THE Communist Movement in Kerala, which has a glorious history of spearheading pro-people movements like land reforms, total literacy mission and people’s planning programme, kick-started another people’s movement (Shuchitwa Keralam) to save the masses from the menace of garbage in the state. CPI (M) workers are leading the people from all walks of life to wipe out the waste and garbage in cities and villages through a decentralised system. Members and leaders from other parties also joined the programme in various districts of the state.
FORMER minister and Communist Marxist Party (CMP) general secretary M V Raghavan passed away on November 9 at Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur. M V Raghavan, popularly known as MVR, was undergoing treatment for prolonged illness. He was 81.
A firebrand CPI(M) leader, MVR was expelled from the Party in 1986, after which he formed CMP. He served as an MLA and minister for several tenures.
He is survived by wife Janaki and two sons and two daughters.
KOZHIKODE, a city which marked many upsurge of people in the history, witnessed another massive rally of workers at the culmination of All India conference of the Construction Workers Federation of India (CWFI). Lakhs and lakhs of workers including women from the construction field pledged through their slogans in the huge rally to fight against the anti-labour policies of the incumbent government.
TEA workers in West Bengal showed exemplary unity in the two-day strike in gardens, demanding minimum wages and implementation of labour laws. On November 11-12, a complete shutdown was observed in tea gardens of five northern districts, at the call of the joint forum of struggling workers, comprising 23 trade unions. On those two days, thousands of workers marched in the streets, demonstrated in front of garden gates and chased away any attempt of mischief. On the 12th, in another unprecedented action, a general strike was observed in three districts and adjoining areas of two other.
The CPI(M) will organise a Mass Dharna in Delhi on Nov 26 led by chief minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar against BJP government’s moves to curtail MGNREGA, which is a serious onslaught on the rights and livelihood of the rural poor. It calls upon all the democratic forces and mass organisations to unitedly oppose these changes.
WITHIN six months of assuming office, the Modi government has been expanded with the induction of 21 new ministers in the council of ministers. This takes the total strength of the cabinet to 66. Of these, two are not members of either house of the parliament at the moment. Our constitution provides that such persons can hold office for a maximum period of six months before which they will have to be elected to either house.
The Dalit Soshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) is organising a National Convention on November 27 in New Delhi at Constitution Club Annexe. In a press meet organised in New Delhi on November 3, 2014, the Dalit Soshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) has demanded the Central Government to call a Special Session of Parliament to discuss the issues concerning the dalits. They demanded a status report from the government on the number of Scheduled Castes employed in the private sector. The press meet was addressed by K Varadarajan and V Srinivas Rao. Those who were present at the press meet included
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on November 11, 2014
THE tragic deaths of eight women and hospitalisation of scores more due to sterilisation surgeries performed on them in a mass sterilisation camp in Bilaspur is a shocking indictment of the health system in Chhattisgarh and also of the government policy to continue the highly undemocratic target based population control programmes.
THE formation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) marked an important stage in the Communist movement of the country. Fifty years ago, 32 members of the National Council of the Communist Party of India walked out of the National Council meeting and decided later to re-found the Communist Party based on a new Programme. On this historic anniversary, we commemorate the role played by this section of the leadership of the united party.