Taking advantage of this development, the people's Committee is going to hold its first annual general conference to consolidate the movement further. Actually the conference was supposed to have been held on 22nd October but had to be rescheduled to 29th October due to torrential rains over the weekend. In this conference representatives of villages will participate as delegates and the people who have stood in solidarity with this movement have been invited to participate as observers.
In the process of this Conference, the Committee organised annual general meeting in every village and formed committees in each of these villages. Some committees have been comprised with two or three villages also. In this way eleven village committees have been formed. In every committee majority of the people participated and it was amply clear that the people are ready to organise and act under the banner of this committee. So this conference is giving another message to the government that the movement is not only going on with the force of only two or three villages, but is based on the overwhelming support and participation of the people of more than 10 villages. All villages adjacent to the Power Grid sub-station are committed to the movement and it is spreading to other areas also.
People of every village have participated spontaneously in all of these general meetings. In some villages the participation of women was significant. In every meeting people showed their determination in the fight against the authority of the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd and against the Government. They are taking oath to drive away the power grid project from this fertile multi-crop and densely populated area as well as preparing to resist the onslaught of the autocratic government. In this area struggle for democracy has become an agenda of the people. In all the general meetings of the villages this spirit has come out from the speeches of the villagers. So it is clear that the annual conference which is going to be held on 29th October will be a grand success.
27th to 29th October 2017: International Seminar on “The Theoretical and Practical Lessons of the October Revolution” at Event center, Ruhrölstraße 3, Bottrop, Germany
International Seminar is conducted by the ICOR (International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations) and the ICMLPO (International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations).
This seminar will be a culmination of the joint discussions has been performed last one year, about the lessons of the October Revolution. More than 1,000 participants from more than 30 countries are expected in this Seminar. It is supposed to become a seminar with mass participation, where the experiences particularly of the working-class, youth and women’s movement, the environmental struggle, the anti-fascist struggle etc. can be contributed.
The seminar will be divided into six thematic blocks:
Introductory Paper — Stefan Engel, MLPD, Germany Lenin’s analysis on the development of the imperialist world system — Otto Vergas, PCR Argentina. The October Revolution and the struggle against opportunism and sectarianism — KN Ramachandran, General Secretary, CPI (ML) Red Star, India. The October Revolution lives! Conclusions for the revolutionary class-struggle today — Jose Maria Sison, Founding Chairman of the CPP, Philippines The strategy and tactics of the armed uprising — Abou Tarik, Morocco The necessity of socialist building in one country in connection with the building of a communist world movement — MLP, Russia Lenin’s strategy of the international revolution – BP (NK/T). Concluding Contribution — Stefan Engel, (ICOR)
All thematic blocks will be introduced by an initial contribution of 15 minutes. Then the discussion in the hall with contributions of five minutes each will be opened. A simultaneous interpretation into several languages will be provided.
Also if you are not able to come, your contributions and experiences are important and welcome for the Internet discussion! Your will find all information on the ICOR website: www.icor.info . Several theoretical discussion papers have been published which includes Review on Grover Furr’s latest book ‘Yezhov Vs Stalin’, Com P J James paper on ‘New Imperialist Countries’, papers by Max Q, G Andreatos, Recardo Cohen etc. All these papers are available at: www.icor.info/Theoretical_Seminar_%28 October_Revolution
B) International Cultural Event — 28th October 2017 Evening — Germany
The International Cultural Event will take place in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) in the Emscher-Lippe hall, Adenauerallee 118 on the evening of 28 October, admission from 5 p.m.
Visitors can expect a diversified cultural program, international contributions with live music, revue, exhibition and a wide offer of media and literature.
C) Concluding Mass Rally and Cultural Event at St. Petersburg, Russia — 6th to 9th November 2017
October Revolution Centenary Concluding Rally at St. Petersburg Russia — on 7th November 2017
Representatives from almost all Marxist Leninist Parties around the globe will participate in the rally. There will be a varied and unique program in St. Petersburg between 6 and 9 November.
The visit to important historical sites of the October Revolution will be on the program as well as a concert, excursions and, as a highlight, a demonstration/rally on 7 November. Many of these activities are being prepared by a unity of action in St. Petersburg.
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.