Urgent Declaration for Nicaragua

Jul 19, 2018

By this, as intellectuals, social activists and academics, we want to express our deep rejection of the very serious situation of state political violence and violation of Human Rights that Nicaragua is going through, [and assert the] responsibility of the current regime of Ortega-Murillo, which has resulted in about three hundred dead in the last three months.

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एन डी टी वी पर एक दिवसीय पाबन्दी:: देश में अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी पर जकड़ते शिकंजे का एक और कदम

मोदी नीत सरकार जब से गद्दीनशीन हुई है तभी से देश के हालात बदलते नज़र आ रहे हैं. मीडिया और खास कर के इलेक्ट्रॉनिक (टी.वी) मीडिया पर जिस तरह से सरकार ने पकड़ बनाई है वह इस देश में पहले इस स्तर पर देखने को नहीं मिला था. कमोबेश सभी तथाकथित मुख्यधारा के चैनल हो या प्रिंट मीडिया आज एक खास तरह की लाइन का पालन करते नज़र आते हैं. पत्रकारिता के कुछ मापदंड या कहे आचारसंहिता होती हैं जिसमे अव्वल है तटस्थता, समाचार की सत्यवादिता, निष्पक्षता और पाठकों के प्रति सार्वजनिक जवाबदेही, किन्तु हमारे देश की पत्रकारिता इन सब मापदंडो के विपरीत एक ख़ास राजनीतिक लाइन और व्यक्ति केन्द्रित हो गयी है.

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LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE OF HONDA WORKERS

Comrades, Honda worker’s struggle has entered the 16th day. What is the situation of the struggle, the future strategy, what is the state of the struggling workers, what does the other workers think about this resistance and how much support it is garnering? What are the analysis of the situation? who are the ones taking decision, what measures are being taken to spread this movement to different parts of the country so that it receives support from entire nook and corner of the country. These are some of the questions being asked today, unfortunately there has been no initiative from the leadership to clarify these queries about the situation, leading to several other doubts being raised.

Even then in all situation the “Sarwahara” newspaper appeals to all that apart from Delhi the voices of solidarity should be raised in various states and areas. All those who are associated with “Sarwahara” are committed that solidarity committees should be formed and from every corner of the country the belligerent workers should get support and cooperation from all the forces that seek justice.

At the same time we demand that to chalk out the future strategy of the Honda workers, a meeting of all the organisations working amidst the working class and other organisations who can come into the support should be called immediately, so that the movement should be taken to its logical conclusion, and the working class should not witness another set-back. A concrete and major initiative can be taken jointly. It is obvious that this is not possible without waging a struggle against sectarianism.

We appeal particularly to those comrades associated with our trade union IFTU (Sarwahara) that wherever possible they should not only raise their voice in support of the Honda workers but also issue posters and pamphlets, while also forming economic solidarity committees so that the struggle does not stops due to want of money. Our proletarian class fraternity which binds us internationally is our real identity that reminds us of being a working class organisation who unitedly aims to achieve the historical mission together.

So, let us initiate the task, of creating solidarity centres sending message to the belligerent workers in Delhi that wherever we are or is in whatever trade/profession, we all are workers and are united. Any struggle of ours is the joint struggle of the workers and toiling class.

 

Inquilab Jindabad (Long Live the Revolution)

Workers of all countries Unite

कामरेड सतनाम का जाना और भारतीय वामपंथ की त्रासदी

कामरेड सतनाम हमारे  बीच नहीं रहे, जिन्दगी के आखिरी वर्षों में अवसाद (डिप्रेशन) और अकेलापन झेलते हुए अंततः उन्होंने ने भी वही राह चुनली, जिसे कुछ ही वर्ष पहले कामरेड कानू सान्याल ने चुना था। किसी का इस तरह जाना और खास कर के ऐसे कामरेड का जिसने अपनी पूरी जिन्दगी ही उस नये सवेरे, उस शोषण मुक्त समाज को हकीकत में उतरने के लिये समर्पित कर दिया हो, वही इतना निराश हो जाये की उसे जिन्दगी ही अर्थहीन लगने लगे यह, एक दिल कचोटने वाली स्थिति को उत्पन्न करता है। कानू से सतनाम तक, और इन दोनों के बीच ना जाने कितने और हमारे पुराने और नये साथी अपनी जिन्दगी को ही खत्म करने जैसा निर्णय लेने पर मजबूर हो रहे हैं। पिछले कुछ दिनों में तो कई कामरेड के बारे में सुनने को मिलाता रहा ही कि उनकी मृत्यु आत्महत्या की तरफ़ ही इशारा करती है।

सतनाम के द्वारा उठाया गया कदम, केवल एक आदमी के स्थिति के बारे में इशारा नहीं करता, बल्कि यह भारतीय वामपंथी आन्दोलन के संकट की ओर इंगित करता है, जिसे चाह के भी नाकारा नहीं जा सकता। भटकाव, बिखराव और पिछले कुछ दशकों से ठहराव से जूझता हमारा आन्दोलन में साथियों का विश्वास टूटना और निराशाजनक स्थिति का कोई विकल्प न पाना खुद में पराजयवादिता और हताशा को जन्म देता है। दुखद तो यह है, कि आज भी कठमुल्लेपन का शिकार स्वघोषित आन्दोलन के नेता इस बात को या तो समझ पाने में नाकम है या फिर उनमे आन्दोलन के संकट को देखने और उसपर विवेचना करने की शक्ति बाकी ही नहीं रही। दोनों स्थिति एक भयावह भविष्य की ओर इशारा करती है। पुराने घिसे पिटे राजनीतिक लाइन से चिपके रहना और उसे ही किसी तरह से आडा तिरछा कर पेश करना शायद इस आन्दोलन के खून में बस गया है, हम जूते को पैर में फिट करने के लिये पैर काटने के पक्षधर हो गए है। दुनिया आगे बढ़ गयी है और हम आज भी 1970 के दशक में कदम ताल कर रहे है, और कदम ताल करते करते सेना थक तो सकती है, लेकिन आगे नहीं बढ़ सकती। क्या वही हमारे साथ नहीं हो रहा? वाम आन्दोलन किसी बाहरी शत्रु से नहीं पराजित हुआ है और ना ही हो रहा है, इसका संकट खुद का के अन्दर का है, उस हठधर्मिता (dogma) का है, जिसने पुरे आन्दोलन के आँखों पर जैसे कलि पट्टी लगा दी हो, चाहे पिछले 40 वर्षों से जंगलों में या 65 वर्षों में संसद में बैठ कर क्रांति करने वाली पार्टी हो या इन दोनों के बीच खंड खंड बिखरे दर्ज़नों ग्रुप, प्री-पार्टी संगठन, या फिर अकेला वामपंथी, कोई भी ठोस बात नहीं बोलता, शायद ठोस आंकलन ना करना ही इस देश के वाम आन्दोलन का मार्क्सवाद-लेनिनवाद को तोहफा है।
जब भी ऐसी दुखद घटना घटती है तो विषद के साथ साथ हमे कुछ आवाज़ उन कामरेड की भी सुनायी पड़ने लगती है, जो अंग्रेजी के शब्द जजमेंटल (आलोचनात्मक) हो कर पूरी घटना को एक व्यक्ति के भगोड़ेपन उसका कमज़ोर होना, जैसे शब्दों का इस्तेमाल कर पिंड छुड़ा लेते हैं। लेकिन जो तटस्थ हैं, इतिहास उनका भी अपराध लिखेगा।
1950 के मध्य और 60 के दशक, से वाम आन्दोलन ने केवल तरह तरह के प्रयोग ही किये हैं, चाहे सी.पी.आई और बाद में सी.पी.एम का कांग्रेस और अन्य बुर्जुआ पार्टियों के साथ यूनाइटेड फ्रंट की नीति हो या फिर माओवादिओं की जातिगत समीकरण, ममता के साथ बैठना हो, इन सभी प्रयोगों में कहीं हमारा अपना सिद्धांत पीछे छूटता गया, हम मार्क्स, लेनिन के उदाहरण को दोहराते तो रहे, पर उनका मर्म भूलते गये, आज भी शायद ही कोई पार्टी/ग्रुप हो जिसके पास देश में बढ़ते फ़ासीवाद से मुकाबला करने का ठोस आंकलन और प्लान है। जय भीम-लाल सलाम इसी कड़ी की नवीनतम प्रयोग है, जिसकी परिणति यदि इतिहास को देखें तो कुछ बहुत आशावादी नहीं दिखती, हम बुर्जुआ पार्टिओं के साथ तो जाने के आतुर नज़र आते हैं लेकिन खुद अपने दुसरे क्रन्तिकारी कम्युनिस्ट ग्रुप के साथ संयुक्त मोर्चा बनाने में कतई उत्साहित नहीं होते, हमे अपनों से डर है।
आज समय आ गया है, कि हम सब साथ मिल बैठ कर एक बार फिर से विचार करें कि, कहाँ हमसे चूक हो गयी, जिसके कारण कानू और सतनाम को इस कदर दुनिया छोडनी पड़ी? विचार करें कि कैसे हम अपने सिद्धांत को वापिस उसके मर्म में फिर से जाने, एक शब्द में वापिस सही मार्क्सवाद-लेनिनवाद की तरफ चलें, अपने झूठे अहंकार, सम्प्रदायवाद, कठमुल्लेपन को छोड़ना ही होगा नहीं तो सामजिक आन्दोलन की गतिकी, हम सबी को इतिहास के कूड़ेखाने में दफ़न कर देगी।
यदि आज हम इन बातों पर संजीदगी से कुछ समय लगा लें, तो यही सतनाम को सच्ची श्रद्दांजलि होगी।

The state brutality on the belligerent Coal workers shows the real intention of the Government: IFTU-Sarwahara

The Khan Mazdoor Karmachari Union (Indian Federation of Trade Unions – Sarwahara) strongly Condemns and opposes the barbaric lathicharge by CISF personnel on the striking workers of Rajmahal (ECL) at the behest of Management in which at least three workers are seriously injured and have been hospitalised. Continue reading

Government Continues its Attack on Maruti Suzuki Workers

The state brutality on the belligerent workers of Maruti Suzuki shows sign of no abatement.

Since March workers were on peaceful protest in Kaithal in Haryana.

The workers, who have been either dismissed or suspended from work after the incident of that took place in the factory premises on 18th July 2012, today have been arrested in mass along with several activists and supporters in Kaithal District of Haryana. To protest against this high handedness of the state apparatus the representatives of workers union (Maruti Suzuki Workers Union) along with the several workers were on peaceful demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Kaithal since 24th March.

On 19th the workers Union had given a call for peaceful demonstration in front of industry minister Surjewala’s house, this call had elicited a massive solidarity from various revolutionary left, democratic and progressive force, as a result the state machinery that has been brazenly conniving with the Maruti management and has been acting as companies henchmen came into full force.

Yesterday the police virtually attacked the peaceful protesters and even resorted to lathi charge (Beating with baton) and forcefully evicting them.

Today, they have arrested not only the members of Provincial Committee of the Union but also those who had gone to Kaithal to express their solidarity.

This is dictatorial attitude of the Haryana Government in its pursuit of neo-liberal polity.

We appeal to Comrades all over the world to please hold demonstration and protest in solidarity of belligerent workers who are part of the world working class revolution.

—Other Aspect

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The text of press release circulated by MSWU

MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION
Reg. No. 1923
IMT Manesar
PRESS RELEASE: 20th May 2013
We are facing one of the most brutal repression by the government on our movement. While we have adopted the democratic and peaceful means available to demand the release of arrested 147 workers, withdrawal of and reinstatement of terminated 546 permanent and 1800 contract workers, the government has only responded with force and malice and in collusion with the Maruti Suzuki company management.

Our peaceful dharna has been going on since 24th March, which included hunger strike, deputations, rallies, which are all in the ambit of our democratic right guaranteed in the Constitution. This was forcibly broken on 18th May by the huge police force of thousands of personnel in riot gear, tear gas etc. They came in before curfew under Sec.144 was declared on the entire town of Kaithal at 5pm with effect till midnight of 19th May to prevent our call for a protest demonstration on 19th May in front of the residence of Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Randip Singh Surjewala. Thousands of people from across Haryana and other pro-worker people from across the country were to come to express solidarity.

At 11.30pm on 18th May those on the site of the dharna, 96 workers and activists were arrested and sent to Kaithal Jail under Sections 188, 341, 506, 511. This includes a member of the Provisional Working Committee, MSWU, Yogesh Gawande, and two Trade Union activists who have been coming in support, Shyamveer who is a correspondent of the workers newspaper, Nagrik and an activist with Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, and Amit and who is a workers’ movement activist and current Phd student in Economics dept, CESP, JNU, New Delhi. On the morning of 19th May, 4 more workers were arrested from their homes in the villages nearby.
On 19th May 2013, we decided to go ahead with our pre-declared program, and around 1500 people started coming in solidarity from across Haryana in the morning. These included primarily workers and our family members and relatives, and people from village Panchayats, democratic and mass organizations and individuals. A huge police force and CID Haryana personnel were all over the Bus Station, Railway Station and all points in the town to follow and stop anyone who was coming for support. We gathered near Pyoda village 2km from the city limits, and started to peacefully march to register our protest, that all those arrested on 18th May night be released immediately so that talks can happen. Barricades and a huge police contingent of over 2000 personnel with water cannons and tear gas vehicles, stopped us on the road next to Surjewala’s residence.

At 6.30pm, without any warning, the stationed police force started a brutal lathi-charge and tear gas and water cannons were unleashed mercilessly on the protestors, which included in large majority, women, children and old men. Hundreds were seriously injured and admitted to the hospital. The police came with a second round of lathi-charge when people were still in a state of shock. The government has acted with malicious intention, and with a view to crush the struggle while all wanted to do was register our peaceful protest in front of our elected representatives, and yesterday’s actions and arrests shows this.

Eleven workers and activists were arrested on completely fabricated charges of serious nature. These are:

 Ramniwas of Provisional Working Committee, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union
 Deepak Bakshi who is advisor to the MSWU and General Secretary of Hindustan Motors-Sangrami Shramik Karamchari Union, Kolkata
 Somnath who is a correspondent of the workers newspaper, Shramik Shakti
 Suresh Koth, who is panchayat leader from Koth village, Hissar dist, Haryana
 Nitish
 Mangtu
 Premchand
 and three more people, whose names are still unclear.

They have been charged under non-bailable Sections 148, 149, 188, 283, 332, 353, 186, 341, 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC, 3 of P/D, TPDA, 8NH for blocking the highway and 25 (54 and 59) of the Arms Act. They have been
produced in the Kaithal Court today 20th May 2013 and sent to 14days of Judicial Custody.

This is a serious pre-meditated assault on especially those of the active workers and activists who have stood in solidarity with us and to show us again as criminals only because we continue to protest against the wrongs that have been done to us for the last two years since 4th June 2011, and especially since 18th July 2012 when it became apparent that the government is openly siding with the company against workers and activists. This is the reward the government has again given us workers for asking for our rights which are guaranteed in the Constitution.

We appeal to all workers, trade unions and workers organizations, democratic rights and civil rights organizations and mass organizations and democratic minded individuals and to come out in protest in this hour when we need all forms of solidarity. We reiterate our just demands of releasing all the arrested workers and activists and reinstatement of terminated workers.

Provisional Working Committee
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union


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The day of protest by Maruti workers

Who is responsible for the violence in Maruti Suzuki?
 (Published in Revolutionary Democracy Journal)


Maruti Suzuki Strike:
(This report gives the events in chronological order as they unfolded in Maruti plant since start)
(Published in Revolutionary Democracy Journal)