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Modi’s Desperation Peaks Midway

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi betrays a sense of desperation in the shrill campaign that he is conducting in these general elections.  Earlier, in a speech at Latur in Maharashtra, he called for people to vote for the BJP in the name of the Pulwama martyrs.  The Election Commission’s action against this speech is still awaited. On April 21, the last day of campaigning in Gujarat, Modi said, had Pakistan not returned the Indian Air Force pilot, then it would have been a qatal ki raat (night of slaughter).

Election Campaign in Kerala – Living Mass Contact

KERALA voted on April 23 to elect its 20 representatives, as part of the seven-phase general elections to the parliament. The CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) is leading the fight against both the Congress led UDF and the BJP in these elections. The strong presence of the CPI(M) and the Left in the state has ensured that the election campaigning in the state is intensely political.

Islamophobia and Right Wing Extremism

THE Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand on March 15, 2019 killed 50 Muslim worshippers, seven of whom were Indians, which attracted immediate united condemnation from the entire nation. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was praised for her mature response to the attack. Not only did she promise swift action, but she also asserted that New Zealand was attacked because it stood for “diversity, kindness and compassion” and said she would renew efforts to counter right wing extremists whose politics had led to the targeting of Muslim worshippers. 

International Conference on Food Sovereignty and Peasants Rights

A THREE day international conference on ‘Food Sovereignty and Peasants Rights’ was organized at Kathmandu, Nepal by ‘National Farmers Commission’ Government of Nepal, on March 10-12,  2019. 350 delegates attended the conference representing kisan and agricultural workers organizations, experts, government officials, ministers and peoples representatives of Nepal.

Second List of Seats to be Contested by the CPI(M) in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Attacks on Kashmiri People; Government Remained in Slumber

PULWAMA fedayeen attack killed more than 40 personnel of the CRPF on February 14. There was widespread condemnation in the country at the ghastly killing. However, the ‘sangh’ and its outfits were more concerned at targeting the Kashmiri people, who either are students or work in different parts of the country, by attacking them, abusing them. There were series of attacks and intimidation of Kashmiri people in the country, more than 44 incidents were reported. Students hailing from Kashmir were commented upon in different parts.

Interim Budget Makes Mockery of Informal Labour’s Plight

AFTER its election in 2014, the Modi government had promised to create 20 million jobs in five years. However, the recent debate on the job creation data shows that unemployment is at its peak at the end of the five year term of the Modi government. Curiously the current government has rubbished this data, without releasing any of its own statistics. The argument being made by the spokespersons of the BJP is that this data does not represent the true picture as most of the livelihood has been created in the form of self-employment and is largely in the informal sector.

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