The Working Class has to Hoist the Banner of Uncompromising Struggle Against Globalisation, Liberalisation and Privatisation

Workers and working people, while fighting in defence of their rights and interests, must not restrict themselves to the bounds of a defensive struggle. The working class has the responsibility of putting forth a broad vision of an alternative to the course of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation in front of the entire country.  

Workers and working people, while fighting in defence of their rights and interests, must not restrict themselves to the bounds of a defensive struggle. The working class has the responsibility of putting forth a broad vision of an alternative to the course of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation in front of the entire country.  

On November 29, 1999, tens of lakhs of workers and working people working in India's vast public sector enterprises, as well as in banks, insurance and other sectors of the economy will protest unitedly the entire gamut of attacks on the livelihood and rights of the working masses by the NDA government. The Communist Ghadar Party of India greets the fighting workers and working people and wishes them success in the ongoing struggle.   

Never before has the bourgeoisie launched such massive attacks on workers, peasants, small producers and the middle class. Never before has it displayed such an abhorrent lust for super profits. Never before has it compromised the sovereignty of the country to such a dangerous level. One by one, in one forum or another, the spokesmen for the bourgeoisie have been announcing their game plan for the coming months. The insurance Bill is going to be pushed through in the winter session of Parliament throwing open the highly lucrative insurance sector to Indian and foreign private capital. Close on the heels of insurance privatisation, there are plans to accelerate the privatisation of banks as well as remove restrictions on the use of public provident funds by big capitalists.   

Bridging the growing fiscal deficit seems to be the most immediate priority for the bourgeoisie, not the removal of the extreme deprivation and want of millions of Indian people. To reduce the fiscal deficit – which is the result of huge government subsidies for the big bourgeoisie, increase in military expenditures, increase in interest payments, the massive cuts in corporate tax rates, the lowering of customs and excise duties and huge leakages of public investments through corruption-the government is planning several anti-people and anti-national measures. Severe pressures are being brought upon the state governments to reduce agricultural subsidies and tax the farmers. A blueprint is being drawn up to privatise the most profitable public sector undertakings, built on the blood and sweat of the public sector workers and drawing upon the natural resources of India, whose rightful owners are the Indian people. Efforts are on to downsize many "loss making" public sector units and throw lakhs of workers onto the streets.   

The Indian bourgeoisie wants to make maximum mileage out of the Seattle ministerial meeting of the WTO. While claiming that it will not sign any agreement that will compromise national sovereignty, the representatives of the big capitalists are busy offering sellouts and concessions to the imperialists. Whether it is the Multilateral Agreement on Investment-which will completely eliminate the right of a nation to regulate foreign investment, or the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement – which will eliminate the people's right to freely use natural products grown in their own country, or the tariff-less electronic commerce -which will enable imperialists to dump their products in India through internet trading, the Indian ruling class doesn't have any qualms about compromising the interests of the country in exchange for bettering their self-serving interests.   

Workers and working people, while fighting in defence of their rights and interests, must not restrict themselves to the bounds of a defensive struggle. The working class has the responsibility of putting forth a broad vision of an alternative to the course of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation in front of the entire country.   

If today the bourgeoisie is having the initiative, this is because the working class has for a long time been bereft of an alternate program around which the entire toiling masses of town and country can be galvanised, a program that provides solution to the grave economic problems facing the Indian people a program that can lead to the wiping out of the grinding poverty and destitution from the face of India once and for all. The working class has instead allowed the bourgeoisie to impose its agenda as the agenda of the entire Indian people for a long time. The situation has come to such a pass that the bourgeoisie and its political parties today are arrogantly asserting that the working class does not matter in the political arena, that it cannot have any independent aims or an independent agenda, that workers can be manipulated easily which ever way the bourgeoisie desires.   

There is a life and death struggle between two absolutely contrasting programs that are in front of the people of India. Will the program of the bourgeoisie succeed or the program of the working class triumph? The future of Indian people will be bright only if the working class succeeds in rallying all the toilers around the program of ending poverty. The immediate program of the working class is the war against poverty. The workers have every right to assert that all the resources of India are deployed in ending poverty in the towns, villages and in the hills.   

The working class is slowly beginning to mount the barricades of class struggle. It needs to wage this struggle with the firm conviction that there is an alternative to the course of the bourgeoisie, of marching forward with a clearcut vision and a program for building a new world – a world without exploitation, inequity and injustice. While eschewing any trace of sectarianism, workers must fight resolutely against those in the movement who preach compromise with the bourgeoisie under this or that pretext, against those who for this or that reason oppose the development of a powerful united movement of the working class and peasantry and all working people against the bourgeoisie's onslaught.   

On November 29, 1999, tens of lakhs of workers and working people working in India's vast public sector enterprises, as well as in banks, insurance and other sectors of the economy will protest unitedly the entire gamut of attacks on the livelihood and rights of the working masses by the NDA government. The Communist Ghadar Party of India greets the fighting workers and working people and wishes them success in the ongoing struggle.   

Never before has the bourgeoisie launched such massive attacks on workers, peasants, small producers and the middle class. Never before has it displayed such an abhorrent lust for super profits. Never before has it compromised the sovereignty of the country to such a dangerous level. One by one, in one forum or another, the spokesmen for the bourgeoisie have been announcing their game plan for the coming months. The insurance Bill is going to be pushed through in the winter session of Parliament throwing open the highly lucrative insurance sector to Indian and foreign private capital. Close on the heels of insurance privatisation, there are plans to accelerate the privatisation of banks as well as remove restrictions on the use of public provident funds by big capitalists.   

Bridging the growing fiscal deficit seems to be the most immediate priority for the bourgeoisie, not the removal of the extreme deprivation and want of millions of Indian people. To reduce the fiscal deficit – which is the result of huge government subsidies for the big bourgeoisie, increase in military expenditures, increase in interest payments, the massive cuts in corporate tax rates, the lowering of customs and excise duties and huge leakages of public investments through corruption-the government is planning several anti-people and anti-national measures. Severe pressures are being brought upon the state governments to reduce agricultural subsidies and tax the farmers. A blueprint is being drawn up to privatise the most profitable public sector undertakings, built on the blood and sweat of the public sector workers and drawing upon the natural resources of India, whose rightful owners are the Indian people. Efforts are on to downsize many "loss making" public sector units and throw lakhs of workers onto the streets.   

The Indian bourgeoisie wants to make maximum mileage out of the Seattle ministerial meeting of the WTO. While claiming that it will not sign any agreement that will compromise national sovereignty, the representatives of the big capitalists are busy offering sellouts and concessions to the imperialists. Whether it is the Multilateral Agreement on Investment-which will completely eliminate the right of a nation to regulate foreign investment, or the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement – which will eliminate the people's right to freely use natural products grown in their own country, or the tariff-less electronic commerce -which will enable imperialists to dump their products in India through internet trading, the Indian ruling class doesn't have any qualms about compromising the interests of the country in exchange for bettering their self-serving interests.   

Workers and working people, while fighting in defence of their rights and interests, must not restrict themselves to the bounds of a defensive struggle. The working class has the responsibility of putting forth a broad vision of an alternative to the course of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation in front of the entire country.   

If today the bourgeoisie is having the initiative, this is because the working class has for a long time been bereft of an alternate program around which the entire toiling masses of town and country can be galvanised, a program that provides solution to the grave economic problems facing the Indian people a program that can lead to the wiping out of the grinding poverty and destitution from the face of India once and for all. The working class has instead allowed the bourgeoisie to impose its agenda as the agenda of the entire Indian people for a long time. The situation has come to such a pass that the bourgeoisie and its political parties today are arrogantly asserting that the working class does not matter in the political arena, that it cannot have any independent aims or an independent agenda, that workers can be manipulated easily whichever way the bourgeoisie desires.   

There is a life and death struggle between two absolutely contrasting programs that are in front of the people of India. Will the program of the bourgeoisie succeed or the program of the working class triumph? The future of Indian people will be bright only if the working class succeeds in rallying all the toilers around the program of ending poverty. The immediate program of the working class is the war against poverty. The workers have every right to assert that all the resources of India are deployed in ending poverty in the towns, villages and in the hills.   

The working class is slowly beginning to mount the barricades of class struggle. It needs to wage this struggle with the firm conviction that there is an alternative to the course of the bourgeoisie, of marching forward with a clearcut vision and a program for building a new world – a world without exploitation, inequity and injustice. While eschewing any trace of sectarianism, workers must fight resolutely against those in the movement who preach compromise with the bourgeoisie under this or that pretext, against those who for this or that reason oppose the development of a powerful united movement of the working class and peasantry and all working people against the bourgeoisie's onslaught.   

On November 29, 1999, tens of lakhs of workers and working people working in India's vast public sector enterprises, as well as in banks, insurance and other sectors of the economy will protest unitedly the entire gamut of attacks on the livelihood and rights of the working masses by the NDA government. The Communist Ghadar Party of India greets the fighting workers and working people and wishes them success in the ongoing struggle.   

Never before has the bourgeoisie launched such massive attacks on workers, peasants, small producers and the middle class. Never before has it displayed such an abhorrent lust for super profits. Never before has it compromised the sovereignty of the country to such a dangerous level. One by one, in one forum or another, the spokesmen for the bourgeoisie have been announcing their game plan for the coming months. The insurance Bill is going to be pushed through in the winter session of Parliament throwing open the highly lucrative insurance sector to Indian and foreign private capital. Close on the heels of insurance privatisation, there are plans to accelerate the privatisation of banks as well as remove restrictions on the use of public provident funds by big capitalists.   

Bridging the growing fiscal deficit seems to be the most immediate priority for the bourgeoisie, not the removal of the extreme deprivation and want of millions of Indian people. To reduce the fiscal deficit – which is the result of huge government subsidies for the big bourgeoisie, increase in military expenditures, increase in interest payments, the massive cuts in corporate tax rates, the lowering of customs and excise duties and huge leakages of public investments through corruption-the government is planning several anti-people and anti-national measures. Severe pressures are being brought upon the state governments to reduce agricultural subsidies and tax the farmers. A blueprint is being drawn up to privatise the most profitable public sector undertakings, built on the blood and sweat of the public sector workers and drawing upon the natural resources of India, whose rightful owners are the Indian people. Efforts are on to downsize many "loss making" public sector units and throw lakhs of workers onto the streets.   

The Indian bourgeoisie wants to make maximum mileage out of the Seattle ministerial meeting of the WTO. While claiming that it will not sign any agreement that will compromise national sovereignty, the representatives of the big capitalists are busy offering sellouts and concessions to the imperialists. Whether it is the Multilateral Agreement on Investment-which will completely eliminate the right of a nation to regulate foreign investment, or the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement – which will eliminate the people's right to freely use natural products grown in their own country, or the tariff-less electronic commerce -which will enable imperialists to dump their products in India through internet trading, the Indian ruling class doesn't have any qualms about compromising the interests of the country in exchange for bettering their self-serving interests.   

Workers and working people, while fighting in defence of their rights and interests, must not restrict themselves to the bounds of a defensive struggle. The working class has the responsibility of putting forth a broad vision of an alternative to the course of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation in front of the entire country.   

If today the bourgeoisie is having the initiative, this is because the working class has for a long time been bereft of an alternate program around which the entire toiling masses of town and country can be galvanised, a program that provides solution to the grave economic problems facing the Indian people a program that can lead to the wiping out of the grinding poverty and destitution from the face of India once and for all. The working class has instead allowed the bourgeoisie to impose its agenda as the agenda of the entire Indian people for a long time. The situation has come to such a pass that the bourgeoisie and its political parties today are arrogantly asserting that the working class does not matter in the political arena, that it cannot have any independent aims or an independent agenda, that workers can be manipulated easily which ever way the bourgeoisie desires.   

There is a life and death struggle between two absolutely contrasting programs that are in front of the people of India. Will the program of the bourgeoisie succeed or the program of the working class triumph? The future of Indian people will be bright only if the working class succeeds in rallying all the toilers around the program of ending poverty. The immediate program of the working class is the war against poverty. The workers have every right to assert that all the resources of India are deployed in ending poverty in the towns, villages and in the hills.   

The working class is slowly beginning to mount the barricades of class struggle. It needs to wage this struggle with the firm conviction that there is an alternative to the course of the bourgeoisie, of marching forward with a clearcut vision and a program for building a new world – a world without exploitation, inequity and injustice. While eschewing any trace of sectarianism, workers must fight resolutely against those in the movement who preach compromise with the bourgeoisie under this or that pretext, against those who for this or that reason oppose the development of a powerful united movement of the working class and peasantry and all working people against the bourgeoisie's onslaught.   

 

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