Month: August 2018

CPI-ML New Democracy Democratic Rights

Rise in Protest against Fascist Attack on Progressives and Democratic Rights Activists

In a fascist attack all across India, RSS-BJP Central Govt. has arrested a large number of civil liberties and democratic rights activists. For this nefarious anti-people attack on the democratic rights, FIR lodged after Bhima Koregaon violence has been twisted. Central Govt. and Maharashtra Govt. led by RSS-BJP has shielded those who masterminded attacks on Dalits but has launched an all out attack against progressive and democratic individuals. Police has swooped down on these intellectuals in various parts of the country on the 28th August morning, variously lodging cases under UAPA and for sedition. They were detained for hours, not allowed to meet any one.

Trade Unionist Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj, lawyers in Maharashtra who are handling the cases of other intellectuals and democratic rights activists arrested under UAPA in this FIR Arun Pareira and Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha, a well known human rights activists and ex-Resident Editor of EPW. In Hyderabad, Varavara Rao has been arrested. These large scale arrests of democratic rights activists and trade union activists and lawyers is part of an attempt both to frighten progressive intellectuals from any dissent against communal, casteist fascist RSS-BJP Govt. at the Centre and in many states. Those who speak against anti-people and pro-imperialist policies, against attacks on democratic rights of oppressed people, struggling and revolutionary forces, against attacks on Muslims and Dalits and other oppressed sections, are being gagged, jailed and intellectuals frightened into submission.… Read More

AIKMS

AIKMS on Kerala Devastation

CEC of AIKMS has called upon the people to come forward and help the affected people of Kerala in their misery due to the havoc caused by incessant rain and floods. Thousands of houses have been destroyed in land slips, more than 2 lacs have been forced to leave their houses and tens of thousands of crores have been lost in value.

CEC also calls upon the central govt to shed its apathy to the people and declare this Kerala tragedy as a National Calamity to mobilise the entire country to help the people. The whole state is dislocated and is now staring at arriving water borne diseases, hunger and lack of shelter. Imperial type aerial surveys, as undertaken by the leaders will not be of help.

CEC pays tribute to the spirit of sacrifice and help of specially the members of fishermen community who have mobilized their 100 private double engined motorized boats, 300 skilled swimmers and have brought out 20 to 25 marooned people with great risk to their lives.

CEC calls upon all democratic forces to step up pressure on the govts to immediately look into the Gadgil Committee report of 2011 which was deliberately watered down and not implemented for sake of promoting environmentally damaging deforestation, quarrying, real estate constructions.Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

Declare National Calamity in Kerala; Extend all help to Suffering People of Kerala; Central Govt. must shed its Apathy to the Sufferings of the People

People of Kerala are undergoing immense suffering due to heavy damage caused by incessant rains. Over a hundred have died. More than two lakhs have been forced to leave their homes and over one lakh are waiting to be rescued. Thousands of houses have been destroyed. Damage to property has crossed ten thousand crore rupees. The whole of the state has been dislocated. While rains are showing no signs of stopping, other problems are waiting in the wings like water borne diseases.

The catastrophe that has hit Kerala needs all out support from the people all over the country. All kinds of help should be extended to fellow brothers and sisters of Kerala.

Why has this calamity hit Kerala, the Central Govt. has not risen to the occasion to give the kind of help required by the situation. Though the Prime Minister and Home Minister have undertaken imperial style aerial surveys, the help on the ground has been inadequate. It has not matched its words with action. Central Govt. should immediately declare it as a national calamity. Central Govt. should extend all the assistance, financial and material, needed to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.

While we must extend all help and assistance to our brethren, we should also question the policies being followed by successive govts.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy Students

Attack on Student Leader Umar Khaled Condemned

On August 13, JNU student leader Umar Khaled was shot at in front on Constitution Club which is situated in the high security area near Parliament House. He escaped unhurt.

This attack on Umar Khaled is an attempt to silence the voices of protest against fascist drive of RSS-BJP. The Hindutva forces have launched several such attacks in the past. Murder of Dhabolkar, Pansare, Kulburgi and Gauri Lankesh are prime examples of such targeted killings.

Hindutva forces controlling the Central Govt. are branding all these voices opposing their communal fascist agenda as ánti-national. They not only condone such attacks but also defend the perpetrators of these attacks. This attack in the high security area raised serious apprehension of connivance of the ruling party and the state machinery in this attack.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns this attack. We call upon protests against this attack to expose the nefarious designs of the Hindutva forces and their murderous agenda. We should rally the people against this attack and demand that the campaign branding persons like Umar Khaled as anti-national must be exposed. We demand that those behind the attack should be arrested without delay and a judicial enquiry by a sitting High Court Judge into the conspiracy behind the attack should be constituted.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy Democratic Rights

Protest against Repression by TRS Govt. in Telengana, Invoking of PD Act against Com. Madhu

TRS Govt. in Telengana led by KCR has launched one of the most sinister attack against the people of Telengana particularly its tribals whom it is trying to dispossess of the land which they have been cultivating for decades, particularly podu lands. TRS Govt. is also crushing  the democratic rights of the people. TRS Govt. which came to power after a broad movement of the people of Telengana who fought against what they perceived as exploitation and oppression, is suppressing the aspirations of the people of Telengana. In order to crush the people’s struggles especially those of tribal people in the agency areas, TRS Govt. is targeting leaders and cadres of CPI(ML)-New Democracy which has been leading the struggles of the tribal people for decades.

On July 3 night, state police arrested Com. Madhu, leader of the resistance movement in Godavari Valley areas in Telengana and a state leader of CPI(ML)-New Democracy from Hyderabad. He was kidnapped while he was travelling in an auto. But the police showed his arrest from Gondala forest in Kothagudem district and has foisted several false cases against him. Com. Madhu had been arrested last year July and then also 22 fake cases were foisted against him.… Read More

CPI-ML New Democracy

Interpreting the Pathalgadi Movement

The term Pathalgadi Movement has been swept into discourse to describe one type of powerful assertion by tribals which has been sweeping through Jharkhand, adjoining districts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha – essentially moving down the Munda tribal belt. To put this movement and its tremendous potential in perspective, it is necessary to begin with the provisions which already exist in the Constitution of this country.

Schedule 5 of the Constitution covers the areas where the tribal population is more than 50% and which are not in the 4 north eastern states of Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya where Schedule 6 applies. Schedule 5 guarantees them protection of tribal life and areas in every way, making the Governors of the states where these areas are situated and the President of India the custodians for protecting the same. The Governor has the right to adapt applicability of laws passed by the state govt. in accordance with the interests of these areas and to restrict it.  It is the only area in the Constitution where the President has been accorded direct power and can even change the size of the area declared as scheduled. The difference between the schedule 5 and 6 is that in the former Tribal Advisory Councils can be constituted whereas in the latter Tribal Autonomous Districts can be constituted where the powers of both Governors and state govts are curtailed.… Read More

Communalism CPI-ML New Democracy

NRC Assam Communal Drive of Fascists Feeds on Linguistic and Ethnic Divide

The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on July 30, 2018 leaving out over four million people who had applied to enroll in the Register making it an attempt to deprive largest number of people of citizenship. While Govt. has stated in the Parliament that this is only a draft and those left out will have an opportunity to produce the requisite documents before the NRC is finalized in December 2018, President of ruling BJP Amit Shah has stated that all these four million people left out are infiltrators from Bangladesh and will be thrown out. This statement of Shah is in line with Modi’s statements during Assam elections that Bangladeshis should pack their bags to be deported. There is an ominous ring to the exercise.

Assam is linguistically, culturally, ethnically and religiously a mixed society where people with different identities have been living for centuries, contributing to the economic life of the region and interacting to produce what is Assamese society today. These have come to Assam over last two centuries since Assam was brought under colonial rule by British in 1826 taking it from the then Burma. Even before this, Assam had a large number of tribals.… Read More