Vol. XLVI No. 50 December 11, 2022

On G20 Presidency

Below we publish CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s intervention made on December 5, 2022, at the meeting of leaders of political parties called by the union government on India assuming G-20 Presidency.
THIS meeting has been called to brief the leaders of political parties on India assuming the presidentship of the G20 and the plans the...

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Communal Targeting in Education

WHAT has happened in the Government New Law College in Indore and some other places is a disturbing pointer as to how the deep communalisation and polarisation in society is now affecting the educational system. The worst incident has taken place in the Government New Law College, Indore in what can only be called as a communal cleansing of Muslims in the teaching faculty. The RSS affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) unit in the college began...

The Working Class under Neo-Liberalism

A NEO-LIBERAL regime entails a spontaneous change in the balance of class power against the working class everywhere. This happens for a number of reasons. First, since capital becomes globally mobile while labour is not, such globally mobile capital gets an opportunity to pit the working class of one country against that of another. If the workers of one country go on strike, then capital has the option of relocating its production at the margin to...

Hypocrisy of the Rich Countries and the Green Energy’s Storage Problem

THE crux of the issue is that non-fossil, or even a low fossil fuel path, will need grid-level storage costs to drop by a factor of 10 times what they are today! If they don't, then the grid supply will become unreliable, with cascading costs for the people and the economy. That green energy has a storage problem did not bother us earlier. Coal or gas-fired plants on the grid can be used to...

Comparison between Gujarat and Kerala Models

SEVERAL indicators that measure the quality of life of children and women show a marked variance when Gujarat is compared to Kerala. This gives a snapshot of the difference between the ‘Gujarat Model’ and Kerala’s people oriented path of development. EDUCATION: Gujarat has a Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 96 per cent at the primary stage, slightly lower than Kerala’s 100 per cent and the India average of 103 per cent. But, by the secondary...

'Save Power Sector, Save India' A Call for Resistance and Defiance

JANTAR Mantar witnessed presumably the largest ever assembly of electricity employees and engineers under the banner of National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) on November 23, 2022. NCCOEEE is the broadest conglomeration of electricity-related federations operating throughout the country. Earlier on August 2, NCCOEEE held a national convention and called...

WB: Paresh Rawal's Fish Remark Fits Well with BJP's Divisive Politics

RENOWNED actor and former BJP MP Paresh Rawal has hit the headlines with his remark at an election campaign rally in Gujarat. He told the gathering: "If gas cylinders get expensive, they will become cheaper again. If inflation goes up, it will come down. People will get employment too. But what if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you, like in Delhi? What will you do...

AP: ‘Save the Country from Communal Forces’

THE ‘Secular Constitution Protection Forum’ formed in Andhra Pradesh called on the people to come forward to fight against communal forces in the spirit of freedom movement. In connection with Babri Masjid demolition day, on December 6, the Secular Constitutional Protection Forum has organised a state convention on communal trends of the Modi led BJP central government and threat to constitutional rights. The meeting was held at MB...

The Future has a Party – PCP National Conference Concludes

THE Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) held its Special National Conference in November 2022, two years after its 21st Congress. The Conference had two main points as its agenda – one, a review of the political situation in the country, assessments made by the Party Congress and the interventions of the PCP and two, election of a new general secretary.

Digital Currency: Need To Tread Cautiously

THE Reserve Bank of India (RBI), being the central bank of our country, came out with a concept note on Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) on October 7, 2022. Within a month of issuance of this note which was intended to create awareness about the digital currency among the general public, RBI has come out hurriedly with the pilot issuance of whole sale CBDC on November 1, 2022; further retail digital currency has been introduced on December 1,...

Demand for Delisting Tribals BJP’s Communal Agenda

JHARKHAND state secretariat of the CPI(M) strongly opposed the politics of RSS sponsored Janjati Suraksha Manch which is dividing the tribals in the name of religion and raising the demand to exclude tribals from the ST list who have adopted Christianity or Islam. The adivasis ethnically belong to the tribals in our country as well as in different countries of the world and irrespective of their religion, their status as...