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West Bengal CPM State and Singur Farmers Sucide

Posted by newscap on January 19, 2008

Docs fear more suicides

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Jan. 18: Doctors of a voluntary medical organisation, who spoke to farmers to know the impact of land acquisition on aged farmers in early 2007, fear more suicides in the coming days in view of today’s Calcutta High Court order.

Four farmers of Singur, who had been either displaced from their plots or rendered jobless as agricultural labourers after the acquisition, have committed suicide in the past eight months.

They had been suffering from depression and spending their days in anxiety since they were evicted from their lands.
Doctors from the Medical Service Centre visited several villages in five affected mouzas of Singur and spoke to the farmers who were displaced from their lands.
The doctors, including psychologists, said 40 elderly farmers, whose lands were acquired by the state government without taking their consent, were suffering from depression and anxiety disorder. Some of them have developed insomnia.
The doctors also observed that the farmers were displaying suicidal behaviour.
“With the High Court judgment going in favour of the state government, farmers, who hoped that they would get back their lands after winning the legal battle, will receive a shock which might drive them to end their lives,” Dr Mridul Sarkar, an MSC doctor, said.
Dr Sarkar, among those who carried out the survey, said they spoke to at least 1,000 farmers in Singur and found that 40 of them had been suffering from depression and insomnia.
All of them are aged farmers. “The survey report has gained significance because the Calcutta High Court verdict has gone against the farmers. The farmers need counselling,” the doctor said.

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Full text of resolution of CPC Central Committee report

Posted by newscap on January 18, 2008

The following is the full text of Resolution of the Seventeenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China on the Report of its Sixteenth Central Committee adopted at the Seventeenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China on October 21, 2007:
The Seventeenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has approved the report made by Comrade Hu Jintao on behalf of its Sixteenth Central Committee. Following the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of Three Represents and thoroughly applying the Scientific Outlook on Development, the report provides scientific answers to major questions for the Party at a crucial stage of China’s reform and development, such as what banner it should hold, what path it should take, and in what morale and toward what objectives of development it should continue to march forward. The report contains overall arrangements for advancing reform, opening up and socialist modernization and attaining the ambitious goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and has definite requirements for comprehensively carrying forward the great new undertaking to build the Party in a spirit of reform and innovation. It also has a grand blueprint for continuing to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects and accelerating socialist modernization in a new era, and points out the direction for progress in our continued efforts to advance the cause of the Party and the state. It is the crystallization of the wisdom of the whole Party and the people of all ethnic groups in the country. It is a political declaration and a program of action for the Party to rally and lead the people of all ethnic groups in unswervingly taking the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and continuing to develop socialism with Chinese characteristics from the new historical starting point. The report is a Marxist programmatic document.

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