HUNDREDS of activists from different areas of the national capital participated in a rally organised by the Delhi state committee of CPI(M) to protest the burning of a church in East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden. The protest rally began at Vithalbhai Patel House and marched towards the Home Ministry but it was stopped by police at the Krishi Bhawan roundabout. The rally was converted into a public meeting presided by Party secretariat member K M Tiwari.
A DELEGATION of All India Fishers and Fisheries Workers’ Federation (AIFFWF) comprising Tushar Ghosh, its president, Hemalata, general secretary, VV Saseendran, treasurer and Koottayi Basheer and P Stanly, both secretaries, met the union minister for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar on December 1, and submitted a memorandum on the difficulties faced by the fishers and other traditional people living in the country’s coastal areas due to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification 2011.
IT is, indeed, a tragic irony – a gruesome portend of things to come – that highly offensive statements aimed at sharpening communal polarisation have come with alarming rapidity from members of the union council of ministers in the week preceding the 22nd anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
THE Congress party has brought out a booklet on the six months of the Modi government calling it a “U-Turn Sarkar”. Essentially, the booklet claims that the Modi government has done a U-turn by reversing the stand taken by the BJP on a number of policy issues. While in the opposition, the BJP had opposed many of the UPA government’s policies, now in the six months of its government, it has contradicted itself and decided to follow the same policies.
PROGRESSIVE forces in Karnataka led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have staged protests opposing a superstitious practice in the garb of religious faith and belief of the people. Functionaries of CPI(M) and several progressive outfits held dharna and procession in Mangalore and Chikkaballapur to register protest and create awareness about the ritual called Made Snana.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on December 25, 2014
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the killings perpetrated by the gangs belonging to an extremist Bodo organisation. Forty eight adivasis including women and children were shot dead in five places in the jurisdiction of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) in Assam.
IN one of the biggest ever mobilisation of women workers in the capital, on November 21, 2014, twenty three thousand anganwadi workers and helpers from 21 states and UTs - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Pondicherry Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal marched to Parliament in a colourful procession. The march started under the leadership of the All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers from Ramlila Maidan.
THE Democratic Youth Federation of India has organised an all India political school for Hindi speaking states in Chandigarh from November 1-3, 2014. 112 delegates participated in the political school. Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member inaugurated the classes. MB Rajesh, DYFI president presided over the classes. Avoy Mukherjee, general secretary welcomed the delegates. Sitaram Yechury took the class on political economy. The second day, Nilotpal Basu gave his presentation on economy and political agenda of the Modi government.
The following is the press statement issued by the Delhi Union of Journalists on November 26.
THE Delhi Union of Journalists and the Delhi Press Unity Centre 2014 have called upon activists to join the protest meeting in the union premises on Friday evening against the invisible press censorship of trade union movements in general and even of struggles including court cases pertaining to journalists and press workers.
AS the attention of the international community was focused on the events in Iraq and Syria and the relentless advance of the Islamic State (IS), the Houthi rebel forces in Yemen without much fanfare took over the capital Sana and other key cities. The Houthi movement is an avowedly anti western movement having close ties with Iran. Yemen is strategically located on the Red Sea. Much of Saudi Arabia’s oil exports are transported through the sea lanes abutting the long Yemeni coastline.