Democratic Rights

CPI-ML Democratic Rights

Arrest of senior journalist Sh. Vinod Verma by Chhattisgarh police Condemned

Senior journalist and writer Mr. Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh police from his residence situated in Indirapuram in district Ghaziabad. The Police allegedly arrested him in connection with possession of a CD showing amorous acts of a Minister in Chhattisgarh’s BJP Govt. and attempting to blackmail the concerned Minister, Mr. Rajesh Munot.

Mr. Vinod Verma is a senior journalist working for last three decades and has worked with BBC and Umar Ujala. He is a member of Editors’ Guild and was a member of the fact finding team sent by Editors’ Guild that had gone to Chhattisgarh to investigate cases of intimidation of journalists in that state.

Mr. Vinod Verma had been writing about the people’s issues and has exposed the violations of human rights in Chhattisgarh including attacks on the journalists who have exposed high-handedness and atrocities by the security forces. While Mr. Verma does have in his possession the material which incriminates a Minister of Chhattisgarh state, this is no crime and his arrest in this dramatic manner shows the increasing intolerance of the RSS-BJP Govt. to the exposure of the misdeed of its leaders.

Arrest of Mr. Vinod Verma is part of the attack of RSS-BJP Govt.Read More

CPI-ML Democratic Rights

Condemn Arrest of Com. Madhu and others, Demand Withdrawal of UAPA cases

Central Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) – New Democracy strongly condemns the arrest of Com. Madhu, Com. K. Prasad and Com. Y. Shantha Rao on July 26 in Mehboobabad district of Telengana. CPI (ML)-New Democracy also denounces the UAPA slapped against these comrades. Slapping of UAPA is part of attack on the tribals and other forest dwellers in Telengana.

KCR led TRS Govt. in Telengana has launched a serious criminal attack against the tribals living in forest areas of Telengana. Land which tribals have been cultivating for generations are being occupied by the forest department through police and on the direction of TRS Govt. Huts in which their families are living for decades are being demolished. Tribal women and men are being beaten, arrested and false cases foisted against them. A reign of terror is being let loose on the tribal people and other poor inhabitants of forest areas in Telengana.

Tribals are obviously resisting this blatant and cruel attack on their lands and livelihood. In this they are being supported and led by a number of organizations including CPI (ML) – New Democracy. In the areas of erstwhile districts of Warangal and Khammam, now falling under several districts, CPI (ML) – New Democracy has been supporting and leading tribal resistance to save their land and means of livelihood.… Read More

CPI-ML Democratic Rights

42 Years of Imposition of Emergency : Intensify Struggle Against Increasing Danger of Fascism

On 26th June 1975, Mrs. Indira Gandhi Govt. had launched a ferocious attack on the democratic rights of the people by imposing Emergency. Mrs. Gandhi sought to perpetuate her rule in the face of rising struggles of the people and increasing dissensions among the ruling classes. Every democratic institution was trampled underfoot and people’s rights were completely negated.

Now 42 years later, Indian people are again faced with the danger of fascist rule over the country this time under the slogan of Hindutva. RSS-BJP ruling at the Centre have not only packed the state institutions with their own people, they are subverting different state institutions utilizing their parliamentary majority. RSS-BJP rule signifies the most brutal attack on the people of the country in the service of imperialists and big capitalist and big landlord classes subservient to imperialism. To camouflage their anti-national acts, RSS-BJP are bent on intensifying their drive to divide the people on communal lines and intensifying attacks against tribals, dalits, women and oppressed castes besides minorities. They are intensifying militarization of state machinery and are unleashing jingoism. RSS is trying to whip up pseudo-nationalism to misdirect the people’s rising anger and crush the people’s struggles.

RSS-BJP are intensifying suppression of communist revolutionary movement deploying more and more security forces.… Read More

Communalism Democratic Rights

Protests Against Amit Shah’s Visit to Naxalbari

Communist revolutionary organizations including CPI(ML)-New Democracy under the banner of “Committee to Observe 50 Years of Naxalbari” protested against the visit of BJP Chief Amit Shah to Naxalbari on April 25. Protesters shouted slogans against communal and fascist designs of RSS-BJP and burnt the effigy of Amit Shah.

Protesters condemned the attempts of BJP to communally polarize the people of West Bengal. Protesters also condemned their attacks against Muslims in West Bengal and other parts of country. Protesters strongly opposed the armed demonstrations by RSS hoodlums to terrorize members of minority community.

The Committee organizing the protest called for a determined struggle against RSS designs in West Bengal and called upon the people of West Bengal to unite against Hindutva forces and resist their attacks.

April 26, 2017… Read More

CPI-ML Democratic Rights Kashmir

Respect Democratic Aspirations of Kashmiri People

Widespread protests in Kashmir in which 8 persons have been killed and over three hundred (including a hundred security persons) have been injured marked the election to Srinagar by-election. According to the Election Commission only 7% votes were cast and polling had to be folded up by noon in most of the polling booths due to people’s protests. This tells about the real situation in Kashmir. State’s plan to hold election and to flaunt it as a proof of Kashmiris acquiescence with status quo has fallen flat in face of determined opposition of the people.

According to reports, a new phase in the people’s struggle in Kashmir has unfolded in which people intervene in encounters of militants by security forces. There are numerous such incidents. Army authorities including Army Chief have warned the protesters calling them as supporters of ‘terrorism’. Functionaries of Central Govt. have also issued statements on similar lines.

The large scale participation of the people in protests unequivocally questions the narrative of Indian Govt. that unrest in Kashmir is a handiwork of Pakistan aided handful of ‘terrorists’. That this has not sunk deep into minds of the people of the country as mainstream media does not cover it, and to that extent it does, it is to reinforce the narrative of the Govt.… Read More

CPI-ML Democratic Rights

On Life Sentence to Activists under UAPA

CPI(ML)-New Democracy expresses its serious concern at the judgement delivered by Gadchiroli Sessions Court convicting Mahesh Tirki, Pandu Narote, Hem Mishra, Prashant Rahi, Vijay Tirki and GN Saibaba under provisions of UAPA. Five of them have been sentenced to life while Vijay Tirki has been awarded 10 years’ imprisonment.

The judgement shows scant regard for the provisions of existing law. Court has not taken cognizance of the fact that material relied upon by the Court was not sealed nor of the fact that alleged confessions were obtained under coercion. Such vital aspects which undermine the basis of the prosecution case were disregarded by Court in its judgement. Court has not based itself on facts as it ought to have done but has made observations on revolutionary ideology as it ought not to have done. The latter are also against Supreme Court judgements on the issue.

This judgement deals a serious blow to the democratic rights of the people. It is part of the general attack on the democratic rights of the people being unleashed by Modi led RSS-BJP Govt. It is not accidental that the people like Aseemanand are being acquitted for lack of evidence while people like G.N.Saibaba are being sentenced despite lack of evidence.… Read More

Communalism Democratic Rights

Resist Fascist Attacks in Educational Institutions

Goondaism of RSS affiliated organizations was unleashed when Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) hooligans targeted a protest march by students and teachers from the gate of Ramjas College of Delhi University on February 22nd 2017. Students and teachers were protesting against cancellation of a Seminar on “Culture of Protests” which was scheduled to be held in Ramjas College a day earlier. This cancellation came on the demand of ABVP. This has assumed a pattern wherein Universities and Colleges are not permitting democratic discourses on the campuses invariably on the demand of ABVP. Action is often taken against the organizers for holding such meetings or discussions as was the case recently in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) where a teacher has been placed under suspension for organizing a lecture by JNU Professor, Ms. Nivedita Menon.
Campuses of the Institutions of higher learning in the country are being targeted by RSS to snuff out the culture of dissent against the policies of the rulers of the day. Scientific enquiry, critical assessments and questioning attitudes are sought to be snuffed out. It is vital for them so that their baseless, non-factual, Goebellsian propaganda on different aspects does not have to face any scrutiny. The intelligentsia is being targeted to decapitate the country, to make them uncritical followers of Sangh ideology whether by conviction or largely out of fear.… Read More

CPI-ML Democratic Rights

Use of UAPA Against Activists of Bhangar Movement Condemned

CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns foisting of cases under UAPA against 11 activists of Bhangar movement in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. People of Bhangar had launched protests against the loss of land and livelihood, and environmental damage due to construction of power grid sub-station of the public sector Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).

Mamata Bannerjee Govt. has mounted a serious attack against this people’s agitation. Police had fired upon the peaceful agitators on January 17 killing two of them and injuring several others. Now the police has arrested 11 activists of the movement including Com. P.S. Thakur and Sharmishtha Choudhary and foisted the black law, the UAPA’s provisions against them. CPI(ML)-New Democracy demands that UAPA provisions should be withdrawn against these activists and all those arrested in connection with Bhangar movement should be immediately and unconditionally released.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy which has always condemned the black legislation, UAPA, strongly denounces the foisting of cases under this black law against these activists. State Govts. including West Bengal Govt. has been using this black law against the leaders of the people’s struggles.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy supports the struggle of people of Bhangar for their land, livelihood and against deleterious environmental effects of this project.… Read More

Democratic Rights Protests

Condemn Police Violence on Peaceful Protestors at Marina Beach

On 23rd January morning Tamil Nadu Govt. let loose brutal violence on the protestors, mainly students, who were on continual sit in at the Marina beach in Chennai on the immediate issue of a ban on the traditional sport of Jallikatu, demanding its permanent revocation. While the TN Govt., under pressure of the public outcry and the powerful movement in Tamil Nadu,  passed an ordinance allowing the festival this year, many protestors were not in favour of calling off the struggle on only a partial settlement.The debate was on within the agitators when the TN police, by brutally beating up the student protestors, has added new fuel to the agitation. Reports say that when the police descended on the Marina Beach in the early hours of 23rd morning and asked the protestors to leave, more than 5000 students were peacefully complying but the police beat them with lathis and dragged them,literally provoking the gathering and also onlookers including fisherfolk living in surrounding areas … Read More

CPI-ML Democratic Rights

Bending with the wind

The Supreme Court verdict on compulsory playing of national anthem at the start of every show of a film in a theatre is a retrograde decision. This Supreme Court verdict over-rules the 1986 decision of the apex Court that nobody should be forced to sing the national anthem. Such decisions have also been given by top courts in a number of countries. However, this decision is in sync with the RSS-BJP attempt to whip up ultra-nationalist hysteria.

Supreme Court has obviously laid down a wrong rule. Article 53-A(a) is part of the Directive Principles dealing with the duty of every citizen and is non-justiciable i.e. cannot be enforced by a Court of law though this is not the only Article of the Directive Principles which the apex Court is setting out to enforce. Further, Article 53-A(a) deals with the duty of every citizen to give due honour to national symbols like national flag and national anthem i.e. due respect be accorded to them and not their forcible observance. The distinction is vital and important. Compulsory playing of national anthem in the places of entertainment cannot foster love for the country.

The Supreme Court verdict is alarming as the RSS-BJP ruling dispensation is trying to unleash severe repression on the people in the name of nationalism.… Read More