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MORE THAN 50 CPI(ML) Red Star activists were arrested and detained at the Reserve Police Barrack in Bhubaneswar for protesting against power tariff hike on March 31. The Odisha Bidyut Upabhokta Mahasangha (Odisha Electricity Consumers Forum or OECF) called an All-Odisha Hartal on March 31 against the power tariff hike – 20 paise per unit for all consumers and 40 paise per unit for the agricultural sector –an order passed by the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission, and demanding immediate rollback of the order. Supporting the hartal called by the OECF, the CPI(ML) state unit led a militant protest against the tariff hike which is likely to affect over 56 lakh power consumers in the state including farmers and small and medium enterprises. On March 31, the day of the hartal, Bhubaneswar Area Committee members, led by Secretary Com Chintamani Moharana and Party State Committee members Com Pramila and Com Bijaya Barik started a rally from its office and gheraoed Reliance Fresh as symbolic protest against the nexus between the Navin Pattanaik government and Reliance Company. From 8am to 11am the mega shopping mall remained totally gheraoed by protestors and completed closed. Then the protestors marched more than 5 kilometres, shouting slogans, distributing leaflets, etc. Reaching the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission office, the protestors continued their agitation and tried to forcibly enter the office. There was a vigorous tussle with the massive police force deployed on the spot and more than 50 protestors of CPI(ML) Red Star were arrested and taken to the Reserve Police barracks Protestors from other parties and organizations supporting the hartal were also arrested and detained there. Party State Executive Committee member Com Rebati Ballav Mohantywas also arrested in front of the State Assembly along with other protesters. The militant hartal was a sure sign of more vigorous agitations to come if there is no rollback in the tariff hike.
IN ORDER to gain larger legitimacy, RSS has been making claims of sorts. One of that which was made few months back was that Gandhi was impressed by functioning of RSS. Now on the heels of that comes another distortion that Ambedkar believed in Sangh ideology (Feb 15, 2015). This was stated by RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat. Recently on the occasion of Ambedkar’s 124th anniversary many programs were held by RSS combine giving a pro-Hindutva tilt to presentation of Ambedkar. There cannot be bigger contrasts between the ideology of Ambedkar and RSS. Ambedkar was for Indian Nationalism, Secularism and social justice while the RSS ideology is based on two major pillars. One is the Brahmanic interpretation of Hinduism and second is the concept of Hindu nationalism, Hindu Rashtra. Where does Ambedkar stand as for as ideology of Hinduism is concerned? He called Hinduism as Brahminic theology. We also understand that Brahminism has been the dominant tendency within Hinduism. He realized that this prevalent version of Hinduism is essentially a caste system, which is the biggest tormentor of untouchables-dalits. Initially he tried to break the shackles of caste system from within the fold of Hinduism. He led the Chavadar Talab movement (right to access to public drinking water for dalits), Kalaram Mandir agitation (movement for access to temples). He also went on to burn Manu Smriti, the holy Brahmanic- Hindu text saying that it is a symbol of caste and gender hierarchy. His critique of Hinduism, Brahminism was scathing and in due course he came to the conclusion that he will give up Hinduism. In his book ‘Riddles of Hinduism’ published by Govt. of Maharashtra (1987) he elaborates his understanding about Hinduism i.e. its Brahmanical version. Introducing his book he writes, “The book is an exposition of the beliefs propounded by what might be called Brahminic theology...I want to make people aware that Hindu religion is not Sanatan (eternal)...the second purpose of the book is to draw the attention of Hindu masses to the devices of Brahmins and make them think for themselves how they have been deceived and misguided by Brahmins” (from Introduction of the book).
THERE are reports of large scale peasant suicides from practically all states. In the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and in many more the recent untimely rain, hail storm and even floods have destroyed or harmed the wheat, potato and other crops seriously. All these peasant families had taken loans from banks and usurers; and the fear of what will happen to their family if the loans are not repaid is driving them to suicide. The central and state governments are trying to belittle the seriousness of this question by announcing some subsidies and sops. What is required is the writing off of all bank loans and urgent help in repay loans taken from the usurers. It is the case in UP, Punjab and all other affected states. A countrywide campaign demanding writing off of loans and struggles for it by mobilizing the peasants are the immediate tasks to be taken up to save the distressed peasants from committing suicide.
THE May Day, the international working class day, is observed all over the world whenever mounting challenges confronting the working class in every field calls for new analyses of problems confronting them, and new approach to the theory and practice to resolve them. It was through more than two centuries of militant struggles against the ruthless forms of wage slavery in which thousands of their leading members became martyrs and millions suffered ruthless suppression, by 1950s the working class could achieve many basic rights and under their leadership one-third of the world people could live in societies where socialist transformation was taking place. A situation was created when it looked like the working class and the oppressed peoples may overthrow the imperialist system and advance towards people’s democracy and socialist transformation all over the world. But during the last six decades, in spite of many glorious struggles, the situation has changed drastically. The international working class movement suffered severe setbacks. Almost all the rights they had won through numerous struggles are snatched away under neo-colonization intensified by the neo-liberal offensive by the exploiting classes. Overwhelming of them are under contract labour system with ‘hire and fire’, depriving even minimum wages and democratic rights. The neo-liberal raj has created a situation when all the rights of the toiling masses are taken away and they are impoverished, while the elite classes are given all benefits, making them super rich. It has enlarged the gap between the rich and the poor ever wider. Once again a situation is created when the working class has to struggle to recapture the rights they have lost, to enlarge them according to the present needs, and to once again create conditions for overthrowing the exploitative ruling system, which is pushing them to ever more severe wage slavery. Firstly it calls for getting organized, striving to overcome all present difficulties confronting the working class movements, and to strengthen the struggle for better wages and other economic and democratic rights. Secondly it calls for coordinating their organization and struggles area-wise, state-wise and nationally, and at international level whenever possible. Thirdly it calls for getting increasingly politicized, so that the struggles for better living conditions and democratic rights can be developed to struggles for overthrowing the very ruling system which perpetuate wage slavery in more barbarous forms. Presently, the ever-intensifying imperialist globalization and neo-liberal policies are forcing increasing number of working class all over the world to wage numerous struggles and in that process they are joining hands with the movements for emancipation of the oppressed peoples also. But, when the challenges before the working class is becoming more severe, the “labour aristocracy” which has imposed its leadership over most of the trade union movement, and the ruling class along with its agents are working overtime to de-politicize the working class, to hamper their unionization and to reduce the May Day like occasions as a ritual. On this May Day, the CPI(ML) Red Star appeal to the working class, whose number is increasing manifold day by day, to struggle against the reformist, revisionist leaderships, and to intensify their struggle for economic and social justice, and to prepare for overthrowing the exploitative ruling system. Long Live May Day, the International Working Class Day!

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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.