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
CPI-ML New Democracy
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
CPI(ML)-New Democracy Strongly Condemns Killings of CPI(Maoist) Cadres and Tribal People in Gadchiroli
Central Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns killing of cadres of CPI(ML)-Maoist and tribal people in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra on April 22 & 23, 2018. Central and State Govts. are resorting to brutal tactics to suppress the struggle of tribal people in Dandakarnya region under the leadership of communist revolutionaries. These killings reflect the repression let loose by the ruling classes against the people’s struggles particularly against the struggles led by communist revolutionaries.
Killing of the injured and unarmed tribals in the name of ‘éncounter’ with CPI(Maoist) cadres has become a routine template of the security forces in their all out war against the people in these regions. It is part of their efforts to take control of the mineral rich region through physically eliminating the communist revolutionaries and rendering tribals leaderless and helpless and thereby incapable to resist the onslaught of the ruling classes, foreign and domestic corporate. In these attacks the security forces keep no regard of the democratic rights of the people. They do not respect even the laws of war though they themselves claim to be at war with CPI (Maoist).
Killing of unarmed tribals in cold blooded murders is not accidental but a deliberate act to terrorize the tribals who are also arrested on trumped up charges and incarcerated in jails for long periods of time.… Read More
To insert itself as a military player in the war in Syria and to reassure its clients in the Arab world post the failure of its regime change operations in Syria, US imperialism along with UK and France fired over a hundred missiles targeting three sites in Syria. One was near capital Damascus and two were near the city of Homs. Many of these missiles were intercepted by Syrian Army, particularly those fired at the site near Damascus while others hit empty targets.
These air strikes on April 14 morning are blatant violations of sovereignty and territorial integrity of a UN member country. These air strikes are in utter disregard of international law and without approval of the United Nations. These air strikes were avowedly a reaction to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad regime in Douma in Eastern Ghouta. But these strikes were precisely timed before a team of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is scheduled to start its work later in the day. US, UK and France claimed that they have “evidence” that Assad Govt. had used chemical weapons but did not disclose it. US White House claimed that they acted on the basis of reports in media and by intelligence agencies but they would not share it.… Read More
Rise Against Supreme Court Judgment on the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act! Protest Against Repression on participants in April 2 Bharat Bandh!
On April 2 people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and those who oppose the discrimination and harassment, oppression and violence, rapes and murders against the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes demonstrated throughout the country against the Supreme Court Judgment which virtually annulled The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. The Judgment is a blatant and cruel attack on these sections which suffer from crude oppression and atrocities at the hands of dominant upper castes. The Supreme Court Judges have gone against the very spirit of the Constitution and have given a judgment which will intensify the caste oppression, hatred and atrocities and also boost the morale of upper caste goons. The Attorney General has not bothered to attend the Court despite being asked to and the Govt. has represented before the Court that this Act is being widely misused. This is contrary to the harsh reality of an abysmal rate of convictions, low rate of filing of cases anyway, plethora of false cases under other sections filed by the upper castes and police in most cases of such atrocities against the Dalits and adivasis who are the victims and who dare to lodge complaints.… Read More
CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns the firing by police on the people, killing a number of them, protesting against Supreme Court order virtually doing away with The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Supreme Court issued this order despite rise in the number of murders, rapes, assaults and other atrocities being perpetrated against these sections and despite high pendency and very low conviction rate of the cases under the Act.
There have been countrywide protests against this Supreme Court order. People from different walks of life came out in protests. Rail and road traffic was blocked at a number of places and large rallies were organized by the people.
To crush these protests, Govt. took recourse to prohibitory orders, lathi-charged the people and fired live bullets on the protesters in which a number of them have been killed.
Today’s protests are against the growing atrocities against Dalits and other oppressed sections. Today’s protests are against the ruling class forces which are conspiring to finish off reservation from oppressed sections. Today’s protests are also against the conspiracy to impose upper caste chauvinist rule in the name of Hindutva by the ruling dispensation.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy had supported the Bharat Bandh Call.… Read More