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Capitalism and Discrimination between Workers

THERE is a peculiar paradox at the centre of capitalism. Since it is a system that institutes free mobility of workers between sectors, real wage rates should be equalised across occupations which are not too dissimilar from one another in terms of their arduousness, or hazardousness, or unpleasantness, or skill requirements, or intensity of effort etc. In other words, more arduous, more hazardous and more unpleasant jobs should be better paid compared to less arduous, less hazardous or less unpleasant ones, other things being equal (i.e., per unit of homogeneous labour-time).

Labour, Capital and the Corporate Media

THE relationship between capital and labour is not confined to the material reality alone, rather it operates as much in the production and communication of knowledge. The penetration of capital into all non-material ideological spheres and the instruments of hegemonic control has become a norm under the neo-liberal regime. The privatisation of electronic media and its control by big and trans-national capital under neo-liberal globalisation is one such example of this phenomena.

CPI(M) Delegation Visits Flood-Hit Areas in J&K

A DELEGATION of the CPI(M) led by Sitaram Yechury, Polit Bureau member and MP visited the flood affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir on October 7. In Jammu, the delegation was accompanied by Sham Prasad Kesar, regional secretary of Jammu, Om Prakash, Kishor Kumar, state committee members of the CPI(M) and others. The delegation also visited Government Medical College, Jammu and met the persons who were injured in Pakistan firing at the international border.

Doordarshan’s RSS Telecast Condemned

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on September 3.

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the decision of Doordarshan to telecast live the speech of the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami. The RSS uses the occasion to propagate its Hindutva ideology.

The national public broadcaster has no business to telecast live the speech of the chief of an organisation like the RSS. Such an action shows how the public broadcaster is being misused by the Modi government.

Reduce Diesel Prices

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on October 6, 2014.

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) registers its protest over the refusal of the government and the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to reduce the price of diesel, despite the fall in crude oil prices in the international market.

Price of Brent crude, the global oil price benchmark has fallen below $92 a barrel. It is reported that the OMCs are earning Rs 1.90 on every litre of diesel as `over recovery’.

NIA Should Investigate Blast

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on October 6, 2014.

THE explosion in Khagragarh, near Burdwan town in West Bengal, which killed two persons involved in bomb making, is a very serious issue. There are sufficient grounds to believe that extremist elements are involved. The concerned house is owned by a Trinamool Congress worker and it is alleged that a TMC office used to function from the garage in the house.

Assault on the Constitutional Values of Secularism

THE Prasar Bharti which was ultimately set up by an Act of Parliament in 1998, having undergone several changes from the original version of 1990 was conceived to ensure a degree of autonomy to the public broadcaster while still maintaining Parliamentary oversight. In the section on its mandate, there are several clauses in the law reading from Clause A to Clause P.

Don’t Renew the US-India Defence Agreement

THE joint statement issued after the Obama-Modi talks has affirmed that the Defence Framework Agreement will be renewed for another ten years. This Framework Agreement, the first of its kind, was signed in June 2005 by the UPA government. What has now been decided is that negotiations would be held so that another framework agreement is put in place by June 2015 for the next ten years. This had already been decided when the US Secretary for Defence, Chuck Hagel, visited Delhi in August this year.

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