Day: March 25, 2019

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What can Karl Marx Offer to the 21st Century?

What can Karl Marx Offer to the 21st Century? Eric Hobsbawm, the well-known historian, recalls how George Soros once asked him about what Hobsbawm thought of Karl Marx. This was at the turn of the 21st century.   Surprised, and also aware that there was hardly any meeting ground between the billionaire hedge-funds wizard and…

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108 Economists Slam Modi Govt For Tweaking Data

108 Economists Slam Modi Govt For Tweaking Data A group of 108 economists and social scientists have sounded a pre- election alarm over the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government’s move to revise or withhold the release of unfavourable or “uncomfortable” economic data.   In an open letter, 108 economists and social scientists have said…

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‘Patriotism’ Made Easy in Times of ‘WhatsApp Elections’

‘Patriotism’ Made Easy in Times of ‘WhatsApp Elections’ There was a time when ‘Good Morning’ messages were causing much “pain” to internet giants?   It was the beginning of last year when the obsession of Indians with starting their day with a deluge of ‘Good Morning’ messages flooded WhatsApp, and generated a lot of chuckle….

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Why India Must Take Seriously the Right to Dissent

Why India Must Take Seriously the Right to Dissent (Complete text of the First Ram Manohar Lohia Memorial lecture delivered by Vice President Hamid Ansari at Gwalior on September 23, 2015.)   I deem it a privilege to be invited to deliver the First Ram Manohar Lohia Lecture. I am also happy for this opportunity…

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Macron to Deploy French Army Against “Yellow Vest” Protests

Macron to Deploy French Army Against “Yellow Vest” Protests After a meeting of the council of ministers on March 20, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux announced that President Emmanuel Macron would activate army units during this weekend’s “yellow vest” protests. This is the first time since the 1954–1962 war in Algeria that the army is…

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The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalisation of Anti-Muslim Terrorism

The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalisation of Anti-Muslim Terrorism What is without question the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history took place on Friday when shooters, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant among them, opened fire at two Christchurch mosques. Four, including Tarrant, have been arrested for the heinous act, which claimed at least 49 innocent…