August 9: Massive Nationwide Response to Jail Bharo Struggle

Below we publish the reports from the states that we have received as we go to press.
ON August 9, the entire country witnessed a massive civil disobedience of the peasantry with active support from the working class, rural workers and the democratic people from all walks of life on the burning...


Polit Bureau’s Appeal: Unprecedented Floods in Kerala: Rush Aid

HEAVY rains and floods have caused large scale damage in the entire state of Kerala. All the districts and all the 1,654 villages of the state are affected. In the current spell of rains, landslides and floods alone, 65 people have been officially...


72nd Independence Day: At a Crossroads

THE independence day speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Red Fort was more in the nature of an election eve broadcast. Making the fifth and last speech at the Red Fort, before the Lok Sabha election, Modi concentrated on listing the achievements of his government since 2014. For this he sought to...


August 9: Huge Response to Jail Bharo Struggle

IT was by far the most massive nationwide jail bharo struggle in recent times. According to preliminary reports received from the states, well over five lakh peasants and workers courted arrest at over 610 centres in 407 districts in 22 states across the country on August 9, 2018. They raised the main slogan “Modi Sarkar, Chale Jaao!”

Kisan Mazdoor ‘Jail Bharo’ Significant in Many Ways

FOR the first time in decades, the two major sections of toiling masses that create the wealth of our country, workers and peasants, have joined in militant actions against the government policies. The call to court arrest, given by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was supported by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, which called upon the workers to actively participate in the programme. Thus, lakhs of peasants and...

Meanwhile in Tripura

A Timely Slap The BJP-IPFT government tasted its first slap from the judiciary on August 13 for not allowing political parties to organise peaceful processions and rallies. A bench headed by the chief justice, Ajay Rastogi of the High Court of Tripura ordered the government to allow INPT, a state political party to hold its procession and meeting.

Bihar Bandh Evokes Massive Response

BIHAR bandh, organised by the Left parties on August 2, evoked massive response all across the state. It was a result of the culmination of a series of incidents of violence and attacks targeting dalits and other vulnerable sections of society. For the first time in the recent days, the Left had grabbed the attention of national media and saw success in putting Nitish Kumar government in the dock.

WEST BENGAL: Militant 72 hours Strike of Tea Workers

TEA workers in West Bengal observed militant three-day strike demanding minimum wages. The strike was observed after a long drawn struggle which passed through different stages. On August 6, the state government called a tripartite meeting in Siliguri. Leaders of joint forum of tea workers joined the meeting. The initial offer from the state government was abysmally low.

DELHI: Protest against Mass Lynching

ON August 6, hundreds of activists of Nagrik Adhikar Manch(NAM) Delhi and victims of mob lynching organised a sit-in-demonstration in front of parliament to protest against the killings of innocent people in the name of “Gau Raksha” and other communal hate campaigns unleashed by BJP/RSS and its frontal organisations since 2014. The protest gathering was addressed by CPI(M) Polit Bureau members Mohd Salim (MP) and Subhashini Ali (former MP), Manoj Jha MP-...

Jewish Nation State Law: Racist and Discriminatory

WHILE Palestinians have been protesting for the past more than four months demanding their right to return to their homeland, Israeli government is busy further tightening the screws to ensure that they can never reclaim their rights. In order to quell these four-month long protests, the Israeli army used force, killing at least 164 Palestinians and injuring more than 18,000. Along with using force, the right-wing Likud Party...

Samir Amin (1931-2018)

SAMIR Amin, the renowned Marxist thinker and economist, passed away on August 13 in Paris. Born in Cairo on September 3, 1931, to an Egyptian father and a French mother, he had his initial education in Egypt before moving to Paris where he obtained his doctorate in political economy. Drawn to the cause of socialism from his student days he soon became a member of the Egyptian Communist Party. Between 1957 and 1960 he worked at the Institute for Economic Management in Cairo, before...

Comrade Vijaykant Thakur

THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses is profound grief at the death of a former member of the Central Committee of the CPI(M) and a veteran of the communist movement in Bihar, Comrade Vijaykant Thakur, who died this morning. He was 86 years old.