For long the Boat Club maidan in front of India Gate was the democratic space to organize protest programs and people’s dharnas in Delhi. But after the massive 1995 protest against WTO, all protests were shifted to Jantar Mantar. Now it is also almost getting shut down, with police searching a distant corner for allowing it. The state governments under regional parties and now under BJP are notorious for not allowing any space for democratic protests of the masses. Shutting down of College Square in Kolkata is the latest example. The parties in power are becoming increasingly intolerant, arrogant, autocratic, corrupt and elitist, alienated from people. All of them are of one view as far as putting down dissenting voices are concerned, with the army general declaring war against Kashmiri people to regional oligarchs in power denying people right to assemble and protest. The centralized corporatized development slogan they impose demand putting down of all dissent.
The CPI(ML) Red Star committees observed the 42nd anniversary of Emergency declaration with the determination to recapture, expand and qualitatively develop the democratic space everywhere. Calls were given for intensifying struggle for people’s power at all levels, and for people oriented development paradigm which serves it.
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