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Protest against rape and murder of Dalit girl

A 14 year old school girl was brutally raped and murdered in Vijayapura in Karnataka. The girl belonged to Dalit community. The brutal violence exposes the Karnataka government’s failed attempts to provide a secure and free environment to women and marginalized sections. A protest condemning the rape and murder and demanding strict punishment for the perpetrators was organized by CPI (ML) and AIPWA in Bangalore on 27 December at the Mysore Bank...

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One day dharna in Tardiha against loot of resources

A one day dharna was organised in Tardiha village of Jamua block in Giridih district under the banner of CPI (ML) as part of the ‘Baalu Bachao, Mafia Bhagao’ (Save Sand, Ouster Mafia) campaign on 30 December 2017. The dharna aimed to warn the BJP government in the state to stop its attempts of looting the natural resources of land, forests and water. The Raghuvar Das government has established a system of loot throughout the state and if the administration does not take notice of the warning against this, CPI (ML) will intensify its campaign in days to come....

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Rural Bank Employees in Odisha Raise Demands

A press conference was organised by AICCTU and Gramya Bank Asthai Karmachari Sangha (Gramya Banks’ Temporary Workers Association) at Nagbhusan Bhawan in Bhubaneswar on 23 December 2017. The conference was organised to raise the six-point demands of the workers’ union. The temporary staff had been working in the Gramya Banks, however when amalgamation of four banks led to the formation of Odisha Gramya Bank, the temporary workers demanded that they be appointed as permanent workers since they had been working in the bank since last twenty years. The bank authorities refused their demand and the workers union went to the High Court and got a stay order on the new posts. The bank authority retrenched 78 workers after the High court case. The 78 workers have been suffering a lot and in the last six months they joined with AICCTU to fight for this issue. The demands raised in the conference included- (i) reappointment of all the retrenched workers at their branches, (ii) provide EPF and ESI and Bonus of the last twenty years, (iii) retrenched workers should not be replaced (iv) pay Rs 335 per day as per the NABARD Guidelines and also the pay be enhanced to 500 per day as other rural banks are paying the same in the other states. It was declared that if the bank does not meet these demands then the workers begin an...

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Trade Unions Protest Demanding Release of Senior TU Leaders in Bihar

On 30 December 2017, trade unions held a protest demonstation in Patna demanding the release of senior TU leader Comrade Rambali Prasad and others who had been arrested by trickery on December 18, after being invited for talks with the State’s Health Minister Mangal Pandey regarding the long-pending demands of protesting ANM-R nurses. The women health employees had gheraoed the Patna Secretariat on 13 December demanding equal pay for equal work, regularisation, and other rights. Comrade Rambali Prasad and other leaders had been invited for talks with the Minister to discuss these demands, and were arrested and jailed when...

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Bihar Government: Free Manmohan

The arbitrary arrests of activists in Bihar is proof of the undemocratic character of the Nitish-BJP Government. On 17 July 2017, a peaceful, bannerless silent demonstration in Bihar Sharif (inspired by the Not In My Name protests) by the Insaf Manch against mob lynchings and the terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra was brutally lathicharged. Participants in the protest, and even ordinary Muslim bystanders were beaten up and jailed en masse. The same administration allowed a rally by the Bajrang Dal that openly displayed arms and shouted threatening slogans. This episode was an early warning signal of the shift in the weather-vane of Nitish Kumar’s politics, indicating that he was no icon of secular politics but was in fact playing footsie with the fascists. Barely ten days later, Nitish had betrayed the Bihar mandate and broken the Mahagatbandhan to form Government with the BJP. Comrade Manmohan, a former JNU student and AISA activist and currently a leading CPI(ML) activist in Nalanda, Bihar has now been framed and arrested for organising the silent peace march of 17 July 2017. Protests are being held all over Bihar demanding his...

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FIR Against CPI(ML) Activists in Jharkhand For Taking Up Aadhaar Starvation Death

64 year-old Premani Kunwar, a widow, died of hunger in Danda block, Garhwa district, Jharkhand, after she was denied food rations because of alleged Aadhaar irregularities. The SBI had diverted Premani Kumar’s pension to another account in the name of her late husband’s first wife Shanti Devi, also deceased long ago. The Right To Food Campaign said that as per the UIDAI report, the name in Premani Kunwar’s Aadhaar (UID no XXXXXXXX7606) was changed to ‘Shanti Devi’ on 23 September 2015. The UIDAI report “fails to explain how, despite this change, Premani Kunwar continued to receive her pension in her Aadhaar linked bank account till September 2017. There is also no explanation of how a bank account could be opened in the name of Shanti Devi in 2007, given that she died over two decades ago.” In spite of the ration dealer having authenticated Premani Kunwar’s biometric details, she was not given rations, and had to beg and borrow grain from her neighbours. Her teenage son has testified that his mother died of starvation. Now, the Jharkhand Government, in order to cover up the Aadhaar-linked starvation death, is blaming Premani Kunwar and her surviving family members of fraud, and it has also booked an FIR against those CPI(ML) activists who blew the whistle on the starvation death! An FIR accuses CPI(ML) activists Birendra Chowdhary, Pramukh, Kalicharan Mahto and Sushma...

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50th Anniversary of Keezhvenmani Massacre

On 25th December of 1968, 44 dalit agricultural labourers were burnt alive in a small hut by upper caste landlords in Keezhvenmani village of Nagappattinam district. Enraged by the agricultural labourers’ political assertion under the red banner with the CPI(M) party, and their refusal to bow to their diktats, landlords led by Congress supporter Gopalakrishna Naidu and his hired goons burnt the Dalits alive. A large number of those killed were women and children. Observing the 50th anniversary of the Venmani massacre, the Nagappattinam district unit of AIARLA organised a pledge-taking meet at Sirkazhi for which permission was denied by the administration. Defying prohibitary orders, the event was held. Comrade Rajaram Singh, General Secretary of the All India Kisan Mahasabha and CC member of CPIML addressed the gathering. He saluted the herioc martyrs of Venmani and urged revolutionary activists and workers to defeat the feudal and communal forces of BJP and alike. This would be the fitting tribute to the martyrs of Venmani. Comrade N Gunasekaran presided over the pledge meet. Comrades Ilangovan, district secretry of the CPIML, SCM T Kannian, Prabhakaran, Veerachelvan, Alagappan of Karaikkal participated. AIARLA state president Balasundaram was also present. The police slapped cases on the organisers for defying the prohibitory...

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Kisan Mahasabha Meet in TN

A consultative meeting of AIKM was held at Trichy, where it was proposed to hold the first state conference of AIKM in TN in the second half of 2018. Comrade Rajaram, GS of AIKM attended the meeting and spoke of the peasant resistance all over the country. Comrade A Simpson, NEC member and state organiser of AIKM in TN shared the experience of successful land struggles in TN. Comrade Chandramohan narrated the situation of peasantry and their movement in the state. Comrade Balasundaram, CCM of CPI(ML) called to observe the 50th anniversary of the Keezhvenmani massacre by advancing the struggles of rural labourers and peasants. Venmani was not just a massacre, it was a political assault to pull down and smash the assertion of the class of agricultural labourers and poor peasants from oppressed castes, he said. He called to pay tribute to the Venmani martyrs by building unity of rural labourers against feudal and communal fascist forces. The meeting chose a 7-member organising team of AIKM with Comrade Simpson as its convenor. Comrade Desigan translated Comrade Rajaram’s speech in...

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Comrade Shivbaran Chaudhary & Comrade Sayyad Jainul Abedin

Comrade Shivbaran Chaudhary Comrade Shivbaran Chaudhary passed away on 11 November at the age of 85 in Bhilai. He originally hailed from Bhojpur in Bihar and was an employee of HSCL who got transferred from Bokaro to Bhilai. He showed keen interest in the communist movement since his childhood and remained associated with the party till the end. The party comrades paid tributes to the comrades remembering his contribution. Comrade Sayyad Jainul Abedin Comrade Sayyad Jainul Abedin passed away on 14 December at the age of 74 years. He had played a crucial role in the growth of the party in Bilaspur. He worked as a teacher in the railways, however later resigned from the job after being diagnosed with leprosy. He remained associated with the party till the end and kept providing guidance to the party workers. Party comrades paid tributes to him in the party meeting held on 14 December and pledged to carry forward his...

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Make 2018 A Year Of People’s Unity and Resistance Against Fascism!

The year 2017 will be remembered for some of the worst attacks on Muslim and Christian minorities, on Dalits, on critics of the Modi regime, and on the secular, democratic character of India’s Constitution and polity. Christmas this year has been heralded by a spree of attacks by Sangh mobs on Christians. Carol singers were attacked 10 days before Christmas, and their car burnt inside the premises of a police station in Madhya Pradesh. In what has become a predictable pattern, the police did not arrest the assailants, and instead booked the carol singers for “forcible conversions”. Carol singers were also attacked with a knife in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, days after the Hindu Jagran Manch, a Sangh outfit, sent letters to Christian schools in Aligarh warning them against celebrating Christmas, claiming this would “lure Hindu students towards Christianity”. In Mathura in UP, Christians praying inside a home were arrested on charges of “forcible conversion.” An study tracking attacks on Christians globally found that in India in the first six months of 2017, as many attacks on Christians took place as had taken place in the whole of 2016. Just as activists raising issues of atrocities against Dalits were accused by the BJP of “casteism” in the Gujarat elections, it is the religious minorities – not their attackers – who are accused of being “communal” by the BJP leadership....

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Resolutions of the CC CPI(ML)

(Resolutions adopted by the CPI(ML) Central Committee in its meeting held in Puducherry on 21-23 December 2017) Left Alliance Win in Nepal: The Central Committee warmly congratulates the Left Alliance (alliance between CPN-UML and CPN Maoist) of Nepal for its victory by a comfortable majority in the Parliamentary Elections in Nepal. These results are especially significant, given that these are the first elections to be held in Nepal under the newly elected Constitution. The performance of Nepal’s communist parties is very inspiring for communist movements all over the world, and especially for the communist movement in India as it battles fascist forces. We extend our best wishes for the Nepal communists’ united efforts to take forward the democratic aspirations of Nepal’s people. In Solidarity With the Cyclone Ockhi Affected People: The Central Committee of the CPI (ML) stands with the cyclone-affected fisher people and farmers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It expressed its sympathy and solidarity with the families of fishermen who have been killed, injured, or missing. It condemned the Prime Minister and Central Government for remaining engaged in Gujarat elections rather than promptly extending support to the cyclone affected people. It demanded why the Central Government had declared that Cyclone Ockhi could not be declared a national calamity. Justice For PRICOL Workers: The Central Committee expressed concern  about the fact that the Supreme Court had not admitted the...

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Rajasthan BJP Govt. Stops Peace March in Udaipur While Communal Hate-mongers Enjoy Impunity

A Peace and Goodwill March to be taken out on 21 December 2017 from the Town Hall at Udaipur by Left parties, PUCL, and Loktantrik Adhikar Evam Sadbhavana Manch (Democratic Rights and Goodwill Forum) was stopped by the government and the administration due to political pressure. A delegation from the Left parties had met the Collector and requested him not to come under political pressure and act impartially and give permission for a Peace March on 21 December to spread the message of peace, goodwill and brotherhood in Udaipur. Responding to the request, the District Collector had given permission...

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9th Tamil Nadu State Conference of AICCTU

Two-day state conference of AICCTU Tamil Nadu was held on December 16 – 17, 2017 at Chennai. The conference venue was called Com. Srilatha Swaminathan Nagar and the hall was named after Com. Swapan Mukherjee. An 11-member presidium conducted the proceedings. The delegate session started with flag hoisting by Comrade Radhakrishnan. Com AS Kumar moved the condolence resolution. A total of 184 delegates comprising from Civil supplies corporation, co-optex, government press, electricity board, transport, BHEL, Ordnance factory, water board, construction, powerloom, textile mills, sanitation, automobile, surface transport, factory workers of Indian as well as multinational corporations and unorganised sector workers participated in the conference. Com. Balasubramanian, AICCTU’s National Vice President inaugurated the conference. Com. Balasundaram, CC member of CPI(ML) greeted the conference. Com. Dhanavel, state president of RYA, Com. Seetha, state council member of RYA, Com. Athiyaman and Com. Bharathi of Democratic Advocates’ Association also addressed the conference. The outgoing general secretary, Com. Sankarapandian presented the draft document and it was passed unanimously after the delegates presented their views. The delegate session resolved to carry forward the struggle demanding justice for 2 pricol workers who have been awarded life sentence. AICCTU will go for a massive signature campaign with the memorandum addressed to Chief Justice of India demanding him to hear on the SLP with its inherent powers. Supreme court has already dismissed their appeals without even hearing. The...

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Mining Workers’ Protest in Odisha

On 19 December, nearly three hundred mining workers came together to protest in front of Odisha Assembly. The workers had a six-point demands that included opening the Kalarangi mining soon; release of gratuity money of the workers; EPF provisions; linking pension funds with provident fund office; proper utilisation of District mineral development fund in mining affected villages; and others. Com. Radhakant Sethi, state General Secretary of AICCTU, Com. Mahendra Parida, National secretary of AICCTU, and Com. Maheswar Mahant convener of Kalarangi Khani Sramaik Manch spoke at the venue of the protest and a five member team met the mining...

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Left Parties Protest Against Increasing Electricity Price in Uttar Pradesh

On 20 December 2017, the left parties including- CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML), SUCI(C) and others called for state-wide protest demonstrations against the increasing electricity cost imposed by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. There has been a 63% increase in the electricity rates. The rate of electricity in Uttar Pradesh is more than that in other states. The announcement of the hike was made on 30 November, just a day after the end of the third and final round elections to the urban local bodies. The CPI(ML) had issued a statement on 30 November calling this hike in prices of electricity just day after the end of elections to the local bodies as anti-people and had demanded that it be revoked immediately. The party in its statement pointed out that the status of power supply in the rural areas was anyway bad and the people of the state are already badly hit by price rice. The agriculture in the state has been reduced to a loss deal. The employment opportunities are also consistently shrinking. In such a scenario, instead of bringing down the rising prices, increasing the rate of electricity is a huge economic assault by the state government on the people of the state. Instead of ensuring availability of electricity for the people, reducing departmental corruption and irrelevant expenses, ensuring that defaulters of hefty electricity bill pay up,...

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LIBERATION JANUARY 2018