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The Modi Years: Rural Wages Saw Further Squeeze

The decade when the Narendra Modi-led BJP government was in power clearly saw an absolute decline in the real wages of rural labour.

27 Apr 2024 6:19 pm
Over 100 Environment, Forest Rights Groups Write to MoEFCC, Seek Roll-Back of Green Credit Rules

New Delhi: Over a hundred environment and human rights organisations, lawyers and individuals have written to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, expressing concerns and demanding a roll-back of the Green Credit rules and the methodology of it, as per a notification dated February 24, 2023. According to the letter, the methodology notified for Green Credit in effect provides incentive for forest diversion activities through green credit earnings, at huge cost to the environme

27 Apr 2024 12:31 pm
What the PIL on Quid Pro Quo Via Electoral Bonds is All About

Preliminary examination of electoral bonds data has revealed a strong possibility of quid pro quo. What are the legal dimensions of the issue?

27 Apr 2024 12:18 pm
Bihar: Stakes High for Nitish Kumar and Congress in Second Phase

Of the five seats going to polls, four were won by NDA ally JD-U in 2019, while one went to Congress.

26 Apr 2024 5:13 pm
Why Farmers Are Demanding That India Should Quit WTO

An overview of the international obligations India has and the reasons behind the farm unions call for withdrawal from WTO.

26 Apr 2024 2:02 pm
BJP: Communal Divisive Propaganda Yet Again

It is time that the constituents of INDIA bloc give a truthful rejoinder to the falsehoods of majoritarinan politics.

26 Apr 2024 12:36 pm
No Leash, as BJP Continues False Campaign Against Congress Manifesto

In this episode of India ki Baat, Abhisar Sharma, Bhasha Singh and Mukul Saral discuss how PM Modi is trying to divert attention by spreading lies about Congress manifesto.

25 Apr 2024 7:29 pm
Kerala: LDF Focuses on Political Issues, UDF Banks on Anti-Incumbency

Voting for 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state is to be held on Friday, April 26, in the second phase of the seven-phase election.

25 Apr 2024 5:45 pm
Plastic Life Span: Report Flags Grave Health Risks for People in Vicinity of Panipat Refinery

The CFA report comes during the 4th round of Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee talks in Ottawa on international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in marine environment.

25 Apr 2024 3:04 pm
Karnataka: Thirumavalavans VCK Declares Support for Congress in 3 Crucial Seats

Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru South and Kolar, which go to polls tomorrow, are constituencies with a heavy Tamil Dalit population.

25 Apr 2024 1:59 pm
Bengal: 4-Year Promise Broken, Bankura Tribal Girl Awaits Treatment in AIIMS-Delhi

The severely diabetic daughter of a tribal labourer, who hosted Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his home, says he was assured treatment, as did Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, but in vain.

25 Apr 2024 12:21 pm
Why Did Kejriwal Have to Appeal for Life-Saving Insulin?

In this episode of NewsChakra, Abhisar Sharma questions why court intervention was needed to give Insulin to jailed Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

24 Apr 2024 5:22 pm
2 NGOs File Petition in SC, Seek SIT Probe Into Alleged Quid Pro Quo in Electoral Bond Scheme

The bulk of EBs appear to have been quid pro quo deals among corporate donors and political parties in exchange for contracts, licences, leases, clearances, etc, the petition alleged.

24 Apr 2024 3:31 pm
AI Can Influence Elections in Good and Bad Ways

A panel discussion by Indian Women's Press Corps on the use of AI and deepfakes in election campaigns highlights some positive aspects as well as serious concerns.

24 Apr 2024 1:03 pm
In New India, No Ambedkar Readings?

How a Central university is being allowed to humiliate/ stigmatise Ambedkar and a conspiracy of silence still pervades it.

24 Apr 2024 12:16 pm
Outrage Over PM Modis Communally Divisive Narrative

The time has come to defeat those who fan such a division among people and elect those with credentials to uphold religious pluralism.

22 Apr 2024 6:39 pm
Why is PM Quiet on Rahuls Queries on Railways Pathetic State?

In this episode of NewsChakra, journalist Abhisar Sharma questions Modis silence on the sorry plight of Indian Railways, his opportunist speeches on Muslims, and his lies on Congress manifesto.

22 Apr 2024 6:34 pm
Over 2,200 Citizens Write to EC, Seek Action Against PM Modi for Hate Speech

The letter said Modis use of pejorative language against Muslims in a bid to seek votes seriously undermines Indias stature as the Mother of Democracy in the world.

22 Apr 2024 5:39 pm
Bihar: Union Minister Giriraj Singh Faces Angry Protest by Villagers in Begusarai

There are reports of similar protests against NDA candidates in at least a dozen parliamentary constituencies.

22 Apr 2024 4:37 pm
Bengal: BJP Playing onIdentity Politics, Post-Ram Navami Communal Discord to Improve Tally

BJP and TMC are displaying different tactics in different districts, but both observed Ram Navami in a big way this time, keeping communal issues to the fore.

22 Apr 2024 12:27 pm
10 Years of Modi: The Flickering Flame of Education

The past decade under the BJP-led NDA regime saw a cut in budgetary allocations to the departments concerned, fall in the number of government schools, shortage of teachers, drop in gross enrolment ratio, among others.

20 Apr 2024 6:30 pm
TISS Mumbai Suspends Student for Protesting Against Govt, Posting on Facebook

A PhD scholar has been suspended one month after he attended a protest march in Delhi. Student groups have condemned this move, and labelled it as an attack on their freedoms.

20 Apr 2024 12:33 pm
Election Commission Amidst Diminishing Public Confidence

Historically, the Election Commission of India has done a commendable job of taking India from a fledging democracy to a place where it claims to be the mother of democracy, but recent developments suggest an urgent need for course correction.

20 Apr 2024 12:16 pm
The Fixation With Growth Rate of GDP

Fetishising GDP growth neither prevents an increase in poverty under neo-liberalism, nor succeeds in maintaining the GDP growth itself.

20 Apr 2024 12:06 pm
Bihar: NDA's Parivarvaad in Tough Battle to Retain all 4 LS Seats in First Phase of Polls

Contrary to PM Modis repeated attack against parivarvaad, the ruling NDA is pinning hopes on dynasty politics in the first of the seven-phase polls in the state.

19 Apr 2024 2:29 pm
Absent in Elections 2024: Dalits and the Historic Battle For Land

Caste, big capital, entrenched political influence continues to determine access to to land. Violence is the means to quell Indias Dalit communities as they struggle to reclaim land that is tilled by them.

19 Apr 2024 12:11 pm
Elections 2024: Battle for Future of India Begins

The first phase of polling being held today encapsulates all the challenges facing contending forces.

18 Apr 2024 11:37 pm
TN: Its DMK Vs AIADMK for 39 LS Seats Tomorrow, Despite BJPs Push for Acceptance

As many as 6.23 crore voters will exercise their franchise on April 19, the first of the seven phase general elections, to decide the fate of 950 candidates in the fray.

18 Apr 2024 4:17 pm
A Day Before Polling, SC Asks EC to Look Into Mock Poll Showing Extra VVPAT Slips in Favour of BJP

The top court is hearing petitions, including by ADR, raising concerns over EVMs and demanding 100% verification of VVPAT slips.

18 Apr 2024 3:09 pm
Rakhigarhi: NCERTs New Chapter Flies in Face of History & Science

Another Hindutva myth is being pushed through a new addition in a chapter titled Bricks, Beads, and Bones The Harappan Civilisation in the Class 12 History textbook.

18 Apr 2024 12:16 pm
Madhya Pradesh: Coarse Grain Scheme Remains on Paper

The 80% seed subsidy promised under the Madhya Pradesh Millet Mission has not taken off, pushing farmers into the vicious cycle of high seed cost, poor grain pricing and perennial debt.

17 Apr 2024 2:30 pm
Maharashtra: Unseasonal Rains, Hail Ruin Acres of Crops in Vidharba, Marathwada

After months of acute drought, unseasonal rains and hailstorms have wreaked havoc with crops in Vidharba and Marathwada.

17 Apr 2024 2:19 pm
Yechury Files Complaint Against PM Modis Speeches Using Religion for Votes

Submitting links of Modis speeches, the CPI(M) general secretary pointed out that these grossly violated Clause 1 and 3 of the poll panels own MCC.

17 Apr 2024 1:17 pm
Homes of Labourers Bulldozed. No One is Listening!

While investigating these promises, we found that the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), which is currently in power at the Centre, had promised the people of Delhi 'Houses to Replace Slums'

16 Apr 2024 5:38 pm
Why do BJP Leaders Want to Change the Constitution?

Abhisar Sharma questions ECs silence on several BJP leaders talking of changing the Constitution, as well as party candidate Nirahua's unrestrained remark on Modi-Yogi and population growth.

16 Apr 2024 5:32 pm
Bihar: Demand for Special Category Status Missing in Ruling NDAs Poll Campaign

While the Opposition RJD is raising the issue in every public meeting, Nitish Kumar, who raised the demand vociferously for years, is curiously silent this time. So is PM Modi.

16 Apr 2024 4:10 pm
Bengal: Potato Farmers in Debt Soup While Middlemen Strike it Rich

TMC governments apathy, weather vagaries and low prices are pushing potato farmers to completely rely on moneylenders and middlemen.

16 Apr 2024 12:57 pm
Maharashtra: CJP Releases Handbook, Urges SEC Advisory to all District Authorities Before Ram Navami

Ensure a communal violence and hate free and fair election 2024, CJP approaches the Maharashtra State Election Commission (SEC).

16 Apr 2024 12:13 pm
Is BJP in Panic After Priyankas Frontal Attack on Modi & Agniveer!

In this episode of NewsChakra, senior journalist Abhisar Sharma speaks on how BJP seems rattled by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi speech in Rajasthan

15 Apr 2024 6:15 pm
Make or Break: How Language Decides Learning Outcomes Among Gujjar Bakarwals of Kashmir

Pre-primary and primary school students do not understand what they are being taught as most of the schools do not have teachers who speak their mother tongue Gojri, which in turn increases dropout rates.

15 Apr 2024 2:23 pm
Quell Rising Public Suspicion Over Level-Playing Field, Former Civil Servants Write to ECI

The Election Commission has failed to enforce its writ on repeat offenders of the Model Code of Conduct, including the PM, says the letter.

15 Apr 2024 1:13 pm
'Scrap Great Nicobar Project, it Disregards Indigenous Community Rights'

Environmentalists, anthropologists, scholars write to NCST and Tribal Affairs Ministry challenging ANIIDCOs 15-point submission.

15 Apr 2024 12:28 pm
Heed Ambedkars Fears on Erosion of ECI's Credibility

The CSDS-Lokniti Surveys worrying findings that 58% respondents dont trust ECI, doesnt bode well for the Constitution and democracy.

14 Apr 2024 2:12 pm
Odisha: All Eyes on Battle Royale in Sambalpur Between BJP, BJD Trusted Lieutenants

In Balasore, BJD seems to be on the back-foot because of its choice to field a BJP turncoat, Lekhasree Samantsinghar, who is pitted against BJP heavyweight Pratap Sarangi.

13 Apr 2024 7:10 pm
Bihar: Mahagathbandhan Focuses on Issues to counter Non-Issues Raised by Modi-led NDA

Tejashwi Yadav is talking about unemployment, price rise etc, while Modi and other BJP star campaigners are talking about eating fish during Navratri and mutton during Sawan.

13 Apr 2024 6:36 pm
10 Years of Modi: Why Are Farmers Angry Like Never Before?

Promises made to annadatas in BJP election manifestos doubling farmers incomes, pension to small, marginal farmers, MSP etclie broken.

13 Apr 2024 1:34 pm
Decline of Extreme Poverty in Past Two Centuries

Some ideologies, such as socialism, were the most effective in fighting extreme poverty.

13 Apr 2024 12:22 pm
A Ghost in the Machine? EVMs, Democracy Deficit & its Constitutionality

There is a misconception that Electronic Voting Machines have received an unqualified thumbs-up from the Supreme Court. Many serious problems persist and continue to cast a long shadow on Indias electoral democracy.

13 Apr 2024 11:51 am
BJP Mounts Attack on Kejriwal, Rahul, Tejashwi, Crosses All Limits

In this episode of India Ki Baat, senior journalists Abhisar Sharma, Bhasha Singh and Mukul Saral talk about the country and Delhi.

12 Apr 2024 8:07 pm
Maharashtra: Prominent Citizens Appeal for Vote to MVA to Restore the States Reputation Sullied by BJP

This regime of 3 power hungry opportunists symbolises the utter debasement of politics and is a source of embarrassment for the people of Maharashtra, said the public appeal.

12 Apr 2024 2:34 pm