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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

Annual 2008


8 Editorial: Our Task Today
- S.C.

9 Embrace Fidel Castro: Historic Opportunity for Obama
- L.C. Jain

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)
- Fahmida Riyaz

15 Why V.P. Singh Must Be Defended
- Ajit Bhattacharjea

17 Some Aspects of Self-Sufficiency in Energy
- Chaturanan Mishra

From N.C.’s Writings

19 For a New Crusade

21 COMMUNICATION: On Nexus between CIA and Mossad

22 Lexicon of Insolence!
- D. Bandyopadhyay

25 Myth and Reality of Capitalism: Neo-Liberalism and Globalisation
- P.R. Dubhashi

41 On Re-Hyphenating India and Pakistan
- Ninan Koshy

43 Making Pakistan Pay the Price
- S.G. Vombatkere

45 Mumbai Terror Attack: Some Reflections
- Nandita Haksar

49 Dealing with Terrorism: Alternatives for India
- Muchkund Dubey

55 Behind the CIA-run Prison in Thailand
- Mansoor Ali

57 Abolition of Child Labour and Right to Education
- Lakshmidhar Mishra

65 COMMUNICATION: Failure of Loan Waiver to Help Most Farmers

67 Defending Democracy and Peace Process against Terrorism
- Manoranjan Mohanty

70 Book Review: Unique Chronicle of a ‘Barefoot’ Engineer’s Experiences of Floods in North Bihar
- Subrata Sinha

71 From Ayodhya to Mumbai: Communal Frenzy stands Demolished by Indian Secularism
- Nilofar Suhrawardy

73 Dismal Scene in 2008
- Amitava Mukherjee

75 Assembly Election Verdict
- Shree Shankar Sharan

77 A Long Winter of Political Discontent?
- Sandeep Shastri

78 ‘Maya’ in Indian Politics
- Ajay K. Mehra

79 Piracy and Terrorism at Sea
- Latika Nath

83 Status of Urdu in India: Based on Analysis of Language Census 2001
- Syed Shahabuddin

88 Lasting Way to Fight Recession: Revamp NREGA
- Kamal Nayan Kabra

93 Terrorism: Threat to India’s Unity
- Anil Rajimwale

97 China, India and Tibet—Strategies and Responses
- Madhuri Santanam Sondhi

101 Medvedev Visit to India: A Significant Indo-Russian Summit
- Arun Mohanty

104 Recasting Tradition: Dress, Difference and Dissent in Darjeeling Hills
- Swatahsiddha Sarkar

107 ’Destruction of Evildoers’ as ’Spiritual Pratice’!: Why ’Sanatan Sanstha’ and ’Hindu Janajagruti Samity’ should be Banned
- Subhash Gatade

114 India 60: Multiple Readings
- Arup Kumar Sen