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

Keeping people, not profits, at the centre of reforms

Wealth is the monetisation of value created by the working class with their toil. Respect these value creators first

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)
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)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 04:40 PM IST

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

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.

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)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 09:24 AM IST
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Modi 2.0: Dark clouds have engulfed the nation, writes Sitaram Yechury

The government has undermined secular democracy; social justice; federalism; and economic self-reliance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Osaka, June 28, 2019(AFP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Osaka, June 28, 2019(AFP)
Updated on May 31, 2020 07:42 PM IST

Efforts to give the RSS a makeover are duplicitous

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”.

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)
Updated on Oct 03, 2018 12:08 AM IST

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

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.

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)
Published on Aug 13, 2018 11:17 PM IST

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

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%)

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)
Updated on Feb 01, 2018 08:28 PM IST

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

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.

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)
Updated on Dec 29, 2015 01:34 AM IST

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

The economy is going downhill on a range of indicators. The NDA should focus on public investment, not serve interests of capital

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(File Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2015 09:31 PM IST
Sitaram Yechury | By

Government using winter session to promote its own agenda

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.

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)
Updated on Dec 02, 2015 12:44 PM IST

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

India does not require dream merchants, but a leadership with a vision that will save the people from the present state of misery.

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)
Updated on Nov 17, 2015 07:22 AM IST
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People promised development, but witnessed only communal agenda

While the people were promised development, the only agenda pursued so far has been that of communal polarisation writes Sitaram Yechury

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)
Updated on Oct 20, 2015 10:13 PM IST
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Govt is rewriting history, taking India to the brink

The RSS and the prime minister are carrying forward gross distortions of history as assertions of ‘faith’, 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)
Updated on Sep 22, 2015 02:50 PM IST
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India is being led to the brink

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?

‘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)
Updated on Sep 22, 2015 10:59 AM IST
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A dangerous influence: Modi govt under RSS control

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.

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Updated on Sep 09, 2015 12:35 PM IST
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Paris summit: Govt prepares list for carbon cuts

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

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)
Updated on Sep 18, 2015 02:20 PM IST
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It’s our right to get answers

Debates on the apparent inadequacies in our justice delivery system strengthen the internal dynamics of our democracy.

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Updated on Aug 11, 2015 02:05 AM IST

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

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

Updated on Jul 30, 2015 01:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Three dangerous faces of the NDA government

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.

Updated on Jun 29, 2015 11:59 PM IST

International Yoga Day: This asana is a Hindutva pose

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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Broga-is-a-yoga-class-geared-for-men-HT-Abhimanyu
Updated on Jun 19, 2015 05:05 PM IST

Ban on IIT-M students' group part of larger design of an RSS project

Banning student study circles that discuss social inequality is the surest manner in which India’s future will face greater peril

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Updated on Jun 02, 2015 01:52 AM IST

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

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.

Updated on May 18, 2015 11:08 PM IST

The end of fascism: A momentous event some wish to forget

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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Updated on May 05, 2015 01:17 AM IST

Land bill controversy: It's clear who’s telling lies now

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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Updated on Apr 07, 2015 08:39 AM IST

'Modi, RSS marking Bhagat Singh's martyrdom is ironic'

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.

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Updated on Mar 24, 2015 02:43 AM IST

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

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.

Updated on Mar 10, 2015 01:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Budget needs to boost purchasing power of the poor

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.

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Updated on Feb 24, 2015 11:19 AM IST
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The ‘Modi magic’ seems to be waning a little too fast

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.

Updated on Feb 10, 2015 01:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Nuke breakthrough: Loaded in US' favour at India's cost

‘Administrative arrangements’ for civil nuclear cooperation will only contribute to the US’ economic recovery at India’s expense

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Updated on Jan 27, 2015 02:02 AM IST

New year ahead but no acche din

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.

Updated on Dec 30, 2014 01:24 AM IST

BJP turning to polarisation to serve its political ends

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.

Updated on Dec 17, 2014 01:52 AM IST
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