The 9th Plenum of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party was convened during 1-2 June, 2019. The Plenum analysed the results of the 17th Lok Sabha elections and summed up the work of the Party in recent months, including our participation in the elections.
The Plenum took note of the enormous amount of money spent on these elections, which are said to be the most expensive election ever held in any country, with the lion’s share being spent on the BJP campaign. The use of modern technology —TV as well as social media — to spread lies among the people has reached an unprecedented scale. The entire election campaign was marked by political debate being reduced to the lowest level. Hate speeches, rabid war mongering against Pakistan, openly communal and divisive propaganda, accusations and counter-accusations of corruption dominated the political discourse. The unparalleled state terror in Kashmir, and the bombing of Pakistan following the terrorist attack in Pulwama were used to project Narendra Modi as the strongman capable of crushing the enemies of India.
The Plenum took note, in particular, of the major role played by Anglo-American agencies in these elections. The multinational company called Facebook, which owns Whatsapp, has worked closely with the Modi campaign, supplying data and access required to reach unprecedented numbers of people. Crores of people have been sent messages on their mobile phones on a daily basis. Tailor-made messages have been targeted at specific groups based on their religion, caste, past record of whatsapp messages, history of internet use, etc.
The Plenum observed that since the destruction of the Soviet Union, far reaching changes have taken place in the world and in India.
The implementation of the program of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation has led to the rise of Indian monopoly houses as major exporters of capital. They have developed economic interests in all continents of the world and are actively pursuing their imperialist ambitions. This has led to the intensification of contradictions, both within the Indian bourgeoisie and between the Indian bourgeoisie and their rivals abroad.
Even though India became independent in 1947, it remained tied to the imperialist system. The Indian bourgeoisie retained close relations with the Anglo American imperialists, who exercised great influence over the Indian state. However, during the Cold War period, the Indian bourgeoisie successfully manoeuvred between the two superpowers, and played one against the other to get the best deal for itself. In the present post-Cold War period, the Indian rulers have found it much more difficult to resist US imperialist pressure. US interference in India, and its influence over the Indian state has been steadily increasing.
In its drive towards a unipolar world under its dictate, the US currently views China and Russia as together being the main potential roadblocks. The US wants India to act as a trusted ally in the Indo Pacific region, to contain China, weaken Russia, and isolate Iran. It is relying on a BJP-majority government headed by Modi, re-elected for a second term, to steer India along a course that suits American hegemonic aims.
Based on the above analysis, the Plenum concluded that there is unmistakably the hand of Washington in organising a landslide victory for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The key role played by Anglo-American imperialists and their agencies has ensured that the internal contradictions of the Indian bourgeoisie are settled, for the time being, in a way that suits American interests.
The Plenum unequivocally concluded that It is not the people who have brought about the BJP victory. The most influential Indian monopoly capitalists have collaborated with the Anglo-American imperialists to bring about this result.
The Plenum reiterated the truth that elections in the existing system is a tool in the hands of monopoly capitalists, Indian and foreign. It is a weapon to deceive the people and manufacture a so-called mandate for one or another of the trusted parties of the monopoly capitalists. Elections also serve as a tool to sort out inter-capitalist contradictions.
India is being dragged on an extremely dangerous course, to fulfil the aims of self-serving monopoly capitalists at the expense of the vast majority of people. Closer alignment with US imperialism is a course that will increase the danger of India getting embroiled in unjust imperialist wars. It will also increase the danger, of the Indian Union getting broken up.
The ruling class of our country cares more about its own global ambitions than about the wellbeing of our people, the independence of our country or the cause of peace in the region. It cannot be trusted to defend India’s sovereignty or to work for peace in Asia. The situation demands united opposition by the broadest sections of the people to the dangerous course along which our country is being dragged.
The Plenum made a positive assessment of our Party’s work during the recent elections. At a time when people were being bombarded with the propaganda that the only choice is between BJP and an opposition alliance headed by the Congress Party, our Party launched a militant campaign in favour of the revolutionary alternative. We presented and popularised the program for the Navnirman of India. We set an example of communist participation in elections under capitalist rule.
The Plenum applauded the excellent work of all organisations of the Party in the recent months since the previous CC Plenum. It emphasized the need to strengthen the democratic centralist functioning of all party organisations, so as to build on the successes we have achieved.
The Plenum emphasized the need to step up efforts to expose the dangers involved in India becoming a trusted ally of American imperialism, the most aggressive and warmongering power on earth. We must continue to expose the existing system of parliamentary democracy, oppose the liberalisation and privatisation program, and build political unity against state terrorism and state organised communal violence, in defence of human rights and democratic rights.
In conclusion, the Plenum reiterated that our intervention in all the day-to-day struggles of the people must be carried out with the aim of preparing workers and peasants to take political power in their hands and carry out the Navnirman of India. Navnirman means to reconstitute the political system to vest sovereignty in the people, reorient the economy to fulfil human needs instead of capitalist greed, and redefine foreign policy to strengthen anti-imperialist unity among our neighbours.