Rights

Livelihood, Food Security , Labour Laws, Environment, Education, Healthcare, Shelter, Life

This Republic does not protect but violates our rights! It is an instrument to divide the polity on communal and caste basis and maintain capitalist dictatorship!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th January, 2018

The Republic of India will be 68 years old on 26th January this year. The experience of almost seven decades has revealed that this Republic does not protect the right to livelihood, right to conscience, right to life and other human and democratic rights of all members of society. According to Indian political theory or Raj Dharma, a raja who fails to ensure protection and prosperity for the praja loses his right to rule. Judging on the basis of this principle, the Republic of India has no legitimacy whatsoever.

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Violence against Dalits in Pune: The state is responsible for continued caste oppression and fomenting of caste conflicts

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th January, 2018

The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the brutal attacks on the Dalits. Turning truth on its head, many sections of the monopoly controlled media are blaming the victims for the violence. According to their narrative, those who are raising their voices against continuing caste oppression of dalits are enemies of national unity, while those who attacked the dalits are patriots! The state has banned meetings and rallies of student youth raising their voices against the violence unleashed against dalits accusing them of fomenting caste conflicts!

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Guards of Indian Railways Agitate for their Just Demands

At the call of the All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), Guards of the Indian Railways wore black badges while performing their duty, on 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2018, all across India. The black badges highlighted four of their demands: a) Decide Justified Kilometre Allowance Rates at the earliest b) Cancel EOTT (End of Train Territory) Machines that are planned to be introduced in goods trains to replace guards c) Withdraw the New Pension Scheme (NPS) that was introduced in 2004 and restore the old Pension Scheme. d) Withdraw anti-labour policies.
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Indian Railway Guards on East Coast Railway unite to improve their conditions

From Nov 30th to Dec 8th 2018, a team of Central Office Bearers, the representative body of the Guards of the Indian Railways led by Com. A.K. Srivastava, All India Secretary of All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), toured the East Coast Railway, which covers the coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, with the aim of uniting the Guards in this region to improve their working conditions. The tour covered various Railway junctions in this region - Sambalpur, Talcher, Paradeep, Khurda Road, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, etc. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar’s Mumbai Correspondent spoke to Com. A.K.Srivastava, in this context and we are presenting a Report of the information provided by him.
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Right to education on sale in Maharashtra!

ThumbnailIn December 2017, the Government of Maharashtra took two decisions regarding education which have far reaching consequences. In the first week it declared that it would close down 1314 schools in the state. The Education Minister of Maharashtra justified this decision by saying that since these schools have less than 10 students, as per the Right to Education Act (RTE) provisions, the state has the right to close down such schools! He further shamelessly stated that actually as per the RTE Act, schools with less than 20 students can be closed down, which will mean closure of more than 12000 schools as per the survey conducted in 2009, but since government is concerned about primary education it has decided to shut down only around 3000 schools!

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Jharkhand government bans trade union

On 22nd December, the Jharkhand government announced the ban of the Mazdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS), a registered trade union that has been in existence for 30 years. The state government invoked Section 16 of the draconian Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA). Following the ban, 10 office bearers of the organization were charged under Section 17 of the CLAA and arrested the next day. The CLAA empowers the state government to declare an organization “unlawful” if the government in its “opinion” believes that the organization “interferes or has for its objective interference in administration of law and maintenance of law and order or constitutes danger to public peace”.
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Workers in ‘Essential Services’ sectors fight for their rights

ThumbnailOver 50,000 state transport workers in Tamil Nadu went on a flash strike starting on January 4 after the government refused to meet their demands for payment of their arrears and parity in wage increase with workers of other government departments and state enterprises. The strike began in Chennai and spread to other towns and districts in Tamilnadu. 4th and 5th January witnessed a near total strike with over 90% of buses not operating on their routes. Even after attempts by the government to force contract workers to act as substitutes, the strike remained successful.

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Letters to Editor

Long live the Party

Sir,

In the speech of Com. Lal Singh delivered on the occasion of the marking of the 37th anniversary of the founding of our beloved party the CGPI, our General Secretary has taken pains to explain why "Ghadar" is present in our name: as an ever present reminder that our call is that of revolution and no effort should be spared until this goal has been reached.

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Speech of Com Lal Singh, General Secretary on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the founding of CGPI:

Escalate the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national offensive of the big bourgeoisie!

Organise to establish workers’ and peasants’ rule!

What was the situation in our country 40 years ago, when we took up the task of building such a vanguard party of the working class? It was a time when the system of parliamentary democracy was in deep crisis. The fascist underbelly of the Indian State had been exposed by the declaration of National Emergency in June 1975 and the suspension of democratic rights and civil liberties. Widespread mass protests broke out among the working people and youth of the country.

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Hail the 37th anniversary of the Communist Ghadar Party

ThumbnailThe Party’s anniversary was celebrated on the 24th-25th December in many cities in the country and abroad, and will be celebrated in more cities over the coming weeks. The Regional Committees organized these meetings. The venues were decorated with red banners hailing the 37th anniversary and 37 red flags lighting up the stage. The speech (published here) of the General Secretary Com. Lal Singh was read out at all the meetings.

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Letters to Editor: Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections

The article, “Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections: Elections in this system serve to maintain the rule of capitalist monopoly houses”, in the December 16-31 issue of MEL, has correctly pointed out that both the Congress and BJP when in command have implemented the program of the big capitalist monopoly houses and have pushed the program of capitalist globalisation at the expense of the working people.
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US decides to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:

A grave provocation against the Palestinian and Arab peoples

ThumbnailUS president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and start preparations for the US to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv constitutes a grave provocation against the Palestinian people. It is a deliberate move designed to further inflame tensions across West Asia.

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Rajasthan government unleashes savage repression on doctors

ThumbnailOn the night of December 15 and the morning of December 16, the Rajasthan government launched a crackdown on doctors working in government run hospitals and health care centers in towns and villages across the state. At least 60 doctors were reported to have been picked up from their residences and workplaces by the police and arrested. Many other doctors have been forced to go into hiding to evade arrest.

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Release of Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project Report: A record of state terrorism in Punjab

A recently-released report ‘Identifying the Unidentified’ by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) states that over 8,000 extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances took place in the state between 1985 and 1995. The Report is the result of seven years of investigation.
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Long live the martyrs of Kakori!

ThumbnailA public meeting was organised on 19th December 2017, by the chapter of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, in sub-district Ramgarh, in memory of the martyrs of the Kakori Conspiracy and to inspire the youth with their story. The sacrifice of Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, Chadrashekhar Azad, Ashwak Ullah Khan, Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and other martyrs was remembered.

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Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections: Elections in this system serve to maintain the rule of capitalist monopoly houses

State assembly elections have been held recently in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. In both these states, the BJP and the Congress Party were promoted on TV and other news media as the two main contenders. All other parties and candidates were given little or no space in the daily news coverage.

In Gujarat, the BJP has been in charge for the past 22 years. In Himachal, the Congress and BJP have been alternately running the government, changing places once in five years, with the Congress in charge since 2012.

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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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Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code – pro-capitalist, anti-worker and anti-social

The IBC process is yet another method devised to enable monopoly capitalists to legally loot workers and the public at large. The IBC will lead to further monopolization and concentration of wealth. Many jobs too will be lost as the acquiring capitalist will use the bad financial condition of the acquired company as the pretext to reduce number of workers and increase their workload.
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Oppose the ID Act Amendments proposed by Maharashtra government

The BJP government of Maharashtra had started pushing for amendment to ID Act in 2015, but they have been unsuccessful so far. The Maharashtra government has again proposed an amendment that would make it easier for factories with less than 300 workers to close down their factories or lay off workers without prior permission of the state government.
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Communist parties observe ‘Black Day’

ThumbnailSeven communist parties – Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward Bloc and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) – observed ‘Black Day against communalism and fascism’ on 6th December 2017. A protest march was held from Mandi House to Parliament in New Delhi.

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2017 – Struggles for rights

ThumbnailWorkers across sectors, small and middle peasants, government employees, doctors, nurses and Aanganwadi workers were all out on the streets through the year in 2017. They protested against the rising attacks on their right to livelihood. They demanded that these attacks be halted and asserted their right to organise. Working people came out in large numbers against the demonetisation in November 2016 and against the GST introduced in July this year.

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Demands for loan waiver and public procurement are entirely just! It is the State’s duty to ensure prosperity and protection for peasants! We are not asking for charity! Secure livelihood is our basic right!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 20 November, 2017

At the call of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, peasants from all parts of our country have gathering in Delhi today. The demands being raised include a one-time waiver of agricultural loans advanced by banks and guaranteed public procurement of all agricultural produce at remunerative prices.These are entirely just demands. They need to be fulfilled in order to provide a secure livelihood to the tillers and to lift agriculture out of crisis.

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What is the cause of the crisis of agriculture? What is the way out?

An unprecedented mass united protest of peasants from all over the country took place on 20th November, on the eve of the winter session of Parliament. It was organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of 184 peasant organisations. Their demands included a one-time waiver of bank loans to farmers and guaranteed public procurement of all crops at minimum support prices, of at least one and a half times the average cost of production, as recommended by the Swaminathan Committee.
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Interviews with Leaders of the Working Class Participating in the November 9-11 Mahapadav

Correspondents of the Mazdoor Ekta Lehar interviewed many leaders of the working class who were participating in the Mahapadav. Below we publish excerpts of interviews with Comrade Prakash Rao of Communist Ghadar Party of India, Comrade Santosh Kumar, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Leader of Anganwadi workers Ms. M Chitralekha and .
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Government employees all over Rajasthan organise protest demonstrations: Full wages are our right, not a concession!

ThumbnailOn November 20, 2017, government employees all over Rajasthan organised protest demonstrations and dharnas at their respective district headquarters, under the banner of the All Rajasthan State Employees Joint Committee. They submitted their memorandum of demands to the Chief Minister through their tehsildaars. Earlier, on November 9, the state employees had organised protests and dharnas at their respective collectors' offices and submitted their demands.

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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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Massive 3-day workers rally in Delhi

ThumbnailFor three days, November 9, 10 and 11, wave upon wave of workers from every state of the Indian Union joined in the massive All India workers protest (mahapadav) outside parliament.It was a veritable sea of workers. Red flags, placards proclaiming the demands of workers and banners of the participating unions adorned the mahapadav. It was literally a workers festival. Leaders of the working class addressed the workers, cultural workers sang songs in different languages inspiring the workers to step up their struggle for a society free from all forms of exploitation and oppression.

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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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Condemn the State repression of Rajasthan doctors!

ThumbnailTill the time of filing of this report on 12th November 2017, the strike of the government hospital doctors of Rajasthan was continuing. The state police has till now arrested more than hundred doctors. Some doctors have been dismissed. Doctors are being forced to break their strike. It may be noted that under the leadership of the All Rajasthan Employed Doctors Union, the doctors of the state government hospitals have continuously been agitating since August this year for their 33-point demands.

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Communist parties denounce demonetisation

ThumbnailA militant demonstration and rally was organized in New Delhi on November 8, 2017, exactly a year after demonetisation was brutally imposed on our people by the BJP led central government. The demonstration was organized by the seven communist parties – Communist Ghadar Party of India, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, Socialist Unity Centre of India – Communist, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.

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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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On the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the state-sponsored massacre of Sikhs: Onward with the struggle to punish the guilty of the 1984 genocide! Unite and organize to establish a new state that will ensure prosperity and protection for all!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 24 October, 2017

On 1st November, 2017, men and women, old and young, people of all religious faiths, communists and other political activists, will march through the streets of Delhi, from the Supreme Court to the Parliament building, to mark the 33rd anniversary of the genocide of Sikhs in 1984. Through this united action, the people of India are declaring that they are not prepared to forgive or forget the monstrous crime committed 33 years ago. A message is being conveyed to the whole world that the people of India will not give up the fight for justice.

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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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A year since the Note Ban, who has gained?

ThumbnailThe devastating effects of the sudden banning of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, announced by Prime Minister Modi one year back on November 8, 2016, are still being felt by the people of the country, though people were asked to suffer “temporary pain” only in exchange for “long-term gain”. In a country where the majority of people relied heavily on cash, the withdrawal of 86% of the currency in circulation caused havoc in the lives of workers, peasants, small and medium size producers and traders.

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Letter to Editor: On the War against terrorism-II

As mentioned in the article “the government of Pakistan has refused to send its armed forces into Afghanistan”, this step is understandable given the experience Pakistan has had with the US. Every time Pakistan has allowed US to interfere within its boundaries or taken assistance from the US it has met with ill-fate. And now the US is ensuring that Pakistan is globally deemed a terrorist state, building the scene for something that needs to be dealt with as part of its “war on terrorism”. From Pakistan’s experience, one would think it wise to be wary of USA’s “friendship” judging from the way the US has repaid Pakistan for being an ally. If the Indian state were to evaluate the situation keeping in mind the security of its people and not the selfish expansionist interests of the bourgeoisie, it would be obvious that being an ally to the USA comes at a very high cost and will only lead to destruction and devastation of the region.
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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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Maharashtra transport workers’ strike for pay revisions

​ST workers strike MumbaiBus services were completely paralysed in Maharashtra due to a five-day strike by the state transport workers. Lakhs of passengers use the 17,000 buses that operate across the state every day.

The workers struck work on 16th October in support of their demands for better salaries. Maharashtra State ST Kamagar Sanghatana led the strike with the support of six other labour unions. The unions demanded revision to salaries based on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. They had been negotiating with the administration but were determined to stick to their protest till their demands were realized.

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Mahindra workers win demands through resolute struggle 

Mahindra workers demonstrationWorkers of two Mahindra plants in Uttarakhand (under the banner of Mahindra CIE workers organization) have won their demands after a resolute struggle that began on 18th May 2017 when their demands for an annual wage rise were not implemented. The struggle stretched over four months with workers using several forms of protest on the shop floor.

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

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

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Delhi sanitation workers strike for wages and arrears

Thumbnail16,000 sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) went on an indefinite strike on 11th October over non-payment of salaries and arrears. They also demanded cashless medical cards.

Mukesh Vaidya, President of the All Municipal Corporation Sanitation Supervisors' Union clarified that the workers are justifiably demanding three months' salary and pending arrears, besides regularisation of staffers. He added that "We are fed up with the excuses given by the EDMC officials every month. It has been three months and we have not received salary.

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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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Privatisation of Air India is an anti-social act to fulfil monopoly capitalist greed

On 28th June, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its “in-principle” approval for a “strategic sale” of the central government’s ownership share in Air India to a private company. Finance Minister Jaitley justified the decision to privatise Air India by claiming that it is a waste of public money to keep operating this loss-making airline.

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The Code of Wages Bill 2017

The Code on Wages Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 10 August 2017 by the Modi government. The new bill is to replace the Payment of Wages Act -1936, the Minimum Wages Act – 1949, the Payment of Bonus Act - 1965 and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. The Wage Code Bill is a part of the so called labour law reforms that the government has undertaken by “rationalisation” of 38 Labour Acts.

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Condemn the Neglect of Safety of Passengers by the Indian Railways!

In a tragic incident in Elphinstone Road Suburban Railway Station, Mumbai on 29th September2017, at least 23 people were killed and many more severely injured, in a stampede on a railway bridge connecting Central and Western railway suburban stations. After facing flak from all corners and after seeing the wide spread anger of people reported, the Maharashtra government and Railway administration were forced to show that they are doing something.

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Letter on the Rohingya refugee crisis (II)

Sir, I am writing to thank you for the important and informative article on the ongoing Rohingiya refugee crisis (article bears the same title) in the October 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. I would like to first of all express my sincere regret and sadness at the plight of the people who have been displaced from their homes in Myanmar. I would also like to join you in condemning the attitude and the behaviour of the government of India that has said that they would send them back to Myanmar possibly into the hands of certain oppression under the military and government of Myanmar.

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Judgment on Godhra train burning

Judgments on several aspects of the 2002 Godhra train burning case were delivered by the Gujarat high court on 9th October.

The Godhra train burning case refers to the train that was returning with passengers from the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya that had been demolished in 1992. As many as 59 pilgrims on board were charred to death when a coach of the train was set on fire. This incident was used to organize large scale massacres of Muslims across the state.

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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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Rousing programme in Kurukshetra on the occasion of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary

ThumbnailOn the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the Jan Sangharsh Manch organized a revolutionary programme in Kurukshetra, Haryana. Thousands of workers, women and youth participated in the programme. In the morning, as a token of respect and in memory, flowers were placed on the statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Disha Sansthan. After this, a massive people’s march was led through the streets and lanes of the city with rousing slogans inspired by the revolutionary message of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. This march reached the Ramlila ground in Kurukshetra after which a large mass meeting was organized by the Jan Sangharsh Manch, Haryana.

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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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We deeply mourn the passing away of Comrade Stuart Monro

Comrade Stuart MonroWith great sadness we inform you that our dear comrade Stuart Monro of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) passed away on September 7 at the age of 79. The Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India deeply mourns his passing away, which is a great loss to our Party and to the communist movement. On behalf of the CC of the CGPI, I convey heartfelt and deep condolences to the CC of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist Leninist) and to the family and friends of Comrade Stuart Monro at this great loss.

Our Party had many warm and memorable interactions with Comrade Stuart Monro.

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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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Privatisation of school education: The Indian State’s shameful abdication of duty and responsibility

ThumbnailProviding good quality basic school education for children is widely recognized as a primary responsibility of the State in any modern society.

A recent announcement by the Rajasthan government states that it will hand over 300 ‘poorly performing’ government schools to private hands, to be run on the public-private partnership model, in the name of “improving the quality of education”. This brings into focus the state of government school education in India and the abysmal failure of the State to fulfill this primary responsibility towards our people.

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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 farce of loan waivers for farmers in Uttar Pradesh

Almost immediately after the elections, the state government had announced the crop loan waiver scheme with much fanfare. Under the scheme, crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh were to be waived off for small and marginal farmers. The whole scheme has been reduced to a farce.

Cabinet ministers are shown ceremoniously distributing loan waiver certificates to farmers across districts. However, it turns out that many of the beneficiary farmers have received waivers of amounts as petty as Re 1 or Rs 1.50!

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Job cuts and reduced recruitment result in growing unemployment

Job sites have recently witnessed a 20-25% increase of applications from workers in IT and e-commerce companies. Business and trade papers further report that the Indian technology services sector is facing its worst growth period in close to a decade as the demand for their services has shifted from traditional outsourcing work to newer areas such as digital and cloud. In addition, automation through applications of robots are fast replacing human being in routine maintenance work of customer applications or IT infrastructure. This is in area where new recruits are usually employed.

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

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

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On the Supreme Court judgement on “right to privacy”

A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that Indians enjoy a “fundamental right to privacy” and that it is intrinsic to the “right to life and liberty” ...

The working class and other oppressed sections cannot be complacent that this judgment will guarantee civil liberties including the right to privacy. We must step up the struggle to ensure constitutional
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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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Demystifying and exposing GST

I thank Mazdoor Ekta Lehar for this excellent piece on Goods and Services Tax. Much has been written and talked on the subject in media and the press, which only confuses the content and intent of the GST. The article in a simple language exposes precisely its content and intent in its very title. The article sharply brings out three key aspects of the legislation, exposing its class content:
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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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Increasing number of derailments and loss of human lives

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express travelling between Hardwar and Puri went off the rails near Muzaffarnagar, UP, killing 23 people and seriously injuring hundreds. Within three days of this, the Kaifiyat Express travelling between Azamgarh, UP and Delhi collided with a dumper that was crossing the tracks, near Kanpur, leading to derailment and injuries to many. Over the last 5 years there have been 586 train accidents out of which 53% or the majority were due to derailments.

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Recurrent tragedies of infant and child deaths: Criminal neglect of the country’s health system

The recent tragedy in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and the earlier many such tragedies which occur with predictable frequency, some reported, some highlighted, and mostly ignored and forgotten are the hallmark of present public health system in India. It has once again exposed the criminal callousness of the state authorities and those who rule.

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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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Teachers court arrest

Several teachers from Central and State universities and colleges celebrated Teachers’ Day on 5th September, by courting arrest.

Protesting under the banners of the All India Federation of University & College Teachers’ Organisations(AIFUCTO) and the Federation of Central University Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA), they were demonstrating against non-declaration of the Chauhan Pay Review Committee Report, that was submitted over six months ago.

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Government staff and teachers continue stir for restoration of old pension scheme

ThumbnailGovernment employees and teachers under the banner Joint Action Council of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organisations – Government Employees Organisations (JACTTO-GEO) staged demonstrations across the central region on Friday urging the State government to implement their various demands.

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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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Assam enacts an anti-labour legislation

The Assam government has enacted the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017, which authorises employers to retrench up to 300 employees without seeking approval of the government. As in Rajasthan, which was the first among states to pass anti-labour legislation, Assam has legislated this in the name of “labour reform”. The Assam assembly passed the bill by a voice vote on 7 Sept.

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Building a new India requires getting rid of the old exploitative system and the oppressive State!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 23 August, 2017

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from colonial rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the people to support him in building a “New India” over the next five years, an India without poverty, corruption, communalism or caste discrimination.

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GST – a recipe for further concentration of capital, centralisation of taxing power and extortion of the working class

ThumbnailThe Goods & Service Tax (GST), implemented in July 2017, is a single all-India tax which replaces a number of different indirect taxes that were levied so far on the sale of goods and services. It replaces the excise duty, special excise duty, special customs duty, central sales tax (CST), service tax, various surcharges and cesses levied by the central government. It also replaces most of the indirect taxes levied by state governments including the value added tax (VAT), luxury tax, entertainment tax, entry tax and purchase tax.

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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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Country-wide protests by peasants on 9th August

ThumbnailThousands of peasants protested in over 150 districts across the country on 9th August at the call of the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan a coalition of organisations working for land rights for the peasantry, agricultural workers, forest dwellers, dalits and adivasis. The Andolan had extended support to the yatra organized by by the All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) to carry the soil from the villages of the farmers killed in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to various parts of the country, concluding in Delhi on 18th July.

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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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Vivo India Pvt. Ltd. – A typical case of the “Make in India” initiative

Vivo India Pvt. Ltd hit the headlines as a case of “labour unrest” following clashes in the factory premises at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on July 25, 2017. As always, the monopoly capitalist controlled media distorted the events. The workers of Vivo were blamed for bringing a “bad name” for India and creating problems for the “Make in India” initiative of the ruling bourgeois class.

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Strike by rural postal workers continue across India

poster workersStarting from 16 August, 2017 the strike called by the rural postal workers is continuing across India. This strike has been called under the banner of All India Gramin Dak Sevak Union (AIGDSU).

According to the reports and press releases appearing in the media the strike began on 16 august and is continuing in all the regions across India.

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Train drivers protest in multiple Indian Railway zones

AILRSA dharna-thumbnailOn 14th Aug, 2017, train drivers raised their demands and held demonstrations at the crew lobbies and divisions of various zones under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA). The decision to hold these demonstrations was taken in a meeting held by the central executive committee in Nagpur between 3-4 Aug, 2017. 48 representatives from the 16 zones of Indian Railways participated in the meeting. In the meeting, workers decided to hold massive dharnas to fight for their demands in the crew lobbies and various zones of the railways on 24th Aug.

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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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October Revolution in Russia – 100 years: The July Days – Turning Point of the Revolution

Lenin address congress of peasants sovietsThe July demonstrations and their immediate aftermath represented a turning point in the revolution in Russia. The dual power came to an end. The whole power passed into the hands of the Provisional Government, while the Soviets, with their Socialist-Revolutionary and Menshevik leaders, had become an appendage of the Provisional Government. The peaceful period of the revolution had ended.

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Mass demonstration and rally in New Delhi:

United call for the empowerment of people

Lok Raj Sangathan, together with Social Democratic Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, United Muslims Front, Communist Ghadar Party of India, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Welfare Party of India, Popular Front of India, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations and others, organized an important initiative in building the united resistance of all sections of people to the growing attacks on our livelihood and rights, and in advancing the struggle for people’s empowerment.

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Workers protest attacks on their livelihood at Omax factories

Omax workers demonstrationOmax, Automax and Speedomax are three plants which supply auto parts and provide services to companies like Maruti Suzuki and Honda. They are under one ownership and have 6 units in the Gurgaon area and 10 units across the entire country. For the past six months, the Automax management had been shifting machines to the Omax plant in Bawal. The Automax plant has several divisions.

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Protests against ONGC continue to rage in Neduvasal

Residents of Neduvasal a village in Pudukottai district in southern Tamil Nadu have been protesting since mid-February against the ONGC awarding contracts for the execution of oil and gas extraction process. The pace of the protests against ONGC has not slowed down even a bit, with the protest hitting 100 days on 21st July. Meanwhile protests had also begun in Kathiramangalam near Kumbakonam, where it is on its 61st day.

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Resolute struggle of Aisin workers

Aisin Automotive Haryana Ltd. is located in Rohtak. It has been the scene of resolute protests by the workers. On May 31, 2017, approximately 600 workers were lathi charged outside the gates of Aisin Automotive Haryana Private Limited. Subsequently, 390 men and 35 women were arrested and sent to jail. This brutality was the response of the management to the formation by the workers of the Aisin Automotive Haryana Mazdoor Union.

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Terrorist attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims – who stands to gain?

On July 10, a bus carrying pilgrims, returning after visiting the Amarnath shrine in Kashmir, was fired upon by alleged terrorists. Seven passengers, six of them women, were reported killed while 32 were grievously injured.

People in Kashmir have united, across communities, religious beliefs and political affiliations, to condemn this dastardly crime. They have demanded that the perpetrators of this heinous crime be identified, arrested and punished.

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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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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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Proposals of the Niti Aayog: Unveiling anti-social agenda of the capitalist monopoly houses

A three-year Draft Agenda was presented at the 3rd Governing Council meeting of the Niti Aayog on 23rd April. This contains a host of proposed legislation and policy changes, whose stated objective is of “accelerating growth and increasing employment opportunities”.

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Government accelerates privatization program, workers step up their opposition to it

thumbnail-BEML workersThe Union Government has announced its clear intention to accelerate on the privatization program. The aviation and defence sector public sector enterprises are high on the list of its privatization program. State governments are withdrawing from their responsibility to ensure safe, reliable and affordable public transport system, by privatizing road transport.

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Noteban has hurt large number of workers of small and medium enterprises

Thumbnail GDP growthModi-led government has continued to justify demonetisation and refute even bourgeois economists’ assertion that it has hurt the economic growth. It has refused to accept that crores of workers lost their livelihood for months and lakhs of small and medium sized enterprises were forced to shut-down in the absence of cash post-demonetisation.

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EPFO proposes cuts in provident fund of workers: One more attack on the workers planned

Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is considering a proposal to reduce provident fund contribution from 12 percent to 10 percent by both workers and employers. EPFO is claiming that the proposal is beneficial to workers as it will increase their take-home pay. It is hiding the real reason for the proposal which is to help the capitalists by reducing their contribution to workers’ provident fund.

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Countrywide strike by chemists

Nearly 9 lakh chemists all over India observed a day long strike on May 30 in support of their demands. The strike had been called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD). Retail chemist shops remained closed in almost all parts of the country, in support of the strike. A demonstration was also held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on the day of the strike.

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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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Leader of terrorism preaches “counter-terrorism” and slanders Iran

US President Donald Trump addressed leaders of 50 Islamic states on May 21 in Saudi Arabia, during his first foreign trip as President. As the leader of US imperialism, the main source of terrorism in the world today, Trump’s speech on “countering terrorism” was full of hypocrisy, lies and false assertions. Its aim was to attempt to cover up the reality that US imperialism remains the fountainhead of terrorism and of organizing, funding, training and unleashing terrorists groups in various parts of the world, in order to advance its geo-political strategy for world domination.

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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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Way out of crisis of Agriculture

I am writing to thank you for carrying the important and educative article entitled 'What is the way out of the crisis of agriculture?' in the May 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL. This article is an outstanding example of Marxist-Leninist analysis of the concrete problems faced by the people of the country engaged in the agricultural sector, accounting probably for 70% of the population. The article begins by noting the recent directive from the Madras High Court to the Government of TN to waive all farm loans through cooperative banks.

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Constitutional status to Backward Classes Commission

On April 10, the Lok Sabha passed the Constitution (123rd) Amendment Bill to pave the way for the creation of a new National Commission for Backward Classes as a constitutional body. To be passed, a Constitutional Amendment Bill requires two thirds majority in the Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha voted in favour of the amendment with 360 MP’s supporting it and two opposing it.

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Good times (Achche din)

Forbes magazine recently published its annual list of dollar billionaires in India, i.e., people with wealth of Rs. 6500 crores or more, in 2016. As per the Forbes list, the number of billionaires in India increased by 20 percent to 101 during the year. The country with the world’s largest number of poor now has the fourth largest number of billionaires. The wealth of these 101 biggest capitalists exceeds 300 billion dollars (around 20lakh crore rupees).

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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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Babri Masjid demolition conspiracy case revived by Court

On 19th April, the Supreme Court announced that the case of Criminal Conspiracy for the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6th December, 1992, against BJP leaders Lal Kishan Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati and 11 others, was to be revived. It transferred the trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow, ordered daily hearings, and gave a time limit of two years for completion of the trial.

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Widespread protests against the unjust sentence on Maruti workers

Kamala Nehru park-1 Workers from various industries and their trade unions and organisations have been organizing protest actions opposing the unjust sentence of the Gurgaon Sessions Court on 18 March 2017, declaring life imprisonment for 13 workers of Maruti Suzuki Ltd. (Manesar) and 5 years imprisonment to 4 other workers.

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Origin of May Day

On July 14, 1889, the hundredth anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, leaders from organized revolutionary proletarian movements of many countries came together in Paris to found what became known as the Second International. Although he could not personally attend this conference, Frederick Engels played a guiding role in its proceedings. In the period since the First International founded by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Marxism had won a decisive victory in the working class movement over anarchism and other petty bourgeois trends.

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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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Bypassing of Rajya Sabha to push the monopoly capitalist agenda

As many as five Bills were tabled in the Lok Sabha during March as “money bills”. They consist of the Finance Bill and four bills related to the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Finance Bill 2017

The Finance Bill is a piece of legislation that is tabled in parliament every year, along with the Union Budget. Taxation, expenditure and borrowing targets proposed in the budget become operational once the Finance Bill is approved by the Parliament and signed by the President.

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Racist attacks in the National Capital Region on students from Africa

NOIDA protestAccording to media reports, on 27th March, a gang of persons forced their way into a residence of Nigerian students in Greater Noida, in the National Capital Region of Delhi. They demanded the right to search the students' refrigerator. They alleged that the Nigerians were cannibals and accused them of murdering a local youth.

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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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Omax Autos, Dharuhera: Attack on workers fighting for their rights

The entire union body of Omax Autos, Dharuhera has been fired as a punishment for fighting with the 344 contract workers who had been retrenched on 1st Feb 2016. 16 workers were sacked recently, taking the total number of permanent workers sacked to 34. Permanent workers of Omax Autos, had joined the protesting contract workers after one of the contract workers had committed suicide due to loss of livelihood.

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Unions to organise against Cognizant layoffs

Three sectoral unions in the IT sector have announced a joint campaign against the proposed mass layoff of employees by Cognizant Technologies Solutions. NDLF (New Democratic Labour Front), FITE (Forum for IT Employees) and KPF (Knowledge Professionals Forum) have issued a common statement urging employees not to accept forced resignations while demanding that the company invest in re-skilling employees. Earlier in 2016, NDLF, through a court case, had won a favourable clarification by Tamil Nadu government, that declared that all industrial and labour laws applied to the IT Sector.

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Growing worldwide protests of the working class and people

We are approaching May Day at a time when the number and scale of protests of the working class are on the rise all over the world. Workers are fighting back with growing determination and waging more powerful, more united struggles against the capitalist offensive. There have been massive protests against the “austerity” measures being imposed on the working people, the cutbacks in social service and privatization of health services.

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Rail workers to go on hunger strike

The All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) have decided to go on a 36 hour hunger strike on 25 and 26 April 2017. Through this hunger strike, they plan to highlight the grievances of the running staff of trains on a number of issues including the recommendations of the Seventh pay Commission on wages and allowances for different grades of the running staff.

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On the Present Situation and Our Tasks: Assessment of the Plenum of the Central Committee, March 2017

The Second Plenum of the 6th Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India was convened on 25-26 March, 2017. Assessing the developments on the world scale, the Plenum noted the intensification of inter-imperialist contradictions and the growing tendency of capitalist ruling classes to resort to fascist methods of rule. It noted that the Indian big bourgeoisie is marching on an extremely dangerous path and could drag us into a reactionary war to fulfil its selfish aims.

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Condemn the unjust court verdict against 31 Maruti workers! Unite and fight for their immediate release!

Maruti demo in DelhiOn 18th March, the Gurgaon district court pronounced its sentence for 31 workers of Maruti Suzuki whom it had convicted on the completely concocted charges of murdering a manager of the company. Thirteen workers have been awarded life imprisonment.

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Life sentence awarded to Prof GN Saibaba: Criminalisation of dissent

Professor G.N. Saibaba along with four other comrades was sentenced to life imprisonment by a session’s court in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra on 7th March 2017. Prof Saibaba, who is 90% disabled, was earlier arrested on May 9, 2014, when the police picked him up without any notice from his residence. He was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail for 14 months following his arrest. Subsequently, in March 2016, he was granted bail on grounds of his deteriorating health.

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Countrywide strike by Government Employees

More than 12 lakh government employees went on strike throughout the country on 16th March 2017. The strike saw participation of workers from various government services including postal services, income tax services, RMSCGWB, postal account, civil account, survey of India, census services. The strike took place in support of the 20 point charter of demands released under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The strike took place successfully throughout each part of the country.

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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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Moves to accelerate the privatisation program

The Modi government has announced plans to open up commercial mining of coal during next financial year (Apr 17-Mar 18).In the first phase, four coal mines will be auctioned. The plan is to auction as many as 23 mines during the year. Commercial mine owners will be able to sell coal to any user. For this purpose the Coal Mines Special Provision Act of 2015 was enacted which allows government to open up commercial coal mining for private players.

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Meetings on notebandi

Lok Raj Sangathan organized a series of meetings on the anti-people step of banning 500 and 1000 rupee notes on 8 November 2016. The meetings were held to expose the real aims of the government. Between January and the first week of March 2017, meetings were held at Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Thane for workers, political activists, students and teachers.

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Governmental crisis in Tamil Nadu

Sir, 

I am writing in response to the article entitled 'Governmental Crisis in Tamilnadu: Parliamentary democrcy stands completely exposed' in the March 1-15, 2017 issue of MEL.  This is an excellent piece of Marxist-Leninist analysis, and also provides a complete and objective basis for analyzing the political system in India, based on the most scientific principles. 

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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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Country-wide strike by bank workers on 28th February, 2017: Support the just demands of bank workers! Make the capitalist defaulters pay!

More than 10,00,000 bank workers of India across all categories of employment went on strike on 28th February. The strike was called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of unions of bank employees. Workers of commercial banks, regional rural banks and cooperative banks participated in the strike.

The striking bank workers are demanding:

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State terrorism and the alienation of people in Kashmir

The Army chief, General Bipin Rawat recently issued a warning that the army would treat all those in Kashmir who do not support army operations or obstruct them during encounters “as overground workers of terrorists,” and fire upon them. His target was the lakhs of youth and women participating in mass protests against killing of innocents in fake encounters and other atrocities committed by the army and paramilitary forces.

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Indian citizenship to depend on religion: Communal Nature of Indian State shows through its Secular Facade

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 is likely to be tabled in the Monsoon session of the Parliament this year. This Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to relax the eligibility requirements for Indian citizenship for migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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Titwala rail passengers' agitation

Titwala in Maharashtra is famous for tourism. However, travellers have to face many difficulties due to several problems at Titwala railway station. Because of these problems, several travellers and residents have placed their demands to the railway adminstration. Railway adminstration has however ignored the problems and the demands. Rail travellers, together with residents have come together to establishe the Railway Passenger Janhit Sangharsh Manch.

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Schemes Workers demand an end to their super-exploitation

Workers of various government schemes like Anganwadi, Asha, mid-day meals, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Ancilliary Nurse Midwife program (ANM), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Sakshar Bharath and Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) are organising to escalate their struggle for being recognised as workers. Government deploys them in for implementing its schemes (therefore the name scheme workers). For example, Anganwadi workers are deployed in pulse polio, ration card and census schemes of Central and State governments.

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Attacks on worker’s rights in Maharashtra to promote “start-ups”

The Central Ministry for Labour and Employment issued an Advisory in early 2016 on the subject of giving specific concessions to newly established companies, called “start-ups”, with respect to laws dealing with the labour rights. Since then, 10 States have agreed to take steps as per the Advisory. Government of Maharashtra is one of the states taking active steps to exempt start-ups from inspections relating to key labour laws, for a period of three years.

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Workers’ unions oppose privatisation of insurance companies

On 18th January, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Modi, gave “in principle” approval for listing of state-owned general insurance companies. Listing them in the stock exchange is the first step towards their privatisation. The companies concerned are: New India Assurance Company, United India Insurance, Oriental Insurance Company, National Insurance Company and the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC).

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Political Forum in Delhi: Note Ban is not in the National Interest

Participants in a Round Table Conference on the theme "Is Demonetisation in the National Interest?" were of the firm view that the Note Ban is thoroughly anti-worker, anti peasant, anti-social and anti-national.

The conference was organised by the Delhi Council of Lok Raj Sangathan on 15th February, 2017. Ms Sucharita conducted the proceedings of the Conference.

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Lessons from Pilbhit

On April 5, a special CBI court sentenced 47 policemen to life imprisonment for the massacre of 10 Sikh pilgrims in a fake encounter in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, 25 years ago. Ten of the 57 policemen charged with that crime have died before the trial ended. Some of the convicted policemen have retired from service, while others are still in service.

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JNU students and teachers wage struggle against injustice

As we go to the press, the indefinite hunger strike by the students of JNU, against the unjust penalty meted out to them by the University’s High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) entered the fifteenth day. 20 students began the hunger strike on April 28 and many of them are continuing well into the 15th day. Some have had to withdraw on health grounds.

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Trade unions express support for JNU students

On May 11, a delegaton of trade union leaders of Delhi — including AITUC, CITU, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, AICCTU, AIUTUC and IFTU — submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor of JNU, opposing the penalty imposed on the students and demanding revocation of the punishment. The delegation also participated in the students' protest action, in solidarity with their struggle.

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Bengaluru garment workers’ protest

Massive Workers’ Protest against Loot of their Savings by Government of Big Bourgeoisie

On 18-19 April, about 1.25 lakh garment workers in Bengaluru, one-quarter of the total workforce of this industry in this city, poured out angrily onto the streets.  They were protesting the NDA government’s notification restricting the right of workers to withdraw the full amount of their Provident Fund before attaining the age of 58.

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Air pollution in Delhi and other cities:

Capitalist greed is the root cause of rising air pollution

The recent announcement of the Delhi government that it would repeat the system of rationing of private cars on the roads in the second fortnight of April 2016 under the “odd – even” scheme  has brought the issue of air pollution and traffic congestion in Indian cities into focus once again.

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Successful one month strike at the Sanand Nano Plant in Gujarat

About 400 workers of Nano Plant in Sanand, Gujarat who had been on strike since the night 22nd Feburary till 22nd March 2016, emerged victorious. They had been protesting against the dismissal of 26 workers who had been carrying on the struggle to establish the right of the workers to form a union of their choice.

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Tamil Nadu Elections 2016:

Defeat the capitalist program of maximising exploitation and plunder!

Fight for the communist program to ensure prosperity and protection for all!

People’s empowerment is the only way forward!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 15th April, 2016

To put an end to exploitation, discrimination, corruption and criminal politics, it is not enough to change individuals and parties.  We need a change of system.  The existing unrepresentative system and political process must be replaced by a modern democracy in which the will of the majority prevails.  Instead of people voting to place parties in power, a political party must be required to provide the people with a leading force so that they can exercise power.

Communist Ghadar Party of India calls on all political forces interested in ending the rule of capitalist greed and imperialist plunder, of corruption and criminality, to unite and agitate for the following changes in the political system and process of representation.

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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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Country-wide protests and demonstrations against the attack on JNU students

Following the arrest of the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU), Kanhaiya Kumar, on 12th February on trumped up charges  of sedition, several events have taken place and facts have come to light that have made the youth and many people in the country very angry.

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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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Junior Doctors of Britain's National Health Service Strike Work

Over 30,000 junior doctors working in the British Government run National Health Service went on strike on February 10, 2016 in protest against the governments threat to impose a contract on them unilaterally. Earlier, the government has broken off negotiations with the doctor's union. The new contract aims to greatly increase the workload on junior doctors.

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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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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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Oppose the growing collaboration of the Indian state with Israel

On October 13-14 2015, President Pranab Mukherji went on a state visit to Israel. It is expected that the Prime minister will make a visit to Israel in the next few months. These visits are part of the growing strategic relationship between the Indian and Israeli states. This relationship is directly targeted at the Palestinian peoples struggle for national liberation. It is a relationship which endangers peace and security of all the peoples of the region. The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the growing strategic relationship between the Indian state and the state of Israel.

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Prime Minister Modi greeted with powerful protests by Indians in the US

Nearly 3000 people, organised under the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), Alliance of South Asians taking Action (ASATA), the Sikh Information Center and other groups, are reported to have held protest demonstrations and sit-ins in Silicon Valley, USA, during the visit of PM Narendra Modi at the end of September.

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Campaign in Kanyakumari against Communal Violence and State Terror

The campaign against communal violence and state terror in Kanyakumari led by the Communist Ghadar Party of India kicked off with a mass meeting in Kalingarajapuram on 20th September. The organising committee had postered the walls over quite some distance and given a general call to people to join the campaign.

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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 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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Massive public meeting on the 10th anniversary of state terror against Honda workers

Show of unity and firm resolve

A massive public meeting was organized by the workers’ organisations in the industrial area of Gurgaon-Manesar, on 25th July, to mark the 10th anniversary of the barbaric state attack against the struggle of the workers of Honda Motorcycle and Scooters, Manesar.

Office bearers, activists and thousands of men and women workers from more than 60 unions of industries located in the Gurgaon, Manesar, Rewari, Dharuheda, Baval and other locations, participated in this meeting. Among these were Honda Union, GGAN Industries (Manesar, Dharuheda and Baval), Maruti Industries, Suzuki Two Wheelers, Hero, Sona Steering, FCC, Satyam, Rexin, Sunbeam, Haryana Roadways, Luma X, Nippon, Indorays, ASTI, Munjal Shova, Munjal Keeru, Prefeti, Auto Décor, RICO, RGP, Subros, Belsonic, Badi, Suzuki Power Train India, GKN, P and writer, etc.

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Teachers from every village and panchayat march on Jaipur

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

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Successful campaign by Lok Raj Sangathan for basic rights of Delhi’s working population

As reported in the June 1-15 issue of MEL, Lok Raj Sangathan has launched a campaign to highlight the utter lack of basic services such as water supply, sewage and sanitation, roads, health and hygiene, public transport, schools, etc., in the slum colonies and resettlement colonies across Delhi.

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Lok Raj Sangathan launches campaign for civic rights of workers

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

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Air India pilots resign over "breach of trust"

At least 10 pilots, out of the newly recruited batch of 38 hired by Air India, are reported to have resigned after the Air India management changed their employment terms from permanent to contractual. According to news sources, some more pilots of the same batch are learnt to have resigned and are currently serving their 6 month notice period.

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Resident doctors on strike in Delhi

Demand improvement in the conditions of doctors, health workers and the patients

Residents of the government hospital in Delhi have called for an indefinite strike from 22 June 2015 under the banner of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA). They are demanding improvement in basic health and medical care facilities and better health services for the patients.

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Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case

There can be no justice as long as the prosecutor and the criminal are the same

According to news reports, the Union Home Ministry has turned down a request of the CBI for granting prosecution sanction to four IB officials, including retired special director Rajendra Kumar, who were allegedly involved in conspiracy behind the cold blooded killing of a 19 year college student of Mumbai,

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Condemn the proposed new fascist law attacking struggles of working class and peasantry

The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India issued the first draft of the proposed Prevention of Damage to Public Property (Amendment) Bill 2015, on May 20. 2015. The MHA had set up the Justice K.T. Thomas Committee to propose changes to the earlier act, and its recommendations are reported to be the basis of the proposed amendments. 

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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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Transport workers strike total

A country wide strike by crores of road transport workers against the Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014 took place on April 30, 2015. Between 6 am and 6 pm, on that day, in all states of the Indian union, autos, buses — both private and public, and also goods transporters struck work in protest against the Bill which is totally against their interests.

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Massive escalation of state terrorism in Arunachal Pradesh

The Central government has decided to extend Army rule to almost the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. As per a new notification issued by the Home Ministry on March 27, 2015, all the 10 districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering the state of Assam have been declared as “Disturbed Area” under Section 3 of AFSPA, 1958, for the next one year.

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Condemn the US imperialist sanctions against Venezuela

On March 9, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order imposing sanctions on seven Venezuelan government and military officials, accusing them of alleged human rights violations and describing the situation in Venezuela as constituting an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

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Condemn the cold blooded murder of under trials by the fascist Telengana Police

On April 7, 2015, the Telengana Police shot dead 5 under trials in its custody. These 5 people, who are all Muslims and had been locked up in jail for being allegedly activists of SIMI, were shot dead by the police while on their way from their jail in Warangal, to the Court in Hyderabad.

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Homage to Ghadar Martyrs Bhai Balwant Singh and Bhai Ranga Singh

On 16th March 2015 martyrs Bhai Balwant Singh and Bhai Ranga Singh were remembered on the occasion of centenary of their martyrdom in the Tapsar gurudwara of Khurdpur village in Punjab. The story of these Ghadaris was told in brief by Harvinder Singh on this occasion.

Bhai Balwant Singh was sent to the gallows on 16th March 1917 and Bhai Ranga Singh on 16th June 1916.

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Issue of land acquisition

The country’s wealth belongs to the people, not to the bourgeoisie

The Union Cabinet of the Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government passed an ordinance on 29th December 2014 to amend the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013.

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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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Bank Strike – a manifestation of unity

It is heartening to note from the action of 12th November, 2014 which was led by the United Forum of Bank Unions, in support of wage revision that there is a united and concerted effort to defend the rights of workers, cutting across lines of individual unions.  While one of the weakness of the working class movement in the country is indeed associated with the fact that there is a fragmen

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20th Biennial Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association

Call from the land of the warriors to intensify the struggle for Rights

Chittorgarh in Rajasthan reverberated with militant slogans of “Inquilab Zindabad”, “Long live workers’ unity”, “Long live the unity of loco pilots”, “Halt the privatization of the Railways” and call to struggle as the 20th Biennial Convention of the All Indian Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) got underway.

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Canada: State terrorism and imperialist war justified in name of countering individual terrorism

Following the killing of a soldier at the War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, and the killing of the alleged terrorist, the Canadian government launched a massive attack on the people and their rights. The capital city of Ottawa was brought to a halt, and hysteria and a reign of terror was unleashed on the people in the city in the name of finding other “terrorists”.

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Kashmir devastated

Sir,

If there is one sticking point in the conscience of the peoples of India, which is a making of the ruling circles and not that of the people, it is the tragedy of Kashmir. It is the point where many of the unresolved issues of the country’s destiny come into sharp collision and focus, and a study of its history is a learning experience for all the people of India.

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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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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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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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US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to India :

No to the proposed dangerous military alliance of US, India and Japan!

The US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel came on a three day visit to India beginning August 7, to sell to the Indian government and the bourgeois think tanks of our country the benefits of India joining a military alliance with the US, Japan and some other countries of the Asia Pacific.

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Dangerous Course of FDI

Sir,

I am writing this in response to the statement of the CC of the CGPI entitled `Opening doors wider to Foreign Direct Investment is a Dangerous Coursei: BJP led NDA government is gambling with the fate of our country to serve the imperialist drive of Indian capital to join the global big power club' issued on 16th July, 2014 and carried in the August 1-15, 2014 issue of MEL.

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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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Union Budget 2014-15

Continuing with the capital-centric approach in spite of “people’s verdict for a change”

Presenting the budget of the Government of India for the fiscal year 2014-15, Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley began his speech in Parliament on 10th July with the following words: “The people of India have decisively voted for a change.

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Sovereignty must not be traded away

July 31st is the deadline for signing of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by all 160 member countries of the WTO. The TFA will bind member countries to lower all borders to international trade including tariffs, procedures, etc. The Indian government is opposed to signing the Agreement unless its concerns over WTO Rules regarding agricultural subsidies are addressed.

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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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Good times for big capitalists means hard times for workers and peasants

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 4th June, 2014

"Sab ka saath, sab ka vikaas!" (Together with all, for the development for all!) This is the slogan with which the BJP led by Narendra Modi has swept to power at the centre, capturing 52% of the seats and reducing Congress Party to a small minority in the Parliament.

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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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Mazdoor Ekta Lehar is publishing a letter it has received in response to the interview with Comrade Lal Singh

A very important document for the working class

The document that was published on 23rd March, and distributed widely across the country among the working class, youth, toilers and intelligentsia and published in Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, is very important for the proletariat and toilers.

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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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Comrade KL Bajaj

A packed memorial meeting was held in Vanamali Hall, in Dadar, Mumbai on 6th May 2014 to pay respects to Comrade KL Bajaj who passed away on April 18th 2014 at the age of 79 years. The meeting was attended by members of different trade unions, mass organizations and political parties.

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Growing confrontation between capital and labour in the Indian auto sector

The Indian automobile industry is seething with confrontations between the capitalists and workers. The contradictions are intense as the workers in the sector, numbering about 2 crores, across the country, face insecurity of job, layoffs and early retirement as automakers prune their workforce.

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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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Meeting at VHS Hospital, Chennai

Various Mayday meetings and programs were held all over Chennai by various trade unions. On the morning of Mayday, a gate meeting was held by the VHS Workers Union at their hospital gate. Nurses and hospital workers attended the meeting. The red flag was hoisted by a senior nurse. Com.S.Manidasan spoke of the deteriorating condition of the workers and staff in VHS Hospital.

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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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Protest by Loco Pilots

Engine drivers belonging to the Northern Division of the Indian Railway organised a ‘dharna’ (protest sit-in) outside Parliament on 27th March 2014, under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association. They submitted a memorandum of demands to the General Manager of the Northern Railway, which included the following:

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Condemn the growing fascisation

Time and again it has been shown that it is the Anglo American imperialists, and their agencies in India and Pakistan, who are the biggest roadblock to peace in the subcontinent. On the other hand, the so called "patriotism" that the ruling class promotes, is to lick the boots of Anglo American imperialists, and spew hatred against the neighbouring countries, especially Pakistan.

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Kamgar Ekta Committee Convention held in Mumbai

A Convention of Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) was held on Sunday, March 2nd 2014, at Mumbai. Activists of the working class movement, and womens and youth movement, participated enthusiastically in the Convention.

On behalf of KEC, Comrade Mathew elaborated on a program to arm the working class to challenge the parties of the bourgeoisie in the coming elections.

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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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Struggle for a universal pension

Recently on 23rd January the Finance Ministry has cleared a proposal to guarantee a minimum monthly pension of Rs. 1000 under the Employees Pension Scheme 1995, managed by the Provident Fund Organisation. To commence this pension plan of Rs. 1000 per month from the beginning of 2014-15, the government has allocated Rs. 1,217 crore of additional subsidy.

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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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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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South Korean railway workers strike against privatization

More than 15,000 workers, i.e. about 80% of the work force of the state owned Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail) went on strike on December 9, protesting against steps that are being widely perceived as preliminary to privatizing the rail service – a plan by the management to sell off to private hands the most profitable slice of its business.

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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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The School on Constitution

I am writing to thank you for the report published in the January 15-31, 2014 issue of MEL on the Party School on Constitution that was conducted in Delhi on December 28-29, 2013 and I was also pleased to know that the School was conducted in Mumbai on January 4-5, 2014. I am happy to know that the

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Party school on constitution

On December 25, 2013, the Communist Ghadar Party of India completed 33 years since its founding. The occasion was marked by celebrations organized by the party organizations in different regions of the country. The Central Committee had previously planned to organize a series of Party Schools in different regions.

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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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Hail the 35th anniversary of People’s Voice/Mazdoor Ekta Lehar!

December 2013 marks the completion of 35 years of publication of the regular fortnightly Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, organ of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India. The party paper was formerly published as a monthly called People’s Voice.

All members and activists of Communist Ghadar Party study every issue of the party paper and discuss its contents in their basic units. The Central Committee relies on this organ to ensure that the entire Party and all its activists speak in one voice, and march in step along a single line of thought and action. 

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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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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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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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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, known affectionately as Madiba by the people of South Africa, passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar extends its deepest condolences to the people of South Africa, as well as the African National Congress at this great loss.

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Growing fascist terror against people on the basis of religion and caste stems from the communal foundation of the Indian Republic

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 16th Nov, 2013

Among all the parties in the electoral arena, Congress Party and BJP have earned the maximum trust of imperialism and the Indian big bourgeoisie.  They have demonstrated their ability to strike unprincipled deals and cobble together coalitions to align regional bourgeois groups with the agenda of globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation.  The Indian big bourgeoisie and the biggest imperialist powers of the world are keen to have one of these two trusted parties at the helm during 2014-19, in spite of their criminal record and the anger and hatred they have earned among the people.

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Demonstration of Delhi’s primary school teachers

Halt privatisation of education for ensuring quality education

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

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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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Thousands of prisoners go on hunger strike in California

Several thousand prison inmates participated in hunger strikes in jails in California, USA, from July 8 to protest against being kept in solitary confinement and being made to undergo cruel and inhuman punishment. The hunger strike had gone on for over 6 weeks when the jail officials won a court order allowing them to force feed inmates.

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Workers of Global Hospital - Chennai fight for their rights

Workers and hospital staff of Global Hospitals work day and night to provide medical services to thousands of patients. However, their management refuses to recognize their rights. Hundreds of staff, nurses, and other workers are employed as temporary staff and contract workers. They are treated like slaves, without any kind of permanency of work.

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Demonstration of Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union

The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union demonstrated at Gurgaon’s Leisure Park on July 18 to mark “one year after the state repression of the workers”. They reiterated their main demands for the release of their 147 colleagues, for all workers to be taken back to work and for an independent judicial enquiry into the death of the Human Resources Manager Avnish Kumar.

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Pension Reforms Bill

Violation of the right of working people

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

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Mid day meal tragedy

Condemn the callous and inhuman nature of the Indian state

On July 16, 2013 media reports shocked people all over the country with the news of the death of 23 children, between the ages of 5 to 12 years, after consuming the mid day meal served to them at their school in Gandaman village near Chhapra in Bihar. Many of their schoolmates are still hanging between life and death.

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8th anniversary of the brutal state oppression of Honda workers

The struggle for rights continues relentlessly

The workers unions and mass organisations of Gurgaon organised a public meeting at the Mini Secretariat, Gurgaon at 4 pm on 25th July 2013. This was in commemoration of the brutal attack on the workers by the Hooda government at the same venue on 25th July, 2005. The meeting was termed as a “workers unity rally”.

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Growing fascisation

Shortly after it was first revealed that the US National Security Agency was using its enormous technological resources to spy on computer and telecommunication networks and gather billions of pieces of information from countries all over the world, including India, more revelations of this nature have come to light.

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Bajaj Auto Workers

Workers of Bajaj Auto’s Chakan Plant which produces Pulsar Motorcycles have been on indefinite strike from June 25, 2013. This followed the refusal of the management to have discussions with the union on negotiating a new wage agreement, which was due.

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Sanitation workers, Delhi

Sanitation workers employed by the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) are agitating for their just demands. They have threatened to go on strike if the Corporations do not accede to these demands.

According to the workers, the unified MCD had promised to make them permanent employees and give them their arrears. However these promises had not been fulfilled. 

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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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Campaign to strengthen the political unity of the working class

Mazdoor Ekta Committee (MEC) is running a campaign in Delhi to strengthen the political unity of the working class. This campaign is to oppose the attacks on working class rights, to unite the class, to organise the class as a political force, and with the lofty aim of making it capable of staking its claim to political power.

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US government spying on people of all countries

Two extremely important news breaks -- one by the Guardian, and the second by the Washington Post -- have confirmed what many have long suspected: that the FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US government have been and are snooping on practically every call, online chat, email, Facebook post and skype call made, under top secret programs that have now been exposed.

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Railway authorities' anti worker attitude exposed!

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar has been continuously reporting on the struggles of the running staff of Indian Railways, the Engine Drivers and Guards, led by their Associations, the AILRSA (All India Loco Running staff Association) and AIGC (All India Guards Council). Due to these struggles the Union Labour Ministry appointed a National Tribunal in March 2012 to look into the grievances of this section.

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

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

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

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

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

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Condemn the terrorist bomb blasts in Hyderabad

Both the principal parties of the ruling class, Congress Party and BJP, have very little credibility amongst the masses of working people. The bourgeoisie is hell bent on pushing ahead with the program of globalization through liberalization and privatization by attacking the livelihood and rights of the toilers and tillers. Polarising society on communal lines, spreading terror and breaking the unity of the people, and spreading jingoism against Pakistan are their favourite weapons to ensure that they can implement their plans.

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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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Country-wide protest demonstrations in support of Maruti-Suzuki workers

Responding to the appeal by the Maruti-Suzuki Workers’ Union, on 5th February 2013, trade unions in different parts of the country, including Mumbai, Jaipur, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Haryana held joint protest actions to oppose the state organised oppression of the struggling workers.

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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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Meeting in Mumbai to celebrate the anniversary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India

On January 6th 2013, the Maharashtra Regional Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India organised a meeting of its members and supporters to celebrate the anniversary of our Party. Workers, many from the organised sector, women and youth were present in good numbers.

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

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

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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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On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the destruction of Babri Masjid

The Guilty must be Punished!

Communal nature of the State points to the Necessity for its Reconstitution!

Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 4th December, 2012

Twenty years ago, on 6th December, 1992, the four century-old historical monument called Babri Masjid, located in Faizabad (or Ayodhya) in Uttar Pradesh, was demolish

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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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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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Goods and Service Tax (GST): Increasing burden on the working people

The proposal for the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been hailed by the bourgeoisie. All the associations of big capitalists, CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM are calling the implementation of GST as the most important and urgent ‘reform’ required by the country to speed up the slowing growth of GDP. They claim that it could add as much as 2.5% to GDP growth.

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The cloak of PPP

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

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