I am writing in response to the important Statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 15th August, 2016 entitled 'On the occasion of the 70th Indian Independence Day: Which way forward for India?' published in the August 16-31, 2016 issue of MEL. This statement is based on the scientific principles of Marxism-Leninism which is based on dialectical materialism and class struggle and sums up the concrete conditions on the ground in the country at this particular time. The Statement begins by giving a summary of the ground reality, the salient features of which are
- There is a serious concern in the vast majority about where Indian society is headed,
- That the present government is a demagogic one, where the PM says one thing and does the opposite, as India strives for a big power status within the imperialist world order,
- That there is maximum profit for the big industrial houses, and grave economic hardship for the majority of toilers and workers,
- That all the slogans of the government are aimed at super exploitation of the youth of the country and its working class,
- That the call for federalism in word is actually more arbitrary centralism in deed,
- That persecution of minorities and dalits is increasing on a daily basis despite slogans to the contrary,
- That anyone questioning the powers that be is named as anti-national or a terrorist,
- That brinkmanship is the hallmark of the present government in dealings with neighbours,
- That the "new dawn" promised is bogus,
- That BJP and Congress represent the same interests and have a bitter dog-fight as to who is to manage the executive power,
- That the vast majority have been betrayed in the transfer of power that took place in 1947 and have nothing to celebrate,
- That the big bourgeoisie that inherited the state has consolidated its pre-eminent position and now wants India to turn into a big power, and has perfected all the instruments of rule of the colonial predecessor,
- That the communal and secular planks of BJP and Congress are a cover to worshipping the political institutions and property relations and that of the "Rule of Law", which defends these, while carrying out crimes against the people,
- That there is concentration of wealth on unimaginable proportions,
- That the policy of divide and rule which broke up India in 1947 could yet happen again which would facilitate big-power interference, and which is being facilitated by the narrow-minded pursuit of imperialism by Indian bourgeoisie.
Based on the observations above, the Statement concludes that the traitorous bourgeoisie betrayed the dream of the First War of Independence of 1857 that sought to establish a political system that would serve the people of India, and instead only serves the interests of the big propertied classes.
Thus said, it must also be concluded a reconstitution of India is very much now in the centre-stage which will affirm and fulfill the aspirations of the people. This can only be done with the proletarian revolution and by communists. The organized sections of the working class and communists must take the lead in taking India in this direction. Several measures have to be placed on the centre-stage, including socialization of banking and large-scale trade, and make a human life possible for its citizens. Political structures that put an end to discrimination must be put in place through enabling constitutional mechanisms. The ending of the crisis-ridden capitalism system must thus become the crucial issue around which the organization must take place. I am writing to second the call given on this occasion to all communists and parties and organizations to unite firmly around the reconstitution of the Indian Union on a voluntary basis to empower the people and reorient the economy to provide for all.
A. Narayan, Bangalore