Appeal and Statements
• International Seminar on Women's Liberation
• ICOR Call: Organise International Solidarity With Courageous Jiashi Workers of Shenzhen, China!
• ICOR Call: Raise the Scream of Dersim!
• Build People’s Alternative to Fight Corporate Loot and Sanghi Fascism
• Sacking CBI Director to Scuttle Investigation in to Rafale Scam
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On January 17 the Mining Workers’ Union and Krantikari Kamgar Union (affiliated to TUCI, Karnataka) led thousands of workers in a successful blockade of National Highway 13. Around 5000 workers from different parts of Bellary district, mainly mining and Jindal Steel Industries, participated militantly at the blockade on Hospet Bypass. In order to suppress the struggle the police arrested leading comrades and hundreds of workers at Sandur, Thoranagallu and Chithavadi early in the morning although they failed to arrest Com R. Manasayya TUCI state president of Karnataka. After 3 hours of road blockade a memorandum was given to the Assistant Commissioner and other state officers demanding:
1) no new mining licenses to corporate lobby,
2) full compensation and re-employment for mining workers who have lost work due to mining ban,
3) no contract labour system in mining,
4) nationalization of minerals and mining and
5) immediate stopping of atrocities and criminal attacks on unionized workers by Jindal.
This is a significant struggle against the pro-corporate moves of the state and central government. This militant highway bandh struggle of 17th January has set the platform for launching a vibrant revolutionary resistance of the workers against the onslaught on their basic rights by the corporate forces assisted by the central and state governments. The attacks on the rights of the workers including the move to dilute or throw out even the existing labour laws started from early 1990s with the launching of the neo-liberal policies have further intensified under Modi government’s corporate-communal raj. The notorious mining mafia and criminal gangs unleashed against the workers by Jindal-like corporates are fully supported by the police and administration. The labour department has become the management’s department, advising them on how to stifle labour laws. The courts are also interpreting laws in the management’s favour.
Still the established trade union centres everywhere are not prepared to lead the workers against these onslaughts. At a time when the cost of living is going up by leaps and bounds, these trade union centres are not prepared to launch any struggles against cutting down of even existing wages except once-in-a-while strikes as happened on 2nd September. It is in this situation that the workers in the Bellary region of Karnataka have joined the unions affiliated to TUCI and are leading militant struggles to force the managements to accept their legitimate demands.
That these struggles are supported by the organizations of the peasantry (AIKKS), the youth (RYFI), the women (AIWRO) and other sections of the people is paving the way for unity of all struggling people in support of the workers. We appeal to all progressive forces to rally behind the workers’ struggle.
The demonstration was organised by the Banabasi Suraksha Parishad of Kandhamal district and Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC), Odisha. The protestors demanded justice for the victims of the Bhaliaguda fake encounter (14 Nov, 2012), innocent convicts of Swami Laxmanananda’s murder (23rd Aug, 2012) and recent killing of an innocent couple by security forces at Kotagada in Kandhamal district.
The procession started from Kamapalli Square in Berhampur with vibrant slogans and a protest meeting was organized under the chairmanship of Narendra Mohanty, convener of CAFC.The leaders of various left political parties, mass organisations and family members of the victims addressed the meeting. Among the speakers were CPI(ML) Red Star leader Com. Sankar Sahu, CPI(ML) New Democracy leader Com. Bhalachandra Sarangi, SUCI (C) leader Com. Bishnu Das, and CPI(M) leader Com. Kailash Sarangi. The speakers stressed on the necessity of building up a united democratic mass movement against the anti-people policies of the government. They also pledged support to help the victims of state repression through their respective organisations.
Jirimaya Suna Majhi and Smt. Pabitra San Seth spoke on behalf on behalf of the victimised family members in the Laxmananda murder case, while Smt. Laxmi Bag Singh represented the victimised family members of the Bhaliaguda fake encounter. The protestors alleged that ever since the murder of VHP leader Swami Lakshamanananda Saraswati and his four associates on August 23, 2008, which led to communal riots in Kandhamal, innocents were being ceaselessly persecuted by the police.
According to convenor of CAFC, Odisha, Narendra Mohanty, more than a hundred people have been arrested on false and fabricated cases. The protestors alleged that although Maoists have claimed responsibility for the murder of Swami Lakshmanananda, seven innocent people of the minority community of the district have been convicted by the court in the murder case and sentenced to life imprisonment. “It has happened only due to pressure of vote bank politics,” said Mohanty, demanding that the seven wrongfully convicted persons be immediately released.
The protestors also took up the issue of the recent killing of a couple by security forces during an anti-Maoist operation in Kotagarh police station in Kandhamal district on July 26. Although initially the police claimed that the deceased were Maoists, locals asserted that they were innocent commoners. As per local residents both of them were using their mobile phones on a hilltop to make calls to their son in Kerala because of low connectivity in the area.
A delegation submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister and Governor of Odisha. A special petition was also submitted by Rahul Nayak against the killing of his innocent parents by security forces.
“We strongly oppose the joint statement between UK and India signed during PM Modi’s visit to London, which calls for renewed push in the civil nuclear sector. The nuclear cooperation is absurd and dangerous for a number of reasons:
The nuclear industry is facing terminal crisis in the UK, particularly with Hinkley Point coming under strong criticism for its staggering cost and environmental impacts. UK itself is embarking on nuclear deals with China to import reactors, a move that has been called disastrous by the energy and safety experts in the country.
In India, there have been intense protests by farmers and local communities against the proposed reactor sites where nuclear plants imported after the Indo-US nuclear deal are being set up. These protests have raised a wide array of issues – the local issues of livelihoods and environmental damage, the generic problems of nuclear energy and its inherently unsafe nature, the adverse economics of nuclear power and its undesirability for India’s nuclear future, the much worse safety culture in India owing to a non-independent regulator and a totally unaccountable and non-transparent nuclear industry, and the global shift away from nuclear power in the post-Fukushima world which India stands to miss due to its nuclear obsession.
The joint statement furthers the dangerous myth of nuclear being a clean energy and a solution to climate change. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While nuclear does have substantial carbon foot-print from mining to the fabrication of high-grade concrete and other equipment, it cannot address climate change simply because climate change is a much more immediate challenge and nuclear power plants take typically 12-15 years to be built.
Modi government, ever since assuming power, has only furthered its predecessor’s discredited agenda of a dangerous and anachronistic nuclear policy. On issues like nuclear liability, fresh environmental assessment of Jaitapur and other projects that were hurriedly pushed by the Manmohan Singh government, and taking into account local people during land acquisition for these projects, the Modi government has made dangerous and blatantly undemocratic u-turns from the stance of BJP itself when it was in opposition.
We demand immediate scrapping of all such nuclear agreements, a moratorium on projects in the pipeline and an open and democratic national debate in India about nuclear energy.”
While facing demonstrations in the streets of London and a series of questions in the press conference against his government’s support to the various groups who indulge in communal-fascist actions to impose food, dress codes and rewriting of history and culture in line with the Hindu Rashtra concepts, Modi tried to soften the attacks on his government by repeating that he will follow the ethos of Budha and Gandhi. But in India, in Karnataka the RSS Parivar is launching criminal attacks against all those who see Tippu Sultan as a patriotic king who sacrificed his life in the fight against British colonialists. Taking the opposition to beef eating another step forward, his cronies are preparing to attack all those who use footwear made of leather! These arrogant actions show that Modi and company, in spite of all their utterances, are frenetically intensifying corporate raj and communalization.
These acts of RSS Parivar call for resistance against both the economic policies and Hindu Rashtra offensive without any let up by all progressive secular forces. All CPI(ML) Red Star committees are called upon to join hands with all like-minded forces and organize ever intensifying campaigns and resistance against the corporate raj and communalization of the Modi government
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