Vol. XLIII No. 50 December 15, 2019

Onwards to the General Strike on Jan 8

THE CPI(M) has given a call to observe the entire month of December against the privatisation drive of the BJP government led by Modi and to create massive public support for the country wide general strike on January 8, 2020. One of the major demands raised by the trade unions that called for the general strike is...

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CAB: A Nefarious Design

THE Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (CAB) has been passed by parliament despite strong opposition to it both within and outside parliament. The CAB is a dangerous legislation which runs contrary to the basic principles of the constitution. The provisions of the bill undermine the secular concept of citizenship enshrined in the constitution.

All India Protest against CAB on Dec 19

The Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party – have issued the following statement on December 12, 2019 BOTH the houses of parliament have passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). The Left parties consider this bill as being completely violative of the Indian constitution and aimed at destroying the...

The Perversity of the Neo-Liberal Fiscal Regime-II

THE second way, apart from defrauding the states of their legitimate share of resources, in which the centre is attempting to cope with the fiscal squeeze, which it has become subject to under the neoliberal regime, is by privatising a whole range of public sector enterprises. Not a day passes without the government announcing some measure of privatisation. Minister Hardeep Puri claims that Air India has to close down if it is not...

Another COP-Out: This Time Madrid

COP 25 or the 25th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been underway in the Spanish capital, Madrid, for the past week and is currently mid-way through its final week. The COP venue was originally scheduled to be held in late November in Brazil but the newly elected right-wing and climate sceptic President Jair Bolsonaro withdrew from the hosting. Chile then volunteered to host the annual Summit but, after violent street...

Construction Workers March to Parliament

AT the call of Construction Workers’ Federation of India (CWFI), around 15,000 construction industry workers from all over the country converged at the national capital and marched to the Parliament Street on December 5 and organised powerful demonstrations holding high red flags, festoons, banners and demand bearing placards.

CPI(M) Releases Booklet on 100 Years of Formation of communist Party in India

“THERE is a commonality between the British rulers and the present Sangh Parivar ruling dispensation; both were/are inherently anti-communists and cannot digest their(communist’s) presence,” thus spoke Sitaram Yechury, while placing the first booklet on the hundred years of the formation of the Communist Party in India. Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) was also present in...

Na Kalam, Anken aur Zubaan Azaad: Perilous Developments in the Country

NEITHER the press, the eyes nor the speech are free in Kashmir (all are under surveillance), remarked Mohd Yousuf Tarigami while speaking in a press conference along with Sitaram Yechury at Delhi on December 8. Tarigami said this will not sustain and shall be perilous to the establishment.

The Week in Parliament

THE Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by parliament despite strong objections raised by the CPI(M) and other opposition parties. The divisive bill was passed by Lok Sabha on December 9 and by Rajya Sabha on December 11. Speaking against the legislation in the lower house, CPI(M) member S Venkatesan said we have no doubt this bill will haunt India for the next several years.

The Formation of Workers’ and Peasants’ Party

THE period following the Kanpur Communist Conference witnessed the establishment of workers’ and peasants parties in various provinces of India, culminating in the formation of the All India Workers’ and Peasants’ Party (WPP) by the end of 1928. Though communists led these parties in various provinces, the WPP was not a Communist Party, or even a veiled Communist Party.

Comrade Meitram Shamu

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on December 9, 2019 THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) mourns the passing away of Comrade Meitram Shamu, veteran leader of the CPI(M) and former secretary of the state committee of Manipur, at the age of 92.