Archive for December, 2020

The following is a Marathi translation of the article “Peasant Agitation against Three Acts: Not Their Fight Alone”. [pdf] We thank all those involved in its translation.

The following is a Tamil adaptation of the same article, jointly published by CPDR – Tamil Nadu and CPCL – Tamil Nadu. [pdf] A complete translation has been published on the blog “Tamil RUPE,” run by Tamil Friends of RUPE.

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— Rahul Varman

Along with COVID 19 and its associated terminology, we are currently being educated in a new jargon regarding one of the oldest occupations, namely, teaching. We now are told of online learning, e-teaching, edtech, edutech, smartphones in the new role of teacher, and so on and so forth.

India is a large country with a very young population, where almost all households (at least in the urban areas) have some or the other experience with education. But in recent months ‘online classes’ have become a new normal, from the most elementary level, such as teaching nursery rhymes, to the most advanced level – the courses offered to graduate or medical students. Some think that, though the pandemic forced it upon us, this development opens up new possibilities and realms for education; others consider this a temporary phase, after which things would go back to ‘normal’.


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Telugu translations of two recent articles are now available in PDF format:

(1) Peasant Agitation against Three Acts: Not Their FIght Alone. A Telugu translation of this article is included in Bharata Raitangam Pai Daadi (translator: P. Jamuna), the pdf of which can be found here.


(2) Mayday 2020 and the Creation of Wealth

Translations by P. Jamuna.

Tamil Friends of RUPE ( have recently posted Tamil translations of the following two pieces:

A Brief Comment on Crisis and Predation: India, Covid-19 and Global Finance by RUPE – Amiya Kumar Bagchi and The story of schistosomiasis in Mao’s China and after – Zhun Xu.

Tamil Friends of RUPE has translated the book Crisis and Predation: India, Covid-19 and Global Finance.  The book will soon be published by Chinthan Books, Chennai (

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The previous post, Peasant Agitation against Three Acts: Not Their Fight Alone, is now available in a Hindi translation in PDF format.

The Hindi translation and the English original have been published by the Trade Union Solidarity Committee, Mumbai, in an attractive booklet form, with illustrations. 

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Research Unit for Political Economy, Dec. 3, 2020

As we write this, some hundreds of thousands of peasants – men, women, youth and children – are camping at entry points to the country’s capital, demanding the scrapping of the three farm legislations recently imposed on the country by the present Central Government. It has been some time since the country has witnessed such an inspiring challenge to the policies of the rulers. It is especially inspiring because it is organised on class demands of the working people.

The Central Government, which began by fortifying the city as if against an invading army, firing water cannon and tear gas on the peaceful protesters, has been compelled to change its stance. It has been forced to call them for unconditional talks. Experience tells us this is a merely tactical shift, and the rulers have no intention of changing the thrust of their basic policies.

Nevertheless, the rulers’ climbdown is in itself a significant victory for the peasant agitation. There is, moreover, widespread sympathy for the cause of the peasants nationwide.


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