Suggested reading outside Bodhi

The Indian Express: The bribing game
In a clever paper posted on the finance ministry’s website, Kaushik Basu, chief economic adviser, has argued that the act of bribing should be made legal. Strictly speaking, the argument applies only to what Basu calls “harassment bribes”, that is bribes that people give in order to get something they are entitled to, like a passport or a ration card.

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The Hindu: U.S. government should ‘continue to cultivate' Mamata
American diplomats pushed United States government officials to cultivate the All India Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, following her party's success in West Bengal in the 2009 Lok Sabha election

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Workers' Forum: ഊഴിയം വേല
ഊഴിയംവേലയെപ്പറ്റിയുള്ള വിവരം ഹൃദയമുള്ളവരില്‍ ഒരു നീറ്റലോ ശ്വാസംമുട്ടലോ ഉണ്ടാക്കും. അത്രക്ക് ഭയങ്കരമായിരുന്നു അത്.ഊഴിയമെന്നാല്‍ പ്രതിഫലമില്ലാതെ ഈഴവര്‍ മുതലായ ജാതിക്കാരെക്കൊണ്ടു ചെയ്യിച്ചുവന്ന ജോലികളായിരുന്നു.ഇന്നവ പലതും അവിശ്വസനീയമായിത്തോന്നും. പലതും ശ്വാസംമുട്ടിക്കുന്നവയാണ്. കാലത്തിന്റെ മുദ്രപതിഞ്ഞ വികാര പ്രപഞ്ചമാണവ. അവയുടെ യഥാര്‍ഥ രൂപം ചരിത്രപുസ്തകങ്ങളില്‍ കാണില്ല.

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Macroscan: The Growth-discrimination Nexus
These processes of direct and indirect underwriting of the costs of the corporate sector have been greatly assisted by the ability of employers in India to utilise social characteristics to ensure lower wages to certain categories of workers. Caste and other forms of social discrimination have a long tradition in India, and they have interacted with capitalist accumulation to generate peculiar forms of labour market segmentation that are probably unique to Indian society.

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NewsClick: The Killing of Juliano Mer Khamis
On 4 April 2011, the Israeli-Arab actor, director and film maker Juliano Mer Khamis was shot dead in Jenin, Palestine.This was not an unexpected attack says Sudhanva Deshpande

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Mathrubhumi: ഇടതുപക്ഷ നേതാക്കള്‍ ബിഷപ്പുമാരെ കാണുമ്പോള്‍
ഏതെങ്കിലും പ്രത്യേകപ്രശ്‌നത്തില്‍ ഇടതുപക്ഷവും ക്രിസ്തീയസഭയും തമ്മില്‍ അഭിപ്രായഭേദങ്ങള്‍ ഉണ്ടായേക്കാം. എന്നാല്‍ അവയുടെ പേരില്‍ സഭയും ഇടതുപക്ഷവും തമ്മില്‍ നിതാന്ത ശത്രുത ഉണ്ടെന്നവാദം ഇന്നത്തെ ലോകയാഥാര്‍ഥ്യങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് നിരക്കുന്നതല്ല

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Pragoti: The late left surge in Kerala
With less than a week to go for the state assembly polls, there is a renewed surge in favour of the LDF in Kerala.

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Kafila: At the Risk of Heresy: Why I am not Celebrating with Anna Hazare - by Shuddhabrata Sengupta
Nothing can be more dangerous for democracy. Unrestrained debate and a fealty to accountable processes are the only means by which a democratic culture can sustain itself. The force of violence, whether it is inflicted on others, or on the self, or held out as a performance, can only act coercively. And coercion can never nourish democracy.

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Pragoti: Civil Society - Effective but Limited and Contextual
"..But to think of the civil society as some entity which would lead a country towards salvation, even politely speaking is farfetched and detached from reality. To my mind, the biggest reason is not incompetence, lack of revolutionary zeal, being unable to lead the people but lack of any accountability towards the people. This works in two ways. First, no matter what position the civil society takes (not to generalise it as some homogenous entity), it is not held accountable in any manner."

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The Hindu: Will Kerala buck the trend?
Kerala is famously described as a State where the “middle-classing” of the population has happened at an astounding pace. The government has done much to create a feel-good atmosphere, but how the middle class responds will play a critical role in this election.

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Guardian: Why America steals doctors from poorer countries
The US higher education system is said to be the best in the world, so why is it not able to train the doctors the country needs? For decades about 25% of doctors practising in the US received their training elsewhere. This now amounts to close to 200,000 doctors educated abroad.

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Guardian: Behind 'Rising India' lies the surrender of national dignity
From India's prime minister down, the rotten state of the world's largest democracy has been exposed for all to see

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Monthly Review: Monopoly and Competition in Twenty-First Century Capitalism
“Monopoly and Competition in Twenty-First Century Capitalism” (co-written by Foster and McChesney with R. Jamil Jonna), is a chapter from an upcoming book on Monopoly-Finance Capital

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London Review of Books: Eagleton reviews Hobsbawm's "How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism"
Terry Eagleton reviews Eric Hobsbawm's new book "How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism"

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Personal Blog: Biased Opinion polls from Asianet-C Fore
Asianet-C Fore has come up with a controversial set of estimates in their second opinion poll in the run up to the Kerala Assembly elections 2011. Ramakumar cites several problems in the results of the opinion poll, and finds justifications in many allegations against the opinion poll.

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Frontline: Socialist & feminist?
True emancipation, obviously, requires a politics that has been shed of its explicit and implicit masculinity, to pave the way for socialism for women and men equally. For that reason alone, it is probably important for socialist men to remember and celebrate International Women's Day.

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The Hindu: Desertions from CPI(M) show a pattern
But, going by the recent experience of the CPI(M), it appears that there is a pattern to the desertions from the CPI(M) and, perhaps, reasons that the party may have to apply its mind to.

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BBC: Religion may become extinct in nine nations
A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction.

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The Hindu: Malayalam's Wiki warrior
Santosh Thottingal has done wonders for Malayalam computing. He is the only Indian on Wikipedia's recently-expanded language committee.

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The Telegraph: Prabhat Patnaik analyzes popular uprisings in Arab world
The popular upsurge in the Arab world which has already thrown out two dictators and threatens many more has been seen as part of a currently unfolding global struggle for democracy. Prabhat Patnaik explains why such a reading, though exhilarating, is inaccurate.

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The Hindu: Julian Assange speaks to Prannoy Roy
When I first started reading this material I thought, my god, everything those South American Marxists in the 1960s were complaining about in relation with the State Department, it's actually true. It is not just that they are making political rhetoric. Actually it does appear that the State Department is an instrument of U.S. industry of all types, and it goes around the world clicking political intelligence, interfering in unions and all.

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Tehelka: Tehelka Interviews V. S. Achuthanandan.
The tenure of the UDF government is still a nightmare for the people of Kerala. During the UDF rule, there were farmers’ suicides, unemployment, corruption, free reign of mafias and disruption of law and order. The current LDF government has a shining record of pro-people performance. Peace prevails in every sphere of life. We have fulfilled all the promises made in the election manifesto.

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The Hindu: Government's stand on Cash for MPs allegation is lame - Siddharth Varadarajan
Speaking in Parliament on the subject, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have mounted a ‘technical' and wholly ineffective defence of the government.

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Pragoti: Speech by Brinda Karat on Union Budget 2011-12 in the Rajya Sabha
Sir, there can be a oneness of heart only when there is equality and justice. You cannot have a oneness of heart when two-thirds of India lives in the darkness of myriad deprivation. Let the Government reverse its deeply-flawed policies based on the neoliberal framework which has led to crony capitalism, which has created huge social inequalities and concentration of wealth. It is only then that India will indeed have a oneness of heart and be able to advance towards realizing its full potential. Thank you, Sir.

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Frontline: C. T. Kurien reviews Palapre Balakrishnan's new book "Economic Growth in India: History & Prospect"
A theoretically informed, rigorously analysed and elegantly written book on the growth of the Indian economy in the past century.

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The Hindu: Draft policy moots revamp of public transport system in Kerala
Kerala’s draft transport policy, released by Transport Minister Jose Thettayil here on Tuesday, proposes revamping of the public transportation system to increase its share from existing 33 per cent to 80 per cent.

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Socialist Alternative: Libya and the left
These regimes had nothing to do with genuine Marxism. They were simply another, statised form of capitalism in which economic and political power was concentrated in the hands of a tiny few while the mass of people had little control over their own lives, let alone their country.

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The Hindu: Corporate socialism's 2G orgy - P. Sainath
This is the government that has no money for a universal PDS or even an enhanced one. That cuts anyway meagre food subsidies from the largest hungry population in the planet. That, at a time of rising prices and a great food crisis. In a period when its own economic survey shows us that the daily average net per capita availability of foodgrain for the five year period 2005-09 is actually lower than it was in 1955-59 — half-a-century ago.

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Guardian: Che Guevara's motorcycle companion, Alberto Granado, is no more.
Argentinian Alberto Granado, who travelled with Ernesto "Che" Guevara on a journey of discovery across Latin America, has died in Cuba aged 88.

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The New Yorker: UNION BLUES
Organized labor’s catastrophic decline has paralleled—and, to a disputed but indisputably substantial degree, precipitated—an equally dramatic rise in economic inequality. In 1980, the best-off tenth of American families collected about a third of the nation’s income. Now they’re getting close to half.

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Pragoti: Corruption and Forbearance under Neoliberalism
This implicit forbearance towards corruption is ingrained in the ethics of a neoliberal bourgeois order, where selfish moneymaking is not only considered respectable, but also essential for ushering economic prosperity. Nobody embodies this chalta hai attitude better than the Prime Minister on whose table the buck must stop; institutionally, ethically and politically.

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Personal Blog: Javed Akhtar's Speech on Spirituality at 2005 India Today Conclave
I am quite sure ladies and gentlemen, that in this august assembly nobody would envy my position at this moment. Speaking after such a charismatic and formidable personality like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is like coming out of the pavilion to play after Tendulkar has made a sparkling century. But in some weak moment I had committed myself.

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The Hindu: The siren song of cash transfers- Jayati Ghosh.
In the case of choice between direct public provision of some essential goods (like food and fuel) and cash transfers to consumers instead, the most immediate threat is that the rising prices in these deregulated markets will make such goods unaffordable for those who need them most.

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Guardian: This is a bad day for Pakistan's democracy
The difficulty is that there is no one, and no concerted body of opinion, who can join, let alone hope to win, this debate for what may come to symbolise the destiny of Pakistan. For tolerance, for restraint, for the ability to live side by side in a truly free world? If Cairo adds a spoonful of hope, Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad bring only the recipes of despair.

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MacArthur: Does the Internet make for more engaged citizens?
Youth who pursue their interests on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to a new study of student Internet usage by a group of civic learning scholars.

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Pragoti: A Budget for the Rich
R. Ramakumar writes in Pragoti on the Union Budget 2011

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The Hindu: Achieving inclusive growth with clear priorities
As the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government led by V.S. Achuthanandan completes its tenure, it has succeeded in leaving an imprint in all walks of life, especially among the weaker sections.

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The News: Our most loved dissident
On the birth centenary year of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, a decent tribute would be to honestly remember him the way he was. Reducing Faiz’s intellect and multifaceted personality to poetry—which no doubt constitutes the crown and glory of Urdu literature—is akin to trimming the Himalayas down to K2. Therefore, to understand Faiz, a rich legacy of prose he left is equally important to mention.

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Janayugam: വാതില്‍ ഒരു വഴിയാണ് കണ്ടെത്താനുള്ള വഴി
മലയാളത്തിലെ ചെറുമാസികകള്‍ക്ക് വായനക്കാരുടെ ഇടയില്‍ വളരെ സ്വീകാര്യതയാണുള്ളത്. വായിക്കുന്നവരില്‍ അധികംപേരും പ്രതികരിക്കാറുണ്ട് എന്നതും ഒരു സവിശേഷതയാണ്. ഇടുക്കി ജില്ലയിലെ അടിമാലിയില്‍ നിന്നും പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കുന്ന വാതില്‍ എന്ന ചെറു മാസികയെ പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തുന്നു, കുരീപ്പുഴ ശ്രീകുമാര്‍ . വര്‍ക്കേര്‍സ് ഫോറത്തില്‍ നിന്ന്.

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Monthly Review: Frenzy in Food Markets
Jayathi Ghosh writes on the real reasons behind sharply rising global food prices, which is wreaking further devastation on populations in developing countries that have already been ravaged for several years of rising prices and falling employment chances.

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The Hindu: Workers' March to Parliament
“We have come here to ask the government to have a stronger labour policy, to stop disinvestment of public sector units and to address corruption and the issue of unemployment. This is the first time after Independence that the Left and non-Left trade unions have come together for the cause of the people.”

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Frontline: Was there a renaissance in India?
Historian K. N. Panikkar says many of the ills of contemporary Indian society can be traced to the unfinished agenda of the Indian renaissance.

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Tehelka: The danger of Being good
The miracle of individual choice may be what is keeping us safe as a society. Some people just choose to be good, no matter what. This is the story of what happens to them.

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The Hindu: Code of silence, finally broken
While most journalists do not report their experiences of personal assault, a CBS correspondent's decision to go public with her attack by a mob in Egypt has changed things.

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Malayal.am: വര്‍ഗീസിനും വിജയനും ലഭിച്ച 'കാരുണ്യം' എന്തിന് രാജന് മാത്രം നിഷേധിക്കുന്നു
സെ­ന്റീ­മീ­റ്റര്‍ കണ­ക്കി­ന് ഉല­ക്ക ഉരു­ളു­മ്പോള്‍ കാ­ലി­ന്റെ മസി­ലു­കൊ­ണ്ട് ബലം­പ്ര­യോ­ഗി­ച്ച് നോ­ക്കി. ശരീ­ര­ത്തി­ലെ വെ­ള്ളം ഇറ്റി­റ്റ് ബഞ്ചി­ലൂ­ടെ നി­ല­ത്തേ­യ്ക്ക് വീ­ണു. കാ­ലി­ന്റെ തൊ­ലി ഇരു­മ്പു­ല­ക്ക­യില്‍ കു­ടു­ങ്ങി തോ­ല് പൊ­ളി­യാന്‍ തു­ട­ങ്ങി.

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The Hindu: P. Sainath comments on Dr. Manmohan's recent televised press conference.
If asking the right questions is at the heart of journalism, then somebody had a bypass. At no point did it occur to them that the corruption they questioned him on with some passion, flowed entirely out of policies and from a policy altar at which they have worshipped for years.

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The Hindu: It's time to get down to business
Corrupt politicians come and go. But unless the crony capitalists who use them are punished, Indian democracy will continue to corrode.

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Current Science: A statistical test of astrology
This paper by Jayant V. Narlikar, Sudhakar Kunte, Narendra Dabholkar and Prakash Ghatpande describes a recent test conducted in Maharashtra to test the predictive power of natal astrology.

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Malayal.am: സാമൂഹ്യ വിമര്‍ശനത്തെക്കുറിച്ച്
സാമൂഹ്യവിമര്‍ശനമെന്നതു് നീതിപൂര്‍വ്വകമായൊരു സമൂഹം വാര്‍ത്തെടുക്കാനുള്ള ശക്തമായ ആയുധമാണു്. ദേശരാഷ്ട്രങ്ങളിലെ അധികാരകേന്ദ്രങ്ങള്‍ തങ്ങളുടെ ജനതയിലെ പല വിഭാഗങ്ങളെയും പാര്‍ശ്വവത്കരിക്കുകയും അവഗണിക്കുകയും പലപ്പോഴും അവരുടെ മൌലികാവകാശങ്ങള്‍ പോലും കവര്‍ന്നെടുക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുമ്പോള്‍ സാമൂഹ്യ വിമര്‍ശനം നാം ഓരോരുത്തരുടെയും കടമയായി മാറുകയാണു്. എന്നാല്‍ വിമര്‍ശനം അവസാനമല്ല, അതൊരു ദീര്‍ഘമേറിയതും ദുര്‍ഘടം പിടിച്ചതുമായ പാതയുടെ തുടക്കം മാത്രമാണു്.

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The New York Times: Protests spread to Yemen
Protests against autocratic regimes in Middle East spread to Yemen

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Personal Blog: പെണ്‍പിറവി: ഒരു ആസ്വാദനം
സൌമ്യയുടെ കൊലപാതകത്തിന്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ ശാസ്ത്രസാഹിത്യപരിഷത്തിന്റെ "പെണ്‍പിറവി" നാടകത്തിന് ഒരു ആസ്വാദനം

6 years

The Hindu: Corruption: Italy vs. India?
With graft in public life an almost accepted universal norm, the similarities between India and Italy are both striking and startling.

6 years

Frontline: Neoliberal illogic
A critical analysis on why neoliberal policies will not help in alleviating inflation, and will necessarily aggravate it.

6 years

The Hindu: The lurch of the Lemmings
With 2G, Radia, illicit funds, and a stubborn CVC, the UPA government's scams are multiplying faster than Lemmings, the little rodents that live mostly in and around the Arctic

6 years

BBC: The good, bad and ugly of Indian life - all on one road
India's economy is booming, the rich are getting richer and the poor are able to dream - but chaos and corruption are still everywhere you look.

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Workers' Forum: ജനിതകമാറ്റത്തിനുള്ള സാങ്കേതിക വിദ്യ ഉപയോഗപ്പെടുത്തണം
നമ്മുടെ സമീപനം ശാസ്ത്രീയമാവണം. സാമൂഹിക പ്രശ്നങ്ങള്‍ പരിഗണിച്ചുള്ളതാകണം - എസ്. രാമചന്ദ്രന്‍പിള്ള

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Guardian: Egypt braced for 'day of revolution' protests
Egypt's authoritarian government is bracing itself for one of the biggest opposition demonstrations in recent years tomorrow (Jan 25, 2011)

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The New York Times: High Price for India’s Information Law
Activists have been harassed, beaten and killed when they have used a right-to-know law to make inquiries. Now that power people are realizing the power of the right to information, there is a backlash,” said Amitabh Thakur, an activist and police official who is writing a book about people killed for demanding information under the law. “It has become dangerous.

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The Hindu: Call to increase public financing for health care
India is a country in which 39 million people are pushed into poverty every year because of health care costs.

6 years

Guardian: Tunisia's caretaker government in peril as four ministers quit
Several hundred protesters, led by trade unionists and leftwing opposition parties, took to the streets of Tunis demanding that the new cabinet be purged of the old guard that had served Ben Ali.

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