Editorial

Where Are the Jobs?

ALL the claims made by Prime Minister Modi and his government about the number of jobs being created have proved to be baseless. The harsh reality of rising unemployment is being seen every day.

Recently, on September 17, 1.9 crore applicants appeared for the Railway Recruitment Board exam to fill 62,907 vacancies for jobs at Level I (equivalent to Group D). These are jobs such as gangman, gateman, helpers in electrical and mechanical departments etc.  A large number of those who appeared were postgraduates.

Sabarimala Temple: No Going Back

THE Supreme Court judgement allowing women of all ages to worship at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala is a powerful verdict upholding equal rights for women and asserting their fundamental right to worship.
The concurring judgement by Justice D Y Chandrachud has brilliantly drawn a parallel between the caste system which is based on a hierarchical order of purity and pollution and the exclusion of women.  He has stated: “The social exclusion of women, based on menstrual status, is but a form of untouchability which is an anathema to constitutional values.”

UP: A Lawless Police Force

THE cold-blooded shooting of a 38-year old Apple executive, Vivek Tiwari, by a policeman in Lucknow has caused widespread outrage. However, this killing which has received wide  media attention, is symptomatic of the impunity with which the Uttar Pradesh police resorts to “encounter killings”. 

Fight this Draconian Attack on Deshar Katha

THE closing down of daily Deshar Katha, a daily newspaper associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tripura is a shocking attack on the freedom of the press and democratic rights.

Cancellation of the registration of the newspaper, which has been in existence for 40 years, by a sub-divisional magistrate on flimsy technical grounds is an unprecedented action which highlights the authoritarianism which has been ushered in by the BJP regime.

Rafale Deal: Modi in the Dock

THE Rafale deal has ripped open the veil that covered the corruption and crony capitalism within the Modi government. Not only that, the unfolding of the events which led to the scrapping of the earlier contract  for 126 Rafale fighter planes and the replacement of that with an order for 36 planes in a fly away condition has revealed the direct role of the prime minister in this latest defence scandal. 

Support Struggle of JNU Students and Teachers

THE election to the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union held on September 12 resulted in a resounding victory for United Left Alliance of Students' Federation of India (SFI), All India Students Association (AISA), All India Students Federation (AISF), and Democratic Students Federation (DSF. Candidates of United Left Alliance have won all the four central posts with big majorities and have also got a decisive majority in the students council.

Strong Protest against Fuel Price Hikes

THE call by various opposition parties and the Left parties separately for an all India hartal against the rising petrol and diesel prices had not come a day too soon. On September 10, the protest actions across the country, ranging from hartals, shutdowns, pickettings, dharnas and demonstrations expressed the anger of the people who are hard hit by the rising fuel prices.

September 5 Rally: A New Benchmark for Worker-Peasant Unity

THE Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally on September 5 in New Delhi was a notable and significant mobilisation of the working people in the capital city.

This was the first time that the working class, peasantry and agricultural workers conducted an all India rally of such proportions. The rally was organised by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU).

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