82,000 workers of 41 Ordinance factories in different parts of the country have launched a month long strike from 20th August demanding that the central government stop the corporatization of Ordinance sector. The privatization of the Ordinance sector started by the UPA government was speeded up by the Modi government from 2014, with the idea of handing over to corporate forces. Now under Modi-2, as announced in its first budget, the whole sector is going to be corporatized. The workers’ unions have declared that till the government step back from corporatization the strike will be continued.
What is happening in the country under Modi-2 is an all round attack on the working class starting with taking away all their democratic rights to get organized, to wage struggles to get their rights and the rights to get minimum wages according to cost of living and other allowances. Now under Modi-2’ first budget, while many additional benefits are given to corporate forces, the remaining public sector units are also going to be sold off or privatized, and in the name of economic slow down and for super profits tens of thousands of workers are retrenched. In this situation, the working class has only one option: launch uncompromising struggles including strike work, which the Ordinance workers have started uniting all the trade unions.
CPI(ML) Red Star extends total support to the struggle of the Ordinance workers and calls upon all Party State Committees whre the workers are on struggle to extend all out support to them.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
Finally even the chief of Niti Ayog also had to accept the economy is collapsing. Now the finance minister has rushed with some props to prevent it from falling further. She has announced rolls back of super-rich charges on foreign and domestic equity investors, to those speculators who make fortunes through portfolio investments in stock markets, sops to automobile majors and to other corporates for getting their help to kick start the economy again. But the reports speak about slow down reaching more areas, from automobiles, two wheelers, other vehicles and real estate to textiles, even to biscuits and other consumer items. Why? The purchasing power of the consumers are falling! Naturally, as even jobs of middle income groups are also falling sharply, and the unemployment rates have reached highest levels in 45 years. With the increasing slow down, hundreds of thousands are losing jobs everyday. Along with the serious distress in the farm sector which is compelling thousands of farmers to commit suicide and millions of agricultural workers’ families forces to migrate to urban centers, the consequences of man-made climate change leading to draughts, flash floods and mud-slips have also sharply cut down the purchasing power of increasing number of people.
But, even many among the corporate think-tanks also agree that just by rolling back her own budget proposals presented two months back along with providing some sops to corporates, the increasing crisis cannot be solved; because the slow down, in the main, started from the time of demonetisation itself, and aggravated after the introduction of the GST. Though Modi succeeded to cover up the impending economic crisis during the election campaign through unleashing a muscular nationalist offensive projecting Phulwama and Balakot, and his finance minister presented her budget based on cooked up data in the economic survey, in spite of Modi’s efforts for whipping up frenzy among his majoritarian Hindutva vote bank through Kashmir project, increasing Pak-phobia, NRC like projects, one day the reality had to come out, as it has reached such a size that it cannot be covered up any more. Even the corporate media is forced to mention the details of the collapsing economy!
Now the billion dollar question is, can the finance minister block the torrent of economic slow down with these sops to the corporate and speculative sharks? Under present crony capitalism, while all the benefits from these will be sucked up by these sharks, very little is going to tickle down to the masses. So, the employment and purchasing power shall go on decreasing, and the slow down will only become more severe. What is required is the reversal of his phoney economic initiatives, and eventually the rejection of the neo-liberal/corporate policies themselves, and developing self-reliant, sustainable, people oriented economy. As both are anathema to Modi regime and to the very coporate imperialist system itself, the crisis shall sharpen only. And as usual, the whole burden of the crisis shall come over the toiling and oppressed masses. More than ever, they have only one way out: come out on the streets, intensify the struggles to throw out this barbarous ruling system!
CPI(ML) Red Star.
On 21st August tens of thousands of dalit activists and supporters assembled at Ramlila Maidan under the leadership of Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad and other leaders of various dalit organizations who were protesting against the demolition of 500 year old Sant Ravidas Ashram by the DDA authorities based on a Supreme Court order. Sant Ravidas was a very popular leader of the Bhakthi movement who had led a powerful movement against the Brahmanical manuvadi system and for a casteless society and for gender equality. So the RSS led forces in power and the saffronized sections of the state machinery and judiciary had colluded in the demolition of the Ashram in Tuglakkabad. As a result, in spite of protest actions in Punjab and many states and a number of political parties and progressive forces condemning this demolition, practically no action is taken by Modi-2 tp assuage the feelings of the people and to reconstruct the Ashram. It was in this context various organizations called for observing all India protest day on 21st August. It was as a part of such a huge mobilization took place at Ramlila Maidan challenging the manuvadi forces.
After the leaders addressed the peaceful rally, when a march was taken up towards Tuglakkabad, the police started using lathi charge and tear gas to disperse the people by force leading to some reaction from the demonstrators. While the police is responsible for the disturbances, more forces were summoned and Chandrasekhar Azad and 95 other leaders and activists of Bhim Army and other organizations were taken in to custody by the police and sent to 14 day remand.
It is a criminal act by the Modi regime. It attacks all those who oppose it as if they are terrorists! Actually it is the RSS led Modi-2 using state terror to strike down people’s protests who are the real terrorists, not the people. CPI(ML) Red Star severely condemns police attack on the peaceful rally in protest against demolition of Sant Ravidas Ashram and demand immediate release of all comrades including Chandrasekhar Azad and other leaders sent to remand on trumped up charges.
Such police attacks and arrogance of Modi regime cannot suppress the people’s anger against demolition of Ashram by manuvadi forces. We appeal to all oppressed sections, democratic forces to join hands to lead this struggle forward.
K N Ramachandran,
CPI (ML) Red Star
CPI (ML) Red Star
Modi-2 Plans NRC in Assam, Then All India NPR, Followed by Hundreds of Big Detention Camps for Millions of Migrants! Should We Not React?
According to reports, more than four million people, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants in the NCR for Assam to be released on 31st August, The hunt for migrants is unfolding in Assam for hauling them to detention camps. Many of the people whose citizenship is now being questioned were born in India and have enjoyed all the rights of citizens, such as voting in elections.
Meanwhile the MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CITIZEN REGISTRATION, INDIA) has issued the NOTIFICATION of 31st July, 2019, S.O. 2753(E), in THE GAZETTE OF INDIA : EXTRAORDINARY [PART II—SEC. 3(ii) which states;—In pursuance of sub-rule(4) of rule 3 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, the Central Government hereby decides to prepare and update the Population Register and the field work for house to house enumeration throughout the country except Assam for collection of information relating to all persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of Local Registrar shall be undertaken between the 1st day of April, 2020 to 30th September, 2020
The two-page NRC Notification pertains to the National Population Register in accordance with the 1955 Citizenship Law and 2003 Citizenship Regulation. Based on this, two-stage National Population Register was prepared in 2010 and 2015. This NPR process taken up now is just a prelude to the Assam model National Citizenship Register (NCR) aimed at driving out all migrants as Amit Shaw announced in parliament and later repeated in president’s speech on the eve of 15th August. Home minister Amit Shah thundered in parliament that his government would extend the National Register of Citizens to the whole country and deport ‘infiltrators’ from every inch of land. It would be a grave mistake to regard this as an empty threat. Not with the Modi-Shah leadership today. On his first day in office, Shah signed an order enabling all state governments and even district magistrates to establish Foreigners’ Tribunals in all parts of India. He also has asked all states to establish detention centres for identified foreigners.
State authorities are rapidly expanding foreigner tribunals and planning to build huge new detention camps. Hundreds of people have been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign migrant — including a Muslim veteran of the Indian Army. The pain of being left off a preliminary list of citizens and the prospect of being thrown into jail have driven dozens to suicide in Assam. If this was the case when the NCR was under preparation in Assam, what will happen when the final list is published on 31st August and the 4 million stateless people are hauled to detention camps is going to be terrific.
Modi-2 is not going to step back. Instead, intoxicated with the big victory it got in the elections and by the meek surrender of large number of leaders from the opposition parties who are flocking to BJP, it is vowing to bring this campaign to force people to prove they are citizens, as part of a far-reaching majoritarian Hindutva program buttressed by its muscular nationalist offensive. Immediately after abrogation of Article 370 and down grading J&K into two union territories after clamping down curfew and militarizing the Kashmir valley, the announcement of NRC in Assam on 31st August to be followed by the preparation of the NPR at all India level are steps intended to terrorize and maim the people and all opposition forces. These steps have created confusion among the minorities and all oppressed sections of people.
This fascist move, if not resisted immediately shall eventually lead to a situation like what happened in Germany where the Nazis hauled hundreds of thousands of Jews into concentration camps leading to the Holocaust! Horrible chapters in history which we thought will never return may be repeated in our soil with more tragic consequences. It is the time to become very concerned and take immediate steps to create public opinion against this move to create concentration camps where tens of millions may be hauled by the RSS parivar after declaring them stateless; it has already proved that it is capable of even surpassing the Nazis through its criminal acts like pogrom in Gujarat and mob lynchings at many places.
This critical situation calls for a countrywide broad based move by all democratic forces against this dangerous move of Modi-2. The Central Committee calls on all party committees, all leading comrades to start discussions with democratic forces on this important question of opposing the NRC in Assam and NPR at all India level which is leading to declaration of millions of people stateless migrants in Assam and tens of millions all over India and hauling them to detention camps which may soon become concentration camps! Let us move fast, unite all democrats and create public opinion to resist this fascist move by Modi-2 and the RSS parivar.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
The establishment of the first Hindu Court in UP’s Meerut district on August 15, 2019 (72nd Independence Day) with Pooja Shakun Pandey, national secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, notorious for re-enacting ‘Gandhi assassination’ on last January 30, as the first judge should not be construed merely as symbolic. The judge then itself, pronounced that the Court will have proper jails and maximum punishment will be death. The bylaws of the Court based on Manu Smriti will be released on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, and the names of five more judges will be announced then, who will take charge in different parts of the country. Meanwhile, Hindu Mahasabha has plans to set up similar courts in Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Shikohabad and Firozabad on November 15, the day when Nathuram Godse was hanged. The main motive of the courts, as per the Hindu Mahasabha leaders, was to settle the issues related to the Hindu community on fast track basis as they remain pending in judiciary for long.
It should be noted that while Dr. Ambedkar was drafting the Indian Constitution, the RSS had expressed its outrage at him and demanded that Manu Smriti which epitomised the superiority of Brahmin men and considered women, the lower castes and the “untouchables” as subhuman, be made the basis of Indian Constitution. RSS justification for making Manusmriti as Indian Constitution had appeared in two Issues (November, 30 1949 and January 11, 1950) of Organiser, its mouthpiece. The November 30, 1949 Issue, among other things said: “The worst about the new constitution of Bharat is that there is nothing Bhartiya about it ... in our constitution, there is no mention of the unique constitutional development in ancient Bharat. Manu’s Laws were written long before Lycurgus of Sparta or Solon of Persia. To this day his laws as enunciated in the Manusmriti excite the admiration of the world and elicit spontaneous obedience and conformity. But to our constitutional pundits that means nothing.”
Viewed from this perspective, the Manu Smriti-based Hindu Court that is being inaugurated in UP is to be understood as integral part of a broader saffron theme towards open Hindu Rashtra. It is in accordance with the tenets of Manusmriti that the Hindutva forces led by the RSS have consistently been demanding the abolition of caste-based reservation. The recent reassertion of this position by Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief himself is to be viewed in this context. A few days back, RSS was in the news for starting military schools for supplying personnel to Indian military. This is perfectly in tune with the erstwhile fascist tradition where paramilitary lumpen goons (eg. Black shirts of Italy and Brown shirts of Germany) trained in ‘fascist academies’ merged with the official military apparatus in enforcing the rule of fascist regimes. The establishment of Manusmriti courts by Hindu Mahasabha having more pronounced ramifications is a further step forward in this direction.
Unlike Italy and Germany when fascism suddenly shot up from the economic and political crisis of the 1920s, fascist transformation in India is to be understood as a systematic, steady and long drawn-out process spanning almost a century and having deep rooted and multi-dimensional penetration into entire civilian and military apparatuses of the Indian state. And unlike the Italian and German fascists who had sharp contradictions with other imperialist forces that turned out to be their Achilles’ heel, the Hindutva fascists from the very beginning have been shrewd enough to serve the interests of international capital at every step--an aspect to be noted by democratic forces in India. No doubt, the whole trajectory is now being cleared for India’s eventual transformation in to a Hindu Rashtra.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the control of Modi government has demolished a 15th century Sant Ravi Das temple or ashram, severely hurting the sentiments of tens of millions of dalits and progressive people, alleging that it is situated in the forest area, and whose removal was ordered by the Supreme Court. Everyone knows that all over Delhi there are tens of thousands of temples of savarna gods which are not removed even when they cause difficulties to traffic and people. So, if the SC ordered the removal of the Ravidas temple, it is because the savarna bureaucracy and prosecution failed to present the importance of this shrine to the SC . Besides, has the DDA demolished the structures of the elites in Delhi ordered by the SC?. So, if the savarna officers of DDA dared to demolish such an old ashram of a revered guru of the oppressed in the country, it shows their brahmanical arrogance towards the oppressed and their gurus. To understand this arrogance, one should know who was Sant Ravidas: He was a poet-sant of the Bhakti movement during the 15th to 16th century, venerated as a guru (teacher) in the vast regions of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. His devotional songs had a lasting impact upon the renaissance movement. Ravidas taught removal of social divisions of caste, and promoted unity based on caste annihilation and gender equality. As the Bhakthi movement emerged and developed challenging the brahmanical manuvadi system, the latter opposed it from the beginning. Presently, as RSS is in a hurry to build Ram temple, establish Hindurashtra and make Jai Sriram its battle cry, as part of its majoritarian Hindutva offensive, it is intolerant to the gurus and deities of Adivasis and oppressed peoples, the vanvasis, sudras and ati-sudras under manuvad, who had struggled against it. The demolition of the Ravidas temple is an example of this intolerance.
We strongly condemn the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple of 15th century by the DDA under Modi government. Already dalits have launched a massive movement in Punjab against it. A call is issued for all India protest day on 21st August also. But the corporate, savarna media is closing its eyes and suppressing the news of people’s protests. Guru Ravidas was one of the driving lights of the Bhakthi movement which inspired the oppressed masses towards the renaissance movement and people’s liberation from all forms of exploitation based on caste system, patriarchy etc. Among Ravidas’s moral and intellectual achievements were the conception of “Begampura”, a city that knows no sorrow; and a society where caste and class have ceased to matter. He was clearly ahead of his times. As a result, in his own lifetime, his egalitarian views found resonance with masses of people across castes. So, naturally the ruling system and the manuvadis are angry towards him, even though they will try to bury his revolutionary ideas and to own him also as they are trying to do with all leaders of the renaissance movement and independence struggle..
We appeal to all progressive forces to condemn the demolition of the 15th century ashram of Guru Ravidas by the Manuvadi Modi government and demand its appropriate re-construction taking the opinion of all those who uphold his teachings.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
From Red Fort’s ramparts what Modi said on 15th August is the RSS plan towards moving the country in the direction of a Manuvadi, exclusive, Unitarian Hindurashtra. He has defended what Modi-2 did in Kashmir is another step towards integration, one nation, one Constitution! His announcement of creating a Chief of Defence Staff to bring army, navy and air force under one command is step to one nation, one command; a step discarded in the past as it weakens civilian control over armed forces.
He hails introduction of GST which only helps the corporate forces as a step to one nation, one tax; now he is again calling for one nation, one election, another step against federal concept; all these steps along with the incursion in to issues under state list, taking over most of the areas under concurrent list started by Congress and advanced very fast now are cutting down all federal values existing in the Constitution. These steps will strengthen the bureaucratic stranglehold on all fields also. This is also part of the Hindu, Hindi, Hindustan concept which RSS wants to impose. These Unitarian moves are intended to weaken all aspects of democratization and decentralization, and moves towards a Unitarian fascist Hindusashtra!
As it was already bureaucratizing the state machinery, diluting many federal aspects in the Constitution and adopted neoliberal policies and membership of the WTO which were against the directive principles of the Constitution which calls for social justice, the Congress and the parties in its alliance refuse to challenge these Unitarian moves of Modi-2. But it is a pity that even the regional parties which were talking about launching a federal front during the election are becoming camp-followers of Modi-2.
In this context, it is the task for all forces who stand for safe-guarding the anti-imperialist values of the independence struggle, and for a genuinely federal, democratic, secular, casteless India based on gender equality with the orientation of social justice in all aspects, should get together to expose, resist and defeat the neo-fascist moves of RSS and its political front, BJP, to impose its Unitarian bureaucratic militaristic Hindurashtra over peoples of our multi-national country.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
The acquittal of the accused in the mob lynching case of Pehlu Khan shows that what was experimented during and after Gujarat pogrom, is now extended to country level. Then police was asked by the state government led by Modi not to interfere while the RSS goons killed, raped, looted, and burnt the minority for days. RSS acted like the marauders of the middle-ages, or the criminals organized by Adi Sankara’s brahmanical hordes who ravaged Budhist monasteries and massacred Lokayats in the 8th century to re-impose hegemony of the Manuvadi system. Then if the kings defended the murderers, now the BJP governments, the political fronts of RSS coming to power utilizing the corrupt and elitist electoral system, are using the increasingly saffronized savarna-brahmanical state machinery to exonerate the killers. All cases against Modi and Shah, and against the RSS goons accused in the pogrom were rejected for want of evidence! Now after Yogi coming to power in UP all cases of Musaffarnagar riots are getting rejected for want of evidence! The criminal BJP MLA of UP involved in dozens of cases is going to be exonerated. So there is no surprise if a local court in Alwar in Rajasthan on the eve of independence day acquitted six out of the nine accused in 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case, citing lack of evidence. Three other accused are minors and proceedings against them are pending in the Juvenile Justice Board. Khan and his companions – including his sons – were attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar on the National Highway in front of hundreds of people for transporting cattle on April 1, 2017. Khan died two days later, with the incident resulting in nationwide outrage. Though there were two vivid videos clearly showing the killing and the accused, the statement of Khan before dying and many eye-witnesses, the police, the doctors who did postmortem and the prosecution joined hands with the advocates of the accused to destroy all evidences and manipulated the trials with the Manuvadi judge colluding! Though in the elections to Rajasthan assembly eight months ago Congress defeated BJP and came to power, it did not do anything to change the prosecution or to order new investigation. In effect Congress, which is under so much soft-Hindutva influence, in spite of its election time promise to do justice to Pehlu Khan, stood paralyzed refusing to act!
So the Manuvadi judge could easily acquit all accused! And, before the stunt sons and relatives of Pehlu Khan, hundreds of RSS goons who were present in the court celebrated it shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jay! They are creating a new Bharat Mata of Hindu Rashtra, of majoritarian Hindutva! After what is happening in Kashmir, the acquittal of the accused in Pehlu Khan’s case shows how fast the neo-fascist offensive is intensifying menacingly. With the Congress government refusing to stand for justice, the line of demarcation is becoming very clear in the coming struggle against these marauders of Hindurashtra!
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar