Month: August 2016

Caste Oppression Communalism

COW VIGILANTISM : RSS-BJP ATTACKS ON MUSLIMS AND DALITS

RSS cow vigilante groups are unleashing mayhem across the country. Their acts are not only criminal and heinous but they publicize their acts with impunity. They know that they are backed by the powers that be and the state machinery moves to protect these groups, or one may say that this vigilantism is state sponsored.

On July 11 in village Mota Samadhiyala near Una in Gujarat the RSS hoodlums beat up dalits for skinning a dead cow and posted this video. In Haryana these hoodlums had forced two alleged ‘beef smugglers’ to eat cow dung. In Karnataka, RSS’s Bajrang Dal activists have attacked dalits for a similar reason. Two Muslim women were beaten by RSS activists at a Railway Station in MP for half an hour on the suspicion of carrying beef. These incidents are neither isolated nor spontaneous. There is a systematic campaign unleashed by the RSS-BJP vigilante groups across the country particularly in the states ruled by the BJP. A number of such groups are functioning and coordinating their activities with local police. In Haryana, along the border with UP, a large number of such groups man the nakas on the roads. They beat up, even kill on the excuse of cows being taken across the border for sale.… Read More

Imperialism Turkey

Failed Coup in Turkey and the Emerging Equations in the Middle-East – Aditya Prakash

The failed coup by sections of the Army and Air Force in Turkey and the subsequent massive arrests and purge in military, police, judiciary, education department and press by Erdogan Govt. to tighten its control over the country have been both the result and cause of intensifying contradictions in Turkey and the larger Middle-East. This intensification is linked to growing contradictions among imperialist powers and among the regional powers aligned to them.

To go briefly into the events preceding, Erdogan’s project to carve out an area of influence in Levante with the blessings and aid of US and other western powers, has come a cropper. Islamic State, emerging from the resistance of Iraqi people against US led aggression and bolstered by imperialist machinations in Syria, has unnerved the monarchies in the region which are caught between supporting the Sunni Islamist groups and suppressing their own people. While they embarked on these objectives as complementary to each other, these groups are threatening to assume a life of their own becoming players in their own right or along with their benefactors. Arab Spring, that upsurge of the people’s struggles in Arab countries which imperialists and their allies sought to utilize to their own advantage, has been drowned in the blood of ruthless suppression and sectarian strife.… Read More