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Vol. 49, No. 28, Jan 15 - 21, 2017
Comment: Where to Now?
Note: ‘Black Magic’ - A B
News Wrap - A G D
Castro And Religion: ‘Face to Face with Fidel’ - Chaman Lal
KIFF 2016: Kolkata Film Festival - Abhijit Ghosh-Dastidar
Stigma And Lineage: The Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016 - Subhadeep Tripathi & Abhijeet Mukherjee

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Save Coast, Save Water, Save Fisher People
DISHA, in collaboration with Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF) and National Coastal Protection Campaign requests your participation in a meeting to discuss the damages and threats to the coastal environment, ecology and natural resources. Time: January 30, 2017, Monday at 5.00 to 8.00 PM. Venue: Swami Vivekananada Conference Hall, 3rd Floor, Yuva Kendra, Moulali, Kolkata.

Seminar: "Working class unity: Call of the hour"
Date: 17th January, 2017, Tuesday. Time: 3 pm. Venue: Shramik Bhawan, Ripon Street. You are cordially invited to attend the seminar.

Lecture titled "Economic Growth: Is It Sustainabile?"
You are cordially invited to attend the lecture and interact with the speaker Dr. Sudhir Vombatkere. Date:17th January, 2017, Tuesday. Time: 11:30 am. Venue: Seminar Room, Center for Soft Computing Research, 1st floor, Fisher Bhavan.


The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh - Review by Padmaparna Ghosh
Second-hand Time -By Svetlana Alexievich (Translated by Bela Shayevich) - Download (pdf/ 5.62MB)
Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover UP -By Rana Ayyub - Review by Suchitra Vijayan [Rs. 295]



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23 Jan 2017

Chant of the Masked People

Nirmalangshu Mukherji

Some significant events took place in recent months in the Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi. As the dust on these events is beginning to settle, reflective evaluations have started. According to one historian, these were ‘tumultuous events that have convulsed the subcontinent’ (‘From Institution to Mechanism’, The Hindu, 8 April). According to another, they signaled a ‘coming Left-Ambedkarite revolution’ as ‘soaring chants’ ‘rang out on the streets’ (‘Appropriating Ambedkar’, The Hindu, 21 April).
From a less charitable perspective, we will see that there indeed were chants by both masked and unmasked protestors; as the official unmasked chants ‘soared’, they drowned the masked ones, as if by design. In the process, the ruling reactionary regime got what it wanted.
So what happened? According to reports, on 9th February this year a small demonstration took place inside the JNU campus to commemorate the third death anniversary of Afzal Guru. Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri muslim, was hanged and buried inside the Tihar jail in New Delhi for his alleged involvement in the terrorist attack on the Indian parliament on 13 December, 2001. As the evening shadows lengthened, some young people reportedly made speeches and shouted slogans to protest Guru’s hanging; allegedly, they also engaged in slogans and chants demanding freedom of Kashmir.
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22 Jan 2016
Behind Jallikattu - Mainak Mouli Panja
20 Jan 2016
18 Jan 2016
A Propaganda Filmmaker - Satyaki Dasgupta
15 Jan 2016
12 Janv 2017
Fidel - Farooque Chowdhury
08 Jan 2017
05 Jan 2016
02 Jan 2016
The Year of Outrageous Lies - Mohan Guruswamy
16 Decv 2016
18 Jul 2016
20 Jan 2017
Chhattisgarh PUCL on killing of 3 women in IED blast - Press Release, Chhattisgarh Lok Swatantrya Sangathan
08 Jan 2017
Release Advocate Balla Ravindranath, Secretary, Andhra-Telanagana Chapter, CRPP - Press Release by the Committee For The Release Of Political Prisoners
03 Jan 2017
Are the sops announced raise the standard of living of India poor? - Open Letter to the Prime Minister of India from Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

Tribute: Anupam Mishra, the chronicler of India’s indigenous water wisdom
Noted water conservationist Anupam Mishra passed away at the age of 68 on Monday. Here’s a tribute & a video [link below] where he talks with wisdom and wit about the amazing feats of engineering from centuries ago by the people of India’s desert regions to harvest water. These ancient aqueducts and stepwells are still used today. [Courtesy:]

30 Dec 2016
Stop Harassing Human Rights Defenders in Bastar - PUCL, Chhattisgarh Press Statement
30 Dec 2016
An Urgent Appeal To Protect Human Life And Health - Dr. Aurobindo Ghose, General Secretary, Peoples' Rights Organisation
28 Dec 2016
23 Dec 2016
16 Dec 2016
Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike - CPDR, Tamil Nadu Press Statement
05 Dec 2016


To be an Atheist or NOT to be! - From the Blog of Prof Chaman Lal
The Demonetisation Fiasco - In Peoples Democracy
Frontier chronicled the spirit of the Spring Thunder era - Interview with Timir Basu, editor, Frontier

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