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Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
LAWRENCE WITTNER
he apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used. That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the...
Children and Women for Sale
GRAHAM PEEBLES
To be born poor in our world is to be born vulnerable and in danger of exploitation of one kind or another; to be incarnated female and poor is to greatly intensify the risks. If you are born a girl to parents of tea-pickers in Assam in North Eastern India (earning as lit...
The Supreme Court of India’s Judgment on the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
New Delhi. Contrary to most media reports, the Supreme Court of India – vide its Judgment dated 06 May 2013 in SLP(C)* [*See Glossary] No.27335 of 2012 – has not yet formally granted permission for commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear power p...
The Tragic Fate of Rajiv Gandhi’s ‘Action Plan’
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
It is highly unfortunate that the twenty-fifth anniversary of the submission of the ‘Action Plan for a Nuclear Weapon Free and Non-Violent World Order’[1] by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi before the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 09 June 1988 during the Third Spec...
The Labs of Boston, Woolwich and Chhattisgarh
FARZANA VERSEY
“As we heard the instant matters before us, we could not but help be reminded of the novella, “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad, who perceived darkness at three levels: the darkness of the forest, representing a struggle for life and the sublime; (ii)...
American Advice for Indian Growth
VIJAY PRASHAD
Where does one even begin? On May 21, the US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, addressed the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kolkata. She told the eager crowd of businessmen that “if India is to grow again, support for policies that are necessary for ...
Farm Suicides Soar
P. SAINATH
Suicide rates among Indian farmers were a chilling 47 per cent higher than they were for the rest of the population in 2011. In some of the States worst hit by the agrarian crisis, they were well over 100 per cent higher. The new Census 2011 data reveal a shrinking farmer...
The Real Winners in Pakistan
B. R. GOWANI
Undoubtedly, Pakistan is now a “democracy”, that is, the Western style democracy where the elections are held, people vote, and the people ...
An Indo-Pak Pawn Story?
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. He is dead now. India was pleading for the life of a man dying in a government hospital in Pakistan. A prisoner on death row, ...
India’s Vanishing Farmers
P. SAINATH
There are nearly 15 million farmers (‘Main’ cultivators) fewer than there were in 1991. Over 7.7 million less since 2001, as the latest Census data show. On average, that’s about 2,035 farmers losing ‘Main Cultivator’ status every single day for the last 20 year...
An Interview With Tariq Ali
AJIT SAHI
New Delhi. A clamour is up to name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate at India’s general election next year. His backers say he should be judged for bringing development to his state. His oppo...
Sex in India
DAVID MACARAY
Although I lived and worked in India for two years (Peace Corps) and spent much of that time paying attention to important things, I never became an “expert” on anything.  While India was a magnificent country, populated by a wonderfully vibrant and generous people, ...
Bengal’s Slide into Fascism
VIJAY PRASHAD
On April 2, the four major student union federations jointly held a protest against the withdrawal of campus democracy in West Bengal. They wanted elections to be held for the student unions in their colleges. A tsunami of neo-liberal reforms in higher education had made ...
Corporate India Versus Indigenous People
GRAHAM PEEBLES
London. Consistent with the unjust, decaying economic model of our deficit times, the commodification of everything and everyone proceeds apace in India. The commercialisation of the land is shattering the lives of millions of India’s poorest, hungriest ...
Mr. Modi Wants to Come to America
VIJAY PRASHAD
At one end of Delhi, in the verdant campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, scholars gathered to update one another on the current trends in Historical Materialism. At the other end of Delhi, in Ashok Hotel, on April 4 Nehru’s grandson, Rahul Gandhi, delivered the keynot...
The Detachment of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
FARZANA VERSEY
“I want a happiness without a hole in it, I want the bowl without a crack” –From ‘The Golden Bowl’ Mumbai. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s screenplays did not scream, or even appear to make profound st...
Neoliberal Overload
NILE BOWIE
One of the least discussed and least reported issues is the Obama administration’s effort to bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to the forefront, an oppressive plurilateral US-led free trade agreement currently being negotiated with several Pacific Rim countr...
Decoding India’s Commodity Futures Transaction Tax
KAVALJIT SINGH
On 28th February 2013, India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram proposed a transaction tax on the commodity futures trading under the direct tax provisions in the Union Budget 2013-14. The commodity transaction tax (CTT) would be levied at 0.01 percent (Rs.10 for transact...
Feeding Frenzy of the Kleptocracy
P. SAINATH
Forbes has just added an ‘errata’ to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s budget speech. The minister had found a mere 42,800 people in the country with a taxable income in excess of $184,000 a year. Forbes, the Oracle of Business Journalism, does not list taxabl...
On the Wings of Intolerance
VIJAY PRASHAD
Narendra Modi is a big man. He does not seem his 62 years – energetic and brash, larger than life. There is something in him of Bhima-parakrama, of terrible prowess. It is this edge that makes many uneasy with him. It also earns him the enthusiasm of those who fa...
Where the Left Triumphs
SUDHANVA DESHPANDE and VIJAY PRASHAD
Bamutia, Tripura. During the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture in 2011, the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell recounted an incident from Mozambique, where he lives for part of the year. During the worst days of South African apartheid and the civil war in Mozamb...
Pilgrimage Against Neoliberalism
VIJAY PRASHAD
Delhi. Early this morning, on the busy bylanes of Zamrudpur (Delhi), I passed a young girl being taken to school on a cycle-rickshaw. In her lap she held fast to her day’s homework. It was a three dimensional representation of “my town,” made with wh...
War, Seduction and the Dilemmas of a Bygone Empire
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Leaving the scandal of horsemeat contamination of processed meat products behind, the British prime minister David Cameron flew to India for a three-day visit (February 18-20), boasting the largest-ever trade delegation he had led to a foreign country. The aim of youn...
India: Growing Inequality and Destructive Development
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Upon a foundation of deep spirituality and philosophical treasures, proclaiming unity, justice and service, New India, horns honking in violation of the good; is racing, no time to spare towards the Alter of Materiality and Market Fundamentalism. Under the careful ...
Why the War on Terror Endures
STEVE BREYMAN
Believe the War on Terror has been an unmitigated disaster? Find it difficult to wrap your head around the Long War’s long list of horrors? Think the Obama administration and Congress’s willingness to wage the War indefinitely is murderous myopia? Think again: the War...
The Hanging of Afzal Guru
ARUNDHATI ROY
Spring announced itself in Delhi on Saturday. The sun was out, and the law took its course. Just before breakfast, the government of India secretly ...
Silencing Kashmir?
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. Everyone is singing the Kashmir tune. An all girl-band has been banned. Most of us outside and many in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, had never heard about them until this happened. The problem is not that one should refrain from opposing such c...
In India, Rape of Women is Only a Symptom
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Two recent rapes of young women in India, one of which ended murdered by her rapists, provoked worldwide condemnation. It is difficult to equate India’s rapid economic and technological development with such barbaric practices. The problem of systematic abuse of women, ...
The Riddles of Ashis Nandy
VIJAY PRASHAD
“The rearing and guiding of a civilization must depend upon its intellectual class.” B. R. Ambedkar, Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah, 1943. Delhi. I. Arrest. States are clumsy wit...
Indian Farmers Trapped and Desperate
GRAHAM PEEBLES
India has the largest number of smallholder farmers in the World, 600 million by some estimates. From this army of workers one impoverished desperate man, or indeed woman, with a noose of debt around their neck takes his or her own life on average every thirty minutes, A ...
Australia’s Adam Complex
BINOY KAMPMARK
Race, ethnicity and origins are always up for political grabs.  No one really wants to know that they were preceded by someone else, that they were not the first ones there.  This is the Adam complex, and no culture is immune from it. A study published in the ...
At Least One Half the Earth
Vijay Prashad
Main ek Darwaza thi Mujhe jitna peeta gaya Main utna khulti gayi. I was like a door. As I was beaten, I kept opening more. — Anamika, Darwaza. Delhi. ...
India and Pakistan: a Perpetual War?
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. Are India and Pakistan at war? If we take a pragmatic view, then there has never been peace between the two nations. Does this translate into war? Should crossing the border, killing soldiers, infiltrating be treated as war during peacetime? ...
When did India Become Part of Israel’s Stable?
DR. PAUL LARUDEE
Amazing stuff, India ink.  A few drops spread vigorously with a roller for several minutes on an iron plate are enough for eight sets of fingerprints and two sets of handprints on four ancient double-sided and folded Indian police fingerprint forms.  By contrast, the mu...
The Cultures of Delhi
VIJAY PRASHAD
Delhi. Far from the center of the city, in an industrial area, on the first of January each year, the theatre group Jana Natya Manch (Janam) anchors a remembrance celebration. In 1989, they performed at that very place for the election campaign of Ramnand ...
India and Its Moral Crisis
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
London. The year 2012 ended very badly for India. The violent and sustained rape of a 23-year-old woman by a gang of youths in Delhi before the eyes of someone who, according to reports, she was to marry is a particularly gruesome act. That it happened in ...
Sexual Violence, Protests, and Neo-Colonial State Control
JESSICA NAMAKKAL
The rape and subsequent death of an unnamed 23-year-old Delhi woman has sparked an important conversation in India about patriarchy, sexual politics, and the rights of women to live without fear of sexual assault or violence, on the streets and in the home. Many of the ed...
The Asian Pivot: Four More Years
CONN HALLINAN
In March 1990, Time Magazine titled an article “Ripples in The American Lake.” It was not about small waves in that body of water just north of Fort Lewis, Washington. It was talking about the Pacific Ocean, the largest on the planet, embracing over half of...
Police State India
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In the middle of December 2012, New Delhi was once again choking on a thick stratum of smog. Everyone around me was coughing, while I was supposed to be filming, for one of my documentaries. But in such conditions, filming became almost impossible, unless one was yearning...
What the Beatles Missed About Ravi Shankar
TARIQ ALI
Ravi Shankar was a virtuoso sitar player long before he became a cult for a drug-fuelled hippy g...
My Encounters with Cruelty and Kindness Toward Animals in India
ANTENEH ROBA
In November 2012, I spoke at the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) conference in Goa, India. Realizing that I had some time to spare, I decided to take a side trip to Chennai, India. There, I embarked on an unplanned visit of the Blue Cross of I...
Lessons From the Sino-Indian War
PETER LEE
China is looking for a “Western” pivot to counter the United States’ diplomatic and military inroads with its East Asian neighbors such as Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar. For China’s strategists, as an interesting analysis in t...
Sentimentalizing Gandhi
PRAFUL BIDWAI
An outstanding Marxist scholar, historian and essayist, and editor of the New Left Review since 1962, Perry Anderson is known for a rich, incisive body of work spanning European history, the contemporary world, the Western Marxist tradition and intellectual history. T...
Outsourcing in India and the US Election
JYOTI SARASWATI
When Romney criticized outsourcing in his election campaign, he broke with Republican tradition.[i] Outsourcing had been one of the few topics in which both parties appeared to genuinely disagree on, the one issue in which the underlying clas...
Indian Children of the Migration
PRADEEP BAISAKH
Khageswar Benya and Panchami Benya from Muribahal block of Balangir district of Odisha, an Indian state, are the children of regularly migrating parents. For last five years they have been accompanying their parents almost regularly who have migrated to w...
Mo Yan and Joseph Anton
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. If Mo Yan had chosen to live in a swanky hideout in the nowhere space offered as asylum, there would be much jubilation over his being awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Instead, he lives in China, was educated in the People’s Libe...
Romney and Churchill’s Bust
VIJAY PRASHAD
In the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the edge of Hyde Park in London in late July 2012, Mitt Romney raised $2 million over drinks. His remarks were wistful. “As I drive past the sculpture of Winston Churchill,” he said, “it tugs at the heart strings to remember the kin...
India’s Baciles
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. Nothing can be more potent than ‘Sam Bacile does not exist’. It is the invisibility and the stories surrounding his identity that expose ingrained and acquired hatred like the word of god revealed. We should thank him, for he stands for the man...
Class Attack at Maruti
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
Recent years have seen militant labour unrests in Indian industries which have startled not just the management and the Indian state, but also the established unions. This article analyses the most recent and perhaps most significant of these struggles that happened i...
A Major Victory for Bhopal Gas Victims
N. D. JAYAPRAKASH
Delhi, India. The eagerly awaited judgment in Writ Petition No.50 of 1998 was delivered by the Supreme Court of India on August 09, 2012. The background of this petition has already been explained in detail in the piece titled ...