On 14 March, people of Mumbai were once again shocked to hear of the collapse of a foot overbridge over a busy road near Chhatrapati Shivaji rail terminus, the headquarters of Central Railway. The bridge collapsed during evening peak hours leading to death of 6 people and injury to 30. This is the third such incident during the last 18 months in Mumbai, which has claimed a total of 30 lives.
Moments after Pakistan released a captured IAF pilot, Prime Minister Modi declared — “A pilot project was just completed. The real project must be taken up now. The earlier one was just for practice.”
Ministers and TV news anchors are issuing provocative and inflammatory calls on a daily basis, threatening more aerial bombings of targets inside Pakistan.
The Communist Ghadar Party hails the courageous stand taken by people in many parts of the world against war, for peace and friendship between India and Pakistan. A joint statement was issued by the National Committees (in India and Pakistan) of the Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD).
The ruling class and all its trained politicians and theoreticians keep repeating the lie that there is no alternative to the existing political system. They repeat the mantra of the US and other capitalist-imperialist states that there is nothing better than the political process of multi-party representative democracy. However, the vast majority of people are not satisfied with this system and political process.
Hundreds of women, men and youth from nearly 20 different organisations, as well as a large number of teachers, health workers, lawyers and activists from different sections, marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 8th March2019, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. They marched with banners of their respective organisations. They carried banners and placards bearing slogans which highlighted their demands.
Support for Venezuela’s sovereignty and its resolute stand against imperialist attempts to carry out “regime change” is growing around the world. On the weekend of February 23, more than 150+ cities around the world held demonstrations in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. The rallying cry of the global demonstrations was: No U.S. war on Venezuela! Tens of thousands marched with this banner in New York, in London and Liverpool, in Berlin, across Canada in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton, in Dublin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Madrid, Jakarta, Sofia and other cities.
Recently a number of big banks in Europe have come under scrutiny for carrying out suspected money-laundering transactions. Danske Bank, Denmark's largest bank, admitted recently that an internal investigation had uncovered a large number of suspicious accounts and transactions at its branch in Estonia.
The crisis of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), one of the largest non-bank financial institutions in our country, is having a huge negative impact on the retirement funds of lakhs of workers and soldiers.
Central trade unions held a national convention on 6th March 2019 in Delhi, where they jointly addressed workers across India. Ahead of the general elections, 10 central trade unions, barring the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, have demanded a national minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, an end to contract labour and a minimum indexed pension of Rs 6,000 per month, among others. The convention decided that they would place a “workers’ charter’ before all political parties and compel them to concretely express their stand on these issues. They demanded reversal of anti-workers policies and formulation of alternative pro-worker and pro-people policies, whichever government comes to power at the centre.
Mugilan, the Coordinator of Tamil Nadu Environment Protection Movement, went missing on February 15 night while travelling from Chennai Egmore railway station to Madurai. Earlier that day, he had conducted a press meet accusing two senior police officers of being complicit when miscreants torched government vehicles and destroyed CCTV cameras in Thoothukudi during mass protests against Sterlite Copper in May, 2018 in which at least 13 people were killed.
The working condition of railway trackmen are worsening day by day. Increasing number of trackmen are dying on railway tracks. During 2012 to 2016, there were on an average 600 deaths of trackmen every year. During 2017 to 2019, the number of deaths of trackmen every year on an average increased to 1000 which means every day 3 trackmen are killed while working on the tracks. These numbers are extremely shocking.
Textile workers and their families in Mumbai took out a massive rally in support of their right to housing and rehabilitation. Nearly 4000 workers participated in the rally. According to the decision of the Maharashtra government, only 17,000 mill workers and their families out of the total 1,71,000 mill workers and their families would be provided with houses. This means that the question of when and where they would be provided with housing remains a festering question that plagues the remaining 90 percent of workers and their families.
Hundreds of guest teachers protested on 3rd March 2019 in front of the residence of the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education in Delhi in support of their long standing demands. The immediate reason for their protests is that unlike in previous years when their contracts were valid till 10th May, this year their contracts have been terminated in February and the contracts have not been renewed, rendering over 25000 guest teachers jobless.
Health workers of Mumbai Corporation struck work on 28th January 2019 in support of their demands. For the past 20 years about four lakh health workers of Brihan Mumbai Corporation have been exploited by denying that they are employees. The Corporation has turned a deaf ear to their demands since 25th January 1999.
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.
This document, What Kind of Party?, was presented by
Comrade Lal Singh on behalf of the Central Committee
of the Communist Ghadar Party of India to the Second
National Consultative Conference held December 29-30, 1993.
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.