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.
SINCE their June 2014 capture of the Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic State (IS) forces have fought numerous battles along a shifting front line, which spans Iraqi and Syrian territory, and have engaged nearly every armed force there. Despite suffering territorial losses in 2014–15, the group continues to hold significant ground in Iraq and Syria. Since July 2014, Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent organisation mandated by the European Union to investigate the supply of weapons into armed conflicts, has worked in concert with Iraqi and Syrian forces to document materiel recovered in military action against IS forces. These partners include: the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, the Iraqi Federal Police, the Kurdistan Region Security Council, the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the Military Council of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. CAR documented the components presented in this report following their recovery during major battles around the Iraqi towns of al Rabia, Kirkuk, Mosul, and Tikrit and the Syrian town of Kobane.
IS forces have manufactured and deployed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) across the battlefield on a quasi-industrial scale. Responsible for a large number of civilian and military casualties, these improvised bombs endanger and significantly delay ground operations against IS positions, while threatening the safe return of displaced populations. Made of components that are cheap and readily available, IEDs have become IS forces’ signature weapon. Their chains of supply differ from those of military weapons. Indeed, for the most part, IED components are commercial goods that are not subject to government export licenses and whose transfer is far less scrutinised and regulated than the transfer of weapons.
Conflict Armament Research Tracing the supply of components used in Islamic State IEDs over a period of 20 months, from July 2014 to February 2016, sent investigation teams in Iraq and Syria, examined more than 700 components used by IS forces to manufacture IEDs, identified their provenance, and traced their chains of custody. While this report focuses on the origin of supplies captured from IS forces, there is no evidence to suggest, nor does CAR in any respect imply, any direct transfer of goods to IS forces by the countries and companies mentioned in this report. CAR’s investigations map out the legal trade in component parts across the region. In all identified cases, producers have lawfully traded components with regional trade and distribution companies. These companies, in turn, have sold them to smaller commercial entities. By allowing individuals and groups affiliated with IS forces to acquire components used in IEDs, these small entities appear to be the weakest link in the chain of custody. A focus on lawfully traded commodities is thus critically important to an understanding of how IS forces fuel their large-scale manufacture of IEDs. Many components that can be used in the manufacture of homemade explosives, such as aluminium paste and urea, are not subject to transfer controls, including export licensing. As such, their supply within the region is largely unregulated and weakly monitored. Other components, such as detonators and detonating cord, are subject to export licensing, but are also commonly used in commercial activities, such as mining and industry. Licensing alone has not been sufficient to prevent acquisition by IS forces. Ostensibly civilian components, such as mobile telephones and telecommunications cable, are also investigated in this report because their supply serves as a ‘marker’ for understanding the acquisition networks used by IS forces.
Unsurprisingly, IS acquisition networks draw most heavily on lawful commerce in the countries that border their territory. Proximity is a major reason why the goods traded by Iraqi and Turkish companies appear throughout the supply chains of components that IS forces use to manufacture IEDs. Both Iraq and Turkey have large agricultural and mining sectors, in which many such chemicals and explosive components are employed extensively. At the same time, many small-scale commercial enterprises appear to have sold, whether wittingly or unwittingly, components to parties linked to, or employed by, IS forces. Perhaps the most significant finding of this report concerns the speed with which IS forces have been able to acquire IED components.....
Table 1 of the Report gives the list of the countries and Companies who provide them. It includes India. Detonating cord Solar Industries India, Detonating cord and detonators Premier Explosives India, Detonating cord and detonators Rajasthan, Explosives and Chemicals India Safety fuse, Chamundi Explosives India, Detonators Economic Explosives India, Detonators IDEAL Industrial Explosives India are the Indian companies providing materials to ISIS among others from a number of countries.
Though Modi government is claiming to fight terrorism, under its nose Indian companies are providing materials for ISIS to spread its terrorist actions! This heinous act should be condemned. The democratic forces should demand that the Modi government take action against these companies and stop their supply line.
In his address, which was read by Sanjeev (an activist working for restoration of Dalit rights), Jignesh said, “Due to serious health issue (neck pain, back pain, fever, throat infection all together), I am not able to participate. But, I’m totally associated with the cause.” He further stated that annihilation of caste system should be the ultimate aim of any dalit movement.
Mevani went on to state that sessions have already been held starting with Una followed by Udipi (Karnataka), Thrissur and Trivandrum (both in Kerala), and now the conference is being held in Lucknow. “The motto of our organisation Rastriya Dalit Adhikar Manch is - Sangharsh Asmita aur Astitva Ke Liye - Jati-Nirmulan Tak (struggle for dignity and existence till annihilation of caste system). Though we are still evolving, our heart knows that we are on the right track and hence on the same wavelength with you,” Jignesh mentioned.
Reiterating his slogan Gaay ki punchh tum rakho, humme hamari zameen do (you keep the cow’s tail, give us our land), Jignesh, said, “Our agenda to promote inter-caste marriages and we also propose that whenever land is allotted to dalits, priority be given to women and even amongst women priority be given to Valmiki women and even amongst them priority be given to widow Valmiki women and even amongst them priority be given to physically challenged widow Valmiki women and even amongst them priority be given to those physically challenged widow Valmiki women who are engaged into manual scavenging. This is where we want our democracy to reach to.”
Land reforms are also vital for the entire nation for it helps evolve and agrarian economy which is conducive for higher levels of productivity meaning it has to do creating wealth for the entire nation and improve the purchasing power of rural folk. Rastriya Dalit Adhikar Manch is planning to have branches and wings and create a nationwide coordinating team which will work on the issue of land-reforms. “It is our attempt to bring all the dalit movements under this umbrella in coming days and work together for common cause,” Mevani said.
(The Times of India, dated 23rd October, 2016)
Addressing them com. K N Ramachandran, General Secretary of the CPI(ML) Red Star pointed out how the replacement of the rightist UPA government by the ultra rightist Modi government has further intensified the corporate raj and saffronization of the society and polity. Condition of the dalits, adivasis, minorities, women and all other oppressed classes have worsened further under the Hindu Rashtra concept pushed forward by the Brahminical forces. Fascicisation has reached the level of informal Emergency Rule leading to ban on TV Channels to subjugate the media also. He called for intensifying people’s resistance to replace the reactionary ruling system by taking lessons from the October Revolution which shook the imperialists and lackeys, and paved the way for national liberations and socialist advances
The meeting was addressed by leaders of other constituent organizations: com. Mohammed Gouse (General Secretary of MCPI-U), Ram Kavindar Singh (Navjanavadi Lok Manch), OP Sinha (All India Worker's Council), Raghav (Sarvodaya Prabhat Party). Representatives of New Socialist Movement (Gujarat), Janshakti (Karnataka), DSS(Karnataka), Jan Jagrutik Abhiyan of UP who could not attend had sent messages of greetings. All of them explained how the condition of the masses has worsened under Modi regime apart from intensification of the fascicisation of all walks of life. Only by throwing out this ruling system by taking lessons from October Socialist Revolution and other hitherto people’s revolutionary movements the people can advance towards people’s democracy and socialism.
Though the rally was planned from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, in the last minute the Delhi police denied pemission for it, exposing how it is curtailing the democratic rights. While comrades Sankar Das conducted the meeting, it was also addressed by comrades Pradeep Singh (Bengal), Sivaram (Odisha), Pramila(Basthi Suraksha Manch), Saura Yadav (Chhattisgarh), Rudrayya (Karnataka), Vimal (Delhi), Rajkumar Dhillor (Delhi Jan Manch) and others.
Along with a number of mass programs in all state capitals, the Delhi rally marked the beginning of the programs of centenary observation of October Socialist Revolution taken up internationally by the commmunist movement and democratic forces.
It is an important step in the context of the experience in India where the Left Front led by the CPI(M) had not only supported the UPA government led by the Congress for five years and where its West Bengal state committee went for an alliance with the Congress in the 2015 assembly elections. Though the CPB maintains fraternal relations with CPI, CPI(M) and Forward Bloc, the LF parties in India, and though their representatives also attended the Congress, CPB stand was different from theirs.
It was significant that the Congress of the CPB, a constituent of the ICOR was attended by ICOR constituents including the CPI(ML) Red Star, MLPD and CPN(Mashal) and all of them called for strengthening the ICOR and the year- long observation of the Centenary of the October Revolution starting from this 7th November. In the context of strengthening of the ‘political Islam’ around the world, it is significant that in a country like Bangladesh with almost 95% of its 12 crores population being Muslims, the CPB is building up the party and mass movements based on anti-neoliberal and secular positions. So the unity of the CPI(ML) Red Star with CPB is very important . Com. KNR representing the CPI(ML) Red Star while extending revolutionary greetings to the 11th Congress of the CPB, declared all round support to the people’s movement going on against the Rampal power plant and condemned the efforts of the Indian government to impose unequal treaties on river water sharing exposing its expansionist designs in South Asia.
In the International Seminar held on 29th afternoon on “Imperialism, Neo-liberalism and Religious Fundamentalism”, the key note paper presented by the CPB clearly pointed out that both the dangers of market fundamentalism and religious fundamentalism should be fought and defeated. In his speech com. KNR pointed out that the imperialists are trying hard to continue their global hegemony during the post-Second World War decades through their neocolonial offensive. Inspite of continuing crises confronted by them, they are trying to overcome them through neoliberal onslaughts and by using religious fundamentalism, racism, casteism like tools to divide the people’s resistance movements. Still the resistance struggles are increasing around the world. But the state power is increasingly controlled by the rightist forces as there are no powerful communist parties to give correct orientation and leadership to growing people’s movements and to capture political power. This is because the communist movement is influenced by right and left deviations. He called for ideological offensive to overcome these deviations and to build powerful communist parties capable of overthrowing the reactionary regimes and carry forward socialist transformation which is the only way to fight the barbarous neoliberal policies and its consequences, along with the growing danger of religious fundamentalism of all hues.
Representatives of CPI, CPI(M), Forward Bloc, CPN(UML), CPN(Mashal), CP of Pakistan, CP of Sri Lanka, MLPD, CP of Britain and CP of Russian Union also spoke from their parties’ positions showing how sharply different are the ideological-political lines of these parties. A large number of intellectuals and students participated in the seminar which continued for almost four hours.
The Congress elected a 43-member Central Committee and 7-member Control Commission. The new CC reelected comrades Mujahidul Islam Salim and Shaid Alam Jafar Ahmad as president and general secretary. It passed many resolutions including the communal attack against Hindu temples and houses in Nasirpur and demanding cancellation of the Rampur thermal plant.
The PB calls for continuing the campaign in support to the Kashmiri people’s right to self determination and against Modi government’s war mongering.
The PB welcomed the decision of the former leading committee members and members of the CPI(ML) New Democracy in Maharashtra to become part of the class and mass organizations like TUCI and AIKKS as the first step towards discussion of party line and merger. The PB decided to carry forward merger talks with other communist revolutionary organizations also.
The new Education Policy of Modi government is for all round commercialization and communalization of the education system. All party committees should expose this RSS led policy and organize resistance against it joining hands with AIFRTE units and other like-minded forces.
The PB has called for supporting the Caste Annihilation Movement’s decision to organize a vigorous campaign from 28th November, Mahatma Phule Day, to 6th December, the Dr. Ambedkar Day, against increasing caste based atrocities and for distribution of land to the landless dalits and adivasis, and has extended support to it.
It severely condemned the arrest of com. Jignesh Mewani and three more comrades in Gujarat and their custody in Ahmedabad central jail for advocating the dalit cause and raising the demand for land with the slogan “Jai Bhim, Lal Salam”. It has called for their immediate release.
The PB has called for observing 6th December as Anti-Communal Day. It was on 6th December 1992 the Babri Masjid was demolished by the RSS hoodlums and their allies. In order to communalize the voters for the coming UP elections the RSS parivar is intensifying the campaign for building a Ram Mandir at the Babri Masjid site. In this situation, the PB calls on all party committees to join with secular forces and observe 6th December as Anti-Communal Day.
The Supreme Court in its order has called for Equal Wages for Equal Work. The PB calls on all party committees to organize a campaign based on this SC order for implementation of this principle in all fields.
The PB meeting observed two minutes silence in memory of the large number of passengers died in the Indore-Patna Express tragedy during the early hours of 20th November and extended its condolences to the bereaved families. It expressed its anxiety about the way the privatisation of the railways is frantically speeded up under Modi government discarding the priority to be given for maintenance and safety, leading to such accidents.
Following this the Vision Document and the 22 point Alternative Program for all round development of the citizens of Delhi-NCR, presented by com. Vimal and Vijay Pandey, were discussed and adopted. The first session was presided by Shri Rajkumar Dhilor, Dr. S.N. Gautham, Dr. Omkarnat Mithal, K.C. Arya, Harsh Mehta, P.K. Raghav, Amar Singh Amar, Sharafat Hussain Siddiqui, Miss. Manju, Jyothi, Nusrat. The second session was presided by Shri Sharoor Khan, Lala Madanlal, Kripal Singh Chauhan, com. Jile Singh, Shri Aftab, Ansurui and Shravan Chanchal.
The Conference adopted a fifty one member panel as the leading committee of the Manch and a 21 member executive committee with Rajkumar Dhilor as its Convener. The Conference concluded calling for making the 23rd October program a great success and to make the Delhi Jan Manch the real leading political movement of the economically and socially suppressed masses of the Delhi-NCR region. As its first program of action a dharna was organized on 23rd October from 11 am demanding the implementation of the alternative program put forward by it.
23rd October: Delhi Jan Manch Organizes Dharna at Jnatar Mantar
The Delhi Jan Manch formed in the 9th October Convention organized a dharna at Jantar Mantar on 23rd October to announce its decision to launch a vigorous movement for housing for all slum dwellers, an end to contract system and minimum wages of Rs. 22,000, drinking water, sanitation, education, healthcare facilities for all toiling masses. The dharna was addressed by comrades KN Ramachandran, Dr Mithal, Vimal Trivedi, Raghav, Jyothi, Rajkumar Dhilor and many other leading activists from different movements and organizations. A memorandum with its 22 point demands was handed over to the offices of president, prime minister and chief minister. The DJM committee will meet on 25th October to chart a program of future struggles.