The Hindu (24th August) has given a full page report on the two deadly landslides that happened in Kerala during the early days of this month. At that time itself in Karnataka and Maharashtra also, in the hilly areas numerous landslides had happened. Two years ago the ferociousness of the landslides we had seen in Uttarakhand. Himachal Pradesh and other states bordering Himalayas are also highly prone to landslides which are happening in increasing numbers. Same is the case in the hilly areas of Assam, and Northeastern states and j&K. So many studies have come out showing that these increasing landslides are due to large scale quarrying, mining, construction works in ecologically sensitive hill area and steep hill sides, mostly illegal done by real estate owners, land mafias and other vested interests with the collaboration of state and central government machinery even by suppressing people’s movements against them. Even after so many deadly landslides and mud flows no action is taken against the corrupt bureaucracy and the mafias indulging in the destruction of these ecologically sensitive areas. Mainstream political parties openly support these criminals and murderers.
In spite of climate change consequences showing the increasing threat from the ecological catastrophe as the central and state governments refuse to take action to stop the blatant loot of the nature, we appeal to all progressive democratic forces to join with the environmental organizations and movements to mobilize the people, especially in the affected areas and to launch uncompromising movements to save the nature against the onslaughts of forces of capital.
CPI(ML) Red Star
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.
For the toiling and oppressed masses 25th December is Kizhvenmani martyrs' day. It was 50 years ago on 25th December 1968 the upper caste landlords in Kizhvenmani, TN, attacked the dalit families who were struggling against feudal suppression and for wage demands. 44 of them including children, women and the aged were massacred by the landlords. Let us remember these martyrs and intensify the struggle against the corporate raj, Manuvadi caste system and the saffron fascist forces to achieve social change.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Red Star