An angry reaction following the Rail disaster near Jhargram in West Bengal.
The rejuvenation of jihadi forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan, its traditional backers in the Pakistani Army and the changed emphasis of the US vis-a-vis these forces, points to the failure of the Indian reliance on the "Am-Pak" strategy - using US leverage to take on terror directed at India, from within Pakistan.
The David Headly affair has exposed the duplicity of the US government in fighting terrorism.
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.
''The strength of the human rights depends on the depth of the law, vitality of the society, vision of the rulers, vibrancy of the institutions and use of discretionary powers. Terrorism is one part of societal experience, which calls for unusual abilities and creativity. If one presupposes that terrorism has its roots in human ‘‘unreason” or “irrationality” the solution should spring from human reason and creative political potential. The tragedy of the governance has been that instead of bringing in higher values into a terror-stricken society, the State and more particularly the law enforcing agencies are ending up imitating and imbibing terrorist methods and culture. This is the inevitable fallout of mechanistic confrontationalist approach to the national or international turmoil which in essence is political. That is the crux of the crisis of civilised governance.'' -G.Haragopal and B.Jagannatham write in EPW.
As the polling for the 15th Lok Sabha gets going, there has been an all too familiar story of attacks and disruption of the polling process by the a so-called communist party which tags the name of Mao to its posterior! Attacking the very people whom it claims to represent as they go about exercising their hard earned right to vote is a clear symptom of fascist politics. The right to vote was not a gift to the Indian masses by the ruling class politicians, but rather a democratic right wrenched through intense popular struggles against colonialism.
"Even as the prison authorities on Monday submitted in the Gujarat High court that there was no “severe beating” of the Sabarmati jail inmates, mostly Muslims, the relatives of the inmates who met them inside the jail today said that as many as 22 inmates were severely beaten up and are in a serious condition." A report on inhuman torture inside Sabarmati jail.