Vol. XLIII No. 33 August 18, 2019

Render Urgent Relief to Flood-Affected States

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its grave concern at the loss of life, destruction of property and livestock due to the floods in various parts of the country.
Kerala is the worst affected, exactly a year after the devastation caused by the floods in 2018. So far, the death toll...

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Independence Day: Assaults on Freedom

INDEPENDENCE Day this year is being observed under the shadow of the dismemberment of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and a massive clampdown on the people of the valley. When Narendra Modi hoists the tricolor on the Red Fort on August 15, millions of Kashmiris for the eleventh day running would have been deprived of their liberties and fundamental rights. They have been stripped off their right to movement, to communicate, to earn a livelihood, to go to...

Article 370 and Kashmir’s Land Reforms

JAMMU and Kashmir was the first state in the country to introduce land reforms. There were two components of J&K’s land reforms. First, the system of absentee landlordism that had prevailed during the Maharaja’s time was completely done away with. The land of the absentee landlords was taken over without any compensation and simply distributed among the tenants; whoever was cultivating whatever amount of land on the absentee landlord’s...

A Big Land Scam in the Offing in BSNL

Below we publish the statement issued by the BSNL Employees Union, on August 8 THE Department of Telecommunications is moving a cabinet note for the revival of BSNL. One of the components envisaged in the revival package is to make BSNL a debt-free company, through transfer of BSNL’s bank loans to a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). Identified land parcels of BSNL will also be transferred to the SPV, to be sold by the latter, for the repayment of the loans. BSNL...

HATE, THREAT & VIOLENCE: Kashmir – a New Territory for Right-wingers to Issue Obnoxious Threats

AS the Narendra Modi government scrapped the constitutional provisions that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two union territories over the past week, BJP leaders and right-wingers started issuing obnoxious threats – both online and offline. Exposing the scheme of the RSS, which has always been...

TELANGANA: Uranium Extraction to Effect People

A ROUND table conference was organised on July 28, 2019 in Sundarayya Vignana Kendram against extraction of Uranium in Amrabad region in Nallamala forest. State secretaries of CPI, CPI(M) and other Left leaders along with many other intellectuals and scientists and environmentalists participated in the discussion. They demanded that extraction of Uranium be stopped forthwith. Later speaking in the conference, CPI(M) state secretary...

MAHARASHTRA: AIDWA Forms Reception Committee for its National Conference

THE 12th all India conference of AIDWA will be held in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, from December 27-30, 2019. A reception committee to host the same was formed on July 27 in Mumbai in the presence of five AIDWA central office bearers – national president Malini Bhattacharya, vice presidents Subhashini Ali and Sudha Sundarraman, general secretary Mariam Dhawale and treasurer P K...

MAHARASHTRA: Thousands of Peasants take to the Streets

The All India Kisan Sabha AIKS) and the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) had given a nationwide call for demonstrations on August 3, 2019 to press for the adoption of the two Bills for peasant loan waiver and remunerative prices. Both these bills had been placed by AIKS national joint secretary and CPI(M) MP, K K Ragesh in the Rajya Sabha and by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana MP, Raju Shetti in the Lok...

A Nudge Towards Strengthening Capitalist Patriarchy

CONSIDER the severe all round attacks on women’s rights in the last two and a half months of which are recounted here: the gruesome rape and attack on a 17 year old girl in Unnao and the BJP government’s negligence and political defence of the accused bylawmakers of the ruling party; the passing of the Triple Talaq Bill which will render many Muslim women destitute; the passing of the Wage Code Bill in Parliament which dilutes...

TAMIL NADU: Workshop on Communist Manifesto

BHARATHI Puthagalayam has organised a two-day workshop on Communist Manifesto on July 27 and 28 in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. The idea is to conduct readings of the Communist Manifesto and popularise it in 10,000 places and to take one lakh copies of the book to the Left activists, sympathizers and general public using various means and avenues. The workshop was attended by CPI(M) Polit Bureau members MA Baby, G Ramakrishnan, state secretariat member N...

The Week in Parliament

THE CPI(M) opposed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 in both houses of Parliament. In Rajya Sabha, T K Rangarajan said today is a black day. The government did not consult the people of Jammu and Kashmir or Ladakh. The government dissolved the Assembly and don’t want to hold any election. It has taken 35,000 armed personnel there. You are creating another Palestine! Tomorrow you can do anything with any State. Tomorrow you can bifurcate any State. So, the Constitution itself...