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India’s human rights violations raised in EU parliament

In Shining India Human Rights gets murkier!

The convener of Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns-Bangalore (India) and the international spokesperson of Posco Prathirodh Sangram Samithi (anti-Posco Struggle) Jagadish G Chandra will be speaking at the hearing in the European Parliament on the topic: The rise of national conflicts and religious tensions in Asia and Africa-Strategies for conflict prevention in the 21st Century- a crucial challenge for social, trade union and women’s movement on8th December 2010.This hearing is organised by the European United Left, a group of 35 Left members of the European Parliament across Europe. read more

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All-India general strike: Eyewitness report from Chennai

THE ALL-India general strike on 7 September showed the enormous potential for workers’ struggle in India, but also exposed a number of complicating factors.

The strike gave a glimpse of the potential power of the working class in India. In Mumbai it was reported that 90,000 auto-rickshaw drivers struck. Nationally hundreds of planes were grounded and rallies and protests took place across the country. read more

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London Literature Festival review: Arundhati Roy – politics and literature

The London Literature Festival 2009 opened on 2 July at the Southbank Centre, with Arundhati Roy, introducing her new book Listening to grasshoppers: field notes on democracy. Introduced by Shami Chakrabarti from civil rights group Liberty, Arundhati spoke to a packed auditorium.

She attacked the idea that India is the ‘biggest democracy’ in the world and explained how the poor are left out of development. The poor have been robbed of the language of fight back, with terms such as ‘progress’, ‘unity’ and ‘democracy’ used by the establishment when attacking rights. She has called this a “language heist”. read more