(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 19, 2011
Massive Dharna Focuses on People’s Concerns
ON June 15, over 30 Left parties and mass organisations of students, youth, women, workers and others organised a massive dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to focus attention on the concerns of the people and the central government’s inability and unwillingness to deal with the issues of rising prices and corruption.
The participating organisations were the CPI(M), CPI, RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML), SUCI-C, CPI(ML-ND), People’s Front, Yuva Bharat, PDFI, WPI, AIDWA, NFIW, AIMSS, SFI, AISF, AIDSO, AISA, DYFI, AIYF, RYA, SYAC, AIDYO, CITU, AITUC, AIFTU, AICCTU, IFTU, AIUTUC, and Teesra Swadheenta Andolan etc. Journalists like Seema Mustafa and Khalilul Rahman, teachers like Kamal Chenoy, Anuradha Chenoy and S N Malakar and other concerned citizens also joined. Proceedings of the dharna were conducted by Amarjit Kaur (CPI) and Vijender Sharma (CPI-M). Fourteen speakers addressed the dharna which included Atul Kumar Anjaan (CPI), Gopal Rai (Teesra Swadhinta Andolan), Albeena Shakil (CPI-M), Asit Ganguly (RSP), Dharmendra Kumar (AIFB), Kavita Krishnan (CPI-ML), Pratap Sawal (SUCI-C), Naresh Gupta (People’s Front), Arjun Prasad Singh (PDFI), P C Henza (WPI), Aparna (CPI-ML-ND), Rakesh Rafiq (Yuva Bharat), P K Shahi (AIFTU) and Khalilul Rahman (Journalist).
speakers criticised the pro-rich, anti-people and anti-poor policies of
government which has proved to be incapable of handling the crisis and
challenges. Spiralling prices and increasing corruption involving
industrialists and their lobbyists have put the UPA and its allies on
defensive --- to the point where the government is adopting
tactics to deny civil society and the people of
The Left parties have been highlighting these issues for several years now, suggesting concrete measures to bring down the prices, tackle corruption and bring relief to the common man. Unfortunately, the government has apathetic and indifferent to these vital issues. Instead it is resorting to increasingly authoritarian measures with the democratic rights of the people being seriously impinged upon by the state.
parties and organisations
have decided to launch a united, mass political action starting with
dharna. They demanded that the government take immediate measures to
corruption and tackle price rise. They said the Lokpal Bill is one of
steps required for a meaningful and effective response to corruption
eating into the vitals of