ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 22

Modi’s and Raje’s Deafening Silence Over Alwar Mob Lynching

Murderous attacks on Muslims by Hindutva mobs in the name of ‘cow protection’ – or other pretexts – have become grimly ‘normal’ in the past three years of Modi rule. A spate of statements by leaders of the BJP Government as well as a series of measures by BJP-led Governments to crackdown on beef and meat production and consumption have served as tacit green signals for these attacks. In the 2014 Parliamentary election campaign, Narendra Modi himself sought votes by stoking sentiments against animal slaughter and the meat industry, which he termed ‘pink revolution.’ In 2015, BJP Governments in Maharashtra and Haryana banned beef. Soon after, the lynch mob murders gained momentum. Following the formation of the Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh and its crackdown on slaughterhouses, the attacks in the name of ‘cow protection’ have once again gained momentum. In 2015, 60 year-old Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi was killed in Birloka village in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district after social media was used to spread rumours accusing him of slaughtering 200 cows for a feast. In 2015, Akhlaque was lynched to death at Dadri on the allegation that he had killed a cow and stored beef in his fridge; his son was grievously injured. Soon after, Noman Khan was lynched to death by a mob at Shimla that accused him of ‘cow smuggling.’ In 2016, cattle trader Mohammad Majloom and 12-year-old...

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Obituary

Com. Prayag Vishwakarma Comrade Prayag Vishwakarma breathed his last at 12.30 in the night of 18 April at the age of 50. Com Prayag joined the Party after his matriculation in 1983 and started participating in local struggles. Due to his involvement in anti-feudal peasant struggle he had about half a dozen false cases slapped against him. He spent 23 days in jail in 1997. He was again framed in the 1999 Usri carnage and spent 34 months in jail before he was released. Those were the days when police repression was at its peak in Arwal district and witch-hunting and third degree torture were used to create an atmosphere of terror. In 2000, he was once again falsely implicated after a fight with the Ranveer Sena. After being released from jail he used to throw himself with vigour into Party activities. Large numbers of people including leaders, traders, and people’s representatives participated in his last rites. The demise of two active and dedicated Party leaders, comrades Prayag Vishwakarma and Ashok Ram, in Arwal district within the space of two days has dealt a big blow to the Arwal District Committee. Both comrades were strong pillars of the Party and were engaged in Party programmes with a proper understanding of the changed circumstances in today’s new context. Com. Ashok Ram Com Ashok Ram of Kamta village in Kaler block...

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Fishermen’s struggle in Guntur

The Fishermen of Seethanagaram village in Thadepalli Mandal of Guntur district are agitating against the government’s decision to force them to vacate the shore where they have been halting their boats for several years. They started their protest on April 18 and their agitation is being supported by the CPI (ML) and CPI...

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Against CNT-SPT Amendments and Corruption in Panchayats

The CPI (ML) held a dharna at the Gumla Block HQ on 15 April 2017 on a 10-point charter of demands including roll back of amendments to the CNT-SPT Act and ending the rampant corruption at Panchayat and Block levels. Addressing the dharna District Secretary Gajendra Singh said that the fact that the amendments to the CNT-SPT Act had to be passed by-passing all democratic procedures is itself a proof that the Jharkhand government is a government of the corporate companies. Speaking at the dharna District Committee member Com. Lalsoy Bhagat said that development works at the Block and Panchayat levels are in the control of the BDO and the Mukhiya and therefore heavily under the influence of middlemen, giving rise to rampant corruption. Corruption cannot be ended unless people’s control is established on development...

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False Cases Against Rasoiyas and Jalsahiyas in Godda

False cases have been registered against 12 named persons (many of them women) and 100 unnamed persons because they were protesting in front of the Collectorate for minimum wages and against corruption in the Education Department under the joint banners of Rasoiya-Sanyojika Sangh, Jalsahiya Jila Samiti, Home Guard Sangh, AIPWA, and AICCTU. The CPI (ML) Jharkhand State Secretary comrade Janardan Prasad has also been named as an accused in this matter. The Sanyojika Sangh and Jalsahiya Samiti have said that if all the false cases are not withdrawn before 30 April they would launch an intense struggle and hold a protest march on 1 May after which a ‘Jail Bharo’ drive would be held. Jalsahiya Samiti Secretary Kiran Kumari said that they demand action against the guilty officials responsible for slapping the false cases. Home Guard Sangh State Secretary Manoj Kushwaha said that the Home Guard Sangh would start a dharna and indefinite hunger strike on these issues from 26 April in Godda. It is to be noted that on 12 April 2017, the dharna and protest march under the 5 joint banners were attended by large numbers of workers including hundreds of women and made the following demands: Rs 15,000 per month minimum wages; responsibility of toilet construction in villages to be given to Jalsahiyas; wage arrears to be paid to Rasoiyas and jalsahiyas; end violation of agreements...

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Dharna for Mine Workers Demands in Lohardaga

The CPI (ML) organized a march at Kisko Block headquarters in Lohardaga district on 29 March 2017 with a 9- point charter of demands. The march culminated as a dharna. The following demands were made through the dharna: strict implementation of safety rules in the Hindalco mines; legal action against the Mines Manager and Hindalco Manager responsible for the recent death of 2 workers in the Hindalco Pakhar Mines area; Rs 10 lakh compensation to each of the victims’ families; payment without delay of wage arrears of workers in various government schemes and Agriculture Insurance 2015; correction without delay of the numerous errors and anomalies during online uploading of peasants’ land records; ration cards for rural poor who have been deprived of this facility and a panchayat-based survey for implantation of old age/widow pensions; re-starting the suspended accounts of farmers of Tisiya, Salaiyya and Khadiya villages. The dharna was led by comrades Anant Prasad Gupta, Vishwanath Gupta, Mahesh Singh, Kamil Munda, Mujib Ansari and Bharat...

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Jharkhand Gramin Mazdoor Sabha Campaign

A Nukkad meeting was organized at Khairachatar under the banner of the Jharkhand Gramin Mazdoor Sabha to focus on the need to strengthen people’s power and defeat the criminal-politician-police. Recently a girl was raped in Harnad village in Kasmar block. When the matter gained prominence, the rapist was arrested but the local MLA helped the release of rapist after giving false assurance. Though an FIR was registered, the Mukhiya, Pramukh, caste leaders and elected representatives tried to suppress the whole matter leaving the girl’s father afraid and terrified. In this situation the Jharkhand Gramin Mazdoor Sabha came forward and its General Secretary Parmeshwar Mahto held a mass meeting in Singpur village demanding justice for the victim which was also addressed by Devdeep Singh Diwakar and Budhan...

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Cancellation of Ration Cards in Bhagalpur

Left parties staged a joint dharna in front of the Bhagalpur District headquarters against the cancellation of poor people’s ration cards and the rampant loot and corruption in the distribution of ration and kerosene. CPI (ML), CPI, and SUCI (C) activists participated in the dharna presided over by Comrades Mukesh Mukt , Ganesh Singh and Deepak Kumar Mandal. Addressing the dharna, Left leaders said that the governments in Delhi and Patna are demolishing the public distribution system and hitting the poor hard. The PDS is already rife with rampant loot and corruption. The poor never get their ration or kerosene on time; sometimes they are deprived of the ration rice for months, and when they do get it they are made to pay high prices. Dealers extort crores of rupees from the poor every month. Now there is a government conspiracy to cancel the ration cards of the poor. Unnecessary notices are being served on the poor to trouble them. Instead of strengthening the PDS and making rations available at affordable prices, the government seems determined to snatch away the right to food from the poor. A joint delegation of Left parties met the district official designated by the DM and submitted a 6-point charter of...

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AIKMS Campaign in Villupuram

A district level organising team of All India Kissan Maha Sabha (AIKMS) constituted in Villupuram decided to undertake a district wide propaganda campaign centring around peasants’ demands. As acute crisis engulfs the entire peasantry, several cases of suicides and shock deaths have also been reported in the district. There is a scarcity of drinking water. Though the district was announced as drought hit nothing has been done to mitigate the sufferings of the people. The campaign will culminate in a mass dharna on May 29 at Villupuram district...

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48th Foundation Day of CPI (ML) Observed

The 48th foundation day of CPI (ML) was observed on April 22 across states. The call issued by the Central Committee of the party was read out by comrades in various programmes. HARYANA: CPI (ML) activists organized a workshop on this occasion at the Karnal with a call to defeat communal forces by strengthening youth power and people’s protests to save democracy and the country. The workshop was conducted by Com. Mahendra Singh Chopra and addressed by Haryana in-charge Com. Prem Singh Gehlawat and other leaders. Com. Gehlawat said that the communal forces which are a grave danger to our country and democracy can be challenged only by strengthening people’s protests. It is to be noted that earlier this month Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer transporting milch cows to Alwar, was lynched to death by terrorists in the guise of ‘gau-rakshaks’. Before he died, Pehlu Khan named his murderers in the presence of a Magistrate; the medical report confirms that his death was due to beating. PM Modi has grandiloquently declaimed in speeches that these fake ‘gau-rakshaks’ should be dealt with severely by State governments and their names should be reported. However, the guilty are still absconding and the police are unable to catch them. To the contrary, a lady associated with the RSS-BJP has equated these gau-rakshaks to modern day Bhagat Singhs! The BJP is using such false...

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126th Ambedkar Jayanti Observed

The CPI (ML) had called for a campaign from 23 March (Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom day) to 14 April (Ambedkar Jayanti) against the increasing dangers of communal fascism, widespread attacks on dalits and minorities, exclusion of the poor and marginalized from the fields of education and employment, suppression of dissent and attempts to impose the Hindutva agenda in the country under the Modi government regime. At the conclusion of this campaign the 126th anniversary of Ambedkar Jayanti was observed on 14 April 2017 across the country and it was resolved to work towards the building of the India of Ambedkar’s dreams—a modern democratic India. BIHAR: Ambedkar Jayanti was organized in various districts of Bihar. It was observed as ‘Sankalp Diwas’ in Patna district. A total of 34 symposiums were held at the district level in Masaurhi, Fatuha, Sampatchak, Badh and Belchhi, and in a decentralized form at Dhanrua, Naubatpur, Daniyawan, Phulwari Sharif, Bihata, Maner and Punpun blocks. Party General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya’s speech given at the State conference in Sasaram was read out at these symposiums and it was resolved to strengthen the organization in order to fight against communalism and attacks on dalits and minorities and for land rights. In Patna city meetings were organized at Chitkohra, Ashiyana, Kankarbag Buddha statue and other places. A large number of people attended the programmes. Sankalp marches and meetings were organized at...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017