INTERNATIONAL – Days of Action: “Defend the rights of political prisoners in India”
Following we document an international call of the “International Committee to support People’s War in India” for a common week of action starting from the 23th of March:
Proletarians of all countries and oppressed peoples, unite!
Defend the rights of political prisoners in India! Freedom for Prof. GN Saibaba and all political prisoners! Fight united against imperialism!
“To put an end to the aggression and oppression on the part of imperialism is the task of all the peoples of the world” Mao Zedong
“The monster of imperialism, even by combining all its forces, is finding it impossible to check the growing tide of people’s struggles all over the world.” Communist Party of India(Maoist)
India, which the imperialists like to call the “world’s largest democracy”, is in reality a peoples’ dungeon of enormous proportions. The second most populous country in the world is being abused by the imperialists, especially U.S. imperialism, as a reservoir of cheap raw materials, labor and land. The deepening global crisis of imperialism, together with reactionary attempts to use the COVID pandemic as a pretext for shifting the burden of the crisis, has pushed oppression and exploitation to seemingly immeasurable levels. In a country where 77% of the population lives on half a US dollar (20 rupees) a day, where a large portion of the population does not even have access to soap, millions have been deprived of their livelihoods in one fell swoop through lockdowns. With each further intensification of the crisis, imperialism only proves more clearly that it is “reaction all along the way”, and that it is precisely in the phase of its decomposition that it must strike out ever more panic-stricken against the workers and peoples. But massive resistance is rising and struggles of enormous proportions are developing: in 2020, once again, the largest strike in human history was carried out; at the same time, last year saw the development of a peasant movement that spread across the entire country for months, encompassing hundreds of millions and echoing in many parts of the world. The people’s war led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) gives the millions of workers, peasants, women and oppressed nationalities the firm perspective and hope to break the rule of imperialism, exploitation and oppression through the New Democratic Revolution. “The ongoing Protracted People’s War in India clearly shows the path to attain state power. All the oppressed classes, sections of the country must rise to the occasion to destroy the exploitive system of the Imperialists, Comprador Bureaucratic Bourgeoisie and Big Landlords and attain state power.” [Communist Party of India (Maoist)]
With the means of genocide, the ruling class in India, together with its imperialist masters, is trying to drown the struggles of the masses and the revolution in blood. But as furious and cruel as their attempts were, like “Operation Green Hunt” or “Operation SAMADHAN”, with which they wanted to “completely eliminate” the people’s war by 2022, they ended in defeat even before they could be officially concluded! All these attempts only showed more clearly to the oppressed and exploited the anti-democratic, genocidal grimace of the imperialists and their Indian puppets. The democratic and anti-imperialist forces, on the other hand, coalesced even more tightly around the revolutionary leadership and extended the revolution to new areas. The Party’s deep attachment to the masses and the steadfastness with which it is leading the revolution, the people’s war, give a great example and hope to anti-imperialist and revolutionary forces all over the world. In the end of 2021, a new genocidal campaign “Prahaar – 3” was launched with the aim of assassinating important leaders of the People’s War and the Party. But even here, initial attempts were heroically repulsed by the struggling masses under the leadership of the CPI(Maoist), newly formed police camps were surrounded and besieged, showing that this counter-revolutionary campaign is also doomed to failure!
With the advancing crisis of the ruling system developing worldwide, India’s ruling classes and the Modi government are also facing a deep political crisis, which they are trying to solve by strengthening Hindu-Fascism. Anti-democratic and fascist laws have been created to establish a “legal legitimacy” for the hunt on progressive, antiimperialist and revolutionary forces. 10.000de political prisoners are stewing in the jails of the old Indian state, most of them without charges and without rights. One of them is Professor G. N. Saibaba, former General Secretary of the Revolutionary Democratic Front of India. Although Professor Saibaba is 90% paralyzed and in a wheelchair, he has fought all his life firmly on the side of the oppressed and exploited of India, defending the CPI(Maoist) with everything he had and supporting the People’s War. He built his entire existence on the understanding that the struggle of every people for political power is justified, the oppressed and exploited peoples have a right to self-determination, including the right to disengagement. Professor Saibaba has thus become not only a symbol of the resistance of the main force of the revolution in India, the peasants and their justified struggle, but also an important inspirer of the struggles of the workers, in their efforts to smash the power of foreign investors, the anti-working class policies of the rulers. But the old Indian state is not about simply locking up prisoners like Professor Saibaba, they are about extermination. Nearly 2000 political prisoners have been murdered in Indian jails over the last 20 years: Through torture, deplorable prison conditions or denial of medical treatment. Under the leadership of the CPI(Maoist), a powerful mass movement developed in defense of the rights of political prisoners, in which numerous democratic intellectuals, lawyers, human rights activists also stand firmly on the side of the disenfranchised prisoners. Thousands and thousands also answered the call of the Party in the prisons, and they created instruments of political union and struggle even in this difficult situation of the class struggle. We therefore call on all progressive, democratic and revolutionary organizations and individuals worldwide to defend the rights of political prisoners, to demand their recognition as political prisoners and prisoners of war, and to support the struggle for their immediate release.
The struggle against imperialism is justified and demands our resolute solidarity! The International Committee in Support of the People’s War in India addresses this call to all antiimperialists, democrats and revolutionaries worldwide: Let us defend the rights of political prisoners in India! Let us demand the immediate release of Professor GN Saibaba and all political prisoners. Let us unite in the struggle against imperialism! We call for an International Day of Action on 23th of March, where protest actions will be set in different countries. This Day of Action is to launch a major campaign that will reach its powerful conclusion on the 13th of September. Let us make this campaign a beacon of internationalism, a powerful impetus for the expansion of international solidarity with the People’s War in India, as an important part of the worldwide struggle to defeat imperialism!
Defend the rights of political prisoners in India!
Freedom for G. N. Saibaba! Freedom for all political prisoners and prisoners of war!
Support the people’s war in India!
Fight united against imperialism!
International Committee in Support of the People’s War in India, March 2022