Today, on 06th April, the members of Jomi Jibika Vastutantro O Porivesh Raksha Committee were attacked by the TMC goons in front of the Police inside the Baruipur Block Office when they went to file nomination papers. Four of them seriously injured.
It is a matter of deep concern that the Police even arrested/detained the Bhangor Andolan Sanhati Committee and JJBOPRC members and allowed the TMC goons to do whatever they like. It is a matter of serious concern that instead of taking all necessary administrative measures to ensure peaceful atmosphere so that all aspiring candidates could participate in the electoral process, the State Administration is siding with the miscreants and effectively disallowing the opposition party workers from exercising their democratic rights. It is a blatant violation of its constitutional obligation by the State Government to ensure safe and security of the citizens. We demand all wings of constitutional authority to take immediate remedial action so that the State Administration should act impartially and adhere to the constitutional obligation
We demand immediate release of the Bhangor Andolan Samhati Committee members, comrades Amitabh, Sankar and Biswajit, who are detained by the Police in Bhangor Police Station. We also strongly condemn the attack on JJBOPRC members and detention of Bhangor Andolan Samhati Committee members.
Pradip Singh Thakur
Secretary, West Bengal State Committee
CPI(ML) Red Star
7th April 2018
What is this neo-liberal economics that we talk about. The basic tenet is that it will be beneficial to society as a whole if the corporates prosper. The theory is that if the Ambanis, Tatas and Adanis prosper, they will invest more and create more industry and therefore more jobs and better jobs. This theory has been thoroughly disproved in practise. After almost thirty years of implementing the neo-liberal economics under both the Congress led UPA and the BJP led NDA, the real wages of workers are almost stagnant. This means that the rise in wages is only almost, on an average, equal to the rise in prices. The worker has got no real benefit.
The Government has, this year, further consolidated the apprenticeship scheme – the scheme whereby workers can be employed for extremely low wages for upto three years and will not be allowed to even get legal benefits like PF, minimum wages, etc. Another method of doing this is to allow for fixed term employment. This means that if the worker is told at the beginning that his employment is only for a fixed term, say two years, or for a fixed project, then he can be removed at the end of that period without any compensation. All such changes are being made to reduce the status of the workers from being permanent workers to mere casual or temporary workers. These are new forms of informal employment which allow for “hire and fire”. All such forms are basically made to keep the workers from asking for their legitimate dues. If they do organise or protest then they can be easily removed.
This is not the only change. The Government is trying to introduce new codes to replace all the earlier laws. The first code, which is already passed in the Rajya Sabha is the Code on Wages. This seeks to consolidate laws regarding Bonus, minimum wage, payment of wages and for equal remuneration. However, the whole of the final draft is at best, an unworkable hodgepodge and, more likely, an attempt to remove the protections given to workers. It does not say what the minimum wage should be. It provides that upto 50% of the Gratuity and terminal compensation of the worker can be deducted by way of fines, etc. Luckily, we have seen such a tumultous session of the Lok Sabha that the new law could not be passed so far.
If workers think of challenging such unjust laws in the courts then they are soon dissuaded by the state in which our judiciary finds itself. A house divided, there are open allegations of corruption against judges, many of which are proved. “Fixing” seems to the norm rather than an exception.
When this years budget was presented, there was nothing in it for the workers. Instead, in the Economic Survey which precedes the budget, there has been an attempt to redefine the term “informal sector” so that the Indian economy can be made to seem better that it is.
On the contrary this government is doing its best to keep the country divided on communal, religious, caste and ethnic lines. It is openly and blatantly espousing Hindutva to suppress the minorities and the dalits.
Today, workers are ready to fight. They are ready to come out into the streets. The massive demonstrations that took place in November when the workers gheraoed Parliament is evidence of this. Many workers are still fighting like the Maruti 13 who are still in jail, the Pricol workers etc. In many places, like in Bhangor, it is workers who are fighting for preserving the environment and for basic democratic rights. What is needed is to create a leadership which can weld this anger and discontent of the workers into a consistent movement which will lead not only the workers but also all the oppressed toilers to a new society – a really democratic society – a socialist society
Workers of the World Unite!
Workers and Oppressed of All Countries Unite!
Fight Against the Neo-Liberal Policies and Its Effects!
Unite For a Just and Equitable Society – For Democracy and Socialism!
The massive missile attack on Syria by US/NATO forces calls for severe condemnation by world people. The alleged chemical gas attack on the last rebel stronghold by the Assad regime is used as an excuse to launch aggression against a sovereign state, Syria. It is the latest act as world’s policemen by the US and its allies, challenging the UN Charter and international law. As there are possibilities for Syria’s ally Russia to intervene, there are possibilities for escalation of this conflict to dangerous levels. There are no justifications for the US/NATO aggression. We demand:
US and allies stop their aggression forthwith;
People of Syria should be allowed to solve their problems without foreign interference;
Organize anti-war, anti-US/NATO demonstrations.
But, a century long propagation of Hindurashtra concept, the RSS leading present BJP rule, has led to the third wave of assault on whatever unity is existing in this sub-continent, in spite of the comprador rule which survived through communal- caste appeasement policies. Whatever unity of Indian polity is still surviving is attacked by the Sangh Parivar using its divisive policies of Hindutva, frenzied efforts to create a Hindu vote bank. By unleashing Islamophobea, lynching of Muslims, military occupation of Kashmir and hate Pakistan campaign whatever religious inclusiveness survived are destroyed and communal division is taken to its peak; the frenzied imposition of corporatization and Hindu-Hindi-Hindustan slogan have cut at the roots of federalism as manifested through statements of even ruling class leaders of the Southern states; and now the successful Bharat Bandh on 2nd April in which many millions of SCs/STs along with their supporters and compatriots got mobilized has clearly shown the growing anger of the suppressed classes and sections who are challenging the attack on them in all fields by the Brahminical forces. The Indian brand of fascistic hegemony sought to be imposed by the Sangh Parivar is striking at the very root of the unity of India which is a multinational country. Along with its mad pursuit of neo-liberal policies, it is challenging and destroying the unity of the people of India. On all counts it should be resisted, isolated and defeated.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Red Star
April 3, 2018
Modi and other leaders of RSS and Sangh Parivar are celebrating their victory over CPI(M) led Left Front in Tripura as a victory in the ideological struggle against communism and uprooting Lenin’s statues, knowing very well that the LF government they defeated was also pursuing the neo-liberal policies and it was far away from the Marxist-Leninist principles and practice. Still its defeat is utilized to defame Marxism in most heinous forms. It is the same thing US imperialist lackey Yeltsin and his collaborators did in 1991 after the disintegration of Soviet Union. Lenin’s statues were attacked and they celebrated the disintegration of Soviet Union, which had degenerated to a social imperialist power following the usurpation of power by the revisionists, as the ‘end of history’ and demise of communism. The camp of reactionaries utilize every such situation to attack communism and the imperialist media give extensive propaganda to it. We should oppose and severely condemn the attack on communism and on the toiling masses unleashed by Modi and company utilizing the defeat of social democratic CPI(M) led government in Tripura. We should declare firmly that such proxy wars cannot defeat us, and that imperialism and their lackeys like Modis means barbarism, and that socialism is the only alternative for the world people.
To avoid environmental destruction, alternative proposals for the bypass have been suggested including the ones put forth by KSSP after detailed study. An elevated highway from Chiravakku to Thrichambaram in the town can contain the traffic congestion that may arise in future and there is really no need to construct an alignment destroying precious water resources. The average width of the paddy field through which the bypass road is proposed is only 80 meters. The area is surrounded by hills on all sides. Owing to the peculiarities of the geographical location of the area in question, the building of a 45-meter-wide road will culminate in the destruction of the entire 250 acres of paddy field cum wetland, not only the exact area where the road stands.
Kerala had 9 lakh hectares of land for paddy cultivation 40 years ago. Now it has been reduced to just 1.75 lakh hectares. It was due to the persistent demand and agitation of agricultural labourers and environmentalists that the Kerala Legislature passed a bill for the protection of paddy fields and wetlands in 2008.Governments have delayed framing required rules related to the provisions in the bill, and have not complied with the provisions to create data banks. But recently, through an ordinance that is valid now, the Government has relaxed the provisions for filling up paddy fields, to facilitate so called ‘development projects.
Several struggles have been going on throughout Kerala for the past 10 years against evacuation of lakhs of people for acquisition of additional land to provide 45 metre width to the NH and against the conversion of NH into BOT projects. In Kerala, people have demanded that NH should be expanded to six-line traffic in a width of 30 metres, taking into account the density of population and the alarming increase in number of vehicles.
In response to the hunger strike of the ‘vayalkkilis’ against the project to build a bypass road through Keezhattoor, the PWD minister convened a meeting and assured that the proposed alignment would be re-examined. However, the government has not kept its promise. Therefore the Vayalkkilis resumed their struggle on 18th February 2018, this time by starting the ‘Vayal Kaavalsamaram (agitation for guarding the field) .On 14th March, the police and CPI(M) party workers cordoned off the site and forcefully facilitated surveying the area. The Police arrested 49 volunteers who objected to the survey and took them to the Taliparamba Police station. After that, threatening media personnel present there, CPM activists set fire to the pandal (temporary shed) where the non -violent satyagraha was going on.
This was a high handed and unwarranted intervention from party workers, which has attracted sharp criticism from several quarters. The Police simply remained silent spectators of the arson. Attempts are being made by party workers to coerce the landowners to give written consent to forego their land for the project. An atmosphere of terror is being created to prevent people coming to the area to express solidarity with the struggle. The CPI(M), which has been organizing farmers to struggle against injustice in other parts of India, have adopted in Kerala a different approach of forcefully acquiring farmer’s land, willing to go to any extent in order to facilitate filling of paddy lands for big projects, against their own stated policy objectives .
The Aikyadaardya Samithi in support of the struggle has decided to conduct a people march from Taliparamba town to the proposed site at Keezhattoor at 2 PM on 25 th March 2018, demanding to rebuild the shed and to scrap the proposed alignment of NH through Keezhattoor. We solicit your support in pressurizing the government to desist from destroying paddy fields on a large scale anymore in Kerala for implementing projects and in convincing the central leadership of the CPI (M) about the situation in Kerala, and in bringing victory to the ongoing struggle. Kindly come to Keezhattoor on 25th March. If at all you find it impossible to turn up on that day, please express your solidarity with this struggle by a message, statement, a hash tag or any other means you deem fit.
(Statement issued by Suresh Kezhatoor and N. Janaki Amma on behalf of ‘Vayalkkilikal’)
It is an undeniable fact that the conflict in the sharing of Cauvery waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has been a long drawn out one dating back to colonial days. During the past several decades since the transfer of power and state formation process, along with those who held power at the centre, the ruling class parties in both states were effectively utilizing the issue for their ulterior motives. During times of low rainfall, taking advantage of dereliction of duty by respective governments, breaking out of disputes and wanton destruction of properties instigated by vested interests and ruling class parties in both States have become a regular feature. Even now, the Modi government's conspicuous inaction and silence on the issue is reprehensible even as the state units of BJP in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are trying their maximum to whip up chauvinistic feelings. Instead of considering the genuine needs and interests of the peoples of both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by taking them into confidence and thus finding a permanent solution to the problem, now Modi regime is engaged in whipping up chauvinistic forces in Karnataka to make electoral advantage there.
Right to water, that is, availability of sufficient, safe, accessible and affordable water without obstruction is an internationally recognized fundamental right of all peoples irrespective of geographical and national boundaries. That is, governments are duty-bound to ensure this right of the people by incorporating it into their legal framework by taking the people of all regions into confidence. What requires is an urgent move for a lasting solution for the sharing of Cauvery water among the respective states ensuring the democratic unity of the people.
In this context, Tamil Nadu State Committee of CPI (ML) Red Star severely condemns Modi government’s duplicity in not implementing Supreme Court order within the time frame thereby keeping the Cauvery question in abeyance in the guise of once again seeking the apex Court’s clarification. It is an insult to the people of Tamil Nadu and we declare solidarity with the genuine struggles of peasants and Tamil people in this regard. We appeal to Party units and class and mass organizations at all levels to come to the streets and unite with the people. At the same time, the Party also appeals to the peasants, workers and toiling people to be cautious enough not to fall in to the trap of chauvinism usually set by ruling parties especially the opportunistic position of the present ruling regime in Tamil Nadu, and resolutely come forward for achieving their genuine demands exposing and defeating the heinous moves and ulterior motives from such centres.
R Duraisamy, Secretary
Tamil Nadu State Committee
CPI (ML) Red Star
April 2, 2018
From the very beginning of his career as a scientist, Hawking came out of the clutches of so called bourgeois neutrality of science and openly declared his political preference by declaring solidarity with the world people fighting the US aggression on Vietnam in the early seventies.
As a concerned scientist, Hawking has been the staunchest critic of corporate greed, burden imposed on nature and unsustainable consumerism of the financial elite. His approach to artificial intelligence and prediction of doom on humans by machines, etc. though have earned him the branding of a pessimist, Hawking stands above all others in his love and concern for humanity.
For us, the sad demise of Hawking came when we just published his article "Greed and Stupidity will end Humanity earlier than Expected" in Red Star Weekly No. 8 Vol.7 dated 12th March 2018.
The CPI(ML) Red Star extends its tribute to Hawking and express heartfelt condolences to those who love him.
K N Ramachandan
CPI(ML) Red Star