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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Pash, my father: Daughter Winkle Sandhu remembers the revolutionary Punjabi poet

Our journey together was horrifically and abruptly cut short. On Wednesday, March 23, 1988, a group of Khalistanis assassinated my father. But, they were never able to touch the most crucial parts of Pash’s being: his beliefs, ideology and spirit. Born on September 9, 1950 at village Talwandi Salem in Jalandhar, Avtar Singh Sandhu wrote …

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There is Indeed a Jihadi Conspiracy and the Nation Wants to Know What Modi Will Do About It/Harish Khare

It is indeed baffling that so many democratic, liberal, progressive, or just plain decent, voices should be upset over a ‘nationalist’ news channel wanting to air an exposé about an unholy conspiracy to “infiltrate Muslims” into government services. Without being privy to the contents of “exposé” by the pro-RSS media house, let me say, based …

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Indira Gandhi’s Emergency Was Open and Face-to-Face, Dictatorship Today Wears a Mask/ Devanoora Mahadeva

During a recent phone conversation with senior counsel Ravi Varma Kumar, I asked him, “How is the Supreme Court doing?” We were talking in the background of the judgment by the three-judge Supreme Court bench which found that Prashant Bhushan’s tweets were in contempt of the court. Ravi said, “The judiciary itself makes an allegation; it initiates …

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Kumari Lajjawati Rakhi letter to Bhagat Singh which was banned by British

Kumari Lajjawati was one of the leading freedom fighters and Congress activist of India. She was academician as well and was in faculty of Kanya Mahavidyalaya(KMV) College Jalandhar and its Principal for longtime. She was secretary of Bhagat Singh Defence committee and having a massive campaign to get Bhagat Singh-Rajguru-Sukhdev execution stopped. She was directly …

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Still Waiting for Chandrashekhar’s ‘Azad’ Vision After All These Years/ Krishna Pratap Singh

Note: This article originally appeared on February 27, 2018, and is being republished on July 23, 2020, Chandrashekhar Azad’s birth anniversary. Today, as one remembers Chandrashekhar ‘Azad’, commander-in-chief of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, on his 88thdeath anniversary, the very act of remembering foregrounds a significant concern. Revolutionaries like Azad dreamt of liberating their country …

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You’re not the only one…/ Asavri Dhillon

It’s wrong when people say, “You’re not the only one, there are many who’re suffering.” Well there’s only one ‘you’ in the world. I’m pretty sure we don’t have clones. I’m pretty sure, you won’t find ‘you’ (the person gathering courage to be vulnerable) anywhere else in the world. Stop neglecting and then regretting when …

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Modi Needs to Be Rescued from his Cheerleaders/ Harish Khare

The final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, constituted after the 9/11 catastrophe, invoked the concept of  “failure of imagination.” After painstaking investigations, the commission concluded that no one in the extensive and expensive American security establishment was able to imagine that a domestic hijacked aircraft could be used as …

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