CPI (ML) Red Star
Modi-2 Plans NRC in Assam, Then All India NPR, Followed by Hundreds of Big Detention Camps for Millions of Migrants! Should We Not React?
According to reports, more than four million people, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants in the NCR for Assam to be released on 31st August, The hunt for migrants is unfolding in Assam for hauling them to detention camps. Many of the people whose citizenship is now being questioned were born in India and have enjoyed all the rights of citizens, such as voting in elections.
Meanwhile the MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CITIZEN REGISTRATION, INDIA) has issued the NOTIFICATION of 31st July, 2019, S.O. 2753(E), in THE GAZETTE OF INDIA : EXTRAORDINARY [PART II—SEC. 3(ii) which states;—In pursuance of sub-rule(4) of rule 3 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, the Central Government hereby decides to prepare and update the Population Register and the field work for house to house enumeration throughout the country except Assam for collection of information relating to all persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of Local Registrar shall be undertaken between the 1st day of April, 2020 to 30th September, 2020
The two-page NRC Notification pertains to the National Population Register in accordance with the 1955 Citizenship Law and 2003 Citizenship Regulation. Based on this, two-stage National Population Register was prepared in 2010 and 2015. This NPR process taken up now is just a prelude to the Assam model National Citizenship Register (NCR) aimed at driving out all migrants as Amit Shaw announced in parliament and later repeated in president’s speech on the eve of 15th August. Home minister Amit Shah thundered in parliament that his government would extend the National Register of Citizens to the whole country and deport ‘infiltrators’ from every inch of land. It would be a grave mistake to regard this as an empty threat. Not with the Modi-Shah leadership today. On his first day in office, Shah signed an order enabling all state governments and even district magistrates to establish Foreigners’ Tribunals in all parts of India. He also has asked all states to establish detention centres for identified foreigners.
State authorities are rapidly expanding foreigner tribunals and planning to build huge new detention camps. Hundreds of people have been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign migrant — including a Muslim veteran of the Indian Army. The pain of being left off a preliminary list of citizens and the prospect of being thrown into jail have driven dozens to suicide in Assam. If this was the case when the NCR was under preparation in Assam, what will happen when the final list is published on 31st August and the 4 million stateless people are hauled to detention camps is going to be terrific.
Modi-2 is not going to step back. Instead, intoxicated with the big victory it got in the elections and by the meek surrender of large number of leaders from the opposition parties who are flocking to BJP, it is vowing to bring this campaign to force people to prove they are citizens, as part of a far-reaching majoritarian Hindutva program buttressed by its muscular nationalist offensive. Immediately after abrogation of Article 370 and down grading J&K into two union territories after clamping down curfew and militarizing the Kashmir valley, the announcement of NRC in Assam on 31st August to be followed by the preparation of the NPR at all India level are steps intended to terrorize and maim the people and all opposition forces. These steps have created confusion among the minorities and all oppressed sections of people.
This fascist move, if not resisted immediately shall eventually lead to a situation like what happened in Germany where the Nazis hauled hundreds of thousands of Jews into concentration camps leading to the Holocaust! Horrible chapters in history which we thought will never return may be repeated in our soil with more tragic consequences. It is the time to become very concerned and take immediate steps to create public opinion against this move to create concentration camps where tens of millions may be hauled by the RSS parivar after declaring them stateless; it has already proved that it is capable of even surpassing the Nazis through its criminal acts like pogrom in Gujarat and mob lynchings at many places.
This critical situation calls for a countrywide broad based move by all democratic forces against this dangerous move of Modi-2. The Central Committee calls on all party committees, all leading comrades to start discussions with democratic forces on this important question of opposing the NRC in Assam and NPR at all India level which is leading to declaration of millions of people stateless migrants in Assam and tens of millions all over India and hauling them to detention camps which may soon become concentration camps! Let us move fast, unite all democrats and create public opinion to resist this fascist move by Modi-2 and the RSS parivar.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the control of Modi government has demolished a 15th century Sant Ravi Das temple or ashram, severely hurting the sentiments of tens of millions of dalits and progressive people, alleging that it is situated in the forest area, and whose removal was ordered by the Supreme Court. Everyone knows that all over Delhi there are tens of thousands of temples of savarna gods which are not removed even when they cause difficulties to traffic and people. So, if the SC ordered the removal of the Ravidas temple, it is because the savarna bureaucracy and prosecution failed to present the importance of this shrine to the SC . Besides, has the DDA demolished the structures of the elites in Delhi ordered by the SC?. So, if the savarna officers of DDA dared to demolish such an old ashram of a revered guru of the oppressed in the country, it shows their brahmanical arrogance towards the oppressed and their gurus. To understand this arrogance, one should know who was Sant Ravidas: He was a poet-sant of the Bhakti movement during the 15th to 16th century, venerated as a guru (teacher) in the vast regions of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. His devotional songs had a lasting impact upon the renaissance movement. Ravidas taught removal of social divisions of caste, and promoted unity based on caste annihilation and gender equality. As the Bhakthi movement emerged and developed challenging the brahmanical manuvadi system, the latter opposed it from the beginning. Presently, as RSS is in a hurry to build Ram temple, establish Hindurashtra and make Jai Sriram its battle cry, as part of its majoritarian Hindutva offensive, it is intolerant to the gurus and deities of Adivasis and oppressed peoples, the vanvasis, sudras and ati-sudras under manuvad, who had struggled against it. The demolition of the Ravidas temple is an example of this intolerance.
We strongly condemn the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple of 15th century by the DDA under Modi government. Already dalits have launched a massive movement in Punjab against it. A call is issued for all India protest day on 21st August also. But the corporate, savarna media is closing its eyes and suppressing the news of people’s protests. Guru Ravidas was one of the driving lights of the Bhakthi movement which inspired the oppressed masses towards the renaissance movement and people’s liberation from all forms of exploitation based on caste system, patriarchy etc. Among Ravidas’s moral and intellectual achievements were the conception of “Begampura”, a city that knows no sorrow; and a society where caste and class have ceased to matter. He was clearly ahead of his times. As a result, in his own lifetime, his egalitarian views found resonance with masses of people across castes. So, naturally the ruling system and the manuvadis are angry towards him, even though they will try to bury his revolutionary ideas and to own him also as they are trying to do with all leaders of the renaissance movement and independence struggle..
We appeal to all progressive forces to condemn the demolition of the 15th century ashram of Guru Ravidas by the Manuvadi Modi government and demand its appropriate re-construction taking the opinion of all those who uphold his teachings.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
From Red Fort’s ramparts what Modi said on 15th August is the RSS plan towards moving the country in the direction of a Manuvadi, exclusive, Unitarian Hindurashtra. He has defended what Modi-2 did in Kashmir is another step towards integration, one nation, one Constitution! His announcement of creating a Chief of Defence Staff to bring army, navy and air force under one command is step to one nation, one command; a step discarded in the past as it weakens civilian control over armed forces.
He hails introduction of GST which only helps the corporate forces as a step to one nation, one tax; now he is again calling for one nation, one election, another step against federal concept; all these steps along with the incursion in to issues under state list, taking over most of the areas under concurrent list started by Congress and advanced very fast now are cutting down all federal values existing in the Constitution. These steps will strengthen the bureaucratic stranglehold on all fields also. This is also part of the Hindu, Hindi, Hindustan concept which RSS wants to impose. These Unitarian moves are intended to weaken all aspects of democratization and decentralization, and moves towards a Unitarian fascist Hindusashtra!
As it was already bureaucratizing the state machinery, diluting many federal aspects in the Constitution and adopted neoliberal policies and membership of the WTO which were against the directive principles of the Constitution which calls for social justice, the Congress and the parties in its alliance refuse to challenge these Unitarian moves of Modi-2. But it is a pity that even the regional parties which were talking about launching a federal front during the election are becoming camp-followers of Modi-2.
In this context, it is the task for all forces who stand for safe-guarding the anti-imperialist values of the independence struggle, and for a genuinely federal, democratic, secular, casteless India based on gender equality with the orientation of social justice in all aspects, should get together to expose, resist and defeat the neo-fascist moves of RSS and its political front, BJP, to impose its Unitarian bureaucratic militaristic Hindurashtra over peoples of our multi-national country.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
The acquittal of the accused in the mob lynching case of Pehlu Khan shows that what was experimented during and after Gujarat pogrom, is now extended to country level. Then police was asked by the state government led by Modi not to interfere while the RSS goons killed, raped, looted, and burnt the minority for days. RSS acted like the marauders of the middle-ages, or the criminals organized by Adi Sankara’s brahmanical hordes who ravaged Budhist monasteries and massacred Lokayats in the 8th century to re-impose hegemony of the Manuvadi system. Then if the kings defended the murderers, now the BJP governments, the political fronts of RSS coming to power utilizing the corrupt and elitist electoral system, are using the increasingly saffronized savarna-brahmanical state machinery to exonerate the killers. All cases against Modi and Shah, and against the RSS goons accused in the pogrom were rejected for want of evidence! Now after Yogi coming to power in UP all cases of Musaffarnagar riots are getting rejected for want of evidence! The criminal BJP MLA of UP involved in dozens of cases is going to be exonerated. So there is no surprise if a local court in Alwar in Rajasthan on the eve of independence day acquitted six out of the nine accused in 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case, citing lack of evidence. Three other accused are minors and proceedings against them are pending in the Juvenile Justice Board. Khan and his companions – including his sons – were attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar on the National Highway in front of hundreds of people for transporting cattle on April 1, 2017. Khan died two days later, with the incident resulting in nationwide outrage. Though there were two vivid videos clearly showing the killing and the accused, the statement of Khan before dying and many eye-witnesses, the police, the doctors who did postmortem and the prosecution joined hands with the advocates of the accused to destroy all evidences and manipulated the trials with the Manuvadi judge colluding! Though in the elections to Rajasthan assembly eight months ago Congress defeated BJP and came to power, it did not do anything to change the prosecution or to order new investigation. In effect Congress, which is under so much soft-Hindutva influence, in spite of its election time promise to do justice to Pehlu Khan, stood paralyzed refusing to act!
So the Manuvadi judge could easily acquit all accused! And, before the stunt sons and relatives of Pehlu Khan, hundreds of RSS goons who were present in the court celebrated it shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jay! They are creating a new Bharat Mata of Hindu Rashtra, of majoritarian Hindutva! After what is happening in Kashmir, the acquittal of the accused in Pehlu Khan’s case shows how fast the neo-fascist offensive is intensifying menacingly. With the Congress government refusing to stand for justice, the line of demarcation is becoming very clear in the coming struggle against these marauders of Hindurashtra!
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
When we are issuing this statement on 8th August evening, for the fifth day people of what is left of old J&K after Modi-2’s assault, the union territory of J&K, is under curfew, under the occupation of nearly 7 lakhs of military and para-military forces which have disarmed the police force. It is now like an open jail, people are not allowed to come out from their houses on the streets, no communication possible as all telephone, broadband, net connections are cut, all shops except few medical shops shut, not possible to contact relatives in the territory or outside, no milk and vegetables and food items. Only visible thing is the military forces moving on the streets. According to Modi and RSS parivar all these are for integrating Kashmir to India! Is this the way of integration of a people, who had already suffered 72 years of military occupation and disturbances with 41,000 dead and many lakhs injured and maimed?
According to Modi-2 and RSS, Kashmir is an internal affair of India and no outside interference or internationalization of the issue will be allowed! But the fact of the matter is that through its arrogant fascist acts subverting the spirit of the Constitution, it has already internationalized the issue more than ever, and has turned Kashmir in to the hottest trouble spot of inter imperialist conflict. Following the Zionist model, the Sanghi fascists have transformed both sides of the Line of Control in to Gaza like situation where the Palestinians are butchered by the Israeli forces with US support. Modi-2 has created a situation in which the UN will be discussing more about what is happening in the Indian administered Kashmir and when it has to confront China’s more aggressive demands for new border negotiations beyond the McMohan Line!
Much more than this, sooner or later the abrupt abrogation of Article 370 and reducing the state of J&K with special powers to just two union territories will spread alarm among the 11 more states who enjoy special powers under various clauses of Article 371, even though many of the parties ruling there and MPs from there voted for the abrogation now!
Those who claim that the scrapping of Article 370 will integrate Kashmir with India should know that the Article 370 was an act which kept Kashmir integrated with India for past several decades. After it’s abolishment India has become an occupying force. The countries like Eritrea, East Timor & South Sudan became successful in their struggle for self determination after getting increased support internally & externally after the dictators of parent countries tightened their control further. The removal of Article 370 and arrest of leaders who were serving the Delhi domination so far will only intensify the demand for referendum and protests in the valley from now onwards and give legitimacy to the politics of Pakistan and to the parties demanding separation.
As far as the claim about the scrapping of 35 A bringing more development to J&K, they should know that the human indices in this region is already much higher than that of Gujarat where BJP is ruling for 25 years. As far as the investments are concerned, it takes place not because land is available, but depending on a suitable political climate there. That is why though there is masses of land available in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia nobody invests there. Everyone knows UP-Bihar are one of the largest states in India with cheap labour and lands but IT Parks & MNCs chose South India as a better alternative because it didn’t have the political climate of Gang Wars and extortion like in UP and Bihar. It is also a fact that even the Kashmiris are reluctant to invest there in the prevailing atmosphere. So Amit Shaw’s claims about his ‘integration’ shall turn J&K in to an investment hub is out rightly bogus.
As already pointed out by many from the valley, though the curfew and military occupation has kept the atmosphere now apparently normal, what is going to happen when the curfew is prolonged or relaxed, as Modi-2’s acts have made Kashmiris feel that they have lost everything, and the only way out is to fight back? Nobody can predict how dangerous the situation can become if the Modi-2 thinks it can militarily resolve the question. Modi-Shaw duo should try to learn history, even with the highest military might and even after deployment of a million strong military along with its allies, the US imperialists had to retreat before the people’s advance in Korea, Vietnam or Afghanistan and Iraq!
The RSS parivar and Modi-Shaw duo who are celebrating the Modi-2’s assault on the people of Kashmir should know that the secular democratic public opinion in the country shall recognize soon the barbarity of what is done by it to the national pride, secular values of the people and federal principles of the Constitution. They shall come out in solidarity with the people of Kashmir struggling for their right of self determination. Like the Zionists in Israel, the Hindutva fascists, the RSS parivar and its Modi-2, however hard they rely on the US imperialists, are bound to fail before the forward march of the forces of democracy and social change.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
The Central Committe meeting of Adivasi Bharat Mahasabha (ABM) was held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh on 29 and 30 June 2019. Comrades from Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana attended the meeting. The national situation after the elections, the order of the Supreme Court order on Adivasis’ land, the Forest Rights Act of 1927 and the situation in different states were discussed in the meeting. Following decisions were taken in the meeting - Form ABM committees in all states; to conduct membership campaign and to collect affiliation fee; To organise dharna, before state assembly, and give memorandum in various states from July 15 to July 22 regarding the order of the Supreme Court, Forest Rights Act of 1927. The details should be sent to the center. To develop solidarity with all the ongoing movements in various states which are associated with the Sal Leaf Movement and the like. ABM will participate, organise seminars and form unity with all the anti-displacement movements going on against the Power-Grid and land acquisition projects.
The first E Bulletin, a tri-monthly bulletin of ABM was published and released in English and Hindi. The next Bulletin will be released in Hindi and English in the month of September. ABM will fight against all Human Rights violations and extend solidarity with all the ongoing Human Rights struggles. A nationwide strike, demonstration and memorandum program will be held from July 15 to July 22, 2019 against the increasing oppression on Adivasis and for the rights of Adivasis on land, forest and water.
Bhojlal Netam, President, ABM
As pointed out by several sources including the latest article by RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy (The New Indian Express, August 7, 2019), Modi regime has resorted to the 'Constitutional coup' against the Kashmiri people, under prior intimation to US, its imperialist master. Apart from that, a number of saffron-backed Hindutva organisations in US such as Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Overseas Friends of BJP(OFBJP), Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) have carried out concerted lobbying for ensuring US support for stripping J&K's Special Constitutional Status and transforming its stature from a semi-autonomous state to two union territories, inferior to the other India states. The result was that even as the parliamentary process was going on came the statement from US State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus that it is an "internal matter" of India. Consistent campaigns were there in support of the Modi-2's moves by the earlier mentioned organizations in US, in UK ( led by Indo-Europe Kashmir Forum, Hindu Council UK), in Canada (Indo-Canadian Kashmir Forum), etc. which are hard-Hindutva overseas organisations, similar to the campaign of the Zionist organizations all over the world supporting Israeli aggression against the Palestine people, .
Thus, while the US led imperialist camp generally supported Modi's Kashmir move, Pakistan has already condemned New Delhi’s move and said it will “go to any extent” to protect Kashmiris. China has vehemently opposed it with one of its severest statement in recent years against India. China has said the move as "unacceptable" as it undermines it's territorial sovereignty. By this time, several analysts have pointed out how the Buddhist region of Ladakh nestled between Tibet and Pakistan, a disputed territory according to China, is of direct strategic importance to it.
The upshot of the argument is that while repeatedly claiming the Kashmir issue as an internal matter, Modi regime itself has blown up it as an international issue of strategic importance with 500000 military and paramilitary troops stationed there, which has only a population of 15 million, the highest militarized region in the world at par with Zionist occupied West Bank. With US and China directly coming into 'conflict' at Kashmir, Modi regime through its actions have transformed Kashmir as one of the most important geo-strategic global 'hot-spots’. And it's consequences to the India people, especially in view of Indian regime's ongoing integration with US as the latter's junior strategic partner and as a launching pad in its machinations against China are gruesome. Modi's Hindu Rashtra policy on Kashmir has transformed India as a direct focal point in the inter- imperialist contradictions, especially between US and China.
In this serious situation, it is the task before all genuine nationalist, progressive, democratic and secular forces in this country to come forward demanding the withdrawal of the bifurcation and transformation of J&K in to two union territories, and for political resolution of the issue through a referendum ensuring the right of self determination of the Kashmiri people.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
Organise at all India Protests on 7th August against Destruction of J&K state by Modi-2 as Part of its Hindurashtra Offensive!
Violating the spirit of the Constitution and blatantly violating the Instrument of Accession of 1947, the Modi -2 has repealed the Article 370 and made the Article 35 A defunct through an ordinance signed by the president, with the justification that the president can do so as the state is under president’s rule and no assembly is not existing! The J&K state is destroyed by bi-furcating it in to a Union Territory of J&K with an assembly and Lt Governor and Ladakh to another Union Territory without an assembly. While getting these bills passed in the Raja Sabha also with the collaboration of many parties from among the opportunist opposition, in addition to existing heavy deployment of military and para-military forces, tens of thousands of additional forces are airlifted to Kashmir to impose these decisions on the people. Leaders of all political parties in Kashmir who were so far collaborating with the ruling class parties in India to maintain the domination of Indian state over the Kashmiri people are detained or arrested, and all black acts are imposed to restrict people’s movements. Internet and mobile connections are cut and people are terrorized. It is clear that these are intended for pursuing a policy of demographic aggression in the valley and enlarging the conflict at the Line of Control to a Gaza like situation, which will gladden Modi’s friends, the Zionists of Israel and their US promoters, while worsening the plight of the people in the valley.
Though the RSS agenda envisages such a path, and the BJP claims that it is implementing its Election promises, the sudden decision to resort to these criminal moves is primarily for diverting attention from the serious economic collapse the country is confronting. According to many sources, after Modi-2 took over more than 13 lakh crores of Rupees were lost in stock market. All areas of economic activity have slowed down, threatening a 2008 like crisis. In this situation, war is the only resort for Modi to save the ultra right- neoliberal approach the RSS parivar wants to pursue.
So in the name of the big majority the BJP and its allies received in the 17th Lok Sabha elections, these fascist measures are imposed by Modi-2 to advance its majoritarian Hindutva offensive and Hindurashtra move. These are blatant attacks against the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people. In this situation, against the attacks on the Constitutional provisions, against repeal of Article 370, against making Article 35 A defunct, against destruction of J&K by dividing it in to two Union Territories, and in solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination, the CPI(ML) Red Star calls upon all Party Committees to organize protest actions wherever possible on 7th August. Raising almost similar demands, various political forces have called for observing All India Protest Day on 7th August. In this situation, in continuation to the protest campaign started by our Party Committees and mass organizations based on the call from our Party already, wherever possible issue based joint campaign uniting with these forces also can be organized according to concrete conditions.
Let us organize powerful campaign and protest actions on 7th August in solidarity with the Kashmiri people as part of our long term program for strengthening the campaign and struggles against the intensification of neo-liberal/corporatization policies on the one hand, and fascisation on the other by the Modi-2.
CPI(ML) Red Star,
Dated 5th August, 9.30 pm.