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The Disappeared of Kashmir

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has from time to time drawn attention to the commission of heinous crimes by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir as well as condemned the attempt of the authorities to deny that they flow out of impunity provided by the Armed Forces Special...

Gyaneshwari Express Sabotage - I

The derailment of the Gyaneshwari E xpress on 28 May, either due to sabotage or e xplosion as per media reports, in which, as reported, more than 150 people have already lost their lives, is highly reprehensible and completely indefensible. The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly...

Denunciation of Indiscriminate Killings

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the recent Communist Party of India (Maoist) attack targeting a local passenger bus resulting in the indiscriminate killing of 11 special police offi cers (SPOs) and 24 civilians in Dantewada. It is equally reprehensible that the SPOs...

Government Folly

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights believes that the death of over 70 jawans in Dantewada in the early hours of 6 April is an unfortunate fallout of the government’s wilful policy of pursuing “Operation Green Hunt”. We consider the war against the so-called “leftwing extremists” as a wrong...

Maoist Massacre in Bihar

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is outraged by the massacre of 12 people and the wounding of 50 others on 17 February in Phulwaria-Korasi village of Jamui district of Bihar, allegedly by the CPI (Maoist). The massacre is reported to be in retaliation for killing of eight Maoist cadre...

Shahid Azmi (1977-2010)

Shahid Azmi is no more. He led a turbulent and rebellious life. When he was in his mid-teens, he saw his co-religionist slaughtered in the 1992-93 anti-Muslim carnage in Mumbai. He left Mumbai, went to Kashmir and joined the militants there, but did not last very long over there and soon returned...

Mockery of Justice

The findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Shopian incident of 29 May 2009 appear to be yet another instance – a particularly blatant and strident one – of the mockery of justice that has repeatedly characterised the Indian state’s operations in Kashmir. The report completely...

'Subservience to Capital'

Debasish Chakraborty, news editor of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] newspaper Ganashakti, recently wrote (EPW, 14 November 2009) that according to reports Chatradhar Mahato had collected large sums and taken out a life insurance policy of Rs 1 crore for himself. West Bengal...

Cold-blooded Murder in Manipur

LETTER EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in social sciences. Regarding Bt Cotton It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW. Kavitha Kuruganti (KK), the author...

Manipur Assembly Elections

Display of military strength by the state, boycott calls by armed groups, lure of money to voters and horse-trading after the elections make Manipur's seventh assembly elections a mockery of democracy.

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