Day: October 12, 2018

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Why NOT to celebrate Columbus Day

Why NOT to celebrate Columbus Day Columbus Day, which is celebrated on October 8 in the USA and honours the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the ‘New World’, is an example of outdated and misguided history. Rather than celebrate, it should be a day to mourn the destruction of an indigenous population which had lived…

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Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles…

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India’s Private Banks and Private Investors: False Theory, Dangerous Consequences

India’s Private Banks and Private Investors: False Theory, Dangerous Consequences India’s private sector banks were held up for years as the standard of efficency and corporate governance to which public sector banks should aspire. But now it emerges that private bank after private bank has in fact been harbouring bad debts, fudged accounts, engaged in…

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Bhagat Singh on Netaji Bose and Nehru

Bhagat Singh on Netaji Bose and Nehru September 28 is the birthday of Bhagat Singh—a day to remember him and his legacy. Even 84 years after his death, he remains an eternal youth icon. Indeed, there are often complaints that the overarching presence of Gandhi and Nehru has deprived Bhagat Singh and revolutionaries like him…

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Declaration (edited by us) adopted by NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS

Declaration adopted by NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS The National Convention of Workers jointly called by the ten Central Trade Unions, in association with all independent National Federations of Workers and Employees, of both Industrial and Service sectors viz., Banks, Insurance, Central Government and State Government employees, Defence Production employees etc., expresses serious concern over the…

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The Mahatma and the Earth: Gandhi’s Ecological Vision

The Mahatma and the Earth: Gandhi’s Ecological Vision The Earth has enough for everyone’s needs but not for a few people’s greed. Gandhi distilled his ecological wisdom in this famous saying. Gandhi recognised that ecological sustainability and socio-economic justice are two sides of the same coin because we live in an interconnected world. And he…

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Sacrifice at the Altar of Development

Sacrifice at the Altar of Development The legendary Professor Guru Das Agrawal, who got promoted from a Lecturer directly to Professor at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur after having finished his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley in two years, who had laid the foundation of India’s anti-pollution regimen as the…

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Ambedkar and Capitalism

Ambedkar and Capitalism Prof Anand Teltumbde’s two-part article, “Babasaheb Ambedkar and Neo-Liberal Economic Reforms” that appeared in the September 30 and October 7 issues of Janata were a necessary rebuttal to those who are fraudulently using Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s name and aura to promote an economic model which he despised. I would like to give…