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AT LEAST 40,000 policemen and women, if needed the army, is on alert and will be pulled in for forcible eviction of thousands of families whose list is announced through the extraordinary gazette notification issued by the Government of M.P., dated 27.05.2017, which is in the public domain, listing the names of 18,346 families. Various government officials are continuously moving in the villages threatening and intimidating the villagers and asking them to leave at whatever cost, mentioning different dates.

Amidst this, the people have risen up, on one hand raising their voices against the violation of rehabilitation policies as well as court orders and on the other, people are worried about being homeless and jobless if such thing occurs. There is no doubt that the government’s plan is to make every village a battle ground
POLICE forces opened fire at the protesting farmers in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on 6th June. At least, five farmers killed and many left injured in the attacks by police officials. The farmers have been on strike from June 1 demanding loan waivers and fair prices for their produce. But the state forces used brutal action against the agitating farmers. State has completely failed to address people’s concerns and to save their faces they are rampantly using violence to silence the dissenting voices. But as the movement is spreading to more areas in the state, it is continuing in Maharashtra and spreading to more states prove that voices cannot be crushed even after suspension of internet services in parts of states like Indore, Ujjain and Dewas and in other states.

On 5th June the MP chief minister had claimed to have meet few protesting farmers groups. Among them, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh affiliated with RSS called off the protest and agreed to the resolution put up by the government. whereas other protesting farmer groups rejected the resolution and continued to protest as planned. They reiterated that they are not going for anything less than what they are demanding. RSS remained on fore front to deceive the people of this country and this time again tried to call off the protest mid way without receiving any concrete resolution from the govt. to meet the demands of farmer’s groups. In other states the same heinous tactics is followed. Along with this the struggling farmers are labeled hooligans and anti socials, with the central home minister calling on the state governments to ruthlessly put them down.

But as the corporate control of the agrarian sector is intensifying, the agrarian crisis is bound to intensify and the farmers’ movement bound to spread to other states also. 
THE agitation started by the farmers of BJP ruled Maharashtra from 1st June is continuing. They were compelled to agitate as the government was unresponsive to suicide by hundreds of farmers in distress. Except in UP where the new BJP government announced a loan waiver, in all BJP ruled states farmers are in distress even after bumper harvests. Their benefit is taken by the corporate controlling the markets, with prices of all essential commodities remaining high. Condition in other states is also not much different. The demonetization, beef control like policies of Modi government along with intensifying corporatization/liberalization are increasing unemployment manifold. As commercialization is allowed to thrive in all fields, education, healthcare, housing like essential fields are becoming inaccessible for increasing number of families. Studies by many agencies show that corruption is increasing day by day. Altogether, inequalities between the vast majority of the masses and the elite sections are increasing fast. Any amount of intolerance, vigilante-actions, demonization of the minorities, dalits, Kashmiris, conflict with Pakistan or China promoted by the Modi regime and RSS parivar cannot obliterate the increasing people’s opposition when it has just completed three years in power. 
THE states going in for farm loan waivers will have to generate funds from their own resources, Finance minister Arun Jaitley has threatened after a meeting with public sector bank (PSB) chiefs. His threat come in the backdrop of farmers’ agitations across the country as well as state governments such as Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh - both BJP-ruled - announcing farm loan waivers. There are also similar demands for farm loan waiver in States, including in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and from almost all states. To say it is a domino effect of the loan write-offs for small and marginal farmers by the UP government may be simplistic. In TN, they have given the state government two months to meet their demand for a full waiver or face a fresh agitation. Maharashtra Chief Minister, in the face of protracted protests by farmers, has announced a blanket loan waiver for ‘needy’ farmers, with an estimated outgo of Rs. 35,000 crores. In MP, the chief minister has resisted announcing a waiver, but unveiled a ‘package’ that includes a ‘settlement scheme’ to bring loan defaulters back into the credit net with interest-free loans. Farmers in Punjab also began dharnas on 12th June for loan waivers and other interventions. It is in this situation the central finance minister has categorically said states must generate their own resources to fund such largesse, and the Reserve Bank of India has warned of inflationary risks from fiscal slippages caused by large farm loan waivers. But when almost 12 lakhs crores of ‘bad loans’ due from corporate houses like Adanis, Ambanis, Mallyas were written off by public sector banks none of them had raised any such objections. Only when the question of writing off loans of farmers which comes to only 10% of the largesse shown to corporate houses, such objections is raised.

There is deflation in pulse and vegetable prices. Similar is the case with many other agricultural produces. Though it is not much reflected at markets which are increasingly controlled by corporates, the farmers do not get remunerative prices. Though Modi, during his election speeches had assured implementation of M S Swaminathan Commission report which calls for fixing the minimum purchase/support price at actual expense of farmer plus 50% extra, it was never implemented. Demonetisation had its own negative impact. Now the new cattle trade rules threaten the viability of livestock and dairy farming. Though banks are awash with funds since the note ban, rural lending growth collapsed to 2.5% in the second half of 2016-17 and even shrank in several states. Prices of fuel used by rural households have surged for three successive months. It is this squeeze on them from several fronts which have pushed the farmers to the brink. Increasing number of them has resorted to suicides. The spiraling farmers struggle broke out as a result. Threats and state terror cannot deter the farmers from their struggle. 


TRUMP’S announcement of the withdrawal of US, world’s largest carbon polluter, from the Paris Climate Agreement which itself has been a window-dressing in view of the urgent need for more bold and concerted efforts on the part of nations to overcome the environmental catastrophe facing the planet, is highly deplorable. It is heart-warming to see that all the 195 countries signed the agreement are standing united against this utterly criminal decision by a rogue president of a rogue state which to this day has implemented none of the climate agreements unanimously signed by the comity of nations including the much talked about Kyoto Protocol. It is high time that all like-minded countries together with progressive forces the world over take initiative for taking more meaningful decisions for resolving the threats emanating from climate change which is the direct outcome of the development paradigm led by corporate profit motive today.

However, it is revealing to note that, in spite of issuing statement for continuing with the Paris Accord, the Modi regime has refrained from joining with the comity of nations condemning the US decision, that too when Trump has vehemently attacked India characterizing it as one of the biggest carbon emitters while India’s per capita carbon emission is just one-tenth of that of the US.

The Central Committee, CPI(ML) Red Star appeals to all, all progressive-democratic forces, environmental activists including the scientific community to resolutely come forward condemning this US decision and join together to bring about more meaningful steps to resolve the ever intensifying environmental crisis confronting planet earth. 
THE choice of Ram Nath Kovind a dalit leader and long-time associate of Sangh Parivar and former president of BJP’s SC/ST morcha as the presidential candidate aimed at breaking ‘opposition unity’ has put the entire parliamentary opposition in a vulnerable situation of opposing a dalit. It is only the latest in the line of post-truth political experiments practiced by the RSS led Modi regime.

Preaching patriotism from roof-tops on the one hand and acting as compradors to imperialist capital and selling-out the very structural foundations of the national economy to foreign-corporate capital on the other, propping up the corporate black money holders on the one hand and imposing demonetization in the guise of attacking black money on the other, transforming India as world’s biggest beef exporter through corporatized and mechanized cattle-slaughter farms led by Hindutva associates on the one hand and banning decentralized and unorganized cattle trade and slaughtering which form the livelihood of common people on the other, marketing GST in the name of national integration on the one hand and using the same for destroying country’s federal structure which is the basis of national unity on the other, etc., are the series of post-truth political practices cunningly implemented by the Modi regime over time.

It is a fact that while Kovind was installed as Bihar governor and during his governorship, upper caste-goons were committing worst-ever atrocities on dalits there. If elected as a dalit occupant in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, like his predecessor KR Narayanan, he will remain as another show case and an amenable tool for RSS, which still espouses Manusmriti to subvert the constitutional process.

By this 'masterstroke', Modi-Shah combine aims to regiment the simmering discontent of the dalits all over the country, while successfully putting the entire parliamentary opposition that does not have any ideological clarity or policy alternative once again in to disarray.

James PJ 
ACCORDING to PTI, Pawan Verma, member of JD(U), raising issues about corporate houses owing money to PSU Banks in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday alleged that Adani Group got “unimaginable” favours and that its debt stands at Rs 72,000 crore. In an interesting turn of event, it appears that the Gautam Adani owned Adani Group owes more money to banks at Rs 72,000 crore than beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya. According to PTI, Pawan Verma, member of JD(U), raising issues about corporate houses owing money to PSU Banks in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday alleged that Adani Group got “unimaginable” favours and that its debt stands at Rs 72,000 crore. Corporate houses owe about Rs 5 lakh crore to PSU banks, the JD(U) member said, particularly referred to the Adani Group.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Pawan Verma contended that PSU banks are influenced to give loan to the people who are not able to repay them, the PTI report said. “PSU banks are owed about Rs 5 lakh crore by corporate houses and of this roughly Rs 1.4 lakh crore are owed by just five companies, which include Lanco, GVK, Suzlon Energy, Hindustan Construction Company and a certain company called the Adani Group and Adani Power,” he said. The amount owed by this group “called the Adani Group” both in terms of its long term and short term debt today is around Rs 72,000 crore, he added quoting reports.

“Yesterday it was mentioned that the entire amount that the farmers need to pay as crop loans is Rs 72,000 crore. The Adani Group itself owes to the banks Rs 72,000 crore,” he said. “I don’t know what the relationship is of this government with this business house. I don’t even know if they know them, but the owner of this group (Gautam) Adani is seen everywhere the Prime Minister has gone, every country China, the UK, the US, Europe, Japan,” the JD(U) member said. “This company has been given favours which are unimaginable. In Gujarat, their SEZ was approved inspite of the High Court strictures,” Verma member said. However, while these allegations are made by the JD(U) member, what is interesting to note is that this amo unt of debt owed to banks is far higher than the Rs 9,400 crore that the owner of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya, owes to banks. 
US President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming.

The move will undo the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions.

The executive order also cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Regulations on oil, gas and coal production are to be reviewed. Trump has promised to remove green rules which he says hurt the economy. During the campaign, he vowed to pull the US out of the Paris climate deal agreed in December 2015. The White House said the new measures would “help keep energy and electricity affordable, reliable and clean in order to boost economic growth and job creation”. But environmental groups warn that they will have serious consequences at home and abroad.

What is Mr Trump’s order changing?

President Trump takes a very different approach to the environment from Mr Obama. The former president argued that climate change was “real and cannot be ignored”. The Clean Power Plan sought to limit greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants to meet US commitments under the Paris accord. The regulation has been unpopular in Republican-run states, where it has been subjected to legal challenges - especially from businesses that rely on burning oil, coal and gas. Last year the Supreme Court temporarily halted the plan, while the challenges are heard.

The Trump administration says that scrapping the plan will put people to work and reduce America’s reliance on imported fuel. It says the president will be “moving forward on energy production in the US”.

“The previous administration devalued workers with their policies. We can protect the environment while providing people with work.”

The president also intends to slash funding of the Environmental Protection Agency by a third. He recently appointed climate change sceptic Scott Pruitt as its new head.

What will the impact be?

This order signed by President Trump is both a practical and a philosophical attempt to change the US narrative on climate change.

His supporters say it will create thousands of jobs in the liberated oil and gas industries. His opponents agree the new order will be a job creator - but they’ll be jobs for lawyers, not in the coal fields.

Front and centre is practical action on the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama project to cut fossil fuels from energy production. Although it has long been tied up in the courts, the new administration will leave it to fester there while they come up with a much weaker replacement.

There will also be new, less restrictive rules on methane emissions from the oil and industry and more freedom to sell coal leases from federal lands.

President Trump is signalling a significant change in the widely-held philosophy that CO2 is the enemy, the main driver of climate change.

US environmentalists are aghast but also enraged. They will be queuing up to go to court. But in many ways that’s playing into the hands of President Trump and the fossil fuel lobby.

“Delay is what they want,” one green source told me, “delay is winning.”

Matt McGrath, BBC environment correspondent

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