Vol. XLIV No. 03 January 19, 2020

Polit Bureau Communique

CPI(M) Polit Bureau met in New Delhi from January 11-12, 2020. It has issued the following statement on January 12
The Polit Bureau hailed the countrywide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the growing movement to protect the constitution and secularism. The CAA undermines...

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Price Rise Adds to Economic Woes

THE Indian economy is in dire straits. The government has projected a growth rate of GDP of 5 per cent for 2019-20, a full 2 percentage points less than what was assumed in the budget presented in July 2019. The actual outcome may be worse, with the State Bank of India projecting a growth rate of 4.6 per cent. But the story of the Modi disaster on the economic front does not end here.

Go Back Bolsonaro

THE Narendra Modi led BJP government which is facing mounting united protests by the workers, peasants, students, youth and the oppressed against the pro-corporate neoliberal economic policies and repressive measures against democratic protests has chosen to invite the Brazilian president Jair Messias Bolsonaro as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26. The All India Sugarcane Farmers’ Federation (affiliated to All India Kisan Sabha), in a statement issued on...

MAHARASHTRA: BJP Suffers New Year Setback in Local Body Elections

THE BJP has suffered a major New Year setback in the elections to four of the six zilla parishads (ZP) – Nagpur, Akola, Washim, Palghar, Dhule and Nandurbar – and in tehsil panchayat samitis (PS) in those six districts. Elections to these were held on January 7, 2020 and the counting was held a day later. In all these elections, each party fought independently on its own strength.

TELANGANA: Forum for Protection of Constitutional Rights Formed to Fight CAA, NRC

IN continuation of protests by the Left parties and various mass organisations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a convention was organised on January 12, at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad. CPI(M) secretariat member D G Narasimha Rao gave the keynote address.

CITU Denounces Govt Move to End Provisions of Captive Mining of Coal

THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in a statement issued on January 9, has condemned the retrograde decision of the central government to promulgate ordinance to amend further the Mines & Mineral Development (Development & Regulation) Act and Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act (MMDR Act and CMSP Act) with the purpose of ending the very concept of captive mining of coal to meet the raw...

BEFI Deplores Govt’s Move to Bring in FSDR Bill

IT has been reported in the news media that Narendra Modi-led BJP government is going to reintroduce the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill 2017, in the garb of Financial Sector Development and Regulation (Resolution) Bill (FSDR) 2019. A briefing note prepared by economic affairs secretary, Atanu Chakraborty provides the contours of the new bill. As per reports, the revised Financial Sector Development and...

TN: Chennai Gets Ready to host 16th Conference of CITU

THE 16th conference of CITU is scheduled to be held in Chennai from January 23-27, 2020. With only a few days left, final touches are being given to the preparations for the conference. Chennai is hosting the all India conference for the third time. The fourth all India conference of CITU was held in Madras in April 1979. At that time, with more than 5000 delegates, it was a Himalayan task for CITU and its fraternal...

AP: Adivasi Conference Calls for Building Unity & Struggle

THE seventh state conference of AP Girijana Sangham, a constituent of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch(AARM) was held on January 10-11. The conference began with a colourful rally and huge public meeting at Parvatipuram in Vizianagaram district. AARM's national convener, Jitendra Chaudhury and national president, M Babu Rao addressed the gathering.

Formation of the All India Centre-XII

THE internal situation in India during the late 1920s and early 1930s was quite complex. The repercussions of the Great Depression that engulfed the entire capitalist world were very painful to Indian people, because the British imperialists tried to resolve the crisis faced by their own country, at the expense of Indian people. Consequently, protests and anger against British rule further intensified and became more widespread. Huge strikes that took place in...

WEST BENGAL: Comrade Avik Dutta Passes Away

CPI(M) West Bengal state committee member and former editor of Ganashakti, Comrade Avik Dutta passed away on January 14. He suffered severe brain haemorrhage in December 2018 and was under treatment for the last one year. He was 57. Comrade Avik Dutta joined in the communist movement through the student movement in Howrah district. He was a district secretariat member of the SFI. He was a brilliant student and passed his MA in journalism from...