THE BJP has, finally, released its manifesto for the 16th general elections. Its release, however reluctantly, is motivated by a public outcry that a party, which according to India Inc and its corporate media drum-beaters, has all but won the election to form the next government, has not spelt out its roadmap on how it shall steer the country’s future. It is unprecedented that its manifesto should be released after the polling process has actually begun. In the record of India's electoral history, one cannot recall, such an instance.
ADDRESING a mammoth rally in Jalpaiguri in support of the Left Front candidate Mahendra Kumar Roy for the Jalpaiguri Lok Sabha constituency and Dianabandhu Roy candidate for the Maynaguri assembly constituency by-election, leader of the opposition in the West Bengal assembly, Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra said the anti-people policy pursued by the Congress, the BJP and the TMC is making the rich, richer while the distress of the poor continues.
AS the curtains were brought down on the gruelling campaign for the single-phase election battle in Kerala today, the writing on the wall is crystal-clear. It is obvious that the when voters come to cast their votes on April 10, it is the Left Democratic Front headed by the CPI(M) which would be their choice.
Even in traditional strongholds of the Congress-led United Democratic Front like Malappuram, Ponnani, Wayanad and Kottayam the LDF campaign has struck a strong chord among the voters.
ACCUSING the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) of going soft on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), G Ramakrishnan, Tamilnadu state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has questioned why the two parties, during their election campaigns, had been refraining from criticising the BJP and Narendra Modi.
AFTER having recently visited Pakistan to attend an international conference, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, the CPI(M)’s Jammu & Kashmir state secretary, said on March 25 that there was a consensus among participants that there is need to initiate a purposeful process which could reduce the barriers between India and Pakistan.
THE recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.
Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people.
ON Friday, March 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of India pronounced its judgement on a gangrape case in Birbhum district of West Bengal. The court verdict indicted the TMC controlled state government, saying that the “state has failed in protecting such serious violation of a victim’s fundamental right.”
The judgement also noted the absence of measures “for security and safety of the victim and her family.”
A number of prominent intellectuals of the country issued the following statement on March 26, criticising the vindictive moves of the Modi government against social activists Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand.
WE are shocked and outraged by the continuing attempt of the highly vindictive Modi government and the Gujarat police to somehow implicate activists Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, along with three victim-survivors of the state-sponsored Gujarat carnage in 2002 on patently trumped-up charges.