The Indian Federation of Trade Unions condemns the ongoing severe state repression in Tuticorin where on 22nd and 23rd May 2018 police firings on protestors against the Sterlite plant resulted in the martyrdom of 13 people. House to house searches without warrants, indiscriminate arrests are on. Now the Tamil Nadu govt is also extending the repression to supporters of the people’s movement. In this context IFTU condemns the arrest from Chennai Airport on the midnight of 20-21 June 2018 of Advocate Vanchinathan, State Co-ordinator of People’s Rights Protection Centre and practising law at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court and also legal advisor to the Anti Sterlite Struggle Committee. He has been arrested in crime no 190 of 2018 Sipcot police station/sec 147, 148, 188, 353, 506(2) and sec 3 of TTPPDL Act in connection with the Tuticorin incident. It is contemptible that while maximum support has been given to the corporate, people’s struggle is being ruthlessly crushed and public people and intellectuals who have stood by the genuine struggle are being targeted by the Tamil Nadu govt. On the other hand, while the strength of the movement has forced closure of the polluting plant, the corporate is now raising the bogey of ‘’threat’’ of pollution by stored acid to people’s lives to press for reopening of the plant, restoration of electricity connection and right to re-employ manpower!… Read More
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
The politics in Maharashtra has sprung up an unexpected surprise before the ruling BJP led government in the state. The importance of the caste factor in the state politics has once again come to the fore. The recent initiative of political assertion of the Maratha identity is under the banner of ‘Maratha Kranti’. Considering that kranti i.e. revolution is a term used to describe the struggle of the downtrodden against the establishment, it can not be denied that this movement too enfolds trends against exploitative policies of the establishment. In fact a frustration arising out of inability to improve the living conditions of their own lot, is at the centre of the social turmoil in the offing.
The irony of the situation is that, traditionally, the ruling elite in the state also comes from their own community. This section of Marathas has been enjoying power in each and every field of state governance and rural economy. They are being, somewhat, side lined by the present ruling BJP led government . BJP is making alliance with the new elite players from the OBC sections and trying to woo the dalits in the state. In such a situation, the elite Maratha is trying to find its way back into the corridors of power.… Read More
Chest thumping by ruling BJP leaders over so-called surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army on the morning of September 29, 2016. Prime Minister Modi, Defense Minister Parriker and a host of ministers and BJP & RSS leaders have claimed these to be proof of new assertiveness of the BJP Govt. against Pakistan abandoning what is being termed as “strategic restraint”. Since these claims by the Govt. functionaries, other ruling class politicians have doubted the veracity of these strikes on the one hand and Congress and other UPA constituents claiming that such strikes were carried out earlier by the UPA Govt. on the other. Denial of any such strike by Pakistan, even carrying a large posse of foreign journalists to the sites claimed to have been hit in these strikes and the statement of UN monitoring mission Kashmir that no LoC violation had occurred on the time claimed in the Govt. statement, has resulted in confusion further confounded. Moreover, the claim by Govt. ministers and BJP leaders that this was first time that such an action was carried out by the Indian Army has been disputed and has been so admitted by the foreign secretary. It is clear that Modi Govt.… Read More
Delhi Committee of CPI (M-L) New Democracy held a protest demonstration today (October 16) at Jantar Mantar, Parliament Street, New Delhi to highlight the ongoing agitation of the people of the valley and to draw attention to the burning fact that repression on the people of Kashmir is continuing and neither the State nor the Central Govt. is making the slightest effort to ensure withdrawal of armed forces from civilian areas or to restore basic democratic rights, revoke curfew, redress grievances of the people of injuries and deaths of innocent bystanders including a large number of children.
Protest meeting was held which started at around 12 noon and was addressed by Com. Mrigank (Spokesperson, CPI(ML)-New Democracy Delhi Committee), Com. Animesh Das (President IFTU Delhi), Com. Poonam (Gen. Sec. Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan), N.D. Pancholi (PUCL), Dr. Vikas Bajpai and Anil Dubey (Janhastakshep). Speakers pointed out that today (16th October 2016) marks completion of a hundred days since the Kashmir Valley burst out in protests this year. The protests this time have displayed an extreme sense of alienation of the people of Kashmir on the one hand and on the other, a lack of appreciation of the gravity of the situation by the rulers of India and also the parliamentary parties.… Read More
The National Committee of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions extends revolutionary greetings to the working class of India for the successful one day strike on 2nd September 2016. IFTU calls on the Modi Govt. to heed the voice of the working class and to withdraw the anti- worker, anti- national policies of its Govt. We demand that Rs 18000 be fixed as minimum wage, labour laws be implemented , and the anti- worker changes being proposed in the major labour laws be scrapped, divestment in PSUs be stopped .
Today, IFTU units throughout the country implemented the strike call, along with other unions in some places and on its own in some places. In UCIL( Uranium Corporation of India Limited) in Tatanagar, IFTU workers started a day long dharna at the gate from 11am onwards. A lunch hour meeting was also held. One other union also participated. In Punjab,marches and road blocks were held by IFTU in Nawashahr, Jallander, Malout, Roop Nagar(Ropar), Hoshiarpur in Gar Shankar, Patiala, Muktsar, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Hariyya in Amritsar, Faridkot and Rampur Phool in Bhatinda district. In some places other forces also joined us.
In West Bengal, Jute, engineering and Biscuit industries affiliated to IFTU observed strike including India Jute Mill ( Srirampur), Jayshree Jute, Jayshree Insulators and Jayshree Textiles (Hoogly), Hindustan Glass( Hoogly) and Anmol Biscuits.… Read More
K.C.R. led TRS Govt. has launched an all out offensive against the tribals in Telengana to dispossess them of their podu lands. Big police contingents are being sent along with forest officials to destroy crops in tribal lands, to get trenches dug to dispossess the tribals and unleash cruel repression against tribals wherever they resist the Govt. offensive. Even women and elderly are not spared by the force sent by KCR Govt.
Tribals are resisting this offensive which is depriving them their means of livelihood, their habitat and their traditional vocations. They are coming forward in struggles through demonstrations, rallies, processions and resisting the digging of trenches and destruction of crops. Tribals are being attacked by the police sent by KCR Govt. In these attacks tribals have sustained injuries, tribal women ill treated, tribal women and men framed and arrested in false cases, tribal houses burnt in several villages and tribal life disturbed in the vast areas. Forest areas of Khammam and Warangal have emerged as the centres of the resistance to this Govt. offensive though the offensive is against the tribals throughout the state.
To carry this attack through KCR Govt. is targeting CPI(ML)-New Democracy which has been organizing tribals in Telengana for several decades.… Read More
(New Democracy News Service)
21 people have died and hundreds have been injured in police and paramilitary action against protestors in the Kashmir Valley in the 48 hours since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s popular leader, 22 year old Burhan Wani. The killing was in an intelligence led police action. No criminal case was registered anywhere in India against Wani. At the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in Srinagar alone, 87 cases of civilians injured by pellets came in within 24 hours. Of these, 40 had pellet injuries in their eyes and the Head of the Hospital said that 19 of them are likely to go blind. These pellets, incidentally, were supposed to be used by the armed forces to avoid fatalities. Doctors at the Srinagar hospital said that the injuries are to the head and the upper part of the body, i.e. they were not used for deterrence. Though restrictions to movement had been enforced, tens of thousands of people attended the funeral of Wani in Tral, which was totally peaceful as police had been withdrawn from the area. The funeral prayers had to be repeated 40 times to assuage the sorrow of the gathering. Funeral meetings were held in several parts of the Valley and everywhere thousands wept.… Read More
(New Democracy News Service)
The evidence collected so painstakingly is doubtless both gruesome and undeniable. The struggles of civil rights activists countrywide as well as the pressure of democratic movements and people’s growing restlessness with obvious violence of state forces have also had some effect. Thus is it that while earlier Supreme Court judgements did not intervene much in the total flouting of laws by armed forces under cover of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act), the Supreme Court Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit made some observations on 8th July 2016. Though not focusing on the growing demand for repealing AFSPA, the observations discuss its legal boundaries.
The case under consideration was of 1528 fake encounters in Manipur in a decade upto 2012. A petition had been filed for a SIT (Special Investigation Team) into these by hundreds of families of victims in Manipur under the banner of Extra Judicial Execution Victims’ Families Association. Of the cases mentioned, 62 were earlier investigated by the NHRC (which had concluded that half of the cases were fake encounters) and by a Court appointed Panel headed by former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Santosh Hegde. The Supreme Court Bench has now ordered the processing of the rest of the cases and a presentation of the data of the 62 cases so that it can decide which agency is to investigate them.… Read More
On the 18th of April 2016, thousands upon thousands of garment workers, mostly women, of Bengaluru poured out of their factories protesting changes in rules for withdrawal of money from their EPF accounts. The first day they forced the Central Govt. on the backfoot. However the next day over a lakh of them brought Bengaluru’s roads to a standstill and by evening the Central Govt. had totally withdrawn its Budget proposals. The workers too returned to work.
Why did these workers suddenly erupt? Is there any message in these sort of sudden eruptions which do take place in unorganized sectors? Is this protest similar to the strike by the women tea workers of Munnar and to what extent? So many questions have been thrown up by these women garment workers and it will be enriching to look for the answers.
The facts of the issue provoking this outburst are clear. In the Budget 2016 the Finance Minister announced two attacks on the EPF deposits of workers. The Central Govt. is repeatedly displaying its desperation to get at this huge deposit of money lying out of its reach. One proposal of the Budget was that the PF withdrawals at the time of retirement would be taxed.… Read More