Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 21st October, 2019
This 1st of November is the 35th anniversary of the massacre of people of the Sikh faith, carried out following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Tens of thousands of Sikhs were murdered and raped in Delhi, Kanpur, Bokaro and other places.
The Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee has dedicated the 28th Ghadari Mela to the memory of the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place on 13th April 1919. We publish below the message of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of CGPI, on this occasion.
Just like the colonial state, the Indian state defends the interests of the Indian and foreign exploiters and oppressors. People are attacked for their political and religious beliefs. The entire arsenal through which the colonialists ruled over our people has been further developed and perfected.
The government has been doing a lot of propaganda to justify the privatisation of the public sector telecom service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and to hand over the huge assets of this state-owned company to the big monopoly corporate houses at throw-away prices. Employees of BSNL are in struggle, to oppose this move. MEL spoke to Comrade Sebastin, General Secretary of the BSNL Executives’ Association. He explained in detail about the history of the company, the subsequent developments in the telecom sector in our country and the current moves towards privatisation of BSNL.
Trade relations between India and US came under pressure in June 2019 when the US announced the withdrawal of zero duty benefits to Indian exports worth $6 billion and India responded with retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products.
CPI, CPI(M), CGPI, CPI(M-L) Liberation, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Forward Bloc carried out a joint protest demonstration against the economic crisis on 16th October 2019 at the Parliament in New Delhi. Hundreds of workers, youth and women marched towards the Parliament from Jantar Mantar-Jaisingh Road chowk under the banner “Stop shifting the burden of the economic crisis on the people!” The demonstrators held a public meeting at the Parliament Road police station where they were stopped from going ahead.
On 18th October 2019, hundreds of rail workers in Mumbai protested against the privatisation moves of the Railway Ministry as well as against the anti-worker New Pension Scheme (NPS).
The protest was organised by All India Rail Track Maintainers Union (AIRTU), Indian Railway Signal and Telecom Maintainers Union (IRSTMU), Western Railway Employees Movement for Old Pension Scheme (WREMOPS) and Rail Mazdoor Union (RMU).
Close to 50,000 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) workers struck work on 5th October 2019. On October 21, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) that is leading the protests called for a ‘Sakala Janula Samara Bheri’, a public gathering with lakhs of people, to be held in Hyderabad on October 30.
On 26 Sep 2019, due to irregularities observed in bank accounts the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) suspended the Managing Director and the Board of Directors of the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, having its headquarter in Mumbai. It appointed an ex-RBI officer as the administrator and barred the bank from renewing or granting any loans or making investments without prior approval of the RBI. Depositors were informed that they can only withdraw a maximum of 1000 rupees from their accounts over the next six months. This shocked and angered more than 900,000 depositors of the Bank whose savings were now stuck in it.
In October 2017, the Railway Board had put forward a proposal for the closure of Parel Workshop and the creation of a passenger terminus in its place. The workers of Parel Workshop have been agitating against this anti-worker and anti-social proposal ever since.
The appointments of 3,778 primary school teachers of the three municipal corporations of Delhi – north, south and east – were summarily cancelled by an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), on October 14, 2019. ... The teachers, who had been appointed to teach in over 1,600 schools of the three municipal corporations, spread across the city, were given their appointment letters recently and were expected to join for work on Oct 15.
Organise to defeat the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national program of the bourgeoisie!
Reject the candidates of the capitalist parties!
Elect candidates with a track record of fighting for the rights of people!
Call of the CC of the CGPI, October 5, 2019
Elections to the 90 member Haryana State Assembly will take place on October 21, 2019. The two main parties of the ruling class contesting these elections are the BJP and the Congress. In addition, several parties representing the capitalists and big landowners of Haryana including the Indian National Lok Dal and the Jannanayak Janata Party are also contesting these elections.
Elect only those with a track record of fighting for the rights of people!
Statement of Maharashtra Regional Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, October 2019
Just 5 months after the victory of BJP in the Lok Sabha elections by a big margin, elections to the 288 member Maharashtra Assembly are being held on October 21, 2018. Coalition governments have run this state for the past two decades. The BJP - Shiv Sena coalition governed between 1995 and 1999 and since 2014. The Congress-NCP coalition was in power for 15 years between 1999 and 2014.
Thousands of workers declared their resolve to organise a General Strike on January 8, 2020, as part of developing the united resistance of the working class to the anti-worker, anti-social and anti-national course of the ruling class. They were participating in the National Open Mass Convention of Workers organized at Parliament Street on September 30, 2019. The call for the Convention had been given by ten Central Trade Unions -- INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC, to plan the future course of action of the working class.
Comrade Shekhar Kapure (or SK as he was popularly known) passed away in the morning of September 25th 2019 at his residence in Titwala, Mumbai. He was 59 years old. Ever since he joined it in 1998, for more than 20 years he was a militant fighter of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. He was born in Khusnoor in Nanded district of Maharashtra. After finishing his schooling and graduation at his native place he came to Mumbai hoping to study law. While studying he started working part time in a garment factory so that he could pay his tuition as well as boarding fees. But very soon seeing the atrocious condition of the garment workers he started to unite the worker to oppose their exploitation. He soon got so immersed in the struggle that he gave up his studies to devote himself full time to organising the workers. He along with other militant colleagues formed the Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh (LGMS) in 1998.
Retail prices of onions rose more than 200 per cent in September 2019 in most cities across the country. Prices climbed to as high as Rs. 80 rupees per kg in most urban centres in September, compared with Rs. 20 - Rs. 25 per kg in July through August. In response to the rising prices, the government banned exports of all varieties of onion, imposed stock limits on onion traders and released stocks from the central buffer stocks in a few places.
Taking one more step towards the privatization of railways, operation of first Tejas by a private company has begun. Against this step of the government, the pilots and guards of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held protest demonstrations and observed Black Day at railway crew lobby, pilot rest rooms, stations, training centers, etc. all across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The employees wore black ribbon bands as a sign of protest. At Ghaziabad railway station, the railways employees held back the “Tejas” for 5 minutes expressing their anger against this step by the government. After a struggle between the police and the employees, the employees were forcibly removed from the railway track.
The Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.
The first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.