This year marks a very important event – the 100th anniversary of the declaration of International Women’s Day. In 1910, at the International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, the German socialist leader Clara Zetkin had proposed the observance of an international day of struggle of women for their rights and their emancipation.
Working class and toiling families are facing an intolerable situation, with the prices of every essential of food – rice, wheat, pulses, sugar, eggs, milk, vegetables, including onions and potatoes – spiraling upwards since the last nearly one year. Prices that started rising a year ago are continuing to spiral up and the rate of inflation has crossed 20%.
Ten years ago, in February 2000, the workers of Modern Foods India Limited (MFIL) carried out a bold protest action in New Delhi on the opening day of Parliament. They were objecting to the sale of central government owned MFIL to the private multinational company Hindustan Lever Limited.
17 years ago, on February 22, 1993, comrades of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, along with activists of scores of other mass organizations, organized a historic rally at the memorial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades at Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi.
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.