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Attack on Mazdoor Mukti Morcha Leader in Punjab On the morning of 2 June, the Sarpanch of Bodawal village in Mansa, Punjab, belonging to the ruling Akali Dal, came with his son and many goons and brutally attacked the Punjab State

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Resisting the Hindutva Fascist Offensive: Notes by an Activist

(Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary, CPI(ML)(Liberation) was invited to attend the EMS Namboodiripad memorial event titled ‘Idea of India: A New Agenda for Reclaiming Social, Economic and Environmental Justice’ in Thrissur, Kerala, 13-14 June. He was unable to attend

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Red Salute to the Martyrs of Food Movement in Bengal, 1959

The backdrop of the historic movement was provided by collapse of the Public Distribution System and an artificial scarcity of rice created by a nexus between the state government on one hand, and on the other landlords, rich peasants, rice

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Back to Basics in Party Building

"Setback is necessary", said comrade Charu Mazumdar in late 1971 quoting Mao Zedong, "because it demolishes the sense of easy victory and helps us realise what is right and what is wrong". Our party was then facing a setback that soon

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Fake Encounters and Farcical Probes

Few words have the propensity of slipping so easily, unquestioned, into public consciousness as the term ‘encounter’. Part of public discourse now, it has come to mean elimination of gangsters, mafia, insurgents, naxals, terrorists, by the police and security forces.

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Hunger Deaths in Jahanabad: An Investigation

In a shocking development, three people died of hunger in as many days (between 10-12 August) in Ratu Bigaha village under Paraman panchayat of Ghoshi block in Jahanabad district: Ram Chalitar Dom, Kunti Devi and Janardan Mahato. A fact finding

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India teeters on the brink of food crisis

The spectre of one of the worst ever drought situations looms large over the country. Central India suffered a massive 93% deficiency in rainfall in the first week of August, while the North-West remained at 76% below the long-term average. This monsoon,

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Towards a People’s Charter on Food Security: a Note

In a season of recession, all-time high food prices, retrenchment and wage cuts, decline in food production and drought that is affecting large swathes of the country, the UPA Government has announced its promise of a National Food Security Act,

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Jharkhand Diary

Following the July 28 CC Call, organizational measures were accompanied by an intensification of movemental initiatives in Jharkhand. In particular, there have been sustained and militant struggles against the widespread corruption in schemes like PDS and NREGA. The new Governor in

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Implementation of the CC’s July 28 Call

Initial Reports from Bhojpur The 28 July call of the CC has evoked quite enthusiastic response among the Party rank and file in most of our areas of work and vigorous efforts have begun to achieve a new breakthrough in the

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War and Peace Prizes #### Peace Prize-Winner’s Secret Wars

War and Peace Prizes - Howard Zinn (Source: Guardian October 10, 2009) I was dismayed when I heard Barack Obama was given the Nobel peace prize. A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on two wars would be given a

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Adieu to Comrade Ibn-ul Hasan Basru !

With a heavy heart, we bid goodbye on 29.09.09 to Comrade Ibn-ul Hasan Basru, Central Committee member of the CPI(ML) and one of the leading lights of our party in Jharkhand. Comrade Basru, recently diagnosed with an advanced stage of

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