A Brief Outline of Strategy for the New Phase of Janatha Aragalaya 

August 14, 2022

By Maya John [This article is based on the discussions with activists of the Janatha Aragalaya and concerned Sri Lankan citizens. It is a humble contribution towards ongoing debates within the movement. As the French proverb goes: “De choc des opinions jaillit la vérité” – Truth arises from a conflict of opinions.] With the deepening […]

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Burning Questions of the Sri Lankan People’s Movement: What is to be Done?  

July 25, 2022

By Maya John (This article is based on a talk delivered at the online session organised by International Solidarity with the People’s Movement in Sri Lanka on a 23.07.2022) The people’s movement in Sri Lanka has entered into a deadlock with the ‘(s)election’ of Ranil Wickremesinghe as President. Within hours of him assuming office, a […]

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Notes on the Farmers Protests

January 31, 2021

January 30, 2021 (This note has been written by Kasturi and translated by the Sanhati Collective) There are some things about Western UP that  should be said at this juncture, to see things properly in their dialectical light. And to make sure that in the haste to construct heroes, we do not forget history.  The […]

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Caste Annihilation – Organ of the Caste Annihilation Movement

January 25, 2021

Click here to download Caste Annihilation, Issue 4 (September 2020) ********** Click here to download Caste Annihilation, Issue 5 (October 2020)

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The Political Economy of Agricultural Market Reforms

January 25, 2021

An Analysis of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 By Vikas Rawal, Suvidya Patel, and Jesim Pais Society for Social and Economic Research 1. Introduction India is presently grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy is in the doldrums, but the central government, instead of taking measures to provide […]

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Citizens and the Sovereign: A Booklet by Migrant Workers Solidarity Network

November 9, 2020

Stories from the largest human exodus in contemporary Indian history

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Hathras Fact-Finding Report

October 20, 2020

Introduction  After 14 years, on the same date, i.e., September 29th, Since the Khairlanji murder took place in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, we have witnessed the Hathras incident, rape and murder of another Dalit victim. These atrocities that have been taking place across India are a result of cumulative effect of caste & gender, […]

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India’s Labour-Market ‘Pivot’: Rough Estimates, Origins, and Implications

July 1, 2020

By Bernard D’Mello. This article was originally written in June 2018 The challenges for radical labour organizers in India are immense, more so because capital exploits the employed workforce with a vast reinforcement of potential workers at its disposal, what Marx called the reserve army of labour or the relative surplus population. This is the enormous […]

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Capitalism and Social Justice: The Floyd Protests in the US

June 19, 2020

By Pratyush Chandra In 1968, when Europe was witnessing student revolts, Italian Marxist filmmaker, novelist and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote a poem addressing students, where he unabashedly told them, When yesterday at Valle Giulia you fought  with policemen,  I sympathized with the policemen!  He went on to explain that these boys in the police […]

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Indian Economy and the Pandemic: Marxist Perspectives

June 19, 2020

We present two recent articles on the state of India’s economy and the government’s response to Covid-19. The first, from the Research Unit for Political Economy, establishes the point that the Indian government’s spending to ease mass suffering in the wake of the pandemic has been one of the lowest in the world. It locates […]

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The Post-Mandal University

June 8, 2020

By Firdaus and Pramod. This article was first published in 2016, in the aftermath of the death of Rohith Vemula. Early on the morning of the 22nd of January (2016), the students in the University of Hyderabad (UoH) spread out across the campus to various departments to close them down. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) […]

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India Unlocked: World’s “Biggest Lockdown” and Workers’ Long March

June 4, 2020

By Pratyush Chandra “… never torment a creature for sport, for it might be loaded.” – Ernst Bloch At times, states compete to showcase merchandise and relative productive capacities. Other times, many of these states sell misery to gain access to economic packages, charities and loans. Today is the time when they compete to show off […]

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Law’s labour lost: return of early 20th century precarity?

May 19, 2020

Suspension of labour laws will have adverse effect on labour and the wider economy By Maya John In the backdrop of the lengthy national lockdown, resulting slump in the economy and growing talk of labour shortage, State governments across India have been rolling out special measures to provide enhanced incentives to businesses. Lately, the governments […]

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Covid from a Class Perspective: Is There No Alternative?

May 17, 2020

By Ujwal Punyark “Capitalist rule cannot allow itself the pleasure of creating epidemic diseases among the working class with impunity; the consequences fall back on it and the angel of death rages in its ranks as ruthlessly as in the ranks of the workers.” – Friedrich Engels [1] Introduction It is now more than a […]

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Corona Epidemic and the Shrinking Democratic Space

May 2, 2020

  By Gopal Mishra Indian voters gave a decisive mandate in favor of the incumbent Narendra Modi-led BharatiyaJanta Party (B.J.P) in 2019. This victory was significant in many respects; no party had come to power with an absolute majority after 1984. The B.J.P’s coming to power in the background of an economic crisis and failure […]

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Class Politics in the Time of “Corona”: Indian Left as the Mirror Image of Right-wing Politics

May 1, 2020

By Maya John When a liberal sees a beggar, he says the system isn’t working. When a Marxist does, he says it is. — Bill Livant Communists who have no illusions, who do not give way to despondency, and who preserve their strength and flexibility “to begin from the beginning” over and over again in […]

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Gender in the times of Global Sabbatical

April 27, 2020

By Aamir Qayoom “I told you Shakespeare had a sister,  but She died young—alas, she never wrote a word. Now my belief is that this poet who never wrote a word lives in you and me, and in many other women who are not here tonight, for they are washing up the dishes and putting […]

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Delhi: Khureji Khas Crackdown Fact Finding Report

March 6, 2020

 By Lawyers Against Atrocities Date of Visit: 29th February 2020 Team: Ashutosh, Harjot, Harshita, Nasir and Rahul Brief Overview of the Situation in Khureji Khas Since the 14th of January 2020, Khureji Khas in North East Delhi has witnessed peaceful protests against the divisive Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Registry of Citizens (NRC) and the […]

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Profiles: The 23 People Who Died in Uttar Pradesh during the CAA-NRC Protests

January 21, 2020

1 Mohammad Aasif, age 20, occupation: e-rickshaw driver. Shot in the chest. City: Meerut. Date: December 20, 2019 Like any other day, Mohd Aasif (20) on Friday (December 20) went to drive his e-rickshaw but did not return home as he died of alleged bullet injuries during police action. Asif’s father, Idul Hasan, said he […]

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Assam’s 2019 Verdict and the Anti-CAB Mobilisations

January 13, 2020

By Akhil Ranjan Dutta (akhilranjangu@gmail.com)  The author teaches at the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University. This article has been reprinted from the Economic & Political Weekly. Abstract: What explains the electoral success of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the general elections in Assam in the face of huge mobilisations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill? […]

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CAA-NRC: Documented Brutalities/Incidents by Police and non-State Actors

January 12, 2020

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CAA/NRC: Uttar Pradesh – Timeline of Clashes, Dec 21-25 2019

January 6, 2020

Below is a timeline of the actions taken by the Uttar Pradesh police and administration between Friday (December 20) and Wednesday (December 25), drawn from two main Hindi language dailies in the region. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 At least six residents of the Mehmood Khan Sarai and Mandi Kishandas Sarai chawls in western Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal town […]

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Women’s Testimonies from Ground Zero at Jamia Millia Islamia University

January 5, 2020

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Is there no caste discrimination in West Bengal? – Exactly like the Santhals

July 10, 2019

By Maroona Murmu Recently, there was an uproar concerning caste-based abuse on the head of the Geography Department of Rabindra Bharati University, Dr. Saraswati Kerketta. She was physically and emotionally harassed citing her caste, skin tone, birthplace and gender. The incident took a political hue. As if this has never happened in West Bengal before. Due […]

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Anand Teltumbde: I need your support

January 17, 2019

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Tara Books, Culture, and Politics: A Conversation with V. Geetha

November 8, 2018

Sanhati recently conducted an interview of V. Geetha, eminent feminist historian, writer, and translator. She writes in English and Tamil on issues related to caste, feminism and Tamil society and history. She has been active in the women’s movement in India and political struggles in Tamil Nadu for many years. She has authored and edited […]

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Caste and Gender: A Conversation with V. Geetha

October 16, 2018

Sanhati recently conducted an interview of V. Geetha, eminent feminist historian, writer, and translator. She writes in English and Tamil on issues related to caste, feminism and Tamil society and history. She has been active in the women’s movement in India and political struggles in Tamil Nadu for many years. She has authored and edited […]

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Media, the State, and Propaganda in the Digital Age

October 7, 2018

This interview of Sumanta Banerjee was conducted by Sanhati. A previous interview on communalism is available here. Sanhati: Question 1 Compared to the 70’s, when the State could control “grand narratives” because there were only a few big media houses and one State-run television channel, there seems to be a striking diversification of media in […]

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The Dravidian Movement – from the Justice Party, to Periyar and the Evolution of the DMK: A Conversation with V. Geetha

October 1, 2018

Sanhati recently conducted an interview of V. Geetha, eminent feminist historian, writer, and translator. She writes in English and Tamil on issues related to caste, feminism and Tamil society and history. She has been active in the women’s movement in India and political struggles in Tamil Nadu for many years. She has authored and edited […]

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India’s Record of Development and Democracy under the BJP: An Epic of Dismal Failure

August 9, 2018

By Raju J Das, Professor, York University, Toronto [1]    Email: rajudas@yorku.ca The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2014 general election partly by promising development or vikas.  On May 25, 2018, Mr. Modi, India’s Prime Minister and the supreme leader of BJP with a unique ability to connect to certain sections of the public, […]

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A Window into Coal Workers in India – Part II

June 5, 2018

This article is a continuation of the history of the coal industry in India by Sudipta Pal. The article has been translated by Kuver Sinha. Part 1, which is the history prior to the 1980’s can be found here.    Privatization of the Coal Industry in the New Economy   In the 1980’s, underground coal mines […]

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Communalism and the Indian Left – Thoughts at a Critical Juncture

June 5, 2018

This interview of Sumanta Banerjee was conducted by Sanhati. Sanhati: Question 1 In your EPW article in 1993 (Sangh Parivar and Democratic Rights), you had asked the following question about the Indian State and the Sangh Parivar: “What is the priority expected from the Indian state which is constitutionally committed to democracy and secularism? To […]

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A Citizens’ Enquiry Report into the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease  around IREL Monazite Plant in Ganjam District, Odisha

May 13, 2018

  Click here for full report: Monzanite – The Enemy Within   In 2017, reports appeared in local and national media on the outbreak of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a cluster of villages in Chhatrapur block of Ganjam district in Odisha. ​According to reports, almost 200 cases of ​kidney disease had been diagnosed and over […]

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Darjeeling, the Bengali Bhadralok, and the Gorkhaland Movement

April 29, 2018

This article, written in 2017 in the backdrop of the ongoing struggle in North Bengal, has been written by Tathagata and appeared in the Bengali political monthly Aneek. It has been translated by Anindya Dey. Hills. Darjeeling. Kalimpong. Ghoom. For middle class Bengalis, these names symbolize some special images. These images can be found in one’s camera, […]

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Karnataka Youth for Employment: Why and How

April 29, 2018

By Muttu Raju. Translated by Geetha Ramani. The original article in Kannada is available here. Everybody engaging themselves in some productive activity or other is healthy, progressive for the society, and good for the nation. By this self-dependency, the people not only make their own lives self-sufficient, but they also take impressive part in their country’s […]

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Fascistic Politics in India, the Left, and Lenin’s Theory of Temporary Compromise

April 13, 2018

By Raju J Das [1] India is experiencing something like a national emergency. This is in the form of persistent, nation-wide attacks on the basic democratic rights of ordinary citizens, by hyper-nationalist and communal forces which are supporting, and which are supported by, Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP. They are especially targeting religious minorities, secularists, […]

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Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai

March 8, 2018

  By Sudhir Dhawale. This article appeared as an editorial in the Jan-Feb issue of Vidrohi. It has been translated by Swati Birla.    “…it doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are — if it doesn’t agree with the experiment, it’s wrong.” Richard P. Feynman (Theoretical physicist) Two […]

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Profiting from the Poor: The Emergence of Multinational Edu-Businesses in Hyderabad

March 8, 2018

Editorial note: What is the place of schools in a deeply segregated society? A recent report indicates a growing trend of private schools in places where either the state denies education or places where education is inaccessible because one is born into adverse circumstances – in a poor dalit family, in an unstable violent area, […]

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The 20th Anniversary of the Police Firing in Multai, Madhya Pradesh – Two Articles

February 21, 2018

  On the 12th of January, 1998, a massive firing on farmers in Multai, Madhya Pradesh, claimed 24 lives. We are publishing two articles on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the firing. The first, by Dr. Sunilam, written in 2012, gives an account of the aftermath of the killings. The second is an […]

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My Memories with KS

February 21, 2018

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Manipur: A Speech to Commemorate Hijam Irabot’s Birth Anniversary

April 17, 2017

The following text is the speech delivered by Dr Maya John at a program organized on 30th September 2016 by North East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS). The program was organized to commemorate the 120th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter, peasant leader, trade unionist and social activist, Hijam Irabot (1896 – 1951). The meeting […]

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Thunderbolt on the Western Ghats: Remembering Ajita, Kuppu Devaraj, and the Wretched of the Earth

April 17, 2017

Varavara Rao Thunder bolt on Western Ghats From the vast plains of Dharmapuri, Via satyamangalam forests, to the Konkan’s Malabar Coast Their hard-hitting questions, Unsettled the static wind then their drills began in the Western ghats, Imbibing the spirit of Dandakaranya With the march past of the armed squads, The meandering stream of Kaveri Turned […]

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IAPL Fact-finding Report: Attacks on Lawyers in Chhattisgarh

January 26, 2017

  INTRODUCTION On 26th and 27th March 2016, a 12 member team of lawyers of the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers [IAPL] from different parts of the country visited Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to enquire into harassment of lawyers by the police and the bar associations. The Fact Finding Team [FFT] comprised of: Advocate Sudesh Nitnaware […]

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A Window into Coal Workers in India: The History of Raniganj Coalfield in West Bengal – Part I

January 8, 2017

By Sudipta Pal. This article appeared in the booklet “Adhikar Bhabnay Shramik”, published by APDR. A history of the 240 year-old Raniganj Coalfield – the story of its workers – the many lives that have been spent in its shadows, displaced by coal and depending on it for survival – would be a tale every […]

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The Fear of Bhangar: A case against Power Grid and High voltage Transmission Line

January 5, 2017

By Nisha Biswas   [This analysis of the incipient peoples’ movement in Bhangar, West Bengal, has been written by the veteran activist Nisha Biswas. More information about the movement is available here.] People of the villages Khamarait, Machhi Bhanga, Tona, Gazipur etc. of Polerhat 2 Panchayet in Bhangar Assembly Constituency are very agitated. According to them, they […]

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Bhangar, West Bengal: Developing Movement against Land Acquisition

December 29, 2016

Photo: January 16-17: Massive police and RAF action descends on Bhangor   Contents: 9. January 26 – Activists Sarmistha Chowdhury and Pradip Singh Thakur arrested 8. January 18 – Kolkata: Protest rally against police action in Bhangor 7. January 17 – Massive police and RAF action on movement 6. January 14 – Mass gathering as administration goes back […]

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Domestic Workers in India: Laws and Loopholes

December 21, 2016

This article is an excerpt from a book review by the long-time rights activist Subhendu Dasgupta, extracted from  “Adhikar Bhabnay Shramik” published by APDR. It is combined with some perspectives from G. Sampath on the same topic.   The Rights of Domestic Workers: A Book Review Subhendu Dasgupta “The Rights of Domestic Workers“, published by […]

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Global Warming in India: A Booklet in Hindi Aimed at College Students, Workers, Activists

December 11, 2016

Full booklet in PDF format available here. Nagraj Adve’s recently updated booklet on global warming in India has just been translated into Hindi and published as ‘Bharat ke Sandarbh Mein Global Warming’. It is aimed mainly at (college) students and activists. It may also be of use to Hindi-speaking trade union people and workers. Such literature is not widely available in […]

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Malkangiri and Andhra Odisha Border Encounter – Fact Finding Report from CDRO

November 9, 2016

Fact finding Report from CDRO: Andhra Odisha Border Encounter Introduction A major “encounter” incident in Andhra Odisha Border (A.O.B.) took place on 24-10-2016 leading to the killing of 18 persons by the Grey Hounds and other security forces in Joint operations conducted by the Odisha and Andhra State Agencies. Again on 25th October, 4 persons […]

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Kashmir Valley Visit and Fact-finding Report: PUCL

October 26, 2016

Press Statement on PUCL National team’s Visit to Kashmir Valley Srinagar/Delhi, 24th October, 2016 An all India team of the PUCL visited the Kashmir valley after the 100th day of people’s protests beginning 9th July and the government clampdown that were taking place there. The team was led by Dr. V Suresh, General Secretary of the PUCL and […]

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The Kopardi murder-rape case and the Maratha Kranti Morcha: A wolf in sheep’s clothing

October 22, 2016

By Sudhir Dhawale, Republican Panthers. Translated from the Marathi by Swati Birla. Original pamphlet at end.   The silent Maratha Kranti Morcha will have to speak up. Are they anti-Dalit? Are they protesting against the government’s neoliberal policies? Or are they against the unscrupulous Maratha leaders/ruling class? Here, all is quiet, no one speaks up. […]

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Condition of Unorganized Workers in India: A Primer

October 22, 2016

By Sanjay Pathak. This article appeared in the magazine Aneek, July 2016, and has been translated from the Bengali by Anindya Dey. The sheer size of the unorganized labour sector in India, the complex socio-economic and political relations that sustain it, and the deep-rooted networks of exploitation, make any systematic study of the subject a […]

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Challenging State Impunity: A PIL on Extra-Judicial Killings in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

October 7, 2016

  Even as the Bastar police celebrate their “success” in having killed over a hundred alleged Naxalites this year, a Public Interest Litigation challenging the spate of encounters in Bijapur has been filed before the Chhattisgarh High Court in Bilaspur. The petitioners are two young women from Korcholi with extra-ordinary grit and determination –Suneeta Pottam […]

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Tata Mundra Project: Time to end World Bank immunity

September 24, 2016

Tata Mundra Project: Time to end World Bank immunity By Sushovan Dhar Fisher-folks, farmers and marginal wage earners in Gujarat, India were shocked to hear about the US federal district court ruling in March this year that the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank Group, enjoys absolute immunity and […]

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Changes in Labour Laws

September 24, 2016

  This paper was prepared for the 28th August 2016 MASA Convention, New Delhi Since the coming to power of Narendra Modi-led BJP at the Centre, the working class is under constant attack in the guise of changing labour laws. The changes in the Factories Act 1948 have already been proposed as per the demands […]

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A Critical Response to “Some Inputs for Draft National Education Policy 2016” Ministry of Human Resources Development, G.O.I

September 19, 2016

A critical response to “Some Inputs for Draft National Education Policy 2016” Ministry of Human Resources Development, G.O.I By All India Forum for Right to Education (A. I. F. R. T. E) 15th September, 2016   AIFRTE PRESIDIUM Dr. Meher Engineer, Chairperson, AIFRTE Kolkata, West Bengal ; Ex-President, Indian Academy of Social Science; Prof. Wasi […]

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Kashmir Issue: A Brief Report on Solidarity Actions in Punjab

September 16, 2016

Clear Message from the Revolutionary Democratic Movement in Punjab We Firmly Stand with the People of Kashmir Once again, Kashmir is boiling with rage. The pent-up anger of the people of Kashmir against their brutal oppression by the Indian Security forces has erupted in powerful massive protests in the form of gatherings, demonstrations and skirmishes […]

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Tools and Procedures in Sexual Assault: A Symposium by WSS

September 16, 2016

  This symposium on tools and procedures in sexual assault was organized by Women against Sexual violence and State repression (WSS)  in New Delhi, in 2010. We reproduce it in view of the current debates on sexual violence.     I. BACKGROUND Over the last decade, incidents of sexual violence as part of ongoing conflicts such […]

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मेक इन इंडिया – किसके लिए? किसके द्वारा?

September 2, 2016

By B.S. Raju. Presented at Nagpur meeting of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan, 2016. मोदी का “मेक इन इंडिया” है भारत में कॉरपोरेटों का अपना निर्माण, मालिकाना और लूट बी.एस.राजू विस्थापन विरोधी जन विकास आंदोलन राँची, झारखंड, भारत कार-मोटरसाइकिल से कृषि उत्पादों तक. हार्डवेयर से सॉफ्टवेयर तक. उपग्रह से पन्डुब्बी तक. टेलीविजन से टेलीकॉम तक. […]

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Neo-colonialism in Latin America and the Legacy of the USA

August 16, 2016

By Athithan Jayapalan Introduction Imperialist military, political or economic interventions in Latin-America which circumvent the course of its peoples’ future by usurping their popular sovereignty has a structural history that can be traced back to the 16th century Western-European colonial-imperialist ventures against native states and communities of the Americas. The U.S. state-corporate imperialism, the successor […]

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Jharkhand Human Rights Violations Report

August 1, 2016

Report from Jharkhand State towards The Universal Periodic Review of UN Human Rights Council. One-day consultation on 29th July 2016 at Bagaicha, Ranchi, Jharkhand, with the participation of 12 human rights activists representing eight organizations [Dalit Adivasi Jagriti Sansthan, Land Rights Campaign, AIKMKS-CPI (ML),Vistapan Virodhi Janvikas Andolan,Jharkhand Nagrik prayas,Adivasi Women’s Network,Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee,Bagaicha ] […]

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Production of Torture: A Study on Working Conditions of Women Garment Workers in Bangalore and other Districts

July 29, 2016

We archive two documents: [1] Production of Torture: A Study on Working Conditions including work place harassments facing by Women Garment Workers in Bangalore and other districts By Peoples Union for Civil Liberties- (PUCL) Karnataka, NLSIU, Bangalore Vimochana, Alternative Law Forum (ALF), Concern-IISC, Manthan Law and Garments Mahila Karmikara Munnade and [2] Wage and Work […]

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Bastar: Where the Constitution Stands Suspended

July 29, 2016

A Report by All India People’s Forum (AIPF)

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Caught in an Irresponsible War – Fact-finding Report from Bastar

July 15, 2016

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Notes and Videos from ‘Garment Workers; Dollar Cities’ – An Event on the Recent Garment Workers’ Strikes in Bangalore

July 9, 2016

Notes from ‘Garment Workers; Dollar Cities’ – PEOPLE’S FILM COLLECTIVE By Aatika Singh The event titled ‘Garment Workers; Dollar Cities’ held at Jogesh Mime Academy, Kolkata, started at 6pm on June 24 2016 and centered on understanding garment workers’ struggle and the recent strikes in the city of Bangalore. The common motif of the discussion […]

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Badkagaon (Jharkhand): A Film by Shikha Rahi, on Land Acquisition for NTPC Coal Mining Project

July 9, 2016

Badkagaon (Jharkhand): A Film by Shikha Rahi, reporting on police atrocities committed to acquire 17,000 acres of the most fertile land for the NTPC coal mining project resisted by the people for over a decade. भूमि अधिग्रहण के लिए पुलिस ज़ुल्म (बड़कागाँव, झारखंड) . भूमि अधिग्रहण के तमाम नाजायज़ तरीकों के लम्बे समय से हो […]

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Stop victim shaming: No tolerance to misogyny at SRFTI

June 23, 2016

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The Alchemist Tea Gardens and a Strange Conundrum: Gardens Open, but Workers Do Not Get Their Dues!

June 23, 2016

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Tribals in forests: From dwellers to outsiders

June 9, 2016

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Bangalore Garment Workers’ Protest Demonstration: A Preliminary Fact-finding Report

June 9, 2016

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Caste, Gender and Labour – WSS Seminar Report, Session 2

May 21, 2016

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People’s Movements and the Caste Question – WSS Seminar Report, Session 1

May 21, 2016

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Updates on Political Prisoners – How many political prisoners are there in West Bengal jails at the moment?

May 19, 2016

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Wage and Work Intensity in Garment Sector: Study of Bangalore and Karnataka

May 3, 2016

[The following report is based on a survey of wages and living conditions of garment workers in Bangalore. It is based on long-term analysis of the garment and textile industry in the city. The report provides a context to the recent strike of textile workers in Bangalore. — Ed]

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State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma Districts of Chhattisgarh

April 29, 2016

Fact Finding Report by Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) entitled, “State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma Districts of Chhattisgarh” Between the 16th to 22nd January, 2016, members of Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization (CDRO) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression […]

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WSS Report on Singur visit

April 14, 2016

(Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression, West Bengal (WSS, WB) had decided to visit Singur, Nandigram and Lalgarh, to study the condition of women who had been at the forefront of the heroic struggle against land acquisition and State atrocities back in 2006-2011. WSS, WB, visited Nandigram on March 10, and Lalgarh on October […]

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“Struggling Fields”: All India workshop on agrarian crisis (Part II)

April 14, 2016

Inquilabi Kendra, Punjab and Janashakthi, Karnataka organised a two day workshop on Agrarian Crisis in India at Barnala city in Punjab on 16th and 17th of January 2016. The title of the workshop was “Struggling Fields”. The aim of the workshop was “to share our understanding on the specific nature and extent of agrarian crisis […]

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The On-Going Attack on Democracy and Secularism (in India): What is to be Done?

April 14, 2016

By Raju Das <rajudas at yorku.ca> Introduction There are things. And there are conditions of existence of things. In India, as in all countries of the world, many social problems exist. Close to 700 million Indians do not have access to food that will provide the minimum number of calories required for a healthy life. […]

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‘We will not protest this year’ — A 2007 report from Kunanposhpura

April 6, 2016

[More than 25 years have elapsed since the Kunan Poshpora mass rapes in Kashmir. Like many other victims of state violence, justice eludes the survivors. Such casual condoning of sexual violence in conflict regions — be it in Kashmir, North East or Chhattisgarh — stands in stark contrast to the public clamor for capital punishment […]

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The Tea Crisis — Unfolding the Reality

April 6, 2016

by Tamash Ranjan Majumdar

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UoH: A Narration of Police brutality

April 3, 2016

by Md Hasanujjaman I am a M Phil research scholar, from the department of English, School of Humanities and I am one of the arrested students in connection with the protest against the VC of UoH. I belong to a minority community of West Bengal. My family is financially backward. Here I would like to […]

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Report on the Ongoing Struggle and Repression at Honda Motorcycles & Scooters Factory Tapukara

March 5, 2016

by Workers Solidarity Centre, Gurgaon-Bawal   The struggle of 3000 Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) workers of Tapukara plant in Alwar, situated at Haryana-Rajasthan border, in the face of brutal repression from the management-police-administration side, has emerged as an important and intense workers struggle at the present time. As the workers saw commonality and […]

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Chhattisgarh: Report to UN special rapporteur on recent escalation of counter-insurgency violence

February 29, 2016

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Remembering Professor Randhir Singh

February 27, 2016

By Gautam Navlakha I met Prof Randhir Singh on the pages of Economic and Political Weekly, when I  read his article on “Marxists and the Sikh Extremist Movement in Punjab” I had heard about him from his students, but this article and few more which he wrote in EPW made him someone who spoke for many […]

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“Struggling Fields”: All India workshop on agrarian crisis

February 11, 2016

Inquilabi Kendra, Punjab and Janashakthi, Karnataka organised a two day workshop on Agrarian Crisis in India at Barnala city in Punjab on 16th and 17th of January 2016. The title of the workshop was “Struggling Fields”. The aim of the workshop was “to share our understanding on the specific nature and extent of agrarian crisis […]

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Free the Pricol Eight

February 11, 2016

Eight workers have been sentenced with double life imprisonment for the ‘crime’ of struggling for workers and organising them in a trade union. This is probably the first time such a verdict has been given against workers or a trade union where the deep class hatred, prejudice, and enmity of the capitalists/corporate houses towards workers asking for their rights can […]

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Deprived of rights over natural resources, impoverished Adivasis get prison

February 2, 2016

A study of Undertrials in Jharkhand By Bagaicha Research Team Summary This is a research study undertaken to document and highlight the problems of impoverished Adivasis and Moolvasis of Jharkhand, who are being accused as Maoists. Maoists are simplistically referred to as Naxalites in the commercial media. This is on account of Maoists’ historical roots in […]

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On the subject of caste-based/brahminical feudalism

January 31, 2016

[“On the subject of caste-based/brahminical feudalism” consists of selected excerpts from the hitherto unpublished document presented by Anuradha Ghandy at the 9th (Unity) Congress of the CPI(Maoist). It is an important contribution to the discussion on the issue of caste in revolutionary Left politics in India. This paper is a synthesis of the views of […]

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‘No one can kill the dream for democracy’

January 11, 2016

[In 2011, Sudhir Dhawale was arrested under several sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and then spent nearly four years in jail. He was acquitted of all the charges filed against him in court. Over the four years that he spent in jail, he was denied nearly every basic human right. This was entirely […]

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B.D. Sharma – an Indefatigable warrior of Adivasis’ Rights

January 10, 2016

by Varavara Rao (Translated by V. Subramanian) The voice over phone stopped already a year ago. When a journalist called me to inform that he would no more be seen too, grief erupted. After he returned from Dandakaranya, in the wake of Maoists taking Alex Paul (District Collector, Sukma district, Chhattisgarh State) into custody, he […]

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With Pride and Resolve: A Martyr’s Parents Remember

December 19, 2015

By Rama Devi and Tangella Sudarshana (Sruthi and Vidyasagar Reddy, two members of the CPI(Maoist), were brutally killed by the police on September 15, 2015, in what has been described as the first fake encounter in the newly formed Telangana state. Below we publish the reminiscences of Rama Devi and Sudarshana, Sruthi’s parents, about how […]

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BJP’s Rising Fortunes in Assam: Will it Last?

December 19, 2015

by Debarshi Das The map of seats won by different political parties in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections presents an interesting picture. Barring few patches in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, an orange sea has engulfed the north, the central part and the west of the country. This orange sea represents the seats won by […]

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Bihar 2015 Assembly Election Results: A historical Perspective

December 15, 2015

By Gunjan Arya The results of Bihar Assembly elections 2015 have instigated debates all across the political spectrum. There is a great deal of enthusiasm to understand the dynamics behind this highly contested election which led to the humiliating defeat of the fascist forces. This rejuvenated interest in the India’s poorest state, calls for a […]

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Amazon in India – The E-Commerce Jungle and Workers’ Reality

December 4, 2015

By Angry Workers of the World (Amazon warehouse in the hinterland of Delhi) 3rd of November 2015: around 100 workers of the food delivery / e-commerce startup company, Tiny Owl, occupy their office in Pune and lock in their boss for two days. They take this ‘boss-napping’ action after management announced large-scale job cuts due […]

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Memoir of Nokia Sriperumbudur: Lessons deliberately not learnt

December 4, 2015

By Thozhilalar koodam (Workers’ space) Amirtha [1] is an angry worker today, her cherished dreams were robbed from her. In a span of a few months, her life, which appeared economically stable lies in ruin. She knows not whom to blame, nor why such events have come to pass. Amirtha had joined the Nokia mobile manufacturing plant […]

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Has mainstream middle India really risen up now?

December 3, 2015

By Subrat Kumar Sahu An important section of well-off caste-Hindu ‘mainstream India’ is mighty disturbed and in rage for sometime now. And, for all the right reasons! The recent beef ban, meat ban, dress ban, re-writing of history, regressive antics and activities by Hindutva hotheads, killing of rationalists, and lynching of Muslims have jolted them […]

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WSS REPORT ON LALGARH VISIT

December 3, 2015

By Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression Why visit? With the life imprisonment of Chhatradhar Mahato, Sagun Murmu, Sukhshanti Baskey, Shambhu Soren, Prasun Chatterjee and Raja Sarkhel under the different sections of IPC, UAPA, Arms and Explosive Acts on May2015, there was concern about the unjust, arbitrary punishment, irregularities in Judgment, filing appeal in higher […]

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Of Work Riots, Political Prisoners, and Workers Refusing to Leave the Factory

November 6, 2015

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Undertrial Prisoners in the Bastar Division

November 6, 2015

The Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group or JagLAG is a group of committed human rights lawyers who have been working towards documenting the plight of adivasi undertrial prisoners in Bastar and providing them legal aid in the trial courts. The following presentation contains data obtained by them from the NCRB and through RTI from the courts, […]

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Poems from prison: बंदी के गीत

October 18, 2015

[A creator of poetry and prose under the pen-name of Ispat (steel), Deepak Kumar is a political prisoner. Accused of being a Maoist, he has been imprisoned in the Presidency Jail, Kolkata since 2012. Born and brought up in the rural areas of Chattisgarh, Deepak Kumar worked as a technician at the Bhilai steel plant […]

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Pinjra tod, or why women are refusing to compromise their freedom for ‘safety’

October 9, 2015

by Saroj Giri   1. Society inhabits a big lie. It wants to protect women, provide them safety. But it does so by putting the onus on the woman. It is she who must be careful. If you are a woman, be alert – says the Delhi police campaign for ‘women’s safety’. She has to […]

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Farmer Suicides across Indian States: What Do We Know? What Does it Mean?

October 3, 2015

By Debarshi Das and Deepankar Basu 1. Introduction Suicides are extremely tragic events that are triggered by despair and hopelessness caused by material and psychological causes. Every suicide is a preventable death, a tragic event that points towards structural deficiencies of the society where it happens. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of the Ministry […]

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Greek Tragedy: the betrayal of Syriza?

October 3, 2015

By Shiv Sethi Syriza won its second parliamentary election in less than 8 months on September 20, 2015. But nothing could be starker than the meaning of these two victories. While the first election promised radical political change the second is an admission that even the hope of a change is impossible within the framework […]

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‘ব্র্যান্ড মোদি’র বর্ষপূর্তি (First anniversary of Brand Modi)

September 17, 2015

By Suman Kalyan Moulik Note: This booklet was published on the occasion of completion of the first year by the NDA government led by Mr. Narendra Modi. Written in Bengali by Suman Kalyan Moulik, the booklet is titled “Completion of one year of Brand Modi: the dream of Achchhe Din and the reality of losing […]

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Military Acquisition: ‘Double Whammy’

September 16, 2015

by Gautam Navlakha National Security Advisor was recently quoted as saying that India should neither punch above nor punch below our weight. “India has a mentality to punch below its weight. We should not punch below our weight or above our weight, but improve our weight and punch proportionately,” Mr Doval said in his address […]

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Ignoring Hunger: Report on the Situation In Duncans Tea Estates in North Bengal

September 14, 2015

Press Release by Right to Food and Work Campaign, West Bengal A strange situation has arisen in North Bengal- 15 tea estates owned by one the premier companies in tea, Duncans Industries Private Limited, are in a state of limbo. They are neither closed nor open in the usual sense of the terms, with frightening […]

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A new mode of exercising local power: the case of Keralam

September 5, 2015

[Note: Com. Ajith (K. Muraleedharan) is languishing in jail and there has been a global outcry over the denial of proper medical treatment to him. We reprint a discussion based on his seminal work “Bhoomi, Jati, Bandhanam” (Land, Caste, Bondage). The notes are from a symposium “New Modes of Exercising Local Power” held in Kolkata […]

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Is the Owner of the Land Also the Owner of the Minerals?

June 6, 2015

By Stan Swamy ‘Minerals are an essential part of the land … the ownership of sub-soil/mineral wealth should normally follow the ownership of the land” – (SC:CIVIL APPEAL NO. 4549 OF 2000, delivered on July 8, 2013) 1) ‘Owner of the land is also the owner of the minerals’ : The Supreme Court of India in […]

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The Political Economy of Labour Reforms in India: Part III

June 5, 2015

By Surendra Pratap This is the third part in a series of articles by the author. Part I is here, and Part II is here.

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Documentary Rice Bowl to Ashtray (Dhan se Raakh) on Displacement and Industrialization in Chhattisgarh

May 22, 2015

Sunil Kumar, an independent filmmaker, has recently made a documentary on displacement and industrialization in Korba and Janjgir-Champa (Chhattisgarh). The documentary, ‘Rice Bowl to Ashtray’, was screened and got an award at the Vibgyor film festival. Synopsis: Since its formation Chhattisgarh has become the new destination of domestic and foreign investment. The documentary critically investigates […]

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The Hunger of Dr. G N Saibaba

May 22, 2015

By Karen Gabriel and P K Vijayan Let’s talk about hunger. Hunger is a mother. But this is not just the mother who is among the 60 per cent women who constitute the hungry people on earth; this is not the mother who starves herself so her starving child can feed; nor the mother whose […]

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Remembering People’s Historian Amalendu Guha: A Tribute and a Bibliography

May 16, 2015

A Tribute and a Bibliography: Remembering People’s Historian Amalendu Guha (1924-2015) By Bonojit Hussain and Mayur Chetia. This article first appeared on Bonojit Hussain’s blog. স্বৰ্গত ৰুচি নাই, যাওঁ মই ভাটিখানালৈ জুৱাৰী-মদপী-বেশ্যা-সিহঁতকো মেলত গোটাই মনৰ চিতাৰ ছাই উৰুৱাই গাওঁ আশাবৰী : আকাশত উৰা মাৰে জাকে জাকে ফিনিক্স চৰাই ! I have no desire for heaven, […]

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1987 and 2015: Two reports from Hashimpura

May 15, 2015

Editorial Note: In March 2015, a Delhi court acquitted all of the 16 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) of Uttar Pradesh accused in the 28-year-old Hashimpura massacre case at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. We present two articles: one from 1987, written by journalist Nilanjan Dutta right after the massacre, and the second from […]

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The Seshachalam Killings and Red Sandalwood: A Chapter in the Long History of Police Encounter Murders in Andhra/Tamil Nadu

April 10, 2015

Recently, the Warangal-Nalgonda border in Telangana and the Seshachalam forest near Tirupati in Chittoor district of AP was witness to an “encounter” which resulted in the death of 20 poor woodcutters at the hands of the Andhra Pradesh police. The Human Rights Forum has demanded a CBI murder investigation; the APCLC has alleged a fake […]

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Jammu and Kashmir: Communalizing Amarnath Pilgrimage and Demonising a Movement

March 31, 2015

By Gautam Navlakha Amarnath cave is one of the sacred sites for Hindu followers of Shiva. Its antiquity is undisputed. But when overwhelming majority of Kashmiris , barring Brahmins, became Muslims from 14th century onwards, the ‘yatra’ began losing the traditional fervor and significance attached to the pilgrimage. It did continue but in a much […]

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Dalit Youth Poovarasan’s Arrest and Custodial Torture in Vellore, Tamil Nadu – A Report from Makkal Mandram

March 19, 2015

[The following is a report, written by Geeta Charusivam on behalf of “Makkal Mandram”, on the arrest and custodial torture of Poovarasan, a Dalit youth from Vellore district in Tamil Nadu and the campaign that was undertaken to expose it. On the legal front, a writ petition was filed in the Madras High Court with […]

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Sundergarh, Odisha: Urbanization as “Development” Versus Constitutional Safeguards for the Tribal People

March 19, 2015

Report of a PUCL Fact Finding Team into unrest and repression in the Sundergarh scheduled district of Odisha. The Team: Isha Khandelwal, Lawyer, Chhattisgarh; Ashish Beck, Lawyer, Chhattisgarh; Sharanya Nayak, Human Rights Activist, Odisha; Dr. P.M. Antony, independent researcher, Ranchi, Jharkhand; Pranab Doley, Activist, Odisha; Atindriyo Chakrabarty, Lawyer, West Bengal Dates: 16th to 20th February […]

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Nandigram Today – The Disempowerment of Empowered Women

March 18, 2015

[Three articles on Nandigram are collated: (1) a first hand account by Nisha Biswas, who was a member of the WSS team that recently went to Nandigram, (2) the WSS Press Statement and (3) a first person account, from 2007, of the struggle by the leader Radha Rani Ari – Ed.] 1. Nandigram: A Perfect […]

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The 2015-2016 Budget: Business as Usual?

March 10, 2015

By Amit Basole INTRODUCTION A popular quip goes, “a politician is that person who, when he comes to a fork in the road goes both ways.” This contains a significant truth about political decision-making. In an electoral democracy like India moneyed interests wield a large influence on policy. But the vast majority of votes lie […]

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Adivasi Resistance to Mining and Displacement: Reflections from Jharkhand

March 10, 2015

By Fr. Stan Swamy [Updated April 20, 2015] [Introduction: Fr. Stan Swamy is one of the most outspoken and well-recognized voices among Jharkhand political and civil society activists, who has been working and writing on issues of adivasi rights, displacement and political prisoners. He has meticulously collected data on the more than 6000 adivasi prisoners […]

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Austerity Triumphs Food Security: A Critique of the Shanta Kumar Committee Report

February 27, 2015

By Deepankar Basu and Debarshi Das Summary Neither the changed situation with respect to domestic food production nor the functioning of the FCI supports the argument that it, and with it the whole food management system, needs to be curtailed. An impartial reading of the existing literature and data would suggest exactly the opposite: the […]

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Motivation as a Barometer of Real Politics

February 27, 2015

By Gautam Navlakha Why are personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), called Crown Reserve Police Force under British Raj, quitting the force in fairly large numbers? What weighs on the jawans’ mind which makes them less inclined to wage war against our own people? Are there limits to ruling classes preference for waging a […]

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Death in the Air: A Recent Rebellion at Udyog Vihar

February 23, 2015

Death in the Air: A Recent Rebellion at Udyog Vihar By Labour Solidarity Forum, 18 February, 2015. [The article has been written by Akash Bhattacharya on the basis of the findings of a Labour Solidarity Forum (LSF) team and an independent fact-finding visit by Amit Chakraborty. The LSF team comprised of Dheeraj Anand, Leila Gautham, […]

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Political Prisoners and Activism in the Current Dispensation – An Interview with Arun Ferreira

February 14, 2015

[Arun Ferreira is a political activist based in Maharashtra. He was arrested in 2007 by the anti Naxal force on the charges of being an alleged Maoist. He was subsequently granted bail in 2012 and acquitted of all charges by various courts in January 2014. His book on his prison experiences titled – ‘Colours of […]

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New Delhi: Hello AAP, Good-bye AAP!

February 10, 2015

By Saroj Giri Very rarely do we see such landslide and decisive mandate in electoral democracy as the AAP have got in these Delhi state elections. Very rarely does one see any election which mirrors real social contradictions this closely. In particular, one saw a marked lower class mobilisation. Earlier the electorate was either an […]

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Emerging Trends in Factory Asia: International Capital Mobility, Global Value Chains and the Labour Movements

February 8, 2015

By Surendra Pratap [Message from author: I am sharing my book on EMERGING TRENDS IN FACTORY ASIA: International capital mobility, Global value chains and the Labour movements. Thanks to AMRC who published this book and made available PDF-version of the book for free access to all.] Synopsis In the last three decades, there has been […]

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When Everyone Became a Maoist in Kerala

February 8, 2015

[The following two articles – one by Ajmal Khan, and the other a statement from DSU, focus on the spate of arrests of activists and others in Kerala, where the space for democratic dissent is shrinking alarmingly – Ed.] 1. When Everyone Became a Maoist in Kerala – Ajmal Khan 2. DSU Statement on the […]

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Aam Admi Party (AAP) – Hope Among the Hopeless?

February 6, 2015

(A note on upcoming Delhi assembly election, February 2015) By Aloke Bhattacharya 1. The upcoming Delhi assembly election on 7th February 2015 has drawn sizeable attention of national media, particularly in tv channels with national coverage. All tv channels having national footprint are devoting a large portion of their news hour and are fiercely competing […]

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Tea Gardens Being Sold Off in North Bengal – Why the Government is Adept at Killing Government-Owned Enterprises

February 1, 2015

By Samik Chakraborty. Translated by Debarshi Das. (Written in December 2014, published in Shramikshakti, 15 January 2015) Towards the end of November the media was abuzz with the murder of the manager of Sonali tea garden. At that very time, the state government started the process of privatisation of five government-owned tea gardens. The bidders […]

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Moditva and the Adivasi Development Vision: Jharkhand Elections and the Growing BJP Influence

February 1, 2015

Editorial note: [The following article in Hindi, written by a group of students at JNU, DU, and IIMC at the onset of the Jharkhand elections, attempts to understand the reasons behind the BJP’s increasing influence over states with high adivasi population (in Jharkhand, adivasis constitute more than one-fourth of the state population), despite it’s dangerous […]

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Recent Changes in Labour Laws and their implications for the Working Class

January 13, 2015

By Anamitra Roychowdhury. The author teaches at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Introduction Sweeping changes in labour laws are taking place in India. While launching the “Shramyev Jayate” (i.e. only hard work will win) programme, the Prime Minister urged us to take a compassionate view on “Shram Yogi” (worker) and use them as a […]

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In Memoriam, Namavistar – Contours of the Namantar Struggle for Renaming of Marathwada University

January 13, 2015

By Prakash Sirsat. Translated by Swati Birla. Note by the translator: Prakash Sirsat is a long time activist associated with the Dalit Yuvak Aghadi (Dalit Youth Front) of Marathwada. He is a close observer of politics in this region of Maharashtra since early 1970s. Dalit Yuvak Aghadi was a student and youth group formed in […]

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Don’t Like Facts, Change Facts on the Ground – Bastar Series, Part 4

January 5, 2015

By Gautam Navlakha This article is part 4 of a series of recent articles by the author on the situation in Bastar. The previous parts are available below. Part 1: Ambush Amplifies a Struggle – March 2014 Part 2: Consolidation of a Movement? – June 2014 Part 3: Maoist Movement in the age of Pracharaks […]

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Fundamental unFreedoms: A note on the situation of ordinary adivasis in Bastar

January 5, 2015

PUCL, Chhattisgarh The Bastar Division in South Chhattisgarh comprises today of seven districts – Kanker, Kondagaon, Narainpur, Bastar, Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur. Sparsely populated, this area is home to many of the Adivasi tribes of Central India – the Gonds, Murias, Koyas, Halbas, Bhatras, Marias, Abujhmarias, Dorlas, Dhurvas etc. While richly endowed with minerals and […]

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Making Sense of Assam: A Portmanteau Article

December 31, 2014

The killing of villagers by Bodo militants has succeeded in silencing a major flash point. Ration provisions for tea garden workers by the Central Government are going to stop from 1st January, 2015. For the last one month the public discourse in Assam was animated by this abrupt decision. A state-wide agitation by tea garden […]

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Excesses of Non-violence or Brutalizing the Country?

December 29, 2014

By Bhimrao Ambedkar. Translated by Prashant Rahi. Translator’s Note Here is a stimulating 1940 polemic against non-violence by none other than the Chairperson of the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly that was responsible for lending to India the formal status of a sovereign, democratic republic. Aimed at the very “father of the nation,” Mahatma […]

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The Political Economy of Labour Law Reforms in India : Part II

December 20, 2014

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Why are they still standing? – Historic Struggle of Adivasis in Kerala

December 20, 2014

By Ajmal Khan Background It has been more than four month now since the Adivasis in Kerala have started a historic struggle. They are demanding a set of basic requirements from the government and society of Kerala. The protest is characterized by “standing up”, meaning standing up as mode of protest, in front of the […]

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Camp of Wrongs

December 13, 2014

A fact finding report on sterilisation deaths in Bilaspur by  Sama Resource Group for Women and Health, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, and National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights Here is an excerpt – V. Recommendations “The woman’s right to make reproductive choices is also a dimension of personal liberty as understood under Article 21 of the […]

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The Hokkolorob Movement and the Shantiniketan Sexual Assault Case: Convergences, Fragmentation, and the Aversion to Politics

December 10, 2014

By Chepal Sherpa Abstract: The author examines the Hokkolorob movement in Kolkata in the light of silence on the other “case” of sexual violence at Shantiniketan. While conjoined in the way institutional structures challenged the complainants’ quest for justice, why did the two incidents have such different denouements? What is the space within which the […]

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From Karnataka: Conversation on a new party

December 3, 2014

[This is an interview with members of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) based in Karnataka, enabled by the ongoing civil society initiative there.] 1. What is RCP? What are your present political positions? RCP refers to Revolutionary Communist Party. The name no doubt is very high sounding. We would like to humbly submit here that it only […]

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Mainstream Politics vs Alternative Politics

December 2, 2014

Semi-colonial, semi-feudal path of Development vs People Oriented, Eco-friendly, sustainable, New Democratic, socialist path of Development [This paper, written by the political prisoners at Visakhapatnam central prison, was sent to the seminar at Hyderabad on 21st September 2014 to hail the ten years of the unified revolutionary movement, organized by Forum for Alternative Politics. But […]

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The Political Economy of Labour Law Reforms in India : Part I

December 2, 2014

by Surendra Pratap Summary: Labour laws are a reflection of the balance of class power between capital and labour. The gains that were made by labour movements before liberalization are getting whittled away in a world where capital has become all-powerful. The article explores this change by examining provisions of different labour laws and how […]

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Workers Magazines from Different Organizations

December 2, 2014

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The First Naxal – A Review of Kanu Sanyal’s Biography

December 1, 2014

[Book Review of The First Naxal: An Authorised Biography of Kanu Sanyal by Bappaditya Paul (Delhi, Thousand Oaks: Sage), pp. xiv+249.] By Jayanta Bhattacharya The book under review makes the supposedly robust claim that Kanu Sanyal, one of the key personalities who pioneered the uprising of Naxalbari, was the “First Naxal”. Sage publications being the […]

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National Questions in South Asia and the Established Left

November 21, 2014

By Athithan Jayapalan Abstract This article will analyze the burning national questions in South Asia, in which the established National left proves to have collided with Imperialist processes and the Chauvinist national bourgeoisie in denying National existence and the inalienable Rights of the oppressed nations within Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India. Furthermore the colonial basis […]

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Maoist Movement in the age of Pracharaks of Corporate Loot and War

November 21, 2014

by Gautam Navlakha “The spate of surrender of Maoists in Bastar witnessed in the past three months is quite encouraging for us”, said an unnamed Police officer to Asian Age (7th October, 2014). “But at the same time we are puzzled as well as disappointed that Naxals preferred to surrender without weapons”.  It is intriguing. […]

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The Everyday Violence of the Law: Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court

November 2, 2014

By Amit Basole Chaitanya Tamhane’s directorial debut, Court, is a multilingual, award-winning film on the “quiet violence” of the judicial system and how the State uses it to suppress political activists. Financed by the Hubert-Bals Fund and private equity, it opened to rave reviews and won Best Director and Best Film in the International Competition […]

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‘Colours of the Cage’: The memoir of a political prisoner in India

November 2, 2014

By Siddhi “Dedicated to the thousands of political prisoners incarcerated throughout the country… and to their dreams of a more just society that will raze the prisons to the ground” so begins Arun Ferreira’s Colours of the Cage, a book that documents his long years of imprisonment in the Nagpur Central Jail, where he was […]

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The Saradha Chit Fund Scam and Trinamool Congress: Crony Capitalism and Class Collaboration, Bengal Style

November 2, 2014

By Partho Sarathi Ray It has been one and a half years since the Saradha chit fund scam came to light, with the spectacular collapse of the largest chit fund in West Bengal, together with a number of smaller chit funds, leading to the ruin of  more than 17 lakh investors and the loss of around […]

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NEFIS statement on the recent attacks on the northeastern community

October 17, 2014

October 16, 2014 NEFIS strongly condemns the recent attacks on the northeastern community. The attack on T Michael Lamjathang Haokip in Bangalore is not an isolated incident that has taken place. Such racist attacks have been on rise and it shows the continues ignorance shown by the state administration towards the community coming from the north eastern part of the […]

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Stop harassment of social activists

October 15, 2014

12 October 2014 On 1 September 2014, officials of ATS, Pune arrested two social activists viz. Arun Bhelake and Kanchan Nanavare as suspected naxalites in Pune. They were given third degree treatment and made to issue a statement. This statement was used by ATS to implicate other progressive social activists in this alleged arrest case. […]

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Condemn the raid and attack on Forward Press Magazine – Revolutionary Cultural Front

October 13, 2014

Condemn the raid and attack in the office of Forward Press Magazine following the diktats of Brahmanical forces! On 9th October, the special branch of Delhi police brazenly attacked and vandalised the Delhi office of Forward Press magazine, a Hindi-English bilingual monthly of Dalits and Bahujans, and forcibly seized copies of their October special issue […]

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PUCL Condemns Vizag Police for illegally detaining Civil Liberties Activists

October 11, 2014

PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES  270-A, Patpar Ganj, Opposite Anand Lok Apartments, Mayur Vihar I, Delhi 110 091 Phone 2275 0014                    PP FAX 4215 1459 Founder: Jayaprakash Narayan; Founding President: V M Tarkunde President: Prof. Prabhakar Sinha; General Secretary: Dr. V. Suresh E.mail: puclnat@gmail.com; pucl.natgensec@gmail.com 10th October, 2014  PUCL Condemns Vizag Police for illegally detaining Civil Liberties Activists The People’s Union for Civil […]

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IFTU Report on alleged plan of cow slaughter in JJ Colony Bawana

October 11, 2014

IFTU has conducted an inquiry into alleged plan of cow slaughter in JJ Colony Bawana yesterday. A report is attached. Due to public pressure, enough police force was deployed to prevent any unfortunate incident. However, the possibility of continuing attempts to infuse communal tension are still remain.

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Kashmir: Man-made natural disaster?

October 10, 2014

By Gautam Navlakha Even in the midst of a calamity, a war of perceptions is never too far. It is evident in the two narratives  coming out of Kashmir as people grapple with flood and its aftermath. The first one highlights the contribution of the army with editorials, TV reporters and print media eulogizing its […]

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Can Ideas and Ideals by Gagged?

October 6, 2014

By Varalakshmi English translation by Arun Was the 21st meeting of FORUM FOR ALTERNATIVE POLITICS, not held? Of course, the government fenced the area surrounding the SUNDARAYYA HALL, thus preventing hundreds of people from attending the meeting, in addition to cancelling the trains, making house arrests in various districts, and arresting people who had already […]

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Colours of the Cage by Arun Ferreira: Video of Book Launch

October 4, 2014

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Turning the Tide

September 25, 2014

By Saroj Giri On the one side there are university students chanting “hok kolorob (Let there be clamour, movement, change)”. On the other side is a regime of power led by Trinamool Congress (TMC) openly calling for “#hok kelano (Let’s beat them up)”. The latter slogan is unmediated by ideology – unlike say the ‘kelano’ […]

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Intimidation will not stop fight for Palestine, Letter to Ohio State University

September 18, 2014

Sam Agarwal [I wrote this letter to the Athens Post, the newspaper which has been covering the Marzec issue locally. They are refusing to acknowledge it. – Author] To the Editor: I am a graduate of The Ohio State University and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. I am writing in response to a letter to […]

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Israeli Massacres: Then and Now

September 15, 2014

By Sanjeev Mahajan As of 28 Aug, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2104 Palestinians have been killed, of whom 1462 have been identified as civilians, including 495 children. Some 10,000 have been wounded in 50 days of death and destruction that Israel unleashed on the people of Gaza […]

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The Meaning of Gaza

September 15, 2014

By Shiv Sethi What is Gaza? A tiny sliver of land (area 360 square kms) along the eastern Mediterranean sea surrounded by countries hostile to its people? The largest and the oldest refugee camp in the world? The largest open prison, populated by 1.8 million people, in the history of humankind? The last vestige of […]

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Red sandal labour killings in the name of protecting national resources

September 8, 2014

By. M.K.Kumar In Andhra Pradesh the number of woodcutters arrested by the police on charges of cutting red sandal wood trees has gone up. Tons of red sandal logs worth of 100 crores rupees have been seized by the police every month. This has been going on for last two years. All the wood cutters […]

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Implications of Fascism in India

September 8, 2014

By Hiren Gohain [The author responds to an article by Prabhat Patnaik, published recently in the Economic and Political Weekly. – Eds] There’s growing concern at consolidation of centralising and intolerant tendencies all around us, apparently under the guise of legality.There are also outbreaks of chauvinist and communal violence, though within limits so far. It […]

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War and Politics: Reflections on India

September 6, 2014

By Gautam Navlakha Click here for video recordings of a talk delivered by Gautam Navlakha at MIT, Cambridge, MA, on August 3rd, 2014. Gautam Navlakha is a human rights and civil liberties activist and is a secretary of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights; he is also the Editorial Consultant for the Economic and Political […]

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Requiem for an Unfinished Dream

September 3, 2014

By Debarshi Das Corporate media greeted the dismantling of Planning Commission with an expected a round of applause. The Telegraph of 17th August carried a large picture on its front page. It shows the gate of the Jurassic Park aka New Delhi. Pasted on the gate is a notice that two shows, Planning Commission and […]

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People’s King, Shivaji – Talks by Govind Pansare and Ram Puniyani

September 3, 2014

Lokayat, together with several other progressive groups of Pune, including Lal Nishan Party (Leninist), Socialist Party (India) and Shaheen Friends Circle (a forum formed by Haji Nadaf), have formed a Cultural platform, Satyashodhak Sanskrutik Manch. On behalf of Satyashodhak Sanskrutik Manch, as its inaugural program, a Seminar was organized on the topic: Janatecha Raja Shivaji […]

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बाजारवाद और अंधराष्ट्रवाद का नाम क्रिकेट

August 12, 2014

सुनील कुमार

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On the Threshold: Class Struggle in Delhi, दहलीज़ पर: दिल्ली में वर्ग सघंर्श

August 8, 2014

A documentary on class struggle in Delhi including the the Maruti Suzuki struggle. Reproduced from Radical Notes. – Eds

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Red Salute, Nabarun Da!

August 7, 2014

Source: Liberation Newsletter ​Nabarun Bhattacharya is no more. The revolutionary poet, short story writer and novelist, passed away on 31st July evening in a Calcutta Hospital after his prolonged battle with cancer. In the world we live in, his iconic poem, ‘This Valley of Death Is Not My Country’ could be the anguished cry and […]

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Media, Indian State and Anti-Sikh Violence (1980s)

August 6, 2014

Abhay Kumar reviews Jaspal Singh Sidhu and Anil Chamadia, eds., Embedded Journalism: Punjab, Media Studies Group, New Delhi, 2014, pp. 240, Rs. 380 (Paperback). Since Independence the alienation of a large section of Sikhs had been on the rise from the Indian state, which, in their perceptions, was “majoritarian Hindu” in character. One of the […]

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Rajasthan: Critiques of the Labour Law Reforms

August 6, 2014

1. The implications of changes in the labour laws proposed by the state of Rajasthan – Ashok Khandelwal 2. Critique of the Government of Rajasthan’s proposed Amendments of the Factories Act, 1948, Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 and Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 – Prem Krishna Sharma ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The implications of changes in the […]

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Haryana: Land, Caste, and Sexual Violence Against Dalit Girls and Women – A Report by WSS

July 27, 2014

The following is a chapter from the full report by Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS). Click here for the full report [PDF, English] » Haryana: A State in Transition [The] extraordinary – and terrifying – explosion of sexual violence against Dalit girls in contemporary Haryana must be analysed against the backdrop of […]

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From fundamentalism to Fascism and beyond: the trajectory of Hindutva

July 24, 2014

By Siddhartha Mitra [This article, written just before the 2014 Indian general election, explores the rise of Hindutva as a political force – Eds] “Garam Hawa hain Mian, bare garam; Jo Ukhda nahin, sukh jayega”. Scorching winds, sir … the searing heat! Those who are not blown away will dry and wither … — From […]

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Reversing Nepal’s ‘right turn’

July 24, 2014

By Rajeev Ravisankar The ascendancy of right-wing forces in India has garnered a great deal of attention, but a similar political trajectory is evident in other parts of South Asia. In Nepal, the return of two stalwart political parties – Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist [CPN (UML)] – and the decline […]

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Manipur: Remembering 10th year of Indian paramilitary’s sexual assault and murder of Manorama Devi

July 10, 2014

by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) WSS REMEMBERS THE TENTH YEAR OF MANORAMA’S SEXUAL ASSAULT AND MURDER BY THE INDIAN PARAMILITARY FIGHT AGAINST PATRIARCHAL VIOLENCE DAILY INFLICTED BY STATE, CASTE AND CAPITALISM!! AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!! Ten years ago, in the early hours of 11th July 2004, […]

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Hindu Nationalism in the United States: A Report on Non-Profit Groups

July 3, 2014

by J.M. [Released via sacw.net – 1 July 2014] Executive Summary 1. Over the last three decades, a movement toward Hinduizing India—advancing the status of Hindus toward political and social primacy in India— has continued to gain ground in South Asia and diasporic communities. The Sangh Parivar (the Sangh “family”), the network of groups at […]

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Political prisoners in India: A blot on the conscience of the nation

July 3, 2014

By Partho Sarathi Ray Introduction In 2005 the Supreme Court of India sentenced a man to death, not based on evidence by the admission of the learned justices themselves, but to “satisfy the collective conscience of society”. This man, Mohammad Afzal Guru, accused in the 2001 Parliament attack case of “waging war against the state”, […]

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Political Prisoners and Cultural Resistance in the Jails of West Bengal

July 3, 2014

By Sabyasachi Goswami [This is a translation, by Kuver Sinha, of parts of the original article in Bengali, available here.] During my incarceration in Presidency Jail, we got access to a Hindi magazine called “Bhor”. It is there that we came across a captivating essay by the rights movement leader Seema Azad. One of our […]

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Haryana : A status report on the situation in Bhagana

July 2, 2014

Sexual Assault on Four Girls in Haryana in the Context of Dalit Rights to Common Land by AFDR, PUDR and WSS A joint team comprising Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR) from Punjab, People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) from Delhi visited Bhagana village of Hisar district […]

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बसपा का शीराजा क्यों बिखरा

June 28, 2014

आनंद तेलतुंबड़े अनुवाद: रेयाज उल हक [Reproduced from Hashiya – Eds] आनंद तेलतुंबड़े ने अपने इस लेख में बसपा की पराजय का आकलन करते हुए एक तरफ मौजूदा व्यवस्था के जनविरोधी चेहरे और दूसरी तरफ उत्पीड़ित जनता के लिए पहचान की राजनीति के खतरों के बारे में बात की है. पिछले आम चुनाव हैरानी से […]

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Political Prisoners languishing in abysmal conditions in West Bengal jails: Plight of Prasun Chatterjee

June 28, 2014

By Amit Bhattacharyya Attempts at curbing the rights of Political Prisoners have started after the coming of the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC-government to power in West Bengal. A few months ago, the WB government introduced a bill in the legislative assembly to curb the rights of political prisoners by making an amendment to Section 24 of […]

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Three Vectors to a Nightmare

June 22, 2014

By Biju Mathew The dust from this election just won’t settle that easily. Fear and jubiliation seem right now to be two sides of the same coin. A 31% victory has polarized the country like never before. Let’s face it. Nobody expected it to be this bad. Not the arsenal of pre-election opinion polls. Not […]

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“Towards Gender Inclusivity: A Study on Contemporary Concerns around Gender” – A conversation

June 6, 2014

by V. Geetha [In May 2013, Alternative Law Forum and LesBit published a report titled “Towards Gender Inclusivity: A Study on Contemporary Concerns around Gender” by Sunil Mohan on trans-queer and feminist politics within a capitalist system. We present V. Geetha’s comments to the authors of the report presented (in her absence) at the release […]

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Sanhati statement on the post-election scenario

June 6, 2014

The general elections to the 16th Lok Sabha marks a watershed in post-independence Indian history. For the first time, the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been voted to power with an absolute majority of 282 parliamentary seats. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the alliance of political parties led by the BJP, has […]

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Consolidation of a Movement?

June 5, 2014

By Gautam Navlakha Are there signs of a consolidation by the CPI(Maoist) since the disastrous setback suffered by them in 2009-12? I A police officer told the Asian Age correspondent (22/03/2014) that Salwa Judum camp inmates are returning home, after having established contact with their villages and striking deals for their homecoming. He complained that […]

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The Incredulity Towards Metanarratives and the Logic of Counterinsurgency

June 4, 2014

By Karthick Rm “In a besieged fortress, all dissidence is treason.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola Ever since Lyotard famously described the postmodern condition as “incredulity towards metanarratives”, it has become fashion in the academia to obsess over micronarratives and particularities. The endless discussions over race, gender, sexuality are considered “subversive” while debates on universality, questions […]

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Truth is stranger than fiction: a note on the Akshardham acquittal

June 3, 2014

by Ra Ravishankar The Akshardham attack of 2002 has recently been in the news after the Supreme Court acquitted all the main accused persons. As the first case where the accused were convicted under POTA, the acquittal is an apt illustration of all that’s wrong with repressive laws and how they are used to criminalize […]

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How Did the BJP Sweep the Polls in 2014?

June 2, 2014

By Deepankar Basu Spread over a period of more than a month from April 7 to May 12 in 2014, close to 554 million voters in India chose 543 candidates to the 16th Lok Sabha, the lower house of the parliament. The voter turnout of 66.48 percent – 554 million voters from an electorate of […]

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A More Ruthless but Clearer Struggle Ahead

June 1, 2014

By Debarshi Das Abstract: The general elections of 2014 reiterate certain medium run trends. Regional parties have held their ground. The parties implementing deleterious neoliberal policies have been rejected by people to the extent they can do so by votes. That the new government would follow the same policies forecloses political possibilities in the existing […]

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Remembering Suniti Ghosh

May 22, 2014

by Sumanta Banerjee My personal association with Suniti Babu spans a period that covers more than half a century. It goes back to 1958 – when I joined Barasat Government College (a few kilometers away from Kolkata) as a junior lecturer, and found him as a senior colleague. I had heard of him earlier from […]

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CDRO Bulletins, February and March 2014

May 4, 2014

CDRO Bulletin February 2014 CDRO Bulletin March 2014

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The Che Guevaras of Telugu Society

May 4, 2014

By Bernard D’Mello Review of Understanding Maoists: Notes of a Participant Observer From Andhra Pradesh by N Venugopal (Kolkata: Setu Prakashani), 2013, pp 319, Rs 375. I don’t know what struck me while reading the book under review, but I was reminded of what Eduardo Galeano, author of the trilogy Memories of Fire, and of […]

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General Elections 2014 : Rhetoric and Reality

May 4, 2014

by Aloke Bhattacharya At the very onset let us make it clear that this article is not intended to articulate or prescribe whom to vote in the general election 2014 in India. The process is already on and everybody has made up mind whom to vote or no. In fact, there is so much of […]

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Impunity, War and Justice

May 1, 2014

By Gautam Navlakha The confusion between conventional and sub-conventional wars, the fact that wars against people in postcolonial nation-states are not even recognized as wars/armed conflict, the criminalizing and de-legitimisation of opponents that ensues during war etc. all contribute to drawing a veil over ongoing war/s inside India. Indian scholarship has examined ‘militarization’, ‘militarism’, violence […]

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The Economic Crisis: A Marxian Perspective

May 1, 2014

By Ramaa Vasudevan* INTRODUCTION The collapse of Lehmann, more than five years ago, heralded a profound crisis of global capitalism. The unfolding crisis continues to hold the global economy in its sway. The course of capitalist development has been punctuated by such crises – the Long Depression in the 1880s, the Great Depression in the […]

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Is Overpopulation the Planet’s Gravest Crisis?

May 1, 2014

by Manali Chakrabarti [Reproduced with permission from Aspects of India’s Economy, March 2014.-Eds] Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth. —World Scientists’ Warning […]

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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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