Hindutva Forces Run Riot in Coimbatore

THE last few days have seen a surge of violence in Coimbatore district and neighbouring areas in Tamil Nadu as the Hindu Munnani, (a part of the Sangh Parivar) let loose a reign of terror. The incidents began after the murder of their leader Sasikumar and the bandh called by the organisation. Many activists of the Munnani and associated organisations gathered...

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CPI(M) Delegation’s Eventful Bilateral Visit

AT the invitation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), a CPI(M) delegation headed by Sitaram Yechury, general secretary and Mridul De, Central Committee member and West Bengal CPI(M) state secretariat member visited Greece from September 21 to 26.
This visit has further...

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Ten Years after Khairlanji: New Impetus for Struggles

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Khairlanji atrocity. The brutal murder of Surekha Bhotmange along with her daughter, Priyanka, and her two sons, Sudhir and Roshan (visually challenged) in this small hamlet in Bhandara district of Maharashtra revealed many old...

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Against Ratifying Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on September 27, 2016. PRIME Minister Modi's announcement that India would ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is both surprising and violative of the assurance that this BJP government had given to parliament. Soon after the Paris Summit, the parliament was assured that India would not ratify the Paris Agreement until the...

RIL’s Gas Thieving & How It Escaped Punishment

SOON after Modi government came to power at the centre in 2014, the union ministry of petroleum and natural gas under Dharmendra Pradhan submitted a petition before Delhi High Court pleading for rejection of the complaint petition of the government’s own Navratna company ONGC against Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) for illegitimately drawing thousands of crores of rupees worth of natural gas from the ONGC’s block in KG basin...

The Alternate Development Strategy in Kerala

IS it possible to have a regional alternative development strategy under the bourgeois-landlord federal state? The Left state governments in India have been prompted by such a positive vision and a successful case is that of Kerala. Kerala has been able to provide its ordinary citizens the basic needs like education, health care, at least hutment land, housing, old-age social security and so on. As a result, the quality of life of the people as...

AIAWU to Observe National Dalit Rights Protection Day on October 24

THE All India Agricultural Workers Union General Council which met at Nalgonda from September 20-22, 2016, called on its units to observe October 24 as a nationwide protest day against the mounting attacks and atrocities on dalits. The council deliberations observed that since the BJP government came into power the emboldened Hindutva Parivar mounted an unbridled attack on dalits and Muslim...

Rafale Deal Raises Many Questions

THE Rafale deal was finally signed last week in New Delhi by the defence ministers of France and India in the form of an Inter-Government Agreement. This brings to an end the tortuous decade-long MMRCA (medium, multi-role combat aircraft) acquisition saga with numerous twists and turns. 36 Rafale fighter aircraft – 28 single-seaters and 8 twin-seaters – have been purchased outright and are to be supplied by Dassault (pronounced dasso) Aviation in fly-away...

HARYANA: Kashmir Solidarity Meeting Held in Rohtak

SPEAKING in a voice thick with genuine emotion, Comrade Mohd Yusuf Tarigami, CPI(M) Central Committee member representing Kulgam for the fourth consecutive term in the J&K assembly, made a passionate appeal to the government of India to urgently initiate unconditional talks with the Kashmiris if the state was to be saved from going beyond the point of no return. Tarigami was speaking to a packed hall at Jasbir Memorial in...

Celebrate October Revolution Centenary 2016-17

THE 21st Congress of the Party had adopted a resolution directing the Party to conduct a year-long observance of the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. The Central Committee has decided to observe the centenary as follows: 1. The centenary celebrations must start from November 7 this year.

Thinking Together

What is CPI(M)’s position on the recent decision of the government to regulate prices and royalty of Bt cotton seeds and the response of MNC agribusinesses like Monsanto? G Srinivasan, Khammam CPI(M) holds that new technologies should not lead to a monopoly of global MNCs over any agricultural inputs including seeds.

National Conference of Indian Workers’ Association (Great Britain) Held

THE national conference of the Indian Workers’ Association (Great Britain), one of the oldest NRI organisations, took place in Derby on September 11. Delegates from across the UK assembled to discuss and deliberate upon the report presented by Joginder Kaur on behalf of the Central Executive Committee of IWA (GB). The conference was organised in a hall dedicated to all the founders of...