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How the Regime Keeps Dissent at Bay

It would be wrong to say that there is an undeclared state of Emergency in India today. The regime simply uses devices such as the colonial law on sedition, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, and so on to keep dissent at bay.

Mukhiya's Assassination

How would the victims of the atrocities perpetrated by the Ranvir Sena view the assassination of the sena's chief, Brahmeshwar Singh, alias Mukhiya?

RTE: A Symbolic Gesture

If the government is really sincere about the Right to Education, it must put aside its neo-liberal obsession and launch a common school system for all children up to the age of 18.

Maya and Dalits in Uttar Pradesh

While Mayawati is, all the way, a winner, the dalits have been the certain losers. The M?y? (illusion) of political power as the master key for their emancipation has proved to be a chimera.

Gujarat 2002 and Modi's Misdeeds

Ten years after the killings in Gujarat, Narendra Modi has neither expressed regret nor has he been held accountable for those mass deaths. Where do we go from here?

Don't Cry for Them India

Arun Ferreira's illegal arrest and torture is a telling example of the unlawful conduct of the police. While he and a few thus jailed received media attention, there are many who are rotting in jails, accused of being Maoists and tortured. Many of them have denied being Maoists but that is not the point. The Maoists, after all, are responding to the deceit and violence of the state in their chosen way.

The 'Precariat' Strikes

The occupation of the Indu Mills near Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai by dalit youth demanding that an Ambedkar memorial should come up there is a heartening development. In neo-liberal India, dalits are a significant part of the "precariat" - a section of the people with no job security, indeed, with no prospect of employment, and hence, ready to take on the risks of plunging into the struggle for a better world. Today it is Indu Mills; tomorrow it could be India!

Occupy Movement and India

Why did the Occupy movement fail to take root in India? The basic reason is that the Indian middle class is so infused with the ideology of the caste system that it can never easily identify itself with the lower strata of society to say that we are the 99.99%.

Jayalalithaa's Sacrificial Lambs

The killing of six dalits at Paramakudi, 35 km from Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu, as a result of police firing and brutality on 11 September 2011 can be ascribed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's bid to appease the Thevars and draw them into the fold of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam by demonstrating that she can use state power to support them. She has thus undertaken a sacrificial offering of dalits to appease the Thevars!

Dismantling 'Dalit' with a Poisonous PIL

Will the removal of the "forward" scheduled castes from the list of SC reservations benefit the "backward" SCs?

India's (Jati) Panchayati Raj

What has been the impact of reservations for women, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in panchayati raj institutions? In case the reserved seat is for a woman, it is usually the wife or daughter-in-law of the old sarpanch who is made to sign papers, while the husband or the father-in-law is de facto in control. In the case of reservations for the SC/STs, it is the bonded labourer of the sarpanch who becomes a proxy for his rule. In exceptional cases, where dalit sarpanches have dared to exercise their powers in the public interest, the dominant castes have unleashed terror against them.

Playing Foul with the Oppressed

The Maharashtra government has renounced its freeship scheme for students belonging to the ranks of the oppressed and has thereby jeopardised the future of 13 lakh students. Their parents and the concerned schools have challenged such delinquent governance in the courts, but the government seems bent on implementing the neo-liberal policy of self-financing of schools.

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