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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
MORE THAN two months have passed since the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen Commander, Burhan Wani on 8 July, 2016. The days after that have witnessed the intensification of the undeclared war going on for last almost seven decades between the Indian state and the people in the Indian occupied Kashmir. Similar is the situation in the PoK also. The imposition of curfew over Kashmir continues amid temporary relaxations; mobile internet service is shut down; attendance in government offices is thin. Clashes between protesters and the police, para-military continue on a daily basis. The number of injured till 20th September is reported to be about 15,000. Over one hundred are killed and nine hundred have had eye injuries due to rubber pellets fired by the security personnel. The monumental figure of those injured includes mainly the protesters, by-standers as also the police/para-military personnel. Thus on an average about 200 people have been injured per day or about eight per hour. The number of injured over a period of sixty days is frightening and calls for a comparison with other conflict situations in the last hundred years where the Indian army/ British Indian Army was engaged with an uprising within the country or a conflict with a neighbouring country.

After two visits of central home minister Rajnath Singh and an all party delegation of MPs led by him the situation remains more grave with people battling with the military and security forces whom they consider an occupation force. These visits repeatedly fail as like BJP and Congress, none of these parties accept the right of self determination of the Kashmiri people who were not part of British India. The consecutive Indian governments had/have no right to speak about the 1951 accession agreement with the king of Kashmir, as they have violated its provisions totally. Though the all party delegation has stated that any solution can be found only through discussion, why do they not ask for withdrawal of the military from policing the valley to create a favorable condition for talks? Why the government as well as the opposition does not accept that the 1951 accession agreement was violated and any solution is possible only through a referendum in both PoK as well as in IoK? Both Indian as well as Pakistan governments is aggravating the agony of the Kashmiri people.

We appeal to all democratic forces to raise their voice against this barbarism perpetuated on Kashmiri people and for a referendum to give an opportunity for the Kashmiri people to decide their future.
THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE of the CPI (ML) Red Star along with the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations (ICOR) has called for observing the centenary of great October Revolution from 7th November, and culminating with ideological-political campaigns and massive mobilizations at state level all over the country on 7th November, 2017. ICOR has planned a theoretical seminar evaluating the contributions of October Revolution and Soviet Union along with a review of the shortcomings which led to the disintegration of the SU and an international rally in Europe in September, 2017. At the present historic juncture when the imperialists and their lackeys are utilizing the setbacks suffered by the international communist movement to intensify their fierce counter revolutionary offensive to inflict further damage to the revolutionary movement, it is a great challenge before the communists to confront them by overcoming past weaknesses and re-establishing the universal superiority of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought and Proletarian Internationalist spirit.

The October Revolution, formation of Soviet Union, initiation of socialist transformation there and the launching of the Communist International were epochal developments which shook the global imperialist system. They gave great boost to the World Proletarian Socialist Revolution, with the national liberation movements getting strengthened in all countries under colonial domination and the People’s Democratic Revolutions under the leadership of communist parties advancing in many among them. By 1950s a situation was created when the forward march of socialist camp was challenging the imperialist camp.

But if the International Communist Movement (ICM) suffered severe setbacks and the Comintern (Communist International) was dissolved, they call for serious evaluation. Lessons should be taken from the positive and negative aspects of the past experiences. The centenary of the October Revolution is an important occasion to take up these tasks. This occasion also calls for emphasizing the need for developing the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism according to present conditions, when major changes have taken place in all fields under the neo-colonization drive by the imperialist forces and their lackeys. Let us take up the centenary observation of October Revolution with revolutionary spirit to re-establish the superiority of Marxist theory, to intensify the ideological-political campaign for bringing together the communist revolutionaries and to reorganize and strengthen the communist parties internationally making them capable of leading the struggle for social justice and democracy to great victories, by launching the struggle of all oppressed classes and sections in all fields and putting an end to the rule of oppressors of all hues
IT is now becoming clear that the attacks on Dalits in several parts of the country by vigilante gau rakshaks and the massive mobilization of dalits and all those who expressed solidarity with them at Una have spoiled the BJP’s carefully crafted plan to retain Dalit support for the forthcoming assembly elections in key States. In the Lok Sabha debate on cow vigilantism and attacks against Dalits, speakers from BJP-led ruling NDA sought to portray Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “shoot me, not my Dalit brothers” exhortation at a public event four days earlier as a watershed moment in the history of political solidarity expressions for the SCcommunities of India.

The NDA had lined up all its top leaders to make this presentation forcefully. Replying to the debate, Rajnath Singh claimed that Narendra Modi was the only Prime Minister since 1947 to have spoken openly on the problem though crimes against Dalits were a constant phenomenon. All of them asserted that Modi’s “shoot me, not my Dalit brothers” declaration was a path-breaking one by the topmost political leader.

However, a close look at the sequence of events that led to Modi’s admonishment of vigilante gau rakshaks exposed this to be a hollow claim. Instead, what it showed was a rattled and cynical politician who had subsumed all his social and political instincts to the compulsions of acquiring power and holding on to it by any means. It also revealed the apprehensions of “Team Modi” about the party’s prospects in the forthcoming electoral contests, particularly in UP and Gujarat. Central to this fear is the depletion of support among Dalits in the wake of the onslaught against them by gau rakshaks.
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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.