A discussion was held on this theme on 3rd October 2015 at the office of Delhi Shramik Sanghathan (DSS). Young boys and girls participated in huge number in this discussion. They all came from residential colonies in north-west Delhi. This included workers, students and a few activists from the organisation.
Addressing the gathering Comrade Ramendra said that there is growing communal violence in the country and this discussion is being organised to make people aware and so that they are able to analyse this in a scientific manner.
A power-point presentation on the theme was made on behalf of Lok Raj Sangathan. The youth watched the 2 hour long presentation in rapt attention with great interest and enthusiasm.
The discussion that followed brought out the fact that since the independence the incidence of communal violence has increased. A non-partisan enquiry will demonstrate that the communal violence does not erupt on its own but is systematically organised by the state. From the decade of 80 the ruling classes launched the programme of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation to come out of the deep economic crisis. With this there has been rapid increase in the incidences of communal violence.
The presentation brought forward that incidences of communal violence began with the rule of the British in India. The colonialists declared that their rule will be secure only if the people remain divided. They adopted the policy of “divide and rule”. They organised communal massacres. This British policy of divide and rule continues till date.
Through the presentation it was brought out clearly that the foundation of the present day State is communal, and the constitution is also communal. Workers, peasants and working people across the country are waging relentless struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, and anti-national policies of the ruling classes. To crush this struggle the ruling classes are unleashing increased communal and fascist violence against the people.
The presentation was followed by a lively discussion. The youth appreciated that the presentation provides a comprehensive picture of the history of communal violence. They asked many question and wondered as to why there is such a huge difference between what is being taught in the schools and what has been shown in the presentation, which is our experience.
Responding to the questions Birju Nayak said that we are youth. Some of us are also workers, or will become workers soon. Our parents were also workers. We are well aware of the realities of our lives. We were born and have grown up in want. We are surviving amidst lack of proper nutrition, housing, education, and source of livelihood. We must first put this reality in front of ourselves.
We must realise that the capitalists are ruling over the country. Whatever is produced and earned by the workers and working people is expropriated by the rich capitalists. That is the reason we remain poor while the rich grow richer. Earlier the British wrote the history, and now the capitalist class is writing the history. They write the history in such a way that their rule is maintained. During the times of British the secret services used to hang our patriots and freedom fighters declaring them to be anti-national and terrorists. Same is being done today with those who are fighting against the rule of the capitalists, they are declared as terrorists and anti-nationals and are being put behind bars.
The meeting ended with discussion on various issues facing the workers movement and struggle.