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Party activists’ meeting discusses path for liberation of women: Only by putting an end to the society based on exploitation can women win their emancipation

ThumbnailA spirited discussion took place among nearly a hundred young party activists on February 4, in New Delhi, on the question of liberation of women. Young women and men, school and college students and working youth, participated enthusiastically in the meeting organized by the Communist Ghadar Party. They animatedly exchanged views on this burning problem in society and came up with important suggestions on how to organize to deal with this issue.

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Nagaland : Call for boycott of assembly elections mount

ThumbnailOn January 29, 2018, representatives of 11 electoral political parties of Nagaland declared that they would not put up candidates in the February 27 elections to the state assembly. The joint declaration they signed after meetings with the Core Committee of Nagaland tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) said “We on behalf of all the political parties and the intending candidates have, in compliance with the wishes of the people, decided not to go ahead with the issuance of party tickets or filing of nominations.”

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Militant demonstration and rally in New Delhi to mark 25 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid

ThumbnailThousands of activists of different political parties and organisations participated in a massive demonstration in New Delhi on December 6, 2017, to commemorate 25 years of the ghastly crime committed by our rulers against our people – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and the state organized communal violence and massacres that followed. The demonstrators marched from Mandi House to Parliament, demanding punishment of the guilty and an end to state organized communal violence and genocide.

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Massive rally of farmers in Delhi

ThumbnailTens of thousands of peasants came from all parts of India to participate in a massive protest action at the Parliament in New Delhi on 20th November 2017. The protest action was organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), consisting of over 180 organisations. Peasants came in large contingents from all corners of India.

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All out for the success of the mass 3-Day workers’ protest rally! Working class must capture political power, like in Russia 100 years ago!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 3 November, 2017

The 3-day Maha Padav outside Parliament, starting on 9th November, is a massive protest action which is being organised by the National Convention of Workers, consisting of trade unions and their federations covering workers in diverse sectors. They include workers in steel, coal, electricity, petroleum, machinery and machine tools, defence production, railways, banks, road, air and water transport, telecom and IT industries. The 3-day action in Delhi has been preceded by mass campaigns all over the country, in every state, district and block, and in every industrial area.

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33 years after the state-organised genocide of Sikhs in 1984: Let us carry forward the struggle for justice and punishment of the guilty!

ThumbnailMembers and activists of communist parties and several organisations organized a joint action in New Delhi on 1st November 2017, to mark 33 years after the genocide of Sikhs and to reiterate their demand for punishment of the guilty.

The joint action was organized by Lok Raj Sangathan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Popular Front of India, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Sikh Forum, United Muslim Front, CPI (ML) - New Proletarian, Socialist Party (India), Social Democratic Party of India, Association for Protection of Civil Rights, South Asia Human Rights Defence Committee, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Welfare Party of India, Citizens for Democracy, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushavarat (Delhi state), Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Scientific Socialism Journal, Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, NCHRO and the Student Islamic Organization.

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A year since the Note Ban

Dear Editor, I am writing to thank you for carrying the informative article entitled 'A year since the Note Ban, who has gained?' in the November 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. Such an article goes a long way towards educating the working class on the true intent and objective of the devastating note ban that was done in November 2016 by the Narendra Modi Government.
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Guilty must be punished

Dear Editor, MEL This is in response to the Call of the CC of the CGPI dated 24-10-2017 on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of the state-sponsored massacre of Sikhs in 1984. The call emphasizes that the struggle to punish the guilty of the 1984 genocide has not yet been fruitful, and also that such a struggle is part and parcel of the struggle to establish a new state that will ensure prosperity and protection for all.
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The citizenship question

From the time of the promulgation of the Constitution of the Indian Republic on January 26, 1950, the position adopted by the Indian state on the citizenship question reveals a thoroughly communal outlook. The Indian state has used the question of citizenship to systematically inflame communal and sectarian passions and attack the unity of the people. It has used the citizenship issue to divert and disrupt the struggle of the different nations and peoples constituting India for their national rights.

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The October Revolution - 100 years: Victory of October Revolution ushered in State of Workers and Peasants in Russia

​Lenin adressing citizensOn Nov 7, 1917, revolutionary workers, soldiers and sailors took the Winter Palace by storm and arrested the Provisional Government. The armed uprising in Petrograd had won.

Produced below are the call to all Russian citizens from the Revolutionary Military Committee and a Report on the Tasks of Soviet Power and Resolution passed at the Meeting of The Petrograd Soviet of Workers' And Soldiers' Deputies.

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Tamilnadu youth protest against NEET: Reflection of the anti-social orientation of medical education

Students meeting in ChennaiThe declaration of the results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical colleges in June this year has been followed by massive protests by students and people of Tamilnadu. Before NEET was made compulsory this year for all states (exemption provided to TN in 2016 from NEET was withdrawn this year), the entrance to government medical colleges in Tamilnadu was based on the marks obtained by the students in the final school examination conducted by the Tamilnadu Board.

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Protests continue for health services

Protests continue for health servicesAs of going to the press, the relay dharna led by the Ramgarh Satarkta evam Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti (Ramgarh Vigilance and Joint Struggle Committee) that has been going on since 18 October 2017 is continuing for their demands of filling vacancies at the Community Health Centre (CHC) and to make equipment necessary for treatment of patients available in the health centre in Ramgarh village of Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan.

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Punjab Anganwadi workers are determined to continue their struggle until their demands are met!

ThumbnailAnganwadi workers’ union (Punjab), comprising of the workers and anganwadi helpers had called for a gherao of the chief minister’s residence in Patiala to press for their long pending demands. Despite Punjab police arresting many of their leaders on the eve of the gherao, and putting up all sorts of barricades, more than 25000 anganwadi workers managed to reach the railway station in Patiala by the morning of 23rd October. They were not allowed to get out of the railway station, so they continued their demonstration at the railway station.

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Protest at Department of Urban Development over hike in Metro fare

Hike in Metro fareOn 23 October, 2017, the trade unions of Delhi held a protest at the Department of Urban Development demanding a repeal of the increase in metro fares.

Workers, women and youth participated in great numbers along with trade union activists in the demonstration. The protesters shouted slogans like – ‘Take back the increased fare! Down with the anti-worker, anti-people policy of the government! The Central Government should come to its senses and reduce the metro fare! Long live the revolution!’

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October revolution in Russia — 100 years: The working class of Russia overthrows the rule of the bourgeoisie and establishes its own rule

October revolution victoriousThe supression of the Kornilov-led revolt clearly showed that the tide of revolution was rising. There ensued a period of bolshevistation. Factories, mills and military units held new elections and sent to the Soviets representatives of the Bolshevik Party in place of the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries.The Petrograd and Moscow Soviets went over to the Bolsheviks, forcing the resignation of the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries.

On November 7, Red Guards and revolutionary troops occupied the railway stations, post office, telegraph office, the Ministries and the State Bank. The Pre-parliament was dissolved. The cruiser Aurora trained its guns on the Winter Palace, and their thunder ushered in a new era, the era of the Great Socialist Revolution.

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Meeting in Ramgarh on the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

ThumbnailOn 28th September 2017 on the occasion of the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh a meeting was organized in Ramgarh, Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan. A large number of people gathered for this meeting. The meeting was chaired by the sarpanch of the gram Panchayat of Ramgarh, Banvarilaal Dev.

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“We want to be treated as human beings and at par with Government employees” demand the Anganwadi workers of Maharashtra

ThumbnailMore than 2 lakh Anganwadi workers working in more than 1.1 lakh Anganwadis in Maharashtra have started their strike struggle from 12th September’17. They are demanding that they be treated as human beings. They are demanding that they be treated on par with government workers and also demanding a salary hike as per their seniority. They are demanding that the minimum salary for a fresh recruit should be of Rs.7000/- per month going up to Rs.13,000/- per month for those who have been doing this work for the last 20 years.

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Hundreds participate in march against privatization of health services in Britain

ThumbnailHundreds of people participated in a protest march against the privatization of the National Health Service (NHS). The march began at Southhall and culminated in a rally at Ealing common.

The protest rally was organized in the wake of the concerted efforts of the British government to privatize the National Health Service, and close down various public hospitals.

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Mass opposition to the Privatisation of Government Schools in Rajasthan

ThumbnailRecently the government of Rajasthan declared that it will hand over 300 government schools to private entities to operate under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. Following this declaration students, teachers and parents, and people across the state came on to the street to oppose this blatantly anti-social decision of the government.

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Book Release function in Toronto, Canada – “Call of the Ghadaris – Revolution”

ThumbnailThe book "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published in Punjabi, Hindi and English languages by the Communist Ghadar Party of India was released on 17 September, 2017, at an impressive function in Toronto, Canada. This book is the product of rigorous research and a series of inner-party discussions carried out under the leadership of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India.

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The Rohingya refugee crisis

ThumbnailSince the beginning of September, the news of lakhs of refugees from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) fleeing to Bangladesh, amidst reports of repression unleashed by the Myanmar armed forces, has captured international headlines.

According to the Bangladesh government, over 4,20,000 Rohingyas refugees have crossed over since August 25, 2017. They are now lodged in refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazaar area of Bangladesh bordering Myanmar.

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Oppose India’s participation in the US strategy

The article entitled "US unveils strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia: Grave threat to all peoples of the region" in the September 16-30, 2017 issue of MEL is educative and a must for the working class which is constantly bombarded by the Indian ruling class controlled media, the world according to which is one where Pakistan is the epicentre of terror, and that it is the US that is the guardian of democracy in the world, and also in the region. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.

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Hundreds of thousands of workers oppose “labour reforms” in France

France labour reformsSeptember 2017 witnessed several waves of strikes of workers in France against changes to the country’s labour laws. The changes, which are being fast-tracked via executive orders, are designed to give employers more flexibility to negotiate pay and conditions with their workers while reducing the costs of firing staff. More specifically, the “reform” will make employee dismissal rules more flexible by reducing severance costs and loosening the country’s legal procedures around dismissal. The second area where businesses will be allowed more freedom is the regulation of hours of work.

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Unions in the Philippines oppose martial law

A coalition of human rights and labour organizations joined a protest rally on 21st September organized to denounce Thumbnaile Duterte government's human rights violations and demand an end to martial law in Mindanao. Over 12,000 people, mainly from poor urban communities, have been killed in extra-judicial killings sanctioned by President Duterte, with those involved granted impunity.

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The murder of Gauri Lankesh must be condemned! The right to conscience must be defended!

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh, well known journalist and social activist, editor of the Kannada publication Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was brutally shot dead at her residence on the evening of September 5, 2017. Gauri Lankesh was respected among those fighting for the rights of the exploited and oppressed, for her bold investigative writings exposing the crimes of those in power and her passionate appeal for justice for the victims of state terror.

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New India

Sir,

The Statement of the CC of the CGPI entitled 'Building a new India requires getting rid of the old exploitative system and the oppressive State!' in the Sept. 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL is a thought provoking piece. The Statement was issued in the wake of the 70th Independence Day observance and as a response to the call of the PM where he called for building a "New India" over 5 years (!), in India without poverty, corruption, communalism and discrimination.

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Workers at PepsiCo Argentina defend their rights militantly

Demonstration in Buenos Aires in support of Pepsico workersWomen workers at PepsiCo in Argentina have been organizing militant protests against retrenchment, long hours of work in harsh working conditions. The protests began in June this year. They arrived at work June 20 to find a note on the door saying that the plant would be relocated and that workers were out of a job.

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Rajasthan peasants escalate their struggle

ThumbnailAs Mazdoor Ekta Lehar goes to the press, on 13 September 2017, angry peasants had once again taken to the roads to press for their demand of waiver of loans and other demands. The mahapadav organised by the All India Kisan Sabha and other peasant organisations on 12 September had forced the Rajasthan government to take notice of the more than 10-day long agitation and invite the leaders of agitating peasants for a meeting in the evening in Jaipur. An eleven member delegation took part in the talks. Talks went on till late in the night, however, it did not result in an agreement. Soon after that the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti met and announced chakka jam throughout Rajasthan.

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Political developments in Tamilnadu: Complete bankruptcy of parliamentary democracy

Political developments in Tamilnadu reveal the complete marginalisation of people in this system of parliamentary democracy. ... People are utterly disgusted by the arbitrary actions of the factions of the ruling AIADMK and the interference of the central government. At the same time, they feel helpless in this system which does not allow them any role beyond casting their vote on Election Day. What is happening in Tamilnadu has once more revealed the reality of parliamentary democracy before the masses of people. It has once more underscored the fact that the present system of democracy only serves the bourgeois class, which is a tiny minority.
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Release of the book “Call of the Ghadaris - Revolution” in Mumbai

ThumbnailCall of the Ghadaris - Revolution, the book published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was released in Mumbai on August 5, 2017. Apart from many workers including women and youth, representatives of Kamgar Ekta Committee, All India Guards Council, Communist Party of India, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), All India Students Federation, Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh, Spark (Lok Raj Sangathan), Indian Airport Employees Union, Bastar Solidarity Group, Bigul Dasta and Purogami Mahula Sangathan also graced the occasion and released the book.

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Condemnation of US interference and threats against Venezuela

On August 11, 2017, US President Trump declared that the US had "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary". This follows the imposing of sanctions on Venezuela by the US.

The threat to use military force to overthrow the government of Venezuela and establish a pro-US regime in its place marks a new phase of escalation of brutal and systematic interference that it has carried on against the people of that country for many years. It is an open threat to the sovereignty of Venezuela and its people.

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Jharkhand Land Acquisition Bill passed: Advancing the interests of the big monopoly capitalists

ThumbnailJharkhand state government passed a new land acquisition law by voice vote, in the state Assembly on August 12, overriding objections of MLAs of opposition parties. The new law, known as the Jharkhand Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Act-2017, has amended certain provisions of the earlier land acquisition law, to facilitate land acquisition for the big monopoly capitalists to carry out their mining, power generation and other projects.

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Protests against secret RCEP trade negotiations

ThumbnailThe regional comprehensive economic partnership (rcep) held its19th round of negotiations between 18th-28th july in hyderabad. The RCEP was set up in 2002. It is a forum of16 countries, to negotiate their mutual terms of trade, i.e. how much of the trade between them should be free of barriers like import duties, etc. The Partnership includes the10 countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar and Philippines and six other countries – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, who have entered into trade agreements with the ASEAN.

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Central Trade Unions Convention

I was delighted to read the detailed report carried in the August 16-31, 2017 issue of MEL entitled `All India Convention of workers resolves to step up the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people assault of the ruling class.' It was heartening to read that over 6000 delegates attended the Convention in the heart of Delhi which was jointly organized by all the leading and national workers unions and confederations.
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All India Convention of workers resolves to step up the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people assault of the ruling class

Talkatora convention of TUsAn all India Convention of Workers was held on 8 August 2017, at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. The Convention was jointly organised by AITUC, CITU, INTUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF. More than 6000 delegates from different federations of workers and employees from the defence plants, steel plants, coal mines, railways, banks, insurance, and many other sectors of the economy participated in the Convention. A delegation of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee actively participated in the Convention.

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Book Release in New Delhi : “Call of the Ghadaris – Revolution”

Book release thumbnailThe first edition of the book titled "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was formally released in New Delhi on 26 July. It was enthusiastically received by a packed audience consisting of numerous political party representatives, lawyers, journalists, academic scholars and activists of many organisations of workers, women and youth.

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Banking should serve the needs of society, not the interests of corporate houses

Image removed.Mazdor Ekta Lehar (MEL) spoke to Comrade JP Sharma, Vice President, All India Bank Employees Association and General Secretary, Delhi State Bank Employees Federation. Comrade JP Sharma (JPS) expressed his views on the current situation in the banking sector and the struggle being waged by the bank employees.

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Protests grow stronger in Narmada Valley

Narmada river protest thumbnailIn June 2017, the Gujarat government closed the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on its side, by consent of the central government. At the same time, it was decided to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam, on the Narmada River near Navagam by 17 metres to 138.72 metres. As a consequence, around 40,000 families in 192 villages of Madhya Pradesh are facing submergence.

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Book Release at Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall, Jalandhar: “Call of the Ghadaris – Revolution”

Book-Release-Jalandhar-ThumbnailThe 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.

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Farmers protests across Rajasthan

Rajasthan farmers thumbnailUnder the banner of Karza Mukti Andolan Sangharsh Samiti, farmers from across Rajasthan took out demonstration on July 17 and started a Traffic Jam Campaign. 39 farmers’ associations of Rajasthan are involved in this Sangharsh Samiti. As a result of the protest, on 22nd July the government invited the representatives of all 39 organizations from the Sangharsh Samiti, to discuss the problems being faced by the farmers.

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Peasants of India — onward with your just struggle! The working class stands with you!

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.

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Peasants escalate their struggle

Farmers protest JM thumbnailAs the Parliament Monsoon Session began this year on 17 July 2017, thousants of peasants belonging to hundreds of organisations from all parts of India came to the Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House in New Delhi. The purpose of the rally was to draw Government's attention to the deep agricultural crisis which is leading to widespread economic ruin of peasants.

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Kisan Mukti Yatra, 6 – 18 July 2017: Hundreds of organisations demand Peasants' right to livelihood

MH-Peasant-meetingHundreds 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.

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Agitation for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling: Reconstitution of the Indian Union as a voluntary union of consenting nations and peoples is an objective necessity

Demo in support of Gorkha demandsSince 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.

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British elections – June 2017: Crisis of British political system

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.

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Massive protests against the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany

Thumbnail of G20 protestAn 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.

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National Emergency

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.
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Peasants hold meeting in Tamilnadu's Thoothukudi district

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.

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42nd anniversary of declaration of National Emergency: Behind the signboard of democracy stands the brutal dictatorship of the biggest monopolies

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".

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Condemn the terror unleashed on agitating farmers of Madhya Pradesh

Thumbnail-demo in GohanaWith 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.

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On the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of Operation Blue Star:

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.

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Workers, peasants, women and youth unite in struggle for political empowerment in Rajasthan

Thumbnail-HanumangarhIt 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.

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Struggle of construction workers in Haryana

Thumbnail-Kurukshetra marchOn 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.

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Hail the 160th anniversary of the Great Ghadar of 1857! Onward with the struggle to vest sovereignty in the people!

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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.


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In support of the call for unity of all workers

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.

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A show of working class unity

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.

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Central government opposes Supreme Court verdict on AFSPA in Manipur

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.

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Youth used as "human shield" by army convoy in Kashmir: There is no military solution to the Kashmir problem!

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.

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An attack on one is an attack on all!

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
Comrade workers,

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.

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Army deliberately targets civilians in Kashmir: There is no military solution to the problem in Kashmir

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.

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Our Tasks

Sir,

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.

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Call of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Sir,

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,

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Conference of the Haryana Jan Sangharsh Manch: Tribute on the martyrdom day of Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad

Kurukshetra meetingOn 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.

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Communal conflicts being stoked up in Assam

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.

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Protests against land acquisition in Jharkand continue

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.

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Debates on political questions banned in name of nationalism

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.

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State terrorism in the name of fighting terrorism

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.

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Women march in defence of their rights and for a system free of exploitation and injustice

International Women's Day 2017 in DelhiOver 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.

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Guest Teachers’ Struggle

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.

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Long live International Workers Day!

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.

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Delhi Convention of Lok Raj Sangathan

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.

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Women march in unity to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016

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.

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All out for the success of the workers’ protest on 10th March:

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

Comrade workers!

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.

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Protest meeting against attacks on people's democratic rights

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.

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Condemn the state terror unleashed against people in Haryana

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.

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Struggle of railway porters

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.

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Meeting of the Joint Action Committee of Workers’ Associations

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.

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Navnirman of India

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.

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Protests against the new transport policy

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.

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Onward with the Struggle to punish those guilty of demolishing Babri Masjid!

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. 

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Struggle against the pathetic condition of government schools in Uttarakhand

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.

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Public discussion on Growing Communal and Fascist Terror

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.

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Meetings in Mumbai on “Communal Violence - Its Roots and the Solution”

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.

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

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

Com. Birju Nayak (Secretary, Mazdoor Ekta Committee)

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

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Condemn the dangerous war games of the US directed against the Korean people! Demand the withdrawal of US forces from the Korean peninsula!

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).

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Condemn the barbaric attack on people by the Gujarat government!

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.

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Meeting against Communal Violence organised in Gohana, Haryana

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.

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Interview with Rajasthan Teachers

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

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Lok Raj Sangathan’s initiative in taking forward the struggle for rights in Rajasthan

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.

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Terrorism and the Indian State – Lessons of History

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

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Indian agriculture

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.

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Resident Doctors of Maharashtra government hospitals force government to give in to their demands

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.

The main demands of the agitating doctors were

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

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

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Meeting and establishment of Committee of Jhansi Division of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA)

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.

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

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

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

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Interview with Allahabad Bank employees' leader Comrade Devender Mehta

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

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Call to unite against fascism

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.

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Mayday celebration marked by the determination of working class to carry on the struggle

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.

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Oppose further attacks on rights of workers

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.

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On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany

The lessons of history must not be forgotten!

Public Meeting – 9.30 am, Sunday, May 10, 2015

Venue — Indian Social Institute, Lodhi Institutional Area, New Delhi

May 9, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. It marks the liberation of Europe from fascism and the end of the war in Europe.

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Discussion on Land Acquisition organized by the Lok Raj Sangathan

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.

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Celebration of International Women's Day, 2015, Delhi

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.

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International Working Women’s Day celebrated in Worli, Mumbai

’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

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Terrorist massacres in France

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.

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65 years of the Republic

It is in defence of a parasitic and exploiting minority and against the public!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, January 15, 2015

The 26th of January this year marks 65 years since the adoption of the Constitution of the Indian Republic in 1950.  The word republic means rule of the people, by the people and fo

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Comrade Lal Singh’s speech at the function held to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India

Comrades and friends,

I have great joy in welcoming all of you to this celebration of the 34th birth anniversary of Communist Ghadar Party.

We have gathered here at a time when our country and the whole world faces a grave situation.

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December 16 marked by militant protest actions in Delhi

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.

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Massive show of protests against State Terrorism

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.

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Mass protests on the 30th anniversary of the 1984 genocide

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.

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30th anniversary of 1984 genocide

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

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Organisers of genocide unpunished, lives of innocents destroyed

Scathing indictment of the state

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.

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Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014

Organise to defeat the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national course of globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation!

Let us organise to become the rulers and transform society!

Statement on Maharashtra Assembly Elections - Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 27th September, 2014

Assembly elections for the states of Maharasht

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Discussion organised by Lok Raj Sangathan

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.

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All India Convention of Central Trade Unions and All India Federations

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

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

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Kashmir Devastated by floods

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.

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

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

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FDI in Insurance Sector

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

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Farmers struggle is advancing in Hanumangarh

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.

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Judicial Appointments Commission & 121st Constitution Amendment Bills

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.

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Chennai: Public meeting against anti worker, anti peasant policies of government

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.

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Four years of struggle of farmers against land acquisition in Navalgarh

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.

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On the occasion of the 68th Independence Day:

Sovereignty of India is at risk under the rule of the bourgeoisie

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 13th August, 2014

India became an independent sovereign state, free from British colonial rule, on 15th August, 1947. It was a time when a revolutionary situation prevailed in our country and on the world scale.

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Medical students working in government hospitals in Tamilnadu fight strike work

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.

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Tamil Nadu Highways maintenance workers oppose privatization

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.

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Rail budget 2014-15

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.

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Intensified protests against privatisation of electricity

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.

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Hung Assembly in Delhi: What should the working class and people do?

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.

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Immediate halt to Israel’s genocidal attacks in Gaza

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.

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Land Acquisition Law 2013 to be amended

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.

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Rajasthan State government employees’ struggle for their rights

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.

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Contract Labour: The future of youthful labour power of the country on contract

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.

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Leaflet issued by the Indian Workers' Association of Great Britain

Join the Demonstration in Hyde Park, London

Condemn Indian Army’s ‘Operation Blue Star’ 1984

Mark the 30th Anniversary of Sikh Genocide!

Demand justice for the people of Punjab and the rest of India!

On 6th June, 1984, tanks, mortars, missiles and sophisticated guns roared in a pre-planned concerted operation to crush the ‘enemy’.

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Campaign of Mazdoor Ekta Committee:

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.

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Public meeting in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan on the occasion of the 157th anniversary of the great Ghadar of 1857

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”.

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Unite against the targeting of migrant workers by the capitalist 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.

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Ukraine crisis deepens

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.

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Trade unions adopt a common draft program

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

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Enthusiastic commemoration in England of Martyr’s day

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.

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Seminar in Lucknow on “Present political situation: Intensifying Crisis and the Politics for Real Change”

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.

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The program of the working class must be advanced!

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

Sir,

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Capitalism cannot and will not liberate women!

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.

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CELAC summit in Havana

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.

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Prosperity and protection for every worker and peasant is a matter of right and not “charity”!

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.

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Condemn the brutal killing of a student from the North East!

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. 

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The issue is not to “clean up” this Republic but to replace it

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

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Involvement of British imperialism in Operation Blue Star confirmed

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.

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Agitation by Southern Railway Loco Running Staff

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.

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Riots in Singapore

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.

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Who benefits from the rise in vegetable prices?

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.

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Interviews with leaders of Western Railway Motormen Association, All-India Bank Emloyees Association, All-India Guards Council, National Federation of Postal Employees Union

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.

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National Round up 2013

A year of growing struggles of the working class and people against the anti-social offensive of the bourgeoisie

The year 2013 was marked by the united actions of the working class against the intensification of capitalist exploitation and attacks on workers' rights.

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

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

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

Bourgeois rule must be replaced by worker-peasant rule!

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

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

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

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Massive Rally of the Working Class before Parliament

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

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Blame the State for the daily harassment and violence against women!

Organise collective self-defence! Join the struggle for reconstituting the State!

Statement of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, 13th December, 2013

Sexual harassment of women at their workplace is a problem being debated much these days. Sexual harassment at the place of work is one of the prevalent forms of oppression against women.

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29th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas tragedy

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.

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Bomb blasts in Imphal

This is not insurgency – it is state terrorism!

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.

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Challenging the status quo

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

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29 years after the 1984 Sikh Genocide

The Struggle to Punish the Guilty Continues

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

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Continued violation of human rights in Kashmir

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.

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Patriotic Indians in Britain celebrate the Centenary of the founding of Ghadar Party

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.

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Message of greetings to the public meeting organised by Ghadar International

15th August, 2013

New Delhi, India

Dear comrades and friends,

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.

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Steep fall in the Rupee — consequence of integration with the imperialist system

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.

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68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

No more Hiroshimas! No more Nagasakis!

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.

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Farmers raise their voice against the Gujarat government

“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.

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Patriotic Indians in Canada celebrate the centenary of the Hindustani Ghadar Party

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.

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Floods in Uttarakhand: Consequence of unbridled capitalist greed

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.

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LARR bill draft

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.

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45th Session of Indian Labour Conference

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

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

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May Day 2013: Workers vow to continue the struggle to hold the Red Flag aloft!

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.

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Bangladesh fire tragedy

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.

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20th anniversary of the founding of the Preparatory Committee for People’s Empowerment:

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).

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May day celebrated enthusiastically in Tamilnadu

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.

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We deeply mourn the passing away of Comrade Shyam Bali

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.

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Acquittal of Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 genocide is a blatant act of injustice!

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.

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May Day Call

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.

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Joint convention and rally of loco staff and guards

Call for united struggle!

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

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

Unite and fight for worker-peasant rule!

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

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

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Call of Purogami Mahila Sangathan

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.

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Militant action at Churchgate Station, on the occasion of International Women’s Day

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.

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Militant struggle of Maharashtra Teachers

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.

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Western Railway motormen force the authorities to concede their demand!

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

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

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

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

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Feb 20-21 All-India General Strike

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

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

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Meeting to commemorate the Historic Initiative at Ferozeshah Kotla 20 years ago

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!

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Condemn the cowardly hanging of Mohammed Afzal Guru!

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

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On the 20th anniversary of the historic Ferozeshah Kotla Rally that called for fundamental change in the political system!

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

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DTC getting ready for strike

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

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We need a modern democratic state

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.

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Kamgar Ekta Committee meeting successfully held in Mumbai

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

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Working people of Dhule city in Maharashtra demand justice

Rioting police caught on camera!

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

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An appeal to men and women of conscience

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

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This Republic is a relic of the colonial raj

India needs a modern democratic state

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.

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The struggle to ensure justice, security and dignity for women has to be taken forward!

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.

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Responsible Voices

Dear Editor,

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.

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December 20 DELHI RALLY: Interviews with workers

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

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Red Salute to T.S. Sankaran!

T S SankaranThe 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.

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Demonstration to demand that the guilty be punished, 20 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid

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.

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On the Occasion of Human Rights Day

We must demand and fight for constitutional guarantee for human rights!

The Indian State is a signatory to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, 1948. The Preamble to the Declaration states:

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,…” and

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In support of the call for the struggle for the Navnirman of India

Sir,

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.

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United Nations General Assembly votes against US blockade against Cuba

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

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Down with the Israeli aggression in Gaza! Long live the valiant struggle of the Palestinian people!

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.

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The struggle to punish the guilty and to prevent communal violence is part of the struggle for the Navnirman of India

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.

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Himachal Pradesh assembly elections

People are seeking an alternative

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.

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Struggle for justice can only be realized with power in the hands of people

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

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The genocide of Sikhs in November 1984

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.

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Growing opposition to the capitalist-imperialist reform agenda

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.

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Turkish people say ‘No to war’ against Syria!

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”.

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Protests against Voltas Limited (Tata Group)

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.

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

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

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Coalgate Scam

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

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

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NAM summit in Tehran

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.

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The Naroda Patia verdict

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.

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Trade unions resolve to step up struggle

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

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

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Only a united working class can save India!

Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 30th August, 2012

Working class representatives from all over the country are gathering on 4th September, at a time when a titanic struggle is going on in our country.  The struggle is between the majority of toiling and exploited people and a minority of exploiters.  It is between the majority whose lab

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NAM summit in Tehran

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.

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Blame the central state and its policy for the terror and insecurity faced by the peoples of the North East!

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.

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Massive rally of Gurgaon workers condemns Haryana Government's attacks on workers and their rights

Rally in Solidarity of Maruti Suzuki Workers, 17 August 2012Mazdoor 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.

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Central authority held responsible for the insecurity among peoples of the North-East

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?

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

Ghadar jaari hai!

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

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

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Anti-labour offensive to attract capital is to blame for the trouble in Manesar!

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.

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Condemn the state-organised sectarian genocide in Assam!

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.

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

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

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We mourn the passing away of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal

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.

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Workers in the auto industry — victims of ever increasing exploitation

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.

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Gorakhpur: The struggle of peasants against forcible land acquisition is entirely just!

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.

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Condemn repression on peasants of Rewari for opposing forcible land acquisition

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.

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Mumbai’s Western Railway Motormen win their just demands!

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

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Demonstrations against the Rajasthan government in 33 districts

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.

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Opposition to handing over the distribution of electricity to private hands

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ChakRajasar Murder: Relentless struggle for justice

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.

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Support the just struggle of the Air India Pilots!

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

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

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Meeting of Loco Drivers of the Delhi Branch

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

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Imperialist aspirations of Indian big bourgeoisie driving militarisation

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.

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Women's organisations oppose changes in Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill 2010 that are harmful to women's interests

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,.

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We mourn the passing away of our dear Comrade Prof Dalip Singh

Prof Dalip SinghProf 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.

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

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

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Women's day celebrated in the Madanpur Khadar resettlement colony

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.

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In Mourning

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.

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

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

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A system that cannot guarantee the safety and dignity of women and girls has no right to exist!

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.

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

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

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Assembly elections: This system of democracy needs to be changed

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.

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Views of the working class on the program of economic reforms

Excerpts of interview with Comrade Elangovan, Working President of Dakshin Railway Employee’s union (DREU)

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.

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Women must organise and wage united struggle to affirm their rights as women, as workers and as human beings!

Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1stMarch, 2012

International Women’s Day, on 8th March, 2012, comes at a time when more and more women are coming out on the streets, in our country and all over the world.

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Greetings to the working class on a successful All-India strike

On February 28, 2012 the Indian working class, its trade unions and organisations gave a call for an All-India strike in opposition to the proposals of the UPAgovernment for labour reforms in the interest of the capitalists. The strike call was for the defeat of the programme of privatization and liberalization, and against the bail out for the capitalists at the expense of the people.

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Down with Anglo-American imperialist war preparations against Iran!

While tightening their economic pressure against Iran through punitive sanctions, the Anglo-American imperialists are simultaneously busy making preparations for outright military aggression as well. US president Obama’s recent statements about giving time to allow the sanctions to take effect are only a diplomatic ruse to fool world opinion.

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Martyr’s Day, 23 March 2012

Get Organised, Become the Rulers and Change the Society!

The youth of our country draw inspiration from Martyr’s Day. This was the day when revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev ascended the gallows, with a smile. They passed on the responsibility of fulfilling their mandate to the youth of our country. They were youths just like us.

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Mazdoor Ekta Lehar interviewed several working class leaders on the occasion of the All-India Workers’ Strike on February 28

We are publishing the interview with Birju Nayak, Secretary, Mazdoor Ekta Committee

MEL: Why has this strike been called today?

Birju Nayak: This strike has been called to oppose the anti-worker, anti-national, anti-people policies of the present UPA government.

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Inspiring article

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

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Rally in Fatehbad, Haryana against forcible land acquisition

A rally was taken out on 10th February, from Fatehbad city’s Lal Batti Chowk to the district headquarters, to protest against the forcible land acquisition for the proposed nuclear plant in Fatehbad district of Haryana. Hundreds of peasants from 15-20 villages in and around Gorakhpur village were present at this protest rally.

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Assembly elections in Punjab

Communists must work for the program of Navnirman of the state and society!

Elections to the Punjab legislature will be held on January 31. The main contenders for the next state government are the Akali Dal – BJP alliance and the Congress Party.  Neither of them have any credible vision to offer for the future of Punjab and its industrious people.

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Massive US imperialist pressure and blackmail of Pakistan

The state and people of Pakistan are confronted today with all sided US imperialist pressure and blackmail, threatening their very existence as a country. This pressure and blackmail has intensified following Pakistan's refusal to cooperate with the US in its "war against terrorism" in Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan.

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

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

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Air India casual workers plan to intensify their agitation

Air India Casual Workers Union (AICWU) held a consultative meeting to intensify their agitation at the gate of Air India Cargo office at Meenambakkam Airport, Chennai on 21st of January, 2012. Union leaders and activists spoke with anger about their conditions in the work place and the indifferent attitude of the management to these conditions.

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

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

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State assembly elections in Manipur: Issue is to permanently repeal AFSPA and end army rule!

Perpetuation of fascistic army rule and denial of the right to self-determination are the source of the problem. There is widespread opposition to this illegitimate authority. The central state paints such opposition as a threat to the “unity and integrity” of India and uses it as an excuse for continuing its fascist rule.

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

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

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

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

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First Working Class Conference in Delhi initiates serious debate on the

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

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

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