Protest Demo to Free Soni Sori

    • Wednesday
    • 5:30pm until 7:00pm
    • Venue: Mumbai
  • “On the night of Saturday, 8.10.2011, in the new police station in Dantewada which has been built next to the old police-station, I was tortured”, Soni Sori. This hunger strike is for Soni, Indian citizen, woman, schoolteacher, adivasi.

    Since 8th February, 2011, Soni has been on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the torture and injustice meted out to her by the Chhattisgarh government. We, women’s groups and human rights activists from all over India and the world, salute her courage in the face of physical and sexual torture, forced isolation and threats to the wellbeing of her three innocent children. On this day, in solidarity with her protest, we are observing a one-day hunger strike, across the country in Delhi(other places)

    Brief history

    Soni Sori is a 35 year old adivasi who was a school teacher and warden of a government‐run school for tribal children in Jabeli, Dantewada in Chhattigarh. This determined young woman was known to feed tribal children with her own money at times when there were delays in government supplies for their rations. She was also bold enough to hoist the Indian flag in her school for which she had to face the wrath of the Naxalites.

    Soni Sori had disclosed to the newsmagazine, Tehelka, significant evidence of the complicity of the Chhattisgarh Police in multiple cases. Her victimisation began soon after this.

    In spite of the brutal torture inflicted on her, on December 1, 2011, the Supreme Court ordered that she remain in the custody in Chhattisgarh for an additional period of 55 days until the next hearing on 25th January, 2012.

    To date, this case has not yet come up before the Court.

    The violence inflicted on Soni and other women is a symptom of the policies being followed by the state. With the creation of a vigilante force like the Salwa Judum and passing many draconian laws (like the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act) the state of Chhattisgarh is clearing the land of its rightful inhabitants to pave the way for large-scale corporate expansion. Soni Sori is just one more adivasi who has been caught in the crossfire. Ironically enough, her father was shot at by the Maoists on suspicion of being a police informer and her husband continues to languish in jail for being a Maoist supporter. Without the support of either parent, her three young children are practically orphaned.

    On Feb 23, 2012, in a letter to her Supreme Court lawyer, asking to be transferred from Raipur to Jagdalpur jail, Soni Sori says, “I am not safe here. I have faced a lot of injustice … I am certain they will kill me. I would like to spend my last days near my children … Thinking of the suffering of my adivasi brothers and sisters, as well as my husband, the Chhattisgarh government has left me with no option but to go on a hunger strike”. Her health condition is deteriorating as she waits for her case to be heard in the Supreme Court. The state authorities deny her medical attention and continue to torture her by driving her in their jeep for hours together to attend court in Dantewada (twelve hours away). She ends her poignant appeal, “Please don’t leave me here to die a lingering death”.

    It is a dark day for Indian democracy today. Soni Sori is repeatedly being tossed around the various Courts and Commissions denying her any succour as her case is subjudice. Women’s teams who have supporting her have been refused permission to meet her and give her solace. This is a brazen violation of human rights and the rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Indian Constitution.

    In her letter, Soni Sori also records her protest at the fact that she is continuously referred to as the “Naxalite” woman by the jail authorities. While the police have accused her of helping the Naxalites, she has strongly denied all these allegations claiming malicious victimization by the police, and none of these charges have been proven yet. Venting her anger against the Government, she writes in her letter, “We adivasis, are only fated to suffer atrocities and die; dying is necessary. We adivasis, are a business for the government. The more the Chhattisgarh government exploits and oppresses us, commits atrocities against and tortures us, mercilessly rapes our women and strips us naked, the more the government will profit.” She represents the agony of many others caught in the crossfire.

– Raise your voice. Be with humanity. Be with Us.

jaisreekumar.v

Protest Demo to Free Soni Sori

    • Wednesday
    • 5:30pm until 7:00pm
    • Venue: Mumbai
  • “On the night of Saturday, 8.10.2011, in the new police station in Dantewada which has been built next to the old police-station, I was tortured”, Soni Sori. This hunger strike is for Soni, Indian citizen, woman, schoolteacher, adivasi.

    Since 8th February, 2011, Soni has been on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the torture and injustice meted out to her by the Chhattisgarh government. We, women’s groups and human rights activists from all over India and the world, salute her courage in the face of physical and sexual torture, forced isolation and threats to the wellbeing of her three innocent children. On this day, in solidarity with her protest, we are observing a one-day hunger strike, across the country in Delhi(other places)

    Brief history

    Soni Sori is a 35 year old adivasi who was a school teacher and warden of a government‐run school for tribal children in Jabeli, Dantewada in Chhattigarh. This determined young woman was known to feed tribal children with her own money at times when there were delays in government supplies for their rations. She was also bold enough to hoist the Indian flag in her school for which she had to face the wrath of the Naxalites.

    Soni Sori had disclosed to the newsmagazine, Tehelka, significant evidence of the complicity of the Chhattisgarh Police in multiple cases. Her victimisation began soon after this.

    In spite of the brutal torture inflicted on her, on December 1, 2011, the Supreme Court ordered that she remain in the custody in Chhattisgarh for an additional period of 55 days until the next hearing on 25th January, 2012.

    To date, this case has not yet come up before the Court.

    The violence inflicted on Soni and other women is a symptom of the policies being followed by the state. With the creation of a vigilante force like the Salwa Judum and passing many draconian laws (like the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act) the state of Chhattisgarh is clearing the land of its rightful inhabitants to pave the way for large-scale corporate expansion. Soni Sori is just one more adivasi who has been caught in the crossfire. Ironically enough, her father was shot at by the Maoists on suspicion of being a police informer and her husband continues to languish in jail for being a Maoist supporter. Without the support of either parent, her three young children are practically orphaned.

    On Feb 23, 2012, in a letter to her Supreme Court lawyer, asking to be transferred from Raipur to Jagdalpur jail, Soni Sori says, “I am not safe here. I have faced a lot of injustice … I am certain they will kill me. I would like to spend my last days near my children … Thinking of the suffering of my adivasi brothers and sisters, as well as my husband, the Chhattisgarh government has left me with no option but to go on a hunger strike”. Her health condition is deteriorating as she waits for her case to be heard in the Supreme Court. The state authorities deny her medical attention and continue to torture her by driving her in their jeep for hours together to attend court in Dantewada (twelve hours away). She ends her poignant appeal, “Please don’t leave me here to die a lingering death”.

    It is a dark day for Indian democracy today. Soni Sori is repeatedly being tossed around the various Courts and Commissions denying her any succour as her case is subjudice. Women’s teams who have supporting her have been refused permission to meet her and give her solace. This is a brazen violation of human rights and the rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Indian Constitution.

    In her letter, Soni Sori also records her protest at the fact that she is continuously referred to as the “Naxalite” woman by the jail authorities. While the police have accused her of helping the Naxalites, she has strongly denied all these allegations claiming malicious victimization by the police, and none of these charges have been proven yet. Venting her anger against the Government, she writes in her letter, “We adivasis, are only fated to suffer atrocities and die; dying is necessary. We adivasis, are a business for the government. The more the Chhattisgarh government exploits and oppresses us, commits atrocities against and tortures us, mercilessly rapes our women and strips us naked, the more the government will profit.” She represents the agony of many others caught in the crossfire.

– Raise your voice. Be with humanity. Be with Us.

jaisreekumar.v

Protest Demo to Free Soni Sori

    • Wednesday
    • 5:30pm until 7:00pm
    • Venue: Mumbai
  • “On the night of Saturday, 8.10.2011, in the new police station in Dantewada which has been built next to the old police-station, I was tortured”, Soni Sori. This hunger strike is for Soni, Indian citizen, woman, schoolteacher, adivasi.

    Since 8th February, 2011, Soni has been on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the torture and injustice meted out to her by the Chhattisgarh government. We, women’s groups and human rights activists from all over India and the world, salute her courage in the face of physical and sexual torture, forced isolation and threats to the wellbeing of her three innocent children. On this day, in solidarity with her protest, we are observing a one-day hunger strike, across the country in Delhi(other places)

    Brief history

    Soni Sori is a 35 year old adivasi who was a school teacher and warden of a government‐run school for tribal children in Jabeli, Dantewada in Chhattigarh. This determined young woman was known to feed tribal children with her own money at times when there were delays in government supplies for their rations. She was also bold enough to hoist the Indian flag in her school for which she had to face the wrath of the Naxalites.

    Soni Sori had disclosed to the newsmagazine, Tehelka, significant evidence of the complicity of the Chhattisgarh Police in multiple cases. Her victimisation began soon after this.

    In spite of the brutal torture inflicted on her, on December 1, 2011, the Supreme Court ordered that she remain in the custody in Chhattisgarh for an additional period of 55 days until the next hearing on 25th January, 2012.

    To date, this case has not yet come up before the Court.

    The violence inflicted on Soni and other women is a symptom of the policies being followed by the state. With the creation of a vigilante force like the Salwa Judum and passing many draconian laws (like the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act) the state of Chhattisgarh is clearing the land of its rightful inhabitants to pave the way for large-scale corporate expansion. Soni Sori is just one more adivasi who has been caught in the crossfire. Ironically enough, her father was shot at by the Maoists on suspicion of being a police informer and her husband continues to languish in jail for being a Maoist supporter. Without the support of either parent, her three young children are practically orphaned.

    On Feb 23, 2012, in a letter to her Supreme Court lawyer, asking to be transferred from Raipur to Jagdalpur jail, Soni Sori says, “I am not safe here. I have faced a lot of injustice … I am certain they will kill me. I would like to spend my last days near my children … Thinking of the suffering of my adivasi brothers and sisters, as well as my husband, the Chhattisgarh government has left me with no option but to go on a hunger strike”. Her health condition is deteriorating as she waits for her case to be heard in the Supreme Court. The state authorities deny her medical attention and continue to torture her by driving her in their jeep for hours together to attend court in Dantewada (twelve hours away). She ends her poignant appeal, “Please don’t leave me here to die a lingering death”.

    It is a dark day for Indian democracy today. Soni Sori is repeatedly being tossed around the various Courts and Commissions denying her any succour as her case is subjudice. Women’s teams who have supporting her have been refused permission to meet her and give her solace. This is a brazen violation of human rights and the rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Indian Constitution.

    In her letter, Soni Sori also records her protest at the fact that she is continuously referred to as the “Naxalite” woman by the jail authorities. While the police have accused her of helping the Naxalites, she has strongly denied all these allegations claiming malicious victimization by the police, and none of these charges have been proven yet. Venting her anger against the Government, she writes in her letter, “We adivasis, are only fated to suffer atrocities and die; dying is necessary. We adivasis, are a business for the government. The more the Chhattisgarh government exploits and oppresses us, commits atrocities against and tortures us, mercilessly rapes our women and strips us naked, the more the government will profit.” She represents the agony of many others caught in the crossfire.

– Raise your voice. Be with humanity. Be with Us.

jaisreekumar.v

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Main points of the `Resolution on Some Ideological Issues’

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news digest from cpi(m)

Today’s Topics:

1. Main points of the `Resolution on Some Ideological Issues’
(news from the cpi(m))
2. On Indian Vote on Syria in the UN (news from the cpi(m))

Message: 1
Press Release

Main points of the `Resolution on Some Ideological Issues?

(Adopted at the CPI(M) Central Committee Meeting, January 17-20, 2012 at Kolkata for consideration of the 20th Congress being held in Kozhikode, April 4-9, 2012)

This Resolution has been prepared and adopted by the Central Committee under the direction of the CPI(M) 19th Congress (Coimbatore, 2008). The 18th Congress (New Delhi, 2005) had decided that there was a need for the Party to scientifically assess the current developments taking place under imperialist globalization and its impact on India. This is important to meet the ideological challenges that these developments are posing for the advance of the revolutionary struggle for people?s democracy and socialism in India.

Accordingly, this Resolution places the CPI(M)?s analysis and understanding of the present world situation under imperialist globalization and concludes: ?Thus, imperialism?s quest for global hegemony is the fountainhead that continues to deny humanity its complete emancipation, liberation and progress.?

Further, the Resolution underlines that ?Under these circumstances, particularly when fast moving developments continue to take ?place, it is imperative that we strengthen our revolutionary resolve through a scientific Marxist-Leninist analysis of the ideological issues and challenges thrown up by these developments, with the singular aim of strengthening the class struggles for human liberation.?

Analysing the working of imperialism in this era of globalization, the Resolution notes that during the last two decades of the end of the Cold War, when the international correlation of forces moved in favour of imperialism following the dismantling of the USSR and the socialist countries in Eastern Europe, imperialism unleashed an all-round offensive ? political, economic, military, cultural and ideological ? to strengthen its global hegemony.

The emergence of international finance capital following unprecedented huge levels of capital accumulation unleashed a new re-ordering of the world economic order. This is to further facilitate profit maximization ? the raison d?tre of capitalism. By virtually drawing all the countries of the world into its vortex, imperialist globalization under the dictates of international finance capital pressurizes all countries to remove all restrictions for the flow of this capital in its pursuit of profit maximization. The consequent package of economic reforms include financial liberalization, the prising open of the markets of independent countries through trade liberalization, the privatization of State-owned assets, the conversion of public utilities (electricity, water, sanitation, civic amenities etc) and services (education, health etc) into areas of profit generation. Neo-liberalism is the ideological and theoretical construct that defines such reforms.

Such a process of gigantic accumulation under the leadership of international finance capital is generating deep crisis imposing unprecedented burdens on the vast majority of world?s population. In the efforts to resolve one crisis, the seeds of a more intense crisis are being sown. The global financial meltdown caused by the sub-prime credit crisis was sought to be overcome through humongous bailout packages to resurrect those very financial giants who caused the crisis in the first place. This resulted in converting corporate bankruptcies into sovereign bankruptcies. This, in turn, is being sought to be solved through the reduction in government expenditures by imposing `austerity measures? and drastically reducing social sector expenditures that are mounting further economic onslaughts on the people. This, in turn, is leading to a further contraction of the purchasing power in the hands of the people, sowing the seeds of a deeper crisis of double-dip global recession that is, today, looming large.

These developments confirm the Marxist prognosis that the true and complete liberation of humanity from such exploitation can come only with the establishment of socialism.

Rising Protests

The Resolution notes that the protests against such predatory capitalist exploitation are on the rise globally. ?This is sharply expressed in today?s world situation particularly in Latin America. Such rising struggles are also growing in other parts of the world as seen in the Occupy Wall Street movement and notably in Europe against the imperialist neo-liberal globalization onslaughts on the livelihood of the people, that have sharply intensified in the current global capitalist crisis and recession. These rising struggles against the erosion of the livelihood standards of the working class and other exploited sections of the people constitute the foundations for consolidating and advancing revolutionary struggles in the future.?

Assessing the developments of the rising number of the Left, progressive anti-neo-liberal democratically elected governments in Latin America, the Resolution notes: ?Left-wing coalitions, including Communist parties, that have emerged in these countries are providing an alternative to imperialist globalization and neo-liberalism within capitalism.?

The Resolution notes the firm anti-imperialist footing on which the current governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador stand. These countries, along with socialist Cuba, had taken the leadership in forming a confederation of the countries in the South American continent, as an alternative to strengthen the struggles against US imperialism?s efforts to impose neo-liberal policies and intensify exploitation in the continent. The Resolution, thus, notes: ?These popular forces today constitute an important element in strengthening the worldwide struggle against imperialist globalization. They are also an important element in uniting the anti-war, anti-imperialist, anti-military aggression and interventions movements with the movements against globalization. It is this unity that needs to be built into a powerful global anti-imperialist movement which will have the potential for a future revolutionary transformation.?

Reforms in Socialist Countries

The Resolution examines the process of reforms initiated by the socialist countries. The People?s Republic of China had initiated such reforms since 1978 while Vietnam and Cuba had embarked on a similar course in the 1990s followed later by North Korea.

The Resolution sums up its analysis and evaluation of the reform process in China by stating: ?During these three decades of reforms China has made tremendous strides in the development of productive forces and economic growth. A consistent 10 per cent plus growth rate on the average over a period of three decades is unprecedented in the entire history of capitalism for any country. However, this very process has clearly brought to the fore adverse changes in production relations and therefore in social relations in China today. How successfully these contradictions are dealt with and how they are resolved will determine the future course in China.?

While defining the outline of the CPI(M)?s understanding of what socialism in Indian conditions mean (Para 8.3), the Resolution deals with the current anti-Marxist reactionary ideological challenges that need to be frontally confronted to advance the Indian people?s struggle for liberation by establishing socialism.

Indian Conditions: Certain Concrete Issues

The Resolution states that : ?In Indian conditions, our task to strengthen our revolutionary advance ?. requires the unleashing of powerful mass and popular struggles to sharpen the class struggle in our society in the concrete conditions in which we exist.?

In order to achieve this, the Resolution details the CPI(M)?s programmatic understanding of combining parliamentary and extra parliamentary forms of struggle, ??work in the parliamentary forums is to be utilised to strengthen the mass movements. Parliamentary work should be combined with extra-parliamentary activities and struggles to develop a powerful movement to build an alternative to the existing bourgeois-landlord order?, while warning against guarding from deviations that either neglect extra parliamentary struggles or negate the role of parliamentary struggles.

Unity of Working Class and Forging Worker-Peasant Alliance

The Resolution analyses the concrete conditions in which the CPI(M) must strengthen the unity of the working class and moves towards building an effective worker-peasant alliance.

Caste Based Political Mobilisation

The Resolution also analyses concretely the challenges posed by identity politics and the activities of foreign-funded NGOs, particularly the challenges posed by identity politics based on political mobilization of caste. The Resolution underlines: ?The CPI(M) stand is based on the recognition that there is both class exploitation and social oppression in society. Given the socio-economic formation in our country, class exploitation both capitalist and semi-feudal exists along with various forms of social oppression based on caste, race and gender. The ruling classes extract surplus through class exploitation and for the maintenance of their hegemony they utilise the various forms of social oppression. Hence the struggle against both forms of exploitation and oppression should be conducted simultaneously.?

Communalism

The Resolution notes : ?It is in this context that the struggle against communalism and all other expressions of religious fundamentalism will have to be seen. Apart from disrupting and weakening the secular democratic foundations of modern India (like the RSS vision of a rabidly intolerant fascistic ?Hindu Rashtra?), the foundations that largely facilitate the exercise of democratic rights which is an important pre-condition for the advance of our class mobilization, these forces directly disrupt the unity of the working class and the exploited sections by rousing communal passions exploiting the religious appeal amongst our people. Hence, without a firm struggle to defeat communalism, the revolutionary advance in our country will not be possible.?

Gender, Regional and Ethnic Identities

The Resolution also underlines the need to strengthen the ?struggle against gender inequality and oppression in all its manifestations?. Further, the Resolution deals with the new challenges that are being mounted through mobilizations based on numerous regional and ethnic identities, while championing the struggles against ?genuine oppression and discrimination? on these grounds.

Conclusion

It is on the basis of confronting and overcoming such concrete challenges, the CPI(M) reiterates its resolve to ?carry forward its revolutionary tasks and mobilise all the exploited sections of the Indian people in order to change the current correlation of class forces amongst our people and mount the revolutionary offensive for the establishment of people?s democracy and, on its foundations, socialism ? the only basis for human liberation and emancipation?.

Note: Full text of the Draft Resolution on Some Ideological Issues will be available at : http://www.cpim.org

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Region: North West Europe
Area total: 41,543 km²
Coast line: North Sea
Capital: Amsterdam

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Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – early March 1945) is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world’s most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films.

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Anne Frank statue.

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Anne Frank Museum

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Greenpeace Headquarters

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Amsterdam is home to more people with immigrant background than in New York – Some 180 nationalities

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In Amsterdam most buildings have a facade which is actually leaning forward and a big hook attached at the top. Why? Because all the furniture you want to move in- or out of the house has to be lifted through the windows, the staircases are far too narrow and too steep to allow any manoeuvres (even with a suitcase!). The hook at the top is for the rope on which the furniture is lifted and the leaning front helps you move things up.

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