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The logic of NRC, and what next?

The logic of NRC, and what next?

The national president of Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr. Amit Shah mentioned in a speech in the Rajya Sabha that National Register of Citizens (NRC) is the soul of the Assam Accord. Mr. Shah went on to declare, “The Assam Accord…

Why has there been so little uproar in Assam?

Why has there been so little uproar in Assam?

[This article was written before 30th July when the second NRC draft was released. 4 million people risk losing their citizenship as per the second draft. Silence from progressive quarters has only got louder. - Author] The lack of outrage…

Why are our farmers distressed?

Why are our farmers distressed?

A brief note on the agricultural crisis in India The recent farmers’ agitations in different parts of the country, including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and some other states are a grim reminder of the distress that India’s agrarian…

Indian agriculture in the age of liberalization

Indian agriculture in the age of liberalization

Several discussions are going on centering around Indian agriculture and its on-going crisis. Near about 180 farmer organizations across the country are marching and demonstrating on different demands of the peasants. Activists are debating to find out the primary demand…

Disinheriting Adivasis: The Gadchiroli Game Plan

Disinheriting Adivasis: The Gadchiroli Game Plan

In a statement issued on April 16th 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) claimed that the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is ‘a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development related measures’. This new…

BJP’s new sand-mining policy: award contracts to party supporters

BJP’s new sand-mining policy: award contracts to party supporters

When Bhartiya Janata Party government was formed in Uttar Pradesh under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath, a number of educated middle class people thought that days of caste politics and corruption were over. They were expecting clean government. Yogi Adityanath…

Impressions of a Historical Materialism Conference

Impressions of a Historical Materialism Conference

Conferences of Historical Materialism (HM), a Marxist academic journal founded in 1997 to promote research in Critical Marxist Theory have been annual affairs in London for fifteen years now. HM networks have held regional conferences in other cities including New…

Has Western imperialism weakened?

Has Western imperialism weakened?

This issue has been actively debated in academic left, e.g. the following exchange between Harvey and Smith. David Harvey denies modern imperialism means the flow of surplus from ex-colonies to imperial powers and cites the rise of China to make…