From all over India there are reports of enthusiastic response from tens of millions of workers, peasantry, students, youth and all oppressed sections coming out on the streets and making the general strike a Bharat Bandh in many states. This general strike against the anti-worker, anti-people fascist Modi regime which is using its deep state to destroy whatever is left of the India that was, to destroy the renaissance values, values of secular, democratic, socialist India written in the preamble of the Constitution.

It is in this context the students and youth are spearheading country-wide upsurge to protect these values, to defeat communalization of citizenship, to make education and employment available to all, women for gender equality and the working class and peasantry to reverse the neo-liberal policies which have devastated them. They challenged the RSS/BJP offensive to transform India to majoritarian Hindu Rashtra based on Manu Smriti, while Modi rule is unleashing brute violence, terrorizing, and creating atmosphere of fear to impose Citizenship Amendment Act, National Population Register and National Register of Citizen (CAA/NPR/NRC) and perpetuate fascist hegemony. Attacking all who oppose it as anti-national, it is spreading Islamophobia using saffronized sections of state machinery and Constitutional institutions. As a result of the spontaneous students’ upsurge, the workers struggle and the resistance of all oppressed sections and classes have fused in to a mighty force making the general strike a Bharat Bandh.

Let us strive hard to use this as another stepping stone to continue the ongoing countrywide movement to defeat and throw out the RSS/BJP forces to recapture what we have lost, and to advance towards people’s democracy and social justice! 

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.