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Comrade Ashok Mitra

ASHOK Mitra who passed away on May 1, 2018, was the doyen among Left intellectuals in the country, held in the highest esteem by one and all for his absolute integrity, his outstanding intellect and his commitment to the cause of the working people.

Long Live May Day

Pampadi, a small village in Kottayam district of Kerala, has been celebrating May Day like a festival for more than three decades now.  In a unique manner, the whole village comes to the streets, either as a participant or as a viewer.   May Day observance is really like a `Gramotsav’ for Pampadi. History of working class struggles, and other major events relating to  the May Day are depicted in various ways during the observance.

Indian History Congress on Red Fort

THE Indian History Congress, in a statement issued on May 2, has said that it is greatly perturbed at the announcement that Dalmia Bharat, a cement company with no known experience of maintenance of monuments is being made the custodian of the Red Fort of Delhi, a major national monument. It has also been announced that other monuments, including the Taj Mahal, are also in line for being handed over to similar private parties.

BJP Govt and Total Village Electrification: Claiming a Record from a Dismal Performance

ON April 28, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that India has achieved 100 per cent village electrification. This was followed by BJP’s social media brigade extolling Modi and his government’s achievements. In this rush to claim credit, what the BJP and its PM seem to have forgotten is that electrifying villages is not the same as electrifying households. Neither does it take into account the long journey India has taken on this count after achieving independence.

Stop Privatising India’s Heritage

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on April 28.

THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its opposition to the agreement (MOU) arrived at between the ministry of tourism, ministry of culture and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Dalmia Bharat Limited which virtually hands over the iconic Red Fort in Delhi to the Dalmia group for a period of five years in exchange for a payment of 25 crores.


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