Save Indo-Nepal Relations
from Saffron Expansionism and Enemity with Pakistan
The transition from Y2K to Y2K1 has been quite turbulent
in Nepal. The end of December witnessed stormy protests on
the streets of Kathmandu over alleged anti-Nepal remarks made
by Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan. Given the delicate political
balance in Nepal, the protests have quite understandably snowballed
into a major political challenge for the weak and perennially
faction-ridden Nepali Congress government. Simultaneously,
the events have also cast a long and dark shadow on the deteriorating
Hrithik has since denied having made any comment slighting
Nepal and its people. As the dust settles down on the current
controversy, which it probably will after some time, his films
may again be back in currency in Nepal. It will however be
height of naivete to treat the return of Hrithik films to
the theatres and video parlours of Kathmandu as a sign of
improvement or restoration of normalcy in the situation. It
also serves no purpose other than further vitiating the atmosphere
and compounding the problem to dismiss the whole episode as
yet another handiwork of anti-India vested interests or as
an irresponsible act of competitive nationalist populism by
shortsighted Nepalese politicians.
There are surely chauvinistic fringes in the political landscape
of Nepal as there are in most countries and quite conspicuously
in India as well. The people and democratic forces of Nepal
will surely be able to isolate them and the task of democratic
opinion in India is precisely to create an atmosphere, which
is conducive for strengthening progressive democratic forces
in Nepal and developing friendly relations between India and
Nepal. And this can only be done by according due respect
to Nepal's sovereignty and national aspirations and opposing
every trend of regional hegemonism, every act or attitude
of big brotherly arrogance or interference on the part of
the Indian state and ruling establishment. Hrithik may or
may not have made any anti-Nepal remark, but as long as the
air in Nepal remains heavy with widespread popular resentment
against, or at any rate, apprehension about Indian intentions,
such episodes can only be likely to recur.
We must also remember that anti-India sentiment in Nepal
does not thrive merely on the relative imbalance in size or
strength between India and Nepal or on the role of Indian
capital in Nepal, but most importantly on the political attitude
of India's rulers to the legitimate aspirations of the Nepalese
people for their independent national identity and for democracy
and development in Nepal. Indeed, is it not striking that
relations between the world's only Hindu state, Nepal, and
India have been deteriorating since the rise of Hindutva forces
in India? For those who would like to explain the acrimony
between India and Pakistan in terms of Pakistan's Islamic
character and military-dominated political order, Nepal indeed
presents a strange paradox. Of late, the Indian foreign policy
establishment has begun to treat Nepal as an ISI territory
and Indo-Nepal relations have become a clear hostage to the
overflowing cup of antagonism between India and Pakistan.
But nothing can be more self-defeating for Indian foreign
policy than antagonising Nepal by demonising it as a pawn
in the hands of Pakistan. There can be no justifying the anti-Nepal
tirade of the Indian state as a legitimate expression or defence
of India's security concerns, for Indian interests cannot
be defended on the basis of diplomatic bankruptcy or an arrogant
foreign policy which only deepens India's isolation from all
her immediate neighbours.
Moreover, the fig leaf of security concerns can hardly hide
the naked expansionist attitude of the saffron brigade. While
some of these saffron outfits are attributing the 'trouble'
in Nepal to the country's transition from monarchy and partyless
rule to a fledgling parliamentary democracy, the government
cries against growing ISI penetration in the Left movement
in Nepal. And now a most veteran and authentic saffron ideologue
like KR Malkani tells us that the 'problem' of Nepal could
have been resolved long back had Nehru agreed to the Nepal
monarch's proposal for annexation of Nepal by India in the
We must save Indo-Nepal relations from this stupid saffron
arrogance and ISI fixation. The road to Indo-Nepal friendship
can only be built by burying forever the regional hegemonic
ambitions of Indian rulers. It can only be paved with an honest
respect for Nepal's quest for an independent national identity
and its growing engagement with parliamentary democratic politics.
Party Condemns Killing
of Com. Birsing Timung
Party strongly condemned the killing of Com. Birsing Timung,
member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council (KAADC),
by notorious UPDS killers on 1 January at Parkhowa village
in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. According to the newspaper
reports, two villages Erdangingti and Laksotokbi under Party's
influence were also attacked by this criminal gang and several
houses were set ablaze there. In another incident on 1 January,
the UPDS goons killed 3 woodcutters belonging to Muslim community
in Howraghat area of Karbi Anglong.
Noting that just three days back on 28 December the killer
UPDS gang had mowed down 8 persons of Bihari origin in Karbi
Anglong, the Party strongly condemned the Assam government
for its callousness in dealing with UPDS. It is also to be
noted that in early December an extremist gang had killed
another member of KAADC Mr. J. Basumatary in Diphu town. It
has now become clear that the killer gangs have the single
aim of eliminating CPI(ML)-ASDC in order to sabotage the autonomous
state movement, and the UPDS is working in close coordination
not only with Congress but also with BJP and the renegade
Holiram-Jotson clique with an intention to unseat the ASDC
majority Autonomous Council administration in Karbi Anglong.
When Assam government has utterly failed to ensure safety
to citizens in Karbi Anglong, is it not proper now to supply
arms to the victims so that they can themselves save their
lives? Moreover, is it not proper to hand over at least law
and order subject to the Autonomous Council itself so that
they can save the lives of their people in a better way?
2nd Death Anniversary of
Com. VM Observed (Late News)
UP State Committee had decided to observe the second death
anniversary of Com. VM by holding three-day cadre study camps
in the districts of concentrated work and organising various
programmes including seminars and conventions. A syllabus
was decided for the cadre study camps in which some selected
articles by Com. VM and from writings of Lenin were included.
In the camp held at Chandauli 42 cadres participated where
papers were presented on three subjects. Main emphasis was
on party's tactical line with respect to peasant movement
vis a vis CPI(M)'s line.
In Ghazipur, a seminar was also organised apart from holding
the camp. Such camps were also held in Ballia, Allahabad,
Kanpur, Sonebhadra and Mau. In Lucknow a seminar was held
on 18 December on the topic "Challenge of communal fascism
and thought of Vinod Mihsra". It was presided over by senior
journalist Akhilesh Mishra. Seminars were also held in Lakhimpur
Kheri and at Puranpur of Pilibhit a cadre meeting was held
to observe pledge-taking day.
Tanjore-Nagai-Tiruvaru District Committee organised pledge-taking
meeting on 18 December at Mayiladudurai. Party cadres and
selected activists of wage struggle that has been launched
in recent months participated in the meeting. Com.T.K.S. Janarthanan,
State Committee member presided over the meeting. Participants
included 55 women. District Committee member Com. T. Kannaiyan
read out the resolution paying homage to Com. VM. State Secretary
Com. Balasundram gave party cards to the new full members
and introduced them to the pledge taking meeting. He said
that organising peasants in the party and strengthening peasant
struggle is the fittest homage to the departed leader. Com.
Samiyammal, member of Agricultural Workers' Union Organising
Committee, who came forward to join the Party, read out the
pledge. With rousing slogans the meeting came to an end.
In Kovai, a meeting was organised on 18 December. The meeting
was addressed by Com. N.K. Natarajan, State Committee member
and Com. Thenmpzi of AIPWA.
AT Thiruvallur, a meeting was organised by Party's Thiruvallur
District Committee in which Com. Annadurai, State Committee
member addressed the gathering.
In Chennai, the Pledge-taking Day meeting was organised in
Ambattur. Party members and a large number of workers participated
in the meeting. Com. Kumarasamy addressed the meeting.
In Madurai, a meeting of Party caders was held to observe
the Pledge-taking Day. Com. Mathivanan, State Committee member
called upon the cadres to build a vibrant united revolutionary
left Party under the unified leadership of the State Committee.
This is the way to fulfill the dreams of Com.VM in Tamil Nadu.
Sivagangai-Pudukkotai District Committee organised a meeting
in Pudukkotai, in which selected activists participated. Com.
Kasi Viduthalai Kumaran State Committee member presided over
the meeting. Com. Pandiyan State Committee member explained
how our party line was evolved fighting against the left and
right deviations and laid atmost importance to fight out the
trend of left deviation prevailing in the district Party organisation.
Seminar on Globalisation
and the Role of Left
A seminar on "Liberalisation, privatisation, globalisation
and the role of Left" was held in Gwalior of Madhya Pradesh
on 31 December. Party CC member Com. BB Pandey was the main
speaker. He dealt on various facets of globalisation and the
movements of protest against it by workers, peasants and students.
He appealed to all communists, socialists and other forces
leading issue-based movements to come together on a single
platform to conduct a protracted struggle against globalisation
outside the corridors of Parliament. Other speakers included
Secretary of Gwalior District Committee of CPI Com. Rajesh
Sharma, trade union leaders Com. Ashok Khan and Com. BI Joardar.
The seminar was presided over by Com. Gurudatt Sharma.
'Lootera Bhagao, Desh
Bachao' Campaign Observed Throughout the Country
Implementing the call of Party Central Committee, Bihar Pradesh
Kisan Sabha (BPKS) and Bihar Pradesh Khet Mazdoor Sabha (BPKMS)
jointly has launched the first phase of Lutera Bhagao, Krishi
Bachao campaign on 26 Dec. which will run up to 9 Jan., 2001.
A cadre training camp was held on 26 Dec. in which 100 activists
working on the peasant front participated. State Party Secy.
Com. Ramjatan Sharma dealt upon the present agrarian crisis,
CC member Com. Pawan Sharma dealt upon Party's agrarian policy
and Com. Rajaram Singh, convenor of BPKS dealt on initiatives
to be taken. Liberation article on peasant problems was also
The action programme of burning the effigy of Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee and beating the effigy of Agricultural
Minister Nitish Kumar under was implemented in thousands of
villages all over Bihar. The BPKS and BPKMS had launched this
agitation on the demand of opening foodgrain purchasing centres
by FCI, NAFED and BISCOUMAN, the state food corportation,
at block level and implementing "food for work" programme
in right earnest. During this programme, police arrested Party
leaders and cadres from the State headquarters. In Bihta village
of Bhojpur district, Ranvir Sena had opposed the burning of
the effigies, but the programme was made successful despite
Padyatra would be undertaken from 3 to 9 January in all the
blocks of the state. In the course of this campaign, anti-peasant
policies of the government will be exposed and our agrarian
policies would be explained to the people.
Left parties including CPI(ML), CPI, CPI(M), RSP, Forward
Bloc, SUCI and MCPI leaders have in their joint statement
expressed concern over the fact that peasants have not been
able to recovered even the minimum support price (MSP) of
maize, sugarcane and wheat, apart from other cereals. While
the MSP of paddy is Rs.510-570 per quintal, it is being sold
by peasants to the middleman at the rate of Rs.300 per quintal.
The centre is not providing money to the FCI to purchase foodgrains.
The state and central governments are blaming each other for
this situation, but no one is concerned about the peasants.
Therefore, the Left parties have decided to call Bihar Bandh
on 17 January, 2001.
Observing Party's national call "Lootera Bhagao Desh Bachao"on
the eve of the New Year, effigy of Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee was burnt at several places in Delhi. Torchlight
processions were brought out and mass meetings were held along
with burning of the effigy. All over Delhi around 1500 Party
cadres and sympathisers participated in these programmes.
In Vishwas Nagar Com. Swapan Mukherjee, Party CCM and GS
of AICCTU, Com. Rajendra Pratholi, Delhi State Committee Secy.,
Com. Shashi Bhushan of RYA and Com. Ram Abhilash took out
the march and addressed the agitators. In Mandawali, Party
cadres and sympathisers led by Com. Sunita, Party State Committee
member, Com. Ravindra Sharma and Samundra Paswan took out
the march from Mother Dairy crossing. In Noida, Party CCM
and GS of AIPWA Com. Kumudini Pati, Central Secretariat member
Com. Ranjit Abhigyan, SCM and Delhi AICCTU Secy. Com. Ranjan
Ganguli led the rally and address the meeting at sector 10.
Similarly SCM Com. BKS Gautam led the agitators of Patparganj
area at Kalyanpuri, SCM Com. Jeeta Kaur at Azadpur, SCM Com.
Rajiv Dimri, Santosh Rai and Shankaran at Kalkaji Depot.,
Com. Rajpal Singh at Nazafgarh, Com. Surendra Panchal and
Satbeer Shramik at Narela and Com. Satya Prakash Bauddha at
In Kanpur, Party comrades responding to the call for national
agitation burnt the effigy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Six comrades
were arrested under prohibitory orders, but later they were
released. In Ghazipur district, the effigy of Prime Minister
was burnt at Zamania and also in some villages of Karanda
sub-division. In Pilibhit town, protestors led by Com. Swadesh
Bhattacharya, Party's Polit Bureau member, Com. Krishna Adhikari,
CC member, Com. Diwakar, State Committee member, Com. Kishan
Lal and Com. Alauddin Shashtri burnt the effigy of Atal Bihari
Vajpayee to observe the national call.
Saffron attempts at
Instigating Communal Riot Condemned
The Party expressed strong resentment over the incident of
unprovoked police firing at Ranchi on 28 December, that took
place on the people who had come out in a spontaneous protest
against the death of a girl child crushed by a police van.
Those who were killed belonged to the minority community.
In fact the DSP US Jha had openly asked Hindus in the crowd
to leave the place before he ordered firing on the remaining
mass, which he presumed as solely Muslims. The Party demanded
stern action against the guilty police officials responsible
for the firing as well as the driver of the police van and
also adequate compensation to the bereaved families.
As it happened, the DSP too sustained injuries as a result
of people's retaliation and ultimately he died. The government
had imposed curfew following the police firing, and it was
natural that the curfew would be gradually lifted from area
after area. But Sangh Parivar elements in conspiracy with
the saffron government are trying to prolong the curfew and
instigate communal riot against the minority community. And
the governor, Prabhat Kumar is himself a person accused for
Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. The Party has serious apprensions
that a communal riot is in the offing in Ranchi in which the
government is going to play the role of an abetter. Therefore
CPI(ML) has appealed to the President of India to check the
Jharkhand government from abetting the communal riot and asked
the secular forces and people to remain alert and foil any
attempt on the part of Sangh Parivar and the government to
fuel the surcharged communal atmosphere. The people of Jharkhand
must defeat the conspiracy of communal fascists by maintaning
communal harmony at any cost.
AIPWA March in Kanpur
On 15 December, AIPWA unit of Kanpur organised a demonstration
and burnt the effigy of P&T Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, in
support of the P&T workers' strike. The demonstration was
led by Com. Saraswati.
Chakka Jam in Mithilanchal
CPI(ML) Mithilanchal Region (North-Central part of Bihar
comprising Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Vaishali, Samastipur,
Begusarai etc. districts) organised a "Railway Chakka Jam"
agitation on 30 December under the movement for development
of Mithilanchal. The agitation was centred on the demands
of finding out and implementing a permanent solution to the
problem of flood, opening up new mills, introducing new railway
lines and ensuring proper functioning of the old railway and
road routes in Mithilanchal. During the "Chakka Jam" all the
main rail routes were blocked and militant masses in their
hundreds gathered at important railway stations to set up
barricades. Thus rail and road traffic was completely paralyzed
in this region and it was only in the evening that the railway
and road traffic could resume to normalcy. More than two thousand
agitators were arrested by police while they were implementing
the Chakka Jam. In Sitamarhi, the agitators faced brutal lathipcharge
in whihc dozens including three women activists sustained
injuries. This movement has greatly enhanced the prestige
of CPI(ML) as a fighting force truely concerned about development
of the region while at the same time taking up the real problems
of the poor and downtrodden. Thus the campaign has considerably
strengthened the political assertion of our Party in Mithilanchal.
Second National Conference
The second national conference of RYA, held in Varanasi on
23-24 Dec. 2000, has elected a 91-member National Council
and a 21-member Executive Council, which in its turn elected
Mithilesh Kumar Yadav as President, Lal Bahadur Singh as General
Secretary, Md. Salim and Jayatu Deshmukh as Vice Presidents,
and Viduthalai Kumaran, Ravindra Goswami and Kamlesh Sharma
as secretaries. Com. Rajaram Singh, ex-president of RYA will
now onwards work on Party's peasant front. The conference
passed a 10-point political resolution and proclaimed to observe
11 January 2001 as 'Employment Day' throughout the country.
Party Nominee Victorious
in DU Election
Com. Tapas Ranjan Saha of Left and Democratic Teachers' Front
(LDTF), the teachers' organisation in Delhi University, comfortably
won the election for the post of member of Academic Council.
He has been elected to the post for the second successive
time. The LDTF also supported the CPI(M)'s candidate for DU
Executive Council who won the election defeating BJP and Congress
LPP Victories in Local Body Elections
A group of 12 Labour Party Pakistan comrades has bagged local
bodies seats in Larkana of Sindh. LPP fielded 50 candidates
from only two provinces, Punjab and Sindh. Results of 10 comrades
is yet to be announced. This is the first major victory in
the electoral field for LPP. In Larkana, the leaders of Watan
Dost Mazdoor Federation had joined LPP during the last three
years. WDMF was the main force behind these victories. WDMF
brings together most of the unions in the city under its umberrala.
Local Bodies Elections were held on 31 December in 18 districts
of four provinces as the first of the four phases. Rest will
be held during the next six months. These elections are in
fact a military government project to stablize its basis politically,
therefore, it was decided to participate in the elections
to foil the strategy of military government.
Workers' conference against NAFTA
The "Fifth convention in defense of the nation, against deregulation
and privatizations, and for the repeal of NAFTA" was held
on Nov. 18, 2000 in the city of San Cristobal de las Casas
(Chiapas) in Mexico, which issued an "Appeal for a Tri-National
(Mexico, Canada, United States) Workers' Conference" for the
same puropse, proposing to hold a it in Mexico City in April
2001 as a stepping stone to build the International Workers'
Conference against deregulation and for labor rights for all.
The international conference will be held in Germany in February
2002 at the initiative of the International Liaison Committee
for a Workers' International (ILC), the Continuations Committee
of the Open World Conference (OWC), and a number of German
trade unions. January 1, 2001, marks the seventh anniversary
of the signing of NAFTA by the governments of Mexico, the
United States, and Canada.
The disastrous results of NAFTA are there for all to see
that jobs have drastically declined and wages fallen steeply
not only in Mexico but also in the US and Canada. The govts
of Mexico and the US have promoted delocalizations of businesses,
that is, the transfer of the productive facilities of these
giant corporations to Mexico or even to Southeast of the US
where there is more flexibility of the workforce, lower wages
and a far lower rate of unionization. Another result of NAFTA
is the dramatic increase in migration from Mexico to the United
States by adults and youth aspiring for jobs and better wages.
NAFTA is the over-arching plan that imposes privatization
of public services and enterprises as well as the deregulation
of finance and labor legislation. To conclude, NAFTA has only
benefited the large corporations, primarily the US MNCs.
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