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Kerala’s Exemplary Record in Covid-19 Management

OVER the past two weeks, the Covid-19 situation in Kerala has become a topic of national discussion. This unusual media attention on Kerala was inspired by a large-scale social media campaign launched by supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Their argument was that Kerala was a “failed model” in managing Covid-19. As evidence, they cited the rising number of daily infections and high test-positivity rates (TPR) in Kerala.

Impact of Covid-19 Second Wave In Delhi-NCR Region

THE second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on the working people of the country. In the first two weeks of June, the CPI(M) Delhi state committee conducted a survey to assess the impact of the second wave of the Covid pandemic on working classes in the Delhi-NCR region. The survey covered a total of 1,971 workers from Narela, Bawana, Sonia Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Bhalswa, Wazirpur, Shahbad Dairy, Sultanpuri, Mangolpuri, Nangli Vihar, Sitapuri, Rangpuri-Kusumpur Pahadi, Dakshinpuri, NE Delhi and Ghaziabad.

BIRTH CENTENARY OF COMRADE L B GANGADHAR RAO: Comrade LBG

COMRADE Lavu Balagangadhar Rao whose birth centenary was on August 3, 2021, was one of the outstanding communist leaders who emerged from the land of Telugu people. He was attracted to the Left politics in his childhood, and became a member of the Communist Party when he was only 17 years old. He was a great communist who braved many a repression, and ups and downs in the communist movement and remained a revolutionary communist for six and a half decades, till he breathed his last.

UP Population Bill Reinforces Ableist Mindset

STEPHEN Hawking would turn in his grave if he were to get to know the contents of the Draft Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilisation and Welfare) Bill. Had he been a resident of Uttar Pradesh, in one stroke, he would have become persona non grata.

Nearer home, Noida CITU leader Ramsagar has three children. Both the oldest and youngest are deaf. Ramsagar was bemused when told that once legislated, parents like him would not be seen in contravention of the two-child norm that the bill seeks to impose.

Covid worsened the Precarious Conditions of Urban Dwellers

COVID pandemic has exposed the hollowness of the urban development trajectory in India. Since the last few decades especially after the economic reforms in the 1990s the city development models have been for-profit maximisation through privatisation of utilities, monetisation of land and corporatisation for capital intensive technologies. In this process, the organised strength of the working class has been weakened and more informalisation has crept in.

Condemn US Intervention in Cuba

THE National Committee for Solidarity with Cuba and the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) organised an all India webinar in solidarity with Cuba on July 26, 2021. July 26 is observed as ‘Moncada Day’, as it is on this day in 1953 that Fidel Castro and his compatriots stormed the Moncada garrisons, in an attempt to topple the dictatorship in Cuba. Though that attempt failed and Fidel Castro was captured and sentenced to imprisonment, the day has historic significance.

Rafale’s Ghost

IN Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth, the feudal lord kills his friend Banquo to eliminate a possible rival, then kills the king and takes the throne. Troubled by his guilty conscience, Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost which appears repeatedly to haunt him in public. Like Banquo’s ghost, the Rafale scandal reappeared this week to haunt the BJP government.

Essential Defence Services Ordinance: A Lethal Weapon against Working Class

TO facilitate its agenda of wholesale privatisation, the Modi government brought in the Essential Defence Services Ordinance, 2021. The President of India promulgated it under the garb of “maintaining the essential defence services”. But its real aim is to throttle any strike and protest by defence civilian employees’ federations amid continued opposition to the government’s move to dismantle the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and corporatise the 41 ordnance factories situated across the country into seven companies so as to paveway for their ultimate privatisation.

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