Fundamentalism And The Year Of 2005

AS 2005 closes and 2006 opens, we find that scientific outlook against Christian fundamentalism has made an important gain with the rejection of intelligent design theory by an US court. At the same time, it … Read more

Privatisation Of Delhi water Supply

AMID a mounting storm of public criticism against the Delhi government’s plans to privatise water supply, coming on top of a wave of public protests against the hugely negative impact of electricity privatisation, the Delhi … Read more

Subverting The India Patent Act

THE Indian Patent Act was amended by the Indian parliament in March 2005, and due to the sustained pressure from the Left many problematic provisions of the Patents Ordinance issue by the government in December … Read more

World Bank And The Health Sector

THE World Bank has been, for some time,soliciting comments on itsCountry Action Strategy (CAS) for the World BankGroup in India,which is essentially a draft plan for intervention in Indiaby the World Bank in different sectors … Read more

Privatisaton And FDI In Indian Airports

ONE of the several developmental issues on which the CPI(M) and the Left in general on the one hand and the Congress-led UPA government on the other hand have differed has been in respect of … Read more

The Stock Market Melt Down and the Media Hysteria

THE response of media, particularly the electronic one, to the stock market melt down of May 17, was revealing. It became the central story for days, pushing mundane events such as the electorate throwing out … Read more

The Fiasco Of Opinion Polls: Bad Psephology Or Bad Psephologists?

THE elections to the 14th Lok Sabha have been disastrous not only for the BJP led NDA but also to the pollsters. The huge number of opinion polls and exit polls had all predicted that … Read more

From Bofors To Bulgaria

COME election time, it should surprise nobody that accusations of scams be levelled by both the main contenders, the BJP and the Congress, against each other. Certainly, neither party is a stranger to scams, even … Read more

Goodbye Concorde!Hello What?

A FORTNIGHT ago, the world witnessed a momentous event in aviation history: the retirement from service of the world’s first, and for long the only, civilian supersonic airliner, the Concorde. Five Concordes of the British … Read more

Public Religion and Private Belief The Role of Catholic Church

THE “beatification” of Mother Teresa drew a worldwide audience with the media, both Indian and international figuring it prominently. Beatification is the first step in the complex process the church declaring anyone a saint. While … Read more

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM 2003 Hope Takes To Streets In Porto Alegre

SURKH Hai, Surkh Hai, Asia Surkh Hai, Khoon-e-Pakistan Se Asia Surkh Hai, Khoon-e-Hindustan Se Asia Surkh Hai, Khoon-e-Filisteen Se… Khoon-e-Iraq Se….  (Asia is red with the blood of Pakistan, the blood of India, the blood … Read more

The World Social Forum: Another World Is Possible

THE global neo-liberal agenda – globalisation, privatisation and liberalisation – has become increasingly exposed as a neo-colonial agenda.  In country after country, prescriptions of the IMF and World Bank, policed by the World Trade Organisation, … Read more