The CPI(ML) held a public meeting on 5 May at the Town Council Hall in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, on ‘200 Years of Marx and Today’s Challenges’. Leaders of the CPI(ML), CPI, CPIM, Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra, Samajwadi Lok Manch, Janwadi Lokmanch, Ambedkar Mission, and several intellectuals, journalists, and trade union activists.

The meeting began with a reading of CPI(ML) General Secretary Comrade Dipankar’s article ‘Marx Bicentenary: ‘The Long March to Human Freedom Continues,’ as a position paper for the discussion.

The main speaker at the meeting was CPI(ML) Central Committee member Comrade Raja Bahuguna, who stressed that the biggest task and challenge for Marxists in India today is to resist the fascist forces that are in power. Other speakers included PP Arya, TR Joshi, Prof. Prabhat Upreti, Munish Kumar, Rajendra Prasad Gupta, GR Tamta, Chandrashekhar Joshi, Aslam Kohra, Avtar Singh, Sartal Alam, Sanlay Bangarwal, Yogendra Vishwal and others.

At Srinagar, AISA held a meeting in Garhwal University on ‘Marxism’s Relevance Today.’ AISA National President Sucheta De was the main speaker at the meeting; other speakers included CPI(ML) State Committee member Indresh Maikhuri, Garhwal CPI(ML) secretary Atul Sati, and AISA leader Shivani Pandey. The speakers discussed the relevance of Marx’s ideas in the struggles for liberation from exploitation and oppression.

On 6 May, the SIDCUL Shramik Sanyukt Morcha held a public meeting in Rudrapur which was addressed by leaders of CPI(ML), CPI, Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra, Krantikari Lok Adhikar Sangathan and various unions.