Monthly Archives: March 2017

Meatshops…

What do you mean by <illegal> meatshop? What establishes legality? How legal are the numerous fruit and vegetable vendors, chhole-bhature and rajma-chawal sellers, chaat sellers, small shops selling almost everything around us? How legal are the Haldirams and Bikanerwalas which … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness will be remembered for having seen IRA through war and peace, never giving up, and never compromising for the ideals and the cause he stood for, and yet standing up for diversity of views and thought within the … Continue reading

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Dealing with right-wing surge

Nothing achieves communal polarization better than some action on ground: riots, at small scale – small skirmishes, conflicts which can sustain the polarization without attracting much of attention. What a lot of people commenting on UP elections are missing out … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chuck Berry

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made People passing by … Continue reading

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Statism & Right-wing surge

This makes an important point. Lately we have been seeing a lot of analyses on right-wing surge in various countries based on this thesis that political right succeeds because somehow its opposition is not “left-wing” (read statist) enough. Thus Trump … Continue reading

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UP Elections

Have Dalits and Muslims started voting for BJP in UP? This seems to be one of the conclusions made in much the discussions after the results yesterday, not just by BJP supporters but even by its opponents. What is the … Continue reading

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Vanguard & the Left Elite

How do you resist a right-wing onslaught on liberal values? Of course, solidarity is crucial, but so is an expansion of the liberal space itself. About a year back, a similar right-wing assault led to the “stand-with-JNU” campaign. It enjoyed … Continue reading

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