IT was on 28th July, 1972, Comrade Charu Majumdar, first general secretary of the CPI(ML), became martyr under police custody at Lalbazar police headquarters, Kolkata. During this period thousands of comrades all over India became martyrs and tens of thousands suffered severe torture and imprisonment. It was taking place when, following the great upsurge created by Naxalbari Uprising, the communist revolutionary movement suffered severe setbacks, leading to its disintegration, under the left adventurist line adopted by it, divorced from the vast changes taking place in the concrete realities of the country and failing to apply Marxist-Leninist teachings according to these conditions. Still the contributions of the communist revolutionaries in waging uncompromising struggle against the revisionist line of the CPI and CPI(M) leaderships, bringing agrarian revolution and People’s Democratic Revolution back to the agenda of the communist movement, has great significance in the history of our country. In the struggles during the period spanning from the days of Naxalbari Uprising to early 1970s, tens of thousands of communist revolutionaries sacrificed their lives for the liberation and revolution. Later during the process of re-organization of the communist revolutionary movement and in the numerous people’s movements going on till today, many more comrades became martyrs. The people’s movements and sacrifices in the struggles against the reactionary ruling system are still continuing. So, in continuation to our practice during last many years, 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-liberalization, saffronization and autocratization at an alarming speed. These are also days when many former communist revolutionaries are compromising with the revisionist forces in the name of ‘left unity’ to combat the new danger. In the name of broad left unity, the need for advancing the agrarian revolution and bringing 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 deviations and vacillations; let us renew our pledge to unite the communist revolutionary forces, forge the platform of struggling left and democratic forces to challenge the unprecedented attacks on people under the Modi government, and advance along the revolutionary path more vogourously to fulfil the dreams of the martyrs and the toiling masses.
We appeal to all communist revolutionary forces and progressive forces to attend the meeting organized at Gandhi Peace Foundation from 5.30 to 8.30 pm on 28th July as part of the observance of All India Martyrs’ Day.
General Secretary, CPI(ML) Red Star
14th July, 2015.
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