Considering the strategic and sensitive nature of defence sector, the production of defence equipment had been entirely under the domain of the public sector since 1947. But clamour for the privatization of the defence industry in India started since 1990s when Manmohan Singh further opened the Indian markets to imperialist abuse. With the backdrop of a beautifully orchestrated hostility against China and Pakistan, the miserable performance by our indigenous defence industry created the perfect atmosphere for allowing FDI in it. A decade later, since May 2001, successive governments have succeeded in opening the sector to FDI. The last UPA Government permitted 100% equity with a maximum of 26% FDI component, both subject to licensing and security clearance. Now with the coming of Modi government to power, Indian big comprador capitalists and international capital are demanding immediate pushing through of a raft of socially explosive measures, along with complete deregulation of the Indian defense industry. Recent ‘Made in India’ and ‘Digitalized India’ campaigns are just another attempt to develop positive public perception towards disinvestment and undermine real issues like poverty, starvation and unemployment. Under this flagship of Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, ironically the upper ceiling of FDI has already increased from 26% to the tune of 49%.… Read More
The National Committee of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) congratulates the working class of India for coming out in one day strike across the country, thereby issuing notice to the Modi Govt. against any attempts to execute anti worker changes in the labour laws of the country. We call on the working class to prepare to intensify and further broad base the struggle for implementation of labour laws, strengthening of labour law implementation machinery, RS 15,000 minimum wage, for status of Govt. employees to Asha and Anganwadi workers, against privatization of PSUs, against FDI in railways, defense, retail, media and other sectors with subsequent attacks on existing workforce and against the anti worker anti people polices of globalization, privatization and liberalization, against contractualization , against allowing coal deposits being opened for commercial use, for effective functioning of raw jute purchasing bodies and protection to the jute sector, for universal PDS and to curb price rise of essential commodities.
IFTU workers and activists throughout the country led strike actions in various states and in various sectors. In the Coal sector the BCCL observed total strike and there was total strike in Singareni coal mines in Telengana, in both of which IFTU participated.… Read More
The judicial hanging of Yaqub Memon, an accused of Mumbai blasts of 1993, and the undue haste in which this was carried out on July 30, 2015 has once again highlighted the discrimination practiced by the different wings of the Indian state towards sections of Indian citizens. It has raised many questions and large sections of people have protested against this. A large attendance at the funeral of Yaqub Memon which has been dubbed as anti-national by BJP and Shiv Sena, testifies to the growing unease among large sections of people against the brazenness of such exercise.
Besides, the debate on desirability and efficacy of capital punishment, which has been going on for a long time and which gets particularly sharp whenever any capital punishment is going to carried out, the hanging of Yaqub Memon has raised two important sets of questions. The first of these relates to whether Yaqub Memon’s culpability in the blasts has been correctly assessed, whether mitigating factors like his cooperation with investigative agencies have been given due weightage and whether Indian agencies had promised him lenient treatment in exchange for his cooperation; in all, whether it qualified to be the “rarest of rare” case deserving capital punishment as repeatedly enunciated by the Supreme Court.… Read More
Offensive of Modi Govt. against the people of the country is bringing the memories of Emergency Rule back. In its eagerness to serve foreign and domestic corporate, Modi Govt. is going all out to attack not only different sections of the people but also the existing institutional framework coming in way. It has changed the existing Land Acquisition Law, it has changed labour laws to the detriment of workers, it has violated environmental regulations, in short it has done everything to hand over resources to foreign and domestic corporate and further depressed already low wages of workers.
In this drive Modi led Govt. is undermining different institutions. It is sidelining parliamentary procedures and is trying to control higher Judiciary. This offensive is coupled with attacks against minorities particularly Muslims. In different parts of the country Muslims are being attacked, their properties destroyed and their religious places brought down. RSS-BJP are unleashing a large number of such attacks to polarize the society and marginalize the minorities. There is a systematic attempt to communalize the education, history writing and historical research and make majority religious symbols as national symbols. For that they are appointing RSS nominees to head various bodies in the fields of education, historical research and culture.… Read More
Astonishing, undemocratic and unconstitutional are mild words to describe the ban by HRD Ministry via administration of IIT Madras on the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle being run by 20 of the students. This apparently followed an anonymous complaint to the HRD Ministry about this group ‘spreading hatred’ against the current Prime Minister and Hindus. The HRD Ministry which instructed the IIT Administration to take action is now trying to wash its hands off the matter by citing the ‘autonomy’ of the IIT.
What sort of ‘hatred’ spread was on? The student group regularly holds discussions on the issues before the country and its people. They invite experts on various fields to conduct these discussions. They have apparently been discussing the labour law changes being effected by Modi Govt. against working class of India, the several anti peasant land ordinances, communalism and such issues affecting the country and its common people. During such a discussion, the speaker stated that the Modi Govt. was selling the country to corporate and dividing the people on communal lines. Is this ‘spreading hatred’ or exercising the right to criticize an anti people Govt.’s policies and exposing its intentions? Is condemning ghar wapsi, anti minority venom, love jihad as RSS brand of hindutva ‘spreading hatred’?… Read More
Narendra Modi Govt. is trying to sell its new Ordinance on Land Acquisition saying that it has accommodated the concerns of peasant organizations and opposition parties. However, Modi Govt. has only made cosmetic changes for the purpose of fooling the people while continuing of the substantive changes to serve the interests of foreign and domestic corporate, for the exploitation and plunder of the natural resources of the country. Obviously the peasant organizations opposing the amendment ordinance have condemned these tricks of Narendra Corporate Modi Govt. and continue to oppose the Ordinance.
In the original act of 2013 there was a provision for the determination of social impact and public purpose before any land acquisition for a project. The Act makes it mandatory that for land acquisition for public purpose that the government “Shall consult the local Panchayat or Municipal Corporation as the case may be and carry out Social Impact Assessment Study in consultation with them”. The notification for consultation and social impact assessment shall be made available in local language to the Panchayat, Municipality or Municipal Corporation. But on the contrary, the first Ordinance states that these provisions will not apply for five broad categories of projects. Thus the Ordinance does away with the Social Impact Assessment and right of consent of the people to be displaced which were central to the 2013 Act.… Read More
CPI(ML)-New Democracy expresses its grave concern at the acquittal by the Sessions Court of all accused of the cold blooded killings of 42 Muslims of Hashimpura (Meerut) on May 22, 1987 by UP Provincial Armed Constabulary. This verdict, 28 years after, has clearly demonstrated the deep communalism seeping through different wings of the state. It is not mere miscarriage of justice but systematic annihilation of justice to the minorities, particularly Muslims. The way the killings were carried out, the way the case was dealt, the way prosecution was conducted and the judgement itself brought into sharp focus the utter contempt of rule of law and justice to the citizens of minority community.
These cold blooded killings were carried out by the PAC on the orders of Union Home Ministry which ordered that “lesson should be taught” to the Muslims protesting against opening of locks of the then Babri Masjid in April 1987. This was the period when Congress, then ruling both at the Centre and in UP, was unleashing Hindu communal frenzy to garner votes of majority community. The then Union Minister of State for Home is reported to have ordered “crush them”. Every protest by Muslims against the communal act of opening the locks of Babri Masjid was converted into “riots” with indiscriminate police attacks on the protesting Muslims.… Read More
Ideology in social life for human beings is as important as oxygen for life. The shared beliefs and values common to social communities are part of the intangible culture of the given social communities. These social beliefs and values sometimes need to be questioned and even challenged. When they are challenged, it becomes uncomfortable for the vested interests linked to the ruling classes in the society. These vested interests linked to the economically powerful sections of the society act in their service to effectively propagate and mould the social thought system of the society. Communal sectarianism is on the rise in our country. This phenomenon has paid rich electoral dividends to a section of ruling classes. They are doing everything to boost and defend this way of thinking in our society.
CPI leader Govind Pansare (popularly called as Com. Pansare) had embarked on the path of confronting this phenomenon. He challenged the myths floated and lies told about the social and political history of Maharashtra. His murder by unknown hitters who fired bullets on him and his wife Uma Pansare was a reaction to his bold mission to challenge the obscurantist notions prevailing in the society and his opposition to the political patrons upholding those values.… Read More
In contrast to its promise of bringing “Good Days” for the people, the Modi Govt has once again declared a war against the common people of the country, the farmers. The recently promulgated Land Acquisition Ordinance by the Central Govt. is not only against political morality and parliamentary propriety but also a sinister attack on the rights of the peasants including tribals and also on the national interests. By bringing this ordinance Modi Govt. has only tried to carry out the most important part of the agenda of the foreign and Indian corporate that were instrumental in bringing his Govt. to power.
The Ordinance which is meant to amend the Land Acquisition Act, does not merely expand the list of projects that would be exempted from requirements of consent and Social Impact Assessment but also quietly makes other provisions in the law less stringent. Apart from diluting the definition of ‘public purpose’ and ‘private company’ it also dilutes the requirement that unused acquired land be returned to the original owners, makes it tougher to prosecute defaulting civil servants, reduces the scope of the retrospective clause and expands the definition of permissible infrastructure.
The present law, ‘The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act’ was enacted by the UPA Govt in 2013.… Read More
Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley displays total lack of concern for the concerns of the poor and labouring people while granting largesse to the corporate, domestic and foreign. The Budget has lived up to its billing of being corporate friendly. To prepare the ground for this, the GDP growth was shown to be high by changing the methods of calculation and the base year. Growth rate has been slated 7.4% due to these changes despite lower tax collections and sluggish domestic demand. All this is done to please foreign and domestic corporate. The Indian ruling classes throw the burden of difficult times on to the shoulders of the poor and middle classes while showering benefits during better times on the rich. Through this Budget Modi Govt. has tried to pay back its corporate patrons. The repeated moan of the Finance Minister of “drastically reduced fiscal space” has not prevented him from showering these benefits on the corporate.
The Govt. has made a lot of noise of development particularly of infrastructure sector. However, its execution has largely been left to private sector through PPP mode. PPP mode in infrastructure being an utter failure has been admitted by the Union Finance Minister who has now come up with the Govt.… Read More