Month: April 2015
An earthquake on April 25 devastated our neighbouring country Nepal causing extensive damage to the lives, houses, livelihood and property there. After shocks for the next two days have kept the people outdoors in heavy downpour. Loss of lives and damage to property has also taken place in the neighbouring states of India, UP, Bihar and West Bengal.
In Nepal the devastation has been enormous. Over five thousand bodies have been recovered and according to Nepal PM the toll is expected to reach ten thousand. Nearly one third of the population of this landlocked country has been affected (According to UN nearly eight million). Large areas affected by the destruction have not been reached even now. Wants of food, drinking water and clothes has overtaken the people who have lost their near and dear ones and all their belongings. Spectre of diseases is looming large over such a large populace.
Central Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy appeals to the people of India to extend all possible help and assistance to the people of Nepal in their hour of grief and need. CPI(ML)-New Democracy calls upon all party units to take initiative in mobilizing help for the earthquake affected people and calls upon all democratic organizations to mobilize help and support from the people in different forms.… Read More
AIKMS Dharna Against Land Acquisition Amendment Ordinance – Peasants vow to defeat Modi govt.’s attempts to take their land
All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha’s (AIKMS) campaign against Modi Govt.’s efforts to forcibly dispossess peasants from their land and hand over their land to MNCs, domestic corporate and real estate mafia reached capital Delhi on April 24th 2015. AIKMS organized a big Dharna at Jantar-Mantar, Parliament Street to protest against Land Acquisition (Amendment) Ordinance which was re-promulgated by Modi Govt. on April 3, 2015. Modi Govt’s Ordinance seeks to undo the changes which were incorporated in Land Acquisition law by UPA Govt. in LARR 2013 and in effect restores the colonial Land Acquisition Act, 1894. AIKMS has launched a countrywide campaign against this attack by Modi Govt.
Around 2,500 activists took part in the Dharna. They were drawn from ten states- Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telengana, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Participants in the Dharna included leaders and activists from a number of anti-displacement movements- from Anti-Vedanta movement in Niyamgiri and anti-Posco movement from Odisha, Anti-Polavarum struggle from Telengana and AP, from movements against thermal power plants and coastal corridor in AP, from anti- thermal power plant and anti smart city struggles in Allahabad (UP), from anti-displacement movements in Punjab and also from Maharashtra.
The day long Dharna started with the activists marching to the bedecked Dharna site in two large rallies from the railway station.… Read More
Narendra Modi Govt. is trying to sell its new Ordinance on Land Acquisition saying that it has accommodated the concerns of peasant organizations and opposition parties. However, Modi Govt. has only made cosmetic changes for the purpose of fooling the people while continuing of the substantive changes to serve the interests of foreign and domestic corporate, for the exploitation and plunder of the natural resources of the country. Obviously the peasant organizations opposing the amendment ordinance have condemned these tricks of Narendra Corporate Modi Govt. and continue to oppose the Ordinance.
In the original act of 2013 there was a provision for the determination of social impact and public purpose before any land acquisition for a project. The Act makes it mandatory that for land acquisition for public purpose that the government “Shall consult the local Panchayat or Municipal Corporation as the case may be and carry out Social Impact Assessment Study in consultation with them”. The notification for consultation and social impact assessment shall be made available in local language to the Panchayat, Municipality or Municipal Corporation. But on the contrary, the first Ordinance states that these provisions will not apply for five broad categories of projects. Thus the Ordinance does away with the Social Impact Assessment and right of consent of the people to be displaced which were central to the 2013 Act.… Read More
AIKMS Announces Dharna Against Land Acquisition Amendment Ordinance at Jantar Mantar on April 24, 2015 from 11 AM
AIKMS will hold a protest dharna at Jantar Mantar, Delhi on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 11 AM against the New Land Ordinance issued by the BJP govt. It shall present a memorandum to the President of India to demand its withdrawal.
While the govt. is calling for increased Industrialization, existing industry is functioning at two thirds its installed production capacity with several industries lying closed, unable to produce as there are insufficient purchasers in the market. 63% of land acquired for SEZs is still lying unused. Production capacity of about 1 lac MW of Thermal Power Plants is lying unused due to lack of water and coal.
Rather than protect the peasants and help them, propping up the Indian markets and creating demand for industry, the Govt. is making laws to uproot peasants including tribals and hand over their land, water and mineral resources to MNCs and their Indian partners for easy and quick profits, better described as windfalls. Food crises, food inflation, hunger and destitution are rising. The Govt. policy is to attract dollar investments and cheat the people, especially the 70% hard working population living in rural areas (overwhelming majority of whom directly depend on agriculture and animal husbandry), exploit the unorganized cheap labour and plunder the natural resources of our country.… Read More
Srirampur- West Bengal – 6th All India Conference of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) Calls for Intensifying Struggle
The sixth All India Conference of IFTU was held at Srirampur, Hoogly, West Bengal on 12th and 13th April, 2015. It was preceded by a rally on 11th April evening through the town which is known for the India Jute Mill situated there. The union of the workers here is led by IFTU. The rally was followed by a public meeting addressed by leaders of National Committee (NC) of IFTU at Saifuddin Grounds (Mahesh Sanpiri Ground renamed for the rally in memory of Com. Saifuddin Vice-president of IFTU).
Delegates coming for the conference were greeted by a huge red archway marking the entrance to Com. Paltu Sen Nagar, wherein the Maya Bhawan (and an adjoining building housing delegates) or the residential complex was called Ram Naresh Tyagi Hall, named after Treasurer of IFTU who died in an accident in 2013. The common eating space for all delegates was named in the memory of Com. H.M. Upadhyay (Vice-president of IFTU). 327 delegates from different unions affiliated to IFTU along with 17 observers attended the Conference. The delegates were from Telengana, Punjab. Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Delhi, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Maharashtra apart from the members of NC. Thus 11 states where IFTU has work were represented in the Conference.… Read More
Today morning at 7:30 AM, longstanding stalwart of the revolutionary cultural movement, Com. Kanuri Venkateshwar Rao breathed his last.
He has left behind a rich legacy of the service to the revolutionary movement of Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and rest of the country being one of the most prominent contributor to the revolutionary cultural movement. His contribution in this field has been colossal and unparalleled.
His active life spanned Great Telengana Armed Struggle and Godavari Valley Resistance Struggle. He had joined Praja Natya Mandali in 1945. He was arrested in 1949 and released in 1951. In 1956 he moved from Krishna district to Warangal. He was a founder of Arunodaya.
He always stood for the communist revolutionary movement and against revisionism and reformism. He translated into songs and dances not only the lives of common peasants and workers but also their revolutionary strivings. He transmitted Party’s revolutionary message in his unique style to the broad masses of the people.
He wrote, sang and danced. He taught and trained generations of revolutionary cultural activists, many of whom played and continue to play prominent roles in the revolutionary cultural movement. His contribution lay not only in what he himself did, but also in what he enabled others to do.… Read More