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Modi government’s willful inaction on the February 16 Supreme Court judgment directing the Centre to frame a ‘scheme’ within six weeks (which ended on March 29, 2018) including the constitution of Cauvery Management Board is deplorable. Rather than initiating the urgent steps required for a dispute resolution mechanism in conformity with federal principles and people’s interests in the concerned states, especially, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the Modi regime is seeking avenues of further litigation disregarding the urgent needs of peasants and peoples in both states. Through the postponement of a badly needed decision on this urgent question thereby facilitating the withholding of the release of water to Tamil Nadu in the irrigation season and by cunningly pursuing a policy of divide and rule, Modi’s intention is to mobilize maximum votes for BJP in the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly election.

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
Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists of all times has been a living wonder to the science of medicine. Being one among the leading theoretical physicists and cosmologists of the present era, Hawking will be known for ever for his brilliant integration of the theory of relativity with quantum mechanics and his projection of the future of universe, which is also an inspiring source of further scientific research.

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

General Secretary

CPI(ML) Red Star

CONDEMN ARREST OF ADVOCATE UPENDRA NAYAK

UPENDRA NAYAK a defence lawyer of defenceless persons like Aarati Majhi and others has been picked up by Parlakhemundi Police in the late night on 20th February allegedly involved him Sedition and Unlawful Activities Prevention Charges. These are completely false and fabricated charges indented to create a reign of terror to terrorize the defence lawyers and the decent voice.

Mr Nayak, more than 55 years old, was ill person who was a regular practitioner in different courts including the District Court of Parlakhemundi, a tribal area of Odisha. We severely condemn it as state violence and request all concerned citizens and all other left, democratic, progressive forces including the lawyer’s community to raise their voice against it.

Sivaram, State Secretary, CPI (ML) Red Star, Advocate Biswapriya Kanungo, Human Rights Activist, Narendra Mohanty, Forum against false & fabricated cases, Sabyasachi, TUCI.

EGYPT UNDER SIEGE - RCP

WE are reproducing below the Statement of RCP (Revolutionary Communist Party of Egypt (CC Document, November 13, 2017) which briefly explains the socio-political conditions in Egypt under Islamic fundamentalism led military regime. Whether Islamic, Hindu or others, all religious fundamentalism are serving the rule of capital by dividing the people communally and imposing fascist terror in the name of fighting terrorism under dictates of imperialist system, mainly US imperialism – Red Star

DEAR COMRADES,

Red revolutionary greetings

What Egyptian people live today facing crisis on all levels, economic, political and social is a direct continuation of the policies of the (old-new) autocratic role which is represented by the head of ruing authority with its military & security wings. Those crises are very clear at:

1) LOSS OF SOCIO-POLITICAL FREEDOM

THE ruling class with it’s major wings who are brokers of the people wealth under the name of (national service organisation &engineering establishment of the armed forces) along with their military and police organisation. The authority closes the democratic field and denies the political life by fascist, oppressive manners not different from any fascist regime known along history. It continues to prevent demonstrations from the origin for any cause even if it isn’t political.

For example, it faces the workers protests demanding social rights by suppression machine and send workers to military court. It oppress protests inside factories by police dogs , central security forces and military police with a fake cover media to cut the way of solidarity between workers and people. For example, Mahala city workers, Effco workers, marine arsenal workers, and a lot of other examples.

The oppression forces along with its investigation establishment as national security, general and military investigations charge innocent people, arbitrarily detain them, arrest them from home and even kill people who are at prisons and police stations. The authority pretends that those people are terrorists and have been killed during clashes after repeated ordering by the police. This false scenario has been un masked by our comrades at Sinai. Our comrades along with families of victims proved with no doubt the criminality of the regime. That regime which pretends that it fights terrorism moves forcefully the people of Sinai to follow the orders of his masters and to serve the Zionist state after announcing about the “deal of the century”. This deal aim to end the Palestinian crisis (with finishing all Palestinian rights) and end any hope for Palestinians to return back to their land. Again, in addition to the previous, the authority prevent people from any right to build social and political organisations at any condition. It also prevents journalists, writers and informatives who criticize shyly some politics of the regime.

2) ECONOMIC CRISIS & POLICIES OF BORROWING

THE regime is aiming to satisfy his American master and his dependent at gulf area made a deal to sell Tiran and Sanafir islands to K.S.A challenging the Egyptian people’s will. Some of silly power dragged people to judiciary fight forgetting that the judiciary is of ruling class and serve it only. The regime also prevented and oppressed any demonstrations to refuse the deal by people. The regime used his parliament which has been chosen by military investigations to pass the deal and it’s not shocking as its the parliament of ruling class.

The regime went to foreign aids, international and regional loans along with borrowing from I.M.F This leads to execute policies of deliberate impoverishment of the people, privatization of general section even social and service establishments (health, education etc.). All that was a response to IMF conditions which contain ending of the weak social support for gasoline and main goods. All this leads to crazy increase at prices of food, medication and all which can keep Egyptians alive. The regime still promise us with more procedures by addresses of the president and cabinet. These policies lead to genocide of Egyptians, not different from that of Fascist Hitler.

The fascist military regime send poor people’s sons who are at obligatory military service to serve K.S.A (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and American masters to kill the Yemen people and spread diseases. The aggression on Yemen bomb civilians, killing workers at factories has no difference from fascism bombing of USSR factories and Zionist bombing to Helwan workers, Abu Zaabal factories and Bahr el Baqar School. The regime transfers the Egyptian soldiers to mercenaries at Zionist –American- Saudi project.

The regime which pretend that he want to build democratic civil state controls by his military and police establishment about 70% of the economy. It makes deals by direct order to his companies and organisations at all projects and fields even services and entertainment section. The regime make under table deals with companies owned by generals retired or still at service. The regime hire his retired generals as excutive responsible e.g. governorates, cheifs of services companies like sewage, water, electericity and general section companies.

3) Enlightement Responsibility and Proclaiming the Regime by Fighting Terrorism Theoretically Side by Side with Security Fight

THE regime which markets abroad himself as a terrorist fighter is the first sponsor of terrorism on theoretical side. He funds by billions from poor people budget the religious establishment mainly Al-Azhar which is the main incubator for terrorism. The regime favour Salafis and other Islamic groups and set the religious leaders of those groups free. All this at uncovered deals to influence the people and to make them busy by myths away from socio-economic rights. The most tragic is making deals with Muslim Brotherhood which pretending that he fights it challenging the Egyptian people well which down with this group at 30 June. demonstrations from its awareness. The regime prevent any criticism of religious regressive establishments and send to prisons writers, thinkers by charge of insulting religion “religion contempt” , insulting holly thoughts with no difference from middle age inquisition.

4) Responsibility Toward Country and People

FOR all what we mentioned and because of our upholding Marxism Leninism, also because of our loyalty toward great socialist legacy, we have to join people to organize them and to raise their awareness. However what we suffer, whatever the political situation is, that the revolutionary forces are weak. The people of Egypt don’t doubt about the corruption and agency of fascist military regime and its character growing more and more anti-people. We didn’t and we won’t step back at this regime’s refusal to even reduce oppression and imposition of bad conditions of shortages, military and police oppression. We refuse to bow down to the regime, stand firm along class and progressive positions to build a Bolshevik party capable of coming to the forefront of people’s struggle for social change.

Long live International Communism! Long live communist struggle! 

OPPOSE STATE TERROR OF BENGAL GOVERNMENT

THE Mamata Government is continuing its anti people and anti-democratic actions on the struggling people of the state unleashing state terror using the administration though she had come to power assuring democratic atmosphere. But from her Government’s actions establish it is more autocratic and anti people. Likewise she had declared in West Bengal Vidhan Sabha that the Power Grid Project will not be commissioned in Bhangor against people’s wish. But she is engaging not only her administration but also her party hooligans and miscreants to suppress the people’s movement by arresting and dumping false cases on political leaders and the struggling people as well as brutally attacking them physically by party goons.

The leaders of political parties and activists are detained, harassed and arrested who are coming to Bhangor to express solidarity from other parts of the country thus denying the just democratic and constitutional rights of the citizens of the country.

It is now crystal clear from today’s two incidents that a team of 11 leading activists of Kisan Mukthi Sangharsh Samitiy from Assam including Com Akhil Gogoi who were on the way to Bhangor to express their solidarity reported to have arrested by STF from Bhelghoria and detained in Belghoria Police Station. Com Raju Singh, Member, CPI(ML) Red Star West Bengal Committee and RYFI all India Leader was also arrested along with them.

It is the repetition of an incident that the illegal abduction and detention of Com KN Ramachandran, the General Secretary of CPI(ML) Red Star in the last year from Kolkata.

The West Bengal State Administration did not stop by the above unconstitutional action, they have detained at Chinar Park Junction, hundreds of Activists from Kolkata and adjacent areas who were on their way to Bhangor to attend a protest Rally organised by Jomi Jibika Vastutantro O Porivesh Raksha Committee adjacent to Haroa Road to protest against the renewed state terror and state sponsored hooliganism of ruling party goons for the last 4-5 days unleashed on the struggling people of Bhangor.

West Bengal is going through a time of complete lawlessness and total Autocratic rule.

Hence we would like to call all the democratic and progressive minded forces of the country to come forward and unite to condemn and fight the Mamata Government against her heinous mode to deny the very democratic functioning for the Citizens.

Pradip Singha Thakur

Secretary, West Bengal State Committee

CPI(ML) Red Star

4th January 2018

STATEMENT ON JERUSALEM BY THE PFLP

THE Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the U.S. position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.

Further, the Front considered that Trump also launched a “bullet of mercy” on the so-called two-state solution, the settlement project and the delusions of the peace process. It called upon the Palestinian leadership to learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination and announce the immediate withdrawal from the Oslo agreement and all subsequent and attendant obligations.

The PFLP called on the Palestinian masses and their organizations to unite their efforts and respond collectively, practically and forcefully to this decision through action and escalation of the momentum of the popular movement.

The battle for Jerusalem is one for all of Palestine. For us, Jerusalem is Haifa, Safad, Yafa, Gaza, Ramallah and every village and city in Palestine.

Further, the Front emphasized the need to confront the triangle of conspiracy against Jerusalem and Palestine and the rights of the Palestinian and Arab people, that of imperialism, Zionism and Arab reactionary regimes, and to open the door to appropriate options to resist these schemes.

The Arab masses also clearly reject this decision, which clarifies further the nature of U.S. imperialism as the primary sponsor of Zionist terror in the region that constantly seeks to ignite the region in order to maintain its hegemony.

Jerusalem will always remain the capital of the Palestinian people and the State of Palestine and the imperialist-Zionist alliance will not succeed in its attempts to obliterate the city’s Arab identity and its status in the Arab and Islamic world.

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

December 6, 2017
IT was highly shocking to learn that State Bank of India (SBI) had levied Rs 1,771 crores between April and November 2017 as charges from customers who did not maintain their minimum monthly average balance (MAB) in their accounts. To put the numbers in context, SBI’s quarterly profit for the July-September quarter was Rs 1,586 crores. Similarly, the fine was nearly half of the net profit between the period of April and September 2017, which was Rs 3,586 crores.

Banks charging a penalty for not maintaining a monthly average balance directly affects the poor in India, who are often unable to maintain the minimum balance because of their financial compulsions. These customers are being doubly burdened, as the people who are not in a position to maintain a minimum balance are being penalized by the banks through imposing a fine for it.

On one hand, the government is compelling citizens to open bank accounts and discouraging cash transactions and on the other hand, its policies – often haphazard and detrimental to common people’s lives – are forcing banks to levy such charges to cope up with the costs of such policies. Linking of Aadhaar-PAN with bank accounts is one such, after the disastrous demonetization. The comments from SBI’s Managing Director Rajnish Kumar in this context which came out in September 2017 were disturbing. According to him, SBI was planning to raise Rs 2,000 crores as a penalty for non-compliance of minimum balance which it intended to use partly for Aadhaar-PAN linking, along with covering for other losses in banking operations.

The inordinate push for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts, even while the Supreme Court is hearing the matter, shows the level of disregard this government has for law and our country’s legal institutions like Supreme Court. And that the financial burden of its arbitrary policies is passed on to the poor, working and middle-class customers, who are already burdened with the continuing impacts of decisions like demonetization exemplifies how anti-people this government is.

It is to be noted that this clause for the penalty for not having minimum balance had been withdrawn by SBI in May 2012 with an aim of widening its customer base. At that time many people shifted their accounts to SBI from the private banks as the private banks were levying a heavy charge for the minimum balance requirement. In April 2017, SBI reintroduced this penalty after RBI permitted banks to levy charges if customers failed to comply with the minimum balance limit. However, this move was criticized at that time from a wide spectrum of organizations as this was largely considered an anti-people decision which would affect the poor and working class of the country.

The operational losses for banks as identified by Mr Kumar are marginal when we consider the losses incurred by the banks due to Non-Performing Assets (NPA). Moreover, Indian banks have been unable to keep a check on their rising NPAs. According to the Reserve Bank of India, NPAs of Indian banks stood at Rs 7,11,312 crore at the end of March 2017, which jumped to Rs 8,29,338 crores by June 2017 and then further to Rs 8,36,782 crores by end of September 2017. Instead of going tough on the defaulting corporate borrowers, Public Sector Banks had written-off over Rs 55,000 crores of loans between April and September 2017. It is highly unethical on the part of the public sector banks such as SBI to extract a penalty from the financially weaker account holders for their inability to maintain a minimum balance, instead of recovering the loans given to the corporates. Banks should find out other means to compensate for their operational losses, if any.

We demand that the clause for the penalty due to non-maintenance of minimum balance in any public sector bank should be withdrawn. Further, we demand that the government should not burden the public sector banks with policies and compliances such as Aadhaar and PAN linking, which have huge financial implications and whose financial burdens are passed on to poor customers.

Statement signed by: All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) and a number of other organizations and individuals 
In view of the forthcoming state assembly elections and the general election due in 2019, the Modi government’s 2018 budget has taken on a cautious populist mask even while carrying forward its pro-corporate agenda intact. All the various extra-budgetary measures such as granting of 100 FDI in retail, real estate and a whole set of “ease of doing” initiatives already taken at the behest of foreign-corporate capital on the eve of the budget coupled with the promulgation of GST firmly under corporate control that has pulled almost 65 percent of the country’s tax regime out of the parliamentary budgeting process have this time yielded much flexibility to the government for resorting to a “populist” budget.

Various announcements such as increase in agricultural credit, increase in the target of providing free LPG connections to poor households, more toilets, minimum support price for crops, etc. are intended to cool down the fury of peasants and toiling masses that are rising up in large numbers all over the country. But all these are mere extensions of those unfulfilled promises announced in previous budgets and no budgetary outlay has been set for them. For instance, take the case of the so called “largest health care and social security system” worth Rs. 1.38 lakh crore announced in the budget. No allocation of funds has been earmarked for this, as it is just going to be an emulation of the American model “insurance raj” in the health care system and the funds set apart will be channeled in to the coffers of corporate insurance companies and with a view to achieve this even the state-owned insurance companies- National Insurance, United India Insurance and Oriental Insurance are going to merged before being privatized.

In addition to the privatization of Air India, the national air carrier already announced, the 2018-19 disinvestment is targeted at Rs. 80000 crores. 24 strategic and core PSUs are listed for this biggest-ever sell-out. And public sector banks which are in crisis on account of the continuous repudiation of corporate loans, are going to have budgetary a recap to lend additional Rs. 5 lakh crores, a further appeasement to corporate firms. The defense allocation this time is the biggest-ever—Rs. 3.05 lakh crore, an increase of 11.03 percent compared to the 7 percent hike made in the previous budget. And corporate income tax reduction of 25 percent announced in last year’s budget has been further extended to all those, whose annual income is up to Rs. 250 crores.

Even while keeping a populist gesture, the budget has nothing to deal with the rising prices of essential items including food. Even as petroleum taxes alone are yielding around Rs. 5 lakh crores to the coffers of the government, there is no mention on reducing the excise duty on petrol and diesel for reducing their market prices. Similarly, the budget is completely silent on the ever-mounting unemployment problem. Though Modi had announced the creation of two lakh crore jobs every year when he ascended the throne, nothing has been done to this day and there is no mention in the budget on this question. There are no initiatives for removing inequality, and those programs announced for marginalized sections are not at all backed by adequate budgetary allocation. All the schemes announced in education and other service sectors are intended for corporatization of them through backdoor.

It is an election-eve budget to hoodwink the people and at the same time subtly serving corporate interests.

We appeal to the workers, peasants and all toiling people to grasp the true essence of the measures announced in the budget and rise up in struggles for a basic alteration of the neoliberal policies and for replacing the same with a people- oriented development program.

K N Ramachandran General Secretary CPI (ML) Red Star

New Delhi

01/02/2018
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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.