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A Hungry Nation

THE Global Hunger Index brought out annually by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has just been published for 2017. The fact that India occupies the 100th rank among the 119 nations specifically studied by IFPRI (for whom hunger is a problem), with only two other Asian countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, below India in the rankings, has attracted some attention in the media.

Forum to Check Rise of Communal Forces in Tamil Nadu


PROMINENT personalities from various walks of life have come together and floated a secular platform to counter the growing menace of communal forces in Tamil Nadu.

The RSS-BJP combine is consciously utilising the religious divide between people to perpetuate its political purpose. The communal menace that was haunting other states in India is now rearing its ugly head in Tamil Nadu, in the backdrop of the recent unstable political developments in the state.

Structural Changes within Imperialism

FOR long one could divide the world’s currencies into three distinct categories: (i) the leading currency, typically belonging to the leading imperialist power,in the present case the United States, which was considered “as good as gold” by the world’s wealth-holders; (ii) other metropolitan currencies in terms of which the world’s wealth-holders also held their wealth, but which, precisely by virtue of not being considered “as good as gold”, had to maintain a certain stable value vis-à-vis the leading currency through the pursuit of appropriate macroeconomic policies, including contraction

Solar Scam: Vigilance Probe against Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

The Judicial Commission’s report found that Oommen Chandy took large amounts as bribes directly and through others.

KERALA’S CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has ordered vigilance investigation against former chief minister Oommen Chandy of the Congress in the solar case. The probe has been ordered on the bases of the recommendations of the Justice (Retired) G Sivarajan, appointed by the previous Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government.

Bolsheviks on Forward March – September 1917

LENIN, who was in exile, kept pace with the developments in Russia which were moving with ‘hurricane like velocity’. Along with directing Bolshevik activities from exile, he was immersed in another important task of finishing his monumental work, ‘State and Revolution’, which he started writing in August. He used his experiences from the Russian revolution to explain the theoretical propositions of Karl Marx and Engels.

AIKS 34th Conference at Hisar: Organise, Unite & Launch Issue-Based Struggles to Overcome Agrarian Crisis

THE 34th all India conference of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was held at Hisar, Haryana from October 3-6, 2017. Hisar was earlier host to the 27th all India conference in 1992, only a year after the Congress government led by PV Narasimha Rao started implementing the policies of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation. That conference had made a correct evaluation of these policies and pointed out that they would be detrimental to interests of the peasantry when many were claiming they would be beneficial to the peasantry.

WHO Needs an Agenda for the Global South

THE appointment of Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), as a deputy director general (DDG) of the World Health Organisation is a welcome development. She joins Jane Ellison of the UK as one of the two newly appointed DDGs and will be in overall charge of programmes, while Jane Ellison will be in charge of ‘corporate affairs’. The WHO elected Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia as the new director general (DG) at the World Health Assembly in May 2017, to replace the outgoing incumbent, Dr Margaret Chan.

A Bold Step: Dalit Priests in Kerala

WHEN 22 year-old Yedu Krishnan began his priestly functions at the sanctum sanctorum of the Shiva temple at Valanjavattom in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, it was a historic first – a dalit priest at a major temple in Kerala.

The Travancore Devaswom Recruitment Board (TDRB) decided to appoint six dalits as priests along with 30 other non-Brahmin priests.  The Board, which manages more than 1200 temples, functions under the supervision of the state government.  The reservation for backward classes and dalits was instituted for the first time.


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