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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…

An anti-people regimen

An anti-people regimen

The 2018-19 budget of the Narendra Modi government has been touted as catering to interests of farmers, rural workers, women, Dalits and small businesses but nothing can be farther from truth. A strikingly paradoxical feature of this budget is the…

Adivasis seek to re-assert their traditional identity

Adivasis seek to re-assert their traditional identity

‘Adivasi history is an unbroken chain of broken promises’ (Dr.B.D.Sharma) hence.. Adivasis seek to re-assert their traditional identity What are these broken promises? Massive displacement without rehabilitation: Independent studies estimate that about 24 lakh acres of their land has been…

TISS Students’ Movement Continues…

TISS Students’ Movement Continues…

Tata Institutes Social Sciences Students’ Union in Mumbai released a statement on 3rd March endorsed by 5 out of 7 union members calling off the strike in all the struggling campuses (Guwahati, Tuljapur, Hyderabad) which began on 21st February. However,…

Post- Matric Scholarship and TISS strike

Post- Matric Scholarship and TISS strike

Tata Institute of Social Science is one of the important institutes of higher education in India. Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tuljapur and Gawahati, the four campuses of TISS, went on strike simultaneously from 21st February, against the institute’s decision to withdraw scholarship…

Andhra Pradesh: recent social movements

Andhra Pradesh: recent social movements

Immediately after the Right to Information Act was implemented in 2005, under the aegis of United Forum for Right to Information Campaign activists like Ram Krishna Raju of National Alliance of People's Movements organised camps in different districts of undivided…

Mother, weep not for me

Mother, weep not for me

When you came to see me I couldn’t see your face from the fibre glass window If you glanced at my crippled body you could truely believe that I am still alive Mother, cry not for my absence at home…