Vol. XLV No. 03 January 17, 2021

Foreign Policy in Shambles

THE new year has begun with a sobering reminder that the foreign policy of the Modi government is in shambles and its pro-US approach has landed the country in a strategic cul-de-sac.
The outgoing ambassador of the United States, Kenneth Juster, has in a farewell speech put the Modi government on notice. After binding India in...

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An Ill-Conceived Order

THE order of the Supreme Court on the three farm laws and the farmers struggle against them is ill-conceived and one-sided. The three-member bench headed by chief justice, S A Bobde has stayed the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders. This has misled some sections to hail the intervention of the Supreme Court. Actually, the stay is not linked to any further hearing on the substantive issues raised in the petitions or by the farmers in the struggle. It is linked to...

Engels on the Peasant War in Germany

AT a time when peasant masses in the country are engaged in a valiant struggle for the repeal of the central government’s three infamous laws, and have laid peaceful siege to Delhi, braving rains and bitter cold, it is worth recalling Friedrich Engels’ study of the peasant war in Germany in 1525, that also celebrated its outstanding leader Thomas Muenzer. Such a recall becomes necessary for another reason.

The Ugly Truth Behind WhatsApp's Data Privacy

WHATSAPP, a company owned by Facebook since 2014, has issued a new privacy policy changing its data-sharing rules, which will come into effect by February 8, 2021. In this new policy, WhatsApp has declared that it will share data with Facebook, its parent company, about users' chats, connections, location and device information, transactions and payments. It will also share data of our interactions with other businesses that use Facebook...

Comrade Ganeshshankar Vidyarthi

THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its profound grief at the death of veteran communist and former member of its Central Committee, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. He was aged 96 and died at a Patna hospital on January 11, 2021, where he was admitted a few days back.

Darkness after Noon, Capitol on Fire

THE darkest nightmare came alive on January 6, 2021. The venue was the most exalted symbol of American democracy, the Capitol Hill, which houses the Congress and the Senate. Images and live streaming videos invaded television households not just in the US, but across the world, with explosive fury. The setting for this extraordinary ‘insurrection’ was the holding of the Congress and the Senate for confirming the formal election of president – elect, Joe Biden...

Central Vista: Justice Undone

THE protest at Capitol building in Washington on January 6 was unequivocally condemned worldwide. Apart from the general feeling which many of us had to this protest/ attack, I was also intrigued to know- “How old is the building?” The same building which was targeted by the Trump supporters. This Capitol building was made operational in 1800 after seven years of construction work and continues to stand tall and serve its purpose. So, it is almost 220 years old.

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Education Behind the Bars: Kashmir

WHEN the COVID pandemic took lives and the reality of the health care system of the country plagued by continued neglect was barely open, the Modi government true to form forced students to take final year exams. But it has done nothing to now reopen educational institutions except bring out guidelines which are an eyewash. The pressure of big business has forced the government into opening malls, cinemas even bars but students cannot have their classroom. The...

Greetings to the 11th Congress of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party

THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) greets the 11th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and wishes it all success. We take this opportunity to greet all the members of the LPRP and the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The 11th Congress of the LPRP is being held under most excruciating times. The hollowness of the capitalist model of development was thoroughly...

UP: Delegation of Anganwadi Visit Badaun and Met the Victims Family

JANUARY 8, a delegation of the All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers(AIFAWH) -CITU, met the family of the anganwadi helper who was gang-raped and murdered in a temple in Badaun, UP. The delegation comprised A R Sindhu, president and Usharani, general secretary of AIFAWH, along with UP anganwadi union president, Veena Gupta, general secretary, Chaman Ara and Niger Parveen, an advocate and...

Haryana: Police Action on Farmers in Karnal village Condemned

THE Haryana chapter of All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee(AIKSCC) has condemned the police action on farmers who had assembled to peacefully register their opposition to a bogus mahapanchayat at Kaimla village of Karnal in support of anti-farmer laws being imposed in dictatorial way by the Modi regime. The police let loose terror on January 10.