EARTH Day, commemorated on April 22 each year, has always seen marches and demonstrations highlighting dangers to life on the planet and mobilising people for the defence of the environment from wanton exploitation and profiteering. Earth Day this year was different. It saw rallies in cities round the world, especially in the US, under the banner March for Science. This year Earth Day was not about saving the planet, but about saving science and the institutions that engage in studying and propagating it. Who would have thought such a thing would happen?
EXPRESSING grave concern over the attack on the nomadic bakerwals at Talwara, Reasi on April 22, by a mob allegedly led by cow vigilantes, Sham Prasad Kesar, regional secretary CPI(M), Jammu, has demanded immediate and stern action against the culprits. Minor child, a woman and an elderly person
IN the midst of the current tumultuous situation in valley which is wrecking innocent lives with terrible alacrity, it seems words like peace and security have completely disappeared from our living idiom as some of us may have held on to the faintest hopes that these words carry in the situation that has beset us for so long.
GLOBALISATION has brought acute distress to the working people all over the world. This distress is not confined only to the period of the post-housing-bubble crisis; nor is it confined only to the workers of the advanced capitalist countries. Joseph Stiglitz’s finding that the average real wage of a male American worker in 2011 was somewhat lower than in 1968 clearly suggests that this distress has had a long duration.
A JOINT convention of students and youth was held successfully on 8th April 8, the day when Bhagat Singh, accompanied by Batukeshwar Dutt in 1929, threw two bombs into Central Assembly (the present-day Lok Sabha) protesting against the Public Safety Bill. They could probably have escaped but they stayed shouting the slogan Inquilab Zindabad ("Long Live the Revolution") and threw leaflets. This convention was dedicated to the memory of Bhagat Singh and his ideas.
THE April 1 lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by cow vigilantes belonging to the VHP and the Bajrang Dal in Alwar in Rajasthan has brought to the national attention the agrarian aspects of the debate surrounding ban on cow slaughter. The moral and law and order aspects of the unbridled series of criminal onslaught on innocent persons belonging to the Muslim community by the Sangh Parivar, with the backing of the BJP-led governments, are of grave importance that in the long run could devastate the unity and integrity of the people and the country.
THE government of India through its communication dated March 16, has instructed the public sector banks to arrive at a tripartite memorandum of understanding among the government of India, bank managements and the unions of employees & officers which according to it will help to turn around these banks.