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A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine
Vol. 14 No. 36
30 AUG
05 SEPT 2011
Price: Re. 1
he sustained people’s movement against cor-ruption scored a victory in forcing Parliament toacknowledge the people’s wishes in the matter of theLokpal legislation. The UPA Government had all alongtried to arrogantly preach ‘supremacy of parliamentaryprocess’ over people’s movements. But the protestorswho rallied around Anna Hazare’s 12-day fast ensuredthat ‘parliamentary process’ is not above the people.Rather, the people asserted their right to hold parlia-ment and all its processes under their close scrutinyand supervision.However, even on the limited question of the LokpalBill, the battle is far from won. The Government’s owndraft stands thoroughly discredited and parliament hashad to adopt a ‘sense of the house’ resolution accept-ing in spirit the demand for constitution of Lokayuktasin the states; the bringing of lower bureaucracy under the ambit of Lokpal; and a citizens’ charter with provi-sion for grievance redressal in case of violation of thecharter by public servants. Even on these three points,there is every possibility of the Standing Committee(to which the Bill has been referred) backtracking.Even in the Nuke Deal, we have seen how ‘senseof the house’ assurances have been violated by theGovernment. People’s vigilance and struggle will becalled upon to ensure that this is not repeated in caseof the Lokpal law.Intriguingly, though, some of the major points of con-tention on the Lokpal issue seem to have been tacitlydropped from the debate: such as the independenceand transparency of the Lokpal selection process;bringing of PM and MPs’ conduct in Parliament under the ambit of the Lokpal; and the mechanism of tackling judicial corruption. The struggle against corruptionmust not allow PM, MPs and judiciary to be kept outof the scrutiny of anti-corruption institutions.While the arrogance and contempt for protestingpeople displayed by Congress-UPA leaders has re-ceived a sound and deserving rebuff, the vulgar elit-ism displayed by some speakers on Anna Hazare’s
platform must be rejected and combated rmly by all
democratic forces.We have all along stressed that a Lokpal law thataddresses only corruption by public servants canonly be a partial measure. Corruption cannot be tack-led effectively without striving for the reversal of thepolicy regime of privatisation and liberalisation that
are breeding corruption. The biggest beneciaries of 
corruption today are the corporations that are lootingpublic resources and funds, facilitated by pliant andcorrupt governments. The Janlokpal Bill draft doeshave some measures that could help to curb thenexus between public servants and corporates. Morestringent measures are needed to combat corruptionby corporations, big-funded NGOs and big media. Wemust strive to put the issue of corporate corruption andpro-corporate policies at the centre-stage of the anti-corruption struggle.The worst victims of rampant corruption in daily lifeand in welfare schemes are undoubtedly the ruraland urban poor, an overwhelming majority of whomare from deprived castes. The struggle for an effec-tive pro-people Lokpal must demand an inclusive anddemocratized Lokpal which ensures participation of various oppressed sections, minorities and women.Sensitivity to the rights of workers, women, minoritiesand oppressed castes must be included among thecriteria for selection of Lokpal members, while anytrack record of insensitivity on these questions must
be ground for disqualication. Corporate representa
tives must be kept out of the Lokpal body. The deni
-tion of ‘corruption,’ too, must be expanded to includediversion, misuse and misappropriation of public fundsallotted for rural and urban poor, SC/ST/OBCs, minori-ties, women, children and other vulnerable sections,while measures to protect whistleblowers must also
Hail the Victory of Democratic Assertion AgainstSarkari Lokpal and Arrogant UPA Government,
Onwards to Ensure a Pro-People Lokpal andReversal of Policies That Breed Corruption!
30 Aug - 05 Sept 2011
 ML Update
 page 2
ll India Students’ Association’s(AISA) call for national strike on24th August with the call to “CombatCorruption, Stop Privatisation of Natural Resources and Education,and Defend Democracy” received arobust response with the strike beingobserved with human chains, torch-light processions, protest marchesin many campuses of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, TamilNadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra,Gujarat, Odisha, Chhattisgarh andother states.
AISA-RYA’s march at Bhavnagar in which 700 students quit Bhavna-gar Colleges and participated inthe anti-corruption march, raisedslogans not only against thecentral government, but againstcorruption, corporate loot andcover-up of communal violenceand fake encounters in Gujarat. Ex-ploding Modi’s “we-are-with-anti-corruption-protests” claim, policelathicharged the march and theleading activists – Yunus Zakaria,Jignaba Rana, Sonal Chauhan andFarida Zakaria – were jailed. Prior to this, they were produced beforethe magistrate. They refused totake bail and said they preferred jail unless the Inspector apolo-gized for his high-handedness (thepolice Inspector had misbehavedwith them).Very next day, against the ar-rests, many Bhavnagar collegesincluding engineering and medi-cal colleges observed a bandhcalled by AISA-RYA. 5000 studentsprotested against the local ad-ministration, forcing them to freethe jailed activists. AISA and RYA – on their own banner – took theanti-corruption initiative in their hands, and as a result, turned anti-corruption anger against the ModiGovernment too.In Gujarat, the AISA, along withprotesting against the scam-riddenand repressive Congress Govern-ment at the Centre, had also beenprotesting against the communaland anti-democratic character of the Modi Government. They hadasked, “When Modi punishes
honest police ofcers in order to
cover up his government’s role infake encounters and communalviolence, is it not corruption?”
Narendra Modi has been claimingto support Anna Hazare’s movementand repressive role of the UPA Gov-ernment. But when AISA studentsmarched against corruption at bothstate and centre, they were lathi-charged and jailed! Even womenstudents have not been spared. Theprotesting students were perfectlypeaceful – their only crime was thatthey held the march without police‘permission.’Even as the BJP governments—from Gujarat to Karnataka—aretainted with corruption, and whilstthe party is trying to appropriate peo-ple’s anger against corruption, ModiGovernment’s repression of anti-corruption protestors exposes their true face. This is the same BJP whichwas likening the police assault onRamdev’s rally as the most heinousincident after the Emergency!!This incident once again establish-es that anti-democratic, communaland corruption-ridden political elites
cannot lead any ght against corrup
-tion, which is essentially linked to astruggle for democracy.AISA condemned the crackdownby the Gujarat Government on ananti-corruption march by students inBhavnagar, Gujarat, and demandedthat the Modi government apologisefor the high-handedness.
 AISA-RYA’s Success-ful Bihar Bandhagainst Corruption
The Bihar Bandh called by AISA-RYA on 27 August demanding enact-ment of a pro-people Lokpal Bill inParliament; an effective Lokayuktain Bihar; and investigation into theAC/DC Bill and BIADA land allotmentscams in Bihar received an enthusi-astic response. The Bandh supporterspointed out that the BJP-NDA too wereas reluctant as the Congress to enacta genuinely pro-people and effectiveLokpal law. Nitish Kumar claims tosupport the agitation for a Lokpal,but the Lokayukta in Bihar is a cipher and completely powerless. The NitishGovernment as well as its predeces-sor the RJD-UPA government are both
make special provision for whistleblowers from thesesections.The BJP-NDA has all along been ambivalent even onthe Lokpal agenda, while very much part of the larger ruling class consensus on pro-corporate policies of privatisation. At the same time, the BJP-NDA is tryingto make political capital in the wake of UPA Govern-ment’s involvement in multiple mega-scams and itsarrogant and repressive approach to the anti-corruptionmovement. They have achieved only limited successin this agenda, however, since BJP-NDA-ruled statessuch as Karnataka, Bihar and Gujarat are being rockedby instances of huge scams, corporate plunder, brutalrepression and cover-up of criminality and corruption.The progressive and Left forces in the anti-corruptionmovement must expose the opportunism of the BJP-NDA parties and champion people’s anger against thecorrupt and undemocratic BJP-NDA governments.
The anti-corruption upsurge reects the renewed
confidence and democratic assertion of peopleagainst authoritarian and anti-people governments,and people’s heightened aspirations for democratic
transformation. It is the task of the ghting Left forces
to champion these aspirations and widen the struggleagainst corruption to encompass resistance to corpo-rate grab of land and resources, the neoliberal policyregime and the assaults on democracy.
 AISA’s rally lathicharged in Gujarat; Communal BJP’santi-corruption stance exposed!
Modi Government jails AISA students who marched againstcorruption, communalism and repression
5000 Students Come-out Next Day and Force the Release of Jailed AISA Activists
30 Aug - 05 Sept 2011
 ML Update
 page 3
implicated in the AC/DC Bill scandal.The BIADA land allotment scam iscomparable to the Adarsh scam, withBIADA land being handed over asgifts without even the pretenceof tenders, to the kith and kin of 
BJP-JD(U) leaders. The ring and
police brutality on people pro-testing land grab at Forbesganjwhich claimed four lives of poor Muslims, showed that the NitishGovernment’s corruption is com-pounded by communalism andrepression. Bandh supportersdemanded reversal of the poli-cies of privatization and corporateplunder that are the root of theworst corruption.Thousands of students andyouth, responding to AISA-RYA’scall, held processions in the statecapital, Patna, and blockaded raillines and highways for hours.Students boycotted classes and
closed down ofces in universi
-ties (including Patna University,Lalitnarayan Mishra University(Darbhanga), Tilka Majhi Univer-sity (Bhagalpur) and Vir Kunwar Singh University (Ara)); collegesand schools were shut down;and even markets and shopsdowned shutters in support of the Bandh.Students at Ara and Darbhangaheld dharnas on the rail tracks for hours. National highways wereblockaded at Arwal; Brahmapur;Ara and Sasaram. Around 300 inthe road blockade at Dak BanglaChowraha in Patna; more than200 on dharna at JP Chowk,Siwan; and more than 100 block-ading a road and holding a publicmeeting at Jehanabad were ar-rested. Huge processions wereheld by bandh supporters atPatna, Ara, Siwan, Purnea, Je-hanabad, Arwal, Bhagalpur, Auranga-bad, Bihar Sharif, and Betia.The bandh supporters in Patnabegan observing the bandh at PatnaUniversity campus, where a proces-sion was held in the leadership of AISA State Secretary Abhyuday, RYANational General Secretary KamleshSharma, State Secretary NaveenKumar, Patna Secretary KamleshKumar as well as many other studentactivists. The procession marchedthrough Ashok Rajpath, GandhiMaidan, Fraser Road and reachedDak Bangla Chouraha, making thebandh successful en route.Other processions of bandh sup-porters (led by RYA’s Patna con-venor Durgesh and Dr. Prakash fromKankadbag; AIPWA State SecretarySarpj Chaubey, Secretary ShashiYadav, Joint Secretary Anita Sinhaand Madhu from Kargil Chowk; andAshok Kumar, convenor of the ShehriGareeb Morcha [Urban Poor Front]from Lohanipur) converged at DakBangla Chouraha. The crossing wasblockaded for several hours, until the
police managed with great difculty
to arrest the scores of bandh sup-porters.Processions were also held andmarkets closed at Anisabad, JagdevPath, and Patna City. The Bihar StateNon-Gazetted Employees Confedera-tion (Gope faction) also came in sup-port of the Bandh and, in the leader-ship of State President RamnarayanRai and State Secretary Ram-bali Prasad, demonstratedfrom IT crossing to Dakbanglacrossing demanding release of the arrested leaders.Leaders arrested during theBihar Bandh included AISAState Secretary Abhyuday,RYA National GS KamleshSharma, RYA State SecretaryNaveen Kumar, RYA StatePresident Amarjit Kushwaha,as well as AISA activists Kumar Parvez, Markandey Pathak,Rahul Vokas, Manish, DurgeshKumar, and Santosh Keshri aswell as AIPWA State PresidentSaroj Chaubey, State SecretaryShashi Yadav, and Joint Secre-tary Anita Sinha.
protests wereheld at Delang and Gunupur of Rayagda and Puri districts.AISA convener Comrade Litulalled a mass protest at Delang inwhich about hundred studentsfrom all rural colleges and highschools participated to end cor-ruption, corporate loot, defenddemocracy and oppose landgrab in Orissa. Similarly, inRayagada all the members of AISA held a big rally at Gunupur raising slogan to pass the JanLokpal Bill.Tamil Nadu: As part of allIndia Strike call by AISA, in Cud-dalore district, Tamilnadu, AISAheld a demo at Vriddhachalamaddressed by AISA leader Ayy-adurai, RYA leader Dhanavel,CPI(ML) leader Amaiyyappan.
All IndiaKisan Mahasabha (AIKM) helda massive demonstration withthe call for the ouster of corrupt Con-gress/UPA and for an effective lokpalbill at Lakuan in Nainital district on27 August. The protest demonstra-tion in the form of a rally started fromCar Road, Bindukhatta, and marchedthrough Lalkuan bazaar. The rally wasled by comrades Raja Bahuguna,Bahadur Singh Jangi, Vimla Rauthan(AIPWA’s district convener), ManSingh Pal, Bhuwan Joshi, Anand Si- jwali and AISA leader Lalit Matiyali.The rally was addressed byCPI(ML)’s State incharge ComradeRaja Bahuguna who said that the
movement and ght against corrup
CPI(ML) Appeals to Presi- dent to Commute the DeathSentence of Perarivalan,Murugan, Santhan
New Delhi, August 30, 2011:The CPI(ML) Liberation has written to thePresident of India asking for commutation of the death sentence of the three convicts inthe Rajiv Gandhi assassination case whosedeath sentences are to be carried out onSeptember 9.The party held that the execution would be a travesty of justice for many reasons.
In the rst place, the convictions rest oninsufcient evidence. In the case of Perar 
ivalan, confession was obtained throughtorture and recorded under TADA, and thisis the sole basis for his conviction. The only ‘evidence’ against him is that he purchased two 9 volt batteries.Further, the 3 convicts have already served more than 20 years in jail. Their mer- cy petition was pending for 11 years beforebeing rejected. The honourable SupremeCourt has ruled that in cases of unduedelay in execution of death sentence, thesentence could be commuted to life impris- onment. There is judicial precedent for suchdecisions: In the Khemchand vs State case,the Delhi High Court commuted the deathsentence of Khemchand from death to lifesentence, on the ground that the President 
had taken more than ve years in deciding 
his mercy plea. The CPI(ML) argued that thesame principle should apply to Perarivalan,Murugan, and Santhan.The CPI(ML) also asked that the Chief Min- ister of Tamilnadu recommend commutationof the death sentence.Central Committee, CPI(ML) Liberation

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