THE Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had given a call to observe a day on July 15, demanding the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the monsoon session of the parliament, which ensures 33 per cent reservation for women in parliament and state assemblies. Hundreds of people, especially women, participated in the protest demonstrations across the country.
THE united forum of Telangana Mass and Social Organisations has come into being with more than 280 mass, social and class organisations in the state of Telangana with the aim of social justice and comprehensive development. In the new state of Telangana, people are having a lot of aspirations and are waiting for a solution to their problems. But, though the state is formed and rulers changed, the same policies are continuing. The tribulations of the people are as they were.
THE All India Kisan Sabha activists holding red flags, along with farmers from across the country, participated in the Kisan Mukti Sansad at Jantar-Mantar in New Delhi on July 18. The Kisan Mukti Sansad was the culmination of the first phase of the Kisan Mukti Yatra which began on July 6 from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh where six farmers were killed in police firing onJune 6, 2017.
THE connivance of the BJP’s central leaders with the IPFT’s indefinite blockade movement of the national highway and the only railway track of Tripura, on the so-called demand of a separate state since July 10, is no more a secret. This continuous blockade pushed all sections of the people of the state into uncalled for hardships.
THE working committee of CITU which met in Shimla from July 14-16 has called upon the working class of the country to intensify struggles against the anti-people anti- national policies of the BJP led government. It also extended full support and solidarity to the struggles of the farmers in various parts of the country and called upon its committees at all levels to actively support their struggles in all possible forms.
ON June 11, 2017, the BJP-led state government was forced to the negotiating table by the Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Organisations and it had to publicly declare a complete loan waiver for farmers, excluding the richer sections, as a result of the unprecedented 10-day farmers’ strike in Maharashtra, which was backed by a Maharashtra bandh. That report was carried in these columns last month.
At the Congress of Public Instruction held in Moscow in 1918, Comrades Lunacharski and Nadezhda Krupskaya delivered two important speeches, explaining, in general lines, the policy of the Soviets towards education. Lunacharski was the People’s Commissar for Education; Krupskaya was Deputy Minister for Education, 1929-39 and wife of V I Lenin.
THOUSANDS of activists participated in a massive joint protest march from Kotwal Garden, Dadar (West) to Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai on July 3 against hate crimes and lynching by fanatic mobs. Subsequently, a public meeting followed by a cultural programme was held at Chaityabhoomi.
“LEFT is the only real alternative to communal and fascistic BJP in India”, stressed Kodiyeri Balakrishnan while addressing a hall meeting jam-packed with Party members and sympathisers hailing from Kerala and residing in Mumbai, on June 25, 2017, at AdarshaVidhyalaya in Mumbai.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Polit Bureau member and Kerala state secretary of CPI(M) was present on the invitation of Mumbai district committee of CPI(M) to address this public meeting.