Articles outside Bodhi tagged "India"

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

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

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This particular news item was withdrawn from their website for 'unknown' reasons by DNA India.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

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.

2 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

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

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

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

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

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.

3 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 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

Counter Currents: Who Benefits From India's Diesel Subsidy?
S.G.Vombatkere examines the effects of the recent government order announcing that the bulk diesel consumers like railways and state transport corporations have to purchase diesel at market-determined rates, while diesel purchased at fuel outlets will continue to receive subsidy. Contrary to Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily's assertion, charging market rates for bulk diesel consumers forces those who are already poor, to pay more for their living. Thus, the policy of the present and previous Union governments is arguably pro-wealthy and effectively anti-poor.

4 years

ദേശാഭിമാനി: കേരളീയ സംവാദങ്ങളുടെ വലതുപക്ഷവല്‍ക്കരണം
സേവനവേതന വ്യവസ്ഥകളും പെന്‍ഷനും പോയിട്ട് സുനിശ്ചിതമായ ഉപജീവന മാര്‍ഗം പോലുമില്ലാത്ത നവലിബറല്‍ തൊഴിലാളി വര്‍ഗമാണ് മാധ്യമങ്ങളില്‍ ജോലി ചെയ്യുന്നത്. സ്വന്തം അവകാശങ്ങളും സുരക്ഷിതത്വവും നേടിയെടുക്കാനുള്ള സംഘടനയോ നെഞ്ഞുറപ്പോ ഇല്ലാത്തവരാണ് രാഷ്ട്രീയ സാമൂഹ്യ പ്രശ്നങ്ങളുടെ വിധികര്‍ത്താക്കളായി നടക്കുന്നത്. ഇനിയെങ്കിലും ഈ കപടനാടകമവസാനിപ്പിച്ച് ലോകജനതയുടെ സംഘര്‍ഷങ്ങള്‍ സത്യസന്ധമായി അവതരിപ്പിച്ചുകൂടെ? കെ.എൻ. ഗണേഷ് എഴുതുന്നു.

4 years

Pragoti: Petition - End the Scourge of Manual Scavenging – NOW!!!
This petition is based on a Seminar attended by representatives of Safai Karamchari Andolan, Republic Trade Union of India, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front; Advocates, Doctors and Health Activists; Faculty and Students of MIDS, IIT-M, New College, ACJ, MSE, Madras University among others.

4 years

Outlook Magazine: Respect Gandhi If You Will, Don’t Sentimentalise Him - Perry Anderson
An outstanding Marxist scholar, historian and essayist, and editor of the New Left Review since 1962, Perry Anderson is known for a rich, incisive body of work spanning European history, the contemporary world, the Western Marxist tradition and intellectual history. In an e-mail interview with columnist and writer Praful Bidwai, Anderson discusses his latest book, The Indian Ideology, at length.

4 years

Business Line: Wal-Mart, others seek US govt help on India plans
Wal-Mart Stores, which has been trying to set up multi-brand shops in India for a long time, spent nearly $ 1.5 million on lobbying in the last quarter ended June 30, 2012 on various issues, including matters “related to FDI in India.”

4 years

The Hindu: Assam calls for a human response
This is possibly the single largest conflict-induced human displacement to take place in India over such a short period of time since partition — over 4,00,000 Bodos and Muslims uprooted, terrified, and running for their lives in under 10 days.

4 years

The Hindu: Down and out on India’s shop floor
India’s manufacturing sector is shedding permanent jobs and hiring casual hands to increase profits. This has divided the labour movement and stoked tensions. The Manesar violence is a symptom of a worsening problem - writes Aman Sethi.

4 years

Workers' Forum: ധീരലക്ഷ്മിക്ക് വിട
ബാല്യം മുതല്‍ അവസാനശ്വാസം വരെ ഇതിഹാസതുല്യമായ ജീവിതം നയിച്ച വിപ്ലവവനിത ഓര്‍മയായി. ദേശീയ സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യസമരത്തിലെ ധീരനായികയും ഉജ്വലമാതൃകയായ സാമൂഹിക പ്രവര്‍ത്തകയും സിപിഐ എമ്മിന്റെ തലമുതിര്‍ന്ന അംഗവുമായ ക്യാപ്റ്റന്‍ ലക്ഷ്മി അന്തരി

4 years

London Review of Books: Why Partition?
After dissecting Gandhi in the last volume, this time in LRB, Perry Anderson goes on to ask a few questions that is so rarely asked in India - Was the partition inevitable? Or at least could it have been made less brutal? Did it really demand a million lives and ten times that many displacements? If not, who is to be held responsible? The British, the Indian history, the Indian National Congress, Jinnah, Gandhi or Nehru?

4 years

London Review of Books: Gandhi Centre Stage
The original politics of the Congress elite had been studiously secular. Gandhi’s takeover of the party not only gave it a popular basis it had never possessed before but injected a massive dose of religion into the national movement. - Perry Anderson analyses the politics of Gandhi and its influence on Indian national movement.

4 years

The Hindu: Housing apartheid in India's national capital
Finding a home to rent in India's national capital is an arduous task for anyone - but, an investigation by The Hindu has found, almost impossible for citizens who happen to be Muslim.

4 years

The Hindu: Book Review: Churning the Earth - The Making of Global India
C. T. Kurien reviews the new book by Aseem Shrivastava and Ashish Kothari. "The book is a well-documented, cogently argued and clearly presented people’s audit of the Reform Regime."

4 years

Pragoti: Remembering a Departed Comrade: Dipankar Mukherjee
Dipankarda will be sorely missed by his comrades in the trade union movement and the broader Left democratic movement, as an untiring champion of the working class and a firm defender of India’s economic self-reliance.

4 years

Open Magazine: Prison Diaries - Arun Ferreira
Mumbai-based activist Arun Ferreira kept a prison diary during his incarceration in Nagpur Central Jail. Open Magazine reproduced a shortened version of his experiences and some of the sketches he drew in prison.

4 years

Jana Natya Manch: Safdar Hashmi on Ritwik Ghatak
Ritwik Ghatak never attempted to assume the voice of a seer or a prophet, rather he described his work and achieveinient in extremely modest terms "No film maker can change the people. The people are too great. They are changing themselves. I am only recording the great changes that are taking place."

4 years

The Hindu: India's god laws fail the test of reason
In 864 CE, the great physician, Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Zakaria al-Razi, wrote: “The miracles of the prophets are imposters or belong to the domain of pious legend. The teachings of religions are contrary to the one truth: the proof of this is that they contradict one another. It is tradition and lazy custom that have led men to trust their religious leaders. Religions are the sole cause of the wars which ravage humanity; they are hostile to philosophical speculation and to scientific research. The alleged holy scriptures are books without values”. Praveen Swami writes.

4 years

Pragoti: EMS and the Caste Question: A Response
Ramakumar responds to Manash Bhattacharjee’s article on Indian Marxists and caste in Outlook, titled 'The Left's Untouchable'. The outlook article is inclined to attack the organised Left than to make any objective analysis. Gross misinterpretations of Marxist writings on caste would only help divide the united movement against caste in India. Ambedkar himself argued that the Russian revolution would indeed be second stage of human liberation, next to French. These important meeting points should be taken further to open up of spaces where Marxists respectful of Ambedkar and Ambedkarites interested in Marx can integrate their movements. The evolution of a united movement should not be allowed to be weakened by spreading falsehoods and misinterpreting positions.

4 years

Dillipost: അലൂവാലിയയും അത്ഭുതവിളക്കും
കഴിക്കാന്‍ ഭക്ഷണമില്ലെന്നു പറഞ്ഞ ജനങ്ങളോട് കേക്ക് തിന്നാന്‍ ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ട ഫ്രഞ്ച് രാജപത്നി ചരിത്രത്തിലെ ഒരൊറ്റപ്പെട്ട പ്രതിഭാസമൊന്നുല്ല. ജനാധിപത്യ ഇന്ത്യയുടെ യോജനാ ഭവനിലും, എന്തിന് പ്രധാന മന്ത്രിയുടെ ആപ്പീസില്‍ പോലും നിരവധി മേരി അന്റോയിനെറ്റിമാരെ ഇന്നു കാണാന്‍ കഴിയും. ദൗര്‍ഭാഗ്യവശാല്‍ കൊട്ടാരംവാസികള്‍ പറയുന്നതു അതുപോലെ വിഴുങ്ങാനാണ് ‘ജനപ്രിയ’ മാധ്യമങ്ങള്‍ക്കും പൊതുപണ്ഡിതര്‍ക്കും താത്പര്യം. അതിന്റെ അഹങ്കാരത്തിലാണ് ഇന്ത്യ പോലൊരു രാജ്യത്ത്, നഗരങ്ങള്‍ക്കപ്പുറത്ത് കൊള്ളാവുന്ന സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ആശുപത്രികള്‍ പോലുമില്ലാത്ത ഈ രാജ്യത്ത്, കേവലം ഇരുപതു രൂപ ചിലവാക്കാന്‍ കഴിയുന്നവര്‍ ദരിദ്രരല്ലെന്ന് പറയാന്‍ ഭരണകൂടത്തിനാകുന്നത്. ദരിദ്രരുടെ എണ്ണം കൃത്രിമമായി വെട്ടിക്കുറച്ചത് ദാരിദ്ര്യം കുറച്ചു എന്നു മേനി നടിക്കാന്‍ വേണ്ടി മാത്രമല്ല. അതിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ മനുഷ്യത്വവിരുദ്ധമായ സാമ്പത്തിക നയങ്ങള്‍ നടപ്പാക്കാന്‍ വേണ്ടി കൂടിയാണ്. അതിനായി മന്‍മോഹന്‍ സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ കയ്യിലുള്ള അത്ഭുത വിളക്കാണ് ആസൂത്രണ കമ്മിഷന്‍. അലൂവാലിയ മന്‍മോഹന്റെ അലാവുദീനും.

4 years

Outlook Magazine: Capitalism: A Ghost Story
Arundhati Roy writes about corporate foundations and NGOs, the cardinals of corporate gospel. "Corporate-endowed foundations administer, trade and channelise their power and place their chessmen on the chessboard, through a system of elite clubs and think-tanks, whose members overlap and move in and out through the revolving doors."

4 years

Dillipost: ഗുജറാത്തില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള പെരുംനുണകള്‍
പുതുഗുജറാത്ത് മാതൃകയുടെ മേന്മകളായി പലരും ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടിയ മേഖലകളാണ് വൈദ്യുതി, റോഡ്, ദലിത്-ആദിവാസി വിഭാഗങ്ങളുടെ വികസനം, കാര്‍ഷിക മേഖലയുടെ വളര്‍ച്ച എന്നിവ. ഈ മേഖലകളില്‍ ഉണ്ടായി എന്നു പറയപ്പെടുന്ന വികസനത്തിന്റെ യാഥാര്‍ത്ഥ്യം എന്താണ്, ആ വികസന മുന്നേറ്റങ്ങള്‍ ആരെയാണ് ലക്ഷ്യം വച്ചത് തുടങ്ങിയവ ഓരോരോ കേസുകളായി എടുത്തു പരിശോധിച്ച് പുതുഗുജറാത്ത്‌ എന്ന പെരുംനുണയുടെ ചുരുളുകള്‍ അഴിക്കുന്നു ലേഖകര്‍.

5 years

The Hindu: Capitalism and the production of poverty
T.G. Narayanan Memorial Lecture by Prof. Utsa Patnaik on capitalism and the production of poverty

5 years

Hindustan Times: No shortcuts, please
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke at the Indian Science Congress on January 3 and on January 10, released a report by some NGOs and corporates on the status of hunger and malnutrition in the country. Though the two speeches were on divergent issues, put together, they convey a disturbing approach towards realising India's potential, writes Sitaram Yechury

5 years

The Hindu: FDI in Retail: Legitimising an inhumane discourse
Promoting FDI in retail is based on the presumption that distress for some section should be acceptable because of the benefits that would accrue to other sections of society. It is instructive here to recollect the rhetorical question that Gandhiji had asked: If “my brother” the weaver is out of work because of imported cloth, then how can I be better off by it? The humaneness of this discourse was the foundation upon which our anti-colonial struggle was built, and we came into being as a nation. The current official discourse constitutes a rejection of it. Prabhat Patnaik further explains why it is even antithetical to conventional economic theories also.

5 years

Counter Currents: The Indian Land Grab In Africa
Indian companies venturing abroad is always regarded as a healthy trend, an indicator of India's new-found economic status. But little is known about how these companies are flexing their imperalistic muscles in poorer countries, grabbing the land and giving little in return. A report ‘India’s Role in the New Global Farmland Grab’ by researcher Rick Rowden brings forth these atrocities which are shockingly similar to what India used to blame rich western countires for.

5 years

Macroscan: Multinational Retail Firms in India
The Indian government's sudden decision to allow hitherto prohibited foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail as well as full ownership in single-brand retail generated huge public outcry, to the extent that the government was forced to pause. Jayati Ghosh writes on FDI in Retail in Macroscan.

5 years

Counter Currents: Corporate Lobbying Gaining Strength In India
Crores of rupees have been spent over the past few years by some of the big multinational corporations to seek an entry into India. What may appear to be economic decisions taken by the government often turn out to be the result of intense lobbying by foreign companies. Besides Wal-Mart Stores, the coffee shop giant Starbucks has been lobbying in India seeking 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail. As per a disclosure statement it made before the American Senate, the company had spent more than Rs 1-crore in the first 6 months of 2011, for “market opening initiatives in India.”

5 years

Macroscan: Retrogression in Retail
There is little to justify the rushed decision to open up to FDI in retail. As of now the retail chain works well, there are no noticeable shortages, and a large and diverse country is well serviced. None but the government argues that FDI in retail is a remedy for the relentless inflation the country faces. The weak segment of the supply chain is the public distribution system created to ensure remunerative prices for farmers and reasonable prices for consumers. That and productivity enhancing public investment are what need the government's attention.

5 years

Dillipost: ഭൂനയവും തൊഴിലാളിവര്‍ഗവും
ഭൂമിയുടെ ഉപയുക്തതയുടെ കാര്യത്തില്‍ സാമൂഹ്യ കാഴ്ചപ്പാടോടെ സാമൂഹ്യ നിയന്ത്രണത്തോടെ സാമൂഹ്യ പങ്കാളിത്തത്തോടെയുള്ള നയം പ്രാവര്‍ത്തികമാക്കുന്നില്ലെങ്കില്‍ ഭക്ഷ്യ പ്രതിസന്ധി ആസന്നമാകുന്ന ഈ കാലത്ത്, ‘എന്റെ തുണ്ട് ഭൂമി കിട്ടിയില്ല’ എന്ന രീതിയില്‍ തുണ്ടുവത്കരണ വാദം വീണ്ടും സാമൂഹ്യനീതിയുടെ ന്യായമായ മുദ്രാവാക്യമായി ഉയര്‍ത്തപ്പെടുന്ന കാലത്ത്, ഏറ്റവും ആപത്കരമായ പ്രവണതയായി ഭൂ ഉടമസ്ഥത സംബന്ധിച്ച രണ്ടു സ്വഭാവങ്ങള്‍ വളരും—റിയല്‍ എസ്റ്റേറ്റുകാരുടെയും കുത്തകകളുടെയും ആവശ്യത്തിനായുള്ള ഭൂസമാഹരണവും, അന്തിമമായി അവരുടെ മുതല വായിലേക്ക് പോകുന്ന ശേഷിക്കുന്ന സംഘടിത കാര്‍ഷിക ഭൂമിയുടെ തുണ്ടുവത്കരണവും.

5 years

Hindustan Times: Shelter from the storm
Like the earlier effort to overcome the crisis by converting corporate insolvencies into sovereign insolvencies laid the seeds of the current crisis, the current prescription of seeking to emerge from this crisis by meeting the costs of sovereign debt by imposing greater burdens on the people is laying the seeds of another deeper crisis - writes Sitaram Yechury.

5 years

The Hindu: Don’t take people’s sentiments for granted: Supreme Court to Agnivesh
The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its displeasure at Swami Agnivesh's reported remarks made in Jammu and Kashmir recently that the Amarnath Yatra was a “fraud in the name of religion.”

5 years

The Hindu: The richness of the Ramayana, the poverty of a University
Romila Thapar, the foremost authority on early Indian history, speaks about the decision by Academic Council of Delhi University to drop A.K. Ramanujan's celebrated essay on the Ramayana, its adverse consequences for scholarship and knowledge, and the efforts by vested interests to project one version of Hindu cultural heritage and religious tradition over all others.

5 years

Hindustan Times: Das Capitalism
The PM and his advisers could do well to reconsider and reverse the trend of providing over Rs. 5 lakh crore as tax concessions to the rich, as revealed in the last two Budget documents. If, instead, these monies were invested in public works projects, this would have built the much-needed infrastructure while generating large-scale employment, thus, vastly enlarging people’s purchasing power.

5 years

The Nation: Gandhi and South Africa
Prof. Martha Nussbaum reviews Joseph Lelyveld’s book "Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India" and controversy surrounding it

5 years

The Hindu: The Other Half - Citizens, not 'naukranis'
This Deepavali, will the woman who cleans your house and cooks for you be able to celebrate the festival with her family, or will she be cooking and washing dishes as you celebrate with your family and friends? Rarely does this question cross the minds of the majority of people who employ domestic help. Yet, the 3,000 domestic workers who gathered for a public hearing in Jaipur last month reminded us about precisely this reality: “We run two homes, yours and ours”, they said. “Can any of you in society do without our labour?” How easily we forget that these women also have their own homes to run even as they manage ours.

5 years

The Hindu: How little can a person live on?
Unfortunately, the neo-liberal policymakers today ask the wrong question: “How can we reduce the food subsidy?” and not the right question: “How can we lift the masses of India from the current level of the lowest food consumption in the world, even lower than the least developed countries?”

5 years

Naalaamidam: മാധ്യമങ്ങള്‍ റിലയന്‍സ് അഴിമതി വിഴുങ്ങിയ വിധം
ടൈംസ് നൌ മുഖ്യപത്രാധിപര്‍ അര്‍ണബ് ഗോസ്വാമി റിലയന്‍സിന്റെ അഴിമതി കണ്ട മട്ട് നടിച്ചില്ല. സി.എന്‍.എന്‍ -ഐ.ബി.എന്നിന്റെ രാജ്ദീപ് സര്‍ദേശായി, സാധ്യമാകുന്നതില്‍ വെച്ചേറ്റവും സംക്ഷിപ്തമായി തട്ടിപ്പ് സംബന്ധിച്ച സി.എ.ജി റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് വാര്‍ത്ത അവതരിപ്പിച്ച് മറ്റ് പ്രധാന വാര്‍ത്തകളിലേക്ക് ക്വിക്ക് ലുക്കിനു പോയി. എന്‍.ഡി.ടി.വി റിലയന്‍സിനെതിരായ സി.എ.ജി റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് സ്പര്‍ശിച്ചതേയില്ല- എന്‍. പത്മനാഭന്‍ എഴുതുന്നു.

5 years

The Hindu: The Union Cabinet gets healthier
The worse off the poor become, the healthier our Ministers get.

5 years

The Hindu: How Tripura overcame insurgency
Tripura scripted a story of triumph over insurgency and conflict-resolution, and demonstrated that insurgency was not an insurmountable phenomenon. What was needed to tackle it was a well-crafted, multi-dimensional strategy, a positive mindset, resolute will, the right vision and direction, sagacious, honest and credible leadership, sincerity of intent, creative responses to the challenge, even socio-economic-infrastructure dispensation to all sections of society, and modulated and humane combat operations intertwined with psychological operations to set a change in the psyche of the turbulent mind. The ex-Governor of Tripura writes in The Hindu.

5 years

The Hindu: Messianism versus democracy
The substitution of one man for the people, and the reduction of the people's role merely to being supporters and cheerleaders for one man's actions, is antithetical to democracy. Prabhat Patnaik writes in Hindu on the Anna Hazare led movement against corruption.

5 years