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THE New Year has dawned amidst intensifying challenges before the working class and all oppressed masses at international and national levels. Internationally, against the neocolonial offensive of imperialists, their lackeys and apologists which has become increasingly barbarous through the neoliberal policies, the working class, the oppressed nations and peoples are coming up waging numerous struggles, often calling for a change in the social system. But in the absence of powerful communist parties capable of leading them forward on revolutionary path, by raising pseudo radical slogans the ultra rightist forces are coming to power in increasing number of countries. They are utilizing terrorism under the garb of religious fundamentalism or racist, casteist like forces to divide and maim the people. The revisionist and anarchist tendencies which are weakening the communist movement, though looking diametrically opposed to each other, like two sides of the same coin, both ultimately serve the ruling system’s survival.

As a result, globally the militarization, neo-fascist tendencies, devastation of whole regions as in West Asia and North Africa, and the threat of ecological catastrophe are intensifying. In this situation, though the inter imperialist and inter monopoly contradictions are intensifying in multifarious ways, the working classes and oppressed peoples are not in a position to utilize them for weakening the imperialist system. The contradictions between imperialism and the world people, between capital and labor, among the imperialist countries and monopoly groups and between capital and nature have reached unprecedented levels. Present challenges at international level calls for strengthening the spirit of proletarian internationalism and vigorously pursuing the efforts to rebuild the International Communist Movement.

Almost same is the condition within our country, of course with specific characteristics of the region. The ascendance to power of ultra rightist Modi government with neo-fascist Hindu Rashtra agenda has further aggravated all the basic contradictions. It has worsened relations among the South Asian countries, rendered SAARC totally non-functional, and made Indo-Pak relations explosive. It has turned the country to a junior partner of US imperialism more than ever. It has speeded up neoliberal policies, opening the country further to FDIs and FIIs, promoting corporatization in all fields. Its imposition of demonetisation and frantic moves for digitization in the name of curbing black money, instead of harming the corporates, who have stashed away huge funds in foreign and domestic havens, it is helping them to amass the wealth more aggressively. At the same time, these have led to serious financial crunch, causing enormous job losses, economic retardation and increasing miseries to vast masses. The country is in a mess with neo-fascist threats increasing.

But the Congress and other ruling class parties including the CPI(M) led Left Front have no basically different alternative to offer, to lead the people away from the impoverization and growing fascist danger. Thus, similar to the situation at international level, in India also the challenge before the genuine communist forces is to mobilize the masses in the struggle against the ruling system and growing fascist danger by putting forward and strengthening a revolutionary people’s alternative capable of replacing the present ruling system, capable of leading them to people’s democracy and socialist transition.

As emphasized by the Tenth Congress of the Party, this is the primary task in the New Year when the 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari Uprising and the centenary of the October Revolution are going to be observed with militant programs. These occasions call for serious efforts to evaluate the past and take lessons from it in order to advance the cause of revolution according to present concrete conditions. The possibilities for outbreak of people’s upsurges are increasing as a result of latest developments, especially following the imposition of Modi’s demonetization. As the Party Program points out: the whole Party has to be streamlined to utilize all forms of struggle and organizations to mobilize the working class and all revolutionary classes and sections for massive countrywide efforts to seize the initiative.

In the New Year let us intensify our efforts to strengthen the Party at all India level uniting all genuine communist forces and recruiting advanced forces from the new generation, to develop the class/mass organizations and people’s movements manifold, to integrate with dalits, adivasis and all other oppressed masses more intensely, to strengthen the Democratic People’s Forum uniting all struggling left and democratic forces, and to develop all forms of struggle from state level to country level, for becoming the people’s alternative at all India level. Let us herald the New Year with this revolutionary determination! 
THE victory of Donald Trump in US presidential elections, in spite of all round media and establishment hostility, has surprised large sections inside and outside US. While only under 60% voted, he was elected with only 25% of the electoral votes as the 45th US president.

When the workers and oppressed sections were facing more hardships under 8 years of Obama’s Democrat rule, it is a fact that Trump presented himself as an advocate of the unemployed and impoverished workers and middle strata as well as opponent of the corrupt Wall Street establishment. So in spite of his open racist, chauvinist and anti-women positions he could win.

Based on the election time rhetoric of Trump many analysts are propagating that he may resort to anti-gplobalization policies, he may take protectionist line, he may throw out migrants and reduce out sourcing, he may establish rapport with Russia and reduce international commitments etc etc.

But these ‘experts’ does not understand how powerful is the military-industrial-establishment complex in US or minimize its dominant position. Though, in spite of all these, he may resort to his rhetorics occasionally, past history shows that very soon he will fall in line with the dictates of powerful US establishment.

The reactionary rightist trend visible in Brexit and in Europe and in Latin America in Brazil, Venezuela etc are further strengthening with Trump’s victory such that it will encourage neo-fascist forces everywhere. It may be repeated with intensified vigour danger. They in the forthcoming elections in France, Germany, etc. This calls for increasing vigilance on the part of the world people. They have to become vigilant about this impending danger and have to get prepared to confront it.

It calls for speeding the efforts to build powerful alternative against the imperialist system based on rectification of the hitherto ideological-political mistakes of the left, and its inability to evaluate the concrete situation including the discontent of the people, which is very often not reflected in mainstream media analysis. Why the ruling class is successful in deviating people’s fury to the advantage of far right has to be correctly analyzed. I

t calls for ideologically, politically equipping the workers and oppressed peoples. In a situation when the people are voting for Trump like forces as representatives of anti-establishment, anti-institutional elements, it has to be recognized that it is happening in the absence of genuine and powerful alternatives to the imperialist system and its lackeys.

Presently when the world proletariat and socialist forces have started observing the centenary of the October Revolution, learning lessons from it, developing the theory and practice of revolution according to present concrete conditions, they have to get prepared to build powerful Marxist-Leninist parties and to throw up genuine alternative to the forces of reaction with the perspective of advancing towards people’s democracy and socialism. 
MODI’S demonetisation announcement withdrawing 500 and 1000 rupees notes from circulation with effect from the midnight of 8th November has resulted in utter economic chaos and untold misery to the vast masses of common people in the country. As the so-called surgical attack along the Line of Control has boomeranged and the Kashmir situation is becoming worse, Modi has resorted to this dramatic move with the aim of cashing it for the forth coming elections to UP, Punjab like states. There is no economic justification for demonetisation as a tool for curbing black money. So, Modi has put forward this anti people move by hiding himself behind the garb of patriotism. This sudden withdrawal of 86.4% of the currency value in circulation without making any efforts to replace it with notes of lower denominations for daily transactions has resulted in unprecedented collapse of people’s purchasing power. The catastrophic outcome of this credit squeeze has been a total devastation of all productive activities including agriculture, retail trade, traditional rural employment and so on. Since 95% of the work force in India is in the informal or unorganized sector where the whole economic transactions are cash based, the outcome of this move has been a disastrous credit crunch leading to halving of the countries growth rate within a span of two weeks.

It is a well recognized fact that black money is generated by the present economic system, the ruling regime which is in unholy alliance with corporate billionaire black money holders like Ambanis, Adanis, Mallyas etc. who have already stashed away more than the country’s national income in foreign tax havens. While ascending to the throne of the prime minister two and half years back Modi had promised that he would bring back this black money and put Rs 15 lakhs in the accounts of every Indian within hundred days. Instead of taking any step in this regard, he was protecting corporate black money holders and even encouraging them to accumulate wealth by channeling their illegal money as FDI flows in to India through the Mauritius route. It is even officially recognized that almost 80% of the black money generated by the ruling regime is in ‘Swiss banks’. Lion’s share of the remaining 20% of the black money that is within the country is stored in the form of real estate, land, gold, company shares, drug trafficking etc. Only 5% of the currency in circulation is held as black or unaccounted cash. It is for capturing this 5% the 86.4% of the currency is withdrawn!

Instead of supplying the requisite badly needed small denomination notes, the advance printing of Rs 2000 notes is to appease corporate billionaires. At the same time, it is like rubbing salt in the wounds of common people. Even as 60 people standing in the queues have died so far, under the cover of demonetisation Modi has also dared to freeze the hard earned money of the peasants and common people in the co-operative banks, agricultural credit societies, housing societies and so on. This has altogether paralysed the rural and agricutural economy. All these expose that the true intention of this corporate-led assault is not eradication of black money, but to unleash a social engineering for draining away the meager earnings of the common people in to the coffers of corporate billionaires through the banking system.

In this crucial situation, the Polit Bureau of the CPI(ML) Red Star which met at New Delhi on 19-20 November appeals to the workers, peasants and all oppressed masses to come out on the streets and resist this brutal corporate led assault by the Modi govt:

Demonetisation not for abolishing black money, but an attack on people, resist it!

Confiscate all black money at home and abroad!

Put Rs. 15 lakh in the account of every citizen! 
ALL on a sudden the RSS-BJP forces and the governments led by them have become fighters for women’s freedom with strident calls against triple talaq and for an urgent uniform civil code (UCC) based on their prescriptions. As part of this campaign their propagandists are indulging in vulgar attacks on the Muslims charging them with increasing the population by marrying more than one woman and divorcing them easily.

At the same time they are not attacking the patriarchal system, concealing the fact that atrocities against women under it are widespread in all religions. They do not attack the foeticide which is reducing the number of women in states like Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab etc. They do not condemn ‘Khap Panchayat’ like atrocities against women. Their Brahminical concepts still justify Sati, child marriage like atrocities. They are not prepared for giving equal share for women in family properties or right for land. It is not a secular, democratic common civil code they are talking about which ensures all democratic values ensuring social justice and gender equality. RSS-BJP utilizes the propaganda for the UCC also as a stick to beat the minorities with.

By posing the problem in this manner, these reactionary forces are only strengthening their die hard communal counter parts among the minorities who are suppressing the struggle for gender equality coming up slowly, but steadily among Muslim women. So the purpose of this attack on triple talaq by the Brahminical forces is not for gender equality, but for strengthening their anti-Muslim vote bank. It is part of the fascicization drive by the RSS.

It should be oppose by all democratic forces, while carrying forward the campaign for the Common Civil Code as part of basic democratization of the society in all fields, including the struggle to eliminate the patriarchal values in all respects. 

THE centenary programs of October of Revolution shall start from 7th November this year and culminate with programs across the world on 7th November next year. This shall be a year of great celebrations; a year for learning from the past to create future for the working class and oppressed people.

Hundred years ago on 7th November, 1917, the working class of Russia seized political power and established the worker-peasant state, first time in history. It took place during First World War when imperialist plunderers were engaged in a bloody cut-throat war for re-dividing the colonial world among themselves. Discontentment among workers, peasantry and army men was intensifying. They were mobilized around the slogans of Bolshevik Party: “Peace, Bread and democracy” and “All Power to the Soviets”.

Following revolution, people’s democracy overturned all the policies of the bourgeois state. Land was confiscated from landlords and distributed among the tillers. The control of factories was handed over to workers. A peace proposal was put forward before warring bourgeois states of Europe. It declared that sons and daughters of the workers and peasants of Russia were not prepared to shed blood for the imperialists and their Russian friends. It gave freedom to nationalities kept under suppression by Tsardom, it gave the message that the workers’ state do not keep any weaker nationalities under subjugation.

These achievements of October Revolution deeply influenced the workers, peasants and oppressed masses globally. It inspired and gave new direction to the national liberation movements. Communist parties were formed in many countries. In some countries revolutions took place. Organizing Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union) it inspired the concept of forming union of nationalities based on equality. It initiated liberation of women from shackles of patriarchy. For the first time they got right to vote based on universal franchise. The defeat of fascist forces during Second World War was a great achievement for which humankind will be grateful to Soviet Union.

In spite of all these, it degenerated to capitalist path due to internal sabotage by the capitalist roaders, disintegrated in 1991 and is today reduced to Russian imperialism. There are two important questions now in front of us: how to provide correct leadership to revolution and how to save the workers’ state from internal sabotage by the capitalist roaders.

Today’s situation is quite different from that during October Revolution. No threat of World War immediately before us. Still imperialist system is confronting greatest internal challenges. US superpower is finding it difficult to impose its hegemony. Sparks of people’s discontentment are spreading everywhere. Still, working class and oppressed masses are not in a position to take advantage, as they are unorganized and divided.

In our country also, crisis in the ruling system and condition of the working class and oppressed masses are in any way different. While basically united on the economic-fiscal policies, the ruling system is dividing people based on caste, religion, language etc to continue neo-liberal raj. It is dominated by corrupt, criminal and communal (especially, Hindutuavadi) forces. The Modi government is spreading communal hatred and unleashing unprecedented oppression of dalits and minorities. This is increasing resistance against these policies everywhere.

It is in this situation, the struggling left and democratic forces, the oppressed classes and sections including dalits, adivasis, minorities and women are striving to come on a broad platform of struggle, taking lessons from October Revolution and innumerable revolutionary movements of the toiling and oppressed masses of our country. The primary task is to advance for people’s alternative power which ensures livlihood, housing and democracy for all.

People’s Democracy a Reality Through Worker-Peasant Raj !

Livlihood, Housing and Democracy : People of India demands them!

Workers and Oppressed Peoples of the World, Unite ! n

INQUILAB ZINDABAD!

WORKERS OF WORLD, UNITE!

WORKERS AND OPPRESSED PEOPLES OF THE WORLD UNITE!

TAKE LESSONS FROM THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION, PAVE THE PATH FOR FUTURE REVOLUTIONS!

THE CENTENARY PROGRAMS of the October of Revolution of Russia are starting from 7th November of this year. This shall culminate with programs across the world on 7th November next year. This shall be a year of great celebrations for the working class and oppressed peoples of the world; also this shall be a year for learning from the past and to develop concepts to create the future.

Hundred years ago on 7th November, 1917, the working class of Russia had seized political power and established the worker-peasant state for the first time in history. Before that in 1871 the workers of France had tried to establish the workers’ state. In history it is known as Paris Commune. Though it could continue only for 70 days, it had left many glorious lessons for the working class. The Russian working class took advantage of these lessons.

The Russian Revolution took place during the First World War when the imperialist plunderers were engaged in a bloody cut-throat war for re-dividing the colonial world among themselves. The dreams of the Russian capitalist class who had joined with Britain and France in this War were shattered. Discontentment among the workers, peasantry and army men were intensifying. They were getting mobilized around the program and declarations of the Bolshevik Party. “Peace, Bread and democracy” and “All Power to the Soviets” had become the main slogans of the revolution. The bourgeois revolution had taken place in Russia in February, 1917. But the bourgeois state formed only further intensified people’s discontentment, as it betrayed the toiling masses and started moving along the path of Tsardom.

After October Revolution the state of the worker-peasant alliance was formed in Russia. While the bourgeoisie around the world condemned it, the worker-peasant masses recognized what is people’s democracy. For the first time they recognized how the bourgeois democracy was cheating them. The people’s democracy overturned all the policies of the bourgeois state. The land was confiscated from the landlords and distributed among the tillers. The control of the factories was handed over to the workers. A peace proposal was put forward before the warring bourgeois states of Europe. In this way it declared that the sons and daughters of the workers and peasants of Russia were not prepared to shed blood for the imperialists and their Russian bourgeois friends.

These achievements of the October Revolution deeply influenced the workers, peasants and oppressed masses around the world. It inspired and gave new direction to the national liberation movements in the countries under colonial domination. Communist parties were formed in many countries. In some countries revolutions took place under working class leadership. Giving freedom to the nationalities kept under oppression by the Tsardom, this revolution gave the message that the workers’ state does not keep any weaker nationalities under subjugation by force. On the other hand, by organizing the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union) it inspired the concept of forming union of nationalities based on equality and democracy. The Socialist revolution in Russia contributed greatly in liberating the women from the shackles of patriarchy. For the first time women got the right to vote based on universal franchise, which the women of US or any other capitalist countries had not received yet. The defeat of fascist forces during the Second World War was such a great achievement for which all humankind will be grateful to Soviet Union. In spite of all these great contributions, it is a fact that the Soviet Union is no more due to internal sabotage by the capitalist roaders, and is today reduced to Russian imperialism before us. Thus there are two important questions in front of us: how to provide correct leadership to the working class revolution and how to save the workers’ state from internal sabotage by the capitalist roaders.

Today’s situation is quite different from the situation during the October Revolution. There is no threat of World War immediately before us. But presently imperialist system is confronting the greatest internal challenges. Though the phases of two super powers and cold war have passed, the US superpower is finding it difficult to impose its hegemony around. World has never witnessed such a situation when the sparks of people’s discontentment is spreading everywhere, even if the level of the discontentment is different from country to country. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya are going through civil wars. Syria is also moving in this direction. In Europe while the insecurity and dissatisfaction among the working class is increasing, on the other terrorist attacks are increasing. The Brexit in Britain is a reflection of this insecurity. In spite of all these, the working class is not in a position to take advantage of them, as they themselves are unorganized and confused.

In our country also, neither the condition of the ruling class nor of the working class and oppressed masses is any way different. In the context of neoliberal policies, there are no basic differences among the ruling class parties about economic-fiscal policies. Still there are no ruling class parties whose influence is spreading at all India level, or has such influence among the people which the Congress once had. In spite of having unity on economic policies, the main thrust of their politics has become dividing the people based on caste, religion, language, provincialism etc. Besides, in front of the people the bourgeois politics has become the den of corrupt, criminal and communal (especially Hindutuavadi) forces. The Modi government which came to power following last Lok Sabha elections creating illusions about development, stands exposed now for its lies and false promises. It is failing to cover up the galloping unemployment through its distortion of statistics. While failing in all these fields, this government has become notorious for spreading communal hatred and unleashing unprecedented oppression of dalits and minorities. This has led to ever increasing resistance against these policies regionally or spontaneously everywhere. This is the crisis of the bourgeois politics.

In spite of this, the left and democratic political forces in our country are still incapable of taking advantage of this crisis and providing revolutionary orientation to the mounting resistances of the people. The Left Front has become part of the ruling class politics and is passing through a period of defeat and despair. Many other sections are victims of deviations and disintegration In this situation, the Democratic People’s Forum has the main task of bringing together all struggling left, democratic and oppressed classes and sections including the dalits, the adivasis and women on a broad platform of struggle, taking lessons from the great October Revolution and the innumerable revolutionary movements of the toiling and oppressed masses of our country so that a people’s alternative which ensures livelihood, food and democracy for all can be achieved.

With this firm determination let us mobilise our forces at Delhi to make the 7th November rally a great success; Our slogans:

Message of October Revolution: Let this country is of the toilers!

Only under worker-peasant raj, People’s Democracy becomes reality!

Livlihood, Food and Democracy: People of India demands them!

(Draft handbill matter prepared for the constituents of the DPF for organizing propaganda for the rally on 7th November 2016 at Delhi. Constituents can propose necessary changes and send to Convener as early as possible. Meanwhile based on the slogans and Common Minimum Program of the DPF the campaign may be started)

Oppose LEMOA Agreement with US

THE Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) signed by Modi government with the US on 29th August during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to Washington provides automatic approval for the two militaries to share each other’s bases for various operations. These include port visits, joint exercises, joint training etc; other uses are to be discussed on a case-by-case basis. It will accelerate India- U.S cooperation in the Asia-Pacific joint operations. This agreement has been a controversial one, and two previous governments – led by A.B. Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh – did not sign it due to strong people’s opposition, though it has been on the table since 2002. Signing of this agreement was opposed by democratic forces from the beginning as it is nothing short of a military alliance and it also amounts to allowing US virtual bases in Indian military-naval-air force facilities. It is an open compromising of India’s strategic interests. It is a surrender of whatever sovereignty is left.

The CPI(ML) Red Star severely condemns the signing of this agreement which strengthens the subservient stand of India as a junior partner of US imperialism. It calls on all party committees to organize protest actions wherever possible without delay with the slogans: Throw out LEMOA! Down with US imperialism! No Junior Partnership to US!

REPEAL SECTION 124(A) OF IPC

THE following observations of the Supreme Court makes it abundantly clear how the Sedition charges are imposed against all voices of dissent using the section 124(A) of the IPC. CPI(ML) Red Star demands the repeal of this draconian law forthwith.

According to the order of the Supreme Court dated 29th August, the sedition or defamation cases cannot be slapped on anyone who criticize the government. “It does not invoke an offence under sedition or defamation law. We have made it clear that invoking of section 124(A) of IPC (sedition) requires certain guidelines to be followed as per the earlier judgment of the apex court,” It was giving the order on sedition charges being slapped on agitators protesting against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, among others. The petitioner sought a direction that the investigations and prosecutions be dropped in cases where such a reasoned order was not provided and the act in question involved peaceful expression or assembly. The constitutional validity of section 124(A) rests upon either an intention to create public disorder or incitement of violence, it had said.

It is a shame that even seven decades after the “independence” such draconian laws imposed by the colonialists along with AFSPA are allowed to be continued. A major democratic movement is called for to get such draconian black laws repealed
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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.