Below we publish the excerpts of the speech made by Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala at the special session of the state assembly called to discuss the central government's recent order restricting cattle trade. The session was held on June 8.
A GAZETTE notification was made by the central government on May 23 so as to introduce rules on the basis of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.
THE term “globalisation”, though much used, is extremely misleading, as is its presumed “other”, “nationalism”. This is because both terms are used as blanket terms without any reference to their class content, as if there can be only one kind of “globalisation” and only one kind of “nationalism”.
THE Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan of all the Left and democratic peasant and agriculture workers organisations and social organisations observed June 14 as protest day across the country against the Mandsaur police firing on farmers by the BJP led Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of Madhya Pradesh. The farmers were on struggle with the genuine demands of remunerative price to all the crops and comprehensive loan waiver. As part of the agitation, protest demonstrations were organised in all district centres across the country.
ALL India Agricultural Workers Union joins the All India Kisan Sabha, All India Democratic Women’s Association, Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch, CPI(M) and CPI in protesting against the government of India’s restrictions on selling of cattle from livestock markets all over the country to abattoirs.
INDIA, along with Pakistan, has joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as full members at the Astana Summit meeting held in Kazakhstan. Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif represented their countries on this important occasion.
INDIA’S banking system, which was robust enough to withstand the financial crisis of 2008, is facing yet another crisis today. The banks, particularly the public sector ones, are burdened with huge amounts of non-performing assets (NPAs), which are threatening the viability of the banking sector.
In the last three years, under BJP rule at the centre, the NPAs of the banks have tripled - from Rs 2.3 lakh crores to Rs 6.8 lakh crores. Currently, the NPAs of public sector banks stand as high as 11 per cent of their total advances.
Q: Prabhat Patnaik in his column in the Peoples’ Democracy (Vol. XLI No. 19) wrote: “As Trumpism, and the ultra-Right in general, comes a cropper, since it does not face the basic issue of the hegemony of finance, and as the Left acquires greater clarity on the need for delinking from globalisation in the event of the hegemony of finance continuing to persist, the bankruptcy of the “liberal bourgeois” position will drive more and more working people into supporting the Left.
THE recently declared intermediate results of Bihar State Education Board (BSEB) has yet again brought to fore the deep crisis and anarchy afflicting the education system in the state. In spite of the last year’s ‘topper scam’ which made headlines across the nation, the state government has remained negligent towards filling the vacant teaching posts, ensuring regular conduct of classes and checking the rampant ‘examination mafia’ in the state.
THE Delhi Union of Journalists, in a statement issued on June 5 has expressed serious concern at the CBI raids on the homes of Prannoy Roy, executive chairperson of NDTV, ostensibly for defaulting on a bank loan.
We note that the raids come directly after a primetime spat between NDTV executive editor Nidhi Razdan and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. Patra had accused the channel of being biased in its coverage and having an ‘agenda’. Razdan had objected strongly, telling him he could leave the show if he wished.
THE three year rule of the Modi led BJP government at the centre has brought all-round miseries for the people, through snatching away the livelihood of vast number of unorganized sector workers through demonetisation, banning cattle sale, cutting allocations for various social welfare measures like old age pensions, MNREGA, ICDS programme etc. Linking of Aadhar cards for getting ration and benefits from other social security measures has rendered vast number of genuine beneficiaries ineligible.