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Homage to Com. Chalasani Prasad
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Homage to Com. Chalasani Prasad

Revolutionary poet, writer and erstwhile Secretary of Revolutionary Writers Association (VIRASAM), Com.  passed away on July 25th 2015 morning at his house in Vishakhapatnam. He was 84 years old.

Chalasani Prsad was born in Bathapenumaru village of Kuchipudi mandal of Krishna district. His family had a long history of participation in the revolutionary movement from days of Telengana Armed Struggle (1946-51). One of his brothers, Chalasani Vasudevarao was martyred in the Telengana Armed Struggle.

Com. Chalasani Prasad was a lecturer in AVN College at Vishakhapatnam. He was inspired by Naxalbari and Sirkakulam armed peasant struggles. He was very close to Mahakavi Sri Sri. He was the key person in Sri Sri celebration and in the release of a pamphlet “Writers, Artists, Where are You? Whom do you support? Are you with the common people or the ruling classes?” He played a great role in establishing Revolutionary Writers’ Association. From there Com. Chalasani campaigned for the politics of Armed Struggle of Naxalbari and Srikakulam.

He was imprisoned several times including during Emergency. He hailed all people’s struggles including our struggles in Vishakha. Where-ever fake encounter killings took place, he went and exposed the brutalities of the Govt. Com. Chalasani also stood with people and people’s struggles as a revolutionary poet.… Read More

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Greeks Reject Austerity Proposals

In a landmark referendum on July 5, 2015 Greeks have decisively rejected the austerity measures set out by European powers through European Central Bank (ECB) and European Commission and IMF (troika) to continue providing funds under the bailout. According to the reports with all votes counted 61.31% Greeks rejected the proposals. Thus Greeks have given a resounding NO to the terms of creditors. The vote was preceded by what has been called financial terrorism and financial carpet bombing with ECB refusing to provide Greek banks with liquidity and creating maximum mayhem to warn Greeks from voting NO. But Greeks were not to be deterred as they have been through a lot worse for last five years of austerity when this high per capita income country has been reduced to middle level income country.

Greece Govt. is saying that this vote will strengthen its position in the negotiations with its creditors. Prime Minister of Greece Tsipras has said that it was a referendum on the specific question of terms set out by creditors on June 25. He has also moved to replace Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis who has come to be detested by creditors. However it is not Varoufakis but the Greece Govt’s refusal to follow the troika’s prescription on austerity that is detested by International Financial Institutions.Read More

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Greece : Challenge is also an opportunity

Europe is facing political earthquakes. European Union, a project of big capital of Europe, is facing existential crisis. The existing framework of EU is being threatened by conflicting claims of different economies of Europe which are facing downturn and even frank recession. Economies of the some of the European countries have shrunk. Unemployment is on high level. World financial economic crisis which exploded in 2008 continues to shake the European countries though different European countries are being affected to different levels and in different ways.

Victory of Pedemos in recent local body elections in Spain, fifth largest economy of European Union, in major metropolitan centres has shaken the ruling establishment of that country. Pedemos supported candidates have won in Barcelona and capital Madrid. Powerful showing of Pedemos came five months after victory of Syriza in Greece. Syriza is embroiled in bitter struggle with German controlled European Central Bank (ECB) and US controlled IMF who are demanding further implementation of austerity measures. Greek people’s opposition to these measures had propelled Syriza to power but powers of Europe are refusing to recognize this mandate of Syriza. Towards the end of May 2015 local body elections were held in Italy where again anti-austerity parties gained in elections.Read More

Houthis and their allies take over major part of Yemen – Old Actors React to Changes in the Middle-East as Turmoil Deepens
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Houthis and their allies take over major part of Yemen – Old Actors React to Changes in the Middle-East as Turmoil Deepens

Developments in the Middle-East continue to convulse the Arab world. The old order in the region is trying to assert itself against the winds of change brought about by the international and regional developments. This reassertion is leading to a spate of wars in different countries. The old order is waging wars against those forces and factors which they think are upsetting or may upset their domination in the region.
For long western imperialist powers dominated oil resources of the region and to that end its economic and political life. Since the commercial refining of oil, western imperialist powers had established their military bases and controlled the region with their armed might. Gradually they carved this region among their vassal states guaranteeing security of the regimes brought into power with military might. They patronized Jewish dream of homeland in Palestine. They utilized all conflicts and developments in the world and the region to establish the regimes loyal to them and hostile to the people of the region. It was their necessity as they wished to rob and did rob the people of the region of their natural resources. With defeat of Ottoman Turkey, the overlord of the region, in teh First World War they carved out different states and took steps towards establishing Zewish state on the lands seized from Arabs.… Read More

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Appeal

An earthquake on April 25 devastated our neighbouring country Nepal causing extensive damage to the lives, houses, livelihood and property there. After shocks for the next two days have kept the people outdoors in heavy downpour. Loss of lives and damage to property has also taken place in the neighbouring states of India, UP, Bihar and West Bengal.

In Nepal the devastation has been enormous. Over five thousand bodies have been recovered and according to Nepal PM the toll is expected to reach ten thousand. Nearly one third of the population of this landlocked country has been affected (According to UN nearly eight million). Large areas affected by the destruction have not been reached even now. Wants of food, drinking water and clothes has overtaken the people who have lost their near and dear ones and all their belongings. Spectre of diseases is looming large over such a large populace.

Central Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy appeals to the people of India to extend all possible help and assistance to the people of Nepal in their hour of grief and need. CPI(ML)-New Democracy calls upon all party units to take initiative in mobilizing help for the earthquake affected people and calls upon all democratic organizations to mobilize help and support from the people in different forms.… Read More

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Lift the Ban on Documentary ‘India’s Daughter’

The short-sighted, reactive ban on the documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ by the RSS-BJP Govt. at the Centre must be harshly condemned. It is trying to project its indefensible act in the name of “nationalism” vis a-vis Congress as permission for filming the documentary was given in UPA’s tenure. It is its defensive response to the fact that the opinions expressed by the convict not only exactly match that of his lawyer, but are also the outdated anti-women views to which RSS itself subscribes. And these views are evoking outrage not admiration. Many of the RSS-BJP’s leaders have advocated the view that women should abide by ‘Lakshman Rekhas’ and a godman went on to say that the victim of the 16th December gangrape should have pleaded with the rapists as ‘brothers’; i,e, the essential position that women who get raped have only themselves to blame. This is insulting to women and a blatant lie.
That this thinking is prevalent widely in semi-feudal India is no secret and its root lies in the decadent social structure which allows patriarchy to flourish. It is also the thinking of the powerful in India- whether landlords, khaps, goons and mafia in rural India or many godmen, judges, editors, politicians of various ruling class parties and so on.… Read More

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Railway Budget 2015-’16 pitches for Foreign Technology, Private Funding

Railway Budget for 2015-1016 presented by Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu, is short of any idea of how to address the woes faced by Indian Railways. He highlighted minor details while obfuscating the major aspects of the problems faced by the railways. He has prescribed a panacea of mobilization of funds through PPP mode, joint ventures, multilateral financial institutions and even pension funds. The Railway Minister even sought to dig into MPLAD funds and state budgets. With low budgetary support for plan expenditure all the plans announced by him sound hollow and only an act of playing to the gallery. Imitating Modi’s vacuous style by coining 4 goals, 5 drivers and 11 thrust areas, the Minister was woefully short of details of how to achieve them. In an attempt to mislead he compared his figures of plan expenditure with last year, which was a year of plan holiday.
Railway Budget reflects deep economic crisis plaguing Indian economy in meagre allocations despite crying need for improvement in passenger service by Indian railways. While lopsided emphasis has been placed on some select routes, the plight of passengers has been increasing on major passenger routes. Lack of adequate coaches force overcrowding to the physical extreme.… Read More

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Rape in Uber Cab in Delhi – The MNC and the Comprador vs. Women’s Security

On the evening of 5th December2014, a young lady executive of an MNC in Gurgaon attended a party with her friends in a nearby area and was dropped by a friend to South Delhi around 10pm. From here she took an Uber cab for Inderlok. Taking advantage of the fact that the girl slept off in the cab, the driver switched off his phone and thereby the GPS or tracking device on it activated the baby lock system so that the girl could not open the car doors to escape and raped her. He silenced her by threatening her with a rod and himself citing the fate of the 2012 victim of 16th December. He then threatened her against telling the police and dropped her home. However she photographed the registration plate of the cab with her mobile and reached the police the same night (1.30am). The outcry in Delhi forced the Central Govt’s Home Minister to act fast to deflect attention from the role of the police. He made a statement in Parliament assuring justice, banning Uber in Delhi until it gets a license to operate and calling on all states to impose such a ban.

Subsequently, a wealth of information surfaced revealing much about the various aspects involved.… Read More

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Sarada Scam in West Bengal – Behind a Shadow economy

By Amit Chakraborty (New Democracy News)
The Sarada scam in West Bengal has created a sensation. The Sarada group, a consortium of over 200 companies that claimed to run a wide variety of schemes, has bankrupted lakhs of small investors robbing them of their life savings. The multi-level marketing scheme of the group — a Ponzi scheme — has taken its toll.
The scam highlights the failure of the Trinamool Congress led government and its regulatory agencies to rein in the mushrooming of multi level marketing companies in the name of chit fund companies in West Bengal. It also brings under the scanner the Trinamool Congress’ close relationship with the group.
The group collected an estimated amount of INR 200–300 billion (USD 4–6 billion) from over 1.7 million depositors before collapsing in April 2013. The Government of West Bengal, where the Sarada Group and the majority of investors were based, constituted an Enquiry Commission to investigate the scam. They set up a fund of INR 5 billion ($92M) to ensure that low-income investors are not bankrupted. The Central Government through the Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate also launched a multi-agency probe to investigate the Sarada scam, as well as other similar Ponzi schemes.… Read More