CPI(M) Central Committee Calls for Nationwide Campaign August 15-31

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met at New Delhion July 24-26, 2017. It has issued the following statement on July 26, 2017.
ALL-ROUND ATTACK ON PEOPLE
The country is seeing an all-round attack on the livelihood of the vast majority of our people by the BJP-led...

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Resolution on GST

THE Central Committee of the CPI(M) expresses its deep concern at the adverse impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implemented from July 1, 2017. The GST has put new burdens on the common people, small and tiny enterprises, traders and unorganised sector occupations. Industries and services like textile, beedi, pharmaceuticals, construction,...

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BJP Corruption Scandals in Kerala

UNDER Narendra Modi’s regime, the BJP has been boasting about the clean record of the government and the ruling party. It has projected a “swach” image in contrast to the corruption-ridden record of the UPA government.
These claims have been made despite the gigantic Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh under BJP rule....

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Fight Privatisation! Save Public Sector

Privatisation of PSUs is not merely an onslaught against public sector workers. Dismantling public sector means handing over our national assets, our national wealth to the corporates, domestic and foreign, on a silver platter. It is an attack on the basic fabric of our national economy; it is an attack on our self reliance, our country’s manufacturing capability. It is an instrument of transferring huge national assets to private hands, domestic and...

Kisan Curfew in Rajasthan

THE peasantry in Rajasthan faces very difficult conditions not only due to the climate which swings from -3 degree centigrade to +50 degree centigrade but also because two thirds of the state is not irrigated. On top of this, the policies of the centre and the state have made the condition of the peasantry much worse. The government is not buying crops at the minimum support price. During these years, it is the falling prices of their produce rather than the famine, which has...

Government Evading Comprehensive Legislation for Domestic Workers

IT is indeed ironical that just a day after the ILO facilitated a national stakeholders meeting on a proposed National Policy for Domestic Workers for the government of India at New Delhi on July 11, the incidents of violence and repression in Noida happened after the news spread that a domestic worker had been wrongfully confined by her employer in a posh apartment complex. It was all the more ironical...

Peasant Leaders Call for District Rallies, Jail Bharo on August 9

THE coordination committee of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan which met in New Delhi has decided to intensify the ongoing farmers struggle and called up on the peasantry to participate in large numbers in the district rally, jail bharo programme across the country on August 9. This will be the largest action as part of the ongoing farmers struggle and will be organised in all the states in the country. BAA has...

Cyber Peace Treaty or the Peace of the Hegemon?

AFTER WannaCry and (Not)Petya ransomware hitting global high profile organisations, there is a much greater awareness of the risks from cyber weapons. Both these ransomware used EternalBlue, the stolen NSA exploit of a Windows vulnerability. The call for a Geneva Convention for controlling cyber weapons – a cyber Geneva Convention – has therefore grown, with Microsoft, Deutsch Telekom and other big corporations now backing the call.

TRIPURA: IPFT’s Blockade: A Deceptive Movement

GIVING a sense of relief to the people of the state, the IPFT has been compelled to withdraw its indefinite blockade of national highway and rail track on July 21st morning. Thus this movement that started with deception on an absurd demand, also ended in a hoax. This end was possible because of the strong stand of the state government as well as tremendous pressure of the peace-loving democratic people of both the tribal and non-...

KERALA: Protest against Centre’s Strategic Partnership with Israel

CPI(M) has organised a state wide campaign and protest on July 19 against the centre’s strategic partnership with Israel. Modi government has been trying to derail the foreign policy pursued by the country for past several decades. The protest is organised in the wake of Modi’s recent visit to Israel. CPI(M) has appealed all democratic forces to protest against the centre’s decision to make...

MAHARASHTRA: Kisan Dist Conventions Call for Statewide Road Blockade on August 14

THE coordination committee of farmers’ organisations had decided to organise large joint peasant conventions for mass awakening (janjaagran) in major districts all over the state from July 10-23. The report of the first few conventions was carried in these columns last week. A total of 15 massive joint conventions of farmers took place in all the five regions of Maharashtra...

Iranian Elections: ‘Democracy’ Within the Framework of Theocracy

THE presidential elections in Iran on May 19 saw the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani for a second term of office. As was widely expected by most Iranian observers, this was the most convenient outcome for the theocratic regime in Tehran. The election, from the opening of nominations, the vetting of candidates, the televised debates, during a three-week-long campaign, followed the...