AS anticipated, President Trump has announced the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran. This brazen and unwarranted reneging from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which was signed by six countries with Iran, is going to have serious consequences for peace in the Middle East.
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.
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.
TAMIL Nadu Platform for Peoples Unity has organised a public meeting in Chennai on April 28 on the burning issue of Kashmir and the recent Kathua rape. Yousuf Tarigami, MLA from Kashmir and CPI(M) Central Committee member spoke on “Why Kashmir is still burning?”. A large of concerned citizens participated in the programme.
IN West Bengal, panchayat elections have been reduced to a farce as 34 per cent seats in three tiers have been captured by the TMC ‘uncontested’. There is no example of such an unashamed exercise of terrorisation either in West Bengal or in the country.
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.
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.
THE 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) calls upon every Party unit and all Party members and sympathizers to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx in a fitting manner from May 5, 2018 to May 4, 2019.
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.