The initiative taken by the SFI-JNU to bring five Left political organizations on the same platform is an impressive one. For the renewal of the progressive and democratic movement, it is important that the forces working for social and political change work together closely. It is envisaged that this platform will remain committed to such unity and participate in united struggles for peoples’ livelihood, freedom from exploitation and oppression, dignity and social justice.
Extracts from presentations made at Ambedkar Jayanti observations organised by the Left Front governments of West Bengal and Tripura on April 14, 2005 [Kolkata] and April 20, 2005 [Agartala] respectively
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar was the architect of India's Constitution, an erudite scholar of philosophy, economics and political science and one of India's leading crusaders for social justice. His inspirational life story has motivated millions of Indians, particularly from the dalit community to break the shackles of casteism in Indian society. His vision of a casteless society is shared by Pragoti, which publishes his important work, "Annihilation of Caste" along with this post.
''There are two opposing approaches to the analysis of ecological destruction and the emergence of Indian movements in Latin America: the liberal and the Marxist.
Marxist class analysis highlights the centrality of property ownership, specifically the class nature of the ownership of the means of production and control over state power as central to understanding the destruction of the environment and the complex politics of Indian society''.
James Petras concludes ''Ecology and Indian liberation are essentially and inextricable part of the class struggle''. (Courtesy: Dissidentvoice)
The Khairlanji case is not a private concern of Bhotmange. It is, instead a mirror of the caste-based discrimination that continues to stalk the villages across the country and a reminder that Article 17 of the Constitution abolishing untouchability and caste based discrimination is a far cry even after almost six decades after India became a Republic.
V. Krishna Ananth, assesses the Khairlanji verdict and compares it to the judicial intervention of the Supreme Court in the Sohrabuddin-Kauserbi murder case in which Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi were shot dead by a team of the Gujarat Police led by DIG D.G.Vanzara and thereafter described this act of cold-blooded murder as one of an encounter.
Prasenjit Bose, Convenor, Research Cell, CPI(M) and Chirashree Das Gupta, member, Pragoti Editorial Team reply to Professor Amartya Sen's remarks about the left's withdrawal of support to the UPA government over the issue of the operationalisation of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal.