I am writing to express my thanks to you for carrying the article entitled `Preventive Detention -- An Anti-Democratic feature of the Indian Constitution' carried in the April 1-15, 2020 section of the web-edition of MEL. This issue is at the heart of governance in India and is therefore worthy of the attention of the Working Class and of all Communists.
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and Nurses organisations raised the concerns of frontline workers in the fight against COVID -19 with the Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar had previously carried an interview with a leader of the Nurses Union highlighting the problems nurses face in the current situation. Below we are publishing the letter of Mumbai Nurses to the Municipal Commisioner of Mumbai.
Nurses are among the frontline health workers, working heroically to deliver essential medical services to people during the current COVID-19 outbreak. It is impossible to imagine any kind of medical service in the hospital without the services rendered by the nurses.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) spoke to RJ, a leading member of the United Nurses Association of India, about the conditions of nurses in our country in general and the particular difficulties they are facing at this time. We reproduce below excerpts of the interview:
Across the country, doctors, paramedics, nurses, technicians, ASHA workers, ambulance drivers and helpers, and other health workers have been working day and night to take care of patients suspected to have been infected with coronavirus. They have been risking their lives, having had to administer services to possibly infected patients without or with very inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Over ten days have passed since the 21-day lockdown announced by the Government of India, to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The experience of this first week of the lockdown has brought to light many problems that need to be tackled on a war footing. It is a common struggle which requires the participation of all the people. It requires effective leadership by the government.
Those who work can perform their duty only if their rights are fulfilled. It is the duty of the State to ensure that workers’ rights are protected in the course of fighting against the virus.
World petroleum prices have crashed. On March 30, 2020, the spot price of Brent Crude oil was less than 20 US $ per barrel. This is the lowest price of crude oil in the past 19 years, since 1991. In February 2020, it was priced at 56 US $ per barrel.
This follows the breakdown of an arrangement between two major oil exporting countries, Saudi Arabia and Russia, at the meeting of oil exporting countries in the first week of March 2020. But a third country is at the center of the tensions that have now spilled out into the open — the United States.
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 3rd April, 2020
Comrade Nexhmije Hoxha passed away at her home in Tirana, Albania, on 26 February, 2020, at the age of 99.
The Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India salutes the memory of this outstanding communist leader, who from the days of her youth, till her last breadth, never wavered in her dedication to the cause of revolution and communism.
Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 26th March, 2020
Coronavirus, which has been spreading throughout the world during the past few weeks, poses a grave threat to the lives of all. More than 21,000 people in the world have already died as a result of this virus, and the numbers are rising in several countries. So far, the number of infected persons in India has been small, but if the virus spreads, the result will be disastrous.
On March 12, replying to a discussion in Parliament on the savage violence that engulfed Delhi in the last week of February 2020, Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared that what took place in Delhi was a “well-planned conspiracy” which was being investigated.
One of the principles of modern democracy is that no citizen can be arrested by the State without cause. This principle is violated by the Indian State on a widespread scale. The Constitution permits the legislature to enact laws providing for preventive detention. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the National Security Act (NSA) and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) are examples of central laws which permit arbitrary arrest and detention of people by the official security forces. There are also numerous state level laws, such as the Public Safety Acts and Acts that claim to target organised crime, which are also used for Preventive Detention.
Call of the Central Committee of the CommunistGhadar Party of India, on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, 23rd March, 2020
23rd March, 2020, marks the beginning of the 90th year since the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The British rulers hanged those three young men because they dared to fight for a new India, free from colonial slavery and free from all forms of exploitation and oppression. They represented the best of Indian youth at that time, when the patriotic anti-colonial struggle was raging throughout this subcontinent. Those revolutionary youth were branded as dangerous terrorists and condemned to death.
The all India general strike has been called to resolutely oppose the course of enriching the capitalist minority by impoverishing the toiling majority. It has been called to assert the rights that belong to workers, peasants and other toiling people who create the wealth of India.
Parties of the capitalist class claim that there is no alternative to the program of globalisation,liberalisation and privatisation. The truth is that there IS an alternative.The alternative is to reorient the economy to fulfil people’s needs instead of fulfilling capitalist greed. This is the program for the Navnirman of India.
The Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.
The first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.
Unite around the program to reconstitute the Indian Republic and reorient the economy to ensure prosperity and protection for all!
There is growing realisation among workers, peasants and other self-employed people that the program of liberalisation and privatisation only serves to enrich an exploiting minority at their expense. Mass resistance is growing to this anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-national program.