The CPI(ML)ND odisha provincial committee strongly condemns the brutal police repression and forcible construction of Lower Suktel dam in Bolangir district against the will of the local villagers. The large scale deployment of armed police in Lower Suktel agitation area and similar deployment in Govindpur area to suppress the common people agitating against the Posco project once again exposes the so called ‘peaceful development’ and ‘peaceful industrialization’ of Naveen Patnaik Govt and proves that the Govt. of Odisha wants development at gun point.
While the BJD Govt is making a hue and cry on the likely submergence of 10 villages in Malkanagiri Dist due to proposed Polavaram Dam, the same Govt is submerging 29 villages in Bolangir district by constructing the Lower Suktel dam by undermining the alternative proposal of the local people. Though the Govt. is declaring that the water of the proposed dam will be used for irrigation but seeing the earlier experience of different dams in Odisha, there is a strong suspicion among the people that it may cater the need of different industrial houses situated in nearby areas.
We also condemn the attitude of ruling class parties like BJP, BJD , Cong etc. for supporting the Govt’s latest offensive and indiscriminate arrest and lathi charge against the people of Lower Suktel area in the name of development.
We strongly demand immediate halt of the construction of the project and withdrawal of armed police from the area and to release all the people lodged in Bolangir jail. Continue reading
On May 10th 1857, soldiers of the British Indian Army rebelled in Meerut and captured the Cantonment there. A day later the victorious soldiers triumphantly marched into Delhi. Their war was to liberate the country from the rule of British colonialists ruling under the aegis of East India Company. They proclaimed Bahadur Shah Zafar as the leader of their uprising who, though advanced in age, agreed to their urgings. This first pan-India war of independence against colonial rule shook the foundations of British colonial rule in India which was saved by the oppressive traitorous feudal kings and served by usurious mahajans. It was the last act of the independent feudal kings and the advent of Indian peasantry on the national scene. They displayed great bravery, made unprecedented sacrifices, forged unparalleled unity to throw out colonial rule particularly the unity of the people cutting across social divisions, especially between two largest religious communities, Hindus and Muslims, in the then India which united in their common aspirations despite difference in religious persuasions.
1857 and its aftermath has shaped Indian history and society since then and remains relevant to this day. Significance of two aspects stands out in particular. India continues to be happy hunting ground for the imperialist capital of the former colonial powers of the west who dominate the different aspects of the economic life of the country. The Indian rulers, continuing the inglorious tradition of the despised feudal kings who saved the colonial rule in 1857, are serving the interests of imperialist capital, parroting the imperative need for this capital for India’s ‘development’ and designing to increase further the stranglehold of imperialist capital on the country. The policies are being framed not in the interest of the Indian people, but in the interest of foreign and domestic corporate. Indian rulers are gifting the natural resources of the country to the foreign MNCs and Indian compradors at throw away prices. The great feast of loot and plunder is on which is being hailed as a great saga of development by their apologists and beneficiaries even as the lot of the common people continues to worsen. The only economics they know and practice is the economics of neocolonial dependence and exploitation. British colonialists and later different imperialists in league with the rulers subservient to them, are continuing to exploit our rich natural resources, labour power and to control Indian market. Continue reading
- REGULARIZE CONTRACT WORKERS
- IMPLEMENT LABOUR LAWS
- PROVIDE SECURITY TO WOMEN WORKERS
On the occasion of the 127th anniversary of May Day the IFTU calls upon the working class to continue the tradition of struggle for realizing the dream of Chicago martyrs, who fought for ending exploitation by capital and ushering in a just society.
The socio-economic system in the country is closely tied to foreign capital and the policies that are being implemented are those that were prescribed by international financial agencies such as the World Bank and IMF. It is these policies that have greatly impacted upon the lives of the workers with growing contractualization of labour in the various sectors of the economy. In the last twenty five years, there has been a drastic reduction in the number of regular workers on the one hand and manifold rise in the number of workers employed on contract basis. In both the industrial and service sectors, public and private sectors, the growth in the number of contract workers is a feature that is of serious import. These contract workers have no job security and can be thrown out at the whims and fancies of the managements. While they perform the same duties as that of regular workers, they are not paid wages on par with the wages of regular workers. Continue reading