The Call of Our Martyrs
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 20 March, 2021
The 23rd of March this year marks the 90th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The British rulers hanged those three young men on this day in 1931 because they fought uncompromisingly for the complete overthrow of the colonial system. They were branded as dangerous terrorists and condemned to death.
The British Raj condemned hundreds of patriotic and revolutionary Indians to life imprisonment or death by hanging. This includes the heroes of 1857, members of Hindustan Ghadar Party and numerous others who had dedicated their lives to the cause of liberating the people of India from all forms of exploitation and oppression.
Today, lakhs of workers, peasants, women and youth are out on protest. They are opposing the attacks on their livelihood and rights. They are opposing caste based discrimination and the oppression of women. They are opposing, religious persecution and the oppression of different nationalities within India. They are striving to establish an India free from exploitation, for which our martyrs sacrificed their lives.
The independent and allegedly democratic Indian Republic is treating people in exactly the same barbaric way as the colonial British Raj. Those who demand their rights and protest against injustice are branded as anti-national forces. They are charged with Sedition, thrown into jail and refused bail.
The incidents that took place on Republic Day are being used as the excuse to unleash widespread repression against participants of the Kisan Andolan. Large scale arrests and registration of false cases, huge deployment of security forces at the borders, erection of barbed wire fences and blocking of internet connectivity are among the repressive measures that have been taken. Lakhs of rupees have been announced as reward for those who help the police to implement the arrest orders. State terrorism is being accompanied by vicious propaganda on TV and social media against those who participated in the tractor rally, portraying them as criminals and terrorists.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India believes that the arrest of participants of the Kisan Andolan is completely unjustified. It is the Central Government which has to answer for the incidents of 26th January. Eyewitness reports and other available facts have shown that it is the Central Government which is to blame and not the protestors.
The demands of the Kisan Andolan, for repeal of pro-capitalist laws and legal guarantee of procurement of all crops at remunerative prices, are entirely just. The Central Government is denying kisans their right to secure livelihood. It is treating their legitimate economic and political demands as a law and order problem.
The situation calls on all organisations of kisans and workers to raise their voices in unison. We must demand the immediate release of all participants of the Kisan Andolan who have been arrested. We must demand the immediate withdrawal of all charges and arrest warrants against participants of the Kisan Andolan in any part of the country. We must demand that the Central Government must repeal the three farm laws and guarantee remunerative prices for all crops.
Comrades and friends,
To commemorate the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades means something if and only if we adhere to the path they cleaved. This is the path of uncompromising opposition to the exploitation and plunder of the land and labour of India. They fought with the aim of completely uprooting the colonial state and establishing a new state, an India that would be free from all forms of exploitation of persons and oppression of nations and peoples.
We must remember the following words of our revolutionary martyrs:
Our struggle will continue as long as a handful of men, be they foreign or native, or both in collaboration with each other, continue to exploit the labour and resources of our people. Nothing shall deter us from this path.
India gained political independence in 1947 but the path to liberation from class exploitation, caste discrimination and all forms of oppression has been blocked. For the past 73 years and more, the capitalist class, headed by the monopoly corporate houses, has been ruling through their trusted political parties.
Indian capitalists have collaborated with foreign capitalists to continue exploiting the labour and resources of independent India. They have maintained and further developed the system of exploitation and plunder left behind by the British. They have preserved the same political system designed to keep the toiling majority of people out of power. They have preserved the same legal system designed to brand all opposition to exploitation and oppression as a crime.
The capitalist class has groomed political parties such as the Congress and BJP, which take turns in implementing its anti-people agenda. The exploiting minority rules through deception, diversion, communal division and brutal repression of workers, peasants and other oppressed people.
The BJP blames previous Congress-led governments for all the problems, including unemployment, poverty and the declining incomes of kisans. It also blames “Islamic fundamentalists”, Khalistanis and communists for blocking India’s development. It brands all those who fight for their rights as being anti-national. It is unleashing one attack after another on the rights of workers and peasants so as to further enrich Indian and foreign capitalists.
The Congress Party is blaming the BJP and its method of governance for all the problems. It claims that “Hindutva fascism” is the biggest danger we face. It is hiding its own track record of implementing the monopoly capitalist agenda for many decades. It wants people to forget its track record of unleashing state terrorism and organising communal massacres in the name of fighting against “Sikh fundamentalism”.
The source of our problems does not lie in the people and their different beliefs. The source of our problems lies in the rule of an exploiting minority which uses these differences and incites communal conflicts so as to maintain its rule.
The struggle is not between Hindus and Muslims, or between Sikhs and Communists. The real struggle is between the exploiters and the exploited. It is between the capitalist class on one side and the workers, peasants and all the oppressed on the other side. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists as well as non-believers are all part of one struggle of the workers, peasants, women and youth against the oppressive rule of the capitalist class.
The capitalist class, headed by the Tatas, Ambanis, Birlas, Adanis and other monopoly houses, wields supreme decision-making power today. The monopoly houses use this power to keep expanding their wealth and to compete with other monopoly capitalists of the world. They use elections to install a party of their choice in charge of executive power.
Both BJP and Congress Party represent the same class interest. They play complementary roles in the divide and rule strategy of the capitalist class.
Those who claim that the problems of workers and peasants can be addressed by voting BJP out of power and establishing a government headed by the Congress Party or some coalition of regional parties are deceiving the people. History is proof that replacing one party of the capitalist class by another through elections does not lead to any change in the nature of political power or the orientation of the economy. The agenda continues to be set by the capitalist class, headed by the monopoly houses.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades rejected the political system established by the British rulers. They based their actions on the conclusion that Indian society cannot be liberated through the institutions and laws established by the British. They recognised the need for a thoroughgoing revolutionary transformation. They fought with the aim of establishing an entirely new state and system, which will ensure prosperity and protection for all.
Those who place their faith in the existing parliamentary democracy and create illusions about finding solutions within this system are not following the path of our revolutionary martyrs. They may sing the praises of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades on 23rd March every year. They may place garlands on the pictures of these martyrs. But they are insulting their memory by submitting to the system of capitalist democracy.
The real solution lies in putting an end to the rule of the capitalist class and establishing workers’ and peasants’ rule in its place. A clean and complete break must be made with the existing political and economic system. We must lay the foundation of a new state and system in which we, the workers, peasants, women and youth, make the laws and decide government policies. We need a new Indian Union that respects the national rights of each constituent and the human rights and democratic rights of all members of society. We need to reorient the economic system towards providing secure livelihood and prosperity for all, instead of being oriented to maximise the profits of monopoly capitalists.
On the occasion of Martyr’s Day 2021, the Communist Ghadar Party of India salutes the workers, peasants, women and youth who are fighting courageously in defence of their rights. Let us take up the unfinished task of putting an end to capitalist rule and establishing workers’ and peasants’ rule in our country.
Let us build the new India for which our martyrs fought and laid down their lives!
Workers, peasants, women and youth, We constitute India! We are her master!