President's Blog - Indebtedness drives peasants to suicide

A handful of big industrial houses such as Kingfisher, Ruias, Vedanta and DLF, owe lakhs of crores to banks (See Figure). When they default on their repayments, they are offered a “restructuring” of their debt servicing. Sometimes, their debts are written off outright if they declare bankruptcy. According to a report in Business Today, of the Rs 63 lakh crore of advances by the banking system, nearly Rs 10 lakh crore are "stressed assets" that were given to these defaulters.

Condemn the killing of innocent people in Brussels

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2016-03-25 17:20

Lok Raj Sangathan condemns the bomb blasts at the airport and the metro in Brussels, capital of Belgium, on March 22, 2016. The blasts resulted in the death of 34 persons and grievously injured around 300 or more people. LRS extends its deep sympathies to the families of all those who have suffered as a result of such a heinous crime.

These crimes are unjustifiable. They have as their target, the working people, who are not in any way responsible for the geopolitics, terrorism and counter terrorism between states and state sponsored groups.

8th March – Saath March!

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2016-03-08 17:06

On 8th March, over a thousand strong marched from Rajiv Chowk in the capital to Jantar Mantar. Banners fluttered and the air was filled with many slogans; some of which were:

“We want Azadi – from exploitation, from Capitalism, from repression and oppression!”
“Women’s emancipation means dignity for men!”
“Attack on women is attack on society!”
“Repeal AFPSA, and other black laws such as UAPA!”

50 years ago today, Indira Gandhi got the Indian Air Force to bomb its own people

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2016-03-05 16:12

The attempt to quell an uprising left deep scars on the collective memory of Mizoram, and led to an insurgency that lasted 20 years.

50 years ago today, Indira Gandhi got the Indian Air Force to bomb its own people
March 5 marks the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Aizawl – the first air raid by the Indian Air Force on civilian territory within the country. This is as good a time as any to go beyond just questioning the morality of the bombing, or the complexities that led to it. It’s time to understand its legacy.

Loj Raj Samiti formed in Sangam Vihar: Unite in defence of Rights!!

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2016-03-01 16:08

On 21 February 2016, amidst great enthusiasm, the residents of Sangam Vihar formed Lok Raj Samiti in their area to organise and lead the struggle in defence of their rights. Women and youth participated in the meeting in large numbers.

A presidium was formed for conducting the meeting which included Lokesh Kumar, member AIC of LRS, local residents Sunil Kumar, Morya ji, Bajrang Singh and Rajan, who were greeted by people. Lalit Kumar of Lok Raj Sangathan conducted the meeting.

Joint Press Meeting held by Youth Against Communalism for JNU and Rohit Vemula

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2016-03-01 15:41

In a press meeting organised on 28th February, 2016, Youth Against Communalism have condemned the lies being spread about JNU and HCU and are demanding the withdrawal of sedition cases against the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and other JNU students.

Protest programmes are being organised across the country between 27 February and 23 March 2016 along with conventions and protest meetings.

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