India is called the world’s most populous democracy. It is held up in contrast with China and Pakistan, as a country in which “free and fair elections” are regularly held. The fact that several political parties compete for seats in the central and state legislative bodies is presented as proof that democracy is thriving in our country.
Life experience, however, keeps exposing the fact that elections in the existing system are neither fair nor free by any standard.
“Development for all”, the slogan with which the BJP headed by Narendra Modi took charge in 2014, has remained an empty promise. It is a cruel joke for crores of toiling people in the villages, towns and metro cities. It is as bad as the old empty slogans of the Congress Party such as “garibi hatao!” (Wipe out poverty!).
The result of the recent elections in five states has ended the winning streak enjoyed by the BJP during most of the past five years.
The BJP has lost its position of power in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, where it had been the ruling party for the past 15 years. It has also been voted out in Rajasthan, after 5 years. It has been replaced by the Congress Party in these three states. The Congress Party has been voted out in Mizoram, replaced by the Mizo National Front. It is only in Telengana that the ruling party, Telengana Rashtriya Samiti, managed to retain its position of power.
This document, What Kind of Party?, was presented by
Comrade Lal Singh on behalf of the Central Committee
of the Communist Ghadar Party of India to the Second
National Consultative Conference held December 29-30, 1993.
India will be truly independent only when people are empowered
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1st August, 2018
Our people are fed with false promises on every Independence Day. From the “socialistic pattern” of Jawaharlal Nehru to “garibi hatao” of Indira Gandhi, and from the “capitalism with a human face” of Manmohan Singh to the “sab ka vikaas” slogan of Narendra Modi, one Prime Minister after the other has been marketing empty dreams every 15th of August. They are trained to say whatever the people like to hear, while implementing the agenda set by the Tatas, Birlas, Ambanis and other capitalist monopoly houses.
Everyone could see that the role of the people of Karnataka began and ended on 12th May, the day they cast their votes. Once the votes were counted and no party had won a majority of seats, everything depended on the discretion of the Governor. The fate of Karnataka depended on what the Governor would do-who he would invite and how much time he would give for the invited party to prove its majority.
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 9th May, 2018
On 12th May, votes will be cast for the 224-member Legislative Assembly of Karnataka. There are hundreds of candidates contesting these elections, including those of communist parties and of many other organisations fighting in defence of people’s rights. The corporate news media, however, has been presenting these elections as a contest between the Congress Party, BJP and Janata Dal (Secular), as if only these three parties matter.
On January 29, 2018, representatives of 11 electoral political parties of Nagaland declared that they would not put up candidates in the February 27 elections to the state assembly. The joint declaration they signed after meetings with the Core Committee of Nagaland tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) said “We on behalf of all the political parties and the intending candidates have, in compliance with the wishes of the people, decided not to go ahead with the issuance of party tickets or filing of nominations.”
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 10th January, 2018
The Republic of India will be 68 years old on 26th January this year. The experience of almost seven decades has revealed that this Republic does not protect the right to livelihood, right to conscience, right to life and other human and democratic rights of all members of society. According to Indian political theory or Raj Dharma, a raja who fails to ensure protection and prosperity for the praja loses his right to rule. Judging on the basis of this principle, the Republic of India has no legitimacy whatsoever.
Escalate the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-peasant, anti-social and anti-national offensive of the big bourgeoisie!
Organise to establish workers’ and peasants’ rule!
What was the situation in our country 40 years ago, when we took up the task of building such a vanguard party of the working class? It was a time when the system of parliamentary democracy was in deep crisis. The fascist underbelly of the Indian State had been exposed by the declaration of National Emergency in June 1975 and the suspension of democratic rights and civil liberties. Widespread mass protests broke out among the working people and youth of the country.
The article, “Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections: Elections in this system serve to maintain the rule of capitalist monopoly houses”, in the December 16-31 issue of MEL, has correctly pointed out that both the Congress and BJP when in command have implemented the program of the big capitalist monopoly houses and have pushed the program of capitalist globalisation at the expense of the working people.
State assembly elections have been held recently in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. In both these states, the BJP and the Congress Party were promoted on TV and other news media as the two main contenders. All other parties and candidates were given little or no space in the daily news coverage.
In Gujarat, the BJP has been in charge for the past 22 years. In Himachal, the Congress and BJP have been alternately running the government, changing places once in five years, with the Congress in charge since 2012.
The Keynote Speech by Com. Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI delivered on the occasion of the Party Conference to commemorate the Centenary of the Great October Revolution has drawn very clear lessons for Indian communists, while hailing this great event and the leadership of the Party in this.
Political developments in Tamilnadu reveal the complete marginalisation of people in this system of parliamentary democracy. ... People are utterly disgusted by the arbitrary actions of the factions of the ruling AIADMK and the interference of the central government. At the same time, they feel helpless in this system which does not allow them any role beyond casting their vote on Election Day.
What is happening in Tamilnadu has once more revealed the reality of parliamentary democracy before the masses of people. It has once more underscored the fact that the present system of democracy only serves the bourgeois class, which is a tiny minority.
On August 11, 2017, US President Trump declared that the US had "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary". This follows the imposing of sanctions on Venezuela by the US.
The threat to use military force to overthrow the government of Venezuela and establish a pro-US regime in its place marks a new phase of escalation of brutal and systematic interference that it has carried on against the people of that country for many years. It is an open threat to the sovereignty of Venezuela and its people.
The first edition of a book titled "Call of the Ghadaris — Revolution", published by the Communist Ghadar Party of India in Hindi, Punjabi and English, was released on 15 July, 2017, at an impressive function held at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall in Jalandhar, Punjab.
The function was organized jointly by the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha and the Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Committee. It attracted a wide audience consisting of progressive academic scholars, writers, poets, journalists, students and political activists belonging to different parties and communist groups.
The results of the mid-term elections held in Britain in June reveal that the country is caught in the throes of acute political crisis. In 2015, the bourgeoisie succeeded in manufacturing victory for the Conservative Party and made David Cameron the Prime Minister. Faced with sharp contradictions within its ranks, the British bourgeoisie organized a referendum on BREXIT (Britain’s exit from the EU) in 2016. The referendum results revealed deep division within the bourgeoisie. David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister making way for Theresa May.
It is not usual to find organisers of teachers, farmers, government employees and of women and youth all participating actively in a joint political discussion. Such an event took place recently, at the initiative of the Rajasthan Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, a non-party political organization committed to the cause of bringing people to power.
May Day call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 29 April, 2017
On the occasion of May Day 2017, Communist Ghadar Party of India extends its revolutionary greetings to the workers of India and all countries who are courageously resisting the offensive of the capitalist class against their livelihood and rights.
In the elections to the Delhi Municipal Corporation held on April 23, one campaign that stood out from the others was that of the people’s candidate and activist of Lok Raj Sangathan called Shivaji, in the Harkesh Nagar ward of, South Delhi.
As many as five Bills were tabled in the Lok Sabha during March as “money bills”. They consist of the Finance Bill and four bills related to the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Finance Bill 2017
The Finance Bill is a piece of legislation that is tabled in parliament every year, along with the Union Budget. Taxation, expenditure and borrowing targets proposed in the budget become operational once the Finance Bill is approved by the Parliament and signed by the President.
I am writing in response to the statement of the CC of the CGPI dated March 17, 2017 and carried in the March 15-3, 2017 issue of MEL ``Elections have been used to manufacture a "mandate" for the big bourgeoisie's agenda".
Events in Tamilnadu since the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa have led to heightened anger among the people. The sordid spectacle of intense dogfight within the ruling party, the kidnapping of “people’s representatives” by the faction in command and physical clashes within the Legislative Assembly have all aroused the people’s indignation.
Corruption is the means capitalists win their favours and special privileges to loot the public properties and taxes. Capitalists share a part of such loot with the politicians and authorities. Corruption cannot be eliminated without eliminating the capitalist system itself from India.
Building unity to counter the anti-people offensive
Lok Raj Sangathan has been actively organising the people of Delhi, at their places of work and in their residential areas, to counter the anti-people offensive of the state and to fight for their rights. To assess this work in the present political context as well to chalk out the plan of work for the future, a Convention of Lok Raj Sangathan was organised in Delhi on April 17, 2016.
Under the rule of successive governments led by DMK, AIADMK and others, only a minority of exploiters have been enriched. Every successive government has systematically attacked the aspirations of the people for a society without oppression and exploitation. Now, one more election is around the corner.
On December 10, the Supreme Court dismissed a PIL challenging the validity of the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015, which mandates educational and other norms for candidates contesting Panchayat elections.
Hundreds of Nepalese workers, participated in a militant protest rally in New Delhi on December 6, 2015 to voice their concern over the three month long inhuman economic blockade of Nepal by the Indian state.
On September 17, the Supreme Court issued a stay on the Haryana government’s decision to impose educational and other criteria on candidates contesting the panchayat elections. The court’s decision was in response to a petition filed by three persons who wished to contest the panchayat elections, but would have been unable to do so under the new criteria.
Lok Raj Sangathan, for several years, has been fighting for rights of the residents of working class colonies of East Delhi located at Shashi Garden – Shastri Mohalla, Jawahar Mohalla, Mahatma Gandhi Camp and Khoka-Patari Cam
The people of Gujarat must refuse to fall into the trap of this or that party of the rulers. They must defeat the divide and rule tactic of the ruling class by uniting as one in defence of the rights of all. In the present case, it is by upholding the banner "education for all, jobs for all" , and condemning state repression against any section of the people that they will be able to defeat the divisive agenda of the ruling class... All sections of the people of India are waging a just struggle in defence of their rights, against the attacks of the ruling class and its state. Together, we must wage the struggle with the perspective of establishing a new state with a new economic orientation that will actually guarantee security and prosperity to all.
A paper by the late Com. Hardial Bains was presented at a conference on “Building the Future” by the Committee for People’s Empowerment, on August 13-15 1997, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the formal Independence of India, Pakistan and other countries of South Asia.
Peasants, workers, teachers, students and government employees are on the path of struggle all across Rajasthan. They are firmly opposing the increasing attacks on their rights. In this context, the Rajasthan unit of Lok Raj Sangathan is carrying on the work of building unity among the people. Efforts are on to establish lok samitis in every village and hamlet.
Get organized, become the rulers, and transform society!
The results of the elections to the 70 member Delhi Assembly have been declared. Aam Aadmi Party has won 67 of the seats, with BJP winning the remaining 3 seats. After 15 years of being in charge of the Delhi Government, Congress Party has been completely voted out, with no presence in the Legislative Assembly.
Progressive and patriotic Indians organise meetings in Britain
The Indian Workers Association (Great Britain) and Ghadar International organised meetings in Britain on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the declaration of the present Indian Republic. These meetings were held in Ilford on January 31, 2015 and in Southall on February 1, 2015 respectively.
Without repealing AFSPA and ending Army rule, there can be no solution to the Kashmir problem
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd November, 2014
The present situation in Kashmir is a stalemate. Elections under Army rule will not make a break with the status quo. The first step to resolve the crisis is to repeal AFSPA and pull back the armed forces into their barracks. This is the necessary condition for seeking a political solution to the Kashmir problem. In the absence of a political solution that respects the rights of nations and peoples to self-determination, the situation is bound to remain turbulent, with increasing danger of imperialist interference and war in South Asia.
Unite against state terrorism and the anti-worker and anti-people program of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd November, 2014
Elections in the existing political system are designed to enable the bourgeois class, headed by the big monopolies of the Tatas, Ambanis, Birlas and others, to place in power that party or coalition which can best implement their program and justify it in the eyes of the people.
Parties committed to one and the same program are trying their best to divide the people along the lines of their dogfight. The situation calls for political unity of the workers, peasants, tribal and forest communities, against state terrorism and against the capitalist program of maximising exploitation and plunder. We need to rally around the alternative program to solve the problems of the economy and the political system.
The ground reality of the political economy is the object of the science and a dispassionate study of the political economy requires the most advanced tools which are based on dialectical materialism and class struggle. The statement of the CC of the Party of 3rd October 2014 on the Haryana Assembly Election 2014 reflects the conclusions of such a study.
On 6th July 2014, a political meeting was organized in Delhi by Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS). The meeting discussed the political situation in Delhi and charted a course of political action in the interests of the working class and people of Delhi. A correspondent of the Mazdoor Ekta Lehar covered the meeting.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 4th June, 2014
"Sab ka saath, sab ka vikaas!" (Together with all, for the development for all!) This is the slogan with which the BJP led by Narendra Modi has swept to power at the centre, capturing 52% of the seats and reducing Congress Party to a small minority in the Parliament.
Solution to the problems of society can be found only on the basis of the discoveries of Karl Marx
The global economy has been sinking deeper and deeper into crisis over the past five years. Unemployment, poverty, inflation and all the diseases of the capitalist system are growing from bad to worse.
Martyrdom day was commemorated in Madhosinghana village in Sirsa district of Haryana on 30th March 2014. On this occasion, a public meeting was organised by Lok Raj Sangathan. Apart from the people of the village, the meeting was attended by activists of organisations from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
Parties of the capitalists will not solve the problems of the people
The elections for Lok Sabha in Maharashtra will be held on 10th, 17th and 24th April 2014. Whatever will be the outcome of the elections, it is not going to alter the conditions of the workers, peasants and toiling people of the state.
We are publishing some letters in this issue from among the several letters received from the activists of the Party from different parts of the country giving their suggestions for taking forward the programme of the working class in the context of the coming general elections and to challenge the parties that uphold the interests of the exploiting class
Women must champion the struggle for worker-peasant rule and socialism!
Let us unite and escalate our struggle, as workers and as women!
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 25th February, 2014
As we mark International Women’s Day on 8th March this year, it is necessary that we recall the genesis of this annual global celebration, which started more than a hundred years ago. The first IWD was celebrated in 1911, at a conference of working women from Europe and the United States. That historic conference was held under the banner of the struggle for socialism.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 19th January, 2014
On 26th January, 2014, it will be 64 years since the proclamation of the Republic of India following the adoption of its Constitution. As the 65th year begins, it is an undeniable fact that workers, peasants and the vast majority of people in our country are n
People in Kashmir and democratic minded people all over India are outraged by the clean chit given by the Army to its own personnel who were charged with the brutal torture and murder of 5 ordinary civilians in Pathribal, Kashmir, in March 2000.
The year 2014 will be the 65th year of the Republic of India, which was established after the end of British colonial rule. What were our people’s hopes and aspirations 65 years ago? Where do we stand today?
I read with great interest the article in the Oct. 16-31, 2013 issue of MEL entitled `Supreme Court rules in favour of “None of the Above” button: Necessity to carry out thorough going electoral reforms', which is very informative and educative.
The run up to the elections for the Delhi Assembly to be held on December 4, 2013, has seen a breath of fresh air injected by the campaign of five working class candidates who have been proposed by Lok Raj S
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 16th Nov, 2013
Among all the parties in the electoral arena, Congress Party and BJP have earned the maximum trust of imperialism and the Indian big bourgeoisie. They have demonstrated their ability to strike unprincipled deals and cobble together coalitions to align regional bourgeois groups with the agenda of globalisation through liberalisation and privatisation. The Indian big bourgeoisie and the biggest imperialist powers of the world are keen to have one of these two trusted parties at the helm during 2014-19, in spite of their criminal record and the anger and hatred they have earned among the people.
Selection of candidates by the people is the key to democratic representation
It has been reported that workers of the Samtel Glass Unit and Samtel Colour Unit in Kota, Rajasthan, and their families have decided to use the “None of the Above” (NOTA) option during the next assembly elections on December 1.
Mizoram is one of the states scheduled to have elections to the legislative assembly in the current phase, on November 25. It has had a Congress government under Lalthanhawla since 2003. Other parties contesting the polls include the Mizo National Front, the Zoram Nationalist Party and the Mizoram People’s Conference.
This democracy and this Union needs urgent deep-going transformation
Elections to the Chhattisgarh state assembly are being conducted in two phases on 11th and 19th November. The monopoly media, reflecting the interests of the biggest monopolies, is viewing the elections in Chhattisgarh through the prism of how it will impact the General Elections in 2014.
Worker candidates for the Delhi Assembly Election launch their campaigns
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar is proud to report that the campaign of the worker candidates, supported by Lok Raj Sangathan, Communist Ghadar Party, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), All India Workers' Council, Delhi Shramik Sangathan, Committee for Peace and Democracy – Manipur, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Mazdoor
Lessons from the Soviet experience are vital for the working class to win the battle of democracy
The 1936 Soviet Constitution laid down the basis for a political process in which candidates would be selected by the electorate. Every kind of people’s organisation in the constituency – be it a local branch of the communist party or a workers’ union, peasants’ association, women’s organisation, student group or youth club, could nominate its candidate for election to the legislative bodies. All nominations would go through a lengthy and detailed selection process, with the electorate being enabled to express its opinions and exercise its rights. The selection process would result in a final shortlist of candidates approved by the electorate. Only then would the final voting take place, among the shortlist of candidates selected by the people.
Elections to the Delhi Assembly have been announced. These elections take place at a time when people are facing very difficult conditions as prices of the most essential commodities are escalating and essential services such as education, health and housing are unaffordable and beyond their reach.
The political and economic system needs to be changed, not merely the party in power
The schedule for the Assembly elections to the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Delhi has been announced by the Election Commission. These elections will be held in November and December 2013.
On July 31, 2013 Zimbabwe held its national elections and the results, declared on August 3, returned President Robert Mugabe to office for his seventh term since independence of that country in 1980. His party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), won over two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly enabling it to form its own government.
I am writing to thank you for carrying the Statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 21st May, 2013 on the `Lessons from the Karnataka Assembly election and its result’ published in the June 1-15, 2013 issue of MEL. There are several salient points in this article which may be highlighted as under
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 21st May, 2013
Elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, held on 5th May, witnessed 71% voter turnout compared to 65% in 2008. It has resulted in an “absolute majority” for the Congress Party, which will now form the government on its own, replacing the BJP.
Onward with the struggle for a modern democracy that empowers people to set the agenda!
Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS) organized a "Lok Raj Utsav" on 28th April in Thane, Maharashtra, to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of its precursor, the Preparatory Committee for People’s Empowerment (CPE).
Comrade Shyam Bali joined the ranks of the party in the early eighties. At that time, he was working in one of the factories of the Okhla Industrial Area and was an active participant in the militant struggles of workers in that period. From that time till his passing away, he never wavered in his loyalty to the cause of the party and revolution.
Party dominated system of government is its source!
A reign of terror has been unleashed by the Trinamul Congress in West Bengal. Offices of the CPM have been torched in some areas, and CPM leaders have been attacked. All the while, the police forces remained quiet, or actively connived in these attacks.
Speech of Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, in the meeting organised by Lok Awaz Publishers and Distributors to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Ferozeshah Kotla rally
I am thanking you for carrying the statement entitled "Indian needs a modern democratic state -- statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 22nd January, 2013" in the February 1-15, 2013 issue of MEL. The statement starts with the preamble that the masses of the people are contesting the myth that we have a modern democratic system in the country.
On January 31, 2013, a very important meeting was organized by the Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) in Mumbai on the theme, “What should be the response of the working class to the capitalist class’s program of globalisation through privatisation and liberalisation?” This conference was held in the backdrop of preparations of the working class for the All India Two Day General Strike of February 20t
The crisis that hit the aviation industry over the past five years has had its inevitable consequence. The workers in this sector face massive insecurity. From pilots to trainee pilots, cabin crew to trainee cabin crew, as well as the technical workers on ground and other ground workers, the livelihood of workers is under severe attack.
We, the undersigned, note that this Budget session of the Lok Sabha is being convened at a critical moment in the history of India. The blood of thousands of innocent victims of organised violence has not yet dried on the streets of Bombay, Surat, Delhi and other places, while lakhs have fled their homes, and returned penniless and destitute to the far corners of the country.
I am writing to thank you for carrying the speech of Com. Prakash Rao presented on November 4, 2012 which was entitled `The struggle to punish the guilty and to prevent communal violence is part of the struggle for the Navnirman of India', which was carried in the November 16-30, 2012 online issue of your paper.
End the inhuman and unprincipled US blockade against Cuba!
On November 13, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution calling for an end to the more than 50 year long blockade of Cuba by the US. The fact that the vote was 188 member states for the resolution with only 3 against, shows the complete isolation of the United States with regard t
Speech of Prakash Rao at the Seminar on 4th November, 2012
Comrades and friends!
On this fourth day of November 28 years ago, Delhi was filled with the stench of burnt human bodies. The atmosphere was full of tension, with armed troops on the streets. Tens of thousands of widows and orphans were camping in various Gurudwaras in the city.
Himachal Pradesh goes to the polls on November 4, 2012. On the surface, the contest is between the two main parties of the bourgeoisie, the Congress and the BJP. With well- oiled election machineries, money power, and the backing of the monopoly media, and promises aplenty to woo sections of the electorate, both these parties are pulling all stops.
The article on the anti-people policies of the UPA government that was published in the issue of MEL October 1-15, brings out very well that the party which is in the majority of the central cabinet wields all power in this “democracy”.
Those in power must be held accountable for their crimes
Those in positions of power and authority should be held accountable and guilty when they violate their duty and responsibility of providing safety and protection to the citizens. Only if law is based on the principle of command responsibility can parties and officials guilty of organising such crimes be convicted, and not merely the goons used to execute it.
The last week of September witnessed mass protests on the streets of Athens and Madrid, against the new round of austerity measures proposed to be imposed on Greece and Spain, two of the euro zone's economies which are currently in the grips of an acute financial crisis.
On September 10, thousands of public school teachers in Chicago went on strike, opposing education reforms proposed by the city's mayor, which have been endorsed by the Obama government. Nearly 29,000 teachers were reported to be on strike.
Thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul on October 3, 2012 to oppose the prospects of their country getting involved in a war with neighbouring Syria. The protests were sparked off by the Erdogan Government using its parliamentary majority to get the legislature to give it permission to launch hostilities against “foreign countries”.
“The traitorous big bourgeoisie, that is the big capitalists and big landlords who had grown rich by collaborating with the colonial rulers, compromised and collaborated in the communal Partition of 1947. The big bourgeoisie did so for the narrow aim of acquiring power in its own hands. It has used that power to grow enormously bigger. It is today dragging the country to
Army rule is the reality in most parts of the North East. For the peoples of the North-East, the departure of the British in 1947 did not mean the end of colonial rule. The region has been ruled virtually as a colony from New Delhi right from that time. When the peoples of this region have demanded their national and political rights, they have been beaten down ruthlessly, and called agents of foreign powers.
Having been at the receiving end of repression and terror at the hands of the central state and its agencies for so many decades, it is natural that the peoples of this region do not trust the central leaders, who are today promising protection for North-Eastern peoples, declaring they are all Indians. Many of them can see that this is actually a veiled threat; they are being told to better be loyal to the Indian Union and its policy, if they want to feel safe.
“Far from protecting human beings and their rights, the central authority today is creating an atmosphere of terror and insecurity among the various peoples of the Northeast on narrow, sectarian and communal basis,” said Comrade Prakash Rao, Spokesperson of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on 27th August in Delhi. He was speaking at a Public Forum organised by Lok Raj Sangathan on the question: Who is responsible for the insecurity of the peoples of the Northeast?
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 12 August, 2012
Sixty five years after independence from the British, who is free in India today? Workers, peasants, intellectuals, women, religious minorities, nations and nationalities are all oppressed. The big bourgeoisie has used the state of the Indian Republic to become the most dominant and ruling force of society, and is dragging the entire country onto a dangerous path – colluding and contending with other imperialist powers, and has grown rich not only by domestic but also through external plunder. The time has come to negate this state which negates the rights and aspirations of all our peoples. This can be done if and only if the working class takes the lead. For India to be free and independent, it is essential that every part our country, every section of our people, is free from oppression or discrimination of any kind. On the 65th anniversary of independence, the Communist Ghadar Party calls on all… to unite firmly around the program to reconstitute the Indian Union on a voluntary basis, redefine democracy to empower the people!
Let us make the September 4 convention of the working class a resounding success!
It is important for leaders and activists of working class, irrespective of the party or union they belong to today, to understand how and why the bourgeoisie is able to continue to attack the rights of the working class and people, despite knowing that the majority of the population is opposed to these attacks. The main reason lies in the fact that while the bourgeoisie is united around its one program of globalisation through liberalistion and privatisation, the working class is not.
Organising and sponsoring underground armed groups to carry out indiscriminate or sectarian violence, and then ordering the official armed forces to unleash terror in the name of restoring peace and order – this is the tried and tested method of rule of the Indian big bourgeoisie. The Congress Party is the most experienced exponent of such divide and rule tactics, inherited from colonial times and further perfected since then.
More than 18 organisations of workers, women and people at large have united to oppose the implementation of the fascistic law called Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA), 2011. They have come together in an Organising Committee, which convened a public meeting on 21st July in Mumbai, and pledged to fight for the withdrawal of MESMA.
I am writing to thank the CC of the CGPI for its incisive and insightful statement entitled "Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are major pillars of capitalist rule!" released on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Lok Sabha, 20th May, 2012.
Tens of thousands of students marched on the streets of Montreal on May 22, to mark the 100thday of their protests over tuition fee hikes and to denounce Bill 78, a new legislation aimed at curbing students' protests.
In the middle of April 2012, over 2000 political prisoners lodged in Israeli jails joined a hunger strike launched by a group of their compatriots nearly two and half months ago. The fasting prisoners were protesting against the brutal measures adopted by the Israeli state to persecute the Palestinian patriots in its jails.
The Assembly elections held in five states —Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa – are over and new governments sworn in. In Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has obtained an absolute majority and replaced the Bahujan Samaj Party in power. In Punjab the Akali Dal BJP combine has retained power. In Goa, the BJP has replaced the Congress.
Develop the Lok Raj Samitis as organs of people’s power
The annual public meeting of the Lok Raj Samiti of Sanjay Colony, located in the Okhla Industrial Area of South Delhi, was held on February 19, 2012. Apart from the resident members, the members of the Lok Raj Samitis from the neighbouring areas were invited as observers.
The polling of votes for the UP state assembly has been organised to take place in seven phases between 8th February and 3rd March. UP is a huge state with a 20-crore population. It has played a significant role in our country’s revolutionary politics.
The initiating speech, at the working class conference on the Way Forward held on 23-24 December 2011, was made by comrade Lal Singh, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India.
A rally was taken out on 10th February, from Fatehbad city’s Lal Batti Chowk to the district headquarters, to protest against the forcible land acquisition for the proposed nuclear plant in Fatehbad district of Haryana. Hundreds of peasants from 15-20 villages in and around Gorakhpur village were present at this protest rally.
Communists must work for the program of Navnirman of the state and society!
Elections to the Punjab legislature will be held on January 31. The main contenders for the next state government are the Akali Dal – BJP alliance and the Congress Party. Neither of them have any credible vision to offer for the future of Punjab and its industrious people.
I consider myself very fortunate to have been a participant in the two day discussion on December 23-24, 2011, on the issue of the need for the working class to take political power in its hands and the proposed methods for achieving this.
62 years ago, on 26 January 1950, the present-day Republic of India was proclaimed. This marked the consolidation of the state power of the Indian bourgeoisie, which had taken over power from the British colonialists when they were forced to leave because of the mounting struggles of the people of India.
Perpetuation of fascistic army rule and denial of the right to self-determination are the source of the problem. There is widespread opposition to this illegitimate authority. The central state paints such opposition as a threat to the “unity and integrity” of India and uses it as an excuse for continuing its fascist rule.
Contradictions have become increasingly visible between countries, nations and peoples fighting for their sovereignty and the dominant imperialist powers that are imposing their vision on every country. US imperialism has shown its readiness to wage wars to defend its dominant position and those of American multinational corporations. It has unleashed death and destruction in West Asia and North Africa already.
I read the New Year's message of comrade Lal Singh. It inspires us to work even harder for the proletarian revolution. The whole world is caught in a deep crisis. The burden of the crisis is being shifted on to the backs of the working class. The danger of imperialist wars is spreading as also imperialism and fascism.
Comrades, we have launched an important initiative to engage all communists in discussion on the urgent necessity for preparing the working class to take political power into its own hands. I call upon you to take up this task and spare no effort in taking this widely in every region of the country.Let us put pressure on everyone calling themselves communist to take a clear stand on this question— are they or are they not agreed on the urgent necessity to prepare the working class to take political power and establish proletarian democracy in place of capitalist democracy?
The 31st birth anniversary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India was celebrated in grand and colourful style in Delhi on 25th December 2011. The entire program was managed from beginning to end by the youthful comrades of the Party.
Way Forward: One Aim, One Program for Political Power!
An important and path breaking two-day conference was organized by Lok Awaz Publishers and Distributors in Delhi on 23-24 December, 2011. It was attended by activists and organisers of the working class, belonging to numerous trends and parties in the communist movement.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 28 November, 2011
The task facing the working class and progressive forces is neither to build a secular front nor a third front, but the political front for people’s empowerment, for the Navnirman of the state and political process.
On October 14, 2011, the Lok Raj Sangathan organized an extremely significant political meeting to condemn the attack on senior Supreme Court advocate and activist, Shri Prashant Bhushan, and in defence of the right to conscience.
A public meeting was organized in the Okhla Industrial Area of South Delhi on 16th October, 2011 under the banner of Lok Raj Sangathan Samiti (Sanjay Colony), to report on the actions taken by the Samiti on the issue of basic rights like water and sanitation.
On September 30, representatives of 13 Unions and organizations met in Mumbai. The leadership of Lok Raj Sangathan, All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), Indian Commercial Pilots Association(ICPA), Air India Aircraft Engineers Association(AIAEA), Western Railway Motormen’s Association(WRMA), All India Service Engineers Association(AISEA), All India Railwa
The question of where sovereignty lies and should lie, in a modern society, has been posed very starkly by recent developments in our country and throughout the world. A public meeting was organized on 11th September 2011 by Lok Raj Sangathan in Delhi on this important issue. It was attended by activists from the movement for empowerment of people.
Just before Mr Abbas’s speech in the UN, on Thursday 22nd September 2011, dozens of Israeli artists and academics proclaimed their support for the Palestinian United Nations statehood bid, outside of Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. .
It is with great joy that I read the report in the columns of the September 16-30, 2011 issue of MEL on the public meeting in Sirsa, Haryana held on August 28, 2011 that deliberated on several questions facing the people of India, and in particular on the question of `How Can People Come to Power?'
People cannot hand their entire power to their representatives; they need to have power to exercise control over their representatives. The party system of rule has to be eliminated. The role of political parties needs to be redefined to ensure that they become instruments of the people to become the rulers. People’s organisations and not political parties must select and reject candidates. They should have the right to recall those representatives who act against the mandate given to them by the people of their constituency. People must have the right to initiate legislation or propose amendments to legislations, as well as the right to vote on important issues through a referendum.
A great tragedy for the peoples and complication in the struggle for self-determination arose through the betrayal of principles by the Soviet Union headed by the Khrushchevites. While restoring capitalist exploitation and national oppression within, the Soviet Union emerged as a full-fledged social-imperialist power, contending and colluding with the US for domination over the globe. The Soviet social-imperialists proclaimed the nefarious theory of “limited sovereignty” to justify their efforts to dominate the countries of people’s democracy in Eastern Europe. In the name of opposing US imperialism, they intervened in the affairs of a number of countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. The invasions of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and of Afghanistan in 1979 showed the extent to which the rulers of the Soviet Union had departed from the principles originally laid down in that country.
State and individual terrorism, parasitic extortion economy & all-round corruption
As has been noted in the Report of the 4th Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, “Those waging guerilla warfare as part of a ‘protracted people’s war’ in the present period, when revolution is in ebb, are either compelled to give up arms or to become terrorist gangs. Lack of mass support drives such underground parties and groups to use force to collect ‘taxes’ and ‘fines’ from the people, or carry out killings for a fee. Rival capitalist parties use such groups to settle scores among themselves, and to destroy popular movements.”
At the heart of the crisis is the question as to what constitutes political power in India, what is the genesis of the power, and the question of who wields it and for what purpose. This question is directly related to the question of the 1950 Constitution of India, and what its central premises are. This essence of the latter is the defence of a viciously exploitative system that defends the right of a miniscule minority to exploit the resources and the labour of the vast majority, and the ascendancy of the right of private property.
The Indian state and its activities are innately violent and its sole response to any struggle is one of wielding the big stick. This state derives its legitimacy as the successor to the colonial British state which looked upon the people of India as its enemy. The discussion must therefore begin as to what should constitute a modern state and what its duties and rights are. Is it so that the Indian state can carry on by dint of its existence, or must it have some other reason for its existence? Has the state lived up to its duties and can therefore claim to have rights?
On 9th September 2011, residents of Sanjay Colony, under the leadership of the Lok Raj Samiti, staged a day-long dharna in front of the office of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) office in Okhla Industrial Estate Phase-2. Besides registering their complaint against not being given water and ill-treatment by the Jal Board, the residents demanded an end to party-based politics in the operations
Growing political unity around the aim of people’s empowerment
Throughout the length and breadth of the country, crores of our people from all walks of life came onto the streets expressing intense anger against the corrupt political and economic system. They were inspired to express support to Anna Hazare and his satyagraha, or struggle for truth.
The Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) has pointed out that “Youth are being denied a future. They are being blocked from having any say in shaping the future. The state itself promotes violence and anarchy; and then blames the youth”.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 28th August, 2011
The mass agitation has raised the level of consciousness about the fundamental flaw in the existing system of democracy, in which big business interests and their corrupt parties control the Lok Sabha. It has further exposed multi-party representative democracy as a process designed to permit the biggest exploiters, corrupt ministers and officials to loot and plunder our land and labour... The question that has assumed centre-stage by the development of events is where supreme power lies, and where it must lie. Who is sovereign? Is the people’s will supreme or is the will of Parliament or will of Cabinet supreme?
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 18 August, 2011
The struggle against corruption is part and parcel of the struggle to change the political and economic system in our country. An important and immediate aim of this struggle is to reclaim from Parliament what belongs to the people, namely — sovereignty, the supreme decision making power.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1st August, 2011
The position of the Communist Ghadar Party of India is that the time has come to end the monopoly of legislative power held by the Members of Parliament. The time has come to vest supreme decision-making power in the hands of the people as a whole, so that (i) absolute power is vested where it belongs, and where the toiling majority of people want it; (ii) no member of society is above the law, which is equally binding on all, and (iii) the will of the majority actually prevails.
A Panel discussion on "roots of corruption" was organized in Delhi on August 8, 2011 by the Lok Raj Sangathan. This discussion assumes importance in the light of the great anger and concern of the working masses and the intelligentsia at the blatant way the ministers, the capitalists, dalals, bureaucrats, judges, MP's and MLA's have been looting the state exchequer.
The Fourth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India was convened in the last week of October 2010.
The Report of the Fourth Congress was presented by Comrade Lal Singh on behalf of the Central Committee elected by the Third Congress. It was discussed at length and adopted by the Congress. It was been edited for publication by the decision of the Fourth Congress. This publication also contains the Resolutions adopted by the Fourth Congress
Greece has been under severe economic crisis for the past several years. The Greek government which did not have any foreign debt before it joined the EU in 2000, is now mired in debt. By 2009, the budget deficit stood at 15.7%, which is four times what is allowed by the EU and the external debt was 127% of the GDP. The primary reason for this situation was the easy credit offered to the Greek government by the "troika" of lending institutions, i.e., the IMF, European Central Bank and the European Commission.
The results of the elections to the assemblies of West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry have come in. These elections took place against a background of growing anger and resentment amongst the workers, peasants, tribal people, progressive intelligentsia and other working people, about the worsening conditions of life.
For the past several months, corruption and how to eradicate it has become the main topic of political discourse.
The monopoly media, both print and electronic, has become a warrior against corruption in public life.
The working class has to fight to become the ruling class!
May Day Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 2011
Replacing one party or coalition by another in the existing capitalist democracy does not lead to any advance for the toiling masses. It does not change the capitalist orientation of the economy. It does not end the loot and plunder of our land and labour, nor the attacks on our rights. The only way the situation will change is if we who produce the wealth of India become her masters. Then and only then can we reorient the economy to provide prosperity and protection for all.
Bengal definitely needs change. The issue is this. Will replacing the Left Front government by a TMC Congress government address the problems of workers and peasants of Bengal? Or the entire political and economic system needs radical transformation? The Communist Ghadar Party of India firmly believes that the entire political and economic system needs radical transformation, a Navnirman of the Indian state and society. The line pursued by the CPI(M) and the Left Front it leads have been a biggest block to this Navnirman.
Unlike the candidates of bourgeois parties who were given a ticket by their party high commands, Com Wilson was selected by the people ‘s committees of Buthan Sandhai, Semgangkalai, Kadaiyalu Moodu, Kunjaluvelai, Paulkuzhi, Mukkutukal, Idikodu, Arumani and Vellangkodu, Devi codu, Northang Kalai, Mangkodu, Karodu, PaluKuzhi, KunjaluVillai, Mela Theru, Kulichal, Marapadi and Arumanai and other areas in the constituency.
In a hard-hitting speech, Prakash Rao drew the attention of the audience to the manifold ills that have plagued the system of representative democracy in place in our country, over the last 65 years, and conclusively showed that the solution to the problems of the workers, peasants and toiling masses lies in bringing about a fundamental change in the political system, political process and institutions.
The CGPI utilises the opportunity and platform provided by elections to expose the policies and programs of the state and ruling class, and to promote widespread discussion on the demands and concerns of the working class and people. We clarify to the masses of working people the need for a fundamentally new political system and process that can actually empower the working masses and ensure their prosperity and security.
National Leader of Unorganised workers Federation, Katida Thozhilar Panchayat Sangam (Construction workers union), Pennurimai Iyakkam (Organization for Women’sRights) Ms. Geetha, had called on the all workers to vote for Com Wilson, in a meeting at Arumanai Junction. Meeting in which many construction worker participated, Com.Geetha stated the fact that workers conditions have not improved, in spite of change of governments.
Com.Wilson’s election campaign took us to all those places and collectives where Com.Das set his imprint by his work as a communist and revolutionary working class leader. We went to Ganapathy Kal, more like a remote island detached from other places by a big lake, mountains and distance. This hilly and beautiful place has scenic vast expanse of tall green rubber trees to the extent eyes can see. People were reminded by the struggles of the people of this region against the private Rubber Estate owner and the police firing on workers in 80s. Our comrades led these struggles against the estate owners and the subsequent state repression.
5 April 2011, Kanyakumari: While election campaign of the 3 fronts focus on the issue of corruption, what they are going to offer as free and projects they are going to bring, the campaign of Wilson focuses on rights of the people and how and when the workers and peasants will rule this country. Comrades have prepared an audio CD containing key points and slogans of our Campaign and this was being played in various places.
On the second day of the election campaign at Kanyakumari, before beginning the work, all comrades gathered together and studied and briefly discussed the statement issued by the central committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. All of them welcomed the contents of the statement which very clearly states what line communists must take at this time and during the elections.
CGPI leaflet has explained the nature of the current system as rule of monopoly capitalists in the service of the capitalist class. If the problems of the people were to be resolved, then the workers and peasants of our country have to come to power. It has called on all workers and peasants to get organized to win the power from the hands of the self serving capitalists. These leaflets were received by the people with great enthusiasm.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 20th March, 2011
We communsts must use this opportunity to present the real solution to the burning problems confronting the people. We must popularise the program for establishing a new system, based on new foundations, and mobilise the workers and peasants to take up this program as their own.
From a very young age, Comrade WILSON has been actively involved in political work and social work and defended the rights of the working class. He has consistently fought plantation workers rights and livelihood in Kanniyakumari district in south Tamil Nadu.
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India, 20th March, 2011
Elections to the Tamil Nadu state assembly will take place at a time when the credibility crisis of the political system in our country is extremely acute. The majority of people are fed up with parties that rule in the name of the people, while working to enrich the biggest capitalists and themselves. They are disgusted with the Parliament which is filled with the leaders of such self-serving parties.
Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India,
February 16, 2011
The Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the Manmohan Singh government for political persecution of Indians resident abroad, and for attacking the rights of Indian workers to visit their motherland.
A serious crisis in the state of Karnataka has resulted in the sanctioning of prosecution of the Chief Minister Shri B. S. Yeddyurappa by the Governor Shri H. R. Bhardwaj in the case of allotment of prime land in and around Bangalore to his close relatives. The BJP has gone on the war path calling for a statewide bandh and accusing the Governor of being a Congress agent. They claim that his single point agenda is to eliminate the BJP Government and prepare conditions for a Congress Government.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar condemns with deep anger, the Indian state for carrying out the cold blooded killings of activists in various regions of Orissa to crush the opposition of the people to the mining projects of the biggest capitalist groups.
For several months, copies of what have come to be known as the Radia tapes have been circulating in the print and electronic media. A great deal of noise is being made by various capitalists and parties that represent them in Parliament about the allotment of 2G Spectrum by the Telecom Ministry, and other lucrative contracts having been distributed on the basis of deals between individual ministers and monopoly capitalists.
Call of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India for 8th March, 2010
On the occasion of 8th March, 2010, the beginning of the centenary year of International Women's Day, the Congress Party led UPA Government is tabling the Women’s Reservation Bill as its gift to the women of India. The aim of this Bill is to create reserved constituencies for women in every Lok Sabha and state assembly election, as the way to guarantee that at least one third of seats in these legislative bodies are occupied by women. This move has been welcomed by many parties including the BJP and the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Even as the government boasts of hosting the "best Commonwealth Games ever", it is an open secret that the construction workers at the Commonwealth Games sites, whose number is estimated to be over a lakh, have been victims of the most brutal and inhuman exploitation.
I am writing to thank you for publishing the article entitled ``Independence without social revolution has only benefited the capitalist minority'' in the August 1-15, 2010 issue of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar.
The Padgha area Lok Raj Samiti was constituted on 8th August in a meeting held in a hall near the Rice Mill of Padgha village (Thane district, Maharashtra) in the presence of hundreds of members. A 20-member Executive Council was elected, which included women and men, young and old.
Lok Raj Sangathan Delhi Regional Council organized several competitions and discussion on August 15 on the subject of 63 years of Independence and Rising Prices in the resettlement colony of Madanpur Khader Extension. Large numbers of youth (girls and boys), men and women of the area participated in the events.
Several new taxes were introduced in the state budget (March 2010) and again in May that have imposed a heavy burden on the working people. Noting the increase in expenditure on projects and schemes related to the CWG, the Delhi Minister for Finance, Dr.Walia said, "Our revenue collection through taxes has not been adequate due to recession. Therefore, it has become essential to look for measures to generate additional revenue to sustain development."
Employees at Tata Memorial Centre, the country’s premier facility for treatment of cancer, can now agitate against unfair labour practices legally and put up their grievances before the local labour commissioner. On August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that they are governed by the state labour laws.
In the context of the continuing global economic crisis, two summits of the world's leading capitalist countries were held in quick succession in end-June of this year in Canada - the G8 on June 24-25 and the G20 on June 26-27.
The Lok Raj Samiti of Sanjay Colony, located in the Okhla industrial estate was re-established on July 25, 2010. Besides hundreds of members of Lok Raj, the residents of Sanjay Colony participated in the public meeting on the occasion. The members of Lok Raj Samitis of neighbouring chawls participated as representatives of their colonies in this meeting.
Sixty three years ago, on 15th August, India declared its formal independence from British colonial rule. The masses of people, who had fought and sacrificed to throw out the British colonisers, hoped that this independence would bring an end to the colonial and imperialist plunder of our land, labour and natural resources.
Lok Raj Sangathan organized a meeting on the above subject in Shahid Bhagatsingh Nagar district of Punjab on 4 July 2010. Workers, peasants, students, youth and political activists participated enthusiastically in this meeting.
According to news reports (TOI July 1, 2010), Law Minister Veerappa Moily is proposing to enact a law that Public Interest Litigations aimed at stopping "developmental projects" on environmental grounds would have to pay the cost of delay of projects, when their PIL's get rejected. This proposal is a key aspect of the new National Litigation Policy.
The UPA Government, which recently completed the first year of its second avatar, has claimed to be a government serving the aam aadmi. It pretends to be greatly concerned about the poor peasants in the villages. However life reveals the opposite.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro has exposed, in an editorial published in the Cuban press, the imperialist conspiracy behind the sinking of a South Korean warship in the waters off the Korean peninsula on March 26 this year.
Call of the Communist Ghadar Party of India on the occasion of May Day 2010
If we honestly sum up our experience, we workers of India must admit that our struggle has been weakened by narrow party politics. Such politics has divided us and diverted us from the struggle against the capitalist class. Parties whose aim is to come to power at any cost have raised slogans against privatization and liberalization, but have implemented the same once in power. Parties that are active in the working class movement have collaborated in the capitalist land grab in the name of industrialization. Such class conciliation has resulted in weakening our struggle against the bourgeois offensive. It has assisted the bourgeoisie in intensifying the exploitation of the working class.
Recently the Delhi Government announced an increase in the minimum wages effective 1st February 2010. As per the revised wages, the minimum monthly wage for an unskilled worker will be Rs. 5,278. This increase is the result of the persistent struggle of workers, trade unions and other organizations like the Mazdoor Ekta Committee.
On April 8, 2010 the UPA government’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for the disinvestment of 5% of the Government of India’s shareholding in the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), one of the giant Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). The approval also covered the issue of fresh shares to the extent of 5% of its existing share capital.
The UPA government is preparing to introduce a bill in parliament that is called the “National Food Security Bill”. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar condemns this bill as a blatant assault on the right of the working masses to guaranteed food. Far from ensuring any food security, the aim of this bill is to create the illusion that the UPA government is concerned about eradicating hunger and malnutrition, while in fact the bill guarantees nothing to the working masses of town and country.
On the occasion of 8th March, 2010, the beginning of the centenary year of International Women’s Day, the Congress Party led UPA Government is tabling the Women’s Reservation Bill as its gift to the women of India. The aim of this Bill is to create reserved constituencies for women in every Lok Sabha and state assembly election, as the way to guarantee that at least one third of seats in these legislative bodies are occupied by women. This move has been welcomed by many parties including the BJP and the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
March 8, 2010 will mark 100 years of the declaration of International Women’s Day. On this occasion of more than hundred years of struggle by women all over the world for their rights and dignity in society, Mazdoor Ekta Lehar brings out the source of oppression of women in society, thereby pointing to the way to bring about an end to this oppression.
29th anniversary celebration of the Communist Ghadar Party of India
Various parties that call themselves communist are organising workers, peasants, women and youth behind aims that are contrary to the aim of dictatorship of proletariat. It is part of our communist duty to dispel the cloak of ignorance and false consciousness that has been spread over the Indian working class. We need to draw a clear line of demarcation between what is communism and what is pseudo-communism. Only then can we lead the working class on the revolutionary path. Only then can we unite communists on the basis of cleansing the movement of all forms of bourgeois ideology. This was one of the most important messages of the paper presented on 25th December.
I would like to convey my best wishes to you for the New Year, 2010. It is the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. It is the 30th year in the life of our party. It promises to be a very significant year in the history of Indian society.
The brutal rape and murder of two young women in Shopian, Kashmir in May 2009 in an area teeming with military and paramilitary forces had led to widespread strikes and demonstrations which continued for over two weeks, in which people demanded that the crime be properly investigated and the guilty servicemen be brought to book for their dastardly acts. (See MEL, June 2009)
Halt the capitalist land grab and demand secure livelihood for all!
by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary, Communist Ghadar Party of India
According to the Raj Dharma, or science of statecraft, that was preached and practiced in the Indian subcontinent for several centuries before the colonial conquest, it is the duty of the Raja, or the State, to ensure prosperity and protection for all members of society. The people have the Right to depose, even behead, a Raja who fails to fulfill this duty but instead oppresses the people.
The elections to the 87 member assembly of the state of Jammu & Kashmir were held in seven phases stretching over two months. These elections resulted in none of the partis gaining a majority. The National Conference emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats and the Peoples Democratic Party followed with 22 seats.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan People's Party, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated at the end of an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. Pakistan has been plunged deeper into chaos and anarchy.
Capitalist reforms cannot be implemented with a human face
The discrediting of CPI(M) rule is an inevitable result of following the path of managing the bourgeois state for more than thirty years. It is the logical conclusion of expanding the space for capitalism to grow in West Bengal, at the expense of the rights and livelihood of workers and peasants.
Use of force against political rivals and to quell all opposition among the people, for the sake of promoting one’s own party’s interest, has nothing to do with communism. Communists work for advancing the interests of the working class. Their aim is to bring the working class and peasantry to power, not to establish and defend a party dictatorship by fire and sword. It is the bourgeoisie that resorts to violence and terror to safeguard and strengthen its rule.
Towards the Rule of Workers and Peasants and a Voluntary Indian Union
This document entitled Towards the Rule of Workers and Peasants and a Voluntary Indian Union contains the Report of the Central Committee presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, which was discussed and adopted by the Third Congress of the Party, held in January 2005.
हिन्दोस्तानी लोकतंत्र और राजनीतिक प्रक्रिया में बुनियादी दोष
11दिसंबर 2003को चार राज्यों में जो विधान सभा चुनाव हुये, उनके परिणामों से यह फिर साबित होता है कि हिन्दोस्तान को खतरनाक साम्राज्यवादी और फाशीवादी रास्ते पर आगे ले जाने के लिये, भाजपा बड़े सरमायदार वर्ग की मनपसंद पार्टी बतौर पेश हो रही है। वह रास्ता, जिस पर देश को आगे ले जाया जायेगा, वह वैश्वीकरण और दूसरे दौर के ”
People’s Voice hails the Conference on Rights organised by Lok Raj Sangathan in Delhi on February 23-24, 2002. It is a timely initiative given the atmosphere of tension and terror that is spreading in India and on the global scale, with rights being curtailed by the state authorities in the name of waging war on terrorism. It is a historic initiative in the sense that this Conference pulled together all the theoretical and philosophical justifications for the defence and affirmation of rights, both individual and collective, based on the best of Indian thought and of scientific and democratic thought and political experience on the world scale.
Presented by representative of CGPI at All-India Conference on Rights, New Delhi, February 23-24, 2002
The question of the rights of nations is one of the most crucial facing us at the present juncture. A truly incendiary situation prevails in our country, our region and the globe, and it is connected to a large degree with the denial or violation of national rights.
This paper, entitled Only Communism Can Save India! was presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, at the Kanpur Communist Conference, 2000. The publication also includes the resolution adopted at the Kanpur Communist Conference, 2000.
"Vatan ki azaadi ke liye sab kuch kurbaan kar de". This was the overpowering drive that inspired the martyrs of the anti-colonial freedom struggle to sacrifice everything for the sacred cause of the liberation of the motherland. Very soon, it will be 53 years since the declaration of freedom from colonial rule.
The Government of India has appointed a Constitutional Review Committee headed by former Chief Justice and head of the government human rights commission, Venkatachelliah. Its terms include review of the functioning of the Constitution in the past 5 decades and suggesting changes, while keeping its "basic structure" intact.
Fifteen years ago, on November 1-3, 1984, the rulers of India carried out the cold blooded slaughter of thousands of innocent people belonging to the Sikh faith, in Delhi, Kanpur and other places, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
Preparing for the Coming Storms: Challenge Facing Indian Communists
This report entitled Preparing for the Coming Storms Challenge Facing Indian Communists, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted at the Second Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, held in October 1998.
Program adopted by the Second Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, October 1998 titled Workers, Peasants, Women and Youth. We constitute India We are her masters. An immediate program for the reorientation of the economy; political empowerment of the people; and the democratic renewal of India.
This document, Breaking the Barriers to Unity, is the product of the deliberations of the Enlarged Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, convened in New Delhi on January 24-25, 1998. It consists of two discussion papers, on the objective and subjective conditions of the working class movement respectively, and the plan of action of the CGPI based on the analysis of these conditions which was approved by the Enlarged Plenum.
The report Whither India? was presented by Lal Singh, General Secretary of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, on behalf of its Central Committee, at the Third Consultative Conference of CGPI held in Delhi on December 23-24, 1995.
Paper presented by representative of CGPI at the Human Rights Conference in Imphal, December 8-9, 1994
The Indian state claims to be the world's largest democracy and hence, by definition, to be a state that guarantees human rights. A National Commission on Human Rights has been established to show the world that human rights are being monitored in India.
This pamphlet is an appeal to all men and women of conscience who have been horrified by the mayhem and violence unleashed by the major political parties of our country. It is addressed to all men and women who are deeply concerned about the direction being taken for the economic renewal of the country. It is an appeal for action to all those who seek a lasting solution to the outstanding problems confronting India. in a direction favourable to her people.
The Call of the Martyrs - on the Crisis in India and the Present Situation in the Punjab, by Hardial Bains, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist).
The call of the Martyrs deals with the present situation  and its historical basis and explains the main content of the Indian revolution. It was the Indian martyrs who by their sacrifice immortalised the progressive and patriotic ideals of the Indian people, and today their spirit calls upon the people to carry the struggle through to the end...
This document, What Kind of Party?, was presented by
Comrade Lal Singh on behalf of the Central Committee
of the Communist Ghadar Party of India to the Second
National Consultative Conference held December 29-30, 1993.
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.