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Journalist Gauri Lankesh: Latest Bold Voice Against Sangh Assassinated In an assassination that has shocked people all over the country, journalist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead at her home in Bengaluru by unidentified men on a bike. Gauri Lankesh was a bold and intrepid independent journalist who wrote tirelessly against communal fascists in India. The manner of her death appears to be similar to the assassinations of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi, in which the Abhinav Bharat, a saffron terrorist outfit, had been implicated. The fact that the killers of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi are yet to be punished is a comment on the impunity which these terrorists enjoy. The rise of the BJP and the Modi regime has emboldened the forces of Sanghi terror in the country. They indulge in widespread threats of violence – and assassinations – to silence voices of dissent. Gauri Lankesh was one voice, who in spite of being convicted in a criminal defamation case by a BJP leader, had refused to be intimidated or silenced. We demand justice for Gauri Lankesh. The anger against her assassination will only strengthen the determination of democratic forces in India to keep the flame of dissent alive and shining bright. NEET Killed Anitha The suicide of Anitha, a bright Dalit woman student of Tamil Nadu, has underlined the deeply unjust and biased NEET (National...

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Riots By Ram Rahim Supporters: Khattar and Modi Are Responsible

The courage showed by two women has resulted in justice. Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for raping two women sadhvis in the custody of his Dera. He continues to face charges of having a brother of one of the rape victims as well as a journalist who reported the rapes murdered, as well as charges of forced castration of 400 men. The Haryana High Court has rightly held the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Haryana squarely responsible for the riots that followed the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet...

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Protests against Dismal Flood Relief Operations in Bihar

Bihar, along with some areas in other States like Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, is severely flood-affected. The situation in Seemanchal (Bihar) is especially horrifying. According to government statistics 18 districts—Kishanganj, Arariya, Purnea, Katihar, Eastern Champaran, Western Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Shivhar, Samastipur, Gopalganj, Saran, Supoul, Madhepura, Saharsa and Khagariya—are flood-affected, a total of 341 people are dead, and crores of people have suffered loss and destruction of property. These are government statistics; the actual figures could be much higher. The government is trying to propagate the sense that release of water by Nepal is responsible for...

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Loot in MNREGA Funds

The CPI (ML) held a dharna on 22 August 2017 at Bagodar on the issues of loot in MNREGA in Birni and other places, repressive policies of BJP against dissent, arrest and jail of Sarita Sao when she opposed poor quality toilet construction in Bagodar, and other issues. The main demands of the dharna were: 1. Revoke Land Acquisition Amendment Bill 2. Revoke the anti-adivasi-dalit-minority Jharkhand Religious Freedom Bill 3. Take back false cases slapped against people’s representatives who raise their voice against corruption; release Bagodar Deputy Pramukh Sarita Sao 4. Register case against former Birni BDO implicated in...

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CPI (ML) condemns Undeclared Ban on Sacrifice of Camels on Bakr Id

Continuing with its anti-Muslim biases, an undeclared ban has been imposed on sacrifice of camels during Bakr Id in Jharkhand. Ex MLA Vinod Singh has informed that an oral directive has been issued by ministers and secretaries, hence several camels that were to be brought to Giridih in Jharkhand from Gujarat have been taken into custody by the police. The camels are also dying in the custody due to lack of fodder. Last year on September 10, the Madras High Court had banned the public sacrifice of camels under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, but responding to a PIL demanding the revocation of this ban, they had clarified that there was no ban on camel sacrifice. This year, the central government introduced a ban on the sale and purchase of cows, buffaloes, camel etc (not including goat or sheep) with an intention to slaughter. This was met with widespread nationwide opposition. On 31 May 2017, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court put a stay on the government ban and thereafter the Supreme Court upheld the stay of the Madurai bench. The current seizing of the camels by the Jharkhand government has no legal basis and it is only being carried out to appease the communal fascist forces. There is need to raise voice against these autocratic moves of the government. CPI(ML) condemns this and will continue...

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Rural Workers Protest at Jindal Steel Plant in Jharkhand Hundreds of rural workers and farmers took out a protest march at village Kurse on 17 August 2017 under the banners of the All India Kisan Mahasabha and the Jharkhand Gramin Mazdoor Sabha, Bhurkunda. They marched for 4 km raising slogans on the issues of crop compensation, guarantee of villagers’ health, education, employment and safety through JSL CSR funds (5% of the profits), and minimum wages for unorganized workers. The march was stopped by the police at the Main Gate, where a protest meeting was then held in the face of the JSPL’s obstinate attitude and refusal to accept the protesters’ memorandum. Steel Plant A Havoc for Villagers’ Lives The leaders addressing the meeting said that the flow of rain water has been blocked by the OB dump, construction of compound wall, and wrongly constructed road and small culverts from the Ghorghora river at Bhandra to Kurse. This has resulted in complete destruction of the paddy crop in village Kurse, Ghorghora Tola, Bhandra, Gegda, Kusiyara, Balkudra and other villages due to the monsoon rains in 2017. Fields have been eroded and sand, mud, and stones have been deposited in fields, wells and ponds. This has caused property loss worth crores to hundreds of families and thousands of persons in this area. Many rural poor and adivasi farmers dependent on agriculture...

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Gorakhpur Children’s Death : Govt. Report Hides Facts

CPI(ML) has accused that the report of the Chief Secretary on the deaths of children in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen which was handed to the CM on 22 August attempts to hide facts. The party has demanded the resignation of the UP CM Yogi holding him responsible for the case. A CPI(ML) fact finding team released its report on 23 August which said that the Yogi government and the senior officials of the health and the medical department are responsible for the deaths of the children however, to save themselves they are trying to fix the blame...

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This Week …

        The Martyrdom of Gauri Lankesh Shall Not Be in Vain Resist the Sanghi Subversion of Swami Vivekananda Countrywide Protests Against Brutal Murder of Gauri Lankesh AIPWA Mahadharna at Ranchi An Overwhelming Mandate to Left Unity Panel in JNU AICCTU March in Delhi's Wazirpur Industrial Area Rally in Pilibhit Sankalp Sabha in Memory of Com Khudiram Munda...

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Modi Betrays Old Promises, Promises ‘New India’

In his speech on India’s 71st Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi’s call for a ‘New India’ was an attempt to give a fresh spin to his own older – and betrayed – promises of Achhe Din (Good Days). The promise of job creation is mocked by employment at an all-time low and job losses at an all-time high, and BJP Governments seeking to recruit youth in ‘Gau Rakshak’ (cow protection) mobs in Haryana and Uttarakhand! The promise of women’s safety is mocked by a Union Minister trivializing stalking by a BJP leader’s son as harmless ‘boy chases girl.’ The ‘New India’ slogan sounds ominous in the wake of the deaths of 70 children in a Gorakhpur hospital; the callous apathy towards the victims of devastating floods in Assam, Bihar as well as parts of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal; a never-ending spate of deaths of Dalit sanitation workers in sewers; and yet another massive train accident bringing up the tally of major train accidents in Modi’s tenure to an appalling 27. What stands out is that all the above are more crimes than tragedies and calamities – because timely action on part of Government could easily have averted the massive toll of human lives. 1.42 lakh railway staff posts remain vacant – resulting in a situation where the driver of the oncoming Utkal Express train was not informed about...

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Flood Victims Protests in Darbhanga

Two-Day Block Level Agitation for Flood Relief Starts from 17 August Protest was held in front of the Darbhanga District Collect to demand relief for flood victims, arrangements for boats in submerged villages, compensation for submerged crops, transparency in dam repair funds accounts, and other demands. The protest march started at the Polo Maidan, proceeded through SSP office, Laheriyaserai Tower, and culminated in a meeting in front of the District Collector’s office presided over by Hanuman Nagar Block in-charge Com. Pappu Paswan. Addressing the meeting CPI(ML) District Secretary Com. Baidyanath Yadav said that the District administration and State government merely make announcements in newspapers; on the ground they do nothing. They have failed miserably in arranging boats and polythene food packets and evacuating trapped people to safer and higher places. Ministers and MLAs merely give reassuring speeches to the public but do nothing to give relief to the people. The victims have received neither food nor shelter as relief. Com. Baidyanath Yadav further warned the District administration that if the problems of the flood victims are not resolved within the next two days, a decisive struggle will be launched in Darbhanga. AIIARLA State Vice President Com. Laxmi Paswan said that the governments in Delhi and Patna are both silent on the problems of the flood victims; they are only conducting aerial surveys. The State governments MLAs are busy looting the...

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Countrywide Protests by Kisan Mahasabha on 9 August

In response to the call by the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sang Samanvay Samiti, the All India Kisan Mahasabha and other farmers’ organizations held dharna protests and meetings at various District headquarters in the country on 9 August 2017. The Samanvay Samiti is comprised of 162 farmers’ organizations which include Block level to National level farmers’ organizations. Protests were organized across the country on the occasion of Kranti Diwas on 9 August. The main demands of these protests were: loan waivers (government loans as well as moneylenders’ loans) for all farmers including sharecroppers; a minimum support price of 1 ½ times of the input costs for all crops; an end to acquisition of agricultural lands. JHARKHAND Protests, dharnas and meetings were held in front of District Collectorates at various placers including Giridih, Ramgarh, and Ranchi. The speakers who addressed the meetings said that under the BJP rule in the State corporate companies are looting the land of adivasis and farmers. The brave farmers are continuing their struggle even in the face of bullets and brutality. Memorandums with the above demands were submitted to the District Collectors. Coincidentally 9 August is also observed as Adivasi Day. The CPI(ML) took out a rally in Ranchi against the anti-adivasi, pro-corporate and communal policies of the Raghuvar government. It is to be noted that the government has recently passed the anti-conversion and Land Acquisition...

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Race Course Workers Union Elections in Bengaluru

It was a massive victory for AICCTU led by Com. Balan in the elections to the union of race course workers on August 18. Out of 473 total votes polled, Com. Balan secured 425 votes (90% votes), while the INTUC rival could secure only 48 votes. It was a huge victory which came in context of several challenges. The victory becomes even more significant since the overwhelming majority of workers are migrants mainly from Bihar and UP. The opposing forces conspired actively to try and stall elections and ensure AICCTU’s defeat. However, neither free flowing supply of liquor nor...

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Poor Lay Claim To Homestead Land in Nawada ‘Dakhal’ into lands, dharnas and protests were held across the State of Bihar from 9 to 15 August 2017 under the call given by the Bihar State Committee of the CPI(ML) with the slogan, ‘We shall not tolerate betrayal of people’s mandate; we shall take the land rights due to us’. Capturing bhoodan land in Lalpur (Kauwakol Block, Naw District), the landless poor put up 200 huts on the land. They had got parchas to 60 acres of bhoodan land on 17 February 1957 and 13 February 1996. Despite this these dalits and poor could not get possession of the land till now. They had appealed several times to the administration to give them possession but their demands went unheeded. In the face of administrative indifference the CPI(ML) and AIARLA decided to put up huts on this land. On 14 August 2017 hundreds of people gathered at the place and put up flags on the land after which they built 200 huts. They have also decided to do farming on this land. Women were at the forefront of the campaign to put up flags on the land and contributed hugely to the success of the movement. Addressing the meeting which followed the putting up of the flags, CPI(ML) District Secretary Com. Narendra Prasad Singh said that the State government is putting...

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Illegally Locked Out Tea Garden Workers Hoist Tricolour and Face the Allegation of “Insulting the National Flag” !

Workers protesting the prolonged illegal lockout in Bargaon tea garden in Bishwanath district, Sonitp, Assam observed Independence Day by hoisting the national tricolor – with male workers keeping the upper body uncovered to symbolize their poverty and destitution. Appallingly, the Assam Police under the Sarbananda Sonowal Government have booked the workers under Section 2 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2003, i.e. “disrespect to the Indian National Flag.” If poor Indians – who lack clothes to cover the upper half of their bodies – hoist the tricolour, is it “disrespect to the National Flag’? By...

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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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