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Follow the Law

The decision to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by 17 metres has been widely criticised by social organisations led by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) as well as many eminent citizens on the grounds that it violates the legal rights of about 48,000 families (about 2 lakh people) living...

Rejuvenate the Planning Commission

Dismantling of the Planning Commission is easily one of the most controversial decisions taken by the new Bharatiya Janata Party-led government. While doing away with the Planning Commission had been talked about since the regime-change in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an official...

Socialist Leader and Writer

Sunil (1960-2014), national general secretary of Samajwadi Jan Parishad and editor of Samyik Varta , breathed his last at New Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on 21 April 2014. Sunil will be remembered for long as one of the most inspiring socialist activists, ideologues and writers whose high ideals were...

Protect Dam Workers

On 14 February, six workers died and 16 were seriously injured in Kinnaur district (Himachal Pradesh) when stones and boulders, destabilised by the blasting work carried out for dam construction, fell on a temporary settlement of workers. This accident occurred at the 1,000 MW hydel project,...

Rural Employment Schemes

A quantitative assessment of the impact of various rural wage employment schemes during the last two five-year plans and the current one shows that the results in terms of employment generated have been steadily decreasing. Restructuring and consolidation have not helped, and even the central legislation to integrate all programmes into the proposed National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme may achieve nothing more.

Land Reforms, Productivity and Farm Size

Real productivity of small farms has been found to be higher than that of large holdings. So much so that institutions such as the World Bank now propagate the view that redistribution of land to small farmers would lead to greater overall productivity. A compelling reason, if one were needed, to hasten the process of land reform in India.

Land for the Poorest

Amidst long-surviving stories of landlord oppression and the progressive degradation of the poor farmer, the activities of a little-known social organisation in two districts of Chitrakut district offer a glimmer of hope.

Tipaimukh Project

With reference to the letter by Aram Pamei (March 31) I would like to offer my full support to the demands voiced by the Naga Women's Union. It is unfortunate that we have not learnt from costly mistakes made in the past and highly disruptive projects like Tipaimukh dam are being pursued and that...

How Do the Poor Fare?

Serious natural disasters, severe and continuing water shortages, combined with the policy-induced shrinking of job opportunities are leading to severe stress for the rural poor.

Worst Tragedies, Least Reported

Media manipulation is not a new phenomena. Many states have resorted to it over this century, making for a distorted picture of disasters and conflicts.

Pather A Symbol of Anti-Liquor Movement

Movement PATHER village of Saharanpur district has emerged as a major symbol of the anti- liquor movement in western Uttar Pradesh, For nearly three months the people of this village, assisted by a voluntary organisation Disha, carried out a grim struggle for the removal of the liquor vend from the village. Nearly 50 persons of this and sur- rounding villages, including particularly the women activists of Disha, were injured in the police repression unleashed on the movement. Such was the moral force behind the movement that despite this repression the movement continued till the government finally agreed to remove the liquor vend.

Unemployed Workers Struggle-A Report from Chhattisgarh

the report observes, "Police officers and men. particularly at the junior level, appeared to have an in-built bias against Muslims which was evident in their treatment of the suspected Muslims and Muslim victims of riots. The treatment given was harsh and brutal and, on occasions, bordering on inhuman, hardly doing credit to the police. The bias of policemen was seen in the active con- nivance of police constables with the rioting Hindu mobs on occasions with their adopting the role of passive onlookers on occasions, and finally, in their lack of enthusiasm in registering offences against Hindus even when the accused were clearly identified..." As for the January 1993 phase of rioting, the commission's view is that large-scale rioting and violence was commenced from January 6, 1993 by the Hindus and was brought to fever pitch by communally inciting propaganda unleashed by Hindu communal organisations and writings in newspapers like Saamna and Navakal. It was taken over by Shiv Sena and its leaders who continued to whip up communal frenzy by their statements and acts, and writings and directives issued by the Shiv Sena pramukh Bal Thackeray, Srikrishna also refers to the interview given by Shiv Sena supremo to The Time magazine propounding the doctrine of 'retaliation', Srikrishna also observes that the doctrine of 'retaliation' as expounded by Madhukar Sarpotdar and Manohar Joshi (now chief minister of Maharashtra), together with the thinking of Shiv Sainiks that Shiv Sena's terror was the true guarantee of the safety of citizens, was responsible for vigilantism of Shiv Sainiks. Because some criminal Muslims killed innocent Hindus in one corner of the city, the Shiv Sainiks 'retaliated' against several innocent Muslims in other corners of the city, the judge observes.

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