ON September 25, thousands of poor women and men belonging to the poorest, landless communities, came to Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh with the red flags of the All India Agricultural Workers Union in their hands. They came from many districts - Deoria, where they had to brave heavy rains while coming to the station, Mirzapur, Allahabad, Basti, Sonbhadra, Chandauli, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh, Moradabad, Bareilly, Eta, Kasganj and Fatehpur.
AFTER several of Trinamool Congress leaders and members of Parliament faced grilling by CBI and Enforcement Directorate in Saradha chit fund scam, the knocking at the door of party chief Mamata Banerjee seems imminent. According to media reports, CBI has now gathered enough evidence to track the trail of money laundering to the West Bengal Chief Minister’s gate. It has been reported that the central agencies are planning to ‘seek clarifications’ from the Chief Minister or her office on several allegations and deals that have come into light through series of interrogations.
UNION home minister Rajnath Singh sparked a controversy during his two-day visit to Kerala, by gleefully accepting a headgear from RSS cadre Santhosh, a notorious criminal in Thiruvananthapuram and the first accused in the case of 2008 murder of CPI(M) worker V V Vishnukumar. Notwithstanding the fact that Singh called for ending the menace of political violence and killings, he adorned a headgear from the murder accused on his September 27 visit to the famous Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
THE All India Democratic Women’s Association in a statement issued on October 1 has strongly condemned the recently appointed National Commission for Women chairperson’s reported efforts to exonerate the RSS and its leaders (who are prominent leaders of the BJP) of any agency in coining, and propagating the term “love jihad”. The remarks of the chairperson in this regard have been published in a leading daily on October 1, 2014.
A one-day seminar on garbage management was organised by AKG Padana Gaveshana Kendram in Alappuzha on September 29. Stressing on the need to take the garbage issue seriously, CPI(M) has urged the people of the state to process household waste at the source to ensure a healthy life and preserve healthy surroundings.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on September 30.
THE Obama administration has been putting great pressure on India of late to join a US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It may take advantage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in New York at the moment to make India fall in line with its plans.
PRIME Minister Modi’s visit to New York and Washington on the occasion of addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) turned out to be, as the PTI reported, of the nature of a “rock star celebrity”. His speeches at the Madison Square Garden and the annual rock star ritual that takes place every year on the occasion of the UNGA at New York’s Central Park confirmed once again that the mindset of a continuing Indian election campaign has not yet been discarded by Prime Minister Modi.
THOUGH the universities (both central and state), the highest institutions of learning, have been accorded autonomous status in our education system, it is no more hidden that universities’ financial position as well as functioning are subject to decisions by the state and central government.
ELECTIONS to the Delhi University students’ union (DUSU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University students ’ union (JNUSU), which were held on September 12, saw significant advances for the Students’ Federation of India; particularly in the backdrop that the entire state organisation has been in the phase of rebuilding after the disruption in July 2012. Elections to the student unions of both these universities assume importance, given the fact that both these central universities have a national character in terms of the composition of the students.
THE Delhi Union of Journalists and the Delhi Press Unity Centre in a joint statement issued on September 24, on the eve of the meeting of the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agencies Employees in Delhi today has demanded that the state and central labour commissioners act in unison to protect the wage board for working journalists as upheld by the Supreme Court.