Sitaram Yechury’s speech in the parliamentary debate on the constitution

One of the finest speeches in the parliament in many years… Comrade Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M) in the Rajya Sabha on 27th November, 2015 (Rajya Sabha Winter Session – 237) during the discussion… Continue reading

‘पतरा’ नहीं ‘अंचरा’ का परब है छठ

छठ पूरब के उजाड़ को थाम लेने का पर्व है, छठ चंदवा तानने और उस चंदवे के भीतर परिवार के चिरागों को नेह के आँचल की छाया देने का पर्व है. छठ ‘शहर कलकत्ता’ बसे बहंगीदार को गांव के घाट पर खींच लाने का पर्व है. छठ में आकाश का सूरज बहुत कम-कम है, मिट्टी का दीया बहुत-बहुत ज्यादा !

A Rejoinder to Chetan Bhagat

And you are Mr. English without Ideas! In a single stroke, you have turned yourself from an outcast to the Leviathan of this elite club of your imagination.

I guess, we should start giving you some intellectual credit, after all.

Yet another open letter! To Bhakts, trolls and faux nationalists

I do not have a direct pipeline to God, but I promise, I will pray for your speedy mental recovery and ask him to finally give you what makes us human – a mind and a heart, for you to discover those alien things called thoughts and emotions, that can lead you to feeling empathy for fellow humans.

How I ‘misused’ my non-NET fellowship

Amit is a former JNU research scholar. After a meeting on 23 October 2015 the Union Grants Commission (UGC), the apex decision making body on higher education in India, had decided to scrap… Continue reading

I am forced to hang my head in shame ः Admiral (retired) L Ramdas

Honourable Mr President, Honourable Mr Prime Minister, you have both sworn to honour the right of every single citizen to freedom of speech, worship, association as brilliantly articulated in the Indian Constitution. As a former serviceman and a veteran, like you, I too have promised to uphold the same constitution. It is our bounden duty that the elected Government of this nation must honour the rights of every citizen of this land as amply spelled out in the Preamble of the Constitution and further elaborated in the Directive Principles of state policy. As Supreme Commander and the Chief Executive – this is what you must ensure and implement by all the powers vested in you by the people of India.

Cast(e) in Iron

There is a possibility, though very bleak, that the government may consider bringing the entire reservation policy under major review. Assessment of a policy is a routine matter in the government, but considerably changing its orientation is quite another. In a society where caste continues to be a definitive characteristic feature, the probability of the reservation policy being modified to exclude the presently included or significantly change the criteria of inclusion seems far-fetched.

भाजपा के ‘फ़्लॉप’ सितारे

अनुपम जी यह बात नहीं बताना चाहते हैं. उन्हें यह बताना चाहिए कि बिहारी सिनेमा-टीवी के घोर उपभोक्ता हैं और भाजपा के दर्जन भर से अधिक केंद्रीय मंत्री और आस-पड़ोस के राज्यों के दिग्गज बिहार में कई सप्ताह से जमे हुए हैं. और, यह कि इसके बावज़ूद पार्टी का प्रचार ढीला है. इसे राजनीतिक दृष्टिकोण से देखा जाना चाहिए, न कि कुछ रुपयों के लिए प्रचार करने आये सिने-कलाकारों की असफलता के रूप में.

Contested Waters, Shrinking Livelihoods: Critical Issues in Trans-boundary River Sharing in South Asia

Whether the waters in South Asia can be characterized by ‘shared commonalities’ or whether transnational consensus must precede localized or unilateral policy interventions do not constitute the primary axis of the debate. The developmental discourse in this regard seems to have perpetuity, at least in terms of policy mindsets, which transcends boundaries and reduces the issue to usage of water for so-called ‘national’ purposes and considers the deleterious effects as being the sine qua non of development. Additionally, policy interventions in water are paradigmatically ‘statist’, ‘top-bottom’ and non-participatory having scant regard for complex issues such as loss of culture and livelihoods.


The social and political scenario of our beloved country is worsening with every passing day. Right wing forces have polarized nation in the name of religion, caste and ethnicity for political gains. Dissent is systematically crushed and rational thinkers and writers are threatened and brutally killed in broad daylight.

हिंसक अमेरिकी संस्कृति

ओरेगॉन की घटना से कुछ ही दिन पहले राष्ट्रपति ओबामा संयुक्त राष्ट्र में कह रहे थे कि अमेरिका अकेले दुनिया की समस्याओं को हल नहीं कर सकता है. यह उनकी सीमा के बोध की अभिव्यक्ति नहीं थी, बल्कि एक लापरवाह अहंकार था. दशकों से दुनिया कह रही है कि समस्याओं का समाधान बहुत हद तक सिर्फ़ इस बात से हो जाएगा कि अमेरिका सबके फटे में नाक घुसाना बंद कर दे. यही उपाय उसकी आंतरिक परेशानियों का भी हल है. उसकी हिंसक और संवेदनहीन जीवन और राजनीति का भयावह परिणाम विश्व भी भुगत रहा है और उसका अपना समाज भी.

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