September 2018

Editorial

Resolve of Independence Day 2018: End the Disastrous Modi Regime to Stop the Lynch Mobs and Loot Brigades

On India’s 72nd Independence Day Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered yet another long address to the nation. This time round it lasted for 82 minutes – 25 minutes longer than his address last year, but 12 minutes shorter than his longest Independence Day address of 94 minutes which he had

Commentary

Atal Bihari Vajpayee And The Evolution Of The Indian Right

Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on 16 August. Vajpayee commanded the greatest stature and prestige among Right-Wing politicians in India. He led the politics of the RSS in the parliamentary arena since the Jan Sangh days through the Janata Party phase to its culmination in the

Commentary

Defeat the BJP's Divisive Agenda over NRC

The publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, originally scheduled for 30th June but eventually deferred by a month, has brought several disturbing questions to the fore. The number of applicants excluded from the draft NRC is massive: more than four million. Of the 3.29 crore

Commentary

ABP Resignations: The Truth Of A Modi-Managed And Modi-Muzzled Media

In the Emergency, the Government openly imposed censorship, and several newspapers, when asked to bend, infamously chose to crawl. Today, the Modi Government does not declare Emergency – but the Government stranglehold on Indian media is even more complete and thorough than was witnessed during the Emergency. The blacking out

Commentary

Sanghi Terror Out In The Open

-- Kavita Krishnan On 13 August, just two days before India’s Independence Day, student activist Umar Khalid had a narrow escape from a shooter in the heart of central Delhi, outside the Constitution Club. Two men brazenly issued a video claiming to have carried out the attack and declaring that

Commentary

Banking Sector And Modi Govt

Story of pushing privatization in banking sector and utilizing Jan-Dhan for bailing out willful corporate defaulters -- Saurabh Naruka The Indian Economy is in stress and slowing down under the Modi Government with current account deficit mounting, inflation picking up, unemployment touching an eight-year high and the rupee hitting record

Tribute

Comrade DP Bakshi (17 May 1948 – 26 July 2018)

Comrade DP Bakshi’s funeral was held on 27 July at Keoratala Crematorium in Kolkata. The funeral was attended by many from fraternal parties: Comrades Biman Bose and Rabin Deb from CPIM, Naren Chatterjee from Forward Bloc, Ujjwal Chowdhury from CPI, Tapan Mitra and Rajiv Banerjee from RSP, Shankar Saha and

Feature

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rapes: Dark Underbelly of 'Beti Bachao'

-- Shivani Nag Around March-April 2018, KOSHISH, a field action project on homelessness and destitution, based in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, submitted a social audit report of institutions and shelter homes for children, women and destitute persons run by civil society organisations in Bihar. The report was submitted

Working Class

Tea Workers' Strike in West Bengal

-- Abhijit Mazumdar Daily-wager tea workers of both West Bengal and Assam are starving. After Indian Railways, Tea is the 2nd largest labour-intensive industry of the land where a few million workers are deprived even of subsistence wages, suffering a legion of starvation deaths, not restricted only to closed tea

Report

Farmers Court Arrest on August 9 During Countrywide Jail Bharo

Lakhs of farmers came out on the streets to make a resounding success of the Jail Bharo Andolan on 9 August 2018 against the imperialist and pro-corporate Modi government, a fitting way to remember the anti-imperialist Quit India movement against British rule. The All India Kisan Mahasabha had called for

Fact Finding

Report of Fact Finding Team on Undeclared Emergency-Like Situation in Tripura

A fact-finding team comprised Medha Patkar (leader of the National Alliance of People’s Movements - NAPM), Rajaram Singh, ex-MLA from CPIM and General Secretary of the All India Kisan Mahasabha (AIKM), Dr Ashok Dhawale (President of the All India Kisan Sabha – AIKS), KK Ragesh, MP (Joint Secretary of the

Obituary

Kuldip Nayyar: Tireless Defender of Democracy

CPI(ML) expresses profound sorrow at the passing away of Shri Kuldip Nayyar: veteran journalist, and courageous fighter for democracy and for civil liberties. He was a leading figure in the struggles against Emergency and the state terror unleashed in Punjab through the 59th Amendment of the Constitution, and could always

Obituary

Adieu, Prof. Samir Amin /// Comrade Somnath Chatterjee

Adieu, Prof. Samir Amin On August 12, Professor Samir Amin, an audacious critic of global capitalism and the contemporary world order, passed away at the age of 86 in Paris. He was suffering from serious complications from a brain tumour, according to reports. He had served as the director of

International

International Solidarity: Attempt to Attack Bolivarian Revolution Fails

Venezuela survived another attempt aimed at destabilizing the Bolivarian Revolution. On the evening of August 4, a drone targeted President Nicolás Maduro, while he was addressing a National Guard parade. Two explosive-laden drones were shot down by the security services as they approached the dais where the President, along with

International

Stop the repression of students in Bangladesh!

(Asia-Pacific left parties' statement in solidarity with Bangladeshi student movement) The undersigned Asia-Pacific left parties and organisations condemn the violent repression of the peaceful protests by students in Bangladesh. These peaceful protests were sparked by the killing of two students — and critical injury of several others — by a

International

Disturbing Reports of Persecution of Muslims in China

A United Nations anti-discrimination committee has expressed concern about reported detentions of more than one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in ‘re-education camps’, which have “turned the [Xinjiang] Uighur Autonomous Region into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy - a sort of 'no

Jan Adhikar Rally in Udaipur

The CPI(ML) organized a Jan Adhikar rally on 9 August 2018 at Salumber Tehsil, Udaipur District, Rajasthan. The common people of the area took part in the rally in large numbers. The rally started from Seling and traversed through the city, culminating at the Bus Station where it was addressed