Friday, April 14, 2017

Quote Selective, Drape Progressive – The “RIGHT” WAY !!


This epistle is a response to a masquerading intellectual who had contrived an article titled “Lengthy Slogans, Lousy Research – Of Force and Farce: Why Progressive UGC regulations have rattled nerves at JNU” that figured on the edit page of Times of India dated 8th April, 2017. The reference to his piece is provided at the end of this article.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Role of Three C’s – Caste, Class and Communalism in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election

Dr. Manjur Ali

In recently concluded round of state assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh results have been the most astounding as well as crucial for future course of national politics. The scale of BJP’s victory has confounded many observers, especially in view of no perceptible Modi wave as was the case during 2014 Lok Sabha elections. So how does one make sense of these results? Should one view it as a verdict in favor of demonetization by poor? Is it endorsement of heady cocktail of ‘nationalism plus development’ as BJP preaches? Or is it an endorsement of its Hindutva politics? Present article is an attempt to interrogate the role of ‘Caste, Class and Communalism’ in UP elections to have a nuanced understanding of the verdict. (Vikalp Editorial Team)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bhagat Singh’s Legacy

Balu S

Today is Bhagat Singh’s 86th martyrdom day. On 23 March 1931 he along with Sukhdev and Rajguru, was hanged for the assassination of a British officer P Saunders in Lahore in 1928. Bhagat Singh was a young revolutionary influenced by the 1917 Russian Revolution and the ideas of socialism. However, his legacy has been claimed by different ideological groups including the hardcore rightwing RSS and its student body ABVP. This is a dangerous trend. Bhagat Singh and his friends stood opposed to all forms of divisive and regressive ideologies including Hindutva. RSS and ABVP’s attempt to appropriate their legacy is a desperate move to gain legitimacy for their divisive and regressive politics. Present article is an attempt to reiterate Bhagat Singh’s Marxist legacy (Vikalp’s editorial team).       

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What it takes to Double Farmer’s Incomes in India?

Shantanu De Roy

The Union Budget presented on February 1 by Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley has announced certain measures for agriculture sector in India. The question is, whether these are enough to realise the dream of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to double farmer’s incomes by 2022?  apparently, doubling of farmer’s income which implies making agriculture a profit earning economic activity is always welcome. This is because agriculture is the main source of employment in India and the nation has been experiencing agrarian distress over the last quarter century. Thus, livelihood security of substantial number of people, associated with agriculture, has been jeopardised with prolonged agrarian distress from which no region has been spared. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

On ‘La La Land’

Rahul Vaidya

The movie ‘La La Land’ (directed by Damien Chazelle) is a Hollywood box-office hit, winner of 7 Golden Globes and has received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations and premiered to rapturous reviews at film festivals. It’s a 21st century movie which models itself upon the 1950s and 1960s era Hollywood musicals. A romantic starry eyed tribute to the ‘good old days’- starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, leading actors in Hollywood who portray struggling young artists in Los Angeles, their romance, professional dreams, parting and how do they face each other when they succeed. The city of Los Angeles and Jazz music play such an integral part in the movie that they rather are central characters in themselves.