SENIOR CPI(M) MP and central secretariat member Hannan Mollah has urged the prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to take personal initiative in combating the new challenges posed by neo-fascist Hindu fundamentalist organisations. In a letter written to prime minister on September 2, 2008, Mollah apprised him regarding the serious situation arising out of the strengthening of some fascist organisations and growing failure of the government to tackle them. Decrying CBI's attempts to cover up the role of these Hindu terror outfits, he sought prime minister's personal attention and effective and conscious action to deal with the dangerous situation.
Brinda Karat, CPI(M) MP and Polit Bureau member has written the following letter to union home minister Shivraj Patil on September 8, 2008 urging strong action against the Bajrang Dal and the VHP for their terroristic activities.
With the shock and trauma of the serial bombings in Delhi yet to wear off, we are distressed to see the manner in which elements of the saffron brigade are seeking to make political capital out of a national tragedy by pushing for a special law on terrorism. We are struck by the irony that the saffron brigade is concurrently orchestrating a mass campaign of bigotry and lawlessness that began in Orissa and has now spread to Karnataka and even threatens hitherto tolerant and peaceful Kerala.
Now the state is spying on SAHMAT, India's leading secular platform for artists.
Statement issued to the press by intellectuals on the 'land deal' in Kashmir.
A report on AIDWA's National Convention of Muslim Women held on August 27, 2008 in New Delhi.
About 800 Muslim women are expected to attend the first National Convention of Muslim Women to be organized by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA).
The convention will be held in New Delhi on 27th August. Muslim women from UP, Bihar, Delhi, MP, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Kerala, AP, Orissa, and Uttarakhand will participate in the convention, according to the president of AIDWA, Subhashini Ali.
HEARING the prime minister report to the all-party meeting that he convened on the very grave and serious situation in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, it was clear that such an initiative should have been taken earlier. All the parties represented in the parliament were present at this meeting. The unanimous resolution adopted is being reproduced alongside.
Sitaram Yechury writes on the crisis in Jammu & Kashmir over the allotment and withdrawal of land to the Amarnath Shrine board and how petty politics/ rumour mongering has endangered lives both in the valley and in the state. Article courtesy, The Hindustan Times. Cartoon, courtesy The Hindu newspaper.
Two books that illuminate Kashmir’s past and offer insights into how the problem can be resolved.