On the Political Line of the CPI(M): A Rejoinder to Critics

THE Central Committee of the CPI(M), in its last meeting, reviewed the Party’s performance in the Assembly elections in five states. It concluded that the electoral tactics in West Bengal of having an understanding with the Congress party was a departure from the political-tactical line of the Party and that approach should be rectified...

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Massive Rally in Mumbai Denounces Demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan

JULY 19 saw a massive rally of tens of thousands of people in Mumbai led jointly by Ambedkarite and Left parties and groups. It marched a distance of over 7 kilometres in drenching rain from Jijamata Udyan at Byculla to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus (...

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BJP Hypocrisy about Dalits Unmasked

THE Una incident in Gujarat where seven dalit men were attacked and of whom four were stripped, badly beaten and paraded in the town is the latest dalit atrocity which has come to nationwide attention. That this has occurred in Gujarat is significant. The Hindutva campaign against cow slaughter and the targeting...

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Gross Travesty of Justice

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on July 15, 2016. THE order of a local Uttar Pradesh court to file an FIR against the members of the Akhlaq family on charges of cow slaughter is a gross travesty of justice. The petition was filed before the court by those involved in the brutal murder and lynching of Akhlaq and who have been pressurising the family to withdraw the case. Shockingly, the court gave the order without...

Economic Integration and Free Mobility of Labour

THERE is a view that the discontent among the English workers that caused the Brexit vote was not because of European economic integration as such, but because of the policy of free internal migration that has accompanied this integration; that if Europe had not enacted free migration within the EU, then its economic integration would have been more successful. Its economic integration then would have remained confined to the free...

All India Campaign against Price Rise and Unemployment

KERALA THE common people were the worst-hit by the rise in the price of essential commodities following the frequent fuel price hikes and neo-liberal policies followed by the NDA government led by Modi, said Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPI(M) state secretary. He was inaugurating a state wide CPI(M) protest march in front of Raj Bhavan in Thiruvanathapuram. He also urged the central government to pass the food security bill...

CITU All India Working Committee Calls for Intensifying Campaign on Sept 2 Strike

‘INTENSIFY the campaign for an unprecedented countrywide strike on September 2; consolidate the organisation and march forward towards the 15th conference’ were the calls given by the working committee of CITU which met in Nasik from July 14-16, 2016. The meeting was attended by members and invitees from all over the country. A K Padmanabhan, president, CITU hoisted the red...

BJP's Dalit Conundrum: The Slipping Mask

DALIT youth in Una, Gujarat were stripped, tied and publicly flogged for skinning a dead cow on July 11. The self-styled Hindu cow protection vigilantes had not only committed this heinous crime, but shot a video and posted it 'as a warning to others'. This had sparked outrage among the people of Gujarat and dalits in particular. Huge mobilisations are being witnessed, and at places dalit youth are threatening to commit suicide, unless action is...

Modi Govt Further Alienated Kashmiris: Tarigami

CPI(M) central committee member and Jammu and Kashmir MLA Md. Yusuf Tarigami was in Delhi in the beginning of the week to meet leaders of national parties and seek their intervention in bringing Kashmir back from the brink. Among others, he met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, on July 20. The turmoil in Kashmir, which erupted following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander...

Thinking Together

Reports have appeared in the media that the newly-sworn in LDF government has supported the stand of the earlier UDF government before the Supreme Court which was against the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple. If this is true, it is truly unfortunate. What is the Party’s position on this issue? Gauri K, Chennai. There has been no change in the CPI(M)position on this issue. The earlier LDF government had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in 2007 supporting the right of...

CPI(M) Jharkhand State Level Plenum Calls for Strengthening Organisation

THE State Level Plenum of CPI(M) in Jharkhand has called for building a strong revolutionary party organisation to counter the communal and right-wing forces and to take up the people’s issues. The plenum began with a huge rally by workers, peasants, youths and women. The procession marched through main thoroughfares of Dhanbad, a city preserving the memories of innumerable movements of coal...

Turkey’s Failed Coup

THE ‘failed’ coup of July 15-16 in Turkey is now over. Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has consolidated power – becoming even more powerful than before. He has ordered the arrest not only of over six thousand military and judicial figures, whom he has blamed for the coup but also thousands of teachers and professors as well as journalists who have been in the sights of the ruling party. Rumors abound: who is responsible for the coup? Erdoğan persists with the view that...