(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
POLIT BUREAU COMMUNIQUÉ
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India
(Marxist) met in New Delhi
on December 26 and 27, 2009. It has issued the following statement on
COPENHAGEN CLIMATE TALKS
climate conference failed to reach the required agreement on reducing
emissions due to the unreasonable stand of the United States
and other developed
countries which worked to bypass the Kyoto Protocol and undermine the
Nations Climate Change Framework. No legally binding agreement was
and the industrialised countries refused to commit to deep emission
Instead, by negating the principle of differentiation between the
industrialised and developing countries, they sought to pressurise the
developing countries to take on the major burden of reducing global
The United States which is historically the main culprit for carbon
sought to impose monitoring and verification of voluntary emission
by the developing countries.
The lesson to be learnt from the Copenhagen summit is that the Indian government
sought to adjust to the policies of the United States and make
concessions could not prevent the maneouvres of the developed
countries. It is
only the unity of the BASIC bloc comprising China,
India, Brazil and South Africa
which to some extent
prevented an outright capitulation.
It is imperative that India work in concert with the BASIC
countries and evolve a strategy to ensure that the United States
and the developed
countries accept their historical responsibility and commit to affect
emission cuts and provide the finances for appropriate technology for
developing countries to mitigate carbon emissions.
US TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN
The Polit Bureau strongly opposed the
decision of the United States
president to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. With this
the total number of US troops will reach nearly 100,000 apart from the
from the Nato allies. It is eight years since the United States launched its war in Afghanistan.
The intensification of
the war will only lead to more civilian casualties. The people of Afghanistan
will never accept foreign occupation by the US-Nato troops and this
provide sustenance to the Taliban.
It is deplorable that the UPA
government supports the continuance of the US-Nato occupation of Afghanistan.
the Af-Pak strategy, the United States
is attempting to draw India
into its Afghanistan
strategy for serving its geo-political interests. India
should demand the withdrawal
of the US-Nato troops. India
should be part of a regional initiative comprising countries like Russia, Iran,
China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan
to address the Afghan problem.
The Polit Bureau reviewed the rallies
against price rise and for a strengthened public distribution system in
different states. Price rise is a major issue for the people and the
has had a positive response with large mobilisations. The stubborn
the central government to change its food policies has been highlighted
refusal to ban future trading in wheat. It will be recalled that the
ban on futures in wheat was stealthily removed just before the new
was sworn in. The refusal to increase the number of families under BPL
of the recommendations of various official committees to increase the
BPL families in the rural areas to between 41 and 50 per cent is
example of the wrong policies. The Party will intensify the struggles
relief to the people on the basis of the demand for alternative
The Polit Bureau decided to make the
rally call by the Left parties during the budget session of parliament
a big success.
The issues of price rise, land, employment and other immediate problems
people will be highlighted in this rally.
The Polit Bureau reiterated its
opposition to the proposed Civil Nuclear Liability Bill. This
demanded by the US
as part of the operationalisation of the 123 agreement, absolves
nuclear reactors of liability in the case of nuclear accidents.
Further, it has
set the liability limit for the operator at a meagre Rs 300 crores,
nuclear accident can affect the lives of lakhs of people.
The Polit Bureau demanded that the government
abandon such a nuclear liability law. It called upon all political
oppose the Bill, if it is brought to parliament.
The Polit Bureau expressed deep sorrow
at the deaths of many workers late on December 24 in the collapse of
being constructed over the Chambal river near Kota, Rajasthan. 28 bodies have been
recovered so far. The actual number of workers who died cannot be
it is the practice of companies not to register the workers who are
contract to deprive them of their legal rights. One of the companies
responsible for the Kota accident is
the same company responsible for three accidents in the Delhi Metro
caused by gross and criminal negligence in which several workers lost
lives. It was reported at the time that the company has been banned for
years from construction by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Gammon India should be banned from all
projects throughout India.
The central government has to ensure that all private
which are given projects by the government guarantee the workers their
legal rights which is not the case at present.
The rectification report of the Polit
Bureau was discussed. This will be finalised and placed before the
the Central Committee.