For example, the CPI(ML) Red Star like forces calls for unity of India as a genuine federal country based on the right of self-determination of all nationalities; they also call for right of self-determination for the people of J&K and North East including the right to secede; they call for holding a referendum where people are struggling for right of self-determination, for withdrawal of military from policing in these regions and for the repeal of the AFSPA from these areas, and support the 15 year long indefinite fast of Irom Sharmila with this demand. They had opposed the annexation of Sikkim and had called the hanging of Afsal Guru and Yakub Memon as state sponsored judicial murders. They call for an end to death sentence and its repeal from the statute. They have called for political dialogues with all neighbouring countries to settle all border disputes, for withdrawal of the military from the borders, and for reduction of the military expenditure in the budget. Shall all these amounts to anti-nationalism?
The CPI(ML) Red Star calls for caste annihilation movement imposed and maintained under Brahmnical varna/caste system, for immediate legal and administrative steps to put an end to all forms of gender inequalities perpetuated under Manuvad, for separating religion from politics based on strict implementation of secular principles including implementation of a common secular civil code for all; for convening a constituent assembly to revise and develop the Constitution according to the spirit of its preamble which shall include the right to recall all elected representatives, the abolition of the post of governors, the abolition of IAS like direct recruitments generating bureaucracy, including the right to hold referendums by central and state governments before taking important decisions, for determining and implementing ceiling on the right to own all forms of wealth and properties. Shall all these amount to un-patriotic acts?
Similarly, it is obvious that the RSS Parivar is intensifying saffronisation as a cover to speed up corporatization, for opening the country further to MNCs and neoliberal policies. The development policies it has taken over from the Congress devastate nature and impoverish the masses. CPI (ML) Red Star calls for throwing out this development perspective and to go for a people oriented development and democratization of the society in all forms so that the power is vested with the people. Will it also amount to unpatriotic acts?
The resurgence in the higher centers of education starting from IIT-Chennai and spreading to FTII, Hyderabad Central University, JNU and to Allahabad University besides in many other institutions and places involving ever increasing number of youth and students, and people in general shows that they are not prepared to surrender to the RSS dictates on democracy, culture, food-dress codes etc. As the possibilities for the Modi government acting at the orders of RSS changing its style of rule is practically nil, the people have to intensify the struggle to defend the existing Constitutional rights and to expand them as people’s democracy.
All these point towards impending stagflation. While oil prices fall in the international market steeply, its benefits are mopped by the corporate and the government. At the same time the food prices continue to climb pushing food inflation to 6.4 per cent in December. There are reports that unseasonal weather conditions including an El Nino-induced milder winter could lead to the rabi crop yield ending up well below expectations in several regions.
What do all these point towards to? Especially when the purchasing power of the vast masses are steeply falling and when increasing number of peasants and frustrated middle class and youth are resorting to suicides? While Modi is encouraging affluent youth entrepreneurs with many many tax cuts and interest free loans for their 'Start Up India' programme, no more promises of Good Days are forthcoming for the common masses.
So the New Year is going to be an year of increasing poverty and misery for the vast masses. This trend should be resisted only by developing mass movements at all levels.
During the decade long Congress-led UPA rule its reluctance to take any bold initiative to solve the Indo-Pak conflict was justified pointing out the occasional terrorist actions. They became pretexts to stop whatever initiative it had taken. The antagonistic approach taken by BJP, Shiv Sena like forces towards any talks and the lack of any initiative from the non-Congress and non-BJP forces in parliament aggravated the apathy towards Indo-Pak talks. In spite of inviting all SAARC leaders including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaj Sharif to his oath taking ceremony, Modi did not take any initiative to better the relations with Pakistan. So the surprise visit of Modi to Lahore and his bonhomie with Nawaj Sharif was appreciated by all progressive forces even though the US administration’s hands were clearly behind it for bringing together these two countries in its anti-China coalition. In spite of it, it is clear that any steps towards resolving the long delayed normalization of relations between these neighbouring countries will benefit people on both sides of the border.
In spite of all its limitations, the Indo-Pak talks should have been resumed for normalizing relations to whatever level possible which is the only way to stop the terrorists from their heinous track. We condemn the postponement of the secretary level talks.
If the Indo-Pak conflict is a legacy of the communal division of the sub-continent, each and every government on both sides from that time has cheated the people by their repeated dramas in the name of reconciliation. Each and every government at Delhi is refusing to state before the people to what extent it is prepared to go to resolve the differences. Without any such approach, how can any political solution be reached? As far as RSS is concerned, it is for perpetuating this division, in spite of all its Akhand Bharat calls, to keep the communal fire burning. So, any possibility for de-escalation of the tension on the border, resumption of talks and normalization of relations looks bleak under BJP govt. unless people’s pressure grows to the extent of forcing it to do so.
What is happening now is that under the Brahminical RSS-promoted BJP rule such suicides and atrocities are given open approval by the elite clubs in seats of power. Dalits and other oppressed sections are denied even their constitutional and basic human rights. This heinous situation calls for militant resistance to such atrocities and intensification of all-out efforts for annihilation of this inhuman caste system perpetuated by the Brahminical ruling system. Rohit’s murder calls for sustained movements to create conditions for elimination of the present socio-economic conditions which lead to the perpetuation of the caste system.
Vemula’s suicide is a tragically shameful testimony to the all-pervasive outreach of the poisonous tentacles of the caste system, a barbaric system that has been encouraged to encroach upon even our institutions of higher education. Vemula was one of five Dalit students, all belonging to the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), who had been suspended by the administration. The ‘suspension’ order allowed them to continue their studies in the university but denied them entry to the hostels, administration building and other common places in groups. Such an exhibition of social boycott, directed at a group of students from a socially disadvantaged community, was undoubtedly a caste atrocity perpetrated by the governing elite of a central university.
The ostensible reason for the suspension of Vemula and the four others was an alleged clash between students belonging to the Ambedkar Student Association (ASA) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), an affiliate of the notorious Sangh Parivar. An inquiry by the university culminated in the suspension order. On January 17, the young scholar decided to cut short his life.
It is clear that both the Central ministers as well as the University of Hyderabad administration are responsible for Rohit’s suicide. It is murder, most foul. So till the culprits are punished and the victims compensated the agitation should continue. At the same time, to end its recurrence forever, the struggle for the annihilation of the barbarous caste system should be intensified.
During the last twenty years of WTO, privatisation and trade liberalisation have had devastating impacts on the Indian economy. The WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture (AOA)
has been used by agribusiness from the imperialist countries as a dumping mechanism on developing countries and has destroyed livelihoods in the agricultural sector. The GATS is a corporate weapon that pushes for liberalisation of services such as health, education, electricity, banking, insurance and water. Access to medicines has been compromised by the agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) and industrial policy space has been reduced through commitments under the Agreement on Trade Related Investment Measures (TRIMS), Information Technology Agreement (ITA-1) and Non Agricultural Market Access (NAMA).
Contrary to the statements by the NDA Government, by signing the final agreement it has compromised the interests of India’s working classes, peasantry, students and other sections. It has surrendered education, healthcare and other sectors to rabid corporatization through this agreement. The masses of people have to launch all out resistance to throw out this agreement.
earthquakes, Chennai model floods etc. indicate intensification of climate change. But the rulers of developed countries and the elite class everywhere are not ready to change their life styles. So the resolution at Paris is a mere eye wash to cheat the people. Unless the present corporate mafia led development perspective is thrown out, which calls for throwing out the very ruling system itself, it is not going to help overcome the ecological catastrophe.
The weak, non-binding and dishonest Paris Climate Agreement has delighted climate criminal and war criminal nations like the US and EU, NATO countries and US lackeys like Saudi Arabia and Australia. But it has betrayed our children, grandchildren, future generations, the Developing World, the whole of humanity and the biosphere. The Paris betrayal demands a world-wide Climate Movement against all the imperialist powers, especially the leading powers, corporate forces, imperialist agencies and ruling classes of all countries who are responsible for green house gas pollution through their development perspective which caters to elitist life styles and waste.
In West Asia and all over the world the aggressive imperialist policies and intervention for further loot of human and natural resources were intensified. To facilitate this, communal, racist and chauvinist policies were promoted, further accelerating the growth of terrorist gangs like IS, dividing the world people. In the name of war on terror, after fomenting terrorist groups everywhere, society is criminalized and communalized, shrinking even whatever democratic space and scientific temper existed. The miserable plight of the millions of migrants as a result of these developments is a reflection of the barbarous nature of the imperialist system. All these have led to further intensification of the contradiction of
the working class and oppressed people against the imperialist system, especially against the US. In continuation to the ongoing Ukraine crisis, now the Syrian developments and the developments in the South China Sea have intensified the inter-imperialist contradictions also.
The consequences of these developments are manifested in complex forms. On the one hand, searching for alternatives to the oppressive global and native forces, confused by the present developments, and in the absence of progressive subjective forces as alternatives to the reactionary ruling system, in a number of countries rabid rightist ideas are gaining influence. In France, Germany and some of the East European countries extreme rightists are growing in strength. In Greece after a leftward swing, with Tsipras taking rightist positions, in spite of continuing workers’ resistance, for the time being the right trend is in control. In Latin America, contrary to the progressive developments during the beginning of this century, in Argentina and now in Venezuela rightist forces have won recent elections. In West Asia and nearby African countries also Islamic fundamentalist forces have gained strength. In the US, both main contestants for coming presidential elections are competing for presenting more rightist agenda. All these trends are further strengthening the imperialist forces at least for the time being.
At the same time, the anti-neoliberal forces are also gaining strength in many countries. In Europe, in England the left trend has won elections to the Labor Party leadership. In the latest Spanish elections a radical left swing is visible. In West Asia in spite of US control, Zionist attacks against Palestine people and growth of religious fundamentalists, the democratic forces are growing in the Kurdish region. There is growing resistance to imperialists and their lackeys in a large number of countries.
Within India the coming to power of extreme rightist forces at the centre intensified both corporatization and saffronization. While in the name of Make in India the neo-colonial subservience is intensified, the frantic efforts to propagate Hindu Rashtra concept has led to growth of intolerance and fascist tendencies. The increasing unemployment and unprecedented price rise have further impoverished the people. As all the political parties represented in parliament are supporting neo-liberal policies in one way or the other, the downward slip to rightist agenda and autocratization have become the growing trend. It is reflected in both internal and foreign policies of the state as well as in the economic, political, social and cultural fields.
In this situation, the activities of the ICOR, however weak it may be at present, are contributing to the strengthening of the spirit of proletarian internationalism. Within the country, the energetic efforts of our Party towards building and strengthening the people’s alternative against the ruling system are advancing. It is giving positive results in different fields. The successful convening of the Tenth Congress of the Party, the adoption of the basic documents and its call for mobilizing the masses against the ruling system has strengthened these efforts. During 2015 the Party has made significant advances in uniting the communist revolutionary forces. The class and mass organizations as well as the people’s movements in which the Party comrades are taking initiative have also made further advances. Fighting against reformist trends the Party could take the initiative to develop the unity of the struggling left and democratic forces under the banner of Democratic People’s Forum. In continuation to the ideological political offensive of the last four decades, to evaluate past experience and to develop the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism according to present conditions, the Party has launched a theoretical offensive. It has started preparations for a one-year long centenary observation of the great October Revolution from 7th November this year till 7th November 2017.
The CC of the Party extends revolutionary New Year greetings to all friends of Red Star and calls upon all friends and comrades to make 2016 a year of mighty revolutionary upsurge in all fields.