RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and its six FTA partners including China, India, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia is going to be a severe jolt to Indian economy which is already in recession. India is going to decide whether to join the deal when Prime Minister Narendra Modi join other RCEP heads of states in Bangkok on 4 November where conclusion of negotiations for the deal is likely to be announced.
The deal is already facing increasing resistance from domestic industry, farmer groups, diary workers, civil society organizations and opposition political parties in our country who point out that China, Australia, Japan and South Korea will dump cheaper goods into the huge Indian market using the RCEP deal, further worsening the present serious slow down which has forced many major producers including automobiles to cut down production, tens of thousands of medium and small units to close, intensified agrarian crisis and thrown out tens of millions of workers from their jobs.
In this situation, we oppose any decision on the part of Modi government to sign this deal. We appeal to all trade unio centers, peasant organizations and unemployed youth and other oppressed sections to come out and oppose this deal.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
The RSS/BJP campaign for the Maharashtra and Haryana state assemblies as well as for the 51 assembly by-elections across the country was extremely vocal, with Modi and Amit Shaw presenting an enthusiastic narrative explaining how Kashmir along with Pakistan are tamed, how every ‘foreigner’ is going to be thrown out through countrywide NRC, and how Mandir is going to be built at Ayodhya, supported by its huge money and manpower. If anybody talked about slow down or recession, he was dubbed anti-national spreading lies. They arrogantly claimed to win 220 out of 288 seats in Maharashtra, and 70 out of 90 seats in Haryana. Most of the main channels also supported these claims.
But the election results shows that the juggernaut of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which went ahead decimating the parliamentary opposition and winning over their leaders to its side, the arrogance with which any form of criticism was treated, has met with some hiccups. While BJP boasted about getting huge majority for itself in both states, it just managed majority with its ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, and in Haryana it is reduced to minority with a hung assembly. Even if it manipulates to form governments in both states, it is going to face more hiccups in the days to come.
It shows that as our CC meeting just concluded on 21st October has pointed out, “Even though many from the parliamentary opposition forces are surrendering to RSS/BJP and others are still not organizing any movements in opposition, larger number of people’s movements against the consequences of ever intensifying corporatization and fascistization under Modi-2 are coming up in different parts of the country. A polarization of public opinion against RSS/BJP is also slowly taking place”. This alienation of the people who are thrown to miserable living conditions is well reflected in these election results, with the winning spree of BJP suffering a setback. As the consequences of the recession are going to affect vast majority of the masses, these setbacks are bound to become more profound in coming days.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
24th October 2019
Finally even the chief of Niti Ayog also had to accept the economy is collapsing. Now the finance minister has rushed with some props to prevent it from falling further. She has announced rolls back of super-rich charges on foreign and domestic equity investors, to those speculators who make fortunes through portfolio investments in stock markets, sops to automobile majors and to other corporates for getting their help to kick start the economy again. But the reports speak about slow down reaching more areas, from automobiles, two wheelers, other vehicles and real estate to textiles, even to biscuits and other consumer items. Why? The purchasing power of the consumers are falling! Naturally, as even jobs of middle income groups are also falling sharply, and the unemployment rates have reached highest levels in 45 years. With the increasing slow down, hundreds of thousands are losing jobs everyday. Along with the serious distress in the farm sector which is compelling thousands of farmers to commit suicide and millions of agricultural workers’ families forces to migrate to urban centers, the consequences of man-made climate change leading to draughts, flash floods and mud-slips have also sharply cut down the purchasing power of increasing number of people.
But, even many among the corporate think-tanks also agree that just by rolling back her own budget proposals presented two months back along with providing some sops to corporates, the increasing crisis cannot be solved; because the slow down, in the main, started from the time of demonetisation itself, and aggravated after the introduction of the GST. Though Modi succeeded to cover up the impending economic crisis during the election campaign through unleashing a muscular nationalist offensive projecting Phulwama and Balakot, and his finance minister presented her budget based on cooked up data in the economic survey, in spite of Modi’s efforts for whipping up frenzy among his majoritarian Hindutva vote bank through Kashmir project, increasing Pak-phobia, NRC like projects, one day the reality had to come out, as it has reached such a size that it cannot be covered up any more. Even the corporate media is forced to mention the details of the collapsing economy!
Now the billion dollar question is, can the finance minister block the torrent of economic slow down with these sops to the corporate and speculative sharks? Under present crony capitalism, while all the benefits from these will be sucked up by these sharks, very little is going to tickle down to the masses. So, the employment and purchasing power shall go on decreasing, and the slow down will only become more severe. What is required is the reversal of his phoney economic initiatives, and eventually the rejection of the neo-liberal/corporate policies themselves, and developing self-reliant, sustainable, people oriented economy. As both are anathema to Modi regime and to the very coporate imperialist system itself, the crisis shall sharpen only. And as usual, the whole burden of the crisis shall come over the toiling and oppressed masses. More than ever, they have only one way out: come out on the streets, intensify the struggles to throw out this barbarous ruling system!
CPI(ML) Red Star.
What happened today at Sabarimala is extremely shameful. The whole area is under 144. Then why the police is not taking any action to arrest and remove the few hundreds of RSS hooligans who are camping at temple premises to subvert the Supreme Court order? The LDF government and its police establishment are abetting the RSS pariver to subvert the SC order like Narasimha Rao government did in 1992 allowing the RSS goons to demolish the Babri Msjid. All democratic forces should support Manithi like organizations in their struggle for gender equality as underlined in the SC order on Sabarimal.
Com K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
(Concluding Speech of Com KNR, GS of CPI (ML) Red Star after re-elected as General Secretary by the new Central Committee elected by 11th Party Congress on 1st December 2018)
I thank the new Central Committee for re-electing me as General Secretary of our party. I wanted to get relieved and new comrades taking over the responsibilities. But the Central Committee members decided that I should continue for some more time. Every communist, should continue to be an activist for life long. But to continue as General Secretary is something different. I had to accept the request of the Central Committee for the time being, and I shall strive to continue as General Secretary for some more time.
Comrades, we have successfully concluded our 11th Party Congress at an important juncture at International level and in our country, when the oppressed peoples all over the world and in our country are facing great challenges. And, compared to the great height it had reached during 1950s, today the Communist Movement has suffered severe setbacks and all over the world it is facing the challenge of throwing out the imperialist system and its lackeys everywhere and to usher in Peoples Alternative.
Recently in Brazil, after 15 years of social democratic rule, the ultra-rightist-fascist rule has come to power. Not only in Brazil, but all over the world and in our country, in the absence of an alternative by revolutionary forces, in the absence of revolutionary forces inspiring people with an alternative, rightist and ultra-rightist have come to power. So, when we have concluded our 11th Party Congress and are going back to our areas of work, the challenge we are facing is: are we prepared to throw up an alternative to the reactionary ruling system in our country, and to the imperialist system all over the world?
This challenge we can take up only when we consciously build up the communist movement everywhere. The problem we are facing is, as repeatedly asserted by the communist teachers, without a communist party capable of leading the people forward there will be no revolution. So our main and fundamental task is to strive hard immediately to build a powerful communist party in our country. Today, many are talking about many centers, only about alliances; they are not for building one communist party in a country, they think about many centers. We have to defeat such alien thoughts and strive to build a powerful communist party capable of leading revolution of the people of the country to victory.
Many of these forces are talking about many centers and united fronts, they are talking about bilateral talks for united fronts, they are not thinking about coming together, settling the problems and uniting to build a powerful communist party to lead the revolution. So, our important task is to focus on uniting the communist revolutionaries, developing communist carders and building a powerful communist party which is capable of compleating democratic revolution and advancing to socialist revolution in our country.
Along with this, I want to stress on an important point in this occasion; our state committees have immense responsibilities before them. As we all know, India is a multi-national country, and the state committees represent mostly these various nationalities and without building the state committees effectively, we will not be able to lead the revolution in the country. When we have many different languages of various nationalities, unless all the state committees concentrate on giving political materials to their cadres and in politicizing their cadres in their own languages, we will not be able to recruit larger number of comrades from the downtrodden sections and to build up a powerful communist party. The questing is to build a communist party at all India level which is integrally linked with the immediate task of developing state committees functioning in all the states.
And, in our last Party Congress at Lucknow, we had decided to take up the theoretical offensive at all levels. This theoretical offensive includes the evaluation of the experience of international and national communist movement of past decades including the experience of the hitherto socialist perspective which was practiced. These tasks should be taken up more vigorously and carried forward, because without evaluating the past, its merits and demerits, we will not be able to develop our line according to the present concrete condition. And, this task should be taken up by the new Central Committee effectively.
Comrades, along with this, I want to stress that, we are facing Corporate Raj and Saffron Fascism; we are involved in the struggles to over throw Corporate Raj and Saffron Fascism. We can carry forward these tasks only when we develop the strategy and tactical line to utilize all forms of struggles. While we develop parliamentary forms of struggle to defeat Modi rule, we have to intensify our primary task of developing non-parliamentary struggles, the peoples movements. Now, many people are spreading the propaganda that there is pessimistic atmosphere and there is no future. But comrades, it is not such situation in our country and all over the world. Today, peoples’ movements are strengthening against price rise and for other people’s demands in France. Mighty peoples movements are taking place in many countries of the world. And in our country also, the struggles of oppressed masses, oppressed classes and castes are taking place and are going to intensify in coming days. So it is not an atmosphere of frustration. It is something like a 1970s situation. In 1970s, after the great Naxelbari Upraising and peoples movements all over the country, because of our sectarian line and because of the state repression, we suffered severe setbacks. And, when in 1971when Indira Gandi came again to power with mighty margin, there was rumor that Indira government will be in the power for long time. But, within a short time, many peoples’ movement broke out in Gujarat, Bihar and many other states. What happened later we know.
So, the question is of understanding the new situation, taking proper action in the changing fast situation, because people want to change the situation. And, when we come to current situation, there are large number of peoples’ upsurges developing against corporate raj and saffron fascism. We need to correctly analyze this situation to lead the peoples movements.
But without carrying forward powerful communist party building, we shall not be able to lead peoples’ movements and to lead people forward to revolution. I am not mechanically comparing the situations of 1970s to today’s situation. But, against the present neo-liberal corporate raj and saffron fascist rule, peoples’ upsurges are taking please and it is going to be more powerful in coming days. So, the task before us is to take up powerful communist party building capable of taking up the present challenges, to lead people’s upsurges and to consciously lead them towards capture of political power, towards completing people’s democratic revolution.
So, Comrades, let us depart from this Party Congress hall with the determination that we shall overcome our weaknesses, we shall face the challenges raised by the ultra-right forces of ruling system, and we shall take up the challenge of building the party and leading the peoples upsurges. Let us strive hard to take up these challenges in the coming days! Red Salute to all Comrades!