The bestial multiple rape and murder of 8-year old Asifa in Kathua, the rape and torture of the Unnao girl by the MLA, the untold miseries including rape suffered by the Surat girl before her murder – all these have shaken up the people of our country. The involvement of the police and MLA in these crimes, the shameless support given by ministers of the Jammu and Kashmir government to the perpetrators of the Kathua crime, the UP government’s role in trying to shield the MLA of its party as well as the prolonged silence of the PM before he reluctantly came out with a couple of sentences once again revealed the thoroughly anti-people nature of the state. People all over the country are raising their voice in protest. They realise that unless they unite and fight, these crimes will be pushed under the carpet and the criminals will go scot-free.
Statement of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 14th April 2018
The US, UK and France launched missile attacks on Syria early morning on 14th April. This is a blatant attack on the sovereignty of Syria and a deliberate provocation against its government and people.
Communist Ghadar Party of India strongly condemns this criminal attack on Syria and its people by the imperialists. It calls on the working class and people of our country and all peace and justice loving forces to unite and oppose imperialist war against Syria.
The 22nd of April this year marks the 148th birth anniversary of V.I. Lenin, the great revolutionary leader and teacher of the working class.
The teachings of Lenin are more relevant than ever before. It is essential for the revolutionary forces headed by the working class to be guided by the teachings of Lenin, in order to defeat the reactionary forces headed by the capitalist monopoly houses, lift Indian society out of crisis and open the path for its all-round progress.
Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, April 1, 2018
Doctors and medical students all over the country are organizing a dharna on April 2 in their hospitals and medical colleges. They are organizing under the banner of the Medicos Youth National Action Council (MYNAC) consisting of all medical student organizations and resident doctors’ associations.
Doctors and medical students have been agitating against the privatization of medical education and hospital care. They have been opposing the terrible conditions in government hospitals, overcrowded and with crumbling infrastructure, where young doctors are forced to work long hours without a break, dealing with long lines of patients.
Peasants in Tamilnadu, like their brothers in other states, are on the warpath. Faced with dire drought conditions, the failure of the crop insurance scheme dashed all their hopes of getting any compensation.
The news media has been carrying out 24X7 coverage of the alleged use by Cambridge Analytica, a British company, of personal data of millions of Facebook users to influence elections in favour of political parties which buy their services.
The working class of India has been bravely resisting the massive attack of the ruling class on its rights to organise and to fight for better conditions of work. Workers belonging to the transport, construction, railway, IT and other sectors, anganwadi workers, teachers and doctors have come out in huge demonstrations. Coming May Day will be a great inspiration for them to forge their unity and take their struggles to greater heights.
Women’s groups and youth organisations participated in a militant protest action at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 12, 2018, demanding punishment for the perpetrators of the ghastly rape crimes in Kathua in Jammu and Unnao in UP. Hundreds of women, men, students and youth gathered at Jantar Mantar and marched to Parliament. Activists of AIDWA, NFIW, AIPWA, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, CSW, Swastika Mahila Samiti, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, AISA, SFI, KYS and other organisations participated in the protest action. A public rally was held at the Parliament, which was addressed by leaders of all the participating organisations.
On 23rd March 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hung by British rulers. The visionary ideas of these martyrs have been such a source of inspiration for the people of India that public meetings and rallies are held all over the country, including South India, around this occasion. The message and deeds of these martyrs are so popular and well-known in Kanyakumari district, in the southern tip of Tamilnadu, that communist parties, trade unions, peasants and youth organisations recall their sacrifice with fervour by organising public meetings, rallies, discussions and debates and putting up posters all theouhg the district.
On 22nd March 2018 - tens of thousands of train drivers, teachers, nurses, air traffic controllers and other public sector staff went on strike across the country. For the first time, civil servants and railway staff
Youth and students of Manipur have reacted angrily against a speech made on March 28 by the Manipur Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren Singh, in Porbandar, Gujarat, in which he asserted that Manipur, Arunachal, Nagaland and other parts of the North East had been part of India “since the time of Bhagwan Sri Krishna”. He claimed that the age-old unity of the North East with the rest of India was disrupted thereafter, and then thanked PM Narendra Modi for having reestablished this unity.
Young doctors and medical students all over the country observed a Halla Bol dharna in their respective medical colleges and hospitals on April 2, 2018. The dharna had been organized to oppose the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which the central government proposes to introduce. The dharna was organized under the banner of the Medicos Youth Nation Action Council (MYNAC).
A protest demonstration was organized on 4th April under the leadership of Lok Raj Sangathan at Nohar station in Hanumangadh district. The action was in support of a five-point demand in connection with the demand for change in timing of the Sadalpur-Hanumangadh passenger train 04778.
Several organisations and their leaders participated in this dharna along with Lok Raj Sangathan. A petition was submitted to the Zonal Manager of Western Railways, in the course of the dharna. Representatives of the various organisations addressed the dharna.
The recent attacks on Lenin’s statues in Tripura were accompanied by the propaganda that Indians allegedly have no cause to honour a Russian communist leader. The majority of Indian people, however, do not agree with this assertion.
Not only communist parties but the majority of political parties, as well as numerous journalists, respected scholars, poets and writers have condemned the attacks on Lenin’s statues. This reflects the deep impression that Lenin and the Russian Revolution have made on the struggle of the Indian people for their liberation.
... We are deeply grieved to know of the passing away of Comrade Gandharv Sen Kochhar on March 14, 2018. For our entire party and for me personally, Comrade Gandharv Sen exemplified the revolutionary spirit of the Hindustan Ghadar Party. Throughout his life, Comrade Gandharv Sen never wavered, even one single moment, from the lofty aim of liberating India from all forms of exploitation and oppression.
He fought to keep alive the revolutionary traditions of the Hindustan Ghadar Party and made a significant contribution to the communist movment in India. He was one of the principal organisers of the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Committee. ...
The villagers of Ramgarh, a sub tehsil in Hanuman district of Rajasthan, blocked the passage of Sadulpur to Sriganganagar train in the afternoon of 26 March 2018 at the Ramgarh station. The villagers were angry at the sudden decision of the officials to remove Ramgarh halt for many passenger trains including the Hanumangarh–Sadulpur Passenger. The officials also changed the time table of passenger trains plying on this route so that the trains were no longer useful to the villagers.
At the call of DUTA-FEDCUTA (Delhi University Teachers Association-Federation of Central Universities Teachers Associations), tens of thousands of students and teachers held a militant protest march in New Delhi, from Mandi House to Parliament, on March 28. Students and teachers from nearly all colleges and departments of Delhi University attended the protest march. Teachers and students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Ambedkar University and Aligarh Muslim University were also present in large numbers. Several students and youth organisations participated with their banners, including AISF, SFI, AISA, CYSS, KYS, etc. The protestors raised slogans denouncing the so-called Graded Autonomy Scheme announced by the government as a step towards increasing privatisation of higher education. They held placards in their hands bearing slogans such as "Stop commercialisation of education!", "Higher education is our right!", "We ask for our rights, not for your favours!", "Stop playing with the future of our youth!", etc.
Thousands of students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and teachers of the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) organized a protest demonstration from the university campus gate to Parliament on March 23, 2018.
The scandal involving the Punjab National Bank, numerous other Indian banks and diamond businessmen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi has once again brought the crisis of the banking system to the centre-stage of public debate.
The ruling class wants to exploit this particular scandal which involves public sector banks to push the erroneous and dangerous notion that privatization is the way to lift the banking system out of crisis. As far as the working class and broad masses of people are concerned, the problem is that both public and private banks are not fulfilling the function which the people expect from them. They are not protecting the hard-earned savings which people have deposited with them. Far from protecting such deposits, banks are colluding with capitalist profiteers to loot the people!
The 21st Bi-annual Regional Convention of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held on 18-19 March 2018 in Muradabad was a resounding success.
Representatives from the Delhi, Muradabad, Lucknow, Meerut, Jind, Firozpur, Pathankot, Ambala, Panipat, Dehradun and Bareilly branches and bodies of the AILRSA vigorously participated in the Convention.
In the early morning of Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7 a.m, thousands of apprentices who had completed their apprentice training in the Indian Railways occupied the railway tracks between Dadar and Matunga on the Central Railway lines in the heart of Mumbai city. They remained on the tracks till 11 a.m, completely paralysing the morning rush hour train movements on the Central Railways.
On 23rd March 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hung by British rulers. The visionary ideas of these martyrs have been a source of inspiration for the workers, peasants, women and youth of this country who have been constantly striving to establish a society free from all forms of exploitation.
Rallies, public meetings and consultations were organised on 23rd March 2018 by communists and other progressive people all over the country. They took inspiration from the revolutionary struggles of our people against colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. On this inspiring occasion, they pledged to organise workers, peasants, women, youth and students to build a new India free from exploitation. An India which will be completely free from capitalist exploitation, imperialist loot, feudal and casteist oppression, oppression of women and communal violence.
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th March, 2018
The 23rd of March is observed as Martyrs’ Day. It is on that day in 1931 that Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev and Shaheed Rajguru were hanged to death by the British Raj. Ever since the Great Ghadar of 1857 and from even before, the British Raj put to death countless patriots all over the Indian sub-continent. They branded them as “enemies of the State”. Martyrs’ Day is an occasion to recall what such patriots fought for and why the British rulers put them to death.
Since 6th March attention of entire Maharashtra was focused on thousands of farmers who started their Long March to Mumbai from Nashik, under the leadership of the Maharashtra unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha. A 1.5 km long river of red seemed to flow along the highway as more than 30 thousand farmers, young and old, men and women, walked nearly 200 kms in scorching heat, many of them barefoot, waving red flags with hammer and sickle and reached Azad Maidan in Mumbai in the early hours of 12th March. It was indeed a magnificent scene. Braving all odds and various attempts by the government of Maharashtra to scare them and to split them, these farmers in one voice declared to the gathered media that “it is better to die fighting for our rights here, rather than dying hungry in our fields!” It is this single minded determination which forced the Maharashtra government to concede some of their demands.
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 9th March, 2018
The victory of the BJP in the Assembly election has been followed by savage attacks against communists and trade union activists in Tripura. Offices of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been looted and set on fire. Statues of Lenin have been physically attacked and vandalized.
Leaders and activists of e Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Ghadar Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Revolutionary Socialist Party of India and All India Forward Bloc participated in a joint demonstration from Jantar Mantar to Parliament, on March 9. The demonstration was organized to protest against the systematic campaign organized by the state, to spread terror and hatred among people, following the electoral victory of the BJP in the Tripura state assembly elections.
The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was first published 170 years ago. Ever since its publication, this first great programmatic work of scientific socialism has been and remains the indispensable guide for the working class of the whole world in its struggle to overthrow the capitalist system and build a new socialist society free from all forms of exploitation.
Hundreds of women marched in Delhi, from Mandi House to Parliament, on March 8 this year, to mark International Women’s Day and to reaffirm their resolve to step up the struggle for a new society, free from exploitation, inequality, injustice and violence. Working women and men, youth and students, young and old, all enthusiastically participated in the program.
Bajaj Auto is one of the large auto firms based in Pune. The Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana union put up a militant fight in January-February of this year against the Bajaj Auto owners for the fulfilment of a number of demands. These demands have been pending since the past four years. For example, the issue of illegal and unjust termination of 8 workers has been pending since 2013. Further, the issue of uncalled-for transfer of 6 workers from Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant to other plants (Bajaj Auto has plants in Aurangabad and Pantnagar) too has been pending since 2016.
Nearly 500 Anganwadi workers from all blocks of Gurgaon struck work for a week from 19th to 26th February. They demonstrated outside the residence of Rao Narbir Singh the Public Works Department minister in protest against low wages and oppressive work conditions. The workers demanded that their salaries be increased to Rs 18,000 per month and that they be given benefits such as health insurance and pension.
On 6th March, the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees associated with a number of trade unions staged a demonstration outside TNSTC Madurai’s headquarters demanding the reinstatement of 11 employees suspended during the TNSTC employees’ week-long strike across the State in January. The employees also demanded the withdrawal of cases filed against these 11 employees of TNSTC Madurai by the police.
More than 300 women from Penn Thozhilalar Sangam held a demonstration at Tiruvallur near the railway station on 5th March, seeking better wages and benefits. The women, all part of the unorganised workforce, including domestic and construction work, had gathered from different places of the district and Chennai to raise their demands.
All across the country, farmers are marching in defence of their demands for state procurement of their produce at remunerative prices and for cancellation of their debts. They are protesting in various ways to show their anger that their demands have remained unfulfilled. Time and again, various governments at the centre and in the states have criminally betrayed their promises. Farmers are determined to fight for their right to life and security of livelihood.
Central trade unions have decided to organize protest actions all over the country on March 15.
Through this all-India protest action, the trade unions will show their resolve to step up the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-national and anti-social offensive of the ruling class.
The indefinite strike launched by drivers and conductors of Nagpur city bus service followed a familiar pattern - a pattern which has become a norm across the country, irrespective of which party is in power in the state or in municipal corporation. The Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was invoked and the strike was declared illegal!
As reported in February 16-28, 2018 edition of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, at the call of the All India Guards Council, Guards of Indian Railway all over India wore black badges on the 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2018 to protest the anti-worker policies of the Railway Authorities and the Central Government and presented their charter of demands.
Communist Ghadar Party greets the fighting women of all countries on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018 It is an occasion to show the combined strength of women and the working class It is an occasion to sum up, take stock and plan ahead to advance the struggle for women’s liberation
All over the world today, women are in the forefront of the growing opposition to liberalization, privatization and cutbacks in public social services. They are active participants in the struggles for national rights that are under attack by multinational corporations and imperialist states. They are opposing the unjust wars being waged by US imperialism and its allies, resulting in widespread destruction and in millions of refugees fleeing from war zones They are opposing the racist policies of capitalist-imperialist states.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India organised a meeting in New Delhi on February 18 to mark the 25th anniversary of an important milestone in the history of our Party and in the history of the class struggle in our country. Members and activists of the Party, some of whom had actively participated in organising and leading the rally 25 years ago, as well as a large number of young women and men, who have joined the ranks of the party since that time, enthusiastically participated in the meeting.
On February 16, 2018, the Supreme Court announced its judgment on how the waters flowing through the Cauvery River should be shared between the states of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Puducheri. The judgment came in response to an appeal filed by Karnataka against the order of the Cauvery Waters Tribunal in 2007, which had allocated, in a year of normal rainfall, 270 tmcft to Karnataka. The Supreme Court Order increased the share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft to 284.75 tmcft. It reduced Tamilnadu’s share by the same amount to 404.25 tmcft.
While presenting the Union Budget for 2018-19, Finance Minister Jaitley announced two major initiatives in the health sector, as part of its much-publicised Ayushman Bharat program. These are the Health and Wellness Centre and National Health Protection Scheme.
The Winter Olympics held in Pyeon Chang, South Korea, in February 2018 will be remembered as the occasion where the governments and peoples of North and South Korea showed the whole world that they wish to reunite their nation. They wish to create conditions where all Koreans can live in peace, in a de-militarized homeland free from all forms of imperialist interference and threats.
Around 2000 resident doctors attached to civic-run public hospitals of the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC), got a shock in receiving their monthly stipend on Friday 9th February 2018. They found that over half the sum had been, for the first time ever, deducted in taxes! Members of the central committee of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) at a press conference on Saturday 10th February 2018 explained that they all resident doctors are students who pay yearly fees to the respective colleges and are given a stipend in lieu of the back breaking work they do in hospitals. The Income Tax Act clearly mentions that tax must be deducted at source only from salary and other professional earnings etc. Hence it is only applicable to those who are employed.
The Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Sciences (SITS) is spread across seven major campuses sprawled over a large area in and around Pune, the educational centre of Maharashtra. The Institute received state support for acquiring the land for the campuses at concessional rates. It has received many other concessions as well. It has built colleges for engineering, medical and pharmacy. With close to 70,000 students enrolled, it charges hefty fees and collects donations. However it does not meet its obligations towards the teachers and staff that it has hired. The government is looking on while it hires teachers and staff on contract or on temporary status, notwithstanding that they do regular full-time work. Worse, they have not been paid their salaries for months.
Tens of thousands of people from all over England took part on Saturday 3rd February, in a day of action demanding a new direction for the National Health Service (NHS) and an end to its privatisation. In London, 60,000 marched in the cold and rain through the centre of town to a rally outside Downing Street (where the Prime Minister’s official residence is located).
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is one of the world’s largest metro transport corporation. It is managed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and caters to the needs of more than 30 lakh commuters every day. On 12th February 2018, the BEST management committee announced its decision to hire 200 mini non-AC buses, 200 mini-AC buses and 50 midi-buses on wet lease from private contractors. Under this type of arrangement, buses are leased from private contractors along with driver and are also maintained by the contractor.
Maharashtra Anganwadi workers are furious as the promises given by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra are being violated. These workers are mainly responsible for running more than 97,000 Anganwadi’s in Maharashtra through which more than 73 lakh children are provided with food supplied by the Maharashtra government.
A spirited discussion took place among nearly a hundred young party activists on February 4, in New Delhi, on the question of liberation of women. Young women and men, school and college students and working youth, participated enthusiastically in the meeting organized by the Communist Ghadar Party. They animatedly exchanged views on this burning problem in society and came up with important suggestions on how to organize to deal with this issue.
On January 29, 2018, representatives of 11 electoral political parties of Nagaland declared that they would not put up candidates in the February 27 elections to the state assembly. The joint declaration they signed after meetings with the Core Committee of Nagaland tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) said “We on behalf of all the political parties and the intending candidates have, in compliance with the wishes of the people, decided not to go ahead with the issuance of party tickets or filing of nominations.”
President Ram Nath Kovind, on the recommendation of Election Commission of India (ECI), has disqualified 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs from Delhi, citing that each of them was holding an “office of profit”. This is supposed to be in the service of enforcing accountability of elected representatives.
16 years after the gruesome State organized communal genocide in Gujarat, the guilty remain unpunished. Those in charge of the state administration, in command positions, including the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, continue to occupy the highest offices.
Heads of state or government of the ten ASEAN member countries -- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei – were the Chief guests at the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2018.
Twenty five years, ago, the Indian state announced its “Look East” policy and began to actively strengthen economic and political relationships with the countries of South East Asia. This was immediately following the end of the Cold War and the end of the bipolar division of the world.
During these twenty five years, the ten member ASEAN has emerged as an important multilateral trade grouping. China has emerged as the biggest trading partner of ASEAN, followed by Japan, the US and South Korea.
It has been reported in media that the Union Government has issued a draft notification on Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2018, dated 8th January, which will allow all businesses to offer fixed-term contracts to workers. This will enable industries to hire workers for short-term assignments and terminate their services once the projects are completed.
With reference to the article entitled `Union Budget 2018-19: Promises development for all but fulfills monopoly capitalist greed', this article was written before the budget was announced and its predictions have essentially been borne out, thereby vindicating the high level of theoretical and practical development of the revolutionary theory and practice of our party.
On 2 February 1943, the armies of Hitler’s Germany suffered their greatest defeat in World War II at the hands of the heroic people of the Soviet Union led by the Bolshevik Party and Comrade Stalin, at the city of Stalingrad. The military and civilian casualties of this epic struggle that lasted more than 5 months amounted to nearly 2 million people – a mind-boggling figure. The Nazi forces had thrown lakhs of their most tested military forces into their campaign to conquer the socialist Soviet Union. But they were halted at Stalingrad, an industrial city of 500,000 people on the banks of the Volga river, which was the gateway to the rich oil resources of the Caspian region. The rallying cry for the defenders of Stalingrad was Not One Step Back!
It was victory for the IT professionals of Maharashtra that their union - Forum for I.T. Employees (FITE) has been registered in Maharashtra. The committee members of FITE, Maharashtra along with the representative of Lok Raj Sangathan and the President of the union of Bajaj Auto employees announced this at a press conference held on 13th January 2018.
The members of All India Guards Council (AIGC) and All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) representing the guards and engine drivers of the Indian Railways all over India demonstrated in front of their respective Divisional Railway Manager's (DRM) office on 4th February 2018. They were protesting against a proposal of the Running Allowance Committee to reduce the pay element in the calculation of the revised mileage rate. The Running Allowance Committee is constituted by the Railway Board, which is the top decision making body of the Indian Railways.
At a press conference in Delhi on 6th Ferburary, the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) announced its plans to start coordinated week-long protests in 1000 locations across the country. Nearly 200 farmer associations have rejected the Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister on 1st February as “anti-farmer”.
Finance Minister Jaitley is preparing to present the central government budget for 2018-19 on 1st February. People must be careful not to be misled by the budget speech. Past experience shows that the speech of the Finance Minister is always designed to create a false impression about the class interests motivating the Union Budget.
A militant march was organized at the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi on January 15, to protest against the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India. The demonstration was organized jointly by the seven communist parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) – Liberation, Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward Bloc, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Communist Ghadar Party of India.
‘Restructuring’ means is to convert Indian Railways into a set of profit-oriented businesses, run by private companies with no social responsibility. It means to wreck a public asset to fulfil the private interests of capitalist monopoly houses. ... The Railway Board Chairman a few days back while addressing monopoly capitalists, interested in participating in the privatization of railways. He announced, “We are running a purely commercial business in a sarkari way”, and assured them, “The Indian Railways is undertaking massive structural, cultural and process reforms to improve ease of doing business.”
On 4th January, 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitly announced details of a proposed scheme of issuing Electoral Bonds for financing political parties. Only those parties will be eligible for donations through electoral bonds which received at least 1% of the votes in the last general elections to the Lok Sabha or State assembly. ... what the Electoral Bonds Scheme will achieve is to make it possible for individual capitalists and companies to contribute large sums of money to their favoured political parties legally and without involving cash. As before, who gave how much to which party will remain hidden from public view.
According to news reports, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has come out with a report strongly opposing privatization of Air India. The Committee estimates that given 5 more years, it is possible to revive Air India as a profit making company. In its final report, the Committee is expected to recommend that the government should write off the debt of Air India and stop its plans to privatize Air India.
On January 1, 2018, the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un delivered a New Year address in which he clearly expressed the desire of the DPRK to engage in talks with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to resolve the current tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
In his speech, he said “The south Korean authorities should respond positively to our sincere efforts for a detente, instead of exacerbating the situation by joining the United States in its reckless moves for a north-targeted nuclear war that threatens the destiny of the entire nation as well as peace and stability on this land.
Transport workers belonging to 17 trade unions in Tamilnadu, had gone on an indefinite strike after rejecting the government's proposal to hike the wages of the transport workers by 2.44%. There are about 1.4 lakh workers in the state's transport department to handle a fleet of 22,500 buses. Over 2 crore passengers use the services with buses travelling a total of 88.64 lakh km daily.
More than 800 Anganwadi, ASHA and Mid-day meal workers took part in a militant protest demonstration from Mandi House to Parliament in New Delhi on January 17. The action was organized at the call of the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions, including Mazdoor Ekta Committee, CITU, AITUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, UTUC, HMS, LPF, SEWA and INTUC.
The demonstrators were prevented from advancing towards Parliament by the Delhi police. However, due to the militant resistance put up by the protesting workers and their leaders, especially the women workers, the police were forced to relent.
Four lakh civilian defense employees working in more than 430 defense units all over the country boycotted food including tea the whole day while on duty on Thursday, 11th January, to attract the attention of the government to their demand to stop privatization and closure of defense establishments.
More than 400 union activists from all the districts of Maharashtra gathered in Nashik on 6th January, 2018 to oppose the retrograde changes in labour laws. Senior leaders of CITU, AITUC, HMS, BKS, BMS, Kamgar Ekta Chalwal, etc. participated.
Around 160,000 employees in the automotive, steel and electrical industries have engaged in token strikes, called by the IG Metall union, in the first week of January 2018. The union is currently negotiating a new wage contract for 3.9 million workers in Germany’s largest industrial sector. The actions include workers at Porsche, Daimler, Bosch and other auto, auto parts and electrical companies like Siemens and AEG.
The Uttar Pradesh government is trying its best to bring in a new draconian law, the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organized Crime Act (UPCOCA) 2017. In the December 2017 session of the state assembly (vidhan sabha) the government introduced the Bill and passed it through a voice vote without any debate.
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th January, 2018
The Republic of India will be 68 years old on 26th January this year. The experience of almost seven decades has revealed that this Republic does not protect the right to livelihood, right to conscience, right to life and other human and democratic rights of all members of society. According to Indian political theory or Raj Dharma, a raja who fails to ensure protection and prosperity for the praja loses his right to rule. Judging on the basis of this principle, the Republic of India has no legitimacy whatsoever.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th January, 2018
The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the brutal attacks on the Dalits. Turning truth on its head, many sections of the monopoly controlled media are blaming the victims for the violence. According to their narrative, those who are raising their voices against continuing caste oppression of dalits are enemies of national unity, while those who attacked the dalits are patriots! The state has banned meetings and rallies of student youth raising their voices against the violence unleashed against dalits accusing them of fomenting caste conflicts!
At the call of the All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), Guards of the Indian Railways wore black badges while performing their duty, on 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2018, all across India. The black badges highlighted four of their demands: a) Decide Justified Kilometre Allowance Rates at the earliest b) Cancel EOTT (End of Train Territory) Machines that are planned to be introduced in goods trains to replace guards c) Withdraw the New Pension Scheme (NPS) that was introduced in 2004 and restore the old Pension Scheme. d) Withdraw anti-labour policies.
From Nov 30th to Dec 8th 2018, a team of Central Office Bearers, the representative body of the Guards of the Indian Railways led by Com. A.K. Srivastava, All India Secretary of All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), toured the East Coast Railway, which covers the coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, with the aim of uniting the Guards in this region to improve their working conditions. The tour covered various Railway junctions in this region - Sambalpur, Talcher, Paradeep, Khurda Road, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, etc. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar’s Mumbai Correspondent spoke to Com. A.K.Srivastava, in this context and we are presenting a Report of the information provided by him.
In December 2017, the Government of Maharashtra took two decisions regarding education which have far reaching consequences. In the first week it declared that it would close down 1314 schools in the state. The Education Minister of Maharashtra justified this decision by saying that since these schools have less than 10 students, as per the Right to Education Act (RTE) provisions, the state has the right to close down such schools! He further shamelessly stated that actually as per the RTE Act, schools with less than 20 students can be closed down, which will mean closure of more than 12000 schools as per the survey conducted in 2009, but since government is concerned about primary education it has decided to shut down only around 3000 schools!
On 22nd December, the Jharkhand government announced the ban of the Mazdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS), a registered trade union that has been in existence for 30 years. The state government invoked Section 16 of the draconian Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA). Following the ban, 10 office bearers of the organization were charged under Section 17 of the CLAA and arrested the next day. The CLAA empowers the state government to declare an organization “unlawful” if the government in its “opinion” believes that the organization “interferes or has for its objective interference in administration of law and maintenance of law and order or constitutes danger to public peace”.
Over 50,000 state transport workers in Tamil Nadu went on a flash strike starting on January 4 after the government refused to meet their demands for payment of their arrears and parity in wage increase with workers of other government departments and state enterprises. The strike began in Chennai and spread to other towns and districts in Tamilnadu. 4th and 5th January witnessed a near total strike with over 90% of buses not operating on their routes. Even after attempts by the government to force contract workers to act as substitutes, the strike remained successful.
On January 26, the Indian state will once again display its armed might to the people of India and the world. On show will be the latest acquisitions of military hardware by the Indian Armed Forces. This is being accompanied by incessant propaganda about the threat to India from foreign powers and the necessity to produce and acquire the most sophisticated arms to combat this threat.
The recommendation of Niti Aayog to privatise Air India through “strategic disinvestment” is motivated by the private greed of the monopoly capitalists who control the Indian and global airline industry. Ministers and officials of the Government of India try to justify this decision by presenting various assertions, prejudices and so-called arguments, which are not convincing.
In the speech of Com. Lal Singh delivered on the occasion of the marking of the 37th anniversary of the founding of our beloved party the CGPI, our General Secretary has taken pains to explain why "Ghadar" is present in our name: as an ever present reminder that our call is that of revolution and no effort should be spared until this goal has been reached.
Escalate the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national offensive of the big bourgeoisie!
Organise to establish workers’ and peasants’ rule!
What was the situation in our country 40 years ago, when we took up the task of building such a vanguard party of the working class? It was a time when the system of parliamentary democracy was in deep crisis. The fascist underbelly of the Indian State had been exposed by the declaration of National Emergency in June 1975 and the suspension of democratic rights and civil liberties. Widespread mass protests broke out among the working people and youth of the country.
The Party’s anniversary was celebrated on the 24th-25th December in many cities in the country and abroad, and will be celebrated in more cities over the coming weeks. The Regional Committees organized these meetings. The venues were decorated with red banners hailing the 37th anniversary and 37 red flags lighting up the stage. The speech (published here) of the General Secretary Com. Lal Singh was read out at all the meetings.
The article, “Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections: Elections in this system serve to maintain the rule of capitalist monopoly houses”, in the December 16-31 issue of MEL, has correctly pointed out that both the Congress and BJP when in command have implemented the program of the big capitalist monopoly houses and have pushed the program of capitalist globalisation at the expense of the working people.
A grave provocation against the Palestinian and Arab peoples
US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and start preparations for the US to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv constitutes a grave provocation against the Palestinian people. It is a deliberate move designed to further inflame tensions across West Asia.
Employees associated with all major and minor unions in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the telecom PSU, went on a two-day strike on 12th-13th December 2017 with two demands. They are seeking a fair wage revision through the 3rd Pay Revision Committee and demanding that BSNL not divest and lease its towers to private operators.
On the night of December 15 and the morning of December 16, the Rajasthan government launched a crackdown on doctors working in government run hospitals and health care centers in towns and villages across the state. At least 60 doctors were reported to have been picked up from their residences and workplaces by the police and arrested. Many other doctors have been forced to go into hiding to evade arrest.
A recently-released report ‘Identifying the Unidentified’ by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) states that over 8,000 extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances took place in the state between 1985 and 1995. The Report is the result of seven years of investigation.
A public meeting was organised on 19th December 2017, by the chapter of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, in sub-district Ramgarh, in memory of the martyrs of the Kakori Conspiracy and to inspire the youth with their story. The sacrifice of Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, Chadrashekhar Azad, Ashwak Ullah Khan, Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and other martyrs was remembered.
The first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.
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.