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On the Ideology of RSS – III

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

Veteran Anti-apartheid Fighter Ahmed Kathrada Passes Away

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.

CITU Condemns BJP Govt’s Move to Withdraw Welfare Benefits to MGNREGA workers

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.

TELANGANA: Nava Telangana Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

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.

TRIPURA: Five-point Campaign Evokes Tremendous Response

AT the call of the CPI(M) Tripura state committee, a month long extensive campaign programme was launched from February last week to March end this year on the following 5-point charter of demands.

1.                 Provide 200 days work per year in MNREGA scheme. Introduce similar scheme in town areas for urban poor.

2.                 Immediately fill up the posts lying vacant in central government offices and raise cut off age for employment to 40 years.

3.                  Distribute 14 essential goods at subsidised rate through public distribution system.

Stop Brutal Killings of Unarmed Civilians

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.

Communalism and Working Class Struggles

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.

Beef Controversy in Kerala

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.

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