A DELEGATION of the CPI(M) Bihar state visited Paigambarpur village in Bihar, the native village of Naushad, Raju Nat and Bidesi Nat (all three were lynched on July 19) on July 20. The delegation comprised Awdesh Kumar, state secretary of the Party, Ajay Kumar and Ahmad Ali, state secretariat members and Shivshankar Prasad Rai, district secretary of CPI(M) Saran.
INDIAN banking industry was predominantly in private sector for close to two centuries till 1969. Large number of private sector banks failed during this period causing deep misery in the lives of lakhs of depositors whose money was siphoned off to offset the huge negative net worth of these banks when they were wound up. The private banks were largely used for funding their family business houses and were cruelly apathetic to the needs of the peasants, micro and small enterprises etc.
ON July 23, 2019, a massive 25,000-strong rally, public meeting and gherao was held by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and the Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch (AARM) at the Sub Divisional Office (SDO) at Kalwan in the Nashik district of Maharashtra. The huge mass marched five kilometers through Kalwan town and encircled the SDO from all sides. It comprised peasants from nearly all tehsils of Nashik district. While most of them were adivasis, there were thousands of non-adivasi farmers as well. This was a significant feature.
MILLIONS of adivasis held hundreds of nation-wide protests against the shoddy implementation of the existing Forest Rights Act (FRA) and demanded that the Forest Rights Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 be withdrawn immediately, after the introduction of the amendment bill on February 13.
Under the banner of ‘Bhumi Adhikar Andolan’, adivasis submitted memorandums to the prime minister and chief ministers of various states and said that the amendment bill will throw millions of adivasis and other traditional forest dwellers out of their lands and destroy their traditional farm lands.
ONE of the immanent tendencies of capital is to commoditise every sphere of life; and under neoliberal capitalism where the immanent tendencies of capital are given full play, we find the sway of commoditisation reaching into new areas. The commoditisation of education which has proceeded apace of late is one instance of this; and now we find commoditisation invading the world of politics as never before.
THE Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill is, by all counts, a dangerous piece of legislation. The UAPA Amendment Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha and is now being considered in the Rajya Sabha.
VIRTUAL games or all games that are played on computers, consoles, tablets, mobiles and such other devices, are a direct product of the main technology that is at present used in production process. Their origin can be traced to the military driven research and their interconnectedness. Post Second World War global developments, nuclear arms race and the US’ drive to out-pace the Soviet Union played an important role in the technological developments and innovations of this period.
THE draft of the New Education Policy(NEP) is profoundly regressive and overwhelmingly undemocratic. It continues to perpetuate the existing discrimination against the disabled. It fails to invoke a rights-based approach and refuses to break away from the traditional method of viewing disability.