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Concern on IP Policy

We, the undersigned organisations and individuals, understand that ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the United States (US), the government has decided to review India’s positions on intellectual property rights (IPRs). We are concerned about the timing that has been chosen...

Myopia, Distortions and Blind Spots in the Vision Document of AAP

The Vision Document of the Aam Aadmi Party offers a simplistic understanding of the issues confronting Indian society, and confuses and confl ates symptoms with the disease.

Solidarity with Koodankulam

The state government of Tamil Nadu has finally succumbed to pressure by the central government and decided to commission the operation of the two Russian built nuclear reactors in Koodankulam. It has carried out a major crackdown on the mass movement in and around Koodankulam in southern Tamil Nadu...

On the Current Political Scene: Travails and Trajectories

The past year has been one of turbulence for both the major political coalitions - the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. While signs point to the Congress' further diminishing as a force and the BJP's return to an assertive majoritarian agenda, there remain possibilities for the formation of a new radical and non-sectarian alternative to emerge in the political landscape.

Planning for Capital, Not People

Two more comments on the article "Prospects and Policy Challenges in the Twelfth Plan" (EPW, 21 May 2011). The first critiques the current anti-poor slant in planning; the second disagrees with the idea that inclusion can be an objective separate from growth.

In Search of Radical and Inclusive Politics

The call of our times is the call for a radical and inclusive political platform which alone will confront and defeat the combined assault on the vision of the modern Indian polity that has been launched by the mainstream political parties. A failure to respond to this call will spell not only the beginning of the end of pro-people, progressive politics in the medium term, but also a paralysis of the process of democratisation, which has implications far more important than the electoral future of political parties.

Gujarat Carnage 2002

The recent Tehelka expose of the “Gujarat riots” of 2002 demonstrates very starkly that these were neither “spontaneous” nor “riots”, but were in fact mass murder, loot and mayhem orchestrated and organised by the top echelons of the Gujarat units of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, and...

Pause on Indo-US Deal

We, the undersigned call upon the UPA government not to be in a hurry to implement the Indo-US Bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. A majority in the Indian Parliament is opposed to this “deal”. Meanwhile, the US Congress itself has passed extensive legislation, the Hyde Act, which specifically...

A Dangerous Measure

Letters A Dangerous Measure W e, the undersigned membersof the economics profession,are shocked by the government’s eagerness to introducefull capital account convertibility. Thismove would imply that the inflow andoutflow of capital by residents andnon-residents would no longer besubject to any...

Restoring Autonomy in Management of National Economy

of National Economy S P Shukla THE major task facing us in the economic sphere is to make a determined and concerted bid to restore a measure of autonomy in the management of the national economy. The short interval of the UF rule at the centre has not been able to make significant departures in this direction. There are three important features of the process of the so- called globalisation which need to be highlighted in this connection. Each one of them will have to be countered and resisted, both at the level of the government as well as that of the people, if we wish to restore and preserve our autonomy in economic management.

Amendment of Patents Act-Why Parliament Must Defeat It

Amendment of Patents Act Why Parliament Must Defeat It S P Shukla Though the TRIPS agreement is supposed to provide a transition period, the government of India is required under the agreement to amend the Indian Patents Act immediately, inter alia, to grant exclusive marketing rights for pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical products in favour of foreign patent-holders. Since, for all practical purposes, granting exclusive marketing rights will be as good as granting product patent protection, parliament must defeat this amendment.

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