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Spiritual Politics: A Politics of Conceit

AFTER the 1990s, the trend of Indian political and economy took a significant turn in an altogether different direction. The negative impact of the neo-liberal policies began to be felt deeply in the realm of politics and the economy over the following decades. Values of the long independence struggle against the British, nation's sovereignty, secularism, and federalism were brought into question.

Women Workers and the Anti-Farmer Laws

INDIAN farmers have been agitating for the repeal of three farm laws ever since the enactment in 2020. However, this agitation has reached its peak since the last month with many of the Delhi borders being blockaded by the protesters demanding repeal of the ‘black laws’. Many women farmers and organisations have also joined the agitation because these laws will have a profound impact on the everyday lives of women.

Repeal These Agri-Laws

ONCE again, the talks between the central government and representatives of the kisan organisations today (December 30) failed to resolve the main issues on which these unprecedented kisan protests are taking place.  The central government refused to consider the repeal of these Agri-Laws but has apparently agreed to reconsider the Electricity (Amendment) Bill and remove kisans from the Pollution Act.  Another round of talks is scheduled for January 4, 2021.

2020 – Relentless Assault on People by a Callous Govt

THE year that is ending saw India face one of the worst calamities in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the year will also be tragically remembered because the Indian government turned into an open enemy of the people, dropping all pretences of working for their welfare. It not only monumentally mismanaged the pandemic but, in the process, it foisted a series of policies on the country that would consolidate the rule of big capitalists and landowners, big traders and foreign monopolists, grinding down the peasantry and working class in the process.

Growing unity among the Agrarian Classes will Force the Modi Government to Give in

THE growing unity among the various agrarian classes is clearly visible in the ongoing farmers’ struggle. The enduring agrarian crisis that had taken a toll of over five lakh peasant suicides (since 1995) due to indebtedness is the major factor that ensures consolidation of the peasant classes against the neo-liberal policies.

Dispelling Modi Govt’s Myths on Farm Laws

THE national capital has been witnessing massive farmers protest over three agricultural bills recently passed by the Modi government. First, protesting farmers were branded as middlemen. Then came the allegation that Khalistani separatists have penetrated the protest. The ruling dispensation further claims that farmers are turning out in large numbers as they are misled by the opposition. Finally, Prime Minister NarendraModi plunged into the scene to defend the government’s agri laws.

Meltdown: The Unravelling of the Indian Judiciary

IT was more than a coincidence that on November 26, 1949, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar as the chairman of the drafting committee presented the draft constitution to the Constituent Assembly. In its course, he made the famous observation, “We are giving ourselves a Constitution where one man will have one vote, but we are a long way from that day where one man will have one value”. He was articulating his insight on the extreme economic and social inequality in the Indian society. He had expressed himself repeatedly on the need for translating these ideas enshrined in the constitution.

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