As we celebrate the 128th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, his vision of emancipation of the oppressed and a secular democratic India is under an all-round attack by the BJP Government and Sangh Brigade. Today, as we are in the middle of general election, it is an extraordinary situation for our country and democracy. Communal casteist violence has now become almost an everyday national phenomenon. Educational, job and other opportunities for the marginalized sections are systematically snatched away by decimating reservations, labour laws are thoroughly diluted, fighters of social justice are incriminated and institutionally murdered – while perpetrators of casteist massacres roam free. In the BJP’s 2019 election manifesto, the entire RSS agenda has been incorporated; trademark key points of the Sangh like construction of Ram Mandir, scrapping of Article 370, amendment of the Citizenship Act and enforcement of Uniform Civil Code. This is almost an open declaration of the long-standing RSS goal of reshaping India as a Hindu Rashtra and revising India’s secular democratic Constitution to enforce Manusmriti as India’s dominant social charter. Continue reading
Unite Against the Saffron Regime’s Attack on the Marginalised! Unite Against All Attempts to Kill Contitutional Principles!
Defeat the Regime of Terror and Hate against Minorities!
Implement 50% Reservation for SC/ST/OBCs!
Defeat All Casteist Ploys against 200 Point Roster System!
Implement Reservation in Private Sector!
Stop Diluting Forest Rights Act!
Resist Eviction of Tribals from Forests!
Release all Dalit Protesters Arrested in 2nd April Bharat Bandh! Drop All False Charges!
In the last five years of Modi regime, we have witnessed an intensified increase in hate speech and violence against Dalits and Muslims. Communal mob lynchings and its triumphant celebrations have become the “new normal”- bloodthirsty crowds can be seen to revel in humiliation, beatings, killings, video recording and circulating them with no fear of law. The trajectory of all these gruesome assaults and killings is also painfully similar. Essentially, people in positions of power – elected BJP MLAs and MPs and police officials – clearly indicate that they support the mob and the lynchings. Continue reading
8 March – International Women’s Day – was born in the struggles that women factory workers in thousands waged against bondage a century ago.
Women workers in early 20th century USA and Europe organised with the red flag and the revolutionary communist movement to demand an 8-hour working day, secure jobs, workplace safety, and the right to vote. It is these women, along with the communist party, which first united across countries to hold the first International Women’s Day in 1911. Continue reading
We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn Donald Trump administration for its support for an on-going coup attempt in Venezuela.
The US administration under Donald Trump has declared its recognition for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as “interim president” in its latest coup attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. Continue reading
On 22nd of January, the Supreme Court shockingly upheld a controversial Allahabad High Court verdict mandating department to be considered as unit while implementing reservation for SC/ST/OBC in faculty positions in colleges and universities. The department based roster is called the 13 point roster that has disastrous implications of decimating SC/ST/OBC reservation in university faculty positions. The recent SC verdict comes in the backdrop of total government apathy to ensure the earlier 200 point roster that implements reservation correctly. This is also a time when the BJP government has hurriedly passed a bill of 10% reservation for general category from the parliament. This 10% is nothing but an attempt to polarize opinion against SC/ST/OBC reservation and bypassing constitutional mandate to scuttle reservation for SC/ST/OBC in the coming days. Continue reading
During the campaign for the 2014 Parliamentary elections, Narendra Modi promised to create two crore jobs a year. Instead, it has reached the point of losing one crore jobs a year. In 2018, the Government’s fourth year in power – 110 lakh jobs were lost in India, and unemployment rates are soaring steeply.
29-30 नवम्बर दिल्ली चलो!
2014 के चुनावों से पहले मोदी सरकार ने किसानों की पूर्ण कर्ज माफी और खेती की सम्पूर्ण लागत के ऊपर 50 प्रतिशत मुनाफा जोड़ कर न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य देने का वायदा किया था. भारी कृषि संकट और किसान आत्महत्याओं से पूरा देश परेशान था तब अनेकों लोक-लुभावन वायदे कर मोदी सरकार ने बहुमत पा लिया. लेकिन देश के किसानों को इस सरकार ने और ज्यादा संकट में डाल दिया है. अब यह सरकार सारी नीतियां किसानों के खिलाफ बना रही है, लगातार झूठ बोल रही है और यहां तक कि किसानों को अपमानित भी कर रही है.
Autumn arrives Delhi with its signature—hazy sky, rising pollution, smoggy atmosphere; and sooner, with the first stroke of the winter, Delhi’s air becomes heavily loaded with polluting particles. Right after Diwali the situation becomes worse. This year also has been no different—N 95 masks have already made their place on the faces of those who walks on the streets, travel for their daily livelihood and so on.
Mohammad Azeem, an eight years old boy was beaten to death allegedly by a group of minor boys on 25th October in Malviya Nagar area. Azeem was studying at the Jamia Faridiya Madrasa located in Malviyanagr area. He was one of those 70 students at the Madrasa who come to study from very poor backgrounds. The news of the death of Azeem comes in the backdrop of numerous incidents of mob lynching and anti-muslim hate mongering in the country orchestrated by the ruling party BJP and RSS networks. A CPI-ML, CPIM, AIDWA and AISA team consisting of Comrade Sehba, Sucheta, Kawalpreet, Maimoona Molha, Kavita Sharma, Subir Mukherjee, Somdust Sharma, Abdul Mannan Siddiqui and Abu Maaz visited the Madrasa where Azeem stayed and the adjacent Valmiki colony on 26th October.
The MeToo movement against sexual harassment and work place sexism has arrived in India. The movement started in America last year this month itself when allegations of serial sexual harassment against film producer in Hollywood Harvey Weinstein emerged. The brave account of survivors of harassment by Harvey started a ripple effect and women in different professions spoke up about sexual harassments faced by them. The MeToo moment in America was being keenly observed by women in India as well as across the globe. And today, that moment has begun here. The solidarity that has built up among women has created an enabling atmosphere to challenge patriarchal and unjust power. The Me Too movement is also a reminder that sexism has to be fought everywhere, including the progressive institutions/spaces.