ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Release G N Saibaba 

On 9 May 2014 plain-clothed policemen from Maharashtra abducted G N Saibaba, teacher at Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand College. This is symptomatic of the impunity with which the police and paramilitary have been conducting themselves, with the sole difference that this is happening in a place...

Vilification Campaign

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

Homage to Gurusharan Singh

It is with immense grief that the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) shares the news of the demise of Gurusharan Singh, honorary president of the committee, and a spirited fighter for the oppressed and exploited. An artist par excellence he took the theatre to the common people...

Geelani's Detention

This is in response to Zakir Husain’s article “Health of the National Rural Health Mission” (EPW, 22 January 2011). The NRHM faces the same problems as earlier government schemes since they work with the same type of government staff, with the same working style since 1947. Merely appointing and...

The Insurgent Jurisprudent!

One of the pillars of the civil liberties movement in the subcontinent, K G Kannabiran, left us in the twilight of 2010. Kannabiran’s life as a civil liberties advocate, and a human rights lawyer is a constant inspiration for anyone who is ready to walk the unbeaten track. Kannabiran initiated and...

Police Action in Jadavpur University

Our indignation is all the greater because this incident of police violence ties up with a wider picture that has started looming large for all of us to see. We have a lready witnessed an acute anxiety on the part of our university authorities to initiate surveillance on campus life with the aid of...

Is Lalgarh Showing the Way?

The Maoists have been at the helm of the movement in Lalgarh right from its inception. Even as they organised the resistance to state repression, they put in place, at a rudimentary level, an alternative programme of development based on the people's initiative and their voluntary labour. But when the joint forces of the central and state governments moved into the area, the organisation of a people's militia became an imperative. There is a need to trace the roots of the armed resistance. The grudging Bengali urban literati need to understand that questions as to who is to lead and guide the movement and the form it should take are to be decided by the sons of the soil themselves, and not by those who keep a safe distance from it.
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