The different positions adopted by the LEFT Parties on the issue of the Presidential election will not affect Left Unity, argues Comrade Prakash Karat.
It is clear that it is the ruling classes, their political parties and their elitist policies that are at the root of the situation in which Maharashtra and its people find themselves after 51 years. The popular worker-peasant slogan in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement of building a ‘Socialist Maharashtra in a Socialist India’ has been negated by these same forces. With the imperialist-oriented neoliberal policies of the last two decades, the mass of working people are being sidelined, economic and social disparity has widened and corruption has reached unprecedented levels. Ashok Dhawale, Maharashtra state secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist) writes on the 50th anniversary of the formation of the state.
Acres of news space has been devoted to the finding and the ultimate killing of wanted fugitive and global terrorist, Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan. Everywhere the same question is being asked - how did the Pakistan security apparatus manage to keep the most wanted terrorist in safe haven in an area close to its capital hoodwinking seekers from the United States for nearly a decade. But the more important question seems to be seldom asked - what on earth was the Pakistan security establishment's calculus in providing safe haven at all to the likes of Osama Bin Laden?
It was only after the 9/11 attacks that American understood their once nurtured and then left overs friends in Afghanistan has acquired a giant shape. The terror groups supported by the US as an instrument of their foreign policy during the cold war to counter the Soviets were now the new enemies of Uncle Sam.
There are three obvious problems with the Allahabad High Court judgment on the Babri Masjid issue. Each of them in isolation is potentially damaging for the Constitutional fabric of the country; together they can cause irreparable harm. Professor Prabhat Patnaik writes.
The Students Federation of India, Jawaharlal Nehru University unit, reacts to the verdict by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhoomi temple dispute. (Image courtesy NDTV)
The attack on the Sufi Shrine and one in past on Ahmadiyya Muslims mosque speaks length about the present condition of Pakistan but unfortunately the government and army there is still not ready to realise that they are slowly but steadily failing on many counts raising some stern questions.
Blogpost and Real News Video on the plight of the Cuban Five and US hypocrisy in protecting terrorists implicated in violence against Cubans.
Another blog post on the Sardiha Rail tragedy and the hypocritical response by the Maoists.
When I wrote my first reaction to the Sardiha incident, I was tremendously angry and indignant. More than a 100 people, my fellow citizenry were killed in a tragic rail accident that was obviously a result of sabotage. I immediately attributed the act of sabotage to the PCPA - the mass organisation of the Maoists in the three districts of West Bengal, based on news reports that posters of the PCPA were found in the area. A valid criticism, I have received, has told me that I should do more due diligence before jumping the gun and putting blame over the PCPA/Maoists, for that would skew opinion against the PCPA/Maoists. That is a very fair point, but I stand by my theory. There are various reasons. This post addresses most of them.