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AICCTU Protest Against Sewer Deaths In Delhi

All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) and CPI(ML) held a protest on 22 August at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, against death of sanitation workers inside sewers in national capital. In a span of 35 days ten workers have died inside sewers despite ‘hazardous cleaning’ being illegal as per the provisions of ‘The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013’. It is very unfortunate that the waste generated by a huge urban population is handled in most unscientific and inhuman ways. Sanitation workers employed for maintenance of sewer lines are undoubtedly one of the most...

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‘Resist the Republic of Fear’: March in London against Mob Lynchings in India on Independence Day

On 15th August, a wide range of organisations and individuals took part in a torchlight silent march in London to protest against the epidemic of RSS-backed mob lynchings of Muslims, Dalits and Christians in India. The march, which began at the Gandhi statue in Tavistock Square to the Indian High Commission, was organised by South Asia Solidarity Group, and all the major Dalit organisations in Britain (Caste watch UK, Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance, Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK, Voice of Dalit International (VODI)) along with other progressive South Asian groups such as SOAS India Society, Together 4 Good, and Tamil Solidarity. Marching behind a banner which read ‘Resist The Republic of Fear: Stop Mob Lynchings in India’, the protestors held up huge placards bearing the photographs of those who have been brutally killed, including those of 16 year old Junaid (lynched in Ballabhgarh, Haryana), CPI(ML) activist Zafar Hussein (lynched in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan), 15 year old Swapnil Sonawane (lynched in Thane, Mumbai), Maan Devi (lynched in Agra, UP), Laljibhai Sarvaiya (Ankolali, Gujarat), Pastor Sultan Masih (murdered in Ludhiana, Punjab), Otera Bibi (lynched in Murshidabad, West Bengal) Pehlu Khan (lynched in Alwar, Rajasthan), and Mohammad Akhlaque (lynched in Dadri, UP). Another banner read ‘We Will Never Forget – Gujarat genocide 2002: Modi’s crimes against humanity’. The protestors also referred to the recent deaths of nearly 70 young children in...

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Gorakhpur Massacre: Yogi Must Go!

On the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day, the deaths of 79 children in a Gorakhpur Government hospital offers a grim diagnosis of the state of health of our democracy and polity. Those babies and children did not die in a ‘tragedy’ – their lives were literally choked off by deliberate, cold-blooded negligence by Governments both at the Centre and Uttar Pradesh. Barely half a kilometer from the BRD Medical College where the children died starved of oxygen, Narendra Modi had declared at an election meeting that he had a 56-inch chest and that if he became Prime Minister,...

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CPI (ML) Observes National Protest Day against Deaths of Children in Gorakhpur

CPI (ML) called for a national protest day to be observed on 14 August against the deaths of over 70 children in BRD hospital in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen. The deaths which occurred over 6 days were criminally allowed to happen due to gross negligence leading many to terms these deaths not as tragedy but massacres. Uttar Pradesh : CPI(ML) Activists Arrested During Gorakhpur Bandh The CPI ML) observed 14 August 2017 as a countrywide protest day against the killing of children in the BRD Medical College Hospital due to cutting off oxygen supply. The Party has...

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Jan Convention Resolves to Resist Illegal JD (U)-BJP Government In Bihar

The CPI(ML) organized a people’s Convention on 8 August 2017 at the Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir against the betrayal of the people’s mandate, the politics of hate and violence and the murder of democracy. Party General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya was the main speaker at the Convention which started with songs by Hirawal on the theme of Nitish Kumar’s treachery, after which State Secretary, Com. Kunal explained the context of the Convention with reference to the incidents which took place after the new government came to power and which are pushing Bihar the Gujarat way. Com Abhyuday read out the...

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Protests by All India Kisan Mahasabha and AIARLA on 9 August

In response to a countrywide call by the All India Kisan Mahasabha and AIARLA on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on 9 August, dharna protests and meetings were held across the country on 9 August on the issues of land, housing and food rights. In Uttar Pradesh, protest programmes were held in Ballia, Deoriya HQ and Bankata Block, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Mau, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Sonbhadra, Allahabad, Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheeri, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Bijnaur, Mathura, Muradabad, Banda, Faizabad and other districts. Activists from AIKMS, AIARLA, CPI (ML) and AIPWA took part in these protests in large...

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CPI(ML) Condemns Bihar State Government’s Indifference to Flood Situation in Bihar

CPI(ML) Bihar State Secretary Kunal stated on 14 August 2017 that floods have wreaked havoc on the lives of people in North Bihar, as in previous years. But the government, despite its tall claims, has failed in its disaster management and lakhs of people have been rendered homeless. Many people have died so far and large numbers of cattle have been lost but the government remains indifferent to the grave flood situation. He added that neither the Central government nor the State government wants to find a permanent solution to the flood problem. Nitish Kumar has always run away from the problem by holding the Farakka dam responsible. But now his government is in power at the Centre as well as in Patna and he cannot shirk the responsibility of finding a sustainable solution to the flood problem. We had said even earlier that heavy destruction is caused by building embankments on the Farakka, Bagmati and other rivers. But the embankment construction continues despite the objections of the people. Report on Champaran Flood Disaster The flood report from Champaran sent by CPI(ML) leader Virendra Prasad Gupta reveals an extremely grave situation. There has been tremendous loss of life and property in entire Champaran, particularly the Narkatiyaganj sub-division but the BJP-JD (U) government remains totally insensitive. In Champaran alone there have been dozens of deaths. Right under the nose of...

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Reports

Kisan Mahasabha Organizes Huge Dharna in Madhubani A huge dharna was held in front of the Madhubani Collectorate under the banner of the All India Kisan Mahasabha on 22 July 2017 to demand the re-opening of the Lohat, Sakri, Raiyam sugar mills and the Pandaul cotton mill. It was announced during the dharna that farmers and workers would launch a serial agitation on this issue. A meeting was organized at the dharna venue presided over by Kisan Mahasabha district coordinator Com. Prem Kumar Jha. Addressing the meeting, CPI (ML) district Secretary Com. Dhruv Narayan Karn said that Nitish Kumar has broken his promise of re-opening closed sugar mills and has instead sold the Raiyam sugar mill to private capitalists. A 11-point memorandum was submitted to the Collector with the following demands: re-opening of closed mills; loan waivers for farmers and workers; payment of crop insurance benefits to farmers for 2014-16; implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations for profitable crop purchase price; construction of a multi-purpose dam for a solution to electricity and flood problems; a Market Committee to be formed in Madhubani for sale of farmers’ crops; completion of the Western Koshi canal project; and 90% subsidy on all agricultural machinery. Prior to the Mahadharna, hundreds of farmers who had converged in Madhubani took out a rally through the main roads of the city, led by comrades Prem Kumar Jha...

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Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh Cases Expose the Reality of ‘Beti Bachao’

Prime Minister Modi and his Government have given the slogan of ‘Beti Bachao’ (Save Daughters) as proof of the Government’s commitment to end violence against women. But in reality, this slogan is proving to be empty rhetoric – with BJP Governments at the Centre and various states acting to protect perpetrators of violence against women. Nowhere is the hypocrisy of BJP’s ‘Beti Bachao’ slogan more starkly visible than in the two recent cases in Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh. In Chandigarh, Vikas Barala, the son of the Haryana BJP President along with a friend stalked, chased and tried to abduct a...

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Serial Sewer Deaths and the Swachh Bharat Sham

PM Modi launched his Swachh Bharat mission on Independence Day – 15 August 2014. As we approach 15 August 2017, three more Dalit men have died cleaning sewer lines in India’s capital city Delhi. In July, it was estimated that 39 men had died in Delhi sewers in 100 days. The story is the same in all Indian cities. The Swachh Bharat campaign, while unleashing draconian, coercive and violent measures on people in the name of ending open defecation, is making no effort to enforce the 2013 law forbidding manual scavenging – instead the campaign by encouraging the building of toilets with septic tanks are actually tacitly perpetuating and encouraging manual scavenging. The Central government has reduced funds for the self-employment scheme for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers from Rs 448 crore in the 2014-15 budget to Rs 5 crore in 2017. There is simply no attempt to enforce laws that ensure safety equipment for sanitation workers anywhere in the country. Unofficial manual scavenging continues to be rampant in the Indian Railways, run by the Central Government. In Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party Government also bears a large share of responsibility for its apathy towards ending manual scavenging. In the case of the latest three victims of sewer deaths, the AAP Government is adding insult to injury with the Delhi Jal Board washing its hands off the death by...

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Workers Strike and Protest Meet for Justice For Jeera Bharti

Workers of Mirzapur held a huge strike on 30 July to demand revoking of criminal cases slapped against Jeera Bharti and arrest of the dominant caste feudal landlord accused of leading the assault on Jeera Bharti. On 30 July AIPWA, AIARLA and CPI (ML) took out a protest march and held a meeting in Jeera Bharti’s home village Rikshakhurd. Workers in large numbers marched through difficult hilly terrain and arrived at Com Jeera’s village where a meeting was organized close to the spot where the assault had taken place. Addressing the meeting, AIPWA State President Krishna Adhikari said that after the Yogi government came to power in Uttar Pradesh the morale of the local dominant and feudal powers is on a huge high because they have open protection from the rulers; that is the reason for the increase in attacks on the poor, workers, adivasis, women, and dalits and for the refusal of the thanas and courts to even hear their side of the case. Com Krishna further said that Jeera Bharti is a dalit and also a woman; she has challenged the dominant feudal forces on the issue of wages for the poor. Therefore she has been a victim of feudal as well as patriarchal dominance. Com Krishna said that today the workers have raised their voices through this one-day strike and have proved that the organized unity...

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AICCTU demonstration in Karnataka

Sanitation and water supply workers of AICCTU demonstrated before the office of the Karnataka Labour Commissioner on 2nd Aug 2017, demanding regularisation of all existing contract workers, same pay for same work, direct payment to workers by the Bangalore Municipal Corporation, etc. Thousands of workers joined the protest which was led by Com. Clifton, All India Secretary, Com. Maitreyi, NCM, Com. Nirmala, General Secretary of BBMP contract workers union, Com. Vinay, Vice President, Appanna, state Secretary, Com. Mohan, SCM and Com. Hemant, BWSSB. The Labour Commissioner was forced to come to the spot and address workers. He assured to expedite a decision on equal work equal pay. Women sanitation workers participated in huge...

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Jhunjhunu District Conference of CPI(ML)

The 3rd Jhunjhunu District Conference was held in Rajasthan on 28 July 2017 on the occasion of the anniversary of Com Charu Mazumdar’s martyrdom day. The conference started with tributes to Com. Charu Mazumdar, Com Srilata Swaminathan, Com. Swapan Mukherjee, Com. Zafar Hussain, Pehlu Khan, and all the martyrs who gave their lives for a democratic and egalitarian India against fascism. Inaugurating the conference, PB member Com. Prabhat Kumar Chaudhuri said that the entire country, including Rajasthan, is going through a time of deep crisis. The government is paying no heed to the farmers’ crisis; on the other hand, bullets are being fired upon farmers who protest, and thousands of farmers are forced to commit suicide. Attacks on women and adivasis have become a daily occurrence in Rajasthan. Our own Comrade Zafar had to sacrifice his life due to the anti-poor character of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ because he showed the courage to oppose the Municipal personnel who were assaulting the dignity of poor women living in hutments. It is now clear that the district and State administration is supporting the personnel and officials who murdered Com Zafar. Till today, the chief accused has not been arrested and an atmosphere of communal hatred is being spread across Rajasthan. Com Prabhat said that the Party must fight the saffron conspiracy in Rajasthan and mobilize democratic and justice-loving forces of society...

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Saran (Siwan) Zonal Activists’ Convention

The CPI (ML) Saran Zonal level activists’ convention was held on 30 July 2017 at the Siwan Town Hall and was attended by activists from Siwan, Gopaganj and Saran. Addressing the Convention, Party General Secretary Com Dipankar Bhattacharya said that in the present times we are not even allowed the freedom to speak against the destructive activities of the RSS and BJP in the country. Dalits, minorities, intellectuals and democracy-loving people are being attacked by RSS-BJP through mob violence. The promise of development for all has turned out to be nothing but empty rhetoric. Corporate houses have captured the resources of the country. Those who oppose the wrongdoings of the BJP are termed ‘anti-national’. The BJP is bent on capturing power in the entire country through money and muscle power. They are silent on the many criminal cases pending against the CM and Deputy CM of UP. Scholarships are being drastically cut. Employment opportunities are also drastically declining and prices are skyrocketing. Com Dipankar said that the NItish-BJP coup in Bihar is a huge treachery against the people’s mandate. The people of Bihar will soon settle accounts with Nitish for this. Com Dipankar called upon Party cadres to start preparing for the Party Congress to be held next year in March. The Convention was also addressed by Comrades Kunal, Satyadev Ram, Amar Yadav and others. The proceedings were conducted...

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Demonstration at Begusarai Municipal Corporation

The CPI (ML) Beguserai City Committee held a ‘Jawab Do’ (We Demand An Answer) demonstration on 28 July 2017 at the Municipal Corporation on the issue of housing for the poor and other important demands. 300 urban poor led by City Committee Secretary Com. Rajesh Srivastava started the march from NH-31, proceeded through the main streets of the city and reached the Municipal Corporation where a demonstration and meeting was held. Addressing the meeting, Party District Secretary Com. Diwakar Kumar said that power-hungry Nitish has betrayed the people’s mandate by joining hands with the BJP and forming a government which the people had voted to prevent. The condition of the poor is dismal. The urban poor lack housing. The distribution of kerosene has been stopped and now preparations are going on for stopping ration distribution also. AIARLA District Secretary Com. Chandradev Verma said that the Municipal has become the hub of corrupt representatives, officials and middlemen. The people are being looted in the name of housing and toilets and the silence of the Mayor shows that he is complicit in this loot. City Secretary Com Rajesh Srivastava demanded that a survey of urban poor should be done and housing should be made available for them; this should be done with utmost speed especially for the poor living next to the railway lines and NH-31. A 20 point charter of...

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