 2013

by Hiren Gohain In the last few weeks, in fact soon after announcement on forming a separate Telengana state, violence erupted in several regions of Assam with significant tribal populations, almost as if on cue. In the Bodo Territorial Council area, thousands of young tribal youths and girls, decked out in war-paint and Apache hair-cuts, […]

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India: An Urban Battleground

September 7, 2013

By Partho Sarathi Ray [The following is a video of a talk delivered by Partho Sarathi Ray at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, on July, 26, 2013. - Editors]

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Starvation Wages in Karnataka

September 7, 2013

By. S. Balan Government of Karnataka fixed starvation wages for a period between 1.4.2013 to 31.03.2014 in the guise of minimum wages as per Minimum Wages Act, 1948 Government of Karnataka has fixed minimum wages payable in 77 Scheduled employments for the year 1.04.2013 to 31.03.2013 covering the life of 3 crore workers working in […]

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Encounters in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra

September 1, 2013

By Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations PRESS RELEASE Issued at the Press Conference at Nagpur on 26 August 2013 Six cases of encounters in Gadchiroli district have been reported in the press this year. A total of 26 persons have lost their lives in these encounters. People from the villages where the encounters took place […]

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Dabholkar has Done a Gandhi

August 23, 2013

By Anand Teltumbde “With their backs to the sunrise they worship the night.” ― Robert G. Ingersoll Maharashtra had one more shame added to a long list of its shames accumulated through history. On 20 August it ultimately killed Dr Narendra Dabholkar, a committed rationalist who had personified the opposition to superstition and humbug that […]

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Analytical Monthly Review Editorial- July/August

August 19, 2013

In the by now tedious cliché, India with a population of 1.22 billion (122 crores) and with an elected parliament, is supposed to be the largest democracy in the world. The relation between democracy and size is problematic. In small communities, voters can be presumed to have some personal knowledge of both candidates and issues […]

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Poverty in India : Line, Level and Trend

August 10, 2013

by Deepankar Basu The Planning Commission’s latest estimates of the incidence of poverty in India – measured by the head count ratio – have been met with incredulity in most quarters where reason still holds sway and evidence still matters. Using a poverty line of Rs. 816 per capita per month for rural areas and […]

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“The system is increasingly fragile” – Conversation with Faridabad Majdoor Samachar

August 9, 2013

Source : GurgaonWorkersNews [In early 2013 some comrades belonging to the anti-capitalist left in Germany visited comrades in India. Their conversation was published in German language (Fleig, Kumar, Weber (Hg.): “Speak Up! Sozialer Aufbruch und Widerstand in Indien”; Assoziation A). Below you can find notes of a conversation with friends of Faridabad Majdoor Samachar - […]

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What Lies Behind the Doubling of Gas Prices?

July 13, 2013

by Rahul Varman [On this topic see the recent article from The Hindu "Why pay a higher price if RIL says cost of gas is $2.74/mbtu?" - Eds] The cabinet decided to double the natural gas prices from $4.2 to $8.4 per million British thermal unit in an unprecedented decision last week; the price increase […]

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CDRO Bulletin June 2013

July 7, 2013

Click here for the CDRO Bulletin pdf file JUNE 2013 CONTENTS # On the Occasion of the International Week of the Disap- peared, Tahira Begum # Unprecedented Detention of CDRO Team by Police, Sanhati # Delhi Metro Workers Gathered at Jantar Mantar, DMKU # Condemn Destructive Project and Forced Eviction, CPDM # Condemning Police Excesses […]

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Poverty, Undernutrition and Food Security in Contemporary India

July 4, 2013

By Deepankar Basu One of the easiest ways to understand the perverse nature of the growth regime underlying “India Shining” is to trace out the divergence between expenditure-based measures of poverty (POV) and the calorie-based measures of the prevalence of undernutrition (POU). To highlight this alarming divergence, Figure 1 and 2 plots measures of POV […]

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Rape: Sri Lanka’s Weapon of Genocide

July 3, 2013

By Dr. N. Malathy and Karthick RM My fellow Tamil women What have you done for peace in the isle? Take off your clothes and open up your vagina For the Sinhala warriors of the land of Buddha – Poem by an Angry Tamil Woman On February 26th 2013, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a […]

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Whistle Blowers and the Public Interest

June 25, 2013

by M. V. Ramana The bulk of development policies, justified in the ‘national interest’, actually diminish poor people’s ability to control and gainfully use natural resources. Every ‘national’ project is presented as beneficial for the masses even though it requires some poor people to surrender their land or their livelihood. While the ‘greater good of […]

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Kabir Kala Manch Defence Committee : a debate

June 20, 2013

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Critiquing Intersectionality, Populism and Gender Disembodied of Class: A Marxist Reassertion

June 10, 2013

[In the wake of the horrific gang rape of a student in a moving bus in Delhi on 16 December, 2012, activists and progressive researchers have attempted to understand various aspects of the phenomenon of rape in India, and to formulate strategies to confront and address it. Kavita Krishnan, a leading activist in the mobilization […]

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A glimpse of the society that ‘rapes’

May 29, 2013

The following article has been reproduced from the latest issue of Gurgaon Workers News. The original article can be found here. – Editors The word ‘rape’ comes from the French verb ‘raper’ which means to steal .While sexual assault is a big act of aggression on the women’s body and mind, this word does not […]

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Footprints (Issue #2) NAPM Newsletter

May 29, 2013

National Alliance of People’s Movements We are publishing the second issue of FOOTPRINTS, an NAPM newsletter providing news related to NAPM and its associate organisations as well as analytical articles, views and interviews. FOOTPRINTS will be issued on the 1st and 16th every month. This fortnight’s issue contains:- 1) The Maharashtra Irrigation Scam 2) Policy […]

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‘Driving Force: Labour Struggles and Violation of Rights in Maruti Suzuki’ A Report from PUDR

May 26, 2013

People’s Union for Democratic Rights View entire report (PDF) What makes the Maruti story extraordinary is certainly not the company and its cars but the extraordinary struggle of its workers that has continued inspite of ruthless repression by the management and the police and failure of the labour department and the judiciary at all levels […]

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Red Ant Dream – A review

May 25, 2013

by Azaan Javaid In the Islamic interpretation of dreams, to dream about insects means a weaker people organizing themselves to win something over. Organization is both loved and loathed by a tyrannical entity. Loved, because enslaved people constitute profit generating labor. Loathed, because if the same organization is mobilized for a cause, which stands at […]

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International Nurses’ Day: Some Pride, More Plights

May 11, 2013

by Maya John Tomorrow (May 12) as International Nurses’ Day is celebrated worldwide, it is important that we introspect on a crucial fact about nursing, which is that it is one of the most devalued socially necessary labour performed by an extremely skilled workforce. While some hospitals, nursing schools, etc. commemorate this important day, for […]

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Where Have All the Seasons Gone? Current Impacts of Climate Change in Gujarat

May 3, 2013

By Delhi Platform, Gujarat Agricultural Labour Union (GALU) and International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) Summary: (Click here to download a PDF of the entire report) Global warming has finally begun to get the attention of the world in the last few years, though a sense of urgency and a commensurate response is still lacking where […]

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Bangladesh, Global Capitalism, and the Garment Industry

May 3, 2013

As the death toll continues to rise in Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster yet, we reproduce a previously published article on the global garment industry taking the examples of Bangladesh and Argentina. Readers should also see this interview of Prof. Anu Muhammad, an eminent Bangladeshi Marxist, on the place of Bangladesh in the global economy, published […]

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“We see no evil, O Mastermoshai”

May 3, 2013

Sabyasachi Goswami, the poet and political activist, was arrested by the Kolkata police special branch on 18th April, 2013, and accused of being the head of the Kolkata city committee of the CPI(Maoist). Sabyasachi, together with his comrade, Zakir Hussein, were beaten up and tortured in police custody before being produced in court on 20th […]

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To the Self-Obsessed Marxists and the Pseudo Ambedkarites

May 2, 2013

by Anand Teltumbde [This article is a part of a debate on the caste issue and Marxism. -Ed] Frankly, I curse myself for having gone to Chandigarh. Not so much because I am embarrassed by the unseemly controversy created by certain pseudo Ambedkarites in Maharashtra, but because I am deeply saddened to see the egotistic […]

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Heightened tensions in Posco Project Area : A fact finding report

May 1, 2013

Fact Finding Report on the Situation in the Wake of Bomb Blast in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha Executive Summary On the 9th of March 2013, a 12 member team consisting of human rights activists, journalists, academicians, democratic rights and civil liberty activists, conducted a fact finding visit to Patana and Gobindapur villages of Dhinkia Panchayat in […]

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Dams and the Doomed… min(e)d games of the state

April 29, 2013

by Subrat Kumar Sahu ‘We all are living in a gang war… [in which] the state is just another gang!’ – Arundhati Roy In the wee hour 29 April 2013, at least 10 platoons of police cracked down on a gathering of about 2000 people, sitting in peaceful protest, on the bed of Suktel River, […]

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CDRO Bulletins, Feb and March 2013

March 31, 2013

Click here to download a PDF version of the February 2013 bulletin of the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO). This month’s table of contents is below. Click here to download a PDF version of the March 2013 bulletin of the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO). This month’s table of contents is below.

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Budget 2013: All Sound and Fury?

March 31, 2013

By Debarshi Das The disingenuous numbers churned out by the Union Budgets often make observers throw up their hands. The recent editorial of the Economic and Political Weekly is a case in point.In spite of substantial shortfall of tax revenue from the target in the current financial year, the Budget proposes an optimistic 19% growth […]

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Caste and Exploitation in Indian History

March 31, 2013

By Dr. Bharat Patankar Introduction: The Process of Exploitation Exploitation arising from the caste hierarchy is a particular feature of the South Asian subcontinent. There was no such exploitative system in other continents or in countries outside of South Asia. But since caste exploitation has been a reality for 1500-2000 years this shakes the belief […]

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Violence Against Women and the Indian State

March 31, 2013

By Mrinalini Paul In order to exemplify the role of the State this paper attempts to touch upon broadly two concepts that have inherently and somewhat unfortunately attached themselves onto and fuelled the vigour and very nature of the State, that of Justice and Violence. While the former is linked to being handed out by […]

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From the 4th of June 2011 to the 18th of July 2012 and beyond – The practice of Maruti Suzuki Manesar workers

March 31, 2013

The following article was orignally publishes in the Hindi language workers’ newspaper, Faridabad Majdoor Samachar (no.296 – February 2013.) It is being reproduced here from the Gurgaon Workers’ News site. – Editors ‘What to do and what not to do?’ ‘How to do and how not to do?’, these are important questions. All workers are […]

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Report of Enquiry into Industrial Accident at the Holcim – Ambuja Plant, Chhattisgarh

March 31, 2013

Joint Mission to  Enquire into  Industrial Accident at the Holcim – Ambuja Plant.   Baloda Bazar District, Chhattisgarh.  15 – 16 February 2013  Mission Members Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh Ms. Sudha Bharadwaj Mr. Kalyan Patel Mr. Mahesh Kumar Ms. Sahana Manjesh, National Law School, Bangalore (Intern) Chhattisgarh Cement and Khadan Employees Union (INTUC) Mr. Suresh Bagre […]

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Cowboy Capitalism: The Curious Case of Reliance KG Basin Gas Business

February 24, 2013

By Rahul Varman[1] I. Background While everyone recognises the significance of petroleum industry for an economy like India, the real happenings and intricacies of the sector do not often make the news. At best these days one hears a lot about the high and ever increasing prices of the petroleum products. It is only recently […]

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Struggle for Health: Which is the Way Ahead?

February 24, 2013

By Punyabrata Gun [Translated by Debarshi Das] [This is part of a continuing series of articles on the People’s Health Movement by Dr. Punyabrata Gun. Previous articles in this series include Peoples’ Health Movement in India: Looking Back at Dalli Rajahara - Achievements and Problems, The Journey of Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog (Working Class Health Project) […]

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Some Thoughts on Sexual Violence and Rape in India – Taking Forward the Discourse and Struggles

February 24, 2013

By Indira Chakravarthi On the evening of 16th December 2012, in a moving bus in Delhi, a young woman was subjected to brutal violence and rape by a group of men, leading to her death about a fortnight later. The incident led to huge protests in Delhi and to an extent in several other cities […]

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The Hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru

February 24, 2013

The hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru in the Parliament attack case is a significant event in contemporary Indian politics. This is not only because of the numerous holes in the prosecution or the strange conclusion by the highest court of the land that Afzal had to be killed to satisfy the collective conscience of the […]

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Urbanisation and Systemic Disaster

February 24, 2013

The following article on the urbanization process in Gurgaon is reproduced from the February 2013 issue of Gurgaon Workers News. The original article can be found here. Introduction Gurgaon’s population has grown from a few thousand to more than 1.5 million in 30 years. In previous newsletters you can find reports on different proletarian areas […]

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From Nonadanga to Ejipura: The Urban Battleground

February 23, 2013

by Partho Sarathi Ray [The following article by Partho Sarathi Ray connects the dots between the urban eviction and displacement struggles raging across India. Photographs are from the Ejipura neighborhood of Bangalore where houses of the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) were demolished on 19th-20th January. The article appears after the photos. - Editors] Post-demolition EWS(21st). […]

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The Ashis Nandy Controversy: Inside the Mind of One ‘Intolerant’ Dalit

February 11, 2013

By Anoop Kumar The article is being reprinted from Round Table India where it was first published. – Editors Vaibhav Diwakar Ghadge, a post-graduate from TISS (Mumbai), got married on 20th January, 2013. Two days later, he left his village Kulakajai in Maharashtra’s Satara district, along with his wife, to visit a nearby temple. On […]

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“Special Issue on Caste and Left Politics in India”: An Introduction

January 30, 2013

By Saroj Giri and Sanhati Editorial Team This month’s issue is dedicated to articles that explore various dimensions and intersections of left politics, the dalit and anti-caste movements in India. The left is often accused of playing down the importance of caste. At the theoretical level this has often been the result of a mechanical […]

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“Elimination of feudalism or capitalism is not possible without annihilation of caste in India”

January 30, 2013

[An interview with Bangalore-based activist and journalist Shivasundar, conducted by Shiv Sethi, on the evolution of caste and class politics in Karnataka - Ed] A demonstration by the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, Shimoga, Karnataka Q. Give us a historic perspective of the rise of left and its interaction with caste-based politics in Karnataka. A. The left […]

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For a rape ‘caste’ (does) matter in India

January 26, 2013

Suraj Yengde “Woman will not mind the age of the person if she wants to have sex with him.” “She only loves ornaments, money and clothes, she is full of sexual desires, betrayer and egoistic.” [2] These are the famous ciphers encoded in the sacred text ‘Manusmriti’ from Hindu alias Brahminical Holy book of governance that […]

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(Trans)gender and caste lived experience – Transphobia as a form of Brahminism: An Interview of Living Smile Vidya

January 26, 2013

Living Smile Vidya Note from the interviewers: This is the transcript of a conversation between dalit transgender feminist writer and theater artist Living Smile Vidya, who lives and works in Chennai, with her transgender brothers Kaveri Karthik and Gee Ameena Suleiman from Bangalore. This conversation took place on a late night after 11 pm in […]

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Dalit Poems of Maharashtra

January 26, 2013

Translated by Swapna Banerjee-Guha Poets Narayan Surve (left) and Baburao Bagul Translator’s Note: Dalit poems have got a special place in the literature of Maharashtra. At the same time, they are different from many other literary works of protest. These poems are not just voices of rebellion against injustice on Dalits, simultaneously they are the […]

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Caste Identity Versus Class Solidarity: Some Speculative Notes

January 26, 2013

P. K. Vijayan Much has been discussed and written about caste politics, and about caste and politics. My purpose here is not to revisit and rehearse these debates, even if I do refer to some of them in passing. Nor the aim of article is to analyze the multiple alliances and conflicts that take shape […]

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Marxism and the Caste Question: An Extended Review of Com. Anuradha Ghandy’s “Caste Question in India”

January 26, 2013

Asit Das The following essay by Asit Das reviews Com. Anuradha Ghandy’s essay “Caste Question in India.” The essay offers extensive quotations from the original text, since several readers may not yet have had a chance to see the original. Com. Ghandy’s essay has been published along with her other writings in a volume titles, […]

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A Caste-Class Analysis from rural Maharashtra – Two Essays

January 26, 2013

The following two pieces, the first by Gail Omvedt, and the second by Anant Phadke, expand on the caste-class analysis developed by the Shramik Mukti Dal, an organization working in rural Maharashtra. – Editors The Shramik Mukti Dal Flag Anti-Caste Movements and the Left – Gail Omvedt Towards Programme for Abolition Of Material Basis Of […]

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CDRO Bulletin, December 2012

January 7, 2013

Click here to download a PDF version of the December 2012 bulletin of the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO). This month’s table of contents is below.

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Delhi Rape Case: Statements, Reflections, Writings

December 31, 2012

Below we have collected various statements and articles that were written in the past two weeks in the aftermath of the Delhi gang rape and the anti-rape protests. These pieces have appeared on Sanhati and other websites. We also include some older articles, such as one by Comrade Anuradha Ghandy, which still remain pertinent to […]

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Loot, Plunder and Deindustrialisation: The saga of Ashok Paper Mill, Darbhanga, Bihar

December 31, 2012

A Fact Finding Report by JANHASTAKHEP: CAMPAIGN AGAINST FASCIST DESIGNS New Delhi November 2012 Ashok Paper Mill, Darbhanga, Bihar Index 1. Introduction 2. Historical Overview 3. The Salient Features of the Revival Scheme 4. The Events leading to the firing 5. The Spot Visit: APM, A Dilapidated Monument 6. The Narratives 6.1 The Workers 6.2 […]

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Is Child Malnutrition Overstated in India? A Reponse to Arvind Panagariya

December 30, 2012

In a recent interview given to TEHELKA about his forthcoming co-authored book (“Tryst with Destiny: Debunking Myths that Undermine Progress and Addressing New Challenges”), Professor Arvind Panagariya argues that child as well as adult malnutrition statistics for India is exaggerated. We argue below that Professor Panagariya is mistaken and that India should indeed be concerned about these figures.

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The Maoist movement: Chakravyuhs of our times

December 30, 2012

By T.V.H. Prathamesh Cinema, as a commodity, requires deployment of a huge number of labourers in form of acting crew, technical crew, spot boys, manual labourers, stunt men, post production crew, extras among others with varying degrees of skill for its creation. As with every other commodity, both the credit of creation and the profits […]

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Adarsh, 2G, and Mumbai

December 30, 2012

This article summarizes two major corruption scandals that have captured media and, of course, government attention over the past three years. These are the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scandal, and the 2G Spectrum scandal.

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Tamil Nadu – A fact-finding report on the attack on Dalits in Dharmapuri

December 6, 2012

On 7 November 2012 as the sun set to retreat from the Naikkankottai sky the world of Dalits symbolizing their toil of years, sacrifice, and aspirations was reduced to rubble and ashes by a marauding mob of the caste Hindus within hours. While caste atrocity was not unknown to Tamil Nadu, the state that has […]

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Food Budget Squeeze, Market Penetration and the Calorie Consumption Puzzle in India

December 1, 2012

By Deepankar Basu and Amit Basole Summary In the past three decades, even as incomes have been rising in rural India, people have been consuming fewer calories. In this article we present results of a recent study showing that this paradox results from people spending more of their scarce incomes on non-food essentials such as […]

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The Famished Architects of Shining India

December 1, 2012

by Tathagatha Sengupta At first sight, the main underlying reasons for the phenomenon of seasonal mass migration from western Orissa to Andhra Pradesh and other southern states could be ascribed to inadequate rainfall leading to agricultural crises. Most of these areas, covered by the so-called KBK (Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahandi) districts allow only one crop per year. This […]

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