Wednesday, 26 April 2017

As Cow Vigilante Terror Strikes, Bourgeois Democracy Evaporates Into Thin Air

- Anurag Pathak/26.4.2017

Five members of a nomadic family, including a nine-year-old girl and an elderly man, moving with their livestock, were injured in the deadly attack by cow vigilante group on the night of Friday, April 21, in Reasi district of Jammu & Kashmir.

The family was intercepted by a large group of saffron Vigilantes and beaten up with iron rods. In videos of the attack women are clearly heard screaming and begging for mercy inside a shed as a large group of men kick the tin structure and chant slogans.

The police, present on the scene of occurance, is recorded stating that families that move with cattle have been advised "to travel with proper permission and only during the day". Undeterred by the scathing exposure of on-the-spot instant support by the police to cow vigilante attackers, SDS Jamwal, a senior officer in J&K police said "Strict action will be taken. These people (the victims) were moving with their livestock without permission. They were intercepted by Gau-Rakshaks and beaten up.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Leaving 26 Dead and 6 Injured, the Naxal Encounter with Security Forces in Sukma, Sends Shivers Down the Spine of Bourgeois Political Establishment

- Rajesh Tyagi/ 25.4.2017

26 Jawans of a company of 74th Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been killed in an encounter with Naxalites in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, last morning. The CRPF Company was deployed to oversee the construction of a road which Maoists had been resisting.

The attack is the second major Naxal attack in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh this year. The Media has put it as worst naxal attack in the last 7 years, drawing parallel with a similar attack 7 years before in which 76 CRPF personnel were killed.

In a separate attack carried out by Naxals at the same time, at least three CRPF jawans have been injured in Jharkhand’s Daltonganj, but the incident has paled in the background in the face of far bigger Sukma violence.

Since 2005, 1911 security personnel have lost lives in Naxal attacks.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Tej Bahadur, the Soldier Who Brought to Light the Abominable Living Conditions of Soldiery in Security Forces, is Sacked by the BSF

Ritansh Azad/ 24.4.2017

Tejbahadur, the BSF jawan whose video about sub-standard quality of food served in his regiment, went viral in media, this January, has been sacked by the BSF after holding him guilty on various charges in a sham internal inquiry.

Justifying the outrageous and apparently vindictive action of the BSF, a senior BSF officer said “The action of dismissal of the jawan has been taken under the Border Security Force Act that is applicable to all the personnel serving in the paramilitary force”. “Yadav has been found guilty on certain charges of indiscipline including uploading the video in violation of the laid down procedures and rules. He has an option to appeal against the verdict within three months time”, the Officer added. After being sacked, Tej Bahadur claimed that the inquiry was conducted in most biased way and he would appeal in High Court against the decision.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Persecution of Rohingya Muslims Exposes the Predatory Character of Capitalism

-Anurag Pathak/ 19.4.2017

Centre is mulling over a proposal from J&K govenment to deport over 10,000 refugees belonging to Rohingya muslim community, living ‘illegally’ in the state. The issue has been deliberated at a high level meeting convened by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, with J&K Chief Secretary Braj Raj Sharma and Director General of Police SP Vaid attending. “The ministry is exploring ways and means to identify and deport the Rohingya Muslims from the state”, declared a Union Home Ministry official after the meet.

Not more than a week ago 12 huts habited by Rohingyas were gutted in a fire, inside a refugee camp in Jammu, that inhabits Rohingyas, leaving 4 of them were completely destroyed. The fire was widely acclaimed to be handiwork of the right wing communal elements, despite denial of authorities, as only few days ago the Jammu Chamber of Commerce had issued a statement threatening to “identify and kill all Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi immigrants settled in Jammu if they were not deported within a month”. Rakesh Gupta, president of the JCC, added that Rohingya refugees were “a possible human bomb and harbors to be used by militant organisations.” The president of the Chamber, a federation of over 100 traders organization, continued to mark Rohingyas as “criminals and drug traffickers disowned by their own country.”

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A Short Note on Our Attitude to Issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav

-Sourav Bhattacharya/ 19.4.2017

On 10th April 2017, a Pakistani court has sentenced to death a former Indian Navy official, Kulbhushan Jadhav, accusing him of espionage on the territory of Pakistan while working for India’s external intelligence agency, RAW.

The question here arises, what should be our party’s stand regarding this issue?

First of all we should make it clear that a genuine Marxist can never take a stand inspired by nationalist considerations or sentiments. Looking back at history, we find that Marxists led by Lenin and Rosa had left the Second international in opposition to its leaning upon Nationalism and patriotism. Marxists are internationalists. Therefore, even if they belong to an oppressed nationality, they must seek to join with workers of all other nationalities, including the workers of the oppressor nation, in struggle against the national oppression and all exploitation! This is what Marx meant precisely by when he said, “Workers of the World Unite”. Ultimately genuine Marxists know that “no nation can be free if it oppresses other nation”. They also understand that national oppression cannot be ended until the elimination of class exploitation and that their own national oppression is just one particular aspect of the outrages of monopoly capitalism and imperialism.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Students Across Kashmir Erupt in Mass Protests After Security Forces Maul Dozens of Students on Saturday

-Anurag Pathak/ Rajesh Tyagi/ 17.4.2017

Kashmir is witness to a new wave of mass protests against its occupation by Indian Army, this time from its students.

The protests have been called by the Kashmir University Students Union, a lesser known student body, against brutality by the Army upon students of Government College in Pulwama City in South Kashmir.

These students were brutalized by the Army, leaving over 50 badly injured after they dared to protest against an Army raid inside the College on Saturday.

Protesting against this repression, the students of S.P. College in Srinagar, had blocked Maulana Azad Road of the state Capital, yesterday on 17th. It took no time for demonstrations to spread over first to capital Srinagar and then to the entire valley as the security forces resorted to rubber bullets, tear gas and lathicharge against the protesting students.

The mass upsurge is culmination of a chain of events where repression by the army has continued to touch ever new heights with record escalations in last few weeks that includes the merciless killing of 8 unarmed Kashmiris by the Security forces, parading a tailor tied on the bonnet of an army jeep across 9 villages and hunting down of an innocent boy by paramilitary trooper on April 10 at Budgam by-polls.

Friday, 14 April 2017

ਪੰਜਾਬ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ ਕੈਂਪਸ 'ਚ ਬੇਰਹਿਮ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਲਾਠੀਚਾਰਜ ‘ਚ ਦਰਜਨਾਂ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ ਜਖ਼ਮੀ

66 ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ‘ਤੇ ਤੋਡ਼ਫੋਡ਼, ਦੰਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਦੇਸ਼ਧ੍ਰੋਹ ਦਾ ਝੂਠਾ ਇਲਜ਼ਾਮ

ਅਮੀਰ-ਪ੍ਰਸਤ ਨਵੀਂ ਲੁਟੇਰੀ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਨੀਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਥੋਪਣ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਕੈਂਪਸ ‘ਚ ਜਬਰਦਸਤ ਰੋਸ ਅਤੇ ਟਾਕਰਾ

-ਵਰਕਰਜ਼ ਸੋਸ਼ਲਿਸਟ ਪਾਰਟੀ, ਰਿਪੋਰਟਰ/ 11.4.2017

ਅੱਜ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ ਕੈਂਪਸ 'ਚ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਬੇਰਹਿਮ ਲਾਠੀਚਾਰਜ ਦਾ ਰਾਹ ਚੁਣਨ ਮਗਰੋਂ ਦਰਜਨਾਂ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ ਜਖ਼ਮੀ ਹੋ ਗਏ, ਕੁਝ ਦੇ ਬੁੱਲ ਬੁਰੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਕੱਟੇ ਗਏ ਹਨ।

ਕੈਂਪਸ 'ਚ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਬੁਛਾੜਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਆਂਸੂ ਗੈਸ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਦੀ ਅਗਲੀ ਕੜੀ ਵਜੋਂ ਲਾਠੀਚਾਰਜ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ। ਪੁਲਿਸ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ ਹਿੰਸਾ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਪੂਰੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਨਾਲ਼ ਅਣਐਲਾਨੀ ਅਤੇ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਸ਼ਾਂਤੀਪੂਰਨ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਦੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਵਿੱਚ ਸੀ।

ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ ਕੈਂਪਸ 'ਚ ਮੌਜੂਦਾ ਫੀਸਾਂ ਦੇ 11 ਗੁਣਾ ਤੱਕ ਅਭੂਤਪੂਰਵ ਫੀਸਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਾਧੇ, 2000 ਤੋਂ 82000 ਤੱਕ, ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਸਨ।

ਇਸ ਅਕਾਸ਼ੀ ਵਾਧੇ 'ਤੇ ਪਾਣੀ ਪਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ ਅਥਾਰਿਟੀ ਨੇ ਝੂਠ ਬੋਲਿਆ ਕਿ ਫੀਸਾਂ ਦਾ ਵਾਧਾ ਸਿਰਫ਼ 12.5 ਪ੍ਰਤੀਸ਼ਤ ਹੈ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਸਿਰਫ਼ ਟਿਊਸ਼ਨ ਫੀਸ 'ਚ ਔਸਤ ਵਾਧਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ।