UKRAINE today is the laboratory for imperialist designs. The unrest and popular protests in Ukraine had forced the president of the country, Viktor F Yanukovych to flee. Armed with a warrant, search is on to arrest him. A case is also filed before the International Criminal Court to try him for war crimes – the police action against the protesters, which resulted in the death of more than hundred people. As is now becoming common, any popular protest that results in the ruler being ousted from power is called as a 'revolution' and in Ukraine it is called as an 'orange-brown revolution'.
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has issued the following statement on February 21:
AIDWA condemns the interim budget which claims to be swayed by “equity concerns” but which has imposed heavy additional burdens on women, making it even more difficult for them to exercise their right to a violence free life.
ACTIVISTS of the Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Democratic Youth Federation of India and the Students’ Federation of India held a demonstration on February 25 at the Police Headquarters in New Delhi to protest against the casteist attack on the marriage procession of a Dalit youth in Maidangarhi on February 23.
IT is a hundred and four years since when the International Women’s Day is being observed all over the world. The day, which used to be the day of working women, has now become International Women’s Day, focussing on the demands of women as a whole.
It is also to be noted that, as about other occasions nowadays, this day of struggle is being commercially exploited by vested interests. At the same time, this is also utilised to divert attention from the realities of class exploitation and oppression being perpetrated against women.
THE CPI(M) Maharashtra state secretariat and state committee met at Mahur in Nanded district in the Marathwada region from February 7-9, 2014 in the presence of CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury and Central Secretariat member Nilotpal Basu. This was part of the 2012 decision to rotate some Party state committee meetings in different districts of the state.
THE viability of democracy requires a belief among people that they can make a difference to their lives by participating in the democratic process. This belief may be a false one; it may be a mere illusion. But unless this illusion exists, people become not just cynical about the democratic process but despondent about their capacity to make any difference to their lives through their own efforts. Such despondency then leads to their quest for a “saviour” or a “messiah” supposedly endowed with extraordinary powers who can come to their rescue.
DISPLAYING the invincible strength of the communist movement in Kerala, the 26 days long Kerala Raksha March, led by CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, culminated in a massive rally attended by tens of thousands of people in the historic city of Kozhikode, on the shore of Arabian Sea on February 26, 2014. The march, which raised the slogan “Secular India and Developed Kerala,” reached Kozhikode after meeting lakhs of people en route in almost all the assembly constituencies in the state. The mammoth rally was inaugurated by CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat.
ELEVEN non-Congress, non-BJP political parties resolved to work together to present an alternative before the people of the country for the coming Lok Sabha elections. They also issued a joint declaration that called for throwing out the Congress from power and defeating the BJP to prevent it from coming to power. Leaders of CPI(M), CPI, All India Forward Bloc, RSP, JD(U), Samajwadi Party, AIADMK, JD(S) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha held a meeting on 25th February at Tripura Bhavan in New Delhi and released the joint declaration.