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Our Gauri avows

Our Gauri avows

Who is this Gauri? Gauri is not just a name. Gauri is not just another person. Gauri represents principled political journalism. Like many others before her Gauri symbolises the spirit to counter the terror of the most retrograde and repressive…

E-IR interview Bernard D’Mello

E-IR interview Bernard D’Mello

Source: E-International Relations (E-IR) Bernard D’Mello is a senior journalist with the Economic & Political Weekly and a civil-liberties activist with the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai. His works include What is Maoism and Other Essays (Cornerstone…

Nine months of Notebandi

Nine months of Notebandi

Nine months after the Central Government withdrew the legal tender status of 86% of Indian currency, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has delivered a report. It was speculated that notebandi has produced zilch. The report confirms that fear. It…

The  Crisis  faced   by  Sameeksha  Trust

The Crisis faced by Sameeksha Trust

During all the past months, since the resignation of the EPW editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (brought about through an unceremonious way), I had reluctantly abstained from going public and joining the debate that is going on. Instead, I appealed in…

50 Years of Naxalbari: A Path for Alternative Development

50 Years of Naxalbari: A Path for Alternative Development

In November, 2008 just as the people’s movement against state repression began in Lalgarh, a Peoples' Committee against Police Atrocities was formed, comprising of five male and five female members representing each village, which soon spread from village to village.…

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)…

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…

Famines around the world

Famines around the world

According the UN humanitarian chief, the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. He specifically referred to four countries in which over 20 million people are currently facing large-scale famines---South Sudan (its government declared a state of famine…

Can government give village ‘common land’ to industrialists ?

Can government give village ‘common land’ to industrialists ?

Yes, Jharkhand Govt is doing it through ‘Land Bank’ in violation of constitutional provisions and SC judgments A Plea: so many protests by Jharkhandi forces / organizations / movements against CNT/SPT Acts Amendments and Domicile Policy are taking place. Rightly…