It is clear that it is the ruling classes, their political parties and their elitist policies that are at the root of the situation in which Maharashtra and its people find themselves after 51 years. The popular worker-peasant slogan in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement of building a ‘Socialist Maharashtra in a Socialist India’ has been negated by these same forces. With the imperialist-oriented neoliberal policies of the last two decades, the mass of working people are being sidelined, economic and social disparity has widened and corruption has reached unprecedented levels. Ashok Dhawale, Maharashtra state secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist) writes on the 50th anniversary of the formation of the state.
Maharashtra State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Ashok Dhawale reports on the recent struggle to include people in the BPL category in the state organised by the All India Kisan Sabha.
It was the largest peasant agitation led by the AIKS in Maharashtra in recent years. For two weeks beginning Republic Day on January 26, 2011 up to February 8, the Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha, affiliated to the AIKS, led a massive statewide Jail Bharo and Rasta Roko stir on burning agrarian issues, in which around one lakh peasants participated in strength. The call for this stir was given in the 7,000-strong statewide AIKS rally on the Nagpur state assembly on December 15, 2010.
THE life and work of Bhagat Singh and his death by hanging at the age of 23 at the hands of British imperialism on March 23, 1931, has been a perennial saga of inspiration to all those who cherish sovereignty, secularism and socialism – ideals for which Bhagat Singh and his comrades fought valiantly to the end.
Pragoti commemorates the 101st birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh with an article by Ashok Dhawale, the editor of the book "Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Memories, interpretation and ideology", and a letter written by Bhagat Singh to his father on October 4, 1930 refusing counsel to 'defend' himself against the charges laid on him by the British state.