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Sanctimonious Humbug

The central government resorted to sanctimonious humbug when its minister of state for home affairs, in a written reply to the DMK member of Parliament Kanimozhi, clarified that the government is not considering the criminalisation of marital rape. When marital rape is gradually becoming an...

Corporate Greed

With reference to your editorial “Blood Garments” (EPW, 25 May 2013), the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh would be the latest incident in the string of tragedies like the suicides of the “Monsanto farmers” in India, the oil pipeline fires that have killed poor children in Nigeria or the deaths...

Push towards Extremism?

The arrest of Shiladitya Chowdhury, a farmer who raised some uncomfortable questions at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s rally in Belpahari, is a clear manifestation of a gradually evolving police state. Shiladitya was summarily tagged as “Maoist” for asking an innocuous query on the...

Refusing to Learn

It is hard to escape the questions arising from the Communist Party of ­India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] politburo’s decision to support Pranab Mukherjee for the President of India. The arguments proffered remain unconvincing. The party has tried to avoid the question about what has prompted it to go...

Weak Political Strategy

During an interactive show on television recently West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lost her temper at questions from students on the Park Street and Katwa rape cases, and the arrest of a Jadavpur University lecturer for forwarding a cartoon on email and stalked out of the studio. While...

Mining in 'Schedule V' Areas

The Andhra Pradesh (AP) government’s desperate bid to mine bauxite in Galikonda, Raktakonda, Chittamgondi, Sapparla, Gudem, Jerrala (all come under the Schedule V area category) by circumventing the law is an example of how the trustee of the natural resources of our land is acting like a front...

Death of Kishenji and Peace Talks

The encounter death of Communist Party of India (Maoist) politburo member Kishenji has raised some questions, which demand serious introspection by both the Maoists and the Mamata Banerjee government. The death of Kishenji was concordant with his philosophy of armed struggle, but the West Bengal...

Who Is to Blame in Lalgarh?

In his letter “Misconceptions on Lalgarh” (EPW, 15 May 2010) Meghnad Bhunia highlighted some factual errors in the article “Is Lalgarh Showing the Way?”. The police have been harassing the poor and innocent tribal people in the name of pursuing the Maoists. After the attack on the Bengal chief...
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