Vol. 20, No. 31

Tank In JNU: Modi Government Is Waging War On India’s Universities

The JNU Vice Chancellor, at a political event commemorating ‘Kargil Divas’, requested the two NDA Ministers present to procure a decommissioned Army tank for the campus. He claimed that such a tank was needed to “inculcate love for the Army” among the students. On the same occasion, two of the speakers (former Army officers) congratulated the regime of the day for the “capture” of JNU and spoke of capturing other Universities next. This political event at JNU underlined the fact that the Government of the day and its political appointees and camp followers see themselves at war with India’s...

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Modi’s Israel Visit: A Betrayal of Democratic Principles

“I have to take care of interests of India. I need more water. Clean water. Where will I get it? Ramallah? No”: This is what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his recent visit to Israel. Netanyahu let slip this detail to reporters accidentally, because of a mic that inadvertently remained open. Modi, on his visit to Israel, made a conspicuous break with India’s long-standing foreign policy by failing to visit Palestine or to affirm India’s stance in support of a two-state solution. Modi’s remark as reported by Netanyahu reeks of disrespect and...

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Statement Of Solidarity With the Narmada Bachao Andolan

The CPI(ML) extends its full solidarity and support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan that for the past 32 years has waged an inspiring struggle to protect the environment and people’s land and livelihood. That struggle has led the way in questioning anti-people and pro-corporate policies being disguised as ‘development’, and in forging a pro-people definition of development. The Government’s decision to raise the height of the dam from 122 metres to 139 metres will result in the submergence of 192 villages and one township, and the displacement of 40000 families, not to mention devastation of the precious environmental heritage of the country. The Supreme Court had stipulated that the Madhya Pradesh Government must ensure all civic amenities at the R&R (Rehabilitation and Resettlement) sites and create a situation conducive to shifting all the oustees to these sites before July 31. Instead the Government is forcing oustees to shift to temporary tin sheds minus any permanent provision of drinking water. It has thus flouted the Supreme Court order. The CPI(ML) demands that the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Central Government immediately stop the forced eviction of people and the project of raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam, pending the full rehabilitation and resettlement of those who will be...

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Condemn The Arrest of Documentary Filmmaker Divya Bharathi

The CPI(ML) condemns the arbitrary and illegal arrest of documentary filmmaker and CPI(ML) Liberation member Divya Bharathi by the Tamil Nadu police yesterday. Comrade Divya, whose most noted recent film was Kakkoos, a searing documentary about manual scavenging, was arrested for her participation in a student protest in 2009. In 2009, as an AISA activist in Madurai, Divya had organized an agitation of Dalit hostel residents against the abysmal conditions of the hostels. The immediate context of the agitation was the death by snakebite of a student in one of the Dalit hostels. The police at the time filed a case against Divya and other agitating students. On 25 July 2017, a police team led by a woman police officer barged into Divya’s home, without any warrant or summons and then took her to the local police station as if she were a criminal. She was then produced before a magistrate for not attending a hearing of the 2009 case. But no summons were issued to Divya to attend the court hearing – so there was no ground for hauling her up before a magistrate for failing to appear. The presence of journalists and well-wishers in the magistrate’s court sent a strong message of solidarity with Divya – and the magistrate released her on bail on the condition that she sign the register for a week. It is shameful...

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March Against Mob Violence in Udaipur

Democratic, secular people of Udaipur took out a peaceful protest march on 18 July 2017 against the incidents of terrorism, communalism and mob violence that have taken place in the country during the past few months. The march, starting from the Town Hall and culminating at the Collector’s office, was a silent one with the protesters holding placards for unity, harmony and Constitutional values in the country. They carried placards condemning terrorism, communal violence and mob lynching and appealed to people to speak up to protect Constitutional values. Addressing the meeting at the Collectorate, the speakers said that the...

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CPI (ML) to Agitate for Release of Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi

CPI (ML) Bihar State Secretary Com. Kunal said in a statement that the draconian provisions of the anti-liquor law have started wreaking havoc on the poor. A fast track court in Jehanabad, in just 40 days, has sentenced 2 brothers Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi from Unta Musahar Tola to 5 years Rigorous Imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the charge of having drunk toddy; if they fail to pay the fine they will have to spend 6 years in jail. This is a massive blow to the families of the 2 brothers who earn...

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CPI (ML) and Insaf Manch’s Fact Finding on Lathi Charge in Biharsharif

The incident at Gagandiwan in Biharshariff has exposed the true face of the so-called ‘secular’ Bihar government. ‘Not in My Name’ is a countrywide campaign through which peace and justice loving citizens are raising their voice to save the country’s composite culture. But the Nalanda district administration, terming this campaign and the Insaf Manch which has long campaigned for justice for dalits and minorities, as ‘suspicious’ tried to crush the voice of resistance and brand the minority community as trouble-makers. The administration unleashed a well-calculated cycle of repression and slapped false cases on members of the minority community. Many...

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All India Conference of Land Rights Movement in Ranchi

The All India Conference of the Land Rights Movement was held in Ranchi on 19 and 20 June 2017 under the aegis of national and state level people’s organizations, especially Left farmers’ organizations. CPI (ML) central committee member and former MLA Com. Vinod Singh along with AIKM State unit members and National Secretary Com. Rajaram Singh participated in the Conference. Jharkhand social activist Dayamani Barla played an important part in the organization of the Conference. On the first day of the Conference 8 national level and 6 Jharkhand level resolutions were discussed and passed. Reading out the Jharkhand resolutions, Dayamani Barla said that the CNT SPT Act is the protective armour of the adivasis and indigenous people of Jharkhand which the government has broken by making amendments to Sections 71, 49, 21 and 13. These amendments should be revoked. The resolution further said that by making land banks out of villages and other sites like gairmajrua lands, pasture lands, etc the government is preparing to hand these lands over to corporate houses. The ban on cattle sale must be revoked as this is having an adverse effect on agriculture. Similarly, the anti-people mahua policy must also be revoked. The resolution also called for mass mobilization against the BJP’s spreading of communal poison and hatred. The national resolution expressed participation and support for the Kisan Mahasangharsh Samiti dharna in front...

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Nation-Wide Campaign on ‘Save Education, Save Country’

With a call to Save Education, Save Country, AISA launched its nation-wide campaign at Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi on 22 July, against the Regime of Seat-Cut, NET-Cut, Fund-Cut and the saffron policy offensive against education, employment and hate propaganda by RSS/BJP. AISA’s National General Secretary Com. Sandeep Saurav, National President Com. Sucheta De, and Delhi State Secretary Com. Niraj Kumar addressed the convention. A campaign booklet ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’ was released at the convention setting forth an intensive campaign that will reach across the country. Speaking during the launch of the campaign, AISA leaders said that...

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Workers’ protests:

Borgaon Tea Estate, Assam Borgaon TE was declared locked out on 21st July following two days continuous worker’s Strike in protest against an order by the management. Though a meeting was called by the Labour Officer to break the stalemate, the management sent a lock out notice to the Labour Officer instead of attending the meeting. The management did so without there being any provocation from workers or any law and order situation in the garden. It must be noted that there are so many pending issues pertaining to fire wood, ambulance, drinking water, quarter repairs and others which have...

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Cadre Convention in Garhwa

The CPI (ML) organized a Division level cadre convention in Palamu on 18 July 2017. Party General Secretary Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya was the chief guest at the convention. Addressing the cadre convention Com. Dipankar said that it looks as if Palamu Division has gone back 30 years in time. In fact, this is what people feel about most parts of the country. The BJP government, wherever it is in power, is acting like an uncontrolled, unchecked government. This government has no concern for the people; it is not even bothered about the Supreme Court. It is not heeding the SC directives on the Aadhar issue. After the attack on the Amarnath Yatris Rajnath Singh praised ‘Kashmiriyat’, after which he received a spate of criticism on social media. This is an indication of an anarchist and unbridled attitude that is being nurtured in society and in the country. There have been disturbing and untoward incidents in the country, including mob lynchings. Farmers, dalits, and youth across the country are struggling for justice, peace and democracy. The CPI (ML) stands in solidarity and support of these struggles. In these circumstances, the need is to have hope and positivity and also build and strengthen the organization. The 10th Party General Session is to be held in Punjab from 23 to 28 March; we must convert this into a General Session of people’s...

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Fact- Finding Report from Bashirhat

A team led by Comrades Subroto Sengupta, Secretary, Babuni Majumdar and Nabendu Dasgupta visited the riot prone areas of Bashirhat on 11th July for fact finding. A brief summary of the report prepared by them is shared below. According to the team, as they travelled in the train, there were hardly any signs of the horrific incidents and communal tensions that had few days ago gripped the entire area of the particular sub-division in the crowded train compartment. Daily passengers of both communities were absolutely normal sitting beside together. After getting down at Bashirhat, the team contacted Com. Debabrata...

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LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017

LIBERATION - Central Organ of CPI(ML) October 2017