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CPI(ML) Protests Demolition of Residential Colony in Karnal

CPI(ML) activists held a dharna in front of the mini Secretariat in Karnal on 16 February against the wrongful action of demolition in Baba Ramdev Colony by the Government. Addressing the dharna, Haryana CPI(ML) leader Prem Singh Gehlawat said that the recent action of the government in demolishing houses and shops in Baba Ramdev Colony is an anti-people and highly condemnable step. He demanded that the government should pay compensation for the houses and shops demolished and give a guarantee of housing to the affected people. He said that if the government wanted to carry out such a step it should have acted against the land mafia who are flourishing under the government’s protection. Instead, the government is demolishing the modest houses and shops built by the common people with their hard-earned money. He stressed that the CPI(ML) would continue to fight for the rights of the common and working people. Many party leaders and people from different walks of society attended the dharna and expressed their condemnation of the government’s anti-people action. At the conclusion of the dharna a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister of Haryana through the Deputy Commissioner, Karnal. The the dharna were conducted by CPI(ML) District Secretary Mahendra Singh...

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Ranchi District Conference of AIPWA

The 5th AIPWA Ranchi district conference was held on 12 February 2017 at the Com. Srilata Swaminathan auditorium in Com. Mahendra Singh Bhawan, Ranchi with a resolution of struggle against patriarchal society and Sanghi ideology and a call to strengthen the movement for women’s equality, freedom, rights, and social change for women’s empowerment. The conference, presided over by a 5 member team, started with tributes paid to Com Srilata Swaminathan and all martyrs for the cause of the women’s movement. Addressing the conference, observer Nita Vediya said that attacks and oppression on women are at a high in the Modi and Raghuvar governments. Poor and lower income working women are most affected by demonetization, skyrocketing prices, and unemployment. The irony of Jharkhand is that under all the governments since its inception women have borne the brunt of oppression and are still struggling on issues such as freedom from fear, safety, employment and migration. Inaugurating the conference, CPI(ML) district secretary Com. Bhuvaneshwar Kewat said that women are the most vulnerable section in Jharkhand. When even the women working in the Chief Minister’s Jan Samvad Centre are not safe, we can imagine the condition of women in the State. The State has become notorious for trafficking of women. Local leaders, police, and agents are in cahoots to exploit women, especially in adivasi areas. The ongoing global investment summit will serve to...

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CPI(ML)’s Adhikar Rally in Patna

Following nearly a week long yatras across the state of Bihar that started from Begusarai on 11 February, the Adhikar Yatra undertaken by CPI(ML) finally culminated in a massive Adhikar Rally at the Veterinary College grounds in Patna on 19 February 2017. The rally saw a massive gathering of people united in their fight for justice, rights, and freedom from oppression. The rally which began with an inspiring song by the Hirawal group was addressed by Party leaders, missing JNU student Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees and Dika Kumari’s mother Kusumi Devi, and leaders of Left parties including CPI(M) and CPI. Addressing the rally CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said that the country is passing through a bizarre phase. Najeeb, who came to JNU to study, disappears. Dika Kumari is raped and murdered in a hostel in Bihar and the Bihar government with its tall claims of social justice remains silent. Raju Hansda and Vinod Oraon are killed in the name of ‘liquor ban’ while the real culprits, the liquor mafia, continue to thrive. The need of the hour is a united struggle against injustice, and this rally is an initiative to fulfill that need. The country elected the Modi government to power in the hope of “achhe din” and bringing back black money instead the anti-people demonetization has broken the economy and brought dire distress upon the poor. The...

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Fresh Attack on Campuses

Last year, HCU followed by JNU were at the receiving end of a vicious attack by the Central Government, with the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula and the witch-hunt of JNU student activists. The IITs and FTII also were similarly attacked. The offensive was met with a powerful and inspiring resistance that fueled hope in the whole country. This year, once again, campuses are the receiving end of a concerted assault. As at HCU and JNU last year, the Sangh stormtroopers ABVP, confident of the protective hand of the powers-that-be on their heads, indulge in open violence to silence all progressive voices of dissent. In the latest instance, they attacked students and teachers participating in a seminar on “Culture of Protest” at Ramjas College, Delhi University, with bricks and stones. The pretext for this attack that speakers at the seminar included JNU activists Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid who were among those being pilloried as “anti-national” last year. Such attacks are not new: the ABVP has similarly disrupted screening of a film on Muzaffarnagar communal violence at Delhi University, and violently prevented women’s rights activist Kavita Krishnan from speaking at Lucknow University and journalist Siddharth Varadarajan from speaking at Allahabad University. The grimmest consequence of ABVP violence on campuses has been the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb following a thrashing by ABVP members. The capitulation to or cooperation of...

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Obituary: Red Salute to Comrade Baleshwar Choudhury

The TADA Act enacted during the phase of terrorism in Punjab is no longer in force, but social activists of Bihar jailed under this Act in Bihar are dying one after the other in Bihar’s jails. The government which boasts of social justice refuses to review this situation. Comrade Baleshwar Choudhury aka Pahalwan Ji was a resident of Ibrahimpur. He passed away in jail on 30 January 2017 at the age of 82. He had been in jail from 2003 for the Bhadasi TADA incident. He used to farm singharas (water chestnuts) in the Bhadasi pond when he was framed on false charges and jailed under TADA.  5 of the 14 TADA convicts have died due to negligence by the government and the administration. 9 people are still in jail. Some of them are old and some ailing. They have completed the terms of their sentences, but the government has not released them. These include Comrade Tribhuwan Sharma, Comrade Chudaman Bhagat, Comrade Dr Jagdish Yadav, Comrade Arun Bharti, Comrade Laxman Choudhury, Comrade Shyam Choudhury, Comrade Ajit Kumar, Comrade Arvind Kumar and Comrade Madho Choudhury. Red salute to Comrade Baleshwar...

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Rural and Tea Garden Workers Protest in Guwahati

Odou Asom Gramin Shramik Sanstha and AIARLA held a protest demonstration at Dighalipukhuri at Guwahati. About a thousand rural workers/tea garden workers raised demands of land and food rights. They strongly demanded a stop to inhuman eviction of landless poor people. Currently, thousands of acres of land is being handed over to corporate houses and people close to the BJP-RSS such as Baba Ramdev. The protestors demanded an end to this continuing land alienation and corporate land grab. Regarding food security, the protestors demanded that food and not cash should be distributed to the poor. There is currently a conspiracy to abolish or curtail the distribution of food, and this needs to be resisted. Moreover, it was noted that communal politics was ripping apart the social fabric of society in Assam, a process which is being exacerbated with the BJP government in power. Protestors also demanded the enactment of a new policy to ensure land for the landless. The Sanstha sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Assam through the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup district. The rally was addressed by CPI(ML) Assam state secretary comrade Rubul Sharma, AICCTU Assam state secretary comrade Subhas Sen, AIARLA national Vice President comrade S. Bardhan, Gramin Shramik Sanstha’s state President Pankaj Kumar Das, Gramin Shramik Sanstha’s state secretary Arup Kumar Mahanta and prominent singer Loknath...

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Killings by “New Ranveer Sena”

The CPI(ML) staged a dharna in front of the Motihari Collctorate on 23 January 2017 to protest against 3 murders committed within the space of a fortnight. All 3 victims were young men under 35 years, and belonged to Dalit, poor, and backward communities. The killers are professional killers with feudal backgrounds who alternatively call themselves “Azad Hind Fauj” or “New Ranveer Sena”. They possess considerable political and administrative clout due to which they are able to perpetrate their crimes with support from a strong network within and outside jails. They inspire such terror that traders, Dalits, backward classes and the poor in the entire district live in an atmosphere of fear and insecurity. The police on their part are merely slapping false cases on people from the weaker sections, rather than address the situation of intimidation and violence. This makes the Nitish government, which claims to champion social justice, stand exposed as its administration and its police openly support feudal and criminal forces. In the meanwhile the BJP MP and MLA shed crocodile tears and are busy protecting their vote bank. The CPI(ML) held a protest dharna outside the Motihari Collector’s office and made the following demands: suspension of Motihari SP Jitendra Rana for failure to control crime; a high level enquiry into the political connections of the various armed vigilante armies (Senas); punishment for all the police...

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Struggle For Justice for Minor Muslim Rape Victim

In the Musahar basti of Govindpur Diyara (Bihpur block) in Bhagalpur, Prabhash Choudhury, a forward caste criminal protected by the RJD-BJP, raped a 7-year old minor Muslim girl who was alone in her hut on 21 January 2017. When she protested, he brutalized and injured her and she is currently in hospital battling for life. The rapist Prabhash Choudhury is notorious in the region for atrocities against Dalits and minorities and is wanted in several cases of atrocities. Yet, the police has not yet arrested him. A CPI(ML) enquiry team visited the site of the incident on 24 January 2017. Govindpur is inhabited almost entirely by mahadalit Musahar families. The victim girl’s family is the sole minority Muslim family whose hut, a “bansa” to keep a watch on the fields, is far away from the main population. The irony is that men and women from most Musahar families had gone to Bihpur to take part in Nitish Kumar’s “anti-liquor human chain” on that day. The rapist has offered Rs 1 lakh as bait to hush up the matter. Although a case has been registered in the Naugachhiya Mahila thana, no action has been taken so far. The CPI (ML) took out a protest rally against the rape on 24 January and submitted a memorandum to the district officer demanding action. Party leaders said that the Nitish government turns a...

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Sangharsh Yatra in Ranchi

The CPI(ML) Sangharsh Yatra from Ulihatu to Ranchi culminated in a Sangharsh Sabha in front of the Raj Bhavan on 8 February 2017. Thousands of people including adivasis, Sadans (non-adivasi original Jharkhandis), and urban poor participated in the yatra, to protest against the amendments to the CNT-SPT Act and to demand ownership rights to gair-majurwa and forest lands. A 7-point charter of demands with 50,000 signatures was submitted to the Governor. The meeting began with tributes and a 2-minute silence for late Comrade Srilata Swaminathan and the martyrs of the Bundu, Gola and Badkagaon police firings. The meeting was addressed by former Bagodar MLA Vinod Singh and other leaders. The speakers said that the BJP government in the state has perpetrated the most number of attacks on adivasis and their land – Tapkara, Koyalkara, Khunti, and Bokaro incidents being some examples. The CNT-SPT Act had come into being after long struggles such as the Santhal agitation and the Birsa Ulgulan, and protesters asserted that they would not allow the Raghuvar government to snatch away the lands, water and forests of Jharkhand and subsequently hand these over to corporate houses. The government’s ‘Global Investment Summit’ is a fresh chapter in the series of land loot, the speakers pointed out. The displaced receive police batons instead of employment and compensation. The issues of workers and farmers are absent from Raghuvar-Modi’s “achhe...

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CPI(ML) Releases Manifesto for UP Elections 2017

CPI(ML) released its election manifesto for the UP Assembly elections On 2 February 2017 in Lucknow. These elections are to be held in 7 phases from 11 February to 8 March. The 6-page manifesto states that for the first time in the State, 6 Left parties would fight the election jointly and fight for people’s issues. The Party manifesto exposes the BJP which, realizing that its ploys such as the note ban have failed, is back to its old tricks of creating communal polarization by inciting pseudo-nationalism, spreading rumours on forced migration of Hindus from Kairana, circulating Muzaffarnagar riot CDs, and playing the Ram Mandir card. The manifesto criticized the Akhilesh government in the state and said this government has cheated farmers, youth and minorities. The shadow boxing between the SP and BJP resulted in the lynching of Akhlaq and many other atrocities on minorities, with no concrete action being taken by the state government against the culprits. The manifesto also pointed out the opportunism of the SP-Congress alliance. The manifesto exposed the hypocrisy of the BSP, whose claims to work for Dalits were only words and does not get translated into action. The BSP claims to fight against crime, but it has welcomed criminals and mafia goons into its fold and has even given them tickets to contest elections. CPI(ML) which is fielding candidates in 32 Assembly constituencies...

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BSSC Scam: CPI(ML) Demands High-Level Judicial Enquiry

CPI(ML) has been leading protests across Bihar on the issue of the massive scam in the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC)’s job examinations. As a result of the protests, the Bihar government has been forced to cancel the BSSC examinations. CPI(ML) State Secretary Comrade Kunal pointed out that while this cancellation was the outcome of pressure from students’ agitations, it was necessary to ensure that the real culprits who are being shielded by the Nitish government are held accountable and punished. From the topper scam to the BSSC scam, it is evident that education and employment have been reduced to a mockery in Bihar. Students from marginalized backgrounds are the worst affected and bear the brunt of this situation. Nitish Kumar has converted the entire education system in the state into a business, and children of the poor have no place in this ‘business’. The current government which makes tall claims of social justice is actually a government of social injustice. Comrade Kunal pointed out that there is ample reason to believe that the government is working to shield the true culprits. CPI(ML) has demand that there should be a high level judicial probe investigating the possibility of political protection in this matter. Such a scam would not be possible without political protection. CPI(ML) demanded immediate withdrawal of all false cases slapped on AISA leaders who have been protesting...

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Insaf Convention At Ranchi

The Awami Insaf Manch, Jharkhand organized an Insaf Convention on 30 January 2017 (Gandhiji’s martyrdom day)in Ranchi as an initiative for justice in the cases of atrocities on the minorities, adivasis, and dalits in the State. The Convention was attended by family members of the victims of injustice and more than 300 delegates from various districts of the State including activists from people’s organizations and people from socio-political walks of life. The convention began with tributes to Gandhiji and the victims of injustice and atrocities, after which senior journalist Javed Islam presented the keynote address in which questioned the Modi and Raghuvar governments for condoning incidents of communal violence and not acting against the culprits; he pointed out incidents such as the hanging of 2 innocent people including a 12 year old boy by so-called “gau-rakshaks” in Latehar, the beating to death of Minhaj Ansari and dalit Rupesh Swansi in Jamatada and Bundu police thanas, and other instances of atrocities on minorities and dalits. Addressing the convention Party General Secretary Com Dipankar Bhattacharya said that the challenge facing us today are not just isolated incidents; it is the pervasive atmosphere of hate and communalism being nurtured in the entire country. Our challenge is to unite and struggle to change this atmosphere of hate. This atmosphere is not confined to our country alone. The Trump phenomenon is in evidence in...

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Adhikar Yatra for Social Justice and Rights

Towards the Adhikar Rally on 19 February called by the CPI (ML) Bihar State unit, Adhikar Yatras are being organized across Bihar between 11 and 17 February. The Yatra includes street meetings, marches, and village meetings to disseminate the Rally’s slogans and agenda. The main Yatra started from Beguserai on 11 February led by Party General Secretary Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya, Dhirendra Jha, Rameshwar Prasad, Prabhat Kumar Choudhury, Shiv Prakash Ranjan (AISA), Suraj Kumar Singh (Insaf Manch) and other leaders. Hirawal convener Santosh Jha and people’s poet Nirmohi Ji are also participating in the Yatra. The Yatra began at Beguserai where 5 Left leaders including three from the CPI (ML) were killed by feudal criminals. Addressing the public meeting at Begusarai on 11 February, Comrade Dipankar spoke about the havoc wreaked by the Note Ban on the poor and working class across the country, who have lost their livelihoods and jobs. At the same time, he said, Bihar is daily witnessing incidents of social oppression even as the Modi and Nitish governments are singing a duet praising each other’s Note Ban and Liquor Ban. Mahadalits and minorities are being targeted; mahadalits are being evicted from their lands, but the Chief Minister pretends to be unaware and the Opposition BJP is lending implicit support within the Assembly. In these circumstances it is the CPI (ML) which will play the role of...

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A Year On: Assaults on JNU and Rohith Vemula’s Legacy Continue

It has been a year since the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula and the offensive against Jawaharlal Nehru University, both sponsored by the Modi Government in collusion with ABVP and the respective administrations of HCU and JNU. In the year that has passed, the offensive on university campuses has only intensified. A research student Najeeb Ahmad disappeared from the JNU campus after being publicly thrashed by members of the ABVP. JNU faculty members have faced threats of action for speaking in solidarity with students. A series of student activists have faced various kinds of disciplinary action for expressing peaceful dissent against the Modi Government and the Sangh Parivar, even as ABVP members who beat up Najeeb have been shielded. In the latest move the JNU Vice Chancellor has declared the virtual indefinite closure of annual admissions to MPhil/PhD programmes in JNU, on the pretext that the student-supervisor ratio in these programmes exceeds the ideal ratio suggested in a UGC notification. Even as JNU wins the Visitor’s Award for the country’s best Central University, the JNU Vice Chancellor acting on behalf of his bosses in the Modi Government and Sangh Parivar, is out to destroy the research programmes and inclusive admission policy which are the basis of JNU’s track record of excellence. Meanwhile, even as those responsible for the institutional killing of Rohith go scot free, the Guntur Collector has...

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