Saluting one year of the historic equal citizenship movement against CAA-NPR-NRC
“WE were called today by phone. Having reached the station, they are now sending us back. They are saying that the train is full”. Soyna Munda is a worker in a construction company at Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. His worry now is where he can go from here. “The company owner won’t allow us to go back in there, and we are not being allowed to stay here at the station either”.
THE results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were announced on 23 May 2019, following which there been a vigorous debate on the efficacy of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used during the polling process. At this juncture, it would be useful to look at some of the key arguments being offered in defence of the EVMs. Let us ask ourselves: what is the nature of this defence? Is it being suggested that technically speaking EVMs can never be tampered?
(A summary of the charter released by the All India People’s Forum)
We want an India for the 99% And not for just 1%
DEAR friends, we, the people of India, are witnessing the Modi Government assaulting hard-won rights of India’s people, eroding and weakening democratic values and institutions, dividing the people on communal lines and emboldening communal-criminal elements, and sharply increasing corruption and corporate plunder.
The suicide of Anitha, a bright Dalit woman student of Tamil Nadu, has underlined the deeply unjust and biased NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) medical entrance test.
(Except from article by Kavita Krishnan in The Wire)
Nitish’s conscience is certainly an organ of convenience. It did not give him even a twinge when he continued to remain an NDA minister even after the Gujarat government headed by Modi orchestrated the riots in 2002. In 2003 – after the Gujarat riots – Nitish’s conscience allowed him to hint at a national role for Modi thanks to Gujarat’s ‘development’ success.
Senior CPI(ML) leader and steadfast fighter for land rights for the poor, Comrade Asgar Ali was arrested on 17 May 2017 at around 2 PM in Katihar. The party demands his unconditional and immediate release. This is not the first time a leader or activist fighting for basic issues like land and housing in Bihar has been arrested. The Bihar government has always been insensitive in the matter of distributing red cards, parchas for homestead land, bhoodan and ceiling-surplus lands to the poor.
EVEN as the central and state governments refuse to improve access and quality of all to government schooling – the only means of equal educational opportunities as well as right to free ‘quality’ education for all – they seldom miss an opportunity to demolish the educational infrastructure. It is the teachers of the government schools who are burdened with regular non-academic, non-school related works, and it is again the government schools that become ‘dispensable’ when the state converts them into police and military camps.