ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 04

Obituary

Comrade Jameel Ahmad A well known professor of Siwan district and CPI (ML) leader Com. Jameel Ahmad passed away on 7 January 2017. He was nearly 70 years of age. He worked as a professor in DAV college from 1982 to 2011 and before retiring also served as the principal. While in service he also remained the secretary for 15 years in JP university. He also served as the district president of Sunni Waqf Board, Siwan. He was a justice loving person. When some members of the minority community started a campaign to stop the road passing a cemetery, he stood against his own community and said that value of living persons cannot be more than those who have died. This is the reason why he was well known among people across sections including religious. In 2011, after retiring he became associated with CPI (ML). In 2013, he was elected as district president of the Insaaf Manch. In 2015, he also fought on the CPI (ML) ticket from Siwan Sadar assembly. At this age also he campaigned with the enthusiasm and the bold voice like that of youth. He asked for votes on the party ideology and line. He often used to say in his speeches- what a good Muslim should do, no other party but CPI (ML) is doing. We talk about right and justice, we wage struggles...

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Protests in Bihar Against the Rape and Murder of a Girl in Vaishali

On 7 January 2017, Dika Kumari, a Class X student of Hajipur’s Rajkiya Ambedkar Avaasiya Balika Ucha Vidyalalya was brutally raped and murdered. A fact finding team comprising of CPI(ML), AIPWA and AISA leaders visited the school and the girl’s family. On meeting the mother of the girl, the mother reported that on 7 January, on receiving a call from her daughter, she went to meet her daughter. Her daughter told her that her “sir (a male teacher) asks her to do wrong things and says that she will get more marks she does it.” On hearing of this sexual harassment, the mother got ready to take her daughter home, but the teachers refused to let the mother take her daughter away. They snatched her bag and threw the mother out of the gate. The mother had to return home dejected. In the evening she talked to her daughter on the phone and the next morning she came to know through the Fakuli police station that her daughter was no longer alive. When the mother reached the school, she discovered that the girl’s body had marks of brutal injuries to her private parts. Her body had been thrown in a nearby drain. It appeared that before she had been brutally murdered after being raped or possibly gangraped. When the fact finding team reached the school, they found out that...

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CMWU Protest on the Mine Accident in Godda

A massive coal mine accident took place in Rajmahal Project in Godda district of Jharkhand on 29 December 2016.  A team of Coal Mines Workers Union which visited the site of the accident, found out that despite the workers repeatedly pointing out and warning that mines had sunk, on the day of the accident workers were forced to start work at 4. Within three hours of starting the work, more than hundred mine workers were killed due to dangerous mine quagmire. They got buried 300 feet below. After the accident, it is extremely painful that far from immediately starting the relief work, the manager of the mines tried to delay the relief operations by saying that sinking of the mines was continuing and hence it was not appropriate to start relief work. After recovering only 18 bodies, a road was built 300 feet above several other bodies still buried underneath and on the pretext of continuing the electricity generation in Kahalgaon under the Rajmahal project, the whole incident was sought to be brushed aside. A massive motorcycle juloos by the CMWU was carried out from Chirkunda, passing Asansol to the ECL headoffice in Sanktoria where the gates were blocked for several hours to protest against this inhuman act of trying to ensure produce and profits over the dead bodies of mine workers. The ECL manager was severely reprimanded and...

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Bihar Administration Responsible For Patna Boat Accident

On January 15, on the occasion of ‘Kite flying festival’ (Patang Mahotsav) on Makar Sakranti, several people lost their lives as the boat carrying them capsized in Ganga river. CPI(ML) Bihar state secretary Com. Kunal visited Patna Medical College and Hospital to meet the injured and the families of those who died in the boat accident in Patna. He expressed his condolences to the grieving families. He said that though the administration was saying that 21 had died, the actual number could be far greater and that among those who died, a large number was of students and youth. He also said that this had happened due to the criminal negligence of the administration. He said that this accident once again reopened the wounds of the Adalat Ghat and Gandhi Maidan accidents. The government had failed to ensure adequate number of boats despite there being a festival. Again and again the administrative failures in arrangements during festivals were being witnessed and the government’s disaster management had proved to be a colossal...

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Trade Unions Protest Sale of Three Steel Plants

A joint protest by trade unions at Bokaro Steel Plant was held on 12 January against the decision of the government to sell out three special steel plants of SAIL, one of which is in Durgapur, another at Salem and the third one in Bhadrawati. The central government has already asked SEBI to search for buyers. The central trade unions are now planning more protest programmes as part of the movement against this...

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CPI(ML) Fact-Finding on the Madanpur Incident in Deoria

A team of CPI(ML) leaders visited Madanpur of Deoria district in UP where an incident involving the murder of 22 year old Rahmatullah, following which an angry mob burnt the Madanpur thana and on the large scale atrocities on the people was reported. The team included state committee member Rajesh Sahni, Premlata, Ramkishor Verma and Omprakash Nishad. This fact finding team reported that two years ago also, a youth named Sabir had disappeared and his body had been found. Till date the police has neither revealed the fact of the murder nor initiated any action. Two years later the police continued to maintain same apathy following the disappearance and murder of Rahmatullah, that forced the people to become aggressive. While only a few elements were involved in the burning of the thana, the police resorted to large scale atrocities on people, rounding off, brutally beating them up and arresting them on serious criminal charges.  People’s houses have been vandalised and their things destroyed. Several women were also brutally beaten and taken away by the police. Several have been injured following police atrocities, however, they are being denied treatment. A huge police contingent has been deployed outside Madanpur and women are not being able to go out even for their daily ablutions. The FIRs registered include names of even those people who were not present in Madanpur on the day...

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Public Hearing by AIARLA in Tamil Nadu

In the backdrop of severe agrarian distress due to continuous non-availability of Cauvery water, repeated failure of monsoons, complete neglect of agriculture by the state and central Governments, the anti-people demonetisation steps of Modi government which have triggered manifold increase in the distress, a public hearing was organised by AIARLA on January 9, 2017 at Kumbakonam. The public hearing was inaugurated by Com. S.Ilangovan Tanjore-Nagai district secretary of CPI(ML). Activist and rural workers from Tanjore, Pudukkottai, Nagppattinam and Cuddalore were present. Apart from the workers at ground level, R. Vidyasagar, State Campaign Committee member of AIPF, CPI(ML) Pudukottai district secretary Com. P. Asaithambi, AIARLA state Gen Sec Com. S. Janakiraman, Vice President Com. T. Kannaian, AICCTU state president Com. A S Kumar and others. The speakers pointed out that agricultural and rural labour have been forced to become job-less and penny less. For the past 6 months NREGA wages have not been paid. According to one estimate the unpaid wages amount to 2000 crores! Workers in lacs have been frantically mobbing the bank branches, but to no avail. The bank officials are saying that their wages have not been deposited in the branches. Investigations reveal that in order to manage the fund crunch officials are getting oral orders from above to stop disbursement of NREGA wages. But at the same time, politically influential people are getting hefty amounts in...

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12th Martyrdom Day of Comrade Mahendra Singh

Comrade Mahendra Singh was remembered all over Jharkhand on his 12th martyrdom day on 16 January 2017. People gathered in Bagodar as well as in his native village Khambra and other parts of the state in huge numbers and reiterated their pledge to carry forward his legacy, struggles and dreams. Jan Panchayats (people’s court) were organised on this day in all districts of Jharkhand where panchayat representatives rejected amendments to CNT and SPT Acts in these jan panchayats. People gathered in the morning in Khambra to garland the statue of Comrade Mahendra Singh. CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya and politburo members DP Bakshi and Manoj Bhakta joined them to pay tributes. Floral tributes offered at the Party office in Bagodar before all of them joined the Jan Panchayat at the bus stand grounds which took the shape of a massive rally as tens of thousands of people assembled to remember their beloved leader. This was addressed by comrade Dipankar, DP Bakshi, Marxist Coordination Centre (MCC) leader and MLA Arup Chatterjee, Dayamani Barla, Manoj Bhakta and other leaders. Mahendra Singh’s concern and devotion towards people was reflected in his militant and struggling persona. His struggles reverberated as a challenge to the politics of loot and repression inside the state Assembly which was his unique contribution in the politics of Jharkhand. Jan Panchayats were held in all parts of state resolved...

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One Year After Rohith Vemula:

Social Discrimination, Violence and Political Witch-Hunt Still Stalk Educational Institutions In January 2016, a promising and socially committed young scientist Rohith Vemula left us – with a cry of anguish and anger against a system that reduced the oppressed people to their ‘immediate identity.’ The Vice Chancellor and authorities of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) instigated by the ABVP and Ministers of the Modi Government had branded Rohith and his fellow activists ‘anti-national and casteist’ for raising their voice against the Government and RSS. One year later, Rohith’s mother Radhika Vemula and students across the country continue in vain to seek justice for Rohith. On January 17 this year, students protested all over the country demanding justice for the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula and a law against discrimination of Dalit students on campuses. Radhika Vemula and protesting students were arrested while protesting in Hyderabad while protesting students in Delhi were roughed up and arrested. In the past year, the case registered against the HCU VC Appa Rao Podile and BJP Central Minister Bandaru Dattatraya still languishes with no headway because the TDP Government of Andhra Pradesh is colluding with the BJP in claiming that Rohith was not a Dalit. Meanwhile, the HCU VC – who admitted to plagiarism in research papers – received a Millennium Plaque of Honour from the Prime Minister Modi at the Indian Science Congress! Those...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017