Comrades, May 8th is the 75th anniversary of the liberation from Hitler fascism which in effect marked the end of the 2nd World War though its formally ended with the nuking of Hiroshima by US imperialism on 8th August. May 8 is greatly significant as it reminds us of the heroic struggle and victory of the socialist Soviet Union and the Red Army supported by the revolutionary forces all over the world, and of the importance of the struggle against fascism and imperialist war in the struggle for socialism.
In the present international and national situation, observing May 8 has added importance. Internationally, the impact of the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic mainly as a consequence of the devastation of the nature by capitalist imperialist system in its neoliberal/globalization phase has clearly shown that if Covid19 is only a virus, imperialism is the epidemic. Further intensification of the inter imperialist contradictions and trade war between US and China may take explosive forms with China’s moves to end dollar’s supremacy with its digital e-currecy eRMB. The attacks on the working class and on nature, in general on the world people, are intensifying so fiercely that the overthrow of the capitalist imperialist system and advancing towards World proletarian Socialist Revolution has attained an unprecedented urgency today.
In our country, the developments following the breakout of Covid19 pandemic, have made the corporate fascist rule of Modi regime, which had taken more heinous, divisive forms after its 2019 electoral victory, more barbaric. Modi rule is devastating the working class throwing the whole burden of the pandemic crisis, and of the already serious economic recession which has reached extreme levels now over them, as manifested in the colossal human tragedy through which the tens of millions of migrant workers inside India and abroad are going through for last few months. Along with the 40 crores of the casual/contract workers, all the urban and rural poor and the farmers, the oppressed sections, the dalits, adivasis, minorities and women, are facing acute misery and fascist attacks. At the same time, speeding up implementation of RSS agenda, it is whipping up Islamophobiato strengthen its divisive majoritarian Hindutva on the one hand, and spreading Sinophobia allying more closely with Trump administration. The only alternative before the broad masses of people is to throw out the RSS/BJP raj.
In this situation, let us observe the May 8, with the international slogans: upholding the ICOR slogans: Onward to strengthen the ICOR!, to construct the anti-imperialist and antifascist united front!, to strengthen revolutionary parties and organizations worldwide! And Onward to democracy, freedom and socialism!
And, along with the above international slogans, let us observe the May 8, raising following all India slogans also: Intensify ideological struggle against all anti-communist trends and unite the communist revolutionary forces! Strengthen the Party!, Coordinate all struggling left forces based on common program! Build broad based anti-fascist united front! Throw out RSS/BJP corporate fascist rule! Advance to People’s Democracy and Socialism!
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
04th May 2020