India's Judiciary Must Be Saved from Being Reduced to an 'Executive's Court'

On 3rd September Teesta Setalvad walked out from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Jail after spending 68 days in prison. Arrested along with R.B. Shreekumar, in what could only be termed as their politically vindictive arrests for pursuing justice for victims of Gujarat 2002 carnage, she was released from the jail on the orders of the Supreme Court entitling her to interim bail, while her main bail application is heard by the Gujarat High Court.

Foil the BJP's 'Operation Lotus' Expedition in Jharkhand

Along with Maharashtra, Jharkhand has long been known to be a coveted toppling target for the Modi-Shah regime. The detention of three Congress MLAs in West Bengal with carloads of cash was a clear pointer to the BJP's mischievous game plan. Now with the Governor keeping mum over the Election Commission's response on the BJP complaints against the elections of Chief Minister Hemant Soren and his brother Basant Soren over office of profit allegations, things are getting murkier with every passing day.

India at 75 Cries Out for Freedom from Fascist Violence

Har Ghar Tiranga. A tricolour on every roof. This 13-15 August call of the Modi government was supposed to be the high point of the official celebration of the 75th anniversary of India's independence, the much publicised 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'. While the dominant media was immersed in amplifying this campaign and PM Modi's 9th successive Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Lal Qila, two news items from Rajasthan and Gujarat came as the starkest statements about the shape of things in today's India.

India at 75: Let the Battle for Democracy Intensify

Two days before the seventy-fifth anniversary of Independence, India was once again reminded of the horrific continuing reality of caste oppression. Indra Meghwal, a 9-year-old Dali child from Surana village of Rajasthan’s Jalore district, who had been brutally beaten up by a school teacher on July 20 for drinking water from a pot apparently ‘reserved’ for the upper castes, succumbed to his injuries. The school was a Saraswati Vidyamandir run by the RSS educational network.

We, the People of India Have One Mission – Save our Freedom, Democracy, Constitution!

A week ahead of the 75th anniversary of Independence, India commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Quit India movement on 9 August, 2022. The Congress leadership had been arrested immediately after giving the Quit India call from the All India Congress Committee session in Mumbai, but the call triggered a popular upsurge in several parts of India and even gave rise to four parallel governments – Ballia in UP, Tamluk in Bengal, Talcher in Odisha and Satara in Maharashtra.

Jobs and Justice: Historic Battle of West Bengal's Deprived Youth

The startling recovery of more than fifty crore rupees in cash and gold from two flats belonging to an actress and reportedly a close aide to the now dropped TMC minister Partha Chatterjee has once again put the Mamata Banerjee government of West Bengal in the dock. The recovery of the cash and the arrest of the minister have happened in the wake of the Calcutta High Court judgement ordering a CBI probe into the massive irregularities and brazen manipulation in the School Service Commission recruitment process in West Bengal.

Charu Mazumdar and the Glorious Legacy of India's Communist Movement

Fifty years have elapsed since the death of Comrade Charu Mazumdar in Kolkata's Lalbazar police lock-up. Back then, the Indian state must have heaved a huge sigh of relief, expecting his death to mark the end of the revolutionary wave that had spread across India in the wake of Naxalbari. But five decades later, when the Modi regime seeks to suppress every voice of dissent, it has to concoct the term 'urban naxal' to persecute dissent. Clearly, the spectre of Naxalbari and Charu Mazumdar continues to haunt India's rulers even five decades after his death.

Judicial Injustice

An adivasi woman Draupadi Murmu is on the cusp of becoming the President of India. Coinciding with this moment, the Supreme Court of India accepted the Government of India’s recommendation to treat adivasi women seeking justice against a massacre by police and paramilitary forces, as conspirators and criminals. The same BJP which touts its choice of Ms Murmu as President as an act of symbolic inclusion, is criminalising any attempt by adivasi women to seek justice against systemic violence by the state’s armed forces.

Lessons for India from the Sri Lankan Crisis

July 9, 2022 will go down in Sri Lankan history as the day when the combination of an acute economic crisis and a massive eruption of popular anger forced a tyrant to flee. Photos and videos of the occupation of the President’s Palace by thousands of common people, with the crowd taking control of all the facilities of the palace from the swimming pool to the kitchen, bedrooms to music hall, have gone viral globally as the latest visual of people power. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the man who tried till the end to save his throne is now reportedly on his way out.