THE Asia Bibi case in Pakistan and the recent developments on it, should serve as a warning for us in India. The relevance for us in India, although it happened in entirely different circumstances, is that it was triggered by blatant defiance and opposition to a landmark Supreme Court judgement by zealots operating in the guise of defending religion and religious sentiment.
EVER since liberalisation of the economy in the 1990s, successive governments have diluted labour laws to deny the rights of the workers obtained after bitter struggles for years. Many state governments across the country invite multinational corporations (MNCs) to open their shops, offering many economic concessions and foregoing taxes in the hope that their economic activity will bring prosperity to that area as well as to the workers employed.
THE All India Kisan Sabha and the All India Agricultural Workers Union are going to organise a historic kisan rally, 'Singur to Raj Bhavan” Long March on November 28-29, 2018 to highlight burning issues of the peasantry and mobilise struggling forces around alternative policies. Thousands of peasants and agricultural workers will march through three districts.
THOUGH Diwali is over leaving its trail on the fragile Delhi environment, the heat of the build up for disagreement between the government and the RBI in the next governing body meeting of the central bank scheduled for November 19 is palpable. The simmering tension between the two came out explosively triggered by RBI deputy governor Viral Acharya’s lecture in Mumbai. He gave vent to the central bank’s explicit disapproval of the finance ministry’s attempts to undermine its independence and autonomy.
TRUCE was announced by Israel and Hamas on November 13, bringing to an end two days of Israeli aerial attacks on Gaza, to which Hamas responded with rocket fire. In the worst violence that Gaza had witnessed in the last two years, at least 15 Palestinians and two Israelis were killed. Endorsing the ceasefire agreement, Hamas stated: “Egypt's efforts have succeeded in achieving a ceasefire between the resistance and the Zionist enemy. The resistance will respect this declaration as long as the Zionist enemy respects it”.
ON a special invitation of the Communist Party of Nepal, a two member delegation of CPI(M) led by Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Party and Jogendra Sharma, Central Committee member visited Nepal from October 25-30.
The CPI(M) has a strong fraternal relationship with the CPN since its formation. The present visit was to further strengthen this bond of friendship and to share the experiences of contemporary globalisation.
THE level of economic activity under capitalism is subject to prolonged ebbs and flows. When the economy is on an upswing, this very fact acts as an elixir that emboldens capitalists, who begin to expect that the “good times” are going to continue; this makes them less worried about taking risks, more “adventurous”, and hence more prone to taking “bolder” decisions in their asset preference. And because of this they also undertake investment in physical assets like construction, equipment and machinery which makes the boom continue, and thereby justifies their euphoria.
THE CPI(M) has unleashed its campaign for the state assembly elections to be held on November 28. Subhashini Ali and Mohd Salim both Polit Bureau members of the Party participated in the election campaign. The Party leadership in the state is reaching out to all the assembly constituencies where the Party is contesting. Concrete plans have been made for a vibrant and effective campaign.