Vol. XLIV No. 07 February 16, 2020

SC/ST/OBC Reservations are Mandatory

CPI(M)  Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on February 9

Delhi Assembly Election: Stinging Rebuff to BJP

THE sweeping victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly election is a remarkable performance. After winning an unprecedented 67 out of the 70 seats in the 2015 assembly election, the AAP, under Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership, has repeated this comprehensive victory by winning 62 out of 70 seats.

J&K: Condemn the Slapping of PSA on Former Chief Ministers

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the invoking of the draconian Public Safety Act on former chief ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. The former served under a BJP government as minister of state and the latter as chief minister of the state in coalition with the BJP, under oath of the Indian constitution.

Kerala Budget 2020-21: Negation of Neo-Liberal Economics

THE LDF government’s budget for the year 2020-21 is best described as an instrument of struggle of the people of Kerala against the regime of neoliberal economic policies imposed on the nation by the union government. The neoliberal onslaught on the nation, commenced way back during early 1990s, reached its zenith under the leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi.

Capitalism, Socialism and Over-Production

THESE notes are meant to clarify a point made earlier (Peoples’ Democracy, June 30, 2018) about the erstwhile socialist economies not having over-production crises as capitalist economies do. It is in the nature of capitalism to have “over-production crises”, i.e., crises arising from “over-production” relative to demand. “Over-production” does not mean that more and more goods keep getting produced relative to demand, so that unsold stocks keep...

Defence Budget Allocations: Crunch Time

FOR a hyper-nationalistic government that boasts of a muscular military posture, the defence budget of 2020 strikes a discordant note. The finance minister, while presenting the union budget for the year in a dreary two-hour long speech, began by proclaiming that “national security is the top priority of this government.” Yet there was no mention of the allocations for defence in her budget.

‘Let Kashmir be declared an open jail…’: Tarigami

THESE were the painful words of Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, said in a press conference on February 12, 2020 at Delhi. Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of CPI(M) started the press conference. Yechury in the beginning congratulated the people of Delhi for giving a resounding defeat to the politics of hatred and division led by the BJP.

Budget 2020: How BJP Govt Destroyed Economy & Squeezed the People

IN the union budget presented before parliament on February 1, 2020, a vivid and shocking picture of how the Modi led BJP government has destroyed India’s economy emerges. It also reveals exactly how a rich man’s sarkar goes about brutally increasing the burden on people in order to continue handing out concessions to the corporate world and turning the whole country into a source of profit.

Red Flag Marches Ahead 1937-39

AS part of the united front tactics, communists started working in the Congress and concentrated on building various mass and class organisations. Red flag was marching ahead and the united front against imperialism was emerging as a powerful force with the active participation of workers, peasants and intelligentsia. The growing impact of trade union and kisan sabha activities forced the Congress to include many demands of the working class and peasantry in its...

DELHI: Take Action against Harassment on Girl Students: AIDWA

THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has, in a statement issued on February 10, expressed shock and strongly condemned the harassment of girl students by a group of pro-CAA supporters inside Gargi College on February 6.

The Week in Parliament

THE budget session of parliament began on January 31 with Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both houses. On February 1, the union budget 2020-21 was presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In the budget speech, one would hardly get any indication of either the economic slowdown or the unemployment rate, which is the highest in decades. But, the finance minister announced selling shares of LIC, the biggest financer of government schemes.