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The Historic Farmers’ Agitation at Delhi Borders against Company Raj 2.0 : An Eye-Witness Account

The farmers of the country are creating history. A history of resistance against Company Raj 2.0. And as citizen of a country that had gloriously fought back the British Company Raj and snatched our own independence, we, who are observing and participating in the present farmers’ agitation are proud successors of the legacy of resistance.

Acquittal of Babri Masjid Demolition Conspirators Is Another Blow To India's Secular Constitution and Social Fabric

Press Release 30 September 2020

A CBI court has just acquitted all those accused of conspiring to demolish the 16th century Babri Mosque in Ayodhya on 6 December 1992. This verdict, coming on top of the Supreme Court verdict handing over the mosque site to the Ram Temple Trust, is the final nail in the coffin of justice for victims of hate crimes in India. These verdicts are an incentive for perpetrators of hate crimes, assuring them that they can enjoy the political and material fruits of such crimes with total impunity.

Between Escalating Covid Numbers and Nosediving GDP, the Modi Regime is an Unmitigated Disaster

We now have the official economic report card for the first quarter of FY 2020-21. The GDP has crashed by 23.9 per cent, by far the worst global performance for any country comparable to India. Never before in the last four decades did the Indian economy record a negative growth rate. These are early estimates and economists believe the final actual figures may well be much worse.

DUET: A Proposal For An Urban Work Programme

(We reproduce a proposal by economist Jean Drèze for a scheme of subsidised public employment in urban areas, to address the current job crisis, and to create a lasting institution as an antidote to urban unemployment and urban decay. This proposal was first shared on ‘Ideas for India’. As Ideas for India points out, “Please note that the motivation for DUET is quite different from that for MNREGA. MNREGA offers insurance to rural workers in a slack season or in a drought year when agricultural jobs disappear. That is not the case of urban production.

Release All Political Prisoners

The family of people’s poet and political activist Varavara Rao alerted the world to his severely deteriorating medical condition inside Mumbai’s Taloja jail. His family said that on a phone call from him, they realised that he is hallucinating, and a fellow-prisoner intimated that he was unable to walk, go to the toilet and brush his teeth on his own.

Kashmir Domicile Law: Incremental Dispossession, Statelessness and Displacement

In absence of any representative government in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian government has exercised undiluted and direct control in the region through a bureaucratic administration since 2018. One year ago, the Indian government unilaterally abrogated Article 370 and scrapped the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, ending the autonomous status of the region.

Ladakh: One year after UT Status

Ladakh is strategically very important for India because it connects India to Central Asia, South Asia, China and Pakistan. Historically it was also the centre of trade along the Silk Route and also known as the gateway from India to Tibet and Central Asia.

In 1979 Ladakh was divided into two districts known as Leh and Kargil. Leh is a Buddhist majority district while Kargil is Muslim majority. Kargil is geographically located between Srinagar and Leh, 210 Kms away from Srinagar and 230 Kms from Leh.