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Some Glimpses of Woman Power in the Farmers’ Movement

ALL the more than 20 toll plazas of Haryana have been ‘liberated’ by the powerful farmers’ movement.  Everyday, hundreds of women and men from the neighbouring villages collect at different plazas from 10 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon.  The AIKS, DYFI and SFI have played an important role in organising the dharnas and it is the AIDWA state unit that has held hundreds of meetings in villages to mobilise women to join the dharnas.

Parallel Kisan Sansad Begins in Delhi, Slams BJP-RSS Modi Regime on Farm Laws

FROM July 22, 2021, the SKM-led parallel kisan sansad (farmers’ parliament) began amidst great determination at Jantar Mantar in the nation’s capital New Delhi. It will continue till August 13, on all working days of parliament. True to its anti-democratic ways, the Delhi police under union home minister Amit Shah tried to prevent the media and also all sections of the people from coming anywhere near the kisan sansad and barricaded them far away from the location where the farmers were holding their parliament.

AP: Vizag Steel Workers Seek Solidarity of MPs

A DELEGATION of ‘Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee’ (Struggle Committee to Save Vizag Steel Plant) from Andhra Pradesh met opposition political party leaders and floor leaders of different political parties in New Delhi between July 23 and 25. They submitted representations and requested solidarity for their struggle against the privatisation and sale of one of India’s Navaratna and a public sector undertaking, the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

Protests against Advisory on MGNREGA

ON July 26, 2021 protests were organised and memoranda were sent to the president of India through local administrations against the advisory of the union ministry of rural development asking all states and union territories for the division of wage payments under the MGNREGA into different caste categories – Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and others.

Warm Reception for Pinarayi Vijayan

The CPI(M) Delhi state committee organised a reception for Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of the LDF government in Kerala upon his coming to Delhi after getting re-elected. The representatives from the CPI(M) Delhi state committee and mass organisations like CITU, JMS, DYFI, SFI, DSMM, Jansanskriti and AIDWA (centre) participated in the programme. Five persons from families affected by the communal violence in North-East Delhi also greeted Pinarayi Vijayan.

Protest Demonstration against Proposed Electricity Bill

NCCOEEE, the broad based platform of all National Federations of Electricity Employees and Engineers held a strong protest demonstration on July 19, 2021 in different parts of the country.

These protests were held for two hours against the steps of the central government to transfer the state owned power utilities to private corporations through the enactment of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Nearly 60 per cent of the employees participated in these protest demonstrations.

Odisha: Bandh for Six Hours a total Success

AS a follow up to the successful fortnight-long protest from June 16 to 30, demanding to rollback diesel, petrol price hike and to control the prices of all essential commodities, four left parties - CPI(M), CPI, CPI(M-L) Liberation and All India Forward Bloc gave a call for Odisha Bandh on July 15. Given the Covid conditions and relaxation of restrictions of lockdown for a limited time, the bandh call was from 6 am to 12 noon, for six hours.

JHARKHAND: Dharna Demanding Judicial Probe Into Father Stan Swamy’s Death

AT the call of the Jharkhand United Platform of Left parties, social and mass organisations, NGOs, college students and concerned citizens, a march to Raj Bhavan was held in Ranchi on July 15, demanding a judicial probe into the death of Father Stan Swamy, and the release of all political prisoners.

Hundreds joined the march including Brinda Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, and Party state leaders Prakash Biplav, Praful Linda, Suknath Lohra and other activists of the Left parties and mass organisations.

Farmers All Set for Protests near Parliament

THE Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) is all set to go ahead with its plans for parliament protests on all working days of the monsoon session from July 22 to August 13. Kisan sansads will be organised at Jantar Mantar by 200 protestors each day. The nine-member coordination committee of SKM held a meeting with senior officials of Delhi Police. The plans will be executed in an orderly, disciplined and peaceful manner. The protestors will leave from Singhu Border each day, with ID cards. Any violation of discipline will not be tolerated.

TAMIL NADU: Battle against Child Sexual Abuse

EXTENDED pandemic crisis has disrupted the lives of millions and we understand that its impact is not the same for all. In the midst of this crisis, rising cases of sexual harassment of school children are being reported in Tamil Nadu. This shocking reality hit the public consciousness after a few teachers were accused of sexually harassing girl students by alumnae of not just one school but from some of the most reputed schools in Chennai like Padma Seshadri Bala Bavan (PSBB), Sushil Hari International Residential School, Chettinad Vidyasharam and so on.

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