Suggested reading outside Bodhi

Malayal.am: ഏലക്കാടുകളില്‍ ചെന്തീപടര്‍ന്നതെങ്ങനെ?
തോട്ടം തൊഴിൽ മേഖലയിൽ നിന്ന ചൂഷണവും അതിനെതിരെ സംഘടിച്ച തൊഴിലാളി യൂണിയൻ നേരിടേണ്ട വന്ന പീഡനങ്ങളും, യൂണിയൻ നടത്തിയ ചെറുത്തുനിൽപ്പും പുറംലോകം അറിയാത്ത ഹൈറേഞ്ചിന്റെ രചിക്കപ്പെടാത്ത ചരിത്രമാണ്.

49 weeks

: വിശ്വവിഖ്യാത തെറി
വായനശാലകൾക്ക് തീ വയ്ക്കുമ്പോൾ, മാഗസിൻ കൂട്ടിയിട്ടു കത്തിക്കുമ്പോൾ നിങ്ങൾ ഓർക്കാത്തൊരു സത്യമുണ്ട്. അക്ഷരങ്ങൾക്ക് ക്ഷരമില്ല.. കേരളം വായിക്കട്ടെ സംഘപരിവാർ കത്തിച്ച ആ കോളേജ് മാഗസിൻ: വിശ്വവിഖ്യാത തെറി

1 year

TheWire.in: How Inequalities of Income and Caste are Holding the Indian Economy Back
The truth is that to date the Chinese Communist Party has been much more successful than the democratic and parliamentary Indian elites in mobilising significant resources to finance a strategy of social investment and public services.

1 year

TheWire.in: The Constitutional Case against India’s Blasphemy Law
The arrest and imprisonment of Kiku Sharda for ‘mimicking’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh during a comedy show has rekindled the debate over India’s regressive speech laws.

1 year

Scroll.in: 'I loved Science, Stars, Nature': Suicide by suspended Dalit student sparks nationwide protests
'I feel a growing gap between my soul and my body,' wrote scholar at University of Hyderabad wrote before he hanged himself.

1 year

Raiot: Last Words of Rohith Vemula
I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan.

1 year

SouthLive: ഫ്രീബേസിക്‌സ്: എന്തിന് ഈ വിലങ്ങ് സ്വയം അണിയണം?
ഇന്ത്യക്കാരുടെ ഇന്റർനെറ്റ് എക്കോ സിസ്റ്റത്തിൽ ദൂരവ്യാപകമായ പ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങളുണ്ടാക്കാനിടയുള്ള ഫ്രീബേസിൿസ് പോലുള്ള സംരംഭങ്ങൾക്കുമേൽ ഫലപ്രദമായ നിയന്ത്രണങ്ങൾ ഏർപ്പെടുത്തിയിട്ടില്ലെങ്കിൽ സോഫ്‌‌റ്റ്‌‌വെയർ, സർവീസ് പ്രൊവൈഡർ ഭീമന്മാരുടെ ലാഭക്കൊതിക്കും വാണിജ്യലാക്കിനും മുന്നിൽ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനസ്വാതന്ത്ര്യവും സ്വതന്ത്രമായ ഇന്റർനെറ്റ് എന്ന ആശയവും നാം അടിയറവു വെക്കേണ്ടി വരും.

1 year

: Unzipping The Controversial Facebook's Free Basics Indian Campaign; Rise of The Resistance
Confused by Facebook’s propaganda on Free Basics literally flooding every media platform? Your newspaper has been carrying it; you have seen it on TV; outdoor hoardings shouting at you; the internet is abuzz with it. And now, even your Facebook newsfeed keeps informing you about every friend of yours who is signing on to save the internet and feel like a proud warrior in the noble cause of bringing digital equality to millions of Indians with a mere click!

1 year

: Ahmedabad textile laborers win strike for economic justice, 1918
A heavy monsoon season had destroyed agricultural crops and led to a plague epidemic claiming nearly 10 percent of the population of Ahmedabad in 1917.

1 year

nvdatabase: Bombay Textile Strike
The general strike of the Bombay textile operatives, including about 150,000 workers, resulted from the gradual accumulation of grievances with regard to wage reductions and working conditions, to remedy which no efforts were being made by the leaders of the official Bombay Textile Union and the All-India Trade Union Congress.

1 year

The New Yorker: Unmournable Bodies
The scale, intensity, and manner of the solidarity that we are seeing for the victims of the Paris killings, encouraging as it may be, indicates how easy it is in Western societies to focus on radical Islamism as the real, or the only, enemy. This focus is part of the consensus about mournable bodies, and it often keeps us from paying proper attention to other, ongoing, instances of horrific carnage around the world.

2 years

TeleSUR: We Are All - Fill in the Blank
Terrorism is not terrorism when a much more severe terrorist attack is carried out by those who are Righteous by virtue of their power. Noam Chomsky on the reactions to Charlie Hebdo attack.

2 years

EFLU for Gender Justice: EFLU for Gender Justice
The night of 31st October, 2014- a woman student was raped in Basheer men’s hostel at EFLU, Hyderabad. While EFLU may not have been the most gender-just place on earth, the community had always been vocal regarding gender matters and against gender assault .This horrific assault again brought back the realisation of exactly how unfair is the society we live in, and also the fact that the university is after all a reflection of the world outside our gated community. This post is to tell you about the ways in which EFLU community has tried to to cope with the event, and the repressive mechanisms employed by the administration that The EFLU community reacted, responded in various ways.

2 years

ദേശാഭിമാനി: ഒരു കൂടിക്കാഴ്ചയെപ്പറ്റി
മലങ്കര കത്തോലിക്കാസഭാ മേജര്‍ ആര്‍ച്ച്ബിഷപ്പും സിബിസിഐ അധ്യക്ഷനുമായ കര്‍ദിനാള്‍ മാര്‍ ബസേലിയോസ് ക്ലീമിസ് കാതോലിക്കാ ബാവ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി നരേന്ദ്രമോഡിയെ സന്ദര്‍ശിച്ചശേഷം മോഡിയെയും അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ ഭരണത്തെയും സംബന്ധിച്ച് പറഞ്ഞ കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ ഇന്ത്യയിലെ മതനിരപേക്ഷ ചിന്താഗതിക്കാരെ ദുഃഖിപ്പിക്കുന്നതാണ്.

2 years

The Hindu: Pounding Gaza with impunity
With Gaza reduced to Hamas, 1.8 million people who live in Gaza are made responsible for Hamas. This is the doctrine of collective responsibility, illegal by international law.

2 years

DNA India: 9 mythbusters on 2002 post-Godhra riots
This particular news item was withdrawn from their website for 'unknown' reasons by DNA India. If it is the duty of #moditards to use the language of threat to silence dissenting voices, it is our responsibility to protect the democratic spaces left in this country. Please #reshare this article and let us prove to the world that Modi has not yet outgrown the great democratic heritage of this country.

2 years

EPW: Neo-liberalism and Democracy
If perchance the communal-fascist elements, who are backed by the corporate-financial elite, come to power after the next elections, they would have to depend upon the support of local power centres thriving on the muscle power of lumpenised elements, such as what we find in West Bengal. These local power centres are not directly linked to the corporate-financial elite and therefore cannot be directly called fascist; but they can help in sustaining a fascist system at the top. From “mosaic fascism”, in other words, the country could well make a transition to “federated fascism” without necessarily experiencing an integrated fascism in one single episode.

2 years

Guardian: Gabriel García Márquez obituary
Those dreams were prominent in García Márquez's speech when he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1982. In it, he made a passionate appeal for European understanding of the tribulations of his own continent, concluding that "tellers of tales who, like me, are capable of believing anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to undertake the creation of a minor utopia: a new and limitless utopia wherein no one can decide for others how they are to die, where love can really be true and happiness possible, where the lineal generations of one hundred years of solitude will have at last and forever a second chance on earth".

2 years

CPI(M): Manifesto for the 16th Lok Sabha Elections(2014)
The people of India are going to the polls to elect the 16th Lok Sabha. These elections are being held at a time when parliamentary democracy is under onslaught from various quarters. Increasingly democracy is being undermined by the power of big money in politics. Rampant corruption at the highest levels of government and public life is corroding the vitals of the democratic system. The neo-liberal policies pursued by the Congress-led government for a decade has denigrated parliament with policies being determined by a nexus of big business, foreign financial institutions and pliant ruling politicians and bureaucrats. The communal forces headed by the BJP-RSS combine are making a bid for power which poses a threat to the secular –democratic values of the Republic. The people, who have always vitalized the parliamentary system with their deep faith and participation in the democratic system, have to act. They have to assert their rights. They should fight to bring about a change in the policies, for ending the corrupt rule, for strengthening democracy and secularism.

3 years

The Caravan: The Doctor and the Saint
History has been kind to Gandhi. He was deified by millions of people in his own lifetime. His godliness has become a universal and, it seems, eternal phenomenon. It’s not just that the metaphor has outstripped the man. It has entirely reinvented him (which is why a critique of Gandhi need not automatically be taken to be a critique of all Gandhians). Gandhi has become all things to all people: Obama loves him and so does the Occupy movement. Anarchists love him and so does the establishment. Narendra Modi loves him and so does Rahul Gandhi. The poor love him and so do the rich. He is the Saint of the Status Quo.

3 years

ദേശാഭിമാനി: ആം ആദ്മി പാര്‍ടിയും സാധാരണക്കാരുടെ രാഷ്ട്രീയവും
മുതലാളിത്തത്തില്‍ അഴിമതി എന്നത് നേരത്തേ സൂചിപ്പിച്ചതു പോലെ ആശയം മാത്രമല്ല. അത് മുതലാളിത്തത്തിന്റെ പ്രത്യയശാസ്ത്രമായി പരിവര്‍ത്തനം ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ട സംസ്കാരമാണ്. അഴിമതി വിരുദ്ധത എന്നത് ഒരാശയമാണ്. മറിച്ച്, അതൊരു പ്രത്യയശാസ്ത്രമല്ല. ആശയത്തോട് നാം അനുഭാവമുള്ളവരാകാം. അത് നമ്മളെ പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിച്ചേക്കാം. എന്നാല്‍ അതിനെ നേരിടുന്ന അല്ലെങ്കില്‍ സാധൂകരിക്കാന്‍ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്ന രീതിശാസ്ത്രത്തെ അംഗീകരിക്കണമെന്നില്ല. പ്രത്യയശാസ്ത്രം ആശയത്തെ സാധൂകരിക്കുന്ന രീതിശാസ്ത്രമാണ്. അതിനെ അംഗീകരിക്കുന്നു എങ്കില്‍ അതിലൂടെ നേടിയെടുക്കുന്ന ലക്ഷ്യത്തേയും അംഗീകരിക്കുന്നു എന്നാണ് വിവക്ഷ.

3 years

Guardian: Bob Crow, RMT leader, dies of suspected heart attack at 52
The legendary British union leader, Bob Crow, who once said, "I have got more in common with a Chinese labourer than I have with Sir Fred Goodwin. I'm anti-EU, but I'm pro-European. Real European support for me means when French dockers take action in Calais, we back it", dies of suspected heart attack at 52.

3 years

New Left Review: New Masses?
Paradoxically, it is not so much in the recession-struck Northern heartlands but in the neo-capitalist Second World, and in the—supposedly booming—BRICS and emerging economies, that popular anger has made itself felt. In the East and South, what social forces and what politics are in play? Therborn analyses the oppositional potential of subordinate layers across six continents: pre-capitalist indigenous and peasant forces, ‘surplus’ populations, manufacturing workers, wage-earning middle classes. Under what conditions can defensive protests against the commercialization of public space and services, as in Turkey and Brazil, or popular anger at corrupt, repressive regimes—Ukraine, Maghreb, Mashreq—trigger alliances between them?

3 years

People's Democracy: The Indispensability of Marxism
While the days of colonialism are over, capitalism today reproduces within the country the same logic of destruction of petty production, the same expansion of the army of unemployed, semi-employed and under-employed mass, the same enchaining of the employed workers to a bare subsistence level even in the midst of significant increases in labour productivity, and hence the same increase in income inequalities, as had happened in the colonial period taking the metropolis and the colonies together. And it does so while super-imposing itself, and modifying for its own purposes, all the oppressive features of the pre-existing society, such as the caste-system, the exploitation of tribal people, and patriarchy. [...] This dream of building a humane society within capitalism is what had informed the weltanschaung of John Maynard Keynes and the post-war European social democratic movement. The achievements it had made within the capitalist system are today being reversed before our very eyes. The inequality in income and wealth over the world as a whole, and even within the advanced countries (and India as well), is growing rapidly and has reached an unprecedented level. In India itself poverty and malnutrition today are comparable to those of the years just preceding the Second World War. The world economy remains submerged in a crisis unprecedented in its scale since the Great Depression of the 1930s. All these prima facie constitute a vindication of Marxism.

3 years

Alliance @ IBM: IBM to fire 15000 employees worldwide, starting with Bangalore
I was RA'd yesterday at IBM STG Bangalore, it was a ruthless meeting with manager and HR citing reasons which I could have debated for hours for their misdoing , as you are aware bosses are "always right" .. Gave 2 hours time to leave and laptop was seized.The treatment was gruesome and inhuman and I think IBM has trained the managers very well to take these action. To quote some examples of inhumaness , there is an employee who is on honeymoon unaware what is in store for him when he returns as he is on the hit list. -EX- Employee STG Bangalore- [...] IBM India SWG Rational labs shootout news==100 out of 300 engineers flushed out of IBM building in waves of tears.....[..]-blindIBM-

3 years

Business Standard: 10 things you should know about the Reliance KG-D6 gas deal
[..] CAG’s findings reveal how crony capitalism benefited RIL. The pre-qualification norms were diluted to ensure RIL qualified, the claimed size of gas discoveries, the field development plans and the investment outlays proposed escaped rigorous due diligence [..]. Above all, the company’s commitments under the PSC on gas output were not enforced. The entire episode stinks of anything but natural gas. While Moily may claim that system was followed, there is enough evidence out there that says otherwise.

3 years

n+1: Socialize Social Media!
The time has come to socialize social media. Social media services can ultimately be run as public utilities, ad-free, at cost, in a democratic spirit and for social ends, in their enormous variety—or else digital society can become ever more subservient to the single end of the accumulation of private capital. The choice is between social life as an advertising platform and socialized social media. Tweeps and Facebook friends, unite! You have nothing to lose but some ads!

3 years

The Hans India: Truth behind Nandigram Firing
Nandigram had became the symbol around which opposition to the Left government in West Bengal galvanised. From Maoists on the left to communal forces of all hues on the right combined, with Mamta as the supremo, in the attack of the then Left government. Things have come a full circle, as the findings of the CBI probe completely vindicating what the Left government had contended at that point of time. Nilotpal Basu demands that those who had chronicled contemporary events during that period shall hopefully revisit conclusions that they had drawn on Nandigram and, more importantly, on the Left and its intentions.

3 years

MoneyLife: Aadhaar and the garrotting of civil liberties
The Aadhaar project with its enormous potential of surveillance alters the relationship between citizen and state. It tilts the balance so steeply in favour of government that a citizen whose biometrics are controlled by the State is permanently condemned to submission.

3 years

The New York Times: The Drone That Killed My Grandson
"I learned that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died. My grandson was killed by his own government. The Obama administration must answer for its actions and be held accountable. On Friday, I will petition a federal court in Washington to require the government to do just that." Nasser al-Awlaki writes in the opinion pages of The New York Times.

3 years

Outlook Magazine: Numbing Festival of Hate in Lakh Bawdi
Patriarchy and communalism colluded, once again, on the morning of September 8 in Lakh Bawdi, a village near to Muzaffarnagar town. At the house of none other than the village head, Billu Pradhan. Mehraz recounts with a shudder, "They shouted Musalmanon ki laundiyaon ko rakh lo (keep all the Muslim girls)”. She too had taken refuge in Billu Pradhan’s house and was, like the others, both witness and victim in this numbing festival of violence and hate. She is among the only few women who answers with an empha­tic ‘yes’ when asked about sexual assault. Her breasts were attacked with a sharp trowel. "There were 8-10 boys who seemed to be on a mission. They’d strip a woman, attack her and rape her. Then they’d grab the next one, within minutes. Billu Pradhan had vanished after the first 20 minutes." Neha Dixit's heart wrenching report on the series of gang rapes, murders, vandalisation of houses that Lakh Bawdi witnessed on September 8th.

3 years

Prospect: Heidegger in France: Nazism and philosophy
In the 1970s, a leftist anti-humanism derived from Heidegger’s history of Being filled the gap left by the decline of Marxism, on the one hand, and the more or less complete absence in France of any tradition of normative political theory on the other. It was not the least of Faye’s achievements, in a work whose philosophical sophistication outstrips that of Farias by several orders of magnitude, to show to a French audience what German philosophers such as Jürgen Habermas have been arguing for many years: that, in fact, Heidegger’s undifferentiated and undialectical hostility to modernity was intimately bound up with his commitment to “national revolution” in Germany (a commitment that outlasted his brief formal adhesion to the Nazi Party).

3 years

TomDispatch: US imperialism "tiptoes" into Africa
In 2007, Pentagon created an Africa Command (AFRICOM) and it’s been creeping into Africa, deploying ever more forces in ever more ways doing ever more things at ever more facilities in ever more countries. While Washington talks openly about rebalancing its military assets to Asia, a pivot to Africa is quietly and unmistakably underway. With the ever-present possibility of blowback from shadowy operations on the continent, the odds are that the results of that pivot will become increasingly evident, whether or not Americans recognize them as such. Behind closed doors, the military says: “Africa is the battlefield of tomorrow, today.” It remains to be seen just when they’ll say the same to the American people.

3 years

The Economic Times: CIA-funded MongoDB to Analyze Aadhaar Data
MongoDB, a New York-based technology startup, is entering into a contract with with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The contract is yet to be announced but what could raise eyebrows is the fact that MongoDB is part-funded by the US' Central Intelligence Agency. The company is expected to help in capturing and analysing data related to the ambitious plan to issue a unique identity number — Aadhaar — to over a billion citizens.

3 years

PRWatch: Google Funds Right-Wing Groups
Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers.

3 years

T5E: Let Them Eat Cake
The present fee hikes and the direction of higher education policy have a definite slant towards the ideology that education is a commercial venture. For now, state subsidies are being viewed akin to an oil subsidy, to be gradually phased out. This is not different from the standard privatization doctrine with the exception that the governing body of the institute might still be under the central Government. T5E discusses recent the fee hike, especially the near-100% hike in the B.Tech tuition fee.

3 years

അഴിമുഖം: ഗുജറാത്ത് എന്നെ അസ്വസ്ഥനാക്കിക്കൊണ്ടേയിരിക്കും
ഗുജറാത്ത് കലാപത്തിന്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ മൂന്ന് ചലച്ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത പ്രശസ്ത സംവിധായകന്‍ ടി വി ചന്ദ്രന്‍ നരേന്ദ്ര മോഡിയുടെ, അത്ര ഹിഡന്‍ അല്ലാത്ത കേരള പദ്ധതിയെക്കുറിച്ചും വര്‍ദ്ധിച്ചുവരുന്ന ജാതീയ-സാമുദായിക ചേരിതിരിവുകളെക്കുറിച്ചും സംസാരിക്കുന്നു.

3 years

ചിന്ത: പുന്നപ്ര-വയലാര്‍ സമരത്തിന്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലം
അങ്ങനെ മൊത്തത്തില്‍ പരിശോധിച്ചാല്‍ കയര്‍ തൊഴിലാളികള്‍ ഇരട്ടജീവിതമായിരുന്നു നയിച്ചത് എന്നു കാണാന്‍ കഴിയും. ഫാക്ടറിയ്ക്കുളളില്‍ തൊഴിലാളി, ഫാക്ടറിയ്ക്കു പുറത്ത് സമുദായാംഗം. സവര്‍ണ മേധാവിത്വത്തിനെതിരെ സമരം ചെയ്യാന്‍ എസ്എന്‍ഡിപി യൂണിയന്‍. മുതലാളിമാര്‍ക്കെതിരെ സമരം ചെയ്യാന്‍ ട്രേഡ് യൂണിയന്‍. ഇതായിരുന്നു സ്ഥിതിവിശേഷം. ഈ സ്ഥിതിവിശേഷം മാറി, ഫാക്ടറിയ്ക്കു പുറത്തും താന്‍ തൊഴിലാളിവര്‍ഗത്തിലെ അംഗമാണെന്ന ബോധം രൂപം കൊണ്ടത് സമരാനുഭവങ്ങളിലൂടെയാണ്. പണിമുടക്കു സമരങ്ങള്‍, വ്യവസായ വ്യാപകമായതോടു കൂടി ഈഴവമുതലാളിമാരടക്കമുളള മുതലാളിവര്‍ഗവും എല്ലാ ജാതിയിലും പെട്ടവരുള്‍ക്കൊളളുന്ന തൊഴിലാളിവര്‍ഗവും തമ്മിലുളള വൈരുദ്ധ്യം തൊഴിലാളി ജീവിതത്തിലെ കേന്ദ്ര പ്രശ്നമായി ഉയര്‍ന്നുവന്നു.

3 years

ദേശാഭിമാനി: വാഹനാപകടങ്ങളിലെ യഥാര്‍ഥ വില്ലന്‍
സ്വകാര്യവല്‍ക്കരണത്തിന്റെ ദുരന്തമാണ് രാജ്യത്തെ പാസഞ്ചര്‍ ട്രാന്‍സ്പോര്‍ട്ട് മേഖല നേരിടുന്നത്. ജനങ്ങളുടെ "യാത്ര" എന്ന ആവശ്യം നിര്‍വഹിക്കലാണല്ലോ "പാസഞ്ചര്‍ ട്രാന്‍സ്പോര്‍ട്ട്" മേഖലയുടെ ലക്ഷ്യം. ഈ "സേവന" മേഖല, സേവനം എന്ന ലക്ഷ്യത്തോടെ നടത്തുന്നതിന് പകരം സ്വകാര്യ മുതല്‍മുടക്കിനുള്ള രംഗമാക്കി മാറ്റിയതാണ് പ്രശ്നങ്ങള്‍ക്കു കാരണം. ലാഭംനേടാന്‍ മത്സരം എന്നത് സ്വകാര്യ മൂലധനത്തിന്റെ അവിഭാജ്യഭാഗമാണ്. ലാഭം നേടാന്‍ അവസരമുണ്ടെന്ന് കണ്ടാല്‍, ആ ലാഭം വര്‍ധിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ "സ്വകാര്യ മൂലധനം" എന്തും ചെയ്യും! അത് ഏതെങ്കിലും വ്യക്തികളുടെ ഇഷ്ടാനിഷ്ടങ്ങളെ ആശ്രയിച്ച് നടക്കുന്നതല്ല. മറിച്ച് മൂലധനത്തിന്റെ സഹജസ്വഭാവമാണ്.

3 years

Lobe Log: The NSA and the One Percent
An important driver is the dominant social engineering project of our time: the upward redistribution of wealth to the one percent. In the case at hand, the project was given a boost by the co-occurrence of two trends: the commodification of Big-Data technology and the post-9/11 resurgence of American paranoia. When your enemy hates you for your freedoms, don’t you want a supersized Big Brother by your side? But here’s the twist: the attendant growth in defense spending ran smack against the neoliberal push for smaller government. The solution? The rise of a bloated industry of overpaid private contractors feeding off the public trough. Bravo, one percent, the maneuver was brilliant!

3 years

ദേശാഭിമാനി: ഓര്‍മയുണ്ട്.... സുഹൈലക്കും ക്യാമ്പസിനും
മുസ്ലിമായ പെണ്‍കുട്ടി എസ്എഫ്ഐയില്‍ പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുന്നതാണ് സംഘത്തെ പ്രകോപിപ്പിച്ചത്. എന്നാല്‍, സംഘടനാപ്രവര്‍ത്തനം അവസാനിപ്പിക്കാനല്ല, പ്രശ്നങ്ങളെ അഭിമുഖീകരിക്കാന്‍ മനസ്സ് പാകപ്പെടുത്തുകയാണ് സുഹൈല ചെയ്തത്. ജില്ലാ പൊലീസ് മേധാവിക്കും കോളേജ് പ്രിന്‍സിപ്പലിനും പരാതി നല്‍കി. എട്ടംഗസംഘത്തിനെതിരെ അന്ന് പൊലീസ് കേസെടുത്തു. മാത്രമല്ല, പെണ്‍കുട്ടികള്‍മാത്രം ചേര്‍ന്നുയര്‍ത്തിയ ഉശിരന്‍ പ്രതിഷേധം അന്ന് ആദ്യമായി ആ ക്യാമ്പസില്‍ ആര്‍ത്തിരമ്പി. അവിടെയും അക്രമികള്‍ പാഞ്ഞെത്തി. പരിക്കേറ്റ് ഒട്ടേറെ വിദ്യാര്‍ഥിനികള്‍ ആശുപത്രിയിലായി. പ്രതികരിക്കാന്‍ തയ്യാറായ സുഹൈലയെ വിദ്യാര്‍ഥിസമൂഹവും അധ്യാപകരും അനുമോദിച്ചു. സുഹൈലയുടെ പക്ഷത്തിന് ക്യാമ്പസില്‍ എങ്ങും പിന്തുണ കിട്ടിയതോടെ ആ വര്‍ഷം യൂണിയന്‍ തെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പേ വേണ്ടെന്നാണ് മറ്റെല്ലാ സംഘടനകളും ചേര്‍ന്ന് തീരുമാനിച്ചത്. മുസ്ലിം പെണ്‍കുട്ടികള്‍ എസ്എഫ്ഐയിലേക്ക് വരുന്നത് തടയുന്നതിനായിരുന്നു എന്‍ഡിഎഫും എംഎസ്എഫും മറ്റും ഉണ്ടാക്കിയ കോലാഹലം മുഴുവന്‍. അതിനെ പിന്തുണച്ചതോ, കെഎസ്യുവും എബിവിപി യും മറ്റും.....!

3 years

Rabble: The reclamation of Taksim square and the battle of Besiktas
In the face of a challenge to the AKP’s Islamist project Erdogan also announced that the new development in Gezi Park would contain a mosque – a move predicted by protestors days before. The government wins elections by appealing to religion, order and business interests – and will likely play to these constituencies in the coming days. But despite his public pronouncements of determination authorities in Istanbul were forced into a major concession on Saturday evening, withdrawing the police from the area around Taksim Square altogether. Thousands flooded into Gezi Park to re-establish the occupation and have remained ever since.

3 years

ദേശാഭിമാനി: പൊതുപ്രവര്‍ത്തനവും പുരസ്കാരവും
വലിയ ഒരു കൂട്ടായ്മ; ആ കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ് തന്നെയും തന്റെ വ്യക്തിത്വത്തെയും രൂപപ്പെടുത്തിയത് എന്ന് തിരിച്ചറിയുകയും ആ കൂട്ടായ്മ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നില്ലെങ്കില്‍ താന്‍ ഒന്നുമാകുമായിരുന്നില്ലെന്ന് മനസ്സിലുറപ്പിക്കുകയും അങ്ങനെ കൂടുതല്‍ വിനയാന്വിതനാവുകയുമാണ് ചെയ്യേണ്ടത്. പൊതുപ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തെക്കുറിച്ചുള്ള ഈ കാഴ്ചപ്പാട് പണ്ടേ മനസ്സിലുറച്ചുപോയിട്ടുണ്ട്. അതുകൊണ്ടാണ്, പൊതുപ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തിന് പുരസ്കാരം എന്ന് കേള്‍ക്കുമ്പോള്‍ ഞാന്‍ ഒട്ടൊന്ന് അമ്പരന്നുപോകുന്നത്.

3 years

The Telegraph: The muck of the new - Capitalism, classical versus lumpen
Prof. Prabhat Patnaik writes that what is developing in India today is lumpen capitalism, an important feature of which is the absence of any new form of collective social life. The result is an enmeshing of all the oppressive traits of traditional society with the traits of lumpen capitalism. These include a moral vacuum an aggressive and self-seeking individualism, a total absence of consideration for others, a penchant for taking short-cuts for self-promotion, an obliteration of the boundary between criminality and legitimate activity (even as defined by the bourgeoisie’s own standards), and an absence not only of probity and propriety in public life, but also of any awareness of the necessity for such probity and propriety.

4 years

Monthly Review: Crisis Theory, the Law of the Tendency of the Profit Rate to Fall, and Marx’s Studies in the 1870s
With regard to crisis theory, Marx is increasingly convinced that inquiry basically has not come far enough for him to proceed to an “appropriate” presentation of the “real movement” that he speaks of in the post face of the second edition of volume writes noted Marxist scholar Michael Heinrich in his Monthly Review essay.

4 years

Monthly Review: Crisis Theory, the Law of the Tendency of the Profit Rate to Fall, and Marx’s Studies in the 1870s
With regard to crisis theory, Marx is increasingly convinced that inquiry basically has not come far enough for him to proceed to an “appropriate” presentation of the “real movement” that he speaks of in the post face of the second edition of volume writes noted Marxist scholar Michael Heinrich in his Monthly Review essay.

4 years

The Independent: Thatcherism was a national catastrophe that still poisons us
The challenge ahead is the same as it was yesterday: to tear down the whole edifice of Thatcherism, heal Britain of the damage done, and build a country run in the interests of working people. It’s a fight we must all fight. The champagne is on ice until we win it.

4 years

Monthly Review: Marx, Kalecki, and Socialist Strategy
Nevertheless, Kalecki’s arguments on not accepting the economic rationale of the system and insisting on the need to wrest social power from the capitalist class remain crucial today. The danger of the profit-squeeze theory of economic crisis under capitalism has always been that it suggested to workers that the pursuit of their own democratic, egalitarian aspirations led directly to economic slowdown, worsening their situation. As Kalecki put it, “There are certain ‘workers’ friends’ who try to persuade the working class to abandon the fight for wages in its own interest, of course. The usual argument used for this purpose is that the increase of wages causes unemployment, and thus is detrimental to the working class as a whole. This position is visible in the United States today with the debate over whether to introduce a paltry increase in the minimum-wage writes J.B. Foster.

4 years

Guardian: Novelist Chinua Achebe dies, aged 82
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist seen by millions as the father of African literature, has died at the age of 82. A novelist, poet and essayist, Achebe was perhaps best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart, which was published in 1958. The author is also known for the influential essay An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1975), a hard-hitting critique of Conrad in which he says the author turned the African continent into "a metaphysical battlefield devoid of all recognisable humanity, into which the wandering European enters at his peril", asking: "Can nobody see the preposterous and perverse arrogance in thus reducing Africa to the role of props for the break-up of one petty European mind?"

4 years

The Nation: How Climate Change Became a 'Liberal Hoax'
Noam Chomsky talks about how the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies are enthusiastically carrying out campaigns "to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax."

4 years

The New Yorker: Requiem for a dream
He did not hack into the M.I.T. system—he didn’t have to. M.I.T.’s network is open to anyone on campus, whether or not they are part of the university, so anyone on campus has access to jstor, too. He wrote a script that instructed his computer to download articles continuously, something that was forbidden by jstor’s terms of service. When this violation was detected, and requests coming from his computer were denied, he spoofed the computer’s address, fooling the jstor servers into thinking that subsequent requests were coming from somewhere else.

4 years

The New York Times: Chasing the Higgs Boson
At the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, two armies of scientists struggled to close in on physics' most elusive particle. Dennis Overbye writes in the New York Times.

4 years

EPW: Viva Chávez!
Vijay Prashad writes on Chávez. His immense charisma, earthy charm and frank disdain for the old ruling classes endeared him to the ordinary people – whose adoration of him was seen often on the streets of Venezuela, whether in the 2002 failed coup against him, during the many election campaigns, and of course after his death.

4 years

Climate & Capitalism: Hugo Chavez, undefeated
The rich and powerful of the world did not hate Chavez because he was a dictator. Deep down the sentient among them know he wasn't. They hated him because he was symbolic of a threat to the dictatorship of Capital, a figurehead of a continent alive with social movements and millions of people conscious of their political power.

4 years

The Asian Age: A poll calculation gone wrong
Prof. Ramakumar writes that if the government simply refused to spend last year, the strategy for the coming year is to drastically cut subsidies. Last year, the government had announced that subsidies would be limited to two per cent of the GDP. As if that was not enough, the announcement this year is to limit subsidies to 1.75 per cent of the GDP. There is absolutely no economic rationale for such arbitrary targets being set for subsidy outlays The amount of subsidies to be provided to each sector is to be determined by how much each sector needs, given its overall socio-economic significance. To subject it to such arbitrary cuts is nothing but dogmatic thinking.

4 years

The Hindu: An opportunity missed
Prof. C.P. Chandrasekhar writes that additional taxation was not just needed, but also possible. As the Finance Minister noted, at around 10 per cent of GDP, the tax to GDP ratio was “one of the lowest for any large developing country” and well below the 2007-08 peak of 11.9 per cent. In terms of taxation the only noteworthy initiative was the imposition of a 10 per cent surcharge on individuals and corporations with taxable incomes exceeding Rs. 1 crore. Given the large number of concessions and exemptions available, the number of tax-paying entities falling in this range is small.

4 years

The Hindu: A recipe for continuing stagflation
Prof. Jayati Ghosh looks at the 2013 Union Budget and says that that the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's silences were actually the more important part of his speech. For what the Finance Minister did not actually outline were the macroeconomic implications of his chosen strategy of fiscal consolidation at all costs. The approach seems to be that showing some amount of fiscal consolidation is essential, that this can only be achieved through cutbacks in spending (regardless of how this translates into supply shortages or higher inflation in future) and that growth will miraculously return once private investors (both domestic and foreign) are persuaded that fiscal deficits will be kept in check.

4 years

Personal Blog: Two day strike – what they want
By participation and representation the events of Feb 20 and Feb 21 will be one of the largest workers’ strike in history, anywhere in the world. Why are they striking? What are their demands?

4 years

The Hoot: Wage issues not fit to print?
A take-down notice was sent to website Bodhicommons at the behest of the Mathrubhumi management. Geeta Seshu from The Hoot says the police cyber cell’s job is not to curb dissent.

4 years

The Hindu: Think beyond censorship
The assault on freedom of expression on the Internet has taken on crude forms in India, with a regime of arbitrary arrests and censorship orders demolishing a cherished fundamental right. In an extraordinary extension of this outrageous trend, a cyber cell unit in Kerala has issued a notice to a website, Bodhicommons.org asking it to take down a report on a protest held by newspaper employees outside the Mathrubhumi office in Kozhikode.

4 years