Articles Archive for May 2010
In Solidarity »
AISA strongly condemns the brutal murder of the 22-year old journalist Nirupama Pathak at her home in Koderma, Jharkhand. Nirupama’s murder is just the latest in the long series of shocking and shameful examples of ‘honour’ killings. Nirupama was in love with Priyabhanshu Ranjan (who happens to come from a Kayastha family), and since she was a Brahmin, her family (including her brothers and parents) were strongly opposed to her plans to marry Priyabhanshu.
Over the past few months, she had been threatened several times by her father and brothers, and …
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Students Protest Against UPA’s Assaults on Democratic Voices, Tribals and Minorities !
Hundreds of students participated in a massive protest dharna on the night of 5th May 2010 in JNU, greeting Home Minister P. Chidambaram with black flags and slogans when he came to address a public meeting on ‘Naxalism: A Threat to Indian Democracy and Internal Security’. AISA activists turned up in full numbers to participate in the protest and were at its forefront throughout.
The students protested black acts like the UAPA, as well as the imposition of draconian …
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Over the last few months, AISA has been at the forefront of many student issues and protests in Tamil Nadu. Whether it is the struggle against caste discrimination or for better medical and hostel facilities, these initiatives have served to build up a radical left alternative for the students’ movement in the southern state. The following report outlines briefly some of the key struggles undertaken by AISA in recent times:
Demanding Better Hostels and Health Facilities
In a situation where the government is busy reducing allocations to education, the conditions …
Featured, National Issues »
There is a war in place at the heart of India, in the regions richest in minerals, forests and natural resources, and inhabited by the most deprived and marginalized sections of our people – the adivasis.
It goes by different names: ‘Operation Green Hunt’ and ‘A war on left-wing extremism’ are some of the most common forms.
The opponent is labeled the ‘Maoist menace’, ‘Naxal terror’, ‘left-wing extremism’ or ‘the gravest internal security threat’.
But in truth, this ongoing war represents a daily assault on the people of India and their basic democratic …