After a special trial court convicted 32 people in Gujarats Naroda Patiya massacre case,the Left has argued that the verdict demolishes the Gujarat governments claim that the violence was a spontaneous reaction to the Godhra train carnage. When impunity has become the norm for political leaders who perpetrate communal and feudal massacres in our country,the verdict of the special court in Gujarat stands out as a rare and welcome one, the editorial in the CPI(ML) journal ML Update says.
CPM weekly Peoples Democracy notes that though the conviction has come a decade after the massacre,it has reinforced peoples confidence in the justice system in our country.
The ML Update editorial also argues that the verdict will have an impact on forthcoming assembly elections in Gujarat and that Chief Minister Narendra Modis attempt to project himself as a champion of growth and development rather than communal violence have come a cropper… Try as he may,Modi and the BJP cannot shrug off the taint of communal genocide that the Naroda Patiya verdict has forcefully underlined.
In an article in Peoples Democracy,CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat writes about the controversy over coal block allocations and his partys stand on auctions. He argues that competitive bidding for coal can create serious difficulties.
Competitive bidding would favour the large private players; it would lead to private monopolies and cartels forming. Public utilities and state government-run corporations will not be able to compete. Further,as the experience shows in the coal block allocation so far,it will not be possible to ensure the end-use provision.
Another aspect of the competitive bidding for coal will be pushing up the cost of power generation and the resultant pressure on the regulated tariffs in the power sector, he says and calls for the scandal to be viewed as an opportunity to demand a reversal of the privatisation of natural and mineral resources.
Mining of coal has to be done by the public sector. If private sector power and steel plants require coal,the allocation should be done through the nodal agency the CIL. Dedicated blocks can be provided for such enterprises with the mining done by the CIL and its subsidiaries. In the states,state-run mining corporations can be involved in this process, he adds.
CPI weekly New Age carries an article remembering Comrade A.K. Hangal who died recently. In his full-page article,New Age editor Shameem Faizee recalls Hangal as a devoted communist. He remembers meeting Hangal in April this year to brief him on the decisions of the 21st Congress of the CPI held in March.
The first thing he told me was that he had sent the renewal of Party membership through his son Vijay and asked me to check whether it had reached to the Mumbai Party secretary. He was very particular in renewing his party membership and attending the party meetings as and when he was asked to do so, he says.
Hangal expressed his desire to meet the new CPI General Secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy,Faizee recalls. I have met all general secretaries of the party since pre-Independence days. I want to meet Sudhakar who may be the last general secretary during my life, he was quoted as saying in the article.
The veteran character actor used to take keen interest in the affairs of the CPI. He never refused to attend a party meeting and even toured distant places to participate in the election campaign of the Party, the article says.
Compiled by Manoj C.G.