Published fortnightly from Kolkata
Vol. 51 No. 1 August 15, 2017
In this issue
Telegram sent to Prime Minister soliciting immediate government intervention in pursuing Medha Patkar to withdraw fast on acceptance of her just demands
SUCI(C) demands stringent punishment of those guilty of causing pathetic death of 70 children in Gorakhpur hospital
Country Recalls Illumining Teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh on his 41st Memorial Day
Presidential-Vice Presidential elections : Once more, betrayal of people’s cause and political opportunism nakedly manifest
AIUTUC at BRICS Trade Union Forum
India March for Science
Telegram sent to Prime Minister soliciting immediate government intervention in pursuing Smt. Medha Patkar to withdraw fast on acceptance of her just demands
8 August, 2017
The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Government of India
While it was expected that the Central and Madhya Pradesh state governments would show minimum civility in meeting Medha Patkar, renowned social activist and leader of Narmada Bachao Andolan, on a hunger strike for 12 days in demand for proper rehabilitation and resettlement of 40,000 poor people of 176 villages who are slated to face submergence once the gates of the Sardar Sarovar, Gujarat were closed, accept her just demands and ensure she withdrew her indefinite fasting, The Madhya Pradesh Government instead has been most undemocratic and brutal in letting loose police on her and her associates, ransacking the fasting site, mercilessly charging batons on them causing grievous injuries to the victims. We vehemently condemn the incident, insist on immediate intervention of the Central government, accepting the legitimiate demands, shouldering the burden of proper medical treatment of the victms including Smt. Patkar, providing them adequate compensation for the damage suffered and meting out stringent punishment to those guilty of conducting such a bestial assault on a peaceful democratic movement for a just cause.
SUCI(C) demands stringent punishment of those guilty of causing pathetic death of 70 children in Gorakhpur hospital
Comrade Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, SUCI(C), has issued the following statement on 14 August, 2017 :
Pathetic death of 70 kids over the course of 5 days at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly in absence of oxygen support lays bare with all virulence the mutilated face of government healthcare system in the rule of the BJP. It is feared that the death toll might increase. The hospital which is located in the assembly constituency of the BJP chief minister of UP mainly for treating encephalitis patients and the Chief minister went even a week back to inaugurate a ten bed ICU, a six-bed critical care unit and even visited the ward where the victim children infected with encephalitis were admitted. When the pliant media was trumpeting his visit as a mark of his concern for people’s health, the victim children were staring death reportedly because the hospital ran short of oxygen cylinders since it did not settle pending bills to the gas supply agency—a fact that makes every sensitive right-thinking person wonder if there is any civilized government is in place, either in the state or at the Centre. This tragic incident once again shows that while the BJP and its governments are so keen to save cows, they have no concern for the life of the common people including children.
While sharing the irreparable loss to the bereaved families, we demand adequate compensation to all of them and also demand stringent punishment to all those guilty of this horrendous crime.
Country Recalls Illumining Teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh on his 41st Memorial Day
We observe 5th August, the day, when Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, our beloved leader, teacher and guide, the Founder-General Secretary of the SUCI (Communist), and one of the foremost Marxist thinkers of this era, passed away in 1976 at the height of his ability, not for airing our pain and acute sense of loss that has remained undiminished all through these years, but as a day to take pledge to dedicate ourselves anew to engage wholeheartedly in the revolutionary struggle of toiling masses of this land, for emancipation of mankind. This Memorial Day comes as we are passing through the Centenary of the November Revolution, it comes in the midst of a year-long programme for celebrating and imbibing the essence of November revolution, a source of deep inspiration in building up mass and class struggles throughout our country.
It is Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, the great Marxist thinker, who brought the teachings of Marxism-Leninism, the teachings of the great November Revolution truly alive on Indian soil. Applying Marxism-Leninism, the scientific method of analysis, consciously and ceaselessly in every sphere, he concretized Marxism-Leninism on the Indian soil and applied it in the contemporary international situation, elaborating, enriching and elevating its understanding to a newer height. In the process, he himself emerged as the living symbol of the noblest heights of communist character and culture. Exhorting the working class to imbue the revolutionary struggles with higher proletarian ethics and culture without which they would never be able to attain their cherished goal, he taught that the essence of Marxism lies in its higher ethical, cultural and aesthetic standard.
While the November Revolution has stood and still stands out as a beacon of hope and deep inspiration for the downtrodden, exploited and oppressed people across the globe, for the bourgeoisie however it has been and still remains a nightmare. Even after the disintegration of the socialist states through counter-revolution plotted by the revisionists aided and abetted by world imperialism-capitalism, the capitalists never got out of their fear complex of revolution. For whether they admit it or not, with the ever ravaging insolvable crisis of capitalism wreaking havoc in people’s life, there is growing urge within the society to unshackle the strangulating noose of gruelling capitalist exploitation. If the suffering millions find the ideology with higher culture that they need for their emancipation and are gripped by that, it will spell the doom of the obsolete, rotten, ruthlessly exploitative capitalist system. That is why, even while delivering pulpit speeches exhorting good, moral conduct as a part of their deceptive overtures, the ruling bourgeoisie and its agents in governmental power are fostering all sorts of vile and base propensities and bring down countless attacks on aesthetic taste, ethics and culture in countless ways, fostering blindness, obscurantism not to speak of the corruption and crimes that their capitalist rule engenders. It is in this background that while observing Memorial Day of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, we take pledge to engage ourselves with renewed vigour and dedication in the struggle to study and imbibe the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh and to spread his thoughts among the masses while striving with all our might to build up mass movements and advance the revolutionary struggle towards it ultimate goal.
Given below is the brief coverage of the Memorial Day meetings round the country. Everywhere the meetings started with garlanding the portrait of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, rendering of the song composed on him and ended with the Internationale. In many places, the volunteers of Komsomol, the wing of young communists, offered guard of honour.
A state-level mass meeting was held on 5 August last at Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata. The memorial meeting was presided over by Comrade Ranjit Dhar, veteran member of Polit Bureau and addressed by Comrade Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, of the Party. The venue was selected because of persisting inclement weather and hence gathering inside the hall was restricted as per accommodation. Hundreds of activists, supporters and sympathizers who could not enter the hall listened to the speeches from outside. In his brief presidential speech, Comrade Ranjit Dhar said that menacing rise of right reactionary communal RSS-BJP has posed a grave danger to the country. Even in West Bengal, known to be the citadel of left-democratic movement, BJP has got an entry because the CPI (M) in its 34 years of misrule had pursued anti-left policies and destroyed to a great extent the pro-left pro-movement mentality. Netaji Subhaschandra once warned the country of the dangerous consequence if communal Hindu Mahasabha was allowed to infiltrate. His apprehensions proved to be correct. The RSS-BJP are descendants of Hindu Mahasabha only. Kolkata which was termed as the city of nightmare for the ruling bourgeoisie and its subservient political parties is now dispossessed of its uncompromising militant protesting character. While the CPI (M) and its associates have shunned leftism and trying to survive based on opportunistic parliamentarian politics, our Party guided by the invaluable teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh are single-handedly holding aloft the noble flag of Marxism-Leninism.
In his speech, Comrade Provash Ghosh mainly stressed on some organizational problems and weaknesses which we need to overcome fast based on the teachings and guidelines provided by Comrade Shibdas Ghosh if we are to take full advantage of the extremely favourable situation for speedy organizational growth of the Party and live upto the expectation of the countrymen who are now looking forward to us for fulfilling their dream for emancipation from the yoke of capitalist rule. The text of Comrade Provash Ghosh’s speech will be published later.
Comrade Shibdas Ghosh Memorial Day was observed in Kerala with statewide propaganda culminating in a state level memorial meeting at Pampady in Kottayam district on 5 August. Comrade Asit Bhattacharyya, Member, Polit Bureau, SUCI(C) was the main speaker. Comrade C K Lukose, Central Committee member and Kerala State secretary of the Party presided over. Before the meeting there was a well decorated demonstration in the town. Hundreds of comrades participated solemnly, disdaining inclement weather. Comrade Asit Bhattacharyya started his speech referring to the historic arduous struggle Comrade Shibdas Ghosh waged in the initial days to build up the party. Usurpation of power by the Indian national bourgeoisie through compromise and formation of a Congress government after independence shattered the dreams of the valiant freedom fighters and revolutionaries who made sacrifices to bring about emancipation of the countrymen from exploitation. Based on Marxist methodology of analysis, Comrade Shibdas Ghosh pointed out that without achieving socialist revolution led by a genuine communist party, real emancipation could never come by. By his penetrating analysis based on Marxism-Leninism, Comrade Ghosh concluded that the undivided CPI and other left parties were mere petty bourgeois parties. So he took it upon himself, along with a few of his revolutionary compatriots, the uphill task of building up a genuine communist party on the soil. Now our Party has organisational activities, almost all over the country. The pseudo- communists are now so weakened that they are unable to put up any hindrance before the onward march of the SUCI(C). But we still lag behind in attaining sufficient strength to lead the exploited and oppressed people of the country to emancipation.
Now, the situation is grave. The RSS-BJP are dragging the country to the dark days of fascism. Modi government as the trusted agent of the Indian bourgeois class, is implementing all pro-capitalist policies. This is wreaking havoc in the life of the people. Simultaneously they are spreading communal, obscurantist and all sort of divisive tendencies to break the unity of the oppressed people thereby giving extra lease of life to the moribund capitalist system. To foil this conspiracy, we must strengthen class and mass struggles and step up ideological struggle. Comrade Bhattacharyya concluded his speech by urging upon all to cultivate Comrade Shibdas Ghosh Thought. We must fight out all our limitations and shortcomings and be equal to the task.
Also spoke were Comrades V. Venugopal, G.S. Padmakumar and Jaison Joseph, all State secretariat members.
Memorial Day meeting was organized at Library hall, Guwahati, on 8 August. Comrade Chandralekha Das, Assam State Secretary presided over while Comrade Asit Bhattacharyya, Polit Bureau member, was the main speaker. In his analytical speech, Comrade Bhattacharyya stressed on relentless meticulous cultivation of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh Thought and build up class and mass struggles based on that. In her presidential address, Comrade Chandralekha Das said that observance of 5 August is no ritual but an occasion to renew our pledge to develop ourselves as true communists by assimilating the essence of the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh. She also touched upon how in the strangulating rule of communal BJP, life is devastated in every respect and divisiveness in the form of fomenting communalism through cow vigilantism etc. is precipitated to disrupt people’s unity. The government is criminally aloof at people’s death, either in flood or communal-casteist-parochial conflicts. Emancipation lies only in accomplishing anti-capitalist socialist revolution by intensifying people’s struggles along right track.
Another Memorial Day meeting was held in Silchar on 5 August. It was presided over by Comrade Shyamdeo Kurmi while the main speech was delivered by Comrade Suratjaman Mondal, Assam State Committee Secretariat member. In his speech, Comrade Mondal went on to explain how with the object of building up a genuine communist party on Indian soil, Comrade Ghosh had applied and in its course enriched Marxism- Leninism. Based on his thoughts today our party is building up movements in different parts of the country. Communist parties in other countries too are getting enriched by his thoughts.
The memorial meeting was held on 5 August at SCM Hall in Bangalore, Karnataka. Comrade K. Uma, Karnataka state committee member, presided over the meeting. Comrade K. Radhakrishna, Central Committee member and Karnataka State Secretary, was the main speaker. In his speech, he elaborately dwelt on how Comrade Shibdas Ghosh could locate way back in 1956 how modern revisionism was poised to weaken and ultimately endanger socialism and communist movement, explained confusion between authority concept and authoritarianism and pointed out pernicious fallout of anti-Stalin tirade by revisionist Khrushchev leadership. Comrade Radhakrishna also cautioned about the danger of fascism our country is facing. Much like Hitler, Narendra Modi and his government are resorting to the heinous policy of persuasion and suppression to tread along fascistic line. He also criticized the opportunistic compromising role of the pseudo-communist parties, whom Great leader Lenin had called the ‘labour aristocrats’. He appealed to all to grasp Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought and build up powerful anti-capitalist class and mass struggles. The meeting ended with the firm determination to apply the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh and strengthen class and mass struggles.
Tripura State Party organized a public meeting at TB Association Hall in Agartala, on 5 August. In his presidential address, Comrade Arun Bhowmick, Tripura state Secretary, criticized the CPI(M) Government for practising opportunism and vote-bank politics which is paving way to arch communal BJP to penetrate. Comrade Gopal Kundu, Central Committee member, was the main speaker. He pointed out that Comrade Shibdas Ghosh had founded the genuine communist party on Indian soil with the object of accomplishing socialist revolution. He had urged upon all other left and democratic parties to build up united movements against ruthless capitalist exploitation as complementary to socialist revolution. While the need is to build up united left-democratic movement against thriving right reactionary forces, the parties like the CPI, CPI(M) are eager to forge unprincipled electoral alliance with the Congress and other bourgeois forces for pelf and power. Comrade Kundu called upon toiling people to develop mighty movement based on peoples’ demands under correct revolutionary leadership.
Memorial Day meeting was held on 5 August at Shaheed Bhavan, Cuttack. Comrade Dhurjati Das, Odisha State Secretary, presided over while Comrade Uddhab Jena, Odisha state committee member delivered the introductory speech. In his main speaker’s address, Comrade Saumen Basu, member, Central Committee and West Bengal State Secretary dwelt on the present national and international situations and stressed upon strengthening SUCI(C) founded by Comrade Shibdas Ghosh. He added that only way towards emancipation from blood-sucking capitalist exploitation is to accomplish anti-capitalist socialist revolution based on Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought drawing inspiration from the Great November Revolution the centenary of which we are observing now with due solemnity and importance.
A state level meeting was organised on 10th of August at Gandhi Bhavan, Bhopal. Party activists and supporters in hundreds from Indore Gwalior Guna, Dewas, Bhopal, Ashoknagar and Alirajpur gathered at the venue. Addressing as the main speaker, Comrade Satyawan, Central Committee member, SUCI(C) said that by assimilating the teachings of comrade Shibdas Ghosh, we have to develop ourselves and lead the class and mass struggles in right direction. The obtaining capitalist system and its government are pursuing one after another anti-people policies wreaking havoc in people’s life. On the other hand, all attempts are made to wipe out human values and shatter the moral backbone of the country. We must fight all these and pave way to anti-capitalist socialist revolution. Comrade Pratap Samal, MP State Secretary, said that in the light of thoughts of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh we have to develop, intensify and co-ordinate the movements of the peasants, workers and other sections of the toiling masses. The meeting was presided over by Comrade J C Barai, District Secretary, Bhopal.
On 5 August, a meeting was organized at Chhotu Ram Park in Rohtak, Haryana with Comrade Satyawan, Central Committee member and Haryana State Secretary presiding over. In his speech as the main speaker, Comrade Sankar Saha, Central Committee member, said that waves of peoples’ movements are surging forth in our country as also in different parts of the world against gruelling capitalist exploitation. What is needed is to give these growing movements a correct direction under correct revolutionary leadership. Since the most developed understanding of Marxism-Leninism is contained in Comrade Shibdas Ghosh Thought, the toiling people need to imbibe that and move accordingly. Whether the Congress or the BJP or any other bourgeois petty-bourgeois parties—all are out to subvert democracy and corner progressive democratic forces. It is only socialism which can bring about desired emancipation of the oppressed masses. He called upon all sections of exploited people- students, youth, women, workers and peasants to cement struggling unity and strengthen solidarity. Comrade Anoop Singh, member, Haryana State Committee of the Party, conducted the proceedings.
Memorial Day meeting was held on 6 August at N D Tewari Bhawan, ITO. Comrade Pran Sharma, Delhi State Secretary presided over and Comrade Sankar Saha, member, Central Committee was the main speaker. Comrade Pran Sharma, in his presidential address referred to the deep and unending crises of the world capitalist system, which is causing misery to and destitution of the peoples all around the globe, including our country, and stressed on the need for subjective preparation of the revolutionary forces in order to become able to overthrow this decadent system and replace it with the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Comrade Sankar Saha, drew the attention of the audience to the extreme hardship faced by the people due to the savage capitalist exploitation and stated that while the enemy of the people, that is, the Indian capitalist class and its state machine is well known to us, it is equally important for us to know the enemy within the working class against which we have to conduct a relentless struggle in all the spheres of life. That enemy is ‘individualism’ which is constantly sapping the strength of the working class from within. Comrade Shibdas Ghosh pointed out that earlier the yardstick for a good communist used to be where the individual was subordinated to the social interest. But now under the moribund and decaying conditions of capitalism when individualism has become more deep-rooted and complex, the communists have to identify their individual interest with the social interest, that is, with the interest of the party and the revolution in all the spheres of life. It is only then, one can acquire the real communist character which would be in conformity with the interests of the socialist revolution. Most of the once big left parties like the RSP, RCPI, Workers’ Party, Bolshevik Party, All India Forward Bloc etc., have either vanished from the scene or are left with a sign-board. The CPI and CPI(M) which were once big parties only next to Congress, are struggling for their existence with the help of the bourgeois parties; while the SUCI(C) which came into existence after independence, is now rapidly spreading its organization in 23 states of the country. He appealed to the cadres, supporters and sympathizers of the party in Delhi to overcome all their difficulties and limitations, and strengthen the party.
The 41st Memorial Day Meeting took place on 6 August at Press Club, Hyderabad. Comrade K. Radhakrishna, Member, Central Committee, SUCI(C), was the main speaker. Comrade K. Sridhar, Secretary, AP and Telengana, was the other speaker. Comrade Ch. Murahari, member, State Organizing Committee, presided over the meeting.
Comrade K. Sridhar in his address reminded that both the central government and the state governments in order to divert the attention of the people from the real issues, are encouraging blindness and unscientific thoughts, fomenting national jingoism on the one side and spreading fascist culture on the other. Along with them, are generated war psychosis and anti-Muslim hysteria. The only way out to stall the sinister ploys of the ruling capitalist class and its servitors is to build united powerful mass movements based on higher proletarian culture and to promote scientific attitude among the masses. Comrade Radhakrishna, in his speech explained why Comrade Shibdas Ghosh’s Thought is the most enriched understanding of Marxism-Leninism without assimilating which, Indian Revolution cannot be accomplished. Like the Congress, the BJP also in its earlier avatar as Jan Sangh, which was against the public sector from the beginning, is also actively pursuing the ruinous policies of globalization-privatization and has inflicted deeper wounds on the people with demonetization, GST and lifting of cooking gas subsidies etc. and inching towards fascism. Comrade Shibdas Ghosh taught us that fascism destroys human values and fosters regimentation of thought. The only remedy lies in building a mighty, democratic, mass movement across the country in order to stall fascism and preserve the unity of the people.
Memorial Day meeting was held at the Study Centre of Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought in Ghatsila on 5th August 2017. Comrade Arun Kumar Singh, Bihar State Secretary, SUCI (C) was the main speaker, while Comrade Rabin Samajpati, Jharkhand State Secretary, SUCI (C) presided over. In his speech, Comrade Arun Singh elaborately discussed why Marxism-Leninism-Shibdas Ghosh Thought is to be embraced as the guiding ideology in conducting the class and mass struggles against the burning problems of life bred by the exploiting capitalist system.
Memorial Day meeting was organized on 6 August at IMA Hall in Patna. Comrade Rabin Samajpati, Jharkhand State Secretary, was the main speaker and Comrade Arun Kumar Singh, Bihar State Secretary, presided over.
Comrade Samajpati dwelt on the various aspects and developments at both national and international spheres and warned against the communal politics being practised by the Sangh Parivar with a view to establishing fascism that poses a serious threat to the unity of the toiling people of all communities. The ruling BJP is trampling underfoot the secular, democratic values.
Comrade Arun Singh focussed on the life-struggle of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh which is identified with the struggle for building up the Party. He said that the call of the hour is to accelerate the process of accomplishing the anti-capitalist socialist revolution based on Marxism- Leninism Comrade Shibdas Ghosh Thought.
Memorial Day meeting was held on 11 August near T’Nagar bus stand in Chennai. Comrade A. Rengasamy, Tamil Nadu State Secretary presided over while Comrade K Sridhar, AP-Telangana State Secretary, was the main speaker. Comrade A Anavarathan, member, Tamil Nadu State Organizing Committee, translated Comrade Sridhar’s speech in Tamil. Comrade V P Nandakumar, member, Tamil Nadu State Organizing Committee, handed over a copy of the 2nd edition of the Tamil version of the book “On communal Problem” by Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, to Comrade Sridhar. In his address, Comrade Sridhar said that we are observing this Memorial Day in the centenary year of great November Revolution that created the first working class state in the world and proved correctness of Marxism-Leninism. Socialism brought about great fundamental changes in the society and wiped out most of the evils of capitalism like unemployment, price rise, hunger, poverty and beggary. In our country, life is devastated by ruthless capitalist exploitation in the form of one after another anti-people policies and measures. To divert people’s attention from the real cause of their misery and dissuade them from the path of movement, the capitalist rulers are precipitating various kinds of divisiveness and moving towards fascism. Urgent need is to build up united powerful people’s movement along right track conducive to anti-capitalist socialist revolution.
Memorial Day meeting was held at Raipur on 10 August. Comrade Dhurjati Das, Odisha State Secretary, was the main speaker. He said that even after 70 years of independence, not a single basic problem of people’s life has been solved. Rather the problems are aggravating. Based on Marxian science, Comrade Shibdas Ghosh had shown that with the Indian national bourgeoisie saddled in state power, oppression and repression on the toiling millions, the workers and peasants are intensifying with every passing day. He appealed to all to grasp the teachings of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh and discharge positive conscious role in building up people’s struggles against such gruelling capitalist exploitation. Others who spoke were Comrades Atmaram Sahoo and Vishwajit Harode and Dr. Shom Goswami.
Mumbai Organising Committee of SUCI(C) organized Memorial Day meeting on 6 August 2017 at Janata Kendra Hall, Tulsiwadi, Tardeo, Mumbai Central. Comrade Anil Kumar Tyagi, Secretary, Mumbai Organising Committee. Comrade D N Rath, Gujarat State Secretary, in his speech as the main speaker said that in order to have a proper understanding of the spate of incidents taking place around, one has to view on the basis of Marxism – Leninism – Comrade Shibdas Ghosh Thought. BJP government wants one party rule in order to establish full fledged fascism just like by Hitler to serve the class interest of the ruling monopolists. Democracy is under severe attack. People are looking for a proper alternative political force. In this situation we have to develop and strengthen SUCI (C), party to organize people’s movements on the burning problems of life. Others who spoke were Comrades Yogendra Kulshreshtha and comrade Jayram Vishwakarma.
A meeting was held in Jaunpur with party workers, supporters and common people from both Jaunpur and Sultanpur participating in great number with great enthusiasm. Before the meeting started, a rally was taken out from Badalpur (Sabji Mundi) Party Office and crossing Indira Chowk, reached the venue. At the outset Komsomol parade was held that paid guard of honour in front of the portrait of the Great Leader.
Comrade Jagannath Verma, Office Secretary, UP State Committee presided over the meeting and Comrade Mithilesh Kumar Mourya member, Jaunpur District Committee was in conduction. Comrade Swapan Chatterjee, member, UP State committee in his speech as the main speaker spoke at length on the life-struggle of Comrade Shibdas Ghosh and called upon all to reach out the teachings of Marx-Lenin and Shibdas Ghosh to the common oppressed masses. Comrade V N Singh, Secretary, UP State Committee also addressed the gathering.
[Remaining coverage in next issue]
Presidential-Vice Presidential elections : Once more, betrayal of people’s cause and political opportunism nakedly manifest
The slogans of achhe din and the likes, with which the BJP rode gorgeously to the seat of the Union government, are still on record. True, some of those such as the one of recovering black money stashed in foreign banks and providing each poor with a sum of 15 lakh from that, have already been brushed aside by the BJP leaders themselves as chunavi jumla or election stunts. But those slogans which are still trumpeted, as and when required, are also fast fading in their glow and sharpness to show their real face. On the contrary, each day people are confronting newer and newer master strokes from the BJP government, which are hitting the target, the common poorer masses of the country right at their heart.
In the name of achhe din BJP brings debacle sabke saath
For example, endless streams of suicide of debt-trapped peasants, point to their helplessness, notwithstanding all high-sounding phrases from the Union and state governments on farm loan or loan waiver, with thousand and one hassles putting those schemes beyond reach of the marginal and poor, even the middle peasants. To this tragedy are added, ghastly killing of several peasants in the police firing at Mandsaur in MP for their agitating on demand of loan waiver, and minimum support price of crops, 2-day bandh by Maharashtra peasants, 40 day dharna of Tamilnadu peasants in the capital Delhi, seething discontent of peasants of UP, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab — all on the same or similar demands in states most of which are BJP-governed. While the government could liberally grant tax waiver and concession to the tune of Rs 9 lakh crores to the big industrial houses and moneybags in the last fiscal year, its spokespersons are now shamelessly opposing farm loan waivers on the plea of denting the economy. All these together bring out the spectacle of achhe din that the BJP has gifted to the population comstituting the backbone of the country.
But the BJP has still other slogans in store, such as sabke saath. So why should it be peasants alone? The entire poor and middle class common people were made to be enchanted with the flurry of innovations, so- called reforms, starting with say, mid-night promulgation of demonetization to end with black money and corruption, followed by drives for cashless or digital economy to rise to a new age and finally to end with the ‘magnanimous’ GST promising end of multiple taxing. The results! Demonetization took more than a hundred lives and who cares to count how many more, who were again helpless commoners baffled and harassed by the cruelty of the move, though black money and corruption continue to reign supreme. Leaving aside all other multifaceted tentacles of fraudulence, non-accountability etc., associated with digital economy, it is accompanied by Aadhaar linking, which makes every personal details of people shelved within the grip of the government and bureaucratic machinery readily available to be used to gag any non-conformist, any protestor, anybody chosen as a target. And lastly, the promised single tax GST for the entire country, a hoax, is introduced with so many taxes at so many levels, in disguise or exposed, to be taken into account through such complex processes, in effect giving way to such a rise in the price as well as cost of business for small to middle traders that even the hard-core vote bank of the BJP in the PM’s own state of Gujarat, the businessmen at large, those of textile sectors in particular, could not but register their unstinted opposition. The workers also need not feel left out. One after another labour laws are changed and steps taken to silence any voice of protest; when the latter still bursts out, ruthless coercion is brought down, hard-earned trade union or democratic rights are snatched back. And coming along with these are further benefits showered upon the entire masses of common people, like loss of jobs, rampant unemployment, spiralling price rise with all essential commodities, steep hike in costs of education, medical facilities and such other essential services, all these go on unbridled and wayward. One may be led to wonder, if there is any governance.
BJP government is the present political manager of monopolists-corporates
But surely there is governance, because the government stands as the political manager for the handful monopolists- corporate along with the gamut of the mainstream parliamentary politicians, in power or in opposition bench, bureaucracy, administration including police, highest echelon of judiciary, even military and the strongmen in the payroll of the above to serve them in any eventuality. Thus every single policy that make people shed tears is welcomed by the monopolists and their multiple adjutants; every hike in price or cost of service, meaning more loss for people add to the profit of the owners- monopolists- policy makers for building a helipad on their roof top or for including their names in the list of world’s richest.
Unprincipled, unethical politics reigns supreme to protect and preserve the prevailing system
Economy is the base and this is how it is characterized now in the country, whom it serves, for whose interest all its reforms are directed to. And there is the superstructure, the politics, which determines the course day to day, year for year. Rights are becoming selective, optional. Freedom of expression is mortally threatened, with radical thinkers being murdered in open daylight to cause panic and inaction among anybody daring to protest. The party in power and their different wings and outfits, broadly coming under the umbrella of the ruling RSS-BJP combine, which directly opposed nationalist movement during the British imperialist rule, are now stepping out to catch any opposition by the neck accusing them of anti-nationalism. Even option for food is being curbed through mass-lynching by cow-vigilantes or through diktat from the RSS chief for ban on cow slaughter or prohibiting sale of cows etc. even by the Union BJP government. On one side, under criticism, the prime minister utters a few words, asking to stop these so-called intolerance, really rabid communal attacks; while on the ground, incidents of lynching carry on even of legal vendors in bovine business; attacks are brought down on opponent student organizations, agitating workers –peasants-employees. In institutions of national importance, be it film, education, judiciary, state governorship, even for president of the country, pliant candidates, most preferably RSS members are carefully plucked and placed at the top. While trumpeting for parliamentary democracy, the elections are manipulated by the ruling party with the help of shameless use of monopolist moneybag-mainstream media controlled by them- mafia on their payroll and the pliant administration with which administrative neutrality has become an obsolete phrase. But not content with that, to rise to power in any opponent governed state, the ruling party is purchasing opponents with fabulous sums of money which cannot be anything other than the black money itself that they pretend to fight out, or chasing them with so-called investigations against corruption, which in reality is presently the trademark of parliamentary politicians of all major parties. These continue to remain in safe-vaults, till any enemy, a political opponent or business rival chooses to grab at it, to meet some nefarious end; the BJP is taking that route, knowing full well that they will have easy prey in opponents always steeped in corruption, and so they can bring the victims to their own fold without difficulty. The latest examples of such unprincipled unethical power-grabbing politics are found in the frantic, finally successful, drive of RSS-BJP to shatter the united opposition in Bihar by getting hold of the chief minister Nitish Kumar to change camp to sit on the lap of the NDA, or in shepherding Congress leaders into the fold of the BJP in Gujarat for the sake of which they unleash Income Tax raid on a Karnataka minister who is reportedly providing safe custody for some Congress MLAs of Gujarat to save them from the hunting BJP or the Union Home ministry nominating three MLAs to the State Legislative Assembly of the Union Territory of Puducherry.
And what are these for? Obviously to rout out any opposition and smoothen the process of carrying out any agenda for the government or the RSS-BJP combine in power. And there can be no two minds in defining the agenda: it is the Hindutvawad, with clear ominous communal signals to the religious minorities on their future, and with distinct intent to drive vertical cleavage among people preventing them from standing united for any movement against the government policies or the present ruling order of capitalism. The entire ambience smacks of pro-monopolist unprincipled unethical even communal activities perpetrated by the RSS-BJP combine as naked attempt to concentrate-consolidate power to tend towards administrative fascism and divide people into an array of distraught, helplessly inactive, rather mutually inimical, disunited masses. The purpose is singular: to protect and preserve the exploitative, oppressive rule of capitalism, rather of monopolists, to continue it without any distraction or difficulty.
Naturally in the face of fierce economic onslaughts which are fleecing people to the skeleton as also terrible political attacks which are disuniting people, it was required that sustained united powerful movements of people be launched to thwart attacks one by one, directing these towards movements against exploitative- coercive capitalist rule. And it is a fact that such movements can grow in reality only when political forces with leftist orientation become the guiding force to lead the movements. Only real leftist forces deeply and earnestly engaged in developing democratic movements can build up powerful movements on democratic values and ethics, on formidable ideological base against communal or any other divisive politics. And it is those forces which are also acceptable to people as sincere sentinel for their cause, while they gasp under capitalist exploitation or torn by communalism or such others. So this was the need of the hour, namely building up of powerful united movement of people cutting across all divisive traits of religion, caste, race or language, to be led with real leftist orientation by genuine leftist forces.
Danger looming large cannot be combated by any makeshift combination
But in face of terrible all-out onslaughts from the ruling RSS-BJP combine, is the unavoidable task of launching movement and developing it step by step being carried out in right earnest in the desired path? Can the aggressive force of BJP aided and abetted by the ruling monopolists and their ancillaries, be combated with the help of some-sort-of electoral combination or even alliance of a motley of parties, each bearing strong aspirations for power and pelf and for that carrying totally unprincipled, unethical attitude to have their boats on tow with any ship that may promise them even some crumbs? Among the parties which are now posing as opposition to the BJP, some have had the taste of the power in this bourgeois set up in the Union government or in this or that state government serving equally the interest of the bourgeois class. So they always sit on the razor’s edge to be caught in the traps of charges on corruption or mal-governance or exploitation. How can they be expected to fight the BJP in such cases on a definite ideology standing on the edifice of even minimum principled moral-ethical standards? Rather, in the face of the opportunistic aggressive policies and measures of the presently ruling RSS-BJP they either prefer to keep safe distance, aloof, or at best raise some hullabaloo to gain some political mileage in winning attraction of people and cash it for gaining some parliamentary seats or power. And at the worst, they fall easy prey to the bait now being put by the BJP to them with the help of the power and money it enjoys. People are sure to find that given a chance they also would carry on with the same trend of unprincipled, unethical politics in future too.
At this point it should be made clear that not only the branded bourgeois petty-bourgeois parties, even those which claim themselves as pro-poor, leftists, even Marxists, and have chosen to sustain upon parliamentary politics, fail to come out of this pattern of politics for the sake of power and pelf. That is why, knowing full well the track record of the Congress on communal questions and its involvement in so many ghastly communal incidents, these self-proclaimed Marxists do not hesitate to form electoral combination with the Congress with the avowed aim of fighting communal politics of the BJP. Does such an act provide the ideological strength and conviction that may help people to identify them as real fighters against communalism? Was it not the Congress that served as the most trusted representatives of the ruling monopolists? For sure, pro-monopolist, unprincipled, unethical, even communal politics cannot be eradicated or even defeated without proper ideology. What should be the correct shape of that ideologically guided fight? Can it be anything other than real leftist politics without any compromise with forces whose hands still carry the blood of communal politics or which stands as the creator of the plethora of pro-monopolist black Acts and measures during their rule since the independence? Can a united fight against the aggressive RSS-BJP combine be conceived without proper consideration of these questions and issues?
Media-made all opposition unity proved a damp squib
But it was conceived in actuality and naturally fell through. In the recently held elections to the posts of the President and Vice- President of the country, the ruling RSS-BJP combine with their shrewd calculations staged hard-core RSS or veteran BJP candidates respectively. In addition, to placate the Dalits, antagonized by the casteist anti- Dalit politics of the RSS-BJP turning violent and fatal in cases, the BJP Presidential candidate was also a Dalit. Against them, the parliamentary opposition parties of all categories including the social democratic parties masquerading not only as leftists, but even as Marxists with not even an iota of real leftism or Marxism in them, together put up a candidate for each of the post. The entire bourgeois media and political circles hailed it as a mark of all opposition unity. But they carefully side-tracked the vital question of what kind of ideology, what kind of politics did this all-opposition unity represent. Was it anything other than a motley of parties with their individuals craving for power and pelf? The fact was clear from the way numbers of MPs crossed sides and voted for the candidate of the other camp. It was clear from the beginning that the BJP would sail its ship through without any difficulty by dint of brute majority of numbers. So there was never any question of an opposition candidate winning the race. In such a situation the parties and forces with minimum pro-people and leftist leanings committed to developing mass struggles and united democratic movements centring round burning problems of peoples’ life, should have thought of staging a candidate of their own, solely and simply resting on ideological ground. Shouldn’t they? Instead what they did, the way they combined with parties of totally different approach and ideology, was nothing but equivalent to hoodwinking people with the stance of fighting aggressively pro-monopolist, communal force, actually by forming a hotchpotch combination of opposition. Is it different in any way from the opportunist politics being practiced by the branded bourgeois parties, in power or in opposition?
The task ahead
Thus, the recent elections for the President and Vice-President of the country have left a vital lesson for people. They will have to realize that it is high time that the real leftist forces must come out with the pledge to resist the RSS-BJP combine and thwart their dangerous measures and policies both ideologically and organizationally on the basis of concrete ideology, principle and ethics. Undisputedly, the RSS-BJP very much represent utterly reactionary ideology. Trying to give defeat to RSS-BJP without a correct ideology is living in a fool’s paradise. So, the correct approach and correct path lies in drawing people together and towards democratic movements centring round the burning problems of their life and livelihood on the strength of correct ideology, thus freeing them from the influence of arch communal ideology of RSS- BJP. Needless to emphasize, that all elections from the level of Panchayyats to the President of the country, must be fought based upon this governing approach uniting with parties with which unity can be made, at the same time making them agreeable and conducive to this basic understanding. These are the tasks to accomplish, that the history has laid down before all the genuine left and democratic- minded people of the country to combat a menacing force that is working frantically to drag the country towards fascism, the worst evil, the deadliest enemy of mankind.
AIUTUC at BRICS Trade Union Forum
Comrade K Radhakrishna, Vice President, represented AIUTUC at the BRICS TRADE UNION FORUM meet held in Beijing on July 24-25, 2017 and then BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meeting held in Chongqing, China on July 26-27, 2017. The Forum was attended by delegates from trade unions of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. While most of the speakers felt that the trade unions have to support the policies of their governments to strengthen BRICS to carve out their own markets out of the global market since BRICS enjoys about 48% of the global market it was almost the lone voice of AIUTUC which voiced opposition to capitalist globalisation to safeguard interests of the working class. While presenting the views of AIUTUC, Comrade Radhakrishna pointed out that after sad dismantling of socialism in Russia and eventual dissolution of the socialist camp, the imperialist-capitalist rulers, as part of the sinister policies of globalisation – liberalisation – privatisation, have been changing all labour laws which, according to them, pose obstacles before earning of maximum profit. In India, hard-earned rights like 8-hour working day are taken away. Minimum Wages Act, Bonus Act, PF Act, ESI as well as principle of equal pay for equal work are all tinkered with. Concept of permanent employment is given up and replaced by contract labour and temporary employment. Even honorary payments, incentives are given in place of wages. In a word, workers are thrown away to the streets. In view of this, if talking of ‘flexibility of employment’ means upholding the employers’ interest at the cost of the workers, AIUTUC is strongly opposed to that. Comrade Radhakrishna appealed to all trade unions particularly who assembled there from BRICS countries to unite and develop mighty movements for protection of workers’ rights and against ruthless exploitation by the owners, in their respective countries.
India March for Science
In different parts of the country, people staged ‘India March for Science’ on 9 August, 2017, demanding, inter alia, immediate stopping of propagation of unscientific, obscu-rantist ideas and assurance that the education system of the country only impart ideas supported by scientific evidence. It also demanded of the government that 3% of GDP be allocated for scientific research and also 10% for general education. Among the places where ‘India March for Science’ was organized were Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Ban-galore, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Guwahati, Bhopal, Agartala, Patna, Bhagalpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Bellary, Gulbarga, Mysore, Devangare, Tumkur, Dharwar, Chitradurga, Rohtak and other places.