Vol. XLVIII No. 21 May 26, 2024

Make Israeli Rulers Accountable for War Crimes

THE chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, has sought arrest warrants to be issued against Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant along with three Hamas leaders, including Ismail Haniyeh. The prosecutor has stated that there...

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Neo-Liberalism Has Increased Mass Poverty

THE media has been full of claims by the World Bank and by governments that millions of people in the global South have been lifted out of poverty during the last three decades that saw neo-liberal economic policies. The Niti Aayog in a press release earlier this year claimed near zero poverty for India by 2022-23, affecting only 5 per cent of the population. The hard data on nutritional intake show however that hunger has risen greatly over the...

Aravallis: On the Brink of Total Destruction

A RECENT Supreme Court order prohibiting new leases for mining in the Aravalli hills spread over the four states of Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan And Gujarat, has raised new hope regarding the endangered Aravallis ecosystem which is on the verge of total destruction. The Aravallis have long been subjected to rapacious and often illegal mining, quarrying and construction activities in a seemingly inexorable process of extractive industrialisation and...

The Maharashtra Lok Sabha Election Scene 2024

In a different context, all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten the hands of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, and Devendra Fadnavis, for what they and their ilk have done to the entire countryand to Maharashtra in the last ten years, and particularly to Maharashtra in the last two years. Never in the last 77 years of independent India, and in the 64 years of the existence of Maharashtra, has the state been subjected to such crass immorality and...

CPI(M) Writes to EC on Repeated Violations of Model Code of Conduct

WE have through a series of complaints earlier brought to the attention of the Election Commission of India the serious violation of the model code of conduct by a number of leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Their resort to blatant lies and fabrication, fear mongering and overtly communal appeals were highlighted in these complaints. Sadly, in none of these complaints has the ECI punished the culprits...

On CITU Foundation Day

THIS May 30th, CITU will turn 54. During this period of over five decades since its foundation, CITU made serious efforts to put into practice the slogan ‘Unity and Struggle’, adopted at its foundation conference. Through its persistent and untiring efforts to put this vital slogan into practice, CITU not only overcame all initial attempts to isolate it within the country’s trade union movement, but is today recognised as the champion in developing and strengthening united movements of...

Of Citizenship and Democracy

“DO we want the Constitution of India or do we want a government that will destroy it, is the real question in this election,” were the concluding words of the speech by Justice K Chandru at a function in Mumbai on May 9, 2024. Justice K Chandru was speaking as a special guest at the release of two Marathi books, Phakt Ladh Mhana and Aika Majhi Firyad, published by Janshakti Granth Prakashan. Phakt Ladh Mhana is the Marathi version of Prabir Purkayastha’s Keeping up the Good...

Israel’s Unending Genocidal War on the Palestinians

AFTER seven months, the lead prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan KC, decided to announce that he would be looking into framing warrants regarding Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza. With nearly 40,000 people dead and 10,000 missing, and with over two million people displaced and threatened with death from bombs or from disease, this war is one of the worst in recent years. Israel’s military has...

AIRTWF Calls for Revoking Uber's Bus Service permit

THE All India Road Transport Workers Federation (AIRTWF), in a statement issued on May 21, has urged the Delhi government to revoke permission for aggregator Uber to operate buses in Delhi. Recent reports from media sources indicate that the transport department of the Delhi government has granted Uber permission to run buses in the city. AIRTWF strongly opposes this decision as it poses significant risks to the drivers, the...

Narendra Dabholkar Murder Verdict: Incomplete and Unsatisfactory

TWO accused, Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, who shot anti-superstition crusader Dr Narendra Dabholkar dead, have been given a sentence of rigorous life imprisonment by a Special Court in Pune on May 10, 2024. While hailing this verdict, the Maharashtra state committee of the CPI(M) expresses its sense of anguish and dissatisfaction at the prosecution's failure to convince the court of the...

DUJ Condemns Attack on Reporter at a Rally

THE Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ), in a statement issued on May 13, has strongly condemned the physical attack on YouTube journalist Raghav Trivedi of Molitics India on May 12, 2024 while covering home minister Amit Shah's election rally in Rae Bareli. The attack was reportedly provoked by Raghav's video recording of a woman who said she and other women had been promised Rs 100 by her village pradhan for attending the rally.