Vol. XLVI No. 32 August 07, 2022

Countrywide Road Blockades by Farmers

ON July 31, 2022, Sardar Udham Singh’s Day of Martyrdom, lakhs of farmers in hundreds of places across the nation held massive road blockades and large protest demonstrations against the betrayal of the farmers by the BJP’s central government. In Punjab, in fact, the action was in the form of huge rail blockades...

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A Government That Controls Everything

PRIME Minister, Narendra Modi, spoke recently about how a strong government should be. Addressing a university convocation in Chennai on July 29, Modi said: “A strong government does not control everything or everyone. It controls the system’s impulse to interfere…A strong government does not move into every domain”. He further said: “A strong government’s strength lies in its humility to accept that it cannot know or do everything”.

US-China Chip War Continues

AS the tension between the US and China mounts as a fall-out of Nancy Pelosi's provocative Taiwan visit, the technology war between the two is also taking a new turn. Both houses in the US Congress have approved a $280 billion plan – The Chips and Science Act – to boost US chip manufacturing. Currently, 75 per cent of chip manufacturing in the world takes place in East Asia, centred around Taiwan, South Korea and China. The US aims to re-shore the semiconductor industry...

TN: Convention against Domestic Violence

TAMIL Nadu is witnessing an increase in domestic violence, according to the recently released National Family Health Survey-5. Concerned over this problem, the CPI(M) Tamil Nadu state committee organised a convention against domestic violence to draw the attention of the state government as well as the general public to it. In order to find remedies to this malady, the convention brought a wider section of social activists under a platform to evolve...

BJP's Land Has Slipped but Danger Remains

OTHER states of the country may have had their own experiences, but this is the first experience for Madhya Pradesh when there was no difference between the State Election Commission and the ruling BJP. On many occasions, it was the chief electoral officer who was seen showing the way to escape the BJP leaders. For example, in these elections, there was a mess in the voter lists, which was never seen before.

BSNL’s Revival Package: Tall Claims and Bitter Truths

THE government has once again tom-tommed that it would be spending Rs 1.64 lakh crore to revive BSNL. This second revival package was announced on July 27, 2022. The government had already announced a similar revival package for BSNL and MTNL on October 23, 2019, in which the government had promised to spend Rs 70,000 crore for the revival of both the public sector telecom companies. A loud message is being sent to...

70th Anniversary of India’s Independence: Powerful Struggles Alone Can Build Alternative Narrative

AS India marks its 70th anniversary of independence, it is necessary to recollect that the current political and social battles that are going on in our country emerge from a continuous ideological battle between three distinct visions of what should be the character of the political and social structure of post-independent India that arose...

CPC and World Marxist Political Parties Forum Held

THE International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) hosted ‘The CPC and World Marxist Political Parties Forum’, on July 28, 2022. The general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the Forum. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (PCV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee...

Anganwadi Adhikar Mahapadav Calls for Jawab Maango Campaign

DEFYING the rains and adverse weather conditions, more than eight thousand anganwadi workers and helpers from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal sat on ‘Anganwadi Adhikar Mahapadav’ dharna that was organised by...

Telangana: British Then and BJP Now

A LARGE road show WAS organised by the Hanumakonda district committee of the CPI(M) on July 26. Later addressing the public meeting, CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury said that on the occasion of 75 years of independence, the central government is celebrating Amrit Utsav. He expressed unhappiness that even after 75 years people could not get education, healthcare, houses and employment in the country. PM Modi has given a call to hoist the national...

Tripura Lawyers Convention Assaults on the Constitution and Human Rights

“IN no circumstances, the State can deny the human rights of an individual who inherits the rights at the moment he/she comes out of his/her mother’s womb. Human rights are the rights of sustenance of life. But in practice, the ministers who swear to be committed to abide by the constitution and protect human rights, act quite opposite after assuming the office of the government,” said...