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The current ‘me too’ in India- Solidarity Statement

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

PMS POW

Expose and Demand Action against State Complicity in Violence against Women! Fight Patriarchy and Institutions supporting these Values!

Friends,

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

CPI-ML New Democracy Democratic Rights

Punjab Reacts against fascist Offensive

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

CPI-ML New Democracy

Reduce Central and State Govt. Taxes on Diesel and Petrol

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

CPI-ML New Democracy Democratic Rights

Rise in Protest against Fascist Attack on Progressives and Democratic Rights Activists

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

AIKMS

AIKMS on Kerala Devastation

CEC of AIKMS has called upon the people to come forward and help the affected people of Kerala in their misery due to the havoc caused by incessant rain and floods. Thousands of houses have been destroyed in land slips, more than 2 lacs have been forced to leave their houses and tens of thousands of crores have been lost in value.

CEC also calls upon the central govt to shed its apathy to the people and declare this Kerala tragedy as a National Calamity to mobilise the entire country to help the people. The whole state is dislocated and is now staring at arriving water borne diseases, hunger and lack of shelter. Imperial type aerial surveys, as undertaken by the leaders will not be of help.

CEC pays tribute to the spirit of sacrifice and help of specially the members of fishermen community who have mobilized their 100 private double engined motorized boats, 300 skilled swimmers and have brought out 20 to 25 marooned people with great risk to their lives.

CEC calls upon all democratic forces to step up pressure on the govts to immediately look into the Gadgil Committee report of 2011 which was deliberately watered down and not implemented for sake of promoting environmentally damaging deforestation, quarrying, real estate constructions.Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

Declare National Calamity in Kerala; Extend all help to Suffering People of Kerala; Central Govt. must shed its Apathy to the Sufferings of the People

People of Kerala are undergoing immense suffering due to heavy damage caused by incessant rains. Over a hundred have died. More than two lakhs have been forced to leave their homes and over one lakh are waiting to be rescued. Thousands of houses have been destroyed. Damage to property has crossed ten thousand crore rupees. The whole of the state has been dislocated. While rains are showing no signs of stopping, other problems are waiting in the wings like water borne diseases.

The catastrophe that has hit Kerala needs all out support from the people all over the country. All kinds of help should be extended to fellow brothers and sisters of Kerala.

Why has this calamity hit Kerala, the Central Govt. has not risen to the occasion to give the kind of help required by the situation. Though the Prime Minister and Home Minister have undertaken imperial style aerial surveys, the help on the ground has been inadequate. It has not matched its words with action. Central Govt. should immediately declare it as a national calamity. Central Govt. should extend all the assistance, financial and material, needed to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.

While we must extend all help and assistance to our brethren, we should also question the policies being followed by successive govts.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy Students

Attack on Student Leader Umar Khaled Condemned

On August 13, JNU student leader Umar Khaled was shot at in front on Constitution Club which is situated in the high security area near Parliament House. He escaped unhurt.

This attack on Umar Khaled is an attempt to silence the voices of protest against fascist drive of RSS-BJP. The Hindutva forces have launched several such attacks in the past. Murder of Dhabolkar, Pansare, Kulburgi and Gauri Lankesh are prime examples of such targeted killings.

Hindutva forces controlling the Central Govt. are branding all these voices opposing their communal fascist agenda as ánti-national. They not only condone such attacks but also defend the perpetrators of these attacks. This attack in the high security area raised serious apprehension of connivance of the ruling party and the state machinery in this attack.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns this attack. We call upon protests against this attack to expose the nefarious designs of the Hindutva forces and their murderous agenda. We should rally the people against this attack and demand that the campaign branding persons like Umar Khaled as anti-national must be exposed. We demand that those behind the attack should be arrested without delay and a judicial enquiry by a sitting High Court Judge into the conspiracy behind the attack should be constituted.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy Democratic Rights

Protest against Repression by TRS Govt. in Telengana, Invoking of PD Act against Com. Madhu

TRS Govt. in Telengana led by KCR has launched one of the most sinister attack against the people of Telengana particularly its tribals whom it is trying to dispossess of the land which they have been cultivating for decades, particularly podu lands. TRS Govt. is also crushing  the democratic rights of the people. TRS Govt. which came to power after a broad movement of the people of Telengana who fought against what they perceived as exploitation and oppression, is suppressing the aspirations of the people of Telengana. In order to crush the people’s struggles especially those of tribal people in the agency areas, TRS Govt. is targeting leaders and cadres of CPI(ML)-New Democracy which has been leading the struggles of the tribal people for decades.

On July 3 night, state police arrested Com. Madhu, leader of the resistance movement in Godavari Valley areas in Telengana and a state leader of CPI(ML)-New Democracy from Hyderabad. He was kidnapped while he was travelling in an auto. But the police showed his arrest from Gondala forest in Kothagudem district and has foisted several false cases against him. Com. Madhu had been arrested last year July and then also 22 fake cases were foisted against him.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

Interpreting the Pathalgadi Movement

The term Pathalgadi Movement has been swept into discourse to describe one type of powerful assertion by tribals which has been sweeping through Jharkhand, adjoining districts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha – essentially moving down the Munda tribal belt. To put this movement and its tremendous potential in perspective, it is necessary to begin with the provisions which already exist in the Constitution of this country.

Schedule 5 of the Constitution covers the areas where the tribal population is more than 50% and which are not in the 4 north eastern states of Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya where Schedule 6 applies. Schedule 5 guarantees them protection of tribal life and areas in every way, making the Governors of the states where these areas are situated and the President of India the custodians for protecting the same. The Governor has the right to adapt applicability of laws passed by the state govt. in accordance with the interests of these areas and to restrict it.  It is the only area in the Constitution where the President has been accorded direct power and can even change the size of the area declared as scheduled. The difference between the schedule 5 and 6 is that in the former Tribal Advisory Councils can be constituted whereas in the latter Tribal Autonomous Districts can be constituted where the powers of both Governors and state govts are curtailed.… Read More