Vol. XLI No. 25 June 18, 2017

No Privatisation of Indian Railways

THE Modi government’s second coming is going to be marked by a stepped up privatisation drive. Already the Niti Aayog has announced that 46 public sector enterprises will be sold off or shut down as per a 100 day action plan. The centerpiece of this privatisation drive will be the Indian Railways. According to the action plan proposed by the ministry of railways, private passenger trains will be operated within 100 days. Two passenger trains will be offered...

KERALA: LDF Scores an Emphatic Victory in LSG By-polls

DISMISSING all hate campaign against CPI (M) and LDF government, more than 75,000 people across 44 local self government bodies have given an emphatic victory to the ruling front in the by-elections held on June 28. LDF has won 22 seats out of 44 seats across 13 districts in the state. UDF has won 17 seats and BJP won five. LDF wrested eight seats from the opposition UDF.

The Sluggish Growth in Tax Revenue

THE growth in tax revenue of the union government has slowed down perceptibly in the last two years. The growth (over the previous year) in total tax revenue accruing to the centre was 17 per cent in 2016-17; it slowed to 11 per cent in 2017-18, and further to a mere 8 per cent in 2018-19. Since this growth is in nominal terms, the growth in real terms has been even slower. In fact in 2018-19 the growth in real tax revenue could not have been more than about 3 per...

Trump’s Version of the Iran Accord: Heads I Win, Tails you Lose

THE US, after walking out of the Iran accord, is now shouting foul as Iran breaches the 300 Kg enriched-uranium stockpile limit of the accord. So does the US expect Iran to live up to the accord while it happily reneges on it? Or is its concept of international accords the playground bully’s version of a coin toss, “heads I win, tails you lose”?

Centenary Observation of Jallianwala Bagh

WHO killed the unarmed Indians in Jallianwala Bagh? Not General Dyer, he did not fire a single shot, he commanded to fire; the Indian soldiers of the British Indian army killed more than 1,000 people on April 13, 1919 on the Baisakhi day. These were the startling words of Irfan Habib, an eminent historian while speaking on the centenary observation programme on Jallianwala Bagh massacre organised by SAHMAT at Delhi on June 29.

HATE, THREAT & VIOLENCE: Bodies of Muslims, Dalits Piling Up On Path to Modi’s ‘New India’

SINCE the Narendra Modi dispensation assumed office for a second term, mob lynching and attacks on Muslims and dalits have become a regular occurrence. Their script bears chilling similarity, and their geographical spread and frequency are horrifying. Worse still, the reactions of ruling party leaders, including the prime minister, to such...

CPI(M) Delegation meets Family of Tabrez Ansari

A FIVE member ‘fact finding’ team including Prakash Viplav and Sufal Mahto, state secretariat members of CPI(M), AIDWA leader Rangowati Devi and secretaries of Sariakela and East Singhbhum district committees of CPI(M) in Jharkhand state, visited Kadamdih village under Sariakela Kharsawa district and met family of Mohammad Tabrez Ansari.

Charge sheet against Pehlu Khan’s kin

THE All India Kisan Sabha has strongly condemned the Congress-led Rajasthan government’s indictive step of framing charge sheet against sons of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer who was lynched near Alwar in April 2017 by so-called ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow vigilantes).

Two-Day National Consultation on Land and Forest Rights Movements

ON July 2, two-day national consultation of land and forest rights movements organised by Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan concluded at the Assam Association in Delhi. The conference witnessed the participation of more than 200 representatives of the community organisations from 12 states of the country.

TELANGANA: CPI(M) Opposes Construction of New Assembly, Secretariat Buildings

THE CPI(M) has condemned the decision of the TRS government in Telangana to demolish a 150-year-old heritage structure and construct a new secretariat building at Erra Manzil. CPI(M) state secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram said the funds earmarked for the construction of the new secretariat building should be used for various welfare schemes. Buildings in the old secretariat are...