The crisis facing banks in India has been brewing for some years now. A large and growing share of the outstanding loans extended by commercial banks has turned into bad loans or Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). Any loan for which the principal or interest payment has remained overdue for a period of 90 days or more is called NPA. It is a loan which the borrower is not paying back as agreed.
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.
Towards May Day - 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.
In the middle of March, the US and South Korean armed forces conducted one of the biggest ever military exercises in the Korean peninsula, targeted at North Korea. Seventeen thousand US troops joined over three lakh South Korean troops in war games conducted over air, sea and land. They practiced attacking North Korea with nuclear weapons. US Special Forces (SEALS) practiced for a mission to assassinate the North Korean political and military leadership and carry out regime change there.
The US launched a criminal attack on Syria on April 6, 2017. Fifty nine Cruise Missiles were launched from US destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea targeting the Syrian Air Force at the Shayrat airfield in Homs Province. This airfield has played a major role in the Syrian Army’s battles to liberate various cities which had come under the control of the ISIS. At least nine civilians, including five children from nearby villages were killed in these missile attacks apart from 5 soldiers.
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.
This is with reference to the article `On the Present Situation and our Tasks: Assessment of the Plenum of the Central Committee, March 2017' carried in the April 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL.
The Plenum was convened at a time of severe crisis of the international system and the intensification of fascism and war the world over. Indeed, with the ascension of the Trump Presidency, the US has transformed itself in an openly fascistic society both at home and outside.
This is in response to the principled and deeply researched statement of the CC of CGPI dated 10-3-2017 and carried in the March 15-31, 2017 issue of MEL, entitled `To respond to the call of Shaheed Bhagat Singh means to work for the revolution and socialism on Indian soil!' written prior to the anniversary of the execution of Bhagat Singh, Sukhev and Rajguru on March 23, 1931. The statement specifically notes,
1) that it is an occasion for all revolutionaries to redouble their efforts to achieve the goal of revolution and socialist India,
I am writing in response to the statement of the CC of the CGPI dated March 17, 2017 and carried in the March 15-3, 2017 issue of MEL ``Elections have been used to manufacture a "mandate" for the big bourgeoisie's agenda".
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.
Lenin had been in exile for many years because the Russian bourgeoisie considered him as the most dangerous enemy and Tsarist government was doing its utmost to eliminate him. At the time of the February Revolution, Lenin was in Switzerland and wrote four "Letters from Afar" between March 7 and 12 (March 20 and 25 by the new calendar) for publication in the Party organ. A fifth letter remained unfinished the eve of Lenin’s departure from Switzerland, on March 26 (April 8), 1917.
On 27 Feb 2017, the 6th regional conference of the Jan Sangharsh Manch was held in Kurukshetra to commemorate the 87th martyrdom day of Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad. The regional president of the Manch, Phool Singh presided over the meeting. The advisor to the Manch, Dr.
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.
On 23 march on the occasion of martyrs day as Conference was organised in Ramgarh in Rajasthan on the theme “The relevance of Bhagat Singhs Views in India Today”. Vice-sarpanch of Ramgarh Shri Chetram, and Principal Karni Singh, chaired the event.
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.
On March 6, an organization named Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samannay Samitee (NIBBUSS), organised a day long rally and demonstration in Silpathar town in Assam, demanding that the names of Hindu Bengalis be removed from the list of D-voters (doubtful voters). It is reported that the demonstrators attacked and vandalized the office of the AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) and injured several AASU activists.
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.
On February 2, 2017, the history department of the Jai Narayan Vyas University in Jodhpur organized a conference on ‘History Reconstructed through Literature: Nation, Identity, Culture’. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the ruling BJP, organized a shutdown of the university the following day declaring that a Professor who addressed the seminar had expressed "anti national views". The teacher who organized the conference has since been suspended by the Vice Chancellor of the University.
The declaration by the US government that people from seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan — are not welcome into the US, and will be treated as "terrorists" has aroused widespread condemnation both in the US and worldwide.
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.
When 67 people were killed in three bomb blasts in Delhi on 28th October, 2005, three young Kashmiris were immediately arrested. Newspapers and TV channels claimed that the terrorists responsible for the killings had been caught. Now, 11 years later, a Delhi court has acquitted the three youth. They have been declared to be innocent after they had suffered unspeakable torture and imprisonment for over a decade in the prime of their lives (See Box 1). One of them had been declared to be the "mastermind", but the prosecution could not prove his involvement in the blasts.
The BJP government of Jharkhand is pulling out all stops to welcome Indian and foreign multinationals to plunder the land, labour and rich mineral resources of the state. Over 200 MOU's with Indian and foreign capitalists were signed on 16-17 February at a Momentum Jharkhand Investors' Summit 2017.
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 capitalist class and its economic experts talk as if the rate of growth in GDP is the indicator of the economic health of the country. However, life experience shows that growth in GDP does not guarantee improvement in the standard of living of the workers, peasants, artisans and others who toil to produce the GDP.
Crores of workers become poorer whenever the movement in their wages lag behind the rate of increase in the prices of consumption articles. It makes no difference to them whether GDP has grown by 5% or by 10%.
Events in Tamilnadu since the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa have led to heightened anger among the people. The sordid spectacle of intense dogfight within the ruling party, the kidnapping of “people’s representatives” by the faction in command and physical clashes within the Legislative Assembly have all aroused the people’s indignation.
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.
I am writing in response to the Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India issued on 24th January on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Indian Republic, titled: We need to rebuild the Republic on an entirely new foundation.
With this statement, Communist Ghadar Party has shown that it is possible even in these times of obfuscation and confusion to unwaveringly stick to the true path for the liberation of Indian society.
The condition of peasants is growing from bad to worse in all parts of the country. Growing domination of capitalist monopolies, withdrawal of State support in the name of liberalisation, and the cash crunch created by the Note Ban have all added to the misery of the peasants. The following are some cases which have hit the news in recent weeks.
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.
Recent months have witnessed thousands of workers being thrown out of their jobs in a wide range of sectors, as a result of intense monopolistic competition leading to mergers among the biggest capitalist corporations.
The telecom sector is witnessing an unprecedented wave of mergers and acquisitions, which is expected to lead to massive destruction of jobs.
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.
Following the Note Ban announced on 8th November last year, many factory and shop owners all over the country paid one month’s wages in advance to get rid of their old rupee notes.
On 21st December, Government of India issued an Ordinance to amend the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, to permit employers to pay wages by cheque or digital transfer without having to seek the workers’ consent.
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).
Mass protests have broken out throughout the United States of America. Lakhs of people have come onto the streets in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities, defending the rights of immigrants, Muslims and refugees fleeing war torn countries. They have declared that No Human Being Is Illegal!
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 12 February 2017, the Haryana Council of the Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS) held a meeting on the "Ill-effects of the Noteban (demonetisation)". There was a grand exhibition of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Ghadaris of 1857 outside the meeting hall. The meeting was attended by teachers, students, workers, farmers and traders.
The meeting was presided over by the Vice President of the All India Council of LRS, Com. Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Com. Dhunichand and Purushottam Shastri. The meeting was conducted by Com. Kuldeep.
The alternative is workers’ and peasants’ rule and the Navnirman of India!
Call of Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of elections to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, 1st February, 2017
The election campaign for the 403-member Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh is dominated by the same old divisive and diversionary slogans which have led to communal massacres and caste atrocities in the past.
Fight for workers’ and peasants’ rule and a new voluntary Indian Union!
Call of Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of elections to the Manipur Assembly, 11th February, 2017
The Election Commission has announced 4th and 8th March as the dates for election to the 60-member Legislative Assembly of Manipur. The election process is to take place in unusually difficult conditions, caused by prolonged trade blockade and the Note Ban, in addition to the fascist reign of terror by the central armed forces.
‘Raj Badalo-Samaj Badalo’, Conference Held In Bhatinda
On January 31st, a major Conference was held in Bhatinda, a district town of Punjab, on the topic ‘Raj Badalo (Change the present state) -Samaj Badalo’ (Change the society). This conference was organised by a committee of left and progressive leaders including Shinder Singh Nathuwala, Jhanda Singh Jhethuke, Buta Singh Burj Gill, Pavel Kussa, Lal Singh Golewala, Kamaljit Khanna and others who also spoke in the conference. The conference was attended by about 20,000 people.
A blatant exposure of the communal nature of the Indian State
Fifteen years have passed since the state-organised genocide in Gujarat. In spite of the attempts of vested interests in India and abroad to brush it under the carpet, the failure to render justice to the victims remains a burning issue. The demand for truth and justice continue to be raised by the victims as well as all men and women of conscience.
The following have by now been established as indisputable facts:
On 3rd February 2017, a trial court in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat, acquitted 28 persons accused of arson and rioting during the genocide of Muslims in the state. 15 years have passed, and there have been convictions in the Gulbarg Society, Godhra train burning, Bilkis Bano and Best Bakery cases; however, the verdict is still pending in some of the prominent incidents of killing, rape and loot, as in Naroda Patiya and Sadarpura.
A kisan sansad was organised by the Jai Kisan Andolan of Swaraj Abhiyan on 1st February 2017 at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. This initiative was taken in the face of consistent disregard by the central government of the miserable conditions of farmers. The following points were included in the budget proposals of this Kisan Sansad.
Turamdih, about five km from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand is the site of a nuclear mine. One of five Uranium mines of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), it was commissioned in 2003. The UCIL is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), under the Department of Atomic Energy for uranium mining and processing. The centrally owned Corporation is responsible for the mining and milling of uranium ore in India. Uranium is the main fuel source for running the nuclear power plants that are installed in the country.
A partial but an extremely significant victory was won when the High Court set aside the Lower Court verdict of life sentence for 6 out of 8 activists of Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam. Eight leading activists of the Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam had earlier been sentenced to ‘double life imprisonment’ in a shocking verdict of the Coimbatore Sessions Court. Following the HC judgement, the 6 activists who have been acquitted, will be released soon. Appeal against the sentence for the remaining two will be made in Supreme Court.
One of the big shipping dock companies in Karnataka’s Mangalore port Delta Infralogistics (Worldwide) Ltd illegally retrenched workers from 16 December 2016. The workers under the leadership of AICCTU have launched an agitation against this retrenchment. The workers are lying down in front of truck wheels in order to stop vehicles from transporting dock goods. Workers from other shipping companies have also declared solidarity with these workers and have refused to take part in any activity against the Delta Company workers.
Fulfilling capitalist greed by further robbing the people
Finance Minister Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2017-18 as being a pro-poor and pro-peasant budget. However, the real agenda is to enhance capitalist profits through a number of tax, expenditure and policy measures.
An important step forward in the struggle against privatization of Railways
On February 1, 2017, unions representing different sections of rail workers gathered under the banner of National Platform of Railway Trade Unions organized an important National Convention on the theme “Save Railways, Save the
The Joint Action Committee of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) organised a massive dharna at the Parliament to press for their demands.
Engine drivers and guards from different divisions of the Indian Railways took part in the dharna along with their families. Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Southern Railway Employees Union and the All India Station Masters Association supported and participated in the dharna.
Four years after hundreds of Maruti workers were arrested, as the trial of Maruti workers approaches its final stage, the truth is getting exposed. Facts reveal that it is the capitalists and not the workers who are to blame.
The employees of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited are strongly opposing the announcement of privatisation of this public sector enterprise. Through a letter to the Prime Minister dated 5 February 2017, the All India Aviation Employees Union has expressed its opposition to the company being made a private company.
The Finance Minister and other official spokesmen and ideologues of the capitalist class deliberately hide and distort the reality that it is workers, peasants and other working people who produce the wealth which the capitalists and landlords appropriate, and that the State robs the working people even further through massive and ever increasing burden of taxes.
The first payment bank, a joint venture between Airtel and Kotak Mahindra Bank, was launched with much fanfare by the Union Finance Minister on 12th January. A look at the schedule of charges for various transactions at the bank tells us why and for whose benefit digital payment is being promoted by the Government of India.
Mint workers refused to work beyond 9 hours on 29th December, at the Salboni Mint at Kolkatta. On 14th November, they had to work 12 hours at a stretch so that new notes could be made available, in the context of demonetisation.
According to the RBI Note Printing Private Employees Union, several employees fell sick. Since they had to work non-stop, the employees started falling sick and their families were adversely impacted.
Villagers in Bhangor in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal have been waging a determined struggle against forcible land acquisition, since the last week of December 2016. Villages of Khamarait, Machhi Bhanga , Tona and Gazipur in the area have witnessed mass meetings and protest actions by thousands of villagers. People from neighbouring villages have been coming in to show their solidarity.
Oppose the sale and privatisation of public property!
On 28 December 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Central government decided to sell off four public sector drug companies. Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd. (HAL), Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (IDPL), Rajasthan Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (RDPL) and Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BCPL) are among the companies that are being privatised. The government is justifying the sale of these companies by pretending that the money that will flow into its coffers will be used for the welfare of the people.
Trade unions gave a call to observe 28th January 2017 as an “Opposition Day” to protest the difficulties caused by demonetisation. Many protests were organised across the country. Trade Unions organised protests at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Various sections of workers participated in this.
Call to intensify struggle after the State government reneges on assurances
Vote for strike against privatisation and contract system
The process of voting on the call for an all Rajasthan strike given by the All Rajasthan State Government Employees Joint Federation started on 16th January 2017. This was kicked off in Hanumangarh district. The voting will go on until 25 January. Subsequently, it will be decided how the Federation will respond to the oppressive policies of the government.
I am writing in response to the fitting tribute that appeared in the Dec. 16-31, 2016 issue of MEL to the memory of the great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Ruz who passed away recently, in the article entitled `Farewell to the Undefeated Commandante, Fidel!'
The revolutionary leader was instrumental in the liberation of his country Cuba in 1959 from the clutches of the right-wing dictatorship headed by Batista, and for helping the brave people of that country brave decades of sanctions and aggression at the hands of the US imperialists and decades of encirclement.
Thousands of peasants gheraoed (surrounded) the Nohar Block office in Hanumangadh district under the leadership of the Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangarsh Samiti and Lok Raj Sangathan on 16th January. The peasants were protesting the non fulfilment of their demand for the promised supply of water from the Sidhmukh feeder, Nohar feeder and Amarsingh branch; they were also demanding that the stealthy diversion of water from the canals be stopped. Communist Ghadar Party extends its wholehearted support for the just demand of the peasants.
From January 15, lakhs of youth and students across the length and breadth of Tamilnadu have been organizing and participating in massive protest demonstrations. They have occupied Marina Beach in Chennai, as well as prominent centers in Madurai and other towns of Tamilnadu demanding revocation of the ban on Jallikattu.
Jallikattu is a bull taming sport which has been an integral part of Tamil culture through the ages. It is an integral part of the harvest festival Pongal, one of the most important festivals of the Tamil people.
Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of Elections to the State Assembly of Punjab, 20 January, 2017
Elections to the state assembly have been announced at a time when Punjab is facing a bleak future. In this most fertile land of the five rivers, peasants are being driven to suicide. Many farmers are selling their land and migrating to other parts of India or abroad. Industry remains under-developed and there is rampant unemployment. The youth of Punjab are among the worst victims of the criminalisation of politics and the state-organised drug trade.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 8th January, 2017
On 2nd January, the Supreme Court of India passed a ruling that “No politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed, or religion," and that “such actions would be against the secular ethos of the Constitution and amount to corrupt poll practices.”
Since November 1, 2016, that is for nearly two and half months, the people of Manipur are facing the consequences of an economic blockade that has been imposed on them.
There is complete disruption of normal life. Both the National Highways that connect Manipur and its capital Imphal to the rest of India have been blocked off. The international trade via Myanmar has come to a virtual halt. Thousands of trucks carrying essential commodities are stuck at different places on the highways.
The police and security forces of the state in Chhattisgarh have launched a vicious campaign to harass, vilify, intimidate, arrest and persecute all those who have been investigating the gross human rights violations of the adivasi people there, courageously bringing out the truth and fighting for justice and punishment for the authorities guilty of organizing and executing these crimes.
Following the announcement of demonetization of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes, the working people in the cities and rural areas have been facing acute hardship. Lakhs of workers have lost their jobs and peasants are facing a threat to their livelihood. On New Year’s Eve, the PM announced amidst much fanfare, a set of measures in an attempt to pacify the mounting anger of the people and to make a show that the cash deposited in the banks following the 8th November announcement is being applied for the welfare of the people.
Numerous individuals accused of being terrorists are languishing in jails in various parts of the country. Many among them are released several years later when the courts rule that they are innocent. The “1st People’s Tribunal” was set up on 2nd October 2016 to allow such individuals to present a description of their condition. A report based on the victims’ narrative submitted by the jury was released in New Delhi on 10th December 2016. This report has been published by “The Innocents Network India”.
The Note Ban announced by Prime Minister Modi on 8th November is part of a global strategy to make people pay for the banking crisis caused by big corporate defaulters in several countries. This strategy is clearly reflected in a recent Report from Global Research. The Report traces the collaboration between the Indian and US states in the matter of financial management of the economy.
Nepal and Bhutan are the only two other countries that accept some Indian currency as legal tender. The note ban announced by the government on November 8, 2016 has caused severe problems for the people of both these countries, whose economies are heavily dependent on Indian currency.
On December 27, 2016 the Mexican administration announced a cut to gas subsidies which came into effect from January 1, 2017. Called the “Gasolinazo”, this move resulted in a steep rise in the price of standard petrol by 20 percent to 15.99 pesos (75 cents) a litre.
Brutal neglect of the safety of the colliery workers
Nearly 100 workers are believed to have been buried in a massive earth cave-in that occurred on December 29, 2016, at the Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) Lalmatia colliery in Godda district of Jharkhand, 400 km from the state capital Ranchi.
As we usher in the New Year 2017, workers, peasants, small traders and others are being subjected to untold suffering as a result of acute shortage of cash, which is expected to continue into the New Year. The State has deprived people of the right to decide in what form they can keep their savings out of the income they have legitimately earned.
There has been a lot of talk in the last couple of years that the Government of India is going to privatize the railways. Shortly after the Modi government took power, it appointed the Bibek Debroy Committee in September 2014 to give recommendations on “improving the finances and functioning” of the Indian Railways. The committee gave its report in June 2015.
Allying with the world’s biggest terrorist in the name of “jointly fighting terror”
In early December some sections of the media carried a report that a seven-member team of the FBI (US Federal Bureau of investigation) was in Kolkata to question a person, who had been arrested on charges of being an “Islamic State terror group operative”. It was alleged that the so-called operative had plans to execute “attacks harmful for US interests”.
The Andhra Pradesh government has unveiled plans to privatise civic infrastructure works in urban local bodies.
The workers and their unions are agitated over the proposal of the government to amend the Municipal Act so as to hand over the civic works, including sanitation and provision of drinking water, to the proposed Urban Infrastructure Management Company. The government proposes to empower this Company to recover the entire cost by imposing heavy taxes on the people.
In the context of note ban, Prime Minister Narender Modi and his government colleagues have been carrying on high decibel propaganda about how all the decisions made by the government are allegedly aimed at benefiting the working class and toiling masses. In reality, all the decisions of the government are dictated by the need to shift the burden of the crisis onto the backs of the working class and toiling masses.
The Government of India reduced the import duty of wheat to zero from 10 percent on 8th December. The government has explained that this step has been taken to improve domestic availability and therefore keep the pressure on rising prices of wheat.
The Central Board of Trustees (CBT) of the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has announced its decision to reduce interest rates for Employees Provident Fund from 8.8% to 8.65%. This will be applicable for the current year 2016-2017, once it is approved by the Central government.
This reduction in the Provident Fund interest rate is an attack on the savings of crores of workers. It is estimated that there are about 4 crore active EPF accounts. These workers will now earn less on their savings.
The Indian Railways (IR) organised a massive campaign over the last three months beginning September 2016, ostensibly with the purpose of getting suggestions from its 13 lakh workforce on how to improve the functioning of the Railways. 75,000 staff members gave over 150,000 suggestions and the best of these were to be selected and discussed at the 3 day shivir. Only delegates from the recognised trade unions, NFIR and AIFR were allowed to attend.
In recent weeks, Prime Minister Modi and his government have been making allegations that bank employees are siphoning off crores of rupees to some favoured customers and taking a cut. The truth is that the Modi’s government has failed to provide the banking system with enough new notes. His government is responsible for people standing for hours in long queues and still not being able to withdraw their own money from the bank because of cash shortage.
Professor GN Saibaba, a well-known political activist, is being refused reinstatement in Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand college. Despite a petition signed by 207 academics that was forward by the office of the Vice-President of India, the college has decided to continue with the suspension of Prof. Saibaba. An order of “deemed suspension” of his employment was issued following his arrest in 2014.
Government is making false promises since past 3 years
On 21 December the guest teachers who had gathered at Chatrasaal stadium to press for their demands were attacked with water cannon and police was used to break their strike demonstration. The occasion was the dialogue initiated by the Delhi state government, which had issues a circular calling 11,000 guest teachers.
The work load on bank employees has been increasing with each day on account of the demonetization move by the government, and they have been working day and night. In such a situation, Prime Minister Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Reserve Bank have been accusing the bank employees of declaring to the public that they do not have enough money for them to withdraw, despite the bank having sufficient funds; the bank employees have been accused of siphoning crores of rupees to their favoured clients.
Representatives of peasants of Nohar division of Hanumangadh district of Rajasthan presented a petition in the name of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti to the Special District Magistrate. In the petition, the peasants have demanded that they be given the full quantity of water available in the Amar Singh Branch, Nohar Feeder and Sidhmuk Branch, so that they can save their wheat crop.
On 19th December 2016, the residents of Munshari, located on the Ganganagar mega highway between Nohar and Bhadara, surrounded the toll plaza established by a private company by the name of Ridcor. The residents were upset about the toll charged by the toll plaza for people residing in the neighbouring villages. To demonstrate their opposition, they blocked the mega highway near the toll plaza using their vehicles.
On 28 November a massive protest demonstration was organised at Church Gate Station in Mumbai against the demonetisation announced by the Modi government. Over 400 activists of various communist parties participated in the protest demonstration including the CPI, CPM, CGPI, SUCI (Communist), Republican Party of India, Samata Vidhyarthi Aghadi, Lal Nishan Party, and Peasants Workers Party, and others. The activists protested against the great difficulty caused to people are large, and raised slogans with banner and placards.
100 years ago Ghadar Party was formed by Indians in the US.It was historic milestone in our anti-colonial struggle.
The goal of this party was to organise a revolution to liberate our motherland from British servitude and establish a free and independent India with equal rights for all. It believed this to be the necessary condition for our people to hold their heads high anywhere in the world.
Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 30th August, 2012
Working class representatives from all over the country are gathering on 4th September, at a time when a titanic struggle is going on in our country. The struggle is between the majority of toiling and exploited people and a minority of exploiters. It is between the majority whose labour expands wealth and the minority who enjoy the fruits of wealth creation on the basis of their private property and positions of power.
The initiating speech, at the working class conference on the Way Forward held on 23-24 December 2011, was made by comrade Lal Singh, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. The document entitled the necessity for the working class to take political power has been edited based on the discussion in the conference and is being published according to the decision the Central Committee.