Call of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 1st March, 2019
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Communist Ghadar Party salutes the millions of women who are fighting for their rights and for a new society, in India and all over the world!
In all the countries of the world, women are demanding their rights as women and as human beings. They are fighting shoulder to shoulder with working men, demanding an end to capitalist exploitation, imperialist aggression and war.
Indian women have dared to break their silence against rape and sexual harassment. They are marching alongside male workers, demanding security of jobs and protection of labour rights. They are in the front ranks of peasants fighting for the right to livelihood and secure possession of their land. They are fearlessly protesting the brutal killing and incarceration of youth under army rule in many parts of the country.
The year 2018 witnessed women, cutting across professions, speaking out against sexual harassment at the workplace. They are no longer willing to put up with sexual abuse in silence, get blamed and watch the guilty getting away scot free. On 22nd February 2019, more than 5000 women survivors of sexual abuse came out on a march demanding dignity.
Bhanwari Devi, who participated in the Dignity March, was brutally gang raped 25 years ago, for implementing a government program for ending child marriage. The perpetrators of that horrific crime have still not been punished. Destitute women and teenage girls in a “shelter home” in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, were repeatedly raped by the very officials responsible for their welfare. Nothing is done to punish the guilty and prevent such crimes. The government resorts to the time-tested tactics of appointing commissions, increasing police deployment, and introducing special programs for women. The aim is to divert the anger of those who are demanding justice and an end to discrimination and oppression of women.
The ruling class boasts about India’s economic growth. However, the growth of capitalism in our country has not led to the elimination of old backward relations and customs, including discrimination and oppression based on caste and gender. More and more women have taken up jobs but they do not receive equal wages for equal work done.
Capitalism has not ended patriarchy. On the contrary, it has further degraded the place of women in society. They are not even free to walk in the streets without the danger of being molested or raped. Such incidents are widespread and not an exception. Every kind of debasement of women and denial of their dignity is entrenched in the existing economic system and the political order which defends it.
The Constitution of India proclaims equal rights for women, and their liberation from all forms of oppression, as part of the Directive Principles of State Policy. However, these are merely policy objectives to be allegedly met some time in the future. They are not justiciable.
The Constitution empowers the State to deprive people of even their “fundamental rights” in the name of law and order and national security. The reality on the ground is that the rights of women are not guaranteed. They are violated on a daily basis. They have to keep coming out on the streets again and again for even their most basic rights.
The Constitution sanctifies the concentration of decision-making power in the hands of the Cabinet formed by the party with majority support within the Parliament. The Cabinet proposes laws and adopts policies in the service of the capitalist class, headed by the monopoly houses. Parties in the opposition camp scream loudly against government actions, waiting for their chance to be part of the ruling camp.
The entire political system is designed to impose the will of the capitalist class, headed by the monopoly houses. This minority of exploiters wields political power and sets the agenda for society. Whenever the anger of people rises, the ruling class uses elections to organise a change in its management team. One party gets replaced by another, while the basic orientation of the economy and of government policy remains unchanged. Every elected government pursues the same program of liberalisation and privatisation.
Electoral campaigns are organised to line up the people behind one or another rival party or coalition of parties of the capitalist class. Cut-throat competition between such parties is carried out by mobilising people on the basis of religion and caste. Divide and rule remains the motto of the capitalist class in independent India.
The BJP is blaming decades of Congress Party rule for all the ills in our society. The Congress Party and its allies blame the BJP and are calling on people to “save democracy”. However, the existing system of democracy is not worth saving because it is nothing but the dictatorship of the capitalist class, headed by the monopoly houses.
Working women must fight together with working men for a new political power in place of the present power of the capitalist class. It must be a political power which will reorient the economy to fulfill human needs instead of capitalist greed. Such a political power wielded by the toiling majority of people will open the road to build a society free from all forms of exploitation of persons by persons. It will build a new Republic with a new Constitution, which vests sovereignty in the people and guarantees the inviolability of women’s rights and all human rights.
Communist Ghadar Party calls on women to fearlessly fight for the Navnirman of India – that is, for the establishment of a new system in which women are treated with dignity and due respect for the role they play as productive human beings, and for their special role in reproducing the new generation.