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Artists Condemn Proposed Vandalism of Ramkinkar Baij’s Artwork

ARTISTS and creative community of India are aghast at the vandalism proposed against the artwork of one India's greatest artists by a representative of the BJP government in Guwahati. A statement issued by SAHMAT on August 11 said Ramkinkar Baij pioneered the modern movement in mid-twentieth century India. He was dedicated to the person and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, as he was to the adivasi communities and subaltern figures in the ethos he inhabited. He sought to find a form for this in several smaller sculptures of the Mahatma.

Criminal Negligence of UP Govt Kills More Than 65 Children

IN the entire region of the terai in and around Gorakhpur, in the adjoining districts of Deoria, Kushinagar, Maharajgunj, Gonda, Basti, every water body, small and large, is surrounded with small brick structures made during the Chhat puja when devout fasting men and women stand all night in the water, pray to the rising sun for the longevity of their children.  This occurs at the end of the monsoon, after Japanese encephalitis has taken yet another toll of infant life in the area.  The small brick structures seem to be memorial shrines to the dead infants.  The faith of the devout in the S

INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH OF TRIPURA CM, MANIK SARKAR: ‘Let us Pledge to Reverse the Destructive Policies’

The Independence Day Speech of Tripura Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar was recorded by the Doordarshan and All India Radio but subsequently they had blacked out his speech. The full-text of his speech is published below.

 

DEAR People of Tripura,

On the occasion of Independence Day, I convey my greetings and best wishes to you all. I pay my homage to the great memory of the martyrs of India’s freedom struggle. I would also like to offer my profound regards to those freedom fighters who are amongst us today.

Struggle against Eviction in Narmada Valley

IN a statement issued on August 4, Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of CPI(M) has said that an extraordinary circumstance has arisen due to the inhuman decision of the Madhya Pradesh government to implement the Narmada Valley authorities’ decision to close the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam which will lead to submergence of 192 villages and eviction of 40,000 families in Madhya Pradesh.  There was an agreement that before closing the gate, rehabilitation work should be completed.  The Supreme Court upheld this decision.

On Decision on Rajya Sabha Election from West Bengal

The following is the statement issued by the Polit Bureau on July 27.

WEST Bengal state secretariat of the Party had requested that Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Party, be re-nominated for the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal on the completion of his term. The Polit Bureau had discussed this matter in its meeting of June 6 and 7, 2017. It decided not to accept the proposal of the West Bengal state secretariat. 

The reasons for this decision are as follows:

Military Veterans to Modi: ‘Dissent is Not Treason… It is the Essence of Democracy’

A group of 114 veterans of the Indian Armed Forces have written an open letter to the prime minister, chief ministers of states and lieutenant-governors of union territories, expressing their distress at “divisive” recent developments in the country which “go against the secular and democratic values enshrined in the constitution”. The letter is reproduced below.

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