The development of science and technology has created conditions for producing enough food for the 650 crores of present world population without going for GM products. Still millions are starving or are half-starved, tens of millions of children are malnourished. In agriculture, production, storing and distribution of food items have gone under the control of speculative sharks. In this situation the masses have to intensify the struggle for liberating agriculture from corporates and making food a fundamental right.
All democratic values developed during millennia of human history received a new boost with the French Revolution with its slogan of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. But this bourgeois democracy was, and is, in the main ,a democracy for the propertied classes. It was Paris Commune and later the October Revolution which tried to give it a socialist content with their all power to the people and the socialization of all property rights slogan. But this democratic concept could not be fully developed in practice by the socialist states and it was also one of the basic causes for the setbacks suffered by the socialist forces.
Today, as the speculative character of finance capital has reached maddening levels and as the monopolization of natural and human resources and negation of all libertarian and egalitarian values have intensified unprecedentedly, even existing democratic values are being destroyed and fascist tendencies are on the ascendance in new forms. In our country with the coming to power of Modi government even the existing rights to freedom of thought, right to take food of one’s choice, right to cultural expressions etc. are under brutal attack by saffron forces. The struggle for defending the existing democratic rights and to expand them has achieved manifold importance.
It is in this context that the Central Committee of the Party has given the call to observe the 98thanniversary of the October Revolution with the slogan For Peace, Food and Democracy to be followed by a year-long campaign planned from next year’s 7th November till 7th November,2017, on the occasion of Centenary celebrations of the October Revolution, linking with the historic struggle for national emancipation and proletarian internationalism
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