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Seven Years Since Occupy, Part 1

It has been seven years since the Occupy Wall Street movement shook the US political and economic establishment, and created ripples of excitement in anti-capitalist movements across the world. However the movement seemed to ‘vanish’ as breezily as it erupted. Dennis Redmond recounts key features of the Occupy Movement – including it’s leaderlessness yet high self-organization, questions […]


Harsher Punishments and Retributive Criminal Justice

It was the ‘democratic’ post-emergency Janata Party government which started the trend of long prison sentences that continues to this day. Writes Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves. June-July is the season for Emergency Politics in India. At this time every year, around the anniversary of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency proclamation of 25th June 1975, politicos of various […]


Turmoil in Manipur University: Mass Protests and Hindutva Designs

“… good examples [of virtue] arise from good education, good education from good laws, and good laws from those tumults that many inconsiderately damn.” – Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy   The struggle in Manipur University has been continuing for more than fifty days now. Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) has demanded the removal of […]


Encounter Raj continues in Yogi’s UP: 2 killed in Ramnagar-Barabanki

More than 1000 ‘encounters’ have taken place in the last ten months in UP, under Yogi Adityanath’s governance. While the UP government cites this to claim improved law and order conditions in the state, UP’s civil society has heavily criticized the government’s bypassing of judiciary in dealing with ‘law and order’. Many claim that the […]


কাশ্মীর : এই সময়

আর্মির গুলিতে মৃত ৩। বুরানি দিবস : ত্রালে কারফু, শ্রীনগর যেন অবরুদ্ধ নগরী। প্রাকৃতিক রোষে বাধা, তবু অমরনাথ দর্শনে ৮৩ হাজার। দেবাশিস আইচ পুলিশের-প্রশাসনের বক্তব্য খুঁজে বেড়াচ্ছিলাম। ৭ জুলাই ভারতীয় সেনাবাহিনীর গুলিতে ২০-২২ বছরের দুই যুবক এবং এক ১৬ বছরের কিশোরীর মৃত্যু হয়। কাশ্মীরের সমস্ত প্রধান প্রধান রাজনৈতিক দল সাধারণ মানুষকে গুলি করে হত্যার নিন্দায় […]


অর্ণব গোস্বামী ও রিপাবলিক টিভিকে আইনি নোটিস: অ্যাডভোকেট সুধা ভরদ্বাজ-এর গণবিজ্ঞপ্তি

এই মুহূর্তে কর্পোরেট চালিত ভারত রাষ্ট্রের বিরুদ্ধে যাওয়া মানেই অ্যান্টি-ন্যাশনাল তকমা পাওয়া; কর্পোরেটের কাছে বিকিয়ে যাওয়া মিডিয়া এবং সঙ্ঘীদের মোসায়েবী সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া প্রচারিত মিথ্যা তথ্য, ভুল খবরের মাধ্যমে সমাজের কাছে ‘প্রমাণ’ হয়ে যাওয়া দেশদ্রোহের ‘অপরাধ’। তেমনই ভুয়ো অপরাধে অপরাধী হয়ে চলেছেন অ্যাডভোকেট সুধা ভরদ্বাজের মতো অ্যাকটিভিস্টরা। সুধা সারা জীবন ছত্তিসগড়ের শ্রমিকশ্রেণী, আদিবাসী ও দলিতদের অধিকারের […]


Nowhere to run – The worst refugee crisis since the second world war

Sushovan Dhar Warsan Shire, a 24 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London, in her debut book, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (2011) observes, “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” Three years back, the photographs of Aylan Kurdi sent us shock-waves. The images […]


“Because of the kind of greed ingrained in us, nothing will be left” – An interview with journalist Kamal Shukla. Part 2.

Kamal Shukla is a Bastar based journalist. He is the editor of ‘Bhumkal Samachar’ newspaper, published from Kanker. Shukla also writes for several local and national news portals, and heads an organisation – the Patrakar Suraksha Kanoon Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti – which seeks a law to protect journalists in the Bastar region. Shukla was recently […]


‘The exploitative class in Bastar has always been the non-tribals’ – An interview with journalist Kamal Shukla. Part 1.

Kamal Shukla is a Bastar based journalist. He is the editor of ‘Bhumkal Samachar’ newspaper, published from Kanker. Shukla also writes for several local and national news portals, and heads an organisation – the Patrakar Suraksha Kanoon Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti – which seeks a law to protect journalists in the Bastar region. Shukla was recently […]


Dissent Under Siege in Tamil Nadu: Part 3 – BJP Brings Its Fascist Tactics to Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu government under CM Edappadi Palanisami and Deputy CM O. Paneerselvam has never proved its majority on the Assembly floor. Following Jayalalitha’s death only seven months into her tenure, Tamil Nadu saw everything between standard horse trading moves to bizarre meditations at her memorial in a battle between various factions to head AIADMK and […]


Dissent Under Siege in Tamil Nadu: Part 2 – Chennai-Salem Highway protests, Attacks on Press Freedom

While no action has been initiated against Thoothukudi police personnel who shot 131 bullets at unarmed protestors, killing 13 and maiming many others in broad daylight, the police have been rounding up and arresting people who participated in the agitation against Sterlite. However, resistance against such ‘development projects’ now seems to be spreading across Tamil […]


The Voice of Hope in Turkey, Grup Yorum : Internet Concert on July 1

On May 6, Groundxero published a report in solidarity with the revolutionary Turkish Rock Band Grup Yorum. The fearless collective will give their second internet concert on July 1, Turkish time 19:00, Indian time 11:00. Below is the call for their concert. The voice of the hope, Grup Yorum, cannot be silenced! There we are, in […]


মাহাত, কুজুররা ‘যোগ্য’ নয়, আদিবাসী ও দলিত দপ্তর তাই বাঁড়ুজ্যে, ভচ্চাজদের হাতে

দেবাশিস আইচ পশ্চিমবঙ্গে জাতপাত নেই। জাত নিয়ে দাঙ্গা নেই, জাতের রাজনীতি নেই। এ রাজ্যে এ বিষয়ে গর্ব করার মানুষেরও অভাব নেই। তাদের এই গর্বের মুকুটে আরও একটি পালক ইতিমধ্যেই যুক্ত হয়েছে। অথচ দেখুন নতুন পালক নিয়ে কোনও উচ্চবাচ্চ নেই কোথাও, আলাপ-আলোচনাও দেখি না। যেন এমনটা-ই তো স্বাভাবিক ছিল। হেয়াঁলি মনে হচ্ছে। হেঁয়ালি তো বটেই। তা […]


‘Development’ threat for East Kolkata Wetlands

A 7 km long flyover till Dumdum airport, with 192 pillars, has been proposed over the East Kolkata Wetlands, one of the 25 Ramsar sites in the country. Government of West Bengal has already written a letter to the Center, asking for approval. Forum Against Monopolistic Aggression (FAMA) organized a workshop with the assistance of […]