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Com. Ajoy Rajknowar Com. Ajoy Rajkonwar (58) passed away on 13 September in Chennai, suffering a heart attack. He had been fighting serious kidney and liver diseases for some time and was in Chennai for medical check-up. Com. Ajoy was a popular, dynamic and courageous workers’ leader, active in the working-class movement in Assam, especially among the workers in the power sector. He was the founder architect leader of Assam State Power Workers Union and worked to build up continuous resistance movement against privatisation of Assam State Electricity Board. Despite his illnesses, till his death, he continued to carry forward the work of the union. It was under the leadership of Com. Rajkonwar that a 72-hour historic strike was organised in the power sector of Assam. Com. Rajkonwar worked hard to ensure integration of the power workers in the mainstream working-class movement of India. Com. Ajoy started his party life as cultural activist of Sodou Asom Janasanskritik Parishad and joined the party in 1982. He enjoyed wide respect amongst party cadre and members as an honest, responsible dynamic and an affectionate comrade. He was elected to the state committee of party. Com. Ajoy always maintained close relation with various social organisations apart from our class and sectional organisations. With the death of comrade Com. Ajoy, the party lost a long-standing activist and the working class movement has lost a...

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The Martyrdom of Gauri Lankesh Shall Not Be in Vain

Fearless journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was assassinated in Bengaluru on 5 September evening when she was about to enter her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar after finishing her engagements for the day. As editor of the widely read Kannada weekly Gauri Lankesh Patrike, Gauri was a powerful voice against communal hate, caste oppression and all kinds of injustice. She was a tireless campaigner for social justice and human rights. On the day she was killed, she had earlier attended an anti-communal convention. Her last editorial was against the phenomenon of fake news and its systematic use by the Sangh...

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Resist the Sanghi Subversion of Swami Vivekananda

On 11 September 1893 Swami Vivekananda had addressed the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. This year marks the 125th anniversary of that historic address. The BJP has cleverly clubbed this anniversary with their own Deen Dayal Upadhyay centenary celebration programme. For Narendra Modi this became yet another occasion to indulge in his characteristic rhetoric. Addressing a convention of university students Modi made repeated references to the historic Chicago address of Swami Vivekananda, removing it from its context and stripping it of its essence. Going through Vivekanand’s exhortations one cannot but notice the glaring contrast with the aggressive Hindutva being espoused by the Sangh and the policies of the Modi government. Vivekanand had talked about tolerance and universal acceptance. “We believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true,” said Vivekananda. Today the Sangh-BJP establishment has emerged as the epitome of intolerance and aggression. If all religions are true, there can be no question of forcing people of other faiths to embrace Hinduism in the name of ‘Ghar wapsi’ or ‘home coming’. Swami Vivekananda had presented Hinduism and Indian nationalism in most open and inclusive terms. With great pride he had declared that he belonged to a nation “which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the Earth.” Today Modi government is supporting the genocide of Rohingyas...

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Countrywide Protests Against Brutal Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Protests were organized across the country on 6 September 2017 against the brutal killing of fearless journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. The murder was condemned and opposed strongly across Karnataka. A massive protest meeting was organized at the Town Hall in Bengaluru. Protests were also organized at Mangalore at Jyoti Circle in front of the Collector’s office in the morning and at the Gandhi Statue, Town Hall, in the evening; at the Clock Tower in Udipi, at the Silver Jubilee Park in Mandya, and at the Mini Vidhan Sabha in Gulbarga; a protest rally was taken out in Dharwad...

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AIPWA Mahadharna at Ranchi

The Jharkhand AIPWA held a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan in Ranchi on 4 September 2017 on the issues of growing incidences of rape, murder and violence against women, children’s deaths in hospitals, and demanding equal pay for equal work. Mid-day meal workers, rasoiyas, sanyojikas, sahayika, jal-sahayikas and anganwadi workers participated in the mahadharna. Amid chanting of slogans, the rally which included women in large numbers from Ranchi, Deoghar, Dumka, Godda, Ramgarh, Garhwa, Giridih, Bokaro, and other districts, started from Ranchi railway station. The Mahadharna was addressed by AIPWA General Secretary Com. Meena Tiwari and MLA Com. Rajkumar...

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An Overwhelming Mandate to Left Unity Panel in JNU

The recent elections to the students union in JNU happened at a time of unprecedented attacks on JNU and universities across the country. There is a concerted effort to limit the accessibility of affordable quality education by implementing seat cuts in research and other programmes and imposing massive fee hikes. These have been accompanied by increasing attempts to saffronize education through revising content and appointing people close to the Sangh in institutional positions. The democratic spaces of debate, dialogue and critical thinking within and outside campus have been subjected to brutal crackdowns and violence. Legally mandated reservations and hard-won...

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AICCTU March in Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial Area

AICCTU March in Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial Area On 9 September, AICCTU organized a rally in the Wazirpur Industrial area against the attack on workers and the hooliganism of the employers. On 8 September, a worker was severely beaten by a factory owner and his goons in B66/2 Wazirpur Industrial Area. He was thrown out of the factory and left bleeding. The worker had gone to demand the outstanding wages of past 6 months. The factory owner refused to pay the wages and when the worker protested, he was badly beaten up and left in near dead state. When AICCTU...

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Rally in Pilibhit

A march and public meeting were held in Pilibhit on 11 September highlighting various important issues affecting the common people and peasants in the district. The sham of the CM Yogi’s farmers’ loan waiver scheme exposed by farmers’ suicides happening in the district, non-payment of long pending dues of sugarcane farmers, killing of people by man-eater tiger and large scale imminent displacement of poorest sections due to Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Project, compensation to the peasants affected by flooding of river embankments and thorough inquiry of the death of comrade Rama Gairola suspected to be honour killing and withdrawal of...

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Sankalp Sabha in Memory of Com Khudiram Munda

The CPI (ML) in Ranchi organized a Sankalp Sabha on 17 August 2017 on the occasion of the 5th death anniversary of Com. Khudiram Munda. Earlier, a Sankalp March was taken out from Rahe Chowk to Gomda crossing after which one minute’s silence was observed in memory of Com. Khudiram. After garlanding the statue of Bhagat Singh at the spot, the foundation was laid for a statue of Com. Khudiram and it was resolved that it would be completed by 23 March 2018. The Sankalp Sabha was addressed by Central Committee member Com. Shubhendu Sen, comrades Bhuvaneshwar Kewat, Jagmohan Mahto and other leaders. The speakers remembered Com. Khudiram as a dedicated farmers’ leader who tirelessly worked for political movements on land issues. He was also a social reformer and struggled against casteism, communalism and for women’s rights. He propagated scientific ideas among farmers. The speakers said that in these troubled times we need to take inspiration from Communists like Com. Khudiram. The Sankalp Sabha resolv to work for the success of the Left mass rally in Ranchi on 11 November 2017 and to run an awareness campaign for it till 15 September. It was also resolved to implement the State Standing Committee’s decision to hold a Panchayat level Pad-Yatra and campaign at the zonal level for the successful conduct of the 10th Party Congress to be held in the...

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Obituary

Com. Madan Singh CPI (ML) Uttar Pradesh Standing Committee member and senior Communist leader Com Madan Singh passed away at the age of 58 on 6 September 2017 on the way to hospital from his home in Amethi. Earlier during the night he had woken up from sleep complaining of uneasiness and breathlessness; possibly he had suffered from a heart attack. When he was brought to the hospital the doctors declared him dead on arrival. Some years ago he had suffered a brain stroke but had recovered to a considerable extent after treatment and he once again threw himself into political and organizational work. Currently he was responsible for the Party’s work in Sitapur, Faizabad, Ambedkarnagar and some other districts in Awadh. Com Madan Singh joined the Party in 1982-83 after completing LLB from Lucknow University. He was a good basketball player. Soon after joining the Party he became a full-time Party activist. In the phase when the Party was underground he was involved in bringing out its Hindi publication. Later he took on the mantle of responsibility for the trade unions’ State in-charge and various Party activities in Purvanchal and Western UP from time to time. He carried on the Party’s work as a doughty soldier even in the hardest of times and endeared himself to his comrades as an affectionate, sociable, good human being. Young comrades were...

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Reshuffling Ministers Cannot Hide Government Failures

BJP’s spin doctors have been trying to push his latest Cabinet reshuffle as an instance of Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Perform or Perish’ mantra. The reality is that the Cabinet reshuffle is Modi’s way of trying to shirk responsibility for his Government’s abject failure to keep his promises even after three years. The most glaring failure of the Modi Government has been on the employment front: with job growth in 8 key sectors at their lowest level in 8 years. The Skill India program launched in 2015 made tall claims which were found to be a sham by the Government’s own committee headed by Sharda Prasad. The committee report found the scheme to be a “hotbed of crony capitalism”, with the private “skill councils” siphoning off public funds while lacking even basic infrastructure to provide training, and making fraudulent claims of enrolment. By dropping Rajiv Pratap Rudy as Skill Development Minister, the Government is trying to protect the PM himself for accountability for the Skill India sham/scam. It is notable that Modi’s admirers try to credit him even with Court verdicts like the Instant Triple Talaq verdict – yet they assign no blame to him for his Government’s failures, even though it is well known that extreme centralization of all power in the PMO is a hallmark of Modi’s governance model. In the wake of demonetization and GST, the GDP...

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Myanmar: Stop Genocide of Rohingya Muslims

India: Stop Deporting Rohingya Refugees, Protect Them From Communal Violence The Rohingya people of Myanmar are facing a genocide and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Myanmar Army. The Rohingya (the majority of whom are Muslim) have lived in the Rakhine State (Arakan) in Myanmar for the past several centuries. But a racist Citizenship Law enacted by Myanmar in 1982 denies the Rohingya people citizenship by refusing to recognise the Rohingya as one of the “national races.” The Rohingya have been subjected to several rounds of genocidal violence that have forced them to flee to Bangladesh and India....

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CPI(ML)’s Flood Relief Campaign in Bihar

Half the population of Bihar is affected by the floods. The areas in Seemanchal and Champaran have been especially devastated. Undoubtedly, the destruction caused has been manifold given that the state government made no preparations prior to the floods. Now that the flood waters have started receding, the extent of devastation caused is gradually becoming clear. Those affected by the flood are in need of urgent relief work however, the reports that are being received from the districts regarding relief work is highly unsatisfactory. Not only is the speed of the relief work extremely slow, the state government has imposed several kinds of conditions for providing relief packages. As a result, a significant population of those affected by the floods will not be able to benefit from the flood relief campaigns of the state. The intentions of the state government do not seem to be aimed towards providing relief to all. The worst affected by floods are always the poor. CPI(ML) has protested since day one against the criminal negligence before and during the floods and also against the gross apathy towards the flood affected that followed. On one hand, pressure is being built on the administration through continuous protests, on the other hand, a relief campaign is also being organised. Fund collection has been organised across Bihar for the flood affected and camps were set up in several...

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AIPWA Protests Haryana Govt’s Abject Surrender to Rapist Ram Rahim

The AIPWA organized a protest March in Patna on 26 August 2017 against the abject surrender of the Haryana government in the face of the violence which broke out following the verdict in Panchkula against rapist Ram Rahim. The march started from Buddha Park and culminated in a meeting at the Radio Station Chowk. Slogans raised during the march demanded the resignation of Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar, ending of protection to rioters, ending of violence in the name of religion, arrest of Sakshi Maharaj, and condemning PM Modi and CM Khattar for their role in encouraging rapist Ram Rahim....

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Communal Violence against Adivasis in Jharkhand

After the passing of the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Bill, given a free license by the Raghuvar government, Sanghi forces have started attacking the religious freedom of adivasis. They have started targeting Christian adivasis and sowing divisive seeds among them. On 19 August 2017 a frenzied Gaurakshak gang attacked 10 adivasis in the name of beef-eating in Tengari Tola, Village Barkol, Block Bargarh, District Garhwa. The adivasis were beaten all night and one of them, Ramesh Minj, died the next day on 23 August. Despite there being a police picket in the village, no effort was made to save...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017