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Pidri Local Committee Conference

The 7th CPI (ML) Pidri local unit in Darbhanga district held its conference on 16 October 2017 at Shaheed Baleshwar Paswan Nagar (Chhaprar). The conference began with a unity-meeting presided over by a 5-member Board and conducted by AIARLA District President Com. Jangi Yadav. Addressing the conference, Politburo member Com. Dhirendra Jha said that the pro-corporate and anti-poor face of the Modi government stands thoroughly exposed. Ambani-Adani-Ramdev are growing in leaps and bounds and recently the humongous corruption by Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah during the note ban phase has come to light. The poor are being kept out of education, employment, health, and all development. State Committee member, Com. Abhishek Kumar said that the government is ignoring the issues and rights of farmers and sharecroppers and if they do not meet demands of compensation, loan waivers and purchase price, a decisive battle will be fought on these issues. A resolution was passed to join the farmers’ and sharecroppers’ unity meeting in large numbers on 5 November when the Kisan Mukti Yatra would reach...

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Comrade Jayant Ganguly Memorial Day Observed

The 22nd memorial day of Com Jayant Ganguly was observed on 25 September 2017 in Hesalong Panchayat. Former MLA and CPI(ML) CC member Com Vinod Singh was present on the occasion along with a large number of people. Tributes were paid to the memory of Com Jayant and a memorial meeting was held in his honour. Com Jayant Ganguly joined the Naxalbari Movement and the Liberation Front led by Com. Banbihari Chakraborty in 1970-72 during his student life. He was sent to Giddi-C Colliery under the charge of Com. Laxman Singh. Com Jayant worked to strengthen the organization in the Daniya forests where the adivasi villages were in the stranglehold of moneylenders and feudal powers. He worked under the pseudonym of Amar Singh and gradually the adivasis began recapturing their lands and sowing crops. He was jailed in 1970 and released in 1972 due to the efforts of LF leader Ramji Singh. After being released he concentrated on organizational work on both banks of the Damodar River. Com Jayant knew how to mold oneself according to the circumstances and derived his energy from ground level work. Com Jayant along with the entire Liberation Front joined the CPI(ML) in 1984. He became a member of the Central Committee and was given the responsibility of MP and Maharashtra and later in UP. Com Jayant passed away on 25 July 1995 and...

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First Death Anniversary of Com. Janardan Harijan

The 1st death anniversary of Com Janardan Harjan was observed on 9 October 2017 at his village Modidih in Baliyapur Block, Dhanbad District. A Sankalp Sabha was held in his memory which began with garlanding of his portrait and observing on one minute’s silence. Addressing the meeting, Com Vinod Singh said that Com Janardan Harijan was a Communist warrior fully dedicated to the people and to the CPI(ML). He was the epitome of a simple life, hard struggle, and constant political contact with the people. His self-respect was the synonym of dalit self-respect. It was his dream to secure due political claim for the dalits and the poor through his struggles. Com Vinod Singh further said that in the present scenario of feudalism and fascism, when Brahminism is also at its peak, the loss of Com Janardan (JD) who led people’s struggles is an irreparable loss for the Party and the people. Com Janardan was a good singer and had composed many songs on the life of the rural poor. A project to release an album of his songs is nearly complete. The meeting concluded with the resolve to erect a life-size statue of Com Janardan and to work for the success of the 10th Party Congress by working with the workers and rural poor in Dhanbad...

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Protest March Against Rape of 3-Year Old

A protest march was organized at Ranchi on 9 October 2017 against the brutal rape of 3-year old girl in Giddor Thana, Chatra district. On 6 October the girl child had gone with her father to visit the Mela. She was kidnapped from the Mela and brutally raped, and was found later in an unconscious state. The child was admitted in a serious condition at the RIMS hospital. The protest march was taken out from Mahendra Singh Bhavan and culminated in a meeting at Albert Ekka Chowk. The speakers at the meeting said that this heinous crime comes in...

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Obituary : Comrade Ganauri Paswan

Comrade Ganauri Paswan, who hailed from Chakchullah village in Dhanrua Block, Patna District, passed away in a tragic road accident on 16 August 2017. He was 50 years old. Com. Ganauri had joined the CPI(ML) during its underground phase and had contributed actively to the struggles. He was jailed for his participation in peoples’ struggles. Com Ganauri had gone to Patna where his auto rickshaw overturned near Rani Chowk, Deedrganj, injuring him seriously. He died while he was being taken to the hospital. Com Ganauri was an extremely courageous and responsible comrade. His death is an irreparable loss to the entire Party. Red Salute to Com Ganauri...

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Crony Capitalism, ‘Crazy Development’ and Callous Governance: The Unravelling of the Disastrous Modi Regime

Ahead of the crucial Gujarat elections, the chinks in the Modi propaganda armour of Gujarat model of development continue to get brutally exposed. Indeed, the popular narrative on development that has emerged from within Gujarat and taken the social media by storm is ‘vikas gando thayo chhe’: ‘development has gone crazy’. It is not just about Gujarat, it could be said about the dominant discourse and design of development in the rest of India too. To be sure this is not a recent phenomenon happening only in the wake of the Modi victory of 2014 when the ‘Gujarat model’ is being sought to be replicated nationally. Crazy development is a characteristic outcome of crony capitalism when the resources and focus of the state are being increasingly dedicated to the interests of a handful of corporations and well-connected cronies. Even as economic observers including former finance ministers from within the BJP have been expressing concern over the continually declining GDP growth rate for the last six quarters in a row, and reports of job loss are coming in virtually from every industry and employment sector, the latest International Food Policy Research Institute report on the state of global hunger tells us that India is ranked 100 in a list of 117 countries. In the neighbourhood, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are ahead of India with only Pakistan and Afghanistan faring...

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AISA Condemns Kerala HC Order Outlawing Democratic Student Agitations

AISA condemns an order passed by the Kerala HC outlawing democratic protests by students. This outrageous and unconstitutional order was passed by Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan in a case concerning MES College, Ponnani. This order claims that “Dharna, hunger strikes and other practices like Sathyagrah have no place in a constitutional democracy” and recommends expulsion or rustication for any student participating in such protests! The order tries to cloak its authoritarian and anti-democratic character by quoting Dr Ambedkar to suggest that the need for agitations would be done away where constitutional avenues are available. But the Court forgets that, in fact, such avenues have been missing in 70 years of democracy – and the whole of Indian democracy has been sustained by dharnas and such agitations. If the right to association and the right of citizens and all persons to protest has been upheld by innumerable Court judgements in independent India, how can the Kerala HC suddenly decide that college students are not citizens and do not enjoy such rights? The Kerala HC recently passed an order remanding a 24 year old young woman Hadiya to the custody of her father, holding that a young woman in India cannot marry without her father’s approval. Now the Kerala HC has deemed peaceful student movements to be unconstitutional. Such orders are in fact a mockery of...

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CPI(ML) Protests Attacks on CPI(M) Offices

All over the country, BJP is leading attacks on offices of CPI(M) and Left parties. This is nothing but a desperate ploy to divert attention from the economic crisis, unemployment, rampant hunger, attacks on women as well as corruption and nepotism scandals in which BJP Governments at the Centre and states are embroiled. CPI(ML) condemns such attacks in the strongest terms. Why is the police allowing such ‘demonstrations’ that threaten violence to the offices of the Left? The BJP and Sangh are no ‘victims’ in Kerala – rather they are instigators of horrendous violence. The cycle of political violence in Kerala must indeed end – but it is utterly dishonest of the RSS and BJP to try to demonise the Left on this issue when they themselves are the perpetrators of the worst violence both in Kerala and all over India. The CPI(ML) burnt an effigy of the BJP in Haldwani and joined a united Left-democratic protest demonstration in Dehradun to protest the BJP attack on the CPI(M) office in Dehradun. The CPI(ML) condemns such threatening BJP mobilisations against CPI(M) offices in Delhi and...

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Kisan Mukti Yatra: Third Phase

The third phase of the Kisan Mukti Yatra was held from 2 October to 11 October 2017. The brief report of the yatra is shared below: The Yatra started from Champaran, the venue of Gandhiji’s Satyagraha 100 years ago with the indigo farmers. The Yatra commenced from the Bhitiharwa Ashram in Champaran. This was the place where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was transformed into Mahatma Gandhi. In the house which welcomed the genuine Gandhi a hundred years ago, Modi and Nitish were gheraoed by the people in 2017. Both these false Gandhis came to Champaran to celebrate the centenary of the Satyagraha. Modi was gheraoed in village Laukariya when he arrived at Khendar Prasad Rao’s (one of those who had welcomed Gandhiji 100 years ago) house by hundreds of farmers led by Com. Sunil Rao, a CPI (ML) activist and district convener of the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Mahasabha, who is leading the farmers’ struggle against the land-grabbing sugar mills. In Western Champaran, Com Lalita Devi who comes from the Tharu tribe informed about the conditions in the area. Of the 80,000 strong Tharu population only a few families own land; the rest are landless and depend upon daily wages. Western Champaran has the lowest wages: Rs 100 for men; Rs 50-60 for seniors and men below 18; for women also the wage is only Rs 50-60. Paddy, wheat, and sugar...

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The Southern phase of the Yatra

The Southern phase of the Kisan Mukti Yatra was organized under the leadership of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti. Kisan leaders speaking in Vijaywada on 17 September 2017 said that the government owed farmers to the tune of 1.5 lakhs every year; farmers demanding loan waivers are not asking for charity but for their rights. It is the government which is indebted to farmers and not vice-versa. The haphazard loan waivers granted by the government are ineffective and farmers are demanding a policy-based systematic machinery for debt-relief. The Yatra started from Telangana and was welcomed at several places by farmers in large numbers. The farmers honoured senior Kisan leader Com. Kolli Nageshwar Rao for his contribution to the protection of farmers’ rights. Two books by Shri Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao were dedicated to the people on the occasion. At a programme attended by more than a thousand farmers, Sobhanadreeswara Rao spoke about three main issues of farmers: land rights; reasonably profitable prices; and sustainable debt-relief. AIKM General Secretary Rajaram Singh, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, BM Singh, Malla Reddy, Raju Shetty, Gopal Gowda, former Union Secretary for Power and environmental activist EAS Sarma, and others also addressed the meeting. The speakers spoke about the problems facing the farmers currently and called upon them to take inspiration from the spontaneous farmers’ movements in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and organize...

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Kisan Mukti Yatra in Uttarakhand

A public meeting was held at the Shaheed Smarak, Bindukhatta in the terai region of Uttarakhand addressed by Prem Singh Gehlawat, Afroz Alam, and Purushottam Sharma and Kailash Pandey. Other leaders who were scheduled to speak (BM Singh from Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, Raju Shetty from Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathana, Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India, Rampal Jat from Kisan Mahapanchayat, R Chandrashekhar from All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, and Gangadhar Nautiyal from Kisan Mazdoor Sabha could not attend as they were not able to arrive in time due to delay in their earlier programmes. The meeting was presided over by Anand Negi and proceedings were conducted by Bahadur Singh Jangi. A 10-point memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister through the Tehsildar and a warning was given that if the farmers’ demands are not met within 2 months the agitation would be further escalated and...

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‘Halla Bol, Pol Khol’ March in Sariya

Students and youth under the leadership of RYA took out a spirited march from Sariya Stadium to the residence of Koderma BJP MP and former State President Ravindra Rai to demand the construction of a rail over-bridge at the Hazaribagh Road railway crossing, and against the non-performance and ‘jumlebaji’ of the MP. More than 4,000 students and youth participated in the march despite the busy season for farming activities. BJP district level leaders tried to stop the march through press statements, but this backfired and only served to increase the participation of youth in the march. The administration also put up barricades at several places to foil the march, but to no avail. Thousands of youth raising slogans crossed the railway crossing and reached the barricades near the MP’s house. RYA national counselor Sandeep Jaiswal read out on the mike the memorandum with their demands after which the memorandum was submitted to the administrative authorities. The speakers at the meeting pointed out that the construction of the over-bridge had been granted in 2014 after untiring efforts by the former Bagodar MLA Com. Vinod Singh of the CPI (ML). The oil inspection had also been done for the construction. But no progress in the matter has been done in the last 3 years, showing the dismal non-performance of the present MP and the governments at the Centre and in the...

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District Conference of Kisan Mahasabha in Kanpur

The Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha held a district conference at village Bandhipurwa-Bagicha in Kandha Panchayat, Kalyanpur Block, Kanpur City. The conference venue has been a dharna site for the past two months. An indefinite dharna is being held under the Kisan Mahasabha banner against the forcible land acquisition of farmers’ lands by the Gas Authority of India (GAIL). A Kisan Mahasabha membership drive was also held along with the dharna and the conference was also held at the dharna site. A cultural team has been formed during this struggle which presented revolutionary songs during the conference. The main speaker was Kisan Mahasabha State President Jai Prakash Narayan. Com Vijay Kumar, Hari Singh, Vidya Rajwar, SA Zaidi and others also spoke at the conference. The speakers highlighted the anti-farmer policies of the Modi government and stressed the need for organizational strength and extension. At the conclusion of the conference a 31-member Council and 15-member Executive were formed with Com. Sohan Singh and Com. Ajay Singh as President and Secretary...

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Jal Sahiyas Protest in Garhwa

The Jal Sahiyas of Garwha are agitating for their rights – these are the workers who do the bulk of the rural drinking water and sanitation work and are yet not recognized as Government employees. A rally was held in Garhwa under the joint banners of the Garhwa District Jal Sahiya Samiti and AIPWA, culminating in a meeting in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Addressing the meeting, Com. Sushma Mehta said that the Jal Sahiyas have been working for the past 7-8 years but they have not been paid any wages, honorarium or allowance. They have also not been given any special dress to identify them as Jal Sahiyas. Hundreds of Jal Sahiyas were present on the occasion. A 9-point memorandum with the following demands was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner: Jal sahiyas to be declared government employees; they should be provided with uniforms; payments for water inspection and toilet survey should be made; extortion of money in the name of ‘audit’ should be stopped; wage fixation of Jal Sahiyas should be done; NGOs should be banned from toilet construction; and Jal Sahiyas should be given travel allowance and mobile...

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Contract and Non-Regularized Workers Hold National Demand Day

The All India Contract and Non-Regularized Workers Federation (AICNRWF) observed National Demand Day on 22 September 2017 with a 9-point charter of demands. Memorandums were submitted to the Prime Minister and Labour Minister from various places on this occasion. The demands are as follows: 1. The system of contract and outsourcing workers should be stopped and such workers should be regularized without delay in government as well as private sectors. 2. Equal pay for equal work should be guaranteed in accordance with the Supreme Court directive (minimum wage Rs 20,000). 3. Proceedings to revoke the SC ruling on equal pay for equal work and Rule 25 of CLARA should be stopped immediately. 4. Anti-worker amendments/proposals in the labour laws should be immediately stopped. 5. All contract and non-regular workers should be given guarantee of wages, employment, social security and respectable working terms and conditions. 6. Guarantee of wage/honorarium/incentive payments, and 10% fine for delayed payments. 7. Full unionization rights for contract and non-regular workers. 8. Laying off contract and non-regular workers without full procedure of ‘natural justice’ should be stopped. 9. Full safety measures and equipment for workers engaged in dangerous jobs. About 500 workers protested with the above demands on National Demand Day in front of the Collector’s office at Durg (Chhattisgarh). A memorandum was submitted to the PM through the Collector. A State Level conference was organized to observe National Demand Day at Bhubaneshwar in...

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LIBERATION JANUARY 2018