ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 09

Aipwa Agitation In Puducherry

Puducherry Unit of AIPWA held an agitation on 14 February demanding closure of liquor shops on National and state highways as per directives. A large number of women assembled in front of the State Excise department office. They raised slogans against Narayanasamy government’s inaction in implementing the Supreme Court Order. The agitators also demanded immediate permanent closure of all arrack shops in entire UT of Puducherry. The other demands of the agitators were: Open the IMFL shops only five half days in a week. Compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs to the family members in which a member dies due to chronic alcoholism. Denial of bail to those who were involved in child rape and cancellation of all bail bonds granted. Protection of women from chain snatchers. Immediate arrest of all criminals involved in gang rape of minor Ariyalur Nandhini. Balasubramanian, State Secretary CPI(ML), T. Gowri, State Secretary AIPWA, Motilal, Vice President AICCTU, P. Murugan, Construction workers’ leader, R. Jeyaraj, RYA, D. Govindaraj, AISA, A. Lourdmary, AIPWA addressed the...

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Dharna in Hyderabad Against Modi Government’s Policies

A dharna was called by CPI(ML) in Hyderabad to protest against the anti-people policies of the Modi government which have caused a havoc on the lives of people especially the poor and marginalised. The protestors criticised the Modi government’s demonetization whose ill effects on lives and livelihoods refused to subside even after nearly 3 months of the announcement of...

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CPI(ML) team Visits Phulwarisharif to investigate killing of Chandan

The CPI(ML) has condemned the killing of Chandan, a 20-year-old youth in Phulwarisharif who reportedly informed the police of illegal liquor trade. An inquiry team led by MLA Mahboob Alam visited the spot and demanded a high-level enquiry into the incident as the purported reasons for the murder lack credibility. While it is true that liquor is being manufactured in the locality, there is no proof that this was being done in the house where murder took place. That family is engaged in the wood trade and allegations of liquor manufacture do not appear credible. The other reason given for the murder that a cricket ball entered the house also appears flimsy and baseless. Therefore, a proper enquiry must be held into the incident. The team also found that under pretext of this incident the houses of mahadalits, poor and very backward communities settled for years on the banks of the canal have been burnt and destroyed, and this was done in the presence of the police. The people have been forced to flee and the locality wears a deserted look. The Party demands that the government should give these people homestead lands and should rehabilitate the displaced people. The government should also give adequate compensation to Chandan’s family and the families of the poor whose homes have been burnt or destroyed should also be compensated and rehabilitated. 15...

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AIPWA Founding Day Celebrations in Srikakulum

On 12 February, the foundation day of All India Progressive Women’s Association was observed at the historic village ‘Boddapadu’ of Palasa mandal of Srikakulam district. Com. Aruna, State President of AIPWA, Andhra Pradesh hosted the AIPWA flag and addressed the members. She criticized the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu for failing to fulfil his election promises to the people. She said that the CM had reduced the AP government to an event management firm, and his own role to an events manager as he was busy organising events one after another in AP while failing to address the everyday concerns of the people of the state. With the active support from Modi government, the AP state government was spending lakhs of rupees on his personal and party advertisements. However, when Anganwadi women workers asked for their rightful wages the government sent the police force to bulldoze their protest. Com. Nagamani, state AIPWA secretary, Com. Vijaya, T. Varalakshmi, Tulasi, Anapurna and Jogiswari participated in the founding day...

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CPI(ML) Uttar Pradesh Writes to CEC for BJP’s Violation of Model Code of Conduct and Communal Polarization

CPI(ML) has strongly condemned the attempts by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to influence the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 through communal polarization. Com. Ramji Rai, UP state secretary pointed out that the BJP leaders were raising issues targeting a particular community during their election campaign, inciting religious passions in their speeches and violating the election code of conduct. He also wrote to the CEC drawing the attention of the Election Commission to the following points: 1. The BJP says in its manifesto that it will make an “Anti-Romeo Squad”. Though BJP President Amit Shah says that this is for the protection of girl students in educational institutions Sunil Bharla, one of the national co-conveners of their party, is openly giving the reference of “Love Jehad” in context of the Muzaffarnagar riots and saying that this squad is for protecting Hindu women against Muslim boys. 2. BJP star campaigner Yogi Adityanath is also openly citing the dangers of “Love Jehad” in his campaign speeches and giving this same definition of the “Anti-Romeo Squad”. Going further, he is indulging in spreading communal poison through his election rallies to further polarize the atmosphere in Western Uttar Pradesh which is already in the grip of communal tension. In this attempt he has fanned the issues of the Ram Mandir, rumours of migration from Kairana, closure of slaughter-houses etc. Similarly, on the final...

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Sangharsh Yatra in Ranchi

The CPI(ML) Sangharsh Yatra in protest against the amendments to the CNT-SPT Act and to demand ownership rights to gair-majrua and forest lands, was held from Ulihatu to Ranchi in front of the Raj Bhavan on 8 February 2017. The Yatra witnessed participation by thousands of people including adivasis, Sadans (non-adivasi original Jharkhnandis), and urban poor. A 7-point charter of demands with 50,000 signatures was submitted to the Governor. The Sangharsh Sabha held in front of the Raj Bhavan began with tributes and a 2-minute silence for late Com Srilata Swaminathan and the martyrs of Bundu, Gola and Badkagaon police firings. The meeting was addressed by former MLA Vinod Singh and other leaders. The speakers said that the BJP government in the State has perpetrated the most of attacks on adivasis and their land, Tapkara, Koyalkara, Khunti, and Bokaro incidents being some examples. The CNT-SPT Act has been secured after long struggles like the Santhal agitation and the Birsa Ulgulan, and we will not allow the Raghuvar government to snatch away the Jal-Jangal-Jameen (water, land, and forests) of Jharkhand and hand them to corporate houses. The government’s global investment summit is a fresh chapter in the series of land loot. We have seen that the displaced receive lathis instead of employment and compensation. The issues of workers and farmers are missing from Raghuvar-Modi’s “achhe din”. MNREGA wages are far...

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CPI(ML) Protests Demolition of Residential Colony in Karnal

CPI(ML) activists held a dharna in front of the mini Secretariat in Karnal on 16 February against the wrongful action of demolition in Baba Ramdev Colony by the Government. Addressing the dharna, Haryana CPI(ML) leader Prem Singh Gehlawat said that the recent action of the government in demolishing houses and shops in Baba Ramdev Colony is an anti-people and highly condemnable step. He demanded that the government should pay compensation for the houses and shops demolished and give a guarantee of housing to the affected people. He said that if the government wanted to carry out such a step it should have acted against the land mafia who are flourishing under the government’s protection. Instead, the government is demolishing the modest houses and shops built by the common people with their hard-earned money. He stressed that the CPI(ML) would continue to fight for the rights of the common and working people. Many party leaders and people from different walks of society attended the dharna and expressed their condemnation of the government’s anti-people action. At the conclusion of the dharna a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister of Haryana through the Deputy Commissioner, Karnal. The the dharna were conducted by CPI(ML) District Secretary Mahendra Singh...

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Ranchi District Conference of AIPWA

The 5th AIPWA Ranchi district conference was held on 12 February 2017 at the Com. Srilata Swaminathan auditorium in Com. Mahendra Singh Bhawan, Ranchi with a resolution of struggle against patriarchal society and Sanghi ideology and a call to strengthen the movement for women’s equality, freedom, rights, and social change for women’s empowerment. The conference, presided over by a 5 member team, started with tributes paid to Com Srilata Swaminathan and all martyrs for the cause of the women’s movement. Addressing the conference, observer Nita Vediya said that attacks and oppression on women are at a high in the Modi and Raghuvar governments. Poor and lower income working women are most affected by demonetization, skyrocketing prices, and unemployment. The irony of Jharkhand is that under all the governments since its inception women have borne the brunt of oppression and are still struggling on issues such as freedom from fear, safety, employment and migration. Inaugurating the conference, CPI(ML) district secretary Com. Bhuvaneshwar Kewat said that women are the most vulnerable section in Jharkhand. When even the women working in the Chief Minister’s Jan Samvad Centre are not safe, we can imagine the condition of women in the State. The State has become notorious for trafficking of women. Local leaders, police, and agents are in cahoots to exploit women, especially in adivasi areas. The ongoing global investment summit will serve to...

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CPI(ML)’s Adhikar Rally in Patna

Following nearly a week long yatras across the state of Bihar that started from Begusarai on 11 February, the Adhikar Yatra undertaken by CPI(ML) finally culminated in a massive Adhikar Rally at the Veterinary College grounds in Patna on 19 February 2017. The rally saw a massive gathering of people united in their fight for justice, rights, and freedom from oppression. The rally which began with an inspiring song by the Hirawal group was addressed by Party leaders, missing JNU student Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees and Dika Kumari’s mother Kusumi Devi, and leaders of Left parties including CPI(M) and CPI. Addressing the rally CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said that the country is passing through a bizarre phase. Najeeb, who came to JNU to study, disappears. Dika Kumari is raped and murdered in a hostel in Bihar and the Bihar government with its tall claims of social justice remains silent. Raju Hansda and Vinod Oraon are killed in the name of ‘liquor ban’ while the real culprits, the liquor mafia, continue to thrive. The need of the hour is a united struggle against injustice, and this rally is an initiative to fulfill that need. The country elected the Modi government to power in the hope of “achhe din” and bringing back black money instead the anti-people demonetization has broken the economy and brought dire distress upon the poor. The...

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Fresh Attack on Campuses

Last year, HCU followed by JNU were at the receiving end of a vicious attack by the Central Government, with the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula and the witch-hunt of JNU student activists. The IITs and FTII also were similarly attacked. The offensive was met with a powerful and inspiring resistance that fueled hope in the whole country. This year, once again, campuses are the receiving end of a concerted assault. As at HCU and JNU last year, the Sangh stormtroopers ABVP, confident of the protective hand of the powers-that-be on their heads, indulge in open violence to silence all progressive voices of dissent. In the latest instance, they attacked students and teachers participating in a seminar on “Culture of Protest” at Ramjas College, Delhi University, with bricks and stones. The pretext for this attack that speakers at the seminar included JNU activists Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid who were among those being pilloried as “anti-national” last year. Such attacks are not new: the ABVP has similarly disrupted screening of a film on Muzaffarnagar communal violence at Delhi University, and violently prevented women’s rights activist Kavita Krishnan from speaking at Lucknow University and journalist Siddharth Varadarajan from speaking at Allahabad University. The grimmest consequence of ABVP violence on campuses has been the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb following a thrashing by ABVP members. The capitulation to or cooperation of...

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