Marginal Identities, Mainstream Institutions: Caste and the Academia

It is hardly surprising that institutions of higher learning in India mirror and sometimes stimulate ideas and beliefs that are counterproductive to the ideals of equality, social justice and egalitarianism.

On governing India: “Then who will come to us?”

The India of today is also much more of a nation sharing a common perception of its origins and history. With a billion people under its flag, today’s India, a fractious and youthful democracy with a billion unsatisfied aspirations would easily be the toughest public administration challenge in the world.

क्योंकि अब मैं खुद में खत्म नहीं होती : A JNU student from Nagpur

But if an appeal so genuine was torn apart and turned up against Rohit, his family and everyone who stood for him; if the reasoned debates at the freedom square teach-ins from the best minds in India, the appeals and solidarity statements from scientists and the most eminent academicians in India and the world, the beating up of a student leader in a court complex, a concerted agitation launched by university students, a hunger strike in this unbearable heat of Delhi which enters its 14th day as I write could not move your conscience I wonder what will. And thus this note is not addressed to the HRD minister or the JNU VC.

Modern anti-semitism: born on the right, against the left

Modern anti-semitism, of the kind which the Nazis expressed in a particularly virulent form, was crafted as an ideology against the influence of the left and as an alternative to the universal, internationalist and anti-capitalist politics of the left.

The Uighur Visa Controversy

There is more than what meets the eye of the recent controversy on the issuance and withdrawal of visas to Dolkun Isa and Omar Kanat of the World Uighur Congress (WUC). Things are not what they seem. The visas were given despite or because of the antecedents of all the parties concerned.

The downfall of Punjab

In 1965 Punjab’s per capita income was Rs.562 and was 1.7 times that of Bihar’s Rs.332. Punjab now has a per capita income of Rs. 92,000 and Bihar Rs.31.000, or about 3:1. But other changes have also set in. Once India’s most prosperous state, it now lags behind Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Telangana as is about par with the neighboring hill state of Himachal Pradesh.

The London Greens’ right wing lurch

To be clear – it is, of course, up to the Greens in London whether to recommend a second vote for Labour of not. Equally, it is up to the rest of us to decide that this party formation has little to do with developing the radical left or the class struggle.

Hillary Clinton: Obama’s Dick Cheney?

It may be hard for the white supremacist capitalist ruling class that controls the military industrial complex to find and hire another loyal and obedient servant like Barrack Obama, who acts more like their kitchen bus boy than a president, but, aside from having to tell her to go easy on wars and hold off on her order for new wars, Hillary will be embraced as another supposedly invaluable agent of US imperialism, who will further push the world towards destruction and mass annihilation.

तपिशे-शौक़ और ख़ुलूस का क़िस्सा

उसकी आवारगी में लय है, उसकी घुमक्कड़ी में धुन है, बाहर-भीतर उठती तरंगों की ताल है. अनुराधा रक़्स में है. इस रक़्स में उम्मीदों की रवानी है. उसके रूमान से गुज़रना अपनी हदों से परे झाँकना है. इस लिहाज़ से अनुराधा की किताब को पढ़ना मेरे लिए मेरी अपनी बंदिशों से दो-चार होने का अहसास भी है.

JFK, China and India

Reidel writes with immense knowledge and access to hitherto top secret documents, but with eloquent brevity. He tells all and says all without using up many lines of wordage. He has an eye that can focus with hawk like precision on the relevant detail and keep looking at the big picture also.

The Best Reporting on Bernie Sanders Over the Years

Bernie Sanders became the first socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and ran successfully as an Independent for the House of Representatives and then the Senate. Now, the Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton has young voters “feeling the Bern.”