Vol. XLVIII No. 09 March 03, 2024

AIKS Demands Safeguarding the Interests of Farmers in the WTO...

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on February 28, said the on-going 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at Abu Dhabi clearly demonstrates that its entire mechanism is inherently against the interests of the...

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Drive for One-Party Rule Targets Opposition

THE BJP has launched a full-fledged drive to organise defections from the Congress and some other opposition parties. After getting Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Jayant Chaudhary’s RLD to defect to the BJP, there has been a spate of defections of individual leaders, MLAs and former legislators of the Congress in different states.

Relevance of the National Science Day

THE National Science Day is celebrated on February 28 every year to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Nobel laureate C V Raman. The stated objective of celebrating National Science Day is to popularise science and technology and to promote a scientific temper among the general public. It encourages critical thinking, rational decision-making, and a spirit of inquiry, which are essential for societal progress. The day emphasises the need for...

WB: Sandeshkhali: Horror Saga Goes On

DESPITE frantic efforts by Mamata Banerjee's administration to suppress the news, the horrors that took place under the leadership of Sheikh Shahjahan's forces in Sandeshkhali during the last ten years of the Trinamool regime have now spread across the mainstream media. The rule of law had collapsed in Sandeshkhali. The BDO has been assaulted. Rice fields have been forcibly occupied and inundated with salt water and converted into fish farms. The villagers...

TN: CPI(M) Holds Regional Meetings for Electoral Preparations

AS the election schedule is going to be announced soon, the CPI(M) Tamil Nadu state committee has convened two zonal-level workshops for its cadres as a preparatory measure in the state. One such workshop was held at Dindigul on February 24. The other at Chengalpattu on February 29. More than a thousand comrades from 22 districts of Tamil Nadu participated in the Dindigul workshop.

Puducherry: Persisting Struggle for Reopening Ration Shops

THE Puducherry CPI(M) state unit has initiated a prolonged and widely supported struggle on February 19, 2024. The coalition government of NR Congress and BJP has persistently refused to reopen ration shops across the state since their electoral victory in 2021, causing significant distress to the poor, downtrodden, and middle-class people of Puducherry. The total population of the state is 15 lakhs.

Odisha: CPI(M) Holds Padayatra of Tribal People in Malkangiri

RESPONDING to the call of the CPI(M) in Malkangiri district, the southern-most adivasi-dominated district of Odisha, 400 tribal youth donning red T-shirts and cape marched in a padayatra of 170 kilometres. The padayatra started on February 12 from Janbai and culminated at Malkangiri, the district headquarters, on February 20.

Two Years of War in Ukraine

THE war in Ukraine has entered into the third year. It is now established beyond doubt that the war is waged by the US-led NATO, with Ukraine only as the theatre. The purpose of the war is also by now clear – to contain an assertive Russia and reinforce the hegemony of imperialist US. The vested interests of imperialist forces, which are funding and financing Ukraine are the reason for the failure of attempts to find a diplomatic solution. In spite of all the backing, due to the...

Red Books Day 2024

RED Books Day 2024 started in Indonesia, and it ended in Chile. Across the world, over one million people joined in a range of activities to celebrate a day that is increasingly becoming a fixture on the calendar of the international Left. In 2019, the Indian Society of Left Publishers began to investigate the viability of holding a celebration on February 21, the date of the publication of the Communist Manifesto in 1848. That book, one of the most widely read in the world, inspired...

WB: Mass Civil Disobedience Despite Police Atrocities

RESPONDING to the call of mass mobilisation, civil disobedience and grameen bandh given by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), and the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions/Federations/Associations and various other mass organisations of the state, Bengal erupted in a wave of protests on February 13. Though the programme was slated to happen on February 17, it was held earlier in the state due to the oncoming board examinations...

Grameen Bandh Evokes Good Response in Bihar

AMIDST the political turmoil in Bihar caused by Nitish Kumar's shameless opportunism, the widespread anger of the people manifested itself on February 16, 2024. A nationwide rural shutdown was called by various peasant organisations and central trade unions to protest against the anti-farmer, anti-worker policies of the central government.