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Regressive Tendencies in Discourse on Sustainable Agriculture

TWO recent developments have drawn our attention to the urgent need to advance towards sustainable agricultural production. The first is the worsening state of food security in the last decade, as reported recently by the Global Hunger Index 2021 and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report, titled The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021. Food security, notes the Global Hunger Index report, “is under assault on multiple fronts.

Global Wealth Inequality Deepens, Pandemic Added to It

THE Global Inequality Report 2022, released last week, has confirmed what common people were painfully aware of – the rich have become richer and the poor have become even poorer. The report has marshalled an enormous amount of data from countries across the world to reveal that the richest 2,750 billionaires now own 3.5 per cent of world’s wealth while the poorest 388 crore people of the world (50 per cent of world’s population) own a mere 2 per cent of global wealth.

Com N Ramakrishnan, an Untiring Chronicler of the Party

WHEN it came to knowing about milestone events in the history of communist movement of India in general, and that of Tamil Nadu in particular, or to knowing about the lives of leaders dedicated to the cause of working class, it was to Comrade N Ramakrishnan, known among comrades as NR, that leaders and activists of the CPI(M) in Tamil Nadu invariably turned to. Sadly, Com NR passed away on December 12, 2021, leaving in shared grief the Party ranks.

7000 MW Solar Power from SECI Questionable & Detrimental

THE decision of the government of Andhra Pradesh to direct its DISCOMS to enter into long-term PPAs for purchasing 7000 MW or 17,000 MU solar power per annum from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for a period of 25 years in three tranches from September 2024 (3000 MW), September 2025 (3000 MW) and September 2026 (1000 MW) and granting approval to the proposal by APERC(Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission) within three days is questionable and detrimental to the interest of the state for various reasons.          

Exorbitant Price Rise of Cotton Yarn: Textile Industry is coming to a standstill

THE spinning mills announced a price rise of Rs 50 per kg for cotton hosiery yarn on November 1, 2021, in Tirupur an industrial city of Tamil Nadu. There are more than 4,000 units functioning, in which employment to nearly four lakh people is provided directly. This region is also producing cotton knitted innerwear and garments for the domestic market worth Rs 20,000 crore per year and garments for export - Rs 27,000 crore. Hearing the yarn price rise, the Tirupur textile industry termed this year Diwali as “Black Diwali” for them.

Suspension of Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha: Assault on Parliamentary Democracy

THE ruling BJP and its allies are trying to undermine the very democratic system of our nation by taking away the rights of parliamentarians. The last monsoon session saw some of the most humiliating days for our democracy. The ongoing winter session is witnessing an even worse phase. Listening to the opposition is unavoidable in democracy. But the BJP is trying how not to answer the questions posed by the opposition, and how to silence the MPs asking questions.

Plan to destroy Indigenous Defence Manufacturing Capability

CENTRAL government issued an order on September 24, 2021, to dissolve the ordnance factory board(OFB) with effect from October 1, 2021. Accordingly, the OFB with its inter-dependent and inter-connected network of 41 ordnance factories would be converted into seven separate companies registered under the Companies Act and would be duly listed in the Stock Market.

Politics of Mass Struggle

THE historic victory of the kisan struggle in forcing the government to roll back the anti-farmer, pro-corporate three farm laws underlines the importance of the politics of mass struggle. The strength of the farmers' united movements under the leadership of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha put the government on the defensive with the struggle organically transforming into a mass struggle against the BJP and its governments at the centre and states.

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