Monday, 18. December 2017

We are releasing the text of a letter written by Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) General Secretary and Leader of the CPI(M) Group in Rajya Sabha, to the Prime Minister demanding introduction and passing of a legislation in the forthcoming Parliament session which not only confers on farmers the Right to Sell at MSP but also guarantees an automatic annual review of the MSP, which will be, at least, 50 per cent more than production costs.

Dear Pradhan Mantri Ji,

I am writing this letter to draw your attention to the plight of farmers across India, which has resulted in a high level of rural distress, including thousands of suicides by farmers in the past three years. There have been increasing protests by farmers in one state after another, which have been met by your silence and apathy while the state governments of your party have let the police lose on the poor farmers. Six farmers have lost their lives in police firing in Madhya Pradesh, many seriously injured. Meanwhile, many continue to commit distress suicides, the latest such tragedy occurring in the CM's own constituency.

IndiaThe Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly condemns the murderous attacks on dalits in Saharanpur which has resulted in a dalit youth being killed and many seriously injured. Certain upper caste elements sporting the colours of the Hindu Yuva Vahini launched these attacks on people returning from a meeting addressed by BSP leader Mayawati.

The Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of India welcomes International Court of Justice’s (ICJ’s) verdict staying the execution of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, though the final verdict is yet to be pronounced.

wftuThe World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, expresses its dissatisfaction and denounces the sentence of life to 13 workers and of 5 years jail to four more workers of Maruti Suzuki, regarding the incident of violence in the Manesar plant of Maruti in 2012.

The ongoing drama in Tamil Nadu has once again confirmed the fallacy of bourgeois democracy. The split in ruling party of the state and the manipulation for grabbing the top slot in the administration is nothing new. The Tamil Nadu episode has an added feature. The ruling party at the Centre, Bharatiya Janata Party, too has got involved in the dirty game. Though its leaders at the state level are projecting as if it has nothing to do with either of the warring faction of AIADMK, it is playing its cards safely.

IndiaWe have been celebrating January 26 as the Republic Day. The Constitution of India, which has come into existence on January 26, 1950 abolished the dominion status of India, rejected the British crown and declared India as a full-fledged Democratic Republic.

Indian Constitution is one of the biggest constitutions of the World and is the most valuable gift from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to the nation and its people. It has become necessary to overcome the painful colonial past. The Constitution has given Directive Principles for the nation, with definite goals to be achieved by implementing them. It has given us democracy, secularism and equality to all the citizens irrespective of religion, caste, creed and language. By incorporating socialism through an amendment, the goal for socialism is also included. Our Constitution has given us freedom of faith, freedom of expression and abolished untouchability, defining it as a punishable offence.

wftuThe Indian Police found 200 children to work in a tile manufacturing industry in Telangana, India. Μost of them are younger than 14 years old. The number of child labor amounts to 5,7 million in India and to 168 million worldwide accounting to the ILO.

comunistaThe Modi government has taken the dangerous step of deepening military collaboration with the United States by agreeing to allow US armed forces to use base facilities in Indian naval and air force bases.

The US Defence Secretary and the Indian Defence Minister have announced an in principle agreement has been reached for a Logistics Exchange  Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). This is just another name for the Logistic Support Agreement (LSA) that the United States enters into with military allies like Philippines, South Korea and Japan. Unlike what the Defence Minister says, refueling, maintenance and repair facilities for American ships and airplanes will require the  stationing of US armed forces personnel on Indian soil on a regular basis.

Communist Party of India (Marxist)The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot. The ongoing operation to clear the terrorists from the base has entered the fourth day.  Seven defence and security personnel have died fighting the terrorist squad.  The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families of these brave men who have laid down their lives in the line of duty.

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