Day: August 9, 2018

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Four Years of Modi Government: Two Circles of Growth

Four Years of Modi Government: Two Circles of Growth The ruling dispensation in India is facing a crisis of low growth, protests by major sections of the population—farmers, youth and traders—and criticism about non fulfillment of the many promises it has made. It has announced many policies but not only is their implementation tardy, many…

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‘We Are All Soldiers’

‘We Are All Soldiers’ The fourth part of a series of seven articles by Marco Teruggi on Chavismo, the ongoing socialist revolutionary project in Venezuela, that the Venezuelans fondly call Bolivarian revolution. I was captivated by the man the very first time I saw him in Mar del Plata (Argentina), in 2005. He was standing…

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Are Africans Made to Feel Unwelcome in India?

Are Africans Made to Feel Unwelcome in India? The Madras Courier of July 17, 2018 carried an article with the above caption giving the first hand experiences of some Africans. In response to that article I felt like writing my comments. In a historical–anthropological perspective, people with an African background have been living in India…

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Nicaragua Defeats the Not-So-Soft Coup

Nicaragua Defeats the Not-So-Soft Coup The July 19, 2018 demonstration in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, is a massive celebration of the coup’s defeat and a categorical vindication of President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista government’s efforts for peace in the country. On July 19, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua converged on the capital…

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FCRA Amended to Condone Illegal Foreign Funding to BJP, Congress; Challenged in Supreme Court

FCRA Amended to Condone Illegal Foreign Funding to BJP, Congress; Challenged in Supreme Court The Modi government used Budget 2018 to once again give the BJP and Congress a get-out-of-jail card for having illegally accepted funding from foreign companies. The parties got a free pass for violations of the law going back 40 years. In…

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Dismantling India: A 4 Years Report

Dismantling India: A 4 Years Report Four years of NDA’s governance with Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has been reviewed and compiled in a report called ‘Dismantling India’. This report was launched on 14 July 2018 at Constitution Club, New Delhi. In this detailed report, there are 24 articles by eminent writers critiquing this government’s…

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The Era of ‘Teaching Lessons’

The Era of ‘Teaching Lessons’ Although the recent attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh is being widely and strongly condemned, there are many people who, citing some earlier incidents involving Swami ji, perceive the attack as an inevitable and normal culmination. This is definitely most unfortunate. Those who do not agree with his earlier or…

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The Making of the Mahatma

The Making of the Mahatma Mahatma Gandhi is generally associated with India’s struggle for independence. He was the unquestioned leader of this struggle for three decades from 1918 to 1947. Being its leader he formulated the strategy of the struggle. It was to be based on non-violent non-co-operation with British imperialism. In the process of…

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Massive Public Opposition to Konkan Refinery Project

Massive Public Opposition to Konkan Refinery Project On May 30, around 15,000 villagers – the police had come prepared for around 10,000 protestors – gathered at the Rajiv Gandhi Maidan in Rajapur to demand an uncompromising roll-back of an oil refinery project announced by Fadnavis’s government early last year. The protestors included not just men…