Yakub Memon: Miscarriage of Justice

THE execution of Yakub Memon is a miscarriage of justice. There is no other way to describe the hanging of a man when there were strong mitigating circumstances to commute his sentence. Yakub Memon was certainly guilty of a crime – involvement in the conspiracy which led to the heinous bomb blasts in Mumbai which took the lives of 257 persons. But his role and the...

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BJP’S CORRUPTION: Govt Disrupting Parliament To Protect Guilty

CLEARLY, this BJP government is brazening out the turmoil in the parliament and is hoping to `ride the storm’ and escape parliamentary scrutiny over grave charges of corruption that have been raised by the united opposition. On the eve of this monsoon...

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Implications of the Gurdaspur Attack

THE Gurdaspur attack by an extremist squad crossing over from Pakistan is a first of its kind in Punjab. The three-member group is reported to have crossed the international border a few kilometers from the site of attack in Dinanagar. Two similar attacks by Lashkar –e-taiba squads had taken place in Jammu earlier...

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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Condoled

Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has issued the following statement on July 28. THE CPI(M) expresses its deep sorrow at the passing away of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India.

KARNATAKA: Dalit Witness Found Dead

IN the early hours of July 10, the dead body of Dodda Veeresh Gudisali was found by the side of a railway track at the outskirts of Koppala, Karnataka. He was a dalit from Marakumbi village of Gangavathi taluk. He was an important witness in the case pertaining to the incident of atrocity on dalits that occurred at Marakumbi, a year ago. He was about 45. He has left behind him his wife and two sons. A death note is said to have been recovered which suggests...

Successful Strike by Municipal Workers in Andhra Pradesh

MUNICIPAL employees in Andhra Pradesh have conducted a 16-day heroic struggle against the state government as it continued its adamant towards the genuine grievances of the lower strata of the society. It is not the case that the demands of the workers are a huge burden, as they are getting a paltry wage of Rs 8,300 at present. Their demands include a minimum wage of Rs 15,432, implementation of the 10th PRC for all...

The Impasse over Economic Policy

NEWSPAPERS have been full of stories about differences between the Reserve Bank and the finance ministry over economic policy issues. The differences are so sharp that the government is apparently planning to amend the Reserve Bank of India Act to clip the wings of its governor. These differences however are symptomatic of a deeper malaise afflicting the Indian economy. The point in this case is not who is right or who is wrong; the point is that whichever policy is...

FTII Students Protest Saffronisation of the Institute

SINCE its foundation, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), has been a nursery for cinema practices and education in the country. This unique institute has been a space which has always encouraged, cultivated and protected freedom of thought, expression and experimentation. The stature of FTII is clearly reflected in the collective body of work of its students - both in the mainstream film industry, as well as in...

AIDWA Starts “Pass the Bill, because ‘honour’ kills” Campaign

THE recent years in India have witnessed a rapid capitalist transformation accompanied by a regressive feudal consciousness, emergence of identity politics and consolidation of caste panchayats in defence of status quo. The conflicts which arise due to these processes are most visible in the sphere of marriage practices and the basis on which social relationships are established....

Student Unity against Commercialisation, Centralisation & Communalisation of Education

A NATIONAL Convention against centralisation, commercialisation and communalisation was held on July 28, in New Delhi. Five student organisations namely All India Democratic Students' Organisation, All India Students Bloc, All India Students’ Federation, Progressive Democratic Students Union and Students’ Federation of India were part of the convention. This...

Some Reflections on Corporate Capitalism & Authoritarian State

ON the 40th anniversary of emergency, the veteran BJP leader LK Advani remarked that though the political leadership of the country is mature, he was not confident that the country would not face an emergency like situation again. He further added that the forces who could crush democracy had become stronger. This comment has sparked off a debate on the nature of the current NDA-2 regime. In fact the...

Cuba Si ! Yankee No !

IT is 62 years since Fidel Castro, who is now 88-year old, had burst into limelight. On July 26, 1953, he had led a band of activists into attacking the Moncada garrisons and along with it the little known Bayamo garrisons. Though the attack carried out against the Batista dictatorship was a failure and Fidel, along with others was imprisoned, it did not deter them from planning the future course of action. It is during the course of his trial that he gave the famous speech, 'History Will...