(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 20, 2012
Basudeb Acharia IN Lok Sabha, CPI(M) group leader Basudeb
Acharia said that while we are observing the 60th year of our parliament, we
should remember those who laid down their lives and went to the gallows. The
sacrifices of the heroes of our freedom struggle won us independence and we
adopted the parliamentary democratic system of governance. We will have to
seriously think whether the problems of inequality, discrimination, poverty,
exploitation, etc have increased or decreased, and whether the intent of the
founding fathers of the constitution has been implemented in letter and spirit,
in this 60 years period. We see that the poverty has not reduced; happiness has
not come to the people. The gap between the rich and the poor has increased.
Lakhs and lakhs of people are still born under the sky and die under the sky.
We have not been able to provide shelter to 100 per cent of our population. We
cannot even provide safe drinking water to the poor. We must seriously think of
the tribals and dalits whose conditions have not improved. If a farmer commits
suicide after 64 years of independence, we will have to seriously think over
it. Another major problem which is corroding our parliamentary democracy is the
use of money power in elections. If voters and votes are purchased, what will
happen to the parliamentary democracy? There is a need for electoral reforms. Unless
there is state funding of elections, we will not be able to curb the use of
money power. Something has to be done to cleanse the system and protect it from
corrosion. We should seriously ponder over it. The problems of discrimination,
exploitation, pauperisation of the people, starvation and illiteracy still
exist in this country, and we cannot enjoy the successes and achievements of
our parliamentary democracy unless we remove these ills. The sitting extended till the evening. Both
the houses adjourned after passing a resolution to uphold the dignity and
supremacy of parliament.
IN Lok Sabha, CPI(M) group leader Basudeb Acharia said that while we are observing the 60th year of our parliament, we should remember those who laid down their lives and went to the gallows. The sacrifices of the heroes of our freedom struggle won us independence and we adopted the parliamentary democratic system of governance. We will have to seriously think whether the problems of inequality, discrimination, poverty, exploitation, etc have increased or decreased, and whether the intent of the founding fathers of the constitution has been implemented in letter and spirit, in this 60 years period. We see that the poverty has not reduced; happiness has not come to the people. The gap between the rich and the poor has increased. Lakhs and lakhs of people are still born under the sky and die under the sky. We have not been able to provide shelter to 100 per cent of our population. We cannot even provide safe drinking water to the poor. We must seriously think of the tribals and dalits whose conditions have not improved. If a farmer commits suicide after 64 years of independence, we will have to seriously think over it. Another major problem which is corroding our parliamentary democracy is the use of money power in elections. If voters and votes are purchased, what will happen to the parliamentary democracy? There is a need for electoral reforms. Unless there is state funding of elections, we will not be able to curb the use of money power. Something has to be done to cleanse the system and protect it from corrosion. We should seriously ponder over it. The problems of discrimination, exploitation, pauperisation of the people, starvation and illiteracy still exist in this country, and we cannot enjoy the successes and achievements of our parliamentary democracy unless we remove these ills.
The sitting extended till the evening. Both the houses adjourned after passing a resolution to uphold the dignity and supremacy of parliament.
Message from the Lebanese Communist Party
WE are writing to you to extend the congratulations and salutations to you on the eve of holding the 20th congress of your party, due to be held in April 2012.
global economic crisis
continues to unfold worldwide, taking its tolls as usual on
the poorest and
weakest within our societies. Unfortunately, in some
countries, this is
happening against the background of Leftist and Marxist
forces still recovering
from the collapse of the
Strengthening the Left and democratic forces is an urgent task facing the communists worldwide, especially at this time when we are witnessing yet another attempt by capitalism to escape its crisis by causing further wars and tensions on a global level.
We therefore wish you success in your efforts and endeavours and hope that your party will succeed in overcoming its electoral setbacks in order to effectively and forcefully stand up for the poor and the weak in your society.
--- On behalf the Political Bureau of Lebanese Communist Party, Khaled Hadadah, general secretary, and Marie Nassif-Debs, vice general secretary
Message from the Palestinian People’s Party
ON behalf of the leadership and the members of the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP), we would like to convey to you and through you to all the members of your party --- the Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI(M) --- and to the Indian people our best wishes and all success to the 20th congress of your party.
congress is taking
place at a very crucial moment where the global general
threats of wars, especially in the
We are sure that you will discuss these challenges with high responsibility, and take decisions which will help in the common struggle for a better future.
also hope that your
congress will give special attention to the Palestinian
issue by re-emphasising
your solidarity with the just struggle of the Palestinian
people for freedom,
establishing an independent state within the 1967 boarders
We are looking forward to strengthening the fraternal relations between our two parties and peoples, and wish you all the success.
--- Central Committee, Palestinian People’s Party
Message from the Philippine Communist Party
THE Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) sends warmest fraternal greetings to the CPI(M)’s 20th congress which will be held in
We hail the valiant
struggles of the CPI(M) in
advancing the socialist alternative in
In the light of the new strategic relations between the US and Indian regimes, which involve nuclear cooperation, regular visits of US military forces, and joint measures for the “containment” of the People’s Republic of China, we are sure that the anti-imperialist thrust of the CPI(M)’s 20th congress will be sharpened.
We are confident also
that the CPI(M)’s 20th congress
will chart an effective course towards the greater unity and
the Left and democratic forces in
We wish every success to the 20th congress of the CPI(M), and more strength to the CPI(M)’s continued struggles for peace and socialism, against imperialism and local reaction.
Long live Marxism-Leninism!
With communist greetings,
--- Antonio E Paris, general secretary
Message of Greetings from the Portuguese Communist Party
ON behalf of the Central Committee of the Portuguese Communist Party and of all Portuguese communists, we convey warm greetings to the 20th congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). May your congress contribute to strengthening your party and the communists' influence among the Indian workers and popular masses.
situation continues to be marked by the deepest crisis of
the capitalist system
in many decades. The profound change in the world balance of
forces that was
brought about by the counter-revolutionary victories of
twenty years ago in
In the European Union, which increasingly confirms its nature as an imperialist bloc, big capital has taken advantage of the crisis to unleash a brutal class offensive, of historical significance and scope. What is at stake is an attempt to destroy the major social achievements which the European workers and peoples had won during the 20th century, as a result of decades of struggle and of the decisive effects of the socialist, popular and national liberation revolutions. This offensive is stepping up the class conflict on the European continent to unprecedented levels since World War II. The outcome of this confrontation, in which the danger of authoritarian and even fascist solutions are obvious, will be of great importance for the correlation of forces world-wide.
Our people are today being confronted with the full brutality of this offensive, in terms of wages, pensions, working hours, the most elementary labour and social rights, the right to a job and to social security. Using debt as the pretext --- debt which is the outcome of 37 years of right-wing policies, of a process of European integration at the service of big capital, and of the creation of the Euro --- the foreign Troika (the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) and the domestic Troika at their service (the Socialist Party, the Social Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Centre/Popular Party) have imposed a true Pact of Aggression against our people and our country. This pact --- which imposes a brutal hike in the country's debt itself --- seeks to save the financial system, safeguard the profits of big capital and impose an ever more centralized control, with colonial-style traits, by the EU's command centres upon the countries and peoples of Europe. It will worsen all of the country's and the people's problems and is already bringing about a recessionary spiral of major proportions. Our party is profoundly committed to the struggle against this offensive, committed to strengthening the unity of the working class and the people, in the resistance and struggle for an alternative, patriotic and left-wing policy, in our country. The Portuguese workers' resistance and struggle, in which their class trade union centre, CGTP-IN, has played a frontline role, has known high points, such as the general strikes of November 24 and March 22 and the big national demonstration of February 11.
The struggle will continue and intensify, because only through the struggle will it be possible to change the balance of forces and follow the path for an alternative patriotic and Left policy, thus strengthening the struggle of the Portuguese communists for an advanced democracy that, claiming and stressing the achievements, values and ideals of the April revolution, is the current stage of the struggle for socialism, goal and project that the Portuguese Communist Party embraces since its foundation, 91 years ago.
The times in
which we live are times of great dangers. The crisis of the
powers coincides with the re-emergence of economic powers
the incapacity to solve capitalism's systemic crisis, it
represents a source of
enhanced inter-imperialist contradictions and a serious
threat to world peace.
History shows how real are the dangers that capitalism in
agony may seek to
solve its problems through a large-scale military adventure.
Our times demand stronger communist parties, more profoundly linked to the masses, with greater influence and activity. They demand stronger cooperation between communist parties --- of which the international meetings of communist and workers' parties are an expression --- and between communist parties and other revolutionary, progressive, anti-imperialist and peace-loving forces. The times are not just fraught with enormous dangers; they are also times of real potential and possibility of advances, even revolutionary advances, in the struggle of the peoples.
It is with this spirit that our party is preparing its 19th congress that will be held at the end of this year. It is with this spirit that we renew our wishes of success for the 20th congress of the CPI(M).
Your successes are the successes of all workers and peoples of the world.
Long live the 20th congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)!
Long live the friendship and cooperation between the CPI(M) and the PCP!
--- Central Committee of the Portuguese Communist Party
from the Communist
Party of the
THE Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) would like to extend a very cordial welcome to you, the delegates of the 20th congress of the CPI(M), and to all the members and supporters of the CPI(M).
Your party has been and continues to be a vanguard in the struggle of the working class, peasantry, intelligentsia and all the working people for justice and real democracy. We are very well acquainted with the role your party has been playing in the quest for unity of all the Left forces.
In the conditions of the global economic crisis the unity of all the Left forces is a sure guarantee for the success of those ideals and aims that you have before you.
Now you have before you not only the task of taking stock of the work done during the preceding years, but also that of defining the tactics and strategy of struggle to be followed in the coming period. We are confident that the decisions that would be taken by you during the congress would contribute immensely to the organisational and ideological consolidation of the party and to the enhancement of its authority and influence in Indian society.
The bonds of friendship brotherly solidarity have been existing between our parties for a very long time. We are inclined to develop the ties of friendship and cooperation between our counties and people in all possible ways in future as well.
May we extend all the good wishes for the success of 20th congress of your party in its work.
Long live the solidarity among the communists of the whole world!
With brotherly regards,
--- G A Zyuganov, Chairman, Central Committee, Communist Party of the Russian Federation
Message from the Russian Communist Workers Party – Revolutionary Party of Communists
WE congratulate you heartily on yet another important date in the history of your party – the 20th congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
We express our brotherly solidarity with your struggle and wish that the communists of India, in the course of this congress, should take correct Marxist decisions about their tactics in the present difficult conditions. The present crisis of capitalism has once again proved the correctness of the Marxist teaching that clearly shows the basic internal antagonisms of the capitalist system, with these antagonisms inevitably leading to recurrent crises that are resolved by way of increased exploitation of the working people. It is exactly the Marxist approach that makes us search for the ways of overcoming the antagonisms by way of development of the working people’s struggle for an overthrow of the system of exploitation and for construction of the socialist order, rather than by an improvement of the model of capitalism that is characteristic of various opportunist and revisionist distorters of Marxism.
It is symbolic that this revolutionary Marxist approach could be seen in your party’s name and that is the best reference for us; on the other hand, this fact imposes upon you special obligations regarding the working people of India. We do believe that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) shall justify the trust of the working people and shall remain true to its vanguard role in organising the struggle of the masses.
We shall be glad to further strengthen the friendly relations between our parties. We believe that we share common views on the necessity of a revolutionary struggle against imperialism and for a socialist alternative.
Let’s move on together along our common communist way.
We wish you good luck in your struggle!
We shall not falter on the chosen way!
--- Central Committee of Russian Communist Workers Party – Revolutionary Party of Communists
Message from the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic,
ON behalf of the Saharawi People, the Polisario Front leadership and on my own behalf, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all members and leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI(M), as well as the fraternal Indian people on the holding of your 20th congress.
Despite the numerous difficulties and the international situation, we are confident that your congress will be successful thanks to the farsightedness of your approaches and strategies of action as well as your strong determination to tackle any challenges.
The Polisario Front has always attached great importance to the friendly relations with the CPI(M), and we would like to reiterate our strong resolve to strengthen and develop the traditional ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between our two parties and peoples.
Please accept, dear comrades, the assurances of my highest consideration.
--- Mohamed Abdelaziz, president of Saharawai Arab Democratic Republic and secretary general of the Polisario Front
Message from the Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
The Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) conveys fraternal greetings to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on the occasion of your 20th congress.
The PCPE analyses the current crisis of capitalism as a structural crisis of the system where the only way out for the oligarchy and imperialism is to increase exploitation, plundering and violence against the peoples and the working class. In this frame we have the imperialist aggressions against the peoples of the world, Cuba, DPRK, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc. At the same time, we have the imperialist policies in the labour and social fields in the European Union. For us there is no way out of the crisis in favour or the working class inside the capitalist system; only the construction of socialism is a way out for the whole social majority.
The crisis in the European Union is the expression of the aforementioned. Day after day, the imperialist character of this institution becomes clearer. It is a project that serves the interests of the oligarchy. The so-called “rescue operations” of Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Italy are only direct interventions of the imperialist policies in order to safeguard the capitalist system and guarantee its continuity. The working class in Spain is suffering unprecedented attacks under the pretext of the “need to reform the system.” The few rights achieved after years of struggles are being smashed. The parties present in the parliament defend the interests of the system, directly or indirectly; they defend the management of the capitalist system.
The PCPE, like other communist and workers' parties, believes that the historical moment of the capitalist crisis is one stage in the era of the transition from capitalism to socialism. The triumph of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 started this era. We firmly reject those positions within the international communist movement that consider that the construction of socialism during the 20th century is a page that we have to close, full of mistakes. We believe that the victory of the organised bourgeoisie and the counter-revolution in the USSR and the socialist camp in 1991 is a temporary defeat that does not invalidate the process and the need of the socialist revolution.
In face of this scenario, there is a historical need to construct socialism. The socialist revolution is the only solution to this capitalist crisis. That is why we need today, more than ever, to give steps in the coordination of all the communist parties in the world, under the banner of Marxism-Leninism. The PCPE is giving steps in that direction, actively participating in different events and international meetings. We support and participate in the international communist review, the international meetings of communist and workers' parties, and the World Federation of Trade Unions. We believe that it is necessary to develop closer fraternal ties with other communist and workers' parties. We believe that mutual knowledge and fraternal debate can make us advance in concrete proposals that will help us to hit capitalism stronger.
We regret our impossibility to be present at this important congress, and we wish success in the debates.
Long live proletarian internationalism!
Socialism or barbarism!
--- Ástor García, responsible for the international relations of the Central Committee of the PCPE
Message from the Syrian Communist Party (the Unified)
ON behalf of our comrades in the Syrian Communist Party (the Unified), their friends and allies, I would like to state that it would be a great pleasure and honour for me to receive your letter in which inform us about the oncoming congress of your party.
No doubt, your concern over the slowing growth and economic hardships India is facing nowadays, and which the congress will discuss in detail, constitute an integral part of the current economic crisis striking the world capitalist system, from USA to Spain, Italy and above all Greece. No doubt you will be able to find creative solutions to the slowing economic growth.
Really, the tactics to be pursued by your party in the forthcoming period will be absolutely vital in strengthening your party, the Left and all the democratic forces in India. More important still, they will represent a considerable lesson to be learned by other fraternal parties, including our party. This is a very clear proof of the unity of the struggle through diversity.
Due to your decision not to invite any fraternal delegates to your congress, permit us to express our honest and true wishes that our letter would be enough to express our heartfelt solidarity with your party.
Thank you for solidarity with our party and our country.
Syria is under fire; it is being burned as a step toward destroying and having it divided along ethnic and sectarian lines. The powers --- USA, Great Britain, France, Israel and some Arab oil monarchies, which have so far failed in changing the political orientation of Syria, its insistence on supporting the heroic struggle of the Lebanese people against the military campaigns launched by Israel, the heroic and long standing struggle of the Palestinian people for its inalienable rights to return, self-determination and national statehood with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state --- are resorting to all means available not only to destroy Syria, but to turn it to ashes if not ruins.
The claims of concern over human rights and liberties, worries about humanitarian circumstances in strife stricken areas in Syria, or the so-called friendship with Syria are all mere fallacies and hypocrisy which can never deceive anyone. Suffice it to draw the attention of all the world to the relentless support of USA for Israel, its chronic occupation of Arab territories, refusal to abide by UN resolutions. More importantly our memory still contains pictures of US campaign against Iraq, which was completely destroyed under the pretext of looking for supposed nuclear weapons.
Although there are similarities between the events which took place in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya, usually described as Arab Spring by western media, we are sure that the events in Syria have their distinguished character.
Accordingly, we would advise those who insist on repeating the Libyan model in Syria to change their minds because they are mistaken.
A stable and lasting solution for the crisis in Syria should be based on the following lines:
--- The right of the opposition to peaceful activity should be respected, now that the new constitution makes it clear the Syria is pluralistic country.
--- Dialogue among national, patriotic and popular masses is the only means for solving controversies and disputes. Armed groups in general are masterminded and funded by foreign countries which have no interest in the stability, progress and secure future of Syria.
--- Any military intervention in the crisis in Syria will make it more complicated and dangerously explosive.
--- World imperialist powers led by USA, Arab monarchies, Israel and Turkey should withdraw their hands from Syria.
--- We respect the right of the state, our sate, to defend its territories, but we cannot accept excessive and disproportionate use of force, specially when dealing with civilians.
We truly believe in our country, our citizens and our ability to survive this crisis and emerge triumphant.
Once more we would like to wish success for your congress.
Our best regards to your comrades.
Looking forward to cooperating with you and benefiting from your experience.
--- Hunin Nemer, first secretary of the Syrian Communist Party (the Unified)