People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 30, 2006
DAY MANIFESTO OF CITU 2006
the historic May Day – the day of the international solidarity of the working
people – the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) extends revolutionary
greetings to and pledges solidarity with the:
class fraternity all over the world
class and the people of the socialist countries for steadfastly holding
aloft the banner of socialism!
class and the people of the advanced capitalist countries, who have raised
the banner of resistance to the policies of imperialist globalisation,
putting up inspiring and militant struggles against capitalism.
people of the developing countries, engaged in fighting back the offensives
of imperialism on the one hand and the onslaughts of the ruling classes on
POWERFUL ANTI-IMPERIALIST STRUGGLE
US imperialists, under the Bush administration, continue to push forward with a
global strategy of “fighting terrorism” and promoting “democracy”. It is
continuing its illegal occupation in Iraq, despite the public opinion in the US
turning decisively against it. The Tony Blair regime of UK, which has been a
running mate of the US regime, is also getting isolated from its own people on
claims of ‘restoring democracy’ in Iraq, with the adoption of a new
constitution and holding of elections to the National Assembly in December last
year, there is a virtual sectarian divide in the division between the Kurds,
Sunnis and Shias within Iraq. Attacks on the US and its allied forces have been
mounting. Besides Iraqi army and police force, the US army is directly resorting
to search and destroy missions in various towns and areas, which is leading to
mounting civilian casualties. It has been now revealed that the US army has also
used chemical weapons, which have deadly effects, in its attacks.
trial of Saddam Hussein and his colleagues, being conducted in Baghdad, has no
legitimacy whatsoever as the same is orchestrated by the United States with a
rigged up judiciary.
after the torture of the prisoners in Abu Ghraib by the US army, international
media exposure of the CIA’s secret prisons has put the Bush administration in
further trouble. In the name of war on terror, the CIA has been snatching
people in various countries and flown them secretly to prisons in countries such
as Egypt, Afghanistan, Poland and Romania for torture. The European Union, by
law, prohibits torture and the British and German governments are in the dock
for allowing hundreds of CIA flights carrying the illegal detainees. This
episode has dented the US claim of being the champion of human rights.
In its single-minded drive for control over West Asia, the US imperialism has acquiesced in the Israeli gameplan of reducing the Palestinian state to just some truncated parts along with the Gaza strip, after it withdrew its troops from the Gaza strip but annexed a major part of the West Bank.
United States is now targeting both Iran and Syria. The United States openly
talks of regime change in Syria and Iran –– as also in Cuba and DPR Korea.
The US is building up a case for an Iraq type attack on Iran around the nuclear
issue and reports are appearing that the Pentagon is preparing for bombing of
select nuclear sites in Iran.
European Union, the assumption of office as new chancellor of Germany by Angela
Merkel as the leader of a grand coalition, following a fractured verdict in the
election, has resulted in a shift to the right. In Japan also, a pro-US regime
had been returned to power in the elections there.
political developments in several countries in South America have shown the
growing trends of resisting imperialist hegemony and moving away from
CITU pledges to unleash a powerful anti-imperialist struggle within India, in
solidarity with all the peace-loving forces, demanding withdrawal of US troops
from Iraq, opposing the US machinations against Iran, the DPRK, Syria, Cuba and
Venezuela and extending solidarity with the Palestinian people.
FOR A SUSTAINED STRUGGLE
the national scene, with the UPA government in office for nearly two years at
the centre, the focus of the political discourse in the country has shifted from
non-issues to real issues concerning people’s livelihood. The UPA regime,
because of its crucial dependence on the Left for its survival, has been forced
to adopt a National Common Minimum Programme holding out certain valuable
UPA regime has taken certain – though half-hearted – measures towards
improving people’s welfare. It had enacted the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Act, committing itself to provide a legal guarantee for employment to
rural households. The Right to
Information Act has been adopted. Draconian
POTA has been repealed. Legislations have been introduced in the parliament to
protect the rights of tribals, women etc.
the overall direction of the policies pursued by the UPA government is, in
the popular perception, drifting away from the commitments held out to the
have been several disconcerting features in the realm of foreign policy. The UPA
government has succumbed to US pressures, opting for a framework agreement in
defence cooperation, voting in line with the US in the IAEA on nuclear issue,
entering into a nuclear deal with the US et al. The US will continue to extract
a price for accepting India as a strategic ally and extending nuclear
cooperation. These are definite compromises over India’s independent foreign
this backdrop, the CITU recalls with pride that even though the ruling classes
of the country chose to roll out a red carpet welcome to the US president during
his recent visit to India, the working class was in the forefront staging
massive protests against ‘Killer Bush’, with slogans of ‘Go Back’
renting the air.
Congress party, leading the UPA coalition, had proved incapable of carrying
forward the fight against the BJP-led communal forces, as witnessed in the NDA
taking the reigns of power in Bihar and sharing the spoils of governance in
Karnataka. It has miserably failed to tactfully handle the fallout of the
disqualification of a Samajwadi MP on the question of holding an office of
profit. The media has sensationalised an otherwise non-issue, which the bankrupt
NDA seized upon to attack the Congress leadership. The country is plunged into a
divisive political polemics, with the leader of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi,
throwing in her resignation – touted as a second renunciation. In the
elections to the legislatures in five states, the Congress Party is forging
opportunist political alliances, overt and covert, against the Left in West
Bengal and Kerala.
UPA government, in its eagerness to pursue the economic policies of
liberalisation, is reluctant to take measures that are in favour of the rural
and urban poor. It has also taken many a step against the interests of the
government has reduced the rate of interest rate on EPF from 9.5 to 8.5 per
cent, despite the strong opposition of the trade unions. It refuses to accede to
the genuine plea to differentiate the EPF as a second security fund from other
financial market deposits. The push for labour law reforms has been given a
thrust right from the office of the prime minister, who, at the Indian Labour
Conference, voiced the demand to allow hire and fire policies. The labour
ministry has arbitrarily released a new series of Consumer Price Index for the
Industrial Workers with the base year 2001 – 100, brazenly ignoring the
unanimous opposition of all the central trade unions, a move solely aimed at
artificially deflating the price indices leading to severe cutbacks in the
Dearness Allowance entitlements of crores of workers.
government increased the prices of petroleum products in successive phases and
refused to revise the taxation structure on petroleum products to obviate
passing off the burdens on to the people. The prices of various commodities have
been rising sharply, with no effort to check.
the government, after a prolonged stand off by the Left, was forced to rescind a
cabinet decision to divest 10 per cent of the shares in BHEL, it had opened up
the retail sector for FDI; it has gone ahead with the proposals for the
privatisation of the airports; and more such moves are in the offing.
UPA government has also failed to protect the interests of Indian agriculture
and other sectors of the economy in the ongoing Doha round of WTO negotiations
and agreed to several compromises in the recently concluded Hong Kong
judiciary, of late, has been coming out with pronouncements, which have
pernicious impact for labour in the country. A whole series of apex court
verdicts in recent years have sought to usher in a ‘hire and fire’ regime,
much sought after by the employer class and international finance capital. This
has come as a judicial bonanza of completing the ‘unfinished agenda of
reforms’. The working class has to factor this aspect in its future struggles
to defend and enlarge labour rights.
these anti-worker measures, the working class of India has staged a series of
direct actions. The countrywide strike on September 29, 2005, the strike against
privatisation of airports at Mumbai and Delhi and the indefinite strike by State
Bank employees on pension issue are pointers to heralding a new phase of
struggles to reverse the anti-people economic policies.
CITU calls upon the working class of the country to prepare for a sustained
struggle to fight the anti-worker and anti-people measures on all the three
aspects –– economic policy regime, deviations from independent foreign
policy and ‘soft-hindutva’ approach towards communal forces.
working people of India, while carrying on a sustained struggle against
imperialist offensives on the one hand and the disastrous policies of
globalisation on the other, are mandated with the gigantic task of resisting the
onslaught of the communal forces.
the defeat of the BJP-led NDA government in the general elections of 2004, the
majoritarian communal forces represented by the sangh parivar have been in a
state of disarray. The BJP has plunged into a deep crisis, with mounting
dissidence within and worsening of relations with the RSS. The latter ensured
the exit of L K Advani, the leading aspirant for the seat of prime minister,
from the post of president of the BJP, after he sang ‘Jinnah the secular’
tune during his visit to Lahore. All the claims of BJP to be a 'party with a
difference' had floundered with the surfacing of scams and scandals involving
its leading lights.
BJP found itself in the dock with the discovery of a mass graveyard in
Panchamahal district in Gujarat of the victims of the 2002 State-sponsored
communal carnage, the report of Banerjee committee laying bare its lies on
Godhra train accident and the Mumbai High Court punishing the criminal
conspirators of Best Bakery case, who were let off by the court in Modi’s
Gujarat. Its close ally, Shiv Sena, met with serious political setback and
electoral reverses in Maharashtra.
this motley crowd of self-seeking and unscrupulous elements cannot be written
off. They indulge in every sort of manoeuvres to get back to the centre stage of
Indian polity. With the RSS asserting its domination with the diktat that it
shall not tolerate any dilution of its ideological content, the communal forces
will up the ante of aggressive pursuit of the fascistic 'hindutva' agenda. The
resumption of ‘yatra’ mode of fomenting communal hatred by Advani and the
new BJP president Rajnath Singh, in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on a
Varanasi temple, is intended to recover its lost political ground through
CITU calls upon the working people to exercise eternal vigilance over these
overt and covert moves by the communal forces and meet their challenge squarely
to preserve the secular democratic fabric of the country’s polity.
this May Day, the CITU calls upon the working people
of India to mobilise all sections of the toiling masses in the impending fight
war mongering and offensives;
policies of indiscriminate economic liberalisation;
advance of the communal forces; and
ruling class offensives on labour rights
live working class unity!
live international solidarity of the working class!