In the history of our country 2019 will be remembered as a significant year.  If the six years of Bajpayee rule from 1998 to 2004 initiated the majoritarian Hindutva politics of RSS, and the five years of Modi-1 from 2014 to 2019 prepared the ground for fascistization in the country, the advent of Modi-2 following 2019 Lok Sabha elections with increased strength, has launched the fascist rule in aggravated form.

During the last six months it has amended and further brutalized all Black Laws, diluted RTI like democratic rights’ acts, cut down all democratic and service rights of the toiling classes, speeded up the neoliberal-corporate regime leading to recession of the economy impoverishing the masses, and initiated a series of fascist steps like scrapping of Article 370 reducing J&K to two union territories and imposing clamp down, turning Kashmir valley in to an open jail, published the NRC-Assam declaring more than 19 lakhs of people stateless, steam rolled the Ayodhya verdict handing over the land where Babri Masjid stood to the RSS parivar which had vandalized and then demolished the Masjid, to construct a Ram temple and passed the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) paving the way for countrywide NRC/NPR in the line of the Nuremburg Laws passed by Hitler’s Nazi government in 1935 by which German citizenship was restricted to those who were granted citizenship papers—legacy papers—by the Nazi regime. RSS leaders have declared that based on the Citizenship Amendment Act which denies citizenship to Muslims, all ‘persecuted’ Hindus from Islamic countries will be given citizenship, similar to Israel giving citizenship only to Jews. This is a hasty step towards transforming India in to a Hindu Rashtra, with the citizenship communalized, an act of blatant discrimination.

2019 is also significant for the extensive and powerful resistance movement breaking out against this RSS move, which will create conditions for another partition, spearheaded by the students across the country. While the saffronized police launched barbarous attacks on the students of Jamia University, it has further intensified the students’ upsurge all over the country, soon joined by all progressive democratic forces and broad sections people, challenging the Modi-2. All over the country a polarization of anti-RSS/BJP forces is taking place based on the issue of CAA and NRC (National Register of Citizen). It has opened the way for not only defeating the Modi-2 in all fields in the coming days, it is also creating the objective condition more favourable for a revolutionary social change overthrowing the forces of fascism and extreme reaction. The 2019 is ending and the New Year is dawning with the prospects of countrywide people’s movements against the Modi-2. Let us welcome the New Year with the determination to seize the opportunity, daring to struggle and daring to win the struggle for a new dawn!

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.