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Political Falsification Of History

The BJP and RSS’s strategy to rewrite history is an integral part of its politics. Every time the BJP comes to power, this takes on vastly disturbing proportions, as official platforms and bodies are (mis)used to showcase unadulterated lies, bigotry and communal propaganda in the name of ‘history’. Facts and historical evidence are blatantly ignored or distorted as the RSS-BJP attempts to create a narrative painting all its political opponents as ‘anti-national’. These tactics were most recently displayed by Prime Minister Modi on the floor of the Parliament. On 7 February, Modi made two claims related to the partition of India in 1947 and the status of Kashmir. First, that India was partitioned because of Nehru and the Congress: implicit in this claim was the RSS’s argument that Sardar Patel was against the partition. Second, Modi claimed that a part of Kashmir would not be occupied by Pakistan had Sardar Patel been the first Prime Minister of the country instead of Nehru. These claims, part of Modi’s non-response to issues flagged off during the Parliamentary debate, were surely an exercise in diversion from the burning economic questions of the day (unemployment, corruption in the Rafale deal, NPAs). They were also a continuation of the RSS’s long-term strategy to create a political narrative of Nehru versus Patel to explain modern Indian history. This strategy, born out of RSS’s desperation to...

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Protest demands end to manual scavenging

Nearly 1500 people including College students, activists, BBMP Contract workers, BWSSB contract workers and others joined protest against the continued deaths of those involved in manual scavenging. The protestors demanded that manual scavenging should be immediately ended and also that the officers responsible for the death of people while engaged in this jobs should be arrested. 70 plus people have been killed due to Manual Scavenging in the last 10 years. This inhuman practice has not just been banned but made illegal several years ago. There are several High Court and Supreme Court judgments on this issue and yet...

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TN Workers Demand Resignation of Palanichami Government

A very colourful rally with hundreds and hundreds of red flags, placards and banners was held in Chennai on January 31. The rally expressed its solidarity to the Free Pricol Two campaign. The rally demanded the government to withdraw the steep bus fare hike which was a part of the government’s neo liberal austerity measures as well as a double punishment for the state transport workers who waged a successful struggle in spite of court orders and for the people of the state who supported the strike. They also demanded that the government stops its efforts to weaken public...

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Delhi Students Protest Metro Fare Hike

A Massive March to PMO was taken out on 8 February demanding the Prime Minister to intervene and Roll Back Metro Fare Hike. Students from various campuses of Delhi took part in it. It was after an hour of sloganeering and breaking of the first three row of barricades when a delegation of five students were taken inside the PMO. It was the first time that barricades were broken outside PMO during the current government’s tenure. A memorandum was submitted to the PMO and the delegation was asked to give them 10 days for their response. Since past one...

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Com. Vasudev Tyagi and Com. Munnilal Rajbhar

In last few days, two senior comrades from Gazipur Com. Vasudev Tyagi and Com. Munnilal Rajbhar bid us adieu. Com. Vasudev Tyagi was a resident of Dulhanpur Thana region in Jakhaniya tehsil. He had participated in the freedom struggle and he was 90 years of age at the time of his demise. Com. Vasudev has been jailed several times during the freedom struggle. He became associated with the CPI in 1950s. When after the demise of Com. Saryu Pandey, the CPI invited the UP governor for the unveiling of Com. Saryu’s memorial, Com. Vasudev left the party to join CPI (ML) in 1990. Participating in the movements of CPI and CPI (ML) he went to jail 42 times. In August 1970, he participated in the Kabza Dakhal movement to capture around 42 acres of land in Birla Farm Lakhimpur by hoisting red flag on it. He was popular for his poems, prose and people’s songs. ********************************************************************************************* Com. Munnilal Rajbhar was a resident of the Lahuvaar village in Jamaaniya block. During the emergency when the party was underground, he came into contact with the party and later became active in the IPF. Standing firm against the feudal domination and facing guns, he took the stage during a sabha in Devari. In 1993 he was severely injured in the lathicharge on the Saidabad march. He also passed away in January at...

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Budget 2018: Adding ‘Modicare’ Fuel to the Fire of People’s Anger

The last full budget of the Modi government before the next Lok Sabha election was placed before Parliament on February 1. Like all previous budgets of Arun Jaitley, this one is also high on rhetoric and low on any meaningful allocation or policy direction towards solving any of the burning questions that confront the Indian economy today – be it the chronic agrarian crisis, mounting unemployment or the slump in domestic demand and productive investment. The budget also continues to be in denial mode about the disruptive and recessionary effect of two of the Modi government’s most talked about recent economic measures – demonetization and GST. In fact one cannot even find any reflection of the concerns expressed by the government’s own panel of economists. The Niti Ayog’s concern over underemployment – lack of secure and remunerative jobs – was trashed by the Prime Minister himself when he used selling Pakodas as the iconic metaphor for job creation under his stewardship. The concerns expressed in the Economic Survey that came out just a couple of days before the budget – with a pink cover ostensibly to draw attention to the need for women’s empowerment and talking about falling rural wages and income, both farm and non-farm, and the disastrous implications of climate change for Indian agriculture – remained equally neglected in Jaitley’s 2018 budget. The two big talking points...

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CPI(ML) Rajasthan State Conference

A two-day Rajasthan State Conference of the CPI(ML) was held in Jaipur on 5-6 February 2018. The dais was named after Comrade Vikas Mahto and the Hall after Com. Srilata Swaminathan, while the city was named Zafar Nagar in memory of martyred Com. Zafar Khan from Pratapgarh. The Conference began with the flag hoisting by veteran comrade Shantilal Trivedi of Chittor followed by paying of tributes to comrade Srilata Swaminathan, comrade Zafar Hussien Khan, who was killed by Pratapgarh municipal staff for resisting the photography of women in the name ODF campaign, and comrade Vikas Mahto, Jaipur city secretary...

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Historic Victory of Mangalore Port Workers’ Strike!

After a historic 9-day Strike by Mangalore Port Trust Workers, the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) agreed to instruct shipping companies to comply with labour laws on wages, welfare and other statutory requirements. 19 companies of stevedores, C&F agents and shipping companies agreed to all the demands of workers. Workers and the Union agreed to the 60-day time-frame sought by employers for implementation of the agreement. After this agreement, the workers – on 6 February 2018 – temporarily lifted their strike pending implementation of the agreement within 60 days. The essential points of the Minutes of the Conciliation Meeting...

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Rail Chakka Jam Against Rail Budget’s Neglect of Pending Rail Projects in Mithilanchal

Protests were held against the neglect of long-pending rail projects in Mithilanchal and insufficient allocation of funds in the Union Budget 2018. On 5 February thousands of citizens under the banner of the CPI(ML) came out in Hayaghat (Darbhanga) and blocked rail traffic on the Samastipur-Darbhanga track. Janaki, Pataliputra Inter-City and other Express trains were jammed for hours. Train services were restored only after the Samastipur Railway Board officials arrived at the venue. CPI(ML) Polit Bureau member and Mithilanchal in-charge Dhirendra Jha said that the Mithilanchal region is extremely backward but it has been allocated very less funds in...

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Joint Trade Union Rally Against Anti-Worker Budget

On 1 February central trade unions in Bihar AITUC, AICCTU, CITU, INTUC, TUCC, AIUTUC, UTUC, AMU, along with many other organizations took out a rally against the anti-worker, anti-poor, pro-corporate Budget and burnt the effigies of PM Modi and FM Jaitley at Buddha Smriti Park, Patna. The central trade unions have been long agitating for a 12-point charter of demands including the following: creation of jobs and reduction of unemployment; regularization of contract workers in government work with Rs 18000 per month and Rs 3000 pension; scheme workers approved in the 45th Indian Labour Conference to be declared government...

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United Left Central Panel For Patna University SU Election

The AISA and AISF have declared a United Left central panel list for the Patna University student union election at a Press Conference held in the Patna College on 6 February 2018. The list is as follows: President– Mitu Kumari (AISA, Patna Law College); General Secretary—Mukesh Kumar (AISF); Vice President—Anushka Arya (AISF); Secretary Sanjit Kumar (AISF); Treasurer—Faiz Akhtar (AISA). Presidential candidate Mitu Kumari said that there is much anger in the student community against the politics of communal hatred and division practiced by the BJP-RSS and their betrayal of the interests of students and youth. The mood of the students in Patna University is entirely against the BJP and the ABVP. She said that AISA and AISF would provide a strong alternative against the ABVP and Sangh politics of hatred. The main agenda of the Left campaign would be Central University status for Patna University and the issue of employment. Last year when PM Modi had come for the centenary celebrations of Patna University, the students and the people of Bihar had had great hopes but the PM refused point-blank to give Central University status to PU and made fun of the demand. The United Left panel is committed to resisting education fund cuts in the Budget and the policy of attacks on institutions of higher education, which have pushed Patna University to the road to...

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AIPF Fact-Finding Team Report On Kasganj Communal Violence:

“Not A Hindu-Muslim Riot But A Political Communal Attack By RSS and BJP” A Fact-finding team of the AIPF comprising senior journalists and activists John Dayal and Kiran Shaheen, activist Leena Dabiru, AIPWA Secretary Kavita Krishnan, Kisan Mahasabha Vice-President Prem Singh Gehlawat (all of whom are members of the Central Campaign Team of the AIPF) as well as student activists from AISA, JNU – Vijay Kumar and Tabrez Ahmad. The fact-finding began on 5 February but was interrupted on 6 February around noon after police waylaid the team near the Kasganj District Jail, accused it of violating Section 144, detained it in a Mahila Police Thana for about an hour and then escorted it out of the district. After this, the team also visited Aligarh and met Akram, who lost an eye in the mob attack, and Chhotan, who lies unconscious since 28 January 2018 in JN Medical College Hospital Aligarh. The main findings of the team are summarized below – a detailed report will follow. A Labourer Battles Death in Aligarh Hospital Chhotan, aged 45, left his home in Ganj Dundwara near Kasganj on the afternoon of 28 January 2018 on his cycle to earn a living by setting up a stall selling chicken. He had not been able to do so for the past two days because of the disturbance, and he urgently needed to earn to...

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Defeat the Kasganj Communal Conspiracy of BJP and RSS

The Sangh and BJP are stoking communal fires not only in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj, but all over the country using Kasganj as fodder. The communal, divisive campaign claims that Hindus were attacked by Muslims for raising the tricolour and shouting patriotic slogans, while Muslims waved Pakistani flags and shouted pro Pakistan slogans. The communal campaign claims that the Muslims shot dead a Hindu youth, Chandan, for raising the tricolour flag. This canard has not just been circulated anonymously on social media – it has been amplified by inflammatory anchors on TV channels and also repeated by BJP MP Vinay Katiyar. The communal falsehoods have even been countered by district administration and police officials in Uttar Pradesh. The police has repeatedly stated that Muslims had held an event to hoist the tricolour, and this event was attacked by a procession of saffron flag-wielding youth in a supposed ‘Tiranga (Tricolour) Yatra’. The latter had shouted provocative and abusive communal slogans to the effect that Muslims belonged in Pakistan. The police have also now said that video footage shows the Sanghi youth armed with guns shooting into Muslim localities, at the very spot where Chandan was shot dead – suggesting that he was killed in retaliatory firing. A post by the District Magistrate of Bareilly on Facebook exposed the politics at work: “It’s a strange pattern – forcibly take processions into Muslim...

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Protests in Jharkhand against the Raghuvar Government

The entire Opposition organized protest marches and effigy burnings in all Districts of Jharkhand on 19 January 2018 against the Raghuvar government. The mobilization of the Left was remarkable in this impressive performance by the Opposition. The protest campaign of the Opposition was centred mainly on three points on which the government has failed to act. The Chief Minister had refused to take action against Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma, DGP DK Pandey, and ADG Anurag Gupta despite all efforts by the Opposition which included adjournment motion, dharna in the Well of the House, and walk-out by the entire Opposition...

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Sanitation Workers Dharna in Nalanda

Biharsharif Municipal Corporation sanitation workers led by AICCTU and National Sanitation Workers Welfare Association (Rashtriya Safai Karmchari Kalyan Sangh) ended their indefinite dharna after talks with the City Commissioner on 27 December 2017 during which they were assured that all their demands would be fulfilled. The following are some of the demands which the City Commissioner has agreed to meet: wage raise for sanitation workers as per the fixed criteria; creation of posts and sending to Urban Development Ministry; PF, insurance, safety equipment, uniforms, free medical check-up twice a month for all sanitation workers. AICCTU Bihar State Vice President Com. Maksudan Sharma, Manmohan, Welfare Association President Com. Umesh Bhagat, Chhotu Dom, Rajneesh, Vikki and other sanitation workers participated in the talks with the City Commissioner. After agreement was reached on the above demands, a Gate Meeting was held addressed by comrades Manmohan and Umesh Bhagat. The speakers said that both, the Central government and the State government, are neglecting the rights of sanitation workers. On the one hand PM Modi holds a broom for just one day and spends Rs 3600 crores just for advertisements under the Swachh BharatVictim of Demonetisation and GST, a Transporter Commits Suicide in Uttarakhand campaign; on the other hand excuses are made for lack of money to pay timely wages and housing for sanitation workers. Leaders of AICCTU and Sanitation Workers Welfare Association have...

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