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.
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.