CHINA placed the industrial province of Wuhan under lockdown and contained the spread of the Covid-19 virus. An insightful article in Chuang (a blog devoted to “analyzing the ongoing development of capitalism in China, its historical roots, and the revolts of those crushed beneath it”) noted the difference between the racist tendency to blame China and people of Chinese origin for the pandemic, and between a critical analysis of the Chinese State’s handling of the crisis and what it tells us about capitalism today.
A Constitution Amendment Bill introducing coercive population control measures was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on 7 February 2020. This is a Constitution Amendment Bill restricting constitutionally guaranteed rights to citizens with more than two children. It is a draconian population control move.
THE Delhi Government move to offer free bus and metro transport to women is a welcome one for more than one reason.
ISHRAT Jehan can be declared guilty of terrorism after she is killed - without her guilt or her killers' innocence ever having to be established in a court of law.
Pragya Thakur is declared innocent of terror and made a candidate for a Parliament seat and a mascot for the ruling party even while she is on trial for terrorism - without any acquittal by a court of law.
Angana P Chatterji, Thomas Blom Hansen and Christophe Jaffrelot (eds) : Harper Collins 2019
THIS book of essays traces the ways in which the Modi regime from 2014-2019 has attempted to shape the Indian state and Indian society in a Hindu majoritarian direction.
Regarding the Violation of Model Code of Conduct by the top BJP Leaders
This is to raise our deep concerns about a series of violations of the Model Code of Conduct and erosion of the very spirit of the elections.
(Includes excerpts from an article by Kavita Krishnan, ‘Gendered Discipline in Globalising India’, Feminist Review, July 2018, Volume 119, Issue 1, pp 72–88)
WORKPLACE sexual harassment is not just to do with the “mindset” of men, it is to do with the structure of society. In Marxist terms, we would say that sexual harassment and gender oppression are not superstructural alone, they have a strong structural dimension.
UNILATERAL divorce, or the desertion of a wife by her husband without a valid divorce, is a serious offence that does immense harm to women. Its victims in India include women of all communities.
MOHAN Bhagwat’s recent speeches were rather convoluted attempts at double-speak, in which he tried to give a ‘liberal’ spin to well-established elements of Sangh ideology.
On closer look, Bhagwat did not deviate from the Sangh’s ideology at all. It is the Indian media (or most of it) which failed in its duty to closely examine his speech: lazily repeating his catch phrases instead of reading them critically.
ON 13 August, just two days before India’s Independence Day, student activist Umar Khalid had a narrow escape from a shooter in the heart of central Delhi, outside the Constitution Club.