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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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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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Thousands protest in front of Indian High Commission in London

London-3Thousands 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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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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Letters received from readers in response to the Communique of the Plenum published in the MEL issue June 16-30

Dear Editor

I read the MEL issue 12 which had published the Communique of the 9th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. The report has explained the reasons behind the record-breaking victory of the BJP in the recent elections.

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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

13 believed dead in Meghalaya

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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Letters received from readers in response to the Communique of the Plenum published in the MEL issue June 16-30

Dear Editor, The Communique of the 9th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India presents a very clear and timely analysis of the recent general elections in the context of larger developments in India and the world.
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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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Letters received from readers in response to the Communique of the Plenum published in the MEL issue June 16-30

Dear Editor,

The Communique of the Plenum of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party, held on 1-2 June, gives us a clear picture of the election and its result. It provides a clear direction for action, based on sound analysis.

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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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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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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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“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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Indian Railway Guards on East Coast Railway unite to improve their conditions

From Nov 30th to Dec 8th 2018, a team of Central Office Bearers, the representative body of the Guards of the Indian Railways led by Com. A.K. Srivastava, All India Secretary of All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), toured the East Coast Railway, which covers the coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, with the aim of uniting the Guards in this region to improve their working conditions. The tour covered various Railway junctions in this region - Sambalpur, Talcher, Paradeep, Khurda Road, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, etc. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar’s Mumbai Correspondent spoke to Com. A.K.Srivastava, in this context and we are presenting a Report of the information provided by him.
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Right to education on sale in Maharashtra!

ThumbnailIn December 2017, the Government of Maharashtra took two decisions regarding education which have far reaching consequences. In the first week it declared that it would close down 1314 schools in the state. The Education Minister of Maharashtra justified this decision by saying that since these schools have less than 10 students, as per the Right to Education Act (RTE) provisions, the state has the right to close down such schools! He further shamelessly stated that actually as per the RTE Act, schools with less than 20 students can be closed down, which will mean closure of more than 12000 schools as per the survey conducted in 2009, but since government is concerned about primary education it has decided to shut down only around 3000 schools!

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Jharkhand government bans trade union

On 22nd December, the Jharkhand government announced the ban of the Mazdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS), a registered trade union that has been in existence for 30 years. The state government invoked Section 16 of the draconian Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA). Following the ban, 10 office bearers of the organization were charged under Section 17 of the CLAA and arrested the next day. The CLAA empowers the state government to declare an organization “unlawful” if the government in its “opinion” believes that the organization “interferes or has for its objective interference in administration of law and maintenance of law and order or constitutes danger to public peace”.
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Workers in ‘Essential Services’ sectors fight for their rights

ThumbnailOver 50,000 state transport workers in Tamil Nadu went on a flash strike starting on January 4 after the government refused to meet their demands for payment of their arrears and parity in wage increase with workers of other government departments and state enterprises. The strike began in Chennai and spread to other towns and districts in Tamilnadu. 4th and 5th January witnessed a near total strike with over 90% of buses not operating on their routes. Even after attempts by the government to force contract workers to act as substitutes, the strike remained successful.

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Letters to Editor

Long live the Party

Sir,

In the speech of Com. Lal Singh delivered on the occasion of the marking of the 37th anniversary of the founding of our beloved party the CGPI, our General Secretary has taken pains to explain why "Ghadar" is present in our name: as an ever present reminder that our call is that of revolution and no effort should be spared until this goal has been reached.

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Speech of Com Lal Singh, General Secretary on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the founding of CGPI:

Escalate the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national offensive of the big bourgeoisie!

Organise to establish workers’ and peasants’ rule!

What was the situation in our country 40 years ago, when we took up the task of building such a vanguard party of the working class? It was a time when the system of parliamentary democracy was in deep crisis. The fascist underbelly of the Indian State had been exposed by the declaration of National Emergency in June 1975 and the suspension of democratic rights and civil liberties. Widespread mass protests broke out among the working people and youth of the country.

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Hail the 37th anniversary of the Communist Ghadar Party

ThumbnailThe Party’s anniversary was celebrated on the 24th-25th December in many cities in the country and abroad, and will be celebrated in more cities over the coming weeks. The Regional Committees organized these meetings. The venues were decorated with red banners hailing the 37th anniversary and 37 red flags lighting up the stage. The speech (published here) of the General Secretary Com. Lal Singh was read out at all the meetings.

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Letters to Editor: Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections

The article, “Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections: Elections in this system serve to maintain the rule of capitalist monopoly houses”, in the December 16-31 issue of MEL, has correctly pointed out that both the Congress and BJP when in command have implemented the program of the big capitalist monopoly houses and have pushed the program of capitalist globalisation at the expense of the working people.
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US decides to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:

A grave provocation against the Palestinian and Arab peoples

ThumbnailUS president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and start preparations for the US to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv constitutes a grave provocation against the Palestinian people. It is a deliberate move designed to further inflame tensions across West Asia.

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Rajasthan government unleashes savage repression on doctors

ThumbnailOn the night of December 15 and the morning of December 16, the Rajasthan government launched a crackdown on doctors working in government run hospitals and health care centers in towns and villages across the state. At least 60 doctors were reported to have been picked up from their residences and workplaces by the police and arrested. Many other doctors have been forced to go into hiding to evade arrest.

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Release of Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project Report: A record of state terrorism in Punjab

A recently-released report ‘Identifying the Unidentified’ by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) states that over 8,000 extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances took place in the state between 1985 and 1995. The Report is the result of seven years of investigation.
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Long live the martyrs of Kakori!

ThumbnailA public meeting was organised on 19th December 2017, by the chapter of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, in sub-district Ramgarh, in memory of the martyrs of the Kakori Conspiracy and to inspire the youth with their story. The sacrifice of Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, Chadrashekhar Azad, Ashwak Ullah Khan, Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and other martyrs was remembered.

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Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections: Elections in this system serve to maintain the rule of capitalist monopoly houses

State assembly elections have been held recently in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. In both these states, the BJP and the Congress Party were promoted on TV and other news media as the two main contenders. All other parties and candidates were given little or no space in the daily news coverage.

In Gujarat, the BJP has been in charge for the past 22 years. In Himachal, the Congress and BJP have been alternately running the government, changing places once in five years, with the Congress in charge since 2012.

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Militant demonstration and rally in New Delhi to mark 25 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid

ThumbnailThousands of activists of different political parties and organisations participated in a massive demonstration in New Delhi on December 6, 2017, to commemorate 25 years of the ghastly crime committed by our rulers against our people – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and the state organized communal violence and massacres that followed. The demonstrators marched from Mandi House to Parliament, demanding punishment of the guilty and an end to state organized communal violence and genocide.

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Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code – pro-capitalist, anti-worker and anti-social

The IBC process is yet another method devised to enable monopoly capitalists to legally loot workers and the public at large. The IBC will lead to further monopolization and concentration of wealth. Many jobs too will be lost as the acquiring capitalist will use the bad financial condition of the acquired company as the pretext to reduce number of workers and increase their workload.
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Oppose the ID Act Amendments proposed by Maharashtra government

The BJP government of Maharashtra had started pushing for amendment to ID Act in 2015, but they have been unsuccessful so far. The Maharashtra government has again proposed an amendment that would make it easier for factories with less than 300 workers to close down their factories or lay off workers without prior permission of the state government.
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Communist parties observe ‘Black Day’

ThumbnailSeven communist parties – Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward Bloc and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) – observed ‘Black Day against communalism and fascism’ on 6th December 2017. A protest march was held from Mandi House to Parliament in New Delhi.

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2017 – Struggles for rights

ThumbnailWorkers across sectors, small and middle peasants, government employees, doctors, nurses and Aanganwadi workers were all out on the streets through the year in 2017. They protested against the rising attacks on their right to livelihood. They demanded that these attacks be halted and asserted their right to organise. Working people came out in large numbers against the demonetisation in November 2016 and against the GST introduced in July this year.

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Demands for loan waiver and public procurement are entirely just! It is the State’s duty to ensure prosperity and protection for peasants! We are not asking for charity! Secure livelihood is our basic right!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 20 November, 2017

At the call of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, peasants from all parts of our country have gathering in Delhi today. The demands being raised include a one-time waiver of agricultural loans advanced by banks and guaranteed public procurement of all agricultural produce at remunerative prices.These are entirely just demands. They need to be fulfilled in order to provide a secure livelihood to the tillers and to lift agriculture out of crisis.

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What is the cause of the crisis of agriculture? What is the way out?

An unprecedented mass united protest of peasants from all over the country took place on 20th November, on the eve of the winter session of Parliament. It was organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of 184 peasant organisations. Their demands included a one-time waiver of bank loans to farmers and guaranteed public procurement of all crops at minimum support prices, of at least one and a half times the average cost of production, as recommended by the Swaminathan Committee.
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Interviews with Leaders of the Working Class Participating in the November 9-11 Mahapadav

Correspondents of the Mazdoor Ekta Lehar interviewed many leaders of the working class who were participating in the Mahapadav. Below we publish excerpts of interviews with Comrade Prakash Rao of Communist Ghadar Party of India, Comrade Santosh Kumar, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Leader of Anganwadi workers Ms. M Chitralekha and .
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Government employees all over Rajasthan organise protest demonstrations: Full wages are our right, not a concession!

ThumbnailOn November 20, 2017, government employees all over Rajasthan organised protest demonstrations and dharnas at their respective district headquarters, under the banner of the All Rajasthan State Employees Joint Committee. They submitted their memorandum of demands to the Chief Minister through their tehsildaars. Earlier, on November 9, the state employees had organised protests and dharnas at their respective collectors' offices and submitted their demands.

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Massive rally of farmers in Delhi

ThumbnailTens of thousands of peasants came from all parts of India to participate in a massive protest action at the Parliament in New Delhi on 20th November 2017. The protest action was organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), consisting of over 180 organisations. Peasants came in large contingents from all corners of India.

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Massive 3-day workers rally in Delhi

ThumbnailFor three days, November 9, 10 and 11, wave upon wave of workers from every state of the Indian Union joined in the massive All India workers protest (mahapadav) outside parliament.It was a veritable sea of workers. Red flags, placards proclaiming the demands of workers and banners of the participating unions adorned the mahapadav. It was literally a workers festival. Leaders of the working class addressed the workers, cultural workers sang songs in different languages inspiring the workers to step up their struggle for a society free from all forms of exploitation and oppression.

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All out for the success of the mass 3-Day workers’ protest rally! Working class must capture political power, like in Russia 100 years ago!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 3 November, 2017

The 3-day Maha Padav outside Parliament, starting on 9th November, is a massive protest action which is being organised by the National Convention of Workers, consisting of trade unions and their federations covering workers in diverse sectors. They include workers in steel, coal, electricity, petroleum, machinery and machine tools, defence production, railways, banks, road, air and water transport, telecom and IT industries. The 3-day action in Delhi has been preceded by mass campaigns all over the country, in every state, district and block, and in every industrial area.

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33 years after the state-organised genocide of Sikhs in 1984: Let us carry forward the struggle for justice and punishment of the guilty!

ThumbnailMembers and activists of communist parties and several organisations organized a joint action in New Delhi on 1st November 2017, to mark 33 years after the genocide of Sikhs and to reiterate their demand for punishment of the guilty.

The joint action was organized by Lok Raj Sangathan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Popular Front of India, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Sikh Forum, United Muslim Front, CPI (ML) - New Proletarian, Socialist Party (India), Social Democratic Party of India, Association for Protection of Civil Rights, South Asia Human Rights Defence Committee, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Welfare Party of India, Citizens for Democracy, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushavarat (Delhi state), Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Scientific Socialism Journal, Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, NCHRO and the Student Islamic Organization.

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A year since the Note Ban

Dear Editor, I am writing to thank you for carrying the informative article entitled 'A year since the Note Ban, who has gained?' in the November 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. Such an article goes a long way towards educating the working class on the true intent and objective of the devastating note ban that was done in November 2016 by the Narendra Modi Government.
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Guilty must be punished

Dear Editor, MEL This is in response to the Call of the CC of the CGPI dated 24-10-2017 on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of the state-sponsored massacre of Sikhs in 1984. The call emphasizes that the struggle to punish the guilty of the 1984 genocide has not yet been fruitful, and also that such a struggle is part and parcel of the struggle to establish a new state that will ensure prosperity and protection for all.
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The citizenship question

From the time of the promulgation of the Constitution of the Indian Republic on January 26, 1950, the position adopted by the Indian state on the citizenship question reveals a thoroughly communal outlook. The Indian state has used the question of citizenship to systematically inflame communal and sectarian passions and attack the unity of the people. It has used the citizenship issue to divert and disrupt the struggle of the different nations and peoples constituting India for their national rights.

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Condemn the State repression of Rajasthan doctors!

ThumbnailTill the time of filing of this report on 12th November 2017, the strike of the government hospital doctors of Rajasthan was continuing. The state police has till now arrested more than hundred doctors. Some doctors have been dismissed. Doctors are being forced to break their strike. It may be noted that under the leadership of the All Rajasthan Employed Doctors Union, the doctors of the state government hospitals have continuously been agitating since August this year for their 33-point demands.

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Communist parties denounce demonetisation

ThumbnailA militant demonstration and rally was organized in New Delhi on November 8, 2017, exactly a year after demonetisation was brutally imposed on our people by the BJP led central government. The demonstration was organized by the seven communist parties – Communist Ghadar Party of India, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, Socialist Unity Centre of India – Communist, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.

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The October Revolution - 100 years: Victory of October Revolution ushered in State of Workers and Peasants in Russia

​Lenin adressing citizensOn Nov 7, 1917, revolutionary workers, soldiers and sailors took the Winter Palace by storm and arrested the Provisional Government. The armed uprising in Petrograd had won.

Produced below are the call to all Russian citizens from the Revolutionary Military Committee and a Report on the Tasks of Soviet Power and Resolution passed at the Meeting of The Petrograd Soviet of Workers' And Soldiers' Deputies.

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On the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the state-sponsored massacre of Sikhs: Onward with the struggle to punish the guilty of the 1984 genocide! Unite and organize to establish a new state that will ensure prosperity and protection for all!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 24 October, 2017

On 1st November, 2017, men and women, old and young, people of all religious faiths, communists and other political activists, will march through the streets of Delhi, from the Supreme Court to the Parliament building, to mark the 33rd anniversary of the genocide of Sikhs in 1984. Through this united action, the people of India are declaring that they are not prepared to forgive or forget the monstrous crime committed 33 years ago. A message is being conveyed to the whole world that the people of India will not give up the fight for justice.

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Tamilnadu youth protest against NEET: Reflection of the anti-social orientation of medical education

Students meeting in ChennaiThe declaration of the results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical colleges in June this year has been followed by massive protests by students and people of Tamilnadu. Before NEET was made compulsory this year for all states (exemption provided to TN in 2016 from NEET was withdrawn this year), the entrance to government medical colleges in Tamilnadu was based on the marks obtained by the students in the final school examination conducted by the Tamilnadu Board.

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A year since the Note Ban, who has gained?

ThumbnailThe devastating effects of the sudden banning of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, announced by Prime Minister Modi one year back on November 8, 2016, are still being felt by the people of the country, though people were asked to suffer “temporary pain” only in exchange for “long-term gain”. In a country where the majority of people relied heavily on cash, the withdrawal of 86% of the currency in circulation caused havoc in the lives of workers, peasants, small and medium size producers and traders.

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Letter to Editor: On the War against terrorism-II

As mentioned in the article “the government of Pakistan has refused to send its armed forces into Afghanistan”, this step is understandable given the experience Pakistan has had with the US. Every time Pakistan has allowed US to interfere within its boundaries or taken assistance from the US it has met with ill-fate. And now the US is ensuring that Pakistan is globally deemed a terrorist state, building the scene for something that needs to be dealt with as part of its “war on terrorism”. From Pakistan’s experience, one would think it wise to be wary of USA’s “friendship” judging from the way the US has repaid Pakistan for being an ally. If the Indian state were to evaluate the situation keeping in mind the security of its people and not the selfish expansionist interests of the bourgeoisie, it would be obvious that being an ally to the USA comes at a very high cost and will only lead to destruction and devastation of the region.
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Protests continue for health services

Protests continue for health servicesAs of going to the press, the relay dharna led by the Ramgarh Satarkta evam Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti (Ramgarh Vigilance and Joint Struggle Committee) that has been going on since 18 October 2017 is continuing for their demands of filling vacancies at the Community Health Centre (CHC) and to make equipment necessary for treatment of patients available in the health centre in Ramgarh village of Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan.

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Maharashtra transport workers’ strike for pay revisions

​ST workers strike MumbaiBus services were completely paralysed in Maharashtra due to a five-day strike by the state transport workers. Lakhs of passengers use the 17,000 buses that operate across the state every day.

The workers struck work on 16th October in support of their demands for better salaries. Maharashtra State ST Kamagar Sanghatana led the strike with the support of six other labour unions. The unions demanded revision to salaries based on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. They had been negotiating with the administration but were determined to stick to their protest till their demands were realized.

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Mahindra workers win demands through resolute struggle 

Mahindra workers demonstrationWorkers of two Mahindra plants in Uttarakhand (under the banner of Mahindra CIE workers organization) have won their demands after a resolute struggle that began on 18th May 2017 when their demands for an annual wage rise were not implemented. The struggle stretched over four months with workers using several forms of protest on the shop floor.

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“We shall unitedly work to eliminate railway accidents!” declare railway passengers and railway workers

ThumbnailOn 27th October 2017, for the first time, in a path-breaking meeting, various Railway worker unions and passenger associations came together in Mumbai and denounced the Railway administration’s and Railway Ministry’s apathy towards the safety of railway passengers and workers. The initiative taken by Lok Raj Sangathan and Kamgar Ekta Committee in association with the All India Guards’ Council got a very good response, as a result of which more than 25 organisations came together to organize a seminar on the subject “Increasing Railway Accidents – Causes and Solution”.

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Delhi sanitation workers strike for wages and arrears

Thumbnail16,000 sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) went on an indefinite strike on 11th October over non-payment of salaries and arrears. They also demanded cashless medical cards.

Mukesh Vaidya, President of the All Municipal Corporation Sanitation Supervisors' Union clarified that the workers are justifiably demanding three months' salary and pending arrears, besides regularisation of staffers. He added that "We are fed up with the excuses given by the EDMC officials every month. It has been three months and we have not received salary.

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Punjab Anganwadi workers are determined to continue their struggle until their demands are met!

ThumbnailAnganwadi workers’ union (Punjab), comprising of the workers and anganwadi helpers had called for a gherao of the chief minister’s residence in Patiala to press for their long pending demands. Despite Punjab police arresting many of their leaders on the eve of the gherao, and putting up all sorts of barricades, more than 25000 anganwadi workers managed to reach the railway station in Patiala by the morning of 23rd October. They were not allowed to get out of the railway station, so they continued their demonstration at the railway station.

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Protest at Department of Urban Development over hike in Metro fare

Hike in Metro fareOn 23 October, 2017, the trade unions of Delhi held a protest at the Department of Urban Development demanding a repeal of the increase in metro fares.

Workers, women and youth participated in great numbers along with trade union activists in the demonstration. The protesters shouted slogans like – ‘Take back the increased fare! Down with the anti-worker, anti-people policy of the government! The Central Government should come to its senses and reduce the metro fare! Long live the revolution!’

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Privatisation of Air India is an anti-social act to fulfil monopoly capitalist greed

On 28th June, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its “in-principle” approval for a “strategic sale” of the central government’s ownership share in Air India to a private company. Finance Minister Jaitley justified the decision to privatise Air India by claiming that it is a waste of public money to keep operating this loss-making airline.

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The Code of Wages Bill 2017

The Code on Wages Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 10 August 2017 by the Modi government. The new bill is to replace the Payment of Wages Act -1936, the Minimum Wages Act – 1949, the Payment of Bonus Act - 1965 and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. The Wage Code Bill is a part of the so called labour law reforms that the government has undertaken by “rationalisation” of 38 Labour Acts.

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Condemn the Neglect of Safety of Passengers by the Indian Railways!

In a tragic incident in Elphinstone Road Suburban Railway Station, Mumbai on 29th September2017, at least 23 people were killed and many more severely injured, in a stampede on a railway bridge connecting Central and Western railway suburban stations. After facing flak from all corners and after seeing the wide spread anger of people reported, the Maharashtra government and Railway administration were forced to show that they are doing something.

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Letter on the Rohingya refugee crisis (II)

Sir, I am writing to thank you for the important and informative article on the ongoing Rohingiya refugee crisis (article bears the same title) in the October 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. I would like to first of all express my sincere regret and sadness at the plight of the people who have been displaced from their homes in Myanmar. I would also like to join you in condemning the attitude and the behaviour of the government of India that has said that they would send them back to Myanmar possibly into the hands of certain oppression under the military and government of Myanmar.

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Judgment on Godhra train burning

Judgments on several aspects of the 2002 Godhra train burning case were delivered by the Gujarat high court on 9th October.

The Godhra train burning case refers to the train that was returning with passengers from the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya that had been demolished in 1992. As many as 59 pilgrims on board were charred to death when a coach of the train was set on fire. This incident was used to organize large scale massacres of Muslims across the state.

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Meeting in Ramgarh on the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

ThumbnailOn 28th September 2017 on the occasion of the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh a meeting was organized in Ramgarh, Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan. A large number of people gathered for this meeting. The meeting was chaired by the sarpanch of the gram Panchayat of Ramgarh, Banvarilaal Dev.

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Rousing programme in Kurukshetra on the occasion of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary

ThumbnailOn the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the Jan Sangharsh Manch organized a revolutionary programme in Kurukshetra, Haryana. Thousands of workers, women and youth participated in the programme. In the morning, as a token of respect and in memory, flowers were placed on the statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Disha Sansthan. After this, a massive people’s march was led through the streets and lanes of the city with rousing slogans inspired by the revolutionary message of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. This march reached the Ramlila ground in Kurukshetra after which a large mass meeting was organized by the Jan Sangharsh Manch, Haryana.

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“We want to be treated as human beings and at par with Government employees” demand the Anganwadi workers of Maharashtra

ThumbnailMore than 2 lakh Anganwadi workers working in more than 1.1 lakh Anganwadis in Maharashtra have started their strike struggle from 12th September’17. They are demanding that they be treated as human beings. They are demanding that they be treated on par with government workers and also demanding a salary hike as per their seniority. They are demanding that the minimum salary for a fresh recruit should be of Rs.7000/- per month going up to Rs.13,000/- per month for those who have been doing this work for the last 20 years.

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Hundreds participate in march against privatization of health services in Britain

ThumbnailHundreds of people participated in a protest march against the privatization of the National Health Service (NHS). The march began at Southhall and culminated in a rally at Ealing common.

The protest rally was organized in the wake of the concerted efforts of the British government to privatize the National Health Service, and close down various public hospitals.

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Mass opposition to the Privatisation of Government Schools in Rajasthan

ThumbnailRecently the government of Rajasthan declared that it will hand over 300 government schools to private entities to operate under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. Following this declaration students, teachers and parents, and people across the state came on to the street to oppose this blatantly anti-social decision of the government.

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We deeply mourn the passing away of Comrade Stuart Monro

Comrade Stuart MonroWith great sadness we inform you that our dear comrade Stuart Monro of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) passed away on September 7 at the age of 79. The Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India deeply mourns his passing away, which is a great loss to our Party and to the communist movement. On behalf of the CC of the CGPI, I convey heartfelt and deep condolences to the CC of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist Leninist) and to the family and friends of Comrade Stuart Monro at this great loss.

Our Party had many warm and memorable interactions with Comrade Stuart Monro.

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Book Release function in Toronto, Canada – “Call of the Ghadaris – Revolution”

ThumbnailThe book "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published in Punjabi, Hindi and English languages by the Communist Ghadar Party of India was released on 17 September, 2017, at an impressive function in Toronto, Canada. This book is the product of rigorous research and a series of inner-party discussions carried out under the leadership of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India.

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The Rohingya refugee crisis

ThumbnailSince the beginning of September, the news of lakhs of refugees from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) fleeing to Bangladesh, amidst reports of repression unleashed by the Myanmar armed forces, has captured international headlines.

According to the Bangladesh government, over 4,20,000 Rohingyas refugees have crossed over since August 25, 2017. They are now lodged in refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazaar area of Bangladesh bordering Myanmar.

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Privatisation of school education: The Indian State’s shameful abdication of duty and responsibility

ThumbnailProviding good quality basic school education for children is widely recognized as a primary responsibility of the State in any modern society.

A recent announcement by the Rajasthan government states that it will hand over 300 ‘poorly performing’ government schools to private hands, to be run on the public-private partnership model, in the name of “improving the quality of education”. This brings into focus the state of government school education in India and the abysmal failure of the State to fulfill this primary responsibility towards our people.

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Hundreds of thousands of workers oppose “labour reforms” in France

France labour reformsSeptember 2017 witnessed several waves of strikes of workers in France against changes to the country’s labour laws. The changes, which are being fast-tracked via executive orders, are designed to give employers more flexibility to negotiate pay and conditions with their workers while reducing the costs of firing staff. More specifically, the “reform” will make employee dismissal rules more flexible by reducing severance costs and loosening the country’s legal procedures around dismissal. The second area where businesses will be allowed more freedom is the regulation of hours of work.

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Unions in the Philippines oppose martial law

A coalition of human rights and labour organizations joined a protest rally on 21st September organized to denounce Thumbnaile Duterte government's human rights violations and demand an end to martial law in Mindanao. Over 12,000 people, mainly from poor urban communities, have been killed in extra-judicial killings sanctioned by President Duterte, with those involved granted impunity.

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The farce of loan waivers for farmers in Uttar Pradesh

Almost immediately after the elections, the state government had announced the crop loan waiver scheme with much fanfare. Under the scheme, crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh were to be waived off for small and marginal farmers. The whole scheme has been reduced to a farce.

Cabinet ministers are shown ceremoniously distributing loan waiver certificates to farmers across districts. However, it turns out that many of the beneficiary farmers have received waivers of amounts as petty as Re 1 or Rs 1.50!

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Job cuts and reduced recruitment result in growing unemployment

Job sites have recently witnessed a 20-25% increase of applications from workers in IT and e-commerce companies. Business and trade papers further report that the Indian technology services sector is facing its worst growth period in close to a decade as the demand for their services has shifted from traditional outsourcing work to newer areas such as digital and cloud. In addition, automation through applications of robots are fast replacing human being in routine maintenance work of customer applications or IT infrastructure. This is in area where new recruits are usually employed.

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Program in the service of Indian and foreign monopoly capitalists: Privatisation is anti-social and anti-national

The BJP-led government headed by Narendra Modi is stepping up the pace of the privatisation program. The target for sale of government shares in public companies has been raised from Rs.30,000 crores in 2015-16 to Rs.56,500 crores in 2016-17, and to Rs.72,500 crores in 2017-18. Many sectors which have so far been reserved for public ownership, including coal, defence production and railways, have been opened up to Indian and foreign private companies. Preparations are being made for outright sale of Air India and divestment of BSNL.

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On the Supreme Court judgement on “right to privacy”

A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a “fundamental right to privacy” and that it is intrinsic to the “right to life and liberty” ...

The working class and other oppressed sections cannot be complacent that this judgment will guarantee civil liberties including the right to privacy. We must step up the struggle to ensure constitutional
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The murder of Gauri Lankesh must be condemned! The right to conscience must be defended!

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh, well known journalist and social activist, editor of the Kannada publication Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was brutally shot dead at her residence on the evening of September 5, 2017. Gauri Lankesh was respected among those fighting for the rights of the exploited and oppressed, for her bold investigative writings exposing the crimes of those in power and her passionate appeal for justice for the victims of state terror.

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Demystifying and exposing GST

I thank Mazdoor Ekta Lehar for this excellent piece on Goods and Services Tax. Much has been written and talked on the subject in media and the press, which only confuses the content and intent of the GST. The article in a simple language exposes precisely its content and intent in its very title. The article sharply brings out three key aspects of the legislation, exposing its class content:
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New India

Sir,

The Statement of the CC of the CGPI entitled 'Building a new India requires getting rid of the old exploitative system and the oppressive State!' in the Sept. 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL is a thought provoking piece. The Statement was issued in the wake of the 70th Independence Day observance and as a response to the call of the PM where he called for building a "New India" over 5 years (!), in India without poverty, corruption, communalism and discrimination.

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Increasing number of derailments and loss of human lives

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express travelling between Hardwar and Puri went off the rails near Muzaffarnagar, UP, killing 23 people and seriously injuring hundreds. Within three days of this, the Kaifiyat Express travelling between Azamgarh, UP and Delhi collided with a dumper that was crossing the tracks, near Kanpur, leading to derailment and injuries to many. Over the last 5 years there have been 586 train accidents out of which 53% or the majority were due to derailments.

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Recurrent tragedies of infant and child deaths: Criminal neglect of the country’s health system

The recent tragedy in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and the earlier many such tragedies which occur with predictable frequency, some reported, some highlighted, and mostly ignored and forgotten are the hallmark of present public health system in India. It has once again exposed the criminal callousness of the state authorities and those who rule.

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Teachers court arrest

Several teachers from Central and State universities and colleges celebrated Teachers’ Day on 5th September, by courting arrest.

Protesting under the banners of the All India Federation of University & College Teachers’ Organisations(AIFUCTO) and the Federation of Central University Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA), they were demonstrating against non-declaration of the Chauhan Pay Review Committee Report, that was submitted over six months ago.

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Rajasthan peasants escalate their struggle

ThumbnailAs Mazdoor Ekta Lehar goes to the press, on 13 September 2017, angry peasants had once again taken to the roads to press for their demand of waiver of loans and other demands. The mahapadav organised by the All India Kisan Sabha and other peasant organisations on 12 September had forced the Rajasthan government to take notice of the more than 10-day long agitation and invite the leaders of agitating peasants for a meeting in the evening in Jaipur. An eleven member delegation took part in the talks. Talks went on till late in the night, however, it did not result in an agreement. Soon after that the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti met and announced chakka jam throughout Rajasthan.

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Assam enacts an anti-labour legislation

The Assam government has enacted the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017, which authorises employers to retrench up to 300 employees without seeking approval of the government. As in Rajasthan, which was the first among states to pass anti-labour legislation, Assam has legislated this in the name of “labour reform”. The Assam assembly passed the bill by a voice vote on 7 Sept.

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Building a new India requires getting rid of the old exploitative system and the oppressive State!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 23 August, 2017

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from colonial rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the people to support him in building a “New India” over the next five years, an India without poverty, corruption, communalism or caste discrimination.

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GST – a recipe for further concentration of capital, centralisation of taxing power and extortion of the working class

ThumbnailThe Goods & Service Tax (GST), implemented in July 2017, is a single all-India tax which replaces a number of different indirect taxes that were levied so far on the sale of goods and services. It replaces the excise duty, special excise duty, special customs duty, central sales tax (CST), service tax, various surcharges and cesses levied by the central government. It also replaces most of the indirect taxes levied by state governments including the value added tax (VAT), luxury tax, entertainment tax, entry tax and purchase tax.

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Release of the book “Call of the Ghadaris - Revolution” in Mumbai

ThumbnailCall of the Ghadaris - Revolution, the book published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was released in Mumbai on August 5, 2017. Apart from many workers including women and youth, representatives of Kamgar Ekta Committee, All India Guards Council, Communist Party of India, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), All India Students Federation, Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh, Spark (Lok Raj Sangathan), Indian Airport Employees Union, Bastar Solidarity Group, Bigul Dasta and Purogami Mahula Sangathan also graced the occasion and released the book.

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Condemnation of US interference and threats against Venezuela

On August 11, 2017, US President Trump declared that the US had "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary". This follows the imposing of sanctions on Venezuela by the US.

The threat to use military force to overthrow the government of Venezuela and establish a pro-US regime in its place marks a new phase of escalation of brutal and systematic interference that it has carried on against the people of that country for many years. It is an open threat to the sovereignty of Venezuela and its people.

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Country-wide protests by peasants on 9th August

ThumbnailThousands of peasants protested in over 150 districts across the country on 9th August at the call of the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan a coalition of organisations working for land rights for the peasantry, agricultural workers, forest dwellers, dalits and adivasis. The Andolan had extended support to the yatra organized by by the All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) to carry the soil from the villages of the farmers killed in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to various parts of the country, concluding in Delhi on 18th July.

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Jharkhand Land Acquisition Bill passed: Advancing the interests of the big monopoly capitalists

ThumbnailJharkhand state government passed a new land acquisition law by voice vote, in the state Assembly on August 12, overriding objections of MLAs of opposition parties. The new law, known as the Jharkhand Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Act-2017, has amended certain provisions of the earlier land acquisition law, to facilitate land acquisition for the big monopoly capitalists to carry out their mining, power generation and other projects.

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Protests against secret RCEP trade negotiations

ThumbnailThe regional comprehensive economic partnership (rcep) held its19th round of negotiations between 18th-28th july in hyderabad. The RCEP was set up in 2002. It is a forum of16 countries, to negotiate their mutual terms of trade, i.e. how much of the trade between them should be free of barriers like import duties, etc. The Partnership includes the10 countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar and Philippines and six other countries – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, who have entered into trade agreements with the ASEAN.

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Vivo India Pvt. Ltd. – A typical case of the “Make in India” initiative

Vivo India Pvt. Ltd hit the headlines as a case of “labour unrest” following clashes in the factory premises at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on July 25, 2017. As always, the monopoly capitalist controlled media distorted the events. The workers of Vivo were blamed for bringing a “bad name” for India and creating problems for the “Make in India” initiative of the ruling bourgeois class.

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Train drivers protest in multiple Indian Railway zones

AILRSA dharna-thumbnailOn 14th Aug, 2017, train drivers raised their demands and held demonstrations at the crew lobbies and divisions of various zones under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA). The decision to hold these demonstrations was taken in a meeting held by the central executive committee in Nagpur between 3-4 Aug, 2017. 48 representatives from the 16 zones of Indian Railways participated in the meeting. In the meeting, workers decided to hold massive dharnas to fight for their demands in the crew lobbies and various zones of the railways on 24th Aug.

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Central Trade Unions Convention

I was delighted to read the detailed report carried in the August 16-31, 2017 issue of MEL entitled `All India Convention of workers resolves to step up the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people assault of the ruling class.' It was heartening to read that over 6000 delegates attended the Convention in the heart of Delhi which was jointly organized by all the leading and national workers unions and confederations.
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All India Convention of workers resolves to step up the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people assault of the ruling class

Talkatora convention of TUsAn all India Convention of Workers was held on 8 August 2017, at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. The Convention was jointly organised by AITUC, CITU, INTUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF. More than 6000 delegates from different federations of workers and employees from the defence plants, steel plants, coal mines, railways, banks, insurance, and many other sectors of the economy participated in the Convention. A delegation of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee actively participated in the Convention.

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Book Release in New Delhi : “Call of the Ghadaris – Revolution”

Book release thumbnailThe first edition of the book titled "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was formally released in New Delhi on 26 July. It was enthusiastically received by a packed audience consisting of numerous political party representatives, lawyers, journalists, academic scholars and activists of many organisations of workers, women and youth.

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Banking should serve the needs of society, not the interests of corporate houses

Image removed.Mazdor Ekta Lehar (MEL) spoke to Comrade JP Sharma, Vice President, All India Bank Employees Association and General Secretary, Delhi State Bank Employees Federation. Comrade JP Sharma (JPS) expressed his views on the current situation in the banking sector and the struggle being waged by the bank employees.

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Protests grow stronger in Narmada Valley

Narmada river protest thumbnailIn June 2017, the Gujarat government closed the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on its side, by consent of the central government. At the same time, it was decided to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam, on the Narmada River near Navagam by 17 metres to 138.72 metres. As a consequence, around 40,000 families in 192 villages of Madhya Pradesh are facing submergence.

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Book Release at Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall, Jalandhar: “Call of the Ghadaris – Revolution”

Book-Release-Jalandhar-ThumbnailThe first edition of a book titled "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was released on 15 July, 2017, at an impressive function held at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall in Jalandhar, Punjab.

The function was organized jointly by the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha and the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Committee. It attracted a wide audience consisting of progressive academic scholars, writers, poets, journalists, students and political activists belonging to different parties and communist groups.

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Farmers protests across Rajasthan

Rajasthan farmers thumbnailUnder the banner of Karza Mukti Andolan Sangharsh Samiti, farmers from across Rajasthan took out demonstration on July 17 and started a Traffic Jam Campaign. 39 farmers’ associations of Rajasthan are involved in this Sangharsh Samiti. As a result of the protest, on 22nd July the government invited the representatives of all 39 organizations from the Sangharsh Samiti, to discuss the problems being faced by the farmers.

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Peasants of India — onward with your just struggle! The working class stands with you!

Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, July 12, 2017

Peasant brothers, you have come here to Delhi from every corner of India to declare to the whole country that you will fight against injustice and for your rights. The Communist Ghadar Party of India stands firmly in defence of your struggle.

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Peasants escalate their struggle

Farmers protest JM thumbnailAs the Parliament Monsoon Session began this year on 17 July 2017, thousants of peasants belonging to hundreds of organisations from all parts of India came to the Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House in New Delhi. The purpose of the rally was to draw Government's attention to the deep agricultural crisis which is leading to widespread economic ruin of peasants.

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October Revolution in Russia – 100 years: The July Days – Turning Point of the Revolution

Lenin address congress of peasants sovietsThe July demonstrations and their immediate aftermath represented a turning point in the revolution in Russia. The dual power came to an end. The whole power passed into the hands of the Provisional Government, while the Soviets, with their Socialist-Revolutionary and Menshevik leaders, had become an appendage of the Provisional Government. The peaceful period of the revolution had ended.

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Mass demonstration and rally in New Delhi:

United call for the empowerment of people

Lok Raj Sangathan, together with Social Democratic Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, United Muslims Front, Communist Ghadar Party of India, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Welfare Party of India, Popular Front of India, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations and others, organized an important initiative in building the united resistance of all sections of people to the growing attacks on our livelihood and rights, and in advancing the struggle for people’s empowerment.

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Workers protest attacks on their livelihood at Omax factories

Omax workers demonstrationOmax, Automax and Speedomax are three plants which supply auto parts and provide services to companies like Maruti Suzuki and Honda. They are under one ownership and have 6 units in the Gurgaon area and 10 units across the entire country. For the past six months, the Automax management had been shifting machines to the Omax plant in Bawal. The Automax plant has several divisions.

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Protests against ONGC continue to rage in Neduvasal

Residents of Neduvasal a village in Pudukottai district in southern Tamil Nadu have been protesting since mid-February against the ONGC awarding contracts for the execution of oil and gas extraction process. The pace of the protests against ONGC has not slowed down even a bit, with the protest hitting 100 days on 21st July. Meanwhile protests had also begun in Kathiramangalam near Kumbakonam, where it is on its 61st day.

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Resolute struggle of Aisin workers

Aisin Automotive Haryana Ltd. is located in Rohtak. It has been the scene of resolute protests by the workers. On May 31, 2017, approximately 600 workers were lathi charged outside the gates of Aisin Automotive Haryana Private Limited. Subsequently, 390 men and 35 women were arrested and sent to jail. This brutality was the response of the management to the formation by the workers of the Aisin Automotive Haryana Mazdoor Union.

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Terrorist attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims – who stands to gain?

On July 10, a bus carrying pilgrims, returning after visiting the Amarnath shrine in Kashmir, was fired upon by alleged terrorists. Seven passengers, six of them women, were reported killed while 32 were grievously injured.

People in Kashmir have united, across communities, religious beliefs and political affiliations, to condemn this dastardly crime. They have demanded that the perpetrators of this heinous crime be identified, arrested and punished.

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Kisan Mukti Yatra, 6 – 18 July 2017: Hundreds of organisations demand Peasants' right to livelihood

MH-Peasant-meetingHundreds of peasants’ organisations and many organisations fighting to protect the interest of working people have called for a rally in New Delhi on 18 July 2017. The rally has been called to demand that the government takes necessary steps to address the crisis that is devastating the lives of peasants across the country.

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Agitation for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling: Reconstitution of the Indian Union as a voluntary union of consenting nations and peoples is an objective necessity

Demo in support of Gorkha demandsSince early June 2017, the agitation in Darjeeling and surrounding areas, for a separate state for the Gorkha people in West Bengal has become very intense. The agitators have organised an indefinite strike of all government offices and agencies. Gorkha students and working people in other parts of India, including in Jadavpur University in Kolkata and JNU in Delhi, have taken out rallies to express their support to the agitation.

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Massive protests against the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany

Thumbnail of G20 protestAn estimated 120,000 people from across Germany and different parts of the Europe, gathered in militant protest actions at Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of the G-20 Summit which began on July 7. Various protest actions had begun in Hamburg nearly two weeks before the Summit. These protest actions demonstrated the resentment of the world’s peoples against imperialism, the capitalist system, the plunder and devastation of nations, militarization and war.

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National Emergency

I am writing in reponse to the Statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 5 June 2017 entitled '42nd anniversary of the declaration of National Emergency: Behind the signboard of democracy stands the brutal dictatorship of the biggest monopolies' carried in the June 16-30, 2017 issue of MEL. The National Emergency was a watershed in the history of post-1947 India and understanding the precise class character and the underlying complexion thereof is crucial for the movement and for the working class in order for the revolutionary camp to go forward.
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Peasants hold meeting in Tamilnadu's Thoothukudi district

In June 2017, Tamizhaga Vivasayeegal Sangam (Sangam) organized a meeting of peasants near Pasuvandanai in Thoothukudi district of Tamilnadu. Peasants belonging to the nearby villages took active part in this meeting. Besides Sangam leaders and activists, the leaders and activists of Communist Ghadar Party, Workers Unity Movement and Unorganized Workers Federation also took part in this meeting.

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42nd anniversary of declaration of National Emergency: Behind the signboard of democracy stands the brutal dictatorship of the biggest monopolies

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 5 June 2017

June 25 marks the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of “National Emergency” by the then President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed under Article 352(1) of the Constitution. It was proclaimed on the advice of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi claiming that the government had information that "there is an imminent danger to the security of India, being threatened by internal disturbances".

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Condemn the terror unleashed on agitating farmers of Madhya Pradesh

Thumbnail-demo in GohanaWith utmost anger the Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the brutal terror unleashed by the Madhya Pradesh government against farmers agitating for their rights. At least 6 farmers have been shot dead while dozens of others are battling death with severe injuries when police and paramilitary forces opened fire on agitating farmers in Mandsaur on June 6.

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Proposals of the Niti Aayog: Unveiling anti-social agenda of the capitalist monopoly houses

A three-year Draft Agenda was presented at the 3rd Governing Council meeting of the Niti Aayog on 23rd April. This contains a host of proposed legislation and policy changes, whose stated objective is of “accelerating growth and increasing employment opportunities”.

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Government accelerates privatization program, workers step up their opposition to it

thumbnail-BEML workersThe Union Government has announced its clear intention to accelerate on the privatization program. The aviation and defence sector public sector enterprises are high on the list of its privatization program. State governments are withdrawing from their responsibility to ensure safe, reliable and affordable public transport system, by privatizing road transport.

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Noteban has hurt large number of workers of small and medium enterprises

Thumbnail GDP growthModi-led government has continued to justify demonetisation and refute even bourgeois economists’ assertion that it has hurt the economic growth. It has refused to accept that crores of workers lost their livelihood for months and lakhs of small and medium sized enterprises were forced to shut-down in the absence of cash post-demonetisation.

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EPFO proposes cuts in provident fund of workers: One more attack on the workers planned

Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is considering a proposal to reduce provident fund contribution from 12 percent to 10 percent by both workers and employers. EPFO is claiming that the proposal is beneficial to workers as it will increase their take-home pay. It is hiding the real reason for the proposal which is to help the capitalists by reducing their contribution to workers’ provident fund.

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Countrywide strike by chemists

Nearly 9 lakh chemists all over India observed a day long strike on May 30 in support of their demands. The strike had been called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD). Retail chemist shops remained closed in almost all parts of the country, in support of the strike. A demonstration was also held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on the day of the strike.

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On the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of Operation Blue Star:

No justification for the State to attack a place of worship!

An attack on one is an attack on all!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd May 2017

It was a communal act, an act of blatant interference of the State in a religious congregation. It was an act of the highest criminal degree, in violation of all accepted principles of governance. The State, whose core duty is supposed to include protecting its citizens’ lives and their right to any form of religious worship, sent its army to attack a place of worship, killing thousands of its own citizens assembled there.

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Workers, peasants, women and youth unite in struggle for political empowerment in Rajasthan

Thumbnail-HanumangarhIt is not usual to find organisers of teachers, farmers, government employees and of women and youth all participating actively in a joint political discussion. Such an event took place recently, at the initiative of the Rajasthan Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, a non-party political organization committed to the cause of bringing people to power.

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Leader of terrorism preaches “counter-terrorism” and slanders Iran

US President Donald Trump addressed leaders of 50 Islamic states on May 21 in Saudi Arabia, during his first foreign trip as President. As the leader of US imperialism, the main source of terrorism in the world today, Trump’s speech on “countering terrorism” was full of hypocrisy, lies and false assertions. Its aim was to attempt to cover up the reality that US imperialism remains the fountainhead of terrorism and of organizing, funding, training and unleashing terrorists groups in various parts of the world, in order to advance its geo-political strategy for world domination.

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Struggle of construction workers in Haryana

Thumbnail-Kurukshetra marchOn 9th May 2017 in Kurukshetra, hundreds of activists from the Construction Workers and Mechanics Union held a rousing demonstration in front of the District Collector’s office to protest the anti worker policies of the Haryana government and the Labour Welfare Board. These workers are primarily from the unorganised sector and have been completely excluded from the ambit of government labour laws.

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Hail the 160th anniversary of the Great Ghadar of 1857! Onward with the struggle to vest sovereignty in the people!

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Spreading disinformation about 1857 continues to this day. Those who want to maintain the existing State and worship its Constitution propagate, in one form or another, a distorted picture of 1857. They deny that it represented the assertion of the masses of Indian people that they must be the master of society.


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In support of the call for unity of all workers

This is in response to the May Day call of the CC of the CGPI dated 29-4-2017 entitled `Strengthen the united working class opposition!' carried in the May 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. This is an excellent piece of theoretical and practical work, the hallmark of the CGPI, and an excellent piece of tactics in the ongoing class struggle towards the goal of socialism and emancipation of the working class and liberation of society from the shackles of vicious capitalist enslavement.

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Way out of crisis of Agriculture

I am writing to thank you for carrying the important and educative article entitled 'What is the way out of the crisis of agriculture?' in the May 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. This article is an outstanding example of Marxist-Leninist analysis of the concrete problems faced by the people of the country engaged in the agricultural sector, accounting probably for 70% of the population. The article begins by noting the recent directive from the Madras High Court to the Government of TN to waive all farm loans through cooperative banks.

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Constitutional status to Backward Classes Commission

On April 10, the Lok Sabha passed the Constitution (123rd) Amendment Bill to pave the way for the creation of a new National Commission for Backward Classes as a constitutional body. To be passed, a Constitutional Amendment Bill requires two thirds majority in the Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha voted in favour of the amendment with 360 MP’s supporting it and two opposing it.

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Good times (Achche din)

Forbes magazine recently published its annual list of dollar billionaires in India, i.e., people with wealth of Rs. 6500 crores or more, in 2016. As per the Forbes list, the number of billionaires in India increased by 20 percent to 101 during the year. The country with the world’s largest number of poor now has the fourth largest number of billionaires. The wealth of these 101 biggest capitalists exceeds 300 billion dollars (around 20lakh crore rupees).

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A show of working class unity

I am writing in response to the call of the CC of the CGPI as we approach May Day of 2017, and which was carried in the April 16-30, 2017 issue of MEL entitled `An attack on one is an attack on all! Build and strengthen the working class opposition to the capitalist offensive! In particular, I would like to join the chorus of outrage at the brutal and draconian sentence of life imprisonment on 13 Maruti-Suzuki workers in Gurgaon.

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Central government opposes Supreme Court verdict on AFSPA in Manipur

On April 12, the Central government filed a curative petition with the Supreme Court, seeking recall of two orders given by the Court on July 8, 2016 relating to impunity enjoyed by the Armed Forces for killing innocent people under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Supreme Court had ruled that AFSPA did not give impunity to the armed forces to carry out killings of innocent people. It had directed that all allegations of killings of innocent people in fake encounters in the state be probed.

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Youth used as "human shield" by army convoy in Kashmir: There is no military solution to the Kashmir problem!

The video of a youth tied to the front of an army jeep driving through villages during the by-elections in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 has provoked women and men of conscience throughout our country to raise their voice in protest. At one stroke, it has brought to the fore the utter brutality and inhuman treatment of the Kashmiri people by the Indian state.

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Babri Masjid demolition conspiracy case revived by Court

On 19th April, the Supreme Court announced that the case of Criminal Conspiracy for the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6th December, 1992, against BJP leaders Lal Kishan Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati and 11 others, was to be revived. It transferred the trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow, ordered daily hearings, and gave a time limit of two years for completion of the trial.

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Origin of May Day

On July 14, 1889, the hundredth anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, leaders from organized revolutionary proletarian movements of many countries came together in Paris to found what became known as the Second International. Although he could not personally attend this conference, Frederick Engels played a guiding role in its proceedings. In the period since the First International founded by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Marxism had won a decisive victory in the working class movement over anarchism and other petty bourgeois trends.

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An attack on one is an attack on all!

Build and strengthen the working class opposition to the capitalist offensive!

Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 2nd April, 2017
Comrade workers,

We are approaching May Day this year in the midst of growing mass protests against the draconian sentence of life imprisonment imposed on 13 Maruti-Suzuki workers, whose only crime is that they stood up for the rights of workers and dared to form a fighting union.

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Bypassing of Rajya Sabha to push the monopoly capitalist agenda

As many as five Bills were tabled in the Lok Sabha during March as “money bills”. They consist of the Finance Bill and four bills related to the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Finance Bill 2017

The Finance Bill is a piece of legislation that is tabled in parliament every year, along with the Union Budget. Taxation, expenditure and borrowing targets proposed in the budget become operational once the Finance Bill is approved by the Parliament and signed by the President.

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Racist attacks in the National Capital Region on students from Africa

NOIDA protestAccording to media reports, on 27th March, a gang of persons forced their way into a residence of Nigerian students in Greater Noida, in the National Capital Region of Delhi. They demanded the right to search the students' refrigerator. They alleged that the Nigerians were cannibals and accused them of murdering a local youth.

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Army deliberately targets civilians in Kashmir: There is no military solution to the problem in Kashmir

Three youth were shot dead on 27th March, when Armed forces deliberately fired upon hundreds of people who had gathered at the site of an “encounter” near Darbugh village at Chadoora in Budgam district in central Kashmir.

It may be recalled that earlier in February, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat issued a statement justifying such attacks on civilians. Rawat declared “mobs disrupting encounters” would be treated as “over ground workers of militants” and ruthlessly shot down. The then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar publicly justified this policy.

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Omax Autos, Dharuhera: Attack on workers fighting for their rights

The entire union body of Omax Autos, Dharuhera has been fired as a punishment for fighting with the 344 contract workers who had been retrenched on 1st Feb 2016. 16 workers were sacked recently, taking the total number of permanent workers sacked to 34. Permanent workers of Omax Autos, had joined the protesting contract workers after one of the contract workers had committed suicide due to loss of livelihood.

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Unions to organise against Cognizant layoffs

Three sectoral unions in the IT sector have announced a joint campaign against the proposed mass layoff of employees by Cognizant Technologies Solutions. NDLF (New Democratic Labour Front), FITE (Forum for IT Employees) and KPF (Knowledge Professionals Forum) have issued a common statement urging employees not to accept forced resignations while demanding that the company invest in re-skilling employees. Earlier in 2016, NDLF, through a court case, had won a favourable clarification by Tamil Nadu government, that declared that all industrial and labour laws applied to the IT Sector.

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Growing worldwide protests of the working class and people

We are approaching May Day at a time when the number and scale of protests of the working class are on the rise all over the world. Workers are fighting back with growing determination and waging more powerful, more united struggles against the capitalist offensive. There have been massive protests against the “austerity” measures being imposed on the working people, the cutbacks in social service and privatization of health services.

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Rail workers to go on hunger strike

The All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) have decided to go on a 36 hour hunger strike on 25 and 26 April 2017. Through this hunger strike, they plan to highlight the grievances of the running staff of trains on a number of issues including the recommendations of the Seventh pay Commission on wages and allowances for different grades of the running staff.

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On the Present Situation and Our Tasks: Assessment of the Plenum of the Central Committee, March 2017

The Second Plenum of the 6th Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India was convened on 25-26 March, 2017. Assessing the developments on the world scale, the Plenum noted the intensification of inter-imperialist contradictions and the growing tendency of capitalist ruling classes to resort to fascist methods of rule. It noted that the Indian big bourgeoisie is marching on an extremely dangerous path and could drag us into a reactionary war to fulfil its selfish aims.

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Condemn the unjust court verdict against 31 Maruti workers! Unite and fight for their immediate release!

Maruti demo in DelhiOn 18th March, the Gurgaon district court pronounced its sentence for 31 workers of Maruti Suzuki whom it had convicted on the completely concocted charges of murdering a manager of the company. Thirteen workers have been awarded life imprisonment.

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Life sentence awarded to Prof GN Saibaba: Criminalisation of dissent

Professor G.N. Saibaba along with four other comrades was sentenced to life imprisonment by a session’s court in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra on 7th March 2017. Prof Saibaba, who is 90% disabled, was earlier arrested on May 9, 2014, when the police picked him up without any notice from his residence. He was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail for 14 months following his arrest. Subsequently, in March 2016, he was granted bail on grounds of his deteriorating health.

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Countrywide strike by Government Employees

More than 12 lakh government employees went on strike throughout the country on 16th March 2017. The strike saw participation of workers from various government services including postal services, income tax services, RMSCGWB, postal account, civil account, survey of India, census services. The strike took place in support of the 20 point charter of demands released under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The strike took place successfully throughout each part of the country.

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Protests against land acquisition in Jharkand continue

The Jharkhand Adivasi Sangharsh Morcha continues to spearhead the protests of the tribal peoples against amendments to the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Pargana Act that define land use in the state. On March 5th, the Morcha organized a rally at Jantar Mantar to register the continued opposition of the people to the acquisition of tribal lands for industry.

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Moves to accelerate the privatisation program

The Modi government has announced plans to open up commercial mining of coal during next financial year (Apr 17-Mar 18).In the first phase, four coal mines will be auctioned. The plan is to auction as many as 23 mines during the year. Commercial mine owners will be able to sell coal to any user. For this purpose the Coal Mines Special Provision Act of 2015 was enacted which allows government to open up commercial coal mining for private players.

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Meetings on notebandi

Lok Raj Sangathan organized a series of meetings on the anti-people step of banning 500 and 1000 rupee notes on 8 November 2016. The meetings were held to expose the real aims of the government. Between January and the first week of March 2017, meetings were held at Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Thane for workers, political activists, students and teachers.

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Governmental crisis in Tamil Nadu

Sir, 

I am writing in response to the article entitled 'Governmental Crisis in Tamilnadu: Parliamentary democrcy stands completely exposed' in the March 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL.  This is an excellent piece of Marxist-Leninist analysis, and also provides a complete and objective basis for analyzing the political system in India, based on the most scientific principles. 

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Women march in defence of their rights and for a system free of exploitation and injustice

International Women's Day 2017 in DelhiOver 800 women and men, youth and students, marched in unison from Rajiv Chowk to Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi, on 8th March, 2017, in celebration of International Women’s Day. With spirited slogans and songs that resounded through the busy streets, with clenched fists held high, with colourful banners and placards highlighting their resolve to resist the manifold attacks of the state, they reiterated their commitment to continue the struggle in defence of their rights and for a system free of injustice and inequality.

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Country-wide strike by bank workers on 28th February, 2017: Support the just demands of bank workers! Make the capitalist defaulters pay!

More than 10,00,000 bank workers of India across all categories of employment went on strike on 28th February. The strike was called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of unions of bank employees. Workers of commercial banks, regional rural banks and cooperative banks participated in the strike.

The striking bank workers are demanding:

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State terrorism and the alienation of people in Kashmir

The Army chief, General Bipin Rawat recently issued a warning that the army would treat all those in Kashmir who do not support army operations or obstruct them during encounters “as overground workers of terrorists,” and fire upon them. His target was the lakhs of youth and women participating in mass protests against killing of innocents in fake encounters and other atrocities committed by the army and paramilitary forces.

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Indian citizenship to depend on religion: Communal Nature of Indian State shows through its Secular Facade

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 is likely to be tabled in the Monsoon session of the Parliament this year. This Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to relax the eligibility requirements for Indian citizenship for migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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Titwala rail passengers' agitation

Titwala in Maharashtra is famous for tourism. However, travellers have to face many difficulties due to several problems at Titwala railway station. Because of these problems, several travellers and residents have placed their demands to the railway adminstration. Railway adminstration has however ignored the problems and the demands. Rail travellers, together with residents have come together to establishe the Railway Passenger Janhit Sangharsh Manch.

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Schemes Workers demand an end to their super-exploitation

Workers of various government schemes like Anganwadi, Asha, mid-day meals, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Ancilliary Nurse Midwife program (ANM), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Sakshar Bharath and Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) are organising to escalate their struggle for being recognised as workers. Government deploys them in for implementing its schemes (therefore the name scheme workers). For example, Anganwadi workers are deployed in pulse polio, ration card and census schemes of Central and State governments.

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Attacks on worker’s rights in Maharashtra to promote “start-ups”

The Central Ministry for Labour and Employment issued an Advisory in early 2016 on the subject of giving specific concessions to newly established companies, called “start-ups”, with respect to laws dealing with the labour rights. Since then, 10 States have agreed to take steps as per the Advisory. Government of Maharashtra is one of the states taking active steps to exempt start-ups from inspections relating to key labour laws, for a period of three years.

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Workers’ unions oppose privatisation of insurance companies

On 18th January, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Modi, gave “in principle” approval for listing of state-owned general insurance companies. Listing them in the stock exchange is the first step towards their privatisation. The companies concerned are: New India Assurance Company, United India Insurance, Oriental Insurance Company, National Insurance Company and the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC).

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Political Forum in Delhi: Note Ban is not in the National Interest

Participants in a Round Table Conference on the theme "Is Demonetisation in the National Interest?" were of the firm view that the Note Ban is thoroughly anti-worker, anti peasant, anti-social and anti-national.

The conference was organised by the Delhi Council of Lok Raj Sangathan on 15th February, 2017. Ms Sucharita conducted the proceedings of the Conference.

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Dr. Sulabha Brahme

The Communist Ghadar Party of India mourns the passing away of Dr. Sulabha Brahme, one of the leading political and social activists from Pune, on Thursday, December 1, 2016. She was 84 years of age.

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Lessons from Pilbhit

On April 5, a special CBI court sentenced 47 policemen to life imprisonment for the massacre of 10 Sikh pilgrims in a fake encounter in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, 25 years ago. Ten of the 57 policemen charged with that crime have died before the trial ended. Some of the convicted policemen have retired from service, while others are still in service.

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JNU students and teachers wage struggle against injustice

As we go to the press, the indefinite hunger strike by the students of JNU, against the unjust penalty meted out to them by the University’s High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) entered the fifteenth day. 20 students began the hunger strike on April 28 and many of them are continuing well into the 15th day. Some have had to withdraw on health grounds.

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Trade unions express support for JNU students

On May 11, a delegaton of trade union leaders of Delhi — including AITUC, CITU, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, AICCTU, AIUTUC and IFTU — submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor of JNU, opposing the penalty imposed on the students and demanding revocation of the punishment. The delegation also participated in the students' protest action, in solidarity with their struggle.

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Bengaluru garment workers’ protest

Massive Workers’ Protest against Loot of their Savings by Government of Big Bourgeoisie

On 18-19 April, about 1.25 lakh garment workers in Bengaluru, one-quarter of the total workforce of this industry in this city, poured out angrily onto the streets.  They were protesting the NDA government’s notification restricting the right of workers to withdraw the full amount of their Provident Fund before attaining the age of 58.

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Tamil Nadu Elections 2016:

Defeat the capitalist program of maximising exploitation and plunder!

Fight for the communist program to ensure prosperity and protection for all!

People’s empowerment is the only way forward!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 15th April, 2016

To put an end to exploitation, discrimination, corruption and criminal politics, it is not enough to change individuals and parties.  We need a change of system.  The existing unrepresentative system and political process must be replaced by a modern democracy in which the will of the majority prevails.  Instead of people voting to place parties in power, a political party must be required to provide the people with a leading force so that they can exercise power.

Communist Ghadar Party of India calls on all political forces interested in ending the rule of capitalist greed and imperialist plunder, of corruption and criminality, to unite and agitate for the following changes in the political system and process of representation.

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Protest meeting against attacks on people's democratic rights

On February 25, 2016, hundreds of workers, women, youth, students, and intellectuals participated in a militant public meeting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi at the call of seven communist and left parties — Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Communist Ghadar Party of India.

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Country-wide protests and demonstrations against the attack on JNU students

Following the arrest of the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU), Kanhaiya Kumar, on 12th February on trumped up charges  of sedition, several events have taken place and facts have come to light that have made the youth and many people in the country very angry.

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