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REXIT is a reflection of EU’s impending break-up on account of the mounting imperialist crisis and the surge in social and political tensions. The referendum in favour of Britain’s exit from Europe is not the result of an overnight development. It is the gravest crisis that Europe is confronting ever since the US-sponsored Marshall Plan of the immediate post- Second World War period. It was followed by the creation of EU. The driving forces behind the establishment of EU had been the unbridled appetite on the part of European finance capitalists for profit maximization through integrated plunder of the working class by means of perfect cross-border mobility of capital and labour.

Under neoliberal accumulation, however, rival national states of Europe have continued to pursue independent and conflicting economic policies at the expense of weak nations of the EU. This has assumed irreversible character with the advent of neo-Nazi and ultra-right wing forces in the political arena.

Britain is the 5th largest country in the world and 2nd largest one in EU. Though for a time nothing much is expected to happen, its exit will have far-reaching repercussions in EU and at global level. The immediate perception that Britain will be weakened has led to the drastic fall in the Pound. Markets all over the world are reacting to this perceived weakness. Due to Britain’s deep involvement in sectors like finance, these sectors will be affected. In India stock exchanges, financial markets and currency have already experienced a plunge. This should be seen as part of the sharp right wing shift taking place around the world. 

On Common Civil Code

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N a multi religious, caste divided, patriarchal society like that of India, if the Constitution, like all criminal and civil laws, had put forward a Common Civil Code or common secular family code in the beginning itself ensuring gender equality, and put it in to practice, it would have promoted national integration to a great extent, it would have created a society quite different from the one we are seeing today. But the Congress leadership was against it. It was reluctant even to adopt even a common Hindu Code. Today when the RSS led Modi government is talking about adopting a common civil code, it is clear that it is not for its real implem-entation, but to use it as a propaganda weapon to further divide the society communally. It is evident that it is not prepared to take any stand against patriarchy brutally imposed through Khap Panchayats and honour killings. Its latest stand is only to provoke the religious fundamentalists of all hues to collude to further divide the society spreading communal poison as already witnessed in all the states, especially in the media and in the streets.

CPI (ML) Red Star’s Program calls for “evolving a secular, democratic and progressive common civil code as part of democratization of the society”. While campaigning for it, the hitherto experience is that even after numerous Supreme Court orders for gender equality in division of family property, except in few states and among few sections, by and large, it is not implemented. Though there are laws against dowry, it is violated with immunity. Similarly though gender equality is upheld by Constitution it is violated every minute. Brahminical caste and moral codes are heinously practiced everywhere. Even six and half decades after adoption of the Constitution, instead of democratizing the society the vested interests are leading the society towards fascicisation. While the BJP government is talking about a Common Civil Code it is in the forefront to further divide the society communally and caste-wise. So their intentions are clear; it is for winning coming UP elections.

No doubt, we have to advance towards a genuine secular Common Civil Code touching every aspect of social life, not just in paper, but in practice. It is possible only if it is taken as apart of democratizing the society by developing uncompromising ideological political struggle for secular values, for gender equality, for annihilation of caste system, and for social justice in all fields. Brahmincal forces behind BJP is opposed to these as fiercely as the religious fundamentalists of all other hues. So this divisive policy of Modi government should be correctly recognized and exposed; and the struggle for social justice should be developed as part of the struggle for basic social change uniting all progressive democratic secular forces
THE latest flare up of people’s anger following the killing of Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani and the killing of many more and unleashing of state terror by the police-military forces show that there cannot be any military solution to the J&K question. Right from the beginning the effort of the Indian administration was to distort the national liberation aspirations of the people in the region as a question of Pakistan aggression, utilizing the occupation of a part of the region by it. In this way for almost seven decades the Kashmir valley was turned in to a killing field for Indian military and para-military forces. There were concerted efforts to turn it in to a communal problem, pitting all the religious communities against each other. This communalization and militarization of the J&K question is reaching a point of no return with the BJP government coming to power in Delhi and it becoming an alliance partner in the state government.

The CPI(ML) Red Star has always stated that genuine unity in multi-national India can be achieved only based on the principle of right of self determination of all nationalities and that political solution to the national questions in J&K and Northeast can be achieved by taking the peoples of these regions in to confidence.

We once again demand the immediate withdrawal of military to its barracks ending its policing in the state, repeal of AFSPA and initiation of negotiation with representatives of all political forces in the state for arriving at a political solution to the question. Meanwhile stringent action should be taken against those in the ‘security’ forces who had resorted to terrorizing the people through suppression and sexual attacks on women to create a healthy atmosphere for political dialogue. 

Patriotism and Treason

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ITH the ascendance to power of Modi government, during the last two years the RSS Parivar is trying to dub all those who disagree with their definition of patriotism, or all those who oppose their concept of Hindu Rashtra, or more simplistically, all those who refuse to raise Bharat Mata Ki Jai at their beckoning, as traitors or desadrohis. Though during 1998-2004 Vaipayee government’s time also there were some efforts of this kind, it was not as rabid or provocative as now, as it did not get the open support of the state forces as it is getting today. So when once again Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to shout his patriotism from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August, there should be a countrywide discussion on who are the real patriots?

Who is a patriot and who is a traitor are subjects of discussion for long, at least from the time of the independence struggle against the colonial forces. In that sense we uphold the leaders of Santhal and other earlier anti- British revolts, to leaders of the 1857 first war of independence – Jhansi Rani, Hazrat mahal, to numerous others from the early days of national liberation struggles to Bhagat Singh like martyrs and freedom fighters of various streams of independence struggles as patriots, who sacrificed everything for the independence of our country. Patriotism meant the preparedness to sacrifice for the liberation of the motherland and its people from the political, economic and cultural domination of the imperialist force who had established hegemony over the country. History teaches that there were many others who betrayed the national interests during this long period serving as lackeys and compradors of British rulers. They were the traitors, the desadrohis.

The post-1947 history teaches that what happened in our country like other ‘newly independent countries’ of Asia, Africa and Latin America was only the replacement of Gora sahebs with Kala (or not so Kala) sahebs, as Shahid Bhagat Singh had clearly warned. The formal political independence was not followed by independence from the economic clutches of imperialism. What was followed under Nehru model in the early decades was nothing but the Keynesian policies advocated by the US led imperialist forces. But with the adoption of the neoliberal policies in 1991, the process of throwing overboard even whatever self-reliance and apparent sovereignty hitherto gained was started. The ruling system and the political leaderships in dominance started becoming more and more compradors, destroying whatever self-reliance and sovereignty existed. This trend stated in 1991 became more explicit during the decade long UPA rule.

Now under Modi regime, this trend is reaching its climax with the destruction of even whatever semblance of national independence the people have with the opening of all economic spheres to FDIs, with the systematic destruction of all public sector ventures which were the pillars of the national economy so far, with the rabid corporatization of all fields. Thus Modi regime is decisively destroying all the great values of national liberation and social justice put forward by the freedom fighters. What right he has to call himself the patriot, the dasabhakth? On the contrary he represents the direct opposite.

Today, only those who cherish and uphold the values of national liberation from the clutches of imperialism and its lackeys can be called the patriots, the desbhakths. It is in this context the Central Committee of the Party has called for observing 9th August to 15th August as Anti-Imperialist Week, pledging to strive for realizing the dreams of the freedom fighters. Let us organize a powerful campaign during this period initiating the mobilization of all patriotic forces for the second independent struggle to achieve genuine national liberation and social justice. 

Gujarat: Dalit Atrocities and Resistance

The attack on dalit men in Una for allegedly skinning a dead cow by so-called cow protection committee men, products of the Brahmanical hate ideology of RSS strengthened by the support provided by the Modi government has rocked the country and brought forward the significance of the caste annihilation in present situation. The powerful upsurge of dalits and other oppressed sections along with democratic forces in the state was joined by the CAM activists also. The central working group of the CAM issued a statement in Delhi condemning the incident and calling of all democratic forces to intensify the caste annihilation campaign and to boldly resist such onslaughts by Manuvadis.

Defeat Modi Govt's Move to Enact GST

IMPOSITION of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a uniform tax for both the sectors at all India level is the demand put forward by the MNCs and native corporate forces for a long time. Though the UPA govt had initiated it, due to opposition in the parliament by BJP it could not be enacted. As it imposes heavy burden over the masses and goes against the federal principles, the progressive forces had also opposed it from the.

But once the BJP has come to power and Modi launched the Make in India campaign, the urgency to enact it became all the more pressing for it. But as the Congress is stalling this on technical

grounds and as BJP is not having majority in the Rajya Sabha, Modi govt was making frantic efforts for enacting it. Now the possibilities for it have brightened after the elections to the five state assemblies and to the Rajya Sabha seats. A number of non- BJP state governments also have extended support for it. Even the LDF government in Kerala has extended support to it, in spite of the CPI(M) leadership’s reservations against it. In this situation, CPI(ML) Red Star calls on all progressive forces for strengthening the resistance against the GST bill which will help the MNCs and the native corporate forces while imposing additional burden over the people.
DURING his latest discussions with US president and address to the session of US Congress, Prime Minister Modi has underlined his readiness to sign any agreement with US for closer ties. Obama has announced US intention to arm India as the “net provider of security in Asia” even if a formal Indo-US alliance is not signed. He is calling for “India acting as close partner and ally”. All these moves are for dragging India in to its military moves against Chinese expansion to more areas.

While this strategic alliance is mooted, and the Modi government is moving closer to US, it is blind towards two important international developments. Firstly, the policies of “local bully” pursued by Indian government have forced all its neighbouring

countries to move closer to China. Besides, not only the other BRICS countries, Russia, Vietnam like countries are also having closer relations with China. Secondly, while intensifying its policy of contention with China, the US is following the policy of collusion with this other superpower on many issues.

But the Modi govt and the RSS Parivar which are acting as the only patriots and attacking all others as traitors under many pretexts using Sedition Law like Black Acts, are so much comprador in their thinking and actions that they refuse to see these international realities. They refuse to see that in spite of their efforts to move closer to US and to serve as its ally against China, history proves that US do not treat any country as its permanent ally. It always gives prime importance to its global hegemony. It is ready to turn against its allies at any time in its “national interests”. Refusing to recognize these, Modi govt is dragging India in to more neo-colonial dependence to US. It is an act of treason by these pseudo patriots. So any moves for closer alliance with US by Modi should be resisted.
BREXIT is a reflection of European Union’s impending break-up on account of the mounting imperialist crisis and the surge in social and political tensions. The referendum in favor of Britain’s exit from EU is not the result of an overnight development. It is the gravest crisis that Europe is confronting ever since the US-sponsored Marshall Plan of the immediate post- World War II period. It was followed by the creation of EU. The driving forces behind the establishment of EU had been the unbridled appetite on the part of European finance capitalists for profit maximization through integrated plunder of the working class by means of perfect cross-border mobility of capital and labour. Under neo-liberal accumulation, however, rival national states of Europe have continued to pursue independent and conflicting economic policies at the expense of weak nations of the EU. This has assumed irreversible character with the advent of neo-Nazi and ultra-right wing forces in the political arena.

Britain is the 5th largest country in the world and 2nd largest one in EU. Though for a time nothing much is expected to happen, its exit will have far-reaching repercussions in EU and at a global level. The immediate perception that Britain will be weakened has led to the drastic fall in the Pound. Markets all over the world are reacting to this perceived weakness. Due to Britain’s deep involvement in sectors like finance, these sectors will be affected. Though details are yet to come, in India stock exchanges, financial markets and currency, for example have already experienced a plunge. This development should be seen as part of the sharp right wing shift taking place around the world.
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