THOUSANDS of farmers participated in Jaipur Kooch (march to Jaipur) on March 2, at the call of the Rajasthan state committee of the All India Kisan Sabha, which is a continuation of sustained ongoing struggle for the last six months against hike in electricity rates and other demands in the state. Groups of the farmers began to arrive at Vidyadhar Nagar Stadium in Jaipur from early morning, which continued till afternoon.
Q. Even after 70 years of capitalist development after Independence, the CPI(M) still talks about the People’s Democratic Revolution. As per the Marxist understanding, when capitalism has become the mode of production in Indian society, why is the CPI(M) not aiming for a socialist revolution?
Sushant Banerjee, Howrah, West Bengal
A. The programme of the CPI(M) characterises the stage of the revolution as democratic and sets out the strategic goal of the People’s Democratic Revolution.
THE Modi government is determined to coerce people to join the Aadhar Unique Identification Number by making all sorts of government schemes and services available to citizens only on the basis of Aadhar.
The latest instance is the notification issued by the human resource development ministry making Aadhar compulsory for children to avail the mid-day meal scheme in government schools. Not only that, all the cooks and staff who administer the mid-day meal scheme will also have to be registered with the Aadhar number.
THE CPI(M) is going to organise a massive public meeting – Telangana struggle convention for social justice – to mark the conclusion of Mahajana Padayatra on March 19 at Nizam college grounds in Hyderabad. Chief Minister of Kerala and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, Pinarayi Vijayan will be the chief guest. CPI(M)’s Telangana state secretariat members G Nagayya, B Venkat and T Jyothi released the Party’s charter of demands to be taken up by the movement for social justice at a media conference in Hyderabad on February 23.
A seminar on ‘Fidel’s Legacy for Cuba, Latin America and the World’ was organised by the Friends of Latin America-India at Sahid Surya Sen Bhavan in Kolkata on February 19. The organisation secretary Suman Putatunda started the programme, discussing how Fidel Castor had transformed his country and later, the rest of South America as a symbol of resistance and social justice to the oppressed millions of this planet.
CLOSE on the heels of Delhi’s Ramjas College, Savitribai Phule Pune University campus became the site of ABVP hooliganism last week. Students Federation of India (SFI) activists were attacked by the ABVP goons on February 24 night inside the campus while putting up posters of a protest programme. Nasir Sheikh, PhD student and president of SFI’s Pune University unit, Sandeep Marbhal, MA student and secretary of the unit, two other PhD students, Satish Gore and Satish Padalkar and an MPhil student Satish Debade were brutally beaten.
A six member team comprising Gopikant Baksi, Sufal Mahto, SN Nehru and Om Tiwary of CPI(M), KD Singh and Badrinath of CPI visited the Vinayka (Udaypura Harijantola) village in Tarhasi block of Palamau district on March 1, where a house belonging to the dalit community was set ablaze by feudal elements, killing two women, Imli Devi and Gahni Kunwar and severely injuring a girl. She is currently admitted at RIMS Ranchi, due to burn injuries and her condition is still very critical.
POTATO growers in West Bengal are enraged, with strings of protests and blockades sweeping through the state. The crisis of the peasants has accentuated as the prices of potato have come down to an all-time low, both in wholesale and retail market. Distress sale has become the order of the day. And, though it is continuing for months, no intervention has been evident from the state government.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on February 25.
THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its outrage at the killing of a young Indian and injury to another in a hate crime in the United States of America. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed while his friend Alok Madsani was injured in the shootout in Olathe city in Kansas of the US. Both of them were legally staying in the country and working there.