Text of the historic judgment of Delhi HC on M F Husain

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the Delhi High Court delivered his lucid judgment dated 08/05/2008 quashing a bunch of cases against beleaguered artist M.F.Husain. The text of the historic judgment in full (pdf)

Palestinian activism energised by Arab Spring

Palestinian activists adapt tactics from uprisings to their own struggle, as tide of Pan-Arabism brings popular support. Aside from the backing of the various Palestinian political factions, the return to Palestine movement has… Continue reading

Nation’s conscience must be awakened to anti-POSCO struggle

Tackling corruption must begin by scrapping the scandalous POSCO project The brutal police action unleashed by the UPA Government on Baba Ramdev’s fasting camp in Delhi has shocked the nation’s conscience; even the… Continue reading

Listening to Ramdev

Swami Ramdev may have jumped off the podium but is still news. Many of my friends see him as a threat to democracy arguing he is harassing an elected government. They see him… Continue reading

An open letter to General Pasha

Ejaz Haider writes  an open letter to Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Chief of Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan Dear General Pasha, I write this letter to you in the wake of the gruesome and… Continue reading

AC Grayling’s private university is odious

A group of well-known academics are setting up a private college in London which will charge students £18,000 a year in tuition fees. There will, as usual, be scholarships for the deserving poor.… Continue reading

Second Wind for U.S. Imperialism – Now with Chinese Support

Any work on China today would be a marketable proposition and the author here, with his long record of active engagement with the subject, is most unlikely to suffer critical neglect. Despite the… Continue reading

क्योंकि हमें डर लगता है, स्वाधीनता से…

विचार तो एक ही कविता पर करना है, लेकिन किसी भी सार्थक कवि की कोई भी एक कविता सिर्फ एक कविता नहीं, उसके आत्मसंवाद और आत्मसंघर्ष का एक पड़ाव होती है, जिसका अर्थ… Continue reading

Pitfalls and questions on the Caste-religion-poverty census

Bargad Exclusive Professional journalist and occasional documentary filmmaker John Dayal has been a human rights activist since the early Seventies. His book on the Indian Emergency (1975-77) is a major document of that… Continue reading

1st Indo-China N-talk: Misperceptions

It was instructive that one word which came up repeatedly was ‘responsible’ power. At the deliberations, Indian and Chinese participants almost uniformly felt that the ‘other’ was not being ‘responsible’.  Clearly there was… Continue reading

“We are all mothers of Hamza al-Khateeb”

From Syria updates on Al Jazeera A group of Syrian women held a sit-in at a private home earlier this week in remembrance of Hamza al-Khateeb, the 13-year-old boy whose torture and killing… Continue reading