Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22 Nov 2021
Striking the pose of a great statesman, Prime Minister Modi announced on 19th November that the three farm laws will be repealed soon. He apologized to the people of the country for not being able to convince some kisans about the benefits of these three laws. He claimed that these laws are especially for the benefit of small farmers, hiding the fact that they are designed to benefit monopoly capitalist companies. He promised to continue working “for the country”, while his government continues to work for the Tatas, Ambanis, Birlas, Adanis and other monopoly capitalist houses.
Various opposition party leaders are hailing the repeal of these laws as a great victory for the Kisan Andolan. Some of them are hailing it as a victory for democracy. They are hiding the fact that the existing system of democracy is a dictatorship of the capitalist class over the toiling majority of people. It is the ruling class which pushed for the farm laws and it is they who are now deciding to repeal them.
The apparent concession and apology of the Prime Minister needs to be seen in the specific political context. There is growing unity of kisans against the liberalisation and corporate domination of agricultural trade. There is growing unity among workers against privatisation and the pro-capitalist labour codes. There is increasing recognition that workers and peasants are fighting the same enemy – the corporate houses. The ruling class is eager to prevent the possibility of workers and peasants emerging as an independent political force, united around their own program. They want to ensure that the majority of people remain under the control of their trusted parties in the parliament.
Repeal of the three farm laws is a cunning move behind which lies the interests of the monopoly capitalists, Indian and international. It serves to create the conditions for a credible parliamentary alternative to emerge, claiming to be championing the cause of democracy and social justice. It also serves to bolster the image of the BJP as being sensitive to the kisans.
The principal mechanism for dividing and diverting the exploited masses of people is the political process of parliamentary democracy. This process serves to line up the people behind two rival parties or coalitions of parties, both committed to the same liberalisation and privatisation program.
The ruling class is preparing to use the coming electoral battle for the state assemblies in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and three other states to destroy the fighting unity of the workers and peasants.
Repeal of the three laws does not address the demand of the vast majority of kisans for guaranteed procurement of all agricultural products at MSP nor their demand for withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill. It is aimed at once again deceiving the kisans that their needs can be addressed within the existing capitalist system and through the parliamentary process.
The struggle of kisans is part of the struggle of the toiling masses of people for secure livelihood. It is part of the struggle for people to have a say in decisions that affect their lives. This struggle will be crowned with victory only when capitalist rule is replaced by workers’ and peasants’ rule. The existing system and political process need to be transformed to make the toiling majority of people the decision-makers. Only then can agriculture and the entire economy be reoriented towards fulfilling human needs rather than fulfilling monopoly capitalist greed.
The immediate task facing the workers and peasants remains the building of political unity around their own independent program, in opposition to the monopoly capitalists and their program of liberalisation and privatisation.