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Condemn the brutal state organized attack on JNU students!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, January 6, 2020

The Communist Ghadar Party condemns the murderous attack on students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University on the evening of January 5. Goons armed with iron rods and lathis, their faces masked, entered the campus and unleashed savage violence and mayhem. Over 20 students and teachers, including both women and men, have suffered grievous injuries in this pre-planned, state organised attack. 

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Efforts for water conservation

Johad which is situated in the Holika Chawk of Ramgad village in Rajasthan has been struggling with garbage issues for very long. On 14th July 2019, the residents of the village began efforts to conserve water on their own. Lok Jan Samiti, Ramgad Seva Samiti, Gram Vikas Committee, and a large number of residents of the village participated in efforts to clean up the garbage in the area. As part of the campaign the residents of the village are ensuring that they contribute by ensuring that plants are grown and taken care of in public spaces, rain water is collected, growing pollution is prevented and cleanliness is maintained in Johad.

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Meeting of Party comrades on elections

A meeting was held on 23rd June to discuss the situation in our country and experience of the comrades in the election campaign. Comrades of the region participated in this meeting; a majority of them were youth who had been active in the campaign. The Party had fielded a candidate on the platform of Navnirman - a revolutionary alternative. The Party’s general secretary, Com. Lal Singh, initiated the discussion which drew active participation from the comrades, who raised some questions and elaborated other points from their own experience.

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Strategic alliance with US:A grave threat to the sovereignty of India and peace in Asia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited India between June 25-27, 2019. This was the first visit of a senior most official of the US adminstration after the return to power of the BJP with a massive majority in the recent elections. During this visit, Pompeo held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The visit was publicly announced as aimed at resolving problems in Indo-US relations, and strengthening the strategic military alliance between the two countries.

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Communique of the 9th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India

The 9th Plenum of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party was convened during 1-2 June, 2019. The Plenum analysed the results of the 17th Lok Sabha elections and summed up the work of the Party in recent months, including our participation in the elections.

The Plenum took note of the enormous amount of money spent on these elections, which are said to be the most expensive election ever held in any country, with the lion’s share being spent on the BJP campaign. The use of modern technology —TV as well as social media — to spread lies among the people has reached an unprecedented scale. The entire election campaign was marked by political debate being reduced to the lowest level. Hate speeches, rabid war mongering against Pakistan, openly communal and divisive propaganda, accusations and counter-accusations of corruption dominated the political discourse. The unparalleled state terror in Kashmir, and the bombing of Pakistan following the terrorist attack in Pulwama were used to project Narendra Modi as the strongman capable of crushing the enemies of India.

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Widespread protests in USA over brutal police killing in Minneapolis

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Protests continue to rage for the fourth day in Minneapolis and other cities of the USA including New York, Albuquerque, Denver, Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles, and Oakland, following the brutal killing of a black man on May 25, 2020. People all across the USA are very angry with the brutal killing of a black man in police custody and are not only demanding justice for him, but an end to all such acts of police brutality for which the police forces across the USA are notorious.

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From our readers: A 30-hour journey that took 90 hours – thanks to the Indian Railways and state!

Lakhs of people had hit the streets. The lack of money and jobs had forced them to set out on foot. On the borders of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh there was a traffic jam of fifty kilometres in which there were trucks carrying only labourers and their families. There were a large number of workers’ families who had still stayed behind patiently, their hopes on the Indian Railways.
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Health workers at risk agitate for safe working conditions

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Workers of KEM Hospital, Mumbai held a protest dharna at the hospital premises on May 26, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They were protesting against the death of a fellow worker two days ago, due to callousness of the hospital authorities.

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Workers around the world fight for their rights during the Covid-19 Lockdown

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Doctors and nurses staged a silent but powerful protest on May 17, against the decree of the Belgian government to use untrained nursing staff in health care services. 

During a visit of the Belgian Prime Minister Ms Sophie Wilmès to the Saint Peter hospital in Brussels, doctors and nurses lined up in rows on either side of the hospital entrance and each of them turned their back on her as her car approached the hospital entrance. This silent but very forceful protest has been widely publicised.

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Workers across the country oppose attacks on their rights

Defence Employees Against Corporatisation

Workers from different sectors all over the country have organised dharnas, demonstrations and other protest actions, to express their strong opposition to the pro-capitalist amendments in labour laws and the all-sided attacks on the rights of the working class, that the government is trying to implement, using the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.

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From our readers: In support of the protest

I am writing in response to the article entitled `Central Trade Unions to Fight Back Attempts of Draconian Changes in Labour Laws' carried in the June 1-15, 2020 section of the MEL.  I am delighted to know that there will be a nationwide protest on 22nd May 2020 and that there has been a joint press statement by the Central Trade Unions dated 15th May 2020.  I would like to summarize the grim situation as follows:
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Doctors and health workers protest government’s changed quarantine guidelines

On May 22, doctors and health workers treating COVID-19 patients across the country protested against the revised quarantine guidelines issued by the Centre and the health departments of some states. It may be recalled that on May 15, the health ministry changed the quarantine rules for healthcare workers working in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, to state that the health workers should be quarantined only in case of “high risk exposure” or if a worker reported symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. According to the old guidelines, all workers were advised a 14-day quarantine after 14 days’ COVID-19 duty.
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Health and sanitation workers in Amaravati protest non-payment of wages for past 4 months

Sanitation workers in Amaravati

Nearly 550 health and sanitation workers employed on contract by the APCRDA (AP Capital Region Development Authority) in the Amaravati capital region of Andhra Pradesh held protest demonstrations on May 22. They are demanding payment of wages due to them for the last 4 months.

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Let us resolutely and unitedly fight back the onslaught on our rights!

Call of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee, May 18, 2020

Comrade workers,

The capitalist class is using the state of emergency declared by the Central government in the name of the Coronavirus pandemic to unleash an unprecedented onslaught on our rights.

India is confronted with a disaster of massive proportions. Crores of workers have lost their jobs, their source of livelihood as a result of the declaration of country wide lockdown which is about to complete two months. Crores of hungry, unemployed workers, deprived of a roof over their heads, are marching towards their villages thousands of miles away, through fields, forests, rail tracks and highways. Hundreds of men, women and children have died on the way, as a result of hunger, exhaustion or in accidents.

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Central Trade Unions to Fight Back Attempts of Draconian Changes in Labour Laws

Nationwide Protest on 22nd May 2020

Joint Press Statement by Central Trade Unions released on 15th May 2020

The joint platform of Central Trade Unions in their meeting held on 14th May 2020 took note of the critical situation for the working people in the country during the Lock down period and decided to enhance united actions to meet the challenge. 

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In the midst of the Lockdown:

Workers across the country resist attacks on their livelihood and rights

On May 12 the UP government announced its decision to abolish various allowances to the state government employees, as part of its “austerity measures” during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the government order, which is likely to affect nearly 1.6 million state government employees, at least 6 allowances including city compensation allowance, various special allowances to secretariat staff and police personnel, allowances for junior engineers and public works personnel, allowances to employees of the irrigation department, will be abolished from this month. As part of the austerity drive, the UP government had decided just last month to suspend any increase in dearness allowance to state employees for a period of one and a half years.

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Workers struggles worldwide continue during the pandemic

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The ongoing pandemic worldwide has created more difficult situations for the working people. The capitalists are trying to ensure that their profits can remain intact by pushing the burden of the health crisis too on to the backs of the workers. Workers are fighting for their rights, for the right to a life of dignity, for their right to livelihoods, for their right to safe working conditions during the ongoing health emergency. We bring you a report of some of the valiant struggles waged by workers in recent weeks.

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From our readers: Roti Bank

Almost 75 years have passed since the country became free. The era of zamindars and sahukars ended and the number of banks and their business increased a lot. However they had only one aim, to make maximum profit. After independence the drive to exploit the poor victims remained intact and in fact strengthened; the methods naturally changed.
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Peasants express their anger at the lack of timely procurement

In many states across the country, including Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Punjab, peasants have poured thousands of litres of milk and dumped rotting fruits and vegetables on the roads.  This goes against the traditional conviction that “Kisan apne liye paida nahin karta aur apna paida kiya kabhi nasht nahin karta” (peasants do not produce for themselves nor ever destroy what they have produced).  It shows their heightened anger at the central and state governments for not organising timely procurement of their produce during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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 Workers killed on their way home:

Inhuman System and Insensitive State

Early in the morning of 16th May, at least 24 workers were killed and several others severely injured when the trucks in which they were traveling collided in the Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh, about 200 km from Lucknow. This is the latest in a series of accidents in which workers have been killed while desperately trying to reach their homes.  

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From our readers: Times are calling for a transition

I thank you for carrying the article entitled `On the Occasion of the 202nd Birth Anniversary of Karl Marx' which fell on May 5, 2020. The article carries the byline `Times are calling for the transition from capitalism to socialism'.  Indeed, nothing could be closer to the truth, as the working class world over is groaning under the weight of a continuous economic crises as well as the lockdown imposed by capitalist governments in response to the Covid-19 onslaught.
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Gas leak in Vishakhapatnam plant kills a dozen people

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A major gas leak took place in a Vishakhapatnam chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh. It is reported that Styrene gas leaked out of from LG Polymers India plant in Venkatapuram area of the city late night at 3 AM on 7th May 2020, when people were still in the middle of their sleep. At least 12 people are known to have died directly due to gas exposure. It is estimated that some 5000 people became sick due to exposure to the gas. Between 500 and 800 had to be hospitalized.

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From our readers:​​​​​​​ My Experience of the cruel state

The lockdown immediately rendered jobless workers like us who work in the construction sector and are based in Navi Mumbai, Panvel and Badlapur, adjoining Mumbai in Maharashtra. Many people working on the aluminium windows in the buildings of construction projects stay in Badlapur and Panvel. As the lockwon-2 was drawing to a close we realised that it would be extended and we had no alternative but to decide to return to our villages. As this is the season for reaping the harvest, we workers had already emptied our pockets by sending money home.
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From our readers: Resist the laws allowing 12-hour day

I am writing in response to the article entitled `Condemn laws allowing 12-hour shift' carried on the web-site of the CGPI which has been posted in May 2020.  I would like to join you in the protest against this barbaric act by the various governments against the length and breadth of the country. It is obvious that the capitalists have capitalized on the crisis situation prevailing in the country due to the Covid-19 related lockdown that started in the month of March 2020. As it is the working people are reeling under the shock of the lockdown and now this.
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Statement of Mazdoor Ekta Committee, 10th May 2020

Resolutely combat the plans of the bourgeoisie to intensify the exploitation of workers using the Coronavirus pandemic as an excuse!

Unite to establish a society that will guarantee the well-being of workers!

India’s biggest capitalists are announcing several plans to intensify the exploitation of workers in the coming days even as the country is going through the Coronavirus pandemic.

In the name of “overcoming the economic crisis arising out of the pandemic” the central government and various state governments – Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and others – have suspended the existing labour laws for the next three years and have announced many exemptions to the capitalists with the intent of intensifying the exploitation of the workers.

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Condemn laws allowing 12-hour shift

The capitalist class has launched a massive onslaught on the rights of workers of our country. In the conditions of the declaration of a health emergency accompanied by a country wide lock down, it is ramrodding one anti worker measure after another down the throats of the working class. One of the most basic rights of workers has been the limiting of the working day to 8 hours, and the working week to 48 hours, which is codified in the Factories Act, 1948. Over the past one month, one state government after another, irrespective of which party is in power in the state, has been passing ordinances extending the working day to 12 hours and the working week to 72 hours.
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From our readers: Comrade Nexhmije Hoxha

I was saddened to hear of the passing away of Com. Nexhmije Hoxha earlier this year at the age of 99.  The lives of such persons will always be a beacon to the generations that follow.  We in the revolutionary camp believe that it is human beings that can solve the problems of human society, and when we look back and reflect on the lives of revolutionaries we learn from them. 
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From our readers: Capitalism - an inhuman system

The Call of the Central Committee of the CGPI on the occasion of May Day very correctly analyses that, in the light of recent developments, “capitalism stands nakedly exposed as an inhuman system, geared to keep enriching a super-rich minority at the cost of millions of human lives.”  Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the way that crores upon crores of migrant workers have been treated during the corona virus outbreak in our country.
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The Electricity Act Amendment draft Bill is not in the interests of people

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The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued a draft Bill on 17th April 2020 for amendment of the Electricity Act 2003, inviting comments, suggestions, and objections by 8th May, 2020.

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From our readers: Crippled PDS system fails to feed the hungry

Immediately after the lockdown was announced, the Finance Minister announced with great fanfare grandiose schemes of crores of rupees to help working people who have lost their livelihood as a result. Distribution of grain and pulses along with some other food stuff was one of the announcements. But the real situation on the ground continues to be terrible for crores of working people across the country.
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Government must procure foodgrains from farmers at minimum support prices!

On 30 April 2020, farmers led by Lok Raj Sangathan in Ramgarh, Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan submitted a memorandum to the District Collector through the Naib Tehsildar. They demanded that the state government should purchase grains from farmers of Ramgarh sub tehsil at the minimum support price.

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Unite and fight for an India without exploitation or oppression of any kind!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1st May, 2020

Comrade workers!

On the occasion of May Day 2020, Communist Ghadar Party of India salutes the workers of all countries, especially those who are providing health care and other essential services in the midst of the worldwide crisis, at great risk to their own lives.  We salute the doctors, nurses and hospital workers in our country, the auxiliary nurse midwives, anganwadi workers, ASHA and other health sector workers, workers of Indian Railways, of banks, municipal corporations and other essential services, who are toiling to maintain the supply of all essential needs of the people in the conditions of the lockdown.

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Condition of Nursing Aid Workers

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) took an interview on the condition of Nursing Aid and Security workers in Tamil Nadu Government hospitals with Comrade Tha Sivakumar. He is the Legal Advisor of the Tamilnadu Government Hospitals Auxiliary works Workers Union affiliated to Central Organization of Indian Trade Unions (COITU).  Following is the summary of the interview.
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From our readers:Letter on Preventive Detention

I am writing to express my thanks to you for carrying the article entitled `Preventive Detention -- An Anti-Democratic feature of the Indian Constitution' carried in the April 1-15, 2020 section of the web-edition of MEL.  This issue is at the heart of governance in India and is therefore worthy of the attention of the Working Class and of all Communists.   
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From our readers: Letter on migrant workers

I read both your articles on the issue of stranded migrant workers and the SoP that has been issued by the Government of India. The analysis presented in the first article “Indian capitalists do not want daily-wage workers to go back to their homes!” is reinforced by the SoP issued by the government on 19th April. In the first place, the capitalists did not want the workers to be allowed to return home for fear of losing the required labour when the lockdown is lifted.
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From our readers: On Lenin's birth anniversary

The article presented by Mazdoor Ekta Lehar on the 150th birth anniversary of the great communist leader – Com. V.I. Lenin underscores the relevance of his theories and teachings to the present. Lenin laid bare the truth behind the façade of bourgeois parliamentary democracy, the characteristic features of imperialism and the role of the vanguard Party in organising and making the working class conscious to be the leading force of revolutionary change from capitalism to socialism – and you have explained so well, through this article, how all of these analyses based on theory of Marxism are ever so relevant today.
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Stranded daily-wage workers must not be treated like bonded labour!

When the Union government decided to partially relax the lockdown to resume economic activities in parts of the country from 20 April, it issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on 19 April for lakhs of workers stranded all over the country. The SOP read, “Due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, workers employed in industry, agriculture, construction and other sectors have moved from their respective places of work, and are housed in relief/shelter camps being run by State/ UT governments.
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White alert to the nation

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded that the government take immediate steps to stop violence against doctors.

"The Covid 19 has only made us acutely aware of our helplessness against mindless abuse and violence. Stigma and social boycott are everywhere. Harassment by administration is nothing but violence by the State. Our patience and restraint are signs of strength.Our legitimate needs for safe workplaces have to be met. Abuse and Violence should stop immediately."

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IMA warns retaliation if cremations are obstructed

IMA HQ takes serious note of the incidents in Chennai where the cremation of doctors have been obstructed. It is a matter of great concern that these doctors who had died in their line of duty be treated shabbily and in such an uncivilised manner. Even more shocking is the utter helplessness of the state Government in preventing such incidents. If the Governments do not have power to stop such incidents they lose their moral right to govern.

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Indian capitalists do not want daily-wage workers to go back to their homes!

 On 14th April more than 2000 workers gathered near Bandra railway station in Mumbai, demanding trains to go home. In the condition of lockdown wherein social- distancing has been mandated by the Central government and various local authorities, this was a considered to be a “major crime” for which the workers were lathi charged. Some were even taken in police custody. The capitalist mass media attacked them viciously as “anti-social” people.

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Arresting persons for their ideology is an attack on the Right to Conscience

It is a matter of great concern when people are arrested for their political stands and ideological beliefs.  Recent months have seen thousands of people being arrested for having participated in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which links citizenship with one’s religious belief.  Arrests of people for allegedly spreading “anti-national” ideas are continuing even in the midst of the lockdown to fight coronavirus. 

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Letter from Dharavi, Mumbai

I stay in Dharavi, Central Mumbai, which is Asia’s biggest slum. Around 7 lakhs people stay here and the majority of them are workers and self employed persons. Many of the people staying here are daily wage workers and their livelihood depends on daily work. Their families are in their native places and they depend on these workers to send money home every month. In Dharavi, these workers stay in close cramped quarters, many to a room. Many rooms have 10 people staying in a 10x10 square foot tenement with poor ventilation. People working in shifts use the beds in succession and that is how they were managing.  After the lockdown was enforced, they are locked in their own houses which was not at all meant to accommodate everyone at the same time. Also the houses in Dharavi are in narrow gullies and it is impossible to walk down these gullies without brushing against another person also walking up the same gully. Moreover they have to use common toilets in unhygienic conditions. What kind of social distancing is possible in these conditions?
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​​​​​​​Blaming Muslims for spreading corona virus is extremely harmful

There is no doubt that the struggle to overcome the crisis created by coronavirus requires the highest possible level of responsibility and unity among Indian people. Crores of workers are toiling hard at great risk to their own lives.  These include the doctors, nurses and other health workers as well as workers in railways, banking, sanitation and other sectors involved in supplying essential goods and services. 
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Conditions of Workers during the Lockdown

Cases of Rail, Bank and Sanitation workers

Ever since the all-India lockdown which began on 24th March, the conditions of workers in different sectors have been catching the attention of the people.  On one side are those who are suffering because they have no work.  On the other side are those who are working hard to maintain supply of essential goods and services. 
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COVID-19 — Nurses of Mumbai hospitals raise their concerns

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and  Nurses organisations  raised the concerns of frontline workers in the fight against  COVID -19 with the Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar had previously carried an interview with a leader of the Nurses Union highlighting the problems nurses face in the current situation. Below we are publishing the letter of Mumbai Nurses to the Municipal Commisioner of Mumbai. 

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Nurses are braving the COVID-19 crisis in the face of heavy odds

Nurses are among the frontline health workers, working heroically to deliver essential medical services to people during the current COVID-19 outbreak. It is impossible to imagine any kind of medical service in the hospital without the services rendered by the nurses.

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) spoke to RJ, a leading member of the United Nurses Association of India, about the conditions of nurses in our country in general and the particular difficulties they are facing at this time. We reproduce below excerpts of the interview:

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COVID-19 crisis:

Health workers risk their lives

Across the country, doctors, paramedics, nurses, technicians, ASHA workers, ambulance drivers and helpers, and other health workers have been working day and night to take care of patients suspected to have been infected with coronavirus.  They have been risking their lives, having had to administer services to possibly infected patients without or with very inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Rights of People and Duties of the State

Over ten days have passed since the 21-day lockdown announced by the Government of India, to contain the spread of Coronavirus.  The experience of this first week of the lockdown has brought to light many problems that need to be tackled on a war footing.  It is a common struggle which requires the participation of all the people.  It requires effective leadership by the government. 

Those who work can perform their duty only if their rights are fulfilled.  It is the duty of the State to ensure that workers’ rights are protected in the course of fighting against the virus.  

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Cooperate in the Struggle against Coronavirus!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 26th March, 2020

Coronavirus, which has been spreading throughout the world during the past few weeks, poses a grave threat to the lives of all.  More than 21,000 people in the world have already died as a result of this virus, and the numbers are rising in several countries.  So far, the number of infected persons in India has been small, but if the virus spreads, the result will be disastrous. 

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Preventive Detention – An Anti-Democratic feature of the Indian Constitution

One of the principles of modern democracy is that no citizen can be arrested by the State without cause.  This principle is violated by the Indian State on a widespread scale. The Constitution permits the legislature to enact laws providing for preventive detention.  The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the National Security Act (NSA) and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) are examples of central laws which permit arbitrary arrest and detention of people by the official security forces. There are also numerous state level laws, such as the Public Safety Acts and Acts that claim to target organised crime, which are also used for Preventive Detention.

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Youth must fight for a new India!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, 23rd March, 2020

23rd March, 2020, marks the beginning of the 90th year since the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The British rulers hanged those three young men because they dared to fight for a new India, free from colonial slavery and free from all forms of exploitation and oppression. They represented the best of Indian youth at that time, when the patriotic anti-colonial struggle was raging throughout this subcontinent. Those revolutionary youth were branded as dangerous terrorists and condemned to death.

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Delhi Communal Violence:

Those in power are to blame

Two weeks since the communal violence which took place in North East Delhi, those in power are trying their best to hide the truth. Many stories are being spread through the news media and social media, blaming one section of the people or another.

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Enthusiastic rally in Delhi to mark International Women’s Day

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Hundreds of women activists from nearly 20 organisations as well as individual activists, school and university students, cultural activists, lawyers, nurses, teachers, homemakers and women from diverse professions participated in a spirited International Women’s Day rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on March 8, 2020.

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Deepening crisis of capitalism

The capitalist system is in deep crisis, on the world scale and in India. This is leading to the sharpening of all the major contradictions in society. In spite of repeated claims by various political leaders that recovery is around the corner, productive activity has not regained the momentum which was there prior to the crisis of 2008.
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Solidarity with the victims of violence in Delhi:

People of Hindu faith in Pakistan cancel Holi celebrations

People of the Hindu community in Pakistan organized a protest on 8th March 2020, in solidarity with the victims of state organized attacks in Delhi last month. They announced that they would celebrate this year’s Holi festival on 10th March, with sobriety as a message of protest against the violence perpetrated on their Muslim brethren in India.

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Protest in Ludhiana against state-organized violence in Delhi

Thousands of people from more than a dozen organisations of industrial and agricultural workers, peasants, youth and students, etc. held a protest rally on March 10, at the Jalandhar by-pass in Ludhiana, to protest against the CAA, NRC and NPR, as well as the recent state organized violence on Muslims in Delhi.

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March by Delhi trade unions against the anti-worker budget

Trade unions of Delhi organised a joint rally from Bank of Baroda in Connaught Place to Jantar Mantar in the country’s capital Delhi on 2nd March 2020 against the Union Budget presented by the central government. The rally was awash with red banners and flags.

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Guest teachers of NCT of Delhi:

We shape the new generation but our own future is uncertain

Guest teachers working in schools under the government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi have been agitating for the past several years, for regular appointments and better salaries and working conditions. At present, there are more than 20,000 guest teachers working in different government schools all over the NCT of Delhi.

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Lawyers in Delhi protest against state organized violence

Hundreds of lawyers held a militant protest march from Supreme Court to Jantar Mantar on March 6. The lawyers were protesting against the recent state-organised violence and terror in Delhi, in the last week of February, specifically targeting the Muslim community...

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International Women’s Day 2020:

Red Salute to the Fighting Women of India!

Onward with the Struggle for People’s Empowerment!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1st March, 2020

As we approach 8th March, International Women’s Day this year, lakhs of Indian women are out on the streets. They include young and old, mothers with infants in arms, grandmothers, students and teachers.

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Condemn the state organized reign of terror in Delhi

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Statement of Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 26th February 2020

Since February 24, gangs armed with petrol, pistols, lathis, swords, stones, and other weapons, have been on a rampage in North East Delhi District unleashing violence and anarchy.

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The strategic alliance between India and US must be opposed

Poster against american war mongering

US President Donald Trump visited India on 24th-25th Febru-ary 2020. The visit showed the importance both the capitalist monopolies of India and the capitalist monopolies of the US place on strengthening the Indo US relationship.

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Opposition to Donald Trump’s visit to India

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Communist parties, trade unions, progressive mass organisations and human rights organisations came together to organise a protest on 24th February 2020 at Jantar Mantar to oppose US President Donald Trump’s visit to India

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Rally at Jamia one year after Pulwama: Citizens’ candlelight march and rally to commemorate Pulwama martyrs

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On 14th February, hundreds of women, youth, students, teachers and other citizens held a candle light march from Jamia Millia Metro Station to Jamia Millia Islamia University campus, to mark one year after the death of CRPF security personnel in a terrorist attack at Pulwama on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

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Meeting to condemn the barbaric state violence on students of Jamia Millia Islamia

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Two months after the nightmarish attack by the police forces of the state, on the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University, the students of JMI together with activists of various political parties, human rights organisations and groups of concerned citizens, organized a solemn meeting at the university gate.

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Continuing protests against CAA-NRC across the country

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The protests against the CAA is carrying on unabated in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and several other locations despite the horror of the four days of brutality on the people of Jaffrabad and other areas of north east Delhi.

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Militant demonstration against the anti-worker and anti-peasant Budget 2020

Protest against budget

Left and Communist Parties organised a rally from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in the country’s capital city of Delhi on 18th February to protest against the Union Budget 2020. CPI, CPM, CPI(M-L), All India Forward Block, RSP and Communist Ghadar Party of India organised this rally under the banner “Mass Protest Against the Anti-people Budget”.

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Convention of petroleum workers in Kochi: Petroleum workers oppose privatisation of BPCL

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On 9th of February, around a hundred delegates from all over India representing the three Petroleum and Gas Workers Federations assembled at Kochi for a delegates’ conference. This Conference was the fourth conference in a row to oppose privatisation of BPCL after the earlier conferences in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

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Protest of Rajasthan state government employees

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State government employees organisations, under the banner of the Akhil Rajasthan Karamchari Samyukt Mahasangh, organised protest meetings all across the state on 27th February at the offices of the district authorities

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Guest teachers struggle in the National Capital Region: We mould the new generation yet our own future is uncertain

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Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) talked to Dr. Rachna who is a post-graduate guest teacher in the National Capital Region of Delhi (Delhi-NCR) and who has been leading the struggle of guest teachers in this region. We are presenting below a highlight of the discussion.

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March and meeting by rail drivers in Delhi: We shall intensify our struggle to stop privatisation

Rail drivers dharna

Under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), thousands of engine drivers marched from Ambedkar Bhavan to Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 19th February 2020. Many engine drivers had come with their families

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Equal pay for equal work: Strike by contract teachers in 74,000 schools in Bihar

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Under the banner of Bihar Rajya Sikshak Sangharsh Samanvaya Samiti (BRSSSS - Bihar State Teachers' Struggle Coordination Committee), 3,75,000 contract teachers in Bihar are on strike from 17th February 2020.

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Primary school teachers' agitation

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The All India Primary Teachers Federation (AIPTF) and its Delhi branch, the Akhil Delhi Prathmik Shikshak Sangh (ADPSS) held a protest dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on February 21, 2020, to highlight their demands and pledge to continue the struggle

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Demonstration against price rise of cooking gas

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The Jan Sangharsh Manch, Haryana held a demonstration to oppose the hefty hike in cooking gas prices in front of the office of the District Collector of Kurukshetra, Haryana. Through the Deputy Collector a petition for the Prime Minister was submitted to the the DRO of Kurukshetra.

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Applicants for jobs in Indian Railway sit on dharna

Applicants for railways jobs

Applicants who had applied for jobs in the Indian Railway against one lakh openings sat on a dharna in Jantar Mantar in New Delhi from 2nd March 2020. They are demanding that recruitment process should be commenced immediately. In this context, they submitted a petition to the Rail Minister, Piyush Goel.

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On the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the founding of the Preparatory Committee for People’s Empowerment:

Onward with the struggle to bring decision-making power into the people’s hands!

The Constitution empowers the Party with majority support in the Central Parliament to impose its will on all. Even if lakhs and lakhs of people are opposed to a law passed by Parliament, they cannot do anything about it. The Central government can invoke provisions in the Constitution to impose a legislation even if numerous state governments and crores of people are opposed to it.

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Budget 2020: Anti-people nature of tax collection and expenditure

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A study of the budget documents reveals how anti-people is the taxation system in the country and even more anti-people is the way it is spent. Every service given by the government to people comes out of taxes paid by people. People pay tax every time they purchase a product or service. This indirect tax is built into the price paid.

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Anti-CAA protests continue across the country and abroad

4 Feb 2020, Koderma, Jharkhand

15th February will mark 10 weeks of unabated protests across the country against the CAA-NRC. What is significant is the hundreds of women who are actively participating day in and day out in these protests.

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Bihar sanitation workers on strike

Bihar Sanitation workers

The workers of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and safai karamcharis who clean the city every day to keep it free from stink and rot are on strike against the attempts of the government’s decision to remove them instead of regularising their jobs.

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Demand for wage revision: Bank unions across India go on 2-day strike

2-Day bank strike

Bank unions across the county went on strike in 31st January and 1st February 2020, after wage revision talks with the Indian Banks Association (IBA) failed. Wage revision in the sector has been pending since November 2017.

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Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections 2020:

Let us defeat the politics of  communalism and division!

Let us elect candidates who voice the demands of our people!

Statement of Delhi Regional Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, February 1, 2020

An estimated 1.46 crore voters of Delhi will cast their votes on February 8, 2020, to choose their representatives for the Delhi Vidhan Sabha. The main contending political parties in these elections are – the BJP which currently heads the central government, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which is currently in charge of the government of Delhi and the Congress Party. The BJP has an alliance with the Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) while the Congress Party has an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). In these elections for the 70 seats of the Vidhan Sabha, there are also several communist candidates, candidates representing smaller political parties and independent candidates.

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The Indian Republic completes 70 years:

People’s Empowerment is the Call of the Times

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 23 January, 2020

On 26th January, tanks and missile launchers will roll down Rajpath.  Fighter planes will dominate the skies in the capital. The military might of the Indian Republic will be showcased before the whole world. Our rulers will boast that "All is well" with the Republic.

From Kashmir to Kerala and Maharashtra to Manipur, every Indian knows that all is not well with the Republic.

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Growing mass protests and the lying propaganda of the Government

New Delhi on 29 January 2020

Mass protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens have entered their 8th week.  They are attracting increasing support within India and abroad, in spite of the lies, slanders, sedition charges and police violence unleashed against the protestors.

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Protests against CAA-NRC continue across the Globe

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On 26th January 2020, on the 71st anniversary of the Indian Republic, protest demonstrations took place in many cities of the US where thousands of people of Indian origin participated. Demonstrations were held particularly in New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and San Francisco having Indian consulates, and at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. Many other demonstrations took place in other parts of the world.

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Massive rally in London demands repeal of CAA and withdrawal of NRC

London march

Thousands of people gathered at the British House of Commons (British Parliament), near the residence of the British Prime Minister on Downing Street at the start of a militant march to the Indian High Commission in Holborn, London.

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Government looting the people by taxing petrol and diesel

When the Narendra Modi led NDA Government took power in May 2014, the international price of crude oil was over $105 per barrel, but by December 2014 the prices crashed to nearly half, US $ 60 per barrel.  However, petrol and diesel prices were not accordingly reduced in India. Today also the price of crude oil is at US $ 60 per barrel but the prices Indian people pay for petrol and diesel are at the same level as they were in May 2014!

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Brutal police attack on electricity workers in Patna

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On 27th January 2020, the electricity workers held a demonstration outside the Vidyut Bhavan in Patna, the capital city of Bihar to oppose the privatisation of electric supply. The government is planning to go ahead with privatisation dispite strong opposition of the workers.

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Successful All India General Strike of workers

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Workers and working people from all sectors of the Indian economy participated enthusiastically in the All India General Strike of January 8, 2020. They were responding to the call of the central trade unions, the All India federations, and to hundreds of trade unions organising workers in different cities, industries and services, and amongst the rural workers.

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US kills top Iranian military general in drone attack in Baghdad: An extremely dangerous situation is developing in West Asia

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On 3rd January 2020, US President Donald Trump announced that US forces had killed Major-General Qassem Soleimani of Iran through a targeted missile attack on his convoy as it left Baghdad International Airport. Along with General Soleimani, General Abud Mahdi al-Muhandis of the Iraqi Army and eight other officials were killed in this attack. The cowardly killings of the leaders of the armed forces of Iran and Iraq on the soil of Iraq are a gross violation of all international conventions, as the US has not declared war on either Iran or Iraq.

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Reports of the All India General Strike from across India

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All India General Strike saw more than 25 crore workers and peasants come out on to the streets. We received reports from Mumbai, Delhi, Nohar (Rajasthan), Mumbai and Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh). Brief reports are given below.

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Country-wide anti CAA-NRC protests continue

Country-wide protests against CAA

The protests that began in the middle of December post the signing of the Citizenship Amendment Act by the President on 12th December continued through the New Year and are still going on. In Delhi, Bengaluru and many other cities, the New Year was rung in with slogans of “No to CAA NRC!” “Students have a right to protest peacefully!” “We will not accept citizenship to be defined on the basis of religion!”

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Repeal the CAA and NRC! - Mass protests and a meeting in London

Demonstration in front of India House in London

Ghadar International and Indian Workers Association(GB) held a public meeting against CAA (Citizens Amendment Act) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Saturday 4th January 2020 in Ilford. The meeting followed a 4 mile long protest march from Forest Gate to Newham in London. The march was attended by over 2000 people from many faith groups, progressive individuals and organisations. The march ended with a militant rally held at a park in Newham.

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Western Railway workers oppose private trains

Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) organised a protest on 10th January at Mumbai Central station to oppose the privatisation and outsourcing of Railway trains on outside the office of the Divisional Railway Manager. The meeting was addressed by J G Mahurkar general secretary of Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) and Vice President of NFIR (National Federation of Indian Railwaymen).
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Enthusiastic celebrations mark the beginning of the 40th year of the founding of our Party

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The beginning of the 40th year of the founding of our Party is being celebrated with great enthusiasm by Party comrades in many places in India as well as abroad. The celebrations everywhere have been marked by a spirit of optimism.

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Meeting to commemorate the 140th birth anniversary of Comrade JV Stalin

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21st December marked the 140th birth anniversary of Comrade Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, the great leader and teacher of the international working class. The Communist Ghadar Party marked this important occasion by organising a meeting in New Delhi. Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India chaired the meeting.

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With deep grief, we mourn the passing away of Comrade Renuka

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With great sadness, we announce the passing away of our dear Comrade Renuka in Mumbai on 16th December. She departed from us at the young and untimely age of 45, after battling for long against illness.

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With deep grief, we mourn the passing away of Comrade Lawrence D'Souza

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With great sadness, we are announcing the passing away of Comrade Lawrence D’Souza on 30th November, in Mumbai. Comrade Lawrence was 63 years of age. The CC of the Communist Ghadar Party extends its heartfelt condolences to his dear wife and children, and the comrades, friends and co-workers of this dear comrade.

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Condemn the brutal police attacks on university students!

Demand immediate repeal of the communal and divisive Citizenship Amendment Act!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India,
December 17, 2019

The Communist Ghadar Party strongly condemns the barbaric police attack on students of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University and other campuses across the country. These students had been protesting peacefully demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which has been passed by the Narendra Modi government on December 11, in the face of massive opposition of people across the country.

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Repeal Citizenship Amendment Act! No to NRC!

Stop dividing people on basis of religion!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India,
December 24, 2019

Over the past 11 days, crores of people all over the country have come out on the streets in peaceful protests. We have been demanding that the government immediately repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and withdraw its decision to compile a country-wide NRC.

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Protests against Citizenship Amendment Act throughout India and the world

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Since the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on 12th December 2019, people from all across the country have come out onto the streets in lakhs to protest against the Act and the NRC. On 19th December Jantar Mantar in Delhi, saw massive numbers of youth; women, workers, elderly and others come out to demand their rights and the repeal of CAA and NRC.

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Nanavati Commission Report - complete cover-up of the truth:

The struggle to punish the guilty continues!

The Gujarat government tabled the second and final report of the Justices (retired) G T Nanavati and AH Mehta Commission in the state Legislative Assembly on 11th December 2019, five years after its submission. The Commission was set up in May 2002, to investigate the February 2002 burning of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra and the gruesome genocide of Muslims that followed in Gujarat.

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Centenary Commemoration of Jallianwala Bagh

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A function to commemorate 100 years of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was held in Dhilwan village of Kapurthala district in Panjab on December 15, 2019. Speakers from Communist Ghadar Party, Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Education and Cultural Association addressed the function.

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Track maintainers of Indian Railways protest deteriorating working conditions and privatization of railways

Trackmen's meeting in Junagarh

On 2nd December 2019, All India Trackmaintainers’ Union (AIRTU) held its divisional meeting at Junagarh, Gujarat. The meeting was addressed by AIRTU leaders and Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) representatives. The station was reverberating with militant slogans of Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad and Mahila Shakti Zindabad.

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Honda workers' struggle: Workers of Gurugram and Rewari stand in solidarity

Honda workers

Several thousand workers across a dozen manufacturing units between Gurugram and Bawal responded to the call of the Trade Union Council (joint council of all trade unions in this industrial belt) on 17th December to stand shoulder to shoulder with the striking contract workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Ltd.  The workers boycotted lunch in their own units to express solidarity with the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) Limited contractual workers.

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Condemn the state terror in Uttar Pradesh

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Uttar Pradesh has exploded in anger against the Citizenship Amendment Act ever since 12th December when the Bill was passed. However, people have spilt out on the streets in huge numbers  and protesting peacefully, demanding that the government should immediately repeal this most reactionary, communal and divisive Act.

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Workers all over the country prepare to escalate their struggles in defence of their rights!

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The National Open Mass Convention of workers, that was held on 30th September 2019 in New Delhi, gave the call for an All India general strike on 8th January 2020. Trade Unions and workers’ organisations across the country are mobilising their forces in response to this call. The working class and large sections of working people have been up in arms right through 2019 in defence of their rights and against the attacks on their right to organize, to security of livelihood, to quality public education and health. The move of the bourgeoisie to privatize public sector units and sell off national wealth for a song to the biggest Indian and foreign monopolies is being militantly resisted.

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For the success of the All India General Strike 8th January 2020!

8 Jan General Strike

Call of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee

The all India general strike has been called to resolutely oppose the course of enriching the capitalist minority by impoverishing the toiling majority. It has been called to assert the rights that belong to workers, peasants and other toiling people who create the wealth of India.

Hum Hain Iske Malik! Hindostan Humara!

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Citizenship Amendment Act: A thoroughly retrogressive, communal and divisive move to destroy Indian people’s unity

Protest against Citizenship Amendment in Guwahati

On December 11, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019. Riding roughshod over all opposition to this communal and divisive bill inside parliament and on the streets of Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and other parts of the country, the Bill has now become an Act after Presidential approval.

The Citizenship Amendment Act is thoroughly communal and divisive.

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On the 27th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid:

Dec 6 rally

Thousands march in New Delhi demanding justice and punishment for the guilty

From 2.00 pm on December 6, people started gathering at Mandi House Chowk in New Delhi. They came from all parts of the city. They were young girls and boys in their teens, as well as older men and women. They were people following different religious beliefs. They spoke different languages. They had come to boldly express their determination to safeguard the unity and solidarity of our people and oppose the divide and rule policy of the ruling class.

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The Indian State cannot be relied upon to ensure the security and dignity of women

Protest against rape

The brutal rape, murder and burning of a young veterinary doctor on the outskirts of Hyderabad on 27th November has been widely condemned by people all over the country. In numerous protest actions held in towns and cities across India, women and men have come out in large numbers, expressing their outrage and holding the state responsible for the utter lack of safety for women in public places.

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Fire in Anaj Mandi kills 43 people: An indictment of this man-eating capitalist system

Fire in factory in Delhi where 43 workers died

What happened in the early hours of Sunday 8th December was a gruesome tragedy. Forty-three sleeping workers were burnt or suffocated by smoke as their workplace north Delhi’s Anaj Mandi area caught fire.

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Horrendous fire disaster in Delhi: Delhi unions hold memorial meeting

Memorial meeting

At dawn on 8th December 2019, 43 workers were killed in a fire that swept the 4-storey factory located in Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road. Large number of workers was injured in the fire. A memorial was held in front of Filmistan Cinema on Rani Jhansi Road on 11th December 2019 to remember the victims of the factory fire.

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General strike in France against cutbacks in pensions

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A country-wide General Strike has hit France.  On 5th December 2019, the first day of the indefinite strike, 800,000 workers are reported to have marched on the streets of Paris.  All schools were closed and all public transport came to a standstill from 5th to11th December.  

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Preparations for All India General Strike in full swing: Workers’ organisations hold rallies and meetings

Mobilization of workers in Delhi

Preparations for the January 8 All India General Strike of workers are in full swing. On 5th and 6th December 2019, tens of thousands of construction workers from different states of the country gathered in front of Parliament to protest against the attacks on their hard won rights. They resolved in one voice to vigorously work for the success of the All India General Strike of workers on 8th January 2020.

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Stepping up preparations for the All India General Strike: Trade unions and workers organisations in Maha-rashtra hold convention

TUJAC meeting

On December 3rd, 2019, over 200 activists from all over Maharashtra attended the Convention organised by the Trade Unions Joint Action Committee (TUJAC) at Mumbai. The convention was organised as part of the preparation for the All India General Strike of workers to take place on January 8th 2020.

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Against privatisation of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited: Petroleum workers take out a long march in Mumbai

Oil workers action in Mumbai

On November 28, 2019, tens of thousands of workers of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) took part in an All India General Strike to protest against privatisation of BPCL and HPCL. Workers in all the refineries, as well as marketing and pipeline workers participated in the strike.

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AILRSA holds meeting against privatisation in Panvel, Mumbai

On 15th November 2019, All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held a meeting against Privatisation of Railways at Panvel Branch of Mumbai Division. Kamgar Ekta Committee was invited to give a presentation on privatisation at this meeting. The meeting was chaired by Comrade R.k Sharma, Secretary, Mumbai Division, AILRSA and addressed by Com D. S. Koparkar, Zonal Secretary, Central Railway, AILRSA.
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National Convention of Oil and Petroleum Workers:

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Petroleum workers decide to strike work on 28th November to oppose privatisation

On November 20th 2019, a joint mass convention was organised in the Constitution Club, New Delhi, by the three federations representing oil and petroleum workers of India working in BPCL, HPCL, IOC, ONGC and Oil India Limited.

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New Pension Scheme:

Future security of workers dependent on speculation by insurance companies 

Government employees all over the country are up in arms against the New Pension Scheme, also known as the National Pension System (NPS), which has been made mandatory for all government employees (except employees of the Armed Forces) who joined service after January 1, 2004.

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Resident doctors of AIIMS oppose hike in fees and charges for medical services

AIIMS students protest fee hike

The Resident Doctors’ Association of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi is opposing the directive of the Central government to raise the fees of students pursuing medical education at the institute as well as the charges levied on patients for various medical services at the hospital.

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Workers laid off in Cognizant

Cognizant laysoff workers

One of the 100 largest digital companies in 2019, Cognizant, has announced that it will be downsizing its content moderation business and layoff 7000 IT workers. People familiar with this industry believe that very soon, there will be another round of layoff in which a similar number will be retrenched. Content moderation refers to  the process of detecting objectionable content in social media sites like Facebook

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Struggle of temporary government workers in Meghalaya

Meghalaya muster roll workers

Under the banner of Muster Roll Progressive Workers Union (AMMRPWU), the temporary government workers in Meghalaya have been fighting for their demands. They are demanding that they should be eligible for leave, earned leave, maternity leave facilities, as well as facility for upgrading their skills. They want their outstanding wages to the be paid and also want their service to be regularised as per their skills.

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Struggle for irrigation water in Hanumangarh: Great success after a long struggle

Hanumangarh dharna Peasants from numerous villages in the Nohar sub-division of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan have been waging a long struggle under the banner of “Kisan, Mazdoor, Vyaapari Sangharsh Samiti”. After 25 days of intense struggle finally, the administrative machinery woke up and officials agreed to all demands.
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Struggle against the blatant robbery by electricity companies in Rajasthan

Demo against electricity co loot

On 14th October residents of the villages (Ramgarh, Narwana, Nethrana, Gogamedi, Bhadra, Rawatsar, Tibbi and Sangaria) in Nohar Tehsil in Hanumangarh district came together under the banner of the Upbhogta Sangarsh Samiti (Consumer Struggle Committee). They organized a camel rally and surrounded the Collector’s Office. Hundreds of residents from these villages participated in this rally.

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Loco drivers and guards of Indian Railways protest in Nagpur

AILRSA workers protest in Nagpur

The on-going drive to privatize the Indian Railways by the government is facing country-wide protests. In this context, loco drivers and guards of the Indian Railways carried out a protest demonstration on 18th November at the lobby of the loco drivers in Nagpur, under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC). Hundreds of loco drivers and guards of the Nagpur Division of the Railways participated in this protest.

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Hunger strike by BSNL workers

BSNL workers hunger strike

BSNL workers have gone on a hunger strike on 25th November, in support of their demands. The hunger strike is being observed by the representatives of various unions including BSNLEU, National Union of BSNL Workers, BSNL Mazdoor Sangh, BSNL Association of Telecom Mechanics and BSNL Officers’ Association. 

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Honda workers' struggle against layoffs continues

Honda workers struggle

On 27th November, thousands of workers of the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) plant in Manesar, Haryana took out a militant rally through the streets of Manesar and Gurugram to oppose the massive retrenchment of nearly a thousand contract workers. Apart from the workers of HMSI, workers from a number of auto component plants in Manesar and Gurugram participated in the rally to extend their support to the fighting Honda workers

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Public meeting on the 35th anniversary of genocide of Sikhs in Delhi

Meeting in Jantar Mantar

We will not let the genocide of 1984 be forgotten or forgiven! The guilty must be punished!

“We will never allow the genocide of November 1984 to be forgotten or forgiven”, said Com. Prakash Rao, spokesperson of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. He was speaking at a meeting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 1st November, 2019 organized to mark the 35th anniversary of the genocide of Sikhs in 1984.

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Hail the Great October Revolution!

Let us work to establish the rule of workers and peasants in our country!

On 7th November, the revolutionary workers, soldiers and sailors of Russia stormed the Winter Palace and arrested the representatives of the Provisional Government. They occupied the Ministries, the State Bank as well as the railway stations, post and telegraph offices. Led by the Bolshevik Party, the working class captured political power in Russia. This shook the entire world. It struck terror in the hearts of the capitalists of all countries. This inspired and gave hope to the oppressed people of the world.

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Interview with Comrade Subhash Marathe, General Secretary of BPCL Credit Society, Mumbai

BPCL workers demonstration

We firmly oppose privatisation of Bharat Petroleum

The Convention in Mumbai on October 26th 2019, condemned the Central Government for its decision to privatise strategic PSU’s such as Oil and Petroleum, Defence, Public Sector Banks, Insurance, Railways, Ports, Public Road Transport etc.


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Interview with Hijam Kavita Devi, Consultant to Labourers’ Welfare Association in Manipur

Manipur FCI contract workers protest

Terrible exploitation and oppression of contract workers of Food Corporation of India

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) recently interviewed Hijam Kavita Devi (KD), a consultant from Manipur, for the Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Labourers’ Welfare Association (CAF & PDLWA). Here are some excerpts of the interview:


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Successful strike by government doctors in Tamilnadu

TN Doctors on strike

Doctors of government hospitals in Tamilnadu struck work from 25th October 2019 to 1st November. Their strike was withdrawn only after the government promised to look into their four-point charter of demands. Striking doctors are affiliated with the Federation of Government Doctors' Associations (FOGDA).


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Students' protest in Bihar: Halt the privatisation of railways

Bihar students protest against railway privatisation

On 25th October, 2019 students took out a massive demonstration and carried out a campaign to block trains. This campaign was carried out in several cities of Bihar – Patna, Aarah, Sasaram, Nawada, Aurangabad, Samastipur and other cities.


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Workers of Motherson fight for right to unionise

Motherson workers on strike

Permanent workers of Motherson Automative Technologies and Engineering (MATE) plant in Pondur village of Kancheepuram district, Tamilnadu went on strike on 23rd August, demanding recognition of the union, improved working conditions and better wages.


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JNU students protest hike in hostel charges

JNU Students protest against fee hike

Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi have been agitating since October 28. They are protesting against the steep hike in hostel charges proposed by the university authorities as well as other restrictions imposed on the students.


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Uttarakhand Ayurved University students oppose fee hike

Uttarakhand students protest

Students of 16 medical colleges affiliated to the Uttarakhand Ayurved University (UAU) have been sitting on dharna in the state capital, Dehradun, since the beginning of October. They are demanding a reversal of the steep fee hike imposed by the university authorities.


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TSRTC workers continue their struggle despite attacks by Telangana state government

TSRTC Rally

Nearly 50,000 workers of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) have been on strike for more than a month. In a most high handed manner, the Telangana government has refused to heed to clear cut demand of the workers to stop the process of privatisation of the state transport bus operations and 25 other demands.

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Hindustan Aeronautical Limited workers' strike

HAL strike

Over 20,000 workers of the Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) ended their indefinite strike on October 23, 2019 following an order issued by the Karnataka High Court to the workers of the Bengaluru plant of HAL to resume work immediately. The workers had begun their strike on October 14, 2019. The management of HAL had approached the High Court claiming that a loss of Rs 17 crore is being incurred every day because of the strike.

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The struggle for irrigation water in Nohar, Rajasthan

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If our demands are not met, we will step up our agitation!

Countless farmers from several villages in Nohar tehsil, in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, are sitting in a dharna in front of the Subdivisional Office under the banner of the ‘Kisan, Mazdoor, Vyapaar Sangharsh Samiti’.

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Honda workers protest against layoffs

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About 2000 regular and contract workers sat inside the plant premises, demanding that the management stop layoff of contract workers. The workers were agitated that the management of the company had thrown out another 200 contract workers onto the street. Hundreds of contract workers of the plant who had been thrown out since February have joined the agitation, sitting at the gate of the Manesar plant.

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The genocide of Sikhs must not be forgotten or forgiven

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 21st October, 2019

This 1st of November is the 35th anniversary of the massacre of people of the Sikh faith, carried out following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.  Tens of thousands of Sikhs were murdered and raped in Delhi, Kanpur, Bokaro and other places.

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Interview with Comrade Sebastin, General Secretary, BSNL Executives’ Association

Oppose the government’s plan to privatise BSNL

The government has been doing a lot of propaganda to justify the privatisation of the public sector telecom service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and to hand over the huge assets of this state-owned company to the big monopoly corporate houses at throw-away prices. Employees of BSNL are in struggle, to oppose this move. MEL spoke to Comrade Sebastin, General Secretary of the BSNL Executives’ Association. He explained in detail about the history of the company, the subsequent developments in the telecom sector in our country and the current moves towards privatisation of BSNL.

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Joint protest demonstration against the economic crisis by communist parties and left organisations

Economic crisis

CPI, CPI(M), CGPI, CPI(M-L) Liberation, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Forward Bloc carried out a joint protest demonstration against the economic crisis on 16th October 2019 at the Parliament in New Delhi. Hundreds of workers, youth and women marched towards the Parliament from Jantar Mantar-Jaisingh Road chowk under the banner “Stop shifting the burden of the economic crisis on the people!” The demonstrators held a public meeting at the Parliament Road police station where they were stopped from going ahead.

 

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Is reduction in ESIC contributions in the interest of workers?

Government has amended the ESIC Rules and has notified reduced rates of ESI Contribution applicable for employers (reduced from 4.75% to 3.25%) and for Employees (reduced from 1.75% to 0.75%), with effect from 1 July 2019. Government has justified this amendment saying that this will increase take home salary of employees, reduce the financial liability of establishments and boost further enrolment of employers and workers in ESI scheme.

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Rail workers in Mumbai oppose privatisation and NPS

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On 18th October 2019, hundreds of rail workers in Mumbai protested against the privatisation moves of the Railway Ministry as well as against the anti-worker New Pension Scheme (NPS).

The protest was organised by All India Rail Track Maintainers Union (AIRTU), Indian Railway Signal and Telecom Maintainers Union (IRSTMU), Western Railway Employees Movement for Old Pension Scheme (WREMOPS) and Rail Mazdoor Union (RMU).

 

 

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Telangana road transport workers continue their strike

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Close to 50,000 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) workers struck work on 5th October 2019. On October 21, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) that is leading the protests called for a ‘Sakala Janula Samara Bheri’, a public gathering with lakhs of people, to be held in Hyderabad on October 30.


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PMC Bank scam: Capitalists and bank officials collude to loot people's money

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On 26 Sep 2019, due to irregularities observed in bank accounts the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) suspended the Managing Director and the Board of Directors of the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, having its headquarter in Mumbai. It appointed an ex-RBI officer as the administrator and barred the bank from renewing or granting any loans or making investments without prior approval of the RBI. Depositors were informed that they can only withdraw a maximum of 1000 rupees from their accounts over the next six months. This shocked and angered more than 900,000 depositors of the Bank whose savings were now stuck in it.

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Appointment of Delhi municipal school teachers cancelled

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The appointments of 3,778 primary school teachers of the three municipal corporations of Delhi – north, south and east – were summarily cancelled by an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), on October 14, 2019. ... The teachers, who had been appointed to teach in over 1,600 schools of the three municipal corporations, spread across the city, were given their appointment letters recently and were expected to join for work on Oct 15.

 

 

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Haryana State Assembly Elections:

Organise to defeat the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national program of the bourgeoisie!

Reject the candidates of the capitalist parties!

Elect candidates with a track record of fighting for the rights of people!

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Elections to the 90 member Haryana State Assembly will take place on October 21, 2019. The two main parties of the ruling class contesting these elections are the BJP and the Congress. In addition, several parties representing the capitalists and big landowners of Haryana including the Indian National Lok Dal and the Jannanayak Janata Party are also contesting these elections.

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National Open Mass Convention of workers announces all India general strike on January 8, 2020

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Thousands of workers declared their resolve to organise a General Strike on January 8, 2020, as part of developing the united resistance of the working class to the anti-worker, anti-social and anti-national course of the ruling class. They were participating in the National Open Mass Convention of Workers organized at Parliament Street on September 30, 2019. The call for the Convention had been given by ten Central Trade Unions -- INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC, to plan the future course of action of the working class.

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CGPI mournes the death of Comrade Shekhar Kapure

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Comrade Shekhar Kapure (or SK as he was popularly known) passed away in the morning of September 25th 2019 at his residence in Titwala, Mumbai. He was 59 years old. Ever since he joined it in 1998, for more than 20 years he was a militant fighter of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. He was born in Khusnoor in Nanded district of Maharashtra. After finishing his schooling and graduation at his native place he came to Mumbai hoping to study law. While studying he started working part time in a garment factory so that he could pay his tuition as well as boarding fees. But very soon seeing the atrocious condition of the garment workers he started to unite the worker to oppose their exploitation. He soon got so immersed in the struggle that he gave up his studies to devote himself full time to organising the workers. He along with other militant colleagues formed the Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh (LGMS) in 1998.

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Attack on livelihood of onion producers

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Retail prices of onions rose more than 200 per cent in September 2019 in most cities across the country. Prices climbed to as high as Rs. 80 rupees per kg in most urban centres in September, compared with Rs. 20  - Rs. 25 per kg in July through August. In response to the rising prices, the government banned exports of all varieties of onion, imposed stock limits on onion traders and released stocks from the central buffer stocks in a few places.

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Changes to EPF Act:

Central government continues to move along an anti-worker course

The Ministry of Labour & Employment announced its plan to amend the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. One of the important changes that this amendment aims to make is reduce the contributions made by workers as well as employers to the employees provident fund (EPF) of the worker. The proposal of the Central government is to cut down the contributions made by both a worker and his employer from 12 percent of basic salary plus dearness allowance to 10 percent.

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Railway workers observe Black Day across India: Massive protests held across the country against the privatisation of Railways

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Taking one more step towards the privatization of railways, operation of first Tejas by a private company has begun. Against this step of the government, the pilots and guards of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held protest demonstrations and observed Black Day at railway crew lobby, pilot rest rooms, stations, training centers, etc. all across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The employees wore black ribbon bands as a sign of protest. At Ghaziabad railway station, the railways employees held back the “Tejas” for 5 minutes expressing their anger against this step by the government. After a struggle between the police and the employees, the employees were forcibly removed from the railway track.

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Irrigation-related problems

Farmers demonstrate at Nohar subdivision office

On October 8, 2019, under the leadership of the Mazdoor Kisan Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti, farmers from the numerous villages in Nohar tehsil of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan organized a demonstration against irrigation and water theft issues in front of the subdivision office. The farmers handed over a seven-point charter of demands to the tehsildar. They have warned the authorities that if their demands are not considered, then they will begin an indefinite hunger strike from November 1, 2019.

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Attack on Saudi Arabia oilfields: Escalating tensions to justify war against Iran

On September 14, 2019, two major oil facilities of Saudi Arabia’s state run oil company ARAMCO had to shut down operations following drone attacks. The closure of these facilities has resulted temporarily in a massive cut back in oil production. ... A dangerous game is being played by the US in West Asia. It is trying to plunge the entire region into a bloody war to advance its strategic aims. The attempts by US imperialism to portray the Iranian people and their government as the source of terrorism must be exposed and condemned by all political forces which stand for the sovereignty of countries and for peace.
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Farmers from Uttar Pradesh march to Delhi in support of their demands

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Farmers from various parts of western UP gathered in Noida on 19th September to march to Kisan Ghat in Delhi the next morning to draw attention to money from sugarcane sales owed to them by UP government and rising electricity rates. They came from Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Shamli and Baghpat under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangathan. They were demanding settlement of sugarcane dues in 4 days, electricity rates for farmers to be slashed to Rs.100/month and full farm loan waiver for all.

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Workers exposed to life-threatening working conditions

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Occupational accidents – workers getting injured and even dying from “accidents” at the work place – are very high in India. Going by reported accidents, 3 workers die and close to 50 are injured every day! According to estimates, roughly 80,000 workers lose their lives every year in “accidents” at the workplace. Lakhs of workers suffer injuries, many of them disabled for life.

 

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South Africa’s financial union’s planned strike declared illegal

South Africa’s biggest financial union Sasbo (formerly the SA Society of Bank Officials) was mobilising a huge strike that would have disrupted the country’s banking industry. The union was leading its 73,000 members on a strike on 27th September, in what would be its largest industrial action in almost a century. Five major marches were planned throughout the country in Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) approached the Labour Court two days prior to the planned strike of 27th September, seeking an urgent interdict against the strike.
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Workers of General Motors on strike in two continents

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) union called a nationwide strike in the US against General Motors (GM) on 15th September. Following the strike call, some 46,000 members walked off the job beginning at midnight. The strike continues till date on 28h September, while talks are in progress.

Unionised workers at the South Korean unit of GM launched an all-out strike for the first time in more than two decades on 9th September, demanding higher wages and protesting against the US carmaker’s restructuring plans in the East Asian nation.

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Police beat up Anganwadi workers in Jharkhand 

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Anganwadi Sevika Sahayaka Sangh workers in Ranchi, Jharkhand have been protesting for over 40 days with a list of demands. All the time, the parties in power have boasted of the ICDS programme of being one of the largest and providing services to the highest number of beneficiaries. But the labour of the workers who are the backbone of these programmes is not respected and is largely ignored. Ignoring their repeated demands and punishing them with lathis must be roundly condemned. MEL supports the just struggle of the Anganwadi workers in every state.

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Serial hunger strike against private power company and electricity department

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The struggle against the looting by power companies in Nohar block of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan is intensifying. A hunger strike in front of the SDM’s office is underway at present led by the Bijli Upbhoktha Sangarsh Samiti (electricity consumers struggle committee); this has been going on since 13th September. The Samiti decided to launch a signature campaign from house to house in every village. A petition with 10,000 signatures will be collected in the first phase to present to the Chief Minister.

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Karnataka garment workers stand up for their rights

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The bourgeoisie has been brazenly beating this drum that wages in garment and textile exports have to be kept “competitive” with countries like Vietnam and Bangladesh, meaning that wages have to be kept below even the minimum wages. The GATWU and workers have demonstrated that this is unacceptable. It is the duty of the government to ensure that their right to livelihood and minimum wages are secured.

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People's unity halts privatisation drive!

Respected Editor,
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

In your earlier issues you had reported about the strong opposition of people to the privatization of electricity distribution in the Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva zones of Thane district. The Maharashtra government had declared that it would hand over the distribution to Torrent Power in January 2019. I am happy to inform you that we have so far succeeded in halting the Maharashtra Government’s efforts of privatisation.

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Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 12th September, 2019

Unite to defeat the anti-social and anti-national program of privatisation and liberalisation!

An attack on one is an attack on all!

The central trade unions and the federations of workers in different sectors have issued a call for a National Workers’ Convention to be held in New Delhi on 30th September, 2019. To be held on Parliament Street, this convention is aimed at charting the future course of action of the working class.

The Communist Ghadar Party of India calls on all organisations of the working class in all sectors of the economy to participate actively in this convention and contribute to charting the course of action for the working class.

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Oppose the anti-passenger privatisation of Indian Railways!

For a very long time, railway workers have been fighting against the privatisation of Indian Railways that successive governments have carried out part by part. Recognising that it is very important to involve the users of the service, the passengers in this fight, several organisations joined the initiative of Kamgar Ekta Committee and Lok Raj Sangathan in disseminating the following statement.
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Campaign against Wage Code Bill and Labour Code Bill

ThumbActivists of Communist Ghadar Party of India organised a public campaign against the Wage Code Bill and Labour Code Bill from 2nd to 13th September across the Okhla Industrial Area and the residential areas of workers in the area. Hundreds of men and women workers attentively watched and listened to the presentations held at numerous locations and asked many questions.

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Protest demonstration against the private DISCOM and the Electricity Department

ThumbResidents from 10-12 village in Nohar tehsil in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan organised protest demonstration at the Office of Assistant Engineer (Discom) at Gogamedi, against the dictatorial attitude and illegal extortion by the distribution companies (discoms) and practice of the governments department of turning blind eye towards such illegal activities of the private discoms. The people are demanding that notice issued to them for payment of additional security deposit must be withdrawn, and this loot by private discoms must be stopped.

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Draft National Educational Policy 2019: Education as a universal right denied

One of the first steps taken by the newly elected BJP government was to put up on the public domain the draft National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019. The draft claims that the aim of the Policy is to attempt “to create a new system that is aligned with the aspirational goals of 21st Century education, while remaining consistent with India’s traditions and value systems”. Its aim is to transform India into a “global education hub” over the next 5 years.
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National Register of Citizens in Assam: Attack on the human rights of the people of Assam must be condemned

ThumbThe final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on 31st August 2019. This marks yet another stage in the process, which has been going on for some years, of identifying “bonafide” Indian citizens in Assam. The draft has created a lot of distress and a feeling of severe insecurity among the people of the state; there are lakhs who are not sure of their status. It is a cruel blow to the masses of working people of the state, that by one arbitrary decision, lakhs have been rendered stateless and families will be separated.

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Draft National Educational Policy 2019: Education as a universal right denied

One of the first steps taken by the newly elected BJP government was to put up on the public domain the draft National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019.

The draft claims that the aim of the Policy is to attempt “to create a new system that is aligned with the aspirational goals of 21st Century education, while remaining consistent with India’s traditions and value systems”. Its aim is to transform India into a “global education hub” over the next 5 years.

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Lal Salaam to Comrade Hardial Bains!

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A meeting of members of the Communist Ghadar Party of India was held in Delhi on August 25, to commemorate the 80th birth anniversary of Hardial Bains, who was born on 15th August, 1939.

Comrade Lal Singh expressed heartfelt feelings and thoughts about Comrade Bains, an outstanding communist theoretician and organizer, a true internationalist who devoted all his energies for the cause of emancipation of the workers of all lands. He was not only the National Leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), but also the principal architect of the founding of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. He worked as part of the Central Committee of our Party since its founding in 1980 and until his untimely demise in 1997.

Tracing the life and work of Comrade Hardial Bains since his childhood days in the Punjab, Comrade Lal Singh highlighted different aspects of his invaluable contribution to the communist and workers movement in general, and to our party and the Indian revolution in particular.

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Thousands protest in front of Indian High Commission in London

Thousands of people of Kashmiri origin from all over Britain converged in front of the Indian High Commission in London, UK, on August 15, 2019, to protest against the withdrawal by the Indian state of special status of Jammu & Kashmir. The massive mobilisation resulted in traffic in the area coming to a complete standstill. The protesters included people of all ages including women and children. Many of them took a day off from work to participate in the protest on a working day, showing their deep concern about the complete lock down in Kashmir. The protestors raised slogans such as “What we want, freedom”, “Indian forces go back”.

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Rail workers oppose 100-day action plan for privatisation

AILRSA 13 Aug 19Rail workers all over the country have been agitating against the 100 day action plan of the Railway Ministry which has proposed a number of steps aimed at accelerating the privatisation of Indian Railways. The privatisation of Indian Railways has been going on covertly for more than two decades despite the repeated denials by respective Railway Ministers and Prime Ministers. The 100-day action plan recently announced by the newly elected BJP government is an open declaration of this privatisation agenda.

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Dangerous Imperialist Course of the Indian Ruling Class

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 25th August, 2019

Standing on the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day 2019, Prime Minister Modi promised to accelerate economic growth and make India a US$ 5 trillion economy over the next five years. He declared that “today the country has a very favourable environment for achieving economic success” and that “the fundamentals of our economy are very strong”. However, all available facts show that the Indian economy is caught in an all-sided crisis.

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Condemn the barbaric attack on the Kashmiri people and their rights!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 18 August, 2019

The Indian state has carried out a brutal assault on the rights of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Through a Presidential Order and a Resolution passed by Parliament on 5th August, 2019, the formal special status of Jammu & Kashmir has been eliminated, to make all provisions of the Constitution of India applicable to the people of this region. Furthermore, Jammu & Kashmir has been reduced from being a state into two union territories.

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On the occasion of Independence Day, 2019: For real independence, India needs to break with the imperialist system!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 13th August, 2019

August 15th this year will mark 72 years since the declaration of India’s independence from colonial rule. It is an occasion to sum up what has been achieved and what has not over these seven decades. Such a summing up is essential for charting the way forward to an India in which prosperity and protection are guaranteed for all members of society.

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Meeting of Rail Workers against 100 Day Action Plan: An important milestone in the struggle against privatisation of railways

On 2nd of August 2019, in spite of pouring rains, railway workers belonging to various unions and associations thronged a hall in central Mumbai to protest the 100 day Action Plan of the Ministry of Railways.

August 2nd MeetingThe meeting was organised by a joint forum consisting of All India Guards Council (AIGC), All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA), All India Railway Track- Maintainers Union (AIRTU), All India Train Controllers Association (AITCA), Indian Railways Ticket Checking Staff Organisation (IRTCSO), Rail Mazdoor Union (RMU), Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) and Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS).

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Economic Survey 2019: Accelerating the imperialist drive of capitalist monopoly houses will not create a “New India”

The Economic Survey, which was presented to Parliament on 3rd July, two days before the Union Budget, is produced every year by the central Ministry of Finance. This year’s document is more ambitious and pretentious than usual. This being the first year of a re-elected BJP government with an even bigger majority than before, the Economic Survey attempts to lay out a blueprint for allegedly creating a “golden New India”.

The Economic Survey 2019 sets the goal of annual GDP reaching US$ 5 trillion (Rs. 350 lakh crore) by 2024-25, and India becoming the third largest economy of the world, next only to China and the United States, from being the seventh largest at the present time.

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Water scarcity

Dear Editor,

I am thankful to you for writing several articles dealing with the scarcity of water. In the comprehensive piece in the July 16-31, 2019 issue, you have pointed out that India is endowed with bountiful water resources including monsoons and rivers fed from melting snow of Himalayas, yet water table across India is rapidly coming down. As this article points out, the reason for this alarming trend is clearly to be seen in the capitalist orientation of the economy and the abdication of responsibility by the Indian State to protect the water resources.

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Country-wide militant protests against the anti-working class Bills

Dharna on SansadOn 2nd August, lakhs of workers country-wide under the leadership of the Joint trade unions demonstrated their opposition to the Codes replacing labour laws. The trade unions organised jointly to take out a demonstration from Bank of Baroda in Parliament Street toward the Parliament in the capital city of Delhi. The police stopped the demonstrators at the junction of Jaisingh Marg and Jantar Mantar even as they proceeded towards Parliament. The protestors held a meeting right there.

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Protest demonstration against bills amending labour laws

Bhadara_2 AugOn 2nd August the Bhadra Unit of Rajmistri Mazdoor Samiti organised protest demonstration and public meeting against the introduction of bills to amend the labour laws in Lok Sabha on 23rd July 2019.

The protestors demanded the withdrawal of these anti-worker bills and raised slogans against them. They carried placards in their hands condemning the bills.

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BSNL, MTNL employees protest non-payment of salaries and steps towards privatisation

Ordnance factoryAccording to recent media reports, State-owned telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have failed to pay salaries on the due date to their 1.98 lakh employees for the second time in six months. Salary for the month of July had not come by 5th August nor were the employees informed as to when it would be credited. In February, too, the salary was delayed and the backlog was cleared only in mid-March, putting the employees to great difficulties in meeting their financial obligations at the beginning of the month. MTNL’s 22,000 employees, who have not been paid salaries for two months now, protested in front of Sanchar Bhawan on 5th August. The concerned officials of both telecom PSUs have admitted that they have not been able to generate enough revenue and the government has not yet provided any revival packages.

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Demand for Irrigating Unirrigated Areas

Guru ji reportOn 11 Aug 2019 Unirrigated Areas Sangharsh Samiti organised a programme at Gorkhana village of Nohar tehsil of Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. Hundreds of farmers from unirrigated areas of more than a dozen villages – Bhagwansar, Karmshana, Dumasar, Chainpura, Lakhasar, Sangathia, Lalania, Kharsandi, Nagrasari, Ratusar, Shyorani, Khopda, Bhanguli, Maalia, Mandarpura, Bachusar, Jabrasar, etc participated in the programme.

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Government employees unions agitate for restoration of the old pension scheme

Pension MeetingMembers of the Committee for National Movement for Old Pension Scheme in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan organised a protest demonstration at the District Collector’s office on 8th August. Another protest demonstration was organised at the Hanumangarh Junction led by the Rajasthan state government employees organisation .

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Ordnance factory employees give strike call against privatization

Ordnance factoryEmployees of the Ordnance factories throughout the country have announced that they will go on a month-long strike from August 20, to protest against the plans for privatization of defence production. Apart from a variety of protest actions at ordnance factories in different parts of the country, the employees have given a call for hunger strike in from of Parliament in New Delhi from August 20.

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Daikin Factory Workers Wage Struggle in Rajasthan plant

Workers at Daikin, an air conditioner manufacturing company, have now been waging an ongoing struggle in Rajasthan’s Alwar region for over 170 days. On 8th August, in yet another protest march, the workers marched to the collector’s office to demand the release of over 18 workers arrested in the course of strike actions in January and withdrawal of illegal cases against the employees of the company.

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The UAPA amendment bill: A draconian amendment to suppress the voices of dissent

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on June 24. If this bill becomes a law, it will empower the government to designate individuals as terrorists, without following any formal judicial process and without the need to produce any evidence to substantiate the claim. The name of the person will be added to the Fourth Schedule proposed to be added to the UAPA. The only statutory remedy available to such a person is to make an application before the Central government for de-notification, which can be considered by a review committee constituted by the government itself!

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All-India protest actions against anti working class bills

On July 23, the Union Labour Minister tabled two bills relating to the working class in parliament. These are the Code on Wages Bill 2019 and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill 2019. If parliament passes these bills, they will replace 17 existing labour laws relating to wages and working conditions.

In response to the tabling of these bills, ten Central Trade Unions have called for All India Protest actions on August 2, 2019.

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Condemn the savage persecution of immigrants by the Indian and US governments!

On July 17, 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah declared in the Rajya Sabha that his government “will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per international law”. The BJP had made the constituting of a “National Register of Citizens” in all states as a key point in its election agenda. Earlier, during the election campaign, the Home Minister had repeatedly referred to immigrants from Bangladesh as “termites”.

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Peasants protest against delays in transfer of PM-Kisan funds

In the interim budget presented on 1 February, 2019 by the Modi government, an income transfer scheme, called the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi or PM-Kisan. It was announced with just a few months to go for the general elections in order to assuage the anger of peasants reeling under a long period of agrarian distress. The then Finance Minister Piyush Goyal called it “historic" and said the scheme will pave the way for peasants to live respectable lives.

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Wage Code Bill 2019

anganwadi-workers The Union Cabinet approved the Wage Code Bill on 3rd July, paving the way for its introduction in the on-going Parliament session. One of the aspects of the Bill is the declaration of a national minimum floor wage to be set by the Central government. States cannot pay below this mandatory minimum floor wage. The Bill raises the national minimum wage to Rs.178 per day, just Rs.2 more than what it was in 2017. Many states of the country already have statutory minimum wages higher than this. Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Tripura and Himachal Pradesh are the only states to pay lower wages than the proposed amount. It shows that the Wage Code Bill is not aimed at improving the living conditions of the broad masses of workers, as is being falsely trumpeted by the government. It reveals the thoroughly anti worker class character of the government.

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Occupational Health, Safety and Working Conditions Code Bill, 2019

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The Union Labour Minister tabled the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill in Parliament on July 23, 2019.

This is one of the four so called Labour Codes that the big bourgeoisie wanted the NDA government to implement during its first term. It failed at that time, due to resolute opposition from the working class. Having organized to bring the BJP back to power with an even bigger majority, the bourgeoisie is pushing for speedy passing of these four anti working class legislations by parliament, in order to ensure “ease of doing business”.

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Mid-Day Meal Workers Protest in AP

Thousands of mid-day meal workers protested in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh on Monday 22nd July. They were demanding wages of Rs.8000 per month and early payment of pending salaries. The workers, mostly women, have suffered because of delay in payments, being forced to procure groceries on credit and even with personal loans.

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Struggle for justice

innocent youth kild in NoharA massive demonstration took place in front of the State Assembly in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 22nd July 2019 demanding the arrest of the murderers of Pawan Vyas. The demonstration was led by the Nyay Sangharsh Samiti which has been constituted to fight for justice in the murder of Pawan Vyas in cold blood.

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Teachers of Delhi University agitate for teachers’ appointments and funds

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Teachers of Delhi University have been on agitation, demanding renewal of appointment of all ad-hoc teachers in the colleges of the university before the commencement of the new academic session on July 20, 2019.

On July 15 they held protest actions at the University campus and on July 16 at the UGC headquarters. (See photos)

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Union Budget 2019-20: Continued enrichment of monopoly capitalists while claiming to be creating a “New India”

Presenting the full and final budget for 2019-20 in the parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claimed that her government is committed to build a “bright and stable New India”.  However, all the policy changes and programs she presented in her budget speech were aimed at ensuring maximum profits for super-rich capitalists, Indian and foreign. 

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Oppose the 100-days Action Plan to push Privatisation of Indian Railways!!

ICF Chennai Workers’ UnionKamgar Ekta Committee, All India Guards Council (AIGC), All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF), All India Railway Signals & Telecommunications Staff Association (AIRS&TSA), All India Rail Track maintainers Union (AIRTU), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA), All India Traffic Controllers Association (AITCA), Indian Railway Ticket Checking Staff Organisation (IRTCSO), Air India Service Engineers Association(AISEA), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), Bank Employees Federation of India(BEFI), Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS), Trade Unions Joint Action Committee- Maharashtra (TUJAC) — 7th July, 2019

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Severe drought conditions and water scarcity in many regions:

The capitalist system and the Indian state are responsible for this

Severe drought conditions have been reported from states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan as well as other states. In India, rainfed agriculture occupies roughly 67 percent net sown area, contributing about 44 percent of food grains and supporting almost 40 percent of the population. The irregularities of the monsoon have a big impact on our people.

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75 years of the Bretton Woods system and its institutions – the World Bank and International Monetary Fund:

Institutions of imperialist neo-colonial domination and plunder

In July 1944, while the Second World War was still raging, the United States invited delegations from 44 countries to the ski resort of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. These countries were its allies in the World War.

The official aim of the conference was to define the basic features of an economic order for the post-war period. It was announced that the conference would provide the blueprint of a system that would stabilize the world economy and prevent a return to the situation that had existed between the two world wars.

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Aggressive US agenda for hegemony intensifies US-China tariff war

The ongoing US-China Tariff war began last year in June 2018 when the US imposed China-specific tariffs. This triggered the current tariff war. This was followed up in September 2018 by the US imposing tariffs (import duties) of 10% on a range of Chinese goods worth $250 billion. China retaliated, announcing duties on American products, including on agriculture products and automobiles. The list included soybeans, electric vehicles, a range of hybrid electric vehicles, a variety of seafood and pork; the two countries forged a temporary truce in December 2018. However, in May 2019, the US once again increased the tariff to 25% from the previous 10% on Chinese imports, leading to another round of retaliation by China. Beijing announced levies on $60 billion (€53 billion) worth of US goods, starting 1st June.

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New Labour Codes: Committee for construction workers opposes the move

It is reported that the Labour Ministry is in the process of seeking approval from the Cabinet for the amended Wage Code Bill. This is one of the four bills prepared by the Ministry in 2017, which are to replace 44 labour legislations existing now. One of the proposed legislation deals with social security and welfare. Called the social security code, it will consolidate 15 existing laws on pension, disability and life insurance as well as maternity, medical and unemployment coverage. The government claims that it will cover both the organised and the unorganised sector – about 50 crore workers.

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Proposal to corporatize rail coach factory:Sangharsh Committee protests privatisation move

Railway Coach Factory Members of the Railway Coach Factory (RCF) Sangharsh Committee have been agitating against the government’s proposal to privatise the coach manufacturing operations. The Committee has also been demanding that the Railway Board should roll back the proposal for corporatisation of the (RCF). The Sangharsh Committee announced on 10th July in Jalandhar that it would stop trains if this demand is not accepted.

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Protests in Delhi against privatisation of Railways

Workers across sectors and railway workers held a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 10th July against the Modi government’s decision to privatise the railways.

No sooner than the Modi government began its second term at the Centre, it announced the sale of the property belonging to the people – the Indian Railways. The government is making all efforts to implement a 100-day action plan of privatising the railways.

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Auto component manufacturers given ‘public utility’ status in Tamil Nadu

Recent months had seen a spate of protests and strikes in auto spare parts suppliers, such as Pricol, Asahi, Chowel, MSI and Dongsan in Tamil Nadu. The state government has responded to this with a notification granting ‘public utility’ status to manufacturers of auto components. This amendment to the rules of the Industrial Disputes (ID) Act, gives suppliers of auto spare parts the same status attributed to essential commodities and services likes water, electricity and public transport.

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Pre-Budget Consultations

The full and final budget of the Government of India for the current year, 2019-20, will be presented on 5th July by the new Finance Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman. An Interim Budget was presented on 31st January by the then acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal. This has been the general practice whenever Lok Sabha elections are held, that the new government presents the final budget in the month of July.

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Railways is reducing permanent posts ever year

In a circular issued by the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Lucknow, Northern Railway on the 30th of May 2019,  all Departments of Lucknow Division have been given a target of surrendering 1% of their fixed/permanent posts in the Group C and Group D categories. Hence out of total strength of 26260 workers in these 2 categories in Lucknow Division, the overall target is to reduce 262 posts in the current financial year, 2019-2020.

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One year after Sterlite firing people await justice

March on Sterlite firingThe first anniversary of police firing on protestors against the Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin, in which 13 people were killed, scores of others wounded and hundreds arrested was observed on May 22nd. Families of victims of the police firing, protestors who demanded the closure of the plant, and people living in the vicinity of the plant are extremely upset and angry over the continued denial of justice.

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AILRSA opposes steps towards privatisation of Railways

The Central Working Committee of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) opposed steps being taken for privatization of Indian Railways, at a meeting held at AILRSA Bhawan, Ghaziabad on June 23, 2019.

In a press note issued on the occasion, the General Secretary of AILRSA, M.N.Prasad exposed the reality of the 11 point action plan, which the Ministry of Railways proposes to implement within 100 days. Its aim is clearly to further unbundle and hand over for privatization various services of the Indian Railways.

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Criminal negligence of Delhi Jal Board leads to worker's death

sewers worker deathOn 28th June, three workers who were cleaning the drain 30 feet below ground level for Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in Delhi's Khyala area were drowned when the Jal Board opened the water supply. Rescue teams were called in but one worker died, while the other two are in critical condition. DJB had given the contract to clean the drainages to a private company. It is nothing short of criminal negligence by the authorities that they flooded the drain when workers were cleaning it.

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Loco pilots to run trains while on two-day fast

AILRSA MTG in MeerutThe All-India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) successfully concluded its annual conference at the baraat ghar of the Meerut Railway Station on 24th June 2019, the first anniversary of the establishment of Meerut Branch of the association. Nearly 160 activists participated along with the office-bearers at the branch, mandal, zonal and central executive levels.

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Massive and ever increasing unemployment

EMPLOYMENT Indian society is facing a crisis of massive proportions as a result of growing unemployment and underemployment.

The Narender Modi Government has been turning this truth on its head. It has deliberately tried to suppress statistical data which confirm this trend, On the other hand, it has repeatedly resorted to blatant lies to “prove” that it has actually been creating crores of jobs.

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IL&FS Scandal and the Role of Auditors

The accounts of every company are, by law, required to be audited every year. The audit is supposed to detect any illegal activities and ensure that the profit or loss shown in company accounts is a true reflection of the reality. If the management of a company manipulates the accounts to hide losses, or to show inflated profit numbers, the auditor is supposed to detect all such fraudulent activities, write it down and submit their audit report to the share-holders of the company.

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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has legalized the loot of public money

It’s three years since the Parliament passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). It was called the biggest economic ‘reform’ of the NDA government. It boosted India’s rankings in the World Bank’s ease of doing business. It was claimed that it will help to solve the problem of NPAs faced by Indian banks and recover outstanding loans. The experience of the last 30 months, since the first case was filed under the new law, shows that the IBC has legalized the loot of public money with banks. The write-off of big amounts of NPAs by banks is now carried out under the order of a court.

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Masses of people protest Trump’s visit to the UK

US President Donald Trump’s official visit to the UK 3rd-5th June was marked by strong protests at the centre of London.

Trump VisitTens of thousands of protestors gathered in central London’s Trafalgar Square to show their anger over U.S. President Trump’s visit to the U.k. As the President sat down for discussions with British Prime Minister, protestors marched from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square with placards which spelt out their unequivocal opposition to Trump. Right through the visit, protest demonstrations disrupted the official discussions and business meetings Trump was conducting with UK government officials.

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Meetings to commemorate 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Exhibition at Sikh sports, MelbourneThe centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was marked by the Ghadar International through many public meetings in Britain and Australia during April, 2019.

There were two meetings in Britain, in Southall and Ilford on 13th and 14th April respectively. The first meeting in Australia was held in the open on 21st April, at Sikh Games in Melbourne. The second meeting was held on 28th April in Sydney.

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Railway Loco drivers announce strike in support of their demands

AILRS DharnaOn 29th May, loco engine drivers demonstrated in every depot across all 16 divisions, under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA). This demonstration was in protest against the announcement of the mileage allowance that is baseless, i.e. not based on any formula. The loco staff also raised their long standing demands that have remained unfulfilled.

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Children’s deaths in Muzaffarpur : Criminal callousness of the state machinery

protest against enciphilitis june 2019Starting from 1st June, nearly 400 children have been admitted in a critical state in the state government’s Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. These children were all showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). Most of these children are 1-10 years old. 128 deaths have been reported from the state, with the death toll rising every day; about 120 have been discharged after treatment and many have been referred to hospitals in Patna for critical care.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019

Birju Nayak, member of Communist Ghadar Party of India, nominated as candidate from South Delhi  

Election campaign continues with full fervor

Birju Nayak was successfully nominated as the candidate from South Delhi, for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. He is an active member of the Communist Ghadar Party of India.

His election symbol is WATER TANK.

Activists of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, as well as women, youth and residents across the entire constituency, activists of other communist parties, trade unions and organisations fighting for people’s rights – have all been participating enthusiastically in the election campaign of Birju Nayak.

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Sexual harassment charge against Chief Justice of India: Justice demands an impartial enquiry

The Supreme Court of India is the highest judicial authority in the country. The Chief Justice of India (CJI) occupies the highest seat in this highest judicial authority. The charge of sexual harassment against the CJI, by a former court employee who was posted in his house, is an extremely serious matter.  The way the Supreme Court has responded to this charge and dismissed it in just 15 days has exposed the ugly face of the entire judicial system. 

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May Day celebrated in Mumbai

Hundreds of workers, men and women, gathered at Adarsh Vidyalaya, Shell Colony, Chembur to celebrate Mayday in Mumbai. The Trade Union Sanyukta Kriti Samiti which has organized the meeting, declared that it would continue to take up the struggles of minimum wages, privatization, contract workers, anganwadi and other issues. It had shown its international solidarity by supporting the struggle of workers across the world.
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May Day meetings held in and around Chennai

ThumbIn spite of the Police giving Elections as an excuse to refuse permissions for Mayday meetings, workers gathered under their trade unions and held militant Mayday rallies in all factories and work places all over Tamilnadu. Gate meetings were organized by the respective unions at the VHS Hospital – Adyar, at the Chennai airport (Air Corporation Employees Union ACEU, Air India Employees Union), Bhadra Cargo Complex (Bhadra Workers Union), at the Cantonment Board office at St.Thomas Mount (Cantonment Board Employees Union).

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Move to liquidate and privatise Bharat Sanchar Nigam

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) management has planned to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years. It has also planned to offer voluntary retirement scheme to all workers aged 50 and above. Both these measures will lead to loss of jobs for over 54,000 workers, which amounts to 31% of the workforce of BSNL. Both these measures are being justified to reduce the losses BSNL has been incurring for the last few years.
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Closure of Jet Airways: The government is responsible for the sufferings of the workers and airline passengers

The suspension of operations by Jet Airways from 18 April, 2019 has badly affected nearly 22,000 workers and lakhs of passengers. Workers have not been paid salaries since January. Other airlines are raking in fabulous profits, due to the shortage of flights created by the closure of Jet Airways, by increasing their fares 3 to 4 times. The government has made no move to protect the interests of workers or of the airline passengers.
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Meetings to commemorate 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Exhibition at Sikh sports, MelbourneThe centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was marked by the Ghadar International through many public meetings in Britain and Australia during April, 2019.

There were two meetings in Britain, in Southall and Ilford on 13th and 14th April respectively. The first meeting in Australia was held in the open on 21st April, at Sikh Games in Melbourne. The second meeting was held on 28th April in Sydney.

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Enslaving conditions of contract farming

On April 11, the multinational company PepsiCo filed a civil suit against four farmers of Sabarkantha district, Gujarat, in an Ahmedabad court. PepsiCo accused the farmers of “illegally dealing” in the company’s “registered variety” of potato plants, whose produce is used in its ‘Lays’ chips product. Declaring this to be in contravention of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001, the company also demanded damages of Rs 1.05 crore from each farmer. According to PepsiCo, the farmers who were growing the particular variety of potatoes were ‘infringing upon the right’ of the company ‘under the act’.

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Closure of Jet Airways: The government is responsible for the sufferings of the workers and airline passengers

The suspension of operations by Jet Airways from 18 April, 2019 has badly affected nearly 22,000 workers and lakhs of passengers. Workers have not been paid salaries since January. Other airlines are raking in fabulous profits, due to the shortage of flights created by the closure of Jet Airways, by increasing their fares 3 to 4 times. The government has made no move to protect the interests of workers or of the airline passengers.

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106th Anniversary of the founding of Hindustan Ghadar Party Celebrated!

Hindustan Ghadar Party Celebrated April 21 marked the 106th anniversary of the founding of the Hindustan Ghadar Party. To mark this occasion, the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee organised a public meeting in the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall, Jalandhar.  

The Hindustan Ghadar Party was the first political party founded by the Indian people, which fought for complete liberation of India by carrying out the revolutionary overthrow of colonial rule.   The celebrations started with the unfurling of the Ghadar Party flag by committee member Comrade Chiranji Lal Kangniwal.

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On the 149th Birth Anniversary of Comrade Lenin:

Long live the thought and fighting spirit of Comrade Lenin!

The 22nd of April this year marks the beginning of the 150th year since the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the foremost theoretician and practical leader of social revolution in the 20th century.

As the world economy staggers from one crisis to another, with devastating consequences, Lenin’s thought is indispensable to figure out what is actually happening.  His analysis of imperialism, the highest stage of capitalism, remains the indispensable guide to deal with the present crisis of world capitalism.

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Condemn the terrorist massacre in Sri Lanka

In one of the most horrific terrorist massacres in recent times, at least 215 people have lost their lives, and over 450 injured, in a series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21.

The terrorist bomb blasts were deliberate targeted at people of the Christian faith. April 21 was Easter Sunday, a day when devout Christians in Sri Lanka as well as the rest of the world were in their churches. Precisely at the time when the churches were full of praying devotees, bomb explosions took place in at least 4 churches in the capital Colombo and in the Eastern town of Batticaloa. Bomb explosions also rocked three prominent hotels in the Sri Lankan capital. According to the Sri Lankan authorities, at least 35 of those who lost their lives in this dastardly attack are foreigners, including three Indians.

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On the eve of the 17th Lok Sabha Elections:

Let us advance the struggle for the Navnirman of India!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 27th March, 2019

Comrades and friends, Elections to the Lok Sabha are to take place from 11th April to 19th May. It is predicted to be the most expensive elections in the world. The Tatas, Ambanis, Birlas and other Indian monopoly houses as well as foreign capitalist companies are pouring huge amounts of money to back the campaigns of the main rival parties.

In each state, and on all-India scale, two or three rival coalitions of capitalist parties are seeking the people’s vote. These are parties with a track record of implementing the capitalist enrichment program of globalization, liberalisation and privatisation. Their spokespersons dominate TV channels. All other parties and all non-party candidates are completely marginalized.

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Centenary of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

A Criminal Act of Genocide Against the Indian People

One hundred years ago, on April 13, 1919, one of the worst atrocities inflicted by the British colonial rulers on our people took place. On that day, thousands of unarmed people protesting in a confined space against the anti-people actions of the British were brutally shot at in cold blood by a military force commanded by the British officer Dyer. This was the infamous Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, which marked a new level of brutality of British colonial rule after 1857. It exposed the hypocrisy of the colonial rulers’ announcement just a short time earlier that they would consider eventually allowing the Indian people to have ‘responsible government’. Above all, the anger and resentment that this unspeakable massacre aroused in Indian people around the country and abroad led to the broadening and deepening of the anti-colonial movement of the Indian people.

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There IS an alternative

Sir, I am writing in response to the article entitled 'There IS an alternative to the existing political system’ that was published in the March 16-31, 2019 issue of MEL. This is particularly timely as the Lok Sabha elections have been announced as its term has come to an end.

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Supreme Court order on eviction of tribals and forest dwellers:

The Indian state does not recognize or defend the rights of the tribal people

On February 13, 2019, the Supreme Court issued an order directing states to evict Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFD) whose claims over forest land have been rejected. As a result of this order, an estimated 10 million tribals and forest dwellers in various states across the country face the threat of eviction from their traditional lands and homes. The Supreme Court order was in response to petitions filed by Wildlife First, Nature Conservation Society and Tiger Research and Conservation Trust, which have argued that the rejection of an FRA claim implies that the claimant is an encroacher and not a bona fide forest dweller.

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Condemn the neglect of infrastructure of Mumbai city

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On 14 March, people of Mumbai were once again shocked to hear of the collapse of a foot overbridge over a busy road near Chhatrapati Shivaji rail terminus, the headquarters of Central Railway. The bridge collapsed during evening peak hours leading to death of 6 people and injury to 30. This is the third such incident during the last 18 months in Mumbai, which has claimed a total of 30 lives.

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Maruti-Suzuki: Second anniversary of a grossly unjust verdict

10th March 2019 marks the second anniversary of the grossly unjust judgment by the Sessions Court, Gurgaon against workers of the Maruti plant in Manesar. On 10th March 2017, the Sessions Court sentenced 13 workers to life imprisonment. These workers constituted the entire Union body of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. The Union had been leading the resistance against contractualization, brutal working conditions and for Union formation. 117 workers were acquitted at the trial, but they had already spent 3 years in Gurgaon Central Jail since July 2012.

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Racist Murder of 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand

Guru Nanaks Free kitchaen

On 15th March, 2019, a 28-year old man named Brenton Tarrant used a machine gun to shoot at Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand. At least 49 worshippers are reported killed, and 34 injured are in hospital, many in critical conditions. The victims hail from a wide range of countries including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Somalia and Turkey. The youngest victim was a 3-year old boy, born to Somalian migrants living in New Zealand.

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Voices against war

thumbThe Communist Ghadar Party hails the courageous stand taken by people in many parts of the world against war, for peace and friendship between India and Pakistan. A joint statement was issued by the National Committees (in India and Pakistan) of the Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD).

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Women march for a new society free from exploitation and injustice

thumbHundreds of women, men and youth from nearly 20 different organisations, as well as a large number of teachers, health workers, lawyers and activists from different sections, marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 8th March2019, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. They marched with banners of their respective organisations. They carried banners and placards bearing slogans which highlighted their demands.

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Central trade unions place their charter of demands

Central trade unions held a national convention on 6th March 2019 in Delhi, where they jointly addressed workers across India. Ahead of the general elections, 10 central trade unions, barring the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, have demanded a national minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, an end to contract labour and a minimum indexed pension of Rs 6,000 per month, among others. The convention decided that they would place a “workers’ charter’ before all political parties and compel them to concretely express their stand on these issues. They demanded reversal of anti-workers policies and formulation of alternative pro-worker and pro-people policies, whichever government comes to power at the centre.
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Activist goes missing after providing evidence of Tamilnadu police’s involvement in last year’s Thoothukudi violence

thumbMugilan, the Coordinator of Tamil Nadu Environment Protection Movement, went missing on February 15 night while travelling from Chennai Egmore railway station to Madurai. Earlier that day, he had conducted a press meet accusing two senior police officers of being complicit when miscreants torched government vehicles and destroyed CCTV cameras in Thoothukudi during mass protests against Sterlite Copper in May, 2018 in which at least 13 people were killed.

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Railway trackmen are victims of callous anti-worker policies of the railway administration

thumbThe working condition of railway trackmen are worsening day by day. Increasing number of trackmen are dying on railway tracks. During 2012 to 2016, there were on an average 600 deaths of trackmen every year. During 2017 to 2019, the number of deaths of trackmen every year on an average increased to 1000 which means every day 3 trackmen are killed while working on the tracks. These numbers are extremely shocking.

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Campaign for right to housing of textile workers

thumbTextile workers and their families in Mumbai took out a massive rally in support of their right to housing and rehabilitation. Nearly 4000 workers participated in the rally. According to the decision of the Maharashtra government, only 17,000 mill workers and their families out of the total 1,71,000 mill workers and their families would be provided with houses. This means that the question of when and where they would be provided with housing remains a festering question that plagues the remaining 90 percent of workers and their families.

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Guest teachers protest in Delhi

ThumbHundreds of guest teachers protested on 3rd March 2019 in front of the residence of the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education in Delhi in support of their long standing demands. The immediate reason for their protests is that unlike in previous years when their contracts were valid till 10th May, this year their contracts have been terminated in February and the contracts have not been renewed, rendering over 25000 guest teachers jobless.

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Letter to Editor: War and repression will neither solve the Kashmir problem nor end terrorism

The crystal clear analysis given in this article is worth keeping as a touchstone for all analysis of the problem in the present and in the forthcoming times. It is an example of highly principled positions of the CGPI based on a pitiless analysis of the ground realities of India and the region, and on a detailed grasp of the historical realities that prevail in the region. Furthermore, the analysis is shorn of any chauvinism and also repudiates all the lines of bourgeois thinking on the matter.
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Women must fight fearlessly for the Navnirman of India!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 8th March, 2019

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Communist Ghadar Party salutes the millions of women who are fighting for their rights and for a new society, in India and all over the world! In all the countries of the world, women are demanding their rights as women and as human beings. They are fighting shoulder to shoulder with working men, demanding an end to capitalist exploitation, imperialist aggression and war.

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Mass condemnation of attacks on Kashimiris: Salute the solidarity of the Indian people!

Following the terrorist attack on CRPF jawans in Kashmir on 14 February, a reign of terror has been unleashed against Kashmiris living, working or studying in other states. The Prime Minister and other ministers have deliberately fanned the flames of hatred and violence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave highly provocative speeches in Patna and Varanasi, calling for “revenge for every drop of blood” and “the fire raging in your hearts is raging in my heart too”. The Governor of Meghalaya has even issued the call to “boycott everything Kashmiri”!
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Successful campaign for revision of train schedule

ThumbIt must be noted that the Lok Jan Samiti Ramgarh, Ramgarh Seva Samiti and the Ramgarh Gram Panchayat had together been running a campaign of Halt the Train since the last one month under the leadership of Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Vice-President of the All-India Council of Lok Raj Sangathan. The demand is for the Sadulapur-Hanumangarh Passenger train 04778 to start from Hanumangarh at 6 p.m and for the Sriganganagar Passenger from Tilak Bridge to halt at Ramgarh and Gogamarhi stations.

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Students and youth oppose privatisation of education and demand jobs

thumbOver 5,000 students, marched from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street in Delhi, on 18th February, demanding jobs and an end to privatization of education. Students and youth from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Tripura and many other states participated in the march. The Students' Federation of India (SFI), All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), Progressive Students’ Union (PSU), All India Students Bloc (AISB) and All India Students Federation (AISF) were among the organizations taking part in the protest action.

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Significant victory for MRF workers in Chennai

thumbnailWorkers at the MRF tyre factory in Chennai struck work from February 9. The strike had the overwhelming support of all workers in the plant. Of the total number of workers in the plant of 1,025 barring 66, all the others went on strike. They demanded early conclusion of wage settlement and the removal of CCTVs within the premises as it impacts their privacy. The plant rolls out tyres for light/heavy and off the road vehicles.

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Workers of Royal Enfield protest transfers of union members

thumbnailWorkers at the Royal Enfield motorcycle factory in Oragadam, Chennai, India, took part in protest action on 13th February against transfers of union office bearers and active members. They have pointed out that this is a clear tactic to undermine the strength of the union. The transferred workers include the general secretary of the union, active union members and women workers of the Royal Enfield Employees Union.

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Anganwadi workers protest in the capital against the policies of the Modi government

thumbnailThousands of anganwadi workers travelled great distances to ensure that their voices get heard in the national capital today. Carrying the signatures collected from their respective regions on their heads, marching hand in hand from Mandi House in the heart of Delhi to the Parliament Street, the workers united from across the states of Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh among others. The protesting workers chanted slogans against the unfair treatment of the workers and the government’s plan to privatise the Integrated Child Development Scheme services.

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Women in the forefront of the struggle for a new society

ThumbAcross the world, women are preparing to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. World-wide, women are increasingly opposing their oppression and discrimination. Women are expressing their unequivocal opposition to the inhuman capital-centred direction of the economy. More clearly than even before they are asserting their rights, as women and as human beings.

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Workers across sectors in Punjab demand regularization

ThumbThe anti-worker practice of hiring workers on contractual basis for years on end is increasing in every sector. Workers are justly demanding that their contracts be regularized and that they should be appointed as permanent workers. At present, they are deprived of all benefits that permanent workers would be entitled to. The protests against this unjust practice are intensifying. MEL is publishing reports of some protests from Punjab

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UP government employees’ strike: Unjust response from State Government and High Court

ThumbAll across Uttar Pradesh, more than 40 lakh employees of the State Government announced a seven-day strike from 6th February 2019. They were demanding a rollback of the current pension scheme. Teachers, engineers, tehsildars and members of the transport department participated in the strike.

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Roundup of workers struggles

ThumbOver 2.5 lakh jute mill workers in West Bengal have decided to launch an indefinite strike from March 1, 2019. ... Nearly 10,000 workers of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will go on an indefinite strike from February 20. ... Nearly 10,000 mid-day meal cooks, known as rasoiyas, gheraoed the Bihar assembly on February 12, 2019. The gherao was part of the ongoing 35 day protest. ... Thousands of outsourced workers from across Himachal Pradesh will gherao the Vidhan Sabha (State Assembly) in Shimla on February 13, 2019. Read more ...

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Only under workers’ and peasants’ rule can prosperity be provided for all

“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!).

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Against privatisation of electricity distribution in the suburbs of Thane: Salute the unity of MSEDCL workers with citizens in struggle!

ThumbThe 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.

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Garment workers in Bangladesh: Tens of thousands strike for higher wages

ThumbNearly 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.

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Peasants in South Tamilnadu oppose land grab and depletion of water resources by vested capitalist interests

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.
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Tamilnadu teachers’ strike

ThumbThe 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.

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Country-wide strikes by ordnance factory workers against privatization in defence sector

Thumb23-25th 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.

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Struggle of UP sugarcane farmers for their dues

ThumbOnce 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.

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Contract workers protest at NTPC’s head office: Workers warn that they will gherao the PM’s house

ThumbMore 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.

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Mid-day meal cooks in Bihar gherao the Chief Minister's residence in Patna

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.
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On the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the Indian Republic:

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.

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Successful All India Strike Action of the working class

ThumbnailThe 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.

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Support the just struggle of the workers of MSEDCL!

Unite to Oppose the Anti-Social Step of Privatisation!

Worker Brothers and Sisters!

We stand in support of your just struggle to stop the privatisation of electricity distribution in Kalwa and Mumbra as well as against the restructuring plan that the authorities unilaterally want to impose on you workers of MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Colt.).

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Loan waivers have failed the peasantry

The newly formed Congress government in Rajasthan followed in the footsteps of the new governments in MP and Chhattisgarh when it announced farm loan waivers on 18h December. Going into the Assembly elections, the Congress Party had promised that it would waive farm loans in10 days of the party being elected to power in the three states. While Rahul Gandhi is boasting that his Party has kept its word and has taken concrete steps towards alleviating farm distress, Prime Minister Modi called it a ‘political stunt’. However, the BJP had made promises of loan waivers to sugar cane farmers during the campaign for the UP State elections. Similar announcements have been made by Punjab, Karnataka and Maharashtra governments.
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Farmers in Struggle

Farmers demonstrate to demands stoppage of leakage of irrigation water

On 31st December 2018, the peasants of Nohar and Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan organised a protest demonstration at the sub-area office under the leadership of Kisan Vyaapari Sangharsh Samiti.

Peasants from Badbirana, Soti, Ramgarh, Parlika, Dhani, Araaiyaan, Nethrana, and other villages gathered at Bhagat Singh square and marched to the sub-divisional office, where it became a public meeting.

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Teachers in struggle

TN teachers on hunger strike against pay anomalies

More than 20,000 teachers across Tamil Nadu are protesting in Chennai against pay anomalies. The teachers participated in a hunger strike at a stadium in Egmore to force the government to address their demand for correction of the arbitrary salary. Under the 6th Pay Commission, teachers who joined before 2009 draw a basic monthly salary of Rs 8,370 while those who joined later get Rs 5,200.

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BEST strike in Mumbai

Over 32,000 employees of Mumbai''s civic transport undertaking (BEST)went on an indefinite strike on 8th January over various demands, including higher salaries, prompting the state government to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against them.
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Struggle of electricity workers against privatization is in the interest of the whole society

ThumbnailWorkers including Engineers and Officers of all the four Maharashtra Government-owned electricity companies went on strike for 72 hours from 7th January ’19. In 2005 the Maharashtra government had split the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) into 4 companies in spite of severe opposition from all its employees. One of the real reasons for breaking up the MSEB was to create an artificial division amongst the electricity workers. But this strike call has once again brought all the employees together. Employees have united across various unions with different party affiliations and across different categories and grades. This strike call is a part of strike call given on All India basis by National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers.

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Result of state elections and the way forward

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.

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To follow the path of the Ghadaris means to fight for the Navnirman of India!

Speech of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the founding of the Party

Comrades,

We are marking the occasion of our Party’s 38th birth anniversary at a time when the peoples of all countries are facing an extremely grave situation. Insecurity of livelihood has reached an unbearable level. There is an unprecedented level of anarchy and violence all over the world. Racism, communalism, oppression of specific castes and communities, of nations and nationalities – are all growing from bad to worse.

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Enthusiastic Celebrations of the 38th Birth Anniversary of Communist Ghadar Party

Call for Unity around the Revolutionary Alternative

38th Party Ann

The occasion of the 38th birth anniversary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India was celebrated in Delhi, Mahrashtra, Tamil Nadu and other parts of the country, and in Toronto and other cities abroad on or around 25th December, 2018. An audi-visual presentation on the “Call of Ghadaris: Revolution” was followed by the speech of General Secretary, Comrade Lal Singh, which was read out on his behalf.
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Make the All India Workers’ strike on January 8-9 a resounding success!

Workers of different sectors of the economy will come together on January 8-9, 2019, in an all-India strike action. The strike has been called to express the resolute opposition of the working class and all working people to the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national course being pursued by the ruling capitalist class, headed by the capitalist monopolies.

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Human Rights

I am writing to thank you for the article in the Dec. 1-15, 2018 issue of MEL that was published to mark the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day, which carried the byline `Navnirman of Indian society based on modern conception of human rights is an immediate necessity.' The most important feature, if I may say so, is that Human Rights have been won by the peoples of the world through long decades, if not centuries of struggle and is not something that the bourgeoisie should congratulate itself on giving to the peoples of the world. But rather, right from the era starting at the end of World War II, the issue of Human Rights has been a sticking point for the bourgeoisie and the imperialists on which they are unable to satisfy the crying needs of the peoples of the world. The concessions that were made at that time have also been rolled back.

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Conviction of Sajjan Kumar: Vindication of the struggle for justice and punishment of the guilty

On December 17, 2018, the Delhi high court convicted former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his role as one of the principal organisers of the genocide of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984. A two judge bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel awarded him life sentence "for the offences of criminal conspiracy and abetment in the commission of the crimes of murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of communal harmony, defiling and destruction of a gurdwara by burning". 

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NGT verdict on Sterlite

SterlightOn 15th December, the NGT issued its verdict in favour of Sterlite, Thoothukudi, setting aside the Tamilnadu government’s action of closing down the plant in May. The Tribunal termed the shutdown “unjustifiable,” on the ground that there is no ‘scientific evidence’ that this company’s factory has polluted the environment. Further, it ordered all Government agencies to immediately issue the necessary approvals for the factory and provide electricity to start its operations within a week and the District Collector to provide all necessary protection for the operation of Sterlite, failing which severe action will be taken against the Collector.

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The Meghalaya coal mine mishap : An indictment of the callousness of the State

Miner in rat hole mineMining in “rat-hole” mines (unscientific mining of coal using small horizontal holes along the coal seams) is still carried out in blatant violation of the ban by the National Green Tribunal in 2014. Fifteen miners have been trapped in a Jaintia Hills mine in Meghalaya – the latest tragic fall-out of this criminal action.

The 15 miners have been trapped since December 13 and rescue efforts have been stalled for want of high-powered pumps to remove water from the pit.

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Killing of seven innocent people in Pulwama, Kashmir by armed forces

In widespread protests, people demand an end to Army rule in Kashmir

Dharna on Pulwama killingIn the early hours of December 15, a joint team of army, special operations group (SOG) of police and paramilitary staged an “encounter” on suspected “militants” in Pulwama village in South Kashmir. As soon as the gunshots of the security forces were heard, hundreds of youth from surrounding areas marched towards the encounter site to protest the killings. The security forces fired bullets, pellets and tear smoke shells on the protesters, as a result of which at least 7 youth were reported killed on spot while hospitals reported nearly 40 others admitted with serious injuries.

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Fact finding Report: Labour violations in phone manufacturing unit in Noida

A fact-finding report on the labour violation in a Noida-based Chinese phone manufacturing unit highlights a case of illegal mass termination of contract workers. It is an indictment of the 2015 ‘Make in India’ drive of this government.

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights has published this report.

Around 180 workers were thrown out of their jobs without any prior notice on 29th November 2018 in Hipad Technology India Private Limited situated in Noida, making phones for Chinese companies Oppo and Xiaomi. Hipad was established in August 2016.

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Working People across Europe are protesting the austerity agenda

Brussels-Yellow-vestsThe mass demonstrations of the people of France (by the name of Gilets Jaunes, or Yellow Vests) which broke out in November and again on 8th-9th December is gaining steam across Europe. Everywhere, the people – working people across the board and students – are coming out on the streets against the broad anti-social offensive.

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Workers of Badarpur Thermal Power Station demonstrate in front of ILO

NTPC worker rally-27Dec18On the call of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee hundreds of contract workers of the Badarpur Thermal Power Station marched on 27 December 2018 to press for their demands from Nizamuddin to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), India office in Lodhi colony. When the march reached India Habitat Center, the workers held a militant demonstration. Birju Nayak, Advocate O P Gupta of Mazdoor Ekta Committee and workers leader Pankaj Kumar handed over a petition to the Administrator of ILO (India), Divya Chadha.

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On the occasion of 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day

Navnirman of Indian society based on modern conception of human rights is an immediate necessity

December 10 this year marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly, very soon after the end of World War II. During the war, the peoples of the world, led by the Soviet Union, had waged a heroic struggle against the fascist states of Germany, Japan and Italy, in the course of which over 12 crore people lost their lives. People were demanding an end to fascism, to imperialist wars and to colonial slavery.

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BSNL employee unions defer proposed strike

The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) hasdeferred the proposed strike of BSNL workers which was to begin on December 3. This followed negotiations between AUAB and the government over workers’ demands. The AUAB has declared that if the government does not concede to their demands, then they would go on indefinite strike from the midnight of December 10.

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Prolonged strike of workers of Royal Enfield and Yamaha

Royal EnfieldWorkers of motor cycle companies Royal EnField and Yamaha ended their 50 day long strike, on November 13, 2018. Both these companies are situated in the industrial township of Oragadam near Chennai. The strikes of the workers ended in partial victory for workers in both plants. The workers in these companies are fighting against extremely exploitative working conditions.

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2018: A year of intense and widespread struggles of the working class and people of the world

nato-greeceThroughout the past year, workers and working people in countries across the world have been coming out in ever larger numbers, in protest actions against the growing attacks on their livelihood and rights. Millions of workers have participated in militant strike struggles in Germany, France, Britain, Spain, Canada, US and other capitalist countries.

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Farmers are fed up with “schemes” and betrayal of promises:

Situation demands a lasting solution to agricultural crisis

farmers marchOnce more this year, on 29th-30th November 2018, tens of thousands of farmers marched on to Parliament. They assembled on 29th November at Ramlila Maidan. On 30th November, they marched to Parliament with their demands.

The farmers were from Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Odisha. They had converged on the national Capital for the Kisan Mukti March organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, a coalition of around 200 large and small farmer groups from across India.

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Letters to Editor - 26 years after the demolition of Babri Masjid

The article represents the living experience of the party which develops both the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism theory of scientific socialism based on dialectical materialism and class struggle. It is an application of these principles to the political and economic and social reality of India. It repudiates based on its scientific approach the bourgeois theory that India is divided into religious majority and minorities and that the India state stands are the arbiter between these divisions, but rather that the reality is that the Indian state is communal and is a legatee of the colonial state which safeguards the economic interests of the big bourgeoisie and that the state is an instrument of its rule.
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Letters to Editor - 100th anniversary of the end of WW - I

The article entitled '100th anniversary of the end of World War I' that carries the byline 'Only the destruction of the imperialist system can guarantee a peaceful world' in the Dec. 1-15, 2018 issue of MEL was extremely educative. CGPI has been consistently raising the consciousness of the working class through the principles of scientific enquiry, rather than let the working class depend on the bourgeoisie for its education, and resulting in its getting brainwashed. To this end, the CGPI and its activities remain partisan to the interests of the working class and the revolution.
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26 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid:

The unity and solidarity of the Indian people is being wrecked by the big bourgeoisie and its state

26 years ago, on December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid was razed to the ground in broad daylight in front of TV cameras that broadcast the event to the whole world. It was carried out by armed mobs openly incited by top leaders of the BJP. This act of destruction of a five century old historical monument was carried out right under the eyes of the Congress led Central government of Narasimha Rao and the BJP led state government in Uttar Pradesh. The central and state armed forces provided protection to the mobs in this dastardly act. It was an act of state terrorism.

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Condemn the terrorist attack in Amritsar

Statement of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, November 19, 2018

On November 18, as hundreds of people belonging to the Nirankari sect were offering prayers in Adliwal village in Amritsar district, two terrorists forcibly entered their prayer hall and hurled a grenade at them. Three people were killed and over twenty men, women and children suffered injuries in this attack.

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Elections in 5 states

With reference to the article carried in the Nov. 16-30, 2018 issue of MEL entitled `Elections in 5 states: Both BJP and Congress Party must be defeated!  Building worker-peasant united front is the only way.’ The issue of elections and that of the divide between the so-called `communal' and `secular' forces is one of the important ones on which massive confusion is caused by bourgeoisie to continue its rule.

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Standing with the victims of sexual harassment

I wish to congratulate the CC of the CGPI on the fearless stand it has taken in the form of the Statement dated 20-10-2018 and carried in the Nov. issue of MEL entitled `Let us stand with the victims of sexual harassment.'  There has been some confusion being created in the minds of the common people by stating that complaints have only come forward from `entitled' women and women who are themselves of privilege, as if any crime committed against such women is any less gruesome, even assuming that such ridiculous charges are true. 

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US counter-terrorism strategy is a threat to peace in South Asia

A recently adopted US National Strategy for Counter-Terrorism (NSCT) brands Iran as the “principal state sponsor of terrorism”.  It also targets Pakistan and calls for strengthening cooperation with India to advance the American “counter-terrorism” strategy.The unveiling of this strategy has been accompanied by statements of US President Trump blaming Pakistan for supporting terrorists and misusing American aid.

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Escalation of Israeli attacks against Gaza

destruction in GazaOn 11 November 2018 an undercover operation was carried out by Israeli forces who infiltrated into Palestinian Territory in the southern Gaza strip in a civilian car and opened fire on its security personnel. Seven Palestinian lives were lost. Additionally, six Palestinians and one Israeli were wounded. This set off retaliatory fire from the Gaza strip and rapid escalation of air raids and rocket fire between the two sides.

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100th anniversary of the end of World War I

Casualities in WW1Only the destruction of the imperialist system can guarantee a peaceful world

This year marks the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War. The Armistice on 11th November, 1918 at 11.11 am, ended four years of carnage that had begun in 1914. Across the world, anti-war rallies and peace demonstrations are being held to recall the horrors of that war and discuss ways to end all future wars. The bloodbath of 1914-18 was a savage slaughter perpetrated by a gang of predatory imperial powers, locked in a deadly struggle to capture and carve up territories, markets and resources.

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Indian soldiers in World War I: No more sacrifice of Indian lives in brutal and unjust imperialist wars!

In World War I, more than 80 million pounds sterling worth of clothing, ammunition and other supplies and materials were looted from India and poured into Britain’s war effort.  In addition, nearly one and a half million Indian personnel, including soldiers and labourers, were drafted for the battlefields of Europe, West Asia and North Africa.  Approximately 75,000 Indian soldiers lost their lives, while an even greater number were wounded, went missing, or died of illness and deprivation.

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Cyclone affected people in Tamilnadu protest apathy of state administration

The severe cyclonic storm Gaja, which struck the Tamilnadu coast at Nagapattinam about 300km from Chennai on early November 16, 2018, left massive death and destruction in its wake.

At least 46 people have been reported killed. Severe damage has been reported in over ten districts, including Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Pudukottai and Thanjavur.

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2018 : Mounting struggles of the working class and peasantry

Asha and Anganwanri workers' DemonstrationWorkers, peasants and all sections of the working people were on the streets, in ever-increasing numbers, against the growing attacks on their livelihood and rights.

Working people opposed the privatization of healthcare, transport, education and other services, and the pro-capitalist amendments to labour laws.

Trade Unions, cutting across party affiliations, have been organizing joint protest actions against privatization and the increasing attacks on the livelihood and rights of workers.

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Farmers’ anger boils over at the betrayal of promises

Punjab farmersFrom Karnataka to Punjab, through Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the producers of the country’s food are very angry about the betrayal of every promise made by the rulers.  Each time they have agitated for remunerative prices and crop insurance, the governments in the respective states and at the centre have promised to fulfill their demands, but these have been forgotten once the farmers have called off their agitation and retreated to their fields.

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Assam tea workers demand minimum daily wage Rs 350 for all

More than a million workers are employed in over 800 tea plantations in Assam which produces more than half of all tea grown in India. There is no fixed minimum wage, and the daily wage is fixed through agreements between workers’ unions and the industry. But the planters’ association which represents the management of the tea estates is able to push the wages down to well below minimum wages. The state government has done nothing to implement the payment of Minimum Wages. In Assam, as last notified w.e.f 1st January 2016, the minimum wages are Rs.

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Elections in 5 states:

Both BJP and Congress Party must be defeated!

Building worker-peasant united front is the only way forward!

Elections to the state assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telengana will be held between 12th November and 7th December, 2018.

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On the 34th anniversary of the Genocide of Sikhs:

We will not forget the 1984 genocide!

The struggle to punish the guilty shall continue!

LRS protest -150On 1st November, which is the 34th anniversary of the 1984 genocide, Sikh Forum organized a well-attended panel discussion at the Constitution Club. The panel consisted of Shri H.S Phoolka, Member of Punjab Legislative Assembly; Shri Krishan Chander Singh, former Ambassador of India; rights activists Uma Chakravarti, John Dayal and Urvashi Butalia; and journalist Hartosh Singh Bal.

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Hail the 101st anniversary of the Great October Revolution!

leninredsquareThe Great October Revolution, November 1917 remains one the most significant triumph of humanity in its history. It overthrew a barbaric and most backward regime and brought to power the hitherto most oppressed and exploited class, of workers and peasants. It ended one of the bloodiest wars in history – World War-I, and brought peace to the working masses of Russia.

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Spiraling violence in Kashmir: Urgent need for steps to end the alienation of the Kashmiri people

On 21st October 2018, at least ten people were killed during an army operation in Kulgam, Kashmir. Dozens of other people, including women and children were seriously injured during this action. All over Kashmir, people have come onto the streets, protesting these killings.

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Rafale scam: Loot of public exchequer in the name of national security

Charges of corruption at the highest level in India’s decision to purchase Rafale fighter jets from a French company have once again exposed the cut-throat rivalry, huge bribes and kickbacks that characterize the global arms market.

Global arms trade is dominated by giant monopoly corporations in every sphere. The market for fighter jets is dominated by six major arms manufacturers, namely: Boeing (USA), Lockheed Martin (USA), Dassault Aviation (France), Eurofighter (Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain), Saab (Sweden) and United Aircraft Corporation (Russia).

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Let us stand with the victims of sexual harassment

Statement of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, October 20, 2018


Over the last four weeks we have read and heard of the trauma experienced by scores of women who had been subjected to sexual harassment at work. These are women working in a variety of fields, including media and journalism, the entertainment industry, the fine arts and culture, academics, offices of political parties, private corporations and many others. They have boldly come forward to talk of their horrific experience with men in positions of power who have considered it their “right” or “entitlement” to sexually prey upon their women employees.
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Two years after note ban: False claims and real anti people aims stand exposed

Hindi_demonetisation - 100Two years ago, on November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech broadcast to the whole country, announced the decision to ban all Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The Prime Minister warned that the people would suffer “temporary” pain as a result of this measure. However he promised that there would be “long term gain” for the people.

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French government continues its anti-labour policies: Mass protests in France

ThumbnailHundreds of thousands of workers, students, and retirees took part in mass demonstrations in more than 100 rallies across France on 9th October 2018. They came out on the streets of Paris, Lyons, Toulouse and many other cities to reiterate their opposition to the attacks on labour rights by the government of French President Macron. The protestors demanded an increase in wages, pensions and an end to privatisation.

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Struggle of workers against privatisation of Haryana Roadways

ThumbnailThe strike of Haryana Roadways workers led by the Roadways Workers Coordination Action Committee was temporarily halted on 16th November after intervention by the Haryana-Chandigarh High Court. The workers had been on strike since 16th October, demanding that the proposal of the government to privatise Haryana Roadways should be revoked.

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Kisan March to Parliament 28th-30th November announced

The All India Kisan Sabha on announced on 4th November that a 'Kisan march' would be organised in the national capital from 28th to 30th November to press for the pending demands of the farmers. This would be organised under the aegis of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a conglomerate of 260 farmers’ bodies across the country, to press for their various demands.

The 'Long March' will be held from a place some 100 km from Delhi to Parliament, on the lines of the 'Nashik-Mumbai Long March' that was held earlier in 2018.

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Demonstration against sexual harassment of women

ThumbnailSeveral women’s oganisations held a joint demonstration at Parliament in New Delhi on 12th October against the sexual harassment of women at the workplace. AIDWA, NIFW, Society for Labour and Development (SLD), Swastik Mahila Samiti, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, JWP, All India Mahila Sanskritik Samiti and Pragatisheel Mahila Samiti participated in this demonstration.

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Municipal and panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir : Farce of democracy while state terrorism continues unabated

The Indian State’s barbaric rule of terror in Kashmir continues unabated. On the one hand, the police, Army and paramilitary forces continue to fire upon unarmed people, including women and children, carry out rape and plunder with impunity. Innocent people continue to be labeled “dreaded terrorists” and killed in fake encounters, homes are ransacked and looted in the name of “search” operations, youth continue to “disappear” or die in judicial custody. Blinding hundreds of people by firing pellet bullets in the name of “countering stone–pelters”, the use of unarmed youth as “human shields” by tying them in front of army vehicles – all this has been justified by the Army Chief and spokespersons of the Central government. Under the AFSPA, the Army in Kashmir enjoys unrestricted powers to shoot at sight, torture and commit rape, with complete immunity from any legal prosecution. Under the draconian Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978, hundreds of people including minor children are jailed for years on end without any evidence and without ever being brought to trial.

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“On the source of growing anarchy and hate crimes”

Lok Raj Sangathan organised Political Forum
MTG on AnarchyLok Raj Sangathan (LRS) organized a political forum “On the source of growing anarchy and hate crimes” on 30st September 2018 in New Delhi. Many speakers from various political organizations put forth their views enthusiastically. They included Rajarajan from Gandhian Initiative for Social Transformation, G Devarajan from All India Forward Bloc, RS Dagar from UTUC, Dhirendra Sharma from AITUC, Abdul Waris, National Secretary of SDPI, Nizamuddin Khan, State Convenor of SDPI, Krishan Kant from IFTU Sarvahara, Manoj Rai, President of Pravasi Sena, Vinay Chaudhury, President of Concor Container Employees Union, Birju Nayak, Secretary of Delhi Council of LRS and many young speakers, including students and working youth.

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Move to deceive the peasantry once again

Thank you very much for carrying the article entitled 'Announcement of PM-AASHA scheme for peasantry: Aimed at deceiving the peasantry and enriching capitalist traders' carried in the October 1-15, 2018 issue of MEL. The issue of the relationship between the peasantry and the working class on the one hand, and the peasantry in capitalist economy is one of the important questions facing the movement. There is plenty of room for disorientation and confusion when confronting these questions and hence clarifying the issue is important.

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Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance Scheme : Ensuring profits of big monopoly corporates in the health and insurance sector

Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) from Jharkhand on 23rd September. Ayushman Bharat is being promoted as the world’s largest government funded health care program. The first phase of this program will be implemented from 2018-2022. The main initiatives under this scheme are the setting up of Health and Wellness Centers all over the country and the National Health Insurance Scheme, now named the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). The National Health Agency (NHA) will be the government body in charge of implementing the entire Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

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On the US tariff war

The US Government announced a massive round of import tariffs (import duties) in September, targeted at US$ 200 billion of Chinese imports, including a wide range of mass consumption goods. It is the latest and biggest move in what is being revealed to be geo-political warfare, using trade policy as one among numerous weapons. China has retaliated to these latest US tariff hikes, by announcing new trade tariffs to take effect from 24th September 2018 on $60bn of American goods and services sold in China

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Brutal police attack on teachers and students in Manipur University

Manipur university agitationOn the midnight of 20th September, Manipur police conducted raids on the students’ hostels and teachers’ residences in the campus of Manipur University. Many students were injured and an atmosphere of terror was created on the university campus. 6 teachers and 89 students are reported to have been arrested following the raids. While 82 of the students were released the next day as per court orders, 7 students and all the 6 teachers were sent to jail for 15 days. The pro-Vice Chancellor subsequently issued a statement saying that all the 6 teachers have been suspended following their arrest.

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Media workers protest termination of PTI employees

PTI protestThe Press Trust of India (PTI), the largest news agency in India, laid off 297 staff across the country on 29th September. The management of PTI has justified this move, saying that the workers who have been terminated – transmission supervisors, engineers, assistants and attenders – have become redundant and that keeping them in employment was no longer “financially viable”.

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Condemn the barbaric police attack on protesting farmers

Police attack on FarmerOn 2nd October, thousands of farmers, organized under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) arrived at the border of Delhi, at the culmination of the Kisan Kranti Yatra, which they had begun on 23rd September from Haridwar. The agitating farmers had announced their plan to march through the streets of Delhi to Kisan Ghat and hold a public meeting there to highlight their demands. They had also sought talks with the ministers of the central government, to press for their long-standing demands and to submit a memorandum of their demands to the authorities.

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Massive automotive workers' strike in Oragadam

25THENFIELDSince September, 2018, more than 3,700 workers from Yamaha India, Myoung Shin Automotive India Pvt. Ltd. and Royal Enfield have been on strike in the Oragadam industrial belt near Chennai. In Yamaha India, two workers were banned from entering the factory premises on 20th September 2018 because they were at the forefront of unionizing the workers. Around 700 workers, including women have been on a sit-down strike since then demanding that the two workers be reinstated.

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Innocent workers arrested in Maharashtra under false charges

On January 12, 2018, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police picked up four workers of Reliance Industries, a contractor in the same company and another casual worker from Thane. A workers’ union activist was arrested a day before. They have been charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon event which had taken place barely two weeks before the arrest.

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Demonstration by construction workers

Construction worker dharnaOn 4th October 2018 the workers associated with the construction industry organised a protest demonstration at the office of the lieutenant governor of Delhi. They were demanding their registration, contribution, and reinstatement of various benefits they used to receive from Delhi Construction Board. The protest demonstration was jointly led by more than 16 unions working in the construction industry.

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Demonstration in Fatehabad for the solution of the problem of parali

Demonstration in Fatehabad on Parali IssueOn 9th October 2018 a demonstration was organized by the Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, Dehati Mazdur Sabha, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha, Bhavan evam Nirman Kamgar Union Haryana and Lok Raj Sangathan, in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the Fatehabad district of Haryana in order to highlight various demands of the farmers. Parali (stubble left after harvesting paddy) has become the biggest problem for farmers and it was the main issue raised in the demonstration.

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All India Workers’ Convention : Intensify the struggle against the anti-people and anti-national policies of the ruling capitalist class

All India worker conventionAn All India Workers Convention was organised by various trade unions, workers’ organisations and federations in Malvankar Hall in Delhi on 28th September 2018. Representatives of trade unions associated with the different sectors of the economy including defense, banking, insurance, railways, road transport, water transport, post, ports, oil, energy, telecom, mines, steel, coal and heavy engineering, enthusiastically participated in the convention. Besides this, representatives of Anganwadi and ASHA workers’ unions also participated.

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Barbaric police attack on safai workers

Sanitation-Workers-at-Jantar-Mantar-PTI On 8th October 2018 the Delhi Police lathi charged thousands of safai workers of the East Delhi Nagar Nigam who were coming to demonstrate in front of Parliament House regarding the repeated delays in getting their wages and arrears. Many women and men workers were badly hurt due to this barbaric attack by the police. These workers were demanding that they should be paid their arrears of three months as well as allowances, that contract and daily wage workers appointed since 1998 should be made permanent and that retired workers should be paid their gratuity, etc.

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The struggle of workers for a guaranteed living wage:

The struggle must be waged with the perspective of ending the exploitative capitalist system

Workers of our country have been repeatedly raising their voice demanding that the Indian state guarantee a living wage for all workers. Workers have been fighting for a wage that would ensure a dignified life for themselves and their families. They have been fighting for social security, including health care and pension, to protect them when they lose their jobs, fall sick, get disabled and during old age.

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Women’s organisations come out in protest in Delhi against rape

protest at Hariyana BhawanOn 17th September 2018, several women’s organisations surrounded the Haryana Bhavan at Delhi against the gang rape of a 19 year old girl in Rewari, Haryana. Members of many organisations including from AIDWA, AIPWA, NFIW, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Swastik Mahila Samiti, CSW, AIMSS, DYFI, SFI, and KYS participated in the protest.

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Announcement of PM-AASHA scheme for peasantry: Aimed at deceiving the peasantry and enriching capitalist traders

Kisan sansadPeasants across the country have come out on the streets again and again in recent years demanding secure livelihood. They have been demanding, amongst other things, that the government guarantee that their produce will be procured at 1.5 times the cost of production and establish mechanisms to ensure this.

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Government clerks in Rajasthan on mass leave in support of their demands

Government clerks from all over the state gathered for a huge demonstration in the capital city of Jaipur on 20th September. This demonstration was organized by the “Rajya Mantralaya Karmachari Mahasang”. The workers went on mass leave and participated in the demonstration in order to draw the attention of the government to their principal demands.

This struggle has been continuing for several months now.

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Haryana Multi-Purpose Health Workers strike work

thumbnailMulti-Purpose Health Workers (MPHW)in Haryana, who are responsible for delivery of preventive and promotive health care services to the community, struck work across various districts of the state on 27th August. MPH workers are responsible for several critical aspects of health care including case finding through home visits, community mobilization, epidemic notification and control, referrals, record keeping, meeting targets for immunization, MCHN, limited diagnosis (malaria, TB, for e.g.), follow up of patients undergoing treatment for communicable diseases, enumeration, organizing mass campaigns, record keeping, reporting, etc

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Railway Workers and Central Government Employees observe Protest Day

Railway workers and Central Government Employees all over India demonstrated on 19th September 2018 in front of their respective head quarters. This action was carried out despite threats from the government that wages would be cut and disciplinary action will be taken against any worker participating in the protest.

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All India Convention of Loco Pilots

AILRSA BGM JothpurThe 22nd Bi-annual Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) was held on 24th-25th September 2018 in Jodhpur. At the commencement of the convention, AILRSA President L Moni hoisted the red flag, which was accompanied by revolutionary slogans from the participating delegates. Over 2000 loco pilots including women loco pilots from all the railway zones across the country participated in the convention along with their family members.
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Condition of the workers under Apprentice Act

The Central Government has prepared a draft law called Code of Industrial Relation to replace several existing laws — the Industrial Disputes Act, the Trade Unions Act and the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act. A part of these attacks on the working class the government has amended the Apprentice Act in November 2014 to legalise the practice of super-exploiting young workers without regularising their jobs, so that young workers can be made to work for years on end without minimum wages, leave, or any social security benefits. Further the National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM) has been launched to enable the capitalists to replace regular workers with trainees and apprentices. It allows capitalists to pay extremely low wages and deny all statutory benefits for three years of “training”. The workers and their unions have been fighting against the sustained attack by the capitalists through various means.
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Letter to Editor: US imperialism is the most ferocious enemy of humanity

The in-depth article entitled `US imperialism is the most ferocious enemy of humanity' carried in the September 16-30, 2018 issue of MEL is significant. It brings out the essence of this dominant feature of our era in no uncertain terms, and also arms the working class with a plan to take the work of revolution forward. It is important to know what the precise modus operandi of the imperialists is at this time and also to discover where the chinks in the arms of imperialism is in order to break the impasse. As in the era of Lenin, the present era is also one where imperialism is ripe and rife with contradictions, and it is important also to know where it is weakest so that the weakest link in the chain may be broken.
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US imperialism is the most ferocious enemy of humanity

ThumbnailSince the end of the Cold War, world imperialism, led by US imperialism, has launched the most ferocious offensive against the working class and people, against the freedom and independence of nations, against the peoples striving for revolution and social progress.

In the US and other capitalist countries, the ruling class has unleashed racism, targeting people on the basis of race, religion, and national origin to smash the united struggle of the working class and people. Imperialism has been attacking all the achievements of humankind in the twentieth century, trying to take the world back into medieval times.

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Wonderful victory for the peasants in Rajasthan

Victory MTG in RajasthanThe peasants tasted sweet victory on 1st September in their long struggle for compensation under the Crop Insurance Scheme. The peasant leaders had been discussing the matter with the Additional Superintendent of Police, Sub-divisional Magistrate and officers of the Bank. They came to an agreement that within ten days the compensation under the Crop Insurance Scheme and the additional bank interest charged hitherto would be credited to the accounts of the peasants of Ramgadh, Gorkhana and Bhukarka.

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Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act: A barbaric attack on human, democratic and national rights!

The utterly draconian character of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the manner in which it is used to crush the voices of dissent has once again come to the fore. The UAPA is a fascist act that provides legal justification for the most bestial attacks on the human, democratic and national rights of our people. It allows the state to detain innocent people for long periods of time without having to prove them guilty.
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Powerful protests all across India against arrest of human rights activists

arrest of human rights activistsThe August 28 raids by the police on the homes of human rights activists in many cities accompanied by arrests of five prominent activists has aroused a storm of protests all across the country. All sections of the people have condemned the government for the raids and arrests and the disinformation campaign being carried out against the arrested activists. Reports of protest actions have come in from different regions of the country.

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Workers have contributed their mite to Kerala flood victims

Workers across India have also shown their camaraderie with Kerala’s workers, by providing aid in human, material and monetary form. Even as the governments fight over the allocation of aid, the workers have emptied out their buckets and savings to raise money for the people of Kerala.

The United Nurses Association deployed union members to key affected regions to assess the situation while also help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

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Maruti Suzuki workers raise money for the families of their incarcerated comrades

On August 22, the Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union announced financial support to the tune of Rs. 45,50,000 for the families of the 13 Maruti workers who are currently serving life sentence in jail. These workers, who actively took part in the organised struggle for rights of the workers against the company, were sentenced to life imprisonment in relation to the death of Ashwin Kumar, General Manager, HR Department in Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant on July 18, 2012.

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Condemn the arrest and persecution of human rights activists

Statement of the CC of the CGPI, August 29, 2018

In a coordinated operation on August 28, the Pune police launched simultaneous raids in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Goa and Hyderabad, on the homes of several persons known to be working for the rights of the dispossessed, including trade union activists, lawyers, writers, poets and priests. Five well-known human rights activists have been arrested – Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Arun Ferreira – on trumped up charges of “instigating violence” following a Dalit rally at Bhima Koregaon on 1st January 2018. They have been arrested under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The government is carrying out a disinformation campaign through sections of the monopoly controlled media, linking these activists with an alleged plot to kill top leaders of the government.

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Anarchy, violence and terror serve to maintain capitalist rule

In every part of the country, people are facing violence and terror in their daily lives. Hatred is spread against people of a particular religion, caste, race or language. Every week brings fresh news of physical attacks targeted at individuals or groups of people. People are killed and the guilty get away scot free. Progressive thinkers and journalists get assassinated and nobody gets convicted or punished. Political activists and intellectuals get arrested on false charges. Anyone who fights for the rights of any section of the oppressed people is treated as a criminal, branded as “anti-national”, “terrorist supporter”, “Maoist sympathizer” or “Pakistani agent”.
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India-US 2+2 dialogue:

The military-strategic alliance between India and the US is anti-national and war-mongering

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 24th August 2018

The inaugural ‘two plus-two’ dialogue between India and the US is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on September 6, 2018. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis will be hosted by their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman. The declared purpose of these talks is "to discuss strengthening strategic, security and defence cooperation”, for US and India to “jointly address challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond".

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Rajasthan farmers’ agitation for crop insurance payment continues

​Rajasthan Farmers agitationOn 20th August 2018 farmers from Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan blocked the traffic on Ganganagar-Delhi Highway. This is part of their agitation against the denial of crop insurance under the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana). The blockage of traffic continued till 11 PM in the night.

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Israel’s parliament passes the Nation-State Bill: Legalisation of apartheid policy

Demonstrators in Telaviv against Land ActThe Nation-State Bill or the Nationality Bill was adopted by Knesset (the Israeli parliament) on 19th July 2018. The law became one of the basic laws. Basic laws are similar to a constitution and underpin Israel’s legal system and are more difficult to repeal than regular laws. The law specifies the nature of the state of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

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Agitation by Mumbai’s suburban motorman and guards

Central Railway suburban rail motormen strike work

On 10th of August 2018, from the morning hours hundreds of Motormen of Central Railway, led by their joint unions refused to do overtime work. Over the course of the day, this resulted in cancellation of hundreds of trains. The agitation was led by CRMS (Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh and supported by the Joint Action Forum (consisting of AILRSA, RKS, All India SC/ST Association and All India OBC Association) as well as by all the motormen.

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Unprecedented floods devastate the people of Kerala

Kerala-floodsThe people of Kerala are going through extremely difficult times. Unprecedented floods all across the state have resulted in the death of over 400 people, as of August 21. More than 10 lakh men, women and children have been forced to abandon their homes and are now living in one of nearly 6000 relief camps set up across the state. The destruction of human lives and property is truly colossal. Lakhs of homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. Thousands of kilometers of roads and highways in the state have been destroyed.

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Chennai-Salem highway project: People should have the final say

thumbnailThe Chennai-Salem highway project is being opposed by a large number of farmers and other sections of people. It will have an adverse impact on the lives and livelihood of farmers in five districts of Tamilnadu as well as on the environment. It will affect people living in 159 villages and also vast swathes of agricultural land, ponds, hills and vital infrastructure such as health centres. Lakhs of trees will be removed. In addition, farmers have been protesting against the low compensation fixed for land acquisition, which is reported to be 33% below market value.

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Letters to Editor - Growth for whom?

Dear Editorji,

One of the issues being debated in the news media these days is whether GDP grew faster when the Congress Party was in charge or when the BJP has been in charge. I believe this is a completely diversionary debate. Workers and peasants do not benefit from capitalist growth, no matter whether it is in single digits or in double digits.

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Letters to Editor - Workers and peasant must organise to become the rulers of India!

The Editor,

I am writing to thank you for carrying the statement of the CC of the CGPI issued on 12-8-2018 entitled `Workers and peasant must organise to become the rulers of India!', which has been carried in the August 16-31, 2018 issue of MEL. The matter has ceased to be one of academic interest and is indeed the imperative of the day, caused by the unbearable living conditions for the largest fraction of the people of the country by the bourgeoisie, its parties and its policies.

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Workers and peasants must organise to become the rulers of India!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 12th August, 2018

The cities and the countryside are resonating with the mounting protests of workers and peasants. They are fighting to halt and reverse the anti-social program of globalization, liberalization and privatization. They are demanding immediate implementation of measures to ensure prosperity and protection for all.

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National Register for Citizens for Assam releases final list:

Diabolical efforts of the Indian state to drown the struggles of our people in fratricidal bloodbath

Statement of CC of CGPI, August 8, 2018

On July 30, 2018, the second list of persons declared “Indian citizens” in the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens of Assam (NRC) was released. Over 40 lakh women, men and children of the 3.29 crore applicants did not find their names on these lists.

At one stroke, these 40 lakh people have been declared “non-citizens”, “infiltrators”, and “foreigners”. They have been deprived of their rights as citizens, including the right to vote and to own property. They have been given time between August 30 and September 28 to prove to the Indian state that their names have been wrongly deleted, in order to get their rights restored.

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Farmers' struggle in Hanumangarh district intensifies

Dharna front of Bank_9 Aug18On 7th August 2018, farmers from Ramgarh block in Hanumangarh district blocked the traffic on the Delhi-Ganganagar highway. The peasants were forced to resort to these measures after the administration failed to arrive at satisfactory outcome through negotiations and discussion. 1350 farmers from nearby village have been demanding that they should immediately be given compensation under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme). The government and the administration have been denying them their due under various excuses, although the farmers have been depositing their premium amount regularly into the state bank account. The banks have refused payment of compensation to the farmers when they approached the bank for compensation for their damaged crops under the scheme. As a result of the nexus between the bank and the private insurance companies, the farmers have been denied crop insurance compensation to the tune of Rs. 8 to10 crore. The farmers are demanding that the government should take the responsibility to ensure that the farmers are compensated for crop damage.

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Central government’s decision to replace UGC with new regulatory body:

Another step towards privatization of higher education

On June 29 the central government announced that it will dissolve the University Grants Commission (UGC) and replace it with a new Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which will become the new regulator for higher education in India. The HECI will be mandated to focus solely on academic matters. It will not have the power to disburse funds to colleges and universities. At the same time, the HECI is to be vested with a whole host of additional powers of laying down standards of teaching, assessment and research and evaluating the performance of higher educational institutions. It can order the "closure of institutions" and if a university violates any norm which the Commission lays down, then it faces penalty; on not paying the penalty its chief executive can be jailed for up to three years.

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Privatisation is anti-worker and anti-social

Beginning with the sale of Modern Food Industries Limited and Bharat Aluminium Limited Company in January, 2000, successive governments have been relentlessly pursuing the course of selling public sector companies to private monopolies. During the ten years when the Congress Party was in charge (2004-14), public assets worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore were sold to private companies. During the past four years when the BJP has been in charge (2014-18), nearly Rs 2 lakh crore of public assets have been sold.
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Attacks on workers’ rights to secure capitalist profits

The Central Government has prepared a draft law called Code of Industrial Relation to replace several existing laws — the Industrial Disputes Act, the Trade Unions Act and the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act. The new Code will make it even more difficult for workers to form trade unions. It virtually bans strikes, imposing heavy penalty for joining and organizing a strike. It allows employers the power to unilaterally change the service conditions of workers.
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Denial of social security for workers, peasants and toilers

Only a very small section of workers in our country are formally covered by social security benefits like Provident Fund, Employees State Insurance (ESI) medical benefits, maternity benefits, accident compensation, gratuity, pension, etc. There is no social security for those who are unemployed, those who are injured at work, the sick and the aged. They are all left to fend for themselves.
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Land acquisition – in the interest of monopoly capitalists

Massive struggles of peasants and tribal peoples all over India against forcible acquisition of their lands had forced the Congress-led UPA government to repeal the colonial Land Acquisition Act and replace it with a new Act in 2013. This new act was not acceptable to the big capitalists who are eager to expedite the process of acquiring land for their profitable projects. Repeated efforts by the BJP-led NDA government to change the 2013 Act, in favour of the big capitalists, have so far failed in the face of the united resistance of peasants and workers.
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Liberalisation programme has ruined the peasantry and agriculture

Peasants of India have launched a powerful struggle to force the central and state governments to take immediate measures to guarantee them secure livelihood. More and more peasant organisations in different states are joining the struggle for rights. The liberalization programme of the Indian state has ruined the peasantry over the last two decades and more. Agriculture has been increasingly integrated with the global market. State support for farmers has been cut back. Big capitalist companies have expanded their presence in the market for agricultural inputs and outputs.
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Trade Unions of Delhi meet with the Labour Minister

Meeting withe lebore ministerThe 20th July industrial strike action organized by all the Trade Unions of Delhi concluded successfully. The strike action was called by 11 trade unions and several workers’ organisations. Lakhs of workers participated in this across several industries and services. On 9th August, Delhi’s Labour Minister called for a meeting with the representatives of the 11 trade unions.

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Successful strike by the workers of Delhi

ThumbnailOn 20th July, 2018 workers in Delhi carried out a successful strike for their demands, in response to the appeal by various trade unions. Thousands of workers came out on to streets. Work in many industries came to a standstill. A joint committee of AITUC, CITU, INTUC, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, TUCC, AICCTU, Seva, UTUC and LPF had together given the call for the protest. Many other trade unions also contributed to making the strike a great success.

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Farmers agitation in Ramgarh, Rajasthan: Farmers gherao bank when deprived of crop insurance benefit

thumbnailFarmers started an indefinite dharna in front of the State Bank in the Ramgarh sub-district on 27th July 2018 to press for their demand of payment of crop insurance benefits.

Earlier on 26th June 2018, hundreds of farmers had started the agitation with the same demand. On that occasion, agitating farmers assembled at the bank. They made a human chain to encircle had the bank and started a dharna.

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Minimum support prices announcement - a fraud and deception

thumbnailGovernment announced the minimum support prices (MSP) for 14 kharif crops on 4th July 2018. It claimed that it is fulfilling its election promise by offering 50% over the cost of production.

Within days of the announcement, hundreds of farmers' unions and organisations denounced this fraud by the government. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which is an unbrella organisation of some 200 farmers organisation, has termed the announcements as a "historic betrayal". It has announced that it will organise hundreds of meetings all over the country in the next four months to expose the fraud. It took out a black-flag demonstration to Parliament Street on 20th July 2018 in which thousands of farmers from all parts of India participated. While the debate on the no-confidence motion was going on in the Parliament against the government, the farmers outside the parliament had already expressed their no-confidence in the government.

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Unemployment is an inevitable fellow traveler of the capitalist system

In March 2018, more than 2.5 crore people applied for 90,000 positions in Indian Railways. In February 2018, around 19 lakh candidates applied for a total of 9,500 posts of typists, stenographers and Village Administrative officers in Tamil Nadu. They included 992 Ph.D.’s and 23,000 post graduates. In 2017, over 65000 candidates applied for the post of 698 sub-inspectors in Kashmir. Two years ago, some 19000 applicants had responded for 114 posts of ‘safai karamchari’ in rural UP.

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Second draft of National Register for Citizens to be released: Tense situation in Assam

thumbnailOn July 30, the second draft of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) for Assam is expected to be released by the Indian State. An extremely tense situation prevails in Assam as people wait anxiously to find out whether their names will be on the list or not. It is reported that the first draft of the NRC which was released on January 1, 2018 had the names of 1.9 crore people in it, of the 3.29 crore applicants. The fate of the remaining 1.39 crore people, or over 42% of the applicants, was kept hanging after the first list was declared. There is widespread fear amongst these people, that their names might be excluded in the second list as well.

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One more step towards privatisation of the Indian Railways

thumbnailModi led-government is planning to take one more step towards privatisation of the Indian Railways while continuing to claim that it would never be privatised. Corporatisation and Public-Private-Partnership have been the frequently used methods lately towards privatisation of the Indian Railways. Under corporatisation, an existing activity or asset is separated from the Indian Railways and handed over to a new public sector company. Later on the shares of the new public sector company are sold part by part to capitalists.

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Engine drivers hold 48 hour collective fasting throughout the country

thumbnailOn 17th and 18th of July 2018, tens of thousands of engine drivers belonging to the Indian Railways and led by the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), went on a 48 hour fast. Under the leadership of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), the engine drivers observed collective fasting and held dharnas in support of their demand in various divisions of the Indian Railways. There are about 85,000 engine drivers in the Indian Railways

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Thousands protest against NATO Summit

Anti-NATO protests in EuropeThe days leading up to the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, 2018 witnessed massive protests against war, demanding disarmament and peace and a solution to the urgent problems facing the masses of people.

Thousands of people participated in protest demonstrations in Brussels on July 7. The protests were organised by Belgian peace, environment, development and human rights organizations, as well as unions and activists from across Europe, under the banner of the international network “No to war – No to NATO.”

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Lessons of the National Emergency (1975 – 1977)

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 11th July 2018

The 25th of June marked the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of “National Emergency”. The then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed declared the Emergency under Article 352 of the Constitution of India citing threat from internal disturbances. It bestowed upon then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi the authority to rule by decree. Civil liberties, including the right to free speech and assembly, were suspended. Workers strikes were banned and trade union activists were jailed. Press censorship was imposed. In the name of cleaning cities, the slums in big cities were bull dozed. Millions of workers, peasants and youth were forcibly sterilised in the name of population control. Political opponents were jailed. The constitution was amended to extend the life of parliament and postpone elections. The Emergency lasted till 21st March 1977.

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State terrorism in Kashmir: Resolution of the problem demands a political solution

Andleeb killedDay in and day out, the people of Kashmir, men and women, girls and boys, have been coming out onto the streets, with death defying courage, asserting their right to decide their own affairs. No amount of brutality unleashed by the Indian state has lessened the resolve of the Kashmiri people to carry forward their struggle.

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Trade unions under attack: Unite and fight the attacks on the workers' movement

Mazdoor sangathan samitiThe Workers movement all over the country is faced with savage attacks by the capitalist class on their right to organise themselves into unions. The State machinery, including the governments at the Center and in the states, and the courts, are working at the behest of the capitalist class to crush workers trying to organise themselves in defence of their rights. Workers unions are being declared illegal, and trade union organisers are being jailed on false charges for years on end.

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Bridge collapse in monsoor rains in Mumbai: One more bridge collapse – One more callous response!

Mumbai bridge-collapsesOn 3rd July at around 7.30 in the morning a part of the pedestrian bridge collapsed on the railway track near Andheri suburban railway station in Mumbai. Just a few seconds earlier, a local train carrying thousands of passengers had passed below this bridge. The alert motorman of another packed local train which had just started from Andheri station stopped it with the help of emergency brakes, thus avoiding a very major calamity. It has been reported that 5 people have been injured due to this mishap.

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US sanctions on Iran: Condemn the US pressure on India to stop buying oil from Iran

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Hailey visited India at the end of June and held talks with PM Narendra Modi and other senior ministers. One of the main purposes of her visit was to ensure that India abandons its current close relations with Iran, and stops oil imports from that country.
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70 years of the National Health Service in Britain: Celebrate and Save

National Health Service in BritainLondon witnessed on 30 June 2018, thousands of people including health workers, their trade unions and staff associations, come out on the roads. The demonstration was to show people’s opposition to the wrecking of the British National Health Service (NHS). Many of those who took part have been fighting to save their local health services and hospitals and safeguard the future of NHS. The NHS was established in 1948 on the principle that good healthcare should be available to all, irrespective of their ability to pay.

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Pledge of Kisan-Mazdoor Ekta Sammelan in Rajasthan: Struggle is the only way forward

Rajasthan kisan Sabha - 150A Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Sammelan (convention) of peasants and workers was organized on 10th June 2018 in Netrana village of Bhadra block in Rajasthan’s Hanumangadh district, to demand a stop to theft of water from all 4 canals and to repair the outlet of Amar Singh Branch of the canal. This conference was held on the occasion of the 81st anniversary celebrations of former Sarpanch late Master Hanuman Prasad Varma.

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DUTA resumes agitation

Duta dharna 2 Jul 2018Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) organised a dharna at Parliament on July 2, 2018, resuming their agitation against retrogressive recruitment policy for teachers and against privatisation of higher education. Earlier, teachers of Delhi University and its affiliated colleges had struck work from May 9 to June 19, to oppose the changes in recruitment policy for teachers notified by the UGC on March 5 and the move to privatize higher education by giving autonomous status to specific colleges. As part of their agitation, the striking teachers boycotted the work of evaluation of the examinations.

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Farmers Continue to press for their demands

thumbnailFarmers all across the country have been agitating for their long-standing demands to ensure that they are able to make a sustainable living from agriculture. The two main demands of the farmers that have widespread support are remunerative prices for their produce and a one-time waiver of loans. Both these demands are just and are in the general interest of society. However, governments at the Centre and in states do not want to seriously address the farmers' concerns since it will reduce the profits of monopolies dominating the agricultural trading.

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Agitation of the families of policemen in Chhattisgarh

thumbnailSimmering anger amongst policemen of Chhattisgarh and their families at their oppressive working conditions and pitiable wages and allowances, has burst out in mass agitations. At the forefront of these agitations are women — the wives of serving policemen. Chhattisgarh has a police force of about 50,000. Wives of policemen have organized numerous protest actions in June in different district centers. On June 19, hundreds of women participated in a protest demonstration in Rajnandgaon. As part of the agitation police families from the districts near the capital Raipur announced a protest rally in Idgah Bhata Maidan in Raipur for June 24.

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Protest action by workers’ organisations at Delhi Secretariat: Workers in Delhi resolve to step up the struggle for their long-standing demands

thumbnailAs a part of the ongoing mobilization and preparation for the workers’ strike in Delhi on July 20, a protest action was organized on June 27. Hundreds of workers gathered at Shahidi Park to march to the seat of the Delhi government. Banners of the different workers’ unions and organisations as well as banners and placards highlighting the workers’ demands could be seen all over the park, from every tree, fence, pillar and pole.

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Delhi University teachers’ struggle: Against retrogressive changes in recruitment policy and against privatisation of higher education

thumbnailTeachers of Delhi University and its affiliated colleges, organized under the banner of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), struck work from May 9 to June 19. The strike was to oppose retrogressive changes in recruitment policy for teachers and the move to privatize higher education by giving autonomous status to specific colleges. Both these moves have been notified by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Other issues include assessment of past services of teachers in promotion decisions and denial of pension to retired teachers.

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Joint Conference of Trade Unions: Strike on 20th July in Delhi

thumbnailA joint conference of the trade unions of Delhi was held on 2nd June 2018 at the AITUC Bhavan located on Deendayal Upadhyay road. More than 140 representatives of different trade unions participated in the conference. Representatives from unions related to Transport, Health services and Municipal Corporation of Delhi and others were also present. The atmosphere of the conference was very enthusiastic.

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East Coast Railway: Joint protest of guards and loco pilots of Indian Railways

On the 31st of May 2018 from 10 AM onwards, Guards and Loco Pilots of Indian Railways belonging to AIGC and AILRSA, jointly demonstrated at Titlagarh, Sambalpur Division, East Coast Railway. They were protesting against a notice issued by the local railway authorities of Sambalpur dated 29/05/2018, asking the Guards and Loco Pilots to carry trolley bags which would include all the safety equipment currently being used by Guards and Loco Pilots of the Indian Railways.
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Renationalisation of a Major Rail Route in Britain

thumbnailSuccessive governments in India have slyly and stealthily been doing step by step privatisation of the Indian Railways. Privatisation of British Rail has often been cited to justify privatisation moves in our country. The Bibek Debroy Committee recommended that Indian Railways should follow the privatisation model of Britain. It said, "The key lesson from the UK is to retain the rail-track and infrastructure as a publicly-owned monopoly, while opening up rolling stock operations for passengers and freight to the private sector." This Committee conveniently did not state that privatisation of British Rail has not delivered the promised results to its users and that now due to their pressure and that of the workers, has been forced to partially renationalise certain routes.

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Bank workers' two-day strike

thumbnailOn 30th May 2018, thousands of bank workers militantly demonstrated in front of the Head Office of State Bank of India on Parliament street in Delhi. Similar was the sight in front bank head offices and branches all over India. More than a million bank workers and officers throughout the country have struck work on 30th and 31st May to press for their demand of hike in salaries.

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Demands of the peasantry are in the general interest of society

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22 May, 2018

From 1st to 10th June, peasants all over the country will carry out protest actions in support of their longstanding demands. These include public procurement of all farm produce at remunerative prices and unconditional waiver of outstanding agricultural loans. In addition, peasants in different states will highlight specific demands related to waiver of electricity bills, crop insurance, land rights of tribal people and forest dwellers, pension for peasants, amongst other issues.

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Thoothukudi firing: Condemn the use of brute force to put down the just struggle of people

Statement of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 28th May 2018

thumbnailCommunist Ghadar Party of India strongly condemns the heavy handed actions of the Tamil Nadu Police in the city of Thoothukudi on 22nd May, which led to the death of at least 13 innocent citizens. More than 65 people with serious bullet injuries were admitted in various hospitals in the city. Sophisticated sniper guns used in war situations are reported to have been used by the police. No procedures and protocols were followed. Most people killed were shot above their waist, showing clear intent to kill or cause grave injury.

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Condemn the brutal violence unleashed by Israel against the Palestinian people

Even as the representatives of the governments of US and Israel were celebrating the inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on 14th May, about a100 km to the south, in Gaza, Israeli forces brutally opened fire on thousands of Palestinians who had gathered in protest at the Israel-Gaza border. According to media reports, the Israeli forces used live ammunition in a cold and calculated manner, designed to inflict maximum damage to the Palestinian people. More than 60 Palestinians have been reported dead and nearly 3000 wounded.

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Privatisation is no solution to the banking crisis

In the context of the Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), or bad loans, of the biggest banks in the country having crossed Rs. 10,00,000 crore, various spokesmen of the capitalist class have been escalating the propaganda that privatization is the way out of the banking crisis. However, some of the latest developments expose the fallacy of this prescription.

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Proposed changes in labour laws – pro-capitalist and anti-worker

The capitalist class and its spokesmen have set the agenda of implementing various changes in laws and policies governing the conditions of employment of wage labour, all with the aim of improving the “ease of doing business”. The performance of every party that takes charge of the government, at the centre and in the states, is being measured by how much it improves the profitable environment for capitalist corporations, Indian and foreign.

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Meeting to discuss privatisation of Indian Railways held in Delhi

thumbnailA meeting of members and supporters of the Communist Ghadar Party of India was organised in Delhi on 13th May 2018 to discuss the issue of privatisation of Indian Railways. A paper on the topic "Unite to Defeat Privatisation of Indian Railways", was presented by Lal Singh, General Secretary, at this meeting. The presentation was followed by a discussion in which members and supporters discussed what had been put forward and shared their own experiences related to railways. A summary of the discussions is presented here.

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Jan Ekta, Jan Adhikar andolan: Thousands march against increasing attacks on livelihood and rights

thumbnailOn May 23, the streets of Central Delhi resounded with slogans “Stop the growing attacks on our livelihood and rights!”, “Long live unity of workers, peasants, women and youth!”, “Stop looting the working people!”, “Stop filling the pockets of the big capitalists!”, “Stop selling out our country and our natural resources!”, “We will not tolerate the growing attacks on women!”, “Government should fulfill its duty of providing security to women!”, “Down with communal violence and attacks on the basis of caste!”, “We want jobs, education, health!”, and many others.

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March for the Alternative: Tens of thousands take to London's streets demanding new direction of the economy

thumbnailOn Saturday 12th May, tens of thousands of working people descended on central London, calling for a new deal for workers and for public services. There were about 30,000 workers in their trade union contingents, representing branches and regions all over the UK, from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the North East, North West, Midlands, South West, South East, Eastern and London. They came to London from all walks of life - unions representing manufacturing workers, local authority staff, shop and retail employees, transport and education workers all marched together in an impressive display of unity and determination.

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Farmers protest regarding irrigation water supply

thumbnailOn 16th May, 2018, farmers in Sirsa district of Haryana protested outside the office of the Superintending Engineer demanding that water should be released into canals for irrigation. Farmers are rightly angry about the fact that water is not being released into canals. In their appeal to the CM, they have clearly written that if the government does not provide a just hearing to their demands then they will be forced to call for a massive protest of farmers in the region.

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Struggle of MGNREGA contract workers

thumbnailOn 10th May, diverse organisations held a rally from the Panchayat Committee office to the Sub Divisional Office (SDO) in Nohar city, Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. The rally demonstrated solidarity with MGNREGA contract workers who were protesting in front of the Panchayat Committee office. The rally was organized under the banner of the All Rajasthan State Joint Workers’ Federation (Akhil Rajasthan Sanyukt Karmachari Mahasangh). Similar rallies were held in front of Panchayat Committee offices in the entire region.

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Rail workers observed black days and stepped up their struggle

thumbnailBetween 14th to16th May 2018, rail drivers observed protest days in response to the call of the Central Committee of the All India Loco Running Staff Association. On these three days, train drivers worked while wearing black bands. Demonstrations and rallies were held in front of headquarters of numerous Railway Boards across the country. In many areas, members of railway Guards’ Councils also participated in the protests.

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Peasants to intensify their struggle: No farm produce to reach cities from 1st to 10th June 2018

Peasants across the country have resolved to come together once again to protest against the callousness of the rulers to their growing impoverishment. Despite repeated protests by the peasantry since the last one year and more, the government has failed to guarantee the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of 1.5 times the cost. Dumping of their produce – milk, potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables – by peasants on the roads because the price they can realize does not even cover their cost of production has become an increasing occurrence over the last few years.
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All India Guards Council to hold its 37th Biennial General Body Meeting

The All India Guards Council (AIGC) will be holding its Biennial General Body Meeting (BEGM) at Puri, Orissa on 25th-26th May 2018. The AIGC is the representative union of 28,000 Guards of the Indian Railways. At the forthcoming BEGM nearly a thousand delegates from the 16 Railway Zones of the Indian Railways will be participating in the two day deliberations when they will also be electing the new office bearers. The problems of the guards of the Indian Railways are to be discussed, both the common problems as well as zone/ division/ branch specific problems.
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Escalate the struggle against the program of globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation! Unite around the program to build a new India where prosperity and protection are guaranteed for all!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1st May 2018

On the occasion of May Day 2018, Communist Ghadar Party greets the working class and peoples of all countries who are waging a courageous struggle against the attacks of the capitalist class and its governments on their livelihood and rights. We greet all the nations and peoples who are opposing the criminal wars, economic blockades and enslaving treaties of the imperialists and monopoly capitalist corporations.

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Lessons from the Kathua and Unnao incidents: People must organize to fight for a State that guarantees protection for all women and girls

The recent incidents of rape and murder of a girl child in Kathua, Jammu, and the rape of a teenage girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, have been met with widespread public outrage. People have come out in large numbers in every corner of the country to demand immediate and severe punishment of those guilty of these crimes, irrespective of any high position they may hold.
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Thousands march in Bhivandi declaring: India UNITES Against Rape and Murder! The State CANNOT Divide Us on a Communal Basis!

Militant demonstration in Bhiwandi on women's safety issueThe bestial multiple rape and murder of 8-year old Asifa in Kathua, the rape and torture of the Unnao girl by the MLA, the untold miseries including rape suffered by the Surat girl before her murder – all these have shaken up the people of our country. The involvement of the police and MLA in these crimes, the shameless support given by ministers of the Jammu and Kashmir government to the perpetrators of the Kathua crime, the UP government’s role in trying to shield the MLA of its party as well as the prolonged silence of the PM before he reluctantly came out with a couple of sentences once again revealed the thoroughly anti-people nature of the state. People all over the country are raising their voice in protest. They realise that unless they unite and fight, these crimes will be pushed under the carpet and the criminals will go scot-free.

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A year of workers' struggles!

Terad union Satyagarh Various sections of the working class in India and across the world have been out on the streets time and again over the past year in defence of their rights. In India, the bourgeoisie has unleashed an offensive on the rights of the workers in the interest of “ease of doing business” of the monopoly capitalists. The working class resistance culminated in several joint actions of workers through the year. Workers from across sectors of the economy expressed their opposition to the privatisation programme of the bourgeoisie.

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Oppose the Indian Railways’ dangerous plans to scuttle fresh recruitment

Recently the Indian Railways announced that it would “re-engage” retired workers to fill the vacancies in for all categories of workers in the maintenance, operating and commercial departments. Towards this end it has already started “re-engaging” workers who retired at 60 years in these departments subject to a maximum age limit of 65 years. These workers are “reengaged” for two years by hiring them at 50% of the salary last drawn without HRA and transport allowances. They have to work the full working day like all employees.

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Agitation to close down the polluting Sterlite Copper plant: Central and state governments do the bidding of monopolies against the will of the people

Sterlite Copper plant Tens of thousands of people of Thoothukudi district in Tamilnadu have come out on the streets demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper plant functioning in their region. They have been continuously agitating for over two months and the agitation is spreading to many other areas in Thoothukudi and to many cities of Tamilnadu. People from all walks of life including fishermen, auto rickshaw unions, mini bus drivers, salt pan workers, tea stall vendors, small manufacturer's association, joined the agitation showing that there is widespread concern.

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Halla Bol dharna on April 2, 2018: Support the just struggle of doctors and medical students!

Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, April 1, 2018

Doctors and medical students all over the country are organizing a dharna on April 2 in their hospitals and medical colleges. They are organizing under the banner of the Medicos Youth National Action Council (MYNAC) consisting of all medical student organizations and resident doctors’ associations.

Doctors and medical students have been agitating against the privatization of medical education and hospital care. They have been opposing the terrible conditions in government hospitals, overcrowded and with crumbling infrastructure, where young doctors are forced to work long hours without a break, dealing with long lines of patients.

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Working class continues to draw inspiration from May Day

thumbnailThe working class of India has been bravely resisting the massive attack of the ruling class on its rights to organise and to fight for better conditions of work. Workers belonging to the transport, construction, railway, IT and other sectors, anganwadi workers, teachers and doctors have come out in huge demonstrations. Coming May Day will be a great inspiration for them to forge their unity and take their struggles to greater heights.

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Militant protest action demands punishment for the guilty of the Kathua and Unnao rape crimes

thumbnailWomen’s groups and youth organisations participated in a militant protest action at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 12, 2018, demanding punishment for the perpetrators of the ghastly rape crimes in Kathua in Jammu and Unnao in UP. Hundreds of women, men, students and youth gathered at Jantar Mantar and marched to Parliament. Activists of AIDWA, NFIW, AIPWA, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, CSW, Swastika Mahila Samiti, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, AISA, SFI, KYS and other organisations participated in the protest action. A public rally was held at the Parliament, which was addressed by leaders of all the participating organisations.

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Martyrdom Day celebrated in Kanyakumari

thumbnailOn 23rd March 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hung by British rulers. The visionary ideas of these martyrs have been such a source of inspiration for the people of India that public meetings and rallies are held all over the country, including South India, around this occasion. The message and deeds of these martyrs are so popular and well-known in Kanyakumari district, in the southern tip of Tamilnadu, that communist parties, trade unions, peasants and youth organisations recall their sacrifice with fervour by organising public meetings, rallies, discussions and debates and putting up posters all theouhg the district.

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Youth of Manipur denounce falsification of the history and identity of Manipur

Youth and students of Manipur have reacted angrily against a speech made on March 28 by the Manipur Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren Singh, in Porbandar, Gujarat, in which he asserted that Manipur, Arunachal, Nagaland and other parts of the North East had been part of India “since the time of Bhagwan Sri Krishna”. He claimed that the age-old unity of the North East with the rest of India was disrupted thereafter, and then thanked PM Narendra Modi for having reestablished this unity.

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Doctors and medical students agitate against the NMC Bill

thumbnailYoung doctors and medical students all over the country observed a Halla Bol dharna in their respective medical colleges and hospitals on April 2, 2018. The dharna had been organized to oppose the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which the central government proposes to introduce. The dharna was organized under the banner of the Medicos Youth Nation Action Council (MYNAC).

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Demand to change passenger train schedule: Demonstration at Nohar Railway station

thumbnailA protest demonstration was organized on 4th April under the leadership of Lok Raj Sangathan at Nohar station in Hanumangadh district. The action was in support of a five-point demand in connection with the demand for change in timing of the Sadalpur-Hanumangadh passenger train 04778.

Several organisations and their leaders participated in this dharna along with Lok Raj Sangathan. A petition was submitted to the Zonal Manager of Western Railways, in the course of the dharna. Representatives of the various organisations addressed the dharna.

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Red Salute to Comrade Lenin!

LeninThe recent attacks on Lenin’s statues in Tripura were accompanied by the propaganda that Indians allegedly have no cause to honour a Russian communist leader. The majority of Indian people, however, do not agree with this assertion. Not only communist parties but the majority of political parties, as well as numerous journalists, respected scholars, poets and writers have condemned the attacks on Lenin’s statues. This reflects the deep impression that Lenin and the Russian Revolution have made on the struggle of the Indian people for their liberation.

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Demand for halting trains in small stations and for better train timings: Rail roko agitation Ramgarh

Rail Roko in RJThe villagers of Ramgarh, a sub tehsil in Hanuman district of Rajasthan, blocked the passage of Sadulpur to Sriganganagar train in the afternoon of 26 March 2018 at the Ramgarh station. The villagers were angry at the sudden decision of the officials to remove Ramgarh halt for many passenger trains including the Hanumangarh–Sadulpur Passenger. The officials also changed the time table of passenger trains plying on this route so that the trains were no longer useful to the villagers.

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Teachers and students protest privatization of higher education

DUDA and JNUTAAt the call of DUTA-FEDCUTA (Delhi University Teachers Association-Federation of Central Universities Teachers Associations), tens of thousands of students and teachers held a militant protest march in New Delhi, from Mandi House to Parliament, on March 28. Students and teachers from nearly all colleges and departments of Delhi University attended the protest march. Teachers and students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Ambedkar University and Aligarh Muslim University were also present in large numbers. Several students and youth organisations participated with their banners, including AISF, SFI, AISA, CYSS, KYS, etc. The protestors raised slogans denouncing the so-called Graded Autonomy Scheme announced by the government as a step towards increasing privatisation of higher education. They held placards in their hands bearing slogans such as "Stop commercialisation of education!", "Higher education is our right!", "We ask for our rights, not for your favours!", "Stop playing with the future of our youth!", etc.

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Deepening crisis of the banking system – what is the cause and what is the solution?

ThumbnailThe scandal involving the Punjab National Bank, numerous other Indian banks and diamond businessmen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi has once again brought the crisis of the banking system to the centre-stage of public debate.

The ruling class wants to exploit this particular scandal which involves public sector banks to push the erroneous and dangerous notion that privatization is the way to lift the banking system out of crisis. As far as the working class and broad masses of people are concerned, the problem is that both public and private banks are not fulfilling the function which the people expect from them. They are not protecting the hard-earned savings which people have deposited with them. Far from protecting such deposits, banks are colluding with capitalist profiteers to loot the people!

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Regional Convention of the AILRSA

ThumbnailThe 21st Bi-annual Regional Convention of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held on 18-19 March 2018 in Muradabad was a resounding success.

Representatives from the Delhi, Muradabad, Lucknow, Meerut, Jind, Firozpur, Pathankot, Ambala, Panipat, Dehradun and Bareilly branches and bodies of the AILRSA vigorously participated in the Convention.

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Railway apprentices stage rail roko in Mumbai

ThumbnailIn the early morning of Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7 a.m, thousands of apprentices who had completed their apprentice training in the Indian Railways occupied the railway tracks between Dadar and Matunga on the Central Railway lines in the heart of Mumbai city. They remained on the tracks till 11 a.m, completely paralysing the morning rush hour train movements on the Central Railways.

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Martyr day celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country: Intensify struggle for a society free from exploitation

23 march shahidi diwasOn 23rd March 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hung by British rulers. The visionary ideas of these martyrs have been a source of inspiration for the workers, peasants, women and youth of this country who have been constantly striving to establish a society free from all forms of exploitation.

Rallies, public meetings and consultations were organised on 23rd March 2018 by communists and other progressive people all over the country. They took inspiration from the revolutionary struggles of our people against colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. On this inspiring occasion, they pledged to organise workers, peasants, women, youth and students to build a new India free from exploitation. An India which will be completely free from capitalist exploitation, imperialist loot, feudal and casteist oppression, oppression of women and communal violence.

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We salute the determined farmers of Maharashtra!

Farmers marching from Nasik to Mumbai

Since 6th March attention of entire Maharashtra was focused on thousands of farmers who started their Long March to Mumbai from Nashik, under the leadership of the Maharashtra unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha. A 1.5 km long river of red seemed to flow along the highway as more than 30 thousand farmers, young and old, men and women, walked nearly 200 kms in scorching heat, many of them barefoot, waving red flags with hammer and sickle and reached Azad Maidan in Mumbai in the early hours of 12th March. It was indeed a magnificent scene. Braving all odds and various attempts by the government of Maharashtra to scare them and to split them, these farmers in one voice declared to the gathered media that “it is better to die fighting for our rights here, rather than dying hungry in our fields!” It is this single minded determination which forced the Maharashtra government to concede some of their demands.

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Condemn the politics of spreading sectarian hatred and terror! An attack on one is an attack on all!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 9th March, 2018

The victory of the BJP in the Assembly election has been followed by savage attacks against communists and trade union activists in Tripura. Offices of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been looted and set on fire. Statues of Lenin have been physically attacked and vandalized.

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Communist parties condemn the attempts of the State to spread hatred and terror

Leaders and activists of thumbe Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Ghadar Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Revolutionary Socialist Party of India and All India Forward Bloc participated in a joint demonstration from Jantar Mantar to Parliament, on March 9. The demonstration was organized to protest against the systematic campaign organized by the state, to spread terror and hatred among people, following the electoral victory of the BJP in the Tripura state assembly elections.

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170th anniversary of the publication of the Communist Manifesto: Indispensable guide for the working class in its struggle for emancipation

Karl-Marx-and-Frederick-EngelsThe Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was first published 170 years ago. Ever since its publication, this first great programmatic work of scientific socialism has been and remains the indispensable guide for the working class of the whole world in its struggle to overthrow the capitalist system and build a new socialist society free from all forms of exploitation.

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International Women’s Day celebrations: Women resolve to step up the struggle for equality, justice and freedom from exploitation

thumbHundreds of women marched in Delhi, from Mandi House to Parliament, on March 8 this year, to mark International Women’s Day and to reaffirm their resolve to step up the struggle for a new society, free from exploitation, inequality, injustice and violence. Working women and men, youth and students, young and old, all enthusiastically participated in the program.

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Anganwadi workers continue their militant struggle

AnganwariNearly 500 Anganwadi workers from all blocks of Gurgaon struck work for a week from 19th to 26th February. They demonstrated outside the residence of Rao Narbir Singh the Public Works Department minister in protest against low wages and oppressive work conditions. The workers demanded that their salaries be increased to Rs 18,000 per month and that they be given benefits such as health insurance and pension.

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TN state transport workers protest victimization

thumbOn 6th March, the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees associated with a number of trade unions staged a demonstration outside TNSTC Madurai’s headquarters demanding the reinstatement of 11 employees suspended during the TNSTC employees’ week-long strike across the State in January. The employees also demanded the withdrawal of cases filed against these 11 employees of TNSTC Madurai by the police.

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Growing protests of peasants across the country

All across the country, farmers are marching in defence of their demands for state procurement of their produce at remunerative prices and for cancellation of their debts. They are protesting in various ways to show their anger that their demands have remained unfulfilled. Time and again, various governments at the centre and in the states have criminally betrayed their promises. Farmers are determined to fight for their right to life and security of livelihood.
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Condemn the use of ESMA against the Nagpur Municipal Corporation transport workers

The indefinite strike launched by drivers and conductors of Nagpur city bus service followed a familiar pattern - a pattern which has become a norm across the country, irrespective of which party is in power in the state or in municipal corporation. The Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was invoked and the strike was declared illegal!
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Guards of Indian Railways demonstrate all over India

thumbAs reported in February 16-28, 2018 edition of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, at the call of the All India Guards Council, Guards of Indian Railway all over India wore black badges on the 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2018 to protest the anti-worker policies of the Railway Authorities and the Central Government and presented their charter of demands.

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Women must take the lead in transforming the State and the social system! Transition from capitalism to socialism is the road to women’s liberation!

thumbCommunist Ghadar Party greets the fighting women of all countries on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018 It is an occasion to show the combined strength of women and the working class It is an occasion to sum up, take stock and plan ahead to advance the struggle for women’s liberation

All over the world today, women are in the forefront of the growing opposition to liberalization, privatization and cutbacks in public social services. They are active participants in the struggles for national rights that are under attack by multinational corporations and imperialist states. They are opposing the unjust wars being waged by US imperialism and its allies, resulting in widespread destruction and in millions of refugees fleeing from war zones They are opposing the racist policies of capitalist-imperialist states.

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On the Supreme Court judgment on the Cauvery waters dispute

On February 16, 2018, the Supreme Court announced its judgment on how the waters flowing through the Cauvery River should be shared between the states of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Puducheri. The judgment came in response to an appeal filed by Karnataka against the order of the Cauvery Waters Tribunal in 2007, which had allocated, in a year of normal rainfall, 270 tmcft to Karnataka. The Supreme Court Order increased the share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft to 284.75 tmcft. It reduced Tamilnadu’s share by the same amount to 404.25 tmcft.

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National Health Protection Scheme: Expanding private hospitals and denying the universal right to health

While presenting the Union Budget for 2018-19, Finance Minister Jaitley announced two major initiatives in the health sector, as part of its much-publicised Ayushman Bharat program. These are the Health and Wellness Centre and National Health Protection Scheme.

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Resident doctors oppose cut in salaries by the BMC

Around 2000 resident doctors attached to civic-run public hospitals of the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC), got a shock in receiving their monthly stipend on Friday 9th February 2018. They found that over half the sum had been, for the first time ever, deducted in taxes! Members of the central committee of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) at a press conference on Saturday 10th February 2018 explained that they all resident doctors are students who pay yearly fees to the respective colleges and are given a stipend in lieu of the back breaking work they do in hospitals. The Income Tax Act clearly mentions that tax must be deducted at source only from salary and other professional earnings etc. Hence it is only applicable to those who are employed.
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Struggle of the staff of Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Sciences (SITS), Pune for the payment of pending salaries!

thumbThe Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Sciences (SITS) is spread across seven major campuses sprawled over a large area in and around Pune, the educational centre of Maharashtra. The Institute received state support for acquiring the land for the campuses at concessional rates. It has received many other concessions as well. It has built colleges for engineering, medical and pharmacy. With close to 70,000 students enrolled, it charges hefty fees and collects donations. However it does not meet its obligations towards the teachers and staff that it has hired. The government is looking on while it hires teachers and staff on contract or on temporary status, notwithstanding that they do regular full-time work. Worse, they have not been paid their salaries for months.

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Tens of thousands march and demonstrate to demand a new direction for the NHS

thumbTens of thousands of people from all over England took part on Saturday 3rd February, in a day of action demanding a new direction for the National Health Service (NHS) and an end to its privatisation. In London, 60,000 marched in the cold and rain through the centre of town to a rally outside Downing Street (where the Prime Minister’s official residence is located).

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BEST workers oppose privatization drive : Privatization of transport undertakings is anti-people!

thumbBrihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is one of the world’s largest metro transport corporation. It is managed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and caters to the needs of more than 30 lakh commuters every day. On 12th February 2018, the BEST management committee announced its decision to hire 200 mini non-AC buses, 200 mini-AC buses and 50 midi-buses on wet lease from private contractors. Under this type of arrangement, buses are leased from private contractors along with driver and are also maintained by the contractor.

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Party activists’ meeting discusses path for liberation of women: Only by putting an end to the society based on exploitation can women win their emancipation

ThumbnailA spirited discussion took place among nearly a hundred young party activists on February 4, in New Delhi, on the question of liberation of women. Young women and men, school and college students and working youth, participated enthusiastically in the meeting organized by the Communist Ghadar Party. They animatedly exchanged views on this burning problem in society and came up with important suggestions on how to organize to deal with this issue.

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Nagaland : Call for boycott of assembly elections mount

ThumbnailOn January 29, 2018, representatives of 11 electoral political parties of Nagaland declared that they would not put up candidates in the February 27 elections to the state assembly. The joint declaration they signed after meetings with the Core Committee of Nagaland tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) said “We on behalf of all the political parties and the intending candidates have, in compliance with the wishes of the people, decided not to go ahead with the issuance of party tickets or filing of nominations.”

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Workers are demanding an end to contract system – Government is offering fixed-term contracts!

It has been reported in media that the Union Government has issued a draft notification on Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2018, dated 8th January, which will allow all businesses to offer fixed-term contracts to workers. This will enable industries to hire workers for short-term assignments and terminate their services once the projects are completed.
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Hail the 75th anniversary of the heroic victory over Nazi fascism at Stalingrad!

ThumbnailOn 2 February 1943, the armies of Hitler’s Germany suffered their greatest defeat in World War II at the hands of the heroic people of the Soviet Union led by the Bolshevik Party and Comrade Stalin, at the city of Stalingrad. The military and civilian casualties of this epic struggle that lasted more than 5 months amounted to nearly 2 million people – a mind-boggling figure. The Nazi forces had thrown lakhs of their most tested military forces into their campaign to conquer the socialist Soviet Union. But they were halted at Stalingrad, an industrial city of 500,000 people on the banks of the Volga river, which was the gateway to the rich oil resources of the Caspian region. The rallying cry for the defenders of Stalingrad was Not One Step Back!

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Forum for IT Employees registered in Maharashtra

It was victory for the IT professionals of Maharashtra that their union - Forum for I.T. Employees (FITE) has been registered in Maharashtra. The committee members of FITE, Maharashtra along with the representative of Lok Raj Sangathan and the President of the union of Bajaj Auto employees announced this at a press conference held on 13th January 2018.

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Indian Railways running staff agitate against proposal to reduce pay element in salaries

ThumbnailThe members of All India Guards Council (AIGC) and All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) representing the guards and engine drivers of the Indian Railways all over India demonstrated in front of their respective Divisional Railway Manager's (DRM) office on 4th February 2018. They were protesting against a proposal of the Running Allowance Committee to reduce the pay element in the calculation of the revised mileage rate. The Running Allowance Committee is constituted by the Railway Board, which is the top decision making body of the Indian Railways.

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Peasants to launch all-India agitation against the budget

Kisan rallyAt a press conference in Delhi on 6th Ferburary, the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) announced its plans to start coordinated week-long protests in 1000 locations across the country. Nearly 200 farmer associations have rejected the Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister on 1st February as “anti-farmer”.

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Condemn the continued repression of Bajaj Auto workers in Pune!

thumbBajaj Auto is one of the large auto firms based in Pune. The Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana union put up a militant fight in January-February of this year against the Bajaj Auto owners for the fulfilment of a number of demands. These demands have been pending since the past four years. For example, the issue of illegal and unjust termination of 8 workers has been pending since 2013. Further, the issue of uncalled-for transfer of 6 workers from Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant to other plants (Bajaj Auto has plants in Aurangabad and Pantnagar) too has been pending since 2016.

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“Restructuring” of Indian Railways is a program to wreck a valuable public asset so as to fulfil monopoly

‘Restructuring’ means is to convert Indian Railways into a set of profit-oriented businesses, run by private companies with no social responsibility. It means to wreck a public asset to fulfil the private interests of capitalist monopoly houses. ... The Railway Board Chairman a few days back while addressing monopoly capitalists, interested in participating in the privatization of railways. He announced, “We are running a purely commercial business in a sarkari way”, and assured them, “The Indian Railways is undertaking massive structural, cultural and process reforms to improve ease of doing business.”
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Electoral Bonds – a legal route for the big capitalists to fund their parties

On 4th January, 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitly announced details of a proposed scheme of issuing Electoral Bonds for financing political parties. Only those parties will be eligible for donations through electoral bonds which received at least 1% of the votes in the last general elections to the Lok Sabha or State assembly. ... what the Electoral Bonds Scheme will achieve is to make it possible for individual capitalists and companies to contribute large sums of money to their favoured political parties legally and without involving cash. As before, who gave how much to which party will remain hidden from public view.
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Parliamentary Committee opposes Air India privatization, yet the Government goes ahead on its privatization course

According to news reports, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has come out with a report strongly opposing privatization of Air India. The Committee estimates that given 5 more years, it is possible to revive Air India as a profit making company. In its final report, the Committee is expected to recommend that the government should write off the debt of Air India and stop its plans to privatize Air India.
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Transport workers in Tamilnadu achieve partial victory!

ThumbnailTransport workers belonging to 17 trade unions in Tamilnadu, had gone on an indefinite strike after rejecting the government's proposal to hike the wages of the transport workers by 2.44%. There are about 1.4 lakh workers in the state's transport department to handle a fleet of 22,500 buses. Over 2 crore passengers use the services with buses travelling a total of 88.64 lakh km daily.

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Anganwadi, ASHA and Mid-day meal workers rally in New Delhi

ThumbnailMore than 800 Anganwadi, ASHA and Mid-day meal workers took part in a militant protest demonstration from Mandi House to Parliament in New Delhi on January 17. The action was organized at the call of the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions, including Mazdoor Ekta Committee, CITU, AITUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, UTUC, HMS, LPF, SEWA and INTUC.

The demonstrators were prevented from advancing towards Parliament by the Delhi police. However, due to the militant resistance put up by the protesting workers and their leaders, especially the women workers, the police were forced to relent.

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160,000 industrial workers strike in Germany

ThumbnailAround 160,000 employees in the automotive, steel and electrical industries have engaged in token strikes, called by the IG Metall union, in the first week of January 2018. The union is currently negotiating a new wage contract for 3.9 million workers in Germany’s largest industrial sector. The actions include workers at Porsche, Daimler, Bosch and other auto, auto parts and electrical companies like Siemens and AEG.

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This Republic does not protect but violates our rights! It is an instrument to divide the polity on communal and caste basis and maintain capitalist dictatorship!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th January, 2018

The Republic of India will be 68 years old on 26th January this year. The experience of almost seven decades has revealed that this Republic does not protect the right to livelihood, right to conscience, right to life and other human and democratic rights of all members of society. According to Indian political theory or Raj Dharma, a raja who fails to ensure protection and prosperity for the praja loses his right to rule. Judging on the basis of this principle, the Republic of India has no legitimacy whatsoever.

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Violence against Dalits in Pune: The state is responsible for continued caste oppression and fomenting of caste conflicts

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th January, 2018

The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the brutal attacks on the Dalits. Turning truth on its head, many sections of the monopoly controlled media are blaming the victims for the violence. According to their narrative, those who are raising their voices against continuing caste oppression of dalits are enemies of national unity, while those who attacked the dalits are patriots! The state has banned meetings and rallies of student youth raising their voices against the violence unleashed against dalits accusing them of fomenting caste conflicts!

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Guards of Indian Railways agitate for their just demands

Guards sit on hunger strike with loco pilots in DelhiAt the call of the All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), Guards of the Indian Railways wore black badges while performing their duty, on 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2018, all across India. The black badges highlighted four of their demands: a) Decide Justified Kilometre Allowance Rates at the earliest b) Cancel EOTT (End of Train Territory) Machines that are planned to be introduced in goods trains to replace guards c) Withdraw the New Pension Scheme (NPS) that was introduced in 2004 and restore the old Pension Scheme. d) Withdraw anti-labour policies.

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