Month: August 2015

Communalism Ruling Class

Against Yaqub Memon’s Hanging

The judicial hanging of Yaqub Memon, an accused of Mumbai blasts of 1993, and the undue haste in which this was carried out on July 30, 2015 has once again highlighted the discrimination practiced by the different wings of the Indian state towards sections of Indian citizens. It has raised many questions and large sections of people have protested against this. A large attendance at the funeral of Yaqub Memon which has been dubbed as anti-national by BJP and Shiv Sena, testifies to the growing unease among large sections of people against the brazenness of such exercise.
Besides, the debate on desirability and efficacy of capital punishment, which has been going on for a long time and which gets particularly sharp whenever any capital punishment is going to carried out, the hanging of Yaqub Memon has raised two important sets of questions. The first of these relates to whether Yaqub Memon’s culpability in the blasts has been correctly assessed, whether mitigating factors like his cooperation with investigative agencies have been given due weightage and whether Indian agencies had promised him lenient treatment in exchange for his cooperation; in all, whether it qualified to be the “rarest of rare” case deserving capital punishment as repeatedly enunciated by the Supreme Court.… Read More

Homage to Com. Chalasani Prasad

Homage to Com. Chalasani Prasad

Revolutionary poet, writer and erstwhile Secretary of Revolutionary Writers Association (VIRASAM), Com.  passed away on July 25th 2015 morning at his house in Vishakhapatnam. He was 84 years old.

Chalasani Prsad was born in Bathapenumaru village of Kuchipudi mandal of Krishna district. His family had a long history of participation in the revolutionary movement from days of Telengana Armed Struggle (1946-51). One of his brothers, Chalasani Vasudevarao was martyred in the Telengana Armed Struggle.

Com. Chalasani Prasad was a lecturer in AVN College at Vishakhapatnam. He was inspired by Naxalbari and Sirkakulam armed peasant struggles. He was very close to Mahakavi Sri Sri. He was the key person in Sri Sri celebration and in the release of a pamphlet “Writers, Artists, Where are You? Whom do you support? Are you with the common people or the ruling classes?” He played a great role in establishing Revolutionary Writers’ Association. From there Com. Chalasani campaigned for the politics of Armed Struggle of Naxalbari and Srikakulam.

He was imprisoned several times including during Emergency. He hailed all people’s struggles including our struggles in Vishakha. Where-ever fake encounter killings took place, he went and exposed the brutalities of the Govt. Com. Chalasani also stood with people and people’s struggles as a revolutionary poet.… Read More

Communalism IFTU

Report of Delhi IFTU Team to Khajuri Khas & Press Release

Press Release

The Delhi IFTU Committee sent a team to the Khajuri Khas area of North East Delhi to investigate alleged communal clashes there after we received reports of the same from several workers who reside in the area. In Delhi in the months since Modi Govt came to power, there have been several such incidents in all of which investigations found that the actual situation was that Hindutva elements abetted by the local police had attempted to, or at times actually succeeded in provoking anti muslim violence. In addition, there have been attacks on churches usually in the early hours of the morning . The report of our team is released herewith.

Dr. Animesh Das
President, Delhi IFTU Committee
August 3rd 2015

Report of Delhi IFTU Team to Khajuri Khas
On 1st August newspapers were full of reports that there were ‘clashes between two groups’ in Khajuri Khas area of north east Delhi and that the Delhi police had acted to restore law and order. We were also contacted by several workers residing in the kuccha colony of Khajuri Khas, a poor and working class colony, that the area was communally disturbed. As this is an area where both Hindus and Muslims reside and also because the memory of incidents in Trilokpuri and Seelampur in the past few months are there, the Delhi Committee of Indian Federation of Trade Unions sent a team to investigate the incident.… Read More