Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 4th July, 2020
The condition of the working class in our country has become unbearable. Unemployment, exploitation and poverty have reached levels never seen before.
In one sector after another, lakhs of contract workers, daily-wage workers and even those on regular payroll have been thrown out of their jobs, without any severance pay. Many of those who remain employed have not been paid wages for several months.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) employees protested across the country on 26th June 2020 under the banner of the BSNL Employees Union (BSNLEU).
They demanded that the government should take immediate steps to revive the corporation. This included rolling out of 4G services and implementation of the revival package. This package of Rs.69,000 crore was announced by the government in November 2019, in response to continuous struggles by the employees.
The Corona virus pandemic raging over the past three months has revealed the abysmal condition of our health care system. In the top metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and other cities, chronically ill people, pregnant women and Covid affected who are seeking admission in hospitals are being turned away. These people, in dire need of hospitalisation, are then forced to run desperately from one hospital to yet another and to yet another! Several of them have died in the ambulance or at home or in the hospital bed that they finally manage to get.
Another grotesque exposure of the repressive police system of the Indian State
The people of Tamilnadu and the rest of India have been shocked by the horrendous custodial murder of father and son, Mr. Jayaraj (59) and Mr. Immanuel Bennicks (31), who were residents of Sathankulam town panchayat in Thoothukudi district. The brutality of the torture and the impunity with which the police higher ups are trying to cover up the murder has met with tremendous opposition by people all across the country.
I am writing in response to the article entitled `Lessons from the National Emergency declared 45 years ago: The "democratic" Indian Republic is a tool of Monopoly Capitalist Dictate', carried in the July 1-15, 2020 issue of MEL.
The “democratic” Indian Republic is a tool of Monopoly Capitalist Dictate
Aim of declaring Emergency was to crush the struggles of working people
It exposed that political power is concentrated in very few hands
On 25th June, 1975, the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi advised President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed to declare a state of Emergency, by invoking Article 352 of the Constitution. The threat of internal disturbances was cited as justification. At one stroke, people were deprived of all the fundamental rights listed in the Constitution, including the right to free speech and assembly. The state of Emergency lasted for a year and nine months, ending on 21st March, 1977.
I am writing in response to the article entitled `The lockdown has created a massive crisis of jobs and livelihood' carried in the July 1-15, 2020 web-edition of MEL. It is an important article as it educates the rank and file of the party, as well as the working class and all those in the revolutionary camp on the devastating impact of the lockdown. It is worth recalling the main points of the article in bullet form as under:
I am very thankful to you for carrying the article entitled `On the 36th Anniversary of Operation Blue Star: Lessons from the army assault on the Golden Temple' to mark the atrocity that took place on the 6th of June, 2020, in the web-edition of MEL.
Since the countrywide lockdown began on 25th March 2020, a massive number of workers have lost their jobs. This includes workers of large scale industries and services, and workers in small manufacturing companies, shops, and in numerous small scale services. Wages have not been paid to a large number of workers for April and May and even for the period of March during which they had worked.
The central government’s launch of the program to auction coal blocks for commercial mining, announced on June 18, is facing massive opposition in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other states in the coal belt of the country.
The article on George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing protests across the United States and the world titled “Brutal killing of African American in USA” highlights the importance of people’s unity against oppression. Racism in the United States is far from eliminated and instead it is kept alive even in the 21st century as a means to divide the people. Black people suffer daily discrimination and pain in a thousand different ways since they are born and live in constant fear of arbitrarily being murdered by the state simply for the colour of their skin.
The United States of America continues to be shaken by continuing mass protests against racism and police violence. Since the brutal police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25th May, protests have taken place in more than 750 cities in the USA, and in 60 countries around the world.
Justice Hosbet Suresh, a fearless champion of human and democratic rights, breathed his last on June 11, 2020. The Communist Ghadar Party of India deeply mourns the loss of this indefatigable fighter for the rights of the people and for their empowerment.