New Series Vol. 8 No. 4 (September 2001)
The Kashmir cauldron
The dangerous one-upmanship between Indian
and Pakistani governments in escalating violence in Jammu and Kashmir
has once again proved that the Centre’ policy of bringing about a military
solution has been a miserable failure. Jammu should not lead to another
Kargil. New Delhi should sincerely seek political reconciliation with
the people of J&K.
Amidst the pre-election political heat in UP
Desperate moves by the Rajnath Singh Government
to shore up BJP’s plummeting fortunes fail to pay much dividends. Pre-election
horse-trading is on. The caste card is back. Dangerous communal designs
are in the making. But, no matter what they do, the BJP government is
Preserving the caste system at all costs!
Caste may not be the same as race. But that
is no excuse for the Indian government to prevent dalit organizations
from being heard in Durban. By refusing to make a case for inclusion of
caste in the agenda of the UN conference to discuss discrimination based
on race, descent and birth, the Vajpayee government is only betraying
its upper caste Hindutva bias.
Industrial scenario and industrial relations in West Bengal
tops the list of PF default by big companies in both public and private
sectors. Wage agreements keep pending for years. Even wages remain unpaid.
Unemployment is high. The mandays lost due to lockout outnumber the mandays
lost in strikes by 40-45 times. A sordid record of the LF government that
characterizes itself as Shilpabandu (industry-friendly).
Summary of Polit Bureau Deliberations [New Delhi, 17-18 August, 2001 [Excerpts]
AISA All-India Conference held in Allahabad on 21-22 August
Under the BJP government, education has come
under the pincer attack of elitisation and saffronisation. Designing a
new educational architecture for India’s elites has been left in the hands
of Ambanis and Birlas by the Vajpayee government, while saffron hordes
have taken over key institutions of educational policy-making and administration
to bring about systematic communalization of the curriculum. The tasks
of the revolutionary student movement in this backdrop are identified
by CPI(ML) General Secretary Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya in his address
to the AISA All-India Conference held in Allahabad on 21-22 August
A massive revolt by the workers of Peenya
industrial estate in Bangalore over refusal by the local PF office to
settle their PF dues.
A round-up of recent initiatives and struggles
that includes report on CPI(ML)’s Vajpayee Hatao campaign on August
9, demonstration demanding an enquiry into the Cossipore-Baranagar massacre
in Calcutta, joint protest against eviction of hawkers and slumdwellers
in Calcutta, police crackdown on CPI(ML) district conference in Garwah,
land struggles in Bhojpur, Chandauli and South Orissa and a CPI(ML) team’s
findings on Baghpat firing.
FOR A BRIGHTER WORLD
Indonesia’s fledgling labour movement, which
survived the repressive ‘New Order’ of Suharto regime and the devastating
impact of the East Asian crisis, is forging ahead facing new challenges.
Appeal to resist the launching of the New Round
in Doha in November 2001
A statement by People’s Campaign against Globalisation
against a new round of trade talks.
The first part of a popular feature on the Doha Ministerial Meet of the WTO, which argues against India agreeing to a new round of trade talks.