The Sonabhadra massacre of 10 Adivasi cultivators in UP under BJP raj Show How Serious is the land problem Still in our Country. The massacre resorted to by the Panchayat Chief, a savarna landlord, his family members and supporters were to snatch the land cultivated by the Gond Adivasi family for generations. He was supported by the administration, police and the BJP leadership in power. It shows even so many decades after the land ceiling laws were adopted in the states, the land question still remain so serious in our rural areas. We condemn this killing and appeal to the struggling left forces in UP to join hands to come out in support of the affected family and for the implementation of land to the tiller slogan
In AP at Kovvada near Visakhapatnam the people are opposing the NPCIL which is trying to forcefully take over 2080 acres of fertile agricultural land, displacing more than one thousand farmers’ families to construct a nuclear power plant, importing the obsolete Westinghouse nuclear plant from the US. This nuclear company became bankrupt in 2006 as the US has stopped erecting nuclear plants long back. When the Manmohan Singh government wanted to construct a nuclear plant at Mithi Vardhi in Gujarat importing Westinghouse plant, the people there had waged a heroic struggle forcing the government to cancel the project. In spite of this experience, at a time when following Fukushima none of the ‘developed’ countries are going for nuclear energy and are closing down existing plants also, it is madness caused by extreme subservience to US imperialism which is leading the Modi government to import the Westinghouse plant and construct a nuclear plant at Kovvada displacing such a large number of families from their habitat for hundreds of years. So the people’s movement is intensifying demanding the cancellation of the project with the support of all progressive forces.
Seminar on 100 years of Communist International and Challenges before Communist Forces was organized at Barnala Punjab on the occasion of Santhal Hul Revolt Day on 30th June 2019. Com. Tuhin delivered the keynote address.Com. Lashkar Singh has chaired the seminar.Com. Labh Singh delivered the welcome address. Other speakers were Com. Narbhinder,Com. Sukhdev Pandhi,Com. Narayan Dutt and Com. Dr. Gurjeet Dhillon.Com. Satpal has conducted the seminar and Com. Ajmer Singh has sung revolutionary songs. So many progressive intellectuals and representatives of Communist Revolutionary sections attended
A Union was running by other leaders in Kalyani Solvex Pvt. Ltd. Situated at Naroi, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal. Approx 300 workers are working in this mill. Rice Bran oil is main product of this mill. Though workers were organized in a trade union, they are not satisfied with the leadership. At last they organized under the Banner of Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI). Major workers had joined. So the ongoing union was remained, only leadership has been changed and a new committee has been formed by General Body of the workers.
After forming the leadership union started to raise the workers demands which were long pending. At first seeing workers unity the owner of the mill arrange meeting with the union but he was not ready to accept any demand of the workers, mainly increasing wage. After failure of two consecutive bi-partite meeting workers under the basnner of the Kalyani Solvex Shramik Union affiliated to TUCI declared strike. Owner tried by every means including Goons and Police, but failed to break the workers unity.
So at last after 9 days strike Owner was again compelled to sit with the Union for the conciliation. Labour department was also involved in this. A settlement and agreement signed between the union and owner in the mill, under the supervision of Deputy Labour Commissioner of Balurghat. Workers got victory. Owner was compelled to increase the demand of wage hike. Wage hike was10%. Other demands were also more or less met.
This is again a great victory in the Dakshin Dinajpur industrial area. Workers of other factory are also jubilant to see this victory. There are possibilities to form union other factories also
Thousands March to Kalpatta, Wayanad on July 18 in Solidarity with Land Struggle !
Thousands of Adivasis and landless peasants along with others expressing solidarity marched on18th July to Wayanad District Collectorate demanding land to the landless. In Kerala after 72 years of so called Independence 5.25 lakh acres of land are still encroached by foreign plantation companies and local mafia with the help of Kerala governments (either Left Front or Right Front) whoever is in power. The All India Krantikari Kisan Sabha, Adivasi Bharat Mahasabha and the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Red Star organized this march. Under the much trumpeted Land Reforms of Kerala, the State Governments, either Left or Right, distributed only about one lakh acres out of the eight lakh acres declared as surplus land at the initial stage under ceiling laws. In Kerala, land has become a commercial and rare commodity to buy and sell at sky rocketing prices. The real estate mafia are taking benefit out of it. As a result lakhs of Adivasis and other landless peasants are thrown out of land, many have become landless and pushed to rented houses or caste based tiny huts in colonies because of the so called Developmental activities in the name of highways and corporate projects. In this situation, the Thowarimala movement is now getting momentum and many leading people’s movements are reaching at the collectorate gate where Adivasis and landless peasants are sitting in dharna from 23rd April after they were thrown out of the Towarimala land they had occupied.
The Towarimala land struggle should be seen in the context of Adivasis’, Dalits’ and other landless people’s land question becoming an increasingly serious question all over India. While vast stretches of land are given to corporates and land mafias, and even foreign corporates are allowed to keep lakhs of acres of land illegally for decades as in Kerala, the Adivasis and others at many places have no land even to bury their dead relatives. Though land ceiling laws were enacted in almost all states, nowhere the surplus land was distributed to the landless peasants, the real tillers of the land. It is in this situation the ongoing Towarimala land struggle in Wayanad district of Kerala is very important. More than 1000 families, who occupied this land taken over from the Harrison Plantations in 1970s for distributing to Adivasis, but not distributed still, were thrown out by force on 23rd April. They are continuing dharna in front of Kalpatta district office from that time.
On 18th July thousands of families of landless people marched towards Kalpatta struggle centre demanding taking over of illegally held land from the foreign corporates and its distribution to the landless families. Declaring solidarity with this march and supporting the Towarimala land struggle many leaders of people’s movements, activists, writers, cultural activists etc addressed the thousands of Adivasis and other landless people mobilized there. While the LDF government is totally neglecting the movement and trying to suppress it, this struggle is inspiring the numerous struggles of the landless people al over the state. Let the revolutionary peasant movement led by AIKKS and the Adivasi Bharat Mahasabha get organized more militantly mobilizing the Adivasis and other landless people, and intensifying the movement. n
As demanded by the Adivasi Land Struggle Committee, the authorities have signed the agreement to hand over five acres of land and the traditional land of the Adivasis to the families in Attappadi. It was in a meeting of the AIKKS leaders with the officers of the ITDP that this agreement was signed. As the agreement was signed AIKKS has withdrawn the march to Kerala High Court it was planning from 30th May. The land will be measured and handed over by 30th June. AIKKs organized demonstration at Attappadi announcing the victory of the struggle.
On 12th June com. KN Ramachandran, GS of CPI(ML) Red Star, met the struggling Adivasi and other landless families at the Kalpatta’s Towarimala Struggle Centre and extended the support of the party Central Committee to the struggle. Meanwhile, the state level Towarimala Solidarity organized a Convention at Thrissur on 15th June and decided to intensify the campaign to mobilize all landless families for a protracted struggle to compel the government to take over the lakhs of acres of land illegally occupied by foreign plantation owners, their benamis and land mafia and to hand them over to the plantation workers and landless families. The Convention stressed that Adivasi Land Protection Act should be implemented and all adivasis’ right over the land should be established.
More Forces Support Towarimala Land Struggle: As the Towarimala land struggle and the dharna before Kalpatta Collectorate is reaching its sixtieth day, more sections of landless families are coming forward in support of it. The move by CPI(M) ministers to legalize the illegal occupation of 5.25 lakh acres of land by foreign plantation companies, and their benamis by receiving land tax from them has angered the Adivasis and other landless people including the plantation workers who demand their confiscation by the govt. and distribution to plantation workers and the landless families. The Thrissur Convention of the Solidarity Committee on 15th June has chalked out plans to intensify the land striggle all over state. n
Rally and public meeting were organized at Abhanpur on 31st May on the occasion of 29th anniversary of martyrdom of com. Ramesh Parida. In 1990 the workers of various factories near Abhanpur had organized strike demanding better wages, job protection and permanent jobs. Police as part of its suppressive acts arrested the TUCI leaders and took them to Abhanpur police lock up. Demanding their release the workers organized police station gherao, which was fired upon by the police during which com Parida became martyr. All speakers addressing the meeting pointed out that under Modi rule even the rights won by the workers are snatched away, and a very dangerous situation is created by the Modi government which is pursuing saffron fascist policies to speed up the neo-liberal corporate policies which are impoverishing the working class. A more organized countrywide movement is required to beat back these attacks and to advance the interests of the working class and all other toiling masses. 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 leaders of the AIKKS assembled at the martyrs column at Naxalbari under the leadership of Central Committee member com Pradip Singh Thakur, remembered the martyrs and the departed leaders of the movement and pledged to carry forward the message of agrarian revolution put forward by the Naxalbari Uprising according to present concrete conditions. In other states also Naxalbari Day was observed by the party committees with various programs