Month: May 2017

CPI-ML

Homage to Com. Khokan Mazumdar

Central Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy pays its homage to the revolutionary memory of Com. Khokan Mazumdar, a veteran communist revolutionary leader and a member of the Central Committee of CPI(ML)-Kanu Sanyal. He breathed his last on May 29 evening, only four days after the communist revolutionaries had observed the 50th Anniversary of the great and glorious Naxalbari Peasant Armed Struggle. He was 87 year old.

Born in a poor peasant family that part of Bengal which is today Bangladesh, Com. Khokan Mazumdar had been active in the communist movement since he joined united CPI in early fifties as a teenager. After coming to Kolkata in 1950s, he was active in the working class movement and later went to North Bengal. He participated in Naxalbari movement from the beginning and was among those whose name was closely associated with that movement. He was part of the leadership which led the Naxalbari peasant armed struggle, which became a turning point in the history of the communist movement of India. He along with Coms. Kanu Sanyal, Deepak Biswas and Khudan Mullick went to China and met the leaders of the Communist Party of China including Com. Mao Zedong. In several interviews he had said that Com.… Read More

CPI-ML

50 Years of Naxalbari Uprising : Homage at Martyrs’ Column in Naxalbari & Rally and Meeting in Siliguri

On the occasion of 50 years of Naxalbari, ’Committee for Observance of 50 years of Naxalbari Uprising’ organized a programme at Siliguri on 25th May 2017 in which five revolutionary organizations including CPI(ML)-New Democracy participated. Our party mobilized participants from several states. Comrades from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab and Delhi joined comrades in West Bengal to take part in the programme, making journeys of over 24 to 48 hours which were stretched further by delayed trains. A large number of comrades participated in the programme on behalf of our Party.
Early on 25th May morning, around 200 comrades of the participating organizations, in which 3/4th were from our party, went in buses to Bengaijote in Naxalbari where police firing on 25th May 1967 had killed 11 persons including eight women and two children. A simple red sandstone memorial bearing the names of the martyrs stands in the grassy knell to mark the spot where they fell. A line of green stone busts of some of the great revolutionary teachers along with busts of Com Charu Mazumdar and others, do not manage to rob the spot of its quiet simplicity. Here, at 9 AM, in the midst of rousing slogans, leaders of the five organizations paid homage to the martyrs by garlanding the plaque one after another led by Com.… Read More

Caste Oppression

Saharanpur and Fightback

Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur district is the latest addition to the growing list of places where Dalits have risen against the injustices and atrocities of upper castes. On May 21st 2017, thousands of Dalits from western UP, particularly Saharanpur, came to the Jantar Mantar protest site in the capital to express their resolve to fight against attacks on them.

Shabbirpur coming after Una and Sangrur has added a new dimension to the struggle of Dalits and oppressed castes in the country. In Una, the beating of Dalit youth by RSS hoodlums had led to big protests by Dalits and progressive organizations in Gujarat. Those leading the protest had called for Dalits to shun skinning of dead cattle and demanded that Dalits be given land to which they are entitled. Una protests had once again highlighted the question of land for Dalits. Una became a symbol of not only a new wave of protests by Dalits but also the raising of land question by oppressed castes in their fight against caste oppression and attacks.

Earlier, in Sangrur district of Punjab, Dalits had been struggling under the banner of Zamin Prapti Sangharsh Committee for the share of panchayat agricultural land legally earmarked for Dalits for lease.… Read More