Month: October 2016
Eight activists of SIMI have been killed by Madhya Pradesh police after they allegedly escaped from high security Bhopal jail in the early hours today i.e. 31st October, 2016. The story given to the press raises many questions about the veracity of the police claims.
Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Bhupendra Singh is quoted as saying that the prisoners were armed with spoons and plates with which “They attacked the police and injured them. The police had no choice but to kill them. They were dreaded terrorists.” From this statement it is clear that there were no grounds for the police to kill all of them. Mr. Singh’s statement further makes it clear that there is no need to respect the law if the concerned person is an alleged terrorist. It has dangerous portents for the democratic rights of the people. All that is required to eliminate a person is to accuse him of terrorism. It should be further kept in mind that the deceased were under trial prisoners.
There has been a systematic campaign by the RSS-BJP Govt. at the Centre and in states to show the law of the land as an impediment to dealing with alleged terrorists.… Read More
(This booklet was a joint publication of POW (Andhra Pradesh), POW (Telengana), PMS (Delhi) and Istree Jagriti Manch (Punjab). Considering its importance we are publishing it.)
Why This Booklet
Since the last two years, an RSS BJP Govt. is in power in the Central Govt. The period preceding the general elections 2014 was marked by anti Muslim violence in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. This violence was organized and orchestrated by Hindutva forces. This single example is being used here because it helps to bring out several important aspects of the BJP RSS regarding women. Western Uttar Pradesh was already in the spotlight of women’s organizations for its Khap Panchayat dictated so called ‘honour killings’ by the dominant landed peasantry in cases involving predominantly inter caste marriages by women from the dominant castes. Alleging eve teasing of a Hindu girl, the RSS BJP poured communal venom into this area and continually harped on ‘Bahu Bet Izzat’ in this campaign which they sought to extend to the rest of the state and also to the rest of India. The stated part of their campaign was the so called threat to Hindu girls from Muslim boys who wanted to marry them after converting them.… Read More
On 1st October, 1949 Com. Mao Ze Dong proclaimed the creation of People’s Republic of China and declared liberation of one fourth of mankind. Eight months to this great victory in February 1949, Com. Mao had his maiden appearance in ‘Time magazine’ with the headline ‘Communist boss learned tyranny as a boy’. The western world campaigned for Chiang Kai Shek as the representative of Chinese nationalism and Mao was completely ignored. The pioneering writing of Edgar Snow – Red Star over China – in 1937 introduced Mao Ze Dong to a wider circle in the western world. The famous western journalists, authors and economists like Jack Belden, Theodore White, Rewi Alley, Felix Greene, Jan Myrdal, Joan Robinson, John Gurley, William Hinton and Dr Josua Horn have given accounts of the Chinese revolution and its leaders in a positive way.
John Gurley of Stanford was so much influenced by the Chinese revolution that he changed his world outlook. In 1976 Gurley wrote : “The basic overriding economic fact about China is that for twenty years it has fed, clothed and housed everyone, has kept them healthy and has educated most. Millions have not starved, sidewalks and streets have not been covered with multitudes of sleeping, begging, hungry and illiterate human beings; millions are not disease-ridden.… Read More
The claim by the Govt. of killing 28 persons belonging to CPI (Maoist) on Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border on October 24th 2016 has raised several important questions which have grave implications for the democratic rights of the people. Govt.’s claims have been disputed by several intellectuals and democratic rights’ activists. There have been allegations that several injured persons have been killed by the security forces as also that those detained have also been eliminated. There are also reports that several others too are in Govt. custody which the Govt. is not disclosing. It is feared that the Govt. is planning to eliminate them as well.
Govt. has claimed that it had made a surprise attack on the alleged camp, but there are no arrests made from the alleged site of attack nor has any person been shown to be injured. It substantiates the allegations that CPI(Maoist) cadres have been killed by the security forces in cold blood. CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns these killings and demands that those with the security forces should immediately be produced in the Court.
From this it is clear that the Govt. is following a policy of physical elimination of the communist revolutionary leaders and cadres. Rather than fulfilling the genuine aspirations of the people, the Govt.… Read More
The politics in Maharashtra has sprung up an unexpected surprise before the ruling BJP led government in the state. The importance of the caste factor in the state politics has once again come to the fore. The recent initiative of political assertion of the Maratha identity is under the banner of ‘Maratha Kranti’. Considering that kranti i.e. revolution is a term used to describe the struggle of the downtrodden against the establishment, it can not be denied that this movement too enfolds trends against exploitative policies of the establishment. In fact a frustration arising out of inability to improve the living conditions of their own lot, is at the centre of the social turmoil in the offing.
The irony of the situation is that, traditionally, the ruling elite in the state also comes from their own community. This section of Marathas has been enjoying power in each and every field of state governance and rural economy. They are being, somewhat, side lined by the present ruling BJP led government . BJP is making alliance with the new elite players from the OBC sections and trying to woo the dalits in the state. In such a situation, the elite Maratha is trying to find its way back into the corridors of power.… Read More
Dalits in Sangrur district of Punjab are fighting for their share of Panchayat land since 2014. They have been able to get their share of land in many villages and are cultivating in cooperative form. This year, Dalits in 44 villages started struggle on this issue. After a pitched struggle, braving police lathis and jail and all sorts of state repression, Dalits of nearly forty villages succeeded in getting land. In three villages i.e. Jhanerhi, Kalaudi and Jalhoor, the struggle did not succeed. In Kalaudi the matter is in the Court but in Jhanerhi the landlord is a goonda and a henchman of the local MLA. In Jalhoor, the landlords mobilized along caste lines. The Dalits continued the struggle and took to symbolic harvesting in Jalhoor. The landlords attacked their houses and injured some men and women. Police, instead of arresting the landlords, filed cases against the Dalits. Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee held a Dharna on October 5th, 2016 at Lehragaga in front of the SDM office. Even during the Dharna, the landlords and their goons threatened the people and made a public announcement in the village that the Dalits would be taught a lesson when they returned from the Dharna.… Read More
Chest thumping by ruling BJP leaders over so-called surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army on the morning of September 29, 2016. Prime Minister Modi, Defense Minister Parriker and a host of ministers and BJP & RSS leaders have claimed these to be proof of new assertiveness of the BJP Govt. against Pakistan abandoning what is being termed as “strategic restraint”. Since these claims by the Govt. functionaries, other ruling class politicians have doubted the veracity of these strikes on the one hand and Congress and other UPA constituents claiming that such strikes were carried out earlier by the UPA Govt. on the other. Denial of any such strike by Pakistan, even carrying a large posse of foreign journalists to the sites claimed to have been hit in these strikes and the statement of UN monitoring mission Kashmir that no LoC violation had occurred on the time claimed in the Govt. statement, has resulted in confusion further confounded. Moreover, the claim by Govt. ministers and BJP leaders that this was first time that such an action was carried out by the Indian Army has been disputed and has been so admitted by the foreign secretary. It is clear that Modi Govt.… Read More