ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 33

Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh Cases Expose the Reality of ‘Beti Bachao’

Prime Minister Modi and his Government have given the slogan of ‘Beti Bachao’ (Save Daughters) as proof of the Government’s commitment to end violence against women. But in reality, this slogan is proving to be empty rhetoric – with BJP Governments at the Centre and various states acting to protect perpetrators of violence against women. Nowhere is the hypocrisy of BJP’s ‘Beti Bachao’ slogan more starkly visible than in the two recent cases in Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh. In Chandigarh, Vikas Barala, the son of the Haryana BJP President along with a friend stalked, chased and tried to abduct a...

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Serial Sewer Deaths and the Swachh Bharat Sham

PM Modi launched his Swachh Bharat mission on Independence Day – 15 August 2014. As we approach 15 August 2017, three more Dalit men have died cleaning sewer lines in India’s capital city Delhi. In July, it was estimated that 39 men had died in Delhi sewers in 100 days. The story is the same in all Indian cities. The Swachh Bharat campaign, while unleashing draconian, coercive and violent measures on people in the name of ending open defecation, is making no effort to enforce the 2013 law forbidding manual scavenging – instead the campaign by encouraging the building of toilets with septic tanks are actually tacitly perpetuating and encouraging manual scavenging. The Central government has reduced funds for the self-employment scheme for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers from Rs 448 crore in the 2014-15 budget to Rs 5 crore in 2017. There is simply no attempt to enforce laws that ensure safety equipment for sanitation workers anywhere in the country. Unofficial manual scavenging continues to be rampant in the Indian Railways, run by the Central Government. In Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party Government also bears a large share of responsibility for its apathy towards ending manual scavenging. In the case of the latest three victims of sewer deaths, the AAP Government is adding insult to injury with the Delhi Jal Board washing its hands off the death by...

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Workers Strike and Protest Meet for Justice For Jeera Bharti

Workers of Mirzapur held a huge strike on 30 July to demand revoking of criminal cases slapped against Jeera Bharti and arrest of the dominant caste feudal landlord accused of leading the assault on Jeera Bharti. On 30 July AIPWA, AIARLA and CPI (ML) took out a protest march and held a meeting in Jeera Bharti’s home village Rikshakhurd. Workers in large numbers marched through difficult hilly terrain and arrived at Com Jeera’s village where a meeting was organized close to the spot where the assault had taken place. Addressing the meeting, AIPWA State President Krishna Adhikari said that after the Yogi government came to power in Uttar Pradesh the morale of the local dominant and feudal powers is on a huge high because they have open protection from the rulers; that is the reason for the increase in attacks on the poor, workers, adivasis, women, and dalits and for the refusal of the thanas and courts to even hear their side of the case. Com Krishna further said that Jeera Bharti is a dalit and also a woman; she has challenged the dominant feudal forces on the issue of wages for the poor. Therefore she has been a victim of feudal as well as patriarchal dominance. Com Krishna said that today the workers have raised their voices through this one-day strike and have proved that the organized unity...

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AICCTU demonstration in Karnataka

Sanitation and water supply workers of AICCTU demonstrated before the office of the Karnataka Labour Commissioner on 2nd Aug 2017, demanding regularisation of all existing contract workers, same pay for same work, direct payment to workers by the Bangalore Municipal Corporation, etc. Thousands of workers joined the protest which was led by Com. Clifton, All India Secretary, Com. Maitreyi, NCM, Com. Nirmala, General Secretary of BBMP contract workers union, Com. Vinay, Vice President, Appanna, state Secretary, Com. Mohan, SCM and Com. Hemant, BWSSB. The Labour Commissioner was forced to come to the spot and address workers. He assured to expedite a decision on equal work equal pay. Women sanitation workers participated in huge...

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Jhunjhunu District Conference of CPI(ML)

The 3rd Jhunjhunu District Conference was held in Rajasthan on 28 July 2017 on the occasion of the anniversary of Com Charu Mazumdar’s martyrdom day. The conference started with tributes to Com. Charu Mazumdar, Com Srilata Swaminathan, Com. Swapan Mukherjee, Com. Zafar Hussain, Pehlu Khan, and all the martyrs who gave their lives for a democratic and egalitarian India against fascism. Inaugurating the conference, PB member Com. Prabhat Kumar Chaudhuri said that the entire country, including Rajasthan, is going through a time of deep crisis. The government is paying no heed to the farmers’ crisis; on the other hand, bullets are being fired upon farmers who protest, and thousands of farmers are forced to commit suicide. Attacks on women and adivasis have become a daily occurrence in Rajasthan. Our own Comrade Zafar had to sacrifice his life due to the anti-poor character of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ because he showed the courage to oppose the Municipal personnel who were assaulting the dignity of poor women living in hutments. It is now clear that the district and State administration is supporting the personnel and officials who murdered Com Zafar. Till today, the chief accused has not been arrested and an atmosphere of communal hatred is being spread across Rajasthan. Com Prabhat said that the Party must fight the saffron conspiracy in Rajasthan and mobilize democratic and justice-loving forces of society...

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Saran (Siwan) Zonal Activists’ Convention

The CPI (ML) Saran Zonal level activists’ convention was held on 30 July 2017 at the Siwan Town Hall and was attended by activists from Siwan, Gopaganj and Saran. Addressing the Convention, Party General Secretary Com Dipankar Bhattacharya said that in the present times we are not even allowed the freedom to speak against the destructive activities of the RSS and BJP in the country. Dalits, minorities, intellectuals and democracy-loving people are being attacked by RSS-BJP through mob violence. The promise of development for all has turned out to be nothing but empty rhetoric. Corporate houses have captured the resources of the country. Those who oppose the wrongdoings of the BJP are termed ‘anti-national’. The BJP is bent on capturing power in the entire country through money and muscle power. They are silent on the many criminal cases pending against the CM and Deputy CM of UP. Scholarships are being drastically cut. Employment opportunities are also drastically declining and prices are skyrocketing. Com Dipankar said that the NItish-BJP coup in Bihar is a huge treachery against the people’s mandate. The people of Bihar will soon settle accounts with Nitish for this. Com Dipankar called upon Party cadres to start preparing for the Party Congress to be held next year in March. The Convention was also addressed by Comrades Kunal, Satyadev Ram, Amar Yadav and others. The proceedings were conducted...

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Demonstration at Begusarai Municipal Corporation

The CPI (ML) Beguserai City Committee held a ‘Jawab Do’ (We Demand An Answer) demonstration on 28 July 2017 at the Municipal Corporation on the issue of housing for the poor and other important demands. 300 urban poor led by City Committee Secretary Com. Rajesh Srivastava started the march from NH-31, proceeded through the main streets of the city and reached the Municipal Corporation where a demonstration and meeting was held. Addressing the meeting, Party District Secretary Com. Diwakar Kumar said that power-hungry Nitish has betrayed the people’s mandate by joining hands with the BJP and forming a government which the people had voted to prevent. The condition of the poor is dismal. The urban poor lack housing. The distribution of kerosene has been stopped and now preparations are going on for stopping ration distribution also. AIARLA District Secretary Com. Chandradev Verma said that the Municipal has become the hub of corrupt representatives, officials and middlemen. The people are being looted in the name of housing and toilets and the silence of the Mayor shows that he is complicit in this loot. City Secretary Com Rajesh Srivastava demanded that a survey of urban poor should be done and housing should be made available for them; this should be done with utmost speed especially for the poor living next to the railway lines and NH-31. A 20 point charter of...

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Demolition of Houses in Chandigarh

A CPI (ML) delegation led by Comrades Satish Kumar, Pooran Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Rajkumari, Aman, Agin, and Eisha met the victims of demolition ordered by the administration in Kambala, Chandigarh. During the talk with the team, the poor whose houses had been mercilessly demolished informed that they had been living here for the past 15-18 years. They added that besides the jhuggis, even pakka registered houses were not spared. Talking to victims including Maalti, Sonavati, Gudiya, Giriraj and Suresh Singh, it was found that the victims has not even been given time to remove their belongings from their house. Because of this, the people had to suffer additional economic losses ranging from 3000-7000 additional. Since previous two days the electricity connection had also been cut off and children and the older people had to also put with a lot of troubles. The situation had reached a point where children may have to discontinue school. The people asked angrily that how could any administration try to snatch the right to education from children. Worse, the administration decided to demolish the houses at a time when most residents were not at home. CPI (ML) strongly condemns this anti-poor move of the administration. On one hand the Modi led BJP government is promising people homes till 2022 and on the other hand it is demolishing houses of the poor. This hypocrisy of...

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AISA organizes Poetry Procession against Growing Violence in Delhi University

Hundreds of students from colleges all over Delhi gathered with their poems, songs and colourful banners on 4 August to register their protest against growing violence in DU. The cultural procession was organized in the backdrop of murderous attacks and lynchings of Dalits and minorities of our country in the name of ‘cow protection’ or other such pretexts and also the increasing instances of violence in campuses. These incidents of campus violence have become a regular affair in Delhi University too with growing incidents of teachers and students being attacked by the ABVP. More than 300 students took part in...

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Delhi AICCTU holds State Conference

AICCTU Delhi unit organized its 7th state conference on 5 August 2017 in Girinagar labour auditorium in Delhi which had been renamed Com. Swapan Mukherjee Hall for the conference. Workers from across Delhi and its neighbouring areas participated in the conference. Workers from DTC, MTNL, JNU, ASHA workers, construction workers, domestic workers, rail and roadway workers along with several others registered their participation in the conference. Workers from industrial areas of Delhi including Wazirpur and Okhla were also present. The banners and posters put up in the conference venue carried the slogans- “Strengthen the unity of workers against communal frenzy”; “Intensify the struggle against- capitalism, privatization and contractualisation”; “The attempts to end the labour laws under the pretext of amendments will not be tolerated”; and “ensure minimum wages for all workers in Delhi”. CPI (ML) General Secretary Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya congratulated the workers present for the conference and addressed them. He pointed out that this conference was being organized at a time when the rights of workers were being increasingly attacked and violated across the country. He also emphasized on the need to strengthen the workers’ struggles in current times. Cultural activists from Jan Sanskriti Manch and Sangwari also participated in the conference and presented revolutionary songs. Com. Abhishek Kumar was elected as the general secretary of AICCTU Delhi unit and Com. Santosh Rai was elected as the president....

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Solidarity with Narmada Bachao Andolan

On 6 August several political and people’s organizations including Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, CPI (M), CPI, CPI (ML), CPI (ML)-Red Star, Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh, Aam Aadmi Party, Rashtriya Aadivasi Ekta Parishad, PUCL and others staged a demonstration at Ambedkar Chowk in Raipur to express concern regarding the deteriorating condition of Medha Patekar and convey solidarity with the ongoing struggle. They demanded that the government at once holds talk, ensure just and appropriate rehabilitation of the people and also that the gates of the Sarovar dam are not...

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