The Babri Masjid judgment epitomises a larger structural linkage between the neoliberal transformation and Hindutva, a process which is underway in Indian society for last two decades. In this framework, Hindutva manifests itself in multiple forms and affects Muslims as well as other working and oppressed people in vicious ways. Subsequently, the struggle against Hindutva has to be an integral part of social justice and modernist concerns.
The Commonwealth Games occupies a lot of acreage in newspapers as they are on. The Games occupied even more acreage before the real games were on. Then, the focus was on the utter incompetence, cheap attitude and corruption associated with the Organising committee and the Delhi State government. Somewhere in the entire coverage, not much was said about those hidden deliberately because of the Games - workers, pavement dwellers, and the poor. Even the not so poor among the Dengue affected (running into the tens of thousands) were hidden. This is very much a re-enaction of what acclaimed film director Satyajit Ray depicted in the satiric film, Hirak Rajar Deshe.
Anyone reading this website must be familiar with the work of eminent journalist and rural affairs editor of The Hindu, P.Sainath. A few journalists in India have done yeoman service to their profession by covering the travails of people affected by the continuing agrarian crisis in many parts of the country.
The concept of ''infrastructure'' itself, has a class dimension.
A blogpost on the erroneous assumptions and conclusions about the Public Distribution System or how I continue to one-sidedly debate the Economic Times and its writers on inflation. Cartoon, courtesy The Hindu newspaper.
It is surprising that the NAC-recommended press release does not reflect any spirit of the strong social-political action behind the mobilisations around the food security issue since last few years. More distressing is to hear such discussions when the country has been witnessing high inflation fuelled by higher levels of food inflation. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the fears of the proposed FSA turning into a sham and, in turn, only used as a rhetorical cover against the opposition has almost come true.
Parthasarathy T works as a resource-person helping fisherpeople organise their production and marketing work in the Kutch. In the course of his work, he encountered the problem of displacement of fisherpeople because of large industrial projects and mid-way he had to change his work to activism in favour of the poor fisherpeople. Details of the struggle are available at www.masskutch.blogspot.com and in this article. Partha writes on how he leveraged information technology tools to help in the struggle.
An assessment of UK General Elections 2010 and performance of the British Left by Pragoti editorial member, Maidul Islam.