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Monday, June 8, 2009
  • "This substantial new commentary, based on contemporary Russian- and German-language sources, provides hitherto unavailable contextual information that undermines these views and shows how Lenin's argument rests squarely on an optimistic confidence in the workers' revolutionary inclinations and on his admiration of German Social Democracy in particular. Lenin's outlook cannot be understood, Lih claims here, outside the context of international Social Democracy, the disputes within Russian Social Democracy and the institutions of the revolutionary underground. "
  • "Punjab is burning once again in the flames of sectarian frenzy, sparked off by the murder of a Sikh spiritual figure, the vice-chief of the Dera Sachkand in Vienna.

    Meanwhile, hidden from the eye of the mainstream media, Punjab’s agricultural labourers and rural poor – mostly Dalits – are facing an unprecedented – and continuing –crackdown, with several hundreds, including a large number of women and children, being jailed – in the course of a struggle for NREGA job cards and homestead plots promised by the SAD-BJP State Government. CPI(ML)’s entire state leadership is also behind bars, and Comrade Swapan Mukherjee, General Secretary of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) was released on 25 May after being in jail for four days. The SAD-BJP Government launched this offensive immediately following the Lok Sabha elections, where the results reflected the disenchantment of the rural poor with the government."

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