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OPEN LETTER TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA by Dr. Shamsul Islam

HIS HIGHNESS PRANAB MUKHERJEE, YOU HAVE DENIGRATED MOTHER INDIA BY DESCRIBING HEDGEWAR AS GREAT SON OF THE MOTHERLAND

Respected Sir,

You have been a leader of the Indian national Congress, theoretically committed to democratic-secular India, for more than four decades, and also occupied the office of the President of India, the highest constitutional office of the country.

Sir, yesterday (June 7, 2018) while addressing a select gathering of RSS cadres at its headquarters, Resham Bagh, Nagpur, which included its top brass, Mohan Bhagwat, you remembered the founder of RSS, KB Hedgewar and wrote the following words in the visitor’s book in his praise, “Today I came here to pay my respect and homage to a great son of Mother India”.

His Highness, there could not be a more blatant lie than this as ‘great son of mother India’ founded RSS in 1925 to oppose the united freedom struggle for an inclusive India. He did not join the freedom struggle because it was being fought for an all-inclusive India and not a Hindu State. He declared minorities, specially Muslims the enemy of India and not the British rulers. He was a diehard Casteist. He was inimical towards the Tricolour which had become a National Flag for resistance to the British 1930 onward.… Read More

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FROM JUMLA TO PERCEPTION POLITICS: MODI GOVT. PUSNISHES PEOPLE FOR QUESTIONING ITS CREDENTIALS ON BLACK MONEY

In order to cover its failure to bring back black money from the Swiss banks which Modi led BJP had promised before 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi Govt. has resorted to dramatic and ineffectual measure of invalidating notes of denomination Rs1000 and 500. This step of the Modi Govt. for which no proper preparations were made have created a lot of hardships to daily wage workers, hawkers, vendors, small shopkeepers, common people in general. Modi Govt. in order to cover its embarrassment of doing nothing on what BJP President has termed as ‘jumla’ is resorting to creating a public perception of being pro-active in recovery of the black money.

This step of Modi Govt. displays scant regard for the concerns of the common masses. Rs.500 has become a very ordinary currency given the rise in prices of all the commodities. Even the daily earning of wage labour is near that amount. Modi Govt. must be well aware that these currency notes are used routinely by the common people. This step of the Modi Govt. has come handy to the black dealers of currency who have charged between 5 to 10% of the amount from common people. So many people have been stranded during their journeys and millions have queued up before the banks.… Read More

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Mahashweta Devi’s death is a great loss to the struggling people of the country

 “I have always believed that the real history is made by ordinary people. I constantly come across the reappearance, in various forms, of folklore, ballads, myths and legends, carried by ordinary people across generations. … The reason and inspiration for my writing are those people who are exploited and used, and yet do not accept defeat. For me, the endless source of ingredients for writing is in these amazingly noble, suffering human beings. Why should I look for my raw material elsewhere, once I have started knowing them? Sometimes it seems to me that my writing is really their doing.”

said Mahasweta Devi regarding her own writings. This is really the essence of all her writings. Starting from the ‘Story of Etoa Munda’ written for children to ‘AranyerAdhikar’, ‘HajarChurasir Ma’, ‘Bashal Tudu’, ‘Droupadi’, ‘Rudali’ and many other works of fiction, all the characters of Mahasweta Devi’s novels and short stories are oppressed people, mostly oppressed tribals of the Chhotanagpur plateau, who fight relentlessly to end this oppression by privileged ruling classes and by the state. Her characters never succumb to the existing oppressive social structure and for this reason, her writings never make the readers pessimistic and cynical, rather they rouse their anger against the existing social order, against class, caste, gender oppression and inspire them to fight for changing that order.… Read More

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Irom Sharmila’s 16years’ fast against AFSPA – The many headed struggle against AFSPA will continue

For years the people of J&K, of Manipur and other North eastern states as well as revolutionary, progressive and democratic organizations and individuals throughout India have been fighting for the repeal of the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act). This is an Act which allows India’s armed forces to legally function virtually as an occupation force in the areas where it operates. There are fully documented cases galore of fake ‘encounters’, mass gang rapes with or without murders thrown in, killing of children, disappearances of thousands of people ‘picked up’ in the midnight knocks for questioning. All these are written off in the name of ‘course of duty’, are legally disallowed from being brought before the criminal courts of the country and no army court has ever admitted any wrong doing. The Supreme Court in a bench headed by the then Chief Justice J.S. Verma upheld the validity of the law. The Army establishment promptly squashes any demand for any reform or repeal from any areas and the Indian ruling classes –politicians, judges, armed forces and even sections of media- have been one in declaring that demanding any accountability will only amount to ‘demoralizing’ the armed forces.

Yet the struggle against AFSPA has burnt bright.… Read More

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Spain: Anti-austerity mood grows among the people

People’s opposition to austerity policies being imposed by European Union on Latin European countries continues to reflect in the electoral arena deepening the political crisis in these countries. Recent elections in Spain fourth largest economy of the Eurozone, held on December 20, 2015 have produced a fractured mandate with pro-austerity parties facing reduction in their vote share as well as in the number of seats in the Parliament. Ruling Popular Party (PP) and the main opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) which have been alternating in power for over decades both lost in terms of votes and seats in the new parliament. The elections threw a verdict where formation of a govt. itself is quite difficult. Neither PP nor PSOE are in a position to cobble together a coalition to form the government.

Spain has been one of the south European countries which have been severely affected by the world financial-economic crisis. Though its sovereign debt was not very high at the time of crisis, flight of foreign capital in the wake of the explosion of that crisis in 2008 led to several balance of payment of crisis and undermining of banks. European Union held out a bail out with severe conditions in terms of austerity measures.… Read More

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Statement Against Indian Govt.’s Big-brotherly Actions and Unofficial Blockade of Nepal

Central Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly opposes the big brotherly attitude of the Indian Govt. towards Nepal. Indian govt. had tried to stop promulgation of the constitution in Nepal and had sent Foreign Secretary to pressurize the Nepal govt. and political parties. Since promulgation of the Constitution Indian Govt. has openly and blatantly interfered in the internal affairs of the neighbouring country by publicly demanding changes in their Constitution. Indian Govt. has sought to build pressure on the ruling establishment of Nepal by imposing an undeclared blockade of the land locked small neighbour. Hundreds of trucks are stranded at the check posts due to deliberate inaction of Indian authorities. The undeclared blockade has created shortages of fuel, medicines and other essential items.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy condemns this undeclared blockade and demands that Indian Govt. immediately resume supplies to Nepal. We also strongly condemn the open interference by Indian Govt. in the internal affairs of Nepal. It is not the first time that Indian Govt. has imposed blockade on Nepal. Rajiv Gandhi Govt. had done so in 1989 when the then Nepal Govt. had contracted purchase of some military equipment from China. This blackmail of Nepal is against the friendship of the people of India and Nepal.… Read More

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REPORT ON MURDER BY COMMUNAL ELEMENTS IN VILLAGE BISHADA (UP)

Those employees of Denso India Limited (situated in NOIDA) who lived in Dadri learnt in the early hours of 29th September that the brother of one of their workers had been beaten to death late the previous night by a mob in his village Bishada situated 4 kms. north of Dadri. The son of the dead man had also been severely beaten and was fighting for life in a nearby hospital where had been admitted by the police.

Led by Com. Radheyshyam, Member of the National Committee of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) and also ex-General Secretary of the Shramik Sangh along with Shri Vinod Bhati ex-President of Shramik Sangh and other workmen associated with the Shramik Sangh, a team of employees of Denso India Ltd. went to Bishada to console the workman Jan Mohammed and his family on 29th September, 2015. There they learnt the details of the horrible circumstances concerning these killings.

This village is the native village of Jan Mohammed (family has lived here for generations) who himself lives in Dadri and works as a technician in Denso India Ltd. His brother, Ikhlaq Ahmed (who was killed) worked as a blacksmith and was a living in the village.… Read More

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IFTU CONDEMNS ARRESTS OF LEADERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND MASS ORGANISATIONS

The TRS government in the new State of Telangana seems to be toeing the same policy as adopted by the previous governments in regard to dealing with political activities of communist revolutionary organizations. The gunning down of two Maoists under the facade of `encounter’ is a testimony to the repressive approach that the government is adopting to contain a political movement, extra-judicial or fake encounter killings being a violent mode of state repression. It appears to be following a line of stifling any democratic protest against such killings as is clear from the way in which it tried to suppress the Chalo Assembly programme organized under the auspices of Telangana Democratic Forum.

 In the first place it is highly reprehensible that the police refused to give permission to the protest rally against the killing of Shruti and Vidyasagar in a fake encounter under the false plea that some anti-social elements were going to create trouble. The police in a big way began to arrest leaders of the TDF a day before and prevented people coming to Hyderabad from the districts.

 This morning the police arrested leaders of nine political parties, that included V. Venkataramaiah of CPI(ML) New Democracy, Veerabhadram (CPM), Chada Venkat Reddy (CPI), when they tried to take out a rally from the Sundaraiah Park.… Read More