THE 24th conference of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the CPI(M), the first after bifurcation of the united Andhra Pradesh state, was held on February 8-9, 2015 at Vijayawada. Vijayawada has a long and glorious history of communist movement and this is the seventh time that the state conference of the Party is being held here. Holding aloft this great tradition, Vijayawada wore a festive look with red flags, banners and slogans everywhere.
THE fifth state conference of CPI(M) Jharkhand was organised successfully in BokaroSteelCity. The city houses one of the largest public sector steel plants in the country. There has been a sharp decline in the number of regular workers, who have been replaced by part time contractual workers in the plant over the years.
ALL India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) notes with great concern the horrific rise in the incidents of farmers' suicides in the country. Farmer suicide is a post-liberalisation phenomenon. It started and has intensified since 1995. Neo-liberal economic policies pursued by successive governments led to devastating changes in the country’s agricultural policy. As a result, public investment in agriculture gradually declined. Newly-adopted fertiliser policy caused the closure of public sector manufacturers and dependence on import which resulted in continuous increase in its prices.
THE 21st state conference of the CPI(M) was held on January 24-25 at Modasa (of newly created Arvalli district). It began with the hoisting of Party flag by Gujarat’s senior most leader, Subodh Mehta. The conference began with a rally in the morning of January 24. The rally started from market yard and terminated in huge public meeting at Modasa Char Rasta. The public meeting was presided over by Subodh Mehta. The reception committee chairman Katabhai Raval greeted the people on the dais with flowers. Pragajibhai Bhambhi delivered the welcome speech.
Below is the text of the speech delivered by Manik Sarkar, chief minister of Tripura at the first meeting of the governing council of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog on February 8, 2015 at New Delhi.
NITI Aayog, which has replaced the Planning Commission, should not push India towards a market-driven economy and privatisation in all spheres. Public resources should not be put at the disposal of the private sector and the market forces.
VENDETTA as politics in West Bengal has used fear through violence manifested in verbal and physical intimidation, threats, trashing and wrecking offices, homes, villages, streets, burning and looting, attacks and assaults on individuals and groups, even groups of protesters, police and institutions to uproot dissent and demolish the opposition.
IN the run up to the 21st Party Congress of the CPI(M) which is scheduled to be held from April 14-19 at Visakhapatnam, the Kerala state conference of the Party will be held from February 20-23 at Aleppy, the land of historic Punnapra-Vayalar struggle. Prior to the state conference, all 14 district conferences were held successfully. The reports were adopted unanimously. The selection of district committees and its secretaries was also unanimous.
The Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch in a statement issued on February 10, expressed its heartfelt condolences at the passing away of Comrade Anil Sarkar who was a tireless worker in the cause of social justice. Comrade Anil Sarkar strived unrelentingly for the eradication of social oppression and for the upliftment of the downtrodden and marginalised sections of the country. He was the president of Tripura Tapashili Jati Samanway Samiti and a founding member of the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch. He was also the vice chairman of the Tripura state planning board.
CPI(M) state secretariat member, vice president of State Planning Board, a crusader in the struggle for emancipation of dalit community and a great poet Comrade Anil Sarkar breathed his last at AIIMS, New Delhi at 7.40 in the evening on February 9. He was 76. He had been suffering from multiple ailments and was under medical care for last several months. He is survived by only son Abhijit, daughter-in-law and a grandson. He was founder president of the Scheduled Caste Coordination Committee and Cultural Coordination Committee of the state and continued in that position till his death.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement February 12, 2015
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the Gujarat Police move to arrest Teesta Setalvad and her husband, Javed Anand in Mumbai. The arrest of Teesta Setalvad has been stayed for 24 hours at the intervention of the Supreme Court.