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RCF MEETING HELD AT BHUBANESWAR, ODISHA

The Meeting of All India Coordination Committee of RCF Calls to Face the Challenge of Fascist Manuvadi Philosophy with the Materialist Lokayat (Charvak) Philosophy and Values of Renaissance Movement.

The All India Coordination Committee meeting of the Revolutionary Cultural Forum (RCF) was held at Bhubaneswar (Orissa) on 22nd and 23rd June. It was attended by Tuhin (Chhattisgarh), Rajendra Pratap Singh (Delhi), Pravin Nadkar (Maharashtra), Asim Giri and Sankar Das (W.B.), Ravi Palur and K. Balakrishnan (Kerala), Rakesh and Sukanti (Orissa), Sukhbindar and Vineeta (Punjab). The RCF Unit of Orissa was formed.

On 22nd June a cultural evening against warmongering, jingoism and communal hatred was organised at Ma Tarini Basti. (There was a tremendous struggle for 3 years against the demolition of slums and the Basti Suraksha Manch did not allow any slum to be demolished.) In the cultural evening, Sukanti Jena, Neha Barik, Palash, Asim Giri, Tuhin, Rajendra Pratap, Pravin Nadkar, Sankar Das, Sukhbinder, Vinna, Pooja and Sujata presented revolutionary songs and poems. Rakesh conducted the program.

In the meeting, tribute was paid to Andhra Pradesh revolutionary singer Ramrao and legendary playwright, literary and actor Girish Karnad. The meeting expressed deep concern at the way in which fascist, manuvadi attacks in every sphere, especially culture and education, were being perpetrated under the directives of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) all over the country and with the direct help of Indian and foreign corporates like Ambani-Adani. In the face of the fascist manuvian philosophy behind these attacks, the RCF will face the challenge with India’s ancient materialistic philosophy, Lokayat (Charvak) philosophy, from Buddha philosophy to the values of Indian Renaissance. Speakers at the meeting said that Modi’s second coming means a flood of extreme-right-wing, neoliberal, corporate exploitation and every section of the oppressed public will be dominated by the most degenerate financial magnates in every region. This will increase the poverty and misery of the wider public. In the meeting it was decided to run a joint cultural campaign with the progressive cultural organizations against the distortion and communalization of India’s history and culture.

The meeting adopted resolutions against the effect of the New (National) Education Policy (NEP), which will promote privatization / commercialization and saffronization in the field of education, with the help of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the WTO, against the directive of the arrest of Pa Ranjith (Tamil Nadu) director of Tamil film “Kala” (who had said that the Chola rule of Tamil Nadu was against the Dalits) and for the freedom of expression in the face of attacks on journalists across the country and in the favour of journalistic security law, against the killing of youth Tabrez in Jharkhand, mob-lynching of minorities and dalits under the guise of Jai Shri Ram, against the issue of arrest orders of London’s singer Hard Kaur (who had condemned Yogi Adityanath for the atrocities on women, dalits and minorities in UP), against caste suppression, against growing superstition and religious hypocrisy in favour of scientific consciousness, against religious fanaticism and casteism, in favour of peace, Secularism and Ganga-Jamuni Tahajib of India.

Comrades discussed deeply on the rise of neo-fascism in the International and National levels as well as the methods of resistance. The consensus has reached that traditional methods of cultural resistance along with non-traditional methods and out of the box methods should be implemented to reach out to students and youth.

Tuhin

General Secretary,

Revolutionary Cultural Forum

23 July 2019

A Summary of the minutes of Preparatory Committee meeting held on 27 May 2019, Nagpur is given below. In this meeting representing the CPI(ML) Red Star, CC member comrade Vijay and representing the AIRSO comrades Akshay and Satwik participated – RS.

Introduction : Human activities are estimated to have caused ~1°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels. Inter-governmental cooperation to tackle climate change began in 1997, but has had little impact in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many studies warn that without drastic and immediate cuts in GHG emissions, temperature rise by 2100 may be between 3-4oC, causing drastic changes to the environment and putting earth’s ecology and human society to great risk.

Climate change poses a particularly high risk to South Asia. The Maldives will drown, Pakistan and Bangladesh are in the top-10 most vulnerable nations and India and Nepal in the top-20. If the national governments have been sluggish in tackling climate change, the people must take a cue from the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres’s recent speech in New York where he said that unless a course change is made by 2020, we face the possibility of a runaway climate change with disastrous consequences. He called the current situation an “emergency we face.”

To reduce the risk of climate change impacts, the people of the world must now ask for urgent and appropriate measures to be implemented, and for the people of the world to have a direct say in global governance.

Accordingly, in May 2019, the South Asian People’s Action on Climate Crisis (SAPACC), a rainbow coalition of organizations was setup by a Preparatory Committee consisting of representatives from 12 organizations.

The core demands of SAPACC are:

a          Emissions control, consumption reduction, sustainability index: North nations’ emissions must become net zero by 2030, and South nations’ by 2040. Gross global consumption should be reduced to sustainable levels and a sustainability index should be agreed upon to measure efficacy of sustainability objectives.

a          Responsibility for climate change related losses: All nations should take responsibility for climate change related injury, displacement and property loss to people, and damage to the environment, in proportion to their historic emissions.

a          Consumption equity: By 2040, global energy consumption equity should be achieved such that the ratio between the lowest and highest per capita energy consumption of people everywhere in the world is d”2.

a          Decentralized autonomous social structures; transparent democratic decision making: Decentralized and autonomous local self governing bodies of communities must have oversight powers over provincial and national governments, and international cooperation agencies. Decisions at all governance levels must be democratic and transparent.

a          Restoring the environment: Air, water, land, soil, and to the extent possible biodiversity, should be restored to their earlier quality.

SAPACC will bring together scientists, farmers, youth, workers, women, etc, from all the South Asian nations to ask for a people’s climate emergency to be declared in South Asian countries, and for the implementation of the above demands, and ask South Asian governments to table a resolution in the UN to have a global climate emergency declared.

SAPACC is convening a 3 day launch meet in the third week of September 2019 either in Delhi or Hyderabad with delegates from all South Asian nations. SAPACC will co-opt co-organizers who agree with the above demands for the September 2019 launch meet. The launch meet may be preceded with pre-launch conferences on themes such as Climate change impact on women, youth, workers, farmers, Climate science and policy, Climate change and the law.

Like-minded civil society organizations that agree with the above core demands will be invited to become co-organizers of the launch meet. The budget for the launch meet was estimated to be Rs 8-10 Lakh, and would be raised through crowd-funding.

Prior to the September 2019 launch meet, build-up programmes, such as talks in different places, the setting up of websites, etc, would be done to mobilize civil society groups. Post-launch programmes suggested include the setting up of a journal, holding people’s assemblies in each country, etc.

SAPACC’s Preparatory Committee elected Mr. Sudarshan Rao Sarde as its convener, and Mr. Sagar Dhara and Mr. Soumya Dutta as its co-conveners. Dr Sanjeev Kulkarni, Mr Sudhir Paliwal, Mr Vijay Kumar, Ms Karnika Palwa and Mr Sajjan Kumar, along with the convener and co-conveners will form the Working Committee that will take decisions on a weekly basis. The Preparatory Committee will have overall supervisory control of SAPACC in the runup to the September 2019 launch meet.

We need you to stop climate change turning into a crisis: SAPACC requests your cooperation and support for organizing the September 2019 launch meet, and to campaign for the five demands listed above. Whether you are a small organization or an individual, you could volunteer time till the launch meet to do the many things that are required to organize a large international meet. Or you could also help collect money through crowd funding methods.

It is only with you that SAPACC can take its message to people and the governments of South Asian countries. Thank you.

For further queries, please contact: South India — Sudarshan Rao Sarde and Sanjeev Kulkarni; North India — Soumya Dutta, Sajjan Kumar, Karnika Palwa and Vijay Kumar; West India — Sudhir Paliwal; East India — Sagar Dhara; Other countries: Sudarshan Rao Sarde: Soumya Dutta: Sajjan Kumar. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Central Committee of CPI(ML) Red Star discussed the above minutes and other papers on Climate Change and the report of com.Vijay and decided to issue the following Call: Organize broadbased Climate Change Groups at state level or  Area Level uniting comrades from class/mass organizations and like minded forces. The Preparatory Committee has now decided to hold the South Asia Convention at Hyderabad on 21st to 23rd September. Organize meetings wherever possible, form Committees against Climate Change, organize public programs to mobilize the masses for this, and suggest names of comrades to participate in the Hyderabad Convention. Connect it with the International Strike on 20th September against Climate Change. Let us actively take up the question of Climate Change and struggle for an egalitarian, people oriented and sustainable development paradigm. n

Under the leadership of Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI) workers engaged in various sectors have been struggling for the last one and half years for minimum wages and against the contract labour system which is a neo liberal policy imposed by the state and central governments.

The Modi-2 government wants changes in labor law so that corporate capitalists can earn super profits and so it also wants to remove all democratic and trade union rights of the working class. The Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka has not implemented the existing labour laws in various sectors, especially government sector. In this way they are showing actual support to the Modi government by attacking the working class and peasantry.

In this critical situation workers in the power sector in north Karnataka, irrigation sector and mining sector are continuously fighting for their wages, bread and livelihood. The state government is trying to suppress their struggles through various methods.

Tungabhadra irrigation workers who are in charge of supply and maintenance of water to 906000 acres command area of Raichur, Koppal and Bellary districts have not been paid their salary for 14 months. Instead, the authority is threatening their job security through imposing contract labor system!

In the state-run Hutti Gold Mines, 4054 workers produce10kg gold everyday and they reached 99%production target fixed by the management but their wage revision settlement is still pending. Even after successful negotiation, the government is not approving their fine wage agreement. Workers have been fighting for this since the last 18 months.

Raichur is now a major power hub in Karnataka. The Raichur Thermal Power Station was established in 1985. It produced 1750megawatts per day. It employed more than 1600 contract labours in the hard work of coal and ash handling but they were not paid living wages. The National Power Grid Station was established in 2014 in city-attached area and its transmission capacity is 760MW. Here 22 workers were terminated for demanding minimum wages and the conciliation is still pending.

The Yeramaras Thermal Power Station (YTPS) was established by the state government in 2016 without heeding the opposition of the people of Raichur to the project. It is said to be the only super critical thermal power plant in India with 13250 crores investment by state and central governments. More than 500 workers including those who had lost land to the project were terminated illegally 6 months ago and workers organised under TUCI have built up a struggle. The workers say: “We have lost our land and livelihood to YTPS, so how can YTPS authority terminate us from our jobs now? We want reemployment and wages.” They carried on a hunger strike for 23 days but still the authority did not respond.

In the above context, under the leadership of TUCI, the Tungabhadra, Hutti gold mines, RTPS and YTPS workers challenged Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy’s village-stay programme. When this was announced, the Raichur district administraton approached the TUCI leadership and promised a meeting between the CM and the TUCI leadership at Yeramaras Guesthouse on June 26.

But the meeting was never held. The Chief Minister did not even bother to listen to the problems of the workers. In protest, around a 1000 workers came out to the main road blocking it. Actually the workers had encircled the guesthouse and the road. The CM’s special bus was not allowed to leave for at least 30 minutes. Then the CM came out and shouted that the workers voted for Modi and came to him when they were in trouble! The workers responded by sloganeering against the Modi government. The CM then shouted for the police but the police were too paralysed to take action because of the workers’ strength and militancy.

Later, many people’s organisations and leaders of political parties condemned the chief minister’s attitude towards the struggling workers. TUCI Karnataka state president and union leader comrade R. Manasayya said "we are fighting at Yaramaras Thermal Power Station! The communists, not BJP. We are fighting for job security for five hundred workers who have thrown out of work. We are fighting for payment of months of salary due to Tungabhadra workers also."

The demonstration of June 26 once again exposed the attitude of the ruling classes to the burning issues of the working class. The TUCI leadership seriously condemns the irresponsible state government. It has called for an indefinite dharna by the Tungabhadra workers at Freedom Park, Bengaluru, since July 3, demanding their 14 months’ due wages and job security. TUCI demands that the matter be raised in the monsoon session of the Assembly which will start on July 12. n

Data exclusively accessed by Mirror Now (Channel) has revealed that 610 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra between January and March of this year. This translates to the fact that as many as seven farmers were driven to take their own lives every single day in different parts of the state in the first three months of this year. This trend shatters the illusion presented in the public sphere by concerned officials and the Maharashtra government. Different parts of the state are currently battling severe drought and the situation is going from bad to worse with every passing day. In its response to a Right to Information (RTI) petition, the Maharashtra government released data which states that 227 farmer suicides were reported from January to March of this year from Amravati followed by 198 from Aurangabad, 119 from Nashik, 38 from Nagpur, 29 from Pune and zero from Konkan. Farmer leaders said that situation is rapidly deteriorating in Marathwada, Yavatmal and neighbouring areas where drought has added to the worries of the local population.

BJP spokesperson says government led by his party in the state has launched the ‘Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan’ in 34 districts and farm loan waivers amounting to Rs 24,000 crore granted as part of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana.  But in spite of repeated demands the government has not released data for farmers suicide, unemployment, labour bureau and NSSO. Diring the LS election campaign BJP and Shivsena’s tactics was to conceal farmer suicides, the lives of India’s food producers and their sheer helplessness when severe droughts forcing them to end their own lives. n

Even before he took over as the head of the Gorakhpur Mutt, Yogi Adityanath had floated a youth militia, the Hindu Yuva Vahini, in 2002 to propagate Hindutva and nationalism. But there were many charges against its members of harassment, communal violence and intimidation. After he took over as chief minister, Adityanath distanced himself from the Vahini. Sunil Singh, a key functionary of the organisation, was infuriated when he and some others did not get Assembly tickets. He revolted and formed a rebel Vahini outfit, declaring himself president. Singh announced that he would contest against the BJP's Gorakhpur candidate, actor Ravi Kishan, on a Hindustan Nirman Dal, floated by Pravin Togadia. Being a Thakur, Singh might have cut into BJP votes, but his nomination was declared invalid by the Election Commission

At Varanasi, representing farmers in distress from Telengana and Tanilnadu nearly 100 farmers had gone to contest against prime minister Modi. They camped for days, campaigned and submitted nominations. But except one, all other nominations were rejected by the returning officer without attributing any valid reasons. In other Purvanchal constituencies of UP also this practice was evident. Many nominations including those of CPI(ML) Red Star candidates from Deoria and Chandoli were rejected without giving any explanation. Even election officials were not ready to meet these candidates or their representatives. EC was helping BJP in many ways. n

Over 500 including Hurriyet leaders, students facing PSA.  According to a report, Indian forces in their operations, killed 95,238 Kashmiris, including 7,120 in custody, since January 1989 till date. The report said that the troops molested or disgraced 11,107 women and damaged 109,191 residential houses and other structures. It maintained that Indian troops and police subjected at least 8,000 people to custodial disappearance in the period.

The report pointed out that during this year alone, Indian forces and police personnel slain 350 Kashmiris including PhD scholars, engineering students and Hurriyet leaders, Professor Dr Muhammad Rafi Butt, Dr Manan Bashir Wani, Dr Sabzar Ahmad Sofi , Dr Abdul Ahad Ganai, M-Phil student Aedimad Fayaz Mali, Muhammad Esha Fazali (24-year-old eng graduate), Syed Oais Shafi Shah (eng graduate ) , Aasif Ahmad Malik (28- year old B Tech engineer), THK leader, Mir Hafizulla, Muslim League leader, Tariq Ahmad Ganie, Hurriyet leader, Mohammad Yousuf Rather alias Yousuf Nadeem and THK leader, Hakim-ul-Rehman Sultani and arrested over 2,348 people including minor boys, youth, students, females and Hurriyet leaders and activists and put them in jails and under house arrest.

Resistance leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Aiyaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Shahid-ul Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Mohammad Aslam Wani, businessman Zahoor Watali, Syed Shahid Shah and Ghulam Muhammed Butt have been detained in Delhi’s Tihar jail, while over five hundred people including Hurriyat leaders Masarrat Aalam Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Mushtaqul Islam, Maulana Barkati, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi, Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, Hakim Abdu Rashid, Gulzar Ahmad Gulzar, Nisar Hussain Rather, Umar Adil Dar, Hakim Showkat, Merajudin Nada, Zahoor Ahmad, Sirajidin, Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, Mohmmad Amin Mangloo, Abdul Ghani Butt, Ghulam Muhideen Peer, Assadullah Parray, Fehrooz Ahmad Khan are languishing in different jails of Kashmir and in India under the black law, Public Safety Act.  The report maintained that the authoritieshad kept the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, MirwaizUmar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were put under detention either in their houses or in jails time and again and were not allowed to carry out their political activities and they have not been allowed to offer Friday prayers and address public meetings. n

52ND NAXALBARI UPRISING DAY OBSERVED

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 local comrades assembled at the martyrs column at Naxalbari under the leadership of Central Committee member com Pradip Singh Thakur remembered the martyrs and leaders of the movement and pledged to carry forward the message of the Naxalbari Uprising according to concrete conditions. Leaders of All India Krantikari Kisan Sabha (AIKKS), DH Poojar and Nirvanappa from Karnataka, Tejram Vidrohi from Chhattisgarh, Sankar Sahu from Odisha, addressed public meeting held at Naxalbari bus Stand. In other states also Naxalbari Day was observed by the party committees programs.

The withdrawal of asylum from the activist Julian Assange by the Government of Lenin Moreno, shows its total submission to U.S. policy, to its geopolitical designs and interests. It was Mike Pence himself, Vice President of the U.S., who in June 2018, on an official visit to our country, demanded that President Lenin Moreno end the asylum of Julian Assange.

Unidad Popular rejects this measure, which is nothing more than the continuation of the sell-out, already in the signing of a letter of intent with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the intended signing of the FTA (Free Trade Agreement). Julian Assange is an activist who denounced the atrocities and permanent violations by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan through Wikileaks. The withdrawal of asylum is also a serious blow to freedom of expression and human rights.

(National Leadership of Unidad Popular - Popular Unity, Quito, Ecuador, April 11, 2019) n

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The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.