Data exclusively accessed by Mirror Now (Channel) has revealed that 610 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra between January and March of this year. This translates to the fact that as many as seven farmers were driven to take their own lives every single day in different parts of the state in the first three months of this year. This trend shatters the illusion presented in the public sphere by concerned officials and the Maharashtra government. Different parts of the state are currently battling severe drought and the situation is going from bad to worse with every passing day. In its response to a Right to Information (RTI) petition, the Maharashtra government released data which states that 227 farmer suicides were reported from January to March of this year from Amravati followed by 198 from Aurangabad, 119 from Nashik, 38 from Nagpur, 29 from Pune and zero from Konkan. Farmer leaders said that situation is rapidly deteriorating in Marathwada, Yavatmal and neighbouring areas where drought has added to the worries of the local population.
BJP spokesperson says government led by his party in the state has launched the ‘Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan’ in 34 districts and farm loan waivers amounting to Rs 24,000 crore granted as part of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana. But in spite of repeated demands the government has not released data for farmers suicide, unemployment, labour bureau and NSSO. Diring the LS election campaign BJP and Shivsena’s tactics was to conceal farmer suicides, the lives of India’s food producers and their sheer helplessness when severe droughts forcing them to end their own lives. n
Even before he took over as the head of the Gorakhpur Mutt, Yogi Adityanath had floated a youth militia, the Hindu Yuva Vahini, in 2002 to propagate Hindutva and nationalism. But there were many charges against its members of harassment, communal violence and intimidation. After he took over as chief minister, Adityanath distanced himself from the Vahini. Sunil Singh, a key functionary of the organisation, was infuriated when he and some others did not get Assembly tickets. He revolted and formed a rebel Vahini outfit, declaring himself president. Singh announced that he would contest against the BJP's Gorakhpur candidate, actor Ravi Kishan, on a Hindustan Nirman Dal, floated by Pravin Togadia. Being a Thakur, Singh might have cut into BJP votes, but his nomination was declared invalid by the Election Commission
At Varanasi, representing farmers in distress from Telengana and Tanilnadu nearly 100 farmers had gone to contest against prime minister Modi. They camped for days, campaigned and submitted nominations. But except one, all other nominations were rejected by the returning officer without attributing any valid reasons. In other Purvanchal constituencies of UP also this practice was evident. Many nominations including those of CPI(ML) Red Star candidates from Deoria and Chandoli were rejected without giving any explanation. Even election officials were not ready to meet these candidates or their representatives. EC was helping BJP in many ways. n
Over 500 including Hurriyet leaders, students facing PSA. According to a report, Indian forces in their operations, killed 95,238 Kashmiris, including 7,120 in custody, since January 1989 till date. The report said that the troops molested or disgraced 11,107 women and damaged 109,191 residential houses and other structures. It maintained that Indian troops and police subjected at least 8,000 people to custodial disappearance in the period.
The report pointed out that during this year alone, Indian forces and police personnel slain 350 Kashmiris including PhD scholars, engineering students and Hurriyet leaders, Professor Dr Muhammad Rafi Butt, Dr Manan Bashir Wani, Dr Sabzar Ahmad Sofi , Dr Abdul Ahad Ganai, M-Phil student Aedimad Fayaz Mali, Muhammad Esha Fazali (24-year-old eng graduate), Syed Oais Shafi Shah (eng graduate ) , Aasif Ahmad Malik (28- year old B Tech engineer), THK leader, Mir Hafizulla, Muslim League leader, Tariq Ahmad Ganie, Hurriyet leader, Mohammad Yousuf Rather alias Yousuf Nadeem and THK leader, Hakim-ul-Rehman Sultani and arrested over 2,348 people including minor boys, youth, students, females and Hurriyet leaders and activists and put them in jails and under house arrest.
Resistance leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Aiyaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Shahid-ul Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Mohammad Aslam Wani, businessman Zahoor Watali, Syed Shahid Shah and Ghulam Muhammed Butt have been detained in Delhi’s Tihar jail, while over five hundred people including Hurriyat leaders Masarrat Aalam Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Mushtaqul Islam, Maulana Barkati, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi, Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, Hakim Abdu Rashid, Gulzar Ahmad Gulzar, Nisar Hussain Rather, Umar Adil Dar, Hakim Showkat, Merajudin Nada, Zahoor Ahmad, Sirajidin, Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, Mohmmad Amin Mangloo, Abdul Ghani Butt, Ghulam Muhideen Peer, Assadullah Parray, Fehrooz Ahmad Khan are languishing in different jails of Kashmir and in India under the black law, Public Safety Act. The report maintained that the authoritieshad kept the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, MirwaizUmar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were put under detention either in their houses or in jails time and again and were not allowed to carry out their political activities and they have not been allowed to offer Friday prayers and address public meetings. n
On 25th May, 52 years ago it was on this day the West Bengal state and central forces fired on demonstrators at Naxalbari killing 11 comrades including infants to suppress the People's Uprising advancing in the region calling for ‘land to the tiller’ as part of agrarian revolution. It heralded a new chapter in the history of the communist movement in our country.
Today when the corporate-saffron fascist forces have returned to power with more strength, and when the agrarian question has become more acute under the neoliberal regime, the relevance of Naxalbari Uprising has increased. The struggle for agrarian revolution including the land to the tillers slogan according to the present situation has become more relevant than ever as the oppression of the Adivasis and dalits on the one hand, and the suicides of the farmers due to intensifying agrarian distress on the other are increasing day by day. This critical situation calls for intensifying the revolutionary mass movement for re-structuring the society, to learn from Naxalbari Uprising and advance towards people's democracy and socialism. Long Live Naxalbari Uprising! Red Salute to the martyrs and leaders of Naxalbari Uprising!.
On this day CPI(ML) Red Star comrades from North Bengal districts and local comrades assembled at the martyrs column at Naxalbari under the leadership of Central Committee member com Pradip Singh Thakur remembered the martyrs and leaders of the movement and pledged to carry forward the message of the Naxalbari Uprising according to concrete conditions. Leaders of All India Krantikari Kisan Sabha (AIKKS), DH Poojar and Nirvanappa from Karnataka, Tejram Vidrohi from Chhattisgarh, Sankar Sahu from Odisha, addressed public meeting held at Naxalbari bus Stand. In other states also Naxalbari Day was observed by the party committees programs.
The withdrawal of asylum from the activist Julian Assange by the Government of Lenin Moreno, shows its total submission to U.S. policy, to its geopolitical designs and interests. It was Mike Pence himself, Vice President of the U.S., who in June 2018, on an official visit to our country, demanded that President Lenin Moreno end the asylum of Julian Assange.
Unidad Popular rejects this measure, which is nothing more than the continuation of the sell-out, already in the signing of a letter of intent with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the intended signing of the FTA (Free Trade Agreement). Julian Assange is an activist who denounced the atrocities and permanent violations by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan through Wikileaks. The withdrawal of asylum is also a serious blow to freedom of expression and human rights.
(National Leadership of Unidad Popular - Popular Unity, Quito, Ecuador, April 11, 2019) n
It was 100 years ago on 13th April, 1919, the barbarous Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place. It was a calculated move by the British colonialists to terrorize the Indian people so as to putdown their national liberation struggles. General Dyer like killers were/are no exception, imperialists still flourish through them. Presently though the British prime minister has expressed regret for it, the imperialists of all hues have not changed a wee bit. They continue to perpetuate more horrible atrocities even now against the oppressed peoples all over the world to impose their hegemony and to intensify their plunder. Numerous programs were organised all over the country and outside on 13th April highlighting Jallianwala Bagh massacre with the call for intensifying the struggle for national liberation and democratic revolution. n
We don’t want missiles, nuclear bombs and war, but we need bread, peace and equality.
Cultural evening was organized at Vrindavan Hall, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) on 31th March against yuddhonmad and communal hate by Revolutionary Cultural Forum (kasam). Com. Tuhin, its general secretary, highlighting the purpose of the program, said that today the whole country is severely affected by the spread of the poison of blind nationalism and yuddhonmad. As a result, unemployment, inflation, poverty as well as attacks on the common people by corporate forces are increasing. He explained that the cultural evening has been organized at Raipur as part of the countrywide campaign to raise the voice of peace, understanding and secularism against war mongering. The main attraction of the cultural evening was the participation of the famous singer Asim Giri, a member of the central committee of the Revolutionary Cultural Forum, who presented many popular songs in Bangla and Hindi along with lyrics.
A solo act No. 13 Prasad was presented by the well-known cultural activist from Jabalpur, Samar Sengupta, also a member of the central committee of the RCF. He also presented Kaifi Azmi’s Nazam and presented the song “ Katasa-Kasa Step-step “ written by Shalove Singh Ram Singh. There was presentation of public songs, poetry / saswatext and laghnatika spreading messages of anti-communal, anti-violence humane values by the cultured personnel from Bhilai and Raipur. In the program, journalist and cultural activists, Rajkumar Soni, Bipasha Rao, ipta Bhilai’s Manimaya and Sucheta Mukherjee presented joshile jansongs and poetry lessons (written by Uday Prakash and Liladhar Mandalai). The presentation of short poetry and Ravindra Sangeet against the war hysteria by the poets Shivani Moitra, Aada cultural forum and the poet Nikhil Bang Parishad, poetry by Vijender of Bhilai, all of these were rich contributions. Presiding over the program, the city’s senior repertoire Bodhisava Chatterjee said in his statement that we do not need missiles, guns, nuclear bombs and no war, but want rise-bread, peace and equality. He spoke of anti-war books and films by director Michael Moore and the need to defeat the communal fascism which is the major threat today. Ravindra Yadav of Raipur conducted the program. In the program many cultured personnel, intellectuals, students and youth attended. n
Even as India goes to polls on April 11 in an atmosphere allegedly causing deep concern, several UK-based human rights and Dalits organisations held a vigil outside the Indian High Commission in London Pointing out that this was part of a global day of action with a similar protests taking place in New York and in solidarity with people’s agenda 2019 event which took place in Delhi, they released a set of demands on rights situation in India.
Participants included representatives from the South Asia Solidarity Group, CasteWatch UK, SOAS India Society, Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee GB, and the Ambedkar International Mission.
The demonstrators held pictures of Mohamed Aqhlakh, Zafar, Gauri Lankesh, Junaid Khan and Asifa and placards saying ‘Ambedkar Bhagat Singh! Democracy will win!’ They shouted slogans such as ‘Modi! Modi! Shame! Shame! No more killings in our name!’, ‘Hands Off Dr Teltumde! Hands Off Dr Saibaba!’ and ‘Justice for Junaid! Justice for Gauri Lankesh! Justice for Asifa! Justice for Judge Loya!’
They expressed their deep concern that lynchings of Muslims, Dalits and Christians by RSS-led mobs, assassinations of dissenters, rapes and escalating violence against women, the arrests and incarceration of human rights defenders and progressive intellectuals have indeed turned India into a republic of fear.
They noted that a media loyal to the government whips up hate and hysteria on a daily basis, while journalists who speak out are persecuted and even murdered. The independence of the judiciary has been systematically compromised and even judges are not safe from assassination if they dare to remain impartial.
They condemned the increasing repression and daily human rights violations in Kashmir, which is happening as the military occupation is intensified and extended, and warmongering jingoistic rhetoric is used cynically for electoral gain leading the country to the brink of a devastating war with Pakistan.
They expressed their concern that blatantly anti-people and pro-corporate economic policies coupled with shameless corruption have led to massive unemployment, corporate takeover of land, indebtedness and an epidemic of farmer suicides. Adivasi communities are being displaced and facing acute violence when they resist, and forests destroyed on an unprecendented scale; that basic economic rights are being denied to the vast majority of India’s people.
They condemned the open calls from prominent Hindutva figures to do away with the Indian Constitution – the cornerstone of the country’s democracy and civil liberties, written by Dr BR Ambedkar after India’s independence and the fact that these figures want to replace it with the Manusmriti, an ancient Brahminical legal text which is known for its misogyny and its contempt for oppressed caste.
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