At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured on 22 May 2018 as police fired on demonstrators protesting against Sterlite copper in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) a port town in Tamilnadu. One of them was killed in a second incident of firing in the evening when protesters had gathered in another part of the town to protest against the earlier firing. Nine more were battling for life in hospital. Most had bullet marks on their face, chest or abdomen. One of them is a girl aged 17, said a doctor attached to the Tuticorin district medical office. Around 20,000 strong demonstration was being held to mark the 100th day of the current round of protest against the Sterlite Copper a unit of London based Vedanta Resources, one of the world’s largest metal and mining transnational corporations. This indefinite struggle was launched on 12th February 2018 to demand closure of the plant and refusal of permission for starting another unit of the plant. The protestors had applied for permission for the protest many days before but the District administration clamped Section 144 in the town to try to prevent the protest. This further angered the protestors who marched to the District Collectorate where the police resorted to the firing.… Read More
Month: May 2018
CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns locking of the Party office by the police on May 12, 2018 in Khammam in Telengana. A meeting commemorating the martyrs of the revolutionary movement was scheduled to be held in the office. A number of activists including noted revolutionary poet and writer Varavara Rao and 25 others were arrested from the venue and the police put a lock on the gates of the Meeting Hall in the office.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy activists under the leadership of the Khammam Dist. Committee of the Party nevertheless held a meeting commemorating the martyrs of the revolutionary movement in the verandah of the office. Leaders and participants in this meeting denounced the police for locking the office and arresting the activists and termed it as an attack on the revolutionary movement and democratic rights by KCR led TRS Govt. in Telengana. Later a procession was taken out against this undemocratic police action.
KCR Govt. has been targeting leaders and activists of CPI(ML)-New Democracy and is intensifying attacks against tribals in Telengana.
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Mamata Bannerjee led Trinamool Govt. has unleashed a reign of terror to monopolize the rural local bodies in West Bengal. Nominees of the opposition parties including communist revolutionary organizations were prevented even from filing of the nomination papers resulting in the uncontested TMC ‘victory’ in over one third of the seats at different levels. (Declaration of these results has since been stayed by the Supreme Court.) The activists of opposition parties were physically prevented from reaching the venue where nomination papers were being filed. They were beaten and their papers including original documents were snatched even from the venue where nomination papers were being filed. A number of activists of the Party could not file their nomination papers in Bankura district due to such assaults. Police colloborated with the activists of the ruling TMC while State Election Commission connived in this day light murder of election process.
Besides preventing the nominees of other parties from filing the nomination, other parties are being prevented from conducting their campaigns. Their activists are being attacked and they are not being allowed to campaign. One such rally was attacked by Trinamool goons (including an ex-MLA and a notorious Mafia) in which Hafizul Mollah was killed in Bhangar area of South 24 Pargana district of West Bengal.… Read More
Dr Amitabha Chakrabarti
‘Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in different ways; the point is to change it.’ – Marx
I dedicate this talk to the memories of our martyrs who have dedicated their lives to fight against the MNC–Corporate-State nexus of Forceful occupation of Land, Forest & Water bodies (Jal- Zamin –Jungal). To Those who have dedicated their lives for the emancipation of toiling masses.
(This paper was presented at Marx Bicentenary Meeting held in Kolkata on May 5, 2018)
The question of agricultural transition in ‘Capital’ is based primarily on Marx’s concept of the law of value and his analysis of ground rent. This study is mostly based on the experience of Western Europe with its classic form in England. Marx’s Studies on agricultural transition in places other than western Europe are less discussed. Kautsky in his famous writing on capitalism & agriculture talked about the relation between capital, precapital and noncapital within the capitalist society. He discussed on transition in some of the East European societies. Lenin praised Kautsky’s writing on this issue. An analysis of the relationship between agriculture and capital beyond West Europe is very important to understand the transition of agriculture in India.
The central concept of Marx’s work on capitalist transition of agriculture consists of: the law of value, equalization of rates of profit and ground rent.… Read More
General Secretary of PCC, CPI(ML) Com. Vaskar Nandy died in the morning of May 4, 2018. He was 80 years old. He was suffering from throat cancer for some time.
Com. Nandy had already come into contact with progressive movement during his studies abroad and participated in demonstrations against Vietnam war there. He has been a participant in the ML movement for five decades attracted by Naxalbari peasant armed struggle. Over this period he contributed in developing ML movement particularly in the Eastern India, especially in Assam where he led the development of extensive party organization and mass base. Despite his old age and ill health, Com. Nandy worked to organize tea plantation workers in Assam and North Bengal. Com. Nandy became a member of the Central Committee of the CPI(ML) when Unity Committee of CPI(ML) united with Central Committee of CPI(ML) to form PCC, CPI(ML) in 1977.
Com. Nandy struggled with problems faced by the revolutionary movement. He had knowledge, vision and strength of his conviction.
Of late, he was very keen to develop joint activities among the communist revolutionaries especially to fight RSS-BJP’s drive towards fascism.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy pays its homage to Com. Vaskar Nandy and offers condolences to the leaders and cadres of PCC, CPI(ML) and his family members.… Read More
(On the occasion of Birth bicentenary of Karl Marx, CPI(ML)-New Democracy organized a meeting in Hyderabad on May 5, 2018. Rajani Desai was invited to speak in the meeting along with others. She could not attend but sent the following paper to the organizers. Her paper is being published here. -Editor)
On this, the occasion of 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, I thank you for your invitation to speak about the relevance of Marxism to the contemporary world. I am sorry that I am unable to attend due to a fracture, and hence am sending this message.
To be frank, I am somewhat overwhelmed by the scale of the topic itself. Marxism encompasses our conception of the world; our understanding of political economy, which is the underpinning of the entire social order; as well as our conception of the social order that must replace the present order. To say anything cogently about such a vast subject is very difficult.
Before we come to the question of the relevance of Marxism to the contemporary world, let us briefly cast a glance back at the last 150 years since Marx completed the first volume of his magnum opus, Capital.
Fifty years after the publication of that work, Marxism inspired workers to set up the world’s first socialist state in the largest country of the world, and later inspired workers and peasants to do so in the most populous country of the world.… Read More