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Pratapgarh (Rajasthan) District Conference

The 3rd CPI (ML) Pratapgarh District Conference was held on 30 November 2017. It was attended by 121 elected delegates from village Panchayats and cities, State Committee members comrades Phulchand Deva, Ramchandra Kulhari, Gautam Meena, Shantilal Trivedi, Saurabh Naruka, and PB member Com. Prabhat Choudhury were present. State Committee member from Udaipur District Chandradev Ola was present as observer. The conference called for a spirited people’s struggle against the anti-people policies of the Vasundhara and Modi governments and strengthening of movements on issues of workers, farmers, students, youth and the poor. The delegates gave suggestions on how to strengthen the Party in the district and then unanimously passed the report presented by outgoing District Committee Secretary Com Mahendra Choudhury. A 17 point Resolution was passed including resolves to intensify the struggle to revoke the eviction orders of the 230 families in the Kachhi Basti behind the sugar factory who have been given notice to shift to Indira Aawas, and issue Pattas to all those who have been settled on the land for years; to resist attempts to communalise the atmosphere in Pratapgarh during festival seasons; justice for Pehlu Khan, Umar Khan and Comrade Zafar Khan and an end to lynchings and the humiliation of the poor in the name of cleanliness drive; against privatization and saffronisation of education; against gender violence; and demanding that villages in Dhariyabad tehsil should...

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AISA Takes out Students’ Rights March in Daltonganj

The AISA Palamu unit took out a students’ rights march on 31 October 2017 at Daltonganj against the Jharkhand government’s 70% to 90% scholarship cuts, the increasing incidents of rape and violence against women students, and the pushing out of Palamu’s students and youth through the ‘domicile policy’. The march started at the Shivaji Park grounds and culminated at the DC office where a meeting was held and a memorandum submitted to the Governor. Addressing the meeting, AISA National Vice President Com. Neeraj said that as soon as the Modi government came to power they started attacking all Universities thinking that the Universities would surrender and bow to the RSS ideology. But the students from the villages in Palamu district are proof that the Modi government has not succeeded in this agenda and the students and youth are organizing themselves to fight for their right to education and employment. He further said that by putting up huge hoardings of Modi and Raghubar with Patel, the government is, at the cost of the hard-earned money of the people, trying to whitewash RSS’s betrayal of the freedom struggle. Similarly, crores of rupees were thrown down the drain in the celebrations to mark the 1000 days’ completion of the Raghubar government while 70% to 90% cuts were made in scholarships to Jharkhand’s SC/ST/OBC students, pushing out lakhs of poor students from the...

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Farmers’ Struggle in Koderma

A one-day dharna was held at the Block HQs of Jainagar, Domchanch, Markachho and Koderma Sadar Blocks of Jharkhand on 28 November 2017 under the banner of the All India Kisan Mahasabha on the following farmers’ demands: paddy purchase centre at every Panchayat in each Block; timely supply of fertilizers and seeds at subsidized rates to farmers; purchase price double of crop outlay price; food security cards for all deprived and poor; housing for the poor under the Pradhan Manti Aawas Scheme; a 20 ft well in every Panchayat; free electricity for agricultural purposes; Block level cold storage, and other demands. About 150 farmers participated in the dharna at the Jainagar Block led by Block Secretary Munna Yadav and District Committee member Rajkumar Paswan. 100 farmers, women as well as men, participated in the dharna at Markachho Block led by Block Secretary Ashok Yadav, Area Scretary Ibrahim Ansari and Premchandra. The dharna at Domchanch Block was led by Block Secretary Rajendra Mehta, Baleshwar Das and Ramdhan Yadav was attended by 125 farmers. The Koderma Sadar dharna was attended by 100 farmers, men and women, and led by Kisan leaders comrades Tulsi Rana, Ajay Pandey, Sandeep Kumar, and State Committee member Shyamdev Yadav. The Block level dharnas were accompanied by spirited slogans on the issues of paddy purchase centres, fertilizers and seeds, starvation deaths and the Raghubar government’s accountability, middlemen...

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March for Justice at Devaria

Brijesh Chourasiya was shot to death by criminals in July 2017 at Sohanpur village, Bankata Thana, Devaria district in Uttar Pradesh. The police at Bankata Thana tried their best to suppress the matter under pressure from those in power, but heavy public pressure forced them to register a case under Section 302 against unknown person(s), after which they put the case in cold storage. CPI (ML) activists held a protest in front of the DM’s office on 15 September 2017 to demand arrest of the killers but no action was taken despite the DM’s assurances. After this, when the police started mental torture of the victim family, a huge Meeting for Justice was organized on 8 October 2017 at Sohanpur Bazaar which was attended by thousands of people. The Meeting for Justice gave the administration one week’s time to come out with the facts of the incident and arrest the killers. When after a week the police took no action, CPI (ML) activists sat on an indefinite dharna at Sohanpur Bazaar on 15 October with the slogan ‘Remove BJP, Erase Crime’. Even after 25 days when no one from the administration came to meet the protesters, the Deputy Collector was given a written warning that if the killers are not arrested without delay the CPI (ML) would hold a Yatra for justice from village to village and would march...

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CPI(ML) condemns attack on Teachers by Chhattisgarh Government

The contract teachers in Chhattisgarh have waging a relentless battle for their rights since November. On the 13th day of the movement, the Raman Singh government far from addressing their just demands launched an all out attack on the teachers and arrested thousands of teachers who were trying to reach Raipur. The teachers who had reached Raipur and were protesting were surrounded by the police and attacked. Several education workers were arrested at different parts of the state. The CPI (ML) Chhattisgarh unit has strongly condemned this attack on education workers by the government. CCPI (ML) demands that the contractualised education workers be absorbed in the education department and they be given same wages for similar work.  The party demanded that an immediate end be put on the contractual and honorarium systems and permanent appointments be made. The party extended support to the agitating education workers and their relentless...

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Public Meeting on The Issues of Rations and Toilets in Samastipur

On 5 November, the CPI(ML) held a public meeting at the Dalit settlement near Motipur Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society (PACS) in Tajpur panchayat in Samastipur district of Bihar, on the problem of rations and toilets. Workers’ leader Rajdev Prasad Singh presided over the meeting and it was conducted by Brahmdev Prasad Singh. Addressing the meeting, the party Block Secretary Surendra Prasad Singh said that that let alone the Block, even a single panchayat cannot be declared Open Defecation Free unless the landless are given homestead land. He also spoke about the ways in which ration dealers and elected representatives collude...

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March in Nalanda Marks Eve of Babri Masjid Demolition Anniversary

The Insaf Manch held a candle light march in Nalanda on 5 December to mark the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the Babri Masjid Demolition and the death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. On the route of the march, street corner meetings were also addressed. The participants in the March also protested the attempts by communal elements to vandalise the 500 year old Malik Baya Maqbara (burial place of Syed Ibrahim Malik Baya) recently. A team of Insaf Manch is investigating the...

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Obituary : Comrade Khudan Mallick AND Com. Motilal Ram

Comrade Khudan Mallick Naxalbari movement’s legendary leader comrade Khudan Mallick died on 29 November in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital where he was admitted after a lung infection. A very popular peasant organiser, he was also in the CPI(ML)’s delegation which visited China in September 1967. Red Salute to Comrade Khudan! Com. Motilal Ram Com Motilal Ram, hailing from Lukaiya Tola in Chumba village, Mandu Block (Ramgarh District) passed away due to brain hemorrhage on 26 November 2017. He leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was 59 years old. He was associated with the Liberation group from the days of the 1970s movement. Chumba village with a population of 5,000 was in the clutches of feudal repression against which Com Jayant Ganguly had mobilized dalits, adivasis and the poor. Com Motilal Ram joined the movement mobilized by Com Jayant Ganguly. Later Jayant Ganguly and his comrades joined the CPI (ML). Com Motilal became a member of the Party in 1981 and was a dedicated activist in the Chumba Branch local committee. He played an important role in the recent Ranchi Rally on 11 November 2017. Tributes were paid to him at his village Chumba and the Ramgarh District Party Office by his comrades and activists led by Bhuneshwar Bediya. Red Salute to Com Motilal...

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Defend The Vision of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity

It has now been sixty-eight years since the adoption of the Constitution of India on the 26th of November, 1949. While the adoption of the Constitution was obviously a landmark event, what rings particularly urgent and relevant today is the speech delivered by Dr. Ambedkar the previous day at the concluding session of the Constituent Assembly. The chairman of the committee that drafted the constitution did not just celebrate what they had achieved; he had also pointed to the vulnerabilities of the Constitution and hence of the democratic republic founded on the basis of the constitution. Today these vulnerabilities of the constitution are the ominous reality of our times. The checks and balances, the division of powers, the institutional integrity, the parliamentary conventions and procedures that are supposed to be central to the functioning of a parliamentary democracy are all at stake. With a despotic regime riding roughshod on the constitution, the spectre of a fascist takeover stares the republic in the face. The delicate but well defined division of powers and responsibilities among the legislature, executive and judiciary are being systematically blurred and transgressed. The government made a mockery of legislative provisions to get a whole range of arbitrary measures including the most controversial Aadhaar Bill passed as a money bill in the Lok Sabha. The Supreme Court had mandated the Aadhaar as being voluntary and not mandatory...

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CPI(ML) MLAs Protest in Bihar Assembly Against Bhagalpur Dalit Massacre

CPI(ML) MLAs protested the government inside the Bihar Assembly on several burning issues concerning the people of Bihar on November 28. The leader of the Party legislature group in the Assembly Mahboob Alam said that ever since the BJP usurped power in Bihar the instances of communal frenzy and repression of dalits have grown by leaps and bounds, while Nitish Kumar remains a mute spectator, in flattering subservience to the RSS. During Zero hour Party MLA Satyadev Ram raised the issue of the brutal killing of dalits by unidentified criminals at Jhandapur in Bihpur, Bhagalpur district. He said that...

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Jan-Assemblies (People’s Parliament) at Sub-Division HQs in Bihar

On Issues of Ration, Employment, Pension, Housing and Toilets AIARLA organized Jan Assemblies (people’s parliaments) in many districts across the State against the insensitiveness of the government on issues of ration, employment, pension, housing and toilets. At these assemblies in Darbhanga, Samastipur, Beguserai, Nalanda, Champaran, Patna, Gaya and other districts, people alleged that they have not received pension for over one year; they also said that the poor are being denied ration in the name of Aadhar card. One woman in Darbhanga said that she does not have land or house, and asked how she was supposed to construct...

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Evictions, Communal Conspiracies and Victimisation of Activists Goes On in Assam

The anti-people, anti-poor policies and activities of the BJP led Sarbananda Sonowal govt in Assam has once again been reflected in the eviction of more than 500 families in the Amchang wildlife sanctuary area. This harrowing atrocity left people in open amidst chilling winter, even the schools have not been spared by bulldozers. It is the time for annual exams in schools and this destruction has caused the loss of a complete year for the kids. This eviction too is done by misusing a high court order for protecting the forest area as has happened in other parts of the country, this incidence leaves several questions unanswered. The people evicted are those who fled from mostly Dhemaji and Majuli due to the loss of their entire lands in floods. Majority of them belong to the Mishing community. No governments yet have taken any measure towards an amiable solution of their rehabilitation. They have been subjected to periodical eviction by previous governments as well. The BJP that resorted to the slogans of protecting JATI, MATI, BHETI (Community, Land, Base) before coming to power in Assam is totally engaged in uprooting people from their base and livelihoods. It is also admitted by the government that these evicted families were living in this area prior to declaration of Amchang Reserve Forest in 2004. Therefore, the right of tribal people even assuming to...

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Candle Light Memorial for Victims of NTPC Disaster

The CPI(ML) and AICCTU organized a memorial candle light protest march on 3 November at Bhagalpur Station Chowk to pay condolences to the workers killed in the Rae Bareli (Unchahar) NTPC accident and against the Modi-Yogi governments at the Centre and in UP. Leading the protest, Com. SK Sharma said that the Modi-Yogi governments’ craze for power led to the death of the workers at NTPC. The death of those workers at Unchahar NTPC was no mere accident. For PM Modi the accident at the NTPC plant is a matter of grief but he cares nothing about the workers who lost their lives in this accident. These fascist governments are the merchants of death and workers across the country must strengthen their unity and fight against them. The CPI (ML) and AICCTU have made the following demands: 1. Rs 1 crore each and government jobs to the families of all the workers killed in the accident; Rs 25 lakhs each to the workers injured in the accident. 2. The correct number of workers dead in the accident should be revealed; a high level enquiry into the accident and stringent punishment for all the guilty. 3. The Modi-Yogi government should stop playing with the lives of workers and selling off the workers for the benefit of the corporate houses. The candle-light protest was attended ML City Secretary Com. Suresh Prasad...

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Jan Akrosh Rally In Salumber (Rajasthan)

The CPI(ML) took out a Jan Akrosh Rally (Public Outrage Rally) on 24 November 2017 against the rampant ration loot in Morila Panchayat, Salumber. The rally culminated in a meeting at the Sub-divisional Office. Hundreds of villagers participated in the rally raising slogans against the political protection given to ration looters by the Vasundhara government, against the dire shortage of teachers in Salumber tehsil schools, and demanding implementation of NREGA, timely settlement of Indira Aawas, and other people’s issues. They marched through the Bazaar, Gandhi Chowk, Bus Stand, and reached the Sub-divisional HQ. A CPI(ML) delegation led by Com Chandradev Ola met the Tehsildar on these issues. After talks with the Tehsildar and the police administration, Com Saurabh Naruka addressed the rally and informed the people that the license of the ration dealer against whom the complaint was made through this protest has been cancelled. A copy of the order was read out at the rally meeting. An FIR will be registered in 3 days after procuring an order from the District Supplies Officer on the basis of the Tehsildar’s report.Com Chandradev Ola said that if the administration defaults on its promise to register the FIR and distributing the remaining rations, then an even bigger gherao will be organized. The Party believes in people’s struggle on the strength of people’s unity and this is the path we will follow....

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AIARLA Protest in Kakinada

AIARLA organized a protest demonstration on 20 November 2017 in front of the district collectorate office in Kakinada, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. The protest demonstration had been called to demand housing sites for the poor people of Annavaran village in the district. The protest was led by AIARLA state secretary Com. Y. Arjunarao, CPI(ML) state committee members comrades M. Latchababu, R. Simhachalam, T. Yesu Lakshmi and...

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LIBERATION JANUARY 2018