The Wire

Ritabrata Bandhopadhyay Is Only a Symptom of the Disarray Within CPI(M)
The upheaval the CPI(M) is going through in West Bengal can be attributed to a split in the central and state party lines. Unless resolved, this could lead to further outbursts from party members.

Ritabrata Bandopadhyay (left), Sitaram Yechury (right). Credit: Youtube, Reuters,PTI

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal has been making headlines for the wrong reasons once

What Role Will India Play in the Humanitarian Crisis South Asia Is Facing?
Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Amy Kazmin and Kabir Taneja discuss the Rohingya crisis with Maya Mirchandani.

Maya Mirchandani: The Rohingya issue is something that has been dominating the headlines, certainly in India, on the diplomatic front for the last few weeks. The reason for this perhaps is that the junior home minister had said all Rohingya in India would be sent back, they would not be welcome.

Now how many of them are actual refugees who have been identified by the United Nations? What really is the nature of this crisis that is pushing

A Sushma Swaraj-led Rajya Sabha committee in 1997 first recommended to the Centre that these Hindu and Buddhist refugees be granted Indian nationality.

Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu meeting home minister Rajnath Singh on September 13. Credit: Facebook

New Delhi: Soon after the news spread on September 13 that the Narendra Modi government –

Who Will Shatter the Conspiracy of Silence Around Those Displaced By the Sardar Sarovar Project?
Affected people who owned property are still awaiting proper rehabilitation, while others are not even being recognised as affected.
https://i2.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Modi-Narmada.jpg?fit=300%2C171&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Modi-Narmada.jpg?fit=1024%2C585&ssl=1" class="size-full wp-image-179080" src="
Malaysia Allows Generics for Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug for Which India Issued Patent
India had first rejected a patent for this breakthrough drug which sells at $1000 per pill but later overruled its own decision and granted Gilead a patent for it.

Credit: Reuters

The Malaysian government has approved a government-use compulsory license which would allow the import of generic versions of Gilead’s patented hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi. The decision was made in August but has become public this week. On September 14, the 

Violence During Bandh Brings Arunachal Pradesh to a Standstill

In the state capital, protesters damaged several vehicles including torching a state transport bus and a private vehicle during morning hours. Credit: Reuters

Itanagar: Violence marred proceedings as normal life came to a halt in Arunachal Pradesh following a dawn-to-dusk statewide bandh called by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU).

In the state capital, protesters damaged several vehicles including torching a state transport bus and a private vehicle

Ladakhi Woman Writes Rebuttal to Those Fuelling ‘Communal Passions’ in Her Name
“Nobody asked me my view as if I don’t matter in this game of misogyny played in my name.”
https://i0.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Ladakh-copy.jpg?fit=300%2C200&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Ladakh-copy.jpg?fit=1016%2C678&ssl=1" class="size-full wp-image-177740" src="
Love and Loss in the Time of Lynching
While most people expend their rage against hate crimes with a simple “but what can we do?,” through the Karwan-e-Mohabbat, Harsh Mander has provided a response to the rising brutalities against the Muslim community.

Harsh Mander sits in front of the bus in dharna at Behror, Rajasthan. Credit: Sanket Jadia

Agni Bhaskar was as fiery as his first name. We gazed up at him from where we were

Can Gadkari Clean up the Ganga by 2018?
Nitin Gadkari needs more than a silver bullet to meet the deadline of cleaning up the Ganga which remains one of Modi’s showpiece schemes.

Gadkari has little understanding of rivers and has shown no willingness to work with a team of experts who have some understanding of river morphology. Credit: PTI

Will Nitin Gadkari, the new minister for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, be able to deliver in his promise to rejuvenate the dying Ganga river prior

Kerala College Magazine Asked to Remove ‘Over-Politicised References’
The principal and staff editor wanted words like ‘Dalit’, ‘beef’ and ‘fascism’ removed from the annual student magazine of the Government Arts and Science College, Nadapuram.
https://i2.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Kerala-college-magazine.jpg?fit=300%2C225&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Kerala-college-magazine.jpg?fit=960%2C720
Hindi Speakers Out of the Heartland
Extracts from Is That Even a Country, Sir!

There are no AC compartments, stipends or OB vans accompanying these two – just their curiosity and their reading leading them on in northeast India. Credit: Wikipedia

Two journalists, Anil Yadav and Anhes Shashwat, decided to travel to the Northeast after the

As States Create Land Banks for Private Investors, Conflicts Erupt Across India
State governments are building land banks, using both private and common lands, to attract investment in manufacturing and infrastructure, but at the cost of people’s rights.
https://i1.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Land_6202.jpg?fit=300%2C194&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Land_6202.jpg?fit=620%2C400&ssl=1" class=" wp-image-178992" src
Centre Proposes Replacing Rations For Women, Infants With Cash Transfers
Critics have said that cash transfers will not be able to ensure that people have access to the nutrition needed.
https://i0.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/women_child_Reuters.jpg?fit=300%2C193&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/thewire.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/women_child_Reuters.jpg?fit=670%2C432&ssl=1" class="size-full wp-image-178918" src="
After Weeks of Silence, Aung San Suu Kyi Condemns All Rights Violations in Rakhine State
Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term “Rohingya” to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Naypyitaw: Myanmar leader Aung

Rohingya Exodus the Fastest, Most Concentrated Refugee Movement in Asia Since 1971
Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction.

Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/

An uncle of mine, a reporter for DER SPIEGEL, covered Bangladesh’s war of

Pages