Saturday, December 30, 2006

Communist Students clash with each other

SFI-AISF clashes hit CPM-CPI relations
Monday November 20 2006 00:00 IST

T’PURAM: Clashes between the workers of the SFI and the AISF have turned an irritant in the CPM-CPI relations. The student organisations of both the parties have been on a collision course for the past few weeks, especially in Kollam district.

The continuing clashes have even become a law and order problem now. Earlier this month, the AISF workers disrupted a meeting addressed by the SFI state president Sindhu Joy at Kottarakkara St Gregorios college.

The other day, a girl student of Chavara Govt College and a member of AISF state committee were seriously injured in an attack, allegedly by the SFI-DYFI workers. Clashes occurred in several other places also, in which many students were injured.

The state leaderships of both the SFI and the AISF are now engaged in a war of words in a very provocative manner. While the SFI leadership flayed the AISF for protecting criminals, the latter retaliated by stating that the SFI had turned an abode of criminals. Meetings and counter-meetings are also going on.

Both the CPM and CPI are extending all sorts of help to their junior comrades in their fight by forming sub-committees at the college-levels. The CPI was very much agitated over the approach of the police in the clashes between the student organisations.

CPI Kunnathur taluk committee secretary has demanded action against a policeman who allegedly helped the SFI workers to attack an AISF worker at Sasthamcotta the other day.

The state executive committee meeting of the CPI which concluded here on Saturday had discussed the issue in a serious manner. Kollam district is a stronghold of the CPI in the state and the AISF has improved its position in few colleges there in the recent years, thanks to the factional feuds in the CPM.

In some areas, those who left the DYFI and the CPM joined the AIYF and the CPI, and helped the AISF in strengthening its base. At TKM Arts and Science College, Karicode, the AISF has been the winners of the college union elections for the last two years.

The clashes were the fallout of the attempts by the SFI, with the active support of the CPM, to regain its lost ground.

Source: Newindpress.Com

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Threatening calls to pilot

Threatening calls to pilot

Threatening calls to pilot
Thursday December 28 2006 10:43 IST

T’PURAM: The family of Dilip Desmond, the pilot who was assaulted by some persons at the Akkulam toll booth on Friday, is under severe threat. Dilip and wife are now getting innumerable calls from mysterious sources asking them to withdraw the case filed by them at the Petta police station.

Dilip, wife Shiny and friend Dr Anirudhan were attacked following an altercation with the toll booth employees.

A district leader of the DYFI is holding the contract for collecting the toll and there are allegations that the police are playing hide and seek under political pressure.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Communists celebrate enslavement of Tibet

On June 10, 2001 Indian Communists celebrated the enslavement of Tibet.

Vol. XXV
No. 23
June 10,2001

50th Anniversary of Tibetan Liberation Celebrated

P Malhotra
THE fiftieth anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet was held at New Delhi on June 5 at A K Gopalan Bhawan in which several prominent leaders participated. The large gathering was addressed, among others, by CPI(M) general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet, CPI general Secretary A B Bardhan, Devarajan of the Forward Bloc and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China’s to India who delighted everyone by speaking in good Hindi before switching over to English.
Addressing the audience, Harkishan Singh Surjeet complimented the people of Tibet for the progress made in the last 50 years of liberation. He said the people of Tibet had made considerable progress and there was all-round development. The Chinese government was also complimented for the development it had undertaken in Tibet. Surjeet said the developed world had been misleading the people by being critical of the progress of the common masses of Tibet. In fact the underprivileged had seen a remarkable progress in a very difficult terrain and atmosphere. Surjeet was critical of the people who doubted Tibet being a part of China. He said if Tibet had not been liberated the region would never have made the remarkable progress that it has. Inspite of all propaganda against China, the fact is that the people of Tibet had cooperated with the Chinese government after their liberation in 1951 which fact had led to full development of the area.
In his short speech, Bardhan highlighted the fact that the life expectancy in Tibet had gone up to over 65 years from 36 years in 1950. This in itself showed that the people’s life standard had improved and they were better off. He criticised the double standards of the NDA government where the government had one stand on Tibet being an integral part of China while the former defence minister George Fernandes spoke of Tibet’s independence.
Devarajan said the coming together of Tibet and China is a fact of life and had been done in the 13th centaury. There was now no need to go over it again and again.
Speaking in Hindi, the Chinese ambassador complimented the CPI(M) for having organised this function and thanked all the important leaders present. He said Tibet is today an autonomous territory where the Chinese central government had invested large sums of money for all-round development. There was total religious freedom in the region. All people were allowed to perform their religious practices and hold Buddhist beliefs.
The ambassador said the Chinese central covernment had carried democratic reforms in Tibet in 1959 which changed the life of 95per cent of the population. These former serfs are now masters of their own destination and the entire class, who had earlier lived in abject poverty, is now well off. At the time of the liberation, 5 per cent of the Lamas controlled 90 per cent of all land and 80 per cent of the social wealth. Today the rural income per person has gone up to over 1100 yuan in Tibet; the urban per capita income is over 5000 yuan.
The ambassador said the signing of the 17-article agreement on the peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951 was an epoch-making turning point in the history of Tibet. This had brought in stability, unity and a transformation from poverty to prosperity, from isolation to openness.
He said even the Buddhist monasteries were being improved. There was no tax in Tibet. The central government has invested over 441 billion yuan in Tibet for its all-around development.
The Chinese ambassador looked forward to better relationships with India.
Proposing the vote of thanks, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury thanked all present and the Chinese delegation for have participated in the function. He pointed out that the Tibetans had improved their standard of living and that the life in Tibet was much easier than it could be otherwise because of the difficult physical conditions there. He looked forward to a closer relationship between China and India. (INN)

Source: People's Democracy

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