(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Protest Obama Visit
reports we received from the states as we go to press, on the
protests at the call of the four Left parties, CPI(M), CPI, Forward
RSP on November 8, 2010 against the US president Obama’s visit to India.
SMALL and big
each and every district of Bengal marked the Left Front protest against
visit of Obama. In Jangal Mahal area, which witnessed the killing of
CPI(M) persons by the 'Maoists' in the last 24 hours, these protests
joined by people in large numbers. Salboni, Jhargram, Purulia, all
vigorous protests against India
becoming a strategic partner to US.
In Kolkata, a
was taken out on November 8 evening under the aegis of the Left Front.
addressed by Left Front leaders of Kolkata. SFI held demonstrations
state right from the morning. They squatted on roads in front of the
institutions, including in Kolkata.
visit to India
is more to secure the business interests of his country, said CPI(M)
state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. He was addressing a protest rally in
against the visit of US
president to India.
central committee member M A Baby, CPI(M) MP K Balagopal and other
leaders also spoke in this well attended rally.
explained the hegemonistic nature of USA that always
needs an enemy and aggression to secure its interests. After wars and
occupation of Afghanistan
and Iraq, today it
as its current enemy. He faulted Manmohan Singh government for trying
to make India a
junior partner to USA.
referred to how the US
blatantly supporting the rogue State of Israel in its inhuman blockade
aggression against Palestine.
Thiruvananthapuram, Central Committee member and
state finance minister Thomas Isaac led the protest rally at the
Column in Palayam.Protests were also
held in hundreds of centres across the state where thousands of people
their opposition to US president's visit and the imperialist policies
responded spontaneously to the country
wide protest action called by the four Left parties. Slogan shouting
processions and protest meetings were held all over the state to
anguish of the masses against the imperialist policies of the US. At
Agartala,the protest meeting was held
at Sakuntala Road
. Here CPI(M) state secretariat member Gautam Das addressed the
said the visit of the US
president is aimed at making arms deal for the US
companies and to save his
country from the severe economic recession.
secretary Bijan Dhar addressed the protest meeting at Kamalpur. Hedecried the Indo-US strategic alliance and
criticised the central government severely for subjugating national
sovereignty before the US
andsaid, unable to meet the economic
crisis and growing unemployment at home Obama has come to India for pressurising the UPA II
open upIndian market for the US
He called for a wider struggle against the US
Obama's intention behind offering help to make India a permanent member
UN Security Council is to make India toe the US line on all issues
Iran to economic policies. The UPA-II government must place before the
of the country all agreements and discussions it had with the US
side in a
and AP state unit secretary B V Raghavulu stated this while addressing
protest meeting against Obama's visit organised by the Left parties in
Hyderabad on November 9. Earlier, he along with CPI state secretary K
Forward Bloc secretary Deshpande and RSP secretary Janakiramulu led a
rally from RTC X Roads to Sundarayya Vignana Kendram. Loud slogans
American imperialism, Manmohan Singh government's kowtowing to it were
by the protestors. Hundreds of people from all walks of life joined the
said Obama had linked his UNoffer to
essentially four conditions which India must fulfil. One,
NPT; two, helping uphold human rights around the world; promoting
around the world and fourth, to cooperate in fighting terror. The
explained the reality of each condition - pulling up Iran
for pursuing peaceful use of nuclear energy while looking the other
side on Israel's
nuclear weapons; the biggest human
rights violator in the world is USA
with its brazen wars on Iraq
what Obama meant was India
must also join its future wars. As for democracy, US
record in dislodging democratically elected governments in Latin America were pointed out. He termed
Obama's call for cooperation
in fighting terror as hypocrisy since it was the US
which was shielding the Mumbai terror accused Headley by refusing to
over to India
government of India
must make clear its stand on these four demands made by Obama. He said
apprehensions of the Left about Obama's visit have been proved true
outcome of the visit. The US
economic interests took overriding precedence over our interests and
were also seen actively working for safeguarding the interests of US.
concluded by calling on the people to continue the fight to safeguard
nation from imperialism and against the negative fallout of various
taken during the visit.
Narayana in his address charged that Obama had come to India with a
agenda and Manmohan Singh, who himself has great love for US
World Bank, helped in realising the agenda of US.
were held jointly by the Left parties across the state in around 120
attended by thousands of people.
cadres of the Left parties in Tamilnadu
staged a vehement protest against the visit of American president
who came as the representative of the imperialist forces, to the
protesters raised various issues including
reluctance on the part of America
to ensure justice for the victims of Bhopal
gas tragedy. They also accused the UPA government of pursuing policies
amounting to "surrender" of all sectors including retail market,
education and defence, to the US
thousands gathered under the red flag and
raised slogans. CPI senior leader R NallaKannu, CPI(M) state secretary
Forward Bloc state secretary P V Kathiravan and CPI(M) deputy leader in
N Nanmaran and others participated.
Trichy, Coimbatore, Tiruppur,
also witnessed massive demonstrations.
Puducherry, Left parties held a demonstration near
the Head Post Office protesting against the visit of the US
Barack Obama. Leaders of Puducherry unit of CPI, CPI(M),
India Forward Bloc and RSP addressed the volunteers.
of life in the state of Orissa joined the protest action against US president Barack Obama’s visit to India.
Responding to the call of the four Left parties to register people’s
the form of rallies, meetings and demonstrations, protest actions were
by CPI(M) at various centres in Orissa viz Bhubaneswar, Cuttak,
Bhadrak, Baripada, Bhawanipatna, Malkanagiri, Khurdha, Nayagarh,
Jajpur Road, Brahmagiri and many other centres.
capital city of Bhubaneswar,a colorful procession started from state
party office to Jayadev Vihar Square Chowk where a protest meeting was
organised. Addressing the meeting presided over by Suresh Panigrahi,
Pati, state secretary, criticized the Obama administration for its
war policy in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and supporting Israel’s inhuman
against Palestinians and unjustified occupation of Palestine land. He
said USA military
aid to Pakistan
to the tune of 2.29
billion dollars will increase the competition in the Indian
procure more arms which will jeopardise the peace in the area. He
demanded the US
imperialism to stop pressurising India’s foreign
policy, and to open up agriculture, retail sector trade, banking and
sector with more FDI, and stop interfering in the fields of education,
and other service sectors. Just opening up of retail sector business
will create threat to the survival of about four crore people who are
trade business and their dependents who are about 20 crores. He
extradition of former Union Carbide head Anderson
to India for trial
demanded release of five Cuban patriots from US
addressed the meeting included Party secretariat member Dusmanta Das,
state president Abhiram Behera, secretary Yameswar Samantaray, SFI
Sarat Das and DYFI secretary Suresh Swain. A good number of tribals and
participated in the meeting.
WORKERS of Left parties staged protest demonstrations
at several places all over the state against the one
sided agreements being arrived at with
United States during the ongoing visit of president Barack Obama. On
nationwide call of Left parties, CPI(M)
workers organised demontration at Rohtak with placards demanding
Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson
for trial in India
Gas tragedy, opposing opening up of Indian markets for US companies in
of retail trade, agriculture, education, services etc.
state secretary Inderjit Singh while addressing the protesters decried
Indo- US strategic alliance
against the vital national interests of India and
demanded the UPA government to desist from it. He stated that no
was witnessed in hegemonic policies of the US
administration as was expected in US and other countries following the
of Obama as US
president. Protests have also been reported from Fatehabad, Hisar,
Jind, Bhiwani, Panchkula and other places.
of activists from the CPI(M), CPI,
RSP and AIFB staged a protest demonstration at the Parliament Street
on the occasion of India
Barack Obama. They were demanding extradition of Warren Arderson
accused in Bhopal
gas tragedy, insisting
Dow Chemicals to take up responsibility for cleaning chemical waste at
Union Carbide site. They also protested against the pressure tactics of
US administration to
change the Indian foreign
policy and demanded withdrawal of
US-NATO forces from Iraq
Afghanistan and for
assistance to Israel
vacates occupied territories of Palestine
and other Arab nations. The agitators condemned giving away India’s
in agriculture, education and retail trade in favour of MNCs. They
urged Barack Obama’s administration to lift embargo on Cuba.
protesters demanded the
UPA government not to serve interests of US-industrial complex and
business as opposed to the interest of Indian peasantry, industry and
trade. They demanded cancellation of Indo-US strategic agreement. The
protestors marched from Jantar Manter to parliament where they were
the police barricades. Those who addressed the demonstration included A
Bardhan, general secretary CPI, Prakash Karat, general secretary
Biswas, general secretary AIFB and Aboni Roy, secretary RSP.
of double standards of US-administration and its hegemonistic agenda of
partner to enhance their own interests of arms sale, threat to other
controlling of markets in favour of their multinational corporations.
administration is trying to play Pakistan
card to sell their arms to India
and playing China
card to access the field of
education as market for their education cartels. The agenda is to
policies and in the name of fighting terrorism it seeks agreement to
set up FBI
& CIA offices here. How could one trust them, when Headley case is
example that they used him as double agent and never shared vital
about him with our government which could avoid November 26, 2009
attack on Mumbai.
government to scrap the Indo-US defence framework agreement which seeks
convert India into
ally of the USA.
demanded of the US
administration to stop pressurising India to give up liability
on US nuclear suppliers.
among others who
were present in the demonstration included Sitaram Yechury,S Ramachandran
Pillai, Md Amin, K Varadarajan,
Polit Bureau members of CPI(M), Pushpinder Grewal, CPI(M) Delhi state
and and Vijender Sharma, state committee member.