WHEN Narendra Modi won the internal battles and was projected as the RSS/BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, this column had the occasion to state that the RSS had finally decided to discard its “mukhota”. When the prime protagonist of the 2002 Gujarat communal carnage has been assigned this task by the RSS/BJP, it was clear that they no longer required a mukhota to mask the pursuit of their real agenda – the transformation of the modern Indian secular democratic Republic into the RSS vision of a rabidly intolerant fascistic `Hindu Rashtra’.
THE first National Convention of the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch was held in New Delhi on November 27, 2014. More than 465 delegates from 21 states attended the convention. 42 were women delegates. Representatives from Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir could not attend the convention as assembly elections are due in these two states.
IT is rare when a chief minister stages a sit-in protest in Delhi. But Delhi’s Jantar Mantar witnessed this rare spectacle when the Tripura Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar led thousands of people from various states and sat on a dharna on November 26.
FOR the government of Turkey, regime change in Damascus seems to be still the top priority despite the US and its regional allies giving more importance to the fight against the resurgent Sunni extremist groups in the region. The Turkish parliament voted in the first week of October to rubber stamp the government’s decision to allow the deployment of the country’s troops inside Syria and Iraq, if the need arises. The government in Ankara is also demanding the introduction of a “no fly zone” over parts of Syria.
A CPI(M) delegation from Jharkhand submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission on November 12, requesting the poll panel to ensure strict measures to curb the use of money and muscle power in the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
AN impressive procession of peasants, workers, women and youth was held in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh on November 1 in solidarity with the people of West Bengal who are under serious attack by the ruling party, TMC goons – police – administration combine.
The procession began from Deoria Sadar railway station and marched through the main thoroughfares of the town, raising slogans and distributing handbills, reached the district magistrate’s office where it converted into a rally, dharna and public meeting.
THE Left unity got a big phillip in Bihar when CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and CPI leader Atul Anjan shared dais with CPI(ML) General Secretary Deepankar Bhattacharya in Patna in a ‘Jan Sunwai’ (People’s Court) organised by the CPI(ML) to launch a book exposing the myth of the so-called development of Bihar which is a stinging indictment of the BJP-JD(U) combine who shared power for almost a decade in Bihar.
THE draft Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014 has been formulated and put in the public domain without assessing the ground realities prevailing in the country. It is claimed that the vision of the Bill is to provide a framework for “safer, faster, and cost effective movements of passengers and freight in the country”. Statements from the ministry also suggest that the Bill incorporates the best evidence-based international safety policies.
The following is the press statement issued by the national women’s organisations, AIDWA, AIWC, AIDMAM , CWDS, GOS, JWP, MWF, MDS, NFIW, Streebal, War Widows Association, Apne Aap World Wide, YWCA on November 20, 2014