TELANGANA Mahajana Padayatra: Unite to Fight for Equity and Social Justice

THE 154-day Mahajana Padayatra, undertaken by the CPI(M) in Telangana, culminated with a massive struggle convention for social justice in Hyderabad on March 19. It covered a distance of about 4,200 kilometres and visited more than 1,500 villages in all districts of the state. It gave a...

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NAGPUR: People Give Fitting Reply to VC’s RSS-Dictated Action

THE Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University every year organises seminars under the Dr Ambedkar Study Centre of the University, which is supposed to be an autonomous body. This year on March 18-19, 2017, a two day seminar was organised on the subject “...

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Adityanath as Chief Minister: Hindutva Gameplan

THE selection of the mahant of the Gorakhnath temple, Yogi Adityanath, who is also a member of Lok Sabha from Gorakhpur, as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, is a clear signal that the BJP-RSS combine wishes to pursue the line of Hindu consolidation as the basis of its future political...

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SC Must Adjudicate on Matter Before it

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on March 22, 2017 THE suggestion made by the Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, asking the parties concerned in the Ayodhya dispute, to settle the matter through talks, is superfluous and unwise.

This is Yogi Adityanath

ON February 10, 1999, Yogi Adityanath and his armed supporters desecrated a graveyard in Muslim-dominated Panchrukhiya village in Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh. When the police acted swiftly, they fled and on the way, they fired at a group of Samajwadi Party workers who were demonstrating against the then BJP government in the state. In the attack, at least four persons were injured. One of them, Head Constable Satyaprakash Yadav, who was the personal security guard of the...

The Reserve Bank on Demonetisation

THE Reserve Bank of India has just come out with a document titled Macroeconomic Impact of Demonetisation: A Preliminary Assessment, which, while conceding that demonetisation did have an adverse impact on output, suggests that this impact would have got over by mid-February, because of the re-monetisation that has occurred in the interim. As the document puts it, “…the impact of the liquidity shock was assessed to largely dissipate by mid-February…”

National Health Policy 2017: Assurance for Whom?

THE government has finally approved the National Health Policy-2017, bringing to an end a two year long process. A draft of the policy was available since mid-2015 but it is believed that the government, at the Niti Ayog’s behest had been unhappy with some specific parts of the earlier draft that was critical of the private sector.

The ‘RSS Factor’ in Dalit Politics

AFTER the massive win in Uttar Pradesh, the prime minister has announced that the stage is set for a ‘New India’ which is based on development and not on the politics of caste or religion. This claim is based on the understanding that the people of UP defied the caste and religious equations this time to defeat the forces of ‘castiest’ and ‘communal politics of BSP and SP-INC combine’ in order to support social harmony and development in the state....

Otto Rene Castillo: “The Poet is a Moral Conduct”

SOME of us may be familiar with these verses from a poem titled “Apolitical Intellectuals” by Otto Rene Castillo. Fifty years ago, in March 1967, when he had barely crossed thirty years of age, this Guatemalan poet, a revolutionary and a guerilla fighter, was ambushed and captured along with another member of the guerrilla group, Nora Paiz and 13 local campesinos. They were brutally tortured for several days, and then...

KARNATAKA: Twenty Thousand Anganwadi Workers occupy road to Vidhan Soudha

KARNATAKA anganwadi workers are on an indefinite strike for the last three days (as on March 22, as we go to press) throughout the state. They are demanding legal minimum wage (of Rs 10,000 in Karnataka now for many identified sectors), making their posts permanent, social security benefits etc. There have been many strikes and marches to Vidhan Soudha in the last several years for the...

West Bengal: Unique Exercise in Party Education

A UNIQUE exercise in Party education and exchange of ideas among comrades took place in West Bengal on March 19, when study circles were organised in Party branches throughout the state. The agenda of the study circle was Party Programme. CPI(M) West Bengal state committee has decided to organise such a single day programme with an aim to educate and re-educate all Party members about the main strategic document of the Party.

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Thinking Together

BSP leader Mayawati and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal have accused that the EVMs were tampered with in the UP and Punjab Assembly elections. What is the CPI(M) stand on EVMs? S Rudrangshu, Kolkata...