HIGHER education in our country has witnessed a continuous and unprecedented assault in the last decade, since the UPA-2 regime. The same received a vicious momentum since the Modi government took over in May 2014 as evident in the relentless attack on the academic and the financial autonomy of the university system. University of Delhi is no exception to these attacks in the last decade owing to the continuity of policies by the governments led by both Congress and BJP.
AFTER the fall of the Paris Commune, the Governments of the European countries organized police repression on the International’s sections and members. In France membership in the International was regarded as a criminal offence. The Governments of Germany, Russia and Austria were discussing joint measures against the organization. Never since the defeat of the 1848-49 revolution had a campaign of slander reached such intensity in the bourgeois press, which resorted to every kind of falsification and misrepresentation of facts.
HINDI teacher-training school was held at CPI(M) Headquarters, A K Gopalan Bhavan in New Delhi from January 18-22, 2019. 97 comrades from 13 states attended the school. A heartening feature of this school is the presence of youth, who constituted nearly half of the participants. The aim of the school is to train teachers to ensure that all the Party members are imparted education within this year, in at least four basic subjects – Marxist Philosophy, Political Economy, Party Programme and Party Organisation – as decided by the Kolkata Plenum on Organisation.
IN a huge response, about 20 lakh workers in Telangana, both from organised and unorganised sectors, directly participated in the all India general strike on January 8 and 9, as per the call given by 10 central trade unions and National Federations. Employees of the Telangana state government, railways, defense and teachers participated in the rallies and dharnas protesting the anti-working class and anti-people policies adopted by the BJP-led central government.
THE 11th Maharashtra state conference of the DYFI held at Wada in Palghar district on January 11-13, 2019, resolved to rapidly expand the youth movement and organisation to meet the challenges posed by the murderous rightwing offensive. In connection with the conference, a massive youth rally and public meeting were organised on January 11. Thousands of DYFI activists from Palghar district participated in the rally held at Wada.
THE Supreme Court has, on January 22, 2019, dismissed the special leave petition filed by the union government against the Allahabad High Court order that had struck down the college/university wise reservation roster. The Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF), in a statement issued on January 22, has said that this has exposed the government’s opportunistic and insincere attitude towards reservation policy meant for the underprivileged sections of the society.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in a statement issued on January 15, has extended full support and solidarity to the three-day strike from January 23-25, 2019 in all defence-production units and service centres by all the three employees’ federations representing employees working in the defence production units and service centres and workshops spread throughout the country.
EVER since the idea of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was mooted in 2016, it was evident that there will be strong reactions in Assam. Right from the introduction of the bill in Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016, movement started in Assam, particularly in the Brahmaputra valley, demanding immediate withdrawal of it. All the political parties and mass organizations except BJP expressed their clear opposition to the bill. Politically BJP was completely isolated on the question of the bill where even its coalition partner AGP had out rightly rejected the BJP’s position on the bill.