Editorial

Racist Attacks on African Students

THE death of an African student from Congo, Masonda Kitanda Olivier, after being brutally assaulted on May 21 in South Delhi has brought to the fore the deep-seated racism which exists in India. There are thousands of students from Africa studying in various educational institutions in the country. It is a shameful fact that these black students are often subject to racial discrimination and attacks.

The Struggle in Venezuela

THE Bolivarian revolutionary process, initiated by Hugo Chavez seventeen years ago, is under siege. The attack on the Left-oriented government headed by Nicolas Maduro is part of the rightwing offensive which is unfolding in Latin America. In the first half of 2016, there has been a reversal of the Left tide.

West Bengal: Denounce This Terror

THE Trinamool Congress won a decisive victory in West Bengal getting 72 per cent of the seats in the assembly. But obviously, this is not enough for Mamata Banerjee. For her, the CPI(M) and the Left Front have to be not only electorally defeated, they have also to be eliminated as a political force. That is why, she is fulfilling the threat she made during the election campaign that she would retaliate inch by inch after the election.

Uttarakhand: Verdict for Democracy

THE Modi government's sordid attempt to topple the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand and install a BJP government with the help of defectors has been thwarted by a vigilant judiciary. Harish Rawat has won the floor test in the Uttarakhand assembly in an unprecedented Court monitored vote by the legislators. The Supreme Court had suspended President's rule for two hours on May 10 to facilitate this process.

Where are the Jobs?

RECENTLY the corporate media has been discussing the problem of increasing joblessness and lack of employment growth in the country. This was, probably, sparked off by the Quarterly Employment Survey conducted by the Labour Bureau of eight employment intensive industries – textiles, garments, jewellery, IT, leather, handlooms, metals and automobiles – which showed that employment generated in these eight sectors was only 1.35 lakh in 2015, compared to 4.9 lakh in 2014 and 12.5 lakh in 2009.

Fight Anti-Worker Measures

After widespread opposition from workers and employees and protests by all trade unions and even the NDA allies of the BJP, the finance minister was forced to withdraw the proposal even before discussions began in parliament. Following this, the government made steep cuts in interest rates on small savings schemes like the Public Provident Fund, National Savings Certificate and Post Office Savings.

Jharkhand: Communal Cauldron

EVER since the BJP government was formed in Jharkhand, the state is being converted into a communal cauldron. In the 15-month period of the Raghubar Das government, religious processions and events are being utilised to create communal tensions and unleash violence. The latest incidents have occurred during the Ram Navami processions in Bokaro and Hazaribagh. In Bokaro, the procession entered in a Muslim locality to which it had no permission to go.

Kashmir: Killing with Impunity

THE Handwara incident in the Kashmir valley, once again, highlights the political and administrative failure in tackling the vexed problems in the troubled state of Jammu & Kashmir. The alleged harassment of a school girl by an army jawan led to protests outside the army bunker in the town. This was responded to by the heavy hand of the security forces.

Retrieve Ambedkar’s Radical Vision

THE life and work of Dr B R Ambedkar is being commemorated all over the country on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary on April 14. Ambedkar – the anti-caste fighter, the emancipator of dalits, the social reformer, the architect of the Constitution and champion of women’s rights – are among the various facets being highlighted of this remarkable figure.  At the same time, Ambedkar’s legacy is being contested and sought to be appropriated by the communal-sectarian forces. 

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