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Adivasi Swaraj Is the Answer to Violence

The Indian state’s strategy to combat Naxalism has wrecked havoc on the Adivasi and tribal communities. A heavily militarised area of operations is certainly not the answer forpeace and security. It might make those in power feel less insecure, but eventually such a strategy will have disastrous effects, whenthose who have been alienated, exploited and displaced take up arms against the state. The rightstrategy for developing Adivasi communities is through thede-escalation of military operations and providingthem with autonomy and institutional support.

Randhir Singh (1922-2016)

A tribute to Randhir Singh, teacher of Political Science in Delhi University for almost three decades, who had a major role to play in transforming and making more relevant the discipline as taught in India.

Bandung's New Global Agenda

In the last week of October 2015, activists from 25 countries met in Indonesia to revitalise the Bandung agenda in the context of challenges of the 21st century. The meet showed how new global movements for justice and equity are building new solidarities and forging a new politics of internationalism.

History Challenges Modi in China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has managed to break the ice and give a positive push to the perceptions about India-China relations on the street. The challenge remains whether he can build on this to address the long festering border dispute and whether his government can engage China in the major bilateral and multilateral partnerships which are developing. The opportunities are immense but can the leadership of both countries rise above history?

Rajni Kothari Made History

A personal tribute to one of the most infl uential theoreticians of the Indian political system.

Balraj Puri (1928-2014)

For more than half a century, Balraj Puri was a journalist, political thinker, federalist, human rights activist, socialist democrat and much more. He spoke for Jammu and Kashmir and of Jammu and Kashmir to the rest of the world and was widely respected in the state. A tribute by a friend of many decades.

Persisting Dominance

Odisha presents a crisis of democracy with an upper-caste patriarchal domination that has been consolidated through the formation and expansion of a middle class that provides services to the capitalist extractive economy, while vast sections of the population, especially adivasis, dalits, and agricultural workers, remain marginalised. This process has been accentuated by neo-liberal policies and their implementation through a massive deployment of security forces. The strategy of dominance and governance has done little to reduce regional disparity between the coastal districts and inland regions, and it has been legitimised through the electoral process, welfare support, and the media.

Builder of the Bridge of Dreams

Govind Purushottam Deshpande (1938-2013), more popularly known as GPD, feared nobody, certainly not sacred cows. He was a socialist, a scholar in China Studies, Sanskrit and Marathi, a poet and a playwright, and taught history, politics, and foreign policy. GoPu, as he was known in the Marathi world, also wrote on the contesting ideas that constitute the modern Marathi intellectual universe. Four of his contemporaries write about the EPW columnist, classical music lover and witty conversationalist.

Xi Jinping and the 'Chinese Dream'

In this essay the author puts the discourse on the "Chinese Dream" in the context of Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiatives since he came to power, locating the discussion within the setting of various political, economic and international issues, and then tries to deconstruct the formulation. This is followed by an assessment of the articulation's political and ideological implications.

'Harmonious Society'

The question that is on everyone's mind is whether the new general secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping will follow the Hu Jintao line or return to the growth-centric path of Jiang Zemin. The author argues that the new leadership put in place by the 18th Party Congress clearly refl ects the effort to reconcile Jiang Zemin's emphasis on a high growth rate and Hu Jintao's stress on balanced development. But will the new leadership transform the essential features of the growth model to achieve the fi ve dimensions entailed in Hu Jintao's "scientifi c outlook on development"?

People's Movements and the Anna Upsurge

The absence of collaboration between the Anna Hazare campaign and people's movements fighting for democratic rights elsewhere in the country was stark and for that both the limited nature of the campaign as well as the short-sightedness of the various social movements are to be blamed.

America's Geronimo

In a critical look at the imperial hubris that drove the United States killing of Osama bin Laden, this article argues for democratic forces to challenge the idea that terrorism can be successfully countered by military means. It is necessary to address the root causes of terrorism - lack of self-determination, poverty and deprivation - and resist the urge for militaristic solutions. It is equally necessary to support civil society efforts to push back the domination of the military in Pakistan's polity.

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