2019

Maharashtra Assembly elections - 2019:

Reject the candidates of the capitalist parties!

Elect only those with a track record of fighting for the rights of people!

Statement of Maharashtra Regional Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, October 2019

Just 5 months after the victory of BJP in the Lok Sabha elections by a big margin, elections to the 288 member Maharashtra Assembly are being held on October 21, 2018. Coalition governments have run this state for the past two decades. The BJP - Shiv Sena coalition governed between 1995 and 1999 and since 2014. The Congress-NCP coalition was in power for 15 years between 1999 and 2014.

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Efforts for water conservation

Johad which is situated in the Holika Chawk of Ramgad village in Rajasthan has been struggling with garbage issues for very long. On 14th July 2019, the residents of the village began efforts to conserve water on their own. Lok Jan Samiti, Ramgad Seva Samiti, Gram Vikas Committee, and a large number of residents of the village participated in efforts to clean up the garbage in the area. As part of the campaign the residents of the village are ensuring that they contribute by ensuring that plants are grown and taken care of in public spaces, rain water is collected, growing pollution is prevented and cleanliness is maintained in Johad.

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Meeting of Party comrades on elections

A meeting was held on 23rd June to discuss the situation in our country and experience of the comrades in the election campaign. Comrades of the region participated in this meeting; a majority of them were youth who had been active in the campaign. The Party had fielded a candidate on the platform of Navnirman - a revolutionary alternative. The Party’s general secretary, Com. Lal Singh, initiated the discussion which drew active participation from the comrades, who raised some questions and elaborated other points from their own experience.

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Strategic alliance with US:A grave threat to the sovereignty of India and peace in Asia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited India between June 25-27, 2019. This was the first visit of a senior most official of the US adminstration after the return to power of the BJP with a massive majority in the recent elections. During this visit, Pompeo held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The visit was publicly announced as aimed at resolving problems in Indo-US relations, and strengthening the strategic military alliance between the two countries.

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Communique of the 9th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India

The 9th Plenum of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party was convened during 1-2 June, 2019. The Plenum analysed the results of the 17th Lok Sabha elections and summed up the work of the Party in recent months, including our participation in the elections.

The Plenum took note of the enormous amount of money spent on these elections, which are said to be the most expensive election ever held in any country, with the lion’s share being spent on the BJP campaign. The use of modern technology —TV as well as social media — to spread lies among the people has reached an unprecedented scale. The entire election campaign was marked by political debate being reduced to the lowest level. Hate speeches, rabid war mongering against Pakistan, openly communal and divisive propaganda, accusations and counter-accusations of corruption dominated the political discourse. The unparalleled state terror in Kashmir, and the bombing of Pakistan following the terrorist attack in Pulwama were used to project Narendra Modi as the strongman capable of crushing the enemies of India.

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Public meeting on the 35th anniversary of genocide of Sikhs in Delhi

Meeting in Jantar Mantar

We will not let the genocide of 1984 be forgotten or forgiven! The guilty must be punished!

“We will never allow the genocide of November 1984 to be forgotten or forgiven”, said Com. Prakash Rao, spokesperson of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. He was speaking at a meeting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 1st November, 2019 organized to mark the 35th anniversary of the genocide of Sikhs in 1984.

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Hail the Great October Revolution!

Let us work to establish the rule of workers and peasants in our country!

On 7th November, the revolutionary workers, soldiers and sailors of Russia stormed the Winter Palace and arrested the representatives of the Provisional Government. They occupied the Ministries, the State Bank as well as the railway stations, post and telegraph offices. Led by the Bolshevik Party, the working class captured political power in Russia. This shook the entire world. It struck terror in the hearts of the capitalists of all countries. This inspired and gave hope to the oppressed people of the world.

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Interview with Comrade Subhash Marathe, General Secretary of BPCL Credit Society, Mumbai

BPCL workers demonstration

We firmly oppose privatisation of Bharat Petroleum

The Convention in Mumbai on October 26th 2019, condemned the Central Government for its decision to privatise strategic PSU’s such as Oil and Petroleum, Defence, Public Sector Banks, Insurance, Railways, Ports, Public Road Transport etc.


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Interview with Hijam Kavita Devi, Consultant to Labourers’ Welfare Association in Manipur

Manipur FCI contract workers protest

Terrible exploitation and oppression of contract workers of Food Corporation of India

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL) recently interviewed Hijam Kavita Devi (KD), a consultant from Manipur, for the Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution Labourers’ Welfare Association (CAF & PDLWA). Here are some excerpts of the interview:


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Successful strike by government doctors in Tamilnadu

TN Doctors on strike

Doctors of government hospitals in Tamilnadu struck work from 25th October 2019 to 1st November. Their strike was withdrawn only after the government promised to look into their four-point charter of demands. Striking doctors are affiliated with the Federation of Government Doctors' Associations (FOGDA).


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Students' protest in Bihar: Halt the privatisation of railways

Bihar students protest against railway privatisation

On 25th October, 2019 students took out a massive demonstration and carried out a campaign to block trains. This campaign was carried out in several cities of Bihar – Patna, Aarah, Sasaram, Nawada, Aurangabad, Samastipur and other cities.


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Workers of Motherson fight for right to unionise

Motherson workers on strike

Permanent workers of Motherson Automative Technologies and Engineering (MATE) plant in Pondur village of Kancheepuram district, Tamilnadu went on strike on 23rd August, demanding recognition of the union, improved working conditions and better wages.


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JNU students protest hike in hostel charges

JNU Students protest against fee hike

Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi have been agitating since October 28. They are protesting against the steep hike in hostel charges proposed by the university authorities as well as other restrictions imposed on the students.


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Uttarakhand Ayurved University students oppose fee hike

Uttarakhand students protest

Students of 16 medical colleges affiliated to the Uttarakhand Ayurved University (UAU) have been sitting on dharna in the state capital, Dehradun, since the beginning of October. They are demanding a reversal of the steep fee hike imposed by the university authorities.


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TSRTC workers continue their struggle despite attacks by Telangana state government

TSRTC Rally

Nearly 50,000 workers of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) have been on strike for more than a month. In a most high handed manner, the Telangana government has refused to heed to clear cut demand of the workers to stop the process of privatisation of the state transport bus operations and 25 other demands.

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Hindustan Aeronautical Limited workers' strike

HAL strike

Over 20,000 workers of the Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) ended their indefinite strike on October 23, 2019 following an order issued by the Karnataka High Court to the workers of the Bengaluru plant of HAL to resume work immediately. The workers had begun their strike on October 14, 2019. The management of HAL had approached the High Court claiming that a loss of Rs 17 crore is being incurred every day because of the strike.

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The struggle for irrigation water in Nohar, Rajasthan

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If our demands are not met, we will step up our agitation!

Countless farmers from several villages in Nohar tehsil, in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, are sitting in a dharna in front of the Subdivisional Office under the banner of the ‘Kisan, Mazdoor, Vyapaar Sangharsh Samiti’.

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Honda workers protest against layoffs

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About 2000 regular and contract workers sat inside the plant premises, demanding that the management stop layoff of contract workers. The workers were agitated that the management of the company had thrown out another 200 contract workers onto the street. Hundreds of contract workers of the plant who had been thrown out since February have joined the agitation, sitting at the gate of the Manesar plant.

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The genocide of Sikhs must not be forgotten or forgiven

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 21st October, 2019

This 1st of November is the 35th anniversary of the massacre of people of the Sikh faith, carried out following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.  Tens of thousands of Sikhs were murdered and raped in Delhi, Kanpur, Bokaro and other places.

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The martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh call on us to carry out the Navnirman of India!

Jallianwala Bagh 1919

The Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee has dedicated the 28th Ghadari Mela to the memory of the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place on 13th April 1919. We publish below the message of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of CGPI, on this occasion.

Just like the colonial state, the Indian state defends the interests of the Indian and foreign exploiters and oppressors. People are attacked for their political and religious beliefs. The entire arsenal through which the colonialists ruled over our people has been further developed and perfected.


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Interview with Comrade Sebastin, General Secretary, BSNL Executives’ Association

Oppose the government’s plan to privatise BSNL

The government has been doing a lot of propaganda to justify the privatisation of the public sector telecom service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and to hand over the huge assets of this state-owned company to the big monopoly corporate houses at throw-away prices. Employees of BSNL are in struggle, to oppose this move. MEL spoke to Comrade Sebastin, General Secretary of the BSNL Executives’ Association. He explained in detail about the history of the company, the subsequent developments in the telecom sector in our country and the current moves towards privatisation of BSNL.

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Joint protest demonstration against the economic crisis by communist parties and left organisations

Economic crisis

CPI, CPI(M), CGPI, CPI(M-L) Liberation, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Forward Bloc carried out a joint protest demonstration against the economic crisis on 16th October 2019 at the Parliament in New Delhi. Hundreds of workers, youth and women marched towards the Parliament from Jantar Mantar-Jaisingh Road chowk under the banner “Stop shifting the burden of the economic crisis on the people!” The demonstrators held a public meeting at the Parliament Road police station where they were stopped from going ahead.

 

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Is reduction in ESIC contributions in the interest of workers?

Government has amended the ESIC Rules and has notified reduced rates of ESI Contribution applicable for employers (reduced from 4.75% to 3.25%) and for Employees (reduced from 1.75% to 0.75%), with effect from 1 July 2019. Government has justified this amendment saying that this will increase take home salary of employees, reduce the financial liability of establishments and boost further enrolment of employers and workers in ESI scheme.

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Rail workers in Mumbai oppose privatisation and NPS

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On 18th October 2019, hundreds of rail workers in Mumbai protested against the privatisation moves of the Railway Ministry as well as against the anti-worker New Pension Scheme (NPS).

The protest was organised by All India Rail Track Maintainers Union (AIRTU), Indian Railway Signal and Telecom Maintainers Union (IRSTMU), Western Railway Employees Movement for Old Pension Scheme (WREMOPS) and Rail Mazdoor Union (RMU).

 

 

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Telangana road transport workers continue their strike

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Close to 50,000 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) workers struck work on 5th October 2019. On October 21, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) that is leading the protests called for a ‘Sakala Janula Samara Bheri’, a public gathering with lakhs of people, to be held in Hyderabad on October 30.


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PMC Bank scam: Capitalists and bank officials collude to loot people's money

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On 26 Sep 2019, due to irregularities observed in bank accounts the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) suspended the Managing Director and the Board of Directors of the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, having its headquarter in Mumbai. It appointed an ex-RBI officer as the administrator and barred the bank from renewing or granting any loans or making investments without prior approval of the RBI. Depositors were informed that they can only withdraw a maximum of 1000 rupees from their accounts over the next six months. This shocked and angered more than 900,000 depositors of the Bank whose savings were now stuck in it.

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Appointment of Delhi municipal school teachers cancelled

Teachers protest in New Delhi

The appointments of 3,778 primary school teachers of the three municipal corporations of Delhi – north, south and east – were summarily cancelled by an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), on October 14, 2019. ... The teachers, who had been appointed to teach in over 1,600 schools of the three municipal corporations, spread across the city, were given their appointment letters recently and were expected to join for work on Oct 15.

 

 

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Haryana State Assembly Elections:

Organise to defeat the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national program of the bourgeoisie!

Reject the candidates of the capitalist parties!

Elect candidates with a track record of fighting for the rights of people!

Call of the CC of the CGPI, October 5, 2019

Elections to the 90 member Haryana State Assembly will take place on October 21, 2019. The two main parties of the ruling class contesting these elections are the BJP and the Congress. In addition, several parties representing the capitalists and big landowners of Haryana including the Indian National Lok Dal and the Jannanayak Janata Party are also contesting these elections.

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National Open Mass Convention of workers announces all India general strike on January 8, 2020

Workers convention

Thousands of workers declared their resolve to organise a General Strike on January 8, 2020, as part of developing the united resistance of the working class to the anti-worker, anti-social and anti-national course of the ruling class. They were participating in the National Open Mass Convention of Workers organized at Parliament Street on September 30, 2019. The call for the Convention had been given by ten Central Trade Unions -- INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC, to plan the future course of action of the working class.

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CGPI mournes the death of Comrade Shekhar Kapure

Comrade SK

Comrade Shekhar Kapure (or SK as he was popularly known) passed away in the morning of September 25th 2019 at his residence in Titwala, Mumbai. He was 59 years old. Ever since he joined it in 1998, for more than 20 years he was a militant fighter of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. He was born in Khusnoor in Nanded district of Maharashtra. After finishing his schooling and graduation at his native place he came to Mumbai hoping to study law. While studying he started working part time in a garment factory so that he could pay his tuition as well as boarding fees. But very soon seeing the atrocious condition of the garment workers he started to unite the worker to oppose their exploitation. He soon got so immersed in the struggle that he gave up his studies to devote himself full time to organising the workers. He along with other militant colleagues formed the Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh (LGMS) in 1998.

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Attack on livelihood of onion producers

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Retail prices of onions rose more than 200 per cent in September 2019 in most cities across the country. Prices climbed to as high as Rs. 80 rupees per kg in most urban centres in September, compared with Rs. 20  - Rs. 25 per kg in July through August. In response to the rising prices, the government banned exports of all varieties of onion, imposed stock limits on onion traders and released stocks from the central buffer stocks in a few places.

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Changes to EPF Act:

Central government continues to move along an anti-worker course

The Ministry of Labour & Employment announced its plan to amend the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. One of the important changes that this amendment aims to make is reduce the contributions made by workers as well as employers to the employees provident fund (EPF) of the worker. The proposal of the Central government is to cut down the contributions made by both a worker and his employer from 12 percent of basic salary plus dearness allowance to 10 percent.

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The struggle of bank employees is against the anti-social banking sector reforms of the government

The All-India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), representing a large majority of the employees of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), have called for an all-India bank strike on October 22. The strike is being called to oppose the announced merger of ten public sector banks as well as to demand an increase in wages. The agitating bank employees are demanding that the government should take strict action against the defaulting corporate houses and take steps to secure full repayment of the bad loans.

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Railway workers observe Black Day across India: Massive protests held across the country against the privatisation of Railways

Protest in Ghaziabad

Taking one more step towards the privatization of railways, operation of first Tejas by a private company has begun. Against this step of the government, the pilots and guards of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held protest demonstrations and observed Black Day at railway crew lobby, pilot rest rooms, stations, training centers, etc. all across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The employees wore black ribbon bands as a sign of protest. At Ghaziabad railway station, the railways employees held back the “Tejas” for 5 minutes expressing their anger against this step by the government. After a struggle between the police and the employees, the employees were forcibly removed from the railway track.

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Irrigation-related problems

Farmers demonstrate at Nohar subdivision office

On October 8, 2019, under the leadership of the Mazdoor Kisan Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti, farmers from the numerous villages in Nohar tehsil of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan organized a demonstration against irrigation and water theft issues in front of the subdivision office. The farmers handed over a seven-point charter of demands to the tehsildar. They have warned the authorities that if their demands are not considered, then they will begin an indefinite hunger strike from November 1, 2019.

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PM Modi’s visit to the US: Reaffirming the strategic alliance between the Indian ruling class and the US imperialists

The US wants to strengthen its strategic alliance with India to achieve its aim of establishing its complete domination over Asia. It wants to contain China, weaken Russia and isolate Iran to achieve this goal. The Indian big bourgeoisie for its part has its own ambitions to becoming the dominant power of Asia, in which it sees China as its main rival. It sees in strengthening its strategic alliance with the US, the way to achieve its aim.
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Crisis of the Indian economy and its root cause

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The capitalist economy of our country is sinking into an all-round crisis. Production of goods and services, after slowing down in recent years, has now turned negative in several major industries. ... The root cause of the widespread decline in sales of consumption goods lies in the decline in purchasing power in the hands of workers and peasants, who make up more than 90% of the population.

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Attack on Saudi Arabia oilfields: Escalating tensions to justify war against Iran

On September 14, 2019, two major oil facilities of Saudi Arabia’s state run oil company ARAMCO had to shut down operations following drone attacks. The closure of these facilities has resulted temporarily in a massive cut back in oil production. ... A dangerous game is being played by the US in West Asia. It is trying to plunge the entire region into a bloody war to advance its strategic aims. The attempts by US imperialism to portray the Iranian people and their government as the source of terrorism must be exposed and condemned by all political forces which stand for the sovereignty of countries and for peace.
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Farmers from Uttar Pradesh march to Delhi in support of their demands

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Farmers from various parts of western UP gathered in Noida on 19th September to march to Kisan Ghat in Delhi the next morning to draw attention to money from sugarcane sales owed to them by UP government and rising electricity rates. They came from Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Shamli and Baghpat under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangathan. They were demanding settlement of sugarcane dues in 4 days, electricity rates for farmers to be slashed to Rs.100/month and full farm loan waiver for all.

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Workers exposed to life-threatening working conditions

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Occupational accidents – workers getting injured and even dying from “accidents” at the work place – are very high in India. Going by reported accidents, 3 workers die and close to 50 are injured every day! According to estimates, roughly 80,000 workers lose their lives every year in “accidents” at the workplace. Lakhs of workers suffer injuries, many of them disabled for life.

 

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South Africa’s financial union’s planned strike declared illegal

South Africa’s biggest financial union Sasbo (formerly the SA Society of Bank Officials) was mobilising a huge strike that would have disrupted the country’s banking industry. The union was leading its 73,000 members on a strike on 27th September, in what would be its largest industrial action in almost a century. Five major marches were planned throughout the country in Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) approached the Labour Court two days prior to the planned strike of 27th September, seeking an urgent interdict against the strike.
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Workers of General Motors on strike in two continents

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) union called a nationwide strike in the US against General Motors (GM) on 15th September. Following the strike call, some 46,000 members walked off the job beginning at midnight. The strike continues till date on 28h September, while talks are in progress.

Unionised workers at the South Korean unit of GM launched an all-out strike for the first time in more than two decades on 9th September, demanding higher wages and protesting against the US carmaker’s restructuring plans in the East Asian nation.

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Police beat up Anganwadi workers in Jharkhand 

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Anganwadi Sevika Sahayaka Sangh workers in Ranchi, Jharkhand have been protesting for over 40 days with a list of demands. All the time, the parties in power have boasted of the ICDS programme of being one of the largest and providing services to the highest number of beneficiaries. But the labour of the workers who are the backbone of these programmes is not respected and is largely ignored. Ignoring their repeated demands and punishing them with lathis must be roundly condemned. MEL supports the just struggle of the Anganwadi workers in every state.

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Serial hunger strike against private power company and electricity department

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The struggle against the looting by power companies in Nohar block of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan is intensifying. A hunger strike in front of the SDM’s office is underway at present led by the Bijli Upbhoktha Sangarsh Samiti (electricity consumers struggle committee); this has been going on since 13th September. The Samiti decided to launch a signature campaign from house to house in every village. A petition with 10,000 signatures will be collected in the first phase to present to the Chief Minister.

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Karnataka garment workers stand up for their rights

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The bourgeoisie has been brazenly beating this drum that wages in garment and textile exports have to be kept “competitive” with countries like Vietnam and Bangladesh, meaning that wages have to be kept below even the minimum wages. The GATWU and workers have demonstrated that this is unacceptable. It is the duty of the government to ensure that their right to livelihood and minimum wages are secured.

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People's unity halts privatisation drive!

Respected Editor,
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

In your earlier issues you had reported about the strong opposition of people to the privatization of electricity distribution in the Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva zones of Thane district. The Maharashtra government had declared that it would hand over the distribution to Torrent Power in January 2019. I am happy to inform you that we have so far succeeded in halting the Maharashtra Government’s efforts of privatisation.

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Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 12th September, 2019

Unite to defeat the anti-social and anti-national program of privatisation and liberalisation!

An attack on one is an attack on all!

The central trade unions and the federations of workers in different sectors have issued a call for a National Workers’ Convention to be held in New Delhi on 30th September, 2019. To be held on Parliament Street, this convention is aimed at charting the future course of action of the working class.

The Communist Ghadar Party of India calls on all organisations of the working class in all sectors of the economy to participate actively in this convention and contribute to charting the course of action for the working class.

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Oppose the anti-passenger privatisation of Indian Railways!

For a very long time, railway workers have been fighting against the privatisation of Indian Railways that successive governments have carried out part by part. Recognising that it is very important to involve the users of the service, the passengers in this fight, several organisations joined the initiative of Kamgar Ekta Committee and Lok Raj Sangathan in disseminating the following statement.
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Campaign against Wage Code Bill and Labour Code Bill

ThumbActivists of Communist Ghadar Party of India organised a public campaign against the Wage Code Bill and Labour Code Bill from 2nd to 13th September across the Okhla Industrial Area and the residential areas of workers in the area. Hundreds of men and women workers attentively watched and listened to the presentations held at numerous locations and asked many questions.

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Protest demonstration against the private DISCOM and the Electricity Department

ThumbResidents from 10-12 village in Nohar tehsil in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan organised protest demonstration at the Office of Assistant Engineer (Discom) at Gogamedi, against the dictatorial attitude and illegal extortion by the distribution companies (discoms) and practice of the governments department of turning blind eye towards such illegal activities of the private discoms. The people are demanding that notice issued to them for payment of additional security deposit must be withdrawn, and this loot by private discoms must be stopped.

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Draft National Educational Policy 2019: Education as a universal right denied

One of the first steps taken by the newly elected BJP government was to put up on the public domain the draft National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019. The draft claims that the aim of the Policy is to attempt “to create a new system that is aligned with the aspirational goals of 21st Century education, while remaining consistent with India’s traditions and value systems”. Its aim is to transform India into a “global education hub” over the next 5 years.
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National Register of Citizens in Assam: Attack on the human rights of the people of Assam must be condemned

ThumbThe final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on 31st August 2019. This marks yet another stage in the process, which has been going on for some years, of identifying “bonafide” Indian citizens in Assam. The draft has created a lot of distress and a feeling of severe insecurity among the people of the state; there are lakhs who are not sure of their status. It is a cruel blow to the masses of working people of the state, that by one arbitrary decision, lakhs have been rendered stateless and families will be separated.

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Draft National Educational Policy 2019: Education as a universal right denied

One of the first steps taken by the newly elected BJP government was to put up on the public domain the draft National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019.

The draft claims that the aim of the Policy is to attempt “to create a new system that is aligned with the aspirational goals of 21st Century education, while remaining consistent with India’s traditions and value systems”. Its aim is to transform India into a “global education hub” over the next 5 years.

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Lal Salaam to Comrade Hardial Bains!

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A meeting of members of the Communist Ghadar Party of India was held in Delhi on August 25, to commemorate the 80th birth anniversary of Hardial Bains, who was born on 15th August, 1939.

Comrade Lal Singh expressed heartfelt feelings and thoughts about Comrade Bains, an outstanding communist theoretician and organizer, a true internationalist who devoted all his energies for the cause of emancipation of the workers of all lands. He was not only the National Leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), but also the principal architect of the founding of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. He worked as part of the Central Committee of our Party since its founding in 1980 and until his untimely demise in 1997.

Tracing the life and work of Comrade Hardial Bains since his childhood days in the Punjab, Comrade Lal Singh highlighted different aspects of his invaluable contribution to the communist and workers movement in general, and to our party and the Indian revolution in particular.

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Thousands protest in front of Indian High Commission in London

Thousands of people of Kashmiri origin from all over Britain converged in front of the Indian High Commission in London, UK, on August 15, 2019, to protest against the withdrawal by the Indian state of special status of Jammu & Kashmir. The massive mobilisation resulted in traffic in the area coming to a complete standstill. The protesters included people of all ages including women and children. Many of them took a day off from work to participate in the protest on a working day, showing their deep concern about the complete lock down in Kashmir. The protestors raised slogans such as “What we want, freedom”, “Indian forces go back”.

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Rail workers oppose 100-day action plan for privatisation

AILRSA 13 Aug 19Rail workers all over the country have been agitating against the 100 day action plan of the Railway Ministry which has proposed a number of steps aimed at accelerating the privatisation of Indian Railways. The privatisation of Indian Railways has been going on covertly for more than two decades despite the repeated denials by respective Railway Ministers and Prime Ministers. The 100-day action plan recently announced by the newly elected BJP government is an open declaration of this privatisation agenda.

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Dangerous Imperialist Course of the Indian Ruling Class

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 25th August, 2019

Standing on the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day 2019, Prime Minister Modi promised to accelerate economic growth and make India a US$ 5 trillion economy over the next five years. He declared that “today the country has a very favourable environment for achieving economic success” and that “the fundamentals of our economy are very strong”. However, all available facts show that the Indian economy is caught in an all-sided crisis.

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Condemn the barbaric attack on the Kashmiri people and their rights!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 18 August, 2019

The Indian state has carried out a brutal assault on the rights of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Through a Presidential Order and a Resolution passed by Parliament on 5th August, 2019, the formal special status of Jammu & Kashmir has been eliminated, to make all provisions of the Constitution of India applicable to the people of this region. Furthermore, Jammu & Kashmir has been reduced from being a state into two union territories.

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On the occasion of Independence Day, 2019: For real independence, India needs to break with the imperialist system!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 13th August, 2019

August 15th this year will mark 72 years since the declaration of India’s independence from colonial rule. It is an occasion to sum up what has been achieved and what has not over these seven decades. Such a summing up is essential for charting the way forward to an India in which prosperity and protection are guaranteed for all members of society.

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Meeting of Rail Workers against 100 Day Action Plan: An important milestone in the struggle against privatisation of railways

On 2nd of August 2019, in spite of pouring rains, railway workers belonging to various unions and associations thronged a hall in central Mumbai to protest the 100 day Action Plan of the Ministry of Railways.

August 2nd MeetingThe meeting was organised by a joint forum consisting of All India Guards Council (AIGC), All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA), All India Railway Track- Maintainers Union (AIRTU), All India Train Controllers Association (AITCA), Indian Railways Ticket Checking Staff Organisation (IRTCSO), Rail Mazdoor Union (RMU), Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) and Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS).

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Economic Survey 2019: Accelerating the imperialist drive of capitalist monopoly houses will not create a “New India”

The Economic Survey, which was presented to Parliament on 3rd July, two days before the Union Budget, is produced every year by the central Ministry of Finance. This year’s document is more ambitious and pretentious than usual. This being the first year of a re-elected BJP government with an even bigger majority than before, the Economic Survey attempts to lay out a blueprint for allegedly creating a “golden New India”.

The Economic Survey 2019 sets the goal of annual GDP reaching US$ 5 trillion (Rs. 350 lakh crore) by 2024-25, and India becoming the third largest economy of the world, next only to China and the United States, from being the seventh largest at the present time.

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Water scarcity

Dear Editor,

I am thankful to you for writing several articles dealing with the scarcity of water. In the comprehensive piece in the July 16-31, 2019 issue, you have pointed out that India is endowed with bountiful water resources including monsoons and rivers fed from melting snow of Himalayas, yet water table across India is rapidly coming down. As this article points out, the reason for this alarming trend is clearly to be seen in the capitalist orientation of the economy and the abdication of responsibility by the Indian State to protect the water resources.

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Country-wide militant protests against the anti-working class Bills

Dharna on SansadOn 2nd August, lakhs of workers country-wide under the leadership of the Joint trade unions demonstrated their opposition to the Codes replacing labour laws. The trade unions organised jointly to take out a demonstration from Bank of Baroda in Parliament Street toward the Parliament in the capital city of Delhi. The police stopped the demonstrators at the junction of Jaisingh Marg and Jantar Mantar even as they proceeded towards Parliament. The protestors held a meeting right there.

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Protest demonstration against bills amending labour laws

Bhadara_2 AugOn 2nd August the Bhadra Unit of Rajmistri Mazdoor Samiti organised protest demonstration and public meeting against the introduction of bills to amend the labour laws in Lok Sabha on 23rd July 2019.

The protestors demanded the withdrawal of these anti-worker bills and raised slogans against them. They carried placards in their hands condemning the bills.

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BSNL, MTNL employees protest non-payment of salaries and steps towards privatisation

Ordnance factoryAccording to recent media reports, State-owned telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have failed to pay salaries on the due date to their 1.98 lakh employees for the second time in six months. Salary for the month of July had not come by 5th August nor were the employees informed as to when it would be credited. In February, too, the salary was delayed and the backlog was cleared only in mid-March, putting the employees to great difficulties in meeting their financial obligations at the beginning of the month. MTNL’s 22,000 employees, who have not been paid salaries for two months now, protested in front of Sanchar Bhawan on 5th August. The concerned officials of both telecom PSUs have admitted that they have not been able to generate enough revenue and the government has not yet provided any revival packages.

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Demand for Irrigating Unirrigated Areas

Guru ji reportOn 11 Aug 2019 Unirrigated Areas Sangharsh Samiti organised a programme at Gorkhana village of Nohar tehsil of Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. Hundreds of farmers from unirrigated areas of more than a dozen villages – Bhagwansar, Karmshana, Dumasar, Chainpura, Lakhasar, Sangathia, Lalania, Kharsandi, Nagrasari, Ratusar, Shyorani, Khopda, Bhanguli, Maalia, Mandarpura, Bachusar, Jabrasar, etc participated in the programme.

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Government employees unions agitate for restoration of the old pension scheme

Pension MeetingMembers of the Committee for National Movement for Old Pension Scheme in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan organised a protest demonstration at the District Collector’s office on 8th August. Another protest demonstration was organised at the Hanumangarh Junction led by the Rajasthan state government employees organisation .

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Ordnance factory employees give strike call against privatization

Ordnance factoryEmployees of the Ordnance factories throughout the country have announced that they will go on a month-long strike from August 20, to protest against the plans for privatization of defence production. Apart from a variety of protest actions at ordnance factories in different parts of the country, the employees have given a call for hunger strike in from of Parliament in New Delhi from August 20.

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Daikin Factory Workers Wage Struggle in Rajasthan plant

Workers at Daikin, an air conditioner manufacturing company, have now been waging an ongoing struggle in Rajasthan’s Alwar region for over 170 days. On 8th August, in yet another protest march, the workers marched to the collector’s office to demand the release of over 18 workers arrested in the course of strike actions in January and withdrawal of illegal cases against the employees of the company.

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The UAPA amendment bill: A draconian amendment to suppress the voices of dissent

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on June 24. If this bill becomes a law, it will empower the government to designate individuals as terrorists, without following any formal judicial process and without the need to produce any evidence to substantiate the claim. The name of the person will be added to the Fourth Schedule proposed to be added to the UAPA. The only statutory remedy available to such a person is to make an application before the Central government for de-notification, which can be considered by a review committee constituted by the government itself!

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All-India protest actions against anti working class bills

On July 23, the Union Labour Minister tabled two bills relating to the working class in parliament. These are the Code on Wages Bill 2019 and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill 2019. If parliament passes these bills, they will replace 17 existing labour laws relating to wages and working conditions.

In response to the tabling of these bills, ten Central Trade Unions have called for All India Protest actions on August 2, 2019.

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Condemn the savage persecution of immigrants by the Indian and US governments!

On July 17, 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah declared in the Rajya Sabha that his government “will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per international law”. The BJP had made the constituting of a “National Register of Citizens” in all states as a key point in its election agenda. Earlier, during the election campaign, the Home Minister had repeatedly referred to immigrants from Bangladesh as “termites”.

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Peasants protest against delays in transfer of PM-Kisan funds

In the interim budget presented on 1 February, 2019 by the Modi government, an income transfer scheme, called the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi or PM-Kisan. It was announced with just a few months to go for the general elections in order to assuage the anger of peasants reeling under a long period of agrarian distress. The then Finance Minister Piyush Goyal called it “historic" and said the scheme will pave the way for peasants to live respectable lives.

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Wage Code Bill 2019

anganwadi-workers The Union Cabinet approved the Wage Code Bill on 3rd July, paving the way for its introduction in the on-going Parliament session. One of the aspects of the Bill is the declaration of a national minimum floor wage to be set by the Central government. States cannot pay below this mandatory minimum floor wage. The Bill raises the national minimum wage to Rs.178 per day, just Rs.2 more than what it was in 2017. Many states of the country already have statutory minimum wages higher than this. Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Tripura and Himachal Pradesh are the only states to pay lower wages than the proposed amount. It shows that the Wage Code Bill is not aimed at improving the living conditions of the broad masses of workers, as is being falsely trumpeted by the government. It reveals the thoroughly anti worker class character of the government.

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Occupational Health, Safety and Working Conditions Code Bill, 2019

13 believed dead in Meghalaya

The Union Labour Minister tabled the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill in Parliament on July 23, 2019.

This is one of the four so called Labour Codes that the big bourgeoisie wanted the NDA government to implement during its first term. It failed at that time, due to resolute opposition from the working class. Having organized to bring the BJP back to power with an even bigger majority, the bourgeoisie is pushing for speedy passing of these four anti working class legislations by parliament, in order to ensure “ease of doing business”.

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Mid-Day Meal Workers Protest in AP

Thousands of mid-day meal workers protested in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh on Monday 22nd July. They were demanding wages of Rs.8000 per month and early payment of pending salaries. The workers, mostly women, have suffered because of delay in payments, being forced to procure groceries on credit and even with personal loans.

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Struggle for justice

innocent youth kild in NoharA massive demonstration took place in front of the State Assembly in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 22nd July 2019 demanding the arrest of the murderers of Pawan Vyas. The demonstration was led by the Nyay Sangharsh Samiti which has been constituted to fight for justice in the murder of Pawan Vyas in cold blood.

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Teachers of Delhi University agitate for teachers’ appointments and funds

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Teachers of Delhi University have been on agitation, demanding renewal of appointment of all ad-hoc teachers in the colleges of the university before the commencement of the new academic session on July 20, 2019.

On July 15 they held protest actions at the University campus and on July 16 at the UGC headquarters. (See photos)

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Union Budget 2019-20: Continued enrichment of monopoly capitalists while claiming to be creating a “New India”

Presenting the full and final budget for 2019-20 in the parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claimed that her government is committed to build a “bright and stable New India”.  However, all the policy changes and programs she presented in her budget speech were aimed at ensuring maximum profits for super-rich capitalists, Indian and foreign. 

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Oppose the 100-days Action Plan to push Privatisation of Indian Railways!!

ICF Chennai Workers’ UnionKamgar Ekta Committee, All India Guards Council (AIGC), All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF), All India Railway Signals & Telecommunications Staff Association (AIRS&TSA), All India Rail Track maintainers Union (AIRTU), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA), All India Traffic Controllers Association (AITCA), Indian Railway Ticket Checking Staff Organisation (IRTCSO), Air India Service Engineers Association(AISEA), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), Bank Employees Federation of India(BEFI), Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS), Trade Unions Joint Action Committee- Maharashtra (TUJAC) — 7th July, 2019

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Severe drought conditions and water scarcity in many regions:

The capitalist system and the Indian state are responsible for this

Severe drought conditions have been reported from states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan as well as other states. In India, rainfed agriculture occupies roughly 67 percent net sown area, contributing about 44 percent of food grains and supporting almost 40 percent of the population. The irregularities of the monsoon have a big impact on our people.

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75 years of the Bretton Woods system and its institutions – the World Bank and International Monetary Fund:

Institutions of imperialist neo-colonial domination and plunder

In July 1944, while the Second World War was still raging, the United States invited delegations from 44 countries to the ski resort of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. These countries were its allies in the World War.

The official aim of the conference was to define the basic features of an economic order for the post-war period. It was announced that the conference would provide the blueprint of a system that would stabilize the world economy and prevent a return to the situation that had existed between the two world wars.

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Aggressive US agenda for hegemony intensifies US-China tariff war

The ongoing US-China Tariff war began last year in June 2018 when the US imposed China-specific tariffs. This triggered the current tariff war. This was followed up in September 2018 by the US imposing tariffs (import duties) of 10% on a range of Chinese goods worth $250 billion. China retaliated, announcing duties on American products, including on agriculture products and automobiles. The list included soybeans, electric vehicles, a range of hybrid electric vehicles, a variety of seafood and pork; the two countries forged a temporary truce in December 2018. However, in May 2019, the US once again increased the tariff to 25% from the previous 10% on Chinese imports, leading to another round of retaliation by China. Beijing announced levies on $60 billion (€53 billion) worth of US goods, starting 1st June.

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New Labour Codes: Committee for construction workers opposes the move

It is reported that the Labour Ministry is in the process of seeking approval from the Cabinet for the amended Wage Code Bill. This is one of the four bills prepared by the Ministry in 2017, which are to replace 44 labour legislations existing now. One of the proposed legislation deals with social security and welfare. Called the social security code, it will consolidate 15 existing laws on pension, disability and life insurance as well as maternity, medical and unemployment coverage. The government claims that it will cover both the organised and the unorganised sector – about 50 crore workers.

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Proposal to corporatize rail coach factory:Sangharsh Committee protests privatisation move

Railway Coach Factory Members of the Railway Coach Factory (RCF) Sangharsh Committee have been agitating against the government’s proposal to privatise the coach manufacturing operations. The Committee has also been demanding that the Railway Board should roll back the proposal for corporatisation of the (RCF). The Sangharsh Committee announced on 10th July in Jalandhar that it would stop trains if this demand is not accepted.

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Protests in Delhi against privatisation of Railways

Workers across sectors and railway workers held a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 10th July against the Modi government’s decision to privatise the railways.

No sooner than the Modi government began its second term at the Centre, it announced the sale of the property belonging to the people – the Indian Railways. The government is making all efforts to implement a 100-day action plan of privatising the railways.

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Auto component manufacturers given ‘public utility’ status in Tamil Nadu

Recent months had seen a spate of protests and strikes in auto spare parts suppliers, such as Pricol, Asahi, Chowel, MSI and Dongsan in Tamil Nadu. The state government has responded to this with a notification granting ‘public utility’ status to manufacturers of auto components. This amendment to the rules of the Industrial Disputes (ID) Act, gives suppliers of auto spare parts the same status attributed to essential commodities and services likes water, electricity and public transport.

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Pre-Budget Consultations

The full and final budget of the Government of India for the current year, 2019-20, will be presented on 5th July by the new Finance Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman. An Interim Budget was presented on 31st January by the then acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal. This has been the general practice whenever Lok Sabha elections are held, that the new government presents the final budget in the month of July.

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Railways is reducing permanent posts ever year

In a circular issued by the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Lucknow, Northern Railway on the 30th of May 2019,  all Departments of Lucknow Division have been given a target of surrendering 1% of their fixed/permanent posts in the Group C and Group D categories. Hence out of total strength of 26260 workers in these 2 categories in Lucknow Division, the overall target is to reduce 262 posts in the current financial year, 2019-2020.

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One year after Sterlite firing people await justice

March on Sterlite firingThe first anniversary of police firing on protestors against the Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin, in which 13 people were killed, scores of others wounded and hundreds arrested was observed on May 22nd. Families of victims of the police firing, protestors who demanded the closure of the plant, and people living in the vicinity of the plant are extremely upset and angry over the continued denial of justice.

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AILRSA opposes steps towards privatisation of Railways

The Central Working Committee of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) opposed steps being taken for privatization of Indian Railways, at a meeting held at AILRSA Bhawan, Ghaziabad on June 23, 2019.

In a press note issued on the occasion, the General Secretary of AILRSA, M.N.Prasad exposed the reality of the 11 point action plan, which the Ministry of Railways proposes to implement within 100 days. Its aim is clearly to further unbundle and hand over for privatization various services of the Indian Railways.

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Criminal negligence of Delhi Jal Board leads to worker's death

sewers worker deathOn 28th June, three workers who were cleaning the drain 30 feet below ground level for Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in Delhi's Khyala area were drowned when the Jal Board opened the water supply. Rescue teams were called in but one worker died, while the other two are in critical condition. DJB had given the contract to clean the drainages to a private company. It is nothing short of criminal negligence by the authorities that they flooded the drain when workers were cleaning it.

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Loco pilots to run trains while on two-day fast

AILRSA MTG in MeerutThe All-India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) successfully concluded its annual conference at the baraat ghar of the Meerut Railway Station on 24th June 2019, the first anniversary of the establishment of Meerut Branch of the association. Nearly 160 activists participated along with the office-bearers at the branch, mandal, zonal and central executive levels.

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Massive and ever increasing unemployment

EMPLOYMENT Indian society is facing a crisis of massive proportions as a result of growing unemployment and underemployment.

The Narender Modi Government has been turning this truth on its head. It has deliberately tried to suppress statistical data which confirm this trend, On the other hand, it has repeatedly resorted to blatant lies to “prove” that it has actually been creating crores of jobs.

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IL&FS Scandal and the Role of Auditors

The accounts of every company are, by law, required to be audited every year. The audit is supposed to detect any illegal activities and ensure that the profit or loss shown in company accounts is a true reflection of the reality. If the management of a company manipulates the accounts to hide losses, or to show inflated profit numbers, the auditor is supposed to detect all such fraudulent activities, write it down and submit their audit report to the share-holders of the company.

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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has legalized the loot of public money

It’s three years since the Parliament passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). It was called the biggest economic ‘reform’ of the NDA government. It boosted India’s rankings in the World Bank’s ease of doing business. It was claimed that it will help to solve the problem of NPAs faced by Indian banks and recover outstanding loans. The experience of the last 30 months, since the first case was filed under the new law, shows that the IBC has legalized the loot of public money with banks. The write-off of big amounts of NPAs by banks is now carried out under the order of a court.

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Masses of people protest Trump’s visit to the UK

US President Donald Trump’s official visit to the UK 3rd-5th June was marked by strong protests at the centre of London.

Trump VisitTens of thousands of protestors gathered in central London’s Trafalgar Square to show their anger over U.S. President Trump’s visit to the U.k. As the President sat down for discussions with British Prime Minister, protestors marched from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square with placards which spelt out their unequivocal opposition to Trump. Right through the visit, protest demonstrations disrupted the official discussions and business meetings Trump was conducting with UK government officials.

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Meetings to commemorate 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Exhibition at Sikh sports, MelbourneThe centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was marked by the Ghadar International through many public meetings in Britain and Australia during April, 2019.

There were two meetings in Britain, in Southall and Ilford on 13th and 14th April respectively. The first meeting in Australia was held in the open on 21st April, at Sikh Games in Melbourne. The second meeting was held on 28th April in Sydney.

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Railway Loco drivers announce strike in support of their demands

AILRS DharnaOn 29th May, loco engine drivers demonstrated in every depot across all 16 divisions, under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA). This demonstration was in protest against the announcement of the mileage allowance that is baseless, i.e. not based on any formula. The loco staff also raised their long standing demands that have remained unfulfilled.

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Children’s deaths in Muzaffarpur : Criminal callousness of the state machinery

protest against enciphilitis june 2019Starting from 1st June, nearly 400 children have been admitted in a critical state in the state government’s Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. These children were all showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). Most of these children are 1-10 years old. 128 deaths have been reported from the state, with the death toll rising every day; about 120 have been discharged after treatment and many have been referred to hospitals in Patna for critical care.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019

Birju Nayak, member of Communist Ghadar Party of India, nominated as candidate from South Delhi  

Election campaign continues with full fervor

Birju Nayak was successfully nominated as the candidate from South Delhi, for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. He is an active member of the Communist Ghadar Party of India.

His election symbol is WATER TANK.

Activists of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, as well as women, youth and residents across the entire constituency, activists of other communist parties, trade unions and organisations fighting for people’s rights – have all been participating enthusiastically in the election campaign of Birju Nayak.

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These elections are neither fair nor free! The political process needs democratic renewal!

India is called the world’s most populous democracy. It is held up in contrast with China and Pakistan, as a country in which “free and fair elections” are regularly held. The fact that several political parties compete for seats in the central and state legislative bodies is presented as proof that democracy is thriving in our country. Life experience, however, keeps exposing the fact that elections in the existing system are neither fair nor free by any standard.
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Sexual harassment charge against Chief Justice of India: Justice demands an impartial enquiry

The Supreme Court of India is the highest judicial authority in the country. The Chief Justice of India (CJI) occupies the highest seat in this highest judicial authority. The charge of sexual harassment against the CJI, by a former court employee who was posted in his house, is an extremely serious matter.  The way the Supreme Court has responded to this charge and dismissed it in just 15 days has exposed the ugly face of the entire judicial system. 

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On the occasion of Karl Marx’s birthday: Salute to a revolutionary whose name will endure through the ages, as also his work!

ThumbKarl Marx, the man who first laid bare the economic law of motion of capitalist society, was born on 5th May, 1818. He and his comrade-in-arms, Frederick Engels, published the Manifesto of the Communist Party in 1848. The Manifesto laid down the task of the communists – namely, to provide the working class with the organised leading consciousness required to become the ruling class and carry out the transformation in ownership of the means of production, from private ownership of property to social ownership.

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On the 149th birth anniversary of Comrade Lenin: Long live the thought and fighting spirit of Comrade Lenin!

ThumbThe 22nd of April this year marks the beginning of the 150th year since the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the foremost theoretician and practical leader of social revolution in the 20th century.

As the world economy staggers from one crisis to another, with devastating consequences, Lenin’s thought is indispensable to figure out what is actually happening. His analysis of imperialism, the highest stage of capitalism, remains the indispensable guide to deal with the present crisis of world capitalism.

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May Day celebrated in Mumbai

Hundreds of workers, men and women, gathered at Adarsh Vidyalaya, Shell Colony, Chembur to celebrate Mayday in Mumbai. The Trade Union Sanyukta Kriti Samiti which has organized the meeting, declared that it would continue to take up the struggles of minimum wages, privatization, contract workers, anganwadi and other issues. It had shown its international solidarity by supporting the struggle of workers across the world.
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May Day meetings held in and around Chennai

ThumbIn spite of the Police giving Elections as an excuse to refuse permissions for Mayday meetings, workers gathered under their trade unions and held militant Mayday rallies in all factories and work places all over Tamilnadu. Gate meetings were organized by the respective unions at the VHS Hospital – Adyar, at the Chennai airport (Air Corporation Employees Union ACEU, Air India Employees Union), Bhadra Cargo Complex (Bhadra Workers Union), at the Cantonment Board office at St.Thomas Mount (Cantonment Board Employees Union).

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Move to liquidate and privatise Bharat Sanchar Nigam

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) management has planned to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years. It has also planned to offer voluntary retirement scheme to all workers aged 50 and above. Both these measures will lead to loss of jobs for over 54,000 workers, which amounts to 31% of the workforce of BSNL. Both these measures are being justified to reduce the losses BSNL has been incurring for the last few years.
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Closure of Jet Airways: The government is responsible for the sufferings of the workers and airline passengers

The suspension of operations by Jet Airways from 18 April, 2019 has badly affected nearly 22,000 workers and lakhs of passengers. Workers have not been paid salaries since January. Other airlines are raking in fabulous profits, due to the shortage of flights created by the closure of Jet Airways, by increasing their fares 3 to 4 times. The government has made no move to protect the interests of workers or of the airline passengers.
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Meetings to commemorate 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Exhibition at Sikh sports, MelbourneThe centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was marked by the Ghadar International through many public meetings in Britain and Australia during April, 2019.

There were two meetings in Britain, in Southall and Ilford on 13th and 14th April respectively. The first meeting in Australia was held in the open on 21st April, at Sikh Games in Melbourne. The second meeting was held on 28th April in Sydney.

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Enslaving conditions of contract farming

On April 11, the multinational company PepsiCo filed a civil suit against four farmers of Sabarkantha district, Gujarat, in an Ahmedabad court. PepsiCo accused the farmers of “illegally dealing” in the company’s “registered variety” of potato plants, whose produce is used in its ‘Lays’ chips product. Declaring this to be in contravention of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001, the company also demanded damages of Rs 1.05 crore from each farmer. According to PepsiCo, the farmers who were growing the particular variety of potatoes were ‘infringing upon the right’ of the company ‘under the act’.

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Closure of Jet Airways: The government is responsible for the sufferings of the workers and airline passengers

The suspension of operations by Jet Airways from 18 April, 2019 has badly affected nearly 22,000 workers and lakhs of passengers. Workers have not been paid salaries since January. Other airlines are raking in fabulous profits, due to the shortage of flights created by the closure of Jet Airways, by increasing their fares 3 to 4 times. The government has made no move to protect the interests of workers or of the airline passengers.

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106th Anniversary of the founding of Hindustan Ghadar Party Celebrated!

Hindustan Ghadar Party Celebrated April 21 marked the 106th anniversary of the founding of the Hindustan Ghadar Party. To mark this occasion, the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee organised a public meeting in the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall, Jalandhar.  

The Hindustan Ghadar Party was the first political party founded by the Indian people, which fought for complete liberation of India by carrying out the revolutionary overthrow of colonial rule.   The celebrations started with the unfurling of the Ghadar Party flag by committee member Comrade Chiranji Lal Kangniwal.

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Move to liquidate and privatise Bharat Sanchar Nigam

Bharat Sanchar Nigam LtdThe Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) management has planned to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years. It has also planned to offer voluntary retirement scheme to all workers aged 50 and above. Both these measures will lead to loss of jobs for over 54,000 workers, which amounts to 31% of the workforce of BSNL. Both these measures are being justified to reduce the losses BSNL has been incurring for the last few years.

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On the 149th Birth Anniversary of Comrade Lenin:

Long live the thought and fighting spirit of Comrade Lenin!

The 22nd of April this year marks the beginning of the 150th year since the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the foremost theoretician and practical leader of social revolution in the 20th century.

As the world economy staggers from one crisis to another, with devastating consequences, Lenin’s thought is indispensable to figure out what is actually happening.  His analysis of imperialism, the highest stage of capitalism, remains the indispensable guide to deal with the present crisis of world capitalism.

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Condemn the terrorist massacre in Sri Lanka

In one of the most horrific terrorist massacres in recent times, at least 215 people have lost their lives, and over 450 injured, in a series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21.

The terrorist bomb blasts were deliberate targeted at people of the Christian faith. April 21 was Easter Sunday, a day when devout Christians in Sri Lanka as well as the rest of the world were in their churches. Precisely at the time when the churches were full of praying devotees, bomb explosions took place in at least 4 churches in the capital Colombo and in the Eastern town of Batticaloa. Bomb explosions also rocked three prominent hotels in the Sri Lankan capital. According to the Sri Lankan authorities, at least 35 of those who lost their lives in this dastardly attack are foreigners, including three Indians.

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17 व्या लोकसभा निवडणुकांच्या निमित्ताने

हिंदुस्थानच्या नवनिर्माणाचा संघर्ष तीव्र करूया !

हिंदुस्थानच्या कम्युनिस्ट गदर पार्टीच्या केंद्रीय समितीचे आवाहन, 27 मार्च 2019
साथींनो आणि मित्रांनो,

11 एप्रिल ते 19 मे पर्यंत लोकसभेची निवडणूक होईल. ही जगातील सगळ्यात महागडी निवडणूक असेल असा अंदाज केला जातोय.

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On the eve of the 17th Lok Sabha Elections:

Let us advance the struggle for the Navnirman of India!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 27th March, 2019

Comrades and friends, Elections to the Lok Sabha are to take place from 11th April to 19th May. It is predicted to be the most expensive elections in the world. The Tatas, Ambanis, Birlas and other Indian monopoly houses as well as foreign capitalist companies are pouring huge amounts of money to back the campaigns of the main rival parties.

In each state, and on all-India scale, two or three rival coalitions of capitalist parties are seeking the people’s vote. These are parties with a track record of implementing the capitalist enrichment program of globalization, liberalisation and privatisation. Their spokespersons dominate TV channels. All other parties and all non-party candidates are completely marginalized.

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Centenary of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

A Criminal Act of Genocide Against the Indian People

One hundred years ago, on April 13, 1919, one of the worst atrocities inflicted by the British colonial rulers on our people took place. On that day, thousands of unarmed people protesting in a confined space against the anti-people actions of the British were brutally shot at in cold blood by a military force commanded by the British officer Dyer. This was the infamous Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, which marked a new level of brutality of British colonial rule after 1857. It exposed the hypocrisy of the colonial rulers’ announcement just a short time earlier that they would consider eventually allowing the Indian people to have ‘responsible government’. Above all, the anger and resentment that this unspeakable massacre aroused in Indian people around the country and abroad led to the broadening and deepening of the anti-colonial movement of the Indian people.

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There IS an alternative

Sir, I am writing in response to the article entitled 'There IS an alternative to the existing political system’ that was published in the March 16-31, 2019 issue of MEL. This is particularly timely as the Lok Sabha elections have been announced as its term has come to an end.

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Supreme Court order on eviction of tribals and forest dwellers:

The Indian state does not recognize or defend the rights of the tribal people

On February 13, 2019, the Supreme Court issued an order directing states to evict Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFD) whose claims over forest land have been rejected. As a result of this order, an estimated 10 million tribals and forest dwellers in various states across the country face the threat of eviction from their traditional lands and homes. The Supreme Court order was in response to petitions filed by Wildlife First, Nature Conservation Society and Tiger Research and Conservation Trust, which have argued that the rejection of an FRA claim implies that the claimant is an encroacher and not a bona fide forest dweller.

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Drought in Maharashtra : Result of criminal apathy of parties of ruling class

Drought in Maharashtra“Maharashtra will be drought-free by 2019.” So announced the newly-elected BJP-led government in Maharashtra four years ago on 9th March 2015. Under tremendous pressure from farmers and rural population reeling under the severe drought conditions, it announced “Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan” to take permanent measures to make Maharashtra “drought-free”. The reality of severe drought in 2019 in the state shows that it was yet another declaration to fool people, to cool down their anger.

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Condemn the neglect of infrastructure of Mumbai city

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On 14 March, people of Mumbai were once again shocked to hear of the collapse of a foot overbridge over a busy road near Chhatrapati Shivaji rail terminus, the headquarters of Central Railway. The bridge collapsed during evening peak hours leading to death of 6 people and injury to 30. This is the third such incident during the last 18 months in Mumbai, which has claimed a total of 30 lives.

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Maruti-Suzuki: Second anniversary of a grossly unjust verdict

10th March 2019 marks the second anniversary of the grossly unjust judgment by the Sessions Court, Gurgaon against workers of the Maruti plant in Manesar. On 10th March 2017, the Sessions Court sentenced 13 workers to life imprisonment. These workers constituted the entire Union body of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. The Union had been leading the resistance against contractualization, brutal working conditions and for Union formation. 117 workers were acquitted at the trial, but they had already spent 3 years in Gurgaon Central Jail since July 2012.

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Racist Murder of 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand

Guru Nanaks Free kitchaen

On 15th March, 2019, a 28-year old man named Brenton Tarrant used a machine gun to shoot at Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand. At least 49 worshippers are reported killed, and 34 injured are in hospital, many in critical conditions. The victims hail from a wide range of countries including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Somalia and Turkey. The youngest victim was a 3-year old boy, born to Somalian migrants living in New Zealand.

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Let us advance the struggle for the Navnirman of India!

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Parties of the capitalist class claim that there is no
alternative to the program of globalisation,liberalisation
and privatisation. The truth is thatthere IS an alternative.

The alternative is to reorient the economy to fulfil people’s
needs instead of fulfilling capitalist greed. This is the
program for the Navnirman of India.

Click on the thumbnail of the election manifesto of a CGPI
supported candidate for Lok Sabha to download the PDF.

 

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Peace in South Asia requires unconditional talks between India and Pakistan

Moments after Pakistan released a captured IAF pilot, Prime Minister Modi declared — “A pilot project was just completed. The real project must be taken up now. The earlier one was just for practice.” Ministers and TV news anchors are issuing provocative and inflammatory calls on a daily basis, threatening more aerial bombings of targets inside Pakistan.
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Voices against war

thumbThe Communist Ghadar Party hails the courageous stand taken by people in many parts of the world against war, for peace and friendship between India and Pakistan. A joint statement was issued by the National Committees (in India and Pakistan) of the Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD).

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There IS an alternative to the existing political system

The ruling class and all its trained politicians and theoreticians keep repeating the lie that there is no alternative to the existing political system. They repeat the mantra of the US and other capitalist-imperialist states that there is nothing better than the political process of multi-party representative democracy. However, the vast majority of people are not satisfied with this system and political process.
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Women march for a new society free from exploitation and injustice

thumbHundreds of women, men and youth from nearly 20 different organisations, as well as a large number of teachers, health workers, lawyers and activists from different sections, marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 8th March2019, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. They marched with banners of their respective organisations. They carried banners and placards bearing slogans which highlighted their demands.

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Venezuela and the sordid history of US imperialist intervention in Latin America

thumbSupport for Venezuela’s sovereignty and its resolute stand against imperialist attempts to carry out “regime change” is growing around the world. On the weekend of February 23, more than 150+ cities around the world held demonstrations in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. The rallying cry of the global demonstrations was: No U.S. war on Venezuela! Tens of thousands marched with this banner in New York, in London and Liverpool, in Berlin, across Canada in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton, in Dublin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Madrid, Jakarta, Sofia and other cities.

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Central trade unions place their charter of demands

Central trade unions held a national convention on 6th March 2019 in Delhi, where they jointly addressed workers across India. Ahead of the general elections, 10 central trade unions, barring the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, have demanded a national minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, an end to contract labour and a minimum indexed pension of Rs 6,000 per month, among others. The convention decided that they would place a “workers’ charter’ before all political parties and compel them to concretely express their stand on these issues. They demanded reversal of anti-workers policies and formulation of alternative pro-worker and pro-people policies, whichever government comes to power at the centre.
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Activist goes missing after providing evidence of Tamilnadu police’s involvement in last year’s Thoothukudi violence

thumbMugilan, the Coordinator of Tamil Nadu Environment Protection Movement, went missing on February 15 night while travelling from Chennai Egmore railway station to Madurai. Earlier that day, he had conducted a press meet accusing two senior police officers of being complicit when miscreants torched government vehicles and destroyed CCTV cameras in Thoothukudi during mass protests against Sterlite Copper in May, 2018 in which at least 13 people were killed.

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Railway trackmen are victims of callous anti-worker policies of the railway administration

thumbThe working condition of railway trackmen are worsening day by day. Increasing number of trackmen are dying on railway tracks. During 2012 to 2016, there were on an average 600 deaths of trackmen every year. During 2017 to 2019, the number of deaths of trackmen every year on an average increased to 1000 which means every day 3 trackmen are killed while working on the tracks. These numbers are extremely shocking.

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Campaign for right to housing of textile workers

thumbTextile workers and their families in Mumbai took out a massive rally in support of their right to housing and rehabilitation. Nearly 4000 workers participated in the rally. According to the decision of the Maharashtra government, only 17,000 mill workers and their families out of the total 1,71,000 mill workers and their families would be provided with houses. This means that the question of when and where they would be provided with housing remains a festering question that plagues the remaining 90 percent of workers and their families.

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Guest teachers protest in Delhi

ThumbHundreds of guest teachers protested on 3rd March 2019 in front of the residence of the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education in Delhi in support of their long standing demands. The immediate reason for their protests is that unlike in previous years when their contracts were valid till 10th May, this year their contracts have been terminated in February and the contracts have not been renewed, rendering over 25000 guest teachers jobless.

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Letter to Editor: War and repression will neither solve the Kashmir problem nor end terrorism

The crystal clear analysis given in this article is worth keeping as a touchstone for all analysis of the problem in the present and in the forthcoming times. It is an example of highly principled positions of the CGPI based on a pitiless analysis of the ground realities of India and the region, and on a detailed grasp of the historical realities that prevail in the region. Furthermore, the analysis is shorn of any chauvinism and also repudiates all the lines of bourgeois thinking on the matter.
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War and repression will neither solve the Kashmir problem nor end terrorism

In the early hours of February 26, 2019, fighter jets of the Indian Air Force are reported to have crossed the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and dropped 1000 kg laser-guided bombs on terrorist camps. The corporate controlled media is whipping up war hysteria, boasting and thumping their chests about how “Pakistan has been given a fitting reply” to the terrorist attack at Pulwama.
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Women must fight fearlessly for the Navnirman of India!

Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 8th March, 2019

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Communist Ghadar Party salutes the millions of women who are fighting for their rights and for a new society, in India and all over the world! In all the countries of the world, women are demanding their rights as women and as human beings. They are fighting shoulder to shoulder with working men, demanding an end to capitalist exploitation, imperialist aggression and war.

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Mass condemnation of attacks on Kashimiris: Salute the solidarity of the Indian people!

Following the terrorist attack on CRPF jawans in Kashmir on 14 February, a reign of terror has been unleashed against Kashmiris living, working or studying in other states. The Prime Minister and other ministers have deliberately fanned the flames of hatred and violence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave highly provocative speeches in Patna and Varanasi, calling for “revenge for every drop of blood” and “the fire raging in your hearts is raging in my heart too”. The Governor of Meghalaya has even issued the call to “boycott everything Kashmiri”!
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Crop insurance: providing captive business to corporate insurers in the name of ‘relief to farmers’

thumbThe Modi government replaced the earlier crop insurance schemes with the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in February 2016 claiming that the new scheme would be instrumental in ending farmers’ woes. Three years later, it is time to assess how far farmers’ interests have been advanced by this scheme.

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Public debt – a method of accumulating private wealth by robbing the public

thumbTotal outstanding debt of the Government of India, called “public debt” or “national debt”, is estimated to reach Rs. 73,72,000 crore on 31st March, 2019. It has increased by almost 50% in just four years. On average, every woman, man and child in our country is carrying a debt of about Rs. 60,000 on his or her head.

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Indian Railway pushes ahead with it's plan to privatise

thumbLast month many newspapers carried a report quoting, a senior Railway Board official, that discussions were on with “experts” whether to allow private players to run passenger operations and fix fares. The senior official is a member of the Railway Board and the entire operations of the Indian Railway are controlled by the Railway Board. The member, speaking at an event organised by the Centre for Transportation Research and Management, advocated that India should discuss the options of allowing private operators to operate passenger trains in line with the changes in train operations across the world. He said that senior railway officials of railways and experts were discussing if they could be permitted to fix fares or construct terminals.

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Successful campaign for revision of train schedule

ThumbIt must be noted that the Lok Jan Samiti Ramgarh, Ramgarh Seva Samiti and the Ramgarh Gram Panchayat had together been running a campaign of Halt the Train since the last one month under the leadership of Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Vice-President of the All-India Council of Lok Raj Sangathan. The demand is for the Sadulapur-Hanumangarh Passenger train 04778 to start from Hanumangarh at 6 p.m and for the Sriganganagar Passenger from Tilak Bridge to halt at Ramgarh and Gogamarhi stations.

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Students and youth oppose privatisation of education and demand jobs

thumbOver 5,000 students, marched from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street in Delhi, on 18th February, demanding jobs and an end to privatization of education. Students and youth from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Tripura and many other states participated in the march. The Students' Federation of India (SFI), All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), Progressive Students’ Union (PSU), All India Students Bloc (AISB) and All India Students Federation (AISF) were among the organizations taking part in the protest action.

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Significant victory for MRF workers in Chennai

thumbnailWorkers at the MRF tyre factory in Chennai struck work from February 9. The strike had the overwhelming support of all workers in the plant. Of the total number of workers in the plant of 1,025 barring 66, all the others went on strike. They demanded early conclusion of wage settlement and the removal of CCTVs within the premises as it impacts their privacy. The plant rolls out tyres for light/heavy and off the road vehicles.

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Workers of Royal Enfield protest transfers of union members

thumbnailWorkers at the Royal Enfield motorcycle factory in Oragadam, Chennai, India, took part in protest action on 13th February against transfers of union office bearers and active members. They have pointed out that this is a clear tactic to undermine the strength of the union. The transferred workers include the general secretary of the union, active union members and women workers of the Royal Enfield Employees Union.

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Anganwadi workers protest in the capital against the policies of the Modi government

thumbnailThousands of anganwadi workers travelled great distances to ensure that their voices get heard in the national capital today. Carrying the signatures collected from their respective regions on their heads, marching hand in hand from Mandi House in the heart of Delhi to the Parliament Street, the workers united from across the states of Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh among others. The protesting workers chanted slogans against the unfair treatment of the workers and the government’s plan to privatise the Integrated Child Development Scheme services.

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Letter to Editor: Is the massive expenditure on defense justified?

The Editor, MEL.

I am writing in response to the article entitled `Is the massive expenditure on defense justified?' carried in the Feb. 16-28, 2019 issue of MEL. In the latest budget it appears to exceed as much as 11% of the overall expenditure by the government, a staggering figure by any reckoning. Indeed, the article points out that it is second only to interest payments. In fact, the article points out that if one were to account for the expenditure by the Home Ministry on various Central Paramilitaries the number could rise to 15%.

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Condemn the terrorist bomb attack on CRPF jawans in Kashmir

About 50 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been killed in a suicide car bombing attack in Kashmir on 14th February, 2019.  The attack took place on a heavily guarded highway that serves as a key supply route for troops stationed in the Kashmir valley. There were about 2,500 soldiers travelling in the convoy and more than 40 were on the bus that was hit. The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns this dastardly terrorist attack.  We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of all the CRPF men who have lost their lives.

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Women in the forefront of the struggle for a new society

ThumbAcross the world, women are preparing to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. World-wide, women are increasingly opposing their oppression and discrimination. Women are expressing their unequivocal opposition to the inhuman capital-centred direction of the economy. More clearly than even before they are asserting their rights, as women and as human beings.

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Pension and Income Transfer Schemes: Gross insult to the workers and peasants

The BJP-led Government has used the occasion of the Interim Budget for 2019-20 to announce two new schemes. A close examination of these schemes shows that their aim is not what is officially stated. Far from addressing the problems affecting workers and peasants, the aim of these schemes is to rob workers further and pacify the peasants by throwing some crumbs from the massive amounts looted from them.
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Is the massive expenditure on defense justified?

The government of India is expected to spend over Rs 3,05,296 crores on the military budget. This is the estimate provided in the Interim Budget presented before parliament by the Finance Minister. This amounts to over 11% of the overall expenditure by the government. Expenditure in the name of defense consistently has the second highest allocation in the government expenditure, after interest payments.

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Workers across sectors in Punjab demand regularization

ThumbThe anti-worker practice of hiring workers on contractual basis for years on end is increasing in every sector. Workers are justly demanding that their contracts be regularized and that they should be appointed as permanent workers. At present, they are deprived of all benefits that permanent workers would be entitled to. The protests against this unjust practice are intensifying. MEL is publishing reports of some protests from Punjab

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UP government employees’ strike: Unjust response from State Government and High Court

ThumbAll across Uttar Pradesh, more than 40 lakh employees of the State Government announced a seven-day strike from 6th February 2019. They were demanding a rollback of the current pension scheme. Teachers, engineers, tehsildars and members of the transport department participated in the strike.

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Roundup of workers struggles

ThumbOver 2.5 lakh jute mill workers in West Bengal have decided to launch an indefinite strike from March 1, 2019. ... Nearly 10,000 workers of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will go on an indefinite strike from February 20. ... Nearly 10,000 mid-day meal cooks, known as rasoiyas, gheraoed the Bihar assembly on February 12, 2019. The gherao was part of the ongoing 35 day protest. ... Thousands of outsourced workers from across Himachal Pradesh will gherao the Vidhan Sabha (State Assembly) in Shimla on February 13, 2019. Read more ...

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Letters to Editor: Ensuring prosperity for all

I am writing in response to the article entitled 'Only under workers' and peasants' rule can prosperity be provided for all' carried in the Feb. 1-15, 2019 issue of MEL. This article is an example of analysis in the highest tradition of marxism-Leninism, the theory of scientific socialism as applied to the capitalist system, the prevailing system in present day India. It begins by exposing the bogus slogans put forward by various parties of the bourgeoisie at various times, whether it is the 'Development for all' of the BJP or the 'Garibi hatao' of the Congress.
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Only under workers’ and peasants’ rule can prosperity be provided for all

“Development for all”, the slogan with which the BJP headed by Narendra Modi took charge in 2014, has remained an empty promise. It is a cruel joke for crores of toiling people in the villages, towns and metro cities. It is as bad as the old empty slogans of the Congress Party such as “garibi hatao!” (Wipe out poverty!).

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Against privatisation of electricity distribution in the suburbs of Thane: Salute the unity of MSEDCL workers with citizens in struggle!

ThumbThe workers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL) have been waging a valiant struggle against the privatisation of electricity distribution in Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva (suburbs of Thane). As in the case of workers from other sectors, the government and monopoly-controlled media tried to incite users against them. However this time they failed to do so.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill: A diabolical move against the unity and solidarity of people

ThumbThe Citizenship Amendment Bill (2019) was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019. The passing of the Bill has been preceded and followed by widespread protests in Assam and all the North Eastern states. The Bill is unlikely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, as the majority of political parties, excluding the BJP, are opposed to its provisions.

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Condemn brutal US interference in Venezuela! No to "regime change"!

ThumbOn January 23, 2019, an opposition leader in Venezuela declared himself "interim President" in front of a rally of his supporters. Within minutes, US President Donald Trump declared his country's recognition of this person as the "legitimate" president of Venezuela. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the US would use its economic and diplomatic power to carry out regime change in Venezuela.

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Garment workers in Bangladesh: Tens of thousands strike for higher wages

ThumbNearly 50,000 garment workers in Bangladesh were on strike for two weeks at a stretch from . They downed their tools and walked out of their factories in protest. The workers clashed with police but did not relent their strike action. Police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse huge crowds of workers who had barricaded a highway at a garment hub just outside the capital, Dhaka. Thousands of factories had to close because of the strike.

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Peasants in South Tamilnadu oppose land grab and depletion of water resources by vested capitalist interests

Peasants in south Tamilnadu have been fighting against profit-hungry industrialists to protect their land and water resources. They have been repeatedly pummeled by drought, floods and hurricanes. As if this is not enough, capitalists owning solar and wind mill farms and public sector oil and gas monopolies have been inflicting them with further pain and suffering.
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Tamilnadu teachers’ strike

ThumbThe members of the Joint Action Committee of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organisations - Government Employees Organisations (JACTO-GEO) are on an indefinite strike since 22nd January 2019. Announcing the strike, JACTO-GEO had said that 10 lakh members from 175 employees and workers unions from across the state will be a part of the strike.

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Country-wide strikes by ordnance factory workers against privatization in defence sector

Thumb23-25th January witnessed country-wide strike by about four lakh defence civilian workers. Fotry-one ordnance factories, 52 DRDO labs, MES, COD, Army base workshops, and various departments of the army, navy and air force were all shut down during the 3-day strike. During this period all defence production facilities were completely shut. The employees unions and labour leaders have given a call for decisive struggle.

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Struggle of UP sugarcane farmers for their dues

ThumbOnce again this year, UP’s sugarcane farmers have to agitate for what is their due. This is not the first year this has happened.

On 16th January this year, around 50 cane farmers staged a dharna in front of the Upper Doab sugar mill in Shamli. The Upper Doab sugar mill has not cleared pending sugarcane dues since March last year. Now, it owes Rs 80 crore for the 2017-18 season and Rs 120 crores for the 2018-19 season.

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Contract workers protest at NTPC’s head office: Workers warn that they will gherao the PM’s house

ThumbMore than 300 contract workers marched on 21st January 2019 from the Badarpur Thermal Power Station (BTPS) located in Delhi, past Humayun’s tomb in Nizammudin to the head office of NTPC. The rally was taken past the CGO complex and down Lodi Road before it turned into a demonstration in front of the NTPC headquarters.

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Mid-day meal cooks in Bihar gherao the Chief Minister's residence in Patna

Thousands of mid-day meal (MDM) cooks from all districts of Bihar, under the banner of Bihar Rajya Vidhyalaya Rasoiya Sangh, have been continuously on an indefinite strike since 7th January. During their agitation, they held a mahapadav in front of the residence of the Chief Minister. The strike is continuing till this paper went to the press.
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On the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the Indian Republic:

Times are calling for the Navnirman of the Indian Republic

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10 January, 2019

On 26 January this year, the Republic of India will be 69 years old. It is an occasion for the people to think seriously about the huge difference between what this Republic claims to be and what it actually is. It is an occasion to discuss what must be done to fulfill the aspiration of our people to become the master of India.

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Successful All India Strike Action of the working class

ThumbnailThe working class of India organised a successful two-day all-India strike in support of their long pending demands. The call for the strike was given by the Joint Convention of Trade Unions held on 28th September in New Delhi. Leaders and thousands of activists of trade unions and workers’ organisations across the country had participated in this Convention.

The strike action was led by unions and federations including ITUC, CITU, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, UTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, INTUC, SEVA, and LPF.

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Support the just struggle of the workers of MSEDCL!

Unite to Oppose the Anti-Social Step of Privatisation!

Worker Brothers and Sisters!

We stand in support of your just struggle to stop the privatisation of electricity distribution in Kalwa and Mumbra as well as against the restructuring plan that the authorities unilaterally want to impose on you workers of MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Colt.).

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UN Resolution on Palestine

ThumbnailThe United Nations General Assembly adopted on 21st December 2018, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution that affirms the right of the Palestinian people to sovereignty over their natural resources. The Resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority with 159 votes in favour to 7 against (Canada, Israel, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, United States), with 13 abstentions. It is to be noted that those countries that voted against the Resolution are completely dominated by US imperialism.

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Loan waivers have failed the peasantry

The newly formed Congress government in Rajasthan followed in the footsteps of the new governments in MP and Chhattisgarh when it announced farm loan waivers on 18h December. Going into the Assembly elections, the Congress Party had promised that it would waive farm loans in10 days of the party being elected to power in the three states. While Rahul Gandhi is boasting that his Party has kept its word and has taken concrete steps towards alleviating farm distress, Prime Minister Modi called it a ‘political stunt’. However, the BJP had made promises of loan waivers to sugar cane farmers during the campaign for the UP State elections. Similar announcements have been made by Punjab, Karnataka and Maharashtra governments.
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Farmers in Struggle

Farmers demonstrate to demands stoppage of leakage of irrigation water

On 31st December 2018, the peasants of Nohar and Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan organised a protest demonstration at the sub-area office under the leadership of Kisan Vyaapari Sangharsh Samiti.

Peasants from Badbirana, Soti, Ramgarh, Parlika, Dhani, Araaiyaan, Nethrana, and other villages gathered at Bhagat Singh square and marched to the sub-divisional office, where it became a public meeting.

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Teachers in struggle

TN teachers on hunger strike against pay anomalies

More than 20,000 teachers across Tamil Nadu are protesting in Chennai against pay anomalies. The teachers participated in a hunger strike at a stadium in Egmore to force the government to address their demand for correction of the arbitrary salary. Under the 6th Pay Commission, teachers who joined before 2009 draw a basic monthly salary of Rs 8,370 while those who joined later get Rs 5,200.

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BEST strike in Mumbai

Over 32,000 employees of Mumbai''s civic transport undertaking (BEST)went on an indefinite strike on 8th January over various demands, including higher salaries, prompting the state government to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against them.
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Struggle of electricity workers against privatization is in the interest of the whole society

ThumbnailWorkers including Engineers and Officers of all the four Maharashtra Government-owned electricity companies went on strike for 72 hours from 7th January ’19. In 2005 the Maharashtra government had split the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) into 4 companies in spite of severe opposition from all its employees. One of the real reasons for breaking up the MSEB was to create an artificial division amongst the electricity workers. But this strike call has once again brought all the employees together. Employees have united across various unions with different party affiliations and across different categories and grades. This strike call is a part of strike call given on All India basis by National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers.

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PARTY DOCUMENTS

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Parties of the capitalist class claim that there is no
alternative to the program of globalisation,liberalisation
and privatisation. The truth is thatthere IS an alternative.

The alternative is to reorient the economy to fulfil people’s
needs instead of fulfilling capitalist greed. This is the
program for the Navnirman of India.

Click on the thumbnail of the election manifesto of a CGPI
supported candidate for Lok Sabha to download the PDF.

 

5th Congress DocumentThe Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.

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Click to Download PDFThe first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.

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

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

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

by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

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