THE 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India expresses grave concern about the extreme threat faced by grassroots democracy in West Bengal. This is clearly manifest in events leading up to the panchayat elections in 2018, where the entire election process has now been rendered uncertain. It may be recalled that during Left Front rule, panchayati raj institutions in the state were celebrated in India and abroad as shining examples of democratic decentralisation.
WALMART’S 14 billion dollar acquisition of Flipkart has sent the Indian financial press into a tizzy: the biggest deal in India ever, the biggest ever global ecommerce acquisition, etc. What it means for the Indian retailers, who employ about 40 million people, having Amazon and Walmart, two of the most brutal employers in the world dominating the Indian market, does not find place in these writings. Or that the BJP government has been in clear violation of its election promise of not permitting foreign capital to enter multi-brand retail.
IN the wake of the take-over of Flipkart by Walmart, one is once again hearing an argument which one has often come across before, namely that having a large multinational in this sphere, which can do global sourcing for its products, will make goods cheaper for buyers and therefore be in the “consumers’ interests”.
THE 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) unequivocally condemns the unilateral and unjustified imperialist aggression of Syria by the United States and some of its NATO allies.
Over a hundred missiles, targeting three facilities in Damascus and Homs, were launched from ships and planes. Last year, President Trump accused the government forces of using poison gas and ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airbase.
THE central executive committee of the Students’ Federation of India, in a statement issued on May 16, has strongly opposed the exorbitant increase in fees imposed on the students of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS). The annual tuition fee in the Pilani campus of the institute has been increased this year to Rs 1,59,500. It needs to be underlined here that in the last decade the institute has seen consistent average fee increase of 17 per cent every year.
IN yet another act of brutality and terror of the RSS, one more CPI(M) worker was killed on May 7, in Mahe, a part of Puducherry state near northern border of Kannur district. Comrade Kannippoyil Babu, former councilor of Mahe municipality and CPI(M) Mahe local committee member was gruesomely murdered by the RSS goons.
Comrade Babu had escaped a murder attempt last year. The brutal killing occurred soon after the culmination of an RSS armed training camp in Koothuparamba near Mahe.
ON March 20, 2018, the Supreme Court passed an order that significantly diluted the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The court issued guidelines to guarantee protection for public servants and private individuals from “arbitrary and immediate arrest” under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on May 16
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the time being given to the BJP to indulge in naked `horse trading’ and the use of money power to muster a majority in the Karnataka assembly when the officially declared results have shown that the BJP does not have a majority in the recently-concluded elections.
THE 22nd Congress of the CPI(M) condemns Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestinian territories, its use of sniper squads to shoot peaceful protesters at the Gaza border, and attempts to change the demography of Jerusalem.