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Remembering the People’s Poet Durgendra ‘Akari’

5 November is the death anniversary of the great people’s poet of Bihar’s peasant movement, Durgendra ‘Akari’. Akari had been a bonded labourer from the age of 9. He joined the CPI(ML) movement in the 1970s, writing in the language of the people, taking on the brutal police killings during the Indira Gandhi Emergency. His poems spoke of the pain and anger of the agricultural labourers, the brick kiln workers. His verses cut right through the communal politics of the ‘Mandir’ era and the Vajpayee Government; and exposed the hypocrisy of the ‘social justice’ claims of Lalu-Rabri and Nitish Governments. His poetry spoke of his journey from bondage to his struggle for freedom – a struggle that ironically involved several jail terms! Akari ji’s poems still live in the hearts of the struggling people of Bhojpur and...

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Protests Held Against NSA Charges on Bhim Army Leader Chandrashekhar Raavan

The CPI(ML) condemned the Yogi Government for invoking NSA against the incarcerated Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad Raavan, saying that this further exposes the anti-Dalit character of the BJP. The NSA has been invoked at a time when the Bhim Army leader had got bail from the High Court and was about to get out of jail. The CPI(ML) held protests at Siwan and Bhojpur on 6 November demanding the release of Chandrashekhar Raavan and withdrawal of the draconian NSA charges. Signature campaigns with this demand were conducted by AISA and RYA in campuses and Dalit hostels, and the AISA-RYA Student-Youth Rights Campaign is also raising this question...

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Farmers protest in Odisha demanding Loan Waiver

On 30 October, Several farmer organisations joined to demonstrate near the Odisha Assembly to demand full crop-loan waiver, even as more incidents of farmer suicides come to light. A night prior to the demonstration a farmer from Bargarh district committed suicide as he was unable to play his loan. All India Kisan Mahasabha also joined the demonstration under the leadership of Com. Tirupati Gamango. Speaking at the demonstration, Ashok Pradhan, leader of the Paschim Odisha KrushakSamananwaya Samiti, which spearheaded the agitation said, “We will intensify our agitation if the state and central government do not fulfil our demand for...

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30TH Martyrdom of Ghutuva Firing

The CPI (ML) observed the 30th martyrdom day in memory of the three comrades who were martyred on 30 October 1988 in Ghutuva (Patratu Block, Ramgarh District, Jharkhand). State Committee member Com. Devki Nandan Bhediya and other leaders paid floral tribute and observed one minute’s silence in memory of the martyrs and also of student Simran Kumari killed in Bujurg Jameera village, the two workers killed in the Sayal mine accident, and the victims of starvation deaths. Addressing the meeting State and District leaders said that 29 years ago on this day thousands of people had gheraoed Ghutuva thana to protest against police atrocities and repression of women. The police opened fire on the protesters killing three and injuring dozens. Mankunwar Bediya and several others were thrown into jail. It was the Congress government in those days. Today it is the BJP government which is attacking the poor from all sides. The BJP is bent on destroying constitutional democracy in the...

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UP State Conference of Jan Sanskriti Manch

The Uttar Pradesh 7th State Conference was held at Azamgarh on 14-15 October 2017. The first day of the conference was devoted to the inauguration, organizational report, discussion and elections. The 5th Azamgarh Film Festival was screened on the second day. The inaugural discussion on ‘Hate, Violence, and New Forms of Cultural Protest’ was led by Rahul Roy and Saba Diwan, who shared some of the difficulties they faced as conveners of the ‘Not in My Name’ campaign. Well-known writer Shivmurty said that writers and cultural activists must unite to give a befitting reply to the divisive forces who are spreading communal and casteist poison. Prof Rajendra Kumar, Nalin Ranjan Singh, Sanjay Shrivastava, Sanjay Joshi, Vijay Bahadur Rai and Dr Babar Ashfaq Khan addressed the meeting. State Secretary Com. Prem Shankar read the organizational report which was unanimously passed after discussion. Comrades Shivmurty, Ramayan Ram, and Kaushal Kishore were elected President, Secretary and Working President respectively. Ruchi Dixit, Ramesh Maurya, DP Soni, and Dr Durga Singh were elected to the Secretarial Board. Jaiprakash, Dhumketu, Bhagwan Swarup Katiyar, Om Prakash Mishra, Priyam Ankit, and Hemant Kumar were elected Vice...

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AICCTU report on the NTPC Accident

AICCTU has raised serious concerns regarding the National Thermal Power Corporation (Unchahar, Rae Barelli, UP)) accident that occurred in Unit No. 6 at 3.30 PM on Wednesday 1 November 2017. The safety valve in Unit No. 6 had not been working since Monday and the technicians had warned the officers about this but the senior officials remained negligent. One technician, in fact, informed the officers on the very night of the accident about the choking of the safety valve and warned the management about the danger. But the management, instead of closing the Plant and rectifying the situation, kept the Plant running. In addition, the alarm system of this Unit was also not working. Officers and technicians managed to flee just before the blast occurred; if the alarm had been working the workers would also have got the opportunity to escape and save their lives. This Unit, with a production capacity of 500 mega watt electricity was commissioned 6 months before its construction was complete, although many works were still incomplete. For example, the insulator in the boiler was being installed at the time of the incident which should actually have been done before the commissioning of the Unit. At the time of the accident 1650 workers were working in the Unit, under various construction companies. The management remains silent on the number of workers and the construction companies...

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AISA-RYA’s Student-Youth Yatra from 7th November to raise Students-Youths’ demands

AISA and RYA will start a student –youth yatra beginning from Chandigarh on 7th November. The Yatra will go through the states of Delhi, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and culminate in Kolkata on the 21st November. The yatra is being organized at a time when the Narendra Modi government has completed three years term in power. What has unfolded for the student youth in last three years is a regime of push out from opportunities of education and employment. A government that came to power promising 1 crore new jobs every year has in reality delivered lowest job growth in...

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Obituary: Prof K Gopal Iyer

Prof. K. Gopal Iyer (75) passed away in Chandigarh on 19th October 2017. He retired from Punjab University’s Sociology Department in 2002, where he had been teaching since 1978. He was not just an academic as he has been relating himself with people’s movements all over the country. His contribution to the understanding of land reforms in India after five decades of the land reforms law in various states in India is the first of its kind and has vividly described the fallacy in the conceptualisation of land reform legislations and inactive implementation of the laws across the country. He took interest in understanding the problems of rural poor and his published studies are on the bonded labour system, human rights violation of migrant workers, peasant movements, farmer’s movements, and land reforms and so on. He extensively travelled to Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab and other parts of the country to understand the popular movements. He led a very simple life and he is often referred by his friends as an “organic intellectual, who lived among the people, understood their language and culture and shared their suffering with the world”. He enjoyed wide respect from progressive thinkers and among left circles. CPI (ML) Liberation pays its homage to Prof. Gopal...

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The Inspiring Legacy Of The November Revolution

A hundred years ago, the world had experienced a different kind of earthquake. An unprecedented upheaval in Russia had shaken the whole world. It was a revolution where for the first time political power passed from the hands of a small caucus of the rich and the elite to a grand collective of the oppressed and toiling masses. It was no military coup or conspiratorial strike, rather waves of organised people’s power sweeping away the relics of an autocratic regime. A festival of the oppressed, an awakening of a disempowered people to a life of freedom. It was the great October (now remembered as November in the wake of a change in calendar) revolution led by Lenin and his party of Bolshevik revolutionaries. Never before had the world witnessed anything of this sort and on such a scale. True, the Communist Manifesto published nearly seventy years earlier had envisioned such a revolutionary overthrow of the old (capitalist) order to march towards a new symphony of human emancipation. True, Marx’s Magnum Opus, Capital, had first seen the light of day fifty years previously, soon after which the brave communards of Paris had demonstrated in action the feasibility of the idea of a revolution led by the working class. Yet, it was the November Revolution which for the first time showed the full potential of this vision, clearly and decisively, before...

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Protest Against Garhwata Killing

The CPI (ML) organized a condolence-cum pledge meeting on 28 October 2017 at village Garhwata to demand justice for Kuldeep Choudhury who was killed by the criminal connivance of Danda police in Jharkhand. It is to be noted that from Block level to District level, the entire state of Jharkhand is witnessing a rise in criminal incidents. Things have come to such a pass that organized crime is being committed in the very presence of the police. This is the 1000-day Development Model of the Raghuvar government in Jharkhand. The common people are being harassed and hounded without cause...

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Starvation Death in Jharia

A CPI (ML) team from Ranchi visited Bhalgora in Jharia (Dhanbad, Jharkhand) to enquire into the starvation death which took place here. The team comprised of Supreme Court Commission advisor Shri Balram, senior journalist Dr Vishnu Rajgarhiya, Right to Food campaigners Asharfi Nand Prasad, Dhiraj Kumar, Taramani, Akash Ranjan, Kashinath Chatterjee, and Afzal Anees. The team met the family members of victim Baijnath Ravidas and local residents and enquired into the facts of the situation. The local people told them that about 40% families in the basti have not yet got ration cards. Therefore, these families do not get rations. Several families had applied one year ago, despite which they have not yet got ration cards. In the case of one woman’s family with 6 members, only 4 members’ names have been included in the ration card; the other two have been left out because they do not have Adhaar cards. The team found that the majority of families in the basti are dalit and very poor. Rations through the Public Distribution System are their lifeline. Many of the families have been excluded from the social-caste economic survey list whereas they should have certainly automatically been included in it. These families, in spite of repeated applications, have not yet been given ration cards. The family of victim Baijnath Ravidas is one such who are deprived of the Right to...

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Samastipur-Khagaria Bandh: Protests Across Bihar Against Spate of Violence

Ever since Nitish Kumar betrayed the Bihar mandate and brought the BJP to power through the back door, communal venom and criminal incidents have been on the rise in the state. The morale of criminals is high and the police and administration are colluding with them in their criminal activities. Samastipur has seen a spate of heinous crimes in recent times. 17 year-old Monica was kidnapped by armed criminals on motorbikes on 15 October and when her father, mother, and brother protested, they were brutally beaten. The police took no action even though the villagers caught hold of 2 of the criminals. The angry villagers then gheraoed the Thana and blocked NH 28 till the SP gave an assurance that action would be taken. On 19 October Dr Janardan Thakur was shot and killed by criminals in the same Thana area. The police fired 20 rounds on protesters who were demanding the arrest of the killers; one person, Jitendra, was killed and a few others injured in the police firing. On 18 October feudal dominant forces burnt down the houses of 70 Mahadalits from the Musahar community in Chhamsiya village (Morkahi Thana), Khagaria district. In addition, heavy firing was also done and Mahadalits were beaten up. Property worth lakhs has been reduced to ashes, including household goods and goats. Many people are reported missing. A CPI (ML) team enquiring...

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Save Lake Campaign in Puducherry

On 24th October CPI (ML) Korkadu local Committee in Puducherry took out a massive Padayatra from Korkadu Village to the Assembly Hall of Puducherry U.T. The entire stretch of 15 Kilometers reverberated with slogan “SAVRE KORKADU ERI” (Save Korkadu Lake). Hundreds of activists from CPI(ML) and AICCTU participated in the Padayatra. The yatra was led by Com. S. Purushothaman, Puducherry District CPI(ML) Secretary. Party’s Central Committee member comrade S. balasubramanian flagged off the yatra. Balasundaram, All India Vice president of AIARLA addressed the marchers. Senior party leaders including P. Murugan, A. Saroja, M. Maliga, Motilal, R. Alagappan also addressed the participants at various places during the yarta. All the CPI(ML) Party Branches in the way down to the Assembly Hall of Puducherry welcomed the participants with great enthusiasm. The other main demands raised in the yatra were: (i) Remove the encroachments and patta Land in the middle of the water spread area of Korkadu ‘Eri’. (ii) Proper compensation to the farmers who own Patta Land inside the Lake. (iii) Waive the farmers loan as assured in the floor of the assembly. (iv) Implement the MNRGES days in all villages without delay. (v) Functioning of the Fair Price shops in the entire UT of Puducherry with all assured items including Kerosene. At the end of the yatra a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister of...

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Jaipur City Party Conference

The CPI (ML) Jaipur City local conference was held on 22 October 2017 at Shanti Nagar, Mansarovar. The conference was presided over by Com Shankar Lal Choudhury, Ramchandra Kulhari, Sudha Choudhury and Com Bhanwari and conducted by Com Saurabh Naruka. The conference was attended by 150-200 Party activists who elected a 11-member City local committee with Com Vikas Mahto as City Secretary and Com Manjulata as Office in-charge. Com Vikas said that the committee would work to strengthen the organization and to raise people’s issues like displacement, employment, ration-kerosene and corruption in welfare schemes. The conferences ended with the unveiling of the City office by senior Party leaders and a resolution to fight against the anti-people policies of the Modi and Vasundhara...

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Bhagat Singh Youth Brigade’s ‘Bow and Arrow March’ in Kauakol

The Bhagat Singh Youth Brigade took out a protest march on 9 October 2017 at Kauakol in Nawada district against the spread of feudal-communal hatred. About 300 youth armed with traditional bows and arrows and wearing Bhagat Singh bandannas gathered at the block headquarters from various villages including Lalpur, Yogachak, Telhata, Dhamni, Rustampur, Gandighat, Pansagua, Kolhuad, Vishnupur, and Khandsari. The march started from the Ambedkar statue and was led by RYA District convener Bhola Ram, Bhagat Singh Yuva Brigade leaders comrades Ranjit Manjhi, Sanju Manjhi, Mantu Kumar, Rajesh Manjhi, Dilip Kumar (AIARLA) and Com Narendra Kumar. The march culminated in a meeting at the JP statue, presided over by Com Dilip Kumar and Com Kishori...

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