THE 154-day Mahajana Padayatra, undertaken by the CPI(M) in Telangana, culminated with a massive struggle convention for social justice in Hyderabad on March 19. It covered a distance of about 4,200 kilometres and visited more than 1,500 villages in all districts of the state.
KARNATAKA anganwadi workers are on an indefinite strike for the last three days (as on March 22, as we go to press) throughout the state. They are demanding legal minimum wage (of Rs 10,000 in Karnataka now for many identified sectors), making their posts permanent, social security benefits etc. There have been many strikes and marches to Vidhan Soudha in the last several years for the same demands.
On the occasion of the 86th martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru on March 23 we are reproducing an interview given by his compatriot, Shiv Verma, which was published in ‘The Daily’ on March 26, 1985. The interview was taken by Sudheendra Kulkarni in 1985, much before he joined the BJP.
A UNIQUE exercise in Party education and exchange of ideas among comrades took place in West Bengal on March 19, when study circles were organised in Party branches throughout the state. The agenda of the study circle was Party Programme.
THE selection of the mahant of the Gorakhnath temple, Yogi Adityanath, who is also a member of Lok Sabha from Gorakhpur, as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, is a clear signal that the BJP-RSS combine wishes to pursue the line of Hindu consolidation as the basis of its future political strategy.
CHIEF Minister of Kerala and Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), Pinarayi Vijayan, will participate in the Struggle Convention for Social Justice scheduled to be organised on March 19 in Hyderabad to mark the culmination of Mahajana Padayatra undertaken by the CPI(M) in Telangana, asserted Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), MA Baby. The RSS threats won’t deter Vijayan and he will tour all over the country, he said. Baby participated in the Mahajana Padayatra and addressed a public meeting at Choutuppal on March 12.
WIKILEAKS again blew off the lid of yet another secret mission of US surveillance agency CIA. WikiLeaks has released 8,761 of secret documents of Centre for Cyber Intelligence, which is a part of CIA. These documents are greater in size than those released during the first three years of Snowden. Code named “Vault 7”, this is a first part of a series “Year Zero” that WikiLeaks is developing.
THE second phase of Budget Session began on March 9. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on the first day without transacting any business as a mark of respect to sitting member Haji Abdul Salam who died recently. Salam represented Manipur in the Upper House.
MARCH 8, International Women's Day was celebrated and March 10, death anniversary of the great social reformer and pioneer of women’s education in Maharashtra, Savitribai Phule, was observed in Thane-Palghar district of Maharashtra by AIDWA with tremendous zest and enthusiasm. During the week from March 3-10, over 8,000 women in various tehsils took part in programmes around the three slogans given by the AIDWA CEC:
1. Work for all with equal wages for equal work
2. Rise up against all regressive, Manuwadi and fundamentalist ideologies that deny women equal rights and