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AISA organizes Poetry Procession against Growing Violence in Delhi University

Hundreds of students from colleges all over Delhi gathered with their poems, songs and colourful banners on 4 August to register their protest against growing violence in DU. The cultural procession was organized in the backdrop of murderous attacks and lynchings of Dalits and minorities of our country in the name of ‘cow protection’ or other such pretexts and also the increasing instances of violence in campuses. These incidents of campus violence have become a regular affair in Delhi University too with growing incidents of teachers and students being attacked by the ABVP. More than 300 students took part in...

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Delhi AICCTU holds State Conference

AICCTU Delhi unit organized its 7th state conference on 5 August 2017 in Girinagar labour auditorium in Delhi which had been renamed Com. Swapan Mukherjee Hall for the conference. Workers from across Delhi and its neighbouring areas participated in the conference. Workers from DTC, MTNL, JNU, ASHA workers, construction workers, domestic workers, rail and roadway workers along with several others registered their participation in the conference. Workers from industrial areas of Delhi including Wazirpur and Okhla were also present. The banners and posters put up in the conference venue carried the slogans- “Strengthen the unity of workers against communal frenzy”; “Intensify the struggle against- capitalism, privatization and contractualisation”; “The attempts to end the labour laws under the pretext of amendments will not be tolerated”; and “ensure minimum wages for all workers in Delhi”. CPI (ML) General Secretary Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya congratulated the workers present for the conference and addressed them. He pointed out that this conference was being organized at a time when the rights of workers were being increasingly attacked and violated across the country. He also emphasized on the need to strengthen the workers’ struggles in current times. Cultural activists from Jan Sanskriti Manch and Sangwari also participated in the conference and presented revolutionary songs. Com. Abhishek Kumar was elected as the general secretary of AICCTU Delhi unit and Com. Santosh Rai was elected as the president....

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Solidarity with Narmada Bachao Andolan

On 6 August several political and people’s organizations including Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, CPI (M), CPI, CPI (ML), CPI (ML)-Red Star, Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh, Aam Aadmi Party, Rashtriya Aadivasi Ekta Parishad, PUCL and others staged a demonstration at Ambedkar Chowk in Raipur to express concern regarding the deteriorating condition of Medha Patekar and convey solidarity with the ongoing struggle. They demanded that the government at once holds talk, ensure just and appropriate rehabilitation of the people and also that the gates of the Sarovar dam are not...

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Resist the Illegitimate JDU-BJP Regime, Reclaim the Spirit of the 2015 Bihar Mandate

“It took barely 36 hours for one of the biggest political U-turns to be taken to its successful conclusion. Operation Bihar was the political equivalent of Hitler’s 1940 Blitzkrieg and Israel’s success in the Six-Day War in 1967.” This profoundly insightful observation on the recent political coup in Bihar has come from leading BJP intellectual and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta. Writing in the Times of India (30 July, 2017) on the implications of the Bihar developments, Dasgupta has marvelled at the ‘killer instinct’ of the BJP and especially the ‘operational finesse’ of the Modi-Shah duo. Of late, the...

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Dhikkar Diwas observed in Bihar against Betrayal of People’s Mandate

The CPI (ML) organized a statewide ‘Dhikkar Diwas’ on 27 July 2017 against the blatant betrayal of the people’s mandate and the political coup in Bihar. PM Modi’s and CM Nitish Kumar’s effigies were burnt at Kargil Chowk in Patna. The protests were led by Comrades Mahboob Alam (CPI(ML) MLA and the party’s Legislative Party leader), Rameshwar Prasad, Meena Tiwari, Saroj Chaubey, Shashi Yadav and others. Addressing the meeting which followed the effigy burning, the speakers said that the people of Bihar would never forgive Nitish Kumar for this ‘Mandate Scam’ and act of political corruption. The mandate was...

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Statewide Protests Against Crackdown on Peace March At Biharsharif

The Insaf Manch organized statewide protests in Bihar on 23 July 2017 crackdown by the Bihar administration and police on a Peace March in Bihar Sharif, and their attempts to portray this silent march as a “security threat” and “threat to communal harmony” simply because a large number of Muslims participated in it. Protest programmes were organized Patna, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Jehanabad, Ara, Arwal, Siwan and other places. The march and meetings across Bihar were addressed by leaders and activists from CPI(ML), Insaf Manch, AIPWA, AISA, RYA, and other people’s organizations. The speakers condemned the administration’s attempt to cast aspersions on the Insaf Manch, an organization which has long fought for justice for dalits and minorities. They pointed out that the administration had carried out a well-planned cycle of attacks on 17 July and slapped false cases on CPI(ML) and Insaf Manch activists and members of the minority community, whereas they had gathered for a peace march to mourn the Amarnath Yatra victims and seek justice for them, and to protest against the communal frenzy being spread by the RSS-BJP. The CPI(ML) enquiry team has found that the FIR filed by the administration is false, and contains names of people who were not present at the spot, as well as of bystanders and others who had nothing to do with the march. The speakers demanded strict action on the Sub-divisional...

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AISA-RYA Activists Arrested in Lucknow Before ‘Save Democracy’ March

Hundreds of students and youth had gathered at Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on 25 July 2017 under the banners of AISA and RYA to hold a ‘Save Democracy’ march from Lucknow University to the Vidhan Sabha to protest against the massive slashing of the education budgets and attacks on employment by the Yogi Government, several instances of atrocities and violence against Dalits and women, and to demand equal education and democratic rights. They held a meeting at Lucknow University Gate No. 1 at which speakers raised the following demands: measures to curb the growing incidents of rape, loot and...

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Comrade Charu Mazumdar’s Martyrdom Day The martyrdom day of CPI(ML)’s founding General Secretary and architect of the great Naxalbari uprising Comrade Charu Mazumdar, was observed by the party on 28 July 2017. Party comrades across the country paid tributes to Com. Charu and resolved to carry forward his revolutionary legacy and strengthen ongoing struggles in current times. In Bihar, comrades paid tributes to Com. Charu in various party offices across the states. Tributes were also paid to Com Charu in Hazaribagh Central Jail and a two minute silence was observed. A meeting was held which was chaired by CPI(ML)’s Com. Bhagirathi Pandit. In Jharkhand, the party area committee in Nirsa observed Com. Charu’s martyrdom by pledging to expand the party as we approach the next Party Congress and to work towards its development, increase membership and strengthen the party. Tributes were also paid to Com. Charu in state party headquarters in Ranchi. In Andhra Pradesh, programmes to observed martyrdom of Com. Charu in Kakinada, Tenali and Mangalagiri in Guntur district, and in part of East Godavari district. In Odisha, the 45th martyrdom day of Com. Charu was observed as Smruti Diwas. Shahdat Diwas was also observed in Chhattisgarh and in Maharashtra. Party workers across the country resolved to expand and strengthen the party before the next party Congress in Punjab in March 2018. Protest March against Draconian Anti-liquor Law...

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The 15th National Conference of Jan Sanskriti Manch in Patna

The 15th National Conference was held from 29-30 July in Patna. The theme of the conference was ‘For resistance and people’s unity against social divisions, violence and unreason’. The auditorium in which the conference was held was named ‘Trilochan-Muktibodh Auditorium’. The stage of the conference was named after Bhojpur’s popular people’s poet Ramakant Dwivedi ‘Ramta’. This is the birth centenary year of the three poets. The inaugural session began at 3.30 pm on 29 July. Prof. Chaman Lal, noted economist John Dreze, Prof. Afsar Jafar, an expert in Urdu literature, Telugu writer Allam Rajjaiya, AIPWA National Secretary Kavita Krishnan,...

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CPI(ML) District Conference in Jhunjhunu

CPI(ML) held its third District Conference in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan on the martyrdom day of Com. Charu Mazumdar, 28 July. The conference began by paying tributes to Com. Charu Mazumdar, Com. Swapan Mukherjee, Com. Zafar Hussein, Pehlu Khan and to the sacrifices made by those fighting against fascist forces for a democratic and egalitarian India. Inaugurating the conference Polit Bureau Member Com. Prabhat Kumar said, ‘Rajasthan along with the whole country is passing through a phase of deep crisis. On the one hand the Govt. is paying little attention to the crisis being faced by farmers, but at the same time it is resorting to firing bullets on them while they protest and thousands of farmers are being forced to commit suicide. In Rajasthan attacks on women, Dalits and adivasis are becoming daily happenings. Our own Comrade Zafar had to give up his life due to the draconian nature of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, because he dared to protest against the Municipal authorities who were harassing women living in slums in the name of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It has become clear that both the district administration and the state administration have been supporting the municipal authorities who killed Com. Zafar. Till date the main accused has not even been arrested and an atmosphere of communal hatred is being spread throughout Rajasthan. He further added that in Rajasthan CPI(ML) must stand up...

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OBITUARY

Prof. Yashpal Well-known scientist Prof Yashpal, famous for people’s science, is no more. He passed away in Noida on 24 July 2017 at the age of 90. He was not only a great scientist but also a great educationist. He was born on 26 November in Jhang on the banks of the Chenab in the Punjab which is now part of Pakistan. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1976. Through Doordarshan programmes he explained a difficult subject like science in a popular way and made people aware. He was committed to bringing Science out of the Laboratory and making it a part of the common man’s life. He challenged the Brahminical idea of exclusivity of knowledge by freeing the knowledge of Science from the clutches of any particular class. He ran a campaign to make knowledge accessible to all. An important example of this is his going to the people with camps on the phenomenon of eclipse and trying to remove their superstitions regarding this phenomenon. ‘Turning Point’ and ‘Bharat ki Chhaap’ were programmes on Doordarshan which were part of this campaign. The passing of such a great scientist at a time when Science and Scientists are being attacked by forces engaged in the spread of State sponsored anti-science ideas, is a great loss to the people. His report on education in India, ‘Education without Burden’ is considered...

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Tank In JNU: Modi Government Is Waging War On India’s Universities

The JNU Vice Chancellor, at a political event commemorating ‘Kargil Divas’, requested the two NDA Ministers present to procure a decommissioned Army tank for the campus. He claimed that such a tank was needed to “inculcate love for the Army” among the students. On the same occasion, two of the speakers (former Army officers) congratulated the regime of the day for the “capture” of JNU and spoke of capturing other Universities next. This political event at JNU underlined the fact that the Government of the day and its political appointees and camp followers see themselves at war with India’s...

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Modi’s Israel Visit: A Betrayal of Democratic Principles

“I have to take care of interests of India. I need more water. Clean water. Where will I get it? Ramallah? No”: This is what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his recent visit to Israel. Netanyahu let slip this detail to reporters accidentally, because of a mic that inadvertently remained open. Modi, on his visit to Israel, made a conspicuous break with India’s long-standing foreign policy by failing to visit Palestine or to affirm India’s stance in support of a two-state solution. Modi’s remark as reported by Netanyahu reeks of disrespect and...

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Statement Of Solidarity With the Narmada Bachao Andolan

The CPI(ML) extends its full solidarity and support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan that for the past 32 years has waged an inspiring struggle to protect the environment and people’s land and livelihood. That struggle has led the way in questioning anti-people and pro-corporate policies being disguised as ‘development’, and in forging a pro-people definition of development. The Government’s decision to raise the height of the dam from 122 metres to 139 metres will result in the submergence of 192 villages and one township, and the displacement of 40000 families, not to mention devastation of the precious environmental heritage of the country. The Supreme Court had stipulated that the Madhya Pradesh Government must ensure all civic amenities at the R&R (Rehabilitation and Resettlement) sites and create a situation conducive to shifting all the oustees to these sites before July 31. Instead the Government is forcing oustees to shift to temporary tin sheds minus any permanent provision of drinking water. It has thus flouted the Supreme Court order. The CPI(ML) demands that the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Central Government immediately stop the forced eviction of people and the project of raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam, pending the full rehabilitation and resettlement of those who will be...

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Condemn The Arrest of Documentary Filmmaker Divya Bharathi

The CPI(ML) condemns the arbitrary and illegal arrest of documentary filmmaker and CPI(ML) Liberation member Divya Bharathi by the Tamil Nadu police yesterday. Comrade Divya, whose most noted recent film was Kakkoos, a searing documentary about manual scavenging, was arrested for her participation in a student protest in 2009. In 2009, as an AISA activist in Madurai, Divya had organized an agitation of Dalit hostel residents against the abysmal conditions of the hostels. The immediate context of the agitation was the death by snakebite of a student in one of the Dalit hostels. The police at the time filed a case against Divya and other agitating students. On 25 July 2017, a police team led by a woman police officer barged into Divya’s home, without any warrant or summons and then took her to the local police station as if she were a criminal. She was then produced before a magistrate for not attending a hearing of the 2009 case. But no summons were issued to Divya to attend the court hearing – so there was no ground for hauling her up before a magistrate for failing to appear. The presence of journalists and well-wishers in the magistrate’s court sent a strong message of solidarity with Divya – and the magistrate released her on bail on the condition that she sign the register for a week. It is shameful...

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