THE Modi government has extended a welcome gift to John Kerry, the US Secretary of State who is visiting India. The union cabinet has approved the raising of the FDI cap in the insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent. An amendment to the Insurance Laws will be placed in this session of parliament itself. This will fulfill a longstanding demand of the United States, as voiced repeatedly by the India-US business forum which was set-up during the UPA-1 government.
THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) organised a lecture by noted economist Prof. Prabhat Patnaik on "Capitalism, Inequality and Globalisation" in New Delhi's Constitution Club on July 30, as part of the Jyoti Basu birth centenary celebrations.
In his short welcome address, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said Jyoti Basu symbolised the working class movement in India and its achievements. He said Basu, who was first elected to the Bengal Provincial Assembly in 1946 from the Railway Workers constituency, was an outstanding leader of the Communist movement in India.
THE nearly two month long rule of Narendra Modi has starkly exposed its anti-people character and its pro-corporateness, said Tripura chief minister and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Manik Sarkar. The NDA government was taking forward UPA's anti-people policies much more forcefully. With both corporates and RSS actually running the government from behind, there is imminent danger of communalism spreading across the country. He called upon the working class, peasantry, poor and other downtrodden sections of the society to unite and resist this harmful agenda of Modi government.
DURING the second week of Budget Session both the houses witnessed disruptions over the issue of Indian journalist meeting the terror mastermind Hafiz-Saeed. On this, the external affairs minister made a statement condemning the meeting and said the government had sought a report on the engagements of the journalist in Pakistan during his three week stay there.
Comrade Joni Tiru, local committee secretary of Namkum (West), Ranchi district, who had struggled against the land mafia all his life, was brutally murdered by miscreants. He was also secretary of Sodag Gram Sabha. The gram pradhan of Sodag, Kailash Khoya was also murdered.
THOUSANDS of protestors marched through Kolkata on July 17, condemning Israel’s aggression on Gaza. At the call of the Left Front, people assembled in Moulali in central Kolkata and marched to Park Circus Maidan. Biman Basu and other leaders of the Left Front led the rally. People from all walks of life, including workers, students, and intellectuals joined the rally. Fiery slogans were raised against Israel and US imperialism.
HUNDREDS of CPI(M) leaders and activists led by Party Telangana state secretary Thammineni Veerabhadram took a pledge to protect the interests of Bhadrachalam tribals, their livelihood and culture in the face of Polavaram Bill passed by parliament.