Vol. XLV No. 43 October 24, 2021

Gandhi and Savarkar: Falsifying History

THE Indian Express, October 13, 2021, tells us that Rajnath Singh, the Indian defence minister, has claimed that “A lot of falsehood was spread against Savarkar. It was repeatedly said that he filed multiple mercy petitions before the British government. The truth is he did not file these petitions for his...

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Communalism and Fundamentalism in South Asia

THE series of targeted killings of minorities and migrant workers by terrorist groups in the Kashmir Valley have pushed the besieged territory of Jammu & Kashmir into new depths of despair and gloom. The diabolical aim of killing school teachers, street vendors and migrant workers is clear – deepen the communal divide and create conditions for an exodus.

Foodstocks, Bio-Fuels and Hunger

THE Modi government’s attempt to “explain” away India’s slipping from being 94th on the world hunger index in 2020 to 101st in 2021, a rank well below that of neighbours Pakistan, Nepal or Bangladesh, by questioning the “methodology” of the index, is jejune enough; but even more shocking is its total inability to see the reason behind the acute hunger in the country.

Rising Hunger in India: Statistics and Lies

THE 2021 Global Hunger Report released recently has once again highlighted the deplorable conditions of food insecurity and nutrition in India. The paradox is that India is simultaneously the country with the largest number of hungry people in the world and the country with the largest public stocks of foodgrains.

KERALA: More Women Elected as Branch Secretaries

SHUBHA Lakshmi is pursuing her graduation in English literature. She is the newly elected secretary of CPI(M)’s Vilakkuvattam branch, in Kollam district. She is one of the youngest branch secretaries of CPI(M) in the state. In the branch conferences being held in the state, more women leaders are coming to the forefront of the organisation. The number of CPI(M) branches headed by woman secretaries has increased significantly. The...

MAHA: AIKS State Workshop Vows to Intensify Struggles

THE two-day AIKS Maharashtra state workshop began on October 1, 2021 at the Comrade Narendra Malusare Sankul, CITU Kamgar Bhawan at Nashik. Because of the Covid pandemic, a physical AIKS state workshop was being held for the first time in the last two years. It was attended by 177 leading activists from 22 districts. It was marked by great enthusiasm arising out of the success of the Bharat Bandh in the state three days ago on...

Reject CACP Proposal of Payments in Installments

THE All India Sugarcane Farmers Federation(AISFF) has denounced the recommendations of the Commission of Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) that sugar mills may be permitted to pay the Fair Remuneration Price (FRP) announced by the union government to the sugarcane farmers in instalments. The AISFF in a statement issued to the press on October 21 stated that the recommendations aim to safeguard the interests of sugar mills by putting...

Martyrs’ Day & Anniversary of Godavari Parulekar Observed

ON October 10, 2021, Martyrs' Day and the 25th death anniversary of the legendary leader of the CPI(M) and the Warli Adivasi Revolt, and the only woman president of the AIKS in its history, Comrade Godavari Parulekar, was observed in a large meeting of over 3000 comrades organised by the CPI(M) and AIKS Thane-Palghar district committees at the Comrade Godavari Shamrao Parulekar Bhawan at Talasari in Palghar...

MAHA: SFI Study Camp

THE Maharashtra state study camp of the Students' Federation of India (SFI) was held from October 1-3, 2021 at the Comrade B T Ranadive Smarak Bhawan, Belapur, Navi Mumbai. The camp was attended by 105 delegates from 15 districts. Just after this camp, on October 5-6, the first physical SFI CEC meeting in the last two years was successfully hosted by the SFI Maharashtra state committee at Belapur.

People’s Restaurants in Kerala Step in to Feed the Hungry

ON the day India slipped to the 101st position on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), a peer-reviewed annual report that measures and tracks hunger, Sreelata was at her workplace at 8.30 am as usual. Sreelata, along with three other women from her Neighbourhood Group (NHG), which is part of Kerala’s Kudumbashree community network, runs a Janakeeya Hotel (peoples’ restaurant) in Kolazhy, Thrissur, which provides subsidised...

An Appeal for Tripura Solidarity Fund

ON September 8, Tripura witnessed widespread attacks on CPI(M) offices and the houses of CPI(M) cadres across the state. More than a score of offices were burnt down or ransacked. Even the state committee office in Agartala was not spared. Vehicles in front of the offices were burnt. Many houses of Party leaders and activists were set on fire or ransacked. These coordinated attacks by mobs of BJP men were meant to suppress the CPI(M) and stop its activities...