ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 30

Amarnath Killings: Rebuff Communal And Divisive Propaganda

A heinous terrorist attack on 10 July killed seven Amarnath pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley. In an encouraging affirmation of humanity against hate, this attack has met with universal condemnation and protests by ordinary people from the Kashmir Valley to various Indian towns and cities. The 10 July killings are the first such terrorist attack on pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley in 17 years. Even at the height of the Amarnath land row protests in 2008, as well as massive civilian protests in 2010 and 2016, pilgrims to Hindu shrines were never targeted. The incident therefore marks yet another...

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Campaign in Delhi Against Mob Lynching

The CPI(ML), All India People’s Forum, AISA, AICCTU, NTUI, Building Workers’ Union, AIPWA, and Delhi Nagrik Manch have together launched a pledge-taking campaign all over Delhi to reaffirm Constitutional values and rebuff hate-mongering propaganda and mob-lynching. The campaign, which began on 15 July, will culminate on the country’s Independence Day, 15 August. As part of the campaign, activists and concerned citizens are speaking to individuals and groups of people in Delhi’s various settlements, slum clusters and streets, urging them to recognize the violent hate-mongering campaigns that seek to ‘divide and rule’ people’s unity. The campaign urges every citizen to pledge to uphold the values of humanity, democracy, diversity and dissent enshrined in India’s Constitution, and resist attempts to foment hatred and mob violence against vulnerable communities. The campaign has taken place in Jamia Nagar and Wazirpur Industrial Area and slum cluster, and plans to take place in several other parts of...

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‘Azaadi Kooch’ Marks One Year of Una Resistance to Gau-Goons

Marking one year since the public stripping and flogging of Dalits by a mob of cow-goons in Una, Gujarat, the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM) called for an Azaadi Kooch (March For Freedom) in Gujarat. Activists from all over the country, including RDAM leader Jignesh Mevani, Bihar AISA Secretary Shivprakash and President Mokhtar from Bihar, and National Vice President of AISA Farhan from Delhi; CPI(ML) activists Anwar Alam from Bihar and Aslam from Delhi; and RYA Vice President Navkiran Natt, as well as former JNUSU President Kanhaiyya Kumar and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Reshma Patel, activists of...

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Massive Left Rally in Kolkata Against Communal Violence

Thousands of people marched with colourful banners and posters, under the banner of Left parties in Kolkata on 12 July, to reaffirm and assert West Bengal’s legacy of communal har-mony and protest against recent incidents of communal violence at Basirhat, North 24 Par-ganas. The march was organised by 20 political parties including CPI, CPI(M), CPI (ML-Liberation), SUCI (C), and other Left parties, as well as some non-Left parties including RJD, and WB Jana-ta Dal. The procession marched from Mahajati Sadan through Chittaranjan Avenue and Chowringhee to Rani Rasmoni...

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Kisan Mukti Yatra Culminates at Parliament Street

The Kisan Mukti Yatra (organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti comprising 160 peasant organisations) which began from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh (where protesting farmers were shot dead by police) and covered Maharashtra, Gujarat, Ra-jasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana, reached Delhi and culminated in a massive Kisan Mukti Sansad (Peasant Liberation Parliament) at Jantar Mantar (Parliament Street). Thousands of peasants from all over the country participated in the Sansad. The All India Kisan Mahasabha leadership also participated in the Kisan Mukti Yatra and thousands of AIKM members participated in the Sansad. The Kisan Mukti Sansad was ad-dressed...

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Domestic Workers Protest in NOIDA: Face Repression, Eviction from Homes And Jobs

A domestic worker, Zohra, from Cooch Behar in West Bengal, was beaten and kept in illegal custody by her employers in the Mahagun Moderne apartments in Greater Noida. Her family members and other domestic workers protested by storming the Mahagun Moderne complex, raising slogans. Vandalism by some of the workers caused what even the police admit was mild damage. The police unleashed firing and lathi charge against the protesters. An FIR was filed by Zohra against her employers, while an FIR was also filed against protesters. Since then, the police has conducted indiscriminate raids to detain and arrest men...

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Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Workers Demonstrate

Hundreds of contract/outsourced workers of BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board) demonstrated on 12 July 2017, demanding minimum wages for workers engaged in Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP). The demonstration was organized by the AICCTU. The administration which had earlier disowned the workers, declaring that they would have nothing to do with ‘outsourced’ workers, was forced to accept responsibility and agree to ensure minimum wages and arrears from August 2016 onwards, to be paid in the August 2017 salary. Comrade Balan, all-India Vice President of AICCTU, led the demonstration, came down heavily on the Karnataka government and the BWSSB administration, and called for a strike that would disturb Bengaluru’s water supply if the workers’ demands for minimum wages were not fulfilled. Comrade Shankar said this is only a beginning of waves of struggles for regularisation of all contract workers. The Chief Administrative Officer came to the spot and addressed workers on issues of minimum wages, streamlining of working hours and OT wages if worked on holidays, Bonus, Same Pay for Same Work and...

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Contract Workers’ Dharna In Guntur

Municipal contract workers of Mangalageri in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh held a dharna at the Municipality office on 11 July, demanding that the State government scrap GO 279, promulgated by the Department of Municipal Administration, and provide salaries for the employees under GO 151. The GO 279 is aimed at displacing workers. The workers warned of a two-day strike if the demand was not...

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Crackdown On Peace March in Bihar Sharif: Nitish’s Bihar Government Behaves Like Modi’s

Hundreds of people gathered for an ‘Aman March’ (Peace March) in Bihar Sharid, Nalanda, Bihar against mob lynchings on 17 July 2017. But the local administration and police unleashed a crackdown on a peaceful demonstration. The demonstration had been called by the Insaf Manch (an organization known for its successful activism and advocacy for Muslim youth falsely framed in terror cases). It was a bannerless and silent demonstration, following the lead of the Not In My Name protests that are taking place all over India. The police arrested 27 teenagers who were on the way to join the protest....

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Various Protests Against Mob Lynching and Communal Violence

On July 14, 2017, thousands held a dharna in Mau, Uttar Pradesh organized by the Mau Nagrik Manch, with the slogan ‘Mau United Against Mob Lynching’. On the same day, the CPI(ML) Liberation held a procession in Naihati, West Bengal against the recent communal incidents in the state, stressing the need for peace, unity and harmony. A Sadbhavna March (March for Goodwill) was held in Ranchi on 6 July calling for peace against the growing incidents of mob lynching, including the killing of teenager Junaid in Bal-labhgarh and Alimuddin Ansari in Ramgarh, Jharkhand on 29 June. The March was called by Sajha Manch, of which Anjuman Islamia and Left activist Ibrar Ahmad and social activist Lalit Ojha are conveners. The March began at Shahid Chowk in Ran-chi, and culminated in a mass meeting at the Rajbhavan (Governor’s residence). The March was a silent one, but hundreds of placards gave voice to demands for a stop to mob lynch-ings, an SIT investigation into the Jharkhand mob lynching and time-bound punishment for the guilty, compensation for the victims’ families and for a robust campaign of peace and harmony against hate-mongering. Participants in the March included Simone Oraon, Jean Dreze, Professor Sajjad, scientist Dr Sushant Jha, Dayamani Barla, Bandhu Tirki, Ratan Tirki, Mahua Manjhi, Father Stan Swamy, Harminder Singh, PP Varma, Siraj Dutt, Aloka Ankita, Mohammad Asgar as well as CPI(ML) leaders...

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AIARLA Conference in Valsad

All India Agricultural and Rural Workers’ Association held its Valsad district conference in Gujarat on 12 July 2017. The conference began with a huge rally of agricultural workers against Modi government’s anti-agrarian workers and anti-adivasi policies and to condemn the lynchings of Muslims and dalits all over the country. The rally participants paid tributes to the 7 Amarnath pilgrims who were killed in the terrorist attack on 10 July; three of those killed and several of those injured were from Valsad district. The rally raised its voice against divisive hate-mongering and warned against attempts by the BJP and Sangh parivar to communalize the Valsad bandh that was being held against the Amarnath attack on the same day. The rally was addressed by CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya. He criticized the government for grabbing the adivasis’ lands despite the fact that forest regions of Gujarat fall under the purview 5th Schedule and their lands are protected. Adivasis under the CPI(ML) banner will continue to fight for land in this district. Atrocities on dalits have increased manifold in Gujarat. CPI(ML) activists are participating in the ‘Azaadi Kooch’ that is being held against last year’s atrocities on Dalits at Una for which the criminals are still not punished. He also hailed Kisan Mukti Yatra that began at Mandsaur and which had reached Gujarat on the same day that the rally was being...

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