‘Raj Badalo-Samaj Badalo’, Conference Held In Bhatinda
On January 31st, a major Conference was held in Bhatinda, a district town of Punjab, on the topic ‘Raj Badalo (Change the present state) -Samaj Badalo’ (Change the society). This conference was organised by a committee of left and progressive leaders including Shinder Singh Nathuwala, Jhanda Singh Jhethuke, Buta Singh Burj Gill, Pavel Kussa, Lal Singh Golewala, Kamaljit Khanna and others who also spoke in the conference. The conference was attended by about 20,000 people.
Fifteen years have passed since the state-organised genocide in Gujarat. In spite of the attempts of vested interests in India and abroad to brush it under the carpet, the failure to render justice to the victims remains a burning issue.
On 3rd February 2017, a trial court in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat, acquitted 28 persons accused of arson and rioting during the genocide of Muslims in the state. 15 years have passed, and there have been convictions in the Gulbarg Society, Godhra train burning, Bilkis Bano and Best Bakery cases; however, the verdict is still pending in some of the prominent incidents of killing, rape and loot, as in Naroda Patiya and Sadarpura.
A kisan sansad was organised by the Jai Kisan Andolan of Swaraj Abhiyan on 1st February 2017 at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. This initiative was taken in the face of consistent disregard by the central government of the miserable conditions of farmers. The following points were included in the budget proposals of this Kisan Sansad.
Turamdih, about five km from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand is the site of a nuclear mine. One of five Uranium mines of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), it was commissioned in 2003. The UCIL is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), under the Department of Atomic Energy for uranium mining and processing. The centrally owned Corporation is responsible for the mining and milling of uranium ore in India. Uranium is the main fuel source for running the nuclear power plants that are installed in the country.
A partial but an extremely significant victory was won when the High Court set aside the Lower Court verdict of life sentence for 6 out of 8 activists of Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam. Eight leading activists of the Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam had earlier been sentenced to ‘double life imprisonment’ in a shocking verdict of the Coimbatore Sessions Court. Following the HC judgement, the 6 activists who have been acquitted, will be released soon. Appeal against the sentence for the remaining two will be made in Supreme Court.
One of the big shipping dock companies in Karnataka’s Mangalore port Delta Infralogistics (Worldwide) Ltd illegally retrenched workers from 16 December 2016. The workers under the leadership of AICCTU have launched an agitation against this retrenchment. The workers are lying down in front of truck wheels in order to stop vehicles from transporting dock goods. Workers from other shipping companies have also declared solidarity with these workers and have refused to take part in any activity against the Delta Company workers.
Fulfilling capitalist greed by further robbing the people
Finance Minister Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2017-18 as being a pro-poor and pro-peasant budget. However, the real agenda is to enhance capitalist profits through a number of tax, expenditure and policy measures.
An important step forward in the struggle against privatization of Railways
On February 1, 2017, unions representing different sections of rail workers gathered under the banner of National Platform of Railway Trade Unions organized an important National Convention on the theme “Save Railways, Save the
The Joint Action Committee of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) organised a massive dharna at the Parliament to press for their demands.
Engine drivers and guards from different divisions of the Indian Railways took part in the dharna along with their families. Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Southern Railway Employees Union and the All India Station Masters Association supported and participated in the dharna.
Four years after hundreds of Maruti workers were arrested, as the trial of Maruti workers approaches its final stage, the truth is getting exposed. Facts reveal that it is the capitalists and not the workers who are to blame.
The employees of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited are strongly opposing the announcement of privatisation of this public sector enterprise. Through a letter to the Prime Minister dated 5 February 2017, the All India Aviation Employees Union has expressed its opposition to the company being made a private company.
The Finance Minister and other official spokesmen and ideologues of the capitalist class deliberately hide and distort the reality that it is workers, peasants and other working people who produce the wealth which the capitalists and landlords appropriate, and that the State robs the working people even further through massive and ever increasing burden of taxes.
The first payment bank, a joint venture between Airtel and Kotak Mahindra Bank, was launched with much fanfare by the Union Finance Minister on 12th January. A look at the schedule of charges for various transactions at the bank tells us why and for whose benefit digital payment is being promoted by the Government of India.
Mint workers refused to work beyond 9 hours on 29th December, at the Salboni Mint at Kolkatta. On 14th November, they had to work 12 hours at a stretch so that new notes could be made available, in the context of demonetisation.
According to the RBI Note Printing Private Employees Union, several employees fell sick. Since they had to work non-stop, the employees started falling sick and their families were adversely impacted.
Villagers in Bhangor in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal have been waging a determined struggle against forcible land acquisition, since the last week of December 2016. Villages of Khamarait, Machhi Bhanga , Tona and Gazipur in the area have witnessed mass meetings and protest actions by thousands of villagers. People from neighbouring villages have been coming in to show their solidarity.
Oppose the sale and privatisation of public property!
On 28 December 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Central government decided to sell off four public sector drug companies. Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd. (HAL), Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (IDPL), Rajasthan Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (RDPL) and Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BCPL) are among the companies that are being privatised. The government is justifying the sale of these companies by pretending that the money that will flow into its coffers will be used for the welfare of the people.
Trade unions gave a call to observe 28th January 2017 as an “Opposition Day” to protest the difficulties caused by demonetisation. Many protests were organised across the country. Trade Unions organised protests at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Various sections of workers participated in this.
Call to intensify struggle after the State government reneges on assurances
Vote for strike against privatisation and contract system
The process of voting on the call for an all Rajasthan strike given by the All Rajasthan State Government Employees Joint Federation started on 16th January 2017. This was kicked off in Hanumangarh district. The voting will go on until 25 January. Subsequently, it will be decided how the Federation will respond to the oppressive policies of the government.
I am writing in response to the fitting tribute that appeared in the Dec. 16-31, 2016 issue of MEL to the memory of the great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Ruz who passed away recently, in the article entitled `Farewell to the Undefeated Commandante, Fidel!'
The revolutionary leader was instrumental in the liberation of his country Cuba in 1959 from the clutches of the right-wing dictatorship headed by Batista, and for helping the brave people of that country brave decades of sanctions and aggression at the hands of the US imperialists and decades of encirclement.
Thousands of peasants gheraoed (surrounded) the Nohar Block office in Hanumangadh district under the leadership of the Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangarsh Samiti and Lok Raj Sangathan on 16th January. The peasants were protesting the non fulfilment of their demand for the promised supply of water from the Sidhmukh feeder, Nohar feeder and Amarsingh branch; they were also demanding that the stealthy diversion of water from the canals be stopped. Communist Ghadar Party extends its wholehearted support for the just demand of the peasants.
Call of Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of elections to the Manipur Assembly, 11th February, 2017
In addition to being treated like criminals in their own land and deprived of even the right to life, the people of Manipur are facing acute shortages of essential medicines and food supplies at the present time. This is the result of a three month long economic blockade organised by the United Naga Council.
The alternative is workers’ and peasants’ rule and the Navnirman of India!
Call of Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of elections to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, 1st February, 2017
The election campaign for the 403-member Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh is dominated by the same old divisive and diversionary slogans which have led to communal massacres and caste atrocities in the past.
From January 15, lakhs of youth and students across the length and breadth of Tamilnadu have been organizing and participating in massive protest demonstrations. They have occupied Marina Beach in Chennai, as well as prominent centers in Madurai and other towns of Tamilnadu demanding revocation of the ban on Jallikattu.
Jallikattu is a bull taming sport which has been an integral part of Tamil culture through the ages. It is an integral part of the harvest festival Pongal, one of the most important festivals of the Tamil people.
Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of Elections to the State Assembly of Punjab, 20 January, 2017
Elections to the state assembly have been announced at a time when Punjab is facing a bleak future. In this most fertile land of the five rivers, peasants are being driven to suicide. Many farmers are selling their land and migrating to other parts of India or abroad. Industry remains under-developed and there is rampant unemployment. The youth of Punjab are among the worst victims of the criminalisation of politics and the state-organised drug trade.
A Publication of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, January 2017
The year 2016 came to an end amidst a grave cash crisis created by deliberate government action. The demonetization drive launched on 8th November, popularly called the Note Ban, has led to widespread ruin and wrecking of numerous sectors of social production.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 8th January, 2017
On 2nd January, the Supreme Court of India passed a ruling that “No politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed, or religion," and that “such actions would be against the secular ethos of the Constitution and amount to corrupt poll practices.”
Since November 1, 2016, that is for nearly two and half months, the people of Manipur are facing the consequences of an economic blockade that has been imposed on them.
There is complete disruption of normal life. Both the National Highways that connect Manipur and its capital Imphal to the rest of India have been blocked off. The international trade via Myanmar has come to a virtual halt. Thousands of trucks carrying essential commodities are stuck at different places on the highways.
The police and security forces of the state in Chhattisgarh have launched a vicious campaign to harass, vilify, intimidate, arrest and persecute all those who have been investigating the gross human rights violations of the adivasi people there, courageously bringing out the truth and fighting for justice and punishment for the authorities guilty of organizing and executing these crimes.
Following the announcement of demonetization of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes, the working people in the cities and rural areas have been facing acute hardship. Lakhs of workers have lost their jobs and peasants are facing a threat to their livelihood. On New Year’s Eve, the PM announced amidst much fanfare, a set of measures in an attempt to pacify the mounting anger of the people and to make a show that the cash deposited in the banks following the 8th November announcement is being applied for the welfare of the people.
Numerous individuals accused of being terrorists are languishing in jails in various parts of the country. Many among them are released several years later when the courts rule that they are innocent. The “1st People’s Tribunal” was set up on 2nd October 2016 to allow such individuals to present a description of their condition. A report based on the victims’ narrative submitted by the jury was released in New Delhi on 10th December 2016. This report has been published by “The Innocents Network India”.
The Note Ban announced by Prime Minister Modi on 8th November is part of a global strategy to make people pay for the banking crisis caused by big corporate defaulters in several countries. This strategy is clearly reflected in a recent Report from Global Research. The Report traces the collaboration between the Indian and US states in the matter of financial management of the economy.
Nepal and Bhutan are the only two other countries that accept some Indian currency as legal tender. The note ban announced by the government on November 8, 2016 has caused severe problems for the people of both these countries, whose economies are heavily dependent on Indian currency.
On December 27, 2016 the Mexican administration announced a cut to gas subsidies which came into effect from January 1, 2017. Called the “Gasolinazo”, this move resulted in a steep rise in the price of standard petrol by 20 percent to 15.99 pesos (75 cents) a litre.
Brutal neglect of the safety of the colliery workers
Nearly 100 workers are believed to have been buried in a massive earth cave-in that occurred on December 29, 2016, at the Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) Lalmatia colliery in Godda district of Jharkhand, 400 km from the state capital Ranchi.
As we usher in the New Year 2017, workers, peasants, small traders and others are being subjected to untold suffering as a result of acute shortage of cash, which is expected to continue into the New Year. The State has deprived people of the right to decide in what form they can keep their savings out of the income they have legitimately earned.
There has been a lot of talk in the last couple of years that the Government of India is going to privatize the railways. Shortly after the Modi government took power, it appointed the Bibek Debroy Committee in September 2014 to give recommendations on “improving the finances and functioning” of the Indian Railways. The committee gave its report in June 2015.
Allying with the world’s biggest terrorist in the name of “jointly fighting terror”
In early December some sections of the media carried a report that a seven-member team of the FBI (US Federal Bureau of investigation) was in Kolkata to question a person, who had been arrested on charges of being an “Islamic State terror group operative”. It was alleged that the so-called operative had plans to execute “attacks harmful for US interests”.
The Andhra Pradesh government has unveiled plans to privatise civic infrastructure works in urban local bodies.
The workers and their unions are agitated over the proposal of the government to amend the Municipal Act so as to hand over the civic works, including sanitation and provision of drinking water, to the proposed Urban Infrastructure Management Company. The government proposes to empower this Company to recover the entire cost by imposing heavy taxes on the people.
In the context of note ban, Prime Minister Narender Modi and his government colleagues have been carrying on high decibel propaganda about how all the decisions made by the government are allegedly aimed at benefiting the working class and toiling masses. In reality, all the decisions of the government are dictated by the need to shift the burden of the crisis onto the backs of the working class and toiling masses.
The Government of India reduced the import duty of wheat to zero from 10 percent on 8th December. The government has explained that this step has been taken to improve domestic availability and therefore keep the pressure on rising prices of wheat.
The Central Board of Trustees (CBT) of the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has announced its decision to reduce interest rates for Employees Provident Fund from 8.8% to 8.65%. This will be applicable for the current year 2016-2017, once it is approved by the Central government.
This reduction in the Provident Fund interest rate is an attack on the savings of crores of workers. It is estimated that there are about 4 crore active EPF accounts. These workers will now earn less on their savings.
The Indian Railways (IR) organised a massive campaign over the last three months beginning September 2016, ostensibly with the purpose of getting suggestions from its 13 lakh workforce on how to improve the functioning of the Railways. 75,000 staff members gave over 150,000 suggestions and the best of these were to be selected and discussed at the 3 day shivir. Only delegates from the recognised trade unions, NFIR and AIFR were allowed to attend.
In recent weeks, Prime Minister Modi and his government have been making allegations that bank employees are siphoning off crores of rupees to some favoured customers and taking a cut. The truth is that the Modi’s government has failed to provide the banking system with enough new notes. His government is responsible for people standing for hours in long queues and still not being able to withdraw their own money from the bank because of cash shortage.
Professor GN Saibaba, a well-known political activist, is being refused reinstatement in Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand college. Despite a petition signed by 207 academics that was forward by the office of the Vice-President of India, the college has decided to continue with the suspension of Prof. Saibaba. An order of “deemed suspension” of his employment was issued following his arrest in 2014.
Government is making false promises since past 3 years
On 21 December the guest teachers who had gathered at Chatrasaal stadium to press for their demands were attacked with water cannon and police was used to break their strike demonstration. The occasion was the dialogue initiated by the Delhi state government, which had issues a circular calling 11,000 guest teachers.
The work load on bank employees has been increasing with each day on account of the demonetization move by the government, and they have been working day and night. In such a situation, Prime Minister Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Reserve Bank have been accusing the bank employees of declaring to the public that they do not have enough money for them to withdraw, despite the bank having sufficient funds; the bank employees have been accused of siphoning crores of rupees to their favoured clients.
Representatives of peasants of Nohar division of Hanumangadh district of Rajasthan presented a petition in the name of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti to the Special District Magistrate. In the petition, the peasants have demanded that they be given the full quantity of water available in the Amar Singh Branch, Nohar Feeder and Sidhmuk Branch, so that they can save their wheat crop.
On 19th December 2016, the residents of Munshari, located on the Ganganagar mega highway between Nohar and Bhadara, surrounded the toll plaza established by a private company by the name of Ridcor. The residents were upset about the toll charged by the toll plaza for people residing in the neighbouring villages. To demonstrate their opposition, they blocked the mega highway near the toll plaza using their vehicles.
On 28 November a massive protest demonstration was organised at Church Gate Station in Mumbai against the demonetisation announced by the Modi government. Over 400 activists of various communist parties participated in the protest demonstration including the CPI, CPM, CGPI, SUCI (Communist), Republican Party of India, Samata Vidhyarthi Aghadi, Lal Nishan Party, and Peasants Workers Party, and others. The activists protested against the great difficulty caused to people are large, and raised slogans with banner and placards.
100 years ago Ghadar Party was formed by Indians in the US.It was historic milestone in our anti-colonial struggle.
The goal of this party was to organise a revolution to liberate our motherland from British servitude and establish a free and independent India with equal rights for all. It believed this to be the necessary condition for our people to hold their heads high anywhere in the world.
Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 30th August, 2012
Working class representatives from all over the country are gathering on 4th September, at a time when a titanic struggle is going on in our country. The struggle is between the majority of toiling and exploited people and a minority of exploiters. It is between the majority whose labour expands wealth and the minority who enjoy the fruits of wealth creation on the basis of their private property and positions of power.