Vol. XLIII No. 24 June 16, 2019

On Alarming Drought Situation

THE Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), now in session at New Delhi, notes with grave concern that large parts of India have been reeling under severe drought conditions. According to Skymet (private weather monitoring agency) this is the second driest pre-monsoon season in the last 65 years. In 2012,...

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Go to the people

A DISTURBING feature of the CPI(M)’s performance to the 17th Lok Sabha election is the continuing fall in the overall voting percentage of the Party. This is mainly due to the sharp drop in the vote share of the Party in West Bengal and Tripura and to a lesser extent in Kerala.

The Dramatic Increase in the Unemployment Rate

THE report of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted in 2017-18 is finally out, and it confirms what had been leaked earlier, namely a dramatic increase in the unemployment rate in the Indian economy. The unemployment rate is given under two heads: usual status unemployment and current weekly status unemployment. These can be understood as follows.

AIDWA Welcomes Verdict in Kathua Case

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), in a statement issued on June 11, has welcomed the judgement of the Pathankot sessions court which has convicted three main accused of rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir on January 10, 2018 to life imprisonment. Sanji Ram, one of the main convicted is the priest of the temple where the crime took place. He has been supported by the Hindu Ekta Manch which has the backing of the...

The Foreign Hand in Modi’s Re-election

PAKISTAN and China showered their respective bombs and benedictions on India in the midst of election season. The Pakistani establishment presented Pulwama on a platter for Modi to respond with Balakot air strikes. China filled Modi’s election kit by ensuring that Masood Azhar is placed in the international terrorist list.

AP: AIKS Team Visits Severely Drought-Hit Ananthapuram

ON June 12, a team of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), visited the second most drought-hit district in the country after Jaisalmer in Rajasthan-Ananthapuram in Andhra Pradesh. Ananthapuram has been reeling under chronic and severe drought for over one decade. This district has seen thousands of farmer suicides in the last two decades and massive migration of lakhs of people due to lack of work, food and water. In spite...

Condolence Resolution

CPI(M) Central Committee adopted the following condolence resolution at its meeting held on June 7-9, in New Delhi

Tamil Nadu: ‘Rice Bowl’ under Attack: Kisan Sabha Leads Protest

THE Cauvery Delta districts of Tamil Nadu are considered as the “rice bowl” of the region. The rich soil of this area is known for its three-crop cycle a year producing many a variety of rice, the most famous being Samba Rice. Such a fertile delta land area is being turned into a desert, by allowing capitalist forces to extract hydro-carbon from this rich soil.

KARNATAKA: IT Firms Violate Laws as State Plays the Blind Umpire: KITU

THE Karnataka State IT and IT-enabled Services Union (KITU) protested against the state government for alleged inaction against the information technology firms for prolonged violation of labour laws.

West Bengal: CPI(M) Protests its Activists Murder

POST poll bloodbath continues in West Bengal as TMC and BJP gangs are fiercely trying to gain control over areas after changed equations in many districts. In this background CPI(M) activists and sympathisers are being targeted by both parties.

Madhya Pradesh: MP has a Congress Government, but Administration?

THE RSS and the sangh parivar are like an epiphyte on a tree; and just like the plant that has its roots in the tree, the RSS also draws its nutrients from the governance structure created by the BJP and it continues to nourish itself even when the BJP is not there. The roots once embedded are very strong. And this is what is being witnessed in MP.