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[9 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 15 views]
Shiv Sena Cancels Ghulam Ali Concert in Mumbai

 
Saffron Brigade  Bares Its Fangs Again!
In yet another instance of jingoism and fascist vandalism, the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra has forced the organisers to cancel the Mumbai concert of well-known Pakistani gazal singer Ghulam Ali.  A few months ago, the Shiv Sena had opposed Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s concert in Pune, which then had to be cancelled after their opposition. We condemn this blatant display of fascist muscle flexing.
According to the Shiv Sena, inviting any Pakistani singer is an “insult” to all citizens of India. However, as we well know, this …

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[9 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 40 views]
Saluting the Thinkers of Our Times: Rebuff the Fascist Onslaught !

On 4th October, 2015 acclaimed writer Nayantara Sahgal announced that she would be returning the Sahitya Akademi Award she won in 1986 for her novel Rich Like Us.  Her bold step is a protest against the increasing attacks on the right to dissent in India.
Here is the text of her statement.
“In a recent lecture, India’s Vice-President, Dr. Hamid Ansari, found it necessary to remind us that India’s Constitution promises all Indians ‘liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship’. The right to dissent is an integral part of this Constitutional …

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[3 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 193 views]
‘Digital India’: Reading Between the Lines

A few months back, the country witnessed a popular outpouring in favour of Net Neutrality, with thousands of citizens signing petitions and sharing campaign videos online. Net Neutrality– the principle that all Internet services, websites, applications, etc. be made available to Internet users by Internet service providers, without favouring or blocking any particular service– really caught the imagination of Internet users in India who collectively rose up to oppose a ‘document’ released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which suggested different pricing for voice calls over the Internet. …

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[1 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 178 views]
NO to Modi Govt’s Impending Sell-out of Education at WTO!

Save Education, Save the Country!
Defeat Imperialist Diktats of Global Capital and WTO!
Education Is Not For Sale – A Campus Is Not A Jail!
Schools and Universities For People – Not For Profits!
Don’t Let Modi Govt Trade Away Our Education, Our Country!
In December 2015, at the Xth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference, the Indian Government is all set to accept “binding commitments” to make India’s higher education a tradable commodity. Such “commitments” at WTO will erode our sovereign decision making powers in education. The Govt will be forced to act as …

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[19 Sep 2015 | One Comment | 417 views]
Immediately Withdraw the UGC ‘Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions’

(Draft of AISA’s National Signature Campaign Against the UGC’c Guideline )
We the undersigned are shocked to learn that the UGC has issued ‘Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions’ on April 16th 2015 which seek to stifle and suffocate freedom of mobility and expression in higher education institutions (HEIs).
These Guidelines include:

HEIs and hostels to be surrounded by a “boundary wall of such height that it cannot be scaled over easily” with a “fence of spiraling barbed wires,” with armed security guards, CCTV cameras, metal …