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In Defence of Secularism and Pluralism: The Mumbai Collective 2020

THE constitution of India is the foundational document that guides our country's polity. For every Indian citizen, the constitution secures justice, freedom of thought, expression, belief, worship and faith as well as equality of status. The constitution was the outcome of our national movement for independence from colonial rule that involved people from all strata of Indian society. It is a matter of great concern, however, that many of these constitutional guarantees available to Indian citizens are threatened in the recent period.

DELHI: DU Teachers March to Parliament

TEACHERS of Delhi University marched to Parliament Street on February 10, to draw attention to their demands related to their service conditions, including pensions, promotions, permanency in jobs and unwarranted recoveries from salaries. A key demand of the over two month long DUTA agitation is the one-time regulation for absorption of ad-hoc and temporary teachers which will allow the regularisation of the services of the thousands of temporary/ad-hoc teachers.

TRIPURA: Badal Chowdhury Released on Bail

AFTER spending 86 days in police and judicial custody as a victim of political vendetta of the BJP- IPFT government, Badal Chowdhury, CPI(M) Central Committee member and deputy leader of opposition in state legislative assembly, finally got bail on February 1. Justice Arindam Lodh of Tripura High Court granted him bail as the police failed to submit chargesheet against him even after almost three months.

ODISHA: Big March against CAA-NRC-NPR in Bhubaneswar

ON January 30, the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi, the state capital of Odisha witnessed an unprecedented march against CAA-NRC-NPR in response to a united call given by secular and progressive political outfits, social groups, academics, artists, students and youth under the banner of “We the People of India”. A peaceful gathering of more than 50,000 people solemnly reaffirmed their faith in the Constitution of India and took a pledge to uphold its all-inclusive principles and values at any cost.

DELHI: Court Issues Notice to Delhi Police on CPI(M) Complaint

WHILE hearing a plea by Brinda Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and K M Tewari, Delhi state secretary, the additional chief metropolitan magistrate Vishal Pahuja has directed the DCP, New Delhi on February 5, to submit a report on the non-filing of FIRs against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for delivering hate speeches in Delhi recently, during the campaign for the assembly elections.

Delhi: Human Chain against CAA-NRC-NPR

ON January 30, on the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi a human chain was supposed to be held from Rajghat to Rajghat in Delhi forming a full circle. The plan was to hold the chain from Rajghat, Lal Qila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, Golcha, Shanti Van, Kodiya Pul and back to Rajghat. The call was given by JEJAA, ‘Hum Bhaathke Log’ and ‘Aman Biradhari’. However, the chain was disrupted by the police, though, several human chains were held in points and junctions mentioned above.

Bihar: Bacchwara- Land of Sacrifices and Struggles

BIHAR has witnessed intense struggles against the feudal landlords in the last decades. Farmers, labourers, peasants unitedly fought against the feudal forces.  Hundreds of Party and mass activists were martyred in different parts of Bihar.

Similarly, Bachhwara in Begusarai district has witnessed many struggles and sacrifices.  For the last 23 years, every year on January 23, people of Bacchwara has been observing a fortnight-long function remembering the martyrs and on the last day, a huge public meeting is organised at Railway Maidan.

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