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Condemn US President Trump’s Declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

US President Trump’s declaration that his administration recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to shift the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a bid to confer legitimacy on Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. This decision has rightly received condemnation from around the world, including from several member countries of the United Nations Security Council who condemned the decision at an emergency meeting of the UNSC. The declaration has also removed the US’ mask as a “neutral mediator” between Palestine and Israel, and exposed the truth: that the US was never interested in brokering a “two-state solution” or a “peace process” and has always worked to facilitate and promote Israel’s policies of settler-colonialism and apartheid towards the Palestinian people. President Trump’s declaration is patently illegal under international law. A UN Security Council resolution of 1947 recognized Jerusalem as international territory having a special status. Israel flouted this resolution and occupied West Jerusalem in 1948 in the Arab-Israel war, following the Nakba in which Zionist militia forcibly evicted some 7 lakh Palestinians from Palestine. In 1967, Israel occupied East Jerusalem after the Six Day War. In 1980, Israel passed a law declaring “complete and united Jerusalem” as the capital of Israel, and intensified its process of settling Israeli population in Jerusalem. A UNSC resolution of 1980 declared Israeli actions to be illegal, stating that “measures which...

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Welcome the Victory of Left Alliance in Nepal

The CPI(ML) Central Committee warmly congratulates the Left Alliance (alliance between CPN-UML and CPN Maoist) of Nepal for its victory by a comfortable majority in the Parliamentary Elections in Nepal. These results are especially significant, given that these are the first elections to be held in Nepal under the newly elected Constitution. The performance of Nepal’s communist parties is very inspiring for communist movements all over given the world, and especially for the communist movement in India as it battles fascist forces. We extend our best wishes for the Nepal communists’ united efforts to take forward the democratic aspirations of Nepal’s...

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Countrywide Protests Against Horrific Killing of Mohammad Afrazul in Rajasthan

On 6 December 2017, Mohammad Afrazul, a 45 year old man was brutally hacked and burnt in Rajsamand in Rajasthan. While the killer committed the horrific act, the killing was filmed and the video uploaded on the internet. The video showed the killer declaring that he killed to save a woman from “love jihad” and was also heard making other references to Hindu-Muslim relationships, threatening to “find each one of them and kill.” This is in continuing series of hate crimes in Rajasthan that earlier in the year claimed the lives of Pehlu Khan, Umer Khan and Zafar Khan....

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Protests Across the Country on 25th Anniversary of Babri Demolition

Protests were held countrywide marking the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition on 6 December. Demands for the punishment to the perpetrators were reiterated while pledges were taken to combat corporate-communal fascist forces. In Delhi left parties organized a ‘Nyaay March’ against communal hatred and violence starting from Mandi house and culminating at Parliament Street. The march was addressed by comrades Kavita Krishnan, Sitaram Yechuri, D. Raja, Ramesh Parashar and others. Protest marches and meetings were also held at Darbhanga, Bhagalpur,Nawada, Purnea, Madhubani, Betiya (Eastern Champaran), Arwal, and Muzaffarpur. Programmes and protests were also organized at Ranchi, Giridih, Bagodar,...

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CPI(ML) Demands Administrative Ban on Bajrang Dal’s ‘Shaurya Diwas’

CPI(ML) Bihar State Secretary Com Kunal said on 5 December that the administration should without delay ban the Shaurya Diwas Yatras proposed to be taken out by the Bajrang Dal and Hindutva forces on the anniversary of the Babri demolition. This ban becomes even more urgent and necessary in view of the atmosphere of communal tension prevailing in Phulwari (in close proximity to Patna) due to the Bajrang Dal’s perpetration of communal violence and hatred. He further asked that with such a tense situation prevailing, how can the administration permit Shaurya Diwas celebrations and Yatras by the Bajrang Dal? It must be noted that the CPI(ML) was not given permission to take out even a Peace March. He added that “We have every suspicion that the Bajrang Dal will once again attack the minorities under the pretext of Shaurya Diwas Yatra through the Bazaar. Therefore, we demand that the Yatra be banned without delay and an atmosphere of communal harmony be built and maintained in Phulwari as well as other...

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CPI(ML) Condemns Harassment of Left Activists by Yogi Govt in UP

In a statement released by CPI(ML) Uttar Pradesh, state secretary Com. Sudhakar Yadav has said that Yogi Govt is harassing Left activists in Uttar Pradesh. From Mirzapur to Pilibhit, CPI(ML) activists including women leaders in many districts, who are working among tribal people and farmers, and hailing from dalit, tribal and minority origin, are especially being targeted. In Lalganj area in Mirzapur, a dozen activists of the party were sent to jail recently following false cases slapped upon them by the Forest Department. When their release was ordered by the court of law, they were framed afresh and new false cases were registered on Saturday at Halia Police Station in the district so that they can again be sent to jail. These activists include women organisation AIPWA district president Com. Shyamkali, party district committee members comrades Suresh Kol, Mangal, Ramasre, Bansu besides 7 others all hailing from dalit and tribal origin. Recently in Pilibhit, party state standing committee member and state vice president of All India Kisan Mahasabha, Com. Afroz Alam had been slapped with Goonda Act and ordered to leave the district by the administration. Besides Com. Alam, half dozen party workers including comrades Manzoor Ali, Ravindra Mahajan, Radhey Shyam have also been booked under Goonda Act. Comrade Sudhakar Yadav said Yogi Govt is implicating Left activists falsely under the garb of crime-control. The Govt. that counts encounters...

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Bhagalpur Bandh against Protection to Criminals

Hundreds of activists and supporters came out on the streets for the Bhagalpur bandh called by the CPI(ML) on 30 November 2017 against the growing number of crimes and killings, feudal repression, and the protection given to killers and rapists by the Nitish government in Bihar. A rally was taken out from Ambedkar Chowk and NH 80 was jammed for hours. The bandh received unprecedented support and citizens were seen raising slogans against the criminal-supporting Nitish government. The immediate cause for the bandh was the brutal killing of dalits at Jhandapur in Bihpur, Bhagalpur district. About 10 houses in Jhandapur Basti belong to Ravidas families. The current atmosphere in the village is so terror-filled that nobody is willing to say anything. On the morning of 26 November 3 out of the 4 members of the family of Gayatri Das were found dead—the dead were Gayatri Das, his wife Meena Devi and 12 year old son Chhotu Kumar. The heads of all the dead were badly crushed and streams of blood were flowing on the floor. There were injury marks on many parts of the bodies. The 17 year old daughter of Gayatri Das was found fully nude and in an unconscious state with several injuries on her body. The private parts of Gayatri Das and his son had been cut off. There were injury marks on the private parts...

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Protest March against Khanpur Rape and Murder

A young girl was raped and murdered in Khanpur as a result of the police colluding with the accused against whom a report had been filed for molestation on 22 September 2017 at the Samastipur SDO Court. Outraged by this incident of rape and murder, students under the leadership of AISA took out a march from BTB College campus on 8 November. The march proceeded through the main streets and culminated in a meeting when it returned to the College gate. The meeting was presided over by AISA College unit President Com. Manish Rai. District President Com. Sunil Kumar and other student leaders speaking at the meeting condemned the district and police administration and the Nitish government which boasted of ‘Sushaasan’ (good governance) but was actually the exact opposite of good governance. They pointed out the increasing number of rape and violence against women and girl students and gave the examples of the incidents at Tajpur, Patori, Kalyanpur, Khanpur, and Ujiyarpur. They said that these criminals are emboldened because of the protection they are getting from the ruling powers. In this situation, the only answer is for the people to unite and organize struggles against them. The meeting concluded with the effigy burning of CM Nitish Kumar. The AISA leaders said that unless the accused are arrested soon, the struggle would be sharpened and...

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Campaign in Uttar Pradesh for the Release of Bhim Army Convenor

CPI(ML) held demonstrations in front of District HQs in Uttar Pradesh on 5 December, eve of Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary, to demand the release of dalit youth leader and Bhim Army Convener Chandrashekhar Ravan jailed in Saharanpur under the NSA. A memorandum was submitted to the President demanding the immediate release of Chandrashekhar and withdrawal of the NSA and other false cases registered against him and other Bhim Army activists. It was also demanded that the perpetrators of the violence and arson against dalits in Shabbirpur (Saharanpur) should be arrested without delay. Protest marches and meetings in this regard...

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Eviction of Poor in Champaran

CPI(ML) Bihar State Secretary Kunal said on 3 December 2017 that the Nitish government is imposing the law from British times in Champaran. On the one hand he plays the hypocritical drama of a Champaran Satyagraha; on the other, he is hell bent on evicting the poor from the Betiya Raj land they have been settled on for over 30 years. So far 200 families have been displaced in Dolbagh (Betiya) following the Gandak river cutting and they are forced to live in the open in this bitterly cold season. The irony is that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is going to start his ‘Sameeksha Yatra’ on 7 December from this very Champaran. The government is forcibly evicting the poor from Bhoodaan land and is arguing that since the Land Reform Act had been passed, the land-owners had no right to give away their land in Bhoodaan. The government’s intent is to declare the Bhoodaan as illegal, snatch away the land from the poor and give it to capitalists and corporate houses. A State level CPI(ML) team visited Betia on 2 December. The team consisted of MLA Mahboob Alam, Virendra Prasad Gupta and Umesh Singh. The enquiry team visited the Dolbagh area in Betiya where 200 families have so far been evicted and their homes razed. The team met and spoke to all the victim families and assured them that...

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Protest Against Rape and Murder of Girl Child in Hisar

Against the brutal rape and murder of a six-year-old girl child in Hisar, Haryana on 8th December, a protest was organised on 12 December at Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi. The protest was organised by several women’s organisations, students’ organisations and other progressive groups including AIDSO, AIDWA, AIDMAM, AIMSS, AISA, DYFI, NFIW, Pinjra Tod, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, RDMA, Saheli, Swastik Mahila Samiti, WSS and others. Speakers at the protest said that, this incident is reminiscent of the brutal December 16 2012 gang rape and murder in Delhi. What is especially disturbing is that the child was apparently abducted from her own home in a slum where she had gone to bed with her mother. The mother woke in the morning to find the child missing. We are concerned that four days after the rape and murder, the perpetrators are yet to be identified and arrested. They said, in Haryana in particular, and in our country in general, the prevailing ‘khap panchayat’ culture perpetuates violence against Dalits and women. They are seen as easy prey. Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana even defended khap panchayats by saying that ‘girls should dress decently in order not to lure boys.’ Further, the Haryana has issued advertisements describing the ‘ghoonghat’ (veil) as Haryana’s pride. All this has emboldened perpetrators. Today, Dalits, women, children, and religious minorities are especially vulnerable...

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Obituary : Comrade Shankar Joshi & Comrade Ratan Singh Danu

Comrade Shankar Joshi Comrade Shankar Joshi, 48, died of cancer on December 2 in Bindukhatta, Nainital. Com Shankar Joshi joined the CPI(ML) as a young man in the decade of the 80s. He played an important part in the militant land struggle for the settlement of Bindukhatta. He was always at the forefront in the struggles for the people for that area for issuing of ration cards, schools, electricity, hospitals and other facilities for the newly settled residents of Bindukhatta. Despite ill-health, he was at the forefront of the 2-year long struggle against the imposition of ‘Municipality’ on Bindukhatta. On a social level also Com Shankar Joshi shared the people’s joys and sorrows. Even at the risk of his job he joined the struggle against the oppression of workers at the Century Paper Mill in Nainital district; this led to his losing his job. The CPI(ML) organized a Memorial Meeting in his memory at Ghoranala on 9 December 2017. The meeting started with 2 minutes’ silence and floral tributes to Com Shankar. Speaking at the meeting, Com Bahadur Singh Jangi said that he rejected all allurements offered by ruling Party powers and chose to join the CPI(ML) which is fighting to establish the rule of workers and farmers in the country even though that calls for great suffering and sacrifices. Shankar Joshi was a frontline leader of the Party...

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25th Anniversary of Babri Masjid Demolition: The Struggle For Justice Continues

The wounds inflicted on India’s secularism and democracy by the demolition of the Babri Masjid 25 years ago are still raw. And the ongoing push by the BJP Governments and its agents to construct a temple where the mosque once stood is rubbing salt into those wounds. The findings of the Justice Liberhan Commission of Enquiry had – albeit belatedly – established what was obvious from the start: the demolition was ‘meticulously planned’ and executed with the full collusion of Sangh and BJP leaders including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharti. In the name of the Ram Temple, communal violence was inflicted all over the country on the minority Muslim community. The demolition and communal conflagration was used by the BJP to reap votes and dramatically increase its presence in Parliament. Not only was the Masjid demolished – in the past 25 years, there has been a sustained effort to demolish the very hope of justice. In May 2017, the Supreme Court directed that Advani, Joshi, and Uma Bharti, would face trial for conspiracy charges in Babri case. But even while that trial is yet to be complete, the Supreme Court has begun hearing appeals to the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict in the matter of the title suit of the Ayodhya land, that had ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77...

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CPI(ML) Karnataka State Conference

The CPI(ML)’s First State Conference in Karnataka was held on 2nd and 3rd of December. Delegates from Bengaluru, Davangere, Koppal, Mangalore, Bellary and Mysore districts congregated at Bengaluru for the conference. Guests from Kerala, TN and AP were also present. Com. Murthy was the Central Observer deputed by the Party for the Conference. The Presidium consisted of Com. Lakshminarayana, Com. Nirmala, Com. Jawaraiah, Com. Ramappa and Com. Bharat. The Conference was kicked off by Com. Indrani doing the honours of hoisting the Party flag, while revolutionary slogans rang in the air. National General Secretary Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya inaugurated the Conference and laid out the tasks and challenges before the Party in the current situation. He recalled the revolutionary work of Co. Shankar, Com. Gurumurthy. Com. Shivaraman, Com. Narayan Singh in the State over the past three decades that has now seen fruit as the Party grows in Karnataka. Recalling the legacy of 100 years of the November Revolution and 50 years of the Naxalbari uprising he drove home the lesson that when the most oppressed sections organize and fight then the mightiest enemy can be felled. He spoke of the need for unity in struggles in today’s context without sacrificing the independent growth of the Party in its work. In particular he focused on the need to realise Ambedkar’s dream of annihilation of caste as also the oppression of women and...

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10th West Bengal State Conference of All India Progressive Women’s Association

The 10th West Bengal APIWA state conference was concluded on 19th of November 2017 at Jogesh Chandra school in Howrah. The central agenda of the conference was women’s resistance against the ongoing fascist onslaughts. The conference resolved to strengthen the movement for women’s fearless liberty, dignity and equality. About 200 activists participated in the conference. The stage of the conference was named after Comrade Gita Das, the former Honorary all India President of AIPWA, and the conference place was named after Comrade Srilata Swaminathan, the former all India President of AIPWA. AIPWA National President Comrade Rati Rao and AIPWA...

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LIBERATION, DECEMBER 2017