28th September is Bhagat Singh's birthday. RSS has been continuously presenting Bhagat Singh in its communal colour for many years and has been successful to a large extent. In the mind of the general public, he has kept Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose as Gandhiji's Barks and people have accepted this. Bhagat Singh has been restricted to the fake debate of violence - non-violence and is presented as a saffron nationalist. The truth of Bhagat Singh is far away from this and it is a big mistake of the left that he could not take it to such a wide level. In fact, Bhagat Singh was a fierce opponent of communalism. He has clearly shown this in his article ′′communal riots and their treatment”. In this article, he says communal riots are conducted by leaders and newspapers. He also writes that the cure is to awaken the consciousness of the labour class and accelerate the class conflict. He wasn't just against communalism he was atheist. His most famous article is ′′Why am I atheist′′ in which he criticizes all religions and he writes in clear words against reincarnation etc. In his articles ′′untouchable problem′′ he writes against casteism and criticizes the racist attitude of Hindu Mahasabha leaders. In this article he says Dalits are sleeping lions and they should rebel against this system and uproot it.

The biggest thing is that those who call Bhagat Singh theirs today and call communist people Urban Naxal. They hide that Bhagat Singh himself was a communist. Bhagat Singh's party in Hindustan Republican Socialist Association, the word 'socialist' is the gift of Bhagat Singh. He wrote ′′Shoot us instead of hanging", ′′name letters to young political activists", ′′Wires on Lenin Day′′ and many other articles are clear that they were Marxist Leninist. Even when they were about to be hanged they were reading Lenin and he said ′′a revolutionary is meeting another revolutionary” Their Marxist trends were first suppressed by Congress governments and now BJP has shown them their own.

As far as there is a matter of non-violence, the capitalist state is violent in itself. He upholds the social, political, cultural and economic structures of poverty, women exploitation, racism etc everyday through his rules, laws, culture and police. The public only responds to this sometimes from violence and sometimes as peacefully protest. Remember the public fight is the fight for liberation from these bonds and the state suppresses in trying to maintain this violent system. Forms of resistance change with the state's rising decreasing violence. They should not be seen through the glasses of moral immoral, they should be seen in this way which method can create a bigger mass in this era. As Bhagat Singh chose the way of violence outside and hunger strike in jail, both were very effective. Without the change of system, this violence of the state will continue every day, every moment and its evidence is all around. The truth is that today the central government is doing as much violence, we also have to choose the path of public and take the legacy of Bhagat Singh forward. The public is angry, he just needs the thoughts of Bhagat Singh for the change of the system.

CPI(ML) Red Star calls for outright rejection of the bills steam-rolled through parliament! Oppose corporatization of agriculture; Support the 25th September Bharat Bandh! Solidarity with the 13rd September all India Protest Day called by the Trade Unions!

The steam-rolling of the two farm bills, viz., Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and the Essential Commodities Amendment Bill by Modi government in violation of all parliamentary rules and procedures is the biggest assault on the Indian peasantry. It brings the entire agriculture under the firm control of corporate agribusiness, corporate retailers and corporate export houses and MNCs, sabotaging the State governments’ Federal rights enshrined in the Constitution and subjecting the vast majority of peasants to hitherto unknown levels of agricultural corporatization. The Amendment brought to 1955 Essential Commodities Act has made unfettered hoarding, black-marketing and artificial scarcity of most essential items of peoples’ sustenance such as food grains, pulses, oil seeds edible oil, onion and vegetables, destroying completely replacing whatever remnants were left of the food security in the country.

Together with these unparalleled neoliberal-neocolonial offensives, the three Labour Codes Bill passed by Lok Sabha on September 22, pertaining to amendments in Social Security, Industrial Relations and Occupational Safety will bring the working class of India under corporate control which will be more horrific than colonial-era conditions. Coupled with the already initiated corporate offensive such as disinvestment of remaining PSUs, free entry and exit of corporate MNCs and majority FDI even strategic sectors are intended to bring even the remaining organised workforce at par with around more than 95 percent of the Indian proletariat working in the informal sectors like bonded labourers.

Through these strategic moves, Modi regime has once again proving that it has become a model for the super-imposition of corporate neo-fascism reducing the parliament to a mere edifice.

CPI(ML) Red Star

12 September 2020

Modi Government has announced that it will not pay compensation to the families of those thousands of migrant workers who lost their life while hurrying to go back to their native places. It is yet another fascist action by Modi without considering the facts. Who was responsible for 10 million workers becoming jobless and shelter-less, thrown out on the streets all on a sudden on 24th March night?  They were victims of a calculated move, abruptly announcing the lockdown without giving any time to them to get back to their places before the trains and inter-state buses were withdrawn, a move by Modi to utilize the Covid19 pandemic as a cover to terrorize the people, The tragic consequences of it, tens of thousands of workers deciding to walk back a thousand or more kilometers to get back. So Modi and his government are responsible to the tragic death of these workers, in some cases their family members also, like the incidence of 16 workers who were damn tired and sleeping on the tracks getting mowed down by a goods train!

So far their families have not received any compensation so far, except some of them getting paltry help from state governments.  Though the central government was so callous towards this humanitarian issue caused by its action, it did not bother to make a survey of these deaths and victims details. But with the help of voluntary and some other agencies the families have submitted applications for compensation to most of these victims. Like in the time of all other abrupt fascist moves of this government starting with the de-monetisation, once again thousands of victims’ families are refused compensation. This fascist action of Modi rule should be condemned. We should raise our voice in support of this demand.

Throwing all pretence of parliamentary rules and decorum to the wind, the Centre decided to pass agricultural Bills without the required votes in the Rajya Sabha, reports Sabrangindia. The Centre had decided to pass three controversial agricultural Bills in the Rajya Sabha despite lacking the required number of votes on September 20. This act of the ruling BJP completely affronts the essence of democracy and disregards Parliamentary rule and procedure. Incidentally, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare had admitted to the agrarian crisis on September 18 when it said that more than 10,000 farmers, cultivators had died by suicide in 2019. This is part of the staggering 42,000 suicide deaths in the informal sector in that year. With the new “reforms” things are likely to just get worse  The three Bills in question are the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill which had received widespread condemnation from farmer’s Unions for their pro-corporate policies. The world over, in all countries, barring one, price security for farmers’ produce is always provided for by Government, not by companies, which only buy cheap to sell dear and earn huge profits.                                                                                                                                      

In retaliation to the government decision, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee has called for an all-India farmers’ protest on September 25. The organisation intends to launch a massive resistance against the three Bills/Acts, the New Power Bill 2020 and the steep hike in Diesel and Petrol prices. Moreover, they also demanded that the Central Government pass the two Bills proposed by AIKSCC for “Karja Mukti, Poora Daam” (Debt relief, Full Price.). According to this call AIKKS has decided to actively mobilize the peasantry to take up this challenge and has called for making the Bandh call a success. The peasant organizations are getting ready for a long struggle until this corporatization of agriculture is reversed.

The Adivasis who were staging a peaceful sit-in protest demanding rights over forest land and resources were attacked by the police. In a rather outrageous incident of highhandedness of authorities over the vulnerable tribal communities, Bihar police fired at a democratically organised protest sit-in in Adhaura block of Kaimur District. 

Activists of Kaimur Mukti Morcha had staged a sit-in demonstration on September 10 and 11, 2020, to demand legal rights over water, forest and land. But the police administration and forest department did not listen to their demands and the activists locked the gates and forest department in a symbolic manner, to make their voices heard. But instead of engaging in a dialogue with the peaceful protestors, the police opened fire and lathi-charged the protesters! Three people from Sarai Nar, Barkatta and Chafna were injured in the incident, while more than half a dozen people of Kaimur Mukti Morcha were arrested.  The police also broke locks of Kaimur Mukti Morcha office and conducted raids there.

This struggle has been going on for decades when the “Kaimur Mukti Morcha” was launched with the help of Dr. Vinayan who was also the founder member of the All India Union of Forest Working People (formerly known as National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers). The contribution of the movement has been praiseworthy, and has been acknowledged by the state government as well in the past. Though the Kaimur area was notorious for its Maoist presence in the past, it became free of Maoists after the organisation of Kaimur Mukti Morcha by Dr. Vinayan who advocated strictly democratic means such as peaceful dialogue. On the day of the peaceful protest, the members of Kaimur Mukti Morcha were making the following demands:

- the administrative reorganisation of Kaimur Pahar,- declaring Kaimur as a Scheduled area as per the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, - implementing the Chhota Nagpur Kashtkari Act,- abolishing the Kaimur Pahar Forest Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, - Forest Rights Act 2006, along with Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 to be implemented effectively

A Road March was organised on 17th September against the anti-public and anti-labour policies of the BJP government of the centre and the Jharkhand government in state, from Guri village of Bishrampur to Basna Panchayat Secretariat of Nawabazar. National Unemployment Day was celebrated in its former village Guri. On the road march NH75, the labourers were done with planks, flags, banners, posters etc. People involved in National Unemployment Day and Road March should resign the anti-labour government! Long live Labour Unity!, Stop killing labourers!, Today is National Unemployment Day! Adi were shouting slogans. When a group of workers reached Basna Panchayat Secretariat while marching on the road, the people involved in the road march turned into a nook meeting. Addressing the Nukkad Sabha, the state committee member of the CPI (ML) Red Star, Anil Mistry, Draupadi Devi, District Secretary Rajendra Chaudhary, District Member Sadiq Ansari etc. said that since the Modi government of the centre has come to power, it has been on the labourers. There are continuous attacks happening. Workers are being killed, unemployment is increasing, labourers are being removed from factories and jobs. Government and company are snatching employment opportunities from the hands of youth. The government is privatizing important topics like education, health and railways. The government is wildly looting water, forest, land and mineral resources and looting from companies.

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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.