The political trend in many countries across the globe has seen a surge in right wing policies being championed by bigoted leaders under facades of romanticising the past, and false promises vowing to bring back the mythological ‘glorious days’. This trend can be seen across the globe be it the US or India. The so called leaders propagate twisted versions of history and use the mass media at their disposal to promote the same. In their pathetic attempt to glorify the past, these leaders have declared a silent war on the scientific community of the world. The developments that took place through tedious research and the lessons formulated from studying the previous blunders are belittled.
Capitalism, despite all its democratic pretensions and high sounding words, is inherently a system of CONS, by CONS and for CONS. Capitalists and their political representatives, have perfected the vocabulary of deceit to perpetuate their system of profit which only benefits a tiny few, i.e. 1% or 2% of the population, by forcing a transfer of resources from the Poor to the Rich, and that is what they call as DEMOCRACY.
Eight days wages of 840 workers was withheld by the Pricol Ltd management to merely penalise the workers for their abstention from work on the 25 April, to join the state wide protests supporting the farmers cause.
The Pricol workers, however are determined to fight against this and they are now in an indefinite hunger strike. On June 19th – AICCTU, AIARLA along with other organisations have coordinated a well attended inaugural event, expressing solidarity with the 12 Pricol workers and their supporters in Coimbatore, and Chennai who began their hunger strike.
We strongly condemn the attack on the IIT Madras Scholar Sooraj! The PhD student was thuggishly beaten up for organising a beef-eating protest to resist democratically the authoritarian restrictions of the Modi’s saffron regime over the cattle-trade. While this legislation is a clear breach on the individual liberties such as choice of food, the cattle trade restrictions are also a serious blow to millions and millions of livelihoods; particularly affecting the marginalised communities involved in the retail beef trade, leather industries, tanneries, etc. At the same time this act is not seriously touching upon the multi million dollars worth beef exports by the large slaughter houses run by rich businesses. This shows the hypocrisy of this government while imposing its over arching ‘hindutuva’ agenda of beef ban amongst ordinary people and simultaneously protecting the interests of the big business involved in beef exports.
The following is an audio recording by Jagadish G Chandra from the New Socialist Alternative. Topics discussed include the joblessness situation in India, price rise, demonitisation, the reformist role of left parties and the need to fight back against the neo-liberal assault of the Modi govt.