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People of Jammu & Kashmir Humiliated

THE people of Jammu and Kashmir had opted to become part of secular India rather than the Muslim Pakistan not simply by virtue of the Instrument of Accession which is the legal basis of the association, but more importantly because of those promises of building a pluralist, secular India in which the people of J&K were to have a very special status and maximum autonomy. Those promises were contained in Article 370 of the Indian constitution and in the constitution of J&K itself.

Rumble on Railway Tracks: Why Privatise Indian Railways?

THE media is agog with stories about rail privatisation. The ministry of railways has sought private players’ request for qualification for 151 trains running on 109 rail routes. Howrah-Delhi, Howrah-Chennai, Howrah-Mumbai and Delhi-Mumbai are among the routes to be privatised. The lifelines of Mumbai and Kolkata, the suburban trains, will also be given to private entities.

Human Rights also Locked Down

QUINTESSENCE of human rights is the dignity of the human being.  Universal declaration of human rights adopted by the United Nations(UN) keeps this dignity of humans in focus when it says, “ everyone has the right to work, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection of himself and his family and an existence worthy of human dignity---everyone has the right to standard of living adequate for health and wellbeing for himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care.”

Boastful claims of FM and Fallout

THE finance minister, in her article captioned “Bold decisions pronounced under PM Modi” in Times of India, dated July 14, 2020, has praised the former prime minister, Narsimha Rao for his immense political will for dismantling the four decade old command and control model. Nirmala Sitharaman, in this article, has glorified several policy decisions of the governments headed by A B Vajpayee and Narendra Modi. Truly these policy decisions were responsible to take the country's economy towards pro-corporate and were against the interest of the common man.

US and India have another commonality: evicting the tenants

THE congruency between the US and India is increasing over the years. Both have strong leaders, who reciprocated ‘very bravely’ to the Covid-19 pandemic: “the virus cannot affect us”; and the results are in front of everyone. India is fast catching up to the US in the total number of Covid affected patients. Thanks to the common genetic material between both the leaders-Trump and Modi: stubbornness and not science is the guiding material.

TAMIL NADU: Workers Pay with their Lives for Neglect of Safety by NLC

WITH the ending of the national level ‘lockdown’ and the commencement of the ‘unlock’ process, we have seen some major industrial accidents across the country. This article relates to the two accidents that took place in the second thermal power station (TPS II) at Neyveli in Tamil Nadu, belonging to the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), a government of India PSU, on May 7 and July 1.

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan: A Travesty on Migrant Workers

WHILE the whole country is fighting against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the priority of the BJP is to manage Rajya Sabha elections and campaign for the Bihar state assembly elections.

The launch of ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ by prime minister Narendra Modi on June 20, 2020, is nothing but an extension of the election campaign through government machinery.

The campaign was launched from Telihar village of Beldaur block of Bihar’s Khagaria district.

Regressive Proposals Defeated; Struggle Far From Over

COMING from a nondescript village in rural Chhattisgarh, poverty and destitution forced Shakeel in his early twenties to migrate to Delhi. Though not having much of an education to claim, when in December 2016 the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPD Act) was passed, Shakeel was ecstatic. A person afflicted by polio early in life, he was subjected to ridicule and abuse because of his impaired mobility.

KERALA: Organisational Work in Times of Covid-19 Pandemic

THE Covid-19 pandemic has severely disrupted normal life around the world. It has posed several challenges to the activities of working-class movements in India too. The government formulated the Covid-19 protocol, outlining the restrictions that are to be followed by the people, to check the spread of the contagion. Physical distancing between individuals, use of face mask, frequent use of sanitiser and soap are major components of the protocol.

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