The different positions adopted by the LEFT Parties on the issue of the Presidential election will not affect Left Unity, argues Comrade Prakash Karat.
It is clear that it is the ruling classes, their political parties and their elitist policies that are at the root of the situation in which Maharashtra and its people find themselves after 51 years. The popular worker-peasant slogan in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement of building a ‘Socialist Maharashtra in a Socialist India’ has been negated by these same forces. With the imperialist-oriented neoliberal policies of the last two decades, the mass of working people are being sidelined, economic and social disparity has widened and corruption has reached unprecedented levels. Ashok Dhawale, Maharashtra state secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist) writes on the 50th anniversary of the formation of the state.
There are three obvious problems with the Allahabad High Court judgment on the Babri Masjid issue. Each of them in isolation is potentially damaging for the Constitutional fabric of the country; together they can cause irreparable harm. Professor Prabhat Patnaik writes.
The Students Federation of India, Jawaharlal Nehru University unit, reacts to the verdict by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhoomi temple dispute. (Image courtesy NDTV)
In mid-December 2009, I visited fishing areas in and around the Mundra coastal region which hosts the vast Mundra Port and SEZ Limited (MPSEZL). The visit to the coastal areas adjoining the Mundra port in the Kutch revealed discontent among fisherfolk, traders and pastoralists over the creation of a special economic zone in the area. Apart from environmental concerns, the traditional livelihoods of residents in the area have also been affected by the new industrial projects, leading to organised protests, as witnessed in Bhadreswar village a few months ago.
Vijay Prashad comments on the reactions to the Fort Hood massacre in the US, where more than a dozen people were shot dead by a US military man.
Press statement condemning attempts to take over historical monuments for worship.
Look what trouble the BJP is in, just two weeks before voting begins for the 15th Lok Sabha.
Press release from Citizens for Justice and Peace on Kandhamal victims
It is hugely ironical that the BJP (and thus also their candidate from Pilibhit parliamentary constituency, Varun Gandhi) should accuse the Election Commission of bias against the young lad due to the presence of Chief Election Commissioner designate, Naveen Chawla. But before we get to explaining that irony, here are a few facts.