(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!
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.
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 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.