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Indefinite Hunger Strike Against Victimization of PRICOL Workers

Hunger Strike — Pricol 2017 PRICOL workers are being penalized for the ‘crime’ of showing solidarity with Tamil Nadu’s crisis-ridden farmers! Workers of PRICOL Limited went on a one day strike on 25.04.2017 as a part of the call given by all Central Trade Unions in solidarity with the fighting ...

Release GN Sai Baba !

G N Sai Baba Activist and Delhi University lecturer G N Saibaba, in a wheelchair with a 90% physical disability, is incarcerated in solitary confinement in the notorious Anda Cell of Nagpur Central Jail. Apart from his disabilities, he also suffers from a serious heart condition, acute pancreatitis and gall ...

“For the Many, Not the Few” – The UK Elections And the Collapse of the Neoliberal Consensus

– Kalpana The UK snap elections held on 8 June ended dramatically in a hung parliament. The ruling Conservative Party lost its majority and the far-right UK Independence Party was effectively wiped out as the Labour Party led by veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn surged ahead with a vote share of ...

Caste discrimination and the Votebanks of Britain’s Hindu Right

Amrit Wilson Just days before the UK general election, the National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) (NCHTUK) published an article on their website eulogising Theresa May and describing in glowing terms how she had visited the Swaminarayan temple and met representatives of the Hindu Forum of Great Britain, the Vishva ...
Justice For Zafar: Freedom From Bullying

Justice For Zafar: Freedom From Bullying

Editorial: Mohammad Akhlaque, Majlum Ansari, Imteyaz Khan, Pehlu Khan, Sheikh Naim, Mohammad Halim, Mohammad Sajjad, Uttam Verma, Ganesh Gupta and now Zafar Hussein. Yet another horrific case of mob lynching, the second successive incident in Vasundhara Raje’s Rajasthan in last three months. The previous cases of lynching in UP, Jharkhand ...
Cracking Down on Freedom of Expression in BJP-ruled States

Cracking Down on Freedom of Expression in BJP-ruled States

Comrade Parimal Gore, the Convener of Revolutionary Youth Association in Behali and also a district committee member of the CPI(ML), was arrested in Biswanath district, Assam on May 8, for sharing a post critical of the Assam Chief Minister on his Facebook wall. In a move reminiscent of the midnight ...
AISA-RYA’s ‘School On Streets’ Campaign In Bhojpur

AISA-RYA’s ‘School On Streets’ Campaign In Bhojpur

Even as the central and state governments refuse to improve access and quality of all to government schooling – the only means of equal educational opportunities as well as right to free ‘quality’ education for all – they seldom miss an opportunity to demolish the educational infrastructure. It is the ...
The Revolutionary Legacy of Naxalbari

The Revolutionary Legacy of Naxalbari

May 25 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the great Naxalbari uprising, the uprising that had begun in the foothills of Darjeeling as a militant peasant movement for land and tenancy rights and gone on to spread like a prairie fire across the country. For the first time since 1947, ...
Protest Against Arrest of Comrade Asgar Ali in Katihar

Protest Against Arrest of Comrade Asgar Ali in Katihar

Senior CPI(ML) leader and steadfast fighter for land rights for the poor, Comrade Asgar Ali was arrested on 17 May 2017 at around 2 PM in Katihar. The party demands his unconditional and immediate release. This is not the first time a leader or activist fighting for basic issues like ...
We Need The Radical Energy Of Naxalbari Today

We Need The Radical Energy Of Naxalbari Today

Dipankar Bhattacharya It is now 50 years since Naxalbari, an otherwise obscure area near the India-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, had stormed its way into India’s political vocabulary. It was a peasant uprising with a difference that raised the question of changing land relations to the level ...

Remembering Rashmoni

(Excerpts from a poem written by Sameer Roy in 1968 during the Naxalbari movement – in memory of Rashmoni, a woman of the Hajong tribe who was killed by the police during the Tebhaga movement in 1946–47) Comrade, how old are we Why not take a stock. My mother, sitting ...

Naxalbari Movement’s ‘People-First’ Patriotism

(‘Mukt Hobe Priya Matribhumi’ – The Beloved Motherland Will Be Free was one of the favourite songs of the Naxalbari movement’s revolutionaries, and it best embodies the movement’s spirit of ‘people-first’ patriotism.) The beloved motherland will be free – That day is not far today! Look, the red light of ...

One Year of Naxalbari Struggle — Charu Mazumdar

Full one year has passed since the peasant struggle in Naxalbari began. This struggle is different from all other peasant struggles. Where is the difference? Peasants have always struggled against various injustices and oppressions. This is the first time that the peasants have struggled not only for their partial demands ...

Naxalbari – Past and Present

(Excerpts from a piece by Vinod Mishra, Deshabrati, September 1990) Naxalbari means the beginning of a revolutionary political stream in national politics based on this peasant awakening. Naxalbari did not mean just fulfilling a few economic demands of peasants on a local basis. Those who wanted to create an alternative ...
The Cultural Aspect of The Naxalbari Uprising

The Cultural Aspect of The Naxalbari Uprising

(Excerpts from an article by Pranay Krishna (translated from Hindi) which appeared in the Deepavali Special edition of the Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar in November 2009) The Naxalbari peasant uprising of 1967 gave birth to a new imagination that left a deep, all-India impact on art, culture and literature. The ...

Hang Him

He says he wants bread and clothes Not only that, he wants justice too On top of that he wants genuine freedom too Hang him He says he wants regular work Not only work, he wants the fruits of his work And then he even wants untrammelled possession of both ...
Naxalbari And India’s Democratic Rights Movement

Naxalbari And India’s Democratic Rights Movement

(Liberation looks at the linkages between Naxalbari and the birth of India’s democratic rights movement.) Sattar mein kasa kalkatte par, kuch jawan umangon ke natey Kas gaya mulk ki gardan par, pachhattar ke atey atey (The bloody hand gripped Calcutta in 1970, to crush some young dreams/Its grip tightened on ...
Why Does The LDF Government Justify The Custodial Killing of Revolutionary Martyr Arikkad Varghese?

Why Does The LDF Government Justify The Custodial Killing of Revolutionary Martyr Arikkad Varghese?

Arikkad Varghese was one of the young Naxalite revolutionaries organizing the oppressed adivasi people of Wayanad. The Naxalite movement in that area challenged the intense feudal oppression of adivasis who served as bonded labour for landlords. In the course of the movement, an oppressive landlord Vasudeva Adiga and a suspected ...
Naxalbari Veteran Comrade Shanti Munda Remembers  — 25 May 1967

Naxalbari Veteran Comrade Shanti Munda Remembers — 25 May 1967

(Comrade Shanti Munda is a veteran of the Naxalbari peasant uprising. Goutam Chakraborty and Basudeb Bose spoke to her at her home in Sebdolla Jote in Hatighisa village of Naxalbari to get a first-hand account of Naxalbari from this great fighter.) She does not remember the date or month of ...

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