Month: September 2014

Students

Punish Guilty of Attack on Students of Jadavpur University

The Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress Govt. has unleashed an unprecedented attack against the students of Jadavpur University (JU). On 16th September students of Jadavpur University had organized a programme to meet the executive council of JU demanding proper & impartial enquiry into an allegation of molestation. The Vice Chancellor of the University who is a well known Trinamool loyalist, did not take up the matter properly. In the dark hours of night, when peaceful demonstration was going on, students were playing guitars and singing chorus songs, suddenly, the lights were switched off. Police entered the administrative block and attacked the students. Hundreds of them were injured. Several students had head injuries and chest injuries & were admitted into hospitals. 36 students, including girl students, were arrested. Male police manhandled girl students, there was no lady police during the police action.

Students from different parts of Kolkata, including thousands of students of JU, spontaneously protested against this atrocity. In the early hours of 17th September students organized a road blockade in front of Jadavpur PS . In the afternoon about 5000 students marched protesting the police action, demanding resignation of Vice Chancellor and condemning the anti democratic, anti student role of Mamata Banerjee government.… Read More

CPI-ML

Gajapati (Odisha) : Landless tribals and dalits gheraoed Collectorate

On 16th September 2014, thousands of landless peasants mainly tribals and dalits gheraoed the Gajapati collectorate at Paralakhemundi demanding their rights over land and forest. This programme was organized by CPI(ML)ND and Lok Sangram Manch jointly in which more than three thousand people from five blocks (Mandal) of the district participated to press their demands over land and forest right before the state Govt. In Gajapati district landless people particularly the tribals have taken the lead in capturing hundreds of acres of land over the past several years. These include the Govt land, forest land, temple land and even the illegal patta lands of landlords. Coming under the pressure of land movement the district administration (both the revenue and police) had convened meetings on land issue several times in the past and assured the CPI(ML) ND and LSM leaders to distribute the Govt. land among the landless people living in each village. Though the Odisha Govt. several times in the past has promised to distribute the Govt. land to every landless family but it never materialized. As per the Odisha land reform Act also there is provision to distribute the Govt. land in each village to the landless and homeless people.… Read More

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Social and economic cost of “Green Revolution” – by S.S. Mahil

Punjab is the province which became the first state in India to experience the “Green Revolution” which actually was an imperialist model of agriculture. It is very interesting to know why this model of agriculture was named as a “Green Revolution”. Actually imperialism was very much terrified by the Chinese red revolution, as it occurred in a backward and agrarian country, which was yet to pass to the stage of capitalism. This was an alarm bell for imperialism because peasantry, which was a propertied class and hence considered to be a conservative class, played a revolutionary role in the Chinese revolution. Not only that, it was the main force of revolution. In the whole set of backward countries, which were colonies, neo colonies and semi colonies, peasantry was the major section of the population and was potentially a revolutionary force. Imperialism was afraid because if red revolution spread to the peasantry of all backward countries then the existence of imperialism would be endangered. In this context, the green revolution was the imperialist response to the red revolution of China. As Vandana Shiva writes “Green Revolution was prescribed as techno-political strategy that would create abundance in agriculture societies and will reduce the threat of communist insurgency and agrarian conflicts.… Read More

Ruling Class

Defeat of Modi led BJP Across the Country

Money and media power of corporate along with the muscle power of Hindutva forces had propelled Modi led BJP to power on the strength of the decimation of the then ruling Congress. But like their other products, the life of Modi wave manufactured by corporate has been short. Elections held after assumption of power by Modi led BJP Govt. at the Centre, in state after state across the country have brought home this simple truth. Uttarakhand, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, the electorally crucial state of UP and Gujarat whose name has been appended to the model propagated throughout the country over the year before Parliamentary elections, all have voted to exorcise the ghost of Modi wave.
Corporate media’s spin doctors had exerted much to portray the massive defeat of ruling Congress as a positive vote for Modi led BJP and his so-called Gujarat model of development. Rejection was portrayed as affirmation. Ruling Congress, with its leadership engrossed in somehow ensuring dynastic succession and its Govt. mired in corruption and perceived as such by the people, was rejected by the people who groaned under deteriorating conditions of existence with sharp rise in prices of essential commodities, increasing unemployment and job losses, worsening conditions of peasantry, increasing attacks on women, dalits and tribals.… Read More

IFTU Labour Laws Trade Union

All India Convention by IFTU – NO TO ANTI WORKER CHANGES IN LABOUR LAWS

On the 11th of September 2014, the National Committee of the IFTU organized an all India Convention in Delhi against the proposed anti worker changes in labour laws. Over three hundred elegates from Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh attended the Convention at Ambedkar Bhawan in Delhi. Other Trade Union Centres whose leaders attended the Convention were AICCTU, NTUI, TUCI and AIFTU.
Despite the pouring rain and the consequent delay in arrival of trains, the Convention started off in a packed hall at 12 noon. Com. Aparna (NCM, Delhi) began the proceedings by highlighting the labour law changes being pushed by the Modi Govt. and that the Amendments to the Apprentice Act have already been passed by the Lok Sabha. Meanwhile significant changes in Labour laws have already been passed by the Rajasthan Assembly and are awaiting Presidential consent. She then invited the Presidium and the speakers onto the dias.
A three member Presidium of Com. D.V. Krishna (President IFTU), Com. Kulvinder (NCM Punjab) and Com. P. Prasad (Secretary IFTU from Andhra Pradesh) presided over the Convention and Com. Kulvinder conducted the proceedings. He detailed some of the proposed changes in the labour laws and then began the process of inviting the various speakers to address the Convention.… Read More

Imperialism Iraq

Obama’s strategy up in the air

‘Barack the Bomber’

(New Democracy News)

On the 10th of September, US President Barack Obama declared war on Islamic State. The key points of the strategy he cooked up over a few days, having remarked earlier that he had no strategy, entail air strikes against IS positions in Iraq and building of an international coalition to “degrade and ultimately destroy” IS. Secretary Kerry has been scouting the Middle East to earn allies for this offensive. The visit has earned empty support complementing the hollow strategy of his President.

What has prompted Obama Admn. to embark on this course? He had famously remarked while backtracking on the decision to bomb Syria last year that he was not in the White House to unleash wars. Obama repeatedly announces that he would only take military action when threat to American security arises. Admittedly, there is no threat to American security from IS and this is vouchsafed by FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Intelligence Alliance, a conglomerate of a myriad of intelligence agencies of USA. Obama in his address talked of threat to core interests and further amplified the same by talking of threat to US and its allies. It is clear from the address that the present US action is in defense of its allies.… Read More

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Appeal for help to flood affected people of J&K

The unprecedented floods following heavy rains in Jammu & Kashmir have inundated vast areas, with lakhs of people stranded. Over two hundred have perished and lakhs are still to be rescued. Communication of large parts of Kashmir with outside have been totally cut off, large areas have been without power for days. Plight of people of J&K deserve utmost empathy and urgent action. Relief and rescue are needed urgently and concretely.
Weather is already tending to be cold in J&K and with this flood temperatures will fall further making warm clothing an added urgency. Medicines for water borne diseases, for cleaning water for drinking are needed. People, who lost all and are stranded, also need food.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy expresses its deep concern at slow pace of relief work being undertaken in J&K. It is particularly worrisome given the scale of presence of armed forces and state agencies in the state of J&K. CPI(ML)-New Democracy is also dismayed at the reports of discrimination in rescue and relief operations, of “priorities” in saving and providing relief to people. Naturally all this has built a lot of resentment among the affected people.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy also expresses concern at the acts of omission and commission which have contributed to the scale of death and destruction.… Read More

IFTU Trade Union

FIGHT BACK THE PROPOSED ANTI-WORKER AMENDMENTS IN LABOUR LAWS

The Narendra Modi led N.D.A. Government came to power with the promise of bringing good days for laboring people in the country. It promised better living standards, better living and working conditions. It promised creation of one crore jobs every year. But, soon after coming to power, it has launched an attack on the hard earned rights of the workers.

The corporate companies, industrial and business associations and foreign firms have been urging the governments since long to create an atmosphere wherein doing business in the country would be hassle-free. In their view the existing labour laws are obstacles to creating the needed atmosphere and therefore they need to be changed in their service and favour. What is the state of implementation of labour laws in the country, how these are circumvented by the managements and how the enforcement agency invariably acts in tandem with the managements are too familiar and need no elaboration. Even then whatever formally exists on paper in favour of the worker need to be changed to give capital full freedom to exploit the worker and that is what the World Bank has been telling the powers that be in the country for long.

NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: 11th September, 2014   Time: 11 am to 3 pm
AMBEDKAR BHAVAN, NEW DELHI.
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