As member of CPI (M) for more than three decades, comrade RBM was active in Puri, Odisha, and was working as an advocate concerned with real issues of the toiling people. He was well- known as a people’s advocate. After getting disgusted with the CPI (M) line, comrade RBM resigned from it and shifted his political work to Bhubaneswar and has been a member of CPI (ML) Red Star for the last 20 years. Comrade RBM was elected as a Member of the Party’s Central Control Commission in the 10th Congress of the party held at Lucknow in 2015. Comrade RBM was also working as Executive Committee Member of the Party state committee. As Odisha State President of AIl India Krantikari Kisan Sabha (AIKKS), comrade was actively involved in organizing the peasantry, more particularly the landless poor peasants. He became the founding member of the OPDR and was elected to its All India General Council in its recent Hyderabad Conference.
The Central Committee extends the Party’s deep condolences to comrade’s bereaved wife and to the children. The unexpected demise of Com RBM is a great loss both to the struggling people and to the Party at this critical juncture.
GS, CPI(ML) Red Star
AN internal emergency like situation prevails in Bhangar area of South 24 Parganas in W. Bengal where the villagers are struggling against forcible land acquisition and the construction of the power grid which destroys their livelihood and the environment. Instead of discussing and resolving this question with the villagers and the Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood and Environment which is leading this movement, the Trinamul Congress government in the state led by Mamata Banerjee has unleashed a reign of terror in the area. Following the provocative attacks on the villagers on 16th January night, on 17th morning the protest demonstration of the villagers was lathi charged, and fired upon in which Mofijul Khan and Alamgir Mollah were killed. The Committee members as well as leaders of the CPI (ML) Red Star are detained and provisions of UAPA are imposed on them. In spite of repeated appeals, the authorities are refusing to discuss with the Committee to resolve the question. On the contrary police and TMC goons are let loose against the struggling people.
In this situation, a countrywide campaign is needed to restore democratic rights, to save the villagers from forcible land acquisition and to save their livelihood and environment. As a part of this ongoing struggle, a signature campaign is started to show the extent of mass support to this movement, besides a People’s Hearing in April. Legal actions for the release of all arrested comrades including comrades Pradip Singh Thakur and Sharmistha Choudhury against whom UAPA provisions are also imposed have to be carried forward.
The Central Committee of the CPI (ML) Red Star appeals to all progressive and democratic forces to fully support this people’s movement for protection of land, livelihood and environment, to join the protest against the state terror unleashed by the state government against the villagers and Party leaders and to financially help the West Bengal committee to face the present challenges. Please send whatever financial help is possible mentioning WB Help to the account number of the Party Centre : CPI(ML) Red Star, Account No. 13120 1601000407, IFS Code- CORP0001312, Corporation Bank, Nawada Branch, New Delhi- 110059.
CPI(ML) Red Star
Appeal for Support to Bhangar Movement in W. Bengal.
Comrades and Friends;
An internal emergency like situation prevails in Bhangar area of South 24 Parganas in W. Bengal where the villagers are struggling against forcible land acquisition and the construction of the power grid which destroys their livelihood and environment. Instead of discussing this question with the villagers and the Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood and Environment which is leading this movement, the Trina Mul Congress government in the state led by Mamata Banerjee has unleashed a reign of terror in the area. Following the provocative attacks on the villagers on 16th January night, on 17th morning the protest demonstration of the villagers was lathi charged, and fired upon in which Mofijul Khan and Alamgir Mollah were killed. The Committee members as well as leaders of the CPI(ML) Red Star are detained and provisions of UAPA are imposed on them. In spite of repeated appeals the authorities are refusing to discuss with the Committee to resolve the question. On the contrary police and TMC goons are let loose against the struggling people. The general secretary of CPI(ML) Red Star who had gone to Kolkata to discuss with the party members and to meet the families of the martyrs was abducted on 22nd January, illegally detained for 26 hours and deported from W. Bengal by the intelligence forces. Even human right activists are not spared.
In this situation, a countrywide campaign is needed to restore democratic rights, to save the villagers from forcible land acquisition and destruction of their livelihood and environment. The Committee has initiated a week long signature campaign and a People’s Hearing later with leading jurists, scientists and democrats participating. Legal action for the release of all arrested comrades including comrades Pradip Singh Thakur and Sharmistha Choudhury against whom UAPA provisions are also imposed have to be carried forward.
The Central Committee of the CPI(ML) Red Star appeals to all progressive and democratic forces to fully support this people’s movement for protection of land, livelihood and environment, to join the protest against the state terror unleashed by the state government against the villagers and Party leaders and to financially help the W. Bengal Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood and Environment to face the present challenges. Please send whatever financial help is possible mentioning Help Bhangar to the account number of the Party Centre: CPI(ML) Red Star, current ac no. 13120 1601000407, IFS Code- CORP0001312, Corporation Bank, Nawada Branch, New Delhi- 110059.
K N Ramachandran,
CPI(ML) Red Star.
The Central Committee extends the Party’s deep condolences to Comrade’s bereaved wife and children. The unexpected demise of Com RBM is a great loss both to the struggling people and the Party at this critical juncture.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Red Star
In India, for instance, the Hindu supremacist and ultra-rightist Modi regime, while intensifying neoliberal corporatization whose latest manifestation has been the notorious demonetization, is intensifying its attacks on all toiling masses including dalits (scheduled castes), adivasis ( scheduled tribes), Muslim minorities and all oppressed classes and sections. The Indian state’s big-brotherly attitude in SAARC has not only made that grouping defunct but also has worsened its relation with all neighbouring countries. In particular, under the Hindu fundamentalist Modi rule, the Kashmir issue and Indo-Pak relations have further worsened. Acting as a junior partner of US imperialism by signing the LEMOA agreement and allying with US’ anti-China policy, India is trying to become a regional bully in South Asia and a factor in inter-imperialist contradictions in this part of the globe.
Of course, this shift in politics towards the far right is to be situated in the broader international context today when a quarter century of neoliberal globalization has accentuated all the inherent contradictions of the world imperialist system. While the capitalist-imperialist system is going through an irreversible and prolonged crisis, wealth concentration in the hands of a tiny corporate-financial elite has become so destructive that vast majority of the toiling masses the world over is driven to devastation and destitution of hitherto unknown levels. As a result of global corporatization and ballooning of the financial bubble coupled with deindustrialization and joblessness, world’s top 8 billionaires own as much combined wealth as the bottom half of the world population comprising 3.6 billion people today. Over the past quarter century, the top 1 percent super-rich has gained more income than the bottom 50 percent combined. In spite of heinous and barbarous imposition of neoliberal policies on the working class and broad masses of people and counter revolutionary offensive in the form of curtailing people’s democratic rights, capitalist crisis is intensifying as is manifested in the global developments since 2008. Imperialist attempt to shift the burden of the crisis to the shoulders of the neo-colonially dependent countries and to the working class in the imperialist countries has met with resistance as exemplified in a series of upsurges all over the world in the in the first decade of the twenty first century, especially in North Africa and West Asia. But in the absence of working class leadership capable of providing ideological-political orientation, these movements have not become successful to impart serious blows to imperialism and its lackeys.
Though repeated agitations of the people are continuing in various forms, presently we are witnessing a rightwing offensive in various parts of the world. In a context of unprecedented inequality, poverty and deprivation, international “refugee crisis” corruption, cultural degradation, and gruesome ecological catastrophe which are reflections of the depth of the crisis, imperialism is propping up xenophobic, anti-immigrant, chauvinist, neo-fascist, racist and religious fundamentalist forces to divert people’s simmering discontent against the ruling system. Obscurantist terrorist outfits such as IS are nothing but the byproducts of the US and EU led interventions in West Asia and North Africa. As an inalienable component of this imperialist offensive, to depoliticize the people, a whole set of postmodern and post-Marxist prognoses based on even pre-modern “identities” are manufactured and spread by imperialist think-tanks and neoliberal funding and research institutions. Utilizing them, imperialists and their lackeys continue their hegemony over the people by tearing apart the veil of bourgeois democracy and by snatching away democratic rights and are even resorting to fascistization in diverse forms. The concrete forms of this trend now ranges from the advent of Donald Trump as US president to the emergence and strengthening of several neo-fascist forces in Europe including such manifestations as Brexit.
In relation to this, and reminiscent of the Depression years of the 1930s, a striking dimension of neoliberal globalization today has been the rising tide of chauvinistic “economic nationalism” or “protectionism” espoused by ultra-rightwing forces trying to utilize people’s simmering discontent against corporatization everywhere. Protectionism including “inward-looking” and “beggar-thy-neighbour” policies has always been a slogan effectively used by neo-conservatives to hoodwink the masses suffering from pro-corporate policies on the one hand and to carry along the middle classes with ruling system by dangling the promised capitalist prosperity before them on the other. While so called liberal practitioners of neoliberalism and academics who are in favour of a more integrated global market interpret “isolationism” or autarky as an apparent retreat from the philosophy of free-market ideology and the policy of unfettered global capital flows which are going to be codified in WTO’s forthcoming Trade Facilitation Agreement, the emergence of Trump like phenomenon espousing reactionary protectionism as manifested in latter’s negative attitude to TTIP, etc. pinpoints to growing policy differences within imperialism. And, as the contradiction between the people and the ruling system everywhere is mounting and as the crisis is systemic and irresolvable, the contradictions within the ruling classes and inter-imperialist rivalries are bound to sharpen in the coming days.
At a time when the revolutionary communist parties and organizations the world over are observing the centenary of the October Revolution this year under the banner of International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations (ICOR), it is high time to strive for a concrete evaluation of these contemporary trends in the background of hitherto experiences to make revolutionary advances to people’s democracy and socialist transformation.
In taking up these tasks, let both our parties strive to strengthen fraternal relations with a view to advancing towards revolutionary transformation in our own countries. It will definitely strengthen the South Asian and international relations based on the spirit of proletarian internationalism.
The Central Committee of CPI (ML) Red Star wholeheartedly extends its revolutionary greetings to the Central Committee of Front Line Socialist Party (Sri Lanka) and to all the delegates attending the Second Congress.
Let us strengthen fraternal relations between Front Line Socialist Party and CPI (ML) Red Star!
Let us strive for the unity of the peoples of South Asia!
Workers and the Oppressed Peoples of the World Unite!
Central Committee, CPI (ML) Red Star
In its resolution on the election of Donald Trump as US president the ICOR wrote:
“With unbridled demagoguery, a flood of lies, a crude, open racist smear campaign and vile manipulation Trump presented himself as alleged advocate of the unemployed and impoverished workers and middle strata as well as opponent of the corrupt Wall Street managers, the representatives of the international monopoly and financial capital. In spite of his well-known open racist, chauvinist and anti-women positions he won as the supposedly lesser evil over the desired candidate of the Wall Street and the political establishment. After the failure of US imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan and the relapse in the international competition after the world economic and financial crisis the most reactionary representatives of the US-American finance capital are trying to lead US imperialism back to old strength with Donald Trump.
Donald Trump taking office marks a general tendency towards open reaction and has geopolitical consequences. ... The shift to the right of the new US government is a result of the masses seeking an alternative to the existing dispensation.”
This assessment is being confirmed! Especially during the last days it becomes clear what kind of cabinet Trump is composing for his politics: the most reactionary representatives of the Republican right, all of them representatives of the solely ruling international US monopolies. So the chief executive of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson shall become Secretary of State, Andrew Puzder a marked anti-union representative shall become Secretary of Labor, Scott Pruit of all people, definitely a creationist, shall become Secretary of Environment. He denies any influence of humankind on the environment and stood out by constant judicial actions against the environmental administration which he shall now lead. Altogether three Goldman Sachs managers shall be represented in the future US government – one of them Steven Mnuchin, is appointed Secretary of the Treasury. In addition three generals will be part of the government team in the future who embody the aggressive war policy of the USA. Opposed to all traditions so far, one of them shall lead the Department of Defense of all things! As Secretary of Education Betsy deVos shall enforce the privatization of the public school system and has already announced to equate creationism as school subject to science subjects.
For weeks mainly the youth of the USA has been taking to the streets in over 50 cities – under the slogan “not my president!” “Neither Trump nor Clinton” is also a widespread slogan worldwide. The ICOR supports the planned international protests around 20 January 2017 against the inauguration of Donald Trump and calls for worldwide activities. For this it will contribute all its possibilities of international cooperation and coordination.
For peace, freedom, and democracy – socialism! Strengthen the ICOR!
(Till 17th January, 25 parties have signed including CPI(ML) Red Star; further signatories possible): International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations.