MOHAN Bhagwat, the Sarsangh Chalak of the RSS, while addressing the RSS workers at Kanpur on July 16, 2016 observed that Narendra Modi is our man and he is doing a good job. It is not only that Modi, the prime minister, has a RSS background and linkages, Bhagwat assured the RSS workers that along with Modi “RSS workers are ministers” and the RSS agenda of the rewriting of text books will be implemented by the Modi government. The presence of RSS workers is not confined to the Modi government at the centre; the state chief ministers of the BJP states are highly trusted and committ
SOUTH African liberation movement paid tribute to veteran leader Ahmed Kathrada who died on March 28, aged 87 after a long illness. Kathrada was one of the 11 original defendants at the 1963-64 Rivonia trial alongside ANC president Nelson Mandela and general secretary Walter Sisulu. He was imprisoned for 26 years on the notorious Robben Island prison off Cape Town alongside scores of ANC leaders. He later dedicated himself to the cause of Palestinian freedom and Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli prisons.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), in a statement issued on April 3, has strongly condemned the decision of the government of India to withdraw the benefits under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, for the MGNREGA workers.
The government of India has directed all the state and UT governments to withdraw registration of MGNREGA workers under the Building and Other Construction Workers (RECS) Act vide labour ministry's order dated February 10, 2017.
THE Nava Telangana Telugu daily celebrated its second anniversary at a function organised at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad on March 21. Speaking on the occasion, eminent journalist P Sainath expressed concern at the spread of corporate media and its role in not articulating the real problems of the people and facts. Corporate media organisations are entering into the field of business and their barons are entering into politics. Political leaders are entering into the field of journalism.
EXPRESSING deep shock and grief over the loss of two precious lives in Chadoora Budgam, CPI(M) Jammu and Kashmir state committee has said that such incidents could have been avoided if the security forces would have exercised maximum restraint.
In a statement issued on March 30, it said that the law enforcing agencies are refusing to draw lessons from previous such experiences and warned that such killings are bound to inflame the situation. It demanded an immediate end to this recklessness.
THE National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) ratified Lenin Moreno as the winner of the second round of the presidential elections in Ecuador, with 51.16 percent of the votes. Moreno, the representative of Ecuadorian governing Movimiento Alianza Pais, contested the presidential elections with Jorge Glas, as his running mate for the post of vice-president.
COMRADE BT Ranadive used to reminisce that in pre-independence Bombay (as it was then called) there would occasionally be impressive workers’ strikes at the call of Communist-led trade unions which were powerful in the city at that time, at which Hindu and Muslim workers would stand shoulder to shoulder. Not surprisingly however, given the colonial context, these strikes were not always successful, and, when that happened, they would often be followed by communal riots.
RSS-BJP has planned a massive expansion programme in West Bengal and communal polarisation is, as usual, the method they have chosen. In a latest attempt, Ramnavami festival has been organised politically with the Sangh backing. Viswa Hindu Parishad has decided to take lead and they have planned rallies throughout the state for five days. Rallies will be taken out in Kolkata too.
DRAGGING his party into controversy, N Sreeprakash, BJP candidate for Malappuram Lok Sabha by-election, has promised that he will bring ‘halal’ beef to the voters, if they give mandate in his favour. The embarrassment of BJP’s national and state leadership was visible as they kept mum on the issue. Sreeprakash while addressing a press meet, promised to supply quality beef from clean slaughter houses. He clarified that the BJP was not against beef consumption, but only against illegal slaughter houses.