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
[May 8th is observed as a day of struggle in the ICOR, especially in the Eastern European countries. This year is the 75th anniversary of the destruction of Hitler's fascism; the day therefore has worldwide significance.]
On 8 May 1945, the Red Army of the socialist Soviet Union defeated the fascist “Third Reich“ and attained the liberation of millions in the occupied countries, concentration camps and prisons. It attained the liberation of entire peoples and promoted the construction of people's democracies in Eastern Europe.
On 8 May 1945, German Hitler-fascism capitulated. The 2nd World War had raged on all continents for six years, and still years after the end of World War II bringing immeasurable misery and death. However, the result of the heroic struggle was that one-third of humanity was liberated from imperialism and capitalism and that people's democracies and socialism were constructed!
For anti-communist reasons, the Western Allies had hesitated for a long time to enter this war against Hitler because they wanted the aggressive German imperialism to fight against and defeat the construction of socialism in the Soviet Union. But they had not reckoned with the workers and the broad masses in the Soviet Union, who struggled and defeated Hitler in the firm conviction of constructing socialism in their own country.
Fascism is the deadly enemy of the working class, socialism and communism and their organizations. In the context of the present corona crisis, too, the fascist and proto-fascist governments, as in Hungary, Brazil, Israel, India and Turkey, are attempting to organize the transition to fascism or have build up a fascist system. In further imperialist countries like the USA, Germany, France or Great Britain the rightward development of the governments is also continuing to develop and has attained acceptance for proto-fascist ideas among certain parts of the population.
In different parts of the world fascism has increased under the cover of the Corona crisis.
May 8/9 is together with August 6 (Hiroshima) and September 1 (beginning of World War II) the international ICOR day of struggle against fascism and war.
"Every nation can celebrate this day in its own way. But the essence remains the same: Down with fascism! Down with capitalist wars!" (from a call by KSRD Ukraine)
As revolutionary world organization, the ICOR stands for the preparation of the socialist revolution and the construction of socialism, for democracy and freedom in the entire world. Celebrating 75 years of the victory over fascism and learning from this today means putting all our efforts into strengthening the revolutionary movement in the world, as is stated in the Founding Resolution: “The desire and search for a society liberated from exploitation and oppression has to become a force for changing society which overcomes the basic evil of the imperialist world system.“
Onward with the construction of the anti-imperialist and antifascist united front!
Onward with the construction of strong revolutionary parties and organizations worldwide!
Onward with the construction of the ICOR!
Onward to democracy, freedom and socialism!
ICOR (International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations)