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The Neo-liberal Paralysis

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The pursuance of neo-liberal ideology has run out of policy options to take the Indian economy out of the current crisis. That is the message of this year's union budget.

Defeat This Neoliberal Adventurism

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What the barrage of criticisms of the central government from across the political spectrum - over the mega corruption scandals and relentless price rise - could not achieve in the past couple of years, was accomplished by a couple of adverse reports in the western media. Time magazine’s description of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the “underachiever” who was "unwilling to stick his neck out on reforms” made him sit up and show that he was after all not “asleep at the wheel”.

Increase in Diesel Prices: Wrong Policy, Wrong Logic

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The recent announcement by the government to increase the price of diesel by Rs 5/- is wrong. Over the last two years, the Indian economy is reeling under high inflation, which has not subsided even after major interventions by the RBI. In such a situation, increasing the price of diesel, which is an intermediate commodity for all kinds of production, is only going to give rise to a cascading effect on inflation.

The Anna Movement and Beyond

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Surely this movement throws up elements of thought for larger political praxis, especially, to those who do not see the problem of corruption from a limited perspective. Satyaki Roy reflects on the Anna Hazare movement.

The Grand Illusion

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We present below an article by noted writer Amitav Ghosh on the Anna Hazare movement. This was published in the Hindustan Times.

Two Views on Anna Hazare

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The agitation led by Anna Hazare demanding the enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill has led to serious debates regarding our parilamentary democracy, modes of protest, civil society, roots of corruption etc. We present here two views on Anna Hazare and his movement by two leading Left intellectuals.

The Way Out

This is the full text of the editorial in today's The Hindu. The editorial gives some concrete suggestions to end the impasse between Anna Hazare and the government.

Big Corporates-Politicians-Bureaucrats Nexus: The Fountainhead of Corruption

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Corruption has become a major public concern in India following the exposure of successive scams under the UPA regime. In a developing country like ours, where millions of people still suffer from acute poverty, hunger and lack of socio-economic opportunities, the pillage of public resources through corruption amounts to a crime of a very serious nature, says CPI(M) in this booklet on corruption.

Corruption and Public Loot under UPA Government

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The neo-liberal growth trajectory in India has meant very little for the common people. This is evident from the following facts—India is ranked 119 (out of 169 countries) in the recent Human Development Report, 77% of the population earn less than Rs 20 per day, around 50% of India’s children and women are malnourished with India ranked 67 among 84 countries in terms of Hunger. At a time when people in this country are demanding a life free from such acute hunger, unemployment and deprivation, they are witness to the sordid scandals of large amounts of public money being looted. The sheer amount of money and the involvement of top level ministers and other functionaries in these scams are simply unprecedented.

 

Cabinet Protects Foreign Nuclear Suppliers

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True to his credentials as an obsessively US-friendly Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh presided over his Cabinet on August 20 and approved the final draft of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010, with substantial modifications and additions to allow the US nuclear reactor suppliers a liability-free regime for their Indian sales and operations. In doing this, the Cabinet ignored the saner recommendations of national experts, given through their depositions before the Parliamentary Committee on Science & Technology, to help formulate an India-centric liability legislation.