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Communal Violence in Kozhikode Village

We strongly condemn the unprecedented communal violence at the end of January 2015, in Tuneri, Vellur and Kodanjeri villages, Nadapuram in Kozhikode, Kerala, in which more than a hundred Muslim families and homes were singled out, attacked, and crores worth of property destroyed.

Battle for Justice and Democracy

The acquittal of the 26 people found guilty for the Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre of 1997 by the Patna High Court is a grave miscarriage of justice. This article traces the events of that time and the manner in which the ruling of the sessions court, finding these accused guilty, was overturned. It argues that Bihar does not witness a "caste war", rather it is a situation where mainstream political parties have supported and defended sustained violence against the dalits and lower castes, the landless and the powerless by the likes of the Ranveer Sena.

All Out Crackdown on the Working Class in Noida

An activist's account of the working class anger and outrage in the NCR region during the two-day strike. It contradicts the media construction of the workers as a destructive mob. The basis for the anger of the workers lies in the blatant strangulation of industrial democracy, denial of rights to organise and unionise, and the open violation of labour laws, including minimum wage and contract work laws.

Penalising Progressive Student Activism

The punitive action taken against students fighting for genuine causes (against sexual harassment and for workers' rights) in institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University and Kashi Vidyapeeth highlights the high-handedness of the respective administrations. Far from implementing measures that have been raised as demands by the students, the administrations are bent upon punishing students for participating in protests.

Sacred Spaces, Secular Norms and Women`s Rights

The Sabarimala issue has revealed the contradictions in our secular polity - with gender marking the deepest fault-line. It is up to the progressive political forces and civil society groups to demand that the state stop colluding with gender discrimination in the name of "custom".

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