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Third National Conference of All India Kisan Mahasabha

The third National Conference of the All India Kisan Mahasabha was held on 9-10 June 2017 in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh town (named Birsa Nagar after the great Birsa Munda for the occasion) in the Town Hall (named Mahendra Singh Sabhagar after Comrade Mahendra Singh). 464 delegates and 30 guests and observers from all states participated in the Conference. On the occasion of the Conference, AIKM and CPI(ML) leaders garlanded the statue of the Great Birsa Munda at Birsa Chowk, from where peasants and adivasis held an impressive March through the main market of the town, raising slogans in support of ongoing farmers’ and adivasis’ movements and against the firing on peasants and adivasis in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. At the Conference hall, AIKM’s senior-most Vice President Devendra Chauhan hoisted the organisation’s flag and tribute was paid to martyrs of peasant movements including those killed at Badkagaon and Mandsaur. Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary of the CPI(ML) inaugurated the Conference, and was the main speaker at the open session conducted by AIKM General Secretary Rajaram Singh. Guests at the conference who addressed the open session included Asar Ali, President of the Bangladesh Biplavi Krishak Samiti; poet and Jan Sanskriti Manch Vice President Shambhu Badal, Comrade Rameshwar Prasad, President of AIARLA; AIKM President Ruldu Singh, CPI(ML)’s Jharkhand MLA Rajkumar Yadav and former MLA Vinod Singh. Jan Sanskriti Manch Jharkhand’s team as well...

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Nationwide Protests against Arrest of Lucknow University Students

On 7 June, black flags were shown to UP CM Yogi Adityanath by students in Lucknow University. The students were protesting the UP government’s inaction and complicity in the Saharanpur anti-Dalit carnage, increasing assaults on women, attacks on minorities, undeclared moratorium on jobs, crackdown on livelihood and employment opportunities through slaughter house ban. They were protesting against Modi-Yogi governments and raising their voices against the privatisation of education and misuse of University’s funds for organising a political event in Lucknow aimed at pushing the RSS’ agenda of saffronization in the campus. As an attempt to silence and intimidate these protests, serious charges were filed against protesting students and 14 students arrested. The Chief Minister Yogi’s fleet was blockaded and shown black flags in front of the Lucknow University when he was on way to attend ‘Hindavi Swaraj Diwas’ on 7 June. (‘Hindavi’ is a term originally coined by Shivaji in 1645 in the context of Hindu-Muslim unity, and was also used by Tilak as a synonym to ‘Indian’ or ‘Hindustani’ during freedom movement. The word Hindavi got replaced by more popular words like Hindustani in course of time and was not in common usage. This term was never in history ever used or defined as a replacement of the word Hindu which now RSS-BJP establishment is trying to propagate by distorting history.) Students gathered under the banners of AISA,...

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Historic Jan Sabha in Ramnagar, West Champaran

On the 100th anniversary of the Champaran Satyagraha, CPI (ML), AIARLA and All India Kisan Mahasabha have been undertaking the campaign for land rights satyagraha throughout Bihar. As a part of this campaign, a historic Jan Sabha was organised in Ramnagar in West Champaran on 31 May 2017. This Jan Sabha was organised over the issue on the re-distribution of the 5200 acres public land which is under illegal occupation of the Gavandra Farms of Harinagar Sugar Mills. There is nearly 15000 acres of land with Gavandra Farm out of which 5200 acres is ceiling surplus and is Benami, Gairmajrua. This land however functionally continues to be captured by the farms. The sugar mill meanwhile continues to grab more and more of forest land. The district administration and the courts too had identified this 5200 acres of land as surplus, however neither the government nor its administrators have the courage to speak against the sugar mill owners who continue to enjoy political protection. Today in West Champaran, the workers in the sugar mills are made to work for 12 hours and instead of the minimum wage of Rs.197, the are only being given wages between Rs.60 to Rs.100 in various forms. The sugarcane farmers are being brutally exploited and are not even getting the rates that are given in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. The CPI(ML) took the...

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Jan Prativaad Sabha and Gherao in Garhwa

A Jan Prativaad (People’s Protest) Sabha was organised on 27 May 2017 in the grounds of Rajakiya Madhya Vidyalaya in Bisnupur block of Garhwa, Jharkhand. Prior to the protest, the party had undertaken a massive campaign to mobilise people against- (i) the conspiracy to lynch people through mobs by terming them as children thief, (ii) killings of three people by feudal goons in order to strengthen their dominance, (iii) custodial deaths, (iv) amendments in the CNT-SPT acts, and (v) other anti-people policies of the communal fascist government of Jharkhand. Addressing the protest meeting, Com. Rajkumar said that not only in Jharkhand but in all BJP ruled states, the domination of the feudal goons and criminals was increasing. A jungle raj has been established in the country, be it Saharanpur in UP or Jamshedpur-Kolhan-Jatpura in Jharkhand. Neither are the criminals arrested nor do Chief Minister or local MLAs feel the need to visit the victims. The Chief Minster is trying to misguide the people by talking about a high-level inquiry. He further added that the process of cutting online receipts for land was a design to carry out further loot of land. He promised to raise this question in the July session of the Assembly. He also provided an assistance of Rs. 10,000 to the families of the victims from the MLA fund. He further warned that if the accused...

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More Victories for the ‘School on Streets’ Campaign in Phase III

As part of the phase three of the ongoing School on Streets (Sadak pe School) campaign, school classes were organized on the streets of Narayanpur Bazaar on the Ara- Arwal main road on June 1. Hundreds of students along with parents and youth participated in this school. Later, addressing the students and their parents, Bihar State Secretary of RYA, Manoj Manzil said that even after an entire month since the campaign started, the self-proclaimed social justice government of Nitish Kumar has not been able to provide adequate books, teachers and other necessary facilities to the children of the poor, Dalits and minorities studying in government schools. The inter results in which 67% students had failed have once again exposed the situation of school education in Bihar. Delhi AISA state president Com. Niraj said that the government is trying to snatch away the right to education guaranteed in the Constitution. During this phase of the campaign the specific local problems were identified: (i) there are no teachers for nearly 7 subjects in the Narayanpur High School, (ii) 8 hours of studies does not happen in school, (iii) there is no proper building, and (iv) absence of toilets. Demands were made to ensure that these problems were addressed. Additionally, demands were also made to ensure that: (i) books were provided to primary and middle school students of Sevatha, Muradpur along with...

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Fake Encounter of a Tribal in Jharkhand

On 9th June, the martyrdom day of Birsa Munda, an innocent tribal youth Motilal Baske was murdered in a false police encounter in Tarai Dholkatta in Parasnath, Jharkhand. CPI (ML) demands a judicial investigation of this encounter and the prosecution of the guilty police officers. The Raghuvar Das government must immediately stop the persecution of innocent tribal youth by tagging them as Naxals. CPI (ML) has announced a protest day on June 15 against this encounter. A CPI (ML) team lead by district secretary Com. Manoj Bhakt, went to the meet the family of Motilal in Madhuvan on June 12. A brief report by the team is presented below: On 9 June, Motilal Baske left his home early morning, assuring his family that he would return early and would finish the rest task of firewood collection. But Motilal Baske never came back. Adivasis of the village complained that police forces were terrorizing villagers to shut themselves behind the doors and police force thrashed them too including a mentally ill girl Kaja. Parvati could learn only day after that her husband was shot dead in a so-called police encounter with naxals in Dholkatta area. She was led to Madhuvan Thana to see the dead body of her husband and forced to sign a white paper. She was not informed about the purpose of that signature. On 10th June director general...

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Movement against Liquor Mafia Faces State Repression in Uttarakhand

An anti-liquor movement is becoming more widespread in the hills of Uttarakhand. While the administration insistent on getting the liquour shops open and the liquor sellers are trying to portray that the movement is remaining in only a few places, the fact is in Garhwal itself, the anti-liquor movement is on in several places including Bhatwadi, Ghansaali, Jakholi, Sanglakoti, Srinagar, Deval and Karnaprayag. In Dehradun and Kumaon too, the movement is on in several places. The ill effects of the liquor in this area can be inferred on the fact that when on 11 June women staged a dharna in Karnaprayag on a road leading to liquor shop, a crowd of men addicted to liquor also gathered there. They were already drunk and they were ready to wait for as many as 3-4 hours in the afternoon leaving all work to be able to procure liquor. Their willingness to fight for liquor, the desperate yearning for liquor made for a pitiable sight. While this state of affairs may add to the coffers of the liquor sellers and some bit of it to the state treasury but it is evident how many families are getting destroyed by it. As people of these areas especially women intensify this struggle it is extremely disturbing that instead of addressing the problem, the police in Shrinagar has filed cases against the protestors. Cases have...

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Student-Youth Activists Began Indefinite Hunger Strike in Bihar

Protesting against the massive scale of corruption in the Bihar intermediate education, eight left wing student and youth activists have begun an indefinite hunger strike in Patna. The 8 activists belong to AISA, SFI, AISF, AIDSO, AIYF, RYA, DYFI and AIDYO. The main demands of the hunger strike are: i. Re-declaration of the results after free of cost re-evaluation of all the answer copies. ii. A high-level inquiry of the entire case iii. Dismissal of the Education Minister iv. A revamping of the education system in Bihar v. Implementation of common school system in...

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Surendra Nath Muduli

Com. Surendra Nath Muduli, an eminent educationist, a left leader, lawyer, trade union leader, human rights activist and the editor of Odia progressive weekly ‘Janbadi’ passed away on 2 June 2017 in Bhubaneswar at the age of 82 years. Com. Surendra Nath Muduli worked immensely for the development of the tribals and backward class children. He fought against untouchability, discrimination and exploitation. He was also imprisoned at the time of emergency. He was a strong sympathiser of CPI(ML) and the left movement as a whole. On hearing the demise of Com. Muduli, a condolence meeting was organised in Odisha party office. Veteran leader of the party Com. Kshitish Biswal, Odisha state secretary Com. Yudhisthir Mahapatra along with other party leaders paid tributes to the departed leader. Red Salute to Com. Surendra Nath...

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Their Design of ‘Rule by Fear’ versus Our Right to ‘Freedom from Fear’

An economy in deep crisis and a government on a rampage. Modern history will tell us that this dangerous combination often presaged a definitive eclipse of democracy in many countries. India 2017 is faced with precisely such an ominous juncture. The GDP growth rate, the statistic that is most often flaunted by politicians in power and establishment economists, has been on a steady decline for the last four successive quarters. At 6.1% in the last quarter (the first post-demonetisation quarter), the Indian economy lagged significantly behind the Chinese economy which grew at 6.9%, thereby clearly belying the ‘fastest growing economy in the world’ claim that the BJP leaders are so fond of making. Per capita income growth rate in real terms slowed down to 5.7% in FY2016-17 compared to 6.8% in the previous year. Employment generation has hit an all time low with even the IT sector now reporting huge layoffs across the board. The government can only offer some fake explanations – like describing GDP decline as the wiping out of black money or passing off the growing non-availability of jobs as ‘voluntary unemployment’ – but nothing to bring about any improvement in the situation. Meanwhile, it is working overtime to divide the people and suppress dissent by all possible means. Soon after the BJP came to power in May 2014, we saw a sudden mushrooming of so-called...

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Workers’ Protest in Ranchi

All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) held a protest at the Jharkhand Labour office in Ranchi on 30 May 2017, protesting against the pro-corporate changes in the labour law and highlighting several demands including equal pay for equal work and guarantee of minimum wage of Rs 18000 to all unorganized workers. Members of several unions including the Jharkhand Construction Workers’ Union, Jharkhand General Workers’ Union, Coal Mines Workers’ Union, Janvadi Mukti Morcha and Centre of Central Workers’ Union participated in the protest. The unions affiliated to AICCTU began the protest march from the Ranchi Railway station. The...

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Protest in Koderma Against Attack on Bhubaneshwar Paswan

On 27 May 2017, CPI(ML) organized a protest demanding the arrest of BJP leader Surendra Yadav, who is accused of attacking CPI(ML) leader Bhubaneshwar Paswan. Yadav, who is the mukhiya of the Hiradih panchayat, is a known feudal element in the region. Bhubaneshwar Paswan, a resident of Rebhanadih village in the Jayanagar block of Koderma, had recently left the BJP to join CPI(ML). He is a security guard in-charge in a factory in Hiradih, which has been shut down for the past two months. In the meanwhile, as part of his duties as security guard in-charge, Paswan caught a...

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Fuedal Violence in Palamu

Emboldened by the growing assertion of feudal forces in Uttar Pradesh with the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister, incidents of feudal violence are on the rise in Jharkhand too. On 10 May, there was a small altercation happened between a Dalit boy (from the Paswan caste) and a Rajput boy over plucking mangoes in a mango orchard. This innocuous episode however led to serious consequences. At about 9 pm on the same day, fuedal forces filed a complaint of sexual harassment against some Dalit boys in the village.  Subsequently, two Dalit boys were arrested by the police the next morning. The police then also went to the mango orchard to investigate the matter. Many boys of the village had gathered there, when in the presence of the police, some Rajput men beat up a Dalit boy. This was followed by an attack on a Rajput boy. Soon afterwards, 150-200 Rajput men, in the presence of the police, launched an attack on a Dalit hamlet with around 25 dalit families. Children, women and elders were brutally beaten. A man was thrown down from a 2-story house, and sustained major injuries as a result. Doors and windows were broke, food and vessels were destroyed. The motorcycles and tractors in the hamlet were also destroyed. Dozens of people were injured. The sitting MP B.D. Ram, who happens to be a...

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AISA Activists Arrested in Allahabad

Yogi Adityanath could not put up with AISA’s peaceful protest demonstration in Allahabad when he visited the city on 4 June. AISA activists- including State Sec. Sunil Maurya, Allahabad University office bearers Shakti Rajwar, Ranvijay Vidrohi, ex-AUSU Vice President Shalu Yadav, Amisha Anand, Rashmi Singh, Shivani Jaiswal, Devesh Mishra, Srijan, Niranjan, Vishnu, Ashutosh, Vivek Gautam and Shahbaaz Malik- were arrested for protesting against UP government’s inaction in the Saharanpur anti-Dalit carnage, increasing assaults on women, attacks on minorities, crackdown on livelihood and employment opportunities through slaughter house ban. In a state where cow-goons are given free hand, anti-Romeo squads...

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CPI(ML) Condemns Killing of Striking Farmers in MP

The CPI(ML) condemns the government of Madhya Pradesh for killing five agitating farmers and injuring many in Mandsaur district on 6 June 2017. The farmers are agitating in all parts of the country and they are on a historical strike in MP and Maharashtra for the last one week demanding loan waivers and minimum support price that ensures 50 percent profit margin above costs. It is criminal on the part of the MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and his ministers to deny that security forces have fired on the farmers and instead blame it on ‘anti-social’ elements, while local officials have clearly stated that the firing was done by forces. Such lies and deceitful statements are quite characteristic of the RSS school of propaganda. Equally condemnable are the repressive measures adopted by the MP government which included imposition of curfew in Mandsaur and a ban on internet and social media in many parts of the state. The repression on striking farmers was preceded by the BJP establishment’s obstinate undermining of farmers’ demands arising out of the deep agrarian crisis. Instead the BJP tried to divide the united farmers’ agitation in two states by roping in the RSS-backed farmers’ organisation against the striking farmers’ organisations. But farmers continued with the strike despite the MP and Maharashtra chief ministers’ announcements that a compromise formula had been achieved and the strikes...

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