The struggle for justice

Dear Editor,

Your coverage of the Bilkis Bano case was of great interest to me and I thank you for the same. As a woman I felt horrified to read what authorities of our country are capable of doing. I would like to reiterate as well as elaborate some of the points that you have brought out.

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Release of those convicted in the Bilkis Bano case:
The Indian state is thoroughly communal – Let us unite to advance the struggle for justice!

On 15th August, the 75th anniversary of Indian independence, 11 people convicted of gang-rape and murders during the Gujarat genocide of 2002 were set free.  They had been sentenced in 2008 with life imprisonment for the heinous crime of gang-raping a pregnant woman Bilkis Bano, and killing 14 members of her extended family.

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75th anniversary of Independence:
India needs Liberation from the Colonial Legacy

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 15 August, 2022

India gained independence from colonial rule 75 years ago.  However, the economic relations, state institutions and the political process in the country continue to bear the stamp of the British Raj.

Why is Indian society weighed down by the legacy of colonial rule 75 years after independence? To answer this question, it is necessary to study the situation which prevailed in 1947 in India and on the world scale, and the nature of the transfer of power which took place in August that year.

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Postal workers protest against moves to privatise postal services

More than three lakh workers of India Post, including workers of Railway Mail Service (RMS), Mail Motor Service (MMS), Post Office Bank Service (POBS) and Gramin Dak Sevaks, went on a one-day strike on 10 August 2022. The strike was organised under the banner of Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA), a joint platform of several postal workers’ federations. The strike was supported by all major Central Trade Unions.

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Indian Railways drivers oppose privatisation

On 4th August 2022, drivers of Indian Railways staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar and observed a full-day fast. This fast was against the anti-rail and anti-people policies of the government. The dharna was organised under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA). Despite heavy rains, the railway drivers continued their sit-in and enthusiastically raised slogans against privatisation.

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