(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Yechury Addresses IWA Function
at Coventry, UK
ON June 16,
Workers’ Association (Great Britain)
a warm welcome to Sitaram Yechury, member of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau.
representatives from Scotland
participated in it.
visit to Coventry,
is the birth place of the Indian Workers’ Association. The
associated with Shaheed Udham Singh, was established in 1938. Since the
the IWA (GB) was closely supported and guided by such stalwarts of India’s
movement as the late Harkishan Singh Surjeet and Jyoti Basu. Yechury
paid glowing compliments to the organisation and expressed his
contribute in its task of carrying forward its legacy.
CPI(M) leader provided an update on the Left campaign in India
increases in the prices of basic commodities and the plight of workers
peasants back home. This issue was raised in the Indian parliament and,
spring, it manifested in the biggest rally seen in Delhi since the mid-80s, followed by
“The Left Front,
including the CPI(M), is under siege in West
With the unity between Congress, TNC, Maoists and some NGOs, a
similar to the anti-fascist terror of 1972-77 is emerging today. The
unity of opposition’ is now virtually one.” He then gave a detailed
what has given rise to this situation.
factors is the realignment of parties at the centre following the
support by the Left to UPA government on the issue of nuclear agreement
strategic alliance with the United States of America.
projection of a third
alternative for the centre during the last elections lacked credibility
the people. This was a combination of regional parties not having a
outside their states, and lacked long term viability. A number of these
had been drawn away from the NDA. The people of India
wanted and voted for
stability. Hence the Congress became the best bet and increased its
seats in parliament,
leading to the formation of UPA 2 government.
of the Left
Front in West Bengal during the last
in distribution of 13.1 million acres of land from the rich landed
the poor, equivalent to 18.5 billion pounds sterling, is yet another
the enemy attacks on the Left. The divisions and subdivisions of this
between family members during two generations of the Left Front rule
excited the opposition, who see the removal of the Left as an
reclaim the land.
stated, “For us West Bengal is of
importance to the class struggle and a question of life or death.”
Sadiq thanked Sitaram Yechury for the update and his commitment to take
the issues of the Indian diaspora.
Sandhu, then presented a memorandum to the CPI(M) leader regarding the
of disproportionate charges being levied from the people of Indian
the Indian Consulate. In particular, the charges for the surrender of
after gaining British nationality should not have been more than 14
pounds as the
miscellaneous handling cost. But 90 pounds were being charged for it
and now it
has been increased to 102 pounds, which is of serious concern. This
currently set at 14 pounds until July 1.
The IWA has
that the requirements for the DC office to verify the Indian origin of
should be referred back to the panchayats concerned.
restriction of no-return
to India within
being placed on six month visa holders is adding unnecessary
difficulties to the
people having family members back in India.
The IWA has
the charges introduced by the previous Labour governments on the people
non-British passports and the introduction of immigration quotas and
language tests being applied by the Tory-Liberal coalition. The
will take this campaign to the people.
Yechury of the IWA’s support for the institution proposed to be built
permanent memorial of Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet in New Delhi. The
institution, as designed by
leading architects, is to be built on 1.5 acres of prime land. It will
an education centre with dormitories, research and training faculties.