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Listing of LIC: Wanton Destruction of a Premier Public Sector Financial Institution

FINANCE minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced during her second budget speech on February 1 that the government will list LIC in the stock exchange and sell part of its stake via Initial Public Offer (IPO). In justification of her proposal she said, “Listing of companies on stock exchanges disciplines a company and provides access to financial markets and unlocks its value. It also gives opportunity for retail investors to participate in the wealth so created.

Manuvaadi Economics and the Hindu Right

THE finance minister presented the union budget 2020-2021 in the context of the growing attacks by the Hindu right on the peaceful protests in Jamia Millia Islamia and Shaheen Bagh against the CAA-NRC-NPR. Both these developments need to be seen in the context of the desperate attempts by the BJP and its fringe organisations to polarise the upcoming Delhi elections and hide the economic mess that has been created by the NDA government in the last six years.

Successful grameen Bharat bandh

A CALL for ‘rural hartal’ - grameen Bharat bandh on January 8, 2020 was given in the meeting of Central Kisan Council(CKC) of the All India Kisan Sabha(AIKS), on November 22, 2019. The call of grameen Bharat bandh was also endorsed by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee (AIKSCC), in a convention which was held on November 29-30, 2019 at Delhi.  Support to the January 8 industrial strike, a call given by the 10 central trade unions was also endorsed by the convention.

UP: Oppressive and killer Yogi raj

OPPRESSION and killing innocent people has become a gauntlet of Yogi rule in UP. On the one hand rapists, rioters and murderers aligned to the BJP are allowed to roam scot-free, on the other, tremendous repression is mounted on the dalits, backwards, women and especially the Muslim minority in the state of UP. There is no limit to the hate against the Muslims and the protesters who were protesting against the CAA and the proposed NRC.

Water Nexus and its testing

RECENT revelations made by Ram Vilas Paswan, union minister of consumer affairs that the water quality in Delhi and in other 20 cities is not fit for drinking, made everyone apprehensive of the systems that are responsible for providing water, and as normal reaction were curious to find out what is in depth.

Apple Crisis in Kashmir Valley

THE plight of apple growers in Kashmir is awful, says Zahoor Ahammed, a farmer from Kulgam. “We have heard of farmer’s suicide in Maharashtra; if the existing situation persists, apple growers in Kashmir will also be compelled to commit suicide,” said Ahammed while speaking to the AIKSCC delegation that visited Kulgam on November 14, 2019. 

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