No to division of the working class!
Mumbai has been in the news in recent months because of the vicious chauvinist hate campaign launched by ruling class parties to divide the working people along regional and ethnic lines. It has been in the news for the terrible terrorist attacks in November, followed by the attempts of the Indian ruling circles to whip up communal hysteria against people of Muslim faith, and chauvinist war hysteria against Pakistan.
In the midst of all this, working class organisations have militantly hoisted the banner of uncompromising opposition to the divisive, communal and chauvinistic politics of the ruling class. Under the banner of Jan Jagruti Abhiyan (campaign to awaken people), activists of working class organisations in the city have begun going house to house in the working class areas of the metropolis, explaining why the working class must reject the divisive politics of the ruling class, and unite around its own independent class program.
On 21 December 2008, activists campaigned in the Post and Telecom Colony in Andheri. There were workers, women and youth in the contingent. A bright red banner of the BSNL Employees Union was at the head of the procession. The activists To be read denounced the attempts of the rich to divide the working class on the basis of region, religion and caste and called on the working class to unite for a better future for themselves and their families.
The activists distributed a leaflet entitled “Who is responsible for Unemployment? Unite to Fight Against policies that promote Unemployment and Destitution!” exposing the disinformation campaign launched by the bourgeois political parties of Maharashtra that migrants from UP and Bihar were to blame for the increasing unemployment in the ranks of Marathi speaking workers. It condemned the bestial attacks on working people from other parts of India carried out with the full backing of the state machinery.
The leaflet explained that in the five decades since the formation of Maharashtra, the lot of the Marathi worker and peasant has not improved. The ruling class parties and their politicians have fattened themselves through the exploitation of the workers and peasants. To divert the anger of the people from the capitalist class and the capitalist parties, these parties are trying to set workers against workers.
The leaflet called upon workers to unite and fight for guaranteed secure livelihood to all. More resources should be allocated to health and education. Workers must fight for a universal public distribution system that would provide food items of good quality at affordable prices to all working people. Workers must fight for seizing the black money and taxing the big corporate houses.
The Jan Jagruti Abiyaan has been formed by 15 organisations of the working people of Mumbai. These include All India Insurance Employees Association (Mumbai Division), AIUTUC, AIFTU, Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union, Ghar Kamgar Molkarni Sangathana, Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti, Kamgar Ekta Chalwal, Lal Jhanda Hawkers Union, Ladaku Garment Kamgar Union, Lok Raj Sangathan, Lok Shahi Haq Sangathan, Lok Shasan Andolan, National Federation of Postal Employees, Prerna, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Reliance Energy Employees Union, Republican Panther, Sarva Shramik Sangathan (Mumbai).
People's Voice hails this important initiative of working class activists of Mumbai.