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Sexual Orientation

We – teachers, researchers and academics from all over India – welcome the Delhi High Court judgment reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to decriminalise consensual sex among adults in private. The judgment held that “Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts...

Fact-Finding on Lalgarh

An all-India fact-finding mission consisting of 10 members, including a former ambassador, a Supreme Court lawyer, human rights activists, economists, journalists, and writers, visited Binpur 1 (Lalgarh), and Binpur 2 (Belpahari) on 10 and 11 April 2009. The team talked to the police, political...

People's Industrialisation Needs Popular Struggles

The article by Medha Patkar and Amit Bhaduri offers a correct critique of the current corporate-led rapacious industrialisation which destroys nature and livelihoods. But it does not focus enough on strategies of mobilising people to take charge of the form and content of industrialisation. A programme of industrialisation of, for, and by the people will fructify only when it is predicated on popular struggles. And it is from these very popular struggles that the people can discover the possibility of revolutionary change.

Of Reservations

The death of Senthil Kumar, a dalit student of the University of Hyderabad, and the article on his life by N Sukumar (EPW, 15 November 2008) are a brutal reminder of the dehumanising social reality prevailing on our campuses, despite all the talk of social empowerment and advances achieved by India...

Violence against Christians

We strongly condemn the inhuman violence inflicted by fundamentalist Hindu organisations against members of the Christian community, largely dalit and tribal, in Orissa and the violation of their places of worship since August 2008. While the killing of Swami Laxmanananda and his associates should...

Appeal for Justice

The following is an edited version of the text of an open letter to Nitish K umar, chief minister of Bihar: We, the undersigned, are petitioning for a thorough investigation of and d elivery of justice in the heinous and d iabolical murders of Papiya Ghosh and her aged domestic help, Malti Devi, at...

The (Con)fidence Vote

The admission by a TV channel that they had indeed carried out a sting operation to record what transpired with the three Members of Parliament who have stated in the Lok Sabha that they were offered several crores to abstain from voting is sufficient prima facie evidence to warrant a credible and...

Harassment of Ashis Nandy

We write to protest in the strongest possible terms against the charges of criminal offence levied against Ashis Nandy, a political psychologist, sociologist and an internationally renowned public intellectual of the highest calibre. This is the latest case of harassment of intellectuals,...

Release Afzal Guru

On December 13, 2001, five armed persons stormed the Parliament House Complex at New Delhi, and in the ensuing confrontation, the security personnel shot dead all of them. Eight security personnel and a gardener also died in the exchange of fire. This triggered an investigation that spanned 17 days...

Maoist and State Violence in Orissa - I

We strongly condemn the massacre of 13 policemen and two civilians in Nayagarh town of Orissa by armed Maoists on February 17. At the same time we also condemn, equally strongly, the subsequent killing of 35 alleged Maoists as claimed by the Orissa police. Going by past experience there are grave...

Curbing Civil Liberties

We are deeply dismayed at the arrest of Lachit Bordoloi, adviser to the Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS). We fear for the safety of Lachit Bordoloi, who was picked up from Moranhat, between Dibrugarh and Sibsagar, on February 11. Three others have also been arrested: Pradeep Gogoi, the Duliajan...

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