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CPI(M) General Secretary’s Comments to PTI

THE Left parties had opposed the Indo-US nuclear deal because it was an agreement which would have compromised India’s strategic autonomy and independent foreign policy.  It was a deal initiated by the United States to get India aboard on a military and strategic alliance. It had no real value for India’s energy security.

More than a decade later, events have confirmed this. There has been no expansion of even a megawatt of civilian nuclear power in the country. All that has happened is that India has become a subordinate ally of the United States with close military ties.

SKM Declares Mission UP-Uttarakhand, Kisan Sansad Enters Third Week

SAMYUKTA Kisan Morcha (SKM) launched Mission Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on July 26 at a press conference in Lucknow. It was announced that the Mission will formally begin with a massive rally in Muzaffarnagar on September 5, 2021. It was also announced that the current farmers' movement will be taken to every village of the two states, to strengthen it the way it has happened in Punjab and Haryana. Through this, corporate control of our food and farming systems will be challenged from all corners of these states also.

Two Years gone “New J & K” Worse than the Old One: PAGD

PEOPLE’S Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) issued a statement on August 4, 2021. It stated that August 05, 2021, marks the completion of two years since the unprecedented assault on the Constitution of India was taken to nullify Article 370. It has damaged the very bond of relationship of people of J&K with the union of India, the statement said. PAGD said that by demolishing the constitution of Jammu & Kashmir by the central government, all the limits of constitutionality were crossed.

Com Surjeet's Anniversary Meeting

STRENGTHENING the resolve to defend our secular democratic republic with all our might and defeating RSS/BJP efforts to destroy it will be the best tribute to Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet, said Sitaram Yechury while  speaking to a  gathering at Bhakna Bhawan, Chandigarh on the occasion of Comrade Surjeet's 13th death anniversary on July 29, 2021.

TN: Comrade N Sankaraiah, now the Emeritus Tamilian

THE birth centenary of Comrade N Sankaraiah, one of the doyens of the communist movement in Tamil Nadu began with a fantastic start on July 15, 2021, as the district committees across the state came forward to celebrate the occasion with hoisting red flags in their neighbourhoods. The party daily Theekkathir brought out a special supplement from July 14- 18, with a series of articles written by all the political leaders, social activists of Tamil Nadu about the myriad activities of Comrade Sankaraiah during his more than 80 years of public life.

Protest against Electricity (Amendment) Bill

AT the call of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees & Engineers (NCCOEEE), hundreds of power sector employees and engineers started the second day of the four-day Satyagraha at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 4. The protest was against the unilateral announcement of the central government to pass Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the current monsoon session of parliament. The second day was meant for Eastern India.

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.

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