It is a matter of right, not “charity”


I am writing to congratulate the CC of the CGPI for its statement entitled `Prosperity and protection for every worker and peasant is a matter of right and not “charity”!’ and dated the 9th of February 2014 and issued in response to the 65th Republic Day speech of the President of India, who trotted out the line of the ruling circles of India that the prevailing system is the best in the world and further that among other things “…Government is not a charity shop…” and that political parties must not make false promises as regards what is possible and what is not.

The statement has brought into sharp focus one of the basic questions facing mankind today and the people of India, which is: what it is that the political system promises to the peoples of the world. According to the logic of the capitalist system, what is good for (monopoly) capitalists is good for all the people. And that the suffering billions should not demand of the political and economic systems even basic necessities that would enable them to lead a human existence.

This, of course, is particularly sharp in India, where the ruling monopoly capitalists have made it their right to claim all the surplus produced by labour as their own and that the legitimate claims of the bulk of the population as “charity”. This state of affairs has afforded all thinking persons, and especially those in the revolutionary movement to spell out their alternative programme. In particular, by looking into the history of political thought in the country, it has afforded an opportunity to bring to centre-stage the fact that the people of India have over millennia considered it the duty of the State to provide for the people. Indeed, based on this experience it is legitimate to lay claim to these as a right, which must be made inviolable by Constitutional guarantees. It is perfectly legitimate to demand that the needs of all be guaranteed, and the greed of capitalists be subordinate to this legitimate right. In order to made this possible the precondition is that the power be vested in the hands of the toilers.

It is possible to ensure a modern society based on these fundamental premises. It is not hard to work out mechanisms by which these guarantees can be realized. Such a new beginning would also put an end to the anarchy and insecurity plaguing the land. I join the CGPI in reiterating the call that the working class take up its historic machine and build a system that ensures prosperity and protection of all.


Narayan, Bangalore


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