Delhi police under central HM Amit Shah has a notorious of protecting the RSS goons who have openly called for butchering Muslims and political opponents during the anti-CAA movement, Delhi assembly elections, before Northeast Delhi riots and after the farmers denied permission to enter Delhi and present their demands to government started siege of the capital from 27th November. As a cover up for the sabotage planed by Amit Shah with top cops of Delhi and RSS goons to infiltrate and create violence including a raising of a religious flag at Red Fort, keeping its doors open and removing the military guards protecting it for a day, creating all the disturbances that happened by diverting a small fraction of the rally to this area by erecting barricades at strategic points, these criminals in Khaki, top bosses of Delhi cops have come out with a cock and bull story that it is a team of environmentalists in India, Disha Ravi, Nikita Jacob and Shantanu sharing a tool kit from Greta Thunberg who lead an environmental movement internationally, had conspired with Khalistanis to create disturbances and vandalize Delhi and its Red Fort on the rally day!
After creating all the disturbances that happened on 26th January killing a truck driver in police firing also using the RSS goons till afternoon, and then attacking the rallyists in its name, the Delhi police, which has the record of the horrific attacks on the Jamia and JNU students last year, and has not filed any FIR against anyone still, which had alleged the whole farmers movement as Khalistani led, and filed FIRs against all farm leaders for instigating all the criminal incidents on rally day, has now come out with this story and abducted Disha from her home and now searching for the other two who have sought bail from Mumbai High Court, to escape from Modi-Amit Shah teams’ fascistized police.
History teaches that, those who follow Hitler and Mussolini will definitely face the fate decided by the people. As it is the people who create history as they are already on the move in our vast country, no force on earth can save the fascists and their mercenaries from the fate going to be drafted by the great people of this country. Fascists always commit blunders which dig their own graves. Turning against the students and youth who are fighting for a new world, defeating the efforts of these fascists who are leading the earth to an ecological catastrophe, they have challenged all the students and youth of this country. Along with the struggling farmers and the working class who are also going to join the farmers soon, the new generation shall dig the graves for these enemies of humanity. We appeal to all compatriots to come out to oppose this fascist reign of terror; let us demand our voice against the witch hunt against the environmentalists; Let us demand immediate release of Disha Rawi!
CPI(ML) Red star
15th February 2021
Justice P B Savant who was always taking uncompromising stand against the Manuvadi Hindutva forces serving corporate interests and trying to transform India into a Hindurashtra and who stood firmly with secular democratic forces passed away today. He was 91. He found time always to stand with those who are fighting for ecological protection and for an alternative development path. He has addressed some of the most important conventions on democratic rights and anti nuclear movements in which we were involved.
With his departure the people's movement loses a consistent spokesperson. CPI (ML) Red Star extend heartfelt condolences to his family members and to his large number of associates and friends.
CPI (ML) Red Star
15th February 2021
If disengagement claimed by Modi Rule is factual, follow it with highest level talks and full-scale border agreement!
Withdraw military to camps; leave border security to BSF!
When the border dispute between India and China flared up leading to the death of twenty Indian military men, we had called for an end to WAR MONGERING; we demanded that these disputes are left-overs from the colonial period, and settled through bi-lateral discussions! We don’t want another border war; People primarily want bread, housing, healthcare, education, employment and peace, not jingoism using border disputes!
We had then pointed out how even boundary demarcations were used by British colonialists as part of their ‘divide and rule’ policy.
Contrary to the stand taken during independence struggle, Congress governments had failed to settle the border disputes. During the last seven years under Modi rule, the relations with all neighbouring countries have further worsened on the one hand due to its Islamophobia, and on the other because of its increasing role in the Asia-Pacific axis strengthened by US to serve its inter-imperialist contradictions with China.
We had also appealed to the Chinese people that as both the governments of India and China are worsening the border conflict which both of us do not want, in order to evade their responsibility of fulfilling the basic needs of the people and work for peace, both are whipping up war jingoism. We appealed to both peoples who have the heritage of long standing fraternal relations between our two great peoples, to the Nepalese people and people of all other neighbouring countries to not allow the reactionary ruling classes of our countries to divide us in the name of border disputes, a leftover from the colonial days, Islamophobia and racism; let us work together to refrain our governments from dragging us to border wars which will lead to the loss of lives of many more of our jawans in the army in all our countries as cannon fodder to serve the interests of imperialists and their junior partners, and make life more miserable to us, the vast majority of the toiling common people.
In spite of this appeal, and the desire of the people, and the campaign based on it, the border conflict went on escalating leading to deployment of huge military and air force by both sides, and taking up of hasty infrastructure development further degrading the ecology of fragile Himalayan region. It also led to frantic purchase of weapons and equipment costing billions of rupees as well as forcing tens of thousands of jawans on both sides to stay in su-zero temperatures during this winter.
From all available reports and facts, it is clear that Modi government could not gain anything through this seven month old conflict, as it was continuing to claim. Instead it has only aggravated its relations with China, making conditions more difficult to carry forward this agreement on LAC to complete settlement of the entire India-China border. Using these evident weaknesses, Congress is trying to project itself as more militant in order to score a point over Modi. Such approaches will only aggravate the situation. What is needed is that all opposition parties and progressive forces should put pressure on Modi government to go beyond the present disengagement to settlement of the entire border disputes to make all border areas an area of friendship and peace. It will promote the interests of the people, and weaken the US led imperialists’ efforts to stir up border conflicts to promote their war industry. The same approach should be followed for settling the still pending border disputes with Nepal and other countries also.
But it is too much to expect from the corporate fascist Modi government. For intensifying its strangle-hold over power, and to advance its junior partner relation with the US, Modi government will not hesitate to throw away the agreement on LAC in the western sector, to start another anti-China tirade to please the US imperialism. Only the revolutionary left forces can resist and defeat such chauvinist policies of Modi and resolve the border disputed also as part of the Anti-fascist agenda of the people’s movement against fascism.
CPI(ML) Red Star
15th February 2021
As glaciers melt in the Himalayas, depriving India and China of summer water supplies; as sea levels rise, drowning the fertile rice fields of Vietnam and Bangladesh; as drought threatens the productivity of grain-producing regions of North America; and as the end of the fossil fuel era impacts modern high-yield agriculture, there is a threat of wide-spread famine involving billions rather than millions of people.
People threatened with famine will become refugees, desperately seeking entry into countries where food shortages are less acute. Wars, such as those currently waged in the Middle East, will add to the problem.
What can we do to avoid this crisis, or at least to reduce its severity? We must urgently address the problem of climate change; and we must shift money from military expenditure to the support of birth control programs and agricultural research. We must also replace the institution of war by a system of effective global governance and enforcible international laws.
Optimum Population in the Distant Future
What is the optimum population of the world? It is certainly not the maximum number that can be squeezed onto the globe by eradicating every species of plant and animal that cannot be eaten. The optimum global population is one that can be supported in comfort, equality and dignity – and with respect for the environment.
In 1848 (when there were just over one billion people in the world), John Stuart Mill described the optimal global population in the following words:
“The density of population necessary to enable mankind to obtain, in the greatest degree, all the advantages of cooperation and social intercourse, has, in the most populous countries, been attained. A population may be too crowded, although all be amply supplied with food and raiment.
“… Nor is there much satisfaction in contemplating the world with nothing left to the spontaneous activity of nature; with every rood of land brought into cultivation, which is capable of
growing food for human beings; every flowery waste or natural pasture plowed up, all quadrupeds or birds which are not domesticated for man’s use exterminated as his rivals for food, every hedgerow or superfluous tree rooted out, and scarcely a place left where a wild shrub or flower could grow without being eradicated as a weed in the name of improved agriculture. If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger, but not better or happier population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compels them to it.”
Remembering Dr. DS Kotnis (1910-1942), an eminent surgeon, outstanding internationalist fighter against fascism, and an enduring symbol of India- China friendship, when people entered the New Year with hopes of peace, and relief from the disease (covid-19), we recall an event of December 30, 1942. Given here is a copy of an elegy hung in a memorial meeting hall in China on that day. It was held to pay tributes to Dr. Kotnis who had died on 9th December 1942.The banner was in Mao Zedong’s own handwriting specially sent for the event.....
”Dr. Kotnis, our Indian friend, came to China from afar to assist us in our War of Resistance. He worked for five years in Yan’an and North China, giving medical treatment to our wounded soldiers and died of illness owing to constant overwork. The army has lost a helping hand, and the nation lost a friend. Let us always bear in mind his international spirit.” More than two crore Chinese people, including thousands of military leaders, died in the anti-fascist war. Kotnis was not a big leader either but Mao had specially sent that warm note of tribute to the “Indian friend” for his “international spirit.”
China then, as also now, greatly valued Kotnis and friendship with India, as seen below: Zhou en-lai, who was to become China’s Premier later, had said: “ Dr. Kotnis is a symbol of friendship between the great Chinese and Indian nations and a shining example of the Indian people, who are taking an active part in our common struggles against Japanese militarism and world fascism. His name will live forever in the hearts of the two great nations to whom he dedicated his life.” Another prominent Chinese leader, Madame Sun Yat-sen, paid her respects to the revered doctor by saying, “His memory belongs not only to your people and ours but to the noble roll-call of fighters for the freedom and progress of all mankind. The future will honour him even more than the present because it was for the future that he struggled.”
A bronze statue of Kotnis was formally unveiled in China in Sep 2020, even while the LAC stand-off was the staple news in India. China on 2020 October 11 commemorated the 110th birth anniversary of Kotnis, who served in China during the Chinese revolution headed by Mao Zedong and the World War II, and saved hundreds of lives. The events were largely ignored by the India media. Remembering physician Kotnis acquires importance in India at a time when the medical profession is being gripped by commerce and corporates fleecing people as well as younger doctors, when jingoism dominates the India media, and when the present dispensation in Delhi is out to dump this anti-fascist legacy in favor of an alliance with world imperialism, reaction and fascism, as against China.
It was exactly three years ago, in a rare gesture, China restored the handwritten calligraphic condolence message that was sent by Mao Zedong to the family of Kotnis. The restored message was handed over to the Solapur museum in 2017 January, Times of India reported. The document, which has been penned in traditional Mandarin using a special ink, is about 3-ft long and has been made from traditional rice paper. The restoration work by Chinese experts took nearly two weeks. Explaining the importance of the document, Zheng Xiyuan, consul-general of China in Mumbai said: “The calligraphy artefact sent by Chairman Mao is priceless and shows the historical friendship between the two countries and the regard for Dr Kotnis. (TNN , Jan 8, 2017). Ke Dihua, the Chinese name of kotnis, is a “household name in China”, reported Xinhua 2020-08-24, more than six decades after his death.
70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India: It may be recalled that Modi and Xi in their Chennai summit had agreed to celebrate the occasion with year-long events. PM Modi had said, that the Mahabalipuram summit (Oct 11-12, 2019) had begun “a New Era of Cooperation between the two countries”. Modi had famously said, about his summit with Xi Jinping: “We have decided that we would prudently manage our differences without letting them turn into disputes, that we would be sensitive to each other’s’ concerns, and that our relations strive towards world peace and stability.” “The two sides decided to designate 2020 as year of India-China Cultural and People-to-people Exchanges” and to deepen all-sided relations, Modi had said.
But it was all forgotten and instead replaced by a hate-China campaign in the Indian media, aided and abetted by Trump and US agencies including its media, and fueled by India’s own hawks. It is of course only one type of hate campaign the Sangh parivar indulges in, and the Modi regime winks at. Is this the Indian culture and civilization they seek to project? They, including BJP Ministers, rather represent the fascist Hindutva mindset, did not hesitate to call agitating farmers Khalistanis and bracketed them with Left wing extremists. When it boomeranged, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as part of double talk, said it was not proper to call them that way.
(Dr Bapuji M, January 9, Countercurrents)