On behalf of the International Committee we welcome and greet to all comrades and organizations attending here, all those who participate through messages, all those who are developing similar initiatives on the same occasion in these days, all those who support the people’s war in India throughout the world, although they can not celebrate with us the 10th anniversary of the CPI (Maoist) which guides, organizes and, we are confident, will lead it to victory.
The meeting we hold today is not the 2nd International Conference we had proposed and planned after the highly successful Conference in Hamburg on November 24, 2012. We had proposed to hold this 2nd Conference in another great country, outside Europe, in Brazil, at the center of the world clash between imperialism and peoples, where right this year we have seen an explosion of the class struggle and popular uprising and where the supporters of PW in India are numerous and have a strong mass base. Also to allow also many forces in Latin America to take part directly in the Conference, so as it was not possible at the Conference in Hamburg.
This decision is consistent with the very nature of the International Committee, that works to unite the peoples of the world in support to PW in India, according to the concept “in the fire of class struggle and closely tied with the masses.” However, the comrades in Brazil told us that they were not yet in condition to organize such a conference and pointed out also the need to keep high the struggle and the support to the PW in the imperialist Europe. We accepted their assessment but we keep our idea and we will propose again to work to realize the 2nd International Conference in Brazil in the next period.
In no way we could leave the important occasion of the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) without a struggling and supporting event. Therefore, relying on our own forces, we decided to organize an international and internationalist meeting in the same month in which the celebration of the 10th anniversary is unleashed in India, in the fire of the PW and withstanding the genocidal state repression by the Indian regime, that in these days is going on.
So, our meeting is with the delegates who accepted the proposal of the International Committee. It is carried out in a confidential form, according to the concrete conditions of the country and the place where we are. Its aim is to open rather than conclude the initiatives of support for the 10th anniversary throughout the world, looking at the goal of the 2nd International Conference. The meeting is an opportunity to allow all the attending forces, and after them all the forces participating in different ways, to debate, to plan the continuation of the activities of the Committee with the existing proposals, first of all the International Delegation to India, as well as any other initiative the participants will put forward and suggest.The meeting will be opened by the reading of the message the CPI (M) prepared for this occasion, as its own participation.
In India a tumultuous people’s war develops against imperialism, bureaucratic capitalism, the comprador bourgeoisie and feudalism. The people’s war started in the areas where the roots of the revolt against poverty, capitalist and tribal exploitation are deeper, and where the contradictions produced by the development made of looting of resources, caste oppression and exploitation by a capitalism tied and subservient to imperialism are sharper. This people’s war continues the epic story of the extraordinary peasant armed uprising in Naxalbari.
With the unification of Maoists, heirs of Naxalbari, in the formation of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), the PW found a new level of guide, leadership and program. The 10 years since from this formation showed the strength of armed masses led by a Maoist communist party; thanks to the leadership of this party, the People’s War has spread across the country and has built its bases in about a third of it.
Thus, the PW has become the main internal threat to the Indian regime and imperialism in a crucial region of the world. This PW that has spread his message and his strength among the oppressed masses of the world. This is the ground of the birth of the International Committee, the development of the support to the PW that was extended to many countries, through both unified campaigns and other independent initiatives. This reached a milestone with 1st International Conference in Hamburg, organized by the Committee and the League Against the Imperialist Aggression (BGIA). Especially after that Conference, the movement of support to the PW and the ICSPWI have also become a danger for the Indian regime and imperialism.
They are taking steps to urge other governments to stop this solidarity and support and to hit those who turn them into an organized form of a potential powerful movement that is developing step by step. The Indian regime unleashed the most fierce repression against struggling people. The massive Operation Green Hunt is a veritable manhunt in which the poor people who rebel in India are treated as animals to be exterminated. It is a multi-pronged countrywide offensive launched the Indian regime against its own people, using extensively super armed troops, now even drones, police and paramilitary forces, which sow terror and genocide in the villages, with raids, deportations, mass killings and rapes.
The target of this repression is the CPI (Maoist), its cadres, leaders, members, sympathizers, not only in the areas of struggle but also within cities, in the universities and among all classes and social sectors which support or sympathize with the PW, the Maoist rebellion, the armed uprising of the masses. In order to conduct this Operation, the Indian regime had to gradually drop the mask of “the largest democracy in the world” and put the command in the hands of a new Hindu fascist regime, the Modi’s new regime. The revolution always engenders a powerful counter-revolution, that today strikes indiscriminately seeking to wipe out any political opposition in India.
In the past week, the Modi’s regime unleashed the repression not only against the PW, the People’s Army, but also against the Forum for a Alternative Politics. As Com. Varavara Rao said: “the Modi government is planning to launch a full-scale war against Maoist rebels and the people led by them … building a war-hysteria against Maoist rebels … at the behest of some big corporate bodies who want to control and plunder our resources.” But more repression, more oppression, only feed the movement of rebellion and the opposition itself. Hitting the Forum, the government shows its strategic and class weakness, in front of those who say “The people are with us. They will definitely welcome our initiative as we are promoting self-rule and more powers to landless and oppressed sections of society.”
The International Committee of Support to the PW in India expresses the strongest solidarity with Com. Varavara Rao and the participants in the Forum for an Alternative Politics, it demands their immediate release and calls to all revolutionary, anti-imperialist and progressive forces in the world to develop initiatives for a political mobilization. The repression can not stop the great celebrations of the 10th anniversary, because it can not stop the advance of the people and their vanguard.
We want quote here the answer of Arundhati Roy to a reporter who asked her what is difference between the Maoists and the people, referring to the areas in which the people’s war and the mass movement led by Maoists develop. Arundhati replied: “None. Maoists and people are the same thing. ” The development of the support to the PW has to bring to the masses not only the strength of the armed initiatives of People’s Army but also the nature of people’s movements led by the party, and involved in and inspired by the PW, as well as what the People’s Revolutionary Committees achieve in areas where the PW formed them.
The armed struggle develops in the forests, in the countryside, as armed resistance to the raids to destroy villages and deport the villagers. Without this resistance, villages and villagers would be wiped out, in a contention in which the development of capitalism is asserted and the right to exist of people is denied. As we wrote in the founding call of ICSPWI: “Indian masses led by the CPI (M) are writing a historic page in the current clash of classes in the world.
We have to help to make clear for the world proletariat that the advancement of the PW in India put into question the balance of power not only in South Asia but in the whole structure of the world imperialist system. The International Committee develops as a centre of action and propaganda in which, step by step, those who want to support the PW can take part both in a unitary and unified or a coordinated way.
The increasing extension of the campaigns in about 60 countries shows the international role of the Committee. International Campaigns and Days of Actions have the purpose to give everyone a chance to participate and join the support. The imperialist system is not able to get out of its worst crisis since the 30s. All attempts to deal with and overcome the crisis fail, because the crisis itself originates form the very functioning of the imperialist system today. On the world scene, even in the crisis we witness a widening gap between the wealth of a handful of imperialist countries and the poverty of three-quarters of humanity in the countries oppressed by imperialism, the wealth in the hands of the bourgeoisie and the absolute and relative impoverishment of the proletariat and the masses in the imperialist countries.
And, in countries as India, the overflowing richness of a parasitic comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie and the conditions of misery and hunger in which the masses live. For this reason, the PW is well inside the response of the peoples to this situation and the crisis of the system; and it is this that the PW is the objective and subjective spearhead of the struggle of the oppressed masses in the world.
Therefore, the support is not mere solidarity but participation in this global war against imperialism. The 10th anniversary shows that where the guide of the people’s rebellion is a communist party, the rebellion of the masses is not prey and pawn of inter-imperialistic contention, it is not in the hands of the feudal reactionary forces who ride the rebellion to channel it in the plans of ruling classes or even to push back the wheel of history. Therefore, the support for the PW is also a way to help to assert this trend everywhere the rebellion of the people goes on. We can properly understand the importance of the PW and the reasons to support it if we see it in the context of the international situation.
In the analysis of the world today, on the one hand, the inter-imperialist contradictions that can lead to a third world war, become sharper, on the other hand the factors of the revolution are nourished and the principal contradiction in the world today emerges clearly. The PW in India becomes objectively an indispensable point of reference to be placed inside the main contradiction and the main trend in the world today.
The Committee to support the PW will not reduce its action to the exposure of the Indian regime, although it is also an essential and crucial part of its activities, but it works to rise the awareness and recognition of the ground of class and anti-imperialist unity existing between India and the countries in which the Committee operates. In India, the government has decided to sell the natural and human resources of the country to the western imperialist multinationals, to new monopolies of the masters of automotive and steel plants, such as Tata, Essar, Jindal, Mittal. From the fierce exploitation of workers, often women and children, they draw the profits that allow them to become buyers and shareholders of the big international monopolies in the respective sector, in alliance with the owners in the imperialist countries.
On this base, the unity among the workers in the imperialist countries and the workers and oppressed masses in India can and must be developed. Through actions, information, the Committee has an important role to play. The war on people in the heart of India and the rise of the Fascist Hindu regime fills the country of rapes. Rapes on women guerrillas, women of the people, in the war; as well as serial rapes in the false modernized big cities, in the universities, etc.
The struggle of women in India and the participation of women in the PW make their movement in India an inspiration for women in all countries in the world. And the ICSPWI will help to gather more and more the powerful forces of this movement. The PW in India is bound to change the face of the second most populous country in the world, to embody the spirit of changing that inspires the rebel youth in many countries around the world, including the imperialist citadels.
To spread the achievements, the lessons, the nature of the conflict in India, between state repression and armed rebellion of people, is a source and a stimulus to give an actually revolutionary orientation to rebellion of youth. In this sense the line, the practice of ICSPWI is much more than an organization of solidarity. It is a weapon and an added value for all communist, revolutionary, anti-imperialist forces in the world.
This is the base of unity, reached in full autonomy, with the PW in India, with the CPI (Maoist), of which we celebrate the 10th anniversary. This meeting is a step on this path, that can not be stopped and we all together have to move forward serving the liberation of the proletariat and peoples. It is important to assert this while in India, every day, our martyrs, the best sons and daughters of people, our comrades, fall down.
But from the heart of that country, however, the voice of their message resounds in the voice and message of the CPI (Maoist): “Finally, before we conclude, we wish to speak about the great efforts you are doing in support of the people’s war in India. The news of your campaigns, its vivid images, are being taken to our ranks, PLGA combatants and revolutionary masses as widely as possible through our open and secret magazines and several other means.
When they know that their sisters and brothers in far off lands stand up in militant solidarity with them, when they see images of protests before Indian embassies, of wall writings taking the message of their revolution to masses in those countries, their hearts swell with pride — we are not alone, our people are there, we are everywhere. Your acts have inspired us; they have made us more determined. We will strive our utmost to fulfil the confidence you have reposed in us.” And we can say from this meeting that our action will be at the height of that message!
DEATH TO INDIAN REGIME !
DEATH TO IMPERIALISM !
DOWN WITH THE MODI FASCIST HINDU REGIME !
STOP GREEN HUNT !
FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS !
HONOR TO THE MARTYRS OF THE REVOLUTION !
LONG LIVE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST) !
LONG LIVE PEOPLE’S WAR !
LONG LIVE ‘INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY !
LONG LIVE PROLETARIAN INTERNATIONALISM !