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Punjab: Militant Struggle of Dalits for their share of Panchayat land

(New Democracy News)
Since the past few months, in the district of Sangrur ( Punjab) there has been a struggle going on for theed land. Struggle started for nazul land in village Sekha.42 bighas of land earmarked for dalits was forcefully occupied by landlords since past 30 years. People gathered under the flag of PMU and marched in the village against the landlords. They then recaptured the land from the landlords.
On this issue, 17 villages organised a meeting in town Dhanoula and formed Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC). A decision was taken in this meeting to organize a Peoples’ Conference. 1700 people from 67 villages participated in the conference held at Badrukhan. Some decisions were taken here. Firstly, it was decided that struggles will be built to recapture land marked for dalit peasants from the occupation of landlords. Secondly, it was demanded that the Land Ceiling be lowered from the current 17 acres and the new ceiling be enforced. It was decided that ZPSC will struggle for redistribution of the ceiling surplus land thus released to landless and poor farmers. Thirdly, ZPSC will also struggle to ensure that dalit peasants get the land earmarked for them from the total panchayat land.… 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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Lift Siege of Gaza! – Prosecute Israeli rulers for War Crimes! – Organize Protests against Israeli Attack on Gaza on August 9

Since 8th July Israel has launched massive attack against Gaza. Since 18th July Israel forces moved into Gaza. Israeli attack has bettered its own records in inhuman, criminal acts against Palestinian people. Hospitals, schools and university have been targeted. Children and women have been killed in large number. More than 1600 civilians killed, over 7000 serious injured and more than half a million rendered without shelter. UN run schools and institutions are also not spared even as UN stands paralyzed into not taking any action to stop this mayhem due to US and other western rulers’ support to Israeli offensive. Even as it is established that civilians are being targeted, even UN institutions bombed, US rushed ammunition to Israel for this offensive. Support from western imperialist rulers is behind their impunity and utter disregard for human rights of Palestinians and world public opinion.

Israeli offensive is part of periodic attacks by Zionist Israeli rulers to warn Palestinians against any national aspirations or any resistance to Israeli offensive which unfolds daily in grabbing more and more Palestinian lands. They wish to keep Palestinians terrorized by unleashing destruction on a vast scale and driving out all thought of resistance. The present Israeli offensive is targeted against unity achieved by major Palestinian organizations.… Read More

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Saharanpur: Oppose RSS-BJP Designs to Deepen Communal Division

Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-New Democracy strongly condemns attempts of RSS and BJP to unleash virulent communal campaign utilizing the incidents in Saharanpur where three persons lost their lives and a large number of shops were burnt down. Violent campaign of RSS-BJP is part of their drive to deepen communal division in the country, particularly in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. They have not only launched a hate campaign against Muslims but are also trying to pit other minorities and oppressed castes against Muslims. Attacks by Sangh organizations in different parts of the country are part of this. It should be borne in mind how in village Akbarpur Chanderi, near Kanth in Moradabad district, RSS-BJP tried to foment communal trouble by getting a loudspeaker installed permanently in a temple there and getting it played at prayer time during Ramzan days.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy also condemns the incidents in Saharanpur over extension of a Gurudwara on a piece of land claimed by Muslims to be the site of a Mosque earlier. This matter has been under litigation and courts have had occasion to give their judgments which were in favour of the Gurudwara committee. Disputants should take legal recourse to settle such disputes rather than street action which will be utilized by RSS-BJP to foment communal trouble.… Read More

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CC Statement on Gaza

Ground assault by Israel Army after heavy bombing for several days is one new chapter in Zionist crimes against Palestinians. Nearly 300 people, women and children, young and old have perished in these attacks. Brutality of the attacks is obvious from hospitals and schools being targeted. Unrelenting attacks on densely populated Gaza have made almost every Palestinian living in Gaza a target. A human catastrophe is being unleashed on Gaza by Zionist rulers. World people are angry and dismayed at this display of might against Palestinians.

Zionist rulers and their western imperialist backers with their control over international media have sought to portray this as Israeli response to abduction of three Jew youth in West Bank. This is only a cooked up excuse is obvious from not only its disproportionate nature but also the fact that kidnappings occurred in West Bank and this brutal military assault is being carried out against Gaza. Even if Israeli and western propaganda is believed, this collective punishment is colonial legacy which is proscribed under the international law.

This assault is Zionist Israeli rulers’ response to the unity forged between Hamas ruling in Gaza and Fatah ruling in West Bank. This unity achieved after painstaking efforts has deprived Zionist rulers and their western imperialist backers their pet excuse that Palestinians are divided so there is no partner for peace negotiations while the fact is that Zionist rulers do not want to have any peace talks at all.… Read More

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Sand Workers Injured in Firing by Sand Mafia

Dozens of workers have been injured in firing by sand mafia on workers on 13th July morning. Of the injured, Bhaiyalal Nishad, s/o Ramchandra, r/o Kanjasa is serious with hundreds of pellet injuries, is admitted to Colvin hospital. Others include Radheyshyam Nishad and Ghanshyam r/o Kanjasa and Krishnanad and Lalji r/o Jalapur were treated at Jasra CHC.

Massive police mobilization was done by Alld administration after goons of sand mafia Ram Lochan Yadav, brother of SP MLA Vijma Yadav fired on the workers at Madaripur ghat today morning at 6 am. More than 3000 workers had gathered to protest illegal and unscrupulous lifting of dry river ghat sand by loader machines by Ram Lochan’s men. This illegal minning was being done under ‘watchful’ glare of senior officials of the district administration. Workers have been protesting this destruction of river ecology and their employment for long. They have also lodged protests against Rs 1200 excess charges imposed by mafia for permits.

Only recently, on June 20 workers had protested at Allahabad collectorate and then met the DM, Sri Guruprasad on 26th. He was extremely insensitive to the problem and had told sand workers that boats are not meant for sand mining and if they argue he will get all of them behind bars.Read More