ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 27

Presidential Election 2017: Save The Highest Constitutional Post From RSS Ideology

The stage is now set for choosing a new occupant for the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Before declaring its candidate, senior BJP leaders and members of the Modi cabinet Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu visited the offices of the Congress and even the CPI(M) to appeal for a consensus. All that the Congress said in public was that the BJP should first propose a name before seeking consensus. In another highly questionable gesture, incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee invited RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat for a lunch at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. With the opposition thus making it a BJP prerogative to set the tone and declare its Presidential candidate, the BJP sprung a surprise by choosing Ramnath Kovind, the current Bihar Governor and former Rajya Sabha MP for two successive terms from 1994 to 2006, as its nominee for Raisina Hill. The Congress-led UPA belatedly announced the candidature of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, but by then three southern regional parties, AIADMK, TRS and YSR Congress as well as the BJD of Odisha and even JDU which is sharing power with the RJD and the Congress in Bihar had pledged their support for Ramnath Kovind. The BJP propagandists are projecting Kovind’s nomination as a proof of the Sangh Parivar’s respect for Dalits and poor farmers of the country. In other words, the Presidential election is being used as a damage-control exercise to...

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Citizens Protest in Patna Against Undeclared Emergency

Citizens marched in Patna on 25 June 2017 against the Modi government’s attempts to impose an undeclared emergency in the country. Leaders and activists of various organizations gathered at Kargil Chowk (Gandhi Maidan) and resolved to protect the constitution and democracy against autocracy. A march to save democracy and the Constitution was also held at Darbhanga by a call was made to escalate the struggle against communal-fascist forces. The protest in Patna was led by leaders from AIPWA, AICCTU, RYA, CORUS, AISA, and CPI(ML). The speakers said that Mohammad Akhlaq, Majloom Ansari, Imtiaz Khan, Pehlu Khan, Sheikh Naeem, Mohammad...

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‘Save Constitution-Save Democracy’ March in Darbhanga

A ‘Save Democracy – Save Constitution’ march was taken out in Darbhanga on 26 June, starting from Polo Maidan, traversing through IG Office, Collectorate, and Laheriyaserai Tower and coming back to culminate in a meeting at the Polo Maidan. The march was led by CPI(ML) activists and raised slogans against the undeclared emergency, against the attacks on democracy and the Constitution, against the opportunistic Nitish government, against the attacks on educational institutions, and demanded answers from the Modi government on attacks on minorities and dalits and failure to address farmers’ concerns. Speakers at the meeting chaired by Laxmi Paswan (who was jailed during the 1975 Emergency) said that the country is now in an undeclared emergency where all democratic institutions, the Constitution, educational institutions, minorities, dalits, adivasis, farmers, workers and the poor are being attacked. They said that this attack on the country’s freedom can be fought only by all pro-people forces coming...

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UP CM Adityanath Shown Black Flags in Darbhanga

UP Chief Minister Adityanath was shown black flags in Darbhanga by students who took out a march against attacks on students, dalits and minorities in UP. AISA and AISF protested in MLSM College by taking out a march with black bands tied on their foreheads. The march started from SM College and proceeded through Radio Station, High Court Chowk and Lalit Narayan Mithila University gates where there was a clash with the police and the Sadar DSP arrested and jailed some protesters. During the march the students raised slogans against the Adityanath government, for the release of the arrested Lucknow University students and Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar, and for justice for the dalits of Saharanpur. The march was led by AISA, AISF and RYA leaders Sandeep, Mrityunjay, Mrinal, and Kesari Kumar Yadav. Speaking to journalists at the University thana Left student leaders said that the politics of riot and hate will not work in Mithilanchal and the BJP and Yogi government will be given a befitting reply from this soil. Students in large numbers participated in the...

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Hunger Strike for Housing to the Poor

The CPI (ML) and AIPWA started a 2-day hunger strike in Gardanibagh for the following demands: A minimum of 20 acres out of the 185 acres of building land between Road No 1 and 40 in Gardanibagh (Patna) to be reserved for permanent settlement of the poor; put a stop to displacing and evicting the poor without first making alternative arrangements; reinstate the stopped distribution of ration-kerosene; compensation for destroyed huts of the poor. Murtaza Ali, Rekha Devi, Babita Devi, and Radha Devi sat on the hunger strike in the presence of Com Amar, Shashi Yadav and KD Yadav. CPI (ML) State leaders spoke on the occasion of the hunger strike. The speakers said that many poor families have been long settled on parts of the 182 acres which are being taken for building construction in Gardanibagh. This hunger strike is being done to demand at least 20 acres for permanent settlement of those poor families. PB member Com Amar said that the government wants to evict the poor without proper alternative arrangements which is against Court directives. The meeting was conducted by State Committee members Ranvijay Kumar and Naveen Kumar. Com Rambali Prasad, Samta Rai, Anita Sinha, Akash Kashyap, Tempo Union leader Naveen Mishra, Ram Kalyan and others were present on the...

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CPI(ML) Mahadharna in Lucknow Against Yogi Government

The Uttar Pradesh CPI(ML) organized a Mahadharna on 15 June at the Laxman Mela Maidan on the banks of the Gomati in Lucknow against the increasing atrocities against dalits in Saharanpur and other parts of the State, violence against women, deteriorating law and order situation, communal polarization and attacks on democratic rights under the Yogi Adityanath regime. The chief speaker at the Mahadharna, CPI(ML) General Secretary Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya said that the ascension of Yogi Adityanath to the post of Chief Minister is a great misfortune for the State. A person with dozens of criminal cases registered against him should be behind bars, instead of ensuring that, the BJP has instead elevated him to the CM’s chair. The people of the country and the State want to know what action will be taken on Yogi in these cases. It is bizarre that Yogi himself as CM will now decide whether the files in these cases will move forward or not. The Yogi government is as communal as it is feudal. The Modi government imposed the note ban on the country and the Yogi government started its rule with the meat ban. The livelihoods of lakhs of people in the meat trade have been snatched away. RSS goons are openly indulging in goondaism. Feudal attacks were made on dalits in Saharanpur. Protesting students in Lucknow have been thrown into jail...

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Protests in Chhattisgarh against Cutting of Minimum Wages

On 1 April, the government of Chhattisgarh had raised the minimum wage however, it was reduced by Rs. 50 on 1 May under pressure from capitalists. A joint dharna was held by the trade unions on 19 May 2017 at Budhatalab, Raipur against the Chhattisgarh Government’s measure cutting the minimum wage. The dharna was addressed by labour leaders including comrades Brijendra Tiwari, Bhimrao Bagde, JP Nair, and Manoj Kosare from AICCTU. Trade unions and organizations including HMS, Chhattisgarh Shramik Manch, Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Daily Wage Workers’ Association, and Class III Government Employees’ Association participated in the dharna. Nagri Nikaay Janwadi Safai Kamgar Sangh (Municipality Sanitation Workers) held a conference on 25 May 2017 at Karma Bhawan, Supela, Bhilai. The conference started with tributes paid to comrades martyred in workers’ struggles, after which Com JP Nair read the CPI(ML) message delivered on the occasion of 50 years of Naxalbari. The conference was inaugurated by AICCTU National Secretary Com. Brijendra Tiwari. Earlier on 24 May a rally was taken out which culminated in a meeting at Ravan Bhata, Supela. The conference elected a 31-member National Executive with comrades Manoj Kosare and Gajanand Jangde as Secretary and President respectively. The conference resolved to fight for equal pay for equal work, implementation of labour laws, and for strengthening and extending the organization. AICCTU organized a workers’ rights conference on 4 June at Karma...

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Indefinite Hunger Strike Against Victimization of PRICOL Workers

PRICOL workers are being penalized for the ‘crime’ of showing solidarity with Tamil Nadu’s crisis-ridden farmers! Workers of PRICOL Limited went on a one-day strike on 25.04.2017 as a part of the call given by all Central Trade Unions in solidarity with the fighting farmers of Tamil Nadu in the background of the acute agrarian crisis. As punishment, the PRICOL Management illegally deducted 8 days wages for the 840 Pricol workers who participated in the solidarity strike. In protest, 16 workers in Coimbatore and another 6 in Chennai are on indefinite hunger strike from 19 June 2017 onwards, demanding...

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Land Rights Satyagraha in Bhagalpur

The CPI (ML) organized a Satyagraha in front of the Jagdishpur Block headquarters in Bhagalpur on 9 May 2017 under the Land Rights Satyagraha with the landless poor calling for their land rights and resolving to fight for them. Earlier, hundreds of landless poor had taken out a rally from the Hospital Chowk, through the main Bazaar, culminating at the block headquarters. The rally held aloft red flag and raised slogans for 5 decimal land for all landless, implementation of land reforms and land ceiling Act, and calling for an end to corruption and loot in welfare schemes. The rally was led by comrades Mukesh Mukt, Sikandar Tanti andBirbal Kumar. Addressing the Satyagrahis, Com Mukesh Mukt and other speakers said that hundreds of landless families in the State are waging a struggle for housing land but the government is paying no heed in spite of having promised housing land for all homeless and landless. The Champaran Satyagraha had taken place for land rights but the Nitish government, while spending crores on the centenary, is running away from the issue of implementing land reforms. This is a betrayal of the people of Bihar. A delegation with a memorandum met the Jagdishpur Block Development Officer for talks. The BDO tried to evade the issue. When the delegation came out and reported the failure of the talks the Satyagrahis unanimously decided to...

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13th Martyrdom Anniversary of Com. Rameshwar Ravidas

The 13th martyrdom anniversary of Com. Rameshwar Ravidas was observed on 18 June 2017 at village Surunga in Baliyapur Block, Dhanbad district. The memorial meeting at Surunga began with garlanding and tributes at Com Rameshwar’s life-size statue at the memorial site. Com Rameshwar was a well-known labour leader in the Jhariya coal belt. He was himself a colliery worker. He was a Communist warrior dedicated to achieving political rights of the working class and was beloved of the colliery workers as an honest leader always ready to fight for justice. He was a member of the CPI (ML) Dhanbad District Committee. Addressing the memorial meeting the speakers stressed that just as there is an upsurge of dalit movement in Gujarat and Saharanpur (UP)in the face of the present situation of pro-corporate communal-fascist attacks, so also a fighting spirit of unity is being forged among dalits, Muslims and adivasis against fascist attacks in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Gujarat and other States. We must stress upon learning from the life of Com Rameshwar Ravidas in order to carry forward the fight in the path shown by Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh. The meeting concluded with a resolution to strengthen and extend the Party organization among the...

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A seminar on emergency in Karnal

A seminar on emergency was organised on 25 June in CPI (ML) party office in Karnal, Haryana. The chief speaker was CPI (ML) state in charge and the National Vice President of All India Kisan Mahasabha, Com. Prem Singh Gehlawat. The seminar was chaired by Com. Om Prakash Arya and conducted by Com. Mahendra Singh Chopra, state secretary. A cultural programme was also organised as part of the seminar. Some of the key concerns presented in the seminar included the complete indifference of the BJP led government in the centre and various states towards the countrywide anger against the killing of farmers in Mandsaur. PM Modi who is quick to tweet his condolences on loss of lives anywhere in the world, has been absolutely silent on killings in India- be it the killing of farmers in Mandsaur. It was further pointed out that cash crunch resulting from demonetization has given rise to agrarian crisis and the problems of farmers have only increased further. Two main demands have been in the centre of the current movements- loan waiver for the farmers and ensuring at least 50% profit. From Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra, Gujarat and several other states, the farmers’ movements are going stronger. The anger of the farmers betrayed by the government is finding expression. Historically, peasant movements have played a critical role in democratic advancement of Indian...

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National Convention of Workers to be held on August 8, 2017

A joint meeting of Central Trade Unions including- AICCTU, AITUC, AIUTUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, LPF, SEWA, TUCC and UTUC, was held on 2 June 2017 in Delhi. The trade unions attending the meeting expressed serious concern regarding the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the BJP led Central government. The policies of the government have led to rampant violation of labour laws and also several attempts to change the laws in order to benefit the companies at the cost of the rights of the workers. This is accompanied by aggressive moves to privatize all public-sector units. While on hand there have been drastic cut in the expenditure of welfare schemes, on the other hand we have witnessed entry of 100% FDI and private corporate sector in strategic sectors like railways, defence, port & dock and coal. Condemning the government for non-implementation of commitments given to the organizations of central government employees, the Central Trade Union Organisations also expressed solidarity with ongoing struggles of workers in various sectors. The CTUOs have decided that a massive National Convention of Workers will be held on 8 August 2017 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. A call has been issued by the CTUOs to all trade unions and workers in general irrespective of affiliations to join and participate in the convention and participate in deciding the next course of united...

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National Protest Day Against Mandsaur Firing

(More reports from the states) The 3rd Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha National Conference, standing in solidarity with farmers’ struggles in various States, had called for a countrywide protest day to be observed on 15 June 2017 against the Mandsaur firing. Three main demands were raised on this Protest Day: 1. Sack the Shivraj Chouhan led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh responsible for the killing of farmers; 2. Waive all farmers’ loans (bank loans as well as moneylenders’ loans); 3. Guarantee a profitable support price for all crops and implement the Swaminathan Commission recommendations. The following are brief reports of the protests organized in States not covered in our last issue: BIHAR: Protest marches, meetings, and effigy burnings of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and PM Modi were held across the State. Protest rallies and meetings were taken out at 10 places in Patna rural, out of which effigy burnings were also held at 6 places. Protests were held at Fatuha, Dhanrua, Paliganj, Dulhin Bazaar, Naubatpur, Punpun, Masaurhi, Bihata, Maner, and Bikram. In Patna City, a march was taken out from Patna Sahib Station culminating in a meeting and effigy burning at City Chowk. Protest marches and meetings were taken out at Nalanda, Nawada, Bhabhua, Jehanabad, Arwal, Dausnagar (Aurangabad), Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Potpur, Mahanar, Beguserai, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Jamui, Rohtas, Dihri, Buxar, Dumrao, Ara (Bhojpur), Siwan, Eastern Champaran, Western Champaran and other...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017