Rajkumar, a 35 year old contract labourer working in the mines of Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), a public sector enterprise which operates open-pit lignite mine in Neyveli (Tamil Nadu), was shot dead on Monday (March 17,2014) by Central Industrial Security Force personnel. Following this incident huge protest broke out in Neyveli.
Solidarity and Support urgently needed!
With the strike of the Pradeep Laminator workers (Pune) entering the 80th day, the negotiations with the management has once again failed. One of the senior left labour activist and lawyer – Vaishali Sareen has started an indefinte fast on 14th March in support of workers demands.
As the parliamentary elections are nearing, the political parties have dumped their ideologies in the backyard and are busy working out their coalitions all for the sake of power. For all these years the masses have seen the drama helplessly but with a hope that their lives will get better with a regime change, a ray of false hope that bourgeoisie democracy throws every now and then at the masses. 28th Feb saw a strange coalition being sealed when SP Udayakumar, who has been leading the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) against the Kudankulam nuclear plant (Southern Tamil Nadu), announced his decision to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In a system where Soni Sori’s are raped in custody and waiting for justice; Modi’s aquitted of massacres due to lack of evidences; Sheethal Sathe’s branded as enemy of states and left in jail; judges issuing verdicts after discovering spirituality from seeing a monkey in the court room; Afzal guru’s hanged over night to satisfy the carefully constructed collective conscience, justice in India is a sheer accident!!!
The effects of the environmental crisis are forcing workers and the poor to resist throughout the world, as the poorest states are hit hardest. This is particularly true in countries like India, where extreme weather events, most probably linked to climate change, are causing massive devastation. Data from the most recent report of the main climate science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and others confirms this.