People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXVI

No. 20

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.

 

Joint Statement issued by the Communist & Workers' Parties

NATO, A Threat to World Peace!

Below we publish the joint statement of the Communist and Workers' parties on NATO issued on May 17, 2012. The CPI(M) has signed the statement along with many other parties.

IN an international situation marked by the deepening crisis of capitalism and by the violent imperialist offensive against the achievements and rights of the workers and peoples, a NATO summit will take place on May 20-21, in Chicago, USA.

In the context of an ever-deeper crisis of capitalism, imperialism embarks on a militaristic and interventionist escalation.

Having renewed NATO's strategic concept in 2010 - a new and dangerous qualitative step in its interventionist ambitions, of which the aggression against Libya was an example the USA and NATO, which has the EU as its European pillar, seek to expand their sphere of influence, promote an arms race and ever greater military spending, invest in new weapons and in their worldwide network of military bases.

Imperialism militarizes international relations, proceeds with occupations, threatens new aggressions, promotes conspiracies and manoeuvers of interference in countries of every continent. The principles of the UN Charter are seriously jeopardized and the process which seeks to destroy International Law is accompanied by an ever greater instrumentalization of the UN, with a view to whitewashing imperialist violence and its goals of controlling resources and markets and of military and geostrategic domination.

NATO, being imperialism's main instrument in its quest for world domination, is an enormous threat to world peace and security.

But, as the facts are demonstrating, imperialism's force-based response to the crisis of capitalism is having to confront the progressive and revolutionary struggle of the peoples, which in various parts of the world are taking into their own hands the defense of their rights and the sovereignty and independence of their countries and are resisting in the most diversified ways, imposing setbacks to the strategy of imperialist domination.

Reaffirming thier commitment to the struggle for peace, for the right of each people to freely decide its destiny, for social progress and socialism, the Communist and Workers' Parties signing this declaration:

- Demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan, as well as those in all other imperialist interventions in the World;

- Reject the escalation of war in the Middle East, namely against Syria and Iran;

- Demand the dissolution of NATO and support the sovereign right of peoples to decide to disassociate their countries from this aggressive alliance;

- Reject the deployment of the US and NATO's new antimissile system in Europe and demand an end to foreign military bases;

- Demand an end to the arms race, nuclear disarmament starting with the world's major nuclear powers such as the USA - and the complete destruction of chemical and biological weapons;

- Express their solidarity with the peoples that resist imperialist occupation, aggression and interference, namely in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa

 

Joint Statement issued by the Communist & Workers' Parties

 

NATO, A Threat to World Peace!

 

 

Below we publish the joint statement of the Communist and Workers' parties on NATO issued on May 17, 2012. The CPI(M) has signed the statement along with many other parties.

 

IN an international situation marked by the deepening crisis of capitalism and by the violent imperialist offensive against the achievements and rights of the workers and peoples, a NATO summit will take place on May 20-21, in Chicago, USA.

 

In the context of an ever-deeper crisis of capitalism, imperialism embarks on a militaristic and interventionist escalation.

 

Having renewed NATO's strategic concept in 2010 - a new and dangerous qualitative step in its interventionist ambitions, of which the aggression against Libya was an example the USA and NATO, which has the EU as its European pillar, seek to expand their sphere of influence, promote an arms race and ever greater military spending, invest in new weapons and in their worldwide network of military bases.

 

Imperialism militarizes international relations, proceeds with occupations, threatens new aggressions, promotes conspiracies and manoeuvers of interference in countries of every continent. The principles of the UN Charter are seriously jeopardized and the process which seeks to destroy International Law is accompanied by an ever greater instrumentalization of the UN, with a view to whitewashing imperialist violence and its goals of controlling resources and markets and of military and geostrategic domination.

 

NATO, being imperialism's main instrument in its quest for world domination, is an enormous threat to world peace and security.

 

But, as the facts are demonstrating, imperialism's force-based response to the crisis of capitalism is having to confront the progressive and revolutionary struggle of the peoples, which in various parts of the world are taking into their own hands the defense of their rights and the sovereignty and independence of their countries and are resisting in the most diversified ways, imposing setbacks to the strategy of imperialist domination.

 

Reaffirming thier commitment to the struggle for peace, for the right of each people to freely decide its destiny, for social progress and socialism, the Communist and Workers' Parties signing this declaration:

 

- Demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan, as well as those in all other imperialist interventions in the World;

 

- Reject the escalation of war in the Middle East, namely against Syria and Iran;

 

- Demand the dissolution of NATO and support the sovereign right of peoples to decide to disassociate their countries from this aggressive alliance;

 

-   Reject the deployment of the US and NATO's new antimissile system in Europe and demand an end to foreign military bases;

-   Demand an end to the arms race, nuclear disarmament starting with the world's major nuclear powers such as the USA - and the complete destruction of chemical and biological weapons;

-   Express their solidarity with the peoples that resist imperialist occupation, aggression and interference, namely in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa