Vol. 20, No. 13

Protest in Salem demanding Rohith Act and Probe In Death of JNU student Muthukrishnan

A protest was jointly called by AISA, RYA, AISF and AIYF in JNU student Muthukrishnan’s home district Salem, Tamil Nadu against the systematic alienation of un-privileged students from higher education and denial of equal opportunity to them. The students and youth who joined the protest also demanded Rohith Act, and a thorough inquiry to probe JNU student Muthukrishnan’s death. Muthukrishnan had been active in the movement against UGC notification of 2016 which threatens to end the dreams of several youth belonging to marginalised backgrounds to pursue Higher Education and had also been actively writing against discriminatory viva voce weightage in entrance exams. The students resolved to carry forward Rohith and Muthukrishnan’s dream of a socially just education...

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Dharna on the Issue of Farmer’s Suicide in Rajasthan

Driven to despair by the burden of bank loans and the constant pressure from bank officials, Nagarmal Meghwal, a farmer from Sonthli village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, committed suicide on February 20. Farmers sat on dharna in front of the State Hospital at Gudha Gorji for 3 days, and people’s representatives led by Nawalgarh Pradhan also sat on a hunger strike. People’s organizations including Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha, Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, Desh Bachao Kisan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, and Maru Pradesh Morcha also participated in the dharna. On 23 February, thousands of farmers gathered at the dharna venue outside Gudha Gorji Hospital. The State Sainik Welfare Board President Prem Singh Bajaur came to the dharna venue at 7 PM along with the District Collector and the SP. At the dharna venu,e the officials promised that the entire loan of the victim family would be waived and the widow of Nagarmal Meghwal would be given employment in the Anganwadi. Only after these assurances were made, the dharna was called...

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Rally in East Godavari Against Fake Tribal Certificates to Non Tribals

A rally was organized by CPI (ML) unit in East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh to protest against the abuse of Tribal certificates in the area of Rampachodavaram. The Mandal Revenue Officers and other concerned authorities have issuing fake tribal identity certificates for Non-tribals and thereby denying the tribal students and unemployed youth of their rights and opportunities meant for them. The certificates while being issued to the non tribals, are being denied to the deserving tribes locally as a result of which the non Tribals are making use of the provisions and opportunities that are meant to benefit them. The rally was organised at Rajavommangi Mandal of east Godavari...

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Baghmati Dam Construction Stayed Under People’s Pressure

Thousands of workers, farmers, and common citizens blocked the NH 57 at Benibad (Muzaffarpur) and NH 50 at Vishupur (Darbhanga) on 9 March 2017 on the issue of stopping work on the destructive Baghmati dam construction, responding to a call by the CPI (ML) and the ‘Chaas Vaas Jeevan Bachao-Baghmati Bachao Sangharsh Morcha’. Earlier, about 5000 people led by Comrades Dhirendra Jha, Laxmeshwar Mishra, Jitendra Yadav and Krishna Mohan blocked the NH-57 at Benibad, paralyzing traffic in several districts. Com Dhirendra Jha said that some time ago a satyagraha had been held on the issue of stopping the dam construction, review of the project, and taking back the false cases slapped on the agitators, after which the DM had given the assurance of staying the dam construction work but he went back on his word and the construction work continued; the people’s anger against this broken word has resulted in today’s blockade. He said that the BDO had come to the venue on behalf of the DM and assured that the construction work would be stopped, after which the road block has been ended. Morcha convener Jitendra Yadav announced that a ‘Jansunwai’ (people’s hearing) would be held in Patna on 29 March. The Darbhanga blockade was led by Comrades Baidyanath Yadav, Sunil Yadav, Pappu Paswan, Surendra Paswan, Lallan Choudhury, Shivsagar Choudhury and...

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Reliance Jio Workers Protest in Jaipur

As per the decision taken earlier, hundreds of JIO workers protested on March 19 in front of the Reliance JIO Jaipur office situated at VKI Road No. 12 against the illegal retrenchment of several workers over the past one year, especially after the successful launch of Reliance JIO. The retrenched workers were joined in the protest by current workers who are also in imminent danger of retrenchment. The main demands of the workers are: reinstatement of the retrenched workers or payment according to law; overtime payment; provident fund; ending irregularities in salary payment; basic workplace facilities; and implementation of labour laws. Under pressure from the previous day’s announcement that the protest would begin at 6 AM, the management changed the shift timings from 6-8 AM to 9 AM. In spite of this and attempts by the management to lure the workers, about 200 workers participated in the protest. After intervention by the administration a 6 member delegation comprising Rahul Choudhury, Khem Singh Shekhawat, Dushyant Khuteta, Vikram Singh, Dipendra Singh Shekhawat, and Sunil Kumar met the management for talks which lasted for 3 hours. A 13-point demand letter was then prepared for submission to the Reliance JIO management. However, Reliance JIO refused to officially accept the letter of demands saying that the workers were employed by NSB BPO Solutions Pvt Ltd. This came as a shock to the workers because...

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Bihar State Local Bodies Workers Association 10th State Conference

The Bihar Rajya Sthaniya Nikaaya Karmachari Mahasangh held its 10th State conference on 25-26 February 2017 in the Niren Hari auditorium at Swapan Mukherji Nagar, Raksaul. The conference began with a rally from the railway station in which delegates, guests and local sanitation workers including 100 women and their family members participated in large numbers.  The rally, resonating with slogans and festooned with red flags, passed through the town and arrived at the conference venue. The open session of the conference started with tributes being paid to all the martyred comrades and flag hoisting by Nikaaay Karmachari Mahasangh President Com. R.N. Thakur. Inaugurating the session, AICCTU General Secretary Com. Rajiv Dimri said condemned the anti-worker policies of the Modi government and called for a strong struggle against the government to save livelihoods and employment. He stressed the need to agitate against the contract-system for the regularization of sanitation workers. The session was also addressed by AIARLA State Committee member Com. Virendra Gupta, Com. Arjun Singh, construction workers’ leader Com Rajesh Kumar, and others. Inaugurating the delegates’ session, All India Construction Workers Federation General Secretary Com S. K. Sharma said that workers must arm themselves with political consciousness in order to fight the anti-worker policies of the Modi and Nitish governments. Mahasangh General Secretary Shyam Lal Prasad and Treasurer Chandra Kishore Prasad presented the work report and accounts report respectively....

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Protest Against Land Grab in Guntur District

A protest rally and dharna of poor peasants under the leadership of CPI (ML) was organized on 20 March in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. The rally and dharna were in protest against land grab by the henchmen of TDP MLA from  Vinukonda constituency. The protest was registered outside the Mandal Revenue Office in Vinukonda. Comrades Nagmani, Ramdev, Anjaneyulu, Prabhakar and other district members of CPI (ML) addressed the agitators and submitted memorandum to the mandal Revenue...

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Bihar Land Rights Satyagraha to mark Champaran Satyagraha Centenary

CPI (ML) State Secretary, Com. Kunal, AIARLA National General Secretary Com. Dhirendra Jha and Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha National General Secretary Com. Rajaram Singh have issued a joint statement to say that these three organizations will hold a state-wide land rights week from 25-31 March 2017 to mark the Champaran Satyagraha centenary year. Com. Kunal said that today the Bihar government is trying to end the inherent identity of Champaran and publicize it as a a mere tourist attraction, whereas our Party will observe the centenary year of the Champaran Satyagraha by observing it in its true identity. The Champaran Satyagraha is an example of the historic fight of farmers against the British Raj and its atrocities. This fight continues even today. It is the biggest irony that lakhs of families do not have land to live on, and more than 60% people are landless. Nitish Kumar, following the footsteps of his predecessors, has washed his hands of land reform. Not only are the poor and dalits deprived of their right to thousands of acres of ceiling, bhoodaan and other such lands, but they are even being driven away from their ancestral lands. In this situation, CPI (ML) has called for observing the Champaran Satyagraha centenary as the year of land reform agitations. The land reform satyagraha is being organized from 25-31 March with the following demands: implement land...

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AIPWA Vidhan Sabha March in Bihar

Thousands of women demonstrated under the banner of AIPWA in front of the Chief Minister on 19 March on the issues of education for women students, especially from dalit and weaker sections, increasing violence against women and attempts by the administration to shield the culprits, and justice for the victims. The protest march started from Gate Public Library, proceeded to the Vidhan Sabha and culminated in a meeting at Gardanibagh addressed by AIPWA leaders Comrades Meena Tiwari, Shashi Yadav, Saroj Choube, Anita Sinha, and Sohila Gupta, Rita Barnwal, Savitri Devi, Madhuri Gupta, Madhu, Indu Singh, Sona Devi, Pramila Devi, Sanichari Devi, Malati Ram, Juhi Alam, as well as Kusumi Devi, mother of Dika Kumari, the student killed recently in a Bihar school. The speakers said that contrary to the Nitish government’s claims of empowering women, they are actually being attacked in various ways. Lack of adequate number of schools, lack of facilities in existing schools, insufficient number of higher education institutes in districts and inability of guardians to send their daughters to cities for higher education, and paucity of infrastructure and teachers in district level institutions are serious deterrents to women’s education in the State. Moreover, several cases of rape, murder, death due to lack of medical facilities, and molestation have come to light in Ambedkar and Kasturba Vidyalayas. In the Dika rape and murder case the police failed...

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AICCTU Unions in TN in Solidarity with Convicted Maruti Workers

On 17 March, AICCTU units in Tamil Nadu organised a day long fasting programme at Ambattur and Chennai  in support of Maruti workers and against their conviction by sessions court. Workers from On Load Gears, Ti Diamond chain, Sanmina, C&F automotive and Oragadam took part in the programme. AICCTU state secretary Com. Palanivel presided over the programme. Com. Kumarasamy, National President of AICCTU, Com. A. S. Kumar, state president of AICCTU and Com. Sekar, District Secretary of CPI(ML) addressed the participating workers. Workers boycotted food inside the factory. Workers from Sai Meera and Caterpillar also joined the fast. Com. Gunabalan, one of the Pricol 8 who was in prison and later acquitted by High Court also shared his experience. In Coimbatore, workers in Pricol Plant 1 and 3 and Shanthi Gears boycotted food in solidarity with Maruti workers and held demonstrations in front of their respective gates during the lunch time. Com N. K. Natarajan, national secretary of AICCTU, Com. Saminathan, General Secretary and Com Jaya Prakash, Treasurer of Pricol union addressed the...

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Adityanath As UP CM Exposes Communal Core Of Modi’s Pro-Corporate ‘Development’ Agenda

The BJP won decisive victories in the Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. However, in Goa, the mood of the mandate was certainly against the ruling BJP, with six of eight sitting BJP Ministers including the outgoing CM losing the elections and the Congress emerging as the single largest party. The BJP however effected a virtual coup in Goa, patching together a post-poll coalition with the legislators of the Gowa Forward Party that had projected itself as a staunchly secular party, as well as the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and several other MLAs who had contested the elections on a specifically anti-BJP plank. In a shocking breach of propriety, the Goa Governor admitted that she consulted the Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley before choosing to invite the BJP to form Government in Goa. In Manipur also, where there was a hung Assembly with the Congress as the single largest party, the BJP cobbled together an opportunist post-poll alliance with some MLAs to stake claim to form government, with the cooperation of the Governor. In Uttar Pradesh as well, the BJP’s choice of Chief Minister amounts to an attempt to manipulatively interpret the mandate as being for an explicit agenda of aggressive Hindutva. The BJP’s poll campaign sought a mandate based on overt promises of pro-poor ‘development’ and ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ (Inclusion and Development For All),...

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