Archive : January 2019

#2018: The Noose Tightens Around Kashmir

2018 was arguably one of the bloodiest years in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. While the region remains one of the most militarized zones in the world, it is not only that no resolution of the historic conflict is in sight, but in fact the situation has only grown worse, the fatalities piled up, […]

স্বয়ং সেবকদের উদ্দেশে এক তরুণের খোলা চিঠি

এই চিঠির লেখক গুফরান সিদ্দীকী উত্তর প্রদেশের অযোধ্যার ফৈজাবাদের বাসিন্দা, একজন সমাজকর্মী ও মানবাধিকারকর্মী। গত এক দশকেরও বেশি সময় ধরে উত্তর প্রদেশে রিহাই মঞ্চ্‌ ও অন্যান্য জনসংগঠনের সাথে ন্যায়বিচারের জন্য লড়াই করছেন। আওয়াধ পিপলস্‌ ফোরাম, অযোধ্যা, ফৈজাবাদের তিনি একজন সহ-প্রতিষ্ঠাতা। এছাড়াও তিনি একজন স্বাধীন লেখক।   প্রিয় স্বয়ং সেবক   ছোটবেলা থেকে ধর্ম আর রাষ্ট্রের […]

আগামী দিন এই হিংসার পৃথিবীটা আবার প্রেম করতে শিখে যাবে

একদিন মিছিলে ইনকিলাবের সাথে জসিমুদ্দিন, রাধারমণ, আবদুল করিমের লেখা গান স্লোগান হবে। তেমন দিনের অপেক্ষাতে আপাতত শহরে বন্দরে নগরে গ্রামে নদীর তীরে, মানুষের ভিড়ে কথাদের খুঁজবো, যা আমাদের অস্থির সময়েকে আরও অসুস্থ করে তুলবে না। লিখেছেন লাবনী জঙ্গী।     ১ ঘন নীল, স্বচ্ছ পানি তিরতিরে স্রোত; আর তার দিগন্ত জুড়ে পাহাড়ের আকাশ; সে নদীর […]

The Freedom Vote

On November 6, 2018, in the American state of Florida voters approved Amendment 4, an amendment to the state constitution to automatically restore voting rights to convicted felons who have served their sentences. Lifetime bans still apply for those convicted of either murder or sexual offenses- writes Dennis Redmond .   On November 6, 2018, the voters […]

#2018: The Year of Unprecedented Inequalities

The “spontaneous” tendency of capitalism to produce “wealth at one pole and poverty at another” has been accelerated with a vengeance under neo-liberal capitalism. Post-reform India, since 1990s, is a classic example of this phenomenon. But under the Narendra Modi regime, inequality in India has reached obnoxious levels. 2018 saw historic levels of inequality in […]

‘Upper Caste Quota Bill’: An Attempt to Erase a Long History

In order to decide the meaning of ‘Economic Backwardness’, Modi Government set up no Commission, or undertake any comprehensive study across the country, unlike what the apex court had stipulated in the Indra Sawhney case (1992). But the present arbitrariness of a blanket 8 lakh per annum slab for economic backwardness for the ‘forward classes’ […]

Remembering Dalit Panthers on the Death Anniversary of their First Martyr

10th January marks the martyrdom of Bhagwat Jhadhav, the first martyr of the Dalit Panthers Movement, a militant anti-caste  struggle that shook Maharashtra during the 70s. Like every year, several anti-caste, cultural organisations and political parties including the Kabir Kala Manch, Samta Kala Manch, Republican Panthers and the Republican Party of India organised meetings in […]

‘Upper Caste Quota Bill’: What is New and What is Not

On the day when millions of workers across the country struck for Minimum Wage, the Parliament almost unanimously passed the 124th Constitution Amendment Bill, introducing reservation for the socially and educationally forward classes. Coming to be called the ‘Upper Caste Quota Bill’ in common parlance, this Bill is being seen as Modi Government’s last minute […]

Historic Strike by the Working Class against Anti-Labour State Policies

The dissatisfaction among the working class, both in the organized and the informal sectors in India, against the pro-corporate policies of the successive Governments has continued to spiral up. The 2-day strike is demonstrative of escalating anger amongst working people. This is not a fit of rage against a specific government, but a reaction against […]

শবরীমালা মন্দিরে ঋতুমতী নারীর প্রবেশাধিকার আন্দোলন: যুক্তিবাদীরা থাকবেন কি?

“আসলে গণ আন্দোলন, সামাজিক আন্দোলনের দেশে কালে কোনো বাঁধাধরা গৎ নেই। হাতে কলমে বিপ্লব সংগঠিত করার দীর্ঘ অভিজ্ঞতার জোরে লেনিন ফাউস্ত নাটকে সংযোজিত হ্বোলফগাং ফন গ্যোঠের যে কথাটা বারংবার বলতেন, এখানেও সেটাই আর একবার উচ্চারণ করতে ইচ্ছে করছে—“Theorie ist grau, meine Fruend, aber grün ist der ewige Baum des Lebens” (তত্ত্ব বরং পাংশুটে, ওহে বন্ধু, […]

#2018: Workers prepare for Difficult Battles ahead…

Narendra Modi had promised the country’s workforce one crore jobs a year through “Make in India”, etc. But the self-proclaimed ‘Mazdoor No.1’, after occupying the throne, promptly pushed on the gears of neo-liberal crony capitalist extraction that was initiated by his predecessor Manmohan Singh. 2018, being the final year before the next General Elections, had […]

Sanghi Terror and Violence Rocks Kerala After Two Women Enter Sabarimala

Violent protests erupted in Kerala on Thursday, with mobs backed by BJP pelting stones, blocking vehicles and forcibly shutting shops, following the entry of two women within menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple on Wednesday. The protests were a part of a hartal called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar outfits, including […]

#2018: The Year of Rising Joblessness

Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2014 General Elections, had promised to generate “One crore jobs every year”. Nearly five years down the line, this has proved to be a Jumla (false promise). The tragedy of unemployment or joblessness continues unabated, complemented by a government that has no solution except to fiddle with data. […]

#2018: The Year when News and Facts were Brutalised

Free and Independent media, the most talked about attribute of a vibrant liberal democracy in India came under attack from all fronts in 2018. There was no respite from killings and attacks on journalists, censorship of news both forced and voluntary, defamation suits by corporates and politicians against news media running into billions, sedition cases […]