Fight To Save & Strengthen MGNREGA In Favour Of The Workers

THE BJP which had promised the creation of jobs as its prime election slogan has openly declared war on MGNREGA, the only demand driven legal guarantee for employment of at least 100 days a year per family in rural India. The legislation, though poorly implemented, had brought some relief to the unemployed and underemployed...

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Shrameva Jayate: Demagogy and Deceit

THE present government at the centre seems to have mastered the art of demagogy and deceit. Words are not meant to be followed by deeds. They go in different directions.

The multi-coloured advertisements in the corporate dailies on the ‘Shrameva Jayate Karyakram’ organised by the government only confirms...

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Election Results Show Need for Radical Electoral reforms

FOLLOWING the recent elections to the state assemblies, the BJP is all set to form a government on the basis of its own strength in Haryana and a government led by it in Maharashtra. These results have come after the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were in...

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Implement Coal Nationalisation Act in Right Earnest

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on October 22. FOLLOWING the Supreme Court order quashing the allocation of 214 coal blocks, the Modi government seems to have decided to promulgate an ordinance empowering the government to take back these coal blocks and reallocate them to private entities through an e-auction.

The Nehruvian Economic Strategy

THIS being Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary, much is being written about him and the economic strategy he pursued. The corporate-controlled media are full of articles criticising the “inward looking” dirigiste economic strategy that Nehru, along with PC Mahalanobis who was in charge of the planning process for much of the Nehru era, was supposed to have introduced. It is being claimed that this strategy kept the dynamism of the economy “under a leash” because...

Capitulation on IP: Reaching a Point of no Return?

THE government has chosen the occasion of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the US to articulate a vision on Intellectual Property (IP) protection that promises to radically reshape the Indian IP system (as reported in this column a couple of weeks back). What is of particular interest is the contrast between the BJP led government’s present stance on IP and the BJP’s position on the floor of Parliament when India’s Patent Act was being...

Diesel Price Deregulation, Hike in Natural Gas Price

ON October 17, the Modi government has announced its decision of total deregulation of diesel price, besides declaring an increase in the price of natural gas with a provision of revising it every six months. The entire media reported the decision and the move with a warm welcome. The entire big business lobby also loudly welcomed the move.

Labour Law Reforms: Some Reflections on the Contemporary Debate

THE Modi government announces its big ticket labour market reforms. Branded as Shramev Jayate, these labour reforms have the objective of pleasing both labour and capital and removing the ‘obstacles’ to economic investment and growth. But Modi is not alone in trying to please labour and capital in one stroke. Even those politically opposed to him are arguing that labour reforms are needed and that they should...

Kisan Jathas Reach 30,000 Villages in Bengal

KISAN jathas, organised by the West Bengal Provincial Krishak Sabha (AIKS), traversed through nearly 30,000 villages for five days, interacting with people, raising burning issues and building the confidence for greater struggle in the days to come. This was a unique programme with thousands of activists of peasant movement participating and thousands others attended. On their way, the jathas braved terror, intimidation and direct attack....

KERALA: Youth Organisations Register a Historic Victory

MARKING a historic victory, the youth organisations in Kerala ended the four-day long indefinite hunger strike led by the LDYF when all its demands were approved by the state government. The Left Democratic Youth Federation, a platform of Left and democratic youth organisations had launched a massive hunger strike in front of the State Secretariat building in Thiruvananthapuram, on the burning issues faced by the youth in...

ANDHRA PRADESH: Declare Cyclone Hudhud as National Calamity: CPI(M)

VISAKHAPATNAM, one of the most beautiful cities on the East Coast, was devastated by Cyclone Hudhud which hit Andhra Pradesh on October 12. The devastation was unprecedented. In fact, the whole northern region of Andhra Pradesh was badly affected by it. Due to development of technology, several agencies like NASA, ISRO and IMD had warned about the magnitude of the cyclone five days in advance, but the...

US Prepares for Gulf War III

THE decision by President Barack Obama to order the American military back into action in West Asia following the military advances of the Islamic State (IS) forces and the beheading of three western nationals in the region, could lead to another full scale war in the region. In the third week of September, the US House of Representatives and the Senate voted to give the American president its approval for the plan to train and arm the so-called “moderate” rebel forces in...