Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ML Update 05 / 2012

ML Update

A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine

Vol. 15, No. 05, 24 – 30 JANUARY 2012

'Green Hunt' in Jharkhand:

State Repression and Witch-hunt Against CPI(ML)


ollowing a landmine blast by CPI(Maoist) in Garhwa, Jharkhand, CPI(ML) leaders were abducted by Maoists, and the police is implicating the CPI(ML) in the blasts, and torturing its local village activists for 'conspiring' with Maoists.

Local village activists of the CPI(ML) including elected mukhiya Ramdas Minz were leading a protest at Badgad village in Bhandaria block in Garhwa district, demanding that the Bhandaria BDO meet them and address their grievance over the site chosen for a health centre.

A landmine blast by Maoists claimed the lives of several policemen who were accompanying the BDO to meet the agitating villagers. The Maoists also abducted Comrade Sushma Mehta, elected Zila Parishad Chairperson from the CPI(ML) and CPI(ML)'s Jharkhand State Committee member Comrade Akhtar Ansari who were on their way to the protest site, along with Comrade Sushma's security guard and the driver of their car.

Shamefully, instead of making efforts to rescue the abducted CPI(ML) leaders and others, the Jharkhand police falsely implicated the CPI(ML) in the landmine blast, alleging that the roadblock and protest were being held by the party as a ploy to 'lure' the policemen into the Maoist trap. In his press conference, the DGP even refused to acknowledge that the abduction had taken place. Several CPI(ML) activists included the Badgad mukhiya were tortured and beaten up in custody in the name of 'interrogations' to establish 'links' with Maoists.

The Maoists owned up the abduction, and subsequently three of the hostages including both CPI(ML) leaders were released on January 24, though the guard continues to remain a hostage to the Maoists. The Garhwa bandh called by the party on 24 January was very successful, but several CPI(ML) activists including Party state committee members Anant Prasad Gupta and Kalicharan Mehta, veteran CPI(ML) leader Kishore Kumar and President of Danda Panchayat Samiti (Block council) Comrade Rahina were severely injured in a brutal assault by the police. All these comrades are hospitalised with fractured limbs.

Garhwa is still very much in the grip of feudal forces and the feudal power centres in the district deeply resent the growing assertion of the rural poor with the CPI(ML). There have been powerful struggles for land redistribution, ration cards, against corruption in welfare schemes, and for workers' minimum wages and rights. On the basis of these struggles Party candidates polled impressive votes in the district in the last Assembly elections and won many victories in the panchayat elections held in 2011. Sushma Mehta was elected Zila Parishad chairperson and Party nominees also won many panchayats and blocks.

The police and local administration have for some time now, launched an all-out drive to falsely implicate the CPI(ML) leaders and discredit the party, to crush the growing assertion of the party in Garhwa.

Not long ago, in Garhwa, the police raided the home of CPI(ML) activist Sita Paswan, claiming without any evidence, that fake currency had been found, indicating CPI(ML) leaders' links with 'ISI'. Similarly, the effort is on to link CPI(ML) with Maoists and intimidate CPI(ML)'s mass base.

By fabricating a link between a mass democratic protest by villagers with a Maoist blast, the Jharkhand police and Government are trying to tar every democratic protest with the brush of 'terrorism', to justify crackdown on every such protest in the name of anti-Maoist operations and Green Hunt.

The Maoist actions of massacring policemen, abducting political activists, and holding a security guard hostage are highly reprehensible and condemnable. Further, as is happening in Garhwa now, such actions are inevitably used by the state as a pretext to unleash repression on activists of mass struggles. The brunt of this repression is borne by the mass of rural people and activists emerging from these oppressed sections. It is these activists, too, who are the targets for Maoist abductions and killings – which can only serve the interests of the ruling class and the state. In the case of the assassination of Comrade Mahendra Singh by the Maoists, the killing directly benefited the corrupt nexus of police, politicians, and mining mafia. The killing by Maoists of social activist Niyamat Ansari too benefited none but the contractors and politicians benefiting from MNREGA corruption.

Seeking to discredit and crush the CPI(ML)'s assertion by hook or crook, the Jharkhand Government and police are indulging in a witch-hunt and outright repression of CPI(ML) activists and leaders. But history has shown, time and again, that such repressive tactics have failed in the face of revolutionary determination and resistance. The party calls upon its supporters and democratic people to beat back this political conspiracy and emerge victorious!

Fact line on Maoist Abduction and State Repression of CPI(ML) Activists in Garhwa in the Wake of the Maoist Blasts

The facts:

On 21 January 2012, an agitation by local villagers demanding the shifting of the proposed site of a health centre was being led by elected mukhiya and CPI(ML) activist Ramdas Minz, at Badgad village in Bhandaria block in Garhwa district. The police arrested Comrade Ramdas Minz during the agitation, but the protest continued, blockading the road with the demand that the Bhandaria BDO meet them and address their grievance.

Comrade Sushma Mehta, elected Zila Parishad Chairperson and well-known local leader of the CPI(ML) was coming from Garhwa by car to the protest site, along with CPI(ML)'s Jharkhand State Committee member Comrade Akhtar Ansari.

A land mine blast by Maoists in the same area claimed the lives of several policemen, though the BDO's car, apparently on the way to meet the agitating villagers, passed safely. When Comrade Sushma's vehicle approached the area, the Maoists stopped the car and snatched the gun from Comrade Sushma's bodyguard. Comrade Sushma, her bodyguard Sunesh Ram, CPI(ML) State Committee member Comrade Akhtar Ansari, and the driver of the car, Ahmed, were abducted by the Maoists.

The Jharkhand police made no attempt to rescue the hostages, and instead falsely implicated the CPI(ML) in the landmine blast, alleging that the roadblock and protest were being held by the party as a ploy to 'lure' the policemen into the Maoist trap. Several of our activists: Comrade Ramdas Minz, elected mukhiya from the CPI(ML), Fida Husain, Annu Lakra, Maqsud Ansari and Budlal Kerketta - who had been protesting at Badgad with the demand that the site of a health centre be decided by villagers rather than at the behest of contractors - are being tortured and beaten up in custody in the name of 'interrogations' to establish 'links' with Maoists.

Three of the people (Comrades Sushma Mehta and Akhtar Ansari and their driver) were released on 24 January, though the security guard continues to remain a hostage.

CPI(ML)'s Garhwa bandh on 24 January got overwhelming support of local people. Impressive mobilisation also happened in Majhiaon, Nagar Untari, Bhawnathpur amd Ramuna. However, it seemed that police were avenging the Maoist blasts by venting their anger on peaceful protestors. In the lathicharge women, older people, none was spared. Over a dozen CPI(ML) activists were severely injured, with broken limbs, in a brutal lathicharge on a peaceful protest during the bandh. Those injured include Comrade Sushma's husband Comrade Kalicharan Mehta, her father Comrade Kishor Kumar, Comrade Rahina Begum, the elected Pramukh of Danda block in Garhwa district, and the party's State Standing Committee Member Comrade Anant Gupta whose left leg has been broken.

The CPI(ML) activists who have been in police custody since January 21 were produced in front of a magistrate and charged only on 24 January. As we go to press, we learn that they have been shifted to Garhwa thana from Badgad thana, and may soon be sent to jail.

Earleir on 22 January, protests were organised all over Palamu that included Garhwa, Daltonganj, Chhatarpur, Barwadih, Nagar Untari, Ramuna and Dhurki in which more than thousand people took to the streets in protest of the arrests and abduction of our comrades by Maoists. On 23 January, protests were held throughout the State. At Ranchi, Jharkhand's capital, a dharna was held at Albert Ekka roundabout attended by senior Party leaders. Protest marches and demonstration were held in all the sub-divisions and blocks of Giridih district. Dharna was held at Randheer Verma Chowk in Dhanbad. Demonstration wa held at Jhanda Chowk in Koderma. Protest meetings were organised at Ramgarh, Bokaro, Hazaribagh, DUmka, Mohanpur in Deoghar, Lohardaga, Barwadih and Manika in Latehar, apart from several other places. There was thick participation from people in these protests of 22nd and 23rd that helped to put pressure on the State Govt as well as the Maoists.

A CPI(ML) delegation met with the Jharkhand Governor and demanded action against concerned officials for the criminal apathy of the Government in releasing those taken hostage by the Maoists, and for unleashing state terror and custodial violence against CPI(ML) activists who had been involved in peaceful protests and now are falsely accused of involvement in the Maoist blasts. The Governor did not seem very serious towards the issues raised by us, however, he tried to assure us that nobody should suffer injustice.

A CPI(ML) delegation comprising its State Secretary Comrade Janardan Prasad, CC member Comrade Suvendu Sen and Bagodar MLA Comrade Vinod Singh demanded the DG of Police for urgent intervention. We, however were given the impression that for the DGP controlling the reaction emanating from the massacre of policemen was the only priority.

Condemning the Maoist blast and abduction, as well as the ongoing state repression and police brutality in the strongest terms, the CPI(ML) reiterated its demand that the State and Central Governments make every effort to secure the safe release of the abducted guard; and to end the appalling conspiracy and campaign by the Jharkhand police and administration to suppress democratic people's movements led by the CPI(ML).

Outrage Against Gang Rape in Odisha

Odisha's BJD Government has been rocked to the foundations by protests against the brutal gang rape and attempted murder of a 19-year-old dalit girl in Arjungoda, in Pipili constituency of Puri district. In the wake of the incident and the protests, Naveen Patnaik has been forced to get a Cabinet Minister Pradeep Maharathy to resign following allegations that he has been shielding the rapists.

Maharathy is a notorious mafia of the area and is the BJD MLA from Pipili. The four rapists are known to be close associates of Maharathy and members of BJD's local goon brigade. They gang-raped the 19-year-old, and then strangled her, leaving her for dead. Her parents found her in a coma. But when they went to the Pipili Hospital, they found that the hospital, under pressure from Maharathy, refused to admit her. The Cuttack Medical College Hospital also refused to admit her. The Pipili Police Station refused to let them lodge an FIR. When they approached the State Women's Commission in Bhubaneshwar, they were told to 'come back tomorrow.'

Only when the parents approached the State Human Rights Commission did they get some relief, with the SHRC demanding an explanation from police and doctors for their inaction. The media also picked up the story at this point.

The victim's family had first approached the police station on November 18. But the FIR could be lodged only on January 9, following intervention by the Odisha High Court.

The girl is the key eyewitness in the gang rape of her friend in 2008. Her friend was mysteriously killed and she herself was attacked twice since 2008, in an attempt to silence her. And now, she herself has been gang-raped and left nearly dead, but the BJD Government has been protecting the perpetrators.

The first protest in the state on this issue was held by the AIPWA and CPI (ML) Liberation in the state capital, Bhubaneshwar, on 9 January. The protest was led by State Committee member Radhakant Sethi, Sanjukta Panigrahi of AIPWA, Mahendra Parida, National Secretary of AICCTU, Comrades Janaki Rao, Upendra Sahoo, Seema Sethi and others.

Subsequently, all Opposition parties in the state protested the incident, demanding a CBI probe and resignation of the Chief Minister. The entire spectrum of political opposition, media, social groups and NGOs united under the banner of Odisha Gan Samaj, convened by two senior journalists.

The Odisha HC has directed the Government to provide proper treatment to the girl, protection to her and her family, and punishment for culprits and officials who tried to cover up the matter.

The girl is unlikely to recover, since she has suffered from a brain haemorrhage. In a face-saving attempt, Naveen Patnaik has got Maharathy to resign from the Cabinet and has ordered a judicial probe. But judicial probes are widely perceived as eyewash in Odisha; since in Naveen's tenure there have been 17 judicial probes on various issues. Many of them are yet to submit a report, and in cases where reports have been submitted, no action has been taken. The Inspector-in-Charge of Pipili police station, Amulya Champatiray, was first transferred to police HQs at Puri, and then suspended on charges of dereliction of duty.

But these measures cannot assuage the outrage felt by people in the State against the heinous gang rape and murderous assault and cold-blooded cover up and protection of perpetrators by the ruling establishment. The protests continue demanding a CBI enquiry and resignation of the CM.

Struggles For Rights of Cyclone Affected in TN

CPIML, AIALA and AIPWA held daily road roko, gherao, and protest demonstrations between 4 -21 January in the cyclone-affected areas, to press for speedy relief and rehabilitation. On 4th January, a demo at the Town Panchayat Office turned into a gherao of the Tehsildar, led by the CPI(ML) State Secretary. For over an hour, a large number of people including a large number of Muslim women thronged the Tahsildar's chamber. The latter assured that electricity, water and PDS distribution would be resumed forthwith. In Tirunavalur block, several demonstrations were held in which angry people encircled the RDO Sub-Collector, Tehsildar and Revenue Inspectors, forcing these officials to order a fresh survey of the affected families. In one incident, the administration deployed forces to disperse the agitators. Party District Secretary Venkatesan intervened, and the protesting people compelled the Rapid Action Force to retreat. Protestors led by our party blockaded the NH 45 more than thrice.

More than 3000 people participated in these protests, from both the Dalit and Vanniar (most backward) communities. On 8 January, CPI(ML) and All India Agricultural Labourers' Association (AIALA) activists occupied government buses in Senthanadu, and the protests spread further. Of the total 44 panchayats in the block, our agitations and demonstrations covered around 20. Of the total 17000 families, 5000 families (20000 people of the total 70000 in the block) got the relief amount of Rs 2500 each. The District administration's plan was to distribute relief in a very limited section. Now people from many adjoining villages are approaching the CPI(ML) and AIALA for help in taking forward their demands.

In Cuddalore district, a road-roko was organized on 14 January, in which more than 250 people participated, forcing the administration to order a fresh survey. Just 14 families were in the initial list, after the fresh survey, the number jumped to around 200!

District Secretaries Comrades Venkatesan and Ammaiyappan and other district committee members and mass organisation leaders are actively organizing the protests.

Workers and AICCTU in TN Raise Fund for the Cyclone Victims

Cyclone Thane: TN government's callousness in relief and rehabilitation measures has only added to the woes of the cyclone affected people. Even after 3 weeks people in many parts of the districts affected by cyclone are not getting adequate food.

All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) appealed to the workers to fight against the indifference of the Jayalalitha Govt toward the cylone affected people and to come forward to help them. Within 2 days Pricol workers mobilized Rs.53,000 and workers in Chennai mobilized Rs.70,000 toward the relief fund. Contract workers of Hyundai who earn less than Rs.6000 a month participated enthusiastically in the relief fund mobilizing activities and they too contributed to the relief fund. TIDC workers contributed Rs.20,000. In Tirunelveli, AICCTU leaders and cadres approached the small vendors in the main market and mobilized Rs.10,000 in a day. Similar fund-raising was also conducted by AICCTU in Namakkal and powerloom workers contributed for the relief fund. In addition to the ongoing preparations for the 7th State Conference of AICCTU, AICCTU leaders and activists all over the state have collected over Rs 1 lakh in relief funds. The relief funds will be distributed in a public programme in Cuddalore, Villupuram, and Puduchery in the first week of February.

Rajasthan: AIPWA's 2nd State Conference Held

The 2nd State Conference of the All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) was held in Jaipur on 23rd January with the call to "Fight against oppression, discrimination and violence, fight for employment, emancipation and justice". Women delegates from several districts like Pratapgarh, Bhilwada, Tonk, Udaipur, Jaipur and Ajmer actively participated in the Conference and the debates and discourse.

Comrade Srilata Swaminathan, National President of AIPWA inaugurated the Conference and hoisted the flag. She said that equality, dignity and respect, and a repression-free society is still a dream for women. Despite all sorts of official schemes the women are continuing to fall victims of feudal, capitalist oppression, repression and exploitation. Emancipation is only possible through resolute struggle, that in turn is possible only through a fighting organisation like AIPWA. CPI(ML)'s State Secretary, Comrade Mahendra Chaudhary also addressed the Conference. Several women delegates spoke in the Conference.

The Conference adopted 11 political resolutions mainly centring on NREGA, employment, pensions, BPL, price rise, withch-hunt, honorarium, 33% women's reservation among others. The Conference elected a 13 member State Executive Council. Comrade Sudha was elected State Secretary and Comrade Bhanwari as President. The Conference concluded with the participants taking pledge to build struggle on the resolutions and spread and strengthen the organisation in Rajasthan.

AIPWA's Udaipur District Conference was also held recently, at Salumber on 15 January.


The Party in Punjab suffered a tragic loss when Comrade Paramjeet Singh Ghuman, a young promising organizer from agricultural labour background in Bathinda district, passed away at the Chandigarh PGI hospital in the early hours of 21 January following a motor-cycle accident a few days ago. Comrade Paramjeet (35) had been actively involved in the ongoing Assembly election campaign in Maur constituency in Bathina district. The funeral took place on 23 January afternoon in his village and was attended by hundreds of people from his village and many Party leaders and activists including Comrades Swapan Mukherjee, CC incharge for Punjab, Rajvinder Singh Rana, secretary of Punjab state unit, Ruldu Singh, President of All India Kisan Mahasabha and Party candidates in the Assembly election including Comrades Bhagwant Samao, Gurjant Singh and Harvinder Sema. Comrade Paramjeet was a brick kiln worker and became a full-time Party organizer in 2009 in the wake of the militant movement of the rural poor in Mansa district for homestead land. He is survived by his wife and three children. The Party pays homage to this young comrade and expresses deep condolences to the bereaved family members.


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

ML Update 04 / 2012

ML Update

A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine

Vol. 15, No. 04, 17 – 23 JANUARY 2012

Children in Manmohan's India – Starved and Stunted


PM Manmohan Singh would like us to believe that adopting the policies of liberalisation have put India on the fast track towards becoming a global superpower. Recent studies have, however, called his bluff, showing that when it comes to tackling hunger and basic literacy, India's showing is among the worst in the world.

The Global Hunger Index 2011 ranks India at 67th place amongst 81 countries, shockingly, behind even other South Asian neighbours like Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and other notoriously poor and backward countries like Sudan. The GHI held that 21% Indians are undernourished, nearly 44% of India's under-5 children underweight, and 7% of them die before they reach five years.

Meanwhile, Indian students scored bottom at the tests conducted by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which assessed the ability of 15-year-old students at basic reading, maths and science. 16,000 students from 400 schools in Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh (both enjoying relatively high ranking on human development indicators among Indian states) participating in the PISA exercise, scoring the lowest scores in the world, second only to Kyrghistan. A very small percentage of students in these states had even baseline proficiency in reading, mathematics and science.

Ironically, the UPA Government, itself responsible for the abysmal conditions of food security and schooling, has tried to present a 'human face' of concern for these issues.

Releasing a recent 'HUNGaMA' (Hunger and Malnutrition) report prepared by some corporates and NGOs and backed by MPs cutting across party lines, the PM said it was a 'national shame' that in the 100 focus districts of the study, 42% of children under five are underweight and 59% are stunted. And HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has just released the Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER) on rural India, prepared by an NGO, Pratham. This report, studying both government and private schools in rural India, shows rising enrolment in school, but declining attendance, over-reliance on private tuitions, and a marked decline in reading and mathematical ability of children in the age group between six and 14.

If hunger and malnutrition are indeed a national shame, why is the Prime Minister paying mere lip service to the issue? The GHI report holds that steep hikes in food prices are mainly responsible for global hunger. The Indian Government has completely failed to curb hikes in food prices. The National Food Security Bill tabled in Parliament recently is an insult to those who are battling hunger. It persists with the 'targeting' method, rather than providing universal coverage. While the Government was forced to back down on its Rs 26/Rs 32 poverty criteria, the Bill's 'priority' section covers only a small section of the population beyond this infamous poverty line. The Bill proposes to fix the state-wise numbers for the 'priority' (BPL) section arbitrarily from above. The actual amount of food rations per family will be reduced when the Bill comes into effect, and the subsidised rates for food grain too are higher than those prevalent now in many states. Many current APL card-holders will find themselves deprived of coverage when the Bill comes into effect. Further, food grain rates for APL beneficiaries, instead of being fixed, are tagged at half the MSP, and are therefore vulnerable to fluctuations and hikes. The criteria for the BPL census are designed to exclude a large number of the poor. Above all, the Bill allows the Central Government to declare a shift from food entitlements to cash transfers, and tags the entire PDS to the highly controversial Aadhaar (UID) scheme.

In spite of a Supreme Court directive, the Government is yet to universalise the ICDS scheme, which is the main scheme dedicated to improving nutrition and survival of women and children. The Government's fund coverage for ICDS is still highly inadequate. As a result, over 1 lakh anganwadis remain unoperational, while those that do operate often lack the most basic facilities. Anganwadi workers are extremely underpaid and overworked. Now, the Government is talking of 'restructuring' the ICDS in keeping with World Bank recommendations, and is proposing to privatise the ICDS on a 'PPP' model. Such measures can only help food marketing companies prey on the malnutrition of women and children for profit.

Faced with the PISA rankings and the ASER report, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was quick to shift the blame for poor schooling standards to state governments. However, the facts stare us in the face – Sibal's much-hyped 'Right to Education Act' has done precious little to improve the quality of schooling in India. The RTE did nothing to end the discriminatory divide in schooling, whereby a small number of rich children avail of good schooling at select private schools at high fees; while the bulk of students are doomed to schools which lack the most basic educational facilities. Interestingly, while the ASER report shows that more and more children are shifting to private schools, it also shows that most private schools too lack the minimum educational and infrastructural criteria laid down by the RTE, and the educational performance of students in these private schools too is far below the mark. This means that the private school industry that is mushrooming all over the country, extorting high fees and exploiting the hunger for education, is also lacking in basic educational standards!

It is notable that China's performance in the PISA ranking is among the highest in the world, topping the rankings in maths and science. This ought to be a reminder to India, that quality schooling for every student is possible only when the Government makes schooling a priority. As long as privatisation of education remains the norm; as long as educational access remains contingent on the ability to pay high fees; as long as government schools are starved while private players are free to prey on students and profit from education, students in India will remain educationally deprived.

Thanks to the Indian Government's pro-liberalisation policies, India's future generation of children are starved of nutrition and learning, and stunted both physically and intellectually. No cosmetic measures promising 'right to education' or 'right to food' can carry any credibility until and unless these rights are guaranteed universally to all, and backed by a serious shift in policy priorities.

CPI(ML) Holds Massive Rally in Kolkata for Land-Livelihood-Democracy

On 10 January 2012, Kolkata witnessed an unprecedented rally of the toiling masses, defying the inclement weather and assembled at Rani Rashmoni Avenue demanding "Land-Livelihood and Democracy", at the call of CPI(ML) State Committee of West Bengal. People from various backgrounds rallied in thousands and thousands, protesting against the anti-people policies of the new government that betrayed the left legacy of West Bengal, sending a message in no uncertain terms that CPI(ML) is the only Left alternative against the TMC-Congress combine State Government.

Unregistered agrarian labourers who had been evicted from their land, landless poor peasants, farmers who have been denied of their remunerative prices, minority community, left masses from other workers of transport industry, contract workers particularly from Public Health Engineering, Left parties, workers of Tea-Garden, Bidi, ASHA & midday meal female workers, students-youth-intellectuals, cultural workers – were the main components of this gathering.

Within a short span of 7 months, the sheen of TMC's slogan of 'Ma-Mati-Manush' (Mother-Motherland-People) has started tearing asunder. The TMC-Congress Govt rode to power, on the back of peasant revolt that rocked the polity in the aftermath of Singur and Nandigram. But this government has started showing criminal apathy towards the real demands of the peasants and farmers, and the entire rural Bengal is again in the throes of a new agrarian crisis. Till date, 21 peasants have committed suicide, the TMC goons have unleashed a reign of terror, extortion has become the order of the day. The entire educational sphere is experiencing widespread anarchy, State's health system has collapsed, crisis is looming large in all corners of human life and dignity. This government has failed on all fronts. Lakhs and crores of central fund remains unutilised, MGNREGA has turned out to be a cruel joke.

The slogan "Land-Livelihood-Democracy" was against this fast deteriorating political scenario. Three big rallies, from Sealdah and Howrah station and another from Subodh Mullick Square started simultaneously, with red flags, festoons, banners, and slogans, which culminated at Rani Rashmoni Avenue. Comrade Partha Ghosh presided over the mass meeting and read the text of charter of demands before the gathering. After that, leaders of different mass organisations made speeches. Com. Dipankar, CPI(ML) General Secretary was the main speaker. He said that if the people of West Bengal voted for a change in favour of Land-Livelihood and Democracy, they shall again change the government if their hopes and aspiration remain unfulfilled. He exposed the hypocrisy of TMC government, and said the people of Singur have not yet received any compensation. Just a few days back 174 people died in 24 Parganas(S) after consuming poisonous liquor, 18 peasants committed suicide, 12 of them only from Burdwan. Mother and sisters lost thier lives at Magrahat after police fired upon the poor villagers. But Chief Minister of the self proclaimed Ma-Mati-Manush government didn't care to visit and meet the victims. This government has declared that it will not tolerate land robbery and is bent upon to seize all the land hitherto occupied by the peasants in rural Bengal. He also called for a genuine revolutionary left unity and independent left assertion in West Bengal.

Comrade Sufiyan's Martyrdom-day Celebrated with Protest in Bhojpur

"The heroes that fight crime, those that risk their life and embrace martyrdom for a better society against forces of darkness become immortal and inspiration for others." These were the words of Jasam's Bihar President Ram Nihal Gunjan remembering Comrade Sufiyan at a protest meeting held in Arrah on his 4th Martyrdom anniversary protesting frequently recurring incidents of crime. Comrade Sufiyan sacrificed his life in the anti-crime struggle. He was a hero of anti-crime and anti-communalism struggles in Bhojpur. He thwarted all designs to disgrace the Muslim community in the district. Speakers at the protest meeting said that intensifying all round struggle against the criminal forces is the only true tribute to him.

Cyclone 'Thane': Devastation Multiplied by Govt. Callousness

On 30-12-2011 Thane hit Puducherry and Cuddalore and villlupuram districts of Tamilnadu and caused unprecedented damage to infrastructure, crops, fishing boats and nets, and houses especially huts and the total green cover in Puducherry district of the UT of Puducherry. Four lakh huts were damaged in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts alone. A total of 10 lakhs acres of farm land of 8 districts, namely cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagai, Thiruvarur, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Tanjore and Ariyalur faced disastrous damage.

On 4th January 2012 a team led by Com. Balasundaram (State Secretary, Tamilnadu) and comprising several others including Com. Balasubramanian (State Secretary, Puducherry Union Territory) visited various villages of the affected area and met people. The team travelled 280 Km and had close interaction with the victims.

Comrade Balasundarm, on behalf of the team, held a press conference on 6th January to publish the findings of the team, the estimate of the loss and the pathetic status of the relief work being provided by the Government. The meteorological dept at Chennai warned about the cyclone on 24th December itself and about the probable severity with wind speeds of 150km/hr. The warning was repeated for several days and the Government had more than six days to act, but it chose not to act. The Government did not step into precautionary action. All the district administrations remained inactive and this is the root cause of severe damage caused by the cyclone.

The Congress Government in Puducherry led by its Chief Minister Rangasamy not only failed to take precautionary steps to handle foreseen disaster but was also callous in responding swiftly even after 10 days since 'Thane' hit over Puducherry region. The government announced and paid a solatium of Rs. 2000/- to each ration card holder family and kept idle for days.

Not even single hut can be constructed with the relief amount, Rs 2500/ 5000, declared by the Government. Paddy farmers are asking for Rs 10,000 per acre lost. The Government has declared Rs 4000 per acre. The farmers are annoyed and in grief. Cashew gardens from which a farmer earns more than 30000 per year are totally destroyed in Cuddalore, Villupuram Districts. The Government has decided to provide a paltry amount of Rs 3600 per acre. It is estimated that loss faced by cashew farmers is Rs 300 Crores, in Cuddalore District alone.

Condemning the lethargic attitude of the Puducherry government, Puducherry State Council of AICCTU and Movement for Protection of Roofless jointly held a massive protest Dharna in front of District Collector's office on 10 January, demanding speedy relief and rehabilitation measurers to all affected people. The demonstration was jointly led by S. Motilal State Secretary, AICCTU and J. Sakthivelu, Co-Convenor Movement for Protection of Roofless. A memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister through the district Collector.

The CPI(ML) has demanded that the UPA Government at the centre and AIADMK and Congress govts in the two states should expedite the relief and rescue work for speedy recovery of affected people and properties, immediate release of Rs. 2,000 crores as interim relief to the UT of Puducherry, because the UT is fully dependent on the centre economically and appropriate compensation to the families of cyclone victims.

After 2004 Tsunami many demanded that coaster shelterbelts should be created. Seven years have passed and the Government is ritually paying homage to the people lost during Tsunami, and has failed to establish any worthy shelterbelt along the coasts, rather it was busy in missapprobriating Tsunami relief funds. If shelterbelts were in place the damage caused by Thane could have been minimized. We should note that the Cyclone travalled 107 Km inland. Guidelines under Disaster Management Act regarding prepardness, management, relief and reconstruction have not been followed and structures are not being created. And this is another reason for the severity of the disaster caused by this cyclone.

Domestic Women Workers' Union Conference

The second annual conference of Noida unit of Gharelu Mahila Kamgar Union (Domestic Women Wokers' Union) was held on 11 January 2012. Around eighty domestic women workers from Noida attended this conference. This was addressed by AICCTU General Secretary Swapan Mukherjee where he emphasized on expanding the union and need to develop more leaders from among domestic women workers. Many domestic workers narrated their work conditions and demanded a safe and secure work atmosphere which can only be achieved if the Government takes initiatives in this direction and recognize the work of domestic workers. Comrade Shyamkishore Yadav said that more intense work needs to be done in this regard along with developing more professional approach towards building an union in a highly unorganized and vulnerable segment of society which at the same time is highly neglected and made deprived by the governmental discrimination. The conference was also addressed by Sanjay Sharma, Chandrabhan Singh, Aslam Khan and many others. A 25-member Executive Committee with Shyamali Sarkar as President was elected by the Conference.

Party GBM in DTC

DTC Party unit held its 8th Sector GBM on 14 January 2012 where it was resolved to expand anti-privatisation campaign further among new workers who are mainly employed under contract, casual or by private corporations like Tata. The delegates were unanimous on the task of providing political edge to the prevailing discontent in DTC after two decades of privatisation and contractorisation. The GBM also resolve to fulfill various organisational targets towards the preparations of the 9th Congress of the the Party. They resolved to march towards being the biggest union in this important wing of the transport sector. A programme was also chalked out to hold a mass-convention against corruption and privatisation of public transport in Delhi.

The GBM was inaugurated by CC member Prabhat Kumar. He praised the role of transport workers in building the party in Delhi. Delhi State Secretary Sanjay Sharma delivered the concluding speech where he called upon to address the new challenges before the working class movement. A 15-member Sector Committee was elected by the GBM which in turn re-elected Comrade Shankaran as its Secretary. The GBM contributed Rs. 5000 for the Party's 9th Congress Fund.

Views and Proposals of AICCTU submitted in the pre-Budget consultation meeting with Finance Minister (on 16 January 2012) for the forthcoming Union Budget 2012-13


To begin with, we are constrained to say that the views and proposals submitted by central trade unions in the pre-budget consultation meetings every year either do not find any place in the budget or are addressed in the form of some cosmetic measures, which too are not implemented as can be seen from the examples of "Unorganised Workers' Social Security Act 2008" and increase in the honorarium of Anaganwadi workers in the last budget. The issues of unorganized, contract workers, honorarium/incentive based workers like ASHA, Anganbadi, Mid-day meal, etc. working in several lakhs, implementing the most important schemes of the govt. but living in miserable conditions, do not find due importance in the budgets.

We are afraid that if this continues it will make this exercise of pre-consultation meetings with central trade unions very formal.

It is becoming clearer day by day that under the regime of economic globalization i.e. policies of LPG the economic growth does not equate with wellness of people. Our country continues to be at the bottom in regard to most of human development and social indices particularly hunger and malnutrition and, peasants continue to commit suicides. This trend of committing suicides has even extended to among jobless people in urban areas.

Even the note on "State of Indian Economy", sent by MOF to us appears more interested in giving details of GDP and outflow and inflow of foreign capital without proper assessment of actual impact of the economic growth on the people particularly regarding the mounting unemployment, growing agricultural crisis, inflation, declining real wages, etc.

One slogan has emerged universally which epitomizes the crux of ongoing situation. "We are the 99%"- this slogan emerging from "Occupy Wall Street" movement has universally symbolized the growing anger against the policies of economic globalization and their growing rejection, and at the same time has symbolized the demand of working people for bringing the policies and measures for the 99%, and not 1%. The views and proposals raised by we all central trade unions collectively in our memorandum submitted in this pre- budget meeting also reflect the same.

So, in view of the prevailing situation in the country and also the ongoing global crisis, we urge upon you that the coming budget should be working people-oriented with focus on addressing the issues of unorganized labour, domestic workers, honorarium/incentive workers particularly increasing their minimum wages, bringing them under social security cover and extending the coverage of all govt. schemes and statutory benefits to them; the issues of poverty, unemployment and social infrastructure; with focus on strengthening the purchasing power of working people and domestic market, and on resource mobilization through taxing the corporate and the rich, unearthing huge accumulation of black money including the huge unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad,  recovering the NPAs etc. and putting a halt on extending all kinds of concessions and sops to the corporate and the rich.  So, with this end in view we would, apart from extending full support to the joint memorandum submitted here, like to reiterate the following demands for the coming budget for serious consideration by the government:


  1. a) Make Massive public investment in agriculture and rural sector and guarantee the implementation of land reforms. b) Housing for urban poor (workers' colonies) and land puttas for rural poor.
  2. For all unorganized workers- Universal coverage of all employments under Minimum Wage Act and fixation of statutory minimum wage not less than Rs 10,000/- per month with indexation. Extend PDS and the benefits like PF, ESI, bonus, etc to all unorganized workers. Grant status of govt. employee to honorarium workers, like ASHA and Anganbadi and others, and for now, regularize them and bring them under the coverage of statutory minimum wage and social security. It may be noted that ASHA workers have been applauded by the health ministry of govt. for bringing down the infant mortality rate to more than half and doing excellent service in rural health sector. The survival of this important NRHM scheme depends on their well being.
  3. Assured Pension for all including all unorganized workers- Against the measly pension the working people are getting, the proposed pension in the range of 100 to 1000 is unjustified. The pension should not be less than Rs. 7500/ with VDA for all pensioners/workers, who toil for their entire life for progress of the nation. Also stop privatization and FDI in Pension and withdraw the PFRDA Bill being introduced. Stop the move to reduce interest rate on PF. Raise this rate to 12.5%.
  4. National fund for unorganized workers with allocation of 4% of GDP in present situation. b) Inclusion of agricultural workers under the "Unorganised Workers Social Security Act 2008". Also a Separate Act for agricultural workers.
  5. No to Contractorisation and outsourcing of work of permanent / perennial nature. Till the contractorisation is abolished payment of wages and benefits to such workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the industry/establishment 
  6. Bring Urban employment scheme in the lines of NREGA and provide employment under NREGA for a minimum period of 200 days.
  7. Take stringent measures against hoarders and ban forward trading in food grains to curb Price rise, and take other protective measures against price rise.
  8. Lift ban on recruitment in govt. and public sector.
  9. Stop disinvestment in CPSUs and provide budgetary support for revival of sick CPSUs.
  10. For protection of migrant workers bring legislation in line with SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Edited, published and printed by S. Bhattacharya for CPI(ML) Liberation from U-90, Shakarpur, Delhi-92; printed at Bol Publication, R-18/2, Ramesh Park, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi-92; Phone:22521067; fax: 22442790, e-mail:, website:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

ML UPDATE 03 / 2012

ML Update

A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine

Vol. 15 No. 03 10 - 16 JANUARY 2012

Assembly Polls in UP:

Tainted Leaders Play Musical Chairs

Five states go to polls in January-February – with most political formations vying to exhibit the most bare-faced opportunism and hypocrisy. While ruling for­mations hastily try to jettison the embarrassing baggage of tainted leaders in a bid to present a 'clean' face in the polls, rival parties scramble to take these same tainted leaders on board!

In UP, with the announcement of elections, Maya­wati dismissed four more Ministers. The total of Ministers sacked by Mayawati in an image-makeover has reached 20. Even now, 16 of her Ministers, including her close aide Naseemuddin Siddiqui, and several BSP MLAs are facing enquiry by the UP Lokayukta in various scams. Mayawati resorted to the dismissals as a desperate face-saving exercise when the scandals of corruption, rape and murder made these leaders too hot to hold. The belated dismissals only underline the fact that Mayawati's regime has been notoriously marked by unrelenting corruption and crime. Among the worst scandals of all was the NRHM scam, involving the murder of two CMOs, and also one Deputy CMO inside the premises of Lucknow jail. The Minister implicated in the scam – Babu Singh Kushwaha – was known to be a close confidant of Mayawati's. Even as the dismal rural health conditions in UP caused an encephalitis epidemic that claimed the lives of thousands of children in five years, with the death toll crossing 500 in the past year of Mayawati's regime, and high maternal and child mortality rates, Kushwaha presided over the plunder of NRHM funds.

The BJP, seeking to improve its fortunes in the state, was quick to lap up several of Mayawati's more influential discards, including Kushwaha. Asked about the charges of corruption and criminality faced by those inducted by the BJP, the party's spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi answered with a knowing grin, "All dirty streams find their sins washed away when they enter the Ganga." Soon after, however, the CBI raided Kushwaha's premises as part of its enquiry into the NRHM scam. When the induction of Kushwaha made the BJP's opportunism a subject of common derision, leading to several dissent­ing voices within the party, senior BJP leaders even tried out laughable excuses: for instance, Yashwant Sinha earnestly told the media that Kushwaha was in the BJP as a "whistleblower"!! Eventually, when the embarrassment reached a height, Kushwaha was persuaded to appeal that his membership be 'kept on hold' until he was cleared of all charges.

The BJP might eventually have shed the embarrassing burden of Kushwaha – but the fact remains that other former BSP Ministers inducted by them, as well as sev­eral other BJP candidates, face equally serious charges. For instance, three former BSP Ministers who are now BJP candidates, Badshah Singh, Awadhesh Varma and Daddan Mishra face corruption charges. Daddan Misra is also implicated in the incident at Shravasti in 2007 in which 17 Muslim women were gang raped and paraded naked. Chhatrapal Singh, a BJP candidate, was found guilty by a Parliamentary panel in the cash-for-query scam as a Rajya Sabha member, while another BJP candidate, Sakshi Maharaj, is a three time MP who was once jailed on rape and sexual assault charges. BJP might have been planning to use the anti-corruption plank as its chief electoral issue – but instead, it has got the image of being a refuge for the tainted; to the extent that Purushottam Naresh Dwivedi, the BSP MLA from Naraini who is now in jail on charges of raping a minor girl, publicly expressed a wish to join the BJP so that his 'sins may be washed away'!

Nor is BJP the sole offender on this count. The Sama­jwadi Party refused to induct the notorious 'bahubali' DP Yadav, though many senior SP leaders publicly pushed for his inclusion. However, other criminals who figure in the SP's list of candidates include the murder-accused Amarmani Tripathi's son Amanmani Tripathi; Mitrasen Ya­dav, who was recently convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment in an embezzlement case; and former BSP MLA Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit, accused of abducting and raping a college girl in 2008. The SP is also very likely to extend its support to the notorious feudal mafia, Raghuraj Pratap Singh "Raja Bhaiyya" as an independent candidate, as the party till now has not fielded its own candidate from his seat.

Meanwhile, the Congress, which has been expressing righteous outrage at BJP's induction of Kushwaha, might want to answer why its alliance partner RLD has recently inducted former BSP MLA Shanawaz Rana, who was sus­pended by BSP after his aides were arrested for kidnap and attempted rape of two girls in Muzaffarnagar. Nor is such opportunist conduct foreign to the Congress itself. On the eve of the last Assembly polls in Bihar, Congress

has taken the notorious criminal Pappu Yadav into its fold. Similarly, NDA alliance partners Nitish Kumar has been deploring BJP's induction of tainted BSP discards in UP, conveniently forgetting that his own JD(U) had taken in the tainted ex-RJD leader Taslimuddin on the eve of the Bihar Assembly polls, and had boasted of several other criminal politicians on its candidates' list in Bihar, including Sunil Pandey and Dhumal Singh.

In a season when corruption has emerged as a key issue in popular consciousness, the various political formations are vying to climb onto the anti-corruption bandwagon. However, the political game of musical chairs played by corrupt and criminal politicians on the eve of the Assembly polls, only goes to underline how, when it comes to the ruling class parties, 'hamam me sab nange hain' (all are equally bare in the bath.) The opportunism and hypocrisy of all such parties calls out to be exposed and taught a lesson in the Assembly polls.

Assembly Elections

Punjab: Braving the bitter cold and rain more than 3000 people assembled in Mansa on 6th January to inaugurate the election campaign for three assembly seats in the dis­trict. A large number of agricultural labourers, brick kiln workers, peasants and rural youth participated. The rally was addressed by Comrades Mangat Ram Pasla of CPM(Punjab), Swapan Mukherjee- Party's CCM, State Sec­retary Rajwinder Singh Rana, AIKM President Ruldu Singh, AIALA leader Bhagwant Singh Samao and others. A rally was also taken out in the town.

CPI(ML)(Liberation) Candidates for the Punjab Legislative Assembly election:

(1) Budhlada (SC)- Bhagwant Singh Samao, (2) Mansa-Gurjant Singh Man­sa, (3) Nandgarh- Gurmeet Singh, (4) Bhador(SC)- Gurpreet Singh Roohee, (5) Maur- Harbinder Singh Sema, (6) Bhucho(SC)- Amizal Singh, (7) Dirba(SC) – Govind Singh Chaggli.

Gujarat Panchayat Election: In Valsad district of Gujarat, CPI(ML) candidate has won on one sarpanch(women) seat and 10 ward members (out of 13). In Jharoli panchayat we won one ward mem­ber. This is the 1st victory of CPI(ML) members and supporters in Gujarat panchayat elections. All winning can­didates are adivasis.

Bhagalpur Bandh Called by AISA-RYA

Day-long Bhagalpur bandh (shut­down) called by All India Students' Association and Revolutionary Youth Association on 23rd December 2011 received tremendous response from the students and youth making the bandh a remarkable success. The bandh was called by AISA-RYA to protest continued corruption, repres­sion-injustice, powerlessness of the students and academic anarchy in the Tilka Manjhi University and also the arbitrariness of the private lodges.

Hundreds of students took to the streets of Bhagalpur to implement the bandh call. AISA has been agitating in the University for removal of the corrupt and authoritarian VC, an enquiry by the vigilance dept into the B.Ed. scam and continuing irregularities in the examina­tion branch along with entire tenure of the Vice Chancellor KN Dubey; putting and end to police' recklesness in the campus, withdrawal of all cases slapped against the agitating students, holding Student Union elections, im­mediately filling all the vacant teaching and clerical posts, ensuring 180 days of teaching in an academic year and declaring results within 45 days. On the other hand, RYA too has been agitating for registration of private lodges, fixa­tion of their rents, distributing kerosene oil to the students residing there among other demands. The organization had handed over a memorandum to the Dist. Magistrate in this regard. When there was no meaningful response from the administration this bandh was declared. AISA and RYA leaders Rupesh Kumar, Gautam, Rinki and Gaurishankar led the bandh.

Towards AIPWA's National Conference: Assam Diary

Since the last National Conference, the All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) organisation has not grown in Assam as much as there is potential in the State. AIPWA has organised successful programmes, e.g. in October 2010, a massive rally of thousands of ASHA workers was organised in Guwahati. AIPWA vigorously participated in the anti-corruption movement and in the movement against big dams by KMSS. On the completion of 10 years of Irom Sarmila's fast demanding withdrawal of AFSPA, AIPWA launched several programmes in the State as per the all-India programmes. AIPWA also took part in various anti corruption programmes.

In Nowgaon, particularly the Aan­ganwadi Helper Union has been or­ganising various programmes. Though AIPWA has an overall scope for organi­sational work among the middle class women, however, at present its yet to be realised. The political situation has changed a lot in the State. At present there is no strong role of opposition in Assam. The govt. has launched many programmes like Majoni, Mamoni, Nobou, Baidew etc, to attract women. In movements like anti-big dam, the Assamese women are taking active part being a part of KMSS and these are rural women. AIPWA supports them and at different times has par­ticipated in their programmes, there remains much scope for interaction, that has yet to be realised due to lack of adequate initiatives.

AIPWA handed over a charter of de­mand to the Assam Govt when Tarun Gogoi took charge. In the charter the demands were- make the ASHA and Aanganwadi workers permanent and to increase their pay, provide facilities to the women tea garden workers, make provision for separate protection officer for effective implementation of domestic violence prohibition act, con­tinue Majoni, Mamoni etc., stop corrup­tion in the PDS and in the distribution of schemes under social welfare dept, provide 30% job for women under NREGA, reconstitute the state women commission, to increase the maternity leave to six months, to reserve 50% seats for women in the autonomous councils, to constitute family courts at every district head quarter.

Along with some other organizations AIPWA leaders visited places of witch-hunting and met the administration discussed the matter and demanded steps to immediately stop the horror.

At present the highest member­ship is in Nowgaon district. AIPWA has been facing a problem of cadre buliding. The magazine Jonaki Baat is regular and there are some study circles in different towns which also take part in various programmes with AIPWA.

S. No

AC No.

AC Name

Candidate's Name




1st Phase - 08 February




Hargaon (SC)

Arjun Lal







Sant Ram







Menhdi Hasan







Dev Vrat




2nd Phase - 11 February





Vinod Mani Trip­athi







Harish Jaiswal







Rajesh Sahni






Khajani (SC)








Nasrullah Ansari







Prem Lata Pandey






Bhatpar Rani

Sriram Kushwaha







Kalaktar Sharma







Ramayan Ram







Basant Bhardwaj















Lal Sahab Ram






Jakhanian (SC)

Lal Bahadur Bagi







Kamlakar Ram







Ishwari Prasad Kushwaha




3rd Phase - 15 February





Devanand Bharti






Koraon (SC)

Pancham Lal







Ram Dular Bind







Shashi Kant








Ramkrit Kol






Chakia (SC)

Sarita Patel







Ramjit Yadav






Chhanbey (SC)

Mahadev Kol







Mohd. Salim







Ramkrit Biyar







Basant Kol







Vijai Kol






Duddhi (SC)

Bihari Lal












Sheikh Mohd.








Jang Bahadur





4th Phase - 19 February









5th Phase - 23 February




Ramesh Singh






Orai (SC)

Ram Prakash




6th Phase - 28 February




Chandra Bhan



Gautam Buddha


7th Phase - 03 March




Harkishan Singh






Afroz Alam





Puranpur (SC)

Nagina Ram






Arti Rai







Kranti Kumar






Main Slogans For UP Election

Bhrashtacharion, Luteron, Sampradayik Takton ko Sabak Sikhao !

Bhakpa (maley) ko Vijayi Banao !

Bhrashtachar, Loot, Daman, Balatkar ka Raj Mitao !

Garibon ki Rajnitik Davedari Barhao !

Bhakpa (maley) ko Jitao !