With utmost anger the Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the brutal terror unleashed by the Madhya Pradesh government against farmers agitating for their rights. At least 6 farmers have been shot dead while dozens of others are battling death with severe injuries when police and paramilitary forces opened fire on agitating farmers in Mandsaur on June 6.
The Indian people must demand that the US and all foreign powers immediately withdraw from Afghanistan. We must demand that Government of India condemns the criminal bombing and dangerous American war preparations and speak up in defence of the sovereignty of all nations, peoples and countries of South Asia and the world.
This parasitic and rotten system is a burden on the working class!
Statement of the Delhi Regional Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1 May 2016
Comrades, Red Salute on May Day!
Over 130 years ago the working class heralded the struggle for their rights as workers demanded eight hours working day, with eight hours of rest and another eight to be dedicated to fulfilling their duties towards the society. To crush the struggle of the working class of Chicago the government of the capitalist imprisoned the workers, condemned them to harsh punishment and tortured them in various ways, including sending them to the gallows. The police and security forces of the capitalists fired upon them, killing hundreds of workers. The flag in the hands of the workers was drenched in their blood and this became the symbol of their struggle against the capitalists class.
The first edition of a book titled "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was released on 15 July, 2017, at an impressive function held at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall in Jalandhar, Punjab.
The function was organized jointly by the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha and the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Committee. It attracted a wide audience consisting of progressive academic scholars, writers, poets, journalists, students and political activists belonging to different parties and communist groups.
Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, July 12, 2017
Peasant brothers, you have come here to Delhi from every corner of India to declare to the whole country that you will fight against injustice and for your rights. The Communist Ghadar Party of India stands firmly in defence of your struggle.
Hundreds of peasants’ organisations and many organisations fighting to protect the interest of working people have called for a rally in New Delhi on 18 July 2017. The rally has been called to demand that the government takes necessary steps to address the crisis that is devastating the lives of peasants across the country.
Since early June 2017, the agitation in Darjeeling and surrounding areas, for a separate state for the Gorkha people in West Bengal has become very intense. The agitators have organised an indefinite strike of all government offices and agencies. Gorkha students and working people in other parts of India, including in Jadavpur University in Kolkata and JNU in Delhi, have taken out rallies to express their support to the agitation.
The results of the mid-term elections held in Britain in June reveal that the country is caught in the throes of acute political crisis. In 2015, the bourgeoisie succeeded in manufacturing victory for the Conservative Party and made David Cameron the Prime Minister. Faced with sharp contradictions within its ranks, the British bourgeoisie organized a referendum on BREXIT (Britain’s exit from the EU) in 2016. The referendum results revealed deep division within the bourgeoisie. David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister making way for Theresa May.
An estimated 120,000 people from across Germany and different parts of the Europe, gathered in militant protest actions at Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of the G-20 Summit which began on July 7. Various protest actions had begun in Hamburg nearly two weeks before the Summit. These protest actions demonstrated the resentment of the world’s peoples against imperialism, the capitalist system, the plunder and devastation of nations, militarization and war.
I am writing in reponse to the Statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 5 June 2017 entitled '42nd anniversary of the declaration of National Emergency: Behind the signboard of democracy stands the brutal dictatorship of the biggest monopolies' carried in the June 16-30, 2017 issue of MEL. The National Emergency was a watershed in the history of post-1947 India and understanding the precise class character and the underlying complexion thereof is crucial for the movement and for the working class in order for the revolutionary camp to go forward.
The Indian IT industry alone employs more than 45 lakh people. Despite packages that may seem attractive, the working conditions of these professionals are very damaging to their physical, mental and social well-being.
In June 2017, Tamizhaga Vivasayeegal Sangam (Sangam) organized a meeting of peasants near Pasuvandanai in Thoothukudi district of Tamilnadu. Peasants belonging to the nearby villages took active part in this meeting. Besides Sangam leaders and activists, the leaders and activists of Communist Ghadar Party, Workers Unity Movement and Unorganized Workers Federation also took part in this meeting.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 5 June 2017
June 25 marks the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of “National Emergency” by the then President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed under Article 352(1) of the Constitution. It was proclaimed on the advice of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi claiming that the government had information that "there is an imminent danger to the security of India, being threatened by internal disturbances".
No justification for the State to attack a place of worship!
An attack on one is an attack on all!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd May 2017
It was a communal act, an act of blatant interference of the State in a religious congregation. It was an act of the highest criminal degree, in violation of all accepted principles of governance. The State, whose core duty is supposed to include protecting its citizens’ lives and their right to any form of religious worship, sent its army to attack a place of worship, killing thousands of its own citizens assembled there.
It is not usual to find organisers of teachers, farmers, government employees and of women and youth all participating actively in a joint political discussion. Such an event took place recently, at the initiative of the Rajasthan Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, a non-party political organization committed to the cause of bringing people to power.
On 9th May 2017 in Kurukshetra, hundreds of activists from the Construction Workers and Mechanics Union held a rousing demonstration in front of the District Collector’s office to protest the anti worker policies of the Haryana government and the Labour Welfare Board. These workers are primarily from the unorganised sector and have been completely excluded from the ambit of government labour laws.
Spreading disinformation about 1857 continues to this day. Those who want to maintain the existing State and worship its Constitution propagate, in one form or another, a distorted picture of 1857. They deny that it represented the assertion of the masses of Indian people that they must be the master of society.
This is in response to the May Day call of the CC of the CGPI dated 29-4-2017 entitled `Strengthen the united working class opposition!' carried in the May 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. This is an excellent piece of theoretical and practical work, the hallmark of the CGPI, and an excellent piece of tactics in the ongoing class struggle towards the goal of socialism and emancipation of the working class and liberation of society from the shackles of vicious capitalist enslavement.
On 4th April, the Madras High Court directed the Government of Tamilnadu to waive all farm loans accessed through cooperative banks. This comes at a time when farmers from drought-stricken Tamil Nadu have been agitating in New Delhi for several weeks. Their terrible plight has been visibly on display in all major TV news channels.
I am writing in response to the call of the CC of the CGPI as we approach May Day of 2017, and which was carried in the April 16-30, 2017 issue of MEL entitled `An attack on one is an attack on all! Build and strengthen the working class opposition to the capitalist offensive! In particular, I would like to join the chorus of outrage at the brutal and draconian sentence of life imprisonment on 13 Maruti-Suzuki workers in Gurgaon.
On April 12, the Central government filed a curative petition with the Supreme Court, seeking recall of two orders given by the Court on July 8, 2016 relating to impunity enjoyed by the Armed Forces for killing innocent people under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Supreme Court had ruled that AFSPA did not give impunity to the armed forces to carry out killings of innocent people. It had directed that all allegations of killings of innocent people in fake encounters in the state be probed.
The video of a youth tied to the front of an army jeep driving through villages during the by-elections in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 has provoked women and men of conscience throughout our country to raise their voice in protest. At one stroke, it has brought to the fore the utter brutality and inhuman treatment of the Kashmiri people by the Indian state.
Thousands of workers participated in a militant protest rally near the government guest house in Chepauk, Chennai on April 13, 2017. The protest rally was organized to express the opposition of the working class to the decision of the Sessions Court of Gurgaon to award life sentence to 13 Maruti Suzuki workers.
May Day call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 29 April, 2017
On the occasion of May Day 2017, Communist Ghadar Party of India extends its revolutionary greetings to the workers of India and all countries who are courageously resisting the offensive of the capitalist class against their livelihood and rights.
In the elections to the Delhi Municipal Corporation held on April 23, one campaign that stood out from the others was that of the people’s candidate and activist of Lok Raj Sangathan called Shivaji, in the Harkesh Nagar ward of, South Delhi.
Build and strengthen the working class opposition to the capitalist offensive!
Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 2nd April, 2017
We are approaching May Day this year in the midst of growing mass protests against the draconian sentence of life imprisonment imposed on 13 Maruti-Suzuki workers, whose only crime is that they stood up for the rights of workers and dared to form a fighting union.
Three youth were shot dead on 27th March, when Armed forces deliberately fired upon hundreds of people who had gathered at the site of an “encounter” near Darbugh village at Chadoora in Budgam district in central Kashmir.
It may be recalled that earlier in February, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat issued a statement justifying such attacks on civilians. Rawat declared “mobs disrupting encounters” would be treated as “over ground workers of militants” and ruthlessly shot down. The then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar publicly justified this policy.
This is with reference to the article `On the Present Situation and our Tasks: Assessment of the Plenum of the Central Committee, March 2017' carried in the April 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL.
The Plenum was convened at a time of severe crisis of the international system and the intensification of fascism and war the world over. Indeed, with the ascension of the Trump Presidency, the US has transformed itself in an openly fascistic society both at home and outside.
This is in response to the principled and deeply researched statement of the CC of CGPI dated 10-3-2017 and carried in the March 15-31, 2017 issue of MEL, entitled `To respond to the call of Shaheed Bhagat Singh means to work for the revolution and socialism on Indian soil!' written prior to the anniversary of the execution of Bhagat Singh, Sukhev and Rajguru on March 23, 1931. The statement specifically notes,
1) that it is an occasion for all revolutionaries to redouble their efforts to achieve the goal of revolution and socialist India,
The annual street play festival, “Mukhatib Nukkad Natak” festival organized by the students of Ramjas College, Delhi University this year was an occasion for students across colleges of Delhi University to express their anger against the attempt of the authorities to clamp down on their right to express their views.
On 27 Feb 2017, the 6th regional conference of the Jan Sangharsh Manch was held in Kurukshetra to commemorate the 87th martyrdom day of Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad. The regional president of the Manch, Phool Singh presided over the meeting. The advisor to the Manch, Dr.
On 23 march on the occasion of martyrs day as Conference was organised in Ramgarh in Rajasthan on the theme “The relevance of Bhagat Singhs Views in India Today”. Vice-sarpanch of Ramgarh Shri Chetram, and Principal Karni Singh, chaired the event.
The Purogami Mahila Sangathan organised a meeting on the theme, “Socialism is Necessary for the Emancipation of Women”, in Thane (Maharashtra) on 19th March and invited the Communist Ghadar Party of India to make the main presentation.
On March 6, an organization named Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samannay Samitee (NIBBUSS), organised a day long rally and demonstration in Silpathar town in Assam, demanding that the names of Hindu Bengalis be removed from the list of D-voters (doubtful voters). It is reported that the demonstrators attacked and vandalized the office of the AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) and injured several AASU activists.
Lok Raj Sangathan, Haryana, organised a seminar in the Vishnoi Dharamshala at Sirsa on 19th March 2017. Vice President of Lok Raj Sangathan, Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Secretary of the Haryana Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, Dunichand and head of All India Workers Federation, M. L. Sehgal presided over the seminar.
The Jharkhand Adivasi Sangharsh Morcha continues to spearhead the protests of the tribal peoples against amendments to the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Pargana Act that define land use in the state. On March 5th, the Morcha organized a rally at Jantar Mantar to register the continued opposition of the people to the acquisition of tribal lands for industry.
On February 2, 2017, the history department of the Jai Narayan Vyas University in Jodhpur organized a conference on ‘History Reconstructed through Literature: Nation, Identity, Culture’. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the ruling BJP, organized a shutdown of the university the following day declaring that a Professor who addressed the seminar had expressed "anti national views". The teacher who organized the conference has since been suspended by the Vice Chancellor of the University.
The declaration by the US government that people from seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan — are not welcome into the US, and will be treated as "terrorists" has aroused widespread condemnation both in the US and worldwide.
When 67 people were killed in three bomb blasts in Delhi on 28th October, 2005, three young Kashmiris were immediately arrested. Newspapers and TV channels claimed that the terrorists responsible for the killings had been caught. Now, 11 years later, a Delhi court has acquitted the three youth. They have been declared to be innocent after they had suffered unspeakable torture and imprisonment for over a decade in the prime of their lives (See Box 1). One of them had been declared to be the "mastermind", but the prosecution could not prove his involvement in the blasts.
Over 800 women and men, youth and students, marched in unison from Rajiv Chowk to Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi, on 8th March, 2017, in celebration of International Women’s Day. With spirited slogans and songs that resounded through the busy streets, with clenched fists held high, with colourful banners and placards highlighting their resolve to resist the manifold attacks of the state, they reiterated their commitment to continue the struggle in defence of their rights and for a system free of injustice and inequality.
Government is making false promises since past 3 years
On 21 December the guest teachers who had gathered at Chatrasaal stadium to press for their demands were attacked with water cannon and police was used to break their strike demonstration. The occasion was the dialogue initiated by the Delhi state government, which had issues a circular calling 11,000 guest teachers.
Building unity to counter the anti-people offensive
Lok Raj Sangathan has been actively organising the people of Delhi, at their places of work and in their residential areas, to counter the anti-people offensive of the state and to fight for their rights. To assess this work in the present political context as well to chalk out the plan of work for the future, a Convention of Lok Raj Sangathan was organised in Delhi on April 17, 2016.
Trade Unions resolve to organise a General Strike on September 2, 2016
On March 30, hundreds of representatives of trade unions and workers organizations representing different branches of the economy participated in a All India Convention of workers at the Mavlankar Auditorium, New Delhi.
Hundreds of women marched down the centre of Delhi on 8th March on the anniversary of International Women’s Day. They marched from Rajiv Chowk to Jantar Mantar. The city’s centre resounded with militant slogans that the women raised in unison. Several among them were veteran activists whose energy and enthusiasm matched those of the young women who were present in large numbers.
The Maharashtra Council of Lok Raj Sangathan decided to organize a series of programs in different places this year to celebrate International Women’s Day. The emancipation of women is possible only in a society where there is Lok Raj – i.e. where sovereign power is in the hands of the people, women as well as men.
Escalate the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-national program of the ruling class!
Statement of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, March 10, 2016
At the call of the trade unions, crores of workers are participating in protest rallies all over the country today. Once again, we workers are on the streets demanding that the government address our concerns and fulfill our demands.
Six months ago, on 2nd September, 2015, crores of workers participated in an All-India General Strike. We raised our collective voice against the unbearable levels of inflation, unemployment, job insecurity and all-sided attacks on workers’ rights. We demanded an immediate halt to privatisation in vital sectors including railways, banking, insurance, defence production and retail trade. We opposed the opening up of more and more sectors of the economy to foreign direct investment. But our voices keep falling on deaf years.
On February 25, 2016, hundreds of workers, women, youth, students, and intellectuals participated in a militant public meeting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi at the call of seven communist and left parties — Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Communist Ghadar Party of India.
An extremely tense situation prevails all over Haryana. In the name of maintaining “law and order”, the government of Haryana and the Central government have unleashed a reign of terror against the people. As of February 20, 2016 at least 10 people have been reportedly killed and hundreds seriously injured in firing by the army and police.
About 1.5 lakh employees of the three municipal corporations of Delhi have been on strike from 27th January to 8th February in support of their demand for a permanent settlement of their issues of salary and arears due to them.
The joint action committee of the unions of central government workers organised a massive rally at Azad Maidan in Mumbai to protest against the anti-worker recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and against the changes proposed to be incorporated in labour laws.
The Jan Shakti Coolie Union organised a demonstration in support of their demands at Azad Maidan, Mumbai on 20th January 2016. Hundreds of porters (coolies) working in the various railway stations of Mumbai participated in this demonstration. All over India, hundreds of thousands of collies provide services to passengers at railway stations all over India.
The meeting of the Joint Action Committee of Workers’ Associations was held in Dadar, Mumbai on 28th January 2016. AITUC, CITU, INTUC, Kamgar Ekta Committee, HMS, Dharmrajya Kamgar Sangathan, AIUTUC, AICCTU, Kamgar Aghadi, All India Bank Employees Federation, Bharatiya Kamgar Sena and other associations participated in it.
The statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 23-1-2016 entitled `On the occasion of Republic Day 2016: Unite, organise and lead the struggle for the Navnirman of the Republic!' in the February 1-15, 2016 issue of MEL is an important piece of reading that has analyzed the key features of the political economy, based on the principles of dialectical materialism and class struggle.
The workers’ association and various unions of the Haryana Roadways organised vigorous protests and pickets (‘dhrana’) in the depots located at various depots in the state on 11th February 2016 against the new transport policy of the state government. Subsequently they presented a memorandum to the General Manager of Haryana Roadways and the state Chief Minister.
A statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was unveiled on 8th February 2016 in a packed public meeting at Bhagat Singh Chowk in Nohar, Rajasthan. The statue was installed on 26th October 2015 after a lot of struggle with the police and administration. The district administration refused to give permission inspite of a pending application.
Hundreds of Nepalese workers, participated in a militant protest rally in New Delhi on December 6, 2015 to voice their concern over the three month long inhuman economic blockade of Nepal by the Indian state.
Thousands of railway engineers from every zone across the country gathered at Jantar Mantar on 1st and 2nd December in response to the call of the All India Railway Engineers’ Federation. They were protesting against the government’s 7th Pay Commission.
Unite and fight for a State that would guarantee prosperity and protection for all!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 5th December, 2015
The demolition of Babri Masjid exposed the fact that communalism and communal violence had become an unwritten policy of the Indian State. It is not the religious beliefs of anyone that is to blame. It is the ruling class and its method of rule that is responsible.
The dispute over Babri Masjid was deliberately reignited by the Indian big bourgeoisie to divide the people on communal lines. The aim was to disrupt and paralyze the struggles of the working class and people against the all sided attacks being launched on their rights, as well as to suppress dissident factions within the bourgeois class.
Communal violence and incitement of competing sectarian agitations based on religion and caste were all deployed to create a climate of mayhem and chaos, within which the unpopular policy changes could be pushed through. This is the real explanation for the rapid escalation of communal and sectarian violence in the nineties.
On 2nd October 2015, Mulayam Singh’s house was gheroed on the issue of the murder of Akhlaq Ahmed and the muderous attacks on his family; those protesting were demanding punishment of those guilty of these crimes. This was followed by a rally to Jantar Mantar and a meeting there.
A discussion was held on this theme on 3rd October 2015 at the office of Delhi Shramik Sanghathan (DSS). Young boys and girls participated in huge number in this discussion. They all came from residential colonies in north-west Delhi. This included workers, students and a few activists from the organisation.
According to reports received by Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, activists of Communist Party of India, along with several other organisations in Uttarakhand, have been in struggle since a long time against the extremely poor condition of government schools and to halt privatisation of education.
The workers of Maruti-Suzuki plant were attacked by the police and local goondas on 26th September 2015 when they were holding a dharna in front of the Manesar, Gurgaon plant for their just demand for higher wages.
Lok Raj Sangathan organised a public discussion on growing communal and fascist terror and the necessity to defend the right to conscience on 20 September 2015 in New Delhi. The discussion attracted participants from all sections of the people, students, professors, workers and professionals. Women and youth participated in large numbers in the meeting.
On August 30, Lok Raj Sangathan organized a meeting in Mumbai for the Railway workers of Western Railway to discuss “Communal violence - Its Roots and the Solution”. The meeting was attended by a large number of railway men. The program included a one and half hour power point presentation using audio visual aids by the youth of Lok Raj Sangathan.
As we go to the press, the US has been carrying out massive war exercises involving lakhs of US and South Korean troops in the Korean peninsula. These war exercises are cynically called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG).
The people of Gujarat must refuse to fall into the trap of this or that party of the rulers. They must defeat the divide and rule tactic of the ruling class by uniting as one in defence of the rights of all. In the present case, it is by upholding the banner "education for all, jobs for all" , and condemning state repression against any section of the people that they will be able to defeat the divisive agenda of the ruling class... All sections of the people of India are waging a just struggle in defence of their rights, against the attacks of the ruling class and its state. Together, we must wage the struggle with the perspective of establishing a new state with a new economic orientation that will actually guarantee security and prosperity to all.
The continuously growing communal violence poses a big challenge to the revolutionary movement of workers and peasants. Why are communalism and the incidents of communal violence growing? What is their source? How can they be stopped? It is absolutely necessary today to take up these questions for discussion to respond to the call of the times to correctly lead the worker-peasant movement to deal with communalism.
On September 2, 2015, crores of workers of our country from all sectors of the economy will participate in an All India General Strike. The strike has been called to express the complete opposition of the working class of our country to the anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-social program of the ruling capitalist class.
On 14th July 2015, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the home and office of Ms.Teesta Setalvad in Mumbai. Just a few days before this, the CBI had filed a case against Teesta Setalvad, for "illegally receiving foreign funding" and "criminal conspiracy" against the state.
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).
Peasants, workers, teachers, students and government employees are on the path of struggle all across Rajasthan. They are firmly opposing the increasing attacks on their rights. In this context, the Rajasthan unit of Lok Raj Sangathan is carrying on the work of building unity among the people. Efforts are on to establish lok samitis in every village and hamlet.
The Zonal Working Committee meeting of the All India Loco Running Staff Association was held in Bisnoi Dharamshala in Moradabad on 1st August 2015. The office bearers and loco pilots of the Northern Division took part in this meeting.
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.
Capitalist path is the path to greater devastation for the peasantry
The Economic Times, one of the leading economic papers of the bourgeoisie, announced recently, the holding of an “AGRO Summit 2015.” Reports of this summit reflect the bourgeoisie’s plan to further the steps already taken to develop the capitalist path in agriculture.
On July 2nd from 8.00 AM, over three thousand resident doctors from all over Maharashtra , led by their association , Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), went on strike. Fed up with the continued failure of the health authorities to solve their genuine problems they were forced to take this step.
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.
Proletarian revolution is the only path leading towards a bright future for the youth!
A very lively program was organised in Delhi on 14th June 2015 on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the founding of the Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha (HNES). Members and supporters from all over Delhi and around participated in the meeting.
Renewal of democracy and the republic is the demand of the times!
June 25th 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of “National Emergency” by the then President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. This state of “national Emergency” was lifted after over 20 months and elections were called for the parliament.
On June 6, following massive protests by student and youth organizations as well as other progressive individuals and organizations all over the country, the authorities of IIT Madras removed the ban they had earlier imposed on the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC).
“Theka”, “anubandh” and contract are very well known terms for workers! Contract (labour) is not merely a word, but is closely associated with fear of being unemployed, getting the lowest wages, social insecurity, and working without ESI (Employee State Insurance) and PF (Provident Fund), and being over exploited.
The All India Loco Running Staff Association's (AILRSA) Jhansi Division Committee has been established. This has been done under the leadership of Com. R.C. Shrivastav. After the Committee was set up, the officials of the Committee submitted a petition to the General Manager, Central Railway protesting against the oppression of railway employees and demanded that this should cease.
News reports, as of May 29, indicate that the 4 workers unions at Tata Steel UK-- Community, GMB, UCATT and Unite -- covering nearly 17,000 workers, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of going on strike, threatening the biggest strike action in the British steel industry in more than 30 years.
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.
The Labour Ministry has proposed a Labour Code on Wages Bill 2015 that will replace four existing laws — the Minimum Wages Act 1948, the Payment of Wages Act 1936, the Payment of Bonus Act 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.
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.
Meeting organized on the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany
An important public meeting was organized under the initiative of Lok Raj Sangathan on 10th May 2015, under the banner, “The lessons of history must not be forgotten”. The meeting was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Mayday was observed jointly by working class organisations in cities and industrial areas throughout the country. Workers across various industries and trades joined the rallies. The working class honoured its martyrs with the hoisting of the red flag in their factories and residential colonies. Rallies, marches and meetings were organized in various places.
Members and supporters of CGPI assembled at 7 o'clock in the morning on 1 May 2015 at the Party Central Office in Delhi on the occasion of May Day. Comrades saluted the martyrs of Chicago and committed to intensify the struggle of the working class.
The Ministry of Labour has issued a Draft Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill, 2015. It convened a tripartite meeting on May 6, 2015 to discuss the Bill. The trade unions have criticized the proposed Bill and have said that the consultations in this regard were a "farce". "As per the ILO convention 141, the interested parties should be consulted at time of drafting legislation.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya, announced in early April that the government planned to introduce amendments to the Child Labour Prohibition Act in the current session of Parliament. The proposed amendments have been sent to the Cabinet for approval.
In a massive rally in Delhi on April 28, 2015, Central government employees announced their decision to go on an indefinite strike from November 23, 2015. They placed a 10 point charter of demands to the government.
Two youth were killed at Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district in an army operation on April 13. The killings of these youth has been followed by widespread protests all across Kashmir against the hated Army Rule.
Activists unitedly oppose the Land Acquisition programme of the Ruling Class!
On 19th April 2015 the Thane committee of Lok Raj Sangathan organized a meeting of activists to discuss the important issue of Land Acquisition. Activists of many organizations from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts participated vigorously.
Across England, Wales and Scotland, tens of thousands of people protested racist attacks and fascism on March 21, UN Anti-Racism day. This day commemorates the victims of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, when 69 peaceful protestors against apartheid were killed by South African police.
I thank you for the detailed and important report on the Party meeting on the lessons of the historic 1915 Ghadar uprising for the communist movement today, which took place on February 21, 2015 in Delhi.
On March 21, a trial court at Tis Hazari, Delhiacquitted the 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel who had been facing trial for the cold blooded murder of people of the Muslimcommunity in Hashimpura area of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, 28 years ago.
On the morning of 8th March, 2015, the Central Park in Connaught Place, in the heart of New Delhi was the scene of a massive human chain -- women, men and youth from diverse walks of life -- raising spirited slogans, reaffirming their commitment to continue the struggle for a society that guarantees justice, equality and dignity for all.
’संगठित हो, हुक्मरान बनो और समाज को बदल ड़ालों!’ This was the banner exhorting the people who had gathered in Ambedkar Maidan, Worli, on March 8th to celebrate International Women’s Day: “Organise, become the rulers and transform society!” The meeting was jointly organised by Lok Raj Sangathan, Worli Committee, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Kamgar Ekta Committee and Ladaku Garm
On 23rd-24th February 2015, thousands of peasants, adivasis (tribals) and agricultural workers from across the country demonstrated against the land acquisition ordinance initiated by the BJP-led NDA government.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the horrific events that took place in Paris at the office of the Charlie Hebdo media house, and at the Jewish Kosher deli that took place early January 2015. The CGPI extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims at this senseless tragedy. Nothing can justify such blood letting, no matter what the provocation is.
Hundreds of women and men across Delhi, from nearly 15 different organizations, came together in militant protest actions at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on December 16. The brutal gang rape and murder of a young women in Delhi on this day two years ago, had brought hundreds of people out on to the streets, demanding that the state ensure security for women.
22nd Anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid
Protests and demonstrations across the country marked the 22nd anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid. From Kolkatta to Malegaon and from Dehradun to Coimbatore, people came out on the streets in hundreds of thousands to demonstrate their anger with what happened 22 years ago – the criminal act of the demolition of the Masjid and the communal killings organized by the State in its aftermath.
Delhi witnessed a massive rally from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar that culminated in a 3 hour meeting at which speakers from about 30 organisations condemned the criminal act and committed to unite against state terrorism and fight for the renewal of Indian Society.
Starting from 10 a.m. in the morning, hundreds of people began assembling at Mandi House. The numbers swelled and by about 11:30 a.m. the rally began with thousands of protestors marching in a disciplined manner behind the main banner, which boldly declared, ‘Unite against communal hate-mongering and violence, state terror and for rebuilding a just society!’ and ‘An attack on one is an attack on all!’ Representatives of all the organisations were with the main banner as the rally proceeded towards Jantar Mantar. Militant slogans of “Down with State Terror” and demanding punishment of those guilty of the crime reverberated in the air.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar has received the report of a militant meeting organised by IWA and Ghadar International in Britain on 16 November 2014, on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha.
Powerful expression of political unity against state terrorism
On 1st November, mass protests were held all over Punjab, in Delhi and some other cities on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the brutal murder of thousands of people of the Sikh faith by those in charge of the Government of India. The capital city witnessed one of the most powerful expressions of political unity, on this occasion, in the form of a joint protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.
Towards a new state that ensures prosperity and protection for all!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 28th October, 2014
Thirty years after the gruesome massacre of an estimated 10,000 people of the Sikh faith in Delhi, Kanpur, Bokaro and other places, the truth about that genocide remains hidden and the guilty remain unpunished. The ru
30 years ago, the then ruling Congress party with the active involvement of the police forces, carried out a terrible genocide of people of the Sikh faith. The streets of our capital Delhi, as well as the streets of many other cities of our country such as Kanpur, flowed with the blood of men, women and children.
What should people do in the face of the dangerous course of the economy?
Lok Raj Sangathan's meeting on 28th September on the subject, “The dangerous course of the Indian economy: what should people do?” drew a large number of workers, students, women and activists. More than 200 people, including a large number of youth, participated in the meeting.
In the referendum held on September 18 for the people of Scotland to decide whether they wanted independence from the United Kingdom, a full 45% of those who voted showed that they preferred to separate.
On 13th September, activists from different organizations who had gathered to participate in a discussion organized by Lok Raj Sangathan and Kamgar Ekta Chalwal in Mumbai , unanimously condemned the policy of US Imperialism in Asia.
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
Lok Raj Sangathan and All India Save Education Committee have been agitating to oppose the closure of the only government-run primary and senior secondary school, the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, in Burari in North Delhi. Parents and guardians of the affected students are also participating in the protest actions in large numbers.
NLC located 200 KMs from Chennai, operates the largest open-pit lignite mines in India, presently mining 24 MT of Lignite and has an installed capacity of 2,740 MW of electricity. It is part of Profit making Navratna group of Public sector Companies.
The people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir are facing the brunt of unprecedented floods. Lakhs of people are marooned on the roofs of their homes, as the river Jhelum and its tributaries have overflown their banks and much of the Kashmir Valley is submerged under water. A week after flooding began, news reports indicated that over two thirds of Srinagar is under water.
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
Attempt to turn the country into a centre of cheap youth labour
BJP led NDA government passed the Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 on the last day of the recently concluded session on 14th August 2014. Since the passing of the Apprentices Act in 1961, there have been four amendments in 1973, 1986, 1997 and 2007. This is the fifth amendment.
On August 30 several thousand people from Wales and many other parts of Britain gathered at the civic centre in Newport. Holding aloft banners with slogans "No new wars, No to NATO!", they took part in a militant demonstration around the streets of Newport culminating in a rally.
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.
BSNL workers staged a protest in front of Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, the corporate office of the state owned Telecom in New Delhi on August 21, 2014. The protests came in the wake of anti worker recommendations made by a private consultancy hired by the BSNL management to “revive” the company.
Preparations had been on in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan for a huge demonstration, led by Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti, on 10th September in front of the head office of the district administration. In the meantime, the administration called the leaders of the Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti and assured them that all the issues would be resolved soon.
On 10th September, all the teachers’ organisations of Rajasthan came together to burn effigies of Education Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Panchayatraj Minister Gulab Chand Kataria and Additional Chief Secretary, Shyam S Agrawal for expressing views insulting to teachers.
With deepest outrage, the CGPI condemns the utterly unjustifiable arrest on August 22, 2014, of Irom Sharmila, the brave activist from Manipur who has been relentlessly fighting for over 14 years for the repeal of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Judiciary, parliament and executive must be under people's control, not the bourgeoisie!
The credibility crisis of the institutions has their root in the fact that all of them, together and separately, represent only the interests of the propertied classes, especially the biggest Indian and foreign monopolies. They do not represent the people of India, her workers and peasants, women and youth, the people of the oppressed nationalities, the tribal peoples, and minorities.
The rights of the people, of workers and peasants are under fierce attack by the new NDA government. Peasants do not get any respite for their problems from the current regime. More and more workers and peasants are being pauperized by the government in its drive to intensify their exploitation and ensure good times for the capitalists.
The farmers of Navalgarh Tehsil of Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan have been continuously sitting on a dharna, for the last four years, under the leadership of Kishan Sangharsh Samiti. They are demanding that their fertile land which provides them livelihood, must not be acquired for use by cement companies.
In the last week of July 2014, over 3000 house-surgeons and Post graduate medical students under the banner of Interns and Postgraduate Association of Tamilnadu went on strike. In Chennai, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Theni, Kanyakumari and other districts of the state, these medical students boycotted work in the government hospitals.
Workers of Tamil Nadu Highways department road maintenance workers held 72 hours non-stop agitation opposing the privatization of the road maintenance work in the last week of July. Highways department of Tamil Nadu maintain about 11,594 K.m. of state highways, 11,289 K.m. of district main roads, 34,160 km of districts other roads and 2,250 Kms of National Highways.
About 20,000 employees of the Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC) organised a successful two-day strike to oppose the moves by the government to transfer the public transport service into private hands. The strike took place on 30th and 31st July 2014.
Rail Minister Sings the Mantra of Privatisation of Railways
The Budget for 2014-2015 of the Indian railways, presented by the Railway Minister Shri Sadanand Gowda represents the continuation of the course of privatization of the railways reflected in the budgets presented by the railway ministers of the UPA government.
I read with great alarm the article in the July 15-31, 2014 of MEL entitled `Land Acquisition Law 2013 to be amended: Halt the capitalist offensive to forcibly acquire lands of peasants and tribal people’.
On 15th July, workers of electricity distribution companies (discoms) protested in front of the Superintendent Engineer’s office at the junction in opposition to the proposal of the Rajasthan government to privatise the Electricity Boards in Hanumangarh. Later, the workers submitted their demands to the Collector at his office.
Hundreds of garment workers in Chennai, under the leadership of the Garment and Fashion Workers Union, organized a day long protest action on July 22, demanding that the wage increase announced in February – around Rs 3,000 more than the average garment industry wages announced in 2004 – be actually implemented.
On 6th July 2014, a political meeting was organized in Delhi by Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS). The meeting discussed the political situation in Delhi and charted a course of political action in the interests of the working class and people of Delhi. A correspondent of the Mazdoor Ekta Lehar covered the meeting.
With deepest anger and outrage, MEL condemns Israel’s continuous aerial bombardment and attacks on the people of Gaza that has been continuing for nearly one week, which has resulted in the death of over 150 people and injuries to hundreds more. Hundreds of homes and other buildings in Gaza have been reduced to rubble.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Israeli embassy in New Delhi om 13th July to protest the barbaric genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza strip. This demonstration was organised under the banner of “Indian people’s solidarity with Gaza”. Hundreds of students, youth, intellectuals, artists and ordinary citizens participated in the demonstration.
Halt the capitalist offensive to forcibly acquire lands of peasants and tribal people
The Minister of Road Transport and Highways, and Rural Development, Shri Nitin Gadkari, has initiated a discussion through the monopoly media on changing key provisions of the 2013 land acquisition law, declaring that “development” is being hindered by the present law.
On 3rd July, the Akhil Rajasthan Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Mahasangh organised a meeting concluding protest actions all over the state including in Jaipur. This organization represents seven lakh government employees. These include, besides the state government employees, workers of boards, corporations, autonomous bodies, Panchayati Raj and those on contract, etc.
On 5th June, the Rajasthan government announced steps towards making labour laws more flexible with the ostensible aim of increasing employment. The real purpose of the government is to invite Indian and foreign investors to the state to further intensify the exploitation of labour.
The ruling class is geared up to push ahead full steam with capitalist reforms. The new government has lost no time in announcing measures that have gladdened the hearts of the big bourgeoisie, while stepping up the exploitation and oppression of the working class and people.
In February 2014 the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), an organisation of the capitalists, issues a press release, according to which between 2008-09 and 2012-13, the number of contract workers increased by 39% over the entire country. The use of contract labour has increased in all such sectors where work is of a permanent nature.
Workers killed in “accidents in Bhilai” and Vizag steel plants
At least six workers of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) were killed and over 30 injured due to leaking of poisonous gas on the night of June 12, 2014. Soon after this, two engineers were killed on the steel melting shop 2 of Vizag steel plant on June 16, 2014.
Several events were organised around the world to mark the 30th anniversary of the attack by the central armed forces of the Indian State on the Harmander Sahib, the holy Sikh shrine within the Golden Temple at Amritsar.
According to news reports published on 19th May, a RBI Working Committee to Review Governance of Boards of Banks in India, headed by former Axis Bank chairman P J Nayak has submitted its Report with the recommendation that the government cut its holding in public sector banks to below 50 per cent.
We must ensure the Rule of Workers to secure the rights of labour!
“Survey of the rights of workers” is the campaign that is under process in Delhi’s Okhla Industrial Estate 1 & 2. Mazdoor Ekta Committee (MEC) has plans to run this campaign all over Delhi. It was begun in Okhla. The campaign took off on 13th May 2014 and was continuing even as this report was filed.
The Lok Raj Sangathan (Rajasthan state council) organized a well attended public meeting at the Ram Manohar Lohia Senior Secondary School on May 10, 2014. This was the day the heroic soldiers of Meerut Cantonment unfurled the banner of revolt against the East India Company. The theme of the meeting was “the class character of the Indian state”.
During the election campaign for the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi made a number of speeches in West Bengal and Assam threatening to deport "illegal Bangladeshi immigrants" when BJP came to power. He is neither the first nor the last political leader of India to target Bengali Muslims in India.
There have been numerous massacres of people of the Muslim faith in Assam, the most recent being during the ongoing elections. The Nellie massacre in 1983 during the Assam agitation against "foreigners" in which thousands of people died cannot ever be forgotten.
Mass protests have been raging across Turkey since May 14, when a catastrophic mine disaster at a mine owned and operated by the Soma Kumur company took place in the city of Soma, reported to be the most deadly industrial accident in the history of Turkey.
As it happens every year, hundreds of workers marched in a rally from Delhi's Ramlila maidan to Town Hall in response to the call of Delhi's Central Trade Unions. Workers, youth, women and children were part of the rally.
Solution to the problems of society can be found only on the basis of the discoveries of Karl Marx
The global economy has been sinking deeper and deeper into crisis over the past five years. Unemployment, poverty, inflation and all the diseases of the capitalist system are growing from bad to worse.
Ukraine is being relentlessly pushed into deeper and deeper crisis, threatening its very existence as a sovereign country. The US imperialists and their NATO allies are directly responsible for this terrible situation. They set loose their fascist agencies in Ukraine to spread anarchy and violence in the capital Kiev and other cities.
The teachings of Lenin are extremely relevant today
April 22 is the birth anniversary of V.I. Lenin, the great revolutionary leader and teacher of the working class. Developments in India and all over the world reaffirm the extreme importance and relevance of his fundamental teachings today.
The Call of the CC of the CGPI on the occasion of May Day 2014 which carries the byline `Build the united front of the working class and toiling masses around the program to ensure prosperity and protection for all!’ in the columns of MEL and on the web-site of the party organ, is a rallying cry that I endorse.
A common program was adopted at a meeting of the Kaamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) held on March 28th 2014 in which the following unions and organisations were present: Kamgar Ekta Committee, 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 E
Martyrdom day was commemorated in Madhosinghana village in Sirsa district of Haryana on 30th March 2014. On this occasion, a public meeting was organised by Lok Raj Sangathan. Apart from the people of the village, the meeting was attended by activists of organisations from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
The Indian Workers Association organized a very grand meeting on 16th March in honour of the martyrs – Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, on the 83rd anniversary of their martyrdom. The memorial meeting hailed the efforts of Bhagat Singh and his comrades to establish socialism in India and also presented a militant cultural programme.
Parties of the capitalists will not solve the problems of the people
The elections for Lok Sabha in Maharashtra will be held on 10th, 17th and 24th April 2014. Whatever will be the outcome of the elections, it is not going to alter the conditions of the workers, peasants and toiling people of the state.
A successful seminar was held on the issue of “Present political situation: intensifying crisis and the politics for real change” was held on 6th April in Lucknow, in the context of the Lok Sabha elections. Several activists and leaders of communist and progressive organisations participated in this seminar and actively contributed to the discussion.
On March 30th 2014, under a bright banner reading “An Attack on one is an attack on all”, residents of the Byculla Railway Quarters, gathered to commemorate International Womens Day. The majority were women. The meeting was called by Kamgar Ekta Committee.
We are publishing some letters in this issue from among the several letters received from the activists of the Party from different parts of the country giving their suggestions for taking forward the programme of the working class in the context of the coming general elections and to challenge the parties that uphold the interests of the exploiting class
Liberation of women is the necessary condition for liberation of society
The International Women’s Day was celebrated this year too on 8th March with a grand meeting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Hundreds of women and men of different sections of Delhi participated in this meeting.
On March 9th, 2014, the International Women’s Day was celebrated in Ambedkar Maidan, Worli BDD chawls. Working women and their families participated enthusiastically in the celebrations. The program started with a cultural program of songs and powada by youth of Ulhas Nagar and a textile worker respectively.
The unfolding events in Ukraine pose the greatest threat to the freedom and independence of Ukraine and world peace. The Communist Ghadar Party condemns the US and the European Union for creating the crisis in Ukraine.
Women must champion the struggle for worker-peasant rule and socialism!
Let us unite and escalate our struggle, as workers and as women!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 25th February, 2014
As we mark International Women’s Day on 8th March this year, it is necessary that we recall the genesis of this annual global celebration, which started more than a hundred years ago. The first IWD was celebrated in 1911, at a conference of working women from Europe and the United States. That historic conference was held under the banner of the struggle for socialism.
Carrying forward the legacy of a two century old independence struggle
The summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was held successfully in Havana at the end of January 2014, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the great patriot José Martí.
Guest teachers on indefinite hunger strike since 9th February 2014 at Jantan Mantar in New Delhi under the leadership of the Haryana Guest Teachers Union. The hunger strike is for demanding regularization of guest teachers. Hundreds of teachers are participating in the strike to press for this demand at various district headquarters.
An instrument of struggle for the solution of local problems
On 9th February 2014, several competitions for youth and a public meeting were organised in the resettlement colony of Madanpur Khadar, located in East Delhi. These were organised jointly by Lok Raj Sangathan and Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 9th February, 2014
Addressing the country on the eve of the 65th Republic Day, President Pranab Mukherjee repeated the worn out assertion of the ruling class that the Republic’s fundamental structure, institutions, the economic base and its political super-structure are the best in the world.
This tragedy cannot be seen as an isolated incident, but as one that is part of the daily experience of people from the North East in India. Ever since the end of colonial rule, the entire North East region has been treated by the Indian state as a virtual colony and its people have been consistently denied their national, political and human rights. Even while the façade of civilian rule has been maintained, it is the Army and the paramilitary forces that call the shots there.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 19th January, 2014
On 26th January, 2014, it will be 64 years since the proclamation of the Republic of India following the adoption of its Constitution. As the 65th year begins, it is an undeniable fact that workers, peasants and the vast majority of people in our country are n
Secret documents of the British Government that have now become open to public following their declassification, have confirmed that Operation Bluestar was carried out with close coordination between the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s government and the Margaret Thatcher government of Britain.
People in Kashmir and democratic minded people all over India are outraged by the clean chit given by the Army to its own personnel who were charged with the brutal torture and murder of 5 ordinary civilians in Pathribal, Kashmir, in March 2000.
Encouraged by the covert and overt backing of the imperialists of US and Germany, the anti-government protestors led by the opposition parties in Ukraine have been trying to overthrow the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovych by carrying out one provocation after the other.
The Loco Running Staff of the Southern Railways organized a protest demonstration on 22nd of Jan, 2014, in Chennai to highlight their key demands. A dharna was held in front of the Moore market near the Central Station. it was addressed by various union leaders and activists including Comrades V.R. Prakash, President of AILRSA, R. Murali, Zonal secretary of AILRSA, R.
Guest teachers working in Delhi schools held a demonstration under the leadership of the All Guest Teacher Association before the Delhi Secretariat on 15th January, in support of their demand for regularisation.
Elections to the Bangladesh parliament were held on January 5, 2014 in the backdrop of a severe political crisis in that country. The 28 party opposition coalition headed by the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) of Khaleda Zia boycotted the elections.
Shimmering opulence built on unbridled exploitation of toilers
Singapore and Dubai are often held out by the rulers and capitalists of our country as aspirational examples. Time and again we’ve heard them tell us how they’ll make Mumbai like Singapore and Delhi like Dubai.
Thousands of striking garment workers in Cambodia have been struggling for months for decent wages and working conditions. Cambodia is one of the countries which supply some of the biggest branded retail store chains in Europe and America.
In the year that has gone by, one of the biggest burdens on the masses of working people has been the sharp and continuous rise in prices of vegetables. This added to the burden the people were already facing because of the rise in the prices of a whole host of other essential commodities. The rise in prices was particularly severe in the case of onions, and also potatoes and tomatoes.
With the approaching Parliamentary Elections in 2014, the major political formations of the ruling capitalist class, the Congress and BJP along with their fronts have gone into election mode. Each of them is using and will use their time tested methods of muscle and money power and divisive politics based on caste, language and religion to try to come to power.
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
Lakhs of workers from across the country marched in a massive rally on to Parliament under the leadership of the Central Trade Unions, expressing their anger against liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, and demanding control on the price rise, an end to contract system, a minimum wage of Rs.10,000 with dearness allowance, permanent status for contract workers and right to pension, a
Condemn the Indian state's callous negligence towards the victims and shameful collaboration with the criminal perpetrators
The people of our country can never forget the Bhopal gas tragedy that occurred 29 years ago, nor forgive the Indian state and its agencies for their shameful collaboration with the perpetrators and their callous indifference towards the plight of the victims.
November 27, 2013 marked the 30th anniversary of the death of comrade John Buckle. He was the General Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), our fraternal party, since the time of its founding in 1979 till his untimely death in a terrible plane accident.
The statement entitled "Growing fascist terror against people on the basis of religion and caste stems from the communal foundations of the Indian Repubic" that was carried in the previous issue of your paper is a clear elaboration of the issues dealt in it.
The run up to the elections for the Delhi Assembly to be held on December 4, 2013, has seen a breath of fresh air injected by the campaign of five working class candidates who have been proposed by Lok Raj S
Bomb blasts in market places and other crowded areas of Imphal, the capital of Manipur, have become frequent in recent months. At least three persons were killed and four others injured when a bomb exploded on 30th October, 2013.
Selection of candidates by the people is the key to democratic representation
It has been reported that workers of the Samtel Glass Unit and Samtel Colour Unit in Kota, Rajasthan, and their families have decided to use the “None of the Above” (NOTA) option during the next assembly elections on December 1.
Worker candidates for the Delhi Assembly Election launch their campaigns
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar is proud to report that the campaign of the worker candidates, supported by Lok Raj Sangathan, Communist Ghadar Party, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), All India Workers' Council, Delhi Shramik Sangathan, Committee for Peace and Democracy – Manipur, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Mazdoor
29 years after the cold-blooded, organised genocide of Sikhs by the ruling Congress Party, the struggle to ensure that the guilty are punished continues unabated. Through political protests on the streets and other actions as well as legal battles in the courts, the struggle continues, to secure justice for the victims of this horrific m
The Prime Minister and his Party colleagues, as well as the leaders of the opposition never refrain from talking about Jammu and Kashmir as being an integral part of India, and blaming Pakistan for the violence in Kashmir. However the attitude of the Indian state to the people of Kashmir has not been one of treating them as a colonial or imperial power would treat its subjects.
Necessity to carry out thorough going electoral reforms
On September 27, 2013, a three judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM’s) used in elections must have a “none of the above” (NOTA) button at the end as an option.
I am writing to thank you for carrying the educational and informative article entitled `Necessity to defend the identity of the working class’ which is the fourth and concluding part of a series of articles on this most important and burning question, in the September 1-15, 2013 issue of MEL.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar is proud to announce that Ghadar International, Indian Workers Association (Great Britain) and other progressive organisations have been organising numerous meetings and other functions throughout Britain to celebrate the centenary of the founding of Hindustan Ghadar Party.
It gives me immense joy to convey this message on behalf of all the members of Communist Ghadar Party to this important seminar in London, which is part of the worldwide centenary celebrations of the founding of Hindustan Ghadar Party.
There has been a lot of noise in recent weeks about the external exchange value of the Rupee, which has fallen by nearly 10 percent in the last one month and nearly 20 percent since April 2013. The prices of imported goods have risen and this has had a cascading effect on prices across the spectrum of commodities.
There was a big demonstration at ITO on 25th September 2013 under the leadership of the Trade Unions Joint Committee of Delhi to protest against the anti-worker, anti-national and anti-people policies of the government. Hundreds of activists of all the trade unions militantly took part in this demonstration.
The Annual General Body Meeting of Voltas’ shareholders was held in Mumbai on August 19th. Normally, in such a meeting, the management presents the report of the previous year’s performance of the company and the outlook for the coming year.
Workers in the Hardwar Plant of the two wheeler manufacturer Honda’s factory went on a “tool down” strike on Aug 30-31. This followed the suspension of two of their co-workers by the management, without an
August 6 and August 9 this year marked the 68th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. On the morning of August 6, 1945, US military aircraft dropped an atom bomb that exploded above the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing about 140,000 people in the initial blast, and in total more than 237,000.
“Maruti, Go Back” - Battle cry of the Gujarat farmers
More than 5000 farmers and their family members from Hansalpur near Dalod village in Gujarat celebrated the Independence Day on 15th August with slogans of “Maruti, go back!” along with the hoisting of the flag. Maruti Suzuki company has announced a plan to invest Rs. 4000 crore for a big factory in the Bechraji-Hansalpur area.
The Central Executive of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) was held in Jain Dharamshala in Delhi on 8th August 2013 in an enthusiastic atmosphere. More than 50 members of the North-Western and South-East Railways attended the meeting.
The meeting was led by Prabhunath Singh and N B Dutta.
The following decisions were taken in the meeting:
It is with great interest that I read the article entitled `The interests of the people versus the interests of global retail corporations' carried in the August 16-31, 2013 issue of your paper. The article is educational, informative and gets to the heart of the matter.
August 15, sixty-six years ago, marks the day that the bourgeoisie took power from the hands of the British colonialists in the name of the people of our country. The workers, peasants and revolutionary intelligentsia fought and shed their blood for the liberation of our motherland.
On August 1, the Commerce Minister Anand Sharma announced further liberalisation in the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy of the government for the retail sector. This follows the policy changes announced in September last year.
Israt Jehan, a first year college student of Mumbai and her friends were kidnapped and brutally murdered by the orders of top officers of the Gujarat Police and the Intelligence Bureau 10 years ago. Their murder was declared an “encounter”. For ten years, the families of Israt Jehan and her murdered friends have been fighting for justice.
In the constant, day to day struggle between capital and labour, the capitalist class tries to increase the degree of exploitation of workers and thus increase the surplus value extracted from the labour of workers, by depressing the wages of workers and by increasing the length of the working day.
In the history of our revolutionary movement, the role of the revolutionaries in North America and other parts of the world occupies a very special place. Today too, in the work to complete the unfinished task of the Gadari babas in today's conditions of India and the world, the role of patriotic and progressive Indians abroad retains greatest significance. The Gadar Centenary Committee organised a grand three-day program in Toronto, Canada, to commemorate the centenary of the founding of the Hindustani Gadar Party in 1913 in North America.
On June 30, 2013, the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) organised a Convention in Madurai on the theme "Accident Free Train Service". The Convention was held at Meenakshi Mahal on TB Road.
Devastating floods in Uttarakhand as well as Himachal Pradesh, following heavy rains in northern India since June 13, have already claimed thousands of lives and left behind a terrible trail of destruction. Men, women and children, their homes and belongings, whole villages, roads and bridges have simply been washed away by the raging flood waters.
Paving the way for accelerated loot and plunder of people’s assets
The UPA government is claiming that it finally has achieved an “all-party consensus” on the proposed new land acquisition bill, titled the Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill, 2011.
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
On May 22, the UPA-2 government “celebrated” its fourth anniversary and congratulated itself for its performance on delivery of services to the people. However, the facts speak otherwise. The UPA government is yet to deliver on its promise of implementing a plan to ensure food for its people.
Across the entire country - in cities, towns and industrial areas, workers united on May 1st, International Workers' day, to pledge to intensify their struggle in defence of their rights and to keep the red flag aloft in memory of the Chicago martyrs. Huge rallies and meetings were organized on this occasion, throughout the country.
The inhuman face of imperialist globalization revealed starkly
On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, a building complex on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, collapsed. Four days later, the wreckage of the building caught fire, even when rescue workers were trying to recover the remaining workers trapped under the building.
Onward with the struggle for a modern democracy that empowers people to set the agenda!
Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS) organized a "Lok Raj Utsav" on 28th April in Thane, Maharashtra, to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of its precursor, the Preparatory Committee for People’s Empowerment (CPE).
Narpreet Kaur, whose father was one of the victims of the 1984 genocide of Sikhs, sat on a hunger-strike and protest at Jantar Mantar between May 3-8 with her demand for punishment of those guilty of this crime.
Comrades, activists, sympathizers of Party gathered early morning at the party central office on 1st May 2013 to celebrate the May Day and pay their tribute to the martyrs of Chicago. The office was decorated with red flags and banners.
Joining their working class brothers and sisters all over the world, the workers of India observed May Day 2013, with vigour, throughout the length and breadth of the country, from Srinagar to Trivandrum, from Mumbai to Imphal.
The Kanyakumari District Committee of the CGPI organized a public meeting at Puthan Sandhai junction to celebrate May Day.
The workers who had gathered for the meeting were addressed by a number of comrades of the Party and the Workers Unity Movement. They explained how the governments at the center and in the state were in the service of the biggest capitalists.
On the afternoon of May Day, hundreds of workers gathered at Azad Maidan, carrying red flags and the banners of their Unions. There were engineering workers, teachers, bank and insurance workers, seamen, state Govt employees, unorganised sector workers etc.
Innumerable rallies, marches, demonstrations and meetings took place all over the world on May Day 2013. From Jakarta to New York, from Caracas to Dhaka, millions of workers came on to the streets to celebrate their unity and to reaffirm their vow to end the exploitation of man by man.
Comrade Shyam Bali joined the ranks of the party in the early eighties. At that time, he was working in one of the factories of the Okhla Industrial Area and was an active participant in the militant struggles of workers in that period. From that time till his passing away, he never wavered in his loyalty to the cause of the party and revolution.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 7th May, 2013
Mass anger is being expressed on the streets following a District Court in Delhi ruling that Sajjan Kumar is not guilty of instigating the murderous gangs that attacked and killed hundreds of Sikhs residing in Raj Nagar on 1st November, 1984.
I am writing to thank the CC of the CGPI for its inspiring Call dated 10th April 2013 entitled `Organise to defeat the program of globalization through privatization and liberalisation! Unite and fight for worker-peasant rule!’ issued on the eve of May Day of 2013.
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.
Call for the youth to get organised for social change
The main slogan of the convention of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha that was held on 7th April 2013 in New Delhi was – ‘Get organised, become the rulers and change the society!’ The slogan was adopted at the time of its founding and remains relevant even today.
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
Women must organize and unite with the working class to take political power and transform society!
“Shasan Satta Aapne Haath, Jhulm Anyayi Kare in Samapth! (We will take political power in our hands to end this injustice and exploitation)! This was the spirit that reverberated in the hall, filled to capacity, right through the daylong meeting on March 17th at Delhi.
On March 17th 2013, hundreds of women and men gathered at AmbedkarMaidan, Worli BDD Chawls, Mumbai to celebrate International Women’s Day. The meeting was organsied by Lok Raj Sangathan, PurogamiMahila Sangathan and Kamgar Ekta Committee.
On the occasion of International Womens Day, on March 8th,2013, activists of Kamgar Ekta Committee and Western Railway Motormens Association jointly distributed thousands of leaflets which had been brought out for the occasion. The leaflet was issued jointly by ten workers’ unions under the banner of Kamgar Ekta Committee.
Over forty thousand university and college teachers from the eight universities of Maharashtra have taken the path of struggle to force the government to concede their just and long standing demands. The Maharashtra government has been trying to whip up anti-teacher sentiment by making out that the teachers are callous to the concerns of the students.
Engine drivers and guards organized under the banners of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) have come together to wage united struggle for their rights.
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.
We will take political power in our hands to end oppression and injustice!
Thousands of women marched in a joint rally from Mandi House to Parliament Street in Delhi where they organized a meeting on March 8. Participants in the rally included women, men, youth and students from all sections.
Hugo Chavez, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, passed away in Caracas on March 5, 2013, after a heroic and prolonged battle against cancer. His passing away is an irreparable loss to the people of Venezuela and all the peoples of the Americas, and to the anti-imperialist movement of the world's peoples.
Speech of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, in the meeting organised by Lok Awaz Publishers and Distributors to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Ferozeshah Kotla rally
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
In the first half of January 2013, French military planes pounded towns and villages in Mali, leading to many people getting killed and injured. The intervention in Mali was supported among others by the US and the UK.
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.
Step up the work of building committees for people’s empowerment!
People’s empowerment is the central problem today and uniting people around this aim is the central task. Towards this end, we communists must step up the work to establish and strengthen samitis among the workers, peasants, women and youth all over the country!
On the morning of 9 February, under the cover of utmost secrecy, the Indian state hanged Mohammed Afzal Guru and buried him inside Tihar Jail in Delhi. His family and the rest of the country came to know only after the fact. The execution of Afzal Guru was a shameless and cowardly act that cannot be justified in the name of law and justice. On the contrary, the evidence shows
On 22nd February, 1993, the opening day of the budget session of Parliament 20 years ago, organisations of workers, women and human rights activists jointly staged a bold protest rally at Ferozeshah Kotla, condemning the criminal deeds of the principal parties in Parliament. They appealed to all men and women of conscience to take joint action for bringing about a fund
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.
I am thanking you for carrying the statement entitled "Indian needs a modern democratic state -- statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd January, 2013" in the February 1-15, 2013 issue of MEL. The statement starts with the preamble that the masses of the people are contesting the myth that we have a modern democratic system in the country.
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
Sangam Vihar in South Delhi is one of Asia’s largest kutchi colony. The working class constitutes a majority of the residents. Residents face serious problems; they are not provided with basic services such as drinking water and sanitation (toilets and drainage). Electricity was provided only post-privatisation.
On 6th January six people of theMuslim faith were killed in the course of state repression unleashed by police in Dhule a city of Maharashtra.Many people suffered huge economic damage during that incident.The affected citizens have pointed out that even after 4 weeks of that incident the Maharashtra state government has not given any compensation to the
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.
A convention of activists was held on 30 January 2013 in the Mavlankar auditorium by the United Workers Organisations of Delhi. The convention was organised in the context of the call given by the central trade unions to make the all India strike on 20-21 February a success. More than a thousand activists took part in this convention.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd January, 2013
The glaring contradiction between the voices being raised on Raj Path and on the jan path, between those in Parliament and those on Parliament street, reflects the inevitable clash between the forces of the Old and the forces of the New. The old order is crumbling. A new order is struggling to be born. Those who benefit from the old order are using their power to prolong its life, to postpone its end for as long as possible.
Let us work unitedly to make the All India General Strike a success!
The working class is resolutely combating the attacks it is facing. In order to guarantee maximum profits for the capitalist class, the government is relentlessly implementing measures that are resulting in continuous increase of prices of essential commodities of daily consumption.
The Justice J.S. Verma Committee, which was constituted by the government following the brutal gang-rape and subsequent death of a 23 year old woman in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, and the nation-wide agitations that followed demanding that the government take stern steps to prevent crimes against women, released its recommendations on January 23, 2013.
New Year was ushered in by a highly informative and energizing WUM meeting held in Chennai on 5th of Jan, 2013. Workers and working class leaders from automobile engineering, manufacturing, aviation industry, hospitals, railways and municipal and panchayats, garment industry, construction and unorganized sectors attended the meeting.
The experience of the on-going struggle for justice and protection of women’s rights, fuelled by the gang-rape in a moving bus leading to the painful death of a 23-year old woman in Delhi, has brought forth some very important lessons.
While the most irresponsible statements have been made by the so-called political leaders of our country in connection with the Delhi gang-rape case, it is heartening to see that transport workers’ unions have responded with a high degree of social responsibility.
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.
As the year 2012 comes to an end, we have seen mass outrage being expressed on the streets of Delhi and other cities against the existing rotten social and political system which permits the most horrendous crimes against women.
University, school students and working class youth are out in the streets of the national capital asking for justice from a political system and its ruling class that has secured its own selfish interest at the expense of the vast majority.
The Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India deeply grieves the passing away of our dear T.S. Sankaran, fondly known as Mama by all the comrades of the Party, on December 15, 2012 at the age of 86 in Chennai.
Our Party dips its red banner in salute to this exemplary personality, whose word and deed always matched. His life and work will always be an example of inspiration for us communists, and for all those who have had the opportunity to work or interact with him in the course of his multifaceted life. The Central Committee of our Party extends its deep felt condolences to his dear wife and to all the members of his beloved family who have suffered an irreparable loss.
Various trade unions and workers’ organisations across the country organized a rally and demonstration in front of the Parliament on December 20th against the capitalist policies of the UPA government. This was an important programme in the context of the government’s economic policies and attacks on the working class.
The Lok Raj Samiti in Bhiwandi town of Maharashtra led a militant demonstration on the issue of right to food and employment on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on 10th December. Comrades of the Regional Committee of the CGPI participated in this demonstration.
"The Indian state is responsible for the demolition and massacre", this is the only conclusion any sensible and unbiased person would draw from the above facts and analysis. While the facts are indisputable, the analysis is scientific and extremely sharp.
On the occasion of 20 years since the demolition of the Babri Masjid, around one dozen organisations held a protest demonstration on 6 December 2012 in Delhi. The protesters marched from Mandi House chowk to Jantar Mantar where the procession transformed into a public meeting. A street play, which exposed the way the State organises communal violence, was staged by a group of youth.
I am writing to thank you for carrying the speech of Com. Prakash Rao presented on November 4, 2012 which was entitled `The struggle to punish the guilty and to prevent communal violence is part of the struggle for the Navnirman of India', which was carried in the November 16-30, 2012 online issue of your paper.
A joint rally was organized under the leadership of Jamait-e-Islami Hind at Parliament on November 22 to protest the illegal arrests of Muslim youth countrywide in the name of “war against terror” by the Indian State. The future of these youth is being destroyed through this act of persecution.
End the inhuman and unprincipled US blockade against Cuba!
On November 13, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution calling for an end to the more than 50 year long blockade of Cuba by the US. The fact that the vote was 188 member states for the resolution with only 3 against, shows the complete isolation of the United States with regard t
Since 14th November 2012, Israel has been bombarding the Gaza strip both from air and the sea, with the avowed intention of destroying the leadership of Hamas and subjugating the Palestinian people with its military might. At the time of writing, it is reported that Israel is amassing troops and preparing for a massive ground strike in Gaza.
Justice thunders condemnation, a better world’s in birth!
The Communist Ghadar Party of India hails the powerful 3-week long mass campaign launched by a wide cross section of justice-loving people and their organisations to punish those guilty of the genocide of Sikhs in November 1984.
Speech of Prakash Rao at the Seminar on 4th November, 2012
Comrades and friends!
On this fourth day of November 28 years ago, Delhi was filled with the stench of burnt human bodies. The atmosphere was full of tension, with armed troops on the streets. Tens of thousands of widows and orphans were camping in various Gurudwaras in the city.
A solemn but spirited campaign for demanding justice to the victims of the 1984 massacre of Sikhs got underway on 21st October 2012 from Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, with a moving and poignant pictorial exhibition.
Himachal Pradesh goes to the polls on November 4, 2012. On the surface, the contest is between the two main parties of the bourgeoisie, the Congress and the BJP. With well- oiled election machineries, money power, and the backing of the monopoly media, and promises aplenty to woo sections of the electorate, both these parties are pulling all stops.
A coalition of many Human Rights organizations,trade Unions, lawyers, journalists, activists belonging to various political parties of Odisha are fighting for the repeal of a draconian bill passed by the Odisha government. They are pressurizing the Governor to refuse to sign on the Bill.
I am writing in response to the article entitled `The genocide of Sikhs in November 1984: Those in power must be held accountable for their crimes’ published in the October 16-31, 2012 issue of MEL on the eve of the anniversary of one of the worst organized crimes against the Indian people. It is well acknowledged that a severe crisis in the ranks of the ruling circles was emerging
Those in power must be held accountable for their crimes
Those in positions of power and authority should be held accountable and guilty when they violate their duty and responsibility of providing safety and protection to the citizens. Only if law is based on the principle of command responsibility can parties and officials guilty of organising such crimes be convicted, and not merely the goons used to execute it.
A powerful manifestation of revolutionary spirit among women and youth in Delhi
A colourful and inspiring cultural program was organised jointly by Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha and Purogami Mahila Sangathan at the Shah Auditorium in Delhi on 7th October, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of our beloved martyr Bhagat Singh.
The latest two packages of economic policy reforms announced by the UPA Government have been met with widespread opposition among the working class and people. These are measures to expand the space for the biggest capitalist monopolies, Indian and international, to collaborate in intensifying the exploitation and plunder of our land and labour.
Walmart is an American multinational retailer corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world's third largest public company, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012. It is the largest retailer in the world.
The last week of September witnessed mass protests on the streets of Athens and Madrid, against the new round of austerity measures proposed to be imposed on Greece and Spain, two of the euro zone's economies which are currently in the grips of an acute financial crisis.
On September 10, thousands of public school teachers in Chicago went on strike, opposing education reforms proposed by the city's mayor, which have been endorsed by the Obama government. Nearly 29,000 teachers were reported to be on strike.
Thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul on October 3, 2012 to oppose the prospects of their country getting involved in a war with neighbouring Syria. The protests were sparked off by the Erdogan Government using its parliamentary majority to get the legislature to give it permission to launch hostilities against “foreign countries”.
Production has been shut down in the five units of Eastern Medikit Ltd, located in Gurgaon, since May 18, 2012. The workers of the company, under the leadership of the All India Medikit Employees Unions, have been waging a struggle against this illegal lockout over the last 5 months.
The All-India Voltas India Employees Federation protested at Jantar Mantar on September 29, 2012 to oppose the anti-worker policies of Voltas Limited (Tata Group). This Tata company manufactures air conditioners and air cooling systems for large plants. Voltas Limited has entered into several agreements with the workers union, but the management says it will not accept any bipartite agreement.
“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
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
Strong opposition to the bid to isolate and punish Iran
The 16th Summit meeting of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) concluded peacefully in Teheran earlier in September 2012. Over a hundred member countries participated, many of them represented by their heads of government. Officials of Russia, China and some other countries were present as observers.
The struggle for justice must continue, despite all odds
The people’s organisations that have been fighting to put an end to state organized communal and sectarian violence have repeatedly raised the need for invoking the principle of command responsibility. This could then be applied to hold the Chief Minister of a state or a commander/ chief officer of army/security forces to be held guilty for violating his/her duty and responsibility of ensuring security of citizens.
Correspondents of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar spoke with numerous delegates from different sectors of the economy and different regions, who had come to participate in the All India Convention of the working class on 4th September.
An 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.
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
Firm stance needed against warmongering and intervention by imperialist powers
The upcoming NAM summit in Tehran is plainly not only an opportunity for Iran to further thwart the efforts of to isolate it, but also for such participating countries to take steps in coordination with each other to deal with the dangerous situation in the region and the world. Their leaders are expected to rise to the occasion and take a firm stance against the warmongering and blatant interventions by the imperialist powers.
Army rule is the reality in most parts of the North East. For the peoples of the North-East, the departure of the British in 1947 did not mean the end of colonial rule. The region has been ruled virtually as a colony from New Delhi right from that time. When the peoples of this region have demanded their national and political rights, they have been beaten down ruthlessly, and called agents of foreign powers.
Having been at the receiving end of repression and terror at the hands of the central state and its agencies for so many decades, it is natural that the peoples of this region do not trust the central leaders, who are today promising protection for North-Eastern peoples, declaring they are all Indians. Many of them can see that this is actually a veiled threat; they are being told to better be loyal to the Indian Union and its policy, if they want to feel safe.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar considers the March and Rally of the workers of Gurgaon in solidarity with the workers of the Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant as an extremely important act in the present conditions of savage repression of the workers of the Manesar plant. At one stroke, it showed both the embattled workers of the Manesar plant that they are not alone, that the working class of Gurgaon Manesar stand by them. At one stroke, it cut through the disinformation campaign unleashed by the state through the media against the workers of the Manesar plant. As the workers marches through the streets with their bold banners and powerful slogans of solidarity, the people of Gurgaon saw once again with their own eyes the strength of a united workers movement. They saw that the workers are not going to allow themselves to be suppressed by the campaign of repression and disinformation.
Our MEL reporter was witness to a first of it’s kind meeting of Motormen associations and Passenger associations held in Mumbai. This meeting was held on 28th July and lasted for almost 5 hours ! Our correspondent reports:
The Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation & Resettlement Bill 2011 is expected to be approved by theCabinet in the last week of August by its new name - The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement and Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition (RCRRTLA) Bill 2012.
“Far from protecting human beings and their rights, the central authority today is creating an atmosphere of terror and insecurity among the various peoples of the Northeast on narrow, sectarian and communal basis,” said Comrade Prakash Rao, Spokesperson of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on 27th August in Delhi. He was speaking at a Public Forum organised by Lok Raj Sangathan on the question: Who is responsible for the insecurity of the peoples of the Northeast?
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!
Following the unfortunate death of a senior manager of Maruti-Suzuki's Manesar plant on 18th July, 2012, state terror has been unleashed against workers in the Manesar industrial belt in Gurgaon District of Haryana. Section 144 has been imposed in the entire area. The Haryana police have arrested over a hundred workers and their leaders and locked them up indefinitely.
I would like to thank MEL for bringing the issue of privatisation of water supply in it's June 16-30 edition under the title-Delhi Jal Board workers oppose privatisation. We are going the wrong way in our water policy. Rahul Gandhi said when he visited the drought hit areas of Maharashtra that he will take WB loan to solve the problem.
As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago. Whether the working class and people have benefitted from these reforms or have suffered?
Organising and sponsoring underground armed groups to carry out indiscriminate or sectarian violence, and then ordering the official armed forces to unleash terror in the name of restoring peace and order – this is the tried and tested method of rule of the Indian big bourgeoisie. The Congress Party is the most experienced exponent of such divide and rule tactics, inherited from colonial times and further perfected since then.
Unite in defence of the right of workers to form unions and resist super-exploitation!
Following the outbreak of violence in and around Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant on 18 July, 2012, the state police machinery has been ordered to unleash widespread terror among the workers in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt.
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.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar expresses profound grief at the passing away of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal on July 22, 2012 at the age of 97.
The life and work of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal have been a source of example and inspiration to all those who have fought under the banner of freedom and independence, from colonialism, imperialism and all forms of exploitation and oppression.
In 2000-01, an auto worker spent 2 hours 12 minutes of an 8-hour shift working for his own subsistence and that of his family. He spent the remaining 5 hours and 48 minutes generating surplus for the capitalist. By 2009-10, the ratio had deteriorated: The auto worker now spent just 1 hour 12 minutes working for his own subsistence and that of his family, and the remaining 6 hours 48 minutes ensuring profits for the capitalist.
Since 18th July, hundreds of peasant families in Gorakhpur, Haryana have pitched their tents under the hot sun on their fields in the villages. Women, men and children are sitting in protest on the land which the government wants to acquire for setting up a nuclear power plant.
On July 22, police opened fire on peasants in Rewari who have been protesting against forcible acquisition of their lands by the Haryana government. Over thirty peasants are reported injured in these firings. The Haryana government has launched a campaign of intimidation including foisting of false cases on peasants, in an effort to divide them and crush their struggle.
Women health workers (ASHAs) and mid-day meal workers of Haryana held a protest in Rohtak on June 22. The members of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) Workers’ Union and the Mid-Day Meal Workers’ Union were demanding their right to minimum wages, appointment letters, identity cards, social security and other benefits.
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.
Lakhs of employees in Rajasthan held militant demonstrations in front of 33 district headquarters on 25th July 2012 to protest against the policy of privatisation, liberalisation and globalisation and in support of their 11-point charter of demands, under the leadership of the All Rajasthan State Employees Coordination Committee. A petition was submitted to the Chief Minister.
The Transport Corporation employees sat on a dharna in capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla on 17th July 2012 under the leadership of the Himachal Road Transport Employees United Coordination Committee. Almost 1500 Transport Corporation employees from throughout the state took part in this dharna. There were employees of all 23 depots.
On 22nd July 2012, the main organisation of the electricity employees in Chandigarh, All Haryana Power Corporation Union has opposed the attempts by the government and Corporation management of Panipat Circle and other towns and villages feeders to privatise the distribution system of electricity. In this direction, the organisation has declared that it will start a state wide agitation.
Several workers’ organisations and mass organisations gathered on July 21 at Haryana Bhawan in Delhi to protest against the state terror unleashed on the workers of Maruti-Suzuki in Manesar. Addressing the demonstration, Com.
On July 15, Hind Naujavan Sabha and Lok Raj Sangathan together organised a “Pratibha Vikas Competition” in Sashi Garden in East Delhi. The young adults – boys and girls, participated enthusiastically in the event.
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 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.
On July 2nd, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a proposal put forward by the Ministry of Food to export two million tons of wheat from its buffer stock. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar condemns this most blatant anti-people decision of the government of India.
The main natural resources of Himachal Pradesh are its rivers and forests. As with the other hill state, Uttarakhand, the bourgeoisie of our country has looked at the rivers of Himachal as the potential source for massive profits through generation of electricity as well as for other uses.
According to a report published in the daily tribune on 6th July, 2012 the Employees Federation Circle of the Power Corporation released a united statement on July 5 that pointed out that there is an increase in employee accidents in the Power Corporation, due to increase in the work load and pressure by the management.
The people of Nohar city of Hanumangarh District of Rajasthan have been in struggle to have the guilty of ChakRajasar murder case punished for the past three years. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar correspondent spoke to Guruji Hanuman Prasad Sharma, former President of the Rajasthan Teacher’s Union and Vice President of the All India Council of Lok Raj Sangathan.
According to the report published in the Daily Tribune on 5th July, 2012, the municipal corporation unions sat for a joint meeting in the Jalandar district of Punjab on 4th July, in protest against the privatization of the cleaning work of the municipal corporation.
Condemn the attempts of the Air India Management to destroy the pilots union!
On 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.
I am writing to thank the CC of the CGPI for its incisive and insightful statement entitled "Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are major pillars of capitalist rule!" released on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Lok Sabha, 20th May, 2012.
Government “reforms” mean privatisation of public services
The employees of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) are also protesting the privatisation of water supply alongside the residents of Delhi. The Delhi government has announced an annual increase of 10% in water tariff so as to enable the private companies to increase their profit.
Condemn the persecution of workers by the state! The struggle for justice shall continue!
Graziano Trasmissioni is a multinational company producing gears for automobiles. It has 35 plants the world over. This former Italian multinational company has now been taken over by a US multinational.
Close to 400 nurses of three hospitals run by the Vijaya group in Chennai have gone on strike in support of their demand for better salaries. The nurses are demanding an increase in basic pay from Rs. 6320 to Rs. 15000 per month, an annual increment of 15% of basic pay and hike in night time allowance.
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.
On May 23, 2012 the UPA government launched a savage attack on the livelihood of our people by increasing the petrol prices by over 7.50 Ps per liter. This is the third hike in petrol prices in the past year, and the steepest ever, the previous steepest being Rs 5/- a litre.
In the middle of April 2012, India successfully test fired a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the Agni-5. Agni 5 has been declared to be an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). It was launched from the Andhra Coast and landed successfully in the Southern Indian Ocean over 5000 km away. The monopoly media immediately was ecstatic on two counts.
For the vast majority of Indian women, seeking divorce is not an easy option if they want an escapefrom being victims of cruelty and torture, insult and abuse, adultery, persistent demands for dowry and various other forms of harassment in marital life,.
On May 11, 2012, a five member jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdictagainst former United States President George W. Bush and his associates at the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal hearing that had started on May 7, 2012.
The Summit meeting of NATO partners and allies that was held in Chicago, US, from May 18-21, was all about how US imperialism and its allies would continue their interference and occupation of Afghanistan in different forms.
In the face of the all sided attacks on the livelihood and rights of the working class of Europe in theform of "austerity measures", the resistance struggle of the workers is mounting. It is beginning to throw a challenge to the capitalists and their states, as well as all their institutions.
Tens of thousands of students marched on the streets of Montreal on May 22, to mark the 100thday of their protests over tuition fee hikes and to denounce Bill 78, a new legislation aimed at curbing students' protests.
In the middle of April 2012, over 2000 political prisoners lodged in Israeli jails joined a hunger strike launched by a group of their compatriots nearly two and half months ago. The fasting prisoners were protesting against the brutal measures adopted by the Israeli state to persecute the Palestinian patriots in its jails.
The US and Israel have been systematically escalating the threat of war against Iran for pursuing a program of developing nuclear energy, claiming that the program could also be used to develop nuclear weapon capability.
May Day 2012 was marked by militant demonstrations, rallies and meetings in all the cities and towns of our vast country. The Communist Ghadar Party of India gave a stirring call to the workers on the eve of May Day to fight for the universal rights of all workers.
Workers all over the world participated in public rallies and demonstrations on May 1, 2012, voicing their resistance to the all-sided attacks on their rights. They reaffirmed their resolve to put an end to the capitalist system and establish in its place a system free from all forms of exploitation.
Prof Dr Dalip Singh was a fierce defender of justice and human rights, and an outspoken opponent of state terrorism. In the period following Operation Blue Star and the genocide of Sikhs in 1984, Prof Dalip Singh worked closely with our party organizations to expose the false anti Sikh communal hysteria spread by the state and the Congress Party, and to build the unity of the people against state terrorism and state organized communal genocides.
One of the weapons perfected by the US imperialists to create trouble for countries and governments which oppose them is to organise and back subversive groups from within those countries. These groups are trained to carry out sabotage, assassination and other criminal activities aimed at destabilising those countries.
The Right to Education Act which came into effect on April 1, 2010, has received much publicity as one of the biggest achievements of the UPA government, which allegedly shows its commitment towards ensuring elementary education for the children of our country.
As reported in the March 1-15 issue of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, the Central Labour Ministry, New Delhi had appointed a one man National Tribunal, under Justice G.S Saraf, to look into the grievances of the Engine Drivers of Indian Railways.
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
As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago. Whether the working class and people have benefitted from these reforms or have suffered?
International Women's Day was celebrated in the resettlement colony of Madanpur Khadar located in the eastern part of Delhi on 31st March 2012. The meeting was jointly organised by the Purogami Mahila Sangathan (PMS) and the Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS). The participants included housewives, boy and girl students of schools and colleges, young men and women and political activists.
It is with deep sorrow that Mazdoor Ekta Lehar announces the death of Com. Gurucharan Das. He was 52 years old when he died on March 12th of a heart attack. He worked in the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala.
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.
Recently, numerous incidents of abduction and violence against women and girls have taken place in Delhi and the surrounding region, including Gurgaon. Women and girls have been waylaid on their way back home from their workplaces and schools, raped, tortured and killed.
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.
The Assembly elections held in five states —Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa – are over and new governments sworn in. In Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has obtained an absolute majority and replaced the Bahujan Samaj Party in power. In Punjab the Akali Dal BJP combine has retained power. In Goa, the BJP has replaced the Congress.
Hind Naujavan Sabha and Lokraj Sangathan jointly organized a meeting in the Okhla Industrial area of Delhi on March 23, on the occasion of Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom. The meeting was attended in large numbers by working class youth.