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Diplomatic cables prove top US officials knew Russia’s red lines on NATO expansion

By Branko Marcetic  Nearly a year in, the war in Ukraine has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and brought the world to the brink of, in President Joe Biden’s own words, “ Armageddon .” Alongside the literal battlefield, there has been a similarly bitter intellectual battle over the war’s causes.
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Victory of Stalingrad: Need to guard against eulogising Stalin, give him sole credit

By Harsh Thakor  80 years ago, an event to place this was the turning point in shaping the course of the last century and amongst the great military achievements in history, literally saving the fate of mankind. February 2nd marked the 80th anniversary since the end of the Battle of Stalingrad with the complete victory of the forces of the Red Army and the crushing of the Nazi armies, something that paved tide in the war in favour of the USSR and more generally planted the seeds for the Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples. Stalingrad is where Nazi Fascism was nailed and spirit of liberation reached an unsurmounted height.

Adani move setback to India seeking to set up massive green hydrogen projects

By NS Venkataraman*  All those who are keen that India should successfully set up massive green hydrogen projects to overcome the impending energy crisis, are greatly disappointed that Adani group has decided not to go ahead with the fully subscribed Rs.20,000 crore Follow On Public Offer.

Blueprint to address and ultimately overcome hate, divisiveness and violence of today

By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ*  On December 21, 2020, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution – co-sponsored by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt – proclaiming February 4 as the International Day of Human Fraternity, inviting all Member States and international organizations to observe the International Day of Human Fraternity annually.

Amrit Kaal and Union Budget 2023-24: Push to consumption, increase in capital expenditure

By IMPRI Team  The IMPRI Center for the Study of Finance and Economics (CSFE) , IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute , New Delhi hosted an interactive panel discussion on the topic “The Amrit Kaal and Union Budget 2023-24” on 2 February 2023, under the IMPRI 3rd Annual Series of Thematic Deliberations and Analysis of Union Budget 2023-24, as part of IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk . The session was chaired and moderated by Prof Nilanjan Banik who is currently serving as a professor at Mahindra University , Hyderabad, and is also a Visiting Consultant at IMPRI. The session was inaugurated by Ms Tripta Behera, a researcher at IMPRI by welcoming and giving a brief introduction to the chair and panelists of the discussion. The Panelists for the discussion were Mr TK Arun , who is a Senior Journalist and Columnist based in Delhi, Dr. Rajesh Shukla who is currently serving as Managing Director and CEO of People Research on India’s Consumer Economy (PRICE) and Dr. S P Sharma , who is the Chief

Systematical killing of public sector banks, pushing people to money sharks

By Thomas Franco*  It was only after the nationalisation of 14 banks on July 19, 1969, that the banks reached the common people. The main changes that were done included a shift from class banking to mass banking, a shift from big industries to agriculture, the development of small, medium, and micro enterprises, a shift from urban to rural areas, and a reduction in income inequality.  However, after 1991, the reversal began slowly and accelerated in 2014, when the NDA took over the government, with slogans like the government has no business being in business; the public sector was born to die, etc. They couldn’t privatise a public sector bank until now because of the UFBU’s strong opposition.  But using dubious methods, they have reduced the strength of the PSBs. As per the RBI data of March 2014, 82% of the branches, 65% of the loan limit, and 75% of the loans outstanding were with public banks.  The staff strength of PSBs (including SBI) was 844445 whereas private banks, including

Budget woefuly hollow on crucial issues of employment, health, education, price rise

The All-India Trade Union Congress Secretariat on the Budget 2023-24:  Unimpressive and hollow... *** Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has presented her last full budget, placing it with pomp as ‘amrut kaal budget’. As usual the bombastic jugglery of words and encomiums on the Prime Minister filled the substantial part of her budget speech. In sum, the budget woefully is hollow without addressing the crucial issues of employment, health, education, price rise etc,. Except that there are some handouts with an intention to woo the electorate, there is nothing aimed at moving towards a people centric economic growth and human development. The speech was laced with falsehood and jugglery. The estimations presented as achievements were far from true. The seven key priorities as listed in the budget such as the inclusive growth, reaching the last mile, youth power etc remain empty without any substance further. None of the real issues concerning people have been addressed. Trade unions hav

He translated hundreds of pages of historic Indian communist movement documents

By Harsh Thakor  Ranajit Singh expired on 24-1-2023 at the age of 82 in Jaipur. For 4 decades he selflessly served the Communist movement as a central Committee member of CPI (ML) Ranajit Singh had a long history within the communist revolutionary movement. He got his baptism in his student days when entangling himself with the activities of SFI and slowly became important organiser. In 1964 left CPI (M) due to ideological differences and joined hands with newly formed committee in support of Naxalbari revolt. Subsequently he became one of the organisers. He along with other leaders started publishing "Rahul" as their theoretical organ. They started organizing workers, peasants and students and knit a strong revolutionary movement throughout the state of Rajasthan. In early seventies they were forced to o go underground. At the time of formation of CPI (ML) they joined the newly formed party but as soon as it tried to implement the line of annihilation programme they lef

Covid vaccines: Where does truth stand in this age of new normal, cognitive dissonance?

By Jay Ihsan  Let us talk about truth and disinformation in this age of "new normal". Do they matter to the lay person? Or does copyright of "truth" and freedom to disinform belong to the powerful and elite? The Covid-19 injections had many people welcoming the narrative peddled by vaccine makers and governments. To date, more than 5.51 billion people the world over or 71.8 per cent of the word population have been jabbed with these mRNA vaccines. These vaccines, rolled out within months after the Covid-19 pandemic engulfed the world, were not without harm. In fact, giant pharma Pfizer knew its vaccines were dangerous and could hurt the human health and body. But in the face of the billions of dollars cascading into its coffers, Pfizer chose to feign ignorance. Moderna, AstraZenaca and Johnson and Johnson's vaccines were equally injurious, as all were responsible for the unprecedented deaths and permanent disabilities in those who took them. Strangely, there ar

Clive Lloyd among great batsmen Alan Border, Javed Miandad, Rahul Dravid,Ted Dexter

By Harsh Thakor  Few batsmen struck a cricket ball with such vengeance or contempt as Clive Lloyd, who was the ultimate embodiment of power. Perhaps no left-hander batted more like Gary Sobers. Hard to think of any left hander in is time, with such wide range of strokes or at best batting in a more cavalier or imperious manner. At his best Clive could take domination to the scale rarely transcended and was a spectacle to witness.. It is hard to do justice to the joy Clive radiated out on the middle. Clive Lloyd nurtured and knitted a bunch of talented individuals to transform into possibly the best test team ever in the 1980's.Literally led a renaissance or gave a new dimension to Caribbean cricket. Never did West Indian cricket nurture such father figure.  Clive made a great contribution in elevating the morale or epitomising the spirit of the Afro-American West Indian Community and image of black people in the eyes of the white Community. As a cricketer he gave the ultimate knock