As Mainstream stands on the threshold of the fortyseventh year of its existence, the national scene resembles the one that prevailed at the time this journal was founded. Shortly after Mainstream made its appearance in 1962 came the perfidious Chinese aggression that tragically cut short the life of Jawaharlal Nehru, our first PM, and the nation was in the throes of a grave danger of disunity and destabilisation, while the future was full of uncertainty.
Likewise India today has been (...)
December 20, 2008 - Annual Number 2008
Mainstream, VOL XLVII No 1, New Delhi, December 20, 2008
This is how my sorrow became visible:
in dust, piling up for years in my heart,
finally reached my eyes,
the bitterness now so clear that
I had to listen when my friends
told me to wash my eyes with blood
Everything at once was tangled in blood---
each face, each idol, red everywhere.
Blood swept over the sun, washing away its gold.
The moon erupted with blood, its silver extinguished.
The sky promised a morning of blood,
and the night wept only blood....
Let it flow. Should it be dammed up,
there will only be hatred cloaked in colours of death.
Don’t let this happen, my friends,
bring all my tears back instead,
a flood to purify my dust-filled eyes,
to wash this blood forever from my eyes.
— Faiz Ahmed Faiz
8 Editorial: Our Task Today
9 Embrace Fidel Castro: Historic Opportunity for Obama
Ten Poems on Bhagat Singh
Nine Proscribed Poems
10 Insaaf ka Khoon (Murder of Justice)
11 Bhagat Singh
11 The Duty of the True in India
11 Piyara Bhagat Singh
12 Bhagat Singh
12 Lutfi-Shahadat ya Teen Shaheed
12 Dialogue between Bhagat Singh and Dutt
13 Qaumi Shahid
13 Dialogue between Mother India and Bhagat Singh
14 Bhagat Singh ki Murat (Statue of Bhagat Singh)
15 Why V.P. Singh Must Be Defended
17 Some Aspects of Self-Sufficiency in Energy
From N.C.’s Writings
19 For a New Crusade
21 COMMUNICATION: On Nexus between CIA and Mossad
22 Lexicon of Insolence!
25 Myth and Reality of Capitalism: Neo-Liberalism and Globalisation
41 On Re-Hyphenating India and Pakistan
43 Making Pakistan Pay the Price
45 Mumbai Terror Attack: Some Reflections
49 Dealing with Terrorism: Alternatives for India
55 Behind the CIA-run Prison in Thailand
57 Abolition of Child Labour and Right to Education
65 COMMUNICATION: Failure of Loan Waiver to Help Most Farmers
67 Defending Democracy and Peace Process against Terrorism
70 Book Review: Unique Chronicle of a ‘Barefoot’ Engineer’s Experiences of Floods in North Bihar
71 From Ayodhya to Mumbai: Communal Frenzy stands Demolished by Indian Secularism
73 Dismal Scene in 2008
75 Assembly Election Verdict
Shree Shankar Sharan
77 A Long Winter of Political Discontent?
78 ‘Maya’ in Indian Politics
Ajay K. Mehra
79 Piracy and Terrorism at Sea
83 Status of Urdu in India: Based on Analysis of Language Census 2001
88 Lasting Way to Fight Recession: Revamp NREGA
Kamal Nayan Kabra
93 Terrorism: Threat to India’s Unity
97 China, India and Tibet—Strategies and Responses
Madhuri Santanam Sondhi
101 Medvedev Visit to India: A Significant Indo-Russian Summit
104 Recasting Tradition: Dress, Difference and Dissent in Darjeeling Hills
107 ’Destruction of Evildoers’ as ’Spiritual Pratice’!: Why ’Sanatan Sanstha’ and ’Hindu Janajagruti Samity’ should be Banned
114 India 60: Multiple Readings
Arup Kumar Sen