Month: February 2016

CPI-ML Kashmir NDA Ruling Class Students

JNU: Modi led RSS-BJP Govt.’s Attack

The Modi led RSS BJP Central Govt., cornered and defensive over Rohith Vemula’s institutional murder and the exposure of its anti Dalit character, intervened in a routine event held in February at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) situated in Delhi to push its own agenda. It also got a golden opportunity to turn people’s attention from the devastating agrarian situation, continual price rise, joblessness and absent ache din. Pouncing on an event, a wave of jingoism, righteous chauvinism and aggressive fake nationalism has been let loose in the country, based on video doctoring and Goebellsian ranting. The issues just couldn’t have been better for the RSS; a mix of Kashmir and communist baiting to which they themselves added the necessary seasoning of Pakistan.

The Jawahar Lal Nehru University is a Central university known for a liberal culture of tolerance of different viewpoints. By providing for special provisions to accommodate students from backward districts of the country, it has built a reputation for a representative mixture of students. The University has been an eyesore for the RSS, which associates it with communist views and which has long voiced intentions of getting it closed down.

9th February 2016 in Background of Student Unrest

Democratic student organizations and activists of many varieties in institutions of higher learning especially in Delhi have been active in the recent past.… Read More

Students

Fighter for Democratic Issues – Rohith Vemula

On the 17th of January 2016, Rohith Vemula, PhD scholar in Humanities at Hyderabad Central University, committed suicide in one of the hostel room. In his suicide note, he wondered at a society where a person’s value is reducible to his ‘immediate identity and nearest possibility’, while holding no one responsible for his death. Taken with his letter addressed to the Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad University and written a few weeks earlier, it is clear he felt forced to take his life because he was a Dalit. He had faced caste discrimination all his life and the caste discrimination he faced in the University too became unbearable for him.

Back Ground

Rohith Vemula was an M.Sc. and aspired to be a science writer. He was born to a Dalit mother who had been adopted by a backward caste woman and married by her into a backward caste family. After two children, the husband discovered the women’s Dalit origin and threw her and her children out of the house. Rohith grew up on his mother’s earning as a tailor; saw her dishonoured and ill treated in her adopted mother’s home – probably because she was an abandoned woman with children, as her Dalit origin was already known in that family.… Read More

NDA

On Railway Budget 2016- ‘17 (New Democracy News Service)

Railway Budget presented by Union Minister for Railways, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, shows utter and callous disregard of the common people by the NDA Govt. It also paints a sorry state of finances and condition of railways under the present dispensation. Every person who travels by rail knows well the sorry condition of railways. But the NDA Govt. has not bothered to address the concerns of the common people for a comfortable, timely and safe travel.
This callous disregard is shown by the fact that while a lot needs to be done, the railway ministry has shows a surplus of Rs. 8720 crores from the past year. Further out of a total of 40,000 crores of budgetary support last year, over 20% was returned unutilized by the railways. Whether it was just a commonly played gimmick of allotting more and spending less or lack of willingness of NDA Govt. to spend on the travel for common people, it just shows their lack of concern for the people. While budgetary support has been kept at the last year’s level despite price rise, no method of generation of finances for the projects announced has been outlined except alluding to “innovative financing system”. It only shows that the Govt.… Read More

Protests Ruling Class

Statement on Agitation by Jats in Haryana

Militant agitation by Jats of Haryana for reservation in OBC category enjoys widespread support in that community. While violent attacks on other communities might have been engineered by vested interests linked to ruling class parties, the wide disillusionment and anger in the community is quite evident. We strongly condemn the senseless violence indulged by lumpen elements against common people and reported assaults on women passengers. We also strongly condemn the killing of 18 agitators and injuring hundreds in police firing. Police in India knows only one way of tackling people i.e. to fire live bullets to kill and maim them.
This agitation by Jats and earlier agitation by Patidars in Gujarat, by Marathas in Maharashtra and by Kapus in Andhra Pradesh demonstrate deep agrarian crisis in the country and increasing hardships of peasantry. Decreasing share of agriculture in the gross domestic product with continuing dependence of large section of people on agriculture has led to deterioration of the conditions of the peasantry and rural masses in general. Rising cost of agricultural inputs and lack of corresponding rise in the prices of agricultural produce thereby further worsening terms of trade against agriculture, continued neglect of irrigation and protection from vagaries of nature, lack of agri-based industries and industries in the rural areas, lack of emphasis on development in the rural areas and their continuing backwardness, and increasing privatization of education and health taking them beyond the means of overwhelming population in rural areas have led to worsening conditions of rural masses including landowning peasantry.… Read More

CPI-ML

CPI(ML) – New Democracy Condemns RSS Attack on JNU – Press Release on February 13, 2016

Delhi Committee of the CPI (M-L) New Democracy condemns the systematic attack by the RSS backed Modi Government on democratic movements led by students in institutions of higher learning in a bid to kill democratic traditions in these institutions, to impose the RSS’s version of what is ‘national’ on the people of India. On one hand, it is handing over India for corporate loot and invites corporate to loot India’s rich resources and cheap labour (“Make in India”, Startup India” etc.), commercialising the education and making it open for private players both Indian and foreign, making education less accessible by changing the provisions which help less privileged people to enter universities like JNU; at the same time it is trying to curb democratic culture and crush any voice of dissent while simultaneously trying to impose its regressive views as only correct and ‘nationalistic’ views and for that purpose it is targeting institutions like JNU.

It was seen clearly in the steps in Hyderabad Central University forced by the Human Resources Development Minister which resulted in taking the life of Rohitha Vemula, the attempt to ban Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle in IIT Chennai, and now an attack on students and on JNU alleging some pro Pakistan slogans in a doctored video.… Read More

Protests

Vishakhapatnam Rally & Public Meeting on February 29, 2016

Resist and Defeat Destruction in the name of Development!

Fight for People centric Development!

Fellow people of the country,

The policies being pursued by Central and State Govts. are destroying lives and livelihoods of the people of the country. They are unleashing death, devastation and destruction on the vast masses. Their policies are destroying crop lands, green forests, sea coast and river banks and are poisoning land and water. They are destroying agriculture, fishing and other livelihoods of the people. Their policies are an unmitigated disaster for the people of the country, including broad sections of the peasantry including tribals, workers, fisherfolk, slum dwellers and other toiling sections. Their neoliberal model of ‘development’ is only meant to benefit foreign and domestic corporate and their lackeys while it is a model of devastation and destruction for the common people inhabiting the length and breadth of the country. Their policies are endangering food security, environment and conditions of lives for the vast multitude.

Modi led RSS-BJP Central Govt. and State Govts. including Naidu led TDP Govt. of AP, Naveen Patnaik led BJD Govt. of Odisha and KCR led TRS Govt. in Telengana are all following a development model based on displacing large sections of peasantry and landless people including tribals from villages, from the countryside, fisherfolk from the sea coast and basti dwellers from urban areas.… Read More

PDSU Students

PDSU Condemns ABVP Hooliganism in JNU – Press Release on February 10, 2016

PDSU strongly condemns the behavior of ABVP hooligans in JNU last night, when a group if students were peacefully observing the death anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru. They sought permission of VC. They were first granted the permission and then withdrew it under the pressure of ABVP citing that it may disrupt peace in the campus. When there rally consisting of more than 400 students reached end point at Sabarmati dhaba, the activists of ABVP aided by security guards attacked them and opposed the protest.

It is disturbing to note that now ABVP would decide which programmes can be held and which cannot be. And they have full support of administrative machinery. First VC denied permission fearing disturbance. Who other than ABVP would have disturbed? That means if something does not suit ABVP, that cannot be done. Instead of taking action against ABVP for disturbing and trampling right to express, it becomes reason for not allowing others. And when others decides to go ahead with their right to express, university machinery helps them like guard in this case and police in the case of demonstration at RSS HQ.

This is also worth mentioning that hanging order of Afzal Guru was protested even at that time as it was not correct even as per the law of the land.… Read More