Sunday, 17 September 2017

On Bullet Train and Sardar Sarovar Dam

- Rajesh Tyagi/18.9.2017

Last week was witness to two major events in India, that would give a facelift to its capitalist development - one, inauguration of a project of bullet train, the rapid rail transport, connecting the cities of Bombay and Ahmedabad and the other start of Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada.

The two projects are critical to historically belated and subsequently retarded capitalist development in India.

Like the British were forced by the course of development of history and against their free will to industrialize India including introduction of trains in it, the Indian capitalist rulers, despite their far limited resources, are forced to take it further, even at greater pace.

Taking power in 1947 as clients of world Imperialism, Indian bourgeoisie had little to their coffers. The roadmap they fantasized about for an independent capitalistic development did not fruition under the strangulation of world imperialism. The Nehruvian model, based on the program of an independent capitalistic development, a mix of state monopoly and private enterprise, started to crumble even before its take-off, in the face of neo-liberal offensive of world capitalism.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Worker-Socialists Intervene in the Agitation of Shiksha-Mitras as Scores of them Pour in at Jantar Mantar in Delhi

- Our Delhi Correspondent/ 12.9.2017

As agitation of ‘Shiksha-Mitras’ of Uttar Pradesh in Delhi entered the second day of protest, a massive gathering of these primary teachers has taken place at Jantar Mantar today, with more and more pouring in till late afternoon. Entire stretch on both sides of the road, from Kasturba Gandhi Marg to Jantar Mantar, was occupied by these teachers after the allocated space was full.

Comrades from WSP took part in the protest and talked to many of such affected teachers individually, addressing them alongside in small groups at few points.

The agitation of shiksha-mitras in Delhi is part of their ongoing movement since the judgment of Supreme Court has given green signal to the state government to throw around one lakh seventy two thousand teachers on road. The teachers, who had worked for years together before being relieved of their jobs without any plausible justification, had come to Delhi to protest against their victimisation by the government of Uttar Pradesh.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Voting for the Left, JNU Once Again Rejects the Right-Wing Nationalist Bandwagon of Sanghis and Ambedkarites!

- Rajesh Tyagi/10.9.2017

Students' Union Poll results in JNU are out!

There is clear lead for the Left but coupled with comparatively sharper decrease in its vote share than that of the two right-wing organisations- ABVP and BAPSA.

Though, any victory, is always an occasion to applaud and celebrate and we must congratulate the students in JNU for it, those who voted for the Left in opposition to the Right, yet a discreet analysis of the polls would reveal that far from an occasion to rejoice, this is the crucial moment of serious concern for the left to analyze the steep fall in its support among the students.   

Despite the fact that this time a combine of three left student organisations-SFI, AISA & DSF-has contested in unison as compared to the two- SFI & AISA- last year, the left combine failed to retain its vote share that it had polled last year. For example, for the post of President, the SFI-AISA combine had polled 1954 votes in 2016, while in 2017, the united platform of SFI-AISA-DSF, could poll only 1506 votes. That means a whopping loss of 448 votes and more. Against this loss for the left, BAPSA has lost 610, as it polled 935 this year as compared to 1545 last year. ABVP is the real gainer as it lost marginally 6 votes, retaining 1042 out of 1048 last year.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Killing of Kannada Journalist Gauri Lankesh, Brings Forth Once Again, the Bloody Character of the Capitalist Regime

- Rajesh Tyagi/ 9.9.2017

Killing of 55 years old Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh by unknown assailants in the evening of September 5, outside her home in Rajrajeshwari Nagar, the suburb of Bangalore city, has triggered a full blown public outrage.

Leaders from right to left have conveyed customary grief messages alongside condemning the ghastly murder.

Gauri had spent 33 years of her life in journalism, starting her career with Times of India before switching over to Sunday magazine as its Bangalore correspondent, where she worked for next nine years. She later moved to Delhi with husband, Chidanand Rajghatta. At the time of death of her father, P.Lankesh, Editor of Kannada weekly, Lankesh Patrike, in 2000, she was working with Eeenadu’s Television Channel at Delhi. Returning back to Bangalore, after break with her husband, she alongside her brother Indrajit, proposed to close down the magazine of her father, but on persuasion of the publisher of the magazine she took over as its Editor, while her brother looked after its business affairs.

Friday, 18 August 2017

बिहार का सृजन घोटाला एक हज़ार करोड़ के पार

- अंजनी विशु/ १९.८.२०१७

भारत के सबसे गरीब, वंचित और पिछड़े राज्यों में एक, उत्तर भारत का राज्य, बिहार, संभ्रांत सत्ताधारियों की लूट और शोषण का शिकार रहा है।

इस बार समाज-कल्याण के नाम पर बड़े घोटाले का पर्दाफाश हुआ है जो लम्बे समय से जारी था और जिसके तार सत्ता पक्ष के उच्चस्थ अधिकारियों और राजनीतिज्ञों से सीधे जुड़े हैं.

महिला विकास के नाम पर चलाए जा रहे एन.जी.ओ, ‘सृजन महिला विकास सहयोग समिति लिमिटेड’ ने अब तक के जांच खुलासे के अनुसार एक हज़ार करोड़ रूपये से अधिक सरकारी खजाने से लूटे हैं। जांच अभी जारी है और इस लूट के विस्तार की सम्भावना है। इस लूट में सत्ता के सफेदपोश नेताओं से लेकर सरकारी पदाधिकारी, स्वास्थ्य विभाग व बैंक के पदाधिकारी तक शामिल हैं।

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Horrors of Capitalism Resurface as the Death Toll Continues to Mount in Gorakhpur Tragedy

- Rajesh Tyagi/ 14.8.2017

Bureaucratic apathy, integral to the capitalist regime, resulted into virtual genocide when a bill dispute between oxygen supplier and the state medical college at Gorakhpur City in North India landed into a shutdown of oxygen supply in the state hospital, leaving more than 60 kids dead in three days. Matter came under spotlight only after 30 kids lost their lives overnight on August 11. As oxygen supply was stopped, children, admitted in the hospital for treatment of encephalitis, badly wriggled for breath before their death. Oxygen is part of critical support in treatment of the deadly Japanese encephalitis.

Bills worth rupees 69 lakhs of the supplier company were pending for months together. Despite clear warnings and ultimatums, neither payments were made to the supplier, nor any alternative arrangements were made to procure oxygen from other enlisted suppliers.

Gorakhpur is the constituency of Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian province.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Shibdas Ghosh and his SUCI: The Apostles of Unbridled Political Opportunism!

-Rajesh Tyagi/ 31.7.2017

SUCI, renamed in 2009 as SUCI (C), is one of the five main Stalinist Parties in India. Organised by Shibdas Ghosh in 1948, the Party had only two congresses till date: first in 1988 and second in 2009.

Despite its proclamations to the contrary, over a period of around 70 years, SUCI has consistently practised core opportunism- crude economism outside and political cretinism inside the Parliament. Inside Parliament and legislative assemblies, SUCI has sought every opportunity to hang out with this or that bourgeois party. On the ground, since its inception it has swooped down to economism, focusing on agitations on petty everyday issues coupled with massive box collections, as its chief activity.
For instance, during the last Assembly elections in West Bengal, SUCI (C) alongwith CPI (Maoist) had supported the rabid right-wing bourgeois TMC under Mamata Banerjee and assisted it to come to power defeating the 34 year old Stalinist Left-front government led by CPM. Later, kicked aside by TMC immediately after the polls, Provash Ghosh, the General Secretary of the disgraced and humiliated SUCI, wearing a grin, said in a press statement, "The CPM government had turned ‘anti-people’ therefore it was extremely important to end their 34-year tenure in the state. Asserting that “SUCI had made an alliance with TMC for the sake of people of West Bengal”, he added that “Our main target of dislodging the CPM led government has been achieved, and we are no longer an ally of TMC.”