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The unfolding scenario with respect to Kashmir now reveals a well-thought out strategy behind abrogation of Article 370 and 35A as these clauses had been a barrier to the unfettered plunder and loot of the Kashmiris and their resources by the corporate speculators and financial cronies. The Modi regime which in its compradorial role acts as a facilitator of corporatization, on account of this, has already led India to an unprecedented economic collapse as manifested in diverse forms. But, due to its 'special status', unlike in other parts of India, J&K has been relatively immune from this predatory plunder and pathetic situation thereof.

However, following the Constitutional coup transforming Kashmir into a prison house as the most militarized region in the world and caging the entire Kashmiri people violating all their fundamental rights, now Modi regime is laying down red carpet for all corporate plunderers, both foreign and Indian. To facilitate this neoliberal task, the comprador Modi regime is going for a Global Investors Meet in Srinagar during October 12-14 this year and the task of accomplishing this has already been entrusted to Reliance led by Mukesh Ambani along with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Revealingly, to tide over its crisis, the RIL has entered into a strategic deal with Saudi’s Aramco, the biggest oil giant, acquiring 20 percent of RIL ownership at a price of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore. This deal among other things has ensured the support of Saudi, the embodiment reaction, so called guardian of 'Ummah' (Islamic Community) and above all the West Asian pillar of US imperialism, to Modi's Kashmir move -- once again underlining the power of finance capital, the supreme arbiter in all political dealings today.

Thus, to be precise, by its naked sellout of Kashmir to corporate financiers along with the ongoing surrender of Indian economy as a whole to imperialist capital, Modi regime has succeeded in ensuring the support of all imperialists. In this context, Pak foreign minister's desperate comment that the leading world powers "will not back Pakistan on the issue due to their economic interest in India where many are strongly invested” conveys the political undercurrents behind the move.

When we are issuing this statement on 8th August evening, for the fifth day people of what is left of old J&K after Modi-2’s assault, the union territory of J&K, is under curfew, under the occupation of nearly 7 lakhs of military and para-military forces which have disarmed the police force. It is now like an open jail, people are not allowed to come out from their houses on the streets, no communication possible as all telephone, broadband, net connections are cut, all shops except few medical shops shut, not possible to contact relatives in the territory or outside, no milk and vegetables and food items. Only visible thing is the military forces moving on the streets. According to Modi and RSS parivar all these are for integrating Kashmir to India! Is this the way of integration of a people, who had already suffered 72 years of military occupation and disturbances with 41,000 dead and many lakhs injured and maimed?

 

According to Modi-2 and RSS, Kashmir is an internal affair of India and no outside interference or internationalization of the issue will be allowed! But the fact of the matter is that through its arrogant fascist acts subverting the spirit of the Constitution, it has already internationalized the issue more than ever, and has turned Kashmir in to the hottest trouble spot of inter imperialist conflict.  Following the Zionist model, the Sanghi fascists have transformed both sides of the Line of Control in to Gaza like situation where the Palestinians are butchered by the Israeli forces with US support. Modi-2 has created a situation in which the UN will be discussing more about what is happening in the Indian administered Kashmir and when it has to confront China’s more aggressive demands for new border negotiations beyond the McMohan Line!

 

Much more than this, sooner or later the abrupt abrogation of Article 370 and reducing the state of J&K with special powers to just two union territories will spread alarm among the 11 more states who enjoy special powers under various clauses of Article 371, even though many of the parties ruling there and MPs from there voted for the abrogation now!

 

Those who claim that the scrapping of Article 370 will integrate Kashmir with India should know that the Article 370 was an act which kept Kashmir integrated with India for past several decades. After it’s abolishment India has become an occupying force. The countries like Eritrea, East Timor & South Sudan became successful in their struggle for self determination after getting increased support internally & externally after the dictators of parent countries tightened their control further. The removal of Article 370 and arrest of leaders who were serving the Delhi domination so far will only intensify the demand for referendum and protests in the valley from now onwards and give legitimacy to the politics of Pakistan and to the parties demanding separation.

As far as the claim about the scrapping of 35 A bringing more development to J&K, they should know that the human indices in this region is already much higher than that of Gujarat where BJP is ruling for 25 years.  As far as the investments are concerned, it takes place not because land is available, but depending on a suitable political climate there. That is why though there is   masses of land available in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia nobody invests there. Everyone knows UP-Bihar are one of the largest states in India with cheap labour and lands but IT Parks & MNCs chose South India as a better alternative because it didn’t have the political climate of Gang Wars and extortion like in UP and Bihar. It is also a fact that even the Kashmiris are reluctant to invest there in the prevailing atmosphere. So Amit Shaw’s claims about his ‘integration’ shall turn J&K in to an investment hub is out rightly bogus.

 

As already pointed out by many from the valley, though the curfew and military occupation has kept the atmosphere now apparently normal, what is going to happen when the curfew is prolonged or relaxed, as Modi-2’s acts have made  Kashmiris  feel that they have lost everything, and the only way out is to fight back?  Nobody can predict how dangerous the situation can become if the Modi-2 thinks it can militarily resolve the question. Modi-Shaw duo should try to learn history, even with the highest military might and even after deployment of a million strong military along with its allies, the US imperialists had to retreat before the people’s advance in Korea, Vietnam or Afghanistan and Iraq!

 

The RSS parivar and Modi-Shaw duo who are celebrating the Modi-2’s assault on the people of Kashmir should know that the secular democratic public opinion in the country shall recognize soon the barbarity of what is done by it to the national pride, secular values of the people and federal principles of the Constitution. They shall come out in solidarity with the people of Kashmir struggling for their right of self determination.  Like the Zionists in Israel, the Hindutva fascists, the RSS parivar and its Modi-2, however hard they rely on the US imperialists, are bound to fail before the forward march of the forces of democracy and social change.

 

KN Ramachandran,

General Secretary,

CPI(ML) Red Star.

The Central Committe meeting of Adivasi Bharat Mahasabha (ABM) was held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh on 29 and 30 June 2019. Comrades from Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana attended the meeting. The national situation after the elections, the order of the Supreme Court order on Adivasis’ land, the Forest Rights Act of 1927 and the situation in different states were discussed in the meeting. Following decisions were taken in the meeting - Form ABM committees in all states; to conduct membership campaign and to collect affiliation fee;  To organise dharna, before state assembly, and give memorandum in various states from July 15 to July 22 regarding the order of the Supreme Court, Forest Rights Act of 1927. The details should be sent to the center.  To develop solidarity with all the ongoing movements in various states which are associated with the Sal Leaf Movement and the like. ABM will participate, organise seminars and form unity with all the anti-displacement movements going on against the Power-Grid and land acquisition projects.

The first E Bulletin, a tri-monthly bulletin of ABM was published and released in English and Hindi. The next Bulletin will be released in Hindi and English in the month of September. ABM will fight against all Human Rights violations and extend solidarity with all the ongoing Human Rights struggles.  A nationwide strike, demonstration and memorandum program will be held from July 15 to July 22, 2019 against the increasing oppression on Adivasis and for the rights of Adivasis on land, forest and water.

Bhojlal Netam, President, ABM

CONDEMN SONABHADRA MASSACRE!

The Sonabhadra massacre of 10 Adivasi cultivators in UP under BJP raj Show How Serious is the land problem Still in our Country. The massacre resorted to by the Panchayat Chief, a savarna landlord, his family members and supporters were to snatch the land cultivated by the Gond Adivasi family for generations. He was supported by the administration, police and the BJP leadership in power. It shows even so many decades after the land ceiling laws were adopted in the states, the land question still remain so serious in our rural areas. We condemn this killing and appeal to the struggling left forces in UP to join hands to come out in support of the affected family and for the implementation of land to the tiller slogan

In AP at Kovvada near Visakhapatnam the people are opposing the NPCIL which is trying to forcefully take over 2080 acres of fertile agricultural land, displacing more than one thousand farmers’ families to construct a nuclear power plant, importing the obsolete Westinghouse nuclear plant from the US. This nuclear company became bankrupt in 2006 as the US has stopped erecting nuclear plants long back. When the Manmohan Singh government wanted to construct a nuclear plant at Mithi Vardhi in Gujarat importing Westinghouse plant, the people there had waged a heroic struggle forcing the government to cancel the project. In spite of this experience, at a time when following Fukushima none of the ‘developed’ countries are going for nuclear energy and are closing down existing plants also, it is madness caused by extreme subservience to US imperialism which is leading the Modi government to import the Westinghouse plant and construct a nuclear plant at Kovvada displacing such a large number of families from their habitat for hundreds of years. So the people’s movement is intensifying demanding the cancellation of the project with the support of all progressive forces.

Seminar on 100 years of Communist International and Challenges before Communist Forces was organized at Barnala Punjab on the occasion of Santhal Hul Revolt Day on 30th June 2019. Com. Tuhin delivered the keynote address.Com. Lashkar Singh has chaired the seminar.Com. Labh Singh delivered the welcome address. Other speakers were Com. Narbhinder,Com. Sukhdev Pandhi,Com. Narayan Dutt and Com. Dr. Gurjeet Dhillon.Com. Satpal has conducted the seminar and Com. Ajmer Singh has sung revolutionary songs. So many progressive intellectuals and representatives of Communist Revolutionary sections attended

the state always use black laws to suppress people’s protests. Such laws are generally used dubbing these struggles as terroristic. According to changing situation these laws and the instruments for their implementation are made more autocratic by making necessary amendments by governments, using them for attacking the minorities and oppressed classes and sections also. This is the case of all black laws like TADA, POTA, AFSPA, UAPA etc. The amendments to NIA Amendment Bill also is part of this.

When the UPA govt formed NIA (National Investigation Agency) in 2008 it had many anti-people provisions. Now the Modi-2 home minister Amit Shaw in the first session of the parliament itself pushed through amendments to the NIA rules to create Islamophoebia and to facilitate more attacks on human rights and democratic rights. While only 6 MPs in Lok Sabha voted against this, the Rajy Sabha, where NDA is a minority, unanimously adopted it!. The parties expected to take strong stand against fascism did not take such positions. While Congress supported the bill, CPI(M) which opposed it in the LS, kept away from pressing for voting in the RS. Even the Muslim League did not consistently oppose it. It seems all these parties in opposition were afraid that they may be attacked for supporting terrorism by the BJP!

The Bill made important changes in the NIA provisions. Firstly human trafficking, fake currency, production and sale of prohibited arms, Cyber terrorism, 1908 provisions regarding explosive materials etc were included under its purview.  For trial of these cases Special Courts shall be constituted.

The problem with all black laws is that they can be/are used against any organization or individual opposed to the ruling system. All the black laws are primarily used against the minorities and organizations struggling for the rights of workers, peasants and other oppressed sections, besides against democratic rights’ activists. As far as the NIA is concerned even during the UPA rule it did not act effectively against the accused in the 2002 Gujarat pogroms or in cases where pro-RSS forces were accused. Under Modi-1 all the accused Hindutva forces including Pragya Thakur were given bail or cases against them dropped. In this situation giving more powers to NIA, even taking away some of the cases so far dealt by the state police, will make it more draconian and another powerful weapon in the hands of the saffron fascist forces. Still the parliamentary opposition including the Left Front did not oppose it effectively in the parliament, shows the growing danger of even such forces getting terrified and surrendering to the neo-fascist state machinery under Modi.

WEST BENGAL: RICE MILL WORKERS GOT VICTORY

A Union was running by other leaders in Kalyani Solvex Pvt. Ltd. Situated at Naroi, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal. Approx 300 workers are working in this mill. Rice Bran oil is main product of this mill. Though workers were organized in a trade union, they are not satisfied with the leadership. At last they organized under the Banner of Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI). Major workers had joined. So the ongoing union was remained, only leadership has been changed and a new committee has been formed by General Body of the workers.

After forming the leadership union started to raise the workers demands which were long pending. At first seeing workers unity the owner of the mill arrange meeting with the union but he was not ready to accept any demand of the workers, mainly increasing wage.  After failure of two consecutive bi-partite meeting workers under the basnner of the Kalyani Solvex Shramik Union affiliated to TUCI declared strike. Owner tried by every means including Goons and Police, but failed to break the workers unity.

So at last after 9 days strike Owner was again compelled to sit with the Union for the conciliation. Labour department was also involved in this. A settlement and agreement signed between the union and owner in the mill, under the supervision of Deputy Labour Commissioner of Balurghat. Workers got victory. Owner was compelled to increase the demand of wage hike. Wage hike was10%. Other demands were also more or less met.

This is again a great victory in the Dakshin Dinajpur industrial area. Workers of other factory are also jubilant to see this victory. There are possibilities to form union other factories also

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