21st Party Congress Logo Unveiled

THE logo for the 21st Congress of the CPI(M) was released on November 19 at M B Bhavan in Hyderabad by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member B V Raghavulu. The Party Congress is scheduled to take place from April 14 - 19, 2015 in the port city of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Reflecting the city's identity of being a major port on the east coast and being home to a large...

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TELANGANA: Seminar on Privatisation in Private Sector

Parliament must legislate to ensure reservations in private sector and to make the corporates accountable for its implementation felt Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) chairman Sukhadeo Thorat. Nowhere in the world is such affirmative action completely voluntary and...

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Aggressively Furthering Neo-Liberal Reforms

BY now it is clear, despite all the high pitched rhetoric, that PM Modi is more aggressively pursuing the very same neo-liberal economic reform trajectory that this government has inherited from the earlier UPA government. This is happening like it did initially with Dr Manmohan Singh invoking...

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No Increased Tax on Petrol and Diesel

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on November 14. THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its strong opposition to the Modi government’s decision to increase excise duty on petrol and diesel. There has been a steep hike of Rs 1.50 per litre.

The Gathering Clouds Of Recession

THE world capitalist economy has been mired in stagnation and high unemployment ever since the 2008 financial crisis. Many were predicting that a turnaround was about to occur, partly because of the fact that the US economy last month showed larger job creation than of late, and also because it had grown at 3.5 percent last quarter which is higher than for some time now. But, far from recovering, the world capitalist economy now appears to be sliding into a new...

Coercive Population Control Claims Thirteen Lives in Chhattisgarh

THE shocking incident in Chhattisgarh, where thirteen women died and many more fell severely ill after undergoing an operation for female sterilisation (tubectomy), shows a mirror to all that is wrong with the public health system in India. The episode is also a clear indictment of the entire population control agenda of the Indian government, which has, for decades, been characterised by targeting...

US-China Agreement on Climate Change

THE bilateral Joint Announcement on Climate Change Agreement released by the US and China on November 11 on the sidelines of the APEC Meeting in Beijing has imparted a new momentum to the troubled negotiations towards a post-Kyoto global emissions control agreement expected to be agreed at the UNFCCC Summit in Paris in December 2015.

AIAWU Opposes Anti-People Policies of Centre, Curtailing of MGNREGA

THE Central Working Committee of the All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU) met at the SM Joshi Foundation in Pune, Maharashtra from November 11 to 12. The Union represents the largest number of organised agricultural labour in the country and expressed its concern over the NDA government’s anti-people policies in cutting down all types of security of the mass of people in employment, food and...

Draft Transport Bill Clears Road for Privatisation

THE draft Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014 has been formulated and put in the public domain without assessing the ground realities prevailing in the country. It is claimed that the vision of the Bill is to provide a framework for “safer, faster, and cost effective movements of passengers and freight in the country”. Statements from the ministry also suggest that the Bill incorporates the best evidence-based international safety...

Why National Women’s Organisations Oppose The Proposal to Legalise Prostitution

CWDS, GOS, JWP, MWF, MDS, NFIW, Streebal, War Widows Association, Apne Aap World Wide, YWCA on November 20, 2014 THE recent discussions around the proposal to legalise prostitution in India, which has also been supported by the newly appointed NCW chairperson indicate a policy shift which would directly affect women’s rights to equality and a life of dignity. The...

Teachers' Federation Calls for Strengthening of RTE Act

THE School Teachers' Federation of India (STFI) organised a national education convention on November 13 in New Delhi's Constitution Club. The slogans were 'Strengthen and Implement the RTE Act, and Save and Uphold the Public Education'. CPI(M) MP Sitaram Yechury inaugurated the convention and Abhijit Mukherjee, the president of STFI, presided over it. Professor Anil Sadgopal, presidium member of all-India forum for right...

Turkey: Playing with Fire

FOR the government of Turkey, regime change in Damascus seems to be still the top priority despite the US and its regional allies giving more importance to the fight against the resurgent Sunni extremist groups in the region. The Turkish parliament voted in the first week of October to rubber stamp the government’s decision to allow the deployment of the country’s troops inside Syria and Iraq, if the need arises.