30 September 2019

The Asian Committee meeting of the ICOR attended by CPI(ML) Red Star, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal) held on 4th September in India has adopted the following resolutions and have sent them to all ICOR member organizations for their signature:

Resolution on Kashmir

We condemn the recent actions of the Indian Government on Kashmir. The act of amending Article 370 of the Constitution of India in such a manner so as to remove the special status of Kashmir is a fraud on the Indian Constitution and on all the democratic people of India. We assert once again the right of the people of Kashmir, as a part of the right of self determination, to decide their own future. We demand that a free and fair plebiscite be held immediately to allow the people of Kashmir to decide whether they want to be with India or with Pakistan or independent. We demand that the oppressive military presence in Kashmir be immediately removed. It is shameful that millions of people are being kept in a position as if in a vast open air jail. Phone communication and internet must be immediately restored to allow the people or Kashmir to live a normal life. We call upon all democratic minded people all over the world to bring pressure on the Indian Government for this.

Resolution on NCR

The Indian Governments exercise of rewriting the citizenship registers for India is strongly condemned. It not only goes against the right of refugees to seek protection from oppression and genocide in their own countries but also denies persons who have been citizens for decades from exercising their rights. This is only another instance of communal fascism in trying to oppress persons from minority communities. We call upon all democratic minded people all over the world to come out and demand that the Indian Government give up this exercise and give all citizens equal rights. n

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Kabeer Katlat

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.