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Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan Holds National Convention

An all India convention of mass, class and social movements was held on 18 September at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi to launch the Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan. The various movements and organizations came together to intensify the struggle against price rise, unemployment, attacks on people’s rights and on democracy and diversity by the Modi Government. The Convention gave a call for People’s Unity, People’s Rights, People’s Resistance- Jan Ekta, Jan Adhikar, Jan Pratirodh. A presidium comprising of Hannan Mollah(AIKS), Amarjeet Kaur(AITUC), K Hemalata (CITU) Atul Kumar Anjan(AIKS Ajoy Bhawan) A Vjijaya Raghavan (AIAWU) Rajeev Dimri (AICCTU), R K Sharma (UTUC), Manoj Bhattacharya (RSP), Anil Choudhury(INSAF), Shankar(MSM), Marium Dhawale(AIDWA) Annie Raja( NFIW), Kavita Krishnan (AIPWA), Vikram Singh(SFI), Gautam Modi (NTUI), K Madhuresh Kumar (NAPM), Roma Malik (AIFWPU) and P Krishnaprasad (AIKS) conducted the proceedings. Activists from a range of mass organizations addressed the gathering. A resolution was adopted, expressing concern at the ongoing assaults on people’s rights, the growing climate of hatred and divisiveness, and the attacks on dissenting voices. The resolution called upon all left, democratic, secular, rational, progressive and broad minded people to come together to reclaim our country and our democracy; and unite to fight back these fascistic, authoritarian and autocratic elements and the divisive ideology that guides them. It was resolved to hold similar conventions in state capitals and district headquarters to propagate the issues...

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7th Bihar State Conference of AIPWA Held

The 7th Bihar State Conference was held successfully on 19 September 2017, at Srilata Swaminathan Hall, Kaushalya Devi Dais, at the Town Hall Siwan. The main slogans of the Conference were ‘No To Hate and Violence, We Want Dignity and Equality For All’ and ‘Sangh Brigade Beware – We Won’t Tolerate Atrocities On Women!’ The Conference began with the hoisting of the AIPWA flag by senior AIPWA leader Dhela Devi. The Conference was conducted by a 9-member Presidium led by State President Saroj Choubey. On the dais were senior AIPWA leader Kamli Devi, Rekha Devi of Araria whose husband Comrade Kamleshwari Rishidev was killed by feudal goons, Dika Kumari’s mother Kusmi Devi, among others. After the flag hoisting, tributes were paid to the martyrs and departed comrades. The open session was conducted by Shashi Yadav. Guests were greeted with shawls. Inaugurating the Conference, AIPWA General Secretary Meena Tiwari said that not only was the country being engulfed in a climate of hatred, the PM was celebrating his birthday by submerging hundreds of villages in the name of the Sardar Sarovar Project. Rohingya Muslims are being threatened with deportation instead of offered refuge as they flee genocide. Fearless journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was killed just as other voices of dissent against the RSS and Government were killed. Not only that, such killings are being celebrated online by abusive trolls...

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Protests in Solidarity with BHU

Protests have been held all over India in solidarity with the BHU women students’ movement for safety and equality on their campus and against the police brutality they faced.  In Delhi, many women’s groups and student groups – including AISA, AIDWA, AIPWA, All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch, ANHAD, AIMSS, CSW, JNUSU, KYS, Khudai Khidmatgar, Muslim Women’s Forum, Muslim Women’s Forum, NFIW, Pinjra Tod, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan, SFI, Saheli, Sangwari and others – held a joint protest at Jantar Mantar in solidarity with BHU. Sucheta De, AISA President, conducted the protest, which was attended and...

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Left Parties Raise Voice Against Attempts to Shut Down Patna Museum

CPI(ML), CPI and CPI(M) State Secretaries of Bihar issued a statement warning the Bihar Government to stop trying to play games with the precious legacy of artefacts of the Patna Museum. The Patna Museum is 100 years old; unfortunately it’s invaluable collection of artefacts and documents – collected through the efforts of tireless collectors – are being handed over to the newly constructed Bihar Museum. This is probably the first time in the world that an established century-old museum is being emptied of artefacts which are then handed over to a museum run by a registered society! Such a move raises apprehensions about the safety and the future of the precious collection. The Patna Museum housed the Rahul Collection – which comprised material collected by Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayana during his travels to Tibet and which he gifted to the Patna Museum. Today a part of this collection is being shifted to the Bihar Museum – a decision opposed by members of Rahul Sankrityayan’s family, as well as many scholars and activists. The Bihar Museum has not been constructed under any Ordinance. So it is not seemly or justified to hand over the invaluable collection of a wholly State-run museum which is a public heritage, to non-government Museum. If the new museum were a new campus of the Patna Museum it would be no problem, but that is not the...

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Convention on Land Rights and Struggles in Kerala

In the wake of recent agitations by landless poor and dalits demanding immediate government take over and redistribution of vast extents of plantation lands held in unlawful possession of monopolies and vested interests, a convention sharply focusing glaring lapses on the part of state administration in formulating a scientific and comprehensive land reforms in Kerala was held in Mukkada in Pathanamthitta district on August 6th. The convention was organized by Bhu Samara Munnani – a struggling front of several organizations demanding land for the landless poor and dalits in which the Kerala State Leading Team of CPI (ML) is also represented. The day-long convention took place at the SC ST Community Hall in Mukkada which was named after Jogi, the martyred adivasi leader of Muthanga land struggle of 2003 February. A peaceful agitation demanding takeover and redistribution of 2262 acres of Cheruvally estate land (situated at Mukkada) had already been started by Bhu Samara Munnani, which has crossed 90th day. Cheruvally estate is part of several thousand acres of land in the possession of M/s Harrisons Malayalam Co, which in turn has recently been sold to Mr K P Yohannan (who normally resides in US and is currently holding the post of Bishop in a particular Christian sect). The agitation also demands the government to withdraw from the recent move to build an airport in Cheruvalli estate land, which...

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Thousand Days of Betrayal and Failure of Raghuvar Govt. in Jharkhand

CPI(ML) and Jharkhand Construction Workers’ Union organised a sit-in protest at block headquarter in Khelari block of Ranchi district on 15 September with a 15-point ‘people’s charter of demands’. This was as a part of statewide campaign being taken up by the CPI(ML) on the occasion of completion of thousand days of BJP government in Jharkhand which is marked by series of betrayal of promises and attacks on basic democratic and livelihood rights of common masses particularly adivasis, workers and peasants. Various local level issues, unfulfilled promises and incidents of atrocities on dalits and minorities are being raised during this campaign. A massive march was held by hundreds of people in Khelari market before the sit-in which was centred around increased corruption in the block office, ration cards, health cards, construction of homes for the needy, pension and other problem. CPI(ML) Ranchi district secretary Bhuvaneshwar Kevat addressed the dharna and said that thousand days of this government reminds us of increased woes of the people but sadly this occasion is being celebrated by the pro-government forces which means nothing but an indication of more bad days to come. Dozens of farmers had to commit suicide, more than 800 children died in two government hospitals due to lack of facilities during last eight months, lands are being looted through land banks and acquisitions, dozens of minority community people have been...

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Andhra Pradesh: Malaria Menace in Tribal Areas

The people in tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh are suffering from heavy attack of malaria in epidemic proportions since July resulting in a high increase in child and mother mortality. Many deaths have been reported in media too, but no concrete measure has been taken up by the government so far. The CPI(ML) protested this insensitivity in Kakinada of East Godavari district on 5 September by holding a day-long dharna. CPI(ML) Central Committee member Comrade Murthi addressed the Dharana and said that large number of vacancies of medical staff have not been filled up and sufficient medicines are not available in the hospitals. Com Bugata Bangararao, party state secretary demanded that the state government must set up hospitals with at least hundred beds in every mandal in tribal areas with required facilities. He also demanded to declare health emergency in these areas and that the steps like distribution of mosquito nets be taken up promptly. It was also demanded to pay compensation for the families who suffered due to loss of their kin by malaria. Party East Godavari District Secretary K. Ganesh, Yenugupati Arujunarao, tribal leader Rechukatala Simhachalam, M. Lachababu, P. Narasaraju also addressed the...

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Reports in Brief

AIARLA Protest in Muzaffarpur Rural and Mid-day meal workers held a protest in Kurhni block of Muzaffarpur for land, employment and construction of toilets on 14 September. A ten-point charter was handed over to the officials. The demands of 5 decimal land for homestead to dalits, titles for land already under possession as well as possession on land allotted to poor, to stop atrocities in the name of Swachh Bharat and prohibition, to regularise mid-day meal workers and increase in their wages, and social security to all, were raised. The protest was led by Ramsakal Das, Shatrughan Sahni and Kusumi Devi. Protest against Murder of Journalist Shantanu Bhowmik CPI(ML) held a protest marches condemning the murder of young journalist Santanu Bhowmik in Udaipur and Agartala in Tripura on 23-24 September. AICRNF Conference in Odisha AICRNF organised its state conference on 22 September where workers from Railway, steel, sanitation and housekeeping staffs participated. N.K Mohanty, AICCTU Odisha President inaugurated the conference, which was also addressed by Radhakant Sethi, Yudhisthir Mahapatra and Mahendra Parida. The conference passed a 9-point charter and raised the demand to pay Rs. 21,000 pm as minimum wage. It was resolved to intensify the movement against central government’s attempts to impose an anti-labour Labour Code bill in place of existing labour...

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Bullet Trains for the Rich, Bulldozers for the Poor

Ever since coming to power in 2014, Narendra Modi has been talking of India in 2022, the year when post-Independence India will turn 75. In fact, with the crucial elections to the Gujarat Assembly round the corner, and the government having little to show for its 2014 poll promises, 2022 has now become Modi’s only mantra. And now we know the centrepiece of his 2022 celebration plans – bullet train service from Ahmedabad to Mumbai, almost totally imported from Japan. The choice of the two terminals for this bullet train service could not be any starker – Ahmedabad is the capital of Modi’s Gujarat and Mumbai is the capital of corporate India. Never before has the geo-political balance of India tilted so decisively westward. The Gujarat model has now truly become India’s dominant paradigm of governance. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came down straight to Ahmedabad – New Delhi did not figure in his itinerary – for the announcement of the launch of the bullet train project. Modi presented this project virtually as a tribute to his personal friendship with Mr. Abe, recalling his close interaction with Japan since his Gujarat days and calling for the establishment of a mini Japan in Gujarat. The Modi government would like us to believe that the project is a veritable gift from Japan with Japan giving India a loan in Yen worth...

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Birthday For Modi – Deathday for A Valley

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to celebrate his birthday by inaugurating the Sardar Sarovar Project – even as 40000 families who continue to be denied rehabilitation and resettlement, protested by standing night and day in the rising river water. This move was a last ditch, desperate measure by the BJP to try and shore up its ‘pro-development’ image in the eyes of Gujarat voters before the upcoming Assembly polls. Though Modi and the BJP projected the so-called ‘Gujarat model of development’ in his 2014 Lok Sabha campaign, the BJP in Gujarat has been highly defensive on the failure of two decades of BJP rule on all tangible measures of development in the state as well as Modi’s failure as PM to keep his promises on the fronts of prices, employment and development. Typically, Modi tried to draw eyes away from these failures with the Sardar Sarovar extravaganza. But this bid too failed. In spite of BJP’s claim that CMs of all BJP ruled states would participate, the CMs of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh conspicuously kept a distance from the inauguration, and only the Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani participated. The 2000 Varanasi priests who were supposed to perform a ‘maha aarti’ at the event also stayed away. Moreover, the claims of the completion of the project are exaggerated: in reality, two decades of BJP Governments in Gujarat have managed...

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Shaheed Mela in Memory of 1942 Martyrs in Lasarhi of Bhojpur

The Shaheed Mela (Martyrs’ Fair) in memory of the martyrs of 1942 Quit India Movement was organised at Lasarhi in Bhojpur on 15 September. This is annual fair held every year at the Martyrs’ Memorial which was erected with the efforts of comrade Ramnaresh Ram to carry forward the legacy and spirit of the freedom movement. Thousands of people, men, women and children, as well as CPI(ML) activists came to the Mela to pay tribute to the martyrs and to pledge to carry forward their legacy. CPI(ML) Central Committee member comrade Nand Kishore Prasad hoisted the tricolour on this occasion followed by a two-minute silence and floral tributes to the statues of the martyrs by all attendees. This year the Mela was inaugurated by CPI(ML) Politburo member Swadesh Bhattacharya who said that the land of Bhojpur is a land of struggles and martyrdoms. People in this region, men and women, actively participated in the freedom struggles since 1857. They also laid their lives in 1942 for a democratic and free country and their struggle continues even today against feudal oppression and every kind of inequality. This legacy was reflected in the struggles and lives of comrades like Ramnaresh Ram. Today this same struggle is being fought against those who betrayed the freedom movement and who unfortunately have been brought to the seat of power through the backdoor by Nitish...

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AIPWA District Conferences in Bihar

The 7th AIPWA Bihar State Conference will be held on 19 September 2017 in Com. Srilata Swaminathan Nagar (Siwan) at the Kaushal ya Devi Manch (Town Hall) with the fight against hatred, against violence on women and for equality and justice as the main themes. In preparation for the 7th State Conference, so far 17 district conferences were held across Bihar. The conferences were remarkable for the extensive campaigning and mobilization, including block and zone level conferences in almost every district. The representatives at the conferences included ASHA, Rasoiya, Anganwadi, Sewak-Sahayika workers as well as women from the middle class. Around 5000 women and activists participated actively in all the district conferences, indicating the acceleration of activity at the ground level. The participating women freely expressed their views and stressed on the need to strengthen the organization. Women students and active new groups also emerged. If we succeed in maintaining this momentum the women’s movement in the State will surely see a new surge. In most districts, rallies were taken out prior to the conference. At Siwan, Arwal, Bhabhua, Vaishali, Bhagalpur and Nalanda the demand was made to arrest of Gauri Lankesh’s killers, declare the murder a terrorist act, and institute a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe into the incident. The series of conferences started with Darbhanga district on 20 August where a 29 member district council was constituted...

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Delhi ASHA Kaamgar Union Demands Regularisation of Service

After taking regular yearlong work from ASHA workers employed in Delhi, they are paid only very little honorarium which is grossly unfair. It is only because of the ASHA workers that primary health services are able to reach the people of Delhi, however, despite this the government is falling short of even giving them the status of ‘labour’. This is absolutely condemnable. Delhi ASHA Kaamgar Union (DAKU) while working in various parts of Delhi has found that despite the ASHA workers having presented their demands to the government on several occasions, no concrete steps have been taken so far. In light of this, the Delhi Asha Kaamgar Union organised a protest demonstration in front of CM’s house in Civil lines on 18 September. The following demands were raised by Delhi ASHA Kaamgar Union: 1. All ASHA workers be provided the status of government employees and be provided wages and facilities in accordance to that. 2. A minimum wage of Rs.18000/- be provided to ASHA workers. 3. The work and working hours of ASHA workers be determined and they should not be involved in surveys and other such work. 4. There should be an immediate end to humiliation meted out to ASHA workers at the hands of officials of Health Mission (doctors, nurses) and other hospital staff. 5. The remuneration fixed for providing vaccinations at childbirth and other vaccinations should...

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CPI(ML) District Conference in Udaipur

The 4th district conference of CPI(ML) Udaipur was held on 16-17 September 2017 in which 60 delegates representing various villages, panchayats and towns committees and branches, 15 observers and PB member Com. Prabhat Chowdhary participated. During the conference, a call was given to strengthen and build a strong movement against the anti-people policies of the Modi-Vasundhara governments at the state and the centre. The need to intensify the struggles of the workers-rural farmers-students and youth against the communal-fascist forces and corporate looters was emphasised in the conference. Several suggestions were shared to strengthen the work of the party in the region and the report by the outgoing district secretary Com. Chandradev Ola was passed unanimously. Mahendra Chowdhary said in the conference that there is a need to unionise the workers of factories in the cities and the student organisation AISA must also become the voice of students against the policies of privatisation of education. A 15-point proposal was passed in the conference that includes of the following points: 1. The unemployment among the rural and urban workers has increased considerably post demonetization. The conference demands that the government immediately begin MNREGA and ensure minimum wages for the workers. Given the inflation, a minimum of Rs. 600 must be fixed as daily wage. Plans like NREGA should also be implemented in urban areas to ensure employment for the urban poor....

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REPORTS (7)

Flood Victims’ Protest in North Bihar Rotten Food Grains Distributed as Relief CPI(ML) organised protests on 9 September in North Bihar against Nitish government’s criminal negligence towards flood affected millions of people. People blockaded highways at many places demanding flood relief for the affected. NH 57 was jammed at two places, Majhauli and Etwarpur, in Bochahan of Muzaffarpur district by thousands of affected peasants and common people. Their protest forced the officials to reached to them for talks. Protesters showed them rotten food-grain packets which were distributed among flood victims by the government. It was demanded to declare these floods a calamity of national proportion, to provide relief to every affected family, compensation of Rs. 15000 to all peasants including sharecroppers, rebuilding pukka houses and guarantee of food rations to all for three months and, above all, a permanent solution to the Bihar’s perennial floods. This protest was led by CPI(ML) block secretary Rambalak Sahni, AIARLA district secretary Ramnandan Paswan and Kisan Mahasabha leader Bihdeshwar Sah. Statues of Martyred Farmers of Mandsaur Unveiled Two statues of martyr farmers, of Bablu Patidar in Takravad village and Kanhiyalal in Chillod Pipaliya, were unveiled on 15 September. They were among those martyred by the bullets of Madhya Pradesh government on 6 June when a massive farmers’ strike was organised in MP and Maharashtra. A mass meeting was held on this occasion which...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017