A Call To the People of India! Shatter the shackles of imperialism and feudalism, Destroy this rotten system!
Build your future and that of the country with your own hands!
Warmest greetings to you from the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on the occasion of its 10th founding anniversary.
Ten years ago, we came before you to announce a joyous event – the merger of two revolutionary streams. A single Maoist party, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) was formed on the 21st of September, 2004, to shoulder the tasks of revolution. Today we place before you an account of these momentous years. It has been a decade of heroic struggle and sacrifices by the best daughters and sons of this land. Nearly two thousand and five hundred of them, from Dandakaranya (Chattisgarh), Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Maharashtra, Odisha, Paschim Banga, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Asom, laid down their precious lives. They include hundreds of great leaders of the revolution, from the topmost level of our party to its basic levels. Scores of valiant fighters of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army shed their blood in battle with the oppressor’s mercenaries. Many among the masses too made the highest sacrifice.
This blood was not shed in vain. It has built on past achievements and valuable experiences. It fuelled a decade of resolute struggle in the political, military, economic and cultural spheres. This was a period which saw ever more militant mobilisation of lakhs of people, people at the bottommost levels of society, in mighty revolt to destroy the oppression and exploitation weighing heavy on them for ages. Glorious years when the shoots of new political power were further nurtured through the destruction of the old power and more extensive building of a new society in a primary stage. And, in this process, the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) was further strengthened in its fighting capability. Its base force, the People’s Militia, now numbers in the thousands. These brave women and men stand firm, weapons in hand, to defend every achievement of the people — political, economic, social, cultural and environmental — particularly, the emerging new society they are building. Yes, we have striven hard to fulfil the promise given to you and made advance. It is so, because we are communists. Our words are sealed in deeds, serving the people. Inheriting the finest traditions of the countless rebellions waged by the peoples of this land throughout the centuries against their oppressors, both local and foreign, drawing inspiration from the heroic struggles of a long line of patriots who fought for true independence from British colonialism, boldly taking up the banner of armed struggle bequeathed to us by the red fighters of the Telengana armed struggle, Tebhaga and Punnapra-Vayalar, forever holding high the Red flag crimson with the blood of lakhs martyrs throughout the world, we will fight on — till our beloved country is liberated from the clutches of imperialism and its lackeys, to make it a base of the world socialist revolution, to advance through socialism to the bright future of communism. We will fight as a contingent of the international proletariat, as comrades-in-arms with all oppressed nations and oppressed people and broad masses of capitalist countries. It is so, because we are the children of that mighty Spring Thunder that shook up the whole of India — the great Naxalbari armed peasant rebellion of 1967. We have been taught and trained by our great founder leaders, comrades Charu Majumdar and Kanhai Chatterjee and by several other beloved leaders. We are guided by the ideology of the international proletariat, Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.
Dear people, We were led to believe that our country became independent in 1947. Yes, it is true that the hated colonial rule was ended. But the misery of our lives forces us to acknowledge a bitter truth — the foreign masters have only stepped behind a curtain. All the vital controls are still in their hands. We see their presence in the big multinational companies that come to exploit our labour and plunder our resources; in the scant value they attach to our lives as seen in the murderous Bhopal gas incident. We witness it in the control foreign powers have over our entire country in a thousand ways. We see it in the aggressive promotion of consumerism and self-indulgent individualism. We experience it in the invasion of their decadent values and the contempt they breed for our richly diverse ways of life and cultures. We feel its oppressive weight in the disastrous economic policies they impose through agencies like the IMF, World Bank and WTO; policies that uproot people, create new shackles of dependence and pollute the air, water and earth. We see its sinister hands in the arming and training of the Indian state in the counter-revolutionary ‘war on the people’ waged against the revolutionary armed agrarian revolutionary war. This is imperialism, one of the big mountains weighing on us.
There are two more of them.
The rulers tell us we are fast advancing to information highways, bullet trains, hi-tech cities and what not. They go on and on. But look around you, look at your lives. Despite all those gadgets, smart phones, cable TVs, motor cycles and flashy dresses why do the chains of hidebound tradition weigh so heavy? Why do the landlord, old or new, and the greedy moneylender still corner the major chunk of the peasants’ surplus? Why are their wishes inviolate, their word the law, when all of us are supposed to be equal? Why is most of the land still in the hands of few, while the vast majority eke out a meagre living either selling their labour or trudging on scraps of land? Why are women fettered in obnoxious customs? Why is the dalit still preyed upon? Why are the adivasis scorned? Why this ridiculous spectacle of Brahmanic rituals heralding the launch of high tech space vehicles? Why is the inhuman caste system still alive and strong? There are many changes, new things not seen before. But the age-old structures and values of the caste system, of patriarchy, of landlordism still remain. This is feudalism inextricably bound up with caste, another big mountain crushing us.
Yes, the rulers at times admit, there are still vestiges of the old. But they would direct our sight to the glitz of fast growing cities, to huge factories, to big corporates, some of whom have even spread out abroad. Very well, but do you really need to be reminded? Haven’t you suffered them, living and slogging in the squalor of slums right in the midst of those glittering cities? Don’t you already know them for their land grabbing, resource plundering, greed which drove you from your ancestors lands? Haven’t you known their rapacious exploitation, experienced their denial of basic rights and witnessed their murderous attacks on those who demand them? But that is not all. They are big capitalists, no doubt. Yet, for all their pretensions, they are mere servitors of foreign interests, of the imperialists. Born as commission agents of the colonial rulers, they have forever depended on them in all aspects of their existence and growth. They thrive on this dependence. They sell out our country, its people and resources to the foreign marauders. And in their core they conserve Brahmanic feudal values, no matter how modern the technology they employ. From their birth they have remained tied up to feudalism. They are the comprador-bureaucrat capitalists, representing bureaucrat capitalism, yet another big mountain bearing down on us. These are the three huge mountains weighing down on us. They squeeze out our breath, break our backs. They block our country’s development and progress. To take our destiny into our own hands, stand up in freedom, breathe the fresh air of democracy and equality, enjoy the fruits of our labour, clean up the air, water and earth, rid society of the evils of caste, patriarchy and communalism, dynamite Brahmanism that lies at the core of everything reactionary in India, yes, to live as human beings, we must overthrow them. This is what we fight for. This is the meaning of the new democratic revolution we wage. This revolution will bring national independence uprooting imperialist slavery, exploitation and control, and will establish people’s democracy uprooting the feudal autocracy. It will establish the rule of the workers, peasants, urban petty bourgeoisie and national bourgeoisie under the leadership of the working class. The New Democratic state would unequivocally recognize the right to self-determination of the nationalities including the right to secession.
They say India is a republic, a secular democracy. The Constitution even lays claims on its being ‘socialist’! Isn’t this an outrageous mockery of the crores forced to live on 20 rupees per day? And its secularism? Has there been a single year since 1947 without communal attacks, mainly targeting the Muslim minority? Who can forget the thousands massacred in the pogroms against the Sikhs under Congress rule in 1984 and against the Muslims in 2002 under BJP rule? The rulers claim India’s strength lie in its ‘unity in diversity’. But how are these national and cultural diversities treated? With arrogant contempt, racist, casteist slurs and attacks. That has been the plight of not only adivasis and dalits. It is the searing experience of all the national peoples in the North Eastern States of India. Many nationalities fighting for their freedom, such as the Kashmiris, Nagas and Manipuris, have been under the jackboots of the Indian Army for decades together. They are subjected to the worst atrocities and denied all legal redress by laws that protect the Army from prosecution. Everything, its murders, rapes, tortures, yes everything is Constitutionally sanctioned! The plight of thousands of prisoners, locked up in unimaginable conditions, completes this damning picture of Indian democracy. Their vast majority comes from the bottommost levels of society.
Charged with trivial crimes whose punishment would be no more than a year or two, they languish in jails for years together without bail or trial. As for the Maoist political prisoners, the torture in police camps is extended to the jails, by denying them basic rights including medical care, blocking their access to literature and news, limiting or even preventing family visits and obstructing legal rights.
Why should we live in this hell?
The rulers accuse us of violence, of destruction. But what about the violence of this society they protect? Isn’t their social system a continuous assault on human existence? When will they account for the countless lives destroyed every minute, or the living dead who barely manage to exist? Where will they answer for the destruction and havoc they create in society and the environment? Our violence is a just reply to this. What we destroy is this human-devouring system, its values and culture. But this is not some mindless act. With the participation and support of the vast masses of the oppressed people of this country, the PLGA led by our party destroys to create. Its violence is purposeful. It is ploughing up the land to clear out anti-people and obsolete relations, structures and institutions. Together with the masses, it plants and builds a new political power, a new social order. These now exist at the primary level as Revolutionary People’s Committees (popularly known as Krantikari Janatana Sarkars, Krantikari Jan Committees or Viplava Praja Committees) in the guerrilla bases of Central and Eastern India.
These centres of new political power are as yet mere specs in this vast land. But they already make possible a meaningful life, vibrant with the strength of cooperation, collectivity, rich in values of humane care and concern. They realise the centuries old dream of the exploited to be their own masters. They ensure land to the peasantry. They allow the adivasis to foster the new while nurturing their distinctiveness. They enable the dalits to live a life of dignity. They create space for women by supporting their struggle for liberation. This is the promise of a future for India — a democratic, sovereign, federal, people’s republic; self-reliant, just and equitable. This is what is possible if we dare to fight and reach for the heights.
What is this new society? What has it already achieved?
In these villages the Indian state has been destroyed. The outdated authority of feudals and those tribal elders, who lorded over people, has come to an end. The bondage of caste has been smashed and ground prepared for its annihilation. Organs of people’s political power were established. This new democratic power is the biggest success achieved by the people through people’s war. The Revolutionary People’s Committee at village level, with 9 to 11 members, is directly elected every two/three years by all adults, except a few who oppose people and stand in support of the reactionary state and their armed forces and gangs. The voters have the ‘Right to recall’. Women have right over half of the political power through equal representation. The people have the all fundamental democratic rights — – Right to meet, Right to form organization, Right to conduct strikes and demonstrations, Right to live according to one’s wish, Right to primary education, Right to primary medical treatment, Right to gain minimum employment, etc.
The RPC addresses all aspects of the people’s lives through its defence, finance, agriculture, trade and industry, judicial, education and culture, health and social welfare, forest protection and public relations departments.
On the basis of ‘Land to the Tiller’ forest lands were distributed by the RPC to all those who have no land or have scant land. Where people are well organised, women own half of the proprietary right over land. “Equal wages for equal work” is being implemented. Bazaar committees are working to end the indiscriminate exploitation in weekly bazaars. Mass struggles demanding fair wage rates were successfully waged and there was an increase in fund collection to fulfil the needs of the people. All kinds of restrictions and taxes on collection of forest produce were annulled. Forest produce can be freely collected and consumed. The slogan of “All rights to the Adivasis/ local people over Forests” has been realised. There is a ban on taking away any kind of resources from the forest without permission from the RPCs. New entry of imperialist multinational companies (MNCs) and comprador companies has been blocked.
Apart from creating irrigation facilities for crops to increase the average yield and encouraging the usage of organic manure and high-quality local seeds, the RPCs assist the poor peasantry in all possible ways to cultivate their lands. Where conditions permit, with the purpose of raising living standards, fulfilling the masses food needs and those of the PLGA, all efforts are made to develop agricultural production and thus ease dependence on the market. The RPCs are themselves establishing agricultural farms. Mutual aid/ work teams are formed to fulfil various productive tasks and services. Grain Cooperative Associations are formed. The effort to provide nutritious food to people through planting orchards and growing vegetables and greens has begun. Encouragement is given to fish rearing in ponds. The party and PLGA participate in productive labour as a responsibility.
The development of class struggle and building of RPCs has opened doors for new developments in people’s cultural life. As the free labour done for the tribal elders came to an end, people fulfilling their needs through mutual aid / work teams has increased. In adivasi areas, collective hunting which used to go on for weeks together was gradually discouraged. Instead, expending labour power on land levelling and creating irrigation facilities which promise growth in yield of agricultural products is increasing.
As the customs and rituals observed with blind faith are proving a hindrance to production and productive forces in the changing conditions, meetings are being held with traditional healers and priests and necessary changes are brought about through discussions. Apart from discouraging consumerism, RPCs are opposing forceful religious conversion of adivasis into Hinduism and Christianity. They also inculcate scientific thinking and atheism. Overspending in marriage ceremonies and death rituals has been reduced.
Women are more respected now. With the development of class struggle and the building of women’s organisations, sexual exploitation of feudal lords and demeaning practices have been eliminated. Forced marriages and the Gotul system (practiced in some adivasi areas) have come down considerably. This liberated women and young women from social and psychological pressures. Schools are opened as part of fulfilling the basic needs of the people. For the first time in history, in Dandakaranya, education is imparted in ‘Koya’, the majority people’s mother tongue. Syllabi were prepared in the light of democratic-socialist ideas. In Bihar-Jharkhand too, special emphasis is laid on reaching education to the adivasis, dalits and other sections deprived of it. Health care is provided as part of fulfilling the basic needs of the people. Sanitation work and providing safe drinking water facilities are taken up actively by training up people’s doctors in villages. Construction of houses with the mutual cooperation is taken up for people who do not have proper houses.
Indiscriminate felling of forests and the robbing of valuable timber by the
government and the timber mafia was stopped. Instead of people felling trees according to their will and wish for their agricultural and domestic needs, RPCs are striving to fulfil the needs of the people and are regularising the felling of trees. Ban was imposed on pouring poison in river water to catch fish and catching birds which come to water sources in summer. Ban was imposed on hunting which is carried for commercial purposes to sell the meat. Thus preservation of wildlife is encouraged. Delegates elected from village level RPCs have constituted Area RPCs. Similarly elected delegates from the Area level form the Divisional (District level) RPCs. This represents an extension of territory over which people exercise political power and create the new. It strengthens the advance towards building liberated areas and establishing a People’s Government, confronting the Indian state. Such are the fruits of the protracted people’s war. More than three decades of hard sacrifice had already made significant advance in the war zones of Dandakaranya, Bihar-Jharkhand. Given the different situation in these two regions this advance took different forms, but was always guided by the politics of new democratic revolution. In Bihar-Jharkhand a stubborn struggle, backed by arms, to break the bonds of caste-feudalism, defeat upper casteist private armies, seize and distribute land, paving the way for the development of Krantikari Kisan Committees as leading centres. In Dandakaranya, the grounds were laid through struggles in which the adivasi peasantry was mobilised, arms in hand, to smash the authority of the forest department, private contractors and, in some areas, feudal lords or feudalistic tribal elders and end their exploitation. Party and mass organisations were built. Revolutionary armed forces, the People’s Guerrilla Army and People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army, were formed step by step. Thus embryonic forms of people’s power emerged. The merger of the two revolutionary streams in 2004 made these gains, its experiences and lessons, the solid foundation for a bold, powerful, push forward. Its results are before you.
The growth of powerful mass struggles led by our party directed against anti-people projects and state repression is another significant development. Among them the struggles in Nandigram, Lalgarh, Narayanpatna and Kalinga Nagar stand out for the new forms of struggle they brought out and the broad unity they achieved. Forces led by our party have contributed much to the success of the long drawn struggle for separate Telengana. It has also provided strong support to many other mass struggles. This has helped them withstand state repression and attempts to divide them. Through all these struggles the right of the people over water, land and forests (jal-jangal- zameen), their right to lead a life of dignity has been asserted. On this occasion, we must specially mention the unparalleled role played by the people in the main guerilla zones of the revolutionary movement. It is they who bore the brunt of the repression. It is they who gave us confidence. Without their immense sacrifices and unbound enthusiasm this protracted people’s war would have been impossible. Run down and scorned as ‘backward’, and in the process they are becoming the advanced, the path breakers. We hold them up, these makers of history, as glowing models before the whole country. We greet them and salute them!
The formation of the CPI (Maoist) as the single directing centre of the Indian revolution was acclaimed by the people in India and throughout the world. Where the people were inspired, their enemies despaired. True to the nature of all dying forces, they gathered their forces for more and more murderous attacks on the revolutionary forces. This was a total assault. Brute military force was combined with targeted capture and murder of CPI (Maoist) leaders. False talk of peace was coupled with filthy lies and canards. Killer gangs and vigilante forces were armed and set loose in a bid to pit the people against the people. Even then, braving heavy attacks and overcoming major losses the party, PLGA, RPCs and the revolutionary masses stood firm. Heavy blows were given, such as the heroic storming of the Jehanabad jail to liberate imprisoned revolutionaries and the historic seizure of the Nayagarh armoury to arm the PLGA. The historic Unity Congress-9th Congress (country-level gathering of party delegates) of the united party was successfully held. Ideological, political unity was deepened and strengthened. Its unified thinking was raised to a higher level. Its fighting capacity sharpened.
Rebuffed in their counter-revolutionary plans the Indian ruling classes launched ‘Operation Green Hunt’ in mid 2009 and are intensifying it day by day. They were backed and guided by imperialism, particularly US imperialism. This is a deadly ‘war on the people’. It is not green, but red. Red with the blood of adivasis and other masses gunned down by the mercenary troops of the Indian state. Red with blood of the sons and daughters of the people who bravely fought till their death, however poorly armed and outnumbered they were. This is a manhunt. Party, PLGA members are poisoned and murdered by coverts and counter-revolutionary gangs like the Trithiya Prasthuthi Samithi. It is a frenzied spree of attacks on people — murder, rape, razing down houses, loot, destruction of harvests and granaries, looting and slaughter of poultry and livestock by counter-revolutionary gangs, police and para- military forces. In Bihar, Jharkhand and Paschim Banga, relying on the worst traditions of British colonial suppression known as ‘kurki japthi’, the houses and property of those associated with the Maoist movement are seized by court orders. The hideous attack in Chintalnar area of Bijapur District, where they razed down four villages, killed and raped is a recent hideous example of state repression. The firing on a gathering of villagers, massacring 17, mostly women and children, at Sarkeguda, Bijapur District is another one. The Indian ruling classes and their political parties often cite lack of funds for not providing even basic amenities to the masses. But they think nothing of pouring in crores of rupees in order to deploy the latest technology in their war on the people. Already 500,000 Central and State mercenary troops have been thrown into this war. Another fifty thousand is on its way. The Air Force provides drones. It is now preparing for aerial attacks. The Army is engaged at brigade level in command and training. With great haste it is raising a special force within the Army for deployment against the Maoist led revolution.
The Indian state is getting ever more desperate and ferocious in its attacks. There is logic to this madness of waging ‘war on the people’, of ‘pitting the people against the people’. Day by day the true condition of the country is being revealed. With 70 per cent of the population scrapping on at Rs. 20 per day, the rulers’ tall claim about India entering the league of world powers is seen as a cruel spin story. In opposition to this stands the new armed force, new people’s movements, new political power and society emerging in Central and Eastern India. This is beginning to attract wider attention, not only among the deprived but also among a broad section of patriots and progressives. It is increasingly seen as a real alternative to the destruction of human and natural resources by the rapacious exploitation and loot and oppression carried out in the name of development by the imperialist and Indian corporates. It holds up a democratic model where the oppressed classes and social sections— workers, peasantry, urban petty bourgeois, women, adivasis, dalits, national and religious minorities — will be freed from the domination of Brahminical caste-feudalism and all the reactionary values it promotes, serving as the social base of imperialism and colluding with the comprador-bureaucrat bourgeoisie. It shows what is possible — how the landless and poor peasants will get land, how the tremendous energies of collective labour can be unleashed, how traditional knowledge can be harnessed in service of the new, how it is possible to preserve the environment keeping people’s interests at heart and achieve a truly sustainable development. It shows in embryonic form the immense potential for a new India. An India that can only arise on the ashes of the existing one, after destroying the Indian state. Yes, there is every reason for the desperation of the Indian rulers. Everyday this new power and society exists, it drives in another nail into their coffins. They see their death in it. Therefore they madly hasten to destroy it.
There is something more. The Central and State governments in these regions had already signed a huge number of agreements, selling out the resources to foreign and Indian corporates. But the advance and expansion of the people’s, with the involvement of the people, and the establishment of the people’s power over land, water and forests spoilt their plans. Now they are under greater pressure. The imperialist system is in the grip of the worldwide economic crises. This is severely impacting the Indian economy. This crisis situation makes the enemies of the people, the imperialist MNCs and Indian compradors, ever more desperate to plunder the resources of our country and exploit the labouring classes to the hilt. Therefore the added haste to crush the struggling people, no matter how much blood is shed.
The boots of the mercenary troops trample the people. They beat them up and shoot them. But that is not all. They also come with ‘gifts’. They shower all sorts of gadgets, hand out clothes and food, and insist on giving adivasi children lodging and free tuition. They take them from the remotest villages on “India tours”. This is the ‘soft touch’ complementing the boots and bayonets. This is the sinister plan of US imperialism and their lackeys to lure a section of people and make them the base for building an informant network. They come with promises of reform and development, but only to divide the people. The aim is to isolate the Maoists and hasten the suppression of the revolutionary movement, destruction of the new political power and blocking the expansion of the people’s war. And once that is realised it is back to business as usual, the business of denying basic rights and amenities to the people, the sell out of resources. If you want proof take a look at Saranda in Jharkhand. First, a sudden and all-out brutal attack with more than 10,000 troops to destroy the revolutionary organisations and drive out the PLGA. Then the establishment of a Special Saranda Development Authority with the promise to take basic amenities to all. And finally the real thing — a wholesale sell out of thousands of hectares of pristine forest land to Tata for its mining of iron ore and the entry of around 100 imperialist and comprador corporations into resource rich area; the return of the hated rule of the police station, bureaucrats and local exploiters. This is the actual course of the counter-revolutionary campaigns waged by the Indian state.
In India armed revolution is confronting armed counter-revolution. Combating the superior forces of the Indian state with guerrilla tactics of people’s war the PLGA fights back. Unlike the aggressor, its strength lies in close ties with the masses, in its creativity and steely determination. The annihilation of whole company of the CRPF at Mukkaram (Dandakaranya) by the PLGA was a resounding rebuff to the Indian state’s ‘war on the people’. In a protracted people’s war, it is not the control of territory but the preservation of the revolutionary military force that is decisive. Grasping this principle, the PLGA has evaded efforts of the Indian state to pin it down and destroy it. It has broken out of heavy encirclements by attacking small units of the enemy and breaching its circle. Withdrawing in the face of massive forces it circles around to hit back with all force when an opportunity arises. The Tongpal ambush (Dandakarnya) in which 15 mercenaries were annihilated, and 20 weapons and a large quantity of ammunition were seized and the Farsagaon (Jharkhand) ambush where 5 mercenaries were wiped out and 5 weapons seized testify to the strengths of a protracted people’s war, a war that is led by a Maoist party and draws in the masses in their thousands. It is significant that these ambushes came in an area claimed to be ‘cleared’ by the Indian state. From January till June of this year, in the midst of two intense country-level suppression campaigns, covering 9 States, carried out during December-January 2013-2014 and in March, 39 actions were carried out by the PLGA.
The resistance to the Indian state’s aggression against the new political force, new movement, power and new society is not just a matter of the PLGA. The masses are involved in it greatly. They participate in actions and in their preparations, provide food, shelter and information, help in maintaining supplies, and refuse to cooperate with the enemy. The People’s Militia is a very important component of the PLGA. Apart from its role in actions, it has played an exceptional role in defeating the Salwa Judum and the attacks of Sendra and other counter-revolutionary vigilante gangs in various States. There are many instances where the masses have braved repression to seize back the bodies of martyrs and give them a befitting funeral. On some occasions they have collected all the goods distributed by the enemy forces and burnt them in bonfires. In Minpa the people joined with the PLGA and waged continuous struggle for more than a week forcing the enemy to close down its military camp. In Herrakoder masses mobilised from surrounding villages and forced the closure of a newly established camp through peaceful, but resolute, agitations. Women played an exemplary role in this. Broad sections of intellectuals, progressives and democrats have also come out in large numbers, in India and abroad, to protest the Indian state’s ‘war on the people’ and expose its atrocities.
Our livelihoods, dignity and very existence are under multiple attacks by neo-liberal policies that intensify foreign and Indian corporates exploitation. In the name of mega projects, mines, power plants, dams, ports, airports, super-highways, metros, hi tech cities, tourist spots/resorts and Special Economic Zones, etc, lakhs and lakhs of our people are being driven out of their habitats. The destructive policies of the rulers are triggering of environmental disasters which take the lives of hundreds and render thousands homeless and penniless. They are enacting laws to cut down, one after the other, the rights won by workers. They are handing over more and more sectors of the economy to the control of imperialist multinationals. Agriculture is being shaped for deeper penetration of foreign capital and technology like genetic engineered plants. Land concentration is taking place in new forms as real estate ‘land banks’ and SEZs. Corporate farming is being promoted. Existing laws are being amended to assure that the chiefs of MNCs cannot be prosecuted here, no matter what crime they commit.
While they grab land for their projects, nothing is being done to address the cry for land from the deprived sections of the peasantry. Big landlords continue to monopolise this precious resource. They have branched out into sellers of chemical fertilisers and other modern inputs and buyers of agricultural produce. They either function directly as usurers or control co- operative societies. They are also MLAs, MPs and ministers of ruling class political parties, control the local bodies and wield influence over the police forces. Thus they exercise total control in alliance with the comprador- bureaucrat bourgeoisie over the peasants and rural poor and are a big obstruction for country’s progress.
Wherever the people protest they are met with brute force and black laws. While the farce of democracy is enacted with elections, the ground reality is one of increasing fascicisation. With the genocidal Modi, this tool of the fascistic RSS, in the Prime Minister’s chair, Brahmanical Hindu fascism is consciously promoted by the ruling classes and their imperialist masters. The most reactionary religious fanaticism is fanned up to instigate sectarian violence, specially targeting the Muslim minority. Narrow chauvinism is whipped up to foster illusions of becoming a world power and thus cover up the abject dependence of the country. National cultures and religious diversities and even the formal federal structure of the country are sought to be effaced by sinister moves to impose a ‘Hindi-Hindu’ mould as supreme.
The rulers know very well that the people’s anger is boiling over. Every one of their political parties has been in government at the Central or State level or is now in power. All of them are exposed as equally anti-people, anti- corrupt and corrupt. From time to time they parade one or the other reform. Through such reforms they hope to pacify the masses and breed inactivity and hope to continue and further intensify their exploitation and oppression. Thus the horrendous penetration of imperialism in the form of globalisation, privatisation and liberalisation is now window dressed as “globalisation with a human face”. Yes, they will be smiling while they kick you out of your houses, or throw you out of your jobs, or bury you alive in your ancestral lands. It is like in the tactics of their ‘war on the people’. First they brutalise you and then give you presents!
Our country is at a critical juncture. Which road should it take? Onwards, to spread the flames of the people’s war all over the country and achieve real liberation? Or backwards, to more deprivation, more dependence and more devastation? We await your decision, confident that you will recognise your destiny too in the fight we wage. Meanwhile, we hasten by throwing ourselves and all we have into battle against the Indian state and its foreign mentors. Starting from the martyrs of the historic Naxalbari armed peasant rebellion till today more than twelve thousand have laid down their lives for the great cause of destroying the three mountains bearing down on us. We well know that many more will have to bear that supreme sacrifice as we fight on. We communists will never shirk from sacrifice, for serving the people, for liberating the country. But we hasten. We hasten to quicken the advent of that day when the enemies of our people and the country are finally destroyed, when the imperialists are driven out, and we can begin building a future of self-reliance, of all-round and equitable development of our country, of all our national and ethnic peoples. Let us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of our glorious party in every guerrilla zone and red resistance area, in the villages and the cities, in the country and abroad with revolutionary fervour and spirit; spread the message of people’s war far and wide; and carry the revolutionary movement forward with redoubled determination.
* Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of CPI (Maoist) with revolutionary fervour!
* Join us in this great endeavour to build a New Democratic India!
Communist Party of India (Maoist)
September 1, 2014