Media is celebrating the death of memory i.e., sheer ignorance of the past and consequences through immortalisation of Bal Thackeray and contempt of the past i.e., mortification of ‘memory’.
One cannot isolate the Khap Panchayats and their ways in Haryana from the phase of capitalism that pervades the state today.And neither can one disregard the resistance that is coming from women, oppressed castes and others in the state against the resurgence of feudalism and its unholy alliance with neoliberalism.
A review of the film, Chittagong that narrates the story of the Chittagong uprising in the early 1930s featuring members of the "revolutionary terrorist" group, Jugantar.
Harsh criticism against the political elites is one of the most important characteristics of India’s liberal democracy. Various democratic forums formulate their own critical understanding about the governing authorities and propose their own alternatives to correct it as a fair and responsible agency. In the recent times, the heightened public protest over political nepotism and growing practices of corruption in the high offices by the Team Anna’s anti-corruption movement substantively endorses the need for such a critical agency.
This statement is based on a Seminar attended by representatives of Safai Karamchari Andolan, Republic Trade Union of India, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front; Advocates, Doctors and Health Activists; Faculty and Students of MIDS, IIT-M, New College, ACJ, MSE, Madras University among others. The discussion was one among many incidents happening across the country to support the struggle for abolishing manual scavenging and rehabilitation of manual scavengers. UPDATE: 23 Nov 2012 - Consolidated all signatures from change.org and comments..
Former diplomat MK Bhadrakumar comments upon the recent allegations by the Indian Against Corruption about pervasive crony capitalism under the Congress led UPA government and the scam involving the Reliance Industries Ltd.
Pragoti reproduces a powerpoint presentation by Ashwin Gambhir of the Prayas Energy Group, Pune [http://www.prayaspune.org/
The recent moves of the government to gradually deregulate the Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants (POL) sector in India as part of the agenda of ‘neo-liberal reform’ has generated discontent among the people. In the run-up to complete deregulation, there are instances of increase in the domestic price of POL products that are proportionately more than the rise in their international prices. In the most recent instance (of 13thSeptember, 2012), the diesel price was raised by Rs.5 per litre at one go, even without any rise in international prices.
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”.
An ongoing signature campaign in solidarity with Comrade VS Achuthanandan's stand on the KNPP.