Saturday, July 22, 2017

A "Fascist" Democracy ? The Oxymoron we live with by Anand Teltumbde

It’s no longer the individual or the people but chants of ‘one nation, one state, one leader’ that have come to mark our tryst with destiny. 

You cannot speak of workers’ rights or anti-labour policies On May 2, the present ruling dispensation eventually confirmed the suspicions of sceptics about India being a democracy. 

The Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a bench of Justices, A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, in the Supreme Court that citizens could not claim “absolute” right over their bodies. 

He waxed eloquent exemplifying it by the laws against committing suicide, termination of pregnancy and drinking that embarrassed even the Supreme Court. 

But it incidentally bared the fangs of the beast in the garb of democracy. 

It effectively meant the Indian people, who were supposed to be sovereign could be sacrificed at the altar of the State at the latter’s sweet will.

This is precisely what Mussolini proclaimed in his fascist doctrine. It emphasised the importance of the State and accepted the individual only insofar as his/her interests coincide with those of the State. 

We were supposed to be a liberal democracy that granted citizens certain rights which could not be overridden by the State. 

Fascism rejects the liberal notion and reasserts the rights of the State. “The concept of freedom is not absolute because nothing is ever absolute in life. Freedom is not a right, it is a duty. It is not a gift, it is a conquest; it is not equality, it is a privilege.” 

These familiar phrases being thrown these days by our Jaitleys and Rajnath Singhs are actually the Doctrine of Fascism. 

In their adoption and reiteration, the Indian State has come to affirm the same fascist doctrine.

Our fundamental rights: Up till now we were told that we had certain rights which were enshrined in the Constitution as fundamental. Article 19 of the Constitution speaks of six rights, viz., right to freedom of speech and expression, right to assemble peaceably and without arms, right to form associations or unions, right to move freely throughout the territory of India, right to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India, right to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation trade or business.

We knew they were not absolute in sense that they could be circumscribed by legislature in certain circumstances which were spelt out in the Constitution. For instance, Clause (2) of Article 19 of the Indian Constitution enabled the legislature to impose certain restrictions on free speech under following heads: security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency and morality, contempt of court, defamation, incitement to an offence, and sovereignty and integrity of India.

They were numerous and vague enough to be potentially misused by the rulers who, however, were expected by the Constitution makers to be gentlemen with minimal level of morality. 

The restrictions could be imposed, only by a duly enacted law and not by executive action. But we see it having degenerated to the level where they simply shut up people.If you speak anything except for singing praises for the government, you risk your life. 

You could be easily charged under sedition or under any of the many draconian laws and sent for life imprisonment, if not hanged. 

Sixty six students of the Panjab University were booked on sedition charges just for protesting against the huge fee rise.

 If you speak against the hangings of Afzal Guru or Yakub Memon or protest against the hooliganism of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), as the Ambedkar Students Association in Hyderabad Central University dared to do and subsequently the Left wing students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University and others repeated, you could be pushed to become Rohith Vemula or to suffer incarceration like Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Omar Khalid.

If you speak against the anti-labour policy like contractisation of regular work, of the management, you could meet the fate of Maruti Suzuki workers, who were en masse incarcerated for years and now sentenced to life imprisonment. 

If you speak against the land grab operation of the government you could be labelled as Maoist and simply done to death.

The Muslims, the other of the junta, are any way the anti-nationals and terrorists. 

The Adivasis in Bastar or Niyamgiri, in effect, merely spoke out against the unlawful handing over of their forests to the capitalists to incur the States’ dirty war on them. 

The security forces are unleashed on them to rape and maim their women and kill their youth with impunity.If you take cudgel for victims of the State’s crime as human rights activists, you could meet the fate of Dr Binayak Sen, Soni Sori or Sai Baba. 

Last December, a seven-member team of the Telangana Democratic Front (TDF), on a fact finding mission into incidents of human rights violations in Bastar, was arrested on the way.

It is still in Sukma jail being denied bail. There is not a shred of evidence beyond the police concoction. 

These are not isolated examples; they pervade all over the country.

Indeed, it has degenerated to the level where the State tells people what to speak and to whom; what to eat and where; where to stand and when to sit; whom to love and whom to hate; effectively moulding us into automatons in service to the State.

It has raised jingoist nationalism above people and unleashed the Hindutva gangs to carry out its writ reminiscent of the Black-shirts of Mussolini and Brown-shirts of Hitler. 

Notwithstanding a plethora of details about the affinity of the Hindutva progenitors like Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Balakrishna Shivram Moonje, or Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar to Mussolini and Hitler, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, its organizational fountainhead echoes the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (MVSN, "Voluntary Militia for National Security"), which was originally the paramilitary wing of the National Fascist Party and, after 1923, an all-volunteer militia of the Kingdom of Italy. 

For the last three years, we have seen a working prototype of what a fascist regime is like. It almost echoes ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer – "One People, One Empire, One Leader."India’s claim to democracy, rather as the world’s largest functional democracy, solely rests on its record of regularly held elections. 

Although they are more of a ritual observed with massive money and muscle power than the expression of the will of the people, they have sustained the illusion of democracy. The entire framework of it given by the much eulogised Constitution of India rather betrays the intrigues of the native ruling classes against the people.

The illusion was reinforced by projecting Dr Ambedkar, the messiah of the downtrodden, as its chief architect. His coming out of the dazzle of praise within two years of the constitutional working and disowning it in the strongest possible words did not help. 

His warning that what the Constitution gave was just political democracy and unless it was supplemented by social and economic democracies, the former would not last, also did not work.The de jure democracy has always been de facto plutocracy, the rule of the money bags. 

It was a matter of time that it would be transformed into an organised, centralised, authoritarian democracy, which is what fascism is.

The oxymoron in the title sadly characterises this reality of India.


Does Trump Want to Redo 1953 CIA Coup in Iran?

Democracy and Class Struggle says a new CIA Operations Centre for Iran similar to the one for North Korea for covert War has been established.

The Yiddish Renaissance by Harley Schlanger

Democracy and Class Struggle covers proletarian Yiddish Culture as a tribute to the real Jewish victims of the Holocaust - proletarian Yiddish culture which has  nothing in common with the Zionist Israeli State as the speaker Harley Schlanger makes clear..

We have always been a fan of Miguel Cervantes and appreciate his influence on birth of Yiddish Culture.

Friday, July 21, 2017

G.N Saibaba in very urgent need of medical help says his wife A S Vasantha Kumari


The health condition of Prof G.N. Saibaba’s whose is now in the Anda Cell of Nagpur Central Jail is in very precarious stage.

Apart from his physical disabilities, he is suffering from acute pancreatitis and impacted gall bladder-stones.

He has been advised immediate surgery for gall bladder just one week before his conviction by an hospital in New Delhi.

He was under pre-operative treatment when he was convicted and immediately incarcerated. Pancreatitis is a life- threatening and acutely painful condition.

Instead of providing the necessary lifesaving treatment to Prof Saibaba, the jail staff have refused even to let him be attended by the jail doctor.

Apart from pancreatitis, Prof. Saibaba has a serious heart condition.

The Jail authorities are not providing any medical support.

In addition, a false and dubious medical report is being under preparation. 

Even though his blood pressure (BP) records abnormal, in the jail medical records it was being reported as normal.

The previous health problems like stones in kidneys, chest pain, breathlessness were aggravated in addition to gall bladder and pancreatic pain. 

Due to Prostate problem he is unable to pass urine.

His shoulder nerves have weakened further. His health is much deteriorated in the jail.

He was advised by Rockland hospital for review of pancreas problem and for new course of medicines.

So far no such review was done in the Jail. As per the doctor advises he must take two tablets daily for heart problem and other medicine for pancreatic pain. 

Both these medicines are not given to him. 

The medicines given by the family members and the advocates are taken and kept with them by the Jail authorities and are not given to Saibaba.

In the last one month, itself, he was fallen unconscious twice in the jail. And in the latest in July month within two days he was fallen unconscious four times. 

He suffered with heart palpitations, chest pain and severe pancreatic pain.

Neither the jail authorities nor the Government of Maharashtra nor the Central Government responded positively on his health condition.

Prof. Saibaba’s vital organs are now so severely getting damaged due to lack of proper medicines and treatment and leading to collapse.

On first June 2017, a representation has been submitted to the NHRC Registrar (Law) Shri Ashok Kumar Koul by a delegation comprising Ms.Nandita Narain, President of Delhi University Teachers Association, Kalyani Menon Sen, feminist activist (WSS) and Secretary of the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled, Mr. Muralidharan and Mrs. Vasantha, Wife of Dr. G.N. Saibaba.Bringing all this and much more facts before the NHRC, the delegation sought to impress upon the Registrar Mr. Ashok Kumar Koul that the current conditions in which Prof. Saibaba is being held are violative of his right to life, dignity, equality, protection of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, non-discrimination and right to health.

The memorandum also pointed out that India is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the UN Resolution 70/175 on Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Also known as the Nelson Mandela Rules), all of which reaffirm the right to life with dignity of prisoners.

As Prof. Saibaba is a person with disability, the UNCRPD, which India also ratified, as well as the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPD Act), which was enacted to fulfil India’s obligation under the afore-mentioned convention, are wholly applicable to his case.

They therefore appealed to the NHRC to intervene to see that Prof Saibaba be given bail on medical grounds, and immediately shifted to a hospital where he can be operated on under the supervision of doctors who have expertise in dealing with his severe disabilities.

His need for medical attention is imperative and most pressing and its denial will be the ultimate violation of his right to a dignified life and right to healthcare amongst other fundamental rights. Shri Koul has assured to act upon the complaint.

A S Vasantha Kumari

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Black Athena : Part 2 and 3

Democracy and Class Struggle when we published Part 1 of this video we recommended the Origins of Civilization by Abdullah Ocalan and his focus on Sumerian Civilization as an extension of the work of people like Bernal even if focuses on Middle East rather than Africa.

We are also pleased to see the interest in historical linguistics in this debate over origins of Greek civilization and we particularly like the work of comrade Morris Swadesh and the intellectual tools he created which have been applied to historical languages.

We are not aware whether his techniques have been applied to proto languages in Egypt and Greece.

                                                                  Morris Swadesh

Trump's Achilles Heel : Trump Warns Special Prosecutor to not look at his family's finances

Democracy and Class Struggle has always says money - it was the achilles heel of Teflon Don Trump.

Venezuela: Constituent Assembly Dictatorship or Democracy ?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Theory and Practice by Joma Sison



The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the unbelievable statement published today by the White House on 07/17/2017.

It is a document of a sort that has never been seen before, which, due to its poor level and awful quality, makes it difficult to intellectually understand the intentions of the assailant country.

Without a doubt, the government of the United States is used to humiliating other nations in its international relations and believes that it will receive as a response the subordination to which they are accustomed.

The trench that the government of the United States is digging in its relations with Venezuela makes it difficult to rationally predict its actions for the entire international community.

The government of the United States, unashamedly, shows its absolute bias towards the violent and extremist sectors of Venezuelan politics, which favor the use of terrorism to overthrow a popular and democratic government.

The moral ruin of the Venezuelan opposition has dragged President Trump to commit an open aggression against a Latin American country.

We know not who could have written, let alone authorized, a statement with such a conceptual and moral poverty.

The thin democratic veil of the Venezuelan opposition has fallen, and it reveals the brutal interventionist force of the U.S. government, which has been behind the violence suffered by the Venezuelan people in the last four months.

It is not the first time that we denounce and confront threats as ludicrous as those contained in this unbelievable document.

We call on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as on the free peoples of the world, to understand the magnitude of the brutal threat contained in this imperial statement and to defend the sovereignty, self-determination, and independence, fundamental principles of international law.

The original constituent power is contemplated in our Constitution and it only concerns the Venezuelan people. The National Constituent Assembly will be elected by the direct, universal, and secret ballot of all Venezuelans, under the authority of the National Electoral Council, as contemplated in our legal framework. It is an act of political sovereignty of the Republic, nothing and no one can stop it. The Constituent Assembly will go on!

Today, Venezuelan people are free and will respond united against the insolent threat posed by a xenophobic and racist empire. The anti-imperialist thought of the Liberator is more valid than ever.

“The United States seems destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty” Simón  Bolivar