Justice Hosbet Suresh, a fearless champion of human and democratic rights, breathed his last on June 11, 2020. The Communist Ghadar Party of India deeply mourns the loss of this indefatigable fighter for the rights of the people and for their empowerment.
Establishing domination of trading monopolies over farmers and their produce
On 5th June 2020, the President of India promulgated the two ordinances passed by the Union Cabinet two days earlier - 'The Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020' and ‘The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020’. The Union Cabinet had also approved an amendment to the Essential Commodities Act (ECA) on 3rd June.
Farmers and their organisations across the country have strongly opposed the two ordinances on agriculture promulgated by the government. They have also opposed the amendment to the Essential Commodities Act.
Teachers and students of universities across the country are opposing the decision of the central government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to conduct on-line examinations for students at the end of the academic year 2019-2020. Many of the country’s top universities have announced such a decision. Several protests have been held in the past few weeks during the COVID-19 lockdown, with teachers and students demonstrating in different parts of the country, holding banners and placards.
Ten central trade unions – INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC – have issued a call to organise country-wide protest actions on July 3, opposing the attacks of the government on the rights of workers and working people, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
A policy in service of the predatory interests of US imperialism
In the last few weeks, hardly a day has gone by when the US has not launched an attack on China on some front or the other. The targeted pressure against China began about four years ago, while two years ago the US launched an all-out trade war against China, its major trading partner. Now, in the conditions of the global coronavirus pandemic, the pace and virulence of these attacks has escalated sharply.
Rail Authorities must take the necessary preventive steps and protect the track maintainers!
Statement of All India Guards Council (AIGC), All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA), All India Traffic Controllers Association (AITCA), All India Rail Track Maintainers Union (AIRTU), All India Railway Employees Confederation (AIREC) - Western Railway, Central Railway Track Maintainers Union (CRTU),Indian Railway Signal and Telecom Maintainers Association (IRS&TMA) and Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC).
Lessons from the army assault on the Golden Temple
It was a terrorist act by the State aimed at humiliating the people of Sikh faith
Official propaganda presents it as an anti-terror operation
State terrorism and religious persecution continue to plague us today
Victims continue to be blamed – Truth continues to be turned on its head
6th June 2020 marks the 36th anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of the Indian state. On this day in 1984, the Indian Army launched the "final assault" on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, in the name of “flushing out Sikh terrorists”.
Doctors in Mumbai have come out strongly opposing the rules issued by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on May 10, which require them to physically check a patient for Covid-19 symptoms before prescribing tests, otherwise their licences will be cancelled.
The Joint COVID-19 Task Force, consisting of experts of the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) & the Indian Association of Epidemiologists (IAE), issued a second statement on the Covid-19 pandemic in India, on May 25, 2020.
Two years after Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) collapsed, the Bombay High Court passed an order on 21 April 2020 dismissing the Union Government’s ban on the auditors of the company – Deloitte Haskins & Sells and BSR & Associates (a KPMG affiliate). The auditors had been charged with collaborating with the management of the company to conceal facts and fraudulently falsifying the books of accounts and financial statements from the financial years 2014-2018.
Following the brutal killing of an African American by the police in Minneapolis, USA, widespread protests have been continuing since the last week of May in Minneapolis and other cities of the USA. Protests have been reported in over 150 cities of the US in the first week of June, including New York, Albuquerque, Denver, Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
On June 10, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the loosening of coronavirus lockdown despite large scale opposition from four biggest trade unions and many local authorities. The first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have refused to implement the new policy. The government has changed its slogan from “Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save lives” to “Stay Alert, Defeat Coronavirus and Save Lives”.
I wish to write a few lines about the article, “Resolutely oppose US interference” that appeared in the June 1, 2020 issue of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar. This article is very appropriate, right and timely. It explains very well how US imperialism has destroyed many countries for its narrow self-interest and for that it has used diverse means such as regime change, ”pro-democracy” movements, false promises of people’s freedom, and so on.
I am writing to thank you for the important article entitled "US President Trump offers to "mediate" between India and China: Resolutely oppose US interference" in the June 1-15, 2020 issue of MEL available on the Party web-site. I am writing to join you in this opposition.
Being connected to farming closely, I have seen how the conditions of farmers have been going from bad to worse year after year for many decades. The simple and rightful demand of farmers of MSP for crop procurement to be fixed at 1.5 times of total production cost, has been ignored by every successive government. Now the government wants to scrap the Mandi act and leave farmers at the mercy of big retail companies.
In the last two months more than 200 healthcare workers in Mumbai have been infected by the Covid-19 virus due to inadequate personal protection equipment. Both doctors and nurses have been working for weeks together without any break due to increasing number of infections. Yet, they are not provided proper food and water. There has been no improvement in their condition despite a number of representations.
The Resident Doctors’ Association of King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai has highlighted the inhuman conditions in which the doctors treating Covid-19 patients are compelled to work, in an open letter to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) has protested against the harassment and ill treatment that the crew of the Air India Airbus flight, bound to Moscow for an evacuation operation, had to face at the hands of the health officials at Delhi Airport on May 30.
US once more reveals its reactionary warmongering nature
Following the failed US imperialist plot to invade Venezuela and to capture or assassinate its President Nicolas Maduro in early May, a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council was convened on May 20th to discuss this blatant attack on Venezuela’s sovereignty. Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the UN placed clear facts and arguments before the assembly to show how the outrageous plot was in violation of several resolutions of the UNSC and deserved to be condemned as such.
I am writing in response to the article entitled `Package for industries and businesses: Acceleration of “Privatization and Concentration of Capital' carried in the June 1-15 web-edition of MEL. This is an extremely important article.
Protests continue to rage for the fourth day in Minneapolis and other cities of the USA including New York, Albuquerque, Denver, Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles, and Oakland, following the brutal killing of a black man on May 25, 2020. People all across the USA are very angry with the brutal killing of a black man in police custody and are not only demanding justice for him, but an end to all such acts of police brutality for which the police forces across the USA are notorious.
The all India general strike has been called to resolutely oppose the course of enriching the capitalist minority by impoverishing the toiling majority. It has been called to assert the rights that belong to workers, peasants and other toiling people who create the wealth of India.
Parties of the capitalist class claim that there is no alternative to the program of globalisation,liberalisation and privatisation. The truth is that there IS an alternative.The alternative is to reorient the economy to fulfil people’s needs instead of fulfilling capitalist greed. This is the program for the Navnirman of India.
The Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.
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.
Unite around the program to reconstitute the Indian Republic and reorient the economy to ensure prosperity and protection for all!
There is growing realisation among workers, peasants and other self-employed people that the program of liberalisation and privatisation only serves to enrich an exploiting minority at their expense. Mass resistance is growing to this anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-national program.