AS the preparations for the massive rally of the workers, kisans and the agricultural workers were going on, the camps erected at two different places in Delhi had very interesting stories to tell. These camps were at the Ramlila ground and Sahibabad. These tales were narrated by the brave women and men who travelled hundreds of kilometres to make the deaf hear in Delhi. For them the deaf meant the Modi government. Another set of mobilisations comprised the poorest of the poor agricultural workers whose march to Delhi was an event in itself.
SOONER rather than later, India will have to take a stand against the dictates of the US security and state department. The former is forcing India to sign COMCASA and the latter is asking it to adhere to the 2017 enactment of the US Congress for ‘countering America’s adversaries through the imposition of sanctions for engaging with the Russian Federation’s defence sector’. The two departments are mounting pressure on India to capitulate and tow the US policy designed to counter the Sino-Russian combine.
Three villages in Amdanga in North 24 Parganas created a new blood-soaked chapter of fierce attack by the ruling party and steadfast resistance by the villagers. Amdanga, a traditional strong base of the Lefts, had gone through many attacks, terrorisation in last seven years of TMC rule. Many a times, the menfolk of the villages had to stay outside, with their livelihood threatened.
THE Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally on September 5 in New Delhi was a notable and significant mobilisation of the working people in the capital city.
This was the first time that the working class, peasantry and agricultural workers conducted an all India rally of such proportions. The rally was organised by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU).
THE programme of the Bolsheviks in the early years of the twentieth century was founded upon the insight that, in countries coming late to capitalism, the bourgeoisie, instead of dealing those telling blows against feudal property that the classic bourgeois revolution in history, the French Revolution, had done, compromises with the landed interests. It does so because of its fear that in the new situation any attack on landed property could rebound into an attack on bourgeois property.
THE strike by road transport workers on August 7 was very successful. More than three crore workers participated in the historic strike. In many states, workers and associations out of the purview of the All India Coordination Committee of Road Transport Workers’ (AICCRTW) also joined the strike. In some places where strike could not be organised due to various reasons, protest actions were undertaken. Support and solidarity from various quarters was expressed.
PREPARATIONS for the ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally’ on September 5, 2018 are going on in full swing all over the country. The rally itself will be historic as the workers, peasants and agricultural workers together will march shoulder to shoulder on the streets of the national capital for the first time, voicing their demands. Besides, in terms of mobilisation also, the rally is all set to be a landmark in the struggles of the toiling people of the country.