CPI(M) Protests Against RSS-BJP Violence

HUNDREDS of activists of CPI(M) led by general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Polit Bureau members Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, S Ramachandran Pillai and BV Raghavalu, marched from Vithal Bhai Patel House, Delhi state party office of CPI(M) to BJP headquarters on October 9, protesting against the killing of CPI(M) cadres by RSS-BJP in Kerala. Protests...

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Is the BJP President’s Son above Scrutiny?

BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, has become the centre of a case of crony capitalism and questions are being raised about business malfeasance.
According to a well-researched report in “The Wire”, an online news portal, Jay Shah owned a private limited company, Temple Enterprise Pvt...

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A Bold Step: Dalit Priests in Kerala

WHEN 22 year-old Yedu Krishnan began his priestly functions at the sanctum sanctorum of the Shiva temple at Valanjavattom in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, it was a historic first – a dalit priest at a major temple in Kerala.
The Travancore Devaswom Recruitment Board (TDRB) decided to appoint six dalits as...

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Structural Changes within Imperialism

FOR long one could divide the world’s currencies into three distinct categories: (i) the leading currency, typically belonging to the leading imperialist power,in the present case the United States, which was considered “as good as gold” by the world’s wealth-holders; (ii) other metropolitan currencies in terms of which the world’s wealth-holders also held their wealth, but which, precisely by virtue of not being considered “as good as gold”, had to...

WHO Needs an Agenda for the Global South

THE appointment of Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), as a deputy director general (DDG) of the World Health Organisation is a welcome development. She joins Jane Ellison of the UK as one of the two newly appointed DDGs and will be in overall charge of programmes, while Jane Ellison will be in charge of ‘corporate affairs’. The WHO elected Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia as the new director general (DG) at...

AIDWA Team Visits BHU Students

MADHU Garg, Malti Devi, Seema Rana (state president, general secretary and joint secretary of AIDWA Uttar Pradesh committee) and I visited Varanasi on October 4-5. After the tremendous agitation launched by the women students against the apathy of the Banaras Hindu University administration towards rampant sexual harassment on the campus and the brutal attack on them by the police on the night of September 23, the university had been abruptly shut. It re-opened on...

Fiftieth Anniversary of Che Guevara: A Human Par Exemplar

On October 8, 1967, Che Guevara was killed by CIA backed Bolivian armed forces. Fidel Castro led a huge Memorial Rally in Havana on October 18, 1967 and paid tributes to the martyr. Below we publish the excerpts from his speech. TONIGHT we are meeting to try to express, in some degree, our feelings toward one who was among the closest, among the most admired, among the most beloved, and, without a doubt, the most...

Bolsheviks on Forward March – September 1917

LENIN, who was in exile, kept pace with the developments in Russia which were moving with ‘hurricane like velocity’. Along with directing Bolshevik activities from exile, he was immersed in another important task of finishing his monumental work, ‘State and Revolution’, which he started writing in August. He used his experiences from the Russian revolution to explain the theoretical propositions of Karl Marx and Engels.

Reservations for Dalit Priests: DSMM Congratulates Kerala Government

IN a letter written to Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, on October 8, The Dalit Shoshan Mukthi Manch has congratulated the government of Kerala for appointing priests belonging to dalit and other backward communities to various temples of Kerala. DSMM congratulated the chief minister and the state government for taking this path-breaking initiative, which will serve as a model for the...

Solar Scam: Vigilance Probe against Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

The Judicial Commission’s report found that Oommen Chandy took large amounts as bribes directly and through others. KERALA’S CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has ordered vigilance investigation against former chief minister Oommen Chandy of the Congress in the solar case. The probe has been ordered on the bases of the recommendations of the Justice (Retired) G Sivarajan, appointed...

Forum to Check Rise of Communal Forces in Tamil Nadu

PROMINENT personalities from various walks of life have come together and floated a secular platform to counter the growing menace of communal forces in Tamil Nadu. The RSS-BJP combine is consciously utilising the religious divide between people to perpetuate its political purpose. The communal menace that was haunting other states in India is now rearing its ugly head in Tamil Nadu, in the backdrop of the recent unstable political...

AIKS 34th Conference at Hisar: Organise, Unite & Launch Issue-Based Struggles to Overcome Agrarian Crisis

THE 34th all India conference of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was held at Hisar, Haryana from October 3-6, 2017. Hisar was earlier host to the 27th all India conference in 1992, only a year after the Congress government led by PV Narasimha Rao started implementing the policies of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation. That...