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Appeal for help to Cyclone Affected People of AP and Odisha

Cyclone Hudhud which had a land fall at Vishakhatnam on October 12, has caused deaths and vast destruction in the North Andhra coastal districts of Visdhkhapatnam and Vijainagram besides causing damage in Shrikakulam district and several districts of South Odisha. In worst hit Vishakhapatnam, several bastis have been wiped out and tens of thousands of people rendered without shelter and support. Communications in the affected areas have been disrupted. People’s sufferings knows no bounds while Govt.’s assistance has been slow and small.
Natural calamities find Indian rulers totally unprepared to tackle the havoc unleashed on people’s lives. Despite warnings adequate precautionary measures are not taken and advance preparations are not made for even expected effects of these calamities. Besides policies of rulers being responsible for the destructive effects of natural calamities, their niggardly approach to the difficulties of the people show their utter anti-people character. They remain busy with aerial surveys and sound bites while on the ground people continue to suffer from entirely anticipated effects of such calamities.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy expresses its deep concern at the slow pace and inadequacy of relief work. Central Govt. has yet not declared it as a national calamity. Adequate steps are not being taken to restore communication and provide basic needs to the people.… Read More

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Social and economic cost of “Green Revolution” – by S.S. Mahil

Punjab is the province which became the first state in India to experience the “Green Revolution” which actually was an imperialist model of agriculture. It is very interesting to know why this model of agriculture was named as a “Green Revolution”. Actually imperialism was very much terrified by the Chinese red revolution, as it occurred in a backward and agrarian country, which was yet to pass to the stage of capitalism. This was an alarm bell for imperialism because peasantry, which was a propertied class and hence considered to be a conservative class, played a revolutionary role in the Chinese revolution. Not only that, it was the main force of revolution. In the whole set of backward countries, which were colonies, neo colonies and semi colonies, peasantry was the major section of the population and was potentially a revolutionary force. Imperialism was afraid because if red revolution spread to the peasantry of all backward countries then the existence of imperialism would be endangered. In this context, the green revolution was the imperialist response to the red revolution of China. As Vandana Shiva writes “Green Revolution was prescribed as techno-political strategy that would create abundance in agriculture societies and will reduce the threat of communist insurgency and agrarian conflicts.… Read More

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Appeal for help to flood affected people of J&K

The unprecedented floods following heavy rains in Jammu & Kashmir have inundated vast areas, with lakhs of people stranded. Over two hundred have perished and lakhs are still to be rescued. Communication of large parts of Kashmir with outside have been totally cut off, large areas have been without power for days. Plight of people of J&K deserve utmost empathy and urgent action. Relief and rescue are needed urgently and concretely.
Weather is already tending to be cold in J&K and with this flood temperatures will fall further making warm clothing an added urgency. Medicines for water borne diseases, for cleaning water for drinking are needed. People, who lost all and are stranded, also need food.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy expresses its deep concern at slow pace of relief work being undertaken in J&K. It is particularly worrisome given the scale of presence of armed forces and state agencies in the state of J&K. CPI(ML)-New Democracy is also dismayed at the reports of discrimination in rescue and relief operations, of “priorities” in saving and providing relief to people. Naturally all this has built a lot of resentment among the affected people.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy also expresses concern at the acts of omission and commission which have contributed to the scale of death and destruction.… Read More

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SCRAP POLAVARAM PROJECT — Corporate’s Polavaram Project Displaces Tribals in Four States

The powerful contractor – politicians of erstwhile Seemandhra (now Andhra Pradesh) were parceled out stretches of the proposed Polawaram project as ‘packages’ by the Chief Minister of then Andhra Pradesh, YS Rajshekhar Reddy of Congress. Now they are forcefully exerting for the project to materialize. The Congress led UPA-II Govt. finally conceded Telengana with one hand. With the other, it gave the Polavaram project the status of a ‘national’ project, thus projecting it as the price demanded by the people of Seemandhra for the re-creation of Telengana. It further sent an Andhra Pradesh Reorganization (Amendment) Ordinance to the President, seeking to transfer seven mandals of Khammam District of the newly (to be) recreated state of Telengana to Andhra, with the sole purpose of drowning all of them under the waters of the proposed dam. Its logic was that in this way the opposition to the project could be silenced.

The BJP led NDA Govt., immediately post its formation, issued an ordinance to the same effect, shrugging off the responsibility onto the previous Govt. Of course, no one believed this. The movement for Telengana clearly specified that it meant ten districts (including whole of Khammam with Bhadrachalam obviously) and with Hyderabad as its capital.… Read More

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Union Budget 2014-15: Ignoring the people, Caring for the corporate

Central Budget for 2014-15 presented by the Union Finance Minister today has been in macroeconomic sense a continuation of neoliberal model of Manmohan Singh- Chidambaram. It ignores the big concerns of people which BJP emphasized during recent election campaign like price-rise, unemployment and declining economic growth. No concrete measures have been announced on addressing rise in the prices of essential commodities. Moreover Govt. decisions like raising railway fare and freight, increasing prices of petroleum products including kerosene and cooking gas will fuel further price rise increasing economic burden on the common people already groaning under economic hardships. Similarly the Union Budget is devoid of any measures of addressing stagnation in industry and agriculture, the core sectors of economy providing employment to large sections of people. Finance Minister has resorted to tokenism in addressing these serious issues and setting up committees. BJP Govt. has lived up to Modi’s announcement of adhering to Manmohan Singh’s economic policies and Arun Jaitley sounded like his predecessor in announcing schemes after schemes with token allotments, mostly recycled and renamed versions of the existing schemes, while giving largesse to foreign and domestic corporate. This budget shows that Modinomics is but a continuation of Manmohanomics. He even retained fudging of Budget figures which BJP had criticized while in opposition like figures for revenue (an increase of 17%) etc.… Read More

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Anti-people Railway Budget

Having already inflicted on the people of the country the most steep hike in railway fares and freight charges, Railway Budget presented by Union Minister Sadanand Gowda is bereft of any succor to the people. Having heaped such a burden on the people, it is cynical on part of railway minister to claim that he could not burden the passengers.

Outlining the policy direction of Modi Govt. Railway Budget looks to FDI and Private Public Partnership even for providing foot bridges and escalators on railway stations. Foreign and domestic corporate investment in railways would add burden on the people as this investment would come only for extraction of maximum profits whose burden would ultimately be borne by the common people. In fact, Modi Govt. like its predecessor cannot look beyond FDI and doing everything to facilitate high profits for corporate. With operational costs amounting to 94% of total receipts and Govt. unwilling to make investments, the ground is prepared for large scale privatization of Indian railways.

Union Railways Minister has continued with privatization spree and contractualization of workforce. Cleanliness on railway stations is being outsourced. All this is being done in the name of cleanliness while engaging contractors has already played havoc with pantry services with low quality and high cost of food served in trains and also other services.… Read More

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BJP’s Communal Designs Condemned

UP Committee of CPI(ML) New Democracy has condemned the BJP’s nefarious plan to unleash communal violence in Uttar Pradesh utilizing the minor controversy over installation of a loud speaker in a Shiva temple in village Akbarpur Chanderi near Kanth. Moradabad. BJP MPs Sarvesh Kumar Singh and Satyapal Saini, notorious Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som, MLA Rajesh Chunnu and others have come from outside and have been camping in the area for last 20 days, making determined effort to unleash violence against the majority Muslims of the village by whipping up emotions around the temple and using the loud speaker as an excuse.

The temple, used mainly by approximately 10% dalit population of this Muslim majority village has been using loud speakers only on special occasions like Shivratri that too hiring it. After the parliamentary elections, Moradabad MP Sarvesh Kumar Singh gave money for purchasing and installing a loudspeaker. While the loud speaker had been installed on June 16, it is claimed to have been removed by district authorities on June 29 after compromise between the communities. The Mahapanchayat plan and the vicious communal campaign by RSS and its various wings have been unleashed by persons entirely from outside the village and area.… Read More

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Homage to Senior Leader of CPI(ML)-New Democracy Com. Pandu Ranga Rao, former member of APPC and Secretary of Prakasam DC

Veteran communist revolutionary leader, former member of AP State Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy and former secretary of the party’s Prakasam District Committee, Com. Pandu Ranga Rao, breathed his last on May 30th, 2014 at his residence in Palukuru village in Prakasam district after a prolonged illness. Central Committee and APPC of CPI(ML)-New Democracy expressed condolences at the death of Com. Pandu Ranga Rao and paid homage to his revolutionary legacy, his untiring efforts throughout his active life for New Democratic Revolution in India.

Com. Pandu Ranga Rao was born on 25.9.1940 in Rajampeta village in Kadapa district to Shri Ramdas and Ms. Mangamma. He was 7th among 12 children of the couple. His father was a indigenous village doctor and was unable to support his family with his meagre income. Com. Pandu studied SSLC at Rajampet village. His family shifted to Nellore for livelihood. Com. Pandu did some small works to earn some money and in the process he came in contact with CPI. He was influenced by communist ideas and became a wholetimer. CPI entrusted him with the responsibility of working among rickshaw workers, beedi workers and among youth. Later he became a town committee member. In this initial period he was much influenced by Dr.… Read More

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UP Communist Revolutionary Leader Com. Sant Ram Passes Away

Former member of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy and Vice-President of UP State Executive Committee of AIKMS, veteran communist revolutionary Com. Sant Ram breathed his last today at his native village in Unnao district in UP. Com. Sant Ram was recently diagnosed as suffering from lung cancer. He has been a member of the UP Provincial Committee of the Party for a very long time and was relieved from PC due to ill health only in the last state conference.

Com. Sant Ram had joined CPI in 1962 and has consistently been with the revolutionary communist movement having joined CPM after split from CPI in 1964 and communist revolutionaries after break from CPM in 1967. He has been a strong votary of revolutionary line in the communist movement. Belonging to poor peasant family, Com. Sant Ram participated in the revolutionary peasant movement and was always in the forefront of this struggle. He led a long underground life.

UP Provincial Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy paid revolutionary homage to Com. Sant Ram and vowed to carry forward the tasks of new democratic revolution in the country for which Com. Sant Ram worked throughout his life.… Read More

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Prof. Saibaba’s Arrest Condemned, Release Demanded

While a spectacle in the name of democracy is on in India in the name of general elections, the real state of democratic rights in India is once again apparent in the arrest of G.N. Saibaba, a teacher (Associate Professor) of Delhi University on 9th May in Delhi by Maharashtra police. While ruling class parties fight each other bitterly for power, their policy consensus and intolerance of those who expose this system and the policies of loot and plunder to the people of India is displayed once more in this arrest. Prof. Saibaba has been a vocal critic of these policies, of the plunder of the country and repression on people’s movements and has been a friend to the fight back of people against these policies. He has been an outspoken critic of fake encounters of communist revolutionaries and of the war against the people being conducted by the ruling classes.

Prof. Saibaba has been teaching English for around a decade at Ram Lal Anand College of Delhi University.… Read More