Liberation Archive

Illegally Locked Out Tea Garden Workers Hoist Tricolour, Assam Police Books Them For “Disrespect To The Indian National Flag”!

Workers protesting the prolonged illegal lockout in Bargaon tea garden in Bishwanath district, Sonitpur, Assam observed Independence Day by hoisting the national tricolor – with male workers keeping the upper body uncovered to symbolize their poverty and destitution. Appallingly, the Assam Police under the Sarbananda Sonowal Government have booked the ...

Serial Sewer Deaths and the Swachh Bharat Sham

PM Modi launched his Swachh Bharat mission on Independence Day – 15 August 2014. In the weeks immediately before and after 15 August 2017, a series of Dalit men have died cleaning sewer lines in India’s capital city Delhi. In July 2017, it was estimated that 39 men had died ...

The Call of August 15, 2017: Resist the Dictatorial Design of Modi Raj

This 15th of August will be the fourth Independence Day with Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister. On August 15, 2014 when a newly elected Narendra Modi delivered his first ever ID address from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, the country still did not really know how the ...
Mandsaur To Jantar Mantar:  Kisan Mukti Yatra

Mandsaur To Jantar Mantar: Kisan Mukti Yatra

The ‘Kisan Mukti Yatra’ (March for Peasant Liberation) by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti (All India Farmers Struggle Coordination Committee) in memory of the farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur began from Pipalyamandi in Mandsaur on 6 July. The Yatra, raising the issues of loan waiver and ...
GST: Another Recipe For Increased Inequality And Deeper Economic Crisis

GST: Another Recipe For Increased Inequality And Deeper Economic Crisis

The much-trumpeted Goods and Services Tax has come into effect since July 1. It has been on the anvil for more than a decade. In that sense it stands in total contrast to demonetization where ‘secrecy’ and ‘surprise’ (of course only for the common people and not for the well-connected ...

Modi’s Israel Visit: A Betrayal of Democratic Principles

Radhika Krishnan “I have to take care of interests of India. I need more water. Clean water. Where will I get it? Ramallah? No”: This is what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his recent visit to Israel. Netanyahu let slip this detail to ...

Basirhat Riots: Reject Hate, Strengthen Harmony

An offensive social media post triggering tension and violence is an unfortunate but fairly common occurrence in today’s India. But the story unfolding in and around the sleepy small town of Rudrapur in Baduria block near Basirhat and its ramifications for the whole of West Bengal go way beyond the ...
Dismal Report Card

Dismal Report Card

Three Months of BJP Government in Uttarakhand Indresh Maikhuri The BJP came to power in Uttarakhand with a landslide victory in the March 2017 Assembly elections, securing 57 out of 70 seats and becoming the first political party to get such a huge majority in the Uttarakhand Assembly. But hardly ...

Amarnath Killings: Rebuff Communal And Divisive Propaganda

A heinous terrorist attack on 10 July killed seven Amarnath pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley. In an encouraging affirmation of humanity against hate, this attack has met with universal condemnation and protests by ordinary people from the Kashmir Valley to various Indian towns and cities. The 10 July killings are ...

Adani SLAPP Costs EPW Editor His Job

A legal notice served by Gautam Adani’s lawyer to India’s leading academic journal, the Economic And Political Weekly, led to the journal’s trustees pushing its editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta to quit. Thakurta is a highly respected senior journalist with a track record of writing boldly on corporate corruption. While editor ...

Two Mahadalits Convicted Under Draconian Prohibition Law In Bihar

The draconian provisions of Bihar’s prohibition law have started wreaking havoc on the poor. Just like Swacch Bharat and Note Ban, ‘Liquor Ban’ also hits the poor and oppressed the worst. Archbishop Óscar Romero (the activist-priest of El Salvador who was murdered for speaking up against state repression) once said, ...

The Period Leave Debate: Women Can Dance Fine, It’s The Yard That Is Skewed And Needs Correction

Kavita Krishnan (This is an abridged version of a piece that appeared in scroll.in on 23 July 2017) A Mumbai-based media company Culture Machine announced a new policy of offering women leave on the first day of their period – and this has set off a storm of debate, polarizing ...
Wave of Protests Against Spate of Communal Mob Lynchings

Wave of Protests Against Spate of Communal Mob Lynchings

On 22 June evening 15-year-old Junaid was lynched to death near Ballabhgarh on a Mathura-bound train from Delhi. Junaid and his brothers were returning home after doing some shopping for Eid in Old Delhi. But the festivity of Eid was not for Junaid’s family in Khandawali. The spate of lynchings ...
‘Azaadi Kooch’ Marks One Year of Una Resistance To Gau-Goons

‘Azaadi Kooch’ Marks One Year of Una Resistance To Gau-Goons

Marking one year since the public stripping and flogging of Dalits by a mob of cow-goons in Una, Gujarat, the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM) called for an Azaadi Kooch (March For Freedom) in Gujarat. Activists from all over the country, including RDAM leader Jignesh Mevani, Bihar AISA Secretary Shivprakash ...
Reading Ambedkar  After Three Years of Modi Raj

Reading Ambedkar After Three Years of Modi Raj

Dipankar Bhattacharya As part of its ‘appropriation of icons’ drive, the BJP is keen to appropriate Ambedkar in the service of Hindutva. We are told that Ambedkar stood for a strong nation transcending caste divisions and the BJP seeks precisely to achieve it through the unification of Hindus. Ambedkar stood ...

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Attack by BJP-Supported Goons on AIPWA and CPI(ML) Leader Comrade Jeera Bharti Comrade Jeera Bharti is a leader of the CPI(ML) and All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) in Mirzapur, district, Uttar Pradesh. Hailing from the Dalit community, she organizes agricultural labourers – most of whom are women and men ...
Salute the Memory of Comrade Zafar

Salute the Memory of Comrade Zafar

End Bullying and Shaming Tactics in ‘Swacch Bharat’ Campaign Comrade Zafar gave his life defending the dignity of the poor and of women – in the process exposing the ugly face of Prime Minister Modi’s Swacch Bharat campaign. Universally liked and respected by everyone in the Bagwasa Kachchi Basti, Comrade ...
CPI(ML) General Secretary Visits Pratapgarh

CPI(ML) General Secretary Visits Pratapgarh

On 19th June, CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya along with CPI(ML) Politburo member Prabhat Kumar and Rajasthan State Secretary Mahendra Choudhury and Udaipur District secretary Chandradeo Ola and other Left leaders including veteran CPI leader and former MLA Com. Meghraj Tabad and Udaipur district secretary of CPI(M) Com. Mohanji Khokhawat ...
CPI(ML) Commemorates 50 Years of Naxalbari

CPI(ML) Commemorates 50 Years of Naxalbari

The historic peasant uprising of Naxalbari turned 50 on 25 May, 2017. To commemorate this occasion and celebrate the revolutionary legacy of Naxalbari in today’s challenging situation, CPI(ML) had organised a yearlong campaign that concluded in Naxalbari and Siliguri with homage to the greac martyrs and leaders of the uprising ...

Resolution on 50 Years of Naxalbari

(Adopted by the CPI(ML) Central Committee in its meeting in Siliguri on 26-28 May,2017) On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the historic Naxalbari uprising, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) salutes the innumerable martyrs of the communist movement in our country, rededicates itself to the cause of ...