Month: June 2014

Ruling Class

Lok Sabha Elections and Challenges Ahead

Lok Sabha elections held in April-May 2014 have resulted in BJP securing a majority of seats. It secured 282 seats and along with its NDA allies secured 336 seats in a house of 543 members. There are many a first in these election results which demand attention from the Party and the people.

This is the first time that the political arm of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has secured a clear majority of its own in Lok Sabha. BJP had been in power from 1998 to 2004 but it was through NDA and its own seats were only 182, much below majority mark. It had to adopt an agenda for governance and shelve its communal projects like construction of Ram Temple at the site of Babri Masjid, uniform civil code and abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution relating to J&K.

Another significant feature of these elections that a ruling class party secured a majority of its own in Lok Sabha after nearly three decades. It was in 1984 that Congress led by Rajiv Gandhi secured 404 seats in Lok Sabha after assassination of Indira Gandhi.

It is also important that though BJP has secured a majority in Lok Sabha, it is much short of the majority in Rajya Sabha even along with its allies.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

Red Salute to CPI(ML) New Democracy Leader Com. Umadhar Singh!

Senior leader of the Communist Revolutionary Movement of India and of CPI(ML)-New Democracy, Com. Umadhar Prasad Singh, died on June 18, 2014 in a hospital at Patna. He had suffered a heart attack on June 16 and was brought to Patna from Darbhanga on June 17.

In his death, CPI(ML)-New Democracy and the whole communist revolutionary movement lost a leader of eminence, ability and perseverance in the cause of struggling workers and peasants of the country. Com. Umadhar Singh was well renowned as a Naxalite leader in the country, particularly in Bihar. Party and the communist revolutionary movement lost a stalwart and one of the last organizational links with the days of Naxalbari – Mushahari struggles was snapped. His life was a long saga of struggle, in its different phases Com. Umadhar Singh acquitted himself successfully with determination and heroism, braving hardships and offering sacrifices.

Umadhar Singh was born in a peasant family in Sighwara village in Darbhanga district on December 21, 1938 to Shri Bilat Singh and Shrimati Jewardevi Kunwar. In his childhood he was schooled in the anti-colonial struggle led by socialists of the time. His elder brother Shri Ganga Prasad Singh, who died recently after completing 100 years, was an established leader of the socialists led by J.… Read More


Homage to Senior Leader of CPI(ML)-New Democracy Com. Pandu Ranga Rao, former member of APPC and Secretary of Prakasam DC

Veteran communist revolutionary leader, former member of AP State Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy and former secretary of the party’s Prakasam District Committee, Com. Pandu Ranga Rao, breathed his last on May 30th, 2014 at his residence in Palukuru village in Prakasam district after a prolonged illness. Central Committee and APPC of CPI(ML)-New Democracy expressed condolences at the death of Com. Pandu Ranga Rao and paid homage to his revolutionary legacy, his untiring efforts throughout his active life for New Democratic Revolution in India.

Com. Pandu Ranga Rao was born on 25.9.1940 in Rajampeta village in Kadapa district to Shri Ramdas and Ms. Mangamma. He was 7th among 12 children of the couple. His father was a indigenous village doctor and was unable to support his family with his meagre income. Com. Pandu studied SSLC at Rajampet village. His family shifted to Nellore for livelihood. Com. Pandu did some small works to earn some money and in the process he came in contact with CPI. He was influenced by communist ideas and became a wholetimer. CPI entrusted him with the responsibility of working among rickshaw workers, beedi workers and among youth. Later he became a town committee member. In this initial period he was much influenced by Dr.… Read More