The Power Grid Corporation with the help of local contractor, goons, local political leaders and state administration terrorised the poor villagers and forcefully evicted them from their habitats against meagre compensation and built a Power Grid. Initially the Power Grid Corporation were telling the villagers that they would be constructing a Power House, but in reality they built a Power Grid which as per the law of the land should not have built in thickly populated area. No legal formalities have been adhered to while establishing the power grid. The local administration or the so-called elected people’s representatives did not even ready to give patient hearing.
At this moment some people approached CPI(ML) Red Star for their intervention. With their intervention a committee has been formed in the name of “Jomi Jeebika Baasthu Thantro Porivesh Raksha Committee”. Under this committee’s call a deputation to the Power Grid Corporation of about three thousand villagers marched from all 4 villages to the Power Grid Office at Bishnupur. But the Power Grid Corporation Authorities left the office not meeting the representatives of the Committee though the authority had invited the leaders for a meeting during a meeting of both the parties at the SDO’S office at Baruipur.
Under this circumstances, the committee decided to intensify the struggle. A “Raj Bhaban aviyan” with thousands of people was organised on 22nd December against unlawful land grabbing from the farmers at Bhangar, Deganga, Rajarhat and surroundings by Power Grid Corporation of India with the help of police and goons affiliated to the ruling party. A huge rally took place from college square to Dharmatala demanding the immediate cancellation of the power grid project on the fertile land which will affect the environment and livelihood of inhabitants. (See photo on front page)
The state committees of CPI(ML)Red Star participated in the agitation organizing resistance against demonetisation, the corporate led assault on people, in continuation to the campaign it had launched as soon as it was announced. The Party committees organized many programs in different states.
The Party views that the demonetisation imposed by Modi Government is not for the people but for the corporates. It benefits only the corporates and mafias who have stashed away 80% of the national assets as black money in foreign and domestic havens. Immobilizing 86.4% of the currency has led to loss of jobs and livelihood for tens of millions. Day by day their condition is becoming worse.
The CPI(ML) Red Star has published a booklet explaining the real intention of Modi government in imposing this anti-people move. It calls on the people to organize active campaign and resistance against demonetisation based on the following slogans: Demonetisation not for abolishing black money, but an attack on people, resist it! Confiscate all black money at home and abroad!
In early November, the governments of Japan and India signed a civil nuclear deal, enabling Japanese trans-national corporations to supply nuclear fuel, equipment and technology.
Japan is the only country in the world to suffer nuclear attacks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with unimaginably horrific human losses. On top of that, the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is unfolding to be an uncontrollable disaster with crippling economic and social costs. India is a densely populated country where both the UPA and current NDA government have planned and prepared to establish series of highly dangerous nuclear reactors in densely populated coastal and in land areas. Any disaster like Fukushima or Chernobyl (1986 Soviet Union/Ukraine) will have multi million people facing death and heavy radiation exposure.
Having suffered both nuclear attacks and reactor melt down, disasters, Japan should never have facilitated such possibilities elsewhere. Similarly with every region teeming with people and much less developed response capability, India should not go for nuclear power plants at all.
Indian economy will also take a hit, due to the very high cost of nuclear power plants, which is two-four times the cost of solar or wind power. It is clear that there deal is signed to benefit Japanese MNCs like Toshiba and Hitachi and connected US and Indian subcontractor corporation at the expense of Indian people and economy. We strongly condemned this bad deal and demands it immediate repeal. People of India will surely resist any implementation of this evil deal.
A year has passed. Neither the Delhi nor the central administration including the railways have done anything during this period for their housing. They have to spend another winter in huts without any basic facilities. It is in this situation the Basti Suraksha Manch was formed. It submitted memorandum to authorities repeating how the Supreme Court and central goernment gave many assurances, but nothing implemented. After early enthusiasm the courts are also silent on the matter. So the Basti Suraksha Manch has called on the people to get mobilized and raise voice more powerfully with unity for getting the implemetation of the right to housing. With this demand a campaign was organized and a well attended public meeting was held on 11th December evening at Sakur Basti.
JNUSU president Mohit Pandey has rejected the allegation about the students by the administration, as a “bunch of lies” and instead posed few questions to the administration over the issue. He alleged that the vice-chancellor was hell-bent on “destroying the culture of JNU through his high-handedness”. He also accused him of not making public the proctorial report, which says that some “ABVP activists have been found guilty of hitting Najeeb.” The students are protesting against inaction by the administration on the issue. Najeeb Ahmed, a first year MSc student, went missing from the campus on October 15 after he was assaulted by ABVP members during a hostel election campaign a night before. The JNUSU is organizing a rally from Mandi House to Parliament on 14th December to demand immediate action to trace Najeeb and punish the culprits.
The protest march organised by Joint Action Committee for Social Justice — an umbrella body of various Dalit, Muslim and leftist student groups — started from Kurla station and ended at the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai (MU). The protestors submitted a memorandum to vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh, demanding action against Najeeb’s assaulters. The students projected Najeeb and Vemula as symbols of ABVP and other right-wing organisations’ excesses against Dalits and minorities.
Holding the placards bearing pictures of Najeeb, the protestors asked the Delhi police to find the missing student. They also chanted slogans against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ABVP and ‘Brahmanwad’.
“Najeeb’s mother is crying for help on the street. Her sister has asked the JNU vice-chancellor to find him. What are the Delhi police doing? The culprits are still out at large,” said Sagar Bhalerao from Samata Vidyarthi Aghadi. The activists also said that they want to end the ‘environment of fear’ in the campuses across the country. They added that they would continue with their protest till the missing student is found.