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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.