THE All India Democratic Women’s Association, in a statement issued on May 14, has condemned the shocking statement reportedly made by the vice chancellor of AYUSH, Baldev Kumar Dhiman, claiming that ayurveda can help in the selection of gender before conception. Not only does this display a completely unscientific mindset, the statement also violates the PcPNDT Act which makes sex selection illegal, whether before or after conception. According to the Act it is also illegal to advertise or promote any method leading to sex selection.
THE All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU), in a statement issued on May 14, has condemned the brutal murders, the destruction of rural democratic institutions like the panchayats and the gross violation of the right to life by the murderous gangs of the TMC in West Bengal who are out to finish whatever rights the poor have to protect themselves from the brutal attacks of goons defended by the state machinery.
ON May 12, the US walked out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA) agreement, signed between the five Security Council Permanent members plus Germany (P5+1), and Iran. This agreement was a quid pro quo between the P5+1 countries and Iran. The agreement was for global sanctions against Iran ending, in lieu of dismantling a significant part of its nuclear programme. Iran fulfilled its part of the bargain, and this has been verified by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its numerous visits to Iran. It is the US that is reneging on its commitments.
THE South African Communist Party (SACP) conveys its revolutionary greetings to the entire leadership and membership of, and to all delegates attending the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). This is an event of great magnitude in the struggle against capitalism, its highest stage of imperialism and its variant in the form and content of neo-liberalism.
THE 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) notes the growing discontent among the working class and other sections of the toiling people including the peasants and agricultural workers against the policies being implemented by the BJP led government at the centre. This is reflected in the surging struggles of the working class and the peasants in different parts of the country.
ON May 3, 2018, around 35,000 adivasi peasant women and men, under the banner of the CPI(M) and the AIKS, held a massive rally at Dahanu in Palghar district. They came in their thousands from all the seven tehsils of Palghar district, viz Dahanu, Talasari, Vikramgad, Jawhar, Mokhada, Wada and Palghar and from the Shahapur tehsil of Thane district. There were over 15,000 women led by the AIDWA. There were thousands of youth led by the DYFI. The rally was so huge that the media variously estimated it as between 40,000 to 50,000.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on May 10
THE $ 16 billion acquisition by international e-commerce retail giant Walmart of Indian e-retail Flipkart facilitates the backdoor entry of foreign capital to take over India’s huge multi-crore retail trade sector.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on May 9
PRESIDENT Trump’s announcement of the United States’ withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran is an unwarranted and irresponsible step that needs to be strongly condemned. The threat of imposing sanctions on Iran is illegal and should be resolutely opposed by the United Nations.
IN an unprecedented verdict, the Calcutta High Court directed the State Election Commission to accept the nomination of panchayat candidates sent via email within the extended April 23 deadline. This verdict has come as a response to CPI(M)’s appeal in the court. CPI(M) has been forced to make such an appeal after hundreds of Left candidates were denied access to BDO, SDO office by TMC armed gangs. SEC was earlier asked by the court to extend the time of nomination for one day.