About 50 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been killed in a suicide car bombing attack in Kashmir on 14th February, 2019.The attack took place on a heavily guarded highway that serves as a key supply route for troops stationed in the Kashmir valley. There were about 2,500 soldiers travelling in the convoy and more than 40 were on the bus that was hit.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns this dastardly terrorist attack. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of all the CRPF men who have lost their lives.
“Development for all”, the slogan with which the BJP headed by Narendra Modi took charge in 2014, has remained an empty promise. It is a cruel joke for crores of toiling people in the villages, towns and metro cities. It is as bad as the old empty slogans of the Congress Party such as “garibi hatao!” (Wipe out poverty!).
The workers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL) have been waging a valiant struggle against the privatisation of electricity distribution in Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva (suburbs of Thane). As in the case of workers from other sectors, the government and monopoly-controlled media tried to incite users against them. However this time they failed to do so.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill (2019) was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019. The passing of the Bill has been preceded and followed by widespread protests in Assam and all the North Eastern states. The Bill is unlikely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, as the majority of political parties, excluding the BJP, are opposed to its provisions.
On 10th January, the Assam police charged a widely respected 80 year old poet and writer Hiren Gohain, RTI farmer activist Akhil Gogoi and a senior journalist Manjit Mahanta with sedition. They were booked for their remarks against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at an event organized by the “Nagarik Samaj”, of which they are members.
On January 23, 2019, an opposition leader in Venezuela declared himself "interim President" in front of a rally of his supporters. Within minutes, US President Donald Trump declared his country's recognition of this person as the "legitimate" president of Venezuela. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the US would use its economic and diplomatic power to carry out regime change in Venezuela.
Nearly 50,000 garment workers in Bangladesh were on strike for two weeks at a stretch from . They downed their tools and walked out of their factories in protest. The workers clashed with police but did not relent their strike action. Police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse huge crowds of workers who had barricaded a highway at a garment hub just outside the capital, Dhaka. Thousands of factories had to close because of the strike.
Peasants in south Tamilnadu have been fighting against profit-hungry industrialists to protect their land and water resources. They have been repeatedly pummeled by drought, floods and hurricanes. As if this is not enough, capitalists owning solar and wind mill farms and public sector oil and gas monopolies have been inflicting them with further pain and suffering.
The members of the Joint Action Committee of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organisations - Government Employees Organisations (JACTO-GEO) are on an indefinite strike since 22nd January 2019.
Announcing the strike, JACTO-GEO had said that 10 lakh members from 175 employees and workers unions from across the state will be a part of the strike.
23-25th January witnessed country-wide strike by about four lakh defence civilian workers. Fotry-one ordnance factories, 52 DRDO labs, MES, COD, Army base workshops, and various departments of the army, navy and air force were all shut down during the 3-day strike. During this period all defence production facilities were completely shut. The employees unions and labour leaders have given a call for decisive struggle.
Once again this year, UP’s sugarcane farmers have to agitate for what is their due. This is not the first year this has happened.
On 16th January this year, around 50 cane farmers staged a dharna in front of the Upper Doab sugar mill in Shamli. The Upper Doab sugar mill has not cleared pending sugarcane dues since March last year. Now, it owes Rs 80 crore for the 2017-18 season and Rs 120 crores for the 2018-19 season.
More than 300 contract workers marched on 21st January 2019 from the Badarpur Thermal Power Station (BTPS) located in Delhi, past Humayun’s tomb in Nizammudin to the head office of NTPC. The rally was taken past the CGO complex and down Lodi Road before it turned into a demonstration in front of the NTPC headquarters.
Thousands of mid-day meal (MDM) cooks from all districts of Bihar, under the banner of Bihar Rajya Vidhyalaya Rasoiya Sangh, have been continuously on an indefinite strike since 7th January. During their agitation, they held a mahapadav in front of the residence of the Chief Minister. The strike is continuing till this paper went to the press.
Times are calling for the Navnirman of the Indian Republic
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10 January, 2019
On 26 January this year, the Republic of India will be 69 years old. It is an occasion for the people to think seriously about the huge difference between what this Republic claims to be and what it actually is. It is an occasion to discuss what must be done to fulfill the aspiration of our people to become the master of India.
The working class of India organised a successful two-day all-India strike in support of their long pending demands. The call for the strike was given by the Joint Convention of Trade Unions held on 28th September in New Delhi. Leaders and thousands of activists of trade unions and workers’ organisations across the country had participated in this Convention.
The strike action was led by unions and federations including ITUC, CITU, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, UTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, INTUC, SEVA, and LPF.
The result of the recent elections in five states has ended the winning streak enjoyed by the BJP during most of the past five years.
The BJP has lost its position of power in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, where it had been the ruling party for the past 15 years. It has also been voted out in Rajasthan, after 5 years. It has been replaced by the Congress Party in these three states. The Congress Party has been voted out in Mizoram, replaced by the Mizo National Front. It is only in Telengana that the ruling party, Telengana Rashtriya Samiti, managed to retain its position of power.
This document, What Kind of Party?, was presented by
Comrade Lal Singh on behalf of the Central Committee
of the Communist Ghadar Party of India to the Second
National Consultative Conference held December 29-30, 1993.
The first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.
100 years ago Ghadar Party was formed by Indians in the US.It was historic milestone in our anti-colonial struggle.
The goal of this party was to organise a revolution to liberate our motherland from British servitude and establish a free and independent India with equal rights for all. It believed this to be the necessary condition for our people to hold their heads high anywhere in the world.