On 18th March, 1871, the heroic working class of Paris, the capital of France, took over the reins of political power from the hands of the bourgeoisie and established its own state power.This event, immortalized in history as the Paris Commune, is one of the greatest and most inspiring events in the history of the working class.
We can never forget the revolutionary struggle of the sailors
The revolt of the Royal Indian Navy in 1946 has a special place in the revolutionary history of Indian people. The sailors of the Royal Indian Navy started this mutiny which spread to all parts of India and intensified the revolutionary tide. It shook the very foundation of the British colonialism.
18 February 2016 marks 70 years of this uprising. However, very little is talked about this uprising in the history of the independence movement. There are many reasons. When the real history of this great uprising will be taught and read, it will also have to be told how the leaders of the Congress and Muslim League misled the courageous fighters of this movement and spread lies about it to defame their struggle.
Aligning government finances with the drive of monopoly capital to maximise exploitation and plunder
The presentation of the Union Budget in Parliament, which takes place on the last day of February every year, is an exercise in massive deception. While the budget is a tool to plan the central government’s annual expenditure, revenues and borrowing program, its real content is never presented honestly to the public. Every government tries its best to hide the fact that it is a management team for the biggest capitalists of the country. Every Finance Minister tries to cover up the fact that the annual budget is a tool to align government finances with the drive of monopoly capitalists to maximise the degree of exploitation of labour, robbery of peasants and plunder of natural resources of the people of India.
Our youth aspire for an India without exploitation and oppression
85 years ago on 23 March 1931 Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hanged by the British on charges of sedition. These martyrs have inspired and continue to inspire generations of our youth to take up the struggle for the liberation of society from exploitation and oppression.
Hundreds of workers demonstrated on 10th March under the joint leadership of Delhi’s trade unions, demanding the implementation of their 12-point demands. They marched from Shahid Park near Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla Maidan to ITO. This protest was part of the country-wide protests called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions. Workers organisations united in response to this call and held demonstrations against the government and in support of their demands across various state capitals.
Hundreds of workers marched into Azad Maidan, Mumbai from 2 PM on 10th of March 2016 in support of the 12 point charter of demands raised by the Trade Unions Coordination Committee. They belonged to Railways, Docks, Sailors, Municipal and Bank workers, Insurance and telecom workers, anganwadi and contract workers etc. The meeting was chaired by Dr.Vivek Monteiro of CITU and Mr.Vishwas Utagi of AIBEA. The unions participating were AITUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, BKS (Bharatiya Kamgar Sena), Kamgar Ekta Chalwal, as well as the unions representing the workers from the various sectors.
Hundreds of women marched down the centre of Delhi on 8th March on the anniversary of International Women’s Day. They marched from Rajiv Chowk to Jantar Mantar. The city’s centre resounded with militant slogans that the women raised in unison. Several among them were veteran activists whose energy and enthusiasm matched those of the young women who were present in large numbers.
The Maharashtra Council of Lok Raj Sangathan decided to organize a series of programs in different places this year to celebrate International Women’s Day. The emancipation of women is possible only in a society where there is Lok Raj – i.e. where sovereign power is in the hands of the people, women as well as men.
I am writing in response to the statement of the CC of the CGPI entitled `Condemn the persecution of university students!' that carries the byline `No to the criminalisation of dissent! It is the rulers who are acting against unity and solidarity of our people!' carried in the March 1-15, 2016 issue of MEL.
Escalate the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-national program of the ruling class!
Statement of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, March 10, 2016
At the call of the trade unions, crores of workers are participating in protest rallies all over the country today. Once again, we workers are on the streets demanding that the government address our concerns and fulfill our demands.
Six months ago, on 2nd September, 2015, crores of workers participated in an All-India General Strike. We raised our collective voice against the unbearable levels of inflation, unemployment, job insecurity and all-sided attacks on workers’ rights. We demanded an immediate halt to privatisation in vital sectors including railways, banking, insurance, defence production and retail trade. We opposed the opening up of more and more sectors of the economy to foreign direct investment. But our voices keep falling on deaf years.
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.