THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), in a statement issued on October 16, has congratulated the Haryana Roadways employees for the successful total strike on its first day (October 16, 2018) of the two days’ strike as per the call of the joint forum of all trade unions against the move for total privatisation of roadway services by the BJP government of Haryana. No bus was on the road on the first day. The strike received full support from the public as well.
IN Homer’s epic Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus comes across a tribe of ‘lotus eaters’ who remain in a state of blissful forgetfulness after eating psychotropic plants, probably poppy pods or blue water lily. In the 19th century, Lord Tennyson revived this charming vision in his poem ‘The Lotos-Eaters’. Such was the popularity of this idea that essayist Thomas de Quincey even wrote a book called Confessions of an English Lotus Eater, describing his own experiences when high on laudanum.
AMBEDKAR University Delhi held its first Students' Union Elections on October 10, 2018. In the elections, SFI won 16 out of 26 councillor posts in the Kashmere Gate Campus of the university, making it the single largest organisation in the campus. Moreover, SFI also won 4 out of the 12 councilor posts in Karampura Campus. This victory is important from two perspectives – one, it gives a setback to various strands of anti-organised politics in AUD and firmly establishes SFI and the organised, democratic politics upheld by it.
THE Kurnool district committees of CPI(M) and AP Rytu Sangham have organised a 48 hour long fast which ended in a rally with coffins, carrying photos of 38 farmers who committed suicide in the last six months in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. They demanded the state government to provide ex-gratia and other support to the family members of the farmers who had committed suicide due to failure of crops and heavy debt burden. The 48 hour fast commenced on October 13 and the protest rally to the collectorate was held on 15th.
AIKS pays tributes to Com.T.P.Balakrishnan, member of All India Kisan Council and vice president of Kerala Karshaka Sangham who passed away on October 12, 2018. He was 81 years old. He was an excellent organiser and orator. He led many important struggles of the Karshaka Sangham. He joined the communist movement in 1956 and had been a member of the secretariat of the CPI-M Kozhikode district committee. He was the President of Kozhikode Taluk Agricultural Development Bank.
IN a press statement issued on October 16, the AIDWA has strongly condemned the efforts of BJP-RSS backed right wing groups to create a communal frenzy against the implementation of the orders of the Supreme Court(SC) in the Sabarimala case. The court upheld the equal right of women to worship at the temple under Article 25 of the constitution. However, ever since the judgement came, the RSS and its affiliated organisations have attacked the SC and the LDF government which has respected the judgment.
THE RSS and the BJP have been desperately trying to capture a space for themselves in the political sphere of Kerala for the past many decades. The RSS has been working in Kerala for more than seven or eight decades and has been trying to revive all sorts of obscurantist and superstitious practices and customs. They infiltrated into hundreds of temple committees and became active in temple festivals and other religious functions.
ALL the claims made by Prime Minister Modi and his government about the number of jobs being created have proved to be baseless. The harsh reality of rising unemployment is being seen every day.
Recently, on September 17, 1.9 crore applicants appeared for the Railway Recruitment Board exam to fill 62,907 vacancies for jobs at Level I (equivalent to Group D). These are jobs such as gangman, gateman, helpers in electrical and mechanical departments etc. A large number of those who appeared were postgraduates.
Indian Workers’ Association GB (IWA-GB) and Indian Community Centre (ICC) organised a fund-raising event that was held on September 29, 2018 at the Indian Community Centre, Rawdon Street, Derby from 5pm-10 pm. The money raised reached £13,000 (Rs 12.61 lakhs) and it will be deposited into the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.
AFTER much suspense, India and Russia finally inked the $5.4 billion agreement on October 5, 2018 for India’s acquisition of the acclaimed S-400 Triumf anti-missile system during the 19th annual summit between the leaders of the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin was leading a truly high-powered team to New Delhi comprising Vice-Premier Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov among other officials and business delegates.