Democratic Rights

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 New Democracy 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

Communalism CPI-ML New Democracy Democratic Rights

Observe December 6 as Anti-Communalism Day

To perpetuate their rule and to crush and divert people’s struggles, ruling classes of the country have been using, besides repression and reforms, the weapon of communal division of the people. Ruling classes have inherited this weapon from their colonial masters, the British imperialists. With this weapon, they disrupt the unity of the people, dissipate the anger of the people and divert their struggles into mutual conflicts to camouflage their treachery against the country and the people and safeguard their anti-people rule.

Ruling RSS-BJP represents the most rabid form of majority communalism, Hindutva. They paint the minorities as internal enemies and subjugate oppressed castes, women and tribals under the tyrannical caste system ‘Brahminism’ and inculcate reactionary revivalist fantasies about the past. Under their rule, attacks against Muslims and Dalits have grown many fold, particularly in the states where they are ruling and where they have significant strength. The state machinery they took over from the colonial rulers has been further sharpened in wielding this weapon of communalism. This machinery suppresses the minorities, shields the perpetrators of communal violence and engineers the large scale genocides at the behest of and in league with the ruling politicians.

The organizers of the anti-Muslim genocide in Gujarat have not been punished, rather they are ruling the country.… Read More

Democratic Rights Human Rights

WITHDRAW POLICE CASE AGAINST PROF. NANDINI SUNDER, ARCHANA PRAASAD AND OTHERS

Chhattisgarh Government has registered a criminal case involving murder against academics Prof. Nandini Sunder of Delhi University and Prof. Archana Prasad along with some others who had investigated human rights abuses in Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh. The team visited these areas during May, 2016. The team was accused of supporting Maoists and the State Home Minister had branded them anti-national. The fact is that the academicians were investigating into violence unleashed on tribals by a vigilante group enjoying patronage and protection by the police and the government.

These academicians are framed by the state police for their alleged role in murder of Shyam Nath Baghel of Nama village in the name of the wife of the deceased. This is obviously at the instance of the police officers. This is a crude attempt to harass and intimidate anyone who question police narrative and bring to the public domain the atrocities and violence unleashed by state sponsored vigilante groups on poor tribals in the name of combating Naxalites. Police in Chhattisgarh operates with impunity, has become a law unto itself and the Govt. has been openly supporting and encouraging police atrocities against the people. Govt. and the senior police officials do not tolerate anyone who question their acts or even investigate their conduct.… Read More