ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 16

OBITUARY : Com. Nakchhed Shah

CPI (ML) leader from Sarsiwan in Eastern Champaran, Com. Nakchhed Shah passed away on 19 February 2017. He was more than 90 years old and had been active in the communist movement for the past 70 years. Born in a poor Muslim family of agricultural workers, Com. Nakchhed joined the CPI in 1940 and was part of communist movements led by different generations. He opposed the opportunistic policies of the CPI in the 1970s and joined the CPI (ML). He played an important role in the Sathi Farm Struggle during the 1960s. He was a victim of repression by the Congress government and was jailed for a long period when he protested against police repression in Motihari. He played an important role in the land struggles against feudal forces in Dhokraha, Majholiya block for which he was sentenced to jail. He was beaten up badly by feudal forces in Bharwaliya. He took part in the protest against the Majholiya sugar mills for under-weighing of sugar cane and beat the Manger of the mill during the struggle, for which he was beaten and jailed by the police. He also agitated against feudal forces in his own village Semra and fought to make the village a place of dignity for the poor and oppressed. He went to jail several times and his home was attached many times, but he never forsook...

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Sankalp Sabha on the Martyrdom Anniversary of Com. Chandrashekhar

On the 20th Martrydom anniversary of Com. Chandrashekhar on March 31, a joint sankalp sabha was organised by AISA and RYA in Sariya, Bagodar. The Sabha was chaired by Com. Abhay Sahu and the proceedings were conducted by Com. Kush Kumar. The chief guest, Sandeep Jaiswal addressed the sabha and said that today we must learn lessons from Com. Chandu in order to be able to challenge the BJP-RSS agenda of saffronization of education and communalisation of educational institutes. There is a need to mass mobilise the students and youth of this country in this direction and we must accept this challenge. The convenor of the Sariya unit, Com. Sonu Pandey said that while there is nothing in the name of education in Jharkhand, massive riggings are taking place in JPSC appointments. When students and youth protest against these, lathis and bullets are being hurled at them.   To change these conditions, we will need to mobilise the students and youth and bring them to streets to protest. In Bagodar block, Com. Chandu’s martyrdom day was observed in Anwara Panchayat’s Kumhrabandh and a seminar organised on ‘Current Political Situation and the Role of students and...

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Land Struggle in Palamu District

Dominant and anti-social elements had forcibly captured the petrol pump land near Daltonganj taken on lease by Shahpur resident Divya Bharti. In spite of the Palamu District Deputy Commissioner twice issuing NOC and demarcation by Chainpur CO, the dominant section criminals refused to vacate and Divya Bharti could not take possession of the land. Divya’s father Ramlagan Bhagat who was an advocate is no more and Divya is a student at JNU. Divya sat on an indefinite hunger strike from 21 March 2017 in front of the Collectorate demanding possession of the land. AISA and CPI (ML) activists started mobilizing support for her and against the feudal-dominant criminals and a strong message on this issue went among the dalits and workers. The whole town was asking the question that when NOC and demarcation have been done, why is possession of the land not being given to Divya? The electronic media ‘Johar Palamu’ gave regular coverage to the hunger strike. Even then the Deputy Commissioner took no initiative in the matter. On 27 March, the 7th day of the hunger strike, the entire CPI (ML) Garhwa district committee led by comrades Kalicharan Mehta, Sushma Mehta and Kishore Kumar joined the hunger strike. Angry protests were held at the office of the Deputy Commissioner on a 7-point charter of demands including possession of the land for Divya and a resolution of...

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Sankalp Sabha in Beguserai in Memory of Martyrs

The CPI (ML) Beguserai district committee organized a Sankalp Sabha on 21 March 2017 to remember the martyrs at the Ballia Dharmashala Maidan. It was one year ago on this day that CPI (ML) leaders Com. Mahesh Ram and Com. Ram Pravesh Ram, heroes of the Maksudanpur Diyara land struggle, were killed by feudal forces. The Sankalp Sabha was addressed by Com Rajaram Singh and Com Shivsagar Sharma. Paying tributes to the martyrs, the speakers said that the struggle for social justice and land rights would continue in the face of all obstacles. The sacrifice of comrades Mahesh Ram and Ram Pravesh Ram would not go in vain. The right wing reactionary forces led by the BJP are making naked attempts to institutionalize corporate loot and inflict the agenda of a communal Hindu Rashtra on the country, and all democracy and justice loving people must unite and fight to defeat these forces. They cautioned that fresh attacks for land loot would soon be launched by pro-corporate forces, and we must oppose them by standing firm for land rights and land reform struggles. They said that our comrades’ martyrdom is creating a new energy in Eastern Bihar from Arariya, Purnea, Khagariya, and Bhagalpur to Beguserai. The need of the hour is to mobilize and organize the poor and the marginalized into a strong movement. The Sangh brigade is organizing all...

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Farmers’ Dharna against Land Destroying Punpun Canal Project

Farmers affected by the useless, impractical, and agricultural land-destroying Punpun branch canal project staged a dharna at the Masaurhi sub-divisional office under the leadership of the All India Kisan Mahasabha on 24 March 2017 and submitted a memorandum with their demands to the Chief Minister through the Sub-Divisional Officer. The Masaurhi sub-divisional officer held talks with the farmers on the 9-point charter of demands and promised to send their memorandum to the Chief Minister. The following demands were mainly raised during the dharna: withdrawal of the useless and destructive Punpun branch canal project and instead constructing dams on the Punpun at Tiskhora and the Dargha at Berra to make irrigation arrangements according to traditional aahar-payin (ponds and reservoirs) system; rejuvenating all government hand pumps; electrification of private hand pumps and free electricity; setting up farm-produce based industries; adequate number of cold-storage units for farm produce and proper storage for onions; farm yards for sale and purchase of farm produce on the panchayat level; government support price and bonus for all produce of farmers; subsidized fertilizers, seeds and other farm requirements at government shops similar to ration shops. The dharna was addressed by Kisan Mahasabha State Secretary Com. Umesh Singh and other leaders. The speakers said that farmers have to bear the brunt of government attacks along with natural calamities. The Nitish government’s tall promises since 2005 have all proved...

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CPI (ML) Condemns Uttarakhand Government’s Decisison To Appease Liquor Mafia

The CPI (ML) Uttarakhand State committee has strongly condemned the Trivendra government’s move to convert State highways into District roads in the interest of the liquor mafia and said that this is a direct insult to the people’s mandate. Trivendra-led BJP Government in Uttarakhand clearly seems to be dedicated to working in the interest of the Mafia. State Standing Committee Member Com Purushottam Sharma stated that soon after coming to power the Trivendra government has crossed all limits of decency by establishing close relations with the liquor mafia. He said that the government has not only stripped the State highways of their name and converted them into District roads, but also plans, at the behest of the Modi government, to send a proposal to the Centre for converting National highways into State highways so that they can also later be converted into District roads. He said that this is a cunning trick by BJP State governments to flout the Supreme Court directive that liquor shops should be removed from National and State highways. This is the same BJP government which had earlier protected liquor mafia baron and BJP Rajya Sabha member Vijay Mallya (after he refused to repay bank loans worth 9 thousand crores) and helped him to escape from the country and then took a stay order from the Supreme Court against the Uttarakhand High Court’s order for...

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Sankalp Sabha on the 4th Death Anniversary of Com. Doman Mahto

A Sankalp Sabha was organized on 1 April 2017 in Dama (Aura) in Bagodar (Giridih)on the 4th anniversary of Com. Doman Mahto’s death. Com. Doman had always been at the forefront of social and political struggles. The meeting was attended by hundreds of people from the villages including women and children. Addressing the meeting, Com. Vinod Singh said that Com Doman Mahto was always active in people’s struggles and stood with the rural poor at all times. He mobilized the villagers and women and led their protest against police repression in the Dama incident, for which he, along with a dozen other activists, had to undergo imprisonment. Even today one of his comrades is serving life sentence in this case. He said that the true tribute to Com Doman would be to carry forward his struggle against the communal and pro-corporate policies of the BJP...

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15th Martyrdom Anniversary of Com. Laldhan Mahto Observed in Bagodar

Com Laldhan Mahto was shot to death in cold blood in his village Ghaghri on 4 April 2002 by the police during the Giridih bandh to protest against the police Raj and pro-corporate policies which the BJP government had been imposing on the State ever since its inception in 2000. The CPI (ML) and Com. Mahendra Singh were leading a strong movement against this. Com Mahendra Singh had become a popular and well-known people’s leader in Bagodar and Com. Rajkumar Yadav was attaining popularity in the Rajdhanwar Assembly constituency. Babulal Marandi and Rabindra Rai felt threatened by the rapid advances of the CPI (ML) in the entire Giridih. They responded with a two-pronged attack: arresting prominent party leaders; and police repression and killing of party activists. Com. Rajkumar Yadav was arrested on 2 April 2002 and Com. Laldhan Mahto was killed. Com. Mahendra Singh was arrested during the protest against his arrest on 4 April. On the 15th anniversary of Com Laldhan Mahto’s martyrdom the CPI (ML) organized a rally which started from GT Road and culminated in a meeting at Bhandar Tola Middle School where Com Laldhan had been a teacher. The meeting was addressed by Com Vinod Singh, Com. Rajkumar Yadav, Com. Pooran Mahto, Com. Parmeshwar Mahto and other leaders. The speakers said that the Modi and Raghuvar governments are attacking people’s livelihoods and lives and facilitating...

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Jansunwai in Patna on Bagmati Dam & Embankment Issue

The Bagmati Sangharsh Morcha organized a Jansunwai (people’s hearing) in Patna on 29 March 2017 as part of the ongoing issue on putting a stop to the embankment construction on the river Bagmati and the constitution of a review committee to review the project. Several people including well-known river expert Dinesh Kumar Mishra, professors, water activists, engineers, AIARLA and CPI (ML) leaders, and people affected by the embankment construction participated in the Jansunwai. Morcha convener Jitendra Yadav and other speakers said that due to the changes in structure and flow of the Bagmati over the past 50-60 years, the old project has become irrelevant and causes rather than reduces flooding and water stagnation. The embankment constructions in Muzaffarpur district has caused the flow of several off-streams of the river, and will result in problems for those residing within the embankment as well as outside it. The villagers have therefore asked for a review of the project but even this minimum demand is not being addressed by the government. They pointed out that the Bihar government has no concrete water management plan and the embankment construction will only result in wastage of water and accumulation of silt. They urged women among the affected public to come forward and take the reins of the struggle in their hands. They said that the government must appoint a pro-people review committee to look...

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Statement on Srinagar By-poll

Indian Governments often like to claim Kashmiri participation in elections as a vote of confidence for India’s Kashmir policy and for Indian democracy. By the same yardstick, the abysmally low 7% vote in the Srinagar bypoll must be seen –in continuation of last year’s civilian resistance – as a decisive no-confidence vote for the Modi Government’s Kashmir policy. The Government’s denial of any political foundation of the Kashmir issue; its insistence on equating Kashmiri civilian protests with terrorism; and its brutal crackdown on Kashmiri protesters that blinded hundreds of Kashmiri youth all flow from doctrine recommended by the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. The 7% voter turnout is a resounding rebuff by Kashmir of the Doval doctrine, as well as an expression of anger by Kashmiris against the betrayal of Kashmiri aspirations and sentiments by the ruling PDP as well as Opposition NC. Along with the pointedly low voter turnout, it is a brutal comment on the state of democracy that 8 Kashmiri civilians including very young people were shot dead by security forces during the bypoll. Rather than blaming the Kashmir situation on a ‘foreign hand’, India would do well to acknowledge the political message of the 7% vote percentage which exposes the hollowness of the fiction of Kashmiri confidence and trust in India’s democratic process. It is urgently required that the Indian Government accept the...

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Statement on Chemical Attack in Syria and US Military Intervention

The chemical bombing of civilians in the Syrian town Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017 is a heinous war crime. The perpetrators of this grave crime must be identified and prosecuted by a credible probe. If the civil war situation inside Syria makes a credible internal probe difficult, an international probe is called for. The authoritarian Assad regime in Syria faces a long-standing opposition, resulting in the current civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria. While the civil war and anti-Assad rebellion does have multiple players including terrorist outfits aided by the US, the brutal strikes against civilians by the Assad regime cannot be justified in the name of a ‘war on terror.’ Nor must the crisis in Syria be used as a pretext for a US-led war on Syria. The Trump regime’s missile strike on Syria and the growing consensus in the US ruling class for a war on Syria must be firmly opposed. Instead of imperialist wars and US and Russia meddling in Syria, a UN-monitored process for a political solution to the civil war in Syria is called...

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Reassert Dr Ambedkar’s Vision For India

As we approach the 126th Birth Anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, we can see how Dr Ambedkar’s call to ‘Educate, Agitate, Organise!’ is under an all-round attack by the Modi-led Central Government and other State Governments, which are instead replacing that call with the motto of ‘Exclude, Alienate, Oppress.’ At the same time we repeatedly see attempts by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cynically appropriate and distort the legacy of Dr Ambedkar to “synchronize” it with the Hindutva agenda of the RSS. In the latest instance of the Central Government’s offensive against students, students of Panjab University, Chandigarh who were protesting steep fee hikes have been subjected to a brutal lathicharge by the Chandigarh Police. The Chandigarh Police also slapped sedition charges on 66 students, though it reportedly withdrew those charges subsequently. The Chandigarh Police comes under the Home Ministry, indicating that the assault on students comes with the approval and on the orders of the Modi Government. Meanwhile, the attack on other Universities continues unabated, with massive seat cuts in MPhil/PhD research seats in JNU and other Universities; steep cuts in fellowships and scholarship; and the attempted disintegration of the largest Central University, Delhi University to make way for self-financing “autonomous” colleges. Meanwhile SC/ST students in schools all over India are being subjected to caste, class and gender atrocities. There are moves to forcibly saffronise education in...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017