Sunday, March 8, 2009

International Women's Day.

First of all, I would like to wish everyone in Rediffiland on the International Women"s day.

International women's day was first observed by working women around the world under the leadership of Clara Zetkin on 1910. This day represents the aspiration and struggle of women around the world to break free from the clutches of capitalism, Feudalism and all sorts of patriarchial exploitation and repression.
But it is a pity to see that nowadays this day has been hijacked by the bourgeois class.
They have totally commercialised this day. The decadent bourgeois culture, which protrays women as sex objects to be traded in the market place, is being propagated in almost all types of media.
Alcoholism and demonstration of naked and half naked bodies by women are being viewed as signs of progress. It is a pity to see that this great day and it's significance is being maligned by the ruling class in this way to corrupt the population.
It is the job of every modern, progressive person ( both men and women) to fight against these reactionary designs and re-establish International Women's Day in history with it's full glory.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lalgarh shimmering with anger

LALGARH: The trust had been eroding fast, but after Monday's attack, tribals in Lalgarh have turned completely against the police. The People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) is setting up a village security force to guard from police and CPM supporters. The hostility is out in the open now, with PCPA leaders demanding that policemen leave the villages immediately.

Three villagers were shot dead at Khasjangal on Monday and villagers claimed that Lalgarh OC Susanta Rajbanshi and his team did nothing to stop the violence. The PCPA leadership has called a 48-hour strike in the three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia from Wednesday onwards.

"The attackers opened fire in the presence of police, who did nothing to stop them. Instead they allowed safe passage to the killers. We don't need the police here anymore ," said Chhatradhar Mahato, PCPA leader. Two youths from each village will be recruited as guards. "These guards will alert us in case there is an attack by CPM-backed goons or police," added Mahato.

Blockades put up at several places along the Lalgarh-Ramgarh road remained in place through the day. Later in the evening, the road was cut off at Jhitka by the committee's members.

Till late on Tuesday night, police have not been able to identify the "unknown gunmen" who opened fire. "Investigations are on to trace the assailants. Family members of none of the victims have lodged a complaint," said Kuldiep Singh, IG (Western zone).

At Gopalnagar, the villagers were mourning the death of Rajaram Mandi and his son Lakhiram . A bullet had pierced Lakhiram's chest and another his father's abdomen. A marginal cropper, Mandi owned a five-bigha plot which was their only source of earning. "My sister-in-law Golapi is three months pregnant. We haven't broken the news to her yet," said Tusu, Lakhiram's sister.

PCPA leaders are camping at Khasjangal. With the attacks, the tribal leaders are confident of getting support from more places. "We have decided to set up two more branches at Dalilpur and Dharampur under our central committee," said Mahato.

With CPM on the back foot, the Opposition parties have quickly jumped into the fray to garner tribal support before the Lok Sabha elections.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will visit Lalgarh on Wednesday. Her party supporters from Midnapore town visited Khasjangal on Tuesday expressing solidarity with the tribals. Not to be outdone, district Congress has called a 12-hour Jhargram strike to protest against the killings.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Press Statement by Gana Pratirodh Mancha

A delegation on behalf of Gana Pratirodh Mancha( state unit of Revolutionary Democratic Front) visited Darjeeling on 11th October 2008.
It was lead by Raja Sorkhel ,state committee secretary of Gana Pratirodh Mancha(GPM). It also comprised of Prosun Chattopaddhay and Gour Chakroborty , two state committee members of Gana Pratirodh Mancha.
They met with senior leaders of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha and expressed their solidarity with the struggle being waged by the Gorkha people for a separate state of Gorkhaland. Gana Pratirodh Mancha and RDF fully supports the legitimate demand for a separate Gorkhaland state and the democratic movement being led by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha. The news of this meeting was informed to the public and the media in a open press conference held in Jalpaiguri.

But it has been noted that a part of the media including some television channels have been broadcasting news saying that the meeting was secret and it was part of a maoist pact with Gorkha Janamukti Morcha. Gana Pratirodh Mancha(GPM) is making it clear that the meeting was in no way a secret meeting and has nothing to do with any party or organisation except GPM.
GPM strongly condemns the gross distortion of facts by a part of the media . It urges them to play a more responsible role in representing the facts regarding GPM.

-Raja Sorkhel

Gour Chakroborty

Prosun Chattopaddhay

Thursday, August 28, 2008

We want pro-people industrialisation

India is a country with agrarian economy.
Most of the people are employed in agricultural sector.
So if we have to turn our beloved motherland into a modern progressive egalitarian state we have to embark on a mission of pro-people, labour intensive , nature friendly path of industrialisation .
We can not blindly follow the model of western capitalist states where industrialisation has taken place by setting up of large scale industries.
This experiment has failed in our country in the 50s' and 60s' even with full government backing.
We have to follow the path of Mao's china not the path of World Bank,WTO and IMF.

What is that path?

At first we need sweeping real land reforms.
Not the fake so-called reforms of West Bengal.
All the land should go to the tillers.
Like what Comrade Lenin had instructed.

In this way the feudal land relation will cease to exist.
The parasitic extra economic coercion of Feudalism will come to an end.
The share croppers will no longer be bound to give 25% or 50% of their produce to the landlord.
The agricultural workers will no longer be bound to act as bonded or semi-bonded labourers.

This will increase the surplus value generated by the peasants and the agricultural workers.
This will become surplus capital.
This surplus capital will then be either reinvested into agriculture itself or get invested into agro-based industries like manufacturing of power tillers, pump sets, fertilizers, seed, insecticides etc.
Due to increased capital in the hands of the farmers there will be a ready market for these goods. More mechanisation will come into agriculture and production will increase.
As people will have more money they will be able to arrange good education for their children and thus the whole living standard of the community and the society will be raised.
More money in the hands of peasants and other labouring people will increase the purchasing capacity of the population. This will help to create market for non agro based small and medium sized industry including consumer goods industry.

In this way we can create a people friendly humane form of industrialisation as opposed to the jobless ,ruthless, anti people imperialist industrialisation.

However it is doubtful whether the imperialist , feudal lords and the comprador bourgeoisie will allow us to accomplish our goal within this exploitative semi feudal, semi colonial society.
So, the only way forward is to establish the rule of the people by making the New Democratic Revolution victorious through the path of protracted people's war.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Survey and Campaign by FAMA

Forum Against Monopoly aggression ( FAMA) is a platform of organisations and individuals fighting against the infiltration of large corporate capital in retail business.
FAMA has been carrying out campaign and consolidation activities for the past few months which included Conventions, street corner meetings, postering and leafleting.
As a part of this ongoing movement FAMA organised a survey among the shopkeepers and small businessmen in the Baghajatin area in the southern suburbs of Kolkata.
Members of several democratic mass organisations of the area took part in this survey. There was a sizable participation from students of Jadavpur University.

Recently there has been a trend of big, glossy shopping malls springing up in this neighbourhood.There are already a few malls like the Big Bazaar and food mall. There are plans of several other malls to be built in the future.
The survey included questions relating to the impact of these shopping malls on the livelihood of the common shopkeepers and small businessmen. The response was overwhelming. Several shopkeepers vented their shimmering anger against these corporate sharks who are bent on destroying their businesses. They have quite well understood the dangers that these huge trans-national corporations pose to them.
Many said that they are ready to take to the streets if any organisation stands by them and gives leadership.

FAMA will continue to carry out this survey and other campaign activities in differnet parts of the city and the suburban areas in the future. Another such survey will take place about a week from now.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Comrade Saroj Dutta will be remembered forever

Today, 5th August is the martyrdom day of Comrade Saroj Dutta.He was one of the greatest leaders of the communist revolutionary movement of the 1970s', popularly known as the naxalite movement.
Comrade Saroj Dutta, commonly known as comrade SD, is an important name in the history of Indian Communist movement. He was born in 1914 in a semi-landlord family of Jessore in East Bengal.

Comrade SD joined the Amrita Bazar Patrika, after completing his post graduation in English from University of Calcutta in early forties. Later he became a political whole-timer and joined Swadhinata, the organ of the Bengal State Committee of the CPI. He was also the editor of the famous literary journal – Parichaye.

During his imprisonment in 1962, SD came in contact with Comrade Charu Majumdar. Being a staunch communist, he aired harsh criticisms against the Dangeite leadership and joined the CPI (M) after the split in 1964. When the CPI (M) leadership nakedly advocated Khrushchev’s line of class-collaboration, comrades SD, Sushital Roy Choudhuri, Asit Sen and others formed the Marxist-Leninist Institute, an anti revisionist study group. After the Naxalbari upsurge, he vehemently criticized the party leadership and was expelled.

Comrade SD was instrumental in the formation of the AICCR and the CPI (M-L). He became the editor of Deshabrati, the Bengali organ of the West Bengal State Committee of the CPI (M-L).

He relentlessly fought for the consolidation of comrade Charu Majumdar’s authority, and played an important role in intra-party debates.

From 1970 onwards, comrade SD became one of the most wanted persons in India. The police was always hunting for him like a hungry wolf. Finally, in the early hours of 5th August, 1971, he was secretly eliminated by the state machinery.

His write-ups in “Patrikar Duniyaye” in Deshabrati are treated as rare gems in the treasury of Leftist Journalism.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

P. Govindan Kutty released

Mr. P. Govindan Kutty , the editor of People's March magazine, who was arrested about a month back in Kerala ,was released yesterday.
It took a lot of campaigning and a long strenuous hunger strike by him to force the state to release him from his totally unfair imprisonment.
Following is a statement issued by him after his release.

I was released from prison today around noon. I thank the print and mass media in extending their support for my struggle in prison. I thank the civil and democratic rights organisations, Kerala Working Journalists Union, Advocates P.A. Pauran, Madhusudan in extending legal assistance, Arundhati Roy, Girish Karnad, Maheshwata Devi in espousing my cause. People's March publication will be resumed as early as possible.

Normally police seize only the hard disks of any computer. In My case they seized the whole C.P.U., Monitor, Key Board, Mouse, Speakers everything. I have to buy everything as the seized items will be returned only after the closure of the case by court. Normally police seize only the SIM card. In my case police seized the mobile instrument itself. That means I have to spend money for a computer and mobile. The owners of the printing press which prints People's March were threatened by police. They refuse to print People's March.

These are the problems before the People's March. Even though People's March is a Registered Newspaper registered under the Registrar of Newspapers for India.Liberal financial assistance is the need of the hour to resume People's March publication.
-P. Govindan Kutty, Editor, People's March