We constitute India, We are her masters!
August 15, sixty-six years ago, marks the day that the bourgeoisie took power from the hands of the British colonialists in the name of the people of our country. The workers, peasants and revolutionary intelligentsia fought and shed their blood for the liberation of our motherland. However, we did not get the reigns of political power in our hands.
This transfer of power to the bourgeoisie took place in the midst of a bloody communal holocaust and the partition of the country. The nations of Bengal and Punjab were divided, and two states — India and Pakistan —modeled on the colonial empire building state, both denying the rights of the nations and peoples constituting them, founded on the basis of implacable hostility towards each other, were set up. The same institutions through which the colonialists ruled over our people and suppressed our anti colonial liberation struggle — the armed forces and police, the Civil Services and Judiciary, were now used to defend the rule of the bourgeoisie over the workers and peasants and masses of our people.
The bourgeoisie which took power in 1947 is a traitorous class which has always compromised with imperialism and colonialism. India has never broken with the imperialist system. On the contrary, the ruling class and its main political parties today, the Congress and BJP, are hell bent on further integrating India into this imperialist system. Twenty two years ago, then Finance Minister Manmohan Singh launched the program of globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation. Twenty two years of this course has resulted in the biggest monopolies emerging as world class players. This has been carried out on the basis of intensifying the exploitation of the workers and peasants, and the plunder of our natural resources. It has led inexorably to the present situation of crisis of the economy, which is a direct result of the orientation of the economy being pursued, of ensuring maximum profits for the native and foreign capitalists, through ever closer integration with the world imperialist system.
Today, it is a fact that the great majority of our people continue to suffer from gross malnutrition, disease, illiteracy, backwardness, and acute social oppression on the basis of gender, caste, religion and nationality. The condition of women in our society—where the girl child is considered a liability and women are considered legitimate target for sexual violence by the armed forces and other state authorities, wherein women and girls are forced to accept humiliation and persecution on a daily basis — reveals that our society is not fit for human beings. Systematically spreading communal poison against people of different religious faiths, different ethnic backgrounds, etc, and unleashing state organised violence against this or that section of our people, is the 'Standard Operating Procedure' of the ruling class of our country, which it learnt from the colonialists and has perfected over the decades.
The ruling bourgeoisie is not interested in building an advanced, prosperous, just and harmonious society that our people aspire for, a society in which human, democratic and national rights of all are guaranteed and enforceable. The capitalist class is concerned only about its money bags, not about the well being of the masses of people or the fate and future of our society.
The ruling bourgeoisie is an imperialist bourgeoisie which is aspiring to sit at the high table with the biggest imperialist powers of the world. It is arming itself with the most sophisticated weapons, and is one of the biggest arms purchasers in the world arms market. It is preparing to participate in the wars for the redivision of the world, which have been launched by the imperialist powers headed by the US. The war mongering against our neighbours, being systematically stepped up in recent years, needs to be seen in this light.
According to our rulers, our people should be happy that India is being called a ‘rising power’ on the basis of this kind of capitalist growth and militarisation. They point to the shiny malls in the cities, the easy availability of branded goods, to the foreign investors who are coming here and so on. What they hide is that all this ‘growth’ comes at a cost – a great cost that is borne by the working people of this country, who are losing their lands at an alarming rate, who are reeling under the impact of the continuous rise in the prices of basic goods, whose environment is becoming steadily degraded, and who face rising unemployment and steadily worsening terms of employment.
To the peoples of the North East and Kashmir, as well as to tribal and various other peoples whose national rights have been repressed within the Indian Union, the ruling bourgeoisie and its spokesmen is saying that they should stop fighting and participate in the so-called ‘growth story’ that is unfolding. The vision that they are holding out before the youth and people of these regions is that they should forget about the fact they and their families are cruelly oppressed at home, that they are forced to live under the jackboots of the army and paramilitary forces, and that they should instead aspire to be absorbed as slave labour in the ‘expanding’ economy.
We, the working class and peasantry, the students and youth, the women, the oppressed nations and nationalities, and other people of this country, must reject this vision of capitalist growth and global power that the ruling class and its representatives are putting before us. We must be very clear that under the rule of the bourgeoisie, we can never lift ourselves out of the mire of poverty, unemployment and all-round oppression that is our lot today. We can never enjoy peace and build mutually beneficial relations with the neighbouring countries and peoples. More than six decades of bourgeois rule in this country tell us that.
The heroes of the Great Ghadar of 1857 fought for an India wherein the people would be the rulers. They declared "Hum hai iske maalik, Hindostan Hamara". Despite this revolt being crushed, our people have never given up the aspiration to be the masters of our country. During the entire anti colonial struggle, the revolutionaries and patriots were inspired by the thought that once colonial rule was brought to an end, the people would establish a political and economic system which will ensure their well being.
On the 66th anniversary of the end of colonial rule in India, our Party rededicates itself to the goal of an India in which the toiling people are the rulers. We firmly uphold that we the workers, peasants, women and youth constitute India, we are her maaliks. We fight for political power in the hands of the working class and people. We mobilize the working class and peasantry and revolutionary intelligentsia to fight for reconstituting the present Indian Union as a voluntary union of workers and peasants republics in which the peoples of different nations and nationalities and the tribal peoples will live together harmoniously. We fight to establish an India which will be a factor for peace in the region and in the world, an India which will be a steadfast defender of the freedom and sovereignty of all peoples and nations in the world. This is the free India of which we will all be truly proud.