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KARNATAKA RAITHA SANGHA (KRS), which is affiliated to the All India Krantikari Kisan Sabha (AIKKS), has launched a struggle on behalf of 25 Dalit families who were evicted from their land in Nidigol village in Sindhanur taluk in Raichur district of Karnataka. Holding a press conference against this atrocity, KRS representatives demanded that the district administration provide permanent shelters to these 25 Dalit families of Nidigol village, whose houses were burnt down by a group of people on March 23,and take legal action against the Turvihal Police for their support to the heinous act. Addressing a media conference on March 27, KRS Raichur district president K Nagalingaswamy alleged that the dalits' houses were destroyed by private parties supported by Turvihal police. "The houses were destroyed without serving prior notices to concerned parties. Despite having received written complaint by the victims, the police did not book any case against the offenders till the Superintendent of Police intervened in the matter next day. They, however, immediately booked 31 victims on the same day on criminal charges," he said. According to him, the dalit families have, for the last 25 years, been living on the land which was donated to the government by its original owner, Yankareddeppa, in 1986-87.The homeless

dalits have taken shelter at a government school in the village. KRS's demands included permanent alternative shelter for the dalits who lost their houses in the incident, withdrawal of cases filed against the victims, legal action against Turvihal Police Sub Inspector and Sindhanur Rural Circle Inspector and a judicial probe into the case. Ramesh Patil, S Rajashekhar and other functionaries of KRS and the homeless dalits, including children and aged, were present at the media conference
THE Central Committee of CPI(ML) Red Star in its 22nd to 24th meeting had called on all Party committees to organizea vigorous campaign from 8th April to 15th April against the Land Acquisition Bill before the parliament and the Ordinance re-issued to impose its provisions. It is a barbarous attack on the peasantry and all sections dependent on the agricultural sector including the landless workers, and on the food security. As part of this campaign party committees took up different forms of propaganda against this draconian move. Narendra Modi's effigy as well as the New land Acquisition Bill were burnt at a number of places.

On 8th April Corporate Dalal Narendra Modi's effigy was burnt and New Land Acquisition Bill -2015 burnt jointly by activists of CPI(ML) Red Star and Basti Surakshya Mancha at Bhubaneswar. After burning the effigies an activists meeting was held to make grand success this All India Protest Week. Peasants' protest demonstration took place before Aska Tahasil office and in other districts of Odish aalso campaigning started. Posters were put up and leaflets distributed at Khurda, Ganjam, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal and Korpaut districts. The week-long campaign culminated on April 15 with programmes at many places. A protest rally and demonstration was organized by the Bhubaneswar Area Committee of CPI(ML) Red Star. The effigy of Narendra Modi was burnt at Mahatma Gandhi Marg

A 5-member delegation led by Comrade Chintamani Moharana met and submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Odisha demanding scrapping of the Land Acquisition Bill. Central Committee member Comrade Pramila, State Committee Member Comrade Bijaya Barik and others spoke at the protest meeting held there. On the same day, Ganjam District Committee organized a rally and protest demonstration at Berhampur and also burnt an effigy of Narendra Modi. A memorandum was submitted to the RDC, Berhampur. Another protest meeting, led by State Secretary Comrade Sivaram, was held at Badamba, Cuttack. The Party State Committee has started a signature collection campaign against the Land Acquisition Bill, which is to be submitted to the President of India.

The 'Campaign against Land Acquisition', Odisha (Jami Adhigrahan Virodhi Abhiyaan, Odisha) organized a joint mass demonstration demanding scrapping of the anti-people, pro-corporate Land Acquisition Bill at Bhubaneswar on April 10. Thousands of people, mainly peasants, agricultural workers, dalit and tribal people from different anti-displacement movements, slum dwellers and other oppressed sections, representing various mass organizations like AIKKS, Krishak Mahasabha, Odisha Krushak Sabha, Akhil Bharat Kishan Mazdoor Sabha, Chasi Mulia Sangha, Odisha, Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti and Akhil Bharat Krishak Mahasabha participated in the protest rally and dharna at Lower PMG, Bhubaneswar. The rally began from Bhubaneswar railway station and reached the Lower PMG dharna ground where public meeting was held. Leaders of the different mass organization like Abhay Sahu, Jagannath Mishra, Jayant Bhoi, Sekh Abdul Wali, Sankar Sahu, Narayan Reddy, Pramila Behera, Henarani Barik, Braja Tripathy, Balgopal Mishra, Kisan Pattnayak, Bhagaban Majhi, Sini Sai, Narendra Mohanty, Balaraj Gemel, Satya Banchhor, Tapan Mishra and others spoke about the anti-people nature of thebill and called for a massive democratic movement against this draconian bill. The leaders declared thatthe movement would be spread all over the state,10 lakh signatures collected against the bill and a3-day protest programme held in front of all district collectors' offices and also block headquarters from25th April. A team led by Suresh Panigrahi, Rabi Das, Abhya Sahu, Narendra Mohanty, Pramila Behera, Kishan Pattnaik and others submitted a memorandum for the President of India to the Governor of Odisha.

Though detailed reports are still not received, there are reports from many states including,

Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Telengana, AP, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, MP, Jharkhabd, Bengal, Punjab also about a number of protest programs preceded by campaigns. Almost all the committees have decided to continue these protest actions in different forms to compel the Modi government to retrace its steps. In the present situation, the peasantry and the progressive forces who are opposed to corporate-mafia raj has only one option before them: oppose the adoption of this bill and even if it is adopted by the parliament or is going to be imposed through re-issuing ordinances, come out in the streets and intensify the struggle to have it revoked. This is exactly what is happening all over the country. After the CC of CPI(ML) Red Star gave a call to launch a countrywide movement against the Land Acquisition Bill from 8th to 15th April, all party committees have been actively involved in it. There are reports of campaigns, effigy burnings, public meetings etc. from many places. Intensify movement against Modi's Land Acquisition Bill. The party has called for continuing the campaign and struggles wherever possible
AS MANY AS 601 farmers have killed themselves in Maharashtra in the three-month span between January and March this year. This works out to a chilling statistic of almost seven farmer suicides every day, according to the state government's own figures.

In 2014, the state had reported 1,981 farmer suicides. In just three months this year, it has reached 30% of that figure. This despite the state government's claims that halting farmer suicides is its top priority The suicide rate had already started climbing with the onset of the drought last year. The unseasonal rain which impacted a wide expanse of crops and continues to pound the state has made things worse.

The cotton belt of Vidarbha - from where chief minister Devendra Fadnavis hails - continues to report the highest number of cases, the data shows. More than half the suicides between January and March - 319 in all — were from Vidarbha. The arid zone of Marathwada reported the second-highest number, with 215 cases. These regions were worst hit by the drought and have also been impacted by unseasonal rain.

Farmers say the state's Rs 4,000 crore drought relief package translated into a very small sum per farmer since as many as 90 lakh farmers were impacted. It works out to just around Rs 1,875 an acre. Also, banks continued to demand repayments from farmers despite instructions from the state to restructure loans. The low price of crops and the lack of bank credit to farmers - which underpin the larger crisis in the farm sector - have not been addressed by the government. According to studies made, while it costs Rs 6,800 to grow a quintal of cotton, the sale price fixed by the government is Rs 4,000. So even without a drought, farmers were in debt

Rafale deal: Mortgaging the Country Yet Again

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi's famous 'Make in India' slogan has acquired a new – but hardly unexpected – dimension with the Rafale Jet Fighter deal, which has indeed allowed the moribund French company Dassault Aviation (makers of Rafale jet fighters) to 'make in India', that is save itself from imminent closure by virtue of a coveted contract to sell India 36 ready-to-fly fighter jets at an exorbitantly inflated price. In fact, the Rafale deal has gained such notoriety that BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has threatened to take legal recourse if his government finalizes the deal, pointing out that "the performance of the French jet "turned out to be worst of all the aircraft" in Libya and Egypt."

Modi has infused fresh life into Dassault. The 36 jet fighters alone have given the loss-making French company a new lease of life, with costs for India now expected to touch new heights. The maintenance and sustenance of the 36 aircraft that will now be done by Dassault with a price attached, will rev up the figures substantially as spare parts and the infrastructure to do so will be required for at least 40 years.

The initial tender for the 126 jet fighters was floated by the Ministry of Defence in 2007. Dassault was selected after the usual procedure to supply the Rafale jet fighters at an estimated cost of $ 20 billion. Under the agreement it was decided that 18 of the fighters would be supplied in 'ready to fly' condition, and the remaining 108 manufactured with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in India. The deal got bogged down over differences centering around the French resistance to the Indian demand that Dassault take responsibility for the HAL produced fighters and stand guarantee for the same. Modi's announcement in France, however, has not clarified the fate of the original deal. Hence the informed speculation that the deal can now be turned away from the public sector participation from the Indian end, to private collaboration between Reliance and Dassault. Reliance's Mukesh Ambani who was present in France had already signed an agreement with Dassault in 2012 after Rafale was selected to supply the fighter jets. Dassault Aviation in a statement at the time had admitted entering into a MoU with Reliance Industries Ltd for pursuing strategic opportunities of collaboration in the area of complex manufacturing and support in India. Modi, it is apparent, is as keen to help Dassault amass profits as he is to help Reliance further inflate its millions.
IN ORDER to gain larger legitimacy, RSS has been making claims of sorts. One of that which was made few months back was that Gandhi was impressed by functioning of RSS. Now on the heels of that comes another distortion that Ambedkar believed in Sangh ideology (Feb 15, 2015). This was stated by RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat. Recently on the occasion of Ambedkar’s 124th anniversary many programs were held by RSS combine giving a pro-Hindutva tilt to presentation of Ambedkar. There cannot be bigger contrasts between the ideology of Ambedkar and RSS. Ambedkar was for Indian Nationalism, Secularism and social justice while the RSS ideology is based on two major pillars. One is the Brahmanic interpretation of Hinduism and second is the concept of Hindu nationalism, Hindu Rashtra. Where does Ambedkar stand as for as ideology of Hinduism is concerned? He called Hinduism as Brahminic theology. We also understand that Brahminism has been the dominant tendency within Hinduism. He realized that this prevalent version of Hinduism is essentially a caste system, which is the biggest tormentor of untouchables-dalits. Initially he tried to break the shackles of caste system from within the fold of Hinduism. He led the Chavadar Talab movement (right to access to public drinking water for dalits), Kalaram Mandir agitation (movement for access to temples). He also went on to burn Manu Smriti, the holy Brahmanic- Hindu text saying that it is a symbol of caste and gender hierarchy. His critique of Hinduism, Brahminism was scathing and in due course he came to the conclusion that he will give up Hinduism. In his book ‘Riddles of Hinduism’ published by Govt. of Maharashtra (1987) he elaborates his understanding about Hinduism i.e. its Brahmanical version. Introducing his book he writes, “The book is an exposition of the beliefs propounded by what might be called Brahminic theology...I want to make people aware that Hindu religion is not Sanatan (eternal)...the second purpose of the book is to draw the attention of Hindu masses to the devices of Brahmins and make them think for themselves how they have been deceived and misguided by Brahmins” (from Introduction of the book).
WITH the Supreme Court asking for the responses of BJP leaders, L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and 16 others on a petition that sought their trial on charges of conspiracy to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992, it is imperative that all progressive and democratic forces come together to raise the demand of speedy justice. It is indeed an irony that even 23 years after the heinous demolition of the Babri Masjid and deliberate triggering of communal riots, none of the Hindutva leaders – whom everyone saw (at least on television) participating in the destruction of the historical monument and inciting the mob – has been brought to book. Rather many of them have acquired positions of power and prestige in subsequent governments. The Central Bureau of Investigation that investigated the case had accused all these leaders, but a trial court discharged them in a decision upheld by the Allahabad High Court in 2010. The recent apex court intervention is based on a petition from a petitioner in the mosque demolition case. It could revive the potent questions about the role of the senior leaders of the BJP in the demolition that triggered violence across the country. The Supreme Court has also asked the CBI – which had initially charge sheeted Advani and 20 others under sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 505 (false statements, rumours etc circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC – to explain why it unduly delayed the appeal against the HC order. Given the track record of the judicial system and the rising communalization, it is essential to remember that these Hindutvawadi communal criminals may forever evade punishment in the absence of a vigorous and overwhelming mass movement.
Excerpts from an interview with Noam Chomsky by Isabelle Kumar IN INTERNATIONAL POLLS, run by US polling agencies, the United States is regarded as the greatest threat to world peace by an overwhelming margin. No other country is even close. It’s kind of interesting that the US media refused to publish this. But it doesn’t go away. Obama has just initiated a trillion dollar programme of modernisation of the US nuclear weapon system, which means expanding the nuclear weapon system. That’s one the reasons why the famous doomsday clock, established by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has, just a couple of weeks ago, been pushed two minutes closer to midnight. Midnight is the end. It’s now three minutes from midnight. That’s the closest it’s been in thirty years. Since the early Regan years when there was a major war scare. Remember the worst terrorist campaign in the world by far is the one that’s being orchestrated in Washington. That’s the global assassination campaign. There’s never been a terrorist campaign of that scale. The drone campaign – that’s exactly what it is. Over large parts of the world, the United States is systematically, publically, openly – there’s nothing secret about what I’m saying, we all know it – it’s carrying out regular campaigns to assassinate people who the US government suspects of intending to harm it someday. And indeed it is, as you mentioned, a terror generated campaign, and when you bomb a village in Yemen, say, and you kill somebody – maybe the person you were aiming at maybe not – and other people who happened to be in the neighbourhood – how do you think they are going to react? They’re going to take revenge. Isabelle Kumar: You describe the US as the leading terrorist state. Where does Europe fit into that picture then? Noam Chomsky: ”Well, that’s an interesting question. So for example there was recently a study. I think it was done by the Open Society Foundation… the worst form of torture is rendition. Rendition means you take somebody you suspect of something, and you send them off to your favourite dictator, maybe Assad or Gadaffi or Mubarak, to be tortured, hoping that maybe something will come out of it. That’s extraordinary rendition. The study reviewed the countries that participated in this, well obviously the Middle East dictatorships because that’s where they were sent to be tortured, and Europe. Most of Europe participated; England, Sweden, other countries. In fact, there’s only one region in the world where nobody participated: Latin America. Which is pretty dramatic. And first of all Latin America has now become pretty much out of US control. When it was controlled by the United States, not very long ago, it was the world’s centre of torture. Now, it didn’t participate in the worst form of torture, which is rendition. Europe participated. If the master roars, the servants cower
Beijing’s 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for more elaborate, filtered respirators. Cancer has become the leading cause of death in the city and throughout the country. Chinese authorities, often reluctant to admit to the extent of any problem, can no longer deny the catastrophic consequences of rampant industrial activity and inadequate regulations. According to Bloomberg News, Beijing’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that, although life expectancy doubled from 1949 to 2011, “the average 18-year-old Beijinger today should prepare to spend as much as 40 percent of those remaining, long years in less than full health, suffering from cancer, cardiovascular disease and arthritis, among other ailments.” China’s government also estimates that air pollution prematurely kills from 350,000 to 500,000 residents every year. Water and soil pollution are also severe throughout China. The documentary film Under the Dome, by Chinese journalist Chai Jing, shows the extent of the air problem. The film was viewed by more than 150 million Chinese in its first few days, apparently with government approval. Later it was censored, showing how conflicted authorities are over the problem and its possible solutions. The pollution problem also demonstrates the ongoing global conflict between economic priorities and human and environmental health. Rather than seeing China’s situation as a warning, many people in Canada and the U.S.—including in government—refuse to admit that similar situation may arise there. U.S. politicians fight to block pollution-control regulations and even to remove the power of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or shut it down altogether! In Canada, politicians and pundits argue that environmental protection is too costly and that the economy takes precedence. Some people even point to China as a reason for Canada not to do anything, arguing that what we do or don’t do to confront climate change and pollution will make little difference because our contributions pale in comparison to countries like China and India. In this way these imperialist countries are escaping from their own role in creating present crisis. What is happening in China is the result of thoughtless industrialization, in a system that is repressive to its own people and in which there is a growing economic gap between the Dollar-billionaires and the ordinary Chinese citizen, not at all unlike our own country

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.