What kind of “democracy”?


I am writing to thank you for carrying the enlightening article entitled `Assembly elections: This system of democracy needs to be changed’ in the April 1-15, 2012 issue of MEL, in response to the assembly elections held in several states across the country. While the bourgeoisie has been rejoicing that their system has got yet another lifeline in diverting the anger of the masses, and replacing one parasitic party by another as the ruling party, with incumbents reduced to the opposition in some of the states, there is little for the working class to rejoice about. As always, the people of the country have been reduced to voting cattle and little is going to change for the millions. While the bourgeoisie tom-toms this as a `vibrant democracy’ the article correctly points out that the present system has no way of bringing to the centre stage the demands of the people, including such pressing matters as the food security issue or the issue of draconian laws such as the Armed Forces Act. Thus, the system of bourgeois democracy which is the prevailing one has to be contrasted with the incipient proletarian democracy that would come into being when the working class comes to power. Central to the issue is the economic system that prevails in the country, which is that of capitalism, and the state organs that exist in order for this system to be preserved and to flourish. The history of the post-independence period in the country has shown that bourgeois democracy has allowed the big capitalist fat cats to grow at an unprecedented rate to the extent that they are now big international players. This would not be possible without guarantees they receive from the Government, irrespective of which party is in power. Thus the system serves their interests only, to the detriment of the interests of the masses. Periodic elections that take place allow contending interests to sort out their differences and is a reflection of the changing ratio of forces between the factions of the bourgeoisie. The working masses continuously stay marginalized in this system. Thus, an elaboration on the question of what is proletarian democracy, elements of which are already mentioned in the article, is an important step forward in this regard. I would, therefore, like to once again express my gratitude to you for carrying this article. Such contributions will pave the path to revolution and to the liberation of the masses in the country

Sincerely, S. Nair, Kochi


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Apr 16-30 2012    Letters to Editor    Popular Movements     Political Process    

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Click to Download PDFInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India

by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

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History of Ghadar PartyA Presentation of Communist Ghadar Party of India

100 years ago Ghadar Party was formed by Indians in the US.It was historic milestone in our anti-colonial struggle.

The goal of this party was to organise a revolution to liberate our motherland from British servitude and establish a free and independent India with equal rights for all. It believed this to be the necessary condition for our people to hold their heads high anywhere in the world.

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Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 30th August, 2012

Working class representatives from all over the country are gathering on 4th September, at a time when a titanic struggle is going on in our country. The struggle is between the majority of toiling and exploited people and a minority of exploiters. It is between the majority whose labour expands wealth and the minority who enjoy the fruits of wealth creation on the basis of their private property and positions of power.

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Call to the Working ClassDefeat the program of privatisation and liberalisation!

Fight with the aim of establishing workers’ and peasants’ rule!

Call of the Central Committee, Communist Ghadar Party, 23 February, 2012

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Necessity for the working class to take political powerThe initiating speech, at the working class conference on the Way Forward held on 23-24 December 2011, was made by comrade Lal Singh, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. The document entitled the necessity for the working class to take political power has been edited based on the discussion in the conference and is being published according to the decision the Central Committee.

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Power to DecideVoice of the Communist Ghadar Party of India on the Power to Decide

This publication contains three statements issued by the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party on 1st, 18th & 28th Aug, 2011.

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