Liberation Archive

A Brute Display of State Terror

(Purushuttam Roy Barman, Secretary, Tripura Human Rights Organisation writes about a visit to the site of the infamous massacre of 7 CPI(ML) comrades in Tripura in 1980.) 25th February, 2017, we are in front of the Martyr’s Column at Kalacherra Bazar, about five kilometres from Dharmanagar, North Tripura. About 200 ...

Why Are India’s Automobile Workers in Jail?

In a recent trial court judgement on 10 March 2017, 117 workers of the automobile company Maruti Suzuki’s factory in Manesar, Gurgaon, India were acquitted of a murder charge. 18 workers were convicted of minor offences while 13 – all leaders of the Maruti union – have been convicted of ...

The BJP Has Won the Electoral Battle in UP, India Must Fight Back and Win the War of Democracy

At the end of the first quarter of 2017 we are faced with a very challenging situation. The Trump Administration has taken over the reins of power in America unleashing unbridled despotism, racism and xenophobia. While Muslims from several countries are being debarred from visiting America, immigrants in general are ...

Adityanath As UP CM Exposes Communal Core Of Modi’s Pro-Corporate ‘Development’ Agenda

The BJP won decisive victories in the Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. However, in Goa, the mood of the mandate was certainly against the ruling BJP, with six of eight sitting BJP Ministers including the outgoing CM losing the elections and the Congress emerging as the single largest party. ...

Trump Presidency – Ominous Early Days

On 20 January this year, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States. It has been just one month since the Trump administration took charge. Yet, these tumultuous 30 days have provided us with ample material to anticipate the nature of the days to come. Throughout the ...

An Inspiring Revolutionary Journey

Comrade Srilata Swaminathan (29.04.1944 – 05.02.2017) Veteran CPIML leader Comrade Srilata Swaminathan passed away in Udaipur (Rajasthan) in the early morning of 5 February. She was 74. Comrade Srilata had suffered a brain stroke on 28th January night and was rushed to a hospital in Udaipur where she breathed her ...

Other Reports

Insaf Convention At Ranchi The Awami Insaf Manch, Jharkhand organized an Insaf Convention on 30 January 2017 (Gandhiji’s martyrdom day)in Ranchi as an initiative for justice in the cases of atrocities on the minorities, adivasis, and dalits in the State. The Convention was attended by family members of the victims ...

AIPWA Team Visits Bhangar

On 24th January, an AIPWA Fact Finding team went to Bhangar in West Bengal where villagers are resisting land grab. The village roads were deserted. The brick and tree log barricade were still there in the village, but some of the leaders of the movement told us that they wanted ...

Protest Against Global Investors’ Summit

On 16 and 17 February 2017 a global investors’ summit, ‘Momentum Jharkhand’ was organized in Ranchi under the aegis of the Raghubar Das government. This was attended by over 1000 representatives from 219 companies including 62 of the biggest corporate companies from 26 countries. MOUs worth a total of Rs ...

Campuses Under Attack

On February 21 and 22 this year, ABVP unleashed an organized, viciously violent riot in Delhi University, attacking students and teachers with glass bottles, bricks, stones and hockey sticks. ABVP cadre uttered filthy abuse to women, pulling them by the hair, and they attacked several journalists, snatching and smashing cameras ...

The Adhikar Yatra Across Bihar

At 10 AM on 11 February 2017 as Com Dipankar Bhattacharya garlanded the statue of Com Vinod Mishra at the Beguserai Party office about 150 local people from the poorer sections raised slogans of “Red salute to all martyrs”, and “Three pillars of social justice—education, employment and land reform”. Com ...

The Rally For Rights

Following nearly a week long yatras (marches) across the state of Bihar that started from Begusarai on 11 February, the Adhikar Yatra undertaken by CPI(ML) finally culminated in a massive Adhikar Rally at the Veterinary College grounds in Patna on 19 February 2017. The rally saw a massive gathering of ...

Intensify the Fight for Rights

The month-long Adhikar Abhiyan (Campaign for Rights) called by the Bihar State Committee of CPI(ML) culminated in a massive Adhikar Rally in Patna on 19 February. The campaign highlighted three key demands – education, employment and land rights – of the oppressed and deprived people and gave a powerful voice ...

The Malicious Motives and Calamitous Consequences of Note Ban A Preliminary Appraisal

Part II In the middle of a hectic poll campaign in UP, BJP president Amit Shah was asked in a televised interview: what did the common man gain from Note Ban? He replied that it injected sufficient liquidity into the system (meaning the cancelled notes which were deposited in the ...

An Open Letter to the Army Chief

Dear General Bipin Rawat, You have warned Kashmiri civilians that if they fail to cooperate with Army operations, the Army will not hesitate to fire on them. You have added, for good measure, that not only those who pelt stones but even those who raise anti-India slogans or display anti-India ...

Hold Fresh Elections in Tamil Nadu

It took 21 years for the Indian Judicial system to pronounce the late Chief Minister of Tamilnadu J Jayalalitha guilty of accumulation of assets disproportionate to her income. Justice delayed (till after Jayalalitha’s death) was justice denied and the people of Tamilnadu suffered all around during this period which saw ...

Caste Is The Dirty Secret Behind Open Defecation

(Liberation looks at the problem of open defecation and the nature of the Swacch Bharat campaign.) The Swacch Bharat (Clean India) campaign is officially aimed at eradicating open defecation in India, which poses a serious public health problem and is responsible for high rates of child stunting and child death. ...

Budget 2017 and Deepening of the Demonetization Disaster

This year the annual budget was tabled on the first and not the customary last day of February. This was also the first time when the railway budget was stripped of its separate existence and appended to the general budget almost as a passing footnote. Most importantly this was a ...

Dance of Fascism in Delhi University

Dance of Fascism in Delhi University The events of Delhi University are ominous. ABVP, the stormtroopers of the RSS, rioted for two consecutive days in Delhi University, using bricks, stones and sticks to prevent a seminar from taking place. The Delhi Police colluded with this assault, with its men joining ...

John Berger : A firm Marxist who transformed art history

(Source: Socialist Worker) John Berger, who died on 2 January at the age of 90, was the most important writer on art in the last 60 years or more. There will be those in the academic and art worlds who would reject this judgment. But in terms of influence on ...

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