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.
IN Telangana state local elections for Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) and Zila Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) were held in three phases, from May 6 -14. Results were announced on June 4. Out of a total 5,817 MPTCs, TRS gained 3545, Congress 1,392, BJP 210, CPI(M) 50, CPI 40, TDP 22 and others 562. The president posts of MPP were overwhelmingly cornered by the party in power i.e., TRS. Out of total posts TRS gained 79 per cent, Congress 11 per cent, BJP 1.49 per cent. CPI(M) gained 1 MPP post and 4 Vice MPP posts.
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.
CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on June 10, welcomed the verdict by the Pathankot court which convicted six out of seven accused in connection with the Kathua gang-rape and murder case of an eight-year-old nomadic girl.
The gruesome gangrape and murder is a crime committed by the enemies of humanity. Crime is a crime irrespective of criminal’s caste, colour and creed. Unfortunately, some fringe elements had tried to communalise this incident but due to the intervention of judiciary, people of the state and the country, they could not succeed.
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.
THE golden jubilee celebrations of CITU, began in Sundarayya Vignana Kendram on May 30. Chukka Ramulu, the Telangana state president of CITU, presided over the meeting. In this context B V Raghavulu, former secretary of CITU of the combined state said that the building of socialism is possible only by working class and the present defeats are only temporary. He was speaking on the topic “world economic crisis and contemporary socialism”.
THE AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu is very keen on privatising education and is about to close down 3,400 government schools across the state. The state government earlier released an order by which any individual, private trust or NGO can adopt government schools and run as their own.
ON May 27, a DSMM delegation visited Jatnagla village in Muzaffarnagar, UP; the site of alleged gang rape and murder of a dalit girl. The victim was 14 year old and daughter of a brick kiln worker. The delegation comprised of Ajay Kumar-convenor DSMM, Surender Kumar-district joint secretary of CITU, Subhash Kumar-leader of Brick Kiln Workers Union and Suresh Kumar.
IN an interesting turn of events, Sudip Ray Barman, minister for health, DWS, science and technology and information technology was dropped from the state cabinet in the night of May 31st.
Ray Barman, a former PCC president and erstwhile leader of opposition in the state assembly, had left the Congress party with five other Congress MLAs before the assembly elections, first to join the TMC and then the BJP.