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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Symbols Serve Oppressors, That Is Why Manu Must Fall/ Pallikonda Manikanta

In the Black Lives Matter movement that followed the murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, protesters across the United States demanded the removal of racist statues and symbols. Many supported the demand. To some protectors of culture, it caused discomfort. To them, the call was anarchist in nature. But both the demand to …

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Is Bihar in For a Surprise With the Surge in Turnout at Opposition Rallies?/ Badri Raina

The habitually self-possessed chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, is now unmistakably a rattled man. Given that a large measure of his cool thus far has tended to reside in secure longevity at the top, be it in this camp or that, he seems frazzled at being called out by large sections of the people …

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How a Reinvented Left Is Gaining Electoral Significance in Poll-Bound Bihar/ Rajan Pandey and Sajjan Kumar

Left parties and their alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in the ensuing Bihar assembly elections is touted to be a formidable one, given that the former continues to command significant support in pockets. However, while the RJD leadership has been enthusiastic about its alliance with Communist Party of India (ML-Liberation), which is currently …

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Remembering Saheed Bhagat Singh on his 113th Birth Anniversary

The life and work of Saheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and his death by hanging at Lahore at the hands of British imperialism on March 23, 1931, has been a great saga of inspiration to all those who cherish sovereignty, secularism and socialism – ideals for which he and his comrades fought valiantly to the end. Bhagat …

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