ML Update This Week

Delhi Police “Riots Probe” Is Nothing But Persecution of Equal Citizenship Protestors

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
Ever since the naming of Left political leaders in chargesheets followed by the arrest of student activist Umar Khalid, criticisms and condemnations of the Delhi Police’s “riots probe” have intensified. In addition to students, intellectuals, activists, citizens across India, even former senior police officers wrote to the Delhi Police Commissioner expressing distress at the biased...


Condemn The Delhi Police Witchhunt of Students, Activists, Intellectuals and Left Leaders

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
New Delhi, 13 September 2020 The Delhi Police “investigation” into the violence in North East Delhi in February is becoming more vindictive and farcical with every passing day. In all its chargesheets till date, the Delhi Police has pointedly refused to act on evidence that Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and other BJP leaders instigated violence...


Shaheed Mela at Lasarhi, Bhojpur in memory of martyrs of 1942 Quit India Movement

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
15 September. Revolutionary red salute to the relentless fighter for social change Comrade Ram Naresh Ram who put up statues of the immortal martyrs of Lasarhi. He brought out and honoured the names of the martyrs whom all governments had buried in oblivion, and today these statues are an inspiration for the new generation and...


CPIML Holds 48 Hours Warning Hunger Strike against Order to Demolish Delhi Slums

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
A 48 hours hunger strike by CPIML Delhi State Secretary and other comrades against the order to demolish slums near railway tracks, culminated in the release of Charter for Slum Dwellers in Delhi. The Supreme Court order came after the Railway Ministry submitted to the court blaming the lack of cleanliness on the Jhuggis along...


AIARLA’s Campaign Demanding Debt Relief to Self Help Groups during the COVID Lockdown

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
AIARLA organised a month-long campaign between 16 August to 15 September 2020, demanding debt relief on loans issued to Self Help Groups (SHGs), given the serious economic and social distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The completely unplanned lockdown has resulted in increasing cases of starvation and near-starvation. Lack of livelihood options and employment has...


Lakhs of Farmers come out in Protest

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
On the first day of Parliament session 15 Sepmber 2020, farmers across the country came out in resounding protest in response to the call given by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC). From Jantar Mantar in Delhi to villages across the country, lakhs of farmers protested against the Modi government's policies which are...


AICCTU Burns Copies of Labour Code Bills In Front of Labour Ministry

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
Calls For Protest Across The Country Against Introduction of Anti-Worker Bills In The Parliament On 16 September 2020, members of different unions affiliated to AICCTU protested in front of Shram Shakti Bhawan, which houses the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The Modi-led Government has accelerated its efforts to snatch away the rights of the workers...


Adieu Swami Agnivesh

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
We are grieved by the passing of Swami Agnivesh. He was a lifelong crusader against social slavery and bigotry, and a friend of all kinds of people's movements. Agnivesh ji fought hate crimes till his last breath, facing mob violence by cadres of India's ruling Bhartiya Janta Party not long ago, with his characteristic calm...


Red Salute to Comrade Govind!

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.38
It is with deep grief that we report the passing of Comrade Govind Chakravarti on 26 August 2020. He had come to India with his widowed mother as a migrant from Bangladesh after the death of his father Ravindra Chakravarti. His mother (Late) Smt. Pratibha Chakravarti worked as a domestic help in many houses and...


Modi's Farm Bills: Mortal Blow to India's Farmers

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.39
It took India quite some time to decode Narendra Modi’s ‘Achchhe Din’ rhetoric, but his latest ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ jumla (empty phrase) is unravelling much faster. For the Modi government, ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ has only one meaning – turning the whole of Indian economy into an Adani-Ambani enterprise! After launching an aggressive campaign of privatization of India’s...


Bombay HC Tableeghi Jamaat Verdict Exposes Central Government's Scapegoating of Muslims In The Name of Covid-19

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.39
(Excerpts from the judgement by Justice T.V. Nalawade in the court of Justices Nalawade and Sewlikar) Considering the dates on which these persons were taken in custody, it can be said that there is more possibility that they got infected in India and they were not already infected when they arrived in India. Further, admittedly...


Dr Kafeel Khan's speech calls for national integrity and unity, does not instigate violence or hatred: Allahabad HC

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.39
On September 1, 2020, the Allahabad High Court ordered the release of Dr Kafeel Khan, ruling that his detention under the National Security Act (NSA) was illegal. CPIML had played a leading role in the campaign for justice for Dr Kafeel, who was the target of vindictive victimisation by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi...


No Proof of Instigation or Hate Speech: Bail Orders For Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.39
Below are significant excerpts from bail orders in the Delhi HC for Pinjra Tod activists. It is to be noted that while Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita have got bail in other FIRs, they continue to remain in jail because they are booked under UAPA. This goes to show the nature of the draconian UAPA...


CPIML Expresses Solidarity with All India Farmers’ Protest to be held on 25 September

ML Update Vol.23 Issue No.39
CPIML has called upon its party units in all states to join protests on 25 September called by farmers’ organisations against the Anti-farmer Bills passed by the Parliament without any division of votes in Rajya Sabha. These draconian laws aim to snatch away livelihoods of marginal and small farmers to facilitate corporate and contract farming...