TRIPURA PANCHAYAT POLLS: Resounding Victory for Left Front

THE Left Front in Tripura has registered a magnificent victory in the just concluded three tier panchayat elections. It has swept the eight zilla parishads. Of the total 116 ZP seats, the CPI(M) won 115 conceding just one seat to the Indian National Congress.

Polit Bureau Communique

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in New Delhi on July 19 & 20, 2014. It has issued the following statement on July 20

BJP’s Political & Ideological Affinity with the Zionist Project

THE parliamentary debate on the Israeli attacks on hapless civilians in Palestine’s Gaza strip has proved the point that what was initially presumed as the ruling BJP’s obduracy in preventing a Parliamentary discussion was actually a cover to conceal its...

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Prosecute the Shiv Sena MP

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on July 24, 2014 THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the criminal and uncivilised act of a Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare, in the presence of other MPs of his party, of force feeding a person who was observing a fast for Ramzan. The defence of the Shiv Sena has been proved to be a lie by evidence broadcast in the media which shows that the MP was told by the victim that he...

THE BRICS BANK

ON July 15, the five BRICS countries, Brazil , Russia, India, China, and South Africa formally created a New Development Bank at Forteleza, Brazil, which would be headquartered in Shanghai and would have an Indian as its first president. It would have a capital base of $50 billion to start with, contributed by the five governments, and would provide development funding to all governments for infrastructure projects. The BRICS proposal also envisages a Contingency Reserve Arrangement, of $100 billion,...

Trading Away Access to Public Services

A CONSPIRACY was hatched, at the behest of the global elite, in Geneva in 2012 that has far reaching implications for the welfare and well being of billions of people across the world. The conspiracy involves the commencement of secret negotiations, called the ‘Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)’ that seeks to convert all forms of services across the world into tradable commodities. The latest round of negotiations in this process concluded in Geneva in...

Foreign Policy under NDA-2

THE world will be watching as the new BJP led government formulates its foreign policy priorities. During the 2014 election campaign, the main focus of Narendra Modi was on domestic issues. His stated top priority is good governance and reversing the country’s economic slide. However his remarks on illegal “Bangladeshi immigrants” and his attempts to differentiate between Hindu and Muslim immigrants, while campaigning in West Bengal and Assam have perturbed the government in...

A Chronicler of the Apartheid: Nadine Gordimer

THE South African Nobel-prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the most powerful voices against apartheid, died at the age of 90 on July 13, 2014 at her Johannesburg home. The Irish poet Seamus Heaney called her one of the great “guerrillas of the imagination” and granting the prize to her in 1991, as her country finally began to dismantle the racist system her works had so poignantly explored for more than 40 years, the Nobel Committee...

Increase the Pension for the disabled: NPRD

RESPONDING to the call given by the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) members owing allegiance to various affiliates of the NPRD held demonstrations in various parts of the country on July 23 focusing on the demand for enhancement in the pension (maintenance allowance) paid to persons with disabilities.

Enthusiastic Response to AIAWU Conference

THE announcement of the eighth All India Conference of the All India Agricultural Workers Union from July 30 to August 2, 2014 at the office bearers meeting held at Hyderabad on July 16, has had a snowballing effect on the poorest and the most oppressed in the country. The conference will represent membership from 14 states. The number of delegates has reached 831. Not the least is the fact that the state of Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana and...

Change of Design needed to Ensure Minimum Submersion & Maximum Benefits

THE process of bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh has turned the Polavaram issue into a more complicated one. The former UPA-2 government in its hurry to push the bifurcation bill had wanted to satisfy its own party leaders in Andhra area and therefore gave the national project status to Polavaram project. In 2009 itself, the then union government promised 10 district Telangana...

Israel’s Attack on Palestine: A Brief Historical Background

“One prince of the present time, whom it is not well to name, never preaches anything else but peace and good faith, and to both he is most hostile”. Machiavelli, The Prince THOUGH Machiavelli talks here about Ferdinand of Aragon, it is as well true about the present president of the United States of America – Barack Obama, whom we can as well name. A Nobel Peace prize winner and one who had won the election...