Day: January 2, 2019

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The Yellow Vest Movement

The Yellow Vest Movement Nothing shows the crisis of neoliberal capitalism more clearly than the popular uprising in France that is occurring under the banner of the “Yellow Vest” movement. Thousands are congregating in Paris over week-ends to protest against the intolerable burdens being imposed upon them in the name of “austerity” and to demand…

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Stop The Criminalisation of Triple Talaq

Stop The Criminalisation of Triple Talaq We, the undersigned individuals, women’s rights activists and allies of the women’s movement, are opposed to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 in its present form. We appeal to the Members of Rajya Sabha to completely withdraw the Bill and significantly re-draft it in the…

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New GDP Series and Its Assumptions

New GDP Series and Its Assumptions Controversy over the growth performance of the Indian economy took another turn with The Indian Express breaking the story about Niti Aayog not allowing the back series to be announced three years back because it showed a higher growth rate during the UPA regime. The suspicion that the new…

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Naseeruddin Shah ko Gussa Kyon Aata hai?

Naseeruddin Shah ko Gussa Kyon Aata hai? The index of health of democratic society is gauzed by the feeling of security experienced by the minorities. Similarly one can say that the degree of democracy in a society is reflected by the degree of ‘freedom of expression’ in the society. In India we see that both…

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MLK Day Today: The Legacy of the Man and the Myth

MLK Day Today: The Legacy of the Man and the Myth Long gone are the days when white American radicals turned their collective backs on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), and embraced Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. In those heady days during the late 1960s, King sounded, at least to young protesters against…

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Building Productive Workers’ Army in Venezuela

Building Productive Workers’ Army in Venezuela A conversation with Sergio Requena of the Productive Workers’ Army . Born in 1974 in Puerto Ordaz, in the industrial heartland of Venezuela, Sergio Requena is a worker at CVG Carbonorca (state-owned plant producing anodes, a component needed to process aluminum). He is a key player in the formation…

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Young Women in Chile Spur Widespread Revolt

Young Women in Chile Spur Widespread Revolt In January 2018, the hemispheric #MeToo revolt blew up in Chile. Outrage over sexual abuse by Catholic priests and university professors catalysed mass demonstrations against Pope Francis, corrupt college administrations and the government’s wholesale neo-liberal privatisation of education. Primarily initiated by women students, young, feminist men jumped in…

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British Raj siphoned out $45 trillion from India: Utsa Patnaik

British Raj siphoned out $45 trillion from India: Utsa Patnaik When renowned economist Utsa Patnaik began to sift through old tracts of British economic history in order to understand the nature of fiscal relations between London and colonial India, the fate of the Kohinoor wasn’t much in the news; Shashi Tharoor hadn’t yet spoken in…

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Assembly Verdict: BJP is Biggest Loser

Assembly Verdict: BJP is Biggest Loser The final results have not yet been declared but counting is fairly advanced and one thing is clear: BJP has suffered a major setback in all the three states it was ruling – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In Telangana, its vote has declined and its seats have gone…

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35 Lakh Jobs Lost in 4.5 Years

Survey: 35 Lakh Jobs Lost in 4.5 Years In the four-and-a-half years since the BJP-led NDA government took over, at least 35 lakh jobs have been lost among traders and in the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector, says a survey by the All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (AIMO).   Released on December 15, 2018,…