In the early hours of February 26, 2019, fighter jets of the Indian Air Force are reported to have crossed the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and dropped 1000 kg laser-guided bombs on terrorist camps. The corporate controlled media is whipping up war hysteria, boasting and thumping their chests about how “Pakistan has been given a fitting reply” to the terrorist attack at Pulwama.
Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 8th March, 2019
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Communist Ghadar Party salutes the millions of women who are fighting for their rights and for a new society, in India and all over the world! In all the countries of the world, women are demanding their rights as women and as human beings. They are fighting shoulder to shoulder with working men, demanding an end to capitalist exploitation, imperialist aggression and war.
Following the terrorist attack on CRPF jawans in Kashmir on 14 February, a reign of terror has been unleashed against Kashmiris living, working or studying in other states.
The Prime Minister and other ministers have deliberately fanned the flames of hatred and violence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave highly provocative speeches in Patna and Varanasi, calling for “revenge for every drop of blood” and “the fire raging in your hearts is raging in my heart too”. The Governor of Meghalaya has even issued the call to “boycott everything Kashmiri”!
The Modi government replaced the earlier crop insurance schemes with the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in February 2016 claiming that the new scheme would be instrumental in ending farmers’ woes. Three years later, it is time to assess how far farmers’ interests have been advanced by this scheme.
Total outstanding debt of the Government of India, called “public debt” or “national debt”, is estimated to reach Rs. 73,72,000 crore on 31st March, 2019. It has increased by almost 50% in just four years. On average, every woman, man and child in our country is carrying a debt of about Rs. 60,000 on his or her head.
Last month many newspapers carried a report quoting, a senior Railway Board official, that discussions were on with “experts” whether to allow private players to run passenger operations and fix fares. The senior official is a member of the Railway Board and the entire operations of the Indian Railway are controlled by the Railway Board. The member, speaking at an event organised by the Centre for Transportation Research and Management, advocated that India should discuss the options of allowing private operators to operate passenger trains in line with the changes in train operations across the world. He said that senior railway officials of railways and experts were discussing if they could be permitted to fix fares or construct terminals.
It must be noted that the Lok Jan Samiti Ramgarh, Ramgarh Seva Samiti and the Ramgarh Gram Panchayat had together been running a campaign of Halt the Train since the last one month under the leadership of Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Vice-President of the All-India Council of Lok Raj Sangathan. The demand is for the Sadulapur-Hanumangarh Passenger train 04778 to start from Hanumangarh at 6 p.m and for the Sriganganagar Passenger from Tilak Bridge to halt at Ramgarh and Gogamarhi stations.
Over 5,000 students, marched from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street in Delhi, on 18th February, demanding jobs and an end to privatization of education. Students and youth from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Tripura and many other states participated in the march. The Students' Federation of India (SFI), All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), Progressive Students’ Union (PSU), All India Students Bloc (AISB) and All India Students Federation (AISF) were among the organizations taking part in the protest action.
Workers at the MRF tyre factory in Chennai struck work from February 9. The strike had the overwhelming support of all workers in the plant. Of the total number of workers in the plant of 1,025 barring 66, all the others went on strike. They demanded early conclusion of wage settlement and the removal of CCTVs within the premises as it impacts their privacy. The plant rolls out tyres for light/heavy and off the road vehicles.
Workers at the Royal Enfield motorcycle factory in Oragadam, Chennai, India, took part in protest action on 13th February against transfers of union office bearers and active members. They have pointed out that this is a clear tactic to undermine the strength of the union. The transferred workers include the general secretary of the union, active union members and women workers of the Royal Enfield Employees Union.
Thousands of anganwadi workers travelled great distances to ensure that their voices get heard in the national capital today. Carrying the signatures collected from their respective regions on their heads, marching hand in hand from Mandi House in the heart of Delhi to the Parliament Street, the workers united from across the states of Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh among others. The protesting workers chanted slogans against the unfair treatment of the workers and the government’s plan to privatise the Integrated Child Development Scheme services.
More than 4000 loco drivers of Indian Railways took out a protest rally on 18th February from Ambedkar Bhavan in Rani Jhansi Road to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The protest was organised under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) in support of the long-standing pending demands of the locomen.
I am writing in response to the article entitled `Is the massive expenditure on defense justified?' carried in the Feb. 16-28, 2019 issue of MEL. In the latest budget it appears to exceed as much as 11% of the overall expenditure by the government, a staggering figure by any reckoning. Indeed, the article points out that it is second only to interest payments. In fact, the article points out that if one were to account for the expenditure by the Home Ministry on various Central Paramilitaries the number could rise to 15%.
The Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.
The first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.
There is growing realisation among workers, peasants and other self-employed people that the program of liberalisation and privatisation only serves to enrich an exploiting minority at their expense. Mass resistance is growing to this anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-national program. However, the working class is being prevented from realizing its potential as the leader of all the exploited, and as the grave-digger of capitalism, by those in the communist movement who are spreading harmful illusions and compromising the class struggle.