As we approach yet another Republic Day our thoughts invariably go back to Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of the document embodying our Constitution, that imparted meaning and substance to the freedom we achieved from foreign rule on August 15, 1947. That document was adopted on January 26, 1950 precisely 66 years ago.
The events of the last few days have traumatised the entire nation beyond measure. The suicide of a Dalit research scholar, Rohith Vemula, in (...)
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January 30 this year marks the sixtyeighth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s martrydom. On this occasion we remember him by reproducing some of his writings and utterances in the last phase of his life that remain highly relevant today.
Gandhi for Today
Shaheed Saheb Suhrawardy and I are living together in a Muslim manzil in Beliaghata where the Muslims have been reported to be sufferers. We occupied the house on Wednesday, the 13th instant, and on the 14th it seemed as if there never had (...)
On January 23 this year falls Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s one hundred and nineteenth birth anniversary. On this occasion we are carrying the following excerpts from Netaji’s writings and speeches for the benefit of our readers.
Every great movement starts from small beginnings, and so it will be in India. Our first task will be to gather together a group of men and women who are prepared to undergo the maximum sacrifice and suffering which will be necessary if we are to attain success in (...)
From N.C.’s Writings
The birth centenary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is to be celebrated by the country shortly. The government has set up a National Committee under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister for the purpose. It is scheduled to hold its first meeting this week. Consisting of 72 members, of whom about 50 are non-officials and the rest is made up of Ministers, Chief Ministers and Governors, the National Committee has been entrusted with the task of celebrating Netaji’s birth (...)
I mean no disrespect to Republic Day awardees. Except a few who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields, the rest have made the grade because they have connection, however remote, with the ruling party, this time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The earlier regime of the Congress party was also guilty of promoting its own people for the honour.
This is, however, contrary to the thinking of framers of the Constitution. They banned awards. That is the reason that when the (...)
The following is the text of the letter that the Editor of Mainstream sent to the President of India on January 27, 1990 detailing the reasons for his inability to accept the Padma Bhushan award conferred on him on Republic Day that year.
NIKHIL CHAKRAVARTTY, 35 Kaka Nagar Editor Mainstream New Delhi-110003 Ph.: 697419
January 27, 1990
To The President of India
On my way back home today after an extensive tour abroad, I find that you have conferred on me Padma Bhushan on the (...)
It is a grave misfortune of a nation of 1.25 billion people that their HRD Minister is a lair, a damn lair. Her press briefing in the evening of January 19, 2016 on the suicide of Rohith Vemula is a bundle of lies, distortion and falsification. She has no parallel; nor morals. She has forfeited her credibility as a Union Minister in charge of a portfolio that has responsibility to train minds, enlighten lives and dispel the darkness of ignorance and orthodoxy. Her press briefing was aimed (...)
by Ramaiah Bheenaveni
By committing suicide at the Hyderabad Central University, Rohith Vemula, a research scholar, has shocked the entire country and set up a political stir. An ideological person like Rohith had the potentiality to debate and confront many people, Moreover, his case, pending before the High Court, was scheduled for hearing within two days before his tragic death. What drove him to such depression is a million dollar question. Secondly, his suicide note reveals his (...)
by Binoy Viswam
Rohith Vemula’s dream was to become a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan! But the oppressive social realities around him did not allow that talented young research scholar of the Hyderabad Central University to realise his fond ambition. He was forced to end his life with a heart-touching parting note in one of his friends’ room in the new research scholars hostel. Following intervention from higher-ups in the government he and four other fellow students were denied (...)
Initially the CPM Plenum in Kolkata had raised some expectations and a section of the media had even described it as the one which would provide the much needed guidance to the Left politics of the country. In the end, however, the Plenum turned out to be a damp squib and an exercise in nothingness. Instead of providing the beacon-light, the Plenum has shown all the potentialities of pulling the Left to a muddy swirl. But this was expected as the Indian Left is yet to get over its (...)
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