December 6 Protest Rallies

THOUSANDS of people marched through Kolkata on the 25th anniversary of Babri demolition, resolving to fight the communal forces. The march, called by the Left Front, other Left parties and allies started from Lenin statue in Dharmatala and ended in Rajabajar. The entire path witnessed a huge stream of people, splashing red flags, and innovative slogans from the students and youth...

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Condemn US Step on Jerusalem

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on December 7, 2017
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the decision of US President Donald Trump, to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to shift the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
This action goes against the United Nations’ and the...

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Curb Crimes against Women

THE latest report of the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) reveals a steady increase in crimes against women and an alarming rise in sexual assaults on children. In 2016, 3.4 lakh cases of crimes against women were registered. This is a 2.9 per cent increase over the previous year. Of these 32 per cent concerned domestic...

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Me Too and We Too

THE National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has come out with its ritual annual report. And the statistics are grim. Like the prices of vegetables, crimes in our country too have a tendency only to rise up, up and above. If only these statistics become weapons, can we see a change. Let’s recount our achievements as detailed by the NCRB. Data shows that cases under Crime against Women have reported an increase of 2.9 per cent in 2016 over 2015. Delhi once again, being the national capital city,...

Economic Recovery or a Statistical Illusion: Some Observations on Recent Estimates of GDP Growth

ON November 30, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) came out with quarterly estimates of GDP for the second quarter (June to September) of 2017. Predictably, analysts and spokespersons of the government spent the evening in newsrooms of various TV channels celebrating what they claimed was a sign of revival of the economy. Next morning, revival...

India‘s Strategic Extravagance to Bail-Out America

The common problem in India-Pakistan and China–India relations is America. It used Pakistan as a proxy to balance India and is now using India as a counterpoise to China. Unless we tackle American imperialism, regional integration will remain a pipedream.

PRE-BUDGET 2018 CONSULTATIONS: Central Trade Unions Put Across their Demands to the FM

THE finance minister held Pre-budget 2018 discussion with the representatives of central trade unions on December 5, 2017. Representatives of all the central trade unions attended the meeting. CITU was represented by its president, Hemalata. The meeting, as every year, appeared to be not more than a ritual. The ‘consultative meeting’ with the 12 trade unions that...

Defeat Anti-farmer BJP in Gujarat Elections

THE Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan (BAA), in a statement issued on December 5, has urged the people of Gujarat and especially the peasantry including adivasis, dalits, minorities, fish workers and forest dwellers to ensure the defeat of the BJP in the 2017 assembly elections for betraying the peasantry and intensifying the anti-farmer neo-liberal policies in Gujarat as well as all over the country. The plight of the peasantry has become even more...

TAMIL NADU: R K Nagar Bypoll: CPI(M) Calls for the Defeat of BJP-AIADMK alliance

IN the long awaited bypoll to the R K Nagar assembly constituency to be held on December 21, the Tamil Nadu state committee of the CPI(M) has decided not to be in the fray but to support DMK from its own platform in order to defeat AIADMK and to expose the nefarious designs of the BJP in the state. A year ago, the AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha died after 75 days long hospitalisation...

NALANDA UNIVERSITY, BIHAR: Retrenched Guards Fight for their Reinstatement

THE ancient International Nalanda University in its new incarnation has started functioning from 2014 in a new campus in picturesque town of Rajgir, which happens to be a tourist spot and seat of Buddhism and Jainisim in Bihar. The peasants of the surrounding areas have been forced to part with their multi-crop land for the construction of Nalanda University and the Bihar government had...

Syrian War Reaching Conclusion

THE six-year devastating Syrian war is reaching a conclusive stage. The eighth-round of UN-mediated talks between the government of Syria and the opposition that began in Geneva on November 28, signify a decisive phase in the nearly six years of Syrian War. These talks are to continue till December 15 and widely expected to bring the curtains down on the war that had led to the killing of over 3,30,000 citizens and the displacement of millions of people. In fact, the...

Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince

IT had been a hectic couple of years for the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman or MBS as he is now popularly known, since he became the de facto ruler of the kingdom. He started by imposing a war on Yemen two years ago that has devastated the country, the poorest in the Arab world. Then he decided to do regime change in neighbouring Qatar. He has failed in achieving his goals in both Qatar and Yemen. In the first fortnight of November, the de facto ruler of the Kingdom...