Nurses are among the frontline health workers, working heroically to deliver essential medical services to people during the current COVID-19 outbreak. It is impossible to imagine any kind of medical service in the hospital without the services rendered by the nurses.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) spoke to RJ, a leading member of the United Nurses Association of India, about the conditions of nurses in our country in general and the particular difficulties they are facing at this time. We reproduce below excerpts of the interview:
Across the country, doctors, paramedics, nurses, technicians, ASHA workers, ambulance drivers and helpers, and other health workers have been working day and night to take care of patients suspected to have been infected with coronavirus. They have been risking their lives, having had to administer services to possibly infected patients without or with very inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Over ten days have passed since the 21-day lockdown announced by the Government of India, to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The experience of this first week of the lockdown has brought to light many problems that need to be tackled on a war footing. It is a common struggle which requires the participation of all the people. It requires effective leadership by the government.
Those who work can perform their duty only if their rights are fulfilled. It is the duty of the State to ensure that workers’ rights are protected in the course of fighting against the virus.
World petroleum prices have crashed. On March 30, 2020, the spot price of Brent Crude oil was less than 20 US $ per barrel. This is the lowest price of crude oil in the past 19 years, since 1991. In February 2020, it was priced at 56 US $ per barrel.
This follows the breakdown of an arrangement between two major oil exporting countries, Saudi Arabia and Russia, at the meeting of oil exporting countries in the first week of March 2020. But a third country is at the center of the tensions that have now spilled out into the open — the United States.
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 3rd April, 2020
Comrade Nexhmije Hoxha passed away at her home in Tirana, Albania, on 26 February, 2020, at the age of 99.
The Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India salutes the memory of this outstanding communist leader, who from the days of her youth, till her last breadth, never wavered in her dedication to the cause of revolution and communism.
Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 26th March, 2020
Coronavirus, which has been spreading throughout the world during the past few weeks, poses a grave threat to the lives of all. More than 21,000 people in the world have already died as a result of this virus, and the numbers are rising in several countries. So far, the number of infected persons in India has been small, but if the virus spreads, the result will be disastrous.
On March 12, replying to a discussion in Parliament on the savage violence that engulfed Delhi in the last week of February 2020, Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared that what took place in Delhi was a “well-planned conspiracy” which was being investigated.
One of the principles of modern democracy is that no citizen can be arrested by the State without cause. This principle is violated by the Indian State on a widespread scale. The Constitution permits the legislature to enact laws providing for preventive detention. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the National Security Act (NSA) and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) are examples of central laws which permit arbitrary arrest and detention of people by the official security forces. There are also numerous state level laws, such as the Public Safety Acts and Acts that claim to target organised crime, which are also used for Preventive Detention.
Call of the Central Committee of the CommunistGhadar Party of India, on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, 23rd March, 2020
23rd March, 2020, marks the beginning of the 90th year since the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The British rulers hanged those three young men because they dared to fight for a new India, free from colonial slavery and free from all forms of exploitation and oppression. They represented the best of Indian youth at that time, when the patriotic anti-colonial struggle was raging throughout this subcontinent. Those revolutionary youth were branded as dangerous terrorists and condemned to death.
Two weeks since the communal violence which took place in North East Delhi, those in power are trying their best to hide the truth. Many stories are being spread through the news media and social media, blaming one section of the people or another.
Hundreds of women activists from nearly 20 organisations as well as individual activists, school and university students, cultural activists, lawyers, nurses, teachers, homemakers and women from diverse professions participated in a spirited International Women’s Day rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on March 8, 2020.
A tribute to the heroic struggle of the Afghan people
On 29th February, representatives of the US government and of the Taliban, one of the organisations of the Afghan people which have been fighting for nearly two decades against the US imperialist occupation of their land, signed an agreement at Doha in Qatar.
The capitalist system is in deep crisis, on the world scale and in India. This is leading to the sharpening of all the major contradictions in society. In spite of repeated claims by various political leaders that recovery is around the corner, productive activity has not regained the momentum which was there prior to the crisis of 2008.
Section 144 - A colonial vestige; Needs to be removed!
Central and state governments have continuously resorted to the use of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to deprive citizens of their fundamental right to peaceful assembly without holding an inquiry.
People of Hindu faith in Pakistan cancel Holi celebrations
People of the Hindu community in Pakistan organized a protest on 8th March 2020, in solidarity with the victims of state organized attacks in Delhi last month. They announced that they would celebrate this year’s Holi festival on 10th March, with sobriety as a message of protest against the violence perpetrated on their Muslim brethren in India.
Thousands of people from more than a dozen organisations of industrial and agricultural workers, peasants, youth and students, etc. held a protest rally on March 10, at the Jalandhar by-pass in Ludhiana, to protest against the CAA, NRC and NPR, as well as the recent state organized violence on Muslims in Delhi.