In lieu of Editorial Serve the Suffering People and Strengthen the People’s Movement for Democracy and Justice April 22, 2021 marks the fifty-second anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). On this solemn occasion, we pay our respectful homage to all our martyrs and departed leaders and fondly remember comrades whom we lost in recent past. We extend our warm revolutionary greetings to all our members and well-wishers and the people..
A tale of betrayal, as told by a Bengali newspaper published from Assam, left me dumb-founded. From March 22, officers from the election commission went door to door in As-sam to help octogenarians (and septuagenarians who were Covid-19 survivors) to vote via paper ballot from their own house. A humanitarian endeavour on the part of the Commission, one may think. In my native state, West Bengal, too, such measures were taken. But the news that..
Note on Khudabakhsh Library The Khudabakhsh Oriental Library is situated on the left side, ahead of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Ashok Rajpath between Kargil Chowk and NIT. This library has made a significant contribution to Bihar's education world and is renowned not only nationally but internationally as well. It is an important source for knowledge and understanding of history. Mahatma Gandhi as well as many Presidents, politicians and intellectuals have visited this..
On 31 March 2021, the Union Finance Ministry cut interest rates on various small savings schemes sharply by 40-110 basis points. Early the next morning, on April 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted that the rates would remain the same and that “orders issued by oversight shall be withdrawn”. This U-turn was announced on April Fool’s Day, but the Modi regime could not fool anyone as to their motives in hurriedly reversing the rate-cut decision..
CPIML held a press conference in Patna on 1 April and said that the goondaism by the police inside the Assembly was not only Nitish Kumar's extremely condemnable act to insult and repress Opposition MLAS, but also an act that lowered the prestige of the Legislature. By endorsing police violence on the Legislature, all established democratic processes were thrown to the winds. Nowhere else in history do we find such an example; possibly not even..
CPIML Uttar Pradesh state unit said on 19 April 2021 that Chief Minister Yogi's order to start an oxygen plant in view of the huge number of Covid deaths in Lucknow and other parts of the State due to oxygen shortage is like starting to dig a well in order to douse a fire that is already raging. The party said that by the time the said oxygen plant is ready, a great many more..
Bihar is currently in the clutches of criminals to whom the Nitish government has abjectly surrendered. Heinous incidents like murder, crime, loot, rape have become the norm, whether it is the recent brutal killing of 4 persons in Madhubani or the police in Bhagalpur mercilessly beating a government employee to death. The government has fully surrendered to dominant sections and criminals. On the one hand autocracy is being established in the State through Police Raj..
On April 17, 2021, five workers were killed and more than 50 injured when police in Banshkhali, southeast of Bangladesh opened fire on a protest by thousands of contract workers of a coal-based power plant. The workers were holding a protest demanding payment of unpaid wages, better working condition and reduced work hours during the month of Ramzan. The under-construction 1,320-megawatt power plant, a joint project between S Alam group and China’s SEPCOIII Electric Power..
As we enter the month of May, another year has been reduced from the lifespan of brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine. One more year has passed in West Bank and Gaza Strip, with tens of thousands of Palestinians - old and young - holding high the glorious banner of resistance in the face of the brutal Israeli oppression. This year, on May 15, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Palestinians will commemorate the Al Nakba or the..
We, women human rights and democracy advocates, call for the Myanmar military coup council to immediately release woman rights defender and journalist Thin Thin Aung and other illegally detained pro-democracy activists. ‘ We appeal to the government, the international community, transnational business stakeholders and the morally conscious public to put pressure on the Myanmar military to end the brutal violence against protesters, restore peoples’ democratic will, restore the rule of law, and restore people’s rights..
The US navy has openly stated that it has violated India’s (and Maldives’) maritime sovereignty, declaring in a statement “On April 7, 2021 (local time) USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) asserted navigational rights and freedoms approximately 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, inside India’s exclusive economic zone, without requesting India’s prior consent, consistent with international law. India requires prior consent for military exercises or maneuvers in its exclusive economic zone or continental..
The political situation in the Philippines continue to deteriorate under the fascist regime of Rodrigo Duterte. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government continues to terrorise the people through a spate of arrests and state sponsored violence. With the enactment of draconian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, Duterte’s regime has now embarked on a full scale witch-hunting (red-tagging) against labour rights and youth activists, peasant and indigenous leaders, and community organisations. On April 15..
In February 2021, earlier this year, the military in Myanmar executed a coup, overturning the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy. The coup was followed by an unprecedented and widespread resistance on the streets of Myanmar. In response, the military rulers have now unleashed a brutal crackdown against the protests. The military has launched ground attacks and air strikes. As per some reports emerging from Myanmar, more than..
Sankha Ghosh We bid farewell to poet Sankha Ghosh, who passed away from Covid-19 at the age of 89. Sankha Ghosh will always be remembered as one of the finest poets and literary critics in modern India, as well as a voice of conscience in the Bengali social and cultural sphere. Dashrath Mahatia Comrade Dashrath Mahatia, senior CPIML kisan leader from Nighasan in Lakhimpur Kheri passed away on 9 April 2021. He was about 94..
CPIML MLAs Sandeep Saurabh, Manoj Manzil and Ajit Kushwaha informed on 17 March that the Bahali Nyay convening committee has been formed to bring candidates of various exams together on a single platform to highlight the recruitment crisis and young people's demands. A state level convention will be organized in Patna and a booklet will be brought out to expose the irregularities in competitive exams. A 25-hour dharna was organized on 23-24 March in Patna..
The Self Help Group And Jeevika Sangharsh Samiti held a meeting on 6 April in Patna, attended by women from across the state. AIPWA General Secretary Meena Tiwari said that during the Lockdown period in 2020 we had raised the issue of loan waivers for women in SHGs and Jeevika workers and organized many programs. After the Assembly elections on 5 March we organized a protest in front of the Chief Minister with these demands..
On April 8, 2021, a Supreme Court Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, CJI Bobde refused an interim order for a blanket stay against the deportation of Rohingya refugees in Jammu and Kashmir. The Court observed that since India is not a party to the Refugee Conventions, they do not have an obligation towards the fulfilment of the principle of non-refoulement. This observation was very problematic from the perspective of the human rights..
Fighting COVID has meant fighting several battles at the same time. We are fighting for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, ventilators, injections and vaccines. We are also fighting against distress migration, job losses and growing and crippling economic insecurity, hunger and poverty. But there is another battle too that needs to be waged. The battle against widespread misinformation – cruel, cynical and deeply irresponsible and damaging misinformation campaigns targeting public health measures. What does this misinformation..
Last year in the month of March, when many leaders of India’s opposition were pointing out the Modi government’s lack of planning and preparedness to deal with the coronavirus, the Union Health Minister accused of them ‘petty politics’ and ‘spreading fear’. He confidently and loudly declared that the government is fully prepared to deal with any situation. While the Minister was fuming against India’s political opposition, the Health Ministry was at the same time choosing..
CPIML and RJD jointly organized a protest on 30 March at Ghanta Chowk in Bhagalpur against the brutal beating to death of Irrigation department employee Sanjay Kumar by the police at Barari Thana. Mahagathbandhan activists protested by burning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's effigy and raising slogans against the brutal killing and demanding the repeal of the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill 2021. The protest was led by CPIML State Committee member SK Sharma, District Secretary..