Vol. XLVI No. 49 December 04, 2022

UGC Circular: A Constitutionally Untenable & an Invasion on...

THE UGC circular signed by M Jagdish Kumar, former vice chancellor of JNU whose infamy for undermining democracy and critical thinking in the university had been widely covered by the media. Therefore, his appointment as the UGC chairman did not...

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BJP’s Vicious Campaign in Gujarat

THE BJP campaign for the Gujarat assembly election gives an insight as to how Gujarat became the laboratory for the Hindutva forces and how the corporate-communal axis was forged that became known later as the Gujarat model. Some of Amit Shah’s assertions in his election speeches have been startling for many outside Gujarat, but they reflect how the RSS-BJP have succeeded in inverting the reality and building a false narrative. According to Shah, the...

The Fiscal Requirement of A Welfare State

THE post-second world war period had seen a spate of welfare state measures in the advanced capitalist countries, especially in Europe, in emulation of what the Soviet Union was effecting. Capitalism had to accept these measures, notwithstanding its hostility to them, because it was in the midst of an existential crisis, weakened by the war, shaken by the upsurge in working-class anger, and terrified by the spread of socialism in Eastern Europe. With the...

The 2022 Data Privacy Bill: A New Version or the Charter of Surveillance Capitalism?

THE new avatar of the Indian Data Protection Bill 2022 is not simply the rebirth of the earlier 2019 one. The objective of the earlier Data Protection Bill 2019 was to give a legal framework for the Supreme Court's Puttuswamy judgement of privacy as a fundamental right. The 2022 Bill has a different purpose. This version proclaims the citizen's right to privacy but allows the...

Dismal Picture of Youth Employment in India

THE alarming fact of India’s labour market in the second decade of the millennium is the increase in youth unemployment compared to the general increase in unemployment in the recent period. Despite the fact that the overall high open unemployment rate of roughly 5.8 per cent in the recent past in India is still much lower than the unemployment rate in advanced countries, that does not indicate a better picture. The open unemployment rate in...

Britain’s Working Classes Hit Back Against Mismanagement of Economy

BRITAIN’S working classes hit back against the mismanagement of the economy. Moving into this winter, the United Kingdom has been hit by a wave of strikes, involving action by more than a million workers in the public sector led by the major trade unions. Strikes have halted train services, trash collection and port shipments around the country. The country is witnessing the biggest...

Condemn Killing in Tripura

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the gruesome attack on CPI(M) leaders and cadres in Charilam, Tripura on November 30, which resulted in the killing of a Party member, Shahid Miah, and injuries to many others. The violent attack by BJP goons took place when the Party cadres had gone to reopen the local committee office in Charilam in Sepahijala district, which had been forcibly shut down for the past four and a half years.

Hyderabad to Host 17th all India Conference of SFI

HAVING been chosen as the venue of the 17th all-India conference of the Students’ Federation of India, Hyderabad becomes the first city to host the highest conference of SFI two times in history. The land of the heroic Telangana uprising was the venue of the 12th all-India conference, held in 2005. The 17th conference will take place from December 13 to 16 at Osmania University. This all-India conference is happening after four years...

Kerala: Another Tale to Tell

KOCHI, the name describes itself. A city of ports where the Dutch, Portuguese, Jews, and British, all of them have left their imprint, is now governed by the Left Democratic Front and led by its mayor, Anil Kumar of the CPI(M). The metropolitan area of the city has a population of over 2.1 million and is spread over an area of over 95 square kilometres. A recent visit to the city to meet the elected councilors belonging to the LDF revealed a new paradigm of a compassionate...

Australia’s Growing Anti-China Military Ties with the United States

ON November 15, 2022, during the G20 summit in Bali (Indonesia), Australia’s prime minister Anthony Albanese told journalists that his country seeks a ‘stable relationship with China’. The main reason for this, Albanese said, is because China is ‘Australia’s largest trading partner. They are worth more than Japan, the US, and the Republic of Korea together combined’. China is Australia’s largest...

22nd World Peace Council Assembly Held in Vietnam

THE 22nd Assembly of the World Peace Council (WPC) was held in Hanoi, Vietnam from November 22-24, 2022. One hundred and eight delegates, representing 58 organisations from 53 countries participated in this Assembly. The Vietnam Peace Committee (VPC) hosted this event for the first time in Vietnam. Three representatives from the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO), one of the founder organisations of the WPC,...