Defeat Privatisation

Privatisation refers to the transfer of ownership and control of assets considered as public property so far into legally protected private property.

Privatisation may be in the form of strategic sale, or bit-by-bit sale called disinvestment, or presented as a public-private partnership (PPP) deal.

Opposition continues to grow in our country against the privatisation drive, led by the most organised detachment of workers in large-scale industry and modern services. Spokesmen of big business continue to advocate privatisation as the way forward for India to shine and excel in the global monopolistic competition. Governments at central and state level say one thing and do the opposite, always serving the monopoly corporations.

The struggle has become intense in Air India (including Indian Airlines) and is coming to boil in Banking.

Communist Ghadar Party brings you the facts of today and the lessons from past experience, and invites more facts and views from you, the thinking worker and activist against privatisation.

“We shall unitedly work to eliminate railway accidents!” declare railway passengers and railway workers

ThumbnailOn 27th October 2017, for the first time, in a path-breaking meeting, various Railway worker unions and passenger associations came together in Mumbai and denounced the Railway administration’s and Railway Ministry’s apathy towards the safety of railway passengers and workers. The initiative taken by Lok Raj Sangathan and Kamgar Ekta Committee in association with the All India Guards’ Council got a very good response, as a result of which more than 25 organisations came together to organize a seminar on the subject “Increasing Railway Accidents – Causes and Solution”.


Program in the service of Indian and foreign monopoly capitalists: Privatisation is anti-social and anti-national

The BJP-led government headed by Narendra Modi is stepping up the pace of the privatisation program. The target for sale of government shares in public companies has been raised from Rs.30,000 crores in 2015-16 to Rs.56,500 crores in 2016-17, and to Rs.72,500 crores in 2017-18. Many sectors which have so far been reserved for public ownership, including coal, defence production and railways, have been opened up to Indian and foreign private companies. Preparations are being made for outright sale of Air India and divestment of BSNL.


Criminal callousness of Uranium PSU in Jharkhand

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.


Massive Joint Demonstration of Engine Drivers and Guards

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.


Privatisation of four public sector drug companies

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.


All-India Workers’ Protests

Demonstration in Delhi

Hundreds of workers demonstrated on 10th March under the joint leadership of Delhi’s trade unions, demanding the implementation of their 12-point demands. They marched from Shahid Park near Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla Maidan to ITO. This protest was part of the country-wide protests called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions. Workers organisations united in response to this call and held demonstrations against the government and in support of their demands across various state capitals.


Interview with worker leaders on the occasion of the country-wide strike on - 2nd September 2015

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar’s reporters have interviewed a few leaders who had participated in the 2nd September strike. We are publishing a selection of the interviews here

Com. Birju Nayak (Secretary, Mazdoor Ekta Committee)

MEL: What was your experience of the 2nd September 2015 strike that has just been organised?


Interview with Rajasthan Teachers

On 29 July 2015, over 32 teachers’ organisation from Rajasthan came together under the banner of “Rajasthan Shiksha evam Shikshak bachao morcha”, to organise a massive demonstration at Jaipur in Rajasthan. Over 80000 teachers participated in the demonstration. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar had published a detailed report in the last issue (Aug 1-15, 2015).


Terrorism and the Indian State – Lessons of History

Over the last few weeks, the decision to hang Yakub Memon for his role in the Mumbai blasts of March 1993, the terror attack on a police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab, followed by the capture of an alleged terrorist in the course of an attack on a convoy of the Border Security Force near Udhampur, Jammu, have turned the spotlight once again on terrorism.


Teachers from every village and panchayat march on Jaipur

On 29 July 2-15, numerous organisations working in the interest of education and teachers in Rajasthan joined hands to demonstrate their solidarity and strength in favour of their various demands under the banner of “Save Education, Save Teacher Campaign”. More than a lakh teachers from villages and dhani across Rajasthan gathered in Jaipur to participate in a massive rally. Thousands of women teachers participated militantly in the rally and presented their views, alongside tens of thousands of young teachers who participated vigorously in the deliberations.


Lok Raj Sangathan launches campaign for civic rights of workers

Lok Raj Sangathan recently launched a campaign for the right to water supply, sanitation, clean and hygienic living conditions, basic health care services, school education facilities, better public transport, etc. for the millions of working people living in slums and resettlement colonies spread out all across Delhi.


People protest militantly the down sizing of health care by British Government at Ealing Hospital

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar has just received the news that on June 24, 2015, working people from Ealing, Southhall, and other nearby areas of London are vigorously protesting the move by the British Government to close the maternity wing of the state funded hospital at Ealing.


Ealing hospital belongs to us and we must fight to save it from being closed

  • On 24th June, the people of Southall and surrounding areas have occupied the maternity ward of Ealing hospital in order to keep it open.
  • Children’s ward and Accident and Emergency are next in the line to be closed
  • All the people, no matter which political party or organisation they belong to, should unite and force the government to keep it open.
  • We must

Systematic and deliberate wrecking of Prasar Bharati — the country’s Public Service Broadcaster

Prasar Bharati is the Public Service Broadcaster of India. It is a statutory autonomous body established in 1997 under the Prasar Bharati Act (1990). It directs and regulates the working of the national radio and television networks, All India Radio and Doordarshan respectively.


Let us organise to defeat the anti-worker, anti-national and anti-social program of privatisation and liberalisation!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 16th May, 2015

On May 26, leaders of the trade union movement from different sectors of the economy will gather in New Delhi to deliberate on the course of action that trade unions must chart at this time. The working class of India expects that this Conference of the Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions will come out with a plan to inflict a decisive defeat on the thoroughly anti-national and anti-social program of liberalisation and privatisation.


Interview with Allahabad Bank employees' leader Comrade Devender Mehta

The present labour laws were formulated many decades ago. There has been big changes in technology since then. Today in the banking sector, there will be people with ties and suits, but in fact they are workers. Even though someone from outside would not think they are workers! The laws concerning labour need change, but they must be uniform and applicable to all those who sell their labour power for a living. All workers organizations need to get together to draft a new labour law which upholds the rights of all workers. All workers must have the right to organize themselves into unions.


Thousands of workers lose their jobs due to Supreme Court order

Bourgeois propaganda makes out that the judiciary is the dispenser of justice to all sections of society. However, this is not true. The judiciary actually serves to legitmise the preservation of the existing system of exploitation, loot and plunder of the vast majority of toilers, for the super profits of a handful of monopoly capitalist houses.


Union Budget 2015 – Achhe Din Kiske Liye?

The Union Budget 2015, presented by Finance Minister Jaitley on 28 Feb 2015, has clearly shown that the economic policies, direction and thrust of the BJP-led NDA government are no different from that of the Congress party. The budget presented by Modi government in 2014, soon after BJP came into power at the Centre, too, was identical to the interim budget presented by the UPA in Feb 2014.


Coal sector workers’ strike

Three lakh coal workers work in Coal India (CIL). CIL’s workers union is under pressure from the workers that it must oppose the continuous course of privatization of CIL.

Successive governments have been ensuring the liquidation of this Pubic sector Company by handing over coal blocs to private monopolies in the power, cement and steel sectors.


Bank workers plan All India strike

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), a joint forum of five workmen unions and four officers’ associations has given a call to observe a one-day All India strike on November 12, 2014. The main demand is increase in wages. These unions have been holding negotiations with the employers association called the Indian Banks Association (IBA) for the last 2 years.


All India Convention of Central Trade Unions and All India Federations

Call to build a mass movement to oppose the anti worker, anti national course of the bourgeoisie

Nearly 3000 trade union leaders and working class activists from different sectors of the economy from all regions of India participated in an All India Convention in New Delhi on September 15, 2014.  There were representatives of the AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, UTUC, HMS, INTUC, BM


Dangerous strategy of the bourgeoisie behind the “Make in India” call

Finance capital would invest further in India only if its investments are going to fetch big returns. Finance capital moves into those countries or sectors of the economy where it can secure maximum capitalist profit through the exploitation, ruin and impoverishment of the majority of the population, through the enslavement and systematic robbery of the peoples and, lastly, through wars and militarization. It would invest in India if its calculations show that by investing in India, it could earn higher profits than if it invested elsewhere. This would be its motivation, not the well-being of the Indian people


FDI in Insurance Sector

The two main parties of the ruling class, BJP and Congress, are fully in favour of further privatising and opening up the Insurance Sector to foreign capital. It is the working class which has been vigorously opposing this course. The main aim of the privatisation of insurance and pension sector is to provide access to Indian and foreign bourgeoisie to the huge savings of people accumulated in the form of insurance funds and pension funds. The big bourgeoisie wants to control this massive capital, as well as expand it. Foreign insurance giants have the same interests. Increasing the FDI limit in insurance is aimed at joint exploitation of the insecurities of the people by the parasites of finance capital.


Opening doors wider to Foreign Direct Investment is a Dangerous Course

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 16th July, 2014

BJP led NDA government is gambling with the fate of our country to serve the imperialist drive of Indian capital to join the global big power club

Presenting the first budget of the BJP-led NDA Government, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley announced the decision to permit 49% foreign ownershi


Interim Rail budget

Road map to privatisation of railways further unveiled

Presenting the interim rail budget for 2014-2015 to the Lok Sabha, Rail minister Mallikarjun Kharge said "I firmly believe that Indian Railways is primarily a commercial organization and it must operate in a financially self-sustaining manner.


We cannot accept cessation of recruitment in railways that will endanger passenger safety!

Kamgar Ekta Committee, Mumbai Suburban Railway Passenger Mahasangh, Airport Authority of India Employees Union, Air India Service Engineers Association, All India Loco Running Staff Association, All India Guards Council, All India Station Masters Association, All India Voltas Employees Federation, BEST Workers Union, Bombay University College Teachers Union, Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh, Lo


Replacing one party by another will not end the exploitation and plunder!

Bourgeois rule must be replaced by worker-peasant rule!

Build Shram Shakti Morcha in the course of escalating the struggle against globalisation through privatisation and liberalisation!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 12th December, 2013

Results of the recent elections held in five states were announced on 8th


Demonstration of Delhi’s primary school teachers

Halt privatisation of education for ensuring quality education

Primary school teachers of Delhi demonstrated at Rajghat on October 21, under the banner of the All Delhi Primary Teachers’ Union. Young teachers of the union participated in the demonstration. Teachers of the N.D.M.C and Delhi Cantonment Board also participated in the demonstration alongside teachers of 3 Corporations.


Pension reform


It is with great pleasure that I read the article entitled ``Pension Reforms Bill: Violation of the right of working people’’. I found the article to be particularly illuminating because:


Pension Reforms Bill

Violation of the right of working people

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill 2011 is one of the Bills planned to be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament in August 2013. The proposed reform to the pension regime in the country has been debated hotly.


Southern railways workers

The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union has opposed the Railway Ministry’s move to provide the drawings and designs of coaches of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, to five private coach manufacturing factories to come up in the country.  “This move is nothing but plundering of the national wealth for the benefit of private companies,” said Mr.Sridhar, zonal president of the union.


45th Session of Indian Labour Conference

Workers can defend their rights only through uncompromising struggle against the capitalists and their government

Inaugurating the 45th Session of the Indian Labour Conference, held in New Delhi on 17th May, 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “The recent two-day strike by trade unions focused on a number of issues relating to the welfare not only of the working-classes but also t


Interview with Comrade Y.G Joshi, President, NRMU (National Railway Mazdoor Union)

MEL: Congratulations on your victory in the union elections in Central Zone as well as at All India level.

Thank You. As per the rules of the elections, Unions getting more than 35% of the votes polled in a particular zone get recognition by the General Manager as the representative Union of workmen in that particular zone.


Joint convention and rally of loco staff and guards

Call for united struggle!

The All India Loco Running Staff Association and All India Guards Council jointly organised a convention and rally on April 7-8, 2013 under the leadership of the Joint Action Committee, to press for their long pending demands. The aim of the joint Convention was to take the struggle forward on the problems faced by the loco drivers and the rail guards.


Organise to defeat the program of globalisation through privatisation & liberalisation!

Unite and fight for worker-peasant rule!

Call of the Central Committee, Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th April, 2013

The 1st of May has been celebrated as the day of global assertion of the demands of the working class for over 120 years now.  It is a day of solidarity in the struggle to end capitalist wage-slavery and all forms of exploitation and oppressio


Union Budget 2013-14

Delivering maximum profits for capitalist corporations and bitter medicine for the workers and peasants

The Finance Minister of the UPA government, Shri.P. Chidambaram, while presenting the 2013-14 budget on 28thFebruary said, “Faced with a huge fiscal deficit, I had no choice but to rationalise expenditure. We took a dose of bitter medicine.”


Western Railway motormen force the authorities to concede their demand!

The Railway administration has followed a deliberate policy of dividing railway workers, setting one section against another and thus demoralizing workers and smashing their struggles. As part of the game plan, the Western Railways recently announced that it was extending suburban services from Virar to Dahanu, but that these suburban trains would be run by goods drivers.


Women must take the lead in organising to end all exploitation and oppression!

Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2013

All over the world, women are on the streets protesting against the existing conditions.  Women in all continents are protesting against unjust imperialist wars and occupation of nations by alien armies.  They are opposing the brutal violation of human rights in


Feb 20-21 All-India General Strike

Red Salute to the country’s working class for a successful general strike!

The Indian working class carried out a successful general strike on February 20-21 under the leadership of the Trade Union organisations for their demands to put a stop to the price rise, for increasing the minimum wages, against the contract labour system and against the privatisation of public property.


Catering to monopoly capitalist interests in the name of a “responsible budget”

After consulting with the capitalist associations in India and abroad, Chidambaram also held day-long talks with the Congress Working Committee.  The aim of this exercise was to figure out what so-called concessions he ought to highlight in his budget speech, so as to fool the working people and not lose too many votes for the Congress Party in the coming state assembly and Lok Sabha elections.


DTC getting ready for strike

On 5th February 2013, the DTC Bachao Sanyukt Morcha (Save DTC Joint Front) organised an open convention at the Indraprastha Depot of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), to call upon the workers to make the two day All India Strike a resounding success.This convention was attended by hundreds of union activists from various DTC depots.


Kamgar Ekta Committee meeting successfully held in Mumbai

On January 31, 2013, a very important meeting was organized by the Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) in Mumbai on the theme, “What should be the response of the working class to the capitalist class’s program of globalisation through privatisation and liberalisation?” This conference was held in the backdrop of preparations of the working class for the All India Two Day General Strike of February 20t


An appeal to men and women of conscience

We, the undersigned, note that this Budget session of the Lok Sabha is being convened at a critical moment in the history of India. The blood of thousands of innocent victims of organised violence has not yet dried on the streets of Bombay, Surat, Delhi and other places, while lakhs have fled their homes, and returned penniless and destitute to the far corners of the country.


December 20 DELHI RALLY: Interviews with workers

Reporters from Mazdoor Ekta Lehar spoke to leaders of the tens of thousands of workers who had come to the rally on December 20. Along with discussing their demands and struggles, we raised the question of the permission of FDI in retail business despite widespread protests in Parliament and asked them what must be done to bring the working people, who form 90% of society, into power.


19th Bi-Annual Zonal Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held successfully

The 19th Bi-annual Zonal Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) was held in Ghaziabad on 3rd December 2012 in an atmosphere full of enthusiasm. Hundreds of loco pilots from different parts of India including Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Rohtak, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Delhi areas participated in the convention. Lok Raj Sangathan was also invited to the convention.


The cloak of PPP

I have read with interest your October 16-31 issue which carried a box on “Extension of working hours and increase in workload.” This matches with my own experience in life. I am an IT Engineer. I sit in front of my computer in an air-conditioned room. But I do not think I am better off than some workers performing manual work.


Pension and Insurance Reforms

Swindling of people's money through Insurance and Pension "Reforms"

The second round of liberalisation measures came on October 4, with the announcement by the UPA government of hikes in the ceiling on foreign equity ownership from 26 to 49 per cent in the insurance sector and from nil to 49 percent in the pension fund industry.


Meeting on “Whither India?” held successfully in Tamil Nadu

“The traitorous big bourgeoisie, that is the big capitalists and big landlords who had grown rich by collaborating with the colonial rulers, compromised and collaborated in the communal Partition of 1947.  The big bourgeoisie did so for the narrow aim of acquiring power in its own hands.  It has used that power to grow enormously bigger.  It is today dragging the country to


Coalgate Scam

Condemn the loot of people’s wealth by capitalists and the central government! 

The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), about the allocation of coal blocks to selected private companies for mining between 2004 and 2009, has brought out yet another glaring instance of the loot of the natural resources of the people by the monopoly bourgeoisie through t


Trade unions resolve to step up struggle

All India Worker's Convention 4 Sep 2012An All India Convention of Trade Unions was held on September 4, 2012, at the Talakatora stadium in New Delhi. Thousands of worker delegates from different states of India and from different sectors of the economy came together to participate in the Convention.

The Convention took place in the immediate backdrop of the savage fascist onslaught on trade union rights, as reflected in the developments in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt and the passing of ESMA by the Maharashtra government. All the delegates that the correspondents of MEL spoke to were unanimous that the situation demanded a united stepped up struggle in defence of the rights of workers.


Only a united working class can save India!

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 lab


Sixty-five years after independence from British colonial rule – the revolt continues!

Ghadar jaari hai!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 12 August, 2012

Sixty five years after independence from the British, who is free in India today? Workers, peasants, intellectuals, women, religious minorities, nations and nationalities are all oppressed. The big bourgeoisie has used the state of the Indian Republic to become the most dominant and ruling force of society, and is dragging the entire country onto a dangerous path – colluding and contending with other imperialist powers, and has grown rich not only by domestic but also through external plunder. The time has come to negate this state which negates the rights and aspirations of all our peoples. This can be done if and only if the working class takes the lead.  For India to be free and independent, it is essential that every part our country, every section of our people, is free from oppression or discrimination of any kind.  On the 65th anniversary of independence, the Communist Ghadar Party calls on all… to unite firmly around the program to reconstitute the Indian Union on a voluntary basis, redefine democracy to empower the people!


Step up the united struggle against the anti working class program of the government!

Let us make the September 4 convention of the working class a resounding success!

It is important for leaders and activists of working class, irrespective of the party or union they belong to today, to understand how and why the bourgeoisie is able to continue to attack the rights of the working class and people, despite knowing that the majority of the population is opposed to these attacks. The main reason lies in the fact that while the bourgeoisie is united around its one program of globalisation through liberalistion and privatisation, the working class is not.


Working class and people’s organisations in Mumbai unite against the fascistic MESMA

More than 18 organisations of workers, women and people at large have united to oppose the implementation of the fascistic law called Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA), 2011.  They have come together in an Organising Committee, which convened a public meeting on 21st July in Mumbai, and pledged to fight for the withdrawal of MESMA. 


Mumbai’s Western Railway Motormen win their just demands!

On July 20, 2012 over 450 motormen of the Western Railway in Mumbai under the leadership of their Union, Western Railway Motormen’s Association (WRMA) struck work by going on mass sick leave at 3.30 pm. Due to the protest action by the motormen the entire rail transport in this section was completely shut down and brought half of Mumbai to a standstill.


Condemn the electricity rate hike in Delhi as an attack on people’s livelihood!

Statement of the Delhi Regional Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th July, 2012

On 26th June, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced a new tariff schedule with a 25-27% hike in the rates of electricity for the Delhi domestic consumers. In less than one year, residents of Delhi are being made to pay about 65% more for a unit of electricity, in addition to 33% higher fixed monthly charges.


The present situation demands unity of all the workers of Air India

The strike of the pilots of Air India was withdrawn on July 3, 2012, following the intervention of the Delhi High Court.

This strike was called by the Indian Pilots’ Guild when the Central Government officers in charge of Air India went back on their promises on 7th May.  It lasted for almost two full months.  The 440 youthful pilots who were on strike revealed great determination and resolve to fight for their rights in the face of organised slander propagated by the corporate media and the Central Government.


Water privatization faces increasing opposition

Water is a gift of Nature and an essential requirement of human life; it is the responsibility of society and the State to manage the flow of water and ensure its availability for various essential needs (agricultural, domestic, industrial etc.). Workers, peasants and all responsible citizens should oppose the policy of converting water into a commodity to be sold at monopoly capitalist prices.


Air India in crisis

Air India lurches from one crisis to another. It is the workers of Air India who are being forced to bear the brunt of the crisis on their backs. For nearly two years, the 40,000 workers of Air India have been faced with delayed salary payments. The wages for March 2012 were paid to the workers in June.


Support the just struggle of the Air India Pilots!

Condemn the attempts of the Air India Management to destroy the pilots union!

Air India Pilots on Hunger Strike 24 June 2012, New DelhiOn June 24, 2012, nearly a hundred pilots —Captains and First officers — of Air India belonging to the Indian Pilot's Guild began an indefinite hunger strike in front of parliament. From June 25, 2012, over three hundred and fifty pilots began indefinite hunger strike in Azad Maidan in Mumbai. The Communist Ghadar Party of India supports the just demands of the pilots of Air India. The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the management of Air India and the Civil Aviation Ministry for the all sided attacks it has been launching on the pilots of Air India, which has forced them to take this desperate measure to abandon flying and sit on hunger strike in the terrible heat of Delhi and the pouring rains of Mumbai. The Communist Ghadar Party of India demands that the management of Air India and the Civil Aviation Ministry immediately halt its diabolical anti worker activities and accept the just demands of the pilots.


Workers of Delhi Jal Board oppose privatisation

Water is social property, not a source of profits for capitalists

The crisis of water in Delhi is becoming increasingly acute. The Delhi government and the Central government blame the governments of neighboring states for this crisis. They claim that the governments of neighboring states are cutting the supply of water, and not providing the full quota to Delhi.


Founding of the Delhi Branch of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA)

The Delhi Branch of the AILRSA was inaugurated on June 17th 2012; at the same time, the Ghaziabad Branch wasre-instated at the Ghaziabad Association’s main office in Ghaziabad.

A large number of loco pilots from the various loco sheds – Tughlakabad, Shakarpur, Kashmiri Gate and Ghaziabad, participated in the meeting on this occasion.


Hunger Strike of Pilots

On June 24, 2012, nearly a hundred pilots —Captains and First officers — of Air India belonging to the IndianPilot's Guild (IPG) began an indefinite hunger strike in front of parliament. From June 25, 2012, over three hundred and fifty pilots began an indefinite hunger strike in Azad Maidan in Mumbai.


Meeting of Loco Drivers of the Delhi Branch

The Delhi Branch of the All India Loco Pilots’ Association (AILRSA) held their meeting on 10th June 2012 in the loco workshop of the Purani Delhi Railway station. Many young loco pilots participated enthusiastically in this meeting. A majority of the loco pilots had participated in the Second All-India General Body Meeting of the AILRSA, held successfully over two days in Bengaluru.


Peasants getting ruined as the Central Government defends the capitalist traders headed by the monopoly corporations

While the Manmohan Sigh government and the Congress Party continue to pretend that they are working for the “aam aadmi”, both the working class and the peasantry are being impoverished and ruined at a rapid pace.


Work without a job and wages: Exploitation of women health workers

The Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHAs as they are popularly known and Anganwadi Workers (AWW) are women who are selected from the village community to work in the health and nutrition (of mother and child) programmes of the government of India.  The ASHA is the women health worker under the National Rural Health Mission.


Oppose the proposal to cut the salaries of the Railway employees!

It has come to light through newspaper reports that at a Railway General Managers Conference (there are 17 Railway Zones, each headed by a General Manager) on January 11, 12 in New Delhi, these “learned” gentlemen proposed to the Railway Ministry that in order to cut running costs of the Railways, the salaries including dearness allowance (DA) of the railway employees should be r


Support the continuing struggle of Air India workers! Condemn the anti-worker policy of Air India!

The workers of Air India — pilots, engineers, ground staff and cabin crew have been waging a protracted struggle against the anti worker policies of the Air India management and Civil Aviation Ministry. One of the biggest attacks on these workers has been the nonpayment of wages for months on end.


Conference in Chennai on the “Way forward for the working class”

An important conference held in Chennai on 26th February attracted communists and organisers of workers from various parts of Tamil Nadu.  The discussion centred around the thesis presented by Comrade Lal Singh on behalf of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party, which has been edited and published as a pamphlet called Necessity for the working class to take power. 


Pointsmen of Indian Railways are crucial but neglected

The Operations Department of Indian Railways executes a crucial task in the railways.  They have to discharge very many responsibilities like, taking the empty rakes of passenger or goods trains at terminal stations out of the station, send it for repairs to the workshop, flag signaling of trains at stations where they don’t have scheduled stops, performing minor repairs of the tr


Inspiring article

I read the article, “The anti-worker and anti-national policy of privatisation must be exposed and resolutely opposed” in the February 1-15 issue of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar.  Reading this, I got to know of the conspiracy hatched by the government in its efforts to privatize Air India.


Air India: The anti-worker and anti-national policy of privatisation must be exposed and resolutely opposed

Recent facts reveal that the Central Government has not given up its aim of liquidating and privatising the largest state-owned airline company in the country, to satisfy monopoly capitalist greed for maximum private profits.  They show that the opposite claims made at the end of the pilots’ strike last year were blatant lies.


This crisis-ridden republic of the bourgeoisie must be replaced by a workers and peasants republic!

62 years ago, on 26 January 1950, the present-day Republic of India was proclaimed. This marked the consolidation of the state power of the Indian bourgeoisie, which had taken over power from the British colonialists when they were forced to leave because of the mounting struggles of the people of India.


A year of growing opposition of the working masses of the world to imperialism, fascism and war

Contradictions have become increasingly visible between countries, nations and peoples fighting for their sovereignty and the dominant imperialist powers that are imposing their vision on every country. US imperialism has shown its readiness to wage wars to defend its dominant position and those of American multinational corporations. It has unleashed death and destruction in West Asia and North Africa already.


Message of greetings from Comrade Lal Singh to all party comrades on the occasion of the New Year 2012

Comrades, we have launched an important initiative to engage all communists in discussion on the urgent necessity for preparing the working class to take political power into its own hands. I call upon you to take up this task and spare no effort in taking this widely in every region of the country.Let us put pressure on everyone calling themselves communist to take a clear stand on this question— are they or are they not agreed on the urgent necessity to prepare the working class to take political power and establish proletarian democracy in place of capitalist democracy?


First Working Class Conference in Delhi initiates serious debate on the

Way Forward: One Aim, One Program for Political Power!

An important and path breaking two-day conference was organized by Lok Awaz Publishers and Distributors in Delhi on 23-24 December, 2011. It was attended by activists and organisers of the working class, belonging to numerous trends and parties in the communist movement.


Capitalist governments have no solution to the deepening economic crisis!

Recent data show that the rate of economic growth has turned negative in many advanced capitalist countries, while it is slowing down in all the others. Serious concern is being expressed by multilateral institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund that the global recession may sink into a double-dip depression.


“Austerity” and the Crisis of Democracy in Greece

Greece is considered to be the birthplace of European political thought, with the longest history of democratic forms of political power dating back to the stage of slave society. Today, in the early 21st century, the people of Greece are confronted with a State that openly places its duty to its external money-lenders above its duty to its own citizens.


Interview with Thiru. Kannan, Union leader of Ashok Leyland, Chennai

They are doing this not to develop India. India's development should mean how the ordinary workers and peasants prosper. If we see that way, exploitation by the capitalists has increased and so has the number of poor people in India. The land, water and labour of our people are being super exploited. Our experience in Ashok Leyland over these years show that people have not benefited by the policy of privatization and liberalization. Only big capitalists have become richer. 


Interview with Thiru. Tha. Vellaiyan, Leader of the Traders Organization of Tamilnadu


As a result of trade getting shifted to large corporate retail houses, lakhs of small traders will be thrown onto the streets without livelihood. And once monopolies capture the entire market, they will supply poor quality products  at  high prices to make maximum profits.


Working Class Conference on - THE WAY FORWARD - One Aim, One Program for Political Power - Dec 23-24, 2011

The key to the victory of the revolutionary alternative lies in the working class taking political power, in alliance with the peasantry. This makes it urgent for all the leading activists and organisers of workers to come together.  We must chart out one plan and program for the working class to become the ruling class.  Inquilab cannot just be a slogan or distant dream.  It is an urgent task we must take up for solution.

BSNL workers plan strike action

It is a fact that in the whole period of privatization of Telecom services, the government deliberately ensured that the private players captured the major profitable sectors in the metros and other towns, while BSNL services were downgraded in precisely these areas. So we have the situation that in the countryside, in the hills, in the remote areas of our country, it is BSNL services that work, while in the big cities, the BSNL services are kept at inadequate levels to favour the private players. The government and management have ensured that private players can access BSNL networks without compensating it for the same.


Working Class Viewpoint

Dear Editor,

I am writing to thank you for the first in the series of views of representatives of the working class in the form of an interview with Com. Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI in the October 16-31, 2011 issue of MEL. The series will be a landmark contribution to the struggle for the liberation of India through the offices of the working class.


Madras Port Trust Employees Union

Interview with Comrade G.M.Krishnamurthy, General Secretary of the Madras Port Trust Employees Union, Vice president of All India Port and Dock Workers Federation and Secretary of Tamil Nadu State HMS.

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL): Can you please tell us about your union? What has been the trend of employment in the last 15-20 years?


Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation & Resettlement Bill (LARR) 2011 – its real purpose

A draft of the Land Acquisition and Relief & Rehabilitation Bill (LARR) was approved by the Cabinet and tabled in Parliament on September 7, 2011 and referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee on September 15. The Standing Committee is to submit its report on the draft in 3 months.


Second Consultative Meeting of Organisations Fighting against Privatisation, Liberalisation and Globalisation takes place in Mumbai

On September 30, representatives of 13 Unions and organizations met in Mumbai.  The leadership of Lok Raj Sangathan, All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), Indian Commercial Pilots Association(ICPA), Air  India Aircraft Engineers Association(AIAEA), Western Railway Motormen’s Association(WRMA), All India Service Engineers Association(AISEA),  All India Railwa


Oppose privatisation of banks! Protect the savings of the people!

Support the 5th August Strike of over 10,00,000 bank workers!

The United Forum of Bank Unions, consisting of nine unions of employees and officers of all state-owned banks, has called a one-day strike on 5th August. The workers’ unions are fighting against intensified exploitation and attacks on their rights and working conditions.


Upcoming Strike of Bank workers - 5 August 2011

Interview with Comrade Ramanand about the upcoming Strike of Bank workers

Following the call for an all-India strike on 5th August by the United Forum of Bank Unions (5 employees’ unions and 4 officers’ unions), correspondents of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar interviewed one of the most senior leaders of bank workers in Delhi on 13th July, 2011. Comrade Ramanand is General Secretary of the Delhi State - Bank Employees Federation and one of the leading members of All-India Bank Employees’ Association


Tenth Anniversary of Modern Foods Struggle: Privatisation needs to be opposed resolutely

Ten years ago, in February 2000, the workers of Modern Foods India Limited (MFIL) carried out a bold protest action in New Delhi on the opening day of Parliament. They were objecting to the sale of central government owned MFIL to the private multinational company Hindustan Lever Limited. 


Pushing the privatisation program in the form of disinvestment

The privatisation program of the bourgeoisie has been given a fresh boost by the policy decisions announced by the Manmohan Singh government on 12th November, 2009. All central government public sector companies which have made profit in the last three years have been asked to get their shares listed on the stock exchange. Listing shares on the stock exchange means that parts of these companies will pass into private owners' hands.  Current regulations require that at least 10 percent of shares of a company must be privately owned for its shares to be listed.  Thus, the present government has initiated the process of privatisation of another 50 public sector companies.


Full support to the all-India strike by bank employees!

Demand to halt privatisation and to reorient banking is entirely just!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 23 Sept 2008

On September 24 and 25, nearly 10 lakh bank employees including officers, will participate in a country-wide bank strike, demanding an immediate halt to privatisation and to merger of state owned banks in the name


Experience of CPI(M) rule in West Bengal reveals

Capitalist reforms cannot be implemented with a human face

The discrediting of CPI(M) rule is an inevitable result of following the path of managing the bourgeois state for more than thirty years. It is the logical conclusion of expanding the space for capitalism to grow in West Bengal, at the expense of the rights and livelihood of workers and peasants.


Documents of the 3rd Congress of CGPI

CGPI - 3rd Congress Report

Towards the Rule of Workers and Peasants and a Voluntary Indian Union

This document entitled Towards the Rule of Workers and Peasants and a Voluntary Indian Union contains the Report of the Central Committee presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, which was discussed and adopted by the Third Congress of the Party, held in January 2005.

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Struggle against globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation

Roadblocks to the struggle of the working class and peasantry in developing the alternative

The struggle of workers, peasants, working people, women, students and other broad sections of the toiling masses is growing in scope and intensity. Working masses are actively seeking an alternative to the course of globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation.


Privatisation Phase 2: Government declares monopoly bourgeoisie’s interests as supreme

In the last week of December, following an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment, it was announced that the remaining 26% shares of Modern Foods, currently held by the Government of India, will be handed over to Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) in January 2002, a year ahead of schedule.


The Working Class has to Hoist the Banner of Uncompromising Struggle Against Globalisation, Liberalisation and Privatisation

Workers and working people, while fighting in defence of their rights and interests, must not restrict themselves to the bounds of a defensive struggle. The working class has the responsibility of putting forth a broad vision of an alternative to the course of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation in front of the entire country.  


Document of 2nd Congress of CGPI: Program of the Party

Program adopted by the Second Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, October 1998 titled Workers, Peasants, Women and Youth. We constitute India We are her masters. An immediate program for the reorientation of the economy; political empowerment of the people; and the democratic renewal of India.

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Whither India?

Whither India?The report Whither India? was presented by Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on behalf of its Central Committee, at the Third Consultative Conference of CGPI held in Delhi on December 23-24, 1995.

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Call of the Martyrs

  • ear: Jan 1985
  • Author: Hardial Bains
  • Languages: English, French, Punjabi
  • Mediums: Print & PDF
  • Price: rs80 / USD $6

The Call of the Martyrs - on the Crisis in India and the Present Situation in the Punjab, by Hardial Bains, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist). 

The call of the Martyrs deals with the present situation [1983] and its historical basis and explains the main content of the Indian revolution. It was the Indian martyrs who by their sacrifice immortalised the progressive and patriotic ideals of the Indian people, and today their spirit calls upon the people to carry the struggle through to the end...



Click to Download PDFThe 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.

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These Elections are a FarceInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

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Manifesto 2014Unite around the program to reconstitute the Indian Republic and reorient the economy to ensure prosperity and protection for all!

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Click to Download PDFInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India

by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

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History of Ghadar PartyA Presentation of Communist Ghadar Party of India

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.

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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.

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