ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 26

Justice For Zafar: Freedom From Bullying

Mohammad Akhlaque, Majlum Ansari, Imteyaz Khan, Pehlu Khan, Sheikh Naim, Mohammad Halim, Mohammad Sajjad, Uttam Verma, Ganesh Gupta and now Zafar Hussein. Yet another horrific case of mob lynching, the second successive incident in Vasundhara Raje’s Rajasthan in last three months. The previous cases of lynching in UP, Jharkhand or Rajasthan were typically all triggered by orchestrated ‘rumours’ – whether of beef consumption, cattle-lifting or child-lifting. There was however no rumour that led to the lynching of Zafar Hussein at Pratapgarh in the early morning of June 16. Zafar had to pay with his life for trying to defend...

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CPI(ML) General Secretary Visits Pratapgarh

On 19th June, CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya along with CPI(ML) Politburo member Prabhat Kumar and Rajasthan State Secretary Mahendra Choudhury and Udaipur District secretary Chandradeo Ola and other Left leaders including veteran CPI leader and former MLA Com. Meghraj Tabad and Udaipur district secretary of CPI(M) Com. Mohanji Khokhawat and Comrade Tejki Bai, AIPWA Udaipur district secretary, visited the home of Comrade Zafar Hussein who was lynched to death on June 16th for resisting violence against women in the name of the Swacch Bharat campaign. The team visited Comrade Zafar’s home in the Bagwasa Kachchi Basti in Pratapgarh...

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Countrywide Protests Against Comrade Zafar’s Lynching

Responding to a call by the CPIML Central Committee as well as the All India Construction Workers’ Federation and AICCTU, protests were held all over the country to demand justice for Comrade Zafar, and to demand an end to mob lynching on various pretexts and tactics of public shaming and sexual harassment in the name of Swacch Bharat campaign. A protest demonstration was held at Delhi by AICCTU, AICWF, AISA and CPI(ML), and was addressed by the CPI(ML) State Secretary Ravi Rai as well as various activists of AICCTU, AICWF and AISA. Swami Agnivesh also addressed the protest. At...

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Nationwide Protests against Firing on Farmers in Mandsaur

The Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Mahasabha (AIKM) called for nationwide protests on 15 June against the firing on farmers in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh that led to the death of 6 farmers while several others were severely injured. The farmers had been protesting against the governmental apathy to the deteriorating conditions of farmers and the rapidly increasing incidents of farmers’ suicides. Protests were held in all states, here are few reports. In Haryana, the effigy of the Madhya Pradesh CM, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was also burnt and a mass meeting was held in Karnal. Addressing the protest, Com. Prem Singh Gehlawat,...

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AISA Protest against Scrapping of Biannual NET

It was through the notification published by CBSE dated 6th June that the students got to know that the upcoming NET exam will be held on 19 November 2017, which means the NET exam scheduled for July 2017 is being effectively skipped. It has been also reported in newspapers that the UGC has decided to reduce the cap of students qualifying for NET to 6%. Till the NET exam conducted in January, 2017, 15% of the eligible students were issued NET qualification. Thus, it can be seen that the scope of NET and JRF qualification is being drastically reduced by the UGC and MHRD silently. This move will gravely scuttle the opportunities of the students trying for teaching profession or aspiring to pursue higher research. Beside this, it is also important to note, as the JRF (Junior Research Fellowships) forms only a fraction of the number of NET qualification, with much less number of students qualifying for NET every year, the number of Junior Research Fellowships will also decrease. Thus, this is nothing but an attempt to impose a fellowship cut in higher education in a surreptitious manner. Further, with the 2nd June 2017 UGC notification that proposes to make NET qualification a mandatory criterion for enrolment in PhD in category-3 universities (a major chunk of the colleges/ universities in our country come under this category), this 6% cap...

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Charges against AISA activists in Garhwal for Anti-Liquor Protests

Since the day the Supreme Court ordered that liquor shops be shifted at least 500 metres away from highways, a state-wide anti-liquor movement has intensified in Uttarakhand. For a long time, women in Uttarakhand have been conducting a movement against state-encouraged alcoholism. However, instead from responding to the demands of women, the successive Congress and BJP governments in Uttarakhand, have only ensured that liquor shops are set up even in those remote areas where even water supply is yet to be properly ensured. Post the Supreme Court order, the anti-liquor movement has gained momentum to the effect that liquor distribution is becoming increasingly difficult. Unfortunately, the BJP government in the state, far from ensuring compliance with this directive has instead chosen to stand with liquor manufacturers and help them by converting national highways to state roads and state highways to district roads. In several places liquor shops are being shifted from highways to residential areas under the protection of BJP government and its MLAs. Units of CPI (ML) have been active participants in several of the anti-liquor protests. It is in this series of protests that AISA unit of Srinagar (Garhwal) participated in the anti-liquor protest of 12 June. When the activists protested against forcible opening of liquor shops, cases were filed against 23 people including AISA leaders Shivani Pandey and Atul Sati. Earlier too the BJP government had...

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Bihar Bandh to Protest against the Rigging in the Inter Exam Results

The left student and youth organisations in Bihar including AISA, AISF, SFI, AIDSO, RYA, AIYF, DYFI and AIYO called for Bihar Bandh on June 8 to protest against the massive rigging in the results of the Inter-Exam in the state. The effect of the Bandh was felt throughout the state. Owing to the Bandh the traffic on the railway traffic and the roads remained affected and in many places the markets remained closed. In several places, there were also clashes with the police and several student and youth leaders were arrested. In JP Golambar in Patna, the police lathi charged the students and also misbehaved with them. During the bandh, the rail operations were obstructed in Ara, Darbhanga and Samastipur. On the other hand, the road operations were obstructed and markets were shut down for several hours in Begusarai, Lakhisarai, Siwan, Chhapra, Gopalganj, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Madhubani, Buxar, Rohtas, Arwal, Jehanabad, Gaya and Sitamarhi. In Patna, around 11 am, a massive juloos was carried out by students and youth from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk. As soon as the juloos reached JP Golambar, a huge contingent of police under the leadership of town DSP Kailash Prasad attempted to stop them from proceeding further. The situation worsened when male police officers misbehaved with female students and when police station in-charge of Pirbahore and Gandhi Maidan tried to pull student and youth leaders...

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Farmers’ suicides in Uttarakhand and Jharkhand

The Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Mahasabha has held the Uttarakhand state government responsible for the suicide for Surendra Singh, a farmer from Doldungri village of Berinag block in Uttarakhand. The Kisan Mahasabha state President Com. Purshottam Sharma said that the farmers of the state were in a dire state owing to the anti-farmers’ policies of the state government. If the loans of the farmers are not waived off, there might be an increase in farmers’ suicide in the state. A fact-finding team from Kisan Mahasabha will soon visit Doldungri. Com. Purshottam also added that farmers are beginning to leave farming in the mountains due to the terror of wild animals. The little farming that is still possible on the river beds is also becoming vulnerable to attacks from wild animals. In the last years there has been a drastic reduction in the employment in rural areas under the MNREGA scheme and the ones who have found employment also have not yet received proper payments. The farmers in the state are facing a grave situation in absence of food and employment. In such a situation, they are unable to pay the loans. The All India Kisan Mahasabha has demanded- a compensation of 1 crore for the family of the victim, waiving off of all loans of the farmers in the state, security for agriculture from wild animals in mountain regions, guarantee...

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Protest against Police Inaction in case of Sexual Assault of a Tribal Woman

On May 2, 2017 a senior district coordinator tried to molest and assault a young tribal woman working as block coordinator in the PHED department in Ramgarh district. The woman managed to escape and filed an FIR against him in the local women’s thana. However, the police tried to suppress and deny the matter by intimidating and threatening her. During this period, AIPWA Ramgarh district secretary Comrade Nita and the office bearers of the Bediya Vikas Parishad issued written information to the SP, DC and the PHED minister about the same. However, even after 20-25 days, no action was taken against the accused. On 26 May 2017, with the initiative of AIPWA, a united protest march was taken out in Ramgarh by Bediya Vikas Parishad, Adivasi Samajik Sangathan, Bharat Jakat Manjhi Pargana Mahal, Adivasi Chhatra Sangh and other progressive citizens. The protestors remained unfazed by the heavy rains and hailstorm and raising loud angry slogans reached the Ramgarh block office. While addressing the protestors, Com. Nita said that the despite filing of the FIR no action was being taken against the accused since he belonged to the dominant caste and this will not be tolerated. She added that police administration had failed to find the killers of tribal girls Chandmuni Soren, Priya Murmu and Sonali Murmu. The protestors condemned the failure to act against the accused and demanded his...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017