India holds first state elections since farmers’ protest movement

The five state assembly elections in the country were announced amid concerns over the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus. The ongoing elections – in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab – have caught the attention of the country. All eyes are on the outcome of the Uttar Pradesh elections because it is the largest state in size and is historically known as a state that can decisively turn the country’s political fate. read more

Uttar Pradesh

‘We the people’ v/s ‘They the oppressors’

women rage

The following article is written by Seema Chandra, a student activist from Lucknow University, on women’s rights in the face of opposition from conservative quarters questioning women’s morality and blaming women for getting raped.


Freedom Without Fear

On January 26, 2013 a freedom parade was organized by AISA{{1}} and Students of Lucknow University, on reclaiming our lost freedoms in the backdrop of increasing violence against women. It was carried out from Kailash Hostel to Vidhan Sabha{{2}}, Lucknow. The tragic incident of the gang rape and death of a 23 year old student{{3}} in Delhi has exposed the reality that is India. read more

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Uttar Pradesh

Battle for Uttar Pradesh

Upon a time when India was ruled under the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, with a government duly appointed by Empress Sonia Gandhi called the United Progressive Alliance (dominated by the Congress faction) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a coterie of like minded Ministers, the Empire was facing turbulence and upheavals on all the fronts – social, economic and political. But with an ageing Prime Minister who was hardly in control of his government and a political class more keen on looting its subjects in alliance with the rich elite and the rural landlords, there was a complete vacuum of leadership in the Empire. Thus, faced with famine like situation with over 250,000 peasants killing themselves, 42% of its children hungry and malnourished, 77% of the subjects living in poverty and the rich only getting more richer; revolts and rebellions started to manifest itself in all parts of the kingdom. read more

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Five States Assembly Elections-2012

Lack of a real class alternative and pattern of volatility continues

The results of the recently concluded 5 state assembly elections plus the council elections in Maharashtra is more than a warning sign for the ruling Congress party. The electoral drubbing the Congress has received in almost all the states (except in the North Eastern state of Manipur) is significant in many ways. read more