Observe July 28 as All India Martyrs’ Day

04 July 2015
IT WAS on 28th July, 1972, that Comrade Charu Majumdar, the first general secretary of the CPI(ML), became a martyr under police custody at Lalbazar police station, Kolkata. During this period thousands of comrades all over India were martyred and tens of thousands suffered severe torture and imprisonment. It is an undeniable fact that the communist revolutionary movement suffered severe setbacks, leading to its disintegration, under the left adventurist line adopted by the party, divorced from the concrete realities of the country, failing to apply Marxist-Leninist teachings according to these conditions. Still Comrade Charu Majumdar’s role as well as that of other communist revolutionaries in the uncompromising struggle against the revisionist line of the CPI and neo-revisionist line of CPI(M), bringing agrarian revolution and People’s Democratic Revolution back to the agenda of the communist movement, was significant. In continuation to the martyrdom of tens of thousands of revolutionary vanguard, toiling masses, oppressed sections, and patriotic forces from the first days of the resistance movement against the colonial forces including the 1857 First War of Independence, during the numerous struggles against the post-1947 governments and in the struggles during the period spanning from the days of Naxalbari Uprising to early 1970s, many more communist revolutionaries sacrificed their lives for the liberation of the country and for revolution. Later during the re-organization of the communist revolutionary movement and in the numerous people’s movements going on till today, many more comrades became martyrs. Still the resistance movements and sacrifices against the reactionary ruling system are continuing. So as we have been doing in the last many years, this year also let us observe 28th July as the All India Martyrs’ Day remembering all the martyrs and renewing the pledge to carry forward the struggle for people’s democracy and socialism.

These are days when the ultra-rightist forces in power at the centre are intensifying the imposition of neo-liberal policies, saffronization and autocratization at an alarming speed. These are also days when many of those who claim to uphold the red flag and left positions, are compromising with the revisionist forces in the name of ‘left unity’ and diluting the revolutionary positions under many pretexts. In the name of broad left unity, the need for advancing the agrarian revolution according to present realities and bringing the People’s Democratic Revolution back to the agenda of the communist movement are sidelined. On the occasion of the All India Martyrs’ Day let us pledge to fight against all these vacillations and to advance along the revolutionary path to fulfill the dreams of the martyrs and the toiling masses
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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.