FOR the first time in decades, the two major sections of toiling masses that create the wealth of our country, workers and peasants, have joined in militant actions against the government policies. The call to court arrest, given by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was supported by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, which called upon the workers to actively participate in the programme. Thus, lakhs of peasants and workers participated in the demonstrations, processions, dharnas etc held in more than half of the total districts in the country.
A FACT-finding team of national leaders visited Tripura from August 3-5, 2018 to study the situation there, after the BJP-IPFT government came to power in March 2018.
The team comprised Medha Patkar, leader of the National Alliance of People’s Movements, Rajaram Singh, ex-MLA and general secretary of the All India Kisan Mahasabha, Ashok Dhawale, president of the All India Kisan Sabha, K K Ragesh, MP and joint secretary of the AIKS, all the three MPs from Tripura – Jitendra Chaudhury, Shankar Prasad Datta and Jharna Das Baidya and ex-MP Narayan Kar.
BIHAR bandh, organised by the Left parties on August 2, evoked massive response all across the state. It was a result of the culmination of a series of incidents of violence and attacks targeting dalits and other vulnerable sections of society. For the first time in the recent days, the Left had grabbed the attention of national media and saw success in putting Nitish Kumar government in the dock.
ON August 6, hundreds of activists of Nagrik Adhikar Manch(NAM) Delhi and victims of mob lynching organised a sit-in-demonstration in front of parliament to protest against the killings of innocent people in the name of “Gau Raksha” and other communal hate campaigns unleashed by BJP/RSS and its frontal organisations since 2014.
The protest gathering was addressed by CPI(M) Polit Bureau members Mohd Salim (MP) and Subhashini Ali (former MP), Manoj Jha MP- RJD, and Sanjay Singh MP- AAP.
IT was by far the most massive nationwide jail bharo struggle in recent times. According to preliminary reports received from the states, well over five lakh peasants and workers courted arrest at over 610 centres in 407 districts in 22 states across the country on August 9, 2018. They raised the main slogan “Modi Sarkar, Chale Jaao!”
THE country is entering 50th year of bank nationalisation. On July 19, 1969, 14 major private banks were nationalised. In 1980, six more private banks were nationalised. It is an epoch making event, because only after that, the money deposited by the common people in the banks became safe. Before that, hundreds of private banks collapsed like a pack of cards. People who deposited their hard earnings in the private banks panicked as their small savings meant for important domestic needs like education, marriage, hospitalisation were lost.
THE state convention of tribal people gave a call to defeat the TDP, YCP, BJP and Congress parties which have been disrupting the lives and livelihoods of adivasis. The convention was held in Visakhapatnam on August 2, presided over by K Lokanadham and B Venkataramana, district secretaries of CPI(M) and CPI respectively. The convention titled ‘Political alternative for the comprehensive development of adivasi areas’ was part of a series of conventions conducted by both the Communist parties in Andhra Pradesh.
THE independence day speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Red Fort was more in the nature of an election eve broadcast. Making the fifth and last speech at the Red Fort, before the Lok Sabha election, Modi concentrated on listing the achievements of his government since 2014. For this he sought to compare the progress made on various fronts to the situation that obtained in 2013.