Resolution adopted by the June, 2019, CC Meeting of CPI (ML) Red Star:
What happened from the beginning of this year, especially after the election schedule was declared by the Election Commission, was a feverish and acrimonious election campaign for the 17th Lok Sabha, with the BJP trying to gain initiative right from the beginning utilizing the state machinery and all Constitutional institutions nakedly and based on its majoritarian Hindutua communal polarization strategy. The result of these elections, giving almost a two third majority to NDA in the new Lok Sabha, has surprised not only the mainstream opposition parties, but all the progressive, democratic, struggling people’s forces, who were leading numerous struggles against the Modi rule during last five years and campaigning vigorously against it.
If Modi led BJP had won the 2014 elections with the slogan of Sub ke Sath Sab ka Vikas, during the last five years all the major initiatives his government took including demonetization, GST, intensification of corporatization of all sectors etc had led to highest rates of unemployment during last 45 years, acute distress in farm sector leading to suicides by hundreds of farmers in many states, serious slow down of the economy and growing ecological destruction making the climate change like phenomena severe day by day, to mention a few of the serious consequences its policies. Pursuing aggressive saffronization, spreading politics of hatred, targeting the religious minorities and dalits, increasing gender inequality etc, majoritarian divide and rule politics was taken to extreme levels. In this situation the resistance against Modi rule went on increasing, first through numerous people’s struggles and then, as reflected in electoral reverses, especially in the defeat of BJP led state governments in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh six months before. All these factors had pointed towards possible defeat of Modi government in the 2019 elections.
The mainstream opposition parties, though none of them had led any major campaigns or struggles against the Modi rule during the last five years, were expected to pick up these issues and the failure of Modi rule in implementing any of its major promises of 2014 for defeating Modi, by forging unity among themselves in the elections, and replacing it with their alliance after the elections.
But as the campaign was starting the BJP leadership, utilizing the terrorist attack on the CRPF convoy at Pulwama and the Balakot air strike inside Pakistan turned the possible anti-incumbency against it by projecting the national security matters and mascular nationalism targeting Pakistan, the Muslim minorities through a protracted, colourful and extremely expensive sectarian political campaign, with the slogan: We will enter your house and kill you, This is New India. Modi, Amit Shaw and other leaders, blatantly violating the Model Code of Conduct of the Election Commission, were openly asking the people to vote for BJP in the name of the Pulwama martyrs, for the Balakot ‘surgical’ strike, for Modi’s army! The first accused in Malegaon terrorist attack, Pragya Thakur was fielded as candidate, further intensifying the saffron campaign. In this process, the identity politics of the caste based parties were, in the main, submerged by the frenzied majoritarian saffronization campaign of the RSS parivar.
Surprising its opponents, the BJP and its NDA allies led a presidential style campaign, appealing for each vote to their candidates as a vote for Modi, projecting the election as a referendum for him. It was turned in to a jingoistic campaign with an anti-Muslim political narrative. The opposition parties, especially, the Congress, could not or failed to expose this sinister BJP campaign organized with the connivance of a majority in the EC. Besides, while the BJP even made concessions to forge unity of the NDA parties, the opposition, mainly Congress, failed to forge unity among the main opposition parties, or to put forward a unified minimum programmatic approach. Legalizing corporate funding of election, BJP amassed and utilized huge corporate funds, reportedly Rs 27,000 crores. The corporate forces and the mainstream media once again campaigned for it extensively. Compared to other parties, its planned use of social media was far superior, resorting to spreading of communally loaded false news It blatantly utilized the EC, which went to the extent of planning the seven phase elections to suit Modi’s public meetings and road shows, refusing to take any action against Modi and Shaw who nakedly violated the MCC, and to allowing him to stage a sort of ‘road show’ at Kedarnth and Badrinath on 18th and 19th May, on the day of silent campaign and the last polling day. Along with the state machinery, it used the CBI and Enforcement Directorate to intimidate the opposition. In short, it was a no holds barred campaign by the Modi gang, further communalizing, criminalizing and corrupting the election process. And, with the connivance of the EC and utilizing loop holes in the present electoral system, including the use of EVMs against which criticism are increasing day by day and for replacing it with the ballot system the demand was raised by the opposition parties though belatedly, Modi could outsmart and defeat the divided opposition easily.
The disunited opposition parties who have no alternate vision about the corporatization speeded by Modi, who pursue caste based politics compromising with Hindutva ideology, easily crumbled before the Modi-Shaw juggernaut, helping BJP led NDA to a massive victory, polling more than 50% of votes in 17 states and spreading menacingly to W. Bengal, Odisha, Telengana like states also. As far as the traditional left, the ‘Left Front’ parties, are concerned, they had refused to take lessons from their hitherto debacle due to pursuing neoliberal policies. So, even after getting unseated in W. Bengal and Tripura, they repeat same mistakes in their last resort, Kerala. In front of Modi- Shaw offensive, their ideological-political bankruptcy got further exposed with large sections who were voting for them in Bengal and Tripura shifting their loyalty to BJP and they were swept away in Bengal and Tripura, and severely mauled in Kerala.
As far as the communist revolutionary forces who uphold the Naxalbari Uprising are concerned, while some of these organizations deviated to the side of CPI(M) led Left Front, the CPI(Maoist) is alienating itself from the masses due to its sectarian actions. Since uniting the struggling left and democratic forces who uncompromisingly oppose the neoliberal/corporate- neo-fascist policies of Modi rule is still in the formative stage, their electoral gains, including our party’s was nominal, even after we waged an intensive campaign with the slogan: Defeat BJP, Build people’s Alternative, fielding 29 candidates.
The coming to power of Modi for another five years with added strength poses a serious challenge before the toiling and oppressed masses. Already, reports are coming out every day about how the serious economic slow-down is taking place in all fields. The details of these were concealed from the people. Besides, Modi’s surrender before Trump’s sanctions against purchasing the cheap petroleum from Venezuela and Iran, its order blocking purchase of weapons and missiles from Russia, its efforts to make India subservient to its trade war with China etc, even while it boasts about its nationalist credentials, are aggravating this economic slow-down. Instead of addressing these, Modi-2 is trying to intensify the economic reforms further as demanded by US and its allies. Remaining public sector units are threatened with privatization soon. It is planning informalization of education, healthcare like sectors. All labour laws are going to be changed to please the corporates. It has no answers to increasing rate of unemployment or farmers’ distress. It is totally neglecting the increasing ‘climate change and its consequences. Modi-2 is going to further speed up all neo-liberal/corporatization policies.
Soon after Modi-2 took over, there are reports of spurt in mob lynchings, attacks on Muslims and dalits, on journalists. Fascistization of all fields are taking place more aggressively. The RSS parivar is on the offensive to transform India in to a Hindurashtra by 2024.
As far as the opposition parties are concerned, the Congress is total disarray. So is the condition of other mainstream parties even when BJP is on the offensive in W. Bengal and elsewhere to de-stabilize the existing non-BJP state governments. But like what happened during 2014-19, once again sporadic resistance against the corporate-fascist offensive of Modi-2 is visible. Along with all secular democratic forces we should join them, strengthen them and try to provide correct orientation to them.
To combat this all round intensification of neoliberal/corporatization policies and fascistization of all fields, the Central Committee calls for: Firstly, take up the party building as the first and foremost task, trying to merge all genuine communists and streamlining the party committees at all levels; strengthen class/mass organizations, and develop people’s movements in all fields and at all levels according to the concrete situation;
Secondly, draft common minimum program at state level focussing on present demands and try to launch mass political forums based on it uniting the struggling left and democratic forces to wage people’s struggles and parliamentary struggles;
Thirdly, at central level, start discussions with struggling left and democratic forces with the aim of launching a nationwide mass political platform. In order to facilitate this, focussing on the present grave situation and urgent democratic tasks, organize open dialogue among the left forces as early as possible leading to drafting a people’s manifesto as the basis of this initiative.
CPI(ML) Red Star
13th June 2019
In Memory of Martyrs and Departed Comrades.
The 11th Party Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star extends revolutionary greetings to all martyrs the world over who laid down their lives in the struggle against imperialism and forces of reaction.
During this period Comrade Ramachandra Singh, our Central Committee member and Comrade Rebati Ballav Mohanty, Central Control Commission member had departed. Other party members from various states also departed during this period while engaged in people’s movements and organizational activities . This Party Congress extends revolutionary greetings to all of them.
During the period after 10th Congress of our party we had several valiant struggles in various parts of India against the neo liberal policies. In the Bhangar peoples Movement comrades Mofizul, Alamgiri abd Hafizul became martyrs. We remember all these martyr comrades and those other comrades who have laid down their lives in peoples struggles against the rulling system.
We pay revolutionary tributes to all martyr and departed comrades.
Defeat Modi Government in the next General Elections.
The Modi regime has brought India to a critical Juncture. Its four and half years rule has intensified the neo liberal, Communal fascist policies at a maddening pace. Under Modi, who has come to power with an anti-corruption plank, India has become the most corrupt country in Asia. Demonetization super-imposed on the people at the behest of imperialist centers has enabled the super-rich black money holders to suck out the life-blood of the common people. The GST that destroyed the federal structure of India has further put the tax burden on the shoulders of workers, peasants and all toiling people. Neoliberal-Corporitization policies have devastated agriculture and industry and peasants suicides have become more frequent. Unemployment, inequality and inflation have risen to horrific proportions.
All avenues are used for communally dividing the people. Fascist attacks by Hi dutwa goons on minorities, Dalits, adivasis, women and all other oppressed classes have mounted. Working class has been denied even basic rights and all hard-earned democratic rights are being curtailed. History, culture, education, research and so on are saffronised. All Constitutional institutions are systematically undermined.
People's resentment against the Modi regime is growing in manifold ways. Workers', peasants, and all oppressed sections are riding up against the corporate-saffron regime. At this critical juncture, the 11th Congress of CPIML Red Star calls upon the people of India to resolutely come forward to vote out the Modi regime in the forthcoming general election. We appeal to the people to strive for a people's alternative based on demonetization in all fields along with the building up of a people-oriented and ecologically sustainable development paradigm.
In Support of the strike on 8th and 9th January 2019
The Central Trade Unions have called for a two day strike on 8th and 9th January 2019. The demands are basically against the neo-liberal polices and draconian anti-democratic methods being used by the Modi Government. They include the demand for a proper minimum wage, against the attempts to introduce anti-worker changes in the labour laws, against unbridled price rise, ratification of the ILO conventions 87 and 98 concerning collective bargaining etc. These are genuine aspirations of the working class and the oppressed people at large. At a time when the Modi Government is hell bent upon curbing the rights of the workers as a part of the drive to implement neo-liberal policies, such protests are urgently required. They have to be taken up not just as sporadic incidents but as sustained campaigns even beyond this strike. The CPI (ML) Red Star supports the strike of 8th and 9th January 2019 and calls upon all workers and unions all over India to support the strike.
Resolution on Minimum wages
In 1957 the 15th Indian Labour Conference passed a resolution on the formula to be used to fix the minimum wage. The formula was accepted by the Supreme Court as just and proper in various judgements. In fact, 1991, in the matter of the workers of Raptakos Brett, the Supreme Court added a further 33% to this formula to provide for education, health, savings etc. Till today the various wage commissions formed by the Government have acted on the basis of this formula, up to the 7th Wage commission which gave its report in 2016. By this formula the minimum wage all over India in January 2016 should have been Rs. 22000. This corresponds to about Rs. 25000 today. However, the minimum wage committees for various industries formed by the Central and State Government are still recommending minimum wages in the range of Rs. 8000 to Rs. 10000. Many unions like the TUCI and MASA have been demanding Rs. 25000 as the minimum wage. This house fully supports the demand for Rs. 25000 as a minimum wage.
Resolution on changes in Labour Laws
With the advent of globalisation there is a greater pressure to adopt the rule of hire and fire. The new organisation of production internationally requires vast outsourcing which leaves great sections of the working class vulnerable to massive exploitation. In this situation the workers are in need of laws which afford them greater protection against arbitrary dismissals and against arbitrary reductions in wages and other facilities like social security, workplace safety and security, etc. Instead of making such changes to afford protection to workers, the Central Government and State Governments especially in the NDA ruled states are amending the labour laws to reduce the protections given to workers. The Apprenticeship Act is being amended to allow apprenticeship in all work for a period of 5 years where apprentices will not get the benefits of labour laws. The contract labour act is now to be applicable only where there are 50 or more contract labour in place of 20 at present. The Industrial Disputes Act is being amended to allow for arbitrary closure or retrenchment of workers where there are less than 300 workers in an establishment as opposed to 100 today. Though the UPA government had mooted similar changes, the present government is implementing them with indecent haste. In such a situation this house opposed the current proposed anti-worker changes in labour laws and supports the various struggles of the workers against such changes.
Resolution on contract labour
The abhorrent contract labour system is growing day by day. In fact, it is being strengthened in new ways like the recent changes in the Apprenticeship Act. In spite of various commissions and judgments of the Supreme Court calling this system as a “pernicious system”, a “system of human trafficking”, etc. recent governments have been making policy on the assumption that the contract labour system is unavoidable. They argue that contract labour at least allows more jobs to be created though the quality of jobs may deteriorate. Statistics shows that even this is not true. Even if it were true, this system would still lead to the depression of the average wage. The CPI (ML) Red Star opposes the Contract labour system and calls for abolition of contract labour in all jobs which are of a perennial nature.
On Global Warming.
As all of us are aware the danger of Global warming is intensifying day by day. Now it is very clear that the reasons behind it are the Corporate led so-called development policies. In Indian context, earlier from Uttarakhand to recent Kerala and Karnataka's natural calamities created havoc and took the lives of many people. Worldwide scenario is also similar. Yet Imperialism, especially US imperialism continues their greedy nature with causing more and more natural devastation. Recently the Trump administration decided to quit from Paris agreement, earlier delayed Kyoto Protocol for long time. All these show the ulterior motive of imperialist agenda. Only people's agitation with increasing awareness can be compel the ruling system to change its policies.
The 11th Party Congress resolves to struggle for people centric policies which alone can put an end to disastrous global warming.
Stop All Nuclear Power Plants.
Repeated instances exposing grave consequences of nuclear power plants and people’s movements against them have compelled the imperialist countries to start shutting them down. But they are exporting this obsolete technology to the dependent countries causing immense harm to people there.
Under the sway of imperialist powers the ruling class of India is engaged in importing this disastrous technology, the nuclear power projects program, disregarding the possibilities for developing alternate sources.
During the UPA regime people’s movements in which we also played active role succeeded in preventing the large number of projects taken up by it. In spite of it the Modi government tried to continue this disastrous program, which the people’s movements have succeeded to stop so far.
The 11th Party Congress appeals to people to become aware of the dangers of nuclear power plants and to uncompromisingly struggle against installation of any new projects and to compel the government to start shutting down all existing plants.
On US Withdrawal From Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Declaration bu US president Trump of withdrawing from Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is a grave concern for all peace loving forces of the world. This Treaty was signed by then USSR and the US in 1987. It played a significant role in eliminating 2700 short and medium range missiles and gave relief for world people and particularly European people for three decades.
In continuation with the position of unilateralism, Trump administration not only withdrew itself from the INF, it has already stated that it will also not continue with the New Start Agreement whose term expires in 2021. If the INF treaty collapses and with the New Start Agreement on strategic arms due to expire in 2021 the whole world would be left without any control on nuclear armaments for the first time since 1972.
Opposing Trump the NATo ministers have come out with a sharp statement: “INF Agreement has been crucial to the Euro-Atlantic security and we remain fully committed to the preservation of this landmark arms control treaty”. This statement not only reflects the inter imperialist contradictions, it also expresses the general desire of every peace loving people.
The 11th Congress of the CPI(ML) Red Star emphatically denounce the positions of Trump administration; it urges for a broad based world wide struggle for a nuclear arms free world and for lasting peace throughout the world.
Resolution on Peasant Problem
The Eleventh Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star is expressing its deep concern on the serious and acute problems of the peasantry of our country.
These serious and acute problems are manifested in various ways: increasing landlessness; non existence of any kind of comprehensive all India law for agricultural workers; absence of statutory laws for tenants in many states of India or non-implementation of existing laws; suicides of more than four lakhs of peasants, migration of lakhs and lakhs of peasants due to loot of land, forest and rivers; severe indebtedness of the peasants, particularly small and marginal farmers; barbaric and naked social oppression and discriminations against ST, SC and OBS people.
Due to neo-liberal policies, when landless is increasing every day, governments are giving thousands of acres to domestic and foreign corporate houses. When peasants are fighting for the protection of Land, Ceiling Acts and Acts like Santhal Parganas Tenancy Act, the central and state governments are changing these laws for the corporates. When peasants are demanding remunerative prices for agricultural products, they are getting only bullets, torture and empty promises by Modi government and state governments.
Eleventh Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star is again emphasizing the importance of peasant problem, which is one of the most important national problems. History and experiences teach us that only an agrarian revolution can solve this problem. Agrarian Revolution will confiscate all the land of landlords without compensation and distribute that land to agricultural workers, landless and poor peasants. So 11th Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star is giving a call for nation-wide militant peasant struggle on the immediate burning issues of the peasants for the necessary preparation for a successful agrarian revolution.
In India peasants have a glorious past of struggle and sacrifices. They have shown that in Telengana and Naxalbari and other struggles. Bhangar is the latest example. So, the 11th Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star is confident that in the coming days, there will be nation-wide long drawn militant peasant struggles against imperialism, comprador bureaucratic capitalism and landlordism and for a free, independent and democratic India which will emerge in the midst of these struggles.
On Question of Women’s Employment
The female work participation rate of our country, as per the Economic Survey 2018, stands at an abysmal 24%, among the lowest in South Asia and the lowest among BRICS countries. The basic premise for the emancipation of women being the induction of the entire female sex into public industry, the aforementioned statistics is a telling commentary on the status of women in our country. The 11th Congress of the CPI(ML) Red Star demands 100% employment for all women of working age (or unemployment benefit if required), equal pay for equal work and enabling work spaces for women. The CPI(ML) Red Star strongly champion the concept that the principal social identity of women should be related not to her role in the family, but directly with her role in social production.
Against Bhima-Koregaon Arrests
The CPI(ML) Red Star strongly condemns the arrest of human right activists purportedly in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, which was, as a matter of fact, instigated by the Hindutva brigade. The sudden crackdown on activists and the intelligentsia since the middle of this year, the labeling of all dissenters as ‘anti-nationals’ and ‘urban Naxals’ and the peremptory use of draconian laws like the UAPA, coupled with the sustained and ruthless attacks on the struggling masses (workers, peasants, Dalits, adivasis, women) across the country has served to severely damage the democratic and secular fabric of the country. The 11th Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star call for the immediate release of the Bhima-Koregaon arrestees, the repeal of draconian laws like the UAPA and an end to the targeted throttling of dissenting voices. The 11th Congress also appeals to the people to unite against state terror.
On Peasants Right over the Compensation towards Damage in Regard to Right of Way for Transmission
As rapid growth in high voltage transmission network is taking place all over the country, huge amount of land is getting affected and devalued. The patch of land under the High Voltage/Extra High Voltage line comes under the perpetual ownership of the transmission companies, though legally the ownership remains with the landowner, which causes an economic loss to the farmers and landowners. To compensate the loss, following many farmer struggles, the Government of India, Ministry of Power appointed committee put forward guide line for payment of compensation towards the damage in regard to Right of Way (ROW) for transmission line on 2015. According to the guideline the transmission company need to give 85% of the land value to the landowners on whose land transmission tower is being erected and 15% of the land value to the landowners whose land is coming under the Right of Way.
Since this guideline is being hardly implemented by the transmission companies, the landowners and farmers are opposing HV/EHV project all over India. The struggle of peasant’s of Bhangar, Tamil Nadu, Assam, etc. against Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCLI) High Voltage project are such examples. Among these Bhangar, through its continuous struggle compelled the government and PGCLI to come to an agreement with the struggling committee and to compensate more than the guideline suggested. Other struggles are still continuing and new farmers struggle are developing on same demand.
The 11th Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star expresses its solidarity with these struggles. The 11th Congress is demanding compensation to farmers and landowners following the guideline and supporting all the associated demands raised by the struggling peoples.
Repeal the SURFAESI Act.
11th Party Congress demands the repeal of the anti-people SURFAESI Act (Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets’ Enforcement of Securities’ Interest Act) passed by the parliament in 2002 to confiscate the security without even being informed. As a result of this Act lakhs of people are facing the wanton acts of auction of their property when billionners are looting the banks and save themselves by relocating to foreign countries with the help of the ruling system.
Implement SC/ST Quota in Appointment of High Court and Supreme Court Judges.
While examination system and quota based on reservation are followed in the selection of magistrates and judges up to Sessions’ level, no such yardsticks are followed in the case of selecting judges to High Courts and Apex counrts. The 11th Party Congress demands that the selection of judges to these higher courts should be made transparent and reservation quota should be implemented to ensure social justice.
Resolve the Mullaperiyar Dam issue Scientifically.
The Mullaperiyar dam issue is a burnibg question affecting people of Kerala and Tamilnadu.The century old dam is a threat to the security of the people in adjacent areas. At the same time people of adjacent districts of Tamilnadu depends on water from this dam for drinking and cultivation. This issue should be sorted out scientifically protecting the lives and assets of people of Kerala, while ensuring the quota of water from this dam to the people of TN. Since this dam is situated in an earth quake prone environmentallt sensitive area and considering the security risk this old dam may cause, this Party Congress appeals to the central government to take appropriate steps in consultation with both state governments to resolve this urgent question ensuring the safely of people of Kerala and water requirement of people of TN.
Resolve the Mahanadi River Dispute Giving Priority to Peasants’ Demands.
River Mahanadi is the life line for vast masses of farmers of Odisha. During the last few years the Chhattisgarh government has began constructing a number of barrages across upstream of Mahanadi for providing water for increasing industrial demands. Rampant industrialization along the river basin in both the states is the real cause of the inter state water dispute. Both state governments are primarily interested to cater for the increasing demands of the mushrooming industries. Both are not showing concern for the water demands for agriculture. At the same time both state governments are politicizing the water dispute for sectarian political interests rather than finding amicable solution to it putting the larger interests of the people and sustainability of the river in the forefront.
It is in this situation, under pressure from people’s movements and environmentalists the apex court has ordered and the central government has constituted a tribunal to settle this question.The 11th Party Congress demands that the the Tribunal should settle the dispute by giving priority to the requirement of the agriculture and daily requirements of the vast masses, rather than protecting only the interests of the industries.
Resolution On Culture
Gouri Lankesh, a prominent journalist writer of the country has been murdered by Hindutva fanatics. She had been active in the movement against religious dogmatism, superstition and communal fascism for last many years. Just like the recent murders of rationalist thinkers like Dr. S.M. Kalburgi, Dr. Narendra Dabholkar and Com. Govind Pansare, Gouri Lankesh assassination too is a part of the conspiracy to silence progressive voices through physical extermination. This Congress severely condemns these savage attacks on the freedom of expression and resolves to spread of their thoughts among masses of people and at the same time ensure that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are punished.
In another dastardly attack, raising the bogey of Love Jihad, fanatical Hindutvavadis murdered an innocent man named Md. Afrazul at Rajasmand, Rajasthan. Earlier in tune of this Akhalaque, Junaid, Pahlu Khan and Umar were brutally murdered by fascist cow vigilants inspired by RSS. These fundamentalists wish to control the food habits, dress code and lifestyle of the people as per their fanatical agenda. Without doubt such brutal tactics are employed to cover up government’s failure to solve basic issues like poverty, unemployment and hunger. The Sangha Parivar, through its various terroristic organisations has been stoking the fire of intolerance, communalism and casteism with the ultimate objective of destroying the ages old multi-cultural fabric of our society. They are advocating incorporation of Ramayana and Mahabharata into the curriculum of primary schools. Simultaneously, the demand for teaching Manusmriti at school level has also been raised. Efforts are being made by the Chhattisgarh government to teach Ramayana and Mahabharata in Gondi and Halbi at school level. Such steps would prove to be a hindrance in the way of instilling scientific education among the new generation. This congress strongly opposes the distortion, saffronization and vulgarization of Indian history and culture and the replacement of progressive intellectuals by votaries of Sangha Parivar at important posts of institutions – educational, technical and others related to art. This congress severely condemns this well-orchestrated and pre-planned Hindutva agenda.
In order to implement their fascist goal, Sangha Parivar has been proclaiming all the minorities like Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Dalits and Tribal as being Hindu. They celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Baba Sahib Ambedkar but overlooked and avoided his critical thoughts about the fanatical and inhuman aspects of Hinduism. This congress condemns the distortion and vulgarization of the thoughts and philosophy of Babasaheb Ambedkar by the Sangha Parivar. This congress also opposes Brahmanism, retrograde customs like child marriage and forced widowhood and demands appropriate measures to promote inter-caste and inter-religion marriages. This congress strongly opposes distortion and vulgarization of Indian History and Culture.
Resolution On Caste Annihilation and Dalit Question
Within four and half year since coming to power, the arch rightist forces have intensified their attacks on the lives and livelihood of the poor, Dalits, Tribal communities, women and the working people for the benefit of a handful of corporate houses. This congress condemns these acts of atrocity by castists, Brahminical, communalist and corporate forces in Bheema Koregaon, Pune in Maharashtra, Una in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Saharanpur and in Bulandshahar UP, Mana (Malwa) in MP, Dulina in Haryana and other states arresting of Chandrashekhar (Ravan) of Bheem Army in Hyderabad and calls upon the people to rise against them.
Party Congress appeals to the masses – Let the superfluous and obscurantist rituals like Shradh etc. be done away with and let the spread of scientific awareness in lieu of superstitions be encouraged. Efforts to build up organisations at village, towns, block and district levels and organising such awareness programmes should be encouraged. Let the party activists take lead themselves. Let the inter-caste and interreligious marriages encouraged. Let the party activists of party take lead themselves in creating examples in the society. Such persons should be felicitated, protected and honoured. Oppose Caste/Social organisation/panchayat and oppose Caste/Social boycott move of any community/panchayat. Let the people be appealed to incorporate the caste annihilation and anti-superstition ideals in their day to day life. Again, the political parties with religious, casteist and communal agenda have to be unmasked and combated against. Oppose the Bramanical life style, dress code, nomenclature and eating habits. Party congress condemns the ban on beef eating in deference to the whim of a particular community and passed the resolution in the favour of caste annihilation movement.
Resolution on Violence against Women
The Thompson Reuters survey, 2018, has ranked India as the most dangerous country for women. Although the rank may be disputed, there is no gainsaying the fact that women form the most oppressed section of society in India today, with violence against them spiraling, the most gruesome atrocities being committed against them and a patriarchal state clearly with neither will nor inclination to take any steps to ensure women’s liberation from inequality, oppression and subjugation. Rather, one of the consequences of the steady rightward shift of the Indian polity is the intensifying violence against women, especially in the name of caste and religion, coupled with an ideological onslaught against the very concept of women’s rights and liberation. Sexual violence against women by the India state — the army in places like Manipur and J&K, the police in Chhattisgarh and generally by men in uniform throughout the country — in the name of ‘nationalism’ and ‘development’, pave the ground for horrific sexual violence against women in society. The increasing commodification of women spurred by neo-liberal policies on the one hand, and the relegation of women to a domestic slave by right wing fundamentalism on the other negate the hard-earned rights of women and imperil their very existence as equal citizens.
The 11th Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star pledges to intensify the struggle against all forms of violence against women and strive tirelessly for the emancipation of women from all oppression and subjugation.
Unite Against Communal Fascism
Communal Fascism is menacingly striving to be the strategic partner of global state Fascism and Zionism. Wanton attacks on intellectuals, socio-political and cultural activists go on unabashedly. Merger of Indian corporate capital with Global State Monopoly capital is total. Militarization of the state is accompanied by increasing exclusion and marginalization of the working class peasant communities. While the Rafale Deal marks the latest scam of Primitive accumulation under the neo-liberal, neo- fascist dispensation; demonetization, GST, and the manipulation of the financial/ speculative sectors, including the fall of the Rupee, denote the sharp polarization of the nation between the Corporate/ monopolistic sections increasingly collaborating with global state and ruling class on one side and the working people and toiling masses on the other side. The class and mass movements are putting up stiff resistance all over the country.
Systematic attacks on the autonomy and freedom of the educational sector, including cultural institutions, as well as murderous attacks on activists, dalits, tribals, minorities and women get intensified and widespread. Even as the Lok Pal/ Right to Information legislations are scuttled, democratization of the judiciary remains a far cry. Even the CVC, CBI as also the Supreme Court and the RBI are being undermined by the Modi- Shaw regime. While contemptuously rejecting the democratic urge for reservation in the higher Judiciary, the Sangh parivar wants to do away with reservation in the government services and education. While reservation in the private sector is a must, the demands of major peasant communities are also to be dealt with in accordance with the constitutional mandate for adequate representation of Socially and Educationally Backward classes in the affairs of the state, which includes Judiciary and also police and Military.
The Sangh Parivar’s re-launch of the Ram mandir agitation amounts to defiance of the Supreme Court and the Constitution. It is an affront to our secular-democratic ethos and nationhood. This should be seen in the context of the systematic effort to undo the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and also the abandonment of the Vajpayee initiative to deal with the Issue in the orbit if ‘Insanyat’. Sangh Parivar-led agitation against the Supreme Court order on women’s entry at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is yet another affront to the very Ayyappa legend that symbolize the confluence of the Buddha heritage and the anti-caste/untouchability tradition of Southern India.
We have to initiate the process of formation of a common platform of all the democratic forces and peoples movements engaged in resistance to the communal fascist regime. We are sure that forces of resistance have to unite with the empowerment battles of the excluded and marginalized as also organized sections of workers, farmers, women, intelligentsia, youth and students. Forces of social Justice and Cultural Revolution too have a crucial role at this critical moment.
We appeal to all progressive democratic forces to participate in effort and join the collective effort to unitedly fight he communal fascist forces who undermine our secular democratic polity and our humane socio-cultural ethos.
Struggle against Central Government’s Move for depriving State Governments’ Right on Education
Initially the education was being under the state-list of Constitution. In the course of development in political arena, the education came under the con-current list of the Constitution. Later, every move of the successive Central Governments, led to the whole education, irrespective of elementary or higher education, coming under the Central list. Now, most of the state governments have abolished or incorporated their Education Boards into Central Educational Board. In the name of the all India Entrance Examination or Screening Test, all state education boards are compelled to merge their education boards into central boards or to merge their syllabus into central syllabus. Along with the central universities, state universities are under threat of Governors of the state appointed by the central government. In this way the central and state university designation have practically vanished.
Under globalization, the education sector is under swift changes to privatization. The entry of foreign universities and mushrooming growth of Deemed universities are the order of day. Out of the 127 private Deemed universities in India, 27 universities are permitted in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, entrance examination to professional courses were abolished before 2 decades. The voices raised for ensuring implementation of SC/ST and OBC reservations are suppressed. After a long struggle only entrance examination system was abolished. At present, as a continuation of the earlier Congress government’s policy, the Modi government and the judicial activism of the court imposed the NEET examination. Hence the Party Congress demands that the the education should come under state list as original Constitution of India.
Organize Country-wide Movement against Anti-Federal GST
The anti-Federal GST super-imposed by the Modi regime in continuation of the pro-corporate Demonetization has completely deprived the states of their constitutional power to levy indirect taxes that form the main source of state revenue in India. GST regime has led to a galloping of the prices of all essential goods and services as it is imposed on the prices decided by corporate giants. Consequently, vast majority of common people are suffering from the double burden of higher taxes and rising prices, even as corporate profits are reaching new heights. Thus, India is facing high level of inflation and price rise as a result of GST.
All the informal and unorganized sectors, where vast majority of the Indian workers are depending for their livelihood and sustenance, along with the Small and Medium enterprises, which accounts for a quarter of India’s export revenue, are in doldrums as the pro-corporate GST has taken away all tax exemptions, price support and protective measures extended to them by central and state governments. While the pan-Indian unified GST has immensely benefitted the big businesses and retail giants, millions of retailers, unable to compete with former, are collapsing. India having the highest GST rates in the world, the reins of economy are now with the most corrupt corporate hoarders, black marketers who have given unfettered freedom for marking up the prices of all items of mass consumption.
This situation calls for a clear-cut political position against the GST that has demolished the federal structure of the constitution on the one hand, and centralized economic power in corporate-saffron state. The task of repealing the GST has become one of the central issues of the people’s political program against the Modi regime today. The 11th Congress of CPI(ML) Red Star calls upon the people of India to prepare themselves for all-out offensive against the GST uniting all progressive, democratic forces in the country.
Resolution On Education
This Congress condemns the conspiracy to close down one lakh schools in our country. At the behest of imperialist globalisation, the government has been privatising education and conspiring to make education inaccessible to Dalits, backward castes and poor in general. While opposing saffronisation, privatisation and commercialisation of education, this congress demands equal access to education for all. This congress condemns barbaric attacks over freedom of exression in university campuses and expressed solidarity with students of HCU, JNU, DU, BHU, Jadavpur, Kolkata, Allahabad, HLU Raipur and FTII Pune.
Resolution On Unemployment
Quoting from the ILO Report on “World Employment Social Outlook” of 2018 released in January 2018 and also quoting from its leaf author, Live Mint reported, “.......77 % of workers in India will have vulnerable employment by 2019”. According to the ILO’s world employment and social outlook report released “A large part of the jobs created in the region remain of poor quality”. Vulnerable employment affects almost half of all workers in Asia- Pacific, or more than 900 million men and women. The report comes amid a jobs debate in India, which many believe is not creating enough jobs even as some 12 million people get added to the labour market every year. This is then the reality of neoliberal politics. Growth of unemployment and underemployment and growing disparity. This is the real “growth” of the Indian economy that the GDP figures hide. The congress severely condemns neoliberal politics which created large scale unemployment in India and calls upon the youth to organise and resist against unemployment and neoliberal corporate fascist regime.
Resist and defeat onslaught on democratic rights and democracy by Neo-Liberal regimes, especially Sangh Pariwar regime.
The right to struggle for economic-political-social- cultural advancement is the basic Democratic Right of the people. From this flows the right to freedon of thought, belief, worship, expression, assemble, association and the right to organise and get organised. The right to life and the dignified life is the basic human right. From this arises the right to education, health, minimum wage, social and gender equality etc.,. Many of these freedoms or civil liberties, of course with tags, are enshrined in fundamental rights and directive principle chapters of Indian Constitution drafted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. But every struggle of toiling masses for better life and living conditions, in the last 70 years met with state and ruling class repression. To give a legal framework to this repression many an authoritarian law are enacted since 1951 by governments of all hues. P.D., D.I.R., MISA, NASA, TADA, AFSPA and UAPA are some of them. Fake encounter killing and lock-up torture are the worst violation of every democratic, civil and human right. Indira Gandhi's internal emergency is a peak of the proceeding quarter century repression. However, it is worth noting various memorable struggles of working class and peasants including adivasis dalits and women led by various progressive forces resulted in the enactment of certain ameliorative laws.
Since the onset of neo-liberal imperialist globalisation and especially during the last four and half years of saffron fascist and international-Indian big capital stooge Modi BJP regime centuries old hard won rights of working class and adivasis, and various environment laws are systematically curtailed. The Sangh Pariwar forces with tacit approval of BJP/NDA government at the center and BJP governments in the States are acting as moral police to curtail the rights of female gender free movement, choise of dress, and marriage and they are denied even the right in to temples.BJP governments and Sangh Pariwar forces hand-in-glove are assaulting the people's right to food, belief and worship, to dissent and criticize and in that they go to the extent of murdering the persistent explicit intellectual dissenters of archaic brahminical values. The free wheels Saffron forces are assaulting, including killing, Muslim minorities and daliths alleging the latter are killing cows. It is a punishable act of blatantly taking law into private but the powers that be are at best silently or at the worst explicitly supporting private actors taking law in to hands.
The repression on the people of Kashmir valley, demanding the implementation of 'human' and legal right of self determination, has reached unprecedented brutal level during Modi regime. The use and misuse of draconian UAPA has become highly rampant in the last 4 years. By inventing the word 'urban naxalites' Mody regime has opened another front of assault against the democratic right of people.
Hence, the 11th Congress of CPI (M-L)Red Star appeal to all democratic forces and intellectual democrats of the country unitedly resist the onslaught on the civil, democratic and human rights of the people of India by Corporate-Saffron neo-fascist forces abbeted by Sangh Pariwar governments. The situation become terribly grave if BJP retain power at the center and hence we appeal vote out BJP in 2019 general election.
Resolution on fighting for 6 hours Working Day and 5 Days Working Week
In the 19th century the working class fought for shorter working hour. They achieved the right of 8 hours working day. After the World War-II the technology grew rapidly and especially in electronics, communication and computers. And we now live in the era of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. Instead of dumb machines we now deal with intelligent machines. As a result there are rapid changes in production system and workers are the main sufferers in these changes. On one side the more intelligent machines are replacing workers in each field from clerical work to construction to even middle management. We witness how the construction sector is totally occupied by the machines. Thus the owners of the means of production are gaining high profits. The increase in the number of billionaires in each year shows that the modern production system equipped with modern technologies have brought havoc in the life of workers. And on the other side the workers are still bound to work for 8 hours a day, and in most cases for much more hours under contractualization and casualization of jobs. And as a result, huge reserve of unemployed are created. Workers now live in uncertainty for their lives and livelihoods.This Party Congress calls on the working class and the unemployed to get mobilized for a six hour day and five day week..
Book the culprits responsible for disappearance of JNU student Najeeb
"I am saddened because the CBI carried out a biased investigation and its sole objective was to shield those who assaulted my son before he went missing. I have been facing injustice right from the first day,"
“I just want to know my son is safe. I know he will come back one day. The CBI claims they have found people who went missing five years ago. Why could not they find my son?"
These are the very words in crying for justice from Ms Fatima Nafeez od Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, the mother of Najeeb Ahmed, 27, pursuing M.Sc. in Biotechnology, went missing from the Mahi-Mandvi Hostel of the Jawaharlal Nehru University more than 25 months back on October 15, 2016. The student had gone missing a day after an altercation with some ABVP (student wing of BJP) students on the night of October 14, 2016 which itself is an evidence of their (ABVP’S) role in the matter.
Even the High Court had to rap the police over the manner of its probe into the disappearance of Najeeb, saying it appeared to be looking for an “escape route”. The court had also lashed out at the police saying it had been “beating around the bush and not in the bush” as it had been sending people across the country and setting up special investigation teams (SITs), but the nine students suspected to be behind Najeeb’s disappearance were neither questioned, nor taken into custody.
From the above we could assess the gravity of the alarming and dangerous situation in the country after fascist BJP’s reign at the helm of affairs of the nation. Not a single citizen is safe under their rule. All democratic and constitutional rights of the citizens are hampered. The culprits behind the disappearance/murder of Najeeb, the looters of Nation’s wealth, the hooligans and all miscreants in the name cow vigilantism are freely moving and enjoying the victims and protesters, human rights activists, political activists waging against injustice, workers fighting for their legitimate demands are grilled and tortured.
The 11th Party Congress of CPIML Red Star , demand immediate steps to arrest the culprits and find the whereabouts of the missing student Najeeb Ahmed.
Take Immediate Measures for the Rehabilitation of Indian Expatriates Returning from Gulf Countries
During last few years, due to global economic meltdown and oil sector crisis in Gulf countries, many thousands of expatriate workers have forced to return to India. This trend is going to intensify further in coming years and millions of Indian expatriates in Gulf are expected to return to India, majority of them to Kerala. In this situation, 11th Party Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star demand to Central and State Governments to take immediate measures for effective rehabilitation of the Gulf Returnees who have been providing around one trillion rupees of foreign money per annum to the country, sacrificing their live with family in homeland. This Party Congress also demands to Central-state governments to structure suitable programs in the productive sector utilizing the Gulf expatriates deposits and utilizing their expertize & experience, based on peoples echo friendly development paradigm.
On Entry of Women to Sabarimala Temple in Kerala
The 28 September 2018 Supreme Court Verdict that allowed the entry of women of certain age group (10-50 – said to be menstruating years) which was banned by a judgement of Kerala High Court in 1991. This is an important judgement as the Gender justice is concerned which was denied by the Kerala Devaswom Board controlled and ruled by Bhramanical Authority which practices the age old customs and faiths. The Constitutional Bench headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra rightly observed that any rule based on segregation of women pertaining to biological characteristics is indefensible and unconstitutional. The majority judgement categorically stated, giving no space for any ambiguity, that discrimination of women of certain age group in entering a religious place is totally against the principles laid down in the constitution ensuring the gender justice. Even the judges noted that such action of Temple Authorities in the name of customs, rituals and faith is nothing but religious patriarchy which should not be allowed.
Though almost all progressive and democratic forces of the country hailed the verdict, the religious fundamentalist forces led by Sangh Parivar quite naturally protested and let loose their hooligans in the streets against the verdict to vitiate the comparatively secular, progressive and democratic atmosphere in Kerala created through renaissance movements led by the social revolutionaries. As expected the Kerala Unit of Indian National Congress even after their central leaders hailed the judgement suppported the protest of Sangh Parivar. It is like the “Vimochana Samaram” (“liberation movement”) organised by the reactionary forces against the 1st EMS led Communist Ministry in Kerala in the year 1958-59 which led to the dismissal of 1st elected Government of Kerala by Nehru government abusing the Constitution.
Though CPIM led LDF organises big Rallies in support of the judgement and speak about safeguarding the democratic rights of women, in practice it is not seriously fighting the machinations of the reactionary forces.. The LDF government, instead of arranging facilities for the devotee women to visit Sabarimala and offer prayers, is discouraging them from doing so by intimidating, creating fear in the mind enquiring their whereabouts and other details..
Hence it is the duty of all revolutionary left, progressive and democratic forces to come out in the streets and fight against the hooliganism of reactionary forces. They should try to nsure the defeat of obscurantist forces and struggle for implementation of the Supreme Court order..
The 11th Party Congress demand immediate steps to ensure the rights of the women devotees to visit the Sabarimala Deity.
On Price Rise and the Gilet Jaunes (in France)
Price Rise is not a natural phenomenon. Prices are clearly controlled by the imperialists and the big corporate houses. They are used as a devious method to reduce the real wages of the people. At present, price rise is being used as a weapon against the people by different governments in the world including by the Modi Government in India and the Macron Government in France. Both continue to raise the price of fuel even at times when the global prices of crude are falling. Against the price rise in France, the people of France have come out in massive numbers to protest against the rise in fuel prices implemented by the Macron Government in a huge people’s movement known as the ‘Gilet Jaunes’ or the ‘Yellow Vests’. The Macron Government has tried to justify its taxes on fuel in the name of environmental protection. This is clearly a ruse which is not fooling anybody. The Gilet Jaunes are an apolitical and unorganised movement which held massive barricades first on 17th November. Since then there have been huge demonstration in various parts of France and there is a huge gathering planned on 1st December in Paris with the Gilet Jaunes proposing also to block all the ports of France. The CPI (ML) Red Star supports the demand and movement of the Gilet Jaunes and calls upon the people of France to organise and fight for a new form of society free from the dictates of the big corporates which alone can guarantee against arbitrary price rise.
In support of the strike of the workers and officers of BSNL
The CPI (ML) Red Star supports the strike called by the workers and Officers of BSNL all over India on 3rd December 2018. Though BSNL has consistently show profits for the past few years, the wages and pensions of the employees are not being revised though due since 1st January 2017. It is clear to all and sundry that the Government is trying to run BSNL into the ground to help the big corporates like Jio, Airtel and Vodafone. The service is being purposely deteriorated and the facilities are being curtailed so as to force all customers to leave this service and move to other private providers. No doubt the move of the Government to deny the new wage and pension rise is a part of this diabolical plan. We hope that the strike will help to scuttle this plan of the Government.
(Adopted by 11th Party Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star held at Bengaluru from 26th November to 1st December 2018)
The political tasks before us today need to be assessed in the context of the objective international and national situation, especially since the 10th Congress of our Party in 2015.
- International Situation
1.i The Political Resolution adopted by the 10th Congress had evaluated the international situation as crisis-prone and of growing multi-polarity. In the last three years, those trends have developed further leading to an aggravation in the economic and political crisis of world imperialism today.
Crisis-ridden Neoliberal Imperialism
1.ii The systemic crisis of world imperialism even as internationalization of monopoly finance capital reaching new levels continues unabated. Most optimistic projections of the UN and Bretton Woods institutions are unable to cover up the continuing risk from the bubble-induced inflation and recession haunting the world. Last several years’ incessant pumping of trillions of dollars of cheap money from government treasury and banks in to the coffers of corporate financiers, rather than facilitating any recovery, has only worsened the situation. The chronic over-accumulation of finance capital as was exemplified in the speculative bubble that led to the ‘global meltdown’ of 2007-08 is strengthening. Consequently, the financial bubble measured in global stock market capitalization alone further rose from $ 63 trillion on the eve of the ‘sub-prime crisis’ in 2007 to more than $ 80 trillion by mid 2017, again resulting in the biggest-ever short-term collapse in capitalist history on February 6, 2018 eroding more than $ 4 trillion from US stock exchanges in a single day due to this ‘flash crash’! Thus the situation is ripe for another round of prolonged bubble burst. In that sense, the decade-long current phase of the imperialist crisis has turned out to be more prolonged and severe than that of the 1970s.
1.iii As a manifestation of this crisis in both imperialist and neocolonially dependent countries, fresh capital investment in employment oriented productive spheres is alarmingly collapsing. Corporate financiers everywhere are mainly interested in ballooning money-spinning speculative businesses. Growth in GDP indices arising from this is used by ruling classes to cover up the acute deindustrialization and joblessness today experienced by common people. Corporatization of agriculture and devastation inflicted on local and rural communities everywhere are resulting in de-peasantization, displacement, migration and refugee crisis. The decline in the consuming power of the vast majority of people, gruesome levels of poverty and inequality coupled with more intrusions on nature threatening the very existence of humankind have become unbearable. All over the world, neoliberal budget cuts in health, education and social welfare have worsened the suffering of the masses along with double exploitation of the mass of women in particular.
1.iv Imperialist globalization has been associated with liberalization of labour laws, tax systems and environmental regulations which are more severe in neocolonially dependent and oppressed countries. Internationalization of production and new trends in global division of labour such as outsourcing have led to the super-exploitation of working class and oppressed people especially in backward countries. The mad rush for profit has also resulted in the transplantation of polluting industries to neocolonially dependent countries and dumping of industrial waste in them. To facilitate the unprecedented levels of exploitation of people and plunder of nature by corporate capital, all democratic rights of workers and broad masses are curtailed in one form or another.
1.v Global inequalities have reached record levels. According to latest report by Oxfam, 83 percent of the wealth created in 2017 has gone to the top one percent of the global superrich. Country-level inequalities are also steeply going up. Even as the world economy is experiencing a slump, the number of billionaires and the share of wealth with them are having a steady upward trend.
1.vi While employment situation in imperialist countries is stagnant, real wages and living conditions of the workers and toiling people are continuously declining. Casualization and frequent hire-and fire have led to deterioration in working conditions. Even as labour productivity is steadily rising due to the application of new technologies, wages are maintained at the subsistence level while profit rates are going up. The consequence is a decline in the purchasing power of the broad masses of common people that prompts capitalists to bring about a relative curtailment in the production of mass consumption goods.
1.vii While the world is on the brink of an environmental catastrophe, the mad rush for profit is inflicting further damage on ecology. In continuation of consistent US violations of various international environmental treaties and protocols, Trump has unilaterally withdrawn from the Paris Accord thereby once again repudiating all “legally binding” international environmental regulations and mandated reductions in green-house gas emissions. Thus the struggle for a reversal of the adverse environmental damage caused by mainstream development paradigm and years of global warming has again come to a standstill.
1.viii Across the world, this has led to a favourable objective condition for the emergence of class and mass struggles. Workers, peasants, women, youth and students are rising up in imperialist as well as in dependent countries in one form or another. People’s movements for protecting habitats and for a sustainable environment, for democratic rights and against various forms of oppression are also springing up across the world. Against the imperialist and ruling class offensives, workers and oppressed people’s struggles are developing in several Latin American, African and Asian countries. Workers and youth are rising up in the US and in many countries of Europe, the latest massive people’s upsurge against Macron’s austerity measures being the latest. Across Asia, workers, peasants, women, youth and students are leading struggles against neoliberal policies, fascism and reaction. In particular, mass movements for freedom and democracy during the last three years have challenged ruling regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey, Bahrain, Iran, etc. Neoliberal budget cuts and austerity policies aimed at shifting the burden of crisis to the shoulders of workers and peasants have led to the eruption of large scale struggles in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, etc. Big global movements have developed against neocolonial-neoliberal agencies like IMF, World Bank, WTO and against various trade and military agreements. However, in spite of the prevalence of many left forces in the forefront of these struggles, those capable of concretely analyzing the situation with a correct ideological perspective and politically leading the people towards a revolutionary alternative is lacking.
Rightward Shift in Ruling Class Politics
1.ix To deal with the emerging people’s struggles and divert them away from developing into a revolutionary situation, almost everywhere ultra-rightwing, neo-fascist, racist, xenophobic, reactionary and religious fundamentalist forces are propped up by neoliberal imperialism. Strengthening of the repressive state apparatus along with the tendency to fascistization have become the general trend in both imperialist and dependent countries.
1.x In continuation of our analysis in the Political Resolution adopted in the 10th Congress, the following period has witnessed a clear-cut neo-fascist shift in politics at a global level. The ascendancy of Trump in the US, Brexit and further rightward political shift in Britain, victory of the right of centre forces in France, further strengthening of neo-Nazi Alternative for Germany, rise to dominance of the far right Freedom Party in Austria, fascist trends in Spain and so on are instances of this general trend. Similar right wing political trends are visible in Latin America. As a result, many progressive governments with a nationalistic and anti-imperialist orientation that have come to power in several countries in Latin America in the first decade of the 21st century have faced reverses in the context of the general rightward shift in global politics. Trump administration is openly engaged in destabilizing governments in Bolivia, Venezuela Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua which are not ready to toe the US line. The US and EU are in the pursuit of large scale military investments in North Africa, West Asia, East Asia and more recently in East Europe in the context of growing conflict with Russia. Superimposition of neoliberal policies coupled with postmodern identity politics that prop up new interpretations of tribalism and religious fundamentalism as new-found means of emancipation are sowing the seeds of disunity among the oppressed. Its outcome is an acute political and economic destabilization in many African countries like, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria and so on. Identical trends are visible in Asia too. The corporate-saffron Modi regime in India is a typical example of this ultra-rightist trend.
Geopolitical Trends and Sharpening Inter-imperialist Contradictions
1.xi This international situation in which scope of surplus capital investment as well as avenues of increased global market share shrink particularly due to collapse of the purchasing power of the broad masses has prompted imperialists to intensify their struggle for re-division and domination of world market and spheres of influence. Consequent inter-monopoly competition and scramble for political and strategic influence in various parts of the world have led to mounting global political instability, growing multi-polarity and sharpening of inter-imperialist contradictions in manifold ways.Bourgeois diplomatic deception is giving way to open external reaction and violence in international affairs even in the absence of a direct confrontation between the imperialists.
1.xii US imperialism, still the leading superpower and chief war monger, sponsor of terrorism and main threat to world peace led by its arch-reactionary president Trump today pursues an extremely diehard ‘protectionism’ at home along with an aggressive militarism abroad. Its policy towards Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, etc., has become more ruthless. Even in gross disregard of the views of his NATO allies, by unilaterally terminating the 2015 Nuclear Agreement, Trump has taken an aggressive posture directed against Iran. The Trump administration is characterizing those countries that are reluctant to submit to the will of US imperialism as “rogue states”. Though North Korea is one among them and even bracketed as a “sponsor of terrorism” till recently, by now Trump has accomplished a bilateral discussion with it.
1.xiii Today, the inter-imperialist rivalry for world hegemony is most acutely manifested in imperialist China’s efforts to challenge US imperialism at both economic and political levels. Emerging as a rival centre of global production and market and as the second largest economy in the world, China has established its military base not only in Africa but even in far-flung Latin America. With its domination over global trade and finance, China has surpassed US in many spheres of production. For the uninterrupted continuation of such imperialist interests, both at home and abroad, recently the ruling Chinese regime has brought about a constitutional amendment of even abolishing the presidential term limit for putting the present incumbent Xi Jinping in the throne as the life-long head of the state. In view of such initiatives as Shanghai Cooperation Organization along with Russia, Belt and Road Initiative that in terms of its extent and scope is characterized as bigger than America’s postwar Marshall Plan, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in which China’s currency Yuan is expected to play the crucial role, BRICS and especially Shanghai based BRICS bank, etc., led by China, the US economic position is waning both at regional and global levels. To counter this, while Trump is pursuing extreme protectionist policies as manifested in the repudiation of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), disenchantment with WTO, withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord and so on, China has become the ardent champion of “globalization” and open market policies today. US imperialism is trying to overcome the consequent relative deterioration in its economic position through more aggressive militarization everywhere.
1.xiv The non-viability of the postwar geopolitical arrangement in Europe including the internal crisis of NATO has been another manifestation of the unfolding inter-imperialist rivalry. The recent Brussels meeting of the EU member states with the exception of four smaller states of Denmark, Ireland, Malta and Portugal and the decision to revive the idea of ‘Schengen military zone’ based on a common defense policy comprising the development and accumulation of weapons and joint military interventions is a challenge to the coherence of NATO in the context of the emerging contradictions between the EU and US on many international questions. This resurgence of European militarism independent of the transatlantic NATO alliance has been driven by German and French imperialists whose initiative at the creation of a European army is to be evaluated in the context of the relative weakness of US imperialism. Trump’s extreme protectionist “America First” policy that has sharpened the tensions between the United States and Europe and the Brexit that eroded the clout of US’ closest ally Britain in EU affairs have prepared the background for this. Trump’s sanctions on North Stream Pipeline to Germany have eliminated a cheap source of fuel from Russia to EU as a whole. All these developments have already weakened the erstwhile coherence in NATO between the US and EU. In general, European imperialism led by Berlin and Paris has begun openly resisting the US policy particularly in West Asia as exemplified by its open defiance of US approach towards the “Qatar crisis”, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, withdrawal from ‘two-state solution’ on Palestine and on the latest US withdrawal from Nuclear Agreement with Iran. Acute differences have emerged within the G8 and today cooperation between EU and US is more or less confined to the tactical use of NATO against Russia, their common enemy. In coming days, the materialization of an independent EU military is definitely going to sharpen inter-imperialist rivalries both in Europe and elsewhere in newer ways. At the same time, the large cuts in social spending necessitated by increased military outlays will aggravate the class contradictions in Europe and the unleashing of all reactionary, chauvinistic, anti-immigrant and neo-fascist elements on the one hand, and increasing intimidation of the revolutionary and democratic forces on the other.
1.xv Meanwhile, Trump administration has revamped the concept of the “Quadrilateral” (Quad) in alliance with its key regional partners, viz., Japan, Australia and India to further develop the so called “Indo-Pacific” bloc targeted against China in continuation Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ policy. As a result, the Asia-Pacific region has become a hot spot of growing inter-imperialist rivalries especially between the US and China. Quad’s earlier assertion to address the nuclear and missile programs of North Korea also displays US intention to isolate China in dealing with the former. At the same time, Quad’s main thrust will be on challenging Chinese territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, the US has also intensified its “interventions” in Philippines, Indonesia and other countries of the region under the guise of “countering terrorism.”
1.xvi Growing multi-polarity and shift in geopolitics leading to disintegration and redrawing of the postwar international relations have other manifestations too. Imperialist globalization and unhindered cross border capital flows and integration of economies have enabled corporate monopolies from neocolonially dependent countries to enter into mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures with MNCs from imperialist countries. Regional powers like India in South Asia, Saudi Arabia in West Asia, Brazil in Latin America, South Africa in Africa, etc. which are acting under the economic, political and military umbrella erected by imperialism but incapable of accomplishing self-expanding capitalist path of development on account of their class character, are also playing their respective role as dictated by the imperialist rules of the game. India’s big-brother role in south Asia and its strategic military alliance with US imperialism as the latter’s junior partner is an example.
1.xvii These geopolitical trends give rise to new tensions and deep contradictions within imperialism which are moving toward further global instabilities as manifested in large-scale trade wars and regional military warin different parts of the world. The worsening situation in West Asia, Afghanistan and mass killing in Syria arise directly from US interventions there. Russia’s intervention in Syria in the guise of supporting the elected Assad regime is also motivated by the latter’s strategic interests. The ongoing US sponsored Saudi slaughter and blockade in Yemen, Zionist attacks on the people of Palestine and the latest assault on Gaza, atrocities committed on the democratic and revolutionary forces in Rojava and so on, though short of a full scale war, are wiping out the people of the region and have become threatening to the international community. Coordinated efforts are urgently required to kick out the imperialists, especially the US-Israel axis from West Asia for the maintenance of peace there. Along with West Asia, the Asia Pacific is also transformed as dangerous “flash points”. Imperialist intervention in West Asia and North Africa has led to the biggest-ever exodus of refugees whose number has already crossed 65 million. The Rohingyas in Asia have become one among the most persecuted refugees today.
1.xviii As a result, all the major contradictions at the global level, the contradiction between imperialism and the oppressed peoples and nations, the contradiction between capital and labour, the contradiction between capital and nature, the contradiction between the imperialist system and the socialist forces and the contradiction among the imperialist countries and monopoly groups have sharpened further. However, in the present phase of internationalization of monopoly finance capital, rather than moving towards an open military confrontation among the major powers, in conformity with imperialism’s geopolitical interests, through local wars, threat of wars and trade and currency wars, imperialists are expanding the markets for weapons and commodities, ensuring conditions for cross-border capital flows and sharpening the scramble for sources of raw materials and putting heavier burdens on workers and oppressed masses by intensifying neoliberal policies and resorting to fascistisation.
Our Tasks at the International Level
1.xix This international situation calls for cooperation and coordinated action among Marxist-Leninist parties and revolutionary organizations against imperialism from the perspective of proletarian internationalism. Such efforts based on a concrete understanding of the international relations should at the same time be interlinked with the specific strategy and tactics of revolution in each country.
1.xx The founding of ICOR in 2010 in which CPI (ML) Red Star played a major role and the practical cooperation in international issues together with the ideological-political exchange developing among its constituents since then leading to the successful completion of the Third World Conference of ICOR are welcome initiatives in this regard. While dealing with the new developments taking place in imperialism through various seminars and debates upholding the spirit of internationalism, positive experience has gathered through several successful international conferences on workers, peasants, women and youth as well as the initiatives for the protection of environment under the auspices of ICOR. The ICOR campaign on the occasion of the 100 Years of October Revolution has brought forward more unity of revolutionary forces against imperialist reaction and fascist repression. Along with the strengthening of these initiatives, it is also our task to carry forward the ongoing debate over the understanding on imperialism and major world contradictions today within ICOR.
1.xxi The concrete international situation demands broad-based campaign against imperialism and for world peace. It necessitates the need for coordinated work to establish fraternal relations with all like-minded forces. The success of such coordinated initiatives is already evident from the experience in organizing the October Revolution Centenary Rally in St Petersburg initiated by ICOR as well as in joint anti-nuclear and environmental campaigns. In the coming days there is ample scope for such issue-based coordination among those forces having an anti-imperialist orientation.
1.xxii However, when the objective situation for a revolutionary transformation is developing everywhere, the subjective factor essential for social change is still weak on account of historical, ideological and political reasons. This is manifested in the relative absence of Marxist-Leninist parties and revolutionary organizations deeply rooted among the working class and oppressed masses capable of leading such struggles within the country and at the same time supporting and coordinating them internationally. As the reactionary essence of imperialism is becoming more and more catastrophic, a worldwide anti-imperialist movement that can effectively challenge the threat of aggression, resist corporatization and fascistization and all forms of reaction and moving towards democracy and socialism has become an urgent necessity. This is possible only by the time-bound fulfilment of our international tasks.
- National Situation
2.i More than four years of Modi regime has brought India to a frightening disruption of its socio-economic and political fabric. In a situation of RSS led extreme divisive policies, instigation of mutual hatred among people, and in an atmosphere of increasing feeling of insecurity among dalits and minorities, BJP government has brought every aspect of social life under the firm grip of corporate capital. Strengthening India’s position as the junior partner of US imperialism and entering in to strategic alliance with it, Modi has destroyed to a great extent the erstwhile non-aligned position that India had in international relations. All institutions of parliamentary democracy are degraded so as to facilitate the corporate, saffron fascist offensive.
2.ii The Political Resolution adopted by our 10th Congress in 2015 when Modi completed just eight months of his tenure had recorded thus: “2.9 Modi’s ascendancy to power has been followed by a ruthless acceleration of Manmohanomics as is manifested in the extrapolation of his ‘Gujarat model’ to the whole of India with the corporate-friendly catchwords such as ‘minimum government,’ ‘good governance’, development, etc. The ‘road map’ for Modi regime’s economic policy in the coming years containing transparent policy environment for business including reforms to enhance “ease of doing business”, liberal tax regime, full liberalization of FDI regime in strategic sectors such as defense and railways, construction of freight and industrial corridors including the creation of what is called a Diamond Quadrilateral project of high speed trains, specialized Agro-Rail networks, promotion of air connectivity to smaller towns and development of airports, connecting ports with hinterland through road and rail, outsourcing of public sector banking operations to MNCs and corporate giants such as Reliance, building up of 100 cities equipped with world class amenities, etc. based on PPP, a euphemism for privatization, attracting private investment in coal sector, completion of nuclear power projects and operationalization of international nuclear agreements, modernization and corporatization of agriculture, time-bound forest and environmental clearance for projects, and so on are fully in conformity with the diktats and requirements of crisis-ridden international finance capital.”
2.iii Since then, the drive towards neoliberal corporatization unleashed by Modi has led the country to further disruption in productive and employment-oriented sectors. Thus, even according to usually doctored official data, economic contraction in India today is the worst since the fiscal year of 2008-09 when the country was confronting the global meltdown under the Congress led UPA government. The crucial reason for this socio-economic disruption has been the sudden deterioration in the purchasing power of the vast majority of Indian people on account of neoliberal policies coupled with the super-imposition of demonetization and neoliberal policies like anti-federal GST, the biggest-ever loot through corporate price-fixing of petroleum, etc., that have transferred the reins of the economy to the firm grip of corporate capital.
- iv Ultra-rightist and pro-corporate shift in economic policies including massive subsidization and transfer of wealth to the financial elite and superrich through several corporate tax exemptions along with a steep budgetary cut in all kinds of social welfare spending have resulted in a forcible extraction from even the bare minimum means of people’s subsistence. As a consequence, India has become one of the most unequal countries globally. According to a Credit Suisse analysis, the richest one percent owned 53 percent of the country’s wealth in 2016 compared to 36.8 percent in 2000. As per a latest report by Oxfam, the top 1 percent in India has gained 73 percent of the additional wealth generated in India in 2017.
- v Though the share of agriculture in national income is around 15 percent, almost half of the Indian people still depends on it for their sustenance. Unlike in the colonial days, the present trends in agriculture should be visualized in the context of the fast penetration of corporate capital in to it along with usury and still prevailing pre-capitalist relations in certain regions. The drive towards corporate agriculture is resulting in land concentration in agri-business companies, corporate farms and agricultural bourgeoisie on the one hand, and increasing landlessness, displacement and destitution of the peasantry on the other. With no avenues to subsist, large sections of the displaced landless peasants and agricultural workers are forced to migrate to urban centres only to join the ranks of informal working class and slum dwellers. On the other hand, the share-croppers, marginal peasants and even middle peasants having no other option except to cling on to agriculture have become the worst victims of neoliberal and WTO-enforced agricultural policies. Rise in input costs and decline in the prices of agricultural outputs in the absence of price support programs together with lack of peasant-friendly credit policies and hence mounting debt burden are pushing peasants to mass suicides.
2.vi Industrial sector including core and strategic industries remains sluggish. To ensure ‘ease of doing business’ for FDI and corporate capital, even the meagre pro-worker laws are amended and workers are deprived of their hard-earned democratic rights. Privatization of existing infrastructural facilities, extension of PPP model for new infrastructure projects, disinvestment of PSUs, etc. have already destroyed large number of employment opportunities in the organized sector. While casualization and contractualization in the organized sector are the general trend, more and more workers are forced to depend on the informal and unorganized sectors which have been the worst hit on account of demonetization and GST. Allocation on the much publicized MNREGA in real terms has gone down in successive budgets. While coming to power, Modi had promised new employment generation of 2 crores per annum; but the actual labour-participation rate is going down due to all round economic slowdown.
2.vii The condition of all oppressed including women, dalits, adivasis and minorities has become more devastating. Crisis in the unorganised sector has reduced women workers’ participation in employment. All forms of sexual violence both in home and at workplace against women and caste-based violence against dalit women have increased in manifold ways. Archaic and feudal values are imposed on women, who are subjected to moral policing by free-wheeling saffron goons. The BJP leadership maintains total silence on women’s reservation in parliament and legislatures, even as it reaps maximum communal mileage from the Triple Talaq issue.In spite of the Supreme Court judgement, the LGBTQ+ community remains subject to all kinds of illegal and unjust terror and harassment.
- viia Women have become the worst sufferers under the Hindutva rule. As exemplified by the response from saffron forces against Supreme Court order removing discrimination against women’s entry into Sabarimala Temple, all religious obscurantist and feudal forces are unleashed on every realm of women’s life. Even as patriarchal and caste-based codes and values irrespective religions are getting dominance everywhere, under the Modi regime and especially in BJP-ruled states violence against women is on the ascendance.
2.viii Privatization and disinvestment of PSUs and machinations against caste-based reservation have become threatening to dalits. Worst form of caste discrimination and humiliation and caste-based daily oppression together with forcible displacement from land and habitats and consequent increased marginalization have accelerated their discontent and resentment. Increasing dalit fury and resistance have been steadily growing beginning with the movements against Rohit Vemula’s murder and attacks on dalits in UP and Maharashtra. The Una flogging of dalits by saffron goons, attacks on dalits attending the Bhima-Koregaon anniversary and similar developments in various parts of the country are also the contexts for rapid politicization among the oppressed and for militant dalit assertion and resistance against brahmanical offensive. There is a growing demand for reservation in the private sector for SCs, STs and OBCs which the party must support.
- ix While budgetary allocations to adivasis are either curtailed or withheld on the one hand, various RSS-affiliated NGO organizations are actively engaged in dragging the tribal people in to the Hindutva fold. Penetration of corporate capital and forest mafia in violation of Forest Rights Act in different ways, hand in glove with politician-bureaucrat nexus, is threatening adivasis’s livelihood and right to forest produce. Like the dalits, tribal people are also subjected to massive displacement from their habitats and migration to urban slums. Malnourishment and hunger deaths have become frequent among tribal communities. The corporate- saffron regime is ruthless in suppressing adivasi struggles for land and livelihood as in the case of the struggles of other oppressed sections.
2.x Corruption which is inherent under capitalism has assumed new dimensions as an inalienable concomitant of neoliberal corporatization under the Modi regime. Corporate loot of public sector banks and creation of huge volume of NPAs under official patronage is just one glaring example. Most corrupt corporate leaders and CEOs accompanying Modi in his frequent foreign tours has become regular feature. Demonetization itself was an ingenious move for the corporate black money holders to whiten their huge unaccounted wealth through the legal route. Unlike in the past, the biggest corruption scandals of recent period including the latest Rafale deal are directly traceable to Modi with his ‘larger-than-life stature’ even as corporate media keeps a studied silence on them. India has become a flourishing example of ‘crony capitalism’ emanating from corporate-politician-bureaucrat nexus in the policy decision-making process such that, as pointed out by various international studies, during the last two year period, even surpassing Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, India has become the most corrupt country in Asia.
2.xi Islamofobia is systematically built up; Muslim Youth are targeted as antinational and terrorist and are often charged under UAPA and anti-Sedition laws. Muslims are frequently attacked and lynched by Hindutva goons masked as cow vigilantes or Gau Rakshaks, with the connivance of the BJP government. The rightwing communal offensive has created a climate of fear and insecurity amongst the Muslim minorities. The lynching of innocent Muslim men and boys and the palpable bias of the state administration in dealing with such incidents in BJP-ruled states has heightened their insecurity. Security and livelihood of minorities are in peril in BJP ruled states like Uttar Pradesh. Even the Central Government has exposed its Islamophobia when dealing with the Rohingya refugees.All these also prepare the ground fertile for the growth of extremist Muslim outfits adding further justification for fascistization and intensified repression on minorities.
2.xii All environmental regulations including mandatory EIA studies for infrastructure projects are being taken away. In the name of development, corporate financiers are given unfettered freedom for natural resource explorations in gross violation of laws pertaining to workplace, land conservation, food agriculture, forest, wildlife and coastal zones, with highly detrimental impacts on the sustenance of workers especially women workforce, dalits, tribals, fishers and so on.
2.xiii Meanwhile, prices of all items of mass consumption and essential services like healthcare and education fuelled especially by soaring petroleum prices are galloping. PDS is systematically dismantled even as large sections of poor people are deprived of all kinds of subsidized services through Aadhar that has become a data base available for online monopolies. Corporatization and commercialization of healthcare and education have become the general trend.
2.xiv Concerted efforts are in full swing to bring the entire cultural and educational spheres of the country under saffron tutelage. Obscurantism and religious bigotry are superimposed on science and historical studies. Dissenters are branded as anti-national and ‘anti-Hindu’ and are subjected to fascist attacks.Intellectuals and activists like Pansare, Dabholkar, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh are killed and many more are intimidated. Democratic rights activists are branded as ‘terrorists’ and ‘Maoists’ and targeted. The charging of UPA against the leaders of the Bhima-Koregaon struggle is the latest example. People are denied their choice of food and are accused as cow-slaughterers and beef eaters and are brutally beaten up and killed by freewheeling saffron gangs under the umbrella of the central regime. People are being browbeaten by the Hindutva gangs even for putting their honest views on social media.
2.xv In India, Modi government’s sinister effort to manipulate the judiciary has compelled even the senior judges of the apex court to come out openly, exposing the crisis confronting the judicial system. Loya case has unfolded as a typical instance of the dangerous situation in which even the security of judges hearing ‘sensitive’ cases is in jeopardy. On the one hand, while Modi government is interfering in the appointment of judges to the highest court violating all precedents, on the other, it is resorting to illegal means to keep out judgments against BJP and Saffron leaders. The recent statement of Amit Shah that the Supreme Court must only give such judgements which can be implemented is a clear challenge to the judiciary.
2.xvi Manipulation of judiciary is part of the broader theme of communalization of all constitutional offices, civil and military services so as to toe the saffron line. All key policy-making and implementation bodies, councils, and committees of the central government are packed with RSS-affiliated NGO leaders, voluntary activists, academics, intellectuals, spiritual leaders and even Hindu godmen. The extra-ordinary move to nominate corporate-sanghis to government administration as senior bureaucrats superseding the Indian Civil Service is the latest in this series. Right from the post of the President to governors of states and vice-chancellors of universities are filled with RSS leaders or hard-core Hindutva adherents. Those who question the impropriety of such moves are branded as anti-nationals.
- xvii Even as major sections of the media have fallen in line with the corporate-saffron agenda, media persons and journalists taking independent positions are eliminated and intimidated often through false charges. To avoid reports and news which expose the true colour of the regime, reporters and editors are threatened and even removed from their posts using pliable managements.
- xviii Modi regime’s insistence on digitization of citizen’s identity through such means as Aadhar or Unique Identification Number(UID) disregarding larger privacy concerns associated with the collection of biometric data and personal information has become a serious threat to people. India still not having specific laws to guarantee privacy, the government forcing citizens to share their biometric details under threat of denying essential services is a breach of the fundamental right to privacy. In view of renewed efforts by Europe and other countries to make their privacy laws more stringent in the context of the information of the kind of data scraping resorted by Cambridge Analytica, concerted efforts are required here to ensure people’s freedom from both state and corporate surveillance and guarantee of fundamental democratic rights.
- xix Urgent attention is called for a major restructuring of the entire election process in the country. The BJP which till 2014 had been vociferously condemning the EVM on account of its vulnerability to fraud and tampering has now become its ardent champion as it can effectively utilize the same in its favour. The possibility of insertion of malicious software in to EVMs and manipulation of voting preferences being already proved, several countries of the world have abandoned EVMs and are pursuing the ballots. While raising this issue together with all like-minded forces, a concerted campaign is also required for replacing the ‘first pass the post system’ with proportional representation in elections and introduction of people’s right to recall the elected representatives. Similarly, provisions should be incorporated for totally keeping communal forces away from interfering in election in any manner. In brief, our Party should unite in campaign with all democratic and progressive forces for a thorough democratization of the election process.
2.xx In accordance with its saffron agenda, the BJP government has made the J&K question at its worst. Totally rejecting the need of an independent referendum which is the feasible political solution for Kashmir question, Modi regime’s militarization of the entire region by unleashing armed forces and state police has completely alienated Kashmiri people. RSS elements are constantly communalizing the situation thereby repeatedly demanding repeal of Article 370 and Article 35A. The Kathuva-like incidents have aggravated it further.
- xxi The entire north-east is militarized and the situation in Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam has further aggravated due to the wanton use of black laws such as AFSPA along with state’s own militarization with the backing of open communalization led by RSS. The attend to amend the Citizenship Act in favour of mainly Hindu immigrants and wholly targeted against Muslims and the efforts to tinker with the National Register of Citizens in Assam in conformity with this have created a communally surcharged and polarized situation there. The state of the Gurkha people’s ethnic question has further worsened due to the manner it is handled by the TMC government along with interference by the BJP. As a whole, the federal structure of the country is facing the biggest threat under Modi regime.
2.xxii Together with these political moves, the superimposition of GST depriving the states of their constitutional rights to have own sources of resource mobilization has undermined the federal structure of India. As a whole, various administrative steps such as abolition of the Planning Commission, alteration in the terms of reference of Finance Commission, changes in the priorities of central fund devolution to the states, etc., arbitrarily imposed by the Modi government has done immense damage to the federal structure of the nation and the state and in strangling the democratic aspirations of various nationalities in the country.
2.xxiia Today around 7 million Indian expatriates are working in Gulf countries. They play a major role in sustaining India’s foreign exchange basket. However, during the past few years, due to world economic crisis and consequent fluctuations in the price of oil, large number of them has been forced to return to India resulting in their rehabilitation becoming an urgent issue in states like Kerala.As the coming days are to witness an increasing inflow of the gulf returnees, appropriate steps for their rehabilitation involving efficient use of both their hard-earned savings and expertize should form an urgent task of the central and state governments.
2.xxiii Relations with all neighbouring countries have worsened. SAARC has become defunct, mainly on account of the pursuit of totally antagonistic policies and cutting down all channels for bilateral talks with Pakistan. In the protracted Doklam stalemate from which India had to ignominiously retreat, Bhutan refused to come out in support of Indian military deployment. On the contrary, it has started leaning more to China. The Indian regime led by Modi had tried its level best to thwart the advent of a secular government in Nepal. However, the political unification in Nepal between CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist) in to a single party following government formation and its move for closer ties with China have been a slap on the face of the Modi government. Modi’s communal handling of the Rohingya refugees has even alienated Bangladesh also giving scope for anti-India campaign there.
2.xxiv Similar is the case with Sri Lanka and Maldives. Even after the civil war, the Buddhist fundamentalists in Sri Lanka continue their antagonism towards Tamil people and Muslims without any let up and the promise of autonomy to Tamil majority area has become an eye-wash. Modi government’s US-backed ‘expansionist’ designs have prompted the Sri Lankan regime to move closer to China. Similarly, in the recent political crisis in the Maldives, a SAARC member, arising from contradiction between judiciary and executive, the latter has openly displayed its distrust of the Indian regime. Thus the big-brother bullying attitude of Modi regime has unprecedentedly worsened the relations with all neighbours. On the other hand, it is satisfied with its strategic alliance with US imperialism and being used as a launching pad for the latter’s anti-China machinations.
- xxv Against this corporate-saffron offensive unleashed by the Modi regime, different sections of the toiling and oppressed are steadily coming up all over India. Militant struggles of the peasants who form one of the major chunks of the most devastated, have risen up especially from BJP-NDA ruled states such as Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Rajasthan,Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh resulting in the electoral defeat of the BJP in the recent Assembly elections to the last three states. The Maruti workers struggle has got widespread attention. The heroic resistance of the people of Tamil Nadu that led to the massacre of 13 people in police firing has forced the government to cancel Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant project in Tutucorin. During this period, the capital city of Delhi itself has witnessed many prolonged struggles by workers, peasants, students and cultural activists. Against the atrocities including subtle forms of untouchability and caste-discrimination being practiced in campuses, and against the increasing Hindutva academic and ideological offensive in higher education, student resistances have emerged in the renowned central universities and research institutes of India. Rallies and protests by dalits, tribals and minorities uniting with struggling democratic forces against the saffron fascistic onslaughts have become regular all over India. Even leading writers, intellectuals and artists have come out in the streets protesting against the killings of Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh after returning their prestigious awards.
Immediate Task of Resisting BJP’s Corporate Saffron Fascistization
3.i The disastrous situation brought out by BJP regime and the mounting all round social contradictions have brought India to a critical situation. In this context, the immediate task today is to resist and resolutely defeat the intensifying trend towards corporate saffron fascistization, the concrete manifestations of which are self-evident before the people. The situation today is a quatitatively distinct one with a well-defined ultra-rightwing shift in policies coupled with the BJP call towards an ‘opposition-free’ saffron fascist sate.
3.ii While drawing out the basic contours of the essential task of isolating and defeating corporate saffron forces, a clear perception regarding the positions of the political parties and formations in the country is also important. Obviously, it was by effectively utilizing the people’s resentment against the neoliberal policies of the Congress-led UPA rule on the one hand, and cleverly appropriating the soft-Hindutva pursued by it on the other, that the RSS led BJP ascended to power in 2014. Today, while the BJP has grown as the leading Indian ruling class party merging itself with corporate-big bourgeois and landlordinterests, the class character of the Congress though in opposition continues to be the same. Similar is the case with most of the regional and state-level parties, many of whom having communal and caste orientation and eager to seek opportunist alliances with both Congress and BJP. And like the BJP and Congress, these parties are also adherents of neoliberal policies.
3.iii It is a fact that the documents of the Left Front led by the CPI (M) including other left parties speak at length against the neoliberal policies and saffronisation inflicted by BJP on the one hand, and expose the class character of the Congress on the other. However, its appeal for left assertion is confusing. Its approach towards an anti-BJP alliance lacks clarity as it implies an understanding with the reactionary Congress. In practice, its anti-communal stance against fascistization is separated from its link with neoliberalism such that wherever the Left Front comes to power it also faithfully implements the very same pro-corporate neo-liberal policies. For instance, the CPI (M) led Kerala government was among the first that came forward wholeheartedly supporting the Modi government’s anti-federal and pro-corporate GST. And, the left sectarian sections at the other end of the political spectrum are reluctant to concretely approach the national and international realities. They also have no alternative to the grave danger the country is confronting today.
3 iv It is in this context that the urgency of concretely putting forward the idea of independent left assertion with that of building up a people’s alternative as two inseparable components becomes imperative. At the realm of parliamentary politics, defeating the BJP in the forthcoming general election has become the central question today. While acknowledging that task, as revolutionary left, the task of overthrowing the saffron fascist challenge should not in any way dilute our perspective of an alternative people’s development paradigm against neoliberal policies initiated and strengthened by the ten-year successive UPA rule which is now speeded up by the BJP regime. That is, while welcoming the defeat of Modi regime, our stand is not for an acknowledgement of the pro-corporate policies led by another combination of ruling class parties. Therefore, under the banner of a grand alliance against BJP, the indispensable political struggle against neoliberalism and all its manifestations should not be obliterated. At a time when world imperialism and ruling classes everywhere are engaged in their anti-communist offensive in diverse forms and are denigrating all socialist ideals, the perspective of a people’s alternative with all-round democratization for paving the way towards socialism assumes paramount importance in our political struggle.
3.v Therefore, the uncompromising struggle against saffron fascist forces needs to be carried forward uniting with all the genuine secular, democratic and left forces having a principled stand against neoliberal policies. As opposed to the opportunist ruling class alliances, this alternative capable of bringing about a political and class polarization led by working class, peasantry and all the oppressed will strengthen itself and can more effectively and vigorously lead the struggle against corporate saffron fascistization. Raising high the banner of this principled and class-oriented political initiative is thus the need of the hour. If such an initiative is not forthcoming at this juncture, when the communist revolutionary forces are not strong enough to lead a nation-wide struggle against neoliberalism and saffron fascist onslaught, as hitherto experience has time and again proved, it will only marginalize and further weaken the Left both politically and organizationally. As such, this line of independent self assertion with clear-cut revolutionary political orientation is indispensable for enthusing the broad masses of struggling people in the country and for overcoming the depoliticizing situation propped up by the ruling system.
3.vi In resisting and defeating corporate saffron offensive, the effectiveness of our electoral interventions as communists is inevitably rooted in the ideological and political basis developed through Left’s independent self-assertion. This is to be achieved through sustained people’s resistance struggles and movements for an alternative people’s development paradigm against the neoliberal pro-corporate policies espoused by the ruling classes and their apologists. In building up such a broad movement, the working class, peasantry, women, dalits, adivasis, minorities and all oppressed and toiling sections should be rallied against corporate onslaughts, displacement, caste and communal oppression, violation of democratic rights, environmental degradation, etc. We should be able to coordinate all struggles of different sections fighting fascism albeit for different reasons. Unity in such struggles shall also provide the context for a healthy ideological-political debate among the revolutionary-progressive sections for building up a left-democratic people’s alternative to defeat corporate saffron fascism and neoliberalism.
3.vii In this political task of welding together both parliamentary and non-parliamentary forms of struggles, the Bhangar resistance movement in West Bengal developing under the political initiative of CPI(ML) Red Star and supported by other likeminded forces offers valuable insights.Support also came from all political parties except TMC and BJP. This movement against power grid has yielded a political atmosphere there enabling all forces fighting the anti-people and repressive policies of both the central and state governments to join together. Backed by this people’s movement, the Committee that stood for the local body election could make an impressive victory in those seats where it could contest. Together with this, the movement has also become a model of resisting the reign of terror unleashed over the people by Mamta regime and its fascist goons. The Bhangar people’s resistance movement unfolds itself the correctness of the political orientation as elucidated in the Program and Path of Revolution of CPI (ML) Red Star.
3.viii The Bhangar experience pinpoints towards the possibility of building up people’s movements through appropriate revolutionary intervention according to the concrete conditions of different states in the country. It is a political line combining both electoral and non-parliamentary struggles that we should boldly uphold before the left, democratic and struggling forces in our country. People organized and politicized through various resistance movements against all forms of corporatization and fascistization can be brought together and linked with the concept of the Mass Political Platform having a common manifesto at appropriate levels. Interactions with all revolutionary, left, democratic and struggling forces are to be carried forward and developed further for evolving a national coordination based on a common manifesto to resist the corporate saffron fascistization at the all India level.
3.ix With this comprehensive understanding, as outlined in Part 3 of the Political Resolution adopted by the 10th Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star, we have to urgently engage in building up Party, strengthening class/mass organizations and peoples movements and developing class struggle. Together with this, using all available means we should go for a resolute ideological-political campaign against imperialism and the ruling system, against corporate-saffron fascism, on the ideological-political questions facing the communist movement today and on the need of developing Marxism-Leninism according to the concrete conditions of our country. In this background, our Party should actively strive for discussions with all revolutionary, left and democratic forces along with other struggling forces for a national coordination seeking the possibility of drafting a common manifesto to resist and defeat the corporate-communal fascist threat. To facilitate this, all state committees of the Party should take up the task of building up struggle-based Mass Political Platforms as per the objective situation prevailing at the state level and inspire and enthuse the struggling masses so that these efforts can develop to a Political Alternative at the national level by the time of the 2019 General Election.
3.x In the coming days, this political line of our Party resisting corporate saffron fascist forces from the perspective independent left assertion based on a people’s alternative will strengthen Marxist-Leninist forces on the one hand and, shall impart a powerful boost for all the anti-fascist progressive, democratic and secular forces engaged in the challenging task of defeating the Modi regime on the other.
* Defeat Corporate- Saffron Fascist Forces!
* Build up People’ Alternative Based on Independent Left Assertion!
*March towards People’s Democracy and Socialism!
*Long Live CPI (ML) Red Star!
This global situation very naturally gives rise tension and military conflicts in south-east Asia. India as a strategic partner of US is getting more and more involved in conflicts with its neighbouring countries. Since the ruling classes of our country give more importance to serve the international global capital instead of keeping good and healthy relation with the neighbouring countries, the conflicts with them is naturally surging high.
Since the global political situation is moving to the rightist and fascistic direction India is no exception. The Narendra Modi government under the ideology of communal fascist RSS is a matching partner of Donald Trump government of US, and is getting involved in local conflicts with China and Pakistan. These incidents are going against the interest of the youths of our country as every military conflict and war in history were fought at the cost of the lives of the youths to serve the interest of big capital and other ruling classes.
The economic situation of our country is absolutely devastating. Actually since 1947 the ruling classes of India dragged the country towards the path of neo-colonial dependence on imperialism instead of making a truly independent and self-sufficient land with prestige and prosperity. After seven decades the situation has become worse. With the advent of the neo-liberal regime with globalization, the attack on the lives of the common people has increased. The youths particularly are facing tremendous pressure in economic field. Any discussion of the various fields shows how the situation is becoming worse for all oppressed sections. In the main, the youths of our country even after seventy years of so called independence have failed to get a decent life. As a result migration is spreading like wildfire for a job and settlement.
With the advancement of communal fascist force in our country the condition of the youth is being more endangered. Out of frustration and desperation the youth force is being used as tools of communal fascist forces. Youths from the weaker communities are facing double attack in economic as well as social fields in every sphere of society. Youths from Muslim, dalit and other weaker communities are now leading a terrorized life. All the constitutional rights are robbed from them in the name of nationalism and patriotism. The condition of the girls and young women is more miserable. Sexual attacks, harassment and murders are the order of the day in corners of the country.
All these developments are posing increasingly grave challenges before the youth as a whole. The renaissance values, the ideals put forward before the youth by revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh are getting eroded very fast under the onslaughts of corporate-communal fascist tyranny being imposed under the Sangh Parivar led Modi regime. But the significant feature of today is that while all these negative features are gaining momentum day by day, challenging these the youth forces are coming up from among the dalits, adivasis, workers, peasantry and from among te various people’s movements like Bhangar etc. The forces of reaction and status quo are being challenged by forces of social change.
In this situation, as a revolutionary youth organization the task of RYFI is to develop the youth movement against the hegemony of imperialism and their compradors and lackeys by organizing all the youths of our country based on its programme of social change. RYFI should get prepared to carry forward these tasks as explained in its Programme and in continuation to the decisions of the Third All-India Conference, while joining hands with the new youth forces coming up, and political forces dedicated for changing the existing ruling system to one of socialist goals. The Fourth All India Conference has underlined this basic task once again according to present situation and has planned to implement these taska fighting shoulder to shoulder with all oppressed classes and sections.
But today, taking advantage of the political weakness of the Left and progressive forces in general, almost everywhere fascist state apparatuses rooted in ultra-rightist, neo-fascist, racist, reactionary and religious fundamentalist forces are propped up by neoliberal capitalism to shift the burden of the imperialist crisis to the backs of workers and oppressed peoples such that workers and people’s upsurges against the reactionary ruling regimes are developing the world over. World unemployment, poverty and inequality have reached record levels and international environmental situation is worsening even as wealth concentration and the number of billionaires are rising. Collapse of the purchasing power of the broad masses and the consequent shrinking of the global market have prompted imperialists to intensify their struggle for domination of world market and spheres of influence giving rise to a growing multi-polarity and sharpening inter-imperialist contradictions.
Thus, a corollary of this crisis-ridden world imperialist economy has been the mounting global political instability in manifold ways. US imperialism, still the leading superpower and chief war monger, sponsor of terrorism and main threat to world peace led by its arch-reactionary president Trump followed by economic blockade is continuing its threat of destruction on North Korea with a nuclear strike characterizing the latter as a “sponsor of terrorism”. Trump administration’s unilateral termination on October 13, 2017 of the 2015 Nuclear Agreement with Iran is an aggressive action directed against Iran. Trump’s provocations and characterization of North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba as “rogue states” which in US diplomacy means those states who do not submit to the will of US imperialism have become open threats to world peace. Along with the tendency to fascistization as manifested in the domestic strengthening of the repressive state apparatus in both imperialist and dependent countries, bourgeois diplomatic deception is giving way to open external reaction and violence in international affairs. Everywhere revolutionary and democratic forces are increasingly intimidated and even arrested and incarcerated. In Europe, in continuation of the ascendancy of rightist and neo-Nazi forces in French and German elections, similar trends are recurring in Austria and Spain.
On November 13, an epoch-making event that points to an extreme crisis of the postwar geopolitical order has unfolded in Europe. While Trump was engaged in his Asia-Pacific tour, in Brussels foreign and defense ministers from 23 of the 27 EU member states (with the exception of smaller states of Denmark, Ireland, Malta and Portugal) has signed a framework document (“agreement on permanent structured cooperation” —PESCO) on a common defense policy, thereby committing themselves for close cooperation in the development and accumulation of weapons, and in making available troops and equipment for joint military interventions, all leading to a “military Schengen” zone. The driving forces behind PESCO that signifies an escalation of European militarism are Germany and France. This initiative that aims at the creation of a European army independent of the transatlantic NATO alliance is reportedly inspired by recent events especially that of the election of Donald Trump and Brexit. Until now, Britain, closest ally of Yankee imperialism, which was successful in preventing the emergence of an alternative to NATO has lost its clout due to Brexit. Further, Trump’s “America First” policy has sharpened the tensions between the United States and Europe. Trump’s sanctions on Russian North Sea gas pipeline to Germany have eliminated a cheap source of fuel to EU as a whole. All these developments have already lost the erstwhile coherence in NATO between the US and EU.In general, European imperialism led by Berlin and Paris has begun openly resisting the US policy particularly in West Asia as exemplified by its open defiance of US approach during the “Qatar crisis.” Today cooperation between EU and US is more or less confined to the tactical use of NATO against Russia, their common enemy. No doubt, in coming days, the increased military outlays in EU in connection with PESCO while on the one hand will unleash all reactionary, chauvinistic and neo-fascist forces shall also sharpen the class contradictions there on the other. Large scale trade wars among various imperialist powers especially in view of Trump’s protectionist policies are imminent.
Meanwhile, the latest East Asia Summit (EAS) in Manila is effectively utilized by the US to revamp the concept of the “Quadrilateral” (Quad) in alliance with its key regional partners, viz., Japan, Australia and India to further develop the so called “Indo-Pacific” bloc targeted against China whose influence is growing in Asia, Africa and globally. That Australia which was unwilling to form part of the Quad—the de-facto anti-China alliance among four states—a decade ago due to Chinese opposition has now joined it shows the growing contradictions between Australia and China but also between the latter and Japan which has started militarizing itself on a large scale. As a result, the Asia-Pacific region has become a hot spot of growing inter-imperialist rivalries especially between the US and China. Quad’s assertion to address the nuclear and missile programs of North Korea also displays US intention to isolate China in dealing with the former. At the same time, Quad’s main thrust will be on challenging Chinese territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea. While US is harping on war and regime change in North Korea in the pretext of the latter’s weapons program, it has intensified its “interventions” in Philippines, Indonesia and other countries of the region in the guise of “countering terrorism.”
Obviously, while China is emerging as a rival centre of global production and world market leader pertaining to trade and finance backed by such initiatives as Shanghai Cooperation Organization along with Russia, Belt and Road Initiative (which is characterized as the Chinese equivalent of America’s postwar Marshall Plan in Europe), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Shanghai based BRICS bank, etc., the US economic position is waning both at regional and global levels. To counter this, while Trump is pursuing extreme protectionist policies as manifested in his repudiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which had been the economic front of Obama’s “pivot to Asia” policy, his criticism of WTO and so on, China has become the ardent champion of “globalization” and open market policies today. US imperialism under Trump is trying to overcome the consequent relative deterioration in its economic position through military means and intimidations everywhere.
Thus, the irreversible imperialist crisis and developments thereof today are leading to disintegration and redrawing of the postwar international relations. These are resulting in new tensions and deep contradictions within imperialism which are moving toward further global instabilities as manifested in large-scale trade wars and regional military conflicts in different parts of the world as evidenced from the situation in West Asia, Syria and Afghanistan including the ongoing US sponsored Saudi slaughter and blockade in Yemen. Along with West Asia, the Asia Pacific is also transforming as dangerous “flash points”.
Imperialist intervention in West Asia and North Africa has led to the biggest-ever exodus of refugee whose number has already crossed 65 million. The Rohingyas in Asia have become one among the most persecuted refugees today.
When poverty, unemployment and inequality are on the rise and environmental catastrophes are recurring, the neoliberal states everywhere are resorting to pro-corporate development paradigm, domestic fascistization and unleashing of threat of war. Against the imperialist and ruling class offensives, workers and oppressed people’s struggles are developing in several Latin American, African and Asian countries. Workers and youth are rising up in the US and in many countries of Europe. Across Asia, workers, peasants, women, youth and students are leading struggles in many countries against neoliberal policies, fascism and reaction. Revolutionary situation is developing in many parts of the world.
However, when the objective situation for a revolutionary transformation is developing everywhere, the subjective factor essential for social change is still weak as is manifested in the relative absence or weak condition of Marxist-Leninist parties and revolutionary organizations deeply rooted among the working class and oppressed masses capable of leading such struggles within the country and at the same time supporting and coordinating them internationally.
As the reactionary essence of imperialism is more catastrophic today, a worldwide anti-imperialist movement based on a revolutionary ideological-political orientation that can effectively challenge the threat of aggression, resist corporatization and all forms of reaction and moving towards democracy and socialism has become an urgent necessity.
COMBAT THE CORPORATE-COMMUNAL FASCIST CHALLENGE; BUILD PEOPLE'S ALTERNATIVE!
IN SPITE of the severe reversals suffered by the economy and its impacts, and the growing resentment among the people against these, the Sangh Parivar led BJP is feverishly intensifying its communal fascist offensive and is in an advantageous position as there are no powerful political parties with countrywide influence or political alliances to challenge it. Due to its past deeds the Congress is still in decline and other parties have only regional influence. Congress and many of these parties may go for a ‘grand alliance’ before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. But they have no alternate economic policies and anti-caste, secular, democratic political vision to challenge the communal fascist stranglehold of the BJP. Their only hope is to return to power utilizing the growing resentment among the people against the Modi rule and the democratic aspirations of the middle classes and intellectual sections.
Though the CPI(M) led Left Front is vocal against the communal fascism of BJP and against the corporate policies, wherever it is in power today, in Kerala and Tripura, it is implementing the very same corporate raj pushed forward by Modi. In spite of the severe setback suffered by it in W. Bengal after 34 years of continuous rule, it and its Left Front partners are not ready to take any lessons from it. On the contrary, a major section in the CPI(M) is campaigning for an open alliance with Congress. Even if such an alliance is not formed, in the post election scene, as in 2004, it shall eagerly opt for such an alliance again in the name of keeping BJP out. In spite of its last party congress’ calls to create an illusion before the ranks who were dissatisfied by the setbacks in Bengal and in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it has never tried to put forward any long term perspective for independent left assertion challenging the corporate-communal fascist raj and to unite the left parties and organizations based on a common minimum program. So long as it continues its social democratic line it can never do this. The present strife within it shows that in effect it has no vision beyond allying with Congress and other ruling class/regional parties for an anti-BJP electoral effort.
It is in this context, while discussing the question of building a people’s alternative in Bengal, the PB of CPI(ML) Red Star had called for building a mass political platform for defeating the TMC and BJP, without going for any political alliance with Congress and CPI(M) led front, and at the same time uniting all like-minded political organizations and people’s movements based on a Common Minimum Program. An evaluation of the present political forces among the broad spectrum of the “CR forces” and our own experience to build unity among them based on a CMP shows that still a number of them are following sectarian line, Liberation like forces have gone to CPI(M) front, or CPI(Maoist) is pursuing its suicidal anarchist line. At the same time, the experience of numerous people’s movements around the country, especially that of Bhangar like people’s resistance movement shows that any meaningful challenge against the corporate-communal fascist raj intensified by Sangh Parivar can be thrown up only by uniting these people’s movements and like-minded forces based on a People’s Manifesto.
In the present situation, no doubt, the challenge is to defeat BJP and the Sangh Parivar behind it. But can the fight against the communal fascist polices intensified by the BJP government can be delinked from the struggle against the neoliberal policies and intensifying corporatization initiated by the Congress and speeded up by BJP rule? As far as the Congress and other ruling class/regional parties are concerned, they delink these two tasks. They have no intention to reject the neoliberal policies. They want to limit the fight to electorally defeating BJP in coming elections. The problem with the reformist forces led by the CPI (M) led Left Front is that though they talk about the necessity for opposing the neo-liberal policies, they neither pursue such a policy wherever they come to power or mention it when the question of forging the anti-BJP alliance is discussed. In effect, they tail the line of Congress in this. This is the line of petti-bourgeois classes Though among the ranks of theirs, many may aspire for independent left assertion, both sections of leaders involved in the present internal strife in CPI(M) are responsible for the non-implementation of their own party’s 22nd Congress decisions for building a left initiative.
It is in this situation, the Central Committee of the CPI(ML) Red Star which met at Varanasi on 18-19 November, while stressing the need to defeat BJP and the communal fascist policies it intensifies, has called for building Mass Political Platforms according to concrete conditions in each state based on a People’s Manifesto uniting like-minded parties, organizations, groups and mass people’s movements with the perspective of pursuing independent left assertion with socialist objective. Such initiatives at state level shall help to build a countrywide Mass Political Alternative before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
THE issue of building a political alternative has emphatically become a priority at present in West Bengal. The ten months old anti-Power Grid movement in Bhangar has presented this as a more urgent task. The ensuing elections to three-tier Panchayat system has added new dimension to it, although this political alternative will be built state wide and extra-parliamentary mass and class struggle will be its principal working field.
The overall evaluation of national and state situation directs that the main target of attack of this political alternative will be Trinamool Congress party and its government in the state, and the BJP and its government at the centre. The long lasting presence of Congress and CPIM in different governments and subsequent practices made by them confirm that this political alternative cannot go for any political alliance with Congress or CPIM led political front.
Our responsibility is to develop a common minimum programme (CMP) by upholding Bhangar movement as an example, and accepting the three mass movements as milestones, i.e., Bhangar, Singur and Nandigram in our slogan. On the basis of this CMP a mass political front or forum will be formed at state level. This front or forum will be formed with participation of like-minded parties, organizations, individuals, and groups. In addition, the representatives of ongoing mass movements in the state, Bhangar is one of those, will participate in this front or forum. The representatives of all other struggling forces will participate as well. This participation will take place at mass level.
We are developing a political alternative that completely rejects present development paradigm directed by imperialism and upholds a pro-people development model; so, this front or forum must be extended at district, block and area level as well. This front will conduct day-to-day activities. We will meet the like-minded parties, organizations, individuals, groups, mass movements and struggling forces in the course of finalizing the CMP of this political alternative through exchange of opinions.
We have already gone through different processes of forming political alternatives in the past. We will take forward present task of forming a political alternative to address the need of present political situation by keeping the positive and negative experiences of our past efforts. We are hopeful that our effort will bring enthusiasm in the struggling masses and ensure their participation and a mass based alternative will be formed. We will put our utmost effort to develop a mass political front with a wide mass character.
After lots of globe- trotting by Modi, his government’s performance in international relations is also proved lack-lustre. While serving US plans to encircle China, the economic realities call for extending relations with it, putting it in a dilemma. Its policies have worsened the country’s relations with Pakistan and all other neighbouring countries.
Its efforts to overcome this ever weakening performance in the economic field and foreign relations by intensifying saffronization of all fields are also facing growing resistance. Starting from the revolt in IIT, Chennai, the students’ resistance against imposition of Brahminical values, savarna fascist approaches in the centres of higher education like FTII, Pune, Hyderabad central University, JNU have led to outbreak of student movement at ever wider scale. The murders of known progressive intellectuals like Pansare, Dhabolkar and Kalburgi and spreading of an atmosphere of intolerance have led to intellectuals in large numbers coming out to combat the fascist atmosphere being created. Though the RSS parivar is utilizing every opportunity to continue saffronization utilizing the state power, to polarize the Hindutua vote bank frantically, the resistance against it is growing day by day. As a result, the popularity of Modi and his government have not improved. Reflecting this mood, the corporate media which had given overwhelming support to Modi during his Lok Sabha election campaign has started criticizing his non-performance in vital sectors. For example, the non-performance of the central and state governments led by BJP when the people are confronting unprecedented draught and lack of drinking water has led to increasing criticisms against it.
Contrary to its expectations, within a short time after coming to power Modi government started facing popular resistance to its policies of corporatization and saffronization. Though the institutionalized trade union centres did not take up any follow up actions, the participation in the all India strike in September, 2015 was massive. As the peasantry is getting more impoverished and more of them are committing suicide, sporadic resistance of the peasantry is coming out in various forms. The increasing student resistance in many universities is a sign of growing alienation of the youth and students from this government and RSS parivar. The latest revolt of half a million predominantly women garment workers of Bangalore demanding revoking of the PF law had paralyzed the city for two days. All these are showing the growing anger against the neoliberal policies speeded up by the Modi government which are impoverishing the masses and devastating nature.
In this situation, the elections to the five state assemblies in which the BJP in alliance with two regional parties could get majority in Assam became a shot in its arm. Along with it, the consolidation of its Hindutua presence in Bengal and Kerala also has gladdened it. After the debacles in the elections to Delhi and Bihar assemblies in 2015, BJP is showcasing this recent ‘victory’ in a high pitch campaign though compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there is no growth in its 2016 vote share in these states. What is significant in these elections’ results is that the Congress is going down very fast and there is no national party to challenge the BJP.
Wavering Parliamentary Opposition
That the parliamentary opposition is facing difficulty to benefit from the general alienation of BJP from the masses is becoming clearer day by day. All these parties ranging from Congress to regional parties to CPI (M) led Left Front parties have no basic difference of opinion with BJP led NDA as far as the economic agenda is concerned including the neoliberal development perspective. In the elections to Delhi assembly followed by elections in Bihar and now in the election campaign in the five states this question had become all the more explicit. The attack of all these parties, who are fighting each other in many states, against BJP is focused on its saffronization policies alone. But while attacking BJP for resorting to all heinous methods to polarize the Hindutua votes, these parties still continue their own vote brands of communal and caste based bank politics. While calling on all non BJP forces to get together and oust it from power for its communal Hindutua agenda, they refuse to admit that it is their own communal –caste vote bank politics, lack of a genuine secular and anti-caste stand which helped an ultra rightist, fundamentalist force like RSS parivar to communalize the society and come to power.
Bihar assembly elections and present elections to five state assemblies have revealed that in spite of their attack on BJP for its Hindutua polarization, none of them are prepared to abandon their communal, caste appeasement policies. So directly or indirectly all of them are helping the growth of communal and caste based politics and parties based on this politics. Even if the question of opposition to neoliberal policies is kept out of the agenda, any meaningful platform against savarna fascist communalization promoted by RSS parivar is possible only by uniting those forces who are for genuine secular and anti-caste stand. But the front line advocates of anti-Hindutua fascist platform keep these basic questions out of discussion. Theirs is the call for an opportunist alliance of those who stick to communal-caste appeasement for the purpose of returning to power. As these anti-BJP advocates do not have any basically different economic and secular, anti-caste agenda, even if BJP is defeated in the next elections, these wavering, opportunist opposition parties are incapable of throwing up an alternative to it.
Many of those who are very vocal against the RSS parivar do not recognize the fact that while RSS was meticulously cultivating its reactionary concept of Hindu Rashtra and polarizing the society based it, , Congress and such other forces were pursuing communal appeasement policies. Not only these forces, even most of the present Ambedkarite forces, under the influence of identity politics like concepts have become advocates of preserving the caste system promoted by the Brahminical forces. Similarly, even CPI (M) like revisionist forces, or the so-called main stream left, reducing their total practice to realm of parliamentary politics, pursue communal-caste appeasement for vote banks in their own way and neoliberal policies under one pretext or other. It is in this situation, even though Modi government’s influence has started waning, these forces are not capable of intensifying a theoretical, political struggle based on an alternate politico-economic stand.
This situation once again emphasise the correctness of the stand taken by the Party that only by intensifying the efforts to build a powerful struggling left and democratic forum with people oriented alternative development perspective, along with secular, caste-annihilation stand can throw up the serious challenge needed to resist and defeat the growth of the RSS parivar like forces. This calls for waging a two pronged attack: firstly, rallying all forces who are prepared to resist the BJP regime based on issues, to resist the communal fascist attacks of the RSS parivar, against all communal and caste based attacks on the masses; secondly strengthen the Democratic People’s Forum, the broad left and democratic forum, at all India and state levels, with a common minimum program which include rejection of neoliberal policies and taking genuinely secular and caste annihilation stand, putting forward a people’s alternative against the ruling system. Let us intensify this two pronged offensive mobilizing all toiling and oppressed masses to defeat the corporate raj-saffronization of the RSS parivar, and to advance towards people’s democracy.