ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 32

Resist the Illegitimate JDU-BJP Regime, Reclaim the Spirit of the 2015 Bihar Mandate

“It took barely 36 hours for one of the biggest political U-turns to be taken to its successful conclusion. Operation Bihar was the political equivalent of Hitler’s 1940 Blitzkrieg and Israel’s success in the Six-Day War in 1967.” This profoundly insightful observation on the recent political coup in Bihar has come from leading BJP intellectual and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta. Writing in the Times of India (30 July, 2017) on the implications of the Bihar developments, Dasgupta has marvelled at the ‘killer instinct’ of the BJP and especially the ‘operational finesse’ of the Modi-Shah duo. Of late, the...

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Dhikkar Diwas observed in Bihar against Betrayal of People’s Mandate

The CPI (ML) organized a statewide ‘Dhikkar Diwas’ on 27 July 2017 against the blatant betrayal of the people’s mandate and the political coup in Bihar. PM Modi’s and CM Nitish Kumar’s effigies were burnt at Kargil Chowk in Patna. The protests were led by Comrades Mahboob Alam (CPI(ML) MLA and the party’s Legislative Party leader), Rameshwar Prasad, Meena Tiwari, Saroj Chaubey, Shashi Yadav and others. Addressing the meeting which followed the effigy burning, the speakers said that the people of Bihar would never forgive Nitish Kumar for this ‘Mandate Scam’ and act of political corruption. The mandate was...

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Statewide Protests Against Crackdown on Peace March At Biharsharif

The Insaf Manch organized statewide protests in Bihar on 23 July 2017 crackdown by the Bihar administration and police on a Peace March in Bihar Sharif, and their attempts to portray this silent march as a “security threat” and “threat to communal harmony” simply because a large number of Muslims participated in it. Protest programmes were organized Patna, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Jehanabad, Ara, Arwal, Siwan and other places. The march and meetings across Bihar were addressed by leaders and activists from CPI(ML), Insaf Manch, AIPWA, AISA, RYA, and other people’s organizations. The speakers condemned the administration’s attempt to cast aspersions on the Insaf Manch, an organization which has long fought for justice for dalits and minorities. They pointed out that the administration had carried out a well-planned cycle of attacks on 17 July and slapped false cases on CPI(ML) and Insaf Manch activists and members of the minority community, whereas they had gathered for a peace march to mourn the Amarnath Yatra victims and seek justice for them, and to protest against the communal frenzy being spread by the RSS-BJP. The CPI(ML) enquiry team has found that the FIR filed by the administration is false, and contains names of people who were not present at the spot, as well as of bystanders and others who had nothing to do with the march. The speakers demanded strict action on the Sub-divisional...

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AISA-RYA Activists Arrested in Lucknow Before ‘Save Democracy’ March

Hundreds of students and youth had gathered at Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on 25 July 2017 under the banners of AISA and RYA to hold a ‘Save Democracy’ march from Lucknow University to the Vidhan Sabha to protest against the massive slashing of the education budgets and attacks on employment by the Yogi Government, several instances of atrocities and violence against Dalits and women, and to demand equal education and democratic rights. They held a meeting at Lucknow University Gate No. 1 at which speakers raised the following demands: measures to curb the growing incidents of rape, loot and...

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Reports (5)

Comrade Charu Mazumdar’s Martyrdom Day The martyrdom day of CPI(ML)’s founding General Secretary and architect of the great Naxalbari uprising Comrade Charu Mazumdar, was observed by the party on 28 July 2017. Party comrades across the country paid tributes to Com. Charu and resolved to carry forward his revolutionary legacy and strengthen ongoing struggles in current times. In Bihar, comrades paid tributes to Com. Charu in various party offices across the states. Tributes were also paid to Com Charu in Hazaribagh Central Jail and a two minute silence was observed. A meeting was held which was chaired by CPI(ML)’s Com. Bhagirathi Pandit. In Jharkhand, the party area committee in Nirsa observed Com. Charu’s martyrdom by pledging to expand the party as we approach the next Party Congress and to work towards its development, increase membership and strengthen the party. Tributes were also paid to Com. Charu in state party headquarters in Ranchi. In Andhra Pradesh, programmes to observed martyrdom of Com. Charu in Kakinada, Tenali and Mangalagiri in Guntur district, and in part of East Godavari district. In Odisha, the 45th martyrdom day of Com. Charu was observed as Smruti Diwas. Shahdat Diwas was also observed in Chhattisgarh and in Maharashtra. Party workers across the country resolved to expand and strengthen the party before the next party Congress in Punjab in March 2018. Protest March against Draconian Anti-liquor Law...

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The 15th National Conference of Jan Sanskriti Manch in Patna

The 15th National Conference was held from 29-30 July in Patna. The theme of the conference was ‘For resistance and people’s unity against social divisions, violence and unreason’. The auditorium in which the conference was held was named ‘Trilochan-Muktibodh Auditorium’. The stage of the conference was named after Bhojpur’s popular people’s poet Ramakant Dwivedi ‘Ramta’. This is the birth centenary year of the three poets. The inaugural session began at 3.30 pm on 29 July. Prof. Chaman Lal, noted economist John Dreze, Prof. Afsar Jafar, an expert in Urdu literature, Telugu writer Allam Rajjaiya, AIPWA National Secretary Kavita Krishnan,...

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CPI(ML) District Conference in Jhunjhunu

CPI(ML) held its third District Conference in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan on the martyrdom day of Com. Charu Mazumdar, 28 July. The conference began by paying tributes to Com. Charu Mazumdar, Com. Swapan Mukherjee, Com. Zafar Hussein, Pehlu Khan and to the sacrifices made by those fighting against fascist forces for a democratic and egalitarian India. Inaugurating the conference Polit Bureau Member Com. Prabhat Kumar said, ‘Rajasthan along with the whole country is passing through a phase of deep crisis. On the one hand the Govt. is paying little attention to the crisis being faced by farmers, but at the same time it is resorting to firing bullets on them while they protest and thousands of farmers are being forced to commit suicide. In Rajasthan attacks on women, Dalits and adivasis are becoming daily happenings. Our own Comrade Zafar had to give up his life due to the draconian nature of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, because he dared to protest against the Municipal authorities who were harassing women living in slums in the name of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It has become clear that both the district administration and the state administration have been supporting the municipal authorities who killed Com. Zafar. Till date the main accused has not even been arrested and an atmosphere of communal hatred is being spread throughout Rajasthan. He further added that in Rajasthan CPI(ML) must stand up...

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OBITUARY

Prof. Yashpal Well-known scientist Prof Yashpal, famous for people’s science, is no more. He passed away in Noida on 24 July 2017 at the age of 90. He was not only a great scientist but also a great educationist. He was born on 26 November in Jhang on the banks of the Chenab in the Punjab which is now part of Pakistan. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1976. Through Doordarshan programmes he explained a difficult subject like science in a popular way and made people aware. He was committed to bringing Science out of the Laboratory and making it a part of the common man’s life. He challenged the Brahminical idea of exclusivity of knowledge by freeing the knowledge of Science from the clutches of any particular class. He ran a campaign to make knowledge accessible to all. An important example of this is his going to the people with camps on the phenomenon of eclipse and trying to remove their superstitions regarding this phenomenon. ‘Turning Point’ and ‘Bharat ki Chhaap’ were programmes on Doordarshan which were part of this campaign. The passing of such a great scientist at a time when Science and Scientists are being attacked by forces engaged in the spread of State sponsored anti-science ideas, is a great loss to the people. His report on education in India, ‘Education without Burden’ is considered...

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