MUCH is written these days about how “the youth” is “tired” of the “rigid ideological positions” of the Left, how Marxism itself, notwithstanding its immense appeal in the past, has ceased to be attractive to today’s “youth”, indeed how “grand narratives” of all kinds, of which Marxism of course is the leading example, have become passé.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on April 24, 2014.
IT is unfortunate that the Andhra Pradesh High Court, in a judgement, has acquitted 21 persons sentenced to life imprisonment in the infamous Chundur case involving the massacre of dalits in 1991.
It is shocking that 23 years after the massacre, justice has not been rendered. It is imperative that the state government immediately lodge an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict.
THE duality in the BJP’s election campaign is getting exposed. At the top, there is a veneer of Modispeak about “development” and promise of good governance and employment. Lurking beneath is an intense communal campaign which is specially concentrated in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
YET another acquittal. Yet another denial of justice. In the recent past, it was Bathani Thola, then Laxmanpur Bathe and now it is Chundur. Similar pattern. Similar excuses. Similar role of the governments, investigation authorities, police machinery... lack of credible evidence, doubts on the witness accounts...
THE remarks made by driver of the taxi we had boarded set the tone. “Saab why are you going to that Muslim locality” was his refrain, once we informed him of our destination. This is what Varanasi has been turned into. A communal cauldron. Deep runs the mistrust. The BJP’s decision to field Modi from Varanasi is only going to widen this divide.
Ever since this 56-inch Vikas Purush has been chosen as the prime ministerial candidate of the right wing communal party, there has been a very strong and coordinated overpowering of the social media and social networking outlets with the NaMo's "manufactured growth."
ON April 12, polling for East Tripura (ST) parliamentary constituency passed off peacefully, with a high percentage of turnout. According to the initial statement of the chief electoral officer (CEO) of the state, 82.5 percent votes were cast for the constituency as a whole.
ON April 7, the Friends of Latin America, India, organised a seminar, in collaboration with Centre of Marxian Studies, at Jadavpur University in Kolkata to commemorate the former Venezuelan president, Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, the great Bolivarian socialist leader whose commitment to social justice and a better deal for the poorer classes had pitted him against the neo-liberal imperialist powers, on his first death anniversary. “Commandant Hugo Chavez and Beyond” was the topic of deliberations at the seminar.
THE election campaign for the 16th Lok Sabha poll, which has already entered into a very intensive phase in all the districts of West Bengal, is a unique experience in our state for more than one reason. This time the Lok Sabha election is going to be held in the state in the backdrop of nearly three years of TMC autocracy. The bitter experiences of the violence-marred panchayat and municipal elections are still fresh in the minds of the people.