Police Brutality on Peasant March in West Bengal

THOUSANDS of peasants and agricultural workers braved police attack and marched towards state secretariat Nabanna on August 27. For the first time in the last four and half years, all roads leading to Nabanna, a virtual fortress, were blocked as waves of peasants surged towards the state administrative headquarters.
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Onto All India General Strike, Sept 2

MILLIONS of workers have so far participated in the preparatory meetings and rallies in support of the nationwide General Strike on September 2, 2015 called by the Central Trade Unions. The unprecedented support from the workers shows the urge for changing the current economic policies that have put the workers and...

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Mayhem on the Markets

THE blame for the collapse of prices on the stock markets, commodity markets, and foreign exchange markets (against the US dollar) around the world, which occurred on Monday, August 24 and is continuing, has been laid at China’s door. The US has asked China to carry out “reforms” in its financial sector to stem the collapse, and many Western...

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On Gujarat Violence

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on August 27, 2015. THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the violence which has engulfed various parts of Gujarat resulting in arson and deaths of nine people. The manner in which the police and the administration handled the aftermath of the August 25 rally organised by the Pattidar organisations contributed to the eruption of violence. The CPI(M) calls for the immediate restoration of peace...

Time to Create New History

HISTORY has not been written by capital alone. The dynamics of capitalism is an expression of unplanned antagonism between labour and capital. The neo-liberal milieu sometimes make us believe that it is the whims and fancies of the capitalist class that go unchallenged and hence capital can make the world of its own image. It had never been so and would not be in the future as well. Discourses that perceive capitalist logic as identical to that of human civilization are...

Kerala: Dalits Jatha from Kasaragode to Thiruvananthapuram Demands Reservation in Private Sector

HUNDREDS of Dalits from across Kerala participated in a 25-day long jatha from Kasaragode in the state’s north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south, under the banner of Pattikajathi Kshema Samithi (PKS). The march to the state secretariat started from the northernmost district of Kasargode on July 26 and reached Venganoor in Thiruvananthapuram on...

Jute Growers’ Convention Held in Kolkata

ON the call of the All India Kisan Council to organise crop-wise movement, a jute growers’ convention was held on August 15 at the West Bengal state Krishak Samity office in Kolkata. A total of 33 delegates from jute-growing states, such as West Bengal, Bihar and Assam, attended the convention. Delegates from Andhra Pradesh could not attend the meet. Madan Ghosh, vice-president of AIKS, presided over the convention, and AIKS state secretary...

“De-Linking” and Domestic Reaction

THERE is a strong view in certain Left circles, especially in certain European Left circles, that any de-linking from global capitalism conduces to a promotion of domestic reaction. Of course, even in Europe this is not necessarily the dominant view on the Left; for instance, the Communists and other segments of the Greek Left, which favour Greece’s quitting the Eurozone instead of accepting the “austerity” measures imposed by the so-called “...

Initiatives on Health Issues in Jharkhand

A SEMINAR on “Experience of Successful Running of Public Hospitals” was organised on August 22 at the XISS Auditorium in Ranchi. This seminar was a follow-up of a state-level convention on “Health Policy and Drug Policy - Jharkhand” held on August 16 at the Social Development Centre in the state capital. The convention was jointly organised by six organisations -- Jharkhand Nagrik Pryas, BGVS, Science for Society, Jharkhand State Health Workers...

SYRIZA – The Party That Was and Is

SYRIZA, which literally means, 'coalition of the radical Left', broke, with 25 of its members of parliament and a section of the central committee, coming out to form another platform called the 'Popular Unity'. This move in fact, had immediately followed after Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece and leader of the Syriza, resigned and recommended for immediate elections. The deep divisions within Syriza after the government capitulated to the harsh...

SFI-DYFI Organise Protest at FTII

THE Students' Federation of India, SFI and Democratic Youth Federation of India, DYFI have jointly organised a massive rally to the Film and Television Institute of India, FTII, Pune on August 23 in solidarity with the ongoing struggle by the students against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the governing council of the institution. The march was followed by a human chain set up in front of the FTII and a vibrant public meeting. MB Rajesh MP...

Thinking Together

Q Why are the Left parties fighting the Bihar elections alone? Is it not the need of the hour to build a broader secular unity to fight BJP in Bihar? Hemanandan, Lucknow A THE CPI(M) is very conscious of the need to fight the BJP in Bihar and everywhere in the country. This is essential for the defence of secularism and democratic institutions. It is, however, important to remember that the BJP and its allied organisations of the Sangh Parivar communalise the polity and deepen communal...