Remembering Batukeshwar Dutt

"I am leaving behind a part of myself in Batukeshwar Dutt" : Bhagat Singh

On 16 July 1930 the atmosphere in Lahore Central Jail was gloomy. On that day Batukeshwar Dutt was to be sent from Lahore Central Jail to Multan Jail and thus he was going to be separated from his dear comrade Bhagat Singh. The British had realized that there were only two main revolutionary leaders--Bhagat Singh and Batukehwar Dutt.

HSRA Wali Azaadi: What Freedom Meant For HSRA

The Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HRA in an earlier avatar) and its youth organisation the Naujawan Bharat Sabha (NBS) are uniquely inspiring elements in India’s freedom movement. Its activists traveled in a very short time from a focus on revolutionary violence to a comprehensive socialist vision of freedom, achieved through the organised assertion of India’s workers and peasants.

75 Years of Independence: People's Campaign

The people's campaign called by historians, intellectuals, cultural activists and civil society to mark 75 years of the country's independence began at the Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir in Patna on 18 November 2021 on the birth anniversary of Batukeshwar Dutt, great revolutionary and comrade of Bhagat Singh. Earlier, a meeting was organized at Batukeshwar Dutt Lane in Jakkanpur and the great revolutionary's statue at the Vidhan Sabha main gate was garlanded.

RAWA Responds to the Taliban Takeover

(Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan - RAWA - is one of the oldest Afghan feminist organisations, which has consistently resisted US occupation as well as feudal and fanatic forces in Afghan society including the Taliban. We share excerpts from a recent interview conducted by Sonali Kolhatkar of the US-based Afghan Women’s Mission with a representative of RAWA.)

Father Stan Swamy: A Custodial Killing

The death of octogenarian human rights defender Fr Stan Swamy is a cold-blooded custodial killing. It was clear as day to all that prison was likely to prove a death sentence for an elderly, frail man with Parkinson’s disease, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. By arresting him and imprisoning such a man as an undertrial, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) knowingly and deliberately sought to take his life.

An Agenda of Surveillance, Control and Manipulation of Public Discourse 

New IT Rules 2021

Over the past couple of years, we have seen much discussion and controversy over regulations meant to police the digital space in India and abroad. In December 2019, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) tabled the Personal Data Protection Bill (DPB), and this bill is currently being scrutinized by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.