‘Viva Fidel’ Reverberates through the Condolence Meeting in New Delhi

“FIDEL continues to live among all us Cubans and we will continue to carry forward the legacy of Fidel Castro by staying true to the revolution”, pledged the Cuban Ambassador Oscar Martinez. He was speaking at the memorial meeting organised by both the Communist Party of India (Marxist...

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Homage to Fidel Castro

THE whole of Havana and various Cubans from different parts of the country had joined in a huge memorial meeting to pay homage to Comandante Fidel Castro Ruz. The memorial meeting was held at the Plaza de la Revolucion “Jose Marti”. 23 heads of States/ governments, vice presidents from six countries, 13 former presidents/prime ministers,...

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Assault on Judicial Independence

THE stand-off between the higher judiciary represented by the Supreme Court and the Modi government has escalated in the past few weeks. The Supreme Court was informed by the attorney general last month that out of the 77 names proposed by the collegium for appointment as judges in the High Courts, the government had...

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15th CONFERENCE OF CITU: Unite the Working Class and Intensify Struggles

THE 15th conference of CITU concluded in Puri on November 30 with great enthusiasm and determination to take the united struggles of the working class to newer heights to force a change in the policy trajectory. The conference affirmed that discontent was growing against the impact of the neoliberal policies and people were looking for alternatives. This situation provided opportunities for...

AIDWA Concerned over Increasing Honour Crimes

IN a statement issued on December 7, the All India Democratic Women’s Association has expressesed deep concern over the alarming increase in honour crimes and killings as has been reported by the minister of state for home affairs while answering a question in the Lok Sabha. According to the reply given by him there has been a 79 percent increase in just one year, ie, from 28 cases in 2014 to 251 cases in 2015. AIDWA has been demanding...

TAMIL NADU: Victory to the People's Power

ON November 29, thousands of people marched forward to take the land that legally belonged to them. That land of 44 acres belonged to tribals and dalits. This land was illegally occupied by Isha Foundation that is led by Swami Jaggi Vasudev. He is considered very close to the ruling elite. At least one central minister visits that Foundation in every fortnight. The public sector enterprises are doling out public money to this Foundation. The...

Demonetisation and Banks’ Lending Rates

SPOKESMEN of the ruling party are busy these days spreading another falsehood, namely that, because of demonetisation which has brought in huge amounts of cash to their coffers, banks would be so keen to lend that their lending rates are going to fall, and that such a fall will act as a stimulus for the economy. This is completely wrong, and banks’ lending rates can never fall for this reason. They may of course fall because the monetary...

COP22 at Marrakech: Uphill for the Third World in the post-Paris Era - II

AS has been noted in the first part of this note, the emission reduction commitments made by the developed countries in the Paris Agreement are nowhere near enough to guarantee that global temperature increase will stay below 2 deg C over pre-industrial levels. At the same time, the agreement puts enormous pressure on the development of Third World nations (bar China of course) in terms of the energy...

Thinking Together

The Supreme Court has decreed that all cinema halls should play the national anthem before starting of a film and people present in the hall should stand up during the playing of the anthem. Will this step help in promoting patriotism and nationalism? How does the CPI(M) view it? Harsh Kumar, Delhi

J. Jayalalithaa

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on December 6 THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses profound grief at the passing away of Dr J Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamilnadu and general secretary of the AIADMK

Farewell to Fidel Castro

LAKHS of people paid homage to their dear and great leader during the journey of convoy from Havana to Santiago which carried the mortal remains of revolutionary genius Fidel Castro. In this sea of people, comrades who are holding responsibilities for the changes and reforms of Cuba were also seen. The distance between Havana and Santiago is 800 km. All the way through, large numbers of people stood on either side of the road, to see off their leader. Fidel Castro had...

CPI(M) Greets PCP on its 20th Congress

Below is the text of the message of greetings given by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to the Portuguese Communist Party, PCP on its 20th Congress held from December 2-4, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. Prakash Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member represented the Party in the Congress as fraternal delegate. DEAR Comrades, On behalf of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), we extend warm fraternal greetings to the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP). We...