Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury

In his, by now ‘compulsory’ address on the State-owned radio, Mann ki baat, on March 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the combined Opposition in Parliament opposing the amendments moved by this government to the land acquisition Bill, 2013 of spreading a pack of ‘lies’ as a ‘conspiracy’ to undermine farmers’ interests.

Articles by Sitaram Yechury
Farmers’ supporters protest against the three farm laws outside Raj Niwas on completion of seven months of farmers’ agitation in New Delhi on June 26. (ANI) Exclusive
Farmers’ supporters protest against the three farm laws outside Raj Niwas on completion of seven months of farmers’ agitation in New Delhi on June 26. (ANI)

Keeping people, not profits, at the centre of reforms

UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2021 04:40 PM IST
Wealth is the monetisation of value created by the working class with their toil. Respect these value creators first
Pranab Mukherjee at his office when he was External Affairs Minister. Pranab Mukherjee, India’s former president died on Monday, August 31, 2020. He was 84.(HT Archive)
Pranab Mukherjee at his office when he was External Affairs Minister. Pranab Mukherjee, India’s former president died on Monday, August 31, 2020. He was 84.(HT Archive)

Pranab Mukherjee: A gentleman who had the memory of an elephant

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 09:24 AM IST
I recollect telling him that I am too junior to give someone like him any advice and refused. He, however, insisted. I told him that he should contest only if he was more than confident of victory.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Osaka, June 28, 2019(AFP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Osaka, June 28, 2019(AFP)

Modi 2.0: Dark clouds have engulfed the nation, writes Sitaram Yechury

UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 07:42 PM IST
The government has undermined secular democracy; social justice; federalism; and economic self-reliance
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks on the last day at the event titled 'Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective', in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018(PTI)
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks on the last day at the event titled 'Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective', in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018(PTI)

Efforts to give the RSS a makeover are duplicitous

UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2018 12:08 AM IST
In sum, this exercise was an effort to take the RSS through a beauty parlour to effect an image change. As the old saying goes: “A leopard can never change its spots”.
Somnath Chatterjee had a significant role in initiating discussions over the formation of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), says CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.(PTI/File Photo)
Somnath Chatterjee had a significant role in initiating discussions over the formation of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), says CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.(PTI/File Photo)

He fine tuned democracy and helped safeguard secularism, federalism: Sitaram Yechury on Somnath Chatterjee

PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2018 11:17 PM IST
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said late Somnath Chatterjee’s wisdom was necessary to restore democratic order in Parliament, and outside Parliament, being a distinguished lawyer, he fought cases related to the rights of the underprivileged and marginalised sections of society.
Bags containing the copies of the Union budget at Parliament House in New Delhi on Feb. 1, 2018(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Bags containing the copies of the Union budget at Parliament House in New Delhi on Feb. 1, 2018(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Union Budget 2018: An election budget that serves the interests of big corporations

UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2018 08:28 PM IST
There is no increase in direct taxes to meet governmental expenses which exclusively rely on indirect taxes which are a burden on the vast majority of the people. The contraction of expenditures comes also in education (from 0.49% of GDP to 0.45%) and gender (0.68% to 0.65%)
It is becoming increasingly clear that the citizens of India will have to forcibly take acche din from the NDA government.(PTI Photo)
It is becoming increasingly clear that the citizens of India will have to forcibly take acche din from the NDA government.(PTI Photo)

NDA government’s duplicity has been on display constantly this year

UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2015 01:34 AM IST
Increasingly, it is appearing that the people of India will have to extract happy days from the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. Otherwise, growing economic burdens will continue to break our backs and increasing social and communal tensions will deepen our insecurities. The pervasive duplicity employed by the NDA government is on full display.
(File Photo)
(File Photo)

NDA should focus on public investment, not serve interests of capital

Sitaram Yechury | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2015 09:31 PM IST
The economy is going downhill on a range of indicators. The NDA should focus on public investment, not serve interests of capital
A scene in Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
A scene in Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)

Government using winter session to promote its own agenda

UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2015 12:44 PM IST
The current winter session of Parliament began later than usual, tailored to accommodate our prime minister’s ever growing foreign visits. Soon after the session began, he has taken off again to attend the climate change conference in Paris, to make a three-minute intervention.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) attends a working session on the Global Economy during the G20 summit in Antalya.(AFP Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) attends a working session on the Global Economy during the G20 summit in Antalya.(AFP Photo)

India doesn’t require dream merchants, but a leadership with vision

Hindustan Times | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2015 07:22 AM IST
India does not require dream merchants, but a leadership with a vision that will save the people from the present state of misery.
The politics of hatred has consumed the lives of thinkers like Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi(AP Photo)
The politics of hatred has consumed the lives of thinkers like Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi(AP Photo)

People promised development, but witnessed only communal agenda

Hindustan Times | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2015 10:13 PM IST
While the people were promised development, the only agenda pursued so far has been that of communal polarisation writes Sitaram Yechury
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at a function in Nagpur to honour 1965 Indo- Pak war heroes. The organisation has been accused of forcing its ideology on historical research.(PTI)
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at a function in Nagpur to honour 1965 Indo- Pak war heroes. The organisation has been accused of forcing its ideology on historical research.(PTI)

Govt is rewriting history, taking India to the brink

Hindustan Times | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2015 02:50 PM IST
The RSS and the prime minister are carrying forward gross distortions of history as assertions of ‘faith’, writes Sitaram Yechury.
‘The glory of the Hindu civilisation [was] interrupted by foreign invaders...’ Such an assertion is central to the RSS political project since otherwise, the Aryans/Hindus would be as much of a ‘foreign race’ as anybody else who came to these lands. (Reuters Photo)
‘The glory of the Hindu civilisation [was] interrupted by foreign invaders...’ Such an assertion is central to the RSS political project since otherwise, the Aryans/Hindus would be as much of a ‘foreign race’ as anybody else who came to these lands. (Reuters Photo)

India is being led to the brink

None | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2015 10:59 AM IST
The Centre is rewriting history to control the present and shape the future. Can we permit this change to happen to our modern secular democratic republic?
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A dangerous influence: Modi govt under RSS control

None | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2015 12:35 PM IST
Instead of implementing the many promises they made to the people procuring their mandate in the 2014 elections, the singular agenda that the Modi government is vigorously pursuing is to advance the RSS agenda.
The urgent need to act in limiting carbon emissions to ensure that global temperatures do not rise beyond two degree Celsius is no longer debatable. (Dijeshwar Singh/HT Photo)
The urgent need to act in limiting carbon emissions to ensure that global temperatures do not rise beyond two degree Celsius is no longer debatable. (Dijeshwar Singh/HT Photo)

Paris summit: Govt prepares list for carbon cuts

Hindustan Times | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2015 02:20 PM IST
Instead of resisting pressure from the West, the NDA government is preparing a voluntary target of cuts in carbon emissions for the Paris summit writes Sitaram Yechury
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It’s our right to get answers

UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2015 02:05 AM IST
Debates on the apparent inadequacies in our justice delivery system strengthen the internal dynamics of our democracy.

Don’t debate for debate’s sake, probe Sushma

By Sitaram Yechury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2015 01:38 PM IST
A fundamental question regarding the role of Parliament in our constitutional republic has come to the forefront in the background of the current disruptions. The issues under contention causing these disruptions are the serious allegations of misuse of office pertaining to the Union minister for external affairs and the chief minister of Rajasthan

Three dangerous faces of the NDA government

UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2015 11:59 PM IST
Authoritarian expression is one face of the trimoorti this government is sculpting. The other two are the aggressive pursuit of anti-people economic reforms and the unscrupulous recourse to sharpening communal polarisation.
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Broga-is-a-yoga-class-geared-for-men-HT-Abhimanyu

International Yoga Day: This asana is a Hindutva pose

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2015 05:05 PM IST
What we need today is not activities promoting the sectarian agenda, but concrete measures to remove the gross deprivation of our people
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Ban on IIT-M students' group part of larger design of an RSS project

UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2015 01:52 AM IST
Banning student study circles that discuss social inequality is the surest manner in which India’s future will face greater peril

One year of Modi sarkar: It’s governance by subterfuge

UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2015 11:08 PM IST
The results of the 15th general elections were declared on May 16, 2014, and the Narendra Modi-led government was sworn in on May 24. Technically, therefore, the first year of the Modi government will end in a few days.
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The end of fascism: A momentous event some wish to forget

UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2015 01:17 AM IST
The West and the Indian government are failing to commemorate the end of fascism on May 9, 1945 for their own political ends
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Land bill controversy: It's clear who’s telling lies now

UPDATED ON APR 07, 2015 08:39 AM IST
In his, by now ‘compulsory’ address on the State-owned radio, Mann ki baat, on March 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the combined Opposition in Parliament opposing the amendments moved by this government to the land acquisition Bill, 2013 of spreading a pack of ‘lies’ as a ‘conspiracy’ to undermine farmers’ interests.
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'Modi, RSS marking Bhagat Singh's martyrdom is ironic'

UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2015 02:43 AM IST
Modi marking this martyrdom is ironic also in the sense that while the PMO occasionally tweets the PM’s non-public utterances urging the ‘spirit of tolerance’, the PM brazenly refused to give any assurance to Parliament that action, as prescribed by the existing Indian Penal Code, will be taken against Cabinet ministers and BJP MPs for their vicious communal statements.

Modi govt’s first full budget has given a bonanza to the rich

By Sitaram Yechury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2015 01:10 AM IST
Despite the unprecedented embarrassment the Modi government recently faced in the Rajya Sabha, it continues to seek the circumvention of parliamentary procedures. It moved to withdraw three crucial Bills from the Upper House.
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Budget needs to boost purchasing power of the poor

None | By Sitaram Yechury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2015 11:19 AM IST
The focus of this Budget session of Parliament will, naturally, be on the economy, particularly how two contradictory electoral promises, which ironically fused together to fashion Narendra Modi’s victory, will be reconciled.

The ‘Modi magic’ seems to be waning a little too fast

By Sitaram Yechury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2015 01:42 AM IST
The ‘Modi magic’ seems to be waning a little too fast. Slogans like achhe din aanewale hain creating illusions of prosperity and the pursuit of hardcore communal polarisation at the ground level, welded together to give them electoral victories.
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Nuke breakthrough: Loaded in US' favour at India's cost

UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2015 02:02 AM IST
‘Administrative arrangements’ for civil nuclear cooperation will only contribute to the US’ economic recovery at India’s expense

New year ahead but no acche din

UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2014 01:24 AM IST
After communally polarising the country, the BJP is now ruling through ordinance. This undermines the very essence of our democracy, writes CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury.

BJP turning to polarisation to serve its political ends

UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2014 01:52 AM IST
The current RS impasse is a reflection of the furious unfolding of the Modi govt’s ‘lethal cocktail’ — selling grandiose illusions of ‘prosperity’ through ‘development’ while unleashing rabid communal polarisation, writes Sitaram Yechury.
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