ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Left Victory in Colombia

Against the backdrop of a long history of armed confl ict between the left guerrillas on the one hand and the state and right-wing paramilitary forces on the other, the repressive machinery of the Colombian state, the oligarchy and the fact of Colombia being the staunchest ally of the United States in the region, the electoral victory of the left represents a great shift in the Colombian political land scape and the political common sense of the Colombian people.

‘Right to Represent’ versus ‘Right to Representation’

Holding the executive accountable, a constitutional respon­sibility, seems to be set aside again in the recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament.

George Floyd: Democracy, Police, and Black American Resistance

When police brutality ends a life and protests follow, the biggest question is, what is the relationship between the promise of democracy, historically disadvantaged communities and law enforcement. There is a need to examine the underlying biases and ideas that shape how minority groups are governed, policed and perceived. George Floyd's murder, following protests, and response of the administration have a lot to offer in this regard.

The Incarceration of Conscience

Arrests represent the current dispensation’s tendency to use coercion over deliberation.

 

Labour Law, Governance Reforms, and Protests

Employers and critics of labour regulation have been arguing for the liberalisation of labour laws, and for governance and compliance systems, following the liberalisation of the product market to enable firms to respond swiftly and suitably to fast-changing market conditions. The trade unions opposed this even as the government was seemingly favourably disposed towards employers’ demands. The countrywide strikes that have taken place since 1991 have become controversial not merely due to their high frequency but also for their lack of legitimacy as reforms appear to be a foregone conclusion and the protest politics seems to be vain and economically hurting the nation. This paper explores the dynamics of the countrywide strikes and examines whether some of the demands of trade unions are justified.

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