With utmost anger the Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the brutal terror unleashed by the Madhya Pradesh government against farmers agitating for their rights. At least 6 farmers have been shot dead while dozens of others are battling death with severe injuries when police and paramilitary forces opened fire on agitating farmers in Mandsaur on June 6.
Capitalist greed is the root cause of rising air pollution
The recent announcement of the Delhi government that it would repeat the system of rationing of private cars on the roads in the second fortnight of April 2016 under the “odd – even” scheme has brought the issue of air pollution and traffic congestion in Indian cities into focus once again.
The first edition of a book titled "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was released on 15 July, 2017, at an impressive function held at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall in Jalandhar, Punjab.
The function was organized jointly by the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha and the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Committee. It attracted a wide audience consisting of progressive academic scholars, writers, poets, journalists, students and political activists belonging to different parties and communist groups.
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.
Hundreds 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.
Since 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.
An estimated 120,000 people from across Germany and different parts of the Europe, gathered in militant protest actions at Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of the G-20 Summit which began on July 7. Various protest actions had begun in Hamburg nearly two weeks before the Summit. These protest actions demonstrated the resentment of the world’s peoples against imperialism, the capitalist system, the plunder and devastation of nations, militarization and war.
I am writing in reponse to the Statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 5 June 2017 entitled '42nd anniversary of the declaration of National Emergency: Behind the signboard of democracy stands the brutal dictatorship of the biggest monopolies' carried in the June 16-30, 2017 issue of MEL. The National Emergency was a watershed in the history of post-1947 India and understanding the precise class character and the underlying complexion thereof is crucial for the movement and for the working class in order for the revolutionary camp to go forward.
The Indian IT industry alone employs more than 45 lakh people. Despite packages that may seem attractive, the working conditions of these professionals are very damaging to their physical, mental and social well-being.
In June 2017, Tamizhaga Vivasayeegal Sangam (Sangam) organized a meeting of peasants near Pasuvandanai in Thoothukudi district of Tamilnadu. Peasants belonging to the nearby villages took active part in this meeting. Besides Sangam leaders and activists, the leaders and activists of Communist Ghadar Party, Workers Unity Movement and Unorganized Workers Federation also took part in this meeting.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 5 June 2017
June 25 marks the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of “National Emergency” by the then President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed under Article 352(1) of the Constitution. It was proclaimed on the advice of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi claiming that the government had information that "there is an imminent danger to the security of India, being threatened by internal disturbances".
A three-year Draft Agenda was presented at the 3rd Governing Council meeting of the Niti Aayog on 23rd April. This contains a host of proposed legislation and policy changes, whose stated objective is of “accelerating growth and increasing employment opportunities”.
The Union Government has announced its clear intention to accelerate on the privatization program. The aviation and defence sector public sector enterprises are high on the list of its privatization program. State governments are withdrawing from their responsibility to ensure safe, reliable and affordable public transport system, by privatizing road transport.
The state committees of seven left and communist parties demonstrated at Jantar Mantar on 5th June 2017, with the demand to bring to an end the state organized communal violence in Saharanpur and to punish the guilty. Large number of activists of the parties and students participated in the demonstration.
Nearly 5-7 lakh farmers from different districts of Maharashtra including Ahmadnagar, Nashik, Kolhapur, Sangli, Solapur, Nanded and Jalgaon have launched an agitation since 1st June 2017. They are demanding remunerative prices and guaranteed procurement for their produce as well as waiver for their debt.
Modi-led government has continued to justify demonetisation and refute even bourgeois economists’ assertion that it has hurt the economic growth. It has refused to accept that crores of workers lost their livelihood for months and lakhs of small and medium sized enterprises were forced to shut-down in the absence of cash post-demonetisation.
Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is considering a proposal to reduce provident fund contribution from 12 percent to 10 percent by both workers and employers. EPFO is claiming that the proposal is beneficial to workers as it will increase their take-home pay. It is hiding the real reason for the proposal which is to help the capitalists by reducing their contribution to workers’ provident fund.
Nearly 9 lakh chemists all over India observed a day long strike on May 30 in support of their demands. The strike had been called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD). Retail chemist shops remained closed in almost all parts of the country, in support of the strike. A demonstration was also held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on the day of the strike.
No justification for the State to attack a place of worship!
An attack on one is an attack on all!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd May 2017
It was a communal act, an act of blatant interference of the State in a religious congregation. It was an act of the highest criminal degree, in violation of all accepted principles of governance. The State, whose core duty is supposed to include protecting its citizens’ lives and their right to any form of religious worship, sent its army to attack a place of worship, killing thousands of its own citizens assembled there.
It is not usual to find organisers of teachers, farmers, government employees and of women and youth all participating actively in a joint political discussion. Such an event took place recently, at the initiative of the Rajasthan Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, a non-party political organization committed to the cause of bringing people to power.
US President Donald Trump addressed leaders of 50 Islamic states on May 21 in Saudi Arabia, during his first foreign trip as President. As the leader of US imperialism, the main source of terrorism in the world today, Trump’s speech on “countering terrorism” was full of hypocrisy, lies and false assertions. Its aim was to attempt to cover up the reality that US imperialism remains the fountainhead of terrorism and of organizing, funding, training and unleashing terrorists groups in various parts of the world, in order to advance its geo-political strategy for world domination.
On 9th May 2017 in Kurukshetra, hundreds of activists from the Construction Workers and Mechanics Union held a rousing demonstration in front of the District Collector’s office to protest the anti worker policies of the Haryana government and the Labour Welfare Board. These workers are primarily from the unorganised sector and have been completely excluded from the ambit of government labour laws.
About 1.5 lakh state transport workers of Tamilnadu went on an indefinite strike from 14th May 2017. These workers operate about 23,000 buses all over the state and carry about 2.25 crore passengers/commuters every day. They were protesting non-payment of wages and retirement dues.
Spreading disinformation about 1857 continues to this day. Those who want to maintain the existing State and worship its Constitution propagate, in one form or another, a distorted picture of 1857. They deny that it represented the assertion of the masses of Indian people that they must be the master of society.
This is in response to the May Day call of the CC of the CGPI dated 29-4-2017 entitled `Strengthen the united working class opposition!' carried in the May 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. This is an excellent piece of theoretical and practical work, the hallmark of the CGPI, and an excellent piece of tactics in the ongoing class struggle towards the goal of socialism and emancipation of the working class and liberation of society from the shackles of vicious capitalist enslavement.
I am writing to thank you for carrying the important and educative article entitled 'What is the way out of the crisis of agriculture?' in the May 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. This article is an outstanding example of Marxist-Leninist analysis of the concrete problems faced by the people of the country engaged in the agricultural sector, accounting probably for 70% of the population. The article begins by noting the recent directive from the Madras High Court to the Government of TN to waive all farm loans through cooperative banks.
On 4th April, the Madras High Court directed the Government of Tamilnadu to waive all farm loans accessed through cooperative banks. This comes at a time when farmers from drought-stricken Tamil Nadu have been agitating in New Delhi for several weeks. Their terrible plight has been visibly on display in all major TV news channels.
On April 10, the Lok Sabha passed the Constitution (123rd) Amendment Bill to pave the way for the creation of a new National Commission for Backward Classes as a constitutional body. To be passed, a Constitutional Amendment Bill requires two thirds majority in the Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha voted in favour of the amendment with 360 MP’s supporting it and two opposing it.
Forbes magazine recently published its annual list of dollar billionaires in India, i.e., people with wealth of Rs. 6500 crores or more, in 2016. As per the Forbes list, the number of billionaires in India increased by 20 percent to 101 during the year. The country with the world’s largest number of poor now has the fourth largest number of billionaires. The wealth of these 101 biggest capitalists exceeds 300 billion dollars (around 20lakh crore rupees).
I am writing in response to the call of the CC of the CGPI as we approach May Day of 2017, and which was carried in the April 16-30, 2017 issue of MEL entitled `An attack on one is an attack on all! Build and strengthen the working class opposition to the capitalist offensive! In particular, I would like to join the chorus of outrage at the brutal and draconian sentence of life imprisonment on 13 Maruti-Suzuki workers in Gurgaon.
The united actions of the workers of Haryana Roadways (10th-14th April 2017) have forced the Haryana government to concede some of the demands of the workers. Government had to reinstate all 120 workers who were union activists and were expelled during the course of this struggle.
On April 12, the Central government filed a curative petition with the Supreme Court, seeking recall of two orders given by the Court on July 8, 2016 relating to impunity enjoyed by the Armed Forces for killing innocent people under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Supreme Court had ruled that AFSPA did not give impunity to the armed forces to carry out killings of innocent people. It had directed that all allegations of killings of innocent people in fake encounters in the state be probed.
The video of a youth tied to the front of an army jeep driving through villages during the by-elections in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 has provoked women and men of conscience throughout our country to raise their voice in protest. At one stroke, it has brought to the fore the utter brutality and inhuman treatment of the Kashmiri people by the Indian state.
Thousands of workers participated in a militant protest rally near the government guest house in Chepauk, Chennai on April 13, 2017. The protest rally was organized to express the opposition of the working class to the decision of the Sessions Court of Gurgaon to award life sentence to 13 Maruti Suzuki workers.
May Day call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 29 April, 2017
On the occasion of May Day 2017, Communist Ghadar Party of India extends its revolutionary greetings to the workers of India and all countries who are courageously resisting the offensive of the capitalist class against their livelihood and rights.
On 19th April, the Supreme Court announced that the case of Criminal Conspiracy for the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6th December, 1992, against BJP leaders Lal Kishan Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati and 11 others, was to be revived. It transferred the trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow, ordered daily hearings, and gave a time limit of two years for completion of the trial.
In the elections to the Delhi Municipal Corporation held on April 23, one campaign that stood out from the others was that of the people’s candidate and activist of Lok Raj Sangathan called Shivaji, in the Harkesh Nagar ward of, South Delhi.
Workers from various industries and their trade unions and organisations have been organizing protest actions opposing the unjust sentence of the Gurgaon Sessions Court on 18 March 2017, declaring life imprisonment for 13 workers of Maruti Suzuki Ltd. (Manesar) and 5 years imprisonment to 4 other workers.
On July 14, 1889, the hundredth anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, leaders from organized revolutionary proletarian movements of many countries came together in Paris to found what became known as the Second International. Although he could not personally attend this conference, Frederick Engels played a guiding role in its proceedings. In the period since the First International founded by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Marxism had won a decisive victory in the working class movement over anarchism and other petty bourgeois trends.
Build and strengthen the working class opposition to the capitalist offensive!
Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 2nd April, 2017
We are approaching May Day this year in the midst of growing mass protests against the draconian sentence of life imprisonment imposed on 13 Maruti-Suzuki workers, whose only crime is that they stood up for the rights of workers and dared to form a fighting union.
As many as five Bills were tabled in the Lok Sabha during March as “money bills”. They consist of the Finance Bill and four bills related to the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Finance Bill 2017
The Finance Bill is a piece of legislation that is tabled in parliament every year, along with the Union Budget. Taxation, expenditure and borrowing targets proposed in the budget become operational once the Finance Bill is approved by the Parliament and signed by the President.
According to media reports, on 27th March, a gang of persons forced their way into a residence of Nigerian students in Greater Noida, in the National Capital Region of Delhi. They demanded the right to search the students' refrigerator. They alleged that the Nigerians were cannibals and accused them of murdering a local youth.
Three youth were shot dead on 27th March, when Armed forces deliberately fired upon hundreds of people who had gathered at the site of an “encounter” near Darbugh village at Chadoora in Budgam district in central Kashmir.
It may be recalled that earlier in February, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat issued a statement justifying such attacks on civilians. Rawat declared “mobs disrupting encounters” would be treated as “over ground workers of militants” and ruthlessly shot down. The then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar publicly justified this policy.
The annual street play festival, “Mukhatib Nukkad Natak” festival organized by the students of Ramjas College, Delhi University this year was an occasion for students across colleges of Delhi University to express their anger against the attempt of the authorities to clamp down on their right to express their views.
The entire union body of Omax Autos, Dharuhera has been fired as a punishment for fighting with the 344 contract workers who had been retrenched on 1st Feb 2016. 16 workers were sacked recently, taking the total number of permanent workers sacked to 34. Permanent workers of Omax Autos, had joined the protesting contract workers after one of the contract workers had committed suicide due to loss of livelihood.
Three sectoral unions in the IT sector have announced a joint campaign against the proposed mass layoff of employees by Cognizant Technologies Solutions. NDLF (New Democratic Labour Front), FITE (Forum for IT Employees) and KPF (Knowledge Professionals Forum) have issued a common statement urging employees not to accept forced resignations while demanding that the company invest in re-skilling employees. Earlier in 2016, NDLF, through a court case, had won a favourable clarification by Tamil Nadu government, that declared that all industrial and labour laws applied to the IT Sector.
We are approaching May Day at a time when the number and scale of protests of the working class are on the rise all over the world. Workers are fighting back with growing determination and waging more powerful, more united struggles against the capitalist offensive. There have been massive protests against the “austerity” measures being imposed on the working people, the cutbacks in social service and privatization of health services.
The All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) have decided to go on a 36 hour hunger strike on 25 and 26 April 2017. Through this hunger strike, they plan to highlight the grievances of the running staff of trains on a number of issues including the recommendations of the Seventh pay Commission on wages and allowances for different grades of the running staff.
The Second Plenum of the 6th Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India was convened on 25-26 March, 2017. Assessing the developments on the world scale, the Plenum noted the intensification of inter-imperialist contradictions and the growing tendency of capitalist ruling classes to resort to fascist methods of rule. It noted that the Indian big bourgeoisie is marching on an extremely dangerous path and could drag us into a reactionary war to fulfil its selfish aims.
On 18th March, the Gurgaon district court pronounced its sentence for 31 workers of Maruti Suzuki whom it had convicted on the completely concocted charges of murdering a manager of the company. Thirteen workers have been awarded life imprisonment.
Professor G.N. Saibaba along with four other comrades was sentenced to life imprisonment by a session’s court in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra on 7th March 2017. Prof Saibaba, who is 90% disabled, was earlier arrested on May 9, 2014, when the police picked him up without any notice from his residence. He was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail for 14 months following his arrest. Subsequently, in March 2016, he was granted bail on grounds of his deteriorating health.
The Purogami Mahila Sangathan organised a meeting on the theme, “Socialism is Necessary for the Emancipation of Women”, in Thane (Maharashtra) on 19th March and invited the Communist Ghadar Party of India to make the main presentation.
More than 12 lakh government employees went on strike throughout the country on 16th March 2017. The strike saw participation of workers from various government services including postal services, income tax services, RMSCGWB, postal account, civil account, survey of India, census services. The strike took place in support of the 20 point charter of demands released under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The strike took place successfully throughout each part of the country.
Lok Raj Sangathan, Haryana, organised a seminar in the Vishnoi Dharamshala at Sirsa on 19th March 2017. Vice President of Lok Raj Sangathan, Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Secretary of the Haryana Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, Dunichand and head of All India Workers Federation, M. L. Sehgal presided over the seminar.
The Jharkhand Adivasi Sangharsh Morcha continues to spearhead the protests of the tribal peoples against amendments to the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Pargana Act that define land use in the state. On March 5th, the Morcha organized a rally at Jantar Mantar to register the continued opposition of the people to the acquisition of tribal lands for industry.
The news media has reported a spate of racist attacks on people of Indian origin in the USA. At least two people have been killed, and two others seriously injured in such attacks in just the past two weeks.
The Modi government has announced plans to open up commercial mining of coal during next financial year (Apr 17-Mar 18).In the first phase, four coal mines will be auctioned. The plan is to auction as many as 23 mines during the year. Commercial mine owners will be able to sell coal to any user. For this purpose the Coal Mines Special Provision Act of 2015 was enacted which allows government to open up commercial coal mining for private players.
Lok Raj Sangathan organized a series of meetings on the anti-people step of banning 500 and 1000 rupee notes on 8 November 2016. The meetings were held to expose the real aims of the government. Between January and the first week of March 2017, meetings were held at Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Thane for workers, political activists, students and teachers.
I am writing in response to the article entitled 'Governmental Crisis in Tamilnadu: Parliamentary democrcy stands completely exposed' in the March 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. This is an excellent piece of Marxist-Leninist analysis, and also provides a complete and objective basis for analyzing the political system in India, based on the most scientific principles.
Shurhozelie Liezietsu. Chairman of Naga People's Front, was sworn in as the 17th Chief Minister of Nagaland on 22nd February. This followed the forced resignation of T.R. Zeliang in response to the demands of a united front of Naga people's organisations.
Over 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.
More than 10,00,000 bank workers of India across all categories of employment went on strike on 28th February. The strike was called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of unions of bank employees. Workers of commercial banks, regional rural banks and cooperative banks participated in the strike.
The Army chief, General Bipin Rawat recently issued a warning that the army would treat all those in Kashmir who do not support army operations or obstruct them during encounters “as overground workers of terrorists,” and fire upon them. His target was the lakhs of youth and women participating in mass protests against killing of innocents in fake encounters and other atrocities committed by the army and paramilitary forces.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 is likely to be tabled in the Monsoon session of the Parliament this year. This Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to relax the eligibility requirements for Indian citizenship for migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Titwala in Maharashtra is famous for tourism. However, travellers have to face many difficulties due to several problems at Titwala railway station. Because of these problems, several travellers and residents have placed their demands to the railway adminstration. Railway adminstration has however ignored the problems and the demands. Rail travellers, together with residents have come together to establishe the Railway Passenger Janhit Sangharsh Manch.
Workers of various government schemes like Anganwadi, Asha, mid-day meals, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Ancilliary Nurse Midwife program (ANM), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Sakshar Bharath and Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) are organising to escalate their struggle for being recognised as workers. Government deploys them in for implementing its schemes (therefore the name scheme workers). For example, Anganwadi workers are deployed in pulse polio, ration card and census schemes of Central and State governments.
The Central Ministry for Labour and Employment issued an Advisory in early 2016 on the subject of giving specific concessions to newly established companies, called “start-ups”, with respect to laws dealing with the labour rights. Since then, 10 States have agreed to take steps as per the Advisory. Government of Maharashtra is one of the states taking active steps to exempt start-ups from inspections relating to key labour laws, for a period of three years.
As has been reported earlier in Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, the people of Bhangar, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, have been waging a militant struggle against the forcible acquisition of their fertile agricultural land by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).
On 18th January, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Modi, gave “in principle” approval for listing of state-owned general insurance companies. Listing them in the stock exchange is the first step towards their privatisation. The companies concerned are: New India Assurance Company, United India Insurance, Oriental Insurance Company, National Insurance Company and the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC).
Drivers working for Uber and Ola taxi service companies have been on strike in the National Capital Region of Delhi since 10th February. They are led by Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi and Rajdhani Tourist Drivers’ Union. There are around 150,000 taxis attached to Uber and Ola in Delhi.
Participants in a Round Table Conference on the theme "Is Demonetisation in the National Interest?" were of the firm view that the Note Ban is thoroughly anti-worker, anti peasant, anti-social and anti-national.
The conference was organised by the Delhi Council of Lok Raj Sangathan on 15th February, 2017. Ms Sucharita conducted the proceedings of the Conference.
On April 5, a special CBI court sentenced 47 policemen to life imprisonment for the massacre of 10 Sikh pilgrims in a fake encounter in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, 25 years ago. Ten of the 57 policemen charged with that crime have died before the trial ended. Some of the convicted policemen have retired from service, while others are still in service.
As we go to the press, the indefinite hunger strike by the students of JNU, against the unjust penalty meted out to them by the University’s High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) entered the fifteenth day. 20 students began the hunger strike on April 28 and many of them are continuing well into the 15th day. Some have had to withdraw on health grounds.
On May 11, a delegaton of trade union leaders of Delhi — including AITUC, CITU, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, AICCTU, AIUTUC and IFTU — submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor of JNU, opposing the penalty imposed on the students and demanding revocation of the punishment. The delegation also participated in the students' protest action, in solidarity with their struggle.
Joint May Day Rally was organised in Delhi. Thousands of workers, youth, and women participated in the rally from Ramlila Maidan to Town Hall. The rally culminated into a public meeting, which was addressed by leaders of various workers organsiations.
Massive Workers’ Protest against Loot of their Savings by Government of Big Bourgeoisie
On 18-19 April, about 1.25 lakh garment workers in Bengaluru, one-quarter of the total workforce of this industry in this city, poured out angrily onto the streets. They were protesting the NDA government’s notification restricting the right of workers to withdraw the full amount of their Provident Fund before attaining the age of 58.
About 400 workers of Nano Plant in Sanand, Gujarat who had been on strike since the night 22nd Feburary till 22nd March 2016, emerged victorious. They had been protesting against the dismissal of 26 workers who had been carrying on the struggle to establish the right of the workers to form a union of their choice.
Defeat the capitalist program of maximising exploitation and plunder!
Fight for the communist program to ensure prosperity and protection for all!
People’s empowerment is the only way forward!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 15th April, 2016
To put an end to exploitation, discrimination, corruption and criminal politics, it is not enough to change individuals and parties. We need a change of system. The existing unrepresentative system and political process must be replaced by a modern democracy in which the will of the majority prevails. Instead of people voting to place parties in power, a political party must be required to provide the people with a leading force so that they can exercise power.
Communist Ghadar Party of India calls on all political forces interested in ending the rule of capitalist greed and imperialist plunder, of corruption and criminality, to unite and agitate for the following changes in the political system and process of representation.
On February 25, 2016, hundreds of workers, women, youth, students, and intellectuals participated in a militant public meeting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi at the call of seven communist and left parties — Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Communist Ghadar Party of India.
Following the arrest of the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU), Kanhaiya Kumar, on 12th February on trumped up charges of sedition, several events have taken place and facts have come to light that have made the youth and many people in the country very angry.
An extremely tense situation prevails all over Haryana. In the name of maintaining “law and order”, the government of Haryana and the Central government have unleashed a reign of terror against the people. As of February 20, 2016 at least 10 people have been reportedly killed and hundreds seriously injured in firing by the army and police.
About 1.5 lakh employees of the three municipal corporations of Delhi have been on strike from 27th January to 8th February in support of their demand for a permanent settlement of their issues of salary and arears due to them.
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.
The joint action committee of the unions of central government workers organised a massive rally at Azad Maidan in Mumbai to protest against the anti-worker recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and against the changes proposed to be incorporated in labour laws.
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.
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.
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.
A statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was unveiled on 8th February 2016 in a packed public meeting at Bhagat Singh Chowk in Nohar, Rajasthan. The statue was installed on 26th October 2015 after a lot of struggle with the police and administration. The district administration refused to give permission inspite of a pending application.
On October 13-14 2015, President Pranab Mukherji went on a state visit to Israel. It is expected that the Prime minister will make a visit to Israel in the next few months. These visits are part of the growing strategic relationship between the Indian and Israeli states. This relationship is directly targeted at the Palestinian peoples struggle for national liberation. It is a relationship which endangers peace and security of all the peoples of the region. The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the growing strategic relationship between the Indian state and the state of Israel.
Nearly 3000 people, organised under the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), Alliance of South Asians taking Action (ASATA), the Sikh Information Center and other groups, are reported to have held protest demonstrations and sit-ins in Silicon Valley, USA, during the visit of PM Narendra Modi at the end of September.
A discussion was held on this theme on 3rd October 2015 at the office of Delhi Shramik Sanghathan (DSS). Young boys and girls participated in huge number in this discussion. They all came from residential colonies in north-west Delhi. This included workers, students and a few activists from the organisation.
The campaign against communal violence and state terror in Kanyakumari led by the Communist Ghadar Party of India kicked off with a mass meeting in Kalingarajapuram on 20th September. The organising committee had postered the walls over quite some distance and given a general call to people to join the campaign.
This is in response to the article entitled `Terrorism and the Indian State - Lessons of History' published in the August 16-31, 2015 issue of MEL, which is important reading for all those who wish to understand the machination
The people of Gujarat must refuse to fall into the trap of this or that party of the rulers. They must defeat the divide and rule tactic of the ruling class by uniting as one in defence of the rights of all. In the present case, it is by upholding the banner "education for all, jobs for all" , and condemning state repression against any section of the people that they will be able to defeat the divisive agenda of the ruling class... All sections of the people of India are waging a just struggle in defence of their rights, against the attacks of the ruling class and its state. Together, we must wage the struggle with the perspective of establishing a new state with a new economic orientation that will actually guarantee security and prosperity to all.
The continuously growing communal violence poses a big challenge to the revolutionary movement of workers and peasants. Why are communalism and the incidents of communal violence growing? What is their source? How can they be stopped? It is absolutely necessary today to take up these questions for discussion to respond to the call of the times to correctly lead the worker-peasant movement to deal with communalism.
A paper by the late Com. Hardial Bains was presented at a conference on “Building the Future” by the Committee for People’s Empowerment, on August 13-15 1997, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the formal Independence of India, Pakistan and other countries of South Asia.
On 14th July 2015, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the home and office of Ms.Teesta Setalvad in Mumbai. Just a few days before this, the CBI had filed a case against Teesta Setalvad, for "illegally receiving foreign funding" and "criminal conspiracy" against the state.
A massive public meeting was organized by the workers’ organisations in the industrial area of Gurgaon-Manesar, on 25th July, to mark the 10th anniversary of the barbaric state attack against the struggle of the workers of Honda Motorcycle and Scooters, Manesar.
Office bearers, activists and thousands of men and women workers from more than 60 unions of industries located in the Gurgaon, Manesar, Rewari, Dharuheda, Baval and other locations, participated in this meeting. Among these were Honda Union, GGAN Industries (Manesar, Dharuheda and Baval), Maruti Industries, Suzuki Two Wheelers, Hero, Sona Steering, FCC, Satyam, Rexin, Sunbeam, Haryana Roadways, Luma X, Nippon, Indorays, ASTI, Munjal Shova, Munjal Keeru, Prefeti, Auto Décor, RICO, RGP, Subros, Belsonic, Badi, Suzuki Power Train India, GKN, P and writer, etc.
On 29 July 2-15, numerous organisations working in the interest of education and teachers in Rajasthan joined hands to demonstrate their solidarity and strength in favour of their various demands under the banner of “Save Education, Save Teacher Campaign”. More than a lakh teachers from villages and dhani across Rajasthan gathered in Jaipur to participate in a massive rally. Thousands of women teachers participated militantly in the rally and presented their views, alongside tens of thousands of young teachers who participated vigorously in the deliberations.
Farmers have been sitting on an indefinite protest since 20th July at Thitharam in Kaithal district of Haryana. MEL reporters have obtained the following information after talking to the farmers on July 26-27. The government had initiated acquisition of land for the purpose of NH 65.
As reported in the June 1-15 issue of MEL, Lok Raj Sangathan has launched a campaign to highlight the utter lack of basic services such as water supply, sewage and sanitation, roads, health and hygiene, public transport, schools, etc., in the slum colonies and resettlement colonies across Delhi.
Aimed at discrediting and crushing opposition to the state
In a recent interview to Hindustan Times, the former R&AW chief A.S. Dulat spoke of how the intelligence agencies have, among other things, regularly paid money to all kinds of "militant", "terrorist" and "separatist" organizations, both in India as well as in Pakistan.
Militant demonstration of guest teachers before Haryana Bhavan
Hundreds of guest teachers of Haryana demonstrated militantly on 11th July in front of Haryana Bhavan. Notwithstanding the rainfall, despite getting drenched, the men and women guest teachers continued their protests in support of their demand to be made permanent.
Lok Raj Sangathan recently launched a campaign for the right to water supply, sanitation, clean and hygienic living conditions, basic health care services, school education facilities, better public transport, etc. for the millions of working people living in slums and resettlement colonies spread out all across Delhi.
At least 10 pilots, out of the newly recruited batch of 38 hired by Air India, are reported to have resigned after the Air India management changed their employment terms from permanent to contractual. According to news sources, some more pilots of the same batch are learnt to have resigned and are currently serving their 6 month notice period.
Demand improvement in the conditions of doctors, health workers and the patients
Residents of the government hospital in Delhi have called for an indefinite strike from 22 June 2015 under the banner of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA). They are demanding improvement in basic health and medical care facilities and better health services for the patients.
Renewal of democracy and the republic is the demand of the times!
June 25th 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of “National Emergency” by the then President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. This state of “national Emergency” was lifted after over 20 months and elections were called for the parliament.
On June 6, following massive protests by student and youth organizations as well as other progressive individuals and organizations all over the country, the authorities of IIT Madras removed the ban they had earlier imposed on the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC).
There can be no justice as long as the prosecutor and the criminal are the same
According to news reports, the Union Home Ministry has turned down a request of the CBI for granting prosecution sanction to four IB officials, including retired special director Rajendra Kumar, who were allegedly involved in conspiracy behind the cold blooded killing of a 19 year college student of Mumbai,
News reports, as of May 29, indicate that the 4 workers unions at Tata Steel UK-- Community, GMB, UCATT and Unite -- covering nearly 17,000 workers, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of going on strike, threatening the biggest strike action in the British steel industry in more than 30 years.
Federations of workers from all sectors and service enterprises joined the 11 central trade unions to come together under a single banner on 26th May 2015 for the All-India convention of workers in Malvankar Hall, New Delhi.
May 9, 2015 marked one year since GN Saibaba, a Professor in Delhi University, and well known political activist, was kidnapped and arrested by the Indian state. He has been in Nagpur jail since then, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India issued the first draft of the proposed Prevention of Damage to Public Property (Amendment) Bill 2015, on May 20. 2015. The MHA had set up the Justice K.T. Thomas Committee to propose changes to the earlier act, and its recommendations are reported to be the basis of the proposed amendments.
The Labour Ministry has proposed a Labour Code on Wages Bill 2015 that will replace four existing laws — the Minimum Wages Act 1948, the Payment of Wages Act 1936, the Payment of Bonus Act 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.
The present labour laws were formulated many decades ago. There has been big changes in technology since then. Today in the banking sector, there will be people with ties and suits, but in fact they are workers. Even though someone from outside would not think they are workers! The laws concerning labour need change, but they must be uniform and applicable to all those who sell their labour power for a living. All workers organizations need to get together to draft a new labour law which upholds the rights of all workers. All workers must have the right to organize themselves into unions.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya, announced in early April that the government planned to introduce amendments to the Child Labour Prohibition Act in the current session of Parliament. The proposed amendments have been sent to the Cabinet for approval.
A country wide strike by crores of road transport workers against the Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014 took place on April 30, 2015. Between 6 am and 6 pm, on that day, in all states of the Indian union, autos, buses — both private and public, and also goods transporters struck work in protest against the Bill which is totally against their interests.
As reported in the April 16-30, 2015 issue of MEL, 20 poor woodcutters were shot dead by the Andhra Pradesh police in the Seshachalam forests in Chittoor district in early April in what the police claimed was an “encounter”.
The Central government has decided to extend Army rule to almost the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. As per a new notification issued by the Home Ministry on March 27, 2015, all the 10 districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering the state of Assam have been declared as “Disturbed Area” under Section 3 of AFSPA, 1958, for the next one year.
On March 9, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order imposing sanctions on seven Venezuelan government and military officials, accusing them of alleged human rights violations and describing the situation in Venezuela as constituting an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
The loco pilots belonging to the All India Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held a dharna to push the government to implement the recommendations of various committees on improving railway safety. Loco pilots came from Moradabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Ambala, Pathankot, Amritsar, Jallandhar, Faizabad, Bareilly, Dehradun and other divisions.
On April 7, 2015, the Telengana Police shot dead 5 under trials in its custody. These 5 people, who are all Muslims and had been locked up in jail for being allegedly activists of SIMI, were shot dead by the police while on their way from their jail in Warangal, to the Court in Hyderabad.
Twenty innocent villagers were brutally shot dead by the Andhra Police in the Seshachalam forests near Chitoor in Andhra Pradesh on April 7, 2015. The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns this barbaric act of state terrorism unleashed by the Andhra Pradesh police.
On 25 March, 2015, the AAP government of Delhi carried out a massive unprovoked attack on peaceful workers, students and women, who had gathered at the Delhi Secretariat to demand that the new government fulfill the promises it made to the electorate in its election manifesto.
On 16th March 2015 martyrs Bhai Balwant Singh and Bhai Ranga Singh were remembered on the occasion of centenary of their martyrdom in the Tapsar gurudwara of Khurdpur village in Punjab. The story of these Ghadaris was told in brief by Harvinder Singh on this occasion.
Bhai Balwant Singh was sent to the gallows on 16th March 1917 and Bhai Ranga Singh on 16th June 1916.
Jan Chetna Manch organized the meeting onmartyr’s day In Jahkal Grain Market located in Haryana’s Fatehabad district on 23rd March. People from neighboring villages and towns participated in this meeting with a lot of enthusiasm.
I read with great joy the report carried in the March 1-15, 2015 issue on MEL on the call for a nationwide Satyagraha 26th February, 2015. It was heartening to read that thousands of workers gathered on Parliament Street to fight for their demands.
On 26th Feb, 2015, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) gave a call to organize a nation-wide satyagraha. Thousands of workers gathered on Parliament Street in the capital city of Delhi to fight for their demands. They protested against the BJP-led NDA government and courted arrest.
In the first week of February, a single judge bench of the Gujarat High Court ordered the Gujarat police to arrest Teesta Setalvad and subject her to “custodial interrogation” and also dismissed her application for anticipatory bail.
The country’s wealth belongs to the people, not to the bourgeoisie
The Union Cabinet of the Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government passed an ordinance on 29th December 2014 to amend the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest Information Technology (IT) consultancy company in India, which employed over 3 lakh workers in 2014, has recently announced retrenchment of a large number of its employees. It is reported that around 25,000 senior employees are being asked to leave.
On 12 Dec 2014 the Lok Sabha passed the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 and the Bill is now in Rajya Sabha for consideration. This important Bill was approved by Lok Sabha by just a voice vote in a great hurry without referring to the relevant Standing Committee.
22nd Anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid
Protests and demonstrations across the country marked the 22nd anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid. From Kolkatta to Malegaon and from Dehradun to Coimbatore, people came out on the streets in hundreds of thousands to demonstrate their anger with what happened 22 years ago – the criminal act of the demolition of the Masjid and the communal killings organized by the State in its aftermath.
Delhi witnessed a massive rally from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar that culminated in a 3 hour meeting at which speakers from about 30 organisations condemned the criminal act and committed to unite against state terrorism and fight for the renewal of Indian Society.
Starting from 10 a.m. in the morning, hundreds of people began assembling at Mandi House. The numbers swelled and by about 11:30 a.m. the rally began with thousands of protestors marching in a disciplined manner behind the main banner, which boldly declared, ‘Unite against communal hate-mongering and violence, state terror and for rebuilding a just society!’ and ‘An attack on one is an attack on all!’ Representatives of all the organisations were with the main banner as the rally proceeded towards Jantar Mantar. Militant slogans of “Down with State Terror” and demanding punishment of those guilty of the crime reverberated in the air.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, which was the biggest conflagration known to man until that time. It involved more than 70 million combatants and left more than 16 million people dead, and wrought colossal damage on the world’s peoples.
It is heartening to note from the action of 12th November, 2014 which was led by the United Forum of Bank Unions, in support of wage revision that there is a united and concerted effort to defend the rights of workers, cutting across lines of individual unions. While one of the weakness of the working class movement in the country is indeed associated with the fact that there is a fragmen
Call from the land of the warriors to intensify the struggle for Rights
Chittorgarh in Rajasthan reverberated with militant slogans of “Inquilab Zindabad”, “Long live workers’ unity”, “Long live the unity of loco pilots”, “Halt the privatization of the Railways” and call to struggle as the 20th Biennial Convention of the All Indian Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) got underway.
Following the killing of a soldier at the War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, and the killing of the alleged terrorist, the Canadian government launched a massive attack on the people and their rights. The capital city of Ottawa was brought to a halt, and hysteria and a reign of terror was unleashed on the people in the city in the name of finding other “terrorists”.
If there is one sticking point in the conscience of the peoples of India, which is a making of the ruling circles and not that of the people, it is the tragedy of Kashmir. It is the point where many of the unresolved issues of the country’s destiny come into sharp collision and focus, and a study of its history is a learning experience for all the people of India.
Lok Raj Sangathan and All India Save Education Committee have been agitating to oppose the closure of the only government-run primary and senior secondary school, the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, in Burari in North Delhi. Parents and guardians of the affected students are also participating in the protest actions in large numbers.
Finance capital would invest further in India only if its investments are going to fetch big returns. Finance capital moves into those countries or sectors of the economy where it can secure maximum capitalist profit through the exploitation, ruin and impoverishment of the majority of the population, through the enslavement and systematic robbery of the peoples and, lastly, through wars and militarization. It would invest in India if its calculations show that by investing in India, it could earn higher profits than if it invested elsewhere. This would be its motivation, not the well-being of the Indian people
Attempt to turn the country into a centre of cheap youth labour
BJP led NDA government passed the Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 on the last day of the recently concluded session on 14th August 2014. Since the passing of the Apprentices Act in 1961, there have been four amendments in 1973, 1986, 1997 and 2007. This is the fifth amendment.
BSNL workers staged a protest in front of Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, the corporate office of the state owned Telecom in New Delhi on August 21, 2014. The protests came in the wake of anti worker recommendations made by a private consultancy hired by the BSNL management to “revive” the company.
Preparations had been on in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan for a huge demonstration, led by Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti, on 10th September in front of the head office of the district administration. In the meantime, the administration called the leaders of the Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti and assured them that all the issues would be resolved soon.
On 10th September, all the teachers’ organisations of Rajasthan came together to burn effigies of Education Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Panchayatraj Minister Gulab Chand Kataria and Additional Chief Secretary, Shyam S Agrawal for expressing views insulting to teachers.
With deepest outrage, the CGPI condemns the utterly unjustifiable arrest on August 22, 2014, of Irom Sharmila, the brave activist from Manipur who has been relentlessly fighting for over 14 years for the repeal of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
The Central government has announced increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defence sector from 26% to 49%. It has done away with the requirement of licences for defence manufacturing for all but 16 items. It has called for turning India into an arms exporter in the world arms market.
The farmers of Navalgarh Tehsil of Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan have been continuously sitting on a dharna, for the last four years, under the leadership of Kishan Sangharsh Samiti. They are demanding that their fertile land which provides them livelihood, must not be acquired for use by cement companies.
No to the proposed dangerous military alliance of US, India and Japan!
The US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel came on a three day visit to India beginning August 7, to sell to the Indian government and the bourgeois think tanks of our country the benefits of India joining a military alliance with the US, Japan and some other countries of the Asia Pacific.
I am writing this in response to the statement of the CC of the CGPI entitled `Opening doors wider to Foreign Direct Investment is a Dangerous Coursei: BJP led NDA government is gambling with the fate of our country to serve the imperialist drive of Indian capital to join the global big power club' issued on 16th July, 2014 and carried in the August 1-15, 2014 issue of MEL.
In the last week of July 2014, over 3000 house-surgeons and Post graduate medical students under the banner of Interns and Postgraduate Association of Tamilnadu went on strike. In Chennai, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Theni, Kanyakumari and other districts of the state, these medical students boycotted work in the government hospitals.
Workers of Tamil Nadu Highways department road maintenance workers held 72 hours non-stop agitation opposing the privatization of the road maintenance work in the last week of July. Highways department of Tamil Nadu maintain about 11,594 K.m. of state highways, 11,289 K.m. of district main roads, 34,160 km of districts other roads and 2,250 Kms of National Highways.
About 20,000 employees of the Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC) organised a successful two-day strike to oppose the moves by the government to transfer the public transport service into private hands. The strike took place on 30th and 31st July 2014.
Continuing with the capital-centric approach in spite of “people’s verdict for a change”
Presenting the budget of the Government of India for the fiscal year 2014-15, Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley began his speech in Parliament on 10th July with the following words: “The people of India have decisively voted for a change.
July 31st is the deadline for signing of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by all 160 member countries of the WTO. The TFA will bind member countries to lower all borders to international trade including tariffs, procedures, etc. The Indian government is opposed to signing the Agreement unless its concerns over WTO Rules regarding agricultural subsidies are addressed.
Rail Minister Sings the Mantra of Privatisation of Railways
The Budget for 2014-2015 of the Indian railways, presented by the Railway Minister Shri Sadanand Gowda represents the continuation of the course of privatization of the railways reflected in the budgets presented by the railway ministers of the UPA government.
I read with great alarm the article in the July 15-31, 2014 of MEL entitled `Land Acquisition Law 2013 to be amended: Halt the capitalist offensive to forcibly acquire lands of peasants and tribal people’.
On 15th July, workers of electricity distribution companies (discoms) protested in front of the Superintendent Engineer’s office at the junction in opposition to the proposal of the Rajasthan government to privatise the Electricity Boards in Hanumangarh. Later, the workers submitted their demands to the Collector at his office.
A section of the monopoly news media has been carrying reports about how ‘jihadis’ from India and other countries have been going to Iraq in large numbers, to fight against the authorities and imperialists in that country.
Hundreds of garment workers in Chennai, under the leadership of the Garment and Fashion Workers Union, organized a day long protest action on July 22, demanding that the wage increase announced in February – around Rs 3,000 more than the average garment industry wages announced in 2004 – be actually implemented.
The Union Labour Minister, Shri R.S. Tomar, has advised the workers’ unions not to act in a way that blocks industrial growth in our country. He says that his Ministry’s role is to “harmonise the interests of industry and labour”.
On 6th July 2014, a political meeting was organized in Delhi by Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS). The meeting discussed the political situation in Delhi and charted a course of political action in the interests of the working class and people of Delhi. A correspondent of the Mazdoor Ekta Lehar covered the meeting.
With deepest anger and outrage, MEL condemns Israel’s continuous aerial bombardment and attacks on the people of Gaza that has been continuing for nearly one week, which has resulted in the death of over 150 people and injuries to hundreds more. Hundreds of homes and other buildings in Gaza have been reduced to rubble.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Israeli embassy in New Delhi om 13th July to protest the barbaric genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza strip. This demonstration was organised under the banner of “Indian people’s solidarity with Gaza”. Hundreds of students, youth, intellectuals, artists and ordinary citizens participated in the demonstration.
Halt the capitalist offensive to forcibly acquire lands of peasants and tribal people
The Minister of Road Transport and Highways, and Rural Development, Shri Nitin Gadkari, has initiated a discussion through the monopoly media on changing key provisions of the 2013 land acquisition law, declaring that “development” is being hindered by the present law.
On 3rd July, the Akhil Rajasthan Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Mahasangh organised a meeting concluding protest actions all over the state including in Jaipur. This organization represents seven lakh government employees. These include, besides the state government employees, workers of boards, corporations, autonomous bodies, Panchayati Raj and those on contract, etc.
Teachers of Delhi government schools have been on strike since the last three weeks, under the leadership of the All-India Guest Teachers Association. Teachers have been on a hunger strike since 8th July, under this banner.
On 5th June, the Rajasthan government announced steps towards making labour laws more flexible with the ostensible aim of increasing employment. The real purpose of the government is to invite Indian and foreign investors to the state to further intensify the exploitation of labour.
The ruling class is geared up to push ahead full steam with capitalist reforms. The new government has lost no time in announcing measures that have gladdened the hearts of the big bourgeoisie, while stepping up the exploitation and oppression of the working class and people.
In February 2014 the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), an organisation of the capitalists, issues a press release, according to which between 2008-09 and 2012-13, the number of contract workers increased by 39% over the entire country. The use of contract labour has increased in all such sectors where work is of a permanent nature.
Workers killed in “accidents in Bhilai” and Vizag steel plants
At least six workers of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) were killed and over 30 injured due to leaking of poisonous gas on the night of June 12, 2014. Soon after this, two engineers were killed on the steel melting shop 2 of Vizag steel plant on June 16, 2014.
Hundreds of workers are on strike in the Wazirpur Industrial Area of Delhi. These are workers of hot rolling mills, and have been on strike with the demand for better working conditions and implementation of labour laws.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 4th June, 2014
"Sab ka saath, sab ka vikaas!" (Together with all, for the development for all!) This is the slogan with which the BJP led by Narendra Modi has swept to power at the centre, capturing 52% of the seats and reducing Congress Party to a small minority in the Parliament.
Several events were organised around the world to mark the 30th anniversary of the attack by the central armed forces of the Indian State on the Harmander Sahib, the holy Sikh shrine within the Golden Temple at Amritsar.
The source of communal violence and terror is the ruling class and its political system
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar expresses its deep sorrow and outrage at the cold-blooded murder of a young man, Mohsin Shaikh, on the streets of Pune on June 2. Mohsin Shaikh was targeted entirely because of his Muslim faith.
We must ensure the Rule of Workers to secure the rights of labour!
“Survey of the rights of workers” is the campaign that is under process in Delhi’s Okhla Industrial Estate 1 & 2. Mazdoor Ekta Committee (MEC) has plans to run this campaign all over Delhi. It was begun in Okhla. The campaign took off on 13th May 2014 and was continuing even as this report was filed.
The Lok Raj Sangathan (Rajasthan state council) organized a well attended public meeting at the Ram Manohar Lohia Senior Secondary School on May 10, 2014. This was the day the heroic soldiers of Meerut Cantonment unfurled the banner of revolt against the East India Company. The theme of the meeting was “the class character of the Indian state”.
The document that was published on 23rd March, and distributed widely across the country among the working class, youth, toilers and intelligentsia and published in Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, is very important for the proletariat and toilers.
During the election campaign for the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi made a number of speeches in West Bengal and Assam threatening to deport "illegal Bangladeshi immigrants" when BJP came to power. He is neither the first nor the last political leader of India to target Bengali Muslims in India.
There have been numerous massacres of people of the Muslim faith in Assam, the most recent being during the ongoing elections. The Nellie massacre in 1983 during the Assam agitation against "foreigners" in which thousands of people died cannot ever be forgotten.
A packed memorial meeting was held in Vanamali Hall, in Dadar, Mumbai on 6th May 2014 to pay respects to Comrade KL Bajaj who passed away on April 18th 2014 at the age of 79 years. The meeting was attended by members of different trade unions, mass organizations and political parties.
Mass protests have been raging across Turkey since May 14, when a catastrophic mine disaster at a mine owned and operated by the Soma Kumur company took place in the city of Soma, reported to be the most deadly industrial accident in the history of Turkey.
The multi-crore T.V. industry impacts every home in urban and much of rural India. Little is known, however, about the intensely exploitative working conditions of the workers behind the scenes, whose labour plays a vital role in the commercial success of this glamour industry.
As it happens every year, hundreds of workers marched in a rally from Delhi's Ramlila maidan to Town Hall in response to the call of Delhi's Central Trade Unions. Workers, youth, women and children were part of the rally.
Solution to the problems of society can be found only on the basis of the discoveries of Karl Marx
The global economy has been sinking deeper and deeper into crisis over the past five years. Unemployment, poverty, inflation and all the diseases of the capitalist system are growing from bad to worse.
The Indian automobile industry is seething with confrontations between the capitalists and workers. The contradictions are intense as the workers in the sector, numbering about 2 crores, across the country, face insecurity of job, layoffs and early retirement as automakers prune their workforce.
Ukraine is being relentlessly pushed into deeper and deeper crisis, threatening its very existence as a sovereign country. The US imperialists and their NATO allies are directly responsible for this terrible situation. They set loose their fascist agencies in Ukraine to spread anarchy and violence in the capital Kiev and other cities.
Various Mayday meetings and programs were held all over Chennai by various trade unions. On the morning of Mayday, a gate meeting was held by the VHS Workers Union at their hospital gate. Nurses and hospital workers attended the meeting. The red flag was hoisted by a senior nurse. Com.S.Manidasan spoke of the deteriorating condition of the workers and staff in VHS Hospital.
The teachings of Lenin are extremely relevant today
April 22 is the birth anniversary of V.I. Lenin, the great revolutionary leader and teacher of the working class. Developments in India and all over the world reaffirm the extreme importance and relevance of his fundamental teachings today.
The Call of the CC of the CGPI on the occasion of May Day 2014 which carries the byline `Build the united front of the working class and toiling masses around the program to ensure prosperity and protection for all!’ in the columns of MEL and on the web-site of the party organ, is a rallying cry that I endorse.
A common program was adopted at a meeting of the Kaamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) held on March 28th 2014 in which the following unions and organisations were present: Kamgar Ekta Committee, Airport Authority of India Employees Union, Air India Service Engineers Association, All India Loco Running Staff Association, All India Guards Council, All India Station Masters Association, All India Voltas E
Engine drivers belonging to the Northern Division of the Indian Railway organised a ‘dharna’ (protest sit-in) outside Parliament on 27th March 2014, under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association. They submitted a memorandum of demands to the General Manager of the Northern Railway, which included the following:
Motormen of Western Railway have been continuously agitating against the action taken against motormen by the management under the SPAD rules. SPAD (signal passing at Danger) rule means that if a motorman takes the train beyond a red signal, even by mistake, he is immediately suspended from service.
I was happy to read the article in Issue 6 of the MEL entitled “Condemn the growing fascism”. The message is commendable. The act of branding Kashmiri students as traitors is very disturbing, though I personally have no interest in cricket.
Time and again it has been shown that it is the Anglo American imperialists, and their agencies in India and Pakistan, who are the biggest roadblock to peace in the subcontinent. On the other hand, the so called "patriotism" that the ruling class promotes, is to lick the boots of Anglo American imperialists, and spew hatred against the neighbouring countries, especially Pakistan.
A Convention of Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) was held on Sunday, March 2nd 2014, at Mumbai. Activists of the working class movement, and womens and youth movement, participated enthusiastically in the Convention.
On behalf of KEC, Comrade Mathew elaborated on a program to arm the working class to challenge the parties of the bourgeoisie in the coming elections.
Women must champion the struggle for worker-peasant rule and socialism!
Let us unite and escalate our struggle, as workers and as women!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 25th February, 2014
As we mark International Women’s Day on 8th March this year, it is necessary that we recall the genesis of this annual global celebration, which started more than a hundred years ago. The first IWD was celebrated in 1911, at a conference of working women from Europe and the United States. That historic conference was held under the banner of the struggle for socialism.
Carrying forward the legacy of a two century old independence struggle
The summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was held successfully in Havana at the end of January 2014, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the great patriot José Martí.
Recently on 23rd January the Finance Ministry has cleared a proposal to guarantee a minimum monthly pension of Rs. 1000 under the Employees Pension Scheme 1995, managed by the Provident Fund Organisation. To commence this pension plan of Rs. 1000 per month from the beginning of 2014-15, the government has allocated Rs. 1,217 crore of additional subsidy.
A public meeting was organized on 23rd February to demand the scrapping of the black law called the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act at Batla House, Jamia Nagar in South Delhi under the banner of the “People’s Movement against UAPA”.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 9th February, 2014
Addressing the country on the eve of the 65th Republic Day, President Pranab Mukherjee repeated the worn out assertion of the ruling class that the Republic’s fundamental structure, institutions, the economic base and its political super-structure are the best in the world.
This tragedy cannot be seen as an isolated incident, but as one that is part of the daily experience of people from the North East in India. Ever since the end of colonial rule, the entire North East region has been treated by the Indian state as a virtual colony and its people have been consistently denied their national, political and human rights. Even while the façade of civilian rule has been maintained, it is the Army and the paramilitary forces that call the shots there.
Secret documents of the British Government that have now become open to public following their declassification, have confirmed that Operation Bluestar was carried out with close coordination between the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s government and the Margaret Thatcher government of Britain.
On January, 26th, the Communist Ghadar Party of India organized a Party School in Trivandrum. The subject for study was the Constitution of the Indian Republic. The school revealed the eagerness and enthusiasm amongst all the delegates who participated.
For nearly one month, India and the US were engaged in a diplomatic confrontation over the arrest of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, in New York over an issue of alleged visa fraud and ill treatment of her domestic help, another Indian national Sangeeta Richards.
People in Kashmir and democratic minded people all over India are outraged by the clean chit given by the Army to its own personnel who were charged with the brutal torture and murder of 5 ordinary civilians in Pathribal, Kashmir, in March 2000.
The Singapore government introduced a new bill in parliament on January 20, giving police special powers to “maintain public order” in Little India, a hub of Indian-owned businesses, eateries and pubs, where migrant workers from India and other South Asian countries get together in their rest time.
More than 15,000 workers, i.e. about 80% of the work force of the state owned Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail) went on strike on December 9, protesting against steps that are being widely perceived as preliminary to privatizing the rail service – a plan by the management to sell off to private hands the most profitable slice of its business.
Encouraged by the covert and overt backing of the imperialists of US and Germany, the anti-government protestors led by the opposition parties in Ukraine have been trying to overthrow the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovych by carrying out one provocation after the other.
The 44th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) brought together more that 2000 corporate executives, prime ministers, presidents and other government leaders, heads of central banks and social celebrities at the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos, from January 22-25.
The Loco Running Staff of the Southern Railways organized a protest demonstration on 22nd of Jan, 2014, in Chennai to highlight their key demands. A dharna was held in front of the Moore market near the Central Station. it was addressed by various union leaders and activists including Comrades V.R. Prakash, President of AILRSA, R. Murali, Zonal secretary of AILRSA, R.
I am writing to thank you for the report published in the January 15-31, 2014 issue of MEL on the Party School on Constitution that was conducted in Delhi on December 28-29, 2013 and I was also pleased to know that the School was conducted in Mumbai on January 4-5, 2014. I am happy to know that the
Guest teachers working in Delhi schools held a demonstration under the leadership of the All Guest Teacher Association before the Delhi Secretariat on 15th January, in support of their demand for regularisation.
On December 25, 2013, the Communist Ghadar Party of India completed 33 years since its founding. The occasion was marked by celebrations organized by the party organizations in different regions of the country. The Central Committee had previously planned to organize a series of Party Schools in different regions.
Elections to the Bangladesh parliament were held on January 5, 2014 in the backdrop of a severe political crisis in that country. The 28 party opposition coalition headed by the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) of Khaleda Zia boycotted the elections.
Shimmering opulence built on unbridled exploitation of toilers
Singapore and Dubai are often held out by the rulers and capitalists of our country as aspirational examples. Time and again we’ve heard them tell us how they’ll make Mumbai like Singapore and Delhi like Dubai.
Thousands of striking garment workers in Cambodia have been struggling for months for decent wages and working conditions. Cambodia is one of the countries which supply some of the biggest branded retail store chains in Europe and America.
On January 1, 2014 the price of non-subsidized cooking gas (LPG) was raised by Rs. 220, one of the steepest hikes so far. Following the increase, a 14.2 kg non-subsidized cooking gas cylinder will now cost Rs. 1,241, while it earlier cost Rs. 1,021.
In the year that has gone by, one of the biggest burdens on the masses of working people has been the sharp and continuous rise in prices of vegetables. This added to the burden the people were already facing because of the rise in the prices of a whole host of other essential commodities. The rise in prices was particularly severe in the case of onions, and also potatoes and tomatoes.
With the approaching Parliamentary Elections in 2014, the major political formations of the ruling capitalist class, the Congress and BJP along with their fronts have gone into election mode. Each of them is using and will use their time tested methods of muscle and money power and divisive politics based on caste, language and religion to try to come to power.
December 2013 marks the completion of 35 years of publication of the regular fortnightly Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, organ of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India. The party paper was formerly published as a monthly called People’s Voice.
All members and activists of Communist Ghadar Party study every issue of the party paper and discuss its contents in their basic units. The Central Committee relies on this organ to ensure that the entire Party and all its activists speak in one voice, and march in step along a single line of thought and action.
In the 68th session of the UN General Assembly this year, US President Obama had blatantly enunciated the doctrine of American ‘exceptionalism’ which allegedly gives the US the right to use military force against sovereign nations in its own interest.
Nelson Mandela, known affectionately as Madiba by the people of South Africa, passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar extends its deepest condolences to the people of South Africa, as well as the African National Congress at this great loss.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 16th Nov, 2013
Among all the parties in the electoral arena, Congress Party and BJP have earned the maximum trust of imperialism and the Indian big bourgeoisie. They have demonstrated their ability to strike unprincipled deals and cobble together coalitions to align regional bourgeois groups with the agenda of globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation. The Indian big bourgeoisie and the biggest imperialist powers of the world are keen to have one of these two trusted parties at the helm during 2014-19, in spite of their criminal record and the anger and hatred they have earned among the people.
On November 3rd 2013, there was a terrible accident on the Railway tracks near Kalyan Station on the Central Railway and on the outskirts of Mumbai . While repairing a fault on the tracks, 4 gangmen were run over by a train and killed on the spot.
Halt privatisation of education for ensuring quality education
Primary school teachers of Delhi demonstrated at Rajghat on October 21, under the banner of the All Delhi Primary Teachers’ Union. Young teachers of the union participated in the demonstration. Teachers of the N.D.M.C and Delhi Cantonment Board also participated in the demonstration alongside teachers of 3 Corporations.
Leaders and activists of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee have been vigorously participating in the struggle of the workers of the Airports Authority of India against privatization of the airports of Chennai, Kolkota and four other cities.
At Chennai airport, Comrade Baskar addressed the gathering of workers.
The Prime Minister and his Party colleagues, as well as the leaders of the opposition never refrain from talking about Jammu and Kashmir as being an integral part of India, and blaming Pakistan for the violence in Kashmir. However the attitude of the Indian state to the people of Kashmir has not been one of treating them as a colonial or imperial power would treat its subjects.
Necessity to carry out thorough going electoral reforms
On September 27, 2013, a three judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM’s) used in elections must have a “none of the above” (NOTA) button at the end as an option.
Home Minister Shinde's missive to state governments
On September 30, 2013, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde wrote a well publicised letter to all states and Union territories to "ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongfully detained in the name of terror".
I am writing to thank you for carrying the educational and informative article entitled `Necessity to defend the identity of the working class’ which is the fourth and concluding part of a series of articles on this most important and burning question, in the September 1-15, 2013 issue of MEL.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar is proud to announce that Ghadar International, Indian Workers Association (Great Britain) and other progressive organisations have been organising numerous meetings and other functions throughout Britain to celebrate the centenary of the founding of Hindustan Ghadar Party.
It gives me immense joy to convey this message on behalf of all the members of Communist Ghadar Party to this important seminar in London, which is part of the worldwide centenary celebrations of the founding of Hindustan Ghadar Party.
There has been a lot of noise in recent weeks about the external exchange value of the Rupee, which has fallen by nearly 10 percent in the last one month and nearly 20 percent since April 2013. The prices of imported goods have risen and this has had a cascading effect on prices across the spectrum of commodities.
There was a big demonstration at ITO on 25th September 2013 under the leadership of the Trade Unions Joint Committee of Delhi to protest against the anti-worker, anti-national and anti-people policies of the government. Hundreds of activists of all the trade unions militantly took part in this demonstration.
Several thousand prison inmates participated in hunger strikes in jails in California, USA, from July 8 to protest against being kept in solitary confinement and being made to undergo cruel and inhuman punishment. The hunger strike had gone on for over 6 weeks when the jail officials won a court order allowing them to force feed inmates.
Thousands of mill workers of Mumbai took to the streets once again on 22nd July 2013. The joint march organised by six organisations set out from Rani Bagh in Byculla and culminated in a joint rally in Azad Maidan near the Shivaji Chatrapati Terminus.
Workers and hospital staff of Global Hospitals work day and night to provide medical services to thousands of patients. However, their management refuses to recognize their rights. Hundreds of staff, nurses, and other workers are employed as temporary staff and contract workers. They are treated like slaves, without any kind of permanency of work.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) has in the past, carried a number of articles on the militant struggles waged by the Motormen of Western Railways, under the leadership of their Union, WRMA (Western Railway Motormen’s Association).
The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union demonstrated at Gurgaon’s Leisure Park on July 18 to mark “one year after the state repression of the workers”. They reiterated their main demands for the release of their 147 colleagues, for all workers to be taken back to work and for an independent judicial enquiry into the death of the Human Resources Manager Avnish Kumar.
Repeal AFSPA, remove army and paramilitary forces from civilian areas!
Once again, in a sickening display of violence, the armed forces and police have gone on the rampage in Kashmir, firing on and killing people, imposing curfew across large areas of the state, and rounding up hundreds of youth and other people.
The workers unions and mass organisations of Gurgaon organised a public meeting at the Mini Secretariat, Gurgaon at 4 pm on 25th July 2013. This was in commemoration of the brutal attack on the workers by the Hooda government at the same venue on 25th July, 2005. The meeting was termed as a “workers unity rally”.
On July 1, the Indian government cut off its longstanding cooking gas and kerosene subsidy to Bhutan, leading to the immediate doubling and even tripling of the prices of these items paid by people in Bhutan.
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill 2011 is one of the Bills planned to be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament in August 2013. The proposed reform to the pension regime in the country has been debated hotly.
Condemn the callous and inhuman nature of the Indian state
On July 16, 2013 media reports shocked people all over the country with the news of the death of 23 children, between the ages of 5 to 12 years, after consuming the mid day meal served to them at their school in Gandaman village near Chhapra in Bihar. Many of their schoolmates are still hanging between life and death.
The workers unions and mass organisations of Gurgaon organised a public meeting at the Mini Secretariat, Gurgaon at 4 pm on 25th July 2013. This was in commemoration of the brutal attack on the workers by the Hooda government at the same venue on 25th July, 2005. The meeting was termed as a “workers unity rally”.
Israt Jehan, a first year college student of Mumbai and her friends were kidnapped and brutally murdered by the orders of top officers of the Gujarat Police and the Intelligence Bureau 10 years ago. Their murder was declared an “encounter”. For ten years, the families of Israt Jehan and her murdered friends have been fighting for justice.
Shortly after it was first revealed that the US National Security Agency was using its enormous technological resources to spy on computer and telecommunication networks and gather billions of pieces of information from countries all over the world, including India, more revelations of this nature have come to light.
In the constant, day to day struggle between capital and labour, the capitalist class tries to increase the degree of exploitation of workers and thus increase the surplus value extracted from the labour of workers, by depressing the wages of workers and by increasing the length of the working day.
Workers of Bajaj Auto’s Chakan Plant which produces Pulsar Motorcycles have been on indefinite strike from June 25, 2013. This followed the refusal of the management to have discussions with the union on negotiating a new wage agreement, which was due.
Workers of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation went on indefinite strike from July 3, 2013 in protest against the decision of the Central government to disinvest 5 % shares of the NLC. The call for the strike was called by all the unions of workers of NLC. There are 27,000 workers employed in the NLC.
All India Railwaymen Federation, Confederation of Central Government Employees’ Association and All India Defence Employees Association have threatened to go on strike if the Centre fails to meet their charter of demands, including constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission.
Sanitation workers employed by the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) are agitating for their just demands. They have threatened to go on strike if the Corporations do not accede to these demands.
According to the workers, the unified MCD had promised to make them permanent employees and give them their arrears. However these promises had not been fulfilled.
Following the decision of the Maharastra government to outsource some of the functions of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to private contractors, the NRHM workers of Maharastra went on a state wide strike from July 1, 2013. The workers are organized under the banner of the NRHM Adhikariva Karamchari Mahasangh.
Devastating floods in Uttarakhand as well as Himachal Pradesh, following heavy rains in northern India since June 13, have already claimed thousands of lives and left behind a terrible trail of destruction. Men, women and children, their homes and belongings, whole villages, roads and bridges have simply been washed away by the raging flood waters.
Paving the way for accelerated loot and plunder of people’s assets
The UPA government is claiming that it finally has achieved an “all-party consensus” on the proposed new land acquisition bill, titled the Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill, 2011.
Workers can defend their rights only through uncompromising struggle against the capitalists and their government
Inaugurating the 45th Session of the Indian Labour Conference, held in New Delhi on 17th May, 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “The recent two-day strike by trade unions focused on a number of issues relating to the welfare not only of the working-classes but also t
It will be one year, on July 18th 2013, since the Maruti-Suzuki Workers’ Union sat on a hunger strike in Manesar to protest against “State oppression of workers”. Running up to that date, the workers will be demonstrating in 10 districts of Haryana.
Workers of the Airport Authority of India are on the war path against the move of the government to privatise the Chennai and Kolkata Airports. This follows the decision of the Civil Aviation Ministry to hand over the running of Chennai and Kolkata Airports to private parties.
State terrorism targeted against any community must be condemned
June 6 marked the 29th anniversary of Operation Blue Star - an armed assault on the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs, the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Thirty eight other gurdwaras across Punjab were also attacked and thousands of innocent Sikh men women and children lost their lives.
Mazdoor Ekta Committee (MEC) is running a campaign in Delhi to strengthen the political unity of the working class. This campaign is to oppose the attacks on working class rights, to unite the class, to organise the class as a political force, and with the lofty aim of making it capable of staking its claim to political power.
Two extremely important news breaks -- one by the Guardian, and the second by the Washington Post -- have confirmed what many have long suspected: that the FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US government have been and are snooping on practically every call, online chat, email, Facebook post and skype call made, under top secret programs that have now been exposed.
In the third week of May massive protests by immigrant youth were reported in Stockholm, Sweden. The protests were triggered by the death of a 69 year old person due to police firing in Husby, a locality with predominantly immigrant population from Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and other countries of West Asia and Africa.
On May 22, the UPA-2 government “celebrated” its fourth anniversary and congratulated itself for its performance on delivery of services to the people. However, the facts speak otherwise. The UPA government is yet to deliver on its promise of implementing a plan to ensure food for its people.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar has been continuously reporting on the struggles of the running staff of Indian Railways, the Engine Drivers and Guards, led by their Associations, the AILRSA (All India Loco Running staff Association) and AIGC (All India Guards Council). Due to these struggles the Union Labour Ministry appointed a National Tribunal in March 2012 to look into the grievances of this section.
MEL: Congratulations on your victory in the union elections in Central Zone as well as at All India level.
Thank You. As per the rules of the elections, Unions getting more than 35% of the votes polled in a particular zone get recognition by the General Manager as the representative Union of workmen in that particular zone.
On May 10th, the Minister of State for Higher Education of the government of Maharashtra announced in a written letter to the agitating resident doctors that their major demands would be settled by the government.
On May 22, the UPA-2 government “celebrated” its fourth anniversary and congratulated itself for its performance on delivery of services to the people. However, the facts speak otherwise. The UPA government is yet to deliver on its promise of implementing a plan to ensure food for its people.
Across the entire country - in cities, towns and industrial areas, workers united on May 1st, International Workers' day, to pledge to intensify their struggle in defence of their rights and to keep the red flag aloft in memory of the Chicago martyrs. Huge rallies and meetings were organized on this occasion, throughout the country.
The inhuman face of imperialist globalization revealed starkly
On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, a building complex on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, collapsed. Four days later, the wreckage of the building caught fire, even when rescue workers were trying to recover the remaining workers trapped under the building.
Onward with the struggle for a modern democracy that empowers people to set the agenda!
Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS) organized a "Lok Raj Utsav" on 28th April in Thane, Maharashtra, to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of its precursor, the Preparatory Committee for People’s Empowerment (CPE).
Narpreet Kaur, whose father was one of the victims of the 1984 genocide of Sikhs, sat on a hunger-strike and protest at Jantar Mantar between May 3-8 with her demand for punishment of those guilty of this crime.
Comrades, activists, sympathizers of Party gathered early morning at the party central office on 1st May 2013 to celebrate the May Day and pay their tribute to the martyrs of Chicago. The office was decorated with red flags and banners.
Joining their working class brothers and sisters all over the world, the workers of India observed May Day 2013, with vigour, throughout the length and breadth of the country, from Srinagar to Trivandrum, from Mumbai to Imphal.
The Kanyakumari District Committee of the CGPI organized a public meeting at Puthan Sandhai junction to celebrate May Day.
The workers who had gathered for the meeting were addressed by a number of comrades of the Party and the Workers Unity Movement. They explained how the governments at the center and in the state were in the service of the biggest capitalists.
On the afternoon of May Day, hundreds of workers gathered at Azad Maidan, carrying red flags and the banners of their Unions. There were engineering workers, teachers, bank and insurance workers, seamen, state Govt employees, unorganised sector workers etc.
Innumerable rallies, marches, demonstrations and meetings took place all over the world on May Day 2013. From Jakarta to New York, from Caracas to Dhaka, millions of workers came on to the streets to celebrate their unity and to reaffirm their vow to end the exploitation of man by man.
Women must organize and unite with the working class to take political power and transform society!
“Shasan Satta Aapne Haath, Jhulm Anyayi Kare in Samapth! (We will take political power in our hands to end this injustice and exploitation)! This was the spirit that reverberated in the hall, filled to capacity, right through the daylong meeting on March 17th at Delhi.
On March 17th 2013, hundreds of women and men gathered at AmbedkarMaidan, Worli BDD Chawls, Mumbai to celebrate International Women’s Day. The meeting was organsied by Lok Raj Sangathan, PurogamiMahila Sangathan and Kamgar Ekta Committee.
On the occasion of International Womens Day, on March 8th,2013, activists of Kamgar Ekta Committee and Western Railway Motormens Association jointly distributed thousands of leaflets which had been brought out for the occasion. The leaflet was issued jointly by ten workers’ unions under the banner of Kamgar Ekta Committee.
Over forty thousand university and college teachers from the eight universities of Maharashtra have taken the path of struggle to force the government to concede their just and long standing demands. The Maharashtra government has been trying to whip up anti-teacher sentiment by making out that the teachers are callous to the concerns of the students.
The Railway administration has followed a deliberate policy of dividing railway workers, setting one section against another and thus demoralizing workers and smashing their struggles. As part of the game plan, the Western Railways recently announced that it was extending suburban services from Virar to Dahanu, but that these suburban trains would be run by goods drivers.
We will take political power in our hands to end oppression and injustice!
Thousands of women marched in a joint rally from Mandi House to Parliament Street in Delhi where they organized a meeting on March 8. Participants in the rally included women, men, youth and students from all sections.
Hugo Chavez, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, passed away in Caracas on March 5, 2013, after a heroic and prolonged battle against cancer. His passing away is an irreparable loss to the people of Venezuela and all the peoples of the Americas, and to the anti-imperialist movement of the world's peoples.
Speech of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, in the meeting organised by Lok Awaz Publishers and Distributors to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Ferozeshah Kotla rally
Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2013
All over the world, women are on the streets protesting against the existing conditions. Women in all continents are protesting against unjust imperialist wars and occupation of nations by alien armies. They are opposing the brutal violation of human rights in
The Indian state has a long history of interfering in the affairs of the other countries of the South Asian region. Blatantly ignoring the sovereign rights of neighbouring countries, it acts as if it has a right to interfere in the affairs of the other countries of the region, on account of India’s huge size and power.
Red Salute to the country’s working class for a successful general strike!
The Indian working class carried out a successful general strike on February 20-21 under the leadership of the Trade Union organisations for their demands to put a stop to the price rise, for increasing the minimum wages, against the contract labour system and against the privatisation of public property.
After consulting with the capitalist associations in India and abroad, Chidambaram also held day-long talks with the Congress Working Committee. The aim of this exercise was to figure out what so-called concessions he ought to highlight in his budget speech, so as to fool the working people and not lose too many votes for the Congress Party in the coming state assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Both the principal parties of the ruling class, Congress Party and BJP, have very little credibility amongst the masses of working people. The bourgeoisie is hell bent on pushing ahead with the program of globalization through liberalization and privatization by attacking the livelihood and rights of the toilers and tillers. Polarising society on communal lines, spreading terror and breaking the unity of the people, and spreading jingoism against Pakistan are their favourite weapons to ensure that they can implement their plans.
On the morning of 9 February, under the cover of utmost secrecy, the Indian state hanged Mohammed Afzal Guru and buried him inside Tihar Jail in Delhi. His family and the rest of the country came to know only after the fact. The execution of Afzal Guru was a shameless and cowardly act that cannot be justified in the name of law and justice. On the contrary, the evidence shows
On 22nd February, 1993, the opening day of the budget session of Parliament 20 years ago, organisations of workers, women and human rights activists jointly staged a bold protest rally at Ferozeshah Kotla, condemning the criminal deeds of the principal parties in Parliament. They appealed to all men and women of conscience to take joint action for bringing about a fund
Responding to the appeal by the Maruti-Suzuki Workers’ Union, on 5th February 2013, trade unions in different parts of the country, including Mumbai, Jaipur, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Haryana held joint protest actions to oppose the state organised oppression of the struggling workers.
We, the undersigned, note that this Budget session of the Lok Sabha is being convened at a critical moment in the history of India. The blood of thousands of innocent victims of organised violence has not yet dried on the streets of Bombay, Surat, Delhi and other places, while lakhs have fled their homes, and returned penniless and destitute to the far corners of the country.
Uncompromisingly oppose privatisation in all forms and under any name
Thirteen years ago, in February 2000, led by the Mazdoor Ekta Committee, the workers of Modern Foods India Limited (MFIL) carried out a bold protest action in New Delhi on the opening day of Parliament.
A convention of activists was held on 30 January 2013 in the Mavlankar auditorium by the United Workers Organisations of Delhi. The convention was organised in the context of the call given by the central trade unions to make the all India strike on 20-21 February a success. More than a thousand activists took part in this convention.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd January, 2013
The glaring contradiction between the voices being raised on Raj Path and on the jan path, between those in Parliament and those on Parliament street, reflects the inevitable clash between the forces of the Old and the forces of the New. The old order is crumbling. A new order is struggling to be born. Those who benefit from the old order are using their power to prolong its life, to postpone its end for as long as possible.
Let us work unitedly to make the All India General Strike a success!
The working class is resolutely combating the attacks it is facing. In order to guarantee maximum profits for the capitalist class, the government is relentlessly implementing measures that are resulting in continuous increase of prices of essential commodities of daily consumption.
The Justice J.S. Verma Committee, which was constituted by the government following the brutal gang-rape and subsequent death of a 23 year old woman in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, and the nation-wide agitations that followed demanding that the government take stern steps to prevent crimes against women, released its recommendations on January 23, 2013.
New Year was ushered in by a highly informative and energizing WUM meeting held in Chennai on 5th of Jan, 2013. Workers and working class leaders from automobile engineering, manufacturing, aviation industry, hospitals, railways and municipal and panchayats, garment industry, construction and unorganized sectors attended the meeting.
On January 6th 2013, the Maharashtra Regional Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India organised a meeting of its members and supporters to celebrate the anniversary of our Party. Workers, many from the organised sector, women and youth were present in good numbers.
The experience of the on-going struggle for justice and protection of women’s rights, fuelled by the gang-rape in a moving bus leading to the painful death of a 23-year old woman in Delhi, has brought forth some very important lessons.
As the year 2012 comes to an end, we have seen mass outrage being expressed on the streets of Delhi and other cities against the existing rotten social and political system which permits the most horrendous crimes against women.
University, school students and working class youth are out in the streets of the national capital asking for justice from a political system and its ruling class that has secured its own selfish interest at the expense of the vast majority.
The Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India deeply grieves the passing away of our dear T.S. Sankaran, fondly known as Mama by all the comrades of the Party, on December 15, 2012 at the age of 86 in Chennai.
Our Party dips its red banner in salute to this exemplary personality, whose word and deed always matched. His life and work will always be an example of inspiration for us communists, and for all those who have had the opportunity to work or interact with him in the course of his multifaceted life. The Central Committee of our Party extends its deep felt condolences to his dear wife and to all the members of his beloved family who have suffered an irreparable loss.
Various trade unions and workers’ organisations across the country organized a rally and demonstration in front of the Parliament on December 20th against the capitalist policies of the UPA government. This was an important programme in the context of the government’s economic policies and attacks on the working class.
The Lok Raj Samiti in Bhiwandi town of Maharashtra led a militant demonstration on the issue of right to food and employment on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on 10th December. Comrades of the Regional Committee of the CGPI participated in this demonstration.
The 19th Bi-annual Zonal Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) was held in Ghaziabad on 3rd December 2012 in an atmosphere full of enthusiasm. Hundreds of loco pilots from different parts of India including Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Rohtak, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Delhi areas participated in the convention. Lok Raj Sangathan was also invited to the convention.
A joint rally was organized under the leadership of Jamait-e-Islami Hind at Parliament on November 22 to protest the illegal arrests of Muslim youth countrywide in the name of “war against terror” by the Indian State. The future of these youth is being destroyed through this act of persecution.
End the inhuman and unprincipled US blockade against Cuba!
On November 13, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution calling for an end to the more than 50 year long blockade of Cuba by the US. The fact that the vote was 188 member states for the resolution with only 3 against, shows the complete isolation of the United States with regard t
Speech of Prakash Rao at the Seminar on 4th November, 2012
Comrades and friends!
On this fourth day of November 28 years ago, Delhi was filled with the stench of burnt human bodies. The atmosphere was full of tension, with armed troops on the streets. Tens of thousands of widows and orphans were camping in various Gurudwaras in the city.
The proposal for the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been hailed by the bourgeoisie. All the associations of big capitalists, CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM are calling the implementation of GST as the most important and urgent ‘reform’ required by the country to speed up the slowing growth of GDP. They claim that it could add as much as 2.5% to GDP growth.
The workers of Maruti-Suzuki plant located in Manesar in Gurgaon, under the leadership of Maruti-Suzuki Workers Union went on a two-day hunger strike on 8th and 9th November 2012 in front of the office of the Labour Commissioner to demand reinstatement of retrenched workers and immediate release of imprisoned workers.
Com A K Shrivastava is the Secretary General of the All India Guards’ Council (AIGC). Our correspondent met him to interview him about the effect of 20 years of the economic reform policy and to get information about the working conditions in this important sector.
I read the issue of Oct 16-31 of the Mazdoor Ekta Lehar on the internet. It is has some significant articles. I would like to offer a few comments on the article, "Growing opposition to the capitalist-imperialist reform agenda.
I have read with interest your October 16-31 issue which carried a box on “Extension of working hours and increase in workload.” This matches with my own experience in life. I am an IT Engineer. I sit in front of my computer in an air-conditioned room. But I do not think I am better off than some workers performing manual work.
A solemn but spirited campaign for demanding justice to the victims of the 1984 massacre of Sikhs got underway on 21st October 2012 from Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, with a moving and poignant pictorial exhibition.
I am writing in response to the article entitled `The genocide of Sikhs in November 1984: Those in power must be held accountable for their crimes’ published in the October 16-31, 2012 issue of MEL on the eve of the anniversary of one of the worst organized crimes against the Indian people. It is well acknowledged that a severe crisis in the ranks of the ruling circles was emerging
Those in power must be held accountable for their crimes
Those in positions of power and authority should be held accountable and guilty when they violate their duty and responsibility of providing safety and protection to the citizens. Only if law is based on the principle of command responsibility can parties and officials guilty of organising such crimes be convicted, and not merely the goons used to execute it.
The latest two packages of economic policy reforms announced by the UPA Government have been met with widespread opposition among the working class and people. These are measures to expand the space for the biggest capitalist monopolies, Indian and international, to collaborate in intensifying the exploitation and plunder of our land and labour.
Walmart is an American multinational retailer corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world's third largest public company, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012. It is the largest retailer in the world.
The last week of September witnessed mass protests on the streets of Athens and Madrid, against the new round of austerity measures proposed to be imposed on Greece and Spain, two of the euro zone's economies which are currently in the grips of an acute financial crisis.
Production has been shut down in the five units of Eastern Medikit Ltd, located in Gurgaon, since May 18, 2012. The workers of the company, under the leadership of the All India Medikit Employees Unions, have been waging a struggle against this illegal lockout over the last 5 months.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India vigorously condemns the massacre of 34 miners and wounding of 78 others by South African police forces on August 16, 2012. India’s workers stand with the mine workers of South Africa in their struggle for ensuring that those responsible for the massacre are punished, and the just demands of the miners are fulfilled.
On 21st September, a grand rally of more than 5000 workers was held at the Mini Secretariat in Gurgaon under the leadership of the Joint Trade Union Committee, for demanding that the lockout of Eastern Medicate Company be lifted and workers of Maruti-Suzuki (Manesar) be taken back on work.
Condemn the loot of people’s wealth by capitalists and the central government!
The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), about the allocation of coal blocks to selected private companies for mining between 2004 and 2009, has brought out yet another glaring instance of the loot of the natural resources of the people by the monopoly bourgeoisie through t
Strong opposition to the bid to isolate and punish Iran
The 16th Summit meeting of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) concluded peacefully in Teheran earlier in September 2012. Over a hundred member countries participated, many of them represented by their heads of government. Officials of Russia, China and some other countries were present as observers.
The struggle for justice must continue, despite all odds
The people’s organisations that have been fighting to put an end to state organized communal and sectarian violence have repeatedly raised the need for invoking the principle of command responsibility. This could then be applied to hold the Chief Minister of a state or a commander/ chief officer of army/security forces to be held guilty for violating his/her duty and responsibility of ensuring security of citizens.
Correspondents of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar spoke with numerous delegates from different sectors of the economy and different regions, who had come to participate in the All India Convention of the working class on 4th September.
An All India Convention of Trade Unions was held on September 4, 2012, at the Talakatora stadium in New Delhi. Thousands of worker delegates from different states of India and from different sectors of the economy came together to participate in the Convention.
The Convention took place in the immediate backdrop of the savage fascist onslaught on trade union rights, as reflected in the developments in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt and the passing of ESMA by the Maharashtra government. All the delegates that the correspondents of MEL spoke to were unanimous that the situation demanded a united stepped up struggle in defence of the rights of workers.
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 lab
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar considers the March and Rally of the workers of Gurgaon in solidarity with the workers of the Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant as an extremely important act in the present conditions of savage repression of the workers of the Manesar plant. At one stroke, it showed both the embattled workers of the Manesar plant that they are not alone, that the working class of Gurgaon Manesar stand by them. At one stroke, it cut through the disinformation campaign unleashed by the state through the media against the workers of the Manesar plant. As the workers marches through the streets with their bold banners and powerful slogans of solidarity, the people of Gurgaon saw once again with their own eyes the strength of a united workers movement. They saw that the workers are not going to allow themselves to be suppressed by the campaign of repression and disinformation.
The Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation & Resettlement Bill 2011 is expected to be approved by theCabinet in the last week of August by its new name - The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement and Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition (RCRRTLA) Bill 2012.
Employees in the banking sector organised a successful two day strike on August 22-23, 2012. The strike was called against the reforms in the banking sector either proposed or already being implemented, in the interests of the capitalist monopolies.
“Far from protecting human beings and their rights, the central authority today is creating an atmosphere of terror and insecurity among the various peoples of the Northeast on narrow, sectarian and communal basis,” said Comrade Prakash Rao, Spokesperson of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on 27th August in Delhi. He was speaking at a Public Forum organised by Lok Raj Sangathan on the question: Who is responsible for the insecurity of the peoples of the Northeast?
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 12 August, 2012
Sixty five years after independence from the British, who is free in India today? Workers, peasants, intellectuals, women, religious minorities, nations and nationalities are all oppressed. The big bourgeoisie has used the state of the Indian Republic to become the most dominant and ruling force of society, and is dragging the entire country onto a dangerous path – colluding and contending with other imperialist powers, and has grown rich not only by domestic but also through external plunder. The time has come to negate this state which negates the rights and aspirations of all our peoples. This can be done if and only if the working class takes the lead. For India to be free and independent, it is essential that every part our country, every section of our people, is free from oppression or discrimination of any kind. On the 65th anniversary of independence, the Communist Ghadar Party calls on all… to unite firmly around the program to reconstitute the Indian Union on a voluntary basis, redefine democracy to empower the people!
Following the unfortunate death of a senior manager of Maruti-Suzuki's Manesar plant on 18th July, 2012, state terror has been unleashed against workers in the Manesar industrial belt in Gurgaon District of Haryana. Section 144 has been imposed in the entire area. The Haryana police have arrested over a hundred workers and their leaders and locked them up indefinitely.
Let us make the September 4 convention of the working class a resounding success!
It is important for leaders and activists of working class, irrespective of the party or union they belong to today, to understand how and why the bourgeoisie is able to continue to attack the rights of the working class and people, despite knowing that the majority of the population is opposed to these attacks. The main reason lies in the fact that while the bourgeoisie is united around its one program of globalisation through liberalistion and privatisation, the working class is not.
As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago. Whether the working class and people have benefitted from these reforms or have suffered?
Organising and sponsoring underground armed groups to carry out indiscriminate or sectarian violence, and then ordering the official armed forces to unleash terror in the name of restoring peace and order – this is the tried and tested method of rule of the Indian big bourgeoisie. The Congress Party is the most experienced exponent of such divide and rule tactics, inherited from colonial times and further perfected since then.
Unite in defence of the right of workers to form unions and resist super-exploitation!
Following the outbreak of violence in and around Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant on 18 July, 2012, the state police machinery has been ordered to unleash widespread terror among the workers in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt.
More than 18 organisations of workers, women and people at large have united to oppose the implementation of the fascistic law called Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA), 2011. They have come together in an Organising Committee, which convened a public meeting on 21st July in Mumbai, and pledged to fight for the withdrawal of MESMA.
One of the first major decisions taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after he took charge of the Finance Ministry in July 2012, was to scrap the draft of General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) and constitute a new committee to propose a new draft after consulting all ”stake holders”.
Since 18th July, hundreds of peasant families in Gorakhpur, Haryana have pitched their tents under the hot sun on their fields in the villages. Women, men and children are sitting in protest on the land which the government wants to acquire for setting up a nuclear power plant.
Women health workers (ASHAs) and mid-day meal workers of Haryana held a protest in Rohtak on June 22. The members of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) Workers’ Union and the Mid-Day Meal Workers’ Union were demanding their right to minimum wages, appointment letters, identity cards, social security and other benefits.
On July 20, 2012 over 450 motormen of the Western Railway in Mumbai under the leadership of their Union, Western Railway Motormen’s Association (WRMA) struck work by going on mass sick leave at 3.30 pm. Due to the protest action by the motormen the entire rail transport in this section was completely shut down and brought half of Mumbai to a standstill.
Statement of the Delhi Regional Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th July, 2012
On 26th June, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced a new tariff schedule with a 25-27% hike in the rates of electricity for the Delhi domestic consumers. In less than one year, residents of Delhi are being made to pay about 65% more for a unit of electricity, in addition to 33% higher fixed monthly charges.
The strike of the pilots of Air India was withdrawn on July 3, 2012, following the intervention of the Delhi High Court.
This strike was called by the Indian Pilots’ Guild when the Central Government officers in charge of Air India went back on their promises on 7th May. It lasted for almost two full months. The 440 youthful pilots who were on strike revealed great determination and resolve to fight for their rights in the face of organised slander propagated by the corporate media and the Central Government.
According to newspaper reports, on June 29, 2012, about six hundred troopers from the Central Reserve Police Force and the Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) commando unit opened fire on a gathering of villagers in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, as a result of which at least 20 villagers, including children and aged women and men were killed.
On June 26, a U.S. Federal Court ruled that the U.S.-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) and its then chief Warren Anderson were not liable for damages caused by the toxic wastes dumped in Bhopal. Neither could the two be asked to clean up, the court ruled.
Water is a gift of Nature and an essential requirement of human life; it is the responsibility of society and the State to manage the flow of water and ensure its availability for various essential needs (agricultural, domestic, industrial etc.). Workers, peasants and all responsible citizens should oppose the policy of converting water into a commodity to be sold at monopoly capitalist prices.
On July 2nd, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a proposal put forward by the Ministry of Food to export two million tons of wheat from its buffer stock. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar condemns this most blatant anti-people decision of the government of India.
The main natural resources of Himachal Pradesh are its rivers and forests. As with the other hill state, Uttarakhand, the bourgeoisie of our country has looked at the rivers of Himachal as the potential source for massive profits through generation of electricity as well as for other uses.