THE All India People’s Forum along with Mauja Humta and Mauja Kajibaru Gram Sabhas held a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan (Ranchi) to demand cancellation of the construction of the pending Raysa Reservoir at Gitildih (Humta Mauja), Bundu Block, Ranchi District. After the dharna a memorandum was submitted to Governor Dropdi Murmu with the demand to cancel construction of the Raysa Reservoir Project.
CINEMA of Resistance, organized at various places in the country, held the 6th Udaipur Film Festival at the Maharana Kumbha Music Auditorium on 28-30 December 2018. Inaugurating the festival, young filmmaker Pavan Shrivastava (whose film ‘Life of an Outcast’ was the first to be screened at the festival)acknowledged the power of cinema as a medium and said that unfortunately today a few people have a monopoly on this medium. Cinema needs to be freed on a large scale in order for it to be a medium through which the common people’s understanding can be developed.
ON 12 January 2019, the All India People’s Forum along with the Chhattisgarh Nagrik Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti (CNSSS) held a convention at which citizens and people’s movements were invited to discuss a draft People’s Charter for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
STUDENT organisations, youth organisation, trade unions and civil society members held a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar on 14th January demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the sedition charges against Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi, Manjit Mahanta and others. Organisations like AISA, RYA, AIPF, AICCTU, United Against Hate, CPIM- ML and other individuals participated in the protest. Niraj Kumar, General Secretary of Revolutionary Youth Association conducted the proceedings.
CPI (ML) and other Left parties jointly organized a very effective Bihar bandh on 9 January in support of the workers’ countrywide general strike. Left activists were arrested during rail and road blocks at various district centres in the State.
THE resounding success of the countrywide general strike called on 8-9 January 2019 by all the major trade unions and independent federations of the country against the Modi government’s constant attacks on labour laws, with the main demands of ending the contract-honorarium system, equal pay for equal work, and guarantee of respectable wages has shown that the countdown to the end of the Modi government has begun.
RECENTLY 60 year old Kabul Miyan was lynched to death in Araria District for alleged cow theft. CPI(ML) Araria District level leaders Ramvilas Yadav and Indranan Paswan visited the incident site and the victim’s village on 5 January, and probed the full facts of the incident.
A gram sabha was organized in Pochri village of Pokhariya Panchayat, which was attended by hundreds of people against the policies and oppression by the BJP government. The panchayat was also attended by ex-MLA Vinod Kumar Singh in whose presence several people, disillusioned and angered by the BJP’s dictatorship joined the CPI(ML). People of Pochri shared that a gas pipeline was being laid by GAIL in their village in which in an arbitrary way they were being forced to work.
IN Ramgarh district in Jharkhand, the district administration in a ploy to keep the rural and urban poor workers outside the poverty line, is trying to get an affidavit in the name of verification. There is a fair possibility that on the basis of the conditions included in the letter most of the poor will be kept out of the poverty line.
A farmers’ protest demonstration was organized in Samastipur on 28 December in which hundreds of farmers from the district gathered at the Sugar Mill chowk and took out a protest march by the AIKM. The demands of the protest were: (i) Waiving off of all kinds of loans to the farmers, (ii) opening of foodgrain procurement centres, (iii) free electricity for agricultural work, (iv) procurement of milk at appropriate price, and v) free distribution of seeds and fertilizers.