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Towards Healthcare for All

Sixty-five years after the Joseph Bhore Committee on health recommended that the State take full responsibility for providing preventive and curative services to all Indians, another opportunity to take a step in that direction is with us. The High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for India, constituted by the Planning Commission, has offered a blueprint for introducing a National Health Package that would entitle all citizens to primary, secondary and tertiary care that is paid for by the state. This comes at a time when there is a momentum the world over – other than in the United States and China – to provide universal healthcare. India, which has one of the most indifferent records in the world in this area, must embark on the 10-year path laid out by the HLEG to move to universal care.

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Binayak and Ilina Sen on the Anti-Corruption Protests

This has been the month of Anna Hazare. A cricket journalist asked Sunil Gavaskar if he supported Anna’s campaign, and Gavaskar shot back, “Of course, I do. Who doesn’t?” Team Anna must be congratulated for capturing the imagination of the nation on the issue of corruption in our public life, and highlighting the crisis of credibility in the governance system.

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We Are All Binayak Sen—and We Are All Bradley Manning

From Counterpunch: AUGUST 24, 2011 We Are All Binayak Sen—and We Are All Bradley Manning Parallel Lines of Dissent by PRITI GULATI COX We have a situation in which the government is acting as a guarantor to the process of expropriation of access of common property resources across the country and handing over those resources [...]

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Binayak and Ilina Sen: Bloodstains will remain

The judgment, however, did not fix culpability for the bloodstains on the walls of our sovereign, secular, socialist, democratic republic on any of the senior policymakers who are actually responsible for the illegitimacy of the Salwa Judum and its illegitimate socio-political foundation.

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AFSPA Must Go – The Draconian Law Completes 53 Years

From CounterCurrents.org: It has been 53 years, since the act [Arms Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)-1958] came into being. And over the years, it has become an established fact that due to the draconian law, hundreds of ordinary citizens of the so-called disturbed states like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Kashmir [...]

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