''The developed countries cannot negate their `historical responsibility' and continue with their pillage of global climate at the expense of the vast majority of humanity. They need to be forced to continue to accept per capita emissions as the basis of energy equality as every human being on the planet, should have equal access to carbon space. Such inequality – per capita emissions in
The question of identity has always haunted human consciousness. Reflecting a fundamental human urge, Socrates raised identity to the level of a basic question of philosophy by seeking to ‘know thyself’. More recently, in the context of terrorist attacks, the contemporary discourse on identity politics — particularly of religious minorities like ‘Muslim radicalisation’ — has acquired an important bearing determining policy. So a discussion on identity assumes importance in the practical sense for pursuing correct policies. Writes Sitaram Yechury for Hindustan Times.
Sitaram Yechury's speech on the Presidential Address in Rajya Sabha on 17th Feb 2009
Sitaram Yechury, in an article for the Economic Times, examines the interim budget to argue that the neo-liberal mindset of fiscal fundamentalism needs to be jettisoned and a courageous `new deal' of massive public investments must be undertaken.
BY all media accounts, the annual gathering of the global business financial and commercial elite at the Swiss resort, Davos – the World Economic Forum – enacted the theatre of the absurd. This glitzy superstructure that was created and sustained on the basis of the speculative boom of the financial bubble was described by one of the columnists as follows: "Just as a neutron bomb destroys life, while leaving structures intact so Davos goes on while the culture that supports it is dead."
We present the full text of the Sixteenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture, delivered by Com. Sitaram Yechury (Politburo Member CPI(M)), on January 11, 2009 at the National Museum Auditorium, Janpath, New Delhi.
Barack Obama's election is seen to be a victory of hope over monstrosity, by many in the world, including Americans. Yet, diligent followers of American history would be sceptical about "change", that Obama seems to proffer - even considering that his own positions on various issues of the day are basically from the same mould of imperialism. Sitaram Yechury writes.
That the Cuban Socialist Revolution has not merely survived but consolidated for half a century must be recorded in the history of human civilisation as an epic saga of human labour and endeavour. When I joined the Cubans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the revolution in 1989, I recollect a huge hoarding on Havana’s Malecon (like Mumbai’s marine dive) alluding to the Cuban revolution’s success against US imperialist machinations and subversion to the mythological story of the little David’s victory over the giant Goliath. Indeed it was. More importantly, it continues to be! , writes Sitaram Yechury
You cannot have such double standards. If you want to fight terrorism, you have to create the atmosphere in our country where communalism cannot feed terrorism and terrorism cannot be used as an instrument for communal polarisation for political ends. We have to end that atmosphere, otherwise, we cannot fight terrorism in our country. That is one precondition. The other precondition is, you have to eliminate the sort of stark poverty, impoverishment and depravity that we find in large parts of our country. It is this poverty that creates and lays the basis; foundation, unfortunately, for such terrorist groups and activities to flourish.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Comrade.Sitaram Yechury's intervention on National Investigation Agency and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act in Rajya Sabha.Highlighting the human rights violations that were fostered by the erstwhile anti-Terrorist laws,Comrade.Yechury points out that the crux of the matter lies in the elimination of communal polarizations and poverty,which provides the fertile ground for the growth of terrorism.
Sitaram Yechury writes about the need to embark on a new regime of massive public investment to boost aggregate demand,in the light of the looming economic recession.Comrade.Yechury also observes that the Rs 20,000 crore investment programme announced by the Prime Minister is insufficient,considering massive infrastructural and social inadequacies to overhaul.