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March Against Mob Violence in Udaipur

Democratic, secular people of Udaipur took out a peaceful protest march on 18 July 2017 against the incidents of terrorism, communalism and mob violence that have taken place in the country during the past few months. The march, starting from the Town Hall and culminating at the Collector’s office, was a silent one with the protesters holding placards for unity, harmony and Constitutional values in the country. They carried placards condemning terrorism, communal violence and mob lynching and appealed to people to speak up to protect Constitutional values. Addressing the meeting at the Collectorate, the speakers said that the...

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CPI (ML) to Agitate for Release of Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi

CPI (ML) Bihar State Secretary Com. Kunal said in a statement that the draconian provisions of the anti-liquor law have started wreaking havoc on the poor. A fast track court in Jehanabad, in just 40 days, has sentenced 2 brothers Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi from Unta Musahar Tola to 5 years Rigorous Imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the charge of having drunk toddy; if they fail to pay the fine they will have to spend 6 years in jail. This is a massive blow to the families of the 2 brothers who earn...

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CPI (ML) and Insaf Manch’s Fact Finding on Lathi Charge in Biharsharif

The incident at Gagandiwan in Biharshariff has exposed the true face of the so-called ‘secular’ Bihar government. ‘Not in My Name’ is a countrywide campaign through which peace and justice loving citizens are raising their voice to save the country’s composite culture. But the Nalanda district administration, terming this campaign and the Insaf Manch which has long campaigned for justice for dalits and minorities, as ‘suspicious’ tried to crush the voice of resistance and brand the minority community as trouble-makers. The administration unleashed a well-calculated cycle of repression and slapped false cases on members of the minority community. Many...

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All India Conference of Land Rights Movement in Ranchi

The All India Conference of the Land Rights Movement was held in Ranchi on 19 and 20 June 2017 under the aegis of national and state level people’s organizations, especially Left farmers’ organizations. CPI (ML) central committee member and former MLA Com. Vinod Singh along with AIKM State unit members and National Secretary Com. Rajaram Singh participated in the Conference. Jharkhand social activist Dayamani Barla played an important part in the organization of the Conference. On the first day of the Conference 8 national level and 6 Jharkhand level resolutions were discussed and passed. Reading out the Jharkhand resolutions, Dayamani Barla said that the CNT SPT Act is the protective armour of the adivasis and indigenous people of Jharkhand which the government has broken by making amendments to Sections 71, 49, 21 and 13. These amendments should be revoked. The resolution further said that by making land banks out of villages and other sites like gairmajrua lands, pasture lands, etc the government is preparing to hand these lands over to corporate houses. The ban on cattle sale must be revoked as this is having an adverse effect on agriculture. Similarly, the anti-people mahua policy must also be revoked. The resolution also called for mass mobilization against the BJP’s spreading of communal poison and hatred. The national resolution expressed participation and support for the Kisan Mahasangharsh Samiti dharna in front...

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Nation-Wide Campaign on ‘Save Education, Save Country’

With a call to Save Education, Save Country, AISA launched its nation-wide campaign at Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi on 22 July, against the Regime of Seat-Cut, NET-Cut, Fund-Cut and the saffron policy offensive against education, employment and hate propaganda by RSS/BJP. AISA’s National General Secretary Com. Sandeep Saurav, National President Com. Sucheta De, and Delhi State Secretary Com. Niraj Kumar addressed the convention. A campaign booklet ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’ was released at the convention setting forth an intensive campaign that will reach across the country. Speaking during the launch of the campaign, AISA leaders said that...

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Workers’ protests:

Borgaon Tea Estate, Assam Borgaon TE was declared locked out on 21st July following two days continuous worker’s Strike in protest against an order by the management. Though a meeting was called by the Labour Officer to break the stalemate, the management sent a lock out notice to the Labour Officer instead of attending the meeting. The management did so without there being any provocation from workers or any law and order situation in the garden. It must be noted that there are so many pending issues pertaining to fire wood, ambulance, drinking water, quarter repairs and others which have...

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Cadre Convention in Garhwa

The CPI (ML) organized a Division level cadre convention in Palamu on 18 July 2017. Party General Secretary Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya was the chief guest at the convention. Addressing the cadre convention Com. Dipankar said that it looks as if Palamu Division has gone back 30 years in time. In fact, this is what people feel about most parts of the country. The BJP government, wherever it is in power, is acting like an uncontrolled, unchecked government. This government has no concern for the people; it is not even bothered about the Supreme Court. It is not heeding the SC directives on the Aadhar issue. After the attack on the Amarnath Yatris Rajnath Singh praised ‘Kashmiriyat’, after which he received a spate of criticism on social media. This is an indication of an anarchist and unbridled attitude that is being nurtured in society and in the country. There have been disturbing and untoward incidents in the country, including mob lynchings. Farmers, dalits, and youth across the country are struggling for justice, peace and democracy. The CPI (ML) stands in solidarity and support of these struggles. In these circumstances, the need is to have hope and positivity and also build and strengthen the organization. The 10th Party General Session is to be held in Punjab from 23 to 28 March; we must convert this into a General Session of people’s...

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Fact- Finding Report from Bashirhat

A team led by Comrades Subroto Sengupta, Secretary, Babuni Majumdar and Nabendu Dasgupta visited the riot prone areas of Bashirhat on 11th July for fact finding. A brief summary of the report prepared by them is shared below. According to the team, as they travelled in the train, there were hardly any signs of the horrific incidents and communal tensions that had few days ago gripped the entire area of the particular sub-division in the crowded train compartment. Daily passengers of both communities were absolutely normal sitting beside together. After getting down at Bashirhat, the team contacted Com. Debabrata...

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Amarnath Killings: Rebuff Communal And Divisive Propaganda

A heinous terrorist attack on 10 July killed seven Amarnath pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley. In an encouraging affirmation of humanity against hate, this attack has met with universal condemnation and protests by ordinary people from the Kashmir Valley to various Indian towns and cities. The 10 July killings are the first such terrorist attack on pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley in 17 years. Even at the height of the Amarnath land row protests in 2008, as well as massive civilian protests in 2010 and 2016, pilgrims to Hindu shrines were never targeted. The incident therefore marks yet another...

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Campaign in Delhi Against Mob Lynching

The CPI(ML), All India People’s Forum, AISA, AICCTU, NTUI, Building Workers’ Union, AIPWA, and Delhi Nagrik Manch have together launched a pledge-taking campaign all over Delhi to reaffirm Constitutional values and rebuff hate-mongering propaganda and mob-lynching. The campaign, which began on 15 July, will culminate on the country’s Independence Day, 15 August. As part of the campaign, activists and concerned citizens are speaking to individuals and groups of people in Delhi’s various settlements, slum clusters and streets, urging them to recognize the violent hate-mongering campaigns that seek to ‘divide and rule’ people’s unity. The campaign urges every citizen to pledge to uphold the values of humanity, democracy, diversity and dissent enshrined in India’s Constitution, and resist attempts to foment hatred and mob violence against vulnerable communities. The campaign has taken place in Jamia Nagar and Wazirpur Industrial Area and slum cluster, and plans to take place in several other parts of...

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‘Azaadi Kooch’ Marks One Year of Una Resistance to Gau-Goons

Marking one year since the public stripping and flogging of Dalits by a mob of cow-goons in Una, Gujarat, the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM) called for an Azaadi Kooch (March For Freedom) in Gujarat. Activists from all over the country, including RDAM leader Jignesh Mevani, Bihar AISA Secretary Shivprakash and President Mokhtar from Bihar, and National Vice President of AISA Farhan from Delhi; CPI(ML) activists Anwar Alam from Bihar and Aslam from Delhi; and RYA Vice President Navkiran Natt, as well as former JNUSU President Kanhaiyya Kumar and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Reshma Patel, activists of...

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Massive Left Rally in Kolkata Against Communal Violence

Thousands of people marched with colourful banners and posters, under the banner of Left parties in Kolkata on 12 July, to reaffirm and assert West Bengal’s legacy of communal har-mony and protest against recent incidents of communal violence at Basirhat, North 24 Par-ganas. The march was organised by 20 political parties including CPI, CPI(M), CPI (ML-Liberation), SUCI (C), and other Left parties, as well as some non-Left parties including RJD, and WB Jana-ta Dal. The procession marched from Mahajati Sadan through Chittaranjan Avenue and Chowringhee to Rani Rasmoni...

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Kisan Mukti Yatra Culminates at Parliament Street

The Kisan Mukti Yatra (organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti comprising 160 peasant organisations) which began from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh (where protesting farmers were shot dead by police) and covered Maharashtra, Gujarat, Ra-jasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana, reached Delhi and culminated in a massive Kisan Mukti Sansad (Peasant Liberation Parliament) at Jantar Mantar (Parliament Street). Thousands of peasants from all over the country participated in the Sansad. The All India Kisan Mahasabha leadership also participated in the Kisan Mukti Yatra and thousands of AIKM members participated in the Sansad. The Kisan Mukti Sansad was ad-dressed...

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Domestic Workers Protest in NOIDA: Face Repression, Eviction from Homes And Jobs

A domestic worker, Zohra, from Cooch Behar in West Bengal, was beaten and kept in illegal custody by her employers in the Mahagun Moderne apartments in Greater Noida. Her family members and other domestic workers protested by storming the Mahagun Moderne complex, raising slogans. Vandalism by some of the workers caused what even the police admit was mild damage. The police unleashed firing and lathi charge against the protesters. An FIR was filed by Zohra against her employers, while an FIR was also filed against protesters. Since then, the police has conducted indiscriminate raids to detain and arrest men...

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Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Workers Demonstrate

Hundreds of contract/outsourced workers of BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board) demonstrated on 12 July 2017, demanding minimum wages for workers engaged in Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP). The demonstration was organized by the AICCTU. The administration which had earlier disowned the workers, declaring that they would have nothing to do with ‘outsourced’ workers, was forced to accept responsibility and agree to ensure minimum wages and arrears from August 2016 onwards, to be paid in the August 2017 salary. Comrade Balan, all-India Vice President of AICCTU, led the demonstration, came down heavily on the Karnataka government and the BWSSB administration, and called for a strike that would disturb Bengaluru’s water supply if the workers’ demands for minimum wages were not fulfilled. Comrade Shankar said this is only a beginning of waves of struggles for regularisation of all contract workers. The Chief Administrative Officer came to the spot and addressed workers on issues of minimum wages, streamlining of working hours and OT wages if worked on holidays, Bonus, Same Pay for Same Work and...

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