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Is Dengue Inevitable and has to be Accepted Each Year?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2015-09-29 17:47

Every day the newspaper gives us news stating that this is the “Worst dengue crisis in 6 yrs”, and then the stats on number of cases such as “2191 positive cases –in last week alone”, “total 5982 cases and 17 deaths” and so on. On top of this one has to listen to the CM’s voice on FM after almost every other song, saying that his prayers are with us!

Condemn Haryana Government’s Attack on Right to Contest Elections!

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2015-09-28 11:24

On September 17, the Supreme Court issued a stay on the Haryana government’s decision to impose educational and other criteria on candidates contesting the panchayat elections. The court’s decision was in response to a petition filed by three persons who wished to contest the panchayat elections, but would have been unable to do so under the new criteria.

The Demise of Socialist Planning and the Crisis of Philosophy

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2015-09-19 13:26

A strange new India is in the making: one wakes up to morning headlines that scream on how a house was purchased by a plutocrat for several hundred crores, only to be overshadowed by a similar headline at twice the price. Other headlines proclaim how one family lives in a high rise in Bombay (possibly on dubiously obtained Wakf Board land) that is served by helipad and an army of servants.

Maharashtra Government Circular on Sedition: Down with the attack on the right to conscience

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2015-09-11 12:15

Maharashtra government issued a circular on 27th August 2015 to the state police instructing them to take action against those who express views that are critical of policies and activities of the politicians and elected representatives of the government. Lok Raj Sangathan stands for the right of all citizens to conscience, the right to hold and express their views that are not racist, fascist, communalist, or otherwise lower the dignity of human beings. Governments claim to derive their power from the people and on that basis, people certainly have every right to express their views on the activities and policies of the government, whether they support or oppose these.

Sustained Violence Of State Through AFSPA

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2015-08-19 13:31

Despite being in the ranking of ‘world’s largest’, democracy in India, unfortunately, has not brought uniformly distributed feeling of democratic independence, in all regions of present Indian territory. It is the same country where , it seems that state failed itself on the scale of democratic values, when it comes on ‘special states’ of ‘North East Region in India’ and of ‘Jammu and Kashmir’. These states are under continuous monitoring and filled with heavy deployment of armed forces and facing a kind of ‘military rule’ where no one can complaint against soldiers, despite the acts of ‘murders, rapes and other kind of such crimes’ committed by them. It seems that a democratic state surrenders itself even in vocabulary, where it sees ‘crimes’ as acts done by civil population, while it does not categories acts of ‘killings’, ‘rapes’ ‘torture’ etc under ‘crimes’, if it is being done by state functionaries like armed forces.

Farmers of Haryana up in arms

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2015-08-05 11:52

Image removed.Villagers of Isali (Marwad junction) led by their sarpanch organised a demonstration on 4 August 2015 to demand compensation for crop damage in Isali during the hailstorm in April this year. They submitted a memorandum in which they pointed out that because of government officials not carrying out the inspections, many people have been deprived of compensation. On the same day, in Sangrur district, hundreds of farmers came out to demonstrate in front of the office of the District Collector under the leadership of Bhartiya Kisan Union. They blocked the streets and caused the traffic to come to a standstill. On 2nd August 2015, farmers held a meeting in Sonipat under the chairmanship of Shri Rohtas Beniwal and declared that Aug 15 would be observed a day of protest by the BKU at the Deenbandhu Choturam Memorial in Garhi Saampla.

The Execution of Yakub Memon and the Crisis of the Indian State

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2015-08-04 12:41

In a bizarre and sickening environment, the execution of Yakub Memon, the sole convict in the 1993 Bombay blasts case took place in the morning of July 30, 2015 at Nagpur jail. The weeks preceding this event polarized `civil society' with many absolutely convinced of his guilt and baying for blood like in the fabled fox-hunts of England, while there were others who were convinced that he was an innocent man who had been framed with fabricated evidence.

The Colonial Foundation of the Land Bill

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2015-06-06 10:38

Land Acquisition Law is a hot topic of political debates today. The NDA Government at the centre appears to be hell-bent on amending the "Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act" that was desperately pushed through by the previous UPA Government in 2013. The reason for these desperate actions appears to be the interest of powerful monopolies, both foreign and Indian, who want the governments to encourage and undertake mega infrastructural projects.

The Questions We Should Be Asking Frequently About the Land Acquisition Act (And answers from an Expert)

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2015-03-16 20:04

In the course of my work as part of a team set up to look into the socio-economic status of Adivasi communities, there were several things I learned about the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and the amendments to it. Here are some important questions about land and the Act that we should be asking: