The Left parties issued the following statement on May 1, 2021:
THE Left parties extend their solidarity with the international working-class on the occasion of May Day. Left Parties join our working class in the struggle to combat the pandemic and safeguard the rights of the working people.
THE joint platform of Central Trade Unions and Federations has urged prime minister, Narendra Modi to cement a proactive unity of all people and to meet the challenge posed by the calamity of the second wave of COVID-19.
INDIA is in the midst of the world’s worst outbreak of Covid-19 cases. It is a dystopian nightmare. The new cases and death toll are continuously rising. The medical response is hampered by shortages of oxygen, drugs, and hospital beds. According to experts, “The significant inefficiency, dysfunction and acute shortage of healthcare delivery systems in the public sector do not meet the growing needs of the population.”
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met online on May 5, 2021. It has issued the following statement:
UNABATED COVID UPSURGE THE upsurge of the pandemic continues to take a heavy toll of human life all across the country. The Polit Bureau expresses its grief at these avoidable deaths and conveys condolences to the families of all those who have lost their lives.
THE people of Tamil Nadu resoundingly rejected BJP and its game plan to piggyback on the AIADMK to get a foothold in the state in the assembly elections. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led Secular Progressive Alliance won with a thumping majority of 159 seats of the total 234 while the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-led front was limited to 75 seats of which 65 were bagged by the AIADMK.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India(Marxist) has issued the following statement on May 2, 2021:
KERALA: The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) hails the resounding victory of the Left Democratic Front in Kerala. It thanks the people of Kerala for once again reposing faith in the LDF and reelecting it to form the next government. This has happened after more than four decades that the incumbent has been reelected. The LDF’s performance has been better than in the last assembly election.
THE Covid-19 pandemic that has India in its deathly grip, is nowhere near its end. India is now registering numbers that have broken all “records”. Currently more than half of all new cases per day in the world are from India! While the number of daily new cases have started to show a slow decline, it is accompanied by a drop in the number of tests conducted. The drop in new cases may therefore be due to fewer tests rather than a real drop in new cases. Are we running out of test kits and testing personnel for conducting tests?
THE incompetence of the Modi government is starkly visible in its handling of the current crisis. It fares even worse on the vaccine front. Its belief in the ideology of free-market capitalism is that the market will magically produce whatever we need. This is why it starved the seven public sector vaccine manufacturing units (Down To Earth: COVID-19 vaccines: Waiting for advantage India, 17 April 2021) of any support. And, it also gave the public sector vaccine, Covaxin, developed by ICMR and National Institute of Virology, to a private company, Bharat Biotech.
ON Earth Day April 22, this year, US President Joe Biden hosted a summit of world leaders to address climate change, something he had promised he would do during his presidential campaign, to once again establish US leadership on this vital global issue that former US President Trump had abandoned four years ago. The summit was attended by 40 countries including most developed countries and other nations with large national emissions such as China, the world’s largest emitter, Russia, India, and Brazil.