Salil Chowdhury: Pre-Birth Centenary Tribute: “My Worst Nightmare is Fascism”

“What is your greatest fear?” he was asked.His reply was sharp and emphatic. “That India may someday be ruled by fanatics who will silence the voice of reason, and intellectuals will be singled out and shot”, he said.The interviewer pressed further. “What is your favourite dream?”“All peoples shall be equal”, he said.“And your nightmare?”“Fascism”, responded Salil Chowdhury firmly. IN an interview with an English daily newspaper on November 21, 1993, the music legend and versatile genius expressed his fears, dreams and nightmares in this way.

Uttarakhand: CITU-Led Delegation Visits Collapsed Tunnel Site

A DELEGATION of the Uttarakhand state committee of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) led by Rajendra Singh Negi visited the site of the unfortunate accident at the under-construction Yamunotri National Highway Tunnel located at Silkyara in district Uttarkashi where 41 workers have been stranded for the past seven days.The delegation expressed its outrage at the delay in rescue work and demanded that FIRs be registered against the principal employer of the NHAI and the company under contract responsible for the construction of the tunnel.

Maha: CPI(M) Makes Headway in Gram Panchayat Polls in Palghar and Other Districts

THE CPI(M) made some headway in the limited gram panchayat elections held in Maharashtra on November 5, 2023. The results were declared next day on November 6. The sarpanch is now elected in the state through direct elections, with the whole village voting. Besides that, gram panchayat members are elected from various wards in the village. The CPI(M) won a total of 11 sarpanches and 133 gram panchayat members in these polls.The CPI(M) won the posts of 8 out of 13 sarpanches and 100 out of 167 gram panchayat seats in the Talasari and Dahanu tehsils of Palghar district.

Jharkhand: CPI(M) Holds Adivasi Rally in Ranchi

ON November 17, 2023, to mark the Martyr Birsa Munda Birth Anniversary which was two days ago, an impressive rally and public meeting of around 5,000 people, most of them adivasis, was held at Bundu in Ranchi district of JharkhandCPI(M) Polit Bureau member and AIKS president Ashok Dhawale, Jharkhand state secretary Prakash Viplav, and Party AIKS, CITU and AIDWA leaders Suresh Munda, Sufal Mahato, Rangovati Devi, Sukhnath Lohara, Bhawan Singh, Veena Linda and others addressed the rally.The speakers launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had visited Jharkhand two days

Privatisation in Railways: Private Sector’s Attempt to Enter Integral Coach Factory Prevented

ON November 6, 2023, the Joint Platform of ten central trade unions and independent national federations (CTUs) supported the demands and agitation of the ICF (Integral Coach Factory at Chennai) Joint Action Council opposing private sector’s entry in the ICF; and demanding withdrawal of the decision to handover manufacturing / maintenance of Vande Bharat trains to private sector within ICF premises.

TN: Farewell to N Sankaraiah in Chennai

THE mortal remains of N Sankaraiah, a founding member of the CPI(M), were cremated with state honors at the Besant Nagar crematorium in Chennai on November 16. The police rendered a gun salute to Sankaraiah, who passed away at the age of 102 in Chennai on the morning of November 15 after a brief illness. Upon learning of NS's demise, Party cadres from across the state rushed to Chennai in the thousands to pay their respects to the departed leader.

WB: Kolkata Erupts in Protest over Massacre in Gaza

IN keeping with its anti-imperialist spirit, Kolkata rallied to demand an end to Israeli genocide in Gaza. On November 8th afternoon, the peace-loving people of Kolkata responding to the joint call of ten Left  parties voiced their protest by joining a huge march from  Mahajati Sadan in central Kolkata to Ramlila Park in Moulali. Many people from the districts of South Bengal also came and participated in this march. Thousands of people shouted slogans against Israeli aggression while demanding an end to attacks on Gaza.

AP: Praja Rakshanabheri Campaign: Reaching People and Explaining Alternative Political Policies

THE CPI(M) Andhra Pradesh committee initiated a programme to engage with the public and explain the alternative political policies and Party's political stance. This two-month-long programme encompassed a two-day state-level seminar, held on October 7-8, participated by delegates from different districts. Seminars on 23 distinct issues were held at key centres and district headquarters across the state. On October 16, the Party's state committee convened to finalise the programme details, including jatha routes and mobilisation for the rally.

AP: People’s Movements are the Key

THE two-month-long campaign ‘Praja Rakshana Bheri,’ undertaken by the CPI(M) Andhra Pradesh state committee, concluded with a huge rally and public meeting in Vijayawada on November 15. The mass rally commenced from BRTS road, with thousands of volunteers in red attire, accompanied by cultural squads presenting folk arts and fancy dress displays illustrating the plight of the people and mocking government policies. The rally continued for about half an hour, culminating at MB Stadium, where the public meeting was convened, that was presided over by Party state secretary V Srinivasa Rao.


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