Liberation Archive

Demonetization: The Digital Wolf in a Sheep’s Clothing

Forty days into the supposed ‘demonetization’, it is clear that the Modi sarkaar did not intend this as a move to eradicate black money. While it was always clear to us that this move was not about black money, what is to be noted is how the government itself has ...

People’s Voices On Note Ban

(Below are some testimonies from various People’s Tribunals and campaigns on the Note Ban, held in Patna, Udaipur and Delhi.) At a People’s Tribunal held in Patna on December 2, 2016, economist and activist Jean Dreze pointed out that contrary to popular perception, black money is not always ‘cash in ...

Note Ban : Propaganda Vs People

(India’s common people, hit by the Note Ban announcement by PM Modi on 8 November, initially thought that they would suffer temporarily for the noble cause of cleansing the country of black money and punishing black money holders. As the days have passed and Modi’s own 50-day deadline is up, ...

Modi Government Subverting Institutions, Undermining Constitutional Norms

In two and a half years the Modi Government has already packed Universities, educational and cultural institutions with hand-picked RSS men, overriding considerations of institutional autonomy and transparency. Now, constitutional norms are being eroded by the Government in appointments to the armed forces and judiciary. No doubt, in any democracy, ...

SC Order On National Anthem Allows Bullies To Pose As Patriots

In a recent order, a Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy ordered the national anthem to be played in movie halls before every film, stipulating that every member of the audience must stand while the anthem is played and the hall doors be shut to prevent ...

The Legacies of November and Naxalbari

For progressive Indians with a sense of history, 2017 will rekindle two great historical memories. 25 May 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari uprising, and 7 November will mark the centenary of the Great November Revolution. Naxalbari did not succeed in achieving what it had set out ...

Reject the Modi Emergency, Resist the Demonetization Disaster !

(Pledge Day Call issued by the Central Committee of CPI(ML) on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the passing of Comrade Vinod Mishra) The Modi government at the Centre has completed half of its 5-year term. During the first two years, the government remained largely busy with populist programmes ...

Will They Call Tagore Anti-National ?

Will They Call Tagore Anti-National ? I have no hesitation in saying that those who are gifted with the moral power of love and vision of spiritual unity, who have the least feeling of enmity against aliens, and the sympathetic insight to place themselves in the position of others will ...

‘Purging’ and ‘Pest Control’ – Chhattisgarh Style

In the wake of the JNU attack, we have seen prominent supporters of the Modi Government talking of the attack on campuses as ‘pest control,’ while BJP nd RSS leaders call for ‘purge and sanitisation’ of campuses. Journalists are being hounded and threatened in Delhi. In Dantewada, the Chhattisgarh Government ...

Red Salute, Comrade AB Bardhan

(25 September 1924 – 2 January 2016) (CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya pays tribute to veteran CPI leader Comrade AB Bardhan) As 2016 began its journey, Comrade AB Bardhan bade goodbye to his countless comrades and admirers. His long march in the communist movement had begun in the 1940s when ...

The Strategic Goal of Socialism

(Excerpts from a talk by Prof Randhir Singh at a seminar on ‘The Present Political Situation and the Challenges of Strengthening the Left’, at Gandhi Peace Foundation, on the occasion of the Vinod Mishra Memorial Meeting, 18 December 2003.) I have been associated with the Indian revolutionary wave since 1938-39, ...

Lal Salaam Comrade Randhir Singh

Eminent Marxist scholar and popular teacher of political theory Prof Randhir Singh passed away on the night of 31st January in Delhi. He was 95. Prof Randhir Singh was a founder of the Left student movement in India, during India’s freedom struggle. He is best remembered for his unwavering lifelong ...

Hold Panchayat Elections on Party Basis

The Bihar government has to take back its condition of mandatory toilet for fighting panchayat elections. It should be noted that the CPI(ML) and AIARLA had taken up a campaign demanding revocation of the ‘toilet’ condition, conducting panchayat elections on party basis, and against giving cash instead of food grains. ...

Contract Sanitation Workers’ Struggle for Regularization in Bangalore

AICCTU led contract sanitation workers of BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike) rallied more than a thousand and formed a human barricade demanding regularization of all contract sanitation workers on 2nd Dec. 2015. The struggle was led by Comrades Balan, state president, Clifton D’ Rozario, state General Secretary and Nirmala, the ...

Tribals Falsely Arrested in Red Sanders Murder Case Released

More than 350 tribals, arrested on trumped up charges of double murder of Andhra Pradesh forest officials at the behest of red sandalwood smugglers, have been acquitted and released from jail following a prolonged struggle by All India People’s Forum and other groups. TN has 7.5 lakh tribals, approximately 1% ...

‘Free Pricol Eight’ Campaign In Tamilnadu

Anticipating some severe punishment in the case, AICCTU state working committee meeting was held in Coimbatore on December 1 which decided to get prepared for any eventuality. After the meeting, a meeting of Pricol vanguards was held which decided to gather in large numbers to protest the TN government’s apathy ...

The Left in 2016: Tough Challenges And Great Opportunities (Part II)

Part II Like in Venezuela, the left movement in Greece too now finds itself at a crossroads – but of a very different kind. Let us pick up the thread where we left it in our October 2015 number (Greece: Betraying People’s Referendum, Syriza Capitulates to Troika’s Memorandum). In the ...

#StandwithJNU

As the sordid tale of morphed pictures, doctored videos, witch-hunting based on fake twitter handles and brutal violence against JNU students and faculty inside the court premises and outside begin to emerge, voices from various parts of the country and the world have affirmed their solidarity with JNU. On 12 ...

Meet The Eight JNU Students Suspended For ‘Sedition’

Speeches of JNU Leaders Excerpts JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar They are the people who burn the tricolour; they are the stooges of Savarkar, who apologised to the British. They are the people who, right now, in Haryana, run the Khattar government that has renamed after a Sanghi an airport named ...