50th Death Anniversary of Charu Mazumdar

Harsh Thakor

Countercurrents | July 26, 2022

On 28th July we commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Charu Mazumdar,who was tortured to death in police custody. It ranks amongst the worst abuse of human rights of a political prisoner or leader in India or the world. Today history is repeating itself in with Custodial deaths being a routine occurrence in prisons.Charu’s assassination illustrated the neo-fascist nature of the Congress regime in West Bengal. The Civil Rights groups undertook extensive research on the fascist nature of the execution of not only Mazumdar but thousands of cadres of C.P.I. (M.L).In 1997 a judicial inquiry was initiated 25 years after the murder by son Abhijit and other comrades, but the petition was dismissed by the high court and Supreme Court.

Charu Mazumdar must be credited for igniting the spark of ‘Naxalbari ‘by giving it a political shape, through, his Eight documents. He planted the seeds of the Indian Communist Movement demarcation from revisionism by formulating path of New Democratic Revolution. Whatever serious errors or dogmatic thinking,Charu Mazumdar formulated a path of agrarian revolution based  on  teachings of the Chinese Revolution. He stitched the base for re-building an All-India Revolutionary Party by delivering a striking blow to revisionism and parliamentary dogmatism. Naxalbari and Charu Mazumdar are inseparable.

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Healthcare Under Socialism: The History of the Soviet Healthcare System

POLITSTURM | September 07, 2021

Healthcare Under Socialism: The History of the Soviet Healthcare System

There are a lot of discussions on the healthcare systems today. Capitalist ideologists try their best to prove that the state healthcare system is too expensive and can not be implemented. But history proved them wrong. How did socialism change the approach to the management of healthcare?

As a result of the October Revolution of 1917, an entirely new state was created in place of the Russian Empire, establishing a proletarian dictatorship. For the first time in history, the country’s resources and means of production were in the hands of the majority of the population, rather than a narrow stratum of the nobility and bourgeoisie. It was a state with different principles of development and a unique communist ideology.

As far back as 1903, Vladimir Lenin outlined the objectives of the state in the sphere of health protection in the 1st Program of the RSDLP. It stressed the necessity of establishing an 8-hour working day, banning child labor, arrangement of crèches in factories, state insurance for workers, sanitary supervision in factories, etc.  But like any new country, Soviet Russia was faced with many problems in all spheres which had to be solved as effectively and promptly as possible. And one of the most serious problems was the lack of a healthcare system.

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FARMERS’ PLIGHT IN INDIA

Farm Bills will Benefit Big Corporates, Not Farmers: P. Sainath

Noted journalist and Founder-Editor of People’s Archive of Rural India P. Sainath talks about the three farm bills pushed through parliament by the Modi government despite protests.

Newsclick | September 22, 2020

Noted journalist and Founder-Editor of People’s Archive of Rural India P. Sainath talks about the three farm bills pushed through parliament by the Modi government despite protests. Sainath explains the implications of these bills and their impact on the farmers of the country.

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ATTACK ON WORKING PEOPLE IN BRAZIL

MST Families Violently Evicted After 60 Hours of Resistance

Peoples Dispatch | August 15, 2020

Military Police in Minas Gerais violently evicted families who live at the Quilombo Campo Grande camp. The families had resisted the eviction order for 60 hours, but on Friday August 14 the police resorted to violent tactics such as launching tear gas and sound grenades. The 450 families who live at Quilombo Campo Grande had been living for the past 22 years in the area where sugar mill Ariadnópolis once functioned. The mill went bankrupt and closed down activities in 1996. Since then, the landless families organized in the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement revitalized the land, and produced organic coffee, corn, beans and other food crops.Read More »

BRAZIL: To combat “hunger pandemic” MST has donated more than 600 tons of food

by Brasil de Fato

People’s Dispatch | May 14, 2020

The “We’ll Need Everybody” campaign, of which MST is a part of, has already donated more than 40,000 food baskets – Periferia Viva

The “We’ll Need Everybody” campaign, organized by diverse social movements in Brazil including the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST), has already distributed more than 40,000 food baskets to poor neighborhoods.

These acts of solidarity organized by social movements from all over the country since the start of the pandemic, beyond helping those most vulnerable in society during the quarantine, are also ways of denouncing the absence of good governance.

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Dispossessed workers, farmers, small producers still await their day of liberation: John Smith on imperialism

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Countercurrents.org | March 27, 2019

Today, it’s impossible to ignore the question of imperialism in any discussion concerning people as imperialism is distorting and destroying all aspects and areas of life. Ignoring the question of imperialism is synonymous to betrayal of people’s cause. John Smith, former oil rig worker, bus driver, telecommunications engineer, longtime activist in the anti-war and Latin American solidarity movements, and author of Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis (Monthly Review Press, January 2016), discusses the question of imperialism in the following interview taken by Farooque Chowdhury during July 2018-February 2019. The interview, in slightly abridged form, originally appeared on MR Online on March 19, 22, and 23, 2019.

The analyses, interpretations and observations made, the narratives presented, the terms used, and the way persons, politics, ideologies and trends characterized in the interview are completely of John Smith, and, those don’t always correspond to the interviewer’s opinion, interpretation, etc.

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India: The Trials of an Accidental Farmer in Tamil Nadu

by Goutam Das

The Wire | February 04, 2019

Dinesh is an accidental farmer.

He graduated with a BSc in physics from a government college in Thiruttani and then studied law from a college affiliated to Pondicherry University. He cannot practise law because of a ‘police case’. One night, a neighbour got tipsy and attacked Dinesh. Dinesh argues that he had no choice but to retaliate.

The five acres of family land became his only source of income.

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Venezuela: Platform For Peasant Struggle Holds Anti-Imperialist March Against International Aggressions

Tatuy TV/Venezuelanalysis.com | January 14, 2019

Merida-Duluth, January 14, 2019 (tatuytv.org/venezuelanalysis.com) In the region of “Sur del Lago,” located between the Venezuelan states of Mérida and Zulia, an anti-imperialist peasant march was held amidst the rising tensions in the lead up to January 10th swearing in of President Nicolás Maduro. This mobilization was organized by local, autonomous peasant, communal and revolutionary organizations of the National Platform for Peasant Struggle, in order to demonstrate rejection for the intensifying foreign aggression against their nation.Read More »

India: Massive Peasant March in Siliguri

People’s Democracy | January 06, 2019

OVER Thirty thousand farmers and agricultural workers at the call of AIKS and AIAWU from six North Bengal districts flooded the streets of Siliguri in North Bengal , to protest against the anti farmer policies of the Modi-led Union government and the West Bengal state government on December 27. All Siliguri bound trains virtually turned into ‘Kishan Express’ on that day and a day before. Many of them had come from far flung mountainous belt or distant rural areas in the Bengal bordering Assam and Bangladesh.

Residents of Siliguri extended their solidarity to marchers by supplying ‘roti’ and vegetables. Volunteers collected food from houses and finally more than one lakh packets were served.Read More »

India: PMFBY: Profiting from Farmers’ Distress

by Subodh Varma

Peoples Democracy | Vol. XLII No. 52 | December 30, 2018

AMONG the series of schemes launched (or repackaged) by the Modi led NDA government, one of the most toxic is the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). Its purpose is to provide crop insurance to farmers, that is, if the crop fails due to some non-preventable reason like weather calamity etc, then the farmers will be compensated for this loss. The principle is sound – the government should take care of such losses which are very common in India since cultivation is largely dependent on monsoon rains.Read More »