MAHARASHTRA: Kisan Sabha Long March Ends in a Resounding Victory

IT was truly an amazing struggle, the like of which has not been seen in Maharashtra in recent times. It caught the imagination of the peasantry and the people, and received their unstinted support, not only in the state but all over the country. It received the backing of parties and organisations all across...


Let Constitution Be Enforced in Tripura

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury condemned the pre-planned, barbarous attacks that have been let loose by the BJP on the common people in the state of Tripura and demanded an immediate end to this barbarism. The BJP dispensation that assumed office taking oath in the name of the Constitution of the...


Long March: A Brilliant Victory

THE long march by kisans from Nashik to Mumbai has been a historic success. The march by 25,000 kisans began in Nashik on March 6 and traversed nearly 200 kms before arriving at Mumbai on March 12. The numbers kept swelling and by the time Mumbai gathering took place, there were 50,000 people in the march.

Technological Change and Impoverishment

THE fact that the socio-economic effects of technological change depend upon the property relations within which such change occurs is obvious but often not appreciated. Consider a simple example. Suppose on a certain area, 100 labourers were engaged for harvesting the crop at a total cost of Rs 5000; but the capitalist-landlord decides to use a harvester combine instead.

The Delhi Solar Summit: Posturing without Substance

THE International Solar Alliance (ISA) that met in Delhi recently, is envisaged as a grand inter-governmental coalition of sun-rich nations, i.e., countries that lie fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The objective of the ISA is to facilitate members to ‘collectively address key challenges to scaling up solar energy’. These ‘key challenges’, as understood by the ISA Framework Agreement, include solar...

Why Protect the US Empire in Maldives?

MODI’S China policy is now taking a U-turn. After few days of vain naval-muscle-flexing and threatening to intervene in Maldives, ostensibly to save democracy, New Delhi is back to talking peace with Beijing. Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale has recently visited Beijing. In addition, the government has asked the Tibetan government-in-exile to cancel its two main ‘Thank You India’ events in New Delhi to mark 60 years in exile of the Dalai Lama.

SSC Paper Leak: Protests Reflect Anger of Unemployed Youths

AFTER months of hard work and sleepless nights, candidates who appeared and were preparing to appear in a job test conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) were shocked when the news of alleged leak of a question paper reached them. Screenshots of a question paper of Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) examinations, along with answers, were found circulating on social media. There were also report of mass...

West Bengal State Conference: Mobilise Discontent to Build Up Intense Struggle

THE 25th state conference of CPI(M) West Bengal committee has called upon Party workers to strengthen links with people and build up movements on people’s issues. The conference noted that discontent of the people against the TMC regime in the state was growing, creating new possibilities of resistance. The Party has to utilise the opportunity and develop struggles on achievable...

Bihar State Conference of CPI(M)

THE three day 22nd state conference of CPI(M) was held at Madhubani (Comrade Umesh Chandra Das Nagar) from March 9-11. Madhubani has been a bastion of Left movement for a long time. The conference started with a big mass meeting in the heart of the town in a school ground which was filled to its capacity. Rural women participated in large members.

Elections in Italy and the Vanishing Centre

ELECTIONS held to the Italian parliament on March 4, had followed the recent electoral trends of the European continent. One, these elections, by Italian standards, witnessed large scale voter abstention. Two, election results show that the ‘establishment parties’ lost badly, while those challenging these parties have won by significantly increasing their vote share. And finally, the voters did not give any party complete majority, thus throwing up...

MAHARASHTRA: Social Media Workshop Decides to Streamline Work

THE Maharashtra state social media workshop was held on March 4, 2018 at BTR Bhavan, Belapur. A call for the same was given at the just concluded 22nd state conference of the Party in Sangli and all district committees were asked to send 2-3 Party members for the meet.

Young Workers Convention Held in Bangalore

A Young Workers Convention was organised by the IT branch of the CPI(M) in Bangalore on March 4. The convention discussed various problems facing the young workers in India’s IT capital and raised concern over their safety and security, especially of women and those working on night shifts. Over 700 young workers from Bangalore, mainly from IT/ITES industry, attended the convention.