First choice of Indian and international corporate, Narendra Modi, is at the helm of affairs as Prime Minister of India. Modi, even before coming to power had clearly said that he will not only continue the policies followed by Dr. Manmohan Singh, he will deliver where Manmohan failed to deliver. It makes the direction of the Modi government very clear. UPA govt. signed many memoranda of understanding with Indian and Multinational Companies but most of those could not be put into effect because of people’s resistance against the govt. efforts at displacing them to acquire land. Now it is more than clear that Modi govt. is going to adopt all methods of high-handedness and resort to brutal repression to fulfill the promises given to the corporate. Statements rejecting any dialogue with Maoists, sending of more forces and allotting of more funds for suppression of “left wing extremism”, retrogressive and anti-worker amendments in labour laws and proposal of anti-people amendments in Land Acquisition Act clearly show the direction of Modi government. Following the footsteps of its senior partner, Punjab government led by Prakash Singh Badal is moving in the same direction. Punjab government brought a draconian law, named “Prevention of Damage to the Public and Private Property Act, 2014” in the last session of Vidhan Sabha, which was summarily passed without any opposition by Congress party, the only opposition party in the assembly.… Read More
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A struggle is on in Aurobindo Pharma Company of Srikakulam Dist of AP. These employees fought for the right of formation of union last year. They had resorted to 83 days’ strike from 7 -7-2013 to 1-10-2013. Arrests, false cases, kidnappings, suspensions dismissals etc. frequently took place then. However finally they got victory, with support of solidarity movement. Union registration was done. IFTU union is functioning for last one year, in successful manner. Union also strengthened with increase of 450 membership of chemists. With this new strength, our union gave a ‘charter of demands’ for wage revision to the management on 2-04-2014. In this background, ongoing struggle began.
In erstwhile regime of Chandra Babu, i.e. in between 1995 – 2004, many new industries as extensions of old units were established in North Andhra coastal region. Industrialists and corporate companies were encouraged by then Chandra Babu govt with tax concessions etc. One declared reason was to avoid pollution in Jeedimetla, Patancheru, Nacharam, Bala Nagar etc. industrial areas surrounding Hyderabad City. Aurobindo Pharma Unit was also established in Srikakulam District 13 years ago.
Then Chandra Babu Govt established mainly four industrial belts in this coastal region, Pydi Bhimavaram, Chilaka Palem, Pusapati Gega and Thagarapuvalasu.… Read More
Kashmir is aflame again. The issue this time is Army firing at a white Maruti car in Budgam killing two of the five teenagers in it and badly injuring the other two. The Army said that the car refused to stop despite being flagged at three checkpoints. The SDM enquiry (SDM Budgam) and SSP have established that the car skidded out of control so could not stop and it finally hit a lamp post and stopped. An NDTV team reported it had seen the dented lamp post with bullet marks too. Locals state there is only one check post. The Army earlier said militants were in the car and had fired and injured two soldiers; later Rashtriya Rifles retracted and said news of militants coming was there and when the car did not stop, it was fired on. Many have commented that the firing to stop a car should be at the tyres; firing at the window screen is to kill not stop. One of the four occupants was a 14 year old teenager who was killed on the spot. The killings took place on Muharram day.
At the same spot three years earlier, the Army had fired on three soldiers ‘by mistake’ killing one.… Read More
Lift Siege of Gaza! – Prosecute Israeli rulers for War Crimes! – Organize Protests against Israeli Attack on Gaza on August 9
Since 8th July Israel has launched massive attack against Gaza. Since 18th July Israel forces moved into Gaza. Israeli attack has bettered its own records in inhuman, criminal acts against Palestinian people. Hospitals, schools and university have been targeted. Children and women have been killed in large number. More than 1600 civilians killed, over 7000 serious injured and more than half a million rendered without shelter. UN run schools and institutions are also not spared even as UN stands paralyzed into not taking any action to stop this mayhem due to US and other western rulers’ support to Israeli offensive. Even as it is established that civilians are being targeted, even UN institutions bombed, US rushed ammunition to Israel for this offensive. Support from western imperialist rulers is behind their impunity and utter disregard for human rights of Palestinians and world public opinion.
Israeli offensive is part of periodic attacks by Zionist Israeli rulers to warn Palestinians against any national aspirations or any resistance to Israeli offensive which unfolds daily in grabbing more and more Palestinian lands. They wish to keep Palestinians terrorized by unleashing destruction on a vast scale and driving out all thought of resistance. The present Israeli offensive is targeted against unity achieved by major Palestinian organizations.… Read More
Kulhadia village of Durgawati thana, Kaimur district in Bihar is situated between the new four-lane highway (GT Road) and the grand chord railway line. A large portion of the land of the village was owned by Raghunath Singh a landlord of Benaras. In order to evade appropriation of the land by the Govt. under the land ceiling laws the landlord had got a part of the land (plot no 190) recorded in the name of temple deities (Shivji, Ganeshji) although their existed no temple or deities, this being the common practice at that time in Bihar. The physical possession of this plot of land has been in the hands of landless-poor peasant dalit families of the village for over 40 years who have been regularly tilling it. This landlord died childless and various disputes are continuing in the courts among his relatives for inheritance.
On 14 June 2013 at around 9 AM, Sudhakar Singh a BJP leader and son of Jagdanand Singh RJD MP from Buxar and a big feudal of Kaimur District along with a mob of over 100 feudals and their goondas, mainly from other areas and a few from the village, marched to the said plot of land along with 6 tractors and started to forcibly till the land.… Read More
The CPI(ML)ND odisha provincial committee strongly condemns the brutal police repression and forcible construction of Lower Suktel dam in Bolangir district against the will of the local villagers. The large scale deployment of armed police in Lower Suktel agitation area and similar deployment in Govindpur area to suppress the common people agitating against the Posco project once again exposes the so called ‘peaceful development’ and ‘peaceful industrialization’ of Naveen Patnaik Govt and proves that the Govt. of Odisha wants development at gun point.
While the BJD Govt is making a hue and cry on the likely submergence of 10 villages in Malkanagiri Dist due to proposed Polavaram Dam, the same Govt is submerging 29 villages in Bolangir district by constructing the Lower Suktel dam by undermining the alternative proposal of the local people. Though the Govt. is declaring that the water of the proposed dam will be used for irrigation but seeing the earlier experience of different dams in Odisha, there is a strong suspicion among the people that it may cater the need of different industrial houses situated in nearby areas.… Read More
– JOIN STRUGGLE, COME OUT IN PROTEST, DEMAND –
DISBAND THIS COLONIAL POLICE SYSTEM!
DOWN WITH PATRIARCHY!
Insensitive, repressive, high handed and callous behavior of Police is once again the issue before Delhi. This time it concerns the brutal rape of a five year old child of a worker’s family. She disappeared while playing outside her home. Her relatives went to the police, who did not register a complaint saying she would be eventually found. They could not locate her even though she lay brutalized and starving, locked in a room below her own- the police did not even check the same building! Then the police offered two thousand rupees to the parents to hush up the case. And in a final irony, the ACP of the area slapped a lady protester- this act was caught on video.
Delhi has again erupted in protests against the police. One demand is for the removal of the Police Commissioner. The ACP has been suspended just as some DCP & ACPs of Traffic were after the 16th December incident. What has it changed? The Commissioner may go too, but not the police behavior which has been similar even under earlier commissioners!… Read More
Thousands of rural poor particularly tribals, dalits, share-croppers and poor peasants of South Odisha thronged the streets of Berhampur in Odisha on 4th of March on the occasion of CPI(ML) New Democracy’s Jana Sanghrash Samabesh.
This rally was called for demanding
1) to distribute land to landless amending the existing pro-landlord Odisha Land Reforms Act,
2) rights over forest to tribals and poor non tribal forest dwellers as per the Forest Right Act,
3) To stop the loot of resource and forcible land acquisition in the name of development,
4) To hike minimum wage to Rs.300,
5) To give legal rights to lakhs of share croppers who constitute more than 60% of the peasantry in Odisha and
6) end to police repression on poor particularly the tribals in the name of anti-Maoist operation in forest areas.
On the call of CPI(ML)ND thousands of rural poor from seven districts namely Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Koraput and Nayagada congregated at the Berhampur railway station in the early hours of 4th March. By 12 pm a huge rally of nearly eight thousand people full of red flags and banners and traditional weapons started from the railway station. The rally crossed most of the important squares and streets of Berhampur and ended in front of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner’s Office.… Read More
Anti-war protests swept across continents on 15th February 2003 in response to a call to observe the day as one of protests against the imminent US led attack on Iraq. 11-14 million people are estimated to have participated in these. Big rallies and angry protests took place in America itself, where people came onto the streets in over 150 cities including demonstrating near the UN Head Quarters in New York itself. The turn out in New York was reportedly around three and a half lakhs. 50 people were taken into custody and 8 policemen injured here. Anti-war rallies were also held in Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and Seattle. A few lakhs demonstrated in San Francisco. The protesters in America chanted “Drop Bush, not bombs” and “World says no to war”.
London marked the protest by a three and a half mile long anti-war rally in which a million people participated. This protest was led by
the “Stop the War Coalition”, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Muslim Association for Britain. In Britain over 75% of the people oppose war against Iraq and the popularity of its Prime Minister Blair has dropped to an all time low due to his hawkish stand on war.… Read More