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 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
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.
(1) The eulogization and glorification of India’s past and tradition which smack of orientalism are absolutely false; the true aim is ‘Hindutuaisation’ of education.
(2) The emphasis on quality education based on cross-border corporate capital flow aims at elitization of education and is detrimental to ‘common education’ or concept of community education schemes. BJP government’s NEP is for privatization and corporatization of education.
(3) This NEP’s basic orientation is technological and technocratic. It is marked by total absence of scientific orientation. It is against the ‘method of science’.
(4) It disregards country’s vast diversities and cultural differences and is against federalism and aims at super-imposed forcible integration in the guise of national unity.
(5). If implemented, it will foster further communalization.
(6) Content-wise it is unscientific and a-historical (distortion of historical facts).
(7) This draft NEP is against the basic principles of secularism and democracy.
(8) It fully serves the interests of international finance capital in tune with WTO provisions.
(9) NEP is deadly against critical and independent intellectual thinking on the part of students and researchers; it aims at fostering superstition and obscurantism.
(10) The draft NEP is the handiwork of cold-blooded RSS think-tanks; the involvement of eminent educational scholars and experts is conspicuously absent.
Firstly the government wanted that all suggestions should be sent by 16th August. After public outcry now the time is extended by six weeks. We appeal to all progressive forces to actively participate in this debate by putting forward their critics as early as possible, by organizing active discussions on it, and actively resisting its recommendations by putting forward a people oriented policy which ensures scientific and democratic education system for all (please also see the call by AIFRTE to reject this NEP draft published in this issue of Red Star
It is in this siuation CPI(ML) Red Star had called for observing 9th to 15th August as Anti Imperialist Week and 15th August as Protest Day. The people’s mobilizations and mass upsurges taking place all over the country provided a militant background to make this call a big success. Taking lessons from these mobilizations, let us intensify our efforts to march towards the victory of the Second Independence Struggle for People’s Democracy and Socialism
Soon after the transfer of power in 1947, the Congress government went for strengthening the armed forces in the name of facing the challenge in J&K and Northeast. Another spurt of militarization was following the setbacks in its 1962 border war with China. Consecutive governments went on strengthening the armed forces and went for nuclear power in 1970s to maintain itself as a regional power. The NDA government of 1998 to 2004 spent much more for defense for intensifying the militarization. Under pressure of the hawks in the administration and armed forces, the UPA government maintained this tempo. Now with this pronounced hawkish shift in the foreign policy, the Modi govt. which has already increased the military expense in its last two budgets is going to intensify the militarization. It will not only further disturb the tense situation in the South Asian region but will have its impact in the political and social fields also. All the progressive forces should seriously discuss this dangerous development and resist it
We have before us a posting in the Face Book:by a comrade: “ I find it amusing when right wing, blood thirsty, war mongers from India express shock at images of a Omran Daqneesh or a Aylan Kurdi (the little boys severely injured and shocked in war ravaged Syria). Had the kid been from Kashmir or Bastar, they’d be busy justifying a murder”. It is not just hypocrisy, but a criminal approach which justifies the denial of the right of self-determination, democracy and human rights under you rule, or under the party you support, but demand all these virtues from your neighbours, especially if it is Pakistan! The same thing is reciprocated by the ruling system in Pakistan also. Down with all these ruling systems, which deny self-determination to the people, which butcher democracy and humanism!. Let us stand with Omran Daqneesh or a Aylan Kurdi wherever they are. Let us stand with the women assaulted by the armed forces, the children suffering in war areas, the victims of pellet guns and all other murderous weapons!