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Strange peace process in Bhangar

Strange peace process in Bhangar

After months of impasse with violent interludes of repression and resistance, the people of Bhangar agitating against the forcible setting up of a high-voltage power grid on agricultural land were just beginning to see a ray of hope. Most of…

Supreme Court fails yet again to provide justice

Supreme Court fails yet again to provide justice

SC dismisses petition for investigations on Kashmiri Pandit killing On 24 July 2017, the Supreme Court of India dismissed a petition filed by a non-government organization reportedly seeking investigations into killings of Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir. The order…

Jharkhand: Fact-finding report on the mob lynching on suspicion of kidnapping children

Jharkhand: Fact-finding report on the mob lynching on suspicion of kidnapping children

In the early morning of 18th May, 2017, Sobhapur (Dist. – Saraikela, P.S. – Rajnagar, Jharkhand) witnessed the brutal torture and subsequent killing of Sheikh Naim, Sheikh Siraj, Md. Sajjad, and Sheikh Halim by a mob, on the suspicion of…

Death of Motilal Baske in a false encounter: a fact-finding report

Death of Motilal Baske in a false encounter: a fact-finding report

This is a report, in Bengali, of a fact-finding involving representatives of CDRO organizations into the killing of a "Dooli-bearer", Motilal Baske, in a false encounter by the CoBRA in the Pareshnath hills of Jharkhand. The report also discusses the…

UID – The Greatest Trick Yet, By The Greatest Prestidigitator

UID – The Greatest Trick Yet, By The Greatest Prestidigitator

The Italian Kautalya, Niccolo Machiavelli, is supposed to have said that ‘Politics is the art of deception’ (or maybe it was the Indian Machiavelli, Kautilya, himself). Whoever it was, he has an able student in the Indian prime minister (PM)…

The Kashmir Question: Nation-state, War and Religion

The Kashmir Question: Nation-state, War and Religion

Why is it important to know about the war in Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the midst of so much else happening in the world? Well for one India matters. A fight between 8 million Kashmiri Muslims…

Decorating tree’s branches while cutting off its roots

Decorating tree’s branches while cutting off its roots

Govt’s welfare schems are the branches, adivasi land is the roots Decorating the branches: it is almost a dream-world perusing the long list of developmental and welfare schemes meant for SCs and STs. There are 49 schemes jointly undertaken by…