Mid-19th Century was a period of vigorous development of capitalism. The bourgeoisie looked to the future with great optimism; they believed that their dominion would last for ever and that capitalist private property was something permanent. The Communist utopias that preceded Communism were regarded by the ruling classes as merely an “apparition” which could be exorcised with the help of the police.
CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury has written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 21, on the need to enhance the central assistance given to flood ravaged Kerala as also the other measures that need to be taken. Yechury wished to seek PM’s time to appraise him on his visit to Kerala on August 19-20 and to request the government of India to consider the following urgent measures for relief and rehabilitation of lakhs of people who have suffered this unprecedented damage caused by the recent floods.
THE unprecedented deluge in Kerala has caused huge damage to the state and its people. Even the state government and rescue agencies struggle to make a complete assessment of the devastation. Total 228 people have died since August 8. Of the 228 deaths, the toll was highest in Idukki district where 47 people have been killed, followed by 35 in Thrissur, 30 in Malappuram, 27 in Ernakulam, 25 in Alappuzha, 16 in Kozhikode, seven in Thiruvananthapuram and one in Kasaragod.
CPI(M) activists and sympathizers in Kerala have collected an amount of Rs 16,43,73,940 towards the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. People have immensely responded to the call of CPI(M) to collect money for CMDRF. Fund collection campaign was held on August 18-19 in 10 districts. Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki and Ernakulam, where massive calamities occurred and certain flood hit parts of Thrissur and Kottayam were exempted. CPI(M) state secretariat saluted all people for making the fund collection a huge success.
LAST fortnight, the world remembered the dropping of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ushering an era where we have acquired the ability to extinguish humanity itself. We need to remember Hiroshima and the horrific picture of its dead and the dying. “It was a procession of ghosts, in an instant all clothing burned off, hands, faces and breasts swelled. The purple blisters on their skin were soon burst and peeled off hanging down like pieces of rags. With hands lifted half up, they were ghosts in procession.
SOMETIMES even a tiny news-item can reveal volumes about capitalism. The Indian stock market, as is well-known, is booming at present: the 30-share Sensex closed at a new high of 38,278.75 on Monday, August 20, and the broader-based Nifty crossed the 11,500 mark for the first time on the same day. One of the financial sector executives explained the reason behind this boom as follows (The Hindu, August 21): “The only difference between now (versus a few months back) is that politics looks more stable – prospects of an opposition coalition are looking a little shaky”.
Massive resources and sustained efforts are critical for the reconstruction of Kerala after facing the worst disaster in recent times. On the action plan for the rebuilding of Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that an amount equal to the current five-year planned budget is needed for the reconstruction. The total plan allocation of the state is Rs 37,248 crore and Rs 10,330 crore from this is earmarked for construction and rebuilding.
Com VK Thakur, former state secretary breathed his last on August 12, leaving a void in the party. Born in an orthodox brahmin family in Kansi village of Darbhanga district in Bihar, in 1933, Com VK Thakur was the epitome of dedication and sacrifice for the cause of the oppressed and downtrodden . He lived an eventful life espousing the ideology of Marxism and Leninism. His untiring zeal to live among the masses remain unshaken, till he breathed his last.
THE floods in Kerala have been devastating and unprecedented. This was the worst flood the state experienced in a century.
Rains in the first twenty days of August, the highest in 87 years are an illustration of the extreme climate events due to global warming and climate change. In recent weeks, raging forest fires, severe drought, high temperatures, heavy rains and floods have occurred around the world.
THE breakthrough achieved by the Karnataka Police in the Gauri Lankesh murder has opened the way for solving the cases of the killings of Prof. M M Kalburgi in Karnataka earlier and those of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare in Maharashtra.
The twelve persons arrested so far in the Lankesh murder case have all links with the Sanathan Sanstha or its affiliate the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and related extremist Hindutva outfits.