Fight to Demolish Feudal Patriarchal culture at workplaces and for Democratic Culture.
In India, the “Me Too’ movement exposes that forcing law enactments are not enough-Movements alone can ensure implementation.
Brave, angry outpourings from women journalists and women in the entertainment industry in Mumbai are reigning over headlines in India. Comparisons are being drawn with the movement with the same name which burst out over a year earlier in the US and it is being made out that the inspiration has been drawn from there, but this is only a partial truth. It was after December 16th 2012 that the floodgates of women’s anger in India burst open in a new way. It was not that women had not spoken about power based sexual violence at workplace or in course of performing duty, earlier. The failed attempt at justice in semi feudal India by a saathin in Rajasthan became the prod for women’s movements which resulted in the Vishakha judgement of the Supreme Court. It called for internal committees at workplace till a law to the same effect was enacted. After that it also set the tone, by violating its own judgement on its own premises.
Several women dared to speak out after Vishakha – in the capital city of Delhi they faced severe backlash despite being backed by support by co workers with one case seeing a powerful movement; there was similar experience in the rest of the country.… Read More
Expose and Demand Action against State Complicity in Violence against Women! Fight Patriarchy and Institutions supporting these Values!
The last week has been horrific for women in India. Instances of different kinds of violence against women have all come to the fore simultaneously from different parts of India. In all of them either administrations or different wings of the state, especially the police have failed to act to protect women and girls.
News came from Haryana of a gangrape of a student who has a meritorious educational record and had performed well in the CBSC. She was waylaid by a gang of men including two serving armymen as she got off a bus and was making her way to her destination. This is not the first case of women students in Haryana facing sexual violence in the route between bus stops and homes but neither has the Govt. of the state bothered to put infrastructural correctives in place nor is adequate policing done to protect the students. The BJP Govt. of the state is yet to utter any regret about the incident
Similarly from Dehradun in Uttarakhand came the report of the gangrape of a girl student within the school premises by a group of senior students of the same school, the institution being reported as a ‘prestigious boarding school’.… Read More
On 28th August, news started trickling down that houses of Gautam Navlakha in New Delhi, of Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad, Varavara Rao –Kranthi in Hyderabad, of Anand Teltumbde in Goa, Stan Swamy in Ranchi and of Vornon Gonsalves and Arun Faereira in Mumbai were encircled and were being searched. By noon it was clear that five of them, Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bhardwaj, Varvara Rao, Vornon Gonsalves and Arun Fareira had been arrested. Meanwhile Central Committee of Communist Party of India (ML) ND gave a call to protest against these arrests immediately. Following this we decided to organize protests at district headquarters on 29th August itself.
On 29th August protests were held under the banner of CPI (M-L ) ND at Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Nawan shahr and Moga. In Sangruur a protest was held by various mass organizations including AFDR, NBS, PSU and ZPSC etc. Punjab Students Union, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Krantikari BKU and Khet Mazdoor Union held a protest March in Faridkot. Punjab Students Union and DSO protested against these arrests in Punjabi University Patiala. On 30th August , Kirti Kisan Union, PSU, NBS and Democratic Mulazim Federation protested in Muktsar. On First September Kirti Kisan Union, Pendu Mazdoor Union and Inqlabi Kendra held Protest March In Jagraon, Dist.… Read More
Sharp rise in prices of diesel and petrol is a cruel attack by the RSS-BJP Govt. on the people of the country. Prices of these petroleum products have a cascading effect on the prices of all commodities including essential commodities. This rise in prices has added to the economic burden on the common people who are any way groaning under the impact of anti-people economic policies pursued by the Govts.
Though the Govt. is attributing this rise to the increase in the prices of crude oil in the international market, but the fact is that prices of diesel and petrol have a large component of the taxes levied by the Central and State Govts. In fact since Modi Govt. came to power, taxes on diesel have been increased by 313% and those on petrol by 105%. Central Govt. is heaping miseries on the people to fill its coffers which it uses to benefit the corporate. Now the Govt. says that it cannot reduce the taxes as it would lead to cutting back the social schemes while the fact is that expenditure on social schemes has been regularly coming down.
Central Govt. and the ruling RSS-BJP are saying that the rise in prices of petroleum products is solely due to fluctuations in the prices of crude in the market, but when these prices had come down to very low, there was no reduction in prices of diesel and petrol as the Govt.… Read More
In a fascist attack all across India, RSS-BJP Central Govt. has arrested a large number of civil liberties and democratic rights activists. For this nefarious anti-people attack on the democratic rights, FIR lodged after Bhima Koregaon violence has been twisted. Central Govt. and Maharashtra Govt. led by RSS-BJP has shielded those who masterminded attacks on Dalits but has launched an all out attack against progressive and democratic individuals. Police has swooped down on these intellectuals in various parts of the country on the 28th August morning, variously lodging cases under UAPA and for sedition. They were detained for hours, not allowed to meet any one.
Trade Unionist Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj, lawyers in Maharashtra who are handling the cases of other intellectuals and democratic rights activists arrested under UAPA in this FIR Arun Pareira and Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha, a well known human rights activists and ex-Resident Editor of EPW. In Hyderabad, Varavara Rao has been arrested. These large scale arrests of democratic rights activists and trade union activists and lawyers is part of an attempt both to frighten progressive intellectuals from any dissent against communal, casteist fascist RSS-BJP Govt. at the Centre and in many states. Those who speak against anti-people and pro-imperialist policies, against attacks on democratic rights of oppressed people, struggling and revolutionary forces, against attacks on Muslims and Dalits and other oppressed sections, are being gagged, jailed and intellectuals frightened into submission.… Read More