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CPI(ML) Team from Bihar Leaves for ‘Azadi Kooch’ in Gujarat

To mark the anniversary of the historic dlait movement in Gujarat after the Una incident where dalits were brutalized by Gau Rakshak goons, Dalit Adhikar Manch convener Jignesh Mevani is organizing an ‘Azadi Kooch’ in Gujarat from 12 to 18 July. On his invitation a team with members from CPI (ML), RYA, and Insaf Manch left for Gujarat from Patna on 7 July. Another team also left for Gujarat from Delhi. The Gujarat Government which allows lynch and riot mobs to rampage freely denied permission to the Azaadi Kooch but the participants are determined to hold the programme as planned...

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AIPWA Zonal Workshop Held at Samastipur

AIPWA activists from UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha attended a Zonal Workshop at Samastipur, Bihar on 8-9 July 2017, in which they discussed three topics – ‘Hindutva and the Women’s Movement’, ‘A Marxist Approach to Women’s Liberation’, and ‘Women’s Movement and the Law in India’. The participants in the workshop held group discussions on a range of commonly-faced questions relating to the Hindutva hate-campaign and widespread patriarchal ideas. A film ‘Salt of the Earth’ was screened, which also contributed to discussions on the need to make the question of social reproductive work central to trade union struggle,...

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Strike by Governmental Workers in Bihar

About 10 lakhs regular, contract, out-source and incentive workers in Bihar held a successful symbolic strike on 29-30 June 2017 against the Bihar government’s implementation of the 7th Pay Commission from 1 April ’17 instead of 1 January ’17 and the theft by the government of the 15 months’ arrears due to the workers. The workers had a 13-point charter of demands including payment of wages and all other facilities to long-serving contract, out-source and incentive workers as per the Supreme Court verdict and regularization of these workers. The strike was organized by the Bihar State Non-Gazetted Workers Association (Gope group), the Bihar State Contract-Honorarium Workers Joint Front and other organizations. Many organizations of Gazetted officials lent moral support to this strike and the doctors’ organization Bihar Health Service Association gave active support. Earlier on 24 April the Joint Front had held a protest in front of the CM and warned that if the 13-point demands were not met they would hold this joint strike; if the demands were still not fulfilled an indefinite strike would be held and the government would be responsible for the consequences. 8 Block level Conventions were organized between 14 and 24 June prior to the strike and a torchlight rally was held across Bihar in which thousands of workers participated. The impact of the strike can be gauged from the fact that many...

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Protest Against Closure of Jarangdih Mines in Jharkhand

A rally and protest meeting was held in Jarangdih against the closure of the underground mines of the CCL Bermo coal belt. Addressing the meeting Ajay Ravidas, Baleshwar Gope and other speakers said that the Management’s directive to close the mines is not lawful and discussions with unions should have been held before making such an announcement. They stressed the need to address basic problems the mine workers such as repair of derelict quarters, shortage of water and low voltage. If these problems are not addressed the Coal Mine Workers Union would be forced to organize serial agitations. A 14-point charter of demands was submitted to the Project...

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CPI(ML) District Conference in Davanagere

Davanagere district party conference was held on 09 Jul 2017 at Harapanahalli. The conference finalised specific tasks for next two years and resolved to undertake taluk level rallies in August to raise the demands of higher wages for NREGA work, land titles to the peasants, housing to homeless, an end to anti-dalit untouchable practices in the district, etc. The conference has also planned a district level mobilisation following taluk level rallies. A work plan was presented by Com. Gopal. A 9-member district committee was elected by the conference. Com. Ramappa was elected as its Secretary. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Shankar and Karnataka state leading team member Com. Clifton addressed it as an invited...

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Protests Against Attack on Comrade Jeera Bharti

Com Jeera Bharti was attacked in Mirzapur on the night of 3 July by landlord Chatru Patel and his family members when she was returning home on her bicycle. The police arrived at the village only after one and a half hours. When Com Jeera went to the thana to file an FIR, the local MLA arrived with his supporters and forced the police not to register a complaint under the SC/ST Act or the laws against violence on women. After this incident AIPWA gave a call for countrywide protests on 6 and 7 July. In Ranchi, protest marches...

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Unjust Eviction of Poor in Patna

CPI (ML) State Secretary Kunal condemned the eviction of popular leader Murtaza Ali and hundreds of other poor families from their homes in Gardanibagh in Patna without making alternative arrangements. When the High Court has directed that people should not be evicted without alternative arrangements first being made, how can this government which claims to champion social justice take such an action? Only recently Murtaza Ali and others had held a 2-day hunger strike demanding at least 20 acres of the 180 acres between Road No 1 and 40 for housing for the poor, no eviction of the poor without alternative arrangements in place, distribution of ration which has been stopped, and proper compensation for the families whose homes have been destroyed. The administration had assured them of positive action but now they are continuing the same destructive action. The Party has asked for intervention by Nitish Kumar in this matter and said that the government should not go back on its promises to the people and should make permanent arrangements for housing the...

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Reports from Puducherry

All India Construction Workers Federation in Puducherry took out an extensive street corner campaign on 22 June demanding uniform benefits to all Constructions Workers enrolled in state welfare board. The Campaign also raised the demand for justice to Comrade Zafar Hussein who was lynched while stopping Rajasthan govt. officials from taking photographs of women who were forced to defecate in open due to lack of toilets in the locality. The AICWF, Puducherry unit held a demonstration on 29th June (All India protest Day) in front of Constructions Workers Welfare Board Office demanding monthly pension of Rs. 7500. A memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister highlighting various important demands of Construction Workers including enhancement of 3% Cess and extensive ESI, EPF facilities to the workers. The demonstration was led by P. Murugan, Working Committee member, S. Balasubramanian, All India President AICWF, S. Purushothaman, State Secretary, AICCTU addressed the demonstrators. On 2nd July Puducherry Chapter of AIPF organised a convention on “Beef Ban and Anti-people policies of BJP government at the Centre”. The convention was presided by Prof. M.L. Thangappa, P. Muthy, Ex-MLA and Mohana sundaram. R. Vidyasagar, State Convener AIPF, Tamil Nadu was the main speaker. S. Balasubramanian, State Convener, Puducherry welcomed the participants. A large section of democratic forces participated in the convention. Protesting the nomination of 3 MLAs to Puducherry Assembly, all opposition parties and social organization...

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Victorious Struggle by RDC Workers in Karnataka

Eight days of militant struggle of complete stoppage by AICCTU led RDC Workers concluded in victory on 4th July. Workers stayed day and night in the company for 8 days and successfully resisted the police force that came in support of management to run the company. Workers refused to sit at the corner to shout slogans, as suggested by police; instead they actively stopped production and movement of vehicles. In a plant in Electronic City, workers braved police lathis and arrests. Union leaders including Shankar, Clifton, Maitreyi, Raghu got workers released within hours. They had to resist police from 4 different stations as plants are spread across the city of Bangalore and had to speak to 2 SPs, 2 DCPs and 4 inspectors. In Kumbalagodu, where police attack on workers was the highest, 100s of workers of various Readymix companies assembled in solidarity with RDC workers and warned police of dire consequences. AICCTU warned of q massive strike by all Readymix company workers in Bangalore and also a massive rally of thousands of workers. AICCTU planned to contact shareholders too as the company is owned by India Value Fund, a mutual fund based company whose seed/foundation capital is owned by some Americans. The Union combined all possible means of struggle including caveats, Labour dept, handling police and finally negotiations. The management’s action of betrayal of bilateral discussions boomeranged in...

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Workers Demand Due EPF Money

The Mess workers’ union of PEC University of Technology in Chandigarh held a protest dharna on 4 July to press for their demand of recovery of due Employees Provident Fund. The recovery amount is estimated to be more than ten million rupees. The Protest was addressed by comrade Kanwaljeet Singh along with the leaders of the AICCTU affiliated...

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Peasants of Ganeshpalayem Seize Ceiling Surplus Land

People of Ganeshpalem village of Vinukonda mandal in Guntur district are waging struggle against illegal occupation on 60 acres of ceiling surplus land by an absentee landlord for the last three months. CPI(ML) has been raising this issue consistently with various administrative officials. Many rallies and protests were held in past months before the MRO office as well as district collector office but officials kept a deliberate silence tacitly protecting the illegal occupation. Recently hundreds of villagers seized the said land in question and hoisted the red flags in the field. CPI(ML) AP state committee member comrade Nagamani, district leader Ramdev, AIKM leader Anjaneyulu, Bhaskar rao, Prabhakar and many student comrades stood side by side with the villagers’ struggle committee in this...

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Obituary

Comrade Teju Sao CPI(ML) member Com Teju Sao passed away suddenly at 4.24 PM on 7 July 2017. He was dedicated to democratic and justice-loving principles. Com Teju, hailing from village Rewaratu, ran a provision store and participated in all Party programmes. His last rites were attended by people in large numbers who bade him a tearful farewell. Red salute to Com Teju...

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GST: Another Recipe For Increased Inequality And Deeper Economic Crisis

The much-trumpeted Goods and Services Tax has come into effect since July 1. It has been on the anvil for more than a decade. In that sense it stands in total contrast to demonetization where ‘secrecy’ and ‘surprise’ (of course only for the common people and not for the well-connected insiders) were supposedly central to the whole exercise. Yet there is as much confusion and lack of preparation surrounding the GST as was witnessed during the early stage of demonetization. The government is however least bothered about the lack of preparation or infrastructural compliance, it celebrated the launch of...

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Wave of Protests Against Spate of Communal Mob Lynchings

On 22 June evening 15-year-old Junaid was lynched to death near Ballabhgarh on a Mathura-bound train from Delhi. Junaid and his brothers were returning home after doing some shopping for Eid in Old Delhi. But the festivity of Eid was not for Junaid’s family in Khandawali. The spate of lynchings that had begun in 2015 with the killing of Abdul Ghafoor Quraishi in Nagaur and Mohammad Akhlaque in Dadri has now become almost an everyday national phenomenon. The rumours of beef consumption, cattle-theft and cow slaughter are no longer necessary as a pretext. Zafar Khan was killed because he...

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‘Not in My Name’: Countrywide Protests

Common citizens, intellectuals, film-makers, and journalists turned out in large numbers across the country on 28 June 2017 to protest against the spate of mob lynchings going on in the country under the campaign banner ‘Not in My Name’ and huge numbers of people have expressed their outrage through this hash-tag. In Delhi, about 5,000 people gathered at Jantar Mantar with posters against mob lynching, many wearing black bands, demanding that the government should act against those responsible for the lynchings. They included large numbers of progressive left-leaning intellectuals. Women and youth also participated in large numbers. Sufi pop...

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