PERIYAKOTTAI village of Pudukottai district in Tamilnadu witnessed an enthusiastic gathering of rural workers who assembled there to launch a state wide campaign of agricultural and rural workers to press for livelihood issues and to strengthen the fight against fascist forces at every level. This campaign was called by AIARLA in the form of a massive mass contact programme against communal fascist and regressive forces and ideas. As an opening event a mass meeting was held in Periyakottai on 9 August, the first day of the campaign.
A protest march was organized on 9 August 2019 in Begusarai against the arrest of CPIML activist Zeeshan Ali who reported a communally abusive social media post by Bajrang Dal goons in police station. The thana incharge later asked Zeeshan Ali to come to thana and collect his copy of the FIR. As soon as com. Zeeshan reached to police station he was arrested for his one very old facebook post on Golwalkar and Godse, while no arrest was made for the Bajrang Dal’s abusive post!
A large number of people gathered at the Khudiram Bose Memorial at Pusa Road, Samastipur on 11 August to salute the martyrdom of the great freedom fighter Khudiram Bose (born 3 December 1889) who was hanged on 11 August 1908 after the Muzaffarpur Bomb incident on 30 April 1908. After observing 2 minutes’ silence in the martyr’s honour the air reverberated with slogans honouring Khudiram’s inspiring martyrdom as his statue was garlanded. A Sankalp Sabha was held on the occasion, presided over by RYA District President Ram Kumar.
FEUDAL goons associated with the BJP attacked dalits at Bangwa in Garhani block on the night of 9 August 2019. The feudal goons sat at the entrance to the dalit Tola and spoke and sang loud obscene words and songs. When this was objected to, they attacked the dalits with rods and axes.
THE CPIML is organizing an Adivasi Rights and Justice Yatra in three Districts—Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli—against the Umbha Adivasi massacre in Sonbhadra and to focus on the issue of land and the rights of the victim families and all adivasis and poor in the region.
A 3-member delegation comprising CPIML MLA Mahboob Alam, State Committee member Kumar Parvez and RYA State Secretary Sudhir Kumar met the Bihar State Home Secretary on the issue of the attack by Bajrang Dal activists on the Citizens’ Protest against abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A in Kashmir, held at Kargil Chowk, Patna on 5 August 2019. The Bajrang Dal activists used obscene abuses against the citizens, attacked them, created an atmosphere of hate through lies and rumours on social media, and threatened with mob lynching.
ABOUT 100 Rasoiyas (Mid-day Meal Workers) led by AIPWA Sultanpur District President Sarojini organized a protest on 2 August 2019 at Eliya Block. The Rasoiyas marched from Kasba Imliya to the BRC office where they held a protest meeting. At the end of the meeting a 4 point memorandum was submitted to the BDO through the representative Arvind Kumar. Addressing the meeting, Block President Kiran Devi said that honorarium arrears from April 2019 are due to the Rasoiyas which should be paid without delay.
UNORGANIZED Workers Association (AIIMS, Phulwarisharif, Patna) and AICCTU demanded from the Bihar and the Central governments that the two contract workers agencies CHS and Sampurna at AIIMS Patna should be blacklisted. These companies are flouting labor laws, adopting an insulting an autocratic attitude and are not paying due wages. These agencies have recently forcibly extorted money from about 800 workers.
COMRADE Arun Singh, aged 60, (Mukhiya of Barap Panchayat, village Sahangi, Garhani Block, Agiaon Assembly Constituency in Bhojpur, Bihar) was killed at 8 pm on 5 August 2019 in his own Mohalla in front of Anil Singh’s house. Comrade Arun used to sit there every morning and evening to meet with the villagers.
“WE won’t let the communal fascist RSS destroy West Bengal and India” - that was the spirit of thousands of people who gathered to fill the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata on 30 July 2019, at the ‘Unite and Resist’ Convention. The convention had been organised to mark 50 years of the CPIML, and the birth centenary of CPIML founding General Secretary Charu Mazumdar.