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WDIE is pleased to announce that the Communist Ghadar Party of India held its Third Congress in Delhi from January 27-29, 2005. The Congress was held in an atmosphere of great revolutionary enthusiasm. Delegates from all parts of this vast country participated, ranging from veteran communists to many, many youth, who infused the proceedings with their passion and vigour. Fraternal delegations attended from the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist).
The Report to the Congress was delivered by the General Secretary of CGPI Comrade Lal Singh in two parts Part I: Building the Party in the Course of Leading the Class Struggle; Part II: Towards the Rule of Workers and Peasants and a Voluntary Indian Union. After vigorous debate, the Congress adopted the Report unanimously, as it did the Plan of Action presented by Comrade Lal Singh. The Congress also debated and adopted unanimously the Constitution of the Communist Ghadar Party of India. A new Central Committee was elected, which on January 29 re-elected Comrade Lal Singh as General Secretary and Comrade Prakash Rao as Spokesperson.
The Congress was followed by a magnificent Public Celebration, a festive cultural evening which was outstanding in its vivid colour, revolutionary enthusiasm, artistic quality, and the vigour and optimistic spirit of its mainly youthful participants.
We reproduce below the speech delivered to the Congress by Chris Coleman, National Spokesperson of RCPB(ML).
WDIE offers its warmest congratulations to the CGPI on the successful holding of its Third Congress.
Comrade Lal Singh
Comrade Fraternal Delegates
It is with the greatest joy that our delegation has been participating in your Third Congress. We bring from our Central Committee and our entire Party warmest congratulations and greetings to this most important event in the life of your Party in its 25th anniversary year.
It has been a great honour and very humbling to have sat here in such a gathering of fighters from all corners of this great country with its proud revolutionary traditions, stretching from veteran communists who have had rich experience in the movement, to the youth and so many of them who have imbued the struggles of the people with their vigour. We have been moved by the passion and seriousness of the participants in the discussions.
When you look at the histories of our two parties, which have emerged from the womb of our working classes, from the fire of the class struggle, whose ideological, theoretical and organisational principles stem from the work of Comrade Hardial Bains, in India and then abroad, you see inextricable links between our parties stretching back to the 1979 and 1980 period of our foundings and before.
I myself, along with many Indian workers and others, participated in the celebration of the founding of your Party held in Coventry. Comrade John Buckle, the late General Secretary of our Party, visited India several times in the 1980s and worked closely with you. I had the honour of attending your First Congress in Mumbai in 1990 and I remember it very vividly. I have worked closely with Comrade Lal Singh over many years. I believe that the links and cooperation built up between our three parties represented here should be upheld and strengthened, and extended to other parties as well.
We live in dangerous times. As Comrade Bains pointed out so perceptively in 1994, and as was reflected in our documents and in your document Whither India, in this period of retreat of revolution the forces of retrogression are trying to destroy all the gains of humankind since time immemorial and impose the kind of bestiality of the Nazis. The recent events in Iraq confirm this. War is being used as the main instrument of foreign policy by Anglo-American imperialism. International law and the principle of sovereignty are cast aside. The rights of people are under the fiercest attack. Meanwhile the policies of privatisation and neo-liberal globalisation see the selling off for private profit of the assets created by the people. The peoples of the world are threatened with devastating war and fascism.
In the face of this brutal assault, people very often lose their bearings. But still millions upon millions of people are standing up to affirm themselves and carry further forward the achievements of humankind to their full fruition. A huge worldwide movement is arising to fight for an alternative and another world, against the impending catastrophe. Such a situation cries out for consciousness and organisation and a vision of a new society. It is only the communists, with contemporary Marxism-Leninism as their guide, who can provide this.
When we speak of Britain, Blair and his government, like all other bourgeois governments and bourgeois parliamentary parties, have revealed themselves as instruments of the bourgeois state, and the crisis of such governments and parties is the crisis of the bourgeois state and its inability to take public opinion with it. At the beginning of this epoch, the October Revolution ushered in a new world. The British bourgeoisie and other bourgeois states pinned their hopes on fascism to destroy this new world and its possibilities. But they did not succeed. They were drawn into an inter-imperialist war and eventually into the anti-fascist alliance that defeated German Nazism, Italian fascism and Japanese militarism. The times cried out for the furtherance of peace, democracy and the well-being of the people. Instead the anti-fascist alliance was transformed into a crusade against communism. In Britain, as in other countries, a social welfare state was established, in part to divert the working people from socialism. This did not work. By the 1970s severe economic crisis had set in. Again instead of moving forward the bourgeoisie moved backward. They imposed the economic policies of Thatcher and Reagan, but these too did not work. The bourgeoisie again went backwards and brought in Tony Blair to take Thatcherism further, when the Tories were no longer able, under slogans such as "social justice" and in the name of Labour.
While some might have had illusions in 1997 when Blair came to power, over time Tony Blairs administrations have been revealed as outright warmongers, as international criminals pushing 19th century colonialism and chauvinism, putting into place the structures of a corporate fascist state. Since 9/11 a state of emergency has been imposed in Britain, characterised by rule by exception. Blair himself, called to account when the facts condemned him over the Iraq war, claimed that all that counted was his "conviction"; he had only to answer to his maker! In other words, the will of the leader was paramount. Pure Hitlerism!
A huge movement for an alternative has developed in Britain of unprecedented diversity. Two million people marched in London against the war on February 15, 2003. Among several interesting initiatives, a Peoples Assembly was set up by the anti-war movement with several thousand delegates representing their peer groups. But this initiative, as others, was organised in the old way, with decisions made behind closed doors beforehand and a block on mass participation in decision-making. It fizzled out. What is called for in our opinion is coherence and new ways of organisation. Our Party has called for widespread discussion amongst the people on what is the way forward, focusing on the real problems facing the people, taking political stands based on these real problems and not some phrases or preconceived notions, not letting ideological differences make a demarcation or split the movement, finding organisational forms for the work, building the Workers Opposition so that the working class can take the lead in enabling the people themselves to set the agenda and control their own lives. As in 1945, people are today faced with the same issues peace, democracy and the well-being of the people.
Elections are pending and our Party is working out ways to intervene, how to manoeuvre, identifying the role played by various forces, and provide leadership. Our comrades are active in various fronts of work, fighting for peoples empowerment in the movement for democratic renewal, in the anti-war movement, among workers, women, youth and national minorities. We work for the political unity of the people and for the unity of communists.
One of the effects of British colonialism has been the vast movement of population from India, some to the cold and distant shores of Britain. The result has been that workers of Indian origin have become an integral and cherished part of the working class in Britain. No doubt because of the revolutionary traditions of this country, they have played a role in the political life of the country far in excess of their numbers. Indian comrades have played an important role in the work of our Party, and in such organisations as the Indian Workers Association (Great Britain), which has always upheld that Indian workers are part of the British working class, has fought racism and discrimination, and provided information and support to the struggles at home. At the same time, our Party has always stressed that it is the duty of the entire working class and people to fight racism and discrimination, to defend the rights of all, to smash the chauvinism that the bourgeoisie and the labour aristocracy try to impose on them. We also stress the duty to support the struggles of the peoples of all lands. The workers and people of Indian origin are greatly cherished and provide a bridge between our two peoples. However, the key link is the link between our two parties as the vanguards of our working classes. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you, as with others, principally by waging revolution in our own country and supporting those who are doing the same in their countries.
On this occasion we wish CGPI every success in implementing the decisions of your Third Congress and developing its plan, in the work of developing Indian theory, in providing consciousness and organisation to the people in renovating Indian society, in smashing the brutal capitalism which is the colonial legacy of our common enemy.
Hail the 3rd Congress of CGPI!
Long Live the Unity Between Our Two Parties!
Long Live Proletarian Internationalism!
Workers of All Countries Unite!
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