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Caste Based Feudal Oppression in the Feudal Badlands of Bihar
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Caste Based Feudal Oppression in the Feudal Badlands of Bihar

A Report on the Ghastly Beating up of Two Youth of Extremely Backward Castes by Kurmi Landlords in Nauva Village of Kochas Block of Rohtas District in Bihar

Prelude

On the 29th of January an incident happened in Nauva village of Kochas block of Rohtas district in south Bihar which reportedly involved two youth of extremely backward castes and the Kurmi landlords (belonging to the dominant among ‘Other Backward Castes’). Janhastakshep came to know of the incident through a short video of the incident that was brought to our attention by some activists of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) who have proactively taken up this issue in Rohtas.

In the video we could see two youth who had been stripped necked, with their hands tied behind their back being beaten up mercilessly. It was also reported to us that these youth were stamped on various parts of their bodies with hot iron rods. … Read More

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Sangrur (Punjab) – Struggle of Dalits for Panchayat land advances facing State Repression

Recently the struggle of Dalits in Sangrur district of Punjab for their share of Panchayat land faced severe govt. repression. This struggle has been continuing for last two years under the banner of Zamin Prapti Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC). On May 24, 2016 Akali-BJP Govt. fired upon and lathi charged Dalits protesting against auction meant to defraud them of their right. In village Ballad Kalan, police action injured a large number of Dalits and police framed false cases against 170 activists, 71 named and others un-named, for having attacked police. It charged them for attempt to murder though no policeman had sustained any injury. This attack occurred on May 24th, on the eve of the anniversary of the famous Naxalbari armed peasant uprising.

Police has arrested several activists. Arrests are continuing. Cases are open-ended, allowing the police to round up whomever they consider the leaders of the movement. Police has seriously clamped down on the area. Movement of the activists is becoming difficult in these rural areas. But the people are determined not to let the Govt. rob them of their share of land and give it to the landlords. Panchayats in the area are controlled by rich landowners, panchayati administration and representatives of the ruling parties.… Read More

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Resolutions from Third All India Conference of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS)

Resolutions

  1. On compensation for crop damage.

The third All India Conference of AIKMS expresses its grave concern at the serious losses suffered by peasants due to damage to crops on account of inadequate protection from natural causes like drought and floods and havoc caused by companies supplying spurious seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Such crop damage depresses the conditions of the already crisis ridden peasantry, pushing many of them into destitution and helplessness.

The third All India Conference demands that the govt. must pay full compensation for the entire loss of crops suffered by any number of peasants. No criteria should be artificially fixed to deprive them of this right. This compensation should be paid to peasants, share croppers and agricultural labourers suffering due to damage to crops.

  1. Indebtedness and loan waiver

The third All India Conference of AIKMS expresses its grave concern at the rise of indebtedness in the peasantry and agricultural labour, pushing many of them to suicide. Peasant suicides are continuing in Vidharba, Telengana, Punjab and many other parts of the country, while cases of suicides of agricultural labourers are also being reported. The cause of rising indebtedness lies in the adverse terms of trade with regard to agriculture – rising cost of inputs and absence of remunerative prices, inadequate institutional lending forcing peasants to take private loans.… Read More

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3rd All India Conference of AIKMS at Allahabad from April 2 to 4, 2016

All India Organization of peasants and agricultural labourers is holding its third All India conference at Allahabad (UP) from April 2 to 4, 2016. All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) was founded in 2000 at a conference at Rajahmundry (AP). AIKMS has influence in 11 states of the country.

All India Conference will be attended by representatives of peasants and agricultural labourers elected at their respective state conferences. Nearly six hundred delegates representing nearly 3 lakh members are expected to participate in the deliberations of the delegate sessions to be held at Mandapam Hall on April 3 & 4.

The delegate sessions will be preceded by a rally of peasants and agricultural labourers which will start from Chandrashekhar Azad Park in Allahabad. The rally will culminate in a public meeting which will be addressed by leaders of AIKMS and others.

Delegate sessions of All India Conference of AIKMS from April 2 to 4 shall be inaugurated on April 3 at 10 am by Retd Justice BG Kolse Patil of Mumbai High Court. Justice BG Kolse Patil is a famous social crusader of Maharashtra. and is a leader of the ‘Lok Shasan Andolan’ based in Pune which opposes SEZs and destruction on environment.… Read More

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Casteist and Communal Modi Govt.- Shame! Remove HRD & Labour Ministers. Arrest them for Dalit Scholar’s Suicide! Suspend VC of Hyderabad Central University!

On the 17th of January 2016, a Dalit research scholar of Hyderabad Central University committed suicide, his letter making quite clear that he was driven to death because he was a Dalit. This is the reality of ‘developing’ India, ’skill’ India, ‘powerful’ India in the sixty ninth year of self rule. This is the real India- and it cries for new democratic revolution.

PhD scholar in Humanities and with a Master’s Degree in Science, Rohitha Vemula stated in his suicide note that he aspired to be a ‘science writer’. He was an activist in the Ambedkar Students Association(ASA) and in that capacity had his brush with the casteist and communal Hindutva forces. On the 3rd of August 2015, he and 4 other Dalit students were accused of beating up the President of the ABVP unit of the University. The issues involved a prayer meeting against the capital punishment to Yakub Memon and a screening of a documentary against the Muzaffarnagar violence which was prevented by ABVP members. ABVP leader Sushil Kumar posted comments against the ASA and students of ASA went to demand an apology from him. The same evening Kumar was admitted to a private hospital for acute appendicitis.… Read More

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NEOCOLONIAL IMPACT ON INDIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY – Sujan Basu

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

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Land Acquisition Ordinance is anti farmer – Bhalachandra

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

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Khaps, ‘Honour‘ Killings and ‘Love Jihad’ – NO RIGHT OF CHOICE TO WOMEN – DIKTATS OF PATRIARCHAL SEMIFEUDAL INDIA

Many changes have occurred for the young in India. Some happened slowly over the years. The rise in access to television and radio leading to spread of information, to rise of knowledge about consumer products including appliances to lighten household work. Young women and girls opting for education and careers and professions, initially as pioneers. Rising prices and the need for a double income increasing the demand for working girls for marriages. In the background, the comparative falling income from agriculture, making it necessary for some sons of a family to leave home for education and jobs. And over the past two decades the tremendous increase in jobs especially in IT sector and in call centres and in scope of higher education due to privatization, and the crisis in agriculture fuelling seekers of such opportunities. Girls go to schools in tremendously increasing numbers, not just to make better marriages but for careers, for higher education and jobs. The phenomenon has penetrated rural India and girls are increasingly coming to small towns and even living in large cities in hostels, in rented accommodation in groups, to acquire education with potential for jobs and also to do these jobs in bigger cities and in the metros.… Read More