Thinking of Chacha Ajit Singh And Agnes Smedley

On their birth anniversary At a Barnala Kisan rally, held on Sunday, 21 February, Kisan morcha has announced that 23 February would be celebrated as pagri sambal divas (chacha Ajit Singh’s birth anniversary) in a big way. The entire Sanyukt Kisan Morcha would be involved in the celebrations. The day would be celebrated by holding …

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How We Came to Suspect the Disquiet in Our Democracy – Badri Raina

Presiding over a bail plea in a case of sedition, a judge of the Delhi high court has observed that the sedition law cannot be used to quieten disquiet in society. This admirable and salutary judicial observation goes to the heart of much that now informs the philosophy of state in India, and is intimately related to the career of capitalism from the early Nehruvian phase to the …

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Disha Ravi’s Brave Statements in Court Should Challenge India’s Judicial Conscience- Apoorvanand

“If highlighting farmers’ protest globally is sedition, I am better [off] in jail.” This is one of the most powerful sentences spoken by an Indian in this century. Powerful, courageous and honest. Even more heartening is the fact that this comes from a 22-year-old young woman. She must have been told by her lawyers what implications …

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Invoking farmers’ Revolt at Champaran ‘Kisan Morcha’ paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi On his Death Anniversary

On “Sadbhavna Divas”, January 30, marking the 73rd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Amritsar, Sanyukat Kisan Morcha, farm workers, labour, employees and trade unions observed fast to pay homage to Father of the Nation who’s message of truth, non-violence and co-existence remains a source of inspiration for all humanity. The farmers’ ongoing protest is …

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How Much of a Democracy Is India, Really?- P.B. Sawant

Abraham Lincoln defined democratic government as a government of, for and by the people. This definition was true to the spirit of the origin of democracy in the ancient Greek city states, where all males above 18 years were participating in the day to day affairs of the government. The essence of democracy is the …

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The Dissenting and Defiant Citizen Is Indian of the Year – Sidharth Bhatia

In an environment where dissidence is considered an act of rebellion, even sedition, where people are thrown into jail for standing up for rights, and where even a cartoon or a joke can get the politicians riled up, some Indians have let it be known that they will not get cowed down. Especially when it comes …

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With Polls Imminent in Assam and Bengal, BJP Is Now Dragging Its Feet on the CAA- Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Kolkata: Bengal’s food minister and a top leader of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), Jyoti Priya Mallick, on December 4, in the district of North 24-Parganas where a majority of the Dalit refugee sect Matuas reside, gave an open invitation to BJP’s MP from Bongaon and a top leader of the Matua community, Shantanu Thakur, …

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‘We Won’t Get Scared’: The Spirit of Farmers’ Protest Is Inescapable in Punjab- Pawanjot Kaur

Niamian/Fatehpur/Baras (Punjab): There is an uprising in Punjab. People in the state are acutely aware that they are at the epicentre of the ongoing farmers’ stir. They know that all eyes – domestic and international – are on the farmers’ movement. Many in the cadre are enjoying this attention. Elaborate discussions on Twitter spats between celebrities, …

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The Manusmriti and a Divided Nation- P.B. Sawant

Manusmriti (MS) is an ancient legal text or ‘dharmashastra’ of Hinduism. It describes the social system from the time of the Aryans. This country had, by all accounts, an advanced civilisation and culture at the time, dating back to 3500 BC, even to 6000 or 8000 BC, according to some historians. Its people were peace-loving, mainly …

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