Newsclick India, October 4,2013
Speaking on Energy, Oil and Geopolitics at a panel discussion on “ Idea of India: A People's Agenda” oganised by the Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar says the equivalent of coal and iron ore in the 21st century is oil and gas. He emphasises on building an Asian Oil and Gas Community and says the sense that the gas present in this region has to be used by the countries of the region, is largely absent from the diplomacy of the countries of Asia. Aiyer says India let the oil diplomacy wither on the vine by getting involved with the geopolitics of others. The most tangible manifestation was to be the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline.
Newsclick Production, September 26,2013
Newsclick discusses the growing communal polarisation in UP and beyond, with Seema Mustafa, senior journalist. Mustafa says these riots resemble a mini Gujarat. Thousands of Muslims have been displaced in these riots, turning them into refugees with their houses burnt and plundered. They have been so terrified that they can't go back to whatever they left behind. Mustafa calls this as a huge crisis.
Prabir Purkayastha, Newsclick, September 14, 2013
The riots in Muzaffarnagar brings back memories when I was a young boy studying in Allahabad. A park opposite my house was the venue of a Jan Sangh meeting. I still remember the hate filled speech against Muslims, and incitement to mass riots over a local clash among Hindu and Muslim youth in Aligarh. There was the same twist to the tale, the allegation of women being harassed and the same hate filled appeal to save the honour of “our women”. Nothing has changed in the last 50 years, not the mindset, not the modus operandi of the RSS and its front organisations – the Jan Sangh then and the BJP now.
Newsclick Production, August 8, 2013
The UPA government has recently declared that anyone earning over Rs 27 in rural India and Rs 33 in urban India is to be considered as living above the poverty line. The Congress party leaders have taken a step further and commented that one could easily get a meal for Rs 5, Rs 12 etc. Newsclick discusses these figures and their economic implications with Dr. Smitha Gupta, Economist at the Institute of Human Development.
G. Mamatha, July 20, 2013
Like it or not, Modi knows the knack of being in news 24x7. This art is being mastered to perfection. Again, like it or not, Modi will certainly be read in history.
Newsclick Production, July 15, 2013
The campaign projecting Narendra Modi for Prime Ministership is yet to seriously start rolling. But some pros and cons have already started emerging. D. Raghunandan discusses these with senior journalist Seema Mustafa. Mustafa feels the BJP has dug a hole for itself by elevating Narendra Modi and will not quite survive it. The Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case is close to getting Modi. She says the fight today is between the secular and communal forces in India.
Newsclick Production, July 13, 2013
Narendra Modi's elevation as the Chairman of the BJP’s Election Campaign Committee for 2014 General Elections is seen as a gamble which will not pay the BJP. It poses a serious challenge to communal harmony and peace in the country. This elevation will make it difficult for the BJP to have electoral alliances with other political parties. The party has damaged its own prospects. D Raghunandan discusses with Anil Mishra, senior political analyst and commentator, the fallouts of Modi's elevation.
Newsclick Production, June 17, 2013
Veteran Communist leader Satyapal Dang passed away on the 15th of June, 2013. He was 92. Newsclick presents a scene from the film, "Once Upon a Time in Chheharta", a film on the history of the working class movement of Chhehara, Amritsar- A movement that he and many others devoted their lives to. This scene is about his first election victory in Chheharta, a former industrial township of Amritsar, Punjab. In this election he beat Congress Party's Chief Ministerial Candidate Gurmukh Singh Musafir.
Vijay Prashad, June 11, 2013
The iron has gone deep into the soul of West Bengal’s ruling party, the Trinamul Congress. On the morning of June 9, 2013, as he left his home for his morning walk, the Communist leader Dilip Sarkar, age 65, was shot by four “unidentified miscreants,” as the national news agency (UNI) put it.
Vijay Prashad, April 6, 2013
At one end of Delhi, in the verdant campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, scholars gathered to update one another on the current trends in Historical Materialism.