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Martyrs Day in Chattisgarh

Martyrs' Day in Chattisgarh FlVE years ago the fascist BJP government abetted by the notorious hawala industrialists of Bhilai had resorted to brutal police firing on peaceful agitating workers of Bhilai. The Congress partymen, who were then in opposition had shed crocodile tears in sympathy of Bhilai workers. But today's Congress government with its smiling facade has not made the industrialists implement the court's order to reinstate pay wages to nearly 4,000 Bhilai workers. More or less similar conditions have led to brutal firing in Maihar (district Satna, MP) on May 23, 1997 in which six citizens were killed. The citizens of Maihar were agitating for apprehending the killers of labour leader Ramesh Tiwari, who was killed in broad daylight by a factory manager and a 'security officer'. It is indeed ironical that as in Bhilai Ramesh Tiwari was dismissed eight years ago for union activities and the court had recently ordered his reinstatement. But since the factory management had refused to implement the court's order Ramesh Tiwari had resorted to agitation. On May 25 a brave journalist Mohan Rathore was killed by police-forest mafia sponsored by Shiv Sena goondas. The murders of Shankar Guha Niyogi, Datta Samant, Parag Das, Chandrashekhar, Ramesh Tiwari and the murderous assault on revolutionary artist Gaddar expose the present scenario in which a systematic attempt is being made to throttle people's movements which are the souls of democracy. A new class of 'dollar- worshippers' has emerged which includes, the likes of Harshad Mehta, Surendra Jain, B R Jain, Moolchand Shah, K P Kedia, Krishnamurthy, Paran Sachdeva, Ravi Singhal and Bhansali. The influence of this class with its comprador-feudal mentality has led to the degeneration of morality and contempt for democratic processes in political 'institutions. It has led to the phenomenon of multi-contrism in every party.

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