Organisational Workshop of SFI held in Lucknow

THE organisational workshop of Students’ Federation of India with the aim of developing organisation in the weak states was held in Lucknow from May 13-15. This was necessitated with the realisation in the Shimla and Vijayawada CEC meetings that our leading comrades in the weak states are still unequipped with the fundamental organisational skills and it is impossible to develop organisation in these states without taking on this aspect.

KERALA: Monk’s Genitals Chopped Off While Molesting a Woman

A SAFFRON clad swami very close to the BJP and the Sangh Parivar in Kerala faced an unusual act of retaliation while he was trying to rape a young woman aged 21.  The victim chopped off the genitals of the habitual rapist, Srihari alias Gangeshananda Theerthapaada who claims to be a part of an Ashram at Panmana in Kollam district. The Ashram was established by Chattambi Swami, the great reformist leader who died in 1924. Swami was admitted to a Medical College Hospital on May 20.

Karnataka Pranth Raith Sangh Conference Held Successfully

THE 16TH state conference of the Karnataka Pranth Raith Sangh (KPRS) was held successfully in Hubballi in northern Karnataka from April 25 to 27. The conference was kick-started with a public meeting and a march from the city railway station to the venue. The public meeting was addressed by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and AIKS general secretary Hannan Mollah, KPRS state president Maruthi Manpad, AIKS joint secretary Vijoo Krishnan, KPRS vice-president Sriram Reddy and KPAWU state president Nitynand Swami.

GUJARAT: Dalits Confront Vigilantes with Real Cause of Cows’ Deaths

HARASSED and beaten by the self-styled cow vigilantes for long, dalits of Gujarat have now confronted the ruling BJP with real cause of unnatural deaths of cattle.

 Through an innovative march, the dalits have pinpointed that more cows die due to eating plastics than at the slaughter houses.

 Taking the cue from the cow vigilantes who consider bovines as their ‘mother’, dalits have demanded that any one causing unnatural deaths of cows should be prosecuted for matricide under appropriate laws.

MARCH TO NABANNA IN WEST BENGAL: Brutality, Challenged by Courage of the People

NEARLY one thousand people suffered injuries, scores of them severely in brutal police attack on the Left activists in West Bengal on May 22. But the real headline of the bloodied day was the determined fight of people against an authoritarian government. The twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah reverberated with the struggling ethos of the people.   

MAHARASHTRA : AIKS Leads Massive Whipcord Rally to State Agriculture Minister’s Residence

ON May 11, 2017, the Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha (AIKS) held an ‘Aasood’ (Whipcord) state convention followed by an ‘Aasood’ state rally to the house of the BJP’s state agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar at Khamgaon in Buldana district of Vidarbha region. Mahatma Jotirao Phule had written a celebrated book that was aptly called “Shetkaryacha Aasood” (Whipcord of the Farmer). It was from this that the AIKS coined the name.   

MAHARASHTRA: AIDWA State Meet Decides to Organise Tribal Women’s Survey

THE Maharashtra state committee of the All India Democratic Women’s Association held its meeting last month in the working class city of Solapur, amidst great enthusiasm. It was held in the wake of the recent municipal corporation elections, in which many women candidates of the AIDWA contested on the Left symbol and gave a tough fight.

TELANGANA: Comrade P Sundarayya Memorial Lecture Held in Hyderabad

THE 32nd death anniversary of the founder general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Comrade P Sundarayya, was observed by the Party and several mass organisations in Telangana on May 19. Rich tributes were paid to Sundarayya, recollecting his contribution for building the Communist movement, strengthening the Party, mass organisations, conducting struggles of the people and ideological struggle.

West Bengal: Another Farce in the Name of Elections

THAT the opposition parties winning even one or two wards in municipal elections is ‘banned’ in West Bengal has been proved once again on May 14, when seven municipalities went to polls. As four of them were in the hills and paramilitary forces were deployed during polling, the voting there was peaceful. On the contrary, widespread violence was reported from all the three towns in the plains that went to vote – Pujali in the South 24-Parganas, Domkal in Murshidabad and Raiganj in the North Dinajpur.


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