ON July 4, CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, wrote to the Law Commission of India in response to its letter dated June 14 seeking the opinion of CPI(M) on the issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies. The letter enclosed a note which contains the considered objections of the CPI(M) to such a proposal.
THE All India Kisan Sabha has given a call for massive jail bharo struggle on August 9, 2018 – Quit India Day. Lakhs of peasants will participate in this struggle at the district level across India. The CITU has declared solidarity with the genuine demands of the peasantry and lakhs of workers also will join peasantry on August 9 in the jail bharo struggle.
ON July 2, the state of Tamil Nadu witnessed massive protest actions involving more than 20,000 cadres belonging to CPI(M) Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Thamizh Puzhigal, Adhi Thamizhar Peravai, Adhi Thamizhar Katchi, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, Diravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and 65 other Dalit, Periyarist, Minority welfare organisations functioning at state, district and local levels. The protest took the form of rail roko in 60 centers throughout the state.
THE last two months have seen a spate of mob attacks and lynchings in different parts of the country. This wave of shocking violence has led to the killing of at least 30 innocent people in 10 states over the months of May and June.
The mob attacks were sparked off by rumors of ‘child lifting’ sent out through WhatsApp messaging service. In incident after incident “strangers” who appear in villages or small towns are suspected of being child snatchers, set upon by crowds and beaten to death or seriously injured.
SOCIALISM has collapsed over large tracts of the globe. Where it still exists, the economic regimes have undergone considerable reforms. Not surprisingly therefore the old socialist regimes are objects of much vilification these days. While capitalism, understandably, has a vested interest in promoting such vilification, the Left opponents of capitalism continue to remain too shell-shocked to counter it.
EVEN as the AIADMK is drawing flak for Tuticorin massacre, the Tamil Nadu government has embarked on another step of its anti-people measures by announcing an 8-lane national highway connecting Chennai and Salem.
The proposed 8 lane highway, with a width of 900 meters for a distance of 277.3 kms at a cost of about Rs 11,000 crores, the highway, totaling about 2,343 hectares of land is proposed to run across five districts namely Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Salem districts in Tamil Nadu.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India Kisan Sabha and All India Agricultural Workers’ Union have decided to organise a massive ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally’ before parliament on September 5, against the government’s anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-people policies of the government. In a press conference held jointly by the CITU, AIKS and AIAWU in New Delhi on June 21, it was declared that workers, employees, farmers and agricultural workers from all over the country will participate in the rally.
A MEETING of the central office bearers of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) held on June 26 in New Delhi decided to support the idea of a long march of the dispossessed to Delhi to demand a special session of parliament called entirely to discuss the serious agrarian crisis in the country.