Vol. XLIV No. 32 August 09, 2020

Delhi Violence: Subverting the Processes of Justice

THE Delhi Lt Governor’s recent intervention to overturn the order of the Delhi government regarding the panel of lawyers in cases related to the communal violence in Delhi raises several questions.
This team appointed by the LG which had been earlier suggested by the Delhi police...

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Solidarity with the People of J&K

AUGUST 5, 2020 marks one year of the abrogation of Article 370, the dissolving of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and the caging of the people of J&K. Last year, the Modi government made many tall promises about what this move would accomplish and how it would benefit India and the people of J&K. Meanwhile many warned that the Modi regime’s tyranny in Kashmir would soon be a blueprint for the whole of India. A year later, the government’s promises stand exposed...

CPI(M) Response to New Education Policy 2020 (NEP)

1. NEP 2020 is a vision document rather than a real policy document.Despite its impressive sugar coating, it lacks in details and a roadmap for implementation. Many specific proposals of NEP are impractical and would cause enormous disruption for institutions, students and teachers, and would require considerable increase in public expenditure on education which remains a distant dream. NEP talks of gradually raising public investment...

New Education Policy: India’s Great Leap Backward

IN a document like the New Education Policy, one must distinguish platitudes from new provisions, including within the latter even the dropping of old platitudes. Thus phrases like “education is a public good”, “6 per cent of GDP should be earmarked for education” are just platitudes, unless some concrete suggestions are advanced to realise to them.

Comrade Shyamal Chakraborty

THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its deep sorrow and anguish at the death of Comrade Shyamal Chakraborty, member of the Central Committee of the Party. He was aged 77 and died this afternoon at a Kolkata hospital following a cardiac arrest.

AP: CPI(M) Senior Leaders Sunnam Rajaiah, Shadrak Succumb to Covid-19

THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) Andhra Pradesh unit has lost two senior leaders to Covid-19, on August 4. Comrade Sunnam Rajaiah, 62, state secretariat member and Comrade T Shadrak, 62, member of the state control commission, have both succumbed to the viral infection, leaving a huge void for the Party. The Party state committee paid homage to the leaders and called for statewide condolence...

MAHA: AIKS Leads Milk Farmers Struggle

ON August 1, 2020, the milk farmers struggle led by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and the Milk Producing Farmers Struggle Committee was intensified all over Maharashtra with the participation of thousands of farmers in around 50 tehsils of 20 districts. The first phase of this struggle began on July 20 in Ahmednagar and some other districts. The state dairy development minister Sunil Kedar organised an online meeting of farmer leaders and milk...

TELANGANA: Opposition Parties Give Protest Call Demanding Covid-19 Control Measures

OPPOSITION parties in Telangana including the Left parties, TDP, TJS, Telangana Inti party, along with mass organisations gave a joint call to protest the government’s failure to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

BIHAR: CPI(M) Condoles the Death of CPI State Secretary

THE CPI(M) Bihar state secretariat has condoled the death of Comrade Satya Narayan Singh, Bihar state secretary of CPI and former member of legislative assembly from Chatham, in Khagaria district. He passed away at the AIIMS-Patna on August 3. He was infected with Covid-19.

Women’s Organisations to Protest on Aug 28

AN online meeting of the following women’s organisations – All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Pragatisheel Mahila Sanghatan (PMS), All India Agragami Mahila Samiti (AIAMS) and All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan (AIMSS) held on July 19 and 30, 2020 has decided to hold protests all over the country demanding food, work, health...

Special Congress 1958: On the Back of Electoral Victories and Intense Debates

THE period from 1957 was one of gradually intensifying debate inside the Communist Party over fundamental ideological issues. However, the Party put aside all its ideological differences and rallied unitedly in the fight to defeat the Congress Party in the second general elections held in 1957. Though the Congress retained power at the centre and in all states, except Kerala, a massive...