A historic occasion of unparalleled significance has arrived. It is the centenary of the first successful socialist revolution that took place in November, 1917 in Russia that inscribed a glorious new chapter on the history of mankind. This epoch making event, which not only founded socialism in a country, but ushered in a new era in human civilization where toiling people of the whole world could objectively see and feel that a society without exploitation of man by man and enjoying real liberty, equality and fraternity, is possible to be established on this earth.
November revolution proved the historic teaching of Marx that capitalism will find its end by its own irreconcilable contradictions and the society will enter into the next stage headed by the working class and socialism will be established. Marx had predicted that the working class can change the world, but it should change itself first. The class conscious workers, under the leadership of a revolutionary party, will become an invincible power. All this has been proved by history.
November revolution confirmed the teachings of Lenin, the worthy inheritor of Marx and Engels, and the architect of the Great November Socialist Revolution in Russia. He understood Marxism correctly not as a dogma but as concrete application in concrete situation, and thus creatively applying Marxism, he accomplished socialist revolution in Russia. Observing Russia eradicate all previous maladies like destitution, hunger, unemployment, lack of health and educational facilities, begging and prostitution, every towering and renowned personality of the time like Romain Rolland, Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Qazi Nazrul Islam, Munshi Premchand, Subramania Bharati, Satyendra Nath Bose, Meghnad Saha, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and others hailed the Revolution and some of them even described the Soviet Union as ‘a paradise on earth’.
After the demise of Lenin, his worthy disciple great Stalin built up the mighty Soviet Union by inspiring and leading the people, made the USSR the bulwark of international working class revolutionary struggle, anti-imperialist liberation struggles of the colonies and world peace movement. When entire mankind was endangered by the 2nd world war unleashed by fascist Germany, Italy and imperialist Japan it was the Soviet Red Army led by great Stalin that defeated the aggressors, for which he was hailed as a savior of mankind. As a result a world socialist peace camp came into being after the 2nd world war which acted as a powerful deterrent against war anywhere in the world. All this could happen owing to the correct application of the noble ideology of Marxism-Leninism in conducting the November Revolution and consequently building powerful socialist societies.
The triumphant victory over the fascist military might by the Soviet Red Army and the progress achieved by the Soviet society, leaving even the most developed country like the USA far behind in all spheres of life, took the world by surprise. Even in that jubilant atmosphere Stalin did not miss to warn the party members not to be complacent and asked them to release relentless struggle against bureaucracy in the party by practising criticism and self-criticism. He emphasized the need for constantly heightening the ideological standard of the party members and the working class and if this was neglected bourgeois ideology would be strengthened. He even warned against counter-revolutionary conspiracy within the Soviet Union aided by outside imperialist countries. But before his advice could be implemented he passed away in 1953.
It is sad that such a great society was weakened from within by the renegade Khrushchevite leadership which usurped power both in the party and in the state after the demise of great Stalin; this eventually led to counter-revolution and the USSR collapsed in the 1990s. For the same reasons socialism was dismantled in other erstwhile socialist countries. As a consequence, the war camp led by the imperialists became more aggressive, virtually threatening the independence and sovereignty of all the countries in the world. This also proves that as long as Marxism is correctly applied, the class conscious working class will be an invincible power which can create wonders, but any deviation from it is bound to lead to counter-revolution and restore the exploitative capitalist system as pointed out by great Marx, Engles, Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong and Shibdas Ghosh. Further, Comrade Shibdas Ghosh expressed his concern in the mid-sixties of the last century that although the bourgeoisie was eliminated in the main in the base of Soviet socialism, it remained as a powerful force ideologically and culturally in the superstructure, threatening the existence of socialism.
Has the world become a better place to live after the dismantling of socialism in the 1990s? Have the wars disappeared? Have all the evils in society such as poverty, illiteracy, discrimination, unemployment, cultural degradation, etc. vanished as was trumpeted by the capitalists-imperialists before the fall of the socialist camp? With the fall of the Soviet state, not only the people of Russia are facing exploitation and oppression, but darkness has descended in every sphere of human life in the world. Toiling people not only of the less developed capitalist countries, but even of the advanced capitalist countries are bursting forth in spontaneous agitations. People everywhere are crying for change. But what is absent is the subjective condition for the change, that is, a correct leadership, a powerful working class revolutionary party armed with the revolutionary ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Comrade Shibdas Ghosh thought having sufficient organizational strength that could provide correct leadership to such movements and accomplish the revolution.
Marxism has shown that by following the inexorable laws of social change, socialist revolution is inevitable in all the capitalist countries. The set-back suffered by the working class revolution and socialism is short-lived and temporary. Revolution will finally be victorious. These are the laws of social change.
Considering the immense importance of the lessons of the great November Revolution for the working class of the world including India, the central committee of our beloved party, the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), founded by one of the foremost Marxist thinkers of the era Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, has decided to celebrate its centenary year throughout the country from 7th November, 2016 to the 17th November, 2017 through various programs. The inaugural function of the year-long celebration will be held on 7th November, 2016 at Mavalankar Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi from 11 AM to 4 PM and which will be followed by the concluding function on 17th November, 2017 in Calcutta.
We appeal to you to make the programme a grand success through your help and participation.