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The Pathalgadi Movement: An overview

The Pathalgadi Movement: An overview

In the heartland of India – the abode of the adivasis and moolvasis – a fire, called the Pathalgadi movement, is spreading rapidly. Started in 2016 with few villagers in Khunti district in the state of Jharkhand, it has now…

BJP Government’s performance on employment generation

BJP Government’s performance on employment generation

The BJP electoral manifesto of 2014 had put employment generation as one of its top priority (just below price rise)– ‘The country has been dragged through 10 years of Jobless Growth by the Congress-led UPA Government. Under the broader economic…

The State of Working India

The State of Working India

This article is based on excerpts from the State of Working India (SWI) 2018 brought out by the Centre for Sustainable Employment​ at Azim Premji University. The full report can be downloaded here​.  

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…

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…

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…

Union Budget: what does it have for peasants and workers?

Union Budget: what does it have for peasants and workers?

“Will politics win over economics?” This is the commonest platitude one hears when the union budget is around the corner.If the government extracts huge tax-revenue from the ordinary people, curtails its own expenditure, economics wins. If the government distributes rice…