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Saharanpur Carnage

Saharanpur Carnage

Punishing Politically Assertive, Self-Reliant Dalits Who Refuse to be Foot Soldiers of Hindutva’s Hate Politics (On 5 May, Dalits in Shabbirpur village of Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh were attacked. A CPI(ML) team comprising comrades Afroz Alam, Bholaram Maurya, and Chunnilal visited Shabbirpur village and met the injured at the ...

India’s Human Rights Rhetoric And Reality

Kavita Krishnan Presenting India’s human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process in May 2017, Indian Government representative, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made several claims about India’s human rights record. Here is a reality check about his claims. “Culture ...
Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists Being Forced to ‘Surrender’ As Maoists

Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists Being Forced to ‘Surrender’ As Maoists

(A fact finding team comprising environmental and social activist Priya Pillai, All India Progressive Women’s Association Secretary Kavita Krishnan, senior activist Chittaranjan Behera, Santi Snigdha Mohanty of Delhi Solidarity Group, student activist Birender and Comrade Loknath Nauri of CPIML Liberation visited the Niyamgiri region for three days between 14-16 May ...
Rajendra Dhasmana: A Strong Voice of Dissent in Literature And Politics

Rajendra Dhasmana: A Strong Voice of Dissent in Literature And Politics

– Madan Mohan Chamoli and Indresh Maikhuri Rajendra Dhasmana, born in Pauri Garhwal (Uttarakhand), intellectual-thinker, journalist-editor, theatre activist, cultural activist, and a strong voice of dissent in literature and politics, passed away on the night of 16 May 2017. He was 81 years old. He had been in government service ...

SC’s approach in Justice Karnan issue cannot be justified

– S Kumarasamy SC is final not because it is infallible. It is infallible only because it is final. SC should accept that it can also commit errors. As Justice Karnan is a HC Judge, he can be removed only through impeachment which is possible only with the procedure prescribed ...
Protests Against the Spate of Lynch Mob Killings in Jharkhand

Protests Against the Spate of Lynch Mob Killings in Jharkhand

Following circulation of rumours on WhatsApp about child-lifting, seven people were killed on 18 May 2017 by lynch mobs near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. Three of those killed in the first incident at Rajnagar on 18 May morning were Sheikh Sajju (25), Sheikh Siraj (26) and Naim (35). Another member of ...

French Elections 2017: No Cause for Celebration

In contrast to some of the shock wins for far-right forces internationally of recent months – the Trump victory and the British vote for Brexit in particular, the big news of the French Presidential election was not so much who won – the neoliberal reformer Emmanuel Macron – but the ...

‘We Must Unite to Resist the Racist and Fascist Right’

(Based on Comrade Dipankar’s address at the inaugural session of the Marxism 2017 conference hosted by the Socialist Alternative group of Australia in Melbourne from 13 to 16 April, 2017) Three decades ago when the Soviet Union collapsed, triumphant ideologues of capitalism proclaimed the end of history. The global victory ...
Remembering Chandu, Friend and Comrade

Remembering Chandu, Friend and Comrade

— Kavita Krishnan (This article first appeared on 31 March, 2017 on Kafila.online) It’s been twenty years since the assassin’s bullets took Chandu away from us, at 4 pm on 31 March 1997. I still recall my sheer disbelief when a phone call from my party office at my hostel ...
In Memory Of Comrade Srilata Swaminathan

In Memory Of Comrade Srilata Swaminathan

(This tribute to Comrade Srilata by Kumudini Pati first appeared in Mainstream.) Srilata Swaminathan was not only a comrade, with whom I worked for almost ten long years in the women’s movement led by AIPWA; she was a dear friend,with whom I could discuss literature, art, folk music, food, cultures ...

A Tribute to Kishori Amonkar

— Awadhesh Kishori Amonkar is no more (1932-2017). Her demise at the age of 84 cannot be termed unexpected, after a life lived full and devoted to the practice of music. Her mother Mogubai Kurdikar had herself been a great singer, having learnt music from the founder of the Jaipur ...

OBITUARY

Comrade Ramesh Chandra Pandey CPI (ML) senior leader Ramesh Chandra Pandey (affectionately known as Baba) passed away on 11 April 2017 at the age of 77. He was born in Lohar Farna village, Badhara block, Bhojpur district on 12 February 1940. He was a post-graduate with a keen interest in ...

Letters to Namdeo Dhasal

(Kavita Krishnan reviews the second volume of poems by Chandramohan S, a Kerala-based Indian English Dalit poet.) Chandramohan’s poetry has the contemporary sharpness of a news bulletin, the headline of the morning’s paper. What’s different is that it shines am unsparing light on areas that are rarely the subject of ...

A Citizen Stands With Victim Of Communal Bullying

Last week, Comrade Santosh Roy, National Secretary of AICCTU and a long-standing leader of the DTC Workers’ Unity Centre, was traveling on the violet line of the Delhi metro. Opposite him, two young men were seated on the senior citizens’ seats. A senior citizen (who appeared to be Muslim because ...

8th Congress of Revolutionary Workers’ Party Bangladesh + 2

8th Congress of Revolutionary Workers’ Party Bangladesh A CPI(ML) delegation attended the 8th Party Congress of the Revolutionary Workers’ Party of Bangladesh in Dhaka. The delegation of 5 comrades (CPI(ML) PB Member Swadesh Bhattacharya, senior AICCTU leader Meena Pal, CC member Abhijit Majumdar, West Bengal State Committee leader Basudeb Basu ...

Retrieving the Erased Histories of The Champaran Satyagrahaa

— Mohammad Sajjad (The author is a professor of history at Aligarh Muslim University.) The centenary celebration of the Champaran Satyagrahaa coincides with half a century of the Naxalite movement. If the Champaran Satyagrahaa nationalised the peasant discontent of Bihar and integrated it with the ongoing anti-colonial struggle, it was ...

Champaran Satyagraha Centenary

Amidst official commemorations of the centenary of the Champaran Satyagraha, it is necessary to stress the contemporary relevance of that historic peasant movement that played such a crucial part in India’s freedom struggle. The British had, through the Permanent Settlement, established the zamindari system in the villages of Bengal-Bihar-Odisha. Later, ...

Finance Bill 2017

Daylight Assault on Democracy, Legalized Corruption and Company Raj (The manner in which the Finance Bill 2017 was passed in the Lok Sabha was a complete violation of parliamentary democracy. Several key aspects of the Bill – now a law – are deeply dangerous for India’s democracy. It is all ...

Save Kulbhushan Jadhav

A military court in Pakistan has sentenced an Indian national and former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on charges of being a RAW agent involved in “espionage and sabotage activities.” The trial, however, appears to have been a blatant travesty of justice. There is absolutely no evidence against Jadhav ...

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