Voice of Toilers and Tillers

Peasants to intensify their struggle: No farm produce to reach cities from 1st to 10th June 2018

Peasants across the country have resolved to come together once again to protest against the callousness of the rulers to their growing impoverishment. Despite repeated protests by the peasantry since the last one year and more, the government has failed to guarantee the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of 1.5 times the cost. Dumping of their produce – milk, potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables – by peasants on the roads because the price they can realize does not even cover their cost of production has become an increasing occurrence over the last few years.
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Oppose the Indian Railways’ dangerous plans to scuttle fresh recruitment

Recently the Indian Railways announced that it would “re-engage” retired workers to fill the vacancies in for all categories of workers in the maintenance, operating and commercial departments. Towards this end it has already started “re-engaging” workers who retired at 60 years in these departments subject to a maximum age limit of 65 years. These workers are “reengaged” for two years by hiring them at 50% of the salary last drawn without HRA and transport allowances. They have to work the full working day like all employees.

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Peasants of India — onward with your just struggle! The working class stands with you!

Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, July 12, 2017

Peasant brothers, you have come here to Delhi from every corner of India to declare to the whole country that you will fight against injustice and for your rights. The Communist Ghadar Party of India stands firmly in defence of your struggle.

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Kisan Mukti Yatra, 6 – 18 July 2017: Hundreds of organisations demand Peasants' right to livelihood

MH-Peasant-meetingHundreds of peasants’ organisations and many organisations fighting to protect the interest of working people have called for a rally in New Delhi on 18 July 2017. The rally has been called to demand that the government takes necessary steps to address the crisis that is devastating the lives of peasants across the country.

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Agitation for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling: Reconstitution of the Indian Union as a voluntary union of consenting nations and peoples is an objective necessity

Demo in support of Gorkha demandsSince early June 2017, the agitation in Darjeeling and surrounding areas, for a separate state for the Gorkha people in West Bengal has become very intense. The agitators have organised an indefinite strike of all government offices and agencies. Gorkha students and working people in other parts of India, including in Jadavpur University in Kolkata and JNU in Delhi, have taken out rallies to express their support to the agitation.

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Women march in defence of their rights and for a system free of exploitation and injustice

International Women's Day 2017 in DelhiOver 800 women and men, youth and students, marched in unison from Rajiv Chowk to Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi, on 8th March, 2017, in celebration of International Women’s Day. With spirited slogans and songs that resounded through the busy streets, with clenched fists held high, with colourful banners and placards highlighting their resolve to resist the manifold attacks of the state, they reiterated their commitment to continue the struggle in defence of their rights and for a system free of injustice and inequality.

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Junior Doctors of Britain's National Health Service Strike Work

Over 30,000 junior doctors working in the British Government run National Health Service went on strike on February 10, 2016 in protest against the governments threat to impose a contract on them unilaterally. Earlier, the government has broken off negotiations with the doctor's union. The new contract aims to greatly increase the workload on junior doctors.

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Struggle of railway porters

The Jan Shakti Coolie Union organised a demonstration in support of their demands at Azad Maidan, Mumbai on 20th January 2016. Hundreds of porters (coolies) working in the various railway stations of Mumbai participated in this demonstration. All over India, hundreds of thousands of collies provide services to passengers at railway stations all over India.

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Meeting of the Joint Action Committee of Workers’ Associations

The meeting of the Joint Action Committee of Workers’ Associations was held in Dadar, Mumbai on 28th January 2016. AITUC, CITU, INTUC, Kamgar Ekta Committee, HMS, Dharmrajya Kamgar Sangathan, AIUTUC, AICCTU, Kamgar Aghadi, All India Bank Employees Federation, Bharatiya Kamgar Sena and other associations participated in it.

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Protests against the new transport policy

The workers’ association and various unions of the Haryana Roadways organised vigorous protests and pickets (‘dhrana’) in the depots located at various depots in the state on 11th February 2016 against the new transport policy of the state government. Subsequently they presented a memorandum to the General Manager of Haryana Roadways and the state Chief Minister.

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Mazdoor Ekta Lehar interviewed several working class leaders on the occasion of the All-India Workers’ Strike on February 28

We are publishing the interview with Birju Nayak, Secretary, Mazdoor Ekta Committee

MEL: Why has this strike been called today?

Birju Nayak: This strike has been called to oppose the anti-worker, anti-national, anti-people policies of the present UPA government.

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We do not sell our mother earth!

People’s opposition to nuclear projects is growing across the country. Thousands of peasants in Gorakhpur village and surrounding areas of Fatehabad district of Haryana are also militantly opposing a nuclear electricity project being planned in this village. The government shamelessly declared that the land in the area is infertile.

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Interview with Thiru. Kannan, Union leader of Ashok Leyland, Chennai

They are doing this not to develop India. India's development should mean how the ordinary workers and peasants prosper. If we see that way, exploitation by the capitalists has increased and so has the number of poor people in India. The land, water and labour of our people are being super exploited. Our experience in Ashok Leyland over these years show that people have not benefited by the policy of privatization and liberalization. Only big capitalists have become richer. 

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Interview with Thiru. Tha. Vellaiyan, Leader of the Traders Organization of Tamilnadu

 

As a result of trade getting shifted to large corporate retail houses, lakhs of small traders will be thrown onto the streets without livelihood. And once monopolies capture the entire market, they will supply poor quality products  at  high prices to make maximum profits.

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Mass upsurge against the corrupt Indian democracy

Growing political unity around the aim of people’s empowerment

Throughout the length and breadth of the country, crores of our people from all walks of life came onto the streets expressing intense anger against the corrupt political and economic system. They were inspired to express support to Anna Hazare and his satyagraha, or struggle for truth.

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Air India Unions come together to fight to save Air India

On June 9th , 2011, 10 unions representing the different sections of the employees of Air India, including, pilots, aircraft technicians, ground staff and cabin crew, Aircraft Engineers, radio officers and flight officers,Service Engineers as well as the officers  came together at Mumbai and decided to form the “Core Committee of Joint  Forum of Air India and India

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Hopes of livelihood for the youth of Uttarakhand doomed

On February 28, 2011 many workers protested under the banner of the Uttarakhand Lok Panchayat. They were protesting the stalling of welfare schemes in their state; they were demanding among other things - an end to the contract system in places of employment, an assurance that each citizen of the state is given a proper salary, that precautions are taken during a natural disaster, to ensure aid and bring the situation under control at a rapid pace during such a calamity.

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German train drivers on strike

On 22nd February 2011, a two hour nationwide strike by train drivers brought most of the morning rush hour rail transport in Germany to a standstill. The Rhine-Main region and Stuttgart were particularly affected. The city of Dresden in East Germany and the Berlin city train system were also hit by this action. 

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day: Let us step up the struggle for the complete emancipation of women

International Women’s Day was enthusiastically celebrated in the Kalkaji area of South Delhi under the leadership of Purogami Mahila Sangathan (PMS) on  March 6, 2011. Women students from schools and colleges, young working women, activists of local people’s organisations and women from various residential colonies enthusiastically participated in this program, along with the activists of PMS. 

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Massive rally of workers of our country

On February 23, 2011, workers from all the states of our country, and various sectors of the economy, assembled together in the capital to march to parliament. The march to parliament was aimed at letting the government, parliament, as well as the people of the entire country know that the workers of our country, irrespective of party or union affiliation, have decided to organize unitedly for their rights. The workers affirmed that they are determined to resist the attacks on their livelihood and rights which have been unleashed by the UPA government on behalf of the capitalists.

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Chhattisgarh steel workers face a threat to their jobs

About 50,000 workers employed with 175 mini steel plants in Chhattisgarh face a threat to their jobs as the factory owners have announced plans to close their units amid rising prices of sponge iron used as raw material. This was announced by the President of the Chhattisgarh Mini Steel Plants Association. The Association is demanding a bail out package from the state government.

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Massive rally in Karnataka

Thousands of workers of Karnataka from the "unorganised sector" of the economy — those not covered by the labour laws staged a protest march in Bangalore on November 24, 2010.

Denouncing the practice of contract labour, the workers demanded a hike in minimum wages, ration cards to all workers, and rice at Rs 2 a Kg to every family. 

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Neyveli strike ends

 A six week strike by contract workers of Neyveli Lignite Corporation(NLC) in Tamilnadu ended on October 27, 2010. Nearly 13,000 contract workers were participating in the strike at this state owned coal and electricity generation company.

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September 7, 2010 All-India General Strike: Show of strength by working class

September 7 witnessed a country-wide all day strike by the working class, a fitting action in response to the pro-capitalist policies of the government. About 10 crore workers participated in this strike in response to the joint call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India and various political parties, trade unions, youth organizations and others.

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Women Vendors Raise their Voice

A mission of five women representatives of the ‘Khwairamband Nipu Keithel Vendor Welfare Association’ and ‘Manipur and Roadside Vendor Welfare Association’ visited New Delhi to take up the various important issues regarding irregularities in the  reconstruction of the Ima Keithel market and space allocation.

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Rail engine drivers plan course of struggle

For nearly 3 decades, the government and the railway ministry has been systematically following an anti worker anti people agenda. This is to intensify the exploitation of the engine drivers and others concerned with the running and maintenance of trains and the railways and to ignore implementing safety measures to protect the lives of railmen as well as the passengers.

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Farmers oppose land acquisition for nuclear power plant

Farmers of Gorakhpur-Kumharia village in Fatehabad district of Haryana, where the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NIPCL) plans to set up a power plant, are up in arms against the government's move to acquire their land. On August 17, hundreds of farmers submitted a memorandum to the District Revenue Officer asking the authorities to acquire alternative land for the plant.

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We deeply mourn

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar expresses its profound grief to the families of the 158 passengers and crew of the Air India Plane from Dubai that crashed in Mangalore Airport in the early hours of May 22, 2010. Hundreds of people have lost their sole bread earner in this tragedy.

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Mumbai Suburban train drivers strike work in defence of their livelihood

On May 4, 2010, Mumbai was brought to a grinding halt as a result of the strike of Suburban train drivers. The impact of the strike reverberated in the halls of parliament. Only after the Union Government announced that it would address the demands of the motormen by June 15 2010, did the motormen announce the temporary suspension of their agitation. The motormen had made their point, not only to the Railway Ministry, but to the whole country.

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Party celebrates centenary year of International Women’s Day

Hundreds of activists and supporters of the Party — women and girls, men and youth — participated enthusiastically in a meeting organized by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Delhi on April 11, 2010. The meeting was organized by the Party as part of the countrywide celebrations of the struggle of Indian women for their emancipation, in this the centenary year of the declaration of International Women’s Day.

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दुनिया भर में महिला दिवस जोर-शोर से मनाया गया

अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मेहनतकश महिला दिवस की शताब्दी, महिलाओं व मेहनतकश लोगों ने दुनिया भर में, मोर्चा, प्रदर्शनों, गोष्ठियों, नाटकों और तरह-तरह के दूसरे तरीकों से बड़े जोर-शोर से मनाई। जिन मुद्दों को उठाया गया था वे सभी सिर्फ महिलाओं पर प्रभाव डालने वाले मुद्दों तक सीमित नहीं थे बल्कि कई मुद्दे, मानवों, मेहनतकश लोगों व राष्ट्रों के अधिकारों से जुड़े थे।

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Militant rally in Delhi to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day

More than a thousand women and men, representing nearly 30 organisations, participated in a militant demonstration from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in the heart of New Delhi, on March 8 this year, to mark hundred years of the declaration of International Women’s Day. The demonstration was organized under the banner of the ‘Centenary Committee to celebrate International Women’s Day’.

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Torchlight rally to protest price rise

On February 9, 2010, workers living in the South Delhi parliamentary constituency took out a torchlight procession to protest the massive increase in food prices. The rally was organised under the baner of the Mehangai Virodh Samyukt Sangharsh Samiti (Joint Struggle Committee to Oppose Price Increase). The torchlight rally began from Tekhand village at 4 pm and marched to Kalka Depot, passing through the factories of Okhla Industrial Area Phase 1 and Phase II.

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Dharna to demand ration cards

Workers of Delhi staged a one-day dharna in the offices of the Delhi government food and civil supplies department on 17 February 2010 to demand the immediate issuing of ration cards to those who were below the poverty line. The dharna was organized under the banner of the Delhi Council of the Lok Raj Sangathan.

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महंगाई के खिलाफ़ मशाल जुलूस

9 फरवरी, 2010 को महंगाई विरोधी संयुक्त संघर्ष समिति की अगुवाई में, दक्षिणी दिल्ली के तेहखंड गांव के चैक से कालकाजी बस डिपो तक, शाम 4 बजे से महंगाई के खिलाफ़ मशाल जुलूस निकाली गयी।

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Workers’ organisations demand that rights of migrant workers be guaranteed

On January 9, 2010, coinciding with the state organised and much publicised Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, workers organisations organised a rally in front of parliament to highlight the complete lack of rights of Indian workers who go abroad for livelihood, as well as workers from other countries who come to India for their livelihood. The workers organisations also raised the issue of lack of rights of internal migrant workers.

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CBI organises cover-up and persecution in Shopian: Condemn the reign of terror in Kashmir!

The brutal rape and murder of two young women in Shopian, Kashmir in May 2009 in an area teeming with military and paramilitary forces had led to widespread strikes and demonstrations which continued for over two weeks, in which people demanded that the crime be properly investigated and the guilty servicemen be brought to book for their dastardly acts. (See MEL, June 2009)

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Copenhagen climate summit ends without global agreement: Solving the environment crisis within capitalist boundary conditions is impossible

Over 45,000 people from all over the globe – many from countries where livelihoods and life itself are severely threatened by climate change – went to Copenhagen in December 2009 in the hope that a new global agreement on climate change would be reached there. However what emerged from the conference in which 192 countries participated was only an acknowledgement that the US and five other countries had struck a deal!

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Meeting on the world economic crisis and its impact on India

A meeting on the world economic crisis and its impact on India was organised in Mullahpur village, near Ludhiana in Punjab on December 21, 2008. The Lok Kala Manch, an organisation dedicated to using folk cultural forms to enlighten the working people, had organised the meeting as part of the celebration of 20 years of its founding.

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PARTY DOCUMENTS

Click to Download PDFThe first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.

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These Elections are a FarceInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

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Manifesto 2014Unite around the program to reconstitute the Indian Republic and reorient the economy to ensure prosperity and protection for all!

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Click to Download PDFInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India

by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

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History of Ghadar PartyA Presentation of Communist Ghadar Party of India

100 years ago Ghadar Party was formed by Indians in the US.It was historic milestone in our anti-colonial struggle.

The goal of this party was to organise a revolution to liberate our motherland from British servitude and establish a free and independent India with equal rights for all. It believed this to be the necessary condition for our people to hold their heads high anywhere in the world.

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Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 30th August, 2012

Working class representatives from all over the country are gathering on 4th September, at a time when a titanic struggle is going on in our country. The struggle is between the majority of toiling and exploited people and a minority of exploiters. It is between the majority whose labour expands wealth and the minority who enjoy the fruits of wealth creation on the basis of their private property and positions of power.

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