THE Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand on March 15, 2019 killed 50 Muslim worshippers, seven of whom were Indians, which attracted immediate united condemnation from the entire nation. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was praised for her mature response to the attack. Not only did she promise swift action, but she also asserted that New Zealand was attacked because it stood for “diversity, kindness and compassion” and said she would renew efforts to counter right wing extremists whose politics had led to the targeting of Muslim worshippers.
A THREE day international conference on ‘Food Sovereignty and Peasants Rights’ was organized at Kathmandu, Nepal by ‘National Farmers Commission’ Government of Nepal, on March 10-12, 2019. 350 delegates attended the conference representing kisan and agricultural workers organizations, experts, government officials, ministers and peoples representatives of Nepal.
WILL the elections to the two parliament seats of Tripura be peaceful, free and fair? The prevailing condition of unabated terror and violence in the state even after the announcement of polls clearly indicate that the ruling BJP is hell bent on not allowing people their constitutional and democratic rights.
A delegation of CPI(M) led by its state secretary Gautam Das met the ECI's secretary in charge of Tripura, Arabind Anand and the state CEO to reiterate its demands for free and fair election.
AFTER the tremendous success of ‘women wall’ on the new year day of 2019, women in Kerala have held series of meetings called ‘women’s parliament’ in almost every assembly constituency in the state. The women gathered in large numbers in ‘women parliament’ and pledged to oppose the anti-women postures of both BJP and Congress.
THE Indian affiliates of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), on March 19, organised a workers’ convention with two hundred workers from CITU, AITUC, AIUTUC, and other WFTU affiliates. The convention was held to express solidarity with the people of Venezuela given the background of increasing aggression by the US and its allies to destabilise a democratically elected government in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
LEFT Front in West Bengal has started the election campaign in an energetic mood, with candidates already in the streets, interacting with people. Wall writings, door-to-door campaigning and local level meetings are being organised in numbers.
THE failure of the BJP government does not demand big data to reveal the truth. The recent video of a BSNL employee crying for not being paid salary for 3 consecutive months has gone viral. It is not an isolate incident rather speaks volumes of how a public sector is stifled under the Modi rule.