Vol. 20, No. 05

Protests in Bengal Against Bhangor Firing

After the firing and killing incident at Bhangor, Party organisation of the State organised protest meeting in different parts of the state on 17 th Jan. AISA comrades took the decision to protest against this firing incident at Lalbaazar Central lockup where they were detained by the police after they broke the police cordon while commemorating Rohit Vemula’s instituional killing a year before and demanding implimentation of Rohit Act. AISA organised rally and road blockade at College street while CPIML organised rally and street corner meeting on 18th which was addressed by Partha Ghosh and Basudeb Bose after they returned from Bhangor. Protest meeting was also organised at Naihaty, different places at Hoogly, Bankura. At Siliguri, Abhijeet Mazumdar, Gouri Dey and others were arrested while demonstrating on this issue. Comrades of Behala, Kolkata organised meeting on 20th which was addressed by AB Choudhury and...

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Campaign against Demonetization in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh

CPI (ML) has undertaken a series of campaigns against demonetization in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. A signature campaign opposing note ban is being taken up in Mallavaram panchayat. A rally against note ban was held in Chintha Kutu panchayat. A state-wide campaign titled ‘Jana Galam’ (People’s voice) is also being organised under which rallies are being held in different parts of the...

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CPI (ML)’s demonstration on Land Rights- Land Reforms in Naugachia, Bihar

On 23 December, a demonstration was held by CPI (ML) in front of SDO, Naugachia on the question of land rights and land reforms. The demonstration was also a protest against the incidents of brutal assaults on Dalits-poor-women and other weaker sections on 26 November and 8 December 2016. On 26 November, criminals enjoying protection by the ruling establishment, set fire on a Dalit-poor settlement in Tintanga Diyaara in Rangra block and launched a life-threatening attack on them. On 8 December 2016, the administration unleashed a brutal and criminal crackdown on homeless-landless poor, Dalits, women and other people from backward sections while they were demanding Vaas-Chaas in Bhagalpur Collectorate. During the demonstration on 23rd, a delegation representing the protestors met the SDO and asked him as to why even after a month of these atrocities, no criminal has been arrested. The demands presented to the SDO included- i) immediate arrest of the culprits followed by a speedy trial; ii) suspension of local police station in charge who assisted in this crime and filing of criminal charges against him; iii) compensation of 5 lakh each to those affected by setting of fire and attacks; iv) ensure land to those parcha holders who have been displaced; v) guarantee of homestead and cultivable land for all the homeless and landless; vi) implementation of recommendations of land commission; and vii) suspension of the...

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AIPF Holds Dharna in Front of Governor against Amendments to CNT-SPT ACTS

A dharna was held in front of the Governor under the leadership of the AIPF on 19 December 2016 to protest against the forcible passing of amendments to the CNT-SPT Act by the Raghuvar government in Jharkhand and the slapping of false cases against those who agitated against the amendments. The dharna demanded the revoking of these amendments and taking back the false cases against protesters. They also demanded that forcible grabbing of land in Godda, Badkagaon and Dalma should end and the perpetrators of the firing in these incidents should be tried and punished. The dharna was addressed by AIPF leader Dayamani Barla, Xavier Kujur, Sukhlal Pahadiya, Dalal Singh Munda, Chintamani, Junus Lakra, Sohanlal, Gautam Singh Munda, Eti Tirkey, Eli Sabba, Akash Tirath and others. The speakers said that just as the Modi government had brought the note ban to loot the poor and benefit the rich, the Raghuvar government had brought the amendments in the CNT-SPT Act to make it easier for Adani-Ambani and other rich capitalists to grab land in Jharkhand. The amendments are a direct violation of the 5th schedule of the Constitution. They stressed that the people of Jharkhand would never accept these amendments and would fight hard till they are withdrawn. Chintamani, from Azaadi Bachchao Andolan that has been waging a struggle against forcible land acquisition for Adani in Godda, said that without...

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State Level AISA-RYA Workshop in Darbhanga

AISA and RYA organized a joint 2 day State workshop at Pandaserai in Laheriyaserai on 19-20 December 2017. Inaugurating the workshop Central committee member Com. Rajaram Singh said that students and youth who have inherited the heritage of Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and Ashfaqullah have no need of Modi’s pseudo-sermons on patriotism. Over 100 delegates from 25 districts participated in the...

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Karnataka Shipping Workers’ Struggle

One of the big shipping dock companies in Karnataka’s Mangalore port Delta Infralogistics (Worldwide) Ltd illegally retrenched workers from 16 December 2016. The workers under the leadership of AICCTU have launched an agitation against this retrenchment. The workers are lying down in front of truck wheels in order to stop vehicles from transporting dock goods. Workers from other shipping companies have also declared solidarity with these workers and have refused to take part in any activity against the Delta Company workers. The local police is acting in the interests of the Company management by helping to make arrangements for workers and vehicles to be brought from outside. The port management which has given the Delta Company a lease to build its yard in the Port area is now forcing the workers to remove their tents. Thus, the workers have to struggle against not only the Company management but also against the police and the port...

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A partial but significant victory for Pricol workers

A partial but an extremely significant victory was won when the High Court set aside the Lower Court verdict of life sentence for 6 out of 8 activists of Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam. Eight leading activists of the Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam – Comrades Gunabalan, Manivannan, Rajendran, Ramamurthy, Sampath, Saravanakumar, Sivakumar and Velmurugan – had been sentenced to ‘double life imprisonment’ in a shocking verdict of the Coimbatore Sessions Court. Following the HC judgement, the 6 comrades who have been acquitted, will be released soon. Appeal against the sentence for 2 comrades, Com. Manivannan and Com. Ramamurthy will be made in Supreme Court. The management appeal against acquittal of other 16 comrades, including AICCTU President Com. S. Kumaraswamy was also dismissed by the High...

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Police action on protestors participating in Insaaf March in Delhi

In Delhi, an Insaaf March has been called by JNUSU demanding justice for Rohith and Najeeb from Mandi House to MHRD. Students gathered with placards that carried demands of ‘Enact Rohith Act’, ‘Justice for Rohith’ and ‘Bring back Najeeb’. However, the police did not allow the march to procced as it unleashed a brutal crackdown on protestors, dragging and beating protestors. Most of the students were detained and the violence on students continued even inside the police station as JNUSU president Com. Mohit, and other student activists including Com. Shweta, Com. Umar and several others were targeted and brutally thrashed. Com. Om and Com. Hamid were also forcefully dragged and injured. However, the police action failed to deter the spirit of students as they declared that Spectre of Rohith will continue to haunt the present government. In Hyderabad too AISA activists participated in candle march in remembrance of Rohith Vemula organized by the student union of EFLU. The EFLU, the posters released by AISA on the National protest day call were torn under administrative instructions. In University of Hyderabad, the police brutally pulled away Radhika Vemula, Rohith’s Vemula, while trying to disallow her to visit the site where her son had spent his last days. In Kolkata, AISA called for a march to Raj Bhawan as part of the National Protest day call. Nearly 39 AISA activists were lathi...

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Protests in Bihar demanding Justice for Dika

Justice for Dika March in Patna A protest march was taken out in Patna on 17 January under the banners of AIPWA, RYA and AISA to demand justice for Dika Kumari, a student of the Ambedkar Vidyalaya, Hajipur, in the hostel. A memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister through the Home Secretary. Despite obstacles from the police, the march raising spirited slogans demanding justice for Dika, proceeded from Gandhi Maidan to Golambar Chowk where it culminated in a meeting. A delegation led by AIPWA General Secretary Com. Meena Tiwari, which included Dika’s mother Kusumi Devi, met the government officials for talks while the meeting continued at the venue. The meeting was addressed by leaders of AIPWA, AISA and RYA and also by Dika’s younger sister Kajal who vowed that they would not end the struggle until they got justice for Dika. The speakers praised the courage of Kusumi Devi who rejected the Rs 4 lakh offered by the government and resisted the pressure to take back her complaint and instead joined the protests led by the CPI (ML). When the delegation returned after completion of the talks, Com Meena Tiwari informed the people at the protest that they had had talks with the Home Secretary who called the IG in charge of weaker sections and directed him to take needful action. The delegation submitted a memorandum to the...

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The Resolve of the Republic Day 2017 for an India of Liberty and Equality

On the 67th anniversary of its proclamation, the Indian Republic finds itself in a veritable state of siege. The government of the day and the corporate-communal cabal that it represents and serves so brazenly have mounted a multi-pronged assault on the constitutional basis and framework of the Republic of India. The principles and values enunciated in the Constitution are being subverted in every possible way and the institutions that had been built to promote and protect the rights of the citizens and the collective interests and aspirations of the people are being systematically hijacked and destroyed. Indeed, the RSS has time and again made it clear that it does not recognise the Constitution as the basis of the modern Indian Republic. For the RSS, the Republic is just an ornamental attire for the ancient civilization of India; and the RSS notion of civilization is more a matter of mythology than history. Manusmriti, that obnoxious charter of social slavery and human indignity is the real constitution for the RSS. Just the other day, speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival RSS ideologue Vaidya yet again questioned the inclusion of the word ‘secular’ in the Preamble to the Constitution while calling for an end to the system of reservations. Caste is the essential pillar of the RSS’s its cherished Brahminical order so reservation continues to be an anathema. What makes the situation...

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