In its existence of less than six months, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) has created the largest ever coalition of farmers’ organisations in the country, cutting across states and agro-climatic regions. By organising Kisan Mukti Yatras covering nearly 10,000 kms over three months, the AIKSCC has created a nation-wide footprint for itself, besides deepening of consciousness among the farming and the non-farming communities.
The massive Kisan Mukti Sansad has been a major milestone in this journey. It demonstrated the capacity of this coalition for ground mobilisation across the country and succeeded in registering the plight of the farmers and their demands before the country. The first ever Women’s Parliament was a critical acknowledge-ment of the role of women as farmers. By formulating and presenting two Bills centred around its two demands, the AIKSCC has demonstrated that it is not merely about protests and opposition, it is a common resource for policy alternatives on Indian agriculture.
The Kisan Sansad has resolves to intensify the struggle. In the next phase a nation-wide Campaign on two bills will begin on 26th of November in Baardoli (Gujarat). The campaign will culminate in a Kisan Mukti Diwas on 26th of January all over the country.
Comrades Sharmistha, Zakur Ali from Bhangar Committee, Vimal (secretary of Delhi Red Star committee), Jyothi from Basthi Raksha Committee and others addressed the dharna explaining the one year old people’s resistance going on at Bhangar, appealing support of all progressive forces.
After dharna following memorandum was submitted to the Ministry of Power
THE Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment representing over 50,000 villagers affected by the 400/220 KV Rajarhat powergrid substation project undertaken by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
We have been protesting against this project which was supposed to have been set up at Rajarhat in the North 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal, but which was shifted to the South Paraganas district and set up among fertile multi-crop farmlands and vast wetlands for some unknown reason, for many years now. However, all our representations to the PGCIL as well as the W Bengal govt. have fallen on deaf years. Instead, the West Bengal government has unleashed a reign of terror over the affected villages, arresting scores of people and even killing two villagers.
We would like to bring to your notice that the project has come up flouting every single rule and procedure related to the Right of Way and other safety measures. 440 KV transmission lines have been put up over brick kilns, schools, houses and other buildings, without any regard for ground distance. The SF6 gas insulated substation has been set up bang in the middle of a densely populated village. Dozens of transmission towers have been set up over wetlands and farmlands. The lives and livelihoods of the villagers as well as the ecology and environment are under risk of severe electromagnetic pollution. There has already been one instance of coolant leaking from the substation and spoiling crops of the adjoining fields.
PGCIL has not undertaken the mandatory process of consultation with the villagers. All land has been acquired forcibly and at gunpoint.
Under the circumstances, we have been demanding dialogue with the state government and the PGCIL authorities for over a year now. However, our demands have been answered by brute terror.
A vast range of experts suggest that the completion of this project will spell doom for all the villages over which the transmission lines run, because of zero compliance with Right of Way and Ground Clearance standards and because of the impending electromagnetic pollution. A project of this kind is not supposed to be set up over fertile farmlands and wetlands. It was supposed to have been set up in Rajarhat, but due to some unknown reason it has been shifted to the villages of South 24 Paraganas.
We oppose this project and demand dialogue. We seek your urgent intervention in the matter to facilitate dialogue between the villagers and the authorities. We also seek your intervention with the West Bengal state government to ensure a stop to the state terror to which we are subject. We look forward to speedy redressal
Street corner meeting at Lake Market, South Kolkata by CPI(ML) Red Star, WB State Committee on first anniversary of Demonetisation attracted many. Many such programs were organized at different places in the country
THE seminar on 100 years of the October Revolution organized jointly by ICOR and ICMLPO was successfully held at Bottrop, Germany on 27-29 October. The seminar was a great success with over 57 organisations from around 50 countries participating. On behalf of CPI(ML) Red Star comrades KN Ramachandran, Sanjay Singhvi, PJ James and Sharmistha represented. They presented Pary’s positions wih regard to imperialism today, lessons of October Revolution and problems concerning building the communist movement nationally and internationally. Over 1000 people took part on all the three days. As far as the content of the discussion is concerned, comrades from all continents agreed that another wave of socialist upsurge can be created only if the politics of independent communist assertion should be focused on in order to demolish the global imperialist system and to replace it with people’s political power and people oriented development paradigm.
International Seminar was conducted by the ICOR (International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations) and the ICMLPO (International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations). It was held as a culmination of the joint discussions held during last one year, about the lessons of the October Revolution. It became a seminar with mass participation, where the experiences, particularly of the working-class, youth and women’s movements, the environmental struggle, the anti-fascist struggle were contributed.
The seminar was divided into following thematic blocks: 1) Introductory Paper – Stefan Engel, MLPD, Germany, 2) Lenin’s analysis on the development of the imperialist world system – Otto Vergas, PCR Argentina, 3) The October Revolution and the struggle against opportunism and sectarianism – KN Ramachandran, CPI(ML) Red Star, India, 4) The October Revolution lives! Conclusions for the revolutionary class-struggle today – Jose Maria Sison, Founding Chairman of the CPP Philippines, 5) The strategy and tactics of the armed uprising – Abou Tarik, Morocco, 6) The necessity of socialist building in one country in connection with the building of a communist world movement- MLP, Russia, 7) Lenin’s strategy of the international revolution – BP (North Kurdistan/Turkey)
All thematic blocks were introduced by an initial contribution of 15 minutes. Then the discussion in the hall with contributions of five minutes each was opened. A simultaneous interpretation into several languages was provided. There was an International Cultural Event on 28th October 2017 evening at Gelsenkirchen.
The Events at St. Petersburg, Russia
IT were also successfully completed. Besides seeing Lenin’s statue at Smolny and Engine 293 in which Lenin came from Finland as coal stoker, there were three programs. On 6th night, there was a revolutionary cultural performance.
There were different performances - skits, opera and rock bands (from Russia and Germany). Com Sanjay spoke on behalf of ICOR at this performance. Com. Gabi (MLPD) was invited to speak by the CPRF (Communist Party of the Russian Federation - led by Com. Tyulkin). On 7th there was a big rally. It was a see of red flags. On 8th there was a grand banquet and the ending.
Telengana : October Revolution Centenary Meeting at Asifabad
THE Telengana State Organising Committee of CPI(ML)Red Star organized Russian October Revolution Centenary celebrations concluding meeting at Rose Gardens, Asifabad, on 9th November. The meeting started after paying tributes prime architects of communist thought Karl Marx, Frederik Engels, VI Lenin, Stalin and Mao Zedong who inspired and successfully led world working class movement. The meeting paid tributes to Bhagat Singh, Komaram Bheem and to all the leaders of communist revolutionary movement of India and to Doddi Komaraih, the first martyr of Telangana peasant armed struggle. It paid tributes to Jyothirao Phule and BR Ambedkar, the modern-day champions of struggle against the inhuman Manu (A)Dharma. Ch Mohan a friend of people’s movements was invited to preside over the meeting by comrade Tirupathy.
Comrade Moluguri Saidulu, secretary, APSOC, said whereas the Indian State after dragging its feet for 70 years over the promise of land reforms is now forcefully transferring peasants’ lands to big capital, the proletarian state of Russia decreed revolutionary land reform on the very next day of taking power and thoroughly implemented within a few months. Similarly the foreign companies and the collabora-tionist Russian companies and whole big business and trade were nationalised and the management was put to the hands of industrial workers and other labouring people. He appealed to all the struggling revolutionary left and democratic forces to come together to unleash struggles against imperialist and corporate forces with the slogan of land to the tiller, socialization of big capital and caste annihilation.
C Bhaskar Rao, president, central committee, OPDR in his key note address explained in detail the process first RSDLP and subsequently Bolshevik party led by Lenin over throwing 300 years autocratic Czarist power and establishment of proletarian Russian state. He said Russian Bolshevik revolution triggered revolutions, national liberation movements and independence movements in all the five continents of the globe. He observed, degeneration of all 20th century socialist and new democratic states either to capitalist or neo-colonially dependent states and balkanization of some of them, including the great USSR is though shocking, provide very rich experiences if we are not dogmatic. He appealed to the Indian communists to relearn from the works of, especially Marx, Engels and Lenin and take concrete lessons from the strategy and tactics of Bolshevik party led by Lenin and apply creatively to the contemporary concrete Indian and world conditions to establish people’s democratic state and society and then proceed to socialist society. B Narasimha, secretary OPDR Telangana committee in his message explained the indelible influence of October revolution of Russia and November revolution of China on the consciousness of world people and said that Marxism is the only alternative to eradicate exploitation and the resultant sorrow from the face of earth.
Chhattisgarh: Mass rally and Public Meeting at Gariaband
CELEBRATION of the 100 years October revolutionary day, CPI(ML) Red Star, Chhattisgarh state committee took out a rally and held public meeting on 7th November 2017 at old bus stand Fingeshwar, in Gariyaband District.
Kerala: October Revolution Centrenary Rally and Public Meeting at Thrisur
OCTOBER REVOLUTION Centrenary Program at thrissur in Kerala Conducted by CPI(ML) Red Star State committee. Public meeting inaugurated by Com. PJ James (PB Member) and addressed by MK Dasan (State Secretary), G. Gomathy (Pempillai Oruma), Sam P Mathew (TUCI), MP Kunhikkanaran (AIKKS), Adv. Sabi Joseph (OPDR), Adv. PD. Pushpa (AIRWO), Rajesh Appat (party state executive committee), K. Sivaraman (TUCI), Salim Divakaran (RCF), ND Venu (RYFI), KV Purushothaman and others.
Odisha : Workers and Basti Dwellers Organize Struggles on Centenary Day
INDEFINITE dharana at Master Canteen chowk Bhubaneswar by Basti Surakshya Mancha demanding right to housing. The dharna started on the afternoon of 6th November protesting against the demolition of a slum, continued on 7th November observing the centenary of October Revolution which for the first time realized bread, livelihood and housing for all, and is continuing indefinitely demanding an assurance form the government that no more slums shall be demolished.
Karnataka : On Centenary of October Revolution Hall Meeting at Raichur
ON 7 NOVEMBER, on 100 Years of Russian Revolution, programmes were held at Raichur, Karnataka. It was addressed by coms. K Naglingswamy, Chinnappa Kotriki. G Shekarayya, Ameer Ali, Yaradhihal, G Amaresh and Babu Bhupoor. About 200 workers, peasants and working women participated in it.
The program was held despite obstacles created by police and administration. Local Police, BSF jawans and officers and SDPO Laxmipur were denying permission to hold rally and meeting. Our comrades and leaders are harassed, mentally tortured, threatened to kill naming as Maoists. They were detained in many places. In a letter addressed to Chief Minister; Chief Secretary, D.G..Police, SP , Collector and District Magistrate, Koraput, and released to the press com. Sivaram, state secretary of CPI(ML) Red Star alleged arbitrary actions by the authorities of Koraput district to prevent open and democratic activities by the party.
Immediately arrest and give exemplary Punishment for the Paramilitary force Culprits of Kunduli minor dalit girl gang rape case. Stop Paramilitary and police atrocities on common people making nexus with exploiters in that area. Judicial Inquiry with High Court Sitting Judge into Bhagaban Panasputia Murder case, who was protesting mining at Koraput. Provide 5 acres of lands to all adivasi, dalit and poor landless families. Immediately implement Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations on Remunerative Prices on all agricultural products including Land Reforms. Increase minimum wages of all Workers including agricultural Workers. Implement Govt. declared minimum wages strictly in all Industry and establishments. Register all Construction Workers and other unorganized workers soon under Odisha Building and other Construction Workers welfare Board and Odisha Social Security Board. Implement comprehensive policy to provide social security to all Workers. Develop all Govt. Hospitals and Educational Institutions. Provide complete free quality education for all. Implement Common Education System. Provide complete free and quality healthcare service for all. Scrap profit motive economic policy. Implement strict policy to provide employment to all. Guarantee minimum 250 days work for every capable person. Ensure unemployment allowance for every unemployed. Stop all types of loot and corruption in all welfare and development schemes. Provide Ration Card to all. Implement Universal PDS. Provide free Ration to all families. Stop providing land, forest and water to Corporates. Implement Land reform soon. Improve public transport system. Run Govt. Buses to all areas. Stop over charging of fare in buses. Stop all types of atrocities on dalits, adivasis. Implement comprehensive policy and plans to develop adivasi, dalit and backward communities. Resist communal Fascist Forces.
When the Dr. Gadgil Committee report was published, all ruling class parties and vested interests including reformist parties, the Congress led UDF, CPI(M) led LDF and BJP had joined hand to sabotage it. Under their pressure, when the central government came out with a diluted Kasthurirangan report, even this was rejected by these forces. Day by day a number of ecology destroying projects including mining, quarrying, big hydel projects etc were taken up, in spite of opposition from the masses.
Opposing these heinous acts, the progressive forces had joined hands as reported earlier in this paper to form the Western Ghats protection Committee with units from Kerala to Gujarat. As part of this initiative, the present march organized in Kerala attracted very good support from the people. The success of this 300 kms. long march has provided new impetus to carry forward the struggle for land, livelihood, environment and a people oriented development paradigm.