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DEFEAT BJP CHALLENGE IN GUJARAT ELECTION

AFTER four and half decades of Congress rule and two and half decades of BJP rule Gujarat is turned in to haven for the corporate forces, where Brahmanical forces are unleashing lynching of dalits and minorities and intensifying the plunder and impoverishment of all oppressed classes and sections. The elections to the assembly is taking place on 9th and 14th December when BJP is arrogantly boasting about another victory in this state projected as its ‘model’. In spite of the aggressive election campaign of BJP personally led by Modi and Amit Shah, Congress has succeeded to forge a rainbow alliance of various forces and is trying hard to make a return to the seats of power. In addition to the strong incumbency factor, the active anti-BJP feeling among the minorities, dalits and all progressive forces is also favorable to Congress. The latest reports show that even if BJP is not defeated, its hold in this state is going to weaken considerably in this election.

Though the CPI(M) and its Left Front partners have fielded more than a dozen candidates, contrary to the wishes of the people who desire an alternative against the ruling system, these parties have no such alternative to offer because of their political line of implementing the neo-liberal policies wherever they come to power and parading social imperialist China as their socialist show piece.

It is in this situation, the CPI(ML) Red Star had called for building a people’s alternative based on a Common Minimum Program against the corporate-communal fascist regime of BJP, uniting all struggling forces, like minded parties and people’s movements. Though such an alternative could not be built up in this election, the party shall continue its efforts to develop non-parliamentary struggles and to build the people’s alternative, while making a political campaign to defeat BJP
THE one year long campaign observing the centenary of October Revolution culminated with numerous programs at a number of places on 7th November. It was a great occasion of evaluation of the complex experience of the 100 years of revolution and reformism. These programs including an evaluation of the reasons for the severe setbacks suffered by the international communist movement has given the inspiration for taking lessons from it to create new Octobers, to create a new of wave of revolutionary upsurges. Lenin could mobilize the revolutionary masses under the Bolsheviks and make the October Revolution successful by uncompromisingly struggling against the Mensheviks, Narodniks and all other alien trends, by developing Marxist theory and practice according to concrete situation. Present social realities and political challenges once again underlines the significance of waging uncompromising ideological-political struggles against all alien trends, developing the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism according to present realities, building powerful Bolshevik style communist parties, developing class struggle in all fields, and mobilizing the masses for revolution by overthrowing the hegemony of global imperialist system and its compradors.

It was based on this message, with the perspective of advancing “independent communist assertion” these programs were organized with the call of marching forward towards revolution. It has given a new fillip to the movement, to both ICOR, which recently held its third World Conference, and to the Party at all India level. The discussions on lessons from the experience of last one hundred years of international communist movement shall be continued more vigorously in the coming days linking with the task of developing Marxist-Leninist teachings on theory and practice according to present realities.

For us these year-long programs on centenary of October Revolution was not just a period of celebration, as the reformists of all hues tried to depict. For the revolutionary forces it was an occasion for self- introspection a period for evaluating the experience of the international communist movement during last 100 years, and taking lessons from them. For us it was a period for developing the Marxist-Leninist theory and practice, seeking truth from facts and according to present challenges raised by the changes in the concrete conditions. Based on this approach let us march forward so that the revolutionary movement can create a new wave of upsurges. Intensify Struggles to Demolish Global Imperialist System and its Compradors and Lackeys! Socialism is the only Alternative Possible!
REVOLUTIONARY greetings to the fighting people of South 24 Parganas, to comrades of CPI(ML) Red Star and other struggling left and democratic forces for the great success of the road blockade under the banner of Land, Livelihood, Biodiversity and Environment Committee (Jomi Jeebika Vaasthuthantro O Porivesh Raksha Committee) on 11th January in which more than a lakh people, nearly half of them women, participated paralyzing 12 kms stretch of the Haroa Road demanding: Stop the Execution of Anti People Power Grid at Polerhat.

The people’s anger has burst out in Bhangar and Polerhat Areas of South 24 Parganas, during this indefinite Road Blockade against the Project Power Grid of the Central government which takes away the lives and livelihood of the peasants, damages the very biodiversity and environment of the surrounding areas. Though the blockade and other forms of struggle are withdrawn after the construction works are stopped and the state chief minister assuring discussion with all concerned forces, these assurances were violated when the police along with TMC goondas created provocations, arrested struggle leaders and raided many villages on 16th Night. On 17th these provocative attacks continued, and in the police firings two villagers were killed, many injured, forcing the people to retaliate. Refusing to take lessons from Singur and Nandigram, Mamta government is imposing state terror to continue the power grid construction in the areas forcibly taken over by the authorities. But the people’s resistance is continuing.

Now people of not only these areas but also of all affected areas in the state are getting mobilized to continue the movement till complete victory.. Yes, people will say the last word, and the struggle of millions of people in this region shall continue mobilizing more and more sections of people. The People’s Struggle Committee and the Solidarity Committee supporting it has resolved to continue the movement till total victory. We appeal to all progressive forces to support this people’s upsurge against the neoliberal raj and state terror.
IT is reported that out of the total currency invalidated by Modi’s demonetization, 97% was returned to banks by 31st December. Almost all that is remaining will be returned to RBI by 31st March. But the RBI is fooling the people by not coming out with this report which will shatter Modi’s arguments to justify his criminal assault on the people. Thanks to him, even those who had 5% of the total currency in black, also made it white. At the same time, the sharks who control 95% of the black money in foreign and domestic havens, from Mallya to Ambani, Adani to large number of prominent political leaders are not even touched.

Meanwhile the miseries of the vast masses of the people are mounting day by day and even the IMF has criticized demonetization which has crippled the life of the oppressed classes and sections. Surveys by various agencies reveal that 70% of ATMs in Delhi, and 50% in North India are still closed most of the time. In banks also the money supply is very restricted. Though the very long queues have disappeared outside, within the banks they are continuing. The cash crunch is affecting the common people seriously. Contrary to the statement of the finance minister in the Lok Sabha, the RBI has told the Parliament Committee that it was the government which forced the RBI to accept the proposal for Demonetisation. So as we had pointed out from day one, it was a corporate led decision executed by Modi government for the benefit of the corporate.

We extend greetings to all the forces who launched the anti-demonetization campaign from 9th November onwards at all India level. This campaign and whatever agitations took place are significant as the demonetization has neither put an end to black money, nor to fake notes, nor stopped the so-called terror funding, nor has it curbed corruption as Modi had claimed. On the contrary, it has become the biggest scam in post-1947 period. It has led to reverse migration of millions from the cities and centers of small industries. It has impoverished the masses and rendered millions of peasants to worse condition. Since there is no scope for an early end to the acute cash crunch, the small enterprises as well as millions of retail traders along with many millions employed by them are devastated. Contrary to the claims of Modi government, the economic growth has retarded and the GDP has fallen.

It is in this situation, the Central Committee of CPI(ML) Red Star had called for organizing a Protest Week from 7th to 14th January with the slogans: Confiscate all black money in foreign and domestic havens; Repeal all treaties and corporate exemptions which protect black money; Rehabilitate all people affected due to demonetization, Throw out Traitor Modi, Build Left and Democratic alternative.

As the consequences of the demonetization are still mounting, this campaign and whatever agitations are possible should be continued in all possible ways to politicize the masses and to create conditions for people’s upsurges against it. 
THE latest reports from W. Bengal shows that comrades Pradeep Singh Thakur, state secretary and PB member, Sharmistha Choudhury, CC member and GS of AIRWO along with a number of People’s Committee members at Bhangar are arrested and against the increasing police-goonda terror the villagers have blockaded the area once again. Before this the abduction and detention of com. KN Ramachandran, general secretary of CPI(ML) Red Star for 26 hours by forces claiming themselves as Central Intelligence Services men on 22nd January evening from Kolkata railway station shows the panic with which the W. Bengal government aided by the central authorities are trying to subvert the people’s movement of Bhangar. The government of Mamta Banerjee and the Modi government should understand that in spite of using brute state power many of the people’s movements in the country had succeeded. By the fascist act of abducting and illegally detaining a leader of the people’s movement will only steel the people and the cadres to carry forward the movement with more determination. The way thousands of people in a number of states came out on the streets or expresses their anger through social media shows that this fascist act of the state has only made the popular forces more determined to carry forward the struggles waged in different parts of the country. The Central Committee of the CPI(ML) Red Star greet all those who expressed concern about the abduction of com.KNR in various forms. It appeals to all democratic forces to extend all out support to the resistance struggle of the people of Bhangar. 
IT is reported from a number of states that those who are not standing while the singing of national anthem takes place in cinema halls are arrested and penalized. We severely condemn the Supreme Court Order for compulsory enforcement of the singing of national anthem in the cinema halls, and its implementation by the Central and State Governments. When such a pseudo nationalist order to please the RSS Parivar was issued by the apex court, it was the responsibility of the central and state governments to move the court to reconsider this order, which the SC bench itself did not find worthwhile to be practiced in its own premises! Instead of challenging this order in the SC, the state governments are enforcing it, curtailing the democratic rights of the citizens for seeing the films without such ‘disciplining’ or regimentation. Democratic forces should challenge it in the SC itself. At the same time implementation of this order which is lowering the prestige of the national anthem should be opposed. It is all the more ludicrous that the RSS Parivar which had opposed the independence struggle has now become the champions of ‘patriotism’ by demanding the enforcement of singing of national anthem everywhere. In this situation, all those who are opposing this regimentation in whatever forms possible should be supported. This SC order calls for countrywide discussion so that a general democratic consensus can be evolved on when and how the national anthem should be sung. 
ONE and half month of demonetization has proved what we said on day one itself was absolutely correct: It is an assault on people to benefit the foreign and domestic corporate houses. The consequences of this barbarous move are already visible in all fields. Already its consequences are becoming unbearable for the masses. Contrary to what Modi and the BJP establishment are propagating the queues before the banks and ATMs are becoming longer and the people are in the midst of the worst economic disaster after 1947.

Modi had said in public speeches that if the difficulties due to demonetization are not over within 50 days he may be hanged! But even after 50 days the situation became worse. Most of the ATMS remain closed or those working give only Rs. 2000 notes. After day long wait before the banks, the maximum one can get often is 2 or 4 thousand rupees contrary to the promised Rs. 24,000. As retail shops and small industries have closed or reduced work force, a reverse migration, from the cities to villages, is taking place. Agriculture is also severely affected, with the peasantry and agricultural workers in dire straits. So, the situation is becoming more serious with no remedies from the state.

The only option before the masses is to revolt against this. As part of countrywide agitations on the 50th Day, that is on 28th December, Modi’s effigies were hanged at large number of places. The intensity of people’s anger is mounting.

Only the black money holders, the rich and the bureaucrats along with the elite political class are happy. The opposition parties in the parliament and outside have proved ineffective in their campaign against it as they themselves are not ready to oppose the neoliberal policies. While only opposed the demonetization, a few supported it and others are only complaining about its wrong implementation; they do not condemn it as a reactionary, corporate led assault on the people! On both sides of the fence the ruling class parties, regional parties, the reformists have nothing different to offer, except their musical chair race for power within the system.

In this situation, the only possible alternative before the toiling masses, the oppressed classes and sections is to revolt against this reactionary ruling system using all forms of struggle. How long the people shall stand in the queues peacefully before the banks and ATMs? How long the workers, the peasants, the oppressed sections, the have nots, who constitute the vast majority can tolerate these cruel attacks, injustices? So revolt we must! 

Fidel Castro: The Great Revolutionary

“SCIALISM OR DEATH” was Castro’s rallying cry even when the neoliberal policies swept the globe and even after Soviet Union disintegrated and former socialist countries degenerated to capitalist path. From the time his rebel army won victory sidelining the degenerated ‘communist’ leadership in the island, he had defied US imperialism and was leader of the people till his death on 26th November at the age of 90.

Castro overcame imprisonment at the hands of the dictator, Fulgencio Batista, and was in exile in Mexico before repeated efforts including protracted guerilla struggle led to capture of power in January 1959. He reorganized the communist party in 1965 and launched socialist transformation for according to the concrete conditions of the island nation, defying repeated counter revolutionary moves and assassination efforts by the US imperialists and their lackeys to topple the progressive government.

He was an inspiration and source of support to revolutionaries all over the world, especially to the revolutionary forces in Latin America. On his continuing relation with the revisionist leadership in Soviet Union till its disintegration, on the path of socialism he pursued in Cuba and on his approach towards pursuing the path of proletarian interna-tionalism struggling against the neocolonial onslaught of the imperialists, the Marxist-Leninist forces had differences with him. Still they supported his anti-imperialist, especially anti-US, stand and the Cuban solidarity to the struggling people of Latin America. At the present juncture, when the world people are challenged by the overwhelming rightist wind, his departure is a great loss to the anti-imperialist movement the world over. The CPI(ML) Red Star extends revolutionary tribute to great Fidel who inspired generations to dream socialism and to sacrifice for it. It extends revolutionary greetings to the Cuban people with the hope that they shall overcome present problems and persist on the path of socialism.
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The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.