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Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh: Almost a Fait Accompli?

The fears being created and played upon by the politicians in the Seemandhra movement about the bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh are overblown and unrealistic.

Dussehra Festivities in Mughal Shahjahanabad

The enthusiastic participation of the Muslims in the Hindu religious festivities celebrated under the patronage of the Mughal kings reflected the prevalence of a composite culture in medieval India, where social and cultural interaction between the two communities flourished at various levels enriching both.

Adivasis and the New Land Acquisition Act

Much work remains to be done if the new Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act has to mark a meaningful shift for India’s adivasi communities.

More equal than others

A plethora of evidence suggests that a highly discriminatory notion of justice and understanding of “corruption” has been applied by the Supreme Court throughout the recent tenure of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party in Pakistan and beyond. Both in Pakistan and perhaps the rest of South Asia, the unelected institutions of the state – the judiciary, the military apparatus and the civil services - continue to depict corruption as our single biggest problem rather than draw attention to their own power

Guilty by Association!

G N Saibaba, a faculty member of the department of English, Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi, is the latest victim of the Indian state’s policy of undermining all radical opposition as “guilty by association”.

A Republic of Voices

The skimpy or almost non-existent coverage by the media of the four landmark legislations empowering the underprivileged once again highlights its pre-occupation with issues central to the elite.

Global Perestroika

If the developing world has to resolve the paradox of extreme poverty amidst high economic growth, they will have to adopt an alternative framework to promote inclusive development where principles of universal access to basic needs and social wage are given prominence.

Chin Peng: A Left wing Nationalist

Chin Peng should be remembered in Malaysian history as an ardent freedom fighter whose party – despite its failures in succeeding in its guerilla warfare against the British and the Malaysian state – sowed the seeds for labour organisation and resistance.

The Moral of Vanzara's letter

The cacophony over the anointment of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate is drowning out a very important letter by one of his police officers that exposes all the cogs in an authoritarian machine.

Seeping Through the Cracks

Run-of-the-river hydropower projects dotting Himachal Pradesh are not as environmentally benign as they are touted to be. A report on the impact of the Karchham Wangtoo Project, in the Kinnaur district, on the surrounding areas by a Himachal Pradesh based NGO.

Widening Access to Educational Resources

By launching the National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) portal‒a free online repository of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) courseware‒the government has taken a significant step towards widening and improving access to learning resources and has provided a fillip to the movement for free and open knowledge in the country.

The Bizarre Proposal for "Humanitarian" Military Intervention in Syria

In the absence of justification under either of the UN Charter provisions or Security Council or General Assembly authorisations, a US military intervention in Syria would amount to an illegal war involving state responsibility under international law.

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