Articles Archive for January 2015
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The Left has registered an emphatic win in Greece in the recently concluded elections, with the SYRIZA winning 36 per cent of the votes and 149 out of the 300 total seats. The SYRIZA, a coalition originally comprising of a broad array of forces – including democratic socialists, green Left as well as Maoist and Trotskyist groups in Greece – became a unitary party in 2013. In the elections this year, SYRIZA has conclusively defeated the previous center-right New Democracy party, which was reduced to a distant second. Golden Dawn, …
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Gandhiji’s assassination on 30 Jan 1948 merits to be the first terrorist act and political murder of independent India. This year, we are facing 30 Jan in the backdrop of multi-pronged communal frenzy, resurgent moves to legitimise Gandhiji’s assassin by building Godse temples with calibrated indulgence by those in power. BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj’s statement calling Godse a ‘patriot’ obviously did not come from the blue. But, given the stature of Gandhi in popular imagination, BJP had to officially ‘distance’ itself and Sakshi too ‘retracted’ as a formality.
Unmistakably, RSS-BJP is …
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The past decade has seen sustained struggles by farmers, adivasis, and displaced people against forced acquisition of agricultural land across the country by various companies, corporate houses, and governments. The indomitable struggle by adivasis and farmers in Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Singur and Nandigram (West Bengal), Maharashtra, Punjab, Jharkhand, Bihar and Tamil Nadu etc. forced the last UPA government at the Centre changed the colonial Land Acquisition Act of 1894, and a new law was passed in 2013. Even though the 2013 law failed to address the issues of covert force, …
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Under the present dispensation of Modi regime, we have been witnessing concerted assaults on the very idea of autonomous institutions and constitutional principles of democracy and justice. On26 Jan 2015, the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry released advertisements of the Indian constitution without the words “Secularism” and “Socialism” – words and spirits that are enshrined in our constitution.
Recently, senior journalist and associate editor of IBN7 Pankaj Srivastava was sacked hours after he sent an SMS to his bosses complaining of IBN7’s politically biased policy and suggesting balanced coverage. Before …
The massacre of the journalists and cartoonists at the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo is heinous and condemnable. Terrorist actions like the Paris massacre can only become fodder for the global campaign of Islamophobia that is being used to justify wars, occupations, and torture.
Along with the Paris massacre, the Norway massacre by the Islamophobic Anders Breivik; threats against Salman Rushdie; the persecution of Taslima Nasreen in Bangladesh and in India; the Peshawar massacre; the harassment of MF Hussain, forcing him to leave India; the pulping of Wendy Doniger’s book under threats …
There is more to celebrate than a parade.
There are voices to be heard
That will keep up the murmur
Even after the songs are sung,
How many threads will you pull apart?
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
are also on the faces of people passing by
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,
Oh why, oh why can’t I?
Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? ~Ernest Gaines
Homophobia is a term that provides some kind …
Who is Afraid of Love?
On 15 November 2015, the AISA unit of Lucknow University (LU), held a convention on the campus premises on ‘Prem Se Darr Kisko?”(Who is afraid of love? Love Azaad vs. the lie of Love Jihad) The convention was organized in the light of the increasing communalisation of love in Uttar Pradesh by the RSS/BJP machinery. The urgent need to dispel the myth of love- jihad was further necessitated by the spate of provocative statements and threats being issued by BJP leaders like Yogi Adityanath on a …
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The Modi government and the BJP have unleashed the forces of Hindutva which threatens the secular and democratic values of the Indian Republic. It is at such a juncture that the Government has invited President Obama of the United States of America to be the Chief Guest of the Republic Day on January 26.
It is a supreme irony that the day which symbolizes India’s independence and sovereignty is being graced by the head of a country which has done the most to assault and destroy the sovereignty of many …
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आने वाले दिल्ली विधान सभा चुनाव के लिए एक बार फिर से बड़े–बड़े वादों की भरमार लगनी शुरू हो गई है. वायदों का ऐसा शोर हमें ठीक 6 महीने पहले लोकसभा चुनावों में भी सुनाई पड़ा था. 6 महीने पहले एक सरकार छात्र युवाओं के लिए शिक्षा–रोजगार, महिलाओं की सुरक्षा व सम्मान, भ्रष्ट्राचार कम करने, 100 दिन में काला धन वापस लाने और विकास के नाम पर आई थी. लेकिन दिल्ली के लगभग 40 लाख छात्र–युवाओं की आबादी के लिए नतीजे तो दूर की बात, कोई ठोस पहलकदमी भी दिखाई …
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बैंकों में पीओ व अन्य नौकरियों की परीक्षा आयोजित करने वाले आईबीपीएस (इंस्टीट्यट आॅफ बैंकिंग पर्सनल सेलेक्शन) ने मनमाने ढंग से इन नौकरियों में आवेदन के लिए योग्यता क्राइटेरिया में स्नातक में 60% अंक की बाध्यता थोपते हुए अधिकतम आयुसीमा को 30 से घटाकर 28 वर्ष कर दिया है, जिसके चलते लाखों छात्रों/छात्राओं को इन परीक्षाओं के लिए अयोग्य ठहरा दिया जाएगा।
बैंक की इन नौकरियों के लिए अब तक चला आ रहा ‘योग्यता क्राइटेरिया’ किसी भी मान्यता प्राप्त संस्थान/विश्वविद्यालय से स्नातक की डिग्री व 30 वर्ष की अधिकतम आयुसीमा …