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Saffron Neo-liberalism

An aggressive drive towards neo-liberal economic reforms alongside consolidation of the Bharatiya Janata Party's political constituency with the spread of hegemonic Hindutva through sociocultural channels is on the cards.

Narratives of Police Illegality

All the so-called Maoist cases, including those of radical political activists Sudhir Dhawale and Arun Ferreira, present a pattern which clearly brings out the mala fide intention of police to hold some selected persons in jail for as long as possible and thereby terrorise others from following in their footsteps. In law, the courts are supposed to punish the guilty, but in these instances the accused are already punished by the police even before their guilt is established.

Dance of Demonocracy

India has never been the democracy as it is made out to be. It has been a pure plutocracy. But for dalits, it is worse; it has been a veritable rule of demons - a demonocracy.

More Than Secularism

Modi or no Modi, openly autocratic forms of rule exist and would go on if we wear the blinkers of secularism.

Three Dalit Rams Play Hanuman to BJP

Ramdas Athavale, Ram Vilas Paswan and Ram Raj (notwithstanding his renaming himself Udit Raj some years ago) will play Hanuman to Bharatiya Janata Party's Ram. Isn't it high time dalits ripped apart their masks and saw them for what they really are?

On the Murder of Nido Taniam

While the murder of the 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, Nido Taniam, powerfully foregrounds the issue of racism, in the resultant cacophony, issues concerning the continuing neglect of the north-east and the severe state repression unleashed over there, irrespective of whether such omissions and commissions are due to racism or not, have been swept under the carpet.

AAP's Chimera of Change

Ordinary people expect the Aam Aadmi Party to get rid of the prevailing feudal political culture. But will the party stay the course and not betray the people's trust?

Humiliation: Class Matters Too

All the dalits actively protesting against the humiliation of Devyani Khobragade through email and social media campaigns would not have even heard of Soni Sori, let alone what the Chhattisgarh police did to her. But isn't Sori a member of their class, the class of the exploited?

Campa Cola Episode

Now that the Supreme Court has taken suo motu notice of the plight of the Campa Cola residents, will it show the same sensitivity with regard to the cases of the poor too?

Aerocasteics of Rahul Gandhi

If Rahul Gandhi is really sincere, he should think of how India may attain the escape velocity required to take itself out of the orbit of caste.

Who Are Behind India's Asarams?

The way godmen and godwomen are thriving, with an influential section of their followers in the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, and even in premier scientific and technological establishments, the Constitution's hope of the inculcation of "scientifi c temper" lies shattered. The assassination of Narendra Dabholkar, a rationalist devoted to the eradication of superstition, on the one hand, and the roaring "success", until very recently, of the self-proclaimed godman Asaram "Bapu" in spreading unfounded beliefs, on the other, are pointers in this regard.

The Soni Soris and Arati Majhis of This World

Why is Durga Shakti Nagpal's uprightness upheld and even "saluted" while Soni Sori's assertion and Arati Majhi's innocence are condemned?

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