Vol. XLVI No. 39 September 25, 2022

Polit Bureau Communique

The Polit Bureau decided that the Party will work to develop its independent strength, strengthen Left unity and forge unity of Left and Democratic forces. The CPI(M) shall join the efforts to bring together secular democratic parties in defence of the Indian Constitution; democracy; democratic rights and civil liberties of the people...

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Mamata Banerjee's Discoveries

MAMTA Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, has been making some new discoveries recently. First, she stated in a press conference that RSS was not that bad." Following this, she has made another discovery - she does not believe prime minster Narendra Modi is behind the misuse of central agencies such as the CBI and the enforcement directorate. Speaking in the legislative assembly, she said "You are possibly not aware that these agencies are no longer under...

Europe’s Economic Hara-Kiri

THE cessation of natural gas supplies from Russia to Europe in retaliation against Western sanctions imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine war, is threatening Europe not only with a winter with inadequate heating that will take a big toll in terms of lives among poor people, but also with large-scale closures of enterprises; such closures would push up the unemployment rate, and significantly increase poverty and destitution among the workers.

Queen Elizabeth II: The Apology that Never Came

HOW should we remember Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the British throne? A number of people have reacted to the glorification of her rule, pointing out the British Royals' direct connection to the slave trade, Britain's colonial massacres, and its loot from the colonies. Britain's wealth was built on the blood and sweat of people who lost their land and homes and are today poor countries. And lest we forget, the slave trade was a...

Prime Minister and a Statue

AS a child, I remember hearing a story about a naughty bird, an ugly, naughty bird that wanted to produce beautiful chicks. This bird would sneak into the nest of a beautiful bird that had just laid some eggs and steal one of them, take it back to its own nest and then proceed to keep it warm until it hatched and the beautiful little chick pushed itself out.

Platform Economy: New Dimensions of Capital’s Control

ONE of the major changes visible in the organisation and control of the capital in the recent period has been the emergence of platform-based global giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and Uber emerging as market makers, enjoying immense control over the market without producing any goods per se. In different phases of capitalism, we not only come across different forms of regulating capital but also of...

Student –Youth Insaf Rally: Rally in Defiance, Rally for Justice

SFI AND DYFI held a massive Insaf (justice) rally in the heart of Kolkata on Tuesday, September 20, to seek justice for Anis Khan, Sudipta Gupta, Maidul Islam Midya, Bidyut Mandal, and other young activists killed by police, the regime, and armed criminals during the decade-long tyrannical rule of the Trinamool Congress and demand proper education, jobs, and an end to rampant corruption. Students and...

March for Education: Save India, Save the Constitution, and Save Education-II

THE war between Ukraine and Russia showed the state of education in the country. About 25 thousand Indian students went to study medical science in Ukraine, because there are not enough opportunities to study medicine in the country. Meanwhile, the ratio of doctors to the population is very low in India. There are not enough medical colleges even. Those who went to study in Ukraine,...

ASHA Workers’ and Facilitators’ Federation of India (AWFFI) Formed

AMIDST applause and slogans by ASHA workers from 17 states and union territories, the first ever federation of ASHA workers- the ASHA Workers and Facilitators Federation of India, (AWFFI) is formed after three days long deliberations and discussions from September 16-18, 2022, at Kurukshetra, Haryana. The conference gave a call for protest throughout the country on December 10, 2022, ‘...

TN: Seminar on ‘Save Constitution’ Held in Chennai

THE AILU Tamil Nadu state committee conducted a seminar on "Save Constitution" at Bar Council Meeting Hall in the high court premises in Chennai on September 17.Around 500 advocates participated in it. The seminar was addressed by H N Nagamohan Das, former judge of Karnataka High Court and S Peter Alphonse, ex-MP and chairman of the State Minorities Commission, Tamilnadu.

Demonstration Held in Srinagar against price rise and other demands

ON September 17, the Press Colony in Srinagar, located a short walk away from historic Lal Chowk, teemed with hundreds of CPI (M) workers carrying placards and banners. Soon the area reverberated with slogans denouncing the wrong and repressive policies of the BJP government. The demonstration was held as part of the CPI (M) nationwide programme against price rise, unemployment, attacks on the...