West Bengal

16 Left Parties Launch United Struggle against Communal Forces

SIXTEEN Left parties in West Bengal called upon the people to steadfastly defend secular ideas and fight against attempted communal polarisation in the state. In a first of its kind, these parties assembled in a convention against communalism in Kolkata on November 13 and decided to organise rallies, public meetings throughout the state. On December 6, apart from programmes in districts, a massive joint rally will be held in Kolkata against communal forces. The Left parties have called upon all democratic and secular people to participate in the rally.

WEST BENGAL: Tea Garden Strike Evokes Massive Response

TEA workers in West Bengal showed exemplary unity in the two-day strike in gardens, demanding minimum wages and implementation of labour laws. On November 11-12, a complete shutdown was observed in tea gardens of five northern districts, at the call of the joint forum of struggling workers, comprising 23 trade unions. On those two days, thousands of workers marched in the streets, demonstrated in front of garden gates and chased away any attempt of mischief. On the 12th, in another unprecedented action, a general strike was observed in three districts and adjoining areas of two other.

Tea Workers Ready for Historic Strike in Bengal

TEA workers in West Bengal are preparing for a historic two-day strike beginning 11th November, demanding minimum wages and implementation of labour laws in tea estates. The strike call, given by a joint forum of tea workers comprising 23 trade unions, has evoked tremendous response in five northern districts of West Bengal -- Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar and North Dinajpur. The strike action has come as a culmination of months of joint struggle. The workers’ struggle will be supported by a general strike in adjacent areas in those five districts on 12th November.

WEST BENGAL: Police-TMC Nexus Led to Massacre in Parui

RECURRING clashes, murders and kangaroo courts have promoted Parui in Birbhum district to the headlines for a number of times in the last few years. On October 27, a clash in Makhra village in Parui has claimed three lives. The clash came as continuation of events starting from the recovery of 800 bombs from a Government Health Centre and attack on police personnel. The clash occurred as Trinamool Congress miscreants were mobilised to establish their domination in the village after erosion in their rank and file. The incident exposed the ‘peace’ settled in Bengal villages.

When Will Be the Knock at Mamata’s Door?

AFTER several of Trinamool Congress leaders and members of Parliament faced grilling by CBI and Enforcement Directorate in Saradha chit fund scam, the knocking at the door of party chief Mamata Banerjee seems imminent. According to media reports, CBI has now gathered enough evidence to track the trail of money laundering to the West Bengal Chief Minister’s gate. It has been reported that the central agencies are planning to ‘seek clarifications’ from the Chief Minister or her office on several allegations and deals that have come into light through series of interrogations.

Pent-up Anger Burst Out in Students’ Protest

THE students’ movement and the police attack in Jadavpur University have triggered a massive protest in West Bengal. Students of other universities and colleges, teachers and intellectuals have joined in unison to condemn the state administration. The unprecedented rally of thousands of students in Kolkata on September 20  and the series of protests thereafter have clearly demonstrated the pent up wrath of the students, who suffered from atrocities committed by ruling party hoodlums in educational institutions for the last three years.

#Hokkolorob (“Keep Up the Din”)

TO our readers, this caption may appear as something alien – foreign. But those who frequent the social media – this insignia has become familiar over the last week or more. This is the sign post of a massive student movement that started in Jadavpur University (JU); but has subsequently spilled over across West Bengal and beyond. The measure of resonance of the movement can be understood from the fact that on September 25, there will be a protest across hundred cities of the world, going beyond geographic frontiers of the country.


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