The New Year is dawning with revolutionary enthusiasm as militant struggles led by workers, peasants and oppressed sections against ultra-rightist and neo-fascistic forces are coming up in various parts of the world. Of particular political relevance in this regard is the eruption of massive protests by workers and middle classes in France against the regressive policies of rightist Macron regime. In spite of the diversionary tactics of Macron the struggle is still continuing with the possibilities of spreading to other European countries. In the same vein, in Britain the neoconservative, anti-immigrant, Thatcherite sections of the ruling classes who spearheaded the Brexit are facing the biggest political reverses.
In Latin America, though reactionary forces are in power in a number of countries including the recent ascendancy of the neo-fascist Bolsonaro in Brazil, people’s movements against neoliberal policies are rising up in many countries. The coming of the left-wing government in Mexico led by Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement which is very critical of the Trump administration for its protectionist and anti-refugee, anti-immigrant policies is another instance of the reverses faced by the ultra-rightwing in the political spectrum.
Similar trends are witnessed in other countries too. The recent electoral reverses of the ultra-rightist, Hindutva Modi regime is another manifestation of people’s simmering discontent against pro-corporate neoliberal policies. In spite of frantic efforts of Sangh Parivar to raise the Ram Temple question as the central agenda to divert attention from severe consequences of neo-liberal/corporate policies including demonetization and GST, the peasantry, working class, youth and the oppressed classes and sections voted to defeat BJP in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and to weaken it in Telengana and Mizoram.
All these developments are taking place in spite of the counter revolutionary offensive by the imperialist forces and their lackeys, the pessimism created by the reformist and social democratic forces everywhere. The social democrats and petti-bourgeois anarchists conceal the fact that it was the revolutionary enthusiasm created by the socialist offensive of Soviet Union and China in their socialist days which led to people’s upsurges everywhere including the mighty wave of national liberation movements. But when the international communist movement suffered severe setbacks following the abandonment of socialist path by the former socialist countries, and when utilizing this situation the imperialist forces unleashed neocolonial/neoliberal offensive, the revisionists of all hues, the social democrats as in India started spreading pessimism by repeating ‘there is no alternative to neo-liberalism’. Pointing out the ascendance to power of ultra right neo-fascistic forces in a number of countries, they are advocating abandoning of all efforts for strengthening independent left assertion utilizing all forms of struggle. The present situation demands that along with imperialists and their lackeys, these forces of defeatism should be challenged everywhere. An atmosphere of revolutionary optimism should be created.
In the enthusiastic atmosphere when we have successfully completed the 11th Congress of the Party, let us herald the new year with countrywide demonstrations in support of the increasing people’s upsurges with the slogan raised by the Party Congress: Throw Out Corporate, Saffron Fascist Forces, March towards People’s Democracy and Socialism!