THE seminar on 100 years of the October Revolution organized jointly by ICOR and ICMLPO was successfully held at Bottrop, Germany on 27-29 October. The seminar was a great success with over 57 organisations from around 50 countries participating. On behalf of CPI(ML) Red Star comrades KN Ramachandran, Sanjay Singhvi, PJ James and Sharmistha represented. They presented Pary’s positions wih regard to imperialism today, lessons of October Revolution and problems concerning building the communist movement nationally and internationally. Over 1000 people took part on all the three days. As far as the content of the discussion is concerned, comrades from all continents agreed that another wave of socialist upsurge can be created only if the politics of independent communist assertion should be focused on in order to demolish the global imperialist system and to replace it with people’s political power and people oriented development paradigm.
International Seminar was conducted by the ICOR (International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations) and the ICMLPO (International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations). It was held as a culmination of the joint discussions held during last one year, about the lessons of the October Revolution. It became a seminar with mass participation, where the experiences, particularly of the working-class, youth and women’s movements, the environmental struggle, the anti-fascist struggle were contributed.
The seminar was divided into following thematic blocks: 1) Introductory Paper – Stefan Engel, MLPD, Germany, 2) Lenin’s analysis on the development of the imperialist world system – Otto Vergas, PCR Argentina, 3) The October Revolution and the struggle against opportunism and sectarianism – KN Ramachandran, CPI(ML) Red Star, India, 4) The October Revolution lives! Conclusions for the revolutionary class-struggle today – Jose Maria Sison, Founding Chairman of the CPP Philippines, 5) The strategy and tactics of the armed uprising – Abou Tarik, Morocco, 6) The necessity of socialist building in one country in connection with the building of a communist world movement- MLP, Russia, 7) Lenin’s strategy of the international revolution – BP (North Kurdistan/Turkey)
All thematic blocks were introduced by an initial contribution of 15 minutes. Then the discussion in the hall with contributions of five minutes each was opened. A simultaneous interpretation into several languages was provided. There was an International Cultural Event on 28th October 2017 evening at Gelsenkirchen.
The Events at St. Petersburg, Russia
IT were also successfully completed. Besides seeing Lenin’s statue at Smolny and Engine 293 in which Lenin came from Finland as coal stoker, there were three programs. On 6th night, there was a revolutionary cultural performance.
There were different performances - skits, opera and rock bands (from Russia and Germany). Com Sanjay spoke on behalf of ICOR at this performance. Com. Gabi (MLPD) was invited to speak by the CPRF (Communist Party of the Russian Federation - led by Com. Tyulkin). On 7th there was a big rally. It was a see of red flags. On 8th there was a grand banquet and the ending.
Telengana : October Revolution Centenary Meeting at Asifabad
THE Telengana State Organising Committee of CPI(ML)Red Star organized Russian October Revolution Centenary celebrations concluding meeting at Rose Gardens, Asifabad, on 9th November. The meeting started after paying tributes prime architects of communist thought Karl Marx, Frederik Engels, VI Lenin, Stalin and Mao Zedong who inspired and successfully led world working class movement. The meeting paid tributes to Bhagat Singh, Komaram Bheem and to all the leaders of communist revolutionary movement of India and to Doddi Komaraih, the first martyr of Telangana peasant armed struggle. It paid tributes to Jyothirao Phule and BR Ambedkar, the modern-day champions of struggle against the inhuman Manu (A)Dharma. Ch Mohan a friend of people’s movements was invited to preside over the meeting by comrade Tirupathy.
Comrade Moluguri Saidulu, secretary, APSOC, said whereas the Indian State after dragging its feet for 70 years over the promise of land reforms is now forcefully transferring peasants’ lands to big capital, the proletarian state of Russia decreed revolutionary land reform on the very next day of taking power and thoroughly implemented within a few months. Similarly the foreign companies and the collabora-tionist Russian companies and whole big business and trade were nationalised and the management was put to the hands of industrial workers and other labouring people. He appealed to all the struggling revolutionary left and democratic forces to come together to unleash struggles against imperialist and corporate forces with the slogan of land to the tiller, socialization of big capital and caste annihilation.
C Bhaskar Rao, president, central committee, OPDR in his key note address explained in detail the process first RSDLP and subsequently Bolshevik party led by Lenin over throwing 300 years autocratic Czarist power and establishment of proletarian Russian state. He said Russian Bolshevik revolution triggered revolutions, national liberation movements and independence movements in all the five continents of the globe. He observed, degeneration of all 20th century socialist and new democratic states either to capitalist or neo-colonially dependent states and balkanization of some of them, including the great USSR is though shocking, provide very rich experiences if we are not dogmatic. He appealed to the Indian communists to relearn from the works of, especially Marx, Engels and Lenin and take concrete lessons from the strategy and tactics of Bolshevik party led by Lenin and apply creatively to the contemporary concrete Indian and world conditions to establish people’s democratic state and society and then proceed to socialist society. B Narasimha, secretary OPDR Telangana committee in his message explained the indelible influence of October revolution of Russia and November revolution of China on the consciousness of world people and said that Marxism is the only alternative to eradicate exploitation and the resultant sorrow from the face of earth.
Chhattisgarh: Mass rally and Public Meeting at Gariaband
CELEBRATION of the 100 years October revolutionary day, CPI(ML) Red Star, Chhattisgarh state committee took out a rally and held public meeting on 7th November 2017 at old bus stand Fingeshwar, in Gariyaband District.
Kerala: October Revolution Centrenary Rally and Public Meeting at Thrisur
OCTOBER REVOLUTION Centrenary Program at thrissur in Kerala Conducted by CPI(ML) Red Star State committee. Public meeting inaugurated by Com. PJ James (PB Member) and addressed by MK Dasan (State Secretary), G. Gomathy (Pempillai Oruma), Sam P Mathew (TUCI), MP Kunhikkanaran (AIKKS), Adv. Sabi Joseph (OPDR), Adv. PD. Pushpa (AIRWO), Rajesh Appat (party state executive committee), K. Sivaraman (TUCI), Salim Divakaran (RCF), ND Venu (RYFI), KV Purushothaman and others.
Odisha : Workers and Basti Dwellers Organize Struggles on Centenary Day
INDEFINITE dharana at Master Canteen chowk Bhubaneswar by Basti Surakshya Mancha demanding right to housing. The dharna started on the afternoon of 6th November protesting against the demolition of a slum, continued on 7th November observing the centenary of October Revolution which for the first time realized bread, livelihood and housing for all, and is continuing indefinitely demanding an assurance form the government that no more slums shall be demolished.
Karnataka : On Centenary of October Revolution Hall Meeting at Raichur
ON 7 NOVEMBER, on 100 Years of Russian Revolution, programmes were held at Raichur, Karnataka. It was addressed by coms. K Naglingswamy, Chinnappa Kotriki. G Shekarayya, Ameer Ali, Yaradhihal, G Amaresh and Babu Bhupoor. About 200 workers, peasants and working women participated in it.
The program was held despite obstacles created by police and administration. Local Police, BSF jawans and officers and SDPO Laxmipur were denying permission to hold rally and meeting. Our comrades and leaders are harassed, mentally tortured, threatened to kill naming as Maoists. They were detained in many places. In a letter addressed to Chief Minister; Chief Secretary, D.G..Police, SP , Collector and District Magistrate, Koraput, and released to the press com. Sivaram, state secretary of CPI(ML) Red Star alleged arbitrary actions by the authorities of Koraput district to prevent open and democratic activities by the party.
Immediately arrest and give exemplary Punishment for the Paramilitary force Culprits of Kunduli minor dalit girl gang rape case. Stop Paramilitary and police atrocities on common people making nexus with exploiters in that area. Judicial Inquiry with High Court Sitting Judge into Bhagaban Panasputia Murder case, who was protesting mining at Koraput. Provide 5 acres of lands to all adivasi, dalit and poor landless families. Immediately implement Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations on Remunerative Prices on all agricultural products including Land Reforms. Increase minimum wages of all Workers including agricultural Workers. Implement Govt. declared minimum wages strictly in all Industry and establishments. Register all Construction Workers and other unorganized workers soon under Odisha Building and other Construction Workers welfare Board and Odisha Social Security Board. Implement comprehensive policy to provide social security to all Workers. Develop all Govt. Hospitals and Educational Institutions. Provide complete free quality education for all. Implement Common Education System. Provide complete free and quality healthcare service for all. Scrap profit motive economic policy. Implement strict policy to provide employment to all. Guarantee minimum 250 days work for every capable person. Ensure unemployment allowance for every unemployed. Stop all types of loot and corruption in all welfare and development schemes. Provide Ration Card to all. Implement Universal PDS. Provide free Ration to all families. Stop providing land, forest and water to Corporates. Implement Land reform soon. Improve public transport system. Run Govt. Buses to all areas. Stop over charging of fare in buses. Stop all types of atrocities on dalits, adivasis. Implement comprehensive policy and plans to develop adivasi, dalit and backward communities. Resist communal Fascist Forces.
When the Dr. Gadgil Committee report was published, all ruling class parties and vested interests including reformist parties, the Congress led UDF, CPI(M) led LDF and BJP had joined hand to sabotage it. Under their pressure, when the central government came out with a diluted Kasthurirangan report, even this was rejected by these forces. Day by day a number of ecology destroying projects including mining, quarrying, big hydel projects etc were taken up, in spite of opposition from the masses.
Opposing these heinous acts, the progressive forces had joined hands as reported earlier in this paper to form the Western Ghats protection Committee with units from Kerala to Gujarat. As part of this initiative, the present march organized in Kerala attracted very good support from the people. The success of this 300 kms. long march has provided new impetus to carry forward the struggle for land, livelihood, environment and a people oriented development paradigm.
Taking advantage of this development, the people's Committee is going to hold its first annual general conference to consolidate the movement further. Actually the conference was supposed to have been held on 22nd October but had to be rescheduled to 29th October due to torrential rains over the weekend. In this conference representatives of villages will participate as delegates and the people who have stood in solidarity with this movement have been invited to participate as observers.
In the process of this Conference, the Committee organised annual general meeting in every village and formed committees in each of these villages. Some committees have been comprised with two or three villages also. In this way eleven village committees have been formed. In every committee majority of the people participated and it was amply clear that the people are ready to organise and act under the banner of this committee. So this conference is giving another message to the government that the movement is not only going on with the force of only two or three villages, but is based on the overwhelming support and participation of the people of more than 10 villages. All villages adjacent to the Power Grid sub-station are committed to the movement and it is spreading to other areas also.
People of every village have participated spontaneously in all of these general meetings. In some villages the participation of women was significant. In every meeting people showed their determination in the fight against the authority of the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd and against the Government. They are taking oath to drive away the power grid project from this fertile multi-crop and densely populated area as well as preparing to resist the onslaught of the autocratic government. In this area struggle for democracy has become an agenda of the people. In all the general meetings of the villages this spirit has come out from the speeches of the villagers. So it is clear that the annual conference which is going to be held on 29th October will be a grand success.
27th to 29th October 2017: International Seminar on “The Theoretical and Practical Lessons of the October Revolution” at Event center, Ruhrölstraße 3, Bottrop, Germany
International Seminar is conducted by the ICOR (International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations) and the ICMLPO (International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations).
This seminar will be a culmination of the joint discussions has been performed last one year, about the lessons of the October Revolution. More than 1,000 participants from more than 30 countries are expected in this Seminar. It is supposed to become a seminar with mass participation, where the experiences particularly of the working-class, youth and women’s movement, the environmental struggle, the anti-fascist struggle etc. can be contributed.
The seminar will be divided into six thematic blocks:
Introductory Paper — Stefan Engel, MLPD, Germany Lenin’s analysis on the development of the imperialist world system — Otto Vergas, PCR Argentina. The October Revolution and the struggle against opportunism and sectarianism — KN Ramachandran, General Secretary, CPI (ML) Red Star, India. The October Revolution lives! Conclusions for the revolutionary class-struggle today — Jose Maria Sison, Founding Chairman of the CPP, Philippines The strategy and tactics of the armed uprising — Abou Tarik, Morocco The necessity of socialist building in one country in connection with the building of a communist world movement — MLP, Russia Lenin’s strategy of the international revolution – BP (NK/T). Concluding Contribution — Stefan Engel, (ICOR)
All thematic blocks will be introduced by an initial contribution of 15 minutes. Then the discussion in the hall with contributions of five minutes each will be opened. A simultaneous interpretation into several languages will be provided.
Also if you are not able to come, your contributions and experiences are important and welcome for the Internet discussion! Your will find all information on the ICOR website: www.icor.info . Several theoretical discussion papers have been published which includes Review on Grover Furr’s latest book ‘Yezhov Vs Stalin’, Com P J James paper on ‘New Imperialist Countries’, papers by Max Q, G Andreatos, Recardo Cohen etc. All these papers are available at: www.icor.info/Theoretical_Seminar_%28 October_Revolution
B) International Cultural Event — 28th October 2017 Evening — Germany
The International Cultural Event will take place in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) in the Emscher-Lippe hall, Adenauerallee 118 on the evening of 28 October, admission from 5 p.m.
Visitors can expect a diversified cultural program, international contributions with live music, revue, exhibition and a wide offer of media and literature.
C) Concluding Mass Rally and Cultural Event at St. Petersburg, Russia — 6th to 9th November 2017
October Revolution Centenary Concluding Rally at St. Petersburg Russia — on 7th November 2017
Representatives from almost all Marxist Leninist Parties around the globe will participate in the rally. There will be a varied and unique program in St. Petersburg between 6 and 9 November.
The visit to important historical sites of the October Revolution will be on the program as well as a concert, excursions and, as a highlight, a demonstration/rally on 7 November. Many of these activities are being prepared by a unity of action in St. Petersburg.
The Power Grid Corporation with the help of local contractor, goons, local political leaders and state administration terrorised the poor villagers and forcefully evicted them from their habitats against meagre compensation and built a Power Grid. Initially the Power Grid Corporation were telling the villagers that they would be constructing a Power House, but in reality they built a Power Grid which as per the law of the land should not have built in thickly populated area. No legal formalities have been adhered to while establishing the power grid. The local administration or the so-called elected people’s representatives did not even ready to give patient hearing.
At this moment some people approached CPI(ML) Red Star for their intervention. With their intervention a committee has been formed in the name of “Jomi Jeebika Baasthu Thantro Porivesh Raksha Committee”. Under this committee’s call a deputation to the Power Grid Corporation of about three thousand villagers marched from all 4 villages to the Power Grid Office at Bishnupur. But the Power Grid Corporation Authorities left the office not meeting the representatives of the Committee though the authority had invited the leaders for a meeting during a meeting of both the parties at the SDO’S office at Baruipur.
Under this circumstances, the committee decided to intensify the struggle. A “Raj Bhaban aviyan” with thousands of people was organised on 22nd December against unlawful land grabbing from the farmers at Bhangar, Deganga, Rajarhat and surroundings by Power Grid Corporation of India with the help of police and goons affiliated to the ruling party. A huge rally took place from college square to Dharmatala demanding the immediate cancellation of the power grid project on the fertile land which will affect the environment and livelihood of inhabitants. (See photo on front page)