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THE THREE-DAY long Central Committee meeting of the CPI(ML) Red Star held at Vijayawada from 8th January decided to fight the corporate-communal policies of the Modi government and state governments, and to struggle for building a people’s alternative at all levels against the corrupt, anti-people ruling system. While intensifying neoliberal policies, which enslave the people and subject them to domination of IMF-World Bank-WTO and MNCs, the Modi government is indulging in wanton saffronization, spreading intolerance and divisive communal policies.

After its defeat in the Bihar elections, BJP at the behest of RSS is intensifying Brahminical onslaught. It is trying to restart Ram Mandir construction at the Babri site. All heinous efforts are being undertaken for Hindu vote polarization to help the imposition of neoliberal policies which has led to unprecedented price rise, unemployment and pauperization of the masses.

The CC has decided to launch all-out offensive against the corporate-communal raj by building unity of struggling left and democratic forces. The CC calls for making the All India Convention of the Democratic People’s Forum of ten organizations based on the 12-point Common Minimum Program at Delhi on 15th March a great success.

The CC has further decided to intensify the Caste Annihilation Movement uniting dalits and all other oppressed sections. It has decided to further intensify people’s movements against attempts to change labour laws, land grabbing which further devastate the peasantry and rural poor, commercialization of education and healthcare, against slum demolitions, against nuclear power plants and against ecological destruction.

The Party will contest Vidhan Sabha elections in W. Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, joining hands with DPF constituents like MCPI(U) and all those parties who oppose the corporate-communal forces. In order to combat the anti-communist propaganda of the reactionary forces, the CC has decided to launch a year-long vigorous campaign on the centenary of the October Revolution from 7th November and on the 50th anniversary of Naxalbari Uprising from 25th May.

The CC meeting supported the people’s movement going on in Andhra Pradesh against the state government’s capital plan in multi-crop land and the coastal corridor plan which will devastate tens of thousands of fisher people and other oppressed sections. It condemned filling of paddy fields and lakes by the real estate lobby, even after the grave consequences of such projects are exposed by the recent Chennai floods. The CC called for nationalization of petroleum extraction from KG Basin and for the repeal of the proposed Kovvada nuclear plant.

The CC calls for unity of all communist revolutionary forces who uphold mass line and of all democratic forces against the central and state governments’ anti-people policies

Rohit Vemula’s suicide is not the first such incident at centers of higher education. Similar to what happens to the oppressed dalits and adivasis everywhere, from the earliest stage of interview onwards the Brahmnical elite clubs which dominate all such centers start discriminating against students from dalit and adivasi sections. If they get selected in spite of it, they are treated in worse forms than Apartheid. In the college and hostels they are abused by those who are perpetuators of casteism and its followers. From the 1950s thousands of such instances when dalit students forced to commit suicide or forced to stop education were reported from all over the country. What is happening now is that under the Brahmnical RSS promoted BJP rule such suicides and atrocities which are most foul are given open approval by the elite clubs in seats of power. Even while youth from elite sections are provided all sorts of boost to Start Up, in most barbarous’ manner dalits and other oppressed are denied even their Constitutional rights and basic human rights. This heinous situation calls for militant resistance to such atrocities and intensification of all out efforts for annihilation of this inhuman caste system perpetuated by the Brahmnical ruling system. Rohit’s murder calls for sustained movements to create conditions for elimination of the present social conditions which leads to it.

 

K N Ramachandran

General Secretary 

CPI(ML) Red Star

New Delhi

The three day long Central Committee meeting of the CPI(ML) Red Star held at Vijayawada from 8th January decided to fight the corporate-communal policies of the Modi government and state governments, and to struggle for building a people’s alternative at all levels against the corrupt, anti-people ruling system. While intensifying neoliberal policies which enslaves the people to domination of IMF- World Bank- WTO and MNCs, Modi govt indulges in wanton saffronization, spread intolerance and communal divisive policies. After its defeat in Bihar elections, BJP at the behest of RSS is intensifying Brahmnical onslaughts. It is trying to restart Ram mandir constructiin at Babri site. All heinous efforts are made for Hindu vote polarization to help the imposition of neoliberal policies which has led to unprecedented price rise, unemployment and pauperization of the masses.

The CC has decided to launch all out offensive against corporate-communal raj by building unity of struggling left and democratic forces. CC calls for making the All India Convention the Democratic People’s Forum of ten organizations based on the 12-point Common Minimum Program at Delhi on 15th March.

CC decided to intensify the Caste Annihilation Movement uniting dalits and all other oppressed sections. It decided to further intensify people’s movements against attempts to change labor laws, land grabbing which further devastate the peasantry and rural poor, commercialization of education and healthcare, against slum demolitions, against nuclear power plants and against ecological destruction.

The decided to contest elections in W. Bengal, Kerala and Tamilnadu, joining hands with DPF constituents like MCPI(U) and all those parties who oppose the corporate-communal forces. In order to combat the anti-communist propaganda of the reactionary forces CC decided to launch an year long vigorous campaign on centenary of October Revolution from 7th November and on 50th anniversary of Naxalbari Uprising from 25th May.

The CC meeting supported the people’s movement going on in AP against the state government’s capital plan in multi-crop land and the coastal corridor plan which devastates tens of thousands of fisher peoples and other oppressed sections. It condemned filling of paddy fields and lakes for real estate lobby, even after the grave consequences of such projects are exposed by the recent Chennai floods. The CC called for nationalization of petroleum extraction from KG Basin and for the repeal of the proposed Kovvada nuclear plant.

The CC calls for unity of all communist revolutionary forces who uphold mass line and of all democratic forces against the central and state government’s anti people policies.

K.N. Ramachandran, General Secretary, Kollipara Venketeswara Rao, Secretary, AP state committee

CPI(ML) Red Star

12th January, Vijayawada.
A statement on present worsening relations between India and Nepal.

Oppose Indian blockade and intervention in Nepal's affairs!

Nepal has been virtually paralysed by a virtual embargo since September 21, 2015, imposed by Indian government following promulgation of the Constitution on 20th September. The blockade has made people of Nepal suffer miserably who are fighting hard to overcome the impact of the devastating earthquake of 25th April 2015. Lack of life saving medicines has resulted in deaths of many people. The famine of cooking gas has forced them to entirely depend on firewood. Non-availability of transportation fuel has brought the life and livelihood of people to a grinding halt. Schools are closed thanks to the lack of fuel to transport the school-going children. Owing to the scarcity of fuel only a very few vehicles are plying on the roads. Shortage of fuel has resulted in the closure of almost all the industries and manufacturing activities. It is estimated that during the period of blockade which is running in its third month as of now Nepali economy has already suffered a loss of around 100 billion rupees, close to one quarter of it's annual budget. This serious situation is created as Nepal refused to bow to the dictates of the Modi government to declare it as a Hindu Rashtra in the Constitution, but instead declared it as a secular democratic one.

The people of Madhesh, like Pahad / Himal people, are sons and daughters of Nepal. They are all Nepali citizens regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, language and so on. Indian establishment is trying to drive a wedge and fanning communalism between the 'Pahad' and 'Madhesh'. While CPI(ML) Red Star appeals to all communist forces and democratic forces in Nepal to work for satisfactory resolution of the present contradictions connected to the provisions in the Constitution, fulfilling the genuine aspirations of all sections of the people of Nepal, whether Madheshi or others,, it opposes the expansionist policies pursued by the Indian government and oppose its interference in the internal affairs of Nepal, which include the right to find genuine solutions to their internal problems. Modi government has further aggravated the UPA government’s policies which have led to embitterment of relations with all neighbouring countries. Addressing the genuine demands of its citizen is the responsibility of the government of any democratic and sovereign country. Hence, solving the problems of Madhesh should be the sole concern of Nepal government.. New Delhi has no role to intervene in the affairs of Nepal and Nepali people.

The democratic and progressive forces in India have always stood by the people of Nepal through thick and thin. They raise their voice against the inhuman blockade and Indian intervention in Nepal. Let Nepali people decide their own course of action. Let us strive to build up an atmosphere of trust and peace between the people of two nations. Let us tear apart the design of those who are out to spread communal hatred between Nepali people and animosity in bilateral friendly relations between the people of two great countries

K.N.Ramachandran,

General Secretary, CPI(ML) Red Star.
BASED on the call of the CPI(ML) Red Star for observing 6th December as “Anti-Saffronisation Day” with the slogans:”Resist conspiracy to turn India into Hindu Rashtra” and “Fight to save Right to Freedom of Thought, Food and Culture” all district committees are organizing various programs joining hands with like-minded forces on 5th to 7th December. Recognizing the gravity of the situation when even existing democratic rights are under attack, when fascist attacks leading to the killings of progressive intellectuals like Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi are taking place, when Akhlaq in Dadri was lynched for allegedly eating beef and youths in Himachal Pradesh lynched for allegedly smuggling cows, when all institutions are brought under the control RSS die-hards, in short fascist forces are allowed to spread their venomous aggression in all fields, a countrywide offensive by the progressive and democratic forces is urgently needed to resist and defeat the communal challenges and saffronization aggravated by the Brahminical forces.

Realizing very well the effectiveness of communal-caste tendencies as divisive forces in India, it was the British colonialists who promoted them as part of their “divide and rule” policy. Utilizing these forces they succeeded in dividing the country amidst killings of millions in an atmosphere of communal hatred. If those who came to power in Pakistan reduced it to an Islamic state, degenerating it to its present communal-military-mafia rule dominated by the US and other imperialist forces, in India from the very beginning what was practiced under the garb of ‘secularism’ was nothing but appeasement of communal-caste forces, especially the majority communal-upper caste domination under Brahminical forces. The so-called secular Congress, then in power in UP as well as enjoying unquestioned influence and power all over the country, communalized the Babri Masjid issue as far back as in 1949 when Hindu fanatics broke into the mosque in the middle of the night and installed statues of Hindu deities Ram-Sita there. Instead of getting the deities removed, the government proclaimed the premises a ‘disputed’ area and locked the gates, thus keeping the tension brewing. Under the rule of the same Congress, a district judge ordered the gates of the mosque to be opened to allow Hindus to worship there in 1986. And in 1992, the Congress government at the Centre stood silently as the historic Babri Masjid was demolished by communal hordes.

It was the policy of communal appeasement and communal-caste vote bank politics of the Congress and other ruling class parties including the regional parties that helped the RSS Parivar to grow fast and its political front, BJP, to come to power at the Centre with a thundering majority in the last Lok Sabha elections in the absence of any secular democratic people’s alternative to challenge it. Under Modi rule a systematic move is strengthening to spread communal venom. All religious fundamentalist forces are allowed to have a field day, as a cover to strengthen the forces which want to turn the country into a Hindu Rashtra. As a part of this, the right to freedom of thought and progressive cultural practice are attacked. Communal food and dress codes are imposed.

All these are happening when the vast masses are increasingly impoverished, under intensifying price rise, unemployment and corruption, when right to housing, healthcare, education and employment is denied to them when the plunder of natural and human resources has reached unprecedented levels, and when the neo-colonial domination over the country by imperialist forces, especially US imperialism, has reached dangerous levels. It is in this situation that the Party has called for countrywide vigorous campaign and district level mobilizations of secular, anti-caste, democratic forces to challenge the saffronization of the country. All progressive, democratic and secular forces are requested to join these programs and to make the observance of observing 6th December as 'Anti-Saffronisation Day' a great success.

KN Ramachandran

General Secretary

CPI (ML) Red Star

5th December, 2015

TUCI: Support the Strike of Greece Workers

TUCI Congratulates the workers and toiling masses of Greece for the massive show of strength and unity yesterday, 12th November, 2015. This was the first nation-wide strike under the Tsipras Government. The call for the strike was given by ADEDY (the union of the public sector workers) and by GSEE (the union of many private sector workers) and was also supported by PAME (the union associated with the Communists). The main demands emanated from the third round of austerity cuts imposed by the Tsipras Government, by which, wages and pensions are likely to be cut up to 40%. There are also cuts in the amounts allotted to education which are leading to many teachers and other school workers being put out of work. The strike is also a warning to the Government and the EU and the lender banks not to impose the further insistence on mortgage payments which will leave thousands homeless. The EU and the lender banks are putting such payments as conditions for the loans required to recapitalise the Greek banking system.

It must be remembered that all these austerity cuts are being imposed on the cusp of winter when the rising fuel prices will make basic necessary heating out of reach of many people. The push on the front of taxes and the cut in wages will combine in this season to worsen the misery of the people if the EU and the lending banks are allowed to have their way.

In a cynical twist, the Tsipras Government issued a statement in support of the strike and called on people to come out in the streets. Its justification was that it was being forced to implement an unfair agreement. It was such provocation by the Government which likely caused the violent incidents seen in Athens. 20000 people are reported to come out in the demonstrations in Athens and the rallies are said to have been even relatively larger in smaller towns. Public transport, ports, airlines, and even the Athens metro were at a standstill. It is reported that 65% to 70% of the workers in the public sector joined the strike.

We once again congratulate the workers of Greece and call upon all democratic workers all over the world to come out in solidarity with the Greek people.

Sanjay Singhvi

General Secretary,

Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI)

13 November, 2015
The Central Committee of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP), meeting on the November 8, 2015, examined the developments of the political framework resulting from the October 4 elections and the economic and social situation that the workers and the people are facing; identified the development of the mass struggle as a central feature to ensure the raising of the living standards and emphasized the strategic importance of materializing the lines of strengthening the Party, its link with the masses and the immediate political tasks, namely the presidential elections.

I

1. The legislative elections confirmed what for long the workers and the people have been maintaining with their struggle - the defeat of the PSD/CDS-PP and its policy. A policy whose consequences continue to mark the lives of the workers, the people and the country and which the economic and financial groups want to see continued, being its stakeholders and beneficiaries.

2. The manipulating campaign on the election results, the decision of the President of the Republic of nomination Passos Coelho to form government, associated with the seriousness of the contents of his address to the country, represent features of a concerted action that tries to keep the country subordinated to the interests of monopoly capital and to the capitalist European integration.

The Central Committee denounces the deplorable attitude of the President who positioned himself as a representative of PSD and CDS-PP and representative agent of the interests of big business having decided, in defiance of the conclusions to be drawn after hearing the parties with parliamentary representation, to nominate the PSD leader as prime minister. Cavaco Silva’s speech is yet another example of the assumed confrontation with the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, which has characterized his political career and his presidential mandates, subverting the foundations of the democratic regime and exposing the country to an attitude of humiliating foreign subservience.

Cavaco Silva’s speech is associated with the development of a brutal ideological offensive during the last month, with various champions and under various forms, focused its action to attack the PCP and resorted to blackmail, fear, lies and demagoguery.

The Central Committee does not recognize in Cavaco Silva neither political legitimacy nor democratic dimension to elaborate about the role and the course of the PCP as an essential Party in the establishment of the democratic regime, in Portuguese democracy and in national political life and condemns his posture of support for a government and a policy that has disseminated a trail of destruction in the country.

3. A trail of destruction whose consequences become clearer with the economic and social situation colliding with the deceptions, lies, propaganda and demagoguery carried out by the government.

What the current situation shows is that real unemployment reaches over one million hundred thousand Portuguese; that the new labour contracts are 80%precarious; the harsh reality of non-independent workers and in particular those 20% who earn a salary lower than the national minimum wage; the overwhelming majority of pensions below the poverty line; the cuts, according to the data of budget implementation, in costs on social benefits of 520 million euros in the first nine months of 2015; the two million eight hundred thousand Portuguese at risk of poverty, according to INE (National Bureau of Statistics) data; the high degree of weakening of the productive apparatus and increasing dominance of strategic decision centres by foreigners; a 6.5% drop in production that will not be restored even in 2017; a fall in global investment of 30% and 50%in public investment with heavy and serious future consequences; the unsustainable public debt; the huge scam of a promised devolution of 35.3% of the IRS ( Personal Income Tax) surcharge and the prospect of new and substantial aid to the banks.

The Central Committee of the PCP denounces, also, the illegitimate and abusive decision of a government limited to the current management, to involve the state as a guarantor of debts that may result from the ruinous process of handing TAP to big business. It should also be noted, revealing the level of promiscuity with monopoly capital, that the former Secretary of State for Transport, who led the concession and privatisation processes of companies in this sector, has now been hired by the Bank of Portugal to conduct the handing of the Novo Banco.

4. A social and economic reality that PSD and CDS-PP wish to maintain and worsen, a point that became quite clear with the Programme of the government presented on November 6. Ignoring the persisting serious structural problems of the country, insisting on the misconception that their policy has led to a path of economic recovery, repeating empty proclamations regarding solving social problems like unemployment or poverty and seeking to evade the reality of increasing difficulties affecting the workers and the people, what the PSD/CDS-PP government presents is the prospect of continuing and intensifying the policy that worsened exploitation and impoverishment, deepened injustice and inequalities and imposed the degradation of the democratic regime.

PSD and CDS-PP are still trying to redeem themselves from the electoral defeat they suffered by incorporating in the Government Programme measures and promises aimed at creating the illusion that now they would be able and willing to invert the direction of their policy by reversing some of the decisions that hit the workers and the people over the past four years.

However, confirming the objective of PSD and CDS-PP to continue their policy of exploitation and impoverishment, the Government Programme confirms the many strong reasons for the PSD/CDS-PP government not to come into office, not only for the harms it has caused but also due to those they wanted to continue to cause to the workers, the people and the country.

The Central Committee of PCP reaffirms the decision to file a motion rejecting the PSD/CDS-PP Government Programme.

5. The Central Committee of the PCP stresses the importance of the new balance of power in the Assembly of the Republic and the potential it has to address the most pressing problems affecting the workers and populations. The Central Committee of the PCP emphasizes that there are no manoeuvres that can conceal the heavy defeat of PSD and CDS-PP, the good result obtained by the CDU and the affirmation of the role and initiative of the Portuguese Communist Party which was confirmed as an irreplaceable force for the present and future of the country.

II

1.The clear defeat of the PSD/CDS-PP coalition in the October 4 elections, the new balance of power in the Assembly of the Republic and the resulting developments bare, very clearly, that PSD/CDS-PP have lost not only political legitimacy but also the institutional conditions to remain in the government of the country.

The effort made by the PSD/CDS-PP coalition, by the group of commentators at their service and by most mainstream media to present as winners those defeated in the elections, fell apart due to the initiative of the PCP who, since 4 October, stressed that PSD and CDS-PP were unable to, by themselves, to pursue the policy of national disaster resulting from their government action over the past four years. Initiative that also proved, and in all its dimensions, what the PCP said in answer to those who reduced the election to a false dispute for Prime Minister, to the most voted political party or for government, which is: what is truly decided in elections for the Assembly of the Republic is the number of MPs that each political force elects, parliamentary majorities that are formed in the Assembly, the institutional base that is created to support a particular policy and the government which can take office.

The PCP took the initiative and pointed out the need to draw political and institutional consequences of the election results. The condemnation imposed on the PSD/CDS-PP coalition was not only a defeat of its government, it was also of its policy. It was the expression of the demand for this change in the national political life that the PCP answered. It was, and is, the expectation of a policy able to ensure economic development, hand back stolen income and rights, valorise wages and pensions, promote employment and combat injustice, restore the full right to health and education, ensuring solid social security and higher levels of social protection, ensure quality public services, that the workers and the people aspire to see materialized.

The new political and institutional reality resulting from the elections and the desire for change expressed by the people placed, and places, the demand and responsibility to ensure the interruption of the path pursued by the previous government. It is this responsibility that has to be materialized.

2. As the PCP stressed, the path of convergence for a policy that represents a real and profound change in national political life is neither easy nor simple. We knew and never eluded this patented difficulty either in very different electoral programmes, or the absence of a choice by PS for a rupture with the right-wing policy.

But also ,as the PCP said, this does not preclude that, in view of a new political and institutional framework, the PCP would not spare efforts, in answer to the interests of the workers and the people and honouring its commitments, to work and struggle to answer them. That is what the PCP did with seriousness and commitment.

According to the decisions of the Central Committee of October 6, which state that “both the pretensions of Cavaco Silva, or those of Passos Coelho and Paulo Portas, will only be materialized if the PS is willing to make viable, and be a supporting force, a new PSD/CDS-PP government” and that, in the framework of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, the PS only does not form government if it does not want to, as well as in the October 7 Declaration, the PCP examined in recent weeks the political solutions corresponding to situation.

The approach and mutual assessment between the PS and the PCP identified a number of matters where it is possible to ensure a convergent action to address some of the immediate problems of the workers and the Portuguese people. The real possibility is open to, among others, take steps to hand back wages and incomes, reinstate pension supplements of the workers from the state business sector, to valorise wages and halt the continued degradation of pensions, repay part of the social benefits subject to existence of resources, reinstate the cancelled public holidays, ensure better conditions of access to the rights to health and education, reverse the process of concession and privatisation of ground transport companies.

Meanwhile, the work carried out also confirmed that the convergence on a government and a government programme, as recognized by both parties, holds a level of need on the decisive choices of a national policy which are not met, taking into account the recognized and proven divergent view either on the external constraints or in terms of confronting the interests of big business.

The degree of convergence reached should be reflected in the degree of commitment that matches it. Enhancing the level of convergence, the Central Committee of the PCP reaffirms that the conditions are meanwhile created to, in the current circumstances, ensure a governing solution that prevents PSD and CDS-PP from pursuing the policy of the country’s destruction and contribute to curb the harsh aspects and reverse the path taken so far. There is in the new parliamentary framework a majority of MPs constituting condition enough for the formation of a PS initiative government, which allows the presentation of its program, its taking office and the adoption of a policy to ensure a lasting solution in terms of a legislature.

Making an evaluation of the work done with the PS and verifying the degree of convergence achieved and the corresponding level of commitment, the Central Committee of the PCP confirmed the terms of the “Joint Position of the PS and the PCP on the political solution” sent to the PS and if also approved by the PS, will in due time have its formalization and public presentation. Thus are met by the PCP the conditions to consummate the defeat of the PSD/CDS-PP government and enable the formation of a government of the PS initiative.

Nothing can evade that there exists in the Assembly of the Republic an institutional base that will go as far as is the willingness of each political force represented in it, to support the path of restoration of wages and income, return of rights, strengthening access to health, education and social security, to support micro, small and medium-size companies, pensioners, youth and that can enable the implementation of a set of measures and solutions that address the pressing interests of the workers and the people.

3. The Central Committee of the PCP stresses that there are in the current balance of forces in the Assembly of the Republic conditions to present and adopt initiatives that meet the rights and aspirations of the workers and the people, and that nothing prevents the formation of a government of PS initiative.

And above all, it stresses that under the present circumstances, there is no serious justification for the PS not to assume its responsibility to contribute to reject the now sworn in PSD/CDS-PP government’s programme and to remove these parties from the governance of the country. The Central Committee PCP further reaffirms that no political or institutional reason can be invoked by the President of the Republic to question this governing solution.

4. Meanwhile, the workers and the people can count on what the PCP pledged to them and the country: we will take the initiative and will not withhold support to all measures that meet their interests, the increase of their income and the restoration of their rights; and we will not endorse measures and policies that threaten their interests and rights. That has always been our pledge which the PCP renews, with the sure guarantee of its commitment to, without giving up its ideological and political independence, help ensure for the country a path of economic development, social progress and national independence.

5. The possibility now opened, that should not be wasted, does not answer and at the same time confirms the essential aim of a rupture with the right-wing policy and the implementation of a patriotic and left-wing policy. A policy that the PCP reaffirms as absolutely essential to break the power of monopoly capital and the limitations and constraints stemming from the capitalist integration of the European Union and its instruments of domination. A policy based on economic growth and promotion of employment, valorisation of wages and pensions, restoration of individual and collective rights of the workers, in the defence and affirmation of the social functions of the state and public services, the recovery by the State of control of strategic sectors, starting with the banks, fair fiscal policy to unburden taxes on the workers and the people and heavily taxes big business profits, dividends and financial transactions, which writes down the urgent renegotiation of the debt as a condition for development, which recovers economic, fiscal and monetary sovereignty.

It is this objective that the workers and the people, democrats and patriots, as all those who want to ensure the right to a Portugal with a future will continue to take in their hands with their intervention and their struggle.

III

1. The Central Committee of the PCP stresses the important initiative and intense activity of the Party in the demanding period since the elections to the Assembly of the Republic, salutes the organisations and Party members and the JCP for their work and reaffirms the importance of the lines pointed in its last meeting and the need to pursue them with commitment and initiative.

2. The Central Committee of the PCP stresses the importance of developing the workers’ and people’s struggle, as exemplified by the struggles of transport workers, Carris, Metro, Railwaymen, port workers, Public Administration and students.

In the current situation deserves particular attention, following a more than two-year struggle that, by resisting the interference of the PSD/DS-PP government, the guarantee of fixing of 35 hours of work in most local government, now recognized by the decision of the Constitutional Court and with the publishing of the Collective Agreements of Public Employing Body (ACEEP). A great victory for workers pointing to the possibility of reinstating the 35-hours of work for all workers in public administration. Also to be to highlighted are the achievements of the struggle of teachers to end the evaluation test of knowledge and skills, as well as the progress made in the fight carried out in various sectors and companies.

The development of the claiming action and the struggle of the workers and peoples, and the strengthening of organisations and broad united mass movements are tasks of utmost importance. In the coming times particularly important is concentration called by the CGTP-IN, this coming November 10, near the Assembly, in order to consummate the defeat of the PSD/CDS-PP coalition, demand answers to the claims of the workers and affirm the need for a policy that promotes economic development to serve the workers, the people and the country.

3. The Central Committee emphasizes the Party’s initiative and political intervention, including hundreds of meetings and plenary sessions, as well as rallies, meetings, information and propaganda actions, meetings and contacts with citizens without party affiliation, and the intervention in the Assembly of the Republic and in the European Parliament.

Fulfilling the pledge to the workers and the people, the PCP has already submitted to the Assembly of the Republic a set of legislative initiatives aimed at restoring the rights that were cut and the reversal of measures taken by the PSD/CDS-PP government.

The first set of initiatives - proposing the reinstatement of the 35-hour working week in the Public Administration, replacement of the cancelled holidays, replacement of the payment of pension supplements in the State Business Sector companies and the repeal of coercive measures and conditioning of women to have access to a voluntary interruption of pregnancy - followed by those relating to the cancelation and reversal of mergers, restructuring and sub-concession of Carris and Lisbon Metro companies, the privatisation of EGF and CP-Cargo, the merger of REFER with Estradas de Portugal, as well as the sub-concession of STCP and Metro do Porto. The initiative in the Assembly will continue, reflecting all the pledges of the PCP to the workers and the Portuguese people.

4. The Central Committee of the PCP stresses the undeniable importance of the Presidential Elections in the context of the current situation of the country. The candidacies that are already known and the development of a pre-campaign confirms the correctness of PCP’s decision to present the candidacy of Edgar Silva, proves its distinct nature and stand and clearly shows its essential and irreplaceable role in this political battle.

A candidacy that, since its announcement, collecting a growing current of support and revealing a significant participation and broadening, affirms a feeling of confidence in the possibilities of the country and in the strength and capabilities of the people to build another course in national political life.

The Central Committee calls on the mobilization of the whole Party for the implementation of the necessary tasks related to the presidential elections, as well as the intensification of actions of contact and explanation, in a framework in which every support is the best contribution to a strong vote in the candidacy of Edgar Silva A truly coherent and combative candidacy, committed to the interests of the workers and of the people, linked to the April values and the Constitution of the Republic, a candidacy that does not give up Portugal and fights for a developed, fair and sovereign country.

5. The Central Committee valorises the protest actions undertaken by the peace movement in Portugal against the NATO exercises and stresses the importance of developing the struggle for peace and internationalist solidarity and for the dissolution of NATO. In terms of international activity, the Central Committee of the PCP notes the participation in a solidarity mission to Palestine and the holding of the 17th. Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, from October 30 to November 1, in Istanbul, Turkey and reaffirms its commitment tothe strengthening oftheinternational communist and revolutionary movement and of the anti-imperialist front.

6. The Central Committee of the PCP stresses the initiatives to celebrate the 98th. anniversary of the October Revolution and highlights the presentation session of the VI volume of the chosen works of Alvaro Cunhal, which takes place on November 12.

7. The Central Committee of the PCP, following the decision of its last meeting on the specific action to be carried out by the end of 2016, in implementing the Resolution “More organization, more intervention, more influence –a stronger PCP”, points out the need to move decidedly in defining and planning objectives in accordance with the defined directions and advance in implementing concrete measures to strengthen the Party.

8. The Central Committee of the PCP stresses the progress of the national fundraising campaign “More space. More Festival. Future with April “, considers necessary to continue to adopt measures to ensure its success, while at the same time beginning preparations for the 40th edition of the” Avante “!

Festival, to be held on September 2, 3 and 4, 2016, which will integrate in its project the use of the Quinta do Cabo.

IV

The current situation proves the role and initiative of the Portuguese Communist Party, its unwavering commitment to the workers and the people, inseparable from its communist identity, the need for its strengthening, the articulation of its immediate intervention with the struggle for a patriotic left-wing alternative, for an advanced democracy, for socialism and communism.

(November 10, 2015) 
Modi’s government is not ready to take any lessons from its severe defeat in Bihar. Dubbing it as a result of caste polarization, supported by the RSS Parivar, his government gave a big boost to the corporate forces by opening 15 sectors more including defence, real estate, broadcasting etc for 100% FDI while opening many more to 49% FDI. He has announced these to please the British ruling class whom he went to meet the next day and other international consortiums. But when he is claiming that these measures will expand industries and agriculture, the next day details about the factory output crawling and inflation as a result of continuous hike in food prices for the fourth month in row came out. In a statement the BMS, a constituent of the RSS parivar announced that contrary to Modi’s claims about the virtues of opening more for FDI, the FDI study report pertaining to 2011-2012 prove that eight times the money that came in as FDI has gone out as foreign direct outflows in many ways like royalty payments made, professional and consultancy charges paid etc.

While facing demonstrations in the streets of London and series of questions in the press conference against his government’s support to the various groups who indulge in intolerant actions to impose food, dress codes and rewriting of history and culture in line with the Hindu Rashtra concepts, Modi tried to soften the attacks on his government by repeating that he will follow the ethos of Budha and Gandhi. But in India, in Karnataka the RSS parivar is launching criminal attacks against all those who see Tippu as a patriotic king who sacrificed his life in the fight against British colonialists. Taking the opposition to beef eating another step, his cronies are preparing to attack all those who use foot wear made of leather! These arrogant actions show that Modi and company, in spite of all their utterances, are intensifying corporate raj and communalization in a frenzy.

These acts of RSS parivar calls for resistance against both the economic policies and Hindu Rashtra offensive without any let up by all progressive secular forces. All CPI (ML) Red Star committees are called upon to join hands with all like minded forces and organize ever intensifying campaigns and resistance against the corporate raj and communalization of Modi government.

K.N.Ramachandran

General Secretary

CPI (ML) Red Star

New Delhi

13th November 2015
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The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.