Message to the 22ND Congress of the Communist Party of India (CPI).

MESSAGE TO THE 22ND CONGRESS OF

THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (CPI)

 

                                                                                                      March 21, 2015

 

COMRADE S. SUDHAKAR  REDDY

General Secretary

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (CPI)

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Dear comrade :

 

          Through you, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) sends warmest fraternal greetings to the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India (CPI) which will be held in Puducherry from March 25 to 29, 2015.

          We are concerned that your country is facing a grave economic and political crisis, particularly after the main rightwing party --- the Hindu fundamentalist and pro-corporate Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) --- came to power in May last year.

          Grave worry is raised by the fact that BJP leader and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi was complicit with, and responsible for, the February 2002 Gujarat pogrom in which more than a thousand Muslims and other non-Hindus were massacred by rioting Hindu extremists at the time when he (Modi) was the chief minister of that state.

          Now with central powers, Modi appears to be embarking on a new internal program of privatization and deregulation, and a new external program of closer cooperation with US imperialism, which are subverting India’s public economic sector and non-aligned orientation. The Modi regime is also apparently bent on destroying India’s secular fabric by polarizing the Indian masses along religious lines. Religious fundamentalism not only stokes internal conflict and enboldens terrorist activities, but also inflames secessionism and plays into the divide-and-rule schemes of imperialism.

          In comparison, it is Islamic fundamentalism which is being used by US imperialism to polarize the Filipino people and subvert our national sovereignty and territorial integrity. A US intelligence apparatus misnamed as the “US Institute for Peace” (USIP) has been actively supporting an Islamic fundamentalist movement in the southern part of the Philippines for the past 12 years, aiming to create a Muslim sub-state which would be a more pliant tool for the establishment of US military bases and for US control of fossil fuel resources in our southern region of Muslim Mindanao.

          It is this same USIP which helped to create conflict zones along ethno-nationalist lines in Yugoslavia, Sudan and Syria, and whose “peace initiatives” and “regime transition” schemes are applied to hinder reconciliation and keep people deeply divided. A major concern in our country today is the USIP plan for a Muslim sub-state in Mindanao, which can only lead to the perpetuation of a conflict zone (as in the Balkans and the Middle East) where US military forces can always intervene.

          Progressive peoples throughout the world are aware that the imperialist scheme to balkanize countries into several “sub-states” is not limited to the “New Middle East Plan” co-crafted by the zionists. The imperialist drive to “divide-and-conquer” is directed at all resource rich countries, particularly those which have defied imperialist dictates in the past. It is for this reason that imperialism continues to covertly fan border tensions and covertly supports the “Islamic State” and other religious fundamentalist movements. The rise of Hindutva nationalism in India, driven by big business and brahmanism, can only delight the imperialists, especially so if its onslaught is directed at communists and left forces.

          The murdererous attack last February 16 by extremist communal thugs in Kolhapur, Maharashtra State, on veteran Comrade Govind Pansare, the secretary of the CPI’s Central Control Commission (as well as the serious wounding of his wife, Uma), appears to be a portend of more things to come under the Modi regime of Hindutva fundamentalism, growing religious intolerance, and attacks on the freedom of expression.

          This is not the first time that a bourgeois party fueled by Hindutva ideology and partial to imperialism has taken power in India in the past 2 decades. The PKP-1930 is confident that the CPI --- with its long history of struggle for national freedom and independence, for caste abolition and social equality, and for left unity and working class liberation --- will be able thru its forthcoming 22nd Congress to determine the best course to strengthen the unity of all left and democratic forces which would be able to stem and change the present rightist trend in India.

          We wish every success to CPI’s 22nd Congress, and to all the forthcoming activities of the CPI in defense of secularism and national unity --- for peace, freedom and socialism. Finally, we are hoping for closer fraternal cooperation between our two parties in the spirit of anti-imperialist solidarity.

                                                                          With communist greetings,

                                                                                    ANTONIO  E.  PARIS

                                                                                    General Secretary